Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Letter to the Bed Wetters Of America via:Froggy Ruminations: STOP USING MY SERVICE AS A SHIELD FOR YOUR COWARDICE AND SEDITION

Has a letter from a friend (fed up w/bed wetters) to the San Diego Union that he thinks will not see daylight...OK here is a sample and a link and pass it down the blogsphere. dm.

"........the quilt representing the fallen; how dare you disgrace the memory of my fallen brothers and sisters? You are wittingly or unwittingly destroying the glory they have earned. Yes, I mean glory. Glory, like Honor and Courage, are not dirty words. They mean something, something pure, something I’m afraid these people do not understand. The men and women symbolized on that quilt died serving, not complaining, so show some respect. They are not cloth cut outs to me, a vehicle for you to push a misguided political agenda, they are people, and they died for you, because you would not stand up and serve. So, put a flag outside your house; visit a veteran’s hospital, or donate money to charities that support their families. Because I will tell you this; they died, and I serve, for our Country, our Buddies, and our Families. Not your right to commit sedition."

KIA: Abu Khallad major thug Facilitator DOA in Mosul

Abu Khallad, a major thug facilitator of foreign fighters and suicide bombers was blasted out the air locker this month in Mosul. Khallad last entry into his resume was that of facilitator for explodeadopes seeking virgins.

Sunday, August 28, 2005

via:Winds of Change.NET: IEDs in Iraq

OK, so you just got back from AT, and school is starting next week, your MCI's are late and your honey-dew list is now longer than last month's HD List. So here's a freebie. Sort of...Winds of Change has a lot of good reading material (I know, I know as if you didn't have enough already) and one section from which I swiped this baby. He doesn't mind knowing it is for a good cause: keeping reservist up to date. Don't use the Dinosaurs of the MSM for SOP. Bookmark WofC site. Check back ASAP

  • * There were 12,000 IED attacks in 2004. That is 12 thousand. IEDs are not an automatic fatality. Most miss. Even those that hit usually are not effective. There is a soldier in the 256 who has 18 IED hits to date (that they can figure... he doesn't brag and its the gunners and otters that are trying to total up the hits), and not a scratch on him or his crew. There are those on IED Hunting teams that refuse to come off hunting duties and have had ZERO IED hits... they have been shot at, but ZERO hits on IEDS. LESSON LEARNED: IEDs are an inefficient way to attack.
  • * There are units that have spent their ENTIRE tour with soft-sided HUMVEES and have had far less IED hits that those in Up-Armored or fully armored vehicles. In fact, they had their doors off. Even today, Rangers and SF run around in bare vehicles and don't get attacked. The reason - the entire convoy was sharp, at the ready, and was able to visually detect IEDS, use aggressive driving to throw off timing of IEDs, and were obviously ready to return fire. They were NOT worth hitting. An up-armored conmoy with everyone's head down and hiding is a much better target. ALL ARMOR CAN BE DEFEATED!!! There have been tanks as well as Strykers and Up-Armored HUMVEES (the M1114's) that have been hit and destroyed. Often (not always), its because they were complacent, they established patterns, they trusted their armor to save them, and otherwise they gave the enemy the means to predict their movements and the comfort (based on lack of alertness) to target them. LESSON LEARNED: If everyone is alert and in th right mindset, you're far less likely to targeted, regardless of armor. Armor has often led to false sense of security.
  • * Know your basic skills - shoot, move, communicate. Know how to fire all weapons. Know how to operate radios, do call for fire, call for MEDEVAC , call in IEDs, etc. Know how to drive, to include how to "push" friendly vehicles out of a the kill zone or move other vehicles out of the way (the enemy uses junked cars as obstacles to channel movement). "Move" includes know how to change a tire like a NASCAR pit crew or how to execute a "bump" plan (the plan to stack extra people in a vehicle after losing a vehicle in the convoy.) For those that have travelled in a big city before... if you move out with a purpose and look like you know what you're doing, you're not an attractive target. If it looks like you are in charge of an area after an IED attack, they won't want to attack with small arms and lose everyone (as they often do... its why they usually just use IEDs unless people get lazy).
  • * Security at all times. If you are safeguarding a site, like an IED, do NOT spend time looking inwards at the IED. Look out, observe patterns and behavior. If just part of the perimeter gets lazy, that is where they will attack. If you're in the wire, know where your equipment is, know where shelters are, and know what the drill is in your area. Know what protection your ECM provide - they are highly effective and are forcing the enemy to move from 90% radio-controlled IEDs to other, less desirable means of initiation.
  • * Have brutally honest AAR after EVERY movement. There are no such things as "simple convoys", they are all combat patrols. So, even if there were zero hits, review your conduct. Did you follow a pattern from previous ops? What did everyone see in terms of changes to the terrain or people? Did your vehicle stay alert? The other ones? If you can keep each other sharp, avoid patterns, and constantly learn, it dramatically decreases your chance at being targeted. There is always room to improve, always something that slipped. Get after it.
  • Winds of Change.NET: Lessons Learned: IEDs in Iraq

