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  • Minutemen at the Polls (Last week's special election in California was a sign of things to come)

    12/12/2005 1:03:53 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 43 replies · 1,198+ views
    The American Prowler ^ | John Tabin | John Tabin
    Last week California State Representative John Campbell won a special election to fill the U.S. House of Representatives seat vacated when Chris Cox was appointed to chair the Securities and Exchange Commission this summer. But Campbell's victory, which was never in doubt, wasn't the headline of the election. Jim Gilchrist, founder of the volunteer border-watching group known as the Minutemen, ran as an independent on a border-security platform, and garnered about a quarter of the vote, 10% higher than his showing in the 19-candidate "jungle primary" in October. Campbell's share of the vote dropped a percentage point from the primary,...
  • Gilchrist’s showing best by a third party for U.S. House in 11 years.

    12/08/2005 7:35:47 PM PST · by Plutarch · 68 replies · 991+ views
    Ballot Access News ^ | December 6, 2005 | Richard Winger
    Jim Gilchrist, American Independent (Constitution Party) nominee received 25.1% of the vote. The Republican, State Senator John Campbell, won with 44.7%; the Democrat is second with 28.0%. The Green polled 1.3% and the Libertarian polled .9%.Gilchrist’s showing is the highest percentage received by a minor party for U.S. House (in a race with both major parties also in the race) since 1994, when A Connecticut Party polled 26.3% in the First District of Connecticut.
  • Memo From O.C. To D.C. Great Article on Campbell - Gilchrist

    Illegal Immigration: When a one-issue activist from a fringe party holds the Republican candidate to under 45% in GOP territory, it's time to take notice. If you're looking for the Orange County of pop culture and political lore, you'll find it in California's 48th Congressional District. This is the quintessential O.C., from storied beaches to rock-ribbed Republicanism. Outside the college enclave of U.C. Irvine, this is turf where the GOP reigns and its candidates usually win in a walk.
  • The Hotline's Take on the 48th

    12/07/2005 1:21:38 PM PST · by Checkers · 44 replies · 780+ views ^ | December 7, 2005 11:26 AM PST | Hugh Hewitt
    From today's Hotline: "~~~Don't Believe The Hype? Is "immigration" the great overlooked issue that is ready to shoot up the "importance" chart? Or is it simply the obsession of a passionate, and vocal, minority of GOPers? -- The results out of immigration's first big electoral test in CA 48 seem to favor the latter. Minuteman founder Jim Gilchrist (I) spent approx $500K (nearly 4 times the Dem nominee), was covered in the media as if he were the chief challenger to eventual winner John Campbell (R) and was running in one of the most immigration-focused CDs (the O.C.). -- And...
  • Congratulations to John Campbell, New Congressman from California's 48th District

    12/07/2005 7:56:36 AM PST · by Checkers · 109 replies · 1,900+ views ^ | December 6, 2005 08:34 PM PST | Hugh Hewitt
    ...What to conclude? Despite massive media attention and around-the-clock boosterism from local radio flaks and know-nothings John & Ken, the candidacy of anti-illegal immigration single issue candidate Jim Gilchrist could only muster 23,237 votes --less than one third of the Graham vote in November of 2004. No "Minuteman" candidate will ever have more favorable conditions than this special election, and still the Minuteman candidate failed miserably. As will a Congressman Tancredo if he mounts a "run" for the presidency. Hard truth: There is a small, but important anti-illegal immigrant vote. It is less than 10% in one of the most...
  • Orange County - 48th Congressional District (Campbell v. Gilchrist) LIVE THREAD

    12/06/2005 7:05:58 PM PST · by calcowgirl · 187 replies · 4,482+ views
    County Election Results ^ | December 6, 2005
    Orange County 48th Congressional District General Election December 6, 2005 Unofficial Results for Election Next Update: 0 Days 0 Hours 54 Minutes 0 Seconds Registration and Turnout Completed Precincts: 0 of 268 Reg/Turnout Percentage Total Registered Voters 405655 Precinct Registration 405655 Precinct Ballots Cast 0 0.0% Early Ballots Cast 0 0.0% Absentee Ballots Cast 0 0.0% Total Ballots Cast 0 0.0% UNITED STATES REPRESENTATIVE 48th District Vote Count Percentage JOHN CAMPBELL (REP) 0 0.0% BRUCE COHEN (LIB) 0 0.0% STEVE YOUNG (DEM) 0 0.0% BÉA TIRITILLI (GRN) 0 0.0% JIM GILCHRIST (AI) 0 0.0%

