Saturday, August 27, 2005
You will not find these photos in your newspaper
U.S. Army Pfc. Harold Sandoval, assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 156th Infantry Regiment, 256th Brigade Combat Team, performs medical aid on an Iraqi man while Maj. Jason Yeates, executive officer for 3rd Battalion, 156th Infantry Regiment, helps secure the area. Yeates and Sandoval rescued the man when they pulled him from a burning building in Baghdad, Iraq, just moments after a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device targeted their convoy, July 15, 2005. U.S. Army photoTwo Bedouin children talk with U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Jennifer Smith during an operation to provide local Bedouins donated food and clothing at Ali Base, Iraq, Aug. 10, 2005. Smith is assigned to the 407th Expeditionary Operation Support Squadron at Ali Base, Iraq. Defense Dept. photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Maurice Hessel

U.S. Army Sgt. Amber Aki helps proctor an Iraqi woman as she takes the entrance exam to become an Iraqi police woman. The exam tests reading and writing skills and is the first step in the screening process to select women into the Iraqi Police Forces and provide the unique services needed for crimes against women and children. The police screening was held at the Iraqi Army compound in Iskandariyah, Iraq, with assistance from female U.S. Army personnel attached to the 155th Brigade Combat Team, July 12, 2005. U.S. military personnel are stationed at Forward Operating Base, Iskandariyah, Iraq, supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer Edward G. Martens

U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Paul Ray Smith’s family waits for the applause from the audience to die after President George W. Bush presented them with Smith’s Medal of Honor April 4, 2005, at the White House. (From left) Daughter Jessica, 18; wife, Birgit; and son David, 11, honor the two-year anniversary of Smith’s death by receiving the award from President George W. Bush. Smith died protecting his unit in Baghdad in Operation Iraqi Freedom. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Reeba Critser

A female Iraqi Police officer waves the Iraqi flag during an Iraqi Police graduation ceremony at Camp Shield, Iraq, July 21, 2005. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Ben Brody

Feyzabad, Afghanistan — A U.S. military Chinook helicopter stands ready to receive medical supplies and whooping cough vaccine donated by the World Health Organization. U.S. officials approved a request by the organization to carry three doctors and enough vaccine to treat 2,000 people to Badhakshan Province, in northern Afghanistan, where an outbreak of whooping cough had claimed the lives of between 70 and 200 children. Two doctors were from the Afghan Ministry of Public Health and one was from the Aga Khan Development Foundation. Treating the children was complicated by the fact that travel takes three days by horse or mule to get over the mountains to the affected area. The only other way in is via helicopter. However, the altitude is such that most helicopters can’t fly that high because the air is too thin to provide lift. The affected region is 15,000 feet above sea level. Going over the mountains by pack animal was out of the question simply because the vaccine becomes inert after being un-refrigerated for more than 48 hours. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Marie Schult

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Larenzo Smartt, 455th Expeditionary Mission Support Group administrator, hands a bag of school supplies to a little Afghan girl from Ja Farkel during one of the Adopt-A-Village visits March 29, 2005. U.S. Air Force photo

U.S. Army soldiers from Company A, 864th Engineer Combat (Heavy) Battalion and Company C, 926th Engineer Battalion, survey progress of the Tarin Kowt road. Task Force Pacemaker has constructed 117 kilometers of road in six months. U.S. Army photo by 1st Lt. Laura Walker

Iraqi Army recruits stand in formation at the Eastern Fallujah Iraqi Camp at Camp Fallujah, July 26, 2005, prior to receiving a class and performing practical application on entering and exiting a convoy during hostile fire. The recruits are assigned to the 1st Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Brigade, 7th Division. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. JonDior Ferrell

New Iraqi Police officers participate in their graduation ceremony at Camp Shield, Iraq, July 21, 2005. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Ben Brody

New Iraqi Police officers celebrate after their graduation ceremony at Camp Shield, Iraq, July 21, 2005. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Ben Brody



Blogger Jay said...

You won't see these in the U.S. media (or sanitized war cheering blogs) either.

Blogger booklover9191 said...

Oh well, we all goof now and then...LOL.

BUT, more importantly, according to Reuters:

The latest Gallup poll showed that just two in five Americans approved of the job the president was doing while 56 percent disapproved of his performance.


Blogger booklover9191 said...

That link doesn't seem to work, jay. But I like salon. I will try to find it on the site...

Blogger web_loafer said...

Everyone needs something to cheer about.
Victory over evil and a safe homeland are worthy of cheer.....

Some of the people who disapprove of the way The President is doing his job are like me..

I know he is the best man we could have for President in these dangerous times, but I disapprove of how he is directing the war. He is too soft on our enemies.
I imagine 20-25 percent of the population agree.
War is hell........let's make sure our enemies go there.

Ah, but you will see them in European newspapers. You see, under your Constitution you're allowed to, well, be censored nowadays. This is something new which has come in during the last six years or so. European newspapers often carry news about the US that isn't released in the US, or which is carefully hidden from the press.

Funnily enough, the same thing used to happen in that other bastion of democracy, the United Kingdom. In the UK there was even a legal apparatus - called the D Notice - which could be employed to kill a story.


Blogger Jay said...

I'm so old I remember when we made fun of the USSR for only providing "good news" for its citizens...while the rest of the world knew the truth and pitied the ignorance of the average Soviet.

Blogger web_loafer said...

