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A Southern woman on the 'Net.
Saturday, April 17, 2004
The Prime Minister of Canada shows himself to be a tad confused about WWII.
Prime Minister Paul Martin rewrote Canadian military history Wednesday as he described the great Canadian contribution to the liberation of Europe in 1944 as the invasion of Norway instead of Normandy.
"Sixty years ago, Canadians were working alongside their British and American allies planning for the invasion of Norway and the liberation of Europe," Martin said in an address to 350 soldiers at the CFB Gagetown training base outside Fredericton, N.B.
A few minutes later, he repeated the gaffe.
"Today, it is every bit as important that Canada step forward -- just as we did during the invasion of Norway," he said, prior to announcing a series of military spending initiatives that have been in the works for some time.
The White House declined to criticize Israel's missile strike assassination of a top Hamas leader Saturday, saying instead that Israel has the right to defend itself from terrorist attacks and urging Palestinians to use restraint in responding.
Hamas has selected this guy for the dangerous job of being their next top leader.
U.N. Police Die in Kosovo Prison Shootout
A shootout at a prison in Kosovo killed three international police officers, including two American women, and wounded 11 others, a U.N. spokesman said. At least five Americans were among the wounded, a doctor said.
Witnesses and international sources in the divided city of Kosovska Mitrovica told The Associated Press that the U.N. police officers started shooting at each other and that the shootout lasted for about 10 minutes. The information could not be immediately confirmed.
Four Jordanian police officers were arrested in connection with the incident, a NATO source told AP on condition of anonymity.
The UN OK-Corraling each other? Two of the three dead are American women, and four Jordanian UN guys are under arrest?
UPDATE: They were fighting about Iraq.
Three die in Kosovo police fight
Two Americans and a Jordanian have been killed after
violent emotions over Iraq boiled over into a shootout between members of the U.N. law enforcement mission in Kosovo.
U.N. police spokesman Neeraj Singh said three police officers -- two American and one Jordanian -- were killed and 11 others
Unconfirmed reports spoke of up to five dead and 14 wounded in a 10-minute exchange of fire on Saturday at the U.N. compound in
the ethnically divided city of Mitrovica -- usually the scene of peace-making interventions by U.N. police and NATO troops.
The deputy head of the Serb hospital in Mitrovica, Milan Ivanovic, said one of the dead was an American woman, hit along with four
female U.S. colleagues.
U.N. police sources said four Jordanian police officers had been arrested in connection with the shooting, but could give no further
details on the cause. Other police sources said it began with a row over Iraq followed by gunfire.
The fire-fight between fellow members of the U.N. force was unprecedented in five years of peacekeeping in Kosovo, where police
of some 30 nations make up the international force of around 3,500.
The force is backed by the NATO-led KFOR military mission numbering about 20,000 troops.
"What is official is that seven international police officers with serious injuries were received at the Serbian hospital in northern
Mitrovica," Ivanovic said.
"Six are American citizens, one is Austrian. Out of the seven, five are women, two are males. One American woman died soon after
she was admitted to the hospital," he added, giving the names of six victims.
Lots of turn-over in the Hamas corporate office these days.
The Islamic militant group Hamas vowed revenge for Israel's assassination of top leader Abdel-Aziz al-Rantissi on Saturday and said it would not be deterred in its struggle to destroy the Jewish state.
Rantissi was killed by a missile strike on his car in the Gaza Strip, the powerbase of the Palestinian Islamic militant group where he had been the top official.
Friday, April 16, 2004
Pistol, a dog saved in Iraq by a Marine Sgt. David Donnelly, is shown in Westfield, N.Y., Friday, April 16, 2004, where he is up for adoption. The dog was saved by Donnelly in a combat zone and then reunited with his rescuer after a long journey to America but now finds himself homeless again, after the Marine was redeployed overseas. Due to the efforts of Donnelly and Marcy Christmas of Camarillo, Calif., about 200 people have inquired about the Canaan-mix since his arrival this week at Northern Chautauqua Canine Rescue in western New York.
