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Wednesday, April 30, 2003
 
What was that?

If you listen to music radio, you've probably had times where you hear a song and don't know what it is or who sings it. Of course, the DJ never seems to give that info, either. Well, now you have YES.NET. You can find out every song your favorite radio station has played over the past 24 hours. They even have links so you can purchase the record. Check it out. It's very cool.




Tuesday, April 29, 2003
 
What to say?

Bomber Strikes After Palestinian Vote

I don't have it in me to rant every time this happens. This is exhausting. So instead I'll use my energy more productively-- by sending my thoughts and prayers to the victims and their families, as well as all Israelis and innocent victims of cowardly terrorism. I will look forward to the day when I can visit Israel again. I will also keep posting and re-posting the quotes below.

And please don't even think that there is such thing as a Middle East peace roadmap. There will never be one. Not as long as Israel exists.

"This is consecrated land, our land of ours, now and forever, from the cradle to the grave... we with the help of God will meet next time in Jerusalem, because we are fighting in order to bring the victory to our prophets, every baby, every child, every man, every women, and every older person, and all the youngsters, we will sacrifice ourselves for our holy places, and we will establish the guard on them, and are prepared to give 70 of our martyrs for every martyr of theirs in this campaign, because this is our holy land. We will continue to fight on this blessed land, and I call to you, remain steadfast, no one will succeed in dividing us, to remove us from this holy land."

- Yasser Arafat, December 18, 2001, in a speech in Ramallah, two days after his "historical" speech, in which he called--in Arabic (under European pressure)--for an end to suicide bombings and for a Palestinian state living side by side with Israel

"We can forgive the Arabs for killing our children. We cannot forgive them for forcing us to kill their children.... We will only have peace with the Arabs when they love their children more than they hate us."

- Golda Meir




 
Yom HaShoah

Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day (27 Nisan).

Never forget.




 
Small defenses, small.....

Nations with "Small Defenses Syndrome" unite!

Four EU States Agree on Force HQ; U.S. Critical

Wow, it must be horrible to have your insignificance tossed in your face in front of the world. Britain looks smarter and smarter every day.

You know what they say about men with a small military....




 
It's about time

This is the best news I've heard in a long time.

U.S. Military Pulls Out of Saudi in Realignment

Thank Allah the infidels boots will no longer contaminate holy sand.




Monday, April 28, 2003
 
R.I.P. Sgt. Anguiano
Last Soldier Missing in Iraq Found Dead
Army Sgt. Edward John Anguiano, the last U.S. soldier missing in Iraq, was found dead, family members and the Pentagon said Monday.

Anguiano, 24, disappeared after his convoy was attacked March 23 near Nasiriyah in southern Iraq. Anguiano's grandfather and an aunt said military officials notified the family late Sunday.

"What we heard is that he was ambushed," said Vicente Anguiano Sr., 72. "They found his truck, the one he drove, and it had been stripped — tires and everything. They found a body near the truck."

Officials used DNA tests to confirm the remains were Anguiano, the grandfather said. He did not know when the body was found but believed Edward Anguiano was killed during the initial ambush.

This is not the ending we had hoped for. Hopefully Sgt. Anguiano's family can have some closure now. Very sad.




 
Into the wild jetBlue yonder

For the past several years, I have really only flown Southwest Airlines and occasionally United. So I was really excited to fly jetBlue for the first time this past weekend. They have quite a reputation, especially given the company's tender, young age. Wanna know what I thought? Too bad if you don't.

First off, a little disclosure: Can't stand Airbus Industries. I have disliked them since their first aircraft was delivered (remember how one crashed during a demo at an airshow in Europe?) I don't trust them. But most of all, their business practices really piss this American off. They give away their aircraft (for all intents and purposes-- they really do give them away) because the French, German, Spanish and British governments are standing by in the next room over to fill in the profit blanks. They are able to undercut Boeing in any competitive situation because, unlike Airbus, Boeing has to earn its own profits. So low cost airlines, such as jetBlue, can save some serious buckage when they go to purchase their fleet. With the incredible volume of Airbus mentions on jetBlue's website, it wouldn't surprise me if Airbus said "take our planes! give us publicity!". I took a management class in college, and we studied the Boeing/Airbus competitive situation. It's a very sad situation for Boeing, and it's too bad that our government can't do something about it.

From what I've heard and read, jetBlue wanted to have a Boeing fleet, but simply could not turn down the cost savings of Airbus. So they started off with a strike against them.

At the Oakland airport, they really didn't seem to have their act together. Their check-in kiosks didn't work (yet there was no sign saying so), and as I waited in line the agents kept calling people from an earlier flight to the front. So I waited at the front of the line for almost 10 minutes. If somebody is late and misses their flight, isn't it their fault, not mine? That really annoyed me.

Seats are pre-assigned. Big plus. Huge plus. No cattle call. That is the one thing I don't like about Southwest.

They have DirectTV. That's great, if it works. On the flight down, it worked inconsistently. They blamed the weather. Fine, it's an added bonus anyway. But bring your own headset if you fly them, because the ones they distribute truly are disposable. The flight tracker doesn't need headphones, however, and that was the station I tuned to the most. I like to know that we are traveling at 450mph at 21000ft. That's good info.

They have good snacks. That's irrelevant, though, because I don't care about the food on a short hop (or any flight, really). I never take the peanuts, and I didn't take their snacks.

The crew were funny. That's a page out of the Southwest handbook. Regardless, they were all very nice and amazingly helpful. I have never seen a crew get so involved in stowing luggage.

The airplanes scare me. It was rather appropriate that my friend who works at Boeing picked me up from the airport. (The Long Beach airport happens to be adjacent to the Boeing 707 and C-17 facilities.) He likes to call them "Scare-bus". That's pretty appropriate. Sure, the planes are nice and shiny and new, but the clunking sounds while we taxied were a little disconcerting, to put it mildly. I was just never comfortable on that airplane, and never have been on an Airbus.

So they haven't converted me at all. I'm still a true Southwest fan. I am comfortable flying with them, and they are extremely professional, in a fun way. The cattle call sucks, but at least I know what to expect. jetBlue was fine, but they won't be my default airline any time soon. It will be interesting to see how they expand, and if they continue to succeed. Southwest has over 30 successful and profitable years under their belts and a terrific service and safety record.

A funny parting thought-- as I watched the little Southwest airplanes darting around the airport, I felt like I was cheating on a friend. How pathetic is that??




Thursday, April 24, 2003
 
Over and out

And on those deep thoughts, I'm off to bed. I really need to get those images out of my head... so disgusting.

I'm going out of town for the weekend to attend a good friend's baby shower, and to just spend some time with said good friend. Looking forward to a weekend in sunny southern California. Hopefully we won't have to use any public restrooms.

aaargh! Bad thoughts go away!

Have a great weekend!




 
Disgusting

The local news here just aired an exposé on the cleanliness (or severe lack of) of the local high school bathrooms. Let's just say that they actually gave us a warning about the graphic nature of the piece. They weren't kidding.

Many of the bathrooms had no soap, toilet paper, paper towels, or even running faucets. This is in addition to clogged toilets and absolutely disgusting toilet seats. Use your imagination, now think 10x worse. Disgusting.

They took swab samples from door handles, toilet flush handles, etc. Three of them came back positive for fecal coliform bacteria.

Keep this in mind when you go into a bathroom. Wash your hands, use Purell. I'm so disgusted right now I could puke.

Sorry for the details.

The CA state Assembly passed a bill today, AB 1124, setting hygiene and maintenance standards in school restrooms:

This bill would, with certain exceptions, require, as the first priority, that maintenance funding be used to ensure that restroom facilities for pupils are functional and that they meet state and local hygiene standards generally applicable to public restrooms. [emphasis was included in bill text]

How sad that they even need to pass this kind of legislation. It's another example of the fact that our schools are very neglected. At work the bathrooms are cleaned constantly, it smells like bleach. Should schools be privatized? They can't even get basic health standards right.

Again, just thinking aloud. And watching TV.




 
Indian gaming

In California, gambling is illegal. The only exceptions are the state lottery, horse racing, poker nights in your basement (heh heh), and Indian gaming.

The Indian reservations enjoy some major tax breaks. I don't have much of an opinion on it: it has it's merits, and it has its problems. The reservations use gaming as a major source of income.

Indian gaming has been advertising a lot lately. "Indian gaming is working", or something like that. Not sure why they are advertising. Is somebody working to have their gaming priviledge revoked? Do they want to expand the priviledge?

Just thinking aloud.




 
Can we move on now?

The Dixie Chicks have had their hour on TV. It's time to move on. Has been for weeks...




 
Professor of American Values, Madonna

The entertainment never ceases.

Madonna Slams American Values

LONDON (Reuters) - U.S. pop superstar Madonna, one of music's richest performers, has attacked her fellow Americans for being obsessed with the "wrong values" such as getting rich and looking good.

Madonna told the Radio Times that Americans had opportunities people in other countries did not have but got caught up in superficial dreams.

"We as Americans are completely obsessed and wrapped up in a lot of the wrong values -- looking good, having cash in the bank, being perceived as rich, famous and successful or just being famous," Madonna told the television listings magazine.

"It's the most superficial part of the American dream and who would know better than me? The only thing that's going to bring you happiness is love and how you treat your fellow man and having compassion for one another."

This is the same person who put out a gratuitous sex book, and now she's preaching to ME, an American, from her massive dungeon in England? This is the same person who embraced, for over 20 years, the same "values" she is now attacking, and we're supposed to look to her as the authority on this?

Young girls around the country (uh, the world) have aspired to live in her skanky image. She has been, unfortunately, a very powerful woman for the past two decades, and she never acknowledged that she might actually be a ~gasp~ role model for younger generations. And she wonders why some in America are devoid of values and morals. Brilliant. (note: of course, I do maintain that parents are the ones responsible for instilling values and morals in their children. But we cannot deny the power of role models on children.)

