Assumption of Command

31 July 2005

This is funny

If World War Two had been an online Real Ttime Strategy game, the chat room traffic would have gone something like this.

*Hitler[AoE] has joined the game.*
*Eisenhower has joined the game.*
*paTTon has joined the game.*
*Churchill has joined the game.*
*benny-tow has joined the game.*
*T0J0 has joined the game.*
*Roosevelt has joined the game.*
*Stalin has joined the game.*
*deGaulle has joined the game.*
Roosevelt: hey sup
T0J0: y0
Stalin: hi
Churchill: hi
Hitler[AoE]: cool, i start with panzer tanks!
paTTon: lol more like panzy tanks
T0JO: lol
Roosevelt: o this fockin sucks i got a depression!
benny-tow: haha america sux
Stalin: hey hitler you dont fight me i dont fight u, cool?
Hitler[AoE]; sure whatever
Stalin: cool
deGaulle: **** Hitler rushed some1 help
Hitler[AoE]: lol byebye frenchy
Roosevelt: i dont got **** to help, sry
Churchill: wtf the luftwaffle is attacking me
Roosevelt: get antiair guns
Churchill: i cant afford them
benny-tow: u n00bs know what team talk is?
paTTon: stfu
Roosevelt: o yah hit the navajo button guys
deGaulle: eisenhower ur worthless come help me quick
Eisenhower: i cant do **** til rosevelt gives me an army
paTTon: yah hurry the fock up
Churchill: d00d im gettin pounded
deGaulle: this is fockin weak u guys suck
*deGaulle has left the game.*
Roosevelt: im gonna attack the axis k?
benny-tow: with what? ur wheelchair?
benny-tow: lol did u mess up ur legs AND ur head?
Hitler[AoE]: ROFLMAO
T0J0: lol o no america im comin 4 u
Roosevelt: wtf! thats bullsh1t u f4gs im gunna kick ur a$$es
T0JO: not without ur harbors u wont! lol
Roosevelt: u little biotch ill get u
Hitler[AoE]: wtf
Hitler[AoE]: america hax, u had depression and now u got a huge fockin army
Hitler[AoE]: thats bullsh1t u hacker
Churchill: lol no more france for u hitler
Hitler[AoE]: tojo help me!
T0J0: wtf u want me to do, im on the other side of the world retard
Hitler[AoE]: fine ill clear you a path
Stalin: WTF u arsshoel! WE HAD A FoCKIN TRUCE
Hitler[AoE]: i changed my mind lol
benny-tow: haha
benny-tow: hey ur losing ur guys in africa im gonna need help in italy soon sum1
T0J0: o **** i cant help u i got my hands full
Hitler[AoE]: im 2 busy 2 help
Roosevelt: yah thats right ***** im comin for ya
Stalin: church help me
Churchill: like u helped me before? sure ill just sit here
Stalin: dont be an arss
Churchill: dont be a commie. oops too late
Eisenhower: LOL
benny-tow: hahahh oh sh1t help
Hitler: o man ur focked
paTTon: oh what now biotch
Roosevelt: whos the cripple now lol
*benny-tow has been eliminated.*
benny-tow: lame
Roosevelt: gj patton
paTTon: thnx
Hitler[AoE]: WTF eisenhower hax hes killing all my sh1t
Hitler[AoE]: quit u hacker so u dont ruin my record
Eisenhower: Nuts!
benny~tow: wtf that mean?
Eisenhower: meant to say nutsack lol finger slipped
paTTon: coming to get u hitler u paper hanging hun SOB
Stalin: rofl
T0J0: HAHAHHAA
Hitler[AoE]: u guys are fockin gay
Hitler[AoE]: ur never getting in my city
*Hitler[AoE] has been eliminated.*
benny~tow: OMG u noob you killed yourself
Eisenhower: ROFLOLOLOL
Stalin: OMG LMAO!
Hitler[AoE]: WTF i didnt click there omg this game blows
*Hitler[AoE] has left the game*
paTTon: hahahhah
T0J0: WTF my teammates are n00bs
benny~tow: shut up noob
Roosevelt: haha wut a moron
paTTon: wtf am i gunna do now?
Eisenhower: yah me too
T0J0: why dont u attack me o thats right u dont got no ships lololol
Eisenhower: fock u
paTTon: lemme go thru ur base commie
Stalin: go to hell lol
paTTon: fock this sh1t im goin afk
Eisenhower: yah this is gay
*Roosevelt has left the game.*
Hitler[AoE]: wtf?
Eisenhower: sh1t now we need some1 to join
*tru_m4n has joined the game.*
tru_m4n: hi all
T0J0: hey
Stalin: sup
Churchill: hi
tru_m4n: OMG OMG OMG i got all his stuff!
tru_m4n: NUKES! HOLY **** I GOT NUKES
Stalin: d00d gimmie some plz
tru_m4n: no way i only got like a couple
Stalin: omg dont be gay gimmie nuculer secrets
T0J0: wtf is nukes?
T0J0: holy ****holy****hoyl****!
*T0J0 has been eliminated.*
*The Allied team has won the game!*
Eisenhower: awesome!
Churchill: gg noobs no re
T0J0: thats bull**** u fockin suck
*T0J0 has left the game.*
*Eisenhower has left the game.*
Stalin: next game im not going to be on ur team, u guys didnt help me for ****
Churchill: wutever, we didnt need ur help neway dumbarss
tru_m4n: l8r all
benny~tow: bye
Churchill: l8r
Stalin: fock u all
tru_m4n: shut up commie lol
*tru_m4n has left the game.*
benny~tow: lololol u commie
Churchill: ROFL
Churchill: bye commie
*Churchill has left the game.*
*benny~tow has left the game.*
Stalin: i hate u all f4gs
*Stalin has left the game.*
paTTon: lol no1 is left
paTTon: weeeee i got a jeep
*paTTon has been eliminated.*
paTTon: o sh1t!
*paTTon has left the game.*

(Via Ace and Jack Army)

29 July 2005

No need to adjust your screen, it is just a Caption Contest

This is A3, RCbeep's youngest son, and the Aaaaaaaflac! Duck Mustang Mama gave me.

