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Sitting here enjoying my “boys” enjoying thier new toys I am filled with pride, joy, and more happiness than anyone person ought to be allowed to have. I am SO thankful for my “boys”. Misha with his new cordless tools, Christian with his new guitar ( and totally rocking), Luke with his skateboard and hot wheels set, and Maverick with his raw hide bone (LOL). MY boys! I love each one of them dearly. I wish everyone in the world could feel what I’m feeling now!

Now that we have enjoyed our traditional Christmas morning I want to wish all our beloved LC’s a Very Merry Christmas and a Safe and Happy New Year!!. We are blessed to know you and have y’all as a part of our lives. Thank you for your support, it means the world to us!

Also I want to thank all the men and women of our armed services for giving me the opportunity to celebrate Christmas the way I always have, and the blessing of being able to enjoy watching my “boys” enjoying their new toys. It means the world to me to be able to have these experiences. Thank you Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines!!!! We love you too and support you 100% for everything you do. This country is soooo blessed to have selfless people that are willing to risk their lives for others!! Never let anyone tell you ANYTHING any different than that. If they do, please remember my words–”little people”, ordinary everyday american citizens love and support you and what you stand for no matter what politicians or journalists try to tell you!

I also want to remember the families of our awesome military! Thank you to all the military families for sacrificing time with your loved ones so that my family is able to enjoy freedom, and do the things we love to do (like going to the gun range to shoot)! We love and support you too. Without y’all this country would be in a fix because I doubt that we would have the best military in the world. So Thank You to all the military families…. I just cant say that enough because y’all dont hear it enough!

I also need to thank Jesus because without Your blessings, love, and forgiveness I would be unable to fully appreciate and enjoy all the things I do. Thank You Jesus for being in my heart and in my life, and for my beautiful family (which i cherish). I ask in Jesus name, Please watch over and bless our extended Rottie family as well as our military and their families. Amen.


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So have you ever been somewhere and seen one of our Servicemen walk past? Maybe in an airport, or a mall? You wanted to say thank you, but it seemed awkward. Maybe you’ve done it before and there was an uncomfortable awkwardness on both your parts? That’s normal, especially for the warriors, who by nature tend to be somewhat humble.

Well, here’s a simple, unobtrusive way to say thank you.

Spread the word.

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Thanksgiving, a holiday for family, friends and feasting, but the true history is little known with the revisionist teachings in our halls of indoctrination, carefully present it as a secular day of thanks.

The first Thanksgiving is generally thought of as that celebrated by the Calvinist-Protestant pilgrims for three days in November 1621. They had arrived the prior year, suffered a loss of nearly 50% of their party in a brutal winter, but were befriended by the Wampanoags inhabiting that area and were able to reap a rich harvest.

Trouble soon followed that first Thanksgiving. They had determined to place the fruit of their labor into a collective. Everything the fledgling colony would produce would be placed into a commonwealth for distribution to each according to his own needs. Socialism, nearly 200 years before Karl Marx produced his malignant ideology. Of course, the idea immediately failed as the ne’er do wells and down-right lazy, realized that they could benefit equally with their fellow colonists, at a fraction of the actual labor. The colony was under pressure from their backers in Europe to apportion half of their output to the financiers and saw the concept as one most likely to keep the investors satisfied and repaid. Within two years the Colony was foundering due to it’s financial folly, and faced with blighted crops,drought and famine.

Governor William Bradford wrote in the history of the colony that 1623 brought them to the brink of total failure. The Pilgrims recognized that their only hope was to ask for Divine intervention and set aside a day of prayer for help in their distress. They were rewarded soon after with favorable weather and the crop production was saved.

The little group decided it would be inadequate and inappropriate to privately show their gratitude and decided upon a public day of Giving Thanks to the Divine for His manifold blessings. This became the true Thanksgiving Day, one of humble gratitude to the Almighty, not just a celebration of a bountiful harvest, friends and family.

