Monday, October 29, 2012

Earn Your Trident Every Day . . .

About the two Navy SEAL’s killed in Libya:

Quite an astounding tribute to the courage and bravery of the two former Navy SEAL’s that went to the aid of Ambassador Stevens and Embassy staff. Courageous!

Recently I was teaching a class in my church on the biblical character, Joshua. You remember him – he’s the one who took over for Moses to lead the Israelites into the Promised Land. God made several promises to Joshua in the opening verses of this book of the Bible named after him. Three times God instructs Joshua to “be strong and courageous.” In fact, one of those times God instructed him to be “very courageous.” The road ahead was a tough one and Joshua would need to be up to the task.

The news has been full of the attacks on our embassies throughout the Muslim world, and in particular, the deaths of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others in Benghazi , Libya . However, apart from the shameful amount of disinformation willingly distributed by the Main Stream Media and the current administration, there’s a little known story of incredible bravery, heroics, and courage that should be the top story of every news agency across the fruited plain.

So what actually happened at the U.S. embassy in Libya ? We are learning more about this every day. Ambassador Stevens and Foreign Service officer Sean Smith, along with administrative staff, were working out of temporary quarters due to the fact that in the spring of 2011 during the so-called Arab Spring, the United States cut ties with then president Moammar Gadhafi. Our embassy was looted and ransacked, causing it to be unusable. It is still in a state of disrepair. Security for embassies and their personnel is to be provided by the host nation. Since Libya has gone through a civil war of sorts in the past 18 months, the current government is very unstable, and therefore, unreliable

A well-organized attack by radical Muslims was planned specifically targeting the temporary U.S. embassy building. The Libyan security force that was in place to protect our people deserted their post, or joined the attacking force. Either way, our people were in a real fix. And it should be noted that Ambassador Stevens had mentioned on more than one occasion to Secretary of State, “Hillary Clinton”, that he was quite concerned for his personal safety and the welfare of his people. It is thought that Ambassador Stevens was on a “hit list.”

A short distance from the American compound, two Americans were sleeping. They were in Libya as independent contractors working an assignment totally unrelated to our embassy. They also happened to be former Navy SEALs. When they heard the noise coming from the attack on our embassy, as you would expect from highly trained warriors, they ran to the fight. Apparently, they had no weapons, but seeing the Libyan guards dropping their guns in their haste in fleeing the scene, Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty snatched up several of these discarded weapons and prepared to defend the American compound.

Not knowing exactly what was taking place, the two SEALs set up a defensive perimeter. Unfortunately Ambassador Stevens was already gravely injured, and Foreign Service officer, Sean Smith, was dead. However, due to their quick action and suppressive fire, twenty administrative personnel in the embassy were able to escape to safety. Eventually, these two courageous men were overwhelmed by the sheer numbers brought against them, an enemy force numbering between 100 to 200 attackers which came in two waves. But the stunning part of the story is that Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty killed 60 of the attacking force. Once the compound was overrun, the attackers were incensed to discover that just two men had inflicted so much death and destruction.

As it became apparent to these selfless heroes, they were definitely going to lose their lives unless some reinforcements showed up in a hurry. As we know now, that was not to be. I’m fairly certain they knew they were going to die in this gun fight, but not before they took a whole lot of bad guys with them!

Consider these tenets of the Navy SEAL Code: 1) Loyalty to Country, Team and Teammate, 2) Serve with Honor and Integrity On and Off the Battlefield, 3) Ready to Lead, Ready to Follow, Never Quit, 4) Take responsibility for your actions and the actions of your teammates, 5) Excel as Warriors through Discipline and Innovation, 6) Train for War, Fight to Win, Defeat our Nation’s Enemies, and 7) Earn your Trident every day (

Thank you, Tyrone and Glen. To the very last breath, you both lived up to the SEAL Code. You served all of us well. You were courageous in the face of certain death.

And Tyrone, even though you never got to hold your newborn son, he will grow up knowing the character and quality of his father, a man among men who sacrificed himself defending others. God bless America !

