Six weeks to go

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I am down to six weeks before I graduate!  I can’t wait, I am so sick of school.

I have applied for several jobs, but no luck yet so I will have to keep working this shift work until I get lucky.  These shifts are killing me and my family life. My body is never on a good sleep schedule and as it is now, I get only a few hours of sleep because I have to get up and let the puppy out at around 6am and then feed her then let her out again.  After that, it is in and out all morning until I get ready to go to work. My son can’t let her out because he scared her when she was very young and now she sees him and she runs and hides wherever she can. At least she is learning that outside is the place to shit and pee.

Total casualties as confirmed by U.S. Central Command: 6825

Deaths by Conflict:

Operation Enduring Freedom :2347

Operation Iraqi Freedom :4403

Operation New Dawn :67

Operation Inherent Resolve: 6

Operation Free Sentinel: 2

37 year old  Army Sgt. 1st Class Pablo A. Ruiz

9 Weeks To Go!

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I am down to my last 9 weeks of school and I can’t wait, I am so burned out. I have no idea what I will do with my degree and probably it will be a waste of time since there are not many jobs out there, not like I thought there would be, but then again I will never know.

My friend from work got a new job so now I sit there alone with no one to talk to and since I had my knee surgery, oh yea, I had knee surgery two weeks ago, I can’t go up the stairs or do much at work, so I just sit there.

I lost some weight, well about 12 pounds so far, I am very happy about this and hope it continues to go down or at least it doesn’t go back up.

I don’t know why I continue to write this since the only person who ever read it was my mom and now she doesn’t get on the computer so I guess I write it for myself.

Total casualties as confirmed by U.S. Central Command: 6825

Deaths by Conflict:

Operation Enduring Freedom :2347

Operation Iraqi Freedom :4403

Operation New Dawn :67

Operation Inherent Resolve: 6

Operation Free Sentinel: 2

24 year old Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Ryan D. Burris

Operation Inherent Resolve

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WOW! It has been a really long time since I have been here.  I have been working very hard on my graduate degree (Master of Science in Leadership with an Emphasis in Disaster Preparedness and Executive Fire Leadership). I only have a few months left and I can’t wait.  I am tired of doing homework and research every night.

My work has changed, I should be working my 8 weeks of days but for some reason they moved some people around and I got stuck in a section that was just finishing their day rotation so I went back to working the evening shift and in a month or so I will be back on the night shift. I am not real happy and I also don’t like some of the people I work with.

I have been looking and applying for different jobs but without my degree it is hard to change fields.  I hope to get something though, I am even willing to go down in pay grade for a new job. Several people where I work have been hired to go to England.  I wouldn’t mind that but really don’t think my wife would move that far from her parents and with my mom getting up in years I don’t even really like living as far as I do from her. I did get her to come up for Christmas and it was nice having family here for the holidays.

I have watched the news and our world is in a real mess, I truly believe that we are heading for a way in both Europe and the Middle East, and I also feel that our country is heading for a civil war over ultra right-wing religion.  If it happens I have my truck and I can make it to get my mom and then head north.  Always have to head north were there are supplies of clean water and areas where you can grow root plants such as potatoes. I really need to get my food storage back into shape.

Thats it for now.

Oh, did anyone know we were actually involved in a new conflict? Yes, Operation Inherent Resolve, which has taken 3 more lives.

Total casualties as confirmed by U.S. Central Command: 6820

Deaths by Conflict:

Operation Enduring Freedom :2347

Operation Iraqi Freedom :4403

Operation New Dawn :67

Operation Inherent Resolve: 3

19 year old Marine Lance Cpl. Sean P. Neal

 

 

 

$8,000,000 a day!

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I have started writing this several times but have had to stop so I could either work on school work or take care of something around here.  It has been very hot here and I have not had a lot of energy to do much of anything.  I had to cut the grass the other day and thought I was going to die.  I got dizzy and when I was finished my urine was like iced tea.  It was nice to know that my son was watching me from inside through the window. I guess he might have called someone if I had passed out or something.

Our American Bulldog, Emma, is doing much better after her surgery.  She still limps and probably will for the rest of her life but she is putting weight on her leg and has even tried to jump on the bed.  We have to put her cone of shame on at night to keep her from jumping up there.  Our other two dogs are enjoying their time on the bed at night.  Usually they have to sleep in the spare room.

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I have stayed pretty quiet about Israel and Gaza.  I am very disappointed that our country is sending additional money and weapons to Israel and not holding them accountable for their violation of international law that governs occupied lands and targeting civilians and UN facilities. Didn’t the US and the UK bomb Iraq for targeting UN facilities?

I really don’t want my tax dollars being sent to Israel, or any other country for that matter.  The 8 million dollars a day we send to Israel in military aid could buy a lot of new books for schools and provide a lot of hot meals for kids who miss a hot lunch when school is out of session.   8 million dollars a day is a lot of money, and it could even go to paying a little more on the interest of our national debt.

So since I brought up Israel, I encourage everyone or anyone who reads this to not buy products that are made in Israel.  How do you know what is from Israel?  Well you can’t always count on the “made in” comment of the item since Israel sometimes puts Made in USA on the products, but the UPC can tell you where a product was made.  Products made in Israel have a UPC that starts with 729.  The Soda Stream system that you can make your own Pop at home is a product from Israel, although they don’t always say made in Israel, their UPC does start with 729.  You can’t always be 100% sure where a product is made, because they sometimes use a different nations code, mostly that of the US.

Remember, you are NOT an anti-Semite if you do not agree with Israel’s invasion of Gaza or the support they are getting from the US.

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Total casualties as confirmed by U.S. Central Command: 6799

Deaths by Conflict:

Operation Enduring Freedom :2329

Operation Iraqi Freedom :4403

Operation New Dawn :67

19-year-old  Army Pfc. Keith M. Williams

Why

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I am just coming down from a 4 day migraine.  I had to go to the ER to get it knocked down enough that I will be able to manage it.  I hope it stays down long enough for me to get some sleep.

My dog, Emma is doing better but she is really licking her incision and has it all red,  She has a cone of shame around her neck but she has figured how to lick with it on.  The dog is smarter than I am.

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I found this news article on RT a little scary:

Iraq loses control of chemical weapons depot to ISIS militants.  The Iraqi government has informed the United Nations that it has lost control of a former chemical weapons depot to Islamist insurgents affiliated with ISIS, or IS, and cannot carry out its obligations to destroy what’s stored in the compound.

“Bunker 13 had about 2,500 sarin-filled chemical rockets  and 180 tons of the“very toxic chemical” sodium cyanide. Bunker 41, contained 2,000 empty artillery shells that were contaminated with mustard gas, more than 600 one-ton mustard containers holding residue, and severely contaminated construction material (RT News, 2014) .

Now I thought that the main reason we invaded the country, at least the main reason Bush and Cheney lied to us about, was to get rid of their chemical and nuclear weapons, which were never there. We all know that was all a lie.  Why didn’t we do something about these chemicals in these bunkers while we were over there with troops and the manpower to destroy them ourselves rather than turning the problem over to a weak, untrustworthy puppet government?

Mean while Iraqi lawmakers are still debating over what kind of government to form in order give themselves the best opportunity to unite the country and strike back against the Islamic State militants (RT News, 2014).

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Well that is it for tonight.  My school is going good and I am getting use to doing everything how it is expected in graduate classes.

Total casualties as confirmed by U.S. Central Command:6794

Deaths by Conflict:

Operation Enduring Freedom :2324

Operation Iraqi Freedom :4403

Operation New Dawn :67

19 year old  Army Pvt. Aaron S. Toppen