    12/04/2005 2:53:18 PM PST · by EternalVigilance · 89 replies · 1,661+ views
    Jim Gilchrist for Congress ^ | December 4, 2005 | Jim Gilchrist
    Lake Forest, CA — Minuteman Project founder and 48th Congressional District candidate Jim Gilchrist – who this weekend garnered the endorsement of the National Border Patrol Council, the union that represents 10,000 front-line U.S. Border Patrol agents and employees – today criticized opponent John Campbell for “backsliding” on his support of the California Border Police Initiative. Campbell in a recent media interview confirmed his discomfort and lack of commitment towards the Initiative he supposedly co-sponsors. Campbell has “sold out all of the people who have donated money and who have ‘given their blood, sweat and tears’ to get this critical...
  • Jim Gilchrist vs. John Campbell 48th Ca. Congressional Dist. Election

    10/29/2005 2:30:05 PM PDT · by tedp · 3 replies · 1,118+ views
    10.29.05 | Ted Phillips
    The Republican Party has nominated John Campbell to replace Chris Cox as representative of the people of the 48th Congressional Dist. in Ca. If you look at John Campbell's voting record in Saacramento you will see why I resigned from the NRC and the NRCC. One old friend of mine described John Campbell as, "A political Whore". Jim Gilchrist on the other hand is a true American (On the order of the original Miute men). He is the actual founder of the Minuteman Org.and should replace Cox.
  • California Race Highlights Split On Immigration

    10/17/2005 11:06:32 PM PDT · by Ladycalif · 20 replies · 556+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 10/18/2005 | MIRIAM JORDAN
    LAKE FOREST, Calif. -- Last year, retired accountant Jim Gilchrist started a volunteer group that vowed to catch illegal immigrants sneaking across the Mexico-U.S. border. Scarcely a year later, he's vying for the only vacant seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, running an unlikely campaign that is showcasing deep political divisions over the immigration issue. Mr. Gilchrist is the co-founder of the controversial border-watch group called the Minuteman Project, which has caused a stir by sending citizen patrols to border areas with the goal of stopping illegal crossings. The group has been branded "vigilantes" by President Bush but embraced...
  • 48th Brigade Prepares Security at Polling Sites

    10/14/2005 4:32:58 PM PDT · by SandRat · 8 replies · 254+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Oct 13, 2005 | Army Sgt David Bill
    U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Kevin Hand stands ready to have a barrier lifted off a trailer and emplaced around a local polling site in south Baghdad, Iraq, for the Oct. 15, 2005, Constitutional Referendum. Hand is assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 648th Engineer Battalion, 48th Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. David Bill 48th Brigade Prepares Security at Polling Sites Iraqi Army soldiers provided security with an outer cordon as 48th Brigade Combat Team battalions put concrete barriers and concertina wire into place. By U.S. Army Sgt David Bill 48th Brigade Combat Team RADWINIYAH, Iraq, Oct....
  • Border Activist Faces Republican in Calif. Runoff

    10/05/2005 9:07:10 AM PDT · by VU4G10 · 14 replies · 639+ views
    REUTERS ^ | 5 October 2005 | Dan Whitcomb
    ANAHEIM, California (Reuters) - The Republican favorite for a California congressional seat was forced into a runoff with Jim Gilchrist, founder of a volunteer border patrol group, and three other candidates after failing to capture a majority of the vote. With all precincts reporting in Tuesday's special election for the 48th Congressional district, former state Sen. John Campbell had collected 46 percent of the votes cast, followed by fellow Republican and former state Assemblywoman Marilyn Brewer at 16.7 percent. Gilchrist, who founded the Minuteman movement and is running as an American Independent Party candidate, drew 14.4 percent, followed by Democrat...
  • CA: GOP-backed candidate forced into runoff (48th District)

