Ben Stein’s Letter to the Troops

8 02 2007

An editorial article on Military.com…Great letter.

Direct URL to story (must setup an account to read)

Greetings From Rancho Mirage

Ben Stein | February 05, 2007

“Dear Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, National Guard, Reservists, in Iraq, in the Middle East theater, in Afghanistan, in the area near Afghanistan, in any base anywhere in the world, and your families:

Let me tell you about why you guys own about 90 percent of the backbone in the whole world right now and should be happy with yourselves and proud of whom you are.

It was a dazzlingly hot day here in Rancho Mirage today. I did small errands like going to the bank to pay my mortgage, finding a new bed at a price I can afford, practicing driving with my new 5 wood, paying bills for about two hours. I spoke for a long time to a woman who is going through a nasty child custody fight. I got e-mails from a woman who was fired today from her job for not paying attention. I read about multi-billion-dollar mergers in Europe, Asia, and the Mideast. I noticed how overweight I am, for the millionth time. In other words, I did a lot of nothing.

Like every other American who is not in the armed forces family, I basically just rearranged the deck chairs on the Titanic in my trivial, self-important, meaningless way.

Above all, I talked to a friend of more than forty-three years who told me he thought his life had no meaning because all he did was count his money. And, friends in the armed forces, this is the story of all of America today. We are doing nothing but treading water while you guys carry on the life or death struggle against worldwide militant Islamic terrorism. Our lives are about nothing: paying bills, going to humdrum jobs, waiting until we can go to sleep and then do it all again. Our most vivid issues are trivia compared with what you do every day, every minute, every second.

Oprah Winfrey talks a lot about “meaning” in life. For her, “meaning” is dieting and then having her photo on the cover of her magazine every single month (surely a new world record for egomania). This is not “meaning.”

– Meaning is doing for others.

– Meaning is risking your life for hers.

– Meaning is putting your bodies and families’ peace of mind on the line to defeat some of the most evil, sick killers the world has ever known.

– Meaning is leaving the comfort of home to fight to make sure that there still will be a home for your family and for your nation and for free men and women everywhere.

Look, Soldiers and Marines and Sailors and Airmen and Coast Guardsmen, there are six billion people in this world. The whole fate of this world turns on what you people, 1.4 million, more or less, do every day. The fate of mankind depends on what about 2/100 of one percent of the people in this world do every day and you are those people. And joining you is every policeman, fireman, and Emergency Medical Technician in the country, also holding back the tide of chaos.

Do you know how important you are? Do you know how indispensable you are? Do you know how humbly grateful any of us who has a head on his shoulders is to you? Do you know that if you never do another thing in your lives, you will always still be heroes? That we could live without Hollywood or Wall Street or the NFL, but we cannot live for a week without you?

We are on our knees to you and we bless and pray for you every moment. And Oprah Winfrey, if she were a size two, would not have one millionth of your importance, and all of the Wall Street billionaires will never mean what the least of you do, and if Barry Bonds hits hundreds of home runs it would not mean as much as you going on one patrol or driving one truck to the Baghdad airport.

You are everything to us, as we go through our little days, and you are in the prayers of the nation and of every decent man and woman on the planet. That’s who you are and what you mean. I hope you know that.”

 Comments?

~Crowe 





Colts are going to the Superbowl!

22 01 2007

Congrats to the Colts on a phenomenal second-half comback last night!

Colts Fans!!

My son and I watched together and had a great time eating chips and watching 2 really great games last night. He was so excited, but wound up spending the last 10 minutes of the Colts game in his pajamas, on the couch.

The Superbowl has been a long time coming for the Colts, and there is no more deserving bunch of guys than Tony Dungy and his team. Next stop, Miami! Go Colts!





Lil’ Kickers in Indy

6 01 2007

Lil’ Kickers 

 My son, who is still 2 months away from turning 3, started soccer classes today and I was really impressed with the whole program. I’ve gotten a lot of questions about pushing kids into sports, but this is not really a sporting event. (We’re not those over-obsessed parents you always see on the news!) This class is more of a child development course than anything else – and it Rocks!

Today, we practiced balance, teamwork, listening skills and mental imagery. My son had a great time playing and exercising during a season where most kids are locked in the house. I was out there with him for the duration of the 1 hour class and we were both sweating at the end! Our coach, Gavin, is amazing with kids and I can see why this program is becoming so popular around the country. There are only 2 locations that I found in Indy for this program, one in Carmel and one on the westside. They offer a free class to check it out! After our class we signed up for a 12 week committment on the spot. We even got our son’s uniform the same day!

Thanks to Mamaw and Papaw for coming and holding the videocamera~! We are so glad you could make it!

We can’t wait to see the video!





Recycling in Hendricks County

18 12 2006

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I often have a hard time, especially around the holidays, finding drop off points for recycling.

I was cleaning out my garage this weekend and found probably 2 dozen old paint cans that were left by the previous owner. I offered them up on Freecycle, but if no one wants them, what do I do? HCWM has a great amount of info on their site and you can request an actual hardcopy guide by email. It lists where to take what (paint, antifreeze, batteries…) and contact info for every drop-off point. Great Job, Guys!

(EDIT: Computer recycling info here @ Recycleindy.com!)





Congrats little brother on your Jeep!

26 10 2006

I’ve owned a 78 CJ7, an 89 YJ, and a 97 TJ and I loved them all! My brother Clint has stepped up and now is the proud owner of a shiny 95 YJ of his own!

Clint's Jeep

Congrats Bro!

Crowe





Crikey! – “Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin Dead

4 09 2006

Steve Irwin died Monday, September 4th, after being stung by a stingray while filming off the Great Barrier Reef. He was 44.

“He came on top of the stingray and the stingray’s barb went up and into his chest and put a hole into his heart,”





Imunity releases Silica, handheld "Pen" tester

16 08 2006

Wow, a portable penetration tester the size of a PDA. It does not have a price listed on their site yet, but the capabilities are nice.

From their site:

Immunity SILICA is a hand-held penetration testing product that leverages Immunity CANVAS to provide a unique testing tool for networks. Currently it supports 802.11 (Wi-Fi) and Bluetooth wireless connections or optionally Ethernet via USB. Its slim, PDA-like profile allows the penetration tester to perform testing while appearing to perform an innocuous behavior.

Example Use Cases:

  • Tell SILICA to scan every machine on every wireless network for file shares and download anything of interest to the SILICA device. Then just put it in your suit pocket and walk through your target’s office space.
  • Tell SILICA to actively penetrate any machines it can target (with any of Immunity CANVAS’s exploits) and have all successfully penetrated machines connect via HTTP/DNS to an external listening post running Immunity CANVAS Professional.
  • Mail SILICA to your target’s CEO, then let it turn on and hack anything it can as it’s sitting on their desk.
  • Have SILICA conduct MITM attacks against people on a wireless network.
  • They also just recently released a new verion of CANVAS Professional – “an automated exploitation system, and a comprehensive, reliable exploit development framework to penetration testers and security professionals worldwide.” They’re up to 6.12 at the time of this post.

    CANVAS Professional.