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Yep, that's littoral combat.
Well - squiggly lines and a clock.
As set out here.
Ah, those cheeky monkeys!
Keeping in great Spirit the 1st Battallion 4th Marines, Bravo Company 3rd Platoon has produced this hilarious Christmas video. Out of ECP1 in Fallujah, Iraq.
We would like to thank everyone who has supported us through the first half of our deployment. This project was a challenge for me but in the end quite worth it. Merry Christmas everyone! -Nick Hesselgrave
Our Twelve Days of Christmas in Iraq
1- full resupply of TP
3- crappy humvees
5- hours of sleep
6- rusty dumbells
7- months deployment
8- IPs(iraqi police) dancing
9- sentries standing
10- hours posting
11- bags of trash
12- freakin' flies!
Gotta luv them Marines. Merry Christmas!
You can also leave them a comment to wish them a Merry Christmas.
Yes, it's a bathtub and it's part of a Navy screw up.
It could have been a whole lot worse, but it started the tradition of greeting a U.S. Navy destroyer with "Don't shoot! We're Republicans!"
As set out here.
And it was the servicemembers at Camp Victory that threw it at the CINC.
Video of it here.
Just out of curiosity, since this guy apparently claimed to be so concerned with "Iraqi widows and orphans," I wonder how many times he hurled his size 10's at the previous Iraqi "President-for-life-or-at-least-until-the-U.S.-invades-and-pulls-me-out-of-a-hole"?
I think the fact that this "journalist" still had his eyesight and all his limbs answers that one.
Unless, of course, it was actually Keith Olbermann disguised as a puerile, Bush-hating crank who throws like a girl. In other words, Keith Olbermann!
Driving along on a U.S. highway in the middle of the country, you might spot a old NAD.
As set out here
They think amputees are funny.
..with the Presidential Citizen's Medal. Sinise wasn't tootling his horn and underplayed his achievements:
After receiving his medal, Sinise told reporters that he had volunteered to help the USO after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, sending school supplies to Iraqi children. The White House cited him as a humanitarian and a patriot.
"I'm deeply touched to receive this medal," Sinise said.
Thanks to the support of loyal friends like you, Soldiers' Angels has sent out thousands of WRAPPED IN HOLIDAY SPIRIT care packages to our soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan or recovering from injuries in a hospital far from home.
But now we have an urgent situation on our hands...
We have run out of funds to pay for the postage to ship out the remaining 40,000 care packages!
It is absolutely critical that we raise $150,000 in the next three days to send out the remaining 40,000 care packages for our soldiers so they arrive in time for Christmas!
Each of these packages has been lovingly packed by our caring volunteer "Angels," but without your immediate help they will not get into the hands of one of our heroes in Iraq or Afghanistan.
Along with a handmade blanket, each care package includes snacks, hot chocolate, a stainless steel travel mug, socks and a handwritten holiday card.
I can't bear the thought of thousands of our wonderful soldiers being left out and ignored this Christmas. And as a loyal friend to Soldiers' Angels, I'm sure you agree that we can't let our brave men and women down. No soldier should go unloved... especially during the holiday season.
Worse yet, the wounded will be recovering from their injuries at military hospitals... feeling homesick and very alone. Please, can I count on your support so that we can show each and every soldier how much we care for them?
Your generous support at this time would be a Godsend.
To donate now please click here. (http://www.blanketofbelief.org/FinalCall)
The only way Soldiers' Angels can complete a job of this magnitude is to enlist the help of patriotic, caring Americans like you who support our troops.
That's why it's so critical that our most loyal friends respond today to this urgent request.All done!
Thousands of our brave men and women are depending on us.
Please, we must raise $150,000 in the next 3 days to send the remaining 40,000 WRAPPED IN HOLIDAY SPIRIT care packages.
I hope I can count on your critical support once more.
I know our troops will love the WRAPPED IN HOLIDAY SPIRIT care packages you will help send.
Please help now in any way you can.
Captain K at Wordsmith at War has FIRE IN THE NIGHT coming out soon. You can also find his writings in War Is... Soldiers, Survivors, and Storytellers Talk About War (pages 118-135)
A FRIENDLY REMINDER: TODAY'S THE DAY -- CHRISTMAS CARDS TO MILITARY PERSONNEL M/B POSTMARKED NO LATER THAN TODAY!!!
This holiday season, Americans can send soldiers and wounded troops greeting cards — even if they don't know their names.
After the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and the anthrax attacks, the Pentagon required that mail addressed to "any soldier" be returned to the sender, leaving Americans without a way to send mail to soldiers whose names they didn't know.
But for a second year, an American Red Cross program is allowing the public to send holiday greeting cards that aren't addressed to a particular soldier. The cards will be screened, sorted and distributed to military hospitals and bases nationally and overseas in time for the holidays.
From Tuesday through Dec. 10, the public can send their greeting cards, with adequate postage and a return address, to Holiday Mail for Heroes, P.O. Box 5456, Capitol Heights, Md. 20791-5456. To speed delivery, mailers should not send care packages, money or any inserts, including glitter.
They can also download cards from the American Red Cross Web site to print out and send to the program's address. This year, a Facebook Web page allows Internet users to post greetings online so the Red Cross can print the messages on cards and distribute them to troops.
HERE is the story from the AP.
x-posted at Some Soldier's MomAll done!