I did a study of the CCCP's propaganda in the early 1960's. I sent off to the Soviet Embassy for informantion; and received a large shipment of magazines about the CCCP, or the USSR as we said then.
Even then I realized the masses never received the whole truth about any subject.
But I remember the quality of the magazines was spectacular for that time.
We called the propagnda, 'slicks'. Even the paper was something unlike our American Magazines. Very high quality printing and paper, and good photography.
The USSR was portrayed pictures as being almost heaven like.
It seems we have the opposite going on today in America.
America is portrayed as evil, and the cause of all the worlds problems.
That is what upsets me the most, I know we are not perfect, but we have, and will continue to do more good for the world, than any perceived bad.
It is not bad to kill terrorists whereever they are in this world. They are never more than 12 hours away from us in airplanes, so it is best to get them before they get on airplanes. My opinion, but I'll stick with it.
Healthy sceptatism is always good, but we we given 50 straight days of prision abuse photos on the front page of the NYTimes and no good news anywhere.
I am not saying we should bury the bad news, there needs to be a balance in my mind. So I am helping balance the good news approach.
To show you how fair I am, at the same time I got propaganda from the Reds, I sent off for information from the John Birch Society. Not very flashy or slick, just a whole lot of words.
The one thing to remember Jay, the news was completely controlled by the state in the USSR, here ours is free to portray America how ever it wishes.
The media is hurting itself....papers are losing circulation very fast. I will never spend my money on their propaganda. When the advertisers realize how ignored the magazine and newspapers are, they will pull back on advertisement. Good, can't wait to see the yellow rags go broke.
I can use my shredded credit card enrollment letters to line the canary cage.

Blogger Jay said...


Who owns the media?

When the media is owned by corporations who are dependant upon the benefits of the government, and secure those benefits through contributions of obscene amounts of capital...there is no free media. There is only a business arrangement.

This administration and this war is brought to you through filters, and you not only embrace those help to convince others to wear them as well. You wonder why the rest of the world thinks that we are not longer that shining light on the hill? Look at their news sometime.

Of course.....looking at the whole truth takes no small amount of courage. It has always been easier to look only at what you would like to see. That's why it took so long for the USSR to fall. That's why it will be so difficult to finally get rid of the gang that has looted our treasury, taken the lives of thousands of our youth, and destroyed the honor of America.

Blogger booklover9191 said...

Everyone needs something to cheer about...sure.

But we don't have to cheer about war.

rolls eyes...

Blogger Ron Lyre said...

Hello web loafer,

Look, I'm sure the soldiers in the pictures are very nice people. But surely that's not the point. Pictures like the ones that you have published tell us nothing about the nature of war but only serve to give a false impression. In short I don't see you're getting at? What are you trying to say by showing us these photos?

Blogger Mark said...

Sanitised and posed pictures are not the way to support your soldiers being forced to fight for their lives for a lie.

If you were truely Patriotic, you would be screaming for your President to tell the truth. Truth from your politicians would be a better protection for the troops, than the constant lies and spin you are presently being given, and you appear to be swallowing hook, line and sinker.

From Europe, where we seem to be blessed with a more enquiring media, the view is quite definitely that things are not good in Iraq - AND WE TOLD YOU SO! The Constitution that America is trying to impose on Iraq is not going to work, and civil war will ensue. Now, more than ever, we need a strong and united UN that can get in there and mop up the mess the gang of unpricipled hooligans you seem to support have left.

Blogger web_loafer said...

ron lyre, ron I'm sure you are a very nice person. But that is not the point. I am spending my time doing what the MSM is not doing. It may seem strange to you (so be it) that the MARORITY of Americans are very proud of our military, and would like to see something postitive about them. You can go to the NYTimes website if you desire to see pictures of the few cases of misconduct by our marvelous military in WAR. Go read the papers of a year ago, NYTimes led with the same old prision abuse stories and photos for 50 plus days.

Or consider the media orgy over Cindy Sheehan. Anyone with half a brain would be wondering "What about the other almost 2,000 soldiers that sacrificed their lifes for us? What do their parents think? NO we get wall to wall silly speeches by a unhinged mother. Perhaps she came unhindged because of her sons death, I don't know, but she is unhinged. She is being used by the haters of America, to help damage our war effort.


Mark, our military is 100% volunteer. What part of that do you not get? Our soldiers want to hunt down and kill the ones who have vowed to kill us. Simple Kill or be killed. You do a very good job posting the talking points of I have more patriotism in my little toe than...........well enough of it....... it's not about you. Reading or Commenting at Sanity's Bluff is 100% voluntary.

Blogger Jay said...


It seems he's trying to convince himself.

Blogger Krystal said...

Interesting, I stumbled across your blog and was reading. I hate those liberal posts by people who have no clue. Oh well, to each his or her own.

Keep up the good work, it's good reading.


Blogger web_loafer said...

Krystal, Thanks for the kind words. It is encouraging to have people stumbling across Sanity's Bluff. I am bound and determined to do my small part in combatting the lies of the MSM......Mostly Sewage Media.......
When I was driving over the road, I drove through your part of America many times. Lovely part of America, and lots of nice people, but a few (lot of) nutty liberals.
Liberals remind me of caged monkeys........if Michael Moore throws them a banana (lie) while he is at the zoo, they fight and fuss to be the first monkey to spread the lies.
I get angry when the biggest liars in America call the most decent and caring man in America, A liar.
I stand by my gut feeling that God placed George W. Bush in the White House, because he is needed.
Stand proud Lover of America
The enemies of that which you love,
Will fail.

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