Monday, November 29, 2004

Captain Sean P. Sims

To view the original post regarding Captain Sims, please click on the icon of the folded flag on the left-hand side of the site, or follow this permanent link to a Father's Farewell

Happy Birthday Israel!

This BlogBurst piece is cross-posted by participating websites, to
commemorate a milestone in Israel's history. The list of the participating
sites is appended at the end of this post.

November 29, 2004:

Anniversary of the UN vote on Resolution 181

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Today is the anniversary of the UN vote on resolution 181, which approved the partition of the western part Palestine into a predominately Jewish state and a predominately Arab state. (It is vital to recall that the UN partition plan referred to western Palestine, to underscore that in 1921 the eastern part was ripped off the Jewish National Home by the British Government and handed over to the then Emir Abdullah.)

The partition plan was approved by 33 to 13, with 10 abstentions.

The 33 countries that cast the “Yes” vote were: Australia, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Byelorussia, Canada, Costa Rica, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, France, Guatemala, Haiti, Iceland, Liberia, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Sweden, Ukraine, Union of South Africa, USSR, USA, Uruguay, Venezuela. (Among other countries, the list includes the US, the three British Dominions, all the European countries except for Greece and the UK, but including all the Soviet-block countries.)

The 13 countries that chose the Hall of Shame and voted “No” were: Afghanistan, Cuba, Egypt, Greece, India, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, Yemen. (Ten of these are Moslem countries; Greece has the special distinction of being the only European country to have joined the Hall of Shame.)

The ten countries that abstained are: Argentina, Chile, China, Colombia, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Honduras, Mexico, United Kingdom, Yugoslavia.

On November 30, 1947, the day following the vote, the Palestinian Arabs murdered six Jews in a bus making its way to Jerusalem, and proceeded to murder another Jew in the Tel-Aviv - Jaffa area. This was a prelude to a war that claimed the lives of 6,000 Jews, or 1% of the total Jewish population in 1948. This toll is the per capita equivalent of today’s Canada losing 300,000 lives, or the US losing 3,000,000.

The object of the war, launched by the Arabs in the former Palestine and the armies of Egypt, Tansjordan, Syria and Lebanon (with help from other Arab countries), was to "throw the Jews into the sea". As the partition map indicates, however, rather than annihilate the Jewish population, the Arabs ended up with less territory than they would have gained by peaceful means.

In addition to the bloodshed in nascent Israel, immediately after the UN vote, Arabs attacks their Jewish neighbours in a number of Arab countries, the murders in Syria’s Aleppo being the best known.

Bruised and bleeding, Israel prevailed nonetheless. May our sister-democracy thrive and flourish.

List of participating sites, in alphabetical order of site name

Anti Idiotarian Rottweiler
Arkansas Bushwacker
Armies Of Liberation
Bama Pachyderm
Blog Willy
Blue Rev
Canadian Comment

Cao's Blog
Catholic Friends of Israel
Christian Patriot
Christian Action for Israel
Clarity and Resolve
Crusader War College
Daniel Davis

God Pigeon
Harald Tribune
Heretics Almanac
Hidden Nook
History Nerd
I Love America
Instant Knowledge News

Israel Commentary
Jersusalem Posts
Leaning Right News
Letter from Israel

Mugged By Reality
Mystery Achievement
Mystical Paths
Nice Jewish Boy
Protect Our Heritage
Red Tigress

Spitball Defense
Tampa Bay Primer
Techie Vampire
Tex The Pontificator
The Autism homepage

The Conservative
The Homeland
The Seal Club
Who's Your Rabbi
Yoan Hermida
Weblog of a Wondering Jew

Thursday, November 18, 2004

What You Can Do for Cpt. Sims:

1. Contribute to the scholarship fund in Sean's name:

The Sean Patrick Sims Sul Ross Memorial Scholarship Fund.
Mail checks to Texas A&M Foundation
401 George Bush Dr.
College Station, TX 77840.

2. Pray for Sean's wife Heidi, his son Colin, and all of his family.

Thank you and thanks to everyone who has emailed me privately or posted comments to this site in honor of Sean. It means a lot to everyone who knew him.

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

A Father's Farewell

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Sean & his son Colin (AP Photo)
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Heidi, Sean & Colin (family photo)

Obituary Notice:

Captain Sean Patrick Sims born August 27, 1972, died November 13, 2004 in Fallujah, Iraq. Captain Sims, was commanding A Company, 2-2 BN, 1st Infantry Division, when he was killed in action. He was leading his company in action against a band of insurgents occupying buildings in Fallujah.