So I saw my first 42" plasma television in a middle class Baghdad home in the southwest section of the city today, a place which a year ago was an insurgent haven. Not so much anymore. (I neglected to ask the family whether they could get Netflix delivered yet. Maybe next year).
From spilling plasma to chilling in front of one. LG, indeed.
Doing the job Americans won't do.
Pirates beware -- Blackwater Worldwide may be looking for you, and soon. That prospect certainly would shiver Bartholomew Roberts, better known as "Black Bart," down to his timbers if the infamous pirate hadn't been dead for the past 285 years.Funny thing is, the MCAUTHUR's hull is light blue and their helicopter is a dark lavender. When did Blackwater go all metrosexual on us?
The North Carolina-based security firm, which came under fire from Congress over a shooting incident in Baghdad last year that left 17 Iraqi civilians dead, announced in October that its 183-foot ship, the McArthur, stands ready to assist the shipping industry as it struggles with the increasing problem of piracy in the Gulf of Aden and elsewhere.
"Billions of dollars of goods move through the Gulf of Aden each year," said Bill Mathews, Blackwater's executive vice president. "We have been contacted by ship owners who say they need our help in making sure those goods get to their destination safely. The McArthur can help us accomplish that."
CHAFF .... CHAFF ..... CHAFF ....
Snowball Express started in early 2006 with a simple idea: America should honor and pay tribute to the children of those military fallen heroes who have died while honorably serving since 9/11. In December of 2006, nearly 900 family members from all across America and the world gathered in Southern California for an unforgettable holiday gathering. Kids and widows discovered they weren't alone. And they found they weren't forgotten.
It was a totally volunteer effort which came together in just a few months to create the largest all-expense-paid gathering for the families of our fallen warriors since 9/11.
In 2007, another unique event was planned for the week after Thanksgiving. This time, over 1,100 children and surviving parents attended as guests of Americans, corporations, and service groups who donated their time, money and resources to create another healing event. Nearly 400 family members attended Snowball Express for the first time. See the smiling faces HERE.
American Airlines, Oakley, Quiksilver, Panda Express, Taco Bell, Starwood, Marriott, Best Western, Southwest Airlines, AirTran Airways, JetBlue Airways, Disneyland and countless other partners and sponsors, combined with thousands of volunteers in Southern California and all across America, contributed and volunteered because it was the right thing to do. Nationally recognized organizations like Ladies Auxiliary VFW, Rotary Clubs, Vietnam Veterans of America, American Legion, Patriot Guard Riders and others stepped forward to donate their resources and gifts. Other local service clubs, churches and schools also donated resources to help the cause.
American Airlines stepped up to be the official airline of Snowball Express, with three aircraft donated for charter purposes. All pilots and flight attendants donated their time to spend the weekend with the families. Other companies from all across America are also helping to show these children and our fallen heroes’ surviving spouses that they’re not forgotten and that America cares.
We are in need of volunteers at Universal Studios on Wed, Dec 17 from 9:30am-6pm and on Thurs, Dec 18 at Disneyland and CA/Adventure 8am-midnight. Volunteers are assigned around the parks to help families with any assistance they may need, watching toddlers and infants, pushing strollers, riding on rides with older children, etc. Please know that we are unable to cover the expense of the entrance ticket for volunteers but we can offer you a discount price. Universal is $50, Disneyland is $40 and the Park Hooper for Disney and CA Adventure is $53. I have two shifts to cover at Disney (8am-4pm and 4pm-midnight). I need help for both shifts but the late shift is of course harder to fill and a greater need if you are willing. You may want to consider helping for a day or night shift and spend the other half the day enjoying free time around the park. If you decide to assist at the theme parks, please send me your t-shirt size and cell phone number to contact the day of the event if needed.
If this is not an option I have another suggestion. You can join in the Walk of Gratitude on Friday, Dec 19th from 10-11am. We are asking the community to line the street on Convention Way between the Hilton hotel and the Convention Center in Anaheim. Families will walk from their hotels to the Anaheim Convention Center for a private party starting at 11am. We ask that people line the streets around 10am and the families will be escorted to the Convention Center starting around 10:30am. You can bring American flags to wave, cheer, hold handmade signs, etc. Just come out and show your support and honor these families to let them know that we have not forgotten their loved ones and their sacrifice for us and our country. This is the most memorable experience of the entire event for most families and it will be for the community too!!
Please let me know if you would like to get involved. We want to ensure it is an awesome experience and we need the help of many people to make it happen and give them the royal treatment they deserve!!
Thank you again and Happy Holidays!!
If being in California to assist in this worthwhile effort is not an option, consider donating to this worthy cause. Any contribution amount is welcome from $1 up. It takes $500 to sponsor a child's trip; $1,500 for a family of three. Tax deductible donations are welcome. To make a donation, please click here.
Also know that corporations can become sponsors!! Organizations can lend their hearts to help mend those of the survivors in small towns and big cities all across America. If you’re an individual, they’ll take your dollars. One or a thousand.
There are no votes in these efforts. No lobbying, no politics.
No Republicans. No Democrats. Only Americans.
These people died as Americans. Let’s step up as Americans and help their families.
Dig deep. Please. They deserve no less.
For information about Snowball Express, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
To see the smiles and the joy of these children -- it's what Christmas is really all about.
Not every battle goes the way you would like.
Sometimes you take your beating and live to fight another day.
An example here.