The dogs and I are leaving at half past way-too-early. Let’s hope for not too much thunder and lightning – the dogs get scared. lol
So I’ll see you on the other side of our GRAND ADVENTURE!
Got my camera packed.
ADIOS!!! It’s been rea…well, it’s been something.
The party of compassion’s ‘superstar’ candidate has been speaking out about his plan to end the war in Iraq in debates lately:
I don’t oppose all wars. And I know that in this crowd today, there is no shortage of patriots, or of patriotism. What I am opposed to is a dumb war. What I am opposed to is a rash war.”
-Barack Obama Anti-War Rally, Chicago 2002
(What I’m opposed to are dumb politicians.)
Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama said Thursday the United States cannot use its military to solve humanitarian problems and that preventing a potential genocide in Iraq isn’t a good enough reason to keep U.S. forces there. “Well, look, if that’s the criteria by which we are making decisions on the deployment of U.S. forces, then by that argument you would have 300,000 troops in the Congo right now—where millions have been slaughtered as a consequence of ethnic strife—which we haven’t done,” Obama said in an interview with The Associated Press.
“We would be deploying unilaterally and occupying the Sudan, which we haven’t done. Those of us who care about Darfur don’t think it would be a good idea,” he said.
Obama, a first-term senator from Illinois, said it’s likely there would be increased bloodshed if U.S. forces left Iraq.
“Nobody is proposing we leave precipitously. There are still going to be U.S. forces in the region that could intercede, with an international force, on an emergency basis,” Obama said between stops on the first of two days scheduled on the New Hampshire campaign trail. “There’s no doubt there are risks of increased bloodshed in Iraq without a continuing U.S. presence there.”
The greater risk is staying in Iraq, Obama said. “It is my assessment that those risks are even greater if we continue to occupy Iraq and serve as a magnet for not only terrorist activity but also irresponsible behavior by Iraqi factions,” he said.
Tell that to them:
Since I’ve figured out how to embed video, I’m able to give you a couple of more. Next up is a video from a visit to a town outside our area. This town gets almost no notice from anybody, good or bad. It’s just a quiet town doing it’s own thing, but security there is good, services are getting better, and the townsfolk are very supportive of the government and the Coalition.
If the dumb party of compassion gets the troops pulled out of Iraq “in a responsible way” (bah!), would these kids live to see the next school year? And if they did, would their parents survive to raise them?
I know the party of compassion loses no sleep over the troop pullout 40 years ago and the killings that occurred after, but I also know several Vietnamese families who will never be the same because of it.
How do you think our Soldiers and Marines would feel sitting at home and watching the bloodshed on the evening news?
Hey, party of compassion ~ you really need to read something other than the NYT or the LAT. Try the Milblogs – you might learn something. Like what compassion really means. Seems to me our troops could teach you a thing or two.
This Weeks Solider Was Suggested By Robert
Lt. General Lewis B. “Chesty” Puller
June 26, 1898 – October 11, 1971
Lieutenant General Lewis B. “Chesty” Puller was a colorful veteran of the Korean War, four World War II campaigns, and expeditionary service in China, Nicaragua, and Haiti. He is one of only two Marines to win the Navy Cross five times for heroism and gallantry in combat earing him the distinction of being the most decorated Marine in the history of the USMC.
A Marine officer and enlisted man for 37 years, General Puller served at sea or overseas for all but ten of those years, including a hitch as commander of the “Horse Marines” in China. Excluding medals from foreign governments, he won a total of 14 personal decorations in combat, plus a long list of campaign medals, unit citation ribbons and other awards. In addition to the Navy Crosses, the highest honor the Navy can bestow, he holds its Army equivalent, the Distinguished Service Cross. A list of his awards can be found here.
Born 26 June 1898, at West Point, Virginia, the general attended Virginia Military Institute until enlisting in the Marine Corps in August 1918. He was appointed a Marine Reserve second lieutenant 16 June 1919, but due to force reductions after World War I, was placed on inactive duty ten days later. He rejoined the Marines as an enlisted man to serve with the Gendarmerie d’Haiti, a military force in that country under a treaty with the United States. Most of its officers were U. S. Marines, while its enlisted personnel were Haitians.
