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THE ONLY DRAFT IN THIS WAR—A HOSPITAL GOWN: WALTER REED PATIENT TELLS OFF LEFTIES, Wk 143, 1/11/08
DC Chapter | January 18, 2008 | Albion Wilde, with photos by PleaDeal and [Mrs] Trooprally

Posted on 01/18/2008 1:55:56 PM PST by Albion Wilde

Washington, January 11, 2008— Whatta FReep! While Metro Police "observed" our regular Friday night rally in support of the wounded, a soldier strolled out of the Walter Reed gates in a hospital gown and skimpy robe — in January. Battle fatigued? Not at all. This guy is all muscle and grit, had just had major surgery that morning, and his missions were twofold: first, to shake hands with the DC Chapter FReepers outside the gates, and second, to "go tell the lefties that I want to go back to Iraq!"

He had heard about the anti-war protesters down the street, and about our weekly "support the troops, support the mission"rally that had thrown the lefties away from the gates—and keeps them away. Walter Reed remains the site of some of the most front-edge technology in restorative medicine: a small, sutured incision was the only evidence of his total disc replacement surgery that morning—that, and his hospital-issue back-opening nightgown, covered with a thin cotton robe.


In slippers and a hospital gown, Walter Reed patient Joel tells the anti-war demonstrators down the street, whom he termed "the unbathed, jobless left-wingers," that he is eager to return to Iraq. His opinion of them may be only partly true: we know that some of them have union jobs, and some of them shave — even some of the women. Photo by PleaDeal.

Joel, an 82nd Airborne Iraq veteran who hails from New Jersey, made the rounds of our four corners to shake hands with the DC Chapter FReepers, then headed down to confront the Bush Derangement Sufferers, led by Bruce Wolf of the AFL-CIO affiliate, OPEIU Local 2. FReeper PrezUSA222 preceded Joel with a huge flag on a pole. "I'm on high-security detail," Prez joked. On the way back, Joel recounted with surprise the lefties' tame responses, in contrast with the bird-flipping at wounded troops we have documented during other soldiers' visits to the leftist camp when CodePink was in charge. "They didn't call me a babykiller or anything," he remarked. Thanks to our influence, Bruce put away his "Maimed for a Lie" sign early on — we haven't seen him holding it since 2005.


Walter Reed patient Joel with FReepers VictoryNY and PrezUSA222 in front of the MOAB (Mother of All Banners). At left in background, Fraxinus and Lurker Mom of PrezUSA222. While VictoryNY shouted plenty of her usual "We love our brave SOLDIERS!" slogans from the northeast corner, tonight she and Satin_Patriot also sang an inspired rendering of "God Bless America," with harmony by nearby FReepers. Photo by PleaDeal.


Several students from one of the nation's top hotbeds of campus radicalism, Oberlin College, strolled by our FReep. They were on a winter-break lobbying trip to the Nation's Capital. Although their lobbying mission centered on the use of coal as fuel, one of their stricken-faced members recited verbatim the MorOn.org talking points about our soldiers not having enough supplies and equipment. When we countered with facts, such as the length of time it takes to fully supply a fighting force and the cuts in funding throughout the Clinton administration leading up to the War on Terror, or various politically-motivated awards to substandard defense contractors, she scuttled away quickly to rejoin the lefties.

Two other Oberliners, students in enviro studies and history, remained courteous and stayed to chat awhile longer. We explained that we support the free-speech rights of the protesters down the street, but their thinking is stuck in the 60s, as is that of the major media executives who spread opinion of the WOT. Bottom line, the Pinkos' choice of Walter Reed as the site for their protests is as as inappropriate as a thong bikini at an Amish wedding.


Oberlin College lefties-in-the-making refresh their free-floating sense of outrage by hangin' with the lefties. Photo by [Mrs] Trooprally.


DC Metro Police's Finest Lurkers

DC Metro Police vehicles were parked in several locations around this night's FReep. Not only a squad car, but also a motorcycle with a sidecar from the elite unit that escorts Presidential motorcades, stayed throughout the evening in the church parking lot behind our main banner. Meanwhile, some "beat" cops in the six-lane Georgia Avenue artery that runs alongside Walter Reed seemed to be there just to nab speeders.

