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An Gorta Mór, or The Great Irish Famine

(I first wrote this March of 2012. Each year I try to add at least one new story to my Irish History Celebration posts. I’ve reposted it this month for our Irish Heritage celebration. Enjoy! – BS)

The Famine began quite mysteriously in September 1845 as leaves on potato plants suddenly turned black and curled, then rotted, seemingly the result of a fog that had wafted across the fields of Ireland. I have been told that the cause was actually an airborne fungus originally transported in the holds of ships traveling from North America to England. Somewhat ironic then if you consider how many Irish families in turn fled to North America because of it. Let no one say we Irish have not had a sense of humor in the annuals of history.

In Any event, The Great Famine was a period of mass starvation, disease and emigration between 1845 and 1852. Outside of Ireland it is more commonly called The Irish Potatoe Famine. Within Ireland, and amongst my own family it was referred to as an Gorta Mór or great hunger.

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Remembering a Travesty: Ft. Hood

November 5th, 2009

At roughly 13:30 local time Major Nidal Hasn, United States Army, entered his duty post of the Soldier Readiness Center, at Ft. Hood, TX.

The SRC is where personnel receive routine medical treatment immediately prior to and on return from deployment.

According to eyewitnesses and numerous court reports, he took a seat at an empty table, bowed his head for several seconds, and then stood up and opened fire shouting “Allah Ahkbar!”

Using an FN Five-seven semi-automatic pistol, which he had purchased at a civilian gun store, and a .357 Magnum revolver (which he may not have fired) Hasan systematically went on a rampage that is unheard of in military history.

A unarmed US Army Reserve Captain John Gaffaney attempted to stop Hasan, but was killed in the attempt.

Civilian physician assistant Michael Cahill tried to charge Hasan with a chair before being shot and killed.

There were 43 shooting casualties. Among the 13 killed were 12 soldiers, one of whom was pregnant, and a single Army civilian employee. Thirty others were wounded and required hospitalization.

Today we remember:

  • Mr. Michael Cahill
  • Major Libardo Caraveo
  • Staff Sergeant Justin DeCrow
  • Captain John Gaffaney
  • Specialist Frederic Greene
  • Specialist Jason Hunt
  • Staff Sergeant Amy Krueger
  • Private First Class Aaron Nemelka
  • Private First Class Michael Pearson
  • Captain Russel Seager
  • Private First Class Francheska Velez and her unborn child
  • Lieutenant Colonel Juanita Warman
  • Private First Class Kham Xiong

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Qote of the Day, October 12, 2010

Bin Laden issues a videotape, he reads a poem … he’s rubbing it in our faces. He’s directly challenging the United States and he’s gloating about it. … And so what we were trying to do was to tee up this issue for a decision and to say, ‘let’s make a choice. Do we respond? Do we hold these people accountable? … We owe that to the families of those who lost their loved ones in the Cole.


Remembering the U.S.S. Cole

On October 12, 2000 at 09:30 local time the USS Cole completed it’s mooring in to the port of Aden for refueling.

The damage done to the USS Cole - From US Navy Archives

As the process started, a little after 11 am a small craft approached the vessel. At 6,800 tons, a US Naval destroyer is not a small ship, but in the warrior class of naval warfare they are one of the lighter combatants.

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Already Home: Memorial Day Weekend

I recorded this last year, in my hotel room with cheap 4 dollar microphone. The audio quality is not the best in the world. That said I did it because I wanted to do something different for my brothers and sisters in arms whom never made it home. Something to give a little peace, something to give a little guidance. My apologies if its not up to par with a pro singers work, and my apologies if it comes off churlish. I make no apologies for the effort however. -BS

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    Did i go Overboard? My coworker picked up some tilted barn, and a vintage bottle for me, Trillium had a release today , and my tavour order arrived.. i guess im full.

    Can never go overboard with good booze!


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    So it was this holiday…..


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    Hands down my favorite Mexico cerveza. Colombe Smoked Black IPA


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