Sunday, October 31, 2010

Corrupt Bastards of the Mainstream Media- CBMM

Sarah Palin on KTVA's CBS reporters in Alaska, caught on tape, brainstorming on how to create a new smear about Joe Miller and she called them out as “corrupt bastards”:

FEMALE REPORTER: That’s up to you because you're the expert, but that’s what I would do...I’d wait until you see who showed up because that indicates we already know something...
FEMALE REPORTER: Child molesters...
MALE REPORTER: Oh yeah... can you repeat Joe Miller’s...uh... list of people, campaign workers, which one's the molester?
FEMALE VOICE: We know that out of all the people that will show up tonight, at least one of them will be a registered sex offender.
MALE REPORTER: You have to find that one person...
FEMALE REPORTER: And the one thing we can do is ....we won’t know....we won’t know but if there is any sort of chaos whatsoever we can put out a twitter/facebook alert: saying what the... ‘Hey Joe Miller punched at rally.’
FEMALE REPORTER: Kinda like Rand Paul...I like that.
FEMALE REPORTER: That’s a good one.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Teleconference From the War Zone

Today, The Washington Post has a wonderful story on how America's modern electronic marvels contribute to saving the lives of our wounded men with

"Teleconferencing from the War Zone"-"The conference helps ensure no injuries are overlooked in patients who often have a dozen wounds or more."

When you have finished reading this article remember that the care our men receive does not end when he is on the road to recovery. Your donations to Project Valour IT will provide voice controlled/adaptive computers and other technology to our wounded men recovering from hand wounds or other severe injuries. Please make a donation by clicking on the green button today. Thanks.

BAGRAM AIR FIELD, AFGHANISTAN -- It's a heart-stopping and heartbreaking catalogue of the mayhem, heroics and human toll of modern war.

Every Thursday afternoon doctors, nurses and medics gather in a conference room at the military hospital here, linked by telephone or videocam to colleagues at all the combat hospitals in Afghanistan, and at military hospitals in Europe and the United States. Over two hours, this virtual assembly of about 80 people reviews the care of every U.S. service member critically injured in Afghanistan in the previous week.

Wear your seat belt and Kick a Buck

Thursday, November 11th is 12 days from now and like our funny Marine we want to encourage you all to come out and play with the Project Valour IT green button (see it...over on the upper right hand side) fund raising for Wounded Marines. Project Valour-IT, in memory of SFC William V. Ziegenfuss, helps provide voice-controlled/adaptive laptop computers and other technology to support Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines recovering from hand wounds and other severe injuries.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Fellow Jack Wagons....

Now is the time for all Jack Wagons to come to the aid of their wounded Marines. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriots will, in this fund raising, shrink from the service of charity, The Soldiers Angels, but he/she that opens his wallet/purse and gives till it hurts deserves the love and thanks of man and woman not to mention BRAGGING RIGHTS! Last year, 2009, the bloggers representing the Marine Corps came in first place for donations. This year we are starting out last and the Army is first.
Total 2009
all teams, including donations not designated to any team: $113,124.90
By team -
Air Force: $15,662.17
Army: $32,758.80
Marines: $43,060.89
Navy: $19,108.04
General donations: $2,535.00

The fund raising will go on until November 11th and we're burning daylight. As the Very Reverend Preacher Chuck Waller likes to say when he passes the collection plate 'let me hear the rustle of paper and don't disturb me with change hitting the plate' AKA push the button. Your contribution will provide the latest in electronic wizardry that can be found to provide the opportunity for our wounded to communicate. As the Boss says: "Project Valour-IT provided over 4100 voice-activated laptops to wounded veterans. They also provided Wii game systems to help build motivation and speed recovery through whole body game systems, and handheld GPS devices to and handheld GPS devices to help wounded vets regain confidence and independence."

