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An elite group of Native American trackers is joining the hunt for terrorists crossing Afghanistan's borders. The unit, the Shadow Wolves, was recruited from several tribes, including the Navajo, Sioux, Lakota and Apache. It is being sent to Tajikistan and Uzbekistan to pass on ancestral sign-reading skills to local border units....at least, it is for those of you who believe in "coincidence".
Bwa ha ha ha...
Update: Yes, on St Patrick's Week, no less. Sure and begorra, it's purely coincidental, kemosabee.
It must be good; have you read some of the people who didn't like the movie?
We have the good folks over at the New York Times.
(It may be worth pointing out that unlike their mostly black and brown foes, the Spartans and their fellow Greeks are white.)And the flowers of Western Civ at AlterNet.
Someday soon, you may ask a new acquaintance that question, and just maybe -- because it takes all kinds -- your new friend will reply, "My favourite movie is 300."Kerry voters - gifts that keep on giving!
If this happens, back away slowly. Your new friend probably kills cats for fun. Worse -- your new friend may be George W. Bush.
Heh, I showed this to my friend, an Italian, and she said "you're actually proud of this heritage???"
I guess today's theme is "starts and finishes".
By the way, anyone else notice that for a man who frequently expounded on his many visits to the troops there (and I salute him for those visits), John Murtha's been very "low profile" on this Walter Reed story. (I almost said "AWOL" - but that wouldn't be right.)
I certainly hope he's not ill or otherwise incapacitated.
Nancy Pelosi, the House speaker, challenged President Bush on Saturday over his threat to reject an Iraq spending bill if it calls for a troop withdrawal...Actually, he was giving a progress report, almost point by point, on the implementation of his new strategy for Iraq, as described by President Bush in his January announcement of "the surge." But you won't read that in the headlines. (Detailed report here.)
“With his veto threat,” she said in a statement, “the president offers only an open-ended commitment to a war without end that dangerously ignores the repeated warnings of military leaders, including the commander in Iraq, General Petraeus, who declared in Baghdad this week that the conflict cannot be resolved militarily.”
well... Fox News is reporting this but I don't see stories on news sites... yet. Stay tuned.
Update: Army News Release HERE
Chuck Hagel might or might not run for President.
He'd join a long list of contenders whose campaigns would be threatened by victory in Iraq.
‘300’ gathered an astounding 70 million dollars from movie enthusiasts, eager to see the gory battle between the king of Sparta and the barbaric Persian ruler. The movie had its premiere on Friday and ticket sales thrived from that moment on.
That 70 million add up to more than the three-day gross revenue rest of the top 10 movies combined over the weekend. This is a record for a March opening and, considering that ‘300’ was allegedly made on a 60 million budget, it spells success for Warner Bros. and director Zack Snyder.
About Montel’s feelings on the war… Prior to taping, there is a segment presented called “Ask Montel”. During this segment he did indeed expound on his anti-war feelings. He kept referring to how we have already lost (he did not say Afghanistan specifically, but intimated it) - and this with military families of deployed servicemembers in his audience. Way to make us proud of our lives!
Furthermore, Montel stated that we’ve only been able to win one war since Vietnam - Grenada. When I researched Montel further after the show, it turns out he was on a carrier involved in the Grenada invasion. Which leads me to suspect that any war Montel participates in we will win. So, if he doesn’t like it, by nature of reverse reasoning, we will lose.
Ouch. Seems Montel forgot about that other defeat we suffered.
"My Guys" left for Iraq today... again. I wasn't at Fort Benning as I was in 2005, and my son didn't deploy this time, but I found myself thinking about my other "sons" all day -- Vinny & Rob. This time the Guys are married (both of these and many others will miss their first wedding anniversaries)... And they're two years older -- 21 and 22 this time instead of 19 and 20 like the last ... and both of My Guys have been there before. It's little consolation. They may be older, although far from old... but then again far older in many ways than those of us who have not been to war... not once but twice. How incongruent can it be that 21 year olds are the "old guys" the "new guys" will look to in the chaos of war?
So we're back to the worry. We're back to the waiting. We'll watch the news. And we won't. It's all more of the same... only different.
More at Some Soldier's Mom
RABAT, March 12 (Reuters) - A Moroccan man detonated explosives he was carrying under his clothes at an Internet cafe in Casablanca overnight, killing himself and wounding three other people, security sources and witnesses said on Monday.
Government security officials said they were investigating whether it was a militant suicide bombing.
No...just a guy hanging out at an internet cafe wearing explosive clothes.......just another non-violent pacifist blowing things up....kinda like the SDS and the Weatherman in the 60's in the US
Deacon you still with us...or did you wander off to Morrocco and do something stupid?
Every year in March, members of military units the world over come together to... fill out their brackets for the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. Since gambling is normally not allowed, military men and women have turned it into an opportunity for bonding through shared experience -- and, when the bonding is done, they feel so much closer to their fellow bracket-pickers that they choose to make a small gift (like $5) to someone else in the friendly contest; against all statistical probability, it seems that all of these free-will gifts are given to the person who "won" the pool. (At least that's how I explained it to the staff JAG when I ran the pool for the CarGru 7 staff during the Stennis Battle Group's 2000 deployment.)
As Mil-bloggers, we can also participate in this tradition (except for the "gift" part). For those interested, I've set up a bracket group over at CBS Sportsline for all mil-bloggers and milblog supporters. If you want in, just drop me an E-mail at joel (dot) bubblehead (at) gmail (dot) com, or just say "I'm in" in the comments (if you can reasonably assume that I'll be able to figure out your E-mail address), and I'll have an invite E-mail sent out. You'll have to register at CBS Sportsline, but everyone has a throwaway E-mail address we use for things like this.
For the winner -- bragging rights galore. For everyone else -- a reason to care about the games being played in the gawd-awful Columbus sub-regional. Let's have some fun!
They number about 30,000 and save the taxpayers about $200,000,000 a year - in addition to saving lives and property.
It all began with a yachtsman with an idea...
And sometimes they did their work on horseback.
Know who they are? Sure, it's those volunteers.
DUBAI (Reuters) - Al Qaeda's second-in-command Ayman al-Zawahri lashed out at the leadership of Palestinian Islamist group Hamas on Sunday over its Saudi-brokered deal with the U.S.-backed Palestinian faction..."The leadership of the Hamas government has committed an aggression against the rights of the Islamic nation by accepting what it called ... respecting international agreements," he said.
Okay..so in the mind of the AlQueda #2...respecting international agreements isn't called peace...it's called aggression, but he's just getting himself worked up..
Zawahri said the Hamas leadership had "fallen into the quagmire of surrender."
Zawahri said the Mecca deal was part of an attempt by the "U.S. Satan and his Saudi agent" to forge a fake solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict in a bid to destroy Islamic resistance to Israeli occupation.
For some of us...the idea of Peace treaties is to end the resistance...but if ones purpose is resistance for the sake of resistance...
The militant leader said the initiative was based on U.S. Jewish columnist Thomas Friedman's "prompting" of Abdullah, then crown prince. He did not elaborate in the parts of the recording broadcast by Jazeera.
That's it...Thomas Friedman used his secret powers...the same powers shared by our own Seamus O'Greyhawk and others to influence the Saudi's.All done!