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This & That

The name for this blog was inspired by “One-eyed Jack” Williams who had a radio program in Phoenix, Arizona about 35 years ago.... His “Quarter Hour of This and That”. Everyday he started out the program with the statement. “It is a beautiful day in Arizona and I suggest, leave us all enjoy it.” It did not mater if it was raining or sunny, in the middle of a sand storm or cold and miserable. It was always a beautiful day. It is still my favorite way to start the day.

Location: Baños de Agua Santa, Tungurahua, Ecuador

Monday, January 31, 2005

The Day After...

After a beautiful Sunday, where in Iraq, the people celebrated the first milestone on their road to democracy. The world watched and prayed that the process would be successful, and although their were obstacles, even some of the detractors swallowed their words and admitted it was so.. Others however, did their best to impart a negative spin....notably the two K´s from Mass. It is sad indeed when you allow, what appears to be a personal hatred of one man, to effect your ability to give credit to the Iraqi people, who at great risk exercised their right to control their own destiny.

The following was posted on The Middle Ground on Monday morning. It is just the first two paragraphs...you will find the rest of the story fascinating and inspiring.

Your Monday Assignment
Being Right on Iraq and Hollywood Endings

Officially, it's Monday morning and I hope I'm not too late getting this idea out to people. The world of the right or should I say "the sane, freedom loving people of America", have come up with an idea to show our solidarity with the Iraqi people. Of course, I already suggested it on Sunday, but some folks have decided we should make it a national idea. I'm for it.

On Monday, find a blue ink pad or blue marker or blue pen (or purple: Indian ink turns purple and then black eventually, take your pick) and color your right index finger (not the whole thing, just up to the first knuckle). This has two parts actually: solidarity with the Iraqi people and giving terrorist the finger. Of course, if you feel the need to paint a different finger blue, I'll understand.

Thursday, January 27, 2005

Mad as Hell....We don´t have to take it.

The following are the first few paragraphs of a long article by LTC Tim Ryan. Ryan is Commander, Task Force 2-12 Cavalry, First Cavalry Division in Iraq. He led troops into battle in Fallujah late last year and is now involved in security operations for the upcoming elections. He wrote this essay during "down time" after the Fallujah operation. It reminds me of an old movie, I believe the name of it was Network, where the news broadcaster, at the end of his broadcaster yelled....”I am mad as hell and I am not going to take it any more.” And all of his listeners opened their windows and starting chanting the same thing. I don’t remember what he was mad at, but it couldn’t be any worse than what is happening now by those who are intent in bringing down the USA by their constant manipulating the news for their own agenda and perhaps profits. The following are the words of Ryan which should give some food for thought.

“All right, I've had enough. I am tired of reading distorted and grossly exaggerated stories from major news organizations about the "failures" in the war in Iraq. "The most trusted name in news" and a long list of others continue to misrepresent the scale of events in Iraq. Print and video journalists are covering only a fraction of the events in Iraq and, more often than not, the events they cover are only negative.
The inaccurate picture they paint has distorted the world view of the daily realities in Iraq. The result is a further erosion of international support for the United States' efforts there, and a strengthening of the insurgents' resolve and recruiting efforts while weakening our own. Through their incomplete, uninformed and unbalanced reporting, many members of the media covering the war in Iraq are aiding and abetting the enemy.
The fact is the Coalition is making steady progress in Iraq, but not without ups and downs. So why is it that no matter what events unfold, good or bad, the media highlights mostly the negative aspects of the event? The journalistic adage, "If it bleeds, it leads," still applies in Iraq, but why only when it's American blood?
As a recent example, the operation in Fallujah delivered an absolutely devastating blow to the insurgency. Though much smaller in scope, clearing Fallujah of insurgents arguably could equate to the Allies' breakout from the hedgerows in France during World War II. In both cases, our troops overcame a well-prepared and solidly entrenched enemy and began what could be the latter's last stand. In Fallujah, the enemy death toll has exceeded 1,500 and still is climbing. Put one in the win column for the good guys, right? Wrong. As soon as there was nothing negative to report about Fallujah, the media shifted its focus to other parts of the country.
More recently, a major news agency's web site lead read: "Suicide Bomber Kills Six in Baghdad" and "Seven Marines Die in Iraq Clashes." True, yes. Comprehensive, no. Did the author of this article bother to mention that Coalition troops killed 50 or so terrorists while incurring those seven losses? Of course not. Nor was there any mention about the substantial progress these offensive operations continue to achieve in defeating the insurgents. Unfortunately, this sort of incomplete reporting has become the norm for the media, whose poor job of presenting a complete picture of what is going on in Iraq borders on being criminal.
Much of the problem is about perspective, putting things in scale and balance. What if domestic news outlets continually fed American readers headlines like: "Bloody Week on U.S. Highways: Some 700 Killed," or "More Than 900 Americans Die Weekly from Obesity-Related Diseases"? Both of these headlines might be true statistically, but do they really represent accurate pictures of the situations? What if you combined all of the negatives to be found in the state of Texas and used them as an indicator of the quality of life for all Texans? Imagine the headlines: "Anti-law Enforcement Elements Spread Robbery, Rape and Murder through Texas Cities." For all intents and purposes, this statement is true for any day of any year in any state. True — yes, accurate — yes, but in context with the greater good taking place — no! After a year or two of headlines like these, more than a few folks back in Texas and the rest of the U.S. probably would be ready to jump off of a building and end it all. So, imagine being an American in Iraq right now.

