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» Time to Talk Turkey from The Patriette
Blackfive has a great post about the President's visit to Iraq on Thanksgiving last week. He's posted an email from a Captain with the 501st. Anyone who reads that and still complains about the whole thing being merely a photo-op... [Read More]

» From the Front from Mudville Gazette
Blackfive has an e-mail from a Captain who recently had a dinner with the CinC. Troops bounded to their feet with shocked smiles and just began cheering with all their hearts. The building actually shook. Wouldn't be the first building... [Read More]

» Sour Grapes from Citizen Smash - The Indepundit
PRESIDENT BUSH visited troops in Baghdad for Thanksgiving -- but one week later, efforts to put a negative spin on... [Read More]

» The Paratrooper of Love from Random Nuclear Strikes
Indeed. Via The Mudville Gazette But, of course, we can't believe this account of Bush's visit. Since, you know, it's... [Read More]

» Bush's Thanksgiving: From Somone Who Was There from unSecure Privacy
Blackfive has an email from a Captain in the 501st who was present at Bush's Thanksgiving visit to Iraq. The powerful email speaks for itself. [Read More]

» Oh, So THAT'S What the "Principled" Left Is All About? from The Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler
The Daily Ablution has done some digging and sums up the Mission Statement of the Loony Left in this post.... [Read More]

» ??? from Ain't Done It!
OK one more...check out the pic HERE (link via BLACKFIVE) Unless that was photoshopped, that's a SERGEANT (E-5), not a STAFF SERGEANT (E-6) -- no rocker under the stripes.... [Read More]

» For Andrew from Absinthe & Cookies (a little bit bitter, a little bit sweet)
Andrew is a concerned commenter, and when I found a link to this post over at Misha's, I felt I [Read More]

» The Truth Comes From Those Who Were There from Pardon My English
This is a must read post from my buddy Matt over at BlackFive. This post contains an e-mail from someone who was at the surprise Thanksgiving Day Visit by our Commander-in-Chief. I won't spoil the details of it, you just have to read it. After re... [Read More]

» About Thanksgiving... from A Collection of Thoughts
Blackfive has a wonderful letter from an Army Captain who was at the Mess Hall when President Bush walked out to share Thanksgiving with the troops.... [Read More]

» Soldier's Email Recalls Thanksgiving from Earthly Passions
Blackfive - The Paratrooper of Love posted an email from a Captain in Iraq, who was visited by President Bush last week on Thanksgiving. This email is a must read! Here's an excerpt: Bremer then said that we should probably [Read More]

» eyewitness account of gwb's thanksgiving visit from Sophoristically Speaking
Blackfive has a letter from a Captain who was present when President Bush visited the troops in Baghdad for Thanksgiving. It's a must read. Excerpt: Then, from behind the camouflage netting, the President of the United States came around. The mess hall... [Read More]

» More on Thanksgiving in Iraq from Now That Everyone Else Has One
Yep, nothing more than a cheap publicity stunt... (Pardon the blatantness of the sarcasm in that sentence.)... [Read More]

» Thanksgiving Day Report from Iraq from The Fireant Gazette
I received this via email from a friend. I have no idea as to its authenticity. I googled it and also did a search on Daypop and turned up nothing. Read it with those caveats in mind. Update [2003-12-05]: According... [Read More]

» President in Iraq from Freedom Lives
Blackfive has a letter from a soldier who was at the President's turkey dinner, good reading.... [Read More]

» Good News, Bad News from Feste...a foolsblog
A post from Matt at Blackfive that will make your heart swell with pride. Email from Participant at President Bush's Thanksgiving Below is an email (via military reader "In Media Res") from a Captain in the 501st (a unit that... [Read More]

» no contest from Andrew's Weblog
I've read various opinions on President Bush's Thanksgiving trip to Iraq (you can probably guess what mine is) but it's hard to argue with this one. Email from Participant at President Bush's Thanksgiving... [Read More]

» MilBlogs from Mudville Gazette
I've asked my fellow MilBloggers to submit "notable posts" they've written in the recent past for inclusion here, with a quick summary in their own words. Without further ado, here's the MilBlogs' "Greatest Hits" for this week. (Check back, as... [Read More]

» Insect Menagerie (Carnival 64) from Signal + Noise
Proliferation, adaptation, and a strange beauty that takes some time to appreciate. That serves as well to describe the blogosphere as it does to describe the insects, which are among the most successful groups of animals that ever lived. So... [Read More]

» Insect Menagerie (Carnival 64) from Signal + Noise
Proliferation, adaptation, and a strange beauty that takes some time to appreciate. That serves as well to describe the blogosphere as it does to describe the insects, which are among the most successful groups of animals that ever lived. So... [Read More]

» Better Late than Never from Babalu Blog
Thanks to the Carnival of the Vanities, hosted this week at Singal + Noise, I found this great piece at Blackfive. I may be a little late in saying this but, the President of the United States is un cojonudo.... [Read More]

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Some Tour blogs. Archive · Blogroll · Chess · Flickr · Technorati... [Read More]

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