Continuing to bask in the afterglow of the Milblog Conference! It was quite an experience and one I want to remember and chronicle. Here are some additional bits and pieces to help you feel like you were "there".
Carla from SSM sent me the link to the BBC's coverage of our conference. The reporter/photographer on hand seemed intent upon soaking everything in, talking to those in attendance and from the article, I think he did a nice job. You won't see any stories like this in the mainstream media as none, save a Fox News guy, could grace us with its presence.
Fuzzybear Lioness (FbL) has posted some wonderful writings on the mess at Fran O'Brien's...and "mess" is putting it mildly. Be sure to read the emotional account of one soldier's feelings about this pub. As we all know, Fran O'Brien's is MUCH more than a pub. If you weren't convinced that the Hilton has behaved in an atrocious manner, taking a look at FbL's continuing coverage should clear all that up for you. Also, if you didn't catch the CBS Evening News last night, you can see a video clip of their coverage about Fran O'Brien's at their site. Just use the left list and scroll to the bottom to view "Iraq Vet Dinners in Jeopardy?"
Kit from Euphoric Reality mentioned this story to me during the Fran O'Brien's event Friday night. And, although she appeared to be pretty sober, I thought she was off her nut. Then, this morning E.D. Hill on Fox and Friends was discussing it with Utah's Attorney General. After some googling (because Lord forbid Fox News put the stories they talk about on their website), I came up with an article on the matter. True American citizens, in some cases our smallest, are having their Social Security numbers appropriated by illegal aliens and their employers to make the criminal trespassers seem more legit. In some cases, these numbers come from our children's immunization records! The kicker is that you could lose your credit standing or even access to governmental aid because an illegal has used your number while also using his/her own name. I suppose it shouldn't come as a shock, as indicated in the article, that the Social Security Administration and the IRS are aware of thousands of instances where this is occurring. I guess it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that a five-year-old who lives in Utah probably isn't working as a landscaper or dry waller in Los Angeles. The additional problem is that you have no way of having the activity of your social security number checked via the credit agencies. Only the activity associated with your number and your name is available to you. Meaning if Jose Cuervo is using your social security number as his own, you won't see that activity. This also means that you can't check your child's "credit history" since they wouldn't have any activity associated with their names even if an illegal has been buying Plasma Tvs and have medical collections claims with your child's Social Security number. Have to ask you? Are you pissed yet? Reason # 425 why amnesty is a joke and enforcing our existing laws is key. President Bush needs to step up...if doing the right thing is usually the hardest thing to do, then he needs to stop whining about how "hard" it will be to encforce mass deportations and just GET STARTED.
Working from home today which means there may be more blog reading for you to do here later. Until then, the links will provide you with plenty.