Saturday, March 06, 2010
These feisty fliers contributed much to our air training, safety and defense during WWII yet went unrecognized by the military; they were considered civil servants and were unceremoniously deactivated in December of 1944.
Finally, those grandmothers and great-grandmothers will be recognized for their work. They will meet in Washington, DC to proudly take their place in history among the unsung heroes of WWII on March 10 when they will receive the Congressional Gold Medal in a ceremony that will be held at the US Capitol.
An added bonus: I have heard Betty speak - she is just riveting. The stories will have you holding your sides - her delivery is fantastic. You will be able to hear her stories at the CD 2 Reagan Dinner to be held May 14, in Lakeville, MN. Details will be forthcoming.
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Prior to the Haiti disaster, the largest and most incredibly successful humanitarian effort in the world's history to supply the fundamental needs of food, fuel and clothing to a large population under enemy siege was the Berlin Airlift of 1948-49((available here).
To summarize that program, consider that the airlift: coordinated 300,000 flights on three (3) runways over a span of 330 days; delivered 6,000,000,000 pounds of supplies to about 2,000,000 West Berliners . The grid here shows the mind-boggling logistics. No room for error.
In Haiti, the US military took control of the SINGLE runway in the airport in Port au Prince. (The UN manages the city but the US military controls the air space - thankfully.) This P au P airfield typically sees 5-15 flights a day. Now the US military is coordinating 280 flights a day, round the clock. That is 1 flight every 5 minutes.
Now consider the Haiti situation: population of 3,500,000; over 30 "hospitals" but only 3 had more than 100 beds; total beds: around 1600 beds, BEFORE the earthquake struck. There are an estimated 250,000 injuries to be treated. A fourth grader could look at this arithmetic and realize there's a problem.
The pleas for orthopedic surgeons and medical personnel are being addressed as many doctors are voluntarily going to Haiti to help. However, the real need is for more beds, medical supplies, and operating rooms.
What's being done? In addition to the thousands of volunteers, USNS Comfort ship arrived on the 22nd (just as navy ships sailed to SE Asia after the typhoons of a few years ago). The ship is a floating hospital with 1000 patient beds, 80 intensive care beds, 950 naval hospital staff and 12 operating rooms.
The Israelies sent help at the first notice of the earthquake. Withing eight hours, they had set up a state-of-the-art hospital, on the ground. Their experience in rescuing victims of terrorism and war is being used extensively in Haiti. (Does not appear that any of their enemies are helping....)
The Canadian expeditionary force chose to focus its efforts in Jacmel and expect to have a functioning field hospital operating by this Friday.
As mentioned above, the base need is for supplies. You can go here or here or here to donate.
Friday, January 15, 2010
Conservatives understand anyone besides a Democrat is a breakthrough in blue, blue MA. Frankly, I think it's still a toss-up. And with Obama heading to MA - well, let's say, he needs a trip with a positive (for him) versus negative (Copenhagen 1, Copenhagen 2, HC, etc.) outcome. Heck, if Brown comes within 10 points, it will shake the Dems to the core.
Haiti - the US military provides the world standard for handling crises. They are organized, efficient, smart, and definitely hard working. Forget the bureaucrats, trust our Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines to get the job done.
1 - The aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson and half a dozen other U.S. Navy ships are steaming toward Haiti. They will join some 900 soldiers from the 82nd Airborne Division in providing emergency aid. 2200 Marines will also be on hand.
2 - Our military basic business is protecting our freedoms but it also provides incredible humanitarian relief. After the 2004 tsunami hit Indonesia and Thailand, when ports and roads were destroyed, the U.S. deployed 15,000 troops, a carrier task force (including a floating hospital and water purification systems), and a Marine expeditionary force. This flotilla supervised the delivery of tents, water, food, medicine, and other supplies before any other aid could arrive. (# 1,2 sourced from Mona Charen)
Other nations have sent help and will continue to do so but when it comes to making 'it' happen, our guys are the best. Haiti is a mess, has had corrupt government for a long time, and will be dicey for quite a while but if our guys can be given the means and backing they need, we can help them get back on their feet. There is no room for political correctness here - just do the job! They can.
Sunday, December 20, 2009
1 - Too many of these kids have teachers who are against the war - their anti-war mantra has to affect these kids. Instead of putting down the USA, the military, and related groups, these teachers should be thanking these kids, their families and their military parents for the sacrifices, bravery and heroism displayed by the vast majority of our military, the real protectors of freedom.
2 - Perhaps if the mainstream media, Hollywood and so much of the rest of the "entertainment" industry covered and were supportive of the heroic efforts our soldiers show, these kids would have better scores.
Remember, there are over 200 of us, non-soldiers, enjoying our lattes, free education, shopping, freedom of choice because we have a couple of million people willing to serve our nation part time or full time. These people are the real heroes - and their kids deserve all the support we can give them.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Our son participated in a ROTC program and now he is a 1st LT in the US Army and yesterday, deployed to Iraq. Already he's spent a year in Korea but going to Iraq is a bit different - travel, ease of mobility, etc. are not the same as Korea. But, the experience of spending a year in Asia and now, another one in the Middle East - how can one buy that? Can't.
