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Louisiana Army National Guardsmen from the 2225th Multi-Role Bridge Company in Marrero, La., bring residents of Hackberry, La., to dry land after the small town in the southwest portion of the state received massive flooding caused by Hurricane Ike. Soldiers from the company have been assigned to the area to offer assistance to the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries in search and rescue missions. Photo by Sgt. Angela K. Fry.

Guard hauls nearly 2,500 to safe havens

Sep 15, 2008

ARLINGTON, Va. — Hauling people to safe, dry places became one of the main missions for National Guard troops after Hurricane Ike rampaged through Texas and Louisiana on Friday night and Saturday.

Guardmembers had rescued nearly 2,000 people in Texas, the hardest hit state, by Monday, and had rescued or evacuated another 343 in Louisiana, the states reported.

“We’re proud of the work our troops are doing out there,” said Lt. Col. James Waskom, deputy commander of Louisiana’s 256th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. “But we’ve got to keep our heads in the game because there is lots of work still out there to do.”

Texas Guard members utilized ground, water and air assets to help people stranded by the hurricane that, ironically, bears the famous nickname of one of the state’s most famous sons. Dwight D. Eisenhower, the 34th president, was born in Denison, Texas, near the Oklahoma border, in 1890….

I have NO idea why that looks that way. However…lol.You can read the rest here.

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Louisiana Army National Guardsmen from the 2225th Multi-Role Bridge Company in Marrero, La., bring residents of Hackberry, La., to dry land after the small town in the southwest portion of the state received massive flooding caused by Hurricane Ike. Soldiers from the company have been assigned to the area to offer assistance to the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries in search and rescue missions. Photo by Sgt. Angela K. Fry.

Guard hauls nearly 2,500 to safe havens

Sep 15, 2008

ARLINGTON, Va. — Hauling people to safe, dry places became one of the main missions for National Guard troops after Hurricane Ike rampaged through Texas and Louisiana on Friday night and Saturday.

Guardmembers had rescued nearly 2,000 people in Texas, the hardest hit state, by Monday, and had rescued or evacuated another 343 in Louisiana, the states reported.

“We’re proud of the work our troops are doing out there,” said Lt. Col. James Waskom, deputy commander of Louisiana’s 256th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. “But we’ve got to keep our heads in the game because there is lots of work still out there to do.”

Texas Guard members utilized ground, water and air assets to help people stranded by the hurricane that, ironically, bears the famous nickname of one of the state’s most famous sons. Dwight D. Eisenhower, the 34th president, was born in Denison, Texas, near the Oklahoma border, in 1890….

I have NO idea why that looks that way. However…lol.You can read the rest here.

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President Bush speaks to the press following his visit with Walter Reed patients Sept. 9. Listening from left are Col. John Bradley chief of psychiatry and acting deputy commander for clinical services for the Walter Reed Health Care System; Command Sgt. Maj. Rudy DelValle; Col. Norvell Van Coots; and Maj. Gen. Carla G. Hawley-Bowland, commander of the North Atlantic Regional Medical Command and Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Photo by Bernard Little

President visits wounded warriors at Walter Reed

WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Sept. 12, 2008) — President George W. Bush visited patients, Family members and staff at Walter Reed Army Medical Center Tuesday.

Since the start of the Global War on Terrorism in 2001 and the Army’s premier medical center receiving wounded warriors, President Bush and first lady Laura Bush have made regular visits to Walter Reed.

“I come to Walter Reed to do a couple of things: first, to pay my respects to those who have been wounded,” the president said during remarks to the press following his visit with patients, their Families and staff.

“I’ve come to pay my respects to the healers and doctors and nurses, and thank them for their service. I can truthfully say that the health care our troops receive here is first-class,” he added.

He also thanked Maj. Gen. Carla G. Hawley-Bowland, commander of the North Atlantic Regional Medical Command and WRAMC, for her “hospitality and leadership.”

