A year ago, I was sitting up on top of our control tower in the Bada Bing eating fifteen day old birthday cake that my Mom had sent to me and opening up the presents that my wife and family had sent out to me with the warning “Do not open till the 30th.” Which I obeyed to the letter!
Well, I have to say that I’m a hard guy to shop for, I mean I’m the guy who has everything!! Well there is a group of gals out there who have banded together and formed an organization called the “Church Ladies.” They are my hard core supporters and some of the greatest patriotic Americans around!! They have adopted a couple of us military guys and I’m honored to say that I am one. I received the best birthday present from them and it was a video set to the music of “Crazy" with all of them in different costumes and positions as they each spelled “Happy Birthday Taco”
I want to thank them for their time and creative efforts!! You guys are awesome…I’ll look into putting it on YouTube…
Thanks to Agnieszka, Joan, Leta, Lynn, Melissa, Bridget, Sherri, Debbie, Karen, Cheryl, Teresa,Mary and Marty/Maj Pain. If I missed one of you, please let me know.
If you want to celebrate with me tonight, here are the ingredients to the “Taco Shot” and feel free to make up a batch.
PS check out these two shots on You-Tube, you might have to cut and paste these.
Taco Shot !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
In honor of Taco’s Birthday, November 30, 2006
Although the Taco Shot is grounded in ancient tradition – Scots have distilled their namesake whisky for centuries – the Taco Shot itself is a decidedly Church Lady invention, popularized in select post-Iraqi-redeployed neighborhoods throughout the US where imbibers want their drinks “stirred, not shaken” without appearing too frou-frou.
1 Marine Helmut – preferably used previously to cover private parts during covert operations
6 oz. of 15th century dark, pungent Malt Whisky, distilled over peat fires
at the Bell Clan castle
1 jigger of prop “warsh” (see Bridget for mail order supply)
1 whole Taco-hot-habanera pepper mashed to a bloody pulp
1 dash of freshly squeezed Leghound Juice (source known only to LegHound)
Pour all ingredients into Marine Helmut and stir vigorously for 5 minutes using rusty propeller blade.
Take 1 deep breath, release breath slowly, raise helmut to mouth and …..
Thursday, November 30, 2006
Posted by Taco Bell at 2:25 PM
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Back in October, Jim Struna sent me a series of incredible pictures taken at Arlington Cemetery. He entered them in a contest and out of 150,000 entries won and will be featured in this weekends Parade Magazine in your newspaper on Dec 3rd. I would like to be the first to say Congratulations Jim and job well done!!! He has given me permission to post his picture; this is a copyrighted picture, so I am truly honored!!
Thanks Jim and look forward to more awesome shots!!
Posted by Taco Bell at 4:52 PM
Friday, November 24, 2006
commenting and trackback have been added to this blog. I regret that all of the old comments from post past were lost in the transfer, feel free to repost all you want!!
Dear Cyber world,
This blog is for like minded, troop supporting patriotic Americans. They could care less ,as do I, about your rabid anti-white house trash talking spewing madness. I went to visit the site of one Jerk in particular and this is what he says about his site:
"Tears of Fear appreciates hearing from loyal readers and will post all submissions consistent with the theme of the blog.
If you despise Bush as much as we do and care to express your outrage on Tears of Fear, then simply submit a proposed top-post.
We look forward to hearing from you."
Now, I'm a fair guy but do you think it's right that he can talk trash about our guys and gals over in the war and I can't leave anything positive on his site... No I didn't think so either, so from now on, if you leave a comment that I think is inappropriate to the "Church Ladies" who like to read some things on this site, then I will feel free to edit your post as I see fit. I'll throw this out through, if you are a former veteran of the war and send me a copy of your DD 214, then I will post what ever Anti War, Anti whatever crap that you want to say only because you have earned the right to speak unlike the slime that hide out in their Momma's basement playing web based video games and thinking they are tough. There are a lot of folks who read this and a few are Feds who would love nothing more then to crack your IP address and post it on every gay porn site in the world just for fun. Now back to my regular stories, as I have a long layover the next couple of days and nothing to do...
