Sunday, January 30, 2005

photos

check out the slideshow at yahoo for some amazing pictures of bravery, Iraqis standing in line to vote and streets filled with hopeful citizens walking to the polls to vote.


free mavs tix

Academy sports and outdoors (the right stuff the right price ACAdemy!) is giving away free mavs tix. feels weird posting about the mavs after the election in Iraq, but hey after reading the news i check the sports. by the way dampier had a career night but the mavs still lost. might be worth it if it means dampier keeps getting better and gains confidence to be the badass he certainly could be. anyway, go here to find out how to get them from now till late february.

these are tears of joy

heres some of my favorite clips from the news so far:

After a slow start, men and women in flowing black abayas — often holding babies — formed long lines, although there were pockets of Iraq where the streets and polling stations were deserted. Voters prohibited from using private cars walked, hitched rides on military buses and trucks, and some even carried the elderly in their arms.

When an unexplained boom sounded near one Baghdad voting station, some women put their hands to their mouths and whispered prayers. Others continued walking calmly to the voting stations. Several shouted in unison: “We have no fear.”
“Am I scared? Of course I’m not scared. This is my country,” said 50-year-old Fathiya Mohammed.

In Baqouba, a rebellious city northeast of Baghdad, crowds clapped and cheered at one voting station. In Mosul, scene of some of the worst insurgent attacks in recent months, U.S. and local officials said turnout was surprisingly high.

Samir Hassan, 32, who lost his leg in a car bomb blast in October, was determined to vote. “I would have crawled here if I had to. I don’t want terrorists to kill other Iraqis like they tried to kill me. Today I am voting for peace,” he said.

Baghdad’s mayor was overcome with emotion by the turnout of voters at City Hall, where he said thousands were celebrating.
“I cannot describe what I am seeing. It is incredible. This is a vote for the future, for the children, for the rule of law, for humanity, for love,” Alaa al-Tamimi told Reuters.




cant sleep

i cant sleep. i know i'll be tired and regretting it later today, and tomorrow morning i'll want nothing more than sleep, but right now its more exciting than christmas morn. except instead of a present for me, its a present for the whole world. peace in the middle east. the liberty bell is wringing, can you hear it?

history is being made

may God protect all Iraqis brave enough to go out and vote today. this is a historic day, possibly one of the most important days in history. this may very well be the first step in spreading democracy and freedom across all of the middle east. its scary but exciting, and i'm not even there. may all Iraqis take strength from the bravery shown by their brothers and sisters in Afghanistan who risked their lives to cast their votes for freedom. be strong, be brave, be safe, be free, be Iraqi.

i just wrote a long ass follow up to the above post, then knocked the cord out of the back of the computer and lost it all. damnit. so anyway, heres a short summation:
cowards deserve not freedom. history is yours for the taking, and if you dont take it, someone else will. 150000 American soldiers are in Iraq risking their lives to give you the right to vote, you owe it to them to get out and vote. if you wont fight for your freedom, why shoud we? Iraqis need to stop expecting American soldiers to do everything for them and show they deserve the freedom we're dying to give them. every body seems to think that everything should suddenly be great and freedom and safety and security should be quick and automatic. well guess what, its not, its a lot of hard work and a lot of people are going to die on the road there, but as long as the good people of this world are persistent in their resolve and heroic in the face of evil, good will eventually prevail. God will take care of his children, so you have nothing to fear. would you rather die a hero or live like a coward? over and over again in the comments sections of Iraqi bloggers I was reading tonight, people kept saying the same thing "when your grandson comes to you and asks what you did on the day you had the chance to cast a vote for freedom, what will you say?"
all right, i've got more but i'm tired. you get the point.
not quite as eloquent as my original post, but thats the basics.

Saturday, January 29, 2005

spelling test

heres another test for ye my fellow smarty family members. no cheating
how well do you spell?