Saturday, August 27, 2005

Thugbusters!!--"New Marine Corps SOCOM Team"? Yes, No, Maybe So--- Rumsfeld Likes it ...What About You?

More on the "Who you gonna Call Team" from Military dot com on military agnst and other "issues" on who is going to get the ball or whether or you get to play. Nuts. Nuances were never my strenght:
"Editor's conclusions: Will this Marine Corps unit become a reality? A few military leaders - primarily those from within the Corps - still have concerns, but according to Divine and others, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld is leaning heavily towards it. Divine adds, the Marine SOCOM Detachment is still in the developmental stages, and though the unit will probably become a reality, no absolute decision has yet been made in that regard. Rumsfeld's signature is still pending."

New Marine Corps SOCOM Team

DSC Awarded Fightin'U.S. Army Colonel

photo by Sgt. L. Jewell U.S. Newswire

The Distinguished Service Cross -- second only to the Medal of Honor in military decorations -- has been awarded to U.S. Army Col. James H. Coffman Jr. for his role in leading Iraqi Special Police Commandos through a 5 1/2-hour battle against thugs trying to collect commando heads. Col. Coffman took over as CO when the thug ambush killed or wounded all Iraq officers and using eye contact and sign lanuage led the counter attack under heavy fire. After thug fire shot out his rifle and shooting hand he picked up an abandoned AK and fired with his other hand. When his men started to run out of ammo he collected more from the dead and wounded and when that ammo was gone he collected loose rounds and reloaded magazines w/his good hand holding the magazine between his legs. When back up finally arrived he led led them to his position and continued to fight, refusing to be evacuated for treatment until the battle was over. Posted by Picasa

Paydays for Yon via:The New Editor

Yon, a freelance warrior/writer, w/Deuce-four is also accepting donations at:

"Michael Yon
P O Box 416
Westport Pt, MA

Yon has access to Paypal at his site but P and P will not accept credit cards only yr. bank account access. Use the address if you find this practice obnoxious.

1st Lt. Paul M. Webber receives the Bronze Star medal w/ combat V for Valor for actions in Fallujah while CO of an LAR platoon. Posted by Picasa

Monday, August 22, 2005

Calculus for Lib's via MARK STEYN

This is why Steyn makes the big bucks knitting together two ideas that go off like a illumination round in the darkness:

"Cindy Sheehan, and she's on TV 'round the clock. Because, if you're as heavily invested as Dowd in the notion that those "killed in Iraq" are "children," then Sheehan's status as grieving matriarch is a bonanza.

They're not children in Iraq; they're grown-ups who made their own decision to join the military. That seems to be difficult for the left to grasp. Ever since America's all-adult, all-volunteer army went into Iraq, the anti-war crowd have made a sustained effort to characterize them as "children." If a 13-year-old wants to have an abortion, that's her decision and her parents shouldn't get a look-in. If a 21-year-old wants to drop to the broadloom in Bill Clinton's Oval Office, she's a grown woman and free to do what she wants. But, if a 22- or 25- or 37-year-old is serving his country overseas, he's a wee "child" who isn't really old enough to know what he's doing."
'Peace Mom's' marriage a metaphor for Dems

Score one for CAIR----WMAL Caves---Michael Graham Refuses to Click Heels

Management at WMAL demonstrates the essence of the white feather in middle of a war. Push button eviction notice for appeasers from all car radios to follow.

via LGF: Michael Graham

"The First Amendment and I have been evicted from ABC Radio in Washington, DC.