There is truly a good laugh to be had every single day. You just need to go find it....




 
Another successful attack

I suppose people just don't find this kind of news interesting anymore. There certainly is no room on the front page for it:

Suicide Attack That Kills One Follows Palestinian Pact

JERUSALEM, April 24 — A Palestinian suicide bomber made an attack early today outside an Israeli train station, killing himself and another person and injuring at least 13 others, the police said. The bombing, the first fatal one in nearly a month, came just hours after Yasir Arafat and the Palestinian prime minister, Mahmoud Abbas, agreed on a compromise cabinet for the governing Palestinian Authority.

Their actions, under international pressure, broke a 10-day stalemate that has delayed the introduction of a new Middle East peace plan.

But initial reports from Palestinians were that the bomber came not from Hamas or the Islamic Jihad, but from an extremist group connected to the Fatah faction founded by Mr. Arafat and Mr. Abbas, emphasizing the obstacles to any new effort peace.

Okay, so this guy came from Arafat's and Mr. Prime Minister's inner circle. I'm very shocked, and a little awed....

In their bargaining on Wednesday, Mr. Arafat forced Mr. Abbas to promote a few of his longtime allies. But he allowed the inclusion of Muhammad Dahlan, a security official favored by the United States and Israel as willing to crack down on Hamas and other militant Palestinian groups.

Whether Mr. Dahlan and this new government will prove willing or able to act on security or civic reform was left uncertain by the agreement, a tottering balance of the powers of Mr. Arafat and Mr. Abbas that portend more Palestinian instability. [emphasis added]

So Abu ("The Holocaust didn't happen") Mazen is supposed to have some real authority, yet Arafat is forcing his choices on him. We're still giving the Palestinian terrorists the benefit of the doubt, why? Will this new government be willing or able to crack down? Ha ha! Funny question. Next!

The new peace plan, which has been repeatedly postponed by the Bush administration, was drafted in December by the so-called quartet of the United States, United Nations, European Union and Russia. It calls for simultaneous concessions by both sides that would progress to a resolution of all disputes and an independent Palestinian state in three years.

In the first phase, for example, the Palestinians are required immediately to "undertake visible efforts on the ground" to stop violence, while the Israelis are required to dismantle settlement outposts built in the last two years. Israel is seeking changes in the plan.

So what happens if those "visible efforts" don't succeed? Then what? Are the Israelis supposed to say "oh well, they're trying," while their citizens continue to be slaughtered? I agree that the proliferation of the settlements has been totally wrong. But the settlements continue to grow because there is no resolution, and because Israelis continue to be the victims of terrorism on a regular basis. Sorry, but let's put the horse before the cart here: the terrorism needs to stop pronto, or there will be no peace. Realistically, there will be no peace as long as Israel exists. It's high time the US government stop this double standard in dealing with terrorists.

"This is consecrated land, our land of ours, now and forever, from the cradle to the grave... we with the help of God will meet next time in Jerusalem, because we are fighting in order to bring the victory to our prophets, every baby, every child, every man, every women, and every older person, and all the youngsters, we will sacrifice ourselves for our holy places, and we will establish the guard on them, and are prepared to give 70 of our martyrs for every martyr of theirs in this campaign, because this is our holy land. We will continue to fight on this blessed land, and I call to you, remain steadfast, no one will succeed in dividing us, to remove us from this holy land."

- Yasser Arafat, December 18, 2001, in a speech in Ramallah, two days after his "historical" speech, in which he called--in Arabic (under European pressure)--for an end to suicide bombings and for a Palestinian state living side by side with Israel

"We can forgive the Arabs for killing our children. We cannot forgive them for forcing us to kill their children.... We will only have peace with the Arabs when they love their children more than they hate us."

- Golda Meir




 
Talking Points

Last night, Bill O'Reilly's Talking Points Memo was right on, in my opinion, so I've decided to post it:

Hi, I'm Bill O'Reilly. Thank you for watching us tonight. Senator Rick Santorum under fire.

That's the subject of this evening's Talking Points Memo.

First of all, we asked the senator to appear. He has declined so far, so we have to analyze this based on the reporting of others, which we don't like to do.

According to A.P. [Associated Press] reporter, Lara Jakes Jordan, who's married to the head of John Kerry's campaign, Santorum said this, "If the Supreme Court says you have the right to consensual sex within you home, then you have the right to bigamy, polygamy, you have the right to incest, you have the right to adultery. I would argue this right to privacy doesn't exist, in my opinion, in the United States Constitution."

That's the crux of the matter. Senator Santorum believes the government has a right to criminalize certain sexual acts done in private between consenting adults, homosexual acts among them.

I don't believe this. I believe the Constitution allows for privacy, and government has no place in the bedroom unless minors are involved or the public safety is in danger. I also believe that the Supreme Court will throw out the Texas sodomy laws, but I could be wrong.

However, there's no question that Senator Santorum is entitled to his opinion on the matter. If he wants to police sex, that's what he wants. There's no reason to do anything to the senator, but to vote him out of office if you disagree.

But the witch hunters are demanding that he resign because they don't like his point of view. It's the usual high-tech lynching, demonizing a person for holding an opinion you don't like.

Let's get something straight right now. Elected officials don't renounce their citizenship when they take office. Santorum can say whatever he wants about a legal matter now being heard by the Supreme Court, and the witch hunters can stuff it.

Talking Points deals with faulty policy positions all day long. The Constitution certainly ensures a degree of privacy, and if Santorum doesn't understand that, what can you say?

America does not need a sex police to protect the public. It's a complete waste of time and resources, but America also does not need people who run around trying to personally destroy individuals by hanging a bias label on them. That's malicious and anti-democratic. If Santorum feels homosexual activity is wrong, he's entitled to that belief without being labeled a hater.

The real haters are the witch hunters, and we are watching them very closely.




 
Is this enough?

Malvo Loses Phone, Visiting Privileges

At a brief administrative hearing Wednesday, Malvo was found guilty of threatening a jail employee and writing another inmate a letter. He was sentenced to disciplinary segregation -- 15 days for the threat and 10 days for the unauthorized letter, sheriff's Lt. Tyler Corey said.

The letter was mailed out of the jail to a phony address and used the other inmate's name as the return addressee so it would be sent back to him, officials have said.

Besides losing his visiting and phone privileges, Malvo is being fed only the jail's "vegetarian loaf," a mixture of eggs, cheese and vegetables. His mattress is also removed for 16 hours each day.

Jail officials had disciplined Malvo last month for writing "Muhammad" on his cell floor and drawing on his shoes.

This punk kid needs a some real discipline. During his reign of terror, and on to this day, he has shown no regard for human life, no respect, and no remorse. He threatened the life of a corrections officer, and he is punished with a "vegetarian loaf"? He still has it better than the homeless people in this country who have not harmed a soul. I say send him to the "playground" (or the showers), remind all the other inmates that he targeted children, and let there be real justice. I have so stomach for punks like him.




Wednesday, April 23, 2003
 
The wisdom of Morford

I am compelled to share with you the wisdom of Mark Morford, columnist extraordinaire and master of long, run-on sentences that employ more adjectives than I ever thought existed in the English language:

== Homophobic Slimeball Republicans Say The Cutest Things ==

Rick Santorum, noted self-loathing hunk of spasming nightmarish oozing man-flesh and a general pasty-assed whitebread embarrassment to humanity as a whole, and also the Senate's third-ranked Republican, if you can believe it, says he has "no problem with homosexuality -- I have a problem with homosexual acts." In an interview with the AP that made reporters and the universe cringe repeatedly, Santorum, R-Pa., said he believes homosexual acts are a threat to the American family, and compared homosexuality to bigamy, polygamy, incest and adultery. "I have nothing, absolutely nothing against anyone who's homosexual. If that's their orientation, then I accept that. The question is, do you act upon those orientations? So it's not the person, it's the person's actions," he actually said, before being slapped. Which is much like saying, you know, I have no problem with Republicans, I have a problem with what sniveling white-ass kitten-molesting Republican homophobes do and say and eat and hiss and the vicious laws they enact and the imbecilic hate-filled bile they spread on their dumbed-down constituents like so much rancid margarine. Following the interview, the last nodule of Santorum's shriveled soul was yanked through his big toe by a demon worm and barbecued as an hors d'oeuvre.

Is this poetry, or what? You can read his wisdom every week at SF Gate.




 
Only in the Bay Area

Menlo Park Man in Doghouse for Barking at Police Dog

You could call it a case of barking up the wrong tree.

A Menlo Park man faces a possible year in jail and $1000 fine for barking at a Palo Alto police dog.

Richard "Tyson" Dillon has pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor charge of interfering with a police officer. Police say he was taunting the canine cop, but Dillon's lawyer says his client was just exercising his freedom of speech.

Freedom of speech.... uh huh. Too bad the doggie didn't bite his nose off.

Update:
Barking Man Gets Out of Doghouse

Just in case you were worried about him. Woof woof!




 
Fox News... in hot water

Well, actually, this is more indicative of an individual's moral depravity than the station's. But I'm sure the lefty wolves will soon come out to play. After all, Fox News is the propaganda tool of the Bush administration, right? Right.

Fox News Engineer Charged With Smuggling




 
The danger persists

Three Marines Die in Accident in Iraq

DOHA, Qatar - Three Marines were killed and seven injured in an accident in Iraq on Tuesday while they were handling a rocket-propelled grenade launcher, U.S. Central Command said.

The Marines with the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force were firing the RPG — one of the more common weapons used by paramilitary, Fedayeen and other groups that have threatened U.S. and British forces — to familiarize themselves with it.

The launcher malfunctioned, U.S. officials said.

The accident occurred Tuesday evening in a remote area near the southern Iraqi city of Kut, officials said.

The names of the Marines were being withheld until their next of kin could be notified. The accident was under investigation.

Prior to these deaths, 128 U.S. troops have been killed in the war, the Pentagon said.




Tuesday, April 22, 2003
 
Shake, rattle and roll

For some reason I'm not afraid.

