Monday, December 31, 2007

I moved to Rosemary's Thoughts

It will take about the next 6 months for me to get all of my posts manually moved to the new site, but I will keep the titles and a message to guide any readers to my new site: Rosemary's Thoughts. It has truly been an honor serving you, my readers, and I pray for brighter days and a better world. God bless you, and take care. Oh yeah, come visit me over at my new site! :)

Operation 'Appeal for Courage'

Follow this link to learn about this petition and decide if it is for you. Thank you.

New air traffic control tower to expand TQ’s capabilities

Source: CentCom.

05 December 2007
By Sgt. Wayne Edmiston
2nd Marine Logistics Group.

AL TAQADDUM, Iraq - The AN/TSQ-120B is a temporary air traffic control tower used by Marines in expeditionary operations until a more sturdy structure can be built. Although designed for just 90 days of continual use, the one at Al Taqaddum Air Base has seen more than its share of sorties since it was raised during the early stages of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

After years of planning by previous deployed units, combat engineers with Marine Wing Support Squadron 272 were recently assigned to construct a new, state of the art tower. Working around delays caused by constant changes in the weather and aircraft flybys, the Marines poured the 30-by-30 foot concrete foundation and erected the prefabricated frame that will offer more capabilities to controllers.

The current expeditionary tower only allows controllers a 180-degree view of the airfield, but, once completed, the new one will provide an all-encompassing, 360-degree view, according to Master Sgt. Alexander M. Gutierrez, the Air Traffic Control Operations Chief for Marine Air Control Squadron 2.

“It lets (the controllers) work a whole lot better because they can see every aircraft they are working with,” said Gutierrez, a Kansas City, Kan., native. “It relieves a lot of pressure that comes with a challenging job.”

With more than 300 flights daily and 10,300 monthly, Al Taqaddum rivals most medium-sized commercial airports in the United States. The air traffic controllers here are responsible for ensuring the safety of all the inbound and outbound traffic, all of which is supporting the efforts of Multi National Force-West in Al Anbar Province.

The Marines working on the tower plan to have it completed within two to three weeks, according to the project’s staff noncommissioned officer in charge, Gunnery Sgt. Jason R. Gillepsie. “It takes considerable effort and a lot of skill to get something like this accomplished,” the Walla Walla, Wash., native said. And since it has taken this long to get a new tower started, the engineers said they are putting their skills to work and ensuring it is built to last above all else.

“This is going to be a structure that is going to be here for a while and a lot of people are going to see it and even work in it,” Lance Cpl. Michael A. Kemp, a combat engineer and Crawfordsville, Ind., native said. “It’s the gratification of getting to help your fellow Marines that I enjoy.”

Photo - AL TAQADDUM, Iraq (Dec. 1, 2007) – Marines inspect the metal frame of a new air traffic control tower. Combat engineers with Marine Wing Support Squadron 272 are currently constructing an air traffic control tower to create a better working environment for its air traffic controllers. Photo by: Sgt. Wayne Edmiston. Digg! Digg!

USAF engineers improve Marine quality of life in Iraq

Source: USAF.

05 December 2007
by Staff Sgt. Travis Edwards
332nd Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs.

AL ASAD AIR BASE, Iraq (AFPN) - Airmen are improving the lives and operating conditions of Marines by constructing more than $9.8 million in aircraft shelters, taxiways and temporary shelters at Al Asad Air Base. Deployed in an "in-lieu-of" tasking in support of the 20th Army Engineer Brigade, 557th Expeditionary REDHORSE Squadron Airmen are completing numerous projects -- from the design concept to completion -- in a joint service environment.

"We're here working on a Marine base, taking on an Army job while using Navy parts," said Master Sgt. Richard Kapp, the 557th ERHS cantonments superintendent and acting first sergeant, deployed from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C. "It's an odd process."

REDHORSE is an elite Air Force engineer squadron, whose main function is to take a strip of uninhabited land and turn it into a fully functioning base with running water, shelters and power. The REDHORSE team currently has 14 assigned projects. Six construction tasks are underway, and six more are scheduled to start soon totaling $9.8 million. One project recently completed was a $65,000 convoy briefing facility, which included three temporary shelters.

"Having this facility complete now allows Soldiers and Marines going out on convoys to have a place to brief before heading out on dangerous missions without having their mind distracted by the extreme cold or heat," said Senior Master Sgt. Rob Townsend, the 557th ERHS superintendent deployed from Malmstrom AFB, Mont.

REDHORSE Airmen also are building other temporary-shelters throughout the base. "One of our sites will house more than $1.5 million in Meals Ready to Eat that normally would have been thrown away due to the high heat in the summer," said Capt. Andy LaFrazia, the 557th ERHS spoke commander for Al Asad AB, deployed from McChord AFB, Wash.

The engineers have faced several challenges as a result of the nontraditional nature of the deployment. "Getting materials we need for a project is a problem on everyone's mind. It's a brand new system," Captain LaFrazia said. "We are getting used to it and are pushing forward, keeping our mind on the mission."

The Airmen are driven to improve the quality of life of their fellow military members. "Everyone here wants to make a difference," Sergeant Townsend said. "We all have the same focus of getting the job done and done safely." "We are building a better way of life for all the servicemembers who live and work in Al Asad," said Senior Airman James Cox, a 557th ERHS electrician deployed from Shaw AFB, S.C.

Photo - Tech. Sgt. Chris Collins cuts a 2-by-6 piece of wood to use as a frame for a bench Nov. 24 at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq. REDHORSE Airmen are currently working approximately $9.8 million in projects here. Sergeant Collins, a 557th Expeditionary REDHORSE utilities technician, is deployed from Minot Air Force Base, N.D. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Travis Edwards). Digg! Digg!

CF Treat 450 Afghans During Medical Outreach

Source: CentCom.

