The Challenge is to raise $3700 by 1700 Central time (5pm for those of us who don't live in military time!).
If you can give something to this cause, please use the link (http://www.soldiersangels.org/heroes/armor.php) and help us raise the $3700 today.
Forward the links above, spread the word, everything will help.
We Can make a difference!
** UPDATE **
We Did, according to Robin, who commented at Blackfive that the goal for this request has been met. If you are able to, a donation will still go to the benefit of our men and women in Iraq and Afghanistan - every little bit counts!
Monday, February 28, 2005
Last week we kicked around some gender bending topics here. Turns out Graumagus at Frizzen Sparks had some words to say on the whole "Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus" thing as well. He contends that the ad execs on Madison Avenue seem to be a good source of info, since their livelihood is based on marketing to the right group. One warning - if you are sensitive to the F-word, you really don't want to go there ;-)
Saturday, February 26, 2005
In preparation for future battles against the dangerous caffeine-crazed leftist Seattle-ites, I sought out the assistance of Sgt B and his beloved Ma Deuce.
Posted by Barb at 7:02 AM
Thursday, February 24, 2005
Sgt B over at The Gun Line recently wrote about a proposal to split Washington state into two parts. Another proposal regarding geographic splits in the state is pending as well. What we now refer to as East County might someday become Cascade County.
The divorce between Seattle and everyone else in King County could become final if the state Legislature adopts a bill to create Cascade County.
I think that this proposed legislation has a stronger chance of seeing further consideration than the state splitting concept. After all, Eastern King County residents are still up in arms over the CAO (Critical Areas Ordinance), which limits how rural land can be used and developed. The group Citizen's Alliance for Property Rights continues to battle with the King County board on the restrictions of the CAO.
I have yet to talk to a neighbor who wants the CAO - even if our property is not large enough to be directly affected by it. Not being able to develop 66% of your land is ludicrous, just to provide a pretty greenway for the city dwellers to drive through on the weekend, and feel that they are 'doing something for the environment'. Phooey!
Cascade County ... Sounds good, doesn't it ?
Posted by Barb at 6:01 PM
The other day I followed Cassandra's example, and scanned some blog entries using the Gender Genie . Seems that about half the time I write more like a guy than a girl.
I'm not sure if I should demand a recount or not?!
. . .
And here's another one for fun - What Kind of Dog are you? Thanks to John at Argghhh! for pointing out this one. Click here, then click on the Game link on the left sidebar. After you are finished with the 10 questions, you will find out what kind of dog breed you match up with, complete with breed description!
Go ahead and try it out. Apparently, I am a Standard Schnauzer - which will annoy my MIL, as she raises Belgian Tervurens ;-)
Posted by Barb at 7:52 AM
Wednesday, February 23, 2005
I watched "A Company of Soldiers" through to the end last night, although it started when I usually head for bed. It was well worth it.
Posted by Barb at 7:22 AM
Tuesday, February 22, 2005
Frontline (PBS) is broadcasting the film "A Company of Soldiers" tonight. It is the story of the soldiers of the 1st Battalion of the 8th Cavalry, fighting in Iraq during the month of November last year. You can read more on the PBS site, and look up local stations and broadcast times as well. Here in the Seattle area, it will be playing at 10pm on KCTS.
FRONTLINE reports from inside the U.S. Army's 8th Cavalry Regiment stationed in Baghdad for an up-close, intimate look at the dangers facing an American military unit in Iraq. Shot in the weeks following the U.S. presidential election, the film tracks the day-to-day challenges facing the 8th Cavalry's Dog Company as it suddenly has to cope with a dramatic increase in attacks by the insurgents.
Something struck me on reading this description - why is it so important to the Frontline folks to mention the election? What does that have to do with the price of tea in China? It would make more sense to put this is the context of the War, the other operations in Iraq, etc. Or am I just being paranoid?
My concerns about agendas aside, I am very glad that they are showing this, and I look forward to watching. One warning - I understand that the film "graphically displays the risks and consequences of the fighting in Iraq". I'm not sure how any realistic film about war could be otherwise, just sayin'.
Posted by Barb at 8:39 AM
Monday, February 21, 2005
Wow! Apparently I share something with Cass at Villainous Company - we sometimes write like guys on our blogs! I am still an egg when it comes to this writing stuff, but I tried out the Gender Genie on some of my previous entries out of curiosity. I tried 4 different items, with two of them judged to have been written by males, and two by females. However, the Genie warns that it works best on samples over 500 words, and I just don't have anything that long to submit.
Posted by Barb at 7:38 AM
Saturday, February 19, 2005
Today marks 60 years since the launch of the American assault on Iwo Jima. Here are some of the great sites to read more on this slice of WWII...
Posted by Barb at 11:25 AM
Friday, February 18, 2005
So, according to Brett Stephens of the WSJ, we are supposed to take Eason Jordan's whole career into account before judging him on his recent inflammatory comments? As Austin Bay points out, this is asking for consideration that many in the media are not willing to extend to our brave service men and women.
"And I mentioned what I think all of us at the Journal think, was really the most egregious offense, which was this April, 2003, New York Times op-ed where Mr. Jordan basically said that he knowingly suppressed stories about what was going on in Saddam Hussein's Iraq, because he wanted to maintain his access to Baghdad...."
Yeah - that made a BIG difference to me, and I'm sure glad to know that I can detest Jordan for many reasons.
Posted by Barb at 7:45 AM
Thursday, February 17, 2005
John at Castle Argghhh! clued us in this morning about some Good News from the Celebrity world, which you aren't likely to see on the news. It turns out that Denzel Washington, one of the good guys of Hollywood, has put his money where his mouth is. Kudos to a celebrity worthy of emulation!
Wednesday, February 16, 2005
As I hack my way around the golf courses of the Seattle Metro area, I typically have a Mike's Hard Cranberry Lemonade at hand. I don't really play any better when I'm relaxing with one - I just don't care as much when I miss the fairway ;-)
Posted by Barb at 8:17 AM
Tuesday, February 15, 2005
On reading SgtB's post about his cat Spike , I noticed that there is a similarity here between our two cats. Shoes is my own black-n-white cat, although the ratio of black to white is more like 50/50 for my boy. Now, I'm sure you wonder why his name is Shoes for short, or Shoes-The-Cat for formal introductions.
Posted by Barb at 5:50 PM
Friday, February 11, 2005
I decided today that the whimsy of last fall had passed, and it is time to seek a new name for this blog. Why? Well, because I have been using this user for adding comments on other blogs, and I wanted something just a bit more useful than the previous name!
Posted by Barb at 4:52 PM