Monday, August 31, 2009
Sunday, August 30, 2009
maker and lover of all,
we ask you to bless the people
of our country.
Bless this flag
and let it always remind us
of the principles it stands for.
Help us to work together in peace
so that we may give you glory by our lives.
We ask this grace, loving Father,
through Christ our Lord.
Friday, August 28, 2009
To help me inaugurate this new section will be Rep. Diane Watson (D). She is at a Town Hall Meeting extolling the virtues of ObamaCare. Listen to this mental midget as she explains what wonderful the health care system of Cuba is.
Why do Americans keep voting these goofs into office? Even Fidel Castro doesn't use their much vaunted medical system. When he became ill, he had doctors from Spain go to Cuba to treat him. He wouldn't be caught alive using the Cuban Health System. (Pun intended by author)
It seems that President Obama hunger for power is not satiated yet. He now wants to control the Internet and you won't here a peep from the Radical Leftist Media ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN and MSNBC. The ACLU is mum on this subject also. The American people are outraged now about the ObamaCare and these other Bills are being introduced too. How much control of your life is too much? Will it be too late then? Can you imagine the outrage if this had been proposed by President Bush? Yikes!!!
Read on Dear Reader:
Excerpt of Bill S.773
1 (B) the public on the website of the Office
2 within 90 days after receipt of the information
3 under subsection (b)(1).
4 (c) REGULATIONS.—Not later than 180 days after
5 the date of enactment of this Act, the Director of the Of6
fice of Personnel Management shall prescribe regulations
7 establishing the methodology, timing, and reporting of the
8 data described in subsection (a).
9 TITLE II—PLANS AND
11 SEC. 201. CYBERSECURITY RESPONSIBILITIES AND AU12
13 The President—
14 (1) within 180 days after the date of enactment
15 of this Act, shall develop and implement a com16
prehensive national cybersecurity strategy, which
17 shall include—
18 (A) a long-term vision of the Nation’s cy19
bersecurity future; and
20 (B) a plan that encompasses all aspects of
21 national security, including the participation of
22 the private sector, including critical infrastruc23
ture operators and managers;
24 (2) in the event of an immediate threat to stra25
tegic national interests involving compromised Fed-
S. 773 Amdt.
1 eral Government or United States critical infrastruc2
ture information system or network—
3 (A) may declare a cybersecurity emer4
5 (B) may, if the President finds it necessary
6 for the national defense and security, and in co7
ordination with relevant industry sectors, direct
8 the national response to the cyber threat and
9 the timely restoration of the affected critical in10
frastructure information system or network;
11 (3) shall, in coordination with various critical
12 infrastructure industry sectors, develop detailed
13 cyber emergency response and restoration plans for
14 each critical infrastructure industry sector;
15 (4) shall, through the appropriate department
16 or agency, review critical functions that would be
17 needed after a cybersecurity attack and develop a
18 strategy for the acquisition, storage, and periodic re19
placement of equipment to support those functions;
20 (5) shall direct the periodic mapping of Federal
21 Government and United States critical infrastruc22
ture information systems or networks, and shall de23
velop metrics to measure the effectiveness of the
24 mapping process;
S. 773 Amdt.
1 (6) shall, through the Office of Science and
2 Technology Policy, direct an annual review of all
3 Federal cyber technology research and development
5 (7) may delegate original classification author6
ity to the appropriate Federal official for the pur7
poses of improving the Nation’s cybersecurity pos8
9 (8) shall, through the appropriate department
10 or agency, promulgate rules for Federal professional
11 responsibilities regarding cybersecurity, and shall
12 provide to the Congress an annual report on Federal
13 agency compliance with those rules;
14 (9) shall withhold additional compensation, di15
rect corrective action for Federal personnel, or ter16
minate a Federal contract in violation of Federal
17 rules, and shall report any such action to the Con18
gress in an unclassified format within 48 hours after
19 taking any such action; and
20 (10) shall notify the Congress within 48 hours
21 after providing a cyber-related certification of legal22
ity to a United States person.
