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Proud Marine

29 July 2007, 9:24 am. 2 Comments. Filed under U.S. Military.

I’m a big supporter of the troops. I’ve had many “adopted” soldiers since our troops started the war against terror. I received this email this morning that I’d like to share: (emphasis added is mine)

Thank you for your support. It is very heart warming for me and my Marines to hear that we are supported in our actions to deter terrorism and ensure the freedom of the Iraqi people. I am sorry that I have not been able to respond back to you until now. I have been gainfully employed for the past couple of months. So please except my apology. To give you some information about my Marines and I and what we specifically do; I have about 44 Marines and Sailors, we are a counter IED and Security escort platoon. On most days we patrol down the road looking for IED’s so that we can dispose of them, this allows others to travel without worry of hitting one. We also provide security for convoys, ensuring they receive safe passage to and from their destination. When we are at our camp we live in what we call cans, they are kind trailer only smaller, it has A/C so I am happy. Our living conditions are good, nothing to complain about. It is starting to heat up around here 115 degrees and higher most days. The biggest message I want to send to everyone, is how brave my Marines are, and how amazing their accomplishments are. Most of my Marines are between the ages of 18 to 20. Most have just graduated high school, and joined well after the war had started. Yet they came forward and joined the Marines, a time when their service is most valuable. Unlike most of their peer group, they have chosen to spend their summers fighting to preserve freedom, liberty and justice for the Iraqi people. They are not at the beach, they missed spring break. They spend their Friday nights cleaning weapons and checking over gear. It is truly amazing to watch their determination. I don’t think that they truly think twice about it. They truly humble me. All we really need out here is the support that individuals such as yourself continue to provide. That is what motivates my Marines the most. By the way living out in the boonies is a good thing. Its quiet out there.

How can anyone in this country minimize the efforts made by men and women like this? Do we really want to hand them a defeat by politicians?

They’ve Multiplied!

29 July 2007, 9:00 am. 11 Comments. Filed under Critters, The Peacock War.

If you have been visiting for a while, you’ll be familiar with my continuous battle with alien critters (aka peacocks and goats).  I was only gone for a week, yet come back to find the SOBs have multiplied.  Ok, not severely, but where there were only six peacocks when I left, now there are seven.  Seven full grown, mocking fowl!  Quote from small child:  That’s pretty cool, but they’re evil!  Well, I couldn’t agree more.

I realize that the Lord made these beautiful birds for a darn good reason.  That being said, I’m fairly sure it wasn’t so they could drive me completely and utterly insane, but for the life of me, I can’t figure it out at this point in time.

I didn’t manage to get any pictures because I was too busy trying to chase them off (yes, Fred, in my jammies).

The cat battle has been fairly interesting this morning.  Tazz finally decided she’s not going to live on my desk, so she’s at least wandering around the house.  She is still hissing and spitting when Mr. Spot moves in too close, but any progress getting them use to each other is a good thing.  Hootie, on the other hand, would not even come down off the fridge for breakfast.  I had to put her bowl up there.  sigh….  I tried luring her down a little at a time, to the counter, then the floor, but the bottomless pit of felines, aka Mr. Spot, got to her food before she’d even made the effort.

This is going to be a long process.   I wonder if I’ll live long enough. 

Morning Coffee 7/29/07

29 July 2007, 8:27 am. 3 Comments. Filed under General News.

House Members Say They Will Try to Block Arms Sales to Saudis

The Bush administration’s plan to sell $20 billion in advanced weaponry to Saudi Arabia and five other Persian Gulf countries is running into congressional opposition and criticism from human rights and arms control groups.

Members of Congress vowed yesterday to oppose any deal to Saudi Arabia on grounds that the kingdom has been unhelpful in Iraq and unreliable at fighting terrorism. King Abdullah has called the U.S. military presence in Iraq an “illegitimate occupation,” and the Saudis have been either unable or unwilling to stop suicide bombers who have ended up in Iraq, congressional sources say.

Has the man completely lost his mind?????????? Contrary to what he thinks, these people are NOT allies!

Giuliani and Romney rake in the River Oaks cash

In Houston’s prosperous River Oaks, campaign donations have been flowing to the presidential contenders, particularly Republicans Rudolph Giuliani and Mitt Romney.

Over in eclectic Montrose, however, Democratic Sen. Barack Obama is tops in raking in the contributions. And on the city’s working class east side, none of the national candidates is reaping big campaign checks.

