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A Blogger Dies at War

Bob Owens writes about the death of Andrew Olmsted, who left a moving post in the event of his death.

Update: I made a mistake when originally typing Andrew Olmsted's name and added an "a", but have now corrected it.


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"We're all going to die ... (Below threshold)
Son Of The Godfather:

"We're all going to die of something. I died doing a job I loved. When your time comes, I hope you are as fortunate as I was."

Haunting and moving to hear a brave voice from Beyond. Godspeed, Andrew.

this is a reminder to all t... (Below threshold)
nogo war:

this is a reminder to all that grasp the "surge is working" bullshit.
This is just another in a long line of heroes.
Maybe some here have served in real combat. Maybe some have not...that does not matter to the family and friends of this person.

At what point in time will we require the pretend Iraqi Govt to put it on the line as this person did?
Will elected Iraqi's have to put their lives on the line? ...YES!
But until the purple thumb pretend govt put their lives on the same line as our brave troops, what is any death worth?

At what point in time will President Bush DEMAND that Iraqi's in govt sacrifice as much as we are?

Nogo, you stupid asshole...... (Below threshold)
Son Of The Godfather:

Nogo, you stupid asshole... Did you not read Andrew's wish that his death not be politicised?

Nogo, did you even read the... (Below threshold)

Nogo, did you even read the post Andrew Olmstead left? If you did you just disrespected him in the absolute worst way. He specifically asked that his death not be used by one side or the other for political purposes. Please read his post. I will address some of your ridiculous statements later, but this post is not the time or place. Again, please read his post -- out of common decency.

Son of the Godfather-... (Below threshold)

Son of the Godfather-

Ugh if that's the case I think Lorie should CLOSE COMMENTS ASAP.

I would hope that the peopl... (Below threshold)

I would hope that the people here would be adult enough, or just basically human enough, to follow that old rule their parents should have taught them to obey in most social circumstances -- "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all." I hope that is all that needs to be said here.

nogo - you have zero respec... (Below threshold)

nogo - you have zero respect for anything but your own demented ideology, zero honor and you can go screw yourself on your own self-righteous indignation.

Vaya Con Dios, Maj Olmstead... (Below threshold)

Vaya Con Dios, Maj Olmstead.

"On the 8th of November the angels were crying
As they carried his brothers away..."

nogo war:How about... (Below threshold)

nogo war:

How about you change your name to nogo wizbang and never comment here again? Or are you just addicted to making a buffoon out of yourself?


Stop throwing peanuts at th... (Below threshold)

Stop throwing peanuts at the troll.

Very sad.---------... (Below threshold)

Very sad.


Nogo, read it:

I do ask (not that I'm in a position to enforce this) that no one try to use my death to further their political purposes. I went to Iraq and did what I did for my reasons, not yours. My life isn't a chit to be used to bludgeon people to silence on either side. If you think the U.S. should stay in Iraq, don't drag me into it by claiming that somehow my death demands us staying in Iraq. If you think the U.S. ought to get out tomorrow, don't cite my name as an example of someone's life who was wasted by our mission in Iraq. I have my own opinions about what we should do about Iraq, but since I'm not around to expound on them I'd prefer others not try and use me as some kind of moral capital to support a position I probably didn't support.

and shut up.

Why don't you just ban that... (Below threshold)

Why don't you just ban that ***hole nogowar and stop letting him vomit his hate all over this site?

This one hurts a lot. Gods... (Below threshold)
DJ Drummond:

This one hurts a lot. Godspeed, Andrew, and solace to your family and friends.

Thanks Lorie for the link.

*ugh*Lorie-<... (Below threshold)



Gotta say I'm surprised that for the most part the comments aren't going political.

Also I think Major Olmsted's name is getting mispelled here.

The Rocky Mountain News is spelling his name as Olmsted.

yes I did read it...posting... (Below threshold)
nogo war:

yes I did read it...posting here was Not the desire...
I simply said that this is a life lost
Just as this should be considered. With respect for him,, his family and friends.

Requiescat in pace, Major.<... (Below threshold)

Requiescat in pace, Major.

I simply said that this is a life lost

Nogo, you did more than that. You knew it at the time, you know it now. There is special place in Hell resevered for people like you.

Thanks, mantis.... (Below threshold)
JohnAnnArbor Author Profile Page:

Thanks, mantis.

We're going to miss him in ... (Below threshold)

We're going to miss him in Colorado.

yes I did read it...p... (Below threshold)

yes I did read it...posting here was Not the desire...
I simply said that this is a life lost

That's a lie. We all read post #2 before it was disemvoweled. You're a liar and a coward nogo. You're not man enough to take responsibility for your own mistakes.

I am sick and tired of reading your inane, wandering, thoughtless, empty comments here. Notwithstanding your ignorant and imbecilic comments, you have shown yourself to be a clueless, classless frequently stoned ass. And rest assured, being stoned is your only defense; there is no defense for stupidity and malice aforethought, both of which are your trademark.

Carry your worthless oxygen thieving self somewhere else besides Wizbang.

My apologies to the Major's family.

Unfortunately for nogo, I h... (Below threshold)

Unfortunately for nogo, I have access to his original, bevoweled comment.

The comment that puts the lie to his... um... just what the HELL was he saying?

Even more unfortunately for nogo, I have access to the tools for banning his illiterate, incoherent, ellipsis-molesting ass. And I have finally had enough of him.

I held off to see if he'd apologize. I knew he wouldn't have the balls to stand by his words, but I thought he'd just skulk away. But to out-and-out deny that he'd meant what he so clearly said... that's too much.

Here's the door, nogo. As a parting gift, here's a copy of Strunk and White, along with a book on etiquette. It's a tossup as to which you need more.


Since I only had the all-to... (Below threshold)

Since I only had the all-too-brief privilege of meeting Major Olmsted at a local blogger function, my point of view in this is not unbiased. Good riddance and Well Done, Jay Tea.

Im sitting here trying not ... (Below threshold)
Liberal Nitemare:

Im sitting here trying not to let my wife and kids catch me crying while I read his final post.

I never knew this man, and I never read his blog before today. I wish I did know him.

I cant think of anything classy or deep to say, just that I wish peace to him and his family.

I will remember his sacrifice, and try to be worthy of it.

Rory,Thanks for catc... (Below threshold)

Thanks for catching my mistake. When I first read your comment about the spelling of Olmsted's name I thought it had to be wrong because I had taken the spelling from his own post. Evidently I made a typo because somehow I added an "a" to his name, but it has now been corrected.






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