Archive for June, 2010

America is at war

This today…

DOD Identifies Army Casualties


                The Department of Defense announced today the death of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

                They died June 21 at Lar Sholtan Village, Afghanistan, from wounds suffered when a suicide bomber attacked their unit.  They were assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.

(names not posted intentionally but listed here http://www.defense.gov/releases/release.aspx?releaseid=13638)

These young people, mostly young men who are listed-daily-are my sons age.  I know they are warriors, they are grown and trained and doing what they have decided to do. 

Father, they are children.  Just beginning life and now friends and families are cheated by their loss. 


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You Just Never Know


You Just Never Know
Author Unknown
Bill worked in a factory on a production line, he was a big, awkward, homely guy. He dressed oddly with ill-fitting clothes. There were several fellow workers who thought it smart to make fun of him.
One day one fellow worker noticed a small tear in his shirt and gave it a small rip. Another worker in the factory added his bit, and before long there was quite a ribbon of cloth dangling. Bill went on about his work and as he passed too near a moving belt the shirt strip was sucked into the machinery. In a split second the sleeve and Bill was in trouble. Alarms were sounded, switches pulled, and trouble was avoided.
The foreman then summoned all the workers and related this story:
In my younger days I worked in a small factory. That’s when I first met Mike. He was big and witty, was always making jokes, and playing little pranks. Mike was a leader. Then there was Peter who was a follower. He always went along with Mike. And then there was a man named Murray. He was a little older than the rest of us – quiet, harmless, apart. He always ate his lunch by himself.
He wore the same patched trousers for three years straight. He never entered into the games we played at noon, wrestling, horseshoes and such. He appeared to be indifferent, always sitting quietly alone under a tree instead. Murray was a natural target for practical jokes.
He might find a live frog in his lunch box, or a dead spider in his hat. But he always took it in good humour. Then one autumn, when things were quiet in the factory, Mike took off a few days to go hunting. Peter went along, of course. And they promised all of us that if they got anything they’d bring us each a piece.
So we were all quite excited when we heard that they’d returned and that Mike had got a really big buck. We heard more than that. Peter could never keep anything to himself, and it leaked out that they had real whopper to play on Murray. Mike had cut up the buck and had made a nice package for each of us. And, for the laugh, for the joke of it, he had saved the ears, the tail, the hoofs – it would be so funny when Murray unwrapped them.
Mike distributed his packages during the lunch break. We each got a nice piece, opened it, and thanked him. The biggest package of all he saved until last. It was for Murray. Peter was all but bursting; and Mike looked very smug. Like always, Murray sat by himself; he was on the far side of the big table. Mike pushed the package over to where he could reach it; and we all sat and waited.
Murray was never one to say much. You might never know that he was around for all the talking he did. In three years he’d never said more than hundred words. So we were all quite astounded with what happened next. He took the package firmly in his grip and rose slowly to his feet. He smiled broadly at Mike – and it was then we noticed that his eyes were glistening. His Adam’s apple bobbed up and down for a moment and then he got control of himself.
‘I knew you wouldn’t forget me,’ he said gratefully, ‘I knew you’d come through! You’re big and you’re playful, but I knew all along that you had a good heart.’
He swallowed again, and then took in the rest of us. ‘I know I haven’t seemed too chummy with you men; but I never meant to be rude. You see, I’ve got nine kids at home – and a wife that’s been an invalid – bedridden now for four years. She ain’t ever going to get any better. And sometimes when she’s real bad off, I have to sit up all night to take care of her. And most of my wages have had to go for doctors and medicine.
The kids do all they can to help out, but at times it’s been hard to keep food in their mouths. Maybe you think it’s funny that I go off by myself to eat my lunch. Well, I guess I’ve been a little ashamed, because I don’t always have anything between my sandwich. Or like today – maybe there’s only a raw turnip in my lunch box. But I want you to know that this meat really means a lot to me. Maybe more than to anybody here because tonight my kids’ … as he wiped the tears from his eyes with the back of his hand … ‘tonight my kids will have a really good meal.’
He tugged at the string. We’d been watching Murray so intently we hadn’t paid much notice to Mike and Peter. But we all noticed them now, because they both tried to grab the package. But they were too late. Murray had broken the wrapper and was already surveying his present. He examined each hoof, each ear, and then he held up the tail. It wiggled limply. It should have been so funny, but nobody laughed – nobody at all.
But the hardest part was when Murray looked up and said ‘Thank you’ while trying to smile. Silently one by one each man moved forward carrying his package and quietly placed it in front of Murray for they had suddenly realised how little their own gift had really meant to them, until now.
This was where the foreman left the story and the men. He didn’t need to say any more; but it was gratifying to notice that as each man ate his lunch that day, they shared part with Bill and one fellow even took off his shirt and gave it to him.


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He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life. Muhammad Ali

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“When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty.” Thomas Jefferson

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Battle of The Mind

 To all the veterans out there.  Thank you, come  home soon, we miss you and love you!  Be well and safe.  You are always remembered.  Dev

I’m having trouble embedding this:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tK5huJ14OD8

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Trail of Tears

Remember the removal.  I follow this memorial bike ride annually.


Remember the wars at home too.

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A briefing by Melanie Phillips

How Islamists Turned the World Upside Down

A briefing by Melanie Phillips
May 10, 2010


Formerly a writer for the U.K.’s Guardian, Melanie Phillips is a journalist for the Daily Mail, author of the best-selling Londonistan, and a recipient of the Orwell Prize (1996). On May 10, she addressed the Middle East Forum in New York on the subject of her latest book, The World Turned Upside Down: The Global Battle over God, Truth and Power.

Ms. Phillips began her talk by emphasising the threat of Islamism, which inverts all logic by, for instance, portraying Israel’s attempts to defend itself as unprovoked acts of aggression. Yet Western intelligentsia has adopted the Islamist narrative on the Middle East. Ms. Phillips attributes this to the current tendency among the intelligentsia to be swayed by ideology, rather than rationality and empiricism, on issues such as global warming, the Iraq war, Israel, and scientism. Although these ideological stances are secular in nature, they resemble religious beliefs in many ways, for instance, their intolerance to dissent which is viewed as an obstacle to the “path to perfection.”

Ms. Phillips proceeded to compare this phenomenon with mainstream Muslim discourse, where concepts such as freedom and equality are defined as submission to the will of God. Similar to these various utopian ideologies, Islam makes claims to absolute truth and the “path to perfection.” This has implications for the jihad against Israel: according to Ms. Phillips, Israel is not the root cause of Islamist violence, but rather abstract hatred of Jews rooted in the idea that Islam must supersede and eliminate Judaism. Likewise, the secular ideologies that Ms. Phillips outlined all have a common hostility to Jews and Jewish culture. Even “Green” ideology condemns the book of Genesis because it calls for man’s dominion over the world.

Ms. Phillips concluded her talk by affirming that objective truth has been replaced by subjective opinion, and that we live in an age of “cultural totalitarianism,” where the decline of reason in the West is allowing Islam to fill the vacuum left behind. (bold by blog owner)

Asked about whether there were any moderate Muslim leaders, Ms. Phillips answered in the negative. Nonetheless, there are many moderate Muslims who want to live lives “like the rest of us,” but who have been betrayed by their community leaders who often have an Islamist agenda as well as Western politicians who appease these radicals. She added that if moderate Muslims can assert themselves with support from the West, they stand a chance of becoming the dominant force in the Muslim world.

Summary written by Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi

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