Monthly Archives: March 2012

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Dear Mr Obama, I didn’t hear from you when our recruiters were gunned down at their recruiting station right here in this country

Dear Mr Obama,
I didn’t hear from you when our recruiters were gunned down at their recruiting station right here in this country.  I don’t ever hear from you day to day when we lose precious young American Heroes in Afghanistan.  I don’t ever hear from you when a precious young American Hero loses his legs, his arms or his genitals, trying to beat back this brutal enemy who doesn’t have to abide by any rules as he blows up our Sons, our Daughters,  and his own people.  I very rarely ever see you on the TV thanking our Troops for the enormous sacrifice they make on a DAILY basis trying to carry out your mission under your cruel ROE’s and catch and release policies that afford the enemy all the advantages!  I heard you loud and clear though when Major Hasan slaughtered 13 of our Sons right here at Ft Hood yelling Allah Akbar, and you called for Americans to practice restraint and not to rush to judgment.  I heard you when you refused to call this a terrorist attack and insisted this was simply a “workplace violence!!!”  I have not heard you call for the death penalty for Major Hasan but I heard your Secretary of Defense immediately call for the death penalty for Sgt Bales, a Soldier whom YOU deployed numerous times for a total of 36 months, who watched his fellow Soldiers getting killed and blown up repeatedly, with not ONE WORD FROM YOU.  But we all heard you apologize to the enemy when our Warriors followed orders and burned a propaganda tool used to pass messages amongst the enemy, messages among prisoners!!!  I didn’t hear you call for an apology to the mothers of those Soldiers who were murdered with a bullet to the back of their heads over the latest temper tantrum by the terrorists! Where was your call for an apology to those American mothers, fathers, wives, sisters, brothers?!!!  You seem to have forgotten you work for the American people and your allegiance is to the safety of the American people and her military! Continue reading

An Unexpected Opportunity

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Posted By Laughing_Wolf • [March 28, 2012]

The economy continues to be big news, and with good reason.  Yet, what can be problems for some can offer opportunities for others.

Cooking with the Troops now has additional opportunities for sponsors for the reception being catered at Normandy on D-Day.  For those not familiar, Cooking with the Troops will be taking 3-6 young veterans turning into chefs to Normandy to plan and execute a reception for the dedication of the statue of Dick Winters by the WWII Foundation.

Sponsors of the event won’t get just a donation.  They will get a series of web articles that will feature their name, links where possible, and even their logos as we detail the planning and execution of the trip.  They will get their name and logo on all videos about preparations for the event, as well as video from the event.  What’s more, while we can’t promise anything yet, we are working on some additional coverage in multiple media outlets, and to try to do something very special for the young veteran chefs if possible.

Cooking with the Troops helped more than 2,000 in its first full year of operations, more than double the few hundred helped in the first few months of operation.  Our Facebook page now has more than 1045 members, more than 600 are following us on Twitter, our videos have been viewed more than 850 times, and we have started to develop some major media interest as well.  Our video and reports are also able to be syndicated through SOGMedia and other outlets are in development.

This year, we can’t just double again.  More than 100,000 troops are likely to be demobilized over the next five years, on top of those leaving because of wounds and other reasons.  This number is deceptive as more than three times this number will be affected by the draw down.  Given the economy, getting our Culinary Career program up and running, and helping as many as we can, is essential.

If you, your company, or organization would like to be a part of this event, and in bringing our culinary career program online as we help advance some new careers, contact ceo@cwtt.org.

The oldest and youngest Medal of Honor recipients together

♥ 2nd Lt. Clovis T. Ray, 34, of San Antonio, Texas died Mar. 15 at Kunar province, Afghanistan

  ♥ 2nd Lt. Clovis T. Ray, 34, of San Antonio, Texas died Mar. 15 at Kunar province, Afghanistan of injuries suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.

Soldier accused in Afghan shooting spree identified as Staff Sgt. Robert Bales

Washington Post

Pentagon officials on Friday identified the soldier who allegedly killed 16 Afghan villagers as Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, a trained Army sniper who had served three tours in Iraq and suffered war wounds.

Bales, a 38-year-old married father of two who enlisted in the months after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, was flown Friday to a military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., to await possible criminal charges, according to a U.S. Army statement.

Bales is accused of leaving his base in the Panjwai district of Kandahar province; shooting 16 people, including nine children; and attempting to burn their bodies before returning to the base and turning himself in. He could face the death penalty, military officials have said.

The incident has sparked significant backlash in Afghanistan, straining already difficult relations with the United States over conduct of the war there.

The suspect’s name had been a closely kept secret since he allegedly surrendered to authorities after the shootings on Sunday morning. Officials confirmed his name after news organizations began reporting it Friday evening.

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One Soldier’s anomolous event versus an Islamic Policy of Terrorism

  Penned by Steve Bussey

I reject world and Muslim outrage over the alleged killing of civilians in Afghanistan by a U.S. soldier.

I can understand a soldier who snaps in war but I cannot and will not understand an ideology that routinely and intentionally targets women and children the way Islam does.

I know you’ve already read the story about this one U.S. soldier but have you seen news coverage of the Islamic terrorist’s rocket attacks on Israel? Read that CNN headline and the first two paragraphs and see if the emphasis is on the Islamic terrorist’s rocket attacks or the Israeli response.

Don’t get me wrong; Stevebussey.com and the Steve Bussey Radio Experience in no way condone the intentional killing of civilians in war or through terrorism by anyone. But remember, seeking to understand something is not akin to condoning or supporting that thing just as rejecting the situational or hypocritical outrage is not to condone it.

A United States soldier apparently took his weapon and went house to house killing civilians in Afghanistan just outside his base. My question isn’t why he did it but why it hasn’t happened before or more often.

I don’t want it to happen but I feel I understand war and warriors and as the old saying goes, war is hell. Soldiers sometimes snap in war and atrocities do happen – they’ve happened in every single war in the history of man and the world.

Now, place on top of the “norm” of what happens in war the fact that our soldiers lives are placed at increased risk through being forced to fight with one hand tied behind their backs by our own “rules of engagement” and the hypocrisy of being condemned and murdered for accidently burning a book while the other side routinely uses civilian women and children as human shields, intentionally kills civilians for “collaborating” with NATO forces and more and you have a recipe for disaster on your hands.
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U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Brandon Mann, a dog handler with Alpha Company

  U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Brandon Mann, a dog handler with Alpha Company, 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, and native of Arlington, Texas, sights in with his infantry automatic rifle while providing security with Ty, an improvised explosive device detection dog, during a patrol here, Feb. 16. Marines and sailors with 1st LAR and India Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, conducted clearing and disrupting operations in and around the villages of Sre Kala and Paygel during Operation Highland Thunder. Marines with 1st LAR led the operation on foot, sweeping for enemy weapons and drug caches through 324 square kilometers of rough, previously unoccupied desert and marshland terrain. Mobile units with1st LAR set up blocking positions and vehicle check points while India Company, 3/3 conducted helicopter inserts to disrupt insurgent freedom of movement. Public Domain

♥ Spc. Edward J. Acosta, 21, of Hesperia, Calif., died March 5

  ♥ Spc. Edward J. Acosta, 21, of Hesperia, Calif., died March 5, in La Jolla, Calif., of injuries sustained Dec. 3, 2011, when his vehicle was struck by an improvised-explosive device in Wardak province, Afghanistan. Acosta was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss, Texas