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Posted by JonLP24 in The DU Lounge
Mon Nov 29th 2010, 09:35 PM
They have a QB that averages over 7 YPA. Without looking it up I think they are pretty solid on defense. That is a recipe for success.

Here is an article of their coach, who was the offensive coordinator during the Cardinals Super Bowl run.

The numbers back up Haley’s unorthodox calls

It’s a question of common sense and convention, bravery or foolishness. Todd Haley is the Chiefs’ second-year coach, and he’s not afraid to risk his team’s short-term fortunes and long-term future.

Open a game with an onside kick? No problem. Pass up an easy field goal to try for a fourth-down conversion? Bring it on. Haley might not be timid, but one question has grown louder this season: Does he lack the restraint to hold off on impulse and make the decisions that have worked in the NFL for decades?

“As we used to joke in my family,” Haley said this week, “there were box people — we had box people in our family, those were people that were within the box — and we had outside-the-box-people.”

Haley might be unconventional, but he might also not be as reckless as it seems. The Chiefs have attempted nine fourth-down conversions, and four have failed. But a growing culture of coaches and football people now believe that punting on fourth down, in some or even most situations, is a waste; that probabilities prove teams have a higher chance of converting risky plays than most coaches, players and fans are comfortable with.
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Posted by JonLP24 in Editorials & Other Articles
Fri Aug 27th 2010, 02:37 PM
Unlike Refugees from Other Troubled Countries, Only a Fraction of Mexicans Seeking U.S. Asylum Are Accepted -- No Matter Their Wounds or Stories
(Headline was too big to fit in the subject line so there is the rest of it)

As evening falls on southern Mexico, Sarah (not her real name) is shopping at a fruit market a block from her house. It is Friday, and her father, an investigator for the State Judicial Police, is home relaxing on his night off. Wearing blue jeans and an unbuttoned shirt, he is sweeping his front porch, waiting for his daughter to return and make dinner.

Sarah pays for the food just as a rush of black SUVs with no license plates speed past her along the road. She recognizes them instantly as they pull up to her home in a cloud of dust. Men in dark masks with AK-47s jump out and run toward Sarah's front door. Two of them are wearing police patches. One of them is her father's commander.

"They're taking your dad! They're taking your dad!" shouts a little girl in the store. Sarah tries to run, but her legs won't churn fast enough. Everything is in slow motion. She watches the gunmen drag her father out onto the street while he screams, "Show me the arrest warrant! Don't take me!" Sarah sees the men punch her mother and shoot her father in the leg before hauling him into a truck and driving away.

By the time Sarah gets home, all that is left of her father is the bloodstained pavement. He has not been seen since.

It is a long article so I recommend going straight to the link as I could only post 4 paragraphs which is the first 4 of the story and doesn't really tell you much
This article is part of Amongst US VVM Series which is a series of articles with the goal to tell the story of the Hispanics among us and the struggles they face.

The last article I posted that was part of the VVM series.
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Posted by JonLP24 in Editorials & Other Articles
Thu Aug 12th 2010, 03:07 PM
Maria was drifting off to sleep on the bedroom floor. She could hear women getting raped in the next room. Only she didn't hear screams — she heard the laughter of male guards.

The women had been drugged by their rapists, who had done the same to Maria as soon as she walked into the house. They forced her to swallow a red liquid and handed her some chalky, white pills. She drank the liquid and tucked the pills on the side of her mouth, but they were slowly dissolving.


Maria had arrived at the modest three-bedroom house in west Phoenix several days earlier in the back of a white van. She was one of about a dozen other immigrants who had hired coyotes to smuggle them into the United States in May. They each paid the human smugglers about $1,800 to guide them safely through the treacherous Arizona desert.

Their guides betrayed them. They delivered them to other coyotes, who were more vicious than their counterparts. The kidnappers demanded another $1,700 apiece for Maria and the 12 others, including two young boys, they were holding. /

This is only 4 paragraphs of a 9 page story so I encourage everyone to click on the link and read the rest if you're interested. It is one story that is part of the VVM Amongst U.S. series. The goal is to tell the stories of the Hispanics living with us and the struggles they face. I'll post more when I come across them.
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Posted by JonLP24 in Latest Breaking News
Sun Mar 28th 2010, 07:21 AM
that they should get recognition from both the government and the media and an official thank you at the very least.

I can tell you a little more but I'll start with a story. About 8 months or so in I broke my hand playing basketball at CSC Scania during down time and to make a really long story short and a lot of explaining I flew back to the home base in Kuwait on a C130 from Baghdad International Airport. While back there wasn't a lot I can do as far as details are concerned w/ a broken hand so I was tasked to be the Armor's assistant(there is a sad story I can tell here but I'll save that for another day and another time as that story isn't the point here) for a couple of weeks. A DFAC (dining facility from Zone 3(I can explain what zones mean at Camp Arif later) needed 2 soldiers from our unit to help out with another unit there because they were short on people. It was perfect for me because I couldn't go on missions with a broken hand.

