Project Valour-IT News And Links

The Marine team is currently enjoying a narrow lead over Army, but keep those donations coming.

No Sheeples Here has entered two great videos, now into the video contest, here and here. Some more good ones entered by The Daley Gator, here.

For you quilt lovers, a beautiful Christmas quilt is being raffled off, here. Each dollar donated will equal 1 entry into the raffle.  Winner will be announced at midnight on Veteran’s Day.

Demotivator Contest is still going strong here. The contest will end Wednesday and there will be prizes.

Marine quotes throughout history, here.

Marine Team Blogroll:

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Video:Scozzafava Out

Woo hoo!

Thank you Dede.

The Other McCain has the scoop.

Her decision was spurred on by a new Sienna Poll which showed Hoffman at 35% and Owens is at 36%. Hoffman stands to pick up most of Scozzafava’s voters, and  is reportedly working on getting her endorsement:

Dave Weigel reports via Twitter that “Hoffman activists are heading to Scozzafava’s HQ to convince her to make an endorsement.”

 

Also Blogging:

Michelle Malkin

Hot Air

Ace of Spades HQ

Happy Halloween

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From America is an Obamanation: The Halloween 2009 Cavalcade of Horror!

So what’s Alan Grayson been up to, lately, you ask?

Well, last night he appeared on MSNBC with …somebody Schulz (not sure what  his name is-don’t care), and although Congressman Grayson is of course concerned that the bill doesn’t go far enough, he’s going to sign it anyway because it can always be fixed later, and this thing is going to start saving lives right away, don’t ya know?

As you can imagine, GOP lawmakers have been busy reading and fact-checking the bill. Some findings have been posted at the GOP.gov Conference blog.

And as you have probably heard by now, Sarah Palin made a very special Halloween announcement on her Facebook page, yesterday:

TUNE IN TOMORROW TO HEAR A HEALTH CARE REFORM PLAN THAT WILL PROVE TO BE THE GAME CHANGER

Mark my words – tomorrow is the game changer! Tune in to hear common sense solutions that bury the false accusations that conscientious members of Congress have no solutions to meet America’s health care challenges.

If you’re like me, shaking your head wondering why all the miscommunication between Washington and the American people who have been saying, “Please hear what we’re saying about our desire for health care reform,” then tomorrow will be a refreshing time of clarity for all.

All Americans, and especially colleagues of House Republican Leader John Boehner: please listen to tomorrow’s weekly GOP national address. Rep. Boehner will highlight a common sense alternative to Speaker Pelosi’s 1,990-page government takeover of health care. I urge you to watch for it. For a preview, go to: http://HealthCare.GOP.gov

Related:

If you want to see something funny, you can watch that same douchetastic MSNBC, host, seen above, making an ass of himself,  here.

Video: Glenn Beck Interviews Lord Christopher Monckton On World Government

Well, I missed this, earlier today. Busy with Halloween activities, I was.

Glenn Beck had climate change expert, and former adviser to Margaret Thatcher, Lord Monckton on his show today, to discuss the climate change treaty being considered in Copenhagen this November.

Lord Monckton rose to internet fame after his speech at Bethel University in St. Paul, MN a couple of weeks ago became a hit on YouTube. He elaborated his concerns further, with an assist from The Mustache, today on The Glenn Beck Show:

Part One:

You can watch parts 2-7 at Watt’s Up With That.

Project Valour-IT Marine Team Update

Via Cassandra, here’s a Project Valour-IT video contest entry by No Sheeples Here! for the Marine team. An excellent effort, if I do say so myself:

Running through November 11th, the 2009 Soldiers’ Angels Valour-IT fundraiser raises money for technology that reconnects wounded warriors and supports their recovery.

Marine Team Daily Roundup

Miss Ladybug: Remembering and Supporting.

Stop the ACLU: Just in time for Halloween!!

Castra Praetoria is AWOL!!! Blue Hawaiians on us, Marine!

Lorie Byrd: Halloween Weekend. Love that military pumpkin!!

The Daley Gator marks a very important anniversary.

Villainous Company: Pride, Love and Loss: The Making of a Marine Parent

Money raised so far, here.

Honduras Folds Part 2

miche291banPhoto of interim President Roberto Micheletti via Fausta

There were reports a couple of weeks ago, that Honduras had caved in to US pressure, but those reports appeared to be premature, being replaced by a rumor that Zelaya would be instead, be charged for his many crimes, and exiled to Spain.

