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Updated: 2017-06-21T19:19:27.417-07:00


A Call To Remember History


I've been off here over 3 years as I've re-started my life after returning from 16 months in Iraq.  I returned to a country in turmoil, a move and other personal challenges and victories (and another move coming!), but over the last few years I've seen the nation grow worse, losing hope, losing courage, losing even the ability to see through obvious lies, as the left takes us into darker and darker places with each unconstitutional mandate.  Another 9-11 comes and goes with more terror in the world, and I felt compelled to dust off the old blog and let loose a rant as the media ignores the fundamental causes of the violence against us.Anyone even thinking of blaming someone other than the muslims for the violence needs to watch this. Everyone needs to watch this: The video exposes the lies of the school system and media. Dr. Warner illustrates 1400 years of islamic expansionism and 548 battles on maps, showing dots that rapidly grow and spread over a short time, expanding the Islamic empire, and he goes over the numbers killed, and the brutality... The crusades were a reaction to it all.  It's 45 minutes, but every minute is eye-opening (there is no "Golden Age" of islam where everyone lived in peace) and I cannot encourage you enough to watch it and be educated about the facts (and not just swallow the lies the media and schools push).  Watch it now.  Come back to this later.The muslim attacks on US embassies resulting in our flags being torn down and burned and an ambassador and diplomats murdered are acts of war committed by those to whom this administration has funneled billions of our tax-dollars!  The same radical islamic expansionists the civilized world has been oppressed by for over 1400 years!  Instead of responding with force, cutting off aid or diplomatic ties, or even just strong words of condemnation, Mrs. Clinton reiterates an apology issued earlier today by the U.S. Embassy in Cairo--now deleted --which said: "We condemn the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims." How much more pathetic can our leaders be?  The last night of the DNC, as a tribute to the troops, they displayed Russian ships on the big screen. Freudian slip showing their true colors, or honest mistake? The pattern of subtle and not-so-subtle anti-American behavior by the left stretches back a long time, undermining our freedoms, making us weak and divided.  This emasculation of America must not be allowed to continue unabated lest all remaining greatness we have be lost to the ages, to be buried in a re-written history, chipping away our freedoms and stripping our achievements of their honor and glory.  It can all be replaced with mindless obsequious obedience to the elites of the left (as has been done in other leftist countries) inside of a generation or two through manipulation of the education system if nothing is done soon to stop it.  Let us not just remember the attacks on 11 September of 2001, but let us remember 11 September of 1683 and use it to find courage: we too are besieged and face discouraging odds, we must continue to fight the darkness in thought, in word, and deed.  Jesus said, “If the world hates you, be aware that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, the world would love you as its own. However, because you do not belong to the world, but I chose you out of the world, for this reason the world hates you. Remember what I told you, ‘A slave is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they obeyed my word, they will obey yours too. But th[...]

Letter to Americans- Wake Up! Obama Intelligence Appointee is BAD NEWS!


Another letter sent in- I hope people continue waking up! I sent this in the WND, and am hoping it will get readers thinking!


We see it at the lower levels of government, and at the highest- the trampling of our rights. Herb in Clearwater is just one of millions of Americans who is fighting to lift the boot of the oppressors from underneath so he can just live his life without unlawful government interference with his rights! Obama has raised the stakes, appointing Chas Freeman, Former U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, lobyist, and defender of the Chinese actions in Tiananmen.

"the truly unforgivable mistake of the Chinese authorities was the failure to intervene on a timely basis to nip the demonstrations in the bud, rather than -- as would have been both wise and efficacious -- to intervene with force when all other measures had failed to restore domestic tranquility to Beijing and other major urban centers in China."

According to this new appointee, the unforgivable mistake was not using deadly force to kill somewhere between 241 and 2,600 protestors in crack-downs, but rather not squashing the demonstrations earlier!

America, please wake up to what is being done to you before it is too late!

We have seen tax-cheats and lobyists appointed after he promised "hope and change" and we have only grumbled about it. Appointing this man to be in charge of any Intelligence organization in the United States of America is more of the same abuse! A man in Florida faces fines for displaying the Constitution. What does our great nation face as a whole? This man thought the Chinese were too soft for allowing a protest to happen in the first place! Write angry and bitter letters such as mine! Show your contempt for the abuses your so-called representatives heap upon you. Rally, citizens, while you still have the right- before too many people like this are given control over your lives!