From where I sit in Iraq, things are not all bad right now. In fact, they are going quite well. We are not under attack by the enemy; on the contrary, we are taking the fight to him daily and have him on the ropes. In the distance, I can hear the repeated impacts of heavy artillery and five-hundred-pound bombs hitting their targets. The occasional tank main gun report and the staccato rhythm of a Marine Corps LAV or Army Bradley Fighting Vehicle's 25-millimeter cannon provide the bass line for a symphony of destruction. As elements from all four services complete the absolute annihilation of the insurgent forces remaining in Fallujah, the area around the former insurgent stronghold is more peaceful than it has been for more than a year.”

There is more to this essay, I will post more of it later...but for now let’s open the windows and let the world know that we are not going to take this type of manipulation any more.

I am mad as hell and I am not going to take it anymore!!!!!!

If you want to read the rest of the story now, you can find the address in the blog below.

Thursday, January 20, 2005

More Good News From Iraq

At least for a short time on the 18th of January 2005, the Drudge Report had the following headline on his site. U.S. Army Commander: Media's coverage has distorted world's view of Iraqi reality... This is the first “Good News From Iraq” headline I can remember seeing on the Drudge site...there must have been more but I must have missed them.

For weeks now we have been ranting that the MSN is accenting only the negative and ignoring completely the positive events. With the power of the internet we can pass a good joke around the world in minutes.... if we would only start using this power for good we could ignore the MSM and pass the good news around the world in the same way we send jokes to our friends and make such a mark on public opinion that the MSM would be clamoring to get on the bandwagon. You may laugh but we have the power...we just need to start using it instead of bitching about the problem.

Above, I referenced a story that we should not let die. After reading it I could hardly disagree with a word. Let’s join together and do what we can to get this message out.

At present more than 7,000,000 have looked at this article....Let’s make it 100 million....or more.

Wednesday, January 05, 2005

There is Good NewsFrom Iraq.

There is no doubt in my mind that one of the biggest problems facing the coalition forces in Iraq is the adverse publicity that is propagated around the world that causes support for the completion of the job started in 2003 to dwindle. The man on the street is constantly bombarded with negative headlines and sound-bites telling him that the cause is doomed and we should abandon the fight as we did in Vietnam and Korea. Without a doubt there is a lot of bad news to report and this sells papers and keeps viewers. Conversely there is a lot of positive news where things are getting better that is seldom passed on via the major media channels. This, in my opinion is a crime against the brave people of Iraq who are trying to free themselves of tyranny and against the coalition forces who are facing the unseen enemy everyday at great risk. It reminds me of a Pogo cartoon of many years ago....”I have met the enemy....and they are us.”..

During WW2, as a kid I remember going to the movies and watching the newsreels of what was happening across the seas. They were uplifting and the people viewing cheered. There were defeats, but what I remember most were the victories. And don’t forget “Tokyo Rose,” the Japanese American who broadcast on the radio from Japan, was convicted of treason for her part in trying to bring down the moral of the fighting men in the Pacific and served six years in prison. Well, times have changed, and principles with them.

There is something that we can do however, thanks to this wonderful new media. There are many of us who read the stories posted here, are outraged and then go on about our daily lives. What would happen if we started our own e-mail campaigns to bring the positive news to light. I know here in Ecuador they would publish the good news if they had access to it.