Winner!
My analyst said I needed to get a pet so I would quit screwing around with my hair.
Chevy Rose

The "Rodney is Just Delusional" Award
GO PACKERS!!!
Rodney Dill

The "Current
AoC Theme" Award
Hairy Potter lost Hedwig and couldn't afford another owl. So he figured that the Afflack duck would work just as well!
April Shah

The "Making fun of RCBeep for letting his kid look like this" Award
Good parents don't let their kids root for the Eagles.
The Man

Part of the OTB Caption Jam

I finished it

Last night, a bit too late, I finished Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince that FCC@V sent me. Whoa! It is good. I am ready for the next, and final, one now. I really don't wait 2 years but I don't think I will have a choice in that. I have been officially told that I will have to wait in line for my copy of the next one :) She put a sticky note on the last page!

I got this message right before I put the picture of the book from FCC@V from Lady Jane, of A Lady's Ruminations:
Hi! I just came across your blog and wanted to tell you it is great. I also want to thank you for serving our wonderful country. You are a real American hero, even if it is in an office!

I noticed you like the Harry Potter books. Have you got the 6th one yet? It is very good. I can't believe how it ended, however, but I won't say a word. I hope you all can get copies over there soon.

So, for an "Ask Mustang23" Question, which Harry Potter character is your favorite and why?
More Questions!
I just came across your blog and wanted to tell you it is great. I also want to thank you for serving our wonderful country. You are a real American hero, even if it is in an office!
Thank you for the kind words. They are nice to hear. As for the office, the walls seem to be getting closer and closer and it is a bit of a mess right now. I have been doing some packing and there is still some pink wrapping paper strewn about. It's not my fault, Darth Tater is a messy guy.
I noticed you like the Harry Potter books. Have you got the 6th one yet?
I think I went through that already.
It is very good. I can't believe how it ended, however, but I won't say a word.
I am glad you didn't, because if you would have, I would have been a bit upset. Push-ups Galore! Unless you said something like Lord Voldemort eloping with Strawberry Shortcake and having Blackberry Kids! Then I would have laughed.

Yes it is very good. it is a quick read. I had it finished less than 38 hours after getting it in the mail. The pages almost turn themselves. (I would be cool if they did, but I am a muggle and can't make that happen)
I hope you all can get copies over there soon.
The copies are making their way over here. The PX at LSA Anaconda was rumored to have copies and but they were sold out very quickly. People going on R&R have been bring them back as well.
So, for an "Ask Mustang23" Question, which Harry Potter character is your favorite and why?
Well I like all of the characters. Every one like Harry, Ron and Hermonie, that would be too easy of an answer. Of the Others I would Choose Fred and George. I like pranksters and they do it well. They make me laugh.

27 July 2005

It Gets Worse

FCC@V sent me a birthday package and I got it today.

Would you look at this!

Sigh! It just doesn't seem to end :)

And look at this note:


Blogging might be light!


Thank you!

Gotta go! Harry Potter is calling.

Update: I finished it.
Carnival of the Vanities #149 is now up at Pratie Place.

------------------------

The Bonfire is up as well at Holly's place.

26 July 2005

We have Liftoff!

The Space Shuttle is up after 2 1/2 years.

(AP Photo/J. David Ake)

Good!

She's Back

But now she goes by the name "Baghdad Jihad Jane"

Give it a rest lady! (I don't know what to call her that isn't a bad word)

Update: I hope she goes back to Kansas City. That made me even prouder of my hometown!

Couple links

There has been this mysterious lady roaming around the MilBlogs for a while. She called her self "Mom". But every where she when she should confuse people. Bloggers like me would have to explain that she isn't my mom. So to end the confusion she has changed her name to some thing that isn't quite prounoucable.

introducing the Artist Formerly Known as MOM : ~K

And Make sure to visit her new site: Life with me in it

-----------------------

Over at Randomosity, we find that I am not the only one who is a two-digit midget. April's Sister Michelle, Who I wrote about when I attended the Memorial Service for SPC Colburn, has started posting for herself.

-----------------------

1LT Bell, a tank company Executive Officer (I wish I had an XO) and member of the Milblogs ring, has a good site: Courage Without Fear

Check out his New Hummers.

25 July 2005

The Therapist needs to hear us now

Ron G, The Therapist, has lost his father.

Gone From My Sight

Even the Fashion Police are Biased

Remember this Scene:


This is Supreme Court Nominee Roberts' family at the formal announcement of his nomination by President Bush.

It seems the Media Fashion Police at the Washington Post do not like what they saw:

An Image A Little Too Carefully Coordinated
It has been a long time since so much syrupy nostalgia has been in evidence at the White House. But Tuesday night, when President Bush announced his choice for the next associate justice of the Supreme Court, it was hard not to marvel at the 1950s-style tableau vivant that was John Roberts and his family.

There they were -- John, Jane, Josie and Jack -- standing with the president and before the entire country. The nominee was in a sober suit with the expected white shirt and red tie. His wife and children stood before the cameras, groomed and glossy in pastel hues -- like a trio of Easter eggs, a handful of Jelly Bellies, three little Necco wafers. There was tow-headed Jack -- having freed himself from the controlling grip of his mother -- enjoying a moment in the spotlight dressed in a seersucker suit with short pants and saddle shoes. His sister, Josie, was half-hidden behind her mother's skirt. Her blond pageboy glistened. And she was wearing a yellow dress with a crisp white collar, lace-trimmed anklets and black patent-leather Mary Janes.
[...]
And through their clothes choices, the parents have created the kind of honeyed faultlessness that jams mailboxes every December when personalized Christmas cards arrive bringing greetings "to you and yours" from the Blake family or the Joneses. Everyone looks freshly scrubbed and adorable, just like they have stepped from a Currier & Ives landscape.
YEEECH! that isn't very nice at all.

Today as I was checking out RightWingSparkle's site. I found this picture taken at last years Democratic National Convention:


I guess it was perfectly acceptable for Senator Edwards' family to wear, to my untrained eye, what looks like nearly the exact same thing on big a stage. Even the Fashion Police are Biased.

Now if you want Non-bias (they make fun of everyone) Fashion Police, check out Go Fug Yourself, you might get a laugh while you are there!

Update: Does it strike anybody funny that a big, bad, American Soldier has something to say about this? Well... Ahhh... um... it does seem weird doesn't it! :) I guess I am just a bit weird.

Doggone Winners are Posted

We have Doggone winners in the Doggone Caption Contest And Doggone it was another great Contest.

