Wednesday, May 17, 2006

About American Crusader

I received the following in an email from American Crusader on May 15:
"Do me a favor AOW, let everybody know that I am doing fine and that I will post from time to time on the Infidels Blocker Alliance."
You can visit Infidel Bloggers Alliance by clicking here. It is a busy site, with multiple postings every day.

I know that many who frequent this blog will join me in wishing American Crusader all the best, including improved health and much happiness.

82 Comments:

At 5/16/2006 7:25 AM, Blogger nanc said...

thank you, aow - i know there were about 30 or 60 of us yesterday who were extremely concerned for a.c. and wondering what was going on - it's terrible being in the dark. you who have had the pleasure of knowing him for some length of time must have been beside yourselves.

 
At 5/16/2006 7:35 AM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Nanc,
I was offline for most of the day yesterday; I'll explain why later, probably in a special posting.

When I tried to access the Internet last night, my broadband connection was down (regional problem), so I didn't get to check my email this morning. I was so relieved to hear from Crusader!

I don't yet know if his blog is gone or just glitched.

 
At 5/16/2006 7:36 AM, Blogger F.B. Jones said...

Thanks,
I was starting to wonder what was going on.

 
At 5/16/2006 7:39 AM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Nanc,
No email from you. Resend?

 
At 5/16/2006 7:40 AM, Blogger beakerkin said...

At least we know he is okay. He should drop in here every now and then to let us know he is okay. He is an excellent blogger and a class act as a human being.

 
At 5/16/2006 7:54 AM, Blogger Warren said...

Thank you AOW.

 
At 5/16/2006 8:30 AM, Anonymous the merry widow said...

Well it's good to know! I can't contact him because my pc doesn't even see word verification! So, A.C., I hope you see this, I am praying for you! Miss you!

tmw

 
At 5/16/2006 8:46 AM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

TMW,
Sometimes I, too, cannot see the word verification. I hit the refresh button and get the code. Have you tried that?

 
At 5/16/2006 9:16 AM, Anonymous the merry widow said...

Yes, but it won't "see" it afterwards! I can refresh all day and I still get the little yellow triangle. It's very frustrating and I have just given up trying to comment! It isn't worth the headaches, so I'll read the posts and comments then go on my merry way. I don't know how to fight it and it's not worth the tears.

tmw

 
At 5/16/2006 9:31 AM, Blogger WomanHonorThyself said...

Thank u so so much for postin this AOW..I was sick with worry..please send him my best best best if u hear from him soon.

 
At 5/16/2006 10:23 AM, Blogger FLORIAN said...

So good to hear that AC is doing well...Keep him in your prayers.

 
At 5/16/2006 11:10 AM, Blogger Freedomnow said...

AC's site is still down, did he pull it?

He had the good fortunate of starting with the letter "A" so he is near the top of my links list and therefore I visited his blog almost every day. It was a good blog.

Moonbat Central still has their blog up after all this time and every once in a blue moon I take a stroll down memory lane...

 
At 5/16/2006 11:17 AM, Blogger Mr. Ducky said...

I hope American Crusader is doing well. He's someone you can converse with. Seems like a decent enough guy.

 
At 5/16/2006 1:06 PM, Blogger American Crusader said...

Thank you AOW and everybody else for your kind thoughts.
My PSA level and early detection leaves me in the top 95% recovery rate.
Don't believe everything you hear about the VA hospital. They have some great doctors also, not just some old retired military doctors hanging on for a retirement fund... although there are a couple of those
I will be around posting, I just don't have enough time with my daughter coming and everything else to both maintain a blog and respond to others.

 
At 5/16/2006 1:07 PM, Blogger American Crusader said...

ducky said...Seems like a decent enough guy.

Now I am worried!

 
At 5/16/2006 2:42 PM, Anonymous the merry widow said...

