Staff SGT Donald Wayne West, Jr., enlisted in the United States Army National Guard on September 11, 2001. As part of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Company A of the 150th Combat Engineers served active duty Aug 29, 2004, until Dec 30, 2005. SSGT West returned to college in January, 2006. He married Lauren Ritchie June 9, 2006, at Seaside, Fla., and they have three children. SSGT West completed military service at Camp Minden, LA on Aug 23, 2009.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Day 251 - Thumbs Up

In gladiatorial games, fingers and thumbs dictated life or death. Ironically, honor was crucial and audiences expected the loser to be valiant, even in death.

Last night, my e-mailbox was flooded with different versions of two news alerts. One story reported Al-Qaeda’s No. 2 man in Iraq had been shot and killed in a house raid.

The other story detailed yesterday’s gruesome murders of five teachers in south Baghdad.

According to the New York Times, armed men dressed as police officers burst into a primary school in a town south of Baghdad on Monday, rounded up five Shiite teachers and their driver, marched them to an empty classroom and killed them, a police official said. Some children were still in the school when the killings occurred.
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Sometimes, I just don’t get it. I really don’t.

I do know this. Once you start making a bunch of mommas mad, gladiators will look like teddy bears and the apocalypse will seem like a picnic.