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They need your help with the Adopt a Soldier/Sailor/Airman/Marine program. Go here.
Christmas wish.
Click here for a photo slideshow of 4-year-old Hannah Garman of Lancaster County, Pa., who was diagnosed with a rare, incurable brain tumor in October. Hannah's mother died of cancer two years ago. Hannah has a Christmas wish and her community is spreading the word: Send her a card. Day by Day's Chris Muir sent... Read More
Christmas cheer.
Photo via Soldier's Angels Germany Finally, some good news to report. Earlier this month, I noted the awful plight of Linda Ferrara, the soldier's mom whose blankets for the troops and tons of other homemade charitable items were stolen by soulless jerks. The update on an outpouring of good will and donations: Update: Donations for... Read More
As I'm sure you've heard, a suspicious arson struck Sarah Palin's home church in Wasilla. There were several women working on crafts to donate to needy families for the holidays. Ed has video here. Reader Pat from Team Sarah sends info about a fundraiser to help the church, which suffered upwards of $1 million in... Read More
Faith. Hope. Charity.
Last night, I blogged about Dong Yun Yoon, the extraordinary American who lost his wife, toddler daughter Rachel, infant daughter Grace, and mother-in-law in the military jet crash in San Diego. Reader David talked to Yoon's pastor, who said you can send card and help directly to his church. Here's the address: Dong Yun Yoon... Read More
Photo via Soldier's Angels Germany This story has me cursing in my coffee this morning: Linda Ferrara, a California mother of a soldier killed in Afghanistan with three other sons in the military, organizes charity blanket drives for the troops. She and other volunteers hand-sewed patriotic blankets and other items worth an estimated $8,000. Ferrara... Read More
Ok, here is my birthday plea: Please help out PFC Hunter Levine. My friend Debra Burlingame sends word that his friends, family, and fellow soldiers are asking for support. Read: I know a young man who is in desperate need of help. His name is PFC Hunter Levine. He is 20 years old and hails... Read More
Hoping for change.
Conservative bloggers aren't waiting for The One Who Is The Change He Seeks. No, they're doing it for themselves. Doing what, you ask? Doing the job Barack Obama wasn't willing to do: Helping out a little school in Kenya that bears Obama's name and which he promised to assist. Shocker: It was an empty promise.... Read More
Traveling home from Austin, TX, yesterday, I spent most of the short flight in tears--punctuated by frequent chuckles. I'm sure the lady sitting next to me thought I was a basket case as I sobbed into my Southwest Airlines cocktail napkin until it fell apart in shreds. Why was I bawling and laughing? I finally... Read More
Here's my syndicated column this week. Enjoy! *** Let us not, on this Independence Day weekend, dwell on the political pretenders to patriotism rushing to out-proclaim their love of country. Nor let us pay heed to the sneering movie directors and journalism pooh-bahs allergic to red, white, and blue. Instead, I'd like to share a... Read More
(Screen grabs courtesy Tim Sumner) I'll be in beautiful Mountain View, CA all day today for "From the Frontlines," our ground-breaking web-a-thon for the troops. Move America Forward's Melanie Morgan and I will go live on Ustream.TV and right here at (as well as at at 4pm Eastern/1pm Pacific. (Just hit the play... Read More
Just six more days 'til the awesome event I told you about over Memorial Day weekend. "From the Frontlines" is a joint project of Melanie Morgan's Move America Forward, UStream.TV, and Hot Air. On June 26, from 4pm Eastern/1pm Pacific to 12midnight Eastern/9pm Pacific, Melanie and I will be anchoring a livestreamed, 8-hour fund-raising "web-a-thon"... Read More
Invisible threads.
Blackfive's Matt Burden sends another unsung story of "military people and their families taking care of the rest of the world." Read it.
"Wait for me at the gate."
Two thousand mourners paid tribute to five-year-old Maria Sue Chapman this weekend--and kept up their prayers for the teen-age brother involved in the horrible accident that took her life. Via The Tennessean: If you are blessed to have snuggle bunnies of your own, hug them extra hard today and every day. *** Previous:
"'Cuz all too soon the clock will strike midnight/And she'll be gone."
I've been thinking about this tragedy all day and ask you to set aside politics again for a moment. Contemporary Christian singer/songwriter Steven Curtis Chapman's five-year-old adopted daughter, Maria Sue, died Wednesday when her teen-age brother accidentally ran over her as he backed the family's car out of their driveway. Chapman's music and life have... Read More
Danger Close.
Milblogger/documentarian J.D. Johannes and producer David Chavarria have produced new DVDs in their excellent Outside The Wire series on the war in Iraq. J.D. writes: One year ago today, I took a back pack and two boxes full of spare TV gear to Iraq. I had no idea what I would see, only where I... Read More
Let's roll.
The anti-war vandals had their day in the sun. Now, let's turn to the patriots. The Vets for Freedom has launched a National Heroes Tour--make sure you check to see when they'll be rolling through your town. Today they are in Austin, Texas. VFF reports: Jim Hanson's got vid of the kickoff.
