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I’ve just learned that a Conservative blogger and talk radio show host, Pundit Review, and a leading Liberal blogger site, Blue Mass Group have decided to join forces (as it were) to raise money for the Jared C. Monti Scholarship Fund.

So who was SFC Jared Monti, and what did he do to deserve the highest achievement of all, the Medal of Honor?

When SFC Monti realized that a member of the patrol, Private First Class (PFC) Brian J. Bradbury, was critically wounded and exposed 10 meters from cover, without regard for his personal safety, he advanced through enemy fire to within three feet of PFC Bradbury’s position. But he was forced back by intense RPG fire. He tried again to secure PFC Bradbury, but he was forced to stay in place again as the enemy intensified its fires.

The remaining patrol members coordinated covering fires for SFC Monti, and he advanced a third time toward the wounded Soldier. But he only took a few steps this time before he was mortally wounded by an RPG. About the same time, the indirect fires and CAS he called for began raining down on the enemy’s position. The firepower broke the enemy attack, killing 22 enemy fighters. SFC Monti’s actions prevented the patrol’s position from being overrun, saved his team’s lives and in spired his men to fight on against overwhelming odds.

A remarkable man he was, and his legacy should continue. That is why I, even being on the other side of our beautiful country, am joining forces with them in contributing to the scholarship and asking others to do the same. Please blog about this if you have a blog, write about this is you have a website. Below you will find information so that you also may contribute.

PAYPAL ONLINE DONATION:

JARED C. MONTI SCHOLARSHIP FUND

MAILING ADDRESS:
Jared C. Monti Scholarship Fund
c/o Bristol County Savings Bank
108 N. Main Street
Raynham, MA 02767

Entering its fourth year of operation, the Jared C. Monti Scholarship Fund helps deserving young people with funds for college. You can learn about previous scholarship winners here.

If you noticed on Kevin’s site, there was also a box that included his radio show link. I could not for the life of me get that link for you. If you did not go to Kevin’s site (Pundit Review), please do. Leave him a nice comment as well. Thank you and have a blessed day.

May you walk with the LORD always, and when you cannot take another step, may He carry you the rest of the way until you can walk along side Him again.

Cross-posted @ Rosemary’s Thoughts. Digg! Digg!

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Army Pilot, Retired Marine Father Receive Silver Star Awards During Special Ceremony.

By Spc. George Welcome
101st Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan (29 Nov. 2008) — Thirty years separate the conclusion of the Vietnam War and the start of the Global War on Terrorism. While time, tactics and technology have made today’s military vastly different from the one which fought in the jungles of Vietnam, the common denominator in the two conflicts is the American service member, whose bravery and sacrifices secure peace and freedom for America and its allies.

Spc. George Welcome, 101st Combat Avation Brigade Public Affairs.

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jonathan Harris receives a handshake from Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Schloesser, after being presented the Silver Star during an award ceremony at Combined Joint Task Force-101 Headquarters on Nov. 28, 2008. Photographer: Spc. George Welcome, 101st Combat Avation Brigade Public Affairs.

It is a rare occurrence when a Soldier receives a Silver Star for courage under fire. Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jonathan Harris became one of the few Soldiers to receive the prestigious award on the evening of Nov. 28, during a ceremony at Combined Joint Task Force-101 Headquarters. But the fact that his father, Retired Staff Sgt. Gary Harris, was also presented with a Silver Star made the event all the more special.

Through the magic of video teleconferencing, the Harris family got to watch as the younger Harris was presented the Silver Star by Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Schloesser, CJTF-101 commanding general, from the conference room at Fort Campbell, Ky. Meanwhile, Soldiers from CJTF-101 watched the video screen, as the elder Harris was pinned with not only the Silver Star, but a Bronze Star he earned as a Marine serving in Vietnam, which were never formally presented to him.

“It’s very rare that we present the Silver Star,” Schloesser explained to those in attendance at both Fort Campbell and Afghanistan. “We have a very high standard and we make sure that the few who do earn it have done so through selfless sacrifice. It’s clear that Mr. Harris did that, and it is also clear that the nation owes a debt to Staff Sgt. (Ret.) Gary Harris, it was almost 40 years ago that he earned it, and I hope in some small way that we can pay back that debt by presenting him his award with his son’s today.”

