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    Friday, December 31, 2004

    A New Day
    Refreshed with a new morning & a cup of Dunkin Donuts coffee. Life is good in podunk OK. Gotta go get the ribs cooking and the house tidied up. Please link on to my "Just for Shits & Giggles" links. You will thoroughly enjoy the humor of the Onion. As for Jerry on the Couch - well - it is the most unique site on the web. Fellow "couchkateers" know what Jerry will be doing on NY's Eve! Thanks to my "blogging buddies" for the maintenance of my site. I am still learning - hey, I was "just a PE teacher (gym)" in my former life - LOL! As for the Engineer flag - that was placed for the engineers lost in Mosul (also hubby's branch).

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    Thursday, December 30, 2004

    Happy f-n New Year
    Can't say that ringing in the New Year with the kiddos & the pets is equivalent to that NY kiss with hubby (even thoughI have been known to fall asleep at 10). I'll miss drinking tequila & having a Progressive NY party with groups of friends from whom I've had to leave. Instead I will have a toast to all my friends (new & old), family (some I may need a few toasts to honor), my hubby in Iraq & one in memory of all those lost this past year. It will be me & my boyfriends - Sam Adams & Jose Cuervo surviving another holiday! CHEERS!

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    Wednesday, December 29, 2004

    Response from Hubby in Iraq to "If you were President"
    Iraq: I guess the only thing I would do different is to put unbearable pressure on some neighboring countries to stop the foreign terrorists support but I’m not sure the governments of those countries (Syria, Iran, Saudi Arabia) are capable of doing much more. Sending more troops sounds easier than it is. First, we don’t have many more troops to send. Most combat units are either here or preparing to come here. We have already stretched the national guard and their recruitment and retention is suffering. Our active force was about cut in half during the 90s as a result of the end of the cold war (many like to blame Clinton but that is really not a fair criticism). Secondly, the strategy is to stand up the Iraqi police and national guard so that they are viable and capable of securing THEIR OWN country while at the same time getting the Iraqi government on their feet so that they become legitimate in the eyes of the Iraqi people. It will be the Iraqi’s that ultimately defeat the terrorist here (with our help, of course). The more troops we add then the longer it will take for the Iraqi government to gain legitimacy and the more they will become dependent on the U.S. Also we flat out don’t have enough troops to guard every street corner. It’s a big country. The best indicator that we need more troops is when the Commanders here ask for them (this has been Mr. Rumsfield’s point all along); and so far I don’t know that they have asked for them.

    Second is the issue of delaying the elections. Would it allow more time to better the security situation? Maybe, Maybe not. Someone answered your blog saying it would allow people more time to decide who to vote for. That’s not the issue; the issue is will they vote; who they vote for is most likely determined by their ethnicity and religion (i.e., Sunni vs. Shiite, Arab vs. Kurd vs. Turkoman vs. Assyrian, etc.) This is not like elections in the U.S. where some people need 10 months of campaigning to decide who the best candidate is. Will delaying the elections encourage more people to vote. Maybe, if the security situation is improved, but it will also give the terrorist more time to try and convince people not to vote. One thing definite about delaying the elections; it will be a victory for the terrorists. Look at what the terrorists attack and you know what they are most afraid of. They attack Iraqi police and national guard, political party people and anybody or anything to do with elections.

    Lastly I have to come to the defense of Donald Rumsfield. This is the guy who lead the military to victory in Afghanistan (when all the naysayers said it couldn’t be done and the Soviets tried for 10 years and failed, etc, etc.) and led us to a quick victory against Iraq (again after all the same naysayers said we couldn’t win, would be bogged down fighting urban warfare, house to house, ten of thousands would be killed, etc, etc.). Granted he did not foresee all the post-war problems that would arise but who did? Who in our country or in our history has ever been faced with a similar situation? The truth is no one had any idea how it would turn out and that the Al Quaida types would turn post-war Iraq into their battlefield for fighting Americans and the spread of democracy (freedom and prosperity) in the Middle East. Yet we still have the same idiots that said we could not win in Afghanistan or against Iraq saying we should have had a post-war strategy that predicted all these things and that Donald Rumsfield needs to be fired. HOW RIDICULOUS IS THAT? I’m not saying I think Mr. Rumsfield is a genious or anything like that but it seems he has done a pretty good job so far and deserves the benefit of the doubt DESPITE WHAT YOU SEE ON TV REPORTED BY A MEDIA THAT HATES PRESIDENT BUSH, DONALD RUMSFIELD OR ANYONE ELSE THAT DISAGREES WITH THEM AND HAS THE COURAGE TO SAY IT TO THEIR FACE.

