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Thursday, December 30, 2004


like so many things humour is in the eye of the beholder.
i am english and of a certain age so benny hill, carry on, morcambe and wise and citizen smith are among the things that make me laugh. hell even charlie drake and some mothers do have them can raise a titter from me.
there was even a time when i thought i could be a comedian, (no seriously it was up there with policeman, probation officer and international man of mystery as a possible career) but then i realised i was not as funny as i thought. a good sign is when you are the one laughing hardest at your own wittisms.
as the years have gone by and i have become more and more bitter, cynical and twisted and in doing so i have left behind my carefree youth to adopt the mantle of a misanthropic misery guts i find that i like dark, twisted and warped humour. sometimes i direct it at myself other times it is other people.
and while the two funniest jokes in the world end with "yes it does" and "he was collecting coconuts" (just typing those words has brought a smile to my face), there is nothing quite like real life to provide you with moments of pure humour.

in a past life i had a thing for liza minnelli so her recent trials and tribulations have been of a passing interest. but her recent accident has me smiling like a chesire cat! as if falling out of bed is not enough she had to get the police involved. and then to end this story off there is the little bit at the end about being sued by her ex husband and bodyguard because she beat them and forced them to have sex. liza is of course keeping a low profile on this - she is countersuing them both.
i hate to break it to a friend of jacko's but it is a little too late to worry about your good name now!

in it's own little way it is as funny as andy fordham breaking down on celebrity fat club (i read about it!) or princess margaret and the hot water.


i love them.
i hate them.
every time there is a sale on i go in the hopeful expectation that there will be things i need, not just want, but need. pretty much each time i am rebuffed and disappointed.
so currently i want to buy some expensive tech stuff - there is the apple ibook i want - oh cheers and apple store you are not even bothering to have a sale......
then there is the nikon d100 i want - nice one jessops £20 off (and considering the mark up they have on that they are still making mondo bucks).
just going to have to look harder.
so what about the books, cds and dvds i could get (notice i have skipped clothes and household goods. lucky i am a slob!)
oh borders make a big song and dance about their sale - but it amounts to a bunch of books chucked in boxes with no rhyme or reason. pretty much the same at foyles. blackwells actually have some items for sale and they have them on shelves for you to look at! (and i bought some). haven't tired waterstones yet, not that i need to as i have enough books to last me for years. besides which i have a few months to wait until the sequel to "quicksilver" comes out.
hmv have yet again got one of their many sales on - where certain dvds seem to be permanently on sale, but sometimes they are half price, sometimes they are part of a buy one get one free, or just have a basic sale price. oddly in all those guises the prices are roughly the same once you take into account the offer. hmv are like the enron of the sales world. virgin's sale prices just seem to have no basis in reality, so why bother going there.
while the national gallery proclaim their sale in big letters throughout the gallery and it seems to be about 5 items and the stuff they have left over from christmas. i know you are an art institution and should not be sullied by commercialism but i can tell you now: it's not a sale not by a looooong chalk.

and what i really hate about sales is that they are always packed (which is part of the reason for them i know) but it still doesn't make going to them any better. i suppose that is why i don't do clothes and household goods, because as bad as it is in some of the stores i have mentioned above its even worse in the other ones.
just walking around in the centre of london is an assault course at the moment.
but i just have to do as one of those stores might just have that copy of larry adler plays gershwin i have been after.

criminey christmas is over and i am still a grinch.
more things change the more they stay the same.

Wednesday, December 29, 2004


right away, right up front i have to say that this is going to be one of those rambling things where i know i had a point to make at the start, somewhere in the middle i will realise that i have lost it and towards the end i will just meander to a stop. (in many ways like most of the conversations i find myself in....)

ok so why am i talking about fear?
a number of factors have sparked this.
firstly a member of the curry club II mentioned he had seen a programme on the tv about campaigning based on the fear factor. politicians now get us to vote based on what they can make scare us. (hey joel).
secondly another pal (wotcha nevile) wrote an email saying how, because of various circumstances he was feeling fearless.
thirdly there was the moment while watching "the grudge" with sarah michelle gellar (look i was tired ok, it spooked me, i was alone at home in the dark - ok enough already!)
fourthly i had read something about seneca, a stoic, who basically said prepare yourself for the worst and you won't be too upset. admittedly he used a lot more words, bigger and better ones and has been read by more people than i will ever be.... (find out a little about him here or here
and then today there was this from the bbc website
"In his New Year message, the prime minister said he understood people's confidence was undermined by the fear of crime and insecure national borders."
and this goes a long way to proving the first point.
while this commentary piece from the guardian points to the current fears we have about things that in many ways are beyond our control (which is where seneca comes in); such as the recent earthquake and tsunami that has potentially killed over 100,000 people with more to go because of the possibility of a large outbreak of disease.

and when you put all this together what do you have?
well to be honest i am not sure. each of us encounters a level of fear in our daily lives from the silly phobias that we might have of the dark, spiders or hunters. or it might be the fears of modern living: being mugged, robbed, being made redundant or forced to listen to an endless diet of urban music. or we might have the fear of not being in a relationship or it might be the fear of commitment.
in some way or another we deal with all of these fears - some more successfully than others.
which is why we are shocked and horrified when an event like the earthquake/tsunami. it is an event so beyond our ken that we have to find ways to make it manageable and personal (such as the death of some of the attenboroughs (who cares?) or the death of over 40 britons, or in the case of the survivors they will talk about how poor the rescue services were in dealing with the disaster, as if it is something that happens everyday).
we do this partly because we are being told endlessly by those around us in politics or in the media that there are all these things we have to fear (immigration, weapons of mass destruction, organised crime, boybands and the like). they do this because they want to tell us that although they do not have all the solutions they are best able to protect us from this potential harm they have mentioned.
they want us to be on our guard against something, anything. it's not quite orwell's 1984, but it is not the carefree days we used to enjoy. so the media and politicians will get us to agree to stricter immigration rules, harsher punishments for criminals and get us to agree to carry an ID card.
in the meantime when something like the earthquake and tsunami that has devastated indonesia, sri lanka , thailand etc occurs it catches all and sundry on the hop.
as it should - thats part of the beauty of an act of nature (or of god) is that it happens and you just can't stop it or really prepare for it. (that guy seneca he had the right idea!) so in some senses it is pointless to go on about what could or couldn't be done about it, or to make the argument that it only happens to the poor.
but by the same token those world leaders who are always talking about the threats to our ways of life (that would be you george and you tony) have to be prepared to actually respond when a crisis occurs. it's not good enough to say the right words and look soulful in front of the cameras. now is the time to gird your loins and do the right thing. whether it is making sure that there is money available, whether it is excusing those countries who are affected their debt, ensuring that the knowledge, materials and manpower is made available in order to clear up the situation that has occurred.
in order to do that though there is a chance, just a small chance that they have to let go some of the fears they have been feeding us, and instead offer out something that looks and smells a little like hope. so instead of offering us a shield from which we can hide behind to protect us from the unknown fears, they start offering us a vision of the world as a better place.

fear is easier though. you can change it to suit the times and the circumstances. you can always offer up fear and a ready made solution to it. we all know that as bad as this tragedy is in a few days time it will be replaced in the headlines by some wayward celebrity showing her draws to another overpaid footballer or singer. cynical but true.
meanwhile as vision and hope are a little harder to do politicians and the media will avoid like the plague.

this is the point i mentioned when i started this. i have sort of come to a stop.
i may just come back to this at a later date.

Monday, December 27, 2004


are they a dead party?
you have to say that they are pretty much.
is this a good thing? there is a part of me that says yes (it's the part of me that remembers thatcher....), but there is another part of me that says no it is not.
why isn't it pat (i can hear you cry) why are you saying the demise of the party of the fox hunter (no not them again!) is a bad thing.
firstly and mainly it means that there is no real opposition to the madcap schemes of new labour. the problem of being in opposition and with no real chance of getting into power you spout nonsense and make stupid plans and policy because you know you have no chance of being voted in to make those ideas realities. it is why the liberal party can always go on about increasing tax to fund education (it's not a bad idea) and why they can go on about increasing tax on the super wealthy (even better idea), we know they won't get in and they know they won't get in but we all feel much better that the ideas are out in the open so we can pay them lip service. but then we will vote for one of the two serious parties.
the problem is that more and more there is only one serious party and that is new labour. the conservative party has found itself moved more and more to right, appealing more and more to a hardcore votership and being less and less in touch with the common people.
part of the reason has been mismanagement - the internecine fighting over europe which has dragged on and on, the election of frankly unelectable leaders (hague, duncan-smith and now howard) and the fact that they have no one on the front bench who is, how to put this .... well frankly likeable....
the other reason has been the incredible skill at which blair and the new labour project has stolen all the jewels that used to belong to the conservative party. you want low taxes - well new labour will offer them to you, you want private enterprises in the public services - new labour, you want tough law and order - see new labour, you want harsh immigration laws - check out new labour, you want ID cards, you want wars, you want to allow big business to get away with tax evasions, you want a little bit of sleaze... all can be done by new labour.
so the tory party has to move to the right. it has had to learn to almost goosestep, it's got to dust down it's brown shirts or else there will be no clear blue water between them and new labour.
oh the tories can bang on about having to speak the unspeakable in order to prevent extremist parties from getting the vote, they are not scared of the BNP getting a vote or two - they are worried that they are losing votes to the BNP.
so what do the tories do - they think of ways of cutting government, they think of ways of cutting red tape for businesses, they think of ways of cutting taxes and all the while preaching the mantra that our services will not be cut (and they expect us to believe them).
but in the course of looking for smaller government they support the ID card bill - lets see how that works and interferes with the average persons liberty.
in the course of cutting taxes they are expecting the market to provide but look at how well the market has done with building schools and hospitals (say hi jarvis - or is that bye jarvis because you have not done a good job of it?). look at how well the market has done with sorting out transport in this country - oh not well at all.
the tories solution? more of the same......

still they will be cutting back on the numbers of mps that will be in parliament. (which is a little bit of irony while they talk about brussels being a place where we are governed by the faceless they actually want to reduce the numbers of mps - that means more of us are represented by fewer of them.... it should be the other way round. they should be able to hear our voices and they should be dependent on each and every vote!)
the irony of it is that it will be a bit of vote winner for them. not because we want less representation it's just that those people who do represent us we don't trust.

and the ones i don't trust the most (well aside from galloway of respect) are the tory party. hell they can't even keep their most electable mps in position of power.

heres to an interesting 2005 as howard and the tories try to convince us that they really care.

Friday, December 24, 2004


to my readers (oh yes there are more than one of you) i wish a special seasonal greeting.

so to adam, cliff, jay, jim, joel, kenny, kent, kevin, nate, nick, nigel, paul, tammi and the others i have no doubt missed.
i say to you all have a merry christmas and a happy new year.
may any of the troubles you had in 2004 disappear in 2005.
and lets hope that 2005 is indeed a year of peace - well we can hope.

have a good one folks.

normal miserable service will be resumed shortly.



they say misery loves company, they could be right but i can be really miserable all on my own thank you very much.
and if you think i have been miserable recently about the run up to christmas - i will spare you the utter despair i go through during the new year festivities. i time when just the letter NYE are enough to turn me into a raving lunatic who wants to hunt down and kill all those insipid smiling twits who go on and on about how much they love you because they are too drunk to realise that 1] you are a total stranger and 2] you are the same sex they are.

so yes at this time of festive joy and pleasure i am indeed the grinch, scrooge and jack skellington all rolled into one - the difference is there is no walt disney ending that comes along and turns my heart of stone into a heart of gold.
bah humbug.

but even i can raise a smile when stories like this appear.
posties refusing to deliver mail to a no go street because they are always being attacked. where one of the posties was even soaked in urine. in a one of gesture the postal service managers will go out in pairs to deliver the mail in order to make sure that the households get their post on time. frankly (geddit) if it was down to me i'd soak all their post in piss until they learnt to behave.
but it is this sort of attitude which means that i will never get elected.

my local mp is in the news again. apparently oona king has mentioned that an mep once propositioned her for sex, the unnamed mep offered her £10,000 , now i have to say she is a tasty lass (but no diane abbot hubba hubba - who could almost qualify as top tory totty since her recent move to the dark side of private education), but £10k is a lot of money and to my untutored eye and taste there are going to be very few people who are going to be worth that much for a roll in the sack. and sadly oona isn't one of them.
what has gotten everyone up in arms is that this was something that had been dealt with many years ago, that in an ulrika like move oona is not saying who so all the meps of the time are tarred with the allegation. (sod the fact they wanted to buy sex what are we doing sending someone to represent the people of the uk who has a spare £10k for an orgasm?).
given oona's poor showing with sending out eid cards to the wrong faith (and not sending me a card this year.....) perhaps one can say she is looking for victim status ahead of the forthcoming election against galloping george galloway.
even though i am offended by oona not being able to send me a card i will still have to get off my fat arse and campaign for her.

hunters - i still hate them. once again i have had to listen to some arse on the radio going on about it being an infringement of liberty, it being against human rights etc - this from a bunch of landowners who will fight tooth and nail to stop you walking across their land!
i know i have banged on about hunters a lot and there will be at least one more to come before the year is out.

hirst's shark is up for sale and it looks like saatchi is going to sell it. i have to say it is an impressive piece. i have seen it a couple of times and have been deeply moved by it. in fact a lot of hirst's work has had that effect on me. equally a lot of it has left me thinking that this is all about money for old rope. i suppose i had better get over to the saatchi gallery and see it one more time before it goes.
apparently saatchi is going to sink (geddit) some of the profits of this into buying paintings as saatchi sees painting as the new art.

and a little story to make you go aaaaaaaaah a bunch of penguins have survived an earthquake on a remote antarctic archipelago. its the biggest earthquake since 2001.
not only did the penguins survive but:
"Despite its size, 22 staff of the Australian Antarctic Division slept through the tremors.
"Nobody felt anything," a spokesman said. "
if that isn't an antidote to my cynicism i don't know what is

Wednesday, December 22, 2004


what did hip hop santa want for christmas ?
ho ho hos

well it is the season to be jolly.