Being familiar with both areas, I can tell ya exactly the type of folks who are doing the donating. River Oaks: that would be the folks who provide jobs for a good chunk of folks. Montrose: well, I’ll be polite, and just say artsy fartsy types.

Foreign policy is central in 2008 presidential races

It’s easy to tell the difference between the two parties on foreign policy in this presidential campaign. The Democrats all want to talk about getting out of Iraq, but not so much about Al Qaeda or terrorism. The Republicans all want to talk about terrorism, but not so much about Iraq.

The Dhimmis talk defeat, the Repubs talk about victory. Hmmm…..yeah, there’s a difference alright. But war is not the only thing people care about, and sadly the lefty media isn’t paying attention.

Japan’s ruling coalition heading for election defeat

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe’s conservative ruling camp was headed for a devastating election defeat today that could well force the 52-year-old leader to resign, media exit polls showed.

The election for half the seats in parliament’s 242-member upper house is the first nationwide electoral test since Abe took over as prime minister 10 months ago, pledging to boost Japan’s global security profile, rewrite its pacifist constitution and nurture economic growth.

Pointing out my ignorance again: What is a ‘pacifist constitution’?

Waunakee man shot to death early today in Madison neighborhood

A Waunakee man was shot to death early today in a West Side Madison neighborhood.

Police said they were continuing to investigate the shooting of Kevin Cobbins, 26, according to the Dane County Coroner’s Office.

My prayers are with the family. (I thought the land of Oz was a ‘gun-free’ zone?)

Sex Suit Could Be Problem for Bloomberg

Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks his mind and that is a big part of his cachet in anything-goes New York. But a sexual harassment lawsuit he settled in 2000 and other racy comments over the years show how his blunt style could prove a liability if he runs for president as an independent.

Bloomberg might have had an R behind his name to ride Giuliani’s coattails into office, but he’s no conservative. Sex scandal or not, he is not right for this country!

War chronicled before it’s over

On a night four years ago, five soldiers back from three months in Iraq went drinking at a Hooters restaurant and a topless bar near Fort Benning, Ga.

Before the night was over, one of them, Spc. Richard R. Davis, was dead of at least 33 stab wounds, his body doused with lighter fluid and burned. Two of the group would eventually be convicted of the murder, another pleaded guilty to manslaughter, and the last confessed to concealing the crime.

Now some in Hollywood want moviegoers to decide if the incident is emblematic of a war gone bad, part of a new and perhaps risky willingness in the entertainment business to push even the touchiest debates about post-9/11 security, Iraq and the troops’ status from the confines of documentaries into the realm of mainstream political drama.

Hollyweird turning tragedy into profit and promoting it’s own agenda. What a shocker! (sarcasm)

Terrorist leader’s speech attacks Israel and the U.S.

Hezbollah’s leader said Saturday that the terrorist Islamic group’s war last summer with Israel has left the U.S. vision of a “new Middle East” in shambles and claimed the guerrilla group was ready to strike Israel again at any time.

The Middle East has it’s own vision….a world without Israel AND the U.S. I really think we should start paying attention to their words, and take them at face value.

:-)

28 July 2007, 10:02 pm. Comments Off. Filed under Opinion.

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The Meeting

28 July 2007, 8:48 pm. Comments Off. Filed under Critters.

We arrived in TN around 4;30. Since then, it’s been an interesting array of hissing and spitting. No, obviously, small child and I aren’t making the ruckus.

Hootie, the ‘old lady’ (11) isn’t all that thrilled being in a new place AND having a young male already in residence.

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Tazz, the middle child (6), who has always been the baby, and thinks she’s Princess of the World, isn’t jumping for joy either.

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So, since about 5:30, Hootie has found her perch…..

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…and has only come down once….to hiss and spit and make all kinds of racket.

Tazz has been hiding in the office…..

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….on my semi naked desk.

And Mr. Spot?

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He just doesn’t give a happy crap! It’s his house, and if they don’t want to talk to him, then he’s not gonna stress it!

The Adventure Continues

28 July 2007, 8:57 am. Comments Off. Filed under Travel.

Tazz got the full dose, Hootie only got half….or less.  Damn, those cats are STRONG!  So now, Tazz is lying in the middle of the floor looking all stoned to hell.  :)  Hootie, on the other hand, is cowering in the bathroom corner, slightly glazed, and madder than a lib in a tax cutting session.

Small child is changing the channel ever few seconds, looking for whatever small children watch on the idjit box these days.  Looks like the Disney Channel isn’t doing it for her this morning.  Me either!

Now, it’s time to load up critters and kid, and head on down the road.

Dear Lord, give me patience!

