Seven Roads to Hell

A Screaming Eagle at Bastogne,

by Donald R. Burgett

101st Airborne

I’m about finished with three books of the four book set Marci got me for Christmas, signed by the now 90-year-old author Don Burgett.  Burgett joined the young 101st Airborne Division when he was 18 years old in May of 1943.

“Burgett holds the title of being the first enlisted man to write and publish a history of the American Airborne”

Burgett grew up in Detroit and now lives in Howell.  His son lives in the manufactured housing community in Zeeland that Marci and her folks manage and that’s how Marci’s grandfather Maynard Klamer and I got signed copies of this four-volume history of the Screaming Eagles and their exploits from Normandy to the heart of Hitler’s Germany.

I’ve always had a great respect for those who fought in combat on our behalf, in any war we’ve been involved in.  Some of the accounts I’ve read in this book make me wonder what I would have done in these situations.  I might have deserted or I might have used my weapon on myself to make the grotesque images go away.  I guess it’s best that young men go into war and not old men like me.  I would hope I would act honorably in defense of
my country, but none of us can really know unless we’ve actually been there.  All I can say is that without the men of the 101st and 82nd Airborne divisions, victory in Europe would have come much later.  Heck, we might have lost the war, who knows?

Near Bastogne, Burgett and his fellow paratroopers spent nights in foxholes in -10 degree temps, went days without food, without water and without sleep.  One thing they had in abundance was brutal warfare with German forces.

Below is an excerpt from the third book to give you an idea of some of the stuff these men endured for us:

We had to laugh in spite of the pounding we were taking. Men were being killed and wounded but still we laughed.

Paul Devitte was the gunner on the machine gun set up in the field when a shell struck just in front of his weapon and exploded.  The blast sent shell fragments slicing forward in a fan shape over the frozen ground.  The assistant gunner and two others were killed outright.  Devitte had his left arm torn off above the elbow, his right leg above the knee, and his left leg below the knee. 

Several men carried Devitte to the road after the shelling stopped.  Dave Clark, our medic, gave him a shot of morphine, stuck the needle through his lapel, and bent the needle to affix it there.

Devitte never lost consciousness.  A jeep arrived and he was strapped onto a litter that was then fastened on the jeep.  Just as the jeep started out, Devitte asked the driver to wait. 
“Would someone get my watch for me?” he called out.  “It was on my left arm; it was a graduation gift from my parents.  They would feel bad if I lost it.”

 

Devitte survived this ordeal and one of the troopers did find his arm – and his watch.  He later repaired it and gave it back to Devitte after the war.  This is one of many incredible stories that Burgett tells so well in these books. 

If you love history, especially military history, or know someone who does, I can highly recommend these books.  Here is what Stephen Ambrose, the great historian and author of “Band Of Brothers” says about Burgett’s books on the 101st:

“I have read a lot of books on the experience of combat from both World Wars, and this is by a longshot the best. Without qualification.”

Years ago I read Tom Brokaw’s “The Greatest Generation” and I have a re-kindled respect for so many men and women of this era who did such incredible things in the face of such terrible circumstances.

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The Cult of the Dog

I drafted this on June 13 but haven’t sent it as it’s sure to disturb a few people, but in light of the revelations regarding Planned Parenthood, I have to.

I’m not anti-dog or anti-pet, but I’m trying to figure out when dogs went from being pets to being idols in this country.

Dogs are pretty awesome creatures.  My dad owned several German Shepherds when I was very young, but they turned on him when I came along and he got rid of them.  My sister and I had a dog for about 14 years of our childhood.  We also had gerbils and goldfish.  Pets are great.  Dogs are great, but I just don’t get how they’ve been elevated to such a status symbol in our culture.  For many, they are clearly idols.  The same can be said of cats.  I owned two of those as well.  I have to say dogs are far superior to cats.  <grin>

Was it Paris Hilton?  Did she start this thing?  Dog as accessory.  Dog as status symbol.

paris hilton dog

Below are a few Bible verses that mention dogs.  They’re not idolized in Scripture by any means:

Psalm 22:16
Dogs surround me,
a pack of villains encircles me;
they pierce[e] my hands and my feet.

