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THE SOLDIERS BEHIND THE BANNER
Charlie Sykes - WTMJ Radio, Milwaukee ^ | Nov. 2, 2006 | Charlie Sykes

Posted on 11/02/2006 9:56:59 PM PST by NotJustAnotherPrettyFace

We've been inundated with media requests about the source of the now-famous "HALP US JON CARRY" banner. (I've already done a live shot on Fox News, and given interviews for John Gibson's show and "Inside Edition," which should air later today.)

**UPDATE The MSM catches up.

Even CNN is reporting Troops respond to 'Jon Carry' with plea for 'halp'; while CBS is reporting "Minnesota Guard Members Mock Kerry In 'Irak' Photo", The AP has put a story on the wire, and the Minneapolis Star-Tribune is also catching up:

The photo initially was posted on the website of Milwaukee talk radio host Charlie Sykes, who said "everybody picked it up to the point where it crashed our server."

Sykes said one of his listeners has had regular e-mail correspondence with a member of the unit. "Yesterday morning the listener sent it along to me and I put it on the blog," Sykes said. "It's national at this point. It's huge."

Here is the audio of my discussion with the father of one of the soldiers in the picture.

Here is the background:

The listener who emailed me the picture writes:

Thanks for getting that posted and out. What awesome coverage. Kyle Kuepker was my college roommate... He is in that unit and his commander is the third from the left. He sent it over yesterday to me. Didn't really think this would circulate like it did, but man, how awesome. I'm so damn proud of Kyle and those guys.

Here is an email I received from him a couple weeks ago about all the great stuff they are doing.

He attaches this earlier communication:

Hello,

Once again, I find myself writing an update after two months have already passed - time's flying and I'm not complaining. ...

September was our most active to date. Violence escalated due to sectarianism which seemed to coincide with the beginning of Ramadan. Our base was rocketed through the month with one particular stretch lasting four consecutive nights. Thankfully they're terrible aim and rarely pose much of a threat - mostly serve as a disruption and an inconvenience. Our mission continues unchanged and successful. My company leads the way with fewest IED strikes and most IED discoveries year to date - as well as battle loss $$. Within the 8 companies in my battalion, we've accumulated over $750,000 is battle damage or un-repairable equipment due to the mission - of this total, my company represents $497 or less than 1% - so I'm extremely pleased at our results and couldn't be more proud of the track record - my troops continue to do "The Hard Right".

Civil Military Operations (CMO) conducted since the arrival of the Red Bull; we're in the process of completing a water treatment plant that was started a year ago, built a city park in Al Batha, constructed a water treatment facility/reverse osmosis purification system that provides water to 1500 villagers in Al Fawaz and surrounding areas of the Euphrates River. We've employed approx 100 locals throughout the Dhi Qar province in an effort to improve roadway appearance and remove debris, repaired an existing/inoperable reverse osmosis pump/generator which feeds approx 250-500 villagers in another area, repaired 25 km of road that was previously un-navigable during the rainy season near Al Harza, improved 10km of Al Batha City Center roads to increase access in and around the City Center which should create a short term economic boost to the city by employing laborers from the local area, provided 100 1500 liter water tanks to 13 villages what will store potable drinking water to an estimated 3000 people, replaced an electrical transformer in Al Humady that was hit by lightning and provides electricity to a school and local villages with more than 300 people. Future projects we have our radar on include a medium scale irrigation restoration project to provide water to cropland, improvement of 14 km of Al-Shakarra road to double lane width which is impassible 6-8 months of the year due to road height in low areas, a water infrastructure project expected to employ 1000+ manual laborers which would ultimately support commercial and industrial expansion and to raise a school yard to prevent it from flooding. In addition to these projects we've provided medical training to Iraqi Highway Patrol officers, cleared unexploded ordnance from agriculture areas and delivered countless humanitarian supplies to numerous villages and locals tribes. Every project we coordinate or develop, we put an Iraqi face with - so the work being conducted is by the locals and all the materials come from within the country - which can be frustrating. We (the Army) tries to buy everything we need from the local economy - some of it good, some of it not so good... "In Sh Allah" means God willing, so if the part we bought off the local economy works...it was because God willed it... if it didn't, it's because God willed it... Everything is In Sh Allah, hence the frustration since it seems God didn't want anything that we buy to work??? We ask, "will you come back tomorrow to fix it"? "In Sh Allah" ... see the frustration??

