Sunday, January 08, 2006

Major POINT in what I posted.

Marines died short of armor
By Michael Moss The New York TimesSUNDAY, JANUARY 8, 2006
A secret Pentagon study has found that as many as 80 percent of the marines who have been killed in Iraq from wounds to their upper body could have survived if they had had extra body armor. Such armor has been available since 2003, but until recently the Pentagon has largely declined to supply it to troops despite calls from the field for additional protection, according to military officials.
The ceramic plates in vests now worn by the majority of troops in Iraq cover only some of the chest and back. In at least 74 of the 93 fatal wounds that were analyzed in the Pentagon study of marines from March 2003 through June 2005, bullets and shrapnel struck the marines' shoulders, sides or areas of the torso where the plates do not reach.
Thirty-one of the deadly wounds struck the chest or back so close to the plates that simply enlarging the existing shields "would have had the potential to alter the fatal outcome," according to the study, which was obtained by The New York Times.
For the first time, the study by the military's medical examiner shows the cost in lost lives from inadequate armor, even as the Pentagon continues to publicly defend its protection of the troops.
Officials have said they are shipping the best armor to Iraq as quickly as possible. At the same time, they have maintained that it is impossible to shield forces from the increasingly powerful improvised explosive devices used by insurgents. Yet the Pentagon's own study reveals the equally lethal threat of bullets.
The vulnerability of the military's body armor has been known since the start of the war, and is part of a series of problems that have surrounded the protection of U.S. troops. Still, the U.S. Marine Corps did not begin buying additional plates to cover the sides of their troops until last September, when it ordered 28,800 sets, marine officials acknowledge.


A secret Pentagon study has found that as many as 80 percent of the marines who have been killed in Iraq from wounds to their upper body could have survived if they had had extra body armor. Such armor has been available since 2003, but until recently the Pentagon has largely declined to supply it to troops despite calls from the field for additional protection, according to military officials.
The ceramic plates in vests now worn by the majority of troops in Iraq cover only some of the chest and back. In at least 74 of the 93 fatal wounds that were analyzed in the Pentagon study of marines from March 2003 through June 2005, bullets and shrapnel struck the marines' shoulders, sides or areas of the torso where the plates do not reach.
Thirty-one of the deadly wounds struck the chest or back so close to the plates that simply enlarging the existing shields "would have had the potential to alter the fatal outcome," according to the study, which was obtained by The New York Times.
For the first time, the study by the military's medical examiner shows the cost in lost lives from inadequate armor, even as the Pentagon continues to publicly defend its protection of the troops.
Officials have said they are shipping the best armor to Iraq as quickly as possible. At the same time, they have maintained that it is impossible to shield forces from the increasingly powerful improvised explosive devices used by insurgents. Yet the Pentagon's own study reveals the equally lethal threat of bullets.
The vulnerability of the military's body armor has been known since the start of the war, and is part of a series of problems that have surrounded the protection of U.S. troops. Still, the U.S. Marine Corps did not begin buying additional plates to cover the sides of their troops until last September, when it ordered 28,800 sets, marine officials acknowledge.

Friday, January 06, 2006

Win or Lose? That is the Question

Today I posted a report by the news service that 'they' wanted President Bush to admit that America lost in Iraq. My first thought was, HOW DARE YOU! Then I thought, President Bush admit defeat, YOU'VE GOT TO BE KIDDING! Not even on a 'drunk day'.

Then I posted about 11 US Military being killed yesterday in bomb blasts. This 'thing' kept eating away at my mind and still is!

Is there EVER a winner and a loser in war?

I believe we gain some things and lose some other things. ie. The iraqi people have gained their freedom from the rule of Sadaam Hussein and his barbarions. BUT the iraqi people have also suffered many deaths and devistation across their entire country.

U.S. Forces and it's Coalition members have lost many lives in this war. Were they worth it?
Believe me, I don't claim to have the answers. Just many many thoughts and questions on the temarity of the acts of war, of fighting, killing, wounding. Of those who went coming home with ruined lives, lost limbs, ptsd, having seen and done things they will NEVER forget.

