stirring, impressive, poignant, gratifying, and the video is so felicitous as to make it icing on the cake. A soldier is a soldier is a hero no matter where home is. They are humbling in their attitude and staggering their demeanor.
I am besieged, by a thousand or more of the Mexicans under Santa Anna. I have sustained a continual Bombardment and cannonade for 24 hours and have not lost a man. The enemy has demanded a surrender at discretion, otherwise, the garrison are to be put to the sword, if the fort is taken. I have answered the demand with a cannon shot, and our flag still waves proudly from the walls. I shall never surrender or retreat. Then, I call on you in the name of Liberty, of patriotism & everything dear to the American character, to come to our aid, with all dispatch. The enemy is receiving reinforcements daily and will no doubt increase to three or four thousand in four or five days. If this call is neglected, I am determined to sustain myself as long as possible and die like a soldier who never forgets what is due to his own honor & that of his country. Victory or Death.
William Barret Travis
Lt. Col. Comdt.
P.S. The Lord is on our side. When the enemy appeared in sight we had not three bushels of corn. We have since found in deserted houses 80 or 90 bushels and got into the walls 20 or 30 head of Beeves.
He gave this letter to courier Albert Martin to deliver. The envelope that contained the letter was labeled "Victory or Death". The letter, while unable to bring aid to the garrison at the Alamo, did much to motivate the Texan army and helped to rally support in America for the cause of Texan independence. It also cemented Travis's status as a hero of the Texas Revolution.( from Wickopedia)
He was 26 when he died. He death was not in a lost cause. It was in a victory.
Tonight it is cold here in Texas. Not as cold as most of you feel this time of the year. But it is cold. Part because of the weather.Part because of the absolute disregard for the core, the heart of the United States of America. Part because of the vomit that has been spewed on EVERY hero that gave all.Part for every vet that left a body part, part of their mind, or brought back more than they or their families ever asked for.
I would like to think that I have lived in the best of times that this country had to offer. My great grandfather moved across the country in a covered wagon, and watched man land on the moon.My grand mother was the first person born in their small town. I learned the work ethic from these folks. I learned that you need to put up for the winter. I learned that aluminum foil can be washed and reused. That's recycling before it was cool, you soccer mom maggots!
I just deleted a bunch of angry rant. Wow!
Please stay aware of what the good ole boys in DC want us to become, and please don't surrender or retreat!
My 8 year old grand daughter and her 4 year old brother spent the night with us last night. We were up before the crack of dawn so she could get to school. I gave her an extra hard hug before she left this morning.
I normally pray that I can personally have a face to face with a piece of scum like this. I have the tools and the knowledge to make their eternity a here and now. But because of the awesome grace shown by her father, I prayed and I am letting go. God will have his justice and Christine will be His witness when it comes. My tears come from the loss of what could have been.
No country on the globe is so happily situated, or so internally capable of raising a fleet as America. Tar, timber, iron, and cordage are her natural produce. We need go abroad for nothing.
Published in 1776, Common Sense challenged the authority of the British government and the royal monarchy. The plain language that Paine used spoke to the common people of America and was the first work to openly ask for independence from Great Britain.
Please take a few minutes to read and absorb this!
(CBS) An Internet law designed to protect the stealing of trade secrets and identities is being used to levy a felony charge against a Michigan man after he logged onto his then-wife's Gmail account and found out she was cheating.
Leon Walker, 33, of Rochester Hills, Mich., is being charged with felony computer misuse, and faces up to five years in prison after logging into the email account of now ex-wife Clara Walker on a shared laptop using her password, the Detroit Free Press reports.
He is facing a Feb. 7 trial. Leon and Clara Walker's divorce was finalized earlier this month, the Free Press reports.
Clara, who was married twice previously, was having an affair with her second husband, as Walker found in her email, according to the Free Press. The second husband had been arrested earlier for beating her in front of her young son from her first husband.
Walker was worried about more domestic violence from husband No. 2, so he handed the e-mails over to the child's father, the Free Press reports. He promptly filed an emergency motion to obtain custody.
Leon Walker, a computer technician with Oakland County, was arrested in February 2009, after Clara Walker learned he had provided the emails to her first husband.
"I was doing what I had to do," Leon Walker told the Free Press in a recent interview. He has been out on bond since shortly after his arrest. "We're talking about putting a child in danger."
Oakland County Prosecutor Jessica Cooper defended her decision to charge Walker, calling him a skilled "hacker" who downloaded the material in "a contentious way."
Electronic Privacy expert Frederick Lane told the Free Press that the case hinges in a legal grey area, and the fact that the laptop was shared may help Walker's cause.
About 45 percent of divorce cases involve some snooping -- and gathering -- of email, Facebook and other online material, Lane said. But he added that those are generally used by the warring parties for civil reasons -- not for criminal prosecution, the Free Press reports.