We've detected that you're using an ad content blocking browser plug-in or feature. Ads provide a critical source of revenue to the continued operation of Silicon Investor.  We ask that you disable ad blocking while on Silicon Investor in the best interests of our community.  If you are not using an ad blocker but are still receiving this message, make sure your browser's tracking protection is set to the 'standard' level.


Previous 10 Next 10 
From: PROLIFE5/1/2012 3:09:15 AM
2 Recommendations   of 769632
George W. Bush leads wounded warriors on 100K ride


TOM BENNING The Dallas Morning News Staff Writer

Published: 30 April 2012 04:14 PM

PALO DURO CANYON STATE PARK — George W. Bush reached the top of a rocky, twisty incline called Red Star Ridge and did something unusual with his mountain bike: He stopped.

The former president, known for barreling up and down the trail, didn’t necessarily need a break. But more than 15 miles into the final leg Saturday of the Bush Institute’s Warrior 100K Ride, he wanted to relish the moment with all 19 veterans biking with him in the three-day trek near Amarillo.

“Let’s stay and cheer ’em on,” Bush told some of the warriors, who came from across the country to participate in the event that the former president created to honor service members injured in Iraq and Afghanistan.

One by one, the remaining veterans and other cyclists made their way to the peak, the cheers growing louder with each ascent.

Many of the wounded warriors walked back down the hill to help their comrades push through the trickiest spots. Bush sat down on the ridge’s highest boulder to shout encouragement and to greet the riders at the top.

For nearly all the veterans, Bush was their commander in chief, the man who made the decision to send them to war. As many continue to struggle with wounds, both physical and mental, Bush said he hoped the ride let the men and women know that he and his wife, Laura, still “care about them.”

“I’m incredibly proud that they were willing to serve, that they were courageous in service and that when wounded, they did not let that overwhelm them,” Bush said. “It’s amazing to be here with them.”

Day 1, 13.3 miles

Melissa Stockwell fell off her bike only a couple of miles into the ride Thursday.

The retired Army first lieutenant, who rode despite having her left leg amputated above the knee, clipped back into her pedals. But another tricky hill caused her to tumble again. Then came a third fall and a fourth.

Eventually Stockwell — who, in 2004, became the first American woman to lose a limb in combat when her Humvee was hit by a roadside bomb — began to lose count.

“I’m going to finish last,” she said, looking down at the prosthetic leg that was making it so difficult to traverse the most challenging terrain.

Stockwell didn’t know it at the time, but farther down the trail, another veteran was working through similar difficulties.

Army Maj. Dan Gade, who, like Stockwell, had a leg amputated above the knee, also struggled with the steep inclines and rocky trails. But as Gade later explained, he was drawing strength from a conversation he had had with his young daughter.

In 2005, when he was still using a wheelchair, his 2-year-old asked him to play Legos with her. When he told her he couldn’t, she turned away and said under her breath, “My daddy can’t do anything.”

“Right then and there, I decided not only was I going to do stuff,” said Gade, a West Point instructor who rides without a prosthesis, pedaling with one leg, “I was going to do stuff better than anybody had ever done before.”

With similar resolve, Stockwell jumped back in the saddle after every fall. And as she and Gade gritted their way through the course, a group of volunteer riders rallied around them.

The volunteers helped the veterans off the ground. They pushed the warriors up the most difficult climbs. And they took on the roles of “Team Melissa” and “Team Dan.”

“I kept apologizing for slowing them up,” said Stockwell, who lives in Chicago, “but they wouldn’t have any of it.”

Bush made a special point after the ride to take pictures with Stockwell and those who had supported her. And he gently corrected someone who shouted, “Way to go, warriors!”

“It’s way to go, warrior,’” Bush said, nodding at Stockwell. “She’s the one right here.”

Day 2, 29.4 miles

Juan Arredondo of Universal City wanted more than anything to finish Friday’s long ride up front with Bush and some of the faster warriors.

The retired Army sergeant said a silent prayer moments before the start. He then locked the prosthesis on his left arm — the result of his vehicle hitting an improvised explosive device in 2005 — into his handlebar and set off on a more than four-hour journey.

Early on, Arredondo hung with the lead group. And Bush fired up the crew with a brisk pace and lots of verbal support. At one point, someone called out, “How’s everybody feeling?” After a chorus of “good,” Bush yelled, “Yeah, baby.”

The former president even sought out Arredondo to tell him, “You’re looking good.”

But as the miles wore on, more and more fell off the pace.

Arredondo slowed as his left arm, amputated below the elbow, began to chafe and swell. He still attacked every incline and floated down even the rockiest descents, but he eventually had to stop.

He peeled off his prosthesis and pointed his arm skyward to drain the blood.

“I’m OK,” he said, urging others to go ahead. “I just need a moment.”

Even with his arm feeling better, the ride got no easier. The normally chatty Arredondo quieted, as he saved his energy for the biggest hills. And then his calves, also injured in combat, cramped up.

Only a mile from the finish, Arredondo scrambled off his bike in pain.

As a volunteer worked on his calves, he waved off a medical team staffer who offered to give him a lift in a golf cart back to the finish line.

