Saturday, July 02, 2005

The Final Toll

SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team ONE, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii

Senior Chief Petty Officer Daniel R. Healy
36, of Exeter, N.H.

Petty Officer 2nd Class James Suh
28, of Deerfield Beach, Fla.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Eric S. Patton
22, of Boulder City, Nev.

SEAL Team TEN, Little Creek, VA

Lt. Cmdr. Erik S. Kristensen
33, of San Diego, Calif.

Lt. Michael M. McGreevy, Jr.
30, of Portville, N.Y.

Chief Petty Officer Jacques J. Fontan
36, of New Orleans, La.

Petty Officer 1st Class Jeffery A. Lucas
33, of Corbett, Ore.

Petty Officer 1st Class Jeffrey S. Taylor
30, of Midway, W.Va.

160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, Hunter Army Airfield, GA

Maj. Stephen C. Reich
34, of Washington Depot, Conn

Chief Warrant Officer Chris J. Scherkenbach
40, of Jacksonville, Fla.

Chief Warrant Officer Corey J. Goodnature
35, of Clarks Grove, Minn.

MSgt James W. Ponder III
36, of Franklin, Tenn.

Sgt. 1st Class Marcus V. Muralles
33, of Shelbyville, Ind.

Sgt. 1st Class Michael L. Russell
31, of Stafford, Va.

SSgt. Shamus O. Goare
29, of Danville, Ohio

Sgt. Kip A. Jacoby
21, of Pompano Beach, Fla.

The foregoing is courtesy of Froggy Ruminations.

A final remembrance:

It is the soldier, not the reporter,
Who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the soldier, not the poet,
Who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the soldier, not the campus organizer,
Who has given us the freedom to demonstrate.
It is the soldier,
Who salutes the flag,
Who serves beneath the flag,
And whose coffin is draped by the flag,
Who allows the protester to burn the flag.

Father Denis Edward O’Brien USM,
or Aaron Wall, Charles M. Province

Foundations of Help, Foundations of Hope

Many have decried the fact that Pres. Bush has not asked Americans to sacrifice, as was done in WWII. One major reason he hasn't done so is we don't need to sacrifice. We don't need to sacrifice anything. We are not a poor nation short on natural resources, knowledge, and ability. We are a rich nation in every regard; our cup runneth over.

But still, amongst all this abundance, we don't know how to help. The lost warriors in the previous post have left behind wives and children. We can help them and all the families of the fallen and wounded, if we want to.

The Special Operations Warrior Foundation (SOWF) provides college scholarship grants, based on need, along with financial aid and educational counseling to the children of Special Operations personnel who were killed in an operational mission or training accident.

Naval Special Warfare Foundation ( SWCC) mission statement reads, in part, " guarantee the firm financial footing necessary to insure educational and motivational support, promote health and welfare programs for the Naval Special Warfare Community...supporting goals and objectives considered essential to support a community of dedicated personnel ... of U.S. Navy SEAL and Special Boat Teams. The active-duty component of this community is comprised of less than 5,000 Navy SEAL or Special Warfare Combatant Craft (SWCC) operators."

Far more foundations and organizations exist than can be listed here. If you know of a project, please support it and tell your friends and family, too. If this doesn't seem to be sacrifice, then let us bring new meaning to the word. Sacrifice shouldn't hurt, it should help. Sacrifice shouldn't be chore, it should be easy. Sacrifice shouldn't be something we do once, it should be an everyday occurrence.

Make a difference. Make a contribution. Make a sacrifice.

The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.

Friday, July 01, 2005

Heroes All

The following names have been released by the Pentagon and the families.

Senior Chief Petty Officer Dan Healy, 36, Navy SEAL.
Four children — two who live in San Diego and two who live in Honolulu. Other survivors include two sisters, Jennifer, 36, of San Diego, and Shannon, 22, of Exeter, and his mother.

Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Jeff Taylor, 30, Navy SEAL, quick response team medic.
Little Creek, Va. Taylor is survived by his wife, Erin. They have no children.

Jeffrey Alan Lucas, 33, Navy SEAL.
Corbett , OR. Lucas had a 12 year long marriage with Rhonda; they have a 4-year-old son, Seth.

Army Maj. Steve Reich, 34, 160th Special Operations Aviation
regiment, company commander and pilot.
Washington, Conn. Newlywed, having married his wife, Jill, in March.

Army Sgt. 1st Class James W. "Tre" Ponder III
Clarksville, Tenn. Deployed for only three weeks.
He had a wife, Leslie, and two daughters.

Lt. Michael McGreevy, 30, Navy SEAL.
Portville, N.Y. McGreevy and his wife, Laura, have a 1-year-old daughter.