Very Respectfully,

Letter published on World Net Daily! Free Speech!


Full Story:

His story really struck a chord with me, and I really wanted to put corrupt politicians in their place. I'm sick of rights continuosly getting trampled on and nobody speaking I wrote an angry letter. I had no idea I'd get top-notch media exposure over it! Letter follows:


Greetings from Iraq. As a Florida native, and veteran who took an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic, I find it insulting that you would limit Herb Quintero's free speech with regards to the beautiful mural he had painted to spruce up his building. Also insulting are your fines and subsequent threats to fine the man for displaying the Constitution that guarantees his protection from this very sort of tyranny. I learned of his plight from reading the story on and at and must say I am very disappointed.

You have no right to override the Constitution and the principals for which so many men and women have fought and died to uphold. YOU are in violation of the supreme law of the land, which supersedes some trivial contrary (and therefore illegal) code, and should immediately withdraw your fines and retract your flawed and invalid laws. As government representatives, you have a solemn duty to protect the people you are entrusted to represent, not oppress them. By enacting and then selectively enforcing such oppressive laws that violate the Constitution, you spit in the face of every veteran who has ever served to uphold the Constitution! Yes, I am this worked up over a painting of some fish; the rights in the Constitution are not something that should even be lightly infringed and tolerated! The founding fathers must be rolling in their graves over the affront to freedom you have committed in your persecution of this man who is merely attempting to live an American Dream by exercising his right to free speech- an attempt, it must be noted, that would increase commerce- which in turn would bring more tax dollars to the city should he succeed in his endeavors!

As a fellow American, who dearly values his rights and freedoms, I sincerely urge on you to cease and desist with your harassment of Herb Quintero; it would save the city money in the long run, and save yourselves further embarrassment and public outrage. Furthermore, I cannot imagine citizens willingly re-electing officials who would trod so heavily upon their fundamental and inalienable rights, so I urge you to refund this man's money and publicly declare your apology to him, and the citizens, at once.

Very Respectfully,


SCARY Hidden Healthcare Agenda That Effects YOU!!! burried in stimulus porkage



Essentially, under the stimulus bill, the government will take complete control over the medical system and all treatment options, penalize those who don't want to submit, and mandates that people accept conditions rather than trying to treat them.

Key excerpts:

"The bill’s health rules will affect “every individual in the United States” (445, 454, 479). Your medical treatments will be tracked electronically by a federal system. Having electronic medical records at your fingertips, easily transferred to a hospital, is beneficial. It will help avoid duplicate tests and errors."

"But the bill goes further. One new bureaucracy, the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology, will monitor treatments to make sure your doctor is doing what the federal government deems appropriate and cost effective. The goal is to reduce costs and “guide” your doctor’s decisions (442, 446)."

"Hospitals and doctors that are not “meaningful users” of the new system will face penalties. “Meaningful user” isn’t defined in the bill."

" Daschle’s book explained, is to slow the development and use of new medications and technologies because they are driving up costs. He praises Europeans for being more willing to accept “hopeless diagnoses” and “forgo experimental treatments,” and he chastises Americans for expecting too much from the health-care system."

" Daschle says health-care reform “will not be pain free.” Seniors should be more accepting of the conditions that come with age instead of treating them. That means the elderly will bear the brunt."

"Medicare now pays for treatments deemed safe and effective. The stimulus bill would change that and apply a cost- effectiveness standard set by the Federal Council"

" On Friday, President Obama called it “inexcusable and irresponsible” for senators to delay passing the stimulus bill."

Wow. This IS truly frightening, and appalling! Here I was ranting about all the pork in the bill, like the $9 Billion for the broadband internet program... When is enough enough? Thank you, no. I do not want anyone tinkering with my healthcare or medication unless they are my doctor, and that's bad enough when it needs done! I certainly don't want the government screwing with it, throttling the amount of care I or any other citizen receives, or telling us "too bad" when there might be an alternative. When does it eventually become a political tool used to give substandard treatment to the opposition? Paranoid? Hardly. It's a nightmare as it is, but the potential for even more abuse is astronomical!

How dare they try to force this on the people through another media blitz of fear mongering? So much for hope and change! He's trying to make anyone who intelligently disagrees with him seem like a bad American!

