Saturday, December 31, 2005

Wish New Year in many languages

Happy New Year!!
"Iraqi ----Sanah Jadidah", Eskimo ---Kiortame pivdluaritlo, Arabic--- Antum salimoun, Hebrew ---L'Shannah Tovah, Irish---- Bliain nua fe mhaise dhuit

Welcome To The US of A!! Baby! HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Meet Baby Noor(via Mudville Gazette)
" High above the clouds, Delta Air Lines Captain David Damare had something to tell the passengers on Flight 15 from Frankfurt to Atlanta.

All of Delta’s customers were special, he said. But Saturday there was a particularly special person on board. Her name was Noor al-Zahra.

She was three months old and traveling from her native Iraq all the way to Atlanta to receive surgery to correct a life-threatening problem in her spinal cord.

“We are very excited about this trip,” said Soad. “We are thankful to the people of Georgia.”

Mudville Gazette

Copeland, First Recon, awarded Navy Cross

Sgt. Willie L. Copeland III was awarded the Navy Cross for heroic action after the fifteen vehicle convoy he was riding was ambushed by terrorist thugs April 7th, 2004. The initial incoming fire wounded his platoon CO, Captain Brent L. Morel. Morel later died of his injuries. Copeland charged the ambush with five Marines to over run the estimated 40 to 60 thug ambush team. "Everyone in that platoon was heavily engaged," said Col. Rory E. Talkington, who recommended the award for Copeland. "The fact that Sgt. Copeland was not hit was just miraculous."

Sergeant's gutsy push nets Navy Cross

"Arron led the Way" Honored with Silver Star

Arron Austin, a Corporal w/ Echo Company , 2nd Battalion, 1st Regiment, 1st Marine Division, was awarded the Silver Star posthumorously for his actions in keeping his post from getting overrun by Falluja terrorist thugs. Under attack in three directions Austin exposed himself to incoming fire to throw the grenade that blunted the enemy charge. Austin was mortally wounded but saved his fellow Marines. "Austin's mother, De'on Miller, said she understood her son's actions during the firefight on April 26, 2004. Loyalty, she said, was at the core of her son's personality."

"Sgt. Maj. William Skiles, who was with Austin that brutal morning in Fallouja, will presented the award — the nation's third-highest medal for bravery in combat."

"All the Marines stepped up, and Aaron led the way," Skiles said.

Marine Who 'Wouldn't Quit Fighting' Is Honored

Gunny Taylor earns Bronze Star

Gunnery Sgt. Adam J. Taylor, a native of St. Mary, Kan., was awarded the Bronze Star Medal here Dec. 16 in recognition of his contributions in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

St. Mary, Kan., native earns Bronze Star

Thursday, December 29, 2005

If your War Pig's pads looking a little thin----

For Sale: War Pig tires...On the rim and out the door.


Another 120 "War Pigs" to saddle up for action---NDM Article -

An option to buy 120 LAV's is expected in 2006 with delivery expected 18 months later according to Col. John Bryant, Marine Corps program manager for the LAV in National Defense magazine.

"The new vehicles are being purchased with war-emergency funds that were appropriated by Congress last year. A bare-bones LAV hull costs about $1 million. A weapons turret ranges from $1.5 million to $2.5 million each.

A purchase agreement for the 120 LAVs was expected in early 2006, said a spokesman for the manufacturer, General Dynamics Land Systems. The vehicles will be delivered about 18 months after the contract is signed."

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

This is the old man's and the young turk's war--

U.S. Marine Corps Master Sgt. Leonard Perez (left), who trains Iraqi Security Forces at Camp Fallujah, Iraq, and Sgt. Mario Perez, a field radio operator with 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, pose in front of a Humvee, Dec. 20, 2005, in Al Asad, Iraq. The father and son saw each other for the first time in nearly four years. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. James D. Hamel

U.S. Marine Corps Master Sgt. Leonard Perez , Sgt. Mario Perez - DefendAmerica News Article

Sunday, December 25, 2005

This is not your old man's war : Dramatic contrast to VN War U.S. Troops now are treated to strangers' spontaneous bursts of gratitude/v-LA-Times

What a difference a war and plus forty years make:
"Many Americans have conflicted feelings about the Iraq war, but not about the warriors. The gestures of gratitude and generosity that occur with regularity at Peggy Sue's — across Interstate 15 from Ft. Irwin, a military desert training site — have become commonplace across the United States.

A spontaneous standing ovation for a group of soldiers at Los Angeles International Airport. Three $20 bills passed to a serviceman and his family in a grocery store in Georgia. A first-class seat given up to a servicewoman on a plane out of Chicago.

These bursts of goodwill have little to do with the holiday season or with political sentiments about the war. In contrast to the hostile stares that greeted many Vietnam veterans 40 years ago, today's soldiers are being treated as heroes throughout the year, in red states and blue, by peace activists and gung-ho supporters of the Iraq mission. The gestures are often spontaneous, affiliated with no association or cause, and credit is seldom claimed.

"It makes you feel great. It may just be a burger and a shake, but it's the thought behind it," said Parks, 41, who has served two tours in Iraq. Stationed at Ft. Jackson, S.C., he goes to Barstow regularly for training.

