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Old 04-23-2007, 12:15 PM   #91
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http://weekendamerica.publicradio.or...the_virgi.html

Truth be told- I haven't heard the interview and don't know how they edited it to make me sound. It's only available on Real Player, and we don't have that here, so until I can download Real Player, I'm out of luck.

But, I could use an unbiased perspective.

There were a couple of left-field (dare I say left-wing?) questions thrown my way, but I think I did OK.

So, what's the verdict?
I just listened to the interview and you did excellently Kirk

my lib-radar didn't detect any real curveballs from the Hostess and your responses were not edited in any truncated way that I could see to make you come off bad or anything

you are WAY, WAY too articulate to be hangin' out here with the likes of us-ens

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Kirk, Ya done good, and surprisingly enough, so did NPR. Stay safe, my prayers for you and the rest of the guys, and for the famlies and friends of our fallen heroes. God Bless.

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Truth be told- I haven't heard the interview and don't know how they edited it to make me sound. It's only available on Real Player, and we don't have that here, so until I can download Real Player, I'm out of luck.

But, I could use an unbiased perspective.

There were a couple of left-field (dare I say left-wing?) questions thrown my way, but I think I did OK.

So, what's the verdict?
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Here's another story. Not the greatest, but does get to the heart of the matter over why this environment is so complex.

Never mind that the "witness" claims to know why his brother was shooting into the air (where the Apaches were flying), yet didn't speak to him at any time after the incident.

This is the kind of crapola you deal with over here- they sound so sincere, but will tell bold-faced lies as smooth and sweet as honey. The reporter bought into it, but if you step back and listen to what the witness is claiming what really happened, it's a pretty big load of BS.

You be the judge.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/csm/20070424/wl_csm/ocollateral
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I've not made an effort to study Islamic or Arabic culture to any extent, but some of my reading suggests they are encouraged to lie as a matter of religious expediency. However, I'm sure our media mavens make a special effort to get cultural background before they visit with the locals...

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Here's another story. Not the greatest, but does get to the heart of the matter over why this environment is so complex.

Never mind that the "witness" claims to know why his brother was shooting into the air (where the Apaches were flying), yet didn't speak to him at any time after the incident.

This is the kind of crapola you deal with over here- they sound so sincere, but will tell bold-faced lies as smooth and sweet as honey. The reporter bought into it, but if you step back and listen to what the witness is claiming what really happened, it's a pretty big load of BS.

You be the judge.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/csm/20070424/wl_csm/ocollateral
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This guy is squarely in our corner...

Jeff Emanuel is a milblogger here on behalf of redstate.com, but he ran into a pair of Spanish journalists who had been with one of our units for a couple of weeks and immediately wanted to get on board after hearing them talk about us.

Here's an entry he did on us sight unseen, and Jeff's now on the ground, so expecting much bigger things in his blog over the next week or so.

http://jeffemanuel.blogspot.com/


While at the Combined Press Information Center (CPIC) here in Baghdad today, a pair of Spanish journalists – a newspaper reporter and a photojournalist – walked in, fresh from their embed with the 1-4 Cavalry of the 1st Infantry Division in Iraq. They had spent two weeks amongst the troops there, living and going on missions with them, including house-to-house searches and seizures, and their impressions of these soldiers were extremely clear.

“Absolutely amazing,” said David Beriain, the reporter (and the only one who spoke English), of the young Cavalry troops. “In Spain, it’s embarrassing – our soldiers are ashamed to be in the army. These young men – and they seem so young! – are so proud of what they do, and do it so well, even though it is dangerous and they could very easily be killed.” Beriain explained that the company he had been embedded with had lost three men in the span of six days while he was there – one to a sniper and two to an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) which had blown an armored Humvee into the air and flipped it onto its roof. Despite this, he said, and despite some of the things which they might have said in the heat of the moment after seeing another comrade die, the soldiers’ resolve and morale was unshaken in the long term, and they remained committed to carrying out their mission to the best of their ability for the duration of their tour here.

It was in the process of performing that mission, of coping with the loss of loved ones, and of just being themselves as American soldiers, that these young men were able to win over the admiration and affection of more than one journalist who had arrived in their midst harboring a less-than-positive opinion of the Iraq war, and of those who were tasked with prosecuting it.

