If you don't already have Michael Yon's Gates of Fire post tattooed onto your consciousness, then hie yourself over to his blog and catch up to the rest of us. You'll understand the image below better after reading...
Paying Respect to Those Who've Earned It
The soldiers of the Deuce Four have earned the right to relax, to spend a night of pleasure with their friends and spouses. So has Mr. Yon - whose amazing blog has brought the war front directly to our desktops.
He is also taking the time to honor those who died, and I'll leave you with his thoughts ...
...Nearly 600 soldiers were killed or wounded from the 1st Brigade (Stryker), 25th Infantry Division, while fighting in Iraq. I visited the newly built 1st Brigade Memorial, and as I read the names of the fallen etched in the granite face of the memorial, I was humbly reminded of the great price our soldiers continue to pay for my freedom to write and to speak.
(cross-posted at Random Nuclear Strikes)
Monday, October 31, 2005
NOT just because this article in the USA Today starts with the withdrawal of Ms. Miers from consideration, NOT because of the use of the phrase 'botched nomination', and NOT because it proceeds to give a stale re-hash of Justice O'Connor's history.
Posted by Barb at 7:59 AM
Sunday, October 30, 2005
Hmpf - Who says I don't deserve being looked up to? Anyways - check it out and tell me your type. If we get at least one of each, it's D&D time!!
H/T to Graumagus, the D8.
Posted by Barb at 8:40 AM
Friday, October 28, 2005
Buzz has been discharged from Walter Reed and flown to Augusta Georgia!!! They told him Wednesday night at 11:30 PM that he would be leaving DC for Georgia at 6:45AM Thursday morning!!! Sarah was up all night packing first her motel room and then Buzz's hospital room. They flew via military cargo .....not what you'd call first class. They were both pretty worn out by the time they reached Augusta. Sarah is staying in a Comfort Inn within walking distance of the hospital.
Buzz and his wife, Sarah, very much appreciate all of the kind attention. Send a note of thanks, or just keep them in your prayers.
You might remember that Buzz is one of the soldiers who has received a laptop through the Soldiers' Angels Valour-IT project. This project is so very important for providing a means of communication and independence for our wounded warfighters, so we are launching a new fundraising competition. The Fuzzilicious one has all the details here - please go visit her site, add your suggestions, and start thinking about how you'll plan to participate.
We need to spread the word far and wide to ensure the success of the project - don't delay!!
New Flyers are available at Castle Argghhh! Print them up and post them to spread the word!
Wednesday, October 26, 2005
No - not mine! Blogfather Graumagus marked his second blogoversary yesterday, and I missed it. Argghhh!
Posted by Barb at 11:59 AM
Tuesday, October 25, 2005
We all know how much the MSM likes to use and abuse numbers to their own benefit, and the casualty toll in the war is their favorite number to use as a bludgeon. As always, they miss the real meaning behind the numbers they wield.
New York Post
Over at Fuzzilicious Thinking, the Lioness further ponders the intent of the MSM. Go read, and give her your thoughts.
Posted by Barb at 7:33 AM
Monday, October 24, 2005
I'm not referring to myself, as I support the war in Iraq ... the Mission *AND* the warfighters. But I hear it occasionally when listening to talk radio. I really love it when someone invokes Cindy Sheehan (for example) and then tries to prove that *Most* of those serving in Iraq and Afghanistan want the President to bring them home now, based on some bogus extrapolation.
It's coming down to the wire for this election season, with some important initiatives on the Washington State ballot for voter approval (or denial). The most important of these is I-912 - "No New Gas Tax". The purpose of I-912 is to repeal the gas tax hike legislation enacted by newly minted Governor Gregoire this January.
Posted by Barb at 7:43 AM
Today is cause for celebration - two of my fellow Denizens are celebrating Natal Anniversaries. Both Jack of Random Fate and Keith of My Army Life were born on this day, and the Castle celebration is on!
Thursday, October 20, 2005
Let's see ...
Wednesday, October 19, 2005
Tuesday, October 18, 2005
What's the real learning to gain from Hurricane Katrina and the tragedy of New Orleans? I can think of one very prosaic one ... people with cars were able to leave. This is a lesson that the elected officials in my part of the world should heed - as they continue to try to get me out of my car and onto a Metro bus.
