Matt Heidt / Froggy of Froggy Ruminations was able to attend the funeral of Petty Officer James Suh this weekend in Los Angeles, rendered with full military honors. Reading his account of the service, I could almost hear the guns firing the 21-gun salute.
Sunday, July 31, 2005
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Saturday, July 30, 2005
Friday, July 29, 2005
Many fun and interesting things ...
Then there's the Blog Crawl ...
It started as a bit of a joke because That 1
It sounded like Such Fun, that Contagion suggested the Bad Example and Frizzen Sparks Families should plan a Blog Crawl this weekend!
For more details, go here to read all about it.
Just a reminder --- If you haven't visited the new digs of FuzzyBear Lioness, then make sure you check out Fuzzilicious Thinking today. She put some thought into the decorations, and hasn't wasted any time in sharing her viewpoints!
And one last major announcement for today ...
It's the Armorer's birthday!!!
Now, we all know what John likes - so go out there and find some nice shiny brass cannon or other fine piece of artillery, and go visit the Castle to leave the link. Or you can leave the link here in my comments, and I'll add it to the post !!
To start off the fun, here's a fine gift from JM Heinrichs, because "the Armourer is approaching Senior Status and hearing has become difficult."
From myself, I'd like to offer John a nice little mortaretto - small and relatively portable.
Happy Birthday, John!!!
Don't miss the great Redleg tribute and history from Cass at Villainous Company.
Bloodspite of Technography has some Really Big Pics linked in celebration.
And, of course, SWWBO is delivering the best gift of all -- she is arrving home tonight!
Today's theme for SPF is Favorite T-shirts. Here I am wearing my favorite geek t-shirt, and here is the image on it.
Posted by Barb at 7:55 AM
Thursday, July 28, 2005
Yesterday I responded to the "What's on my Nightstand" tag from John, but left the second tag on Favorite Movies for today.
Wednesday, July 27, 2005
I've been tagged by John to bore you with the objects residing on my nightstand, thanks to a tag from Les Jones.
Posted by Barb at 7:54 AM
Tuesday, July 26, 2005
From ABC News ...
Authorities Arrest Men With NYC Maps, Video
Notice that one of the men is named Ahmed Mohamed Atta.
I applaud the Task Force - this is good news. I'd rather read about these kinds of arrests, than about bombs going off, wouldn't you?
Posted by Barb at 4:14 PM
John over at Castle Argghhh! posted some nice examples of Art of the Liberated yesterday. Today, he has added some new items, and I begged him to let me post them here as well.
So the Brits killed a man who was not about to blow himself to kingdom come. While this is a shame, I am glad to see that they are taking the risk of more bombers in London very, very seriously.
Posted by Barb at 12:27 PM
Several years ago, the Hubster and I were all set to go on a cruise for our 15th anniversary. We were going to fly to Tahiti and sail among the islands in comfort. Unfortunately, that was in 2001, and the cruise company went out of business after 9/11.
Cruising The Med: Murder Mystery Mayhem
There's much, much more to read -- but you have to go there to read it. Catch her two other posts as well, to Set the Record Straight, and the Final Word on the cruise event.
This kind of excitement we would all like to avoid. I'm just glad we have her back in one piece!
Welcome home, Huntress !!!
Posted by Barb at 6:53 AM
Monday, July 25, 2005
I read of this tasteless piece of imagery in ALa's Weekend Mini-Rant, and again today, when she pointed out that the "artist" had his own blogspot site.
Posted by Barb at 9:53 PM
Sure, he has some interesting physiology that helps him to perform at the top of his field, and he showed determination in his fight against cancer. What goes in the record books, though, is the fact that Lance won the Tour De France seven years in a row!
Posted by Barb at 9:38 AM
Sunday, July 24, 2005
Wandering around the Millblog ring today, I found the Partamian Report, with a great Bastille Day post. James included some French military history, and this amazing gadget ...
Posted by Barb at 3:44 PM
Friday, July 22, 2005
I heard on the radio this morning that a local construction worker in the third Runway project at SeaTac airport was fired recently, after expressing concerns over the level of security at the project.
Posted by Barb at 7:59 AM
Wednesday, July 20, 2005
So it's Wednesday night, and I am sitting in the Las Vegas airport ... where I am stuck until midnight. That's when I will finally get to board a plane back to cooler, greener climes.
Posted by Barb at 10:02 PM
Monday, July 18, 2005
The linked pictures are used to test the level of stress a person can currently handle.
Posted by Barb at 7:11 AM
Sunday, July 17, 2005
I'm flying from cool, green/blue Washington to hot, humid Dallas (ugh) on business for a few days. I may not have much opportunity to post, but you will find some great links over at the Castle, thanks to John's Linkfest!
I was wandering around at Cowboy Blob's the other day, and found him musing about the number of .22 pistols a man needs. Turns out the answer in his case is 5, and he has precise reasons for each one. Even better - he has Gun Pr0n ... a nice picture of all 5 to admire.
Saturday, July 16, 2005
I saw this at bRight & Early ...
I'm surprised that I even registered on the scale!!