30 November 2007
By Senior Airman James Bolinger, USAF
Combined Joint Task Force 82 Public Affairs.

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan – The towns of Eskandareh and Pacha Khak hide deep within the mountains of the Kohe Safid district in Afghanitan’s Parwan province. Eskandareh is near the head of Tagab Valley, and Pacha Khak has been a stronghold for many armies throughout Afghanistan’s history. Members of 413th Civil Affairs Battalion, accompanied by Afghan National Police and the Kohe Safi Police Mentor Team, brought doctors and veterinarians to these two remote villages Nov. 27 for a village medical outreach.

Medical outreach missions are a way for the Afghan government and coalition forces to build a rapport with citizens on their own turf, said Army Col. Robert Nobak, of 413th Civil Affairs Battalion. “When possible, we like to work with Afghan providers and, when necessary, make referrals to Afghan medical facilities,” he said. “However, if there are cases where Afghan facilities are not readily available, we can make referrals to (Bagram Air Base).”

This was the first time such a mission has been held at either of these villages, and more than 450 men, women and children were seen. “The age range was from 2 to 95, so the spectrum was fairly broad,” Nobak said. “The most common complaint was joint pain, for which we have a variety of anti-inflammatory medicines.”

Maj. Jeremy McGuire, leader of the Kohe Safi Police Mentor Team, organized the mission. “I proposed the idea for a medical outreach to Parwan’s subgovernor and the local (Afghan police) chief,” he said. “They picked the villages, which are a political hot bed.” Pacha Khak was a Mujahedeen stronghold during the communist regime and was sympathetic to the Taliban when coalition forces took control of Afghanistan. Eskanderah villagers fought against the Taliban; in fact, an Afghan National Army general hails from the area, McGuire said.

The mission met “my expectations as far as the timeline, security and set-up,” said Navy Lt. Tammy Felker, a physician assistant with 413th Civil Affairs Battalion who attended to women and girls in the village. “It did not meet my expectations in that I would have liked to have seen more women of childbearing age. When we don't see women of childbearing age in the clinic, then the village tends to be more traditional and suppress their women. The amount of women of childbearing age we see signifies the level of freedom the women have.” Still, Felker said, she felt the mission was still a success. “This is the first time we visited these villages. It takes time to develop a rapport with people,” she said. “The first part is establishing trust. I feel we established trust with this visit, so, next time we will see more women and children.

Helping people with their ailments wasn’t the only aspect of this mission. A veterinarian and an entomologist were also along for the ride. “I provide public-health assistance and education to the villagers, hopefully to implement long-lasting fixes for problems like insect-borne and food- and water-borne diseases, improving the overall health and well-being of locals, though I tend to assist the other medical or vet assets to accomplish their missions,” said Navy Lt. Jason Forster, a medical entomologist.

As the Humvees headed back to Bagram Air Base, chatter over the radios was all about the success of the mission. “On a scale of 1 to 10, I would call this (mission) a 9,” McGuire said. “We would have liked to get more Afghan doctors, but the ANP did an outstanding job with security.”

Photo - Sgt. 1st Class Jason Sealey, Kohe Safi Police Mentor Team, holds a calf still while Lt. Col. Richard Probst, 413th Civil Affairs Battalion, gives it a shot during a medical outreach visit, Nov. 27, 2007, in Afghanistan’s Parwan province. Coalition doctors and veterinarians saw more than 450 people and 330 animals during the two-day visit. Photo by Senior Airman James Bolinger, USAF. Digg! Digg!

Candidates views per Iran

As we all know, Iran is seeking to attain nuclear power. Some may argue that this power may be domestic only, while others suspect that it was desired for nefarious purposes. One of those purposes being nuclear weapons. Therefore the Israel Project asked each candidate for their position on this issue (Iran).

(Make sure you have enough room in your Windows Word Processor or you'll get an error message, like I did. Grrr.)

For a partial list of statements by major Democratic candidates.

For a partial list of statements by major Republican candidates.

How do you we suppose Iran is interested in a nuclear weapon?
ElBaradei: Iran will have nuclear weapons in three to eight years.

The timeline for an Iranian nuclear weapon was three to eight years, Army Radio quoted IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei as saying in an interview with the French Le Monde Monday.

"I cannot judge their intentions, but I can assume that Iran is indeed interested in obtaining a nuclear bomb," ElBaradei said. [Continue reading the Jerusalem Post article.]
How does he come to this conclusion?
Iran says has built new long-range missile.
Tue Nov 27, 2007
By Reza Derakhshi

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran said on Tuesday it had built a new missile with a range of 2,000 km (1,250 miles), a step analysts said could add more power to Tehran's conventional arsenal when tensions over its atomic plans are rising.

Defence Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar did not say how the new weapon differed from the Shahab-3, a missile officials had previously said could hit targets 2,000 km away, far enough to reach Iran's arch-foe Israel. [Continue reading the Chantix article.]
The Israel Project will be in Iowa and New Hampshire to keep these candidates informed about this issue.

To learn more about the Iranian threat, read the key facts about Iran.

To end this post for those of us who are not blind, I will use a quote from the president of The Israel Project: "The power of the purse should be used for peace-- but time is running out as Iran is racing towards nuclear capacities that threaten the world," said Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, founder and president of The Israel Project. Digg! Digg!

Sunday, December 30, 2007

News from Radio Free Asia

I have a few articles for you today that should be brought to the attention of the world outside of China. The fight for civil rights is alive and well in China, but we hear little of this. It truly is a fight, because people are imprisoned when they get caught. While in prison, they are beaten badly.

This first article is about a man whose only crime was he saw the humanity in each person. For this, they threw him in prison where he was beaten.
Chinese Rights Lawyer Beaten, Staging Hunger Strike in Prison.
December 28, 2007.

HONG KONG--Prominent Chinese civil rights lawyer Guo Feixiong has been beaten in prison and is now on the fifteenth day of a hunger strike, his wife and sister have told Radio Free Asia (RFA).
*snip*
"He told me he was beaten for a long time. The prisoner stopped beating him only when the onlookers began to boo and shush to express their displeasure. In the process of the beating, he fell from the stairs, about two meters," Zhang said.

