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

 

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YES! I am still alive.  I have been really busy with my school work and went home for a wedding and vacation.  Our American Bulldog, Emma had surgery last week for TPLO after blowing out 2ACL surgeries. During the TPLO they had to repair her meniscus, so for the next ten days or so, she will be wearing the cone of shame.  She is already walking on it better than she did before the surgery, but she is so strong, it is hard to restrain her since they don’t want her really walking on it much.  I hope this surgery works for her, they are expensive. 

We have had some really bad weather the past few weeks, with a lot of rain, some places getting more than 9 inches in a night, at one point it was falling at 2inches an hour. When I was driving to work, the roads had some large amounts of water and I had to drive through one to get on the base and the water came over my hood on my truck, which is on a six inch lift.

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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 Marine Lance Cpl. Brandon J. Garabrant

Things

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Oh my Gods, its been almost 2 months since I was last here. I am doing well in my graduate classes, there are no breaks between each term so it is a steady stream of assignments and a lot of typing and reading.  So far I am holding a solid A, but as the classes get harder I am sure that will go down. So far I have been through servant leadership, Blanchard situational leadership, Leader member exchange theory, contingency theory, and a bunch of other theories, which are almost all the same but not the same.  They all blur together.   

Our dog, Emma tore her ACL and has had two operations to fix it but she tore it again and she will have to go to a specialist to see if she is a candidate for more surgery.  American Bulldogs are great and loyal dogs but they sure do have weak back legs.

I have been watching some of these video’s that a couple of Russians are posting about roof topping.  I have found the climb up the Shanghai Tower the hardest to watch. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLDYtH1RH-U I have no clue how anyone could climb that high and not crap themselves.

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Total casualties as confirmed by U.S. Central Command:6781

Deaths by Conflict:

Operation Enduring Freedom :2311

Operation Iraqi Freedom :4403

Operation New Dawn :67

20 year old Army Spc.Christian J. Chandler

 

Wind

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It has been very windy around here and we have had several grass fires, that have grown pretty big because of the dry ground and high winds.  All it takes is for one person to throw a cigarette out the car window or someone to light their BBQ and a fire can start. The dogs like the warm sun but are not happy with the blowing wind.  We had to put Stella’s thunder shirt on so she would calm down.

Graduate school isn’t going as well as I had hoped.  My grade is still an A but it is a lot harder, but I think it is because my first classes are all business and nothing that relates to the fire science. I hope it gets easier or goes by faster.

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Total casualties as confirmed by U.S. Central Command:6774

Deaths by Conflict:
Operation Enduring Freedom :2304
Operation Iraqi Freedom :4403
Operation New Dawn :67

22 year old Army Spc. Andrew H. Sipple

PI Day

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What a wonderful day it was.  My wife, whom I love very much, made ME a sugar-free egg custard pie, my favorite.

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I am working on my first business class towards my masters.  It is harder than I thought and I am finding that many things the Navy taught me about leadership and management of people isn’t how its done in the real world.  I am having to retrain myself as I go through the classes.  accelerated learning is hard, one week to do at least 3 weeks of course material.

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Total casualties as confirmed by U.S. Central Command:6774

Deaths by Conflict:
Operation Enduring Freedom :2304
Operation Iraqi Freedom :4403
Operation New Dawn :67

20 year old Marine Lance Cpl. Caleb L. Erickson