12 Apr

At 41 Off To Basic Training

Vineland’s Jerry Giordano tried three times to enlist.
Twice he was rejected as too old.
But finally he’ll get to fulfill his dream.



Jerry Giordano was turned down when he tried to join the Army after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
He was 36 then. The limit for military recruits was 35.
Now the resident of Vineland, Cumberland County (NJ), is 41, and the Army has decided to welcome him into the ranks.
The age limit was raised to 42 in January to bolster recruitment, and that – plus the help of a congressman and an Army age waiver – cleared the way for him to leave April 20 for basic training.

“I feel like I did when I was a kid,” said Giordano, a supervisor at the Limpert Bros. factory in Vineland, which makes ice cream toppings.

“When you’re a teen, you look forward to driving a car, being able to drink, graduating from school. When you get to my age, there’s nothing to look forward to.”

Yesterday, Giordano said he was planning a new life as an Army medic.
Entering the military at 41 is rare. Although this year’s National Defense Authorization Act authorizes the services to accept active-duty recruits as old as 42, the Army usually cuts off recruiting at 40 – but sometimes makes exceptions to fill medical positions, said Douglas Smith, a spokesman for the Army Recruiting Command at Fort Knox, Ky.

“There has been an effort to broaden the pool of potential enlistees,” Smith said yesterday. Older “people are in better shape these days, so the age limit was increased. It took legislation to make the change for the active Army.”

The Army’s waiver for Giordano apparently took into account his motivation and desire for medical training, Smith said.
No statistics were available on how many enlistees older than 40 the Army has accepted since the age increase.
Steven Silver, 61, director of the Coatesville Veterans Affairs Medical Center’s post-traumatic stress disorder center, also is seeking to enter the military.
Silver, a Marine Corps veteran of Vietnam who lives in Coatesville, said he hoped to fill a psychologist’s position in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard and serve in Iraq.
He said yesterday that he expected to find out by June whether the Army had granted him an age waiver.
But Giordano’s long wait is over. He said he was finally doing what he had set out to do when he was 18.

“I took the test then to be a Marine, but my family didn’t want me to go in,” said Giordano, who is married and has children. “I was an only child.”

Entering the military is “fulfilling a lifetime dream,” he added. “It’s an adventure. I feel like a kid again. When 9/11 happened, that gave me the incentive to do something. I wanted to be involved.”

Giordano said he had continued trying to get into the military even after being turned down the first time.
When the Army raised the age limit for reservists to 40 in March 2005, he thought he had another chance. Maybe he could get in under the wire while the service was trying boost sagging recruitment.
Giordano was turned down again and “felt hurt” and frustrated.
When the age limit was raised two more years, Giordano applied for active duty. He was accepted, he said, after U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R., N.J.) intervened with the Army. LoBiondo was visiting troops in Iraq and Afghanistan yesterday and unavailable for comment.

“It’s been an uphill climb,” Giordano said, “but I’ve been extremely motivated.”

After basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., he will learn to become a medic at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.
“They need medics all over the place,” Giordano said. “I don’t know where I would be deployed, but I’d like to go to Iraq or Afghanistan. I want to help. I want to do something.”

Wild Thing’s comment……
God bless you Jerry and stay safe!

11 Apr

Kim Jong II  Warns He Has Human Bombs




N Korea warns of ‘human bombs’
NORTH Korea’s defense chief has warned that Pyongyang could also launch a pre-emptive attack against the United States, with state media saying soldiers were ready to be “human bombs.”
“A pre-emptive attack is not (the) monopoly of the US, and North Korea will never sit idle till it is exposed to a preemptive attack of the US,” Defense Minister Kim Il-Chol said, according to the official Korean Central News Agency. “The US is now talking about the six-party talks but in fact, it is zealously inciting hostility toward North Korea while floating all sorts of sheer fictions, utterly indifferent to the talks,” he said.
He issued the warning at a meeting yesterday to mark the 13th anniversary of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il’s reign as chairman of the country’s powerful National Defense Commission.