Guo Feixiong, the professional name of Yang Maodong, is serving a five-year sentence for conducting illegal business activities, after publishing a book about a political scandal and helping villagers lead a campaign to oust local officials accused of corruption. [Continue reading.]
There is also, in this article, news about his hunger strike, "Official says beating 'impossible'" and international attention. Please read this article. Learn about China. You may think you know why you don't like China, but find out how the people who live there are living. It may open your eyes to these claims of 'free trade'.

I am a fair trader, not a free trader. Remember, there is NO SUCH THING as a free lunch. Just something to ponder.

Now onto some other links:
Up To 2,000 Police Guarding Key Pylon in Dongzhou.
Violent Land Disputes Flare in Cambodia.
Chinese Traffickers Push Drugs on North Korean Women.
Tensions Rise Over South China Sea Islands. War brewing?

Radio Free Asia wishes you peace.

There are many issues in this post that need broader attention. Slavery? Rape? Permanent most favored nation??? I think NOT! Remember what President George Washington warned against any permanent ties...

I may not write another open trackback tomorrow, but we'll see. I have to catch up with my military posts, so maybe I will make a post out them. I'll give you the title and a little about the article. That's if I do it. I'm still waiting for that phone call from across this land mass...so have a Happy New Year, I pray for many blessings to all of you, and post what you will. Just make sure you add a link back to me and include me in your post. Also, no porn. This is Rosemary signing off for now.

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Saturday, December 29, 2007

News: Africa, Lebanon

There are three articles in particular that should be of import. They concern a war in the Horn of Africa (Somalia), Hizbullah trying to disrupt the elections in Lebanon so Syria can come back, and the prayers of a maniac in Iran telling the people that USA should stop meddling in Lebanon's affairs.

EXCUSE ME?! We have Hizbullah slaughtering the Lebanese people on a daily basis, we don't do anything about that because we are trying to allow them room to work things out and hopefully get up the courage they showed during the Cedar Revolution to kick out the Hizbullah creeps. To no avail, apparently, but to accuse us of meddling? You've got some nerve! God does NOT like being lied to or about, especially when He can see for Himself!

My article is Hizbullah troubles elections, Iran tells USA to stop meddlin, and these two articles discuss this: Geagea: Hizbullah obstructing election to bring Syria back and Tehran prayer leader tells US to leave Lebanon alone. They can be found at the Daily Star in Lebanon.

Going to Africa, Ethiopia has left the area which they were controlling in Somalia to keep the peace, and who do you think came trouncing right back in to make sure there would be none? That is correct. The islamists. They have taken control of a town in south-west Somalia. And these misguided people in the USA want us to just cut and run? NOT IF I HAVE ANYTHING TO SAY ABOUT IT.

Here is that article: Islamists move in after Ethiopians leave Somali town.

Tonight was Saturday, but I can see that it is Sunday now. Whichever day you would like it to be, it is an open trackback day. Just add me to your post, trackback to me, and send me a ping. Have a great weekend, and stay home if you're going to drink. ;)

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Hizbullah troubles elections, Iran tells USA to stop meddlin

It is amazing to me how often 'normal' people are fooled by these punks. Okay, let's do a little game called, 'Connecting the dots.'

  • There was a war in Lebanon when the Izl-amists were trying to slaughter the Christians which were 50% of the at that time, and the Christians fought back. This started in 1975.

  • Israel stepped in to try to help.
  • We went in also to try to help stop the civil war.

  • On October 23, 1983 at 6:22 a.m., a large delivery truck drove to the Beirut International Airport where the Marine Barracks was located. The terrorist attack killed 220 Marines and 21 other U.S. service members who were stationed there to help keep the peace in a nation torn by war. [Source: Arlington National Cemetery.]

  • We left.

  • Syria moved in.

  • Christians fled instead of being slaughtered.

  • We have tried for decades to get Syria out of Lebanon.

  • Iran, through Hizbullah, blew up the Khobar Towers on June 25, 1996. Nineteen Americans were murdered and hundreds were injured. These were located in Saudi Arabia in 1996, and nothing was done about it. [Source(s): GlobalSecurity.org and OpinionJournal.com.]

  • The assassination of PM Rafik Hariri.

  • The rise of the Cedar Revolution.

  • Supposedly, Syria finally left Lebanon in April 22, 2005, after the Cedar Revolution. (What else was happening at that time? The 'staying power' of the USA during the Iraq War, perhaps? Hmm.) [Source: Spirit of America.]

  • Samir Kassir, a founding member of Lebanon's Democratic Left movement, was assassinated by car bomb in Beirut. Along with this assassination in Lebanon and the UN refuses to release its findings of who ordered the first hit, Syria, Hizbulla, and Iran are all involved. [Source: Spirit of America.]

  • Which brings us to today's articles.

  • I have not included many of the atrocities which have occurred in between these years for lack of space. Now Hizbullah is trying to interfere with the elections in Lebanon, and Iran is preaching in its Friday prayers that the USA should stop 'meddling' in the Lebanon elections. HUH? And these candidates for president want to talk to these people?

    If you sincerely believe that talking to these people will bring about peace in that region, may I recommend you switch therapists? Seriously.

    Source(s): The Daily Star: Geagea: Hizbullah obstructing election to bring Syria back and Tehran prayer leader tells US to leave Lebanon alone.

    Digg! Digg!

    Somalia in trouble again

    I have some rather disturbing news which was foreseeable, had anyone bothered to look. After the Ethiopians left Somalia overnight on Thursday/Friday, Islamists moved in quickly to overtake Guriel, a small town in south-central Somalia. Here is article from The Daily Star:
    Islamists move in after Ethiopians leave Somali town.
    By Agence France Presse (AFP)
    Saturday, December 29, 2007

    MOGADISHU: Islamist militia on Friday took control of a town in south-central Somalia after Ethiopian soldiers withdrew overnight, witnesses said. The Islamists, who briefly controlled much of south and central Somalia before they were ousted by Ethiopia-backed Somali government troops early this year, have since been waging near daily attacks against the joint forces. "The Ethiopian forces withdrew from the town overnight, and now I can see the former Islamic courts fighters," said Mohammad Haji Elmi, a local elder. The Islamists took over Guriel town, some 300 kilometers north of the capital Mogadishu, which they had previously controlled. Somalia has been plagued by 16 years of violence that has defied numerous bids to restore stability. - AFP
    Yes, we really know how to fight this war, eh? Why don't we all just pick up and leave? This is the best evidence of why...NOT! We are not cut-and-runners. If we were, we would be speaking German or Japanese. Please, do not vote for anyone who suggests we can just come home and all will be well. It won't. Don't forget, we were helping the Somalians and Ethiopians in this war. See what happens when you run? HUH? Digg! Digg!

