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Today is Friday, and I haven’t a thing to say. Well, that’s not exactly true. I have too much to say, so I will be writting another potpourri of articles over the weekend (I hope). Until then, this is an open trackback. If you have an article you would like to share with others, please post it here. The only two things I request are no porn and you must leave a link for me.

I have been trackbacking to many people who never bother to trackback to me. (I must find out what is happening.) Do you think that is fair? Go ahead and have a vote on it! It’s as if everyone disappeared except for the people who actually read what I wrote over at Rosemary’s Thoughts.com. I’M NOT THERE ANYMORE. I am at Rosemary’s Thoughts.blogspot.com. 😉

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Posts I have trackbacked to: AZAMATTEROFACT, Stop the ACLU, Perri Nelson’s Website, A Blog For All, 123beta, Stix Blog, The Populist, The Amboy Times, Big Dog’s Weblog, Conservative Thoughts, Nuke’s, OTA Weekend, The World According to Carl, Blue Star Chronicles, CORSARI D’ITALIA, Right Voices, and Church and State, thanks to Linkfest Haven Deluxe.

Kind people who trackbacked to this post:
1. Stix’s Blog: A new villian for the Nutroots.
2. Perri Nelson’s Website: The penalty for voter fraud.
3. The Florida Masochist: The Knucklehead of the Day award.
4. The Florida Masochist: Stock Car.
5. The Florida Masochist: Homecoming.
6. The Florida Masochist: Vernon Downs.
7. AZAMATTEROFACT: Econ 101 for Isolationist Loonies.
8. The Florida Masochist: The Knucklehead of the Day award.
9. The Florida Masochist: Weekly Dolphins prediction.
10. The Florida Masochist: Annika, Julieta, and the ADT.

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There are many events that occur in our country where I am supposed to just shut up and take it because of other’s First Amendment right, but I must not remain silent for this. As you are aware, there is a ‘so-called church group called the Westboro baptist church’ that protests our brave men and women when their families are at their most vulnerable. They throw the most hateful speech I’ve ever heard and being a First Baptist Church member, this is NOT a church that has any affiliation with us. I DENOUNCE YOU, whatever your name is.

It is one thing to disagree with a policy, it is quite another to destroy another human being. FOR ANY REASON. They don’t care. They only want publicity, so they desecrated the funeral of Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder, son to Mr. and Mrs. Albert Snyder.

Think about this for one moment, please. Could you bear the loss of your child? This child was a man, and a brave one at that. He served our country well. So well that he gave the ultimate sacrifice…his life. His family desired only that they have a private funeral to say good-bye to their beloved son, but that was not to be.

Now? Finally, someone is taking them to task. They are being sued in a Maryland court for an unspecified amount of damages for intentional infliction of emotional distress. You may read more about this story at Stop the ACLU. I find this totally disgusting and reprehensible. I have to stop here before I say something very un-Christianly.

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If this post is self-explanatory, this is an open trackback. If it is not, if you do get it, GO AWAY. I’m sick and tired of your sort. Also, if I trackback to you, please return the favor. From now on I shall be watching. I received NO trackbacks for my last post. Hmm…

Posts I’ve trackbacked to: Outside the Beltway, Nuke’s, Diary of the Mad Pigeon, Right Truth, The Populist, The Amboy Times, Right Voices, The Yankee Sailor, Pirate’s Cove, Perri Nelson’s Website, High Desert Wanderer, Shadowscope, Leaning Straight Up, The World According to Carl, Pursuing Holiness, and last but certainly not least, Woman Honor Thyself, thanks to Linkfest Haven Deluxe. Also, Stop the ACLU.

Kind and decent people who’ve trackbacked to this post:
1. The Florida Masochist: The Knucklehead of the Day award.
2. The Florida Masochist: Tranquil.

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Deployed soldiers participate in mass re-enlistment ceremony.

18 October 2007
By Sgt. Marcus Butler
4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne)
25th Infantry Division
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BAGHDAD, Oct. 18, 2007 — One hundred forty-one paratroopers decided to stay Army in a mass re-enlistment ceremony held on Forward Operating Base Kalsu, Iraq, Oct. 14. The paratroopers from 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, made the decision to continue their service in the Army after being deployed for over a year.

Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch, commanding general of Multi-National Division–Center, made a special trip to FOB Kalsu to lead the oath of enlistment for these paratroopers.

“To re-enlist this many paratroopers after being deployed for a year is truly amazing,” said Master Sgt. Douglas Goodwin, senior career counselor for the 4th BCT (Abn.), 25th Inf. Div. “It says a lot about the leadership and the patriotism of these paratroopers.”

After the ceremony, Lynch thanked each paratrooper and posed for pictures. To this date, the Spartan Brigade has re-enlisted nearly 1,300 soldiers; approximately 70 percent of them have decided to stay with the brigade for another tour.

