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Saturday, December 04, 2004

Nine FM

Today was less adventurous than I had planned. I was going to volunteer at the Child Serv Holiday Gala at 700 N. Michigan. Child Serv is a child well-being agency that provides services at 20 sites in the Chicagoland area that originally started as an orphanage in Lake Bluff affiliated with the United Methodist Church.We were going to work the silent auction but as the Gala was cancelled, that didn't happen. I did do some Christmas shopping and I happened to run into my friend Sharon but as it was while she was working, we didn't talk much.

I have been listening a lot to a radio station that calls itself Nine Fm. Their tag line is "We play anything" and I have to say that really seems to be the case, there is no other radio station around that includes Frank Zappa, Aretha Franklin, Daft Punk, Tim McGraw, Steve Miller Band and Modest Mouse in their play list. There does seem to be some variation from DJ to DJ but they all mix things up and it is really cool. I think that the only songs that I have heard more than once are "Sweet Home Chicago" by Eric Clapton, and "Such Great Heights" by The Postal Service. I've been listening quite frequently so this is a real surprise. I will continue listening.

And now for the daily update on the war on Iraq. 3 people have been killed in the last 24 hours which brings the total to 1268. The Pentagon has announced that they will be raising the troop strength in Iraq to 150,000 for the next several months to cover security for the elections scheduled for January 31. This brings the troop strength higher than any other level in the war. I am of really mixed emotions about this. I disagree with the idea of the war and don't think we should be there. I do support the individual soldiers on the ground. I think that a greater troop strength will increase security for individual soldiers but I don't think that increasing troop strength by a total of 12,000 over the entire country will make much difference. I expect that between 80 and 100 soldiers will be killed in December and I think that January will be another especially bloody month. The month that I will be documenting tonight is August 2004, the month that it became obvious that troop casualties were increasing month by month. 66 soldiers were killed in August which brought the total to 978. The soldiers that died in August of 2004 are as follows:

August 1: Spc. Anthony J. Dixon, Spc. Armando Hernandez

August 2: Spc. Justin B. Onwordi, Sgt. Juan Calderon Jr., Cpl. Dean P. Pratt

August 3: PFC Harry N. Shondee Jr., Capt. Gregory A. Ratzlaff, Sgt. Tommy L. Gray

August 4: Gsgt. Elia P. Fontecchio, Lcpl. Joseph L. Nice

August 5: Sgt. Moses Daniel Rocha, PFC Raymond J. Faulstich Jr., Sgt. Yadir G. Reynoso, Sgt. Donald R. McCune

August 6: Lcpl. Larry L. Wells, Spc. Joshua I. Bunch, Corporal Roberto Abad

August 7: PFC David L. Potter

August 8: Lcpl. Jonathan W. Collins, Civilian Rick Ulbright

August 9: Captain Andrew R. Houghton, Pvt. Lee Martin O'Callaghan

August 11: Ssgt. John R. Howard, Lcpl. Tavon L. Hubbard

August 12: Capt. Michael Yury Tarkavsky, Pvt. Marc Ferns

August 13: 1st Lt. Neil Anthony Santoriello, Lcpl. Kane M. Funke, Lcpl. Nicolas B. Morrison

August 14: SFC Jeroen Severs

August 15: Spc. Marc Anthony Zapata, PFC Fernando B. Hannon, PFC Geoffrey Perez, PFC Brandon R. Sapp, 2nd Lt. James Michael Goins, Sgt. Daniel Michael Shepard

August 16: Sgt. David M. Heath

August 17: Lcpl. Caleb J. Powers, Spc. Brandon T. Titus, Spc. Paul David Trevor Thomas

August 18: Lcpl. Dustin R. Fitzgerald, Spc. Jacob D. Martir, Sgt. Richard M. Lord, PFC Henry C. Risner, Sgt. Harvey Emmett Parkerson III

August 19: Cpl. Brad Preston McCormick

August 20: 1st Lt. Charles L. Wilkins III, PFC Ryan A. Martin

August 21: PFC Kevin A. Cuming, Gsgt. Edward T. Reeder, Cpl. Nicanor Alvarez, Sgt. Jason Cook, Lcpl. Seth Huston, PFC Nachez Washalanta

August 22: Cpl. Christopher Belchik, 2nd Lt. Matthew Stovall

August 23: Ssgt. Robert C. Thornton Jr.

August 24: Lcpl. Jacob R. Lugo, Ssgt. Donald N. Davis

August 25: Lcpl. Alexander S. Arredondo, Spc. Marco D. Ross, Spc. Charles L. Neeley

August 26: Cpl. Barton R. Humlhanz, PFC Nicholas M. Skinner

August 27: PFC Luis A. Perez, Spc. Omead H. Razani, Lcpl. Nickalous N. Aldrich

August 28: Sgt. Edgar E. Lopez

August 29: Airman 1st Class Carl L. Anderson Jr.

August 30: Ssgt. Aaron N. Holleyman

Details on these soldiers (and civilian) can be found at Iraq Coalition Casualties.


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