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November 14, 2006

Valour-IT and Soldiers' Angels News

UPDATE: If you live in Texas and the video at the bottom of this post inspired you, you can get involved with this year's Holiday for Heroes.

Great news in the preliminary totals from the Valour-IT fundraiser at the project blog (checks still being counted). Hint: it's not $184,000.

And Valour-IT is getting some more media attention.

If you're a blogger, Soldiers' Angel Holly Aho has a contest for you.

And last--but certainly not least--what the rest of the Angels are doing these days.

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by Denizens on Nov 14, 2006 | TrackBack (0)

November 12, 2006

Project Valour-IT - thank you!

United Blogs Achieve Victory!!!!

Mission Accomplished. Jointly.

We did it! And man, the Sea Services outdid themselves this round!

Well done all, especially Cassandra and her Marines, and Curt's generosity in turning the firehose to the laggards once he'd established who was really the Big Dog this time. The Army and Air Force played the supporting role in the campaign!

For you book buyers - we have to get the books to Mr. Weisskopf for signature, then we'll get them to you. For you Cluebat winners, half of 'em will get sent out on Monday, the others will have to be made, so will probably go out the end of the week.

For the Gnome Home buyers - those are making their way up here from New Zealand, and will get sent to you when they arrive!

Well done, everybody! That's 280 or so laptops for wounded warriors.

By the way - if you'd still like to give - use the button below and help our Air Force bretheren reach their goal. Might as well pay it forward!




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by John on Nov 12, 2006 | TrackBack (0)

November 11, 2006

Valour-IT and Sheep-shearing???

Haven't given to Valour-IT yet? Here's some inspiration...

Flag Gazer tells us how sheap-shearing and Valour-IT are connected:

When she got here, we were talking about our troop support activities - something she always asks about. When we finished shearing, and I was getting ready to pay her, she said, "I have a proposition for you....
Read the rest here.

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by Denizens on Nov 11, 2006 | TrackBack (0)

Project Valour-IT Last Day

Ah, those were the days. Bloodspite offers incentive!

Castle Argghhh! Artillery Corps

That's just for me.

From She Who Will Not Be Swayed:

It's the last day of the Valour-IT Competition (Yay, we can rest tomorrow!).

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:

Online team donations as of Friday night: over $155,000
Online non-team donations as of Friday morning: over $15,500
Online total: over $170,00.
Donations via check: Unknown at this time.

Therefore: Goal of $180,000 is most definitely within reach.

Looking at the team totals is very deceiving! We have received over $15,500 online in NON-TEAM donations as of Friday morning, so our online total is actually well over $170,000. And that doesn't include checks (I haven't got numbers on the checks yet).

SO.... $180,000 is eminently reachable. :D

Fuzzybear Lioness also notes this:

Valour-IT and Blood Brothers Valour-IT auction has something new and very special: Two copies of Blood Brothers: Among the Soldiers of Ward 57. I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy and wrote:

This one's a must-read. Go get it. And it wouldn't hurt to thank Mr. Weisskopf for the service it's going to do to wounded warfighters and those of us who love them, either. John Donovan and I have been in personal contact with Mr. Weisskopf, and for all his journalistic "objectivity," his response upon hearing of Valour-IT tells us where his heart was in writing this book: "I wrote Blood Brothers for the very people your organization helps."

Now,we offer two signed-to-order copies of this book that explains better than anything else what faces the wounded warriors Valour-IT helps. Go and bid. They're worth every penny.

They are, and you can get them by clicking here, opening up the Army auctions... and bidding.You *do* now that if you have gnomes and have been treating them well, they deploy with you, right? Doing their little gnomish bit? C'mon, how many of you out there don't remember all those little things that usually went wrong, or missing, but sometimes went right or showed up? Gnomes.

Well, just as sometimes we warriors never get past our vocation and deployments, so to it is with your Gnomes. So, sure, before you deployed (or your neighbor did) their gnome may have lived in something that looked like this:

Gnome Homes!  http://gnome-home.edsberg.net/

But you know your gnome would looooove one of these:

Gnome Homes!  http://gnome-home.edsberg.net/Gnome Homes!  http://gnome-home.edsberg.net/

Custom-built pre-manufactured homes (with window, not shown) hand-crafted (literally, Murray pours the aluminum and hand-paints 'em all himself) in New Zealand by a Kiwi who donates one dollar from each normal sale to Soldier's Angels for Project Valour-IT and has offered up these custom Gnome Homes to Castle Argghhh!!! for this fundraiser. Comes complete with instructions!

First four receipts for $50 scores a Military Gnome Home!

C'mon, you know you want one. Or one of these...


But that's not the worst thing. Good golly no. I checked the Project Valour-IT totals to find the Marines *and* the Navy ahead - but worse, they met their goals, and, well, we Army guys are just punks. And not just by a nose, but by a few amphibious carrier lengths... to the tune of better than $10,000 ahead. Eeeep! We aren't likely to catch 'em, but geez, this is embarassing. Give people!

So, spend some of your hard-earned dollars helping wounded soldiers... and take some of that off the amount that the Social Engineers and Pork Barrellers are going to want from you next April!

Cluebat of Argghhh!

The Cluebats of Argghhh! are back on the table too. If you missed out last time - send me a receipt for a $100 (or more!) donation, dated between 8-11 November, and I've got 20 bats available! And since the work is all done, these will ship quicker than the last ones, I promise! BTW - there's two of you from last time who never sent an address... it's hard to mail 'em without one! And don't feel compelled to donate electronically if you aren't comfortable with that. Even if the 20 bats go to Paypal donees, if you send me a snail mail receipt, I'll send you a bat.

And don't forget the Gnome Homes!

It's a tax-deductible donation and eligible for matching funds from companies who do that sort of thing (see: http://soldiersangels.org/valour/irsinfo.html for proof for the cautious).

The snail mail address for those who'd rather donate that way (be sure to put ARMY in big letters on the check):

Soldiers' Angels
1150 N Loop 1604 W, Suite 108-493
San Antonio, TX 78248

Enlist for Soldier's Angels and Project Valour-IT

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by John on Nov 11, 2006 | TrackBack (0)

November 10, 2006

Project Valour-IT

Today marks the observance of Veteran's Day. Me, being the stick-in-the-mud traditionalist that I am, will observe it tomorrow, because 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month just has significance far greater than a sale at Sears.

It's the Marine's birthday today.

And we're still shilling for cash for Project Valour-IT.

Project Valour-IT, a program which has provided over 650 voice-activated laptops to wounded warriors so they can reconnect with family, friends, and the Internet, needs your help! The campaign in Iraq is a war of IEDs, which results in many traumatic amputations and blindness among the wounded. And the generation of warriors fighting this war are wired. Taking away hands and eyes takes them away from a whole swath of the world that is integral to them. You are reading this post. Without something like Project Valour-IT - they can't. Isn't that worth a few bucks?

So, with that in mind. Give, so that we can help blinded Marines like Corporal Michael Jernigan.

Give so that we can help people like Staff Sergeant Mike Graunke...

Staff Sergeant Mark Graunke

Skip lunch, and donate that money, so that guys with a sense of humor like this Marine:

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...can stay connected to the world, should his sign not work out. That's not asking too much, is it?

The Cluebats of Argghhh! are back on the table too. If you missed out last time - send me a receipt for a $100 (or more!) donation, dated between 8-11 November, and I've got 20 bats available! And since the work is all done, these will ship quicker than the last ones, I promise! BTW - there's two of you from last time who never sent an address... it's hard to mail 'em without one! And don't feel compelled to donate electronically if you aren't comfortable with that. Even if the 20 bats go to Paypal donees, if you send me a snail mail receipt, I'll send you a bat.

It's a tax-deductible donation and eligible for matching funds from companies who do that sort of thing (see: http://soldiersangels.org/valour/irsinfo.html for proof for the cautious).

The snail mail address for those who'd rather donate that way (be sure to put ARMY in big letters on the check):

Soldiers' Angels
1150 N Loop 1604 W, Suite 108-493
San Antonio, TX 78248


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by John on Nov 10, 2006
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November 09, 2006

Project Valour-IT

First off - thank all of you who have participated so far - we've raised almost enough for 200 laptops, by my rough calculation. If that seems like a lot - we've given out over 600 to date. The need continues, and will until the last IED explodes.

Team Air Farce seems to be having a bit of a marketing problem, but since they're a renegade element of the Army, I've decided to offer them some assistance.

So - if you're a Thunderbirds fan, and would like a shot at getting some Thunderbirds memorabilia - and at the same time contribute to Project Valour-IT, go visit Laurie at Soldier's Angels, New York and she'll hook you up! Or, if one more blog will just make your head explode - go direct to eBay, here.

Project Valour-IT auction item

C'mon, a signed team poster and other good swag!

Moving back to more important things, i.e., Army Team stuff - ya can't forget your Gnomes! You *do* now that if you have gnomes and have been treating them well, they deploy with you, right? Doing their little gnomish bit? C'mon, how many of you out there don't remember all those little things that usually went wrong, or missing, but sometimes went right or showed up? Gnomes.