#6 was the easiest word for me
again i got 2 wrong, but not the ones i wasnt sure about, 2 i thought i knew.
tell me your score and i'll tell you which ones.


grammar test

heres a quick little grammar test i thought would share with the family since we're all pretty smart
i thought i would do better, but i got 2 wrong. after you take it i'll tell you which ones.

take the test here

Thursday, January 27, 2005

Iraq paper

WASHINGTON, Jan. 25, 2005 – In less than a year, Iraqi military ground forces have grown from one operational battalion to 21 – and counting.
Iraq's navy now sports five 100-foot patrol craft, 34 smaller vessels and a naval infantry regiment. The country's air force has three operational squadrons equipped with nine reconnaissance aircraft and three U.S. C-130 transport aircraft. And Iraq's special operations forces include a counterterrorist force and a commando battalion.
These count among a multitude of accomplishments across the spectrum of the Iraqi interim government, reported in a series of just-released fact sheets by Multinational Force Iraq and the U.S. Embassy in Iraq.
"In 2004, Iraqi forces fought alongside coalition forces in Najaf, Samarra, Fallujah, Baghdad, North Babil, Mosul, and a host of other locations," reads a fact sheet on Iraqi security forces. "In Fallujah alone, Iraqi forces lost eight of their members and had more than 40 wounded. Well over a thousand others have also lost their lives serving their country."
And officials add that although Iraqi forces have sustained casualties in many attacks, there's no shortage of volunteers.
Facts are included also on the growth of the Ministry of Interior's Iraqi police forces, which number more than 55,000.
Other year-in-review documents list and discuss coalition troop contributions – from the U.S.' 148,000 to Norway's 10. Besides the U.S. contingent, other countries supporting Multinational Force Iraq range from South Korea and Japan, to Latvia and Estonia, to Italy and the United Kingdom, to Georgia and Azerbaijan, to the Netherlands, to El Salvador.
Plus, there's information on operational feats by units such as the Royal Australian Air Force C-130 Hercules aircraft detachment, the Macedonian Special Forces and Ukraine's 2nd Brigade Combat Team.
Another point paper states that more than 1,100 reconstruction projects are under way, including 364 schools, 67 health clinics, 83 railroad stations and 93 water and sewage plants. Also, as of Dec. 29, 2004, some 108,000 local Iraqis have been hired to work on these projects.
The paper also outlines progress during the year in improving essential services – water, electricity and education, among others.
On a more somber note, there's a timeline of atrocities by insurgents, starting with two French nationals shot and killed in Fallujah on Jan. 6, 2004, and ending with 12 Iraqi police officers' death at a Dijila police station on Dec. 28. That fact sheet also lists March 2 as "worst day of violence" where "sophisticated and simultaneous attacks" killed up to 223 Iraqis, as well as the March 31 deaths of the four U.S. contractors whose bodies were burned, dragged and strung up.
On the Iraqi economy, a fact sheet points out that oil revenues totaled $18.1 billion in 2004 and that the Baghdad Stock Exchange opened for trading on June 24.
A final sheet lists the 47 countries with established embassies in Iraq and 28 Iraqi government ministries.

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Words of Wisdom

The problem with being right all the time is sometimes you're not.

-mt


no cinco de mayo

I'm looking at the schedule for the project I'm running and I just noticed that my second to last delivery is on 5/5-5/6. Thats right, I'll be in phoenix for cinco de mayo. But i should be home by saturday evening, and we usually dont start the heavy drinkin till then anyway. since we'll be leaving on a saturday maybe we can get an early flight out so i can be home by the afternoon. we usually dont leave till mid morning so as to not get stuck in the crazy ass traffic around phoenix, but that wont matter if its not a work day.