Morning Coffee 7/28/07

28 July 2007, 8:09 am. 2 Comments. Filed under General News.

Iraq government in disarray, leaders play blame game

Friction between Iraq’s Sunni Arab, Shi’ite and Kurdish leaders has erupted into a public spat over who is to blame for the failure so far to enact any of the laws that Washington hopes will reconcile Iraqis.

While U.S. officials have pressured Shi’ite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki’s government — a brittle coalition of Shi’ites, Kurds and Sunni Arabs — to move faster, the latest bout of finger-pointing highlights the political gridlock.

Gee, politicians being…..well, politicians. I’m off the mind they can get their act together or blow themselves straight to hell. Kind of the same opinion I have of those milling the halls of the U.S. gubmint.

Armed Preacher Nabs Theft Suspect

A former Bakersfield police officer turned pastor helped nab a man who allegedly stole a car from his church’s parking lot.
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The pastor followed the driver until he crashed, tackled him as he crawled out of the car and then handcuffed him until police arrived on the scene.

Way to go pastor! :-) Score another one for the good guys!

Iran’s Khamenei says U.S. and Israel are main foes

“The Zionist regime (Israel) and the American government are the main enemies of Iran, and hatred for America is deepening every day around the globe,” Khamenei said in a televised speech.

Pfft! Iran’s biggest foe is…..Iran! Envy and jealousy is ugly in any society.

Baby sitter charged with pimping girl

GRANITE CITY, Ill. — A baby sitter accused of allowing a man to have sex with a 12-year-old girl in her care for money was charged with pimping, police said.

Amber Salts, 20, took the girl to the home of a 48-year-old man she had been “romantically involved” with and allowed the girl to have sex with him, said Madison County sheriff’s Sgt. Mike Dixon.

Now that is just beyond sick! I hope they charge her with more than ‘pimping’.

Arab princesses kicked off British Airways plane to jeers and whistles after refusing to sit next to male strangers

The dispute – in which the three princesses from the ultra-conservative Qatar royal family demanded segregated seating – left the London-bound plane delayed on a baking Italian runway for nearly three hours.

Furious passengers whistled and clapped as the row intensified before the captain eventually ordered the women to be escorted off the plane.

The princesses, wearing traditional Arab dress, were returning from a day’s shopping in Milan. They arrived at the city’s Linate airport and boarded Heathrow-bound flight BA 563, which was due to take off at 4pm on Thursday.

If they can afford to fly off for an afternoon of shopping, they can damn well sit where they are suppose to, or get their own damn plane! I’d be cheering at their tossing too!

Ex-Taliban Lawmaker Enters Hostage Talks

The Taliban has demanded the release of insurgent prisoners in exchange for the South Koreans, who were captured on July 19. One of the original 23 captives was shot to death on Wednesday.

A former Taliban commander – Abdul Salaam Rocketi, now a member of parliament – has joined the talks, said Shirin Mangal, spokesman of the Ghazni provincial governor. A second lawmaker and several respected leaders from around Qarabagh, the area in Ghazni province where the hostages were taken, have also joined, he said.

I don’t want to see the innocents killed, but I really hope they do not release the murderous slime balls.

ONE TO TIE
Bonds goes deep as Giants hit 4 homers in wild win vs. Marlins

Their time has arrived because Barry Bonds has arrived at Hank Aaron’s door. The two men have been separated by eras and by reputation. Now, they are separated by one home run.

Bonds hit his 754th in a 12-10 victory over the Florida Marlins on Friday, a bizarre night that blended the fans’ gratitude toward Bonds, their venom toward pitcher Barry Zito as he was clobbered again for six runs in four innings and ultimately their satisfaction with a wild Giants win fueled by four home runs.

And the man will forever be marked by an *.

Cotton farmer shoots 40 deer

Whispers started with the first few gunshots.

Neighborhood rumors had it that a cotton farmer who leases land from the Chickasaw Basin Authority near the Wolf River was shooting deer on the property.

So when residents discovered nearly 40 of the animals had been killed and left to rot in the surrounding woods, they reacted with horror.

It’s one thing to shoot Bambi for dinner. It’s a completely different matter to shoot them just for the hell of it!

My Poor Baby

28 July 2007, 7:10 am. Comments Off. Filed under Critters.

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Courtesy of Texas Fred!  :-)

Heh

27 July 2007, 8:50 pm. Comments Off. Filed under Critters.

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Courtesy of Nick!  :-)

8 Random Facts?

27 July 2007, 8:46 pm. Comments Off. Filed under Opinion.

I got tagged by Musings of a Thoughtful Conservative to provide 8 random facts. I’m going to take a wild stab and say the random facts are suppose to be about me? :) I’m not sure there are 8 anythings about me that aren’t basically already out there. Hmmm…. some thought processing….. …… …….. …….. ………………. OUCH!

