Archive for August, 2003

31
Aug
03

European and Pacific Stars & Stripes

European and Pacific Stars & StripesThere�s nothing more entertaining to me than reading a letter that a grown man with a weapon has written that�s openly whining for all the world to read. I mean, who needs air conditioning, ice cream and the Internet when there�s so many complainers out there?

My four months of deployment have flown by thanks to all the free entertainment. If I�d had the chance to see Kid Rock, a Playboy bunny and Arnold, I�d have stayed in my hooch just to read the letters.

The writers are funny, even the writer of the letter �No phones, Internet� (July 23) with all of his demanding. I thought that was hilarious. Good luck on those phone calls, letter writer! He could always come to Camp Warhorse in Ba�qubah and play �dodge the mortar� or �rocket propelled grenade hide and go seek.� Now that�s quality entertainment.

I wish all the writers the best of luck. I�m surviving this ordeal. I couldn�t care less about the Internet and ice cream.

Staff Sgt. J.C.C.
Ba�qubah, Iraq

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31
Aug
03

European and Pacific Stars & Stripes

European and Pacific Stars & StripesI�m assigned to the 442nd Quartermaster Company of Bellefont, Pa. Our current assignment is Baqubah, Iraq. I don�t understand why our living conditions are so poor. At Camp Anaconda, which is about 35 minutes away, there�s everything a soldier needs, from a huge post exchange to air-conditioned sleeping areas and morale, welfare and recreation tents.

Our PX building in Baqubah is about 40 feet long by 20 feet wide. Its shelves are usually empty. There�s usually a limit on darn near everything. My fellow soldiers and I purchased a window air conditioner due to the runaround we kept receiving from the 204th Forward Support Battalion to whom we�re attached.

Why is there such a difference in living conditions from one camp to the next? We�re all in Iraq. Each one of us could lose our lives as easily as the next. All that I�m saying is that the living conditions should be the same.

Spc. T.G.
Baqubah, Iraq

Why are living conditions so poor that Soilders are force to buy Air Conditioners with their own money?

30
Aug
03

Mafia Hit

Blog for America: Quote from an unnamed Democrat working for one of the other candidates regarding upcoming attacks on Howard Dean, that appeared in the August 11, 2003 edition of Time Magazine:

“‘Its kind of like the Mafia,’ says a strategist for another Democratic contender. ‘Everyone wants another family to hit him. You don’t want to bring blood into your own house.'”

29
Aug
03

CNN.com – Bush campaign appeal portrays president as fund-raising underdog – Aug. 28, 2003

CNN.com – Bush campaign appeal portrays president as fund-raising underdog – Aug. 28, 2003: “President Bush’s campaign — expected to dwarf Democratic hopefuls by raising $200 million or more for the primaries, with no GOP rival — is appealing for donations by portraying Bush as a fund-raising underdog who won’t have enough cash to defend himself against Democratic attacks. “

29
Aug
03

CNN.com – Recall efforts gaining steam — in Nevada – Aug. 28, 2003

CNN.com – Recall efforts gaining steam — in Nevada – Aug. 28, 2003: “LAS VEGAS, Nevada (AP) — Emboldened by recall efforts in California, a group of Nevada conservatives upset about the largest tax increase in state history began recall proceedings Wednesday against the popular Republican governor. ”

Ha Ha, get me some popcorn because it’s “Attack of the Fighting Elephants.” In this horror flick Elephants eat Elephants, Yuck! Have the Conservatives no shame, they will recall their kind if they are not Conservative effort? Hey Republicans, you might want to take a look at joining the Dean Team.

29
Aug
03

Dean building support one click at a time

Dean building support one click at a time: “Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean has accomplished what many wannabe Democratic presidential candidates only fantasized about: building a powerful groundswell of support that has thrust him into the lead in a crowded field.
He did it with the simple tools of charisma, common sense and the Internet.
Unknown to the Dean campaign, in early February a handful of disenfranchised voters, independents and mainstream Democrats from the Chicago area visited an obscure Web site called Meetup.com. They wanted to find like-minded people who were interested in the Dean campaign.
Within weeks, their informal meetings grew to hundreds of supporters.
Soon, the Dean campaign signed up for Meetup.com’s technology platform, and Kevin Conlon, state chairman for the Dean campaign from the politically savvy consulting firm of Wilhelm & Conlon, helped channel the free-spirited Illinois volunteer effort into tangible results.”

This is where the 1st seeds were planted.

28
Aug
03

TheIowaChannel.com – Politics – KCCI Poll: Dean Gains Support

TheIowaChannel.com – Politics – KCCI Poll: Dean Gains Support: “DES MOINES, Iowa — Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean has vaulted into the lead among Iowa Democrats polled this week.
The exclusive KCCI News Channel 8 poll, conducted by Research 2000, finds Dean leading the pack of 10 candidates who are running or considering a run for president of the United States. The poll, conducted Aug. 25 through Aug. 27, shows that if the Iowa caucuses were held today, 25 percent of those polled would support Dean. Missouri Rep. Richard Gephardt is second with 21 percent, Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry is third with 16 percent and Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman is fourth with 12 percent. The other candidates are all in single digits.
This newest poll is a huge leap forward for Dean. In the last KCCI NewsChannel 8 poll conducted June, 2003, Dean was in third place with 11 percent. Richard Gephardt was in first place in June with 27 percent. ”

The Dean Machine just keeps on rolling.