Friday, September 02, 2005
MAKE A DIFFERENCE....HELP NOW
Please take a moment if you haven't already to donate a few dollars to help the victims in Louisiana and Mississippi. Don't forget, these are Americans down there and they are going through hell. Every little bit helps, so please pitch in.
You can donate online at this link:
Or you can call 1-800-HELP-NOW and donate over the phone
Bruschi: "I definitely plan on playing next year"
Thursday, September 01, 2005
These guys are gonna be busy for a long time. God bless them.
BOSTON A Coast Guard helicopter crew stationed on Cape Cod is doing it's part to save lives in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.The Jayhawk helicopter plucked 42 people off New Orleans rooftops today alone.
Coast Guard crews have rescued hundreds of people stranded by the high water conditions in the New Orleans area over the past two days.
The Jayhawk from the Cape headed to North Carolina on Sunday in anticipation of Katrina's landfall.
A second helicopter crew from Air Station Cape Cod is scheduled to head south tomorrow to participate in relief efforts.
A Falcon jet from Cape Cod also assisted by carrying personnel and relief supplies.
Wednesday, August 31, 2005
Random thought about Roy Horn...
A man has to be accountable for his decisions in life. If you choose to make a tiger your coworker, you need to be prepared to deal with the ramifications of that decison.
...because one day he might just come to work as a tiger!
Tuesday, August 30, 2005
Around the time that the forlorn gold star mother Cindy Sheehan began her vigil outside the President's ranch in Crawford, Texas, I had dinner with a military officer who had commanded a battalion in Iraq.
"I lost five lieutenants in a year," he told me. "I collected body parts. I don't know how I'll ever get over that. And you just get the feeling that the rest of the country doesn't understand. They're not part of this. It's peacetime in America, and a few of us are at war."
We have had a long season of sunshine patriotism in the U.S. since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. We love our troops without qualification, and rightly so. They have fought with courage and restraint in a horrifying chaos of battle. The yellow ribbons and support our troops signs are heartfelt. But there is a growing sense this summer that mere patriotic displays just won't cut it anymore.
The military is frustrated by both the mission and the sense that the war isn't front and center for the rest of the country. There is a fair amount of anger among the returning troops, especially the noncareer soldiers, the National Guard and reservists whose tours were extended and then extended again. In a harrowing and exquisite new book, The Last True Story I'll Ever Tell (Penguin; 240 pages), a Florida National Guardsman named John Crawford writes about coming home from Iraq, "Every time I saw someone sitting contentedly inside a coffee shop or restaurant, I wanted to yell at them to wake them up."
The U.S. Army Europe last week invited me to attend a conference for senior officers in Stuttgart, Germany. Many of the officers had recently returned from Iraq and Afghanistan; others were about to be deployed. As always, I was struck by how the core values of the military—service and discipline, both physical and intellectual—are so different from the perpetual American Mardi Gras. More than a few officers told me they were concerned by what was happening back home.
They sensed that public support for the war was waning and feared that once again they had been sent into a difficult situation with less than a total commitment from the country's political leaders, including the Commander in Chief. They echoed a question that the battalion commander who had lost five of his lieutenants had asked me. "Why hasn't the President issued a national call to service? I don't mean a draft," he said. "But if the President called on people to serve, they would. And not just in the military. My mother mentioned this the other day: 'Why aren't there the war-bond drives we had in World War II? Why aren't we being asked to collect clothing for the children of Iraq?'"
Other officers wondered why the American public was never asked to share in their grief, why the President never attended the funerals of the fallen. One general, who had presided over 162 memorial services in Iraq, told me how it worked:
"There's no coffin, just the inverted rifle, boots and helmet of the fallen. We call the roll, up to the name of the missing trooper. We call his name: Specialist Doe. Then a second time: Specialist John Doe. A third time: Specialist John R. Doe. And then taps is played. It really gets to you. It's an important emotional experience for the troops. It closes the door and enables you to move on."
We are told that George W. Bush often cries in private meetings with the families of the fallen. No doubt the President feels the intense pain and responsibility of having sent young people off to war.
Perhaps he feels the pain more intensely than other Presidents, knowing that the real war in Iraq, the one that began after he proclaimed that "major combat operations are over," was not anticipated by his Administration, a colossal failure of planning and execution. It is also possible that there is more than crude political calculation to the President's failure to attend funerals; his refusal to intrude upon the private grief of the families has presidential precedent. But the inability to acknowledge these terrible losses leaves an aching void in the rest of us. It isolates the general public from the suffering that is a dominant reality of life in military communities.
And that is why the awkward anguish of Cindy Sheehan has struck a chord, despite her naive politics and the ideology of some of her supporters. She represents all the tears not shed when the coffins came home without public notice. She is pain made manifest. It is only with a public acknowledgment of the unutterable agony this war has caused that we can begin a serious and long overdue conversation about Iraq, about why this war—which, unlike Vietnam, cannot be abandoned without serious consequences—is still worth fighting and why we should recommit the entire nation to the struggle. This is a failure of leadership, perhaps the signal failure of the Bush presidency.
Saturday we went nuts and got tattoos! For me it was the first time, and God damn did it hurt! This was Jenny's third time, but based on the look on her face I'd say it never gets any easier! I got a slightly modified Godsmack tribal sun and Jenny got a completely original design of some beautiful flowers. She worked with the tattoo artist for a long time to come up with the design and it looks fantastic. She'll have to tell you what kind of flowers they are because I have no idea! Anyway, it was a great experience to share together and the artwork looks really nice on us both. Crazy kids!
Here's something you wont hear on CNN
Tue Aug 30, 2005 7:41 AM ET
By Sebastian Alison
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The U.S. military said it had killed an al Qaeda militant named Abu Islam and a number of other fighters in air strikes on Tuesday on Husayba and Karabila, close to Qaim on the Syrian border.
"Intelligence leads Coalition forces to believe that Abu Islam and several of his associates were killed in the air strike," a spokeswoman said in Baghdad.
A hospital official in Qaim told Reuters at least 47 people died in the U.S.-led strikes. Mohammed al-Aani said 35 people died in one house and another 12 in a strike on a second house.
The U.S. military said in a statement it had carried out three separate strikes, initially dropping four bombs on a house in Husayba.
"At approximately 6:20 a.m. (0220 GMT), two bombs were dropped on a second house in Husayba, occupied by Abu Islam, a known terrorist," the statement said. "Islam and several other suspected terrorists were killed in that attack."
A U.S. spokeswoman said some of Abu Islam's associates then drove around six km (four miles) to a house in Karabila.
"Around 8:30 a.m., a strike was conducted on the house in Karabila using two precision-guided bombs. Several terrorists were killed in the strike but exact numbers are not known," the statement said.
Abu Islam is an alias used by several known Islamist militants.
Qaim lies in the Euphrates valley, which U.S. forces say serves as a route into Iraq from Syria for foreign Islamist fighters.
U.S. marines have launched several ground offensives against insurgents in the area in the past four months but residents and local officials say Islamist insurgents remain a significant force in several towns along the river.
The strikes came as U.S. and Iraqi forces are battling a Sunni Arab insurgency against the Shi'ite and Kurdish-led government in Baghdad.