My friend Snarkatron has pulled together some great reminders on how to help the hurricane victims, and also has a reminder about Project Valour IT. Take a minute to visit - every little bit will help!
Wednesday, August 31, 2005
Stole this from Rammer and Punctilious.
Like Punctilious, I will let you figure out the year for yourself...
1. Love Will Keep Us Together, The Captain and Tennille
2. Rhinestone Cowboy, Glen Campbell
3. Philadelphia Freedom, Elton John
4. Before The Next Teardrop Falls, Freddy Fender
5. My Eyes Adored You, Frankie Valli
6. Shining Star, Earth, Wind and Fire
7. Fame, David Bowie
8. Laughter In The Rain, Neil Sedaka
9. One Of These Nights, Eagles
10. Thank God I'm A Country Boy, John Denver
11. Jive Talkin', Bee Gees
12. Best Of My Love, Eagles
13. Lovin' You, Minnie Riperton
14. Kung Fu Fighting, Carl Douglas
15. Black Water, Doobie Brothers
16. Ballroom Blitz, Sweet
17. (Hey Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song, B.J. Thomas
18. He Don't Love You (Like I Love You), Tony Orlando and Dawn
19. At Seventeen, Janis Ian
20. Pick Up The Pieces, Average White Band
22. Lady Marmalade, Labelle
23. Why Can't We Be Friends?, War
24. Love Won't Let Me Wait, Major Harris
25. Boogie On Reggae Woman, Stevie Wonder
26. Wasted Days And Wasted Nights, Freddy Fender
27. Fight The Power, Pt. 1, Isley Brothers
28. Angie Baby, Helen Reddy
29. Jackie Blue, Ozark Mountain Daredevils
30. Fire, Ohio Players
31. Magic, Pilot
32. Please Mr. Postman, Carpenters
33. Sister Golden Hair, America
34. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds, Elton John
36. Have You Never Been Mellow, Olivia Newton-John
37. Could It Be Magic, Barry Manilow
38. Cat's In The Cradle, Harry Chapin
39. Wildfire, Michael Murphy
40. I'm Not Lisa, Jessi Colter
41. Listen To What The Man Said, Paul Mccartney and Wings
42. I'm Not In Love, 10cc
43. I Can Help, Billy Swan
44. Fallin' In Love, Hamilton, Joe Frank and Reynolds
46. Chevy Van, Sammy Johns
47. When Will I Be Loved, Linda Ronstadt
48. You're The First, The Last, My Everthing, Barry White
49. Please Mr Please, Olivia Newton-John
50. You're No Good, Linda Ronstadt
51. Dynomite, Bazuka
52. Walking In Rhythm, Blackbyrds
53. The Way We Were / Try To Remember, Gladys Knight and The Pips
54. Midnight Blue, Melissa Manchester
55. Don't Call Us, We'll Call You, Sugarloaf
56. Poetry Man, Phoebe Snow
57. How Long, Ace
58. Express, B.T. Express
59. That's The Way Of The World, Earth, Wind and Fire
60. Lady, Styx
61. Bad Time, Grand Funk
62. Only Women Bleed, Alice Cooper
63. Doctor's Orders, Carol Douglas
64. Get Down Tonight, K.C. and The Sunshine Band
65. You Are So Beautiful / It's A Sin When You Love Somebody, Joe Cocker
66. One Man Woman-One Woman Man, Paul Anka and Odia Coates
67. Feel Like Makin' Love, Bad Company
68. How Sweet It Is, James Taylor
69. Dance With Me, Orleans
70. Cut The Cake, Average White Band
71. Never Can Say Goodbye, Gloria Gaynor
72. I Don't Like To Sleep Alone, Paul Anka
73. Morning Side Of The Mountain, Donny and Marie Osmond
74. Some Kind Of Wonderful, Grand Funk
75. When Will I See You Again, Three Degrees
76. Get Down, Get Down (Get On The Floor), Joe Simon
77. I'm Sorry / Calypso, John Denver
78. Killer Queen, Queen
79. Shoeshine Boy, Eddie Kendricks
80. Do It (Til You're Satisfied), B.T. Express
81. Can't Get It Out Of My Head, Electric Light Orchestra
82. Sha-La-La (Makes Me Happy), Al Green
83. Lonely People, America
84. You Got The Love, Rufus
85. The Rockford Files, Mike Pos
86. It Only Takes A Minute, Tavares
87. No No Song / Snookeroo, Ringo Starr
88. Junior's Farm / Sally G, Paul McCartney and Wings
89. Bungle In The Jungle, Jethro Tull
90. Long Tall Glasses (I Can Dance), Leo Sayer
91. Someone Saved My Life Tonight, Elton John
92. Misty, Ray Stevens
93. Bad Blood, Neil Sedaka
94. Only Yesterday, Carpenters