what we take for granted

Iraqis Hold Political Debate in Baqubah

By Jim GaramoneAmerican Forces Press Service

BAQUBAH, Iraq, Jan. 18, 2005 – It had none of the packaging that Americans have grown accustomed to in a presidential debate, but a debate here today for the upcoming election was fledgling democracy in action -- Iraqi style.
Diyala province Gov. Abdullah Rashid, leader of the Elite slate of candidates, met a representative of the Iraqi Communist/Marxist Party in a provincewide televised debate. It looked like something Americans would see on public access television.
The debate was held in a small studio about eight miles outside Baqubah, a town in the province about 30 miles north of Baghdad. The Iraqi army and troops from the U.S. 1st Infantry Division guarded the compound.
"It isn't so much what they are saying, it's the fact that it is happening at all," said a U.S. Embassy official who accompanied a group of reporters to Baqubah. There were elections under Saddam Hussein, but of course, there was only one slate of candidates.
The fact that the governor debated an opposing politician is new here. Opposing viewpoints are new. The idea that Iraqis have a choice is new.
And the idea that citizens have responsibility is new. At an earlier Peace Day ceremony here today to promote a nonviolent election, the governor – who once lived in Manchester, England – ripped into Iraqis who do not help the army or the police. "There were two men killed in broad daylight, in front of many witnesses," he said. "Why has no one come forward?"
The issues in the debate came down to security and jobs. Diyala province is home to between 1.2 million and 1.8 million people. Officials estimate that 55 percent of the people are Sunni Muslims and 45 percent are Shiia. Insurgents have made significant attacks in Baqubah, and earlier this month, U.S. commanders said Diyala province is one of the four Iraqi provinces not ready to hold the Jan. 30 election.
Both candidates said it has been tough, given the security problems, to campaign in Diyala. They said they have passed out fliers and pasted posters on walls. They have placed ads on television and on radio. But the kind of person- to-person campaigning that is the stock in trade of the West is out of the question. Large gatherings of people are simply targets for insurgents. Embassy officials said there is some person-to-person campaigning, but it is done mostly in private homes with small groups of people.
Improvised explosive devices and vehicle-borne IEDs remain significant threats in Diyala, said officials. In fact, while the debate was going on, two Iraqi police were killed and eight were wounded by an IED attack in Baqubah, Iraqi officials said.
Jobs are another priority for anyone taking office in Baqubah. Officials said between 23 percent and 50 percent of the young male population is not working. This makes this group prime fodder for insurgent groups who pay men to launch attacks, they said.
The debate touched on these issues and other purely local needs. Eventually, Iraqis may become more accustomed to these types of debates, but for now it was historic groundbreaking television in the heart of the oldest civilization on Earth.

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

you cant always get what you want

i'm thinking of going to hawaii for my 30th birthday. 30 is a big birthday, so i gotta do something big. i wanted to get married on a beach in hawaii by the time i turned 30, but thats obviously not gonna happen. but i still wanna visit hawaii sometime, so why not on my 30th bday. you're all invited. start saving if you're interested. i'm thinking my unbirthday, not my real birthday, so you've got a year and a half. be there or be square. maybe i'll fall in love there. i know someone else who that happened to. of course she was there for more than 2 weeks. yeah by the way, i'm thinking 2 weeks. or maybe just 10 days. leave home thurs, back home by sat. yeah that sounds good. we'll see, i've still got time to figure it out.


Monday, January 17, 2005

Iraqi blogger

found a great new Iraqi blogger, check him out

Words of Wisdom

Absinthe makes the heart grow fonder

-mt


its that time again

well i havent done it in a while and i dont have anything real to post right now, plus i think its kinda interesting, so here we go-
time to see what kind of searches are leading people to my site and where i rank:

#9 on a yahoo search for 'barbara bush's breasts pix'
man i hope they mean the younger barbara

#71 on a yahoo search for 'improvised munitions'
occasionally someone will do a search that seems kinda sketchy to me, this is one of them. it looks like someone from ny.

#2 on a yahoo search for 'bakini clad'
every month someone does a search for this phrase, and i'm so glad that i'm not the only one that cant spell that word. atleast i didnt spell it bakeeny

#18 on a google search for '"kiddie pool" wrestling pudding images'
i'm not sure what to say about this. i'm pretty sure i dont have any kiddie pool wrestling pudding images on rough edges, so to you sir i apologize.
by the way there were 309 results for this search

#1 on a google search for 'jammonit'
#1 baby. maybe i should copyright that word. probly already done. then jammonit.com would have to pay me big money

#3 on a yahoo search for 'how many edges around a us dime'
the answer is a lot. i actually tried to count but it hurt my eyes

#2 on a yahoo search for 'pictures of oil dericks'
and yet i have none. and apparently that last word should have 2 Rs in it.