The knowledge he will gain on this deployment will be invaluable - he will be working with the logistics team that must log, value, and transport all the equipment we still have in Iraq. Those who understand logistics will appreciate the magnitude of this project.
Why am I sharing this? We do take our military for granted - for every 200 of us, there is one (1) full-time military personnel. What this subset of society accomplishes is far more than the 0.5% of the population it comprises.
I've taught a number of guys from the MN Red Bull National Guard unit in my classes. To a man, they are more mature, responsible, and confident than most of my students. They can lead, they can follow. They present well.
It is a shame that too many schools now make it difficult for young people to even hear what the military has to offer them. For so many who have spent their years in a dumbed down education system, one more interested in "feeling good" than learning what one can do, the military provides a challenging and yes, rewarding life option.
When I tell people that he is going to Iraq, the comment is too often a bit of a downer, "Oh, well..... How do you feel?" and it goes downhill from there. Our response is this: "Would you give a negative response to someone who joins the police force? the fire department, a personal security firm? No, yet these are dangerous jobs. Why, then, give a negative response regarding someone who chooses the military?" Their approach shifts.
As for our son, this is his choice and we fully support him. Yes, we are very proud of him.
Labels: US Soldiers
Friday, September 11, 2009
Janet Adds: Today was doubly memorable for us. In addition to our remembrances of 9/11/2001, we saw our youngest son off at the airport this morning. He is an army 1st Lieutenant, deploying to Iraq at the end of this month, so it will probably be a year before we see him next. [End Janet.]
While I'm at it, for those who are wondering about the St. Cloud T.E.A. (Taxed Enough Already) Party, here's how you get to Lake George -- and pay particular attention to the construction in the area.
Lake George is across the street from Technical High School (233 12th Ave S, St. Cloud MN 56301), so using your GPS for the high school will take you there. That area is also your best bet for street parking. There is a parking lot on the south side of the lake as well. The organizers plan to set up in the northeast corner of the lake, which is where there is still construction for a new bridge and the 9th Ave underpass.
If you are coming from the east, remember that the bridge on Highway 23 over the Mississippi is still closed, so you will want to follow the detour signs. From any other direction, my advice is to come off Interstate 94 or U.S. 10 to State Highway 15, and turn east onto Division Street (which is labeled as Highway 23, Crossroads Mall will be to your west.)
I will be speaking around 10:15, just before Rep. Bachmann, and then hopping in the car to head to the Patriot. Live call-ins from St. Cloud will be on NARN Volume I, which is going to be hosted by Ed this week (Mitch will probably be there after noon.) So if you can't be there, you can at least listen to all the fun you're missing!
P.S. Yes, I'll stop by the MOB gathering too tomorrow night at Keegans. But I leave very early due to Sunday church singing, so if you snooze, you lose.
P.P.S. I'm glad Andy Levy preserved that Twitter stream. I was stretching before bed -- it's the only way my back can stay moderately healthy any more -- and as is my wont, I usually go to bed around 12:30am. My iPod Touch gave me the usual last hundred posts, which I read while listening to either Dennis (Miller, Prager) or music, and last night I chose Red House Painters. Stretching is about twenty minutes. I start reading and half my tweetstream is AllahPundit's stream. I got up, sat down, and refreshed until Twitterrific wouldn't let me any more. Music ran out at the same time, and I went to bed. I slept poorly.
Saturday, June 06, 2009
It is the American soldier who keeps our press and the rest of our beliefs free. Thank you to all the families, heirs, and supporters of our military.
Thursday, March 05, 2009
In addition, I'd hire a military vet any day of the week. Why? They show up on time! They can take orders, they can give orders, lead. They listen. They review whatever they have done and learn from errors. They are held to standards. They are mature and responsible.
It is extremely unfortunate that our educational institutions and others, including our present POTUS, do not seem to grasp the sacrifices nor the enormous benefits and positive examples our military people provide throughout the world.
This video shows the military's response to President Obama and President Bush. The difference in how these two leaders are perceived by our military is incredible. Old Chinese saying: "A picture is worth 1000 words."
Update 3/6/09: Just learned this. When "Hail to the Chief" is played, soldiers must stand at attention. If you notice in the video, there was no music when President Bush approached the podium and he was free to mingle with the soldiers (and crowds in other venues) which he did. When President Obama went to speak, "Hail to the Chief" was played so soldiers had to stay at attention. Does the Obama team know this protocol? If yes, then he appears to not want much to do with soldiers. If not, the team should consider the message they send by "controlling" our military. Regardless, this video still shows who cares about soldiers.
Labels: US Soldiers
Monday, November 24, 2008
FARAH PROVINCE, Afghanistan � In the city of Shewan, approximately 250 insurgents ambushed 30 Marines and paid a heavy price for it...(Noted by Michael Ledeen at NRO.)
