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Gold Star Moms

Posted by Mark on August 21, 2005

Gold Star Moms. An important organization. Don’t confuse this worthwhile group with the whacko brigade lead by Cindy Sheehan.

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Shadows of the past.

Posted by zaphriel on August 21, 2005

Will someone please turn on the light?

Sunnis Warn Against Constitution Draft

(AP) An Iraqi guard provides security at the Al-Shiaaba oil refinery and the pipeline near the southern…
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BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) – A day before the deadline for the new constitution, Sunni Arabs appealed Sunday to the United States and United Nations to prevent Shiites and Kurds from pushing a draft through parliament without their consent, warning it would only worsen the crisis in Iraq.

Leaders of the Sunni Arab, Shiite and Kurdish factions planned final talks on Monday morning according to officials of all three groups. “I am not optimistic,” said Kamal Hamdoun, a negotiator for the influential Sunni minority. “We either reach unanimity or not.”

The initial Aug. 15 deadline was pushed to Monday after no agreement was reached, and Iraqi officials have insisted they would meet the new deadline and present a final document to the National Assembly, dominated by Shiites and Kurds. But the chief government spokesman suggested another delay may be necessary. -source

When are these guys going to get it? They are still thinking as three factions, Sunni, Shiite, Kurd…Us vs Them…not as one country, a unified Iraq.

They still have a long hard road ahead of them. Until they at least start to think with the spirit of compromise, this process will go very slowly. I pray they get it together soon. But the shadows of the past can be hard to overcome.

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Gold Star Moms

Posted by Mark on August 21, 2005

Gold Star Moms. An important organization. Don’t confuse this worthwhile group with the whacko brigade lead by Cindy Sheehan.

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THE FINAL INSPECTION

Posted by Mark on August 21, 2005

THE FINAL INSPECTION

The soldier stood and faced God,Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining,
Just as brightly as his brass.

“Step forward now, you soldier,How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My Church have you been true?”

The soldier squared his shoulders and said,
“No, Lord, I guess I ain’t.
Because those of us who carry guns, Can’t always be a saint.

I’ve had to work most Sundays, And at times my talk was tough.
And sometimes I’ve been violent,
Because the world is awfully rough.

But, I never took a penny,
That wasn’t mine to keep…
Though I worked a lot of overtime,
When the bills got just too steep.

And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God, forgive me,
I’ve wept unmanly tears.

I know I don’t deserve a place, Among the people here.
They never wanted me around,
Except to calm their fears.

If you’ve a place for me here, Lord,It needn’t be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don’t, I’ll understand.”

There was a silence all around the throne,
Where the saints had often trod.
As the soldier waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.

“Step forward now, you soldier,
You’ve borne your burdens well.
Walk peacefully on Heaven’s streets,

You’ve done your time in Hell.”

~ Author Unknown ~Blog ON…

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THE FINAL INSPECTION

Posted by Mark on August 21, 2005

THE FINAL INSPECTION

The soldier stood and faced God,Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining,
Just as brightly as his brass.

“Step forward now, you soldier,How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My Church have you been true?”

The soldier squared his shoulders and said,
“No, Lord, I guess I ain’t.
Because those of us who carry guns, Can’t always be a saint.

I’ve had to work most Sundays, And at times my talk was tough.
And sometimes I’ve been violent,
Because the world is awfully rough.

But, I never took a penny,
That wasn’t mine to keep…
Though I worked a lot of overtime,
When the bills got just too steep.

And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God, forgive me,
I’ve wept unmanly tears.

I know I don’t deserve a place, Among the people here.
They never wanted me around,
Except to calm their fears.

If you’ve a place for me here, Lord,It needn’t be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don’t, I’ll understand.”

There was a silence all around the throne,
Where the saints had often trod.
As the soldier waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.

“Step forward now, you soldier,
You’ve borne your burdens well.
Walk peacefully on Heaven’s streets,

You’ve done your time in Hell.”

~ Author Unknown ~Blog ON…

Cross-Posted to The Gun-Toting Liberal

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