Tuesday, December 21, 2004


there are times when someone shows such a lack of common sense you find yourself having to stand and admire them for the sheer front that they have to expect to get away with it.
think david blunkett and his recent foray into nanny headhunting (and there is so much to write about that ... but all i can say is that it couldn't have happened to a nicer bloke).
then there is donald rumsfeld, a man who appears to be smart and in control. a man who looks like he was a star of numerous 1970s american tv shows (he reminds me of robert culp, and if the iraq war is ever made into a musical then dick van dyke is a shoo in to play donny!) obviously running the iraq war is time consuming and so donny has his hands full (after all they have given up the search for osama - remember him?) so he has had to answer questions from marines and to have to explain why they do not have adequate kit (they might also want to ask him why they are drafting ex servicemen, why they are looking to cut servicemen's benefits....)
but of course donny is in the news not for his adept skills as an administrator, but because he couldn't find the time to sign the letters of condolences that are sent out to relatives of dead service men.
nope donny and co have used technology to speed the process up, the signatures are mechanically reproduced onto the letter. you have to hand it to him - why waste precious time when you can automate it.
as someone said:
"To me it's an insult, not only as someone who lost a loved one but also as someone who served in Iraq," soldier Ivan Medina - whose twin brother Irving was killed in Iraq last summer - told Stars and Stripes.
hey why should rummy care it's not like it is his son he is sending to war, nor the son of his friends and colleagues. it is just the strange kids of those urban poor who see the military as a way of escaping poverty or getting a career for themselves.

so i admire donald rumsfelfd for at least continuing to treat the relatives of the dead with the contempt that bush, condi, rumsfeld and co treat active troops and the rest of the american public.
but sometimes it doesn't pay to be honest.........


according to this week's private eye (a great magazine that has a unique slant on the news and often has stories you will never see elsewhere) the US military has just bought 130 million bullets from the UK military, because they face a shortage.
lets look at that number again 130 million - that's a lot of bullets. a hell of a lot of bullets.
but lets back up a bit - the US military are facing a shortage... how can that be. the simple answer is of course iraq! but lets look at the number again 130 million bullets (ok for some american militias that is barely a weekends playing in the woods.... )
from the private eye story it appears that the one factory in the usa that manufactures the bullets cannot keep up with the demand.
i am going out on a limb here and thinking that this is a factory that is dedicated just to the american military, and that because of what it does it has to be highly defended and protected - but there is only one? whatever happened to the free market, is that why there is fighting going on in iraq - so we can just bring them monopolies - say it ain't so gi joe!
but i can understand why you would want this sensitive operation to be under very strict control and so you might only want the one - that way you have total quality control and you also have complete freedom to control supply - increase it when demand is high and lower it when demand is low (again it's the market stupid....)
somewhere along the line either the military planners have forgotten to place the requisition order (hey it happens), or the usa military have gone a little too gung ho and are firing bullets off like they are auditioning for the next john woo flick.

guess what? what pat what i can hear you cry. the ministry of defense is providing the bullets to the americans at book price - not a bit of profit being made from them. now on one hand you can understand that, don't want to be a war profiteer after all. but dammit man we are also providing troops into iraq to aid the americans free of charge (and last time i looked there were not that many british companies getting fat on the riches of iraq reconstruction!)

but lets go back to that number again 130 million bullets. why in all that is holy do the british army have a spare 130 million bullets, it's not like a cup of sugar, it's a 130 million bullets.....
hey at least this bit of arms trading might be called ethical arms trade (and who remembers new labour's promises on that!)

one more time 130,000,000 bullets. perhaps they should learn to be better shots or spend less time popping off shots into wounded combatants.
just a thought.

Monday, December 20, 2004


i am a bit of an art fag.
there are few things i like better than to go to a gallery, wander around, stop, contemplate and be mesmerised by a piece of art that is either so beautiful it takes the breath away or so challenging it forces you to think, to ponder and to wonder. there have been exhibitions i have been to that have all been like that.
there are art spaces i go to just because that are beautiful places to be in. the whitechapel art gallery, the tate modern, the tate britain, white cube, flowers east and many others.
when the two come together it is almost a religious experience. i can think of picasso and matisse at the tate modern, mapplethorpe at the hayward gallery, gormley at the white cube, lichtenstein at the hayward, pretty much anything i saw that was photographic at the hamilton gallery... and there have been many others.
anyway i like modern art.
i like the tate britain.
i have spent many a happy hour looking at the turner prize in years gone by.
except there has been a problem with the turner prize - as each year has gone by i have enjoyed it less and less. the art seems less "art" and more commercial junk making.
this years has been the worst one i have been to.
the winner, jeremy deller, presents the viewer with a dull documentary centred around texas. this is complemented with some photos he has taken of memorial plaques he has had erected.
kutlug ataman, has a video installation of interviews of people who claim to be reincarnated. the position of the videos makes for an interesting view, but what is on view is not at all interesting.
landlands and bell, produce a mix of items which centre around afghanistan and the UN's involvement. some of it is interesting, none of it is fully engaging. the stills of the various official signs soon pales. the video installation of osama bin laden's house is both trite and poorly done, it becomes interactive because, you the viewer can control the view and route through the house.
yinka shonibare, who to my mind should have won it (but that damns with very feint praise) produces his usual signature colourful cloth constructions - but this time not only does he have a mannequin that is done out in the garb but he also has the ubiquitous video installation. this is of a courtly dance, all the courtiers are attired in the colourful cloth garb so beloved of shonibare. the dance is very formal, but also mechanical and the dancers jolt and jerk around. taking the familiar style of courtly dances and adding a new dimension (part of this is the fact that they manage to overact as they dance). the video is on a constant loop and the performers seem to go forward and then go back over what they have done again. this combined with the stagey arty gives a sense of being slightly outside reality.

you want to know what i feel when i walk out of the exhibition into some of the other halls in the tate britain, where the walls are decorated with art in which you can see the artist has not only put thought, but they have put effort, they have put passion and they have put skill into what they have done and what they have created. the feeling i get is a little close to despair that modern art has sunk so low, that some how we have to "award" and "reward" work that is little more than bad documentary, that seems to have little creative thought behind it other than one clever(dick) idea.

you know it is bad when you know you could have done all of it yourself and without too much trouble.
maybe i should just put my money where my mouth is and win the turner prize ? not next year but perhaps in a couple of years. trust me if you have seen what they had there this year you would have to be bad not to win.

i am turning into angry from tunbridge wells

Friday, December 10, 2004


i know i have banged on about how much i hate christmas - and it's true i do.
it's an almost passionate hate - give it a few more years and it will burn with the fire of the sun.
but even in this less than jolly period there are times when i find things that make me smile or make my heart sing like it did when i was 5 years old and i couldn't wait to catch santa leaving my presents. (never did always fell asleep boo hoo).

so pat, what has made you smile this year? - i can hear you cry.
well i shall tell you (and thanks for asking).

firstly there has been the hue and cry over the madame tussards celebrity filled nativity scene. the scene in question featured david and victoria beckham (or more commonly posh and becks) as joseph and mary. also included are kylie and sam l jackson. not quite sure why this is offensive and why it has caused so much fuss. you only have to go around the national gallery to see loads of paintings of various religious scenes that feature either the patron of the artist in them or someone the artist wants to curry favour with being portrayed in the scene. i don't see anyone standing outside the national complaining...
and those of us who have been parents have had to suffer through at least one nativity play where we mumble that our little treasure would have been better off in the lead roles. (and if memory serves me right my one time on stage was as joseph in my sunday school's production of the nativity).
so perhaps it was because it was victoria and david? who knows.
to me it seems like harmless fun that, if anything brings the nativity to the attention of many who may only think that christmas is for booze, food and crap tv (no i don't mean you jay even if you like crap tv!)
well to make matters worse - someone has run in and punched the wax model and damaged them. (and no it was not fergie!)

oddly this comes at a time when the *cough ahem* pious david blunkett is bringing in a law to stop religious persecution. so while he is trying to argue that this is not a blasphemy law various religious groups show that they have no sense of humour (yes i mean you Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor - get a grip somethings can be lighthearted without being sacrilegious). but in this "outrage" that the church can show at something like this they go part of the way to showing that such laws will get miss used by those in positions of responsibility.

(perhaps the cardinal is just responding to the fact that everywhere you turn there is someone trying to "deny" christmas because they don't want to offend someone of a different faith ? your thoughts on a postcard please).

the second thing that has me smiling is the light show currently on display on oxford street in london. normally the christmas lights leave me cold. but this year a simple idea has me going oooh aaaah and standing and watching. basically they have mounted searchlights on scaffolding along the length of the road, and these searchlights cast their beams into the sky above - so in different parts of the city you can see amazing light shows against the clouds and in the sky.
from the millennium bridge (near the tate modern) you can watch the lights paint the sky and observe the wonderful patterns they make.
it is one of those things i want them to keep there through out the year.
it truly looks amazing.
and such a simple idea.
if you get a chance to wander along to oxford street - you have to go, they are wonderful.

and lastly the thing that has made me laugh like a drain is this: santas is a street brawl.
first of all i am impressed that there is such a thing as a santa charity run, the idea of getting dressed up as santa and then running reminds me that runners are an odd breed. i am even more impressed that 4,000 of them finished.
but several hours after the run some santas went rogue and a fight started - not just any fight but one that needed the use of cs gas and batons by the police. who would have thought that santa was that hard....
it's like have it's a knockout back - all that is needed for the story to be perfect is stuart hall to be doing a commentary.......

as if that were not enough. someone told me that santa mobs are organised and lots of people just turn up as santa. apparently that got kicked out of hamleys a few years back. i am tempted to contact them. i have the waist for it.
also while i was out checking out some art i saw a santa in a phone box - he was obviously phoning the RR (reindeer recovery..... oh i sleigh myself i do ..... ok i'll stop now).
and then to top it off in bethnal green just round corner from the famous york hall there is a house that has gone ott on the christmas decorations so much so that they have a life sized santa in the doorway, that not only moves but sings as well. so tacky.

it's what christmas was made for - well that seems to be the case these days.

Wednesday, December 08, 2004


i don't use drugs. i don't approve of drugs.
i may have mentioned that i have been stopped in the streets as a drug pusher, but nice mr plod was polite about it and well i still smile when i tell the story of it.
but it did help clarify and change the way i think about drugs. just because i don't like them, don't use them and don't approve of them doesn't mean to say they shouldn't be available. so i have gone from being staunchly agin 'em to hell legalise them, sell them in tescos (would have said sainsburys but they are so awful they would end up putting the narcotics in with the baby food), and let the chancellor get lots of dosh back in the form of taxes.
we all know that the moment the government finds the courage to buck the desire to please middle england and the sun/ daily mail readers and say that drugs are legal, that is the moment when the cigarette and drinks companies will have their cannabis ciggies and cocaine spritzers on the market.
and i reckon they would have them out in the shops within weeks - if not days.
you know they are itching to do it.
make it legal and most of the problems associated with it go away. it will become easy to get hold of, it will be come cheap, it will be safe. so no more gang troubles (frees up the police to do real work rather than chase down a few stoners), no more od'ing on bad stuff, no more having to find money for the next fix (after all you don't hear quite the same stories about alcoholics and smokers having to knock down grannies to feed their habits).
i am sure at the start people will get all silly and get of their tits permanently and then the novelty will wear off and it will be come like any other social substance.

best of all we can then dispose of all the drug doping stuff in sports.
(though my solution to that is easy. you let everyone who wants to take performance enhancing drugs take them, but the only records that count are those posted by clean athletes and to be clean you have to say you are clean and be tested regularly.
you could then have a drug league and clean league - and occasional crossovers.
the public could decide which to go to see and which to support).

after all aren't we told the market is the best regulator there is ?

anyway why am i wittering away like this?

well it is nice to see science and especially genetics coming to the aid of the drug barons.
apparently GM'ed cocaine is being grown in colombia. it means that the yield is up by 8 times and this means that although USA and colombian forces are trying their best to destroy plants and fields - the price in the states has stayed low.
"A spokesman for the US embassy in Bogota said there was "no scientific proof" that "transgenic coca" had been developed, although rumour of its existence were rife.

you have to wonder if it has anything to do with monsanto ? if they the plants are indeed transgenic whether or not the "creators" still have the patent and are making the drug barons pay through the nose (excuse the pun) for the stuff and then off course tying them into a deal where they can only use one type of seed to grow the plants.
or does that only happen to peasant farmers who have to grow crops to live?
it does go to show though that where there is a demand for the item the market will find away to get the stuff made. if only it worked on crops that the world needed... oh hold on they are not profitable in quite the same way.

one thing i am betting on is there will be no warning on the pack that these drugs are GM'ed drugs.
so at least the drug user is no better off than the rest of us if they want to know if their drugs are "natural".

won't be long before they are in the shops now that the GM crew have gotten on board, as soon they will have the cocaine that works but is not really addictive (sort of like ciggies *cough*).
that they can sell with the slogan cocaine hit that gets you high but leaves you dry or all the rush but not the crash. or some such marketing bollocks.