    Friday, December 28, 2007

    Friday Night's OTA & OTB

    I hope everyone has a very nice weekend. Don't drink and drive, please. I'm not there to kick your butt, but there are enough police officers out there to do it for me. Besides, it's the right thing NOT to do. Let's all start the next year with all of our pieces in the places they belong. ;)

    Also, I must admit that I will not be able to manually transfer over 7000 posts in a matter of days. The thing that bothers me the most is that I actually I could! LOL. Oh well. There will be projects that I shall try to accomplish that will seem impossible to others. Probably because they are, but I love a challenge. ;)

    Stay safe and God bless.

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    Thursday, December 27, 2007

    Wasted days and wasted nights

    I have been trying to move all of my posts from 8 sites over to this one since June of this year, and here it, December 2007, and I am only on September 2004! (Start date: July 5, 2004.) Oh yes, I wake up early and go to sleep when my body gives way to the REM. I don't really know if I can call it REM, since I may be too exhausted to dream in lala land. As it may be, I have wasted much time.

    I listen to the radio to keep up with the news. When I do that, I sometimes read and reread because it is getting too hard to listen and read at the same time. I must be getting old! That is when I determine to play a game while they are talking and reading during the commercials.

    Then I look up at the clock and declare, "Holy crap! It's after 9pm and I haven't written a thing!" Well, in order to keep my promise to myself about writing at least once a day (not including comments), here is my verbage. LOL. Now I really must get back to work...have a nice evening. ;)

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  • Singing the Blues

    Singing the blues down by the riverbend
    Thoughts are racing through her head
    She'll have a good cry, not caring why
    Just singing the blues until the sun is nigh.

    The Christ child's birthday has gone
    She's left wondering what went wrong
    Why no one called from far away
    Not even to say, "Have a nice day."

    She tries to take the blame for them
    They have their lives, is what she'll say
    She wasn't there, that's probably why
    No one cares if she cries.

    Singing the blues down by the riverbend
    Tears are for cleansing is what someone said
    She'll be fine until next year
    When she'll be singing the blues down by the riverbend

    Down by the riverbend
    There is Peace down by the riverbend
    Peace that the world does not know you can find
    Down by the riverbend, down by the riverbend.

    PS. No sympathy, please. It's just a song.
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    Wednesday, December 26, 2007

    Cookies, mmm

    Have you ever started out making sugar cookies only to find you have a new recipe for oatmeal raisin cookies? Well, that is what happened. It's amazing what a slight of the recipe, an unorthodox measurement of indegredients, and a few other tricks can do to a cookie!

    So why am I reporting this? So that I'll have something to say. I made them, and they taste alright to me. Next time, I think I'll even use peanut butter...

    Tuesday, December 25, 2007

    Merry Christmas

    My post tonight is short but sweet:
    MERRY

    CHRISTMAS

    to all, and to all a good night.

    Monday, December 24, 2007

    Christmas Time

    Oh my, what an oxymoron! Christmas time is a time when everyone is supposed to celebrate the birth of our LORD and Saviour, yet behind the scenes there is much work to be done. Yes, the cooking, the shopping, the cleaning of the clothes to wear to Church, the tree and decorating, and the blogging. A new phenomenon!

    I have tackled most of it. It's the blogging time I have a hard time finding. The only thing I want to really say in this post is Merry Christmas to all of readers, friends, family, and people I've yet to meet. God bless your efforts and you.

    For those of you who are not Christians yet for whatever reason, to you I pray for peace in your heart. Peace that will allow you to allow me my LORD and my love for Him. You do not have to agree with me, but do not deny me. I won't stand for it. Just as I won't stand for anyone trying to force religion on you. Fair is fair.

    I pray for all our troops who have served, are serving, and will serve our blessed country. May God continue to protect, guide, strengthen, love and grant them success in each mission. May He also make it possible for them to enjoy this day as best they can.

    Please remember their families and other loved ones who are still here while they are yet thousands of miles away. Pray for them so that the distance will not be so hard to bear. They deserve so much gratitude and appreciation, but they also deserve our true support.

    Please try to get to a Veteran's Hospital today. They sometimes have no visitors, and today would be a great day to show up. Imagine that. All that is necessary is showing up. Wow. That is also that is necessary to bring a smile to someone who gave of themselves so that we may remain free. Protectors of Liberty. As Jesus came to offer us life eternal, a way to wash away our sins, these men and women protect us in their own way.

    Am I comparing them to the Christ? No. Jesus came to grant life eternal to all those who would accept Him into their hearts and repent of their sins. He promises to wash them white as snow as far as their sins go, but I am saying that these men and women are taking a chance of laying down their lives for us as well. The one life they have while here on earth. I just happen to believe that is pretty awesome. I love our LORD. I love our military, also. May God bless them and you this Christmay day.

    Oh my! Where did the time go? I must conclude with this:

    2 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2(This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3And everyone went to his own town to register.

    4So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

    8And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. 12This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."

    13Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
    14"Glory to God in the highest,

    and on earth peace to men on

    whom his favor rests
    ."
    15When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let's go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about."

