The Deployment Diary

Saturday, March 26, 2005

Want Free Healthcare?

I happened by an interesting blog this evening, Turning 30 and a half. Sue is a Canadian who has "a deployed American guy" in her life. I enjoyed reading through her blog. Give a visit - there's something of interest for just about everyone.

In an entry titled, Next time I'm going to McDonalds, she gives us a glimpse into some of the experiences not only she has had in Canadian hospitals, but experiences of family and friends too.

No matter how many times Hillary Clinton, John Kerry and the like-minded of the left scream you have a right to free healthcare, you only have to look to our northern neighbors to realize we do not want it. Not only do we not want "free" healthcare, we don't want our families and ourselves to have to endure the consequences of it.

Nothing in life is free. However, with free healthcare (aka socialized medicine), what you don't pay in dollars, you pay with lives. And nothing "free" is worth that price...no matter what the Left in our country would have you believe...

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No Rest For the Poor Guy

The husband and I stayed up late last night. Well, I stayed up late reading online and he stayed up late snoring in the cushy chair across from me in the living room lol. Needless to say, when the babies woke me this morning, I was regretting my late night reading - even if I did finally catch up on most of my favorite blogs.

So our plan for the day was to start off slow and relax around the house this morning lol. Then, we'd head to a larger town about 40 minutes from us, grab a late lunch/early supper and then walk that off at the mall. Daughter wants her hair cut short again. I'm looking for her a pair of little white canvas sneakers that would look cute with some of her new spring outfits. I've not been able to find a pair anywhere, so I thought I could probably find her a pair of Keds at one of the shoe stores in the mall. I also needed to stock up on Yankee Candle Tarts again, so the mall was the plan. The place where we could take care of everything in one, "oh I'm so full after eating like a pig" indoor walk.

That was our Saturday plan. Yeah. Riiight. Not with the new job lol.

His cell rang a little after ten. Soldier in trouble, but nothing on the serious side like a soldier in jail or anything. After several phone calls and SGT MORON being within a five mile radius so he could screw it up (guy is a complete idiot who can make a mountain out of an ant hill in 2.4 seconds flat), husband says he has to go take care of it.

Yea!! Gotta love this SGT Moron who could screw up a one car funeral.

While husband is gone, I read some on the net, I dose a little while watching a Disney movie with the babies and then finally get my lazy butt upstairs to get dressed. My laziness had perfect timing for once lol. The babies were ready and I was putting away the hair dryer when he walked through the door. We were all ready to go the minute he got home.

We get to the restaurant. We order our food. Before the appetizers could arrive, his cell had rang two more times. By the time had eaten and were getting to-go boxes for our leftovers, the cell had rang two more times and husband had made two other calls.

By the time we were walking out to our vehicle, two more soldiers were in trouble and this time it was on the serious side for one of them, but thankfully SGT Moron was not around to make a disaster out of young kids being STUPID.

So, the trip to the mall was scrapped. The babies and I waved at the mall we'd been trying to go to for three days now as we drove by lol.

Off to the husband's office we go. I decided we'd stay in the truck while Daddy took care of what he had to do. I'm not much for hanging out where my husband works - even if we're there just because we had to be under the circumstances. Living so far from the installation does have its down sides for sure. But, we had a good time anyway. CAUTION, BRAG: My little ones are so great and no matter where we are, we have a good time together (end brag lol). We listened to the radio for a while, daughter read a book about different birds to baby brother and I (the three of us love to bird watch out our six big windows in the kitchen while birds bathe in our pond in the spring and summer). Then, I called my Mother and talked to her for a while. All in all, the time went by pretty fast and by 7:15 or so, we were finally on the road heading home.

Well, guess I need to cut the computer off here since 1 am has snuck up on me. The bars will be closing soon and I'm sure by 3 am, the phone will be ringing again lol. And, I still have to get with that Easter Bunny so the Bunny of Chocolate can put together my sweet babies baskets that they are so excited about seeing in the morning.

Hopefully tomorrow, husband can spend more time with us than he does with the Army lol. Wishful thinking at this point lol. It's all part of the job - I know. He loves it and in all seriousness, I'm thrilled he's happy. I do, however, reserve the right to bitch about said job at least once every few days though LMBO!!

Happy Easter to all who are celebrating.

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Friday, March 25, 2005

The Great Escape...

Seems some Iraqi prisoners planned an escape from their prison near the Kuwaiti border by tunneling out. A six hundred foot tunnel was found first and a few hours later, a smaller three hundred foot tunnel was discovered.