Monday, December 06, 2004


i don't like christmas parties. i don't go to the works one (actually the people at work are grateful for this). i hate hearing stories about how wonderful the party i never went to was (how come all the ones i did go to were so dire?)

but this is one party i really wish i could have been at. i can just imagine the seething looks on their faces.
whose faces? i can hear you ask.

well the BNP (british national party - one of many far right organisations we have in the uk, they are the ones who are closer to getting political respectability. well they would be but thanks to new labours continued rightward drift the tory party are more and more becoming the BNP..)

but picture it if you will. the BNP organise a christmas bash. a good thing to do - all that peace and love to all mankind stuff. it's what christmas is about, even if it is not what the BNP is about.... you organise the hall, the sort out the grub, you send out the invites, get the dj. all done and all dusted all you need to do is sit back enjoy a great night out.
except - the dj walks in ready to spin the tunes and he is ... yes you guessed it BLACK!
bob garner said of it
"There was a bit of a cock-up. The chap who booked him didn't realise. The DJ sounded white on the phone."
so some of the BNP walked out while others
"A lot of people weren't happy - I wasn't, really - and one or two walked out. But some younger members thought it was a bit ironic and danced away the night."

go here or here for the story.

i wish someone had interviewed the DJ - i hope he did it deliberately to wind them up. lets hope that santa brings that DJ all he wants this christmas, because he has made me believe in christmas parties again!

Friday, December 03, 2004


been told that some of my last posts have painted me as a miserable so and so. (yeah thats you kevin and you kenny).

there is a reason for that - i am a miserable old git.
i am the glass is half empty and not half full sort of person.
i see the grey cloud and not the silver lining.
the light at the end of the tunnel i know is just an on coming train.
i am a grumpy guts.

but for those of you who have asked here is a big old smile

(call me brian wilson - you'll wait as long for the next one ....)


hunters are still in the news......
i know i have banged on about hunting a few times now. but this story tickled me and i just thought i had to mention it.
poor old princess anne there she goes out hunting the implication is she breaking the ban on hunting – which doesn’t come into force until february 2005. no i am not defending her or hunting. just seems that you really can’t have a go at her until she is really doing something wrong.
now as i have said before my objection to hunting has nothing to do with the animals and all to do with the people who hunt. i admit it is all about class and for once in this part of the class war we have won a battle.
and for all those hunt fans who go on about tradition, community and jobs i just say where were you when it was the miners, where are you now it is the car workers in coventry. why aren’t you having words with digby jones and his outsourcing for destroying jobs. oh that’s right can’t hear you because you are all selfish gits.
stop going on about it being your human right to hunt and i hope all those who hunt after the ban are banged up.
the other part of the story i liked was that the hunt met at chavenage house – given that it is the burberry set who hunt perhaps that is the origin of the word chav.
and frankly chavs (rich or poor) are scum…..


why oh why? as i may have mentioned i am an armchair socialist. i have been to many of the swp (that’s socialist workers party) summer conferences to sit and listen to the various speakers tell me that the crash of capitalism is just around the corner, that the revolution is almost here and that the swp is ready to lead the working class to the promised land. while i have never once thought that "yes this summer will see it the great workers paradise... oh yeah get the barricades ready..." i always come away from them with a feeling that more could and should be done in order to change the world.
(i am the first to admit i am not very good at putting that into practice - hence the reason i am armchair socialist.)
but there is always something about the swp and its members that stop me from becoming active with them. well there are many reasons - firstly there is the incredible amount of doctrinaire stuff that goes on about who said what and to whom and what marx really meant in his early, middle and mature period. while all along ignoring the fact that the world has moved on since then. which means that the radical left is incredibly splintered as people are caught up in arguments about phrases in old books, rather than paying attention to changes around them. rather than uniting to bring about change.
secondly there is their reluctance to answer the basic stuff like who cleans the toilets. yeah i get there will be no exploitation and i am down with that, i get that from each according to his ability to each according to his needs - i cheer the principle. but who cleans the toilets? we can't all be painters, poets and boss. some of us have to do the grunt work. (a pal of mine changes his question to "what about the beer" but this is aimed at the young muslim fundamentalists who come into his shop...)
then there is the stubborn refusal to admit - well when we said last year it was collapsing, ooops we got it wrong.
fourthly there is their tendency
but worst of all is that they have no sense of humour what so ever, not mention that people keeping calling each other comrade - it's the lefts version of mate and just as irritating.

anyway what does all this have to do with the story.
well i am not a fan of george galloway, i am not a fan of respect (who are involved with the swp - and it's not because of the fact that there is a link between, its more to do with the fact that they have changed their name in order to pretend to be something else). and now i have to look forward to them banging on my door in order to get oona king out in the next general election.
so why is george galloway, a scots mp, coming to my area in the east end of london?
his constituency is being done away with for a start.
then there is the fact that oona is seen as being very new labour (and lets be honest most who voted for new labour really wanted tory lite and that is what they got and oona is not stupid enough to think she got voted in because of who she is, she knows her votes mainly came from people who saw labour next to her name).
but perhaps key is that oona is seen as being pro war in iraq and tower hamlets has a large muslim constituency.
so george who has the concerns of the local population on his mind (ok i am being sarcastic) is going to spend the run up to the election harping on about the war but little else. he talks about how he and respect "would "turn the east end of london into a fortress". "
i am not quite sure what that means but it does make me want to get off my arse and see if i can help oona king in the forthcoming elections.

(two more points -
firstly from the story it looks as if galloway accepted his role as prospective mp at a meeting in my favourite coffee shop in brick lane.
secondly respect are not just anti-war they also are for the repeal of anti-union law and the end of privatisation. both noble things - but for me a little light on the policy end of things...... it always comes back to who cleans the toilets...)


should education be a commercial enterprise nice to see chris woodhead is keeping his hand in. according to the ft he might be the country’s leading educational entrepreneur. nice work if you can get.
he sees schools as businesses ""i think schools are businesses. they should be run as efficiently as possible. schools that are run for profit are likely to be run as efficiently as possible. the future probably lies in an education sector where more schools are run for profit."
which is odd because the only way to increase the profits in a school is either to increase the amount of fees you collect (either increase the amount each parent pays or increase the number of paying parents), you could cut costs (cheaper teachers, fewer facilities etc) or you could hope that at some point the government of the day will step in and bail you out when it all goes a little tits up.
i know we live in a period when there is a mania for getting private money into doing things that it seems so obvious that the state should be doing (private prisons, public private finance initiatives in building schools - which end up costing the state even more than if they had done it but the business sector never seem to pick up the costs, private companies running the transport infrastructure and then having to increase the price of tickets because they have/will not invest their profits ....... moan moan) but the idea that schools can be seen as businesses just strikes me as total madness.
woodhead was a champion of a back to basic style of teaching (not sure i have any problems with that to be honest) and he is also quoted as saying
""children have different aptitudes and different aspirations. it's quite wrong to see oxbridge as the only goal. our schools won't be academic hot-houses."" (which is interesting, if only because it is so true - but of course when prince charles says it he is pilloried for being old fashioned but when someone who is now in control of many private schools says it - well hey that is fine....)
as an armchair socialist the ability of all children to be able to get a decent education is one of those things i see as a human right. while there is a part of me that has always wanted to burn down private schools i always thought it would be better to make sure that parents who could afford to send their children to such schools paid through the nose when their kids went to universities (remember i am old enough to have gotten a grant for my period at poly... ah those were the days) and then use that money to bring the state schools up to a level that equalled or excelled that of private schools.
you create a level playing field for kids to learn and then perhaps they can achieve the aspirations that they have.


drinks club social ruins pub
i have never understood the fraternity thing at university, even less as it is popularised in american high school/ grad school movies (never very funny and never very insightful - ok i make an exception for election as that was wonderful..... oh and rushmore. ok already so i lied so there are some good ones).
i can remember my few short months of playing club rugby where the whole drink and prank culture was part and parcel of playing. in the end my love of running around on a muddy field in the cold getting pummelled into the ground was overtaken by a desire to avoid getting involved in drinking games and setting off fire alarms because it was funny.
so reading about the oxford university drinking club that went into a pub with the sole intention of causing havoc brought back all those bad memories.
but it’s ok even though it was intentional and the group broke 17 bottles of wine, every piece of crockery in the bar and a window they were nice about it.
""even when i pulled them off each other when they were fighting and chucking bottles at the walls, they would say 'sorry old chap, just a bit of high spirits'." "
when the police got there, they arrested 4 of them, and those four are going to be fined £80 each.
but it's tradition so that’s ok.
you have to wonder if they had been chavs if the story would have been so "nice" about it or would it have been yet another example of soaring yob crime.
i guess it goes to prove the old song is still true. "it's the same the whole world over - rich get all the please and the poor get all the blame."

Thursday, December 02, 2004


christmas decorations have gone up in part of the office. so far though none in mine, and long may it stay that way.
there are many reasons why this time of year does not fill me with cheer (actually most people who know me would say little fills me with cheer).
but now begins the long long days of having to listen awful christmas music (classical and pop), the struggle to be able to find the things i want in shops that are crammed to the gills with christmas suggestions (why does sainsburys have to have gifts when it can't even keep in stock the food it should be selling.....) , even more crowded streets in the west end, drunken revellers who have spent the last 30 minutes puking up the inside of their stomachs - having moved from pure liquid to only being able to pass stomach lining up. people wearing silly santa hats, people pretending to be friendly and cheery when really all they want to do is stab you in the eye with their umbrella. then there is the period where you can't do anything because everywhere closes down (yes yes i know it's a good thing that people aren't working, that they are at home with their families. the socialist in me respects that - the part of me that just wants to be out doing something doesn't. ok so i am a complex contradiction, so sue!) then there is the fact it won't be a white christmas, at the best it will be slushy, but i can guarantee that all the other people i know will have had snow.
then you have to listen to all the stories of how wonderful the christmas was, and how they are looking forward to the new year festivities.
you hope that the sales are going to be good, but you know they never are. oh yeah there will be one nice priced item amongst the dross. the rest of the stuff will be warmed over stuff from previous sales (yes i am talking about you mr HM(poxy sale)V).
ah you can see i am bursting with the joys of christmas.

bah humbug.
i am the grinch (who wishes he could steal christmas).


just recently matthew pinsent and james cracknell, part of the gb's victorious olympic rowing team, have announced what they plan on doing.
pinsent is quitting - he is happy with 4 gold medals in 4 olympics.
cracknell is taking a year out to do other things.
this led to an article in the independent from his missus, the gorgeous, beverly turner.
the headline of which was along the lines of "james is just putting the energy he gave to rowing to other things".
and judging by the smiles on both their faces we know what activities they are.

i know it was a bit of a crass one - but i grew up on carry on movies and this sort of thing makes me smile.

Monday, November 29, 2004


i am not the most social of people. i am (mostly) happy with my own company. but i enjoy going out – sometimes that will be me on my tod going to see a movie or an art exhibition. other times it will be with some friends to enjoy a coffee, curry and a natter.

this weekend i got dragged along to see so progfolkpixie band. and i must say i was looking forward to it. but it seemed to be one of those nights that was destined for oddness.

before going to the gig/ club we ambled to a pub – on the way there a street punk with purplish hair said she liked my hair.
coming from the pub we were asked directions – i pointed the bloke in the right direction which ended up with lots of hand shaking, arm squeezing and kissing of my hand. it stopped short of him proclaiming full bodied love to me... but only just.

the venue was odd – one of the many old warehouses in the brick lane area – it had the smell of many old sessions of puke in it. very nice.

the bands were fun. circulus lived up to all joel promised me and power to the pixies is an epic. they enjoy themselves and while good musicians do not take themselves seriously.

joel left. i stayed for the last band.

at some point during that set 2 lasses played with my hair.
at some other point i got the feeling that people were looking at me
as if they thought they knew who i was.
then i went to rock out to a 60s rock pop disco (far out man it was great!)
then the main man from circulus asked where joel was – we chatted for a while.
then another man from circulus asked if i had been to alice in wonderlands- he mumbled something about zodiac mindwarp and me being on the cover of the lp.
that was pretty much me freaked out – so i left. (also all the pretty ladies had gone)
i left got some bagels walked home.
had some chavs in car go on about my hair.
got stopped by an elegant black american man who reminded me he had seen me before while walking back from a curry with (as he described her) “ a pretty girl” (i remembered it because it was also the night she let fly with a very magnificent fart that quite frankly scared the local kids).
he ended up tapping me for a quid. but i had had a good night so it was ok.
then a somalian asked me where was commercial street - told him he was on it, i asked him what he was looking for, “where the prostitutes stand” was his reply. top marks for brutal honesty... don't think any were working.
then 3 more sporty chavs asked directions and once again a get your hair cut... one day i think i am going to clock them. (actually i have spent several hours thinking of ways to kill them slowly. i know it is petty but they are such scum and are only “hard” because there are three of them. lordy i am sounding like nick parry-jones (who once walked after a car of youths in order to have a fight with them!)
then just as i am about to get into my road i can hear the click of heels (its 4am in the morning by this stage so the click is loud in the quiet night). i can also hear a large sobbing noise from her.
i expect her to avoid me (and wouldn’t blame her) but she follows me down the road.
again a large sob.
i ask are you ok, she says yes, picks up the pace walks in front of me and yet another large sob.
all in all a dull night.

must do it again.

