Archive for October 15th, 2007

Profiles in Valor; Operation Redwing

October 15, 2007

Full story here: http://www.navy.mil/moh/mpmurphy/soa.html

On June 28, 2005, deep behind enemy lines east of Asadabad in the Hindu Kush of Afghanistan, a very committed four-man Navy SEAL team was conducting a reconnaissance mission at the unforgiving altitude of approximately 10,000 feet. The SEALs, Lt. Michael Murphy, Gunner’s Mate 2nd Class (SEAL) Danny Dietz, Sonar Technician 2nd Class (SEAL) Matthew Axelson and Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class (SEAL) Marcus Luttrell had a vital task.  The four SEALs were scouting Ahmad Shah – a terrorist in his mid-30s who grew up in the adjacent mountains just to the south.

Under the assumed name Muhammad Ismail, Shah led a guerrilla group known to locals as the “Mountain Tigers” that had aligned with the Taliban and other militant groups close to the Pakistani border. The SEAL mission was compromised when the team was spotted by local nationals, who presumably reported its presence and location to the Taliban.

A fierce firefight erupted between the four SEALs and a much larger enemy force of more than 50 anti-coalition militia.  The enemy had the SEALs outnumbered.  They also had terrain advantage.  They launched a well-organized, three-sided attack on the SEALs.  The firefight continued relentlessly as the overwhelming militia forced the team deeper into a ravine.  

Trying to reach safety, the four men, now each wounded, began bounding down the mountain’s steep sides, making leaps of 20 to 30 feet. Approximately 45 minutes into the fight, pinned down by overwhelming forces, Dietz, the communications petty officer, sought open air to place a distress call back to the base. But before he could, he was shot in the hand, the blast shattering his thumb.

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Can we say Medal of Honor? I knew we could!

More from the blond bombshell!

October 15, 2007

“On illegal immigration, [Mike] Huckabee makes George Bush sound like Tom Tancredo. He has compared illegal aliens to slaves brought here in chains from Africa, saying, ‘I think frankly the Lord is giving us a second chance to do better than we did before.’ Toward that end, when an Arkansas legislator introduced a bill that would prevent illegal aliens from voting and receiving state benefits, Huckabee denounced the bill, saying it would rile up ‘those who are racist and bigots.’ He also made the insane point that companies like Toyota would not invest in Arkansas if the state didn’t allow non-citizens to vote because it would ‘send the message that, essentially, ‘If you don’t look like us, talk like us and speak like us, we don’t want you.’ Like all the (other) Democratic candidates for president, he supports a federal law to ban smoking—unless you’re an illegal alien smoking at a Toyota plant. (I just realized why Mike Huckabee can’t run for president as a Democrat—they’ve already got Mike Gravel.) Huckabee also joined with impeached president Bill Clinton in a campaign against childhood obesity. What, O.J. wasn’t available?”—Ann Coulter

I just love her perspective on some issues! 🙂

School shooting in Cleveland

October 15, 2007

Another school shooting occurred on Wednesday, this time in Cleveland, Ohio. A 14-year-old student at the school walked the hallways with two revolvers shooting what police believe to be specifically chosen targets. The student had been suspended two days earlier and apparently went looking for two teachers, both of whom are in stable condition after being shot. Two students were shot as well but are also in stable condition. After only a few minutes of violence, the student, who had been arrested last year for domestic violence, turned a gun on himself.

Undoubtedly, as these tragic instances always do, this shooting will lead to further calls for gun control, as if guns themselves were the problem. If we’ve said it once, we’ve said it a thousand times: It’s not a gun problem, it’s a culture problem.

Source: Patriot Post

Colorado asking for Hunters help

October 15, 2007

HUNTERS ASKED TO SUBMIT TEETH OF MULE DEER BUCKS FROM GMUS 54, 61, 62 AND 80

The Colorado Division of Wildlife is asking hunters for help this season with a research project focusing on mule deer in selected areas of southwest Colorado. Hunters who participate will be entered into a drawing and could win a Weatherby .270 rifle that is being donated by the Mule Deer Foundation.
 
Big game managers in Gunnison, the San Luis Valley and Montrose would like to examine the age structure of mule deer bucks harvested in game management units 54, 61, 62 and 80.  The intent of this project is to evaluate how various management prescriptions are working in units with contrasting objectives.
 
Approximately 2,000 buck hunters should have received a mailing for this project, asking them to remove a middle incisor from the lower jaw of their harvested buck and to send it to the DOW.  The mailing also included a brief survey card and a pre-paid return envelope in which to submit the tooth.
 
“We’re making it as easy as we possibly can for hunters to return a tooth,” said Brandon Diamond, terrestrial biologist in Gunnison. “It looks like we had about a 10 percent response rate from the archery and muzzleloader hunters. We’d like to increase the return during the rifle seasons so we’re asking hunters to please participate in this project.”
 
Biologists are able to determine the age of an animal by laboratory analysis of cementum annuli in the tooth.  Hunters participating in this project also will be able to find out the age of their deer, with results likely being posted in the spring of 2008 on the DOW’s web site. 
 
“It doesn’t matter if a hunter harvests a big buck or a small buck, we need to get back as many teeth as we can,” Diamond said. “This information will help us learn more about our mule deer management prescriptions. This is a great chance for hunters to contribute to big game management in Colorado.”
 
To give hunters more incentive to send in the teeth, the Mule Deer Foundation is donating the rifle. All hunters who submit teeth will have their names entered in a drawing for the rifle. The drawing will take place in early December.
 