"My father went over to Vietnam three times, and he felt like he was not respected," Parks said. "Sometimes he felt like he was not even an American. But I see a big difference. I feel we're appreciated. An airport is about the best place for a soldier to be."
From Heckles to Halos - Los Angeles Times

First LAR Cpl Firman Christmas Present From Mom

Bobbi Fedricks hugs her son, Marine Cpl. Jeffrey Firman, at Camp Pendleton, Calif., after he arrived home in October 2004 from his first tour in Iraq. Firman is now on his second tour with First LAR. A couple of weeks ago Rumsfeld pinned a Bronze Star on him for actions under fire. For Christmas, "she gave him a light that attaches to his M-16 rifle, a light that illuminates rooms as he and other Marines clear buildings across Iraq"

Saturday, December 24, 2005

Iraq Christmas Call from Your Marine is on Wall-Mart via

Military News -

Marine Lance Cpl. Nicholas Lutz, Cpl. Byron Smith and Cpl. Justin Glass hold up phone cards they had just received from Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld at Camp Fallujah, Iraq, Dec. 23. The Wal-Mart Corporation gave Rumsfeld $125,000 worth of pre-paid telephone calling cards to pass out among the troops. Senior noncommissioned officers have distributed them to American servicemembers all over the Middle East. Photo by Jim Garamone


BLACKFIVE: "On Saturday, your kids can call Cheyenne at 1-888-HI-NORAD, email NORAD at, or email Santa at

Have your kids join in the fun folks, this is a very cool program.


Friday, December 23, 2005

St Nick Delivers via :Miserable Donuts via CSM Bones

When it absolutely, positively has to be signature required for delievery.
Miserable Donuts

Thursday, December 22, 2005

UAV As Guardian Angel

Lance Cpl. Joseph A. Hernandez inspects the "Dragon Eye" unmanned aerial vehicle system here Dec. 19. Unmanned aerial vehicles are the future of protecting our forces and 2nd Marine Logistics Group (Forward). In theatre, there are multiple vehicles being used and the "Dragon Eye" is currently being tested by Marines here. Hernandez is a signal intelligence Marine with 2nd MLG (Fwd.) Photo by: Lance Cpl. Wayne Edmiston
Military News -

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Vice President Cheney presents First LAR Cpl. Jeffery A. Firman w/Bronze Star

Vice President Surprises Service Members at Al Asad: "Corporal Jeffery A. Firman, a 20-year-old light armored vehicle crewman from 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion had his Bronze Star pinned on by the Vice President of the United States during a surprise visit to Iraq. Firman was awarded the Bronze Star for exposing himself to enemy fire to rescue wounded Marines during a firefight. After seeing Marines fall under machine gun and small arms fire, Firman returned fire, directed his vehicle toward the wounded, carried wounded Marines to safety and then returned to his vehicle to provide fire, covering the Marines’ evacuation. “It was awesome, but I was nervous at the same time,” Firman said. “Of all the things you go through, I never expected to have the vice president give me a Bronze Star.”
After the presentation the VP took questions from the Marines. Firman asked the VP:

"From our perspective, we don't see much as far as gains. We're looking at small-picture stuff, not many gains. I was wondering what it looks like from the big side of the mountain — how Iraq's looking."

"Well, Iraq's looking good," Cheney replied, noting that progress is difficult.

"We're getting the job done. It's hard to tell that from watching the news. But I guess we don't pay that much attention to the news," he said.

Sunday, December 18, 2005

H.R. 3199 (USA PATRIOT Improvement and Reauthorization Act of 2005)

The Senate Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Conference to Accompany H.R. 3199,
which required a 3/5 vote result to pass, failed 52-to-47 (with one non-voting senator).

Rupblicans to remember in November. Voting NO:

Larry Craig (R-ID),Chuck Hagel,(R-NE) Lisa Murkowski (R-AK),John Sununu (R-NH)

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Pentagon Reads Quran-- Conclusion:Terrorist war-fighting doctrine articulated through Muhammad

The Pentagon has been reading the Quran and "studying Islam, including the Quran and the hadiths, or traditions of Muhammad." and find the Quran, the foundation of the Religion of Peace, is a war-fighting doctrine. What? It's not a religion of peace?! I'm shocked, shocked!
"... conclusions of intelligence analysts , ... contradict the commonly held notion that Islam is a peaceful religion hijacked or distorted by terrorists. They've found that the terrorists for the most part are following a war-fighting doctrine articulated through Muhammad in the Quran, elaborated on in the hadiths, codified in Islamic or sharia law, and reinforced by recent interpretations or fatwahs.

"Islam is an ideological engine of war (Jihad)," concludes the sensitive Pentagon briefing paper. And "no one is looking for its off switch.".....

The internal document explains that Islam divides offensive jihad into a "three-phase attack strategy" for gaining control of lands for Allah. The first phase is the "Meccan," or weakened, period, whereby a small Muslim minority asserts itself through largely peaceful and political measures involving Islamic NGOs -- such as the Islamic Society of North America, which investigators say has its roots in the militant Muslim Brotherhood, and Muslim pressure groups, such as the Council on American-Islamic Relations, whose leaders are on record expressing their desire to Islamize America.

In the second "preparation" phase, a "reasonably influential" Muslim minority starts to turn more militant. The briefing uses Britain and the Netherlands as examples.

And in the final jihad period, or "Medina Stage," a large minority uses its strength of numbers and power to rise up against the majority, as Muslim youth recently demonstrated in terrorizing France, the Pentagon paper notes.

It also notes that unlike Judaism and Christianity, Islam advocates expansion by force. The final command of jihad, as revealed to Muhammad in the Quran, is to conquer the world in the name of Islam. The defense briefing adds that Islam is also unique in classifying unbelievers as "standing enemies against whom it is legitimate to wage war."