Personal courage and selfless service run deep in the Harris family bloodline, as both father and son reacted similarly in their encounters with enemy forces, by risking their lives to ensure the safety of their comrades.

The elder Harris displayed this courage on Aug. 15, 1969 when as a squad leader in Vietnam, his company which was patrolling the outer perimeter near Gol Ree, was attacked with mortar and rocket fire. He quickly directed the members of his squad to return fire on the enemy. As the attack died down, he moved his squad closer to the perimeter, which had been weakened during the barrage. As the enemy resumed its assault, he directed his squad to return fire once again, breaking the enemy attack. During the engagement, he risked his life by helping medics aid wounded Marines and helped bring them to safety.

The younger Harris also displayed bravery in the face of danger by exposing himself to enemy fire. On July 2, 2008, Harris, who is a UH-60 Black Hawk pilot assigned to Company C, 5th Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, landed his helicopter at a landing zone near Gardez, Afghanistan, to pick up infantry Soldiers for transport, when his aircraft came under attack by enemies using rocket propelled grenades, a heavy machine gun and various assault rifles.

With the aircraft on fire, Harris and crew manage[d] to fly it a short distance before putting it down again. After safely exiting the burning helicopter, the entire crew took up a defensive posture. They managed to contact a CH-47 Chinook, which was in the area to help extract them from the battlefield. As the Chinook landed, the enemy resumed fire. It was then that Harris, who was helping one of his wounded crew chiefs to the helicopter, exposed himself to fire by engaging and killing an approaching enemy combatant. He entered the helicopter only after ensuring that the members of his crew, the ground forces and the quick reaction force were safely aboard.

“Mr. Harris has been great since the incident,” said Sgt. DeeJay Norby, a crew chief who was also involved in the action at Gardez. “He didn’t get down or anything afterward; he went right back to business doing his job. It’s really awesome getting to fly with a great group of pilots and crew chiefs.”

This was not the first award that Harris received during the deployment; he was also presented with the Air Medal with Valor device.

In his short address, Harris thanked his flight crew and the crew of the Chinook that performed the rescue operation. “I’m so lucky to serve with so many great heroes,” said Harris. “Without them, the outcome might not have been so good.”

He also gave a heartfelt thank you to his father, whose life and service set the example for him. “Every time people thank us for our service, I tell them to thank a Vietnam vet; so dad I want to thank you today.”

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Simply AWESOME! Thank you both! And thanks to all the other people who helped. Godspeed.

May you walk with the LORD always, and when you cannot take another step, may He carry you the rest of the way until you can walk along side Him again.

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The group of Vets For Freedom is very actively trying to get their message to public so you can know the truth the dinosaur media refuses to tell. They have news reports, actions that you may participate in to help, videos, and a special section for American Patriot Heroes. Today I will share with you one of those Heroes. (The writing below is done by Vets For Freedom.)

Joe Dan “Doc” Worley.

On September 17, 2004, while on patrol with Marines from the 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, in Fallujah, Iraq, an IED exploded into a humvee killing a Marine and an Iraqi Interpreter. Not even 10 days prior, his former platoon had seven Marines killed in action when a vehicle borne IED drove into their patrol. The attrition from the blast was so severe that the platoon, known as Pale Rider Three, would be disbanded and the surviving Marines sent to other platoons in Fox Company.

Immediately reacting to the explosion, Doc Worley went into automatic pilot. No one needed to explain to this Corpsman the importance of his job after an enemy attack. Worley grabbed his aid bag and took off toward the thick smoke, preparing himself for the worst-case scenario of this close quarters explosion.

As Worley sprinted across a bridge, a secondary IED exploded only a few feet away from him, ripping off his left leg instantly. Experiencing mind-numbing pain throughout his entire body, Worley began to assess his own condition, something he had done countless times for others. He put himself through the life saving aid procedures as he had so many other times to others, when there were too many injured for one Corpsman to handle. Worley applied a tourniquet just above his own left knee, an extremely painful procedure that was vital in saving his own life. [Continue reading at the Veterans For Freedom.]

Also read more about Doc Worley’s story here on CBS News.

