Wednesday, October 28, 2009

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Spc. Justin Slagle
Spc. Justin Slagle
U.S. Army

Spc. Justin Slagle returns to Forward Operating Base Lane in a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter after an air assault mission in the Zabul province of Afghanistan, Oct. 15, 2009. Even as leaders in Washington struggle with the next steps in Afghanistan, troops there are moving to better protect the Afghan people by separating them from Taliban influence and intimidation.

Photo Courtesy of U.S. Army

These brave men and women sacrifice so much in their lives so that others may enjoy the freedoms we get to enjoy everyday. For that, I am proud to call them Hero.
We Should Not Only Mourn These Men And Women Who Died, We Should Also Thank God That Such People Lived

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Monday, October 26, 2009

Drafting Guys over 60 ...

An oldie but a lot of us fit this mold..

---- this is funny & obviously written by a Former Soldier ----

I am over 60 and the Armed Forces thinks I'm too old to track down terrorists. You can't be older than 42 to join the military. They've got the whole thing
ass-backwards. Instead of sending 18-year olds off to fight, they ought to take
us old guys.. You shouldn't be able to join a military unit until you're at least 35.

For starters : Researchers say 18-year-olds think about sex every 10 seconds. Old guys only think about sex a couple of times a day, leaving us more than 28,000 additional seconds per day to concentrate on the enemy.

Young guys haven't lived long enough to be cranky, and a cranky soldier is a
dangerous soldier. 'My back hurts! I can't sleep, I'm tired and hungry' We are
impatient and maybe letting us kill some terrorists that desperately deserves it will make us feel better and shut us up for a while.

An 18-year-old doesn't even like to get up before 10 a.m. Old guys always get up
early to pee so what the hell. Besides, like I said, 'I'm tired and can't sleep
and since I'm already up, I may as well be up killing some fanatical s-o-b....

If captured we couldn't spill the beans because we'd forget where we put them. In fact, name, rank, and serial number would be a real brainteaser.

Boot camp would be easier for old guys. We're used to getting screamed and yelled at and we're used to soft food. We've also developed an appreciation for guns. We've been using them for years as an excuse to get out of the house, away from the screaming and yelling.

They could lighten up on the obstacle course however. I've been in combat and didn't see a single 20-foot wall with rope hanging over the side, nor did I ever do any pushups after completing basic training.

Actually, the running part is kind of a waste of energy, too. I've never seen anyone outrun a bullet.

An 18-year-old has the whole world ahead of him. He's still learning to shave, to start up a conversation with a pretty girl. He still hasn't figured out that a
baseball cap has a brim to shade his eyes, not the back of his head.

These are all great reasons to keep our kids at home to learn a little more about life before sending them off into harm's way.

Let us old guys track down those dirty rotten coward terrorists. The last thing an enemy would want to see is a couple of million pissed off old farts with
attitudes and automatic weapons who know that their best years are already
behind them.

*** How about recruiting Women over 50 with PMS !!! You think Men have attitudes !!! Ohhhhhh my God!!!

If nothing else, put us on border patrol....we will have it secured the first

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HPD: Dad Kills Son Over Video Game

HOUSTON -- A father has been accused of shooting and killing his 17-year-old-son over a missing video game, KPRC Local 2 reported.

Houston police said the father began arguing with his wife and son about a missing video game at their home on Corporate Drive near Sharpcrest Street at about 4 a.m. Sunday

Detectives said Ofelio Antonio Otero, 40, loaded his gun and when the boy started running away, the 17-year-old was shot in the neck.

Ignacio Otero died at the scene.

His mother, Maria Martinez, said her son was a good kid.

"He's very happy all the time,” Martinez said. “He's always joking. He always do funny stuff."

Martinez said her son was expecting a baby. His girlfriend is six months pregnant.

Police said Otero held officers at bay for three hours after the shooting. He eventually surrendered and was arrested.

Otero is expected to be in court Monday to be assigned an attorney. He's being held on a $50,000 bond.

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

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Sailors & Marines Playing Volleyball With Local School Children
U.S. Navy

Sailors and Marines assigned to the amphibious dock landing ship USS Tortuga (LSD 46) play volleyball with students from Sangley Point National High School during a lunch break at a community service project. Tortuga, the amphibious dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) and the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU) are participating in Amphibious Landing Exercise (PHIBLEX) 2009. PHIBLEX is designed to improve interoperability, increase readiness and develop professional relationships between the U.S. military and the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

Photo Courtesy Taken By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Geronimo Aquino

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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Porn Links the Referrer on My SideBar

I just noticed that someone has been posting porn in my referrer and I did not notice it. I have removed from my sidebar. I apologize for not seeing it sooner.

