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Friday, May 06, 2005

Zero Tolerance?

A 17 year old from Columbus, Georgia, has been suspended for refusing to turn over his cellphone when his mother (currently deployed in Iraq) called while he was in school - during lunch break. He became "belligerent" when a teacher interrupted the call and asked him to hand over the phone.

He received a 10-day suspension. Read the full story here:

Military mom's call leads to son's suspension - from

In Honor of Military Spouse Appreciation Day...

The Military Wife

The good Lord was creating a model for military wives and was into his sixth day of overtime when an angel appeared. She said, "Lord, you seem to be having a lot of trouble with this one. What's the matter with the standard model?"

The Lord replied, "Have you seen the specs on this order? She has to be completely independent, possess the qualities of both father and mother, be a perfect hostess to four or forty with an hour's notice, run on black coffee, handle every emergency imaginable without a manual, be able to carry on cheerfully, even if she's pregnant and has the flu, and she must be willing to move 10 times in 17 years. And oh, yes, she must have six pairs of hands."

The angel shook her head. "Six pairs of hands? No way."

The Lord continued, "Don't worry, we will make other military wives to help her. And we will give her an unusually strong heart so it can swell with pride in her husbands achievements, sustain the pain of separations, beat soundly when its over-worked and tired, and be large enough to say, 'I understand,' when she doesn't, and to say 'I love you,' regardless."

The angel circled the model of the military wife, looked at it closely and sighed, "It looks fine, but it's too soft."

"She might look soft," replied the Lord, "but she has the strength of a lion. You would not believe what she can endure."

Finally, the angel bent over and ran her finger across the cheek of the Lord's creation. "There's a leak," she announced. "Something is wrong with the construction. I am not surprised that it has cracked. You are trying to put too much into this model."

The Lord appeared offended at the angel's lack of confidence.
"What you see is not a leak," he said. "It's a tear."

"A tear? What is it there for?" asked the angel.

The Lord replied, "It's for joy, sadness, pain, disappointment, loneliness, pride, and a dedication to all the values that she and her husband hold dear."

"You're a genius!" exclaimed the angel.

The Lord looked puzzled and replied, "I didn't put it there."

Originally Written As "When God Created Mom's" By Erma Bombeck
found at:
Military Wives Poems and Prayers

Help a Military Spouse

Links of interest to Military Spouses and Families:
Military Spouse Career Center
Military Spouse and Family Educational Assistance - Military Spouse Resource Center for Education ...
Military Spouse Magazine: Your Source of Information and ...
The Military Spouse Photograph Museum And Registry
Military Spouse Support Network
Military Spouse Support Page
National Military Family Association
Military Wives
Military Husbands
Sgt Mom's
Civilian Husbands in the Military Family

Are You in the Perryville, Maryland Area?

Or are you looking for a nice weekend getaway? Maryland is lovely this time of year...

For more information, see this post at American Soldier.

Iraqi Security Forces Training

U.S. Marine Corps Chief Warrant Officer Kenneth Silvers, 1st Battalion, 6th Marines Battalion weapons officer, inspects an AK-47 rifle, April 30, 2005. The Marines are conducting training with the Iraqi Security Force soldiers to instruct them on how to independently maintain control in Fallujah, Iraq. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Robert R. Attebury

An Iraqi Security Force soldier performs first aid on a wounded soldier during a training exercise, April 30, 2005. The U.S. Marines are currently training the Iraqi soldiers in order to independently maintain control of Fallujah, Iraq. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Robert R. Attebury

U.S. Marine 1st Lt. Charles Godwin of the 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, instructs Iraqi Security Force soldiers how to properly present their weapon while providing security, April 29, 2005. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Robert R. Attebury

Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Phillip Jean-Gilles, 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, directs Iraqi Security Force soldiers during a training exercise, April 30, 2005. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Robert R. Attebury

An Iraqi Security Force soldier provides security during a training exercise, April 30, 2005. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Robert R. Attebury

Iraqi Security Force soldiers perform first aid on a "wounded soldier" during a training exercise, April 30, 2005. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Robert R. Attebury

U.S. Marine Cpl. Christopher Vargas of 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, instructs Iraqi Security Force soldiers while they practice raiding a house, April 29, 2005. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Robert R. Attebury

U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. James Ratay of 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, instructs an Iraqi Security Force soldier while he practices raiding a house, April 29, 2005. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Robert R. Attebury

U.S. Marine Cpl. Randolph Ramirez, 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, congratulates Iraqi Security Force soldiers after graduating a combat leaders course, April 30, 2005. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Robert R. Attebury

Us and Them

The anti-war, anti-troop crowd is often fond of saying our heroes are no better than their enemy. If you ever wanted to find one picture that proved how wrong they are, one short narrative that illustrates the difference between terrorists and Heroes, this is it.

Go and check out Michael Yon's "Online Magazine," and this post:

Little Girl.

You might want to have tissues handy, and something to catch your jaw when it drops.

WEAPONS SEARCH — Iraqi soldiers working with the 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines, Regimental Combat Team-8, move through the gate of an Iraqi complex during Operation Southern Advance in Almariyah, Iraq, which was conducted April 24-28, 2005. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Paul Robbins Jr.

