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gandalf23 » 2004» November


November 30, 2004

USMC Sniper stops insurgents from 950 yards

Filed under: [::..Iraq..::] — gandalf23 @ 11:22 pm

USMC Sniper stops insurgents from 950 yards

FALLUJAH, Iraq (Nov. 27, 2004) — A U.S. Marine sniper waited patiently inside a one-story house deep within the city. Lying in the prone position for several hours, he scanned the area through his scope before he finally found the three insurgents responsible for two previous mortar attacks.

Sgt. Memo M. Sandoval, a platoon sergeant with Scout Sniper Platoon, Headquarters and Service Company, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, needed to positively identify the insurgents before he could take his shot.

Sandoval, 26, saw that one of the men was about to place a mortar in a mortar tube. He knew he had to make a well-aimed shot before the insurgent gunner launched the deadly round. Sandoval cleared his thoughts and slowed his breathing as he gently squeezed the trigger of his M-40A3 sniper rifle. The 7.62 mm round covered the 950 yards in a flash, slamming into the chest of the first insurgent.

“The battalion (executive officer) ordered me to ‘make the mortars stop,’” said Sandoval, a native of El Paso, Texas. “I took it personally and went out specifically to stop the insurgents.”

With two more insurgents still alive and ready to continue the mortar attack, Sandoval composed himself for the next shot at the assistant gunner. The last two shots took out the driver of the vehicle that carried the weapon.

“When I finally spotted them along a tree line, I realized how far they were but it was surprising how easy it was,” said Sandoval.

Those four shots were the longest in Sandoval has taken since he became a scout sniper.

“It was very impressive of Sandoval to shoot from so far away and be on target with all four shots,” said 1st Lt. Samuel Rosales, a platoon commander with Scout Sniper Platoon, H&S Co., 3/5.

“When you are being mortared you never know where they will land, to be able to stop them from shooting anymore felt good,” said Sandoval.

He joined the Marine Corps straight out of high school in 1997 and has been with 3/5 since April. His leadership ability has reflected on the Marines around him and allowed Sandoval to accomplish his mission.

“(Sandoval) is filling a staff noncommissioned officer’s billet, He is a great Marine to work with,” said Rosales, 32, a native of San Clemente, Calif.

After recently reenlisting for four more years, Sandoval, who has been in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom since September, hopes to represent the United States in the Olympics in competition shooting.

Sandoval says a fellow Marine, Staff Sgt. Jared M. Casanova, with 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, helped him improve his skills with the rifle, which has become a valuable commodity in Iraq.

“We have always been in competitions against each other, one day he would win and the next day I would win,” said Sandoval. “Out here in Iraq it is a two way rifle range, with insurgents shooting at you. You have to make well aimed shots.”

November 29, 2004

Christmas time in Fallujah

Filed under: [::..Iraq..::] — gandalf23 @ 11:06 pm

The message below is in answer to query for info on mailing addresses for Xmas packages from C.O. 3/1 Marines, presently in battle for Fallujah.

Send early and often please.

Do NOT send “to any soldier” Address it to one of the following below:

From C.O. 3/1:

If anyone on your list would like to send packages to the men of the “Thundering Third”, our addresses to individual companies are:

3D BN 1ST MARINES UIC 40225 FPO AP 96426-0225

3D BN 1ST MAR INDIA CO UIC 40225 FPO AP 96426-0225

3RD BN 1ST MAR KILO CO UIC 40230 FPO AP 96426-0230

3RD BN 1ST MAR LIMA CO UIC 40235 FPO AP 96426-0235

3RD BN 1ST MAR WPNS CO UIC 40240 FPO AP 96426-0240

Your thoughts and prayers most welcome… will be in touch.

God Bless and Semper Fi,

LtCol Willy Buhl

Care package do’s and don’t’s

Locally, American Title held a care package drive for the troops in Iraq. Tommorrow is the last day to drop stuff off. They’ll send it all over there, which is nice as postage is kinda expensive.

