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July 3, 2006

IE Sucks!

by @ 7:20 pm. Filed under Troop Support

There really are pics in all of the posts with “holes” in them. Firefox shows them just fine – IE doesn’t.

I will continue to try and fix this…

Happy Birthday U.S.A!

by @ 3:08 pm. Filed under Milblogging, Troop Support, Walter Reed

HOORAY!

We’re 230 years old on Tuesday and still kicking butt!

Birthday Greetings from Gen. Pace:

MOAB 2.jpg– Today marks our 230th year as a Nation. Our founders envisioned this great Nation as a democracy, a concept that has come to define America. To echo the words of President Ronald Reagan, “Independence Day is more than just the birthday of a Nation. It serves as the commemoration of a revolution that changed the very concept of government.”

The citizens of the United States can be proud of our rich heritage. Throughout our history, America has undergone many struggles to preserve our way of life. We have gone to battle to fight for freedom wherever and whenever necessary. Today is no different. We are fully engaged in a fight against terror. To America’s Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen, and especially your families, thank you for meeting the challenges of the War on Terrorism and for protecting the principles that guide our great Nation.

Got Freedom? Thank a Vet!

The Joint Chiefs and I wish you and your families a safe and happy Independence Day. We honor your tremendous sacrifice to our country, and we are extremely proud of your contribution to keeping our country safe.

With respect,

PETER PACE
General, United States Marine Corps
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

And from the Secretary of War Defense:

– More than two centuries ago, groups of patriots gathered in halls and in farm houses to debate the course of a young nation’s destiny. Their journey was a difficult one. Early in their pursuit of freedom, a man named James Allen wrote in his diary, “Many thinking people believe America has seen its best days.” But, many other Americans thought better, and the result of their determination was a government dedicated to the inherent equality of all people and their unalienable right to liberty.

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It was one group of patriots in particular – farmers and shopkeepers turned colonial soldiers – that our nation relied upon to secure those ideals. The soldiers suffered many defeats along the way, but they never surrendered their willingness to make any sacrifice for a cause greater than themselves.

Promoting the highest of ideals and defending them at all costs is a defining characteristic of what it is to be American. The American commitment to a noble cause began at Lexington and Concord, but it did not end with a surrender at Yorktown. The work continued — in the courage of generations who marched for suffrage and civil rights, and on hundreds of battlefields, from Gettysburg to Normandy to Tal Afar.

Today, we continue to be blessed by the service of men and women as dedicated to the cause of freedom as the first generation who wore our country’s uniform. And it is during this time of year we reflect on our freedoms and way of life secured through their actions.

Sparklers at the gate

Those men and women — volunteers all — serve and they sacrifice along dusty streets in harsh lands, aboard ships sailing across the globe’s oceans, and among our communities, all with a single purpose: to make safe the blessings we are privileged to enjoy.

To each of you serving our nation’s highest ideals, know that you are part of a proud legacy. You have been and are making history, and you will be an inspiration for the generations to come. May God bless each of you. May God bless your families and your loved ones. And may God continue to bless our wonderful country.

DONALD H. RUMSFELD
Secretary of War Defense

These two PATRIOTS say it best!

The pics are from June 30th at WR.

Taco’s Soapbox

by @ 9:48 am. Filed under Milblogging, Troop Support

Never be afraidIn Go Jihad on the Media, Taco Bell (SandGram) has one righteous rant and a challenge for each of us that are equally fed up with the putrid way the MSM treats the terrorists vs. our military.

Now, the question is why isn’t our press raising hell about this lack of condemnation by the Arab world? Because they think we deserve it as well. If anyone out there thinks our captured troops deserved the treatment they received then I will throw this out to you, send me your name and address and I will figure out a way to pay for your all-expense-paid trip to Iraq. You can give us an update on your condition, and I promise that I will make sure my Cox Cable for my high speed internet is paid up so I can see your pleas for help on the internet just before they bend you over and make you squeal like a pig. Do I sound bitter??? Yes, you can say that.

When I was looking for information about the two soldiers whose bodies had just been found, I was sickened by what I found instead. Yahoo!s news page was filled with links to stories about OUR GIs committing atrocities against “innocent” Iraqis, how badly the war is going, “Bush sucks!”, etc. This is what Yahoo! thought was important on that day:

Feature Articles

  • The ugly truth about everyday life in Baghdad (by the US ambassador) at The Independent (UK) – Tue, Jun 20, 2006
  • Iraq War May Add Stress for Past Vets at The Washington Post (reg. req’d) – Tue, Jun 20, 2006
  • Is the Insurgency on the Rebound? at TIME Magazine – Mon, Jun 19, 2006
  • Statement From the Family of PFC Thomas L. Tucker Salem News – Mon, Jun 19, 2006
  • Madras prays for Tucker as U.S. troops scour Iraq at The Bend Bulletin – Mon, Jun 19, 2006
  • “If there Is a Civil War in Iraq, Everyone Will Pay the Price” at Spiegel Online – Mon, Jun 19, 2006

Opinion & Editorials

  • The Way Out of Iraq: A Road Map at The Washington Post (reg. req’d) – Tue, Jun 20, 2006
  • Withdrawal-lite in Iraq at Daily Telegraph (UK) – Tue, Jun 20, 2006
  • Blair’s admiration for troops stops short of practical help at Daily Telegraph (UK) – Tue, Jun 20, 2006
  • The GOP’s Iraq gap at The Los Angeles Times (reg. req’d) – Sun, Jun 18, 2006
  • Giving Zarqawi His Due on Page 1 at The Washington Post (reg. req’d) – Sun, Jun 18, 2006
  • A Long Road Ahead in Iraq at The New York Times (reg. req’d) – Sun, Jun 18, 2006

Related Web Sites

  • Iraqi Transitional Government – Official government site for Iraq. Includes profiles of officials and information on issues such as elections, security, reconstruction, law, and the Iraqi constitution.
  • U.S. Embassy Baghdad, Iraq – includes press releases.
  • UN: Iraq – includes information on Security Council actions, and agencies’ humanitarian efforts.
  • Iraq Body Countindependent public database of media-reported civilian deaths in Iraq from the U.S.-led war and occupation. (empasis mine)
  • Iraqi Special Tribunal – includes news and background information on the cases and defendants.
  • U.S. State Department: Iraq Update – includes official statements, issue studies, and more.

That “Body Count” one burns me the most – and is just one of the reasons I started the “Dead Terrorist” counter of my own. (Sorry for being so slow to implement a distribution method – I’m still trying to figure it out.) Negative, negative, negative! Nothing about the wonderful things our troops are doing and how much safer it is to live in Iraq than in the U.S.A. Just continuous bashing of the whole effort and glee in publishing anything that makes our military look bad. Sick freaks calling themselves “journalists”!
Anyhoo – Taco’s got some special rewards for folks who can get their “Letter to the Editor” published as well as the addresses of some major news rags. Go see it now!

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