17 states...scratch that... upwards of 27 have already drafted legislation to declare sovereignty, citing the 9th and 10th amendments, and calling on the federal government to cease and desist with the mandates. I wonder if any will actually pass. There's just so much "federal money" tied to everything. One can hope states will assert their rights, in order to protect the rights of the citizens

HR1- Fear You Can Believe In


I haven't posted in a while (has it been so long?). 14 months down. I don't think I'll be staying the full two years. There are a number of reasons, but draw your own conclusions why. Maybe I'll go into details someday... if we all aren't too busy at home.I've just reviewed a small part of the bloated "Stimulus Package" on It's right there under HR1 for all to read, but it's so incredibly thick with pork that there is no way anyone could ever read the whole thing, much less the hundreds of amendments. The "Hope and Change" has turned into a message of fear that “unless this package is passed, there will be a catastrophe.” The catastrophe, if it comes, will be spurred on by the very sort of proposals we find in this bill. Obama wants to create 244,000 or so government jobs. People just hear “create jobs” and think it’s wonderful. The problem with that is, government jobs increase the burden on taxpayers. I have had "educated" people argue, "but government employees pay taxes too." A government employee pays taxes, but they are still costing taxpayers money because they are not taxed at 100% for obvious reasons. IF they pay taxes (unlike some members of Congress), then they are paying between 20% and 30%. Where do you think the rest of the money comes from? That's right. You! You are forced to pay other people's salary. When the burden is necessary, such as for funding the military, or other worthwhile programs we benefit from, we gladly pay our taxes (or at least we should). However, how does creating 244,000 or more government jobs help stimulate the economy and help reduce our debt? It doesn't. This is why people have been arguing for a smaller government for years. A smaller government is less of a burden, allowing people to get out of debt, and not dig deeper. By increasing government jobs and taking away from the private sector, and increasing taxes to cover the expense, you decrease the number of those paying taxes whose salaries are not entirely covered by tax dollars. Private salaries are fueled by commerce, so if the industry fails because of mismanagement, or because it was not something people wanted to buy into, the majority of the population is no worse off. However, by forcing citizens to invest into failed private enterprises (nationalizing), you increase the tax burden on them, and take it away from others. Another argument for smaller federal government comes again in light of the federal government getting involved in areas best left to private business (Other than creating jobs in the above example). Let industries rise and fall as they may- that is the price of free enterprise. Bailing out and rewarding failure brought on by corruption increases the burden on the taxpayer. The government attempting to be more than simply government does that as well. Consider the $9 BILLION dollars proposed for increased broadband internet access. If people want faster internet, let the industry and the customers pay for it. If you pay for your own faster internet already, you will see even less money as your taxes increase to pay for programs the government was not designed to play a role in. To deceive everyone, you will get a $500 or $1,000 tax credit. Other credits can be had, but these credits mean less money is going to pay for all of the multitude of programs your tax dollars funded in the bill. You could spend an entire day just wading through the individual headings, and not ever make it to the text. This sort of complexity in legislation was argued against by our forefathers. If and when the government creates legislation, it should be straight-forward, and “transparent,” to use the popular term. This bill is anything but transparent. The cost that most people are not made aware of, is that for every $1 brought in in taxes, this bill spends $4. The long-term costs will be exponential considering there is no plan for next year’s budg[...]