This reminded me of the puppy named Maco that Vietnam POW Captain Ed Davis brought back during Operation Homecoming.
I didn't know the details of this picture, but Wayne also told me this story. No one on the ground or in the aircraft had noticed the dog, but Wayne did so he asked about it. The man had zipped the dog into his diddy bag and somehow kept it quiet. It was just a stray that some of the Americans had befriended and made kind of a camp mascot.
The man told Wayne that on the morning of this departure, the men were awakened early and given very short notice to load onto the bus, their first "official" notice of release. He saw the prison cook trying to catch the dog, so there wasn't much doubt about its fate! He broke ranks and got into an argument with the cook about the dog. The guards rushed in and because the American refused to board the bus and leave the dog, they gave in - they knew about the publicity that was focused on this release. The American took the dog with him and got on the bus.
Dalek has the story on what happens when a Saudi woman gets a little too uppity.
Khristopher Williams has been kickin' butt and takin' names.
Here he is in Kuwait in Feb. '03.
CAMP COYOTE, Kuwait - Cpl. Jeffery Pioszak, 22, from East Lansing, Mich., and Pfc. Khristopher Williams, 19, from Fort Myers, Fla., guard the entrance to the ammuntion resupply point in support of Operation Enduring Freedom Feb 4.
Click here for the cool high resolution photo.
Now he's in Fallujah as a sniper.
Lying on his stomach on a rooftop and wearing goggles and earplugs, a Marine sniper keeps an eye to his rifle sight. His main task in recent days has been trying to hit the black-garbed gunmen who occasionally dash across the long street in front of him. To dodge his shots, one of the gunmen recently launched into a rolling dive across the street, a move that had the sniper and his buddies laughing.
"I think I got him later. The same guy came back and tried to do a low crawl," said Lance Cpl. Khristopher Williams, 20, from Fort Myers, Fla.
This reinforces my theory that Lee County boys make the most awesome warriors.
The Psyops guys are there too, rockin' the Casbah with rock and roll and teaching their fellow Marines how to taunt in Arabic.
Go, all you jarheads. Complete your mission and come home safe.
Onwards and upwards.
Thursday, April 15, 2004
To select John Kerry's running mate, I checked three boxes: Southerner, Name Recognition, and Foreign Policy Experience. I got...Wesley Clark. Eeew.
There should be a box for "Not a Lunatic".
"Let them eat cake!"
Pony up the tax returns, Teresa. Nobody's going to put up with this nonsense.
NPR has a wonderful interview with Laura on her project of restoring native plants, flowers, and grasses at the Crawford ranch. She's a lovely, articulate speaker, and her love and commitment to the natural ecology of Texas reminds me very much of Lady Bird Johnson.
(Via reader James.)
A tape recording has been released wherein the supposed Osama offers a truce to Europe if they pull out of Muslim nations.
France is probably getting ready to surrender itself.
The world is changing yet the Arabs are not! They try their best to prevent any changes in their neighbour country called Iraq but changes are coming to their own courtyard whether they accept or not!
Italian hostage defied killers
The Italian hostage killed by kidnappers in Iraq was a defiant hero in his final moments, Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini says.
The dead man was identified as Fabrizio Quattrocchi, 36, a security guard.
As the gunman's pistol was pointing at him the hostage "tried to take off his hood and shouted: 'now I'll show you how an Italian dies,'" he said.
Wednesday, April 14, 2004
Wait, that was NB Forrest to Braxton Bragg.
"(W)hen someone sh**s in his pants, every move he makes will make his mess worse".
Audrey, you should have just quit eating and left it at that.
The police are charging her for her crime.
10. Says that he invented spicy Chinese chicken-and-broccoli dish; has filed an infringement lawsuit against famed military leader/cooking enthusiast General Tso.