But today, it appears finally, that the Honduran government, and Zelaya have reached an agreement.

Sadly, Honduras caved to US pressure.

The BBC phrases it tactfully: Honduras rivals resolve deadlock

Roberto Micheletti said the agreement would create a power-sharing government and require both sides to recognise the result of November’s presidential poll.

Mr Zelaya said the deal, which requires the approval of the Supreme Court and Congress, would be signed on Friday.

The opponents had earlier been told by US Assistant Secretary of State Thomas Shannon that they had to reach an accord in order to ensure international support for the election on 29 November.

Afterwards, Mr Micheletti announced that a power-sharing deal had been reached that included a “significant concession”.

The interim leader of Honduras says he is ready to sign a pact to end its crisis which could include the return of ousted President Manuel Zelaya.

Honduras had remained steadfast for months that Zelaya’s reinstatement was off the table. What could possibly have caused this abrupt change of heart?

La Gringa, who liveblogged last night’s news, posted

Worst news of all: supposedly Thomas Shannon has been pressuring the congressmen to vote for the restoration of Zelay or else! The exact words were that “Shannon scared the living hell out of everyone here including Micheletti.” Yeah, remember the press conference? “We’re just here to help. We aren’t going to intervene. We’ll respect any decision that the Hondurans make.” Yeah, right. Now they are even threatening elected Honduran officials that they won’t recognize elections unless they vote yes. I’m sure there must be economic threats as well.El Heraldo (in Spanish) makes it clear that US State Dept. envoy for Latin America Thomas Shannon went to Honduras to twist arms: his position was that the November 29 elections would not be recognized unless Zelaya was returned to power. I guess nothing ensures democracy like restoring to power the guy who did his outmost to undermine democracy, at least in Shannon’s eyes.

Thomas Shannon is a name that figured prominently in a report issued today by The Center For Foreign Policy:

Who’s behind the Obama Honduras policy?

The Obama Latin America Team is composed of: Thomas Shannon, Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs; Frank Mora, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Western Hemisphere Affairs and most importantly Dan Restrepo, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Western Hemisphere Affairs at The National Security Council.  Thomas Shannon, who was also Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs in the second Bush term, seems to have a kind of get along -go along approach with regards to Latin America. Indeed, some of Mr. Shannon’s highlights include:

  • In Honduras: remaining silent as Manuel Zelaya attempted to subvert democratic institutions and the Honduran Constitution and as the Congress and Supreme Court worked to remove Zelaya legally from office, the U.S. Embassy in Tegucigalpa and Shannon worked diligently to dissuade the Honduran Congress and protect Zelaya. [3]
  • In Venezuela, Mr. Shannon constantly promoted cooperation between the U.S. and Chávez relating to the drug trade despite evidence-and objections from other U.S. agencies-that the Venezuelan government itself was facilitating narcotics trafficking.  Mr. Shannon also denied support to Venezuela’s civil society and sat by as Chavez dismantled the country’s democratic institutions.  Today, the Mayor of Caracas still cannot get into his office to perform his duties.  In all this, Mr. Shannon’s rationale for shunning Venezuela’s civil society has been that the U.S. and Venezuela have a strategic relationship based primarily on energy. [4]
  • In Nicaragua, Mr. Shannon advocated the continuation of U.S. aid to the Sandinista government despite evidence of overwhelming fraud in the 2008 mayoral race in Managua.  Meanwhile, Mr. Shannon has sought to cut support to Nicaragua’s civil society, in order not to ‘antagonize’ President Ortega. [5]
  • In Bolivia, when President Morales expelled the U.S. Ambassador and DEA from the country, Mr. Shannon was against waiving trade preferences and U.S. aid.  Instead, he advocated that the Bush Administration sign a document by President Morales, which was essentially a ‘mea culpa.’ The U.S.  State Department’s Legal Advisor at the time overruled him and the U.S. didn’t sign the document. [6]
  • In Ecuador, Mr. Shannon has sought to accommodate and improve relations with President Correa despite his dismantling of democratic institutions and evidence that President Correa has connections to the FARC. [7]
  • Another name that has figured prominently in Obama’s twisted Honduran policy:

    Dan Restrepo and The Center for American Progress

    Prior to moving to the National Security Council, Dan Restrepo was the director of the Americas Project at the Center for American Progress (CAP), a liberal think tank, whose President and Chief Executive Officer is John Podesta…

    Read the full report.

