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August 31, 2006

“He’s a stud”

by @ 2:37 pm. Filed under Milblogging, Troop Support, True Heroes

This story from Marine Corp News caught my eye yesterday.

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Amtrac commander redefines role of combat leader

CAMP FALLUJAH, Iraq (Aug. 26, 2006) — Sgt. William D. Dycus didn’t write the book on what it takes to be an amphibious assault vehicle commander. He completely rewrote it.

Dycus, a 21-year-old from Vidor, Texas, is redefining what it means to be a combat leader. His performance in combat was impressive enough to earn him a combat meritorious promotion to his present rank from Regimental Combat Team 5. He’s a Marine respected by his peers and admired by his Marines because of the cool, calm demeanor he displays even in the hottest of action.

Dycus is assigned to D Company, 2nd Assault Amphibian Battalion, RCT-5.

“He’s an aggressive vehicle commander who knows how to support the infantry on the ground,” said Capt. William E. O’Brien, the 36-year-old D Company commander from Moline, Ill. “He earns a huge amount of respect from his seniors. He’s calm and collected in stressful situations and tactically aggressive.”

Dycus has a track record of combat success. He earned a selection as Marine of the Quarter for RCT-8 on his first tour to Iraq and was selected as Noncommissioned Officer of the Quarter for RCT-5 before being selected for his promotion.

“He’s a stud,” O’Brien said. “I’ve known him for almost two years and from the beginning he’s been a quiet kid with the fortitude to stand up.”

Dycus has seen his fair share of stressful situations in Iraq. During this tour, he supported Marines pushing into new areas of operations near Habbaniyah. They were areas that had seen little or no U.S. forces and initially, Marines met stiff resistance.

Dycus was guiding his Marines on a patrol supporting infantry in Habbaniyah. There was a sniper threat, so he ordered his Marines to ride low in their turrets to keep a low profile. It was then an insurgent sniper’s bullet crashed through the earpiece of his crewman’s helmet and ricocheted off his turret.

“The first couple minutes were insane,” Dycus recalled. “Once it was over, we laughed about it.”

Read more about this up and coming leader here.

Which do you believe?

by @ 2:21 pm. Filed under Troop Support

A tale of two stories.

Reading Capt(Major) B’s post on Rummy yesterday was funny ’cause I later ran across this example of gross media bias (lies?).

Tuesday, August 28, saw a lot of action in Ad Diwaniyah, Iraq, when attacks in three different districts by asshats loyal to radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr went on a killing spree. Who won? Depends on what news source you believe.

The official version from Multi-National Forces – Iraq is: Good Guys! Yay!
An alternate version from the San Jose Mercury News: Bad Guys! Boo!

MNF-I story IA, IP in Ad Diwaniyah Repel Attack

DIWANIYAH, Iraq — Iraqi Army and police forces successfully fended off an attack by a large group of terrorists in the Al Eufrat, Al Jumhuri and Al Nahda districts of Ad Diwaniyah after a 12-hour battle today that ended at approximately 3:00 p.m.

Alternate reality story: Militia takes southern city after battle with military

By Thassin Abdul-Karaim
Associated Press
AD-DIWANIYAH, Iraq — The fighting lasted through the night and most of Monday, with more and more Iraqi troops moving in to try to put down a militia led by radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. By the end of the battle, the militia controlled a large swath of this southern city, and 40 people were dead.

The Mercury Spews piece is presumably reporting on the action in the same parts of Iraq on the same day as the MNF-I report, but is scoring the outcome in a very different way. It details every excruciating Coalition (U.S.) death and Iraqi police murder, but lumps all the “innocent” and terrorist asshats together into one lump. The MNF-I article unfortunately does not include numbers for my Dead Terrorist Counter, but the Spews article would undoubtedly and very purposefully leave that number out even if it were known.

Something I found interesting at the very bottom of the Spews article:

The New York Times contributed to this report.

Why am I not surprised? You must always take NYTimes stories with a grain of salt, and these kinds of stories make it hard to take them at all.

Even with a fistfull of salt.

A fistfull of salt rubbed in to their … (must stop violent thoughts)…

August 30, 2006

Subject: History of the Middle Finger

by @ 12:45 pm. Filed under teh Funny

Brought to you by TweetiePie

Well, now… here’s something I never knew before, and now that I know it, I feel compelled to send it on to my more intelligent friends in the hope that they, too,will feel edified. Isn’t history more fun when you know something about it?

Before the Battle of Agincourt in 1415, the French, anticipating victory over the English, proposed to cut off the middle finger of all captured English soldiers. Without the middle finger it would be impossible to draw the renowned English longbow and therefore they would be incapable of fighting in the future. This famous English longbow was made of the native English Yew tree, and the act of drawing the longbow was known as “plucking the yew” (or “pluck yew”).

