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calendar   Thursday - September 09, 2004

A Letter To All Veterans

I received the following from a Vietnam veteran who is a good friend of Vilmars. He asked me to consider posting it and to edit it if I felt like it needed it. For the most part I’ve left it untouched .... because the letter touched me so strongly in its simplicity and honesty. I will only add to what is said below that my own father served two tours in Vietnam. It was the end of a thirty year career in the US Army and US Air Force that started on December 8, 1941. He came back home and retired .. a broken, tired man who had seen way too much in his lifetime. He passed away in 1978 from leukemia. Some said it was caused by the Agent Orange that my dad and many other aircraft mechanics were handling on a regular basis. It didn’t matter to dad. All he cared about was his family and his country. I’m sure he would have agreed with everything said below ....

Hi, everyone. My name is Steel Turman. I’m near 56 and did some serious ‘Nam time. In the navy. On the ground.

I asked to go there and I asked to stay there. And I was 17 when I went in, so the draft was not an issue.

I want to speak today to all the vets, especially the ‘Nam vets. AND to everyone else.

So lend an ear to an old dude who ain’t so good with words but who knows how to speak the truth.

A Letter To All Vets.

The recent dust-up of late about Kerry’s service or lack of it and Bush’s service or lack of it are ... seriously important issues to us.

Why? Well, let me tell you what I remember ....

I can remember the slackers and the gung ho guys that got ya dead. Either one was capable of it and you had to be on your toes all the time.

I can remember coming home and being despised.

I can also remember Kerry making us all out to be animals without souls ..... with words that hurt all of us, the ones of us who came home and the ones who were staying at the Hanoi prison camps.

And so can you.

Now is a different time. Been a few generations since then.

What’s fresh in our mind is not what is even in the mind of most today.

Today, half the people alive in this country are less than 35 years old.

35 years. Think about that.

I believe in my heart of hearts that Kerry is unfit because of his entire lack of character and was evidenced by his attempt to bring dishonor on all of us.

On the other hand, I’m sure Bush was a maximum slacker.

But these things mean little to the folks today.

Folks today, are not old enough to remember or care.

I say give the kids today something they care about.

They care about not getting blowed up. They care about knowing their babies won’t get blowed up.

So why don’t we give them the reasons WHY Bush is better and won’t get them blowed up?

We are, after all, the generation they look to for guidance. As long as we don’t drool. 

Don’t we have the responsibility to pass on the knowledge?

Kerry needs to be framed in the context of his unwillingness to protect this country as evidenced time and time again by his voting record.

Bush needs to be framed in the context of his willingness to do anything to do so, as evidenced by the last four years.

We need to help people understand these two men .. despite their past. What Kerry did to us is between us and him. The rest of the country just needs us to help them put it all in perspective.

I’m telling you, half the country don’t care about what happened yesterday but ALL the country cares about what will happen tomorrow.

Steel Turman
Reno, NV


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 09/09/2004 at 07:52 PM   
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calendar   Monday - September 06, 2004

All Your Baseball Field Are Belong To Us

Marines in Iraq have decided the Middle East needs to understand that not all Americans are Yankees. In that spirit, they’ve built their own version of Boston’s Fenway Park, complete with Big Green Monster. No word yet on when Wrigley Field will be constructed. Shortage of ivy and red brick blamed for delay.

CAMP RAMADI, Iraq (Aug. 31, 2004)—Captain Stephen Pritchard has the ultimate offer to the Boston Red Sox CEO, John Henry, and Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein.

“If the Spring Training venue in Sarasota, Fla., ever proves to be untenable, then you are more than welcome to hold Spring Training here in Ar Ramadi, Iraq,” said Pritchard, a logistics officer with 3rd Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment.

Why such a gracious offer?

Cannoncockers of 3rd Battalion 11th Marine Regiment constructed a miniature version of the Red Sox’s Fenway Park at Camp Ramadi, Iraq.

“The Army here on base had their own baseball field, and we had to travel over there whenever we wanted to play,” said Pritchard, from Weymouth, Mass. “So we cleared up an area and built one ourselves.”

Pritchard provided the inspiration behind modeling the diamond after Boston’s famous baseball park.

“I am a big Red Sox fan, and Fenway has the most famous left field fence in the Major Leagues,” Pritchard said. “Not just that, but it is the most identifiable feature of any American sporting venue.”

The Marines used over 200 panels of recycled wood to construct the outer fence of the field that reaches 290 feet to center field. They used old light poles as foul line poles and over 120 gallons of green paint. The left field has an unmistakable feature like Fenway: the “Green Monster,” a 64-foot long and 18-foot high wall.


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 09/06/2004 at 09:49 AM   
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calendar   Sunday - September 05, 2004

Hoist The Tops’l

This future Navy Chief knows that when a storm is bearing down and the ship is dead in the water, sometimes you just gotta improvise. It’s too bad the officers aren’t this smart ....