Major San Francisco Quake Likely by 2032, Study Says

A newer worry for the researchers is a growing population along major fault lines. The scientists noted much of the expansion is occurring in places of significant seismic hazard in the eastern and northern parts of the area-- something they said they did not fully appreciate before the study.

"The cumulative 30-year probability of an earthquake of magnitude 6.7 or greater occurring somewhere within these rapidly growing northern and eastern areas is alone nearly 50 percent," the researchers said.

Uh oh... I think I live in that "rapidly growing" eastern area.... along the Hayward Fault.... but we're on a really, really stable hill. Really, we are.




 
Here we go again...

Republican lawmakers, regardless of their true feelings, have a lot to learn about the consequences of their words among the crowd of their overly-sensitive opponents, ready to pounce on their poorly picked WORDS. I read the transcript, and I must say that Sen. Santorum's words are pretty out there. Do I think he needs to step down over it? Hell no! Why? Because I'm getting sick and tired of the double standard within our Congress. It appears to me that Democrats can say whatever they want, whenever they want, with impunity. Let's see, we've had Patty Murray, John Kerry, Tom Daschle, Jim Moran... well, I think you catch my drift.

Also, while the holier-than-thou crowd hoots and hollers about what Senator XYZ said today, why don't they take a look at their record for a change? After all, don't actions speak louder than words? Let's just hope that the Republicans don't bow down to the whining and bitching yet again, as we all know that Trent Lott didn't mean it "that way", and I'm sure that Senator Santorum is no bigot. I'm friggin' tired of this incredible hypocrisy.




 
? timing

I don't know, this kinda stinks to me. Do they have to make their campaign kickoff coincide with the solemnity of a 9/11 anniversary? I think it's in poor taste, and political idiocy.

For 2004, Bush's Aides Plan Late Sprint for Re-election

The president is planning a sprint of a campaign that would start, at least officially, with his acceptance speech at the Republican convention, a speech now set for Sept. 2.

The convention, to be held in New York City, will be the latest since the Republican Party was founded in 1856, and Mr. Bush's advisers said they chose the date so the event would flow into the commemorations of the third anniversary of the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks.

Ugh is all I have to say...




 
My undying gratitude
And I won't forget the KIA's. They gave all they had, and for that, I am grateful.

April 17:

Army Cpl. John T. Rivero, 23, of Tampa, Fla. Killed when his military vehicle turned over in Kuwait. Assigned to C Company, 2nd Battalion, 124th Infantry Division, Eustis, Fla.

April 14:

Army Pfc. John E. Brown, 21, of Troy, Ala. Killed in Iraq when a grenade exploded inside his military vehicle. Assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, Fort Campbell, Ky.

Army Spc. Thomas A. Foley III, 23, of Dresden, Tenn. Killed in Iraq when a grenade exploded inside his military vehicle. Assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, Fort Campbell, Ky.

Marine Cpl. Armando Ariel Gonzalez, 25, of Hileah, Fla. Killed in a non-hostile accident when a commercial refueler collapsed at Logistics Supply Area Viper in southern Iraq. Assigned to Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS)-273, Marine Wing Support Group (MWSG)-27, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, Marine Corps Air Station, Beaufort, S.C.

Army Spc. Richard A. Goward, 32, of Midland, Mich. Killed when his truck entered a dust cloud and rear-ended the truck in front of him in Iraq. Assigned to the 1460th Transportation Company, Midland, Mich.

Army Pfc. Joseph P. Mayek, 20, of Rock Springs, Wyo. Killed by an AP round that was discharged from an M2 Bradley vehicle. Assigned to C Company, 2nd Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment, Smith Barracks, Germany.

Marine Cpl. Jason David Mileo, 20, of Centreville, Md. Killed by gunfire after being mistaken for an enemy soldier in the vicinity of Baghdad. Assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, Twentynine Palms, Calif.

April 13:

Army Spc. Gil Mercado, 25, of Paterson, N.J. Killed in a non-combat weapon discharge. Assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, Fort Campbell, Ky.

April 12:

Marine Cpl. Jesus A. Gonzalez, 22, of Indio, Calif. Killed while manning a checkpoint in Baghdad. Assigned to the 1st Tank Battalion, 1st Marine Division, Twenty-Nine Palms, Calif.

April 11:

Marine Staff Sgt. Riayan A. Tejeda, 26, of New York, N.Y. Killed during combat operations against enemy forces in northeast Baghdad. Assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

April 10:

Marine Gunnery Sgt. Jeffrey E. Bohr, Jr., 39, of San Clemente, Calif. Killed in northern Baghdad while engaging enemy forces. Assigned to the 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Army Staff Sgt. Terry W. Hemingway, 39, of Willingboro, N.J. Killed when a car exploded next to his Bradley Fighting Vehicle. Assigned to C Company, 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, Ft. Benning, Ga.

April 8:

Army Cpl. Henry L. Brown, 22, of Natchez, Miss. Died of wounds received from an enemy rocket attack south of Baghdad. Assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 64th Field Artillery Regiment, Fort Stewart, Ga.

Marine Pfc. Juan Guadalupe Garza, Jr., 20, of Temperance, Mich. Killed in combat. Assigned to the 1st Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Army Sgt. 1st Class John W. Marshall, 50, of Los Angeles. Killed by an enemy rocket propelled grenade during an ambush in Baghdad. Assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division, Ft. Stewart, Ga.

Army Pfc. Jason M. Meyer, 23, of Swartz Creek, Mich. Killed in action in Iraq. Assigned to B Company, 11th Engineer Battalion, Fort Stewart, Ga.

Air Force Staff Sgt. Scott D. Sather, 29, of Clio, Mich. Killed in action in Iraq. Assigned to the 24th Special Tactics Squadron, Pope Air Force Base, N.C.

Army Staff Sgt. Robert A. Stever, 36, of Pendleton, Ore. Killed in action by enemy fire in Iraq. Assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division, Ft. Stewart, Ga.

April 7:

Marine Lance Cpl. Andrew Julian Aviles, 18, of Palm Beach, Fla. Killed in central Iraq when an enemy artillery round struck the Amphibious Assault Vehicle in which he was riding. Assigned to the 4th Assault Amphibian Battalion, 4th Marine Division, Tampa, Fla.

Air Force Capt. Eric B. Das, 30, of Amarillo, Texas. Killed when the F-15E he was piloting went down during a combat mission in Iraq. Assigned to the 333rd Fighter Squadron, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C.

Army Staff Sgt. Lincoln Hollinsaid, 27, of Malden, Ill. Killed in a grenade attack. Assigned to B Company, 11th Engineer Battalion, Fort Stewart, Ga.

Army 2nd Lt. Jeffrey J. Kaylor, 24, of Clifton, Va. Killed in action in Iraq. Assigned to C Battery, 39th Field Artillery Battalion, Fort Stewart, Ga.

Marine Cpl. Jesus Martin Antonio Medellin, 21, of Fort Worth, Texas. Killed in central Iraq when an enemy artillery round struck the Amphibious Assault Vehicle in which he was riding. Assigned to the 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion, 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Army Pfc. Anthony S. Miller, 19, of San Antonio. Killed by enemy indirect fire in Iraq. Assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Infantry Division, 2nd Brigade, Fort Stewart, Ga.

Army Spc. George A. Mitchell, 35, of Rawlings, Md. Died of wounds received from an enemy rocket attack south of Baghdad. Assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Infantry Division, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, Fort Stewart, Ga.

April 6:

Army Pfc. Gregory P. Huxley Jr., 19, of Forestport, N.Y. Killed in combat. Assigned to B Company, 3rd Battalion, 17th Engineer Battalion, Fort Benning, Ga.

Army Pvt. Kelley S. Prewitt, 24, of Alabama. Killed in action by enemy fire. Assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment, Fort Benning, Ga.

April 5:

Army Staff Sgt. Stevon A. Booker, 34, of Apollo, Pa. Killed by enemy fire during a raid into Baghdad. Assigned to A Company, 1st Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment, Fort Stewart, Ga.

Army Spc. Larry K. Brown, 22, of Jackson, Miss. Killed in action. Assigned to C Company, 1st Battalion, 41st Infantry Regiment, Fort Riley, Kan.

Marine 1st Sgt. Edward Smith, 38, of Vista, Calif. Died in Doha, Qatar, as a result of wounds received in action from enemy forces in central Iraq. Assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

April 4:

Army Capt. Tristan N. Aitken, 31, of State College, Pa. Killed in action in Iraq. Assigned to the 1st Battalion, 41st Field Artillery, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga.

Army Pfc. Wilfred D. Bellard, 20, of Lake Charles, La. Killed when his vehicle fell into a ravine. Assigned to the 41st Field Artillery Regiment, Fort Stewart, Ga.

Army Spc. Daniel Francis J. Cunningham, 33, of Lewiston, Maine. Killed when his vehicle fell into a ravine. Assigned to the 41st Field Artillery Regiment, Fort Stewart, Ga.

Marine Capt. Travis A. Ford, 30, of Oceanside, Calif. Killed when his AH-1W Super Cobra helicopter crashed during combat operations near Ali-Ariziyal, Iraq. Assigned to the Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) - 267, Marine Aircraft Group 39, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Marine Cpl. Bernard G. Gooden, 22, of Mount Vernon, N.Y. Killed during a firefight in central Iraq. Assigned to the 2nd Tank Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Army Pvt. Devon D. Jones, 19, of San Diego. Killed when vehicle fell into a ravine. Assigned to the 41st Field Artillery Regiment, Fort Stewart, Ga.

