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Posted: Wednesday, May 30, 2007 10:00 pm

Well before many alarm clocks had begun ringing Wednesday, about 40 members of Lodi's California National Guard unit were dressed in battle dress uniform, preparing to leave for what could be as many as 18 months in Iraq.

They gathered at 6 a.m. at the armory on North Washington Street, where family members fought back tears and tried to smile.

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  • posted at 4:13 pm on Wed, Jun 6, 2007.


    Back more years than I care to remember
    my Dad told me "kid you owe this country
    I never forgot those words.I think a lot
    of folks have and some never knew.The
    Military are the Sheep Dogs and the
    folks are the sheep.the Sheep Dogs job
    is to protect the sheep when the wolf
    comes around.Folks the Wolf is at your
    door you had best thank god for the sheep dogs...Sleep well to night...

  • posted at 11:48 am on Sat, Jun 2, 2007.


    Please Brian, lets try to leave the politics out of this blog. It is neither the time nor the place.

  • posted at 4:45 pm on Thu, May 31, 2007.


    As a wife of an active duty Navy officer (and myself a former Lodi girl) who husband has spent two deployment's in the Middle East, my hearts go out to these soldiers and their families. Bless all of you and thank you for protecting our freedoms!

  • posted at 11:43 am on Thu, May 31, 2007.


    Because of people like these we can walk our streets, vote, and say what we want. Thank You

  • posted at 9:52 am on Thu, May 31, 2007.


    Our heart felt thanks and prayers will be there for your loved ones as they serve this great country of our. Leonard: first time I am agreeing with you - Brian, now's not the time for political rhetoric. Believe me, as an Army mom, the families of the deployed and our soldiers need our support and prayers, not political rhetoric. HOOAH! May the Lord bless you and keep you.

  • posted at 2:50 am on Thu, May 31, 2007.


    Conservative supporters of the war, such as bloggers found at, argue the military is taking the correct approach, that the "liberal media" only want to report the "bad news" of dead U.S. soldiers, but ignore the "good news" about killed Iraqi insurgents.

    What those arguments overlook is how difficult it is to actually find out how many Iraqis have been killed, be they fighters or civilians.



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