Russ Gibb at Random
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Message from Iraq

December 28, 2003

DO NOT DELETE - PLEASE PASS ON-Message from Iraq

The proud warriors of Baker Company wanted to do something to pay tribute to our fallen comrades. So since we are part of the only Marine Infantry Battalion left in Iraq, the only way that we could think of doing that is by taking a picture of Baker Company saying the way we feel. It would be awesome if you could find a way to share this with our fellow countrymen. I was wondering if there was any way to get this into your papers to let the world know that "WE HAVE NOT FORGOTTEN" and are proud to serve our country. Semper Fi1st Sgt. Dave Jobe

What is really touching is that the "9-11" is spelled out with upside down weapons and helmets - the symbol of a fallen soldier.

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Media Lessons

December 28, 2003

Lesson 1: On every story, ask yourself who benefitsand who gets hurt.

Exam Questions:
Question 1: French planes grounded for fear ofhijacking by Islamic terrorists.
Question 2: Las Vegas a target for Islamic terrorists.

Answers:
Question 1:
Benefits- terrorists
Hurts- French airlines

Question 2:
Benefits- terrorists
Hurts- the tourism business in Las Vegas

Now watch the spin-
The French government says that there is no terroristthreat on French airplanes.

Las Vegas city officials say that there is noterrorist threat in Las Vegas.

My answer- B.S.
French airlines and Las Vegas are trying to save their"you know what."

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A Reader Writes

December 30, 2003

Hello my friend and Merry Christmas

I say that and I emphasize the "Merry Christmas". I saw your greeting on your web site and I love it. I am with you 100%. Why is it that people are so shy from calling a holiday by its name. When it is Hanukah, we call it just that. When it is Ramadan, we call it just that (not the holiday when we fast ...). Why is Christmas suspect now? I think the beauty of America is that everyone of us can call his/her holiday by its name and FREELY celebrate it religiously and/or otherwise. In fact, many of us see in Christmas more than just the religious meaning. It is the season to take few days off, it is the season of giving, the season of decorations and lights, it is the shopping season, etc... Why is the name a problem now? Sometimes I think we worry too much about the superficial things and forget the essential things. We are a diverse free nation and we should celebrate our diversity and share in each other's holidays and festivities, not be afraid of each other's customs, or worse, of our own.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and the whole family.

Your friend
Abed Hammoud

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

December 31, 2003

But if I were you, I would stay away from ALL big, televised events. Remember its not just crazy, fanatic, Islamic pilots, but also crazy, fanatic, Islamic suicide bombers.
Stay safe,
Russ

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