charliesmum: (Quit you by wolfpurplemoon)
I'm really bored today, so I'm going through my old posts, just to see what I was up to 4 years ago.

I came across I post I wrote in April of 2004, and it seemed like something maybe I should update.

April 28, 2004

Since the beginning of the war on Iraq:

Total American deaths: 722

Total wounded: 3,022

Iraqi civilians killed: 10,781



As of now: From antiwar.com

Total American deaths: 4,113

Total wounded: 30,333

Iraqi civilians killed: 1,225,898
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I'm really bored today, so I'm going through my old posts, just to see what I was up to 4 years ago.

I came across I post I wrote in April of 2004, and it seemed like something maybe I should update.

April 28, 2004

Since the beginning of the war on Iraq:

Total American deaths: 722

Total wounded: 3,022

Iraqi civilians killed: 10,781



As of now: From antiwar.com

Total American deaths: 4,113

Total wounded: 30,333

Iraqi civilians killed: 1,225,898
charliesmum: (Quit you by wolfpurplemoon)
Yesterday my mom was in the neighborhood and we went to lunch at this resturant located on the Cooper River. While eating we noticed this little sign that said "Vetran's Island", and since we had no idea it even existed, we took a walk and checked it out.

It had a Vietnam memorial at the front with the names of all the Camden County people who were killed. My mom recognized one of the names.

The 'island' itself had a path that went in a rough circle, and at various intervals was a sign with a map of the world, with the parts circled indicating the areas in which the war took place; one for each major war in the 20th century.

Each sign stated when the war began, when it ended, how many US soliders fought in the war, how many were MIA, and how many were killed, and then finally how many Camden County residents were killed in that war.

The last sign had a map of the world, with the entire world circled, and over the top it said "Global War on Terror 2001 - ________" which apparently started on 9/11/2001.

It was...disturbing. It's just sitting there, totally blank, waiting for the list of the missing and the dead, and no end date in sight.
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Yesterday my mom was in the neighborhood and we went to lunch at this resturant located on the Cooper River. While eating we noticed this little sign that said "Vetran's Island", and since we had no idea it even existed, we took a walk and checked it out.

It had a Vietnam memorial at the front with the names of all the Camden County people who were killed. My mom recognized one of the names.

The 'island' itself had a path that went in a rough circle, and at various intervals was a sign with a map of the world, with the parts circled indicating the areas in which the war took place; one for each major war in the 20th century.

Each sign stated when the war began, when it ended, how many US soliders fought in the war, how many were MIA, and how many were killed, and then finally how many Camden County residents were killed in that war.

The last sign had a map of the world, with the entire world circled, and over the top it said "Global War on Terror 2001 - ________" which apparently started on 9/11/2001.

It was...disturbing. It's just sitting there, totally blank, waiting for the list of the missing and the dead, and no end date in sight.
charliesmum: (Frank)
Young men, soldiers, Nineteen Fourteen
Marching through countries they'd never seen
Virgins with rifles, a game of charades
All for a Children's Crusade

Pawns in the game are not victims of chance
Strewn on the fields of Belgium and France
Poppies for young men, death's bitter trade
All of those young lives betrayed

The children of England would never be slaves
They're trapped on the wire and dying in waves
The flower of England face down in the mud
And stained in the blood of a whole generation

Corpulent generals safe behind lines
History's lessons drowned in red wine
Poppies for young men, death's bitter trade
All of those young lives betrayed
All for a Children's Crusade

Sting.*



*Yes, Sting. Look, I know he's not Rupert Brooke, but it's a good song.
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Young men, soldiers, Nineteen Fourteen
Marching through countries they'd never seen
Virgins with rifles, a game of charades
All for a Children's Crusade

Pawns in the game are not victims of chance
Strewn on the fields of Belgium and France
Poppies for young men, death's bitter trade
All of those young lives betrayed

The children of England would never be slaves
They're trapped on the wire and dying in waves
The flower of England face down in the mud
And stained in the blood of a whole generation

Corpulent generals safe behind lines
History's lessons drowned in red wine
Poppies for young men, death's bitter trade
All of those young lives betrayed
All for a Children's Crusade

Sting.*



*Yes, Sting. Look, I know he's not Rupert Brooke, but it's a good song.
charliesmum: (om mane padme hum om)
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Francis Straub

Let me begin by saying I don't want to exaggerate my connection with Frank. My grief is light compared to those who knew him well; but I still grieve for the loss of someone vital, someone who touched my life briefly, and someone I will always remember with fondness.

Frank was a soldier, a black belt in karate, a 'ladies man', a survivor of a pretty rotten childhood, and a nice guy.

I really knew him only for a short time back in 2002, but we had a casual friendship, we hung out a few times outside of the dojo and so forth. The most memorable time was when a small group of us including Frank went to Tiger Schulmann's headquarters up in North Jersey - they were 'auditioning' for a commercial, and Frank asked me and a couple other women to come up. We did, it was fun, and, ironically, we took a detour to NYC as it was the 6th month anniversary of the 9/11 bombings.

Frank was Charlie's 'sensei' briefly when Charlie took karate at Tiger Schulmann. He was awesome with the kids, he really liked them and it showed in the way he taught them. When my friend had her son's birthday at the dojo, and Frank was there, playing with the kids, teaching them moves, convincing me to wear the tiger costume to bring out the cake.

My friend new him better than I did. (why she knew him isn't my story to tell) She told me that the last time she spoke to him he told her he was going to Iraq and, ever the fatalist, told her he didn't think he'd be coming home.