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Thank Your Military

I was sent this on Facebook, and I had not seen it before. It is very moving and well worth watching..

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Medal of Honor recipient Bud Day Speaks of Torture

I got shot down over N Vietnam in 1967, a Sqdn. Commander.
After I returned in 1973..I published 2 books that dealt a lot
with "real torture" in Hanoi . Our make believe president is
branding our country as a bunch of torturers when he has
no idea what torture is.

As for me, put thru a mock execution because I would not respond...
pistol whipped on the head...same event.. Couple of days later...
hung by my feet all day. I escaped and a couple of weeks later, I got

shot and recaptured. Shot was OK...what happened afterwards was not.

They marched me to Vinh...put me in the rope trick, trick...almost
pulled my arms out of the sockets. Beat me on the head with a
little wooden rod until my eyes were swelled shut, and my unshot,
unbroken hand a pulp.

Next day hung me by the arms...rebroke my right wrist....wiped
out the nerves in my arms that control the hands...rolled my fingers
up into a ball. Only left the slightest movement of my L forefinger.
So I started answering with some incredible lies.

Sent me to Hanoi strapped to a barrel of gas in the back of a truck.

Hanoi.on my knees....rope trick again. Beaten by a big fool.

Into leg irons on a bed in Heartbreak Hotel.

Much kneeling--hands up at Zoo.

Really bad beating for refusing to condemn Lyndon Johnson.

Several more kneeling events. I could see my knee bone thru
kneeling holes.

There was an escape from the annex to the Zoo. I was the Senior
Officer of a large building because of escape...they started a mass
torture of all commanders.

I think it was July 7, 1969...they started beating me with a car fan
belt. In first 2 days I took over 300 strokes....then stopped counting
because I never thought I would live thru it.

They continued day-night torture to get me to confess to a non-existent
part in the escape. This went on for at least 3 days. On my knees....
fan belting...cut open my scrotum with fan belt stroke. opened up
both knee holes again. My fanny looked like hamburger...I could not
lie on my back.

They tortured me into admitting that I was in on the escape...and
that my 2 room-mates knew about it.

The next day I denied the lie.

They commenced torturing me again with 3- 6- or 9 strokes of
the fan belt every day from about July 11 or 14 October
1969. I continued to refuse to lie about my roommates again.

Now, the point of this is that our make-believe
president has declared to the world that we (U.S..) are a bunch of
torturers...Thus it will be OK to torture us next time when they
catch us...because that is what the U.S. does.

Our make-believe president is a know nothing fool who thinks
that pouring a little water on some one's face, or hanging a pair of
women's pants over an Arabs head is TORTURE.

He is a meathead.

I just talked to MOH holder Leo Thorsness, who was also in my squadron,

in was John McCain...and we agree that McCain does
not speak for the POW group when he claims that Al Gharib was
torture...or that "water boarding" is torture.

Our president and those fools around him who keep bad mouthing
our great country are a disgrace to the United States . I hope Sean Hannity. He uses this to point out the stupidity of the claims that water boarding...which has no after torture.

If it got the Arab to cough up the story about how he planned the attack on the twin towers in NYC ... hurrah for the guy who poured the water.


"Bud" Day, Medal Of Honor Recipient

George Everett "Bud" Day(born February 24, 1925) is a retired

U..S. Air Force Colonel and Command Pilot who served during the

Vietnam War. He is often cited as being the most decorated U..S.

service member since General Douglas MacArthur, having

received some seventy decorations, a majority for actions

in combat. Day is a recipient of the Medal of Honor.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Sketch artist recalls aftermath of Dickinson girl's hellish attack 10:04 AM CDT on Wednesday, October 14, 2009

It took a long time for this scum to be brought to justice, and now we will see how far it is willing to go. He should die, and not be held in jail for years as is usually the case.

HOUSTON – The man arrested in an infamous local cold case could be back in Texas as early as Thursday.