Soldiers' Angels is a volunteer-led 501(c)(3) nonprofit providing aid and comfort to the men and women of the United States Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and their families. Founded by the mother of two American soldiers, its hundreds of thousands of Angel volunteers assist veterans, wounded and deployed personnel and their families in a variety of unique and effective ways.

Lt. Col. Kenneth R. Kassner, 3LAR

Lt. Col. Kenneth R. Kassner, Commanding Officer,
3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion,
recon patrol Ninawa province, Iraq May 16, 2009.
photo Lance Cpl. Brian A. Kinney

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Project Valour-IT fundraiser competition is up

"It is that time of year again — time for the annual Project Valour-IT blog competition! Each year, bloggers sign up to represent the different branches of the military to help raise funds for a great cause: Project Valour-IT. While all of the money goes to the same place, the team that raises the most money gets bragging rights — and as the team leader for the Marines, I’m hoping that the Marines will be the winners for the second year in a row!"Hard Corps Wife

Project Valour-IT, in memory of SFC William V. Ziegenfuss, helps provide voice-controlled/adaptive laptop computers and other technology to support Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines recovering from hand wounds and other severe injuries. Technology supplied includes:

  • Voice-controlled Laptops - Operated by speaking into a microphone or using other adaptive technologies, they allow the wounded to maintain connections with the rest of the world during recovery.
  • Wii Video Game Systems - Whole-body game systems increase motivation and speed recovery when used under the guidance of physical therapists in therapy sessions (donated only to medical facilities).
  • Personal GPS - Handheld GPS devices build self-confidence and independence by compensating for short-term memory loss and organizational challenges related to severe TBI and severe PTSD.
  • Project Valour-IT began when Captain Charles “Chuck” Ziegenfuss was wounded by an IED while serving as commander of a tank company in Iraq in June 2005.

    During his deployment he kept a blog (an online personal diary, opinion forum, or news analysis site-called a milblog or military weblog when written by a servicemember or about military subjects). Captivating writing, insightful stories of his experiences, and his self-deprecating humor won him many loyal readers. After he was wounded, his wife continued his blog, keeping his readers informed of his condition.

    As he began to recover, CPT Ziegenfuss wanted to return to writing his blog, but serious hand injuries hampered his typing. When a loyal and generous reader gave him a copy of the Dragon Naturally Speaking Preferred software, other readers began to realize how important such software could be to CPT Ziegenfuss’ fellow wounded soldiers and started cast about for a way to get it to them.

    A fellow blogger (blog author) who writes under the pseudonym FbL contacted Captain Ziegenfuss and the two realized they shared a vision of providing laptops with voice-controlled software to wounded soldiers whose injuries prevented them from operating a standard computer. FbL contacted Soldiers Angels, who offered to help develop the project, and Project Valour-IT was born.

    In sharing their thoughts, CPT Ziegenfuss (now a Major) and FbL found that memories of their respective fathers were a motivating factor in their work with the project. Both continue their association with this project in memory of the great men in their lives whose fine examples taught them lasting lessons of courage and generosity.

    In the years since its founding in 2005, the project has acted to meet emerging needs and its mission of supporting the the severely wounded has expanded. In addition to voice-controlled laptops, Valour-IT now helps provide active and whole-body video games such as Wii Sports, which is used to great effect in physical therapy, and personal GPS systems that help compensate for short-term memory loss and organizational/spacial challenges common in those with brain injuries.

    Wednesday, October 27, 2010

    1st Sgt. Rudy Tobias, 1LAR

    In the:Home Post- a good article on Warrior Kids Series, a program for kids that will help them deal with Mum or Dad's absence from their daily life.

    One family that has been through the entire program says it has been tremendously helpful. Allana Tobias, whose husband is 1st Sgt. Rudy Tobias, a Pendleton-based Marine currently deployed in Afghanistan’s Helmand province as a member of the 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion (1st LAR), and their son Joshua have attended all three workshops within the series.