“Negative, sir,” Arredondo said. “We’re too close.”

He hopped back on his bike and powered up the hill to the finish. He rode up to Bush and started to apologize for not staying on the former president’s pace.

But Bush would have none of it, telling Arredondo, “Don’t worry about it.” As the former president later explained: “This is not a race, really. It’s a celebration.”

Day 3, 19.4 miles

Dave Smith led the pack the first two days, both on and off the trail.

The retired Marine corporal hammered away with the fastest riders. He was also the guy offering Bush leftover calf fries one day and persuading the former president to do a goofy high-five the next.

But before the final ride, he revealed his wounds.

Smith, who lives in California, went through the worst throes of post-traumatic stress disorder only a few months ago. He pushed away friends and family, and started drinking heavily. His depression was so bad one night, he asked his roommate to lock away his guns.

“So for me to be able to be here on this ride,” Smith said, his voice trailing off. “What I’m trying to get at, the importance of these kind of events is they really help you get what you need, just being around other vets.”

Smith spent a good chunk of the final day riding back with some of the other warriors. At Red Star Ridge, he stood at the climb’s most difficult stretch and ran bikes up the hill half a dozen times until everyone made it.

He wasn’t the only front-runner providing extra support Saturday.

Bush also worked with Team Dan and Team Melissa, personally pushing the two veterans up steep hills.

The former president even pulled needles out of Gade’s backside after the major fell off his bike onto a cactus.

“All these riders — but these two in particular — really have been dealt a tough hand, and yet they refuse to quit,” Bush said.

The former president slowed his bike one last time with about a mile to go. He wanted to regroup and make sure all the veterans got up front.

“Team ride,” he said. “We’re going to ride it in together.”

The veterans then rolled out for a final push, 19 riders spread across two rows with Bush in the middle and an American flag not far behind.

After three days of sharing trails, meals and life stories, the warriors — some fast, some slow, some loud, some quiet, some recovered, some still recovering — crossed the finish line as one.

Share RecommendKeepReplyMark as Last Read

To: GROUND ZERO™ who wrote (768967)5/24/2012 4:53:57 PM
From: jlallen
6 Recommendations   of 769632 lily livered piece of excrement.....why don't you try posting some of that nonsense you are posting over on your KKK thread here where I can respond to it.....what kind of lying ass POS bans and then continues to dishonestly trash someone???

You are a coward, a liar and an ignoramus to boot....what a pathetic excuse for a human you turned out to be....


Share RecommendKeepReplyMark as Last Read

From: jlallen5/25/2012 2:31:43 PM
   of 769632
Here is another lie posted....of course only after he banned me...LOL!!

This lily livered peckerwood only posts where he can't be responded to..the tru deifnition of a coward...just like those lefties he rails about....

To: Bald Eagle who wrote (72858) 5/25/2012 1:49:23 PM
From: GROUND ZERO™ Respond to of 72866
Same here, we used to be friends, but he has only come here and attacked me and others, he lied to me numerous times, he called everyone highly offensive names and he just lost his mind... I had to ban him...


Share RecommendKeepReplyMark as Last Read

To: tonto who wrote (769475)5/31/2012 8:01:52 AM
From: jlallen
   of 769632
For a definition of ignoramus....see below from the KKK Thread:

Message 27902563 daddy

Message 27899016 daddy

Message 27806202 daddy

Share RecommendKeepReplyMark as Last Read

To: GROUND ZERO™ who wrote (768967)6/4/2012 7:50:48 AM
From: jlallen
2 Recommendations   of 769632
More BS from the KKK Thread.....

LOL!!! The moderator and his chosen klavern members are free to insult and demand anyone whom they disagree with but others are held to a different standard. The hypocrisy in the post I pasted below is stunning!!!! And unintentionally hilarious!!!! You can't make this shit up!!!

To: Investor Clouseau who wrote (73442) 6/4/2012 7:27:49 AM
From: GROUND ZERO™ of 73445
I don't care what your political perspective is, as long as you can intelligently and factually defend it, then you're welcome to post here and share your views... this is what free speech is all about... it's not censorship of opposing views, as the liberals seem to think... I find it strange they refer to themselves as liberals when they're not liberal at all, they're restrictive and controlling... the only thing that will get anyone booted from here is rudeness and unruly behavior... this is very much like a town hall meeting, speak your mind and defend what you say, but when anyone is out of order, then they get escorted out the door...


Share RecommendKeepReplyMark as Last ReadRead Replies (1)

To: jlallen who wrote (769604)6/5/2012 10:03:26 AM
From: longnshort
   of 769632
I posted a TOS rule on this thread and GZ banned me on another thread. truly a psycho, plus he has that old geezer disease, where old men can't control their run away anger, probably needs to be committed before he harms someone.

Share RecommendKeepReplyMark as Last ReadRead Replies (1)

To: longnshort who wrote (769605)6/5/2012 12:31:42 PM
From: jlallen
   of 769632
Yep.....definitely gone over the hill.....