23 SEC. 202. BIENNIAL CYBER REVIEW.
24 (a) IN GENERAL.—Beginning with 2013 and in every
25 second year thereafter, the President, or the President’s
August 19, 2009 (3:51 p.m.)
Contact Senator Jay Rockefeller (Democrat), West Virginia, the author of Bill S.733 at the Capitol. The phone number is (202)224-3121 and let him know that you don't want the Government taking control of the Internet.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Currahee means 'We stand alone' in Cherokee. The Currahee Mountain is located in Stephen County, Taccoa, Georgia. In 1942, Camp Taccoa was a
United States Army paratrooper training camp during World War II five miles west of Toccoa, Georgia. The name was adopted by the unit during it's origination.
History of the 506th Airborne Infantry: http://www.506infantry.org/index.htm
Video Link of Policeman injured.
Excerpt from the Chicago Sun-Times:
A man brandishing a knife was fatally shot at State and Randolph. A police officer was wounded when he was shot by a fellow cop. He is expected to fully recover.
The officer was taken to the hospital for observation. He was reported in good condition.
The suspect was dead, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Just before 1 p.m., Chicago police went to Randolph and Wabash after receiving a report of a “man who was menacing people with a knife,” Weis said. Officers tried to subdue the suspect, giving him a blast of pepper spray but it had not effect.
Witnesses Angelo Watts and Roosevelt Daring saw the man backing away from police officers and waving a knife at them. “He was saying ‘Get back’ to the police,” said Daring. Six or seven police, with guns drawn, were shouting “Put down the weapon, drop the weapon,” according to Watts.
The knife-wielding man headed west to State and Randolph streets, where he “grabbed an elderly gentleman and held the knife to him.”
When the knife wielding man tried to grab a hostage in front of the Loehmann’s clothing store at the Northeast corner of State and Randolph, police fired at least six shots, striking the man in the chest and legs, witnesses said.
One officer tried to disarm the man while a second officer opened fire, striking the man with the knife and hitting his partner. The elderly man was not injured, Weis said.
“He was trying to murder the innocent, elderly gentlemen and with that escalation of force our officers were forced to engage him,” Weis said
“They were in very close proximity. The officer who was hit in the vest had actually had [his] hands on the individual — trying to disarm him. The [second] officer in fear of both his partner's life and the innocent victim, he used his weapon.,” Weis said.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
It seems that Democrat operatives have been busy trying to pass along misinformation.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
There is a new commercial that is running about what the end results of ObamaCare will be like, especially for seniors. The ad is sponsored by the League of American Voters. This ad must be saying something true since ABC Network has banned it from being played by any of it's stations. ABC has become an extension of the Obama White House Press Corp and I'm finally understanding what the letters stand for, All Barack Channel. This will be noted as another shameful moment for the Fourth Estate. Newspapers and television news are diving headlong into irrelevancy. Following is the ad.
Monday, August 24, 2009
OOPS!!! I guess that this is something that the Cuban Government doesn't want us to see. Obama wouldn't want to offend Tio Fidel.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
and as a nation comes only from the abiding hope and trust we have in You.
Once again, we are cut to the heart
at the loss of life and damage to peace
that we have suffered as a nation.
So, Father, today we come to You,
we ask for the safety of Your hand.
For those consumed by worry and fear
as they seek healthcare reform,
we ask for the comforting presence of Your Spirit.
We seek Your peace for our Armed Forces,
that You would guard their lives
as they seek to guard the lives of others.
Give them the wisdom they need to perform their duties
above and beyond the levels of their training.
And Father, we seek Your peace for our nation and our world.
In the midst of our questions and uncertainty,
we recognize that the unknown details of this day
are already in Your grasp.
We know You sent Your Son as the Prince of Peace
and even this day falls under His command.