�The day started out with a 10-kilometer patrol with elements mounted and dismounted, so by the time we got to Shewan, we were pretty beat,� said a designated marksman who requested to remain unidentified. �Our vehicles came under a barrage of enemy RPGs (rocket propelled grenades) and machine gun fire. One of our �humvees� was disabled from RPG fire, and the Marines inside dismounted and laid down suppression fire so they could evacuate a Marine who was knocked unconscious from the blast.�
The vicious attack that left the humvee destroyed and several of the Marines pinned down in the kill zone sparked an intense eight-hour battle as the platoon desperately fought to recover their comrades. After recovering the Marines trapped in the kill zone, another platoon sergeant personally led numerous attacks on enemy fortified positions while the platoon fought house to house and trench to trench in order to clear through the enemy ambush site.
�The biggest thing to take from that day is what Marines can accomplish when they�re given the opportunity to fight,� the sniper said. �A small group of Marines met a numerically superior force and embarrassed them in their own backyard. The insurgents told the townspeople that they were stronger than the Americans, and that day we showed them they were wrong.�
During the battle, the designated marksman single handedly thwarted a company-sized enemy RPG and machinegun ambush by reportedly killing 20 enemy fighters with his devastatingly accurate precision fire. He selflessly exposed himself time and again to intense enemy fire during a critical point in the eight-hour battle for Shewan in order to kill any enemy combatants who attempted to engage or maneuver on the Marines in the kill zone. What made his actions even more impressive was the fact that he didn�t miss any shots, despite the enemies� rounds impacting within a foot of his fighting position.
�I was in my own little world,� the young corporal said. �I wasn�t even aware of a lot of the rounds impacting near my position, because I was concentrating so hard on making sure my rounds were on target.�
After calling for close-air support, the small group of Marines pushed forward and broke the enemies� spirit as many of them dropped their weapons and fled the battlefield. At the end of the battle, the Marines had reduced an enemy stronghold, killed more than 50 insurgents and wounded several more.
�I didn�t realize how many bad guys there were until we had broken through the enemies� lines and forced them to retreat. It was roughly 250 insurgents against 30 of us,� the corporal said. �It was a good day for the Marine Corps. We killed a lot of bad guys, and none of our guys were seriously injured.�
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Please join us at The MN History Center, 345 Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul from 7:00-9:00 PM. Tickets are on sale now, $10 per person. You can order them through Teri Dahl: firstname.lastname@example.org or 1.608.780.4677.
Again, support our troops - hope to see you there!!!
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Now they have released a video with the comments of three Iraqi vets. (My friend, David, is the one with the mustache.) Please take a minute to view the video here. It is so very important that our soldiers who are the ones who really protect our freedom, be heard, acknowledged, appreciated and thanked. Feel free to spread the word far and wide.
Friday, August 22, 2008
Polio, tetanus and whooping cough seem like dangers that belong to history. It would be a mistake to conclude that the danger of those illnesses has passed. ..whenever vaccination rates slip, those diseases return. A recent outbreak of measles occurred mostly among kids whose parents had not had them vaccinated. We live in a global world and diseases do not pay any attention to borders.
I started thinking. The same logic applies to learning real history. The USA has done more good for more people providing freedom from tyranny than any other nation on the planet. It still is the nation of opportunity. American soldiers have died for more moral causes on behalf of others than any other nation. Our children are cheated when they are taught only a guilt-ridden, victimized view of our history. We owe it to them to teach the entire story as well as teach them the horrors perpetrated by so many other cultures.
Just as ignoring vaccines for diseases that we think no longer can affect us, ignoring the evil of foreign cultures and nations and ignoring the good of US History means the diseases and evil can very well come back to us.
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Our soldiers have had their votes denied in the past for a variety of reasons. There is enough time now to let your soldier know that they can get their ballots through this website.
Our son also reviewed it as well as other sites and has stated that in his opinion, this site is the best.
Thank your soldiers for their efforts and support.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Le Grillion is a restaurant-bar in the always-crowded downtown Cairo frequented by Iraqi expats. Take a look at what they are saying and also note their concerns.
"I am from Fallujah" says one man � an art agent � with a cigar ever between his fingers. "We should make the most benefit from the Americans while we can. It is a moment of history. We either get a state now, or we will always be like this."
Author, NUMAN AL FADDAGH, "I cannot keep my pleasure to myself. I saw my Iraq � one that I have only seen in poetry � in the near future: an oasis of peace and prosperity amidst the scorching desert, a home for its children and a sanctuary for its guests."
A female commented, "They (Iraqis) were of every color in the Iraqi rainbow, but you can speak of two common things among them: telling you about their plans to go home within months and considering the Americans to be partners in that home they are returning to."
Another female, this time a Christian who was forced to leave Iraq by Al Qaeda and now lives in Jordan, says, She told me "it seems that the Americans know what they are doing. They have been so patient with us, but it seems that we have learned our lesson now."
Numan then asked the gang at Le Grillion what they thought about the proposed long-term treaty with the Americans. The answer came immediately: "We have nothing to give the Americans; we are the ones who should be thankful!"
My greatest fear (Numan) � and it seems to be the case for all my new friends here � is the future of the American presence in Iraq. Our tongues and our minds have been freed, and yes we are heading home, but the Americans might run out of patience before we can make it.
Friday, July 04, 2008
A perfect example of what America really is took place in Baghdad where 1215 American soldiers reenlisted. You can watch the video here - it's short but play it, listen to the words: "Defend the Constitution of the United States." These soldiers understand that document better than some of our Supreme Court judges.
