I'll be out of town for a few days, and want to wish you all a very safe weekend. In the midst of the celebrating, the BBQs and fireworks, keep in mind the core meaning of Independence Day. Our history as a country may be short on some scales, but it is rich and strong ... reflecting our love of freedom. Wave your flags proudly, and thank every service member and veteran you can find!
Friday, June 30, 2006
Monday, June 26, 2006
I had just barely posted up the news about Pfc Devon Gibbons, when I clicked over to Castle Argghhh for something to lighten my mind. Instead I found that the blogosphere has lost one of our own.
Port Orchard Soldier Dies of Injuries from Iraq War
You fought the good fight, now it's time to join the others at Fiddler's Green.
To Devon's parents and love ones, thank you for sharing your brave son, and supporting him in serving his country.
Sunday, June 25, 2006
Bad Cat Robot and I joined the great folks at Operation Support Our Troops yesterday at Ft. Lewis, to ensure that the soldiers of the 3rd "Arrowhead Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division left for their second deployment to Iraq knowing that we support them and their mission. The anti-war / pro-Watada crowd has been trying to demoralize our troops by staging protests as troops deploy, so our goal was simply to counter their attempts and show a greater presence of support to those preparing to deploy.
Of course, BCR and I had a separate mission to perform, which we fulfilled on our way to the rally. A full recon of the new Corina Bakery was called for ... and we were up to the task! We successfully infiltrated the site, posing as buying customers, and were forced ... Forced, I tell you ... to acquire sizable quantities of baked goods to maintain our cover. Two dozen chocolate chip and oatmeal cookies, along with a selection of large (5" x 5") dessert bars, as well as two milks, were the price of the mission. Sadly, of course, none of this evidence survived the day - in fact the cookies were a huge hit at the rally!
All in all, a successful Decadence Day!
** UPDATE **
For a second AAR, and more pics, go visit Snarkatron (BCR).
Wednesday, June 21, 2006
I've been meaning to get up a linky post, since I'm so far behind on blogging. (But there is a new post below this one!!)
Dear War Tapes Community:
Please welcome Wayne of Savannah Daydreamin' to the blogosphere. He's been to Iraq, he's a helicopter pilot, and he has lots of videos and attitude (might not be safe - depending on your workplace ... Ry, watch out!).
Operation Support Our Troops is planning a pro-troops rally to show our support for the soldiers preparing to deploy from Ft. Lewis:
It's time for all of us to speak out loud and clear again – Never again! Never again will our Troops be treated the way our Vietnam Veterans were treated! Never again will we turn our backs on the men and women who serve our country so honorably!
... Guess where Bad Cat Robot and I plan to be on Saturday?
WMD's in Iraq? According to Senator Rick Santorum, there are documents which describe WMD discoveries that started in 2003. You and I didn't hear about them, because they were classified. He held a little press conference today to discuss the declassified summary about the discoveries.
Senator Santorum Makes Major Announcement Regarding Newly Declassified Information Concerning Chemical Weapons Discovered in Iraq
Here is the gist of the report (online at Foxnews):
• Since 2003 Coalition forces have recovered approximately 500 weapons munitions which contain degraded mustard or sarin nerve agent.
So several hundred devices which were presumably in Saddam Hussein's stockpile of illegal WMD's - which may (or may not) have been around since Gulf War I, and are still likely to be lethal - were found in the past 2 years and no one thought we needed to know about it.
Listening to Sen. Santorum, it sounded like there is a lot more behind this limp little summary. As Hugh says, he tip-toed carefully around what he could and couldn't say - but the implication is that the meat of the data will have a much greater impact than these few lines.
HH: Well, you've made some news today, and I'd like to explore with you what exactly was being said, because we can't find the tape. Evidently, you've got some declassified information detailing 500 different shells containing prohibited weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. But let me ask you, what did you announce today?
Full transcript and downloadable audio at RadioBlogger
So there were more than 500 found, and the intel points to more. Why not declassify this before now? Hugh has a couple of ideas.
Chapomatic adds to the discussion over at Milblogs. Austin Bay wants to know more as well.
Friday, June 16, 2006
FbL has updated the numbers over at the Project VALOUR IT blog ... and they look pretty good. Over $14,000 has been donated since last Friday ... WAHOO!! Check it out here.
Monday, June 12, 2006
Last year Soldiers'Angels stepped up (again!) and formed Project VALOUR IT [Voice Activated Laptops for OUR Injured Troops]. This wonderful project provides injured troops from all services with more than just a computer.
Tuesday, June 06, 2006
I went wandering about the web seeking coverage of this day in history, to see what kind of D-Day coverage was to be found.
The answer? Nada … Zip … Zilch.
I didn’t find a thing on MSNBC, USA Today, NY Times, or either of the local papers – nothing about D-Day, that is. A couple had items about the supposed significance of 6/6/06 (registration required for NY Times story), but not as it relates to this date in history. For any coverage of D-Day, you’ll need to visit Milblogs, Castle Argghhh, One Marine’s View, Smash or Blackfive (who has a marvelous compendium of links!).
However, I did find one item that lifted my spirits a bit. After hearing so many stories of the cruel-natured behavior and stupidity of the Phelps band in protesting at the funerals of fallen servicemembers, it was a pleasure to read that one parent has decided that he’s had enough.
Mr. Albert Snyder, the father of Marine Lance Corporal Matthew A. Snyder, has filed an invasion of privacy suit against the Westboro Baptist Church, seeking unspecified damages. Matthew Snyder was 20 when he died on March 3, after an accident in the Anbar province of Iraq.
‘I want it to stop’
“I want it to stop,” he said of the protests. “I didn’t know there were people in the world who did that.” (snip)
I expect that the Snyder family will need much support in this effort, because the Phelps clan has demonstrated that they are bad actors, and I don’t see that changing any time soon. If anyone learns of a support effort to help the Mr. Snyder with pursuing the suit, or just a place to leave supportive messages, please leave a comment so that I can link to it.
We owe Matthew, and all the rest of our fallen heroes, nothing less.