Last Wednesday I dropped off several boxes full of books and magazines for the troops at the Corner Chapel drop off location in North Richland Hills. Mostly Clancy type thrillers and Grisham-esque mysteries. Also several Oprah (for the female troops) and some American Rifleman and Blade magazines.

Stem Cells cure paralyzed woman!

Filed under: random stuff — gandalf23 @ 7:16 pm

Stem cell from umbilical cord blood used to treat paralysis

Published November 27, 2004

SEOUL — South Korean researchers say they’ve used stem cell therapy to enable a paralyzed patient to walk after she was not even able to stand for the last 19 years.

Chosun University professor Song Chang-hun, Seoul National University professor Kang Kyung-sun, and Han Hoon from the Seoul Cord Blood Bank said they transplanted multi-potent stem cells from umbilical cord blood into the 37-year-old female patient who suffered from a spinal cord injury, the Korea Times reported Saturday.

The woman could now walk unassisted, the scientists said.

“The stem cell transplantation was performed on Oct. 12 this year and in just three weeks she started to walk with the help of a walker,” Song told reporters at a news conference in Seoul.

The woman’s legs were paralyzed after an accident in 1985 that damaged her back and hips and confined her to a wheelchair.

The researchers said they isolated stem cells from umbilical cord blood and then injected them into the damaged part of the woman’s spinal cord.”

WoW! This has got to be the coolest thing I read in years. If it’s true, then we need to be doing this research like madmen. Where’s Bill Gates and his bajillions when you need him?

Letter from Fallujah

Filed under: [::..Iraq..::] — gandalf23 @ 4:15 pm

from 2Slick’s website, a Letter from Fallujah:

“Upon the fields of friendly strife, are sown the seeds that, upon other fields, on other days, will bear the fruits of victory” -Gen. Douglas MacArthur on the importance of having a sports program at West Point.

“Mike was a baseball player at West Point. Now he’s an Army officer serving in Task Force 2-7 CAV. His email came to me through the West Point distro list. It’s long- but well worth a read:


Well Task Force 2-7 Cav made it back from Fallujah earlier than expected, mission accomplished. It feels so good to be back from a second successful mission that was as difficult as it was dangerous.

We left Camp Cooke on Nov 1 and staged at Camp Fallujah for about a week. While there, we got the good news that George Bush was re-elected and we had busy days and nights of planning and rehearsals for the big attack.

2 days before “D Day,” a 122 mm rocket impacted 50 meters away from our tents that sent everyone to the floor. We staged there at a remote part of the post and it was obvious that a local national tipped off the “mujahadin” (Arabic name for the enemy) where we staged. From that attack, we lost one soldier and 4 more were wounded. That attack gave the rest of the Task Force enough anger to last the whole fight.

After all the drills and rehearsals, the day for the attack finally came on Nov 8. Prime Minister Allawi gave the green light and Coalition and Iraqi forces went all the way. On Nov 7, a battalion of Marines seized the peninsula to the west of the city to prevent insurgents from fleeing. A brigade (4,000 soldiers) from the First Cav set up another cordon around the city to catch anyone fleeing. The plan was to make sure the insurgents would either surrender or fight and be killed. Intelligence estimates put the enemy between 3,000 - 5,000 strong, so we knew we had a tough fight ahead of us.

One of the interesting factors to this fight was the weather… although Iraq is unbelievably hot in the summer (up to 130 in Najaf), it was colder out in Fallujah than it was back in New York. Temperatures were typically in the upper-30’s and low 40’s between 5 pm and 8 am. The averagetemperature here has dropped about 30 degrees in the past month or so.

We moved all of our vehicles and soldiers from Camp Fallujah to a position about 1 mile north of the city. That’s also where we set up our TF support area (re-fuel, re-arm) and where we set up the Tactical Operations Center. All day long while were setting up at that location, Air Force and Marine Corps aviators shaped the battlefield with laser-guided bombs and hellfire missiles. Although American forces had not been into the city since April, we had been collecting intelligence on the city for months through unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV’s), human intelligence, and Special Forces. So we knew exactly where they stored their weapons and where they held meetings, and so on…all of these attacks from the air were precise and very effective in reducing the enemy’s ability to fight us before thebattle even started.