“Soldiers are special people and to see these paratroopers making a commitment to continue serving their country when the operational tempo is so high proves they trust in their leadership,” Goodwin said. “It also shows how much they believe in what they are doing and stand proud as United States paratroopers ready to defend our country against the ever-growing threat of terrorism.”

Photo – One hundred forty-one paratroopers from 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, re-enlisted Oct. 14 on Forward Operating Base Kalsu, Iraq, in a ceremony conducted by Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch, commanding general of Multi-National Division–Center. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Marcus Butler.

Source: US CentCom.

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Two C-17 air crews completed a record airdrop, simultaneously dropping supply loads in Afghanistan.

17 October 2007
By Staff Sgt. Trevor Tiernan
U.S. Central Command Air Force Combat Correspondent Team
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BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan, Oct. 17, 2007 — Two U.S. Air Force C-17 crews recently completed a mission for the history books with one of the largest single airdrops in Afghanistan since Operation Enduring Freedom began.

“What sets this mission apart from previous ones is this is the first time we’ve used two aircraft to drop simultaneously on the same drop zone in the AOR (area of responsibility),” said Tech. Sgt. Marvin Mosley, a loadmaster on the Oct. 11, 2007, mission.

It also was the first time in combat that cargo has been air-dropped in a formation scenario. The two C-17 Globemaster III aircraft from the 817th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron dropped more than 60 bundles of cargo, weighing more than 85,000 pounds, over the Paktika province in southeastern Afghanistan.

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Brian Robinson, Air Mobility Division chief, Combined Air and Space Operations Center, said the drop contained supplies needed to operate through the winter, said. Poor road conditions leading to the forward operating base and force protection concerns drove the decision to make an airdrop, Robinson said. “Airdrop[s] could deliver all the supplies in two to three minutes using the C-17s and minimize [coalition forces’] exposure on the ground and in the air,” said Robinson.

The crews flew from Manas Air Base, Kyrgyzstan, to pick up the cargo at Bagram Airfield before heading to the drop zone. Air Force Capt. Ryan Orfe, one of the pilots on the mission, said the airdrop not only got the needed supplies to the troops well ahead of harsh winter weather, but also helped keep convoy drivers out of harm’s way.

“Hopefully we’re doing good and taking convoys off the road,” said Orfe. “That seems to be where a lot of the attacks on our troops come from. The more we can keep [the convoys] off the road, while at the same time keeping ourselves safe flying at higher altitudes … it’s a win-win for everybody.”

Photo- A second Air Force C-17 Globemaster drops Combat Delivery System bundles just a few hundred feet above another set floating down to coalition soldiers waiting below, Oct. 11, 2007. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Micah E. Clare.

Source: US CentCom.

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Listen to this clip on the abortion issue recorded in the year 2002, and YOU decide…

For a true education on Mitt Romney’s record, you will find information here. (Mass Resistence! lol)

Hat tip: Gregg from Pundit Review and author of Conservative Comebacks to Liberal Lies.

Update: I’ve decided to save you the trouble, and I’ve posted the video here.

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This is an article about a Hero who gave his life for his three other friends. There is a book written by the Lone Survivor about this very incident. ($14.99) God bless them all.

Update: Below please find other links from Milbloggers.

Source: US CentCom News feed.

22 October 2007
By John J. Kruzel
American Forces Press Service
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WASHINGTON (NNS) — President Bush today posthumously presented the Medal of Honor earned by Lt. Michael P. Murphy, a Navy SEAL who sacrificed his life in an attempt to save fellow SEALs during a fierce battle with Taliban fighters in Afghanistan.

The Medal of Honor, accepted by Murphy’s parents, Maureen and Dan Murphy, during a White House ceremony, is the highest military decoration. Murphy’s is the first Medal of Honor awarded for service in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

“Today we add Lieutenant Michael Murphy’s name to the list of recipients who have made the ultimate sacrifice,” Bush said. “By presenting Michael Murphy’s family with the Medal of Honor that he earned, a grateful nation remembers the courage of this proud Navy SEAL.”

On June 28, 2005, as Murphy led a four-man SEAL team in search of key terrorist commander, the unit came under attack by some 50 Taliban fighters. The lieutenant is credited with risking his own life to save the lives of his teammates, according to a summary of action published by the Navy.

Despite intense combat around him, Murphy — already wounded in the firefight — moved into the open where he could gain a better transmission signal and request backup from headquarters. At one point, Murphy was shot in the back, causing him to drop the transmitter. The lieutenant picked it back up, completed the call and continued firing at the enemy as they closed in.

By the time the two-hour gunfight had concluded, Murphy and two others SEALs had been killed. An estimated 35 Taliban died in the fighting.