On July 25th, the Council on American-Islamic Relations demanded that I be “punished” for my on-air statements regarding Islam and its tragic connections to terrorism. Three days later, 630 WMAL and ABC Radio suspended me without pay for comments deemed “hate radio” by CAIR.

CAIR immediately announced that my punishment was insufficient and demanded I be fired. ABC Radio and 630 WMAL have now complied. I have now been fired for making the specific comments CAIR deemed “offensive,” and for refusing to retract those statements in a management-mandated, on-air apology. ABC Radio further demanded that I agree to perform what they described as “additional outreach efforts” to those people or groups who felt offended.

I refused. And for that refusal, I have been fired.

It appears that ABC Radio has caved to an organization that condemns talk radio hosts like me, but has never condemned Hamas, Hezbollah, and one that wouldnÂ’t specifically condemn Al Qaeda for three months after 9/11."

Saturday, August 20, 2005

Our Very Own Patriotic Thug Enablers:AIM Column

Clif Kincaid at Accuracy In Media nails our MSM Dolts-thug Enablers in the propaganda war. Heads Up people. We are losing this one with their help.

The American people have to wise up to the media's tricks. We are involved in a propaganda war that may be more important than what happens on the battlefield. Newsweek's false "Koran in the toilet" story was only one example of how we are losing the media war. It caused violent protests across the Middle East and 17 deaths. The new prisoner abuse images, obtained by an Army soldier who helped uncover the scandal, is not "false" in the Newsweek sense. But it will be exploited to give a false or warped perception of what U.S. military personnel are doing in Iraq. As Myers says in a court document, "It is probable that Al-Qaeda and other groups will seize upon these images and videos as grist for their propaganda mill which will result in, besides violent attacks, increased terrorist recruitment, continued financial support, and exacerbation of tensions between the Iraqi and Afghani populaces and U.S. and Coalition forces."

Actually, it won't just be Al Qaeda. Our own media will endlessly exploit the photographs. The story will be so big that cable-television news might temporarily drop the Natalee Holloway story. Our media seem to operate by the standard of using and exploiting anything that will undermine the war and President Bush. Lately, this has been Cindy Sheehan, the poor brainwashed mother of a dead soldier. But more Abu Ghraib photos would be too good to ignore, at least for most of our media.

We have to face up to the fact that the enemy has the U.S. on the run, using our own media against us. When Al Qaeda's number two man, Ayman al-Zawahiri, recently threatened a Vietnam in Iraq, he was referring to an American defeat but it's clear that he was not just referring to the military aspect of the conflict. The U.S. was not defeated militarily in Vietnam. We lost because our own media came to believe it was a cause not worth fighting. That caused the American people to lose heart and the Congress to cut and run.

Friday, August 19, 2005

Good News for Carl Basham: You are a Texas Resident

All's well that ends well. Former Marine Carl Basham will get a note from Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson stating that Basham qualifies for legal residence requirements. Papa Ray sent us note stating that our young Marine was a Louisiana resident at the time of enlistment and that was the glitch that got the Harpies all up tight. However, Commis Patterson has pronounced his ominous dominous: "Basham changed his official residence to Austin more than a year ago" After I read Ray's note I googled Basham's name and have been reading comments. stories and editorials all over the net. My favorite is from the Texas Lufkin Daily who appraised the many politico's who ran over LOL's in their haste to rescue Basham:
We don't really care who gets the credit, but the state should ensure that military veterans pay the lowest possible tuition in all cases. Far as we're concerned, any veteran who wants to attend a community college in Texas ought to get the lowest rate, Texas resident or not. That's the least we can do for people who have volunteered to serve their country, in times of war or peace.
Amen. Roger. Copy that.