And I look at the Government, the Military, and America and wonder if we gave the best we had to give for our military to engage in battle and remain as safe as possible? Did we give them faulty, old, used and abused equipment? And why were the American people asked to give so much to and for our troops? Why wasn't our Military and our Government doing it? Shouldering the high price?

Why hasn't our esteemed Commander in Chief attended ONE military casualty funeral?

Oh yea, and what about all of these Veterans from this war on terror? As a Nation, we haven't been able to fully 'take care' of the promised benefits to our prior war torn Veterans, so how are we going to handle even MORE of them now? Why can't they get what they have RIGHTFULLY and bloodily EARNED? How CAN any dr., regular, specialist, shrink or VA Physician say that a warrior isn't experiencing PTSD? EVERY ONE who experiences war has some type, some level of PTSD. So does every law enforcement officer, fireman, ambulance service, nurse and doctor.

We all KNOW that with war comes death, injury, illness, etc. But when is the RIGHT TIME to wage war, and when is it time for other options? I think the 'price' of this war has been just much too high and costly for America.

Win or Lose? We ALL lose when resulting to war, violence, death and destruction.

Diane M. Weller
aka Gunni Di
06Jan06

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

The following quote may help people understand the "need and requirement" for abolishing the family unit as we know it!

The following quote may help people understand the "need and requirement" for abolishing the family unit as we know it!

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The Federalist PatriotFounders' Quote Daily"The happy State of Matrimony is, undoubtedly, the surest andmost lasting Foundation of Comfort and Love; the Source of allthat endearing Tenderness and Affection which arises from Relationand Affinity; the grand Point of Property; the Cause of all goodOrder in the World, and what alone preserves it from the utmostConfusion; and, to sum up all, the Appointment of infinite Wisdomfor these great and good Purposes."-- Benjamin Franklin (Rules and Maxims for Promoting MatrimonialHappiness, 8 October 1730)Reference: Franklin: Collected Works, Lemay, ed. (152)
Semper Fi SkipK0911

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In a message dated 12/28/2005 02:15:58 Eastern Standard Time, dweller@rrbiznet.com writes:
The Government needs to stop messing around with our 'beliefs' or non-'beliefs' too. Our currency, our prayers in school, all that hubbub is so useless and unnecessary. I agree that the man who says he is an atheist has the right to be so. He even has the right
Our imperial government claims that "atheism" is a religion, and by governmental/court actions, has upheld the "rights" of these groups to promote and expand their "beliefs". This has the full appearance of the government actually going against the 1st Amendment by promoting one religious belief over other religious beliefs.

The following is a collective excerpt from court cases and doctrines of our nation's Founders.


"Establishment of Religion
“[F]or the men who wrote the Religion Clauses of the First Amendment the ‘establishment’ of a religion connoted sponsorship, financial support, and active involvement of the sovereign in religious activity.”41 However, the Court’s reading of the clause has never resulted in the barring of all assistance which aids, however incidentally, a religious institution. Outside this area, the decisions generally have more rigorously prohibited what may be deemed governmental promotion of religious doctrine."

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Please SHOW YOU CARE

The United Patriotic Pins website is open and it's WONDERFUL, 'if I do say so myself'. The Coopers are currently in warm and sunny California! Well! lol While some of us remain in the 'frozen tundra's' of other states throughout the Nation.

The Cooper's travel around the entire United States in an RV. They have designed a pin they sell, also a nice RWB ball cap with the pin, magnetic ribbons, and Holy Bears with the pin on it; all in their effort to HELP THE WOUNDED MILITARY AMPUTEES returning from the warzones. Their's is a valiant effort, working 6 days and nights a week most times. Sitting up booths, tearing them down, stocking, supplying, all with hearts full of Love and Patriotism.