Ok so what I did was head count, enforce DFAC rules, and supervise TCN's which consisted nothing more of checking food temperatures(which were always in the acceptable range) and relaying information to the head guy(as I explained in my previous post) so he can relay it to the other workers because they knew little to no English at all. This man was from Nepal a country north of India and let me tell you he was one of the nicest people I ever met. He was also a very good worker and whenever one his workers did something wrong(which was rare) he would handle it right away. Made our jobs for the most part easy. However I must say enforcing DFAC rules is the most stressful job I ever had especially when it comes to letting know high ranking officers that they broke a rule but for the most part they weren't a problem. Some US civilian contractors like KBR gave me the hardest time hands down. Anyways his dream was to come to America and he would constantly ask questions about here. For those two months I was there were only handled two meals(Midnight and Breakfast) so we had a lot of down time to talk. I even looked online for him on information on how to immigrate but I couldn't find information relevant to his case. I found info like must be highly skilled in an area for example like playing sports or highly skilled scientist. Things like that. I found information on immigration for Iraqis or Afghan people that helped US forces but that didn't apply because he is from Nepal. I felt sad but then I think of some of the people here like teabaggers then I think it might not be so bad. I think about him a lot and I do hope he's made his way to the US. He would make an excellent civilian as well as many TCN's who work their ass off for little pay.

That's my story so I'll try to give more information as possible. A thing that is a concern about the TCN's in transportation units is that they are targets. TCNs have no armor and no weapon for one and almost if not ALL attempted hijackings are that of TCN trucks and some of them are successful but not on any convoys I've been on, just seen one attempted hijacking with several individuals but that was it. There was one mission where we received small arms fire and a TCN truck was hit with bullet holes riddled through the shipping container, tires shredding, and even a couple bullet holes was found on the cab just an inch or so below the floor where you have your feet when you're braking and accelerating. He wasn't hurt though.

Also when convoys arrive on bases troops get set up with either tents, trailers, or buildings with several bunk beds that all have AC's powered by generators(though they do go out from time to time). The TCNs stay with their trucks in lane staging areas where they sleep. TCNs also bathe in bottled water because there is no showers that they can use and are also guarded by rotated shifts of Army personnel which is understandable I guess but I never had a problem trusting them. However Camp Taji (just north of Baghdad) is like a paradise compared to how they got it in other bases. They got their own base inside a base where they can shower, have things to do, and troops don't have to guard them because the base already has that set up. Whenever TCNs learn they are going to Taji they get real excited. What I'm trying to say is how TCNs live is sub-standard compared to US forces and contractors. Wikipedia has a little information on them and have a picture which is too huge to post here so I'll give a link to the main page. Scroll right before you get halfway and you'll see a very good example of how many of them live. Though I can't say what kind of conditions(from descriptions not very good and they all lived together in the same spot) TCNs we worked with that are housed together by their employers in Kuwait. (We picked them up directly at their employers place in transportation and the DFAC workers rode together on bus from their employer to Arif Jan and back and the end and beginning of shifts)
One minor detail you may notice is the military boots. It's not uncommon for US troops to have extra equipment and often times they give things to them. I recall that's how some TCNs get their Kevlars.

There is so much more I can probably say but I think I got the gist of it. Thank you for your thank you.
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Posted by JonLP24 in Latest Breaking News
Sat Mar 27th 2010, 09:53 PM
Though I highly doubt their numbers are officially reported. The news never mentions them but TCN stands for Third-Country Nationals. Most of them are from India but many come from countries in Africa, Philippines, and other places I can't quite remember. They were responsible for construction of bases, serving food in dining facilities at bases, doing transportation missions with transportation units in the armed forces, cleaning and sucking shit out of port o' potties in bases, as well as other jobs.

I was in a transportation unit so we had 20 or so going with us on every mission with 5 Army trucks hauling supplies and 2 bobcats in-case a truck went down due to an IED or EFP so it can haul a trailer from a disabled truck. The TCN's make around $400 US while their boss who their employers usually task someone who speaks good English so he can get info from troops and relay it too others. He makes about $700 a month. The reason why they have high casualties is because they drive Mercedes semi-truck and trailers that have NO ARMOR, just fiberglass. For 4-5 years they didn't wear any armor on their body but started to on many of them but not all but their armor is not as strong as the ones troops wear.

Not ranting at you specifically but when I hear about death counts or what not TCN's are never included and most people here in the US don't even know they exist or the HUGE contribution they provided in helping US & coalition forces.
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