“I love those guys,” Beriain said, looking wistfully out the window of our cloister here in the Green Zone. “From the first time you go kick a door with them, they accept you – you’re one of them. I’ve even got a “family photo” with them” to remember them by. “I really hated to leave.”

Such a radical transformation – and such a strong bond of affection – forged in so little time. “It’s those common experiences,” Beriain explained, “where you are all in danger, and you go through it together. It builds a relationship instantly.”

It doesn’t matter how skeptical of the war a journalist might be, according to an Army public affairs officer (PAO) who spoke with me about it on condition of anonymity. “So often, they come out of that experience and – even if their opinion of the war hasn’t changed – they’re completely won over by the troops.”

“I was one of those,” admitted Beriain, speaking broken English and blinking away tears. “No matter what you think of the war, or what has happened here, you cannot be around the soldiers and not be completely affected. They are amazing people, and they represent themselves and the Army better than anyone could ever imagine.” A retired Army officer concurred, telling me that “young troops are some of the best good will ambassadors we've ever produced. It would never occur to one to not tell you what he's really thinking, and they are so earnest” that it is almost impossible not to be won over by them if given enough time.

The biggest recent case of a journalist with an anti-war mindset being completely overwhelmed into a change of heart by American soldiers, according to the PAO, was a Greek reporter who had been embedded with a cavalry unit that became entrenched in a 45-minute firefight with insurgents. Taking cover and fearing for his life for the almost hour-long duration of the battle, the journalist had the best view possible of American soldiers in action against an armed and murderous enemy, and credits his having lived to tell the tale directly to those young troops.

“He had tears in his eyes as he talked about it,” said the PAO. “He just kept saying, “they saved my life, they saved my life...these are great men; they are heroes.” He couldn’t get through the story without choking up – and this was a man who had arrived here with all of the disdain for the Iraq mission and for the American soldiers who he saw as the bad guys in this fight.”

While it may be decried by some for causing journalists, who claim the utopian titles of “objective” and “neutral” for their reportage, to lose their cold detachment and actually begin to see the soldiers they live alongside as humans, it is that very fact that makes the practice of embedding reporters with military units so beneficial to both parties. Rather than observing events from a safely detached distance – and thus being able to remove the human element from the equation – embedded reporters are forced to face up to the humanity of their subjects, and to share common experiences – often of the life-and-death variety – with those who they are covering. Human nature being what it is, such close working conditions, and such common experiences, will have an effect on both parties involved – and it is a testament both to the soldiers themselves, and to the journalists who volunteer to live and work alongside them, that that effect has, in so many cases, been so positive.
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Re: This guy is squarely in our corner...

Excellent read, those are the kids I knew, you have to love them! Thanks for the link Kirk!

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Jeff Emanuel is a milblogger here on behalf of redstate.com, but he ran into a pair of Spanish journalists who had been with one of our units for a couple of weeks and immediately wanted to get on board after hearing them talk about us.

Here's an entry he did on us sight unseen, and Jeff's now on the ground, so expecting much bigger things in his blog over the next week or so.

http://jeffemanuel.blogspot.com/


While at the Combined Press Information Center (CPIC) here in Baghdad today, a pair of Spanish journalists – a newspaper reporter and a photojournalist – walked in, fresh from their embed with the 1-4 Cavalry of the 1st Infantry Division in Iraq. They had spent two weeks amongst the troops there, living and going on missions with them, including house-to-house searches and seizures, and their impressions of these soldiers were extremely clear.

“Absolutely amazing,” said David Beriain, the reporter (and the only one who spoke English), of the young Cavalry troops. “In Spain, it’s embarrassing – our soldiers are ashamed to be in the army. These young men – and they seem so young! – are so proud of what they do, and do it so well, even though it is dangerous and they could very easily be killed.” Beriain explained that the company he had been embedded with had lost three men in the span of six days while he was there – one to a sniper and two to an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) which had blown an armored Humvee into the air and flipped it onto its roof. Despite this, he said, and despite some of the things which they might have said in the heat of the moment after seeing another comrade die, the soldiers’ resolve and morale was unshaken in the long term, and they remained committed to carrying out their mission to the best of their ability for the duration of their tour here.

It was in the process of performing that mission, of coping with the loss of loved ones, and of just being themselves as American soldiers, that these young men were able to win over the admiration and affection of more than one journalist who had arrived in their midst harboring a less-than-positive opinion of the Iraq war, and of those who were tasked with prosecuting it.

