Assumption of Command

30 June 2005

Jack Army Rants

Everyone needs to read JackArmy's latest post on Recruiting:
Anyway, the thing that frustrates me the most about all this "counter-recruiter" or "leave-my-child-alone" crap is that out of all the young men and women out there, not even half could join the Army. I, as a recruiter, don't want to harass your "child". I don't want to call your house 50 times a day, stalk your kid, or knock on your door at dinner time. When I do, though, it's because your "child" said he wanted my attention. Somehow, someway, in some fashion, Johnny or Susie told me he or she was interested in the Army. I just want to follow up on that interest and find out how far it goes. All I ask for is a chance to tell you what the Army has to offer and tell my Army story. If, after hearing what I have to say, Johnny or Susie isn't interested, needs more time to think or just wants to get more information, so be it. At least I'll hear an informed "no" instead of an ignorant "no".
This is just a small part of a great post. Read it all!

Blogger Photos

ATTN: All Blogger Users

Blogger has now has an easy way to place pictures in your blog:

How do I post pictures?
When you click this icon, you'll get a window that allows to select an image or multiple images from your computer. Just click the "Browse" button to locate the ones you want. Alternatively, you can enter the URL of an image that is already online and have it inserted into your post.


I have already used it and it seems to work well. But time will tell.

Let me try it again with this picture of a naked blond pole dancer:

KC Royals “Military Appreciation Day”

I just recieved this E-mail. Last year, I had the pleasure of being able to participate in this event. It is a really cool deal. And what could beat a nice night at the ballpark .

KC Royals “Military Appreciation Day”



Saturday August 6th @ 6:10 p.m. vs. Oakland Athletics. Discounted tickets of almost 50% in Field Plaza ($13.00), View Box ($8.00), Outfield Plaza ($6.00) and View Level Infield ($6.00) seating sections. Open to any member, friend or associate to the military community. First 20,000 fans through the gates receive free KC Royals “Camouflage Floppy Cap”. Pre-game festivities will include static displays of military equipment, on field representation of all service branches and many other events.

For information and tickets contact Mr. Stephen Edwards, Event Coordinator, via email at: steve@unifirstmortgage.com or steveed51@yahoo.com. Telephone: (719) 265-5587 (office) (719) 216-2132 (cell). Alternate contacts are Mr. Jeff Miller, Kansas City Royals Group Sales Executive, at (816) 504-4476, via email at: Jeff.Miller@kcroyals.com or Mr. Johnathan Edwards via email at: johnathan.edwards@kcroyals.com. Ticket orders must be placed and addressed to Mr. Stephen Edwards, P.O. Box 75208, Colorado Springs, Co 80970. Please be sure to include a self-addressed stamped envelope with your order. Checks may be written payable to either the Kansas City Royals Baseball Club or Stephen Edwards. Deadline for ordering tickets will be 22 July 2005.

29 June 2005

Deployments Harm Marriages

Kyer, at Whatsakyer, found an article about how deployments are harming marriages.

Iraq War Takes Toll on Army Marriages
The issue of strengthening and maintaining fragile military (not just Army) marriages is of utmost importance. These men and women sacrifice so much for us... be it life or limb... and the last thing they should return to is an empty home.
From my point of view as a Commander here in Iraq, I can say without doubt that yes this deployment is harming marriages of my troops. This deployment is exposing all of the weaknesses of a relationship. If there were any cracks to start before the deployment, these cracks get blown open. And some of these fragile marriages just cannot withstand the onslaught. I have multiple soldiers with situations like this right now.

I have also found that the marriages that are based on a strong personal relationship and commitment to each other tend to get stronger as both people know and understand the difficulties each other is going through and help the help and support each other through the bad days.

Deployments are just plain tough.

Kitty Cat went to Kitty heaven

I got some bad news today. The kitty that my family took on as a kitten, during my Freshman year in High School, passed away yesterday. The kitty's name was "Nickel". She was preceded in death by her sister "Penny".

Nickel was a good kitty. A very loving cat, she always wanted to be where the family was. She never met anybody she didn't like. She was also a good alarm clock cat. After my active duty time I spent some time living with my parents and the cat got used to my schedule, because she liked to be at there when everybody wakes up to say "hi" in the morning. One morning, I didn't wake up at my normal time for work, so Nickel busted into my room and woke me up. I couldn't make out any cuss words at the time but if cats do have cuss words she was using them on me to keep me from being late. And it worked, that day I showed up with no time to spare. Good Kitty!

Nickel also liked it when I would pick up her bowl of dry food and stir it up a bit and put it back down. I am not sure why she liked this, but it seemed important to her, so when ever I would visit I would stir up her bowl for her and she would purr. Goofy Kitty!

Nickel would always come to whoever was calling her. There was only one exception. The house was out of power for 6 days in 2002 during the winter, and she stayed by herself. When the power and the heat came back on she decided the best place to be was right on top of the heating vent. When I called, she didn't come but Meowed from the vent to say, "I am over here and I am not moving, but I hear you calling me". Funny Kitty!

I got this note from Mustang Sarge this morning :
she basically stopped eating. I switched her to 9 Lives canned food. That helped, then she stopped again. Much to my surprise she ate quite a bit of Fancy Feast chunky chicken for a couple of weeks. Then she pretty much stopped.

Until the end she was still the cat we knew. She would fight to get up and greet me. She would hurry over to talk to me even tho she often tripped over her own feet into a full summersault. A couple of weeks ago your mom came home to find that Nickel had slipped out of the garage and spent the day outside. She was curled up in the middle of the side yard waiting for us to get home.

Finally it was clear she would simply finish wasting away. Your mom and I took her to the vet this afternoon. She can't have weighed four pounds. Nickel will be in a group cremation at Wayside Waifs. The ashes will be scattered in a field which I assume is part of their pet cemetary.
Nickel was an old kitty. I am not surprised, but I am sad.

Update: Laurence Simon lost a Kitty, too.

28 June 2005

Gotta love the numbers

Jack Army has something that I find funny:

Exit Strategy
First, evacuate everyone inside loop 495...
Read it!

27 June 2005

Now this is torture

I have a message to all of the people who think what we are doing to detainees in Gitmo (like reading Harry Potter to the Bad Guys) is torture.

THIS IS TORTURE

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Iraqi army hostage survives 22 days of torture by rebels
A hostage who was found shackled in a torture room in Iraq by American soldiers has described how he was tormented for 22 days with electric shocks and daily beatings for no obvious reason.
[...]
He was locked in a darkened room, with his face covered with black tape and he was flogged with rubber truncheons.

The electric shocks felt "like my soul being ripped out of my body". But when his body went into spasm, his captors would beat him. He said he was never questioned and did not know why he had been captured.

US marines who burst into the building at the weekend, during an operation to flush insurgents out of the border towns, found Mr Fathil with three other captives. One had been beaten unconscious and the two others were so emaciated that they needed hospital treatment.

The room was equipped with electric wires, a noose, handcuffs and a 574-page manual entitled The Principles of Jihadist Philosophy.

It included chapters on "How to Select the Best Hostage" and "The Legitimacy of Cutting the Infidel's Head".
Any Questions?

I got one: Where is the Main Stream Media on this one?

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Linked to the following:
Mudville Open Post
Rusty's Do-it Yourself Fatwah Festival
OTB Traffic Jam

Speaking of Caption Contests

I almost picked the one Rodney has up right now over at Outside the Beltway:

Play Ball

Chuck is not an Idiot

Winners!

The Caption Contest winners are posted.

Once again it was a great Caption Contest and Mustang Mama finally put in an entry. But that just didn't over come the visions of Lamar in the Javalin contest in Revenge of the Nerds.