(oh and the lass who complemented my hair on the saturday night got a chance to do it again on sunday as i walked by her again. only this time she was standing on the street corner touting for trade. to her credit she didn’t ask if i wanted business and we had a bit of a laugh.
it’s nice to be appreciated!)

Saturday, November 27, 2004


darn another post lost into the blogosphere.
computers hate me.
but then i realise i had written nothing but drivel - so blogger has saved my dear reader from being bored.
all hail the machine editor.


i am beginning to hate the weekend. there is too much pressure to do something with the time and invariably i end up doing nothing. oh it's my fault and i admit it, after all it is not hard to jump on a bus (well that is not strictly true as first you have to wait for it to come along and then hope that is it not rammed to the gills with other passengers - not pleasent at the moment as most of the buses seem to have decided that it is artic tempratures outside and have ramped the heating up so that you could grow tropical fruits in the bus. let me tell you this does not complement some of my fellow passengers hygenie state!)and go and do something, anything. there are galleries to be seen, photographs to be taken, dull melancolony poems to be written and dreams to be dreamt.
basically i am wasting my life away - i am doing nothing with it, which isn't to say i am in a position where i have the ability to change the world or contribute something meaningful to it.

so the weekend has recently become a pit of despair for me. i spend time wondering what it is all about, what it means and why on earth the most i can do at the weekend is sit in the flat and read comics!

i guess it gets worse for me this time of year. i hate christmas. i hate the commericalisation of christmas, i hate the fact that christmas has been overtaken by the need to paaaaarty, to indulge and pretend you are friends with all and sundry. but, perversely, what i hate most of all is that there is a 2-3 week period where whole chunks of the city just close up and you can't do anything.

i need to do an audit of my life, my expectations and sort myself out.

i am a little embarrassed that i have just written a post that could have been done by a kurt cobain fan! (next time i get this urge i will just write about how my latest trip to a curry house has turned my guts into mulch.... i am sure my dear reader will prefer to read about that!)

Friday, November 26, 2004


currently i am going through a phase where certain phrases make me go arrrrraaaaaaaaaaaaagh! for no other reason than they are pointless additions to a sentence, add nothing to the conversation and normally (well for me) highlight the lack of thought that has gone into the argument.

they are phrases that should be up there with "... some of my best friends are (insert minority of choice here) but......"

the first of these phrases are:
"it's 2004 and still people are (insert action of choice here)". i most recently heard this in two debates one on gay rights - generated from the fallout over gay marriages in the usa elections, secondly over the racist chanting aimed at english footballers in the friendly match they played.
in both cases the attitudes were wrong - of course gays should be allowed to marry if they want to and of course footballers of any colour should be able to play the game of their choice without hearing abuse (ok this may not stand for man united or spurs players........ - can you guess who i support ?). it goes without saying the world would be a much better and much happier place if people were more tolerant.
but by invoking the year we are in and doing it in an exasperated tone adds nothing to your point as i am willing to lay money on the fact that a similar turn of phrase has been used each year for well as long as there have been years. more than likely it appears in the diaries of anne frank and samuel pepys.

another meaningless phrase is "its my human right" most recently seen by me in an argument where a family wants to send their child to a faith school, so far so good. only problem is the child and the family do not share the faith of the school. so the school, which is faith based, is refusing them entry to the school. the result of this - the family wants to take the school, which is faith based, to court because barring their faithless child into a faith based school is an infringement to their human rights.
i wonder if i can use that next time i want to wander through the girls showers ? to stop me is an infringement of my human rights.

(one of the other commentators on this makes the great comment "oh imagine the uproar if a state school banned muslim and catholic kids because they were trying to go to a secular school", which misses several of the points to the story in order to score a cheap shot.
while not defending faith schools it is interesting that the reason the family had chosen the school was because it was good and they wanted their child to have the best - nothing wrong there. i wonder if there had been a private school near them they would have tried to get in there and claimed it as their human right to do so, or if there had been an all girls school ?
sure there are problems with state schools and if you think there are then lobby for change - make all schools the same - give all kids the same chances - don't let anyone have an unfair advantage, i shall stop this rant short of saying burn down eton, but the only true way to make education fair is not to abolish faith, sex, status based schools but to make the state schools much much better than they are now.
oh the other commentator is the tit tim lott - he writes in the evening standard, he is not as funny as me and makes about as much sense as i do.
(and a blog for the future would be - just what are human rights - is there such a thing ?)

the other phrase i can't stand is "i'm a celebrity get me out of here" i don't even watch the programme but i have to put up with people who do talking about it.

Thursday, November 25, 2004


sometimes it's the small things in life that make you smile.
sometimes it's the unexpected that makes you happy.
for me it is mark thatcher's current predicament.

there he is part of a failed coup (look i know it should be innocent until proven guilty but it's mark thatcher and frankly even if the pope said he was innocent i would doubt it) that was going to overthrow the government of equatorial guinea. caught with his trousers down, accused of funding the mercenaries who were going to overthrow the government. like iraq this was all for altruistic reasons and not for the oil that is there (no, nope, nada it was not about oil!)
thatcher supposedly funded the attempt to the tune of $275,000 and now that it was foiled not only is he out of pocket but he is out on bail and confined to cape town.
and i know it is not very christian of me but i am already tired of hearing about how he is ruined and from an interview with vanity fair he says "I will never be able to do business again. Who will deal with me?" (obviously vanity fair for a start....)
or how he is so glad his dad didn't see this happening to him (i guess that shows there is little love lost between maggie and her son or perhaps it is just an admission on mark's part that magaret "iron lady" thatcher no longer has her marbles so isn't aware of what a mess her son is in!)
he is apparently furious that he is confined to south africa and that his phones and email are being monitored - well that will teach him not to get involved in the overthrow of governments.

it's not like his moaning is a proof of innocence more a case of petulance and fear (though i can't blame him - he faces a possible 12 years inside a less than nice african jail.....) and now some of his friends are claiming that this is all about some people still wanting to settle scores with baroness thatcher.
not sure many mining communities are up for this sort of ruse - though i wouldn't past arthur scargill.
go here and here for the story

Wednesday, November 24, 2004


ugh - have become very lazy when it comes to posting on here.
ok ok there have been various on going problems with computers, some of them still not resolved. my relationship with computers is very love hate - i love to hate them (boom boom - to quote basil brush).

there have been a number of things i was going to write about and then just have dropped because the time has moved on..... (glad i am not doing this for a living thats for sure).

so at sometime in the future you might get to read what where going to be my thoughts on the following:
porn - why i like it, why i consume it and how it is becoming more acceptable. the thought was sparked by two articles in the business press.
faith - why i believe and why i can't make sense of why i believe. thought about it because of an article in wired magazine and prospect magazine.
digby jones - he is a fat tosser and why - again something from the business news and the fact the slug has become a bid ambassador for olympics 2012.
2012 - no no no no and why i don't want the games in london.
charlie - why i agree with prince charles (a statement i won't make very often) and why i think new labour just missed the point.
david blunkett - the closet nasty nazi who should be appearing in the producers rather than in the government.
bootlegs - why i download.
and so many many others. (oh and there might even be some nice fluffy funny stories).

but i am trying to get the whole thing back on track.
there is a lot going on in the world and i want to comment on it - if only to vent, if only to make sense of the things that are going on.

so never fear you faithful readers i will be boring you silly with more from here sooner than you care for.

Thursday, November 18, 2004


couple of things that should have been in previous posts.

neither jim nor paul would forgive me if i didn't include the space canine patrol agency's battle cry. so here it is:
"Big dog! Big dog! Bow wow wow!
We'll stop Evil! Now, now, now!"
go rover.

if you do want to spend your christmas money on something other than a frippery then you could go to the oxfan site and choose the unwrapped section.
if you believe charity begins at home then there is always this one
feel free to let me know of others.

Wednesday, November 17, 2004


some headlines just floor you, some make you smile like a palsied gibbon others just make you weep in pleasure - this one does all three
Toilets 'a forgotten human right'
who would have thought that there was such a thing a world toilet summit, who would have thought that there would be 400 delegates to it!
and who would have thought that the organiser could have come up with this perfect soundbite without 1] a big arsed (excuse the pun) grin on his face or 2] weeks of preparation to get the right wording.
"The entire toilet movement is taking on the world," as said by jack sim.

"The WTO says people feel like they are living in a civilised society if the toilets are clean." (i am not sure if that is the world trade organisation or the world toilet organisation)

even more priceless from mr sim is
""When people come to see the Olympics they need first of all a good toilet," he said.
"And the bigger effect is when they go back, when they go back home their friends will ask them, 'I thought the toilets there are terrible'. And they will say, 'No you're wrong. Nowadays it's fantastic.'"
now as you know i am not an advocate for the olympics in london in 2012 - but i am pretty sure we can provide some good toilets. and now i know why people always seem to be disappointed with me when they tell their holiday stories and i never ask about the toilets - it seems it is one of the things you have to ask....

ironically there is an important point among all of this and that is of course without such things as good sanitation and clean water supply you are always going to be fighting a losing battle with disease.
so this christmas rather than spend money of useless presents why not check out the oxfam website, or the VSO website or anyone of those sites you prefer and see if you can find somewhere you can donate cash for a new water pump, filtration system etc for a third world village etc. you know it will make more sense than getting uncle ernie a new sweater.

oh and by the way friday is world toilet day. for more go here so remember to flush with pride.


condi as secretary of state, although she is an honorary member of my top tory totty list, is a scary scary prospect. why do you say that pat? i hear you cry. why pat when you so obviously like right wing woman, why then is it scary pat?
well simply the TTT list has up until now be filled with women who were not going to hasten armageddon (and i ain't talking about the bruce movie).
even so condi is staying on the TTT.

now i am wondering what the 2008 election is going to look like? will it be a cat fight between condi and hils? will rice and clinton get it on and get down and dirty to see which one of them can deliver the electoral elbow and reign supreme in what can only be the political slug fest to come.


we all need heroes; we need that shining example to look up to and for that hero to inspire us to acts of greatness.
the following tale is of a hero, a hero that has to remain anonymous so that they can continue their good deeds and in order to thwart the criminals who have sworn to kill our hero. the hero’s name is not known, he can’t be named because of the threats of the drug lords. not even his breed can be known.
his breed?
yes our hero is a dog.
he could be a collie, a spaniel or a labrador (apparently the dog drug patrol work in teams of six and a mix of 3 breeds). what we do know is that the dog has been remarkably successful in sniffing out drugs in a manchester prison, stopping anyone trying to smuggle drugs into the facility. so much so the dog was relieved of duty for a few days to be re-tested to ensure there was nothing funny going on (perhaps he was eating performance enhancing chum?)
however “he was found to be 100 per cent accurate on every test." good dog!
at one point there was a 30% drug use in the prison now it is down to 16% and this is attributed to the dog with the golden nose!
this success has meant there is an underworld contract out on the dog – all we can hope is the cunning canine manages to stay ahead of the crims and keeps its nose clean and keeps up the good work. for the story go here & here.

but heroic dogs are not new – oh no.
for some of us we have grown up with the heroic dog who has led by their example. which dogs am i talking about – well how about krypto, how about bat-hound. now they are true heroes. but they were not alone. in the moments we sing praise of an unknown drug sniffing dog let us not forget the space canine patrol who featured such heroes as mammoth mutt, tail terrier, chameleon collie, hot dog, tusky husky, bull dog and paw pooch! these canine heroes kept us safe.

they along with the unknown derring do dog of strangeways prison make sure that ruff justice is served to those who deserve it.

(this one is for jim and paul - nuff said)

Monday, November 15, 2004


this is going to be an experiment, and i am not sure how it is going to work. basically this is going to be an occasional feature in my blog - it is going to the email exchange between me and an ex-colleague. it will be the "political" debates we have (i will still clear of the other debates we have as sometimes talking about the state of welsh rugby can get pretty ugly).
ok some background about npj - he is about my age, he is opinionated and passionate about many things, well read on many subjects, a bit (ok a lot) of an anorak when it comes to matters military (and trust me when a man comes back from seeing a movie like gladiator to say they didn't have stirrups back then - you know you are dealing with an anorak of a major type!) npj is welsh - which will explain some of the digs that go back and forth between us. he is also dyslexic and a bad typist - which will explain some of the spelling errors (i can only claim bad typing as my excuse). he also has a tendency to use initials for shorthand, sometimes these are obvious and sometimes they are not...... it all adds to the fun. i am not going to amend the emails - you get them as they are. where possible i will add in links to the relevant piece that has sparked it off. sit back enjoy. (this is for you cliff - you wanted it you got it......)

npj (this is in my inbox early)
Even Gary Younge is in on the act, and of course brings out his tried and trusted post colonial arguement against secular liberals intolerance and misunderstanding of the religious. You'd think he was delighted that the effete liberals lost their bid to the white house to those wonderful folks of true faith, who like flying the good old stars and bars ala John Ashcroft.

And this weekend's Grdn had a loaded article on the Dutch situation, hell you'd think van Gogh was a rabid racist who commited suicide to spite society.

Are people of faith stupid or nutters, yes and no, just like secular liberals, each camp has twits.
That prick Galloway before the Iraq war said he wasn't a pascifist and Dressden deserved what it got in WW2, he should read about it some time the pig, it wasn't the SS melting in the inerno.
I know I am often in danger of patronizing religion myself because I can't buy into it, yet I know inspirational people who get it, plus I recognize liberals can be as sanctimonious and preachy as anyone.

Yet peoples faith only needs to be respected if its worthy of such.