Share RecommendKeepReplyMark as Last Read

To: Frederick Smart who wrote (265030)9/17/2012 2:42:42 AM
From: average joe
   of 769632
Good one Fred...

USA Homeland Security Citizenship Protocol....


....of the Federal Private Corporate United States of America.

I am an automaton. I do only what I am told to do. I only see what others tell me to see. Black is white and white is black. I eat my Wheaties in the morning. I always thank the person who gives me less than half of what was promised and I protect the sanctity of misinformation spoken as pearls by my betters.

I support causes and countries that want to rob me of my dignity and put my family in jeopardy and I curtsy as they pass by and glance at me. I am honored as they reluctantly mix with us commoners as they drive by in their shiny new limos as we have only our shoes and old bicycles to use.

But even they are at risk for they are needed in the war effort to protect our freedoms and to be used to make machines that print identity cards that we are privileged to pay for.

Its all in the benefit to us all.

I support police brutality as it is always the citizens who are wrong to even think of opposing properly vetted law enforcement. I think no sinful thoughts and no matter what the civil authorities say they are right because they know far more than I.

I must sacrifice my children for the good of large corporate interests and the bankers. It is all my duty and privilege to be at the disposal of the state.


A Federal Corporate Citizen
of the United States of America



Share RecommendKeepReplyMark as Last ReadRead Replies (1)

To: average joe who wrote (769607)9/17/2012 1:31:44 PM
   of 769632
why didn't you sign your real name, pussboy

Share RecommendKeepReplyMark as Last ReadRead Replies (1)

To: PROLIFE who wrote (769608)9/17/2012 1:45:33 PM
From: average joe
   of 769632
You never really liked Fred did you fatso?

Message 18189419

To: PROLIFE who wrote (313840) 11/3/2002 3:19:52 PM
From: Frederick Smart Read Replies (1) of 769608
Our Unlawful Federal Government CHECKMATED.....

From the October 2002 Idaho Observer:

Freedom Drive 2002: Why we are going

In the June edition of The Idaho Observer we reported that tax honesty movement advocacy group We The People were organizing a November 14, 2002, rally in Washington, D.C. in response to the IRS/DOJ's refusal to publicly answer important questions with regard to the income tax last February. The rally would be preceded by convoys of Americans from all over the nation converging in major cities that are linked from Salt Lake City to D.C. by Interstate 70. Though we thought the idea was activism at its most glorious, it never occurred to us that we would actually be taking the drive.

Then, at the last minute, Coeur d'Alene engineer, tax honesty activist and author and Constitution Party candidate for state representative Phil Hart managed at a moment's notice to arrange for We The People Chairman Bob Schulz to speak in the Lake City after leaving Seattle en route to Butte, Montana. At about the halfway point of his two-hour presentation, Ingri looked at me and said, “We should go.”

I was shocked that she would even consider such a trip, much less commit to actually going on it. Where all someone has to do is think about a road trip to anywhere and I am ready to go, Ingri generally avoids them if possible. In Coeur d'Alene that day Schulz told the story of how he was seduced into activism and how his journey into the bowels of government led him to the income tax. He explained in detail how he and a handful of other dedicated people took three years of their lives to maneuver the federal government into position to where it had no choice but to answer questions about the income tax in a public forum.

What he described was how he and a few others played a brilliant game of chess with the federal government and placed it in check. Then, the federal government moved itself out of check by jumping off the board last February 27.

Why are we going? We are going because it is our duty as Americans to see that the bastards don't get away with jumping off the chessboard. Schulz and We The People Foundation won the game -- they proved that the income tax is illegal and there is no law which compels us to pay taxes on our wages. Now We The People Congress must convene in Washington, D.C. to demand an end to the lawless extortion racket that the district of criminals has been operating out of the nation's capital since 1913.

Shortly after Mahatma Gandhi began leading his people in 1919, he led a national campaign of non-violent resistance to British occupation of India. In 1947 the British left.

Non-violent civil disobedience began to take hold in this country during the 60s in protest of the Vietnam war. General dissent and discontent has been growing ever since. The sophistication of the activism has also been growing to the point that there are no longer any arguments or political platitudes to counter our beliefs that government has become unbearably corrupt and vile; only the brute force of a police state stands between us and the truth. We have to go. If enough of us take the drive, the federal government will be forced to reveal its truly despotic nature for all the world to see, or concede to the will of the people and return to us our god-given rights to life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness and justice.

We want to go because the Freedom Drive is shaping up to be a defining moment in American history. (DWH)


The Idaho Observer
P.O. Box 457
Spirit Lake, Idaho 83869
Phone: 208-255-2307


DC Democrats, Republicans, Bush & Company have NOTHING to do with reality.

Investigate the flow of money.

Examine for yourself the underlying core fraud of our financial and monetary system.

And consider taking part or at least supporting FREEDOM DRIVE 2002 from all across the country which converges on DC on November 14th.

The curtain has been pulled on this Federal Wizard of Oz and no extortion or terror or war can distract We The People from the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

Peace and God Bless!!


Share RecommendKeepReplyMark as Last ReadRead Replies (1)
Previous 10 Next 10