Band of Brothers: E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne from Normandy to Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest by Stephen E. Ambrose
A Memorial Day special Monday Book Pick. If you have seen the series and haven’t read the book, do so. There is a lot of detail that didn’t make it to the screen. This book follows Easy Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne, from their initial training to the unit’s deactivation in November 1945. The Normande landings on D-Day, the Battle of the Bulge, and more.
Monday Book Pick Archive
Originally posted at the Urbin Report
Monday, May 25, 2009
Band of Brothers: E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne from Normandy to Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest by Stephen E. Ambrose
Monday, December 08, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
According to the Washington Times, one of first group of his supporters he intends to turn his back is the homosexual community.
President-elect Barack Obama will not move for months, and perhaps not until 2010, to ask Congress to end the military's decades-old ban on open homosexuals in the ranks, two people who have advised the Obama transition team on this issue say.
Repealing the ban was an Obama campaign promise.
Sorry guys and gals, you won't be able to serve your country as other patriotic Americans, who just happen to be hetrosexual, openly just yet. Our Dear Leader has other plans.
Just to keep things straight, there have always been homosexuals in the American military. There were probably fellows at Valley Forge who were doing more than just "sharing body warmth" over that cold winter. That our Dear Leader won't address this right off if a kick in the teeth to one of his core groups of supporters.
As that Icon of Conservatism Senator Barry Goldwater said, "You don't have to be straight to shoot straight."
Friday, October 17, 2008
Another sure sign of the massive success the Surge Senator John McCain supported (and Barak Hussein Obama voted against) is the fact that the US Marines are pulling out of the Anbar province (including the city of Fallujah) because the violence levels are so low.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Here is another example of an "open minded and tolerant liberal" at work.
A US Army reservist and Iraq War Veteran had his car vandalized by one or more "peace activists."
Dallas police are looking into a shocking crime against an Iraq War vet that took place on a college campus. Overnight Tuesday, someone took vandalized 23-year-old Army veteran Viktor Whitlow’s vehicle while it was parked at Dallas Baptist University. Ironically, the mascot at DBU is the Patriot.
The vandals used a box cutter to destroy the inside of his jeep, they slashed five tires and smashed through the windshield. Perhaps the most shocking detail to the vandalism was the message spray painted on his hood.
The "message" left was "Soldiers are murderers." Yup, another fine example of how liberals support the United State Military. Keep this in mind on November 4, 2008.
HT to Say Anything
Sunday, September 07, 2008
U.S.-led soldiers, backed by air support, and Afghan police killed more than 20 Taliban fighters in two separate clashes, officials said on Sunday.
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008
Here is yet another example by way of SayAnything.
No Support From Democrat Congress For Making Voting Easier For Deployed Troops
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Rep. Roy Blunt, the House Republican whip, on July 8 introduced a resolution demanding that the Defense Department better enable U.S. military personnel overseas to vote in the November elections. That act was followed by silence. Democrats normally leap on an opportunity to find fault with the Bush Pentagon. But not a single Democrat joined Blunt as a co-sponsor, and an all-Republican proposal cannot pass in the Democratic-controlled House.
Analysis by the federal Election Assistance Commission, rejecting inflated Defense Department voting claims, estimated overseas and absentee military voting for the 2006 midterm elections at a disgracefully low 5.5 percent. The quality of voting statistics is so poor that there is no way to tell how many of the slightly over 330,000 votes actually were sent in by the absentee military voters and their dependents and how many by civilian Americans living abroad—6 million all total.
Let's review this concept. Democrats are all for making it easier for illegal aliens to vote, as well as the dead in Chicago (a solid Obama voting block), but when it comes to supporting the Civil Rights of American Military Service Men & Women, they fight against those Civil Rights.
Rob explains why the democrats are against the basic Civil Rights of US Military personnel:
Want to know why Democrats want to make it easier for ex-cons and welfare cases to vote but not deployed soldiers? Because ex-cons and welfare cases tend to vote Democrat.
Soldiers tend to vote Republican.
That’s the simple, cynical truth of it.
Remember that these are the same democrats who sent squads of hit lawyers out in Florida to deny the Civil Rights of US military personnel serving overseas, back when Al Gore was trying to steal the election in November of 2000.
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Barak H. Obama's old message was that he would debate Senator John McCain "anytime and anyplace." The new message is that he is dodging debates, especially when they are to be held on a US military base. Even the liberal NY Times is calling him on it.
“I’m having extreme difficulty getting the Obama campaign to commit to this event, and we do not understand why,” said Ms. Picard, whose husband is deployed in Iraq. “We made it very clear to them that if they would commit to the event, we would work with them on dates.”