Posted by Taco Bell at 1:02 PM
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
What it means to be away from home:
A year ago, I sat in a Marine Corps chow hall, looking at a giant turkey made out of who knows what and covered in corn flakes. It was a great attempt to make you feel good during a time when you realize your loved ones were gathering for a nice meal, some red wine and great times. I remember sitting with my friends, my other family, seven thousand miles from home, in a war that the average anonymous guy does not understand, wishing I were home. For that instant, time stood still; the fear of a rocket attack passed as I sat on my plastic seat, eating a tray full of turkey and dressing made by the cooks who haven’t a clue as to what Thanksgiving is all about, but who try. I only thought about my family and friends who were still fast asleep in bed. I looked around and watched these young men and women as they bowed their heads to pray; some did the sign of the cross. I understand now that they, too, are were thinking the same thing as they sat there with an M-16 strapped across their back, weighed down with a twenty-some pound flak jacket and Kevlar helmet, heads bowed, lips moving.
They say that there are no atheists in combat and I believed it as I witnessed each person sit and pray. Iraq is now passing into the evening just as the sun starts its slow march over the horizon to wake up America into a new day. Thanksgiving Day. What are you thankful for? I’m thankful now that I was able to serve my country; that I have a wife who would support my going back into the Marines; children who love their daddy, and parents who support their son through thick and thin. I’m thankful for the loyal corps of supporters I made friends with last year who not only took care of my Marines and me, but countless others. I’m thankful that there are young men and women in our country as I type this, who knowing all the dangers military life involves, still choose to join the service with about a ninety percent chance of going to combat. They weren’t drafted. They, on their own volition, raised their right hand and took an oath to serve. They are my Heroes and have accomplished more in their lives then most Americans can dream of.
They will make better citizens out of our fellow countrymen; maybe run for office one day remembering this day, Thanksgiving, one of the many holidays they will be gone from friends and family. To all the men and women of every branch who are over in harms’ way, I will pray for your safe return tomorrow as we bow our heads here in the U.S. over our dinner. You all are the only heroes this country has right now. When the job is over and we leave Iraq and Afghanistan, you will still earn the respect of many people for many decades. They will make movies about this war, write books and as the dust of time passes, it to will be recognized for what it was--the western world against the Islamic Fascists. When the IED’s start exploding on I-95 south of DC, only then will the rest of this broken country come to understand what you were up against. They will start praying for our help then.
Posted by Taco Bell at 10:56 PM
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Subject: Letter from Dumb GI
SENATOR JOHN KERRY
304 RUSSELL SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
DEAR SENATOR KERRY:
WE ARE STILL LAUGHING OVER HERE IN IRAQ AT YOUR JOKE ABOUT THE TROOPS BEING DUMB. WE DO RECOGNIZE THAT YOU ARE A LOT SMARTER THAN WE ARE BECAUSE YOU WERE ABLE TO GET OUT OF COMBAT IN THREE MONTHS. THIS IS WHY WE ARE SEEKING YOUR ADVICE. PLEASE GIVE US GUIDANCE.
1.) WHERE IS THE LEAST PAINFUL AREA ON THE BODY TO INFLICT A WOUND?
2.) DOES IT HAVE TO BLEED OR WILL A SCRATCH DO?
3.) WHERE DO YOU GET THE FORMS TO FILL OUT RECOMMENDING YOURSELF FOR A PURPLE HEART?
4.) DO YOU NEED A WITNESS? IF SO, HOW MUCH DOES THAT COST?
5.) ARE THREE PURPLE HEARTS STILL GOOD FOR A TRIP HOME?
6.) WHAT IS A REALISTIC PERIOD OF TIME IN WHICH TO ACQUIRE THESE WOUNDS? LESS THAN THREE MONTHS SOUNDS A LITTLE SUSPICIOUS EVEN TO US.
THANKS FOR YOUR HELP AND KEEP THE JOKES COMING.