Eagles up.
The Gathering of Eagles and many other pro-troops activists turned out in the rain yesterday to show support for the recruiters at Times Square. Jennifer sends video: Flickr photo set here. More blog coverage here. The NYDaily News has coverage. GoE and a coalition of other counterproteste
Our American soldiers in Afghanistan won't get their names splashed all over the front page of blabbermouth Drudge, but they deserve your attention and support. Milblogger Matt Burden at Blackfive appeals for your help. Take time out of your lunch break to do this: Not too long ago, Blackfive readers, joined by thousands of readers... Read More
Please read this post from The Bashman at Pat Dollard's site about Iraq war widow Julie Shumney, the widow of Bronze Star recipient 1st Lt. Dustin Shumney, who died in a helicopter crash near Ar Rutbah in 2005. The Shumneys could use your help. Click on this button and pitch in. Thank you!
Starting over.
You may recall my Thanksgiving column about Army Spc. John Austin Johnson, the injured Iraq war veteran who lost his three children in a November horrible car accident on their way to visit him in recuperation at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio. The El Paso Times has a follow-up: A former Fort Bliss... Read More
Leading milblog Blackfive invited bloggers to send in video greetings for the troops overseas. Hot Air pitched in with many other bloggers across the country. Here's the collaborative result: We can't say thank you enough.
My friends at Move America Forward are currently on a cross-country trip, holding pro-troop events in 40 cities across America to honor and salute the men and women of the U.S. military who will be thousands of miles away from their homes and families during this holiday season. They're collecting more than 100,000 Christmas, Hanukkah... Read More
Over the years, I've tracked Mumia Chic--the Left's deranged worship of convicted Death Row murderer Mumia Abu Jamal that has spread from Philly to St. Denis, France and points in between. This December 9th marks the 25th anniversary of the brutal murder of Abu Jamal's victim, Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner. His brave widow, Maureen... Read More
Update 10:15am Eastern 11/22. Happy Thanksgiving to you all! Milblogger Laughing Wolf at Blackfive gives thanks. The NYPost offers its Thanksgiving prayers. *** My column this week (reprinted below) reflects on pain, compassion, gratitude, and some simple Thanksgiving advice. Feel free to share your favorite Thanksgiving traditions, recipes, and prayers here. I'm making a Thanksgiving... Read More
Caption: Forward Invocation -- U.S. service members with 2nd Marine Logistics Group (Forward) and various other units bow their heads in prayer during the invocation to celebrate the Marine Corps' 232nd birthday on Camp Taqaddum, Iraq, Nov. 10, 2007. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Michael J. O'Brien. *** Send your text message of thanks... Read More
Support the troops.
Update 11/11 9:00pm Eastern. The Project Valour-IT fundraiser has been extended for one more day. Please help. Update 11/11 825pm Eastern. Milblogger Jonn L. has video of the wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington. Update 11/11. Happy Veterans Day to all who have served our great nation. Learn about the heroism of First Lt. Walter B. Jackson,... Read More
“God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pain; it is His megaphone to rouse a...
Two weeks ago, I mentioned charitable efforts to help the Johnson family. Army Spc. John Austin Johnson was wounded in an IED attack in Iraq and recovering from traumatic brain injury in Texas. His wife and three children were traveling to visit him when their car rolled over in a blast of wind. Spc. Johnson's... Read More
Reaching across the aisle to support disabled troops. Is anybody there?
The yearly fund-raising drive for Project Valour-IT, which donates voice-activated laptops to disabled soldiers, kicked off earlier this week. I joined the Marine team, which is currently in second place--close behind the Army team. Reach into your pockets if you can and chip in often. The friendly blog competition to support Project Valour-IT runs through... Read More
Plus: A challenge to the left-o-sphere.
Update 10:48am Eastern. HEY! The Army team has taken a slight lead. Chip in now and reclaim first! I'm gonna keep cracking the whip. *** After the first day of fund-raising for Project Valour IT, the annual fund-raising drive to provide voice-activiated laptops to disabled troops, the Marine Team--of which I am a proud member--is... Read More
Worthy cause.
One of my favorite non-profit military charities, Project Valour IT, kicks off its annual fund-raising competition today. The organization provides voice-activated laptops to severely wounded military personnel. The competition will run from October 29 through Veterans Day, November 11. Anyone can donate or join the fundraising drive at the Valour-IT Homepage. I've joined the Marine... Read More
"Their strength and togetherness of family show how the human spirit can endure, even in great sadness."
Update: If you want to donate to the Johnson family fund, here's the corrected information: The correct name of the account is the "Ashley and Logan Johnson Memorial Fund." People who wish to contribute can go into any Bank of America banking center in the United States and make a contribution. They will also need... Read More
Getcha head in the game. Plus: The Band of Mothers.