Well, just as sometimes we warriors never get past our vocation and deployments, so to it is with your Gnomes. So, sure, before you deployed (or your neighbor did) their gnome may have lived in something that looked like this:

Gnome Homes!  http://gnome-home.edsberg.net/

But you know your gnome would looooove one of these:

Gnome Homes!  http://gnome-home.edsberg.net/Gnome Homes!  http://gnome-home.edsberg.net/

Custom-built pre-manufactured homes (with window, not shown) hand-crafted (literally, Murray pours the aluminum and hand-paints 'em all himself) in New Zealand by a Kiwi who donates one dollar from each normal sale to Soldier's Angels for Project Valour-IT and has offered up these custom Gnome Homes to Castle Argghhh!!! for this fundraiser. Comes complete with instructions!

First four receipts for $75 scores a Military Gnome Home!

C'mon, you know you want one. Or one of these...

The Cluebats of Argghhh! are back on the table too. If you missed out last time - send me a receipt for a $100 (or more!) donation, dated between 8-11 November, and I've got 20 bats available! And since the work is all done, these will ship quicker than the last ones, I promise! BTW - there's two of you from last time who never sent an address... it's hard to mail 'em without one! And don't feel compelled to donate electronically if you aren't comfortable with that. Even if the 20 bats go to Paypal donees, if you send me a snail mail receipt, I'll send you a bat.

It's a tax-deductible donation and eligible for matching funds from companies who do that sort of thing (see: http://soldiersangels.org/valour/irsinfo.html for proof for the cautious).

The snail mail address for those who'd rather donate that way (be sure to put ARMY in big letters on the check):

Soldiers' Angels
1150 N Loop 1604 W, Suite 108-493
San Antonio, TX 78248


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by John on Nov 09, 2006
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November 08, 2006

Project Valour-IT

Heh. I wonder why I bothered to get up this morning...?

The national election sucked.

Regionally, I batted about 50%.

Castle Argghhh! Artillery Corps

But that's not the worst thing. Good golly no. I checked the Project Valour-IT totals to find The Navy ahead. And not just by a nose, but by a few aircraft carrier lengths... to the tune of better than $10,000 ahead. Eeeep! Matty and Jimbo better bring their A-game to this thing, this is looking to be a *really* carpy week around here!


No matter! We will prevail!

Did you know there were Project Valour-IT auctions? For those of you who wanna *get* something for your donation to the cause?

You can see them right here. All the services are represented. The Air Farce here. The (hock, ptui!) Squids here. And the Jarheads are too busy, so they left it for the distaff side...

Of course, you'll want to check out the *koff* Army offerings first! Two *Autographed* copies of "Blood Brothers" the iconic book for Project Valour-IT. You can read more about the book here.

So, spend some of your hard-earned dollars helping wounded soldiers... and take some of that off the amount that the Social Engineers and Pork Barrellers are going to want from you next April!

Cluebat of Argghhh!

The Cluebats of Argghhh! are back on the table too. If you missed out last time - send me a receipt for a $100 (or more!) donation, dated between 8-11 November, and I've got 20 bats available! And since the work is all done, these will ship quicker than the last ones, I promise! BTW - there's two of you from last time who never sent an address... it's hard to mail 'em without one! And don't feel compelled to donate electronically if you aren't comfortable with that. Even if the 20 bats go to Paypal donees, if you send me a snail mail receipt, I'll send you a bat.

It's a tax-deductible donation and eligible for matching funds from companies who do that sort of thing (see: http://soldiersangels.org/valour/irsinfo.html for proof for the cautious).

The snail mail address for those who'd rather donate that way (be sure to put ARMY in big letters on the check):

Soldiers' Angels
1150 N Loop 1604 W, Suite 108-493
San Antonio, TX 78248

Enlist for Soldier's Angels and Project Valour-IT

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by John on Nov 08, 2006
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November 06, 2006

Attack on the Fortress of Snarkitude!

Project Valour-IT, a program which has provided over 650 voice-activated laptops to wounded warriors so they can reconnect with family, friends, and the Internet, needs your help! The campaign in Iraq is a war of IEDs, which results in many traumatic amputations and blindness among the wounded. And the generation of warriors fighting this war are wired. Taking away hands and eyes takes them away from a whole swath of the world that is integral to them. You are reading this post. Without something like Project Valour-IT - they can't. Isn't that worth a few bucks?


Oh, sure, I could take the easy route. I could tug heart strings like I just did up there. But that's not me. This is *also* a blogwar, and since a lot of people think POWs should get Penthouses instead of pens, I'll just skip the prisoner-taking part.

I could snark the Navy for their dismal performance to date... but like the poster says...

Poor wittle Navycat, stuck in a tree...

Sure, I can whack on Noonan, Boss of Team Air Farce again... so, I will! Mebbe it'll cause him to get on the ball...

Noonan, getting a dancing partner the only way he can

But I'm saving the big guns for Team Villainous - the Jarheads. They jumped ahead with a *huge* donation this weekend. And now, well, see for yourself...

Company, Villainous Company, hath been the spoil of me.  Indeed!

Now we know where it came from. Sigh. Cassie, I know you'll do almost anything for the cause... but, dang, woman, that took large organs of reproduction!

SGT Hook is providing supporting fires, though the Captain of Team Army is taking the high road...

Now, to help remove the stain on Cassies honor, you should just click the button below and donate via Team Army. That's what your mother wants you to do. She told me. I've got the email.

It's a tax-deductible donation and eligible for matching funds from companies who do that sort of thing (see: http://soldiersangels.org/valour/irsinfo.html for proof for the cautious).

The snail mail address for those who'd rather donate that way (be sure to put ARMY in big letters on the check):

Soldiers' Angels
1150 N Loop 1604 W, Suite 108-493
San Antonio, TX 78248

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by John on Nov 06, 2006
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November 05, 2006

Valour-IT News You Can Use

UPDATE: Soldiers Angels/Valour-IT's official press release about the competition

[With John's permission, I'd like to make this post stay up top for the weekend.]

[Weeeel. Okay. It's not like weekends are high traffic, anyway. Or that I'm selling ads. Okay people - new stuff comes in below this post - FOR THE WHOLE WEEKEND! Yanno, if you'd just pony up the bucks, all this would Just.Go.Away. It's kinda like the elections, except we're doing more useful stuff. -the Armorer]

Supporters of Valour-IT, you've been doing amazing work. Not only have we raised a tremendous amount of money, but there's been a lot of great work going on behind the scenes that is starting to bear fruit.

But we're gearing up for the last week of competition, and we're not yet halfway to our goal. Let's get to work! Here are some news and tips that should help us make it to the top:

Auctions: We now have a one-stop auction page. To bid on available items or put something up for auction with proceeds going to Valour-IT, check it out. More info at the project blog.

Flyers: New and improved flyers are finished. You can get them by clicking here. You can find some tips for using flyers here.

Media: Keep pushing the local media angle (newspapers, local TV, news/talk/music radio); we don't have a chance of meeting this goal without reaching far beyond the blogosphere. Tips for contacting media here. We're finding that the technology angle is a great pitch: the laptops are high-tech, the project was conceived and implemented online by a wounded soldier and a music teacher who met each other through blogs, and the bloggers are what drive the fundraising--those three aspects are all great media fodder. If you're asking simply for a little attention, see if they'll just link Valour-IT on their webpage.

Reaching Out to Win: As I wrote above, we have to reach beyond the blogosphere if we want to succeed. With that in mind, here's what you can do:

1. Talk to your friends, neighbors, community and religious organizations of which you are a member. Tell them of the need and impact of Valour-IT.

2. Compose an email briefly explaining Valour-IT and send it to everyone on your email list (be sure to send them here to verify it's legit). Remember, Valour-IT is non-partisan and can practically sell itself when you tell people what it does.

3. Email the big-time, national talkshow hosts that you think might be interested in Valour-IT, especially if you have a membership in their "insider clubs." The more emails they get, the more likely they'll take it seriously or one will be noticed.

4. If you have a connection to a media bigwig, please let us know.

5. Keep up the great work! Mention Valour-IT on your blog at least once a day or put a up a post that stays at the top. We're heading into Veterans Day, and these wounded veterans deserve the very best effort we can give them.

Keep up the great work! I am constantly amazed at the creativity, energy and intelligence of all invovled in this effort. You are awesome!

-FbL

[Heh, that's all way too multi-partisan and kissy-face for my taste! Accordingly, I'm going to add:

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BTW - If you'd like to see some good slapdowns, go visit Cassandra at the Fortress of Snarkitude. Of course, don't you *dare* give money to her. You know those Marines, they're so cash-poor they'll run out and buy a tank or something with it.

And, of course, don't forget, in addition to all of that, you should just click the button below and donate via Team Army. That's what your mother wants you to do.

It's a tax-deductible donation and eligible for matching funds from companies who do that sort of thing (see: http://soldiersangels.org/valour/irsinfo.html for proof for the cautious).

