Another one down. I can officially say I am on the home stretch now?
A secondary school is to allow pupils to swear at teachers - as long as they don't do so more than five times in a lesson. A running tally of how many times the f-word has been used will be kept on the board. If a class goes over the limit, they will be 'spoken' to at the end of the lesson.You have got to be kidding me!
The astonishing policy, which the school says will improve the behaviour of pupils, was condemned by parents' groups and MPs yesterday. They warned it would backfire.
Parents called the rule 'wholly irresponsible and ludicrous'.
"This appears to be a misguided attempt to speak to kids on their own level," said the father of one pupil.
Just ask Marine sergeant Marco Martinez, a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and a full-time psychology major at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, Calif.I thought we, as a society, had learned our lessons from Vietnam. This makes me very sad! Nobody needs to be treated like that. I hope this is not a trend.
“A woman on campus had apparently learned I might be a Marine. When I told her I was, she said, ‘You’re a disgusting human being, and I hope you rot in hell!’ ”
Operations Security (OPSEC) is a critical concept in warfare, and vital in our efforts against a well organized, patient, and secret enemy that can take maximum advantage of our transparency and press freedoms while easily denying us an equivalent advantage against them.Dadmanly is dead on here. OPSEC is very important. If I am posting something to this site or E-mailing it to my family, I think "Could the Enemy find this info valuable?" If the answer is yes, I have to either adjust what I say, or not say it at all. The old saying "loose lips, sinks ships" is still true in the information age.
I have just received through multiple official channels a warning from the highest military officials, which should have received the widest dissemination possible. I would be virtually certain that any active duty, reserve or guard military member in a leadership position has received it as well.
Hey Mustang,How smart are these guys!
I am a Public Affairs Officer writing from US Central Command. I would like to inquire about the possibility of you posting a link to our web site. I see that you are covering a lot of different types of stories in a lot of countries. I would like to get some of the stories out that are happening in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Horn of Africa. This is the area of responsibility for CENTCOM. Due to the nature of your blog, and the wide variety of information you cover, your blog is ideal for news stories. Please let me know.
Thanks for your time.
Here's some graphics to assist.
US Central Command Website:
Brian M. Anderson
1LT, MS, USAR
CENTCOM Public Affairs Officer
The water projects, worth approximately $12 million, involve the installation of 14 compact water treatment units and piping, according to Darrell Flinn. These compact units require highly skilled labor to maintain them, and training the staff is part of the overall package. “These require a technical labor force that has been taught to use this equipment,” he said.I guess this isn't the type of news that will get ratings. So if you want the real news visit CENTCOM.
Oh, hi. I'm Troy McClure. You might remember me from such self-help videos as 'Smoke Yourself Thin' and 'Get Confident, Stupid!'"
-- Troy McClure
The idea behind 'peak oil' is that the world has been on a path of increasing oil production for many years, and now we are about to peak and go into a situation where there are dwindling reserves, leading to triple-digit prices for a barrel of oil, an unparalleled worldwide depression, and as one web page puts it, 'Civilization as we know it is coming to an end soon.'Meanwhile, Scott Cramer at Optionetics says the present situation is more like Holland's tulip mania.
One might think that doomsday proponents would be chastened by the long history of people of their ilk being wrong: Nostradamus, Malthus, Paul Ehrlich, etc. Clearly they are not.
High prices lead people to develop substitutes. Which is exactly why we don't need to panic over peak oil in the first place.So why do I compare peak oil to shark attacks? It is because shark attacks mostly stay about constant, but fear of them goes up sharply when the media decides to report on them. The same thing, I bet, will now happen with peak oil. I expect tons of copycat journalism stoking the fears of consumers about oil induced catastrophe, even though nothing fundamental has changed in the oil outlook in the last decade."
Everyone from nobility to gardeners began to rationalize investing in the bulbs as a smart investment, and the continuously rising prices seemed to justify these as smart investments. Eventually things got so out of control with demand that a single bulb could command as much as $80,000 converted into today's U.S. Dollars. At the peak in January 1637 there was a twenty-fold increase in the price of bulbs.Regardless, my next car will still be a hybrid!
Much like how people could rationalize taking equity out of their homes at 7% to invest in NASDAQ stocks in the late 1990s, many 17th century people in Holland sold their homes, thinking that a few bulbs would net them two homes in a few months’ time. Eventually the laws of gravity took affect and what was once a market with only buyers became a market with only sellers.
Realizing the potential catastrophic affect a crash would have on an economy focused on one product, the Dutch government stepped in made a public statement declaring that there was no reason why the price of tulips should fall. Not surprisingly, government reassurances didn't work as hoped, so the government stepped in and guaranteed the price of tulip bulbs at 10% of the high price. Not long after that tulips fell through the government's floor price, which nearly bankrupted Holland's government.
One reason why bubbles form is that many good arguments can be made for 'why this time things are different.' Generally speaking, as a whole, the public is not crazy. The media sells people on the best or worst case scenarios. For the last 70+ years people have heard reports from so-called specialists about how there is only so much oil in the world, and eventually it has to run out. Yet if you look at the predictions the specialists have made about when the last drop of oil will be pumped out of the ground, you notice that every couple of years the date gets extended out a few more years."
Hey we know how to do push-ups!!
hugs to you!
'The taut glass skin wrapping the seating bowl and concourses will be an ever-changing tapestry as light plays across the surface,' said designer Brad Clark. 'The image will vary hour by hour as the color, intensity and quality of light change. At night the building will become a beacon, marking its place in our new downtown.'"
I like it. Now to settle the real question: Who begins play in 2008 -- the NBA's Kansas City Magic or the NHL's Kansas City Hurricanes?