11 Months in Iraq. A year and change to go?


I've been deployed 11 months now. That's 11 months of walking a mile to work. 11 months of the tiny shoebox of a room. 11 months of putting up with hearing the news tell everyone how awful things are here. I'm sick of it... and I'm ready for another year (with a vacation home first!!!). The biggest disappointment is feeling betrayed by the American people, but you can read about that anywhere. You'll be experiencing your own betrayal over the next 4 to 8 years... no, for now, I want to set the record straight.I don't write here much anymore because I've been busy. 12 hour days makes you not want to sit down in front of the computer to relive some of the BS, but some things need said.11 months ago, I wondered what I was getting myself into. We were getting mortared countless times a night- I've had them land a block away. Talk about an earth-shaking event.... Well, after the surge, that pretty much tapered off. I still walk to work and hear some machine gun fire off in the distance, and there are still the occasional booms, but things have been getting MUCH better, and it's nowhere near as bad as it was! I get told the same thing first-hand from all over Iraq from people who have been here multiple times, or spent a few years here! Yes, bad things still happen in a war-zone, but if we leave prematurely, things will fall apart and get much worse.We are here to help build a secure and stable country. It's not something that can happen overnight, or even in a few years, and it's not something cheaply bought either- especially with a patient and determined religious insurgency. Who was elected changes nothing- a timetable is STILL A BAD IDEA! It is handing the enemy the plan, and giving them more power by allowing them to claim victory. Every time someone in America proposes our retreat, they cheer- because to them, for so few to overpower the resolve of, and drive off the greatest nation- that fuels their religious ferver and drives up their recruiting!Most people don't care though, they would rather spit on the sacrifices of those who would lay down their lives for their freedom. No??? They did that at the polls. Why? They were told to. They were sheep for the media. Never doing their own research, or looking deeper than what looked and felt good. "Hope" and "Change" are such pretty words... Well, I HOPE the sheep CHANGE into sheepdogs before too long, or the freedoms they took for granted will vanish as they have done every moment in history when something similar occured when the wolf was cheerfully given free reign.The price of proclaiming defeat in Iraq is great, but the price of defeat we pay at home in America will be greater if all is lost.Benjamin Franklin said we had a republic if we could keep it... Can we? I pray so. Time will tell.I hope I will be granted the opportunity to continue to contribute to the mission here, because I know I am part of something meaningful, and though my absentee vote did not count, being here counts for something- I've seen the faces of smiling children- boys and girls who will hopefully get to grow up knowing the same freedoms you and I did. The people here lived under tyrants for so long... I hope that with their newfound freedom they will not take it for granted like so many American people have come to do... but they must be given a chance. We will leave when they are ready to stand on their own, but that means more sharing, training, time, and patience.----------------The elect recently stated he would overturn President Bush's decision on embryonic stem cell research. People cheered. Are they in that much of a hurry to kill babies for research? There are OTHER SOURCES OF STEM CELLS! Does the media tell you this? No. Do your own digging... The elect wants to put in an express lane at the abortion clinics, so perfectly healthy late-term babies can be killed- some even at the stage where they would survive outside [...]

A Response to Lindsay Lohan's Blog


Everyone for Obama cannot explain the logic when presented with facts. Obama is a liar or an idiot (though I am inclined to believe he's a liar) about being unaware for 20 years that his most trusted advisor and pastor was a raving, racist, lunatic. We need neither a liar or idiot in the White House, and out of millions of Americans, could certainly do better than a cocaine junkie (go ahead and bash Bush all you want, it simply doesn't counter my argument about what we need, and just makes you look dumb). He's stated he wants a national police force as well funded and equipped as the US military (look to history on where this leads), he is for late term abortions (where the baby could live outside the womb with help, which all babies need anyway), and for not providing medical care to babies that survive the horrific procedure, etc. I have outlined all this and more on MY blog, but because I'm not a recovering junkie and burned out pop-star, I doubt I've got as many followers and hangers-on as you, Lindsay Lohan... but I HAVE studied Political Science. I HAVE served my country and AM currently deployed in Iraq where I HAVE personally seen the difference the surge made! I AM a former Sr. International Security Specialist and I at least know what on earth I am talking about and can back things up when I say that the "feel-good" things Obama has spoken about would lead our nation to destruction in the long-run (oh, it sounds real good in the short-term, to the short-sighted like you). What are you and what did you do with your life so far? Star in a Herbie movie and do drugs... Now you're acting like some political expert? I feel sorry that you, like so many others who have been misled, but all you are doing is using your celebrity status to illogically push more people down the wrong road. I lament that you chose to squander your fame and fortune on drugs and misleading people. I'm only 5 years and change older than you, so I know there's still time for you to buckle down and get some real-world experience, but unfortunately, you're probably not eligible to join the military because of your drug background which makes you untrustworthy to hold a clearance for your total lack of discipline and regard for the law! If you wouldn't even be trusted to serve our country, then why do people pay attention to you when you write garbage on your blog? I'll tell you the only reason- because you are a celebrity in the media spotlight, not because anything you say has any true merit. That is the ONLY reason anyone listens to you... and it's an empty reason, void of any real meaning, and I'm sorry- your only followers, are hangers-on who don't really care. They don't care what the truth is because they're blinded by hero-worship because to them, your fame and fortune is something they admire over the truth... so hopefully, you'll do a little digging, find the truth, develop some humility, and publicly renounce all the nonsense you've been spouting. It's a long-shot, but I have to hope there's something worth salvaging in every misled human being- some redeeming quality. I have to hope that once you see the truth, you'll realize you were wrong, and admit it.Obama has never done anything other than vote present! How does that make him more qualified than McCain, much less than Palin who Obama gets compared to, who has at least executive experience? Obama has been running for president longer than he's been in Congress... How dare he give a back-handed compliment by saying Palin is an "up and coming politician" like she is beneath him. How sexist can one get? She already reached the highest office in her state! Yet, she gets mocked- while Obama has been worshiped by the likes of you.As far as attacking Palin's Christianity. If she's a Christian, she LOVES everyone, but cannot condone actions that the Bible says are sinful. That doesn't make her a homophobe[...]

