Thursday, November 29, 2007
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Being this is my blog and I can write about whatever I want, I'll take this opportunity to do a little praising God for an awesome girlfriend! Mimi has taken such great care of me while I'm here. She has sent me almost weekly care packages and things I've needed like a jacket due to not anticipating it getting this cold. In the last package she sent me was included the handmade puzzle above. She never ceases to amaze me with her creativity! As I mentioned in my Thanksgiving post of things I'm thankful, I am so thankful to have her in my life and just wanted to share that with my blog world again =)
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
They also don't even report accurately on the election, plenty of which had absolutely nothing to do with Bush or America or Iraq. They make the claim that the new PM will remove Australia's 500 troops. However, the truth is they are only talking about removing the 500 combat troops currently here, not all the troops as the report says. And they wonder why they are accused of liberal bias!
Monday, November 26, 2007
Sunday, November 25, 2007
So, let's give the Dems a little lesson in history. How long did it take the revolutionary forces to defeat the British, stand up a stable government and elect a President?
First shot was fired in April 1775 and the Treaty of Paris was officially signed in January 1784, ending the war. The final draft of the Constitution was signed September 1787 and officially ratified in July 1788. The first Presidential election was held in February 1789 and in April 1789, George Washington was sworn in as the first President of the United States of America.
By my count that is nearly 9 years of war, then over 4 years before a central government was fully stood up, and then almost another year before the first election. That is a total of 14 years from first shot fired to first President. By those numbers, Iraq is well ahead of pace as it hasn't even been 5 years yet since the first shots were fired and they already have a constitution and a President despite still being in the middle of a fight for their lives. They also have received no help from the Dems, but in fact the Dems' actions have helped the enemy over and over as I've discussed before due to the enemy using the words and actions of the Dems in their propaganda to keep the Iraqis in fear thus slowing progress on all levels.
When this war is won and Iraq has a stable government, both of which can happen if things are kept in their proper perspective, the Dems will try as hard as they can to take some credit, but they will get none!
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Still have two more games left, but when your hopes are so high with the very real chance of making it to the national championship game, the SEC Championship and only a New Year's bowl game doesn't quite have the same appeal. Hopefully they will finish strong with an SEC Championship win and Sugar Bowl win and then start building for next year. That won't be an easy road though as I'm sure now the players hopes are just as dashed and they will have to dig deep to not give up on the season.
Update: Thanks to Southpaw in the comments section for reminding me that I wanted to give some props to McFadden as he definitely proved he should be in the Heisman mix with his performance as he ran all over the Tigers, especially in the red zone which has been our Achilles heel all season.
Friday, November 23, 2007
The problem with this argument is that if they are comparing say the 50 Tongan marines (who btw are some of the most professional, courteous and squared away troops I've ever met) who are currently here on Camp Victory and other bases to the approximately 180K US military personnel that is not comparing the right numbers. What they need to compare is percentage of total military.
The US has over a million total in the military so there total commitment is around 20%. Tonga's total military is 250 personnel, so they also have committed around 20% of their forces. Then to take it a step further if you compare total number of US military personal in Iraq with total population available for service in the US the percentage is 0.3% which is also the exact same when compared to Tonga.
All this to say that when you actually compare apples to apples, to say that our allies are any less committed then we are just because of a small number of troops being here, that is completely false.
Thursday, November 22, 2007
In 33 years this was my first Thanksgiving away from home. Not only was I not home, I wasn't even in the US due to being in the giant sandbox. Thankfully though the military went all out to make our Thanksgiving here on Camp Victory as special as possible. Here is a little taste of our Thanksgiving dinner.
Normally the servers are TCN's (Third Country Nationals), but today we were served by senior officers and senior NCOs (Non-Commissioned Officers). It was cool to be served turkey by a two star general =)
Following is a few pics of the decorations and food served sometimes both:
One of the decorations that caused many passerbys to ask why was there a Church for Thanksgiving. I guess they forget that the Pilgrims came for religious freedom and I also wonder who they think the Pilgrims were saying thanks to on the first thanksgiving!
I guess they were trying to help us feel like we were home b/c definitely nothing like this over here =)
Have no idea what a dragon has to do with Thanksgiving. Guess someone just wanted to show off their creative abilities.
While I was bummed to miss my first Thanksgiving at home, I still have plenty of things to be thankful for. Here is just a short list:
Hope everyone has a very blessed and Happy Thanksgiving!
