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Obama’s first miracle

U.S. drone attacks on al Qaeda terrorists hiding in Pakistan are apparently no longer capable of killing innocent women and children.  Twenty killed, but no mention of even one innocent woman or child.

4:38 pm EST
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Charles Martin at Explorations is keeping a running list of Palin Rumors being floated on the net and in the media.  If, like me, you’re having a hard time keeping track of them all, what’s true and what isn’t, check it out.  Some funny stuff.

12:59 am EST

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Newseum in D.C.

Via Subsunk at Blackfive, an opinion column by Ralph Peters in the New York Post.

TODAY [ed. – April 11, 2008], the Newseum – a 250,000-square-foot homage to journalism that cost $450 million to build – opens on Pennsylvania Avenue, midway between the White House and the Capitol.

What’s wrong with this picture?

Other than the (symbolic?) fact that the building’s an architectural mishmash, it’s this: There’s no museum in the vicinity of the National Mall dedicated to our military.

Tells you a lot about the vanity and priorities of today’s governing and informational “elite,” doesn’t it? Ignore the blood, enshrine the ink. A Pulitzer Prize outranks a Congressional Medal of Honor.

I don’t really begrudge journalists their we-love-us monument. Massive egos need a massive building (total of 643,000 sq. ft., including a new Wolfgang Puck restaurant). But isn’t something fundamentally wrong when there’s plenty of donor funding available for a museum glorifying those who cover our wars, but not a cent to tell the stories of those who fight them?

You can read the rest here. It includes a little two question quiz. Question No. 2 is the important one. If you can’t answer it, check out Subsunk’s post for a few answers. Then, take a scroll through Blackfive’s Someone You Should Know Archives and the Fallen But Never Forgotten Archives.

8:16 pm EST

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Teflon Don is back in Iraq

Gordon Alanko, a/k/a Teflon Don, recently arrived back in Baghdad. This time he’s there as a photojournalist with credentials from Public Multimedia, Inc. rather than as part of an Army EOD team performing route clearance. Also read his thoughts on what he learned the last time he was there.

Bookmark his site. Check it periodically. He’s a good writer, and his stories and pictures from Iraq will be well worth your time.

2:13:10 pm EST

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As Casualties Mount, Some Question The Emotional Stability of Media Vets
An Iowahawk Special Investigative Report
With Statistical Guidance from the New York Times

(via Instapundit)

2:32:00 pm EST

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On November 2nd, 2007, First Lt. Walter Bryan Jackson received the Distinguished Service Cross, “the second highest military decoration of the United States Army, awarded for extreme gallantry and risk of life in actual combat with an armed enemy force.” He’s only the seventh soldier to have received it since 1975 when the Vietnam War ended. In the below picture by J. D. Leipold (ARNEWS), First Lt. Jackson is “flanked by Secretary of the Army Pete Geren and his former commander, Lt. Col. Thomas C. Graves.”

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The United States Army, Army Times, and Military.com have all carryied the story on their sites.

As you can see from the following screen cap, as of 11:20 AM this morning, the mainstream media has given this American Hero’s story the cold-shoulder for the last nine days. Despicable!

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(via Mrs. Greyhawk @ Mudville Milblogs)

12:24:02 pm EST

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What makes public support for today’s Iraq War different from the Vietnam War? Why has the anti-war “movement” been such a pathetic failure this time around? Because ordinary Americans are no longer stuck with nothing but nightly newscasters shoving their anti-American, anti-war, anti-military drivel down our throats, that’s why. The media and Hollywood no longer have the sole power to convince us the war is “unpopular” with a majority of Americans, and that the rest of us are in a minority. The internet has made the difference this time. It’s that simple. Now we are able to read what other ordinary Americans just like us really think, as opposed to what the media and Hollywood wants us to think.

One of the best examples I’ve run across that seems to prove it is this mind-numbingly blind AFP article about the current crop of Hollywood anti-war films and why they aren’t making money. Hollywood’s answer is, of course, the same old tripe: it’s “hard to engage audiences in a ‘hugely unpopular war.”

However, the article itself is not the point of this post. The hundreds of comments are. I have not personally read all of them yet (277 as of right now), but Josh read every single one that was there earlier (about 200). He told me he didn’t see one comment that agreed with the writer of the article. Most of the comments expressed anger with Hollywood for being anti-military and anti-American. It’s one of the most heartening things I’ve read in quite awhile. Go read a few comments and have your faith restored in your fellow Americans. While the comments represent only a small sampling of Americans, I believe the overwhelmingly lopsided nature of the comments shows we are not in the minority. I believe we are the vast majority who are also expressing it with our wallets.
(h/t Josh)

7:36:54 pm EST
UPDATE (11/13/07 @ 7:00:45 PM): The above link to Breitbart’s hosting of the AFP article no longer shows the actual article. I found another link to the exact same article here for anyone who hasn’t read it yet. In addition, I saved the page as a PDF in case the new link also changes or disappears as sometimes happens. The comments page for the article at Breitbart is still there (although it seems to have a code problem) and, as of this morning, people were still adding opinions. )

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