Every day Heroes


Meet Staff Sergeant Stephen Gouak:

As an explosive ordinance disposal (EOD) team leader of the United States Marine Corps, Staff Sergeant Stephen Gouak has one of the most hazardous jobs there is, going closer to bombs, not farther away. During his tour in Iraq, Gouak led his team in disabling 190 IEDs, 1 suicide truck bomb, and over 45 weapons caches with a net weight of 6,300 pounds. His team’s tremendous efforts saved many lives.

One particular instance stands out from his time there. In July 2007, his team got a call to assist another EOD unit collecting explosives after a fierce firefight. Once there, his group began recovering and disarming munitions in the area. They found more than 110 IEDs, plus suicide belts still on the dead bodies of the enemies. Altogether, the bombs weighed nearly 400 pounds. The team began to load up the explosives to be removed from the area. Suddenly, insurgents attacked again. For two hours, the American forces endured a barrage of small arms and rocket-propelled grenade fire. Gouak led the team’s in their defense against the ambush.

A horrible thought struck him: What if the enemy rounds hit the pile of ordnance? Realizing the catastrophe that would ensue, Gouak seized the initiative, and evacuated the bombs from the area. Because of his quick thinking and steadfast courage, Gouak stopped what could have been a disaster for the troops there that day.

Thanks to Staff Sergeant Stephen Gouak’s actions during his deployment, his team cleared an extraordinary amount of explosives. Without these efforts, many lives, coalition and Iraqi, would have been lost. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for his overall achievements in Iraq. (source)

Thank you for your service, Staff Sergeant Gouak!

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Every day Heroes


Meet Staff Sergeant Stephen Gouak:

As an explosive ordinance disposal (EOD) team leader of the United States Marine Corps, Staff Sergeant Stephen Gouak has one of the most hazardous jobs there is, going closer to bombs, not farther away. During his tour in Iraq, Gouak led his team in disabling 190 IEDs, 1 suicide truck bomb, and over 45 weapons caches with a net weight of 6,300 pounds. His team’s tremendous efforts saved many lives.

One particular instance stands out from his time there. In July 2007, his team got a call to assist another EOD unit collecting explosives after a fierce firefight. Once there, his group began recovering and disarming munitions in the area. They found more than 110 IEDs, plus suicide belts still on the dead bodies of the enemies. Altogether, the bombs weighed nearly 400 pounds. The team began to load up the explosives to be removed from the area. Suddenly, insurgents attacked again. For two hours, the American forces endured a barrage of small arms and rocket-propelled grenade fire. Gouak led the team’s in their defense against the ambush.

A horrible thought struck him: What if the enemy rounds hit the pile of ordnance? Realizing the catastrophe that would ensue, Gouak seized the initiative, and evacuated the bombs from the area. Because of his quick thinking and steadfast courage, Gouak stopped what could have been a disaster for the troops there that day.

Thanks to Staff Sergeant Stephen Gouak’s actions during his deployment, his team cleared an extraordinary amount of explosives. Without these efforts, many lives, coalition and Iraqi, would have been lost. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for his overall achievements in Iraq. (source)

Thank you for your service, Staff Sergeant Gouak!

*cross posted in all the usual places!*

Myth vs Fact

Myth Fact
Islam: Religion of peace. Malik’s Muwatta Book 21, Number 21.6.18:

Yahya related to me from Malik from Yahya ibn Said from Amr ibn Kathir ibn Aflah from Abu Muhammad, the mawla of Abu Qatada that Abu Qatada ibn Ribi said, “We went out with the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, in the year of Hunayn. When the armies met, the Muslims were put in disarray. I saw a man from the idol worshippers who had got the better of one of the Muslims, so I circled round and came up behind him, and struck him with a sword on his shoulder-blade. He turned to me and grabbed me so hard that I felt the smell of death in it. Then death overcame him, and he let go of me.”

He continued, “I met Umar ibn al-Khattab and said to him, ‘What’s going on with the people?’ He replied, ‘The Command of Allah.’ Then the people took hold of the battle and the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, ‘Whoever has killed one of the dead and can prove it, can strip him of his personal effects.’ I stood up and said, ‘Who will testify for me?’ and then I sat down. The Messenger of Allah repeated, ‘Whoever has killed one of the dead and can prove it, can strip him of his personal effects.’ I stood up and said, ‘Who will testify for me?’ then I sat down. Then he repeated his statement a third time, so I stood up, and the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, ‘What’s the matter with you, Abu Qatada?’ So I related my story to him. A man said, ‘He has spoken the truth, Messenger of Allah. I have the effects of that slain person with me, so give him compensation for it, Messenger of Allah.’

Abu Bakr said, ‘No, by Allah! He did not intend that one of the lions of Allah should fight for Allah and His Messenger and then give you his spoils.’ The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, ‘He has spoken the truth, hand it over to him.’ He gave it to me, and I sold the breast-plate and I bought a garden in the area of the Banu Salima with the money. It was my first property, and I acquired it in Islam.”

Tafsir

Dammit America! What The Hell Are You Doing To Us?: Part Two

‘Palling Around With Terrorists’
Palin Rips Obama for His Past Ties: Do You Think Her Remarks Are Fair?

This article from AP’s Jim Kuhnhenn appeared on the AOL News front page today. I have posted portions of it below. The bold text is mine. This is what we’re up against. This, my friends, is what passes for objective journalism in today’s America. Could there be any better example of the blatant bias of our leftist media?

