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Wednesday Hero ~ LCpl Julie Martinez

Posted by Thunder Pig on July 2, 2008

Lance Cpl. Julie Martinez

Lance Cpl. Julie Martinez, a radio operator with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, checks the communication capabilities during a backload of Marines from Combat Logistics Regiment 3 to the USS Essex June 9.

These brave men and women sacrifice so much in their lives
so that others may enjoy the freedoms we get to enjoy everyday.
For that, I am proud to call them Hero.

We Have Every Right To Dream Heroic Dreams.
Those Who Say That We’re In A Time When There Are No Heroes,
Just Don’t Know Where To Look

This post is part of the Wednesday Hero Blogroll. For more information about Wednesday Hero, or if you would like to post it on your site, you can go here.

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Blogs 4 Borders 063008

Posted by Thunder Pig on June 30, 2008

Our weekly vlog — video podcast on illegal immigration and border security issues. In this weeks edition…
Budget Woes? Several states are cutting benefits for citizens, are they missing something obvious?
100% Preventable! Americans continue to pay the bloody price for open borders! When will the madness end?
The Other War: Mexican drug cartel hitmen assassinate a Phoenix drug dealer. Is there a Mexican military connection?

Download for your ipod here.

Our friend John Monti is facing yet another bogus legal challenge (learn more here) and he could use our support. Make sure to join his Facebook group and hit the tip jar!

Click on image

If you’d like to sponsor a show contact us here.
This has been the Blogs For Borders Video Blogburst. The Blogs For Borders Blogroll is dedicated to American sovereignty, border security and a sane immigration policy. If you’d like to join find out how right here.
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Monster Blogburst for June 10th

Posted by Thunder Pig on June 10, 2008

Some people just don’t know when to stop. Apparently, I am one of them. Here is my morning blogburst:

Barack Obama News

|Tales From The Trail| What would Obama do for Africa?

|McCain Blogs| Obama To Prosecute War Criminals

|American Thinker| Obama’s War

|American Thinker| Obama, Black Liberation Theology and Antisemitism

|Fausta’s Blog| Chomping at the bit: Obama’s war crimes trials, and Bush impeachment

|Longstreet| Obama Declares War On…uh… Internet Rumors and Slurs!

General U.S.A. Political News

We have been through this time and time again.

The left and its media allies cannot accept that the country’s leaders, especially those leaders with a Democrat “D” near their name, found it necessary to authorize the use force in the war the Islamic extremists continue to wage against us.

The left’s solution has been to fabricate a myth that we were “mislead” into war. Despite the fact that no less than three exhaustive reviews have completely discredited this mythical lie, last week the Democrat controlled Senate Intelligence Committee, chaired by West Virginia Democrat John D. Rockefeller IV, tried to try and rewrite history and thereby breath new life into this despicable myth.

As a few Democrats realize, success in Iraq will be a problem for the Democrats. Now that the success of the surge is being recognized by the press, if not the Democrat’s standard bearer, those that once supported the war but switched positions with the prevailing political winds are growing disparate. The only way those Democrats who once supported the war, and thereby offended the Democrats’ agenda-setting antiwar left-wingers, can see to hold onto power is to blame their support for the war on being mislead.

|Red State| Democrats’ New Political Threat to U.S. Security

|Right Angles| 25 Percent Tax on “Reasonable” Profits

|Michelle Malkin| Harry Reid’s Jimmy Carter Memorial Act: Senate takes up windfall profits tax

* John McCain 52% (48%)
* Barack Obama 39% (43%)

Favorable / Unfavorable (Net)

* John McCain 59% / 38% (+21%)
* Barack Obama 42% / 55% (-13%)

Survey of 500 likely voters was conducted June 2. The margin of error is +/- 4 percentage points. Results from the poll conducted May 1 are in parentheses.
|Rasmussen| Texas Presidential Election

|TIME: RCP| McClellan’s Quest Continues

|Maverick News Network| American people: ‘Talk to Iran but only after they drop the nuke program’

|News Busters| Brokaw Scolds Letterman on ‘Horrible’ U.S.; Environmental Hypocrisy

|Politico| Dems can’t afford donation ban

|Conservative Beach Girl| No Tomatoes: To-may-toe; to-mah-toe!


