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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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It is time for more news. These links go to posts I have already posted for the sources identified at the bottom of each topic. Enjoy.

Military News.
1, McChrystal assumes command in Afghaistan, 6/15/09.
2. Taliban increasingly targets civilians in eastern Afghanistan, 6/2/09.

Iran.
1. Iranians Betrayed by Obama Administration, 6/16/09.

There’s only three posts for this one. That’s because my computer keeps crashing on me. Truth is I probably need a hew one. Well, I hope you read these and enjoy them or are as disgusted as I am. Either way, I must start a new post. 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.

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Hi. I have been busy, but you may have missed it. That is because I have been posting articles I still have from May and June. I haven’t gotten to July yet. The Tea Parties took a lot of time and effort away from my posting. I finally started a new blog just for that over at Long Beach Patriots. If you are interested in those, you will find information there.

Now for the news.

1. Brigade leaving southern Iraq a ‘much better place’, 5/27/09.
2. Airmen stress dignity, humanity for detainees, 5/28/09.
3. US troops preparing to leave Iraqi cities, 6/1/09.
4. News: Michael Yon, 6/4/09.
5. Success in Afghanistan, Pakistan requires knowledge of region, 6/5/09.

6. Children used to carry out attacks, 6/6/09.
7. Report points to irregularities in Farah air strike incident, 6/8/09.
8. Romanian forces end mission in Iraq, 6/9/09.
9. RC South commander briefs Gates on way forward in Afghanistan, 6/10/09.
10. Petraeus praises Pakistani operations against insurgents, 6/11/09.

11. Afghan tribes find common ground during humanitarian aid drop, 6/12/09.

Now for some videos.

Videos: Reason Magazine, 6/13/09. There is also a great song that should lift your spirits, even you disagreed with his domestic policies (as I do).

How could I not end this without making us mindful of the present? We shall always be grateful to President Ronald Reagan and his words against government healthcare.

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

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Please find below a collection of news articles I am finally getting around to posting. As they are posted, their URL shall be posted here. I hope you will enjoy some of them. Have a good day.

Radio Free Asia.
1. China: Protests? What Protests? 6/2/09.

Military.
1. Brigade leaving southern Iraq a ‘much better place’.
2. Airmen stress dignity, humane treatment for detainees. 5/28/09.
3. Petraeus: Video shows airstrikes aimed at Taliban targets. 5/29/09.
4, U.S. troops preparing to leave Iraqi cities. 6/1/09.

Michael Yon Reports From:
1. Philippines: This Mornings Photos. 6/5/09.

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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(This post was started on the 22nd.) Hello all. I am back, but I am going to be posting several (over 200) posts that I’ve been putting off because I was so busy with the Tea Parties. BTW, I have a conference call tonight, and there is an excellent program tonight at PJTV which is going to have doctors, experts, lawmakers, etc., on the show to explain what is happening and cut through the crap they call politics. It will be interactive, so give it a watch at PJTV Healthcare Forum @ 6pm EST Wednesday evening and 7pm EST. Do not mistaken believe that 7pm is the same as 6pm! It is not. Just a heads up. 😉

As I post the articles, I shall post their links here. I know it’s a long time ago to some of you younguns. *heh*

1. Gates: Success in Afghanistan depends on Pakistan’s efforts against Taliban. 5/14/09.
2. Baghdad maternity hospital back to full capacity. 5/14/09.
3. Afghan army 2 to 4 years from leading operations. 5/17/09.
4. Afghan commandos meet top ANA leaders. 5/18/09.
5. Petraeus applies Iraq lessons to Afghanistan. 4/28/09.
6. President encouraged by Afghan, Pakistani cooperation. 5/7/09.
7. America needs service, Petraeus tells VMI grads. 5/19/09.
8. US sends aid to displaced Pakistanis. 5/20/09.
9. CENTCOM commanders discuss regional security issues in Bahrain. 5/20/09.
10. Emergency Aid Reaches Pakistan Refugees. 5/21/09.

This will conclude the updates for this post. I’m going to start another one so as to keep up with the times. Have a very blessed day, and thank you for stopping by. Remember to keep our brave men and women in your prayers and do what you can to support them. If you need some help as to what you can do, please contact me.

Today, July 23, I received an e-mail with this song included. I hope you enjoy it!

If you are unable to see the video for whatever reason, you may watch it here.

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.

Linkfest Haven, the Blogger's Oasis

Today I am having an open trackback courtesy of Linkfest. This means you can (track)post your best post here. Remember to link me to your article before you trackback. You don’t have trackbacks available? Why not use Wizbang Stand Alone Trackback? Everyone have a nice day.

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

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ISAF Public Information Office

KABUL, Afghanistan (June 15, 2009) – Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal arrived in Afghanistan Sunday to assume command of the International Security Assistance Force.

McChrystal will lead the international community’s efforts to bring security to Afghanistan, in partnership with Afghan national security forces, to create the conditions for governance, reconstruction and development to flourish.

