In one of those bizarre twists of the legal system, Bunker Mulligan tells a story of a Cop on trial for being shot at. The cop, in this case, is his son - and he has been called by the defense to testify for (???) the man who tried to kill him.
Tuesday, May 31, 2005
This article came to me from my friend MCart ...
"Hostage survival training used to be only for the military. Now, anyone who wants to learn it can attend special hostage survival classes."
I haven't watched the segment yet, although I am interested in the content. Some of the news is pretty common sense, and would serve to stay safe in any travel experience : Stay in the open, stay in safe areas, etc. In other words, avoid becoming a hostage.
But what if you get caught in an ugly situation like the Russian school hostage crisis last year? Should you submit, stay calm and "try to connect" as suggested in the training? Or should you fight to escape?
I suspect that your own answer to this may depend on several factors. Some that occur to me are gender, size, training, and past experiences. One thing I certainly recognize -- while there have been no major terrorist attacks on the scale of 9/11 in a few years -- there is still a danger, and we must prepare now for what we may have to deal with in the future.
I've never been unlucky enough to suffer an experience like this, and I would rather flee than fight as a general rule. If flight is not possible, though - would I fight? Especially now, when the likelihood is greater that one will die anyway? I'd like to think I would, but part of me admits that my first reactions would fit into the prey category, not that of predator.
MCart has no doubts about his own feelings ...
"I think people should kick, bite, claw, punch, grapple, take their weapons if possible, improvise weapons, and yes, be ready to die if necessary. No freakin way I'm taking the time to 'try and get in their heads'. You never can know what their objective is, and how close they are to achieving it."
I'm interested in your thoughts, and would love to hear if you have ever faced a situation like this yourself? How would you / did you handle it?
Posted by Barb at 7:56 AM
Monday, May 30, 2005
Admin. note - I've dated this post to remain on top all weekend ... updates below
Posted by Barb at 3:00 PM
Thursday, May 26, 2005
Sgt B of The Gun Line passed the popcorn to me for the movie blog-poll.
I heard on the radio that Abu Musab al-Zarqawi had been wounded, and thought briefly that he might be in the custody of U.S. or Iraqi forces. However, this report comes by way of an Iraqi reporter in Ramadi, reporting the story of a local doctor who treated Zarqawi.
Bin Laden henchman ‘seriously wounded’
This is good news on two fronts. First, we are getting closer, and this is fantastic. Second - the doctor told his story to the reporters after having been threatened with his life, and offered money (which he refused) for his silence. Wonderful for him that he was not killed outright, and wonderful for us, for the information he can provide!
Marc at USS Neverdock shares some links on other henchmen being tracked, and the important news that even bribes are not working in some places.
Wednesday, May 25, 2005
Matt at Blackfive has issued a Warning Order, to ready the net-troops in support of ...
The goal of Media Slander is to hold journalists and bloggers to high ethical standards regarding coverage of the War on Terror and other military-related issues. We plan to achieve this by highlighting bias, rumor and falsehoods that have been creeping into military coverage under the guise of objective news.
Posted by Barb at 8:33 PM
The story of young Lizzy Lulu could have been one of a girl with cystic fibrosis, dealing with the frustrations of that ugly disease. Instead, Lizzy reminds us that we can make a difference in the world, if we set our goals properly ...
America Supports You:
Lizzy's site, Lulu's Batteries for the Troops, asks that you donate "AA" batteries (only) for shipment to the troops. There are links on the site to various buying sources, so that you can easily buy in bulk for easier shipment.
The counter on her site shows that Lizzy has 1,888 batteries so far, quite an impressive number - but still quite a stretch to reach the 1,000,000 battery goal. I plan on hitting the store on the way home to pick up a bulk pack or two ...
For other ideas on showing your support, visit America Supports You.
Posted by Barb at 6:16 PM
The last time I checked my sitemeter, I was about 65 hits from cranking past 5,000. That's not a lot, in the scheme of things, but pretty darned kewl from my perspective.