We will do this again this weekend. Stay Tuned!

26 June 2005

and We Thank You!

THIS IS A MUST READ!

The Anchoress write a letter to deployed service members.

A letter to any American soldier, anywhere, but esp. in Iraq:
Dear Soldier, Dear Sailor, Dear Marine, Dear Airman;

When I am ready to go to bed,
I feed the fish, and lock the doors and windows,
I pet the dog and say good night to her and warn her off the couches.

I close the lights - lights which work so well, I don’t even think about the fact that in some parts of the world electricity is a sometime thing.
I slip in between clean sheets. Clean. Sheets. Another wonder that seems so normal, so natural, that I needn’t even think about it.
This is just the beginning... Read it all!

Something Stinks at the Huffington Post

Yesterday Michelle Malkin posted about a Huffington Post article with some poor comments about the Vice-Presidents Health:

MOONBAT WATCH: WISHING CHENEY ILL:
"Last throes," does one suppose? Here's hoping.

Posted by: HopingAgainst"Hoffman" at June 24, 2005 10:37 PM
there are a lot more comments posted there, take a look at them all.

But this is just the leading to what I find stinky. Later in the day Arianna Huffington responded this way:

Note on Comments
Some of the comments posted to the Cheney news story are highly offensive, and we will therefore delete them. While we at the Huffington Post believe that the public has the right to know what the Vice President was at the Vail hospital for, we only wish him the best of health.
To me this sounds all well and good. She trying to set an adult and civil environment in the discussions that go on. I applaude her for that, except when you scroll down and see this:
Post a comment
Thank you for commenting on The Huffington Post. We read each comment when it is submitted, so there may be a delay before your comment appears.
Somebody on the HuffPo Staff has been approving these rotten comments. What in the world is going on over there? On one hand they tell us all comments are moderated and then the other hand we have public notification of bad comments being deleted. Now if they were moderated how did these terrible comments get published in the first place.

Arianna must have thought that these comments were funny or appropriate in the first place and didn't change them until she got smacked by Malkin, or she has a terribly rude and inconsiderate moderation staff.

Which is it?

Update: Wizbang has noticed this as well.

Linked to Mudville's Open Post

Update on Chuck

Carren, Chuck's Wife, is on her way to see her husband at Walter Reed.

Further updates can be found on www.twobabesandabrain.com.

25 June 2005

Caption Contest

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Winner!
"HA!.. That'll beat Lamar to be the Tri-Lambda javelin rep."
RCBEEP
(I can't resist a good Revenge of the Nerds Joke)

"For Finally Participating" Award
"Lets twist again, like we did last summer, Lets Twist again, Like we did last year Yay Yay Yay"
Mustang Mama

Best Political Awards
"AP Breaking: At a political fund raiser today, Dick Durbin breaks into a rendition of I can't Gitmo Satisfaction in the style of Mick Jagger."
Rodney Dill
"Howard Dean practicing for the next Primary. "
kat-missouri

Best Sucking up to the Judge Award
" I AM NOT GOING TO WASH MY HANDS ! ! ! "

Rodney Dill


Part of the OTB Caption Jam

24 June 2005

Beef Jerky Wars are Back on!

Check this out, JP is up to his old tricks (it is about dang time) and the his Beef Jerky Nazi personality has taken back over: The Beef Jerky Debate.

So he now says it's my turn... I will responsd to his remarks later, but I want everyone to see something. As most of you know the Beef Jerky Nazi is selling T-Shirts, they are neat "Mortar Maggots" Shirts. But the T-Shirts have their own mind and needs when it comes to the Jerky Debate:

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When I opened the package, this poor T-shirt’s first words were "I am hungry, Do you have any Beef Jerky?" And being the good T-Shirt host that I am, I just so happened to have some wonderful beef Jerky. The T-shirt now is all happy and content knowing that he has come to such a high class and wonderful new home that knows that Soldiers, (and T-shirts) not only want Beef Jerky, but need Beef Jerky.

Did you notice the cool Bumper Sticker in the picture? You can get your very own awesome Milblogs Bumper Sticker from the official Mudville Gazette/Milblogs Store.

Linked to the OTB Traffic Jam

Thank You Operation Gratitude!

There seems to be a misconception back home that troops are losing support back home. WRONG! I have been trying, through this blog, to let people know that we know people care and that we thank them for it.

this week has been another prime example of people caring, and here is the proof. Operation Gratitude is Awesome! They sent us a bunch of packages.

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Actually they sent one for everybody. (mine even had Buffalo Jerky!) It is really nice for everyone in my company to get a personalized package. Operation Gratitude is Great!

Captain Handwash Update

If you don't know about my new nickname read this first (if this is the main page just scroll down)

I guess I was just asking for it. After writing the Captain Handwash story, the very next trip to the Chow hall one of the Civilian Contractors gave me the "but I just took a shower routine". After I told him I didn't care and that he still needed to wash his hands, I got "WELL JESUS CHRIST!"

But I am happy to report that he washed his hands. :)

(And no Spiderman and Batman do not have any competition from me)

23 June 2005

Milblogger rules

Yankee Sailor has a great list of rules for the Milblogger in all of us:

The MilBlogger's Rules of Engagement:
With all the buzz about MNC-I's new rules for bloggers, I thought it would be handy to have a set of ground-truth rules that should guide military bloggers wherever they are. Following are some rules of engagement that I adhere to in my blog, and might be a help to fellow bloggers in uniform
Go Check out the list!

(Via Mrs G's Dawn Patrol, and yes it still rocks!)

Comment party

Two cows are standing next to each other in a field. Daisy says to Dolly,"I was artificially inseminated this morning." "I don't believe you," said Dolly. "It's true, no bull!" exclaimed Daisy.

I got this from the Comment Party that is going on over at JPs. He is busy and doesn't have much time to write. And even if he did, he doesn't have much to say. So he is letting everybody else say it for him.

Go check it out.

New Nickname

Every time you enter a military Dining Facility in Iraq, you have to walk through a little room that has sinks for hand washing. They are here to keep soldiers healthy by keeping germs and other bad things from spreading to others in the DFAC. I wish I could tell you all of the other bad things that could be spread around, but I am not smart in those kinds of subjects. I just know there are some real bad ones that I don't want my troops getting.

This room has plenty of sinks and soap and paper towels so there is no excuse not to wash your hands and there is even a sign with DFAC rules and regulations that explicitly states that "everyone will wash their hands prior to entering the DFAC" but this doesn't seem to do the trick.

I am not normally a stickler for little rules like this, but things that could cause health problems to my troops, I will enforce.

So from time to time when I go to chow, I will see people who think they are better than the rules or figure that the 20 second it takes to wash up is just too much, will just walk through the hand wash room. That is until I stop them and tell them they must.

Being a Captain in these situations can be advantageous. Most of the time, the troops just make a quick U-turn and wash their hands with a quick "whoops". Rarely have I had to use my authority a bit more aggressively. I am not really interested in any feedback when I make a correction, but from time to time I have had to remind a soldier who they are talking too. I always say thank you when they do wash their hands.

All in all, I don't have problems with troops. Now the Civilian Contractors are a totally different story. These people (men and women) think because they are not in the Army, they do not have to follow the rules about anything. When I politely ask them to follow the posted policy I usually get the "you have a penis growing out of your forehead" look. Sometimes it doesn't take them long to figure out I am not joking. Others I have to go through this:

I get a variety of responses:
I just got out of the shower
yeah and I bet you dried your nasty rear end with your hands too. And you had to get in that dirty truck to get to the Chow Hall.
I washed them before I came over here
Whatever! There are very few places on this FOB to wash your hands. Did you wash them in this room? Wash them again!
but I am getting it to go
So! I don't want your grubby dirt diggers touching the serving spoons.
Why? Is there some sort of policy.
Read the sign... more like "here's your sign"
you are a (insert your favorite or not so favorite body part)
hey I asked nicely and you copped the attitude.