Captain Sims graduated from Texas A&M University. He was a member of the Corps of Cadets, the Ross Volunteers, Ranger Challenge and commander of Company L-2. He graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and received a distinguished military graduate commission into the United States Army as an Infantry officer. He was the top graduate in his platoon at the Infantry Officer’s Basic Course, and then attended the Airborne School, Pathfinder Course, and Ranger School. He then was assigned to the 101st Airmobile Division as a platoon leader and Company Executive Officer. He later attended the Armor Officers Course and followed that with an assignment to Germany where he was assigned to the Seventh Army Training Center at Grafenwehr. After one year he was transferred to the 1st Division in Vilseck where he spent the rest of the time as Brigade and Battalion Staff Officer, including eight months with the 1st Division deployed to Kosovo. He then joined Company A, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division for deployment to Iraq in February of 2004.

He was married to the former Heidi Duty of Eddy, Texas. He is survived by Heidi and a young son, Colin Patrick, who had a mere five weeks with his father before he deployed to Iraq.

Captain Sims is the son of Colonel Thomas L. and Laura (nee Ivey) Sims of McKinney, Texas and El Paso. He is the grandson of a major leader in the history of El Paso, Ben L. Ivey, deceased, and Leone O. (nee Drugan) Ivey of the Lower Valley. His paternal grandfather, Walter K. Sims, is a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army and was a long time resident of El Paso where he spent many years working for the Texas Employment Commission.

Captain Sims Funeral will be held in College Station, Texas at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Date to be determined.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to The Sean Patrick Sims Sul Ross Memorial Scholarship Fund. Mail checks to Texas A&M Foundation, 401 George Bush Dr., College Station, TX 77840.

Separate article follows:

My son, the soldier, comes home… for good.

At last report he had left Iraq and was waiting a flight in Kuwait. With luck he will be in Germany today and then on to Texas. By the way, he is called “remains” but I know better. He is my son.

I want to tell you about him. Not because he is so great a guy – although I think so, but because he represents the thousands of sons and daughters America is sending to far away places to secure our peace and our liberties at home.

Captain Sean Patrick Sims, commanding officer of A Company, 2-2 BN, 1st Infantry Division, was killed in action Nov. 13 in Fallujah, Iraq while clearing insurgent occupied buildings. A tough assignment, clearing an urban area. Dirty, dangerous work. Sean lost his executive officer the day before and I read of the deaths of two Marine Captains who were similarly killed in Fallujah.

It is sad when a father must write his own son’s obituary. I don’t know what to say. My son, like others falling in that conflict, was a hero who believed in his mission, his unit, and his men. He also believed leaders should be in the front, leading, not following. And that is how he died. He was well liked and respected by his superiors and the men in his company, who sensed his concern for their well being. He was also concerned about the well being of the Iraqi people and did his utmost to guard them from harm.

Sean was a devout catholic, who lived the tenets of his faith on a daily basis. There is no doubt in our minds that Sean is now in heaven and in the hands of our Lord. We grieve for his loss, which is our loss, but not for his soul. If anything, we ask his intercession on our behalf as he is now much better placed for that effort.

I don’t know what to say or how to describe the sacrifice of your blood for this country. Having served in Vietnam, twice, having a father who spent 36 years as a soldier through two wars, and a brother who served in Vietnam twice and is now 100% disabled from his injuries there, I am encouraged by the awareness of our countrymen for the sacrifices of our children. I am thankful for the realization by our citizenry that freedom is not free.

My son was not a rampant political supporter for any party, although he was probably more Republican by instinct. But he did have an abiding trust and belief in the United States of America. He felt we are a moral nation, steadfast in our principles; this nation does not take its commitment of its sons and daughters to war lightly. But unlike many nations in the world, we do not shirk our duties to commit our blood to just and necessary causes. Because that is what keeps us free.

I think he understood something which seems to have been lost in the debates over weapons of mass destruction and poor intelligence estimates in this particular war. That is that sovereign nations must be held accountable for their actions. We cannot tolerate nations that hide behind borders and provide support to enemies who are intent on our destruction. We can debate on how this war developed and was executed. It can not be debated that nations now look carefully at their responsibility and accountability before providing such support. America has made its statement. If you support terrorism, we will find you and destroy you, whatever the cost.

