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TheWann formely known as the Airman in Iraq blog, since I am no longer in Iraq I decided to make this still for family and friends, with a wider stretch of thoughts for anyone else. 

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Thursday, December 29, 2005

3:18 AM - I WON THE ELF WAGER!!!!!


After being scared from the previous week when the Chargers beat the Colts and knowing the chiefs only had two games left the Chargers and the Bengals. I was pretty excited when we won, I wanted to make a post right then and there. But figured it would be better if I waited for the demise of my SSgt!! All I have to say really is 20-7 against a team destroyed the only undefeated team was all sooo sweet!! So I am sorry for everyone that wanted to see me wearing that Elf outfit but you just don't bet against the Chiefs! We are famous for pulling out at the last minute when everyone thinks its all over!!!! Well here is a pic of the poor guy and for those that can't read the sign it says
I love the Kansas City Chiefs!!
I lost a bet to the best team of all time, they just had an off-season this year
I think the Miami Dolphins suck!
He is a fan of the Dolphins, I know how pathietic!!


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Wednesday, December 28, 2005

5:56 AM - Complete Military History of france


I found this on the net and loved it soo much I had to share it with you all. Here ia a link back to the site I found this at though. Its funny because its true!!

- Gallic Wars
- Lost. In a war whose ending foreshadows the next 2000 years of French history, France is conquered by of all things, an Italian.

- Hundred Years War
- Mostly lost, saved at last by female schizophrenic who inadvertently creates The First Rule of French Warfare; "France's armies are victorious only when not led by a Frenchman." Sainted.

- Italian Wars
- Lost. France becomes the first and only country to ever lose two wars when fighting Italians.

- Wars of Religion
- France goes 0-5-4 against the Huguenots

- Thirty Years War
- France is technically not a participant, but manages to get invaded anyway. Claims a tie on the basis that eventually the other participants started ignoring her.

- War of Revolution
- Tied. Frenchmen take to wearing red flowerpots as chapeaux.

- The Dutch War
- Tied

- War of the Augsburg League/King William's War/French and Indian War
- Lost, but claimed as a tie. Three ties in a row induces deluded Frogophiles the world over to label the period as the height of French military power.

- War of the Spanish Succession
- Lost. The War also gave the French their first taste of a Marlborough, which they have loved every since.

- American Revolution
- In a move that will become quite familiar to future Americans, France claims a win even though the English colonists saw far more action. This is later known as "de Gaulle Syndrome", and leads to the Second Rule of French Warfare; "France only wins when America does most of the fighting."

- French Revolution
- Won, primarily due the fact that the opponent was also French.

- The Napoleonic Wars
- Lost. Temporary victories (remember the First Rule!) due to leadership of a Corsican, who ended up being no match for a British footwear designer.

- The Franco-Prussian War
- Lost. Germany first plays the role of drunk Frat boy to France's ugly girl home alone on a Saturday night.

- World War I
- Tied and on the way to losing, France is saved by the United States. Thousands of French women find out what it's like to not only sleep with a winner, but one who doesn't call her "Fraulein." Sadly, widespread use of condoms by American forces forestalls any improvement in the French bloodline.

- World War II
- Lost. Conquered French liberated by the United States and Britain just as they finish learning the Horst Wessel Song.

- War in Indochina
- Lost. French forces plead sickness; take to bed with the Dien Bien Flu

- Algerian Rebellion
- Lost. Loss marks the first defeat of a western army by a Non-Turkic Muslim force since the Crusades, and produces the First Rule of Muslim Warfare; "We can always beat the French." This rule is identical to the First Rules of the Italians, Russians, Germans, English, Dutch, Spanish, Vietnamese and Esquimaux.

- War on Terrorism
- France, keeping in mind its recent history, surrenders to Germans and Muslims just to be safe. Attempts to surrender to Vietnamese ambassador fail after he takes refuge in a McDonald's.

The question for any country silly enough to count on the French should not be "Can we count on the French?", but rather "How long until France collapses?"

"Going to war without France is like going deer hunting without an accordion. All you do is leave behind a lot of noisy baggage."

Or, better still, the quote from last week's Wall Street Journal: "They're there when they need you."