North Carolina News

|Lawson For Congress| Thoughts from the NCGOP Convention

|My Weaverville| MegaVote for NC’s 11th Congressional District: June 9, 2008

|Under The Dome| McCaskill: No ‘tough questions’ from Dole

|Inner Banks Eagle| LBJ’s List And The Conservative Challenge

|Hillbilly White Trash| The modern Left

World War IV News

|Gazing At The Flag| Wednesday Hero ~ SPC Jeffrey A Williams

|The Long War Journal| Sadr’s Special Groups

|Captain’s Journal| RAND Study on Counterinsurgency in Afghanistan

Danes need look no further than their own newspapers to find the reason for the car bombing that severely damaged their embassy in Pakistan on Monday, according to Rohan Gunaranta, an international terrorism expert from Pakistan.

‘There is still a lot of dissatisfaction here about the cartoons, as well as the fact that the Danish government still has not condemned them or the people that were responsible for them. As long as that hasn’t happened, Denmark will be under the constant threat of militant muslims,’ Gunaranta said.

Fauzia Mufti Abbas, Pakistan’s ambassador to Denmark, agreed that the Mohammed cartoons, first published in Jyllands-Posten newspaper in October 2005, had incited Muslim anger and were possibly the motivation for the attack, which killed eight and wounded as many as 30.

|Gateway Pundit| Paki Ambassador Warns Denmark To Apologize For Cartoons Or Face More Attacks

|Real Clear Politics| Gagged in Canada: Speech Police Run Amok

|Global Guerrillas| Neo-Feudalism and the Decline of the State

|Jihad Watch| Iran tells Iraq that U.S. troops are “main obstacle on the way to progress”

|Jihad Watch| Jordanian group wants Wilders tried over Fitna

|Dhimmi Watch| Malaysian Prez: Muslims in Britain should live under Sharia

|Arutz Sheva News| Iran Counter-Threatens ‘Painful’ Response, Signs Pact With Iraq

|Michael Totten| A Dark Corner of Europe, Part II

News From a Lefty Perspective

|Senate Guru| Gigantic Early Tuesday Morning Rundown

|Right Wing Watch| Former ‘700 Club’ Co-Host Indicts Blacks for ‘Evil Deeds’ for Voting Democratic

|Think Progress| ThinkFast: June 10, 2008

|Firedoglake| Everything is proceeding awesomely…please go shopping

|Daily Kos| Cheers and Jeers: Tuesday

|AshVegas| Asheville’s Jute wins grant

|Blue NC| Obama Kicks off General Election Campaign in North Carolina

|Gaia’s Tears| Kucinich the Just – A Tireless Warrior for Impeachment

|Scrutiny Hooligans| Parkside: Reference Guide, Council Meeting Edition

|Where Is The Outrage?| Moyers outsmarts O’Reilly

Radio Replay

|John Batchelor| Tiananmen Square anniversary

|Political Pistachio Radio| Burlap or Cloth? Say good bye to your plastic grocery bags, Hillary Quits (finally), Islam in USA – Jun 10,2008

|Syrin| Katcha KLOO Sunday – Jun 09,2008

|A Newt One| The Jimmy Z Sunday Show Featuring Jimmy Z – Jun 08,2008

News that won’t fit anywhere else

|Papa Mike| Grandpa Comes to the Rescue…Grabs Shotgun from Intruder

|Siberian Light| Nikolai Makarov – the man to reform Russia’s military?

|Blackfive| DouChe’ shirts shipping

|Destroyermen| USS Russell Assists Vessel in Distress

|Milcomm Monitoring| Russian Navy Participating in BaltOps 2008

|The Pirates Cove| Global Warming Today: How’s This Consensus?

|Goolge Operating System| Google Docs to Add PDF Storage

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The Gathering Storm Radio Show

Posted by Thunder Pig on May 23, 2008

This week on the nearly famous Gathering Storm Radio Show is Cassandra USA – author of ‘Escape from an Arab Marriage’ and ‘Thirty-Three Secrets Arab Men Never Tell American Women’.