The two officers in the parking lot were from the Special Operations unit that is responsible for monitoring demonstrations in the District of Columbia. Ours, they said, is on a regular rotation of demos to be observed from time to time, and they got an eyeful of soldiers visiting us and FReepers warming up in our cars or stopping by our coffee stand in the parking lot, plus a joyful earful from passing cars beeping and shouting support and FReepers singing, woo-hooing and waving. The officers were approachable and friendly and we welcomed them to have some refreshments, which they declined; but one of them took Satin_Patriot on a sidecar ride all around the residential streets to the east of Walter Reed before the FReep began.


The sidecar motorcycle and officer. Welcome back any time, Metro Police officers! Photo by PleaDeal


When Satin_Patriot and Gathering of Eagles' Chief ogled the sidecar motorcycle, the officer explained that the sidecar gives stability in wet weather, then took Satin_Patriot for a sidecar ride, a community-relations gesture they do for lucky citizens "as conditions permit."Photo by [Mrs] Trooprally.



Left to right: Lurker Bill from MD, KBuri, Coby of VetsforFreedom.org, Tom the Redhunter. Photo by PleaDeal


A PDA for the Troops

We always stay until the bus arrives bringing recovering soldiers and their families back to the WR base after a dinner on the town, courtesy of volunteer donations through the Aleethia Foundation and Fran O'Brien's restaurateur Hal Koster. We could go into the base and greet them out of sight; but as we explained to the Metro Police monitors, we want the public to see us greeting them and cheering them. Soldiers and their families have told us many times how much they appreciate this PDA — Public Display of Affection — from citizens.


Lurker Bill from MD and RonGKirby are shown on the southeast corner as the bus approaches the gates of Walter Reed. They are just two of the two dozen FReepers and lurkers who were waving and shouting their greetings from all four corners. Photo by PleaDeal



Hoo-ah! Chief and Satin_Patriot on the northeast corner hail the bus as it enters the gates. Photo by PleaDeal


This Week's Honor Roll:

FReepers: Albion Wilde, BufordP, Cindy-True-Supporter, Fraxinus, Jimmy Valentine's brother, KBuri, PleaDeal, PrezUSA222, RonGKirby, Satin_Patriot, Tom the Redhunter, TroopRally [Mr & Mrs], VAflagwaver, VictoryNY.
Lurkers: Alicia, Bill from MD, Chief, Coby
of Vets for Freedom, Mom of PrezUSA222 and Steve, plus two soldiers from WRAMC = 23 for our rally, vs. an uncharacteristically large number, 14, for the anti-war "vigil."


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Links:

To view all of PleaDeal's photos of this FReep, Click here.

To view all of [Mrs] Trooprally's photos of this FReep, Click here.

To view BufordP's archive of all past Walter Reed FReeps, Click here.

Want some ideas of what you can do for the wounded at Walter Reed? FReepmail Albion Wilde, Cindy-True-Supporter, PleaDeal or VAFlagWaver.

Directions to our Walter Reed freep location from the Takoma metro station



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TOPICS: Activism/Chapters; US: District of Columbia; US: Maryland; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: aar; dcchapter; draft; hospitalgown; rally; walterreed
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Fridays from 6:45 pm to 9:45 pm at the gates of Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Georgia Avenue and Elder Street NW. Parking in the lot on the north east corner.

Join us any Friday for coffee, snacks and cheering the wounded and staff of Walter Reed. The troops, and your heart, will be glad you did!

1 posted on 01/18/2008 1:56:05 PM PST by Albion Wilde
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To: 1 Olgoat; 103198; 10Ring; 11Bush; 1stbn27; 2ndClassCitizen; 2SterlingConservatives; 2yearlurker; ...

DC Chapter megaping. Sorry this is late, folks. It’s snow-shoveling and sore throat season. Enjoy the great time we had last Friday, and hope to see you tonight!


2 posted on 01/18/2008 1:58:34 PM PST by Albion Wilde ("Whatever enables us to go to war, secures our peace." —Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Alamo-Girl; Allegra; ALWAYSWELDING; AmericanDave; AmericanMade1776; Americanwolf; AmericaUnite; ...
National readership ping to this week's Walter Reed AAR! This time it's by yours truly, Albion Wilde. Enjoy!