Right now political leaders don't understand the true nature of the threat,\ it says, because the intelligence community has yet to educate them. They still think Muslim terrorists, even suicide bombers, are mindless "criminals" motivated by "hatred of our freedoms," rather than religious zealots motivated by their faith. And as a result, we have no real strategic plan for winning a war against jihadists. Even many intelligence analysts and investigators working in the field with the Joint Terrorism Task Forces have a shallow understanding of Islam.

"I don't like to criticize our intelligence services, because we did win the Cold War," says a Northern Command intelligence official. "However, all of these organizations have made only limited progress adjusting to the current threat or the sharing of information."

Why? "All suffer heavily from political correctness," he explains.

FrontPage :: The Pentagon Breaks the Islam Taboo by Paul Sperry

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Alsaud Writes 20 million buckaroo check to Georgetown U. "for the study of Islam and the Muslim world"

Multi-billionaire and philanthropist Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Alsaud wrote two 20 million dollar checks to Georgetown U and Hahvard U as part of his mission statement: "Bridging the understanding between East and West is important for peace and tolerance". No doubt. If you don't recall this Prince he is the "Giuliani to Prince 'Fugetahbutit' fame. Giuliani returned a 10 million check to New York after the Prince of Charm was quoted as saying American ME policies were responsible for 9/11. This is also the same Prince of Charm who called Murdoch aka Fox News and explained the difference between "Moslem Riots and "Poverty Riots and not only did Murdoch understand and appreciate the call from one of its viewers they edited the offensive misleading title:
"He said that during last month's street protests in France, the US television network Fox -- owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation in which Al-Walid himself has shares -- ran a banner saying: 'Muslim riots.'

'I picked up the phone and called Murdoch... (and told him) these are not Muslim riots, these are riots out of poverty,' he said.

'Within 30 minutes, the title was changed from Muslim riots to civil riots.'"
Tell me that 40 million to Georgetown and Hahvard doesn't come w/a long leash and a phone tied to Prince Charming's office. Gee, you think he'd mind if, maybe,
Georgetown could use a fraction of the 20 million to set up an adjunct for its plans to "use the gift, the second-largest in its history, to expand its Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding." and fund a chair on our First Amendment Made Simple for Muslim students.
I know the Marriott, just down the road from the campus, would appreciate the news. Last month the poor little hotel keepers were so scared of Moslem students kicking their butt if they allowed The Peoples Truth Forum to hold a conference so close to the campus they just flat out said 'get lost':
jihad watch
Keith Thomas, Marriott Special Services Department, Corporate Headquarters, November 16, 2005:
"“Due to the high density of Muslim students on the Georgetown campus, members of the staff at Marriott Georgetown were afraid of the potential for violent protests, injured hotel employees and property damage. This is the official stance of the Marriott Corporation."

"Patrick Hardy, Sales Manager for Marriott Georgetown, November 11, 2005: “I need to inform you that you will not be permitted to host your event on the hotel grounds, because your organization is not only too controversial, but the venue is not appropriate for this type of function. Marriott corporate headquarters was contacted about this and was supportive of our decision.”

PTF is an organization devoted to educating the public on national security consequently any speakers that are invited speak at their forums are experts in their field and not just any Harry Homemaker with an opinion. Forbes World's Richest People

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

"Broken Army" Recruits new Soldiers Above Goals

Earth to Murtha: The "Broken Army" has exceeded its recruiting goal for the first two months of the new fiscal year. Goals for November were surpassed by 5%---that's 5,856 new recruits. The "broken Army" also exceeded the goals for October. Altogether, the "broken Army" has met its recruiting marks for six months straight. Dubya's yah yah critics cited the 2005 failure to meet Army recruitment goals as "proof" Iraq had broken the back of the American Army and that the best plan was to tuck tail and bolt home. The Corps, the Navy and Air Force all met the enlistment quotas but don't expect MSM Dolts to run with this news item.

Rowan Scarborough
December 13, 2005

Monday, December 12, 2005

Voting has started In Iraq

Prisoners, soldiers, and police officers voted today ahead of the citizens who will vote in three days.

Sunday, December 11, 2005

The Bedwetters Surrender Now Parade

"These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Thomas Paine 1737-1809

The idea that we are going to win this war is an idea that unfortunately is just plain wrong.

— Howard Dean

And there is no reason… that young American soldiers need to be going into the homes of Iraqis in the dead of night, terrorizing kids and children, you know, women, breaking sort of the customs of the — of — the historical customs, religious customs.

— John Kerry

The U.S. cannot accomplish anything further in Iraq militarily. It is time to bring them home.

-----John Murtha

Some will object to the word, "surrender," but there is no other word to describe the immediate withdrawal of troops from the war zone in Iraq. The simple fact is that two of the nation's three highest-ranking Democrats are advocating an enemy victory over U.S. forces in a foreign land. That not only is appalling in its contempt for the troops who have died to liberate Iraq, it is astonishing in its brazen disregard for the lives and well-being of the Iraqi people". The Union Leader

Saturday, December 10, 2005

Outside the Air Locker viaThe Counterterrorism Blog

Zarqawi media hacks released the sanitized bio's of the recent suicide jockeys escorted outside the air locker. (English translations provided by

