Chuck Norris in Iraq

March 13, 2008

This is a great article from Reuters and reinforces what a great Chuck Norris really is. He deserves a lot of respect for spending so much time with the troops. Here is the link to the original article.

Chuck Norris the only WMD in Iraq, say U.S. troops

Mon Mar 10, 2008 12:24pm EDT

By Mohammed Abbas

FALLUJA, Iraq (Reuters) – Hollywood action star Chuck Norris, known for his martial arts prowess and tough-guy image, has become a cult figure among the U.S. military in Iraq and an unlikely hero for some in Iraq’s security forces.

A small cardboard shrine is dedicated to Norris at a U.S. military helicopter hub in Baghdad, and comments lauding the manliness and virility of the actor have been left on toilet walls across Iraq and even in neighboring Kuwait, soldiers say.

“The fastest way to a man’s heart is with Chuck Norris’s fist,” reads one message at the shrine, which consists of a signed photo of the actor surrounded by similar statements.

“Chuck Norris puts the laughter in manslaughter,” reads one and “Chuck Norris divides by zero,” reads another.

Known as Chuck Norris “facts”, the claims have already become an Internet phenomenon, and scores are featured on http://www.chucknorrisfacts.com, including “Superman wears Chuck Norris pyjamas”, and “There are no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, Chuck Norris lives in Oklahoma”.

The actor has visited Iraq several times and was made an honorary Marine last year. Some 20 U.S. military personnel and support staff spoken to by Reuters could recite at least one Norris “fact”, despite many having not visited the Web site.

U.S. troops in Iraq say his support for them and Norris’ invincible image has made him their idol and insist the exaggerated and satirical claims are not meant to mock him.

“The jokes all add to his legend. They’re not derogatory. He’s an icon,” said Sergeant Joe Lindsay at a base in Falluja in Iraq’s Western Anbar province, which Norris has visited.

AN IRAQI NORRIS

Bearded and muscled, Norris shot to fame fighting kung fu legend Bruce Lee in the 1972 film The Way of the Dragon, and later films show him devastating groups of men with one kick.

“Norris visited Iraq when violence was its worst and other celebrities were skittish. He’s one of the guys,” U.S. military public affairs officer Specialist Mark Braden said in Baghdad.

“The Marines love him. He’s like a mythical legend,” Staff Sergeant Amy Forsythe in Falluja said.

Soldiers cited many reasons for his appeal. Some appreciated his films and fighting ability — Norris is a martial arts guru, and many of his films have military themes.

Others said the masculine and plainly dressed actor was an antidote to the preening and moisturized metrosexual male.

Some praised his Christian and political values. The actor recently endorsed Republican Party presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee, though in the spirit of the Norris “facts”, Marines argued it was Huckabee who endorsed Norris.

“He’s helped us a lot. The appeal is also his martial arts, and sheer physical presence … I don’t think I go a day without hearing a Norris joke,” said Corporal Ricardo Jones in Falluja.

Norris’ appeal is not restricted to U.S. troops either. At an Iraqi police graduation ceremony in Falluja, graduates called out for their “Chuck Norris” to pose with them for photos.

“Truthfully, I didn’t know who he was. I asked the Americans, and they said he was a great fighter, and that’s why they named me after him. They showed me a video, and it’s true, he’s a great fighter” said police trainer Mohammed Rasheed.

With his handle-bar moustache, Rasheed has a vague resemblance to Norris.

Another police trainer said Chuck Norris was a role model for the police in Falluja, which until 2007 was an al Qaeda stronghold and the scene of fierce battles with security forces.

“I’ve seen his videos, he’s a hero. He saves the city, he protects women and children and he fights crime wherever it is. We should all be like Chuck Norris,” Khaled Hussein said.

 

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Thank you, Gov. Huckabee

March 6, 2008

Here’s what I posted over at MikeHuckabee.com on the “Show Your Support for Mike” post.

Thank you, Gov. Huckabee and Janet. You have changed all our lives forever with your courage, strength, and joyful outlook on life. Your candidacy and behavior on the campaign trail has made me stop being so negative and cynical about politics — something I thought impossible. And you have forever changed politics.

No longer can all the political scientists (and I almost joined their ranks a few years ago — yikes!) say you have to do x, y, and z to run a successful campaign. You have proven them completely wrong. You may not be successful in their eyes, but you are in ours.

You did not waste our precious dollars; you wisely spent every single penny. You brought voters into the political process who had never been involved before. You created a new coalition of voters — that is not going to dissipate! You ran a positive campaign and your opponents had to (mostly) follow your example. You poked fun at yourself and won over voters. Thank you for inspiring all of us.

I cannot wait to see what is going to come out of all of this. You may be one man, but it gives me such hope to try to comprehend what impact your collective body of supporters could have on their individual communities, counties, and states. If we only follow your example, step out and take that chance to follow our convictions that our government needs to change in a positive way, and stand up for what’s right and true, it gives me chills to think about what could happen.

And finally, I have always been proud to say I’m from Kansas, but I will forever be proud to be from one of the few states that saw the rightness in your candidacy the first time around, selecting you as our overwhelming choice for the Republican nominee for President. We’ll be there up front, ready to support you wholeheartedly yet again in 2012!


Huckabee Concedes, Gracefully

March 4, 2008

This was a tough day for me. I knew when I woke up this morning that Huckabee’s chances were slim, but I held out hope for a miracle. Unfortunately, the miracle did not happen. Mike Huckabee, former governor of Arkansas, conceded the race to John McCain a few moments ago.

I listened to his concession speech and I was again struck with the humility the man has. Mike Huckabee understood that it was not the support of the Republican establishment, gobs of money, and the backing of the talking heads that got him to March 4, 2008. His speech was basically a long thank you to his supporters and family. The speech was the most graceful and heartfelt concession speech I have ever heard and he deserves credit for the way he conducted himself.

I must confess that as I watched the speech I could not help but feel some anger at the Republican establishment. They decided that John McCain would be the nominee and then pushed him upon the American people as the only choice. McCain is guilty of accepting that support and refusing to acknowledge that Americans did have a choice in his refusal to debate Huckabee. Sure, it might have been a smart political move for McCain not to debate, but it was not the right choice. The Republican establishment decided long ago that Huckabee would never be the nominee and they succeeded in shutting him out.

Personally, I am very grateful for Mike Huckabee. I had never before contributed to a political campaign. I had never before attended political rallies. Mike Huckabee motivated me to be more involved in this election than I ever have before. He was pro-life and pro-family. He supported my 2nd Amendment rights. He had an immigration plan that made sense. He supported strengthening and building up the military. He supported a complete overhaul of the tax system through the FairTax. He had the freshest ideas and the best approach to the Presidency of any of the candidates.

Today the American people decided that John McCain was the best man for the job. I strongly disagree.

Where does this leave me? I will probably mope around for a few days. I guarantee I will be a lot more apathetic about this election because of John McCain’s liberal tendencies. It leaves me right back where I was after the election in ’06: wishing for a third party that was not so steeped in the political system that it actually cared about doing what is best for the people of America and not just doing what is best for the Republican establishment.

The moping will now commence.