    16So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
    Luke 2:1-20

    Merry Christmas, and God bless you each and every one. I treasure you dearly. Stay safe, Morgan, and a special Merry Christmas to you. ;)

    Posts I've trackbacked to at Linkfest:
    CatHouse Chat: Welcome to the Carnival of Christmas, 2007 Edition - (H/t: Stop the ACLU), The Florida Masochist Gambling on Florida Is It Just Me?: Seasons Greetings, Right Truth: Merry Christmas - God's still in control even if it doesn't look that way, DragonLady's World: OTA Monday 63, Big Dog's Weblog: Vote for Hillary Get Lower Oil Prices, Chuck Adkins: Special Announcement, third world county: Who Is He in Yonder Stall?, The World According to Carl: The Bear Tree, Blue Star Chronicles: Beer Monday: That Old Do Something Congress, Pirate's Cove Beer Monday: That Old Do Something Congress, Gulf Coast Hurricane Tracker: Oh! Tannenbaum, Stageleft: Open Trackbacks Comments - The Hang-Him-High Edition, and Right Voices: It's Christmas Eve and I Have Much To Be Thankful For, thanks to Linkfest Haven Deluxe.

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    10. Gulf Coast Hurricane Tracker: 2007 Tropical Season Wrap-Up.
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    8. Mark My Words: Benazir Bhutto is now a martyr.
    7. Adam's Blog: Understanding Evil.
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    5. 123beta: Good Stuff Wednesday.
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    1. The Uncooperative Blogger: The Uncooperative Radio Show! Dec. 25, 26, and 27.

    Sunday, December 23, 2007

    Potpourri of Military, bloggers, and other news

    I am going to share several articles I have accumulated while my computer was down. Some are from some Milbloggers, some are videos, some are news articles and some are just because. I hope you enjoy at least one of them. Have a very Merry Christmas.

    Sen. Bond: NIE Emphasis is Wrong.
    By: Ronald Kessler.

    The controversial National Intelligence Estimate on Iran should have emphasized that Iran continues to engage in centrifuge uranium enrichment activities that lead to developing nuclear weapons, Sen. Kit Bond, the vice chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, tells Newsmax.

    “The NIE was based on very in-depth, very good intel work on what happened in 2003 [when Iran is said by the CIA to have halted its nuclear weapons program],” says the Missouri Republican, who has read the classified portion of the NIE. But, Bond notes, the NIE’s first point was: “We judge with high confidence that in fall 2003, Tehran halted its nuclear weapons...” [Continue reading.]
    This next post is from Mark Alexander. He writes with the Federalist Papers, a part of the Patriot Post. I really enjoyed his Christmas message, and I hope you will, too.
    The Shepherd’s Christmas.
    by Mark Alexander of the Patriot Post.
    Scroll down from "Happy Christmahanakwamadan!"

    If you were to wish us “Happy Holidays,” we would puzzle over which one you meant. Independence Day? Constitution Day? Thanksgiving? Easter? Christmas? Our Patriot mission is to keep kindled the flame of liberty our Founders sparked on this continent, and we believe that all these national celebrations should unite us in gratitude to God for all the blessings He has showered upon our free land.

    John Quincy Adams asserted, “In the chain of human events, the birthday of the nation is indissolubly linked with the birthday of the Saviour.”

    Indeed, most of the Founders held these commemorations to be all of a piece, and that the events told and foretold in Scripture are true, fit as cornerstones for faith and governing principles.

    Luke, in his Gospel, attests to the historical evidence for the Nativity, taken from “eyewitnesses” who could verify “the certainty” (Luke 1:1-4). Among the first eyewitnesses Luke cites were “shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night,” to whom an angel suddenly appeared, announcing the birth of Christ the Lord and providing directions to His location. After visiting the Holy Child, the shepherds related their experiences to those living in the surrounding countryside (Luke 2:8-20). [Continue reading. It is a magnificant article.]
    This is copyrighted material, so please ask permission to copy any of their articles. They are very nice about it and if you are a member, it is okay as long as you follow the rules set in the copyright clause. They want to spread liberty, and they believe it is not theirs to hold from others. These people are a class above. Yes, indeed.

    Here is a book I have not read, but I do agree that we have lost many of the State's rights which were the strength of our individualism before this war. Here is a little bit about this book:
    Finally, the true story of the War Between the States, in one captivating volume. With more than 530 illustrations, nearly 100 biographical sketches, and his attention-grabbing style, John J. Dwyer has radically transformed the tedious, uninspiring textbook rendering of the Civil War into what it should be America's greatest epic.

    Respected historians George Grant, J. Steven Wilkins, Douglas Wilson, and Tom Spencer are contributing editors to the The War Between the States: America's Uncivil War, and over two dozen of renowned historical artist John Paul Strain's greatest works appear. The book offers 700 action-packed pages of war-time drama that will forever change the way Americans view the Civil War.

    This book is not available at Amazon.com right now because they are sold out, but you may purchase one here or call 1-800-628-9460 to place your order. Hat tip: Human Events.

    Please Mitt, at least a mea culpa.
    An open letter to our former Massachusetts governor.

    Dear Mitt:

    Many of us from Massachusetts will be headed down to Washington, D.C. this January to join over 100,000 others in the 35th Annual March For Life, memorializing some 48 million pre-born children whose beating hearts were legally stopped by the sanction of the Roe v. Wade decision. Mitt, will you be with us? They're betting that you won't.

    You made one of the smoothest transitions from being pro-Roe to anti-Roe of anyone I've ever witnessed, far less involved even than Norma McCorvey, the Roe plaintiff. Miss Norma told me that she had, in a worldly sense, everything to lose and nothing to gain by changing her position. Can you say the same?

    We're told that it was the studying of scientific data regarding embryonic stem cell research which led to your conversion to the Pro-Life position. This, after multiple years of publicity about the now-outlawed partial birth abortion procedure? Surely you knew about the courageous action of former Senator Bob Smith from our neighboring state of New Hampshire, who graphically depicted the gruesome procedure on the floor of the U. S. Senate. Where were you then? [Continue reading.]
    I hope you find Gregg's arguements as persuasive as they ought to be. He was a captive of that government. Can you imagine words like that being used with the full meaning--captive? Well, you should be afraid. It is our Life, Liberty and Property Rights we are fighting for in this campaign for president! READ IT! Now on to the next news article.

