Thursday, July 29, 2010
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Monday, July 26, 2010
Sunday, July 25, 2010
"Zabihullah Mujahid, reached by telephone said Saturday the American invaders got confronted by Mujahideen ambush in Dasht Kala area of Charkh district, Longar when Mujahideen tried to stop the enemy vehicle, the occupants of the vehicles opening fire and one was killed...."
The remainder of the message involves monitoring of our search movements via telephone by Zabihullah Mujahid and confirmation that our sailor has been moved to a "safe place", with a reference also to Pfc Bergdahl also still alive and secured in his location. The site is hard to load and crashes every 2-3 seconds, which tells me traffic is heavy. My assumption is this is the sailor who is still alive. Unsure. We will not know until official confirmation. This site is an official one maintained by the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan. Their message will soon load onto sister sites. That is the nature of the propaganda.
No video yet. It will come.
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Friday, July 23, 2010
When you have time for a cup of coffee, please read the compendium of thought.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
What do Shirley Sherrod and BP share in common?
Swofford's No. 1 rule for journalism:
Americans with neural tubes, arise!!
Article link Shirley Sherrod
Article link BP photoshop
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
The heat is on!
Sunday, July 18, 2010
So for Corinne, a link to her favorite song by Elton John.
Link to article
Link to song selection
Friday, July 16, 2010
Two cats were placed into the burlap bag. It was unnecessary.
Thursday, July 15, 2010
With all of the "much ado about nothing" over the maiden voyage of "Perspire", er.... I mean, "Inspire" - it is good to remember that American troops are on the ground in Afghanistan and still seeking to take out the top tier of Al-Qaedah. The photo was snatched from a website and is old photography put to new use. OBL was known to be mincing along with a cane due to a bad knee 'bout 2003. Anyway, a man stripped of his own citizenship turned our citizens into missile components on 9/11. Can't say that the English version of the organizational magazine has much more worth reading than the Arabic versions of the past. But the buzz is out there on this one. Now, if we can ever just catch the damn buzzard....
Swofford never forgets.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Bristol Palin is getting married. Good. And good riddance!
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Monday, July 12, 2010
"In simultaneous bombings bearing the hallmark of international terrorists...."
I will be meeting this week to engage inter-faith dialogue with an American Muslim counterpart. Islam. Heal Thyself.
Sunday, July 11, 2010
Saturday, July 10, 2010
*This came into my email today from my MOAA chapter, an organization in which I have proudly served in the past as a board member and continue to support with membership.
The 10-day Fourth of July recess is about to come to a close. The Senate reconvenes at 2 p.m. on Monday, July 12. The House returns at 2 p.m. the following day, Tuesday, July 13.
Reaching consensus on supplemental funding legislation should top lawmakers "to do" list when they return. This critical wartime funding remains ensnared in a political tug-of-war between fiscally conscious lawmakers, those seeking to end funding for combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, and those willing to use these needed resources as leverage to help secure funds for domestic agenda items.
When first adopted by the Senate in May, H.R. 4899, the Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2010, contained a total of $45.5 billion in discretionary funding for FY 2010. This included $37.12 billion for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and $13 billion for Vietnam veterans exposed to Agent Orange. But the House add-ons approved prior to the Independence Day recess tacked on another $23 billion in spending, mostly for domestic issues, all of which must now be agreed to by the Senate. Reaching harmony on that much extra spending will be difficult.
Complicating matters further, the House-approved version reduced funding for one of the President's key education initiatives by $500 million, an action that drew immediate criticism from the White House and a veto threat if it is included in the final bill. If the President ends up rejecting the measure, money DoD said it needed last week could be further delayed.
Defense Secretary Robert Gates warned Congress in June that the Pentagon would have to do "stupid things" if it didn't approve the supplemental spending request by the 4th of July. These steps included diverting funds from day-to-day programs, furloughing civilian employees and eventually withholding pay and allowances from the troops. We don't know if the department initiated such drastic action yet, but one thing is certain, only timely action by Congress will prevent it from occurring.
It is difficult to understand how some lawmakers would even think of using defense funds as leverage for other programs while our troops face the threat of death overseas. The funds desperately needed by our men and women in combat should never, repeat, never be delayed or diverted to other domestic concerns. That is why NAUS supports a freestanding bill, absent of funding for issues other than national defense.
Congress needs to make this issue its first priority when members return from recess next week, and they need to hear from you. You can use the NAUS CapWiz system to tell your elected representatives in Washington to pass a clean war funding measure without further delay.
Friday, July 09, 2010
Steven! Keep reading my site! smile
Mr. Fodor wrote a guest blog. You will find his biographical sketch here:
Link to sketch
Link to Oppenheim site.
Wednesday, July 07, 2010
"Viscosum beneficium - a kindness smeared with birdlime".
There are a few problems:
*It is estimated there are 1.5 million American Muslims.
It seems necessary to release a final arrow of thought into the landscape. This one is a bit tricky:
The Cordoba Initiative
The Shi'a Tragedy
(1)Farrar, Frederic W. D.D., F.R.S., "Darkness and Dawn or Scenes in the Day of Nero", University Press, John Wilson and Son, Cambridge, 1893
In discussing these issues with both sides, the emotions and passions run high. As for myself, it seems best to follow the words which were penned by Browning (A Death in the Desert)
'For life, with all its yields of joy and woe,
and hope and fear - believe the aged friend -
Is just a chance of the prize of learning love;
How love might be, hath been indeed, and is;
And that we hold henceforth to the uttermost
Such prize, despite the envy of the world
In years of blogging I have developed a deep respect for freedom of expression.
But I have also come to realize the need to speak the truth in love.
Without love, we will continue to be bereft of solutions.
So with love in my heart, yet unflinching gaze - the above blog is offered for reflection.
Monday, July 05, 2010
Remember. Diplomacy is always preferable to rant-a-plomacy. wink
Sunday, July 04, 2010
Please read this link
LCDR Tammy Swofford, USNR, NC
Saturday, July 03, 2010
Friday, July 02, 2010