With only an hour and a half of research, Jonathan Duczkowski provided the following losses:

Norse invasions, 841-911.
After having their way with the French for 70 years, the Norse are bribed by a French King named Charles the Simple (really!) who gave them Normandy in return for peace. Normans proceed to become just about the only positive military bonus in France's [favour] for next 500 years.

Mexico, 1863-1864.
France attempts to take advantage of Mexico's weakness following its thorough thrashing by the U.S. 20 years earlier ("Halls of Montezuma"). Not surprisingly, the only unit to distinguish itself is the French Foreign Legion (consisting of, by definition, non-Frenchmen). Booted out of the country a little over a year after arrival.

Panama jungles 1881-1890.
No one but nature to fight, France still loses; canal is eventually built by the U.S. 1904-1914.

Napoleonic Wars.
Should be noted that the Grand Armee was largely (~%50) composed of non-Frenchmen after 1804 or so. Mainly disgruntled minorities and anti-monarchists. Not surprisingly, these performed better than the French on many occasions.

Haiti, 1791-1804.
French defeated by rebellion after sacrificing 4,000 Poles to yellow fever. Shows another rule of French warfare; when in doubt, send an ally.

India, 1673-1813.
British were far more charming then French, ended up victors. Therefore the British are well known for their tea, and the French for their whine (er, wine...). Ensures 200 years of bad teeth in England.

Barbary Wars, middle ages-1830.
Pirates in North Africa continually harass European shipping in Meditteranean. France's solution: pay them to leave us alone. America's solution: kick their asses ("the Shores of Tripoli"). [America's] first overseas victories, won 1801-1815.

1798-1801, Quasi-War with U.S.
French privateers (semi-legal pirates) attack U.S. shipping. U.S. fights France at sea for 3 years; French eventually cave; sets precedent for next 200 years of Franco-American relations.

Moors in Spain, late 700s-early 800s.
Even with Charlemagne leading them against an enemy living in a hostile land, French are unable to make much progress. Hide behind Pyrennes until the modern day.

French-on-French losses (probably should be counted as victories too, just to be fair):

1208: Albigenses Crusade, French massacared by French.
When asked how to differentiate a heretic from the faithful, response was "Kill them all. God will know His own." Lesson: French are badasses when fighting unarmed men, women and children.

St. Bartholomew Day Massacre, August 24, 1572.
Once again, French-on-French slaughter.

Third Crusade.
Philip Augustus of France throws hissy-fit, leaves Crusade for Richard the Lion Heart to finish.

Seventh Crusade.
St. Louis of France leads Crusade to Egypt. Resoundingly crushed.

[Eighth] Crusade.
St. Louis back in action, this time in Tunis. See Seventh Crusade.

Also should be noted that France attempted to hide behind the Maginot line, sticking their head in the sand and pretending that the Germans would enter France that way. By doing so, the Germans would have been breaking with their traditional route of invading France, entering through Belgium (Napoleonic Wars, Franco-Prussian War, World War I, etc.). French ignored this though, and put all their effort into these defenses.

Thomas Whiteley has submitted this addition to me:

Seven year War 1756-1763
Lost: after getting hammered by Frederick the Great of Prussia (yep, the Germans again) at Rossbach, the French were held off for the remainder of the War by Frederick of Brunswick and a hodge-podge army including some Brits. War also saw France kicked out of Canada (Wolfe at Quebec) and India (Clive at Plassey).

Richard Mann, an American in France wants to add the following:

The French consider the departure of the French from Algeria in 1962-63, after 130 years on colonialism, as a French victory and especially consider C. de Gaulle as a hero for 'leading' said victory over the unwilling French public who were very much against the departure. This ended their colonialism. About 2 million ungrateful Algerians lost their lives in this shoddy affair.

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5:01 AM - Funny French



The french make me laugh, thats why we should keep them around, they are funny!!


Funny quotes--

-At least, the French remain consistent - you can always count on them to be available if the price is right.
-- Emanuel A. Winston

-The last time the French asked for ’more proof’ it came marching into Paris under a German flag.

--David Letterman


-I don’t know why people are surprised that France won’t help us get Saddam out of Iraq. After all, France wouldn’t help us get the Germans out of France!