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Armendariz Three LAR Mortarman receives Bronze Star

Corporal George A. Armendariz, mortarman, 1st platoon, 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, receives the Bronze Star Medal with combat distinguishing device for actions while serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Photo by: Pfc. Michael S. Cifuentes Posted by Picasa

Two Tours Years Overseas Fighting the Thuggies Earns Marine Loss of residence status

Thuggies are nothing compared to the Harpies of the shore...Carl Basham from Austin, Texas was told to pay out of state resident fees for spending two years in Iraq. Sorry, buddy, but you owe us $2600.00 and none of this palaver you were in defense of the nation. Did I mention Basham is registered to vote and has a current Texas drivers license and does his banking in Austin.

KWTX | Texas Marine Told To Pay Out-Of-State Tuition

Monday, August 15, 2005

Dolts of the Mainstream Media at their Worst:.via:Mudville Gazette

From Xenophon

Here in Ohio you could not escape talk of the fourteen Marines killed, and that is all the information the media had. They broke this story so fast that the Marines could not even notify the families before hand. This led to absolute panic among the 3/25 families. I was able to find out pretty early that the casualties came from Lima Company (based in Columbus, OH), and so began contacting as many family members from Weapons Company and Headquarters Company (based in Akron, OH and Brookpark, near Cleveland, OH, respectively) as I could to mitigate the damage. But the damage had been done. My phone calls were answered by crying wives and mothers, sitting in front of the TV hoping for any information, horrified that I was calling with the worst of news.
Absolute OUTRAGE! that these BASTIONS! of democracy did not have the decency to stop their petty grab ass game of we-were-first-to-break-the-news long enough to let the Marine Corps take care of the families FIRST! Read the rest at Xenophon's blog.

Mudville Gazette: "media irresponsibility at its worst."

Drive byscreening system w/ xrays at normal speeds now available from AS&E. "The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) knows the AS&E Advantage. Multiple agencies within DHS deploy the
Z Backscatter Van for counterterrorism applications." Posted by Picasa

Sunday, August 14, 2005

"The AK-Monkey-Pumpers smack-down" via:Michael Yon :

If you are not reading Yon, your combat studies are sucking wind.

"In the Yarmuk neighborhood, only terrorists openly carry AK-47s. The lawyers call this Hostile Intent. The soldiers call this Dead Man Walking.

Deuce Four is an overwhelmingly aggressive and effective unit, and they believe the best defense is a dead enemy. They are constantly thinking up innovative, unique, and effective ways to kill or capture the enemy; proactive not reactive. They planned an operation with snipers, making it appear that an ISF vehicle had been attacked, complete with explosives and flash-bang grenades to simulate the IED. The simulated casualty evacuation of sand dummies completed the ruse.

The Deuce Four soldiers left quickly with the "casualties," "abandoning" the burning truck in the traffic circle. The enemy took the bait. Terrorists came out and started with the AK-rifle-monkey-pump, shooting into the truck, their own video crews capturing the moment of glory. That's when the American snipers opened fire and killed everybody with a weapon. Until now, only insiders knew about the AK-monkey-pumpers smack-down."
Michael Yon : Online Magazine: Jungle Law

You don't want to bomb the art museum, pisses off the liberals and makes great headlines: via Elephants in Academia:

The Academic Elephant has a "hmmmm" note: for the last six months the Pentagon has been asking around the academic fields for ""cultural patrimony" info i.e. location of Iran's important cultural sites and objects.

Elephants in Academia: Things that make you go hmmmm....

The Four Thugs Discovered On the internet 14 months before 9/11 via: ShrinkWrapped

Using open source data, stuff accessible to anyone with access to the internet, an MI team (military intell "In 1999, the Pentagon established an intelligence unit called Able Danger, assigned to seek out and identify al-Qaeda cells and members for U.S. Special Operations Command. This group reportedly used data mining from open sources.) was able to ID Atta and cohorts 14 months before 9/11. HOWEVER, they were unable to share info with the FBI as per Clintonista rules regarding the WALL set up in 1995, by then Assistant Attorney General Jamie Gorelick, to keep criminal law enforcement and MI teams separated. Jim Geraghty has your must read analysis and the short money paragraph is from Shrinkwrapped on how to go about really using the internet for data mining.