“You energize our staff, as well as the patients and their Families, to get even better,” she said. “So thank you very much.”

“I’ve also come to pay my respects to Family members that are praying that their loved one can get back on their feet and serve again, or get back on their feet and live a normal life,” the president said.

“It’s an interesting experience because, on the one hand, you see the horrors of war; on the other hand, you see the courage of the people that have volunteered to serve. I marvel when I come to Walter Reed. I marvel at the fact that people say to me, ‘Mr. President, I’d do it again. And you see somebody in bed who’s been severely wounded, and they look and they say, I’m honored and proud to have served.'”

The president then spoke of one servicemember he visited who was wounded severely and being cared for at Walter Reed: “He says, ‘I’m looking forward to getting back in uniform, getting back on the front lines.’

“America is lucky to have men and women who volunteer to wear the uniform and to serve to protect us. And, general, we’re lucky – and they’re lucky – to have health care that can provide for the wounded and provide comfort to those who need the care. So I’m honored to be with you.”

(Bernard S. Little serves as the command information officer for Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the Stripe newspaper.)

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President Bush speaks to the press following his visit with Walter Reed patients Sept. 9. Listening from left are Col. John Bradley chief of psychiatry and acting deputy commander for clinical services for the Walter Reed Health Care System; Command Sgt. Maj. Rudy DelValle; Col. Norvell Van Coots; and Maj. Gen. Carla G. Hawley-Bowland, commander of the North Atlantic Regional Medical Command and Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Photo by Bernard Little

President visits wounded warriors at Walter Reed

WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Sept. 12, 2008) — President George W. Bush visited patients, Family members and staff at Walter Reed Army Medical Center Tuesday.

Since the start of the Global War on Terrorism in 2001 and the Army’s premier medical center receiving wounded warriors, President Bush and first lady Laura Bush have made regular visits to Walter Reed.

“I come to Walter Reed to do a couple of things: first, to pay my respects to those who have been wounded,” the president said during remarks to the press following his visit with patients, their Families and staff.

“I’ve come to pay my respects to the healers and doctors and nurses, and thank them for their service. I can truthfully say that the health care our troops receive here is first-class,” he added.

He also thanked Maj. Gen. Carla G. Hawley-Bowland, commander of the North Atlantic Regional Medical Command and WRAMC, for her “hospitality and leadership.”

“You energize our staff, as well as the patients and their Families, to get even better,” she said. “So thank you very much.”

“I’ve also come to pay my respects to Family members that are praying that their loved one can get back on their feet and serve again, or get back on their feet and live a normal life,” the president said.

“It’s an interesting experience because, on the one hand, you see the horrors of war; on the other hand, you see the courage of the people that have volunteered to serve. I marvel when I come to Walter Reed. I marvel at the fact that people say to me, ‘Mr. President, I’d do it again. And you see somebody in bed who’s been severely wounded, and they look and they say, I’m honored and proud to have served.'”

The president then spoke of one servicemember he visited who was wounded severely and being cared for at Walter Reed: “He says, ‘I’m looking forward to getting back in uniform, getting back on the front lines.’

“America is lucky to have men and women who volunteer to wear the uniform and to serve to protect us. And, general, we’re lucky – and they’re lucky – to have health care that can provide for the wounded and provide comfort to those who need the care. So I’m honored to be with you.”

(Bernard S. Little serves as the command information officer for Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the Stripe newspaper.)

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From 10 Downing Street:

Wednesday 17 September 2008

Rugby stars help wounded troop heroes

Rugby stars join the PM at the Help for Heroes reception. Crown Copyright.The biggest names in Rugby Union came to Downing Street today as part of the £1million charity bid for wounded members of the armed forces.

“Help for Heroes” is promoting a legends of rugby game taking place at Twickenham on Saturday 20 September.

Sporting stars including Lawrence Dallaglio, Scott Gibbs, Martin Johnson, Jonah Lomu, Will Greenwood and other legendary figures will join with the best of the Armed Forces players to battle it out in a spectacular game to raise money for the wounded.