Help us to find the strength and comfort we need as a nation
to continue to humble ourselves,
pray and seek Your face for a new day in America
and a new hope for our world.
"Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times
and in every way. The Lord be with all of you." [2 Thess. 3:16]
Friday, August 21, 2009
Americans are not very enthusiastic about our country diving headlong into Socialism. There are many who believe that healthcare is being used as a vehicle to further that goal.
" 'Obamacare' would create the largest bureaucracy ever
by Lee Ellis Indio
It is not just health care that you will (or not) receive if the government health plan is passed. You will also have the largest, most expensive federal bureaucracy ever created. You may receive what you think are free health examinations, but will find that this bureaucracy will need more money from the taxpayers than all other federal bureaucracies combined.
Look to England for proof. According to Daniel Hannan, member of the European Parliament, Britain's National Health Service is the third-largest employer in the world — not the nation, but the world.
The only larger employers are the Red Army in China and the India National Railway. Britain employs 1.4 million people for its health service and administrators far outnumber doctors and nurses. As a result, once started, it cannot be terminated.
Is this what you want for America? If not, you have less than a month to contact your federal reps before they go back to Washington."
Another issue that is being protested is the end of life plan. This has usually been a subject that has been the purview of the immediate family, members of your clergy and your doctors. President Obama wants to include the government in these difficult and personal matters. There is also a medical organization that is already socialized in this country, the Veteran's Administration. The government has promised to give it's veterans health insurance for their service to this country.
Ex-soldiers don't need to be told they're a burden to society.
Last year, bureaucrats at the VA's National Center for Ethics in Health Care advocated a 52-page end-of-life planning document, "Your Life, Your Choices." It was first published in 1997 and later promoted as the VA's preferred living will throughout its vast network of hospitals and nursing homes. After the Bush White House took a look at how this document was treating complex health and moral issues, the VA suspended its use. Unfortunately, under President Obama, the VA has now resuscitated "Your Life, Your Choices."
Who is the primary author of this workbook? Dr. Robert Pearlman, chief of ethics evaluation for the center, a man who in 1996 advocated for physician-assisted suicide in Vacco v. Quill before the U.S. Supreme Court and is known for his support of health-care rationing.
"Your Life, Your Choices" presents end-of-life choices in a way aimed at steering users toward predetermined conclusions, much like a political "push poll." For example, a worksheet on page 21 lists various scenarios and asks users to then decide whether their own life would be "not worth living."
The circumstances listed include ones common among the elderly and disabled: living in a nursing home, being in a wheelchair and not being able to "shake the blues." There is a section which provocatively asks, "Have you ever heard anyone say, 'If I'm a vegetable, pull the plug'?" There also are guilt-inducing scenarios such as "I can no longer contribute to my family's well being," "I am a severe financial burden on my family" and that the vet's situation "causes severe emotional burden for my family."
When the government can steer vulnerable individuals to conclude for themselves that life is not worth living, who needs a death panel?
One can only imagine a soldier surviving the war in Iraq and returning without all of his limbs only to encounter a veteran's health-care system that seems intent on his surrender.
I was not surprised to learn that the VA panel of experts that sought to update "Your Life, Your Choices" between 2007-2008 did not include any representatives of faith groups or disability rights advocates. And as you might guess, only one organization was listed in the new version as a resource on advance directives: the Hemlock Society (now euphemistically known as "Compassion and Choices").
This hurry-up-and-die message is clear and unconscionable. Worse, a July 2009 VA directive instructs its primary care physicians to raise advance care planning with all VA patients and to refer them to "Your Life, Your Choices." Not just those of advanced age and debilitated condition—all patients. America's 24 million veterans deserve better.
Many years ago I created an advance care planning document called "Five Wishes" that is today the most widely used living will in America, with 13 million copies in national circulation. Unlike the VA's document, this one does not contain the standard bias to withdraw or withhold medical care. It meets the legal requirements of at least 43 states, and it runs exactly 12 pages.