    Be sure to note who they believe is the man behind the curtain. Amazingly enough, they reached the same conclusion I did (with a huge assist from Jackstraw) almost two months ago.

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    Be sure to check out Fausta’s blog round-up, where I picked up this tasty nugget from Scott Johnson

    It is perfectly fitting that the signal diplomatic triumph of President Obama’s first year in office is the restoration to power of the lawfully deposed Honduran thug and friend of Fidel Castro, Daniel Ortega and Hugh Chavez. It is inimical to the national interest of the United States. it is a setback for the supporters of democracy in the beleaguered country of Honduras. And it is a defeat for those who believe in the rule of law. It is, in other words, a triumph of “smart diplomacy.”

    God help us all.

    New Low: DNC Urges Supporters To Battle Sarah Palin On Facebook

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    I didn’t think the DNC could get any lamer than they did last winter when they went after Rush Limbaugh, but, what can I say?  This is lameness on steroids. The Dems never cease to amaze.

    Gateway Pundit reports:

    From the DNC website:

    If Sarah Palin wants to spread lies on Facebook, we’ll call her out in the very same place.

    Click the share button below to share our note — and make it clear that people who lie about reform will be held accountable, no matter where they spread their misinformation.

    The DNC is furious at Sarah Palin for suggesting that their nationalized health care plan would increase costs, drive up the deficit, squeeze out private insurers, and ration care.

    How maddening…Stop telling lies the truth, Sarah Palin!

    Hey, you know what the DNC should do? Host an anti-Palin slogan contest.…yeah that’s it! The super-duper, totally not  “dud on arrival” winning slogan could be announced with much fanfare, and then be put on a billboard.

    That’ll show her!

    Obama At Dover Air Force Base: Tribute or Photo-Op?

    Liz Cheney discussed the question with John Gibson, Thursday on his radio show:

    Video via Gateway Pundit

    It’s too awful to think that the President would be so base and cynical as to use the death of  these brave and worthy men to prop himself up.  One is inclined to hope that he only had the best of intentions.

    But one wonders.

    Via The Mudville Gazette I noticed that The New York Times had originally reported in their article, Obama Visits Air Base to Honor Returning Dead:

    The images and the sentiment of the president’s five-hour trip to Delaware were intended by the White House to convey to the nation that Mr. Obama was not making his Afghanistan decision lightly or in haste.

    That line was changed to this:

    The image of the commander in chief standing on a darkened tarmac, offering a salute to one of the soldiers, highlighted the poignancy of a decision he is facing.

    Greyhawk noted that the President’s approval ratings on Afghanistan have been in free fall:

    How to turn the situation around? Some say more troops, some say change strategy, others say withdraw – but someone in the White House got the bright idea that now would be a good time for a photo op.

    ***

    “This week alone, about two dozen soldiers have died in attacks and accidents.” But while the remains of 15 soldiers and three federal agents arrived at Dover while the president was there, only one family elected to participate:

    The other families chose not to, officials said, under a new Pentagon policy that lifted an 18-year ban on media covering the return of U.S. service members killed in action if families provide permission.

    Also:

    …someone ensured no angle on this story was left unexplored in the global coverage of this event.

    From Ireland:

    President Barack Obama has attended the removal of fallen Irish American hero Dale Griffin.

    As originally reported by IrishCentral.com, Obama’s decision to attend the removal of American soldiers at Dover Air Base draws a clear line in the sand between this administration and the Bush administration.

    President Bush refused to allow filming of soldier’s coffins returning and was never present when the bodies were flown back.

    Last night President Obama broke with that policy in a poignant fashion as he attended the removal of 18 soldiers at Dover.

    And so on and so forth along those lines from England, Australia, as well – the point being, Bush banned photographers, and stayed home, while the valiant Obama has poignantly flown to Dover to meet the fallen soldiers upon their return to our shores.

