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Wednesday, June 15, 2005

The Mother of All Moonbats

Many of you likely saw this post on Argghhh! , but if you didn't, go there. Be warned, though, it's about the worst kind of anti-troop idiot.

The Mother of All Moonbats, if you will - protesting a funeral, and in the most disgusting, revolting, karma-really-needs-to-kick-him-where-it-counts way. If you've been visiting for a while, you may recall me mentioning my father-in-law's tales of anti-Vietnam protesters who called people who had just lost a loved one in Vietnam, to tell them they were happy that the honorable Viet Cong had just killed their husband or child.

Never thought I'd say this, but this guy is worse. If you believe in the Dante's Inferno version of the afterlife, there's a special place reserved for people like this.

You can also find a follow up on Argghhh!, and more info at JackArmy and Bubblehead's eyewitness account of this complete and utter .

I really do NOT know what I'd do if I saw this stuff anywhere around me.

I know I say it alot, but if you want a comparison to Vietnam, the only way the present conflict is really going to be similar is if we let the media, and people like this, call the shots, distort the truth, and get away with their absolutely intolerable idiocy. Disagreeing with the war is one thing. This is something else.

And, for some reason, Google's decided to post anti-war idiots' ads on this blog. Already let 'em know what I thought of that business decision.

Evening Headlines

Idaho's real-life brothers in arms
Four brothers serve together in Iraq
06/15/05 05:30 PM, EDT
As the war in Iraq stretches on, American military families feel a mixture of pride and anxiety that comes with having a loved one in a combat zone. The family of Leon and Tammy Pruett knows those feelings four times over. FULL STORY

Know your terrorist
OKC institute offers in-depth, online look at terrorism
06/15/05 04:43 PM, EDTOut the window, you can see the 168 empty chairs that bear witness to the victims of the Oklahoma City bombing. Downstairs, you can tour the museum that captures the terror that happened here on April 19, 1995.

From Yahoo!News
'Thunder' brigade gets new commander
Leaf-Chronicle Wed, 15 Jun 2005 3:05 AM PDT
The 159th Aviation Brigade has undergone many modifications over the past several months the latest being a new commander. Col. William T. Harrison relinquished the 159th to Col. Jeffrey N. Colt during a change of command ceremony Tuesday at the 101st Airborne Division Parade Field.

'Proud' Fowlerville Marine killed in Fallujah blast
Detroit News Wed, 15 Jun 2005 1:05 AM PDT
Marine Lance Cpl. Andrew Jacob Kilpela was a determined young man who could bring a smile to anyone's face.

Iowans killed in Iraq and Afghanistan
Waterloo Cedar-Falls Courier
Wed, 15 Jun 2005 3:39 AM PDT--Spc. Casey Byers, 22, of Schleswig, died June 11 south of Ramadi. He was on foot patrol near a Humvee that was part of a convoy of 25 vehicles searching for roadside bombs and insurgents when a bomb exploded directly underneath the Humvee.

Barking Moonbats, at Home and Abroad...

Last week, a tv drama aired on German state television, depicting the 9/11 attacks as ordered – ordered, mind you – by the Bush Administration.

According to this article in the Washington Times, the show led Green Party Chairman Reinhard Buetikofer to push for an investigation.

"I think absolutely nothing of the conspiracy theory that has been hawked in this series. I hope this particular TV movie will be discussed very critically at the next supervisory board meeting of ARD [state television]…"

Thank goodness someone said it. I actually think a couple of things about that theory, but I’m entirely sure they’re not fit for posting.

For a little background on this lovely show...
"According to the plot, which was seen by approximately 7 million Germans, the dead man had been trained to be one of the September 11 pilots but was left behind, only to be tracked down and killed by CIA or FBI assassins. (Didn't even know the FBI had assassins. See? You learn something new every day)

The woman, who says in the program that the September 11 attacks were instigated by the Bush family for oil and power, then is targeted, presumably to silence her. The drama concludes with the German detectives accepting the truth of her story as she eludes the U.S. government hit men and escapes to safety in an unnamed Arab country."
('cause most of those are really safe places for unescorted women)

So why was this actually watched?
"As ludicrous as it may sound to most Americans, the tale has resonance in Germany, where fantastic conspiracy theories often are taken as fact."

In other Moonbat fare, according to UPI, 1st G.W. Bush Administration chief Department of Labor economist Morgan Reynolds is now saying that he believes the World Trade Center collapse was a controlled demolition, not a result of the terrorist attack. A theory that’s been floating around in the lunatic fringe for a while, now we actually have someone you wouldn’t peg as a moonbat saying it. A 'sleeper' Moonbat, if you will.