After a decade of observing end-of-life discussions, I can attest to the great fear that many patients have, particularly those with few family members and financial resources. I lived and worked in an AIDS home in the mid-1980s and saw first-hand how the dying wanted more than health care—they wanted someone to care.
If President Obama is sincere in stating that he is not trying to cut costs by pressuring the disabled to forgo critical care, one good way to show that commitment is to walk two blocks from the Oval Office and pull the plug on "Your Life, Your Choices." He should make sure in the future that VA decisions are guided by values that treat the lives of our veterans as gifts, not burdens."
I read the book and found it one of the most disturbing things that I have ever read. It is written in a manner that would drive most disabled people to believe that they would be better dead then the condition that they are in. It is a book that is full of negative connotations. Dear reader take look at page 21 which asks, "What makes your life worth living?"
Read for yourself: http://www.rihlp.org/pubs/Your_life_your_choices.pdf
If you find this insulting and a sad way to treat our veterans, don't worry. If Obama gets his way, this is what you're in store for. This will be the politically correct playbook of the government death panels. How can you avoid this? Don't get sick or old.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
"The Democratic shift may not make producing a final bill much easier. The party must still reconcile the views of moderate and conservative Democrats worried about the cost and scope of the legislation with those of more liberal lawmakers determined to win a government-run insurance option to compete with private insurers.
On the other hand, such a change could alter the dynamic of talks surrounding health care legislation, and even change the substance of a final bill. With no need to negotiate with Republicans, Democrats might be better able to move more quickly, relying on their large majorities in both houses. Democratic senators might feel more empowered, for example, to define the authority of the nonprofit insurance cooperatives that are emerging as an alternative to a public insurance plan.
“I think it is safe to say there are a huge number of big issues that people have,” Mr. Kyl told reporters in a conference call from Arizona. “There is no way that Republicans are going to support a trillion-dollar-plus bill.”"
It will eventually depend on the Bluedogs and if they decide to break with their Party and vote what their constituents want. They will be facing elections in 2010 and most of them are in office because they ran more Conservative platforms then their Republican opponents. Their support for ObamaCare might lose them re-elections.
Monday, August 17, 2009
Following a furor over how the data would be used, the White House has shut down an electronic tip box — email@example.com — that was set up to receive information on “fishy” claims about President Barack Obama’s health plan.
E-mails to that address now bounce back with the message: “The email address you just sent a message to is no longer in service. We are now accepting your feedback about health insurance reform via: http://www.whitehouse.gov/realitycheck.”
The “flag” service was introduced Aug. 4, with a White House blog post saying: “There is a lot of disinformation about health insurance reform out there, spanning from control of personal finances to end of life care. These rumors often travel just below the surface via chain emails or through casual conversation. Since we can’t keep track of all of them here at the White House, we’re asking for your help. If you get an email or see something on the web about health insurance reform that seems fishy, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.”
White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said at a briefing shortly after the service launched: “We're not collecting names from those e-mails. … [A]ll we're asking people to do is if they're confused about what health care reform is going to mean to them, we're happy to help clear that up for you. Nobody is keeping anybody's names.”
Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.), chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, wrote a letter to Obama raising privacy concerns about what the senator called an “Obama monitoring program.”
“I can only imagine the level of justifiable outrage had your predecessor asked Americans to forward emails critical of his policies to the White House,” Cornyn wrote. “So I urge you to cease this program immediately.”
In a later statement, Cornyn said: “Of course the White House is collecting names. … [I]t is inevitable. Anyone with access to the email@example.com account has access to the names and email addresses that are collected in that account. … How are they purging names and email addresses from this account to protect privacy?”
