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Category: Our World

Monday, August 02, 2004

Chief Wiggles: Operation Give DESPERATELY needs your help!

It ain't over yet, folks!

Can anyone help? Call! Write! Show up at their Atlanta offices! Let them know that we will not stand for this!

It's for the children!

Posted by LissaKay on 08/02/04 at 11:56 AM in ~ Our World
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Wednesday, July 14, 2004

Chief Wiggles needs your help!!!!

This is just pathetic ... anyone who would rip off a charitable organization has got to be the lowest of the low.

Folks, we need your help! It's as simple as that. We are having a problem with the first shipping company that we used. The problem comes in the form of deposits that we were required to put down on the 3 containers that we shipped. For each container, we placed a $10,000 deposit to guarantee its return. This deposit was placed with the shipping company in the US, Atlas Line.

This is where the problem comes in. The containers arrived and the shipping company in Kuwait responsible for the containers safety never received their deposits. We were still able to ship the contents of the first container on to Baghdad, but the 2nd and 3rd have been held in Kuwait because of this. We have tried working with the shipping company in the US but to no avail. They are currently holding $30,000 of Operation Give's money and we need resolution. We have bank records showing our deposits and their acceptance and cashing of the checks. We have also contacted Bank of America, the bank we use, and they have traced the checks and confirm that they were deposited by the US shipping company, Atlas Line.

We are asking for anyone who can help us, especially anyone in the Atlanta area where the company's US office is based

Please let Chief Wiggles know if you can help!

More blog outrage:
Accidental Verbosity
Dean's World
The Command Post
Winds of Change.NET

Yet Another Update 07/24/04: Plunge has added to the thread at GlobalAffairs ... if the situation is not resolved Monday, there will be a post at Chief Wiggles Blog on Tuesday. Keep your ear to the rail!

Another Update: This may not be over yet. Via Plunge at GlobalAffairs.org, keep an eye on Chief Wiggles Blog for more info later today.

Update: It looks like the problem has been resolved. And as the Chief says, the power of blogs is AWESOME!
Posted by LissaKay on 07/14/04 at 04:39 AM in ~ Our World
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Tuesday, July 13, 2004

Message to the EU and UN

Within the next 48 hours, Jews and non-Jews worldwide will be sending email messages to the United Nations, the EU Parliament and the EU Court of Justice with the identical message that appears below.
Please take a quick moment to copy the message below and paste it into a new email that should be sent to the email addresses listed below:

ecu@un.org - United Nations
civis@europarl.eu.int - EU Parliament
info@curia.eu.int - EU Court of Justice

Subject: The building of the Israeli security fence
To Whom It May Concern:

When Israel builds a fence to keep out terrorists, the UN and EU are up in arms because it makes it difficult for terrorists to kill more Jews.

When terrorists shoot (point blank!) an 8-month-pregnant Jewish woman and her 4 little girls, there is absolute silence from your organizations.

The security fence is a temporary and nonviolent way to reduce terrorism. The fence is a proportional response to the ongoing Palestinian Campaign of terror. When the terrorism stops, the fence can be taken down.

The route of the fence was designed to save the lives of innocent people. Israel has the right and the duty to protect its citizens from terrorist attacks.

Since the erection of the security fence there has been a 90% decrease in the number of attacks against Israelis-from an average of 26 attacks per year before the fence to three attacks after the fence was built.

The Israeli Supreme Court has ruled that areas of the fence must be adjusted in order to relieve Palestinian hardship. Unlike any other country in the region, Israel has an independent judiciary. Israel, a democracy committed to the rule of law, will comply with the Israeli Supreme Court's decision.

The security fence is not a wall, as the court states. The majority of the fence is constructed of barb wire-8.5 kilometers of the fence consists of concrete slabs, in order to prevent sniper fire.

There are many disputed security fences around the world-India has constructed a fence in the contested area of Kashmir, and Saudi Arabia has constructed a barrier in an undefined area along the Saudi Arabia-Yemen border-yet only Israel's security fence has prompted an International Court of Justice ruling. See this website: (www.washingtoninstitute.org/distribution/PCE465.doc)

Israel is willing to make painful sacrifices for peace. Israel has made peace with Jordan and Egypt, and gave up the entire Sinai-land larger than the current state of Israel.

If you think your indifference goes unnoticed, count the number of messages you will receive world-wide in the next 48 to 72 hours on this subject.



Hat tip: Laurence Simon

See also: F-Bombing the World Court

Posted by LissaKay on 07/13/04 at 01:02 AM in ~ Our World
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Wednesday, June 16, 2004

Operation Shoe Fly

Shoe the children, with no shoes on their feet ...

