If you ever get an invitation to visit the citizen-soldiers of the National Guard at work, take it. I am leaving Pristina, Kosovo after three days with the professionals of the 40rth Infantry Division’s mission to this very young country, and thanks to the efforts of Major Alana Schwermer, SFC Paul Wade and Specialist Rich Stowell, I’ll have plenty to write about over the next few days. Thanks as well to Lt.Col.Kurt A. Schlichter who got the the idea planted and nurtured it until the timing worked out.
This is a military mission that makes very little news because it is done so extraordinarily well. The great news is that success is being achieved in Kosovo. The not-so-good-news is that the incredible efforts and success of the American military here is not widely recognized or understood.
Now that my quixotic application for lifetime membership in the Sarah Palin Defenders Club is complete in the post below, let me say a humble hello to the intimidatingly smart readers and listeners who make up Hugh’s audience. Hugh has asked Duane to put up with me while I write here occasionally in his absence. My thanks to both. Listening to Hugh on the air played a large part in my “coming-out-as-a-conservative” in the music business. I’m no big name, by ANY stretch of the imagination, but I have made my living writing and touring for the better part of the last fifteen years while living in Hollywood, so I’ll try to write from that perspective where it applies. As we commemorate nothing less than revolution with hot dogs and fireworks, here’s an appropriate post by film-maker Chris Burgard over at Big Hollywood, where I’m something of a crony. Now I’m off to don my red, white and blue pants (and if I can ever figure out how to import photos with this Townhall software, I’ll post a picture of their embarassing glory…) Happy 4th to you all, and smooth sailing to Hugh and the gang!