“I love those guys,” Beriain said, looking wistfully out the window of our cloister here in the Green Zone. “From the first time you go kick a door with them, they accept you – you’re one of them. I’ve even got a “family photo” with them” to remember them by. “I really hated to leave.”

Such a radical transformation – and such a strong bond of affection – forged in so little time. “It’s those common experiences,” Beriain explained, “where you are all in danger, and you go through it together. It builds a relationship instantly.”

It doesn’t matter how skeptical of the war a journalist might be, according to an Army public affairs officer (PAO) who spoke with me about it on condition of anonymity. “So often, they come out of that experience and – even if their opinion of the war hasn’t changed – they’re completely won over by the troops.”

“I was one of those,” admitted Beriain, speaking broken English and blinking away tears. “No matter what you think of the war, or what has happened here, you cannot be around the soldiers and not be completely affected. They are amazing people, and they represent themselves and the Army better than anyone could ever imagine.” A retired Army officer concurred, telling me that “young troops are some of the best good will ambassadors we've ever produced. It would never occur to one to not tell you what he's really thinking, and they are so earnest” that it is almost impossible not to be won over by them if given enough time.

The biggest recent case of a journalist with an anti-war mindset being completely overwhelmed into a change of heart by American soldiers, according to the PAO, was a Greek reporter who had been embedded with a cavalry unit that became entrenched in a 45-minute firefight with insurgents. Taking cover and fearing for his life for the almost hour-long duration of the battle, the journalist had the best view possible of American soldiers in action against an armed and murderous enemy, and credits his having lived to tell the tale directly to those young troops.

“He had tears in his eyes as he talked about it,” said the PAO. “He just kept saying, “they saved my life, they saved my life...these are great men; they are heroes.” He couldn’t get through the story without choking up – and this was a man who had arrived here with all of the disdain for the Iraq mission and for the American soldiers who he saw as the bad guys in this fight.”

While it may be decried by some for causing journalists, who claim the utopian titles of “objective” and “neutral” for their reportage, to lose their cold detachment and actually begin to see the soldiers they live alongside as humans, it is that very fact that makes the practice of embedding reporters with military units so beneficial to both parties. Rather than observing events from a safely detached distance – and thus being able to remove the human element from the equation – embedded reporters are forced to face up to the humanity of their subjects, and to share common experiences – often of the life-and-death variety – with those who they are covering. Human nature being what it is, such close working conditions, and such common experiences, will have an effect on both parties involved – and it is a testament both to the soldiers themselves, and to the journalists who volunteer to live and work alongside them, that that effect has, in so many cases, been so positive.
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More on the mighty 1-4 Cav. Great guys, and I've said before that you can't buy publicity like this.

http://www.michaelyon-online.com/wp/...t-part-one.htm

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Kirk,

I figured you would be following the draft, though I probably should have updated here with UDFA news. Here's the thread with several story links on rookie camp http://www.patriotsplanet.com/BB/sho...threadid=23248. Seau is expected to re-sign next week after a physical, as reported by the SD Union-Tribune.

Mangini invited 51 people to rookie camp for the Jests, including the #1 & #2 nationally ranked NCAA wrestlers and a guard from the Virginia Commonwealth basketball team that upset Duke in round one of the NCAA tourney. http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/13/sp...=1&oref=slogin

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Posted by Albert Breer at 6:49 pm

In light of all that’s gone on in the last year between Bill Belichick and Eric Mangini, and the since-reconciled Belichick-Bill Parcells relationship, we’re gonna pass something along that goes completely in the other direction.

The guy who looks like he might be the next one in line, new Notre Dame defensive coordinator Corwin Brown, got on the horn with us earlier this week and, in discussing his pedigree, emphasized the tight-knit culture surrounding the Parcells tree. It stemmed from Brown commenting on working for his new boss, Irish coach Charlie Weis.

“When you’re part of ‘The Tribe’, you know the guys are gonna be competitive. Coach (Weis) is gonna compete now, he wants to win,” said Brown, a former Patriot, Jet and Lion safety. “Like with any family, you get mad at each other. Coach Mangini and I didn’t always see eye-to-eye, but we knew what was inside one another. At the end of the day, I want to see him win and he wants to see me win. I want to see Belichick win, I want to see (Virginia coach) Al (Groh) win, I want to see Parcells win, I want to see all of them win.”