Note: This one’s for all the retired Navy Chiefs out there .. and all the Ensigns and Lt. JG’s who made their life miserable. Anchors Away!

wink


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 09/05/2004 at 10:19 PM   
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calendar   Friday - August 20, 2004

Update From Najaf

This is the enemy ....



This is the message sent to the enemy ....



Any questions??
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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 08/20/2004 at 11:03 AM   
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calendar   Thursday - August 19, 2004

An Open Invitation

Vilmar and I have discussed this several times and we have decided the time is ripe to issue an invitation to our troops overseas. We know you guys and gals over there are reading us here and several times you have left comments about the situation over there. We honor you all. Believe that.

We would like to hear your side of things in Iraq, Afghanistan, Korea or wherever you may be overseas.

Therefore, Vilmar and I are issuing an open invitation to any member of our Armed Forces overseas who wishes to speak out to do so. We want to hear your story. We will publish your thoughts, diaries, etc. here for all our readers. This is your chance to let your voice be heard. We understand the hardships most of you are facing (Vilmar and I have both been there, done that) and we want to give you a chance to talk to the people back home. We have over a thousand people visiting this blog site every day. Most of them would welcome a perspective from the war on terror from the folks who are "at the front".

Send us your stories, commentaries, jokes .... whatever you want. If you want to just broadcast a message to a sweetheart or wife of husband, send it to us. We'll post it here. If you want to remain anonymous, we'll take care of that too. We will not censor or edit anything you submit.

Talk to us, troops. Tell us what's on your minds over there. It's for damned sure Dan Rather couldn't care less what you're going through but Vilmar and I GIVE A SHIT .. and you can take that to the bank.

E-Mail either Vilmar or Allan here and we will publish your story. OOOH-RAH!
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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 08/19/2004 at 10:07 PM   
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calendar   Saturday - August 14, 2004

Where’s Daddy?

Many people forget that our troops have to sacrifice being able to do things that most Americans take for granted. For instance, the happy moment a new father has when his child is born. Most American fathers dread the waiting and nervousness (I know I did). I was there waiting anxiously in the hospital when my first son David was born but my second son was born in a USAF hospital while I was on duty thousands of miles away. I didn't see Sean until he was several months old. I regret not being able to have been there even though I could have done nothing but wait.

Today, that tradition carries on. There are troops in Iraq who are new fathers and it will be some time before that happy moment when they can lay eyes on their new children. In particular there are seven new fathers in Iraq right now. Click below for the story ....
See More Below The Fold

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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 08/14/2004 at 04:51 PM   
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What’s Up With Greyhound?

I got an e-mail from James B. about a breaking story in Greenville, SC where a Marine was denied a bus ride even though he had a ticket. I'm sorry but this makes my blood boil real bad .... and that ain't a good thing. I cannot and will not allow this kind of thing to happen without declaring full-scale war on somebody.
An area Marine says he wasn’t allowed on a Greyhound Bus, despite having his ticket for several weeks.

All PFC Jay Griffin wanted to do was make it to combat training camp on time, he had his ticket in hand and was at the Greyhound Bus Station in Greenville before the bus arrived, but he was not allowed to board the bus. He was dressed in full uniform, and his mother says that may be the reason why he was denied the ride.

It was Griffin ’s first time using Greyhound, so he asked plenty of questions to make sure he was at the right place at the right time. Fifteen minutes before the bus even arrived, he says he was waiting with his bags at the curb. His mother, Carol Holden says when the bus got there, no one attempted to load his camouflage bags. "So I tapped [the baggage loader] and said, 'what about my son's baggage? And he looked at me and said he may not have a seat."

That’s when the bus driver called for all ticket holders.

"So Jay went on around and he went to board the bus and when he did, the driver put his arm across the doorway and said I don't have a seat for you," explains Carol.

Greyhound says, “We do not have reserved seats, seating is on a first come, first serve basis. An advance purchase ticket guarantees a discounted fare, but it does not guarantee a seat.”
Something stinks about this story, folks. A Marine in full dress uniform is denied a ride even though he had a ticket? I haven't ridden a bus in ages but I thought servicemen and women were given some sort of preference to show our appreciation for their sacrifices. Has that changed? Greyhound spokesmen had this to say ....
A Greyhound spokesperson says they are not familiar with the “stand-by” tickets used by the Greenville station, but an investigation is underway and Greyhound has zero tolerance for discrimination of any kind.
Hmmmmmm .... I wonder what color skin PFC Griffin had. The news article doesn't say. Is Jim Crow back at work in South Carolina? There's something going on here and I sure as hell want an answer. I've e-mailed Greyhound for clarification.

You may contact Greyhound yourself by using their customer assistance web site at http://www.greyhound.com/contact/customercontact.asp or at the address below if you want to express your displeasure over this incident. I urge everyone to do so. Let's see if we can find out what happened, why it happened and make sure it doesn't happen again. OK, troops?

