A Casualty Of War: MySpace (and other web sites)

U.S. Military Blocks Popular Web Sites

By Alan Sipress and Sam Diaz

Washington Post Staff Writers
Tuesday, May 15, 2007; Page A01

The Defense Department began blocking access on its computers to YouTube, MySpace and 11 other Web sites yesterday, severing some of the most popular ties linking U.S. troops in combat areas to their far-flung relatives and friends, and depriving soldiers of a favorite diversion from the boredom of overseas duty.

The banned Web sites include some of the Internet’s most popular destinations for social networking and sharing photographs, videos and audio recordings. Soldiers and their families frequent the sites to exchange notes, swap pictures and share recorded messages — a form of digital communication that, along with e-mail, has largely replaced the much-anticipated mail call of previous wars.

Senior officers said they enacted the worldwide ban out of concern that the rapidly increasing use of these sites threatened to overwhelm the military’s private Internet network and risk the disclosure of combat-sensitive material.

The Defense Department began blocking access to these Web sites yesterday:

MySpace, YouTub, Photobucket, Metacafe, MTV, iFilm, Hi5, Pandora, Live365, BlackPlanet, 1.FM, StupidVideos, Filecabi, SOURCE: Staff reports

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Media – Cho – Iraq – Gastroparesis

Again I’m striking out at the media and for now this will be my last post on this but something I just have to get off my chest.

You may wonder what Cho, Iraq and Gastroparesis have to do with each other so let’s find out.

1.  Do you know who Cho is?  How much times does the news media allow for Cho?
2. Do you know the names of those serving in Iraq?  Again, How much time does the media allow for reports of the men serving and the names.
3. Do you know what the health condition called “Gastroparesis” is?  Have you heard the media talk about it?

We all know the answer to number 1 due to the recent Virginia Tech killings as we have been saturated with every bit of information about Cho that the media can possibly “dig” up and I do mean dig.  I think whatever information they find should be indeed turned over to the authorities but I don’t think that information is something that needs to be divulged to the public.  Am I sitting here wanting to know Cho’s background and what his motives could have been or if he had a mental condition and where he bought his guns, and where on campus he lived.  Absolutely not!!  My concern is for the victims and their families and if the media had an ounce of deceny and respect for the familes they would realize that too.  But we know it is who can get the information, any information, to the public first so they can say “you heard it hear first” or “you saw it here first”. 

The answer to number 2 is pretty obvious.  The media spends about 1 to 2 1/2 minutes on “The war in Iraq” update and that is it.  So unless it is someone of prominence that has been injured or killed we hear of no names. 

Then we come to number 3.  I can tell you that without any doubt, you have never heard the word Gastroparesis mentioned by the media yet this is a health condition that strikes 5 millions Americans, 1 out of every 5 and no one has heard of it unless they are diagnosed with it.  Then they try and find some kind of support and with no place to turn so they turn to the internet for online support.  This condition, if you haven’t already read my page about it, paralyzes one’s stomach and they are unable to digest their food and can lead to living by getting their nutritional needs via tube feedings for the rest of their life. 

What I’m getting at, I think you can tell by now, is the media over reports the wrong news and under reports the important news.  One day of information about Seung-Hui Cho was enough.  Anything after that was not of interest to me at least, and I’m sure to many others.  Get on with “the news“, spend more time of the news segments about our troops, after all they are over in Iraq fighting against people who have no regard for life.  They are getting paid far less that what they deserve for putting their life on the line while our “boys on the hill” sit on their ass and get paid the big bucks, taking all the time they want to vote on a bill and then take their vacation without having voted and we are paying them. 

I guess I’ve rambled on and maybe not making sense or putting my thoughts together as well as I wanted to but when it comes to the media I will never get over the way the prioritize their news.  I know its the fact that I’m not facing the truth that they are reporting what they think the majority of the public want to hear and see.  If that’s the case, then do we have our priorities in order?

Ok, I’m through venting and my chest feels a lot better.  I’ll get off my ‘rantbox” but not without promising to not get on it again.


Injured in Iraq-Shattered at Home

The article below is a true eye opener and leaves you wondering how many Sam Ross, Jr’s are out there. 

It is obvious that Mr. Ross was up against odds even before he entered the service but after returning home after being severly wounded serving only little over a year is when his ignored cries for help went unnoticed. 

The majority age of the casualties ranges from 19-29.  These young men had not even begun to live and they are being sent over to fight a war against a country that has no regard for lifes.  A country that will strap children in a jeep that is set up as a car bomb and send them into a crowd to kill anyone. 

Anyway, if you get a chance, I hope you follow the link to continue with the rest of this article.  You will follow this young man and his journey as he finds his way in life from a horrendous childhood to becoming a hero and back to destruction.  

Is our system of treating the wounded failing?

By Deborah Sontag
Published: April 5, 2007

DUNBAR, Pa. — Blinded and disabled on the 54th day of the war in Iraq, Sam Ross returned home to a rousing parade that outdid anything this small, depressed Appalachian town had ever seen. “Sam’s parade put Dunbar on the map,” his grandfather said.

That was then. 

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Now Mr. Ross, 24, faces charges of attempted homicide, assault and arson in the burning of a family trailer in February. Nobody in the trailer was hurt, but Mr. Ross fought the assistant fire chief who reported to the scene, and later threatened a state trooper with his prosthetic leg, which was taken away from him, according to the police.

The police locked up Mr. Ross in the Fayette County prison. In his cell, he tried to hang himself with a sheet. After he was cut down, Mr. Ross was committed to a state psychiatric hospital, where, he said in a recent interview there, he is finally getting — and accepting — the help he needs, having spiraled downward in the years since the welcoming fanfare faded.

“I came home a hero, and now I’m a bum,” Mr. Ross, whose full name is Salvatore Ross Jr., said.

For the rest of this article please click on the following link: http://tinyurl.com/3ywpj4

Casualties of War – their faces, their stories (also see my page-War in Iraq)

This site is provided by the defense department and is so unique.  It is an interactive look at the American Service members who have died in Iraq and been identified by the Defense Department. 

There is an initial larger picture of a service member whose picture has a grid of minute squares (approximately 50 by 70, just a guesstimate).  I tried to count them but they are way too small. 

As you run your mouse over each square the name of a service member and date of death is shown.  When you click on the square the picture will change to show that individual’s picture and to the right there will be a smaller picture indicating their age, their branch of service and hometown.

If you haven’t seen this or one like it, I think you will find it very interesting.,


We send our military troops into a country that …

We send our military troops into a country that believes in killing their own people, using their women and children as shields to protect them from our attacks. They take our men/women as hostages and announce when they will behead them.

We on the other hand take their men as hostages and all is turned around that we are the ones who are the unjust and should be punished. Excuse me, but somehow this seems to be the most jackass of a call I’ve ever seen. Our media has become such a delight in portraying us to the world as the “BAD COUNTRY” as to the way we treat our hostages. Even worse is the fact that our military is backing up this so called “unjust treatment” and disgraced these hostages. HELLO………Dubya, we are loosing lives every day to these people you say we have disgraced. Whose pot are ya pissing in??

Well pardon me but the one who is a disgrace is Dubya (who I’m sure knows that war is hell, as he once served, or served once, in the military so he must know, right?) Ah Dubya and your defense department must be practicing social graces with enemy hostages. I can see your bookshelf now with a book called “Hostage Etiquette”.

  • All meals serverd with napkins & flower on each tray
  • Clean bed linens every day
  • Polish and shine prisoner shoes

I think you get the picture, if not, I’ll come to Washington and draw one for ya.