The show is scheduled from 3pm to 4pm.


The Gathering Storm Blog

Always On Watch

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(Blogburst) Morning Update

Posted by Thunder Pig on April 9, 2008

I’ll be on the road for the best part of the day, so here is something to keep you occupied in my absence. A brief roundup of what’s on teh intertubes, from the right and the left, and even (at the end) an enemy website:


Podcast Appalachia: “Mountain Religion”

Joe Dunn Speaks at Citizens for Change

Mumpower Stands Firm, Vindicated on Campaign Signage

Mumpower TV Ads

(the rest of you candidates should get an RSS Feed!)

Thought Experiments – Campbell, Armor, and Mumpower

Meeting Between Eastern Band, Cherokee Nation Broadcast on Web

Limbaugh Joins Earth First and the Merry Pranksters

Mad Tea Party: The Documentary

Gaze Into The Mind of a Moron

Brio Concert Series Presents The Opal String Quartet April 20

NC News

Michelle Obama Courts Voters for Obama

Catching Up With Phone Bills

Michelle Obama Visits Harrisburg

Richard’s Pal by Ed Kennedy

Universal Health Insurance: Just Don’t Get Sick!

Stepping Up In America NC-03

Sublime, Meet Ridiculus

Bank Lending: Ka-Boom!

Obama on the Issues

National News

Bomb Squad Finds Explosive Device, Weapons in Home – Newton, MA

Video: ‘The Palestinian’ Candidate for President

Liberalosis: The Newsroom Disease

Obama Monkeys With Racism

Obama vs Obama

Why Wright’s Outrages Don’t Turn Off Obama Supporters

The slick trick behind global frauding

17 Iraq Combat Veterans Are Running for Congress as Republicans

World War IV News

US Intel Officials: al-Qaeda Nuclear Attack in Planning Stages

Iraq By The Numbers: April 2008

IED weapons making facility destroyed in Diyala

Saddam Transferred WMD’s to Syria

Decline and Fall in Four Simple Steps

EUSSR Grows Bolder
(sorry for linking to GoV twice)

The Battle Over Iraq

General Petraeus’ Congressional Testimony

audio of above testimony

Ambassador Crocker’s Congressional Testimony

Video: The Presidential Candidates Question Petraeus, Crocker on Iraq

Standing Down From Iraq Will Not Make the Iraqis More Likely to Stand Up

Crooks and Liars on Petraeus

Petraeus to Delay July Troop Withdrawals

McCain on Petraeus and Supporting the Troops

Secret Plan for US Troops to Stay in Iraq

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Blogs 4 Borders! 032408

Posted by Thunder Pig on March 24, 2008

Election 2008: Is there a candidate for us?

100% Preventable! Americans continue to pay the bloody price for open borders. When will the madness end?

Download the show for your Ipod here

This has been the Blogs For Borders Video Blogburst. The Blogs For Borders Blogroll is dedicated to American sovereignty, border security and a sane immigration policy. If you’d like to join find out how right here.

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Morning Reads

Posted by Thunder Pig on February 26, 2008

Since I really haven’t had time to update my headline news site (a result of poor time management and almost a solid week of staying up past 8pm), I’ll make the time this morning to post a few links here…fueled by coffee and the siren call of an omelet begging to be made.

According to Red State, wheat prices are at record highs, which I actually heard a couple of people talking about this weekend over lunch Saturday:

Most wheat varieties have been going for about $10 a bushel, give or take, in recent weeks. Today in Minneapolis, hard-red spring wheat for March delivery traded at nearly $25 a bushel. This contract was going for $8 three months ago.

(March is the front-month, so there’s no daily limit on its price movements. A bushel of wheat or soybeans is 60 pounds. A bushel of corn is 56 pounds.)

This is totally wicked market action in a commodity that a year ago was trading for roughly half the price it is now. As I mentioned in a brief RedHot the other night, food prices will be the major wild card, or uncertain factor, in the global economy this year, and well worth your attention.

See a related story at SurvivalBlog.