--Jay Leno


-French troops arrived in Afghanistan last week and not a minute too soon: the French are acting as advisers to the remaining Taliban, to teach them how to surrender properly

--Jay Leno


-France announced today that it plans to ban fireworks at Euro Disney, following last night's display that caused soldiers at a nearby French army garrison to surrender.

-- Anonym


-What do you expect from a culture and a nation that exerted more of its national will fighting against DisneyWorld and Big Macs than against the Nazis?

--Dennis Miller


Q. How many soldiers does it take to defend Paris?

A. Nobody knows, it has never been tried


-I would rather have a German division in front of me than a French one behind me.

--General George S.Patton


-Yoy know why the French don’t want to bomb Saddam Hussein? Because he hates America, he loves mistresses and wears a beret. He is French, people!

--Conan O’Brien


For 60 years, America has protected France and we’re tired of their anti-American attitude.

--Rep. Stephen Barrar


-A frenchman’s home is where another man’s wife is. There is nothing lower than the human race except the French.

--Mark Twain, 1878-1879 Journal Entry


"Going to war without France is like going deer hunting without your accordion."
--Norman Schwartzkopf.


"We can stand here like the French, or we can do something about it."
--Marge Simpson


"As far as I'm concerned, war always means failure"
--Jacques Chirac, President of France


"As far as France is concerned, you're right."
--Rush Limbaugh


"The only time France wants us to go to war is when the German Army is sitting in Paris sipping coffee."
--Regis Philbin


"The French are a smallish, monkey-looking bunch and not dressed any better, on average, than the citizens of Baltimore.

True you can sit out! side in Paris and drink little cups of coffee, but why this is more stylish than sitting inside and drinking large
glasses of whisky I don't know."
--P.J O'Rourke (1989).


"You know, the French remind me a little bit of an aging actress of the 1940s who was still trying to dine out on her looks but doesn't have the face for it."
--John McCain, U.S. Senator from Arizona.


Only thing worse than a Frenchman is a Frenchman who lives in Canada.
--Ted Nugent.


War without France would be like ... uh ... World War II.

The favorite bumper sticker in Washington now is one that says 'First Iraq, then France.'"
--Tom Brokaw.


"It is important to remember that the French have always been there when they needed us."
--Alan Kent


"They've taken their own precautions against al-Qa'ida. To prepare for an attack, each Frenchman is urged to keep duct tape, a white flag, and a three-day supply of mistresses in the house."
--Argus Hamilton


"Somebody was telling me about the French Army rifle that was being advertised on eBay the other day -- the description was, 'Never shot. Dropped once.'"
--Rep. Roy Blunt (MO)


Raise your right hand if you like the French... raise both hands if you are French.


Q. What did the mayor of Paris say to the German Army as they entered the city in WWII?
A. Table for 100,000 m'sieur?


"Do you know it only took Germany three days to conquer France in WWII? And that's because it was raining."
--John Xereas, Manager, DC Improv.

The elderly American gentleman arrived in Paris by plane.
At French Customs, he fumbled for his passport.
"You 'ave been to France before, monsieur?" the customs officer asked
sarcastically.
The old gent admitted that he had been to France previously.
"Zen, you should know enough to 'ave your passport ready for inspection."
The American said, "The last time I was here, I didn't have to show it."
"Impossible. You Americans alwayz 'ave to show your passports on arrival
in France!"
The American senior gave the Frenchman a long hard look.
Then he quietly explained, "Well, when I came ashore at Omaha Beach in
'44 I couldn't find any Frenchmen to show it to!"



