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June 29, 2006

Time for Murtha to be Redeployed from Congress

by @ 12:05 pm. Filed under Milblogging, Troop Support

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And the person who will replace him!

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June 27, 2006

“Chickenhawk” Humor

by @ 11:41 am. Filed under teh Funny

TweetiePie sends “teh funny” for today.

Texas Razorback Hogs

As President Bush gets off the helicopter in front of the White House, he is carrying a baby pig under each arm. The squared away Marine guard snaps to attention, salutes and says: “Nice pigs, sir.”

The President replies: “These are not pigs, these are authentic Texas Razorback Hogs. I got one for Representative Jack Murtha, and I got one for Senator John Kerry.”

The squared away Marine again snaps to attention, salutes and says, “Nice trade, sir.”


Old Dominion Ghosts

When Abu al-Zarqawi died, George Washington met him at the Pearly Gates. He slapped him across the face and yelled, “How dare you try to destroy the nation I helped conceive!”

Patrick Henry approached, punched him in the nose and shouted, “You wanted to end our liberties but you failed!” James Madison followed, kicked him in the groin and said, “This is why I allowed our government to provide for the common defense!”

Thomas Jefferson was next, beat al-Zarqawi with a long cane and snarled “It was Evil men like you who inspired me to write the Declaration of Independence.”

The beatings and thrashings continued as George Mason, James Monroe and 66 other early Americans unleashed their anger on the terrorist Leader.

As al-Zarqawi lay bleeding and in pain, an Angel appeared. Al-Zarqawi wept and said, “This is not what you promised me.”

The Angel replied, “I told you there would be 72 Virginians waiting for you in Heaven. What did you think I said?”


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June 26, 2006

Be Vewy Afwaid!

by @ 1:13 pm. Filed under Gun Control

Today begins the BIG CONFERENCE about the U.N.’s plan to disarm America. From an opinion piece on CFIF.org:

“By unanimously adopting the Programme of Action in 2001, the UN Member states committed themselves to collecting and destroying illegal weapons, adopting and/or improving national legislation to help criminalize the illicit trade in small arms, regulating the activities of brokers, setting strict import and export controls, taking action against violators of such laws, and better coordinating international efforts to that end.”
Just what America needs – the U.N. dictating its gun laws.

Oh, puleeeze! Have you looked at the U.N. “We’re wussies and we know it” site? It features such sterling characters as:

Link to Michael Douglas PSA on Small Arms

Michael Douglas, U.N. Messenger of Peace: “Wherever arms flow, violence follows.”
The only thing that “flows” from Mikey can easily be caught with a pair of Depends. Good ol’ Kofi chimes in with

The death toll from small arms dwarfs that of all other weapons systems- and in most years greatly exceeds the toll of the atomic bombs that devastated Hiroshima and Nagasaki. In terms of the carnage they cause, small arms, indeed, could well be described as ‘weapons of mass destruction’.

Run away!!!!!
And then there’s the name itself: the UN Programme of Action. C’mon now, anything spelled Frenchly can safely be considered impotent. Continuing from the CFIF piece:

The U.N. also officially invited several non-governmental participants, including the “Biting the Bullet Consortium” and the notorious London-based International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA), whose website baldly proclaims, “Bringing the Global Gun Crisis Under Control.” IANSA’s official site asserts that the U.S. is “the leading supplier of conventional arms to the developing world,” that it has “one of the world’s largest markets for small arms,” and that “the private resale of guns is largely unregulated in the United States, making it difficult to prevent their acquisition.”

HOORAY! We’re #1 We’re #1!!!
The real aim of this carnival is anything but funny. The article points out that the U.N. holds up examples like “Cambodia, Congo, Haiti, Rwanda, Sri Lanka, Timor, and the former Yugoslav republics as inspirational models” of how the world can be better if only the riff-raff can be disarmed and cowed into compliance.