A.C.- Ben went through all that, are they going to use the radiation seeds? Wasn't fun, but recovery is fairly quick and there is minimal physical trauma! If so, great way to go, only your daughter won't be able to sit on your lap for 3 months. That could be a bummer if she's a Daddy's girl, but like I said, quicker recovery! Best wishes!

tmw

 
At 5/16/2006 2:54 PM, Blogger Freedomnow said...

My uncle told hilarious stories about how he had to run from kids when he was undergoing treatment.

I second Ducky's comment that AC seems like an alright guy. That doesnt count for much coming from me, but I bet Nanc will back me up on this one.

 
At 5/16/2006 4:12 PM, Blogger Brooke said...

Wow! It's good to know that nothing catasrophic happened!

Keep on recovering, AC!

 
At 5/16/2006 4:47 PM, Anonymous the merry widow said...

AoW- Just got off the phone with a friend, who was raised in Centerville! Her husband had been a police officer there, I can't remember the town. She got a kick out of where your blogging from.

tmw

 
At 5/16/2006 5:10 PM, Blogger nanc said...

fern - i'd back you up on that one and say you are one of the finest people in the www! and your ten cents worth is worth a million to me. if i could, i'd buy you and a.c. golf balls the size of diamonds!

 
At 5/16/2006 5:49 PM, Blogger MissingLink said...

What a relief.
Thanks AOW

 
At 5/16/2006 6:50 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Crusader,
I'm so relieved to learn that your prospects for recovery are excellent.

Do stop by now and again--or shoot me an email--to let us know how you're doing.

Enjoy your summer with your daughter.

 
At 5/16/2006 6:52 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Duck,
I hope American Crusader is doing well. He's someone you can converse with. Seems like a decent enough guy.

Yes, AC is a decent guy. He's having a tough break right now, but so it goes.

I won't say anything sassy to you, either, because I take your well-wishes for AC at their face value.

 
At 5/16/2006 7:25 PM, Blogger Elmer's Brother said...

AC good to hear from you. Our continued prayers for your speedy recovery.

My father was treated by the VA. He and my mother swore he got better treatment there than any of the civilian hospitals he was at. The other neat thing was that all these groups come to just wish the veterans well and it did all of us good to see that people cared. They sometimes brought homemade gifts for my father.

Anyway get well soon.

AOW keep us posted

 
At 5/16/2006 9:45 PM, Blogger George Mason said...

To American Crusader,

We fully understand and take joy in the good news you posted today. You have our best thoughts and vibes for a full and speedy recovery.

 
At 5/17/2006 12:14 AM, Blogger kevin said...

We're looking forward to reading your stuff on IBA!

 
At 5/17/2006 4:58 AM, Blogger Da Weaz said...

Well, AC, I once again wish you my best. I hope that you'll keep stopping by at my place because, first, I appreciate your input and second, I don't want to hang out on this site. Some of your "friends" don't seem as open minded as you and I have ejnoyed exchanges far less that with you.

Best, weaz

 
At 5/17/2006 8:35 AM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Weaz,
I don't want to hang out on this site. Some of your "friends" don't seem as open minded...

I think I detect an insult. LOL.

 
At 5/17/2006 8:55 AM, Anonymous the merry widow said...

Gee AoW, I don't know where you got THAT idea? Just because we don't let our brains fall out...
Anyway, ya'll have a blessed day, I'm about to start running errands. Catch you all later!

tmw

 
At 5/17/2006 9:03 AM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

TMW,
Just because we don't let our brains fall out...

Bwahahahaha!

 
At 5/17/2006 10:19 AM, Blogger American Crusader said...

nanc said...if i could, i'd buy you and a.c. golf balls the size of diamonds!

That's nice nanc...but I think I would prefer diamonds the size of golf balls.

 
At 5/17/2006 10:21 AM, Blogger nanc said...

well, then you'll have to wait awhile a.c.!

have you seen freedomnow's latest? absolutely brilliant i tell ya!