My son understood this and believed what he was doing was right. But he also believed that you can’t go in and destroy a country and walk away. He was anxious for the insurgents to be quickly defeated so we could start the nation building that Iraq so sorely needs. He chafed at the delays and the debates in implementing aid. He was not a romantic. He understood well the backwardness of the country, the strangle hold of its religion and more challengingly, the social and political pressure of the tribal system. They all looked insurmountable when you add them up. But he had been raised in a tradition of grit and putting one foot forward at a time, so he was not deterred by the challenge. He was faced with a difficult, dirty and seemingly impossible task, but his response was not how do I get out of it but how do I get it done.

I think his sacrifice to his nation can best be summed up in a message I received from a friend expressing condolences for his loss: “His sacrifice was made to keep my family, my sons and my grandchildren as well as all Americans safe and free and for that we will eternally be grateful.” That’s nice. My son would agree. That’s what he thought he was doing.

In retrospect, the true hero here is his wife, who is left a young widow with a young son to raise. She is a woman of grace, and grit. She will do well by her son and her warrior husband.

regards, tom sims (Col. US Army Retired)

See this list for other articles about Cpt. Sims.

Monday, November 15, 2004

UPDATED: More articles about Cpt. Sean P. Sims '94

Here are several more (most recently added are at the top):
Buzz Cut December article
The Eagle (details from services)
The Eagle (comments from L-2 buddies)
The Eagle (interviews with family members)
Stars&Stripes(Germany memorial svc info)
Boots & Sabers
Stars & Stripes
Seattle Times
Boo's Blog
El Paso Times (new)
WhatsBruin(language watch)
The Battallion
Waco Trib
Fox TV ElPaso
KVIA El Paso
El Paso Times (with photos)
The Eagle
The Miami Herald
San Diego News
The Herald Sun
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An Aggie Hero, My Friend

I am typing through tears as I read every scrap of an article that describes the last moments of Cpt. Sean Sims' life. He is an outstanding American, soldier and Aggie. I couldn't fill this site with enough words to do him justice. I was lucky enough to spend about 2 years of college with Sean and his buddies from L-2 (WHOOP!). Please pray for his family: he leaves behind a wife, Heidi, and a baby son Colin.

If you haven't yet shown your support for the troops and their families...please do so now. For some ideas, there are links on the left-hand side of this website.

Thank you God, for men like Sean. They are few and far between.

Sunday, November 14, 2004

Conner's Life Does Count

Major kudos to Michelle Malkin for addressing this controversial topic. I'm amazed at the contradicting positions our laws take on this issue. Scott can be convicted of murder, but the baby's mother could've opted to "get rid" of him legally with no legal repurcussions, had she so chosen. Is Conner counted as a life because his mom wanted him to be? Where is the "science" in that?

We don't want to teach our teens abstinence, but we're shocked when the dump a baby in the trash. Haven't we, the people, taught them that it's an insignificant lump of tissue? Why, then, should they be punished just because they don't have $400 or the worldly sophistication to find an abortion clinic? How in the world can we punish men for harming an unborn child when it is perfectly legal for a women to have it killed? This makes no sense!

The bottom line is this: either a fetus is a child or it's a lump of tissue. It is NOT both, and we have to choose. We cannot have it both ways and expect emotional, immature teens to understand our contradicting laws. Since I have mourned the terrible loss of my own unborn child, I know where I stand. How about you?

Gig 'Em! Aggies Beat the Tech-tards in OT

Wow, what a game! As usual, it was a fight to the end when the Ags and the Techies met up at Kyle Field yesterday. Obviously Reggie McNeal's arm was still hurting because he showed a hesitancy to pass that we don't usually see. At any rate, the Aggie Wrecking Crew held this passing team to a run game for most of the game, especially towards the end. The officiating was unbelievable. Even I could see holding by the 'tards on almost every play, and that was beforeI broke out the binoculars. Not to mention the offensive pass-interference call on our 2-point conversion, and the pass-interference that went uncalled on behalf of the techies. It truly was an uphill battle, trying to beat both the 'tards and the refs, but the Aggies pulled it off and it was sweet!! Somehow, the chili and frito-pies at our tail-gate party were even better than expected....despite being frozen we just couldn't pack it up and go home until we were the last ones in the lot. WHOOP! Read more details here

And one more thing....would the Aggies season ticket holders PLEASE stop giving your tix to the opponents! They have a visitor section for a reason. Maybe I'm a little cranky now that the regular season is over, but I don't pay good money to be surrounded by obnoxious and rude goobers yelling "two-bits, four-bits, six-bits a dollar....all for the raiders, stand up and holler". Like I said to them yesterday, high school games are on Fridays.

