Category Archives: Parenting

A Marines Last Gift To A Dying 12 Year Old Boy

Cody Green was diagnosed with leukemia at 22 months old. He battled it courageously and had been declared cancer free three times in his life. He fought the good fight, but in the end the chemotherapy would so weaken his immune system that he would contract a brain fungus which he would die from.

Cody had always wanted to join the Marine Corps when he grew up. He loved the Marines, and what they stood for. When the Marine Corps found out about Cody’s love for them, they came to show the Marine Corps love toward him. They came and made little Cody an honorary Marine, now he is one of them.

But just making Cody an honorary Marine, was not enough for one man.  Marine Corps Sargeant Mark Dolfini from Indiana, came and stood vigil at Cody’s bedside as he lay succumbing to the brain fungus. Mark stood watch for 8 hours straight, until a nurse came to him and let him know Cody’s time was limited.  Mark gently walked to the bedside, took his navigator wings off his uniform and presented them to Cody and left the bedside so his parents could have alone time with Cody as he slip into eternity.

Mark said that the hardest part of the time he spent with the Green family was not at the hospital as Cody lay dying in the bed. The most difficult time was when he and his fellow Marines were at Cody’s funeral, and he presented his mother with the flag, their eyes met for a split second. That was the hardest thing.

Watching the video, makes you that much more proud of the American Military. Sergeant Mark Dolfini says he has stayed in touch with the Green family after Cody’s funeral, and says they will be great friends for a long time.

R.I.P. Cody Green ,Semper Fidelis

Robert. E. Stage Jr.


God works in ways we will never fathom.

Sometimes He calls home the most innocent, while the most vile are untouched.

This is one of those stories that just wrench your heart: a little boy who fought the good fight and loved the Marines. And the Marines reached out, and loved him back. Details are at the bottom.

As a former Army paratrooper, Ranger, Pathfinder, and combat infantry commander, I continue my lifelong admiration for the United States Marines. There is something in their esprit de corps the Army can only achieve in local unit bursts.

They are a national treasure, and I thank God they’re on our side.

“If the Army or the Navy ever get to Heaven’s scene, they will find those valiant Leathernecks, standing guard on Cody Green.”



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Target Comes Out of the Closet for Gay Marriage

This photo provided by Target Corp. shows one of the T-shirts being sold to raise money for a group working to defeat a gay marriage constitutional ban in Minnesota.

Target Corporation, based in Minnesota has thrown its hat into the gay ‘marriage’ debate. They have begun selling t-shirts to support a LGBT activist group in their home state to help raise money to combat a gay ‘marriage’ amendment banning the act. Much like amendment 1 that just passed in North Carolina, defining marriage as legal union between one man and one woman, and stating that this would be the only type of marriage that would be recognized in the state of North Carolina.

The t-shirts will raise up to $120,000.00 for the Family Equality Council, of Washington. They will be pumping the money into the initiative that will combat the passage of the constitutional amendment. You may recall Target, just two years ago took a bashing by gay rights groups for donating $150,000 to then Republican candidate for Governor of Minnesota, Tom Emmer.

The spokesperson for Minnesota for Marriage, Chuck Darrell said, “Target is attacking traditional marriage, which is an incredibly misguided thing for them to have done”. There are four different designs available. The t-shirt pictured above was designed by Gwen Steffani, of the once upon a time pop group “No Doubt”. You will note, that on the t-shirt are two things that originate with God, the sign of the rainbow and the word love. The Holy Bible, in Genesis  9:13 states, that God did set his bow in the clouds as a token of the covenant that God made between Him and the Earth, that He would not destroy it again with a flood. The Bible also says that God is love in 1st John 4:8 He that loveth not,knoweth not God; for God is love.

So if were to understand this correctly. Two years ago it was politically incorrect to give $150,000 to a pro business Republican candidate. But two years later it’s perfectly ok to have the same retailer sell your t-shirts to support your sociopolitical cause?

This has the “Rev.” Jesse Jackson written all over it. Even if he had nothing to do with it. It looks like Jackson because this is how his organisation Rainbow Push works. Threaten a picket, boycott or a public media smear campaign, and then when they buckle and give in, now you make them accept and support your initiatives.