Thanks for all of the Doggone entries. They are doggone appreciated.

Stay tuned for the not so doggone next Caption Contest this weekend!

Citizen Smash, Morning Quarters and Tori

Smash, has a great round up of articles and posts from the media and Milbloggers on his site. He calls it the Morning Quarters. It has some good links.

I also noticed that he has made some site updates now. He has added In-line Trackbacks. This means, that when I get done with this post and send him a trackback letting him know that I posted about his post, my link will appear directly on his main page under the post I posted about. That was a mouth full.

I bet there were some other improvements made that I don't know about either.

Also read about Tori's, Smash's dog, trip to Dog Beach:
TORI comments:

I took the humans to Dog Beach today – it was great! If you’re planning to go this summer, here are some hints for having a good time.

  • Don’t drink salt water. Yuck.
  • Seaweed may smell interesting, but it TASTES awful.
  • Chase outbound waves. RUN from incoming waves.
  • An object thrown by a human is fair game for all dogs. Finders keepers.
  • An object in the possession of another dog is much more interesting and valuable than whatever you might already have in your mouth.

I Blame basil

Okay basil has this one to blame. A while back basil had a little blog war were he asked for help with some silly stuff. So I helped him and officially I became a member of his blog warrior crew. Part of the blog war was to increase basil's rankings in web searches. I put links on my site to basil's blog and all was happy until the other day when I say this in my referrer log.



Now Assumption of Command is getting visitors looking for pictures of Jamie Lyne Spears Naked! UGH!

I don't have any pics, pictures, or photos of Britney Spears or her sister Jamie Lynn Spears on this website. And if I did, I am sure they wouldn't be pictures of them nude, naked, pregnant or in a bikini. So go away!

basil on the other hand seems quite content with these search results:

Thank Heaven For Little Girls:
If it wasn't for little girls, and the perverts who want to see them naked, I'd have only have about half the visitors I have today. Well, maybe more than half. But not much.

Of the last 1000 visitors, 380 came looking for young females. And, no, I don't mean baby pictures on a bear skin rug or such. I'm talking some mostly pre-teens or early teens with no clothes.

And I'm benefiting from this! That's just wrong. And, my writing about it might just make it worse. But, you know what? If someone comes here looking for naked teens (or naked pre-teens), they're going to be disappointed. And maybe, just maybe, the extra disappointment will cause them to stop. Or delay them long enough for Mom or Dad to come in and catch them.

Unless, of course, it's Mom or Dad doing the searching. Didn't think about that, did you?
What are we going to do about basil. I think all of that Sweet tea has made him a bit silly.

(yes I know I just made things worse)

Update: Since this post is about basil, I figured I should make it a "Covered Dish Special".

24 July 2005

The Iraqis are Making Strides

If you have been reading my site for a while you know that I agree with the President Bush in that the key to the war here is helping the Iraqis learn to stand up for themselves. In that theme, I have tried to find good things from the Iraqi Army in the press. I have some more to share and I am also spreading out to include the Iraq Security Forces as well.

I found 3 good articles.

The first is telling us how much of the work load the Iraqis are doing for them selves now.

Iraqi Army Running One of Every Five Operations:
U.S. officials said 35 battalion-size operations take place daily in Iraq. They said Iraqi security forces have been responsible for about 20 percent of these missions. The Iraq Army operates two brigades in the Baghdad area.

Brig. Gen. Donald Alston, a U.S. spokesman for Multinational Force, Iraq, said the Iraqi military presence has encouraged the flow of intelligence on insurgents and their weapons. Alston told a briefing on Thursday that several weapons caches were being discovered weekly in the Baghdad area, Middle East Newsline reported.
Also note how the precious Intel is flowing.

Black Anthem is a great site for good news coming from Iraq Army. I find a lot of good stuff there. Including the following two Items:

The key to this head line is "takes Charge". Hooah!

Iraqi Army takes charge during Warrior’s Rage
The joint effort brought in more than 60 terrorists through targeted raids, seeking out specific individuals suspected to have participated in actions against Iraqi and Coalition Forces.

The operation’s main players came from 4th Battalion, 1st Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division; and 3rd Battalion, 156th Infantry Regiment, 256th BCT. On the first day of the operation, the two units captured three detainees, positively identified as brigade targets.
[...]
"We concentrated on supplying a quick reaction force and elements to secure the route, and ensured that it was safe for the 4-1 to maneuver," he said. "This allowed the IA to work independently."

Bauer said the teamwork in this mission made the relationship between the two forces stronger, and also allowed the IA to prove what they can do.

"This only worked to solidify our relationship with the IA and it further validated their professionalism," he said.
[...]
Johnson said the IA decided what targets they were going to hit, when they were going to hit them, and how many forces they were going to use.

"That was a huge step forward," he said.

Capt. Stuart West from Pineville, La., commander of B Company, 3-156th Inf. Bn., said his Soldiers were thoroughly impressed with the 4-1 Soldiers’ execution of this particular operation.
This is very encouraging. It more experience the Iraqis are getting and the more control they have over successful operations the more confident they will become and this confidence will spread to other Iraqi units. As this improvement continues, the easier it will be for the US to let the Iraqi take care of themselves, as we know that they want to do.

Iraqi Security Forces Prove Capability:
Iraqi security forces continue to show their progress toward independence with their prevention of two terrorist attacks this week and their ongoing involvement in successful operations throughout the country, a military official in Baghdad said today.


Today, Iraqi security forces at a checkpoint in Baghdad prevented an attack by a car bomb and two suicide vest bombers, said Air Force Brig. Gen. Donald Alston, spokesman for Multinational Force Iraq. Before the vehicle containing the car bomb reached the checkpoint, the soldiers recognized it as a threat and engaged it, causing the bomb to detonate prematurely, Alston said.

Two people wearing suicide bomb vests then ran toward the checkpoint, and the soldiers engaged them. One bomb vest prematurely detonated, killing the bomber, and the other bomber was wounded and his vest was removed and disarmed.

On July 9, Iraqi police thwarted a possible terrorist attack on the Kuwaiti embassy in Baghdad, Alston said. Shortly before 8 a. m. , Iraqi special police guarding the embassy saw a rocket propelled grenade round placed near the building's southeast entrance, he said. An explosive ordnance disposal team was called in and safely removed the round.