* "Abu Harira al-Hijazi": A foreign-born suicide bomber from the Hijaz region (in western Saudi Arabia and Yemen) who insisted to his Al-Qaida commanders, "I want to launch a martyrdom operation against the apostates. I don’t want to launch one against the Americans. Indeed, there are those who would like to see an operation carried out against the Americans, but it is the apostates who are the true scum. I have a priority and I cannot help but notice how others are refraining from seeking revenge on the apostates."
* "Abu Umair al-Suri al-Halabi": A foreign-born suicide bomber from "Greater Syria" (i.e. Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, and the Palestinian territories) who was part of a devastating twin suicide attack on "the headquarters of the Polish forces in the city of Karbala" with another Kuwaiti Al-Qaida operative.
* "Al-Hajji" Thamer Mubarak Atrous: A former Iraqi military officer who abandoned the Baath Party and became one of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's top terrorist operatives, judged "directly responsible—serving as deputy commander—for carrying out two of the greatest operations that were launched in Iraq": "the killing of the enemy of Allah, servant of the Jews, and leader of the infidels, Mohammed Bakr al-Hakim, [and] the first attack against the United Nations headquarters that wiped out many infidel leaders, including their top leader Sergio de Mello." Al-Hajji Thamer's sister, Sajida Mubarak Atrous al-Rishawi, was the failed female Al-Qaida suicide bomber who targeted the Radisson Hotel in Amman, Jordan on Nov. 9, 2005.
* "Abu Hamza al-Urdani" (a.k.a. Nidal Mohammed Arabiyat): A hardened Jordanian Al-Qaida operative trained in Afghanistan as an expert in the manufacture of VBIEDs (car bombs) who "played a role in most of the martyrdom operations that were carried out [in Iraq] prior to his death", including "but not limited to—the killing of [Mohammed Bakr] al-Hakim, as well as the killing of [Sergio] De Mello from the United Nations... the attacks against the Italian forces, and the assaults on the al-Shahin Hotel and the Nabil restaurant."

Friday, December 09, 2005

Invitation to a Flogging: Muhammad al-Harbi's Case

Supporters of Muhammad al-Harbi, the Saudi Chemistry teacher sentenced to getting his back ripped opened with the lash, has a new website devoted to his case here.
Al Harbi has appealed his sentence of 750 lashes w/the whip and three years and four months in prison for the crime of trying to enlighten his students on the dangers of extremism. There is no current news about his appeal or if the sentence of 750 lashings has begun.

LAR Marine Sgt Jonathan Ayersman First to be Honored with his own Billboard

Sergeant Jonathan Ayersman, VC D Co. 3rd LAR, is the first Marine to be honored with a Hometown Heroes billboard for heroic actions in Operation Iraqi Freedom II. Sgt. Ayersman received the Bronze Star while providing security for civil affairs personnel at a hospital in Hit, Iraq, after two LAV "war pigs" became stuck in a nearby muddy marsh.

From OP 29 Online

Ayersman and his platoon were providing security for civil affairs personnel traveling in a mounted assault patrol to a hospital in Hit, Iraq. After the mission concluded, two light armored vehicles became stuck in the mud.

A third vehicle began recovery efforts when suspicious movement was seen in nearby buildings, said Ayersman, who has been deployed to Iraq once before.

"We set up our turret and readied our [tube-launched, optically tracked, wire-guided missile] just in case," said Ayersman.

Immediately after, small arms fire, rocket-propelled grenades and mortar rounds began raining upon the approximately 60 Marines in 3rd Platoon and the MAP unit.

"From my vantage point on my LAV, I could see the plumes coming from the mortars [in front of me]," said the 32-year-old Ayersman.

"I actually had to shove my driver down and slam the hatch on him in order to swing my machine gun around," continued Ayersman. "I keyed in right on the insurgents when they started firing and the other Marines keyed in on my direction of fire."

Ayersman received praise from fellow Marines and in his citation for maintaining his calm during the attack.

"I know he was so steadfast that his calmness really calmed everyone else," said Cpl. Joshua S. Adams, who was also submitted for a Bronze Star and was Ayersman's TOW gunner. "People were yelling and screaming on the radio, and he came on and was very calm and spoke in a normal voice that they could all hear and it really reassured everybody."

After Ayersman radioed to his commander, authorization was given to fire the TOW missile at the mortar positions, which were hidden and firing from behind two walls.

While continuing to suppress enemy fire with his machine gun, Ayersman gave fire commands to Adams. Adams made ready to launch the missile when it misfired.

"When the TOW misfired, my training kicked in, and I knew almost instinctively what was wrong and I was able to fix that," said Adams.

When the hasty wiring repairs were completed, Ayersman gave fire commands again to Adams, who successfully launched the TOW missile over the walls more than 300 meters and down onto the enemy mortar position.

"After we fired the TOW, it was pretty quiet," said Ayersman. "We continued our recovery operations and carried on from there."

"I think it's simply amazing that after all the small arms fire, the mortars, and the RPGs that no one was injured at all," added Ayersman.

During the attack, Ayersman was pelted with shrapnel from a nearby mortar round hit. Shrapnel hit him in the face and helmet and knocked his goggles off.

"The concussion of that mortar threw me back into my hatch," said Ayersman. "I checked myself out real quick and I was fine, so I grabbed my machine gun and fired back at them again."

Adams received the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Combat Distinguishing Device alongside Ayersman.

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Yo, time to Cowboy UP! "scabrous partisan attacks go unanswered "

Wesley Pruden ,editor in chief of The Washington Times nails it just right with this:"Better to confront misinformation with facts and trust the people to recognize the difference."