Tuesday, May 24, 2005
I get very frustrated with the tactics of the MSM every day, reporting on all of the dark and unhappy news they can find, or drum up - while ignoring the great stories of our men and women in uniform.
...So, unless a reporter was embedded with that unit at that time--and decides to tell the story--no one will ever know this one small, but powerfully important detail. There are a thousand such details falling likes trees in a forest, but no one is listening for those kinds of sounds...
Today's post includes pictures of a medic treating a young girl hurt buy a car bomb, and a soldier who needs to find a home for a puppy.
Yeah, these guys don't care ... much.
Posted by Barb at 9:27 PM
Fun from the Milblog world ...
Sunday, May 22, 2005
The recent controversy over the alleged actions of a few military recruiters has had many side effects. As May 21st is/was Armed Forces Day, some groups planned protests at recruiting offices around the country, as a counter to the pro-military events found at various military bases. I personally find this distasteful, as our men and women in uniform deserve our respect and support. If there are individuals who have not been professional in their recruiting efforts, it should not be used to dismantle the recruiting process. This is rather like saying that because a small handful of stock traders broke rules, we should abolish Wall Street!
Friday, May 20, 2005
I'm off to view Mr. Lucas'
Thursday, May 19, 2005
HatTip to Blackfive for the heads-up on this opportunity to Combat the Moonbats here in Seattle this weekend.
The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), an international social justice organization, launches a National Call to Action — a series of rallies, workshops and demonstrations across the country, Friday, May 20 to highlight what it calls the growing trend of recruiter misconduct.
Obviously they have an identity problem, since they can't figure out it they are U.S. or International. So if this group is somehow 'covering the globe', as it were - does that mean that they are protesting the military in other countries as well?
Oh, they only want to dismantle the recruiting efforts here in the U.S. ... I see. How
Wednesday, May 18, 2005
A Tacoma woman was contacted recently with a complaint regarding her choice of words on her car's license plate. Apparently Jane Milhans has a custom plate which gave offense to an unnamed person, who then complained to the Washington Dept of Licensing.
Posted by Barb at 7:55 AM
Tuesday, May 17, 2005
There has been quite a brouhaha over the
"We're not saying it absolutely happened but we can't say that it absolutely didn't happen either."
Smash takes a close look at the poor journalism, and the timeline, showing that the eventual retraction is largely meaningless.
Blackfive has previous reasons for not reading Newsweek ... As usual, he is ahead of the curve.
ALa at Blonde Sagacity is concerned with the focus on the rights of the terrorist suspects.
Bunker Mulligan muses on hypocrisy, Sgt B rants, Jack talks fundamentals, and Red Guy in a Blue State has second thoughts.
While driving home tonight, I was listening to KVI talk radio. Host Bryan Suits (recently returned from Iraq) was covering the latest update - a retraction of the story from Newsweek. I was interested to hear his viewpoint on these latest events. Since I don't have a transcript of the show, I will try to give just a couple of highlights.
Bryan stated that the White House should not have pushed for a retraction from Newsweek. His take was that the average Muslim citizen in the Middle East isn't really concerned with what Newsweek does or does not write. Rather, those who wish to twist young, radical minds against the United States have already taken advantage of the opportunity. So a retraction means nothing - it will likely go unreported in the region, and will have little positive effect.
He suggested instead that the White House should issue a statement, which should apologize for the potential offense that the purported act represents, while maintaining the position that the investigation of said reports had not found evidence. Bryan's point was that the apology would reach the Islamic world in a way that a retraction has no hope of doing.
I'm still thinking about this...
Clarification -- I am thinking about the potential use for an Apology as Bryan suggests, not about whether Newsweek deserves to be castigated for their poor journalism - that is a given. And, to answer Greyhawk's question, I do NOT have Newsweek in my house.
Kat of TheMiddleGround weighs in with Newsweek: Flushing Credibility down the Toilet...
Over at The Universe and Other Things, AirborneVet points out that Rumors Cause Damage, and that there is a cultural factor to deal wth ...