Allawi makes "D-Day like" visit to Iraqi Military

Prime Minister Allawi flew in for a surprise visit with the Iraqi military troops just before the big attach on Fallujah began. One Iraqi describes the mission as “We are ridding Fallujah of these gangs with our multinational friends”. Another refers to the American military, saying “We love the United States. They are our brothers. We are glad they are here with us in this fight”. “Iraq is with you,” Allawi told the troops before heading out.

Thursday, November 11, 2004

Power Line: NATO Head Says U.S. Right on Terrorism

Powerline has this quote from NATO Sec. Gen Jaap de Hoop Scheffer excerpted from the NYT today. Funny how it was just the US' problem until the "tolerant" Dutch are attacked, and now it's a global issue. First Putin sees the light, and now Scheffer. If only they could grasp it before it's their own country that is attacked!

Video Footage of Battle in Fallujah

This video, which I found via Blackfive, shows the intense urban fighting taking place and the bravery exhibited by our troops. How can we ever thank them enough?? Blackfive also has this article listing three business who support our troops. Give them your business!

Unofficial Arafat Obit

You won't get all these details including a Timeline of Arafat's life anywhere in the media. It's important to remember his life's "accomplishments", especially in regards to some of the comments he's received from heads of state, including Chirac, posted at Captain's Quarters.

Fallen hero's Mom calls Moore a "maggot that eats off the dead"...

In this article, fallen Air Force Maj. Greg Stone's mom is furious that footage of her son's funeral was used by Moore in his film. Eva Savage, whose son Jeremiah, a Marine corporal who was killed last May in Iraq, also speaks out against Moore in the article saying ''I will not allow the Michael Moores of this world to take my son's death and turn it and twist it to suit their own greedy and malicious purposes.''

The Iraqi People DO Appreciate the US

This poll, taken during the last two weeks of the election, shows the Opinions of those who live in Iraq are not what you hear in the media. Anyone surprised?

Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Forces Find 'Slaughterhouses' in Fallujah

Hostage slaughterhouses, false white-flag wavings, kidnapping of Alawi's kin, sniping from Mosques......Godspeed, Marines, as you hunt them down and destroy them.

Read the details here.

Comments, Anyone?

So sorry! Until my friend Jill pointed it out, I didn't realize my settings were limiting comments to registered blogger users only. It's fixed now so start talking people!

Miracle Pregnancy/Adoption Story!

Wait until you read the personal story of JJ and Tracy Jones. They are currently in the early stages of pregancy from an adopted embryo. That's embryo that had been frozen by another couple during the invitro process and was going unused by the genetic parents. They have arranged a legal situation that will declare JJ and Tracy to be the biological parents in the state of Texas. They are breaking new ground legally, but this is an exciting breakthrough for those of us who feel that life begins at conception.

You can read another couple's embryonic adoption story here.

Happy Birthday Marines!

Today marks the 229th birthday of the Marine Corps. This article posted at Powerline is a great tribute. Powerline also posted this letter written by a young Marine's dad. These are some awesome young Americans and we owe them a great debt.

"It is the soldier, not the reporter,
Who has given us freedom of the press.

"It is the soldier, not the poet,
Who has given us freedom of speech.

"It is the soldier, not the campus organizer,
Who has given us the freedom to demonstrate.

"It is the soldier, who salutes the flag,
Who serves beneath the flag,
And whose coffin is draped by the flag,
Who allows the protester to burn the flag."

-- Father Dennis Edward O'Brian, USMC

Semper Fi

More Compassionate Conservatism

President Bush's efforts to pass an immigration bill is one that I champion, much to the disdain of many conservatives. These workers come looking for a better life, and I have several close personal friends who became (or are becoming) citizens after working here illegally. They are some of the hardest working Americans I've ever met. Good people! My husband says this is rewarding illegal behavior, and I do see his point. However, I think we need to just wipe the slate clean, and start fresh with these immunities and a plan for a guest-worker program. Once that's in place, there will be a lot more support in the border states for increasing the security on the borders by folks who are currently concerned about the impact that would have on our Mexican friends. Viva Bush!