    Needless to say, the nutroots have picked up this theme, and run with it, as Uncle Jimbo has noted at Blackfive:

    FireDogLake Buttheads clueless about Bush and our war dead

    I never cease to be amazed by the sorry haters on the left and their inability to understand the military, respect, dignity and the difference between a gesture and a heartfelt gesture. They are busy hating on George W because he failed to go to Dover and get photo-opped like our current Commander in Chief. Now first of all I will give Obama credit for gong to Dover, but as soon as it became a photo op it was cheapened as Matt noted. Anyone smell the stench of Axelrod and Emanuel? Well the brain-addled, land apes at FireDogLake are calling out the former CinC for not being so blatant. Admire their bile.

    This is what a president does.

    US President Barack Obama has paid his respects to 18 Americans killed in Afghanistan, the first time he has honoured the fallen in this way.

    NPR notes that,

    The dramatic image of a president on the tarmac was a portrait not witnessed in years.

    Why?

    Let me help you with that you pathetic, whiny little bitch. Turning a solemn occasion into a photo op that becomes about you is not respectful, it is sorry. President Bush knew that and chose to show his respect in private to the people who really matter, the Gold Star families.

    The charge that President Bush didn’t care about fallen troops,  just because he didn’t have himself  photographed during the deeply private and solemn moments with their families is disgusting and obscene.

    Last December, after the completion of Bush’s two terms, The Washington Times finally published an exclusive story about the former President’s dedication to the troops, something he never felt the need to publicize:

    For much of the past seven years, President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney have waged a clandestine operation inside the White House. It has involved thousands of military personnel, private presidential letters and meetings that were kept off their public calendars or sometimes left the news media in the dark.

    Their mission: to comfort the families of soldiers who died fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and to lift the spirits of those wounded in the service of their country.

    ***

    But the size and scope of Mr. Bush’s and Mr. Cheney’s private endeavors to meet with wounded soliders and families of the fallen far exceed anything that has been witnessed publicly, according to interviews with more than a dozen officials familiar with the effort.

    “People say, ‘Why would you do that?'” the president said in an Oval Office interview with The Washington Times on Friday. “And the answer is: This is my duty. The president is commander in chief, but the president is often comforter in chief, as well. It is my duty to be – to try to comfort as best as I humanly can a loved one who is in anguish.”

    Mr. Bush, for instance, has sent personal letters to the families of every one of the more than 4,000 troops who have died in the two wars, an enormous personal effort that consumed hours of his time and escaped public notice. The task, along with meeting family members of troops killed in action, has been so wrenching – balancing the anger, grief and pride of families coping with the loss symbolized by a flag-draped coffin – that the president often leaned on his wife, Laura, for emotional support.

    “I lean on the Almighty and Laura,” Mr. Bush said in the interview. “She has been very reassuring, very calming.”

    Mr. Bush also has met privately with more than 500 families of troops killed in action and with more than 950 wounded veterans, according to White House spokesman Carlton Carroll. Many of those meetings were outside the presence of the news media at the White House or at private sessions during official travel stops, officials said.

    Read the entire thing.

    That was what a President does.

    MORE:

    See Cassandra at Villainous Company for more on the Bush front. Have a box a tissues nearby.

    Republicans React To The Pelosi Health Care Plan

    Mike Pence calls the bill (pdf, here) a “freight train of mandates, taxes and bureaucracy” on CNN:

    House Leader John Boehner (OH):

    The American people have spoken. Speaker Pelosi and House Democrats have ignored them.  Through the month of August, the American people let Members of Congress from both parties know that they didn’t want a government takeover of health care.  That hasn’t changed.

    But instead of listening to the American people, Democrats hid behind closed doors and came back with a bill designed to appease the liberal special interests.  Three things about Speaker Pelosi’s health care bill are already clear: it will raise the cost of Americans’ health insurance premiums; it will kill jobs with tax hikes and new mandates; and it will cut seniors’ Medicare benefits.  The fact that it weighs in at nearly 2,000 pages – more than 620 pages longer than the government takeover of health care Hillary Clinton proposed in 1993 – is as good an indication as any of just how costly and unsustainable Speaker Pelosi’s proposal is.

    There is a better way.  Republicans have offered solutions to lower health care costs and expand access at a cost our nation can afford.  You can read about them at healthcare.gop.gov.  Democrats need to listen to the American people, and work with us on the real reforms families want and need.

    See also:

    10 Facts Every American Should Know About Speaker Pelosi’s 1,990-Page Gov’t Takeover of Health Care

    More Republican reactions, here.