Dr. Charles R. Roots Senior Pastor Former Staff Sergeant, USMC Captain, U. S. Navy Chaplain Corps (Ret)

This should be passed on and on and on.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Uncovered Manhole ~ OR ~ Rule #5 Woodsterman Style

~ The Blond ~
A blond is walking on the street when she suddenly
falls inside an uncovered manhole. 

She swears her way back up the ladder and manages to 
crawl all the way up, her clothes getting all torn 
up in the process. 
 When she gets back to the top she wipes off the sweat 
from her forehead and says "Thank God the hole wasn't 
covered, or I would've never made it out!"

Other Rule 5 ers:

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

My Favorite Animal

Our teacher asked what my favorite animal was, 
and I said, "Fried chicken."

She said I wasn't funny, but she couldn't have been right, 
because everyone else laughed.  My parents told me to 
always tell the truth.  I did. Fried chicken is my favorite 

I told my dad what happened, and he said my teacher 
was probably a member of PETA. He said they love 
animals very much.

I do, too. Especially chicken, pork and beef. Anyway, 
my teacher sent me to the principal's office.
I told him what happened, and he laughed, too. 
Then he told me not to do it again.

The next day in class my teacher asked me what my 
favorite live animal was. I told her it was chicken. 
She asked me why, so I told her it was because you 
could make them into fried chicken.

She sent me back to the principal's office. He laughed, 
and told me not to do it again.

I don't understand. My parents taught me to be honest, 
but my teacher doesn't like it when I am.

Today, my teacher asked me to tell her what 
famous person I admired most.

I told her, "Colonel Sanders."

Guess where I am now?

Thanks Katy !

Our family finally made it home from Stanford last night about
9:00.  We dropped the kids at there place. It was not fun walking through the snow with a new born and his mom all
stitched up. But, by cracky, we got er done.  Here's Dresden's photo sent by Kat to me last night. He was waiting to go home.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

NewsBusted 10/23/12 ~

With any luck . . . We'll be going home from
Stanford today. Hopefully the snowstorm has
ended like it was supposed to, and the drive
over Donner Summit will be smooth.

Monday, October 22, 2012

There Goes The Neighborhood

While in the Bay Area on a special mission ( read
a couple of posts previous ) I spotted this eyesore.
This is a very upscale area that has the misfortune
of having to look at this place.

Oh wait ... this is the San Francisco Bay Area.
To their credit, no one came out and threatened
me while I was taking this picture. Of course if they had
they might have become my new hood ornament. Check
Opus #6's (Opie) post ... (LINK)   


I forgot to mention (for some reason Brooke reminded me). Stanford Children's Hospital has valet parking during the
week. So on Friday I thought I'd use it. The kid, when we were leaving, delivered my pick-up to the exit. He held the door for
me, and as I was getting in he said, "I love this pick up". I
thanked him and said, "I didn't think any one down here knew what it was." We both got a good chuckle.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Dad's Cristmas List is Now Complete

For the man who has everything . . . . .

Thanks David !

Thursday, October 18, 2012

New Grampa Woodsterman

Meet Dresden Woodsterman. He was born just about 
30 minutes ago. He came in at 5 pounds 12 ounces and
and is a very healthy boy. His mother Kat, we were so
concerned about, is doing great. She gave birth to a 
little girl we lost after just two weeks about three years 
ago. At that same time we almost lost Kat. 

This has been quite an emotional roller coaster to
say the least. I'm on batteries  and hospital wifi. So,
I'm shutting down for now. Much love from Woodsterman.


Wally World Called Again ... Your Photos Are Ready

Thanks David !

Well the doctors made Kat, my daughter in law, wait until
today. So, back to Stanford Mama and I go to wait with our
son Tom. I'll keep you posted. The worst hotel I've ever
stayed in has wifi ... go figure. 

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Wally World Called . . . Your Photos Are Ready

Thank David !

We have a family "thing" going on at the
moment. Posts and blog visits could be a
bit sporadic at times for a week. 

Hint: a visit from the stork could be on
the horizon. It's not a simple affair and
I have reservations about how much
information I'll put out there. Two of 
you know of my fears, and I can keep
you posted. This color ought to tell you
one thing though.