    10/05/2005 9:16:28 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies · 766+ views
    ap on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 10/5/05 | Gillian Flaccus - ap
    IRVINE, Calif. (AP) - Illegal immigration emerged as a critical issue in the race to fill the nation's only vacant House seat, as an anti-immigration activist siphoned off enough votes from the GOP-backed favorite to force a runoff election. State Sen. John Campbell finished with 46 percent of the vote in Tuesday's special election in Southern California's heavily Republican Orange County, but failed to gain the majority needed to avoid a runoff. He will face the top vote-getters from four other parties in the Dec. 6 election. Second-place finisher Marilyn Brewer, a moderate Republican who drew 17 percent of the...
  • 48th Congressional District Primary Election (OC County, CA)

    10/04/2005 10:28:56 PM PDT · by TheDon · 15 replies · 727+ views
    Orange County 48th Congressional District Primary Election October 4, 2005, 10:09 PM Unofficial Results for Election Registration and Turnout Completed Precincts: 92 of 268 Reg/Turnout Percentage Total Registered Voters 402006 Precinct Registration 402006 Precinct Ballots Cast 12810 3.2% Early Ballots Cast 962 0.2% Absentee Ballots Cast 47440 11.8% Total Ballots Cast 61212 15.2% UNITED STATES REPRESENTATIVE 48th District Vote Count Percentage JOHN CAMPBELL (REP) 29681 48.9% MARILYN C. BREWER (REP) 9607 15.8% JIM GILCHRIST (AI) 6313 10.4% STEVE YOUNG (DEM) 5831 9.6% JOHN GRAHAM (DEM) 2651 4.4% BEA FOSTER (DEM) 2192 3.6% DON UDALL (REP) 1127 1.9% JOHN KELLY...
  • Turnout light in early 48th District voting (CA -- Campbell leading 51.9%)

    10/04/2005 8:22:43 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 69 replies · 1,868+ views
    Orange County Register ^ | Oct. 4, 2005 | DENA BUNIS
    This race to replace former Rep. Christopher Cox, who left Congress in August to become chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, includes 17 candidates – 10 Republicans, four Democrats and three independents – plus two write-ins. If any candidate gets 50 percent plus one vote, that person will automatically become the next House member from the coastal Newport Beach-based district. If not, a general election will be held Dec. 6 and the top vote-getters from each party will be on that ballot. The candidates for this race: Republicans: • Marilyn Brewer • John Campbell • David R. Crouch •...
  • 9 minutes left in CA elections

    10/04/2005 7:47:05 PM PDT · by edcoil · 51 replies · 1,395+ views
    4 Oct 2005 | edcoil
    We have 9 minutes left to see whom replaces Cox for our district, anyone hear how it is going? Any bets?
  • Jim Gilchrist - Campbell Debate on John and Ken

    10/04/2005 11:10:51 AM PDT · by occutegirl · 47 replies · 1,059+ views
    No mistake, we OWNED that debate. The Republicans had about 35 interns and young staffers flown in from Washington D.C. to cheer for Campbell. John and Ken were not amused. As they pointed out, the paid “political hacks” were inside watching the show while the John and Ken audience was stuck waiting in line outside. Most of them were tossed out. There were a few Campbell supporters waiting in line but they ditched their signs and left. Campbell snuck in though the back. Jim came in through the front, shaking hand with the people in line, and taking pictures. People...
  • House election in OC comes down to immigration, abortion

    10/04/2005 10:18:36 AM PDT · by SmithL · 16 replies · 595+ views
    AP ^ | 10/4/5 | GILLIAN FLACCUS
    IRVINE, Calif. - Seventeen candidates qualified for Tuesday's special election to fill the nation's only vacant House seat, but the real contest in this affluent Orange County district was between the conservative and moderate factions of the Republican party. State Sen. John Campbell, a former car dealer endorsed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, was considered the front-runner for the 48th District seat relinquished by former Rep. Christopher Cox. But Marilyn Brewer, a former state assemblywoman with the endorsement of Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona, was a strong contender who hoped to upset Campbell with a coalition of votes from moderate...
  • 48th District Democratic Candidate Betrays Military - Freedom Beware!