Marine 1st Lt. Brian M. McPhillips, 25, of Pembroke, Mass. Killed during a firefight in central Iraq. Assigned to the 2nd Tank Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Marine Sgt. Duane R. Rios, 25, of Hammond, Ind. Killed during a firefight in central Iraq. Assigned to 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Marine Capt. Benjamin Sammis, 29, of Rehoboth, Mass. Killed when his AH-1W Super Cobra helicopter crashed during combat operations near Ali Aziziyal, Iraq. Assigned to the Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) - 267, Marine Aircraft Group 39, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Army Sgt. 1st Class Paul R. Smith, 33, of Tampa, Fla. Killed in combat in Iraq. Assigned to the 11th Engineer Battalion, Fort Stewart, Ga.

April 3:

Army Staff Sgt. Wilbert Davis, 40, of Hinesville, Ga. Killed when his vehicle ran off the road into a canal in Iraq. Assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 69th Armor, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga.

Marine Cpl. Mark A. Evnin, 21, of South Burlington, Vt. Killed during a firefight in central Iraq. Assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, Twentynine Palms, Calif.

Army Capt. Edward J. Korn, 31, of Savannah, Ga. Killed as he investigated the wreckage of an Iraqi T-72 tank destroyed by his unit in central Iraq. Assigned to the 64th Armor, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga.

Army Staff Sgt. Nino D. Livaudais, 23, of Ogden, Utah. Killed in combat. Assigned to 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Benning, Ga.

Army Spc. Ryan P. Long, 21, of Seaford, Del. Killed in combat. Assigned to A Company, 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Benning, Ga.

Marine Pfc. Chad E. Bales Metcalf, 20, of Coahoma, Texas. Killed in a non-hostile vehicle accident during convoy operations east of Ash Shahin, Iraq. Assigned to 1st Transportation Support Battalion, 1st Force Service Support Group, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Army Spc. Donald Samuel Oaks, Jr., 20, of Harborcreek, Pa. Killed in action in Iraq. Assigned to C Battery, 3rd Battalion, 13th Field Artillery Regiment (Multiple Launch Rocket System), Fort Sill, Okla.

Army Sgt. 1st Class Randall S. Rehn, 36, Longmont, Colo. Killed in action in Iraq. Assigned to C Battery, 3rd Battalion, 13th Field Artillery Regiment (Multiple Launch Rocket System), Fort Sill, Okla.

Army Capt. Russell B. Rippetoe, 27, of Arvada, Colo. Killed in combat. Assigned to A Company, 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Benning, Ga.

Army Sgt. Todd J. Robbins, 33, of Hart, Mich. Killed in action in Iraq. Assigned to C Battery, 3rd Battalion, 13th Field Artillery Regiment (Multiple Launch Rocket System), Fort Sill, Okla.

Marine Cpl. Erik H. Silva, 22, Chula Vista, Calif. Killed in combat in Iraq. Assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

April 2:

Army Capt. James F. Adamouski, 29, of Springfield, Va. Killed when UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crashed in central Iraq. Assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment, Hunter Army Airfield, Ga.

Marine Lance Cpl. Brian E. Anderson, 26, of Durham, N.C. Killed in a non-hostile accident west of Nasiriyah, Iraq, when his vehicle apparently snagged low-hanging power lines. Assigned to the 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Army Spc. Mathew G. Boule, 22, of Dracut, Mass. Killed when UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crashed in central Iraq. Assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment, Hunter Army Airfield, Ga.

Army Master Sgt. George A. Fernandez, 36, of El Paso, Texas. Died after being shot in northern Iraq. Assigned to Headquarters, U.S. Army Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, N.C.

Marine Pfc. Christian Daniel Gurtner, 19, of Ohio City, Ohio. Killed in southern Iraq by an accidental discharge of a personal weapon, unclear whether his own or someone else's. Assigned to the 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif.

Army Chief Warrant Officer 4th Class Erik A. Halvorsen, 40, of Bennington, Vt. Killed when UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crashed in central Iraq. Assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment, Hunter Army Airfield, Ga.

Army Chief Warrant Officer Scott Jamar, 32, of Granbury, Texas. Killed when UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crashed in central Iraq. Assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment, Hunter Army Airfield, Ga.

Army Sgt. Michael F. Pedersen, 26, of Flint, Mich. Killed when UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crashed in central Iraq. Assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment, Hunter Army Airfield, Ga.

Army Chief Warrant Officer 3 Eric A. Smith, 42, of Rochester, N.Y. Killed when UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crashed in central Iraq. Assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment, Hunter Army Airfield, Ga.

Navy Lt. Nathan D. White, 30, of Mesa, Ariz. Pilot of F/A-18C Hornet lost over Iraq. No other details immediately available.

April 1:

Army Sgt. Jacob L. Butler, 24, of Wellsville, Kan. Killed in action in Assamawah, Iraq, when a rocket-propelled grenade hit his vehicle. Assigned to Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 41st Infantry Regiment, Fort Riley, Kan.

Marine Lance Cpl. Joseph B. Maglione, 22, of Lansdale, Pa. Killed in non-combat weapon discharge at Camp Coyote, Kuwait. Assigned to Bridge Company B, 6th Engineer Support Battalion, 4th Force Service Support Group, Folsom, Pa.

March 31:

Spc. William A. Jeffries, 39, of Evansville, Ind. Evacuated from Kuwait and died as a result of a sudden illness in Rota, Spain. Assigned to D Company, 1st Battalion, 152nd Infantry Regiment, Illinois Army National Guard.

Army Spc. Brandon Rowe, 20, of Roscoe, Ill. Killed in action in Ayyub, Iraq, by enemy artillery. Assigned to C Company, 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.

March 30:

Marine Capt. Aaron J. Contreras, 31, of Sherwood, Ore. Killed in a UH-1N Huey helicopter crash in southern Iraq. Assigned to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA)-169, Marine Aircraft Group-39, Marine Corps Air Station, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Marine Sgt. Michael V. Lalush, 23, of Troutville, Va. Killed in a UH-1N Huey helicopter crash in southern Iraq. Assigned to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA)-169, Marine Air Craft Group-39, Marine Corps Air Station, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Marine Sgt. Brian D. McGinnis, 23, of St. George, Del. Killed in a UH-1N Huey helicopter crash in southern Iraq. Assigned to Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA)-169, Marine Aircraft Group-39, Marine Corps Air Station, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

March 29:

Marine Staff Sgt. James W. Cawley, 41, of Layton, Utah. Killed during a firefight with enemy forces. Assigned to F Company, 2nd Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, Salt Lake City.

Army Cpl. Michael Edward Curtin, 23, of Howell, N.J. Killed when a taxi carrying a car bomb drove up to an Army checkpoint in central Iraq. Assigned to the 2-7th Infantry, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga.

Army Pfc. Diego Fernando Rincon, 19, of Conyers, Ga. Killed when a taxi carrying a car bomb drove up to an Army checkpoint in central Iraq. Assigned to the 2-7th Infantry, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga.

Army Pfc. Michael Russell Creighton Weldon, 20, of Palm Bay, Fla. Killed when a taxi carrying a car bomb drove up to an Army checkpoint in central Iraq. Assigned to the 2-7th Infantry, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga.

Marine Lance Cpl. William W. White, 24, of Brooklyn, N.Y. Killed in a non-hostile vehicle accident in Iraq. Assigned to the 3rd Amphibious Assault Battalion, 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Army Sgt. Eugene Williams, 24, of Highland, N.Y. Killed when a taxi carrying a car bomb drove up to an Army checkpoint in central Iraq. Assigned to the 2-7th Infantry, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga.

March 28:

Army Sgt. Roderic A. Solomon, 32, of Fayetteville, N.C. Killed when a Bradley Fighting Vehicle rolled off a cliff in a non-hostile accident in Iraq. Assigned to the 2-7th Infantry, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga.

March 27:

Marine Gunnery Sgt. Joseph Menusa, 33, of Tracy, Calif. Killed in combat. Assigned to the 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Marine Cpl. Robert M. Rodriguez, 21, of Queens, N.Y. Killed in action when the tank he was riding in fell into the Euphrates River during combat operations northwest of Nasiriyah. Assigned to the 1st Tank Battalion, 1st Marine Division, Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif.

Marine Lance Cpl. Jesus A. Suarez Del Solar, 20, of Escondido, Calif. Killed in combat. Assigned to the 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

March 26:

Marine Maj. Kevin G. Nave, 36, of White Lake Township, Mich. Killed in a non-hostile vehicle accident in Iraq. Assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

March 25:

Marine Pfc. Francisco A. Martinez Flores, 21, of Los Angeles. Killed during convoy operations when his tank plunged off a cliff into the Euphrates River. Assigned to the 1st Tank Battalion, 1st Marine Division, Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center, Twenty-nine Palms, Calif.

Navy Hospital Corpsman Third Class Michael Vann Johnson, Jr., 25, of Little Rock, Ark. Killed in combat, when shrapnel from a grenade hit him in the head. Assigned to Naval Medical Center, Third Marine Division Detachment, San Diego.

Marine Staff Sgt. Donald C. May, Jr., 31, of Richmond, Va. Killed during convoy operations when his tank plunged off a cliff into the Euphrates River. Assigned to the 1st Tank Battalion, 1st Marine Division, Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center, Twenty-nine Palms, Calif.

Marine Lance Cpl. Patrick T. O’Day, 20, of Santa Rosa, Calif. Killed during convoy operations when his tank plunged off a cliff into the Euphrates River. Assigned to 1st Tank Battalion, 1st Marine Division, Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center, Twenty-nine Palms, Calif.

Air National Guard Maj. Gregory Stone, 40, of Boise, Idaho. Died from wounds received by a March 22 grenade attack in a tent at Camp Pennsylvania, Kuwait. Assigned to the 124th Air Support Operations Squadron, Idaho Air National Guard, Boise, Idaho.

March 24:

Marine Cpl. Evan James, 20, La Harpe, Ill. Drowned while trying to cross the Saddam Canal in southeastern Iraq. Reservist with the Naval and Marine Corps Reserve Center, Peoria, Ill.

