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March 29, 2007

Now, that's Blogging

A woman blogger from Berkeley has taken blogging to a new level.  She is in Kuwait trying to cover the Iraq War.  According to the S.F. Chronicle, Jane Stillwater, who writes a blog called Jane Stillwater's Web Log, just up and went to Kuwait with the hope that she would be able to embed with the U.S. military and report on what is going on over there.  According to the article:

Stillwater said she's going to Iraq to write about the war for "real people." She's tired of getting news from TV journalists who throw on a khaki vest for a few photo ops before flying home first-class.

She saved for her ticket to Kuwait, $1,072, the way she has saved for the many other adventures she has taken in her life, by living on peanut butter sandwiches, bicycling everywhere and living very frugally.  She has traveled extensively and is unconcerned about the lack of a translator.  Her media sponsor is The Lone Star Iconoclast, the 900-circulation, liberal weekly in Crawford, Texas.   The army is still trying to find her a unit in which she can embed.

She writes today from Kuwait, where she just arrived last night. 

On the flight over from Amsterdam, Stillwater found that the entire plane was filled with contractors talking about how much money they were making and the wonderful things they were spending it on.  She thinks its rather ironic that this is where the American Dream still lives. 

Stillwater says:

Who am I to try to put an end to this perfect world -- just because it is based on the quicksand of a million dead bodies?

If you want to tag along with this amazing woman, here's her blog.

H/t to Lisa.

AND MORE:  Jane is off to Iraq.  Today's post is about eating in the commissary in Kuwait.  Great food.  Salad bar.  FOX News on everywhere.  Yuck!  What is it about this government!!!

PS:  My sister, Lisa, just told me that she sent me the link not to post but rather to inspire me to go to Iraq.  Uh, I think I'll just read what Jane has to say. 

Posted by Lynn Allen on March 29, 2007 at 07:32 PM in Miscellany, Taking Action | Permalink


great post, thanks.

Posted by: howieinseattle | Mar 30, 2007 7:26:34 AM

Wow, that lady has the ultimate "can do" attitude. Be careful out there, Jane.

Posted by: op99 | Mar 30, 2007 8:01:05 AM

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