Secular liberals, there will be religious liberal though mostly jewish, can and should engage the religious in America, (I'd start with where's your love they neighbor mindset gone, doh there I go again), because they won it for George, who won it for business and the old testament God, but they didn't win it by much.
So let's not delude ourselves shall we by suggesting that everyone attending church in the US is a gun owning, gay hating, bigot, but let's not kid ourselves either that it's all gangstas and neonazis doing the hatine thing; or delude ourselves that we can cross the middle ground and give up womens and gay rights to catch the religious floks block vote shall we?

the article in question is this one

my reply was

Not sure what you are trying to say here!
Somewhere in there the rant loses direction……

I am going to have start posting some of these on my blog.

I have had a non invovlved weekend, all ruined by the fact that boris has been sacked.

(as you can see i am up for the debate....... needed that coffee.....)

undettered npj comes back with

Hypocricy is the crux of it.

Gary Younge has joined the band wagon of blaming the Democrats for not engaging the religious block, and sniping at elitist liberals for having a go at religion, which in Europe is prevelent amongst the minorities, and so for good meassure he yet again goes on about post colonial closet racism.
Problem is, until November 2nd, Gary Younge was with that liberal elite that hadn't taken seriously enough those faithful legions and is yet another pundit not only wise after the event, but suddenly eluding to a faith of his own.

I find it as patronising as I guess the religious find being told they are out of touch, except that now it is secular liberals who are out of touch and rapidly becoming a silly minority with too much to say about what is no longer important to the majority.

I mentioned the Netherlands piece to emphasise the deference being paid to religion and the media bias, when after all its the critic of an aspect of a religion that is dead.

I could have mentioned that I keep reading about liberals being respectful of islam while ridiculing christianity, yet what I actually read is them ridiculing hypocrits like George Bush and not people like Archbishop Williams or Pope John Paul.

I am tired of cheap shots and blame when its the other lot who are creating the problems.

i strike back with

The problem is not that the american religious voted – at best karl rove was only after 4 million of their votes – its that others didn’t vote the way they thought they should. Such as the youth vote which according to some didn’t vote the way they were supposed to.
Additionally I think it would be a gross stupidity to believe that all the anti-gay, all the anti-abortionists and all the pro-gun people were necessarily religious in any sense of the word. You don’t have to be a believer of any god to want to beat up gays or place a protest vote. I am sure the kids who killed the gay barman on the south bank were all regular church goers (mind I am going to feel stupid if they turn out to be regulars at the local parish).
Plus as a pal of mine said bush made a big deal about how he would protect america, kerry didn’t get that across. (it matters not that the world is a lot less safe under bush than it was 5 years ago!)
We live in the period of politics of fear – and the politicians are not singing songs of hope and bright futures they are telling us that without them it will be worse and darker.

(by the way the pal in question is tammi - name changed to protect the guilty)

npj comes back with

I think he was after more than 4 milln, 70% of Americans attend church, plus you've synogoes and mosques. But I know what you mean about the fear factor, and the media let the Republican party play it shamlessly. Dick Chenney persisted in talking about links between alQeda and Iraq even after his nations intelligence community admitted to none and the media let him.

Last week I mentioned the role of the media, and the difficulties of getting a message across that people don't want to hear, or vested interests don't want them to. Remember the NRA was running spots for Bush on the netwoks, TV evangelists were stating the President was a man of faith, and this with the majority of the electorate being poorly informed and attaching huge significance to single issues.

I appreciate your point about the teen trash that beat the gay barman to death, they may well be unaware of the recent activities in the Anglican Synod or Islams stance on homosexuality, having received no moral instruction from anyone, religious or otherwise. Just as I accept that not agreeing with something as evangelicals don't in the case of homosexuality isn't the same as taking malicious or even civil action against it. Not everyone with religion is professing the word 24 7, or even beyond their place of worship.

I think the Democrats can fight a much better more focused campaign, none of which is served by the headless chicken reaction I've descerned post election from it's supposed supporters.
The shock is the lose, not the margin, which while a clear margin isn't great.
On a platform of social justice and opportunity that express the essential aspirations of all religions, the democrats can appeal to the best elements in Americas religious community. They should look to court the inclusive not the exclusive, but if those of an exclusive mind set are a significant factor, then heaven help them all.

now i did reply to the above but it seems unfair that i get the last word.

so there you go - the first of the npj emails. remember there may be more ......


back in the 70s when elton john was the man he gave an interview with the rolling stone where he admitted that he was bisexual but that he drew “the line with goats”.
while i have never been a fan there has always been something charming about elton and his music – he never seemed pompous about it and he never seemed to set out to shock, but in the early 70s he was held in high regard mentioned in the same tones as bowie.
his career stalled in the midst of punk (punks never quite got the joy of concept albums… more fool them!) and in that great rock star tradition he retired, and only to, again in that great rock star tradition, come back again. the come back years saw him as a bit of joke, until such time as diana let it be known that she liked him. then suddenly he was the favourite of all those diana lovers out there.
in his sing-a-long with the boy band blue he not only appeared to be more talented than them all, but he was more butch than them all (admittedly this is damning with faint praise!)
recently he has been in the news for a series of events – none of which have much to do with his music. he has thrown tantrums at various paparazzi, he has attacked madonna for being nothing more than a fake and has appeared on national radio during the breakfast slot to let fly with a number of four letter word expletives! in short elton has decided to live his life like he is in spinal tap.
so not only has there been the music and drug excesses, there have been the gaudy clothes, the chairmanship of a football club, the marrying of his sound engineer and of course the many terrible hair transplants that never seem to work.
elton john is obviously a man who has long since stopped taking himself seriously and has long since stopped caring what we think of him and good luck to him for that.
elton john is the celebrities’ celebrity. he is what we want from our celebrities there is enough of the ordinary in him that we can recognise his foibles as ones we share, and there is enough extra ordinariness to remind us that we really don’t want to be like him at all.
so after all these years elton is, to quote the man, still standing. and for that i hope you join me in raising a glass and giving three cheers to a podgy, badly dressed queen with a terrible hair transplant. to you elton i doff my cap you restore my faith in celebrities. i give you elton john, a national treasure, long may he reign.

Saturday, November 13, 2004


not been on recently as i have had computer problems.
hopefully some of that has been solved.
so normal service will be resumed.
(i know i know you have missed me - but i am back!)

Saturday, November 06, 2004


i love fireworks, but it has been years since i went to a firework display. i was at tower hill for the millennium fireworks, and while a lot of people were disappointed by them i was enthralled.
there is a childlike glee watching a rocket scream and screech into the night sky and then explode in to a shower of stars that burn and dazzle for all too brief moment before they die and fall to earth. the whiz bang, the smoke drifting across the the area, the smell of burning all sets the pulse racing.
i enjoy walking around the city during the firework period and catching the rockets blazing up the sky, wondering where the next one will explode. the sounds of distant bangers and popping of rockets and ground fireworks, the hidden fizzle of sparklers as you walk past walled gardens. the city is transformed into a magical place with mystery noises and phantom lights.
i love fireworks as much now as when i was a kid.
the only difference now is that i do not go out hunting for the casings of old rockets like i used to.

but next year i am going to have to go here as it sounds like this is a town that knows how to enjoy fireworks.

Friday, November 05, 2004


pet peeves, we all have them.
given i am a person who sees the world as half empty rather than half full you can guess i probably have more pet peeves than most. i tell you it is hard being a misanthrope.

so in no particular order here are some of my current peeves.

richard littlejohn - he is like a scab you know you shouldn't pick but you can't help yourself. i know i will never agree with him, but i still look through the sun to see if he has a commentary piece in there. how he gets away with it i don't know.

umbrellas - great idea: keep the rain off, stay dry. just a shame so many people are happy to stroll down very crowded main roads with things that are best described as prototypes for the usa's missile defense shield. these umbrellas don't just keep people dry they are keeping small countys dry. ok it's the brollys themselves i hate it is the tossers who use them and think that it is ok to go around with a dangerous weapon and not make the slightest effort to make sure they do not take your eye out!

personal stereos - have them, enjoy them, show them off as a work of art - but please please please get decent headphones so that i am not badgered by your bad taste in music.

mobile phones - a necessary evil i know but i still don't like them. it seems people have forgotten how to talk at a normal level when they have used the mobile. i have no interest in your conversation, so keep it down. and when you are walking in the street with your phone remember there are other people around so we do not want to have to avoid you when you are falling around in some sort of spastic fit because a friend on the other end of the conversation has told you a dull joke.

buses - people who constantly ring the stop button even though the big light says the bus is stopping. (true do it often enough and it begins to sound like a stockhausen piece and i begin to like it but that don't happen often.)

ugly blokes with pretty girlfriends - this is self evident really.

computers - they do not like me it is official. yet another one died on me. why doesn't it happen to other people? don't know.

christmas - yup the whole thing about christmas is annoying, especially the false enjoyment of the thing. suddenly everyone is your friend. and then you have to spend weeks hearing about how much fun everyone had, this is magnified by parents.

fashion parents - there comes a moment when in a conversation you realise you are talking to that sort of parent because no matter what you are talking about it will get turned around to their children.

3 for 2 offers - damn then they always work but i am always left with the feeling that the third book will never be read. (actually in some cases that is true of the first and second ones!)

thats enough for now.

blimey in my world the glass is always half empty.


a michael moore email (to subscribe to his emails go here )
it makes the point well and reminds us all that the election of bush means four more years of this sort of thing.....