These efforts by Iraqi forces are proof that their training is paying off and they are on the way to taking over the security of their country, Alston said.

"Casualties were minimized because they performed their critical jobs so well," he said. "They continue to make progress and develop their capability to provide for the defense of their country. "

The progress of the security forces makes them a prime target for terrorists, he said, but despite constant attacks, people are signing up for service in large numbers.
Stories like this are becoming more and more common. Great work! As I said above, Success breeds confidence, which in turn will spread. Success also has other effects. It encourages more people to join up in the fight against terrorism on their home soil.

This is all great news. This is the kind of stuff that makes Iraqi Soldiers and police (as well as American Soldiers) swell with pride.

23 July 2005

ATTN: Pennsylvania Residents!

22 July 2005

Thanks!

I want to thank everybody for the nice birthday wishes yesterday. I am finally awake after that long day.

This Caption Contest has gone to the dogs

"Ah, would you remind me what I pay you people for, honestly? Throw me a bone here!"
- Dr. Evil


Winner!
Great! They're asleep and I will have this seatback in my face the whole trip. I told you going Greyhound was a bad idea!

Joel

The "Ewwww Gross" Awards
Hey Driver! Crack a window for us! The Rottweiler in 4C had some Hormel Chili and ripped one! The first 3 rows are already passed out!
heidelberger88
White dog: " The pillows are kind of lumpy, and stink like butt from time to time, but other than that I would rate these accommedations as 4 bones up!" Animal Planet Travel Critic
Ric

The "Bus to Basic training" Award
"So why do they call it,"boot camp"? I ain't wearing no stinkin' boots....(sigh)...I wanted Tanks."
Chevy Rose

The "What The..." Award
The Animal Planet presents, "Cocoon III, The Reincarnation in Atlantic City". Due out this December. With the voice of Mustang 23 as Apeface, the boxer. Rcbeep gives his voice to Sam the golden retriever and Rcbeepbinks as Trixie, the Weimaraner.
RCBEEP
(M23 says: I am not Apeface, I am more like a Wookie)


The "last week it was Arf this week it is Bark" Award
A remix of the classic sing-a-long kids' song...
Singing: "The dogs on the bus go 'Bark Bark Bark, Bark Bark Bark, Bark Bark Bark.' The dogs on the bus go 'Bark Bark Bark,' all day long!"
Souldier: Prayer Warrior

I got out of the office

(Updated) Yes it is my Birthday!

Okay I know it has been a couple days since posting anything, but as everybody knows I have work to do here. Iraq is not just all fun and blogging. I went to LSA Anaconda for a few days.

My trip to Anaconda was on the worlds ugliest aircraft, C-23 Sherpa:

This was my Chariot.

This link has a lot of good info on the Sherpa and some more pictures.

One of the "features" of the Sherpa is that it is un-pressurized and it likes to fly very low. So low that I could look down at a herd of animals and could tell which ones were sheep and which were goats. We were also weaving back and forth like a drunk driver. The pilot wasn't drunk but he sure doesn't know what a straight line is. For me this wasn't such a big deal, but for others the flight crew places Motion Sickness Bags above our heads just in case the need arises. And from what I have been told by troops in my company, breakfast doesn't stay with everybody.

While we were flying low, I got to take this picture:

(Click for Larger Image)
I thought this was a cool spot, but moving as fast as we were as low as we were, I didn't see much of it. And people think this place is a desert.

Anyhow, I made it to Anaconda without the use of the Motion sickness bag. YEA! The Mission for my trip was to take care of some redeployment issues. I arranged for my unit’s gear to get put back on the boat for the trip home. This is a big step in going home. So that is real cool.

People have been asking how long it will be before I get home. Well I can safely say that I am a two-digit-midget. That means my our days remaining (short) is under 100. So we are moving along.

Anaconda is a bad place, it is way too crowded. Burger King and Pizza Hut are nice, but it is just not my style at all. If I don't have to go back, I won't. I was sitting waiting for something (imagine that) with the Movie "Volcano" playing. As lava was flying out of a manhole like a geyser, an F-16 took off and started shaking everything. I thought "Wow, that's a good movie!" :) Yes the place is very loud. If it wasn’t for the electricity for the A/C I would hate the loud generators.

I did run into a couple British Medics while in a TV lounge. One of them was getting a cup of coffee, while there were tea bags sitting right there. Now that just didn’t make any sense to me. So I let him know how weird it looked to me to see a Brit drinking coffee when tea was readily available. He said that normally he does drink tea. I just think he read my post about coffee and was convinced. But that is beside the point. :)

We got all of the work at Anaconda done on Wednesday and we were scheduled to fly back here on Thursday. So we get to the flight line all kinds of early. (hurry up and wait) Just to find out that our names were not on the list. WTFruitcake! That sucks.

So we had to go back to transient housing and find another flight. We found on, but guess what. We had to be at the terminal at 0245. Yes, 0245! I set my alarm and unsuccessfully tried to get some sleep for my unprecedented 0200 wake up. We made it on the flight, another Sherpa. I was too busy sleeping to take any pictures.

As a matter of fact, I am still sleepy as that was this morning. So I am going to go take a nap. Waking up at 0200 isn't the way I usually spend my birthday, but I guess this whole year has been everything but normal.

Update: Word of my Birthday seems to be getting around. Thanks you:
Beth (HA-HA Very Funny)
Oddybobo
Wuzzadem
Evil Glenn ®

Update2: Even more!
Travis Benning

Update 3: Again!
April M. Shah
basil
Phin
Cap'n Bob

18 July 2005

Beast 7

Gordon, aka Beast 7, has started up his own Milblog recently. Fittingly it is called Beast7's How it Ought to Be. The suffix 7 is the typical designator for the NCOIC. Like a Command Sergeant Major or a First Sergeant. And wouldn't you know it, Gordon is a retied First Sergeant. Its amazing how things like that work out.

I visited his new site today and found a real good post that goes along with the theme of late here on my site: The treatment of Iraqi children:

Pure Evil :
For at least the last sixty years, one of the great traditions and unofficial goodwill measures employed by U.S. forces worldwide is that of GI’s handing out candy to the children that inevitably congregate anywhere soldiers pause. There’s more than one reason that M&M’s, Charms and other candies have been part of every combat ration since the much maligned K- and D-rat of WWII. Kids and Joes are uniquely able to see past the differences of their respective parents and leaders that bring about conflict, and generally, smiles are the universal uniform in these encounters. Our generation’s Axis of Evil took advantage of that phenomena to reach new levels of depravity Thursday.
It is a great post, go take a look. As a matter of fact just go visit his site and welcome him to the world of Milblogs.