Dennis was a retired Illinois State Trooper after 31 years of service, a member of the Gold Wing Road Riders Association, chapter educator of GWRRA ILZ2, member of the Blue Knights, Chapter XI and instructor for the Motorcycle Safety Foundation Program. Funeral Wednesday, 9:30 a.m., from Ridge Funeral Home, 6620 W. Archer Ave., corner of Natoma, to St. Daniel the Prophet Church. Mass, 10 a.m. Interment Queen of Heaven. Visitation Tuesday, 2 to 9 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to your favorite charity in his name would be appreciated.
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Today is National Airborne Day!!! I feel like Charlie Brown waiting on the Great Pumpkin every year when I celebrate this. I celebrated by watching my "Band of Brothers" DVDs. I'm sure you all did something fun also. To all my Airborne brothers and sisters, "Airborne!!! All the Way!!!"
It looks like Mayor Daley is going to put the "Closed for Business" sign on the cities public works, except for emergency services. The parking meter fiasco and the leasing of Midway Airport wasn't enough to fund his Olympic dreams? He leased away the Skyway Bridge to Indiana to a European conglomerate. I wonder how long the Democrats can keep this up?
Aug 14, 2009 6:59 pm US/Central
City Government Closed For Business On MondayCHICAGO (STNG) ―
If you planned to check out a library book, visit a city clinic or have your garbage picked up on Monday, you're out of luck.
The City of Chicago will basically be closed for business on Aug. 17, a reduced-service day in which most city employees are off without pay, according to a release from the Office of Budget and Management. City Hall, public libraries, health clinics and most city offices will be closed.
Emergency service providers including police, firefighters and paramedics will be working at full strength, but most services not directly related to public safety, including street sweeping, will not be provided, the release said.
That also includes garbage pickup. Residents who receive regular collection on Mondays should expect trash to be picked up the following day, the release said. Some other customers may experience a one-day delay as collectors catch up.
As part of the 2009 budget, three reduced-service days were planned for 2009, days which are unpaid for all affected employees -- the Friday after Thanksgiving; Christmas Eve; and New Year's Eve. The City Council recently approved moving the reduced-service day planned for New Year's Eve to Monday.
The 2009 budget anticipates saving $8.3 million due to the reduced-service days.
In addition to reduced service days, all non-union employees were asked to take a series of furlough days and unpaid holidays, and most non-sworn union employees agreed to similar unpaid time off.
"Every dollar we save from these measures helps to save jobs, and in the long-term, maintain services for Chicagoans," Mayor Daley said in the release. "This plan relies on most of our civilian employees to be part of the solution to our very serious budget challenges. I want to thank them again for their sacrifice."
(Source: Sun-Times News Group Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2009. All Rights Reserved)
The rats in the city of Chicago will be happy this week.
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Friday, August 14, 2009
Ronald R. Reagan speaks out about Obamacare back in 1961. He explains how the Statists want to use Medicine as a way of Socializing our society. I am presenting this here for you to hear for yourself. You make the decision about the direction that your country should take.
Who do you trust more, President R. Ronald Reagan or President Barak H. Obama?
This is not a new policy that the Left is trying to inflict on our country, it has been going on for a long time now. We have to quit being apathetic and get involved. It's your country.
Please call your Senators of Congressmen/women at 202-224-3121 or email them at http://www.congress.org/congressorg/issues/basics/ and tell them NO to Obamacare.
Recent reports from Rio, Brazil, say that sales are still low. SHOCKED!!!
Thursday, August 13, 2009
The following Soldiers, all assigned to Company C, 2nd Battalion, 20th Special Forces Group (Airborne) headquartered at Jackson, Miss., died when their vehicle was struck by a command wire improvised explosive device, while conducting a tactical ground movement:
Capt. Ronald G. Luce, 27, of Fayetteville, N.C., was a Special Forces team leader.
Sgt. 1st Class Severin W. Summers, 43, of Bentonia, Miss., was a Special Forces engineer sergeant.
Sergeant 1st Class. Alejandro Granado, 42, of Longview, Texas, was a Special Forces communications sergeant.