The snail mail address for those who'd rather donate that way (be sure to put ARMY in big letters on the check):

Soldiers' Angels
1150 N Loop 1604 W, Suite 108-493
San Antonio, TX 78248

-the Armorer]

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by Denizens on Nov 05, 2006
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November 03, 2006

Project Valour-IT

You know you want to do it. You want to help. Soldiers, sailors, Marines, airmen - in a war of IEDs, they're suffering a lot of traumatic amputations and blindness, compared to more bullet-oriented combat. Explosives and big, jagged chunks of metal do a lot of damage to exposed limbs.

And let's face it - the generation of warriors fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan are a wired, keyboard-centric group of guys and gals.

And losing one hand, both hands, their eyes - cuts them off from what is to them the lifeblood of much of their contact with their friends.

In other words, they can't do what you are doing right this moment. Use a computer.

That's what Project Valour-IT - Voice Activated Laptops for OUR Injured Troops is all about. Getting them connected again.

Oh sure, you could contribute via the Marine Team. And if you do - Cassie will send a Marine Wife from her stable to personally deliver a kiss and a full body massage. Really! Don't believe me? Click here to see your masseuse!

Now how could you not want a part of Team Villainous? I love the smell of snark in the morning! It smells like... Victory!

Of course, you could just click the button below and donate via Team Army. That's what your mother wants you to do.

It's a tax-deductible donation and eligible for matching funds from companies who do that sort of thing (see: http://soldiersangels.org/valour/irsinfo.html for proof for the cautious).

The snail mail address for those who'd rather donate that way (be sure to put ARMY in big letters on the check):

Soldiers' Angels
1150 N Loop 1604 W, Suite 108-493
San Antonio, TX 78248

by John on Nov 03, 2006
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November 02, 2006

Project Valour-IT

So, Noonan over at Op-For scores Jan, Chris Muir's liberal chick on Day by Day.

Well done, Zoomies!

Buuuuuuuuuuuut...

John - we *all* know Sam is the kewlest, smartest, and toughest chick character in the strip... not to mention packs some serious heat.

And guess who has a tattoo?

Copyright Chris Muir/Day by Day, used with permission

Zed's cool with it. After all, he won the prize!

As for Op-For? Well, the Team Air Farce needs the help!

If yer a blogger - Join Team Army!

It's a tax-deductible donation and eligible for matching funds from companies who do that sort of thing (see: http://soldiersangels.org/valour/irsinfo.html for proof for the cautious).

The snail mail address for those who'd rather donate that way (be sure to put ARMY in big letters on the check):

Soldiers' Angels
1150 N Loop 1604 W, Suite 108-493
San Antonio, TX 78248
by John on Nov 02, 2006

November 01, 2006

Project Valour-IT

Gnome Homes!  http://gnome-home.edsberg.net/

So, you're one of those people who won't donate unless you get something tangible in return, eh? Or, you like to get kewl stuff that *also* has some Good Works attached.

Okay - I got something for you.

Murray, the Castle Worker-in-Metals, lives in New Zealand. He has a business. One of the items he hand-crafts is, Gnome Homes. Yep, Gnome Homes.

The Castle Tree is home to a Gnome Home.

What's cool about Gnome Homes (aside from they're just... kewl!) is that for every one sold, Murray donates $1 to Project Valour-IT. 24/7, btw, not just during a fundraiser.

Stay tuned to this space to see what Murray does for a fund-raiser...

In the meantime - the Army Team continues to maneuver towards the objective - thanks to those who've helped so far - and for the rest of you... it's Payday! What's yer excuse?

It's a tax-deductible donation and eligible for matching funds from companies who do that sort of thing (see: http://soldiersangels.org/valour/irsinfo.html for proof for the cautious).

The snail mail address for those who'd rather donate that way (be sure to put ARMY in big letters on the check):

Soldiers' Angels
1150 N Loop 1604 W, Suite 108-493
San Antonio, TX 78248
by John on Nov 01, 2006

October 31, 2006

Sink the Squids!

lordofthefusileers.jpg

Consider your young soldier of today. Wired. Connected. So used to using keyboards they can thumb-type faster than I can type in a regular way - and I'm pretty good, actually.

Then take away a hand, or the use of it. Or both. Or her eyes.

Then you've got that sullen fellow sitting in that chair up there.

Or, you can give a little of yourself, just a tiny bit - a 6 pack worth of beer is fine. Or soda if you don't drink. If 130 of you who read this space regularly (vice those who've given already this time 'round, natch) give $5 each - that's a voice-activated laptop.

Payday is tomorrow... but I bet you've got $5 sitting in that account right now....

Oh, sure, you *could* donate via the Navy Team... simply by clicking on that graphic.

TEAM NAVY.jpg

You could waste your money that way. Or, you could toss it down the Marine rat-hole. Or even *shudder* donate via the Zoomies.

But you don't want to do that. You want to click on that button down there - and be Army Strong! You know you do. And in your heart of hearts, you want to do it again... after payday!

It's a tax-deductible donation and eligible for matching funds from companies who do that sort of thing (see: http://soldiersangels.org/valour/irsinfo.html for proof for the cautious).

The snail mail address for those who'd rather donate that way (be sure to put ARMY in big letters on the check):

Soldiers' Angels
1150 N Loop 1604 W, Suite 108-493
San Antonio, TX 78248

Participating bloggers - feel free to swipe these graphics. Permission is *not* granted to use them in a manner that is derogatory to Soldier's Angels, Project Valour-IT, or wounded warriors.

by John on Oct 31, 2006

October 30, 2006

Um, Kassie?

Dear? Sweetie?

Is that the best ya got?

Kassandras Kops.jpg

Foto above of Sekrit Strategery Seshun at Villainous Centeral.

Half-vast? They look pretty vast to me!

So, of course, you should donate to... Matty's Team! It will really peeve Nancy Pelosi and John Murtha if you do this... because they think that it should all be done with taxpayer dollars, rather than citizens pulling together to take care of the troops!

by John on Oct 30, 2006

Project Valour-IT Blogwar!

So, it starts. The clouds have been gathering over the horizon.

The enemy is on the move.

Fusileers - to horse!

lordofthefusileers.jpg

I am raising the Regiment, to join Blackfive's Army Team, to smite the ascot-wearers, and the bell-bottomed disorganized hosers who walk that drooling bulldog. Except the bell-bottomed hosers don't even *have* a leader yet! Is there no one who sail the briny deep who can channel the spirit of John Paul Jones? Oh, sure, a couple of them plead things like... "But I'm doing war work!" "I'm deployed/ing!" Whiners. Ah-ha, they found a sailor target to take on the job...

No worries - while we're waiting for the sailors to get organized, we'll work on this punk:

Air Farce.jpg

BTW - feel free to swipe the graphic to snark Noonan. And the other graphics which will be coming along mostly daily.

Like the Most High Commander sez:

    "At that time I had no use of either hand. I know how humbling it is, how humiliating it feels. And I know how much better I felt, how amazingly more functional I felt, after Soldiers' Angels provided me with a laptop and a loyal reader provided me with the software. I can't wait to do the same, to give that feeling to another soldier at Walter Reed." - Captain Chuck Ziegenfuss at TC Override

Want to be part of something big?

Valour-IT's online fundraising competition begins today! Let's see who can raise the most money to help reconnect our
wounded warriors with the world!

WHAT: Friendly fundraising competition for Valour-IT.
WHEN: October 30th through Veterans Day, November 10th .
WHERE: Based in the blogosphere, spreading everywhere else.
WHY: Because giving wounded warriors with hand and arm injuries access to a computer supports their healing and puts them back in touch with the world.
HOW: Blogger teams will be divided along military branches, with civilians "up for grabs."

The lines are drawn by service rivalry:

The lines are drawn by service rivalry:

Non-military bloggers should choose a branch the Army to support.

Now, normally, I don't take part in the brutal gentle inter-service
rivalry, especially during war.  But this is for a very important
charity.  So, civilian bloggers, choose your branch.  Choose wisely...

Sign up for the Army team by enlisting at the Project Valour-IT site and click (under Army) "Join". We'll generate links, buzz, and get these heroes some Commo support!

  • Blog and email regularly about Valour-IT and the competition
  • Tell your friends, family and neighbors about Valour-IT
  • So all you bloggers sign up with your choice of service and get the word out.  Donate NOW!!!


    It's a tax-deductible donation and eligible for matching funds from companies who do that sort of thing (see: http://soldiersangels.org/valour/irsinfo.html for proof for the cautious).

    The snail mail address for those who'd rather donate that way (be sure to put ARMY in big letters on the check):

    Soldiers' Angels
    1150 N Loop 1604 W, Suite 108-493
    San Antonio, TX 78248

    Let's be a part of something big.



Dang Straight! And there will be Cluebats!

by John on Oct 30, 2006
» The Steeljaw Scribe links with: We Support our Troops
» Stop The ACLU links with: Project Valour IT
» Random Thoughts Of Yet Another Military Member links with: A Worthy Cause
» PC Free Zone links with: Project Valour IT: The Few, The Proud, The Marines!
» The Bow Ramp links with: Giving
» Righty in a Lefty State links with: Fusileers Answer the Call

June 17, 2006

Project Valour-IT - Wrap up.

Well done!

The totals are in - $18,265

Not bad, not bad at all for spur-of-the-moment, low pressure effort!

More importantly, we scored some intriguing opportunities to pursue on the celebrity and near-celebrity front, so that's cool too.

