3.22.2003

By the way, Drudge is so 2002.
Good site with lots of maps and background on the conflict, found on Sgt. Stryker's page, entry for 3 AM.

Iraq Map (it is a big gif file)

Baghdad Map

Background Info and Crisis Overview

Good stuff
Great blog with some great commentary - Ribbity Blog. (again, the link is more for my use while watching the war, but you, faithful reader, are encouraged to check it out, there are some great entries.) Link via The Command Post
Hmm, the grenade attack at the 101st......

Must have been thermite grenades as the photos don't show any holes torn in the tents..only burnt equipment and I would think that if they were standard fragmenting grenades there would be a lot more damage to the tents and the personnel.

I reckon this is one of the bad things about "instant news" - if it had happened without TV cameras and embedded reporters, I think the soldiers there would have acted as judge, jury and executioner and that would be that.

Saw on the Command Post that there is a photo caption contest for the poor woman with the "neopolitan ice cream" outfit at the Agonist web site. Some good ones there but also some obvious commentary from the Pro Saddam group. I am getting to the point where I have just about had it with these Pro Saddam folks..... Yes, I agree that this is America and many American soldiers have fought and died defending the rights of people to say what they want to say, but there has to be a point where you say enough is enough.

UPDATE: Re: the grenade - according the this Sky News Report, the first grenade thrown into the commanding officer's tent did not go off but he was still hit by fragments from adjacent explosions, so it must not have been thermite.

Another UPDATE: Soldier killed was shot with rifle.
What is up with the Neopolitan Ice Cream suit at the Pentagon Press Briefing???
Heard about this earlier, seems the Human Shields just needed a little education and the Shock and Awe campaign is working on some folks....... here is a snippet from the UPI main story about Jordan and refugees.

A group of American anti-war demonstrators who came to Iraq with Japanese human shield volunteers made it across the border today with 14 hours of uncensored video, all shot without Iraqi government minders present. Kenneth Joseph, a young American pastor with the Assyrian Church of the East, told UPI the trip "had shocked me back to reality." Some of the Iraqis he interviewed on camera "told me they would commit suicide if American bombing didn't start. They were willing to see their homes demolished to gain their freedom from Saddam's bloody tyranny. They convinced me that Saddam was a monster the likes of which the world had not seen since Stalin and Hitler. He and his sons are sick sadists. Their tales of slow torture and killing made me ill, such as people put in a huge shredder for plastic products, feet first so they could hear their screams as bodies got chewed up from foot to head."

Most of this stuff I put in for my own reference, I can look back on this later when I am a crusty old man and decide to put on the 3-D Blog Visor and review these events, one of the cool benefits of writing the blog. Much easier than keeping a journal and/or keeping a scrapbook of newspaper clippings about the war.

I keep finding good sites, ths one was mentioned on the Command Post ---> Protest Warrior. Great photo gallery, cool t-shirts and bumper stickers.

I will come back to this later - The TRUTH about Bowling for Columbine. Michael Moore is truly a disgusting person.
Operation Iraqi Freedom Video "Boots are Made for Walking" - excellent
Don't mean to be redundant to NRO, but saw this and mainly want to put a link here for myself --> Herald Sun Slide Show
Damn, that Iraqi Information Minister dude must be nutso!

3.21.2003

I keep hearing the protestors sqawking about the war and how bad it is, how innocent people are getting killed, but to me, it seems as if every single possible effort is being made to make this war all about precision, surgical attacks. Hell yes, we could reduce every single building in Iraq to a smoldering pile of rubble in a matter of minutes, but our troops aren't doing that. Is it Bush's way of saying "SHUT. THE. F***. UP. to the protestors? The lights are still on, water still flows and the Iraqis are glad to see us.

The weather is making it very easy to sit glued to the TV - rainy and cold out here.