Brown played for Parcells for the first six years of his career, first with the Pats (1993-96) and then the Jets (1997-98.) Even then, he knew he was headed for coaching, and Belichick helped him to that end in ‘97 and ‘98, by inviting him along to scout at the NFL combine and help out with player evaluations.

And when Brown embarked on his new career, it was Groh that gave him his start, as Virginia’s special teams coach from 2001-03. Also, last year, when Mangini was assembling his new staff with the Jets, Brown was one of the few that he kept from Herm Edwards‘ crew.

Being part of the group means the world to Brown. The proof, too, is obvious. Despite having worked in Donnie Edwards‘ Baltimore system for a couple years with the Jets, Brown is installing the gap-control 3-4 that Belichick and Parcells have always favored with the Irish.

He’s doing it because he believes in those coaches’ way.

“I take a tremendous amount of pride in that those guys have allowed me to be a part of that,” said Brown. “More than anything else, we all have a good relationship. And it’s not always football we’re talking about, everyone cares about the next guy and that’s a great thing to be a part of.”

On Belichick’s strengths, in particular, Brown had this: “He’s unbelievable at finding out what the opponent’s strengths are, what their weaknesses are, and finding the guys who will beat you. And then he carries it out by having sound game-planning with an emphasis on fundamentals and execution.”

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Kirk,

You've been quiet for awhile...hope your just overworked. How's your fan/DVD/gedunk situation, any needs? I've been shopping for PFC Shawn-stud muffin of A Co. 1/18 Inf and wondered how you're doing as the weather warms up.

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I have my good days and bad days, but at least I have my health.

We've just been crazy busy and haven't had the opportunity to check out much here or post.

My boss had two press conferences last week on back-to-back days, so I was highly engaged. Plus- going out and about on my standard missions to document what the brigade up to.
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I have my good days and bad days, but at least I have my health.

We've just been crazy busy and haven't had the opportunity to check out much here or post.

My boss had two press conferences last week on back-to-back days, so I was highly engaged. Plus- going out and about on my standard missions to document what the brigade up to.
Heh, quite rubbing that health stuff in!

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FOXBOROUGH -- Some quick hits from the Patriots' passing camp today:

The two-hour practice was held on the grass fields behind Gillette Stadium.

The passing camp is voluntary. In addition to the team's three NFL Europa players, the following players weren't present on the practice field: WR Chad Jackson, WR Donte' Stallworth, CB Randall Gay, CB Asante Samuel, S Mel Mitchell, S James Sanders, S Brandon Meriweather, RB Laurence Maroney, LB Eric Alexander, TE David Thomas, DL Richard Seymour, DL Jarvis Green. CB Eddie Jackson and CB Antwain Spann were present for stretching before leaving the field.

Players wore shorts, shirts, shells (light shoulder pads), and helmets.

WR Randy Moss wore No. 6 -- a temporary number. Moss caught a high-arcing touchdown pass from Tom Brady in an 11-on-11 drill toward the end of practice, beating the one-on-one coverage of CB Tory James along the left sideline.

RB Sammy Morris wore a red non-contact jersey.

QB Vinny Testaverde, who remains a free agent, was present and took part in the practice.

We'll have more in a bit.
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Five final observations from today's passing camp at Gillette Stadium:

1) Adalius Thomas on the move. The Patriots' big free-agent signing has been advertised as a versatile player who can line up at various positions. This was evident in one of the team's final sets of drills in 11 on 11 work, as Thomas moved from inside linebacker, to playing with his hand on the ground as a down lineman/rusher, to backpedaling in pass coverage. Thomas spent much of the practice lining up at inside linebacker.

2) Tom Brady in command. As one would expect, when Brady is running a drill, there is no question as to who is in charge. While it's the offseason, players weren't in pads, and it was only a small snapshot of a much larger picture, Brady looks as sharp as ever.

3) Randy Moss in focus. It was interesting to watch Moss developing a rapport with Tom Brady and Co. in the passing game. Moss worked as an outside receiver, and showed a part of his competitive side when slipping on the wet field during drills in which there was no defense. He pounded the ground in frustration and shouted. In 11 on 11 drills, Moss caught one touchdown pass down the left sideline from Tom Brady (Tory James in one-on-one coverage) but shortly before that play, he couldn't corral a long pass down the right sideline from Matt Cassel (cornerback Mike Richardson in coverage, with help from safety Rashad Baker). On the latter play, Moss was knocked to the ground by accident as Baker closed in and couldn't pull up in time.