The aim is to sell out the 82,000 seat stadium and raise £1million to improve facilities at the services rehabilitation centre at Headley Court.

Speaking at today’s reception to mark the game, the Prime Minister said that the day would see rugby heroes honour “all of the heroes of our armed forces”.

“To put your life on the line for others every day takes someone very special, and I would like to take a moment to remember those brave men and women who have fallen in the course of their duties.

“We are deeply indebted to them, and we will never forget what they have done on our behalf.”

Help for Heroes (new window)

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From 10 Downing Street:

Wednesday 17 September 2008

Rugby stars help wounded troop heroes

Rugby stars join the PM at the Help for Heroes reception. Crown Copyright.The biggest names in Rugby Union came to Downing Street today as part of the £1million charity bid for wounded members of the armed forces.

“Help for Heroes” is promoting a legends of rugby game taking place at Twickenham on Saturday 20 September.

Sporting stars including Lawrence Dallaglio, Scott Gibbs, Martin Johnson, Jonah Lomu, Will Greenwood and other legendary figures will join with the best of the Armed Forces players to battle it out in a spectacular game to raise money for the wounded.

The aim is to sell out the 82,000 seat stadium and raise £1million to improve facilities at the services rehabilitation centre at Headley Court.

Speaking at today’s reception to mark the game, the Prime Minister said that the day would see rugby heroes honour “all of the heroes of our armed forces”.

“To put your life on the line for others every day takes someone very special, and I would like to take a moment to remember those brave men and women who have fallen in the course of their duties.

“We are deeply indebted to them, and we will never forget what they have done on our behalf.”

Help for Heroes (new window)

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Myth vs Fact

Myth Fact
Islam: Religion of peace. Sahih Muslim Book 020, Number 4705:

It has been narrated on the authority of Abu Huraira that the, Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) said: While a man walks along a path, finds a thorny twig lying on the way and puts it aside, Allah would appreciate it and forgive him The Holy Prophet (may peace be upon him) said: The martyrs are of five kinds: one who dies of plague; one who dies of diarrhoea (or cholera) ; one who is drowned; one who is buried under debris and one who dies fighting in the way of Allah.

Tafsir

Boycott: Swift Products

Cross posted from Monkey in the Middle

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First it was Labor Day and Tyson Foods, now it is Swift and more Stealth Jihad. Again and again Muslims are demanding and receiving special privileges not given to any other minority group. This time is a shorter work day so they can celebrate Ramadan.

A compromise reached to accommodate prayer for about 500 Somalian meatpacking plant workers in Grand Island led to a counter protest of even more workers at the JBS Swift & Co. plant Wednesday.

Workers including Caucasians, Hispanics, Vietnamese, and African-Americans walked out after clocking in on the B shift shortly after 3 p.m.

The objection — a change in the break schedule that leaves B shift workers shorted of hours Monday through Friday and forces them to work Saturday to earn at least 40 hours of pay.

“The Somalians say they can only work three hours after sunset, so we’re supposed to work 7.3 hours a day Monday through Friday,” said Naomi Jakubowski. “We’re supposed to come in and make up the time on Saturday or be shorted at just 36 hours.”

I don’t want to sacrifice my Saturdays with my kids — and I can’t raise ’em on 36 hours of pay,” she said. “I’ve got rent, food and diapers to buy.

He said the half-hour evening supper break on B shift will begin at 7:45 p.m. instead of 8 p.m. starting Wednesday and continue until the end of Ramadan on Oct. 1. The supper break will be taken en masse, he said.

The change was reached Tuesday night after negotiations between two local Swift officials, five designated Muslim leaders and three representatives of the UFCW, which represents 2,500 Swift workers, 500 of whom are Muslim.

“This will give them time to pray and satisfy their faith,” Hoppes said.