With each attack, secondary explosions of weapons/ammo blowing up were heard. The Coalition also threw the enemy a curveball by destroying all the vehicles that had been parked in the same location for more than 3 days—the enemy planned to use these as car bombs when we attacked. Again, almost every single vehicle the air assets attacked had huge secondary explosions.

After 12 hours of massive air strikes, Task Force 2-7 got the green light and was the first unit to enter the city. There is a big train station on the city’s northern limit, so the engineers cleared a path with some serious explosives and our tanks led the way. While this was happening, my intelligence shop was flying our own UAV to determine where the enemy was. It is a very small plane that is launched by being thrown into the air. We flew it for 6 hours and reported grids to the tanks and bradleys of where we saw insurgents on the roof and moving in the street—so our soldiers knew where the enemy was, before they even got to the location.

We crossed the train station just before midnight and led the way for the Marines by killing everything we could in our way. It took our tanks and brads until 10 am the next day to get 2 miles into the city. They killed about 200 insurgents in the process and softened the enemy for the Marines. 5 of our soldiers were wounded in this first 10 hours, but we accomplished our part of the plan.

The Marines’ mission was to follow TF 2-7 and fight the enemy by clearing from building to building. A lot of the insurgents saw the armored vehicles and hid. They waited for the Marines to come and took their chances by fighting them since the Marines weren’t protected by armor like we were. In that first day of fighting, the Marines took 5 x KIA and many more wounded, but they also did their job very well. Along the way, they found HUGE caches of weapons, suicide vests, and many foreign fighters. They also found unbelievable amounts of drugs, mostly heroin, speed, and cocaine. It turns out, the enemy drugged themselves up to give them the “courage” and stupidity to stay and fight.


Filed under: random stuff — gandalf23 @ 12:55 pm

Invader Zim kicks much ass!

“It’s not stupid, it’s advaaaaaanced!”

“But Invader’s blood marches through my veins like giant radioactive rubber pants! The pants command me! Do not ignore my viens!”

How the hell did they come up with that? Damn it’s funny. Like in the episode where he goes “Hmmm..Chicken!” at the very begining, why is he shooting chickens into the sun through a big pneumatic tube thing?

Too bad it’s not on the air anymore. Thank goodness for Bit Torrent :)

note to self

Filed under: gah!, random stuff — gandalf23 @ 12:35 pm

note to self: figure out how to block the damn dirty comment spammers!

Birthday Present

Filed under: guns — gandalf23 @ 11:57 am

I opened my birthday present from my sister early. My bad. Anyway, she got me the class for a CHL, concealed Handgun License, taught out at Tac Pro. Cool! Hopefully she and her husand will go with me, or at least Dean will. It’s always more fun to go with someone you know.

When I worked at Blockbuster Video lo those many years ago, every morning I opened I carried. It just seemed to me to be the prudent thing to do since I was carrying up to 20 grand, by myself, to the bank. I carried my CZ-52 in the bank bag, unziped, with my hand on it the whole time, figuring that any encounter would involve cars, and I wanted something that would easily shoot through a car door.

When I worked at Pepper music, after the incident where the building was shot up about 15-30 minutes after I left, I carried my Makarov on my person when I was closing.

Never really carried while I lived in Dallas, except on long trips, which is covered under the “traveling” provision and is allowed without a license. Same when I lived in Stephenville, except for y2k night :) Had the trunk loaded up with food, water, and guns & ammo, just in case.

Haven’t carried very much around here. Did Election day, and for a week or two prior. Had a rifle or two and a shotgun in the car as well (along with lots of ammo), just in case some terrorists tried to start something.

