I’m late in putting this out but here it is from LaughingWolf- The post-holiday blues can be bad enough on those who are healthy, and fully engaged in their normal activities. Stop for a moment and consider what it might be like for a member of the U.S. or Allied forces who find themselves evacuated to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany. The time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s has been like a fire-hose of attention, visits, and more. Then, suddenly, it’s gone. They are alone in a hospital, in a foreign country, and away from friends, family, and normal support networks. Despite the dedicated efforts of staff and volunteers, the blues can hit hard. Recognizing that, Gina Elise of the non-profit Pin-Ups for Vets (pinupsforvets.com) and Cooking with the Troops (cwtt.org) have partnered to create Operation Fight Post Holiday Blues. This special event, timed for mid-January to have maximum effect, will combine a special dinner for a planned 150 people cooked by Guest Chef Ellen Adams (redhotdish.com), with hospital and other visits by Gina to help drive the blues away. To aid this effort, the team is being joined by author Michael Z. Williamson (michaelzwilliamson.com), who will also do visits, autographs, and give away books. Full details on the event can be found at http://cwtt.org/opfphblues.html and all participants are available for interviews. To do this event, Pin-Ups for Vets and Cooking with the Troops are looking to raise $15,000. Donations can be made by mail, or online at http://cwtt.org/donations.html via PayPal. Donors can note on the donation that it is for Operation Fight Post-Holiday Blues. Any funds raised that are not used will be used to support future operations at Pin-Ups for Vets and Cooking with the Troops. Larger versions of the attached images are available at http://cwtt.org/opfphblues.html or through the contacts listed below. Links: http://cwtt.org/opfphblues.html http://cwtt.org http://pinupsforvets.com/ http://www.redhotdish.com/index.html http://www.michaelzwilliamson.com/index.php Cooking with the Troops is a 501(c)(3) public charity dedicated to supporting U.S. and Allied Troops, their families, and caregivers through special food events, culinary careers, front line support, and homefront support. For more information, please contact Susan Katz Keating, Director of Communications, at firstname.lastname@example.org or C. Blake Powers, CEO, at email@example.com.
Found this story via Ace of Spades at Closing Velocity –
The MDA at one time had plans to field operational versions of the ABL for boost-phase missile defense, but the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama has scaled back the program.Basically that means, “It’s dead Jim.” Oh my. And it just had the most impressive test flight ev-ah. Wheww. Glad we dodged that money bullet. I mean. Imagine. If we had wasted BILLIONS of dollars on something that didn’t work. Sure am proud of this president for wasting his money on more important stuff like his friends jobs and pay offs the economy. Missile defense? Who needs it. Good on him for having such foresight!
I meant to post this over the Thanksgiving Holiday. Some of you were asking how the painting was coming along. The one to be auctioned for the Jim Spiri fund raiser? You remember. Right? To raise funds to send Jim into theatre as a combat photographer. I’m sure you remember now. So, here’s a detail from the painting just to give you an idea of how its progressing…