The first 6 months we spent adjusting, refining and adapting to our mission and surroundings. Now we're on the down hill slide and trying to keep the "horses from smelling the barn" (quote from my Sergeant Major) or becoming complacent. Our time for training was extremely limited during our first six months in country - however, we've found our groove for the moment and training has been taking place for about 3 weeks now. "A company that trains during war survives during war". I'm not sure if this is a famous dead guy quote, but I heard our Brigade Commander (COL Elicerio) say it the other day and it stuck, so this is my plan until we leave, which is about 150 days away. Plans are being developed for our re-deployment to Ft McCoy, WI and appear we will be in the area the early parts of April.

November 1st will mark the 1st ever Twin City Marathon (Shadow Race) in Iraq - which I'll make up a team of 4 for the event. I participated in the Tallil 10 mile (Tallil Air Base) a couple weeks ago and averaged an 8:40 pace, which I was pleased for two reasons. #1, I wanted to beat a 9 minute mile pace. #2, I quelled all thoughts of running a full marathon (Sorry Mark, but I think I've only got a half left in me)...

Regardless of what you see on the TV and read in the papers, let it be known that we're doing good things in this country and for its people - and I'm proud to be a part of it.

All for now - I hope this finds everyone well, in good spirits and in health.

Take care,

Kyle J. Kuepker

CPT, AD, HHC 1-34 BTB(FWD)

Commanding


TOPICS: Breaking News; Foreign Affairs; Politics/Elections; US: Minnesota; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 34thid; halp; iowa; irak; johnkerry; joncarry; kerry; kerrydumbiraqgaffe; minnesota; redbull
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The father says in the audio that his daughter has over 3 years of college credit of biology and chemistry with a GPA of 3.5, with an acceptance at another college when her stint in Iraq is done.

Father also jokingly says, "It's OK to insult me but don't insult my intelligence."

Charlie Sykes then responds with the comeback, "... And don't insult the intelligence of my kid either."

1 posted on 11/02/2006 9:56:59 PM PST by NotJustAnotherPrettyFace
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To: FlingWingFlyer; Kathy in Alaska

PING!


2 posted on 11/02/2006 9:58:17 PM PST by NotJustAnotherPrettyFace
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To: NotJustAnotherPrettyFace; tongue-tied; LUV W; tomkow6; StarCMC; All

OH Canteen members one of the dad of one of US soldier with JOHN Carry banner is talking


3 posted on 11/02/2006 9:59:52 PM PST by SevenofNine ("Step aside Jefe"=Det Lennie Briscoe)
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To: NotJustAnotherPrettyFace
"It's OK to insult me but don't insult my intelligence."

It sounds like her daddy has a lot on the ball too. It's people like Mr. Ward and his smart, courageous daughter who make morons like Kerry a voter certified loser.

4 posted on 11/02/2006 10:02:13 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (This just in! Islamofascists say they will not "change direction" after U.S. elections.)
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To: NotJustAnotherPrettyFace
One thing - if the vote turns out and the dems are beaten, the DBM (MSM) will attribute it to Kerry's remark and the poster of the National Guard team in Iraq.

What will be missed by the DBM (MSM) is that the very people who Kerry said were stupid and losers will be the ones who defeated him and his party.

And, what will be missed, is that the dems are elitists and the reps are the party of the common man and woman.

That will be completely ignored.
5 posted on 11/02/2006 10:02:23 PM PST by Prost1 (Fair and Unbiased as always!)
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To: NotJustAnotherPrettyFace

http://youtube.com/watch?v=yeYRWk-RMwk


6 posted on 11/02/2006 10:02:57 PM PST by doug from upland
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To: NotJustAnotherPrettyFace

Wonderful post. Thanks!


7 posted on 11/02/2006 10:03:03 PM PST by Jean S
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To: NotJustAnotherPrettyFace

Can the soldiers get in trouble for this ?


8 posted on 11/02/2006 10:03:09 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: NotJustAnotherPrettyFace

Gibson loved this! He's been right on on this sorry Kerry story

9 posted on 11/02/2006 10:04:38 PM PST by maine-iac7 ("...but you can't fool all of the people all of the time." Lincoln)
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To: StarFan; Dutchy; alisasny; BobFromNJ; BUNNY2003; Cacique; Clemenza; Coleus; cyborg; DKNY; ...
ping!

Please FReepmail me if you want on or off my ‘miscellaneous’ ping list.

10 posted on 11/02/2006 10:05:08 PM PST by nutmeg (National security trumps everything else.)
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To: NotJustAnotherPrettyFace

Minnesota National Guard BumP


11 posted on 11/02/2006 10:05:19 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ...... Aloha!!!)
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To: george76

And just who is gonna bring heat on 'em? Others within the military? The same ones who were also insulted by Kerry's blanket, broad-brush-painting (so-called) "botched joke"? I think not.