Osu, Sempai. Rest in peace.
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Francis Straub

Let me begin by saying I don't want to exaggerate my connection with Frank. My grief is light compared to those who knew him well; but I still grieve for the loss of someone vital, someone who touched my life briefly, and someone I will always remember with fondness.

Frank was a soldier, a black belt in karate, a 'ladies man', a survivor of a pretty rotten childhood, and a nice guy.

I really knew him only for a short time back in 2002, but we had a casual friendship, we hung out a few times outside of the dojo and so forth. The most memorable time was when a small group of us including Frank went to Tiger Schulmann's headquarters up in North Jersey - they were 'auditioning' for a commercial, and Frank asked me and a couple other women to come up. We did, it was fun, and, ironically, we took a detour to NYC as it was the 6th month anniversary of the 9/11 bombings.

Frank was Charlie's 'sensei' briefly when Charlie took karate at Tiger Schulmann. He was awesome with the kids, he really liked them and it showed in the way he taught them. When my friend had her son's birthday at the dojo, and Frank was there, playing with the kids, teaching them moves, convincing me to wear the tiger costume to bring out the cake.

My friend new him better than I did. (why she knew him isn't my story to tell) She told me that the last time she spoke to him he told her he was going to Iraq and, ever the fatalist, told her he didn't think he'd be coming home.

Osu, Sempai. Rest in peace.
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So, I'm reading CNN.com, and this story caught my eye. As I was reading it, some Pink Floyd lyrics popped into my head.

Bring the boys back home/Bring the boys back home/Don't leave the children on their own/Bring the boys back home
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So, I'm reading CNN.com, and this story caught my eye. As I was reading it, some Pink Floyd lyrics popped into my head.

Bring the boys back home/Bring the boys back home/Don't leave the children on their own/Bring the boys back home

Odd...

Jan. 14th, 2005 07:56 am
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Radio went off this morning, and the news was being read. The first thing I heard was that it was officially announced that Michael Smith, 24, of Media PA was killed when a mortar hit the Humvee in which he was travelling. Michael Smith being the [livejournal.com profile] wolfmoon98 I mentioned yesterday.

It was an odd little coincidence, one, because, thanks to LJ, I felt like 'hey, I know that guy', and two, because once again the internet has beaten regular media to the punch. And three, it was strange that it was the first thing I heard when I woke up this morning.

ETA: Found this article on the Online Philadelphia Inquirer.
Michael smith

Good to know he was able to call his father.

Yes I feel rather obsessed with this, why do you ask?

Odd...

Jan. 14th, 2005 07:56 am
charliesmum: (Default)
Radio went off this morning, and the news was being read. The first thing I heard was that it was officially announced that Michael Smith, 24, of Media PA was killed when a mortar hit the Humvee in which he was travelling. Michael Smith being the [livejournal.com profile] wolfmoon98 I mentioned yesterday.

It was an odd little coincidence, one, because, thanks to LJ, I felt like 'hey, I know that guy', and two, because once again the internet has beaten regular media to the punch. And three, it was strange that it was the first thing I heard when I woke up this morning.

ETA: Found this article on the Online Philadelphia Inquirer.
Michael smith

Good to know he was able to call his father.

Yes I feel rather obsessed with this, why do you ask?
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My calendar today has the words "Each individual has an opportunity to make a difference" and maybe, once again, this blogging thing is proving that.

[livejournal.com profile] liz_marcs had this on her LJ today:

Mike Smith, aka [livejournal.com profile] wolfmoon98 was killed yesterday in Iraq when his hummer was attacked by mortars. For more information, please visit this entry. He continued his blogging from Iraq.

I didn't have him on my friend's list. But it's an odd sort of connection we all have here, and it's a feeling of losing 'one of our own'. It makes it real. It makes it human.

There is a movement via [livejournal.com profile] insomnia and [livejournal.com profile] ljdemocrats asking people to vist his last entry to leave a condolence message for his family.

ETA: There are over 300 comments on his last entry. Most of them are from people who, like me, found out through some other entry or community, and they all pretty much say the same thing: Thank you, I'm sorry, rest in peace. I hope his family does see the posts, because it is a beautiful testiment that people still care about people. Comforting to know you are not alone.

It is very odd that his last post should start with 'regrets, I've had a few'. Well, not so odd, I suppose. When one walks with death every day, one starts reflecting.
charliesmum: (Default)
My calendar today has the words "Each individual has an opportunity to make a difference" and maybe, once again, this blogging thing is proving that.

[livejournal.com profile] liz_marcs had this on her LJ today:

Mike Smith, aka [livejournal.com profile] wolfmoon98 was killed yesterday in Iraq when his hummer was attacked by mortars. For more information, please visit this entry. He continued his blogging from Iraq.

I didn't have him on my friend's list. But it's an odd sort of connection we all have here, and it's a feeling of losing 'one of our own'. It makes it real. It makes it human.

There is a movement via [livejournal.com profile] insomnia and [livejournal.com profile] ljdemocrats asking people to vist his last entry to leave a condolence message for his family.

ETA: There are over 300 comments on his last entry. Most of them are from people who, like me, found out through some other entry or community, and they all pretty much say the same thing: Thank you, I'm sorry, rest in peace. I hope his family does see the posts, because it is a beautiful testiment that people still care about people. Comforting to know you are not alone.

It is very odd that his last post should start with 'regrets, I've had a few'. Well, not so odd, I suppose. When one walks with death every day, one starts reflecting.

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