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May 20, 2005
Open PostBy Greyhawk
Posted by Greyhawk / May 20, 2005 5:01 PM | Permalink
I can't believe the crap that a few arrogant or should I say ignorant journalists and newspapers are putting in print. Now we have pictures of Saddam Hussein in what looks like his BVD or Fuit-Of-The-Loom underwear... Read More
This morning the Agence France-Presse news agency released the story, "Photos of Saddam in underwear prompt US military investigation." These are not Abu Ghraib style photos, but will be viewed as another American insult to Muslims. They will overloo... Read More
The Cap Times rallies to the defense of Newsweek and while they have a point that we have done plenty to sully our reputation overseas they predictably go overboard. Read More
Bill Moyers gave a speech on May 15th in which he proudly reiterated a line worthy of Ward Churchill: I put it on [a flag lapel pin] to remind myself that not every patriot thinks we should do to the people of Baghdad what Bin Laden did to us. So t... Read More
So, there you have it. My self portrait. And I'm wearing red, sort of, for Friday, you know, to support the troops! Oh, and I'm mostly naked so it's like Army pr0n but not really. Read More
UNITED NATIONS - A U.S. congressional committee has drafted a bill that threatens to withhold tens of millions of dollars in dues from the United Nations unless the world body conducts wide-ranging reforms, possibly setting the stage for a funding batt... Read More
So what's all the fuss about Indra Nooyi's Columbia speech. . . and the digitus impudicus? Images are important. Symbolism is powerful. Look to the story about the USS Pueblo and the crew's defiant use of the "impudent finger." Captured... Read More
Shays has a whole list of reasons as to why he wants to stay a Republican, but I suspect that there is a much different reason why he won’t switch parties. It is also the same reason that the “R” will remain behind McCain’s na... Read More
After reading with interest the stories of the two men in the topic line, one the first Congressional Medal of Honor Winner in the GWoT, the other, a combat leader who has been subjected to an Article 32 (equivalent of a civilian Grand Jury proceedin... Read More
After making a comment here recently about Canada's current crisis being a threat to Democracy, I found similar sentiments over at Publius Pundit. Go to the entry, and follow the links. This is one of the only western nations that we can call our n... Read More
As a member of the U.S. Military in Iraq, let me say something very clearly to Newsweek, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, CBS, ABC, and any other media organization of any integrity. Read More
Sick and tired of their species being ridiculed and unfairly treated, a group of bears has bonded together to do something about it. The ACLU is in the process of filing class action lawsuits against several sources that seek to Read More
My friend and business partner, Edward Carroll, is leaving next week Monday to go to the Naval boot camp. From there he is set to become a submariner. I'd like to thank him for doing something I could not do. Read More
With Revenge of the Sith ("ROTS" to the cognoscenti) currently taking over the gray matter of all sentient beings, I'm obliged, I suppose, to mention it as well. Get a review someplace else, but if you want a laugh, watch the Store Wars video by the Na... Read More
Ok. I had to take a deep breath before writing this one. I couldn't let this go unawnsered before taking my nice, peaceful weekend off. Hat Tip to Blackfive for this. But Linda Foley managed to push every button I have and a few I had managed ... Read More
Pie throwing, once the sport of brain-dead liberals has turned into a deadly game of life and death now that conservative extremists have adopted the technique.... Read More
Cap'n Ed informs us that some dems are not all that happy with Howard Dean. Now, is anyone surprised that when the dems elected Dean as DNC chairman, they got . . . Howard Dean? Is he acting at all out of character? Playing to the base and foot-i... Read More
"We will have to kill you now." For a brief instant, the tent is filled with the kind of ... Read More
I spent hours today on my blog and radio show on the Pepsi issue over at Bir Zeit on Hudson, aka Columbia University. A maniac phoned the show and sent me this piece of artwork, riffing off the classic line from Neil Simon’s “The Suns... Read More
It's strange that in the wake of 17 deaths resulting from riots that were supposedly sparked by this Newsweek piece that the most intense finger-pointing has been aimed at either the Bush administration or American journalism, and not toward the societ... Read More
"During the course of administration, and in order to disturb it, the artillery of the press has been leveled against us, charged with whatsoever its licentiousness could devise or dare. These abuses of an institution so important to freedom and... Read More
Rodger Morrow has beaten the Ol' Vet to the first thorough fisking...and done it well. Rodger has just turned in The Cat's Meow for the entire month. Your Required Reading for the day is right here. One of the highlights:... Read More
Perhaps the military and the US Government should reflect on their own behavior first before ripping on the press. Perhaps if Abu Ghraib, My Lai, or Watergate had not happened then people would not feel a need to be skeptical. Perhaps if the Government... Read More
Who could resist a movie done by the troops who were there? It's about (and done by) the service members of the 159th Aviation Brigade, documenting their year in Iraq. I clicked on the link on 2Slick's blog and ordered my copy of Desert Sky via Pa... Read More
The arrogance and stupidity of Newsweek magazines' false report of Koran flushing has created more serious repercussions than I had anticipated. Now that I'm aware of the extent of the backlash in response to this false reporting I'm reminded of the "s... Read More
washingtonpost.com - BAGHDAD, May 20 -- Weeping and raising open hands to the sky, a Sunni Arab cler Read More
Here's the story from Afghanistan by someone who had to watch the consequences of Newsweeks irresponsible reporting. Read More
You start by its people replacing that mixture of common sense and profund wisdom that leads to a respect for absolute truth ... with a mixture of myopic idealism, relativism, and outright selfishness that leads to a desire for expediency. Read More
November 26, 2010
I think anyone who's ever pondered the "comment" option - once only available on blogs and bulletin boards, now ubiquitous on almost any web site - will appreciate this:
The so-called faculty of writing is not so much a faculty of writing as it is a faculty of thinking. When a man says, "I have an idea but I can't express it"; that man hasn't an idea but merely a vague feeling. If a man has a feeling of that kind, and will sit down for a half an hour and persistently try to put into writing what he feels, the probabilities are at least 90 percent that he will either be able to record it, or else realize that he has no idea at all. In either case, he will do himself a benefit.