For more patriots’ stories, please read more at Vets For Freedom: American Patriots. Here is a list of some of them.

Read About Other American Patriots:

1st Sgt Brad Kasal, Brian Chontosh, Chris Neidziocha, Cpl. Carlos Gomez-Perez, JC Matteson, Joe Dan “Doc” Worley, Josh Glover, Juan Rubio, Juanita Wilson, LCpl Ben Gonzalez, Leigh Ann Hester, Nathan and Jared Hubbard, Sean A. Stokes, Sgt. Anthony Viggiani, USMC, Staff Sergeant Michael Dickinson.

American Patriot Profiles are posted frequently. Please check back often for updates. If you know of a patriot you would like to see profiled, please let us know.

These are truly remarkable men and women, and we owe them more than we could ever repay. That is why we must do everything in our power to help by volunteering at the Veterans Administration Hospitals in our area, and we must prevent the wacked out nuts who would rather destroy our country and turn it over to al Qaida than to stand up and fight for their rights themselves. Shameful, but true. We must not fret, however. We must decide to take a stand, and stand. Have a nice day.

May you walk with the LORD always, and when you cannot take another step, may He carry you the rest of the way until you can walk along side Him again.

Cross-posted @ The Talon and Rosemary’s Thoughts.

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It was another hot day in July. Life was being lived as if nothing was happening, nothing was more important than getting to the beach, the barb-e-que, the shopping mall; but not so for an Army Captain and his team on 27 July 2008. No, they were geared up for a mission that no one noticed, but one mission that would change the lives of several people. The mission: Operation VOLCANO II.

Operation VOLCANO II was an operation with the desired outcome of capturing (or killing) a senior leader of the Mahdi Army, Mukkie’s insurgency which is run from Iran. This is a bunch of crazy Shi’ites located in Karbala, Iraq. Cpt. Solheim’s team and he “fast roped” into their Area of Operation (AO) and quickly set up their position near the target building.

While we were out swimming to relieve the heat, they were faced with a situation where they were three cubed in between some of the meanest insurgents in Iraq. As soon as they hit the ground, they found themselves cubed. A vicious attack against the American Forces persued. Those cretons were using rocketpropelled grenades (RPGs) and AK-47s. It was necessary to call in the air support to eliminate these scumbags, because…well, besides the fact they are the enemy…it was a very fierce fire fight.

Though the air support relieved them of most of the cretons, many did manage to remain hidden beneath the dust from the assault force’s helicopter. They were to the north of Captain Solheim and his unit.

The insurgents started to target one certain area of soldiers, so Captain Solheim swiftly and aggressively managed to move his team over to their area for reinforcements. He did this to protect those soldiers who were deleaguered and trapped.

As he did this, he took note of an armed creton with an RPG less than ten meters from him. Without regard for his own safety, he charged this bastard, shot and killed him. This action alone saved many American Forces just in time.

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Hometown: Oregon City, OR.
Awarded: Silver Star.
Interview: June 18, 2008 — ABC (935 KB).
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At this time he turned his sights on the building and realizing his troops were in imminent danger from insurgents, Captain Solheim left himself exposed to the enemy once again so that he get better positioned to act as a cover for his team. Now he was in place to limit the enemy’s attacks on his team and himself.

But the fight was still going, they do not give up that easily. The only mistake they made was thinking that Captain Solheim and his team would! One of those creeps tried to sneak up on him with an AK-47. He WAS a Mahdi Army soldier, but that was the last day he would hurt or intimidate anyone else. Captain Solheim made a split second decision as he turned to see him there, and he fired at his weapon at him, killing him. Unfortunatelly, however, this creton did manage to get off one final round of his AK-47 which caught Captain Solheim in his legs and back.

“Thanks to Captain Solheim’s selfless and heroic actions, dozens of American lives were saved. His actions demonstrated how he placed the lives of his men over that of his own, earning him the Silver Star.”

That’s my kind of Hero! Thank God he lived through this. I pray his injuries were not so severe as they sound. Do you like to know more the people who are risking it all so that you can do the things you choose to do? Would you like to become a part a messanger?

These brave men and women sacrifice so much in their lives
so that others may enjoy the freedoms we get to enjoy everyday.
For that, I am proud to call them Hero.