Game management units 61 and 62 are located west of Montrose; game management unit 80 is located southwest of Alamosa; and game management unit 54 is northwest of Gunnison.  Hunters are being asked to return teeth by Dec. 1, 2007.
 
Hunters can also drop teeth off at one of the DOW offices. Please, use the envelope that was provided. Gunnison DOW office: 300 New York Ave.; Montrose DOW office, 2300 S. Townsend Ave.; San Luis Valley DOW office, 0722 S. Road 1E in Monte Vista. 
 
Hunters with questions about this project can call Diamond at (970)641-7060. 
 

For more information about Division of Wildlife go to: http://wildlife.state.co.us.

My biggest Mule Deer buck was harvested in area 61 about 20 years ago.

The End of Blonde Jokes, and more…

October 15, 2007

A young ventriloquist is touring the clubs and one night he’s doing a show in a small town in Texas. With his
dummy on his knee, he starts going through his usual dumb blonde jokes.

Suddenly, a blonde woman in the 4th row stands on her chair and starts shouting: ‘I’ve heard enough of your
stupid blonde jokes. What makes you think you can stereotype women that way? What does the color of a person’s
hair have to do with her worth as a human being?

Its guys like you who keep women like me from being respected at work and in the community, and from reaching
our full potential as a person. Because you and your kind continue to perpetuate discrimination against not only
blondes, but women in general…and all in the name of humor!

The embarrassed ventriloquist begins to apologize, and the blonde yells, ‘You stay out of this, mister! I’m
talking to that little ‘creep’ on your knee’.

Why men don’t write advice columns. Now we know.

Dear Walter:

I hope you can help me here. The other day I set off for work leaving my
husband in the house watching the TV as usual. I hadn’t gone more than a
few hundred yards down the road when my engine conked out and the car
shuddered to a halt. I walked back home to get my husband’s help.

When I got home I couldn’t believe my eyes. He was parading in front of
the wardrobe mirror dressed in my underwear and high-heel shoes, and he
was wearing my make up.

I am 32, my husband is 34 and we have been married for twelve years.
When I confronted him, he tried to make out that he had dressed in my lingerie
because he couldn’t find his own underwear. But when I asked him about
the make up, he broke down and admitted that he’d been wearing my
clothes for six months. I told him to stop or I would leave him.

He was let go from his job six months ago and he says he has been
feeling increasingly depressed and worthless. I love him very much, but
ever since I gave him the ultimatum he has become increasingly distant.
I don’t feel I can get through to him anymore. Can you please help?

Sincerely,
Mrs. Norma Melia

Dear Norma:

A car stalling after being driven a short distance can be caused by a
variety of faults with the engine. Start by checking that there is no
debris in the fuel line. If it is clear, check the jubilee clips holding
the vacuum pipes onto the inlet manifold. If none of these approaches
solves the problem, it could be that the fuel pump itself is faulty,
causing low delivery pressure to the carburetor float chamber. I hope
this helps.

Walter

Is it better to be a jock or a nerd?

Michael Jordan, having ‘retired’ with $40 million in endorsements, makes $178,100 a day, working or not.
If he sleeps 7 hours a night, he makes $52,000 every night while visions of sugarplums dance in his head.
If he goes to see a movie, it’ll cost him $7.00, but he’ll make $18,550 while he’s there.
If he decides to have a 5-minute egg, he’ll make $618 while boiling it.
He makes $7,415/hour more than minimum wage.
If he wanted to save up for a new Acura NSX ($90,000) it would take him a whole 12 hours.
If someone were to hand him his salary and endorsement money, they would have to do it at the rate of $2.00 every
second.
He’ll probably pay around $200 for a nice round of golf, but will be reimbursed $33,390 for that round.
He’ll make a bout $19.60 while watching the 100-meter dash in the Olympics, and about $15,600 during the race.
This year, he’ll make more than twice as much as all past presidents for all of their terms combined.
Amazing isn’t it?
However… Read this next bit !!!
If Jordan saves 100% of his income for the next 500 years, he’ll still have less than Bill Gates has at this very
moment.
Game over.
Nerd wins.

Catholic Golf

A Catholic priest and a nun were taking a rare afternoon off and enjoying a round of golf. The priest stepped up
to the first tee and took a mighty swing. He missed the ball entirely and said “Shit, I missed.”

The good Sister told him to watch his language.

On his next swing, he missed again. “Shit, I missed.”

“Father, I’ m not going to play with you if you keep swearing,” The nun said tartly.

The priest promised to do better and the round continued. On The 4th tee, he misses again. The usual comment
followed.

Sister is really mad now and says, “Father John, God is going to
strike you dead if you keep swearing like that.”

On the next tee, Father John swings and misses again. “Shit, I missed.”

A terrible rumble is heard and a gigantic bolt of lightning comes out of the sky and strikes Sister Marie dead in
her tracks.

And from the sky comes a booming voice …….

“Shit, I missed.”

Source: A 50 year old female with an MBA 🙂

A silver lining to the cloud in Iraq?

October 15, 2007

We are reading about modest sucess in Iraq regarding AQI. Is this really a sign of progress though?

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21299285/

I myself think caution would be the best approach. Al Qaeda has, worldwide, had an amazing ability to stage come backs. Always in a very deadly fashion. What I am thinking, is that they are laying low in Iraq, and shifting influence toward other areas of the world. My self and others said from the beginning of the operations in Iraq that we thought that it was a mistake. Did Saddam and his murdering brood need to be eliminated? Certainly that is so, but we already had our a tiger by the tail in Afghanistan. We needed to finish that fight before going out looking for another one to get into. Now, it is being reported that the Taliban, and Al Qaeda are coming back in a strong way there.


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