I have never been one for boycotts. But, what I am for is a calm quiet vote with our dollars. You see, Ronald Reagan said it best, “If you don’t like the policies where you are, you can vote with your feet”. What he meant was if your state is screwed up, you can move to a better one. If you’re a frequent Target shopper, you have the choice to vote with your dollar. If this move by Target against over 5000 years of God sanctioned marriage between a man and a woman upsets you, you can decide to put your money into a store that does agree with your values and principles.

Now for those who would find fault with this article, and be angered that I would write such things. Your anger is misplaced. You are angered with a Holy God, not me. This is America, you have every right to your opinion, just as I do mine and I welcome your comments.

Robert E. Stage Jr.


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‘Adolph Hitler’ Ordered to be Held In Custody In New Jersey

One day, you take your family to the grocery store to order a decorated birthday cake for your youngest son.  There’s just one problem, they refuse to decorate the cake for you.  Not because you don’t have the money for it.  Not because they ran out of icing or cake.  But, because they refuse to write your son’s name on the cake, his name, Adolph Hitler Campbell. After the story of this incident broke in the local news papers, child protective services showed up on the doorstep of the Campbell’s, ultimately, child services took all four of their children into custody. Three of their four children are named after Nazi figures or terminology. This happened in New Jersey in 2009.

Fast forward to present day. There was a hearing in Superior Court to decide if the children should be held in State custody or be returned to their parents. Superior Court Judge Robert Reed ruled that the children should continue to be detained in the states care. A decision Adolph’s father strongly disagreed with saying  it was based purely on the names of his children rather than the couple’s ability to serve as parents.

“These kids weren’t abused. Our kids weren’t taken because of abuse,” Campbell said. “I’m honest about who I am and what I am.” He further added “If I have to give up my Nazism, then so be it. I’ll do it,” he said. The children are “more my heart and soul and everything than anything.”

The Campbell’s are reported to have separated. An interesting interconnected note is that the Nazi Party recently filed the paper work in Washington D.C. to have their own lobbyist to the Congress of the United States in April, 2012, and were permitted to do so.

Here is one thing to consider. In America we have a constitutional right to the freedom of association, no matter what the social astigmatism is. We are protected from persecution by the government for being associated with any political ideology. If someone wants to follow communist ideology, in America they are free to do so, even though I strongly disagree with their decision in that choice, I support their right to subscribe to communism. Because I support the U.S. Constitution. We have a right to free and open debate.

I do not like anything that promotes Nazism, I find their actions both past and present, to be detestable. However, I don’t support an over reaching all-powerful government bureaucracy whether Federal, State, or Local in nature.

Here is another point of view to ponder.

Muhammad is a very popular name in the world right now, and many young boys are being named Muhammad currently.

In AD 627, Muhammad committed an atrocity against the last remaining major tribe of Jews in Medina: the Qurayza. Muhammad beheaded or had beheaded 750 Jews, adults and prepubescent males, and gathered all the women together as slaves. Muhammad, also had taken to himself a wife, a young girl of the age of around 9. He was middle-aged at the time of their wedding. The Hadith chronicles the story of Muhammad marrying the 9 year old girl of his friend,the girl was named Aisha. The Southern Baptists had gotten into some hot water over referring to Muhammad as a “Demon Possessed Pedophile” in 2002.

If Muhammad hated the Jews, and killed them. And Adolph hated the Jews, and killed them. Why is it more politically correct to name children Muhammad than Adolph. Is it in our psyche as a nation to abhor the name Adolph, because his atrocities were more recent, and closer to the surface of our knowledge than that of Muhammad’s atrocities? I would say that is part of it. However, consider this point of view, or are we so afraid of being politically incorrect to tell the truth about both men, because Islam calls one of them a prophet? Are we to afraid to criticise one because he is a so-called “religious” figure? And, equally, are we so easy to criticise the other one because its socially acceptable to do so?

In America, does the government have the right to take children into custody, because of their name? Where no credible evidence of abuse can be determined beyond a reasonable doubt? Can they break up a family because of your decision to name your children what you seen fit?  Should the authorities be investigating Islamic families that are naming their boys Muhammad?  If the answer is yes, we are in a world of hurt.

Robert E. Stage Jr.

Adolph, with his parents Heath and Deborah


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