August 18, 2004
And read Bjorn Staerk's post on Islam and all of the comments.
August 17, 2004
Developing, as Drudge says...
Just to make sure we're all on the same page: I believe GEN Bell ten thousand times more than I believe the German radio. I think what they're putting out is ridiculous misinformation. I'd love to beat your two weeks for outprocessing, Deskmerc, but I know it ain't gonna happen.
August 16, 2004
Tim and CPT Patti stopped here on their way home from leave in Italy. I originally thought nothing could've been nicer than my trip to Frankfurt to meet Tim, but the addition of Patti was nothing short of heavenly. She was personable and interesting and genuine and just plain great. And of course Tim was the Tim we know and love. They were just excellent together, and it was the best lunch I've had in a long time. I could've talked to them for two days instead of two hours, and I'm humbled that they drove out of the way just to see me.
And I told Tim that if he ever gets the itch, he's welcome to write a guest post here whenever he wants.
August 15, 2004
1. Kerry has recently been talking about reducing the number of troops in Iraq as soon as he gets into office. Would you support this measure, knowing that it might mean that your husband could be stretched even thinner and have less support and back-up on his missions?
2. Kerry has also said that the reduction of American troops will be made possible by the addition of foreign, especially Arab, troops. This question is rather hypothetical, given that to date no additional nations have agreed to send troops if Kerry were elected, but would you rather have your husband fighting alongside Arab soldiers instead of other Americans?
3. Kerry recently spoke out against the genocide in Sudan and said, "we must also start planning now for the possibility that the international community, acting through the United Nations, will be forced to intervene urgently to save the lives of the innocent." There's no question that the situation in Sudan is horrible, but would you want your husband to deploy there as part of a UN-led peacekeeping mission?
Yep, they're loaded questions. But the problem is that many wives hear the words "Kerry's gonna reduce the number of troops in Iraq" and they don't think about the fine print. A premature reduction of troops means less stability and more strain for those who are left there. Do we really want to vote for that?
August 14, 2004
On Loathing Bush, by Victor Davis Hanson
"Journalists are our brothers," says a spokesman for al-Sadr. You don't say?
Bunker writes on altruism.
Now this is a cool photo.
Avery writes about ebonics.
And isn't the timing of the FL hurricanes just a little too...convenient?
So without further ado...one of those stupid email forward things:
Last cigarette: Never. I've never smoked in my life. I just don't get it.
Last alcoholic drink: A radler at dinner last night: Germans mix half beer and half lemonade, which I thought was disgusting when I first got here. It's grown on me though.
Last car ride: Last night, home from dinner with other wives, a British major, and a captain on R&R
Last kiss: Exactly six months ago today, when Blue 6 left
Last good cry: Two nights ago when I felt I had let LT A down by not visiting him at Landstuhl
Last library book: I'm too much of an "owner" to use the library -- I prefer to buy books so I can keep them forever. The last book I borrowed from a library would have to have been over two years ago in grad school.
Last book bought: Aztec, as a gift for one of my favorite old students (the one with the puppy) who is interested in the Aztecs and will be deploying soon for his second fun-filled year in Iraq.
Last book read: I just finished Dark Star Safari, which I may write about later.
Last movie seen in theaters: tried to go see Spiderman 2, but it was sold out. Before that...??? Starsky and Hutch, I think. It's been a while.
Last movie rented: Euro Trip, with friends. Silly, silly movie.
Last cuss word uttered: I have no idea. I haven't actually spoken a single word today, so I know it wasn't anything I said this morning.
Last beverage drank: apple juice
Last food consumed: honey nut cheerios
Last crush: I've been accused by Blue 6 of having a crush on nearly every Soldier I meet. They're all so wonderful.
Last phone call: my mother-in-law: we both got phone calls from my husband yesterday.
Last TV show watched: Happy Days, of course. That's all I watch on TV here.
Last time showered: as of now? yesterday morning. Soon to be repeated.
Last shoes worn: rainbow flip flops
Last CD played: the mix I made for Tim when I went to visit him in Frankfurt
Last item bought: a get-well card for LT A. Actually, not a get-well card, because all of them suck. They're all like "ah, you have a cold? You'll be better in no time" and are completely inappropriate. I had to buy a card that was actually listed under Miss You -- Kids. There is a line of military greeting cards here, but they only have "congrats on your promotion" and "you're retiring"; they need to branch out.
Last download: some new security update for Yahoo messenger
Last annoyance: Yesterday at work was like the Day of Bad Customers. People who want you to fill all of their paperwork out for you because they're too lazy to do it alone. People who show up right at closing time and make me stay 30 min late. People who never turned in financial aid paperwork and then expect a Pell Grant to materialize out of thin air when they register. All sorts of problems and drama.
Last disappointment: Thursday my husband was online and I missed him by six minutes.
Last soda drank: Pepsi One at work yesterday
Last thing written: my Friday Iraq Letters: Blue 6, Red 6, LT A, my brother-in-law, and my friend's husband
Last words spoken: Like I said, I haven't said anything today. It would've been saying goodbye when I got off the phone with my mother-in-law last night.
Last ice cream eaten: one of those mini Snickers bar ice cream treats
Last chair sat in: our brand new computer chair that I bought for my husband for his birthday
Last webpage visited: heh. The Iraq War Was Wrong site linked from LGF, where I found this list. I have no idea what it has to do with the Iraq war though. (And I really can't believe this person compared invading Iraq to hacky-sacking indoors. That site has to be a joke, right?)
August 13, 2004
And then the phone rang and I found out LT A will likely be in the hospital for up to six months. And I lost it.
There I was, carrying on because my blogging is not up to par, and then people with actual problems called and reminded me that "gaping shrapnel wounds" are more important than "feelings of inadequacy due to insufficient blog material". I don't think I've ever felt like a bigger idiot.
I'm not blogging anymore for a while, at least not until I have something to say.
August 12, 2004
I had a realization:
I think I was a better blogger back in November than I am now.
Hmmm...that's not good.
We fought at Bull Run, too. And we fought at Kasserine Pass, and Manila, and Bastogne, and Hue, and on Flight 93. We even won at a couple of those places, even though the cause seemed lost.
But we fought.
I've written about both Bastogne and Flight 93 before; both of them give me chills, but it wasn't until I saw them juxtaposed like this that I realized how they're related. In both cases, Americans fought even when they knew the odds were overwhelmingly against them. And they succeeded.
They fought anyway. That's an American value.
Of course, I voted Gore in 2000 because I was woefully uninformed. I knew that I stood by the Republicans in almost all the issues, but I just didn't think that Bush had the experience to be president. I never thought he was stupid; I just thought he was too...simple.
Thank god I was right. That simplisme is now one of his greatest qualities.
MORE TO GROK:
I digested this for a while and decided I have more to say about it.
The last election was while I was in grad school. I'm ashamed to say that I don't think I read a single newspaper or watched a single debate. I honestly think I got my political news from Saturday Night Live. Embarrassing, I know, but I think it's pretty typical. Most young people just vote based on a hunch or on what they think the parties represent, whether it's true or not.
I'm going to write ABC now.
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