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Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Project Valour-IT on the TV!

Milblogger CPT. Charles "Chuck" Ziegenfuss (the inspiration for Project Valour-IT) sends this:

Publicity Stunt
Mkay... I dragged my drugged and temporarily one-handed body out of the hospital bed to tell ya'll about something most important.

Carren is gonna be on national TV (and live national TV at that) to let everyone know about Project Valour-IT. She will represent me (the nerd who thought of this project), and the many people who have made this project a success.

She is going to be on "Connected coast to coast" a show run by MSNBC. Don't know how long she'll be on, but for the love of god, please tune in, put your hands on the top of your TV, and talk to Jebus when the show is over. The show runs from 1200-1300 (noon to one fer ya civlians out there)(and that's eastern time) My beloved is supposed to be on around 1240, but I will rest assured that her looks, personality, and general charm will either get her on early, or the show will go into extra rounds like Rocky and the Big Ruskie in Rocky IV.

Here's how you can help. Send this to every one you know, post it on your blog, get them to post it on theirs. One side will say it's a failure of the gummint to not prvide this for the soldiers, others just see it as a way to help our brothers and sisters who have fallen but will be getting up. However they spin it, just get the word out.

There's less than 18 hours to game time, so let's get our blog on!


p.s. I met the Secrtary of the Army a few days ago. I don't remember most of our conversation (because pain killers do that to you, espcially at the level I'm taking them...think chevy chase (or was it Dan Akroyd?) in "Modern Problems". But I brought two things to his attention: 1. It's stupid and a waste of manpower to hold a medical review board for a guy who's lost a finger 2. I pitched Valour-IT to him. He thinks it's a great idea. He was pressed for time, so his aide took the info sheets we gave him and gave us his card...and told us to call if we don't hear anything about it in two weeks!

Don't forget to watch on Wednesday!

Fox and Milbloggers

Fox News talked with Matt of BlackFive, Chris of Line in the Sand, and American Soldier about the Senate's push for intelligence hearings...

While Matt and Chris were quoted (although they boiled Matt's interview from 30 minutes down to a couple of sentences) - AS was not. Why? He didn't want his comments taken out of context, and when you read them in their entirety, you'll see why he felt that way.

Read the Fox Article

Read what Matt has to say

Read what AS has to say

Blogwatch - Michael Yon

Michael Yon's latest is up:

Over the next few days, beginning November 8, 2005, my work will be used on the floor of the Senate to describe the actions of our soldiers in Iraq.
Read the rest

Project Valour-IT - Gotta Love the Zoomies!

I know, I know - I'm on the Army Team. But the Zoomies definitely earned themselves a round of applause, even though they're trailing in the blog competition.

From Argghhh! comes the news that Jay at Stop the ACLU stepped up to host the Marine Team when Holly Aho's blog went down recently.

John of Argghhh has decided to throw some coin into the AF pot to say thanks - I'm heading over to do the same.

And now there is an auction page set up (although right now, the Marines are the only ones at that site....). Check out the auctions, or put up an item to help the cause!

Even though we're throwing a little cash to the Zoomies for a deed well done, the rest of you, keep that funding headed for the Army Team! Go Army!

Seriously, whichever Team you pick, it's all going to help our Wounded Heroes, and that's never a bad thing!

Totals at this point:
Army Team: $15,855
(see top of the page for the most current information)

Navy Team: $14,336
(don't let 'em close that gap - donate to the Army Team!)

Marine Team: $10,745

Air Force Team: $4,950

To see current totals for all teams, go here.

How to Donate:
If you want to donate to the Army Team, just click the donations button at the top of the page.