We Have Every Right To Dream Heroic Dreams.
Those Who Say That We’re In A Time When There Are No Heroes,
They Just Don’t Know Where To Look

This post is part of the Wednesday Hero Blogroll. For more information about Wednesday Hero, or if you would like to post it on your site, you can go here.

Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart for all that you do. Even the telephone operators who think they are doing nothing, if it were not for you, how would I find anyone? And let us not forget those who are seldom remembered by the public…the families who sacrice too. I have no words to let you know how grateful I am for your selflessness other than a simple ‘Thank you’. God bless you all. 😉

Cross-posted @ The Talon and Rosemary’s Thoughts.

Update: I have been writing what I thought to be the Wednesday Hero blogburst, but it appears as though I have been mistaken. While it is true that I post my hero articles on Wednesday, they are not the one specified by the blogroll. I would like to offer my sincere apologies, I am wrong. I will continue to write in this fashion, but not under the guise of Wednesday Hero. I will, however, begin to write the proper Wednesday Hero! I don’t give up that easy! 😉

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If I were to mention Cindy Sheehan, would you know whom I was referring to? Then why is it that there are 32 articles on the deaths of these three marvelous men who were out there fighting for and protecting us from another 9/11/2001? I am amazed and disgusted. Could it be that by googling his name, I made an error? I did not see it on one single major paper’s site. Why not?

Could it be because these men were REAL men? This is such a great loss, they have given so much during their lives. I know the old saying is true: It is not how long you live; what matters is what you do while you are alive.

I would like to thank Lt. Col. Max A. Galeai for all the help he provided to us for the cause of Life, Liberty and pursuit of property while over seas. He did so much for so many during his time in the service, whether he was in or out of the combat zone.

This past Thursday, three of our lovely men have fallen. There names and ages:

Lt. Col. Max A. Galeai, 42, of Pago Pago, American Samoa.
Capt. Philip J. Dykeman, 38, of Brockport, N.Y.
Cpl. Marcus W. Preudhomme, 23, of North Miami Beach, Fla.

The Marines were assigned to 2d Battalion, 3d Marines, 3rd Marine Division, Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.

For additional background information on these Marines, news media representatives may contact the Marine Corps Base Hawaii public affairs office at (808) 257-8840/70.

Bob Ellis
USN 80-86

In Memory of Ed “OldIron” Barrett

“Remember that no matter how many missions you have been on, all that matters to the family is the one you are on today.” ~ Roert

Source: DoD Identifies Marine Casualties, Patriot Guard Riders.

Here is some of the activies of that day, as best as I can gather. They were killed in the town of Karmah in Anbar province, about 30 miles west of Baghdad, by a suicide bomber who disguised himself as a police officer. This occurred during a meeting with tribal sheiks opposed to AQI. There are rumors that two Iraqi interpreters, a local mayor, and several important tribal sheiks were also killed, but the DoD would only confirm the deaths of the Marines.

When this happened, there were just two days left before the transition was to be made to the Iraqis to take full responsibility of this very region. They are saying that bad weather had postponed the handover, but if you believe that I have a bridge in Brooklyn…

On the brighter side, if there could be one, 10 of the 18 provinces have been returned to the control of the Iraqis. The eight provinces that are left are dominated by the Kurdish and Shi’ites.

Here is a little insight into WHO Lt. Col. Max Galeai was:

Friends yesterday remembered Galeai, of Pago Pago, American Samoa, as a dedicated family man, a natural leader and a caring buddy who would never burden others with his problems. Just last week, in the midst of his deployment in Iraq, he sent e-mails to friends with jokes about the hot weather and friendly queries about how they were doing.

“I’m trying to cope with the fact that he’s no longer with us,” said Marine Master Gunnery Sgt. Taumaoe Gaoteote, of California, a longtime friend. “I didn’t know how to react when I heard. I never thought it would actually happen to him.”

In a newsletter for families of Kane’ohe-based Marines, Galeai wrote in February that during the deployment, battalion members would be “working with Iraqi police, Iraqi army and other(s) … as we help the Iraqi people establish the conditions necessary for them to assume responsibility for their own security and local governance.”