95. I'm On Fire, Dwight Twilley Band
96. Only You, Ringo Starr
97. Third Rate Romance, Amazing Rhythm Aces
98. You Aint Seen Nothin' Yet / Free Wheelin', Bachman-Turner Overdrive
99. Swearin' To God, Frankie Valli
100. Get Dancin', Disco Tex and The Sex-O-lettes
Posted by Barb at 12:30 PM
Tuesday, August 30, 2005
Holly Aho definitely qualifies as a Soldiers' Angel, one of those amazing volunteers who do their best (and then some!) to add value to the lives of returning servicemembers. One of her tasks recently was to interview Captain Chuck Ziegenfuss, still under treatment as an outpatient at Walter Reed Medical Center.
I found the Classic Dames quiz at Techography. Bloodspite took the version for Men, from now on I'll have to call him Duke! Others playing include Contagion and Tammi.
Monday, August 29, 2005
That isn't really a question, because I know the answer even as I say it. Who am I talking about? The incredible men and women in our military. The ones who give up a 'normal' life (if there is such a thing) to put on a uniform, swear an oath, and defend this country "against all enemies, foreign or domestic".
... I didn’t need to re-enlist. I did it because in this day and age, where there is so much unpredictability, there needs to be Soldiers who will stand to defend our beloved country and freedoms. No matter if you are a supporter or not, you can count on a Soldier to preserve what many people take for granted. Freedom!
That's what I'm talking about.
Over at Firepower Forward, Firepower5 reflects on why he fights as well. And he answers the question of how to truly support the troops, and how to show gratitude for that support.
FbL has a great update on the Valour-IT blog - so far over $10,000 has been raised, and great things are starting to happen. The first 10 laptops are on their way, with 10 more to follow close behind. Soon these first laptops configured for voice control will be ready to match up with the wounded who need them.
Saturday, August 27, 2005
Gunn Nutt has an awesome post about the FreeRepublic counter-protest at Walter Reed to offset the Code Pink twits. The pictures are priceless, and they show how well the counter-protest fared against the pink pansies.
Friday, August 26, 2005
If you don't already read Day By Day by Chris Muir as part of your daily routine, you should bookmark it Now! Today's cartoon is about Project Valour-IT.
As I noted here before, I'm afraid that Mrs. Sheehan is becoming a caricature of a grieving mother, and honestly is undermining her very cause by allowing herself to be used.
When my son signed on the dotted line to protect his country with his life, I signed with him. He accepted the risks and so did I as his parent, and I respect him for his decision to join. Your son knew the risks, too.
Well said, Mrs. Sutter.
*UPDATE* Dunnermeister has a new post related to the previous letter from Mrs. Sutter. He also has a picture of her son, Jake Herring, who was killed while serving in Iraq.
In other places ...
There is a group sponsored by Move America Forward which has been making it's way to Crawford (trip itinerary here) The "You don't speak for me" tour is due into Crawford today.
Mrs. Sheehan has announced that her vigil won't end when the President returns to Washington, she will start a bus tour that will land in the capital in September. (From the Mudville Gazette Dawn Patrol)
Chuck at From My Position shares a different kind of letter, from a President to a grieving mother. He also shares his responses to some questions posed by a reader.
On the flip(pant) side, if you would like to be offended, feel free to visit Snark Patrol, and let Snarkatron do the job for you. Don't say you weren't warned!
Katy at The Dirty Days (formerly The Grass Isn't Greener -- I know, must change sidebar!) continues her Self Portrait Friday with 'You and Your Friend'.