I'd like to ask that EVERYONE just 'consider' donating $5.00, $10.00, $15.00 to this worthy cause and you will have something to show for it too! The pins are ENGRAVED and larger than most lapel pins, a full 1 1/4 inches! If you have a serviceman or woman, we'll add their picture to the website and whatever you'd like written beside it.

To Date, Uppins.com has donated OVER $25,000.00 to helping our military amputees with new arms and legs and a new hold on a new and different life. Won't YOU help them too?

www.uppins.com

Take a look! We welcome you!!

The Coopers
The Uppins.com Webmaster, uh, me!

Diane M. Weller
www.calforunity.com

2006

As Christmas is now over and rest has been gathered, ho-hum, well, some of it anyway. I have the same hopes and prayers as always for the new year. I don't make New Year Resolutions because 1. I know I won't keep them. 2. I can't really think of much I'd change this late in life! I'm real, I'm me, love it or leave it. But as all years that have come before, and will again for eons after, I pray that mankind will wake up and smell the roses and see them too. Mankind is killing each other. Yes, as you view it from the census of how many people there are in the World today, slowly but most assuredly we are killing one another off. I pray that that would come to an end. I pray that there would be no more violence at all in the world. That people with disagreements were sent to a secluded room to talk it out; to decide if they can come to an amicable medium ground or just wish to continue to disagree and call it that. Over and done with; no killing; no violence. I mean there really IS nothing wrong with merely agreeing to disagree. It's when things get 'harsh' that the whole process of loving one another and caring for every human being gets mucked and mired.

I don't personally care IF you have a 'belief' or not. But if one does, they should be permitted to express it. The same goes for those who don't have a 'belief'. They can opt not to express it, or to express it and the rest of us can take it or leave it. I, personally, would merely walk away. I believe, you see.

The Government needs to stop messing around with our 'beliefs' or non-'beliefs' too. Our currency, our prayers in school, all that hubbub is so useless and unnecessary. I agree that the man who says he is an atheist has the right to be so. He even has the right to say so. What he doesn't have the right to is all of other's 'beliefs'. So, basically, he should stick it in his pocket and go on about his business just like the rest of us do! lol

Well, I won't go on with my usual New Years Hopes and Prayers, but I think you get the drift.

I thank GOD above that our Military, past, present, and future, are the brave, proud humans that they are. I'd like to ask GOD though, not to call so many of them Home to guard His Gates. These young men and women haven't lived long enough Father. Allow them to make the same mistakes as the rest of us 'GOLDEN OLDIES'! lol

Love and Prayers to everyone, and may all have a FANTASTIC NEW YEAR IN 2006!

Diane Weller
www.callforunity.com

PS. God, help me with my stupid site builder so I can adjust my webpages. Lately the Geocities Site Builder has been an UTTER P.I.T.A.

Thank You!!

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

MILITARY SOUND OFF

I just watched and listened to the WONDERFUL Holiday songs and the GORGEOUSNESS of the show that is always put on Annually of Christmas in DC. I WAS NOT DISAPPOINTED, IT WAS FABULOUS AS ALWAYS!!

A few things came to mind while watching it this year. As we all have seen and read, there alot of pending 'issues' in our Nation right now. One of the biggest is that of it now being politically incorrect to say to someone 'MERRY CHRISTMAS'. For whatever reasons, we are now more encouraged to say "Happy Holidays" "Season's Greetings". What I've said all along is that no matter what, you cannot take "Christ" out of 'Christmas'. After all, the real MEANING behind the entire Season IS the Birth of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. It seemed even STRENGTHENED by the fact that President Bush, just prior to the end, said, "GOD BLESS YOU ALL" and "MERRY CHRISTMAS".

Especially in this time when there is FAR TOO MUCH issue about the words, 'in God we trust' on our currency, etc. this had so much MORE MEANING in my mind.

On a second note, all but ONE SONG, which was delightful in itself about "Running Rudolph" by a new group that by all appearances will become GREAT as they all appeared like the BEATLES of old, all the songs were RELIGIOUS CHRISTMAS SONGS about His Birth, etc. IT WAS MARVELOUS AND FANTASTIC TO SEE AND LISTEN TOO!