Since I am on domestic items:

So Sunday’s OscarTM broadcast was, underwhelmingly, a television ratings bomb. Not even the allure of Tinseltown’s beautiful people walking down the red carpet in free gowns and borrowed jewels could tempt Americans to tune into what’s known as the biggest self-congratulatory backslapping event in the history of mankind.

Early Nielsen numbers indicate that there were 14% fewer viewers than the last Oscar dud in 2003 (33 million that year).

I can only recall one instance of my watching the Oscars within the past 20 years: 1993, when Clint Eastwood’s film Unforgiven won best picture. I’ve never been much of an awards show fan anyway. The occasion sticks out because I was a new mother at the time, perpetually short on sleep, and I resented the fact that I had to stay up so darn late to see the big finale.

Source: American Thinker

It has been more than a year since I have been to see a movie because Hollywood hasn’t been making movies I like, and when a director, or big star, participates in an anti-American movie, I make sure I do not contribute to the box-office success of that movie. The writer was correct, the idiots in Hollywood won’t learn from their mistakes…they’ll think they just haven’t done enough of whatever it is they are doing. Come to think of it, I haven’t watched any portion of the Oscars since sometime in the 1990’s.

I spent Oscar night on Free Republic, checking out Arratik’s live-blog of the Oscars, and (after 10pm because of a stupid hockey game), listening to The John Batchelor Show.

Since we are local, I’ll plug AshVegas, who noticed my video of Don Yelton and gives a good rundown of the people running for Buncombe County Commissioner, as well as keeping track of the goings on of the WLOSers.

Our Congressman Heath Shuler has appeared on Lou Dobbs, which led to a predictable kerfuffle in the Hooligan comments section, and that is always a good thing, just as this year promises to yield many rewarding hours of posts, and comments from the peanut gallery, in regards to the Buncombe County Commissioner Race.

As if that weren’t enough, the anti-American war protesters losers will be swinging from the rafters next month when the 5th anniversary of our long overdue invasion of Iraq. There will be die-ins, anti-American movie nights, and other Direct Actions in Freakville. Fun for the whole granola-chompin’ family!

I shouldn’t focus on the local lefties…we have some right-thinking people who work hard, and deserve some coverage.

The big boy in town can’t help but gloat at the Hilda Beast’s poor showing at the polls:

Usually I am not the sort of person who likes to kick a person when they are down. However Hillary and Bill Clinton are such perfect living symbols of nearly everything that is wretched, detestable, vile, filthy and evil about the modern Democrat party that it is not just acceptable to pile on but even necessary.

Dean Stephens takes up the possibilities of The Perfect Storm for conservatives:

So what we are seeing on the horizon is a perfect storm for a group bound by common philosophy that is at odds with all the participants in the 2008 presidential elections. If conservatives would take a moment from eating their young, look up from the bloodied carcass of fallen comrades they have abandoned in the hunt for perfection, they would see a perfect storm on the horizon.

A Watauga Conservative worries about whether or not our children have lost their nerve. I think they have just grown up in a very soft world, and haven’t been paying attention to the expansion of Islamofascism, the rebirth of nationalism in Russia, and preparations for military expansion by China. And, then nuclear war brewing from Iran.

A thunder storm is brewing here, so I’ll have to cut this session short before the power goes…the internet is already cutting in and out…

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Sunday Morning Blogburst

Posted by Thunder Pig on January 13, 2008

First, I’ll start local, then swing out national and international if my internet connection will hold that long.

Sound Off Buncombe sits down with Congressman Howard Coble:

The full program will air on URTV Public Access on Channel 20 later this week. [note from TP]I have updated the video so that it will play through the entire posted 3 video series.

One of the local blogs, Petulant Rumblings, has a photo of a Battlestar Galactica-themed Last Supper based on the famous painting by Leonardo da Vinci.

Another local blog, Where’s The Outrage?, has this to say:

For years, we, the American people, have been waiting for real progress in Iraq. There has been none. Yes, the violence has decreased. This is nice but it hasn’t made the Iraq politicians have been unable or unwilling to take the next steps. Oil sharing deal. Re-Baathification law.

Well, is appears there has been a re-Baathification law.