Luce is survived by his wife Kendahl and daughter Carrie of Fayetteville, N.C. and parents Ronald and Katherine Luce, of Sneads Ferry, N.C. Summers is survived by his wife Tammy of Bentonia, Miss. and daughters Shelby and Sara; and parents Severin and Charlene Summers of New Roads, La.Granado is survived by his daughter Amanda and sons Hasson and Alejandro of Longview, Texas and parents Alejandro and Rolainda of Tatum, Texas.
For further information, media should contact the Special Forces Command Public Affairs Office during duty hours at 910-643-8438 or after duty hours at 910-429-4165.
"Airborne All The Way" By: Unknown Author
These men with silver wings
Troopers from the sky above
In whom devotion springs
What spirit so unites them
In brotherhood they say
Their answer loud and clear,
"Airborne All The Way"
These are the men of danger
As in open door they stand
With static line above them
And ripcord in their hand
While earthbound they are falling
A silent prayer they say
"Lord be with us forever, Airborne All The Way"
One day they'll make their final jump
Saint Mike will tap them out
The good Lord will be waiting
He knows what they are about
And answering in cadence,
He'll hear the troopers say
"We're glad to be aboard, Sir, Airborne All The Way"
Guestbook for SFC Granado:
Gator and uncle Billyjoe join their local militia. They found the militia uniforms worn by their great-great-great-great granddaddies. I reckon them two will put the fear of God into those no good Yankee carpetbaggers and their government cheese.
The Leftists are now trying to promote fear in this country by having their propaganda wing, ie. the Liberal Media, write stories about Right-Wing Militias. The stories are about how these militias are just popping up all over the place. They mention that rural people are upset with the government and also play the famous 'race card', a black president.
I found it ironic that these article us the Southern Poverty Law Center for their reference and source to their story. Mark Potok is the author of these articles and is their appointed Intelligence Project head. They fail to mention that the SPLC is a very far-Left group that are basically a group of marxists trying to push Karl Marx's, Communist Manifesto, to southerners. Why didn't the Leftist media mention that? This is the guy that they base their entire tirade about their being a conspiracy from the Right, when it's actually been just a bunch of nutjobs doing these things.
Mark Potok - Far Right Wing Domestic Terrorism Expert
From The Huffington Post August 14, 2009
As director of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Project and editor of its award-winning, quarterly investigative journal Intelligence Report, Mark Potok leads one of the most highly regarded operations monitoring the extreme right in the world today. In addition to editing the magazine and the Hatewatch blog, Potok acts as a key spokesman for the SPLC, a well-known civil rights organization based in Alabama, and has testified before the Senate, the United Nations High Commission on Human Rights and in other venues. Before coming to the SPLC in 1997, Potok spent almost 20 years as an award-winning reporter at newspapers including USA Today, the Dallas Times Herald and The Miami Herald. While at USA Today, he covered the 1993 siege in Waco, the rise of militias, the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing and the trial of Timothy McVeigh. In 1996, his editors nominated him for a Pulitzer Prize for a package of stories on racism in Texas public housing. In his current position, Potok is regularly quoted by major media, scholars and book authors in both the United States and abroad.
It's sad that they are using these scare tactics now when the country is agitated by Obama's big push towards socialized medicine. I am not surprised, but disappointed, that the President would resort to his old role of community agitator and try to do it on such a large scale. These stories and others which state that the Pharmaceutical industry or the Republican party are bankrolling people, that question these health reform bills are insulting and divisive. The portrayal of doctors as being villains who are profit seekers, by the President. Dear reader, be careful with what the Leftwing media is trying to show you, check your facts please.
UPDATE: ABC continues with it's State sponsered agenda:
Does anybody remember when they came out with a movie about the assasination of President Bush? This was the Leftists wet dream come true on film yet not one peep denouncing this crap.