#6 on a yahoo search for 'jessica simpson ketamine'
thats an interesting search. for those of you who dont know ketamine is a "rapid acting disassociative anesthetic similar to phencyclidine, better known as PCP". i had to go look myself where that came from cuz thats not a word i'm familiar with. apparently it was part of a post i had copy/pasted about a raid of a kidnappers home in Iraq where they had found ketamine which can be "used to subdue victims". now why would you look for jessica simpson and ketamine together? maybe i should warn her that someone is out to get her. even if theres not someone out to get her, can you imagine someone on pcp at a jessica simpson concert?

Trump Cruise

Do you like the show The Apprentice? Do you like really small bedrooms? Do you like seasickness and mystery illnesses? Then you'll love The Apprentice Cruise!

Sunday, January 16, 2005

models for hire

For all you artists looking for models or models looking to promote yourselves, check out the DFW art models site
this is where the models that bigray draws on wednesday nights come from


2005 Road Trip Schedule

Ok, heres my anticipated roadtrip schedule for 2005. As you may have read previously, one of my resolutions was to take more roadtrips. That may not have been the best plan since this will probably be my biggest, busiest year at work ever. seriously. this whole movin up and bein in charge of stuff and taking on more responsibilities does have its drawbacks. but i've gone ahead and planned a trip for almost every month anyway. so w/o further ado, heres my RockandRollRoadtrip Schedule 2005 V1.0:

Feb 18-21 - Colorado Bend S.P.

March - Seminole Canyon S.P.

April - Caprock Canyon S.P.

May - Guadalupe River S.P.

June - probably be too busy w/ work this month for trippin

July - McKinney Falls S.P.

Aug - Pedernales Falls S.P.

Sept - Austin City Limits Music Festival

Oct - Bocktoberfest and Halloween in Nola

Nov - Lost Maples S.N.A.


American Forces Press - Iraq Election Details

Jan. 30 Election a 'High Stakes' Event for Iraq
By Jim GaramoneAmerican Forces Press Service
BAGHDAD, Iraq, Jan. 12, 2005 -- Troops from Multinational Force Iraq are working to ensure every Iraqi who wants to vote has the chance to do so in the Jan. 30 election.
The election is "a high stakes" event for the Iraqi people and for the coalition, said a senior MNFI official. "This is the first democratic election since the state of Iraq was established in 1928," said the official. "I guess you could really say it's the first election in this part of Iraq in 5,000 years."
The Independent Election Commission of Iraq is running the election. The commission, set up under the Transitional Administration Law, has nine members.
Iraq has 13 million eligible voters, roughly half the population. They already are registered to vote through the identification process set up for distributing rations. The commission plans to set up 6,000 voting sites nationwide, each with up to five voting booths. Iraqis living in 14 other countries also may vote in the election.
Iraqis will be voting for members of the 275-seat National Assembly. That group will then choose a president, deputy presidents and prime minister. Then the assembly will become a constitutional convention and design a permanent government for the country.
At the end of December, 256 "entities," or parties, and 6,239 assembly candidates were registered for the election. The administrative law states that 25 percent of the assembly must be women.
The commission can call on MNFI for support. The official said any request from the commission must be in writing; it must be appropriate for the MNFI to provide the support; and it must be available. "The areas that we are primarily involved in are security, logistics and communications," the official said.
He said the MNFI has a good relationship with the commission and with the United Nations group that is helping the commission.
As the elections approach, more requests are coming from the commission, especially in the security area. While it is important that MNFI provide support to the commission, it is more important that the Iraqis run this election, the official said. Coalition forces are not, for example, involved in any voter-education effort, nor will coalition troops pass out literature on the elections. "It's best if that material is handed directly from Iraqi security forces or Iraqi people to Iraqis and not from MNFI," he said.
Security obviously is the greatest concern as the election approaches, and officials expect violence in the country to intensify. Members of the voting commission, for example, received eight threats in November, 54 in December, and, as of Jan. 10, already had received 25 credible threats this month.
The two most dangerous provinces now are Anbar and Ninewa. The commission is working with MNFI units to increase security in those provinces, but this will be tough, the official said, especially in Anbar, where Marines and soldiers recently ended a major offensive against insurgents in Fallujah.
Iraqi and coalition officials are adamant that the election must have an Iraqi face, which means Iraqis must provide the security. MNFI officials are planning a layered security system around the polling places. Iraqi police, and Iraqi army and National Guard personnel will provide immediate security around polling places. The next layer of security will be in surrounding neighborhoods, where people and vehicles will be screened. Beyond that, other checkpoints will set up. "MNFI may be involved in the outer cordon and as a quick-reaction force," the official said.
The commission has asked that coalition forces play a greater role in Ninewa and Anbar provinces.
Iraqi officials are looking at a number of emergency provisions to help the election be successful. These include declaring a three-day public holiday centered around the elections, closing schools from Jan. 17 to Feb. 1, restricting vehicle movement around polling centers due to the threat from vehicle-borne bombs, limiting pedestrians in polling areas, and so on. Some of these provisions already have been agreed to; others are under discussion.
After the election, the votes will be counted and the National Assembly will convene at the end of February.