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Monday, December 26, 2005

4:21 AM - A Different Christmas Poem

A Different Christmas Poem--

The embers glowed softly, and in their dim light, I gazed round the room and I cherished the sight. My wife was asleep, her head on my chest, My daughter beside me, angelic in rest. Outside the snow fell, a blanket of white, Transforming the yard to a winter delight. The sparkling lights in the tree I believe, Completed the magic that was Christmas Eve. My eyelids were heavy, my
breathing was deep, Secure and surrounded by love I would sleep. In perfect contentment, or so it would seem, So I slumbered, perhaps I started to dream. The sound wasn't loud, and it wasn't
too near, But I opened my eyes when it tickled my ear. Perhaps just a cough, I didn't quite know, Then the sure sound of footsteps outside in the snow. My soul gave a tremble, I struggled tohear, And I crept to the door just to see who was near. Standing out in the cold and the dark of the night, A lone figure stood, his face weary and tight. A soldier, I puzzled, some twenty years old, Perhaps a Marine, huddled here in the cold. Alone in the dark, he looked up and smiled, Standing
watch over me, and my wife and my child. "What are you doing?" I asked without fear, "Come in this moment, it's freezing out here! Put down your pack, brush the snow from your sleeve, You should be at home on a cold Christmas Eve!" For barely a moment I saw his eyes shift, Away from the cold and the snow blown in drifts... to the window that danced with a warm fire's light Then he sighed and he said "Its really all right, I'm out here by choice. I'm here every night." "It's my duty to stand at the front of the line, That separates you from the darkest of times. No one had to ask or beg or implore me, I'm proud to stand here like my fathers before me. My Gramps died at 'Pearl on a day in December," Then he sighed, "That's a Christmas 'Gram always remembers." My dad stood his watch in the jungles of 'Nam', And now it is my turn and so, here I am. I've not seen my own son in more than a while, But my wife sends me pictures, he's sure got her smile. Then he bent and he carefully pulled from his bag, The red, white, and blue... an American flag. "I can live through the cold and the being alone, Away from my family, my house and my home. I can stand at my post through the rain and the sleet, I can sleep in a foxhole with little to eat. I can carry the weight of killing another, Or lay down my life with my sister and brother. Who stand at the front against any and all, To ensure for all time that this flag will not fall." "So go back inside," he said, "harbor no fright, Your family is waiting and I'll be all right." "But isn't there something I can do, at the least, "Give you money," I asked, "or prepare you a feast? It seems all too little for all that you've done, For being away from your wife and your son." Then his eye welled a tear that held no regret, "Just tell us you love us, and never forget. To fight for our rights back at home while we're gone, To stand your own watch, no matter how long. For when we come home, either standing or dead, To know you remember we fought and we bled. Is payment enough, and with that we will trust, That we mattered to you as you mattered to us.

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Friday, December 23, 2005

8:02 AM - Merry Christmas!!


A bit early on the Merry Christmas thing but we will be a bit busier than I had originally thought, more on that after Christmas though.

Well let me see... I am horrible at keeping up on this and doing it frequently! Sorry! That's why I do this instead of writing letters, I just suck at that and never get around to finishing them. But we had a "Dining-in". It was alright. We all dressed in our best DCUs :-) (No Mess Dress here) and the Grog Bowl had no alcohol AHHHHH!!! But it certainly had near beer... just as near as a blade of grass is to a tree I guess. But it was good stuff. The Chief went around as Santa and dropped off some candy canes, and then a LT (mighty fine if I may say so myself) went around in a "Ms Santa" outfit. I have been here too long or she really did look pretty good in it. Of course we all tried to do the whole tradition of the rules, but no one really got called out to drink from the Grog Bowl since there wasn't any alcohol in it. Ah well, good stuff anyway!

A few days later we had out Christmas party which was real good fun! We all ate Popeye's chicken (just opened up YIPPIE!!) and did the White Elephant game. For those that don't know what that is, its basically where everyone buys a present and wraps it without their name so no one knows where it came from. Randomly pick a number from a hat and you go after a present from one to eight. Well the catch is one picks, then two can get one of the wrapped presents or they can take number ones and the one can get a new one, three can pick one or twos or get a new one. A present can be traded three times. White Elephant is basically a gag gift. I got a disposable camera. I already have three digital ones and trying to sale two of 'em. Ah well good stuff, good times! One of the chaps did parodies of Christmas carols of our staff. All of 'em were funny. But I can't upload them here. The Comm squadron won't let ya, something about taking too much bandwidth, BLAH.... we are the govt we should have all the bandwidth we need!! LOL ok slightly joking there :-)