I hope that MILLIONS of Americans got to see it! It was uplifting and offered something many of us have not felt in quite a while now,.....HOPE!

We ALL need HOPE, American or not, Christian or not.

This has been, is and shall continue to be a time of great conflict around the world, thus creating much worry, fear, dispair, and along with all the Natural Disasters that have befallen alot of different lands, a poverty stricken year for so many of us. We, as military families, are often not quite as 'thankful' at this time of year when we have loved ones deployed and in harm's way. No matter what our current situations are, and yes, many are griefstricken from the loss of loved ones this year, look around, find what there truly IS to be thankful for. No matter where my loved ones are during this Christmas and Holiday Season, I must say that I'm so THANKFUL TO GOD IN HEAVEN that they are alive and well. Some of our family members won't be home for the Holidays, but that's nothing new and we've gotten through it before. We have lost loved ones and yet we have also added new members to our beloved family.

There is a reason, a season, a time, a place, for all things. He is the driver in our lives. I believeth in Him. And I am THANKFUL UNTO HIM. Not ONLY for we have in the present tense, but also for the GLORIOUS gift he gave to ALL MANKIND .... HIS BELOVED SON, JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD. And I am truly sorry Father, that your son had to suffer and die and rise again for OUR sins. But it was according to YOUR plan, and thus it was so. We should all be grateful that Jesus found, in his human manly body that walked upon this earth among the people of His time, the strength and the courage to face such a horrible death on the Cross.

PRAISE GOD AND JESUS. Always, in all ways.

MERRY CHRISTMAS ONE AND ALL. LET US REMEMBER! Let us remember those lives lost in the name of Freedom......and those missing in the same quest, and those maimed and altered forever. Let us remember those lives still so far away, serving to help our nation and other's. We are all HUMAN BEINGS. WE ALL WISH TO LIVE AND DWELL IN PEACE AND FREEDOM.

Diane

Monday, December 05, 2005

Holiday Season

At this special time of year, I take great thought about those who cannot share the 'Holiday Joys' or the celebrations. I wonder if it's more so, and to more families a sorrowfilled time than a joyous time of festivities and celebrations for most.

This war has taken a heavy toll on many American families. The death count is high, too high, as one life given in war is simply too much. But there is even more distress and sadness over the returning wounded; many of whom left body parts as well as their lives over there too. Their recovery is very long and difficult, full of pain of mind, body, heart, spirit and soul. They live on with the memories of what was, what might have been, and thoughts of how will I continue to have half a life after tragedy has struck and affected me and my family so. It's costly in $$ also. More than just body parts are left behind in warzones. Their minds and memories are filled with untold horrors that only others who have walked the walk can know about. Sometimes that healing, of the mind, the memory, of hopes and dreams, will never be fulfilled again. They will remain only thoughts and memories of 'what might have been.'

The commercialism of the Holiday Season has always been disgusting; but I find today, it's worse than ever before. Maybe it's that Im aging, my family is grown and scattered to the far reaches of the earth and I don't know if we'll all ever be together for another holiday season. As far as the prices, they seem to continue to go up all the while the prices we can afford seems to be less and less.

It was 1998 the last time my family was together for a Holiday. My dad had died in Oct. 1997 so the Holiday Season had already begun to change by 98. I didn't know it then, but they wouldn't be the same for years to come, if ever again. I'm thankful that we've added a new daughter in law to our family this year, although she's not even permitted entry into this great nation to join and live her husband, my son. The state dept. has denied her, as a Peruvian National from joining him, a US Marine. He is quite saddened and forlorn about the circumstances, being married, finding the right woman, falling in love with that one and only, spending eternity together......and they have thus been stopped before they ever had an opportunity to begin. Here we have a daughter in law we've never had the opportunity to meet, greet, welcome into our family with the love we feel for her and have no idea when we will. And it has affected and saddened her extended family in Peru. "WHAT GOD HATH JOINED, LET NO MAN PUT ASUNDER" unless it's the US. State Dept. should be added.

