September 4, 2007

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FbL, here...

Thanks to Blogger.com for highlighting this blog as a "Blog of Note."

As it says in the sidebar, this blog is an outlet for the Talking with Heroes radio program. Host Bob Calvert is in Iraq right now, interviewing soldiers and locals about the good aspects of what is happening (re-development and reconstruction, etc.). This is a work of the heart for him, and he has nearly bankrupted himself to cover his two previous trips to Iraq as an "independent embed." Bob is an Army Dad and doesn't pretend for a moment to be "objective" or analytical. Rather, his work is an attempt to bring out the positive things that are happening in Iraq that aren't getting major airtime in the big media.

Bob is more of a documentarian who lets his subjects speak for themselves, but those who find this blog interesting might enjoy reading the following people who are currently operating as independent journalists and blogger-analysts in Iraq:

Michael Yon - Former Special Forces soldier
Wesley Morgan - Student at Princeton University
Matt Sanchez - Former Marine
Bill Roggio - His non-profit, PMI, supports several embeds)
Michael J. Totten - Civilian analyst
Laughing Wolf - Civilian, and career independent journalist (preparing to go)

[There's at least one more good one, but I but I can't think of his name at the moment.]

And if you're looking for broad military coverage/analysis from an informed perspective that is supportive of servicemembers, check out the Big Daddy of milblogs, Blackfive.

42 comments:

Mayden' s Voyage said...

Yeahhhh!
Love this- and I will book mark your site for the future-

Thank you for posting a blog like this...and thank you to our soldiers~

rosy said...

Ciao ragazzi Un bacio a tutti. rosy.Italiana.

R2K said...

What does it mean to be a hero? Just do a dangerous job? Are people who fish or work in caves heros?

I always thought that people willingly doing something not expected of them, is a hero. Like the guy who jumped into a subway track to save a man who fainted.

Not saying im not proud of our troops, or glad that they do dangerous work for us, but calling everyone in the world a hero (even people who are victims of accidents or disasters, who are heros somehow for just trying to survive), actually makes it a weaker word when we really need it.

Greg said...

Great idea for a blog... thanks for doing this...

Greg
www.denvertvguy.com

FbL said...

Most of the Italian I know comes from classical songs/music, but here's the best I can figure from Rosie's comment:

Greetings, guys. A kiss to you all. [From] Rosie, an Italian.

Ringraziamenti, Rosie. :)

Patriot said...

Thank you so much for this blog. It is refreshing to hear about the good that our soldiers do on a daily basis. It makes me very proud and very humbled by their sacrifice. I pray every day for them - that the Lord would guide and protect them. Thank you for this site.

Wanted to also let you know about my site. I'm compiling a list of American made products. I don't get any money or anything from this, I just want to bring more recognition to companies that do there work here in America and provide jobs for hard working Americans. Come check it out!

Thank you!

Jules~ said...

As a military kid and then military wife, I say thank you so much for doing this blog site. I had no idea it was here until Blogger pointed it out. I will definately share with my circle of people. It is so important for the public to know the positive things that are going on in Iraq that the media doesn't want to share simply because it is not dramatic and ratings catchy.

As for the word becoming weaker by calling so many in the general public a "hero"...may I challenge you in a slightly differnt way of thinking? I think calling people "hero" speaks life and positive reinforcement into their self esteem. Everyone needs kudos and encouragement. The effect of this then makes for the opportunity for people to be stronger because they respect themselves enough to dare to believe they can do great things. I'd say there is tremendous power in that.

gruntsht11b said...

first thing to r2k its not your job so much that makes you a hero its more of when people see something going on and instead of being a bystander they get involved and do something... Here in Iraq driving across the street is could be the last time you ever drive again. One day your handing out friggin med supplies and within 5min your in a fight for your life...
Anyway kind sir, I do enjoy the Blog. I noticed that you were at FOB Loyalty right up the street from me, we are here at Rusty. Thank you for your support and stay safe over here!!!
Roodawg OUT!

Nature Nut /JJ Loch said...

Congrats on becoming the BLOG OF NOTE and GOD BLESS YOU!!!

FbL said...

For our readers who are new to the military, gruntsht11b's screen name indicates that he is an Infantryman (probably Army, but maybe a Marine). As an infantryman, he probably spends a great deal of time on the streets of Baghdad and is likely a combat veteran.

Renegade said...

Many thanks to the young men and women of our military for everything that you do!

You are loved, respected, and supported by me and my family - many of whom are also in the military!

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Oberon said...

......war is over.....all we are saying.....is give peace a chance.....john lennon.

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Creative Wealth said...

I love your blog aside from my favorite one, Smart Pad. This reminds me of the movie "We Were Soldiers", my all-time favorite.

Buck Pennington said...

Acute Politics is another well-written milblog...from the Sandbox.

Brian said...