In addition to playing the video, you might want to read the comments. They tell another, wonderful story.
Our active, all-volunteer military comprises less than .3% of our population yet these men and women are better trained, more responsible, better suited to leadership than a number of our so-called elite college graduates. If I were an employer, I'd hire a vet in a heartbeat - of course, the vet has to leave the military and these guys decided to stay around for another tour.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
This Saturday, June 21, is the 4th annual MMAF 5K walk/run. Leading the event this year will be the family of PFC Ed Herrgott, the first Minnesotan killed in Iraq. You can participate in this walk/run by downloading the entry form here. Sign up your friends and relatives, take a walk, and contribute extra support to the families of our best and brightest. Added bonus: participants get free tickets to the Twins game at 1:00 PM on Saturday.
Weather should be great! If you've wanted to help our military, this is an excellent way to let our soldiers' families know they are special and we appreciate their sacrifices so the rest of us can continue to live in the freest nation ever envisioned.
Friday, June 06, 2008
Too often today, in our schools, this successful effort to free millions of people from the dictatorship of Adolf Hitler and his German machine, is ignored and the focus morphs to a guilt trip. The idea no longer discussed is where would we be today if the German/Japanese Axis had won? We would be speaking German or Japanese. Open schools for all - no. Racial advances - no. Concepts of free thought, ideas, real choice would not exist. Neither the Nazis nor the Japanese (who at the time believed their emperor was a direct descendant of the gods) would have tolerated what we today take for granted. If you question this, check here, here, here, and here for the real atrocities conducted in Nazi concentration camps and Japanese prisoner of war camps.
Freedom is not free. When free nations are attacked from within or without, there are times they must fight back. Those who oppose fighting at all costs are usually people who have never lacked freedom. They have no clue as to how ruthless and dogmatic dictators can get; how barbaric some societies still are. Though WWII was a war that would hopefully end all wars, the military defeat of the Axis powers, coupled with their unconditional surrender, did not take into account societies outside the two major fighting groups: Germany, Japan (with help from some Arab nations), and Italy versus the Brits, Americans (with help from the French resistance, Canada and Australia).
This omission resulted in the western thinking of today: peace at any cost; a naive belief that the UN, dominated by dictators who could care less about freedom and choice, actually want to help people; a blindness to existing societies that discriminate against women, dark-skinned peoples, and still rule via military thuggery. A culture of pacifism, which has always existed, gets far more press today. "If only..." my view of the world could be forced on all others, all would be fine. Ignored is the fact that there are people who will never agree with my "if only..." view.
The WWII soldiers fought to keep freedom. Without this ability to live where one can create, think, and express ideas without fear for life, progress comes to a grinding halt. Humans will revert to their most basic state - fighting.
We who are the children of the greatest generation, the group that saved the world from dominance by the Germans and Japanese, must remember the D-Day Invasion - it led to the longest period of peace and prosperity for so many hundreds of millions of people ever.
Thank you, WWII vets, especially D-Day veterans and families.
Monday, May 05, 2008
If you click on this link, you can go there and vote for Patti - I'd sure like it if you would. She is the mom with the medium-length dark hair, on the left side, under military mom.
Her organization, Soldiers' Angels, now operates internationally to provide letters, care packages, and comfort items to our deployed men and women as well as support for their families here at home. In addition, Soldiers' Angels provides assistance to the wounded, continuing support for veterans, remembrances and comfort for families of the fallen and immediate response to the unique difficulties that some may require.
You can just vote or you can sign up to adopt a soldier.
Regardless, this is support for our finest and bravest. We are extremely fortunate to have such an organization supporting members of our outstanding military.
Labels: US Soldiers
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Having said the above, here are some quotes from an Aussie soldier regarding his experience with American soldiers in Iraq. You can go here for the full letter. I am comfortable that it's legit - the original source was Michael Ledeen at Pajamas Media a known specialist on the Middle East and Islamic jihadism. This says it all.
Gentlemen I am an Australian and my son is an Australian - as far as we are concerned there is not place on God's earth better than Australia, and there are no people better than Australians. My son and I just ended a long 'phone conversation and here are some of his comments, believe me this is what he said.
'Before I came over here I thought we (the Australian Army) were pretty .... hot..... was I ever wrong!....The Yanks (I hope you don't mind me using that word) are so professional from the top to the bottom that it is almost embarrassing to be in their company, and to call yourself a soldier....don't get me wrong, we are good at what we do but the Yanks are so much better.....they are complete at what they do, how they do it and their attitude is awesome....they don't complain they just get on with the job and they do it right.
Let's face it they don't have to be here, they could stay in America and beat the s*** out of anyone who threatened them, but they are here because they believe they should be here, and the Iraqis would be screwed if they weren't here.
The reason why I am sharing this with you is because I realize that you (as a nation) must get pretty ***** with all the criticism you receive by the so-called 'know it alls' who are sitting at home - safe. The reality is that they are safe, just as I am, because of America. If the world went arse up tomorrow ..... I know that the Americans would be there putting themselves on the line for others. That to me is the sign of greatness.UPDATE: This is so typical. I posted this tribute to American soldiers, which praises their professionalism, their competence, their attitudes, and their willingness to sacrifice for others. The first response is a comment with not one positive word about our soldiers, instead changing the subject to bash President Bush and the American government. Such behavior is why so many claims to "support our troops" give the impression of hypocritical and cynical propaganda.