Posted by Barb at 7:37 AM
Thursday, August 25, 2005
My heart skipped a beat this morning when I heard that two soldiers recently returned to Ft. Lewis after service in the middle east are in the hospital. Not from wounds received in the war - these men were beaten by thugs in downtown Seattle! My first thought was "Why am I just hearing this, when it happened 3 weeks ago?". But that is a rant for another post.
Posted by Barb at 11:35 AM
At the Castle, John has a great quote from down under on Project Valour-IT, and a funny bit about submarine testing in Idaho - all to be found here.
Wednesday, August 24, 2005
We are surrounded by more gadgetry and technology today than ever before. Cell phones, computers, cordless phones at home, DSL, Satellite HDTV, DVDs ... high tech all the way.
"Every cent raised for Project Valour IT goes directly to the purchase and shipment of laptops, software and equipment for the wounded servicemembers.
There's a lot to do - You can help in many ways ...
Donate money or software, and check the Project Valour IT Blog for ways to help out (Know anything about managing PR, for example?).
If you are close to The National Naval Medical Center (Bethesda) or one of the other medical centers in the project, and have a technical background - volunteer to assist with set up and training.
As Lawhawk says ... Serve those who Served.
Tuesday, August 23, 2005
You've probably read about Project Valour IT here and at the other blogs in the 'neighborhood'. Perhaps you've wondered about the name or inspiration for the project. For some background on Captain Chuck Ziegenfuss, and his father and hero, Sergeant First Class William Ziegenfuss, Dean's World has the scoop.
Two Ft. Lewis soldiers were killed August 18th in Afghanistan. That other war front that is sometimes neglected in all of the news coverage, what with Cindy Sheehan and others taking up front-row-center.
I was pleased to find that the Seattle Post-Intelligencer carried a good story on them, especially regarding 1LT Walker.
Walker, recently named the public affairs officer for the Fort Lewis-based 864th Combat Engineer Battalion, 555th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, nicknamed the "Triple Nickel," and Davis, from the same unit, were riding in a convoy during an assault when the explosion occurred, the Pentagon said.
You can read the complete P-I story here. On the face of it, there is balance between the loss of the soldiers, and the positive mention of the good work of the Triple Nickel.
I can't help wondering, though ... Why couldn't the story about the building of this amazing road have been reported before the loss of these two soldiers??
This is just one tiny example of the good work our military is doing, either directly - in the building of roads and other infrastructure, or indirectly - by providing training and security. But we only get to hear this as a counter to the bad news.
Why didn't we hear before about the piece that Lt. Walker wrote about the Route to Democracy before she was killed? It's a good article, explaining the problems faced in the planning and building of this 117 km long road :
Fifteen hours is a tremendous barrier. It is the obstacle preventing one village from attaining the assistance of another and surviving a drought. It is the reason a trip to the hospital, or receiving an education, aren’t realistic options. Fifteen hours is what stands in the way of commerce between two provinces. It prevents communication between neighbors only 80 kilometers apart. Fifteen hours is the reason for isolation. Before Task Force Pacemaker began work, the drive between Kandahar and Tarin-Kowt took fifteen hours. Upon completion of the road it will take only three. The end of geographical isolation will be a new beginning for hundreds of thousands of people in Afghanistan.
I especially liked her description of the care needed to deal with the local residents along the path of the road :
...It is critical to establish the projected route prior to entering any towns. Soldiers must be able to articulate their intentions to the surrounding locals, in particular the village elder, before barging through. There are often different factions within a town and the path of the road has been adjusted by mere feet to accommodate the wishes of local farmers. 1LT Brian Meister, the earth moving platoon leader of C/864th lists civilians on the jobsite as the single biggest security challenge in the south. “They are everywhere and impossible to keep entirely off. The enemy is not easily identified, so anyone driving a pickup through the jobsite could pose a potential risk.” 1LT Patrick Sullivan, the earth moving platoon leader in A/864th has experienced the same type of concerns on the northern effort.
Please read the complete article, it's worth the time.
