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News Roundup:

Deep Throat has turned out to be some guy no one cared about, Mark Felt, the former #2 man at the FBI. It’s funny, as I’ve heard so many more famous names bandied about, like Kissinger or Rehnquist. Felt is 91 years old now, so he’s coming to the end of the line. He may yet have time to tell his full story, which is a good thing. Woodward and Bernstien were going to wait until after the death of “Deep Throat” before reveealing who it was, which would also make their version of the story the only one. I will also say that I think Felt made the right call.


The Next Big Thing:

I have missed the last three weeks of the AM 1500 contest. I don’t have a lot of interest anymore, I wish I did, but most of the guys being put up on KSTP are radio professionals of one type or another. Luckily, speed Gibson has been keeping up with the ringers:

Week 11
Week 12
Week 13

Good Economic News:

Consumer confidence is up.

Is it safe to say that the “Bush Economy” is working?

I have also written my first article (It’s a stub, but I’ll expand it) for Wikipedia. I’m hoping to write article regularly for Wikipedia, and ask my readers to do the same. Many hands make light work.



Dan Cohen’s reaction to my last column:

Dan Cohen, author of “Anonymous Source” and Minneapolis resident noticed and gave positive feedback on my column on the Newsweek story about the desecration of the Quran. Column available at:


Cohen mentions:

Your Wednesday, May 25, column was right on the money. I thought you might enjoy my take on anonymous sources, since I was one, as described in my book, Anonymous Source, as well as in the United States Supreme Court case on which the book is based, Cohen v. Cowles Media.I have been trying– with no success– to get the Minneapolis paper to print my take on the Newsweek flap

He goes on to talk about the Newsweek issue:

As an anonymous source, I have no reservations in granting that an anonymous source who gives false information is just as bad as a journalist who outs a source who gives valid and truthful information. Both deserve to be dragged into court and slapped with punitive damages.

The media can’t seem to sort it out or set a standard that works– so let’s get some laws on the books and get the courts and American juries to do it.

Cohen then quotes New Republic columnist Michael Peretz’s reaction to the MSM’s coverage of the Newsweek story:

…what emerges from this episode is the image of a profession that is complacent, self-righteous, and hopelessly in love with itself. Is this a terrible generalization? Well, there are 17 people who lost their lives because of the state of journalistic practice at a U.S. magazine. When American journalists do not think of themselves as heroes, they think of themselves as victims: but here they are neither. They are– I mean Isikoff and his editors– simply scavengers.

Cohen earned his fame (infamy?)from a gubernatorial race where he leaked some documents about an opponent on the condition of anonymity, and that was ignored, he later won his case at the Supreme Court, so he has some issues when dealing with journalists. He is rightly frustrated with the handling by the MSM of this Newsweek issue, and he thinks the anonymous source should come to justice as well as Isikoff and the characters at Newsweek.

He’s right.

I will be reading Mr. Cohen’s book about his struggles with the media as soon as it arrives.

Scott Brooks read the book and he recommends it.

About Dan Cohen:


Where to buy:


It’s also available on Amazon.

I will post on some of the other, more negative reactions to my column later.

Medal of Honor Citation:


Rank and organization: platoon Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company A, 1st Battalion, 6th U.S. Infantry. place and date: Quang Tin province, Republic of Vietnam, 14 May 1968.

Entered service at: San Angelo, Tex. Born: 25 December 1927, Stephenville, Tex.

Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. P/Sgt. McCleery, U.S. Army, distinguished himself while serving as platoon leader of the 1st platoon of Company A.

A combined force was assigned the mission of assaulting a reinforced company of North Vietnamese Army regulars, well entrenched on Hill 352, 17 miles west of Tam Ky. As P/Sgt. McCleery led his men up the hill and across an open area to close with the enemy, his platoon and other friendly elements were pinned down by tremendously heavy fire coming from the fortified enemy positions.

Realizing the severe damage that the enemy could inflict on the combined force in the event that their attack was completely halted, P/Sgt. McCleery rose from his sheltered position and began a 1-man assault on the bunker complex.