To donate to the Navy Team, visit Lt. Smash
(and with us ahead, and the Marines "nipping at their heels," check out some good-natured trash-talking at Neptunus Lex, and a desperate auction offer from Lt. Smash that you don't want to miss)

To donate to the Marines Team, visit Holly here

To donate to the Air Force Team, visit the Greyhawks

To donate via snail mail, you'll find information here

Paypal Button Codes for All Teams
Current Totals For All Teams
Join a Team
Project Valour-IT Website
Project Valour-IT Blog

Project Valour-IT Auctions

Army Team Bloggers:
*Team Leader; BLACKFIVE
Target Centermass
Not Exactly Rocket Science
mr. blackandwhite
The Pumpkin Spy
The Pink Flamingo Bar & Grill
When the Smoke Clears
Laughing Wolf
Backcountry Conservative
Keep My Soldier Safe
Sgt Hook
Blonde Sagacity
Southern By Blog!!
The Lincoln Park Regulars
The Makaha Surf Report
Girl on the Right
New Lives
Anything Goes
Redneck's Revenge
Shultz Infosystems
Most Certainly Not
Random Thoughts
Pajama Pundits
Shared Daily
American Soldier
Texas Music
Wild Tangents
The Lincoln Park regulars
My Life as a Military Spouse
Knowledge is Power:
If You Don't Like It Go Home
Patiently Waiting...
annika's journal
Prince Pundit
Logic Times
The Paladin
Dog Snot Diaries
Joe Citizen
Stryker Brigade News
Eric's Grumbles
Girl on the Blog
Sagas of an Inflight Missile Repairman
Combs Spouts Off
Thunder And Roses
9/11 Families for a Safe & Strong America
basil's blog
Wayne's World 2005
Overtaken by Events
Parkway Rest Stop
Army Girl
Desultory Butterfly
Sons Of The Republic
By the Way...
The Dark Side
The Patriette
Featherless Biped

It's a great way to honor our Veterans - donate to a cause that helps those who've sacrificed so much to protect our Freedom.

Veteran's Day - November 11, 2005

How do you honor our Heroes on Veteran's Day?

BlackFive has some Veteran's Day Posts up, including where to find Veterans' Day Events - Part I, Part II, Part III

The Department of Defense has some info for Veteran's Day, including a link where you can send a thank you message to the troops

I'd also like to post something special on Friday, but I need your help - please email your messages, stories, pictures - whatever you'd like posted. Are you doing a special blogpost to honor our Vets? Let me know, and I'll get the word out!
Norfolk, Va. (Nov. 7, 2005) – Family members wave flags to show support as their Sailor aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Nassau (LHA 4), departs Naval Station Norfolk for a regularly scheduled deployment in support of the Global War on Terror. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Laura A. Moore

Headlines from Yahoo! News

New Iraq tour for Fort Lewis Strykers
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Mon, 07 Nov 2005 10:24 PM PST
Fort Lewis' 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, the nation's first Stryker Brigade Combat Team, is in the mix to return to Iraq next year. The 4,000-strong brigade first served a year in Iraq from the autumn of 2003 to the autumn of 2004.

Hill hearing focuses on war's progress
Navy Times
Mon, 07 Nov 2005 10:41 AM PST
It was billed as an opportunity to hear from the troops. But a hearing of the House Armed Services Committee in Washington Nov. 3 became more of a morale-boosting session led by Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., committee chairman.
by Staff Sgt. Sarayuth Pinthong

November 8, 2005

Soldiers from Company D, 1st Battalion, 184th Infantry (Air Assault) rally with Iraqi commandos to conduct Operation Clean Sweep, near Baghdad. This photo appeared on

Helmet Saves Marine from Sniper

Gives a whole new meaning to our tagline - "Keep Your Helmet On"

from Defend America

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Bradley A. Snipes, antitank assaultman, 3rd Mobile Assault Platoon, Weapons Company, 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team - 2, holds the helmet that saved his life. During a recent mission with his platoon, Snipes was shot in the head by an enemy sniper. The only thing that saved his life was the Kevlar helmet. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Jerad W. Alexander

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Bradley A. Snipes
Helmet Saves Marine from Sniper’s Bullet

By Sgt. Jerad W. Alexander
2nd Marine Division

CAMP AL QA’IM, Iraq, Nov. 4, 2005 — The 3rd Mobile Assault Platoon took sniper fire all day as they conducted a relief in place with 1st Mobile Assault Platoon.

Lance Cpl. Bradley A. Snipes, a native of Lacy Springs, Ala., and antitank assault man, 3rd Mobile Assault Platoon, Weapons Company, 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, sat in the turret of his Humvee watching his assigned sector behind his M-2 .50-caliber machine gun, when he became the target of a sniper.