Farewell, Lt. Laura Walker ... I'm sorry that I'll never get to meet you. But I'm mighty glad you chose to serve.
Linked from the Mudville Gazette Dawn Patrol
If you've already donated to Project Valour IT ... Thank You! If you haven't, or are curious what it is all about, head over to their site to catch up on the latest. Meanwhile, Sgt B takes a look at Hands and accomplishing tasks.
Monday, August 22, 2005
Just in case the meaning and importance of Project Valour IT is new to you, please go to Techography, where Bloodspite has a complete run-down.
Sunday, August 21, 2005
Chuck (CPT Z) is out of the hospital, having made his escape the other day. He is blogging pretty regularly now, such as today's item on being Almost Famous.
Saturday, August 20, 2005
Gee ... I'm still getting over the dismay at the Supremes for their decision on Kelo v. New London, as in allowing the use of Eminent Domain to justify the
A New (London) Low
So, the government Can take your property purely on the justification of the taxes it will be paid (for the Public Good) ... AND they can charge you Rent while you fight the decision in court.
Don't you just love it? Because, it's for their own good, you see.
But wait - it gets better ...
In some cases, their debt could amount to hundreds of thousands of dollars. Moreover, the homeowners are being offered buyouts based on the market rate as it was in 2000.
Cha-Ching ! That's right - the government ...
You can read the whole thing here. Property ownership is a fleeting thing, it appears, and the government 'of the people' seems to be a concept that is in dire need of review.
Posted by Barb at 11:33 AM
Friday, August 19, 2005
The MSM is a source of frustration as we try to gauge progress in Iraq, but there are other barriers that we need to understand as well. I've done little travel outside of the U.S., but it seems obvious that people the world over share basic human concerns - safety, health, care for family, etc. What continues to surprise me is how much variety exists in the means used to satisfy these needs in other cultures.
Posted by Barb at 7:30 AM
Thursday, August 18, 2005
He may class himself as a grunt, but I love it when blog-brother Sgt B of The Gun Line settles in and writes. Read his take on Grunts and the Press ... it's a treasure!
I can see it now...
Posted by Barb at 7:45 AM
The stand-off in Texas continues, with Cindy Sheehan demanding that President Bush talk with her again. When I first heard of this story, I was sad to see how the loss or her son had affected the grieving mother.
Posted by Barb at 7:27 AM
Wednesday, August 17, 2005
We are blessed in this country with great freedoms ... we can speak our minds, move about from city to city, work where we can find jobs, and generally do what we like within the bounds of law and public acceptance.
Tuesday, August 16, 2005
Monday, August 15, 2005
This is almost becoming commonplace. In fact, I will be interested to see how many of the MSM heavy hitters will even mention it.
Wanted Al Qaeda Member Killed
Any time that I see that another of Zarqawi's cohorts has been captured or killed, I am pleased. The more terrorist organizers removed from the scene in Iraq, the better.
I am also happy to see that more and more of these raids and ambushes are being run by the Iraqi forces, as they become confident and take over the security of their country.
I found this very interesting :
When Zubair was killed, he was wearing a suicide device consisting of an explosive pack across his stomach armed with pellets, officials noted.
One possible reason for this would be that the trusted leaders are rigged to die if captured, which would make sense. Any who are captured will certainly be interrogated for their knowledge of the organization and other terrorist plans, weapons, and safe houses.
I'm curious ... I don't recall reading before about suicide bombs being found on the leaders - if any one knows stats on this, I would be interested. It makes me wonder if he was actually preparing for a specific suicide attack on the ISF or some other target when the ambush occurred. That would indicate a new level of desperation to me, if leaders are now prepared to use themselves rather than dupe some low-level bomb fodder into blowing himself up for the cause.
I could be very wrong - and Abu Zubair may have been relatively small potatoes in the scheme of things. But the fact remains that the Iraqi forces are growing in skills every day, and more are being trained constantly. There are many terrorists left, and our forces and the Iraqis are still meeting up in deadly encounters. But every bit on the scale helps tip it in the right direction.
Posted by Barb at 6:18 AM
Saturday, August 13, 2005
Today is another Natal Day celebration for the Admiral of the Castle Argghhh! Moat Fleet.