Much to the bewilderment of the French, the English won a major upset and began mocking the French by waiving their middle fingers at the defeated French, saying, See, we can still pluck yew! Since ‘pluck yew’ is rather difficult to say, the difficult consonant cluster at the beginning has gradually changed to a labiodentals fricative F’, and thus the words often used in conjunction with the one-finger-salute!

It is also because of the pheasant feathers on the arrows used with the longbow that the symbolic gesture is known as “giving the bird.”

IT IS STILL AN APPROPRIATE SALUTE TO THE FRENCH TODAY!

And yew thought yew knew every plucking thing!
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la·bi·o·den·tal; adj.; Articulated with the lower lip and upper teeth, as the sounds (f) and (v).
fric·a·tive; n.; A consonant, such as f or s in English, produced by the forcing of breath through a constricted passage. Also called spirant.

I look ’em up so you don’t have to!

Dog Pack Kills Alligator In Florida

by @ 12:28 pm. Filed under teh Funny

Brought to you by Donna, Los Osos

At times nature can be cruel, but there is also a raw beauty, and even a certain justice manifested within that cruelty.

The alligator, one of the oldest and ultimate predators, normally considered the ‘apex predator’ in its natural eco-system, can still fall victim to implemented ‘team work’ strategy, made possible by the tight knit social structure and ‘survival of the fittest pack mentality’ bred into canines over the last thousands of years by natural selection.

See the remarkable photograph below, courtesy of Nature Magazine.

Note that the Alpha dog has a muzzle hold on the gator preventing it from breathing, while the remainder of the pack prevents the beast from rolling.

Beware! This is not for the squeamish!
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August 26, 2006

“These guys will try anything.”

by @ 11:10 pm. Filed under Milblogging, Troop Support, True Heroes

Try as I might, I still can’t get some pics to show up in Internet Explorer. This story had to be told with pics, so I decided to post it over at the old GunnNutt site. Do yourself (and me) a favor and start using Firefox!
The title says it all – taken from a quote in the August 23rd edition of San Luis Obispo Tribune about an event organized by OperationComfort.org and ampsurf.com, and worked by volunteer/supporter/friend of milblogs/very nice lady – Donna, Los Osos. She was a volunteer for the event and kindly sent me more info about the week long camp and the terrific people involved.

Please check out Donna’s most excellent adventure!

Learning to Surf


August 24, 2006

BREAKING NEWS: Pluto Demoted!!!

by @ 11:07 am. Filed under teh Funny

Walt Disney is rolling over in his grave right now. It has been determined that his adorable pooch is in actuality a – *gasp* – DWARF PLANET!

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This is undoubtedly the work of some AP or CNN stringer reporting “live” from Uranus. Bah!

Uranus is also a very funny word!

August 23, 2006

My newest favorite word

by @ 9:09 pm. Filed under teh Funny

Befuckled

I first saw it here over at Capt. Z’s and laughed myself silly. (Google the word and Chuck comes up first on the list!)

Then Sgt. Allen uses it when describing a fat obnoxious beotch and I start laughing all over again.

From Urban Dictionary:

Befuckled

August 22, 2006

More incentives to buy the 2007 AnyMarine Calendar!

by @ 12:56 pm. Filed under Troop Support


UPDATE!

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Capt B and Taco Bell are now signing calendars along with Brian Horn!
At least Major Taco isn’t offering to, um “color” it for us.


Smart Guys are Semper Cool!

by @ 12:55 pm. Filed under Politics, Troop Support

Keep some thoughts about Freedom of Speech in mind as we head in to the next election season, and check out some words of wisdom by the “street smart”.

Here’s my promise: If a conservative organization wants to run a political ad criticizing any Congressman up for re-election during that 60-day window, I’ll let them run one on this website, for free, right up until Election Day.

And if Congress or for that matter law enforcement think that I’m going to refrain from criticizing an elected or wannabe-elected official, ever, they’re sadly mistaken. – Kim Du Toit, Yeah, Right

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I will hold true to my oath in word and deed. McCain and Feingold can crumple their campaign finance reform bill straight up their asses. If they want to debate me, I’ll be happy to nail a copy of the constitution to their heads before we begin the debate. Moreover, I will permanently oppose them on the blog with my little left-banner ad. I’ll support any organization who wants to campaign against McCain, Feingold, Murtha, Kerry, or other dingbats as I see fit, all they have to do is ask. If I agree with their platform, I’ll gladly put thier little ad on my page. –Capt Ziegenfuss, Screw McCain-Feingold

Speaking of smart guys, Master Gunner has a wonderful post today – Iraq -VS- Vietnam: Similar, But Not How You Think…– wherein he identifies the differences between the GWOT and Vietnam. I found it particularly timely since I had a conversation with a Vientam Vet (who served as a medic) yesterday in my favorite ‘ceegar’ shop. He lamented that he wished someone had sent him cigars while he was “over there”.


5. Similar: A deeply divided homefront, with very little support for the War effort. Anti-War is “Hip”, and support for the War effort is seen as “Not Cool”.