No matter how the conversation goes, the hands get washed and I have done my part to protect my troops from he spread of some nasty plague or something.

So by now you are probably asking about my new nickname. Have no fear, I haven’t forgot.

In this little room there is a Third Country Nation worker that is there to refill the towels and the soap and to clean up. Well this poor guy has witnessed enough of these little conversations to know who I am. This guy doesn't know English any better than I know Swahili, but just yesterday, with a big thumbs up and in a complementary manner, called me "Captain Handwash". I about fell over laughing but I guess it fits. :)

Update: The Story Continues

22 June 2005

Chuck has been injured

Chuck, Company Commander here in Iraq and the writer of From My Position... On the way!, has been hurt. His wife has a message up on his site right now:

Chuck has been injured, but is stable
In general... Chuck sustained shrapnel wounds to his legs and arms from an IED. He and an Iraqi civilian were the only ones injured. The Good Lord above was looking out for him in a BIG way! He is probably in Landstuhl (sp?), Germany by now and will be back in the states in the next week to 10 days (as far as I know right now). He still has his eyesite and has not sustained internal injuries that I know of. I have not talked to him yet... they have kept him sedated for his trip to Germany, as well as for pain management. He also has some injuries to his face, but I think it is just bruised/scratched up quite a bit.
Chuck and his wife need support right now. Go over there and see for yourself.

That is an Order!


Update: Chuck's Wife Carren has posted an update on Chuck's condition

21 June 2005

Should we accept Durbin's Apology?

I agree with Smash on this one.

If you don't know about the stink that Senator Durban (D-Ill) made on the Senate Floor, he compared US Service members to Nazis. ON THE SENATE FLOOR! It has been a long story it is all over the blogosphere.

But now he has apologized (The Political Teen: video and trascript)
Some may believe my remarks crossed the line. To them I extend my heartfelt apologies. There’s usually a quote by Abraham Lincoln that you can turn to in moments like this. Maybe this is the right one. Lincoln said “If the end brings me out right what is set against me won’t amount to anything. If the end brings me out wrong ten thousand angels swarming at his right won’t make any difference.” In the end I don’t want anything in my public career to detract from my love of this country, my respect for those who serve it, and this great Senate. I offer my apologies for those who were offended by my words, I promise you that I will continue to speak out on the issues I think are important to the people of Illinois and to the Nation. Mr.
President I yield to the floor.
Smash Says:
Apology accepted.

Show's over, folks. Move along.
I am with Smash here. It seems we are in the Minority on this situation as many other bloggers want to see more heads roll, as Michelle Malkin and Blackfive tell us. I am just as angry about the situation as everyone else, but I think we need to get past this and stop dwelling on it. Bringing it back up, by either side of the aisle, does nothing but pick at the scar that is not quickly healing now. Please let just let this scar heal by accepting Sen. Durbin’s apology and letting it go.

For the good of everyone, especially for us troops who are in danger here in faraway lands, let it go.

Update: Pothus, in the comments says (among other things)
It's too little too late. What he said can NEVER be retracted, no matter how apologetic he may appear.
I responded in the comments but I want to put them here on the main page as well.

Pothus,

You might be right, it could be too little too late to take his apology seriously, but that is not my point. I want this over with. I don't want to hear about it, I don't want more potential bad guys to hear about it. I just want it over! (at least until his re-election campaign)

Trust me when I say this, I hate what he said and I have very little respect for the man right now, but my need to see this ended overpowers my need to see him punished!

thank you for your passion for protecting and supporting the troops.
Mustang 23


Update2: Okay maybe the title of this post is misleading and is not the point I was trying to make. I really don't care if we accept Durbin's apology. I just want this over!

Cats!

This week's Carnival of the Vanities has been taken over by a cat and it is full of Crap (That's the name of the web site)

"Doc" Vs Barney

If you do not have the "privilege" of watching AFN TV then you will not understand this at all.

But If you do...

Dosen't this guy...

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"Doc"

look a lot like this guy?

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Barney

Just wondering :)

Welcome to Summer

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And this is just a warm day, we haven't even seen hot yet.

It's A Pundit does Bonfire

Yes it is that time of the week once again to mkae fun of good ol' Mustang 23. but this week the Bonfire of the Vanites has taken a wierd turn.

Since it is over at Itsapundit.com, that place is never normal, and since Itsapundit.com it is a group blog they decided to make all of the members of the group create their own versions of the Bonfire.

Great, even more chances to make fun of me. :)

he is the list of Bonfires this week:

We are not alone

Although you would know it by listening to the ten O'clock news back home, The United States Military is not by itself here. Chrenkoff has a nice post with pictures of all the nations working toward builing a stable Iraq:

The Willing:
In addition to the United States and the Iraqi forces, military personnel from 26 other countries are currently on the ground in Iraq, helping to bring peace and security, working on reconstruction projects, and engaging in humanitarian missions throughout the country. This is a tribute to those thousands of military men and women from around the world, some of them well-known, others less so, but all doing good work for the future of Iraq.

20 June 2005

It Sure Don't Smell Like Roses!

So there I was, wondering around the FOB, when along comes one of the funniest things I have ever seen. Soldiers make a lot of trash and KBR is contracted to take care of the trash. I am not sure why, but they found a trash truck with big subliminal messages. About a month later, I finally had my camera and I was able to snap these pictures:

FLOWER POWER!

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How funny is that, a trash truck that is wall papered with flowers. It reminds me of Dr. Dave's living room. You are darn right, it don't smell like roses!

Best use of the term "Asshat" ever!

Remember the Fred Phelps junk that has been going on. Glenn Reynolds, Instapundit, made me literally laugh out loud with the best use of the term "Asshat" ever:
ANOTHER UPDATE: Yes, it's fairly unusual for me to be calling someone an "asshat." I'm not big on name-calling. But if you can't call Fred Phelps an asshat, there's really no reason for the word to exist.
Obligatory comment to follow:

Heh.

Glenn links to the first hand post of the Funeral Protest that I pointed you to in my original post. Good on Glenn.

Winners are posted

And I am happy to report we didn't get any flatulence jokes, but we did get some that might make somebody say "EWWWWW Gross!".

So go check out the winners.

Thanks go to everyone who participated. We will be doing this again this coming weekend, so make sure to check back. I have choice of 2 good ones right now, they are both weird so it should be good.

19 June 2005

Happy Father's Day

Last year, there was no big fan fare for Father's Day back home. But we did get a lot of work done. The roof on our covered porch had been poorly repaired by *ahem* a couple guys my Dad and I know *cough* a few years back when the entire roof was re-shingled and a part of the porch roof was replaced. When we fixed it the first time we left a bit of a leak and the wood over a few years on the porch rotted, so my dad and I spent a whole weekend re-roofing the entire porch from scratch.

Any home improvement job at the house is a real adventure. Mustang Mama is always there to lend a hand by making sure our Iced Tea (regular not that sweetened junk) glasses was always full and providing the obligatory commentary like "Why do you always have to make a mess?" has (anybody ever done a spotless roof repair?) or the always popular "I wish you would just hire it done". But most of the time we would just get the weird looks from the screen door.

While we would work, we would have the radio playing the Royals’ Game. (What else!) We might not be the best of carpenters in the world (who am I kidding) but we learned from the mistakes of the previous two guys ;) and got the job done right.