4) Interceptions. Second-year defensive back Willie Andrews and 11-year veteran defensive back Chad Scott both intercepted Matt Cassel in 11 on 11 drills near the end of practice. Andrews, playing safety, showed solid instincts to gather in the interception after the ball was tipped on a throw behind Kelley Washington.

5) Media interest. For perspective on the interest the Patriots are generating among the media, consider that 50 members of the media were granted credentials for this passing camp. A crew from ESPN and the NFL Network were among the crowd.
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Practice wrap
Posted by Albert Breer at 12:50 pm

Here’s what we saw at practice this morning …

– All eyes were on Randy Moss. As he says — “my microscope is big.” At the outset, he was sidled up to Tom Brady, playing catch and messing around with the quarterback on the sideline. During passing lines, he slipped and fell, shouting his frustration. But he recovered to make a nice catch in skeleton drills, on a corner route from Brady over his outside shoulder. But he did have a drop there, and on a fade route in 2-minute drills, when he went down the sideline and safety Rashad Baker came over to knock him off his feet. The ball came tumbling out as he hit the ground. A couple plays later, he caught a bomb on a fade from Brady, over Tory James. As promised, Moss worked at both the X and Z, and out of the slot. Most commonly, he was lined up as the Z, with Jabar Gaffney at the X and Wes Welker and Kelley Washington manning the slot.

– Probably more significant was the use of Adalius Thomas. While Mike Vrabel seemed to be attached to playing on the edge, Thomas got most of his snaps at the “Mike” (weakside inside) alongside Tedy Bruschi. He worked some opposite Vrabel, with Junior Seau coming in and Rosevelt Colvin coming off. Thomas also saw reps as a 3-technique tackle in the 2-minute defense. Seau still has a soft cast covering his right arm.

– None of the receivers were particularly impressive, which is normal for this time of year. Typically, the defense is ahead of the offense at this juncture, and that was certainly the case here. Washington, had a drop over the middle that became one of Matt Cassel’s two picks (Willie Andrews caught the deflection) during the 2-minute work.

– Rodney Harrison, in sub packages, is working some as a nickel linebacker. That’s not unusual, as the team has used James Sanders in that role in the past. When the defense was running its passing skeleton, LB Larry Izzo played quarterback.

– TE/FB Garrett Mills flashed the quick feet that got him here in the first place. He moves very well, and seems to be ticketed for an H-back type role.

– Some of the absences: Chad Jackson, Donte’ Stallworth, Randall Gay, Asante Samuel, Mel Mitchell, Sanders, Laurence Maroney, Eric Alexander, Brian Barthelmes, David Thomas, Richard Seymour and Jarvis Green. Also, Sammy Morris was wearing a red non-contact jersey. Gay, Alexander and Green are already in New Orleans for Marquise Hill’s service.

– Vinny Testaverde was there, too. He did take part in drills, throwing extensively during skeleton work.

We’ll have more after Seymour, Kevin Faulk and Ty Warren take the podium.
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Posted by Albert Breer at 6:17 pm

The Patriots will travel tomorrow to Louisiana as a team, calling off their final days of OTAs to be with the family of Marquise Hill this weekend. Most will return next week for Monday’s golf tournament and the mandatory minicamp in the three days to follow, though players have been given permission to stay in Louisiana past the team’s scheduled return on Saturday.

So going into minicamp, here are a few things to chew on:

– I’ve gotten a couple emails on calling the weak-side linebacker the “Mike.” So let me explain. First of all, the origins of these names come in the first letter of the position each is playing. In a 4-3 defense, it’s relatively easy. The middle linebacker is the “Mike”, the strongside linebacker is the “Sam” and the weakside backer is the “Will.” In a 3-4, the terminology is a bit more convoluted. In some systems, the “Mike” is the weakside inside linebacker with the “Ted” (standing for tight-end side) being the strongside. In others, the weakside inside is the “Jack” while the “Mike” is on the strongside. So in one terminology set, the weakside inside ‘backer would be the “Mike”, and in another the “Jack.” Basically, that’s where Adalius Thomas was seeing a lot of reps, with Tedy Bruschi playing the “Mike” or the “Ted”, depending on what terminology you use. These two positions can switch presnap, so there is a distinction, whereas the “Will” and “Sam”, being on-the-line positions, can’t switch before the snap, so those players generally need the ability to play both the open and closed sides to deal with flipped formations and motion.