The Washington Times, "Mr. Rumsfeld is right about the double standard by which most of the reporters and their editors measure American sacrifice. A dispatch by Reuters, the British news agency that stubbornly refuses to call terrorists 'terrorists,' grudgingly reported a few paragraphs of what the secretary said and then cited a three-month old speech by a tiresome Senate critic of the war 'about the increased detentions and shootings by U.S. forces of reporters in Iraq.'
But citing the shortcomings of the media, which are many, and the bad faith of many of the reporters covering the Bush administration, which is well documented, is a fool's errand. Better to confront misinformation with facts and trust the people to recognize the difference.
For months the president and his men studiously declined to do that. 'The strategic decision was to be forward-looking,' a senior White House aide tells Fred Barnes of the Weekly Standard. 'The public was more interested in the future and not the past.'
This is the kind of cliche the public-relations geniuses learn in 'schools of communications' and are wont to parrot when the grown-ups, like Karl Rove, are busy elsewhere trying to stay out of the way of ambitious special prosecutors and their compliant grand juries. Only a president with a degree from the Harvard School of Business would listen. Unfortunately, the public listens, too, and when scabrous partisan attacks go unanswered real damage is done. George W. watched his Gallup approval ratings sink from 52 percent just after his second inaugural, almost exactly his margin of victory, to 37 percent last week.
But now everyone at the White House appears to be awake, and the president and his men have found their fighting clothes. They can't afford to go back to bed."

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

It is FORBIDDEN to criticize Muslims---Get IT Right.... Middle East Online/LGF

Multi-billionaire Saudi Prince al-Walid bin Talal , whose $10 million offer was rejected by Rudy Giuliani, had to straighten out Rupert Murdoch and Fox News during the French riots by Muslim youths:

He said that during last month's street protests in France, the US television network Fox -- owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation in which Al-Walid himself has shares -- ran a banner saying: 'Muslim riots.'

'I picked up the phone and called Murdoch... (and told him) these are not Muslim riots, these are riots out of poverty,' he said.

'Within 30 minutes, the title was changed from Muslim riots to civil riots.'"

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

PS. DIE--Christmas Greetings from the anti-war crowd to our wounded at Walter Reed

Send your real Christmas cards to:
Joshua Sparling
c/o Walter Reed Army Medical Center
6900 Georgia Ave N.W.
Washington D.C 20307-5001

Monday, December 05, 2005

"Muriel Degauque, 38, blew herself up last month trying to attack U.S. troops,

Authorities say Degauque carried out an attack Nov. 9 near an American military patrol in Iraq after entering the country from Syria a month ago, and was the only person killed.
Last month, Muriel Degauque committed suicide by blowing herself up in a stupid attack against U.S. troops. Muriel succeeded in being the only casualty. She also acquired the dubious distinction of being the first European convert to Islam to blow herself up. Muriel converted to Islam after marrying her second husband, Issam Goris, seven years her junior, a Belgian of Moroccan origin. Muriel and Issam entered Iraq together and he was killed in still unconfirmed circumstances while trying to set up a separate suicide blow up.

"'She was absolutely normal as a kid,' said Jeannine Samain, who lives a few doors down from the Degauque family home in the shadows of a towering coal pile. 'When it snowed, they would go to the hill together with the sled.'"

She recalled the last time she saw Degauque, eight months ago: 'She was veiled. By that time she would just say 'bonjour' and that was it.'"

Reward 50000 Danish Krone or $7854.97 US for Death of Danish Cartoonists who Criticized Islam| The Brussels Journal

Plan to get out of Pakistan ASAP if you are Danish or cancel your trip as the thugs at Jamaat-e-Islami are gunning for you as a substitude for the Danish cartoonists.

The bounty now offered by the Jamaat-e-Islami for the murder of the Danish cartoonists is 50,000 Danish crowns (6,725 euros) or 7854.97 USD. The Danish ambassador in Pakistan, Bent Wigotski, said the Pakistani party ordered all Danish diplomats out of Dodge, pronto.

Wigotski admitted that the situation was nevertheless serious. “They might want to get to the Danish illustrators, but if they cannot reach them, they could make do with a scapegoat,” he said. The embassy has warned that the scapegoat could be anybody and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has issued a travel advisory for Pakistan warning Danes not to visit the country.

Bounty Offered for Murdering Cartoonists | The Brussels Journal

Sunday, December 04, 2005

Dhimmitude begins At Home-Marriott in Georgetown aka You can't meet here cause It is FORBIDDEN to criticize Islam ---bad for business-get lost, bud

Dhimmi Watch: Kaufman and Epstein: CAIR Hotel Hell:Keith Thomas, Marriott Special Services Department, Corporate Headquarters, November 16, 2005: “Due to the high density of Muslim students on the Georgetown campus, members of the staff at Marriott Georgetown were afraid of the potential for violent protests, injured hotel employees and property damage. This is the official stance of the Marriott Corporation.”"

"Patrick Hardy, Sales Manager for Marriott Georgetown, November 11, 2005: “I need to inform you that you will not be permitted to host your event on the hotel grounds, because your organization is not only too controversial, but the venue is not appropriate for this type of function. Marriott corporate headquarters was contacted about this and was supportive of our decision.”

"Peter Cantone, General Manager for Marriott Georgetown, November 14, 2005: “Your event is too controversial to be held on the property. This decision is based upon business considerations, as the event would call for heightened security since protestors might be attracted from both the student body and off campus. I’m concerned that these protestors might block the main hotel entrance, leading to confrontations with hotel guests and/or room cancellations. Our decision was made due to the objectionable content on your group’s website. Marriott corporate headquarters did not play a role in our decision.”