After almost five years in Haiti, where he saw frequent action against the Caco rebels, Puller returned in March 1924 to the United States. He was commissioned a Marine second lieutenant that same month, and during the next two years, served at the Marine Barracks, Norfolk, Virginia, completed the Basic School at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and served with the 10th Marine Regiment at Quantico, Virginia.
In July of 1926, Puller embarked for a two-year tour of duty at the Marine Barracks, Pearl Harbor. Returning in June 1928, he served in San Diego, California, until he joined the Nicaraguan National Guard Detachment that December. After winning his first Navy Cross in Nicaragua, he returned to the United States in July 1931 to enter the Company Officers Course at the Army Infantry School, Fort Benning, Georgia. He completed the course in June 1932 and returned to Nicaragua the following month to begin the tour of duty that brought him a second Navy Cross.
In January 1933, Puller left Nicaragua for the United States. A month later he sailed from San Francisco to join the Marine Detachment of the American Legation at Peiping, China. There, in addition to other duties, he commanded the famed “Horse Marines.” Without coming back to the United States, he began a tour of sea duty in USS AUGUSTA of the Asiatic Fleet. In June 1936 he returned to the United States to become an instructor in the Basic School at Philadelphia. He left there in May 1939 to serve another year as commander of the AUGUSTA’s Marine Detachment, and from that cruiser, joined the 4th Marine Regiment at Shanghai, China, in May 1940.
After serving as a battalion executive and commanding officer with the 4th Marines, Puller sailed for the United States in August 1941. In September, he took command of the 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division, at Camp Lejeune. That Regiment was detached from the 1st Division in March 1942 and the following month, as part of the 3rd Marine Brigade, sailed for the Pacific theater. The 7th Regiment rejoined the 1st Marine Division in September 1942, and Puller, still commanding its 1st Battalion, went on to win his third Navy Cross at Guadalcanal.
The action that brought him that medal occurred on the night of October 24-25 1942. For a desperate three hours his battalion, stretched over a mile-long front, was the only defense between vital Henderson Airfield and a regiment of seasoned Japanese troops. In pouring jungle rain the Japanese smashed repeatedly at his thin line, as General Puller moved up and down its length to encourage his men and direct the defense. After reinforcements arrived, he commanded the augmented force until late the next afternoon. The defending Marines suffered less than 70 casualties in the engagement while 1400 of the enemy were killed and 17 truckloads of Japanese equipment were recovered by the Americans.
After Guadalcanal, Puller became executive officer of the 7th Marines. He was fighting in that capacity when he won his fourth Navy Cross at Cape Gloucester in January 1944. There, when the commanders of the two battalions were wounded, he took over their units and moved through heavy machine-gun and mortar fire to reorganize them for attack, then led them in taking a strongly fortified enemy position.
In February 1944, Puller took command of the 1st Marines at Cape Gloucester. After leading that regiment for the remainder of the campaign, he sailed with it for the Russell Islands in April 1944. He went on to command it at Peleliu in September and October 1944. He returned to the United States in November 1944, named executive officer of the Infantry Training Regiment at Camp Lejeune in January 1945, and took command of that regiment the next month.
In August 1946, Puller became Director of the 8th Marine Corps Reserve District, with headquarters at New Orleans, Louisiana. After that assignment, he commanded the Marine Barracks at Pearl Harbor until August 1950, when he arrived at Camp Pendleton, California, to re-establish and take command of the 1st Marines, the same regiment he had led at Cape Gloucester and Peleliu.
Landing with the 1st Marines at Inchon, Korea, in September 1950, he continued to head that regiment until January 1951, when he was promoted to brigadier general and named Assistant Commander of the 1st Marine Division. That May he returned to Camp Pendleton to command the newly reactivated 3rd Marine Division in January 1952. After that, he was assistant at division commander until he took over the Troop Training Unit, Pacific, at Coronado, California, that June. He was promoted to major general in September 1953, and in July 1954, assumed command of the 2nd Marine Division at Camp Lejeune. Despite his illness, he retained that command until February 1955, when he was appointed Deputy Camp Commander. He served in that capacity until August, when he entered the U. S. Naval Hospital at Camp Lejeune prior to retirement.