    Tuesday, October 26, 2010

    Cpl. Kyle L. Garcia, B1LAR

    Cpl. Kyle L. Garcia, scout sniper,Bravo Company,
    1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Bn

    al-Anbar province, Iraq, Dec. 1, 2008. photo Cpl. Shawn Coolman

    Monday, October 25, 2010

    1LAR Missing Pilot drills

    8.34 pm, 7/2/2009 van stuck. photo GySgt Scott Dunn

    Sunday, October 24, 2010

    Pledge of Allegiance--At a debate hosted by the Illinois League of Women Voters

    The scold, aka the debate moderator, Kathy Tate-Bradish, is a "former" ACORN activist.
    source Yid with LID

    Together Again: B4LAR back at Fort Detrick

    A Gathering of B4LAR War Pigs at Fort Detrick and operation ketchup on who's gone, who stayed, more war stories, more rock and sock'em leave'm laughing in the aisle tales of what happened now that you're Back in the US of A!

    Full Article @ Frederick News
    Marines train as a full unit for first time since deployment

    Before sunrise Saturday, more than 120 Marine reservists from around the Mid-Atlantic came together for training as a full company for the first time since a part of the company deployed to Afghanistan last fall. Since the Marines of Bravo Company, 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion returned home over Memorial Day weekend, the men haven't all been at one place at the same time.

    Saturday, October 23, 2010

    October 23, 1983-Beirut

    220 Marines, 18 Navy personnel and three Army soldiers killed by Hezbollah

    WAR PIG at Full Tilt Boogie....

    "Phrase used to express the process by which something/someone acts in an extremely focused and aggressive manner in the pursuit of a goal." Urban Dictionary-AKA 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, southwestern Moroccan desert, OP African Lion June 2010.
    photo credit Maj. Paul Greenberg

    Friday, October 22, 2010

    Capt. Tin Nguyen 4thLAR

    Capt. Tin Nguyen, 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 12/22/2009 HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan photo credit 4thLAR

    Thursday, October 21, 2010


    2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, practice casualty-evacuation drills 9/13/2007

    Wednesday, October 20, 2010

    Lance Cpl. Ralph J. Fabbri, Marine Combat Photographer, KIA

    by Gunnery Sgt. William Price

    CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – Marines and sailors from 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 2, paused to honor Lance Cpl. Ralph J. Fabbri during a memorial ceremony held at Camp Leatherneck, Oct. 18. Fabbri, 20, was killed in action, Sept. 28, while on patrol in the Sangin District.

    The Altoona, Pa., native was a 1st Marine Division (Forward) combat cameraman attached with India Company, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines.

    “Every one of us has tons of stories and memories of Ralph that are branded on our hearts forever because he touched all of us in his own personal way,” said Cpl. Logan Riddle, fellow 1st MarDiv(Fwd) combat cameraman and best friend. “Ralph was the best kind of Marine there is, but he was even better at being a friend.”

    Hundreds of fellow service members and friends, including Brig. Gen. Joseph Osterman, 1st MarDiv(Fwd) commanding general, and Col. Paul Kennedy, RCT-2 commanding officer, gathered at the 1st Marine Division Memorial monument to pay their final respects to the young warrior.

    A lover of the arts and hunting, Ralph must have felt right at home, when he decided to join the Marines, and its 4600 field – Combat Photography.

    Fabbri earned the title of Marine after graduating boot camp at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C., in November 2008. After completing Marine Combat Training at Camp Geiger, N.C., Fabbri attended the Defense Information School at Fort Meade, Md., earning his military operational skill as a combat cameraman. Fabbri had hardly checked into the Blue Diamond of 1st MarDiv when he earned another title, his nickname “Snuggles.”

    “When Lance Corporal McKenzie and I picked up Fabbri at the airport in San Diego,” Riddle explained. “As soon as we saw him, he looked like the bear from the Snuggles’ laundry commercials, so we started calling him ‘Snuggles.’”

    As quickly as Fabbri earned his nickname, with those he just met, it was his endearing qualities, that made all who knew the young Marine, love to be around him.