    Anyway, hope you enjoy this; more troops, delay elections, fire Rumsfield are all very current and good issues for discussion. If Mr. Rumsfield did anything that deserves to get him fired, if the rumor is true, it was allowing his staff to sign the condolence letters for him using a machine.

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    After surfing the blog world last night I noticed a disturbing pattern. Hate infiltrated most blog sites (on both sides). I also have had some recent conversations with people and again - hate & ignorance. Too much energy is wasted on hate - hopefully some people have the "character" to use that negative energy positively in some other forum. A few examples:

    1. Sri Lanka did not want the Israeli's help .
    2. Why do I care about Iraqi children? They will hate us someday .
    3. Hate for different sects in Iraq.
    4. Hate for the opposite party in the US.
    5. Why should we care about Muslim countries - they all hate us.
    6. Everyone hates Israel & the US for supporting it.

    I could go on and on. I wonder if the world is on a downward spiral of hate? Growing up I recall thinking that the KKK & Hitler were the only true hate examples. I wish I never got past that understanding.

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    Sunday, December 26, 2004

    If you were the President...
    Just wanted to throw this one out there.
    1. What would you do about the situation in Iraq?
    2. What would you do about NATO?
    3. What would you do about the US borders?

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    Tuesday, December 21, 2004

    Out Loud
    Fellow engineers were lost in Mosul today (a place where my husband recently left). I want to scream out loud at how angry I am about that! I also would like to personally go over there and kick some "insurgent/terrorist" ass. I also want to get scream at the government to make sense of this war to the American people so we can all be on the same page! Thank goodness I can speak out loud in some forum!

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    Monday, December 20, 2004

    Brace Yourself
    Increased violence in Iraq will continue in hopes of preventing the election. Don't let this discourage anything. We must press on!

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    Sunday, December 19, 2004

    I made it through the week of X-mas parties, basketball, gymnastics - now 2 weeks of vacation to chill a little. I really missed having some "hubby" relief this week - but we made it through.

    Did I mention I hosted the basketball party? It was me - 3 dads & a bunch of kids. That was awkward!

    Man of the Year - Bush (duhhh). Other runners up were probably Jacko, OBLaden,
    Saddam Insane, Dan Rather, Tom Brokaw, Tom Daschle, John Kerry & of course my all time favorite SB (Sponge Bob)!

    Oh yes, my daughter gave herself a wonderful haircut today - just beautiful!

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    Friday, December 17, 2004

    Thursday, December 16, 2004

    ANGRY JEW!!!
    I watched Bill O'Reilly last night & was furious. The interview with Sondra Snowdon from Bay Harbor Island, FL really pissed me off. This morning I already wrote to the Mayor of this town & Bill O'Reilly too. There was a one-sided story on his "Christmas under Seize" segment. This woman claims that the local Synagogue has a huge Menorah on the road leading into the town. Ms. Snowdon wanted to buy a Nativity with her own money & place it next to it - sounds simple enough. She is in a lawsuit over this & portrayed Jews (what is new) in a real negative light. She said she has been receiving threatening phone calls & spit at. I am not sure of the other side of the story on this one. But I am determined to get to the bottom of it!

    In all fairness, if a menorah is displayed - so should the nativity. However, there has got to be more to the story than that. I am disappointed with O'Reilly for letting her plea her case without the other side or at least more journalistic research on this case. We don't need anymore fuel to the negative Jewish sentiment that is already so prevalent in the world today. Shame on Bill for condoning this!

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    Wednesday, December 15, 2004

    Rough Draft
    Dear Mr. President,

    I know I do not work for you in the White House, but I consider my work as important . My family serves their Country every day by being a military family (I am a Hooah Wife). My husband will be away this Christmas from myself & his 3 young children to help protect us here at home and we support him 101% in his mission.

    I am writing to you directly, because I need you to hear my voice. I became vocal in the "blogging" world during your campaign and continue to remain active and passionate in that venue. I find myself explaining the reason we are in Iraq and the positive things we have accomplished to many people and children on a daily basis. I am tired of hearing "I am against the war, but support our soldiers - we have no business being over there."

    I feel that in this point in time, nobody should have to justify this war to anybody. We are in Iraq and we aren't leaving until the job is complete. The problem I find is that the American people are unsure about the objectives, timelines and don't have a complete understanding of the war. We know that the "news" only wants to "sensationalize" everything and focus on the negative.

    My proposal is simple. It is time to speak directly to the American people by taking out a one page ad in all the newspapers around the Country. If the add is in print, it cannot be slanted in any way, shape or form. The add needs to be clear and in plain English that a 3rd grader could understand and printed before the violence during the elections escalates.