 
At 5/17/2006 11:07 AM, Blogger nanc said...

aow - you are NOT going to like the lawn ornament question at beak's interview of kevin at amboy times - i warned him!

 
At 5/17/2006 12:04 PM, Blogger Freedomnow said...

ummm...Nanc I dont want to seem ungrateful, but just like AC I think I'll just take the diamonds.

Hey Weaz,

Its amazing that you feign a desire for decent conversation when you take such a condescending and hostile point of view in the comments on our blogs.

Cheers!

 
At 5/17/2006 1:24 PM, Blogger Brooke said...

Oh, oh...I'm going to have to get over to Beak's now!

 
At 5/17/2006 6:29 PM, Blogger Mr. Beamish the Instablepundit said...

Aw hell. And I had packed up the kegs and rifles to go look for him. Oh well. Guess I'll just have to pour it all out.

 
At 5/17/2006 7:18 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

TMW,
I knew Centreville when it was so small that you could blink and miss it. Not so now, of course.

Small world, huh?

 
At 5/17/2006 7:22 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Nanc,
Outlaw lawn ornaments??? Not here at my house! Hehehe.

 
At 5/17/2006 7:23 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Beamish,
Pour it all out? Don't let the possums find that location, or they'll get tanked.

 
At 5/17/2006 8:58 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Crusader,
diamonds the size of golf balls

A real hedge against inflation! And possibly wearable too. Hehehe.

 
At 5/17/2006 11:36 PM, Blogger Elmer's Brother said...

Here all this time I thought you guys were using a euphemism

 
At 5/18/2006 6:13 AM, Blogger Pastorius said...

All I can say to American Crusader is, as Laura Ingram says, be a conqueror, not a survivor.

 
At 5/18/2006 7:56 AM, Anonymous the merry widow said...

AoW- Going to send you an e-mail, the top part I don't know how to crop off, but the lady in question needs a lot of prayer anyway! Read the bottom though!

tmw

 
At 5/18/2006 12:13 PM, Blogger American Crusader said...

Be a conqueror, not a survivor...I will need to remember that.

 
At 5/18/2006 1:44 PM, Blogger Esther said...

AC, this is terrific news! You're going to do great -- you have too many of us pulling for you not do do great! And thanks, AOW, for keeping us updated.

 
At 5/18/2006 3:04 PM, Anonymous the merry widow said...

A.C.- Remember" greater is HE who is in me, than he who is in the world..."

tmw

 
At 5/18/2006 5:22 PM, Blogger David Schantz said...

AOW, Thanks for the post.
AC, You will remain in our prayers. I just made a comment at another site about family being one of the most important things there is. Looks like you have a large extended one here. I'm sure many prayers (for your health) are being said. This will have you back faster than any doctor.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

 
At 5/18/2006 8:07 PM, Blogger Casino God said...

all the best to the Crusader

 
At 5/18/2006 8:09 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

I just stopped by Beak's blog, and I see that American Crusader is making some rounds.

 
At 5/19/2006 11:19 AM, Anonymous the merry widow said...

AoW- You need to go to Longrange and check out the first thread, Warren got Nanc and Elmer's Brother a GOOD ONE! If you need a laugh!

tmw

 
At 5/19/2006 1:53 PM, Blogger Elmer's Brother said...

tmw,

you were right. I never looked better.

 
At 5/19/2006 4:25 PM, Blogger nanc said...

not funny and i may change the name of the blog...i have zee power...

 
At 5/19/2006 7:12 PM, Blogger Elmer's Brother said...

That's why I told Warren he better start posting about some guy stuff like scratching and burping. Too many skirts calling the shots.

 
At 5/19/2006 9:20 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

EB,
Too many skirts calling the shots.

Girls just gotta have fun! LOL.

 
At 5/20/2006 2:49 AM, Blogger Elmer's Brother said...

yea well because of Nanc and TMW I had to start taking prozac yesterday and I am trying to learn how to piss without raising the toilet seat again.