The colony leaders soon after, abandoned their commonwealth production arrangement and each family was given a parcel of land, apportioned to the family size, that they might of their own responsibility, trust to themselves to produce befitting their individual efforts. Socialism, a failed policy from the very first time it had been tried. The newly bestowed private land-owners recognized that in addition to meeting their own needs, they could prosper by producing more and trading for other goods and services. They prospered rapidly, never forgetting that Day of Thanks to the Divine for their blessings of freedom, civil and religious. The practice spread throughout the colonies and was commonplace throughout the Revolutionary War.

In 1789, after adopting the Bill of Right to the Constitution, one of the first acts of Congress was to set down and approve a National Day of Thanksgiving. Presidents Washington, Adams and Madison recognized and celebrated the day during their administrations, though it was not officially recognized by the Executive Branch until Lincoln, during the Civil War called upon all Americans to “observe a day of thanksgiving and praise to our “beneficent Father”, asking for penitence from the horror of warring among themselves.

Thanksgiving was formally codified to be the third Thursday in November by an act of Congress in 1941.

So as we sit down today, keep in mind that our thankfulness is for much more than what is placed upon the table before us.

May G-d continue to shower down his manifold blessings on this great nation of a just and righteous people.

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I know the other Imperial Correspondents will be posting this as well, but today I have been reminded of all the blessings in my life and I want to share them and give public Thanks for all that God has given me, which is surely more than I ever deserved.

I am thankful for my wife, a woman who is so much more than I deserve, a woman who saved me from a life of spiritual emptiness and solitude. With out her, I would be a bitter and miserable creature consigned to a life of hate and fear. Thank you Bangie Thing for saving my life.

I am thankful for my children who have made me whole and have become the sole focus of my life, showing me that I was not put on this earth for myself alone. I have two wonderful little Princesses who make every day a new and exiting adventure, and a son who has filled me with more pride than I thought possible.

I am thankful to have been born an American, to be the recipient of liberty and freedom that the rest of the world envies. And I am thankful for having been able to serve her, in a small way. I am thankful that I was allowed the honor to wear the Eagle Globe and Anchor and to be a part of the brotherhood of Marines.

I am thankful for a job which I enjoy, allows me to pay the bills, and that allows me to continue to serve others.

And I am thankful for the most loyal and generous friends a man could ever wish for, the Loyal Citizens and Denizens of the Rottweiler, my second family. I am thankful for the incredible friendships of Misha, BC, and Jackboot, who have been mentors, guides and true friends. And special thanks for Misha, who helped a decrepit old war horse make it through the passing of the torch to my son, and helped me put my own service into perspective. A truer friend a man could not ask for. And I am thankful for the trust he has placed in me, and the privilege of being a member of Management. Words can not do justice to the true feelings I have about the great people on this site that I am honored to call my friends.

Lastly I am thankful for the service and sacrifice of all those who wear the uniform of the United States of America, and for those on the home front who are also thankful and supportive of them. Organizations and people such as the ones Michelle Malkin talks about here.

Happy Thanksgiving to you all, my dear friends and family of the Rottweiler.

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It’s been a long time coming.A lot of blood..a lot of grief, the crackle of weapons fire, faces..names..videos of deaths that have sickened even the most hardened of men, creating a visceral, gut tearing hate and white hot rage.

They sought to sow seeds of terror and destruction..they were answered in soldier’s coin, one by one, the 3rd Cavalry hunted them down and wiped them out..or engaged them in battle and forced them to flee, like the craven, cowardly heartless scum that they are.

In the heat of the desert sun, over the roar of the engines, the hum of the radios..the tramp of weary feet in the streets of Baghdad, Ramadi, Al Anbar, Fallujah….over them all comes a triumphant call to victory.

A lined, weatherbeaten face, worn down by years of sandstorms, grief, fear, terror…and finally, he lifts his eyes unto God and exuberantly cries with joy.


Hear him, ye fierce of heart..and know that your loved ones, and many you never know, are bursting with pride, our eyes filled with tears of elation,you are so far, far away…and our gratitude and love knows no limits.

Here is the sound of victory, here is what you have worked so hard for,..what you have fought for..bled for..died for…

This is why we fight.


In the Name of God the Compassionate and Merciful

To the Courageous Men and Women of the 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment, who have changed the city of Tall’ Afar from a ghost town, in which terrorists spread death and destruction, to a secure city flourishing with life.