We didn't beat National Review Online, ($19, 550 when I hit "post") but I don't know what their last night at midnight total was, either.

In other words - all y'all done good! We eliminated the backlog of 11 laptops, and have money (and in-kind laptop donations) to handle the new needs that will inevitably pop-up.

And it's all due to your efforts - as bloggers and as contributors!

For those who scored cluebats, we'll probably start production on those next week, and I'll be hitting you up for snail-mail addresses if I don't have them already.

Of course, we're taking donations 24/7 should you suddenly find a wad of cash you don't know what use to put it to! Just click the graphic below!

And you can still score Grim's Stetson!

Work with us - donate!

Feel free to join us! And those of you who already have - thank you ever so much!

(Feel free to swipe the roll-code)

(If you are a supporting blog and aren't listed - drop me a note!)

by John on Jun 17, 2006

June 16, 2006

Project Valour-IT - LAST DAY!

This post will be up high all day - new stuff comes in below.

Hey! It's Payday! So shave off a little green to Project Valour-IT!

From yesterday:

Weekend 2214.11
Monday 2475
Tuesday 3801
Wednesday 5850.00
Thursday 2080

Total $16,420.

Interesting note: As of the time of that update, we were ahead of National Review Online and their week-long fundraiser. This morning, as I hit "post" on this, they're at $16,915.

So - for those of you who like a little competition - how about we set our goal to *Beat* NRO's fundraising totals? Just for the bragging rights? Something I can drop in Jonah's coffee tomorrow morning?

Please?

It's not like it's not for a Good Cause.

So, the fundraising for Project Valour-IT continues today - and ends tonight in terms of blogging it - until the Big Push this fall. This was just a raid to warm everybody up and refine the TTPs.

Please click on the graphic below - and give up a little beer/winecooler/pack of cigarettes/movie rental money (or more, like Blackhawk!) to help the wounded re-connect to their wired lives. At this point - I'm just wanting to stay ahead of NRO!

Work with us - donate!

Feel free to join us! And those of you who already have - thank you ever so much!

(Feel free to swipe the roll-code)

(If you are a supporting blog and aren't listed - drop me a note!)

by John on Jun 16, 2006
» CDR Salamander links with: Free Guns, Beer, and P0rn!!!
» Jack Yoest links with: Carren Ziegenfuss Gets It Right On MSNBC: A Reverse Fisk

June 15, 2006

Project Valour-IT update.

New stuff comes in below this post.

You wanna hear about some impact for your Project Valour-IT donation?

I heard from the sister of a severely wounded Marine how much it helped her brother's rehabilitation to have one of our Valour-IT laptops. He lost use of both arms temporarily due to burns, so the laptop was an incredible blessing to not be isolated. Last word was that he was far ahead of the expected progress for his rehabilitation (I think he lost one or both feet too it was a very severe injury).

Read the rest here.

You guys are simply grand. Act vice bloviate indeed. Stuff that in your pipe and smoke it, WW!

From yesterday:

97 donations since Friday Weekend 2214.11 Monday 2475 Tuesday 3801 Total: 8490.11

Nice trend, too!

Last night, Fuzzybear Lioness provided this update:

58 Donors today: $5,850.00

Including $1000 from someone we believe is an orthopedic surgeon. I think that's particularly cool because he would recognize the need for and impact of this program. Pretty cool, huh?

[sound of shoes being removed and mumbled counting going on]

Lessee, that's $14,340.11 Which was more than NRO had raised as of last night in their fund-raiser.

Plus....

Today we also had someone who will be adopting a soldier and paying the entire cost of his/her laptop. We also have someone who will be donating a top-of-the-line new laptop.

Catch it all up at Fuzzy's place.

So, the fundraising for Project Valour-IT continues. Please click on the graphic below - and give up a little beer/winecooler/pack of cigarettes/movie rental money (or more, like Blackhawk!) to help the wounded re-connect to their wired lives. At this point - I'm just wanting to stay ahead of NRO!

Work with us - donate!

Feel free to join us!

(Feel free to swipe the roll-code)

(If you are a supporting blog and aren't listed - drop me a note!)

by John on Jun 15, 2006
» Blonde Sagacity links with: Got Money?

Project Valour-IT

Is there a need?

You tell me.

That's $330,000 of assistance, folks.

More importantly - it's 500 severely wounded soldiers we've helped.

That's a battalion. 1/3rd of a Brigade.

Pat yourselves on the back.

Go ahead.

You deserve it.

Thank you.

by John on Jun 15, 2006

June 14, 2006

Project Valour-IT update.

New stuff comes in below.

I'll avoid a sense of tartness, given the *tens* of thousands of readers of the participating blogs (even allowing for a huge overlap) - but the 97 (as of yesterday evening) of you who've donated thus far - You Rock, Baby!

The goal was at least $7260 to clear the current backlog of laptop requests.

We're there!

Fuzzy reports:

97 donations since Friday Weekend 2144.11 Monday 2475 Tuesday 3801 Total: 8420.11

Nice trend, too.

But of course, we aren't done. Why? Because, well, there's a coupla thousand of you who haven't availed yourselves of this opportunity, of course.

And it's the Army's Birthday. And Flag Day.

It's also the anniversary of...

1936 Oranienburg Concentration Camp opens
1940 Nazis open a concentration camp at Auschwitz

Something the Army, along with all the other services and our Allies, helped to disestablish, at no small cost to all concerned. As we did Saddam. And Milosevic, Noriega, et.al. And no, it wasn't always easy, nor fair, and certainly not perfect.

But, while we've raised enough to meet the immediate need, this war is still a hot one, the casualties are still coming. This request (above and beyond the 11) arrived yesterday from Brooke Army Medical Center, at Fort Sam Houston:

Female army SSG with hand injury (we've only had two or three female requests). Two fingers amputated. As Chuck can testify, that means additional damage to the hand and months of limited use.

So, the fundraising for Project Valour-IT continues. Please click on the graphic below - and give up a little beer/winecooler/pack of cigarettes/movie rental money (or more, like Blackhawk!) to help the wounded re-connect to their wired lives.

Jump at the Chance, eh?

And join these fine people, who are all doing their bit, too.

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(Feel free to swipe the roll-code)

(If you are a supporting blog and aren't listed - drop me a note!)

by John on Jun 14, 2006
» Stop The ACLU links with: Happy Birthday United States Army
» Michelle Malkin links with: THE CAMP PENDLETON 8
» Blue Star Chronicles links with: Valour IT Needs Help
» Welcome To Andi's World links with: Step Up to the Plate
» Villainous Company links with: Oops??? WHAT DO YOU MEAN, "Oops"?

June 13, 2006

Project Valour-IT

New stuff comes in below this post.

Consider your young soldier of today. Wired. Connected. So used to using keyboards they can thumb-type faster than I can type in a regular way - and I'm pretty good, actually.

Then take away a hand, or the use of it. Or both. Or her eyes.

Then you've got that sullen fellow sitting in that chair up there.

Or, you can give a little of yourself, just a tiny bit - a 6 pack worth of beer is fine. Or soda if you don't drink. If 130 of you who read this space regularly (vice those who've given already this time 'round, natch) give $5 each - that's a voice-activated laptop. The Cluebat Clique (8 people who gave $100 and counting) have already funded one.

How 'bout you make this possible for another wounded warrior of any service to get connected again? Captain Chuck Ziegenfuss was a deployed milblogger who nearly lost his hand in an IED attack. Project Valour-IT, brainchild of Chuck and Fuzzybear Lioness, let Chuck blog again.

Chuck's much better now, and can use a regular computer - but his voice-activated laptop helped him along the path to recovery.

Think I'm blowing smoke? While milbloggers don't cite the BBC approvingly all that often - that makes this story all the more interesting.

C'mon. $5. Tax-deductible.

Cluebats: For those with deeper pockets, there's only 10,9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, 0! bats left (by the way, you don't have to leave the receipt in a comment - email contact is fine for those who prefer to keep things to themselves) to qualify for a Castle Argghhh Cluebat Clique membership!

Donate here, or click the graphic up top.

And I'm gonna harass ya until I get those last two Cluebats spoken for.

All original ten have been spoken for. But... since the laptops cost $660 with shipping, and we've come up with $1000 for readers of Castle Argghhh!, I'll put up three more - so we can get *two* with some change left over. Thanks guys!

I've already used up two of those three. Heck with it - *everybody* who puts in $100 (with receipt) today will get one.

Just sayin'.


Update: AFSis sez "My post is up today... and yes, I've made my donation. It's not "cluebat" worthy, but it's all I could spare."

I say - If you gave all you could spare, you gave more than most!


Here's a list of those blogs supporting this drive (that we know about - if you aren't listed, lemme know!)