As a somber postscript to Murphy’s bravery, the helicopter that he requested crashed after being struck by a rocket- propelled grenade, killing everyone on board. In total, 19 Americans died in what Bush referred to as “the deadliest for Navy Special Warfare forces since World War II.”

The president characterized Murphy as a born Navy SEAL.

“SEALs get their name from operating by sea, air and land, and even as a toddler, Michael could find his way through any obstacle,” Bush said. “When he was just 18 months old, he darted across a neighbor’s yard and dove into the swimming pool. By the time his frantic parents reached him, Michael had swum to the other side with a big smile on his face.”

In addition to his physical strength, Bush said Murphy’s strong moral character also was apparent at an early age.

“One day in school, he got into a scuffle sticking up for a student with a disability. It’s the only time his parents ever got a phone call from the principal, and they couldn’t have been prouder,” Bush said. “Michael’s passion for helping others led him to become a caring brother, a tutor, a life guard and eventually a member of the United States armed forces.”

The president welcomed Murphy’s parents and brother, John, who hail from Patchogue, N.Y., to the White House’s East Room, noting that Murphy’s decision to join the U.S. military was not easily accepted by his family. “As a Purple Heart recipient during Vietnam, Michael’s father understood the sacrifices that accompany a life of service. He also understood that his son was prepared to make these sacrifices,” Bush added.

Murphy is remembered by fellow SEALs as a wisecracking friend who went by “Mikey” or “Murph,” a patriot who wore a New York City firehouse patch on his uniform in honor of the heroes of 9/11, Bush said.

“And they remember an officer who respected their opinions and led them with an understated yet unmistakable sense of command. Together Michael and his fellow SEALs deployed multiple times around the world in the war against the extremists and radicals,” Bush said. “And while their missions were often carried out in secrecy, their love of country and devotion to each other was always clear.”

Murphy is one of three servicemembers to receive the Medal of Honor posthumously for gallantry in action during the war on terror. The president has presented medals to the families of Army Sgt. 1st Class Paul R. Smith and Marine Cpl. Jason L. Dunham, who died in Iraq.

Photo – President George W. Bush presents the Medal of Honor to Daniel and Maureen Murphy, the parents of Navy SEAL Lt. Michael Murphy, during a ceremony at the White House. Lt. Murphy was killed during a reconnaissance mission near Asadabad, Afghanistan, while exposing himself to enemy fire in order to call in support after his four-man team came under attack by enemy forces June 28, 2005. Murphy is the first service member to receive the honor for actions during Operation Enduring Freedom and the first Navy recipient of the medal since Vietnam. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Brien Aho.

Froggy Ruminations – SEAL Memorial at the Punchbowl. MUST READ
Froggy Ruminations – The One
Pundit Review – Blackfive podcast about the battle.
Blackfive (Froggy) – Axelson and Dietz to Receive Navy Crosses.
Blackfive (Froggy) – Mike Murphy Beach.
Blackfive – “HERO” – SEAL Lieutenant Mike Murphy Considered for MOH.
Blackfive – Danny Dietz – Navy SEAL Hero’s Memorial Opposed.
Blackfive – Marcus Luttrell is “The One” – Sole Surviving Navy SEAL.
Blackfive – US Navy SEAL Danny Dietz Memorial.
Blackfive – Navy SEAL Lieutenant Michael Murphy to receive the MOH.
Blackfive (DeeBow) – Someone that everyone, even the NYT should know..
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Today I am going to use the potpourri of news so that I may both share this news with you while at the same time cleaning out my email. (lol)

I am going to start today with M. Zuhdi Jasser’s, MD, Chairman, Board of Directors, contributions:

I understand the reluctance some may have to reading any of these articles, but this is the voice you have all been denied to hear. The voice you’ve been seeking. You ask, “Where are the Muslims speakint out against this?” He has been speaking out since September 11, 2007. Now it is up to you to read what the struggle between the Islamist and this man (and those whom are still afraid to speak out except through him) to keep abreast of the news you will never see anywhere else…

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This is my Tuesday open trackback. Please be so kind that if you trackback to me, leave a link back here. My trackbacks seem to have slipped very much, except for a few faithful friends. 🙂

People I have trackbacked to: Diary of the Mad Pigeon, Dumb Ox Daily News, Adam’s Blog, Pursuing Holiness, The Populist, The Yankee Sailor, Outside the Beltway, Right Voices, Blue Star Chronicles, Pirate’s Cove, Blog @ MoreWhat.com, Stuck On Stupid, Leaning Straight Up, Conservative Cat, Perri Nelson’s Website, The Amboy Times, Conservative Thoughts, The Yankee Sailor, and Shadowscope, thanks to Linkfest Haven Deluxe.

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