Lest one disregard the summit as simply another inept and pointless U.N. boondoggle, consider the long-term strategy to completely eliminate firearms acknowledged by Pete Shields, former leader of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence:”The first problem is to slow down the number of handguns being produced and sold in this country. The second problem is to get handguns registered. The final problem is to make possession of all handguns and all handgun ammunition – except for military, police, licensed security guards, licensed sporting clubs, and licensed gun collectors – totally illegal.” (emphasis added)

Let’s see, just how did this affect people in the UK and Austrailia? Oh yeah – violent crime skyrocketed! Armed, law abiding citizens bacame the villains; unarmed law abiding citizens became terrorized and even dead by cocksure criminals. Britain has now gone so far as to suggest to Police departments that they simply give robbers a warning rather than bothering to bring them in on charges and go thru the circus of trying them in court only to let them go on their merry way and rob again.

Other nations may capitulate and run with tails-between-legs fright at the thought of NOT backing these commie schemes. I don’t believe our U.S. ambassador to the UN, John “High Noon” Bolton, will have changed his opinion much from the 2001 conference.
The United States believes that the responsible use of firearms is a legitimate aspect of national life.

June 25, 2006

Dead Terrorists Counter

by @ 6:51 pm. Filed under Milblogging, Troop Support

You can’t look at any MSM news site without finding a link or counter showing the number of U.S. Troops who gave all in the GWOT. The numbers are trumpeted as each new round figure is reached. This is the one statistic that has any real meaning to the anti-American left. But what about the terrorists?

I’ve created my own Dead Terrorist counter! It will keep track of all the terrorist asshats that have assumed room temperature since al-Zarqawi was turned into a true splodytard (June 7, 2006).

Iraq: 3579
Afghanistan: 4815
Total Dead: 8394

The numbers are extracted from a MySQL database which I update with any news/release info found on the various DoD web sites. I know darned well there are more “kills” than are reported to the public but this is what I can find by searching various DoD sites.

Coming soon: a page with a dump from the database and hopefully a way to put this counter on my/your sidebar!

June 22, 2006

Score Two for the Good Guys

by @ 2:10 pm. Filed under Milblogging, Troop Support, Vengeance!
Darkhorse snipers kill insurgent sniper, recover stolen Marine sniper rifle
Story by Cpl. Mark Sixbey

Sniper-rifle-low.jpgCAMP HABBANIYAH, Iraq – Lt. Col. Patrick Looney, battalion commander for 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, holds the last round chambered in a Marine M-40A1 sniper rifle, which spent two years in enemy hands. A 21-year-old sniper from Sniper Section Four killed the insurgent June 16. The Darkhorse battalion plans to mount the round on a plaque to present to snipers of 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment Magnificent Bastards, who lost four Marines and the rifle in Ramadi in June 2004.

CAMP HABBANIYAH, Iraq (June 20, 2006) — Scout snipers from 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment killed an enemy sniper and recovered a Marine sniper rifle lost nearly two years ago during a mission near Habbaniyah June 16.

The rifle was the one formerly used by four Marines of 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment who were killed on a rooftop in Ramadi June 21, 2004.

Sniper Section Four was in a hide when the spotter observed a military-aged male inside a nearby parked car videotaping a passing patrol of amphibious assault vehicles. The Marines saw a rifle stock by the insurgent”s side.

“We were in the right place at the right time,” said Sgt. Kevin Homestead an infantryman from K Company serving as a spotter for the sniper team that day.

They first radioed the passing Marines and told them they were being watched by an enemy sniper and to stay low. The insurgent then sealed his own fate by preparing the weapon. The 21-year-old Marine sniper, who declined to be interviewed – aimed in at the gunman”s head behind the rear-side window.

He recited a mantra in his head. Breathe, relax, aim, squeeze, surprise.

The enemy sniper died with the gun in his lap.

They dialed K Company – or Samurai 6 – and reported the target was dead.

“We then saw another military-aged male … enter the passenger side door,” said Homestead, 26, from Ontario, Ore. “He was surprised to see the other shooter was killed.”

The second insurgent scurried around the car and jumped in the driver’s seat.With the sniper now spotting for him, Homestead aimed in with his M-4 carbine and put three bullets in the driver before he could start the car.

A squad of K Company Marines came to the position and saw the sniper dead and the driver shot three times. The driver died as soon as the squad arrived on scene.

They pulled out the sniper rifle and immediately recognized that it was an M-40A1, the same used by the snipers of 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment in 2004.

