Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Having Drawn Breath
Back to work guys!
Monday, April 28, 2008
Past Crimes and Present Friendships......in Chicago
Mayor Richard M. Daley supports him.....
I also know Bill Ayers. He worked with me in shaping our now nationally-renowned school reform program. He is a nationally-recognized distinguished professor of education at the University of Illinois/Chicago and a valued member of the Chicago community.
Nationally-renowned?????? 49% of our Students drop out of High School and 6 out of 100 that go to College actually earn a Bachelors. Good Job Bill, I hope you donated that consulting fee to local soup kitchen.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Guards! Seize him!
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Iraq Archelogical Find!!!
Fortunately, a translation was already inscribed...
Postscript: "stimulates Bile Secretion" Yeah, as if Iraq is short of bile right now...
Monday, April 21, 2008
Nothing Improves Morale Like Victory
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Iraqi Army Memorial Service
And then the coffee. A server with two cups, Turkish coffee and if you didn't waggle your cup side to side (Iraqi gesture for "no more, thank you") you got a second splash of the stuff.
Iraqi tea (the bottom 20% of the glass is sugar) was then served to everyone as well. After a bit of reflection time, another group entered. Repeat all of the above, with extra "allah bil Khair" for good measure. Once the place was full groups of soldiers or NCOs and officers would go and salute or speak to the two Major Generals; the incoming commander, and the outgoing division commander.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
So, what did I do today
Yeah, it is after midnight here - I'm tired.
Truth Hurts......Why Theo van Gogh was killed.
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
The view this morning
Saturday, April 12, 2008
A bit of bad news from...Charikar?
Friday, April 11, 2008
Wednesday, April 09, 2008
Bagram, four years later
Malalai Joya suspended from Parliment
New Faces, New Places
Right now things are OK - I have been busy, busy and busy. But today, Allah willing and the wadi don't rise, I can catch up on things. I just wanted to let everyone know I am still out there. The interesting stories will alas, have to wait some time to come.
Wednesday, April 02, 2008
33rd Leads the Way
It is very refreshing to see that kind of focus from higher command. This is a program, if done correctly will be a tremendous asset to the families of deployed soldiers (and the 33rd is taking almost a third of the state with them) as well as an asset to the soldiers themselves.
When I went with the 33rd to Afghanistan (with CSM Bones and Major John) it was just the HHC of an ASG and it wasn't even used that way. On top of that there was no, none, zip, zero… support for the families. We had enough trouble trying to figure out what our jobs were and how we were going to do them with too few people. We didn't need the stress of worrying about our families back home.
The last thing a soldier needs to worry about when they're getting shot at is the leaky faucet at home (believe me, I've tried).
Now they have Family Assistance Center Representatives around the state to provide support and guidance to the families, including making a monthly phone call to a family member designated by each soldier. The 33rd has one better than that with the Family Readiness Support Assistant who helps the Family Readiness Groups of each individual Company.
Several Company Commanders even attended the training this weekend. Many of them attended with their FRGs or at least their FRG Leaders.