Rodong Sinmun, the ruling communist party’s daily newspaper, said in an editorial Sunday that the North’s military power “has been remarkably strengthened.”
“The whole army is replete with the spirit of devotedly defending the leader and all the servicepersons are reliably defending the country and socialism in the spirit of readily becoming human bombs, the spirit of suicide bombing.”
Six-party talks involving the two Koreas, China, Japan, Russia and the US are in limbo after Washington accused Pyongyang of counterfeiting US dollars and laundering money.
Experts say the country is also busily developing advanced missiles capable of serving as a delivery system.
Wild Thing’s comment…..
President Bush Bush called it right when he referred to them a part of the Axis of Evil. North Korea today is a criminal state that engages in slavery, torture, drug running, counterfeiting, rape, and murder.
Every time you read another, maniacal threat from this wretched excuse of a nation… remember how Carter, Clinton & Albright prostrated themselves before it.
Great! We’ll load North Korea’s “human bombs” and drop ’em on Iran.

11 Apr

Recruiting For Democrat Votes At Immigration Rallies




Democrat recruitment flyer encouraging Mexican immigrants to vote for Democrats in 2006.
Power Line points out, one of the organizers of these rallies is A.N.S.W.E.R., a communist organization.

11 Apr

Iraqi Freedom Day




A leatherneck with 1st Marine Division mans a post in the streets in the center of Baghdad, April 11, 2003. First Marine Division and other elements of the Marine Expeditionary Force secured the capital city less than three weeks into Operation Iraqi Freedom. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Joseph R. Chenelly
Three Years After Baghdad’s Fall, Troops Note Progress

Three years ago April 9, the world looked on, captivated by compelling television images of Iraqis ripping down a towering statue of Saddam Hussein in Baghdad, and burning images of the Iraqi dictator on the streets.




The statue of Saddam Hussein topples in Baghdad’s Firdos Square on April 9, 2003. Three years later, Iraqi forces increasingly are taking the lead in securing their country.

Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld lauded it as an important sign of things to come. “We’re seeing history unfold and events that will shape the course of a country, the fate of a people and potentially the future of the region,” Rumsfeld said during an April 9, 2003, Pentagon press briefing. “Saddam Hussein is now taking his rightful place alongside (Adolf) Hitler, (Joseph) Stalin, (Vladimir) Lenin and (Nicholae) Ceausescu in the pantheon of failed brutal dictators.
“And the Iraqi people are well on their way to freedom,” he said.

The toppling of Saddam’s statue in Baghdad’s Firdos Square was just one — but perhaps the most symbolic — part of the city’s fall from the grip of the brutal dictator who had ruled it with an iron fist for more than three decades. Days earlier, coalition troops captured the city’s airport, named after Saddam, and renamed it Baghdad International Airport. They also took the Presidential Palace in downtown Baghdad and began moving freely through the city.
Eight months after his larger-than-life image was pulled from its podium in downtown Baghdad, Saddam was pulled from a “spider hole” near his hometown of Tikrit on Dec. 13. About 600 members of the 1st Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, along with special operations forces, captured him after receiving intelligence that the former dictator was in the area.
Saddam is now standing trial on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity.
Three years later, as the anniversary of Baghdad’s fall is commemorated as “Iraqi Freedom Day,” troops serving in Iraq say they’re proud of what it paved the way for throughout the country.
Army Lt. Col. Thomas Murphree, who was serving in Kuwait at the time as theater distribution commander, said seeing images of Iraqis pulling down Saddam’s statue in Baghdad assured him:
“They didn’t like him or his regime.” “We did the right thing then, and we’re still doing the right thing,” said Murphree, who returned to Camp Victory, Iraq, in January as deputy transportation officer for Multinational Corps Iraq.
Army Sgt. Maj. Linda Allen, remembers the shock she experienced rolling into Iraq from Kuwait in late April. “I remember how devastating it was coming up to Iraq and running across the civilians,” she said. “They were hungry. They had no place to live and no water to drink. Every child we passed was motioning to their mouth because they were hungry.”
The soldiers say they’re witnessing evidence of that better life throughout the country. “You see a lot of new buildings going up and police stations being built and improvements in the health-care system,” said McCoy.
“It’s getting better day by day,” agreed Murphree. “But it doesn’t all happen overnight.”
Since liberating Iraq, the United States has helped the Iraqis build or repair aging sewage treatment plans for 5.1 million Iraqis and funded projects that have improved access to clean water for 3.1 million people.
These infrastructure improvements are important to assuring that Iraqis have the basics that Americans take for granted – “a job, the ability to take care of their families and have a roof over their head and a safe place to live,” Murphree said. And he said it’s also a critical component to establishing a new, democratic government in Iraq.
“There’s still a ton of work to do, and we’re not leaving anytime soon,” she said. “But there’s a lot of progress and it’s a whole lot better than it was three years ago.”