    RELATED:

    Hey, how’s this for transparency: When Speaker Pelosi announced the House version of a Health Care Reform Bill, members of the public weren’t allowed to go to the event.

    Democrats repeatedly touted the openness of the development of their health care bill, which House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer called “the most deliberative, transparent and open process” he had seen in his career on Capitol Hill.

    MORE:

    Hey, guess what? The House Dems want the federal government to regulate vending machines. Yep, vending machines, so you can see the nutritional labels on the junk food you’re craving, because you’re too ignorant to know that Doritos have little to no nutritional value without closely examining the ingredients.


    ‘(viii) VENDING MACHINES.—In the case of an
    18 article of food sold from a vending machine that—
    19 ‘‘(I) does not permit a prospective pur20
    chaser to examine the Nutrition Facts Panel
    21 before purchasing the article or does not other22
    wise provide visible nutrition information at the
    23 point of purchase; and
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    1 ‘‘(II) is operated by a person who is en2
    gaged in the business of owning or operating 20
    3 or more vending machines,
    4 the vending machine operator shall provide a sign in
    5 close proximity to each article of food or the selec6
    tion button that includes a clear and conspicuous
    7 statement disclosing the number of calories con8

    Chart of the Day: America’s Progressive Hexigon

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    Andrew Marcus jigged this handy-dandy chart up to help illustrate the relationships discussed in his long post at Big Government:

    You will notice that the Democratic Socialists of America is featured at the top of the HOP. An important point needs to be made here. President Barack Obama and the Working Families Party are Democratic Socialists.

    This is not meant as a judgment. It is simply a fact which the politicians involved with the Working Families Party group should be made to own.

    A little info about the Tides Foundation, courtesy of Discover the Networks:

    Established in 1976 by California-based activist Drummond Pike, the Tides Foundation was set up as a public charity that receives money from donors and then funnels it to the recipients of their choice. Because many of these recipient groups are quite radical, the donors often prefer not to have their names publicly linked with the donees. By letting the Tides Foundation, in effect, “launder” the money for them and pass it along to the intended beneficiaries, donors can avoid leaving a “paper trail.” Such contributions are called “donor-advised,” or donor-directed, funds.

    Through this legal loophole, nonprofit entities can also create for-profit organizations and then funnel money to them through Tides — thereby circumventing the laws that bar nonprofits from directly funding their own for-profit enterprises. Pew Charitable Trusts, for instance, set up three for-profit media companies and then proceeded to fund them via donor-advised contributions to Tides, which (for an 8 percent management fee) in turn sent the money to the media companies.

    One big donor is of course, George Soros, who has donated more than $7 million to Tides over the years.

    Obama, (and many of the Dems holding the reins of power in Congress) are no ordinary Democrats.  Last year, we looked at Obama’s past associations and actions, to make the assessment. Now the evidence is current, obvious and ongoing. It can no longer be denied.

    Obama is a  Democratic Socialist.

    The Republican party should get up to speed and start calling him what he is.

    Hat tip: Michelle Malkin, who says:

    This is the network to which NY-23 radical leftist Republican Dede Scozzafava and her supporters have hitched their trailer.

    Not cool.

    John Kerry: Law Library Didn’t Reach Desired Conclusion-So Strike It From Record

    Last month, the Congressional Research Service at the Law Library of Congress reviewed the ouster of Honduran President Manuel Zelaya from office,  an act that the Obama administration condemned and called a “coup”, and found that the ouster was constitutionally justified. Since the ouster took place last summer, the Obama administration has sided with Hugo Chavez, Daniel Ortega, and the Fidel Castro in demanding that Zelaya be reinstated, and has punished the Honduran interim government by revoking the travel visas of government officials, and cutting off aid to the poor country. It has also threatened to not recognize the results of the upcoming election in November.

    Ed Morrissey reports:

    Now John Kerry wants the Law Library to retract its findings, apparently trying to rewrite history to hide the facts of the case:

    The chairmen of the House and Senate foreign relations committees are asking the Law Library of Congress to retract a report on the military-backed coup in Honduras that they charge is flawed and “has contributed to the political crisis that still wracks” the country.

    The request, by Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass. and Rep. Howard Berman, D-Calif., has sparked cries of censorship from Republicans who say the Democrats don’t like what the August report said: that the government of Honduras had the authority to remove President Manuel Zelaya from office.