Maybe one day you can embark on a navy Carrier, and see the way of life for us ABE's and the other few rates that have 100+ degree heat to work in day in and day out. Its not only the Army and Marines that are hero's. For if us Navy folks at sea didn't do our job then more U.S. men and woman (Army, Marines, and Navy) would be wounded due to the fact of lack of air support...nuff said

Jomerlion said...

This is a wonderful way to tell the world about the "Unsung Heroes".

Mike said...

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Borrego said...

Thanks for the recommendation.

25bravo said...

Thank you for helping to bring the good that goes on over there into the light. I'll be deploying to there in about four months. It's nice to see support of our military.

R2K said...

Brian said...

Maybe one day you can embark on a navy Carrier, and see the way of life for us ABE's and the other few rates that have 100+ degree heat to work in day in and day out. Its not only the Army and Marines that are hero's.

People who work here in the states work in hard conditions also. Ever been in a coal mine? Ever visit a meat cleaning plant? Ever see the show deadly catch? Those guys have similar risks of death and injury as people in Iraq... are they heros?

Dayngr said...

Nice to see this blog... Would love to see a link to eMailOurMilitary.com too to help support the troops and spread the word. Our heroes need the morale support.

Athena-Liana Smith said...

The one thing I want to add about soldiers in Iraq is that many have registered on online courses and I am privileged enough to be teaching a couple of them and see their insight on many current affairs.
Distance learning is spreading around the globe and people in war zones put the rest of us to shame by excelling academically!

Anne Bradshaw said...

What a great blog. Thanks for taking the time to share messages about our amazing troops who do so much for us all--more than we are ever able to imagine, I'm sure. Heroes indeed! My heartfelt THANKS to you all. The world is safer because of your efforts.

Someone on here commented about using the word "hero" too much. To me, everything good done in the face of adversity is heroic--and I include the young people highlighted on my blog at the moment.

Our troops need our support, and so do our youth.

Jimmy Bear Pearson said...

It is a great gift when someone protects us. I am grateful for all of those who serve our country, our world, our environment.

I also believe that those who have served humankind (in the face of injury or death) should be cared for, even after the end of service. Why should anyone who becomes disabled in the line of duty ever have to worry about having a means of living? We must remember them after they come home, as well.

When War Is Right Soldiers Are Heros said...

Thanks for this blog and thanks to the heros of our nation...

Frank said...

With all points of view about the war aside, I believe this is a great blog to have. Being so far removed from the destruction and the construction this war is about, we lose site of the fact that there are REAL people fighting this war. We need this dose of reality and we also need to hear the positive things that show us the war is not happening for mere destruction, but also for the betterment of a people.

Jamie Boyle said...

Great Blog! Thanks for sharing with all of us. Keep up the good work. You have our support!

Van said...

From now on I will sit with my lap top as I watch the evening news. When the negative comments concerning Iraq begin to roll, I'll read this blog so I can be truly informed. Thank you!

Raymond 'Doc' Burkhart said...

Bob!

Congratulations on making Blog of Note! Whoo hoo!

Keep it up, buddy!

Doc

Cheryl said...

I am so happy to have found this blog. My son is currently serving in Iraq and he IS our hero, just as all soldiers in our military are. I've already bookmarked your site.

Daniel said...

Congratulations

Gail said...

Congratulations on this blog and being Blog of Note. I salute you and our troops. I am, however, against this preemptive war. We have lost so many soldiers and innocent Iraqis. I echo oberon and John Lennon: Give peace a chance.

Ancient Clown said...

Blessings:

I hope this blog allows the posting of the TRUTH and not just making the NEWS as the media does. It is to the soldiers themselves I address this, and re-direct their attention to here and here that they may yet learn how they are being misused as abusers, and save themselves from GOD'S wraith for murdering in unrighteousness. Seek forgiveness while you still may. through down your weapons and learn to fight like a man, where LOVE is used as well.
"I don't thimk I know...I just know I'm thinking."
your humble servant,
ancient clown

Elvina Nawaguna said...

Hey, congs on being a blog of note. I have added you to my blog and I will be a frequent visitor. There might be some good things happening in Iraq...but is it worth the bloodshed of innocent people and all the American soldiers?

rosy said...

Un bacio a tutti. rosy.
complimenti!

rosy said...

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Digging_for_Soup said...

I think you this page is for a good cause. Good Job!!! :)

Jackal said...

Nice read. Also - in a response to rsk's comment a while back - I'd see our soldiers in Iraq as heroes moreso than people in dangerous tasks/jobs here since...it's War.

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Mike said...

Hello,

We would like to do an interview with you about your blog for
www.BlogInterviewer.com . We'd like to give you the opportunity to
give us some insight on the "person behind the blog."

It would just take a few minutes of your time. The interview form can
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Best regards,

Mike Thomas

bob calvert said...

Thank you Mike with bloginterviewer.com for the interview. And thank you to all the comments.
Bob Calvert, Host
www.talkingwithheroes.com