One of Galeai’s friends, Marine Master Gunnery Sgt. Paul Moniz, of New York, said he heard from Galeai about a week ago in an e-mail. Galeai didn’t talk much about what he was doing in Iraq, but made sure to ask Moniz about how he was holding up. “He was a friend, mentor, bigger than life, extremely bright, just one of those guys,” Moniz said. Moniz, who used to work under Galeai, said the officer always “sunk his teeth into his work” and expected a lot from people, but also praised them when they delivered. “He was definitely an inspirational guy. He was caring, compassionate.”

Master Sgt. Brett W. Beard, of California, also used to work under Galeai and quickly befriended him. “He just made it super easy to go out there to work day after day,” Galeai said. “His first love was always leading Marines.”

Source: Suicide bomber kills 3 Hawaii Marines, HonoluluAdvertiser.com.

But this is not all there was to these men. No, not by a long shot. These men were heroes and commanders! Lt. Col. Galeai was on his second tour in Iraq. He had served in the Marines in Virginia, California, Okinawa and elsewhere. In the time between 1988 until his death, he had earned and was awarded two Bronze Stars, the Purple Heart and five Meritorious Service medals. He is survived by his wife, Evelyn, and four children.

Cpt. Dykeman was the leader of Fox Company. He had been awarded a host of medals, including the Purple Heart. Preudhomme’s awards include the Purple Heart and the Combat Action Ribbon. Yes, these men did not back down when the fighting got tough. They got tougher. If you don’t like that, then go live as a slave in another country. You are killing mine.

Back to the post…

This is a very sad post, please forgive me. I wish I could make it different. I truly do. I’ve never one like this before, and I do not have the words. Therefore please allow me to use the words of our dear friends over at the Gathering of Eagles:

It is with great sadness that I must report that a very good Marine and a friend of the Gathering of Eagles, Lt. Col Max Galeai, has died in Iraq. Max was the CO of the 2nd Battalion 3rd Marine Regiment , which Gathering of Eagles Hawaii Chapter has been supporting with Kona coffee, during their deployment in al Anbar Iraq.

Max died on Thursday, June 26th, 2008 along with two other good Marines, and a number of Iraqi local dignitaries that he was meeting with in al Karmah. An AQI suicide bomber , dressed as an Iraqi policemen detonated himself to cause the deaths. You can read the details here: Honolulu Advertiser.

I had come to consider Max Galeai a personal friend , having exchanged at least a 1/2 dozen e-mails with him recently over the coffee project, Operation Jarhead Java -Kona for the Corps.
Max’s words to me were always so kind and respectful, I considered it an honor to receive each one of his communications.

Just last week a package arrived in the post for me , from Iraq. It was a beautiful United States flag, perfectly folded, along with a document personally signed by Lt.Col Galeai, stating exactly where and when it had been flown (Fallujah).

This flag has now become a sacred treasure to me .

Rest in eternal peace Max. Captain Dykeman and Cpl Preudhomme too. We will never forget you, and may God bless you greatly for your sacrifice for our dear country.

Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori.

I wish I had the proper words to say, but I do not. What a sad state of affairs when the only press you receive is if you are AGAINST the country so many of us love and are willing to give our lives for. May you rot in hell, AP.

Cross-posted @ The Talon and Rosemary’s News and Ideas.

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This week’s Wednesday Hero is from Gary, Indiana, and his name is Chief Warrant Officer Michael Zanders. He is with the Army’s D-Trp 1/17th Calvary. He is an amazing man. When he went to rescue a beleaguered combat outpost, he ended up having to rescue his fellow rescuers. Below is some very interesting information about our Hero of the week.

Hometown: Gary, IN.

Awarded: Bronze Star

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While he has received the Bronze Star for his service in this mission, he is awaiting the Distinguised Flying Cross for which he also earned. Please read about him. You will see why we call them, respectfully and deservedly, Heroes.

Thank you for your service, Chief Warrant Officer 4 Michael Zanders. I shall be praying for your unit and you. Please be careful out there, and keep your head down and your powder dry!

This post is part of the Wednesday Hero Blogroll. For more information about Wednesday Hero, or if you would like to post it on your site, you can go here.

