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June 14, 2005
Fred PhelpsBy Greyhawk
Meet Carrie French:
Carrie French, 19, will be buried Wednesday with full military honors; the funeral is expected to draw a large gathering of friends, family members and media, her father said.Also attending will be Fred Phelps, of "God Hates Fags" notoriety. This event has nothing to do with Cpl French, Phelps justs wants to make it clear that God killed her with an IED as a way to punish America for a bombing of his church six years ago.
The Kansas preacher who tried to erect an anti-gay monument in a Boise city park says he's coming to Idaho this week to picket the funeral of a fallen soldier.He'll be at any funeral of a soldier killed in Iraq that he can, and there's nothing anyone can do about it
Phelps says there is no reason he is targeting French specifically. He says his church will protest any public funeral of soldiers killed in Iraq.If you're in the neighborhood, maybe you can stop by.
Update: More, including reports and photos from the funeral, here.
Assumption of Command (from Iraq)
Posted by Greyhawk / June 14, 2005 7:20 PM | Permalink
Greyhawk at Mudville Gazette sends along this blood-boiling story. If you live in Idaho, please consider showing up to counter the hate and support Spc. Carrie French, whose death is being exploited by so-called Christians.... Read More
I know mine is not a very Christian attitude, but this cretinous buffoon is using the death of a soldier in the service of her country to forward his own political agenda, and her family and friends and the police can do nothing to stop him. Read More
I try to keep the tone of this blog down to a reasonable decibel, but in this instance, I won't mince words. From this article: "The Kansas preacher who tried to erect an anti-gay monument in a Boise city park says he's coming to Idaho this week t... Read More
Fred Phelps, cult 'preacher', plans to picket the funeral of a soldier from Idaho who was killed by an IED in Kirkut. The 'Reverend' Phelps claims the death of Corporal Carrie French is God's revenge for the bombing of the... Read More
This is what hurts conservative Christians -- I grantee this will be a rally cry for many liberals and I will be lumped in with this ______, I don't like that one bit! Read More
But I can't let this go...Can't somebody get this sicko declared mentally unstable and put him away?? Read More
Oliver Willis and PZ Myers are doing high-fives because one Conservative blogger, USS Neverdock, mis-identified Fred Phelps' and his band of idiots protesting at the funeral of Iraqi war casualty Carrie French. Says Oliver: "One would be expecting way ... Read More
I recently read on Michelle Malkin's blog that scumbag Fred Phelps has added military funerals to his list of vitriolic protests by his cultic followers (I guess he wasn't getting enough publicity with his group's protesting of gays and funerals of... 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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