... in the spirit of Chief Wiggles and minding the words of the infamous Steve Miller Band, I announce the beginning of Operation Shoe Fly in an effort to shoe the children, with no shoes on their feet. If you can collect the shoes, used or new, boys' and girls' (age 14 and under), and send them to me, my crewdogs and I will fly them out to the Afghani kids who so desperately need them.

Please send your shoes to:

Operation Shoe Fly
B Co, 214th Aviation Regiment
Bagram, Afghanistan
APO AE 09354-9998

This is a great time to clean out the kids' closets and hit the stores for sales and clearance specials! These are kids with NO shoes ... ANYthing we can send over, they would be grateful for!

Winning hearts and minds ... the ultimate weapon against terrorism.

Posted by LissaKay on 06/16/04 at 01:51 PM in ~ Our World
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Tuesday, June 15, 2004

Mall phobia

Ever since 9/11 and especially since the start of the war in Iraq, I have not been able to go to the mall. No shit ... fearless, spunky, stoic me ... yes, the very same one, would be reduced to shaking knees and hands, cold sweats and pounding heart after only a few minutes inside a mall. Can we say "anxiety attack" boys and girls? I knew that you could ...

I used to love to go to the mall. I would spend hours wandering around, looking at all the stuff, hunting down bargains, people watching. I don't know what happened ...

When I tell people of my aversion to malls, I am called crazy or that I have developed a weird phobia. I have even talked to my son's therapist about it (I often steal her time since my kiddo just won't participate in the therapy ... we've decided that he is just dead set against working on his issues with his father ... not that I blame him). Anyway, even the therapist agreed that my fears were a bit irrational.

When the war started in Iraq, I nearly went over the edge. First, my oldest son was in Europe at the time on a school trip. I hounded the school for reassurance that he and his classmates were OK. Then I obsessed about "sleeper cells" of terrorists ... radical Islamists that have been living here, carrying on like everyday folk, and just waiting to unleash their violent fury. I insisted that the next terrorist attacks would not be in high profile venues, like New York or Washington, but rather in the heartland of America ... small towns, college football games, parades, 4th of July celebrations, and malls ...

Those generalized fears and obsessions finally focused into my aversion to malls in particular. Just thinking about going to the mall would bring on shaky hands and a faster heart rate. Allowing my son to go would leave me nauseous until he was back home.

Crazy, right? Outta my gourd, eh? Can't happen ... won't happen.

Oh ... really?

Somalian Charged With Plotting To Blow Up Columbus(OH)-Area Mall

Wild horses couldn't drag me into a mall now ...

Posted by LissaKay on 06/15/04 at 03:58 AM in ~ Our World
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Saturday, June 05, 2004

The passing of a Great Man

Ronald Reagan 1911-2004 ... God Speed.

Ronald Reagan 1911-2004

"Life is just one grand sweet song, so start the music"

I came of age during the Reagan years. The assassination attempt took place on my 17th birthday ... March 30, 1981. I was a junior in high school, and was just really becoming aware that there was a world outside of my family, friends, school, etc. And a scary world it was. We had just had our hostages released in Iran. Communists and the threat of nuclear war loomed large for us all. But I had faith in our President ... he looked like my grandfather, and seemed to be a father figure for the nation ... warm, comforting, caring. The first national election that I could vote in, I cast my vote to re-elect him.

This world would be a very different place today were it not for the strength, courage and wisdom of Ronald Reagan.

Posted by LissaKay on 06/05/04 at 09:35 PM in ~ Our World
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Sunday, May 23, 2004

Must Read


In these days, when the media is flashing pictures of Abu Graibh prison abuses at us every other minute, while raving moonbats shriek ever louder bemoaning the demise of the good old US of A, and the rest of the world looks on and tsks at America in derision ... we need a voice like Bill Whittle's. He cuts through the bullshit and gets down to the root of the matter ...

Catastrophes are only catastrophes; disasters are only disasters: they are not the end unless we decide they are. And so, let us, right here and now, decide that they are not the end. Because this is something we need to understand, something we need to feel deep in our bones: We are so strong, as a nation, that nothing can stop us when we set our minds to something. Nothing. We can only stop ourselves. All the players know this to be true. Al Sadr knows it. France and Germany know it. The Jihadis know it. The UN knows it. You and I know it.

Because we, the American people, are the only ones who can decide whether or not to give up in failure and defeat or carry on to the victory of a free and stable Iraq, we find we ourselves – the common, average American – are to be the battleground. We are the soldiers. We are the weapons. We are the targets of the enemy strategy. Our hearts, our spirit – that is the front line. All the players know this, too. This is our war, more than it is the Marines’ or Al Quaeda’s.

Our war. Ours.