FReepmail me to be added to / deleted from this once-weekly ping list.

3 posted on 01/18/2008 2:01:23 PM PST by Albion Wilde ("Whatever enables us to go to war, secures our peace." —Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Albion Wilde

We weren’t able to get out of town because of the weather. Hope to see you guys another time


4 posted on 01/18/2008 2:04:52 PM PST by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: Albion Wilde

Wow! That was a good one!

Woo Hoo! Jersey soldiers kick it!


5 posted on 01/18/2008 2:06:57 PM PST by Incorrigible (If I lead, follow me; If I pause, push me; If I retreat, kill me.)
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To: Albion Wilde

Here’s a thought - Do patients at W. Reed have access to the net? Be great to write these guys and girls.


6 posted on 01/18/2008 2:07:37 PM PST by Westlander (Unleash the Neutron Bomb)
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To: Albion Wilde
OMG...what a great story, and kudo's to the DC Chapter...

I'm sure the Walter Reed patients love having some feet on the street that tell the truth, and don't buy the MSM/Liberal B.S.-carpet bombing.

7 posted on 01/18/2008 2:08:54 PM PST by traditional1 (Thompson/Hunter '08)
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To: Albion Wilde; All

Great report...God bless our troops and the great Freepers who support them.
Loved seeing the visit from Joel!


8 posted on 01/18/2008 2:12:15 PM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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To: Albion Wilde

Keep it going, Guys and Gals!!!

TG A20


9 posted on 01/18/2008 2:13:04 PM PST by Turret Gunner A20 (Keep it going, guy)
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To: Albion Wilde

I hope Joel gets to read this and knows how much we honor and respect him and his fellow warriors.


10 posted on 01/18/2008 2:18:22 PM PST by Beckwith (Dhimmicrats and the liberal media have chosen sides -- Islamofascism)
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To: Albion Wilde

What an honor for you guys to meet Joel!!


11 posted on 01/18/2008 2:19:52 PM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . Moveon is not us...... Moveon is the enemy)
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To: Albion Wilde

Yall do good work.


12 posted on 01/18/2008 2:23:23 PM PST by arthurus (Better to fight them OVER THERE than to have to fight them OVER HERE!)
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To: Westlander
Here’s a thought - Do patients at W. Reed have access to the net? Be great to write these guys and girls.

Yes, the ambulatory patients out of acute care all have Internet in their rooms, and some of us do spend time finding ways to disseminate the FreeRepublic.com URL, keyword Walter Reed, so they can read about our rallies. Regarding personal email, we try to be sensitive to their privacy concerns as they are recovering, and so do not give out any email addresses we may learn.

We hear tell that we are read by troops in the field, also. Here's one of our past After-Action Reports about that: AIRBORNE OFFICER: "WHEN WE'RE IN IRAQ, WE KNOW YOU'RE HERE." Walter Reed FReep # 73, Sep 8 06

13 posted on 01/18/2008 2:23:37 PM PST by Albion Wilde ("Whatever enables us to go to war, secures our peace." —Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Beckwith
I hope Joel gets to read this and knows how much we honor and respect him and his fellow warriors.

I hope so, too. I hated to be late posting the report. Joel, if you're out there reading, thanks for the fantastic story! Come visit us any time.

14 posted on 01/18/2008 2:25:48 PM PST by Albion Wilde ("Whatever enables us to go to war, secures our peace." —Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Albion Wilde

It brings tears to my eyes seeing such wonderful patriotism and kindness. Thanks fellow FReepers.


15 posted on 01/18/2008 2:35:07 PM PST by MarineBrat (My wife and I took an AIDS vaccination that the Church offers.)
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To: MarineBrat; AppyPappy; Incorrigible; Westlander; traditional1; MEG33; Turret Gunner A20; bert; ...
It brings tears to my eyes seeing such wonderful patriotism and kindness. Thanks fellow FReepers.

We are more than compensated by the soldiers' looks of joy or expressions of gratitude — what little we do is such nothing compared to their hard work and sacrifice for all of us. Besides, we have so much fun!

We are also aware of, and grateful for, the interest, readership, comments, bumps and pings of all you FReepers out there. It makes a huge difference to us and to the troops. Thank you, all!

