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Sunday, March 27, 2011

An Update On Ernest Nunley ::

And I'm afraid the news is bad! I got this in an e-mail just a short time ago:

Journey across America on horseback ends in tragedy
Posted: Mar 25, 2011 4:34 PM EDT
Updated: Mar 25, 2011 8:08 PM EDT

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By Christie Post - email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – A journey across America on horseback turns one man's dream into his worst nightmare.

Ernest Nunley, 52, a native Tennessean set out in 2008 on a journey from Savannah, GA to San Francisco, CA to visit his brother who he had not seen in 17 years.

"He was not out there for a hand out. He was out there to try and make the world better one little piece at a time. However his crazy way was," said Wittel Nunley, Ernest Nunley's son.

He dedicated his ride across America to children suffering from catastrophic diseases. Four of his family members died from such diseases before reaching adulthood.

Nunley traveled through open land and city streets, during sunny days and in harsh weather. This past winter, a stranger in Clovis, NM gave Nunley a place to stay when the weather became just too unbearable. Nunley raised money to continue his journey by selling firewood in Clovis.

"His horses are his life and they always have been. Ever since I can remember, he's been a cowboy," said Nunley.

A week ago when the sun finally came out, he packed up his wagon, gathered his horses and set out on the mission he had begun long before.

"Like he always said, life is what happens when you're busy making other plans," said Nunley.

On his way out of town tragedy struck. One of Nunley's horses spooked as the wagon was leaving Clovis, and Nunley fell.

"He hit his face and head on the wagon railing that connects the horses to the wagon," said Wittel Nunley, Ernest Nunley's son. "And that caused the spinal cord injury to his neck. And then the wagon was pulled over his leg and then broke his leg.

Since the accident, Nunley has been paralyzed from the chest down. He is currently in the ICU at University Medical Center in Lubbock.

"He is going to do his part to fight through this and we've got do our part to be there to take care of him. But there are other things that he can't take care of right now, he's fighting his own fight and it's a hard fight," said Nunley.

Nunley always knew there was a possibility for something like this to happen, but he wants to be remembered for doing something great.

"Sometimes we forget what's in our own backyard and sometimes we forget that our neighbors are suffering," said Nunley.

If you would like to send letters or donations to the family, you can mail them to Rte. 6, Box 790, Stillwell, OK, 74960. Or call 918-507-0510 anytime.

If you want to read more about Nunley's journey, you can visit his website at http://onefatcowboy.com

Copyright 2011 KCBD. All rights reserved.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Those Greedy Schoolteachers ::

in Alabama:

Wow, Rep. Lynn Greer blames underpaid teachers for a good portion of Alabama's fiscal crisis. The above video is a production of the Alabama Democratic Party based on the following speech by Rep. Greer:

I don't have any children in school in Alabama anymore, but I do have one very smart granddaughter attending class here and I want the very best possible education for her and I want her to have teachers who inspire her to reach for more and I want those teachers to be adequately compensated for their dedication!

Huntsville city schools has recently announced the lay-off of principals in hopes of alleviating their budget shortfalls, but I have to wonder how a school can operate without leadership! Who steps in to fill that void?

Next up will be consolidation of schools with some being closed and I am looking forward to the fights this will engender in different parts of Huntsville.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

The Keebler Elf ::

Jeff (Beau) Sessions, one of our senate embarrassments, will be on Meet The Press this morning. I hope someone else TiVo's and shares this as I cannot bring myself to listen to his bile!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Where'd My Header Go?

I had a photograph up there! Well, let me run off to another server somewhere and see if I can find it.

[update] As you can see, I found my header! I re-did one of my web sites without thinking that that this photograph was hosted on that server, but, luckily, I found my back-up files and restored it. Now I can sleep in peace tonight!

Been Away Too Long ::

I can't believe that it's been so long since I posted here, but since I'm about the only one who ever looks at the site I guess that's ok.

Not much in the way of news, but I will say that the county sheriff's deputies have been having a field day here in New Hope for the past couple of weeks. I've seen quite a few people in handcuffs, but I have no reason for what although I would presume that the arrests are drug related. It's often hard to get local news around here!