12 posted on 11/02/2006 10:06:24 PM PST by NotJustAnotherPrettyFace
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To: george76
...."Can the soldiers get in trouble for this ?"......

I'm not sure about a Senator, but if it had been about a superior officer, including the prez, Sec of Defense, etc., yes it would be trouble.

I just imagine a low life congresscritter scumbag is fair game.

13 posted on 11/02/2006 10:07:51 PM PST by chuckles
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To: NotJustAnotherPrettyFace

14 posted on 11/02/2006 10:08:10 PM PST by Spruce (Keep your mitts off my wallet)
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To: george76

What are they going to do....send them to Iraq?


15 posted on 11/02/2006 10:08:59 PM PST by SpeakLittle_ThinkMuch ("If you don't read the paper, you are uninformed. If you do read the paper, you are misinformed."...)
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To: NotJustAnotherPrettyFace
I hope that they do not get any heat.

Possibility of a politician like jfk to harass them.
16 posted on 11/02/2006 10:09:12 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: NotJustAnotherPrettyFace

I have been hoping & PRAYING that these fine patriots would not get in trouble..


17 posted on 11/02/2006 10:09:54 PM PST by DollyCali (Don't tell GOD how big your storm is -- Tell the storm how B-I-G your God is!)
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To: chuckles

I hope so.

any DUmmie would get ripped if they harassed these gi's


18 posted on 11/02/2006 10:10:39 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: doug from upland

Very nice. Thank you very much.


19 posted on 11/02/2006 10:11:59 PM PST by synbad600
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To: chuckles
Remember " Our Hero"...not.

bang.jpg

20 posted on 11/02/2006 10:14:08 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: Spruce

Wow! Thank you very much for that picture. Right click!


21 posted on 11/02/2006 10:15:12 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (This just in! Islamofascists say they will not "change direction" after U.S. elections.)
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To: NotJustAnotherPrettyFace

My prayers go out for these brave soldiers. God Bless them and GodSpeed. Keep up the fight against the enemy over there, and over here too.


22 posted on 11/02/2006 10:21:21 PM PST by SoldierDad (Proud Father of a 10th Mountain Division 2nd BCT Soldier fighting in Mahmudiyah)
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To: NotJustAnotherPrettyFace
Thanks for the ping....I was able to hear the audio earlier. I am so glad that it is still growing. sKerry meant what he said...it wasn't a joke. He hates our brave soldiers. Thanks to these Minnesota Guard members for their service to our country, and for what they are doing in Iraq.


23 posted on 11/02/2006 10:24:27 PM PST by Kathy in Alaska (~ God Bless and Protect Our Brave Protectors of Freedom~)
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To: Gumdrop; Keith in Iowa; GretchenM; Ditto; TomGuy; Beagle8U; Kate of Spice Island; 2Jedismom; ...
PING!

Other related threads:

St. Cloud Officer in on Joke on Kerry
Minnesota Guard Unit in Iraq Behind Send-up of Kerry Comments
Picture Soldiers Father Writes to Powerline! MOST PERFECT!
Minnesota unit created 'Halp us Jon Carry' sign

24 posted on 11/02/2006 10:26:56 PM PST by NotJustAnotherPrettyFace
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To: Kathy in Alaska

Would you link this in your next canteen thread? That would be awesome!


25 posted on 11/02/2006 10:28:19 PM PST by NotJustAnotherPrettyFace
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To: Running On Empty

Marking


26 posted on 11/02/2006 10:29:08 PM PST by Running On Empty
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To: Spruce

Ohmigosh! I'm thinking my grandfather is somewhere in that historic picture!!! I'll have to ask my dad if he's seen that one! Way cool - I'm copying it over to my hard drive right now. Thanks for posting it!


27 posted on 11/02/2006 10:29:33 PM PST by NotJustAnotherPrettyFace
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To: NotJustAnotherPrettyFace

Minnesota Cheer

Lingonberries Lingonberries lefse' lefse
Ve're Minnesooota boys
Ya Sure, You Betcha!


28 posted on 11/02/2006 10:34:49 PM PST by Valin (http://www.irey.com/)
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To: george76

Do you really think J. F'n Kerry is gonna harass these troops further? The blowback would be one hundred-fold.