"[For more information on the data mining techniques the Able Danger team was using, Technology Review had an excellent article in March 2003, Can Sensemaking Keep Us Safe? by M. Mitchell Waldrop. This article is available on line. Scientific American has had two articles in the last few years on the techniques involved. In the March 2003 issue was a disucssion of the TIO project, SA Perspectives: Total Information Overload, and in the May 2005 issue was an article on the use of data mining the human genome, Molecular Treasure Hunt, by Gary Stix. Neither Sci AM article is available for free; there is just a brief" abstract.]ShrinkWrapped: PC & Defects in Reality Testing: Confirmation

Saturday, August 13, 2005

Who You Gonna' Call?: THUG BUSTERS!!

: "Beginning Sept. 1, Marine Sgt. Nelson Encarnacion Jr., will begin combat training in Yorktown, Va., with a new unit, the 2nd Fleet Anti-Terrorism Security Team Company, or FAST Marines. The unit is to act as an anti-terrorism quick response force, and would be among the first troops to be deployed to certain international crises.""They call it the 'world's 911,' " Encarnacion said. "It's a really intense unit. You're getting action, but you're not there for too long."
Marine returns home after second tour:

Christopher Hitchens: On Freeing the Planet of Thug Bugs via: Washington Prism

Islamo-fascists] gave us no peace and we shouldn’t give them any. We can't live on the same planet as them and I'm glad because I don’t want to. I don’t want to breathe the same air as these psychopaths and murders and rapists and torturers and child abusers. Its them or me. I'm very happy about this because I know it will be them. It’s a duty and a responsibility to defeat them. But it's also a pleasure. I don’t regard it as a grim task at all.

Washington Prism

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

In England, Multiculturalism preachers are Finally Taking the Heat for July 7th : VIA Real Politics

Michael Barone, in his article "Cultures Aren't Equal" does a much needed "emperor has no clothes on" take on multiculturalism or the idea that incoming people should be allowed, encouraged to maintain their own culture apart from the mainstream culture. July 7th has brought a sharper focus on what exactly that idea breeds:
"Multiculturalism is based on the lie that all cultures are morally equal. In practice, that soon degenerates to: All cultures are morally equal, except ours, which is worse. But all cultures are not equal in respecting representative government, guaranteed liberties and the rule of law. And those things arose not simultaneously and in all cultures, but in certain specific times and places -- mostly in Britain and America, but also in various parts of Europe.

In America, as in Britain, multiculturalism has become the fashion in large swathes of our society. So the Founding Fathers are presented only as slaveholders, World War II is limited to the internment of Japanese-Americans and the bombing of Hiroshima. Slavery is identified with America, though it has existed in every society and the antislavery movement arose first among English-speaking evangelical Christians.

But most Americans know there is something special about our cultural heritage. While Harvard and Brown are replacing scholars of the founding period with those studying other things, book-buyers are snapping up first-rate histories of the Founders by David McCullough, Joseph Ellis and Ron Chernow.

Mutilculturalist intellectuals do not think our kind of society is worth defending. But millions here and increasing numbers in Britain and other countries know better."

Sunday, August 07, 2005

Thug First Class (TFC) Abu Zayd's Captured Letter to Thugmaster al Zarqawi-Subject : Bitch Session