Friday, August 12, 2005
This week's Carnival of the Recipes is beautifully hosted by ALa at Restaurant Sage today. Check out the menu ... the presentation is glorious!
The big news this week is the fantastic new project from the Soldiers' Angels organization, called Project Valour IT, the brainchild of Fusileer Captain Fuzzybear Lioness. Take a laptop, add software that lets you talk while it types, and give it to the men and women at Bethesda and other military hospitals. Let those who don't have (and may never regain) the use of their hands and arms write emails to their friends and family, give voice commands to browse the web and keep in touch with their loved ones. This is the promise and potential of Project Valour IT.
Wednesday, August 10, 2005
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Project Valour IT
Voice-Activated Laptops for OUR Injured Troops
In memory of SFC William V. Ziegenfuss
Every cent raised for Project Valour IT goes directly to the purchase and shipment of laptops, software and equipment for the wounded servicemembers.
There's much more at the Project Valour IT site, about the project and the need, and especially about the history behind the project.
Please go there, read about the project, and help in any way you can. These guys and gals deserve our help!
The best part of this recipe is the Orange Sauce. It has a touch of tang to it, to counter the sweet ... yummy! The sauce does well on other things also - we've tried it on other fish, and it's terrific on baked ham.
Combine all ingredients in a saucepan. Cook over low heat for 5 minutes. Set aside and keep warm.
This one is so easy, even *I* can make it. Not that the Hubster actually lets me do anything except cut up veggies and such.
You can vary the tang in the sauce a bit with the amount of horseradish, and potentially by using various hot sauces - although we are simple folks, and just use Tabasco.
For the record ... I like my spice on the light side - and this sauce fits me to a 'T'. Try it this way first, then moosh it around to suit your fancy!
Posted by Barb at 9:53 PM
Tuesday, August 09, 2005
Fred "the dipstick" Phelps is once again planning to disrupt the funeral service of a fallen warrior. This word came via Go Jack Army, where the news was received and relayed, and members of the SF community in the Arlington / Washington DC area were encouraged to help Counterprotest.
Opelika-Auburn News, Aug. 7th : "... The Rev. Phelps, who was not present at the protest, said during a phone interview Friday the WBC uses the funerals of soldiers from the war in Iraq for its demonstration to garner extra public attention."
This guy just gives the title 'Reverend' a bad name.
Posted by Barb at 12:05 AM
Well, not really - it just looks like the targets are billiard balls :
No time limit - take as long as needed.
The Analog Kid has his target posted, and a lot more details on how to take part, if you are so inclined. E-mail the resulting score for your target to The Analog Kid by August 22nd to take part.
Note also that you can strive for longer distances, as these will be considered separate categories. 100 Yards is plenty long enough for me, though, thanks.
I haven't had a good reason to take the rifles out for much too long - this sounds like fun. Guess I'd better get the long guns out and clean 'em up!
Monday, August 08, 2005
I get so tired of people who can't do their jobs, and who are so lame they don't even care about the consequences of their incompetance. I found this latest example at ALa's.
Posted by Barb at 10:35 AM
Sunday, August 07, 2005
Toni talks Thongs - for Men! Warning ... Spew alert!
Saturday, August 06, 2005
Chuck Z is blogging again, with the aid of voice to text software, and he's still got the wit and wisdom to make me laugh and think.
When is the MSM going to start mentioning THIS informaion about Iraq?
She goes on to offer news on the Iraqi Security Forces, The Ministry of Defense, the Economy, and much more. Please go read the whole thing, and leave her comments - she deserves to know how much we need and appreciate this kind of update!
Posted by Barb at 10:07 AM
Friday, August 05, 2005
John of Argghhh! reminds us how much war hurts, in reference specifically to the Marines who were killed this week, and to war in general. We have the tiger by the tail, and must not let go. The only thing to do from here is ride the tiger until we stop it.
Posted by Barb at 6:59 AM
Thursday, August 04, 2005
The speech-to-text software seems to be working, and Chuck has his second post up in two days. Yay! Go check out today's What to do entry. And if you have any ideas on gloves for the man with one pinky - he'd love to hear about it.