That's wisdom from the past, captured for posterity at the US Naval Institute, shared via the web on the institute's 137th anniversary.
From their about page:
"The Naval Institute has three core activities," among them, History and Preservation:
The Naval Institute also has recently introduced Americans at War, a living history of Americans at war in their own words and from their own experiences. These 90-second vignettes convey powerful stories of inspiration, pride, and patriotism.
Take a look at the collection, and you'll see it's not limited to accounts from those who served on ships at sea, members of the other branches are well-represented.
I'm fortunate to have met USNI's Mary Ripley, she's responsible for the institute's oral history program (and she's the daughter of the late John Ripley, whose story is told here). She also deserves much credit for their blog. ("We're not the Navy nor any government agency. Blog and comment freely.") We met at a milblog conference - Mary knew (and I would come to realize) that milbloggers are the 21st-century version of exactly what the US Naval Institute is all about. Once that light bulb came on in my head, I mentioned a vague idea for a project to her - milblogs as the 21st century oral history that they are.
"Put that in writing," she said (of course - see first paragraph above!) - and here's part of the result.
Shortly after the first tent was pitched by the American military in Iraq a wire was connected to a computer therein, and the internet was available to a generation of Americans at war - many of whom had grown up online. From that point on, at any given moment, somewhere in Iraq a Soldier, Sailor, Airman or Marine was at a keyboard sharing the events of his or her day with the folks back home. While most would simply fire off an email, others took advantage of the (then) relatively new online blogging platforms to post their thoughts and experiences for the entire world to see. The milblog was born - and from that moment to this stories detailing everything from the most mundane aspects of camp life to intense combat action (often described within hours of the event) have been available on the web...
And et cetera - but since you're reading this on a milblog, you probably knew that. And you know that milblogs aren't just blogs written by troops at war, that many friends, family members, and supporters likewise documented their story of America at war online in near-real time, as those stories developed.
The diversity in membership of that group is broad, the one thing we all have in common is the impulse to make sense of the seemingly senseless, and communicate the tale - for each of us that impulse was strong enough to overcome whatever barriers prevent the vast majority of people from doing the same. Everyone at some point has some vague idea they believe should be shared - we were the people who, from some combination of internal and external urging, found and spent those many half hours persistently trying to write it down.
But where will all that be in another 137 years? Or five or ten, for that matter. That's something I've asked myself since at least 2004 - when I wrote this:
Membership in the ghost battalion has grown in the years since, and an ever growing majority of those abandoned-but-still-standing sites are vanishing. Have you checked out Lt Smash's site lately? How about Sgt Hook's? If you're a long-time milblog reader you know the first widely-read milblog from Operation Iraq Freedom and the first widely-read milblog from Afghanistan are both gone from the web. If you're a relative newcomer to this world you may never even have heard of them - or the dozens upon dozens of others who carried forth the standard they set down.
If you have a vague notion that something should be done about that, (a notion I've heard expressed more than once...) then you and I and the good folks at the US Naval Institute are in agreement. Preserving the history documented by the milbloggers is just one of the goals of the milblog project, the once-vague idea that we're now making real.
And it's a big idea, if I say so myself - too big to explain in one simple blog post, so stand by for more. Likewise, it's too big a task to be accomplished by just one person. So if you're a milblogger (and exactly what is a milblogger? is a topic for much further discussion on its own) I'm asking for your help. All I'll really need is just a little bit (maybe just one or two of those half hours...) of your time, and your willingness to tell the tale.
We've already made history, it's time to save it.
(More to follow...)
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