Monday, June 28, 2010

Korean War Not Forgotten:

The month of June marked the 60th anniversary of the outbreak of the Korean War, a three-year conflict that claimed a million lives, 36,000 of them American. Dubbed, "The Forgotten War" - many military historians focus more on the Civil War, WW II, and Viet Nam. But Korea had one battle which will never be forgotten: The Chosin Reservoir Campaign.

In the winter of 1950. the 12,000 Marines and 3,000 Soldiers of the 1st Marine Division were surrounded by 120,000 Chinese soldiers at the Chosin Reservoir. Trapped 78 miles behind enemy lines and being battered by sub-zero temperatures, the American troops fought their way out, taking their dead and wounded with them.
As the soldiers reached the coastline, 98,000 desperate civilians followed them in a frantic attempt to escape the Communist rule in North Korea. Our brave Marines, soldiers and sailors volunteered to stay for three more days, under fire, until all of the refugees were loaded onto ships and brought safely to South Korea.
A total of 17 Medals of Honor, 73 Navy Crosses, and 23 Distinguished Service Crosses were awarded for the heroic actions of the American soldiers. Chosin became one of the most decorated battles in American history.

There's not many of these American hero's left. Many still carry the memories, and the horrors of war. You see them at parades, and at war memorials, still proudly wearing their uniforms. If you see one of them, tip your cap to these brave men, and thank them for their service to our country. God Bless America!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Troy Event Season Kicks Off:

Beginning in 2004, the City of Troy and the merchants on River St. put together the River St. Festival to help showcase all of the exciting things going on in the downtown business district. In particular, all the special places located up and down River St.
The events grassroots arts and antiques theme separates the festival from other commercially established festivals that you see today. River St. Fest is a very family oriented event that offers a wide selection of food, crafts, street performers, magicians, jugglers, and a diverse selection of musical talent performing on three stages located across the expanse of River St.
Here's what you can expect to see on all three stages:
Local Stage -- located at State & River St.
11:30 a.m. - Simple Theory with Maurizio & Brittany Robichaud
12:30 p.m. -Emeralds of July
1:30 p.m. - Elizabeth Woodbury Kasius & Heard
2:30 p.m. -- Jenna Rowe (Winner of the Lansingburgh Has Talent Contest)
3:00 p.m. -- Walter Peters
4:00 p.m. -- The Mystios

World Stage -- located at the old city hall at Monument Square.
11:00 a.m. -- Ashley Pond
12:15 p.m. -- Maria Zemantauski
1:15 p.m. -- Taina Asili
2:40 p.m. -- Erin Harkes Band
4:30 p.m. -- Paula Cole

Childrens Stage -- River St. by Arts Center.
10:00 a.m. --Al Spain
10:45 a.m.-- EvilDan & Colleen the Sideshow Queen
11:15 a.m. -- Al Spain
12:00 p.m. --EvilDan & Colleen the Sideshow Queen
12:45 p.m. -- Cavanaugh & Kavanaugh
1:45 p.m. -- Magic Man
2:45 p.m. -- Cavanaugh & Kavanaugh
3:45 p.m. -- EvilDan & Colleeen the Sideshow Queen
4:15 p.m. -- Al Spain
5:00 p.m. -- EvilDan & Colleen the Sideshow Queen
5:30 p.m. -- Al Spain

So join us for all the fun, food, excitement, and quite a bit of fantastic music on Saturday, June 19, beginning at 10 a.m. Enjoy Troy!

Monday, June 7, 2010

Really Stupid Politician Tricks:

Sometimes you see politicians doing some very moronic things. Then there are times when they just seem to push the envelope of stupidity even further.
In case you haven't heard, a couple of NY State assemblymen are proposing a new law, which may be, in my opinion, a death sentence for police officers in New York.
Assembly Bill, A02952, which reads in part, "A police officer or peace officer...uses such force with the intent to stop, rather than kill...and uses only the minimal amount of force necessary to effect such stop." What? I can see it now, an officer in pursuit of an armed suspect who has just committed a felony, gets the drop on the suspect and says, "stop or I'll shoot you in the fleshy part of your arm!"
The current law in place, state Penal Law, S 35.15(2)(a)(ii), reads, "A person may not use deadly physical force upon another person...unless:he or she is... a police officer or peace officer or a person assisting a police or peace officer at the latter's direction."

If you follow state politics you may remember that when Gov. Patterson was a member of the state senate, he tried for 6 years to get a similar bill passed. Well, it was a bad idea then, as it's a bad idea now. What's next, taking away a police officers gun and replacing it with a sling shot? The bill would force officers to use their weapons with the intent to stop, rather than kill a suspect. They would be mandated to shoot a suspect in the arm or leg. Cops are taught to shoot at the center of their target and fire their weapon until the threat has been stopped.
You can reasonably assume that a police officer in the line of fire would have to make a full assessment of a dangerous situation in a fraction of a second. Why should that officer have to worry about where he shoots the suspect? The criminal is probably not worrying where he shoots the cop, if he has a family, or how his children will be effected by their fathers death.
He's shooting at the cop to KILL him -- not just to wound him. With the fire power available to some of these low life's, as far as I'm concerned, give the police officers a bazooka a few hand grenades to lob at them. Their rights go right out the window once they start opening fire on the cops and law abiding public.

I've seen what the Troy PD is up against on the streets of our city. I've seen suspects spit on cops, take a swing at an officer, and lead them on crazy chases which endanger the citizens of our city. Some of these animals have no regard for human life. Letting this moronic bill even go to the Assembly floor for a vote is like placing a death sentence on any man or woman who is brave enough to wear the uniform. Take the time and write a letter of protest to the Assembly members behind the nonsense, Annette Robinson (D-Bedford Stuyvesant), and Darryl Towns (D- East New York), and let them know that you, as a taxpaying citizen, do not want to see the brave men and women who protect us, die in the line of duty -- just to protect the so called rights of the criminal. To hell with their rights - they lost them the minute they picked up the illegal firearm.