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Thursday, June 15, 2006

The Story Behind the Video

Moonbats are flinging outrage around again - this time about a music video made by a Marine, which they say glorifies the killing of innocent Iraqis.

Almost all of what you'll read or hear about it in the MSM is wrong. Looks like they got the "video" and "Marine" parts right. The rest of it gets decidedly murky.

ROFASix has the real scoop (Fox's story is linked in today's news post)
26th MEU burns through shipboard firefighting course
By Lance Cpl. Jeremy T. Ross26th MEUFire can be the most serious and deadliest hazard to a ship and its crew at sea. Marines of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit and Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron-264 (Reinforced) learned the skills and knowledge essential to assisting a crew...

Getting the Word Out

Below is a post about Captain B's efforts to raise funds for a pro-troop newspaper ad.

Also working to get the message out is MoveAmericaForward. They are planning to begin their ad campaign next week, and are raising funds.

Move America Forward will begin broadcasting this pro-troop ad next week. We are so proud of the heroic service of the men and women of the United States military and the progress they have made in the war on terrorism. If you would like to help make sure this ad is seen on TV stations across the nation, then please CLICK HERE to make a contribution to our TV ad fund.

You can view the ad here.

Had Enough?

From Captain B:

Are you tired of hearing the media badger the military? Do you want to send a message to all of the service members fighting the war on terrorism? We are planning to purchase a full page ad in a major paper to support our troops before July 4th. I’m open for slogans so if you’re tired of blow hearts bad mouthing your Marines, people accusing before being tried, then do something about it. Otherwise you have no room to talk. If you support this idea, let me know in the comments. Give your recommendations for a slogan, newspaper to submit it in and just how you feel. If we get enough support, I’ll make it happen...

Get the details on how to help here.
HABBANIYAH PATROL — U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Albert D. Garcia Jr., 21, patrols through the neighborhoods of Habbaniyah, Iraq. Marines of D Company, 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion ran security and stability operations in the city June 13, 2006.

SA Poetry

Soldiers’ Angels

All of our brave heroes
Need to know we care
That we support them totally
And will always be there

The e-squad sends out e-mails
To heroes with computer access
A note, a joke or a letter
I’m a member I must confess

The Cards + team
Has a lot to do
They send out cards for everything
To say we’re thinking of you

The Letter Writing Team
Sends just one letter out
To a hero who needs support
That’s what they’re about

Blankets of Hope is special
They comfort those in pain
Sewing blankets for the wounded
These angels never wane

Deployed Family Support Group
Takes a special kind of soul
To assist military families
That is their main goal

The Living Legends Team
Provides support for those families left behind
With trees, wreaths and letters
To say your hero is always on our mind

The TLC Team
Gives additional kindness and love
To anyone who needs it
They go beyond and above

Soldiers’ Angels are everywhere
From Key Largo to Nome
They wrap our heroes in their wings
Until they all come home

-- Soldiers' Angel Sharon

On the scene
Firefighters from the 386th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron prepare their gear for C-130 Hercules egress training at a deployed location in Southwest Asia on Wednesday, June 14. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Ryan Hansen)
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Talking With Heroes - Live!


TALKING WITH HEROES: America's Newest Talk Show
June 18, 2006 At Offutt Air Force Base

Colorado Springs, Colorado and Bellevue, Nebraska, June 14, 2006: Talking with Heroes Talk Show announces the guest list for the Talk Show that will broadcast LIVE over the Talking with Heroes Internet Radio Network on June 18, 2006. Talking with Heroes is not about politics. It is a Talk Show that gives our men and women in the military a forum to share their mostly untold experiences while serving and helping the people in Iraq, Afghanistan and in other areas of the world in which they serve.

The Talking with Heroes Talk Show airs Live on Sunday evenings at 7pm (CST). This Special One Hour Talking with Heroes Broadcast will also air LIVE across the Internet starting at 4:30p.m. (CST).

The June 18, 2006 Talking with Heroes Talk Show will take place before the Concert at Offutt Air Force Base Featuring Night Wing the country/rock showcase group of the USAF Heartland of America Band.