8. Claims that he leaves on his car's left-turn indicator for weeks at a time "as an act of political dissent".
and my fave:
2. Last year's personalized Christmas cards featured a creepy picture of a bound-and-gagged woman with the strange inscription, "It puts the lotion in the basket-- Seasons Greetings from Andy".
I don't know any Marines that have a sense of humor, so my vote is for photoshopping.
Ah, here's the real photo.
(It's been updated now to add some preachifying.)
Now the Marine Corps has to investigate this nonsense.
Shiite Muslim radical leader Moqtada al-Sadr has agreed to drop all his conditions in negotiations with the US-led coalition and to follow the guidance of the highest Shiite religious authority, a close aide said.
An Iraqi envoy appointed by Moqtada al-Sadr says the Shi'ite cleric has asked him to convey a set of peace proposals to U.S. officials.
Sadr's supporters have been rising up against the U.S.-led occupying forces in south and central Iraq.
"Sayyed Moqtada made positive proposals to end the crisis. I cannot disclose the details. He realises that an armed confrontation is not in anybody's interest," Abdelkarim al-Anzi told Reuters on Wednesday.
I guess a butt-load of Marines will give a bad guy second thoughts.
Tuesday, April 13, 2004
Kerry doesn't build emotional bonds
Democrat John Kerry "doesn't warm anybody up," and organized labor must help him create an emotional bond if fence-sitting union members are to vote for him in November, according to focus groups of undecided union voters.
But these union members find President Bush likable and strong, "with a nice family and good moral values," said a memo of results prepared for the AFL-CIO and obtained by The Associated Press. The focus groups were conducted last month in St. Louis and Philadelphia by Lake Snell Perry & Associates, a Democratic firm.
The findings offer fresh evidence that Kerry's reputation for aloofness is a hurdle the presumptive Democratic nominee must overcome -- even among his party's core constituencies. And despite the acidity labor leaders direct toward Bush and his policies, he still appeals to a segment of union members, namely the Reagan Democrats.
Though very early in the race, the focus groups highlight the work facing organized labor as it tries to energize and mobilize voters on behalf of Kerry.
John Kerry is:
e. All of the above
(The link in the Sun-Sentinel to this story disappeared. Hopefully it will come back.)
U.N. may be going on road
TAMPA - (AP) -- An investment banker is trying to raise $1.5 million to create a 53-foot mobile classroom to travel across the country and teach schoolchildren about the United Nations.
Malcolm Taaffe, 46, said he wants the United Nations Mobile Education Centre to be a tourist attraction that will also serve as an educational tool.
Taaffe, senior vice president of Morgan Stanley in Tampa, hopes to have the mobile classroom on the road by September. The U.N. Department of Public Information signed off on the project in January.
''A lot of people will never get the chance to see the United Nations and to learn about its mission,'' Taaffe said. ``I want to change that.''
Taaffe's idea for the truck came after a 1999 visit to U.N. headquarters in New York. Plans for the truck are still on the drawing board.
Inside, a theater that seats 30 will highlight the U.N.'s accomplishments and explain its charge. On the screen, U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan will talk about peacekeeping in today's world.
Students will be given passports to move between kiosks detailing the different arms of the U.N, including the Security Council.
Recently, Taaffe applied for a patent on a machine that will blow a puff of smoke in the shape of a peace sign from atop the vehicle every five minutes.
The nonprofit U.N.-mobile will first visit cities like New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Tampa. Admission will be free.
Taaffe said the U.N. has inspired him since he first visited it as a schoolboy.
''It just did something to me,'' he said. ``I was in awe.''
Monday, April 12, 2004
To some, soldiers can never be heroes, they can only be victims.
Those who have no honor themselves are incapable of seeing it in others.
Barry Bonds is a disgrace to the game of baseball.
I get suspicious of a newspaper article, but Belmont Club goes Barnaby Jones on the thing.