"The People's Truth Forum (PTF) is a non-partisan, fact-based organization founded with in order to educate the public on issues concerning national security. To do this, PTF creates panels and symposiums featuring only top experts in the field of counter-terrorism. PTF’s website is no more than a news clearinghouse that utilizes published stories from all mainstream media sources. There is nothing illegitimate about what this group does or with whom this group associates."

"That said, why would this hotel -- a hotel that is part of an upstanding corporate chain -- bar a well-intentioned group such as this from using its facilities? What could make them so afraid? The answer came two days later."

Keith Thomas, Marriott Special Services Department, Corporate Headquarters, November 16, 2005: “Due to the high density of Muslim students on the Georgetown campus, members of the staff at Marriott Georgetown were afraid of the potential for violent protests, injured hotel employees and property damage. This is the official stance of the Marriott Corporation.”"

emphasis mine.

TCS: Tech Central Station - The Riot Act--- it is forbidden to criticize Islam.

Definition: dhimmitude the prevailing climate leaves no room for debate: It is forbidden to criticize Islam.

TCS: Tech Central Station - The Riot Act: "it is forbidden to criticize Islam."

First Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion Delta Daggers,

Navy QB Lamar Owens, voted MVP, in the latest match up that puts Navy ahead 50-49-7 was interviewed by New York Times reporterJOE LAPOINTE who noticed: Owens "had an insignia for the aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy on his jersey. He said he is going into surface warfare and could serve on a ship like that. On his left side, he wore an insignia that said First Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion Delta Daggers, the words surrounding a human skull with blades going through it. The patch also said, Tip of the Spear. Owens said he wore it to honor a classmate, Joey Kistler, who is commanding a platoon in Iraq.

Miserable Donuts responds to Murtha's Time to cut and run analysis-- An Army Broken?

Miserable Donuts: An Army Broken?:Unmitigated crap. And I don't say this out of defensiveness or service pride - I'll tell you about how far we have had to come ......What really infuriates me is that someone like Rep. Murtha knows better. Ask any veteran who served between 1975-1982/3 what the Army (or the rest of the Armed Forces for that matter) were like. Drugs everywhere, low pay, morale was non-existent, equipment was falling behind or scarce, there was no great sense of mission or purpose. ....... "Oh my Lord - I had joined an Army National Guard that was about to get dragged into readiness, professionalism and competence, whether it willed or no. The first field exercise I went to featured Miller High Life to wash down the first generation MREs. By 1988, things were WAY different. I remember taking a 14 hour convoy from central Illinois up to Ft. McCoy, WI. We went straight to the field site, tactically, and didn't come out for 12 days. When we did come out, it was just in time to take a strictly graded Physical Fitness Test, clean up, pack and convoy home the next morning. The look on some of the old-timer's faces was something I will NEVER forget.

But the Gulf War (I) showed that we still had a ways to go. The National Guard Brigade called up to go fight in Desert Shield/Desert Storm never made it. We still had work to do. Bosnia, 1996-onward showed that we were awfully close. I was part of the Army Reserve serving in Operation Joint Guard/Joint Endeavor (my time was FEB 1997-NOV 1997). We didn't do too badly - even the Regular Army folks said as much. But we weren't finished yet.

The Guard and Reserve had been getting shoved through two of the worst places God made (to steal a line from Lawrence of Arabia) JRTC and NTC. I thank the Almighty I only had to go through JRTC, and not both. The same beat-you-to-your-knees-training that the Regulars had to do. It helped. You never get so good an insight into your strengths and weaknesses as when you have been worn down to exhaustion, attacked constantly and been living in a frickin' bayou the whole July.

As anyone who has read this blog knows, The Inner Prop and I served in Operation Enduring Freedom V (Afghanistan, March 2004-March 2005). We stood at the end of the longest sustained supply line in the history of human conflict. We were in war-torn Central Asia. Af-frickin'-ghanistan. We had decent food, e-mail, phone (OK, sometimes they weren't always working, but almost all the time) excellent medical support, good pay, regular (if slow) mail. We had a PXs at most of the larger bases, and coffee places sprang up too. We had so damned much ammunition that we needed to build a bigger ammunition supply point at Bagram, AF. We had so many vehicles that we were constantly squabbling over where to put them all - and we had enough up-armored ones too. Our supply warehouses were stuffed with clothing, boots, body armor and the like. 'Living hand to mouth' is the worst lie of the bunch.

The constant stream of re-enlistments was a revelation to me. When I was the Executive Officer of the garrison at Bagram Airfield (a job I gladly traded away after 5 months) I had to find room to more than double the size of the Retention Office. I personally administered the oath of re-enlistment to an E-5 and an E-7. The E-5 was a mother of two young children and the E-7 was eligible to retire when we got home!

Broken? Hardly. Is it difficult work? Yes."
Do not mistake hard work for foundering. Respectfully, Rep. Murtha - you are wrong. Dead wrong.

Saturday, December 03, 2005

OUTSIDE THE AIR LOCKER: Hamza Rabia --number three or four or five on the thuggie HIT Parade

Hamza Rabia, believed to have become al Qaeda's operational commander after the arrest of Abu Farraj al-Libbi in northwestern Pakistan in May, is outside the air locker. His rank is somewhere between third and fifth in the terror network's hierarchy, officials said. President Gen. Pervez Musharraf , Pakistan, confirmed that Rabia was killed. “Yes, indeed, 200 percent confirmed,” Musharraf said at the start of a three-nation visit in the Middle East.

He was among five people who died in an explosion Thursday in the North Waziristan tribal area. Information Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed said Rabia's remains were identified via a DNA test.