    Fabbri was first assigned to Headquarters & Service Company, 3/7, in Feb. 2010. This was his first deployment. Later he would attach with India Company. His company commander, Capt. Patrick McKinley recalled interacting with Fabbri and some local children just hours before the unit came under attack.

    “We were held up in a compound with a dozen little Afghan boys and girls. I remember Ralph interacting with the kids and taking photos of the Marines and children playing. It was a moment that reminded us all why we were here and the future we will secure for those children,” McKinley said in his eulogy. “What a great young man Ralph was! With his passing, we lost more than just a Marine. The world lost a potential teacher, husband and father.”

    Fabbri was on a patrol on the afternoon of Sept. 28. The company was conducting clearing operations southwest of the Sangin Bazaar. He went on an ambush patrol to capture images of a Marine squad covering the advance of another platoon as they seized their objective. While covering his portion of the line, Fabbri was hit by enemy sniper fire. Despite the best efforts of the Navy corpsmen, the Marines around him and Fabbri himself, he would succumb to the wound in transit.

    “The day before we went on that ‘Op,’ we were watching The Sandlot, one of our favorite movies. One quote from the movie stuck out to him for some odd reason,” said Lance Cpl. Armondo Mendoza, a 1st MarDiv(Fwd) combat cameraman, also attached with 3/7. “He repeated it after it was said, ‘There are heroes and there are legends. Heroes get remembered but legends never die.’”

    Fabbri wasn’t just a hero, but a legend. He will live forever through the photos he loved taking so much. I just want to tell him, ‘I am going to miss you buddy, and keep an eye out for all of us, like I know you will. I love you dude, you are missed!’”

    Fabbri was only the third combat cameraman killed in action since Vietnam when Cpl. William Perkins was killed in 1967, and Cpl. William Salazar, was killed by a suicide bomber on Oct. 15, 2004, near the Syrian border in western Iraq.

    News of his passing quickly spread through the smaller community of Marine Corps combat photographers, and for one veteran cameraman of Tarawa and Iwo Jima, it hit hard.

    “The notice of Lance Corporal Ralph Fabbri's death in combat is a severe blow to me as I feel like I have lost a close friend or brother! As an original member of the Marine Corps Photographic Services, which established the roles and missions of Marine photographers, I understand that his death was in fulfillment of that responsibility. Few realize that to accomplish or obtain photography in close combat conditions the photographer has a target on his back,” said Maj. Norman Hatch(Ret.), a World War II veteran and a pioneer of combat photography and videography, whose footage of Tarawa earned the Marine Corps an Academy Award. “It is one of the most dangerous jobs in the military because he or she can rarely crouch down or lay flat on the ground to take a photo. They must walk through the action to get the photography that is essential to field commanders and higher ups as well as keeping the public informed. No higher duty exists! Lance Corporal Ralph Fabbri lived up to that tradition and should be so honored amongst his friends, the Corps and his family. To his family I offer my sincerest condolences for their loss!”

    The short, quiet ceremony was marked by Bible verses and prayers honoring Fabbri. Final Roll was called three times for Lance Cpl. Ralph J. Fabbri. His name was called by India Company’s first sergeant, 1st Sgt. Raymond Clark, only to be met with silence.

    The quiet was broken when three volleys of a 7-man rifle team fired in perfect unison, a 21-gun salute in honor of Fabbri. Taps ensued in a final farewell.

    Fabbri’s personal awards include the Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, National Defense Service medal, Global War on Terrorism Service medal, Afghan Campaign medal, and NATO medal.

    “It did not matter where we were, or what we were doing. He was right there in the middle of it snapping away,” said Cpl. Jonathon Davis, a fellow attachment with 3/7, from 4th Combat Engineer Battalion. “I am proud to have known him, and honored to have served with him. Rest in peace, brother, I know you are in a better place.”

    Fabbri is survived by his parents, Timothy and Deborah, and his brother, Timothy Jr.