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I'm going to try and make this blog nonpolitical, the best I can. I am interested in many more things other then politics and this is where I'll include that stuff. I am going to make this blog the place to catch up on how the family and I are doing and what's on my mind other then politics. It's gonna be hard, so don't be surprised if I rant from time to time. Oh and my creations are mine, if you wanna copy them get permission. Copyright belongs to me.

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Saturday, December 31, 2005

Proud to an American, a Yooper and a soldier.

U.P. soldier's crisis of conscience leads to legislation on torture
By CHRISTOPHER DIEM, Journal Staff Writer

PHOTO: Capt. Ian Fishback delivers a speech at the 2005 Memorial Day presentation at Newberry Cemetery. (Photo courtesy of James Diem, The Newberry News)

MARQUETTE - It's not always easy to do the right thing.

President George Bush recently agreed to legislation banning the use of torture by the United States military, but the issue may not have even been in discussion were it not for one Upper Peninsula man.
Army Capt. Ian Fishback, 26, a Newberry native and West Point graduate who has served tours of duty in Afghanistan and Iraq. While fighting the war on terror, Fishback, in a letter to Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said he had been led by superiors to believe that United States policy in those two fronts did not require application of the Geneva Convention toward the treatment of prisoners.

"On 7 May 2004, Secretary of Defense (Donald) Rumsfeld's testimony that the United States followed the Geneva Conventions in Iraq and the 'spirit' of the Geneva Conventions in Afghanistan prompted me to begin an approach for clarification," Fishback wrote.

For 17 months, Fishback carried out an exhaustive investigation, asking authorities in many levels of the military and government to define what the U.S. policy was concerning the treatment of prisoners.

None could give him a clear, consistent answer.

"Instead of resolving my concerns, the approach for clarification process leaves me deeply troubled," he wrote.

Fishback said the confusing lack of standards or a clear policy for U.S. soldiers to follow was largely responsible for beatings, torture and degrading treatment of prisoners that he and his troops witnessed first-hand in Afghanistan and Iraq.

His concerns were finally brought to Humans Rights Watch, and his cause has been taken up by McCain, who was tortured as a Vietnam prisoner of war.

Fishback, who is not speaking to reporters, is in Special Forces training at Fort Bragg, N.C. in hopes of returning to the war front.

"This is a tragedy," Fishback wrote. "I can remember, as a cadet at West Point, resolving to ensure that my men would never commit a dishonorable act, that I would protect them from that type of burden. It absolutely breaks my heart that I have failed some of them in this regard."

Newberry is a close-knit community that knows adversity. After suffering the closure of the State Mental Health Hospital in the early 1990s, Newberry residents fought against a strikingly similar situation this summer, when downstate legislators threatened to close the Newberry Correctional Facility. It was in this community that Fishback grew up.

Attending Tahquamenon Area Schools, Fishback was an accomplished athlete and student. He was voted class president, MVP of the football team and voted Most Likely to Succeed.

Throughout his life, Fishback has been noted as a devout Christian, with strong morals.

"His values come from his parents and from his personal sense of integrity, said the Rev. Steve Ford, an Episcopal minister and the father of one of Fishback's close friends. "One of his primary concerns was that he was a captain and he had to lead men, and when you lead your men you have to be able to tell them what they can and can't do."

Ford said that Fishback's convictions have had a measurable impact on Washington.

"I don't think there has been another person from the Upper Peninsula in the last 100 years that has had such a profound effect on national policy," Ford said, regarding the Bush administration's recent acceptance of the torture ban after months of insisting that such legislation was unnecessary.

"I'm as proud of Ian as any human being I've known," Ford added.

Some legislators and pundits across the nation argue that the ban on torture will limit the military's ability to wage war on terror.

Fishback wrote there is a larger issue at stake.

"Do we sacrifice our ideals in order to preserve security? Will we confront danger and adversity in order to preserve our ideals, or will our courage and commitment to individual rights wither at the prospect of sacrifice?" he wrote.

He added, "If we abandon our ideals in the face of adversity and aggression, then those ideals were never really in our possession. I would rather die fighting than give up even the smallest part of the idea that is 'America.'"

Friday, December 30, 2005

At it Again!

The President is at it again. A request was put in to restrict steel pipe imports from China and our great President denied the request. Great.
"We followed the rules approved by Congress for trade law enforcement, showing China pipe imports are unfairly surging within the past three years, and the U.S. government's own investigation agreed," Conway argued. "Yet, President Bush has chosen to support China over American interests. How many more American jobs will the Republican leadership sacrifice before it shows backbone?" Tom Conway is the international Vice President for the United Steelworkers Union. Well, I guess the only good from this is it shows Bush's true colors, anti-American, anti-bluecollar and anti-union. What a bastard, yet again. This guy never seems to amaze me.

On another not the Justice Department is investigating how the NYT found out about the domestic spying the President authorized. That's great too. Forget that our rights as Americans were trampled on, but focus on the "whistleblower" if that's what you wanna call them. Yeah, don't focus on the crimes the President committed; just get the leaker. I'm sure Bush will fire whomever leaked or was connected to this leak, like he should be doing with the Plame leak. But instead the Plame case seems to have been convienently swept under the rug. HMMMMMMMMMMM, wonder why? Could it be Bush would have to fire the man behind the madness, Karl Rove or maybe even his Vice President? I remember Bush saying that he would fire anybody involved. Oh well, like most things that come out of his mouth, it was a lie. What a bastard.