Two weeks ago, I called your attention to several major pro-troops, anti-surrender campaigns that will converge this September in Washington DC. The ANSWER crowd must be answered. If you can't be there in person, please make sure to check out all the links and support the organizations I've linked to any other way you can.... Read More
Sending embeds to the front.
Blogger Bill Ardolino is going back to Fallujah for two weeks on August 30. He did some fantastic reporting and posts a new video he shot back in January: You can watch another clip here. Ardolino writes: "Some of my coverage will focus on the state of the Iraqi Police (IP) and the US Police... Read More
Zina loved Fruit roll-ups, swimming, and tetherball.
7/16 7:29am Eastern update: Zina loved Fruit roll-ups, swimming, and tetherball. 7/16 12:00am Eastern update: Thousands gather to say goodbye to Zina Linnik *** Via the Tacoma News Tribune, here's how to help the family of Zina Linnik. Three accounts have been opened for donations fto memorial funds: • The Zina Linnik Memorial Fund at... Read More
Fight frivolous litigation: Jin and Soo Chung, the dry cleaners in the crazy pants lawsuit, need your help.
Last month, as you may recall, that nutty judge who sued his dry cleaner for $54 million over misplaced pants lost his case. But the story ain't over for the poor dry cleaners. The business owners, Jin and Soo Chung, have exhausted their savings accounts staving off the frivolous lawsuit--and they've been saddled with more... Read More
A reader's son pulls through brain surgery. Thanks for your prayers.
Last week, reader Eric asked for prayers for his son, Matthew Rager, who underwent surgery to remove a brain tumor earlier this week. Here's an update: Praise God! We have good news. Miracle Matthew has made it through surgery today in as good a shape as anyone could've possibly hoped. We are absolutely filled with... Read More
A reader asks for prayers for his young son, who faces brain surgery for a tumor next week.
I hope you can take a few moments out of your day to add Matthew Rager to your thoughts and prayers. Reader Eric e-mails: Matthew's favorite subject is Math:
Milblogger project update: Sending messages of support to the troops.
The other day, I passed along a request from the milbloggers at Blackfive to send an e-mail of support to the Regimental Combat Team 6 in Iraq. The team has now received 4,970 messages. Thanks to all of you for responding to the call. Grim has the update and a renewed push to reach the... Read More
The Marines, Sailors and Soldiers in the Marine Regimental Combat Team - 6 want to hear from you.
Grim at Blackfive interviewed Col. Simcock of Regimental Combat Team 6. The colonel asked Americans to send letters of support to RCT-6: Thanks to the Blackfive team's efforts so far, 1,700 e-mails have come in. Help the
If you're a runner in the Midwest, please put this race organized by the family members of fallen hero U.S. Army Captain Travis Patriquin on your schedule. You can also be a sponsor or donor. (Hat tip: Blackfive)
Pitch in: Operation Hero Miles gives family members of wounded servicemen and women free plane tickets to visit their loved ones recovering at military hospitals. This Memorial Day weekend, participating airlines will match unused frequent flyer mile donations mile-for-mile, from 6 AM, Friday, May 25th through 11:59 pm, Monday, May 28th.
Please read: A request from Ilario Pantano.
Reader Stephanie asked me to publicize the "Thanks Mom Bone Marrow Drive," which began this week and runs through May 21. She writes: "My son is 10 and he was diagnosed with leukemia in January, please would you advertise this event to help people like my little boy, it would mean so much to me."... Read More
After I taped The O'Reilly Factor in Washington on Friday night, the real fun began. John Ondrasik and Five For Fighting played at the 9:30 Club. He was kind enough to offer a few guest passes, which Bryan Preston and I gladly used to share a rare, kids-free night out with our spouses. What a... Read More
Got a second? Help sponsor my friend Mary Katharine Ham, who'll be biking 100 miles for the Young Life ministries. I can't even bike one mile. Send her a few bucks and support a great cause!
Your prayers and support are needed. Please help.
Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I'm on a holiday schedule, counting blessings and enjoying family time. There are a number of worthy causes I wanted to mention. Instead of spending on Black Friday, how about contributing to one of these? *A group from one of my favorite, indispensable blogs, My Pet Jawa, is... Read More
As you can tell from my O'Reilly appearance tonight, I am not in a good mood. I am not in the mood to hear about how CNN is justified in broadcasting "great footage" of American soldiers getting picked off by Iraqi snipers because it's "great footage." I am not in the mood to hear about... Read More
Lorie Byrd, blogging over at her new digs at Wizbang, is collecting Memorial Day tributes. Lorie links to the song, "Arlington," which reminded me of this poignant photo from last Christmas: *** A military chaplain writes about one of his toughest duties--following a script that begins "Ma'am, We Regret to Inform You." CSM looks at... Read More
The “war hero” candidate buried information about POWs left behind in Vietnam.
Are elite university admissions based on meritocracy and diversity as claimed?
Our Reigning Political Puppets, Dancing to Invisible Strings