Another Rant on Obama


Sadly, nowhere is the utter lack of concern for the people more evident than in Obama- the supposed representaive who has been running for president longer than he's been in Congress- the person who never voted anything other than "present" on any issue. Yet somehow (because of our fine education system and the media who don't let people think long-term or critically), people are duped into following him- just as I predicted they would be (before Obama ever stepped into the limelight)- as sheep before the slaughter. I knew it could have been and would be anybody mouthing the same empty words of "hope" and "change" in a rock-star-like distracting manner. It was just a matter of time before someone like him came along to fill the void, captured people's attentions, and had them thinking that more government control over every aspect of their lives was a good thing.

He's managed to put a positive spin on raising taxes to support the rest of the world, to engender a feeling of sympathy (among the far left) towards terrorists, putting restrictions on speech, stating that a national police force whose ranks would be filled from his PC activist programs and funded and equipped as good as the military would be a good thing, and he's convinced people that he is worthy to lead them despite being either an idiot or a liar (in regards to his supposed ignorance about the blatant racism of his close friend and mentor of 20 years- I'm still betting on liar).

It's sad to see that my analysis was correct, and that such a person came along sooner than I had imagined... but I also figured out approximately 6 months ago that McCain HAD to pick Palin if there was to be any true hope of fighting corruption and preserving freedom- so there is still some hope of getting off the slippery slope we are on. It's going to take a concerted effort on the part of believers AND/OR conservatives to push back the assault on our way of life. McCain himself wasn't always a very good conservative voice in Congress, but with Palin behind him, we'll be in better shape.

Well that's enough of my ranting, I had to walk a mile through a dust storm yesterday and it got me sick, so I took a nyquil which is now kicking in... time to zonk out till tomorrow morning. blah.

Sarah Palin VP!!!


Hello all! I don't usually take the time to post as much as I should anymore- between working 12 hour shifts in Iraq, and doing other things, I've been strapped for time, but I REALLY wanted to write something when I was coming out of the chow hall and saw that Sarah Palin was finally chosen as the VP for McCain.

I've been rooting for her for months and months! She's anti-corruption- so much so that the Republican party even shunned her for trying to clean things up... but she won hearts and minds and was elected Gov of Alaska anyway! She is completely pro-life, and has a special needs child. Her oldest child is enlisted. She knows the truth about where they want to drill in Alaska- in a wasteland!!! She is conservative. She's not associated with the old regimes, and being anti-corruption, is solid proof that America has been heard.

For quite some time I wasn't fond of McCain, but I think perhaps he had to toe the party line- but choosing Sarah Palin has been the most logical choice all along, and I have newfound respect for him for thumbing his nose at the establishment. He knows he may or may not survive, so he's doing a heroic act in ensuring that the first person in line to be president after him is as honest a politician as the country has seen in some time. He's also ensuring that the odds are better that the first female president would be that person, and not someone like Hillary Clinton.

I won't have to hold my nose when voting for him because I know Sarah Palin will be watching, ensuring that there is not going to be any corruption or manipulation that people fear. This is certainly a much better alternative to Obama and Biden- both extremely corrupt and bad for the long-term best interests of the United States!

God Bless the USA, and good luck to McCain and Palin!!! I know there are some people, most notably those at WND who advocate a "NONE OF THE ABOVE" ticket, and Farah produced a pretty convincing argument- but I pray that he will change his tune now that Palin is going to be on the ticket! This can make or break the country, and we need to ensure Obama is not given power. He would surely lead to some dark times- times which I fear our nation would not survive should he attempt to enact even half of what he has proposed.

Calling Obama to Task- Do Not Cheapen Our Sacrifices!