Thank you to everyone in our military!

11 Apr

No Wonder Lefties LOVE The Arabs







The obstacles Arabs have erected for themselves are enormous. For all of the oil revenue that has flowed into the wealthier Arab countries, consider the overall state of the Arab world:
It does not produce a single manufactured product of sufficient quality to sell on world markets.
* Arab productivity is the lowest in the world.
* It contains not a single world-class university.
* The once-great tradition of Arab science has degenerated into a few research programs in the fields of chemical and biological warfare.
* No Arab state is a true democracy.
* No Arab state genuinely respects human rights.
* No Arab state hosts a responsible media.
* No Arab society fully respects the rights of women or minorities.
* No Arab government has ever accepted public responsibility for its own shortcomings.
So the foreign policy of Islam is to use weapons they could never have designed themselves, manufactured with technologies they have never mastered, and developed in wars fought largely against them.
It’s really like their economic policy, where they sell us their oil they have no way of exploiting themselves, by people who have skills and knowledge they don’t possess, to use in technology they didn’t develop.
Exactly what (besides reams of empty rhetoric and brainwashed murders) do these guys produce for the world? No wonder the leftists love them. They’re equally useless.

10 Apr

News From Iraq ~ The Bunker Notebook ~



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This Category Bunker Notebook at Theodore’s World, 
will be about the things shared in emails from 
our troops and other Americans that are 
located in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Theodore’s World is very aware of how 
loose lips endanger our troops and other Americans 
working in the hot zones, so at all times great care will be 
taken in how much information is posted. 

Some notes will be directly from the troops 
and other notes from those such
as employees with Halliburton and others.
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The author of the video is the soldier standing looking at the paperwork with the two terrorists handcuffed and blindfolded in one of the images you will see.
Please click HERE is his video and parts of his email are below…..

” The the one standing was real cocky about wanting to kill Americans. He was double checking the paperwork to make sure there were no problems. The one sitting on the ground with his back to the camera is bawling like a baby. Seems Jihad was all fun and games for this clown until our guys slapped the blind fold and plastic cuffs on him.
As usual we were doing our routine patrols and as we were heading back to Mares. We saw that the IP’s (Iraqi Police) had one of the main roads closed. Shortly after, we realized that they were working on an IED placed on the right of the road exactly where we normally pass by to make a right turn. This people have a great sense of bravery, because even with the limitation on the equipment that they were using to deactivate the IED, this IP’s worked with it fearless. There were basically about 7 IP’s on the ground, one with binoculars, two with a string with a hook in the middle of it and the rest of them pulling security for the ones working directly with the IED. The technique used to deactivate the IED was merely simple. The used the hook to extract the ignition device away from the round (one 155mm). After the ignition device was away from the round, then extracting the round out of the whole was “piece of cake”. I’m glad and thank God for these men, because it could hit any of our Stryker and cause other tragedy like on February 26, 2006.
A couple weeks ago when a SVBIED blow up and couple minutes later an IED went off about 200 meters away from the SVBIED site. When we there about 15 minutes after all this happened, but the must interesting part is who an IA (Iraqi Army) guy crawled like a snake into the hole just to peep and see what was the status of the remaining UXO (Unexploded Ordnance). After he (IA) realized that this rounds didn’t represented a threat (at least to him), he just pulled them out like candies. Even an explosion took place, it had 5 unexploded rounds inside the IED hole and we heard that the explosion from the EID was quite loud. Now you can imagine how much damage this IED would make if it would go off completely.”…………Sgt. Colon

10 Apr

~ Happy Birthday Rodger ~

Happy
Birthday Rodger

of the most wonderful


Curmudgeonly
Skeptical Blog


Have a very special Birthday
and many, many more!