Thursday, November 4th, 2004
My first thoughts about the election...
Cpl. Roberto Abad, Sgt. Michael D. Acklin II, Spc. Genaro Acosta, Pfc. Steven Acosta, Capt. James F. Adamouski, Pvt. Algernon Adams, Sgt. Brandon E. Adams, Spc. Clarence Adams III, 1st Lt. Michael R. Adams, Pfc. Michael S. Adams, Lt. Thomas Mullen Adams, Spc. Jamaal R. Addison, Lance Cpl. Patrick R. Adle, Capt. Tristan N. Aitken, Spc. Segun Frederick Akintade, Lance Cpl. Nickalous N. Aldrich, Spc. Ronald D. Allen Jr., Sgt. Glenn R. Allison, Lance Cpl. Michael J. Allred, Capt. Eric L. Allton, Cpl. Nicanor Alvarez, Cpl. Daniel R. Amaya, Pfc. John D. Amos II, Lance Cpl. Brian E. Anderson, Airman 1st Class Carl L. Anderson Jr., Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael C. Anderson, Spc. Michael Andrade, Pfc, Spc. Yoe M. Aneiros, Lance Cpl. Levi T. Angell, Army Spc. Edward J. Anguiano, Chief Warrant Officer Andrew Todd Arnold, Lance Cpl. Alexander S. Arredondo, Spc. Richard Arriaga, Staff Sgt. Jimmy J. Arroyave, Spc. Robert R. Arsiaga, Sgt. Evan Asa Ashcraft, Pfc. Shawn M. Atkins, Maj. Jay Aubin, Capt. Matthew J. August, Lance Cpl. Aaron C. Austin, Spc. Tyanna S. Avery-Fedder, Lance Cpl. Andrew Julian Aviles, Pfc. Eric A. Ayon, Sgt. 1st Class Henry A. Bacon, Sgt. Andrew Joseph Baddick, Staff Sgt. Daniel A. Bader, Staff Sgt. Nathan J. Bailey, Spc. Ronald W. Baker, Spc. Ryan T. Baker, Sgt. Sherwood R. Baker.
Pfc. Chad E. Bales, 1st Lt. Kenneth Michael Ballard, Maj. Spc. Solomon C. Bangayan, Lt. Col. Dominic R. Baragona, Pfc. Mark A. Barbret, Pfc. Collier E. Barcus, Sgt. Michael C. Barkey, Spc. Jonathan P. Barnes, Command Sgt. Maj. Edward C. Barnhill, Lance Cpl. Aric J. Barr, Sgt. Michael Paul Barrera, Maj. Carlos Barro Ollero, Sgt. Douglas E. Bascom, Spc. Todd M. Bates, Sgt. 1st Class Michael Battles Sr., Gunnery Sgt. Ronald E. Baum, Spc. Alan N. Bean Jr., Spc. Bradley S. Beard, Spc. Beau R. Beaulieu, Capt. Ryan Beaupre, Spc. James L. Beckstrand, Sgt. Gregory A. Belanger, Cpl. Christopher Belchik, Sgt. Aubrey D. Bell, Pfc. Wilfred D. Bellard, Staff Sgt. Joseph P. Bellavia, Sgt. 1st Class William M. Bennett, Spc. Robert T. Benson, 1st Lt. David R. Bernstein, Spc. Joel L. Bertoldie, Staff Sgt. Stephen A. Bertolino Sr., Staff Sgt. Marvin Best, Cpl. Mark A. Bibby, Sgt. Benjamin W. Biskie, Sgt. Michael E. Bitz, Sgt. Jarrod W. Black, Chief Warrant Officer Michael T. Blaise, Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco, Command Sgt. Maj. James D. Blankenbecler, Spc. Joseph M. Blickenstaff, Spc. Nicholas H. Blodgett, Sgt. Trevor A. Blumberg, Lance Cpl. Jeremy L. Bohlman, Gunnery Sgt. Jeffrey E. Bohr Jr., Lance Cpl. Todd J. Bolding, Sgt. Dennis J. Boles, Sgt. 1st Class Craig A. Boling, Petty Officer 3rd Class Doyle W. Bollinger Jr, Sgt. 1st Class Kelly Bolor, Staff Sgt. Stevon A. Booker.
Chief Warrant Officer Clarence E. Boone, Capt. John J. Boria, Pfc. Rachel K. Bosveld, Spc. Mathew G. Boule, Staff Sgt. Elvis Bourdon, Pvt. 1st Class Samuel R. Bowen, Staff Sgt. Hesley Box Jr., Pvt. Noah L. Boye, Lance Cpl. Aaron Boyles, Spc. Edward W. Brabazon, Cpl. Travis J. Bradach-Nall, Staff Sgt. Kenneth R. Bradley, Staff Sgt. Stacey C. Brandon, Spc. Artimus D. Brassfield, Pfc. Joel K. Brattain, Pfc. Jeffrey F. Braun, Chief Warrant Officer William I. Brennan, Staff Sgt. Steven H. Bridges, Spc. Kyle A. Brinlee, Staff Sgt. Cory W. Brooks, Sgt. Thomas F. Broomhead, Sgt. Andrew W. Brown, Tech. Sgt. Bruce E. Brown, Lance Cpl. Dominic C. Brown, Cpl. Henry L. Brown, Pfc. John E. Brown, Spc. Larry K. Brown, Spc. Lunsford B. Brown II, 1st Lt. Tyler H. Brown, Spc. Philip D. Brown, Pfc. Timmy R. Brown Jr., 1st Lt. Tyler H. Brown, Cpl. Andrew D. Brownfield, Petty Officer 3rd Class Nathan B. Bruckenthal, Lance Cpl. Cedric E. Bruns, 2nd Lt. Todd J. Bryant, Sgt. Ernest G. Bucklew, Spc. Roy Russell Buckley, Pfc. Paul J. Bueche, Lt. Col. Charles H. Buehring, Lance Cpl. Brian Rory Buesing, Sgt. George Edward Buggs, Spc. Joshua I. Bunch, Staff Sgt. Christopher Bunda, Staff Sgt. Michael L. Burbank, Staff Sgt. Richard A. Burdick, Spc. Alan J. Burgess, Lance Cpl. Jeffrey C. Burgess, Pfc. Tamario D. Burkett, Sgt. Travis L. Burkhardt.
Pfc. David P. Burridge, Pfc. Jesse R. Buryj, Pfc. Charles E. Bush Jr., Pvt. Matthew D. Bush, Pfc. Damian S. Bushart, Sgt. Jacob L. Butler, Capt. Joshua T. Byers, Cpl. Juan C. Cabralbanuelos, Pfc. Cody S. Calavan, Sgt. Juan Calderon Jr, Sgt. Charles T. Caldwell, Spc. Nathaniel A. Caldwell, Staff Sgt. Joseph Camara, Spc. Michael C. Campbell, Sgt. Ryan M. Campbell, Spc. Marvin A. Camposiles, Spc. Isaac Campoy, Spc. Ervin Caradine Jr., Spc. Adolfo C. Carballo, Pfc. Michael M. Carey, Cpl. Richard P. Carl, Pfc. Ryan G. Carlock, Pfc. Benjamin R. Carman, Staff Sgt. Edward W. Carmen, Spc. Jocelyn L. Carrasquillo, Sgt. Frank T. Carvill, Capt. Christopher S. Cash, Spc. Ahmed A. Cason, Pfc. Jose Casanova, Lance Cpl. James A. Casper, Capt. Paul J. Cassidy, Staff Sgt. Roland L. Castro, Sgt. Sean K. Cataudella, Lance Cpl. Steven C. T. Cates, Pfc. Thomas D. Caughman, Staff Sgt. James W. Cawley, Spc. Jessica L. Cawvey, Petty Officer 3rd Class David A. Cedergren, Lance Cpl. Manuel A. Ceniceros, Cpl. Kemaphoom A. Chanawongse, Spc. James A. Chance III, Staff Sgt. William D. Chaney, Chief Warrant Officer Robert William Channell Jr., Spc. Jason K. Chappell, Pfc. Jonathan M. Cheatham, Sgt. Yohjyh L. Chen, Lance Cpl. Marcus M. Cherry, 2nd Lt. Therrel S. Childers, Spc. Andrew F. Chris.
Staff Sgt. Thomas W. Christensen, Spc. Brett T. Christian, Spc. Arron R. Clark, Staff Sgt. Michael J. Clark, Lance Cpl. Donald J. Cline Jr., Pfc. Christopher R. Cobb, Lance Cpl. Kyle W. Codner, 1st Sgt. Christopher D. Coffin, Pvt. Bradli N. Coleman, Cpl. Gary B. Coleman, 2nd Lt. Benjamin J. Colgan, Sgt. Russell L. Collier, Sgt. 1st Class Gary L. Collins, Lance Cpl. Jonathan W. Collins, Chief Warrant Officer Lawrence S. Colton, Spc. Zeferino E. Colunga, Sgt. Robert E. Colvill, Sgt. Kenneth Conde Jr., Sgt. Timothy M. Conneway, Spc. Steven D. Conover, Capt. Aaron J. Contreras, Lance Cpl. Pedro Contreras, Sgt. Jason Cook, Command Sgt. Major Eric F. Cooke, Sgt. Dennis A. Corral, Chief Warrant Officer Alexander S. Coulter, 2nd Lt. Leonard M. Cowherd, Spc. Gregory A. Cox, Pfc. Ryan R. Cox, Lance Corporal Timothy R. Creager, Sgt. Michael T. Crockett, Staff Sgt. Ricky L. Crockett, Sgt. Brud J. Cronkrite, Lance Cpl. Kyle D. Crowley, Pvt. Rey D. Cuervo, Pfc. Kevin A. Cuming, Spc. Daniel Francis J. Cunningham, Staff Sgt. Darren J. Cunningham, Spc. Carl F. Curran, Cpl. Michael Edward Curtin, Staff Sgt. Christopher E. Cutchall, Pfc. Brian K. Cutter, Pfc. Anthony D. D'Agostino, Spc. Edgar P. Daclan Jr., Capt. Nathan S. Dalley, Lance Cpl. Andrew S. Dang, Spc. Danny B. Daniels II, Pvt. 1st Class Torey J. Dantzler, Pfc. Norman Darling, Capt. Eric B. Das.
Spc. Shawn M. Davies, Pvt. Brandon L. Davis, Staff Sgt. Craig Davis, Staff Sgt. Donald N. Davis, Spc. Raphael S. Davis, Staff Sgt. Wilbert Davis, Staff Sgt. Jeffrey F. Dayton, Pvt. Jason L. Deibler, Spc. Lauro G. DeLeon Jr., Sgt. Felix M. Delgreco, Sgt. Jacob H. Demand, Staff Sgt. Mike A. Dennie, Spc. Darryl T. Dent, Pfc. Ervin Dervishi, Spc. Daniel A. Desens, Pfc. Michael R. Deuel, Pvt. Michael J. Deutsch, Petty Officer 3rd Class Christopher M. Dickerson, Cpl. Nicholas J. Dieruf, Spc. Jeremiah J. DiGiovanni, Spc. Jeremy M. Dimaranan, Spc. Michael A. Diraimondo, Spc. Anthony J. Dixon, Spc. Ryan E. Doltz, Sgt. Michael E. Dooley, Chief Warrant Officer Patrick D. Dorff, Petty Officer 2nd Class Trace W. Dossett, Lance Cpl. Scott E. Dougherty, 1st Sgt. Robert J. Dowdy, Pfc. Stephen P. Downing II, Spc. Chad H. Drake, Pvt. Jeremy L. Drexler, Cpl. Jason L. Dunham, Staff Sgt. Joe L. Dunigan Jr., Spc. Robert L. DuSang, Spc. William D. Dusenbery, 2nd Lt. Seth J. Dvorin, Petty Officer 2nd Class Jason B. Dwelley, Pfc. Sheldon R. Hawk Eagle, Staff Sgt. Richard S. Eaton Jr., Cpl. Christopher S. Ebert, Sgt. William C. Eckhart, Spc. Marshall L. Edgerton, Pfc. Shawn C. Edwards, Spc. Andrew C. Ehrlich, Sgt. Aaron C. Elandt, Spc. William R. Emanuel IV, Lance Cpl. Mark E. Engel, Spc. Peter G. Enos, Senior Airman Pedro I. Espaillat Jr.
Pfc. Analaura Esparza Gutierrez, Sgt. Adam W. Estep, Pvt. Ruben Estrella-Soto, Pfc. David Evans, Cpl. Mark A. Evnin, Pfc. Jeremy Ricardo Ewing, Sgt. Justin L. Eyerly, Pvt. Jonathan I. Falaniko, Sgt. James D. Faulkner, Pfc. Raymond J. Faulstich Jr., Capt. Brian R. Faunce, Capt. Arthur L. Felder, 2nd Lt. Paul M. Felsberg, Spc. Rian C. Ferguson, Master Sgt. Richard L. Ferguson, Master Sgt. George A. Fernandez, Staff Sgt. Clint D. Ferrin, Spc. Jon P. Fettig, Cpl. Tyler R. Fey, Sgt. Jeremy J. Fischer, Sgt. Paul F. Fisher, Lance Cpl. Dustin R. Fitzgerald, Pfc. Jacob S. Fletcher, Spc. Thomas A. Foley III, Sgt. Timothy Folmar, Gunnery Sgt. Elia P. Fontecchio, Spc. Jason C. Ford, Capt. Travis A. Ford, Chief Warrant Officer Wesley C. Fortenberry, Sgt. 1st Class Bradley C. Fox, Spc. Craig S. Frank, Lance Cpl. Phillip E. Frank, Staff Sgt. Bobby C. Franklin, Pvt. Robert L. Frantz, Pvt. Benjamin L. Freeman, Sgt. David T. Friedrich, Spc. Luke P. Frist, Spc. Adam D. Froehlich, Pvt. Kurt R. Frosheiser, Pfc. Nichole M. Frye, Sgt. 1st Class Dan H. Gabrielson, Lance Cpl. Jonathan E. Gadsden, Capt. Richard J. Gannon II, Spc. Tomas Garces, Lance Cpl. Derek L. Gardner, Cpl. Jose A. Garibay, Spc. Joseph M. Garmback Jr., Sgt. Landis W. Garrison, Sgt. Justin W. Garvey, Spc. Israel Garza.