Staff Sgt. Ralph Scott awarded Bronze Star w/Combat “V”

Like hail during a thunderstorm, the bullets landed all around the Marine as he simultaneously fired two M-16 service rifles, one in each arm. His own weapon and the weapon of his platoon sergeant, who was busy carrying another wounded Marine on his back to safety, continuously erupted as he methodically emptied magazine after magazine into the insurgent position.

The four Marines were in an open field in Fallujah, Iraq, with no cover. It was later called a miracle that any of them survived, especially considering that two rocket-propelled grenades had also been fired upon them, the shrapnel going every which way but inexplicably missing their flesh.

For his actions that day, and throughout Operation Iraq Freedom II, while serving in an officer’s billet as the platoon commander for 1st Platoon, Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, Staff Sgt. Ralph Scott was awarded the Bronze Star with the “V” device — authorized for acts or service involving direct participation in combat operations.

But that medal only begins to tell the story of Scott, a man with an unyielding sense of duty toward his fellow Marines, according to his platoon sergeant who served with him that fateful day — Sgt. Michael Chambers of Lexington, S.C.

“When Staff Sergeant Scott first came to us in Charlie Company, all he said to us was, ‘My whole entire job — I don’t care if it takes my life — is to bring you all home,’” said Chambers, recalling his initial meeting with Scott. “I’m here to tell you that he stood behind his word.”

Nine of the 14 Marines in Charlie Company’s 1st Squad from 1st Platoon were wounded that day in Fallujah, but all of them survived, and are alive today, either directly or indirectly because of Scott’s leadership and actions, noted Chambers.

“Anybody from that platoon, seeing what he did …” started Chambers, his words drifting off into the contemplative reflection of a man who has seen things others care not to imagine. “My words can’t do him justice,” continued Chambers. “All I can say is you won’t meet another man like him. Every battle we were in, while Marines would naturally and instinctively hit the deck when the first barrage would hit, Staff Sergeant Scott would be there standing, already simultaneously returning fire. We would follow his lead. There’s no finer man, no fiercer warrior that the Marines have ever sent into battle than that man. I would go back to combat with him in a second.”

Chambers may get his chance, as both he and Scott are slated to deploy with 1/3 on its upcoming deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, although Scott, who currently serves as the 1/3 assistant operations chief, is no longer in Charlie Company.

“In my heart, I’m still with Charlie Company,” said Scott, a Tallahassee, Fla., native who joined the Marine Corps at the age of 17, soon after graduating high school. “Whatever job the Marine Corps gives me, I will do it to the best of my ability, but I’d be lying if I said I’d rather be here than back with the grunts.”

The men of Charlie Company said they felt the same way, in particular, the ones who served with Scott in Fallujah.

“Staff Sergeant Scott is one of those Staff NCOs who you can tell cares about his Marines,” said Lance Cpl. William Duffield, a 1/3 rifleman from Ridgway, Pa. “I saw with my own eyes the way he was over in Iraq. It would be hard for me to pick a particular day where he distinguished himself, because he was distinguishing himself every single day, every single battle. It makes me proud to know I served with him.”

“I got hit with 13 pieces of shrapnel from my legs all the way up my back in Iraq,” added Lance Cpl. Christopher Harris, a 1/3 rifleman from Jasper, Texas. “There were other Marines who got shot up worse than me that still lived. Sometimes I feel lucky to be alive. Marines like Staff Sergeant Scott are a big part of the reason we are still here, still breathing. He would never leave another Marine behind. We were like a big family over there. Staff Sergeant Scott knows what it’s like. He was raised in the grunts.”

Indeed, just two years into his first enlistment, Scott found himself in Iraq during the Gulf War in 1991, but he characteristically downplays the numerous accomplishments throughout his Marine Corps career.

“I wake up every morning, and I come to work,” said Scott. “Whether work happens to be behind a desk in Hawaii or on a battlefield in Iraq isn’t really the point. The point is to do your best and give your best effort at all times and in all situations.”

According to Maj. Michael Miller, 1/3 executive officer, Scott’s philosophy is one he respects.
“Nobody goes out and says, ‘Hey, I’m going to get the Navy Cross today or the Bronze Star today,’” said the Boalsburg, Pa., native. “You just stumble into a bad situation, and the only way to make it go away is to prevail over your foe. It is an exceptional person who steps up above and beyond what is considered normal duty — and those types of Marines have prevented some catastrophic events due to their personal actions.”

There is no argument among the Marines in Charlie Company who served with Scott in Iraq that he is one such Marine.

“He (Scott) stepped up to the plate in Iraq,” said Lance Cpl. Justin Deleon, a 1/3 anti-tank assaultman from Marquez, Texas. “He was holding an officer’s billet. He was an underdog, but he stepped up and delivered. Under his leadership, we all formed a bond in Charlie Company that can never be broken.”

“If Staff Sergeant Scott gets a mission, it gets done. Simple as that,” added Lance Cpl. Chris Berggren, a 1/3 rifleman from Lincoln, Neb. “Seeing with my own eyes what he did over in Iraq, it doesn’t surprise me at all he was awarded the Bronze Star for valor. He deserves it.”

As Scott prepares to deploy to Afghanistan, he reflected back to his days in Charlie Company.

“When I look back and think about Fallujah, I don’t think about the things I did,” remarked Scott. “I think about the things the Marines did. One of my squads was pretty much decimated from a casualty perspective, but they still kept fighting. Only by the grace of God, nobody was killed.”

According to Sgt. Maj. Michael Berg, 1/3 sergeant major, men like Scott are a breed apart.

