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Sounds good to me.
* BOP = Business Operating Profit - this is where everyone's bonus, if any, comes from...
A Risk Managing Citizen-Retired Soldier, He Who Hunted Heads, A hoopy e-learning frood who is also a generative artist/teacher, A PMP'n Migratory Executive, A Running Dog Capitalist/Economist, A CSM who has had a Kipling Experience and an Author/Prop - Yummy as Krispy Kreme and as strong as Dunkin' Donuts Coffee!
Polio Vaccination Targets Children In Afghanistan's South
Afghanistan has begun its latest drive to vaccinate millions of children under the age of 5 against the crippling polio virus, officials from the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) have said, IRNA reported on November 21. The three-day campaign is the fifth this year and was launched on November 19 by the Public Health Ministry, with the support of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the World Health Organization (WHO), Rotary International, and other partners. Afghanistan, one of just four countries in the world where polio is endemic, has seen the number of people suffering from the disease surge this year. There have been 29 confirmed polio cases in 2006, compared to just nine cases last year, according to the WHO in Kabul. "This is a massive campaign and involves 34,000 volunteers administering drops of polio vaccine to 7.2 million children across the country," UNAMA spokesman Adrian Edwards said in Kabul.
photo: USAF file/SRA Bethann Hunt
Afghan Woman’s Affairs Minister Hussn Banu Ghazanfar is trying to draft laws making violence against women illegal in Afghanistan, and to push the government to teach women and society about the rights women deserve. Picture: AP
For my brothers-in-arms in Afghanistan
Photo by Spc. Ethan AndersonNovember 22, 2006 Soldiers from Company B, 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division take cover after receiving fire from insurgents in Paktika Province, Afghanistan.
Ghazni, Afghanistan Uniformed personnel from other countries also give others something to be thankful about. In a display of selfless heroism, Afghan National Police Officer Abbarker died protecting the lives of the Andar District governor, his fellow police officers and coalition soldiers. While guarding the Miri District Center in the District of Ghazni, Abbarker noticed that a man had bypassed the security checkpoint and was attempting to run into the center. Abbarker immediately suspected foul play and gave chase to stop the intruder. He tackled the man, forcing him away from the others. As he wrestled to restrain the man, the intruder detonated a vest packed with explosives, killing himself and the brave Abbarker. Abbarker's actions cost him his life, but in so doing, he saved the lives of others. Abdul Rhaim, the Andar District governor, said Abbarker was a brave soldier and that he was deeply grateful for his unselfish sacrifice. "The honor and bravery of this man amazes me," said Lt. Col. Steven Gilbert, commander of Task Force Iron Grays. "His actions have saved the lives of many fellow Afghans and coalition forces from the cowardly actions of a suicide bomber. His great sacrifice will not be in vain."
I am thankful for the experience of serving in Afghanistan. Why would I be thankful for spending 14 months away from family, friends and home? Since I have returned, I have so much more enjoyed and appreciated the magnificence of freedom, the generous spirit of so many, the selflessness I encountered in so many.
I am thankful for seeing (and benefitting from!) the example setting, leadership and I don't know how else to describe it but "wisdom", of CSM Bones. I am thankful that the Inner Prop could be handed an almost impossible job, in an awful situation, and show what determination, ethical behavior, selfless service and commitment can accomplish. I am also thankful they share some of that with us on this blog.
Afghan children in a rain-hit area. Flash floods caused by heavy rains have killed nearly 50 people in western Afghanistan with 60 more missing, the Afghan health ministry said.(AFP/File/Joel Robine)
Man, I love e-ariana.com!
Does this mean more golf outings?
PRT's - we help with everything.
photo: Paula Bronstein/Getty Images
"Gee, thanks for the advice"
I hate this - I don't ever want this type of thing to happen again. Unfortunately, it will for the near future.
I agree with Kenzo Oshima - I think some folks are having a little attack of turf defensiveness.
Still working on that press relations thingie, Wolesi Jirga?
"You want answers? I've got answers!"
Take that, Pakistan!
"Hey, that is unpleasant..."
Got an arthrogram on my left shoulder. I will have to say, having a needle slipped into my shoulder joint to fill it up with dye was a tad uncomfortable. I will try to get my regular News of Afghanistan up tomorrow, but between this and Guard drill this weekend, not much else.
UPDATE: So this afternoon I get an EMG on the other arm... I don't know if I just left a session with Commander Burge or the Egyptian Secret Police. What is with all the needles and electrical shocks?!
Whe I forst saw the new Budweiser Select logo, it sure looked familiar.
Then I remebered... When I was an Assistant State's Attorney I used to see this stuff all the time - Latin Kings' symbols.
An unfortunate, 5 point crown choice of logo...
UPDATE: I am not the only one seeing gang signs out there...