That is an Order! :)

My sheets have accessories

You remember these sheets right:Well if you don't, go check out why my friends back home sent them to me:

Be careful what you ask for...

Those same friends (Including Dave and RCBeep) of mine have sent me another package. When I saw this, I was almost afraid to open it. I held it up to my ear to make sure it wasn't ticking. But upon opening it, I find this stuff.They figured that since I was talking about how dark this place can get, that I really needed a night light to go with my sheets. And Why stop there might as well send me stuff to enhance my dinning experience as well.

The Package wasn't all Strawberry Shortcake stuff. I got some more of my favorite BBQ sauce. Ohhh, I can't wait to go to gates when I get home. Sometimes I sit and ponder what I am looking forward to the most when I get home...

Gates Barbeque or My Sister's Wedding,
My Sister's Wedding or Gates Barbeque,
Gates Barbeque or My Sister's Wedding,
My Sister's Wedding or Gates Barbeque,


Just kidding, how could I joke about something that important. There is no way I could put my Sister's wedding in from of Gates Barbeque ;) Oh whoops did I say that. I, uh, ummm, oh, ahh, must remember to smack myself later.

And Dave added the Dan Brown book. at least he didn't send a romance novel, like my dad has been sending me.

They also sent me some other cool stuff:
I am now officially stocked on Skittles and Starburst for the remainder of the deployment. The Pantera CD/DVD has been playing constantly, much to the annoyance of my First Sergeant. Royals Stuff is always good.

There was one more odd thing in the package:

But this odd thing has a deep dark secret. The picture above is just a disguise as this is his true identity:

DARTH TATER




Oh Good Grief! I got a Darth Tater. I laughed so hard when I saw the thing. Useing my Blue Collar Comedy Tour Dictionary, that would make Luke "Tater Tot".

This was a great package. It brought a much needed smile to my face. Thanks!

Bad Puns invade the Caption Contest

Holy Mackerel! The stinky fish puns invaded the Caption contest and boy was it funny. Again sorry to everyone who had the captions lost due to the comments malfunctioning.

The winners have been posted.

Karen "the Itsy, Bitsy Caption Lady" told me it would be tough judging all the good entries this week. She was right. Thanks for all the good ones this week.

And don't forget to stop back by this weekend for our next installment.

17 July 2005

Song is stuck in my head

I have this song stuck in my head, sadly this song won't get it out.

And since Top 10 list are passe, make sure to check out this guys Bottom 10

New Feature of TTLB

If you are a participating member of NZ Bear's TTLB Ecosystem, (if you have a blog, you should be) the self-service interface is now running:

Automated Self-Service Up & Running:
To request a change, go to your blog details page, and select the new 'Request a change to this blog' link under the summary section. An automated wizard will guide you through a series of questions about what type of change you are requesting, and ultimately will provide you the exact code that must be placed on your weblog to trigger the update.

Take a look at these cool pictures

Bob, of Second Shift Reflections, has a post full of pictures that the Main Stream Media won't show you.

16 July 2005

Comments are acting funny

My haloscan comments seem to be doing strange things. Comments are disappearing and the management website is down right now. So if you posted something and it is gone, I hope it comes back when haloscan gets back up and running. If not I am sorry.

I know for a fact some of the Caption are missing right now.

I guess I get what I pay for.

Operation Teddy Drop


Has that bear been to Airborne school. I guess so:

Teddy Troopers 'Jump' Into Arms of Iraqi Children
CAMP TAJI, Iraq, July 15, 2005 - They can be seen parachuting into various areas around Baghdad -- specially trained individuals recruited during Operation Iraqi Freedom 3, whose primary mission is to bring smiles to the faces of Iraqi children.
[...]
The commander for this unique operation is Army Chief Warrant Officer 4 Randy M. Kirgiss, a pilot with Company C, 4th Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment (Assault Helicopter). He said he started the airborne mission as a way to impact the lives of Iraqi children.

Kirgiss began the operation in mid-April, inspired by previous humanitarian efforts he had witnessed, as well as by Col. Gail Halvorsen, the "Berlin candy bomber" who dropped candy to German children during the Berlin Airlift.
[...]
More than 900 Para-Bears have bravely "jumped" since the start of the operation
How about those Brave bears! This is pretty neat. I like to hear stories about helping the kids.

If you were a poverty stricken 6 year old, wouldn't it be exciting to see one of these coming from the sky just for you:

Update: It is nice to know that we are doing nice things for children here in Iraq. Mudville explains to us how the bad guys are treating the children differently:

Building Small Coffins
But the first bomb was a setup; the terrorists knew it would draw a crowd of children for the real attack to come.
    Then a second suicide bomber barreled down the street toward the U.S. and Iraqi forces — and the children who surrounded them. And then a third. The children were no longer observers of the attack, but its victims.

    "I saw dead bodies scattered like sheep," said Rashid Salih, 67, describing the scene where his grandson was killed.

    Children's shoes, clothing and crumpled red bicycles decorated with feathers littered the street.

    Iraqi health officials said 35 of the 42 fatalities from Thursday's blasts were children.

    "What really hurt me was that most of the killed or injured people were children," said Moyad Ismail, 25, who saw the U.S. soldier handing out candy minutes before the second explosion. "The children were making a ring around the soldiers."

    The disaster sent panic through the neighborhood. By Thursday afternoon, nearby Yarmouk Hospital was overrun with parents roaming the hallways and makeshift emergency rooms, looking for their children.

    At the morgue, stunned mothers and fathers left with only body parts to take home and bury.
The difference is striking.

Wow

Jack Army answers the question, "Why do we wear body armor?"

15 July 2005

Oh Happy Caption Day!

Write a Caption or keep your mouth SEALed.