Now a year later, the porch doesn't leak anymore and it has a new grill on it that I haven't even seen yet, but I hear it is nice. Even though I am not home this year, I hope Mustang Sarge and Mustang Mama can use the porch.

Happy Father's Day

What is the Most Humid place in Iraq?

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'Nuff Said

Basil is bitter

If you ask me, I think basil is a little bitter from the lack of attention he seems to be getting from Frank J.

Why IMAO Won't Blogroll me

For some reason basil refers to himself as "we". You and who?

I just think basil is bitter. But at least I linked to him.

18 June 2005

The Dawn Patrol Rocks

Have I ever mentioned Mrs GreyHawk's Dawn Patrol before? Well if you haven't yet, take notice! The Dawn Patrol has been awesome every since Mrs. G. changed the format to highlight posts from other Milbloggers.

Now I don't just bring that up because I was mentioned today for, of all things, "Flatulence Jokes". (hey I posted it) or for being mentioned on for yesterdays post about how the media is handling the recent Murder. Okay maybe I did, maybe I didn't. I report, you decide! :)

It is nice to know that people are reading the stuff I write, but what I really like about the Dawn Patrol is that it saves me some time looking for some good Milblog posts. I wish I had the time to look at all of the Milblogs everyday, but I am not sure if you have heard, there is a war going on and I happen to be in the right country at the right time. Therefore I wait with baited (Beef Jerky) breath for each days Dawn Patrol so I can find out what is going on in the Milblogosphere.

If you are not reading it everyday, at The Mudville Gazette, you really need to.


BTW: I am really, really, really not trying to suck up for more links! :)

17 June 2005

Caption Contest Time Again

This one should be good but I have to add one thing:



No Flatulence Jokes!

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Winner
"Keep looking to the side...Don't look forward...Keep looking to the side...Don't look forward..."
John Schroeder - Blogotional

Weekly Fashion Police Awards
"Hey - at least I'm dressed. Look at all these other yahoo's who call themselves adults! "
Toni
"Why am I the one wearing a diaper?"
California Conservative
"I think i am a little overdressed for the occasion!"
April Shah

"EWWWW Gross" Awards (way too many of these)
"I hope he took his Kaopectate today!"
Huntress
"That bike seat will never be the same! "
John Schroeder - Blogotional
"I sure am glad Mom talked Dad into using that hair removal cream or this would be like following the cocker spaniel!"
Roger


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Part of the OTB Caption Jam

SSG Martinez Chagred with Murder (and how the Media reports it)

It is now official, Staff Sgt. Alberto B. Martinez is now being charged with the Murder of 2 officers here in Iraq. This is the tragedy that DadManly has been speaking of, and properly quit for legal concerns. But now it is out in to the main stream media, so I will discuss it.

Task Force Liberty Soldier Charged in Deaths of Unit Officers:
A soldier in Iraq has been charged with two counts of premeditated murder in connection with the June 7 deaths of two other soldiers in his unit, military officials in Baghdad announced today.

The charges were preferred June 15 against Army Staff Sgt. Alberto B. Martinez, 37, a supply specialist assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 42nd Infantry Division (Mechanized), a Multinational Force Iraq statement said.

The soldiers died at Forward Operating Base Danger, near Tikrit, in what was first reported to be an enemy mortar attack. But on June 10, officials announced a criminal investigation was under way in connection with the soldiers' deaths.

Officials said the charge -- two specifications of premeditated murder under Article 118 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice -- along with supporting evidence, will be forwarded through the chain of command for review and recommendations on how to proceed. An attorney from the U.S. Army Trial Defense Service is representing Martinez. He may retain a civilian defense attorney to represent him at his own expense and at no cost to the government, officials said.
If this charges prove to be true, this man needs the Death Penalty. This is something we can not have in the military. A message needs to be sent that if you purposely kill one of your brothers or sisters in arms you will be dealt with.

The article above is from Defenselink.mil. it is an official news service for the military and it does a good job of factual reporting, but this next one is from the Main Stream Media (in Seattle Times/Written by the LA Times)

Army sergeant faces murder charges
The charges against Staff Sgt. Alberto B. Martinez, 37, are believed to represent the first suspected case of "fragging," a military term for the killing of an officer by a subordinate, in Iraq. Allegations of fragging, so named because hand grenades, known to troops as frags, became infamous during the Vietnam War, when some discontented U.S. troops turned on their superiors.
The first thing they want to do is to start bringing up "fragging" reference. Is it really necessary slang, or are they just trying to slant the article to the anti-war crowd. but it gets worse...
Reports about the two deaths have reached the highest levels of the U.S. military in Iraq, where more than 1,700 U.S. troops have died in a war that polls suggest is becoming increasingly unpopular with the American public. Insurgents seeking to oust U.S. forces launch daily attacks on the troops and their allies in the new Iraqi government.
And what exactly does this have to so with the murders of two officers? I can answer that question. ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! I find this practice of inserting derogatory commentary into every story about the war very tiresome and down right unprofessional. Stick to the story.

This is not isolated to just this article. Here is how the game is played, with the Sec. Rice visit a while ago as my example. First tell us of Sec. Rice’s Visits to troops. Second post some nice quotes about her visit from troops. Third, tell us of all of the Car bombs that happened in Baghdad that day even if they have nothing to with Sec. Rice's visit, because we just can't have a completely positive story in the news. Something must be going bad. Just throw that crap in there and see if anybody notices or cares that it isn't relevant to the story we are trying to report upon. Fourth, add some speculation that you can't be held accountable by blaming some poll or saying that it is believed. Fifth, finish the story.

The next time you read a positive story about the war I bet you will find this pattern of reporting. I find it about 80 percent of the time.

Can you tell this bothers me?

Sgt. Leigh Ann Hester Earns Silver Star

There was a pretty neat ceremony here in Iraq yesterday. A few National Guardsmen were awarded the Silver Star, The third highest award in the Army.

This is always a neat thing, what is different about this one is that for the first time since WWII a female has earned that honor.

Woman Soldier Receives Silver Star for Valor in Iraq:
Hester's squad was shadowing a supply convoy March 20 when anti-Iraqi fighters ambushed the convoy. The squad moved to the side of the road, flanking the insurgents and cutting off their escape route. Hester led her team through the "kill zone" and into a flanking position, where she assaulted a trench line with grenades and M203 grenade-launcher rounds. She and Nein, her squad leader, then cleared two trenches, at which time she killed three insurgents with her rifle.
HOOAH! That is Awesome.

While I am not trying to discount her award, I am glad she is one of the good guys, but I do not like to pay attention to "the First Female soldier to do this..." or "the First African American to do that" and it is not because I am sexist or racist it is because I don't like to distinguish people in that manner. And that is why I respect SGT Hester's comments
"I'm honored to even be considered, much less awarded, the medal," she said.

Being the first woman soldier since World War II to receive the medal is significant to Hester. But, she said, she doesn't dwell on the fact. "It really doesn't have anything to do with being a female," she said. "It's about the duties I performed that day as a soldier."
We are all in this together. One team, One Fight! Men & Women. Black, White, Hispanic. We all wear the same uniform. It doesn’t matter to me. I don't want to call SGT Hestor a "Good Female Sergeant" she would rather just be called a Good Sergeant. I will not separate her in my mind from other good NCOs by calling her a "Female Sergeant".

The quicker everybody figures that out, the better off all of us will be.

SGT Hester deserves the same respect that all soldiers who have earned the Silver Star for Valor deserves.

Well done Sergeant! You have made your brother and sisters in arms proud.

Update: John, ARGGGHHH!, Has a great post with pictures.