    The ad should include:
    • the reason we are in Iraq
    • why the US should care about people in foreign lands
    • definition of terror
    • links between 9/11 and what our plans our today
    • the positive things accomplished (reconstruction)
    • Osama bin Laden
    • US soldiers & the long term plans for them

    I did not mention NATO, WMD, or the defense budget because I feel they are irrelevant at this juncture. Please consider my plan as I am growing frustrated by the tone of the American people as we continue the "War on Terror."


    Greta Perry



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    Sunday, December 12, 2004

    Purpose of this War
    As myself and many other military wives grow weary & a little bummed out during this holiday season, it is time to regroup. The Bush administration has been going through a lot of changes. Yet, the only way the public gets any info is through the press (with all its spin). It is time the President takes out an add in every paper in America to clearly outline the objectives of this war short term & long term & explain exactly why we are there.

    The soldiers know they have a clear purpose as they live & breathe this first-hand. I am seriously going to contact the President this week (via e-mail) & would love some input from y'all!

    P.S. There aren't people driving around Iraq without armor!

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    Thursday, December 09, 2004

    Supporting soldiers Families
    1. For the first time, President Bush, during a speech, asked the American people to support the families of the soldiers. He talked about the longevity & intensity of the war & the long assignments that soldiers are having to endure. Random acts of kindness (Pay it Forward) to the families esp. During the holiday season is greatly appreciated.
    2. As far as the soldier questioning Rumsfeld - it is now reported on Drudge that a reporter planted these questions because only soldiers would be able to ask. A sleazy reporter & foolish soldiers if you ask me. Unfortunately armored vehicles appears to be a "demand is bigger than supply" issue. Hopefully our Government can bring back the Rosie's & hurry up. Hell, I would volunteer my time in a factory if it could keep a soldier out of harms way.
    3. Another AP spin. According to the paper - many recent veterans are now homeless & suffering from PSD. There was only one person named in this article - but I'm sure the spin will keep going on this one.
    4. Parents in Deltona, FL are camping outside until their 12 & 17 year old start pitching in at home. Who is the parent here??? Grow up please!!! Reminds me of the Mom who went on strike & moved into a treehouse. I say have a few beers, a good nights sleep & it will all look better in the morning.

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    Wednesday, December 08, 2004

    An interesteing conversation with some parents at my daughter's dance class. One woman in her 50s was considering a surrogate mother. I don't know her well - but she had the misfortune of asking my opinion. I told her that I was against that and that if she really wanted another child that badly - there were plenty ready for adoption in her own backyard. Over this past weekend - her & her husband had an "epiphany" & realized they should go the Foster/Adopt route. They start their classes in a few weeks. I gave her a few pointers (unsolicited advice) & told her the goal of the classes is to give you the worst case scenario. I felt good about this - as maybe my big mouth did something positive for once.

    The conversation turned to the high cost of adoption for a US baby. I believe supply & demand figures that one. The legal system is also a huge contributor. Go ahead...ask me how I feel about fertility drugs - though many of my friends have gone that route - conceived & were Cybil for that period of time. I never felt I had to give birth to love a child. I was fortunate I was able to but from the git - go told hubby that I would go the adoption route in a heartbeat.

    So now some interesting discussion topics: fertility drugs, foreign adoption, Foster Care,
    US baby adoptions, abortion...just some food for thought! Fire back at me on this one!

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    Tuesday, December 07, 2004

    Can't let that one ride (posted by hubby)
    "government control of a woman's body", "seperation of church and state"; sounds like someone's been reading the liberal playbook (or spent too much time with friends in El Paso).
    - The President is "middle of the road". Liberals like to say otherwise but no way. An ultra conservative would have as tough a time being elected president as ultra liberal.

    - Pro life is NOT about the government wanting to control a woman's body; again, another liberal slogan intended to misrepresent the facts. Pro lifers believe life begins at conception and therefore abortion is akin to murder. Pretty straightforward and having seen the ultrasound of my boys at 3 or 4 months in the womb, it is hard not to believe life begins at conception.

    - The 1st Amendment states "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof". We need an amendment to add that the courts shall make no law..................

    - Legalizing mariuana is a no-brainer. It would make it more accessable to kids and pot destroys kids . No other arguement concerning this issue matters. The medicinal necessity is yet another ploy by liberal groups to confuse the issue.

    You've come a long way, Bear, but I still have some work to do! Love you.