The trunk of the car contained a pistol, a hand grenade, dozens of 7.62 mm rounds, multiple license plates and several camcorder tapes. “When we saw the scope and stock, we knew what it was,” Homestead said.

The rifle was missing for nearly two years – almost to the day. Marines believed the insurgent they killed, or those closely associated with him, had it all along. It is unknown how many times it was used against U.S. and Iraqi forces.

“He was a very good sniper,” Homestead said. “But he got cocky and slipped up and it was our time to catch that.”

The weapon came full circle, having originally belonged to the Darkhorse battalion in Operation Iraqi Freedom I, who turned it over to the “Magnificent Bastards” of 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment. Coincidentally, a Darkhorse sniper killed the insurgent sniper, and a former Magnificent Bastard killed the spotter.

Darkhorse battalion had been dealing with sporadic sniper attacks since arriving in Iraq in January. Now, Marines have one less sniper to worry about.

“It’s very rewarding to take them out the way we did,” said Lt. Col. Patrick G. Looney, the battalion commander. “Doubly rewarding that it”s a 2/4 sniper rifle, even though it won”t bring back the four Marines who were killed that day.”

Triple rewarding that it won’t be used on another Marine or soldier, he added. “The credit has to go to Sgt. Homestead and the Sniper Section leader who made the kill,” said 1st Lt. J. H. Cusack, Sniper Platoon commander. “It was more than being in the right place at the right time.

“It was the culmination of all of the training and planning the section leader had done up until that moment,” Cusak added. “Being absolutely alert and focused to detect a small clue during a period of apparent inactivity and a perfectly executed shot.”

Darkhorse snipers have since removed the powder and primer from the last 7.62 mm round chambered in the recaptured rifle. They will mount it on a plaque and present it to the Magnificent Bastards” snipers to honor their lost Marines.

Looney said the ability to give some retribution for their loss makes the day a “grand-slam home run for sniper ops.” He credited the snipers’ professionalism and attitude in accomplishing the mission throughout their area of operations.

“I would say that the guys who shot are typical of the Darkhorse snipers,” said Looney, 43, from Oceanside, Calif. “They’re very proficient, very modest, very busy. They’re out there almost daily doing great things in this AO and our old AO. The fact that they’re taking a back seat and letting the battalion reap the benefits is typical of the kind of Marines they are.”

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Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Andrew J. Campanano (right) and Cpl. Angel S. Villalobos, both former Magnificent Bastards of 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment and now assigned to Regimental Combat Team 5, hold the M-40A1 sniper rifle recovered by Marines.

June 20, 2006

Two Angels

by @ 4:40 pm. Filed under Milblogging, Vengeance!

Godspeed PFC Kristian Menchaca and PFC Thomas Lowell Tucker. Keep an eye on your buddies as they continue the mission to rid the world of its terrorist pestilence. You will not be forgotten.

The animals that killed you while blaspheming the name of their god need to be dead!

The maniacal maggots who are celebrating your murders need to be dead!

The mullahs and clerics extolling their flocks to perform more of this insanity need to be dead!

Violently – painfully – DEAD!

June 19, 2006

Will Whittle’s Writing Whack Whiners?

by @ 11:55 am. Filed under Milblogging

Inquiring minds want to know! Thanks to a tip from Chap at Milblogs, it appears that the Whittler is about to start posting again. Yippee!

June 18, 2006

P*p’s Day!

by @ 10:00 am. Filed under Family, Troop Support
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Not really Pop, but close.

Most of my life has been spent blissfully color blind when it comes to race. My parents would not allow us (me and my siblings) to use derogatory language aimed at a person’s ethnicity. They said it was “wrong” or “bad” and that-was-that. We had to think up other arguments if we wanted to persist in belittling someone. Most of the time it wasn’t worth the effort since we were just being stupid little freaks.

Pop recently recounted his first exposure to racism in a story about his early days in the military. He was too young to enlist for WWII, but the Navy had a program for teens to join the Reserves, which he did. When Korea prompted Uncle Sam to come knocking with draft papers, his status with the Navy was overridden and Pop found himself in the Army instead.