    The Vets for Freedom recently went to London grand Westminster Hall, to join in a debate sponsored by Intelligence Squared. The attendance was over 2,200, and the topic of the topic was the defense of the idea that the surge in Iraq is working.
    Of the 455 undecided voters who arrived in the hall, over half (234) later voted to support victory rather than defeat. By contrast, only 131 voted in favor of the motions "leave Iraq now" or "negotiated settlement."

    Overwhelmingly, previously undecided voters left the hall convinced that we must win in Iraq. I was expecting a hostile audience, but these results prove that, with the credibility that we as veterans bring to the debate, it is not too late to shape the public's perception of the war in Iraq.

    The debate will be shown in its entirety on BBC World during the weekend of January 5th, and Vets for Freedom will send out a notice when it appears. In the meantime, visit this website for a podcast of the debate.
    The title of the debate is The Future of Iraq. They also have another ad coming out to thank Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) for his steadfast support of the men and women fighting in uniform and those vets who are home fighting for their brothers and sisters right to win the victory. You can visit their website to view these ads.

    What I can do is to get 5 people to sign up to support Vets for Freedom. Here is an opportunity for you to support those troops you say you support. ;)



    This is an excellent video from Blackfive. It was taped on the 90th birthday of the Army, and it has a lot of history in the short time allowed.



    This is very sweet and moving video, again from Blackfive, that says to the troops, "Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!" It also says that we miss you, you are not forgotten, and we care. Greatly. We thank your families and you for your service, and we won't give up the fight on our end either. (I just added that, but I know it to be true.) A shout out to Morgan, 'B-Mo' O', Maniac, Major Stone Cold, Cookie Monster, Surferdude, T-Dog, Burt Schtickem, Coopage, Gonzo, Pineapple, Tater, Headspace, Sparky, Crash and Sack, and the Hometown Hero. God bless you all, and may your Christmas be safe, rememberable, and may you have the Joy that this world does not understand. Also, may God's protection keep you from all harm and all evil. In Jesus Christ's name I pray, Amen.

    Posts I've trackbacked to at Linkfest:
    Faultline USA: Spirit of Christmas and Religious Bigotry, third world county: Who is He in Yonder Stall?, Right Truth: The Saudis are Coming ... A MUST READ for free speech, The World According To Carl: Clever Video: President George Bush “Covering” R.E.M.’s “It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)”, Stuck on Stupid: Fred Thompson's Christmas Message, Big Dog's Website: Vote for Hillary, Get Lower Oil Prices, Chuck Adkins: Weekend Open Trackback and Open Thread, Gulf Coast Hurricane Tracker: Oh! Tannenbaum, Right Voices: It's Christmas Eve, and I Have Much To Be Thankful For, and The Yankee Sailor: Weekend Open Post, thanks to Linkfest Haven Deluxe.

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    Saturday, December 22, 2007

    Saturday night loneliness

    Many people will be with their families and/or friends this Saturday night, and that is good. But what about those who are so far away they cannot make it home? What about those who are answering the call of our country?

    I pray, LORD, You will Comfort them, be with them, protect them, Love them, guard them from all evil and harm, and I pray they know You and have accepted You into their hearts as their LORD and Saviour. Share with them Your Peace that this world does not understand. Let us not be so brazen as to not remember them. Help us, LORD, to keep them in our hearts and prayers as well as their families.

    For every empty chair at the table this year of one of our own patriots, no matter the cause, please fill this hole in each tiny face and heart. By patriot I mean someone from our coalition of the willing. Not from al qaida. May they all burn in hell. Please. In Jesus Christ's name I pray. Amen. Digg! Digg!

    Friday, December 21, 2007

    Sen. Smith (R-NH) endorses Rep. Hunter for President

    This is good news for Rep. Duncan Hunter. To have one of the most Conservative senators (in New Hamphsire, no less!) endorse you is a big deal. Vermont is the first state to actually vote as we know it. Many people believe that whoever wins or suprisingly comes close to winning will go on to become president of the United States. Below is a copy of that endorsement:
    Dear New Hampshire Friends

    After spending several weeks listening to all of the candidates, I have decided to support Congressman Duncan Hunter for President. I do not take this decision lightly. There are a lot of fine men running for this office and I know that many of you may have already made your choice. Your vote in the "First in the Nation Primary" is a very precious and personal right. Your decision will likely determine who will be the next leader of the free world. What an awesome responsibility! I only ask that you give serious consideration to the points that I make in this letter of endorsement for Congressman Hunter before you vote.

    The Republican Party, but more importantly our nation, needs strong conservative and inspirational leadership as we continue to face the threats to our liberty in the form of immorality, corruption, terrorism, a mountain of debt, border insecurity, loss of jobs and attempts to weaken our national defense. Here is why Duncan Hunter is that leader!

    I am sure that you are aware that I fought the battle for the conservative cause in New Hampshire for over 20 years. It was not an easy battle. Conservatives pay a heavy price for standing up for their principles. I can speak from personal experience on that. The Republican Party has lost its majority in Congress because it slowly and steadily has walked away from the "core values" that have made it a great party for the past 150 years in America . Remember Ronald Reagan? Liberals and moderates worked hard to defeat him in the New Hampshire primary in 1980 but he prevailed in spite of them! He will be remembered as one of our greatest Presidents because he stood on principle, but also because we conservatives in New Hampshire gave him the victory that propelled him to the White House! When President Reagan came into the oval office in the morning, he knew exactly where he wanted to take the country. He did not need an inbox full of directions, consultants, polls or focus groups to tell him what his core values were. There will never be another Ronald Reagan but fellow Californian Duncan Hunter can pick up the Reagan torch and light the way for America to come back from the dangers we now face. Congressman Hunter is a moral man, an inspirational leader and a no nonsense conservative who will always put "principle above politics" in the image of the late great New Hampshire patriot Meldrim Thomson.