Posted by Barb at 12:38 PM
Monday, October 17, 2005
Sunday, October 16, 2005
First, the Desultory Girl tagged me with a Seven Things meme.
There are some great udpates out this morning around the Iraqi constitutional referendum. Here's a sampling ...
Now as the country has made a milestone achievement they have democracy in motion. As Americans we want things done yesterday and have little patience for things not produced now. Patience is what is needed here and the coward left wing bed wetters won’t understand that. Iraq is where the US was 200 yrs ago. Will their constitution change? Yes of course as ours still changes to this day.
The Armorer of Castle Argghhh! :
Even the Sunnis voted in large numbers yesterday... even if, as the AP observes, to vote *against* something. Novel idea, that, eh? Not only can you vote (that's happened before in Iraq) but you can vote *against* something. Wonder how many Sunni's, walking away from the polls, had that little epiphany...
John's update had some other Great News as well ... Sgt Hook is blogging again! **Happy Dance!!!**
Sgt Hook has a question for the MSM - Where are the Purple Fingers??
Don't miss ...
Major K, DadManley, Fuzzilicious Thinking, and All Things Conservative (H/T to Jarred at Air Force Pundit).
Finally, in the spirit of saving the best for last - go visit Iraq the Model to hear the Iraqi viewpoint, including a video!
Friday, October 14, 2005
Capt B has a front row seat for the Big Show, as the Iraqi people prepare to vote up or down on their Constitution.
"It’s a nice night out. Jet fighters/bombers are swarming as you can hear the engine noise at high altitudes throughout. I walked about tonight to talk to the Marines and get a feel for how they are doing and feeling. Passing out a few stoags and shooting the bull they all are locked and loaded for whatever brings in the next few hours. Young studs trained, rehearsed confidant and ready. I don’t pity the scumbags who tread our area as they will get that one-way ticket to Allah. Regardless of how tomorrow turns out, it’s already a big step for us outa here. Thanks for keeping us in your prayers and thanks to everyone stopping by."
Keep those positive thoughts rollin', folks. Drop in at One Marine's View and show that you care.
Don't forget the other Milblogs of deployed military folks. If you need ideas - Blackfive has a great list.
Posted by Barb at 5:07 PM
Hmmm ... A quiz which ranks me as William Wallace, while the Armorer comes out as a Hippie?
Posted by Barb at 11:34 AM
Thursday, October 13, 2005
Thanks to the ever alert JMH, I have been reminded that today is the birthday of a great lady. Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher has always been a shining example of strength and conviction to me, as I came into my political views during the early 80's. Along with President Reagan, she had much to do with shaping the way I viewed the world and the position of our two countries on that stage.
Michael Howard, the outgoing Tory leader, placed her alongside Winston Churchill in the gallery of national leaders.
Today we wish Lady Thatcher a Happy 80th birthday!!
Three cheers for the 'Iron Lady'!
For comparison, see the lively discussion at Castle Argghhh! regarding the changes in law proposed by Prime Minister Tony Blair. Yes, the times are changing - but is this the right way to deal with the current world situation??
The other day I posed a query - what was the odd gun-looking thing, and where was it located. The answer to part one was quickly provided (it only took two comments ... Sheesh!). The second part has eluded my faithful readers, so I wanted to end the suspense for the two or three people who paid attention ... *grin*
Posted by Barb at 11:59 AM
Wednesday, October 12, 2005
GunnNutt has uncovered a new kind of Muppet ... sort of!
Mr. Completely has an update on the status of Buzz Robertson and his friend Chuck. The cards and emails have been highly appreciated - as are the prayers! However, due to likely moves for each of them, the family has asked that the cards and letters be stopped for now.
Tuesday, October 11, 2005
After taking the personality test the instructors do not like when you enthusiastically shout out that you scored “perfect” for the “Dominant” personality.
Posted by Barb at 12:01 PM
A little quiz for the eyes. But what is it?
Posted by Barb at 12:01 AM
Sunday, October 09, 2005
Posted by Barb at 9:45 PM
Friday, October 07, 2005
We all need friends, to share the good times, and to help us get through the bad times. Some of my blog friends could use some of that friendly encouragement.