Ah yes I can't forget the recent flood of care packages that have arrived for me here. The mom and dad hooked me up with the best ever Bottlecaps candy! yum yum! Already killed one of those boxes! Got a good 'ol Kansas City Chiefs hat! (we aren't going to talk about their performance 'till they win again! Then we can bring them back up... we will win again and he will wear the Elf outfit! I just know it!) An old neighbor (see what I meant about people just doing back alive, I love it) sent 4 boxes of goodies for the troops and for myself. We here at my location have plenty of toiltries but there are some out in the middle of no where that don't have as much as we do so we are able to make sure they are able to get their hands on it. Got some Alaskan Salmon from an old friend (thanks a bunch) and sorry mom the bottlecaps rock and are the best "candy" but one of my friends moms sent "puppychow" the best snack food on the face of this planet or any other planet!! YUM YUM!! Sadly its pretty much gone after only a few days. :-( but I got her cookies which are amazingly soft. But for those that don't know what puppychow is, (I don't know how you couldn't know of such a delight!) it is chex with chocolate/peanut butter and powdered sugar! I also received "The Chronicles of Narnia" by C.S. Lewis. Reading is always a good thing when you are bored, and remember kids reading is gooder for you than that there tele!! *the More You Know* LOL Na I love to read.

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Friday, December 16, 2005

7:30 AM - Spreading Christmas Cheer


Well hello once again from the land of the sand! Got in the paper once again! Not really an article though, just a little blip but here it is.

Anyway, got some rain today! Very nice, even if it did turn everything into mud/clay :-( I miss a good thunder storm, the calm before a good storm. Its always the little things you miss the most in life. Oh and for all you Star Wars freaks out there, I FINALLY watched all 6 movies! Just a few months ago I didn't know a thing about the series other than the "Luke I am your father" gag. Not a bad movie but I am sorry I must say The Matrix Triliogy is far better. It is just soo much deeper. But yeah I will concede and say it was a good movie :-)

Just a bit more than a week 'till CHRISTmas!!! It will be fun even if it will be busy. From the USAF Chaplancy view point I am happy it lands on a Sunday, makes our work just that much easier LOL.

Well PEACE to all... and hope all is well!

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Thursday, December 15, 2005

9:35 AM - Reminder...


I guess that last post got me some extra visitors, I hope it was to take advantage of the program!! I have had about 1,100 visits and about 3,500 page views! Thanks to everyone that finds this little blog interesting. Please rememberto leave a comment if you enjoy this, especially if you are not from the family. Someone from Canada has been spending a lot of time here and thanks for checking this out. There are people from Indonesia, Baghdad, D.C. (do you like it big brother? :-) ) and of course all over the states (those are the people that spen more 2 minutes here). If you actually enjoy reading my...ramblings about whateva let me know, I may post more often. At the moment this is one of those mediums for the family and the friends back home. Or just shoot me an email.

Well I am getting ready to send out some actual hand written cards/letters. I never do those things, cards aren't me. I have often wondered if it is a guy thing. If women/wives weren't around Hallmark would be out of business! Guys send cards a month after the fact... really bad when someone dies or they have already recovered from the flu LOL. Women on the other hand anticapete the flu and get the card ready! But I figure I might as well giv eit a shot, I mean hey we do have free postage here! I have recieved some emails from old friends and other people lately, thanks for those that have shown your support. I tell everyone about the good emails that come in. Man when you get deployed old friends and what not come out of the wood works huh? I love it though! Keep 'em coming.

Christmas season is coming around. There are a load of things going on here. Services of course, bon fires, some USO show with some people coming that I have never heard of and some guy that everyone hates and no one can figure out why he is coming... Al Franklin...whateva. I don't care. We have had crap for USO shows here, although Aaron Tippen came. I am not into him but he is big.

Oh and for anyone wanting to make care packages (not for me though since I doubt I will get it before I leave) I found the best thing on earth to put in the packages!!! Crystal Light on the go drink mix! Put two in your water and drink all day! I hate drinking that bland water day in and day out! Jsut something for whoever out there to think about. Well eeryone have a good one and PEACE

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Wednesday, December 14, 2005

11:01 AM - Immediate attention required!