I should carry more often once I get the license, since it’s kinda like not carrying around a spare tire. You’ll hardly ever need one, but if you do, you need one in a hurry. I may start keeping my Witness in the car, since it’s their version of stainless (wonder finish?), and it should do ok. It gets pretty damn humid here, so you have to watch out for rust. :(

Of course, now I’ll have to decide what to carry. My 1911, my Witness (too large for everyday carry, I think, same for the USP), a BHP, my CZ40b, my Makarov (too small), or mayhap a new pistol? hmmmm… Since I am a pretty damn consistently better shot when I shoot .45 vs. 9mm (and I do not know why, but it seems to be true), I’m leaning towards my 1911, but I may want to shoot my CZ40 (.40 S&W) some more to see how I do with it. So far I’ve only shot about 150 rounds through it, but it looks promising.


Filed under: guns — gandalf23 @ 11:50 am

Head over to Militec-1’s website and click where it says “CLICK HERE FOR FREE SAMPLES” to get a free sample of their grease and metal conditioner. I haven’t tried it yet, but I hear it’s pretty good, and you can’t beat free :)

Went shooting Saturday

Filed under: guns — gandalf23 @ 10:40 am

Went shooting Saturday out at Mike’s place. Gave dad his Christmas/retirement present from me and Glenda. He liked it, although he thought we spent a little bit too much. Sighted in his new rifle, I think. Dad’s not so good with iron sights. I didn’t shoot his very much, I mainly shot my two, and a few of Mike’s. After shooting with a scope, dad decided he wants one, and the one he liked best was the ACOG! I told him we’d get him one for next Christmas.

We also shot pistols and shotguns. For some reason I went off and left my 1911 and HK USP mags at home :( so very little .45 was shot, although I did remember to bring my new Witness .45. Dad’s a pretty good shot. Little Cousin Adam is a phenominal shot! He was very good at pistols and shotguns, and even with the pistols while moving. We had some real nice videos of him shooting, but someone, who shall go nameless, rewound the tape and we taped over it. Oh well, we’ll just have to go shooting again sometime. :) I believe that Todd and Rick also had a very good time.

Matches in the area

Filed under: guns — gandalf23 @ 10:34 am

Places that hold rifle/3 gun/pistol matches in the greater DFW area (not a complete list):

Arlington Sportsman’s Club

Tac Pro

Ridge Runners Gun Club

hmmm…surely there are more….

November 24, 2004

War Crimes

Filed under: [::..Iraq..::] — gandalf23 @ 2:22 pm

Pics from Fallujah from the 1st MEF (Marine Expeditionary Force) Effects Exploitation Team.

Overview shot:

My understanding is that of the 100 mosques in the area, 60 were used as firing positions and/or weapons caches.


Filed under: mi familia y amigos — gandalf23 @ 10:47 am

Well, just found out that Thanksgiving has been cancelled. :(

My aunt and uncle are both pretty ill, and are not up to hosting it this year. This caught everyone by suprise, and no ones house is cleaned up enough for company. I’m thinking those of us who are well will probably head to Black Eyed Pea or something for Thanksgiving dinner tommorrow. But there will be no mounds of leftover turkey, no pumpkin pie for days, no fruit salad with extra cherries.


Autorantic Virtual Moonbat

Filed under: politics — gandalf23 @ 10:00 am

This is sooooo funny!

Play around with the options, too.

I got Heckled, but not Koched

Filed under: random stuff, barking at the moon — gandalf23 @ 8:00 am


Sorry, couldn’t resist the gun-related play on words. (Heckler und Koch is a very fine gun maker from Germany)


I don’t know if y’all noticed, but I got my first heckler the other day. You probably didn’t since 99.9999999% of the comments I get are spam for online poker or v14gRA. grrrrrrr….stupid spammers. Why do they think that spamming my comments will bring them any traffic/sales? Anyway, he gave me fake info, so not sure who he is. How sad. :(

Joe Smith

He respondied to this post about Islam:

“You know, the more I hear about the Religion of Peace (RoP), the less I like.

14 year old boy died after receiving 85 lashes for breaking his Ramadan fast

With this comment:

“I’m struck, how did a right wing wako, racist, stupid hick like you learn to use computers?