29 posted on 11/02/2006 10:35:33 PM PST by NotJustAnotherPrettyFace
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To: Prost1

That's a negative:)


30 posted on 11/02/2006 10:35:48 PM PST by fatima
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To: Spruce

Wow.


31 posted on 11/02/2006 10:36:47 PM PST by fatima
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To: NotJustAnotherPrettyFace

Thanks for the ping NotJustAnotherPrettyFace.


32 posted on 11/02/2006 10:38:16 PM PST by fatima
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To: NotJustAnotherPrettyFace

Done!


33 posted on 11/02/2006 10:39:09 PM PST by Kathy in Alaska (~ God Bless and Protect Our Brave Protectors of Freedom~)
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To: george76

i have seen this pic a few times. what is that idot doing?


34 posted on 11/02/2006 10:43:42 PM PST by ferri (Be Politically Incorrect: Support the Constitution!)
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To: ALOHA RONNIE; wallcrawlr; Minnesocold; Scaaty; DManA; mplsconservative; ButThreeLeftsDo; MattMa; ...

PING!


35 posted on 11/02/2006 10:44:59 PM PST by NotJustAnotherPrettyFace
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To: ferri

He's pretending to be Commander in Chief.


36 posted on 11/02/2006 10:45:41 PM PST by NotJustAnotherPrettyFace
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To: Valin

Ya hey dere!


37 posted on 11/02/2006 10:46:23 PM PST by NotJustAnotherPrettyFace
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To: NotJustAnotherPrettyFace

damage has been done..while in the cowhall, they had the CNN AFN coverage and the comments..can't repeat them on here due to the vulgarity.


38 posted on 11/02/2006 10:46:54 PM PST by ma bell ("Take me to Pristine. I want to see the "real terrorists", Former Marine)
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To: Kathy in Alaska

Thanks - I know the Canteen gets a lot of military/troops traffic and that's a great thing. We need to do everything we can in our power to support them and let them know we all care.


39 posted on 11/02/2006 10:47:14 PM PST by NotJustAnotherPrettyFace
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To: Spruce

That is an amazing picture !


40 posted on 11/02/2006 10:48:11 PM PST by Irish Eyes
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To: NotJustAnotherPrettyFace

lol too bad someone did snap his finger off.


41 posted on 11/02/2006 10:48:57 PM PST by ferri (Be Politically Incorrect: Support the Constitution!)
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To: ma bell

All the more reason for the word to spread back to the troops about the negative blowback that Kerry's remarks are getting, and that the "little things" like this troop making this banner and sending it home to friends do get noticed and appreciated.


42 posted on 11/02/2006 10:49:32 PM PST by NotJustAnotherPrettyFace
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To: ferri

That finger won't bend. Too much Botox ;-).


43 posted on 11/02/2006 10:50:10 PM PST by NotJustAnotherPrettyFace
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To: middie

Thought of you and thought you would appreciate this thread.


44 posted on 11/02/2006 10:58:45 PM PST by NotJustAnotherPrettyFace
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To: NotJustAnotherPrettyFace
Jon Carry is not part of The Chain of Command.

The blowback would be ALEAST one hundred-fold.

45 posted on 11/02/2006 11:14:34 PM PST by TYVets (God so loved the world he didn't send a committee)
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To: doug from upland
That video was AWESOME!

I plan on doing what I can to get it to make the circuit, but it is probably doing great on its own.

46 posted on 11/02/2006 11:30:25 PM PST by Kate of Spice Island (Jon Fukitol Kari is an arrogant fool.)
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To: NotJustAnotherPrettyFace
God Bless and keep safe the best military in the world, past and present.


47 posted on 11/02/2006 11:41:55 PM PST by Kathy in Alaska (~ God Bless and Protect Our Brave Protectors of Freedom~)
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To: NotJustAnotherPrettyFace

The Email is well written, easy -- and fun -- to read.

Another ding in jon carry's armor.

I am so proud of our military.


48 posted on 11/02/2006 11:47:33 PM PST by GretchenM (What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul? Please meet my friend, Jesus)
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To: ferri

I saved it to my hard drive with a date of 8.23.04.

You could google it for more info. What I recall from my dusty mental archives is that he wasn't making nice with these guys and actually got in their faces. Being active duty, they had to take it. You might also try a FR archive search. There was a lot of chatter about it.


49 posted on 11/02/2006 11:56:19 PM PST by GretchenM (What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul? Please meet my friend, Jesus)
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To: Kate of Spice Island

Thanks, Kate. I'd like to know that the guys in Iraq saw it.


50 posted on 11/02/2006 11:56:49 PM PST by doug from upland
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