6. Different: Unprecedented re-enlistment rates for Soldiers who have served in Iraq, often re-upping to stay in the same unit so they may return to the Front. Most Vietnam-era draftees would do a tour, then get out of the Military.

The first comment on the post is from an Aussie who’s supporting OUR TROOPS with letters and care packages!

Personally, I think these guys are VERY COOL!!!! and the anti-war ‘tards are, like, total losers ‘n stuff.

August 20, 2006

Say ‘Cheese’

by @ 7:33 pm. Filed under Milblogging, Troop Support, Walter Reed

What happens when three shutterbugs click at the same time?

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Taco Mamma and Pirate Guy

August 18, 2006

I Didn’t Know al-Qaeda Was Our 3rd Branch of Govt….

by @ 12:06 pm. Filed under Milblogging, Troop Support, Vengeance!

Judge Amahdushybag bin-Biggs al-Taylor
Federal Judge Anna bin-Biggs al-Taylor.

A federal judge in Detroit yesterday ruled that President Bush’s domestic terrorist surveillance program is unconstitutional, agreeing with a challenge from the American Civil Liberties Union and a group of lawyers, academics and journalists.

… ACLU Executive Director Anthony Romero told reporters that the opinion was “another nail in the coffin in the Bush administration’s legal strategy in the war on terror.”

So, what else is new? stopaclu.png

What would Gunny say?

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


Yeah, that’s what I thought… What do I say?

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after impaling them, of course.

August 16, 2006

The 2007 AnySoldier.com Calendars are On Sale!

by @ 10:23 pm. Filed under Troop Support, True Heroes

I feel like Steve Martin in The Jerk.
“The new phone book’s here! The new phone book’s here! I’m somebody now!!!”

Anyhoo, the much ballyhooed and talked about 2007-Heroes of AnySoldier.com Calendar is finally ready to be ordered.

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This is just an example page.


Get ’em while they’re hot! Or in this case, before they’re out of the oven. Go to the Where to Send page on AnySoldier and scroll down, down, down… and there it is!! You can even order an autographed calendar signed by the man himself – Sgt Brian Horn.

Taco Mamma is working herself to the bone on this, and is still burning the midnight oil to get it ready to ship by October. She’s done a great job for AnySoldier.com and for the Troops. Thanks and OORAH!

August 15, 2006

Rolling Victory Fast – Everybody’s Doing It!

by @ 9:14 pm. Filed under Milblogging, Troop Support

What the heck is up with August 16th? Half the blogsosphere will be fasting tomorrow.

Go Tankers!


Update: There is a VERY GOOD REASON that this date is special. See today’s post In Memory of SGT Mike Stokely and don’t be a dope like me!

From the terrific Tanker Brothers duty roster:
1. Robert Stokely
2. Master Gunner
3. (FReeper) Jimmy Valentine’s brother
4. Dana Bugay
5. MiaMomma
6. PC Mom and
7. Some Soldier’s Mom
8. Tammy Loux
9. Leta (the Great!)

Seems almost a shame to leave it at 9. Anyway, a plug for Master Gunner and a great big one for Leta who recently returned from Kosovo where she’s plotting to take control of the country. OK! OK not really!!! She’s just taken it upon her very capable self to see to it that every Kosovar child gets a decent education in a school not filled with sewage.

Please check out the Journal Entries on Progress Through Peace, Inc. for the lowdown on the first 3 visits, and stay tuned for the saga of the most recent trip she made late last month. If you’ve got a few bucks to spare for a most worthy cause, cough ’em up there!

For more background, history and great stories, check out Way Down In Kosovo written by Steve Pointer while deployed to beautiful Camp Bondsteel!

Oh yeah, everyone needs a T-shirt to be part of the Rolling Victory Fast! Well, maybe you just “should” have a t-shirt. Melinda is taking orders now, and for the next 10 minutes only will also throw in a set of Ginsu “Ninja” knives! But wait!! There’s more! I’ll add a stale “faux cubana” ceegar with the next 10 purchases!!!

August 14, 2006

Hippy Sign ‘o the Times

by @ 4:55 pm. Filed under Troop Support, Walter Reed

Stoopid hippies. It was nice to read Bill Whittle’s latest chapter in his new book, An American Civilization, and get confirmation that he, too hates the smelly ones:

Today, I try to exercise and watch my weight only so that I may live long enough to see the last of these radical hippies die in their sleep.


Hippy signs

Pics taken last Friday (8/11) at WRAMC.


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SMASH amongst the smelly ones.



There are few things in this world that need impaling more than hippies. Right now, I can’t think of any of them…

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Then there’s one of OUR signs!


Mirth at Murtha’s Expense

by @ 10:09 am. Filed under teh Funny, Troop Support

Heh. Check out the latest from BootMurtha.comMurthaHist.gif

See this FreeRepublic comment that has every link known to man concerning the “Pendleton 8” Marines. It’s in a very cool thread about Kilo Co. homecoming.

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