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Chinook helicopter was shot down by a rocket-propelled grenade fired by a Taliban insurgent. Along with Tumilson, 30 Americans and 8 Afghans were killed in the crash.

The Iowa SEAL’s body was returned to his native soil. On August 19, over 1,000 mourners gathered to pay final respects to their native son. As with everything he did in life, Tumilson had already earned military campaign medals, commendations, and high honors, including the Bronze Star with a “V” insignia for “Valor,” a Purple Heart for prior military injuries during battle, and a host of other commendations for valiant combat services in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Among the crowd of mourners, sat his dog, Hawkeye.

As the hour-long services continued, something most unexpected happened. Something out of the ordinary. Something which shocked the entire assemblage, all of whom suddenly ceased in their weeping and mourning. In attendance were Governor Terry Branstad and Senator Charles “Chuck” Grassley, President pro Tempore of the United States Senate, along with fellow SEALS, distinguished lawmakers, and highranking military personnel. When, suddenly, the entire services and music ceremonies came to a

Give Us This Day Our Daily Chuckle This week, a compendium of wit, wisdom and neat stuff you can tell at parties. Enjoy! BBQ

It is important to refresh your memory on the etiquette of this sublime outdoor cooking activity, as it's the only type of cooking a'real' man will do, probably because there is an element of danger involved. When a man volunteers to do the BBQ the following chain of events are put into motion:

Routine... (1) The woman buys the food. (2) The woman makes the salad, prepares the vegetables, and makes dessert. (3) The woman prepares the meat for cooking, places it on a tray along with the necessary cooking utensils and sauces, and takes it to the man who is lounging beside the grill - beer in hand.

screeching halt.

What transpired next, left over 1,000 people completely thunder struck!

It was Jon Tumilson’s cousin, Lisa Pembleton, who first saw the moment slowly unfold before everyone’s disbelieving eyes.

Jon T. Tumilson’s beloved dog, Hawkeye, unaccountably, rose up on all four paws, then slowly stepped forward towards his fallen master’s coffin. In cathedral silence, and without hesitation or guidance, the dog walked. Finally reaching the flag-draped casket, standing alone and resolute, Hawkeye instinctively laid down next to the Navy SEAL’s coffin, appearing to be guarding his slain master. The emotional and galvanizing scene was photographed by Pembleton, and the undying power of love it professed, launched a global following on the internet, as well as worldwide media coverage from the four corners of our planet. The photo even inspired a special episode of the hit CBS TV series “NCIS.” According to the show’s producer, Scott Williams, “It all started with that photograph.” The episode, called “Seek,” became the evening’s top-rated show. Hawkeye, the Labrador retriever, who refused to leave his master – even unto death.

Here comes the important part: (4) THE MAN PLACES THE MEAT ON THE GRILL. More routine.... (5) The woman goes inside to organize the plates and cutlery. (6) The woman comes out to tell the man that the meat is burning. He thanks her and asks if she will bring another beer while he deals with the situation.

Important again: (7) THE MAN TAKES THE MEAT OFF THE GRILL AND HANDS IT TO THE WOMAN. More routine.... (8) The woman prepares the plates, salad, bread, utensils, napkins, sauces, and brings them to the table. (9) After eating, the woman clears the table and does the dishes. And most important of all: (10) Everyone PRAISES and THANKS HIM for his cooking efforts. (11) The man asks the woman how she enjoyed 'her night off.' And, upon seeing her annoyed reaction, concludes that there's just no pleasing some women.


This month of August, 2019, marks the 15th anniversary of this most extraordinary true story of how the unlikely power of a dog’s love can sometimes defeat the hand of death.

The year was 2004 and Kevin M. Weaver of Florida was on his way to pick out a puppy. Weaver’s friends had told him of the cutest little beagle pup at the local pet store and the former Staff Sergeant from the U. S. Air Force decided to see for himself. It would prove to be a day like no other in the life of the ex-military man and now flight attendant. Little did Kevin Weaver know at the time that he would look into the very eyes of a tiny, forsaken and fragile puppy that would, miraculously, save his life.

While staring at the little dog, something mysterious seemed to overcome Weaver. Somehow, looking at the tiny canine orphan stirred Weaver’s heart. But Weaver seemed puzzled inside. How could such a cute bundle of joy be so unwanted?

The little female beagle pup had already been purchased twice by customers only to be returned to the same pet store each time. Such a questionable resume should have turned Kevin Weaver’s heels to look elsewhere in the store, yet, he

And, as the third person to claim her – unlike the previous owners – Weaver would remain loyal as her permanent master. Only months old, her name was Belle, but to Weaver she would be known as “Belle Weaver,” because she was now family – and no power under Heaven and Earth – would separate them. They completed each other’s lives.

However, life was never perfect for the former Air Force Staff Sergeant. He constantly struggled with lifelong diabetes. And it seemed to be getting worse with time. And slowly taking its toll on him. Finally, the affliction of diabetes began torturing Weaver with occasional episodes of seizure when he would be rendered unconscious. It was a terrifying ordeal, to awake from a seizure, on the ground, slowly regaining consciousness and, sometimes, looking up at total strangers trying to help. Then one day, while working as a flight attendant, an acquaintance who frequently flew on his flightroutes, suggested that Weaver give

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nice looking, college-age girls will come over to your car or truck as you are packing your purchases into your vehicle. They both start wiping your windshield with a rag and Windex, with their breasts almost falling out of their skimpy T-shirts. (It's impossible not to look). When you thank them and offer them a tip, they say 'No' but instead ask for a ride to McDonald's.

Here's how the scam works; Two

I had my wallet stolen May 4th, 9th, 10th, twice on the 15th, again on the 17th, 20th, 24th, and the 29th. Also

Over the last month I became a victim of a clever scam while out shopping. Simply going out to get supplies has turned out to be quite traumatic. Don't be naive enough to think it couldn't happen to you or your friends.

couldn’t take his eyes off of her. “I felt sorry for her,” he would later recall. And with strange and mysterious feelings brewing inside of him, Weaver finally gave way to his inner instincts: “I said, ‘She’s mine.’”

You agree and they climb into the vehicle. On the way, they start undressing. Then one of them starts crawling all over you, while the other one steals your wallet.

June 1st, 4th, 8th, twice on the 11th &12th, and very likely again this upcoming weekend. So tell your friends to be careful. What a horrible way to take advantage of us older men. Warn your friends to be vigilant.

Wal-Mart has wallets on sale for $2.99 each. I found even cheaper ones for $.99 at the Dollar Store and bought them out in three of their stores. Also, you never get to eat at McDonald's. I've already lost 11 pounds just running back and forth from Lowe's, to Home Depot, to Wal-Mart. So please, send this on to all the retired men that you know and warn them to be on the lookout for this scam. (The best times are just before lunch and around 4:30 in the afternoon.)

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