And I will tell you this, I am getting fed up seeing the cheesy "Map Room" on Fox. That is one of the reasons I enjoyed looking at the University of Texas Map Library and have downloaded almost all of those maps! Just wish I had an E-size plotter out here, I would have maps hanging from every wall!! It sure seems that if Fox can afford to lease hours and hours of satellite phone time for the amazing images we saw last night, they could afford a Map Room that doesn't look like a rejected Star Trek TV set. I think some of those retired generals are embarassed to sit at the Command Console!!

More later.....
Putting some links in for myself, check them out if you want.

Command Post- War Blog Corner

NRO's The Corner

Tacitus

WarBlogs.cc

Sgt. Stryker

BBC War Blog Click on "War Diaries"

The Agonist

Up late and up early to catch the news again. Some fantastic images and coverage by the journalists. I hear that there is a new arrangement with Turkey to allow fly-overs which is a good thing but I also heard that Turkey is amassing troops on the border and plan on coming across to deal with the Kurds. That is not a good thing as history has shown us. There is some commentary on the NRO Corner site, here and here, that makes mention of this and the US will have to be very careful on how this all unfolds. The Kurds have been screwed over for many years.

The Turks, while being somewhat of a friendly nation towards the US, have apparently pissed off the US administration and are chomping at the bit to get at the Kurds. I am sure Sec. Powell has his hands full with this one.

3.20.2003

Embedded-War-Reporting-Bloggers for the BBC!! I love this stuff!!! Found on NRO's The Corner.
Who knew that you could sit and watch the ass-end of dusty, pixellated M1A1 tanks and Bradly Fighting Vehicles for hours and hours and still find it interesting. This is fascinating, just imagine the technology!! Saddam ain't got a chance!!
Cool site with lots of great maps of the Middle East and Iraq --> Unversity of Texas Austin, Map Library. Link found on InstaPundit, lead me to Quana's Site. Indeed!
All kinds of great blogging going on. I refresh InstaPundit about every 5 minutes, and I have the National Review Online "The Corner" section up full time, refreshing it about every 5 minutes also. Made a quick check on L T Smash and his site is so busy that you have to keep trying before you see this great entry:

Saddam fired a couple of those Scuds that he doesn't have at me this afternoon.

He missed.


heh heh


Check out Blogs of War for blow-by-blow events.

And of course, there is blogging in Baghdad - Where is Raed? Check it out.
Well, I have been glued to the TV for waaaay too long, I have picked out all of the inconsistencies, seen all the typos, I know about all kinds of weapons systems, PAC2's and PAC3's, MOPP suits, etc. It is interesting that the media was a little tweaked last night when the first strike hit, they seem pretty offended that they didn't know it was coming. I was really hoping that we would get news today that they had Saddam and his evil cronies and that the whole "Shock and Awe" thing was a rope-a-dope.

It is really amazing watching all of this, I had forgotten what watching Desert Storm 1 was like. We haven't quite had the fireworks show like the last time but this is a very chilling thing to watch, the tension that is building is absolutely amazing and you just know that there are Delta Force guys running all over the place, marking targets, getting intel and that things are definitely going to get very interesting. It almost feels like a piece of music, building in intensity.

3.19.2003

Alright, alright, ALRIGHT ALREADY!!!

Sheesh, I don't know about you, but I felt like a cat in a rocking chair factory tonight at 5 PM PT. I couldn't sit still and kept fidgeting and was short on the phone with a friend "yep, mm hmm, ok, yep, sure, you bet, uh huh, ok, bye". I relaxed a little after the "precision attack" and was fascinated watching the traffic levels build at that intersection as the day broke in Baghdad on Fox News - I could almost hear the Maxwell House percolating-coffee song in my head and then "Make every day good to the last drop!" Did you notice how many people just barely slowed down before cruising through the red light at the intersection without stopping.....