Happy New Year!!

In case I don't get a chance to post before the New Year, I hope the New Year brings your dreams closer to coming true, goals closer to attaining and joy felt for the next 365 days. I hope 2006 brings with it a new beginning, a new beginning for those soldiers and citizens in Iraq, for those who have experienced tragedy and have been tried through and true, for the Constitution, for the Bill of Rights as 2005 wasn't a good year for our civil rights, the Green Bay Packers and Brett Favre (hope he stays at least one more year) and for you, the reader of blog. Happy New Year, here's to many more and many blessings.

Sunday, December 25, 2005

Go Doyers!!!

The Dodgers are moving in a positive direction I think. The only negative is signing old guys whom are prone to injury. If they stay healthy they're gonna be tough. I can't wait for spring training.

Sunday, December 18, 2005

Ass Wipe

"It's just a goddamned piece of paper!" President Bush referring to US Constitution sometime in November. He is correct the Constitution is written on paper, in hundreds of textbooks, posters and web sites. It's a piece of paper that I raised my right hand and swore to defend in 1996. It's a piece of paper that countless others raised their right hands and swore to defend. It's a piece of paper that thousands of people have died defending. It's a piece of paper that lays out the very foundation of what the United States of America is, will be and stands for. Yet the very man elected to by Americans who also raised his right hand and swore to defend the Constitution calls it a "goddamned piece of paper." I've got a few questions I wish I could pose to the President:

If it's true that the Constitution is just a "goddamned piece of paper", would you be willing to back up your words and wipe your ass with it? You see Mr. President, toilet paper and goddamned paper I believe are of the same breed. As when one uses a public restroom only to find out there isn't any toilet paper and exclaims, "No goddamned paper!!" (I've had it happen and that's what I said.)

You say you support the troops. During the swearing in ceremony should the troops really pledge to protect a "goddamned piece of paper?" I mean they could swear to protect a lot of things that are American, like our rights.. wait, that's the Constitution, let me strike that question and go to this one, Mr. President if the Constitution is just a "goddamned piece of paper" to you, will you please step aside and allow somebody with respect for the Constitution and the rights it holds take your place in the Oval Office? The paper used to do this wouldn't be a "goddamned piece of paper" to me, that resignation paper would be like finding toilet paper in a public restroom, without the embarrasment of hopping one stall over in hopes of finding some.

Saturday, December 17, 2005

Patriot Act

Today (yesterday I guess, haven't been to bed yet), Senators concerned with American's rights successfully blocked the renewal of the Patriot Act. As exciting news as this is, I wonder how long the President and his band of thugs will take to get it passed? I wonder what extreme measures the Republican leadership is willing to attempt to get the Patriot Act renewed? Will they play the "unpatriotic" card? Will they play the "fight them over there, not here" card or will they drop the big ace in the hole and declare a terror code red, then say, "See, because of the Patriot Act, we've intercepted communication that terrorists are planning to attack somewhere in the continent. We don't exactly know where, but we'll shut down bridges just to be safe." It'll be interesting to see the gameplan come out and be played and even more interesting to see if Americans bite hook, line and sinker. Anybody who gives up civil liberties for security, probably shouldn't have civil liberties. I take that back, they shouldn't have civil liberties.

Friday, December 16, 2005


Why in the world would the President of the United States of America do this? In a land that I once thought was free, are very own President secretly changed laws so American citizens could be spied on. That bastard had the Patriot Act, now secret spy law changing. What an ass hole. It honestly seems like something the Third Reich would do, not something that should happen in America, the land of the free. That was a terrible thing to read this morning.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005


They say we're not Patriots, They tell us we're wrong
but for the rest of the nation it didn't take long.
We can't wait to see you gone oh damn neocon
Start a war not provoked, You say never forget 9-11
it was tragic it was sad but GW Bush has been had
it seems bin Laden was just a fad. We shout no blood for oil
after you brought war to foreign soil I have to ask neocon are you insane,
going after Hussein?
You fed us lie after lie for that now expect soldiers to die?? Now you tell us it's becuase of terror but we see it as a costly error. Grab a towel, try to wipe, you've got blood on your hands, you made innocent blood soak the desert sands.
We sit, we watch, we cry as we hear of another soldier die. We feel for the families who want their soldier home. We pray for them and the innocent whose life has been torn. We never forget the new world 9-11 had born, but we never forget the lies told. Our dissent is not aimed at the troops, it's you we scorn. You brought us to the desert sand.
We've got soldiers dying, please bring them back. How many more do you have to ruin, how many more have to die for your lie??
You see neocon it's us who love the USA, stand beside her, not divide her. United we stand divided we fall, our dissent is what stopped the freefall. So don't stall, do what is right, don't start us on another fall, remember this country stands for justice for all. The country is behind us, winds of change have blown, we heard the call to do what's right and stop the fight. We've done our part to unite. Neocons you're lies are exposed, give us back our country, we want you disposed.

Brian DeLongchamp