I found a heart-warming yet very sad piece from the June 14th “Stars & Stripes” edition. What a brave tale these guys tell. These heroes are never lauded in public or in the mainstream press. They are only recognized within the military, and every once in a while, an alternative-media source will outline their heroism.
This will tear your heart out, but it describes truly what our men and women in uniform are made of. From the Stars & Stripes article, from writer Sean Kimmons:
Screams from fellow Marines being attacked by insurgents in a mountainous area of eastern Afghanistan were all that 1st Lt. Stephen Boada needed to hear.
The moans from the dying Marines of Company K, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, sparked a rescue attempt led by Boada, the fire direction officer for the 1st Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, on May 8, 2005.
In February, the 27-year-old from Bristol, Conn., was awarded the Silver Star for his actions that day.
While on a dismounted patrol through the Alisheng Valley, Boadaâ€™s unit of about 30 Marines began to pick up radio traffic between insurgents on their Icom scanners. Interpreters informed the Marines that the insurgents â€” concealed in the rough terrain â€” were plotting an ambush.
… and this is one of the reasons why the weird-beard Ahmadinejad HATES him. He knows that since the liberation of Iraq, and the recent fledgling democracies that have been springing up in the Middle East, his people have a divine hope that they, too, can soon be free from his tyrannical rule.
Don Surber writes a brilliant piece today on this, reflecting an article by Steven Knipp, the D.C. correspondent for the South China Morning Post, who wrote in today’s washington Post, and and here’s a bit of it:
1. “What took place over the next fortnight astonished me. … I was overwhelmed by the warmth and, dare I say it, pro-Americanism of the people I met.”
2. “Initially, when Iranians asked me where I was from, I’d suggest they guess. But this game quickly proved too time-consuming — no one ever guessed correctly. So instead I would simply mumble “American.” And then their faces would light up. For better or worse, Iranians are avid fans of America: its culture, films, food, music, its open, free-wheeling society.”
This isn’t Russ’ normal wonderful poetry, but a thoughtful ponderance on defense contractors and what’s happening to the troops because of that. Here’s part of Russ’ post:
The Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs, already faced with budget constraints and mission limits, are ill equipped to deal with this societal mission creep. Recognizing that reality, Dr. Wagner and other concerned citizens and professionals have formed an organization called MVFA, Military Veteran and Family Assistance, www.mvfa.org to take up this slack by providing needed services in a family based program that seeks to combine the support and resources of community, corporate, military and government agencies.
One program, the aptly named Phoenix Project, provides community-based retreats for warriors and their families. In tranquil, pastoral settings such as the Heart of the Hills Camp on the banks of the Guadalupe River in the Texas Hill Country, soldiers and spouses spend a week relaxing with such activities as hiking, fishing, canoeing, riding horses, or if they choose, just lounging around. But there are also group sessions where couples can freely discuss the problems they face and learn how others just like them are coping with similar difficulties.
h/t to Cao for this, although I’ve been trying to find a way to do this without breaking down and going all Rambo literary style on this scumbag. Since my fingers won’t allow anything but fire to come out over this asshole, I’m going to just show you Cao’s words. You don’t want to see or read mine. FCC censors don’t apply here, but my mind swirls with evil thoughts of vengeance on this one.
From my friend Cao’s blog posting:
Ralph â€œBuckyâ€ Phillips, is a native american, who escaped from the Alden Correctional Facility in Erie County, NY last April. Since his escape, Phillips has stolen food, clothes, weapons, ammunition and vehicles from unattended homes and hunting cabins in western New York. He has received assistance from family and friends in rural Chautauqua County, NY where he is currently believed to be in hiding. He has also shot 3 police officers, including one NY State Trooper who died yesterday. There is a $225,000 reward for information leading to PHILLIPSâ€™ arrest.
What you can do:
Have to break it up today a little. So much bad stuff is going on, so I thought some of you could use a laugh or two. So here’s my moderate attempt at a little humor for Labor Day.
Okay, so that’s it for today… now on to the serious stuff again.