In 1966, General Puller requested to return to active duty to serve in Vietnam, but was turned down because of his age. He died 11 October 1971 in Hampton, Virginia, after a long illness. He was 73.
CORRECTION: I made a mistake in this weeks post. I stated that Lt. Gen. Puller was one of two Marines to win the Navy cross five times. Correction: he’s the only one to win it five times. The other man was in the Navy. Sorry about that ~
–These brave men and women sacrifice so much in their lives so that others may enjoy the freedoms we get to enjoy everyday. For that, I am proud to call them Hero.
We Should Not Only Mourn These Men And Women Who Died,
We Should Also Thank God That Such People Lived
This post is part of the Wednesday Hero Blogroll. To find out more about Wednesday Hero, you can go here.
Go on over and say hi! He’s recuperating from his knee surgery so is rather immobile for a bit. I can’t imagine Greg immobile unless he’s unconscious! And he’s already done that part so here’s hoping for a speedy recovery!
He’s also considering if he should keep his blog up ~ so if you’ve missed his posts as much as I have, let him know.
in Moonbat Hollow!! Yep, I’m heading out later this week to start driving cross country to Virginia. Let me tell you, the logistics are a nightmare when you have 2 dogs and 3 cats and a plumbing business.
We are almost done loading the second Pod ~ Tomorrow is the big push as they are coming on Tuesday to pick it up. I’m to that point in packing of just throwing stuff in boxes and leaving the sorting out to when it all arrives in VA. The pods should arrive a couple of days after we get there. Fortunately, the sellers had this gorgeous bed there that they wanted to sell. So, we bought it. I’m too old to be sleeping on the floor, dammit!
We’re not taking much furniture as it’s mostly second hand (not the antiquey kind of second hand either) and really lived in . Ned has to come back here for a couple of months to finish up jobs so he’ll need some of the comforts of home. And I get to go furniture shopping in VA!!! I never want to see another piece of oak furniture again in this life of mine.
A young friend of ours volunteered to help drive my car and the dogs out, so we’ll be taking turns driving. We’re going to pretty much drive straight on through. Ah, to be young! So, this should be interesting…to say the least. I’m going to get a foam mat for the back of the Volvo so we can crawl in the back, snuggle up with the dogs and catch some sleep. The hardest part will be NO COMPUTER!!! For over a week!!! Massive internet withdrawal ahead. And since our new home is way up yonder, I’m afraid I’ll have to go back to the *gasp* dreaded Dial-Up. Anyway, it’s first on my list of Things-To-Do.
Ned’s going to come out a week later for a bit to help get things set up. The cats are going to go with one of the pet transports that have the special vans and lots of personal attention. The airlines are just a joke!
So, I’m going to be sitting in a house with a bunch of boxes and not much else. lol I’m packing my Melitta coffee kit in my suitcase. And I’m never coming back here. People here are surprised by that sentiment of mine. Well, they can have it! I’ve had more than enough of the “Keep Santa Cruz Weird” mentality. It’s not weird, it’s oblivious.
Here it is! Huge pond (self percolating and stocked) and 10 acres of land.
Plus, I found a wonderful place to get the furniture to keep it in the old farmhouse style.
We have some remodeling to do and a garage and recording studio to build but it’s ours!!
And it’s not in the People’s Republic of CA!
Since I’m less than 2 hours away from DC, I’ll be heading that way quite a bit – to visit at Walter Reed (the wounded soldiers here at Palo Alto VA Hospital are in good hands with Mary Kay) and any time the anti-war protesters show up.
I said goodbye to my recruiters last week – took all 5 out to lunch. I’m sure going to miss all of them! (But they promised to visit and I’m holding you all to that!) They made sure I had their business cards so I could keep in touch. Like I won’t be calling or anything…siwwy wabbits! They are also in good hands with Mary Kay. I’m hoping that she will be a guest blogger on here. (Hear that, MK!) She’s an amazing person who has a heart bigger than all outdoors and has done so much already for those who wear the uniform. Her daughter is leaving in September for the Navy. So we have another MilMom in our family. And a pretty darn special one at that!
Well, time to go throw more things into boxes.
I’m never moving again.
Look what I found!!
These folks are just down right delusional and soooooo full of their lil ol’ selves.