    08/21/2005 2:52:52 PM PDT · by jscottdavis_for_48th_district · 730+ views
    Debbie Schlussel Yahoo Group ^ | 20 AUGUST 2005 | J. Scott Davis
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  • J. Scott Davis Political Philosophy For Campaign Drive

    08/22/2005 10:12:53 AM PDT · by jscottdavis_for_48th_district · 521+ views
    Please access the link and read my article from the Kirsten Andersen Fan Club Yahoo Group.
  • J. Scott Davis Requests Campaign Support

    08/22/2005 6:13:31 PM PDT · by jscottdavis_for_48th_district · 1 replies · 238+ views
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  • J. Scott Davis for Congress - "Right To Bear Arms"

    08/23/2005 6:22:07 AM PDT · by jscottdavis_for_48th_district · 717+ views
    Please enter link to view my article. J. Scott Davis for Congress (California's 48th District for U.S. House Representative) - "Right To Bear Arms."
  • Border activist a wild card in Calif. election

    10/01/2005 6:30:23 PM PDT · by SC33 · 94 replies · 2,610+ views
    Yahoo News/Reuters ^ | October 1, 2005 | Dan Whitcomb
    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - When voters in one of California's most conservative congressional districts go to the polls on Tuesday, they will find a wild card on the ballot: The founder of the Minuteman movement, who has become a lightning rod in the furor over America's borders.
  • Tom Tancredo Endorses AIP Candidate Jim Gilchrest Over Fellow Republicans In CA Special Election

    09/29/2005 7:09:50 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 33 replies · 2,143+ views ^ | September 29, 2005 | Ron Gunzburger
    OPPOSING IMMIGRANTS ... AND REPUBLICANS. Congressman Tom Tancredo (R-CO) -- a 2008 White House hopeful and the leading Hill advocate of imposing a radical crackdown on immigration into the US -- broke with the GOP in the upcoming California special election for the congressional CD-48 seat recently vacated by SEC Chair Christopher Cox (R). Although ten of the 17 candidates -- including frontrunners State Senator John Campbell and former Assemblywoman Marilyn Brewer -- are Republicans, Tancredo formally endorsed an ideological ally. Tancredo endorsed American Independent Party nominee Jim Gilchrist, the founder of the "Minuteman Project" of citizen border patrols. "I...
  • GOP Candidate Distances Self From Bush

    09/30/2005 2:17:40 PM PDT · by Uncle Joe Cannon · 41 replies · 1,362+ views
    AP ^ | 9/30/05
    (09-30) 10:56 PDT Irvine, Calif. (AP) -- Marilyn Brewer, a leading Republican candidate for the nation's only open House seat, stared into the TV camera and proclaimed her support for the president. She was not talking about George W. Bush. "I stand side by side with Ronald Reagan on less taxes and less government," Brewer told voters at a candidate forum. The former state assemblywoman also praised Nancy Reagan for her devotion to stem cell research, an issue that has bedeviled the Bush White House. And she touts as her prize endorsement Sen. John McCain, the president's sometime rival and...
  • John and Ken Host Gilchrist - Campbell Debate, Live in the OC

    09/27/2005 6:15:06 PM PDT · by Ladycalif · 13 replies · 512+ views
    John & Ken LIVE! Posted by The John and Ken Show @ 3:51 pm JOHN & KEN BROADCAST LIVE IN THE OC Join John & Ken, Monday, Oct 3 from 3-7pm at the Ayres Hotel in Laguna Woods. The day after the broadcast is the Special Primary Election for the 48th district of California – the election to replace Chris Cox in congress. We’ll have two of the top candidates, State Senator John Campbell and Co-Founder of the Minuteman Project, Jim Gilchrist. They’ll debate and take your questions. Also we will have the California Border Police petitions for you to...
  • CA: O.C. Race a Wild Ride - 48th Congressional District (Oct 4 Election)

    09/26/2005 1:38:22 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 15 replies · 738+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | September 25, 2005 | Jean O. Pasco
    For 17 years, former Rep. Christopher Cox (R-Newport Beach) represented one of the most Republican districts in Congress, after besting 17 other candidates. Now, 17 more are on the ballot to succeed him. The result is a political free-for-all in coastal Orange County where candidates are struggling to capture the attention of District 48's 400,000 potential voters, including surfers and millionaires in Newport Beach, academics in Irvine and families in San Juan Capistrano. Getting the most attention and campaign money are two well-known Republican politicians from Irvine: state Sen. John Campbell and former Assemblywoman Marilyn Brewer. ... (snip) The election,...
  • John and Ken Town Hall Meeting Thursday Laguna Hills 9/22/05