New Navy TDS

Navy Christens Amphibious Transport Dock Ship
The Navy will christen the newest San Antonio class amphibious ship Mesa Verde Saturday, Jan. 15, 2005, during a 10 a.m. CST ceremony at Northrop Grumman Ship Systems – Ingalls Operations in Pascagoula, Miss.
As the first U.S. Navy ship to be named “Mesa Verde,” she will honor the Mesa Verde National Park in southwestern Colorado. In 1906, Congress established Mesa Verde as the first cultural park in the National Park Systems.
Dionel M. Aviles, undersecretary of the Navy, will deliver the ceremony’s principal address. Linda Price Campbell, wife of former Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell of Colorado, is serving as the ship’s sponsor. In a time-honored Navy tradition, Campbell will break a bottle of champagne across the ship’s bow to formally christen the ship “Mesa Verde.” Peter Pino, a representative from the Mesa Verde Indian Council, will add a Native American blessing to the ceremony.
Mesa Verde is the third ship in the Navy’s new San Antonio Class. As a critical element in future expeditionary strike groups, the ship will support the Marine Corps "mobility triad," which consists of the landing craft air cushion vehicle (LCAC), the Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle (EFV) and the Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft (MV-22). The ship will provide improved warfighting capabilities including an advanced command-and-control suite, increased lift-capability in vehicle and cargo-carrying capability and advance ship-survivability features.
Cmdr. Shawn W. Lobree of Miami, Fla., will command the Mesa Verde and her crew of 360 officers and enlisted sailors. Mesa Verde is 684 feet in length, has an overall beam of 105 feet, a navigational draft of 23 feet, displaces approximately 24,900 tons and is capable of embarking a landing force of approximately 800 Marines. Four turbo-charged diesel engines power the ship to sustained speeds of 22 knots.

American Forces Press - Reconstruction

Reconstruction in Iraq Moving Forward at Steady Clip
By Donna MilesAmerican Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Jan. 12, 2005 -- Security and reconstruction go hand in hand and are equally critical to Iraq's future, the commander of the Army Corps of Engineers Gulf Region Division told reporters in Baghdad, Iraq, today.
"You need a secure environment to do reconstruction," said Army Brig. Gen. Thomas Bostick. "But you also need reconstruction to have a secure environment."
Multinational Force Iraq, the U.S. government and the interim Iraqi government are working together to ensure success on both fronts.
While progress continues in training Iraq's security forces, 1,550 construction projects are under way throughout the country -- compared to just 200 projects under way in June. "It's an enormous achievement, and it's the work of many, many people throughout this country," Bostick said.
These reconstruction projects include large, long-term capital projects that address water and sewage treatment facilities, power plants and the oil- distribution infrastructure. They also include smaller community projects that are more visible to the Iraqi people and have an immediate impact on their lives, he said. The focus of these projects is schools, clinics, hospitals, rail stations and police stations, many being rebuilt with funds from Commander's Emergency Response Program funds.
Bostick said both large-scale and smaller reconstruction projects are critical to what he calls "the reconstruction fight." It's a fight in which he said "winning, for us, is delivering on projects each and every day, now and into the future."
Ensuring that delivery "is truly a team effort" that includes not only the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Project and Contracting Office, and the Iraq Reconstruction Management Office, but also the U.S. Agency for International Development and nongovernmental organizations, he said.
Other key players are the U.S. military, which serves an active role in many of the smaller-scale reconstruction efforts and funds many of them directly through commanders' emergency-relief funds, and the Iraqi people themselves, Bostick said.
Bostick credited the Iraqi people with being "the ones on the front line" of the reconstruction, often in the face of violence, threats and intimidation. "It is Iraqis who are out on the ground, working in harm's way often, to make this a better country and a better life for their children and future generations," he said.
He estimated that some 130,000 Iraqis are working on the wide range of projects under way throughout the country. The true number is actually larger, he said, when factoring in the behind-the-scenes workers who manufacture the products used on the construction sites.
Driving their participation is far more than dollars, Bostick said. "It's not about the money at all," he said. "It's about freedom and democracy … and because they want to help this country move forward."
One of the biggest focuses of the reconstruction is electricity, a major sticking point among Iraqis. Bostick blamed shortages on "years of neglect" and "a band-aid approach" to maintenance under the Saddam Hussein regime and said the reconstruction effort has already boosted output by about 2,000 megawatts a day.
However, he acknowledged, the typical Iraqi citizen doesn't recognize this increase because much of the new capacity is cut during both scheduled and unscheduled maintenance. Bostick said short-term inconveniences while this maintenance takes place will pay off in the long term, when Iraq has a steady, dependable power supply.
The Iraq reconstruction effort -- from restoring electricity to rebuilding schools to repairing the oil-delivery system -- bodes for a better future for Iraq, he said.
"This is about the future of Iraq," Bostick said. "It's about the men and women of today and the children of tomorrow and making sure that they have the conditions (for) the freedom and the democracy that all of them want."
That future "is bright," he said, "because we are doing the right thing."