Labels: US Soldiers
Friday, March 28, 2008
Nick Coleman of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, ever the friend of the anti-military left, got his digs in yesterday. The school superintendent and principal cannot seem to decide why they went back on their word - was it parents? outsiders? the children? security? the press? Who knows - their story keeps changing.
In response to the unfair, unjust, and inconsistent comments made by Forest Lake administrators, Pete Hegseth has released the following statement:
"There was NO press conference called and there was NO safety threat.
"I called the superintendent 3 times, left 2 messages, he will not call me back.
"We did NOTHING wrong and we haven't piled on (can't say that about others in the media - Janet)...we haven't sent out anyone's contact information or asked anyone to email anyone (I chose to email to my list - Janet)"
Pete, we thank you and the soldiers who were denied the opportunity to tell their real experiences, not media-biased experiences. Who lost? The students and anyone else who would be open to learning what really is happening in Iraq. All missed true stories of valor, leadership, calm in incredibly stressful circumstances. So many who could have learned much were denied by the politically correct (in reality, wrong) actions of so few.
Special thanks to you and our soldiers, agents of security, stability and therefore, peace.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Their latest slogan is another twisting of words. I won't give them traction but here's the counter:
US soldiers are agents of stability, agents of security, therefore agents of peace.No nation on the planet can exist peacefully or be free without stability and security. The left thinks it takes only money - we'll we've poured billions into Palestine and what has it done - raise 5 year olds who think murdering innocents is cool. Give me a break!
Go US Soldiers!
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Tuesday, March 25, 2008
This is a followup to this morning's post. Many of you know, after promising Pete Hegseth, a Forest Lake HS graduate, and his Vets for Freedom Tour an audience with 150 social studies students, the principal, Mr. Stassey, cancelled the session. Why? He claims there were parents and "others" who said it was a political event.
Since when does providing our youth with stories of real heroes equal politics? When the left gets so scared to hear the truth, they need to resort to intimidation. Unfortunately, far too many of our so-called educators, for a variety of reasons, have little or no backbone. I'll discuss why in another post.
Tonight, there was a SRO crowd at the Fort Snelling Officers Club. We heard from Pete, Mike Baumann, the MN Chair of Vets for Freedom(VFF), and some truly great American heroes - people who saved the lives of thousands of Iraqis based on their dedication, skill, leadership, and true American spirit. The photo at the top says it all - it's just too bad too many of our educators and media are afraid to hear good news about Americans. This is a war with worldwide members of a culture that is so ill it raises its kids to murder and maim, with a promise for heaven. Just think people, how sick is this? We raise ours to live. We will win this war but it will take longer than necessary because of the cowardice displayed by far too many teachers and others on the left.
The shot below shows the crowd early - by the time all arrived, there was not an empty space on the floor. The kids above - their dad is a real hero.
Friday, March 14, 2008
Today a national tour begins in San Diego. As indicated on the VVF website, many of America's most decorated war heroes from Iraq and Afghanistan have packed their bags and are hitting the road on a national bus tour to take their non-partisan message of progress and freedom from coast-to-coast. The almost four week tour will end in NYC on April 9. It will be in Minneapolis/St. Paul on Tuesday, March 25. There will be a "Meet and Greet" evening event from 6:00-8:30 at the Fort Snelling Officer's Club in St. Paul. When I get more details I'll let you know.
In the meantime, check out their schedule and if you can, show a flag when you see them come through your town.
Monday, January 28, 2008
This morning was worth it. Much of the mainstream media (MSM) focuses on most anything that portrays our soldiers in a bad light, ignoring all the good they have done. Today's story, on ESPN, was about Nick Madaras, an Army PFC, who was killed in Iraq in September of 2006. His death was a very sad event but his zest for life will continue in his hometown of Wilton, Connecticut and all over soccer fields in Iraq.
See, Nick was a gung-ho soccer player from his youth. He played soccer, he refereed soccer, he coached soccer - he LOVED soccer. Summer, 2006, when home on leave, he'd expressed a desire to get soccer balls to Iraqi kids upon his return there. Nick didn't know but his legacy began with his obituary when his dad had mentioned Nick's desire to collect soccer balls for Iraqi kids.
A Korean Vet, Ken Dartly, saw the comment, tracked down the parents and set up a "goal" outside an American Legion post to collect soccer balls from residents. Their aim was 50 or so. Well 1500+ soccer balls later, PFC Nick Madaras has his name in indelible marker on every soccer ball that his home town has shipped to Iraq.
The US Army distributes the balls to kids who rush towards the American trucks shouting, "The Americans are here. The Americans are here!!" (Don't see that on the news.) Now all over lots in Iraq, PFC Nick Madaras' dream has come true. Even the girls were given soccer balls.
Thank you to Nick's family for their sacrifice, the Wilton American Legion and all those who contributed to this terrific project. This is what Americans do.