    09/20/2005 7:21:06 PM PDT · by Ladycalif · 10 replies · 453+ views
    OC Register ^ | 9/22/05 | OC Register
    : Radio hosts John & Ken will lead a town-hall discussion about illegal immigration. Assemblywoman Mimi Walters, R-Laguna Niguel, and Laguna Hills Mayor Randy Bressette will participate. Laguna Hills Community Center, 25555 Alicia Parkway. Free. RSVP at (949) 495-0730. 6 p.m. — Illegal immigration
  • (John) Campbell attempts to expel Republicans from GOP for supporting Jim Gilchrist

    09/20/2005 6:37:39 PM PDT · by EternalVigilance · 194 replies · 2,270+ views
    Jim Gilchrist for Congress ^ | September 20, 2005 | Jim Gilchrist press release
    ANAHEIM, CA — Attendees of the state convention of the California GOP were shocked and dismayed to learn that operatives of candidate John Campbell had attempted to move a resolution which threatened with “expulsion from the California Republican Party” any member of the state GOP who “supports, advocates, or assists in any way” the campaign of Congressional candidate “Minuteman” Jim Gilchrist. Paul Paule, who works closely with advisors of the Campbell campaign, introduced a draft resolution to the Rules Committee against Gilchrist which would have effectually made the State Chairman of the California Republican Party a “Grand Inquisitor” of political...
  • Oportunity for Minuteman Founder to Go to Congress

    09/14/2005 2:43:46 PM PDT · by Free Baptist · 93 replies · 1,221+ views
    Official Email from the Constitution Party | September 14, 2005 | Bob Patenaude
    We received, and some of you may have received, an official email message from James Clymer, Chairman of the Constitution Party, that Jim Gilchrist, the founder of the well-known Minuteman Project along the Mexican border has a real oportunity to go to the U.S. Congress. There will be a special election on October 4, 2005 to fill the seat of the departing Chris Cox. Jim Gilchrist is a candidate, and will run on the Constitution Party Ticket. Constitution Party. 23 North Line Street, Lancaster, PA 17602. Tel: (800) 2-VETO-IRS. Email: Why not just help send a message to the...
  • Minuteman may give Democrats Cox's seat

    09/11/2005 6:59:55 PM PDT · by george76 · 61 replies · 1,751+ views
    The Orange County Register ^ | September 5, 2005 | Martin Wisckol
    Here's how a Democrat wins the 48th Congressional District, in which just 27 percent of the voters are registered as Democrats: First, he or she beats the other three Democrats in the Oct. 4 special election to replace Christopher Cox, who quit to head the Securities and Exchange Commission. Since it is unlikely any of the 17 candidates will get a majority of the votes, the top candidate from each party will proceed to a Dec. 6 runoff. American Independent candidate Jim Gilchrist, whose Minuteman anti-illegal immigration project has brought him considerable attention, will be battling for many of the...
  • Jim Gilchrist for Congress Rally (pictures)

    09/04/2005 3:08:28 PM PDT · by Ladycalif · 21 replies · 692+ views ^ | 9/4/2005 | Ladycalif
    Supporters of Jim Gilchrist for congress held a rally today in Lake Forest, near Saddleback Church. Many of the rally attenders were minutemen and long time supporters of immigration reform. The were rewarded with lots of honking horns and "thumbs up" signs. Grassroots support for Gilchrist is said to be unprecedented. Tammy and Laurie Camp Gilchrist Minutemen First Time Rally Attenders from Irvine. After the rally, the participants returned to campaign headquarters where they met with their candidate, Jim Gilchrist. Jim and his Wife, Sandy
  • Gun Lobby Groups? J. Scott Davis for Congress!