Source: Finally progress in Iraq, to which I might add that we have that progress despite your willful ignorance of our progress, and despite the Democrat opposition of that progress every step of the way. The modern Democrat Party will be remembered as being kindred spirits with the Democrats who opposed Lincoln every step of the way. I only wish President Bush had some of them escorted out of the country as well!

Here is another, more sane take on the same story as B5 TV News reports on President George W. Bush, the 43rd President, doing a victory lap:

In national news, Rush Limbaugh notes the Democrats are trying to use fear (something they always say we republicans are doing…calling us fear-mongers) of an economic recession to further their evil agenda:

RUSH: Now the economy. I noticed after the debate last night, I did get home in time to watch the post-debate roundtables, the wastes of time on the Drive-By cable news networks last night, and I detected a theme. The Democrats are doing two things. They’re bringing back, not the Iraq war, but the surge. Nancy Pelosi has issued a press release yesterday proclaiming the surge to be a total failure, on the same day that we’re told we’re about being ready to be able to turn over Anbar province to the Iraqis!

Eleven out of 18 provinces in Iraq are soon to be turned over to the Iraqis, and yet the surge didn’t work! The second thing that the Democrats, the commentators on the Democrat side, are really pushing is the economy. It’s horrible, it is rotten, it is bad. Of course, the one guy on the Republican side that’s going right along with them and echoing that sentiment is Mike Huckabee — and this whole notion of angst (panting) and uncertainty and fear about the future of the economy has got people on edge. And, of course, the Democrats, the Drive-Bys are eager for that impression to take hold because even though for the last eight years the economy has not been an issue that will have an effect on elections, because Bush was the president, all of a sudden, guess what’s back? Iraq’s off the front page, the economy is on the front page, and guess what? The economy is rotten. The economy is bad. Let me share some things with you. You can turn on any financial news network or read a newspaper, and you can find what you think are disasters in the making. The price of gold is way up. The price of oil is way up. Stocks are plunging, the subprime crisis, banks having to refinance with foreign money and so forth.

And the USMC Commandant, James T. Conway, has this to say:

One way the Marines are clearly changing is in the vehicles troops use to patrol in Iraq. “If you look at the table of equipment that a Marine battalion is operating with right now in Iraq,” Gen. Conway explains, “it is dramatically different than the table of equipment the battalion used when it went over the berm in Kuwait in ‘03, and it is remarkably heavier. Heavier, particularly in terms of vehicles.

“I mean the Humvees were canvas at that point for the most part. Today they are up-armored and we’re looking at vehicles even heavier than that. We’ve got a whole new type of vehicle that we’re patrolling in, conducting operations in, that’s the MRAP [Mine Resistant Ambush Protected], a 48,000 pound vehicle. . . . these type of things, make us look more like a land army than it does a fast, hard-hitting expeditionary force.”

SOurce: WSJ Interviews Marine Corps Commandant James T. Conway

Let’s try some World War I history via the world’s oldest milblogger:

I have today received the latest posting of the Battalion’s War Diary. As could probably be predicted from the recent patrols, Harry is now back in the front line.

This section of the War Dairy is extremely difficult to decipher, but I will do my best to update the blog of the War Diaries as the entries occur.

Source: Back in the front Line

And Here is some interesting World War II history:

Of all the stories that have been written, and movies that have been shown, about the 8th Air Force, very little attention has been given to what was involved in assembling 1200 B-17’s and B-24’s each day, to get them in formation to carry out a strike against Germany. Certainly showing bombers under attack by fighters, or encountering heavy flak, was a reality, and are interesting to watch. Also, stories about some of the rougher missions make interesting reading. But what was going on over England, each morning, could get just as scary to the crews as the time spent over some of the targets. The planning, and coordination, that had to be accomplished during the night, by the operations planners of each Group, so that the crews could be briefed, was unbelievable. If the planners had failed to do their jobs properly, there would have been a free for all among Bomb Groups, in the skies over England.