With extraordinary courage, he moved across 60 meters of open ground as bullets struck all around him and rockets and grenades literally exploded at his feet. As he came within 30 meters of the key enemy bunker, P/Sgt. McCleery began firing furiously from the hip and throwing hand grenades.

At this point in his assault, he was painfully wounded by shrapnel, but, with complete disregard for his wound, he continued his advance on the key bunker and killed all of its occupants. Having successfully and single-handedly breached the enemy perimeter, he climbed to the top of the bunker he had just captured and, in full view of the enemy, shouted encouragement to his men to follow his assault.

As the friendly forces moved forward, P/Sgt. McCleery began a lateral assault on the enemy bunker line. He continued to expose himself to the intense enemy fire as he moved from bunker to bunker, destroying each in turn. He was wounded a second time by shrapnel as he destroyed and routed the enemy from the hill.

P/Sgt. McCleery is personally credited with eliminating several key enemy positions and inspiring the assault that resulted in gaining control of Hill 352. His extraordinary heroism at the risk of his life, above and beyond the call of duty, was in keeping with the highest standards of the military service, and reflects great credit on him, the Americal Division, and the U.S. Army.

Two more citations from Somalia available here:


The Night Writer also has a few citations on his website:


Memorial Day Tribute:

First, a special thanks goes out to the MOB’s Private Ryan, who is presently serving our country:

Another thanks goes out to my friend Staff Seargant Bob Gindorff for his service to the country in the Air National Guard, and Jay Mastrud, who has served his country in numerous capacities throughout his life.

I’d like to also thank my father, USAF Maj. Marty G Andrade Sr. (ret.) for the constant corrections he has had to make to my grammar, and for the whole paying for the first part of my life thing. I’d also like to recognize, congratulate, and thank Ensign Chris Hill, Ensign Ehren Bittner and 2nd Lt. Rory Hanlin; three graduates of the U of M ROTC and friends.

I’m reposting this story about the Saudi Arabian national racing champion (and woman) Laleh Siddig in honor of Danica Patrick’s run at the Indy 500 today (last time I checked she was running in 4th place)

Random Link o’ the Day:


It has been my experience that men need not seek the truth; it will hunt them up. Propaganda is the liar’s side of every argument; truth asserts itself without argument or advertising.
-E. W. Howe

Random Link o’ the Day:


Weekend Reading:

How to become a more productive blogger

Who’s big in the blogosphere? Now you know.

11 ways to make you brainier

U.S. Senators are really good at the stock market

I have sad news to announce, there will only be two more MartyEmails. That will make the final number of MartyEmails 66, which was my football number in high school.

I will produce a MartyEmail devoted to the brain in honor of my recent college graduation. I will end the MartyEmail saga with a Christmas gift guide this holiday season, sometime in December of ’05.

However, I will keep this blog up and running. I may not update frequently, but it will be here.

Mutant Children:


THE Chernobyl nuclear disaster has spawned a generation of ‘mutant’ super-brainy children.

Kids growing up in areas damaged by radiation from the plant have a higher IQ and faster reaction times, say Russian doctors.

They are also growing faster and have stronger immune systems.

Radiation from the Ukrainian Chernobyl plant swept the globe and affected more than seven million people.

Professor Vladimir Mikhalev from Bryansk State University, has tracked the health of youngsters growing up in areas hit by the fallout since the 1986 accident.

He compared their mental agility and health to those in unaffected areas and found they came out top in tests.

Japenese soldiers found in Philipines:


Japan invaded the Philippines in 1941, shortly after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and set up a brutal puppet government.

In the closing months of the war, there was heavy fighting with US troops in the mountainous, heavily forested islands.

The Sankei Shimbun daily said the men would most likely be members of the Panther division, 80% of whom were killed or went missing during the final months of the war.

It speculated there could be as many as 40 Japanese soldiers living in similar conditions in the Philippines.

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