My first thought? Well, anyone who enjoys military history as I do (or those of my parents' generation who were/are Steve McQueen fans) would most likely have had the same thought - and apparently the same thought COL Brown had: The Great Escape of course!

Our talented journalist's first thought? The reporter, Albert Eisele, who is the former Press Secretary to Vice President Mondale? HIS first and last thought (considering the idiocy was actually written into this journalistic masterpiece): The Shawshank Redemption.

I've read this story over and over, I've now typed The Shawshank Redemption and yet, I still cannot seem to stop shaking my head in disbelief. How the heck do you say, "The elaborate escape is reminiscent of the 1994 movie, 'The Shawshank Redemption,' where a prisoner burrows his way out of prison" with a straight face? How does an editor read that line and think, "BINGO! Albert, my man, you've done it again. You've made the comparison of the century!!!"

Sheesh. And we depend on these people to keep us informed? Heaven help us.

Lets see: A man goes to prison for a crime he may or may not have been guilty of, he is beaten up a lot the first two years and then things get better as far as prisons go, he helps prisoners get books, he helps the warden steal money, apparently he tunnels out...

BINGO!! It's certainly what most Americans would think of when reading an article about Iraqi prisoners digging tunnels to escape from a prison camp.

It certainly could not be: Stalag Luft III. RAF officers who start to dig three tunnels (Tom, Dick and Harry) to escape a German POW camp in Poland. Matter of fact, The Great Escape - as it became known, began after MUCH preparation on the 24th/25th of March 1944. Wow...these tunnels were even found on pretty much the anniversary of The Great Escape. But nah,

BINGO!! The Shawshank Redemption comes to our glorious reporter's mind...

The Iraqis use their bed's wooden support boards to build a makeshift floor to hide their tunnel. The RAF officers use the wooden rails from their beds to support their tunnels to keep them from caving in.

The Shawshank Redemption... Yeah. Sure.

Don't get me wrong. I don't think these prisoners probably went to half of the extraordinary means, coming up with brilliant plans as the RAF officers did (their forged documents alone were absolutely genius), but there are a few parallels. More so than a movie based on a a book by Stephen King, that's for sure.

And a few other thoughts: Seems that we should have learned that beds should not have wooden pieces that can be used to help escapees lol. Do we no longer LEARN from history?

And, if my memory from past reading serves me correctly, even in the 1940s, the Germans had sensors around the perimeter of the POW camps due to previous attempts to tunnel out. This is why the RAF officers had to tunnel so deep - to avoid the sensors. Seems like WE should be able to muster up some 2005 technology SOMEWHERE to help secure our current prisoners' perimeter in case they decide to tunnel lol. Especially considering our prisoners are NOT men who may or may not have committed a crime as in the wonderful movie they have been compared, but may very well be COLD BLOODED, MURDERING, BRUTAL Islamic terrorists...

Ya think? Anyhow...

Further Reading:
For anyone not familiar with the story of Stalag Luft III and The Great Escape, here are a few links for you. It's an amazing story where these men with little to no equipment built tunnels (eventually only finishing one due to circumstances), forged documents to use once they were free, made clothes to wear... Just an amazing story of what can be done if one sets their mind to it.

The Great Escape - Rob Davis
Excellent detailed information...

Return to Stalag Luft III
A wonderful article about Bertram 'Jimmy' James, one of the 76 escapees. This article follows him as he returns to Stalag Luft III on the 60th anniversary of The Great Escape. Be sure to view the Photo Gallery of the 60th Anniversary and also follow the links at the bottom of the article to read more about Mr. James and his experiences after being shot down in 1940.

The Great Escape Memorial Project
A worthy cause to donate to...

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Monday, March 07, 2005

The Italian Situation...

I about fell out of my chair this morning. As usual, soon after waking, I had my cup of coffee in hand and was sitting in my nice cushy chair watching Fox News. It's my time, so I can get woken up before the babies wake and I can be pleasant Mommy. I'm not a morning person in the least, so this is my morning ritual of sorts. Getting up late and disturbing my ritual makes for a bad day lol.

Now I admit that Fox's morning show gets on my nerves a bit. Therefore, I also check out CNN in the mornings. MSNBC is out. A cold day in hell before I watch Imus in the morning. What an idiot.

Anyhow, I'm jumping from CNN to Fox. I jump from one or the other the minute they talk about Martha Stewart or Michael Jackson. Sorry, these two stories interest me less than a root canal.

I have read about the journalist whose ransom was paid and the Italian Secret Service Agent who was killed by US forces when they failed to slow for a checkpoint. Although my prayers were with the agent killed and his family, the uproar over this had me feeling more and more anger as I read the stories and listened to more coverage on Fox and CNN.