Mudville Gazette
The Armorer at Castle Argghhh!
Blackfive
Smash
Da Goddess
BloodSpite
Boston Maggie
Small Town Veteran
Righty in a Lefty State
Homefront Six
One Marine's View
A Rose By Any Other Name
Echo9er
AFSis at My Side of the Puddle.
The Countervailing Force.
Thoughts by Seawitch
The Cool Blue Blog
Dadmanly
High Desert Wanderer
Silent Running
My Vast Right Wing Conspiracy

Blue Star Chronicles

Flash Traffic (extended entry) Follows »

by John on Jun 13, 2006
» The Cool Blue Blog links with: Worthy causes
» Dadmanly links with: Project Valour-IT
» MY Vast Right Wing Conspiracy links with: URGENT NEED: Project Valour-IT

Project Valour-IT Update

Receipt: XXXX-7103-XXXX-6672: $500

If I can't get over there myself, I can at least support those who have, and have paid a high price.

Blackhawk is an active duty soldier. Can I get like a *HUGE* Hoo-AH! for Blackhawk?

Acting vice bloviating, indeed!

With this donation, plus all the others, readers of Argghhh! have given enough to score 3 laptops.

You guys rock.

Simply rock.

by John on Jun 13, 2006

June 12, 2006

Valour-IT Mayday

This post will be up top all day - new posts come in below.

Fall-IN!

Now listen up, troops.

In a comment thread over at Greyhawk's place, Milbloggers got hammered because we were perceived as not being authentic "milbloggers", because we weren't properly spouting off about every bad thing that was going on in and around the military. Leaving aside the fact most of us exist to *counter* all the bad news, which is more than adequately covered elsewhere, I made another point - that instead of just bloviating, we *act*.

The time has come, ladies and gentlemen, to *act*.

The Arsenal of Argghhh! will give a "Cluebat of Argghhh!" to the first 10 people who produce a receipt for a donation of $100 or more to Project Valour-IT.*

Now I'll let Fuzzybear Lioness run with the tale.

Valour-IT has run out of funds again. Right now we have a waiting list of eleven wounded warriors who need our help, and the list is still growing.

Marine Lt. Gen. Amos recently said:

When we send them off to do the nation's bidding in a place like Afghanistan or Iraq and they're wounded, we're not returning the same individual... When we send them back wounded there is a piece of me that says I haven't kept my bargain. What's left for me to do is to continue taking care of them. [source]

It's left to more than generals to continue taking care of them. It's left to all of us. And part of how we take care of the wounded is by helping them reconnect and rediscover their self-sufficiency in a way that supports their recovery. A voice-activated Valour-IT laptop is a huge part of that support.

When I shared the article about Lt. Gen. Amos with someone who has a great deal of expertise in leadership and management, her instant reply was, "What a leader!" Yes. And like any good leader, Amos is leading by example. Will you follow?

"It's a function of loyalty," the 59-year-old general said. "In Marine speak, it means fidelity. It's a wonderful word not used very often - except in the Marine Corps. It means faithful. It implies faithful almost to a fault...

"I owe it to them."

So do we. -- FbL

Donate here.

Fusileer 6

Update: There's only 10,9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 bats left (by the way, you don't have to leave the receipt in a comment - email contact is fine for those who prefer to keep things to themselves):

John,

Attached are receipts from PayPal and Soldiers' Angels
for my donation of $100 (wish it could be more).

No doubt, a worthy cause.

==============
Frank

Fusileer 6

Update: Blackfive signs up!

Flash Traffic (extended entry) Follows »

by Denizens on Jun 12, 2006
» Small Town Veteran links with: Valour-IT Still Needs Your Help
» Da Goddess links with: The Project Valour IT Support List
» Blue Star Chronicles links with: Valour IT Needs Help
» Blue Star Chronicles links with: Valour IT Needs Help

May 23, 2006

Project Valour-IT.

Fox News ran a webstory yesterday, dating from the Milblog conference, that highlighted Denizenne Fuzzybear Lioness' role in Project Valour-IT - the voice-activated laptops for wounded troops.

Fuzzy virtually denies it, and hides behind her fluttering fan here.

I left this comment on her post - which I am putting here because she *can't* delete it.

Heh. Don't believe her, folks.

Sure, Chuck Ziegenfuss and his wife Carren were involved. But Chuck said, publicly, that Beth was the force that made it happen. After all, Chuck was wounded, couldn't type that well and was on some pretty good drugs. So Fuzzy caught that lateral and took off downfield. Matt, Lex, and I made the mistake of being in her way.

She's the one who kidnapped Matt, Lex (who even as we speak is corrupting Denizennes Brab and BCR while whining and dining in Seattle) and I, took us to an undisclosed location, and tickled us with feathers and schmeared chocolate on us until we agreed to be her blogslaves and do her bidding for Valour-IT.

Matt and I just did what we were taught in SERE School - survive. Lex spilled his guts and cried like a baby.

Oh, sure, the Great Folks at Soldier's Angels were a big help, as were (and are) all the volunteers, whether live and in person, or fiscally and digitally via the blogs.

But Beth was the driving force, make no mistake.

And anything she says to the contrary is just embarrassing drivel designed to throw you off the scent.

She's the heroine.

Don't let her fool you.

Because when you watch the moving hand, the other one will slip into your heart and empty your wallet for Valour-IT.

That's my story and I'm stickin' to it.

BTW - when was the last time you dipped into your beer/chai money and sent some to Project Valour-IT? Memorial Day is coming up - that sounds like a ready-made holiday to use as an excuse.

Skip a 6-pack this weekend, and send that money instead to Project Valour-IT by clicking on the Cox and Forkum cartoon below. Or skip that Magnum of Mouton-Cadet you were thinking about. Or that keg. Have burgers instead of filets... you know what to do.

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Doncha feel better already?

by John on May 23, 2006

May 06, 2006

Project Valour-IT (CA)?

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The Huntress points us to an article in Canada's National Post that mentions Project Valour-IT. I would suggest that if interested Canadians were to contact Soldier's Angels, or perhaps Fuzzybear Lioness (getting famous in her own right, too!) *who made Project Valour-IT a reality* that if they will bring the money to the table, Soldier's Angels would be glad to help out our Allies and Comrades in Arms. Just sayin'. CAPT H, Torch Bearers, Alan, Flea - I think this could go somewhere. Perhaps even under the Banner of the Red Ensign. We could even get in a little of that appreciation that so interests Damian.

I'm serious guys, all the groundwork has been laid, the processes are in place, and rather than start from scratch - all you need to do is raise money retail

Just a thought. I'm sure we can put Maple Leafs on machines. Hopefully, you guys won't have enough casualties to *justify* starting a whole new project on your own, but if you'd like to, Soldier's Angels will pass on the specs, I'm sure.

And I *know* Canadians contributed to Valour-IT, so it's only fair *we* reciprocate.

And after all, it's not like we haven't worked together before...

1st Special Service Force Memorial, National Infantry Museum, Fort Benning, Georgia

by John on May 06, 2006

January 09, 2006

Hey, Beatles fans...

Want some gen-yoo-wine Beatle's art - and a chance to help Project Valour-IT?

Say no more! Visit Little Toni at Random Bits of Pomposity and find out how by clicking here!

H/t to Fuzzybear Lioness.

And just because I hate to waste another post on this little gem...

To Be 6 Again

A man was sitting on the edge of the bed, observing his wife turning back and forth, looking at herself in the mirror. Since her birthday was not far off, he asked what she'd like to have for her Birthday.

I'd like to be six again, she replied, still looking in the mirror.

On the morning of her Birthday, he arose early, made her a nice big bowl of Lucky Charms, and then took her to Six Flags theme park. What a day! He put her on every ride in the park; the Death Slide, the Wall of Fear, the Screaming Monster Roller Coaster... everything there was. Five hours later they staggered out of the theme park. Her head was reeling and her stomach felt upside down. He then took her to a McDonald's where he ordered her a Happy Meal with extra fries and a chocolate shake. Then it was off to a movie, popcorn, a soda pop, and her favorite candy, M&M's. What a fabulous adventure!

Finally she wobbled home with her husband and collapsed into bed eexhausted. He leaned over his wife with a big smile and lovingly asked,

Well Dear, what was it like being six again??

Her eyes slowly opened and her expression suddenly changed. I meant my Dress Size, you dumb nut!!

The moral of the story: Even when a man is listening, he is going to get it wrong.

H/t, Rich B.

by John on Jan 09, 2006

November 23, 2005

Project Valour-IT

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Thanks to everybody!

Ya done good.

'Nuff said.

Except this: If it weren't for her... it wouldn't have happened. And I don't think y'all know just how big a deal that really is. Everybody else comes in second. CPT Z and Carren are co-creators, and Chuck's wounds the inspiration - but Fuzzybear Lioness sent out the first email, asking how to go about doing it - after that, there was no stopping her.

I see all those big names, and without them we wouldn't have raised what we did. And lots of you helped - BUT FUZZY STARTED IT, and don't you forget it.

Fusileer 6, out.

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by Fusileer 6 on Nov 23, 2005

November 12, 2005

It's over. We did it. Good on us!

Team Number of Donations Amount Raised Average Donation
Navy 223 $23,831.76 $106.87
Army 258 $23,652.57 $91.68
Marines 209 $19,607.00 $93.81
Air Force 123 $11,114.11 $90.36
Unaffiliated 154 $10,128.00 $65.77
Totals 967 $88,333.44 $91.35

Details here at the Project Valour-IT blog.