– One of the more interesting things to see was Tom Brady’s command of the offense. More and more, he seems like a coach on the field, getting players in position and helping receivers learn routes and adjustments. Last year, Brady was pretty fiery early on in prodding his targets. This time, he seemed more measured and patient in helping his teammates out. Either way, it’s clear that when one of the guys on the offense has a question, Brady’s the first non-coach he’ll go to.

– This is very important in reading all observations of this camp: It is, indeed, normal for a defense to be ahead of an offense early on. If this was, say, a college spring game, the defense would’ve beaten the offense out there soundly. There are a lot of new pieces on offense, and it’ll take a while for them to come together, as was the case last year. And so problems offensively, and there were plenty this morning, should provoke no sounding of the alarm quite yet.

– That said, what should be an ultracompetitive race for roster spots at receiver got off to a rocky start. Randy Moss‘ two drops will be magnified, but the truth is that Kelley Washington and Garrett Mills had some similar problems. The timing just isn’t there yet, and at times, the group looked lost. Which, like we said, is to be expected.

– There is a big difference, at least at this point, between Deion Branch holding out last year and what looms with Asante Samuel this year. In 2006, Branch was under contract and could incur fines for every day he missed. By the time he was traded to Seattle, he’d incurred over a half-million dollars in fines. Samuel, on the other hand, can’t be fined, since he’s not under contract.

– Finally, a word on the players who spoke today on Hill. My feeling was that — and this isn’t any surprise — one quote from Richard Seymour carried the most weight. Here it is: “I talked to a few of my teammates and I think from that point you go back and you look at in life; we always go through a lot of things, how insignificant they are, maybe have a word or two with my wife or the kids. Ultimately, it’s opportunities and times like this when you look back and reflect and say, hey I’ll take that all day. Spending that time with my family, now for me having four kids, I’m just really trying to spend all the time that I can with them. Like I said, we never know when our last moment is.”

I think that, pretty much, says what we can all take from a tragedy like this.
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Hey all --

The Patriots' passing camp session is wrapping up, and it has been an interesting morning here behind Gillette.

Most everyone on the roster is here on the field; among the missing are Laurence Maroney, first-round draft pick Brandon Meriweather and Donte Stallworth.

Jarvis Green and Randall Gay are absent, in Louisiana with the family of Marquise Hill.

Not surprisingly, Asante Samuel is not here either.

As for who is on the field, Randy Moss has had an uneven day, slipping on one route because of the wet grass in drills and dropping a couple of others. He had his hands on a ball in the back of the end zone in double-coverage but couldn't pull it in; to be fair, Reche Caldwell and Jabar Gaffney didn't make the catch on the same route. Moss did make the catch from Tom Brady on a deep route with Eugene Wilson defending. As he did last week, Moss is wearing number 6, though that is not his official number.

Kyle Brady is a large man. Just an observation.

Though he is not signed to a contract, Vinny Testaverde is here and was one of four quarterbacks out there with Brady, Matt Cassel and undrafted rookie Matt Gutierrez.

We're headed to the media workroom now, where Ty Warren, Richard Seymour and Kevin Faulk will share memories of Marquise Hill.
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Here are some updates on our brigade, provided in JD Johannes' blog. JD is a documentary filmmaker producing a series for the History Channel airing this summer.

Enjoy!

Box- Shawnie's company is the one who nabbed the FAT GUY, although I think his platoon was elsewhere at the time. Great stuff, though.

http://www.outsidethewire.com/blog/o...districts.html
This provides a broad perspective on our area of operations and what is at stake

http://www.outsidethewire.com/blog/o...ome-dudes.html
Details the successful capture of a Shia assassination cell team leader and how "the fortunes of war" intervened to get this guy in the process of committing a murder. Unbelievable stuff when you think about it.

http://www.outsidethewire.com/blog/o...ttlespace.html
Discusses the use of cell phones in the war- how they shape our successes in terms of dealing with the locals, and how they can ultimately also be used to lead us to the doorsteps of our foes.

http://www.outsidethewire.com/blog/o...ime-to-go.html
Gives you a look at the media presence and we (although I don't get a nod by name- which is OK) are mentioned prominently (the references to Falcon, Maya Alleruzzo, Jeff Emanuel and BBC reporters all happened when he was with us).

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