Talking with Heroes HOST Bob Calvert will interview members of Night Wing. Night Wing is the country/rock showcase group of the USAF Heartland of America Band. Their music stretches from the hottest new country and alternative charts to rock-n-roll classics. Whether for a military function, community concert or a high school assembly, variety best describes this group's performance.

Several members of Night Wing were part of the Desert Band, an Air Force musical unit deployed throughout the entire area of responsibility during Operation Desert Shield. Night Wing also had the distinct pleasure of working with the late John Denver in a nationally televised Welcome Home Desert Storm Celebration, which was enjoyed by more than 200,000 people. In March of 2006, Night Wing deployed to the desert once again in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. Their mission was to take a message of support to our troops who work tirelessly to defend the cause of freedom for those who are forced to live under oppression. They logged over 75 hours in the air covering 24,000 miles while performing 37 concerts in 15 performance days.Also to be interviewed on this Talking with Heroes Talk Show broadcast will be:

A1C Aaron Mendez who had a story about him that appeared in the Lincoln Journal Star on May 17, 2006 entitled: "Offutt Airman awarded Bronze Star escorting truck convoy in Iraq". There may be other Offutt AFB Personnel interviewed.

Megan A. Lucas, I.O.M. President & CEO of the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce.

John F. Hansen President of the Offutt Advisory Council. John F. Hansen is a Land Developer and owner of Century 21 Hansen Realty in Bellevue and Papillion, Nebraska. He is a former military dependent and has lived in the Bellevue/Offutt Community for 40 years. Megan Lucas and John Hansen will talk about the Bellevue Area Community ongoing support of the men and women serving at Offutt Air Force Base.

All Talking with Heroes talk shows can be listened to in our past show archives 24 hours a day/7 days a week, from anywhere in the world where there is access to the internet and can be downloaded onto iPODs.

For More Information:
Bob Calvert, Talk Show Host

Norfolk, Va. (June 14, 2006) – U.S. Navy Sailors take the Oath of Citizenship given by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services at the naturalization ceremony held aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). More than 140 U.S. Sailors, Marines and Soldiers from 45 countries took the Oath of Citizenship aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. The oath highlighted the importance of U.S. citizenship during the naturalization and swearing-in ceremony of military personnel. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Michael D. Blackwell II

Want to Make a Hero's Day...?

How about sending him or her a case of Girl Scout cookies?

The South Carolina Low Country Girl Scout Council recently donated more than 750 cases (that’s more than 9,000 boxes!) of cookies to Soldiers’ Angels, which means that you have a special opportunity to send an entire case of cookies to your adopted Hero (and his/her buddies, no doubt) - or to "any Hero!"

The cookies are free – you only pay the cost of shipping, which is $20. Not bad when you realize that cookies are a frequently requested item – and who doesn’t like Girl Scout Cookies??

Go here for further details.

You can order the cookies here.

And don't forget our blog's adopted hero - Maxwell. If you'd like to send a box of cookies to Maxwell and his buddies, email me for details on how you can do that.

A Soldier from the 327th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division extends a helping hand to his Iraqi interpreter during a patrol south of Kirkuk. Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Jeremy Wood.

In Today's News - Thursday, June 15, 2006

Quote of the Day
"The inescapable price of liberty
is an ability to preserve it from destruction."

-- General Douglas MacArthur

News of Note
Operation Iraqi Freedom

Bush rejects calls for pullout from Iraq
Security Crackdown in Baghdad - Video
Bush sees progress but not "zero violence" in Iraq - Video

Operation Enduring Freedom
Afghan fighting kills 30 before offensive

Homeland Security / War on Terror
Out of Guantanamo - Video
Bush: Need plan to close Guantanamo
Defense seeks to move Gitmo trials to U.S.
UK to consider helping Australian prisoner
Palestinian FM brings in $20M in luggage

Troops on Trial
Marine: Song Written About Killing Iraqis a 'Joke'

Other Military News
Officials: VA data still at risk for theft

Immigration / Border Control
Over 2,000 Illegal Immigrants Nabbed in Nationwide Busts