freedom slowly spreading

check out this article from the khaleej times that talks about women in Pakistan throwing off their burqas.

"When the regime was toppled in late 2001 it was partly billed as a victory for Afghan women, who could finally cast off the restrictive garments and show their faces to the world.
Now with the spread of education and exposure to the media, observers have also detected a sharp decline in the numbers of Pakistanis choosing to wear it in the last few years."

liberal bashing

check out this article from yahoo news by everybody's favorite liberal basher ann coulter


Saturday, January 15, 2005

Words of Wisdom

Somethin i heard while surfin around waiting for the game to begin:

"People that live in the past
are mostly
dead"

Arthur Fonzarelli


Wednesday, January 12, 2005

more Iraq updates from a couple days ago

During military operations today, multinational forces found nine weapons caches and destroyed 12 improvised explosive devices.
It was also reported that some 32 suspected insurgents were detained during searches and raids in the Anbar province and near Baghdad.
Marines with the 1st Marine Division detained 15 suspected insurgents and seized weapons during cordon-and-search operations in the Anbar province.
Among the weapons and munitions were rocket-propelled grenades, small arms, rockets, mortars, and bomb-making material.
Near Baghdad, multinational forces detained 10 insurgents and a large cache of bomb-making materials.
Elsewhere, Iraqi security forces discovered a weapons cache in central Fallujah. And in North Babil, multinational forces acting on information received from a weapons dealer already in custody captured two additional weapons dealers and their caches.
In other news, multinational forces clearing routes near Baqubah discovered a car bomb on the side of the road. The vehicle was secured, and an explosive ordnance disposal team conducted a controlled detonation of the vehicle without incident.
Multinational forces near Abu Ghraib prison observed two individuals digging a hole and placing a suspected IED in the hole then covering it up.
In Musayyib, a local citizen reported seeing three armed insurgents placing an IED at his door the night before. The man disarmed the IED and turned it over to multinational forces.
In a gesture of goodwill, the 1st Marine Expeditionary Unit presented two ambulances to the city of Nukhayb in the western part of Anbar province.
Military officials said the ambulances will enhance existing medical care facilities and provide emergency medical service to the citizens there.

more weapons than you can imagine

heres an article from armed forces press to give you an idea of just whats going on how many weapons caches and ieds are being found daily. i get mail every day that looks like this. theres just so many weapons in Iraq and we are being attacked so often that we actually have a pretty good ratio of being attacked to being hurt.