How many Americans view articles such as this one uncritically as straightforward reporting? How many Americans swallow this garbage whole? AP’s arrogant contempt for the precepts of fair and balanced reporting, it’s arrogant contempt for the intelligence and judgment of the average American reader is so assured that they do not even bother attempting to disguise their outrageously skewed ‘reporting’. They assume — with some degree of accuracy — that they will not be seriously challenged. They assume — with some degree of accuracy — that it is they who are running this show.

“Do you think her remarks are fair?” AOL News ask its readers before the article even begins. And there is no shame, no sense of honor, no sense of decency involved in this cynical manipulation of the truth. There are no moral boundaries, no lines that will not be crossed. Articles such as this one — and there are so many more to choose from — are what cause me to lose confidence in our righteous cause, to lose confidence in the future of America itself. This is what I’m talking about. This is the ugly truth. We’re playing against a stacked deck. The game is fixed. The outcome has been predetermined.

I have — despite the obvious pessimism that permeates these articles — not yet lost all hope. I still ‘believe in miracles’. But, considering the fact that much of America gets all of its news from morally tainted sources such as these, can only be disheartening. I am not ‘giving in’ or ‘giving up’. I am not a ‘defeatist’. But I am shocked and angry. I am disgusted and outraged by what we are becoming, but what we are allowing ourselves to become. Aren’t you?

If we, the Republican Party, and, yes, the American people, lose this election, if the dire predictions which we have been so vehemently expressing over these past months and years do indeed come true, if America itself really does lose its meaning and its vital sovereignty, then these traitorous leftist MSM propagandists will bear a major portion of the responsibility for this colossal disaster. They are as complicit in this leftist coup as the Marxist ideologues they pander to. – rg

Palin Says Obama Pals With Terrorists
By JIM KUHNHENN,
AP

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (Oct. 4) – Republican vice presidential
candidate Sarah Palin on Saturday accused Democrat Barack Obama of “palling around with terrorists” because of an old association with a
former ’60s radical, stepping up an effort to portray Obama as unacceptable to American voters. […]
Palin’s reference was to Bill Ayers, one of the founders of the group the Weather Underground. Its members took credit for bombings, including nonfatal explosions at the Pentagon and U.S. Capitol, during the Vietnam War era. Obama, who was a child when the group was active, served on a charity board with Ayers several years ago and has denounced his radical views and activities.
[…]
The Republican campaign, falling behind Obama in polls, plans to make attacks on Obama’s character a centerpiece of candidate John McCain’s message in the final weeks of the presidential race.

Dammit America! What The Hell Are You Doing To Us?: Part Two

‘Palling Around With Terrorists’
Palin Rips Obama for His Past Ties: Do You Think Her Remarks Are Fair?

This article from AP’s Jim Kuhnhenn appeared on the AOL News front page today. I have posted portions of it below. The bold text is mine. This is what we’re up against. This, my friends, is what passes for objective journalism in today’s America. Could there be any better example of the blatant bias of our leftist media?

How many Americans view articles such as this one uncritically as straightforward reporting? How many Americans swallow this garbage whole? AP’s arrogant contempt for the precepts of fair and balanced reporting, it’s arrogant contempt for the intelligence and judgment of the average American reader is so assured that they do not even bother attempting to disguise their outrageously skewed ‘reporting’. They assume — with some degree of accuracy — that they will not be seriously challenged. They assume — with some degree of accuracy — that it is they who are running this show.

“Do you think her remarks are fair?” AOL News ask its readers before the article even begins. And there is no shame, no sense of honor, no sense of decency involved in this cynical manipulation of the truth. There are no moral boundaries, no lines that will not be crossed. Articles such as this one — and there are so many more to choose from — are what cause me to lose confidence in our righteous cause, to lose confidence in the future of America itself. This is what I’m talking about. This is the ugly truth. We’re playing against a stacked deck. The game is fixed. The outcome has been predetermined.

I have — despite the obvious pessimism that permeates these articles — not yet lost all hope. I still ‘believe in miracles’. But, considering the fact that much of America gets all of its news from morally tainted sources such as these, can only be disheartening. I am not ‘giving in’ or ‘giving up’. I am not a ‘defeatist’. But I am shocked and angry. I am disgusted and outraged by what we are becoming, but what we are allowing ourselves to become. Aren’t you?

If we, the Republican Party, and, yes, the American people, lose this election, if the dire predictions which we have been so vehemently expressing over these past months and years do indeed come true, if America itself really does lose its meaning and its vital sovereignty, then these traitorous leftist MSM propagandists will bear a major portion of the responsibility for this colossal disaster. They are as complicit in this leftist coup as the Marxist ideologues they pander to. – rg

Palin Says Obama Pals With Terrorists
By JIM KUHNHENN,
AP

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (Oct. 4) – Republican vice presidential
candidate Sarah Palin on Saturday accused Democrat Barack Obama of “palling around with terrorists” because of an old association with a
former ’60s radical, stepping up an effort to portray Obama as unacceptable to American voters. […]
Palin’s reference was to Bill Ayers, one of the founders of the group the Weather Underground. Its members took credit for bombings, including nonfatal explosions at the Pentagon and U.S. Capitol, during the Vietnam War era. Obama, who was a child when the group was active, served on a charity board with Ayers several years ago and has denounced his radical views and activities.
[…]
The Republican campaign, falling behind Obama in polls, plans to make attacks on Obama’s character a centerpiece of candidate John McCain’s message in the final weeks of the presidential race.