It will be a cold day in...Alexandria

16 degrees. That's what my thermostat said tonight as I finished up my run this evening. Needed to be rid of some stress.

It was brisk this morning too for my funeral ceremony. But I've found that with the right type and number of layers underneath, the ceremonial uniform does just fine in the cold weather. It was bright, crisp, and quiet - a beautiful morning for a ceremony.

I've been reading the news this evening with interest. Some things that don't really surprise me and one that did. The economic news and the housing bust, I've been anticipating for several years, a key reason I didn't purchase a house when coming to DC. So, news about the negotiations regarding the economic stimulus didn't surprise me. I learned deployment history to be removed from promotion briefs.

And I learned that the charges were dropped against USS Cole bombing suspect.

Killed in the Attack on the USS Cole

Chief Petty Officer Richard Costelow, Morrisville, Pennsylvania.
Signalman Seaman Recruit Cheron Luis Gunn, Rex, Georgia.
Seaman James Rodrick McDaniels, Norfolk, Virginia.
Seaman Recruit Lakiba Nicole Palmer, San Diego, California.
Operations Specialist 2nd Class Timothy Lamont Saunders, Ringgold, Virginia.
Ensign Andrew Triplett, Macon, Mississippi.
Seaman Apprentice Craig Bryan Wibberley, Williamsport, Maryland.
Hull Maintenance Technician 3rd Class, Kenneth Eugene Clodfelter, Mechanicsville, Virginia.
Mess Management Specialist Seaman Lakeina Monique Francis, Woodleaf, North Carolina.
Information Systems Technician Seaman Timothy Lee Gauna, Rice, Texas
Engineman 2nd Class Mark Ian Nieto, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.
Electronics Warfare Technician 3rd Class Ronald Scott Owens, Vero Beach, Florida.
Engineman Fireman Joshua Langdon Parlett, Churchville, Maryland.
Fireman Apprentice Patrick Howard Roy, Cornwall on Hudson, New York.
Electronics Warfare Technician 2nd Class Kevin Shawn Rux, Portland, North Dakota.
Mess Management Specialist 3rd Class Ronchester Mananga Santiago, Kingsville, Texas
Fireman Gary Graham Swenchonis Jr., Rockport, Texas

I am quite sure history will record in great detail our triumphs in battle, but I regret that no one will ever be able to write a full account of the wars we never fought, the losses we never suffered, the tears we never shed, because men and women like those who were on the USS Cole were standing guard for peace. We should never ever forget that....

....To those who attacked them we say: You will not find a safe harbor. We will find you and justice will prevail.

--President Bill Clinton, USS Cole Memorial Service