Morgan says, "If demolition destroyed three steel skyscrapers at the World Trade Center on 9/11, then the case for an 'inside job' and a government attack on America would be compelling."
Yes, and if giant mosquitos from the planet Moonbat flew into the building instead of two civilian airliners, the case for attacking planet Moonbat would be compelling, too. This network, by the way, is funded by a monthly tax.

I wonder if I have enough Excedrin for all this.


These are also the same variety of Moonbat who claim that there was no plane at the Pentagon that day (more exploding mosquitos, or an explosion set off in the basement just so we could get the oil that we haven't gotten, and keep the gas prices down, even though they're not?). This claim despite the airplane engine on the front lawn, witnesses like this, and 184 deceased victims of the attack - I guess they never existed, either.

ARMY BIRTHDAY — A group of 3rd Infantry Division soldiers gather around a birthday cake and sing the "Dog Face Soldier" song to celebrate the U.S. Army's 230th birthday at a dining facility at Camp Taji, Iraq, June 14, 2005. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Brian P. Henretta


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Words from a Former POW

Occasionally, when I'm looking through the list of heroes reported missing for this blog, I come across something that makes me pause longer than usual. This was one of those. If you'll look in the list of "Reported Missing in Action" in today's news post, you'll find Theodore Kopfman. Below is what he had to say about his experience. Replace the word "communism" with "terrorism," and he could just as easily be speaking about the current enemy.

Commander - United States Navy
Shot Down: June 15, 1966
Released: February 12, 1973

My family and I wish to express our sincere gratitude to the responsible, loyal, patriotic, and concerned people of this great Nation for coming to the aid of its POW's in the year 1969. You forced a cruel and sadistic enemy to drastically improve our treatment and living conditions by sounding the voice of our law abiding, normally silent majority.

Please don't allow yourself to take for granted the security provided by the United States of America. Since the conception of communism we have faced a deceitful, unethical, and subversive enemy that has sworn to destroy our way of life. That enemy is real and knows no limit in its use of deceptive propaganda, linguistical or synonymical distortion. It is important to understand and analyze the Communistic threat so that every thinking person, particularly our children, can appreciate how fortunate we are to live in America.

I request that you proudly display and demand respect for our National Ensign. We have every reason to be proud and grateful for our citizenship. It is essential that we protect the overwhelming good that exists within our form of Government as we patiently correct the very few weaknesses. Patriotism is "SUPER COOL," not old fashioned.

After six years and eight months as a POW, I possess a profound admiration for the leadership, wisdom, and unity exhibited by my shipmates in Hanoi. I proudly observed Americans of all colors, rank, and religions continuously supporting this country and each other, no matter how severe the punishment. Those of us who returned consider ourselves fortunate. I believe every one of us hope and pray you will never let the world forget the dead, the crippled, or missing in action. It is my humble privilege to serve our country in any capacity and under any circumstances.

December 1996

Theodore Kopfman retired from the United States Navy as a Captain. He and his wife Pat reside in Nevada.

MEDICAL TREATMENT — U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ryan McMillian and Sgt. James Huffman, with Company 106th Support Battalion, carefully apply new dressing and bandages on the feet of seven-year-old Sajaq Razaq at Forward Operating Base Lima, Karbalah, Iraq, June 1, 2005. Sajaq will be sent to a specialist if there aren't any improvements from the treatment being provided for a resistant strain of bacteria in Razaq's feet. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Reynaldo Ramon

In Today's News - Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Quote of the Day
"It is fatal to enter any war without the will to win it."
- General Douglas MacArthur

News of Note
Spouses Deploy in Support of Iraq Mission
E-Mails Contradict Annan Statements on Oil-for-Food
Australian hostage freed in Iraq
Soldiers Wounded; Troops Save Child
U.S. Army Celebrates 230th Birthday
Veteran Reflects on Meaning of Flag Day
Top Terrorist Nabbed in Iraq Associated Press
Memo suggests oil-for-food link to Annan
Alaskans support Eielson Air Force Base
Fighting in Afghanistan leaves 14 dead
Israeli, Palestinian officials begin talks
Canada gov't survives confidence vote
S. Korea official on North calls for unity
AP: Clerics blocked bid for better US ties
Bolivia's president names new Cabinet