Attention all military members who've been wounded in OIF/OEF, there is an organization called salute America's heroes that wants to give you $500 for the holidays. This money has been approved by the DOD for receipt and is approved through the DOD office of General Counsel Standards or Conduct office.
Salute Heroes is the site to visit. Registration takes only a moment (5 minutes at most) the cash is yours free and clear. You gotta hurry though, from what I am understanding it will be ending here in a few days to a week. From what I understand a member of the American Legion will hand deliver it to you if requested, or it can be sent through the US Postal Service.
BUT maybe you aren't a wounded military member during OIF/OEF, if you know someone that is and doesn't have access to a computer get their info from them and register for them. But it has to be done NOW. Its a nice thank you Christmas gift at a bare minimum.

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Friday, December 09, 2005

11:06 PM - Who is this Tyler??

Some of ya'll that know my name isn't Tyler are wonderig where and how I got that nick. Well its stupidly funny. When we first arrived here for some reason we all decided we needed nicknames. Only 2 have survived this long, Tyler and DP. One of the chaplains last name no one can pronunce so since it has two words in his last name that start with a D and a P, that was just natural. Mine came from my friends from back home. Its a Fight Club thing. The main character's name is Tyler Durden and I love the movie. Well most of us back home go by fake names when we first meet people, don't ask me why because I still don't know why we do that, its just something we do. Well when I first got here I decided it would be funny to tell my NCOIC that my name was Tyler. Well when she made all the paper work with everyones name on it she never looked at the papers with my real name and put Tyler Wann on all of them, I felt bad and then I laughed. She had to re-do them with my real name. So it kinda stuck, LOL.

And now you know the rest of the story :-)

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Tuesday, December 06, 2005

3:34 AM - Interesting thought for the day:

Interesting thought for the day:

If you consider that there have been an average of 160,000 troops in
the Iraq theater of operations during the last 22 months, and a total
of 2112 deaths, that gives a firearm death rate of 60 per 100,000. The
rate in Washington D.C.(among others) is 80.6 per 100,000. That means
that you are about 25% more likely to be shot and killed in our
nation's capitol, which has some of the strictest gun control laws in
the nation, than you are in Iraq.

Conclusion: We should immediately pull out of Washington.

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Monday, December 05, 2005

10:40 PM - What John Glenn said

I am not one to put political/military commentaries on this but I recieved this in an email and thought that I would share it.


There were 39 combat related killings in Iraq in January.
In the fair city of Detroit there were 35 murders in the
month of January. That's just one American city,
about as deadly as the entire war-torn country of Iraq

When some claim that President Bush shouldn't
have started this war, note the following:

a. FDR led us into World War II.

b. Germany never attacked us; Japan did.
From 1941-1945, 450,000 lives were lost ...
an average of 112,500 per year.

c. Truman finished that war and started one in Korea.
North Korea never attacked us .
From 1950-1953, 55,000 lives were lost ..
an average of 18,334 per year.

d. John F. Kennedy started the Vietnam conflict in 1962.
Vietnam never attacked us

e. Johnson turned Vietnam into a quagmire.
From 1965-1975, 58,000 lives were lost ..
an average of 5,800 per year.

f. Clinton went to war in Bosnia without UN or French consent.
Bosnia never attacked us.
He was offered Osama bin Laden's head on a platter three
times by Sudan and did nothing. Osama has attacked us on
multiple occasions.

g. In the years since terrorists attacked us, President Bush
has liberated two countries, crushed the Taliban, crippled
al-Qaida, put nuclear inspectors in Libya , Iran, and North
Korea without firing a shot, and captured a terrorist who
slaughtered 300,000 of his own people.

Democrats are complaining
about how long the war is taking.
But ..
It took less time to take Iraq than it took Janet Reno
to take the Branch Davidian compound.
That was a 51-day operation.

We've been looking for evidence for chemical weapons
in Iraq for less time than it took Hillary Clinton to find
the Rose Law Firm billing records.

It took less time for the 3rd Infantry Division and the
Marines to destroy the Medina Republican Guard
than it took Ted Kennedy to call the police after his
Oldsmobile sank at Chappaquiddick

It took less time to take Iraq than it took
to count the votes in Florida!!!!

Our Commander-In-Chief is doing a GREAT JOB!
The Military morale is high!
The biased media hopes we are too ignorant
to realize the facts.

But Wait. There's more!!