    I had the enormous privilege to serve with Congressman Hunter for 18 years in Congress. He has been my personal friend for nearly 25 years. I can personally attest that he is a man of impeccable moral and family values, a great patriot and a leader. I have seen him fight even when others were prepared to give up. Congressman Hunter inspired me and many other young conservatives in the 1980s to continue the fight even when it was bleak. This has not been an easy campaign for Congressman Hunter. While he has been out on the campaign trail his son has been serving in Iraq and the Hunters lost their entire home in the recent fires in Southern California . He has been largely ignored by the pollsters and the media. I urge the people of New Hampshire to send a message to the pollsters and the Washington media elite. The people elect a President not the pollsters! You have the opportunity to do for the nation what you did when you elected President Reagan in 1980 by sending Duncan Hunter out of New Hampshire with a big win and on to the White House in January of 2009! Can you imagine listening to CNN and all of the talking heads trying to explain how they were wrong as Hunter claimed victory? Wouldn't that be worth the price of admission? You can make it happen with your vote in January! Do not be intimidated by these spinmasters. You control the destiny of America and not them!

    The American people need to take control of this country. We are a republic, not a democracy. We elect leaders to stand up for us as they make decisions. Duncan Hunter has proven that he can lead. He has been tested. If given the chance as President, he will inspire people, young and old, to rally to our nation in this time of need. Congressman Duncan Hunter for 25 years has stood up for the rights of the unborn, to balance the budget, to cut the pork out of the spending bills, to strengthen our national defense by supporting our troops and providing them the weapons they need, to seal off our borders by building a fence along the US/Mexican border and to keep American jobs in America. He is a known entity. You do not have to guess about what he might do on these critical threats to our security. Imagine President Duncan Hunter leading our nation and using the "bully pulpit" to lead on these issues! I am proud to support this great American patriot for President. If you really want to see change, then I urge you to vote for him. He is what American needs now more than ever! Thank you!

    Senator Bob Smith
    Tuftonboro, N.H. and Sarasota, Florida.
    As I remember, for full disclosure's sake, Sen. Smith did leave the Republican Party for about a month or two while he was running for president in 2000. Many people did not forgive him for that. I was one of them. At least for a while.

    Why did I not forgive him? If you want change, if you want to help, then you should do it from within. That used to be my philosophy. I do not know what has happened to my party, but it certainly is not the fiscally responsible, pro-life, pro- all the Amendments - the Constitution - the Declaration of Independence, and just plain decency along with the will to fight for what is believed to be correct. I do not see this anymore, and maybe Sen. Smith saw this before I did. Either way, all is forgiven. How could it not when I am sitting here wondering where can I go?

    Today is Samantha Burns' OTA Weekend and Open Trackback Linkfest Haven Oasis. Please have a nice weekend, and please have a wonderful and safe Merry ChristMass. Please keep our men and women who cannot be at home during this season because they are protecting our liberties close to your heart. Also remember their families, the empty chair for Daddy or Mommy, keep them in your prayers. Maybe if you know someone like that, you may even bake them some cookies or see if there is a need. Come on. 'Tis the season to give. Thank you.

    IMPORTANT NOTICE TO HALOSCAN USERS: If you are using haloscan, please understand that I will have to leave my trackback in your comments section. For some reason, haloscan has not been available to me for 3 days now. It does not appear as though the problem will be solved soon, either. I am so p***ed off! (lol) Please leave your comment section open. Thank you.

    UPDATE: Haloscan is back online. Wheh!

    Posts I've trackbacked to at Samantha Burns OTA and Linkfest: Stop the ACLU: Weekend Free-For-All, Stix Blog: U.S. Senate Report: Over 400 Prominent Scientists Disputed Man-Made Global Warming Claims in 2007, Pirate's Cove: TB Friday Featuring The Surrender Monkey: The 400, The World According To Carl: Open Trackback Friday — December 21, 2007, Woman Honor Thyself: Smile! It’s ChristmaS, CommonSenseAmerica: Spare time is not always my friend...OTB, The Midnight Sun: CHRISTMAS: LOVE IT OR HATE IT, 123beta: Merry Christmas Open Trackback Weekend, Adam's Blog: Post of the Day for December 21, 2007, Right Truth: What you need to know about Mormons, Stix Blog: Who knew I had have fans in Trinidad & Tobago, Leaning Straight Up: Friday Video Break Christmas, The Amboy Times: Tancredo Endorses Romney, Conservative Cat: NMPDR - The Really Bad Strain of Staphylococcus Aureus, Nuke's: Fla. Newspaper Publishes Problem Teacher List, third world county: A 15th Century Christmas Message, The Crazy Rantings of Samantha Burns: OTA Weekend, The World According To Carl: This Explains A Lot, Blue Star Chronicles: TB Friday Featuring the Surrender Monkey: The 400, thanks to Linkfest Haven Deluxe.

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    11. Stuck On Stupid: Fred Thompson’s Christmas Message.
    10. Gulf Coast Hurricane Tracker: Oh! Tannenbaum.
    9. Stix Blog: Who knew I had have fans in Trinidad.
    8. Right Truth: The Saudis Are Coming...
    7. Planck's Constant: How the West Will be Won.
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    Thursday, December 20, 2007

    Thursday's Open Trackback Delight

    No matter how much we enjoy giving and receiving gifts, eating large, and spending time with our loved ones; there would be NO reason for the government to completely shut down, for the mail to be overloaded, for that special glow in our hearts if Jesus had not been born into this world to sacrifice Himself so that we may be saved. Just think about that this Christmas Day, because, for most of us, it is not our birthday! ;)

    There is nothing I can think of that is more delightful than that of a newborn child. Don't forget to take the time to smell the roses, notice the homeless and hungry, praise your brother/sister when they do something well, etc.

    I realize that not everyone is a Christian. So what and why are celebrating? Could it be the peace and goodwill toward men that is filling the air? That's okay. I much prefer it myself. You don't need a reason to celebrate, just don't try to take away mine and we'll get along divinely. Otherwise, we are going to bump heads.

    If my writing about my beliefs bothers you, tough. May I suggest you start your own blog? Families have members with which not everyone agrees all the time about everything. I have no expectation of my readers! It is called FREEDOM. Just be delightful about it and see if your life isn't improved...