The rendezvous points, altitude, and times had to be precise, and known by all of the crews, before the Eighth Air Force could get in formation. The success of the planners, in accomplishing their mission, enabled the Eighth Air Force to become the most powerful air armada ever assembled. In my view, how this was accomplished is one of the major untold stories of the war.

Source: News Flash: The Mighty Eighth

News from Afghanistan:

During 2007, Afghanistan experienced its most violent year since the overthrow of the Taliban regime in early 2002. Suicide attacks, improvised explosive devices, or IEDs, and small arms attacks reached new heights in 2007.The Taliban, with its sanctuaries in the Northwestern Frontier Province and Baluchistan in Pakistan, have stepped up attacks against the Afghan military and the International Security Assistance Force in an attempt to destabilize the Afghan government and force the Western governments to withdraw.

The southern, southeastern, and eastern regions, all which border Pakistan, experience 73 percent of the Taliban-inspired violence in Afghanistan. Kunar, Kandahar, Khost, Nangarhar, and Paktia provinces, all of which border Pakistan, experience the most Taliban-driven attacks in Afghanistan. Kunar, which borders Pakistan’s Bajaur province, an al Qaeda command-and-control hub, is Afghanistan’s most dangerous province.

The charts below look at the data over the course of 2007. With special thanks to Tim Lynch and Sami Kovanen at Vigilant Strategic Services Afghanistan (VSSA), who compiled the data and created the graphics.

Source: Afghanistan: Charting the violence in 2007

I think that is good enough for this morning. If you want more news, you can refer to my widgets in the right-hand sidebar. The top widget is from my google reader’s shared items, so you’ll know what I have found interesting enough to pass along. The other widgets are divided by categories, such as “Watching The Jihad”, where I have listed several bloggers who offer commentary and analysis on the progress of the Third Great Jihad around the world and here in the United States. The there is “Thunder Pig 2008”, which I created to keep track of some of the websites covering the 2008 Presidential Election process, and one covering military bloggers. I have more widgets available at West Carolina report, and am creating more to cover ever more narrow niches of information which are always available, and updated constantly, 24/7/365.

I guess you could say that Thunder Pig is becoming Web 2.0, which if it fits with the rest of my efforts, will be just in time for Web 3.0 (whatever that is) to become popular!

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Sunday Morning Blogburst

Posted by Thunder Pig on January 6, 2008

Here are a few interesting things I have found on my morning rounds:

Al Fin addressed panic:

What does it take to bring you to the verge of panic? Global Warming? Peak Oil? Muslim terrorism? Threats of economic recession? The thought of [you fill in the blank] in the US White House? Whatever it takes, the mainstream media is determined to push your panic button. The media has no scruples about crying “fire” in a crowded theatre.

Popular panic, or collective panic, typically happens when the fear of being trapped in a dangerous place sweeps through a large group of people. This often leads to a mass stampede with some number of persons being trampled underfoot.

Solar Cycle Number 24 may have begun, according to VE3EN:

A new high latitude sunspot has just emerged and yes this time it is a sunspot. It also has the correct magnetic signature of a Cycle 24 spot. Pictures below.

Contrary to popular belief, Iran continues to support violence in Iraq:

On Jan. 3, The Washington Times reported that Colonel Steven Boylan, the spokesman for General David Petraeus said Iran’s leadership has cut off support for the Special Groups. “We are ready to confirm the excellence of the senior Iranian leadership in their pledge to stop the funding, training, equipment and resourcing of the militia special groups,” The Washington Times quoted Boylan.

Boylan immediately denied Iran has cut off support for the Special Groups. “[The Washington Times] misunderstood the context and intent of what I was saying,” Boylan said in an email conversation with The Long War Journal. He indicated Multinational Forces Iraq was prepared to recognize that Iran has assisted in reducing attacks, but evidence of this does not exist.

Boylan clarified his position on Jan. 3 in a letter written to the news outlets that carried The Washington Times report. “We do not know if there has been a decrease in the supply of Iranian weapons,” Boylan wrote. “It is not clear if Iran’s leaders stopped supplying weapons or training to extremist elements in Iraq. We hope that they have, but until we can confirm it, we are in the wait and see mode. We have seen a decrease in the attacks using four specific types of Iranian weapons. However, this should not be misunderstood as anything other than lowered levels of attacks using these specific weapons.”