Today I am having an open post trackback, and you are welcome to trackback or ping an article you wish to share with others. I like to use Linkfest for this, because there are many people with good posts already up over there. It is also a good way to share your articles. Give it a go, eh? The only rule I have is that there shall be no porn. Thanks, and have a great day.

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Vets For Freedom was covered by many bloggers, but I have one the best posts which has the speeches, many pics, and witty humor. I also have the transcript prior to Gen. Petraeus’ meeting with the goons. Let us not forgot forget, EVER, US Navy SEAL Mike Monsoor, Medal of Honor recipient, posthumously.

The Vets For Freedom was covered by Jonn at This ain’t Hell, but you can see it from here, and the title of his post is Vets for Freedom Rally for troops. He did a remarkable job capturing these amazing Veterans and other people such a lowly senators. Seriously, they couldn’t hold a candle to these gents. There are many photos, videos, and thoughts. Please, check it out. They also went into the pit (the capitol) to speak with our representatives and senators about what is really happening on the ground over in Iraq and Afghanistan. Did I mention these are Vets from recent wars as well? Yes, and they deserve a read!

The transcript of General Petraeus’ opening statement to the fools is made available by Blackfive’s site. Gosh, I should always read something first. This is Uncle Jimbo’s dream come true transcript. Yes, that means this is one they would like to put into the good General’s mouth. Well, it appears that most of the speech could have been by General Petraeus with a few exceptions. Read at your own risk, if you don’t understand humor. lol. Advance copy of Petraeus’ testimony to Congress.

Now to come to a serious topic. Mike Monsoor. US Navy SEAL. HERO. He received the Medal of Honor today, posthumously. Blackfive has a very heart-felt and meaningful post for his friend. Yes, they were friends. I believe they became friends through e-mails, but still in all, they were friends. I know he did one of his ‘Someone You Should Know‘ shows about him. There are also a couple videos with tributes for Mike from some pretty special people. Some of the pictures are contributed from the family of Mike Monsoor. Here is President Bush honoring Mike. They just don’t make them like him too often…

Not to be outdone posting about USN Mike Monsoor, Stop the ACLU has noticed that the press has NOT noticed (at the time of sending this e-mail). Jay has written his own post, and he has encouraged us to do so as well. There is also a video on his post. Let Mike not go unforgotten. Thank you.

Today I am having an open post trackback, and you are welcome to trackback or ping an article you wish to share with others. I like to use Linkfest for this, because there are many people with good posts already up over there. It is also a good way to share your articles. Give it a go, eh? The only rule I have is that there shall be no porn. Thanks, and have a great day.

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Yesterday on 08 APR 08, a group of men and women – Patriots – both currently serving in the United States Armed Services and those of service past, gathered in a Ballroom at the Sheraton Hotel in Arlington, VA. The Gathering began – per orders – at 0…
6. Tilting at Windmill Farms: Help Me Win!
Please go vote for me! Enter the Make Ur Lolcat Famous Contest. Help me win and I promise I’ll get back to more inane political commentary! Actually I’ll get back to it soon anyway, if I can get five minutes when I’m not having to…
7. Potbelly Stove: Absolut Malarkey.
Cultural insensitivity reached new heights when the makers of Absolut vodka, a Swedish company, ran an ad in Mexico which shows the U.S.-Mexico border as it was pre-1848…
8. Blue Star Chronicles: Soldiers Support …. Obama?
ABC news sent a reporter deep into the danger zones of Iraq to find out who American Soldiers are going to vote for for President. The reporter came away with some shocking sentiments from the Soldiers. For instance, she found out that Soldiers think…
9. Blue Star Chronicles: President Bush Awards Posthumous Medal of Honor to Michael Monsoor (Video).
I just caught the tail end of the award ceremony of President Bush awarding the Medal of Honor to Petty Officer Michael Monsoor. The President had a difficult time maintaining his composure. So did I…
10. Blue Star Chronicles: Jimmy Carter Continues His Love Affair With Hamas.
Would someone PLEASE tell Jimmy Carter that he’s not the President anymore??? What is wrong with him? I’m embarrassed for him and I’m not even kin to him. I originally posted the cartoon above in January 2006, so this isn’t new behavior on this …

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