JUST A DUMB G.I.IN IRAK
Posted by Taco Bell at 6:14 PM
Sunday, November 12, 2006
Humble is for those who can’t, we CAN. When the world comes down on our nations military for doing their job, protecting American interest around the world and following our leaders orders, I just close my eyes and see that quote in my minds eye. Being a part of the Marine Corps is not only a job but part of a legacy that brands an invisible “Marine” tattoo across your soul.
Whenever you read about a person who served in the Marine Corps, you always hear them say, “Ex-Marine”, that is a misnomer, see once a Marine, Always a Marine!! So feel free to correct the next person who in conversion says “Oh he was an Ex Marine.” Tell them that he is a Former Marine. This can be misconstrued as a form of brain washing by some who don’t understand what being a part of such an outstanding company means.
I will give you an example of what it means to be a Marine. On September 11th 2001, a twenty year veteran of the Marine Corps, retired Staff Sergeant David Karnes, watched in horror like the rest of us as we were brutally attacked by a bunch of Crazy, Maniacal, Islam radicals. But what makes this man and another former Marine Sergeant Thomas special is that while thousands were running away from lower Manhattan, these two donned their Marine Corps Uniforms and raced to the scene of mayhem. They were allowed to pass all the check points, a respect for the uniform by the police and made their way to ground zero. What is remarkable is the fact that they found some of the last survivors from the collapse of the twin towers. These two unsung hero’s had the guts face tragedy with a level mind and sort out the details that ultimately saved the lives of two Port Authority Police Officers.
Were they called upon to do this selfless act? No!! Did the U.N. get together and figure out that the Marines needed to be called in? NO!! These two individuals took it upon themselves to use their leadership skills, training and bravado, saving two lives when others had missed them. How do you put a price on that? What kind of man does this?
These are the results of the Marine Corps, a professional organization whose byproduct is allowing these guys to work under pressure and make rational life or death decisions. They are my hero’s right now because they both showed the world that the Marines make things happen whether on Active Duty or out in the world as a Civilian. To Sgt David Karnes and the rest of the Marines out there, I say “Thank you” and Happy Birthday and Veterans day!!
Posted by Taco Bell at 8:50 PM
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
I'm not sure where these guys are, but they are Studs!!!! All I can say is I wish this was me and my guys in the photo!!
Funny story about DC and the attitude there sometimes… as a young 2ndLt stationed at the basic school in Quantico, we would go up to Georgetown to hit the bars. Mind you, we are all 22 years old, in nice dress slacks, button down shirts and driving those bitch’n brand new Lieutenant mobiles. The one thing we had going against us was the fact that we had super “High and Tight” haircuts. I tried to explain to the guys as a local boy from the area, why the girls were the way they were up there and looked down onto Marines, but it didn’t matter, they all wanted to go.
I sat back and watched as my buddies were shot down one by one by these local Georgetown gals. Jim, my roommate, found a gal who came over with her friend in tow. They sat down and I was stuck chatting with this little prim and proper preppy gal. She looked at me and said, “So you guys are Marines huh?” I nodded my head as I said yes. She then proceeded to blow me away with “So that’s all you could do with your life??”
I was floored by her comment and answered, “I’m sorry, what college did you say you go to??” She said Long Wood College which is down in Southern Virginia. I then asked her if she had applied to my University… James Madison University. She said yes… I then said well it appears that you didn’t get into my school, so when you are up for debating who is smarter, first get accepted to my University and then we’ll talk. Needless to say, I didn’t jump on that hand grenade for my buddy as I would rather drink acid then kiss her.
There will always be folks like her and Sen. Kerry, who will assume that we couldn’t do anything with our lives but join the Military, I can accept that, but when it comes time to pulling their butt out of a burning Embassy, you know that they will be the first ones to call the 911 force of the world… The U.S. Military!! Funny how that works.
As the English Novelist, George Orwell,once said, “People sleep peaceably in their beds at night, only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.” We are those men and women…
P.S. He has angered me enough to post this too...