Army Master Sgt. Michael Russell, 31, a flight engineer.
Fredericksburg, Va. Sixth tour in Afghanistan since the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
He is survived by his wife, Annette, and two daughters.

A Pentagon spokesman said that seven soldiers recovered in this week's crash were from the 3rd Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne), Hunter Army Airfield, Ga.; one from the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne), Fort Campbell, Ky.; and eight Navy SEALs assigned to units in Norfolk, Va, San Diego, CA, and Honolulu, HA.

The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.

16 Men - The Last Full Measure

Sixteen Special Forces Operators are making their final journey home today.

The 160th SOAR (A) "Night Stalkers" --Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) lost 8 members and the SEALs lost a squad of 8. They were killed in Afghanistan Tuesday this week when their MH-47 helo was hit by an RPG.

These brave men were on a mission to rescue comrades who have not been heard from since Tuesday. It is probable they are the other half of the SEAL platoon that came to the rescue. Potentially, an entire platoon has been lost. The search for the original squad is continuing today.

The Night Stalkers are the most skilled helo operators in the world and specialize in night operations. The unit was formed shortly after the Desert One, Iran mission failure. Members of the various Special Operations Forces are the best we have - as warriors and as men. This week's loss is a major emotional blow to the professional family of warriors and a devastating blow to the private families of the men lost, but one from which the best will rise and drive on.

Navy SEALs (Sea, Air, Land) are among the best and most rigorously trained units in the US arsenal. The training washout rate is extremely high; only the cream of the best of the best are accepted. The force was formed in 1943 from volunteers of the SeaBees (Naval Construction battalions). They were formed into small, special units known as Navy Combat Demolition Units (NCDUs).

The number of Special Forces members is very low. There activities are secret and do not make headlines until something goes horribly wrong. This tightly knit group has lost family this week. America has lost more than we will or can ever know.

This Independence Day, let us all remember the brave men and women of our Armed Forces that allow our BBQ at the beach, in the mountains, or in the backyard with friends and family possible. The beautiful fireworks we will see are representations of the hostile and deadly fire these brave souls face on our behalf.

To America's warriors - thank you all for your service.

The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

The Hokey-Pokey of War

George produced a fine speech last night laying out the reasons for remaining in Iraq for the foreseeable future. It was not a rabble-rousing speech and neither was it intended to be. The President was trying to bolster what is perceived as flagging support for the long, arduous task before us.

After 27 months of war, the resolve of this nation is beginning to falter, as the resolve of any nation would begin to falter. The War on Poverty faltered. The War on Drugs has faltered. The War on ________(fill in the blank) will falter.

Like anyone, I would like this war to end. Peace has it's place. Someday we will get there. But, so long as a hostile host is bent on the complete and utter destruction of Western Civilization, we will be at war. So long as a terrorist can frighten and hold hostage entire nations, we will be at war. So long as there are little children in need of a safe and viable future, we will be at war. And America will be there every hard-slogging step of the way.

When the Iraqis stand up, the Americans will stand down. When the Iraqis put their left foot in, the Americans will put their left foot out. Perhaps the Hokey-Pokey is what it's all about.

The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Project Heidi: Hitler's Real Secret Weapon

Oh, sure President Bush delivered a speech tonight on the course of the War in Iraq and the War on Terrorism. But everybody's talking about that as if it's real news. Just because he's the President and he's talking about serious stuff then it must be important. Will anyone be talking about the speech 64 years from now?

Well, okay. Probably. But here is something now from 64 years ago. It also has the unquestionable benefit of being as important as I say it is.

Berlin, 1941

In a classified project marked "TOP SECRET", Dr. Olen Hannussen of Denmark was ordered by der Fuehrer, Adolf Hitler, to develop an inflatable sex doll. In charge of the sex doll project was S.S. Commander Heinrich Himmler.

The doll was to attend to the needs of German soldiers according to the project documents. The project was revealed in a Norwegian newspaper and was reported last Monday in the Italian daily, Corriere della Sera. The soldiers were to "inflate the doll when feeling the urge, and it would meet their sexual needs."

German fighting men, it was feared, would otherwise go to brothels and contract sexually communicable diseases. Or worse, have sexual relations with a non-Aryan woman thus polluting the Master Race. A psychiatrist, Dr. Rudolf Chargeheimer, appointed by Himmler to aid in prototype development, wrote, "the purpose and the goal of the dolls is to relieve our soldiers. They have to fight and not mingle with 'foreign women'."

Hitler himself is said to have furnished the doll's design measurements: "She should be a natural size with a pretty woman's appearance with white skin, blonde hair, blue eyes, 1.76 meters (5 feet, 9 inches) tall, with large lips and breasts." Not stated, but presumably her weight was to be 'light'.