Wishing
you all the best!
A year of fun and happiness
is my birthday wish for you
You are someone special
and your birthday should be too!

Happy Birthday!

from,
Wild Thing

and everyone here at
Theodore’s World

 






10 Apr

Iranian Navy and Other Iranian Military Photos




Photos HERE
And HERE
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Wild Thing’s comment
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If and when we do attack Iran, can we send jimmah catah over there first for a pow-wow, and them attack them!
I have read that some have warned that bombing Iran could provoke “a chain reaction” of attacks on American facilities and citizens throughout the world and might also reignite Hezbollah.
Let’s see……….
Door Number One: “A chain reaction of attacks on American facilities and citizens throughout the world”
Door Number Two: An Iran capable of killing millions with nuclear tipped missiles
I’ll take my chances with Door Number One.
The wishy loser types ALWAYS, ALWAYS worry about the ‘bad guys’ getting mad and what they’ll do to us. Winners make the bad guys WORRY about what’s happening to them.

09 Apr

Aaron’s Blog Has Been Hacked

Aaron, of Aarons.cc got the terrorists so angry they hacked his blog, not once but twice in less then 48 hours.
Linda at Something……and Half of Something was able to capture the original hacking image the terrorists had put up at Aaron’s blog. You can see the image HERE at Something….and Half of Something.
Aaron’s comments regarding this can be seen at Beth’s blog ….MVRWC:

“If you have any moderate Muslims,
send them to my hacked blog.
Been down for 30 hours.
Hosting Matters has traced
the attack to Saudi Arabia.”

“The site was restored while I was
away for the Sabbath and it’s been re-hacked.”

As Linda states, It is the equivalent of an internet fatwah and she is right. And as Beth said too, be sure to back up your Blogs!! Save, back up and save!

09 Apr

GI Humor ~ Share Some If You Like






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During training exercises, the lieutenant driving down a muddy back road encountered another car stuck in the mud with a red faced colonel at the wheel.
“Your jeep stuck, sir?” asked the lieutenant as he pulled alongside.
“Nope,” replied the colonel, coming over and handing him the keys, “Yours is.”




A Navy Chief and an Admiral were sitting in the barbershop.
They were both just getting finished with their shaves – the barbers were reaching for some after-shave to slap on their faces.
The admiral shouted, “Hey, don’t put mess on me! My wife will think I’ve been in a whorehouse!”
The chief turned to his barber and said, “Go ahead and put it on. My wife doesn’t know what a whorehouse smells like.”



Murphy’s rules for combat: #5 When in doubt…empty the magazine



The General went to the doctor for a physical. Before he began, the doctor asked him the standard questions – age, height, weight and then he asked when was the last time the General had sex.
“Oh”, he mused, “It was 1955.”
“Isn’t that a long time to go without sex?” the doctor asked.
“I don’t think so. According to your clock, it’s only 2113.”



A tourist walked into a pet shop and was looking at the animals on display.
While he was there, a platoon sergeant walked in and said to the shopkeeper, “I’ll have a PFC monkey please.” The shopkeeper nodded, went over to a cage at the side of the shop and took out a monkey. He fit a collar and leash, handed it to the customer, saying, “That’ll be $1000.” The platoon sergeant paid and walked out with his monkey. Startled, the tourist went over to the shopkeeper and said, “That was a very expensive monkey. Most of them are only a few hundred dollars. Why did it cost so much?”
The shopkeeper answered, “Ah, that monkey can fire expert with small arms, score 300 on the APFT, and perform Drill & Ceremony and Small Unit Tactics with no mistakes, well worth the money.”
The tourist looked at the monkey in another cage. “That one’s even more expensive! $10,000! What does it do?”
“Oh, that one’s an NCO monkey; it can instruct BRM, CTT, PT, D&C and SUT, and even do some paperwork. All the really useful stuff,” said the shopkeeper. The tourist looked around for a little longer and saw a third monkey in a cage of its own. The price tag around its neck read $50,000.
He gasped to the shopkeeper, “That one costs more than all the others put together! What on earth does it do?” The shopkeeper replied, “Well, I haven’t actually SEEN it do ANYTHING, but it says it’s a Colonel.”



