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Sgt. Phillip Trackey discards his medal. But not in the manner of John Kerry.

Posted by Tim B. on 05/27/2006 at 02:01 PM
    1. Long John isn’t fit to polish Sgt. Trackey’s boots.  That was a charming story, and doubly interesting that he gave his Purple Heart to a little girl named Fatima Faisal.

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2006 05 27 at 02:12 PM • permalink


    1. I’m not sure what the coolest part of the story is – that he gave his medal to the girl, that her name is Faisal, or that there’s a seventh-grade teacher in New York who’s having her kids write to servicemen.

      Posted by Dave S. on 2006 05 27 at 02:19 PM • permalink


    1. A charming story, on many levels. And Rebecca, John Kerry isn’t fit to lick Sgt. Trackey’s boots, let alone polish them.

      Posted by paco on 2006 05 27 at 02:23 PM • permalink


    1. An excellent story about a good troop, a good student, and a good teacher.  Thanks, Tim.

      Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2006 05 27 at 03:23 PM • permalink


    1. Wonderful, wonderful.  Where’s a troll to smarm things up?

      Posted by ushie on 2006 05 27 at 03:41 PM • permalink


    1. The phrase “Only in America” are often used by the MSM Down Under in a perjorative sense.

      This is a REAL “Only in America” moment if ever there was one—as Dave S. wote:

      “I’m not sure what the coolest part of the story is – that he gave his medal to the girl, that her name is Faisal, or that there’s a seventh-grade teacher in New York who’s having her kids write to servicemen.”

      Great story to wake up to. Thanks, Tim.

      Posted by MentalFloss on 2006 05 27 at 04:34 PM • permalink


    1. (and I are going to preview more carefully next time)

      Posted by MentalFloss on 2006 05 27 at 04:35 PM • permalink


    1. MentalFloss

      What’s wong with what you wote?…:).

      Posted by El Cid on 2006 05 27 at 06:02 PM • permalink


    1. 2 and 6: Very true. The chances of any Australian teachers’ union allowing this to happen here are exactly zilch.

      Posted by Skeeter on 2006 05 27 at 06:03 PM • permalink


    1. I doubt anyone could top what all involved, did do….and I doubt anyone could top what Dave S. stated.

      Posted by El Cid on 2006 05 27 at 06:17 PM • permalink


    1. Nice all round.

      Posted by blerp on 2006 05 27 at 06:47 PM • permalink


    1. Please stop picking on John Kerry, if you are too slow-witted to keep up with his mental comings and goings that is your problem, not his.  Plus, every time you people pick on him I get depressed because I am reminded that neither he nor that paragon of integrity, Teddy, will ever be booted out, and thus they will continue to “represent” me in Congress until they decide to retire and two more Democrats can be sent to Washington.  Sigh…

      Posted by Not My Problem on 2006 05 27 at 07:10 PM • permalink


    1. Lovely story Tim.

      OT – but has anyone seen the headlines in the age this morning?

      The age is reporting that Ramos Horta is blaming Australia for the problems.

      Here is an extract:

      With final elements of a 1300-strong Australian battalion group in this morning, East Timor’s Foreign Minister Jose Ramos Horta blamed the “slow pace” of the Australian response for the violence and panic.

      He complained that militias and mobs were terrorising the city — “and yet, no Australians.”

      The use of troops must be “escalated, absolutely”, he told The Sunday Age. “This is because of the slow pace of the deployment. I have urged the Australian side to be visible. The foreign troops are not having an impact. The biggest problem is the absence of a strong Australian presence.”

      In Dili, it’s ‘total madness’

      Personally, I think that is disgraceful. The opinion pieces today are full of how Australia was ‘caught unawares’ or ‘dropped the ball’ (Can’t find the link, the Herald Sun never include Matt Price & Glenn Milne in their op-ed section)

      Yet more of the victimhood that is running rampant nowadays!

      Posted by MB on 2006 05 27 at 07:15 PM • permalink


    1. MB

      It is always someone elses fault…the pissers and moaners, NEVER take responsibilty.

      Aussie troops are doing their usual fine job, and here’s hoping that it doesn’t grow worse.

      There just are those that if you gave them a million bucks in 20 dollar bills, they’d piss and moan that they wanted it in 10 dollar bills.

      Posted by El Cid on 2006 05 27 at 07:26 PM • permalink


    1. The Victim’s Creed:
      When you come in to help, you’re interfering.
      When you leave me to my own devices, you’re abrogating your responsibilities.That aside, the story about the Purple Heart is just the thing to start the day with. Thanks, Tim.

      Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2006 05 27 at 07:42 PM • permalink


    1. El Cid,

      You’re spot on, one of my big concerns with this though was that Ramos Horta is their Foreign Minister (and from what little I’ve seen, he’s usually been pretty sensible).

      It would be interesting to know whether the Age selectively edited for effect, or the usual stand-by “I was misquoted” or if he really believes what he is reported as saying.

      Posted by MB on 2006 05 27 at 08:42 PM • permalink


    1. MB

      It would be interesting to know whether the Age selectively edited

      Hmmmm, the media (print and otherwise) do that down there, too?….I’m shocked, horrified…:).

      If this fellow is, OR has been “pretty sensible”, then it’s a story for paper sales, ratings, or anything against Howard.