So we need to find the strength to fight this war. And this search will not be a quick or easy one, for our strength lies both obvious and on the surface in some places, and in other places, very, very deep.

This is a critical, essential search, for the manifest strengths and beauty of our Western Society have been under such sustained attack, for so long, that we are beginning to believe this parade of lies launched against us. We have to stop it. We have to fight it. And we have to beat it. On this everything else depends.

This will be a long and circuitous journey. I’m sorry; I wish it were not so. But we must, we must find the strength we need to sustain our spirits against an onrush of negativity, pessimism, defeatism and despair that is so deadly precisely because it is so antithetical to the natural character of the American people.

Morale, my friends. Morale. Humor and confidence are our best friends now. And so, as we begin our journey through Mordor toward the heart of Mt Doom, this mission to defeat this pernicious attack on our strength, remember this:

Americans eat disasters and crap hand grenades. And I got your quagmire right here.

Read. Every. Last. Word. NOW.

Posted by LissaKay on 05/23/04 at 04:18 PM in ~ Our World
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Thursday, May 06, 2004

Just a Hug

Bush pauses to comfort teen while out stumping for the election in Lebanon, Ohio.

While I may not agree with every decision or position of President Bush, I do admire him as a man. He is genuine, determined and compassionate. He truly loves and cares about people. It may be his weak spot.

Lynn Faulkner, his daughter, Ashley, and their neighbor, Linda Prince, eagerly waited to shake the president's hand Tuesday at the Golden Lamb Inn. He worked the line at a steady campaign pace, smiling, nodding and signing autographs until Prince spoke:

"This girl lost her mom in the World Trade Center on 9-11."

Bush stopped and turned back.

"He changed from being the leader of the free world to being a father, a husband and a man," Faulkner said. "He looked right at her and said, 'How are you doing?' He reached out with his hand and pulled her into his chest."

Bush pauses to comfort teen

The look on his face says it all ...
Posted by LissaKay on 05/06/04 at 10:01 PM in ~ Our World
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Wednesday, March 10, 2004

Dear Mr President

Maybe someday I will blog something that becomes famous. Eh ... who am I kidding? Maybe one of my three regular readers will become famous, and I can enjoy it vicariously!

Anyway ... ya know how stuff on the Internet sometimes takes on a life of its own? Misattribution and exaggeration seem to be the hallmarks of email and personal web sites. Remember that grade school game of "Whisper" or sometimes it was called "Telephone"? The kids stand in a line and the first one whispers a little story into the ear of the next kid, who whispers it in the ear of the next, and so on. Then by the time the story gets to the end of the line, it is totally different. Kinda like that ...

Blogger Steph wrote an amazing piece on Feb 24. Apparently, it was passed around and somehow got attributed to Bette Midler. The story even went so far as to say that Ms Midler was handing out printed copies of this at her concerts. (How long has it been since she last toured anyway?) Gotta love the Internet. And ya gotta love Snopes.com ... they always get to the truth of the matter. And that is where I found Dear Mr President.

Amazing bit of writing. Here's a teaser:

This morning, I watched you stand before this nation and belittle these women, the thousands who stood with them, and the countless millions who wish to follow them. How could you do that, Mr. President? How could you take something so beautiful - a clear and defining example of the true nature of commitment - and declare it to be anything less? What is it that validates your marriage which somehow doesn't apply to Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon? By what power, what authority are you so divinely imbued that you can stand before me and this nation and hold their love to a higher standard?

Posted by LissaKay on 03/10/04 at 02:19 AM in ~ Our World
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Tuesday, February 17, 2004

Kalat and the Statue

This is a story that hasn't had a single word uttered in any major media outlet. Not one. It is making the rounds by email, on blogs and discussion forums though. I think it bears repeating. There are GOOD things happening in Iraq! There are Iraqis that are grateful to the Allies for setting them free from a murderous dictator. One of them, in an act of poetic justice has created a lasting memorial to the men and women who have brought the chance for freedom to a people who never before knew what freedom is.

Kalat's Memorial

(Click on the picture for a larger view)

This statue was made by an Iraqi artist named Kalat, who for years was forced by Saddam Hussein to make the many hundreds of bronze busts of Saddam that dotted Baghdad. This artist was so grateful that the Americans liberated his country, he melted 3 of the fallen Saddam heads and made a memorial statue dedicated to the American soldiers and their fallen comrades. Kalat worked on this night and day for several months. To the left of the kneeling soldier is a small Iraqi girl giving the soldier comfort as he mourns the loss of his comrade in arms. It is currently on display outside the palace that is now home to the 4th Infantry division. It will eventually be shipped and shown at the memorial museum in Fort Hood, Texas.

Posted by LissaKay on 02/17/04 at 03:10 AM in ~ Our World
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