Contractor Killed in Iraq and other news

Laguna Beach man killed in Iraq attack
By Elysse James
The Orange County Register

Mark Barry Metherell, 39, of Laguna Beach was killed Thursday, April 10 by a roadside bomb in Baghdad. He was a former Navy Seal.

Religious Group Pickets Funeral of Redding Man Killed in Iraq
By Deborah Hoffman, Reporter

Meanwhile the Westboro Baptist Church (Phelps) masking as a 'religious' group protested the funeral of Joshua Munns, 25. Munns was one of several hostages who had one of his fingers severed and delivered tot he US military, and is believed to have been brutally beaten to death shortly after. His remains were found and returned to his family. Patriot Guard Riders were on hand to shield the family from the Hate Group at the funeral.

If you don't know about the Patriot Riders, they deserve a lot of praise for the work they do.

Patriot Guard Riders Mission Statement

The Patriot Guard Riders is a diverse amalgamation of riders from across the nation. We have one thing in common besides motorcycles. We have an unwavering respect for those who risk their very lives for America’s freedom and security. If you share this respect, please join us.

We don’t care what you ride or if you ride, what your political views are, or whether you’re a hawk or a dove. It is not a requirement that you be a veteran. It doesn't matter where you’re from or what your income is; you don’t even have to ride. The only prerequisite is Respect.

Our main mission is to attend the funeral services of fallen American heroes as invited guests of the family. Each mission we undertake has two basic objectives.

1. Show our sincere respect for our fallen heroes, their families, and their communities.

2. Shield the mourning family and their friends from interruptions created by any protestor or group of protestors.

We accomplish the latter through strictly legal and non-violent means.

To those of you who are currently serving and fighting for the freedoms of others, at home and abroad, please know that we are backing you. We honor and support you with every mission we carry out, and we are praying for a safe return home for all.

Update

3 years after LaPorte man kidnapped in Iraq, residents keep hope

Ake, who was 47 when he was abducted, was the president of Equipment Express in LaPorte, a maker of water bottling systems. He was in Baghdad to sell the systems as a part of the rebuilding effort and was in his second trip to Iraq in two years when he vanished.

David Dlesk, a member of Friends of Jeff, said the group's Web site — http://www.jeffake.com — was set up to give updated information and a place where people can donate to a trust fund benefiting the Ake family.

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Just a side note: spouses can not collect benefits including social security until a spouse is officially determined to be deceased. This creates an enormous financial hardship for famillies.

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have a lot more restraint than I do and we owe them a huge debt of gratitude for what they do at these funerals. I would be willing to chip in for a first class ticket to Iraq for Mr. Phelps.

See: Snyder v. Phelps. Includes results of appeal ruling, moving papers, news coverage, background.

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