16 posted on 01/18/2008 2:46:43 PM PST by Albion Wilde ("Whatever enables us to go to war, secures our peace." —Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Albion Wilde

BTTT


17 posted on 01/18/2008 2:46:50 PM PST by E.G.C.
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To: Albion Wilde

Always the best. BTTT!


18 posted on 01/18/2008 2:46:54 PM PST by PA Engineer (Liberate America from the occupation media.)
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To: Albion Wilde

AWESOME and FUNNY!


19 posted on 01/18/2008 3:01:30 PM PST by TADSLOS (Border Security is a foundation stone of National Security)
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To: Albion Wilde

“Joyful Earful” love that explanation for a feeling I always get!

Thanks for the great AAR.


20 posted on 01/18/2008 3:11:04 PM PST by 3D-JOY
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To: Albion Wilde
You have to admire a guy who jogs out to the Main Gate literally hours after a vasectomy...

Now that's TOUGH.

21 posted on 01/18/2008 3:18:10 PM PST by Doctor Raoul (Abolish the CIA, give the job to the Free Clinic who know how to stop leaks.)
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To: Albion Wilde

Good job and good pics, DC Chapter!

It amazes me that this soldier could have disc surgery and be up and walking the same day!


22 posted on 01/18/2008 3:22:21 PM PST by radiohead (I stood up for Fred at the Caucus. What are YOU doing to put a Conservative in the White House?)
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To: Albion Wilde

Taxman Bravo Zulu!


23 posted on 01/18/2008 3:22:44 PM PST by Taxman (So that the beautiful pressure does not diminish!)
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To: Albion Wilde

Great stuff Albion...always brings a lump in my throat to see what you guys in D.C. are doing. The wife and I are going to make a trip to Washington this summer and will hopefully meet some of you.

Cheers from Idaho


24 posted on 01/18/2008 3:40:55 PM PST by Cuttnhorse
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To: Albion Wilde

Thanks for the ping.


25 posted on 01/18/2008 4:09:34 PM PST by WakeUpAndVote (Beef.)
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To: Albion Wilde

Albion and the DC Freepers are doing God’s work. God watches over the DC Freepers and our brave troops including all those at Walter Reed. The anti-war nutjobs will have their day of judgment, as we all do, and they will come up sorely lacking.

I wish all our brave American patriots at WR a speedy recovery.


26 posted on 01/18/2008 4:14:37 PM PST by ExTexasRedhead
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To: Albion Wilde

Thank you for all you do ... and in the cold, no less. Bless you all.


27 posted on 01/18/2008 4:14:48 PM PST by EverOnward
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To: Albion Wilde
Liberals never cease to amaze me with their stupidity!

They hate the military and would NEVER join or serve. So why are they so upset? It's Conservatives being killed!! They should be thrilled!

28 posted on 01/18/2008 4:24:03 PM PST by Doc Savage (The tree of liberty needs to be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants)
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To: Albion Wilde

Thank you for a great AAR Albion. You kmow, simply to say “thank you” to our brave troops seems so inadequate to describe the feeling of gratitude that swells the heart and brings tears to the eyes. How do you say “thank you” for freedom?


29 posted on 01/18/2008 4:54:00 PM PST by WVNan
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To: Albion Wilde

If there are awards for threads about Freeps, or activism or composition, this one deserves a mega ribbon or medal. Just spectacular! So glad the cops got to witness some ‘couth’ demonstrators for a change.


30 posted on 01/18/2008 5:21:08 PM PST by maica (Romney '08)
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To: Albion Wilde
We explained that we support the free-speech rights of the protesters down the street, but their thinking is stuck in the 60s,

Not to mention being "Stuck on Stupid".

Should the jihadies ever gain the upper hand, they will be the first to welcome them, and the first to lose their heads.

31 posted on 01/18/2008 5:34:22 PM PST by El Gato ("The Second Amendment is the RESET button of the United States Constitution." -- Doug McKay)
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To: Albion Wilde

Thanks for the ping. God Bless all of you.


32 posted on 01/18/2008 5:38:37 PM PST by Irish Eyes
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To: Albion Wilde
Thank you all so much for keeping the flame lit.

What a wonderful report.