    This is an open trackback Thursday. That means that if you would like to share some of your writings, you may do so here. It does not have to do anything with the topic above. Just remember to include my article in your blog. (You can just add my name with a link back to this article.) If you would like to join the Linkfest Haven, please click on the blue badge (or whatever those are thingys are called) and follow the directions provided. Also, no porn. Have a great day everyone!

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    Posts I've trackbacked to at Linkfest: The Virtuous Republic: Killing the Border Fence, Faultline USA: Do They Know It's Christmas Time At All?, Adam's Blog: Post of the Day for December 20, 2007, The World According to Carl: Godly Wisdom — December 20, 2007, Pirate's Cove: Poor Johnny Walker Lind Wants to be Free, Blue Star Chronicles: Poor Johnny Walker Lind Wants to be Free, Big Dog's Weblog: Do Clintons use Charity Donations for Campaigns?, Right Voices: Reid on POTUS: "I Hate Him", Wolf Pangloss: Not just no, but hell no, thanks to Linkfest Haven Deluxe.

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    Did I happen to mention my computer crashed today? It was really weird. Too bad we don't make computers in America anymore. If we did, I might look around...Anyway, I think I found a way to work this. Let us see, eh? ;)

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    7. Right Truth: What you need to know about Mormons.
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    Wednesday, December 19, 2007

    Repost: Islamofascists murder over 340

    I am reposting this article about the murder of over 340 children and adults in a school in Russia, because Time decided to choose Putin as their Man of the Year. Also, because it brought back to me the words to express myself. I have forgotten how to write. I must admit, I have grown weary. I am not so weary, however, that I will EVER give up. Originally written on September 4, 2004.

    Islamofascists murder over 340.

    I have been struggling with how to write this article and what to say. Obviously, my prayers and thoughts go out to the people directly affected and those indirectly affected. I am so angry and sad. If good reporters are not supposed to feel anything, then I guess I will never be a good reporter. I haven't been able to write until I had to, to keep from...!

    Some women (and I suspect men) Muslims took over a school Tuesday, August 31, 2004. They murdered most of the people and children. This was not about negotiating, revenge, liberation, or Putin. This happened because we are in WWIV, and people had better wake up to that fact. Today. Do you remember the bombing in Bali? Well, that isn't America, so I guess that doesn't include us, huh? How about on a train in Spain, Casa Blanca, Russia, Sudan, Kenya, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, England, Australia, Italy, Greece, and on and on? Well, that isn't on American soil, so I guess it doesn't really matter, right? THIS SOUNDS LIKE 1936, '37, '38, '39, '40, AND 41! Don't be so ignorant! It makes me want to cry. I thought we learned that genocide would never happen again, and yet it is happening. You are the ones who want to let it happen. You would have gotten along well with Hitler.

    What keeps coming back to me is this: Have you forgotten? We used to have Twin Towers in NYC. We had to repair the Pentagon, and a plane went down in a field in PA because some brave men gave their lives that we might live. Do you really want to spit in their face? Are you that brave? I call you cowards. You don't want to fight because you either blame America or you are a communist. Either way, I would, at this point in time, put you all in a pile and make sure that the next attack happened precisely where you were. Ideally, I pray there is no attack, but you who don't care-really make me mad.

    Oh, you have your little sayings: We support the troops but hate the war, No blood for oil, It's the economy stupid. This is Bush' war, etc. Let me answer these for you. You cannot support the troops without supporting the mission. It is impossible. You depress them, and they are dying for you. Is that how you show your appreciation, you selfish childish people!

    No blood for oil. Okay. Start walking and turn your heat/air conditioner off. No? Then shut the hell up. We pay for everything we use, unlike some of the parasites that live among us.

    So, you believe that the economy is the most important issue? Have you ever heard the expression: "You can't take it with you?" What good is money if you're dead. Tell me! Now! I want to know! Can't find a job? Join the Armed Forces that you support so damn much. What? You are too afraid? Don't worry, not everyone is cut out to be the best.

    This is Bush' war? President Bush doesn't live in all these other places, so it couldn't be that. He was only in office 7 months when we were attacked for the third time on our soil. Third, you say? Do you remember Oklahoma City? Yes. Third. Forth if you want to count TWA flight 800. So, are you saying Bush asked for this war? You are a lunatic, and I will leave you to your own demise. Do you think he is going places he shouldn't go? That is a discussion that could be had, except we are already there.

    I seem to remember many on the left clamoring about connecting the dots. Well, he did, and Saddam was smack dab in the middle of it all. He (Saddam) paid terrorists. He harbored terrorists. He used chemical weapons against his own people. He had rape rooms, murdered or sent to die over 2 MILLION people. Are those enough dots for you? He was sending people here. Do you remember the first attack on the TWC? Where do you think the passport was from? Where did he go when he left NY? That is correct, Iraq. This is all known and documented. Get off the talking points, and my nerves, and RESEARCH.

    I did not mean to go off on people with which I disagree, but you must understand: They declared war against us. It is up to us if we are up to the challenge or if we will rot in hell because we did nothing, as was the case until 1941. I vote to move forward and kick ass.

    Please excuse my language. I am angry and I don't have time for all these stupid idiot picketers. I didn't even mean to bring them up, but when I get in front of the "typewriter," I rarely know what will come up! I just hope it is good. Something good has to come out of this senseless murderous week. For every person murdered, we take out a whole city and leave them with a wasteland. I wish I could have a guarantee that only terrorists would be there at the time. I have made friends over in Iraq, and I want none of them harmed. Oh damn. Now what? And this is what the enemy knows.

    Yeah, have a good day. Oh, and by the way, you might want to say a prayer for the people in Russia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Sudan, Kenya, Taiwan, Thailand, Italy, Poland, England, Australia, Netherlands, etc. My God, and people don't see this is a world war?

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    I am still working on the transfers, but it's moving right along. I hope to have it done by New Year's Day. Hope--remember--I said hope! lol. Merry ChristMass.

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