Worldwide Wackos
Europe Soft-Pedals Iran on Nuke Deal
Exclusive FOX Video: Iranian Official Says Tehran Willing to Help U.S. in Iraq
White House: "Bad idea" if N. Korea tests missile - Video
Colombians in Venezuela thank Chavez for new life

Politics / Government
House, Senate members disclose finances
Frist's 2005 Income Exceeded $5M, Documents Show
$7.5M for Bill Clinton Speeches
Democrats promise more oversight if they win House
Senate rebuffs Bush on war budgeting
House votes to delay airline investment plan
Lieberman weighs re-election bid options

Hurricane Season
Did Florida's Bush overreact over Alberto? (Yep, it's "damned if you do, damned if you don't")

Foreigners Flock to U.S. to Choose Babies Sex
Plumber Finds Stash of Pot, Cocaine in New Vanity
Bulls get simulated cows at farmers' fair
Baa, Baa Black Sheep blacklisted
Mom, dad in court over son's circumcision
Photos taken of 'living fossil' in Laos

Fox News
Japanese Nuke Reactor Shuts Down After Turbine Trouble
Germany Beats Poland 1-0 in Injury Time at World Cup
Hooligans, Cops Clash Photos
NYC Homeless Man Arrested for Stabbing Four in Subway
Epidemic Overstated?
RIAA Certifies Ringtones for Gold, Platinum Designations

Reuters: Top News
Chemicals harming polar bears, belugas, seals: WWF
Bird flu vaccine protects ferrets, maybe people
Amazon starts selling groceries online
Lawmakers want more video game info for parents
Chuck Berry documentary shows dark side of rock legend
Smokers not being helped to quit, report finds
T-shirt mask could help in flu pandemic
Ex-rocker Glitter pleads innocence
Fed officials won't raise rates too fast
General Mills raises outlook for fiscal 2006
Exec says cuts at Ford going faster than expected
General Mills raises outlook for fiscal 2006
Bayer wins Schering for $22 billion as Merck quits
Thomson buying AFX business news service from AFP
Stocks rise with Boeing, semiconductors - Video
Capstone Turbine shares slip
Bank stocks fall amid rate worries
Airbus parent stock slumps after A380 delays
Dollar Tree reiterates outlook
BofA strategist favors defensive stocks
More from the Investment summit
Not entirely safe harbor
The pain of mortgage over-extension

AP World News
Man pleads guilty in Lopez-Anthony case
Roethlisberger gets out of hospital bed
Hicks tops People's 'hot bachelor' list
Teen sentenced for killing girl's parents
Neuville's late goal lifts Germany 1-0
Many parents unaware of asthma risk
Threats alleged in royalties trial
Army Simulates Sheik Encounters
Large Afghan Offensive Begins
Army: 'Active Protection' Needed ASAP
Immigrant Servicemembers Become Citizens

CENTCOM: News Releases






Department of Defense
Engineer Reflects on Second Deployment - Story
'Rocket Man' Rocks Insurgents in Ramadi - Story
Soldiers Have 'Luck' on Their Side - Story

Iraqi Police Station is One of the Best
Marines Working With Local Police in Qaim
NATO Donates Trucks, Equipment to Iraq

U.S. General Speaks to Afghan Cadets
French Military Starts Second Phase of Ops
Zabul Province Children Return to Classroom

Renewal In Iraq
Iraq: Security, Stability
Fact Sheet: Progress and Work Ahead
Report: Strategy for Victory in Iraq
Iraq Daily Update
This Week in Iraq (PDF)
Multinational Force Iraq
State Dept. Weekly Iraq Report (PDF)
'Boots on the Ground' Audio Archive
Iraq Reconstruction

Afghanistan Update

Fact Sheet: Budget Request
Fact Sheet: War on Terror
Fact Sheet: Terror Plots Disrupted
Waging and Winning the War on Terror
Terrorism Timeline
Terrorism Knowledge Base

Officials Identify Casualties - Story

Al Azamiyah Al Basrah Al Hillah Al Karkh Al Kazimiyah Al Kut
An Nasiriyah Baghdad Baqubah Mosul Najaf Nineveh Tall Kayf

Bost/Laskar GhurianHerat Kabul Qandahar


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