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    Monday, December 06, 2004

    My Day as a "single" Mom (let me rant)
    1 breakfast mess (stiil there tonight)
    2 hours in the doctors office for a kid with an ear infection
    1 phone call to the teacher because someone pulled down my 6 yo pants at school
    3 Build a Bears completed at the Mall
    4 members of my family (without dad) eating at Panera Bread for dinner
    3 tired kids
    1 trashed house
    5 loads of laundry
    1 tired mom!!!

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    Conservative hot topics
    • Next candidate: needs to be more middle-of-the road conservative - to attract those Demos that voted for Bush in this election
    • Abortion: I am pro-choice (oh the horror). I do not agree with abortion, but don't feel the government should be in control of a woman's body (wealthy people would still get abortions).
    • Religion: You could have good morals, be of any religious persuasion & still be a Conservative. Yes, I'm a minority in my own party.
    • Separation of church & state: I do believe it could & should be done! Public school, for ex. is just that - if parents want their children in a homogeneous society - they should send their kids to private school. The Pilgrims did come over to escape religious persecution. I do not believe we should remove G-d from the Pledge but that we need to be more sensitive & aware of others needs & beliefs.
    • Gay marriage - all for gay "civil unions" am fine with Gay adoption & Fostering children
    • Legalized & medicinal marijuana - I am still tossed on legalization but pro-medicinal. When my 6 yo was little he had a feeding tube -we looked into Marinol (THC in pill form)for him - no Dr. would prescribe it because it could kill his developing brain cells. I couldn't have pictured him with a bong -but if you have anything terminal-go for it.
    • Stem cell research: still not sure about this one either. If a fetus is already aborted - I guess why not
    How do I feel being in a Christian Community where only Christmas is recognized? A lot of you may not like to hear this - but I would rather the school skipped the majority of the "Christmas" stuff & be PC like Arnold & do a "Holiday Thing." The school right now is doing constant Christmas stuff -which is fun for the kids - but what about kids who don't celebrate it? Put yourself in their shoes.....

    Macy's & the Department stores that removed Christmas should be ashamed of themselves - they should have Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwannza etc... They shouldn't eliminate Christmas. I don't think anybody but the ACLU really wants that!

    I just left the Hallmark store that I called & they told me they had Hanukkah candles - it was Advent candles (won't quite fit in my Menorah). Will head to Tulsa today to buy them.

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    Sunday, December 05, 2004

    Tis the Seasons!

    I need to find Hannukah candles in my Christian community-what are the chances? The 1st night rapidly approaches. My friend (thanks Heather) helped me hang the X-mas lights. This is hubbies job & I don't believe it is in the "Jewish Wife job description". Nevertheless they are up & looking pretty darn good.

    I also single-handedly picked out a live tree & dragged it in the house. Today is decoration day & the rugrats are excited. The lists to Santa are complete & of course with the X-mas shopping complete - NONE of the items on the list are items already purchased!!! I guess I am off to look for a dancing naked mole rat, a super-sized expensive Transformer, & $50 Playstation game. This is not in the budget!

    Thanks to my new friends Michelle & Bob for making my Friday night less painful. They decided I needed some company & some liquor! It hit the spot. I looked like something out of a horror movie with my pink-eye & sweatsuit (glad they could see past that after the initial shock)!

    My sons' basketball team (that I asst. coach) won yesterday. Pretty darn proud of him for scoring 10 points. He is finally realizing you have better odds shooting from up close than 1/2 court!

    Hubby received his care package from us. He now has a mini light up X-mas tree, DVDs & Nerd candy (compliments of my 6 yo). He also has a years' supply of nuts from my Mom (who can't do anything low-key). The year she discovered Polar Fleece - I ended up with a truckload of it. This was really nice, but I lived in FLORIDA!!!

    As for my blog - please forward my site to friends & family. I would love more traffic & pins on my map!!! It makes me feel less lonely (how pathetic)!!!

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    Thursday, December 02, 2004

    Letter to My 8 Year Old
    I am staying busy here in Iraq at my work. We are helping the Iraq people build up their country and become free like us Americans. I am involved with helping them build schools, hospitals, railroad stations, police stations, fire stations and Army forts. They need our help because they had to live under the rule of a terrible man (Saddam Hussein) who was extremely mean to his people. He did not let them have freedom as we have in the United States There are still some bad people here (terrorists) that do not want Iraq to be free so we have soldiers and Marines here to remove the bad guys while we build these things. You should be very proud of your Country for helping those in the world that need our help.

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    Wednesday, December 01, 2004

    Owww, My Eyes!
    I just can't stop crying because Brokaw left. Just kidding - it is stinking double pink eye!!! By the way, my friend that I referred to in my previous post told me that I do watch Mainstream Media because I watch Fox News - did I miss something???

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