“We were doing a relief in place with (1st MAP) and had been taking sniper fire across the wadi all day,” said the 21-year-old, 2002 graduate of Brewer High School. “I was sitting in defilade, just my head above the turret when it felt like someone hit me in the head with a baseball bat.”

The sniper had shot Snipes square in the side of his head, hitting him directly in his Kevlar helmet.

“I was in shock, I didn't know what happened. I remember thinking ‘Am I still here?'” he said.

Snipes dropped down in the turret. It was at that point he realized he was, in fact, still with the living thanks to his helmet. While inside the cab of the Humvee, another shot
tore through one of the handgrips of his .50-caliber machine gun, partially shattering it. The sniper then began focusing on the vehicles tires.

After a moment, Snipes said he composed himself and raised his 5-foot-11-inch frame back up into the turret to engage the sniper with his machine gun.

The platoon's organic firepower and a 500-pound bomb from overhead air support eventually silenced the sniper, noted 1st Lt. Jeremy S. Wilkinson, platoon commander, 3rd Mobile Assault Platoon.

Snipes' life, though, was saved by his gear.

“I was really surprised,” he said. “It's supposed to be able to stop a 7.62mm round at long distances. Well, it did,” he said. “The gear works, don't doubt it. This is proof.”

Currently, Snipes, who is a veteran of combat operations in Afghanistan, is trying to keep his helmet as a memento.

“I want to put it in a case with a plaque that says ‘The little bullet that couldn't.'”

Today in History

1789 - In Bourbon, KY, Bourbon Whiskey is first distilled from corn by Elijah Craig.
1793 - In Paris, the Louvre opens.
1837 - Mount Holyoke Seminary in Massachusetts becomes the first U.S. college founded for women.
1860 - Abraham Lincoln is elected President.
1861 - The U.S. removes Confederate officials from the British steamer Trent.
1864 - Abraham Lincoln is elected to his second term as President.
1889 - Montana becomes the 41st state.
1892 - Grover Cleveland is elected President
1895 - Wilhelm Rontgen discovers x-rays.
1900 - Theodore Roosevelt is elected President.
1904 - President Theodore Roosevelt is re-elected.
1910 - For the first time, women are allowed to vote in the Washington State election.
1932 - Franklin Delano Roosevelt is elected to his first term as President.
1933 - FDR creates the Civil Works Administration.
1938 - Crystal Bird Fauset of Philadelphia becomes the first Black woman legislator.
1942 - "Operation Torch" begins as U.S. and British forces land in French North Africa.
1944 - 25,000 Hungarian Jews are loaned to the Nazis for forced labor.
1950 - The first jet-plane battle of the Korean War.
1956 - The U.N. demands that the U.S.S.R. leave Hungary.
1960 - JFK (Sen-MA) is elected President, beating VP Richard Nixon.
1965 - The British Indian Ocean Territory is formed.
1966 - Edward W. Brooke (Rep-MA) becomes the first Black elected to Senate Ronald Reagan is elected governor of California; President Johnson signs an anti-trust immunity to the AFL-NFL merger.
1979 - ABC broadcasts "Iran Crisis: American Held Hostage" with Frank Reynolds (the forerunner to "Nightline").
1980 - The Voyager-1 space probe discovers the Saturn's 15th moon.
1983 - Martha Layne Collins becomes the first female governor of Kentucky; W. Wilson Goode becomes the first Black mayor of Philadelphia.
1984 - Anna Fisher becomes the first "mom" to go into orbit, when the STS 51-A mission is launched.
1987 - 11 die when a bomb planted by the Irish Republican Army explodes at an Ulster Remembrance Day Service.
1988 - 900 die as an earthquake hits China; George H.W. Bush is elected President.
1990 - 100,000 additional US troops are sent to the Persian gulf; Saddam Hussein fires his army chief and threatens to destroy the Arabian peninsula.
- Republicans regain control of the U.S. Congress.