Posted by Barb at 9:40 AM
Friday, July 15, 2005
Acidman over at Gut Rumbles is getting close to an amazing 2 million visitors. Please go visit him, browse around, leave a comment, and give him some linky love if you have a blog. Let's help push him over that magic mark this weekend.
Posted by Barb at 5:59 PM
Well, my Friday morning just didn't go as smoothly as I'd like, so I didn't get a picture of me with a cup of coffee.
Posted by Barb at 9:14 AM
I've had great fun meeting up with some local bloggers recently, live-blogged by fellow Washington blogger Snarkatron at Snark Patrol. Meeting people who you've met through blogging / emails is a great - being able to put faces with the personalities and add dimension to friendships.
Posted by Barb at 7:59 AM
Thursday, July 14, 2005
What does it cost us, in human terms, to support the war ... knowing that sometimes the dead are complete innocents like the children killed yesterday by a suicide car-bomber?
Danny Carlton (aka Jack Lewis) wants to know why you blog. It's a quick survey, check it out and help him to fill the knowledge gap with some data.
Posted by Barb at 7:27 AM
Wednesday, July 13, 2005
Michael Yon brings us the 5th segment of his Walking the Line series today, as he completes his travels with CSM Mellinger. His email update introduces the segment :
The American soldiers in Iraq have been appalled by the attacks in London. This morning, as the identity of the attackers comes into focus, we see yet again that poverty is not the root of terrorism. Ideology is.
Go read the entire series at www.michaelyon.blogspot.com
Posted by Barb at 7:36 AM
Tuesday, July 12, 2005
I talked about the chipping away at the First Amendment the other day in this post. Two radio talk show hosts supported the signing of petitions to ensure a ballot initiative against the recent Gas Tax hike in Washington State were judged to have made 'In-Kind' donations to the initiative campaigns by their discussions with the calling public.
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
However, thanks to some who accepted payment for their blog opinions, the unwieldy axe of McCain-Feingold is headed towards the blogworld. The threat is to make FEC rules regarding election finance apply to blogs.
ALa at Blonde Sagacity has a very simple rule to suggest ...
I believe that Bloggers that did/will take campaign money --like Daily Kos-- who I hold personally responsible for opening these floodgates, should be subject to FEC rules --but those of us who are only exercising our right to free speech ...for free, should not be effected by these rulings…
For the record - I agree with that as a guideline. Check my sidebar - I don't have any kind of donation button, there is nothing coming to me as a result of this blog - except the community of civil discourse.
So Read My Lips ... This is my living room - or better yet - my back deck. Come here to discuss, debate, tell jokes, share news, etc. Just don't try to limit my free speech. I hereby stake my right to post on whatever topics I wish, as is my right!
"The role of the blog [has been vital] in reawakening of public participation in the political process, the likes of which we've not seen since politics were openly argued in the town squares and roadside inns of bygone times."
The new flag flying at the top of the sidebar is my signal, it shows I have joined the Insurrection. Visit them to register your support, add your voice, and get a flag, if you too want to fly one.
Monday, July 11, 2005
I almost missed my own blog-brother's birthday today ... *blush*
We knew when President Bush was re-elected that he would likely have an opportunity to select at least one Justice to the Supreme Court. With Justice O'Connor resigning, the battle of wills and words has begun over the right person to replace her.
She had not so much a judicial philosophy as a social philosophy. Unlike a principled conservative such as Antonin Scalia or a principled liberal such as Ruth Bader Ginsburg, O'Connor had no stable ideas about constitutional interpretation. Her idea of jurisprudence was to decide whether legislation produced social "systems" that either worked or did not.
His conclusion is my point, exactly :
... What we need is a nominee who has a judicial philosophy — grounded in constitutional principles that provide legal guidelines that politicians and citizens can understand and live by. I happen to prefer conservative ("originalist") to liberal constitutional principles. But either is preferable to none.
Posted by Barb at 7:52 AM
Sunday, July 10, 2005
Check out the Instapilot's take-down of Tom Oliphant's interview with Hugh Hewitt. It's a long read, but oh-so-worth-it ... grab a big cuppa and read his whole Homework Assignment.
If you've never met such a man I feel sorry for you. Really. You've missed out on one of the most reassuring, life-affirming experiences I know of. Knowing such men exist is like having tens of thousands of trusted teammates--men you know would guard your back in a fight, as you would for them.
I'm proud to say I know some astonishing men, active and retired, and I am far richer for it. One of the joys of this blog is 'meeting' active service people who are doing the hard work in Iraq, Afghanistan, and around the world to keep you and I safe here at home.
They make great friends, too.
Posted by Barb at 10:40 AM
An acquaintance in London pointed me to a Guardian piece sharing quotes and images of London commuters on Friday morning. If you needed any proof of the resilience of the Brits ... here is is.
Bev Deacon, 47
Posted by Barb at 9:33 AM
Friday, July 08, 2005
MSG Keith kicks off his Now and Then series. Also - check out his sidebar, which links back to all of the posts created at the Castle during his tour in Afghanistan this past year.
Posted by Barb at 12:54 PM
I enjoy listening to talk radio during my drives to and from work. I can listen in the morning to one of several stations, one of which is my favorite KVI, a local Fox News affiliate.