They just ran the Al Jazeera press conference from Iraq and I think that Saddam is dead. Those guys looked too happy for my liking. "Yes, we will defeat the Americans!! We will bring death to their door!!! Curses on them and their high-maintenance pets!! And by the way, if anyone wants to help, that would be great!!" "Hello? Translators Office." Reminded me of the bit from Monty Python and the Holy Grail, the Black Knight after getting his arms and legs chopped. off taunting - "it is only a flesh wound!! Come back here!!" King Arthur replies "What are you going to do? BLEED on me??"

Well, I guess I can wish. It would be ideal if they could just take out that nutjob and his Croatian movie-star wanna-be sons.

I had a bunch of other stuff earlier in another post that got whacked when I tried to publish it and I can't remember hardly any of it.

Ok, the talking heads are rehashing stuff they re-re-rehashed a couple of hours ago. Time to hit the hay and get some sleep. talk to y'all later.
crap, just lost an entire entry....will try to create it again later........

3.18.2003

Here's a real side-splitter, guess who said this:

"What has happened to the Bill of Rights? What has happened to due process? What has happened to the Geneva Convention? If they're not prisoners of war, what are they? And what rights do they have?''

These are the comments of the honorable Janet Reno minutes after President Bush finished his address this evening. I just can't f'ing believe it. The same Ms. Reno who was the brilliant master-mind behind the tragedy at Waco, no rights violated there, huh? The same Ms. Reno behind the Elian Gonzalez incident. Who the F@#& does she think she is???

Here is another gem:

After watching President Bush's address, Reno said, ''We will not solve the world's problems by might.'' Huh. What about Hitler? Japan? Russia? Guess my history teachers were full of crap.

It isn't about the war. It isn't about terrorism. It isn't about domestic policy. It isn't about taxes or school choice. It is simply because they don't like George W. Bush. Screw 'em.

3.17.2003

tick tock tick tock tick tock tick tock..........nah nah nah neh, nah nah nah neh, aaaay aaaay aaaay, good bye.....
Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone.

Beautiful Monday afternoon out here, just got back from running a couple of errands - had to drop off a document and pay the trash bill and I stopped by the library on the way home. Found a few good books to check out and got my membership updated with my Olympia address. Got pinched at the offices of the trash/refuse service, those gals in there saw me coming and no, I didn't have a lick of green on.

It is a shame about the young gal from Olympia that died over in the Gaza Strip. I really feel sad for her friends and family but I gotta tell ya, what she did wasn't to bright. Life over there isn't like it is here, where you can perch in an old growth tree for 10 days, get your double tall latte's brought to you in the mornings, and it is all fine and dandy. She decided to go participate in a centuries old war and she had the audacity to think that her actions would dissuade Israel from tearing down terrorist's homes. She decided to put herself between a democratic government and known terrorists - 'nuff said.

About an hour or so until Bush's speech. Hopefully he will say that 10 minutes ago, Operation Kill Saddam was undertaken and there are currently 1,000 bombs arcing their way across the desert towards Baghdad.

Yes, I have been trying to stay off this subject for a while, tried talking about the dog and about looking for a job and the weather and target shooting, tried to let the politicians and talking heads say all that they wanted to say, but it gets very frustrating. I watch the news at night and they report "275 people and a Golden Retriever" attended an anti-war/Pro-Saddam march in the Green Lake neighborhood in Seattle. "Trustafarians from Evergreen block the 4th Avenue Bridge at 8 AM in Olympia, find another route to get to work". and now, Saddam says that he DOES have WMD and he will use them against the US and our allies - what the hell?? I can't believe he is still even breathing air. GAK!!

Just yesterday I read something that made me jump out of my chair - get this - Firearms (rifles, pistols, shotguns) will be considered Weapons of Mass Destruction if an anti-terrorism bill in Olympia is passed!!! The Washington State Dimocrats want to be tough on terror but are against an amendment the Republicans have added that provides for the death penalty!! Leave it up to the Dim's to say it is A-OK to support abortion but not ok to support the death penalty.

Well, I need to finish this up and get to work on some other things, talk at y'all later.

UPDATE: Like we need another reason to go kill those mofo's