Next, before you try and teach economics, complete high school and at the very least get an AA degree in it from your local community college.

If you are below the top 5% income bracket and you voted for George Bush you, my friend voted against you’r own economic interest to support the rich who do not care a bit about you or me.

If you are so concerned about economics then that means you are pro-market, right? Or are you pro-business?
Posted by Joe Smith at November 18, 2004 03:10 AM

shhhh, Joe….you had me at “racist.” :)

I’m still not sure why he choose to talk about economics in a comment on an Islamic posting. And since his email address is fake, he hasn’t responded to my enquiry. Oh well.

November 23, 2004

More Ivory Coast

Filed under: french — gandalf23 @ 1:22 pm

Looks like France is trying to have their cake and eat it too.

They bitch at us about going into Iraq “unilaterally” (even though we got what, 40 nations behind us?) (while they were lining their pockets with Saddam’s oil money) and accuse us of horrible war crimes. Ok, that’s the French being, well…French.

Yet they’ve just actually unillaterally invaded the Ivory Coast, are backing the rebels there (a collection of failed coups-ists, reminants of Taylor’s security forces, and thugs/criminals) against the democratically elected goverment, and are now slaughtering unarmed folks enmasse, and wiped out the Ivorian air force in revenge.

The French free press is saying one thing to their citizens, and the French government are saying something else to the rest of the world. Hmm…where have I heard that accusation before? Something about the American people not knowing the “real” story in Iraq.

Anyway, I think that the US needs to jump in on the Ivorians side. Go in and support the Ivorian government, not the rebels. If that means we have to kick some French ass, then…well, that’s just another added plus. :)

Besides, what could the French do? They couldn’t even blow up a freakin’ Greenpeace boat without getting caught!

From Free Will: No Blood for Cocoa!, some really interesting comments by Seewen from Switzerland:

Seewen at 09:04 PM, 11/22/04

French Army, trought its spokesman, acknowledged to have fired on the crowd the 9th novemeber at hotel ivoire.

the spokesman acknowledged at Swiss Television ( the 14th novemeber.

But since this day, NO french TV has ever showed the spokesman interview !!!
For the French medias, Army didn’t fire !

You can see the interview of the French army spokesman, Colonel G

GWB in 2008?

Filed under: politics — gandalf23 @ 12:36 pm

Well, since the left is still saying that GWB wasn’t elected in 2000, shouldn’t he be able to run again in 2008?

November 22, 2004

Iraq ‘n’ roll

Filed under: [::..Iraq..::] — gandalf23 @ 9:54 pm

Iraq ‘n’ roll

Soldiers take on insurgents with a musical vengeance, cranking up the volume to distress the enemy. The choice of tunes might surprise.
By LANE DeGREGORY, (St. Petersburg) Times Staff Writer
Published November 21, 2004

As tanks geared up to trample Fallujah and American troops started circling the city, special operations officers rifled through their CD cases, searching for a sound track to spur the assault.

What would irk Iraqi insurgents more: Barking dogs or bluegrass? Screaming babies or shrieking feedback?

Heavy metal. The Army’s latest weapon.

AC/DC. Loud. Louder!

Let’s roll.

I won’t take no prisoners, won’t spare no lives

Nobody’s putting up a fight

I got my bell, I’m gonna take you to hell

I’m gonna get you . . .

While the tanks flattened Fallujah this month, Hell’s Bells bombarded the town. Speakers as big as footlockers blared from Humvees’ gun turrets. Boom boxes blasted off soldiers’ backpacks. As the troops stormed closer, the music got louder. The song changed; the message remained the same.

I’m gonna take you down - down, down, down

So don’t you fool around

I’m gonna pull it, pull it, pull the trigger

Shoot to thrill, play to kill . . .

Louder. Turn it up. LOUDER!

Never mind that Iraqis didn’t understand the words.

“It’s not the music so much as the sound,” said Ben Abel, spokesman for the Army’s psychological operations command at Fort Bragg, N.C. “It’s like throwing a smoke bomb. The aim is to disorient and confuse the enemy to gain a tactical advantage.”