This is a letter written by a U.S. Marine in response to Senator Kerry's recent "slip of the tongue."
Yesterday John Kerry said, "You know education, if you make the most of it, you study hard, you do your homework, and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well, and if you don’t, you get stuck in Iraq”
So I wrote him a letter:
I am a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps. I am currently on my second tour in Iraq, a tour which I volunteered for. I speak Arabic and Spanish and I plan to tackle Persian Farsi soon. I have a Bachelor's and an Associate's Degree and between deployments I am pursuing an M.B.A. In college I was a member of several academic honor societies, including the Golden Key Honor Society. I am not unique among the enlisted troops. Many of my enlisted colleagues include lawyers, teachers, mechanics, engineers, musicians and artists just to name a few. You say that your comments were directed towards the President and not us. If we were stupid, Senator Kerry, we might have believed you.
I am not a victim of President Bush. I proudly serve him because he is my Commander in Chief. If it was you who was President, I would serve you just as faithfully. I serve America, Senator Kerry, and I am also providing a service to the good people of Iraq. I have not terrorized them in the middle of the night, raped them or murdered them as you have accused me of before. I am doing my part to help them rebuild. My role is a simple one, but important. You see Senator Kerry, like it or not, we came here and removed a tyrant (who terrorized Iraqis in the middle of the night, and raped them and murdered them). And we have a responsibility to see to it that another one doesn’t take his place. The people of Iraq are recovering from an abusive relationship with a terrible government and it’s going to take some time to help them recover from that. We can’t treat this conflict like a microwave dinner and throw a temper tantrum because we feel like it’s taking too long.
Senator Kerry, you don’t have to agree with this war. You don’t have to say nice things about those of us who choose to make sacrifices for the rights of every American rather than sit back and simply feel entitled to it. But please Senator Kerry, if you’re going to call me a stupid murdering rapist, stick by what you say. Don’t tell me that I misunderstood you or that you would never insult a veteran because you’re one too. Having been there and done that does not give you a free pass to insult me.
My suggestion for you, Senator Kerry, is to remember that your speeches are recorded and broadcast to us simpletons over here. You may want to write down what you want to say before you say it, maybe have somebody look at it before you say it and tell you what others might hear. Remember that we can’t read your mind, if there are any misinterpretations in what you say, it’s because you didn’t communicate clearly.
Good luck to you Senator Kerry, if nothing else it’s always entertaining to watch you try and climb out of the holes that you constantly dig for yourself.
Somebody who is watching his daughter grow up in photographs so that you can have the right to say whatever you want about him.
A Blast From Kerry's Past
During a Vietnam-era run for Congress in '72, Kerry said "he opposed a volunteer Army because it would be dominated by the underprivileged, be less accountable, and be more prone to 'the perpetuation of war crimes.'"
Kerry, in answers to a '72 candidate questionnaire from a MA peace group: "I am convinced a volunteer army would be an army of the poor and the black and the brown. We must not repeat the travesty of the inequities present during Vietnam. I also fear having a professional army that views the perpetuation of war crimes as simply 'doing its job.'"
More Kerry: "Equally as important, a volunteer army with our present constitutional crisis takes accountability away from the president and put the people further from control over military activities."
After Kerry "caused a firestorm this week," the AP "was alerted to the historical comments by a former law enforcement official who monitored" '70s anti-war activities. In '72, as he ran for the House, Kerry "was less apologetic in his comments about the merits of a volunteer army, and said in the questionnaire that he opposed the draft, but considered a volunteer army "a greater anathema."
Kerry spokesperson David Wade said 11/1 that the historical document "needed to be viewed in the era in which it was written," but that it nonetheless raised a "bedrock question in a time of war when sacrifice should be shared by all Americans." Wade: "These are the words 34 years ago of a 28-year-old veteran home from a war gone wrong, wondering who in America will bear the cost of battle and shoulder the responsibility of military service" (Solomon, AP, 11/2).
Posted by Taco Bell at 12:50 PM