Training took him to the deep South, which might as well have been Mars to a kid from the Pacific NW. On their first break, Pop and some buddies decided to head in to town and watch a movie. They boarded a local bus and sat there waiting for the driver to take off to the next stop. After a while, the driver finally yelled back “You have to move up front. You’re in the n– section!”. The young men were confused, but reluctantly moved and the bus started rolling.

When they got to the theater Pop noticed a rickety staircase outside leading up to a second floor entrance. Figuring it was the way to the balcony section, the group started up the stairs but were turned away at the door. Again, it was for blacks-only. His education in race relations had only started.
Mom and Pop weren’t into the whole “protest march” thing and didn’t go around proselytizing the neighborhood. They did something else: taught by example.

I couldn’t have been more than 4 years old when Pop scared the crap out of me and ruined a trip to the carnival. At least that was the sharpest part of the memory I had until I grew out of stupid little freak mode. Pop became incensed at a carny worker who refused to allow a black child on a ride and had called the boy one of the VERY BAD derogatory terms we were not allowed to use. Pop decked the maggot, said some non-racial “very bad words”, and we swiftly left the carnival. Me in tears, of course. Fathers don’t make scenes like that?!?

Several years later he came to the dinner table in disgust and told us that he had resigned as the President of the neighborhood swim club. He’d told the other board members to go F*** themselves because they were not going to allow a black family entry into the member’s only association. This kind of bigotry got Pop’s blood boiling, but he was always able to calmly describe to us kids why he got mad.

I know that Pop and millions of others like him changed this country for the better by simply refusing to go with the flow. His actions spoke louder than any protest sign and I will always be thankful for that.

Happy Fathers Day, Pop!


Shout out to Top Pop Mike Sparling! Joshua is back at Walter Reed and his incredible Dad has again taken on the task of being everyone’s father. His boundless love for all the wounded warriors and their loved ones is truly inspiring. Mike makes sure they all have a shoulder to lean on and someone to turn to when the going gets a little too tough. “Support” takes on a whole new meaning when Mike sees someone in need or when he organizes social events to get people out of their rooms and into the extended family. He’s touched the lives of more people than he realizes.Happy Fathers Day, Mike!

June 15, 2006

Bush to Create Largest Marine Sanctuary

by @ 11:55 am. Filed under teh Funny, Troop Support

Jun 15 2006Albatross! Get your albatross!
By JOHN HEILPRIN

Associated Press WriterWASHINGTON

President Bush is creating a vast new marine sanctuary Thursday, extending stronger federal protections to the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands and its endangered monk seals, nesting green sea turtles and other rare species.

Well, crap! When I saw this headline I immediately thought Bush was creating some kind of “No Sliming” zone for the USMC.

*sigh*….And now for something completely different (LANGUAGE ALERT!)

Albatross Woman: Albatross!
Man with hat: Uh, what flavor is it?
Albatross Woman: Well, it is an albatross, isn’t it? There’s no bloody flavor! Albatross!
Man with hat: There’s gotta be some flavor, I mean everything’s got a flavor…
Albatross Woman: All right, all right! It’s bloody albatross flavor! Bleedin’ seabird, bleedin’ flavor! Albatross!
Man with hat: Do you get wafers with it?
Albatross Woman: Of course you don’t have fucking wafers with it, you cunt! It’s a fucking albatross, I mean…
Graham Chapman: Stop that! Stop that! It’s filthy! Hold on! Right now, we need you! The one in the black, we need you for another skit on stage. And you, get off! You’re not even a proper woman!
Albatross Woman: Don’t you oppress me, mate!
Graham Chapman: What are you trying to do? Avoid registration or something?
Albatross Woman: Bleedin’ sexist!

June 14, 2006

Flag Day

by @ 8:56 am. Filed under Troop Support
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UPDATE: Proceed directly to One Marine’s View and add your $ and voice to the “I’ve Had Enough!” ad campaign to make sure the Corps keeps the public respect it so richly deserves.