A Task Force Baghdad soldier was killed today after being struck by an improvised explosive device in the Iraqi capital. The name of the soldier, killed while on patrol, is being withheld until the family is notified.
Also today, 1st Infantry Division soldiers found a body at the site where an abducted Iraqi police officer killed one of his kidnappers and wounded another. Officials said four armed individuals had taken the abducted officer to a location near Kirkuk to be executed; instead, he fired on them.
Three of the kidnappers were later arrested when the two uninjured kidnappers took the injured one to the Azadi hospital for treatment. The abducted police officer, also wounded in the attack, also received treatment.
Near Ad Duluiyah, two Iraqis died and one was injured today after they failed to stop their vehicle at a traffic control point today. Officials said 1st Infantry Division soldiers engaged the vehicle, which swerved off the road and hit a telephone pole.
Officials also confirmed that a Riyadh City Council member was kidnapped Jan. 8 near the city. Soldiers from the 1st Infantry Division reported that three individuals abducted the council member and a passenger riding with him. The kidnappers placed the two victims in the trunk of their car and fled the scene.
Near Samarra, troops from the 1st Infantry Division discovered the bodies of three males, one with identification belonging to an Iraqi police officer, Jan. 8. The other two victims had no identification on them. Officials said all three victims were blindfolded, with their hands bound behind them, and sustained several gunshot wounds to the face.
Meanwhile, officials said Multinational Force troops reported continued success in uncovering weapons caches and detaining suspects throughout Iraq.
Today, troops from 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade Combat Team), and the Iraqi National Guard foiled a car bomb attempt in Mosul and found a large cache of weapons and munitions. Officials said the troops received a tip from an Iraqi citizen and conducted a cordon and search when they found a truck wired with explosives. They disarmed the vehicle and secured a weapons cache found in the immediate area.
The 106th Iraqi National Guard found another large cache of weapons and munitions today in Al Monsour Mosque in western Mosul. Officials said the Iraqi troops conducted a cordon and search after being tipped off about the cache inside the mosque.
Marines from the 1st Marine Division detained eight suspected insurgents and seized several weapons caches today during operations through Anbar province.
Iraqi security forces supported by U.S. Marines from the 1st Marine Division seized a weapons cache in southern Fallujah today.
Task Force Baghdad soldiers found a roadside bomb and a large cache of mortars in western Baghdad Jan. 8, officials said. The soldiers called explosive ordnance disposal team to the sites to disable the bomb and destroy the cache. No damages or injuries were reported in either incident.
On Jan. 8, officials reported that troops discovered and cleared 10 improved explosive devices and 12 weapons caches, conducted 10 cordon and searches of anti-Iraqi force facilities and detained 59 suspected insurgents.
Soldiers from 1st Infantry Division detained eight suspects at the site where they were attacked by an improvised explosive device near Tikrit Jan. 8 and another four suspects during a raid today near Bayji. Also today, soldiers with Task Force 82 detained 11 anti-Iraq forces during a cordon and search, Operation Lanthonid, near Baqubah.
Also on Jan. 8, the Marines, in support of Iraqi security forces, discovered another weapons cache in northeastern Fallujah.
Troops from the Stryker team detained nine people wanted for anti-Iraqi activity and collected a variety of weapons and intelligence items during operations Jan. 8 in northern Iraq. An Iraqi citizen provided information leading to the capture of six of the insurgents, officials said.
The Stryker team also killed one an injured another insurgent following an attack on their convoy Jan. 8. The soldiers were hit by a roadside bomb while convoying in northern Mosul and received fire from nearby insurgents following the blast. Officials said the soldiers quickly maneuvered and engaged the insurgents, killing one and injuring another.
(Based on Multinational Force Iraq news releases.)

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

pointless

here are a few of the things that i'm looking forward to this year, in no particular order:
new deftones album, and the concert which must follow

new star wars movie

austin city limits, 3 day music fest

bocktoberfest

halloween in Nola

moving into a new apt

going to canada on the company's dime

the steelers winning the superbowl

new episodes of family guy



nothin

alright, were 10 days into the new year and i pretty much havent done any of my resolutions. sink, still full of dishes; bike, still not bought; exercise, still no time; love, HAH!; so the least i can do is throw some posts out every now and then. heres one inspired by my sister. for all those that cant wait to go camping but arent real big fans of the cold, or you are just wimps and dont like camping, here are some sites for cabining. cuz its not camping if you're in a cabin.
the official texas state parks site:
http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/facilities/indoor.htm
this one lets you reserve online:
http://www.reserveamerica.com/
all about cabining:
http://www.touringtexas.com/cabins/index2.htm

i need to start planning my trips out for this year. stay tuned for that.
unfortunately i'll be traveling for work a lot this year, so i'll have to work around that. as long as i keep to my resolution to get my debt paid off soon i'll be done with that whole work thing and i can go camping for a living. thats the plan atleast.