Seattle Post-Intelligencer: Nation/World
Donald Tsang wins Hong Kong leadership
Priceless carpets stolen in Afghanistan
Suicide bomber kills 23 Iraqi soldiers
Over 200 foreigners taken hostage in Iraq
U.S., Iraq consider amnesty for insurgents
Nations lobby for Security Council seats
Reputed al-Qaida car bomb maker arrested
Iran election may lead to rare runoff
Iran's ruling clerics feeling pressure
Sharon rejects corruption charges
Sudan aims to try Darfur suspects at home
Kuwaiti lawmakers challenge woman's post
Iraq Shiite gov't gets vote of confidence
Explosions reported in southeastern Iran
AP: Hariri hopes for rebound in Lebanon
Bomb outside bank in Kirkuk kills 18

CENTCOM: News Release

Yahoo! News: War with Iraq
Suicide Bomber Kills 23 Iraqi Soldiers
Iraq tries to halt oil output drop amid security, investment problems
Iraq 'no more safe than in 2003'
Attacks kill at least 13 in 3 Iraqi cities

Fox News
Iraq Explosion Kills 17
Journo Describes Hostage Ordeal
Spain Makes Terror Arrests
IAEA to Saudis: Co-Operate
OPEC Expected to Raise Output Ceiling
Canadian Senate: Put Armed Agents on U.S. Border
Senators Urge Vote on Bolton
Army Deserter Back in U.S.
Pols: N. Korea Policy Broke
IAEA to N. Korea: Stop Threats
Should Gitmo Be Closed?
Al-Libbi Mum on Bin Laden
Mall Bomb Plot Suspect: Bar Statements From Trial

Department of Defense
Rumsfeld, Pace Speak About Iraq’s Future — Story Transcript
Defense Secretary Defends Detention Center — Story
Media Focuses on 'Sensational,' Cheney Says — Story

U.S. Soldiers, Iraqi Forces Uncover Weapons — Story

Blue Grass Native Supports Operation Iraqi Freedom — Story


CD Benefits Armed Services YMCA — Story
Cyclists Raise Money for Troops

3 Soldiers Killed; Weapons Found
Water Project on Schedule
Cheney Discusses Iraq Progress
Suicide Car Bomber Injures Four
Command Investigates Deaths
Iraq Daily Update
Multinational Force Iraq
Iraq Reconstruction
Weekly Progress Report (pdf)

Afghanistan Daily Update

Cheney Discusses Guantanamo
Guantanamo Provides Valuable Info
U.S. Special Operations Praised
Terrorism Timeline
Terrorism Knowledge Base

Military Won't Drop Standards
National Guard, Reserve Update

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Today in History
- King John signs the Magna Carta in England.
1381 - Wat Tyler, leader of English Peasants' Revolt, beheaded in London.
1567 - Jews are expelled from Genoa, Italy.
1664 - New Jersey is established.
1775 - George Washington is appointed Commander-in-Chief of the American Army.
1836 - Arkansas becomes the 25th U.S. state.
1862 - General JEB Stuart completes his "ride around McClellan"; the battle for Petersburg begins with General Grant's assault on the Confederate line; Robert E. Lee's home, in Arlington, Virginia, becomes a Union military cemetery.
1876 - Sara Spencer becomes the first woman to address a U.S. presidential cconvention.
1877 - Henry O. Flipper becomes the first black West Point graduate at West Point.
1915 - The U.S government mints 1st $50 gold pieces for the Panama Pacific Expo.
1924 - Native Americans are proclaimed to be U.S. citizens.
1940 - Germans capture the French fortress of Verdun.
1944 - U.S. forces begin the invasion of Saipan.
1960 - Argentina complains to the U.N. about Israel's transfer of Eichman.
1977 - Spain holds its first free elections since 1936.
1978 - Soyuz 29 carries two cosmonauts to Salyut 6; they stay for 139 days.
1982 - Riots erupt in Argentina after the Falklands/Malvinas defeat.
1983 - The U.S. Supreme Court strikes down state and local restrictions on abortion.
1985 - En route to Halley's Comet, the U.S.S.R.'s Vega 2 drops a lander on Venus.
1986 - Pravda announces the firing of high-level Chernobyl staff.
1988 - NASA launches S-213.
1989 - Ronald Reagan is knighted by Queen Elizabeth.

1330 - Edward, Prince of Wales ("The Black Prince")
1922 - Morris K. Udall (Rep-AZ)
1932 - Mario Cuomo (Gov-NY)

1381 - Wat Tyler, leader of English Peasants' Revolt, beheaded
1467 - Philip the Good, Duke of Burgundy
1849 - James Knox Polk, 11th U.S. President

Reported Missing in Action
Kopfman, Theodore F., USN (OH); A4E shot down, released by DRV February, 1973 - alive as of 1998

Swanson, John Willard; USAF (IL); F105D shot down