    Zelaya has been holed up at the Brazilian embassy in Tegucigalpa for several weeks, and high-ranking U.S. officials arrived Wednesday to try to broker a resolution.

    Critics of the Obama administration — which condemned Zelaya’s removal in June — have pointed to the report as evidence that the White House was wrong when it sided with most Latin American countries in calling for Zelaya to be returned.

    As Morrissey notes, that report has had nothing to do with the political crisis in Honduras. What a ridiculous and specious argument.

    The only political “crisis” that the report stoked was the one in the US, when people wondered why we were suddenly taking  the same side as Hugo Chavez, Daniel Ortega, and the Castro brothers against one of the more stalwart US allies in the region.

    And if the United States had taken the correct position from the onset, and joined the free people of Honduras in their resistance to tyranny, the crisis in Honduras would have abated long before now.

    Striking the CRS’s findings from the record won’t change that inconvenient truth, but it might spare the Obama administration some embarrassment.

    Previously:

    Honduras Folds – (Or Not) Updated

    Transnationalist Harold Koh Behind Obama Administration’s Honduras Policy

    Video: Jim DeMint Details Honduras Trip On Fox

    CRS Report: Honduran “Coup” Was Justified

    Report: U.S. To Engage In Joint Military Training Exercises With Venezuela and Nicaragua

    Zelaya Claims To Be In Honduras (UPDATE: He’s There)

    Video:Democratic Leader Roberto Micheletti tells Greta the truth on the Honduran situation.

    Could George Soros Be Behind The Obama Administration’s Disgraceful Treatment Of Honduras?

    “Global Healer”, Obama To Cut Off Aid To Poor, Democratic Country

    State Dept. Will No Longer Threaten Sanctions On Honduras

    Senator Lugar Asks Clinton To Explain Honduras Policy

    Video: Glenn Beck On Honduras

    Obama Administration Seen As “Villains” By Hondurans

    United States Revokes Visas For Four Honduran Officials

    Zelaya Steps over Border Into Honduras; Then Promptly Steps Back

    Ousted President Zelaya Leads Caravan Back To Honduras

    Tens Of Thousands Of Pro-Government Hondurans March In Capital

    Honduran “Coup-Mongers” Kick Venezuelan Diplomats Out Of Country (UPDATED)

    US Turns Up Pressure On Honduran Interim Government To Restore Zelaya

    Zelaya Vows To Return To Honduras; Asks Intl. Community For Help

    Honduras Crisis Talks Resume In Costa Rica

    Costa Rican President Oscar Arias Proposes Reinstating Zelaya

    “Final Battle” In Honduras This Weekend?

    Report: Sunday’s Violence In Honduras Orchestrated By Chavez

    Obama Lies By Omission On Honduras

    Clinton To Meet With Zelaya In Washington This Week

    Honduran Military Removes Despot From Power

    Obama “Stands With Democracy”, Defends Leftist Despot/Thug/Drug Trafficker

    Honduran Military Ordered To Turn Back Zelaya’s jet

    Project Valour-IT Marine Of The Day

    Cassandra of Villainous Company interviewed today’s Project Valour-IT Marine of the Day:

    Some Random Officer:

    In keeping with our practice of interspersing interviews of active duty Marines with inspirational stories, today’s Marine of the Day is some random officer who generously agreed (much to my surprise) to be interviewed. We hope the combined format will provide a more rounded view of the Marine perspective:

    1. What is your rank and MOS in the Marine Corps?

    Colonel – 8041 (ground colonel), 0802 (field artillery officer), 8848 (Management, Data Systems Officer, not sure how this got in my record), 8840 (Manpower Management Officer – my Naval Postgraduate MOS), 9702 (joint specialty officer)

    2. How long have you served?

    I’m in my 29th year of service.

    3. What made you join the military? And why the Marine Corps?

    I wanted to serve my country, I needed a job to support my family, and I wanted to serve in the best Service in the military.

    4. Have you ever been deployed?

    Yes – to Japan twice on 1 year unaccompanied orders each time, to Iraq on a 1 year Individual Augment assignment, currently in Afghanistan. I have made shorter education and training deployments in CONUS as well.