I’m like evil, I get under your skin

Just like a bomb that’s ready to blow

‘Cause I’m illegal, I got everything

That all you women might need to know

Hour after hour. For days on end.

“If you can bother the enemy through the night, it degrades their ability to fight,” Abel explained. “Western music is not the Iraqis’ thing. So our guys have been getting really creative in finding sounds they think would make the enemy upset.

“These harassment missions work especially well in urban settings like Fallujah,” he said. “The sounds just keep reverberating off the walls.”

Let there be noise

American Indians whooped war cries.

Fife and drum corps fired up troops during the Revolutionary War.

World War II had its bugle boys.

Whether to inspire soldiers, announce an attack or coerce surrender, music has been part of armies’ arsenals for as long as battles have been waged.

God himself is rumored to have commanded the tactic.

“Joshua’s army used horns to strike fear into the hearts of the people of Jericho,” said retired Air Force Lt. Col. Dan Kuehl. “His men might not have been able to break down literal walls with their trumpets. But . . . the noise eroded the enemies’ courage. Maybe those psychological walls were what really crumbled.”

Kuehl teaches information operations at Fort McNair’s National Defense University in Washington, D.C. His classes are part of the Army’s psychological operations, or PSYOPS, programs. He shows soldiers how to exploit information to gain power, how to get inside the enemy’s head, how mental manipulation helps win wars.

“Almost anything you do that demonstrates your omnipotence or lack of fear helps break the enemy down,” Kuehl said. “You have to understand your target audience, what makes them tick. You have to know that the same message could be received differently by different audiences.”

Sometimes that’s good. Heavy metal that tortures Iraqis’ ears also can help homesick Americans. For a 19-year-old Marine who has been coiled in a tent for weeks, ready to strike, Metallica’s Enter Sandman might be more inspiring than any officer’s pep talk.

Dreams of war, dreams of liars

Dreams of dragon’s fire

and of things that will bite

Sleep with one eye open

Gripping your pillow tight . . .

“Our soldiers like this music,” Kuehl said. “So that’s what they’re going to blast.”

Sometimes, though, the songs might have an unintended effect. They might motivate the enemy instead of upsetting him.

You have to be sure, Kuehl said, that you know whose ears you’re assaulting.

We are the world

World War II saw the first widespread use of radio broadcasts as PSYOPS missions. “The Japanese spread Tokyo Rose across the airwaves in an effort to demoralize U.S. troops in the Pacific,” Kuehl said. “She would give this running commentary on how the Japanese were going to defeat America. Then she’d play American music.

“The soldiers would listen to the familiar songs, loving them, feeling better,” the professor explained. “Then they’d laugh all the way through the PSYOPS part of the program.”

The same sort of backfiring hurt the Germans, Kuehl said. Hitler’s troops pumped propaganda between bursts of music. “Americans ignored the messages and enjoyed the music,” Kuehl said.

Even on opposite sides of the war, soldiers sometimes sing the same songs.

Such irony might well be at work in Iraq.

“With the increasing globalization of the world, we know that some Iraqis do listen to American music, even heavy metal, on the Internet, the radio and TV,” Kuehl said. “Even during the height of the Taliban, they could get Western music or videos.”

Although some insurgents might have been reeling in horror at the Metallica attacks, or abandoning their fortresses to fight the frightful noise, others might have been fist-pumping at the familiar riffs, getting just as revved up as the Americans.

Hush little baby, don’t say a word

Never mind that noise you heard

It’s just the beasts under your bed

In your closet, in your head . . .

Accident or assault

Military experts agree about the historic use of music to pump up the troops. But stories differ about the origins of its use as a weapon.

In December 1989, while Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega was holed up in the Vatican Embassy in Panama City, U.S. soldiers shot heavy metal music at his compound ’round the clock. Some say the songs were set off to muffle negotiations between the general and his adversaries - a “music barrier” against eavesdropping reporters.