Read more at The Long War Journal.

And Michael Yon reports that The Sunday Telegraph has declared U.S. General David Petraeus ‘Nan of the Year’:

And so on a final note, this solitary writer salutes the wisdom of The Telegraph in naming General Petraeus as the Man of the Year. I spent Thanksgiving Day flying to bases in Iraq with General Petraeus, who is genuinely respected for the man he is and not just the rank he has attained.

And in Iraq,

KARKH DISTRICT — After eight weeks of intense training, Iraqi Army Soldiers finally graduate from the first ever mechanics course, Dec. 30. More than 150 Soldiers now possess valuable knowledge in vehicle maintenance which will greatly help them with their mission.

The training encompassed the basics repair of engines, clutches, manual and automatic transmissions, differential gear, two-and-four-wheel drive vehicles, brakes systems, mechanical and hydraulic steering mechanisms, cooling systems and basically everything else on the vehicle, said Eugene Koster, contractor of Fiafi Group and senior trainer at the training center. From the theoretical to in-depth, practical training, the Soldiers received clear and specific instructions of the workings of the vehicle.

Find out more at MNF-Iraq.

And an Iraqi notes:

While some might call the murder of two U.S. soldiers by a militant infiltrator a brave act, ordinary Iraqis disagree. We see courage as standing up to the killers. Iraqis prefer to celebrate the holidays. They go the shops, the children play soccer, and generally live life while the militants plan their next attack.

What are the extremists fighting? Well, one expample is the U.S. marines are setting up a soccer league for the children. “We see kids playing soccer in the fields all the time, but there’s no league or anything like that for them,” said one marine. “We want to create six teams per age group in the area, 24 teams in all. “I’m doing it with a friend here, Capt Carlos Gomez who was a soccer coach in civilian life. He’s talking to the local sheikhs.”

Read the rest at IraqPundit, and follow the this link to other Iraqi Bloggers who are enjoying their new-found freedom…by blogging about it, and everything else!

Turning to America, local blogging super star, Hillbilly White Trash comments on the Wyoming Primary win by Mitt Romney:

Wyoming doesn’t have many people so it doesn’t have too many delegates but this is still an important win for Mitt. It helps establish that the Huckabee phenomena is nothing more than a speed bump on the way to a Thompson or Romney nomination.

Which brings me to the Rasmussen Daily Presidential Tracking Poll:

  • John McCain 20% (18%)
  • Mike Huckabee 18% (16%)
  • Rudy Giuliani 16% (14%)
  • Mitt Romney 16% (17%)
  • Fred Thompson 11% (13%)
  • Ron Paul 5% (6%)

Daily tracking results are collected via nightly telephone surveys and reported on a four-day rolling average basis. Three-fourths of the interviews for the national tracking update were conducted before final results from Iowa were known. New results will be posted Sunday at 11:00 a.m. Eastern.

Survey includes approximately 600 Likely Republican Primary Voters. The margin of error is +/- 4 percentage points. Results from the poll released January 4, 2008 are in parentheses.

And Gordon Smith, of Scrutiny Hooligans, was beaten up by Mitt Romney (don’t worry Gordon, Hillary beat me up, but she cheated!):

Follow the link to play this game, styled after Mortal Kombat, in which you can be any of the candidates. Mitt Romney just kicked my Barack Obama arse, but I’m going to take him down as soon as I get this post onto the blog. Careful, this is addictive gaming.

And Swain County’s Conscience has a post up called, “THIRTY PIECES OF SILVER, BLOOD MONEY“:

Cash settlement is ‘Blood Money”

While I applaud the progressive actions of a North Carolina politician, as well as The Hon. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, I would ask three simple questions that could very well help my own feeble mind in understanding, if only they can be answered:

1- What is the timeline for the remaining compensation regarding the unpaid balance totaling $46 million, and just exactly what are the penalties for non-payment in the future?

2- What effect will this decision to receive a cash settlement have on designating the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, or a portion thereof, as Wilderness, along with the creation of buffer zones concerning Swain and Graham counties?