For every thing there is a season, and a time for every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die;
A time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal;
A time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh;
A time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
A time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to get, and a time to lose;
A time to keep, and a time to cast away;
A time to rend, and a time to sew;
A time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate;
A time of war, and a time of peace.
Posted by Barb at 7:29 AM
Thursday, October 06, 2005
I have an update to share with you from Buzz Robertson's Aunt. She is very proud of her nephew, as you can imagine, especially for his dedication and spirit. Here is the latest update :
(Previous updates here and here)
Send cards to let Buzz know you're thinking of him, and his family as well.
While you're at it, send a card to his friend Chuck Yerry, who I wrote about here as well. And send emails to both of them, while you're at it ...
Walter Reed Hospital, Room #5734
6900 Georgia Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20307
You can send emails of support to either Chuck or Buzz at:
Wednesday, October 05, 2005
Thomas Lifson at The American Thinker takes a look at the dynamics at play with the President's nomination of Ms. Miers to SCOTUS.
Posted by Barb at 6:06 AM
Tuesday, October 04, 2005
I imagine that my first reaction to the President's nomination of Harriet Miers to succeed Justice O'Connor mirrored many other conservatives. I wondered whether someone with no judicial experience was the best choice, and I worried that the need for a strict constructionist to fill the spot would be left unfulfilled.
President Bush has beaten the Dems like bongo drums for five plus years, and yet some conservatives are spooked by the fact that Harry Reid and Charles Schumer haven't taken to the Senate floor to announce a attempt at a filibuster. Shouldn't the presumption be --given the record of the past few election cycles-- that the president knows what he is doing?
So, the fact that so many (on Both sides) were primed to do battle over this one may make the selection feel like a mis-step, but we need to pick our battles well. This seems to be a good example of doing just that.
Another key item that I overheard in conversation was that we need to keep the key Appellate level jurists where there can continue to be effective, rather than yanking them from their benches to move to a position where they will have less opportunity to hear and decide upon cases. Only a tiny fraction of the cases appealed make it to the Supremes, the Appellate level is Very, Very important to our system!
I'm with Hugh on this one - give the President credit for knowing how to outfox his opponents.
Cassandra at Villainous Company links to a most excellent essay from NRO on the topic, from the Honorable Ronald Cass.
Posted by Barb at 7:48 AM
Monday, October 03, 2005
Victor Davis Hanson gives us a taste of the way things would be, if Saddam were still in power in Iraq.
Saddam in 2005!
It's both funny, and not funny - because the reality is there behind the sarcasm. Never so heavily, though, as in this segment :
Conservatives fault Bush wavering
Read it all of the way through - there's something for everyone, I promise.
Posted by Barb at 9:45 PM
My intentions to create a nicely ordered travel report have fallen under the wheels of getting back to work. (Sorry, Boq!)
The Jungfrau Railway, the highest railway in Europe and one of the most interesting of all mountain lines, was constructed in 1896-1912 from the designs of Adolph Guyer-Zeller of Zürich. It attains a height of over 11,000 ft., thus bringing the most unathletic into the upper regions of the expert climber. Most of the line is on the rack system (Strub's patent), with overhead trolleys (steepest gradient 1:4), but there is also a short section beyond Eismeer on the ordinary or 'adhesive' system (gradient 1:14). The power is generated in works near Lauterbrunnen and Burglauenen, whence it is transmitted by high-tension lines. The gauge is 3 ft. 4 in. The first section of the line is in the open air, but beyond Eigergletscher it runs through a great tunnel (4-3/4 m. long, 10 ft. high, and 10 ft. wide), piercing the limestone and gneiss rock of the Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau. From the Jungfraujoch the intention was to carry up the line for 2000 ft. more, leaving the summit to be attained by an elevator 242 ft. high, but there does not seem any immediate prospect of completion of this scheme. Telescopes are provided at the stations for the use of visitors.
Let me tell you, the height of the Sphinx, in the saddle between the peaks, was high enough to enjoy. You can see it at the upper right in the picture at this site. Oh - there's a lens cap up there, on the rocks under the platform. I waved bye-bye to it as it bounced over the edge away from me. I'm prolly lucky that the Hubster didn't make me go get it !!!
Posted by Barb at 7:20 AM