McChrystal commented that intelligence-driven precision operations, subordinate to efforts protecting development projects and Afghanistan’s population, will win the support of the Afghan people. “The measure of effectiveness will not be [the number of] enemy killed, it will be the number of Afghans shielded from violence,” he said.

McChrystal entered the Army in 1976, graduating with a Bachelors Degree from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He also holds Masters degrees in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College, and in International Relations from the Salve Regina University. He is also a Senior Service College Fellow of Harvard University and a Military Fellow of the Council of Foreign Relations in New York.

During his early career, McChrystal served in Airborne, Special Forces, and Ranger units. After command and staff courses, he saw service in Operation Desert Shield/Storm in Operations Command and regimental appointments.

He then served as assistant divisional commander (operations) of the 82nd Airborne Division, and the Chief of Staff of XVIII Airborne Corps, including duty in Afghanistan as the COS of Combined Joint Task Force-180 on Operation Enduring Freedom in 2002.

McChrystal was the vice director for operations on the Joint Staff in Washington, D.C., before assuming command of the Joint Special Operations Command in Fort Bragg, N.C. He has just left his position as the director of the Joint Staff in Washington, D.C., to assume command here at HQ ISAF.

ISAF was created in accordance with the Bonn Conference in December 2001, after the ousting of the Taliban regime. NATO took command of ISAF in August 2003 and is NATO’s first mission outside the Euro-Atlantic area ISAF operates under a United Nations mandate to support, and at the invitation of, the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, and works in close cooperation with the International Community, Non-Governmental Organizations and Operation Enduring Freedom. Today, ISAF consists of approximately 65,000 troops from 42 countries, including non-NATO members

Source: CENTCOM.

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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by Sgt. Rob Frazier
5th MPAD

WARDAK PROVINCE, Afghanistan (June 12, 2009) – Every summer, the Kuchi tribe migrates through the Daymardad district of this central-Afghanistan province, allowing their animals to graze in the open pastures belonging to the Hazara tribe. This frequently has sparked violent territorial disputes.

An elder with the Kuchi tribe explains his situation to Ali Khashe, the deputy governor for Wardak province (center in gray jacket), June 8.  The Kuchi have asked for water and veterinarian supplies for their livestock as a condition to stop the fighting with the Hazara tribe in Wardak province, Afghanistan.

An elder with the Kuchi tribe explains his situation to Ali Khashe, the deputy governor for Wardak province (center in gray jacket), June 8. The Kuchi have asked for water and veterinarian supplies for their livestock as a condition to stop the fighting with the Hazara tribe in Wardak province, Afghanistan.

After hearing of the conflict, U.S. forces at Forward Operating Base Airborne approached Wardak Gov. Mohammad Halim Fidai about a peaceful way to resolve the fighting between the two tribes.

“The mission was inspired from the age-old conflict between the Kuchi nomads and the Hazara,” said Army Maj. Joe Asher, deputy civil affairs officer for the 10th Mountain Division’s 3rd Brigade Combat Team. “Three weeks ago, we went to Daymardad, and it was a very positive step for us. The Kuchi elders said they would not migrate if they were given food, water and vaccination supplies for their animals.”

Once learning of a possible solution, soldiers from 4th Battalion, 25th Field Artillery Regiment, delivered the first installment of humanitarian aid to the Daymardad people.

“We hope this demonstrates that we’re saying, ‘Hey, we’re taking the steps to alleviate your problems,’” Asher said. “Although this is funded by us, it’s important for the Kuchi and Hazara to know this is enacted by the Afghan government.”

The first delivery included sacks of beans, sugar, flour, rice and boxes of cooking oil. Asher added that a second shipment of humanitarian aid likely would be made within the next week.

“We plan to follow this up with water, tents and veterinarian supplies,” Asher said. “This way, the Kuchi won’t have to move their livestock, because they will have what they need.”

Ali Khashe, deputy governor of Wardak province, was on hand to greet the soldiers and meet with the Kuchi tribesmen prior to handing out the food. Inside the district center, Khashe fielded questions from the elders regarding water and vaccination requests for their livestock. Khashe told them he knows their issues cannot be solved all at once, but that he hopes they understand the leaders are working as hard as possible to meet their needs.

“The governor’s office is trying to solve their problems,” Khashe said. “It’s our priority to convince the two tribes to live like brothers.”

The deputy governor said the humanitarian aid is a step in the right direction, and another example of coalition efforts to help the Afghan people.

“The district center and the people here all know the U.S. comes to help,” he said. “They are very happy, because everyone knows the U.S. forces came to help rebuild Afghanistan. We are very grateful for their assistance.”

Asher said that with U.S. assistance and cooperation from the Wardak government, the humanitarian aid will signal the start of a change for the Kuchi and Hazara tribes in the Daymardad region.

“Hopefully, this will result in the first nonviolent summer between them in a long time,” he said.

Source: CENTCOM.

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