Oh, I’m even mentioned! Woo hoo! I’m the ‘loud woman’ in the office. Damn tootin’!
By the way, the father and son team were in the office for close to 2 hours – not 1/2 hour or hour. How time flies when you are protesting!!
Don’t they just sound so brain-washed? They all have that woo-woo tone to their voices. My husband describes it as “nurrrrrr”, spoken gently on downward beat, of course.
And we certainly won’t bring up the rough handling that Soon-to-be-Mrs Recruiter experienced while trying to get into the office, will we? Oh no! Certainly not! Or that the posters the Marines put outside were all torn up. Nope! Not that either.
I’m sorry to burst your little protesting bubble, Jan, they weren’t “thoughtful” as you sang your little song. No, that isn’t quite the adjective I would use. All you did was annoy some recruiters who were just trying to do their job. They had appointments with some young people who were interested in enlisting – you know, they still have that right. In fact, one of the young men was shipping out the next day and was just trying to get his paperwork all in order. Because it was his choice!
Apparently, that doesn’t count to these people. Surprise. Surprise.
I personally think they do have some “cool toys”!
According to all-knowing Jan, reenlisting soldiers are just keeping themselves “ignorant”.
Liar, liar, pants on fire!
And to clarify – their Commander ordered them not to let you protesters in because the last time they did, you all were too disruptive.
CPL Trent Thomas, one of the Marines accused of murder in the Pendleton 8 case, was acquitted of murder charges yesterday at the end of a court-martial that was well over a year in coming.
The panel found him guilty of conspiracy to commit murder, which I still find to be a complete travesty and miscarriage of justice. Then again, what do I know? I’ve only got the documents proving the agents in this case are lying, incompetent fools. But never mind the facts, let’s move on to the politics of the whole thing.
Thomas was the first to be convicted in an actual court-martial. All but two of the other seven members of the ill-fated squad have been quietly pled out and put away. During Thomas’ proceedings, some of them were brought out and paraded as pawns for the prosecution, told how to talk and what to say. When their testimony didn’t match well enough with the rules of the government’s game, the Marines were brought to the back of the room and threatened with their plea bargains if they didn’t adhere to the plan. The idea that this can be done to our fighting men still, every day, fills me with a rage I cannot describe.
Stay tuned…much more on this case coming.
Listen to Gen. Mattis here. Really.
“We’re the good guys. Not the perfect guys, but the good guys.”
“And while the US Media, the western media may portray this as ‘a bomb went off today’. A bomb didn’t go off.. it wasn’t an act of God. Intentional murder of innocent people eventually sours anybody.”
One thing to me rings loud and clear
Through mainstream media sources:
Libs don’t understand, Volunteer,
When it comes to our fighting forces.
Their memories hark to former days,
Dubious deferments due to classes,
Craven cowering in cynical ways,
Just to cover their cowardly asses.
Pony-tailed pundits of treason foregoing,
Now scoff and condemn with derision,
Volunteer warriors, warned and knowing,
Who’ve made a fateful decision,
Foregoing the comforts liberals love,
That very succor to preserve
A concept Libs are ignorant of:
To reap benefits, one should serve.
Ever fearful, Libs cower in classrooms,
Proclaiming the due of the masses;
On graves of the brave, toxic mushrooms,
Still cravenly covering their asses.
Preaching, protesting, showing their ire,
Cat-box covering all their worst fears,
Cowardly curs afraid of war’s fire,
They’re our nation’s Involunteers.
I know a truth from mankind’s past,
A truth that sure prevails;
Those who fight are those will last,
Throughout all man’s travails.
But those making phony excuses,
As false and fearful disguise,
Will feel history’s worst abuses,
Enslaved by their cowardly lies.
2d Bn, 327th Parachute Infantry Regiment
101st Airborne Division
One July Fourth
On one July Fourth many years past
A new nation began, proud votes were cast
Our Continental Congress risked all
With the birth of this country their call
In Philadelphia this took place
Independence declared, first war to face
The United States embarked that day
On a journey to last all this way
Through many trials this journey has gone
With strong trust in God from dawn to dawn
From our first war to our war today
Patriots have fought for freedom’s way
Many giving their lives for this cause
Treasure your freedom, solemnly pause
Always pray for those brave who protect
They so need this along with respect
©2007Roger J. Robicheau
This is for you, Murtha.