Matthew 7:6
“Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.

Revelation 22:15
Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.

 

whiskers resort and pet spa

WHISKERS RESORT AND PET SPA.  NICER THAN SOME HOTELS I’VE BEEN IN

We do it with our cars, with our spouses, with our children, with all of our possessions.  We take something that is a blessing, something that is useful and turn it into far more than it should be. 

I look at that picture above from the pet spa and I think about children in Syria, or Iraq, or
Egypt who will sleep in FAR humbler situations tonight.  Should we sleep tonight while men, women, and children sleep in open fields while dogs are pampered in excessive luxury?

Dogs are extremely beneficial to us – search-and-rescue, K-9 units, hunting, companionship – but at the end of the day, they serve us, not the other way around.  My tools go into a toolbox when I’m finished with them.  I’ve never put my adjustable wrench or screwdriver up for the night in a hotel.

Come to think of it, Jesus is kinda like a dog.  You can neglect him all day, mistreat him, ignore him, but when you’re ready for some lovin’, there he is, licking your face so to speak, jumping all over you in love and affection – abuses forgotten and forgiven – not repaying evil with evil but with love.

God created dogs.  Should we worship the creature or the Creator?

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Inside France’s Sharia No-Go Zones

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What transpired yesterday in France should come as no surprise to anyone.  It’s simply the natural, expected result of horrible liberal policies in France. 

This is how political correctness ends.  This is how uncontrolled borders ends.  Westerners should get used to this.  It’s the new status quo.

I was watching some analysis late last night on TV and a former U.S. general stated that these ISIS guys are something of a franchise operation.  One need not come directly from Syria to engage in such terror.  Any evil, like-minded person can simply open up shop so to speak and become a brother-in-arms with these madmen and do so while looking like those he or she lives amongst.  This is the most troubling part of all this.

Defense against this form of terror is nearly impossible in an open society, which is why we are going to see even further reductions in our liberties in the West as a result of such acts.
I was a bit puzzled by a few things yesterday:

1)  How with such certainty the authorities claimed the events were over, very shortly after the action subsided.

2)  How President Hollande was so quick to put himself down in what could very well still have been an active situation.

 

It will probably never happen, but the radicals in these Muslim no-go zones need to be rounded up and shipped elsewhere, via train or whatever, Auschwitz-style, to some other place outside of France.  Commentators last night wondered how these attacks could have happened with France on a high state of alert.  Come on, really?  You have enclaves of these people where the police don’t even dare to go.  Think about it guys, come on!

Islam is a dirty, satanically-inspired false religion.  Not all practicing Muslims are terrorists but it’s no surprise to me the kind of fruit that comes from such a warped type of soil.  Islam is at its heart an anti-Christ religion.  Christ is good, I think that is quite obvious, so what can we expect from those who hate God’s Son with a passion?

One final thing in closing.  Shepard Smith of Fox News is a radical drama queen.  That guy is truly beyond annoying.  Last night I was reminded why I no longer spend hours in front of Fox News or any news channel for that matter for hours upon hours like I once did.  OH, and if you didn’t catch Geraldo Rivera speaking live to his daughter who was at the stadium, don’t go looking for that for it was some really awful television.  <grin>

On a positive note, Christ will return and all of his children should be cheered by this fact.  These things will someday be ended forever.  It is very likely that “Jihad Johnny” knows Christ better than any of us right now.  Who’s a badass now, Mr. Jihad?  Hey Johnny, say hello to Saddam Hussein’s boys for me, will ya?