RUMORS are taken very seriously in the Middle East. They are taken as fact! Repeating these in the media only helps the terrorists!
Monday, May 16, 2005
In my usual slow fashion, I finally worked my way over to Desultory Butterfly's lovely site. I met Desult over at ALa's site some time ago ... OK -- I said I was slow!! (You don't have to agree so fast, Bill!)
As an INFP, you are Introverted, iNtuative, Feeling , Perceiving.
I plead guilty to the Idealism part, but I think the real reason for the lack of updates in my blogroll / sidebar has far more to do with inertia ... *grin*
Go ahead, try the Quiz yourself!
Posted by Barb at 8:05 AM
Saturday, May 14, 2005
So many times we listen to a doctor give a diagnosis, and accept it completely, because after all -- they are the experts. However, there are some areas of medical science that are still completely mysterious - and the functioning of the human brain has a lot of mysteries left to confound us.
Posted by Barb at 9:45 AM
ALa picked this quiz up from Cassandra, and it sounded interesting. I agree with them both that the questions seemed a bit odd, and I wasn't sure how they would relate to the topic "What are the Keys to your Heart?".
Not too bad, actually - considering the nature of the questions. Give it a try yourself to see what you get.
Posted by Barb at 9:35 AM
Friday, May 13, 2005
What are the odds of twin brothers joining the Marines and both being deployed to Iraq? Pretty high, as it turns out - but what about the odds of a chance meeting between them ...
Lance Cpl. Scott Siska was in Kuwait on his way home to Camp Pendleton, Calif., with the Marine Corps' 1st Service Support Group after a seven-month tour in Iraq. Lance Cpl. Kevin Siska was headed into Iraq with the 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion's Company C, Weapons Platoon, from Camp Lejeune, N.C., for a similar tour.
You can read the rest of the story here.
As wonderful as the Siska brothers' story is, here is another twist on twins. I give you the Hanson brothers - Cpl. Dustin Hanson and Cpl. Kyle Hanson. The Hansons are serving together at Camp Fallujah with Engineer Platoon, C Company, 8th Communication Battalion, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force, where they are heavy equipment operators.
Looks like good things come in pairs - Semper Fi, Marines!
Thursday, May 12, 2005
Beth of She Who Will Be Obeyed muses on the problems of Illegal Immigration, while Jack at Random Fate drags the Real ID Act into the sunlight for dissection.
Tuesday, May 10, 2005
Thanks to Blackfive for pointing to this wonderful combination of John Coltrane's music and visual imagery from Michael Levy.
Posted by Barb at 9:42 PM
And yet we don't fill our ranks exclusively from the membership of the Vienna Boys' Choir. It takes a certain personality type to hurl himself at the earth at 500 knots and a 45 degree dive angle while the SAMs sing their songs in his radar warning receiver and the anti-aircraft artillery offers up its lethal blossoms both before and aft, and who in spite of that stays fixed upon the target like a bird dog trembling on point with a passionate intensity. Because he'd come too far just to jettison his bombs and bug the hell out.
Compare the results in the above story with Good news / Bad news, courtesy of non-choirboy Bill, the Castle's rotary-wing specialist.
Posted by Barb at 9:09 AM
Sunday, May 08, 2005
As a birthday gift, the Hubster arranged for a nice getaway to Orcas Island in the San Juans this weekend. Here's a map to help with visualization ...
Wednesday, May 04, 2005
I'm going to be gone for a few days - traveling up the coast to Anacortes and taking the ferry out into the San Juans for some R&R.
Posted by Barb at 8:42 PM
Thanks to Max for pointing out the Clinton Accountability Project site, which is tracking the story of possible fraud in Senator Clinton's campaign. This one could get interesting...
Tuesday, May 03, 2005
Monday, May 02, 2005
As laptop computers get smaller and lighter, and even more so with newer Tablet PCs, the need to secure what is on them increases constantly. If a laptop is stolen, the data on it may be worth more that the device itself, if not properly secured.
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