Dennis Earl Bradford, the 40-year-old former Dickinson High School student accused of raping an 8-year-old girl, slashing her throat and leaving her for dead in a field in 1990, waived his extradition Wednesday.
He was arrested in Arkansas on Tuesday after DNA evidence tested last year led police to his door.

The arrest was a long time coming.

Back in 1990, Houston police sketch artist Lois Gibson did what she could to help catch the man who attacked the little girl, Jennifer Schuett.

Inside Schuett’s tattered file, there are years’ worth of names, numbers and clippings.

Dennis Bradford's driver's license photo and Gibson's sketch
“The girl was unable to respond orally about the attack,” said Gibson. “There were a lot of beep-beeps and tubes. There were tubes in the little girl. IV’s.”

Gibson said Schuett’s case was unforgettable, and as a sketch artist, there was a lot of pressure because the victim couldn’t speak.

Gibson said she had one hour in a crowded ICU room to work magic.

“She’d shake her head. Shake her head no. With her eyes closed,” said Gibson. “I turned it around to her and it was a great relief.”

Now 19 years later, Gibson is able to see the suspect’s 1990 driver’s license picture and her composite sketch side-by-side for the first time.

“She was sure. She was sure and I didn’t know until now, I didn’t know until today. What a relief it looks that close,” said Gibson.

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Cpl. Benjamin S. Kopp
Cpl. Benjamin S. Kopp
21 years old from Rosemont, Minnesota
3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment
July 18, 2009
U.S. Army

Ben Kopp has been a fighter since the day he was born. When he was born his mother was given morphine to stop her labor so the doctors could deliver her via a cesarean section. But it caused his heart rate to slow and when he was born he wasn't breathing. But he recovered to the amazement of everyone. "Ben has always been up for a challenge," said his mother, Jill Stephenson. "He came into the world a fighter."

On July 10, 2009, Cpl. Benjamin Kopp was wounded in the Helmand province of Afghanistan. He was hit in the knee that hit his popliteal artery and the loss of blood caused him to go into cardiac arrest on the operating table at a battalion surgical center. As a result of his injuries, Cpl. Kopp developed swelling in his brain was put into an induced coma to try and save his life. But he died on July 18.

But his service didn't end with his passing. Upon his death, by his own desire, his organs were donated to people in need saving their lives.

"Please continue to say prayers for all of the men and women who so proudly serve our country," Stephenson wrote online. "Ben had a deep love of country and has just left a legacy of heroism for all of us to cherish. Be as proud of him as I was as his mother."

You can read much more about Cpl. Benjamin S. Kopp here.

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We Should Not Only Mourn These Men And Women Who Died, We Should Also Thank God That Such People Lived

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Thursday, October 8, 2009

Oregon Man Accused of Sex Abuse Involving Teens, Child, Dog

Oregon Man Accused of Sex Abuse Involving Teens, Child, Dog

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

NEWBERG, Ore. — An Oregon man is accused of sex crimes involving two teenagers and a 4-year-old girl, and police say he used the Internet to line up people to have a group sex with one of the victims.

Darrin Vaughn Daily, 44, of Newberg, faces numerous charges and is being held on $1 million bail in the Yamhill County Jail.

Sgt. Tim Weaver of the Newberg-Dundee Police Department said investigators searched Daily's apartment and seized evidence after a 15-year-old disclosed last month that Daily had sex with her after providing marijuana and alcohol.

Investigators soon learned that another girl, 14, accused Daily of sexually abusing her and photographing it. The girl told them Daily had at times tied her up and forced her into group sex with the men he solicited on the Web site Craigslist.

The girl also told police Daily photographed her having sex with his dog.

Weaver said detectives who analyzed Weaver's computer found images of the girl having sex with adults and the dog. Images of a 4-year-old girl being sexually abused were also found.

Weaver told The Oregonian newspaper he had never seen such a case in more than three decades as a police officer.

"This is certainly at the top of the list of hideous crimes," he said

Police were able to find the 4-year-old, and she told investigators that Daily sexually abused her. She is being cared for at a child abuse assessment center, according to a police statement.

The three men accused of responding to the Craigslist ad and taking part in the sex abuse are Patricio Moreno, 43, of Forest Grove; Robert D. Thompson, 34, of Portland; and David Garcia, 41, of McMinnville. They also were jailed in Yamhill County, although Garcia posted bail.

Police also seek a woman accused of sexually abusing one of the girls.