Marine Sgt. Bradley S. Korthaus, 28, of Davenport, Iowa. Drowned while trying to cross the Saddam Canal in southeastern Iraq. Assigned to Engineering Company C, 6th Engineer Support Battalion, 4th Force Service Support Group, Peoria, Ill.

Army Spc. Gregory P. Sanders, 19, of Hobart, Ind. Killed in action in Iraq. Assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 69th Armor, Fort Stewart, Ga.

March 23:

Army Spc. Jamaal R. Addison, 22, of Roswell, Ga. Killed when ambushed by enemy forces in Iraq. Assigned to the 507th Ordnance Maintenance Company, Fort Bliss, Texas.

Marine Sgt. Michael E. Bitz, 31, of Ventura, Calif. Killed in action in the vicinity of Nasiriyah. Assigned to the 2nd Assault Amphibious Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Marine Lance Cpl. Brian Rory Buesing, 20, of Cedar Key, Fla. Killed in combat in the vicinity of Nasiriyah. Assigned to the 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Marine Lance Cpl. David K. Fribley, 26, of Fort Myers, Fla. Killed in action in the vicinity of Nasiriyah. Assigned to the 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Marine Cpl. Jose A. Garibay, 21, of Orange, Calif. Killed in combat in the vicinity of Nasiriyah. Assigned to the 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Marine Pvt. Jonathan L. Gifford, 30, of Decatur, Ill. Killed in action during operations on the outskirts of Nasiriyah. Assigned to the 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Marine Cpl. Jorge A. Gonzalez, 20, of Los Angeles. Killed in action in the vicinity of Nasiriyah. Assigned to the 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Army Pfc. Howard Johnson II, 21, of Mobile, Ala. Killed when ambushed by enemy forces in Iraq. Assigned to the 507th Ordnance Maintenance Company, Fort Bliss, Texas.

Marine Staff Sgt. Phillip A. Jordan, 42, of Enfield, Conn. Killed in action in the vicinity of Nasiriyah. Assigned to the 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Marine Lance Cpl. Patrick R. Nixon, 21, of Gallatin, Tenn. Killed in action during operations on the outskirts of Nasiriyah. Assigned to the 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Marine 2nd Lt. Frederick E. Pokorney, Jr., 31, of Nye, Nev. Killed in action in the vicinity of Nasiriyah. Assigned to the Headquarters Battery, 1st Battalion, 10th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Marine Cpl. Randal Kent Rosacker, 21, of San Diego. Killed in combat in the vicinity of Nasiriyah. Assigned to the 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Marine Lance Cpl. Thomas J. Slocum, 22, of Thornton, Colo. Killed in action in the vicinity of Nasiriyah. Assigned to the 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Marine Lance Cpl. Michael J. Williams, 31, of Yuma, Ariz. Killed in action on the outskirts of Nasiriyah. Assigned to the 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

March 22:

Navy Lt. Thomas Mullen Adams, 27, of La Mesa, Calif. Killed when two Royal Navy Sea King helicopters collided over international waters. Assigned as an exchange officer with the Royal Navy's 849 Squadron since October 2002.

Marine Lance Cpl. Eric J. Orlowski, 26, of Buffalo, N.Y. Killed by an accidental discharge of a .50 cal machine gun in Iraq. Assigned to the 2nd Tank Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Army Capt. Christopher Scott Seifert, 27, of Williams Township, Pa. Killed in a grenade attack while sleeping in a tent at Camp Pennsylvania, Kuwait. Assigned to the 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Ky.

Army Reserve Spc. Brandon S. Tobler, 19, of Portland, Ore. Killed in a non-hostile vehicle accident in Iraq. Assigned to the 671st Engineer Brigade, Portland, Ore.

March 21:

Marine 2nd Lt. Therrel S. Childers, 30, of Harrison County, Miss. Killed in action in southern Iraq. Assigned to the 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Marine Lance Cpl. Jose Gutierrez, 28, of Los Angeles. Killed in action in southern Iraq. Assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

March 20:

Marine Maj. Jay Thomas Aubin, 36, of Waterville, Maine. Killed in a CH-46E helicopter crash in Kuwait. Assigned to the Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron --1, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, Marine Corps Air Station, Yuma, Ariz.

Marine Capt. Ryan Anthony Beaupre, 30, of St. Anne, Ill. Killed in a CH-46E helicopter crash in Kuwait. Assigned to the Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron -- 268, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, Marine Corps Air Station, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Marine Cpl. Brian Matthew Kennedy, 25, of Houston. Killed in a CH-46E helicopter crash in Kuwait. Assigned to the Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron — 268, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, Marine Corps Air Station, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Marine Staff Sgt. Kendall Damon Waters-Bey, 29, of Baltimore. Killed in a CH-46E helicopter crash in Kuwait. Assigned to the Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, Marine Corps Air Station, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Date of death not given:

Marine Lance Cpl. Thomas A. Blair , 24, of Wagoner, Okla. Engaged in operations March 24 on the outskirts of Nasiriyah in Iraq, remains were recovered on March 28. Assigned to the 2nd Low Altitude Air Defense Battalion, Marine Air Control Group-28, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, Cherry Point, N.C.

Army Sgt. George Edward Buggs, 31, of Barnwell, S.C. Killed when convoy was ambushed in Iraq. Assigned to the 3rd Forward Support Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga.

Marine Pfc. Tamario D. Burkett, 21, of Buffalo, N.Y. Killed in action during operations on the outskirts of Nasiriyah. Assigned to the 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Marine Cpl. Kemaphoom A. Chanawongse, 22, of Waterford, Conn. Engaged in operations March 24 on the outskirts of Nasiriyah in Iraq, remains were recovered on April 15. Assigned to the 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Marine Lance Cpl. Donald J. Cline, Jr., 21, of Sparks, Nev. Killed in action during operations on the outskirts of Nasiriyah. Assigned to the 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Army Master Sgt. Robert J. Dowdy, 38, of Cleveland. Killed when convoy was ambushed in Iraq. Assigned to 507th Maintenance Company, Fort Bliss, Texas.

Army Pvt. Ruben Estrella-Soto, 18, of El Paso, Texas. Killed when convoy was ambushed in Iraq. Assigned to 507th Maintenance Company, Fort Bliss, Texas.

Marine Sgt. Nicolas M. Hodson, 22, of Smithville, Mo. Killed in a vehicle accident in Iraq. Assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Marine Pvt. Nolen R. Hutchings, 19, of Boiling Springs, S.C. Killed in action during operations on the outskirts of Nasiriyah. Assigned to the 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Army Spc. James M. Kiehl, 22, of Comfort, Texas. Killed when convoy was ambushed in Iraq. Assigned to 507th Maintenance Company, Fort Bliss, Texas.

Army Chief Warrant Officer Johnny Villareal Mata, 35, of El Paso, Texas. Killed when convoy was ambushed in Iraq. Assigned to 507th Maintenance Company, Fort Bliss, Texas.

Marine Lance Cpl. David Edward Owens Jr., 20, of Winchester, Va. Died of wounds received in action on April 12 in central Iraq. Assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Marine Sgt. Fernando Padilla-Ramirez, 26, of Yuma, Ariz. Engaged in operations March 28 in the vicinity of Nasiriyah, remains identified on April 10. Assigned to the Marine Wing Support Squadron-371, Marine Wing Support Group-37, Marine Corps Air Station, Yuma, Ariz.

Army Pfc. Lori Ann Piestewa, 22, of Tuba City, Ariz. Killed when convoy was ambushed in Iraq. Assigned to 507th Maintenance Company, Fort Bliss, Texas.

Marine Sgt. Brendon C. Reiss, 23, of Casper, Wyo. Disappeared during March 23 operations on the outskirts of Nasiriyah; his remains were identified April 11. Assigned to 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, based in Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Army Pvt. Brandon Ulysses Sloan, 19, of Bedford, Ohio. Killed when convoy was ambushed in Iraq. Assigned to 507th Maintenance Company, Fort Bliss, Texas.

Army Sgt. Donald Ralph Walters, 33, of Salem, Ore. Killed when convoy was ambushed in Iraq. Assigned to 507th Maintenance Company, Fort Bliss, Texas.




 
Don't forget

We still have an MIA:

Army Sgt. Edward J. Anguiano, 24, of Brownsville, Texas. Missing after his convoy was ambushed in Iraq. Assigned to the 3rd Combat Support Battalion, Fort Stewart, Ga. (March 23)

Texas Family Waiting for News on Soldier

I hope that his family will soon find closure, and hopefully it will come in the form of a happy reunion with their soldier.




 
Back from my slumber

I spent the first few days of Passover in San Diego at my mom's. Good food, good company, hours playing Gin (had never played before-- it was a blast!). And, thank goodness, a relatively quiet holiday around the world. Luckily, the ever vigilant IDF foiled yet another Palestinian attempt to murder Israelis during Passover. Big surprise there was another attempt. Big relief they weren't successful.

I was over at Bill's place and found that he had posted an article by Larry Miller-- "There are no Palestinians". It reminded me of an article from the Village Voice that was published during the height of tensions after the Passover massacre of last year, "Palestine 101".

It starts off with a joke, but the article is a quickie lesson in history:

Have you heard the one about Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Chairman Yasir Arafat finally sitting down to negotiate? Sharon opened with a "biblical" tale.

"Before the Israelites came to the Promised Land and settled here, Moses led them for 40 years through the desert. One day, miraculously, a stream appeared. They drank and then decided to bathe. When Moses came out of the water, he found all his clothes missing.

" 'Who took my clothes?' Moses asked. 'It was the Palestinians,' replied the Israelites."

"Wait a minute," interrupted Arafat. "There were no Palestinians during the time of Moses!"

"All right," smirked Sharon, "now that we've got that settled, let's start talking."

