November 22nd, 2004

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Who said it?

"I always take time to worship God in as evangelical a way as is feasible, given time and location constraints. As you know, I consider myself an evangelical Christian, really a Christian conservative, if you want to know the truth, so it's nice to be 'home' again in the South, which I really consider my quote-unquote home even though I live in New York most of the time. Well, Washington, D.C., most of the time, actually, but if I'm not there I'm in New York, of course, but always thinking about being here, in the South, my spiritual home, where I shared so many wonderful evangelical . . . moments and . . . events."


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Holy crap

Just got an email from one of my senators.

"Thank you for contacting the office of Senator Boxer to request tickets for the January 20, 2005 Presidential Inauguration. I am pleased to inform you that 2 tickets have been reserved for your party."

*drops*

Okay, so I emailed her (both of them, actually), but I don't think I honestly expected to get a reply.

*eyes airline prices* Woo... time to get further in debt!
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Letter home

Dear Dad -

"Just came out of the city and I honestly do not know where to start.  I am afraid that whatever I send you will not do sufficient honor to the men who fought and took Fallujah. 

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"There is an image burned into my brain that I hope I never forget.  We came up behind 3/5 one day as the lead squads were working down the Byzantine streets of the Jolan area.  An assault team of two Marines ran out from behind cover and put a rocket into a wall of an enemy strongpoint.  Before the smoke cleared the squad  behind them  was up and moving through the hole and clearing the house.  Just down the block another squad was doing the same thing.  The house was cleared quickly and the Marines were running down the street to the next contact.  Even in the midst of that mayhem, it was an awesome site.

"The fighting has been incredibly close inside the city.  The enemy is willing to die and is literally waiting until they see the whites of the eyes of the Marines before they open up.  Just two days ago, as a firefight raged in close quarters, one of the interpreters yelled for the enemy in the house to surrender.  The enemy yelled back that it was better to die and go to heaven than to surrender to infidels.  This exchange is a graphic window into the world that the Marines and Soldiers have been fighting in these last 10 days.

"I could go on and on about how the city was taken but one of the most amazing aspects to the fighting was that we saw virtually no civilians during the battle.  Only after the fighting had passed did a few come out of their homes.  They were provided food and water and most were evacuated out of the city.  At least 90-95% of the people were gone from the city when we attacked.

"I will end with a couple of stories of individual heroism that you may not have heard yet.  I was told about both of these incidents shortly after they occurred.  No doubt some of the facts will change slightly but I am confident that the meat is correct.

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