33 posted on 01/18/2008 5:47:42 PM PST by Madame Dufarge
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To: Albion Wilde

Well how inspirational was that? Thanks for sharing and letting those guys know how much they mean to all of us.


34 posted on 01/18/2008 6:11:43 PM PST by maxter
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To: Albion Wilde

All of you are True Patriots.


35 posted on 01/18/2008 6:17:19 PM PST by mdittmar (May God watch over those who serve,and have served,to keep us free (Duncan Hunter '08')
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To: Albion Wilde

Great report! Thanks to Joel and EVERYONE in attendance! America’s finest! BTTT!


36 posted on 01/18/2008 6:44:10 PM PST by PGalt
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To: Albion Wilde

Joel, you are awesome. You are what it is about.
Thanks for the ping, Albion.


37 posted on 01/18/2008 6:51:12 PM PST by La Enchiladita (Psalm 27)
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To: Albion Wilde

Peace through Victory! a great statement


38 posted on 01/18/2008 6:59:29 PM PST by Freee-dame
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To: Albion Wilde; All

Some of you will be getting home soon. (it’s after 10 PM now) I know you will check the site before turning in for the night.

I hope this evening went well and you stayed WARM while representing all of us here at FR.

Thank You so very much!


39 posted on 01/18/2008 7:12:07 PM PST by 3D-JOY
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To: Albion Wilde

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU X 1 million= a million thanks to each and every one of you who, literally, show our troops how much they are appreciated!!

God bless our troops, their families, our country, our President and the fantastic Freepers who stand tall every Friday night! I just LOVE all of you!!


40 posted on 01/18/2008 7:29:01 PM PST by 4integrity
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To: Albion Wilde

Love the PDA LOL!


41 posted on 01/18/2008 7:43:41 PM PST by freema (Proud Marine Niece, Daughter, Wife, Friend, Sister, Cousin, Mom and FRiend)
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To: Albion Wilde

Great report!


42 posted on 01/18/2008 8:12:55 PM PST by donna (Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones, But Words Will Never Hurt Me)
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To: Albion Wilde

Buuuump!


43 posted on 01/18/2008 8:28:06 PM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: Albion Wilde

Great report and great photos as always. God Bless Joel! Just awesome!!!


44 posted on 01/18/2008 8:29:43 PM PST by zoomie81 (God Bless Our Military... Duncan Hunter '08)
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To: Albion Wilde

Joel, if you’re reading this, you’re a hero. Get well soon, go over and kick some butt, and return safe and victorious.


45 posted on 01/18/2008 8:47:46 PM PST by Mr. Silverback (Support Scouting: Raising boys to be strong men and politically incorrect at the same time.)
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To: Mr. Silverback

I think it’s the 82nd that has been rotating back into Ft. Bragg from Iraq. The 18th will soon be going back there. The 18th has been back for awhile now so I think their next turn at bat is coming in the next few months.


46 posted on 01/18/2008 9:04:31 PM PST by dstarr (I've learned that artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity.)
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To: Albion Wilde

wow..touched my heart..

thank you all for being there..


47 posted on 01/18/2008 11:13:18 PM PST by alaskamomma
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To: 3D-JOY
It was a long day and just now checking in. Last night went well. Still in the warm, lower 40s. Most of the snow had melted in D.C. so the corners were clear.

Looking forward to your next visit. You always bring warmer weather.

[Mr] T

48 posted on 01/19/2008 4:15:19 AM PST by trooprally (Never Give Up - Never Give In - Remember Our Troops)
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To: Albion Wilde
Thanks for the great AAR. I’m glad there were some good pics of Joel. I don’t get surprised often but seeing him out in the cold weather certainly was one of those times.

Being at WR is the least we can do for our soldiers.

[Mr] T

49 posted on 01/19/2008 4:19:11 AM PST by trooprally (Never Give Up - Never Give In - Remember Our Troops)
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To: trooprally

Reading this in Baghdad does my heart good. It’s been two years now, but we civilians are pretty spoiled here. I look forward to joining y’all next time I am in DC.


50 posted on 01/19/2008 4:25:39 AM PST by BroncosFan ("Now we grieve, 'cause now it's gone / But things were good when we were young.")
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