Monday, December 24, 2007
In their drive for "news," too many media pundits, all over the planet, focus on the abnormal, the aberration, the unusual, and anything that will divide groups. Just consider the mouths that constantly play the race card in the USA. But Iraqis have already discovered that what appears on western television is not necessarily what is happening in Iraq. This ability to discern truth from propaganda is a very healthy sign for a nation's population who were under the thumb of a dictator for more than one generation. It shows what people can do when given the opportunity for free thought. Our soldiers have made a significant impact on Iraqi society and the Iraqis "get it."
There is more to do but the Iraqis are making incredible progress, governmental, physical, religious and emotional. They are a shining example of what people can do when given a chance.
HT Captain Ed
Saturday, December 15, 2007
I could try to rewrite this, but the quote from the Illinois Families United web page, referenced above says it all:
Bev Perlson wanted to give her son a special gift for his birthday - He is in Afghanistan. She decided to show him how much she supported his mission - defending and protecting America. Bev decided to take a stand in front of the Cannon Office building that houses Rep. Nancy Pelosi. Bev chose to play patriotic music and carry signs that say "I'm proud of my son" and "Fund the Troops". Bev arranged for a permit for the corner and during the week of December 10- 14 and from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm she proudly showed her colors each day! Families United board members stopped by on Tuesday and Wednesday and stood beside her. We were honored to sing Happy Birthday to John!(Note - no media attention was given!)Code Pink decided to appear but as usual, they didn't have their facts straight. The diary covers events through Wednesday. Subsequent posts will be written this weekend.
It would be nice if our media would bother to look at the real reasons for our soldiers fighting versus sticking to their groupthink mindset and ignoring the real heroes of this daunting challenge. Bev and her friends do "get it" but too many politicians and Americans are still playing ostrich. Our "peace" crowd opposes the very people (our soldiers) who protect their right to protest. The peace crowd refuses to acknowledge they could not do what they do in any nation that is fighting us. They do not realize how their actions aid those who want to destroy freedom.
Some of our citizens really understand the threat to us, our children, our grandchildren and freedom in general. Thank goodness they do.
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
If you would like to take another step, Richard Glasgow of Stillwater, MN has designed terrific "thank you" cards for our soldiers. He gives them away but will also take donations to defray the costs of production. If you go to this website, you will see copies of the cards. I hand them to soldiers and put them on windshields of cars that have bumper stickers indicating a family member in the service.
Spread some joy as well as gratitude this holiday season.
Labels: US Soldiers
But I have another question:
Where was and is CBS and their news and their opinions and their coverage on the brave heroes who are doing the fighting? You know, the ones protecting us, our children, and freedom for the future? If I recall, most of the alphabet soup coverage of the war by the mainstream media has been very, very negative, including incomplete, snap judgments on the actions of our military (while ignoring the documented barbaric behavior of our enemy).
It seems rather odd that now that victory is a definite possibility, CBS chooses to show those helping the families here as "heroes" but continues to ignore the heroes overseas. Could this be another MSM ploy, one to make soldiers "victims?" I certainly hope not but I do have to wonder.
Sunday, December 02, 2007
We Americans rarely comprehend the impact these kind of religious edicts can have. For a leading Muslim cleric to issue a Fatwa banning the murder of other Muslims is simply huge. In addition, it appears the Ayatollah Sistani is being watched very closely in Shi'a Iran where another Ayatollah, the radical Khameini, is claiming the top position in Shi'a Islam. As a result of all the positive events and leadership seen in Iraq, many Iranians are sending their religious donations (not insurgents, thugs, murderers, etc.) to Sistani, the Iraqi cleric. A final point, Ayatollah Sistani believes in the separation of mosque and state, again, a huge breakthrough in thought.
These events follow an earlier breakthrough between the Iraqi government and the USA. In summary, Iraq is asking the UN to leave and the US to stay. They have concluded that the lies they heard over the years are just that - lies and that Americans are decent people. It would be nice if our mainstream media and Democrat Party could reach the same conclusion.
Sunday, November 25, 2007
What do these great fliers do?
1 - Move fuel to US and allied aircraft (nearly 1,200,000,000 gallons)
2 - Keep about 12,000 people and almost 5,000 trucks off Iraqi roads each month, helping defeat Al Qaeda's IED strategy
3 - Transport senior US leaders, including our president
4 - Currently are rushing about 12 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAPs) vehicles to Iraq and Afghanistan, every day. These are awesome machines, incredibly well designed to protect our soldiers against the IEDs. Yankee ingenuity at work, again. We adapt - one reason we can achieve what we do achieve.
5 - Provide aeromedical crews to wounded soldiers on a very timely basis.
Thanks to Michelle Malkin for finding this information.
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Monday, November 19, 2007
Today, as in generations past, our best are protecting the rest of us. We here in the states can celebrate with family and friends. Our co-citizens overseas cannot. Please take a moment to send a "THANK YOU" to our troops. You can do it here. It won't take long but means a ton to our overseas men and women.
To all our readers, Happy Thanksgiving.
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Saturday, November 10, 2007
It is the veteran, not the reporter, who has given you freedom of the press.
It is the veteran, not the poet, who has given you freedom of speech.
It is the veteran, not the protester, who has given you freedom to assemble.