Greyhound Lines, Inc.
P.O. Box 660362
Dallas, TX 75266-0362


Customer Assistance
(214) 849-8966
7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., CST weekdays

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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 08/14/2004 at 03:16 PM   
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calendar   Thursday - August 12, 2004

Message For The Troops

If hooking up all Iraqi prisoners' scrotums to car battery cables will save one American GI's life, then I have just two things to say:
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1. Red Is Positive. - - - - - - - 2. Black Is Negative.


(--thanks to Don R.)
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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 08/12/2004 at 09:29 PM   
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calendar   Monday - July 19, 2004

The Children

The future of the world belongs to them. The children, that is. They will write the history books of the future, not us. They will remember what happened when they were growing up and who protected them and who tried to hurt them. Theirs is a simple world. How do they feel about the current times and American soldiers?

Here’s how they feel in Surobi, Afghanistan ....

Here’s how they feel in Al Kut, Iraq ....

And finally, here’s how they feel in Asheville, North Carolina ....

Whether it’s marching along with the G.I.’s on patrol in Afghanistan, getting coloring books from G.I.’s in Iraq or just welcoming daddy home in North Carolina, there is nothing more precious in this world than the smile on a child’s face. In the history of the world, how many armies have spent as much time helping the people (and the children) as they have fighting? To the guys and gals in uniform, we offer our proud support of your efforts and we will continue to do whatever we can to support you. We will make sure you get a happy homecoming when this is all over. All we (and the children) can say for now is ....

THANKS!

(Photos courtesy of US Army Public Affairs)


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 07/19/2004 at 09:55 PM   
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Totally F**king Awesome

I sure wish I had me one of these. It’s one of the new F/A-22 Raptor Stealth Fighters and an F-16 Fighting Falcon flying in a fingertip formation on a training mission over Nellis AFB, NV. If you want a full-screen version of this pic (2000 x 1257 24-bit Hi-Color, 902 KB) for a wallpaper, click here. ZOOM!

You can find more info on this plane here and here.

Specifications:
Wing Area: 840 sq ft
Engine Thrust Class: 35,000 lb
Level Speed: 921 mph
Total Length: 62.08 ft
Wing Span: 44.5 ft
Horizontal Tail Span: 29ft
Tail Span: 18’10”
Total Height: 16.67ft
Track Width: 10.6ft
Engines: Pratt & Whitney F-119
Max. Takeoff Weight: 60,000 lb (27,216 kg)
Max. External Stores: 5,000 lb (2,270 kg)
Weight Empty: 31,670 lb (14,365 kg)
Ceiling: 50,000 ft (15,240 m)


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 07/19/2004 at 09:26 PM   
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calendar   Thursday - July 15, 2004

A Message For Our Troops

We make no bones about the fact that we support our troops. Both Vilmar and I served in the US Air Force and we want you to pass along some information to any troops serving today. When it comes time to get out, there are organizations dedicated to helping our troops transition to civilian life. We have added a link in our sidebar to one of these groups. It’s called “Helmets To Hard Hats”.

You can read about the efforts of this fine organization at this Department Of Defense on-line article or this article at ENR.COM. So pass the info along to any troops who are getting out soon. There are plenty of jobs out there for you and employers who need your skills. It’s our way of saying “thanks”. Or better yet, just click the banner below to get started on a new civilian career.


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 07/15/2004 at 04:45 AM   
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calendar   Saturday - July 10, 2004

Marines Horsin’ Around

We just received the following from one of our troops in Iraq. I think they have way too much free time or way too much beer ....

Semper Fi, guys!

Ohhhh, who fights in that dirthole we call Iraq?
Gruntbob Squaretrousers!
He'll run down the terrorists and stomp on their sack!
Gruntbob Squaretrousers!
He goes on patrol to win hearts and minds.
Gruntbob Squaretrousers!
And will kill anyone holding an RPG that he finds.
Gruntbob Squaretrousers!
Gruntbob Squaretrousers!
Gruntbob Squaretrousers!
Gruntbob....Squaretrousers!
OOH-RAH..HA..HA..HA..HA!!!!



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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 07/10/2004 at 09:01 PM   
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calendar   Friday - July 09, 2004

Top Gun

We have secretly obtained pictures of the US Navy's newest super stealth fighter.

Well, almost ....

It's too bad. This plane deserves to be real.
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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 07/09/2004 at 09:39 PM   
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calendar   Thursday - June 24, 2004

Terminator

At Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, the US Air Force is testing robot security guards. The $500,000 robots called Mobile Detection And Response System (MDARS) are currently in testing and other services are looking into using the mechanical guards too. In a related story, the US Air Force today changed its name to SkyNet and put out an all-points-bulletin for someone named Sarah Connor.
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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 06/24/2004 at 03:29 AM   
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