Posted by Barb at 7:21 AM
According to a New York Times editorial titled "Guns in the Parking Lot", 'Most Americans' agree with employers like ConocoPhillips when they ban employees from driving around with firearms in their cars.
Posted by Barb at 6:48 AM
Wednesday, August 03, 2005
Blackfive adds to his Someone You Should Know series, raising his glass to the last Canadian Victoria Cross winner: Ernest Alva (Smoky) Smith -- someone we Should Have Known.
Posted by Barb at 1:43 PM
AFSister's thinking about Parental Responsibility, or when is it not the parents fault, perhaps? Speaking of parenting - she's on her own this week, sans hubby and kids - so go give her a kind word, eh?!
This one is for both Sgt B and JMH ... It's Fleet Week in Seattle! This weekend will mark the end of the month-plus long chain of events called SeaFair, and includes the opportunity for civilians to tour several military vessels.
Military ships arrive for Fleet Week
Click here for an image of the USS Bonhomme Richard in Elliott Bay, with Mount Rainier in the background.
Having toured the USS Abraham Lincoln on Independence Day, I don't know whether I'll make it downtown this weekend. If I do, JMH, I'll be heading for the Canadian ships!
According to the article, all of the tour reservations are full, but there will be a wait list sign up at pier 91.
Posted by Barb at 1:05 AM
Tuesday, August 02, 2005
"Why, it appears that we appointed all of our worst generals to command the armies and we appointed all of our best generals to edit the newspapers. I mean, I found by reading a newspaper that these editor generals saw all of the defects plainly from the start but didn't tell me until it was too late. I'm willing to yield my place to these best generals and I'll do my best for the cause by editing a newspaper."
Posted by Barb at 8:10 AM
I don't really care whether Rafael Palmeiro used steroids or not, lied or not, any of it. Most sports figures are not great role models - they just happen to be people with physical gifts, who get paid way too much money.
Miss Everett Teen USA Enlists In The Army
Her plan includes airborne jump school after basic training. Her grandfather served with an Army Airborne unit in Vietnam -- the apply truly does not stray far from the tree!
The Miss Everett Teen USA title was a way to have a voice. "If smaller kids think you're a princess, they might listen more," Cabanayan said. Last November, she competed in the state pageant. Her Everett reign ended in May.
This young lady is someone that a young girl (or boy) can look up to. Instead of being a princess, she will become a soldier ... and I congratulate her on the choice.
Thanks again, Ry!
The Anchoress also has a post on this, and points back to her source at Ace of Spades.
Posted by Barb at 7:59 AM
Monday, August 01, 2005
The anti-recruiting forces in Seattle have been active this year, with the protest at SCCC in January, the vote by Garfield High School to deny recruiters access to the students, and the protest that I attended in May (see archives) as prime examples.
Military classes are off course
This sounds benign, doesn't it? No big deal, just some military involvement in teaching history or something. But wait ...
Seattle is overly viperous toward the military. It's a vital institution, as well as a major source of jobs, and Seattle's schools ought to educate kids about both. Let the Army set up a booth at career day. It's better they buttonhole kids there, where they can be supervised.
First off, the school receives federal funding, so the classes are really not being paid for with 'local dollars'. Besides - the parents and school administrators feel these are valuable ... so it is their dollar to spend, isn't it?
Comparing the Military to Greenpeace is just plain silly, nuff said about that. Besides, the topics of these classes aren't exactly HUN-101.
Federal Way officials were drawn to it because it features courses in aerospace technology, a subject the schools couldn't offer otherwise.
Finally, the Ultimate Goal of JROTC is uncovered ...
It's also clear that a goal of JROTC is to groom future enlistees. Students are given information on how to sign up. The Defense Department testified to Congress in 2000 that JROTC is one of its premier recruiting devices.
Yes - the JROTC is a tool of the recruiting forces, it provides a way for youth to meet with servicemembers, to learn from them, and to explore the world of the military from their safe high school environment.
It is not, however, brainwashing. Call it a Diversity program, if that helps make it less scary.
Thanks to Ry for the hat-tip !
[Linked to Mudville Gazette's Open Post]