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September 18, 2012 09:38 PM Forum: Politics

Better Than Bush...

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So... in your mind that makes O the 2nd worst President of all times.

Got it

September 27, 2012 07:41 PM Forum: DVDs and Music and Books That You Recommend

One of the best ever ..

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September 27, 2012 07:47 PM Forum: DVDs and Music and Books That You Recommend

One of the best ever ..

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September 29, 2012 04:48 PM Forum: Politics

"Harvest" Companies For Profit!!!

Posted By Anacortes Telescopes

Comrade - it is called capitalism

Something your comrades in China are using to kick our asses now

September 29, 2012 04:53 PM Forum: A Day in the Life of the Administrator

Lifetime Support for all long time Supporters...

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The lifetime rates is a ONE TIME $500 subscription.

That will not change

Thank you

September 29, 2012 06:38 PM Forum: AstroMart FAQ

The Peer Group?

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Peer group members are sworn to secrecy


October 4, 2012 08:55 PM Forum: Politics

Allen West At Press Conference

Posted By Anacortes Telescopes

This guy is exactly what Americans need to hear.

I love him - I guess that makes me a racist in the worst way.

October 4, 2012 09:00 PM Forum: Politics

Allen West At Press Conference

Posted By Anacortes Telescopes

Early life and education

Allen West was born in Atlanta, Georgia, to Elizabeth (1931Ð1994) and Herman West, Sr. (1920Ð1986).[7] His father and older brother were both career military officers: his father served in World War II, and his brother served in Vietnam.[8] His mother was a civilian employee of the United States Marine Corps. Although both of his parents were registered Democrats, West has remarked that they "raised (him) very conservatively."[6]
In the tenth grade, West joined the Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps program and entered the United States Army in 1983 after he graduated from the University of Tennessee. West was a member of the third of four consecutive generations in his family to serve in the United States armed forces.[8] West later received his bachelor of arts degree from the University of Tennessee and his master's degree in political science from Kansas State University. He also earned a master of military arts and sciences degree from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff Officer College in political theory and military history and operations.[3]
[edit]Military career (1983Ð2004)

West entered active duty on November 1, 1983, at Fort Sill, Oklahoma where he attended the Field Artillery Officer's Basic Course. After graduation, West attended airborne training at Fort Benning, Georgia where he graduated with his Parachutist Badge. West's first assignment was as an airborne infantry fire support officer and platoon leader, as well as the Battalion Training Officer for 4th Battalion, 325th Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division in Vicenza, Italy under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Kenneth R. Needham. In 1987, West was promoted to captain and attended the Field Artillery Officer's Advanced Course.[9] Following graduation, West took command of B Battery, 6th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Infantry Division. He also served as the Battalion Task Force Fire Support Officer for 2d Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment. As a member of the 1st Infantry Division he deployed for Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm.[9]
After redeployment from Kuwait, West served as an Army ROTC Instructor at Kansas State University from 1991 to 1994, becoming the U.S. Army ROTC Instructor of the Year in 1993. In January 1995 he was assigned to the 2nd Infantry Division Support Command as the Assistant Operations/Combat Plans Officer. West was promoted to major before he attended the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College in 1997. Upon completion, he became the Operations Officer for the 18th Field Artillery Brigade before being assigned as Executive Officer of 1st Battalion, 377th Field Artillery Regiment. Afterwards, West served as an Army exchange officer at the II Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Lejeune from 1999 to 2002 and was promoted to lieutenant colonel.
The culminating assignment of Lieutenant Colonel West's career was his assumption of command of the 2d Battalion, 20th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Infantry Division on June 6, 2002. He deployed with his unit during the Iraq War in 2003 and continued to command his battalion until his retirement from the Army in 2004.[10]
[edit]Military Awards
West's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star; Meritorious Service Medal (two Oak Leaf Clusters); Army Commendation Medal (three Oak Leaf Clusters, one Valor Device); Army Achievement Medal (one Oak Leaf Cluster); Valorous Unit Award; Air Assault Badge; and the Master Parachutist Badge.[3]
[edit]Iraq interrogation incident
While serving in Taji, Iraq, West received information from an intelligence specialist about a reported plot to ambush him and his men.[11] The alleged plot reportedly involved Yahya Jhodri Hamoodi, a civilian Iraqi police officer.[11] West, who was not responsible for conducting interrogations in Iraq and had never conducted nor witnessed one, had his men detain Hamoodi.[11] In the process of detaining Mr. Hamoodi, soldiers testified that Hamoodi appeared to reach for his weapon and needed to be subdued.[11] Hamoodi was beaten by four soldiers from the 2/20th Field Artillery Battalion on the head and body.[12] West then fired his pistol near Hamoodi's head,[11] after which Hamoodi provided West with names and information, which Hamoodi later described as "meaningless information induced by fear and pain."[11] At least one of these suspects was arrested as a result, but no plans for attacks or weapons were found.[11] West said "At the time I had to base my decision on the intelligence I received. It's possible that I was wrong about Mr. Hamoodi."[11]
West was charged with violating articles 128 (assault) and 134 (general article) of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. During a hearing held as part of an Article 32 investigation in November 2003, West stated, "I know the method I used was not right, but I wanted to take care of my soldiers."[12] The charges were ultimately referred to an Article 15 proceeding rather than court-martial, at which West was fined $5,000.[11] Lieutenant Colonel West accepted the judgment and retired with full benefits in the summer of 2004. Asked if he would act differently under similar circumstances again, West testified, "If it's about the lives of my soldiers at stake, I'd go through hell with a gasoline can."[12] At his hearing, West pointed out that there were no further ambushes against American forces in Taji until he was relieved of his leadership post on October 4.[13]After West's retirement he received more than 2,000 letters and e-mails offering him moral support.[11] A letter supporting West was signed by 95 members of Congress and sent to the Secretary of the Army.[11] Moreover, conservative David Horowitz's online publication FrontPage Magazine, named West its 2003 Man of the Year, for "valuing his own troops' lives over the mental well being and self-esteem of an Iraqi terrorist."[6][14]

November 13, 2012 07:16 PM Forum: Politics

What exactly is a *JOB* In ObamaLand?

Posted By Anacortes Telescopes

November 13, 2012 07:22 PM Forum: Politics

Unemployment in your area?

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