      Agitate, then stand back, point fingers in as many directions as ‘they’ can, except towards themselves.

      Of course whatever the outcome, Mr. Howard will be blamed. If it is a sensible outcome, have no fear, the media will poke the stick until ‘they’ have the outcome ‘they’ planned.

      Posted by El Cid on 2006 05 27 at 09:16 PM • permalink


    1. Once in a while you get a glimpse of the real America from MSM reporting. I have a friend who is quite well off, who got his daily dose of brainwashing from the NYTimes and wound up a deep leftie and US hater until he fled New Orleans from Katrina. In Alabama he ran low on gas and found upon entering a gas station that in his haste to get his wife, three kids, 2 dogs and an aged aunt into his SUV he had left his wallet with money and credit card behind. The station owner filled his tank, then took him and his family to the diner next door where they were all fed up to their noses while the customers collected $200 dollars so they could continue, and, in addition, persuded the motel nearby to let them spend the night . Everything free with love.  That’s America! He’s changed his mind about his own country after coming in contact with real people instead of only with his academic collegues.

      Posted by stats on 2006 05 27 at 09:36 PM • permalink


    1. Where’s a troll to smarm things up?

      Lemme do my best!


      Posted by Quentin George on 2006 05 27 at 10:20 PM • permalink


    1. In her letter, Faisal said, “…I give you great respect because you had a choice to join the military and because of your bravery and courage you decided to join.”

      Amazing! A thirteen year old girl seems to have a good grasp of a concept that goes completely over the head of Cindy Sheehan.

      Posted by rinardman on 2006 05 27 at 10:44 PM • permalink


    1. Wow, just wow, Dave S you said it all.

      Posted by Harry Flashman on 2006 05 27 at 10:51 PM • permalink


    1. Please stop picking on John Kerry…

      Can’t.  Like the clap, he’s a gift that just keeps on giving…

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2006 05 27 at 10:58 PM • permalink


    1. #13 Yeah on the morning that we had official invitation to send troops A.M ABC presenter was interviewing Downer -“are you absolutely SURE that we are welcome,there are rumours that the President in not really all that keen….”
      On ABC Inciters this morning they were running that line -3 Lefties with Bazza Cassidy and Lenore Taylor.Still trying to cure the nausea from Glenn Milne and URGH David Mar.
      Interestingly this week they were even more parsimonious with time for Aboriginal Communities discussion-instead of four and a half minutes they allocated exactly four-before heading on to the Most Important Cartooney section -bagging Howard and Costello….ABC must get their priorities right.Mar the ONLY ONE though to defend Aboriginal Customary or Tribal Law…

      Posted by crash on 2006 05 27 at 11:22 PM • permalink


    1. #13 Youse can all buy East Timorese COFFEE at a very large supermarket name rhymes with goals…give the neighbours a hand.

      Posted by crash on 2006 05 27 at 11:35 PM • permalink


    1. Crash #23,

      Thanks for the heads-up on the Insiders line-up. I usually watch it on ABC2 on the digital at 9:00pm, but really only enjoy it when Bolta or Piers are on. Usually they have the token non-moonbat, but I have recently seen a number of episodes when they have three moonbats and it is nauseating – I turn off immediately.

      I won’t have to wait up now.

      Posted by MB on 2006 05 27 at 11:42 PM • permalink


    1. # 13

      Australia was ‘caught unawares’

      Actually the troops up here were being readied at least two weeks ago.

      Posted by Janice on 2006 05 28 at 02:07 AM • permalink


    1. That was a very touching story Tim, I got quite misty. “Please Sir, may I have somemore?”.

      Posted by Daniel San on 2006 05 28 at 02:37 AM • permalink


    1. Thanks for posting this one Tim.  And SGT Trackey I salute you. All of us service members could learn a thing or two from your example.  Well done.

      Posted by Texas Bob on 2006 05 28 at 02:58 AM • permalink


    1. Currency Lad has posted another excellent story of a selfless US serviceman, this time a priest

      Posted by Nic on 2006 05 28 at 05:50 AM • permalink


    1. #19, Quentin George, if you’re going to imitate a troll, you have to spell it URNANIUM!!!!!111

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2006 05 28 at 09:42 AM • permalink


    1. 19
      Insufficiently demented spelling.
      Revise and resubmit.
      Thank you.

      Posted by Stoop Davy Dave on 2006 05 28 at 10:34 AM • permalink


    1. #18 – great story, stats. I’m sure those Alabama folks are the type that the Dixie Chicks are happy aren’t buying their records.

      Posted by Dave S. on 2006 05 28 at 11:59 AM • permalink


    1. #32 – They can buy Lee Ann Womack records instead.  I’ve been watching the Memorial Day Concert and she just sang “I Hope You Dance” and “God Bless America,” both of which always bring tears to my eyes.


      Posted by Achillea on 2006 05 28 at 11:21 PM • permalink


    1. stats, it would be really nice if your friend found the time (if he hasn’t already) to write an opinion piece on his experience and his change of view.  Especially if it appeared in the newspaper of whatever fine academic institution he is affiliated with.  Or better yet, in the New York Times.

      Posted by kcom on 2006 05 29 at 12:34 PM • permalink


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