"IP727" at PatDollard.com really sums it up in just 5 hilarious lines:
THERE ONCE WAS A QUISLING NAMED McCLELLAN,
MANY BOOKS HE HOPES TO BE SELLIN,
TO THE TRUTH HE IS A STRANGER,
THIS THUMB SUCKING RUMP RANGER,
A WARM SPOT IN HELL MAY HE BE DWELLIN
Friday, May 30, 2008
Monday, May 26, 2008
On Memorial Day we of course remember and honor all of the men and women who have sacrificed (and continue to do so) for our freedoms in this wonderful country. But I was especially moved by what I read and watched about this young, VERY young hero, Sgt. Merlin German. So many little details that jumped out, ohhhh, boy. And starting a charity for burned kids while you're recovering from horrific burns yourself? Unbelievable.
Here is one story of this beautiful American:
BAMC's 'Miracle Man' didn't let injuries hurt his spirit
Web Posted: 04/16/2008 12:23 AM CDT
To the doctors, staff and patients, he was a walking beacon of hope, having survived burns to 97 percent of his body from a roadside blast in Iraq.
Though he died unexpectedly after a surgery last week, the indomitable spirit of Sgt. Merlin German lives on at Brooke Army Medical Center, friends and family members said during a touching tribute to the Marine called the "Miracle Man."
In his three years at BAMC — first a record 17 months in inpatient care, then more than a year in outpatient therapy — German was a living legend whose inspiring determination drew the interest of President Bush, actor Chuck Norris and other VIPs he met. Everything about him, from sarcastic one-liners to his color-coordinated medical garments, will be missed at BAMC, which has treated more than 3,700 troops wounded in the Middle East.
"There is no way to adequately describe what Merlin did for us," said Lt. Col. Evan Renz, director of the Army Burn Center at BAMC.
German, who was living in Windcrest, died Friday night after routine surgery Thursday to place skin on his lip, BAMC officials said. Results of an autopsy are pending.
The youngest of eight children growing up in New York, Merlin and his brothers weren't allowed to play with toy guns, his brother Ariel German said. By age 11, he had decided he'd become a Marine so he could shoot a real gun.
He turned out to be an outstanding gunner in the Marines, with a knack for spotting hidden explosives in Iraq. On Feb. 21, 2005, on a reconnaissance mission, his Humvee was hit by an explosive near Ramadi.
German survived a 13-hour flight from Germany but was only given a 3 percent chance of survival. All but the top of his head and soles of his feet had been burned. But after 11 months in intensive care, he'd visit new burn patients, encouraging them to keep heart.
Tuesday's ceremony paid tribute to the 22-year-old who seemed a study in contradiction — a tough Marine whose tenderness showed in the affections he showered on his mother. He loved loud hip-hop music but prayed three or four times daily.
"Love is the only word strong and powerful enough to describe how we all felt about Merlin," said Brig. Gen. James K. Gilman, BAMC commander.
Gilman said he'll miss seeing German and gently bumping his fist against the nubs of what had once been German's fingers, after asking him, "Hey man, how ya doing?" But he said German left behind words for BAMC's staff and patients to live by when times get rough.
"If Merlin were here today, there is no doubt in my mind what he would say: 'Fight through, stay strong and overcome because we are warriors,'" Gilman said.
At the burn center, German was part of a trio of burn patients who would mentor the newly wounded, said Staff Sgt. Christopher Edwards, who had burns to 79 percent of his body from a bomb blast in Iraq in 2005.
"If I couldn't make an impression on them, I'd use Merlin as the example," Edwards said.
German wanted no sympathy, and had a biting sense of humor, in spite of a wispy voice from his damaged throat and lungs.
"Chris, I know you've got money. Let me teach you how to dress," he'd tell Edwards.
His gentle side came through in his dream of forming a foundation, called Merlin's Miracles, to help burned children. In lieu of flowers, his family asked that donations be sent to a mailing address posted on the foundation's Web site, merlinsmiracles.com. A funeral is planned next week in Florida.
Edwards said German's death is a loss for everyone at BAMC.
"I really don't think it's set in yet," he said.
Near the end of the ceremony, Lt. Col. Grant Olbrich, officer in charge of BAMC's Marine patient affairs team, described an image of German, now free of pain and the scars of war, guarding the streets of heaven.
"And he's beautiful, and he's laughing," Olbrich said.