3- Finally, in the past, the elected officials of Swain County have proclaimed their position on the issue of the North Shore Road both for and against, until now. The present position indicated was not made by the sitting administration and has not been officially endorsed by this administration, either by vote or affirmation.

How, exactly, should this particular point be construed, since the present administration has not yet embraced the question?

In the Inner Banks Eagle, Dean Stephens comments on a Mark Steyn Column declaring “It’s The Secular Left Versus The Christian Left”:

This is one of the great articles that Steyn constantly writes. He explains in simple words why Huckabee is not a conservative, and where he is leading his conservative supporters wrong. Compassionate conservatism is not conservatism. It is socialism. I have said this before but I think it important for Christians to remember, “Jesus rejected the idea that we could use government to collect and distribute tithes. Sending government bureacrats . . . and ultimately government goons . . . to take the money they are supposedly going to use to do good works, is incompatitble with the idea that God granted us free will.”

and I will leave you with an article by Jeff Jacoby asking where all the global warming has gone:

THE STARK headline appeared just over a year ago. “2007 to be ‘warmest on record,’ ” BBC News reported on Jan. 4, 2007. Citing experts in the British government’s Meteorological Office, the story announced that “the world is likely to experience the warmest year on record in 2007,” surpassing the all-time high reached in 1998.

But a funny thing happened on the way to the planetary hot flash: Much of the planet grew bitterly cold.

In South America, for example, the start of winter last year was one of the coldest ever observed. According to Eugenio Hackbart, chief meteorologist of the MetSul Weather Center in Brazil, “a brutal cold wave brought record low temperatures, widespread frost, snow, and major energy disruption.” In Buenos Aires, it snowed for the first time in 89 years, while in Peru the cold was so intense that hundreds of people died and the government declared a state of emergency in 14 of the country’s 24 provinces. In August, Chile’s agriculture minister lamented “the toughest winter we have seen in the past 50 years,” which caused losses of at least $200 million in destroyed crops and livestock.

Latin Americans weren’t the only ones shivering.

I’ll bet the greenie weenies are shivering with anger that their lies are being exposed, and their political agenda becoming unglued. You can read an article from 2003 called “Eight Reasons Why ‘Global Warming’ Is a Scam.” From the same site, you can read how lefties are changing the vocabulary so that their agenda remains intact.

I, too, have noticed the subtle shift from ‘global warming’ to ‘climate change’ so they can claim BOTH warming and cooling are our fault.

Watch a video here.

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Ron Paul Supporters and Anti-American War Protesters Booed at Rose Bowl Parade

Posted by Thunder Pig on January 2, 2008

Dozens of anti-war protesters led by “Peace Mom” Cindy Sheehan staked out spots across from television cameras, hoisting signs reading “Impeachment is Patriotic.”

After the procession’s last float inched out to start along the parade’s 5 1/2-mile route, a group of more than 100 anti-war protesters marched behind it, including Sheehan. Parade watchers sitting in the grandstand booed and yelled at the protesters.

Source: Gateway Pundit

There are more photos, and links to Flickr accounts in the post.

Say Anything had this to say:

It’s worth noting that Cindy was never much more than a useful idiot for mainstream Democrats (and their mouthpieces in the media). When she was busy harping on President Bush they were quick to paint a picture of her as a grieving mother and citizen who had absolute moral authority on the war and wanted answers from her President. But now that Cindy has turned her criticism on the Democrats themselves, they’ve been quick to turn on her.

And Jamie Wearing Fool had this:

Two groups were protesting at the parade. Dozens of anti-war protesters led by “Peace Mom” Cindy Sheehan staked out spots across from television cameras, hoisting signs reading “Impeachment is Patriotic.” The protesters were booed by parade watchers sitting in the grandstand.

And Michelle Malkin has more coverage.

It warms the very cockles of my heart that people are starting to gives these anti-Americas a well-deserved showing of disrespect.

And, as a last shot aimed at the haters of America and Western Civilization, Redstate has an article updating us on the situation in Iraq, coplete with graphs, one of which I have swiped to entice you ti read the rest at Redsate.

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