 
At 5/20/2006 7:50 AM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

EB,
Your wife will appreciate that lowered toilet seat. Hehehe.

 
At 5/20/2006 8:01 AM, Anonymous the merry widow said...

Poor EB, still in shock, huh? That was a bit of fun, I don't understand why you're taking so long to recover, I'm fine! How are you doing this morning, Nanc? I guess we will have to be more gentle with EB, in the future, delicate system and all!

Good morning all and G*D bless all here!
tmw

 
At 5/20/2006 11:25 AM, Blogger Elmer's Brother said...

tmw I am over it now
so let's not mention this again, I also see that warren has gotten you as well?

 
At 5/20/2006 11:57 AM, Anonymous the merry widow said...

Yes, but Warren didn't let Nanc shave my head, for which I am grateful! It was fun though, can we do this again sometime? a friend is someone you can call at all hours to bail you out of jail, a true friend is sitting in the cell next to you saying,"Dang, that was fun!"

tmw

Glad you recover fast!

 
At 5/20/2006 1:39 PM, Blogger Elmer's Brother said...

it truly was now call a bail bondsman

 
At 5/20/2006 1:46 PM, Blogger Cubed © said...

Ducky said, "I hope American Crusader is doing well. He's someone you can converse with. Seems like a decent enough guy."

Ducky, hidden deep down inside, there lurks an American! But I won't tell anyone, OK?

AC,

There are obviously lots of good vibes coming your way. LOVE the sound of 95% survival is truly beautiful!

First choice is for a cure, of course; at your state, that happens a lot. Second, for some others, there is some extraordinary news on the horizon.

Back in 1999, at Wake Forest University (NC),in a report published in the May 16 "Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences" (one of the major league publications), a single mouse ("Number 6") used in tests where the little guys are injected with tumor cells and then treatments are tried, failed to get cancer. All the others did, as all mice in the past have done.

So they tried it again, and again, this little fellow did well. They repeated it, with all kinds of cancer cells, from breast to pancreatic, from small amounts to large amounts, and still, Number 6 did not get the disease.

When Number 6 became a father, it was found that 40% of his kids had the fortunate ability to fight off cancer, just like their dad.

In the following years, they found that Number 6 and his lucky kids had the ususal "first responders" of the immune system, the neutrophils, the macrophages, and the natural killer cells. These cells make up the so-called "innate" immune system, the one we have from birth.

They help a lot with disease, but they tend not to be able to overcome large numbers of cancer cells; their best job is scavanging the few cancer cells that we all get as we grow older, but if the cancer cells get ahead of their limited ability to fight, that's when we get into trouble.

There is a second tier immune system too, the one that we kick-start with vaccines. It's called the "adaptive" immune system, because it requires exposure to the enemy in order to recognize it the next time it sees it; it's not able to fight it the first time it sees it.

Well, it turns out that Number 6 had a different kind of innate immune system. They were extremely powerful fighters, and utterly prevented the cancer from gaining a foothold.

The real beauty of the report is that when "first responder" cells from Number 6 and his kids were injected into ordinary mice, they had the same response. The cells prevented cancer when administered before the cancer cells, and even better, they cured cancers which had already developed in mice injected before receiving Number 6 cells. The cure process took about three weeks, and confered immunity for the rest of the mouse's life.

Needless to say, there is a lot of excitement about this. It may give some insight into the occasional reports we see about spontaneous remissions, and above all, may herald enormous hope for all of us.

An immunologist at the University of Washington, in Seattle, points out that up to now, most of the focus has been on the "adaptive" immune system" but with this, there will be a lot of attention given the "innate" immune system.

As usual, the hyper-cautious folks in this line of work remind us that human trials will be a long way off, but for AC and others with great odds, something really useful may appear on the scene should the monster rear it's ugly head again.

 
At 5/20/2006 2:19 PM, Blogger Elmer's Brother said...

cubed,

After losing a father, brother, aunt and grandmother to cancer this is great news. Thanks for sharing it.