Well, everyone seems to be starting at 0 (zero) but that would confuse me way too much. I can only count on my fingers and I don’t have a 0 finger.

Okay, here goes:

1. Small child thinks I’m the meanest ol’ broad on the planet, cuz I tend to say “NO” a lot.

2. I have a very nervous cat on my lap which is making typing difficult.

3. If I have to watch much more of Disney Channel, I’m going to have take up drinking.

4. I use to be a ‘hippy’, aka a bit of a lib.

5. I’ve lived in 6 states and one foreign country.

6. Mr. Ol’ Broad and I enjoy visiting archaeological sites.

7. I have 2 older sisters, one younger brother, one daughter, 2 granddaughters, and one ick in law.

8. Mr. Ol’ Broad thinks I’m an Emelda Marcos clone, but there’s no such thing as too much jewelry or too many shoes.

There, that’s all I can think of at that moment. How ’bout instead of me tagging others, anyone who wants to can ‘play along’. :)

Love That Kitty Valium!

27 July 2007, 7:32 pm. 1 Comment. Filed under Critters, Travel.

What do you do when you have to transport two cats over 700 miles?  Why, you drug ‘em of course!  What do they do when the drug wears off after you check into the motel?

Well, hide naturally!

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They aren’t too happy with me right now.  Although, they are going to be even less happy tomorrow morning when start the process all over again.

No Coffee

27 July 2007, 8:46 am. Comments Off. Filed under Travel.

Well, not exactly accurate. I’m actually having my coffee, but I’m also running around, herding cats, small child, and boxes.

We are heading out to Tennessee this morning. I hope! We’ll be spending the night in my favorite shopping area. Have to get short person some clothes, right? Heaven knows, we don’t want her nekkid!

Y’all pray for my sanity! This is going to be an even longer 2 days than the previous 5!

Bad Idea Fred!

27 July 2007, 8:15 am. 12 Comments. Filed under 2008.

REAL bad idea!

Jihad Spence: Fred Thompson’s Pan-Islamist Campaign Manager

I’m rethinking my support!

Hazelton

27 July 2007, 7:49 am. Comments Off. Filed under ACLU, Borders, Crime.

I just heard the mayor of Hazleton on the Steve Gill show (via internet), and one of the things that struck me was that he was told the should have checked with Mexico before the city they tried to impose restrictions on illegals.

Say WHAT?  Since when do other countries have a say in how we in live ours?  What on earth could possibly be gained by allowing a foreign country monitor OUR laws?

Another thing was that he believed the ACLU was hoping they’d run out of money before the appeal of yesterday’s decision moved on to a higher court.  We can’t let that happen.  Their web site has a place to donate to help them out with the legal fees.  I suggest everyone make a donation, large or small.  What happens in Hazleton will determine whether or not we have the right to defend ourselves, through the law, from the massive takeover by illegals.

It seems the people who brought the suit against Hazleton were allowed anonymity by the judge.  John and Jane Doe didn’t have to show up in court, and no one knows if they actually live in the town.  They were afraid they would be deported if they did.  As well they should be!  They are in the country illegally fer petes sake!  They are breaking the law every day just by being here.

Was This On The News?

26 July 2007, 8:32 pm. 3 Comments. Filed under Iraq.

Iraqi Army conducts independent operation, tips lead to weapons cache
Multi-National Division – North PAO

KIRKUK, Iraq – An independent operation conducted by the Iraqi Army brigade responsible for Kirkuk province resulted in the discovery of a makeshift bunker housing a significant weapons cache near the village of Riyadh, 52 kilometers southwest of the provincial capital, July 22.

“Operation Iraqi Home Protector,” the first independent mission by the 2nd Brigade, 4th Iraqi Army Division began early Saturday morning and consisted of a series of cordon and searches of villages south of Kirkuk in northern Salah ad Din Province and continued the next day into western Kirkuk province.

Near the village of Riyadh, Iraqi Army scouts discovered a small bunker underneath a home and seized at least two rockets, 35 mortar rounds, 3 weapons, miscellaneous explosive ordnance and key components used to make improvised explosive devices, or IEDs. Also recovered from the site were anti-Iraqi forces training materials, documents and records of insurgent activity.

Read on…