In support of free speech, and KVI
Whoa there, Judge Wickham, there's this little thing called the First Amendment. Perhaps you've heard of it?
I understand that there is a concern in keeping political discourse open to both sides of an issue when there are elections pending, and both candidates are provided with equal access to the airwaves. But what-in-hell does that have to do with public discussion on an initiative?
By the way - both John and Kirby have also donated their personal time to the petition drives, and both also donated money. There is no question that they supported the initiative, as do at least 230,000 other people who signed the petitions. But they actively tried to bring onto their shows opponents of the initiative for discussion, there was no forcing of an issue down the throats of the public.
First McCain-Feingold and the threat of applying it to bloggers, now this. Our rights are being chipped away bit by bit. I hope and pray that this is fought in the appellate courts - it needs to stop NOW!
Heartless Libertarian also has some words on this.
Thursday, July 07, 2005
More cowardly bombing attacks - in the subway and bus system of London. Pray for the victims and their families.
Posted by Barb at 7:58 AM
Seattle is often referred to as the Emerald City, and it is indeed a very green area. The evergreen trees abound, and the mountains are not far, it's a pretty place to live.
Seattle's new city hall is an energy hog
The new City Hall cost $72 million, by the way. And the new one is smaller! Pretty high price tag for inefficiency, wouldn't you say?
It gets better ...
In other Seattle environmental news, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has cited the city of Seattle for illegally filling wetlands.
All of which reminded me of general liberal silliness, like this Conversation with a Liberal from new blogger Pre64M70 at Fort Constitution. Minor language warning - but it's fun ... go read !
Wednesday, July 06, 2005
Kristin Johnson read a poem written by Pfc. Jamie A. Goldsteinm that inspired her to create the Poet Warrior Project. This is a section of her Poems for You site that is dedicated to the works of those serving and their families.
High atop a mountain,
Original story here, as part of the America Supports You series.
Posted by Barb at 9:17 AM
I stand firm on support for the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the overall mission of taking war to the terrorists. We must never forget the sacrifices of those lost, however.
The casualties reflected on this map are names released by the Pentagon as of Wednesday, June 29. It doesn't include 37 soldiers whose hometowns were in other states, U.S. territories and, in one case, a different country:
Posted by Barb at 8:08 AM
Tuesday, July 05, 2005
Erik Holtan of A Long Strange Trip is a deployed MN National Guardsman currently in Iraq. He has his back up, and needs some help.
Posted by Barb at 5:18 PM
Welcome new blogger MSG Keith to the blogworld, over at My Army Life. If you have been hanging around Castle Argghhh!, you will recall that Keith was in Afghanistan this past year, and was a wonderful source of great news from there. Now he can tell his stories directly for us to link!
Posted by Barb at 7:33 AM
Monday, July 04, 2005
I wish everyone a safe and happy 4th! There are a lot of deployed troops in the Milblog realm - here are just a few to visit today...
Posted by Barb at 10:39 AM
While you are planning for July 4th events like picnics, parades and fireworks, keep in mind the origins of this day, and honor the wisdom of our founding fathers. Read again the words of our Declaration of Independence (image from the Library of Congress site, text here):
IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776.
With Honour and sacrifice, the men and women of our military serve every day, going into harm's way so that we can continue to live in a free and strong country. Their families also serve, giving up their loved ones for long deployments. They do this so that you and I can stay home, in comfort and safety. Think about what you can do to give back.
The news last week of the downed helicopter, and loss of all 16 soldiers and sailors onboard was devastating. Offer your prayers for the families, and for the SEALs still missing.
Then take some time to do something for them, and something for the men and women now in Iraq and Afhanistan. Blackfive reminds us of some great organizations who help the troops and their families :
One thing that you should do is visit America Supports You. Another is donate to Soldiers' Angels or volunteer. There's a great need right now for help in the hospitals in DC and San Antonio, Texas. So, if you're in that area and want to be an Angel to our wounded, and are not afraid of committing a lot of time over the next few weeks to help, please contact Soldiers' Angels and volunteer.
Show your support, and take a minute to thank the service people and veterans around you. We are still the Land of the Free -- because of the Brave!
Saturday, July 02, 2005
A new blogger asks and answers Who in their Right Mind would be joining up? Since he's already flying AH-64D Apaches Over Iraq, I think he's answered it quite well for himself!
Libratas may be found on every continent of this planet. The genus is as diverse and varied as any other found on earth, yet there are many common threads, as it were, that positions them in a singular genus. While the untrained observer may not differentiate between libratas and homo sapiens, there are indeed key differentiations between the two genus.
Heh ... That's just a tiny sample. Keep reading and hitting Next, to reveal the habits of the various species like "Libratas Scriptor" and "Libratas Administratio"!!
Finally, I found this t-shirt hugely funny, although I probably wouldn't wear it!
Posted by Barb at 12:02 AM
Friday, July 01, 2005
It felt more like a weekend than a Friday while driving in to work this morning - lots of folks taking of early for the 4th. If you're driving somewhere ... Be careful and stay safe.
Posted by Barb at 7:57 AM