AC keep getting better.

 
At 5/20/2006 8:53 PM, Blogger Cubed © said...

You bet, Elmer's Brother. My maternal grandmother, my paternal aunt, my mother, my daughter, and I have all had cancer, each one different from the other. Some of us have survived, others have not, so I am always glad to find and share any really good news I hear about the disease.

Of all the very real progress being made, especially since the completion of the human genome project, this is one of the best things I have heard about.

I'm really encouraged about AC; early stage, early intervention - great news.

 
At 5/20/2006 8:55 PM, Blogger Elmer's Brother said...

it is encouraging. My brother lost his wife and her sister to breast cancer. Two weeks after his wife died her sister was diagnosed and she passed last February. Both of them very early thirties.

 
At 5/20/2006 9:03 PM, Blogger Cubed © said...

I'm so very sorry to hear that. I tend to take news like that very personally, even when it involves people I have never met.

What a miserable cascade of events. I hope your brother is hanging in there. Please give him my best.

 
At 5/20/2006 11:33 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Cubed,
What a font of important information you are! There is so much to learn about cancer, but oncology is making great strides. Cancer is not now the death sentence which it once was.

You are a cancer-survivor. Do you realize how important that is?

 
At 5/21/2006 7:17 AM, Anonymous the merry widow said...

I lost my late to cancer, not fun! The prostate cancer was found early enough, but the lung had already spread to both lobes of the liver, so it was 11 months of chemo, ups, downs, ups, downs, then hospice. I'm so glad A.C.'s was found early!

tmw

 
At 5/21/2006 8:55 AM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

TMW,
Prostate cancer is insidious. I've forgotten...Was your husband quite young? Prostate cancer is not just an old-man's disease.

 
At 5/21/2006 1:37 PM, Anonymous the merry widow said...

Ben was 7 weeks shy of his 59th birthday when he died, the prostate cancer was from 2 yrs. before. He was 5 weeks shy of our 15th anniversary. So he wasn't particularly old at the time, he just ignored some pain until it was really too late, he put up one heck of a fight until 2 weeks before he died.

tmw

 
At 5/21/2006 6:10 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

TMW,
Your husband was relatively young. Of course, prostate cancer can occur at any age. And ignoring symptoms is truly the enemy.

 
At 5/21/2006 9:06 PM, Anonymous themerrywidow said...

The worst part was that a doctor in Ca. detected elevated PSA levels, but did nothing. It was a doctor here in Fla. that went for the biopsy, with good results! As for the lung cancer, Ben was partially responsible, as was I, in not really pushing for a full abdominal scan in 2001! We might have had better results if I had nagged, which I hate! It's under the Blood, or I would drive myself nuts! Ben had to take responsibility too.

tmw

 
At 5/21/2006 9:38 PM, Blogger Elmer's Brother said...

tmw I am sorry about your husband.

Cubed, my brother and his wife had four kids, he remarried a woman who had four kids. Gosh talk about decibel level. He's doing great, a good Christian man.

 
At 5/22/2006 7:31 AM, Blogger friendlysaviour said...

A close friend had breast cancer. She had a "lumpectomy."
The surgeon called her back in after the op. and told her that the type of C. was very "aggressive."
He insisted on full removal and major chemo. and radiation.
It was truly shocking.
We all prayed of course and the lady is a true fighter.
One night, she told us she felt "someone" sit at the end of her bed.
She could barely open her eyes. The bed had physically sagged by the weight of a body,
She could only see a dark outline of a figure, but then she saw and felt a flat-fan of bright light, that seemed to scan through her body from head to toe. Then the weight on the bed lifted and the apparition was gone.
She told us all next day.
She went back to the surgeon and told him. She said she believed she was CURED. He did not disbelieve her, and when she asked for him to take another tissue sample and NOT to do a complete removal, he reluctantly agreed, but only if she would have radiation, though she refused the chemotherapy.
She went in on a Day-op, and the surgeon removed some more tissue and it was sent to laboratory.
A while later, she saw the surgeon again, and he told her that
"The tests all proved negative, there is no C. there anymore."
Our friend believes it was an Angel that visited her.
This was several years ago.
I tell this story because cancer can cause such distress and to show that there are powers beyond human understanding, that can and do intervene.
Even the sceptical surgeon could hardly believe her recovery.
We are not especially religious, but all that was done was to pray earnestly for the lady's recovery.
Maybe this story can bring hope to someone else.