- Sir Edmond Halley, first to calculate a comet's orbit (Halley's Comet)
1922 - Christiaan Barnard, surgeon (performed the first heart transplant)
1931 - Morley Safer , TV newscaster (60 Minutes)
1936 - Edward G. Gibson, astronaut (Skylab 4)
1942 - Angel Cordero, Jr., jockey (won over 6,000 races)
1947 - Margaret Rhea Seddon, M.D. / astronaut (STS 51D, STS 40)
1948 - Dale A. Gardner, Commander USN / astronaut (STS 8, STS 51A)
1949 - Bonnie Raitt, singer / guitarist (Green Light, The Glow, Thing Called Love)

1308 - Duns Scotus, who coined the word "dunce"
1933 - King Nadir Shah of Afghanistan, assassinated by Abdul Khallig
1978 - Norman Rockwell, artist

Reported Missing in Action
Parker, Richard H., Australian Army (Australia); KIA in ambush, body not recovered

Adams, John R., US Army (CA); UH1C crashed (crewchief); survivors attacked

Brenneman, Richard C., USAF (IN); F4C shot down, released by DRV March, 1973 - alive as of 1996

Baxter, Bruce R., US Army SF (MA); HH3E shot down after picking him up (wounded), KIA in crash, body not recovered

Evert, Lawrence G., USAF (WY); F105 shot down

Hines, Vaughn, US Army (CA); OV1C crashed in water, KIA, body not recovered

Kusick, Joseph G., US Army SF (PA); HH3H shot down after picking him up (wounded), KIA in crash, body not recovered

Weatherman, Earl C., USMC (CA); AWOL after escaping brig, delivered to Viet Cong by cabdriver, reported by VC to have DIC during escape April, 1968, but later reported alive and living in Vietnam

Corona, Joel, US Army (TX); drowned while swimming with friends, body not recovered
DOWN THE STEPS — U.S. Army members of the 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment, Alpha Company, move down a staircase during a patrol in Mosul, Iraq, Nov. 2, 2005 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. James L. Harper Jr.

In Today's News - Tuesday, November 8, 2005

Quote of the Day
"Those who doubted whether Iraq or the world would be better off without Saddam Hussein, and those who believe today that we are not safer with his capture, don't have the judgment to be President, or the credibility to be elected President. No one can doubt or should doubt that we are safer -- and Iraq is better -- because Saddam Hussein is now behind bars."
-- Senator John Kerry (Democrat, Massachusetts)

News of Note
Election Day
Virginia, New Jersey decide tough governors' races

Operation Iraqi Freedom
Offensive on Western Iraq City Nears End
Major Units Deploying to Iraq
Defense Lawyer in Saddam Trial Killed, Another Wounded
Marines Press Iraq Offensive
Roadside Bombs Kill Seven Iraqi Troops

Operation Enduring Freedom
Afghan Poet Nadia Anjuman Beaten to Death

Troops on Trial
Rangers Charged With Abuse

Homeland Security / War on Terror
Feds: Prof Ran Terror Group
Australian Terror Plot Foiled
Australia police say Muslim cleric led attack plot
Five More Gitmo Detainees Charged
Al Qaeda Suspects to Face Military Tribunals
Army Translator Suspected
Bush Defends Policy
British Government Backs Detention Plan
Council of Europe to probe alleged CIA jails

Midwest Tornado
Pond Drained in Search for Indiana Tornado Victims
Tornado survivors return home

Paris Burning
French Government Authorizes Curfews
Use of military still off table
Kids: 'We Hate the Police'
Photo Essay: Riots in France
Rioting Threatens France's Tourism Image (Can't imagine why...)


Supreme Court

Three die playing catch with grenade (These folks need a Darwin Award)
Firms make profit by paying too much tax
Judge gives underwear thief more than 5 years behind bars

Moonbat Watch
Church: Anti-war sermon imperils tax status

Other News of Note
Soldier's Last Mail: If I Die, no Regret
Troops' Letters Home Anchor Exhibit at Beach
Middle Class Filling up Military, Study Says
Reserve Retirement Benefit Proposals Scaled Back
Death Toll in Asian Quake Surpasses 87,000

Fox News
Bird Flu Death Toll in Vietnam Hits 42
Feds: Wal-Mart Execs Knew Workers Were Illegal
Today's Stocks to Watch
Jury Sees Carlie Kidnap Tape
WHO: Be Ready for Bird Flu
Kansas Couple Convicted of Sexually Enslaving Mentally Ill
Study Says Female Funny Bone More Analytical
Cheerleader Bar-Sex Bust

