The Deployment Diary

Friday, November 11, 2005

Veterans Day...

I drove up to the installation today to do some running around. On the interstate, some folks were on an overpass with American flags and pro-veterans signs. I honked as I went under and they waved...

Just like the last time I saw folks stand on the overpass with flags, it made me want to cry. It's always such a good feeling to see people supporting veterans, our military and our country.

My family has numerous veterans in it. My Grandfather was in the Navy during WWII at Guadalcanal. An uncle served 27 years in the Army and was in the Korean War. My Father was in the Air Force and was in Vietnam during Tet. My husband - well, you know all that.

Years ago, my father sent me some photos of his time in Vietnam. For a daughter who never even knew her father served, much less was in Vietnam during Tet until she was 16 - seeing photos really hit home. These weren't just any photos. These were of a C-130 that had been shot to hell and back during Tet.

Well, before my desktop died back in August, my zip drive in that computer died two years before that lol. The photos my Dad sent were of course stored on a zip disk. Dad came to visit back in August while husband was gone for training. He brought a memory stick for me that had a ton of photos on it, including the Vietnam photos. I thought for Veteran's Day - and as a tribute to my Father, I'd post them here.

This one is the front end of a C-130 that was shot up during Tet. My Dad said they were the best pilots in the world. Anyone else would have never gotten it home...

Here's the same plane. I'm pretty sure he told me that it'd caught fire too...

Just so hard to believe that anyone lived through that kind of damage, much less flew it back to Cam Rahn Bay.

Happy Veteran's Day to all our veterans, but especially to my Dad and my husband. My two most favorite people in the world.

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Thursday, November 10, 2005

No WMDs? Nah, just NO REPORTING...

I am so tired of the "Bush Lied" agenda. I'm tired of hearing there were NO WMDs found in Iraq. If you search hard, you can find reports of WMDs being found in Iraq. The problem seems to be that there is just no reporting of the WMDs that have been found. The MSM cannot report it because it would interfere with their political agenda and hatred of all things Bush.

I've read several articles linked from Boortz's website concerning WMDs that have been found. The most recent, Saddam's 500-ton Uranium Stockpile. Yes, you read that correctly...500 ton.

So, you're tired of the "Bush Lied" agenda and no WMDS found rantings, but just don't have the time to search the internet for more information? Well, thankfully, we have Banter in Atlanter out there doing the research the rest of America needs to hear.

In his entry Copy and Paste, he explains:
Upon completing my response to the commenter's post I realized that the bottom of the so-called comment included the name Kevin Drum. A little Google action and I find that Kevin is a fellow blogger for Washington Monthly. So anyway it turns out that the commenter copied and pasted some of Kevin's work rather than using his own original thoughts, not a very rare occurrence these days but intellectually flaccid nonetheless.

The commenter posted in an entry titled Reality Check, The Facts About Pre-War Intelligence. Reading Banter in Atlanter's response will provide you with numerous links concerning WMDS found in Iraq, from gallons of chemical weapons agent to radioactive materials in powdered form.

I just cannot help but wonder, when a reporter is interviewing a "Bush Lied" parrot, why do they not confront them with these facts and ask how they can continue the "NO WMDs found" myth? I know, I've answered my own question at the start of this entry...

No matter what the topic, it seems that facts are always a problem for the liberals. It saddens me that the Bush Administration and our republican politicians aren't doing a better job of standing up for the truth and getting the facts out on the airways.

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Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Another Military Stereotype Disproven

I think everyone in America, whether affiliated with the military or not, know the stereotyping of our military (especially of our enlisted service members) that occurs - not only by politicians, but by the general public. There are many, but the most often repeated stereotype since the start of the GWOT seems to be that the poor, the ignorant and minorities make up our fighting forces.

It was a popular talking point of the left during the last election season. The left accused President Bush and republicans of wanting to bring back the draft to scare ignorant voters into voting democrat. Meanwhile, the liberals were actually the ones gasping that our poor and minorities disproportionately made up the military. Hence, they were shouldering the burdens of war while the middle class and privileged reaped the benefits without the sacrifice.

One of the most vocal democrats to harp this stereotype on Sunday morning talk shows, in newspapers and in Congress was Rep. Charles B. Rangel of New York. He wrote a piece for The New York Times detailing his accusations. In Bring Back the Draft, Rangel makes the following accusation:
But as a combat veteran of the Korean conflict, I believe that if we are going to send our children to war, the governing principle must be that of shared sacrifice. Throughout much of our history, Americans have been asked to shoulder the burden of war equally.

That's why I will ask Congress next week to consider and support legislation I will introduce to resume the military draft.


Service in our nation's armed forces is no longer a common experience. A disproportionate number of the poor and members of minority groups make up the enlisted ranks of the military, while the most privileged Americans are underrepresented or absent.