How dare he disgrace the sacrifice of the men and women of our armed forces! That he wants to meet with terrorists, but can not find the time to hear the truth from our lips-that we ARE winning despite the roadblocks he and his ilk in that lofty body of Congress have set in our path- is repulsive to me, and I pray just as repulsive to my fellow Americans when it comes time for them to cast their votes. Mere days ago, a brave man was awarded our nation's highest honor for sacrificing his life, that others might carry on the fight. That he would do that, and that it would be recognized shows that there is still hope for America- and I can but only hope the people of our great nation see through the lies and deception in the media- see through his lies and faithlessness to the principals which make our country great- so that our nation will not continue to fall under his spell as the media has portrayed it thus far. That he would belong to a church for 20 years, to claim the pastors as his close advisers, yet to also claim to be unaware of the vile hatred that spewed forth from their lips, profaning a house of God, means he is either an evil liar and unfit to be our president, or that he is incredibly lost and ignorant, and unfit to be our president.The terrorists have plainly stated their goals, and any negotiations with them can not be trusted- as it is their belief that breaking treaties with non-muslims is perfectly acceptable behavior. He says our sacrifices are pointless when we bring light to the darkness and end generations of brainwashing- if anything is pointless, it is his proposed negotiations. When America was young, we paid tribute to Islamic terrorists- our early leaders said enough was enough and created the US Navy to do battle against them. "Millions for defense, not one cent for tribute!" Such is the resolve of the American spirit when it knows what it is up against. Here is a much needed history lesson for him, and you my fellow Americans, and the rest of the free world: are involved in a war that stretches back to the birth of our nation. It has been lost to our memories as we have fought other wars along the way in the name of freedom, but it has never been far from the minds of our enemies who think in longer terms than we are used to- whose goal is oppression.Shortly prior to then we fought for our freedom at the birth of our nation, now we fight for our freedom again, not against an abusive crown, but against an even more foul and oppressive sort of would-be-master."These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country, but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph."-Thomas PaineMost of us here know what we are up against- an enemy determined to destroy our nation- even should it cost them their very lives. The only thing that will bring us triumph and lasting freedom is the determination to win and not falter, though it may cost us our very lives. Do not think to cheapen the sacrifices we make by traitorously negotiating away all we have worked for. It failed then, and it would just as surely fail now with eve more lives forfeit to the folly.America, should you wish to remain free, do not cast your vote for this silver-tongued man. His hypnotic message of change would mislead you down a path of destruction through the surrender of your freedoms in the guise of political correctness, or "fairness" and "hope" or some other term used to make you feel good on the path to national death! Do not let our nation as we know it sputter and die while we f[...]

Just a couple links to good articles


Why we should fight the war on terror like WWII
(peaceful majority is irrelevant and other good points):

A twelve-step program for liberals
(Has some very good arguments, but even so, might not open eyes of those who wish to remain in the dark):

One last thing. How on earth could Obama go to that church for 20 years and say he wasn't aware of what racist stuff was going on??? Saying it makes him either a liar or an idiot, and we have no room for either in the White House.

I'm still alive and kicking, just not a lot of free time to post. Any down time I get I try to get the most out of, but I'll keep checking in from time to time. :-) Keep up the good fight on the home front!

Need Help Translating Swedish Comment in Sandstorm Post!


I have no idea what she's saying- I can't tell if she's being supportive, or something else... but she's also go Arabic on her site. Any assistance you can provide is appreciated!





Why I am voting CONSERVATIVE no matter what


Just because someone was a hero like
McCain, doesn't mean they can turn liberal/socialist
and still deserve our support to become president.
Huckabee is the last conservative left running, and will
serve the long-term best interests of America. Even
if he stays in and loses with dignity he does good by
getting his voice heard on our behalf- just like
Hunter and Tancredo got us fired up about security. I refuse to listen to "toe the party line" and "do what's best for the party" anymore because it's a bunch of crap. What is best for the Republican party, and the nation, would be to stand firm for our conservative ideals- not compromise them by reaching out to the liberal extremists by acting like a liberal.

Huckabee's got my vote because he's the most conservative in
the running, and I won't surrender my principals for
the lesser of two evils, just because some big-media
pundits and their sheep followers want me to. It is my right and no RINO is going to tell me otherwise, even if they are in the majority. My mom always said stand up for what you know is right, no matter what- and that's the sort of thing America seems to have lost the ability to do. Why must it always be about compromise when what is right and what is wrong are clear as night and day.

I won't vote for someone who would enact
the same things as Obama or Clinton, but sneak it past
America because lots of sheep think he's a Republican. It goes way beyond the religious factor for me. Is Huckabee perfect? No, but he is the most firm on the most important issues, and that is what is important to me.