(thanks, Tom – you did it again just when I needed it!)
Remember, you can write your own letter to Murtha and Tim Sumner will hand deliver them. This is LCpl Sharrat’s father’s letter:
I am the father of L/Cpl Justin Sharratt. On 17 May 2006 you accused my son and his fellow Marines of killing “innocent civilians in cold blood.” In making such a statement you have denied my son, and his comrades, their constitutional rights to a fair trial. You violated their rights to due process and the presumption of innocence.
As a U. S. Congressman you took an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. This is not a oath to be taken lightly. On numerous occasions you, Congressman Murtha, have made unsupported, untruthful allegations involving an ongoing Haditha investigation. You added further to these transgressions by lying to the American people as to the source of your unsupported allegations. You sir have violated this oath, you have violated this sacred trust. Marines, soldiers and sailors have been dying for over two hundred years to support and defend the Constitution of the United States. You have disgraced their sacrifices with your callous disregard for Our Haditha Marines.
The people of the United States and those of Pa Congressional District 12 deserve better in their representative, they demand better. An apology would be too late — too little. Congressman John Murtha, I ask for your resignation as the Congressional Representative of District 12 — the people of the United States demand your resignation.
God Bless Our Haditha Marines
Editor — Add your email to Mr. Sharratt’s, the ones I will take to Congressman Murtha’s district office, by clicking here. Please, be succinct and civil while telling Congressman John Murtha how you really feel.
From the GOE
The woman who will not be named (by me) was too scareded by the big bad ol’ Eagles…
The best news is that we in GOE countered a protest in Charlotte, NC where Cindy Sheehan was supposed to speak. She arrived to find us on the high ground, with numbers equal to the opposition. We had a sea of American flags, bull horns and twice the enthusiasm. Cindy drove up and did not get out of the car; she simply drove away. The press filmed us for a change. The Vets for Freedom got good press in DC today. They have endorsed our rally in DC on 15 September. So has Move America Forward and the Military Order of the Purple Heart. We are turning up the heat and will continue to do so. The war is not lost. You know it and I know it and soon we will make Congress know it. Keep checking the website www.gatheringofeagles.org for updates on the 15 September counter protest . This is our chance to BUY THE TROOPS SOME TIME TO WIN.
We needed support in March and we need it again in September. Let all our troops know we are silent no more and we will not allow our guys to be treated with disrespect by anybody. Wake the kids and phone the neighbors, patriotic Americans are coming to take back the streets.
National Director of Operations
Gathering of Eagles
Also, go here for info on the counter rally in Charlottesville, VA on Friday, the 20th of this month.
BUT Hold the Phone! There’s more!!!
The D.C. Chapter of FreeRepublic.com invites all Freepers and lurkers in good standing to join us Monday morning, July 23rd, at the entrance to Arlington National Cemetery to stand up to Cindy Sheehan and her anti-American comrades as they attempt to desecrate Arlington with a so-called antiwar protest.
Sheehan has called the terrorists in Iraq ‘freedom fighters’ and has
traveled the world supporting our enemies. With the surge in Iraq
succeeding, Sheehan has come out of retirement to aid her ‘freedom
fighters’ by urging the impeachment of the two men who have kept the terrorists at bay for almost six years: President Bush and Vice
When: 9:30 a.m., Monday, July 23, 2007.
Where: The sidewalk near the Metro entrance on Memorial Drive,
Arlington National Cemetery.
Bring: Flags and signs bearing messages supporting our troops, their
commander-in-chief and America’s victory in the war on terror.
Metro/Parking: Take the Blue line to Arlington Cemetery/ Parking only at the pay lot just inside the entrance to Arlington Cemetery.
As always, the D.C. Chapter’s rules for demonstrating will be in
effect. Briefly, they are: No violence, no profanity, no racism, no
provocations, obey the law and treat all law enforcement officers with
P.S. Cindy will be marching to the White House and then to Congress to hold a sit in at Rep. John Conyers’ office. Please consider spending
the whole day with us as we have ‘fun’ with Cindy.
I cannot stand the thought of them being even near this hallowed ground.