In the "Race to the Swift" category, first to the goal of $21K, the winner was the Army.

In the "In it for the Long Haul" category, the Navy wins thus far. I only say 'thus far' because the mailed-in donations haven't all been tabulated. I *assume* they're checking post marks...


But the *REAL DEAL* is the graphic below - Blogs Working Together, we raised $88K for Project Valour-IT. I don't know what our average exposure was, based on total blog readership (and we can't go by just sums, since many donees read several of the participating blogs, but I think we did pretty well, to get almost 1000 people to donate. At a cost of really little more than our time. Not bad for a buncha amateurs.

Big shout out to to all of you who participated - but the biggest go to CPT Ziegenfuss and Fuzzybear Lioness - whose dream-made-reality this project truly is.

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Thank you, one and all!


by John on Nov 12, 2005
» Neptunus Lex links with: Valour-IT - BZ Navy!
» Stop The ACLU links with: Sunday Funnies
» BIG DOG's WEBLOG links with: Project Valout IT Results
» Cao's Blog links with: Project Valor it Results
» A Blog For All links with: Project Valour IT Competition Update

November 08, 2005

Attention!

Publicity Stunt Mkay... I dragged my drugged and temporarily one-handed body out of the hospital bed to tell ya'll about something most important.

Carren is gonna be on national TV (and live national TV at that) to let everyone know about Project Valour-IT. She will represent me (the nerd who thought of this project), and the many people who have made this project a success.

She is going to be on "Connected coast to coast" a show run by MSNBC. Don't know how long she'll be on, but for the love of god, please tune in, put your hands on the top of your TV, and talk to Jebus when the show is over. The show runs from 1200-1300 (noon to one fer ya civilians out there)(and that's eastern time) My beloved is supposed to be on around 1240, but I will rest assured that her looks, personality, and general charm will either get her on early, or the show will go into extra rounds like Rocky and the Big Ruskie in Rocky IV.

Here's how you can help. Send this to every one you know, post it on your blog, get them to post it on theirs. One side will say it's a failure of the gummint to not provide this for the soldiers, others just see it as a way to help our brothers and sisters who have fallen but will be getting up. However they spin it, just get the word out.

There's less than 18 hours to game time, so let's get our blog on!

--Chuck

p.s. I met the Secretary of the Army a few days ago. I don't remember most of our conversation (because pain killers do that to you, especially at the level I'm taking them...think chevy chase (or was it Dan Akroyd?) in "Modern Problems". But I brought two things to his attention: 1. It's stupid and a waste of manpower to hold a medical review board for a guy who's lost a finger 2. I pitched Valour-IT to him. He thinks it's a great idea. He was pressed for time, so his aide took the info sheets we gave him and gave us his card...and told us to call if we don't hear anything about it in two weeks!


--
Charles W. Ziegenfuss
Former Commander, C/2-34 AR, 3BCT
(Currently on the mend in KS)

Any questions? You have your orders. Move out!

by John on Nov 08, 2005
» Neptunus Lex links with: Another way to help…
» Balance Sheet links with: Project Valour-IT - Getting Short
» Jack Yoest links with: Enlist in Soldiers' Angels
» A Blog For All links with: Project Valour IT - A Soldiers' Angel Program
» Reasoned Audacity: Politics in Real Life links with: Enlist in Soldier's Angels
» Jack Yoest links with: Enlist in Soldiers' Angels
» Reasoned Audacity: Politics in Real Life links with: Enlist in Soldier's Angels
» Reasoned Audacity: Politics in Real Life links with: Enlist in Soldier's Angels

Project Valour-IT: BIG HUGE HONKING HAT TIP to Jon Jay at Stop The ACLU

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That's what it really is. Yeah, we're fighting over the bragging rights, but the reality is, the money goes into the same pot, for the same purpose, and no ID cards are checked.

BIG HUGE HONKING HAT TIP to Jon Jay at Stop The ACLU. Jon is a Zoomie. His service is getting spanked by the rest of us in the competition. But when the server hosting the Marine Contingent went down - Jon stepped up and and let Holly Aho use his server to keep things alive.

So, the Marines are hosted here.

In deference to Jon's Jay's sacrifice for the team, I'll go toss some cash in the AF pot.

You can ignore those Navy guys. Hosers.

Go Army! Back a Winnah! Even if those bassids are ahead by a smidge - we've both made our goals. Now it's purely about Pride (and taking care of the wounded, natch)!



It's a tax-deductible donation and eligible for matching funds from companies who do that sort of thing (see:http://soldiersangels.org/valour/irsinfo.html for proof for the cautious)

The snail mail address for those who'd rather donate that way (scroll down at:http://soldiersangels.org/valour/donate.html).

Let's do our part!

Visit the Boss and Enlist Now!

The group of Army bloggers supporting Valour-IT are:

American Soldier
Argghhh!
Wild Tangents
Random Thoughts
Keep My Soldier Safe
Most Certainly Not
My Life As A Military Spouse
One By One The Vultures Pick Away At My Sanity
HomefrontSix
Sgt. Hook
Some Soldier's Mom
Not Exactly Rocket Science
Just My Opinion
PlanningBlog
MacStansbury.org
By The Way...
Technicalities
The Pink Flamingo Bar & Grill
Winds of Change
Iraq War News


by John on Nov 08, 2005
» Iraq War Today links with: Project Valour-IT - Gotta Love the Zoomies

November 04, 2005

Serve those who served.

Badness!* As of posting time, the Squids have pulled ahead - with what looks like a $1200 donation from a guy in the AP? Mebbe it was A&P... 'cuz the AP sure hasn't been friendly to the Iraqi endeavor thus far. The Jarheads are plugging along and the Zoomies? Well, the Air Farce must still be out on the links.

So, find some shekels and enable a wounded troop to do something you are doing right now - use a computer.

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It's a tax-deductible donation and eligible for matching funds from companies who do that sort of thing (see: http://soldiersangels.org/valour/irsinfo.html for proof for the cautious)

The snail mail address for those who'd rather donate that way (scroll down at: http://soldiersangels.org/valour/donate.html).

Let's do our part!


*It's goodness. It all goes into the same pot, for the same purpose. But I do *not* feel like losing to the damn Navy! I can suffer the Marines, but not those "Blue" services! Ick!

by John on Nov 04, 2005
» Shared Daily links with: Go Army Project Valour IT and Soldiers Angels
» Shared Daily links with: Go Army Project Valour IT and Soldiers Angels
» Sgt Hook - This We'll Defend links with: Project Valour-IT Updates

November 03, 2005

C'mon, Jump on it!

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I'm at Benning - that's fresh fodder up there, Airborne Aspirants in Ground Week, taken yesterday.

They'll give. I bet if I went over to the sheds, I could walk away with a thousand bucks. Instead, I'll just leave flyers with the Battalion Adjutant, because I don't want the Blackhats to make me do pushups...

Oh, sure, you could give to the Squids. Or the Jarheads. Or the Air Farce. You could do that.

But this is the Castle. ARMY! (Even if *some* denizens are proving to be remarkably summer patriots...)

Not that we ain't spankin' them other guys anyway...


It's a tax-deductible donation and eligible for matching funds from companies who do that sort of thing (see:http://soldiersangels.org/valour/irsinfo.html for proof for the cautious)

The snail mail address for those who'd rather donate that way (scroll down at:http://soldiersangels.org/valour/donate.html).

Let's do our part!

Visit the Boss and Enlist Now!

The group of Army bloggers supporting Valour-IT are:

American Soldier
Argghhh!
Wild Tangents
Random Thoughts
Keep My Soldier Safe
Most Certainly Not
My Life As A Military Spouse
One By One The Vultures Pick Away At My Sanity
HomefrontSix
Sgt. Hook
Some Soldier's Mom
Not Exactly Rocket Science
Just My Opinion
PlanningBlog
MacStansbury.org
By The Way...
Technicalities
The Pink Flamingo Bar & Grill
Winds of Change
Iraq War News

Update: Go snark the sailors, who are apparently afraid to get in range...

by John on Nov 03, 2005
» Neptunus Lex links with: Go Navy!
» Wild Tangents links with: Looks like the Valour IT Army Team is doing well
» Sgt Hook - This We'll Defend links with: Project Valour-IT Updates

November 02, 2005

Report!

Two things, separate yet related. For those so inclined, drop over to Marine Corps Moms and give Deb some help with Operation Santa. Cassandra asks you to. You don't want Cassie coming here all pissy now, do ya?

Secondly, because the Castle Argghhh! Fighting Fusileers are in "Red" cycle (i.e., I'm stuck where I can't do this right now) all Fusileers are hereby seconded to their respective services (civilian Fusileers my choose their branch the Army. What am I talking about?

Blackfive has assumed command, and we're gonna kick some Navy, Marine, and Air Force booty to show we can do more, better, faster in helping support Fuzzybear Lioness' own dream - Project Valour-IT.

Some of you who read this space have talked about how the President isn't asking us to sacrifice to prosecute the war. Okay. Sacrifice. Sacrifice the Green, so that Wounded Warriors can do what you do everyday - use a computer to communicate. It's hard to do without fingers, hands, arms. Or when you're blind. The light is green, so shuffle to the door and jump right out and count to four...