I couldn't embed it, because all the Youtube videos on this subject been disabled.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
So where can someone go to feel like he is back in Baghdad or possibly Mecca here in the United States? Dear reader the place to go is Dearborn, Michigan, where Sharia Law seems to be practiced openly. Islam is the religion of peace or so I've read. It is, if you are a muslim and then if you are a muslim of the correct sect. If not then be prepared to have your head used as a soccer ball or some other clever torture that you can imagine being inflicted. I'm not about to launch into a tirade against this religion, I believe in the First Amendment and freedom of religion. I can tell you that what they believe is in this book, the Koran.
They derive their laws from it because it is not only a holy book about God. It contains a blueprint about a way of life, code of conduct and a way of life. These laws that is based ob their faith is called , Sharia.
This is a video that was emailed to me. I know that there are many horrible ones out there about what occurs in countries that follow Sharia Law. This one is not graphic but I find it very disturbing because it shows one of our greatest freedom being denied. Where is the ACLU in these situations? Oh yeah, not trying to free the people of Cuba, but the terrorists held there in Guantanamo.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
And take a look at this quarter mile race:
So, will these cars replace our beloved gas-guzzlers? Will Americans accept these cars and discontinue our love affair with the gasoline engine? Where are the flying cars they said would be here now that we live in the Jetson's Age?
This is scary. It is starting to look like "1984" by George Orwell. I remember when the Leftists were crying about the Patriot Act's wire tapping terrorists overseas. I don't hear them yelling too much about this, now do we comrades. How far are these guys going to go?
Sunday, August 9, 2009
An Army Ranger who had been on his third tour of duty, Kopp was buried Friday at Arlington National Cemetery. Sadly, it's a familiar story: a young man dead before his time, shot by enemies on the other side of the world.
But this time, there was a renewed life too. Kopp wanted to be an organ donor.
And after he died, his heart was transplanted into a family member's friend who had a rare form of congenital heart disease.
"How can you have a better heart?" said a grateful Judy Meikle, 57, of Winnetka, Ill., who is still recovering from the surgery. "I have the heart of a 21-year-old Army Ranger war hero beating in me."
Kopp's mother, Jill
Benjamin Kopp was fighting in Afghanistan's Helmand province when he was shot in the leg July 10. Stephenson, of Rosemount, Minn., said that in addition to her son's heart, doctors removed his kidneys, pancreas and liver for transplant.
Kopp had served two tours of duty in Iraq when he left this spring for Afghanistan. On July 10, his unit attacked a Taliban haven in Helmand province, according to the 75th Ranger Regiment. The fight lasted several hours, resulting in the deaths of more than 10 Taliban fighters, but Kopp was shot in the leg.
He was eventually transferred to Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington.
"Initially, it was really comforting to have him be there" on U.S. soil, Stephenson said. "And then it was tough to see him in that condition. . . . He looked like a big, strong guy. But he was full of tubes and cords and wires."
On July 18, Stephenson posted an online journal entry telling family and friends about Kopp's passing and said they would donate his organs.
Maria Burud, Stephenson's first cousin in Chicago, had been following Kopp's condition on the website. What occurred next was happenstance.
Burud and Meikle are friends who had worked together in the 1980s. Burud knew that Meikle needed a heart transplant, and Stephenson happened to see her cousin's message in time.
Meikle knew it might not work out, that Kopp's heart might not be a match.
"It's a million-to-one shot," she said.
It had taken her seven months to get on the eligibility list because she needed to build up a tolerance for heparin, a drug used to prevent blood clots during heart surgery.
But she got a call later that day from Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.
In the early hours of July 20 — two days after Kopp died — Meikle had her transplant surgery at Northwestern.
"Ben and Jill were so courageous that something good came out of something that was the worst thing that could happen to someone," Meikle said.
"I'm just the luckiest woman alive."
We do a hard enough job anyways, but to have the President of our great nation tell the members of the Cambridge Police Department that they "acted stupidly"...ouch. Then he says comically says that he might be shot entering the White House, his residency. I'm certain that the Secret Service loved that. It is a very difficult job that we do.