TFC Abu Zayd AKA Emir of Farming Reform Brigade West Side (FFRBWS) Mosul wrote a letter to Zarqawi (recovering out of country due to severe heat stroke from a heat-seeking-thug-blaster) couldn't find a stamp and mail the damn thing before U.S. troops were all over his hide out, like fleas on a old coon dog, captured his office, tore up his furniture and read his mail. Life sucks and then your letter is all over CNN and the blogsphere. We have here a few paraphrased money sentences gleaned from the CNN Report:
Zarqawi Dude, The replacements you have sent us are losers and consequently our attacks have decreased. Man, these guys are going for quanity and not quality and I don't have to tell you what a dead end street that's going to be. Also coordination among thug leaders sucks. Everyone is out for themselves protecting their own turf. You know we have to work together to defeat the American Marines especially the LAR running dogs and their war pigs --you should only see what they did to my collection of videos (you know the one's I mean wink, wink) at my last hideout. In addition, our war chest money is being squandered. Yes, I know that will piss you off but I gotta be straight with you, dude. The boys are squandering the money on fast cars, cheap booze, broads and cell phones. I know, I can't believe it either. I can understand broads but CELL PHONES!!
Dude, forgive me, I don't want this letter to be a total bummer for you I know you are recovering and all but, dude, you got to get on this: housing sucks, big time, you know. We can't keep staying in these rat holes with/out AC. We just can't, you know. Pay checks. We haven't been paid on time. Dude, our paychecks haven't been on time since I got here how long does it take those office pogs in finance to write one lousy check. I talking serious now, this shit really pisses me off so I might just send one of those shit-for-brains-suicide-jockeys to wise up those lazy office pogs. Top Emirs: These lifers are dead weight. You got to replace these guys all they do all day is suck up Starbucks coffee and bitch about staying current on their MCI's. Major loooossers, dude. They gotta go, dude. Also, did you know I was left out of the last power decision session? You know anything about that. I know it was probably a mistake, dude, you being sick and all but dude check it out, OK and see about my missing paychecks. Ok dude, Mosul ain't cheap, you know. Later.

CNN.com - Iraqi insurgent writes of�flawed leadership - Aug 6, 2005

Friday, August 05, 2005

THE REAL TARGET VIA :New York Post Online Edition

"IN Iraq yesterday a roadside bomb killed 14 Marines. Two days earlier, six Marines from the same outfit were ambushed and killed. Yet those Marines were not the terrorists' primary target.

You were.

Our enemies know the Marines won't quit. But they hope you will."

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

via:The Belmont Club: Stephen Vincent,, Blogger, killed by murderous thugs

What compelled him to cover a battlefield of the war on terror "traveling without security or official connections, living by his wits," according to the Spence Publishing site? CNN gives the answer in Vincent's own words.

"I stood that morning on the roof of my building in lower Manhattan and watched United Airlines Flight 175 strike the south tower of the World Trade Center," Vincent said in a December 2004 interview with Frontpage Magazine. "At that moment, I realized my country was at war -- because of the 1993 attack on the Trade Center, I figured our enemy was Islamic terrorism -- and I wanted to do my part in the conflict. I'm too old to enlist in the armed services, so I decided to put my writing talents to use."

"I stood that morning on the roof of my building in lower Manhattan and watched United Airlines Flight 175 strike the south tower of the World Trade Center," Vincent said in a December 2004 interview with Frontpage Magazine. "At that moment, I realized my country was at war -- because of the 1993 attack on the Trade Center, I figured our enemy was Islamic terrorism -- and I wanted to do my part in the conflict. I'm too old to enlist in the armed services, so I decided to put my writing talents to use."

In that interview Vincent described the weapons with which he intended to fight.

"'Words matter. Words convey moral clarity. Without moral clarity, we will not succeed in Iraq. That is why the terms the press uses to cover this conflict are so vital. For example, take the word “guerillas.” As you noted, mainstream media sources like the New York Times often use the terms “insurgents” or “guerillas” to describe the Sunni Triangle gunmen, as if these murderous thugs represented a traditional national liberation movement. But when the Times reports on similar groups of masked reactionary killers operating in Latin American countries, they utilize the phrase “paramilitary death squads.” Same murderers, different designations.'"

Whether Sunni killed Shi'ite or Shi'ite killed Sunni, Mr. Vincent knew murder when he saw it. It will be interesting to see whether the media will attribute Mr. Vincent's death to "guerillas" or to "paramilitary death squads". But in a sense it will not matter. He was witness to the necessity for honesty and the survival of outrage; conscious of how near death stands to all of us in the workaday world without watchful men ready to give the alarm with just words.

Monday, August 01, 2005

Calif.national Guard now under investigation for thuggery, extortion and prisoner abuse VIA;Major K.: Bad apples

It never fails to sicken and surprise me when one of our own goes bad. In the late war, I saw three instances of enlisted ranks go into business for themselves and each time I was dumbfounded. Now we have a new case for the CID to do a deep probe. Extortion and torture. Roger that. Innocent until PROVEN! guilty. Copy.

Major K.: Bad apples