What's so funny about Arab history is that they don't seem to be capable of learning from it, so as to not repeat it. After promising to annihilate the Jews/Israel in 1948, and then getting their asses kicked, Arabs continue to pick fights with those who can handily crush them. Arab leaders are idiots, and they are control freaks. They fool themselves into thinking that their militaries can actually put up a fight against Israel or the western democracies, while we all know that they don't have the brains or the brawn to even compete. As long as they refuse to join us in the 21st century, and as long as they continue to instigate, they will continue to get slapped around. No religion is superior to others, and it's time they learn that and respect the basic right to practice any religion you wish.

What is depressing and scary is the Shi'ite gathering in Karbala, where many of the pilgrims expressed their hatred towards the U.S. The U.S. has made it possible for them to partake in their ritual, yet they show a total lack of gratitude. Our troops have gone out of their way to avoid intruding on their religious rituals. Hopefully the younger generations will come to their senses at some point soon. We can't afford to allow our efforts and soldiers' lives to be wasted. We cannot allow Iraq to turn into another Iran.




Tuesday, April 15, 2003
 
Chag Sameach

Passover is upon us again. I pray for a peaceful holiday for my family in Israel and around the world. Considering the massacre of last years holiday, I am very nervous about what may be in store for Israelis this year as they sit down to their seders.

What was especially disheartening was the media's focus shortly after the Passover bombing. The outrage over Israel's military response to the atrocious terrorist attack overshadowed any sympathy or outrage over the attack itself and the 30 innocents that were killed. CNN profiled the families of terrorist bombers, and ignored the bereaved families of those killed by the brave "freedom fighters" (brave freedom fighters = sarcasm). Every irrelevant human rights organization condemned the Jenin "massacre" (a massacre that was subsequently debunked), and ignored the constant assault on Israeli civilians.

The double standards that exist in the court of public opinion will always exist. The United States was criticized in 2001 for continuing its war on terrorism during Ramadan, yet Muslim fundamentalists commit their murderous acts on weddings, bar mitzvahs, and religious holidays as standard practice. And the onus is on you and I to understand what we did to deserve it.

Let's hope that the Palestinian terrorists will continue to fail in their mission of death and destruction. God willing, the IDF will continue to crush terrorism plots and stop those who would kill innocent people. In the meantime....

I hope and pray for a peaceful, joyous holiday.




 
Anti-war actvist has made the streets safer

Oldish news, but....

Sean Penn's Stolen Car Found, Guns Missing

Thank you, Baghdad Sean, for making the streets safer for the rest of us. Next time you preach against violence, perhaps you should think about the consequences of your idiotic actions. Then again, he's never really been one to think things through.




 
War in Iraq has nothing to do with our war on terrorism.... right.

In case you had doubts that Iraq is involved (intimately) with terrorism:

Achille Lauro Mastermind Abbas Caught

U.S. commandos in Baghdad have captured Abul Abbas, the leader of the violent Palestinian group that killed an American on the hijacked cruise liner Achille Lauro in 1985, U.S. officials said Tuesday.

Abbas was taken by American special operations forces during a raid Monday night on the outskirts of the capital city, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Several of his associates were also detained during raids at several sites around Baghdad, defense officials said. Commandos, tipped off by U.S. intelligence to Abbas' whereabouts, also seized documents and weapons.

The man known as Abul Abbas, whose name actually is Mohammed Abbas, led a faction of the Palestine Liberation Front, a Palestinian splinter group.

His faction operated out of Tunisia until the October 1985 attack on the Achille Lauro, after which it relocated to Iraq (news - web sites). His group was also responsible for some attacks in Israel.

"He got away from us, and we've been chasing him ever since," said Vince Cannistraro, a former CIA (news - web sites) counterterrorism chief. "He's a big catch for us. It's an old score to settle."

Abbas, either 61 or 62, had eluded arrest since his four of his followers hijacked the Achille Lauro as it sailed from Egypt to Israel in October 1985. They demanded that Israel release 50 imprisoned Palestinians.

During the hijacking, his followers shot and killed Jewish American passenger Leon Klinghoffer, 69. The hijackers then tossed Klinghoffer and his wheelchair off the cruise ship.

Yeah, there are no terrorists in Iraq. Sure. I remember this horrific incident so well, even though I was pretty young at the time. For some reason (maybe because Leon Klinghoffer was an American Jew?), it hit home, and it struck fear in me. I'm relieved that there is one more goon off the streets.




 
Boo hoo

Pentagon Muslims Angered by Rev. Graham Invitation

Ah, smell the hypocrisy:

Muslims at the Pentagon (news - web sites) are incensed by what they say is an insensitive invitation to evangelist Rev. Franklin Graham, who has called Islam an "evil religion," to preach on Good Friday at the Defense Department.

In letters to the Pentagon chaplain's office this week, Muslim office workers complained strongly about Graham's plans to lead prayers on Friday, one of the most religious days in the Christian calendar.

The letters urged officials to find a "more inclusive and honorable" religious leader to take his place.

Yo, Mohammed! Why don't you leave it to the Christians to decide whose sermon they want to hear in the name of their faith, okay?? It's not up to the Muslims of the world to decide who is inclusive and honorable within our respective religions. They would probably find Ghandi to be offensive.

The Pentagon was not immediately available to comment on the complaints, but a spokeswoman told The Washington Post that Christian employees had requested Graham as a guest preacher and the chaplain's office would not rescind the invitation.

"If a Jewish group wants to invite a particular speaker, they'll do that. Muslims hold services here too. The Army chaplains are absolutely nonjudgmental of any faith that soldiers want to follow," said Army spokeswoman Martha Rudd in Tuesday's Post.

Sounds like the Pentagon should stay out of this. Let the people have who they want. This is America, for crying out loud, not Egypt.

Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations, said inviting Graham to the Pentagon prayer service "sends entirely the wrong message to the Muslim and Arab world that the Pentagon will host someone who has such Islamophobic views."

He added: "This kind of incident can undo any kind of bridges built by a hundred public affairs officers at the Pentagon. They need to think how their actions are perceived not only in this country but worldwide."

Hooper said the plan by Samaritan's Purse to go into Iraq in the wake of an invading American army was wrong and would strengthen the belief the U.S. attack on Iraq was an attack on Islam.

"I believe his group is one of a number of evangelical missionary groups that use the cover of humanitarian relief to prosper in coercive ways," said Hooper.

You knew this story would include the ever-entertaining viewpoint of CAIR.

"They need to think how their actions are perceived not only in this country but worldwide." Really? How about YOU think about how the actions in the name of YOUR religion are percieved worldwide? My blood is boiling....

Maybe it's time that the Muslims in this country realize that it's not the job of every American to walk on eggshells for them. And maybe it's high time they take a look towards their own mosques for the greatest examples of hate in the name of religion. Talk about phobias... how about "Judeo-phobia", or "American-phobia"? The RoP is the greatest instigator of violence among the three monotheistic religions, or any religion, for that matter. And while they want us to practice sensitivity towards them, they continue to hold in high regard the Imams and Clerics who call for Jihad against Jews and Americans every single day. I could care less if the uneducated Muslim masses believe that we are at war with Islam. I'm not going to be sensitive to their ignorance. It's time they wake up and smell the TNT.




Monday, April 14, 2003
 
China's threat

There are people in American and other western democracies that wonder how a country like China could possibly be a threat to the world. Here is why nations with state-controlled-everything threaten us every day:

China admits SARS hit Beijing on March 1, weeks before acknowledged

The revelation adds weight to claims by a military doctor that the scale of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) epidemic in Beijing was covered up because it clashed with the annual sitting of China's parliament.

It also came as the World Health Organisation revealed another four people had died from SARS in China, bringing the total death toll here to 64.

Dr. Jiang Yanyong, 72, told journalists last week that shortly after the parliament session started on March 5 an elderly man was admitted to hospital 301, and after it was suspected that he had SARS he was transferred to hospital 302.

At hospital 302, he infected close to 10 doctors and nurses, and died shortly afterwards, Jiang said. His wife was also admitted to hospital 302 and also died within a short period of time.

"At this time, the health ministry called the leaders of all the hospitals to a meeting," said Jiang.

"The main contents of that meeting was that Beijing now has this disease, but in order to maintain discipline it is not to be made public. It is necessary to create stable conditions for the NPC."

In short, the Chinese government put their political schedule ahead of public safety. This kind of government behavior is totally irresponsible and is a threat to the global community, which becomes smaller and smaller every year. This brings back memories of the early 80's. It took years for the US government to acknowledge HIV/AIDS, while it was spreading like mad around our country and around the world. President Reagan did not publicly acknowledge the disease until 1986, a good 4 years after it became a regular part of the local news broadcasts here in San Francisco. It makes you wonder how many lives could have been saved had our government acknowledged the problem and pushed forward with research and education, instead of brushing it aside as a gay and IV drug user's problem.

Obviously there is a difference between a flu-like illness and a terminal disease, but the government's silence results in the same: a public that unknowingly partakes in behavior that can infect or kill their fellow citizens. And because of China's silence, their public may have infected many, many more people than they would have had they known the truth sooner. It makes me wonder.




 
Bodies found

A body has been found washed up in Richmond this afternoon. Yesterday, a fetus' body was found about a mile away. The body today, that of an adult, was badly decomposed, leading the police to believe that it has been in the water for a long time. The body of the fetus is believed to be one that was to term. And it was a boy.

Needless to say, the police have contacted the Modesto police, as many are speculating that this may be Laci Peterson. This is breaking news locally. As soon as I find a link to this story, I'll post it.

By the way, for those of you unfamiliar with this area (as if anybody reads this), the Richmond coast (on the SF Bay) is only several miles away from the Berkeley marina, where investigators have spent much time in this investigation. Her husband claims to have been fishing in the Berkeley marina the day she disappeared. God help her family.

Update:
Body Found Off Coast of Point Isabel
and Modesto Police Arrive on Richmond Shore




 
What happened?

Arafat 'opposes new cabinet'

Whatever happened to the demands for an open election in the Palestinian territories? They had one scheduled for the end of January, then canceled it a few weeks before, blaming Israel for having to cancel. Then Arafat appoints a Holocaust-denying Prime Minister, who, in turn, appoints a cabinet.