It is an insult and a disgrace to
American freedom to discourage us to vote our
conscience for someone who stands up for the real
important issues and has real plans for what's best for America- not just sound bites and compromises that make socialists happy while we go down their slippery slope!

German "Beer" in Iraq


0.0% Alcohol, brought to you courtesy of General Order Number One: "No Fun Allowed!"


Hey diddle diddle... the horse jumped over the snake? Arabic labeling on beer, non-alcoholic beer, but...

Anyway... it was pretty gross... though I may have to snag more and make a redneck arabic windchime out of them to hang outside my trailer for the heck of it!

Run For The Border... Taco Bell In Baghdad!


I am overjoyed to say I ate an authentic Taco Bell Bean Burrito for a snack yesterday. It was heavenly. Oh, the warm gooeyness... *sigh*


Pretty Lights


The internet seems to be going faster than usual tonight, so I'm putting up some pics for family and friends to see- enjoy!

The chandelier of Al Faw Palace



What else can I say? It's HUGE!

JOOS In Iraq! Picture in this post!


I'm sorry... just couldn't resist! BWAHAHAHA!


If you get sick after eating the food... DON'T blame the JOOS!!!!

Let the jokes fly!

I Got a Trailer!


It's been a LONG month+ in that tent, but it's finally
over, and at least it wasn't 4 months like they originally thought.
Not a minute too soon either! People were
ignoring the "no-eating in the tent" rule and it got
infested with bugs and I was getting eaten alive every
night. The day I found out I had finally gotten to
the top of the list for a trailer, I came back on a
lunch break to drop off laundry to find a note saying
that everything in there had to be inspected and the
mattresses and the wooden bunks were to all be burned.

I was able to take some clothes after I inspected
them, but the majority had to go for "medical" laundry
where they scald them just in case a bug is hitching a
ride. Sounds good until they tell me that they only
pick up on Monday and drop back off on Saturday.
Since it was Tuesday when I dropped them off, it means
I won't have my most of my stuff for about 2 whole
weeks! After inspecting every inch of my clothes
inside and out and putting them in a plastic bag I
went to the BX and bought another sheet set and a
blanket in case the heater breaks (with my luck
lately, it probably would have if I didn't buy the

Tonight I'm stuck at work late (no overtime here
folks), but thankfully it's relatively slow so I can
type this out in advance and post it when I get back
to my trailer. :-) I'd like to at least be able to
enjoy my new trailer since I have to walk between
30-45 minutes (uphill each way in the mud) to get to
and from work now... ;-)

We shouldn't have to fight al-qaeda much longer, if at
all... I mean, now that Osama said he's sorry, and his
son called him a nice guy, the bad guys will start
improvising hugs instead of explosives and we'll all
live happily ever after in some delusional politically
correct fantasy... right?

*yawn* See, you can tell I need sleep! I hope everyone
back in the states is having a good time. Take care
and God Bless,


Historic Event! First Christian Band to Tour Iraq: Third Day!



Last night was amazing- with all the bad news in the media it was encouraging to get to see something non-PC happen, and not something little either!

Third Day, for those who don't know, is probably THE best contemporary Christian band there is (and that's not just my humble opinion)- they've had many number one hits, a platinum disc and video, and a Grammy. They are now also the first Christian band to receive an invite from the USO, and thus the first Christian band to Tour Iraq! The location was packed and everyone got caught up waving their hands and singing along.

9-11 Commemorative Banner Hanging in Iraq Palace



The 9-11 Commemorative Banner is a 21x31 ft banner made of 3014 miniature (4x6inch) flags representing each victim of 9-11. First hung at Ground Zero medical site, and then St George Ferry Terminal on Staten Island, the Pentagon, the USS Battleship NJ, New York's Hotel, and now Al Faw Palace, Iraq.

Diversion: Scrubs


Sorry, no new pic for this post, though I have a couple new ones I'll try to get on here in the next couple days. I've been watching Scrubs in my spare time thanks to some generous soul who uploaded it to a shared drive. It's such a great series (BIG praise coming from a sci-fi and fantasy fan)! So far I've watched every episode in order up to early season six! I don't know what I'm going to do when I finish the collection. I still have most of a year (or two) to go! AAAARRRRRGH!

It's been a great diversion though- and since it's really hard to get out and make friends when you're working 12 hour shifts and you've been sick, I feel like I'm best buds with J.D. and Turk. Sad, I know...