And links to this piece describing the action and a good reminder of other Famous Fighting Kentuckians:
It was a textbook response to ambush. Soldiers bolting from their vehicles, hitting the earthen berm on the "bad side" of the highway, and blasting away at guerrillas who were attacking a convoy of some 30 civilian tractor-trailer trucks.

The natural – and usually fatal – reaction would be to hit the deck or run in the opposite direction. The infantry-school drill would be to counterattack in the direction of the ambush and attempt to gain fire superiority. Sounds frightening, but the latter almost always saves lives among the ranks of those being ambushed.

Royals Sweep Dodgers!

WOW

The Royals are now the first team ever to sweep both the Yankees and the Dodgers in the same year. Cool!

Follow up on DadManly's Rough few Days

Remeber the Rough few days Dadmanly had, He now has a couple more posts out there.

The first is a description of the Memorial Service for the two officers.

Never Forget
They held a memorial service today for the two officers lost tragically last week.

There were memorial tributes to the two men, some reflections on their military careers, what they accomplished, what kind of men they were, sympathy for the families they leave behind.

Surviving members of their command paid tribute to their abilities, their dedication, their passion in their jobs, their commitment to our purpose. The ceremony itself centered on a memorial stand of boots, rifle and helmet in a fashion now well established for such memorials.
Also Mrs DadManly writes about her experiences.

A Witness of Mrs. Dadmanly
My turn again! Today marks one week that I did not know whether or not my husband was alive or with the Lord. It has been a week of many twists and turns and an extremely heavy, heavy weight that I could physically feel over me and I could not seem to shake it.
both of these posts are very good. It is a true shame all of this had to happen.

FNGs

Andi has a nice post letting us know about some of the New Milbloggers.

Okay, I wouldn't advise going to their sites and calling them FNGs.

16 June 2005

Fred Phelps protests a Military Funeral

(Updated and bumped up)

Fred "God Hates Everything" Phelps (I refuse to call him Reverend) has done it again. I don't know if I would call it a new low, because that would be incredibly difficult to do.

Gryphmon tells us, this time he is Protesting at a Military Funeral:

National Guard Corporal Carrie French didn't know the Reverend Fred Phelps. Nor, as far as anyone knows, was she a lesbian , or in Phelps-speech, a Sodomite. Yet he is coming to her funeral this Wednesday to picket and tell everyone to thank God for IED's.

Welcome to what gay people have been dealing with for many, many years, long before Phelps picketed Mathew Shepards funeral and made a national name for himself. (that name being "Jackass")
His protests are just publicity stunts just to make you angry... AND IT WORKS. I saw one of his protests before a George Carlin show. He is despicable!

(Via The Mudville Gazette Dawn Patrol)


Update: Other Bloggers Weigh in:

Castle Argghhh (AWESOME POST!)
The Mudville Gazette
Banter in Atlanter
The Stupid Shall be Punished
Our Way of Life
OldController
The Pink Flamingo Bar Grill
Michelle Malkin (Phelps = persona non grata)

Update2: I love the blogosphere. Even when something is going on in Idaho or some other random place, A blogger can stop by an see it for himself. Thanks to Bubblehead for stopping by CPL French's Funeral and posting a report with pictures:

"The Friend of my Enemy...":
(language Alert, but appropriately used)
They were doing a lot of laughing. The old man had about four signs (including "Thank God for 9/11", "Thank God for IEDs", "Fag Troops" and "U.S.A. Sin = 9/11") that he held up in turn; the "son" had an "America is Doomed" sign, and the wife? daughter? had "God Hates Fags" and "Fags Doom Nations". She also talked on the cell phone a lot:
If you aren't steaming now read the whole thing. This is the same sort of stuff I saw in person. Disgusting!

(Via ARGGHHH!! CPL French and that Topeka Twit)

The Book WhatcamaThingamaboberMahoozie

Andi got me and so did Dadmanly now it's my turn to answer the questions about books.

Memes are little traveling set of questions that go around the blogosphere. Someone "Nominates" you to answer questions (or some other silliness) on your own blog and then pass it on to other people. Since I am not above silliness or answering questions, I will play along.


Okay I couldn't resist putting that in here :)


1. Total number of books I own:
That is a tough question, since I didn't bring them with me, so I can't go and get a good count. Really I don't need to go and count because it is a rather low number compared to most bloggers. it is some where around 75. I have never been one to collect a bunch of books. After I read a book, they tend to disappear.
2. Last book I bought:
I want to answer with 3 different versions of the Uncle John's Bathroom readers that I bought for my bowling team when we traded fun gifts for Christmas before I got deployed, but I can't claim that is the last one I bought.

I don't have to buy books over here the MWR has plenty of them, but I did buy one of the newer Clive Cussler Books, Trojan Odyssey, on Paperback from the PX in Mosul.
3. Last book I read:
The last one that I read was John Grisman's The Brethren.
4. Five books that mean a lot to me:
My family probably thinks it is the first five Harry Potter books. :) (I have the 6th on one pre-order)

Actually I find it very difficult to say that there are normal books that are meaningful to me. I almost exclusively read non-fiction for entertainment only. Although the ones I read are great books, I wouldn't say they mean a lot to me.

But I did come up with some other interesting stuff.

Every Company Commander has a book that is near and dear to their heart... The Property Book. The Commander has to sign for and maintain accountability of all of the property in the company. And if they don't do a good job of this the Army will hit them in another book... The Pocket Book .

While you are deployed to Iraq letter mail is free so I have no need for a Book of Stamps.

I never really had a Little Black Book. And thanks to FCC@V, I sure don't need one now anyhow.

My College Literature Book was meaningless to me. I read only 13 pages for that class and still got a C in that class. I would have settled for a D, because "D stands for Done"

I could have spent more time in a spelling book.

Gambling in Theatre is Illegal so I don't need a bookie

Crayons melt in the heat here so Coloring books are out of the question. But Harlod and the Purple Crayon is awesome.

My Fraternity Pledge Book was kinda cool, but I am not allowed to talk about it... If you want to know, "Pledge and find out!"
5. Tag five people:
For this I am tagging members of Bloggers For Beef Jerky: Membership has its privileges. HAHAHAHA!

The New Truth

NZ Bear has redesigned The Truth Laid Bear website and describes what he has done.

Welcome to the new Truth Laid Bear
Yes, at long last, the new release of TTLB is here. As I hope will be apparent, a great deal of thought and effort has gone into this new release, which essentially amounts to a top-to-bottom redesign of the site, including oodles of new features. Things are still a bit rough around the edges, and I'm still polishing, polishing, polishing: but the fundamentals work, and it's time to let this baby leave the nest.

He also has a bunch of cool new stuff like:

The place looks nice. Go take a look.

15 June 2005

Free Food

Brian, DogHostage, gets published in a local FOB Newsletter and all he can say is "Free Food". hehe :)

Recipies For Beef Jerky

Do you like the dry juicy (dry juicy?) flavor of Beef Jerky, but you just can't seem to find the perfect kind. Well there is a solution for you. Go and visit Bloggers for Beff Jerky where there is a list of recipes for making your very own Beef Jerky.

And if you don't like the Jerky you make... It is your own darn fault :)

14 June 2005

More on SPC Jorge Estrada

Friends of SPC Estrada, the Califonia Gaurdsman who was murdered, stopped by the site with a comment that I wanted everybody to see:
My Husband and His Cousin were Friends of Jorge and we want this Coward Fabian to get what he truley diserves....But we need the help of all of you! Here is the number for Fox News Channel.....

1-888-369-4762
select option #5 and let them know about Estrada....

There's nothing we want more over here in PA then to see Fabian lose his rights to freedom or even more! Lets get this coward... for Jorge!!!