To the lion-hearts who liberated our city from the grasp of terrorists who were beheading men, women and children in the streets for many months.

To those who spread smiles on the faces of our children, and gave us restored hope, through their personal sacrifice and brave fighting, and gave new life to the city after hopelessness darkened our days, and stole our confidence in our ability to reestablish our city.

Our city was the main base of operations for Abu Mousab Al Zarqawi. The city was completely held hostage in the hands of his henchmen. Our schools, governmental services, businesses and offices were closed. Our streets were silent, and no one dared to walk them. Our people were barricaded in their homes out of fear; death awaited them around every corner. Terrorists occupied and controlled the only hospital in the city.

Their savagery reached such a level that they stuffed the corpses of children with explosives and tossed them into the streets in order to kill grieving parents attempting to retrieve the bodies of their young. This was the situation of our city until God prepared and delivered unto them the courageous soldiers of the 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment, who liberated this city, ridding it of Zarqawi’s followers after harsh fighting, killing many terrorists, and forcing the remaining butchers to flee the city like rats to the surrounding areas, where the bravery of other 3d ACR soldiers in Sinjar, Rabiah, Zumar and Avgani finally destroyed them.

I have met many soldiers of the 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment; they are not only courageous men and women, but avenging angels sent by The God Himself to fight the evil of terrorism.

The leaders of this Regiment; COL McMaster, COL Armstrong, LTC Hickey, LTC Gibson, and LTC Reilly embody courage, strength, vision and wisdom. Officers and soldiers alike bristle with the confidence and character of knights in a bygone era. The mission they have accomplished, by means of a unique military operation, stands among the finest military feats to date in Operation Iraqi Freedom, and truly deserves to be studied in military science. This military operation was clean, with little collateral damage, despite the ferocity of the enemy. With the skill and precision of surgeons they dealt with the terrorist cancers in the city without causing unnecessary damage.

God bless this brave Regiment; God bless the families who dedicated these brave men and women. From the bottom of our hearts we thank the families. They have given us something we will never forget. To the families of those who have given their holy blood for our land, we all bow to you in reverence and to the souls of your loved ones. Their sacrifice was not in vain. They are not dead, but alive, and their souls hovering around us every second of every minute. They will never be forgotten for giving their precious lives. They have sacrificed that which is most valuable. We see them in the smile of every child, and in every flower growing in this land. Let America, their families, and the world be proud of their sacrifice for humanity and life.

Finally, no matter how much I write or speak about this brave Regiment, I haven’t the words to describe the courage of its officers and soldiers. I pray to God to grant happiness and health to these legendary heroes and their brave families.

Mayor of Tall ‘Afar, Ninewa, Iraq
October 29, 2007

(Note: Added “blockquotes” it for clarity—B.)

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It is with great sadness that the Department of Defence announces the death of Sergeant Matthew Locke, serving with Special Air Service Regiment in Oruzgan Province in southern Afghanistan on Thursday, 25 October 2007.

He is the third soldier to die in combat in Afghanistan, and this day Australia mourns the loss of one of our best, brightest and bravest.

During his service in the Australian Defence Force, Matthew was awarded the Medal for Gallantry, the Australian Active Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Australian Defence Medal, the United Nations Medal with the United Nations Transitional Authority East Timor Ribbon, the Iraq Clasp to the Australian Active Service Medal, the International Coalition Against Terrorism Clasp to the Australian Active Service Medal, the Infantry Combat Badge and the Returned from Active Service Badge.

For gallantry in action in hazardous circumstances as the second-in-command of a Special Air Service Regiment patrol in the Special Forces Task Group whilst deployed on Operation SLIPPER, Afghanistan, in 2006.

During the conduct of an operation, a patrol, with Sergeant Locke as second-in-command, were tasked with establishing an Observation Post in extremely rugged terrain over looking an Anti-Coalition Militia sanctuary.

After an arduous ten hour foot infiltration up the side of the mountain, the patrol was called into action to support elements of the Combined Task Force Special Forces patrol that were in contact with the Anti-Coalition Militia in the valley floor to their north.