1st Sgt. Joe J. Garza, Pfc. Juan Guadalupe Garza Jr, Spc. Christopher D. Gelineau, Lance Cpl. Cory Ryan Guerin, Cpl. Christopher A. Gibson, Pvt. Jonathan L. Gifford, Pvt. Kyle C. Gilbert, Command Sgt. Maj. Cornell W. Gilmore, Petty Officer 3rd Class Ronald A. Ginther, Pfc. Jesse A. Givens, Spc. Michael T. Gleason, Cpl. Todd J. Godwin, 2nd Lt. James Michael Goins, Spc. Christopher A. Golby, Spc. David J. Goldberg, Lance Cpl. Shane L. Goldman, Cpl. Armando Ariel Gonzalez, Lance Cpl. Benjamin R. Gonzalez, Cpl. Jesus A. Gonzalez, Cpl. Jorge Gonzalez, Lance Cpl. Victor A. Gonzalez, Cpl. Bernard G. Gooden, Pfc. Gregory R. Goodrich, Sgt. 1st Class Richard S. Gottfried, Spc. Richard A. Goward, 2nd Lt. Jeffrey C. Graham, Sgt. Jamie A. Gray, Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael J. Gray, Sgt. Tommy L. Gray, Lance Cpl. Torrey L. Gray, Cpl. Jeffrey G. Green, Lt. Col. David S. Greene, Pfc. Devin J. Grella, Spc. Kyle A. Griffin, Staff Sgt. Patrick Lee Griffin Jr., Cpl. Sean R. Grilley, Pvt. Joseph R. Guerrera, Chief Warrant Officer Hans N. Gukeisen, Pfc. Christian D. Gurtner, Lance Cpl. Jose Gutierrez, Pfc. Richard W. Hafer, Staff Sgt. Guy S. Hagy Jr., Spc. Charles G. Haight, Lance Cpl. Michael J. Halal, Pfc. Deryk L. Hallal, Pvt. Jesse M. Halling, Pfc. Andrew Halverson, Chief Warrant Officer Erik A. Halvorsen, Capt. Kimberly N. Hampton, Sgt. Michael S. Hancock.
Pfc. Fernando B. Hannon, Sgt. Warren S. Hansen, Sgt. James W. Harlan, Sgt. Atanacio Haro Marin, Staff Sgt. William M. Harrell, Sgt. Foster L. Harrington, Pfc. Adam J. Harris, Sgt. Kenneth W. Harris Jr., Pfc. Torry D. Harris, Pfc. Leroy Harris-Kelly, Pfc. John D. Hart, Sgt. Nathaniel Hart, Sgt. 1st Class David A. Hartman, Sgt. Jonathan N. Hartman, Staff Sgt. Stephen C. Hattamer, Staff Sgt. Omer T. Hawkins II, Sgt. Timothy L. Hayslett, Chief Warrant Officer Brian D. Hazelgrove, Sgt. David M. Heath, Spc. Justin W. Hebert, Pfc. Damian L. Heidelberg, Pfc. Raheen Tyson Heighter, Spc. Jeremy M. Heines, Staff Sgt. Brian R. Hellerman, Staff Sgt. Terry W. Hemingway, Cpl. Matthew C. Henderson, 1st Lt. Robert L. Henderson II, Staff Sgt. Kenneth W. Hendrickson, Sgt. Jack T. Hennessy, Spc. Joshua J. Henry, Pfc. Clayton W. Henson, Spc. Armando Hernandez, Spc. Joseph F. Herndon II, Pfc. Edward J. Herrgott, Spc. Jacob B. Herring, Sgt. 1st Class Gregory B. Hicks, Spc. Christopher K. Hill, Spc. Stephen D. Hiller, Sgt. Keicia M. Hines, Pfc. Melissa J. Hobart, Sgt. Nicholas M. Hodson, Sgt. 1st Class James T. Hoffman, Spc. Christopher J. Holland, Staff Sgt. Aaron N. Holleyman, Staff Sgt. Lincoln D. Hollinsaid, Spc. James J. Holmes, Spc. Jeremiah J. Holmes, Cpl. Terry Holmes, Airman 1st Class Antoine J. Holt, Pfc. Sean Horn, Master Sgt. Kelly L. Hornbeck.
Staff Sgt. Jeremy R. Horton, Capt. Andrew R. Houghton, Lance Cpl Gregory C. Howman, Pfc. Bert E. Hoyer, Spc. Corey A. Hubbell, Pfc. Christopher E. Hudson, 1st Lt. Doyle M. Hufstedler, Staff Sgt. Jamie L. Huggins, Spc. Eric R. Hull, Cpl Barton R. Humlhanz, Lance Cpl. Justin T. Hunt, Spc. Simeon Hunte, 1st Lt. Joshua C. Hurley, Lance Cpl. James B. Huston Jr., Lance Cpl. Seth Huston, Pvt. Nolen R. Hutchings, Pfc. Ray J. Hutchinson, Pfc. Gregory P. Huxley Jr., Spc. Benjamin W. Isenberg, Spc. Craig S. Ivory, Pfc. Leslie D. Jackson, Spc. Morgen N. Jacobs, Chief Warrant Officer Scott Jamar, Cpl. Evan T. James, 2nd Lt. Luke S. James, Spc. William A. Jeffries, Petty Officer 2nd Class Robert B. Jenkins, Sgt. Troy David Jenkins, Spc. Darius T. Jennings, Pfc. Ryan M. Jerabek, Sgt. Linda C. Jimenez, 1st Lt. Oscar Jimenez, Capt. Christopher B. Johnson, Spc. David W. Johnson, Pfc. Howard Johnson II, Spc. John P. Johnson, Pfc. Markus J. Johnson, Spc. Maurice J. Johnson, Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Michael Vann Johnson Jr., Spc. Nathaniel H. Johnson, Staff Sgt. Paul J. Johnson, Chief Warrant Officer, Pfc. Rayshawn S. Johnson, Pvt. Devon D. Jones, Capt. Gussie M. Jones, Staff Sgt. Raymond E. Jones Jr., Spc. Rodney A. Jones, Lt. Kylan A. Jones- Huffman, Sgt. Curt E. Jordan Jr., Sgt. Jason D. Jordan.
Staff Sgt. Phillip A. Jordan, Cpl. Forest J. Jostes, Spc. Spencer T. Karol, Spc. Michael G. Karr Jr., Spc. Mark J. Kasecky, 1st Lt. Jeffrey J. Kaylor, Spc. Chad L. Keith, Lance Cpl. Quinn A. Keith, Lance Cpl. Bryan P. Kelly, Cpl. Brian Kennedy, Chief Warrant Officer Kyran E. Kennedy, Staff Sgt. Morgan D. Kennon, 1st Lt. Christopher J. Kenny, Spc. Jonathan R. Kephart, Cpl. Dallas L. Kerns, Chief Warrant Officer Erik C. Kesterson, Capt. Humayun S. M. Khan, Spc. James M. Kiehl, Pt. Jeungjin Na Kim, Staff Sgt. Kevin C. Kimmerly. Spc. Levi B. Kinchen, Staff Sgt. Lester O. Kinney II, Pfc. David M. Kirchhoff, Staff Sgt. Charles A. Kiser, Lance Cpl. Nicholas Brian Kleiboeker, Spc. John K. Klinesmith Jr., Sgt. Floyd G. Knighten Jr., Petty Officer 3rd Class Eric L. Knott, Spc. Joshua L. Knowles, Staff Sgt. Lance J. Koenig, Cpl. Kevin T. Kolm, Pfc. Martin W. Kondor, Chief Warrant Patrick W. Kordsmeier, Capt. Edward J. Korn, Sgt. Bradley S. Korthaus, Cpl. Jakub Henryk Kowalik, Sgt. Elmer C. Krause, Pvt. Dustin L. Kreider, Pfc. Bradley G. Kritzer, Capt. John F. Kurth, Sgt. 1st Class William W. Labadie Jr., Sgt. Joshua S. Ladd, Sgt. Michael V. Lalush, Lance Cpl. Alan Dinh Lam, Spc. Charles R. Lamb, Spc. James I. Lambert III, Pfc. James P. Lambert, Sgt. Jonathan W. Lambert, Capt. Andrew David Lamont, Staff Sgt. Sean G. Landrus, Gunnery Sgt. Shawn A. Lane.
Pfc. Moises A. Langhorst, Spc. Tracy L. Laramore, Spc. Scott Q. Larson Jr., Chief Warrant Officer Matthew C. Laskowski, Staff Sgt. William T. Latham, Pfc. Karina S. Lau, Cpl. Jeffrey D. Lawrence, Staff Sgt. Mark A. Lawton, Lance Cpl. Travis J. Layfield, Staff Sgt. Rene Ledesma, 2nd Lt. Ryan Leduc, Cpl. Bum R. Lee, Pfc. Ken W. Leisten, Staff Sgt. Jerome Lemon, Spc. Cedric L. Lennon, Pfc. Farad K. Letufuga, Spc. Justin W. Linden, Spc. Roger G. Ling, Spc. Joseph L. Lister, Staff Sgt. Nino D. Livaudais, Sgt. Dale T. Lloyd, Sgt. Daniel J. Londono, Spc. Ryan P. Long, Spc. Zachariah W. Long, Pfc. Duane E. Longstreth, Sgt. Edgar E. Lopez, Lance Cpl. Juan Lopez, Sgt. Richard M. Lord, Staff Sgt. David L. Loyd, Capt. Robert L. Lucero, Pfc. Jason C. Ludiam, Lance Cpl. Jacob R. Lugo, Pfc. Jason N. Lynch, Pfc. Christopher D. Mabry, Lance Cpl. Gregory E. MacDonald, Lance Cpl. Cesar F. Machado-Olmos, Pfc. Vorn J. Mack, Lance Cpl. Joseph B. Maglione, Spc. William J. Maher III, Staff Sgt. Toby W. Mallet, Chief Warrant Officer Ian D. Manuel, Pfc. Pablo Manzano, Pfc. Lyndon A. Marcus Jr., Staff Sgt. Paul C. Mardis Jr., Cpl. Douglas Jose Marencoreyes, Master Sgt. Jude C. Mariano, Spc. James E. Marshall, Sgt. 1st Class John W. Marshall, Pfc. Ryan A. Martin, Staff Sgt. Stephen G. Martin.
Sgt. Francisco Martinez, Pfc. Francisco A. Martinez Flores, Pfc. Jesse J. Martinez, Spc. Michael A. Martinez, Pfc. Oscar A. Martinez, Spc. Jacob D. Martir, Sgt. Arthur S. Mastrapa, Chief Warrant Officer Johnny Villareal Mata, Lance Cpl. Ramon Mateo, Spc. Clint Richard Matthews, Lance Cpl. Ramon Mateo, Cpl. Matthew E. Matula, Staff Sgt. Donald C. May Jr, Pfc. Joseph P. Mayek, Spc. Patrick R. McCaffrey Sr., Lance Cpl. Joseph C. MacCarthy, Pfc. Ryan M. McCauley, Cpl. Brad P. McCormick, 1st Lt. Erik. S. McCrae, Spc. Donald R. McCune, Spc. Dustin K. McGaugh, Pfc. Holly J. McGeogh, Sgt. Brian D. McGinnis, Spc. Michael A. McGlothin. Petty Officer 2nd Class Scott R. McHugh, Hospitalman Joshua McIntosh, Spc. David M. McKeever, Spc. Eric S. McKinley, Pvt. Robert L. McKinley, Staff Sgt. Don S. McMahan, Sgt. Heath A. McMillin, 1st Lt. Brian M. McPhillips, Cpl. Jesus Martin Antonio Medellin, Spc. Irving Medina, Spc. Kenneth A. Melton, Cpl. Jaygee Meluat, Petty Officer 3rd Class Fernando A. Mendezaceves, Gunnery Sgt. Joseph Menusa, Staff Sgt. Eddie E. Menyweather, Spc. Gil Mercado, Spc. Michael M. Merila, Spc. Christopher A. Merville, Sgt. Daniel K. Methvin, Pfc. Jason M. Meyer, Sgt. Eliu A. Miersandoval, Spc. Michael G. Mihalakis, Pfc. Matthew G. Milczark, Cpl. Jason David Mileo, Pfc. Anthony S. Miller, Pfc. Bruce Miller Jr., Staff Sgt. Frederick L. Miller Jr.
Sgt. 1st Class Marvin L. Miller, Sgt. Joseph Minucci II, Sgt. First Class Troy L. Miranda, Spc. George A. Mitchell, Sgt. Keman L. Mitchell, Sgt. Michael W. Mitchell, Spc. Sean R. Mitchell, Pfc. Jesse D. Mizener, Staff Sgt. Jorge A. Molinabautista, Pfc. Anthony W. Monroe, 1st Lt. Adam G. Mooney, Lance Cpl. Jason William Moore, Pfc. Stuart W. Moore, Sgt. Travis A. Moothart, Spc. Jose L. Mora, Sgt. Melvin Y. Mora, Pfc. Michael A. Mora, Master Sgt. Kevin N. Morehead, Capt. Brent L. Morel, Petty Officer 3rd Class David J. Moreno, Sgt. Gerardo Moreno, Spc. Jaime Moreno, Pfc. Luis A. Moreno, Spc. Dennis B. Morgan, Staff Sgt. Richard L. Morgan Jr., Pfc. Geoffery S. Morris, Pfc. Ricky A. Morris Jr., Lance Cpl. Nicholas B. Morrison, Sgt. Shawna M. Morrison, Sgt. Keelan L. Moss, Spc. Clifford L. Moxley Jr., Sgt. Cory R. Mracek, Sgt. Rodney A. Murray, Sgt. Krisna Nachampassak, Spc. Paul T. Nakamura, Spc. Nathan W. Nakis, Pvt. Kenneth A. Nalley, Chief Warrant Officer Christopher G. Nason, Maj. Kevin G. Nave, Spc. Rafael L. Navea, Spc. Charles L. Neeley, Staff Sgt. Paul M. Neff II, Pfc. Gavin L. Neighbor, Spc. Joshua M. Neusche, Cpl. Dominique J. Nicolas, Lance Cpl. Joseph L. Nice, Spc. Isaac Michael Nieves, Lance Cpl. Patrick R. Nixon, Spc. Allen Nolan, Spc. Marcos O. Nolasco.
Sgt. William J. Normandy, Spc. Joseph C. Norquist, 1st Lt. Leif E. Nott, Staff Sgt. Todd E. Nunes, Spc. David T. Nutt, Cpl. Mick R. Nygardbekowsky, Spc. Donald S. Oak Jr., Pfc. Branden F. Oberleitner, Lance Cpl. Patrick T. O'Day, Spc. Charles E. Odums II, Spc. Ramon C. Ojeda, Cpl. Terry Holmes Ordonez, Cpl. Brian Oliveira, Spc. Justin B. Onwordi, Spc. Richard P. Orengo, Lt. Col. Kim S. Orlando, Lance Cpl. Eric J. Orlowski, 1st Lt. Osbaldo Orozco, Pfc. Cody J. Orr, Staff Sgt. Billy J. Orton, Sgt. Pamela G. Osbourne, Lance Cpl. Deshon E. Otey, Pfc. Kevin C. Ott, Sgt. Michael G. Owen, Lance Cpl. David Edward Owens Jr, Sgt. Fernando Padilla- Ramirez, Pvt. Shawn D. Pahnke, Spc. Gabriel T. Palacios, Capt. Eric T. Paliwoda, 1st Lt. Joshua M. Palmer, Staff Sgt. Dale A. Panchot, Pfc. Daniel R. Parker, Pfc. James D. Parker, Pfc. Kristen Parker, Cpl. Tommy L. Parker Jr., Sgt. Harvey E. Parkerson III, Sgt. David B. Parson, Staff Sgt. Esau G. Patterson Jr., Master Sgt. William L. Payne, Sgt. Michael F. Pedersen, Staff Sgt. Abraham D. Penamedina, Spc. Brian H. Penisten, Sgt. Ross A. Pennanen, Staff Sgt. Gregory V. Pennington, Pfc. Geoffrey Perez, Staff Sgt. Hector R. Perez, Sgt. Joel Perez, Spc. Jose A. Perez III, Pfc. Luis A. Perez, Lance Cpl. Nicholas Perez.