Proof of Compassionate Conservatism

You've probably already seen the Democrats email hoax that shows a ranking by IQ scores with, no shock here, the blue states having the higher rankings by far. That chart has totally been debunked by all the urban legend sites. This chart?, however, which is factual, shows which states are the most charitable. Guess which color states dominate the top of the chart?

Will we get a new Ally?

I wouldn't wish this on another country for anything, but it looks like for Dutch, anger battles with tolerance. Here's a country that has prided itself on it's tolerance of all cultures and religions and what is their reward? Jihad. This is why the war on terror is not limited to one country or person. This is why we must win.

Tuesday, November 09, 2004

What Are the Marines Singing In Fallujah?

What were the Marines Singing in Fallujah? I'll give you one guess. This recording was made on October 21, 2004 by Marines just inside Fallujah according to this article at Blackfive. If this doesn't give you chill bumps, nothing will.

Who IS Middle America Anyway?

I've heard a lot of descriptions as people try and explain the election results. Everything from "born-again retards" at the most offensive (well close) to "Hicks", "In-breds", and when the names aren't used, the descriptions of uneducated, no ambition, religious bigots and others are. I've been trying to find a way to express who I think we are, and I remembered this Alabama song. Don't think I could say it any better, so here it is:

Forty Hour Week

There are people in this country who work hard every day.
Not for fame or fortune do they strive.
But the fruits of their labor are worth more than their pay.
And it's time a few of them were recognized.

Hello Detroit auto workers,
let me thank you for your time.
You work a forty hour week for a livin',
just to send it on down the line.
Hello Pittsburgh steel mill workers,
let me thank you for your time.
You work a forty hour week for a livin',
just to send it on down the line.

This is for the one who swings the hammer,
driving home the nail.
Or the one behind the counter,
ringing up the sale.
Or the one who fights the fires,
the one who brings the mail.
For everyone who works behind the scenes.

You can see them every morning in the factories and the fields.
In the city streets and the quiet country towns.
Working together like spokes inside a wheel.
They keep this country turning around.

Hello Kansas wheat field farmer,
let me thank you for your time.
You work a forty hour week for a livin',
just to send it on down the line.
Hello West Virginia coal miner,
let me thank you for your time.
You work a forty hour week for a livin',
just to send it on down the line.

This one is for the one who drives the big rig,
up and down the road.
Or the one out in the warehouse,
bringing in the load.
Or the waitress, the mechanic,
the policeman on patrol.
For everyone who works behind the scenes.
With a spirit you can't replace with no machine.

Hello America - let me thank you for your time!

A 'Do Not Call' List for Cell Phone Users?

I received the exact email listed in this article today, and while tempted to call I was afraid it was a scam to actually "get" my cellphone number. After a quick Google search I found the above article. Looks like the call is up to you whether or not to register your cell phone (no pun intended). The claim is that the list of number will never be made to telemarketers.....what do you think?

The Cultural Struggle

As I read this article about the Golden Globes it struck me that the 2 most controversial films of the year, The Passion of the Christ and Farenheit 911 kind of sum up the cultural struggle of the year, don't they? Now I am all for the separation of church and state, don't get me wrong. I am not going out supporting the teaching of Bible in public schools or anything else. However, for those of us who are truly Christ followers, you cannot separate that from your politics. I read a line from the DU (don't ask me why!) where they were taking a poll to see if the Democratic party should be limited to athiests. One person asked why they can't just ignore their "faith or whatever it is" when it comes to politics. This is a person who unfortunately has no idea what it means to have that "faith". It is all encompassing, and affects every aspect of your life, as it affects your heart, soul, and mind. Anything less is worthless "religion".

Monday, November 08, 2004

France kills Ivory Coast innocent civilians!

Looks like the cheese-eating surrender monkeys are in their own quagmire in the Ivory Coast. According to this story in the BBC NEWS Africa French 'killed Ivorian civilians', France has now cost the lives of innocent Ivory Coast residents in it's quest to quell the opposition. Where is the anti-war crowd now??

UPDATE: "France has declared war on the Ivory Coast, that's how it looks to us," says Sery Bahi, a senior adviser to President Laurent Gbagbo, speaking by phone from Abidjan. He says Mr. Gbagbo is willing to have direct talks with French President Jacques Chirac. "We now know the real problem we have is not with the rebels but with France. We want to understand what is it the French government wants from us." Read more of this weekend's developments here.