Reuters: Top News
N.Korea sounds cautious note on nuclear talks
US and China reach textile deal
Iran rebukes EU over nuclear fuel cycle issue
ABC launches anti-smoking ad campaign
'West Wing' debate a victory for NBC
New "chip" could provide quick bird flu test
Experts firm up plans to halt bird flu spread
Global energy meet agrees roadmap on renewables
Treating kids during flu outbreak cost-effective
New documentary explores anti-Semitic 'Protocols'
US cos., workers growing apart on retention-survey

AP World News
Man Who Assumed Dead Baby's Name Sentenced
Azerbaijani Vote Annulled in Two Districts
North Korea Promises 'Sincere Efforts'
China Monitors Border Because of Bird Flu
EU Agrees to Monitor Gaza-Egypt Crossing
Canadian Government Loses Some Support
Cruise Passengers Say Pirates Smiled

The Seattle Times
Parties clash over voter challenges
Grant County settles class-action lawsuit over its public defense
Cantwell enlists help in gas-gouging probe
Man kills himself at Seattle Center
Mental-health workers rattled by killing of crisis responder
Meth task force urges changes in law, penalties
Government has failed to protect northern spotted owl, suit says
GOP's budget-cut bill losing support
GOP closer to breaking up left-leaning 9th Circuit appeals court
Earthquake toll pushes Pakistani doctors to their limits
Women get more joy out of humor
Cholesterol drug might treat learning disabilities
Italian chemist looks at many reported miracles with skepticism
British royals head for home after pleasing U.S. commoners
Nobel physicist sentenced to 2 years

Chicago Sun-Times
Family ties help land state jobs
ACLU wants reform plan for juvenile center
Flu shots running short; more on the way
Airline passengers rip delays, cramped seats
Legend of baffling shipwreck lives on (The Edmund Fitzgerald)
Activist's trial centers on alleged extortion
Glue gone wild costs spurned Pa. woman $46,200 (YIKES!)
Taxes, development threaten piers in Maine: fishermen
Syria 'considering' U.N. request
China slaughters 6 million poultry
Little Turtle's 1780 victory over patriot army marked
Parks' funeral programs to be sold for cheap after $150 offer
U.S. unmanned planes said to crash in Iran
Ex-Peruvian leader arrested on corruption charges
New Red Cross emblem proposed to include Israel
Indianapolis' tallest building gets new name
Parents acquitted in death of baby on diet
Sri Lankan politician woos voters with gift of cows

Boston Globe: World
US limits contact with Syrian leader
Bush supports widening of canal
Drug Lords Using Puerto Rico

Equipment Arrives for III MEF Field Hospital in Pakistan
Denver Community Proves There's Life After a Base Closes

CENTCOM: News Release

Department of Defense
British Official Warns Iran Not to Meddle — Story
'We Will See the Job Through,' British Official Says
General Outlines Security Forces' Progress — Story
Officials Announce New Troop Rotation — Story
101st Airborne Division Assumes Control — Story

Medal of Honor Recipients Visit Troops — Story
Ironman Soldier Races Through Iraq — Story
Afghan, U.S. Soldiers Prepare for Winter — Story

Hardware Giants Offer Discounts — Story

Hurricane Coverage
Iraq Transition of Power

Marine Killed by Small-Arms Fire
Steel Curtain Op Kills at Least 17
Troops Fight in Husaybah
Iraq Reconstruction
Iraq Daily Update
Multinational Force Iraq
Eye on Iraq Update (pdf)
Iraq Progress Fact Sheet (pdf)
Weekly Progress Report (pdf)

Interior Ministry Reforms Rank, Pay
Weapons Cache Found
Afghanistan Daily Update

'Desert Protectors' Prove Worth
Patrol Destroys Weapons Cache
U.S., Israel Discuss Terror War
NORTHCOM Focuses on Defense
Waging and Winning the War on Terror
Terrorism Timeline
Terrorism Knowledge Base

Pandemic Flu Web Site Goes Live
USS Nassau Loads 22nd MEU Gear
Leaders Highlight Troop Quality
National Guard, Reserve Update

Officials Identify Army Casualties — Story