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Tuesday, January 31, 2006

 

Iraq, The Dead of January 2006 - President and Punxsutawney Phil

More Bushspeak * Pomp and Circumstances
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E-mail from a friend quoted a message received by him: "This year, both Groundhog Day and the State of the Union Address fall on the same day. It is an ironic juxtaposition: One involves a meaningless ritual in which we look to a creature of little intelligence for prognostication, and the other involves a groundhog."

62 soldiers have lost their lives in January. The list does not include soldiers whose deaths have not yet been confirmed by the DOD. The number is lower than last month's and last January's. That is a good sign. The dead are only a part of the picture. 39 of them were in their twenties; Private First Class Peter D. Wagler of Partridge, Kansas, was 18 years old when he died on January 23rd ! What a sad list of names. Then there are the injured--7659 reported by Iraq Coalition Casualties.org The President, who managed to stay away from Vietnam, is going to blather this evening about their sacrifice, the smirk never far. As long as the families of the dead and injured soldiers continue to support him he will get away with it. There will be members of Congress bobbing up and down like marionettes to applaud him. The President will not mention 35 year old Douglas A. Barber, a Iraq war veteran who couldn't cope with post traumatic stress disorder and shot himself to death on January 16th. I hope that history will harshly judge those who took us into this senseless war.

His poll numbers continue to be low. He says he does not pay attention to polls but few believe that. Privatization of Social Security is down the tube; even some of his staunch supporters are concerned about the mounting budget deficit; the Abramoff scandal is casting a shadow on Republican members of Congress; Patrick Fitzgerald still following the Valerie Plame leak enquiry; and Medicare Part 'D",the Prescription Drug Plan, is a disaster for those who need it most. State of the Union is far from rosy. So, expect full scale smoke and mirrors. On the plus side, the president's conservative Christian supporters are delighted that Samuel Alito has become the newest member of the Supreme Court.

Jason Lee Bishop, 31, Army Sergeant 1st Class, Jan 01, 2006
Christopher J. Vanderhorn, 37, Army Staff Sergeant, Jan 01, 2006
William F. Hecker III, 37, Army Major, Jan 05, 2006
Jason Lopezreyes, 29, Army Sergeant, Jan 05, 2006
Robbie M. Mariano, 21, Army Private, Jan 05, 2006
Johnny J. Peralez Jr., 25, Army Sergeant, Jan 05, 2006
Christopher P. Petty, 33, Army Captain, Jan 05, 2006
Ryan D. Walker, 25, Army Specialist, Jan 05, 2006
Stephen J. White, 39, Army Sergeant 1st Class, Jan 05, 2006
Michael E. McLaughlin, 44, Army National Guard Lieutenant Colonel, Jan 05, 2006
Adam Leigh Cann, 23, Marine Sergeant, Jan 05, 2006
Albert Pasquale Gettings, 27, Marine Corporal, Jan 05, 2006
Ryan S. McCurdy, 20, Marine Lance Corporal, Jan 05, 2006
Radhames Camilomatos, 24, Army Sergeant, Jan 07, 2006
Joseph D. deMoors, 36, Army 1st Lieutenant, Jan 07, 2006
Douglas A. LaBouff, 36, Army Major, Jan 07, 2006
Michael R. Martinez, 43, Army Major, Jan 07, 2006
Clinton R. Upchurch, 31, Army Specialist, Jan 07, 2006
Jaime L. Campbell, 25, Army National Guard 1st Lieutenant, Jan 07, 2006
Michael I. Edwards, 26, Army National Guard Specialist, Jan 07, 2006
Jacob E. Melson, 22, Army National Guard Specialist, Jan 07, 2006
Chester W. Troxel, 45, Army National Guard Chief Warrant Officer 4, Jan 07, 2006
Stuart M. Anderson, 44, Army Reserve Major, Jan 07, 2006
Nathan R. Field, 23, Army Reserve Sergeant, Jan 07, 2006
Robert T. Johnson, 20, Army Reserve Specialist, Jan 07, 2006
Darren D. Braswell, 36, Dept. of Defense Civilian, Jan 07, 2006
Kyle W. Brown, 22, Marine Lance Corporal, Jan 07, 2006
Jeriad P. Jacobs, 19, Marine Lance Corporal, Jan 07, 2006
Jason T. Little, 20, Marine Lance Corporal, Jan 07, 2006
Brett L. Lundstrom, 22, Marine Corporal, Jan 07, 2006
Raul Mercado, 21, Marine Lance Corporal, Jan 07, 2006
Michael Joseph McMullen, 25, Army National Guard Sergeant, Jan 10, 2006
Mitchell K. Carver Jr., 31, Army Chief Warrant Officer 3, Jan 13, 2006
Kyle E. Jackson, 28, Army Chief Warrant Officer 2, Jan 13, 2006
Jonathan Kyle Price, 19, Marine Lance Corporal, Jan 13, 2006
Michael Anthony Jordan, 35, Navy Petty Officer 1st Class, Jan 13, 2006
Justin J. Watts, 20, Marine Corporal, Jan 14, 2006
Kasper Allen Dudkiewicz, 22, Army Private 1st Class, Jan 15, 2006
Dustin L. Kendall, 21, Army Specialist, Jan 15, 2006
Ruel M. Garcia, 34, Army Chief Warrant Officer 2, Jan 16, 2006
Rex C. Kenyon, 34, Army Chief Warrant Officer 3, Jan 16, 2006
Adam R. Shepherd, 21, Army Private 1st Class, Jan 17, 2006
Dennis J. Flanagan, 22, Army Sergeant, Jan 20, 2006
Matthew C. Frantz, 23, Army Specialist, Jan 20, 2006
Rickey Scott, 30, Army Staff Sergeant, Jan 20, 2006
Katherine Patricia Singleton, 0, Army Not reported yet, Jan 20, 2006
Clifton J. Yazzie, 23, Army Specialist, Jan 20, 2006
Carlos Arrelano Pandura, 22, Marine Corporal, Jan 20, 2006
Brandon Christopher Dewey, 20, Marine Lance Corporal, Jan 20, 2006
Brian McElroy, 28, Air Force Staff Sergeant, Jan 22, 2006
Jason L. Norton, 32, Air Force Technical Sergeant, Jan 22, 2006
Lance M. Chase, 32, Army Staff Sergeant, Jan 23, 2006
Matthew D. Hunter, 31, Army Sergeant, Jan 23, 2006
Peter D. Wagler, 18, Army Private 1st Class, Jan 23, 2006
Lewis T. D. Calapini, 21, Marine Private, Jan 23, 2006
Joshua A. Scott, 24, Marine Lance Corporal, Jan 23, 2006
Sean H. Miles, 28, Marine Sergeant, Jan 24, 2006
Jerry M. Durbin Jr., 26, Army Staff Sergeant, Jan 25, 2006
Joshua Allen Johnson, 24, Army National Guard Sergeant, Jan 25, 2006
David L. Herrera, 26, Army Sergeant, Jan 28, 2006
Brian J. Schoff, 22, Army Private 1st Class, Jan 28, 2006
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