“Most people hear gunfire and they run away from the danger,” said the Plymouth, N.H., native. “Marines don’t have that luxury. Marines run directly into danger, and Marines like Staff Sergeant Scott lead the way.”

Scott, a 1989 graduate of Amos P. Godby High School in Tallahassee, Fla., is currently in the process of writing a book about his experience in Iraq. He also plans on completing his degree in criminal justice from Florida State University before attending law school at FSU after he retires from the Marine Corps.

“I had two dreams as a kid,” said Scott. “The first one was to be a Marine. The second was to graduate from law school. I don’t know if I’ll ever be a practicing attorney, but I want to have the option.”

According to Scott, after retirement, he plans on settling down in Florida. Though he plans on doing some traveling with his wife Ingrid, including a trip to Europe, he said after seven deployments — Afghanistan will be his eighth — that he is ready to stay put for a while.

It was a deployment, however, that led to Scott meeting the woman who would eventually become his wife.

“I was on a goodwill float to South America in 1993 and was on liberty just walking around,” recalled Scott. “It was God’s will that we even met. We struck up a conversation, and after I returned to the U.S. we started corresponding, then dating, and eventually we married. It was the best thing that ever happened to me.”

For her part, Ingrid, a professional language translator, said she is proud of her husband’s accomplishments, but worries about him just the same.

“Before my husband left for deployment, I had the chaplain bless him,” said the Valparaiso, Chile native. “Having your husband deployed to combat is very stressful. I couldn’t find the words enough to describe the stress you go through; how you become a slave to the news — not knowing who’s dead — waiting endless hours for the knock at the door. It’s something that can really tear you apart.”

Ingrid said her faith in God and the emotional encouragement she has received from the 1/3 key volunteers has been a blessing.

“It helps so much, having the support of the other wives from 1/3,” commented Ingrid. “It makes you know that you’re not alone — that you’re not the only one going through it.”

As Scott gears up for another combat deployment, he speaks with the confidence of a man who knows what he’s headed for.

“I’ve never been to Afghanistan, but I’ve been to war before,” said Scott. “I can tell you 1/3 is ready. I’m ready. The Marines will always be ready. That’s just a fact. Our commanders are the best infantry commanders in the world. They’re ready. They got a game plan. I’m excited — not for the purpose of loss of life, because I know Afghanistan is going to be hazardous — but from the perspective that I know we are ready to accomplish the mission. I feel totally confident.”
Sgt. Joe Lindsay
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"Lance Cpl. Nicholas Solosky's wife makes sure his LAR Co. W/get 80 packages of goodies

Mrs. Danielle M. Solosky, wife of LCpl. Solosky, and members of the Rotaract Club of SVSU-Delta College are making sure their LAR Co will have all the goodies they need to see Christmas through. Today they shipped 80 cartons, each loaded with treats and necessities for at least five servicemen, to Marine Lance Cpl. Nicholas Solosky's light armored reconnaissance company.

Students, faculty and community members dropped off supplies in four bins the group placed around SVSU's campus. Rotaract Club President Rosemary L. Kramer and Solosky also collected donations at a booth for two days shortly before Thanksgiving.

Soldiers' Angel - Holly Aho's House is For Sale

Holly Aho's House is For Sale. The house is near or in the same state as Lake Wobegone. Located in Glencoe Minnesota, 30 miles west of the Twin Cities. Read about the house in Holly's previous posts. A house built like a Rock. Oh boy, how I felt for her husband. How many times have I said to my own, no Sweetie pie we absolutely can not reroute the flow of the Dialithium crystals and please don't increase the velocity of the flux capacitors. At this depth, the 500 foot well borehole will most certainly collapse and we will find our selves drilling in China. And if I live to be a thousand I will never understand how women, invariably, can be right when, sure as you-know-what, they don't know what they are talking about. The house comes fully loaded with tires and windshield wipers and:

-2700 finished square feet -An additional full attic that can be finished. Attic has high peaked roof and runs the length of the house. Is accessed by stairs not a ladder. -2 bathrooms

-First floor has 10 foot ceilings (which means lots of storage and cupboard space in the kitchen! -Stained glass windows in every room of the house (even bathrooms and laundry room)
-Large new front porch which wraps around the front of the house -Shed -1 car garage with full attic (garage is 2 stories)

2 small storage rooms and 1 large main area
Furnace and Water Heater

First floor:
Laundry Room
3 Entries
1 Bedroom
Living Room
Dining Room

Second Floor:
Small Kitchen
3 Bedrooms

Third Floor:
Full Attic

Above the third floor:
Turret (finished with lighting and carpeting)

All rooms are large, bedrooms included. No small rooms here! No closets posing as bedrooms!

Friday, December 02, 2005

Delta Fourth LAR CO Major Benjamin Busch will have photo show University of Dayton's McGinnis Center through mid-December.

"The Art of War" displays about 40 images at the University of Dayton's McGinnis Center through mid-December.

Busch — who plays detective Anthony Colicchio on the HBO series The Wire, and has appeared on The West Wing and Homicide: Life on the Street — will talk about his photographs at the center
He also will show new images he shot during his most recent deployment, which ended two months ago.

Those are part of another, "darker exhibit" titled "Occupation," he said.

"I was wounded this time and had two cameras destroyed by explosions during that deployment," Busch said Thursday.

The exhibited photos "do both the American military and the Iraqi people a certain unique justice," said Busch, 36.

"My photos are not pro-war; they're not anti-war. They don't say the war is a mistake or it is the best thing we have done. What they do say is, 'It was war, it was Iraq and we were there.' "