Winner!
The latest fad group, named for the singers. Ollie, Mack, Earl sing Salmon Chanted Evening for charity, for those that are hard of herring.
Rodney Dill

The "because the comments ate my captions" Awards
SOMEONE NEEDS TO DO 1000 PUSHUPS!!! (M23 says: "NOT ME!!!")
Huntress
Mine are gone as well, dang! and now I'm sober........lol
Chevy Rose

The "Two-thirds of a Pun... P-U" Awards
Boy: "So what's your guy's favorite fabric?"
Seal 1: "Fish Skin"
Seal 2: "Sealk"

Souldier: Prayer Warrior
These fish puns are giving me a Haddock.
Rodney Dill

The "Because it is wise to pick the girlfriend" Awards
From mattresses to park benches, Sealy's has it all!
FCC@V

Part of the OTB Caption Jam!

To the Rescue

Lisa sends this link:

Black Hawk Crew Rescues Three Afghan Children Near Salerno
It all started as Chief Warrant Officer James Gisclair was giving an orientation flight to a pilot new to the area. He and the new pilot, Chief Warrant Officer Nathan Scott, spotted a flash flood occurring after heavy rains hit the area earlier that day. They noticed a group of people standing alongside the banks of a flooding river, pointing toward the middle as they followed its path.

"As we looked closer we saw three kids stuck on a concrete foundation with the river rushing past them," Gisclair said. "We went back to Salerno, where we asked to go back to rescue the kids. We were approved to go back and get them, and when we got back there, the water had risen to above their feet."
It is a good story.

BTW: Lisa likes the saying "Don't sweat the petty things and don't pet the sweaty things"

13 July 2005

All Written out

Today, I wrote a long E-mail to my the Commander of the unit coming to replace us here. Just talking about my replacements is always uplifting, but it means I don't feel like writing much today. I am also slacking heavily on E-mail in General. There is just so much writing my head can handle at a time.

But I did get this funny E-mail asking me to get home soon so that I can keep Dr Dave in Check. Here are his answers to a very simple question about pasta salad at a future Cookout
> What do you think Dave?

  • I think my meeting schedule is getting in the way of sending timely responses.
  • I think Tom Cruise becomes scarier by the day. I think Ozarkland and Nostalgiaville, USA are the tackiest I-70 "attractions" in Missouri.
  • I think "Lolly, Lolly, Lolly, Get Your Adverbs Here" is far superior to "Conjunction Junction."
  • I think A-coils are too expensive.
  • I think that my favorite kind of sprinkler is the one that goes "pfft pfft pfft pfft pfffffffffffffffffffffft" rather than the one that goes "whoosh, whoosh."
  • I think that, had the British pressed their August 27, 1776 attack on the Brooklyn lines, they could have pinned George Washington and the entire Continental Army against the East River and ended the Revolution mere months after it began.
  • I think my project doesn't have a prayer of being completed on time.
  • I think the Burger King commercials with that guy in the King mask are disturbing.
  • I think metal-coated ceramics make better catalysts than wire mesh due to their larger surface areas, shorter activation periods, longer lifespans, and more efficient use of costly noble metals.
  • I think Skippy creamy peanut butter is a fine product, and that a proper PB&J contains grape jelly.
  • I think that if you watch even one minute of PBS without contributing to their pledge drive, then you're a thief, a common thief!
  • I think George Lucas should quit messing with the original Star Wars trilogy, already.
  • I think Chipotle is really, really, really, um ... good..
Or were you asking what I thought about pasta salad? If so, I have no thoughts on the matter
You don't say!?!

I really wish I didn't have to take a rain check on this, because a good cookout sounds nice right now. As for Dave... I give up :)

12 July 2005

This is a good protest!

I, as a general rule, do not like protests. Or for that matter, I don't tend to care for protesters either. I think there some people in this world that will protest anything just to stay busy protesting. But Smash points us to this one:

Not in my name:
A candlelight vigil was held this evening in front of the British Embassy to Bahrain to show solidarity with the British people, and to express our complete rejection of the terror attacks in London that took place on Thursday.
Now this is a good protest!

There are a whole ton of pics over there. Check it out!

11 July 2005

It is still Monday Somewhere!

The Caption Contest winners are posted. Maybe it was a little later than normal, but it is still Monday somewhere.

It was a good contest again. Thanks for all the entries. This was so much fun lets do it again this weekend.

What is the Patriot?

Attention Kansas City.

My sources have found this shipping label...



What in the world could this be attached to?
(click for bigger pic)

Maybe it has to do with this building permit:
Address
4545 NE WORLDS OF FUN DR

Scope of Work
CONSTRUCT NEW COASTER RIDE STRUCTURE AND RELATED FACILITY



These are Rails from the World Famous Roller Coaster Designers Bolliger & Mabillard.

Could it be one of these?


(click for Official Site)


Maybe This?

(click for Official Site)


Or This?

(click for Official Site)


Possibly This?

(click for Official Site)


So what is The Patriot? I don't know. But it will be fun finding out and watching the Construction Progress.

Worlds of Fun is going to be a Happening place in 2006!

WOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOO!

PR Silliness

Andi has found something funny and sad at the same time:

Omarion Caught in PR Disaster in Aftermath of London Attacks
London was the scene of carnage on Thursday after a series of deadly blasts but American R&B crooner Omarion, who suffered no injury or inconvenience, wants people to pray for him.
Go find out the whole story.

10 July 2005

There should be a law

Against this using a fallen Soldier's name (or 1700 of them) as a hate filled ploy to make money. Sarah, Trying to Grok, found a disgusting attempt to do just that:


T-SHIRT:
In the end, as disgusted as I feel that Mrs. Sims knows her husband's name is on a shirt that makes her sick, I'm sure that the owners of these shirts will someday be ashamed. When Iraq is on her feet, as Germany and Japan are today, these shirts will have been burned or hidden. I'm confident that history will justify CPT Sims, not Dan Frazier.

Warning

Please what ever you do, do not go look at this Caption Contest.




Don't go complaining to me, I warned you not to!

09 July 2005

Too Funny

Check out what MDG did to in honor of the Brits:

It Ain't Much...

Bonus Caption Contest



Due to recent events this one is appropriate!

This is one of the many pictures at We're Not Afraid!


Rules!
1. Leave what ever comments or feelings or respect, condolences or solidarity that you might have for the Brits!
2. I will not judge entries, therefore no winners.
3. Check out the rest of the pictures at
We're Not Afraid!
(Beware: language alert, and proper use of middle fingers)

Call Me Captain Caption

Winner!
"Look, all I want is $20.00 from checking. Show be where to insert my bank card, and hurry! There's a Donut shop across the street and time's a wastin'"
Brenda


Best Pop Culture Award
"This is not the droid you are looking for."
Rodney Dill

The "I need to hit the Jackpot" Award
"But I have TWO ARMS, officer....I can't be a bandit!....ignore the 3 Red Sevens, that's my prefix."
Chevy Rose

The "TMI" Award
"I am telling you this once and only once.You goose me one more time and I will shoot you in your circut-board."