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
If this isn't enough proof that things are turning around in Iraq then I don't know what it will take. The NYTimes has this article on the FRONT PAGE. Of course they still leave open that it can all go back to bad at any minute, only give one sentence of credit to the surge, give most credit to the courage of Iraqis, and still refuse to admit al Qaida is in Iraq, but I'll take what I can get.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Monday, November 19, 2007
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Nancy makes it to halfway point and Dan abandons his paddle due to faulty design and goes with the dog paddle method hoping to make up ground
Fun times for all!
This is wrong on so many levels. First, the Democrats do not get to make appointments. That is the role of the President. Second, the President has full constitutional authority to make recess appointments. Third, the Senate won't actually be "in session." He is going to hold the session "open" by using procedural means to hold nonvoting sessions. That means that not a single Senator will have to be present and they can all enjoy their Thanksgiving break at home. If no Senator is present, isn't that the definition of being on recess?
I hope that if Reid tries this that the President will challenge it all the way to the Supreme Court if necessary as it is a very clear violation of the intent of the President's constitution authority. Here is another tactic that I'm not exactly sure how it would work procedurally but I think there could be another tactic the Repubs in the Senate could employ. I'll check with a friend of mine who knows all the Robert's Rules stuff and correct this if I'm wrong, but I think the Repubs could either force the Dems to stay with quorum calls or risk losing a vote to approve the appointments.
You have to give them one thing. Even after going 0-40 so far on bills to end the war unconstitutionally, they are nothing if not persistent. I guess they have to do something to make it appear to their very active anti-war base they are doing what they were elected to do. It's just too bad that they are more concerned with getting re-elected than they are in making sure the troops have the equipment they need to come home alive and the time they need to come home victorious.
Friday, November 16, 2007
I just finished a third book by Brother Andrew. It is actually his first book as I read them in reverse order, Secret Believers, Light Force and now God's Smuggler. As the previous two have, this book has challenged me on so many levels, the biggest of which for this one is my faith. He gives so many examples from his personal life of provisions and protection that can only be explained as God's supernatural intervention.
Brother Andrew earned the nickname, God's Smuggler, as he for many years smuggled Bibles into the former Soviet Union. Now, as he explains in the next two books, he has moved to the Muslim nations. I love the acronym he uses for Islam...I Sincerely Love All Muslims.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Now of course I can already hear the complaints from the Kansas fans as to why they aren't even in the top 2 much less not #1 being they are undefeated and LSU, Oregon and Oklahoma each have one loss. All I have to say is try playing more than one ranked team in your first 10 games then let's talk. If they beat Missouri and then go to the Big 12 Championship game and beat Oklahoma (both very big ifs) then I'd give them props for the #2 slot above Oregon but still not #1 above LSU.
Here's why. If they win out, including the SEC Championship game, LSU will have played 7 top ranked teams (possibly 8 if Arkansas jumps up with a win next weekend), beating 6 (or 7) of them and losing in triple overtime to only 1 of them. Oregon has only played 3 and the PAC-10 doesn't have a championship game, so they have no more ranked teams on their schedule. Oklahoma has only played 2 with one more potential left in the Big 12 Championship game and their loss was to an unranked team. Kansas, as shown above, has only played one top 25 to date with two more potential ones down the road. West Virginia only has 2 so far with 1 left.
All that to say if LSU wins out there is no doubt that they should be the #1 team going into the Sugar Bowl due to strength of schedule alone.
Saturday, November 10, 2007
There is a hilarious video up on YouTube called Do Your Part that I wanted to post on here, but for some reason I'm having issues with posting from YouTube, so check out it here on Mike's post on the same topic.
Friday, November 09, 2007
Thursday, November 08, 2007
Muslims and Christians working together in Iraq??? I thought all Christians were being slaughtered??? Great article showing them working together of all things to raise a cross on top of a Church in Baghdad and grateful for the freedom provided by America! Now I know there has been persecution of Christians as the media has shown a little of, but here is just another sign of reconciliation as well that also needs to be shown.
An example of an endorsement that carries very little weight is Brownback's endorsement of McCain. McCain's pro-life credentials were never in question, so this does nothing more than restate the obvious that McCain is the most pro-life candidate of the top-tier candidates.
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
Sunday, November 04, 2007
Now with BC's lost to Florida State, it won't be an issue. However, had they won out and LSU as well, there is no way they should have stayed on top. Last night's game was LSU's 6 game against a top 25 opponent, winning 5 and barely losing the 6th. BC has only played one team, VA Tech and barely beat them, while we blew out VT. We still have to go to the SEC Championship game against another top 25 team and as South Carolina found out last night, Arkansas, even though not ranked, isn't a cake walk with McFadden.
All that to say while the win was not pretty and we tried as hard as possible to give it away at times, I'll definitely take it! GEAUX TIGERS!!!