    08/23/2005 5:18:22 PM PDT · by jscottdavis_for_48th_district · 3 replies · 489+ views
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  • J. Scott Davis for Congress: SUPPORT YOUR VETERANS

    08/21/2005 12:58:18 PM PDT · by jscottdavis_for_48th_district · 7 replies · 949+ views
    Yahoo Groups ^ | 21 AUGUST 2005 | J. Scott Davis
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  • Jim GILCHRIST for CONGRESS Rally and Cal Border Police Petition Signing

    08/29/2005 11:04:49 PM PDT · by Ladycalif · 11 replies · 332+ views
    GILCHRIST FOR CONGRESS RALLY THIS SUNDAY Please join grassroots enthusiasts this Sunday in support of sending the Founder of Minutemen to clean up Washington, DC! Jim Gilchrist for Congress! Bring a sign - Jim Gilchrist for Congress - or a flag to wave. A limited number of signs will be available. After the rally, we will visit the Jim Gilchrist for Congress Headquarters - conveniently located near the rally - Tour! Meet the staff! Volunteer! California Border Police petitions will be available. WHEN: Sunday, September 4, 2005 TIME: 10 am - 12noon WHERE: 1 Saddleback Parkway Lake Forest, CA...
  • Jim Gilchrist Stance On Iraq War?

    08/26/2005 4:21:59 PM PDT · by jscottdavis_for_48th_district · 540 replies · 4,441+ views
    "Minuteman" Jim Gilchrist is my prospective opponent for California's 48th District U.S. House Rep. special election. Does anyone know what his stance is on the Iraq War? I for one firmly support the President and our operations in Iraq. What is Gilchrist's position on the war? Thank you, J. Scott Davis
  • J. Scott Davis vs. Jim Gilchrist

    For California's 48th District U.S. House Representative special election, can anyone provide me with some information on my prospective opponent "Minuteman" Jim Gilchrist?" What is his stance on the Iraq War? I for one firmly support our operation in Iraq! The enclosed link discusses more on this question that I have presented. Please read! J. Scott Davis
  • News briefs from Southern California - Gilchrist cannot use "MMP movement founder" on his ballot.

    08/26/2005 1:02:25 PM PDT · by Happy2BMe · 7 replies · 377+ views
    SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - Congressional candidate Jim Gilchrist, promoter of citizen patrols along the U.S.-Mexico border to thwart illegal immigration, cannot use "Minuteman movement founder" as his ballot designation. ~snip~ The secretary of state's office rejected any designation for Gilchrist that included the words "Minuteman" or "Minutemen," Gilchrist campaign manager Howie Morgan said. Morgan said the decision will hurt the retired accountant's chances with voters.
  • Minuteman founder hopes to ride fame to House seat

    08/25/2005 10:06:50 AM PDT · by The_Eaglet · 51 replies · 819+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | Aug. 25, 2005 | Audrey Hudson
    the founder of the Minuteman Project expects his notoriety as a border enforcer to help him win California's special election to replace former Rep. Christopher Cox.
  • Jim Gilchrist, founder of the Minutemen, to run for Congress!

    08/20/2005 10:21:59 AM PDT · by EternalVigilance · 162 replies · 2,858+ views ^ | Aug. 19, 2005 | Jim Gilchrist
    Jim Gilchrist to run for Congress! Formally announces to packed ballroom On Friday, JIM GILCHRIST--founder of the Minuteman Project--told a vocal group of supporters who filled a ballroom of the Ayres Hotel in Ontario, California, that he has decided to run for Congress in California's 48th District. The enthusiastic crowd heard Jim formally enter the race for a seat vacated by the recent appointment of Rep. Chris Cox to the Securities and Exchange Commission. The announcement was carried live on KFI's John and Ken Show, and excerpts were repeated throughout the day on the popular radio station. Below is the...
  • Soldiers rely on heavy metal (Embedded blogger)

    08/11/2005 2:00:05 PM PDT · by Tatze · 14 replies · 1,291+ views
    Atlanta Journal Constitution ^ | August 10, 2005 | MONI BASU
    Soldiers rely on heavy metal By MONI BASU | Wednesday, August 10, 2005, 10:46 PM The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Camp Striker, Iraq — First Sgt. Bobby Barnes pointed to two heaps of mangled, metal contraptions sitting on the far side of a sand berm, behind a maintenance depot affectionately known as “the Alamo.” Melted magnesium and aluminum. Crushed steel. Burned out seats and radio equipment. The wreckage used to be Humvees that soldiers of the Georgia Army National Guard’s 48th Brigade Combat Team drove outside Camp Striker for missions in the Baghdad area. The vehicles were torn apart by 155mm artillery...