January 10th, 2004



"You miss home the most when you get mortared. It gets scary, especially when you see it land and see how close it is. That's when you really think about home a lot." - Pfc. Jesse D. Mizener, Auburn, CA, in a November interview with the local paper. Mizener was on leave to witness the birth of his son.

Pfc. Jesse Mizener died yesterday after being grievously injured in a mortar attack on army base Seitz near Fallujah, Iraq. He leaves behind his wife Nicole, his daughters Gia, 2, Eve, 1, and his newly born son Jesse Mizener Jr. People interested in offering donations to the family can call (530) 889-0498.

"I want to see my family
My wife and child waiting for me
I've got to go home
I've been so alone, you see..."

New Order - "Love Vigilantes"

You call *those* chemical weapons? Give me a freakin' break.

Danish forces in Iraq unearthed 36 leaky, rusty, decomposing chemical artillery shells near Basra that have been buried for over 10 years, presumably dating back to sometime around the Iran-Iraq war.

So, how does this change a single thing? These weapons were buried and apparently long forgotten before Iraq even began to destroy their chemical weapons stockpiles -- which, incidentally, they often did through burying. Thirty-six old shells are a blip; most likely a forgotten, squad-level decision to bury such ammo before they pulled back in the face of enemy "human wave" attacks. Looks like the unit never reclaimed them, and weapons inspectors never knew about them either.

In other news, a French farmer found what appeared to be an unexploded WWI-era landmine while digging a hole for a tree in his garden. He promptly stopped digging, carefully filled the hole, and planted poppies instead.