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Here’s the link to the Michael Yon reporting I read in the first hour. Yon is in e-mail contact with Duane, and we hope to have him on the program tomorrow, logistics permitting. If they gave Pulitzers to non-affiliated reporters, Yon would win walking away.

Here’s the link to Mark Roberts’latest analysis of another of benedict XVI’s speeces from Germany last week.

And I pretaped a 45 minute interview with The Los Angeles Times’ media essayist Tim Rutten today. Tim had called to interview me about talk radio, and I pulled my standard “OK, if you do it on air.” Ruttan countered with the offer of a delay of the broadcast of the tape until Monday, which is fine by me. We cover a lot of ground, especially on the subject of bias at the Los Angeles Times. You can hear it Monday.

UPDATE: Raising money for Michael Yon:

Hugh,

Michael is a former USA Special Forces. I am hooked on his blog, I check it every day and print out the latest postings, read them then leave them in various customer’s waiting rooms, I am an IT guy for a lot of docs. When you email him he responds and he has a great sense of humor. I am in the process of shipping Michael two computers but need to find two flat panel monitors, if you know anyone who has two flat panel monitors to donate to the troops of the Duce 4 I would like to hear from them.

Regards,
Chris Kastner
11762 East Asbury Place
Aurora, CO 80014-1104
303-868-7552 cellular
chriskastner@tde.com

UPDATE 2:: From Johnny D’s e-mail: “One can only ask himself, “What can I as an American do, today, tomorrow and everyday thereafter, to deserve the service of these fine men on my behalf?”

Think SoldiersAngels.

Yon notes that the book The Gates of Fire is much beloved by LTC Eric Kurilla. XDA blog has some comments on this fine novel.

ONE MORE UPDATE:

Here’s a news story of LTC Kurilla’s return to the U.S.

In the hour following my reading of Michael Yon’s dispatch, my callers included –from Minnesota– a West Point classmate of LTC Kurilla, the Indiana father of a soldier in the Deuce Four who is fast friends with Daniel Lama, and from Hawaii a fellow sgt and former roomate of CSM Prosser.

What this tells me is that the friends of family of active duty American military listen to this show because it is one of the few places where they get at least occasional news of the real war their husbands and sons, wives and daughters are fighting. I am honored that they listen, but shocked that in a time of war our established networks and newspapers pay so little attention to the front(s).

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Here’s an e-mail forwarded to me from the great folks at Soldiers Angels:

To: Elaine Baker (Soldiers Angels)

Elaine, I am a 42 y/o psychology professor at ____ University of
_______. Last winter, I adopted a young Marine corporal through
Soldiers Angels. The entire process was simple from beginning to end due to
all of the wonderful work of the people with your organization.

My marine operated a mobil fuel farm in Iraq and he and his platton are
packing up and getting ready to come home. It was amazing to find out how
much one person on this end can do to lift the spirits of our soldiers. I
was very fortunate to have a soldier who communicated with me on nearly a
daily basis. We both got more out of this relationship than we either
bargained for in the beginning.
I know my soldier’s spirits were lifted by the packages and letters he
received. We got to know each other through VOLUMES of email.

The one thing I know that help my soldier was knowing that some random
person like myself over here in the safe world was actually thinking about
him and his buddies over there in the big sand box.

From the sounds of things, my soldier was the only “adopted” soldier in his
platoon and they were in rather isolated places. After several months, he
reported that EVERY MARINE IN HIS PLATOON was signing up to get adopted.
That should make all of YOU PEOPLE think about the incredible impact of YOUR
efforts.

I know that every angel and every soldier might not hit it off, but we got
along swimmingly and plan to stay in touch. I KNOW THAT THE WORK BEHIND
SOLDIERS ANGELS HAS CHANGED THE LIFE OF AT LEAST ONE GRATEFUL SPONSOR AND
ONE YOUNG MARINE HERE.

I want all of you to know that my experience of adopting a soldier through
SOLDIERS ANGELS was one of the MOST REWARDING EXPERIENCES I have had in my
life and none of this would have been possible if it were not for all of you
people.

If I can be of any asistance in the future please let me know. PLEASE BE
AWARE THAT YOUR TIME AND ENERGY ARE PAYING OFF IN WAYS THAT YOU PEOPLE WILL
NEVER KNOW.

Let me know if I can help in any way,

[Name withheld]

So, have you got a few minutes a week to spare? Then sign up at Soldiers Angels.

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