JOHN GLENN (ON THE SENATE FLOOR)
Mon, 26 Jan 2004 11:13

Some people still don't understand why military personnel
do what they do for a living. This exchange between
Senators John Glenn and Senator Howard Metzenbaum
is worth reading. Not only is it a pretty impressive
impromptu speech, but it's also a good example of one
man's explanation of why men and women in the armed
services do what they do for a living.

This IS a typical, though sad, example of what
some who have never served think of the military.

Senator Metzenbaum (speaking to Senator Glenn):
"How can you run for Senate
when you've never held a real job?"

Senator Glenn (D-Ohio):
"I served 23 years in the United States Marine Corps.
I served through two wars. I flew 149 missions.
My plane was hit by anti-aircraft fire on 12 different
occasions. I was in the space program. It wasn't my
checkbook, Howard, it was my life on the line. It was
not a nine-to-five job, where I took my tie off to take the
daily cash receipts to the bank."

"I ask you to go with me ... as I went the other day...
to a veterans' hospital and look those men ...
with their mangled bodies in the eye, and tell THEM
they didn't hold a job!

You go with me to the Space Program at NASA and go,
as I have gone, to the widows and orphans
of Ed White, Gus Grissom , and Roger Chaffee...
and you look those kids in the eye and tell them
that their DADS didn't hold a job.

You go with me on Memorial Day , and you stand in
Arlington National Cemetery, where I have more friends
buried than I'd like to remember, and you watch
those waving flags

You stand there, and you think about this nation,
and you tell ME that those people didn't have a job?

What about you?"

For those who don't remember ..
During W.W.II, Howard Metzenbaum was an attorney
representing the Communist Party in the USA.

Now he's a Senator!

If you can read this, thank a teacher.
If you are reading it in English thank a Veteran.

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4:02 PM - Steak dinner


After Mass the priest took off for a meeting that he had and I got invited to another cook out with those guys that did that pig roast awhile back. Holy crap can they cook a steak! We had steak, 3 differently cooked shrimp, lobster tails, rice, their killer sauce that they make, and a breaded shrimp with peppers inside, whatever that is called but that was almost as good as the steak. They were haveing a cook out for a special event for someone from their unit. But again, these people know how to treat visitors. Anytime you all want me to come visit let me know =) But thought I would share this pic with you all and let you know it isn't always horrible here, really its what you make of it and these guys make it great for everyone in their unit. The guy in the pic with me is Scorpion. Well thats his nick name I have no clue what his real name is. Great guy! Does a lot to help out with all the Mass we have.

PEACE

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6:32 AM - Broncos-27 Chiefs-31


Soooo....the Chiefs have to win one more game before I win the bet and we are playing the Cowboys, Giants, Chargers and the Bengals. I ould see us beating 3 of those teams. But I am slightly biased. Sorry you all most likely won't being seeing me in that elf outfit, but you will see the SSgt I work with in one MUUHAHHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Really not much else needs to be said My team is... how we say the best eva!!




**Arrow Head Chop**

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Saturday, December 03, 2005

10:12 PM - Sunday, Sunday, Sunday!!!


Once again hello to all! Tonight at 0015 my time the Chiefs play the Broncos, my most hated team of all time! Well I guess I will see tonight what the likely hood of the bet shall be =)

Haven't done anything yet as far as Sundays go. Just got to work a litte bit ago and we have services starting in a few hours, so I figured I would write the blog. I finally got the other project done that has kept me busy for awhile. Its another blog, but one I hope ALL military members will really enjoy looking at. You should check it out, its basically another fotoblog but certainly different than the one linked to this site.

Getting ready for the CHRISTmas services that will be coming up. Too much fun! Oh yeah I have decided to use all caps on the first part of CHRISTmas since I want to see if I can offend anyone. You offended yet? It makes me laugh the stupid crap people get all pissy about these days. I am sure people are soo offended that they just get sick to the stomach...yeah right, Ok anyway... just been doing some visiting with the chaps. They have this little Mic Night thing going next to the coffee shop, not too bad really. There are some good talents out here playing the guitar, reciting funny poems or parades about being deployed. Sipping on a cup of joe and listening to amateur poetry... great times =) Well I will sign off for now, enjoy the new site.
PEACE

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