If you aren't a blogger - you can *still* help in a big way. Reach people who don't read blogs. Go here and grab the flyers. Print 'em out and post 'em where people can see them. Contact your local newspapers and get them to run stories. We can point them to real live wounded warrriors who are using the laptops procured to date. Ping your favorite talk radio hosts... You don't have to be a blogger.

Update: Fuzzybear sends:

ATTENTION ARMY TEAM:

When Blackfive made the post, we hadn't yet set up the tracking system. So, he didn't have access to the code for a donate button that will track donations inspired by the Army Team. Expect to see the button up at his site early today (donations made through the regular Valour-IT donation page will not be credited to the competition).

Don't screw this up guys and gals (that last was from me, not Fuzzy)

Second Update: Here's the Army Team Way To Donate!

So all you bloggers sign up with your choice of service and get the word out.  Donate NOW!!!


It's a tax-deductible donation and eligible for matching funds from companies who do that sort of thing (see:http://soldiersangels.org/valour/irsinfo.html for proof for the cautious)

The snail mail address for those who'd rather donate that way (scroll down at:http://soldiersangels.org/valour/donate.html).

Let's do our part!


by John on Nov 02, 2005
» BLACKFIVE links with: Help Our Heroes!!!
» Not Exactly Rocket Science links with: Imagine
» BLACKFIVE links with: Help Our Heroes!!!
» Sgt Hook - This We'll Defend links with: Two Bucks

August 26, 2005

Project Valour-IT

Today, Chris Muir and the Day By Day gang do their bit for Project Valour-IT (see the cartoon above - if it's no longer 26 August, click here).

Big ol' High Five and a Hoo-ah! to Chris, Damon, and Jan (even if she is a lefty)! And I'm sure Sam and Zed have done their bit, too.

Heh. Jan may be the only lefty who's donated... none have come forward and admitted to it yet, anyway!

I could do a big Jan sandwich too... (whap!) Oh, good morning, dear!

Update: Ed Morrissey of Captain's Quarters joins our merry band of Fusileers!

(this post will be on top all day, new stuff will come in below)

by John on Aug 26, 2005

August 25, 2005

Today is a Big Day...

...but someone else has that mission. I have to go back to work (sad face). San Diego, largely because of the people we know there and the fact it is *much* cooler (double entendre alert!), and is a direct flight from KC via Southwest Airlines, has just supplanted Las Vegas as our favorite place to visit regularly. Thanx to you Sandy Eggans!

Eaglespeak sent me a link to a fascinating pic he's got up. Now me, I couldn't get past the fact that there's a Naval Surface Warfare Testing Center that tests ships in Idaho. That's almost as funny-bone tickling as the fact they used to train Anti-Submarine Warfare crews at Naval Air Station Olathe... Kansas.

Yeah, I can think of good reasons to do both - but it's still funny.

Don Surber saves you the trouble of reading the upcoming spate of 9/11 editorializing. I wonder if I'll have the energy to see how close his predictions are?

I've been happily shilling for Project Valour-IT in this space, and will continue to do so. This is Fuzzybear Lioness' personal project, she's the driving force, I'm just a broadsheet she advertises it on - but it's important.

How important? The blogroll now has two Australian supporters on it. Why? Let this Ozzie blogger, Legless in Perpetuum, tell you why, in a note sent to another Project Valour-IT blogger, Seawitch:

Seawitch, that is an absolutely amazing and bloody important cause that you are supporting. As I have a high-level spinal cord injury I also use a voice-activated computer. I have my little microphone that I speak into, and because I can move my arms I have a trackball mouse[...]I know what it is like to be stuck in hospital for a long time with nothing to do and no access to the outside world[...]

This project will make a massive difference to the lives of wounded soldiers. Giving them access to the outside world, as well as the independence that voice-activated computers will bring, is such an honourable way to thank them for the sacrifices they have made for our well-being. [bolding added]

Go, visit, say thank you. Donate. I'm serious, I'm committing to donating every month until they make their goal. It won't be a huge amount - but over time, it will add up.

The Castle Argghhh! Fighting Fusileers for Freedom!

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by John on Aug 25, 2005
» Echo9er links with: Project Valour-IT, Day by Day

August 18, 2005

Taking care of business.

Tomorrow, the Castle Traveling Roadshow takes off for San Diego. I've got a little corporate training to attend, and intend to hunt up ways to leverage what we do in our local office with what our firm does in San Diego for the Navy. SWWBO, travelin' gal that she is, is gonna use up one of her free plane tickets and some hotel points so we can have a cheap mini-vacation. Joanie of Da Goddess is our entertainment director, and newly-wed Sean of Doc In The Box is hosting a BBQ on Sunday, where we're going to meet a bunch of local bloggers (that list is being managed by Sean, who knows what he can support)! I know the San Diego Zoo and the museums at Balboa Park are on the list - mebbe a visit to the Midway, as she's in port (snerk), and who knows what else. Joanie has all the energy, we'll just follow interestedly in her wake... We'll be back on Wednesday, I'm sure some reportage will come out of it all. Moving on...

Update: Heh. If only our traffic matched our linkage, we'd have skewed the curve - with our Joint Service Blog. Rusty Shackelford does a rough comparison of the military service of 101st Keyboardist Bde, vice the Chicken Little Brigade.

Barb points out that this is what happens when you Jump The Shark and become a cartoon.

Kapitalismo is a bit conflicted, finding he lives near a terrorist-wannabe. Smack in the middle of the country.

Jay of Stop The ACLU offers up some history of the organization... perhaps some of the supporters of the ACLU who I know lurk here will offer up some defenses.

The Confederate Yankee asks you to choose a side.

Mrs. Greyhawk gives us the Dawn Patrol.

Speaking of Ms. Sheehan, what about these guys? The You Don't Speak For Me Tour? More here, and catch the video at the bottom. H/t, Joe W.

Ah, the Wonderful World of the Mind of Disney. H/t, Alphecca.

Speaking of Alphecca, Jeff gives us his Weekly Check on the Bias against guns. Note the bit from the Mayor of Toronto, Canada. I suspect the Mayor would wet his tighty-whities at the sight of the Basement of Argghhh!

No one has griped about the lack of pictures of late. As many of you know, I got creamed by thoughtless people who hotlinked a video, sucking thirty-two thousand views of a 2 meg vid. Yeah, 32K. Which simply creamed my Fototime bandwidth, 32.7 gigs of bandwidth, vice the 20 I pay for. Hence, pic posting has taken a serious hit, and the blog had to be rebuilt, too. But, I've got *some* juice left, and I think we needa picture! Of something artillery-like. Modern. Yeah, that's the ticket. How about the brand-spanking-new Stryker 120mm Mortar Carrier? Firing? Yeah, baby!

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Even though it may seem like we're in a pause-ex, we aren't. Project Valour-IT is still on-going. Over $7,000 has been raised so far, and the first set of laptops is getting prepped for delivery to Bethesda next week. We'll keep you informed!

Meanwhile - This is the Roll of Identified Supporting Blogs! If you aren't on it - drop me a note and we'll fix that!

by John on Aug 18, 2005
» NIF links with: The Division of Indefinite Timeframes
» Stop The ACLU links with: Congrats, Thanks, and Linky Love
» Thoughts by Seawitch links with: Project Valour IT - Beginnings
» The Pink Flamingo Bar Grill links with: For Battle-Scarred, Airborne Backup
» CDR Salamander links with: Just a low pass – tastes like Jawa
» Da Goddess links with: Pressing Job

August 16, 2005

Tuesday's ruminations.

Okay, I've got some obligations to meet! Like, some content (though we appreciate Dusty taking a breather from Training Hard For His New Job (*not* a snark, but truth) and lobbing in a post!

For a little insight into bloggers that the Left would *still* mostly call neocons or worse, but refuse to read their orders from Karl Rove - see what the RINO-Bloggers are blathering about over at Balloon Juice.

Tim Blair has a hoot of a post titled "Onan the Historian." I admit, I sometimes think about buying a four-wheel drive vehicle... but only old ones that were (or are) armed. Apropos the post - I wonder if Chris Sheils understands the difference between hits and visits. This year the Castle has had over 8 million hits to date, but only 884,473 visits (not counting 'bots etc). Given 363K uniques, some of you have actually statistically visited *twice*! 8^D Anyway, if Chris is truly counting hits... his blog had a pathetic readership. But I'm guessing hits vice visits is turning into one of those things like clips vice magazines (which ain't the same thing, but the Vox Populi is changing that, and soon the dictionaries will agree, and *I'll* be the illiterate mumbling into my beard slumped in a nasty, dark, urine-smelling doorway clutching my Colt 45)

General Hillier, Chief of Defence Staff in Canada, is an interesting fellow. He took himself and his senior enlisted service member, Chief Warrant Officer Daniel Gilbert... and joined the Reserves. At Canada's second-most popular tourist attraction. As staff. Now, that should make you want to click here. Good on yaz, gentlemen. Good on yaz.

The Gunner in me can't resist this: Gun race team performs at Canadian War Museum Ah, there's nothing like a race to take apart a howitzer, get it past an obstacle, and reassemble it.