And then, it happened. A Fox newsman mentions that this reporter worked for "Il Manifesto," a communist newspaper in Italy - and I about fell out of my chair.

HELLO? Out of all the news reports I read, all the commentary over the past day that I sat through and only NOW, on MONDAY morning, are we hearing this? Could it be that this communist and her paper HATE the US, DESPISE that we are bringing freedom to Iraq and want to see us FAIL have a little SOMETHING to do with "her story?" Nah. Of course not. That's why none of the MSM bothered to tell us this little tidbit.

This is a perfect example of why I distrust the media. Fifty years ago, when (many) journalists would have NEVER wanted to see America lose a war (as they appear to want so badly today) may have used a headline such as, "Italian Communist Newspaper Journalist Injured After Release." Afterall, back then, our newspapers would have wanted to put this woman's "claims" in the proper light. Unfortunately in today's world, her being a communist and/or reporting for a communist newspaper isn't relevant according to their narrow view.

Well, it is relevant. As Neal Boortz says this morning:
JUST AN EXCUSE TO SHOWCASE HATRED FOR AMERICA

What you probably won't hear today as this story gets played over and over and over. Giuliana Sgrena wrote for a newspaper called "Il Manifesto." As you might suspect from the name, it's one of Italy's communist newspapers. Now hold on a second. I'm not saying that Sgrena got what she deserved because she writes for a communist newspaper. I am saying that it would be illogical to expect either Sgrena or the newspaper she writes for to be at all sympathetic to the situation faced by our forces in Baghdad. Both Sgrena and her newspaper were adamantly opposed to the war in Iraq. Il Manifesto is already accusing U.S. Forces of assassinating the secret service agent, and her partner (whatever that means) says that the shooting was intentional. He referred to the U.S. troops as "imbeciles or terrorized kids who shoot at anyone."

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Of one thing you can be sure. The next time there is some controversy surrounding a reporter from some right wing newspaper you can rest assured that the affiliation will be highlighted in virtually every news story. The unwritten rules demand that right wingers always be identified as such, while leftists are treated as the norm.


And They Want Apologies?
Well here's a concept. I WANT APOLOGIES FROM THEM. They have just given TERRORISTS one million dollars to secure the release of this ONE journalist. And while communist or not, I'm thankful she's out of the hands of terrorists and home safely with her family, the fact that the Italians have just given the dwindling TERRORISTS (sorry, insurgents is just a ridiculous word for those TERRORIZING the Iraqi people) an extra MILLION to fund the murder of innocent Iraqi civilians and coalition troops is DESPICABLE.

So the next huge car bomb that goes off killing 125 people or more, instead of this journalist and others demanding to know why AMERICAN FORCES are not providing enough security, maybe we demand to know why ITALIANS ARE FUNDING TERRORISTS SO THEY CAN KEEP MURDERING.

When my husband is back over there and God forbid is mourning more lost friends and co-workers, I'd like to ASK the Italians how it feels to have funded murderers so they can keep murdering.

These type of people hold signs up saying our forces are murderers, they kill women and children. However, THEY are the ones that give large sums of money so these terrorists can keep buying the explosives and weapons that CLEARLY kill innocent women and children.

I don't believe this reporter's story for one minute. The latest version I heard on the news earlier is that a tank rolled up next to them and started firing, that they weren't near a checkpoint. Well here's a concept you IDIOTS. IF you are going to fund terrorists to get the release of a hostage, at least give our forces the heads up so when you are speeding up on one of our checkpoints we don't mistake YOU for the very folks you are funding and open fire.

Our troops did nothing wrong. The "victims" can blame only themselves for the outcome of their funding of terrorists.

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Friday, March 04, 2005

More McCain Feingold Idiocy....

So you have a blog and on your blog, you like to talk politics. Well, if these new rules are put in place, you could be fined for linking to any campaign sites.

Now let me see if I understand this correctly. We DO live in the US of A, right? What in the heck is going on here?

Last year, I linked to the Kerry campaign site - and trust me when I say I didn't link out of support! I was pretty disgusted by Kerry's use of the "F" word continuously on his site. It wasn't visitors posting responses and using the "F" bomb - it was articles written by reporters ABOUT Kerry - quoting KERRY directly as he dropped the "F" bomb in every other paragraph.

So under these new "rules," I couldn't link to Kerry's site and if I DARED to link to it I'd be fined. What in the world is happening to our freedom in this country?!!

I found this story on Boortz's site this morning. You can read his take here:
GOVERNMENT CENSORS AFTER THE INTERNET

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