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A profound and heartfelt thanks.
For my husband, and my brothers-in-law, my neighbors, and my friends.
And for my brother Draco, who never failed to call and thank all of those he knew.
We can never repay what you have sacrificed for your country.
I think the military needs to get this contract.
A company in northern Idaho has come up with a culturally sensitive approach. Jihawg Ammo has developed a proprietary system for infusing ballistic paint with pork. The special pork-infused paint is then applied to the bullets of loaded ammunition. The inclusion of pork in the paint makes the bullets haraam, or unclean. Under Islamic law, anyone who comes in contact with any haraam item is then unclean and must engage in a cleansing ritual. No unclean person can be admitted into Paradise. Do not pass Go. Do not collect 72 virgins. (From WND)
I ask you: how many of the islamojihadist jackwagons would take the risk, knowing they would NOT get into “Paradise”??
Hat tip: MrFixit.
Today marks not only the day we celebrate our flag, but also the birth of the United States Army.
And since today is Open Thread Friday, please feel free to share any military stories.
As for me, I’m off to help with festivities!
Om, nom, nom
For me, it is one of the saddest holidays, and yet it is also filled with joy, knowing that such courage exists, and such sacrifices are made in defense of freedom.
I give thanks to all the men and women who paid the ultimate price so that I could speak, and worship, and complain, and demonstrate. And to do so in English.
May they never be forgotten, nor their sacrifices be in vain.
Happy Armed Forces Day
They may wear different uniforms, but they’re playing for the same team. Happy Armed Forces Day to our brothers and sisters in the US Army, US Navy, US Air Force, Marines, and US Coast Guard.
Thank you for having our backs. Rest assured we have yours.
From Fox News:
Schwarzkopf was named commander in chief of U.S. Central Command at Tampa’s MacDill Air Force Base in 1988, overseeing the headquarters for U.S. military and security concerns in nearly two dozen countries stretching across the Middle East to Afghanistan and the rest of central Asia, plus Pakistan.
When Saddam invaded Kuwait two years later to punish it for allegedly stealing Iraqi oil reserves, Schwarzkopf commanded Operation Desert Storm, the coalition of some 30 countries organized by President George H.W. Bush that succeeded in driving the Iraqis out.
He will always be “The Bear” to us. Godspeed, kind sir.
NOTE: The General was not on anyone’s list but he’s certainly deserving of the honor of a post.
I have to admit: naming military operations can be decidedly tricky. Some, like Operation Desert Storm sound majestic and pretty much sum up the purpose of the campaign. Others, like Operation Menu (which was the bombing of Cambodia during the Vietnam War) bear no relation to the actual campaign, and fall very short of being a good descriptor. There are some that take description of the operation way too far, like Russia’s Operation Forcing Georgia to Peace, which as we all know was total bullshit anyway, and should have been named Operation Push Georgia Into Defending Itself. Commie bastards….
Anyway, in the days following the attacks of 9/11, Neal Boortz was talking about the coming war, and the possible names of the operations that would be talking place. The names that were being bandied about fell short in Hubby’s estimation:
Me: Well, what would you call it, then?
Hubby: I would call it Operation Smoking Crater. Or if you want subtle, Operation Desert Glass.
Me: Ooooh… much better.
Names should strike as much fear as the actual physical operation, in my humble opinion. I want the terrorists to have a bowel movement when they hear something like Operation Killemall. Or better yet, Operation Moms Are Pissed.
What operation names can you come up with??
(Guest post by LC Draco)
Most of you have NEVER heard his name, and for good reason. As most of you have never heard of Blue Light, the precursor to Delta Force. This man is just that….a MAN!!
On Gary’s mother’s side are several notable Sioux Warriors including Chief Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse. His grandfather mentored him according to the Sioux Warrior path which includes a Sundance and eventually a four day vision quest.
Gary joined the military in a not so legal manner at the age of seventeen and completed a tour in Vietnam. He was recommended for the Silver Star for bravery but the Government didn’t take to kindly to Gary borrowing someone else’s name to get into the service, so they kicked him out. An anonymous Special Forces Sergeant Major helped Gary get back into the service again but he had to go through basic training, airborne school and other training all over again. Did he mind? Hell No, he was having fun and looking forward to getting back into combat.
While retrieving his friend’s body, Gary’s undercover identity was compromised and he was tortured to the point of near death. Due to Gary’s special training and his life long study of martial arts he was able to slow down his heart rate enough to appear dead to his captors. After escaping and recovering from his wounds Gary was able to track down his enemies and send them to the afterlife.
Here’s the article.
Like most of you, I have read the Declaration of Independence a few times. And at the end of the Preamble, there is this:
But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.
That is my favorite part, the one quote that lies at the heart of what the Declaration means. There are some that choose to forget what this means, and there are others that fight for it, everyday.
There will come a time when we will need to throw off despotism, and provide new guards for our future security. History has taught us this: that she will repeat herself as long as ignorance abounds like putrescent mold upon the fabric of time.
Though this post is somber in thought, I hope you celebrate our country’s independence with joy, and much laughter, and while you are looking up to the heavens enjoying the fireworks, give a thought to the men and women who have sacrificed so much for our freedoms.
Long may she wave
(Guest post by LC Draco)
Yesterday, 27 June 2011, was Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Day.
Why is it important? Most of us who remember seeing the movie “Patton”, remember him slapping a soldier who had ‘battle fatigue’. Back then, and until a couple of years ago, PTSD/battle fatigue/shell shock had a stigma of weakness. I refused to be diagnosed several years ago with PTSD due to that stigma (That refusal changed last year). Even the military now is changing their mentality. One study has reported that 1 in 6 soldiers returning from Iraq and/or Afghanistan will be diagnosed with PTSD. The issue is it affects not just the soldier, but family and friends, who are usually the first to notice the symptoms.
Now, however, there are actual medical testing that can be done to see chemical changes in the brain during repeated stressful/traumatic situations and events.
Please take a minute and look here for the National Center for PTSD to be better acquainted with the program.