After the engagement, Sergeant Locke’s patrol remained in their location and was the only coalition ground element with visibility of the target area.

During the course of the next day the patrol continued to coordinate offensive air support against identified Anti-Coalition Militia positions in order to further disrupt and degrade the enemy’s morale.

During the afternoon, the Observation Post became the focus of the Anti-Coalition Militia who made repeated attempts by day and night to overrun and surround the position.

In one such incident the Anti-Coalition Militia attempted to outflank the Observation Post and Sergeant Locke without regard for his own personal safety, led a two man team to locate and successfully neutralise the Anti-Coalition Militia in order to regain the initiative and protect his patrol from being overrun.

This particular incident was followed by another Anti-Coalition Militia attempt to manoeuvre to attack the patrol Observation Post from another flank.

Sergeant Locke, again with little regard for his personal safety, adopted a fire position that was exposed on high ground which dominated the planned Anti-Coalition Militia assault.

Whilst deliberately exposing himself to intense rifle and machine gun fire from the Anti-Coalition Militia, he again neutralised the lead assaulting elements whilst suppressing other Militia until the arrival of offensive air support.

Whilst still under sustained fire, Sergeant Locke then directed indirect fire to effectively neutralise another Anti-Coalition Militia advance on his patrol’s position.

The courageous and gallant actions of Sergeant Locke were instrumental in regaining the initiative from the Anti-Coalition Militia and allowing the successful exfiltration of the patrol on foot prior to first light the next day.

Sergeant Locke’s actions of gallantry whilst under enemy fire in extremely hazardous circumstances, displayed courage of the highest order and are in keeping with the finest traditions of Special Operations Command-Australia, the Australian Army and the Australian Defence Force.


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We all bear witness to the decay of our traditional sense of community geographically. Some of us are fortunate to live in areas where good neighbors and communities exist, while many of us do not. Many of us are fortunate to have family close at hand (biological or extended), others not.

While Red and I don’t have the good fortune to reside in a geographic good-neighbor community and don’t have family nearby, the spiritual part of the concept we’ve found right here. It is possible for them to exist in the virtual world as we can communicate freely our thoughts, joys and sorrows with others that we freely chose. There are endless stories of folks making friends via the Intertubewebnet™ only to meet and find it doesn’t work in the real world. I was fortunate enough, along with the rest of y’all attending the Tampa Rott-Fest 2007, to find something different here, something special. The majority of us meeting in the real-world for the first time were astounded that it was merely a physical extension of our little virtual community here. Something very, very special and wonderful. Friends already, the weekend (entirely too short) made even closer friends out of our little gang. We all went home the better for it too. My own sense of belonging to something both rare and unusual in our aloof society was immensely reinforced and grown. I indeed had found a group of people that I’d gladly share a home, community, hot-tub and a meal with anytime, anywhere, anyplace and anywhen. True friends.

Last week found me at the absolute bottom of what’s been a rough year, to say the least. Everyone has a personal breaking point and us male types are conditioned to plod on, without asking for help, call it stubborn, pride, stupid or all three, it just is. The lovely wife, knowing I was snapping and unable to provide the “guy perspective” made a late night call to the Boss. He answered on the second ring and instantly knew something was seriously amiss. We spoke at length and he once again yanked me out of the funk. G-d Bless you for that Brother. I repeatedly insisted that he not take the situation to the pack for help, but being who he is, and y’all know the rest.

The response from the Empire’s LCs was astounding is rather an understatement. We both had a good cry when the help came rolling in, just in time. I don’t feel worthy of the support (that pride thing again) that y’all came up with, but G_d in His infinite wisdom, moved the hearts and minds of our friends here on the Rott to pitch in, when one of our own hollered “Hey Rube”.

We can’t possibly pay it back, but we all can pay it forward, and we will. We reap what we sow, and you our friends, have sown seeds that really helped pull us through a tight spot. As my late grandmother would’ve said “You just got another star in your Heavenly Crown”. All of you.

Thank you all for the prayers and well-wishes too, we sure did say our prayers in thanks to Him for our friends here at the Rott.

G_d Bless You All, our friends.

JB and Country-Red

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