MOM (who is not Mustang Mama)

The "Because I Like Saki" Award
"I'll take a mocha latte with a double shot of saki."

Randy


Part of the OTB Caption Jam

08 July 2005

British Response

(Thanks for the Flags Phin)

Here are a couple of responses from Londoners that I think show the backbone of their City.

Mayor Livingstone
I know that you personally do not fear to give your own life in exchange to taking others ... but I know you do fear you may fail in your long-term objective to destroy our free society ... in the days that follow, look at our airports, look at our seaports and look at our railway stations ... you will see that people from the rest of Britain, people from around the world, will arrive in London to become Londoners, to fulfill their dream and achieve their potential … whatever you do, however many you kill, you will fail.
An open letter
(Languague Alert)
to the terrorist c***s who tried to kill me today:

F**k you. You missed me. Better luck next time.
A Letter To The Terrorists, From London
(Languague Alert)
Because if this is a message to Tony Blair, we've got news for you. We don't much like our government ourselves, or what they do in our name. But, listen very clearly. We'll deal with that ourselves. We're London, and we've got our own way of doing things, and it doesn't involve tossing bombs around where innocent people are going about their lives.

And that's because we're better than you. Everyone is better than you. Our city works. We rather like it. And we're going to go about our lives. We're going to take care of the lives you ruined. And then we're going to work. And we're going down the pub.

So you can pack up your bombs, put them in your arseholes, and get the f**k out of our city.
Update: Even More!

On the Underground the day After
People were sitting pretty still on the train with pretty serious faces and eyes even more than normally fixed on newspapers. The British air of "We are going about our business, damn it" stoicism came through pretty strongly.
[...]
So, the British people have survived this terrorist attack in good shape. They are still stoic, very angry about the people who attacked their city (although it would be bad manners to show it directly), determined to go on with their lives, are still the great queueing culture they always were, and are still also profoundly cheap. I'm not British, but it makes me proud to be a Londoner.
Business as usual
The warmth and generosity of response from America is particularly welcome; Tony saying the right words, but failing to sound statesman like; even the scum saying it is either Isreal's or our own fault are reasuring in their consistancy, it means nothing has changed.
We carry on, but with renewed vigour.


(Via BaldiLocks & Laughing Wolf)

Now I really think the olympics are stupid

IOC Drops Baseball, Softball From Games
Baseball and softball were dropped Friday from the Olympic program for the 2012 London Games, making the two American-invented sports the first events cut from the Olympics in 69 years.

Each of the 28 existing sports was put to a secret vote by the International Olympic Committee, and baseball and softball failed to receive a majority required to stay on the program. The other 26 sports were retained.
I can not respect an organization or event that will value Syncronized Swimming over Baseball.

I haven't watched or cared about an olympic event since... well, for a very long time.

07 July 2005

I have a lot of respect for the Brits



Yesterday, terrorist tried to intimidate London by bombing their mass transportation. This will not work. basil says:
Somebody set off some bombs. And killed some folks. By the time you read this, perhaps the culprits will be known. Perhaps not. But you know what? It doesn't matter much. Because bombing London isn't an effective way of waging a war.

Hitler tried it. And failed. Oh, he bombed the hell out of London. Killed lots of folks. Destroyed lots of property. Affected lots of lives. And the British survived it.

The British are survivors. And fighters. Oh, now they'd rather not fight a war. No one in their right mind would want to fight a war. But, when they have to fight, they kick ass. Nearly kicked ours twice.

Speaking of which, aren't they the only nation we ever beat that didn't need us to go in and rebuild? You know why that is? They are survivors. And they'll survive this.
I can't say it much better than that. What Prime Minister Blair Said is still ringing in my ears
When they try to intimidate us, we will not be intimidated. When they seek to change our country or our way of life by these methods, we will not be changed. When they try to divide our people or weaken our resolve, we will not be divided and our resolve will hold firm. We will show, by our spirit and dignity, and by our quiet but true strength that there is in the British people, that our values will long outlast theirs. The purpose of terrorism is just that, it is to terrorise people, and we will not be terrorised.
The Brits are strong people.

I stand with them, just as they have stood with us.

London Attacked

London is the middle of a terrorist attack:

Explosions hit London as G8 leaders meet
LONDON (Reuters) - A series of explosions ripped through London's underground rail system on Thursday morning, killing several people, in what appeared to be co-ordinated attacks to coincide with the start of a G8 summit in Scotland.
I am wonder who will take responsibility. More to come.

06 July 2005

Iraq Army Making Progress

Image Hosted by ImageShack.us
Scott Peterson / Getty Images file

From time to time I like to go to Google News and do a search on "Iraqi Army". And it never fails to produce articles on the progress the Iraqi Army is making towards being self sufficient. Today was no differant. Here are some link to some I have found today:

Iraqi army raid discovers large cache
Iraqi Army leads offensive against terrorist safe-houses
GIs building Iraqi army from scratch
Peshmerga Militia May be Key to Iraqi Army’s Success

One in particular caught my attention. It is a story about the two different Iraqi Brigades. One of them is in Baghdad and the other is in North, near Mosul.

When is the Iraqi army ready to take over?
One example is Ali Atalah Mallow, known to his men as General Ali. A controversial test case, Mallow is the only general in Saddam Hussein's army who has been rehired by U.S. forces.

In just eight months he's rebuilt the 3rd Iraqi Army Brigade and tamed the insurgency in his large area around Mosul, barely escaping three assassination attempts along the way.

“I lead by example,“ Mallow said. “From the front, in a word, I took the initiative. I never cave in to the terrorists' demands.”
General Ali is the Man! I have met General Ali in person:
(this is what I wrote about General Ali)

The General is a very proud man. He hates what went on in his country when Saddom was here. He also made sure to tell us that most of the Bad guys here in Iraq are not from Iraq. They tend to come from other places. He also looks to the future of Iraq as a strong nation that is safe for tourist to come back. There is a lot of historical places here.
I have deep respect for what him and the job he is doing here. It is really good to see people in the media take notice of people like him.

