Saturday, May 29, 2004

Memorial Day, lest we forget

You'll need flash to watch this

Memorial Day

Wednesday, May 26, 2004

This is the real American

Maybe you'd like to hear about something other than idiot Reservists and
naked Iraqis.

Maybe you'd like to hear about a real American, somebody who honored the
uniform he wears.

Meet Brian Chontosh.

Churchville-Chili Central School class of 1991. Proud graduate of the
Rochester Institute of Technology. Husband and about-to-be father. First
lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps.

And a genuine hero.

The secretary of the Navy said so yesterday.

At 29 Palms in California Brian Chontosh was presented with the Navy
Cross, the second highest award for combat bravery the United States can

That's a big deal.

But you won't see it on the network news tonight, and all you read in
Brian's hometown newspaper was two paragraphs of nothing. Instead, it was
more blather about some mental defective MPs who acted like animals.

The odd fact about the American media in this war is that it's not covering
the American military. The most plugged-in nation in the world is receiving
virtually no true information about what its warriors are doing.

Oh, sure, there's a body count. We know how many Americans have fallen.
And we see those same casket pictures day in and day out. And we're almost
on a first-name basis with the pukes who abused the Iraqi prisoners. And we
know all about improvised explosive devices and how we lost Fallujah and
what Arab public-opinion polls say about us and how the world hates us.

We get a non-stop feed of gloom and doom.

But we don't hear about the heroes.

The incredibly brave GIs who honorably do their duty. The ones our
grandparents would have carried on their shoulders down Fifth Avenue.

The ones we completely ignore.

Like Brian Chontosh.

It was a year ago on the march into Baghdad. Brian Chontosh was a platoon
leader rolling up Highway 1 in a Humvee.

When all hell broke loose.

Ambush city.

The young Marines were being cut to ribbons. Mortars, machine guns, rocket
propelled grenades. And the kid out of Churchville was in charge. It was do
or die and it was up to him.

So he moved to the side of his column, looking for a way to lead his men to
safety. As he tried to poke a hole through the Iraqi line his Humvee came
under direct enemy machine gun fire.

It was fish in a barrel and the Marines were the fish.

And Brian Chontosh gave the order to attack. He told his driver to floor
the Humvee directly at the machine gun emplacement that was firing at them.
And he had the guy on top with the .50 cal unload on them.

Within moments there were Iraqis slumped across the machine gun and
Chontosh was still advancing, ordering his driver now to take the Humvee
directly into the Iraqi trench that was attacking his Marines. Over into
the battlement the Humvee went and out the door Brian Chontosh bailed,
carrying an M16 and a Beretta and 228 years of Marine Corps pride.

And he ran down the trench.

With its mortars and riflemen, machineguns and grenadiers.

And he killed them all.

He fought with the M16 until he was out of ammo. Then he fought with the
Beretta until it was out of ammo. Then he picked up a dead man's AK47 and
fought with that until it was out of ammo. Then he picked up another dead
man's AK47 and fought with that until it was out of ammo.

At one point he even fired a discarded Iraqi RPG into an enemy cluster,
sending attackers flying with its grenade explosion.

When he was done Brian Chontosh had cleared 200 yards of entrenched Iraqis
from his platoon's flank. He had killed more than 20 and wounded at least
as many more.

But that's probably not how he would tell it.

He would probably merely say that his Marines were in trouble, and he got
them out of trouble. Hoo-ah, and drive on.

"By his outstanding display of decisive leadership, unlimited courage in
the face of heavy enemy fire, and utmost devotion to duty, 1st Lt.
Chontosh reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest
traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service."

That's what the citation says.

And that's what nobody will hear.

That's what doesn't seem to be making the evening news. Accounts of
American valor are dismissed by the press as propaganda, yet accounts of
American difficulties are heralded as objectivity. It makes you wonder if
the role of the media is to inform, or to depress - to report or to deride.
To tell the truth, or to feed us lies.

But I guess it doesn't matter.

We're going to turn out all right.

As long as men like Brian Chontosh wear our uniform.

- by Bob Lonsberry (c) 2004

Never has the following seemed more appropriate:

"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary
safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." ~~ Benjamin Franklin,
Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759

Saturday, May 22, 2004

17th Amendment

Georgia Democratic Sen. Zell Miller is calling for the United States to
restore the wishes of its Founding Fathers and empower state legislatures to
appoint senators rather than be elected by voters.

Is it time to do away with our bicameral system of government? I came across
this article over at the Patriots Unite Blog. To read the whole thing click
on over.

Friday, May 21, 2004

Breakfast with Gary

Had breakfast with Gary this morning, a little foretaste of heaven. Just
think someday those times with Steve, Gary, Rudy, Les et al, will not be
constrained by time. Come Lord Jesus come!

Tuesday, May 18, 2004


The Christ-child lay on Mary's lap,
His hair was like a light.
(O weary, weary were the world,
But here is all aright.)

The Christ-child lay on Mary's breast
His hair was like a star.
(O stern and cunning are the kings,
But here the true hearts are.)

The Christ-child lay on Mary's heart,

His hair was like a fire.
(O weary, weary is the world,

But here the world's desire.)

The Christ-child stood on Mary's knee,

His hair was like a crown,
And all the flowers looked up at Him,

And all the stars looked down.

G.K. Chesterton

He is Risen!

Let the whole creation arise and bow down before its Creator. The King is
risen and is on His throne!

Good Morning

And a good morning it is!

Monday, May 17, 2004


I was wondering the other day why it is that there is silence. I mean I love silence, but this silence is deafening. It is the silence of the Islamic world in response to the Nick Berg murder. If a so called group of Christians had done what these so called Muslims did, there would be a hue and cry that would be deafening in its volume, not its silence.

Oh well just plodding along...