It is the veteran, not the lawyer, who has given you the right to a fair trial.
It is the veteran, not the politician, who has given you the right to vote.
It is the veteran, who salutes the Flag, who serves under the Flag, whose coffin is draped by the Flag.
God bless our Veterans!
One can substitute "soldier" for "veteran" but the basic fact remains: Without our incredibly strong and integrity driven military, we would have none of these freedoms. Look around the planet, freedom exists where the American military is there protecting these freedoms. Too often we take our freedoms for granted. Today, and any time you cam, thank a soldier or veteran. You'll be glad you did. They are terrific yet humble people.
Friday, November 09, 2007
"The profile presented here suggests that homelessness in Minnesota is as likely to touch veterans as any other state residents." (p. 1)My earlier post highlighted the fact that the number of homeless veterans has gone down by more than 10% since 2003. Here's how that important fact got relegated to an afterthought in the newpaper stories. Once again, these are exact quotations from the Wilder Foundation Report.
"Veterans make up 13 percent of all homeless adults and 24 percent of all homeless men. These proportions are very similar to the proportion of veterans found in the general adult population. In 2006, military veterans made up slightly less than 11 percent of all adults in Minnesota, and 21 percent of adult men in Minnesota." (p. 2)
""When looking at the total adult population experiencing homelessness, the percent who were U.S. military veterans decreased from 22 percent in 1991 to 13 percent in 2006. As a percentage of men experiencing homelessness, the percentage also declined, (34% in 1991 and 24% in 2006)." (p. 2)
This study gives a snapshot of U.S. military veterans experiencing homelessness in Minnesota on a single day in 2006. (p. 2)Observe the shift from a factual snapshot to the use of minimizing language based on speculation about the future.
And while the total number of homeless veterans is down compared to Wilder�s last two studies, the level of distress in this population is up. One recent report by the Iraq Veteran Project indicates that veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan are not only at significant risk for homelessness but are actually more likely to become homeless sooner than their predecessors following the Vietnam War. (p. 1)
The Wilder Foundation gives no citation or link to the "recent report by the Iraq Veteran Project" on which it relies so heavily. So what is the Iraq Veteran Project? The website of Swords to Plowshares, a San Francisco advocacy group, includes among its employees "Amy Fairweather, Iraq Veteran Project." The first of the "Honorary Co-Chairs" of their annual Veteran's Day fundraiser last night was none other than that staunch supporter (sarcasm) of the use of military force, "Speaker Nancy Pelosi."
More to come as I have time...
Thursday, October 25, 2007
We still read and hear of heroes - unfortunately, not on the so-called news channels. Their anti-military bias has tarnished their views to the point where a fact challenged would-be reporter gets more attention than a true hero, one who really deserves honor and respect from the American public.
On October 22, President Bush presented the Medal of Honor to Michael's parents. We are indeed fortunate that we still have young men and women who understand honor, country, valor, truth, and freedom - without the soldier, our freedoms are gone.
Thank you Mr. and Mrs. Murphy for raising such a fine young man. We are indebted to you and his memory as well as others who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.
Sunday, September 23, 2007
A second point is interesting. This particular anti-war assemblage spent weeks weeks planning, contacting members, etc. However, it would take a very large imagination to call this rally a success - max, 300 people. How many thousands of members comprise AFSCME and SEIU, not counting the other organizations behind this event?
On the other hand, a stalwart band of military and mission supporters are beginning to appear at various anti-war functions. The base group, Families United, founded by MN's own Merilee Carlson who lost her son, Shrek in Iraq, organized a quick response. Though the group was small, it made an impact.
The anti-war crowd is not used to seeing any opposition but now supporters of our troops are pulling together. These people realize we are in a fight for freedom and civilization.
Everyone wants peace but once peace=pacifism, freedom for all, including the anti-war crowd, is at risk of disappearing. As long as there are those who wish to destroy us and suppress others' beliefs, someone will have to take a stand. Right now, it's the US.
Saturday, September 08, 2007
Today, Saturday, on the Northern Alliance Radio Network, a leader in the Operation Minnesota Nice told of this week's activities at the White Bear Superstore. If you have wondered or wanted to help our troops, you can drop off donations for our soldiers at the White Bear Superstore, located at 3900 N. Hwy 61, White Bear, MN (800.906.3760, receptionist 651.476.0285) through Saturday, September 15.
Items in high demand include: Baby wipes, foot powder, Power Bars (and any treat that can be put in a pocket or small compartment of a backpack but not chocolate unless it is coated like M & Ms and Reese's Pieces), Freezy Pops, tubes of powdered drink mixes, beef jerky, socks, lip balm, sunscreen tubes (small ones), instant coffee packets, teabags, powdered creamer, cookies, hard-coated gum, Pop-Tarts, Tuna kits, dental pics, floss, board games, travel size games, cards, CDs, eye drops, lotion, disposable razors - particularly those that have the soap/aloe on them so they don't drag (Mach), canned air, Silly String, shoe insoles, kazoos, mini flashlights, duct tape to name a few. If you don't have time to donate items, cash contributions are welcome. I can speak from experience that shipping is a bit pricey but it's for our guys.