- Stacy Torres
Stacy, I am so sorry to here about your husbands friend. The Army and the United States has lost a good man. Thank you for posting a way we can help.

So you heard the lady, let's start burning up the phone lines!

Bonfire!

As you might already know the Bonfire of the Vanities is a place to submit you worst post of the week and someone gathers all of these bad posts in to a list and will mock you for your inaptitude.

I have had a lot of fun with this, but I really didn't think I had any bad posts this week, (wink) but since basil is hosting I thought I should enter it anyhow.

He has done a fine job with the bonfire this week and everybody should go read it and find out what he says about me.

Bonfire of the Vanities #102

13 June 2005

Happy Birthday Army!

Tuesday, June 14th 2005 is the 230th Birthday of the United States Army. And in tribute to this special occasion I have collected some of my favorite Army movie quotes. (and had a great time doing so) I know the list is long, and it could have been much longer.

What I want everybody to do is tell me which quotes that you like that I am missing from this list.

Stripes
PVT Winger: We're all Americans...it means our forefathers were kicked out of every decent country in the world. We're mutts. So we're all very different but there's something we have in common....
PVT Winger: We're soldiers, but we're American soldiers! We've been kicking ass for 200 years! We're 10-and-1!
Russell Ziskey: [W]e're not homosexuals, but we are willing to learn.


M*A*S*H
Maj. "Hot Lips" Houlihan: I wonder how a degenerated person like that could have reached a position of responsibility in the Army Medical Corps?
Father Mulcahy: He was drafted.


Forrest Gump
Drill Sergeant: Gump! What's your sole purpose in this army?
Forrest Gump: To do whatever you tell me, drill sergeant!
Drill Sergeant: G** d*** it, Gump! You're a g** d*** genius! This is the most outstanding answer I have ever heard. You must have a g*****n I.Q. of 160. You are g*****n gifted, Private Gump. Listen up, people...
Forrest Gump: Now for some reason I fit in the army like one of them round pegs. It's not really hard. You just make your bed real neat and remember to stand up straight and always answer every question with "Yes, drill sergeant."
Drill Sergeant: ...Is that clear?
Forrest Gump: Yes, drill sergeant!
Fat Man at Bench: It was a bullet, wasn't it?
Forrest Gump: A bullet?
Fat Man at Bench: That jumped up and bit you.
Forrest Gump: Oh, yes sir. Bit me right in the buttocks. They said it was a million dollar wound, but the army must keep that money 'cause I still haven't seen a nickel of that million dollars.
Lyndon B. Johnson: [Putting medal on Forrest] America owes you a debt of gratitude, son. Now I understand you were wounded. Where were you hit?
Forrest Gump: In the buttocks.
Lyndon B. Johnson: Oh that must be a site.
[Whispering to Forrest]
Lyndon B. Johnson: I'd like to see that.
[Forrest shows him; Johnson walks away embarrassed]


Good Morning Vietnam
Sgt. Maj. Dickerson: I run this station by strict guidelines set by military intelligence.
Gen. Tayler: Military intelligence . . . now there's a contradiction in terms.


Apocalypse Now
Lt. Colonel Kilgore: I love the smell of napalm in the morning.


Kelly's Heroes
Oddball: Why don't you knock it off with them negative waves? Why don't you dig how beautiful it is out here? Why don't you say something righteous and hopeful for a change?
Moriarty: Crap!


In the Army Now
Bones: Actually, I wish you WERE my "first" sergeant, but I already had a couple before you.
Sgt. Ladd: Drop down and give me twenty!
Bones: Here. Take the whole wallet.


Patton (too many to choose from)
Patton: The bilious bastards who came up with that stuff about individuality know as much about battle as they do about fornicating.
General Omar N. Bradley: What we really need is... someone tough enough to really pull this outfit together.
Brig. Gen. Hobart Carver: Patton?
General Omar N. Bradley: Possibly.
Brig. Gen. Hobart Carver: [with a smile] God help us!
Patton: Men, all this stuff you've heard about America not wanting to fight - wanting to stay out of the war, is a lot of horse dung. Americans traditionally love to fight. All real Americans love the sting of battle. When you were kids, you all admired the champion marble shooter, the fastest runner, big league ball players, the toughest boxers. Americans love a winner and will not tolerate a loser. Americans play to win all the time. I wouldn't give a hoot in hell for a man who lost and laughed. That's why Americans have never lost and never will lose a war, because the very thought of losing is hateful to Americans.


Street Fighter
Colonel William F. Guile: Four years of ROTC for this s***


A Bridge Too Far
SSgt. Eddie Dohun: Colonel, if you don't look at him right now, he's going to die.
U.S. medical colonel: He's dead now.
SSgt. Eddie Dohun: It would mean a lot to me, sir, if you'd check him out.
U.S. medical colonel: Come on, Sergeant! For Chrissakes get him out of here!
SSgt. Eddie Dohun: Would you look at him please, sir.
[draws his .45]
SSgt. Eddie Dohun: Right now. Or I'll blow your f*****' head off.
[cocks the .45]
SSgt. Eddie Dohun: Right now.
U.S. medical colonel: I can give him a quick examination if you like.
SSgt. Eddie Dohun: Thank you very much, sir.
(after saving the Captain's life)
U.S. medical colonel: You scared the s*** out of me, you stupid bastard.
SSgt. Eddie Dohun: You did a fine job yourself, sir, if it makes you feel any better.
U.S. medical colonel: You're g*****n right it does.
Maj. Julian Cook: [reporting another delay to his officers] Ah, I suppose you're wondering why I called you here. I want to tell you that I've decided to cross the river like George Washington; standing in the prow of the boat.

Whew! Done for now. :)

We have winners

We have our first two time winner in the Weekly Weekend Caption Contest.

This was another great contest and there were many really good entries. It was tough judging, but it was fun.

I am still trying to figure out the "867-5309" reference but that song is awesome anyhow.

Next week is so bizarre that I can't come up with a hint. So stay tuned for more.

12 June 2005

The Beef Jerky Nazi is back.

Yes he is. Let the fun and games begin... er... again!

11 June 2005

Update on Murder of SPC Jorge Estrada

Major K has a lengthy update and tribute to SPC Jorge Estrada. Major K has some really nice things to say about him:
I was telling our Operations Officer, Major D. tonight at dinner that he was the type of soldier that if every one in the unit was like him, a leader would never have any problems. Major D. responded that if one tenth of your soldiers were like him, that would still be the case. He made everyone around him better, just by example, and without fanfare or flamboyance. He was the consummate quiet professional. He never complained, usually because he was too busy cracking jokes while getting the job done.
These are the kind of troops I really like. They get the job done and don't cause any problems. The Kind of guy you could give a task and truly not have to worry about it getting completed. These are some of the better compliments leaders can give to troopers.

There is also a picture and a news article.

Iraq veteran shot to death in apartment complex
Police say Fabian Cayetano Urrea, 19, of Mead Valley, fired the fatal shots and then fled in a 1997 white Nissan pickup with a California license plate number 7J26810. The truck has dark tinted windows and damage to the left front bumper.

According to Superior Court records, Judge Michael Hider issued a $550,000 warrant Thursday afternoon for Urrea's arrest on one count of murder. Urrea is described as having a shaved head and about 5 feet 8 inches tall, 145 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.

Authorities ask that anyone with information about Urrea's whereabouts call 911 or the Murrieta Police Department at (951) 696-3615.
I hope the police catches the guy before Major K does.
Or just hold him for me until I get home....
This just continues to disgust me. America has lost a good man.

Danger is Everywhere, Even Back Home

Thunder 6 has lost a trooper in his unit. That just sucks. There is now two ways about it.