In Today's News - Friday, May 6, 2005

Quote of the Day
"If the battle for civilization comes down to the wimps versus the barbarians, the barbarians are going to win."
-- Thomas Sowell Associated Press
Blair's Labour Party wins re-election
Insurgent attacks kill 33 in Iraq
Ark. woman claims Nichols has more to say
Army demotes general in Abu Ghraib scandal

Ananova: War In Iraq
Labour set for historic third term
Police plea for bombing witnesses
David Hackworth, Vietnam vet and military analyst, dies at 74
Death toll rises in Afghan battles
Capture of al-Libbi hailed by US military officials

The US News: Iraq News
Iraqi President Talabani visits Jordan tomorrow
Army says cuts back on Iraq roadside casualties
US Marine cleared in Iraq shooting
Bush extends sanctions against Syria
Italy's premier says troops to stay put in Iraq
U.S. general suggests some suicide car bombings in Iraq may not be suicide cases
House easily approves $82 billion for Iraq, Afghanistan
Insurgent attacks kill 26 in Baghdad
Congress gets subpoenaed U.N. documents
Bulgaria Parliament votes for Iraq pullout
Iraq terror leader Zarqawi believed ill
Blackwater employee killed in Iraq buried in Wyoming
Syria holding 137 Saudis headed for Iraq – paper
House Roll Call on $82B Iraq Spending Bill
Iraqi linked to chemical weapons
A Look at the House-Passed Bill for Iraq, Afghanistan Wars
U.S. Marine cleared in shooting of Iraqi
Iraqi neighbors pledge to boost border security, stop insurgent ...

Yahoo! News: War with Iraq
Insurgent Attacks Kill 26 in Baghdad

Fox News
Minibus Bombing
Iraq Police Find 14 Bodies
Bush OKs General's Demotion
Baghdad Attacks Kill at Least 26
Bush Set For Europe Tour
Japan: N. Korea May Be Readying Nuke Test
Fatah Party, Hamas Square Off in Elections
NYC Consulate Blasts Probed
Ex-Oil-for-Food Prober Hands Annan Docs to Congress

The Department of Defense
Zarqawi Loses Support Among Iraqis 5 — Story
Up-Armored 'Gun Trucks' Protect Troops — Story
Military to Improve Efficiency, Training — Story

Mechanic Reunites with Parents on Television — Story
Coalition Helps Rebuild Mosque, Buildings — Story
Soldiers Help Ensure Agricultural Success — Story

Joint Force Eliminates Lines at Gas Pumps
Helicopters Move Targets to Firing Range
Soldiers Shepherd Sheep to Needy Families
Military Working Dogs Essential Tool in Iraq
Intel Specialists Focus on Insurgent Strategy

Medical Logistics Unit Wraps Up Deployment
Norway Donates Tent Kits to Afghan Army
Radio Team Connects Air to Ground
Communications Platform Proves Its Worth
'White Devils' Recon Khost Province

USS Kearsarge on Station in Persian Gulf

JSTARS Reaches 10,000 Combat Hours

Brooklyn Policeman Walks Fallujah Beat — Story

Pentagon Concert Salutes Troops — Story Photos

Medal of Honor
Two Years in Iraq

Soldiers Capture 22 Insurgents
Search Teams Locate Pilot's Body
Success in Iraq - DoD Fact Sheet
Year in Review 2004 Fact Sheets (pdf)
Iraq Daily Update
Multinational Force Iraq
Iraq Reconstruction
Weekly Progress Report (pdf)

Change of Command for Coalition
Afghan Forces Battle Insurgents
Defense Leaders' Views on Afghanistan
Enduring Freedom Marks 3 Years
Afghanistan Daily Update
Afghan Reconstruction Group Recruiting

Bush Praises Capture of Al-Libbi
Cheney: America 'Not Yet Safe'
Waging and Winning the War on Terror
Terrorism Timeline
Terrorism Knowledge Base

DoD Committed to Childcare Needs
'Geospatial Intel' Saves Lives
War Game Contemplates 'What If'
Pentagon Honors Award Winners
National Guard, Reserve Update

Soldiers Pay Tribute to Fallen MP — Story

Officials Identify Casualties — Story

Today in History
1527 - German troops sack Rome, destroying libraries and killing thousands, and capturing the 1529 - Babur defeats the Afghan Chiefs in India.
1682 - King Louis XIV of France moves his court to Versailles.
1856 - U.S. Army troops from Forts Tejon and Miller prepare to ride out to protect Keyesville, California, from the Yokut Indians.
1861 - Arkansas becomes the ninth state to secede.
1864 - In Day 2 of the Battle of the Wilderness, Confederate General James longstreet is wounded by his own men.
1877 - Chief Crazy Horse, who defeated Custer, surrenders to U.S. troops in Nebraska.
1937 - The Hindenburg explodes in flames in Lakehurst, NJ.
1941 - Bob Hope gives his first USO show at March Field, in CA.
1942- General Jonathan Wainwright surrenders Corregidor to the Japanese.
1944 - The Red Army captures Sevastopol in the Crimea.
1945 - Axis Sally makes her final broadcast to Allied troops.
1960 - President Eisenhower signs the Civil Rights Act of 1960.
1962 - The first nuclear warhead is fired from a Polaris sub.
1972 - South Vietnam's 5th Division at An Loc, under daily artillery battering, continue to hold their ground as reinforcements fight their way north up Highway 13.
1994 - The Channel Tunnel linking England and France officially opens.

973 - Henry II, Holy Roman emperor.
1740 - John Penn, signer of the Declaration of Independence.
1758 - Maximilien Robespierre, French revolutionary.
1856 - Robert Edward Peary, arctic explorer; first to reach the North Pole.