"However, no real men will prefer a doll to a real woman," Chargeheimer wrote, "until our technicians meet the following quality standards: The synthetic flesh has to feel the same, like real flesh. The doll's body should be as agile and movable as the real body. The doll's organ should feel absolutely realistic."

Alas, the project never reached the production stage reports Ynet news of Israel. The manufacturing plant for the doll was located in Dresden, which was pounded and burned into rubble by British and American bombing. Hitler never lived to see his perfect woman in action.

The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.

Monday, June 27, 2005

My 1st Death Threat - WOOHOO!

I have received my first death threat or at least great bodily injury threat. It happened Saturday June 25 at Zeyads Healing Iraq. (My comments are in italics.)

"Yesterday in Milan, Italy, Italian judges issued an arrest warrant for 13 (thirteen) American international terrorists.These 13 common US criminals from the good old CIA, among them a diplomatic representative, had kidnapped in Milan in February 2003 an Egyptian imam, bringing him to Egypt, where he was rather horribly tortured with electrical shocks, cold water, beatings, noise, etc. etc.

With the arrogance that such animals show when operating in a country they think they have managed to colonise, they left enough cell-phone traces to enable the Italian investigators to find out their identities.

Now the 13 US terrorists are on the run from Italian justice, and unfortunately the Italian Republic, being respectful of international law, won't send snatch squads to apprehend them.If ever caught on our national territory, these American terrorists would be kept on remand two years, up to the trial.

I hear that unfortunately the zoo of Milan was closed down some years ago, so the cages for apes and monkeys are no longer available to host your 13 CIA operatives.

So they would be put in the 'protected' wing of the jail for humans, together with the paedophiles (a fitting company for such vermin), in order to prevent the Ordinary Decent Criminals from giving them some punishment; but I'm sure that the cops and the prison guards will vent on them their anger for the US murder of Nicola Calipari, anyway.

It seems that in this way Italy has now joined the War on (American) Terrorism... "
An Italian. 06.25.05 - 11:58 am

An Italian, ciao,

The office of the Milan prosecutor did not name the suspects, specify their nationalities, nor mention the CIA by name. An un-named Italian official familiar with the prosecutors case did confirm the newspapers accounts.

Manlio Claudio Minale, the Milan prosector, did call the disapperance a kidnapping and "a blow to to an on going terrorism investigation in Italy." He continued by saying that Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr, known as Abu Omar, was "believed to belong to an Islamic terrorist group."

The prosecutors office said that Egypt had released Nasr after the interrogations but was re-arrested later. Minale said another judge is seeking the extradition of Nasr on a separate warrant. Judge Guido Salvini writes in that warrant that the seizure of Nasr violated Italy's sovereignty, according to Apcom, an Italian news agency.

Citing intelligence source, La Repubblica reports, before the disappearance, Italian prosecutors were seeking evidence of Nasr's terrorist activities in Ahghanistan and Bosnia.

It appears the Italian authorities are more sore that an on going investigation into terrorist activities was screwed up than any allegations of torture upon a suspected terrorist in their midst. This is a rare objection to a common practice that even Italy has used.

The newspapers, Il Giorno and Corriere della Sera seem more interested in mollifying the growing Muslim population in Milan that has already demanded the Milan Cathedral be handed over to be converted to a mosque. The neighborhood surrounding the Cathedral is now predominantly Muslim.
Indigo Red 06.25.05 - 7:21 pm

Now the death threat ---

"@Indigo Red, 06.25.05 - 7:21 pm.

You subhuman Ahmehwican thing, cowardly 'Indigo Red', be quite sure that if we ever get you in here (Northern Italy), you'll end up as 'Crimson Red', for sure.

You are just a blathering, cowardly beast, an evil American internatioal terrorist.

Tell us, American beast, about the many instances of torture presented by the Italian State ("a common practice that even Italy has used").

And, filthy and truly foul cowardly animal, what you added is even more ludicrous ("the growing Muslim population in Milan has already demanded the Milan Cathedral be handed over to be converted to a mosque"). It is just a lie: no Muslim did that.

I'm not a Muslim, but a Catholic; and this I promise to you, God willing: that if I ever get you, you'll end up as 'Crimson Red'.
An Italian. 06.26.05 - 12:24 am"

I took up HER challenge and listed dozens of examples of Italian torture cases over at Healing Iraq. SHE is not Catholic, but Muslim. I've never heard Catholics say, "God willing." That's a Muslim idiom. Why is it that the liberals (or equivalents) from all over the planet will throw around threats of violence and, yet, claim they are peace loving while those providing facts and reason are maniacal, bloodlusting killers? These people have serious reality separation issues.

The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.