Republican Recruiters?

This story posted on PowerLine shows why we can be confident in elections to come for many years. It's possible that every viewing of
these pictures results in more registered Republicans. Thanks guys!!

The New Europe?

Looks like America is making some adjustments based on our new allies in Europe and the lack of alliance from our old ones.
US European Command Facilities are being moved to Poland, Romania & Bulgaria in order to be closer to Middle Eastern deployment sites and ungoverned terrorist hotbeds in the sub-Saharan Africa region. This will reduce, but not eliminate, the US' presence in Germany. Wonder if this will have any impact on the economies of both the country we're leaving (Germany) and the countries we're relocating to?

Get it While They're Hot!

Thanks to my friend Kathryn for showing me My next new shirt! I hope they have them in kids sizes too....

What our Marines are up Against

See this post by Michelle Malkin for an idea of the lengths that the "insurgents" will go to to try and stop the elections in Iraq in January. It reminds of a recent conversation I had with one of my best friends, Jeff, (affectionately known to me as Jefe) just before the election. He disagreed with my terming the "insurgents" as terrorists. After a lengthy discussion that included Militia Men of the Revolution and Contras in Nicaragua, we finally agreed on our definition of a terrorist:

Terrorist - A person or group who specifically targets civilians, women or children in an effort to wage a mental war on their target.

I win Jefe! They're terrorists! Ironically, however, we all lose.

Marines turn to God ahead of anticipated Fallujah battle

A big hat tip to my friend Melanie for recommending that I add this to the blog today. I don't what else to say other than what is said in this article that Marines turn to God ahead of anticipated Fallujah battle I'm glad they are seeking courage, safety and a peaceful heart from only One who can grant it. I, too, am turning to God to ask for their protection from harm and their success. Wanna join me?

Sunday, November 07, 2004

Let's Roll

Here we go: is reporting the start of the assault on Falujah. After seeing an aerial map of Falujah today, I was struck at large and dense it seemed compared to my expectations. We've not been in much real "urban warfare" to date, but this looks like it could be it. If you're reading this post, whenever it may be, please stop right now and say a prayer for our troops and for any women and children held in the city against their will. May it be swift, sure, and thorough.

France is to Blame for the War in Iraq

No, this isn't a France-bashing, just logic and common sense. The "diplomacy not war" crowd would have us believe that if we'd just given the inspections more time, worked diplomatically through the UN, etc. war could've been avoided. Well now we know that France was receiving Oil-for-Food bribes and contracts in exchange for it's promise to Saddam not to allow any actual action against him by the UN. Saddam's incentive to respond diplomatically was removed by the French (and possilby the Russians) cheating the system. Sorry peace doves, but it looks like war was inevitable thanks to the country you like to tout. How ironic. Not to mention, Bush decided not play by the rules in a rigged game. Telegraph News Saddam bribed politicians around world

The Bravest Iraqi Civilian

In case you haven't already heard about Steve-O, the teenaged Iraqi who chose to aid American soldiers rather than fight them, here's his story and the info you need to donate to help him get an education here in the US at

Spain's former Prime Minister sees hope in election

Jose Maria Aznar of Spain gives US voters the nod saying we voted for "leadership based on convictions". Since his own people responded to terrorist attacks by voting him out and opting for an appeasement leader, you can see why he's hopeful about the vote of Americans. At least there's one intelligent Spaniard over there...OpinionJournal - Extra

Jerusalem Prayer Team

You can help support Israel by signing the petition at Jerusalem Prayer Team to accomplish 2 things: 1. for President Bush to refuse to sign the waiver of the 1987 Anti-Terrorism Act that would put the PLO on the terrorists' list 2. To move the US Embassy in Israel to it's rightful place in Jerusalem.

Aggies Hang with #1

Aggies should be proud of their team's performance yesterday at Kyle Field. Although I missed the game to have some "mommy & me" time with my daughter, I watched most and listened to the rest. The Aggies had a strong offensive performance against the #1 (or#2) team in the nation! Coach Fran has shown that he can take on the big dogs. Read more about the game here at

Marines prepare for Fallujah

As our brave troops prepare for the oncoming battle of Falujah, one Marine writes home to describe his pre-battle feelings. Check out this must-read at The Green Side.