Online at: http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/metro/stories/MYSA041608.01A.Marine.3832796.html
Some other good stories about Sgt. German at his charity's website, Merlin's Miracles, here. (And a great cause for a spring contribution, BTW).
And if you can take blubbering like a baby today, here is the video of his funeral.
Rest in peace, Sgt. German, we will not forget you and your example.
Posted by Jewish Odysseus at 6:07 AM
Sunday, May 11, 2008
No, we are NOT like these people--in a normal, healthy society, people like this bloodthirsty daddy and his deranged butcher-sons would either be taken out and shot like rats at the dump, or locked up in an asylum for the criminally insane for the rest of their worthless lives:
'My daughter deserved to die for falling in love'
Afif Sarhan in Basra and Caroline Davies The Observer, Sunday May 11 2008
For Abdel-Qader Ali there is only one regret: that he did not kill his daughter at birth. 'If I had realised then what she would become, I would have killed her the instant her mother delivered her,' he said with no trace of remorse.
Two weeks after The Observer revealed the shocking story of Rand Abdel-Qader, 17, murdered because of her infatuation with a British solider in Basra, southern Iraq, her father is defiant. Sitting in the front garden of his well-kept home in the city's Al-Fursi district, he remains a free man, despite having stamped on, suffocated and then stabbed his student daughter to death.
Abdel-Qader, 46, a government employee, was initially arrested but released after two hours. Astonishingly, he said, police congratulated him on what he had done. 'They are men and know what honour is,' he said.
Rand, who was studying English at Basra University, was deemed to have brought shame on her family after becoming infatuated with a British soldier, 22, known only as Paul.
She died a virgin, according to her closest friend Zeinab. Indeed, her 'relationship' with Paul, which began when she worked as a volunteer helping displaced families and he was distributing water, appears to have consisted of snatched conversations over less than four months. But the young, impressionable Rand fell in love with him, confiding her feelings and daydreams to Zeinab, 19.
It was her first youthful infatuation and it would be her last. She died on 16 March after her father discovered she had been seen in public talking to Paul, considered to be the enemy, the invader and a Christian. Though her horrified mother, Leila Hussein, called Rand's two brothers, Hassan, 23, and Haydar, 21, to restrain Abdel-Qader as he choked her with his foot on her throat, they joined in. Her shrouded corpse was then tossed into a makeshift grave without ceremony as her uncles spat on it in disgust.
'Death was the least she deserved,' said Abdel-Qader. 'I don't regret it. I had the support of all my friends who are fathers, like me, and know what she did was unacceptable to any Muslim that honours his religion,' he said.
Sitting on a chair by his front door and surrounded by the gerberas and white daisies he had planted in the family garden, Abel-Qader attempted to justify his actions.
'I don't have a daughter now, and I prefer to say that I never had one. That girl humiliated me in front of my family and friends. Speaking with a foreign solider, she lost what is the most precious thing for any woman. 'People from western countries might be shocked, but our girls are not like their daughters that can sleep with any man they want and sometimes even get pregnant without marrying. Our girls should respect their religion, their family and their bodies.
'I have only two boys from now on. That girl was a mistake in my life. I know God is blessing me for what I did,' he said, his voice swelling with pride. 'My sons are by my side, and they were men enough to help me finish the life of someone who just brought shame to ours.'
Abdel-Qader, a Shia, says he was released from the police station 'because everyone knows that honour killings sometimes are impossible not to commit'. Chillingly, he said: 'The officers were by my side during all the time I was there, congratulating me on what I had done.' It's a statement that, if true, provides an insight into how vast the gulf remains between cultures in Iraq and between the Basra police the British army that trains them.
Sources have indicated that Abdel-Qader, who works in the health department, has been asked to leave because of the bad publicity, yet he will continue to draw a salary.
And it has been alleged by one senior unnamed official in the Basra governorate that he has received financial support by a local politician to enable him to 'disappear' to Jordan for a few weeks, 'until the story has been forgotten' - the usual practice in the 30-plus cases of 'honour' killings that have been registered since January alone.
Such treatment seems common in Basra, where militias have partial control, especially in the districts on the outskirts where Abdel-Qader lives.
While government security forces and British troops have control over the centre, around the fringes militants can still be seen everywhere on the streets or at the checkpoints they have erected. And they have imposed strict laws of behaviour for all the local people, including what clothing should be worn and what religious practices should be observed. There are reports of men having their hands cut off for looting and women being killed for prostitution.