So stop by the White Bear Superstore and pitch in to help our guys. We have the finest, most educated, most responsible military that has ever existed. The least we can do, is give them a bit of home while they are over there, protecting our freedoms.
Thank you in advance for your support.
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Wednesday, September 05, 2007
Every once in awhile you discover a truly unique individual. Sunday, I attended a memorial service for those Minnesotans who have died in Iraq or Afghanistan defending our freedoms. The driver behind this memorial is John Enstrom and his wife, Bonnie. They have renamed part of their property in Ramsey, MN to Veterans Park, in memory of John's dad, a WWII vet and in honor of current American military service personnel.
Today's program included talks by Gold Star Mom, Merrilee Carlson, Blue Star Mom,Cindy McLean, color guard duties by Elk River American Legion, superb support from the Patriot Guard. Anoka County Commissioner Scott LeDoux also spoke briefly. Included are are a few photos from the event.
The park is open to anyone wishing to use it BUT you must contact John Estrom, email@example.com before going there.
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Thursday, August 30, 2007
An update on the story of the specialist at FOB Rusty: she took me for a ride. I'm pretty sure now she fabricated much of what she told me, which I'm pretty pissed about; when a soldier invents a story, no matter why, they denigrate the real sacrifices of their comrades, and through my gullibility I was complicit in that. Several soldiers of 2nd BCT, 2nd ID have raised very serious doubts about her story; apparently she has a tendency to do this. I'm on my way home right now and will not be able to visit the FOB to look into this further. Suffice it to say that the specialist, like many other soldiers, went through a lot, but not all that she said. I apologize for relaying the story -- I was so dumbfounded by it that I tried to convey the experience even though it was a passing conversation and not part of an embed, which I should not have done.There are two lessons here.
First, no reporter is totally free from the normal human desire to believe stories that reinforce our view of the world. This sometimes reduces our skepticism about what people tell us they have experienced or observed in person.
Second, we readers want to be able to rely upon the reporters and news organizations that serve as our sources of information. We know that people and organizations make mistakes. No one is perfect. What is critical is how those mistakes are handled. Morgan understands that such mistakes must be promptly acknowledged and corrected. Unfortunately, all too many of those who claim to be professional journalists have resorted to sham defenses like "fake, but accurate."
I wrote earlier that
The openness and detail in reporting provided by Morgan stands in vivid contrast to the discredited Scott Beauchamp stories published by The New Republic.Morgan's candid acknowledgment of his mistake makes that contrast even more vivid. I continue to commend Morgan's blog reports, such as those here and here. There is no better source of information about our soldiers than first-hand reports from Iraq.
Monday, August 27, 2007
The openness and detail in reporting provided by Morgan stands in vivid contrast to the discredited Scott Beauchamp stories published by The New Republic.
The brief bio on Morgan's blog says that he
is a sophomore at Princeton University, where he writes for The Daily Princetonian. He is blogging from Iraq, where he will spend the month on the invitation of the commander of U.S. forces there, Gen. David Petraeus. Wesley is a member of Princeton's Army ROTC and lives in Watertown, Massachusetts.
Morgan has several excellent earlier posts from Iraq, including a long post about his day accompanying General Petraeus. Read as many of Morgan's posts as you can -- it is outstanding reporting.
Saturday, August 25, 2007
But there is another point of view, from a group with Iraq experience. Problem is, they cannot get their op-ed in the New York Times because the NYT refuses to publish anything that even suggests the NYT just might be wrong. To read their thoughtful analysis, go here.
We hear from numerous sources, including other soldiers on the ground that the surge is working. Why? We are doing what we should have done years ago - when you send in a military, let the military do its job and clamp down on all aspects of an enemy. Only when you have the control do you move on to other options like setting up governing units, etc.
We forget - Germany and Japan, after being defeated, were not allowed to hold elections for 10 years and we still have troops stationed in both countries today. Yet to listen the mantra of the New York Times and the left, we are to get out of Iraq now and let the cards fall where they may. Too many on the left ignore the millions of southeast Asians who were murdered, reeducated, or harmed in many ways when our Congress after listening to the defeatist attitude of the western press bailed out on the Vietnamese government in 1973. Our enemies know us well - get our press to do their dirty work, add too many Democrats to the equation and they win.
Today we have other ways of communicating. We forget we still are the beacon of freedom for the rest of the world. Our press owes it to the world to do their job. Unfortunately, too many of the defeatists leftist organizations like the NYT, simply want to lose and leave. For some reason they think they are immune to any negative ramifications based on their behavior.
Our military is finally building the personal security the Iraqis need as the foundation for political stability. Iraqis want it and they can make it happen but they need time.
Monday, June 04, 2007
"The temperatures are now well over 100 degrees! With gear, we each have our own personal little ovens to bake in! ...... We received your morale booster in the mail yesterday. The boxes you sent had pretzels, lots of M&Ms, and a ton of other great things. ...we have an area where we lay out some of the things we get sent. ...I can't thank you enough for all your support and generosity."
Their humvees are air-conditioned! (thank goodness) but they've also had some casualties. They are working through everything. For them to hear from us (vs. the MSM) is a real upper. So, if you want to do something, you can go here and volunteer.
Soldiers Angels or Operation Gratitude.
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