I was much more reflective last year at this time. I guess this year I am a little more relaxed - it helps a bit that I am not just back from Operation Crescent Relief or Afghanistan. Maybe that extra hour of sleep and third cup of coffee have helped too.
Later I will pat myself on the back...by treating myself to some Amarillo Cheese Fries! Thank me very much.
UPDATE: Why cheese fries? Last year I sat in a Lone Star and enjoyed an order of them while mulling things over (see link above about reflection). They sure were good. I guess this is how goofy traditions get started.
Iranian been working on the raaaiiiilroad, all the live long day.
This may be the only time ever, that I blog anything about Angelina Jolie.
Missing Rummy, already.
There is your Taleban Warrior...trying to escape in drag.
So, you say you want to know all about Herat, eh?
Pashtun leader Mohammad Usman Kakar addresses a protest meeting in the Pakistan-Afghan border city of Chaman yesterday. Several thousand ethnic Pashtuns rallied in Chaman yesterday, accusing Pakistan of meddling in Afghanistan's affairs.
photo: John Moore/Getty Images
"We're as mad as Hell and we're not going to take it anymore!"
Unleash the Kiwis!
by Sgt. 1st Class Dexter D. Clouden.
November 6, 2006. Pfc. Raymond Purtee, from the 561st Military Police Company, attached to the 10th Mountain Division, provides convoy security during a patrol near Bagram, Afghanistan.
"But Amnesty International complained!"
A priceless round-up by the AP - they sought out anyone they could latch on to, to complain of the verdict and death sentence Saddam Hussein was handed. Beyond the usual suspects - Socailist politicians, the EU, the Vatican, Amnesty International, UN apparatchiks - they scrape up such such worthy figures as; Hafiz Hussain Ahmed, a senior lawmaker from the Mutahida Majlis-e-Amal coalition, which is critical of Pakistan's military cooperation with the United States, Mahmoud al-Saifi of the Arab Liberation Front, Sonya Sceats, an international law expert at the Chatham House foreign affairs think tank in London, and Chandra Muzaffar, president of the Malaysian-based International Movement for a Just World. A scoundrels list that should prove educational for future reference purposes.
The dead of Jubail were unavailable for comment.
I think I have now ceased to view the AP as a source of fact, but at best a source of data mixed with editorial content.
Oh, and to those bitching about "victor's justice"... Yeah, so? Victory over a terrible despotic/totalitarian ruling cohort. Victory over a "Big Man" and his attendant bloodthirst. Victory over genocide ("never again" right?). Victory over droit de seigneur.
Justice simply consists of one getting what one deserves, Saddam deserves death.
TO the Gallows:
Awad Hamed al Bander, former chief judge in Saddam's Revolutionary Court, Saddam's half-brother Barzan al Tikriti, head of the feared Mukhabarat intelligence service,
Vice President Taha Yassin Ramadan - life in prison
Abdullah Kazim Ruwayyid, former Ba'ath official - 15 years
Mizhar Abdullah Ruwayyid, former Ba'ath official- 15 years
Ali Dayih Ali, former Ba'ath official - 15 years
Mohammed Azawi Ali, a Ba'ath party official in Dujail, was cleared.
This week's installment was created at a much more relaxed pace. Why? The World's Greatest Military Contractor™ made sure I have a mug of Alokozay Tea at hand...
So let us get to it!
The morning round up.
Solatia payments made. The worst experience I ever had was one of these...
President Hamid Karzai, right, gestures with an Afghan elder shopkeeper on a main road after laying the foundation stone of the Jamhuriat Hospital in Kabul, on Thursday, Nov. 2, 2006. The modern ten-story hospital funded by China, will be well equipped with 350 beds, and will cost an estimated U.S.$20 million. (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq)
The refugee problem just hangs around.
NATO, put up or go away.
photo: U.S. Army by Sgt. 1st Class Dexter D. Clouden
Looonnngggg term talks?
The business of Afghanistan should be business!
Kandahar - you figure it out. All I know is the airport there is mighty important (i.e. lots of pilgrims making the Hajj go through there) and it is a natural center for good times and bad.
China pitches in. Their interests are not as strong as the Iranian ones, but they do care what happens in Afghanistan.
I always wondered where I could get some Afghan music!
"It is much better to have a corrupt businessman than a dangerous warlord"
War? In Afghanistan?! Huh. I guess it is a good thing exhibits like this are around.
e-Ariana's latest editorial cartoon. Oooh, that one hurts.
Thanks, but if I remember corresctly, the US and Japan gave more...
A sniper from the Jalalabad Provincial Reconstruction Team looks for enemy activity along the hilltops near Dur Baba, Afghanistan. Photo by Cpl. Bertha Flores.
This week's Source of Afghan Information might be the best yet...heh heh...
"Hey, it's my website!"
Maybe a small area like a nuclear facility?