Senator John McCain has accepted the invitation to this debate, but Obama is dodging the debate. What is he afraid of? Perhaps he fears that his record of being completely wrong about the war in Iraq every time has spoken on the subject (compared to Senator McCain being absolutely spot on correct about the Surge), or could it be he is painfully aware of his crippling weakness in foreign policy, or perhaps it that like most far left extremist democrats, he considers the US Military to be a hostile audience filled with those he looks down on?
I think it is a strong dose of all of those. The electorate can smell that fear, and perhaps that is why he is dropping in the polls.
Saturday, June 14, 2008
233 years ago today (That was 1775 for the math challenged), the US Army was created by an act of the Continental Congress. It was called the Continental Army, since the United States of America was not to be formed for almost another year.
Monday, June 02, 2008
First, things are going so well in Iraq, even the Washington Post has to admit it.
THERE'S BEEN a relative lull in news coverage and debate about Iraq in recent weeks -- which is odd, because May could turn out to have been one of the most important months of the war. While Washington's attention has been fixed elsewhere, military analysts have watched with astonishment as the Iraqi government and army have gained control for the first time of the port city of Basra and the sprawling Baghdad neighborhood of Sadr City, routing the Shiite militias that have ruled them for years and sending key militants scurrying to Iran. At the same time, Iraqi and U.S. forces have pushed forward with a long-promised offensive in Mosul, the last urban refuge of al-Qaeda.
Second, very good news from Afghanistan:
AFGHAN authorities said more than 100 Taliban-linked militants have been killed in an operation to retake a remote district from the rebels in south-western Afghanistan
The rebels were killed during two days of operations by Afghan security forces and their international allies in Bakwa, a remote district in the south-western province of Farah, the interior ministry said.
"During two days of operations more than 100 enemies of peace and stability were killed,'' ministry spokesman Zemarai Bashary said.
HT to Ace for the Afghanistan story.
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Friday, April 11, 2008
Sen. Roger F. Wicker (R-MS) addressing General David Petraeus at today’s Senate hearing on the progress in Iraq:
There’s no question that the situation is better now, it’s better than when the surge began and it’s better than in September. It would take a major suspension of disbelief to conclude otherwise… to conclude that things are not much improved.
Tuesday, April 08, 2008
Thursday, April 03, 2008
NRO points out that the liberal New York Times thinks a hint of bad news for the US Military is worthy of the front page headline, while the news that the charges have been dropped gets buried inside.
Military scandals are always front-page news—until they turn out to be less scandalous than thought. The New York Times gave huge play to the allegations of a massacre—"in cold blood," as Democrat John Murtha put it—by U.S. forces at Haditha. It was front-page stuff, with "World Ends"-sized headlines. But now, almost all of the men charged have had their charges dropped, and many of those who have followed the case wonder why charges were brought in the first place, given that the evidence was so weak that it didn't even make it to trial.
So where does the New York Times play the dropping of charges against U.S. marine Stephen Tatum? Halfway down the page in the last column of A8.
Here are some of the stories that the New York Times deemed more important than the fact that a marine accused of murder in Iraq is guilty of no wrongdoing at all:
* Japanese Author Guides Women to "Dignity,' but Others See Dullness
* In Asia, a Fear of Turmoil Over Rice Prices
* Japanese Court Rejects Lawsuit Against Nobel Laureate Over Suicides in World War II
* Growing Gulf Divides China And Old Foe
Saturday, March 01, 2008
Sunday, February 10, 2008
This group has the following good deeds to their credit:
In 2005 as part of the tsunami relief effort they delivered 493,755 pounds of food, water and other supplies between 1/14/05 and 2/9/05.
In 2006, they provided much needed medical aid to East Timor.
In November, 2006 they treated 2,000 victims of the October earthquake in Shinkiari, Pakistan.
In August, 2006, this group worked with the Uganda People's Defense Force on multiple construction projects including the renovation of the local medical clinic, repairing the children's ward, the nurses and nuns residence and the kitchen.
In August, 2007 members of this group participated in Project Handclasp and over a period of six months refurbished and built eight schools.
In December, 2007 they delivered 254,425 pounds of food and supplies plus 14,309 gallons water and treated 2,355 patients, to disaster victims in Bangladesh.
I am sure these men and women don't seek your praise but I think it would appropriate if you and the city council would recognize their efforts.
Oh, by the way, I compiled these statistics by doing a quick Internet check of newspaper articles and I know this only represents a very small contribution made by a partial contingent of this group. In any event it's time they deserve your thanks. Did I forget to mention these are Marines?
HT to Wizbang
The USMC deserves your support and the barbarians in Berkeley need to taken to task.