You know what is worse. Losing a trooper who is on R&R for the birth of his first child.

Even worse, he was murdered.

UGH!

I cannot claim to understand the world, especially when things like this happen.
Dr. Phil vs Howard Dean

(Via a whole bunch of folks)

10 June 2005

Caption Contest

Tied up in Knots

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Winner!
"Oh no,"knot" again!"

- Karen the Itsy Bitsy Caption Lady

Fashion Police Award
"See how I get punished for clashing pink and orange together. HELP get me out of this! "
- KCNK

Best Political commentary (tie)
"If we did this to a prisoner, would THAT be torture?"
- Sue Mitchell
"A liberal's view of the universe!"
- (the other, as in not Dr) Dave

The "You have got to be kidding me" Award
"Meet my mom at http://www.contortionist.us/" (follow the link)
- Holly Aho

MOO!

Chuck is funny and he gets out a whole lot more than I do.

Moo and Mashmallows

And TC Override means the Tank Commander wants to fire the big gun himself!

Peshmerga joining the Iraqi Army?

I just found this interesting article. It talks about the Peshmerga. The Peshmerga is the Kurdish defense force that protected the northern region of Iraq, known as Kurdistan, from Saddam. Now this highly successful force wants to be a part of something bigger and for the better good of all of Iraq by becoming a part of the new Iraqi Army.

Kurdish Peshmerga Forces Express Readiness to Join Iraqi National Army
Known for their fierce resistance to the Saddam Hussein government, leaders of the Kurdish region's peshmerga military say their forces are now ready to join the Iraqi National Army. But working alongside Iraqi Arabs, the Kurds former foes, may take some adjustment.
[...]
An ethnic minority, for years Iraqi Kurds were on the receiving end of some of the worst oppression by the Saddam Hussein regime. Fearing the Kurds were growing too powerful, Saddam launched what is known as the Anfal campaign against them in 1988 resulting in the deaths of more than 175,000 people.
That is not a misprint. 175,000 died at the hands of Saddam. (And the liberals say we are the bad guys)
Many soldiers and officers on the base say they have had little face-to-face contact with their new allies, the Arab forces that make up the bulk of the Iraqi National Army. Most, however, say that, if ordered, they would gladly fight alongside them against the insurgents in any part of Iraq. They seem to think that, if Iraqi Kurds and Arabs share new battlefield ties, it may, perhaps, ease the weight of history.
This is the new attitude here in Iraq. If everybody works together here, there are no limits to what the people here can do, only if they do it together. I truly hope this works out, as that would be nothing but great news.

Rough few days for DadManly

DadManly has had a rough few days. He explains both the Grief and Anger of a bad situation where he is.

Sometimes the press need to back off. Go read his post to find out why.

With Lots of Groan!

09 June 2005

Still Homesick

For nearly 2 days the internet was off and when that happens I lose my connectivity with home. The E-mails start to stack up and I get homesick.

When I start thinking of home the time starts moving OH SOOOOOO SLOOWWW. This blog is one of my few diversions to get my mind off things in this dreadfully dull routine, but when the internet is off I have to find something else to do. So I couple of movies. Read some in a John Grisham book and tried to sleep more than usual. But it is not helping the homesickness. I don't know that I could pinpoint just one thing that I miss. I miss it all. But this is normal. I guess. I am trying to figure out what I want to do with my time when I get home. I will have lot of it.

I like to think about home, but then again it puts me in this situation. Ugh!

You know what, I am sort of just rambling here. Sorry.

07 June 2005

For Charity

I got an e-mail from the GI Bracelet team today. They have some announcements and are trying to reach their goal of $100K for their different soldier charities:
Hi,

Thank you for being GI Bracelet's pioneering supporter and championing this effort! With your support, GI Bracelet has raised over $33,000 to date for the various charity organizations that help our troops and their families!

I had the opportunity to visit the ER at our local hospital this weekend, and was deeply reminded of how uncomfortable it is for both the patients and the families. I personally cannot imagine how difficult it is for our combat wounded to be evacuated to field hospitals and then to the VA hospitals, in excruciating pain, with no personal belongings and having loved ones thousands of miles away! In addition to the over 1,600 fallen heroes, we've had over 16,000 wounded! Let's pitch in and support these brave men, women, and their families!

1. We've added additional charity organizations to support, including local organizations. Please take a look at these organizations. We carefully screen organizations that we support, and these are all first class non-profit organizations with low or no administrative overhead.

2. We've added "forum" to the Web site. Please take a look at it and share your personal stories and experiences.

Below are some recent updates from organizations that we support.

- The Military Order of the Purple Heart meets every air ambulance that arrives at Andrews Air Force Base. Our wounded and injured heroes always need some basic but very important supplies. The wish list is based on requests from OIF and OEF patients, and it has been approved by medical staff.

- Soldiers' Angels need help with Care Packages and Armor Up projects. They are receiving 1,500 to 2,000 soldiers and 10 requests a month for armor blankets.

- North County Honor Campaign has given out 64 scholarships to the children of the fallen troops in San Diego area. 6 more scholarships are near final approval. After the 6, they have enough money left for 4 more scholarships, and need donations for more scholarships

Very sincerely,

The GI-bracelet.org Team
"FOR THOSE WHO SERVE"

06 June 2005

D-Day

Today is the 61st Anniversary of D-Day. Now that was war! What a difference 61 years makes. They were storming a beach and I am writing a blog.

There are some good posts out there and Mrs. Greyhawk has a great round up today in her Dawn Patrol. (They also have been keeping track of the Jerky Wars in the Dawn Patrol, but they haven't stated where they stand yet.)

I also want to point out Confederate Yankee's D-Day Post. He Posts the famous Ike letter.

Caption Winner

The Caption Contest winners are posted. I even put the winning entry into the picture.

MOM (who is not Mustang Mama) won even though she seems to be taking the wrong side of the Jerky Wars

Thanks agian for everybody entry. I am having a lot of fun judging all of the great captions. We will do this again this weekend.

05 June 2005

Tactical Pause in the Jerky Wars

As you could probably tell JP, aka The "Beef Jerky Nazi", and I have been having a lot of fun with the fight for supremacy in the Debate of Beef Jerky in Care Packages. This kind of stuff is a great diversion for both of us, as we are both guys who like to give other people the business and we are happy to have everybody on the Net to share that diversion with us.

But just remember there is a real war going on that has nothing to do with Beef Jerky and that is both of our top priorities. My job keeps me in an office near a computer while JP's doesn't. As such I don't want to pile on him with out him being able to fight back. So right now I am declaring a temporary Cease Fire.

I am sure JP is gathering his resources in his free time and coming up with some great idea to trash me in the Jerky Wars, but until he can get back into the full swing of things, I will be laying low. (except for my response to this)

Thank you for all the support for both sides of the Jerky Wars. The fun will continue soon.

Quiz time

basil posted this quiz, he is Yoda: Wise the Quiz thinks I am. I like how I turned out. This is one of the better quizzes I have seen. I figured I would get Chewbacca, but I guess I am not tall enough. All Around Hero is a good description, but I have a feeling it picked R2-D2 based on the "third leg" question. :) Feel free to take the quiz your self and place your results in the Comments or in a trackbacked post.



R2-D2

78%

Anakin Skywalker

64%

Obi Wan Kenobi

61%

Mace Windu

58%

Darth Vader

58%

Yoda

56%

Chewbacca

56%

Clone Trooper

53%

General Grievous

42%

Padme Amidala

36%

C-3PO

31%

Emperor Palpatine

14%

Which Revenge of the Sith Character are you?
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This Just in...

Confederate Yankee has an epiphany about the Koran story.