Homosexuality is punishable by death, a sentence Abdel-Qader approves of with a passion. 'I have alerted my two sons. They will have the same end [as Rand] if they become contaminated with any gay relationship. These crimes deserve death - death in the name of God,' he said.
He said his daughter's 'bad genes were passed on from her mother'. Rand's mother, 41, remains in hiding after divorcing her husband in the immediate aftermath of the killing, living in fear of retribution from his family. She also still bears the scars of the severe beating he inflicted on her, breaking her arm in the process, when she told him she was going. 'They cannot accept me leaving him. When I first left I went to a cousin's home, but every day they were delivering notes to my door saying I was a prostitute and deserved the same death as Rand,' she said. 'She was killed by animals. Every night when go to bed I remember the face of Rand calling for help while her father and brothers ended her life,' she said, tears streaming down her face.
She was nervous, clearly terrified of being found, and her eyes constantly turned towards the window as she spoke. 'Rand told me about the soldier, but she swore it was just a friendship.
'She said she spoke with him because she was the only English speaker. I raised her in a religious manner and she never went out alone until she joined the university and then later when she was doing aid work.
'Even now, I cannot believe my ex-husband was able to kill our daughter. He wasn't a bad person. During our 24 years of marriage, he was never aggressive. But on that day, he was a different person.'
The mother is now trying to raise enough money to escape abroad. 'I miss my two boys,' she said. 'But they have sent a message saying that I am wrong for defending Rand and that I should go back home and live like a blessed Muslim woman,' said Leila, who is now volunteering with a local organisation campaigning for better protection for women in Basra.
One of those running the organisation, who did not want to be identified, said that Rand's case was similar to so many reported in Basra, with the only difference being she was in love with a foreigner, rather than an Iraqi.
'There isn't too much to say. Rand is dead. It is a tragedy and will be a tragedy for many other families in Iraq in the days to come.
'According to information we have been given, some from Rand's colleague, we have doubts that her love was reciprocated. We have the impression that Rand was in love, but the English soldier wasn't. But, for a girl to be paid nice compliments about her beauty and her intelligence, it was enough for her to think she was in love.
'She isn't here any more for her mother to ask any of the questions she would like to. Rand's case had repercussions because she fell in love with a foreigner. But what about the other girls murdered through "honour" killings because they fell in love with some of a different sect, or lost their virginity, or were forced to become prostitutes?'
Rand's mother used to call her 'Rose'. 'That was my nickname for her because when she was born she was so beautiful,' she said.
'Now, my lovely Rose is in her grave. But, God will make her father pay, either in this world ... or in the world after.'
Posted by Jewish Odysseus at 8:30 PM
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Click here for a story that will put a spring in your step...
Check out Ofc. Puchalski from...BRAZIL. [lol]
And remember that magic word. The word that will get us all through this, to emerge victorious. The word that is so beautifully exemplified here in this story:
Posted by Jewish Odysseus at 10:28 PM
Saturday, May 3, 2008
No, I'm sorry, we are NOT the same species as these sick devils. Look at the face of this poor brainwashed little savage, 14-years old as he goes out to blow himself (and our US heroes) up...
Just more evidence that they are doing the work of Satan on earth.
Where should US forces be deployed? Wherever we can liquidate the greatest number of these soulless savages in the least time.
Thursday, May 1, 2008
Balestinians Pass Out Candy to Celebrate Mass-Murder of Jewish Students a few weeks ago...Now they sneer at the Holocaust...Good people...
Check out this soulless, brainless bitch-journalist at 1:15. It's almost enough to make you wish we had let Saddam finish off Kuwait back in 1991...
Posted by Jewish Odysseus at 8:21 PM
Jewish resistance fighters captured by SS troops during the Warsaw ghetto uprising. Warsaw, Poland, April 19-May 16, 1943.
What they wouldn't have given for a few F18s and Merkavas to strike at their Satanic enemies.
What is modern Israel's excuse?
Seventy years ago, there existed a Jewish civilization in Europe which in many ways exceeded the modern state of Israel. It had its own language, newspapers, and a rich literary tradition; its own music and artistic culture; its own educational system, and courts; and many of its members were recognized as among the brightest lights of Europe. All this civilization lacked was a few thousand tanks, and jets, and perhaps a nuclear bomb or two; and because of that, it was utterly destroyed.
Have we not allowed the wisdom accrued from that unimaginably harsh lesson to go completely to waste, in just one lifetime?
Posted by Jewish Odysseus at 6:07 PM