Posted: 29 Dec 2008 09:37 AM PST
The length of each adoption depends on the branch of service your soldier is in and a number of other factors, but generally averages between six (6) months to twelve (12) months. On occasion, they can be extended, but this is the average. When you adopt you are committing to sending a card or letter each week, and a minimum of 1 or 2 care packages a month. This is one of the most important things that can be done to help bring home a healthy hero; it is so very important for each of them to know they are loved and supported, and your letters and care packages prove just that.
Care packages do not have to be expensive: you can put together your own (we have a detailed list of the most-requested items for you--snacks, hygiene products, and games or magazines).
There are Many Ways to Support our Service Members:
Donate to Soldiers' Angels - If you would like to assist Soldiers' Angels in its troop support activities, please consider a financial donation. Donations of every size help provide aid and comfort to the troops through our many projects and activities. You can also donate stock, old electronics, air miles, care package items and much more. For details go to Soldiers' Angels
Join a Soldiers' Angels Team - If you want to dig deep into the Soldiers' Angels mission, we invite you to join one of our many teams. The 30+ teams of Soldiers' Angels specialize in filling specific servicemember and family needs. You can get involved in sending handmade blankets to the wounded, supporting our military chaplains, helping soldiers distribute toys and clothing to children in Iraq and Afghanistan, and much, much more! To find a team that fits your interests, please see the complete list in the center of our homepage at Soldiers' Angels
Posted: 29 Dec 2008 07:36 AM PST
Chip Saltsman, a Tennessee candidate for the Republican party chairman, sent out a CD to colleagues, one of the songs in that CD was a parody first played on Rush Limbaugh, last year, and I see many are weighing in on the parody and the fact that it was one of those listed on the CD Saltman sent out.
The parody is called "Barack The Magic Negro" and it is set to the tune of "Puff The Magic Dragon". It is done by an Al Sharpton impersonator named Paul Shanklin.
The "Barack The Magic Negro" Video itself is below:
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Barack the Magic Negro lives in D.C.
YouTube URL for news cast video, discussing the parody below, found here.
As you can imagine, reactions to this parody are mixed, with some being completely offended and others thinking it is bad taste while still others think a parody is just that, a humorous thing to do.
Posted: 29 Dec 2008 07:04 AM PST
The New York Times reminds readers that while Barack Obama is deferring to President Bush on the Israeli/Hamas conflict at the moment, Obama's stance once he takes office, might not be very different than Bush's is right now.
The NYT points out to previous public statements made by Obama, which encouraged them to defend themselves, one of which was while he was visiting Sderot, a town that has been under constant rocket fire from Hamas in Gaza, where he said "If somebody was sending rockets into my house, where my two daughters sleep at night, I'm going to do everything in my power to stop that. And I would expect Israelis to do the same thing."
Another hint regarding how Obama would deal with the situation comes from David Axelrod, on Sunday when speaking to CBS's "Face the Nation", where he said Obama will stand by his remarks about Israel, and he noted the special relationship between Israel and the United States.
Despite Arab protests, the fact is any country that is being attacked, on a weekly basis with rockets raining down on their civilian citizens, has the right, and the obligation to defend themselves and do what is needed to stop those attacks.
CNN reports that it is day three in those strikes against Gaza.
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