 
At 5/22/2006 8:59 AM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

TMW,
The worst part was that a doctor in Ca. detected elevated PSA levels, but did nothing.

My brother-in-law's melanoma was ignored for a full year. It may cost my brother-in-law his life, though things look pretty hopeful at the moment.

BLD,
Thank you for posting that story of hope. Attitude matters in all types of cancer treatment.

 
At 5/22/2006 11:28 AM, Anonymous the merry widow said...

That is the truth, people don't always realize that hope is a major factor in fighting cancer! That probably kept Ben alive far past what he would have had if he didn't have it and the will to have that time with our 2! So, never give up, never give in and hang out with those who will lift you up, not pull you down!
AoW- Will be praying for your b-in-law!

tmw

 
At 5/22/2006 1:33 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

TMW,
Thank you for the prayers. Right now, he's doing fine. But melanoma lies dormant before the final strike. My brother-in-law's cancer was very near the carotid artery and close to the brain. He's had two surgeries and chemo as well. If there is another recurrence, it will likely be the last recurrence.

The family is praying that he can live long enough to see his daughter all grown up; she's about 14 now, I think.

 
At 5/22/2006 3:02 PM, Anonymous the merry widow said...

BLD- I have seen a lot of "hopeless" situations turned around and the doctors standing around going"I didn't have anything to do with that!" It's good for them, keeps them humble!
Wanting to see his daughter grow up can be a very strong ally in the battle, something about fathers and daughters! But, boy can they be stinkers to thier girls betrothed!!!!!!!!

tmw

 
At 5/22/2006 3:53 PM, Blogger Elmer's Brother said...

TMW - I already have a 70 page questionnaire made up for the man of "my daughters dreams".

 
At 5/22/2006 6:29 PM, Anonymous the merry widow said...

EB, bet it's single space,two sided and legal pad sized! I don't blame you, I am already gently and subtly working on my daughter's friend! Part of courtship, one of the neat things is that you can set where they start holding hands and goodnight kisses on the cheek! You also get to observe the young man in a variety of situations and emotional states, so you can judge if he is maturing properly and they treat your daughter properly!

tmw

 
At 5/22/2006 8:59 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

EB,
So, you're going to be an inquisitor, huh? Can't blame you!

 
At 5/23/2006 12:32 AM, Blogger Elmer's Brother said...

hey when you got two daughters who take after their mother you gotta watch out.

I look at it this way, if some punk pulls up in his nice tricked out car I am gonna ask him, "Do you let just anybody drive that car?" His answer will be "of course not, I spent a lot of money and time on that car, I am very picky about who drives it." To which my reply will be

"I spent a lot of time and effort on my daughter and I don't let just anybody take her out, so why should you be any different?"

My advice to my daughters has been
every date is a potential mate, so don't bother bringing anybody home you don't think is good enough to be your husband, you'd just be wasting your time.

Now I would never tell my daughters they couldn't date someone, but they don't know that.

 
At 5/23/2006 10:50 AM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

EB,
hey when you got two daughters who take after their mother you gotta watch out.

Hehehe.

My advice to my daughters has been
every date is a potential mate, so don't bother bringing anybody home you don't think is good enough to be your husband, you'd just be wasting your time.


My parents had that same philosophy. While I resented it at the time, I fully understand now. Smart move on your part!

 

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