Not only did I disagree with his stereotyping, I disagreed with his assertion that throughout history Americans had shouldered the burden equally. During the Vietnam War, the draft Rangel is so fond of failed miserably at making sure Americans shouldered the burden equally. All too often, the rich and politically connected were allowed to get their children out of military service, completely avoiding the draft. It was too easy for wimps like Clinton to flee the country and party abroad while their peers were fighting and dying in the jungles of Vietnam. So no, Mr. Rangel, there was no shared sacrifice. Then - unlike now, the poor and minorities were all too often the ones who could not escape military service - not to mention, they were more likely to feel an obligation to fulfill their duties to their country instead of trying to run and hide from it.

Well, as research often does, a study by the Heritage Foundation has dispelled the popular and often repeated stereotype. The Washington Times reports in their article Middle class filling up military, study says:
Middle-class youths, not the poor, are providing the bulk of wartime recruits to the armed forces, according to a new study by a conservative think tank.

The Heritage Foundation research paper found that a higher percentage of middle-class and upper-middle-class families have been providing enlistees for the war on Islamic militants since the September 11 attacks on the United States.

Of course, Mr. Rangel was not available for comment. Sure as I'm sitting here, if the study had proven his stereotyping correct, he'd have been giving a press conference. As is typical with the left, when their convenient theories are proven false, they just move on to the next "say anything for political gain" theory regardless of the truth or whether they've tried to find even ONE fact. Their ideas and agenda are more important than facts, you know.

Mr. Kane said overall evidence "is at odds with the image, painted by some supporters of the draft, that the military exploits poor, ignorant young Americans by using slick advertising that promises technical careers in the military to dupe them into trading their feeble opportunities in the private sector for a meager role as cannon fodder."

And that there is the main reason behind the stereotype. Regardless of whether they served their country, the simple fact is, many liberal democrats just don't LIKE the military. The military "dupes" people into service because, of course, NO person would WANT to serve their country. The poor pitiful poor have NO opportunities (because we, of course, don't have ANY programs to help the poor get into college or receive technical training) so they HAVE to join the military and that takes advantage of them...

The truth is:
The Heritage report states that median household income for all enlisted recruits in 1999 was $41,141, compared with the national median of $41,994. By 2003, the recruit household income reached $42,822, when adjusted for inflation.

"In other words, on average, recruits in 2003 were from wealthier neighborhoods than were recruits in 1999," said the report, titled, "Who Bears the Burden? Demographic Characteristics of U.S. Military Recruits Before and After 9/11."

Another stereotype, another leftist rant proven false...facts seem to never be good news for liberals.

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Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Riots in France

It seems that every blog has put in their two cents concerning France's big problems with rioting. So, to keep from repeating what better bloggers have already written, I'll keep this short.

The most interesting debate I've read concerns whether the riots are an intifada. There are an abundance of links that support that theory in this entry on Iris Blog: Evidence the "Paris Riots" Are Actually the "French Intifada".

I found this article to be quite amusing: Hurt pride shows as France sees world report riots. Personally, although I am sorry France is facing such unrest, I do think it's high time the French got a taste of their own medicine. Having to read other countries' opinions of THEIR country and how THEIR government is handling (or not handling) a crisis is just what the doctor ordered.

My only thought on this concerns the riots escalating. For the past day or so, I keep expecting to turn on the news and see reports about a bomb going off on a bus or a suicide bomber walking into a cafe and killing innocent French citizens. I worry that eventually burning cars and buildings will get old to these nuts and they will escalate the situation. France has never had any empathy for the Israelis and I'm afraid that soon, they too will know what it is like to live in fear of being murdered on their way to work by a fanatic with a bomb strapped to their chest. I hope I'm wrong, but if the French government doesn't put a stop to this mess and soon, things are only going to get worse...

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Monday, November 07, 2005

Top Ten Reasons Given for Rioting in France

I stopped by Turning 30 and a half to see how Sue is doing with NaNoWriMo. In the comments of one of the posts I found a link to West Coast Chaos who linked to the Top Ten...too funny folks. Stop by if you need a good laugh.

Top Ten Reasons Given for Rioting in France

I'll be honest though lol, I was sure the numero uno reason was going to be "It's Bush's Fault."

Be sure to read the comments too! To me, one of the comments was the funniest of all:
This can't be good - Chirac just appeared on TV wearing a Burka.

Couldn't quite tell what the camel behind him was doing, but he seemed to be enjoying himself . . .

Vive le Allah!


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Sunday, November 06, 2005

Yep, This Fits lol...

A wonderful friend sent this to me the other day. Thought someone reading might need a laugh, so I'm posting it.

This really fits my attitude these days lol...

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Wednesday, November 02, 2005

What Muppet are you?

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You are Sam the Eagle.
You are patriotic and devoted. And extremely anal.

Patriotism, Being appalled at what everyone else is
The National Anthem of America

"An American In....America"

"Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus,
Eagles are from America"

"Please stop that now! It's un-American!"

What Muppet are you?
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