If you have been reading my site for awhile, you will know that I totally agree with President Bush when he says (paraphrase) "When the Iraqi's can stand up, We can stand down." And it will take people like General Ali and his men to get the job done. And I am truly confident that we are on the right track.

05 July 2005

Does anybody want to answer this guy for me?

Benny Layton, a new commenter here, has written some comments, while in a polite tone, I don't agree with:
The unprovoked invasion of Iraq is the most senseless blunder ever undertaken by the U.S. and the world sees it. Apparantly now the majority of Americans do too. You will lose and it will be HUMILIATING. Remember the withdrawl from Vietnam? From Lebanon? From Somalia? Get ready for America's next humiliation, this time at the hands of poorly-armed, untrained Rebel fighters who have only one thing going for them. Not night-vision devices, not heavy armor, certainly not the on-call air support that the U.S. military so cowardly relies upon to bomb every single enemy foxhole when it encounters two guys with rifles. No, they have what Americans lack: COURAGE. The courage to actually fight, instead of the cowardice to keep one's head down in a hole and scream for the Air Farce to do the killing.
[...]
Against a real enemy you guys would be meat on a stick, a good reason why the world's biggest bully coward America won't even threaten North Korea or Iran and instead picks on a country like Iraq that it thought won't fight back. Wow, how "brave". But we are seeing, as the Iraqis have turned this into a real war, the American people quickly lose stomach for it. So quick to call for the bludgeoning of a seemingly-defenseless country, they panic when it becomes more involved and dangerous than a walk-over. Next time you see that awful gaudy American rag of a flag flapping in the breeze, remember that.
And a belated Happy Fourth of July to you, too. Obviously Benny isn't American. And I know for certain he isn't Iraqi or he would know how much good we have done over here.

Okay the comments are now open to who ever wants to take a shot at Benny!

Update: WOW! That was the reaction I was hoping to get times two. Awesome! I am a little surprised that more people didn't go after his flag comment, but Rodney Dill did:
Next time you see that awful gaudy American rag of a flag flapping in the breeze, remember that.

Proudly, Every time
Well Said!

I want to thank everyone for picking up my slack. ;) Keep the comments rolling!

Fourth of July

I hope everybody had a nice holiday. My day was just like any other, except we sang the National Anthem in the morning briefing.

I want to thank everybody for the nice words that I have received. It really means a lot to us over here.

Also... The Ladies of The Cotillion have spent the holiday with a tribute to Milbloggers:
The ladies of Cotillion wanted to take a little time to say thank you. These links will take you to tributes to some of our favorite Milbloggers. Some are funny. Some serious; but all are heartfelt.
Assumption of Command was Featured at Darleen's Place: To those Who Serve, We Salute You

"Click" on over to Darleen's Place to see what has been said about me!

03 July 2005

Another good Caption Contest

We had another great Caption Contest, with many great entries. The Winners are posted. Thanks to everyone who entered.

I don't know what picture I am going to use for the next caption contest, so I can't drop you a hint. But I do know one thing, you guys are funny.

02 July 2005

Chuck Update

There are a couple of new updates at Chuck's place.

Chuck has a couple things to say

Chuck speaks!!!
Notes to self:
1. "July is never a good time to visit DC - very humid."
2. "When falling off a canal river bridge wearing body armor, it is never smart to fall in head first."
He also got to meet the Commander-In-Chief
One more quote:
"You can talk about our President, his politics, and his family, but you can never talk about his character. I met him face-to-face today and I will protect him as well as I protect my own."
This is a real good post to read.

And so is this one. Joe, an old buddy of Chuck's stopped by and had these observations:

A message from our good friend Joe
The morphine seems to have increased his drooling though, but he’s always done that after a beer or two, so I hardly noticed.
That's funny, but not really the point of the post. This is:
But what can I do?
I challenge everyone who reads this, DO SOMETHING!!

Send the care packages, do the “any solider” program, adopt a unit, something. Fly the colors, welcome soldiers home, voice your support, give your time, anything. This weekend is Independence Day and for most of us reading this blog, it means a cookout, fireworks and maybe a parade. Shake that veteran’s hand that is walking in the parade, buy him a cup of coffee, JUST SAY THANKS!
I am really glad to know that Chuck has such great support back home when he needs it.

01 July 2005

It's a Caption Contest

I can come up with a couple, just off the top of my head!


Winner!
"And now, with the amazing L-Ron-3000, you too can think like Tom Cruise! In no time at all, you'll be jumping on couches and yelling at Matt Lauer! (Sorry, Katie Holmes not included)."
Dave & Em

Best Brain Washing Awards

"Yesss, youuuu are the most beautiful, Chevvvy Rose, I.I. I.I.I.love you more than any woman on earthhh".
...gasp, gag, heart stops.
Damn! back to the drawing board.
Chevy Rose
"This beard looks great" "This beard looks great" "This beard.... "
(Evil scientist): Ahh, good! The brainwasher 4000 is working just as I designed it. Now we're ready to take over the world!
MMmmwwahhhaaahhaahhaaa!!!
Brenda
(wicked devilish laughing) "I, Fred Phelps will give you everything you 'desire' if you JOIN US. I will throw in this wonderful HALO for free, all you have to do is sign here saying you will wear this HALO forever. JOIN US. You will not be sorry. JOIN US"(mmmwwwaahhhhhh)
MOM (who is not Mustang Mama)

Best Politics Award
Study reveals that cranial cavity of 9 out of 10 anti-war activists is completely empty.
John Schroeder - Blogotional

Best Impersonation of Mork from Ork Award
"Nanu Nanu"
Souldier: Prayer Warrior


Part of the OTB Caption Jam

Some Baptists and Some Muslims have Something in Common

Laurence Simon, whose Blog is full of Crap, finds a story that proves some Baptists (in the Footloose tradition) and Some Muslims have something in Common.

Click here to find out how.

Fred Phelps is at it again

This time Fred Phelps and family are in Massachusetts.

Blackfive busted his chops.

Fallen Heroes Funerals Protested:
But unfortunately they are making the families suffer indignities that should never be allowed. SSG Piper and CPL French deserve better, too, but they would probably be more worried about the pain this causes their families.
And make sure to check out BlackFive Bust Their Chops archive.