Thursday, January 06, 2005

argh

man today was one of those days where it just seemed like everything was falling apart. vendors email to say they'll be late, the tools arent working, and models wont load. i did finally get the tools to partially work, i'll have to battle with them some more, and i did get the models to load, tho they're not perfect. now i just have to explain to customers that our vendor will be late. but i'm not the main man, so i'll probably try to push that off on the program manager.
long fn day, glad its over.
sure could use somebody to love.

Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Are you !@#$%* jokin me?

Peanut butter eaters in elementary school told to get out

better take it suckas

check out this article from boston.com
the american military in afghanistan is renewing the push to get the lower ranking taliban freaks to just give up and rejoin society.

The elections ''were a signal to these folks that 'I either get in on this game or I'm going to live in the hills for the rest of my life,' " said Colonel David Lamm, chief of staff for US military operations in Afghanistan.
I suppose some of them like living in the mountains

Lamm said he expected most of the Taliban's rank and file, whom he estimated to number a few thousand, to take up the amnesty offer by summer. Low- and mid-level fighters had begun approaching provincial leaders about turning themselves in, he said.
Good thinkin fellas

omen

on new years eve my odometer hit 66600 miles. cue evil music.
yesterday i hit 66666.
i finally got my recall notice for my truck in the mail today. now i just gotta figure out when i'm gonna take it in. probably next week sometime.

well duuuh

Al Jazeera supports terrorism? no shit

Sunday, January 02, 2005

resolutions

well theres plenty of ways i can improve myself and my life, so here goes my 2005 resolution list v1.0
get a bike and start riding again.
start working out again.
wash the dishes that have been in my sink for months. atleast the bottom layer.
take more roadtrips. its a big ol' world out there.
draw/paint more. maybe even something besides naked chicks.
blog more. i know, what would the blogospher be w/o me?
work that debt down. i know its unamerican, but as long as i have debt i cant quit my office job to follow my dream as an adventure tour guide.
find a nice girl. they cant all be evil can they?

thats a pretty easy list right?

Saturday, January 01, 2005

lovin it

man this is how i want to start the new year, with the weather in the 70s. this is awesome, i hope it stays this warm and only gets warmer. its supposed to do just that too, it should be almost 80 by next weekend. woohoo!

happy new year

well i made it thru another new years eve, just so you all know.
me and bigray and soda went down to the gypsy tea room to see the burden brothers. i know i said a couple months ago i wouldnt cuz their album was kinda depressing, but it was a good show, and they were the only band i knew that was playing. it was a real good show, i got some pix w/ my phone and i'll post em when i finally get something to download the pix straight to my computer. there were 3 opening bands, so we definately got our money's worth. they were ok, nothin awesome but nothin terrible either. burden brothers played for a good 90 mins atleast, they went on shortly after midnight then played till 2. i ran into an old buddy, joe, from my old job and got to meet his new wife. it was good to see him, i always liked him cuz hes pretty funny and weird. (like me) we had to wait on bigray cuz he was mackin on some chick. go ray. so we finally left downtown around 230, and because we were all hungry we decided to stop and get some fast food. of course everyone else in the world had that same idea. so we took the circuitous way home so we could look for some fast food. after driving by atleast 5 different places that had a line all the way around the building, we finally hit a toxic hell that had only one other car there. it wasnt the jack in the crack we were hoping for, but anything would do at 3 in the morn. so i dropped off soda and bigray and finally got home a little before 4. after scarfin some tacos i dragged myself to bed to the sound of my battered eardrums ringing in the new year.
so even tho there was no teargas or icestorms it was a good new years eve.
may 2005 be even better then 2004 and bring health and happiness to all.