A C-141 was preparing for departure from Thule Greenland, and they were waiting for the truck to arrive to pump out the aircraft’s sewage holding tank. The Aircraft Commander was in a hurry, but the truck was late in arriving, and the Airman performing the job was extremely slow in getting the tank pumped out.
When the Aircraft Commander berated the Airman for his lack of speed and threatened him with punishment, the Airman responded: “Sir, I have no stripes, it is 20 below zero, I am stationed in Thule, Greenland, and I am pumping shit out of airplanes. Just what are you planning to do to punish me?”



Marching in the cold rain, the drill sergeant tells his soldiers, this is good sh*t..
Marines marching 20 miles in the cold rain, “This is great sh*t!!”
Navy SEALS crawling through cold swamps for 20 miles: “I love this sh*t!”
Airborne Rangers crawling through cold swamps infested with snakes and gators: “I live for this sh*t!”
Air force pilot, in his carpeted room, cable TV, after a 2 hour mission in his F-16, Fridge humming, full of cold beer,
and the AC goes out: “What kind of sh*t is this?”



What is the difference between a fairy tale and a war story?
A fairly tale begins with “once upon a time” and a war story begins with “and this is no $hit”.



Divert Your Course
This is the actual radio conversation of a US naval ship with Canadian authorities off the coast of Newfoundland in October 1995. Radio conversation released by the chief of naval operations, 10-10-95.
CANADIANS: Please divert your course 15 degrees to the south to avoid a collision.
AMERICANS: Recommend you divert your course 15 degrees to the north to avoid a collision.
CANADIANS: Negative. You will have to divert your course 15 degrees to the south to avoid a collision.
AMERICANS: This is the captain of a US Navy ship. I say again, divert YOUR course.
CANADIANS: No, I say again, you divert YOUR course.
AMERICANS: This is the Aircraft Carrier US LINCOLN, the second largest ship in the United States Atlantic Fleet. We are accompanied with three Destroyers, three Cruisers and numerous support vessels. I DEMAND that you change your course 15 degrees north. I say again, that’s one-five degrees north, or counter-measures will be undertaken to ensure the safety of this ship.
CANADIANS: This is a lighthouse. Your call.



The 5 Scariest Things in the Army!
1. A Private saying, “I learned this in basic training…”
2. A Sergeant saying, “Trust me, sir…”
3. A Second Lieutenant saying, “Based on my experience…”
4. A Captain saying, “I was just thinking…”
5. And a Warrant Officer chuckling, “Watch this $%!#…”



Two airmen were driving across country on leave. They come to a Marine Corps base and decide to visit. They approach the gate and the Marine Guard walks up to the driver’s window, and taps on it with his nighstick.
The driver rolls down the window, and the Marine smacks him in the head with the stick. The driver says, “Why’d you do that?
The Marine says, “You’re on a United States Marine Corps Base, son. When I come up to your car, you’ll have your ID card ready.”
Driver says, “I’m sorry, We’re in the Air Force, and we didn’t know.”
The Marine examines the I.D. card and gives it back to the driver.
The Marine walks around to the passenger side and taps on the window. The passenger rolls his window down, and the Marine smacks him with the nightstick.
The passenger says, “What’d you do that for?”
The Marine says,”Just making your wishes come true.”
The passenger says, “Huh?”
The Marine says, “I know that as soon as you pull away you’re gonna say, ‘I wish that sucker would’ve tried that stuff with me!'”