I'm sorry, but I just don't understand why this "government" deserves to govern a sovereign nation. They have not proven themselves worthy. They have not earned it. The United States needs to go back to pressuring for an election (not that it would make a difference, seeing how winning an Arab election with 99% of the vote is considered a failure), and put the onus on the Palestinians once and for all. When will they have to prove themselves? All they've proven thus far is their propensity to blame Israel for all of their woes.




 
"illegal, irresponsible and dangerous"

Israeli report clears troops over US death

First, in case you've forgotten about the person at the center of this brouhaha: "Peace" Activist, Rachel Corrie.

You know, I really can't stand Al Guardian and their reporting style (example: "X Israelis killed by car bomb in Tel Aviv", as if cars just spontaneously combust), but I haven't seen this anywhere else. Of course the ISM "peace" activists will argue that this report was biased. But how can one argue the culpability of somebody who stands in front of a slow-moving bulldozer? Was she chained down to the ground? Were there Israeli soldiers standing by with their rifles drawn, keeping her there under duress? No.

And now the IDF has to implement new procedures to prevent this shit from happening in the future. Why? Because of the PR fallout and to shut up the friggin' apologists who expect us to believe their account of the story.

A spokesman for the Israeli Defence Force said yesterday that while it did not accept any responsibility for Corrie's death, it was going to change its procedures to prevent future accidents.

He said that the level of command of similar operations would be raised and civilians in the area would be dispersed or arrested before operations.

In addition, observers would be used and CCTV installed on the bulldozers to compensate for blindspots which the IDF believe contributed to Corrie's death.

Their security missions are being compromised by the likes of ISM, but the IDF has to make the changes? How about these idiots taking a course in common sense. Don't jump in front of bulldozers, don't walk into the middle of a firefight, don't protect terrorists, and perhaps your life will be spared. How hard is that to understand??? This story, even though it's a month old, really chaps my hide. It absolutely frustrates me.




 
Don't mess with New Yorkers!

Maybe this is why we are all so afraid of New Yorkers:

NYC Bouncer Killed in Smoking Ban Brawl

Blake approached the men about 2:30 a.m. to tell them they could not smoke in the bar, police spokesman Michael O'Looney said. It was unclear whether one or both men were smoking, he said.

Harsh words were exchanged and the brawl began when Blake tried to eject Johnathan Chan for disorderly behavior, witnesses told police. Blake was stabbed in the fight, but it was unclear who stabbed him or with what, O'Looney said.

Okay, so these guys crossed the line, fought back against somebody who was trying to enforce the city's laws, right?

Blake's older brother, Tony Blake, said Sunday he blamed the death on the smoking ban. "I'm very bitter," he said. "It's a senseless murder because of this stupid cigarette law. That's the reason this guy was killed."

WTF! The bouncer's brother blames the SMOKING BAN! Wow, and I thought my fellow Californians are apologists.

And now a Public Service Announcement: For all of you smokers out there-- sure, it's certainly your right to fry your lungs and stink to high heaven, but it's also my right to not do the same. If you want a smoke, GO OUTSIDE. Freeze your ass off, because that's a small price to pay for my clean lungs. And don't go beating up or killing the bouncers of this world because they have a job to do. That's like killing a cop for pulling you over after you've run a red light.

/PSA. Now back to our regularly scheduled programming.




 
Worthy parallel

I'm really tired of all of the people who compare Bush to Hitler. It just shows how utterly ignorant some are of history, and how little some people understand the United States and what we stand for. These same people rarely say a bad thing about Saddam, and if they do, it is as an after thought-- as if to qualify their unabashed Bush hatred. So Time magazine's latest cover surprised me, as it almost draws a parallel between Hitler and Saddam. What a concept!




 
What the hell is up with CNN?

I am amazed that anybody would even consider CNN a worthy news resource with all of their shenanigans being revealed:

Media Watchdog Concerned CNN Had Armed Guard

Reporters Sans Frontieres (RSF) made the comments after an incident in the northern Iraqi town of Tikrit in which a security guard hired by CNN fired his machinegun at a checkpoint when the CNN convoy came under gunfire.

"This behavior creates a dangerous precedent that could imperil all other reporters covering this conflict and others in the future," Robert Menard, RSF secretary general, said in a statement.

"There is a real risk that belligerents will believe all press vehicles are armed," he said, adding that the use of armed private security guards only increased the confusion between reporters and combatants in the conflict.

CNN's behavior has been appalling. They continue to put their own interests ahead of overall safety and security. If this kind of crap doesn't finally do them in, I don't know what will. Maybe they can move their HQ to Qatar-- they'd get along great with Al Jazeera.




 
Another Iraqi scientist

It looks like another Iraqi scientist has turned himself in to the US, and he wasn't in Iraq.

U.S. Interview Iraqi Nuclear Scientist

I hope that he spills some beans to save his own tail....




 
Coming home

USS Kitty Hawk and USS Constellation are heading home:
Two Navy Battle Groups to Leave War Zone

But it looks like our military and our government are staying focused on the tasks at hand:

As combat winds down in Iraq, the hunt for chemical and biological weapons or nuclear materials is rising on the priority list for American troops. There are more potential nuclear, biological or chemical weapons sites in Iraq than U.S. military teams to check them, Pentagon officials said Sunday.

Also, the United States is focusing on unfinished business from the 1991 Gulf war. A team of experts from the Defense Intelligence Agency and the Central Intelligence Agency have arrived in the Persian Gulf region to search for clues to the fate of Navy pilot Michael Scott Speicher, who was shot down on the first night of that war, U.S. defense and intelligence officials said Monday.

This is far from over, but I must say that things are looking up. Hopefully we see this through to completion.




 
Russian motives

Iraq-Russia spy link uncovered
SECRET FILES: Documents reveal Iraqi agents trained in Moscow

Baghdad -- A Moscow-based organization was training Iraqi intelligence agents as recently as last September -- at the same time Russia was resisting the Bush administration's push for a tough stand against Saddam Hussein's regime, Iraqi documents discovered by The Chronicle show.

The documents found Thursday and Friday in a Baghdad office of the Mukhabarat, the Iraqi secret police, indicate that at least five agents graduated Sept. 15 from a two-week course in surveillance and eavesdropping techniques, according to certificates issued to the Iraqi agents by the "Special Training Center" in Moscow.

The Russian government, which has expressed intense disagreement with the U. S.-led war on Iraq, has repeatedly denied giving any military or security assistance to the Hussein regime. Any such aid would violate U.N. sanctions that have severely limited trade, military and other relations with Iraq since 1991.

Time will tell what the true motiviations of France, Russia and Germany were when they actively attempted to block our efforts to enforce the UNSC resolutions for which they voted.




 
How wrong they are

When I ventured into the People's Republic of Berkeley last weekend for lunch, I was amused to find the San Francisco Bay Guardian's perception of the goings-on half a world away:

The new Vietnam

An Unwinnable War

Pelosi doesn't represent us

The cover alone is so entertaining:

The United States is bogged down -- again -- in the wrong war, with dead soldiers, dead civilians, and an international political mess. And there's no exit strategy.

. . .

and Nancy Pelosi's unconscionable support for the war

You couldn't make this stuff up, unless you live in Berkeley. People there EAT THIS UP, and I'll put my money on this being the end of Nancy Pelosi's career. Okay, no money, but I'm going on the record.

I picked up a copy, because this level of stupidity must be historic.




 
Fun and games

The Deck of Tyrant Cards has made for a fun game. Can't wait to see what we come up with.

So far we have:

7 of Diamonds
5 of Spades

... still looking for that Ace of Spades.




Sunday, April 13, 2003
 
SA-WEEP!

There is nothing sweeter than sweeping the Dodgers.

This little match-up has left the Giants with .... 11 wins, 1 loss.

Can they possibly go 161-1? ;-)




Friday, April 11, 2003
 
Bay Areas's finest

Mark Morford is one of the funniest "journalists" I've ever laid eyes on. Only thing is, he's not really trying to be funny. Sure, his style is tongue-in-cheek, but his points are serious, at least in his simple, happy world.

The Lie Of Liberation
Cheering Iraqis are just a diversion, folks. BushCo's real goal is only just beginning

Remember, Iraq's overthrow is only Phase 1 of the premeditated, long-standing Rummy/Cheney/Wolfie plan to aggressively bludgeon the Middle East into compliance with U.S. corporate and political interests. Did you miss that one? About the Project for the New American Century? Yep, been mapped out for years.

And their plan has nothing whatsoever to do with giving a damn for repressed people or raining blissful democracy upon starving nations. That is a side effect, a bonus, a great and touching piece of cover-up PR. Just as it is right now. Thousands of dead Iraqis? Hell, you ain't seen nothin' yet. Just wait until we "liberate" Syria.

Yes, Mark. You are right, it is not about the liberation of an oppressed people. It's about eliminating a threat, and disarming a guy who thumbed his nose at international law and refused to do it voluntarily. But in your simple world, it's all part of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy. Never mind that is was your lover-boy Clinton who actually changed our policy towards Iraq from containment to regime-change. Apparently Mr. Morford just misses the daily sight of Mr. Clinton, which certainly brought on his daydreams of a romp in the sack with that sexy, sax-blowing hunk of meat. His Bush hatred is blinding. (I mean Bush in more ways than one.)

Ah, but still the celebratory chants come. We have freed Iraq from its brutal dictator, one who was zero threat to our monster superpower country! And we did so by mutilating and killing countless thousands of Iraqi people, often ruthlessly, soldiers and citizens, women and children, so many bodies the local hospitals stopped counting, thousands more than were ever killed in 9/11, though there remains absolutely no connection between this war and 9/11, none whatsoever! Yay! Don't you feel proud?