Monkeys keep flinging poo over the fence and it makes an awful noise when it lands, but thankfully I'll have a bit more shelter (or the illusion of) than currently provided by my tent- (and a bit more room) when I get a trailer sometime in the coming week (disclaimer: estimate only, no guarantee)! Thankfully some spaces have been opening up and I'm making my way through the line at a good speed!

Oh, and mostly over being sick! :-)

A New Pic of a Palace- ooh! aah!


I can't believe I finally got a pic up (and the same day someone said something about it too)!
I took this before the weather turned to crap. This is Al Faw palace. The water surrounding it is a man-made lake created in a couple months. And people say the US blows money on silly projects. Why, I bet a certain politician in Alaska is just dying to have one of these built as a bus stop (with your tax money). ;-P

It actually snowed here in Baghdad for the first time in decades just a couple days ago- unfortunately no pics of that... I have been slogging through mud ever since. Odd that you don't think you'll encounter that in Iraq. Oh well...

I think part of the problem with posting pics is that the internet here is a very temperamental thing. Sometimes you get lucky and the bandwidth genies smile favorably upon you. Other times (most usually), random sites like Blogger, Youtube, or even Yahoo, don't load properly. Trying to get anything to load is like magically being transported back into the 80's- only instead of my machine telling me "please wait" (a few minutes or an hour) it "times out" instead and I have to start the frustrating process all over. Well, that's it in a nutshell. I'm taking my nyquil and zonking out now since I've been sick.

Note: If you ever go somewhere exotic, like Iraq in the winter, and your company, or the Army tells you you don't need to pack a sleeping bag because linens will be provided at your destination, don't pay any attention! The heater in your tent WILL break on the coldest frackin' night, and you will be shivering in your jacket and running to the BX the next day only to learn they are closed for inventory. You will survive, congratulate yourself for not getting sick like everyone else, then promptly get sick a couple days later. Murphy and his stupid law strike again.


Merry Belated Christmas From The Sandbox


NOTE: Trying to get pic to load and failing- will try again soon, I hope.

It's amazing what the money of an oppressed people can buy- but in the end the guy wound up in a ditch, and hung like a criminal.

I'm sure "it's good to be the king," but it's amazing how fast the king can fall. His brainwashed and power-hungry followers are still lobbing mortars in our direction... scrambling in vain to take back control.


Christmas was a long day, and so was the next. I really need to try to get more sleep, but I wanted to write now that I'm finally up and running again. Out of concern for OPSEC (Operations Security for you non-military types), I can't discuss any details or specifics about what I do, where I am... or even info about attacks I've made it through other than to say, yes, I do hear fire from time to time, and in the past couple weeks I've felt a few shakes (there's a lot of sand here, and I don't want to let the enemy know if he's close or not to my patch of it!)... I'm sure you understand, but I will try to post pics of some sites from time to time, and keep you posted on morale and some feel-good stories like the following:

I wasn't able to get my address to my family in time to get anything from them for Christmas, but a group of ladies working somewhere in Florida made stockings and sent them over filled with toiletries and goodies- and a hand knitted watch cap! I got handed the stocking by a general. :-)

The best present though was a random letter from a girl in high school, who told of how her father recently died of cancer and how she wanted to be strong for her family... she then went on to thank us for our service, for our bravery and strength, and said how she didn't think she would be mentally strong enough to do something like this. I wrote her back saying she already was. She called us heros, but anyone who can face what she faced, and have the courage to face the situation, and make the decision to be strong for the family is a hero in my book.

She said we gave her hope for the future, but she was an inspiration. Reading her letter reminded me of why I'm here- to help out in some small way, to be a part of something in hopes of making a difference for people.

Before I was here, I was in Washington DC where thousands of people marched chanting hateful things about the troops and those serving- and it seemed like every time I watched the news there would be more discouragement. Just hearing her thanks made everything I've been through and everything I will go through worthwhile because it is a reminder that people back home really do care, and they pay enough attention to know that we really are trying to do good things- and succeeding!

I want to send a special thanks to Souljourner for sending me a copy of their cd to enjoy. I got it today and have really enjoyed it- and know I will continue to! They're on myspace, so go look them up and sample some awesome music!

Moon Over Iraq


Machine gun fire sounds in the distance...
A couple incoming flew overhead today;
Nothing significant to report.