Horatio Gates
Since Jul 25, 2004

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No Freep time as 12/1/2007. Currently doing a kitchen remodel and pulling out whats left of my hair

General Burgoyne surrenders to General Horatio Gates after the Battle of Saratoga October 17, 1777.

FReepers I've had the honor to meet: Libertina, Just Lori, Grani, The ErnFormerlyKnownAsBig, PostalPackinMama, Clemenza, Publius, HolyScroller, Goodnesswins, Their Just Due, Garandgirl, Baynative, doodles2, rockrr, StarfireIV, sionnsar, Libre ou Mort, Martywake, 4woodenboats (and son), Rural Majority

My special place. I drive the white car.

Look What I Got In My Back Yard...

My favorite target...

"Horatio's Heros" (thats me in the middle)

"We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he today that paints the barracks with me
Shall be my brother."

A little about me:

I am 40ish, married with two sons living in Pierce County, Washington. I lived my childhood in the boonies of Bradford County, Pennsylvania. The whitetail deer still tremble at my name mostly due to road-kill with my 1979 Dodge Omni while dodging pot holes. I was in Air Defense Artillery (HAWK pictures below) while in the Army. My MOS was 24H. Thats Improved HAWK Fire Control Repairman. I eventually wound up at Fort Lewis where I separated from the service in 1987 and stayed put. No scrapple, no Tasteykakes and lots of libs. Why do I stay?

For the last 19 years I've been a cop...well detective now (it beats working for a living) for a municipality in Western Washington. The highlights of my police tour of duty have been serving on a Street Crimes/Narcotics Unit for five years and four years as a SWAT Team sniper. All in all, it's been a pretty humbling experience. I never thought I'd be a cop in my younger days, but what the heck...I'm pretty good at it. Some of the high points over the last year have been complaints from "concerned" citizens about me telling folks to go arm themselves.

I have a few hobbies which include, fishing, boating, Shotokan Karate, home-brewing beer, mostly wheat based ales. I also love to read books about the American Revolution, World War Two, Abraham Lincoln and nuclear submarines (I missed my calling in life) or anything by Tom Clancy. I'm also a bird watcher and like tracking the night time sky with my son and his telescope.

I was raised conservative. My Mom, who passed in August 2005, took me down to D.C. in the early 70's on the church bus to protest the Supreme Court Roe vs. Wade decision. My dad, who passed on in 1989, was a World War Two Army veteran. He was a tugboat commander and managed to see action quite a few times. You don't hear much about the sailors in the Army do you? He had some awesome war stories.

Lastly, I'm pro-life, pro-2nd Amendment (an armed society is a polite society), pro-death penalty, anti-liberal conservative in a blue state Catholic.

The places I've lived:

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A Prayer to St. Michael

Saint Michael, heaven's glorious commissioner of police,who once so neatly and successfully cleared God's premises of all its undesirables, look with kindly and professional eyes on your earthly force. Give us cool heads, stout hearts, and uncanny flair for investigation and wise judgment.

Make us the terror of criminals and those who will do harm to others, the friend of children and law-abiding citizens, kind to strangers and those weak of heart, strict with law-breakers and impervious to temptations.

Saint Michael, from your own experiences with Satan, you know that the police officer's lot on earth is not always a happy one; but your sense of duty that so pleased God, your hard knocks that so surprised the devil, and your angelic self-control inspires us.

When our watch draws to a close, enroll us in your heavenly force, where we will be as proud to guard the throne of God as we have been to guard the city of all the people. Amen.

Oh, yes, and one more thing, St Michael, about those criminals, if by the slim chance they pray, ignore their heathen prayers and let us help you send those bastards to Hell. Also watch over my FReeper friends, all of them, keep them safe even if we don't always see eye to eye.

Matt's on manuevers in the back yard keeping out the Rats!

Supporting The Troops at Outpost 122

Hey, it's my son Mitch with Kirby Wilbur, 570-AM KVI, at an Operation Support Our Troops Rally at Fort Lewis!

Rusty Humphries was there too.

The Good Old Days

You are a Capitalist Republican

Money makes your world go round - and it's no surprise that you always vote your wallet. You're financially successful (or plan to be), and your agenda is low tax and pro business. You get fired up about abortion... and mention capital gains tax, and you go crazy. You want government to be as small as possible - and to stay out of the way of business.

What political persuasion are you?


You are a

Social Conservative
(35% permissive)

and an...

Economic Conservative
(80% permissive)

You are best described as a:

Strong Republican

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