On a more serious Canadian note - two of their Peacekeepers were wounded.

And here we are again, playing a little catch-up, with Canadian and US veterans of the First Special Service Force, better known as The Devil's Brigade.

Does anyone think this discussion would have happened absent the blogosphere?

Ummmm, Transformation! Gimme summa dat!

Okay, you got this far. You *really* like this computer thing, doncha? All the kewl content, pretty pictures, funny stuff, news, etc. And you don't think twice about pulling down that old favorites list, typing in a url, adding comments, even doing a little on-line shopping, right?

Great! Why don't you join the more than 40 blogs of the Castle Argghhhh! Fighting Fusileers For Freedom and give our combat wounded whose injuries mean they don't the same options you have - the one you are exercising, right here, right now. Because they can't type, or, in some cases, read the screen.

Just click on the picture.

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If you're a blogger, joining the Fusileers is easy - link to this post. Push Project Valour-IT on your blog. Tell your friends - and we'll add you to the blogroll.

Don't have a blog? No worries - we need media exposure, too. Grab this press release and send it to your local TV, radio, and newspaper outlets.

Want more info - click here.

by John on Aug 16, 2005
» My Side of the Puddle links with: HEY YAH!
» NIF links with: Paladin of Encyclopaedias

August 14, 2005

Today is a work day...

Since I'm a beltway bandit, and live contract to contract... when the client puts out an RFP (Request For Proposal) for the next iteration of work you are doing... you drop what you are doing and work the proposal.

Well, the RFP dropped Friday - so I'm working today. And will be working (while still working for the client... just doing this on my own time and at our corporate spaces, or, like today - home...)

But I can work. And I can type on this keyboard.

Which is more than the many of our wounded can do.

YOU can help. With $5 or $5,000.

Just by clicking on the graphic below, read a little, give a little. Because, literally, you can - and they can't.

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Soldier's Angels is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization - all donations are tax deductible, and you will get a receipt via PayPal. Don't trust e-commerce? You can send a check to the address on the Donate Page. Aren't sure about it? Click here. That takes you to the IRS search page for registered charities - type in soldiers angels (no apostrophe in soldiers), select "all of the words" to shorten your list and they'll pop up.

And if you'd like to help us help them, steal the graphics, steal the links, and post 'em, let us know, and we'll add you to this list:

If you're a lefty blogger who wouldn't be caught dead in that list, we understand. We suggest you start your own list, and own campaign, and stuff us warmongering capitalist neocons into the dustbin of charitable giving history. I'm all for it. This is about the wounded. No more, no less. In this case, I will allow the ends to guide my means!

Take a risk! SWWBO ventured on to Daily Kos! And has been punished with silly emails - and some thoughtful ones. Why did she do that? She took up the gauntlet I threw down in my initial post:

I challenge the Blog World. Right, Center, Left. Show that you *do* support the troops - because this isn't about the war, this doesn't support the Administration, and I don't care if you want to use this as a way to *flog* the administration. This is about nothing more than us caring for our combat wounded, regardless of what you think about the war. Punish the politicians at the ballot box - but support the troops in the hospitals.

How many of *you* guys have cojones that size? (Leave aside the gender issue)

Don't have a blog? No problem! Grab this press release by clicking here. Then send it to your local media - and ask them to spread the word. Radio, TV, print - it's all good. If you can get them to put links on their webpages... even better! The more eyes, the more clicks, the more laptops going to military treatment facilities for the use of troops whose wounds prevent them from being able to use a computer. What's not to like about that? Even if you hate the war - here's a chance to put your money where your mouth is about supporting the soldier.

by Fusileer 6 on Aug 14, 2005
» EagleSpeak links with: Project Valour-IT
» Da Goddess links with: Why? Because It's the Right Thing To Do
» Da Goddess links with: Why? Because It's the Right Thing To Do
» Techography links with: Show some Valour!
» Iraq War Today links with: Serve Those Who Served - Project Valour-IT
» My Side of the Puddle links with: HEY YAH!
» My Army Life...and other things links with: Project Valour IT needs YOU!
» Assumption of Command links with: Project Valor IT
» Randomosity links with: Good Cause

August 13, 2005

Valour-IT: One thing to add

From an e-gram FbL sent me:

We are contacting our suppliers to buy the first 3 fully-equipped computers and ship them to Bethesda.

You guys are amazing. On the one hand, I wish I could get on and post more often.

On the other, maybe my absence has had a salutory effect on the crusade...

*big goofy grin*

It got John out of the woodwork, didn't it?

by CW4BillT on Aug 13, 2005
» Techography links with: Recruiting Call: Valour IT

Project Valour-IT Update.

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The project is up and running. Three laptops and associated software have been purchased and sent on their way. We've had some biiig donations, and lots and lots and lots of small donations. I'll have some figures later.

Update: Oops. Just like in all military operations... the first report is wrong. Well, not wrong, but not complete...

Three laptops and associated software have been purchased and sent on their way.

Clarification: That's the goal for next week. We have to double-check
with a supplier to make sure we can purchase it piecemeal like that.
Should be a "go," though...

We've set up a blog for the Project, ably hosted by SGT B of The Gun Line. Click here to visit the Project Blog.

This being the weekend, and traffic will be light, I'll be spending the weekend doing some prep to try for a blitz next week.

Thus far, we've scored National Review Online and MSNBC. I have dreams of going farther than that.

We need to broaden our recruiting. The more links to the project we have... the more people see the links... the more people donate!

It's really that simple.

This is the Roll of Identified Supporters! If you aren't on it - drop me a note and we'll fix that!

This is the javascript version. If you need the RSS/PHP etc versions, let me know and I'll shoot 'em to you.

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Press Release is available by clicking here.

by Fusileer 6 on Aug 13, 2005
» Techography links with: Recruiting Call: Valour IT
» Stop The ACLU links with: Add Us To The List On Supporting This Cause
» The Cool Blue Blog links with: Valorious
» Confederate Yankee links with: Do Your Part: Support Project Valour-IT

August 10, 2005

Correcting A Misapprehension

I got a rumble from a reader who dropped in at Soldier's Angels, saw the "Memorial" entry in the title of "Project Valour IT" and was a tad upset to think that CPT Ziegenfuss had died.

He didn't read the background info.

Sergeant First Class Bill Ziegenfuss, the father of CPT Charles Ziegenfuss, was a veteran of *my* war, and the Project was named in his honor. CPT Z is very much alive and continues his uphill march to recovery.

by CW4BillT on Aug 10, 2005
» Da Goddess links with: Growing Legs

Castle Argghhh! Fighting Fusileers for Freedom!

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As you can see in the post below - the Castle Argghhh! Fighting Fusileers for Freedom have received an OpOrd for Project Valour-IT.

The Recruiting Depot is open.

The last two times the Fusileers marched, we were raising money to help the Iraqis, via Spirit of America.

This time - we march for our own. The wounded. Specifically, the wounded whose injuries make it difficult or impossible for them to use computers. Castle Denizen and Fusileer Captain Fuzzybear Lioness has worked hard with Soldier's Angels to arrange for steeply discounted laptops and voice-control software to be made available at the major treatment facilities where these wounded warriors are being treated.

All we need is, of course, the money to pay for this.

How are we going to do that? Simple.

I'm gonna flog yer butts. Total cost of the whole thing is $600K Yes, six hundred thousand dollars. And we're gonna do it. Lots and lots of little donations, and of course, arm twisting for larger donations from Corporate and Foundation types.

I challenge the Blog World. Right, Center, Left. Show that you *do* support the troops - because this isn't about the war, this doesn't support the Administration, and I don't care if you want to use this as a way to *flog* the administration. This is about nothing more than us caring for our combat wounded, regardless of what you think about the war. Punish the politicians at the ballot box - but support the troops in the hospitals.

If you want to join the Fusileers for this round, drop a note to fusileer6@REMOVETHISgmail.com.

If you want to form your own group - get cracking.

The work won't be that hard - if you are a prolific poster just a post a day, with a link to the Project in it. If you post once a week - well, just keep a post up where visitors can see it.

More info forthcoming.

Anybody - we need a sexy graphic! Until then - click the poster below to donate!

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Press release is available by clicking here.

by Fusileer 6 on Aug 10, 2005
» Techography links with: 60 second review
» Righty in a Lefty State links with: Fusileers : Project Valour IT needs YOU
» The Jawa Report links with: Blogging For Causes
» Random Fate links with: Putting your money where your mouth is...
» Cowboy Blob links with: How's this for Graphics?
» Neptunus Lex links with: ValourIT
» Dean's World links with: Project Valour-IT
» Technicalities links with: The Fusileers Return!
» Da Goddess links with: Growing Legs
» Blonde Sagacity links with: Project Valour IT... NEEDS YOU!
» Fuzzilicious Thinking links with: All About Project Valour-IT
» The Stupid Shall Be Punished links with: If You Click On Only One Hyperlink Today...
» Balance Sheet links with: Project Valor IT
» Fuzzilicious Thinking links with: Musings
» Soldiers' Angel - Holly Aho links with: Podcast Interview with Capt. Chuck Ziegenfuss