    5. What was the most rewarding thing you ever did as a Marine?

    The most rewarding thing I did was serve in 3/11 as the FSC, OpsO, and XO (Fire Support Coordinator, Operations Officer, and Executive Officer). The next was serving as EA in PP&O (Plans, Policies & Operations).

    6. If you could tell a young man or woman contemplating military service just one thing, what would that be?

    It is a great profession that offers great opportunity with a dedicated group of like-minded individuals.

    7. What does being a Marine mean to you?

    It means being part of a organization rich in tradition, able to meet any challenge, that holds itself to a higher standard.

    8. What are the best and worst things about your job?

    The best things are having a stable, rewarding job that sends you around the world on different assignments. The worst things are time spent away from your family and not being able to put down roots.

    9. Some people say wars never solve anything. What do you think?

    I think the only thing worse than war is giving into the will of someone else. There are times when war is necessary and there needs to be an organization designed to fight that war filled with people dedicated to winning that war.

    10. Do you think the Marine Corps made you a better person, or would you be the same no matter what career you chose?

    It made me a better person just as my wife has made me a better person – both taught me that there is more to life than just yourself.

    MORE:

    Marine Team Daily Roundup

    MaryAnn at Soldiers’ Angels Germany is a tireless supporter of our troops. She updates her blog everyday with spotlights on servicemembers, goings on at Landstuhl as well as downrange.

    Miss Ladybug has video of the return of LCPL Brandon Lara and the respect the community showed in honor of his sacrifice. Kleenex required.

    Flag Gazer has a great post up about the Baghdad Zoo.

    Grim has a couple of entries in the Demotivator contest. I think they’re rather good if I do say so myself.

    Crunch Time Video: Rep.Paul Ryan on What Washington Doesn’t Want You To Know

    Wisconsin Congressman Ryan packed lots of  anti-ObamaCare bullet points into this one minute floor speech:

    Awesome.

    Via AlinskyDefeater on Twitter.

    MORE:

    Another one, via Gateway Pundit:

    Rep. Steve LaTourette (R-OH) mocked the Dems’ whiny blame game:

    Wah!



     

    Project Valour-IT Challenge and Offer

    Cassandra’s father has offered to match the first 10 $100 donations made to Project Valour IT. This means you can double your gift.
    She adds:

    Also I’d like to put something else out there. If you’d like to make a gift in memory of a loved one, I will put their name on my sidebar and I’ll keep it there after the competition ends. Donating to Valour IT is a great way to honor the memory of someone you love, and to ensure that others remember them too.

    Email me (cassandra.vc at gmail dot com) your sanitized (I don’t need to see your cc address, checking account number, or home address) electronic receipt from Soldier’s Angels.

    And don’t forget to let me know if you’d like me to append your name and contribution amount to this post. I’ll assume, unless directed otherwise, that you wish to remain anonymous.

    See also Cassandra’s excellent article:

    Sgt. Merlin German: Miracle Marine

    “Sometimes I do think I can’t do it. Then I think: Why not? I can do whatever I want.”- Sergeant Merlin German

    There is a side of war many Americans regard with pride. We’ve all seen the iconic images. They create a lump in our throats and a curious stinging sensation behind our eyelids. A lone gunner stands silhouetted against a brilliant desert sunset. Families, their faces literally glowing with joy, embrace on a tarmac. A child watches a platoon of smartly dressed Marines pass by, awe and hero worship writ plainly on his tiny face. You can almost hear him thinking, “That’s what I want to be when I grow up.”

     

    Unhinged Libtalker Alleges That Dick Cheney Eats Babies

    I don’t know why I’m even wasting your time with this…it’s not like worse things haven’t been said about Dick Cheney. But jeez, it’s not just a one-off joke – he goes on and on for over a minute, talking about blood dribbling down his tux, even assigning religions to the babies. WTF?

    Video via Radio Equalizer

    The pretext for this bizarre tangent was even off. Going back to look at Cheney as he gave his foreign policy speech Oct. 21, his complexion looked normal,  tan, but  not “ruddy”. And “dithering” is somehow an illegitimate word to use because it’s old?…or something?…huh?

    This guy, Mike Malloy, is seriously deranged, but he apparently has an audience. Judging from Alan Grayson’s recent similarly bizarre comments made on Hardball a few days ago, I suspect he’s a member of Malloy’s audience.

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