Actually, I'm damned proud of our troops. Before Mr. Desk Job Morford sits here and criticizes our troops who are facing a type of fight he can't even imagine, perhaps he should "embed" himself with them to experience it first hand. Why do people expect 100% perfection from our troops, while we fight these thugs who hide behind women and children? And how can we expect our troops to automatically trust a "civilian", when that trust can end in their death?

The body count? Where is the official body count? I haven't seen one yet. As a matter of fact, the Red Cross says it will be impossible to know how many Iraqi deaths were inflicted, and even more difficult to know which casualties were combatants and which were civies. But Mr. Morford has an official count, and will present it as such in a major newspaper. Editors? Where are the editors??

There is a connection between Iraq and 9/11. It's called terrorism. Our reaction to 9/11 was to fight terrorism. If you think that Saddam did not partake in terrorism, then you've had one bong hit too many.

And what, exactly, have we the American people won? What are the spoils of our victory? Let's look: A gutted U.S. economy, a record budget deficit, decimated civil liberties (the GOP now wants to make the draconian USA Patriot Act permanent), one of the most secretive and ruthless and warmongering administrations in 50 years and the outright derision and bitter resentment of much of the civilized world, of nearly every one of our former allies.

Hey, Mark... guess what? The economy (which can hardly be classified as "gutted", you fool. Take an Economics 101 class) was heading to hell in a handbasket before Mr. Bush took office. And it certainly didn't tank in the last three weeks as a result of this war, as you seem to be implying. The budget deficit? Weeell, that can be attributed to the "gutted economy." You know how the gov't gets its revenues, right? Taxes from you and I. Well, if we aren't working or spending, then Uncle Sam doesn't get his pay. So you can thank the previous administration for the current situation. Things like this don't happen in the course of several months, you dingbat. But I'll give you the Patriot Act-- that should go. I can't even respond to the last comment... it's just unanswerable.

Oh, and a bonus: the horrific, irrevocable reputation that we are now a power-mad rogue superpower that will attack anyone, for any reason, on the hollowest of bogus pretenses. Righteous!

Ah, but what are Bush's spoils? Let's look: His copious corporate pals get to rush in and install a nice puppet government to help the baffled Iraqis rebuild their hovels and "manage" their precious oil. There, there, now, Iraq, your brutal dictator is gone. Welcome to rampant capitalism. See if you can tell the difference.

Thank goodness he has enlightened us. We attacked "anyone" for "any reason"? Mr. Morford was obviously born yesterday, because he seems to be oblivious to Saddam's history, our history with Iraq, and the six-month tango with we did with the UNSC. I wouldn't put my money on this guy admitting he's wrong when we turn the keys over to the Iraqi government and pull out. Nope, he'll be bitching about other things.

But, more than that, Bush's regime gets a vital, strategic piece of the oil-rich power puzzle with which to strong-arm all Mideast comers. Our iron foot is now in the door. This was the point all along.

Look. We haven't won a single thing. We haven't defeated a deadly or truly threatening enemy. We have not lovingly promoted the causes of peace and freedom and hot vente mocha-caramel lattes for every starving child. Liberating an oppressed people is a wonderful thing indeed. The images of cheering Baghdadis are truly amazing. For about a week. But that result was never the point.

Right again. That was never the point. The point was to disarm. And you should be thankful that the United States does not subscribe to the policy of appeasement. But we've won a lot. And the Iraqi people have won more than we could ever know. But you will slap that to the side, because it doesn't fit in with your Bush hatred. I'm not going to even touch his use of the term "regime".

And we have not, in the slightest bit, reduced the threat of terrorism to our nation. In fact, we have done the exact opposite. We have, most likely, amplified that threat a hundredfold, a thousandfold. Look at those cluster bombs fall, those women decapitated. See the children scream, those Arab nations seethe and mourn, the world stare at us, appalled and horrified and angry. Do you feel safer now? Boy, I sure do. I feel like, like ... another tax cut for the wealthy! Yep, that oughta do it.

Well, considering the Arab world thought of us as gutless wonders, I would say we have reduced the threat of terrorism. We are not the cause, Mr. Morford, we are the effect. Get that through your thick skull. I feel much safer, thank you. And the French, Germans and Russians are so appalled and horrified that they are banging down our door to get a piece of the rebuilding pie. Their anger is really starting to scare me. A tax cut sounds GREAT, considering my paltry income makes me "wealthy." I can think of a lot of things I'd like to spend my well-earned money on, besides hand-outs for the lazy.

Quick show of hands: Who remembers the alleged reason we had to stomp Saddam in the first place? Wasn't it nukes? Chemical warfare? WMDs? Skanky mustache? Because, of course, we have found exactly nada. If he had any, and he was as vile as insane as we all seem to think, don't you think he would've used them by now? Go figure.

This guy is so typical of the apologist, terrorist-appeasing, liberal, we-miss-Bill crowd. No acknowledgement that toppling Saddam was good for the people, and no credit for an incredibly successful military campaign that ACTUALLY resulted in minimal civilian and US troop casualties. And the usual declaration that we have not found any WMDs. Never mind the fact that this war still goes on, and the search has barely begun. Nope, instead he will come up with the usual Bush bashing and liberal whining, and spew "facts" that he does not back up. Let's hope that he takes a fact-finding trip to Baghdad soon. Then maybe the Iraqis can give him a close-up look at the soles of their shoes.

You know what, I've just posted almost the entire article. The whole thing is just too good. And to come up with a response would be too much of a challenge.




 
The media's truths

An article in the New York Times, written by CNN's Middle East Chief, Eason Jordan, really is a wake-up call to those who believe the reporting that comes from the Middle East. It puts it all into perspective.

ATLANTA -- Over the last dozen years I made 13 trips to Baghdad to lobby the government to keep CNN's Baghdad bureau open and to arrange interviews with Iraqi leaders. Each time I visited, I became more distressed by what I saw and heard -- awful things that could not be reported because doing so would have jeopardized the lives of Iraqis, particularly those on our Baghdad staff.

For example, in the mid-1990's one of our Iraqi cameramen was abducted. For weeks he was beaten and subjected to electroshock torture in the basement of a secret police headquarters because he refused to confirm the government's ludicrous suspicion that I was the Central Intelligence Agency's Iraq station chief. CNN had been in Baghdad long enough to know that telling the world about the torture of one of its employees would almost certainly have gotten him killed and put his family and co-workers at grave risk.

Working for a foreign news organization provided Iraqi citizens no protection. The secret police terrorized Iraqis working for international press services who were courageous enough to try to provide accurate reporting. Some vanished, never to be heard from again. Others disappeared and then surfaced later with whispered tales of being hauled off and tortured in unimaginable ways. Obviously, other news organizations were in the same bind we were when it came to reporting on their own workers.

Read the entire article.

So when you hear of the Israelis committing "massacres" on the helpless Palestinians, try to remember the freedoms that the media do not enjoy in these Arab countries.

[Link via Naomi Ragen]




 
The ISM goons will never learn

Another ISM tool has been killed. Logic would tell me that to be on the side of the ISM is to flirt with death.

Activist Shot in Gaza Said Brain Dead

The incident occurred on a road outside the Rafah refugee camp, near the border with Egypt, as activists tried to set up a tent to block army incursions into the camp, witnesses said.

When you try to get in the way of military/security operations, chances are that you will get hurt. Darwin's theory is being proven again and again in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. At least these people won't be able to procreate. Chalk one up for the human race.




 
Back to my favorite subject

I am on the email list of an American-born Israeli writer, Naomi Ragen. She sends a lot of interesting email, and I wanted to share a short one she sent in response to the Rachel Corrie bill (House Concurrent Resolution 111) that is being pushed through right now. In short, the resolution expresses sympathy for Rachel Corrie, who supported Palestinian terrorists, and burned the American flag.

Friends,

A reader has said that he sees "nothing whatsoever that could be construed as anti-Israel or anti-Semitic in this resolution (The Rachel Corrie Bill). If anything, an investigation should clear the air regarding the circumstances of Ms. Corrie's death. Occasionally, you over-react!"

I don't think so.

The Rachel Corrie bill, that calls for a "full, fair investigation" of her death by the U.S. Congress and the Israeli government, and the expression of condolences" to her parents will not clear the air. Quite the opposite.

Singling out this incident for a 'full, fair investigation" implies that Israel hasn't already done that...Also, the Corrie's daughter doesn't deserve an ounce of sympathy. Nor do her parents more than the parents of Israelis (including many Americans living in Israel) whose children have been slaughtered by the same terrorists Ms. Corrie was protecting. What about the Esther and Judah Waxsman bill to offer sympathy for these Americans whose son Nachshon was brutally murdered by terrorists? Or the Kobi Mandel bill, to offer condolences to the Mandell family for the brutal murder of their 14 year old son by terrorists... And a "full, fair, investigation" of the Palestinian Authorities part in those deaths...Shall I go on?

Naomi Ragen

Write to your representative. Encourage them to vote against this Resolution, and instead vote in favor of House Concurrent Resolution 119. The quote below picks up from where the listing of Americans killed by Palestinian terrorism ends:

Whereas at least another 74 United States citizens have been injured in Palestinian terrorist attacks; and

Whereas the official Palestinian Authority television broadcast on March 14, 2003, of a live sermon calling for the destruction of the United States and Israel was a blatant attempt to incite violence against United States and Israeli citizens: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), That Congress--

(1) condemns the attacks on United States citizens by Palestinian terrorists and demands that the Palestinian Authority work with Israel to protect all innocent individuals, regardless of citizenship, from terrorist atrocities; and

(2) offers its condolences to the families and loved ones of United States citizens who were killed by Palestinian terrorist attacks.

Sounds good to me. Why don't we spend our time on Americans who were doing NOTHING wrong, and were killed by acts of terrorism? Rachel Corrie may as well have been one of the terrorists....

As a side note: BIG SURPRISE! My former Representative, Tom Lantos, is co-sponsor of Res. 119, while my current commie Rep., Barbara Lee, is co-sponsoring Res. 111. Needless to say, I'm going to be writing a nice note to Ms. Lee.