Spc. Wilfredo Perez Jr., Petty Officer 1st Class Michael J. Pernaselli, Staff Sgt. David S. Perry, Pfc. Charles C. Persing, Staff Sgt. Dustin W. Peters, Spc. Alyssa R. Peterson, Staff Sgt. Brett J. Petriken, Staff Sgt. James L. Pettaway Jr., Staff Sgt. Erickson H. Petty, Pfc. Jerrick M. Petty, Lt. Col. Mark P. Phelan, Pfc. Chance R. Phelps, Sgt. 1st Class Gladimir Philippe, Sgt. Ivory L. Phipps, Capt. Pierre E. Piche, Pfc. Lori Piestewa, Capt. Dennis L. Pintor, Spc. James H. Pirtle, Pfc. Jason T. Poindexter, 2nd Lt. Frederick E. Pokorney Jr., Staff Sgt. Andrew R. Pokorny, Spc. Justin W. Pollard, Spc. Larry E. Polley Jr., Sgt. Darrin K. Potter, Pfc. David L. Potter, Sgt. Christopher S. Potts, Spc. James E. Powell, Lance Cpl. Caleb J. Powers, Cpl. Dean P. Pratt, Pfc. James E. Prevete, Pvt. Kelley S. Prewitt, Sgt. Tyler D. Prewitt, Pfc. James W. Price, 1st Lt. Timothy E. Price, Lance Cpl. Mathew D. Puckett, Sgt. Jaror C. Puello- Coronado, Staff Sgt. Michael B. Quinn, Staff Sgt. Richard P. Ramey, Sgt. Christopher Ramirez, Spc. Eric U. Ramirez, Pfc. William C. Ramirez, Pfc. Christopher Ramos, Spc. Tamarra J. Ramos, Pfc. Brandon Ramsey, Pvt. Carson J. Ramsey, Sgt. Edmond L. Randle, Pfc. Cleston C. Raney, Capt. Gregory A. Ratzlaff, Spc. Rel A. Ravago IV, Spc. Omead H. Razani.
Spc. Brandon M. Read, Pfc. Christopher J. Reed, Pfc. Ryan E. Reed, Sgt. Tatjana Reed, Staff Sgt. Aaron T. Reese, Spc. Jeremy F. Regnier, Sgt. 1st Class Randall S. Rehn, Sgt. Brendon C. Reiss, Staff Sgt. George S. Rentschler, Sgt. Sean C. Reynolds, Lance Cpl. Rafael Reynosa- Suarez, Sgt. Yadir G. Reynoso, Cpl. Demetrius L. Rice, Sgt. Ariel Rico, Spc. Jeremy L. Ridlen, Pfc. Diego Fernando Rincon, Cpl. Steven A. Rintamaki, Sgt. Duane R. Rios, Capt. Russell B. Rippetoe, Pfc. Henry C. Risner, Sgt. 1st Class Jose A. Rivera, Cpl. John T. Rivero, Spc. Frank K. Rivers Jr., Sgt. Thomas D. Robbins, Sgt. Todd J. Robbins, Lance Cpl. Anthony P. Roberts, Lance Cpl. Bob W. Roberts, Spc. Robert D. Roberts, Staff Sgt. Joseph E. Robsky, Sgt. Moses D. Rocha, Pfc. Marlin T. Rockhold, Pfc. Jose Francis Gonzalez Rodriguez, Cpl. Robert M. Rodriguez, Spc. Philip G. Rogers, Sgt. 1st Class Robert E. Rooney, Cpl. Randal Kent Rosacker, Staff Sgt. Victor A. Rosales, Pfc. Richard H. Rosas, Sgt. Scott C. Rose, Sgt. Thomas C. Rosenbaum, Sgt. Randy S. Rosenberg, Spc. Marco D. Ross, Sgt. Lawrence A. Roukey, Capt. Alan Rowe, Spc. Brandon J. Rowe, Sgt. Roger D. Rowe, 2nd Lt. Jonathan D. Rozier, Spc. Isela Rubalcava, Pfc. Aaron J. Rusin, Sgt. John W. Russell.
1st Lt. Timothy Louis Ryan, Chief Warrant Officer Scott A. Saboe, Spc. Rasheed Sahib, Cpl. Rudy Salas, Cpl. William I. Salazar, 1st Lt. Edward M. Saltz, Capt. Benjamin W. Sammis, Spc. Sonny G. Sampler, Spc. Gregory P. Sanders, Pfc. Leroy Sandoval Jr., Spc. Matthew J. Sandri, Staff Sgt. Barry Sanford, 1st Lt. Neil Anthony Santoriello, Spc. Jonathan J. Santos, Pfc. Brandon R. Sapp, Staff Sgt. Cameron B. Sarno, Staff Sgt. Scott D. Sather, Lance Cpl. Jeremiah E. Savage, Capt. Robert C. Scheetz Jr., Spc. Justin B. Schmidt, Spc. Jeremiah W. Schmunk, Pfc. Sean M. Schneider, Cpl. Dustin H. Schrage, Maj. Mathew E. Schram, Lance Cpl. Brian K. Schramm, Spc. Christian C. Schulz, Master Sgt. David A. Scott, Pfc. Kerry D. Scott, Spc. Stephen M. Scott, Spc. Marc S. Seiden, Capt. Christopher Scott Seifert, Pfc. Dustin M. Sekula, Lance Cpl. Matthew K. Serio, Sgt. Juan M. Serrano, Staff Sgt. Wentz Jerome Henry Shanaberger III, Spc. Jeffrey R. Shaver, Maj. Kevin M. Shea, Spc. Casey Sheehan, Sgt. Kevin F. Sheehan, Sgt. Daniel Michael Shepherd, Sgt. Alan D. Sherman, Lt. Col. Anthony L. Sherman, Pfc. Harry N. Shondee Jr., Lance Cpl. Brad S. Shuder, Capt. James A. Shull, Pfc. Kenneth L. Sickels, Lance Cpl. Dustin L. Sides, Cpl. Erik H. Silva, Pvt. Sean A. Silva, Sgt. Leonard D. Simmons.
Pfc. Charles M. Sims, Lance Cpl. John T. Sims Jr., Spc. Uday Singh, Spc. Aaron J. Sissel, Pfc. Christopher A. Sisson, Pfc. Nicholas M. Skinner, Petty Officer 3rd Class David Sisung, 1st Lt. Brian D. Slavenas, Pvt. Brandon Ulysses Sloan, Lance Cpl. Richard P. Slocum, Lance Cpl. Thomas J. Slocum, Pfc. Corey L. Small, Sgt. Keith L. Smette, Capt. Benedict J. Smith, Sgt. Benjamin K. Smith, Pfc. Brandon C. Smith, 2nd Lt. Brian D. Smith, Chief Warrant Officer Bruce A. Smith, Cpl. Darrell L. Smith, 1st Sgt. Edward Smith, Chief Warrant Officer Eric A. Smith, Pfc. Jeremiah D. Smith, Lance Cpl. Matthew R. Smith, Lance Cpl. Michael J. Smith Jr., Spc. Orenthial J. Smith, Sgt. 1st Class Paul R. Smith, Capt. Christopher F. Soelzer, Sgt. Roderic A. Solomon, Cpl. Adrian V. Soltau, Maj. Charles R. Soltes Jr., Sgt. Skipper Soram, Pfc. Armando Soriano, Cpl. Tomas Sotelo Jr., Pfc. Kenneth C. Souslin, Spc. Philip I. Spakosky, Pfc. Jason L. Sparks, Cpl. Michael R. Speer, Staff Sgt. Trevor Spink, Maj. Christopher J. Splinter, Sgt. Marvin R. Sprayberry III, Pvt. Bryan N. Spry, Sgt. Maj. Michael B. Stack, Pfc. Nathan E. Stahl, 1st Lt. Andrew K. Stern, Staff Sgt. Robert A. Stever, Maj. Gregory Stone, 2nd Lt. Matthew R. Stovall, Pfc. William R. Strange, Sgt. Kirk Allen Straseskie, Pfc. Brandon C. Sturdy.
Spc. William R. Sturges Jr., Spc. Paul J. Sturino, Lance Cpl. Jesus A. Suarez Del Solar, Spc. Joseph D. Suell, Spc. John R. Sullivan, Spc. Narson B. Sullivan, Lance Cpl. Vincent M. Sullivan, Staff Sgt. Michael J. Sutter, Pfc. Ernest Harold Sutphin, Chief Warrant Officer Sharon T. Swartworth, Spc. Thomas J. Sweet II, Staff Sgt. Christopher W. Swisher, Maj. Paul R. Syverson III, Sgt. Patrick S. Tainsh, Sgt. DeForest L. Talbert, Sgt. 1st Class Linda Ann Tarango-Griess, Spc. Christopher M. Taylor, Maj. Mark D. Taylor, Capt. John R. Teal, Staff Sgt. Riayan A. Tejeda, Lance Cpl. Jason Andrew Tetrault, Spc. Joseph C. Thibodeaux, Master Sgt. Thomas R. Thigpen Sr., Cpl. Jesse L. Thiry, Sgt. Carl Thomas, Staff Sgt. Kendall Thomas, Spc. Kyle G. Thomas, Sgt. Anthony O. Thompson, Spc. Jarrett B. Thompson, Sgt. Humberto F. Timoteo, Capt. John E. Tipton, Pfc. Joshua K. Titcomb, Spc. Brandon T. Titus, Spc. Brandon S. Tobler, Sgt. Lee D. TodacheeneCpl. John H. Todd III, Sgt. Nicholas A. Tomko, Master Sgt. Timothy Toney, Pfc. George D. Torres, Lance Cpl. Michael S. Torres, 2nd Lt. Richard Torres, Spc. Ramon Reyes Torres, Lance Cpl. Elias Torrez III, Sgt. Michael L. Tosto, Spc. Richard K. Trevithick, Pfc. Andrew L. Tuazon, Staff Sgt. Roger C. Turner Jr., Pvt. Scott M. Tyrrell, 2nd Lt. Andre D. Tyson, Spc. Eugene A. Uhl III, Lance Cpl. Drew M. Uhles.
Rick A. Ulbright, Pfc. Daniel P. Unger, Spc. Robert Oliver Unruh, 1st Sgt. Ernest E. Utt, Sgt. Michael A. Uvanni, Staff Sgt. Gary A. Vaillant, Lance Cpl. Ruben Valdez Jr., Sgt. Melissa Valles, Spc. Allen J. Vandayburg, Spc. Josiah H. Vandertulip, Chief Warrant Officer Brian K. Van Dusen, Lance Cpl. John J. Vangyzen IV, Lance Cpl. Gary F. Van Leuven, Staff Sgt. Mark D. Vasquez, Spc. Frances M. Vega, 1st Lt. Michael W. Vega, Staff Sgt. Paul A. Velazquez, Cpl. David M. Vicente, Sgt. 1st Class Joselito O. Villanueva, Cpl. Scott M. Vincent, Staff Sgt. Kimberly A. Voelz, Staff Sgt. Michael S. Voss, Spc. Thai Vue, Lance Cpl. Michael B. Wafford, Sgt. Christopher A. Wagener, Sgt. Gregory L. Wahl, Staff Sgt. Allan K. Walker, Sgt. Jeffery C. Walker, Sgt. Donald Ralph Walters, Pvt. Jason M. Ward, Pfc. Nachez Washalanta, Lance Cpl. Christopher B. Wasser, Pvt. David L. Waters, Staff Sgt. Kendall Damon Waters-Bey, Maj. William R. Watkins III, Petty Officer 2nd Class Christopher E. Watts, Chief Warrant Officer Aaron A. Weaver, Spc. Michael S. Weger, Staff Sgt. David J. Weisenburg, Spc. Douglas J. Weismantle, Pfc. Michael Russell Creighton Weldon, Lance Cpl. Larry L. Wells, Chief Warrant Officer Stephen M. Wells, Spc. Jeffrey M. Wershow, Spc. Christopher J. Rivera Wesley, Sgt. James G. West, 1st Lt. Alexander E. Wetherbee, Spc. Donald L. Wheeler, Sgt. Mason Douglas Whetstone, Pfc. Marquis A. Whitaker.
Staff Sgt. Aaron Dean White, Lt. Nathan D. White, Sgt. Steven W. White, Lance Cpl. William W. White, Pfc. Joey D. Whitener ,Spc. Chase R. Whitman, Spc. Michael J. Wiesemann, Cpl. Joshua S. Wilfong ,Sgt. Eugene Williams, Lance Cpl. Michael J. Williams, Spc. Michael L. Williams, Sgt. Taft V. Williams ,1st Lt. Charles L. Wilkins III, Sgt. 1st Class Christopher R. Willoughby, Spc. Dana N. Wilson, Command Sgt. Maj. Jerry L. Wilson, Staff Sgt. Joe N. Wilson, Lance Cpl. Lamont N. Wilson, Lance Cpl. Nicholas Wilt, 1st Lt. Ronald Winchester, Spc. Trevor A. Wine, Lance Cpl. William J. Wiscowiche, Spc. Robert A. Wise, Spc. Michelle M. Witmer, Pfc. Owen D. Witt, Spc. James R. Wolf, 2nd Lt. Jeremy L. Wolfe, Sgt. Elijah Tai Wah Wong, Sgt. Brian M. Wood, Capt. George A. Wood, Spc. Michael R. Woodliff, Spc. James C. Wright, Pfc. Jason G. Wright, 2nd Lt. John T. Wroblewski, Lance Cpl. Daniel R. Wyatt, Pfc. Stephen E. Wyatt, Sgt. Michael E. Yashinski, Sgt. Henry Ybarra III, Pfc. Rodricka A. Youmans, Sgt. Ryan C. Young, Lance Cpl. Andrew J. Zabierek, Spc. Nicholas J. Zangara, Spc. Mark Anthony Zapata, Pfc. Nicholaus E. Zimmer, Cpl. Ian T. Zook, Lance Cpl. Robert P. Zurheide Jr.
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