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June 13, 2006

Soldier’s Angels Project Valour-IT Needs Your Help

by @ 11:52 am. Filed under Troop Support

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There are 11 wounded warriors waiting for voice-activated laptops and SA needs some cash to make their wait a short one. Lots of terrific posts about Soldier’s Angels Project Valour-IT have appeared since the MAYDAY was issued this past weekend. I’m going to again return to one of my favorite posts about Valour-IT from the past, Sgt. B of The Gun Line and his entry from August 11, 2005.

VALOUR-IT So there you are, just another ground pounder walking the dusty streets of Basra on a civil patrol, not really looking for the bad guys, just making sure everything is calm.

It’s oppressively hot, and you feel the sweat dripping down your spine beneath your Interceptor body armor. The sun beats down on your kevlar helmet, and a thought flits through your memory that this is kinda like last summer’s football camp, between your junior and senior year in high school, when it was so damned hot, but the coach made you practice anyway. As your eyes flit over your surroundings, you wonder whatever happened to that pretty girl that used to work at the internet cafe just down the-

WHAM!

Half-remembered sounds, and a miasma of blurred images is all you remember. You remember the sounds of your buddy, as he held you, telling you to hang in there, that everything will be all right. You remember hearing Doc’s voice, not the happy go lucky “sailor voice” that joined in the din of spirited conversation back in the FOB, but the low and intense voice of a medical professional as he works on saving a life. You hear the platoon sergeant’s voice as he talks on the radio, imploring the folks on the other end to get a Medevac bird at his position – right now!

Things get kind of woozy after that, but you know that you were in a helicopter, and later you hear that they had to bring you back from the dead three times… When you wake up, you are in a hospital room. They tried to liven the place up, but there’s no way to disguise the fact that you are in a place where really hurt troopers go. I’m not dead, you think, and then, I still have my eyes…

Your nose itches from the flow of oxygen from the mask over your face. It’s natural to reach up to scratch, and miss your face. You look down your arm, and see a swath of bandages were your wrist used to be. You look down your other arm, and find that it ends at about your elbow.

Oh God…

Despair…

Oh, man, what am I gonna do?

You were going to go to school next year, when your unit rotated back to the States and was deactivated. You had everything set up. You were going to be a computer programmer… Now I don’t have any hands. What do I do now?

The doctors and nurses come and go, barely noticed in the haze of meds dripping into your body. They tell you that your wounds have been stabilized, and that you’re out of danger.

A couple counselors come to talk to you about your recovery and rehabilitation, and what to expect…

And then another person comes into your room, carrying a laptop computer…

A few hours later, on a computer sitting in a study somewhere in the Mid-West, right next to some publications left behind by the Army Casualty Notification team, a new e-mail pops up.

“dear mom and dad, you have probably heard that i was injured. pretty bad, but at least i am alive. i am writing to let you know that i am okay. i am using a computer with my voice, because i cannot type, but at least i can e-mail…”

VALOUR-IT: Giving wounded war-fighters another kind of voice. Please be generous…

Man, the Sgt is good!

June 12, 2006

Tweeking CodePink’s Nose

by @ 11:46 am. Filed under Vengeance!, Walter Reed

Friday night at Walter Reed was a real hoot! Some creative FReepers made a nice condolence card for the commies waaaaaay down the block:


It was presented to “Large Marge” and Gael Murphy with all the solemnity the occasion demanded.

But some commie Pinkos didn’t get into the spirit of the thing…

…and would not allow us to comfort them in their time of need.

tgslTakoma tried to carry on a “dialog” with her malevolent mourner, but good old Kevin McCarron has yet to figure out that the 1st Amendment applies to patriots as well as asswipes anti-Americans.

We tried to reach out to the other side, to “come together” with those who don’t see things quite the same way we do, but to no avail. Whatever… This coming Friday we’ll try again, maybe using something a little stronger, like one of those cool 500lb bombs that, er, never mind…

Can’t say it enough – OUR MILITARY ROCKS!

June 8, 2006

Burn In Hell, Zarqawi!

by @ 7:39 pm. Filed under Vengeance!

No virgins, no martyrdom, just flaming pain and agony for all eternity you son-of-a-beotch!

GySgt Burghardt flips off the Muj that tried and failed to kill him.

GySgt Burghardt, this one’s for you!

Zarqawi assumes room temperature

Check out Trevor’s coverage of this most pleasant event.

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