It's better to deserve an honor and not get it, then to get an honor you don't deserve. Seeking out honors you don't deserve is even worse.
Sunday, April 11, 2004
At last! The smell of maritime disaster
Southampton liner Titanic will be resurrected at a science festival today.
An audience at the Edinburgh International Science Festival will be among the first members of the public to smell the perfume, which was found near the wreck of the liner in 2000.
It was recreated by perfumers who established a "fingerprint" of the chemical composition of the Titanic perfume, then found an exact match for the fragrance.
(Via contributor James.)
Many of these hoaxsters are tripped up in the end by insurance investigators.
This journalist is 'captured' by the bad guys, treated wonderfully well, told to tell the truth, then released. Right.
Lots of pregnant women in this story. It's a nice touch. The author overdid it, though. It was these descriptions that set my alarms off. There's not a hale and hearty woman in the bunch.
The highway out of Fallujah was filled with fleeing families. The elderly, children and pregnant women clung to ancient cars and battered lorries, piled high with belongings. Refugees wandered along, dazed and caked in dust.
At 6pm, my driver and I pulled off the main road in our battered Toyota and spotted a heavily pregnant woman, her husband and mother struggling with baggage. The 19-year-old woman had been walking since 8am. Dehydrated and exhausted, she weaved slowly behind her husband and, when we offered a lift, almost fell into the car.
I think there are plenty of Jack Kelley's out there.
Why Are Victims Our Only War Heroes?
We are at war. Our enemy, the terrorist, knows he cannot win militarily, certainly not in terms of manpower or weaponry, so he somehow must get us to back down—wear us down and diminish our resolve. He hopes to do that through images and perceptions. The ultimate battle of the global war on terrorism will be fought in the hearts and minds of Americans.
We must make a concerted, deliberate effort to counterbalance the terrorists’ tactic. Thus far, we have overlooked perhaps the most important image in our arsenal, that of the hero in war, and of his or her determination. It is an image we have failed to present adequately in our prosecution of this war. In earlier times, the American public could recite names such as Boatswain’s Mate Reuben James, Lieutenant William Cushing, Colonel Joshua Chamberlain, Sergeant Alvin York, Mess Attendant Dorie Miller, and Sergeant Audie Murphy as easily as they could their own home addresses. The individual heroes of the armed forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, however, generally are unknown. Deluged by lengthy, detailed stories of the extreme efforts taken by terrorists, we have heard little of the extreme efforts taken by members of the U.S. armed forces.
We help our enemies by default, by allowing lesser images to be presented as substitutes. Everyone knows the name Jessica Lynch. She wore her country’s uniform, went willingly to her duty in Iraq, and suffered grievous injuries, but does she qualify to be known first among those who served in this war? We have brushed aside battlefield resolution and action—which should be foremost—and allowed the image of victimization and suffering to take its place.
There were victim-heroes pre-Korea, but there were also tons on non-victim heroes. Post-WWII, I can't name any of that type.
They left off my favorite hero from WWI - Eddie Rickenbacker. If you ever get a chance to read a biography about him, do it. He was awesome his whole life. Although I understand that when he was lost at sea in the Pacific in WWII, his boatmates wanted to eat him. Maybe a little Eddie went a long way.
Nonetheless, if I had a time machine, I'd beam back to WWI to visit Eddie.
There have been rumours on the Internet that the three Japanese hostages faked the video that was displayed two days ago with the help of Iraqis in an attempt to pressure the Japanese government in withdrawing their troops. All three of them are anti-war activists. Noriaki Imai was in Iraq researching the effect of Depleted Uranium on Iraqis. Nahoka Takato works with an NGO helping Iraqi children orphaned from the war, and Soichiru Koriyama is a freelance journalist who has been in the Palestinian occupied territories recently. I find it hard to believe they would go this far. The fear and horror in their eyes was very evident in the video, if it is a hoax then they certainly have a promising future in Hollywood.
More over at this FR thread.