Others say the music was played to perk up the Marines. That it annoyed the general was at first a bonus. Then a breakthrough.

“I always heard that some soldier got tired of listening to the same stuff, so he popped in an AC/DC tape and turned it up loud,” said Abel, the Army spokesman at Fort Bragg. “Then Noriega commented that the rock ‘n’ roll was bothering him. Once the guys found that out, they cranked it up even more.”

Led Zeppelin. Jimi Hendrix. “Anything weird or kind of strange,” Abel said. “Howling laughter. Cackling cries.”

Aaah aaah aaaaah ah! Aaah aaah aaaaah ah!

Come We come from the land of the ice and snow,

From the midnight sun where the hot springs blow.

The hammer of the gods will drive our ships to new lands . . .

“Since the Noriega incident, you’ve been seeing an increased use of loudspeakers,” Abel said. “The Army has invested a lot of money into getting speakers that are smaller and more durable, so the men can carry them on their backs.”

Under pressure, Abel estimated that 30 loudspeakers swooped into Fallujah this month - bolted to gun turrets, strapped to soldiers. Speakers on the Humvees can pump Metallica’s sledgehammer riffs across miles, he said.

Exit, light

Enter, night

Take my hand

We’re off to never-never land . . .

The Army doesn’t issue an official list of songs to play during an attack, Abel said. “These guys have their own mini disc players, with their own music, plus hundreds of downloaded sounds. It’s kind of a personal preference how they choose the songs,” he said.

“We’ve got very young guys making these decisions.”

Even toddlers are contributing to the torture.

Child’s play

It shouldn’t have taken the Army this long to discover it. Anyone who’s had a preschooler knows the pain: sing-songy, cotton-colored puppets crooning over and over again about happy, joyful things.

Dancing, smiling puppets. So pleased you tuned in. You can’t tune them out. Then your little one joins in, even during commercials. Incessant. Mind-numbing. An agonizing infliction of unbearable assault.

Reruns were bad enough. Now with videos, the rewinds never stop.

Once Barney gets going, there is no escape.

“Uncooperative prisoners are being exposed for prolonged periods to tracks by rock group Metallica and music from children’s TV programmes Sesame Street and Barney in the hope of making them talk,” the BBC reported in May 2003. “However, Amnesty International said such tactics may constitute torture.”

I love you

You love me

We’re a happy family

With a great big hug and a kiss from me to you

Won’t you say you love me too!

Repeated often enough, the melody has been known to make even burly, bearded men break.

“Trust me, it works,” the BBC quoted an unidentified U.S. operative as attesting. “In training, they forced me to listen to the Barney I Love You song for 45 minutes. I never want to go through that again.”

Metallica’s music is as effective at making prisoners snap as it is at flushing out insurgents.

“If you play it for 24 hours, your brain and body functions start to slide, your train of thought slows down and your will is broken,” Sgt. Mark Hadsell told Newsweek in May 2003. “That’s when we come in and talk to them.”

James Hetfield, who co-founded Metallica, said the military hadn’t asked his permission or paid him royalties to blast his band’s music in Iraq. But he’s proud, he said, that his tunes are culturally offensive to the Iraqis. “For me, the lyrics are a form of expression, a freedom to express my insanity,” Hetfield told radio host Terry Gross last week. “If the Iraqis aren’t used to freedom, then I’m glad to be part of their exposure.”

He laughed about the music being torture. “We’ve been punishing our parents, our wives, our loved ones with this music forever,” he said on National Public Radio’s Fresh Air. “Why should the Iraqis be any different?”

Then Hetfield grew serious. He paused for a moment, then said, “But I really know the reason. It’s the relentlessness of the music. It’s completely relentless. … If I listened to a death metal band for 12 hours in a row, I’d go insane, too. I’d tell you anything you wanted to know.”
* * *

So the priests blew the trumpets. As soon as the men heard it, they gave a loud shout, and the walls collapsed. Then all the army went straight up the hill into the city and captured it. With their swords, they killed everyone in the city, men and women, young and old. They also killed the cattle, sheep, and donkeys. - Joshua 6:20-21

- Lane DeGregory can be reached at 727 893-8825 or
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World’s largest doublewide?