But the B shift workers counterprotesting Wednesday said besides a change in the dinner break schedule, the standard 15-minute break during the 6 o’clock hour of B shift was broken into three 5-minute-long breaks to accommodate the Somalian prayer time.

Bernadino Orellana said the Hispanic workers have staffed the Swift plant for 20 to 30 years. The Somalian workers have come in the last year and changed everything — Swift management has given in to the minority, she said.

“Nobody should have special privileges,” shouted B shift protester Tina Ramirez. “Treat everybody fairly.”

Counterprotesters raised objections Wednesday to a pay raise they say the Somalians were given and were bragging about Tuesday and Wednesday.

“Go back to work … get a representative of your culture to come to a meeting at 2 p.m. (Thursday),” she said as the crowd booed.

About a half hour later, Plant Manager Dennis Sydow, Operations Manager Mike Helzer and a plant owner from corporate headquarters in Greeley, Colo., stepped out to address the crowd.

More booing was heard and no workers made an effort to return to the line.

Reports were that more protesting was occurring inside on the kill and slaughter lines, but calls to the corporate office were not returned.

The counterprotesters finally broke up and marched from the Swift parking lot to Grand Island City Hall at about 6 p.m. The Muslim protesters had also staged a demonstration at Grand Island City Hall both Monday and Tuesday.

Hoppes said the compromise meeting on Tuesday came about after 500 Muslim workers walked off the job Monday in protest of not receiving prayer time during the 30-day holy period of Ramadan during the work shift.

Those workers are of Somalian and Sudanese background, he said. A similar protest occurred again Tuesday, with about 50 Muslim protesters.

The primary concern was for the evening prayer time, which signifies the end of a dawn-to-dusk fast.

Hoppes said other break times during the shift were adequate to address additional prayer times, but he said nothing of the 15-minute break being divided into three smaller break times.

Swift supervisors were to apologize to Muslim workers who were accused of taking too long on those breaks, which some had used for prayer, Hoppes said. An accounting of the break time taken was conducted and Hoppes said the company and union found no violations.

Hoppes said Muslim workers who did not show up for work, walked out of work, or did not notify supervisors of not coming to work will have a disciplinary letter placed in their personnel file.

“They will not be fired, but if it happens again they could be terminated,” Hoppes said Wednesday.

The disciplinary letter was viewed by those protesting Wednesday as too light of a punishment.

“If we did that, we’d be fired,” said Ramirez.

Hoppes said the union is continuing to investigate allegations that some praying workers were kicked by a supervisor and that a male supervisor followed a female worker into a bathroom as she attempted to pray. He said witnesses to those events have not surfaced and Swift is denying either incident happened.

Ramirez said Wednesday that the Somalians come late, leave early and take frequent breaks and “drop all the time” in prayer right in front of people, so people are literally tripping over their bodies.

“They don’t do the work and we have to work double,” she said. “It’s not fair.”

Hoppes had heard the rumors of a counterprotest early Wednesday, but hoped it wouldn’t happen.

“I don’t think there will be any problems, but there’s always some people who aren’t completely satisfied … and there may be a glitch or two,” Hoppes said. “Really, the only change is the supper break going from 8 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.”

B shift workers said the plant has been hampered by the protests this week. Normally, about 400 head of cattle are processed every hour, but that was down to about 220 to 260 an hour this week.

“Everyone has rights. Be equal. Be fair,” a protester sign stated in the Swift parking lot Wednesday night.

We all have religion,” Ramirez said.

We all have religion. And we all have a right to worship our religion. But we don’t have a right to force that religion on another person, or make a company comply to your religious demands.

Since JB Swift and Company wants to give into these demands, it is our responsiblity to tell them that we are not pleased with it and will not buy their products if they don’t reverse themselves on this. It is our money and we can spend it as we want to.

The address is:

JB Swift and Company

1770 Promontory Circle
Greeley, CO 80634
970.506.8000

The website is here

Their email is Swift & Company

Remember to be polite in your communications with them, but let them know that you are angry.