We have a new grandson this year, a very special and precious gift from God. Doug knows already that he is truly loved and cared for, as is and has been his beloved angelic sister Faith. Her name alone always bringings me joy and hope, and that's not real easy to come by these days.

My mother's aging and her health is fading and as with dad, it brings to mind each and every Holiday Season just how long we'll continue to be blessed with her presence.

Military families are suffering the absence of men and women who have been lost to the horrors of war. Many of them sit an empty spot for their missing loved one. Others will go visit their's in hospitals and rehabilitation centers nationally. Some will come home and families will have to try to navigate new ways of assisting the physically and mentally challenged now. Others will be Blessed to have their servicemember home for the Holidays. To them I say THANK GOD FOR AND TO YOU. WHAT A BLESSED TIME. CONGRATULATIONS! But they're still wondering what will happen in the following days AFTER the Holidays. All too many will sit and worry, pray and beg God for His Beloved Mercy that all our Troops stay safely held in His Protective Arms.

I silently wish I could go back to an earlier time, an earlier Christmas. Not for the gifts or the hubbub of shopping, having money to spend, energy to wrap and to decorate. But better back to a time of FAMILY GATHERINGS and being more thankful for those things that mean the most in life, especially during the Holiday Season when we join together as 'mankind' and celebrate the WONDEROUS gift from God, the birth of His Only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ our Lord and our Salvation.

Merry Christmas to those that can. Happy Holidays to those that can. And to one and all, PLEASE REMEMBER THERE IS NO CHRISTMAS WITHOUT CHRIST!

PRAY FOR OUR TROOPS WHEREVER THEY ARE. It's the BEST GIFT any time of the year!

With all my Love and especially many, many Prayers,
Diane

Saturday, December 03, 2005

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Military Christmas

Many of the Christmas themes of love, brotherhood and goodwill should apply to all mankind. O that there were more of those feelings in this tired old world today, and an embracing of all peoples, regardless of cultural, ethnic or religious differences.