04 June 2005

My Thoughts on Lt. Pantano

I have had a lot of mixed feelings about the LT Pantano case. I have come to the conclusion that my opinions in this matter might bother some people so I have kept them to myself. But now that it is over, I am going to say my two cents. I don't expect everybody to agree with me and I don't mind if you do, as this case can really bring out some emotions.

If you haven't heard LT Pantano has resigned. And I think it is for the best for a few different reasons.

Before I get in to why, we need to get the basics out in the open. LT Pantano, and his unit here in Iraq, saw some heavy action. The proverbial "pucker factor" was high. In the course of a mission 2 gentlemen rushed up to Pantano and he reacted, first by warning them to stop, but it progressed until Pantano was forced to defend himself by killing these two gentlemen.

Stop here for a second. If we look at these facts, we see a Marine lawfully defending himself. I totally agree with Pantano's actions. The fact that these two gentlemen were not bad guys is not part of the consideration. They were acting in a threatening manner. It is the right of every Marine, Sailor and soldier to defend themselves if threatened. That is something that is ingrained not only in our training, but Regulation and Law, not to mention instincts. If we take this right away, we harm the confidence of our troops and in turn this would lead to the inability to complete missions and wage war.

Unfortunately, the story does not stop there. When LT Pantano defended himself, he did so to the extreme. He unloaded not 1 but two full magazines. He put 60 rounds into 2 men. And to add insult to death, he placed a sign above the remains as a warning to others.

In the laws of war there is a rule of proportionality. It says use the least available means necessary to accomplish a task. In layman’s terms don't use a nuke to swat a fly. His actions, which are a matter of record, violate that principle. At some point in time these two individuals were no longer a threat and that is when, by law, LT Pantano needed to stop firing. He even had time, while changing clips, to think about this. This is kind of like defining pornography, it is very difficult to do, but you know it when you see it.

To make matters worse he used the remains as an example for the bad guys to see. I am sorry, but these are the tactics of the bad guys. This is immoral and should not be tolerated. Remember the US Contractors that were hung in the streets. This is not the actions of a leader in the US Military. This is a poor example to set for the troops. Yes, I know I wasn't there, but the facts are undeniable as LT Pantano has officially agreed to them.

If Pantano would have just stopped at defending himself we wouldn't be taking about this at all. But instead these actions brought an investigation and a murder charge.

The Article 32 hearing, the Grand Jury equivalent, recommended the murder charges be dropped, but Pantano should face Non-judicial punishment for the other actions.

Major General Huck dropped the murder charges. That was the right thing to do. Pantano was defending himself when he killed the two gentlemen. I have no doubt in my mind Pantano is not a murderer. This decision by MG Huck protects the right of all other service members in battle and I praise him for that.

Now we see the Pantano has resigned his commission and will be leaving the Corps. I said above that this is a good thing. Why? I have a couple reasons.

First, LT Pantano had the respect of the men in his unit. There is no better compliment that can be given to an officer. But, As I have said, Pantano's actions are not that of an leader. His Integrity is now scarred. He has set a poor example for troops. He has paid the price for this in the press through this process and it will haunt him for a very long time. It will follow him to every unit he goes. That kind of attention is not needed in a combat unit.

Secondly, The Marines needed to get this case over with and put it behind them. This has been a black mark on the Corps and needs to be buried.

I think Lt Pantano should still be responsible for his actions beyond defending himself. Now comes a bit of speculation on my part. It wouldn't surprise me if Major General Huck and LT Pantano made an under the table agreement to let these charges go away if he left the Corps. Pantano's attorney has claimed that Pantano's goal was to go back to a combat unit. Why the change of heart now? Was there a deal made?

Anyhow, I think in the end the right thing was done. This is now in the past and both Pantano (who probably has movie and book deals lined up) and the Corps can get on with life.

Picture of Me?

I have been outed. The "Beef Jerky Nazi" has dug up a picture of me. Since it is on the internet it must be true. :) While I am not quite sure the resemblance, I figure we could use it for this week’s Caption Contest. This is not the picture that will tie you in knots like I hinted about. I will save that one for later.

I took the offending picture of me and put my "Powerpoint Ranger" skills to work and we get this:

Fill in the Blanks!

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Winner (even if she is rooting for the wrong team)
Mustang23- "Jerky is addicting,it is salty yet sweet. I like the additives in the homemade stuff. Jerky makes for a fast....."
Beef Jerky Nazi butts in-" It makes for a fast trip to the dunghouse."
Mom (who is not Mustang Mama)

Special Award for making fun of the Jugdes Spelling
M23: "My friend here is not so S-T-O-O-P-I-D"
Jerk: "Yes I am so, thought I couldn't spell, huh?"
Rodney Dill

Special Award because she can't win the Lottery
Mustang 23: Keep the focus on the beef! And for goodness sake don't mention you'd like glue in a carepackage!
Beef Jerky Nazi: Why? What's wrong with glue?

Holly Aho

03 June 2005

Zarqawi: Dead or Alive?

There is an unconfirmed report that says Zarqawi is dead:

IRAQ: FALLUJAH SHEIKH SAYS AL-ZARQAWI DIED ON FRIDAY:
The Jordanian militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi - al-Qaeda's leader in Iraq - died on Friday and his body is in Fallujah's cemetary, an Iraqi Sunni sheikh, Ammar Abdel Rahim Nasir, has told the Saudi on-line newspaper Al-Medina. He claims that gunfights which broke out in Fallujah in the last few days involved militants trying to protect the insurgency leader's tomb from a group of American soldiers patrolling the area.
If true this would be great news.

(Via E-mail from Reader MOM, who is not Mustang Mama)

The Long Lost Cousin

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I should know better...

I should have known better than to follow Beth's link.

I don't want to know what this guy would do with Beef Jerky, especially after I saw this.

He takes requests, for goodness sakes please don't request "it was an itsy bitsy teeny weenie yellow polka dot bikini".

DadManly talks about how his unit has matured

Taking a quick break from the Blog Fight, I found this great post.

DadManly, a First Sergeant here in Iraq, has noticed how his unit has matured through the deployment so far:

We Are Not the Same:
We’re not the same National Guard unit anymore.

In thinking about our first year of mobilized active duty, that’s the thought I’ve had, more than any other besides how much I miss being home. We’re not the same individuals who left home, and we’re not the same unit, for a variety of reasons.
His post is dead on. As a unit goes through a deployment together, things definitely change. I see it here daily. There are so many phases to the deployment you find out so much about people. The different duties, even while being in the same position, that I have had, have showcased my different talents. (or lack thereof) Same goes for everybody else. But we as a unit know how to pick up the slack or adjust to these talents as we see them. We are constantly adjusting to meet the mission based on who we think will do the best job.

Like Top DadManly's unit, we have matured here as well.

The Truth?

The truth behind the Who's your Daddy picture has been revealed by the "Beef Jerky Nazi".

What Really Happened
THE SHOCKING TRUTH REVEALED! What Mustang23 wasn't showing you, I will. Here is the real picture of Goofy with Beef Jerky.
See for yourself. I don't believe the hype.

Just wait. Later today we are going to find out about a long lost cousin.

And thanks to Phin for the new logos over at the BfBJ HQ.

02 June 2005

Who's Your Daddy

A Little bit ago I posted about "Beef Jerky Nazi" and how his son has been carring around a goofy doll (how fitting) everywhere he goes that he calls Daddy. It is a neat little deal that they have going on.

But I my sources in the rear have just giving me a information and a photo that might be disturbing to some people:

Who's Your Daddy
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I, on the other hand don't find it distubing at all. I think it is rather funny!

(thanks to basil for the Photoshop)