This calls for patient endurance on the part of the people of God who keep his commands and remain faithful to Jesus. Revelation 14:12

Arjay


Inside France’s Sharia No-Go Zones
http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2015/01/22/inside-frances-sharia-no-go-zones/

I have a friend whose sister was raped in an elevator. The family wanted to go to the police, but the thugs who raped her sister caught her brother and burned cigarettes on his tongue. They warned him that if he ever talked. they would all be finished. Girls get raped and burned in garbage cans in these places. Ilan Halimi was held captive for weeks in places like these.

There are no rules there, especially not for Jews. A Jew in these areas can take a beating at any time! The police do not go in unless they come with huge backup. If a police car gets lost there, it will get smashed to pieces! They provoke fires, so that the firemen come and get stoned!

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Big Discount on John Hagee’s Blood Moon Materials!!!

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Word on the street is that you can get John Hagee’s “Blood Moon” stuff really cheap at Christian bookstores right now.  It’s right next to Harold Camping’s works in a section called False Prophets.  Check it out if you can.  The books make great doorstops and the DVDs make nice trivets. 

As R. Scott Clark, Professor of Church History and Historical Theology at Westminster Seminary California tweeted on September 27, “Well it’s the blood moon and we’re still here.”

Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you.  For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many.”   Matthew 24:4-5

Stealing a Christian’s hope is worse than stealing Christmas morning from a little child.  Sometimes hope is all we have.  Fortunately, hope where it concerns Christ’s promises will never go unrewarded.

Hagee and Company might not directly claim to be the Messiah, but they claim to speak for Him, and that’s just as bad.  Christ is known as – among other things – the Word of God. 

There are unbelievers out there who have a better respect and understanding of Scripture than many so-called Christian leaders.  My atheist friend, speaking about this most recent end-times cult eBible Fellowship, was even able to roughly quote from Matthew 24 about NO MAN knowing the day or the hour. 

Satan and his children tried to kill Christ before He was born.  He harassed Jesus all His life and thought he had gotten the victory at Calvary.  It was an epic failure, so now Satan spends his time trying to discourage the saints.  Quite often it’s a successful strategy, but for those of us who are more concerned with what God has actually written for us than the
latest end-times fad, it’s never gonna work. 

Be warned, my son, of anything in addition to them. Of making many books there is no end, and much study wearies the body. Ecclesiastes 12:12

 

One would hope that Hagee and others are now done with this enterprise.  Unfortunately, as was the case with Camping, there will probably be some modifications to the false prophecy, books will be revised and the whole thing will repeat itself.  There were books that painted Saddam Hussein as the antichrist.  Where is he right now?

‘End Of The World’ Christian group leader ‘surprised’ to still be alive
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/11922005/End-of-the-world-Christian-group-leader-surprised-to-still-be-alive.html

Well this is awkward.

After telling the whole world the planet would be destroyed in an apocalyptic blaze on October 7, the Christian group behind the warning have admitted they got it a little wrong.

 

John Hagee Winds Up Debunking His Own ‘Blood Moons’ Theory
http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/john-hagee-winds-debunking-his-own-blood-moons-theory

“These blood moons are visible here but not in Israel,” Ross stated at one point, much to Hagee’s surprise. Explaining that “a total lunar eclipse basically is visible to about one-third to one-half the earth,” Ross asked why, if these blood moons are so significant to Israel, they are visible in America but not in Israel.

Hagee clearly was not aware of this fact, as all he could come up with as a response was that “I don’t have an answer for why Israel can’t see it”:

“These blood moons are visible here but not in Israel,” Ross stated at one point, much to Hagee’s surprise. Explaining that “a total lunar eclipse basically is visible to about one-third to one-half the earth,” Ross asked why, if these blood moons are so significant to Israel, they are visible in America but not in Israel.

Hagee clearly was not aware of this fact, as all he could come up with as a response was that “I don’t have an answer for why Israel can’t see it”:

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A Bit of Geopolitical Analysis

war in syria

It’s really not funny because people are dying, but what Vladimir Putin is doing to the West, especially the United States, is kinda funny. 

