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    Friday, July 07, 2006

    Teddy Roosevelt Once Said...

    "Americanism means the virtues of courage, honor, justice, truth, sincerity, and hardihood- the things that made America. The things that will destroy America are prosperity at any price, peace at any price, safety first instead of duty first, the love of soft living, and the get-rich-quick theory of life."

    -Theodore Roosevelt

    I know this isn't much, but bear with me until later today/this evening. I'll have something decent up by tonight, and I'll be saying goodbye for the rest of July on Sunday.


    At 7/07/2006 10:24 AM, Anonymous Kath said...

    Fantastic quote, sometimes we forget about the good ones. Glad you're here to remind us!

    It is amazing how much I take for granted - what's scary is that I'm much more aware than the average person on the street (not bragging, promise, just been talking to some very naive people recently)

    At 7/07/2006 10:27 AM, Blogger Shamrock7 said...

    Good blog my man. Very "to the point". We as Americans should all aspire to be a little like Teddy the original RoughRider. W.W.T.D.
    (What Would teddy Do)

    At 7/07/2006 10:36 AM, Anonymous neva said...

    this is an excellent quote, Jake... Teddy Roosevelt is one of my favorite Americans, he was the consumate "talk the talk/walk the walk" kind of guy... (ever read Theodore Rex? it's a phenomenal book & i highly recommend it)

    goodbye for the *rest* of July? not sure i like the sound of that... xo

    At 7/07/2006 12:49 PM, Blogger Blue2Green said...

    Jake, good luck!

    At 7/07/2006 9:41 PM, Blogger Doug said...

    It's a great quote, though, buddy. Good luke wherever you're headed.

    At 7/08/2006 2:45 AM, Blogger Jake said...

    kath- Good quote for 7/7 I thought... how's your royal marine?

    shamrock- WWTD... lol. Yeah, Teddy was the man. I think he's pretty much my hero.

    neva- a fellow Teddy fan? the hits just keep on coming with you don't they? no, i haven't read Edmund Morris's part 2 of TR's biography, but I have read his Pulitzer Prize winner, The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt. I need to go ahead and knock Part II out too. My favorite is a book with his personal letters to his sons, I can't remember the exact title, but emm just read it and she can vouch for its quality as well. I'll shoot you an email if you're interested in checking it out.

    b2g- thanks buddy. i may be taking you up on the Arabic offer you gave to shamrock.

    doug- thanks man, I'm headed to SERE school.

    At 7/08/2006 11:18 AM, Anonymous Kath said...

    It's sweet of you to ask! He's doing really well, was just awarded a bright new shooting badge for his dress blues. Trying to figure out all kinds of immigration and housing information - it's tons of fun.

    My prayers are with you for SERE - how exciting!

    At 7/08/2006 11:30 PM, Blogger Jennifer said...

    Good luck with SERE, Jake.

    At 7/08/2006 11:49 PM, Blogger airforcewife said...

    Good luck!

    TR was the best. He's the best definition of "American" I can think of.

    "Courage is not letting fear dictate your actions." Arthur Koestler (he wrote a great book called Darkness at Noon)

    At 7/09/2006 5:36 PM, Blogger Blue2Green said...

    Any help I can give you with Arabic is at your disposal. I'm sure You're gonna ace SERE.

    At 7/10/2006 1:28 AM, Blogger Jake said...

    jennifer- thanks!

    afw- thanks, and i agree on your definition. he was one of a kind. i think i need to continue to borrow quotes from you. when i get back i'm gonna come up with a quotes on friday gig or something. you will have to be involved.

    b2g- i may very well take you up on that. SERE can't kill me so I'm good.


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