A Soldier’s Bright Christmas Starby Gary Jacobson © December 2005
http://namtour.com/christmaswar.html hear the song "I Wonder as I Wander."
I stare at a light shining in distance so farO’er bloodletting fields this Christmas war starGlowing o'er poor on'ery soldiers like you and like I...I wonder as I wander, have I come here to die...As Jesus had to die...Out under the sky?Have I come to bring joy to this worldTo sow seeds of peace, democracy, or enmity unfurled?Fading Christmas joy reminds me of what I’ve got...And what I’ve not!No Santa Claus, no reindeer not one single snowman in sightNo Christ child nativity scene to proclaim the way right.I dream of a snowfall laying blankets of whiteChanging “the world” to wintertime brightBubbling with all the music, elves and goodies I can conceiveThat once-a-year magic called Christmas Eve.Tis silver bells I hear with mirth joyfully ringingHeavenly choirs of sweet peace singing...But not in Nam ... for a soldier just nineteen years oldHuddled in my foxhole trying to act boldJoyous heralds of the skies jitter before jaundiced eyesDreams jaded by too many a traumatized surpriseWaiting for Santa, my very world split by thunderMy sweet-and-sour life turning on itself bipolar.And I wonder if Jesus had wanted for any wee thing,A star in the sky, or a bird on the wing,Or all of God's angels in heav'n for to sing,He surely could have it, 'cause wasn't he the King?But I'm just a mortal soldier, a groundpounding gruntA pawn of fetid war, a point of the spear catamount.Do you hear what I hear ... on this midnight clearCarol of the bell’s ringing, mortars singing?And if Charlie pops up his small and sprightly elfin headImpish or mischievous, he’s good as deadI’ll share with him the only Christmas spirit I have to doleMy M-16, jingle bell rock ... and roll.This traditionally festive season knee deep in gladiatorial fearSoldier boys forlorn gather round, devoid of Christmas cheerIn place of sugar plums dancing in their headDreams of horrible death dance insteadWar’s organized chaos of the killing deed bled redThat into this random war gung-ho naive boys led.I patrol on Christmas day, samo-samo, through jungle hollyHumping like any other day in humanity’s follySilently humming Christmas tunes lively and quickHump another klick ... or twenty, what a kick!Ride steel birds of war o’er green tinseled valleyMesmerized by distant firefight’s dim light dancing jolly.It’s hard for warriors the true spirit of Christmas to receiveWhen they’ve lost so much they once did believeLost irretrievably mid demands that breed insanityLost the basic goodness of humanityWhere warriors kill to live ... live to killThe circle of life waiting just over the next hill.Boys sent to fight for “the world” with God’s own integrityNourished by destiny to protect home and familyBut home’s nowhere near my motley foxhole stark and lonelyWar’s folly affording no real Christmas joy jollyO’er battlefields nurtured by Vietcong hosts in yuletide seasonHeavenly hosts proclaim unheard celestial reason.Soldier boys biding pain, watch solemnly that brightest starShining over this Christmastime warBoys all around fighting, dying, meeting their makerSent into Hell’s monstrosity by war’s creatorHopes haunted by Nam’s thousand knives sigh War-hardened hearts quietly cry.Stare across the miles, to “the world” so farSustained by faith in a bright Christmas starForget for one day hate’s killing barbarityWar fervor reigning o’er specters of inhumanityWhat will this holy night bestow ... this sacred night,Far and away from “the worlds” joyous Christmas light?See wise men bearing gifts from afar in the skyWith dreams of home, my girl, my car ... wondering why?I must evade thoughts of irate hate, moldering out thereTry to think good thoughts of peace and love to share.Make steeled resolution’s promise, “I will survive!I will arise as a man from war’s desolation ... alive!”Walking this sweet-and-sour land on Christmas dayStaring wearily wary still in the heat of the frayStill possessed by vision of the Christmas war starTouching the shrapnel scar earned in this warI wonder as I wander...How high from God's heaven a star's light did fallAnd the promise of ages it then did recall.

For those interested in hearing Gary Jacobson's dulcet tones in person, the Veteran war troubador will be featured live on the "Firebase Veteran's Hour," worldwide Internet satellite radio network, this coming Sunday, December 4th, 5:00 to 6:00 PM *Central Standard Time* ... 4:00 to 5:00 PM Mountain Time ... 3:00 to 4:00 PM Pacific Time Zone (please adjust according to the time zone in your location). The program will feature a reading of some of Gary's popular Vietnam poetry, specific to honoring the veteran on Christmas! The program can be heard live and free through your computer, and will be repeated in its entirety on Sunday, December 25th ... Christmas Day!!!!.

It's free, and listening is very easy. Just left click this blue url, http://www.gcnlive.com/listenlive.htm , and there will be four network feed boxes ... just left click one of these four, according to the media player installed on your computer, (Real Player, Windows Media Player, or Winamp media player) and you will be automatically tuned into the program live via your computer on one of the four satellites. Please tune in, and happy listening!
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Gary

WELCOME TO MILITARY SOUND OFF

WELCOME ONE AND ALL TO MILITARY SOUND OFF. I hope you will use this blog as it's intent and purpose is to assist and inform one and all about all aspects of military life, including the new recruit not yet sent to basic, to the veterans of yesterdays wars. They have valuable information and stories that have, until now, been left untold. The military families have an outlet now for the sharing of celebrations and also the heartaches of military family life. I pray that each and every one of you enjoys this blog. I hope you'll remain respectuful here and keep in mind that we all share the same rights and freedoms as to our freedom of thought, preference, ideals, religion, speech; it makes America the Blessed Country that it is today. And hopefully and God-willing, for all of our tomorrows. Please enjoy the blog but SHOW RESPECT FOR OTHERS THE SAME AS YOU WOULD HAVE OTHERS BE RESPECTFUL TO YOU.

Gunni Di