Look at the various messes we’ve started in the Middle East.  In none of these cases – Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Egypt or Syria – has our Congress declared war.  Hundreds of thousands have died, millions of people have been displaced, and trillions of American tax dollars have been spent – all to make the entire situation much more dangerous
than when we began our adventures.

And in Ukraine, it has been very clearly proven that the United States was behind the uprising that caused the Russians to get involved there.  Congress did not authorize this, but our CIA and others stirred up troublemakers and caused a lot of havoc that Putin had to respond to. 

As for the American “strategy” in Syria, who can even keep track of the combatants?  Who are we supporting?  What is the endgame?  If Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is such a huge problem for us, Congress should have authorized a war to remove his regime.  Instead, we unleash all manner of hell over there, stand back and see what transpires, hoping to hoist the Mission Accomplished banner at some future photo op.

Russia has a base in Syria and one can’t really blame them for doing what needs to be done to protect their interests there.  Assad is no good, but Putin in this case holds the moral high ground.  He got unanimous approval from his government to intervene in Syria before doing so.  And Putin is right in the way he keeps appealing to law as reasoning to intervene or not intervene in a sovereign nation’s affairs. 

It’s a real mess that just keeps getting worse.  Just this morning we learn that our forces unleashed sustained bombing on a hospital in the Afghan city of Kunduz;  9 doctors dead and at least 30 missing.  U.S. Army Colonel Brian Tribus said the strike “may have resulted in collateral damage to a nearby medical facility.”

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Collateral Damage – that could well be the motto of President Obama and his administration, not only in regards to military failures, but a whole host of things including the economy, the rights of unborn children, immigration – pretty much everything.

I would lose all hope if I didn’t have a solid faith in God’s providence in all matters.  He sets up earthly kingdoms and He razes them.  He elevates kings and leaders and He deposes them – all at His good pleasure.  It’s confusing to us, as are nearly all of His dealings, but we have to hang on to the idea that all things, not just some things, are working together
for the good of His people, and His plans shall not be thwarted.  Knowing these things keeps me from getting all bent out of shape like so many pundits and commentators.  Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Bill O’Reilly, Mark Levin – all these guys have been talking for decades!  They can all have the Captain Obvious Award for pointing out the problems. 
Have things improved after all the talk and debate?  They may not appear to be improving, but God’s up to something.  The problems are quite obvious.  The answer is something that takes both faith and courage to acknowledge.

Grady would put it this way.  “Putin is carrying on like a boss!”  <grin>  In a huge leadership vacuum, any leadership, even if it’s Vladimir Putin, is somewhat refreshing.

 
Article 13, The Belgic Confession of Faith

We believe that the same God, after he had created all things, did not forsake them, or give them up to fortune or chance, but that he rules and governs them according to his holy will, so that nothing happens in this world without his appointment: nevertheless, God neither is the author of, nor can be charged with, the sins which are committed. For his power and goodness are so great and incomprehensible, that he orders and executes his work in the most excellent and just manner, even then, when devils and wicked men act unjustly. And, as to what he doth surpassing human understanding, we will not curiously inquire into, farther than our capacity will admit of; but with the greatest humility and reverence adore the righteous judgments of God, which are hid from us, contenting ourselves that we are disciples of Christ, to learn only those things which he has revealed to us in his Word, without transgressing these limits. This doctrine affords us unspeakable consolation, since we are taught thereby that nothing can befall us by chance, but by the direction of our most gracious and heavenly Father; who watches over us with a paternal care, keeping all creatures so under his power, that not a hair of our head (for they are all numbered), nor a sparrow, can fall to the ground, without the will of our Father, in whom we do entirely trust; being persuaded, that he so restrains the devil and all our enemies, that without his will and permission, they cannot hurt us. And therefore we reject that damnable error of the Epicureans, who say that God regards nothing, but leaves all things to chance.
(Matthew 10:29-30)

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