Filed under: politics, funny stuff — gandalf23 @ 4:14 pm

The new Bill Clinton Presidential Library…

…kinda looks like this…

…doesn’t it?

Striking similarity.


Falluja - a US Marine’s view

Filed under: [::..Iraq..::] — gandalf23 @ 4:02 pm

“Just two days ago, as a firefight raged in close quarters, one of the interpreters yelled for the enemy in the house to surrender. The enemy yelled back that it was better to die and go to heaven than to surrender to infidels. ”

and from further on:

I will end with a couple of stories of individual heroism that you may not have heard yet. I was told about both of these incidents shortly after they occurred. No doubt some of the facts will change slightly but I am confident that the meat is correct.

The first is a Marine from 3/5. His name is Corporal Yeager (Chuck Yeager’s grandson). As the Marines cleared and apartment building, they got to the top floor and the point man kicked in the door. As he did so, an enemy grenade and a burst of gunfire came out. The explosion and enemy fire took off the point man’s leg. He was then immediately shot in the arm as he lay in the doorway. Corporal Yeager tossed a grenade in the room and ran into the doorway and into the enemy fire in order to pull his buddy back to cover. As he was dragging the wounded Marine to cover, his own grenade came back through the doorway. Without pausing, he reached down and threw the grenade back through the door while he heaved his buddy to safety. The grenade went off inside the room and Cpl Yeager threw another in. He immediately entered the room following the second explosion. He gunned down three enemy all within three feet of where he stood and then let fly a third grenade as he backed out of the room to complete the evacuation of the wounded Marine. You have to understand that a grenade goes off within 5 seconds of having the pin pulled. Marines usually let them “cook off” for a second or two before tossing them in. Therefore, this entire episode took place in less than 30 seconds.

The second example comes from 3/1. Cpl Mitchell is a squad leader. He was wounded as his squad was clearing a house when some enemy threw pineapple grenades down on top of them. As he was getting triaged, the doctor told him that he had been shot through the arm. Cpl Mitchell told the doctor that he had actually been shot “a couple of days ago” and had given himself self aide on the wound. When the doctor got on him about not coming off the line, he firmly told the doctor that he was a squad leader and did not have time to get treated as his men were still fighting. There are a number of Marines who have been wounded multiple times but refuse to leave their fellow Marines.

Go read the rest, it’s pretty good.


Filed under: [::..Iraq..::] — gandalf23 @ 2:15 pm


November 22, 2004
Release Number: 04-11-77



FALLUJAH, Iraq – Marines from the 1st Marine Division shot and killed an insurgent, who while faking dead, opened fire on the Marines that were conducting a security and clearing patrol through the streets here at approximately 3:45 p.m. on 21 November.

For more information, please contact Capt Bradley Gordon, public affairs officer, 1st Marine Division,

hmmm….sounds like perfidy to me:

Protocol Additional to the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949, and relating to the Protection of Victims of International Armed Conflicts (Protocol I), 8 June 1977.

Art 37. Prohibition of Perfidy

1. It is prohibited to kill, injure or capture an adversary by resort to perfidy. Acts inviting the confidence of an adversary to lead him to believe that he is entitled to, or is obliged to accord, protection under the rules of international law applicable in armed conflict, with intent to betray that confidence, shall constitute perfidy.

The following acts are examples of perfidy:

(a) the feigning of an intent to negotiate under a flag of truce or of a surrender;

(b) the feigning of an incapacitation by wounds or sickness;

(c) the feigning of civilian, non-combatant status; and

(d) the feigning of protected status by the use of signs, emblems or uniforms of the United Nations or of neutral or other States not Parties to the conflict.

And lastly, this, from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

“It’s a safety issue pure and simple,” explained former Navy SEAL Matthew Heidt. “After assaulting through a target, put a security round in everybody’s head.”

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