Daily is accused of rape, sodomy, sex abuse, sexual assault of an animal, delivery of marijuana to a minor, online sexual corruption of a child, endangering the welfare of a minor and using a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct.

Thompson, Garcia and Moreno are all charged with sex abuse and third-degree rape. Thompson faced an additional charge of using a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct, while Moreno is accused of sodomy.

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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

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Sgt. Michael Egan
Sgt. Michael Egan
36 years old from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
104th Cavalry Regiment, 28th Infantry Division, Pennsylvania Army National Guard
September 19, 2005
U.S. Army

News of Egan�s death came to Pennsauken shortly after 6 a.m. Tuesday, Krista Egan, Sgt. Egan's sister-in-law, said. His mother, Irene, was on the telephone when an Army sergeant walked up to the door. "My mother-in-law was talking on the telephone to Mike�s wife, Maria, when he came. Maria had just got the news. The Army sergeant told my mother-in-law it was his first time notifying a family."

Sgt. Egan served in the Marine Corps for eight years, was a civilian for a year, then joined the National Guard. As a Marine, he had been previously served in Afghanistan.

"He was well-liked by everyone," Patrick Egan, Sgt. Egan's brother, said.

Sgt. Michael Egan was killed when an IED detonated near his vehicle while on patrol in Ramadi. Also killed in the attack were Spc. William Evans, 22, of Hallstead, PA, Spc. William Fernandez, 37, of Reading, PA and Lt. Mark Dooley of the Vermont National Guard.

Information Was Found On And Copied From & You Can Read Much More About Sgt. Michael Egan Here.

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Monday, October 5, 2009

Police: NW Houston homeowner fatally shoots robbery suspect

A homeowner fatally shot a suspected intruder in northwest Houston this morning, police said.

The shooting occurred around 9:30 a.m. in the 8500 block of Norton, near the intersection of Bingle and Kempwood.

Homicide Detective C. Elliott said the resident, spending his day off from work at home, returned from a grocery store errand to find things in disarray. He retrieved his shotgun and searched the home.

The resident found the intruder hiding in a closet. After a confrontation, the homeowner shot the suspect, who had a screwdriver in his possession, Elliott said. The homeowner fired three blasts of birdshot.

"It was a horrible experience, a scary experience," said Mark Brown, the homeowner. He didn't get into details about the face-off with the stranger, except to say he kept the shotgun for security but hoped he'd never have to use it.

"Thank God (the thief) didn't find it first," said Brown, who works for a local beer distributor.

Brown's neighbor across the street, 78-year-old Milton Brandt, said he wasn't aware of a burglary problem in the area but said the confrontation is a reminder that people should be ready to protect themselves.

"I would have done the same thing," Brandt said.

Elliott said the case would be referred to a grand jury without charges, as is customary in shootings that appear to be lawful. No other information was immediately available.

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Thursday, October 1, 2009

Deputies: Man robbed his own grandma at gunpoint for $350

Now this guy really has a lot of class, what a dickhead.

08:31 AM CDT on Thursday, October 1, 2009

By Marvin Hurst / KENS 5

SAN ANTONIO -- Keith Grunewald has been accused of robbing his own grandmother with a shotgun, deputies say

According to an arrest warrant, the 33-year-old used the weapon to force the elderly woman to write him a $350 check last week. But the check did not turn into cash as he anticipated. Instead, it landed him behind bars on an aggravated robbery charge.

The warrant said Grunewald wanted money from his 77-year-old grandmother. He reportedly urged her to write him a check. The arrest document said when she refused, her grandson became irate.

According to Bexar County Sheriff's deputies, he continued to demand the check. Investigators said he went to his bedroom in the home he shares with the victim in the 8200 block of Gardner and got a shotgun.

Deputies said Grunewald snatched up the telephone so the elderly woman could not call for help. In addition, they said he even pushed her to prevent his grandmother from yelling to a neighbor out their backdoor. The warrant alleges the victim feared for her safety, so she wrote the check.

Investigators said Grunewald could not cash the check at a local business because it was a personal check. The warrant claimed the business tried to stall the armed robbery suspect until the sheriff's office arrived. But the Bexar County man returned home where he saw the authorities. Deputies said he abandoned his grandmother's vehicle, ran into a wooded area, and discarded the shotgun.

He eluded deputies until Wednesday, when he was finally arrested. Grunewald, who reportedly has a criminal history, is being held on a $50,000 bond.

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