Saturday, February 02, 2008
My friend Doug, a former US Army Infantryman and dyed in the wool liberal born and raised in San Francisco, has a few choice words about the actions of his neighbors in Berkeley against the United States Marine Corps.
The City of Berkeley has gone too fucking far. A USMC Recruiting office opened on Shattuck Avenue in December 2006. It's mission is to attract recent college graduates to serve as officers.
"Code Pink" one of the shriller anti-everything groups in the area, went nuts.
The Berkeley City Council just passed two resolutions: One gave Code Pink a designated parking spot, right in front of the station. The second?
The other resolution more directly criticizes the presence of the center in Berkeley. The city manager was directed to send a letter to the U.S. Marine Corps saying they are "uninvited and unwelcome intruders" in the city.
In addition, the city attorney has been directed to investigate whether the city's anti-discrimination laws can be enforced at the center, based on the military's consideration of sexual orientation in hiring.
The United States Marine Corps. Morons, if the Marines were coming to your town as "unwelcome intruders" y'all would currently be either dead or learning to love life as an EPW. Marine recruiters are complete professionals, and I say this as an old Army grunt!
But things get better.. Betty Olds, member of the Politburo for the PR of Berkeley actually said the following:"I'm ashamed of my vote," said Councilwoman Betty Olds, who helped approve the parking spot but not the condemnation. "The protesters should have free speech - this is where Free Speech was born, after all - but to tell the Marines they are not welcome is shameful. If I had to do it again, I wouldn't even go for the parking spot."
Free Speech in this country was born at a place called Lexington and Concord. The rights enshrined in the First Amendment were won by force of arms, including those first Marines.
So, until both these resolutions are withdrawn and the City Council of Berkeley issues an apology to the USMC, I will not be spending a freaking dime in that city. That includes companies based in the den of weasels.
Let Bezekely know how you feel about this:
Contact information for the Berkeley City Council
2180 Milvia Street, Berkeley, CA 94704
Tel: (510) 981-6900, TDD: (510) 981-6903
Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mayor - Tom Bates
2180 Milvia Street, Berkeley, CA 94704
TEL: (510) 981-7100
FAX: (510) 981-7199
TDD: (510) 981-6903
Office Hours: Mon-Fri 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
You might also contact your national representatives and suggest that if Berkeley hates the federal government so much, they can do without federal money.
To be clear, I support Code Pink's right to be idiots in public. What is appalling is a city government attacking a branch of the military.
More on this over at Michelle Malkin's site and at Gateway Pundit.
Update: How others view the US Marine Corps:
"Some people live their entire lifetime and wonder if they ever made a difference to the world. Marines don't have that problem." -- United States President Ronald Reagan, January 1995
"The Marines I have seen around the world have the cleanest bodies, the filthiest minds, the highest morale, and the lowest morals of any group of animals I have ever seen. Thank GOD for the United States Marine Corps." Eleanor Roosevelt, 1945
"Marines are about the most peculiar breed of human beings I have ever witnessed. They treat their service as if it were some kind of cult, plastering their emblem on almost everything they own, making themselves up to look like insane fanatics with haircuts to ungentlemanly lengths, worshipping their Commandant almost as if he were a god, and making weird animal noises like a band of savages. They'll fight like rabid dogs at the drop of a hat just for the sake of a little action, and are the cockest sons of bitches I have ever known. Most have the foulest mouths and drink well beyond man's normal limits, but their high spirits and sense of brotherhood set them apart and, generally speaking, the United States Marines I've come in contact with are the most professional soldiers and the finest men I have ever had the pleasure to meet." -- An Anonymous Canadian Citizen
"I think it's nothing more than the way the Marines do business. They approach everything from the way they do business in Washington to how they approach a peacetime program objective like it's a combat operation, and it's one of the reasons they are so darned successful." -- U.S. Navy SEAL Commander Mark Divine
Also, take note of of the last photo in Zombietime's collection of the Code Pink Moonbats "protest." As soon as they punch the clock and leave, a Marine smartly polices the area.
Sunday, January 27, 2008
They don't really, they just mouth the words so they don't sound like the anti-American barbarians they really are. If you are against "war and stuff", vote your congresscritter who votes for it out of office. Attacking the men and women in uniform who defend your right to curse them is barbaric.
Case in point, the so-called compassionate and caring far hard left extremist leftist "liberals" in Berkeley, CA who are trying to pass a new zoning law for U.S. Military recruitment offices that they admit is based on the law for porn shops.
Frankly, I'm surprised that Berkeley has such harsh laws against adult oriented businesses exercising their First Amendment rights. I guess all that "Freedom of Expression" stuff is to have adult bookstores in your neighborhood, not theirs.