Me fail English? That's unpossible!"
-- Ralph Wiggum
Is it the use of the names of tribes that you find hostile and abusive?Read the whole thing.
Not long ago I took a trip to make a proposal to establish an epidemiological program to support American Indian health throughout the Upper Great Plains. On this trip I left a state called North Dakota. (Dakota is one of the names the indigenous people of this region actually call themselves.) I flew over South Dakota, crossing the Sioux River several times, and finally landed in Sioux City, Iowa, just south of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The airplane in which I traveled that day was called a Cheyenne."
Cedar Point amusement park is putting a 22-year-old free-fall ride up for sale.
A park spokesman said selling the ride will make room for new projects. If no buyers come forward, the park will keep the ride.
Cedar Point did not reveal the asking price."
CHORUShe also say if you like what he has written,
Soldier, soldier save the day
Wish there was another way
Stand your ground and face the foe
You’re what makes the freedom flow.
PLEASE READ: If you’d like to repay a portion of your debt to our fallen heroes, please make a contribution to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. 100% goes to the grieving families of American and Allied soldiers who have given their lives to preserve our freedom. No administrative fees are deducted. To contribute online or by check, please visit the web link below:Go check out the whole thing.
Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund
THEN, PLEASE COPY AND FORWARD this to other thankful supporters of freedom wherever they may be.
"and this too shall pass"She has some good posts on her main page right now.
" Life is ten percent how we make it; ninety percent how we take it"
"Happiness is the best cosmetic"
"Success is sweet, but it's secret is sweat"
How You Can HelpBetter Then It Looks In Iraq
In accordance with the guidelines of this new program we have decided to place one terrorist under your personal care. Your detainee has been selected and scheduled for transportation to your residence next Monday. Ali Mohammed Ahmed bin Mahmud is to be cared for pursuant to the standards you personally demanded in your letter of admonishment. We will conduct weekly inspections to ensure that your standards of care for Ahmed are commensurate with those you so strongly recommended in your letter.
Progress cannot be measured by the number of deaths or bombs. DESPITE what you may have read, the military situation in Iraq today is positive - far better than it ever was when we were fighting guerillas in Vietnam, or when the Soviets were fighting the Afghan mujahideen, or in almost any other major insurgency of the 20th century. With few exceptions, the insurgents in Iraq are not able to undertake militarily meaningful attacks on US troops.Also check out Pebble Pie's post about her daughter.
Who cares what I think about Cindy Sheehan? It's time for a new feature of TBIFOC called Ask The Cats!Make sure to check the "Ask the Cats" Archives.
What do you think about Cindy Sheehan?
[pic of Piper on TBIFOC]
Piper: You know, she was happy to have met Bush the first time. But since then, she's been drawn into Michael Moore's gravitational pull and her fragile mind has been warped by the tidal forces in his gut.
A Useful Death
A mother's anguish turns to ire,
Her liquid tears to spears of fire,
A useful fool for the liberal Left,
All hatred now, no more bereft.
The honor which her son embraced,
Is now dishonored, now disgraced,
As his mother stands atop his grave,
From there to shriek, from there to rave.
Yes, some are maddened in their grief,
And grief can surely change belief;
But this woman's views, her family say,
Have long been held, long fore today,
Enabling Leftists to use her grieving,
For Moore deception, Moore deceiving.
I see this mother as a willing fool,
A useful Moorish Code Pinko tool.
As one who fought in another place,
I sorrow for this boy's disgrace,
By a zealot mother grafting grief
Stealing his brave deeds, an honor thief,
Usurping his valor to claim her share,
Five minutes of fame in Media's glare.
Her platform one you don't see often:
A dishonored, flag-draped, soldier's coffin.
I can hear Michael Moore muttering under his breath,
"Yeah, this was really a useful death."
Good news for Web log publishers with aspirations of making money off their sites--compared to the average Internet user, visitors to Web logs, or blogs, tend to be younger and to belong to a wealthier household, a study has found."
To all of my friends and family, please do not even think of doing anything like that if I happen to meet some untimely demise here. It is not a good idea, it does not represent my wishes, and if it happens I will ask the Lord very politely if He will allow me to temporarily return to earth (preferably in some frightening visage) and haunt whoever does it. And I will do my best to be very very scary.So with all the coverage of this situation, the story has made its way to Iraq. Iraq the Model is a great blog written in Iraq by Iraqis. They know more suffering than I could imagine and they have "A message to Cindy Sheehan"
Just in case anyone was wondering. :)
We live in pain and grief everyday, every hour, every minute; all the horrors of the powers of darkness have been directed at us and I don't know exactly when am I going to feel safe again, maybe in a year, maybe two or even ten; I frankly don't know but I don't want to lose hope and faith.This is just amazing stuff. If reading this doesn't help you understand why we are here, you are either dimwitted or too wrapped up in Bush-Hating to care. Read it all.
We are in need for every hand that can offer some help. Please pray for us, I know that God listens to mothers' prayers and I call all the women on earth to pray with you for peace in this world.
Your son sacrificed his life for a very noble cause…No, he sacrificed himself for the most precious value in this existence; that is freedom.
His blood didn't go in vain; your son and our brethren are drawing a great example of selflessness. God bless his free soul and God bless the souls of his comrades who are fighting evil. God bless the souls of Iraqis who suffered and died for the sake of freedom. God bless all the freedom lovers on earth.
WASHINGTON The four-star Army general relieved of command at Fort Monroe this week is alleged to have had an extramarital affair with a female civilian.General Byrnes was my commanding General while I was in the First Cavalry Division, and while I was deployed to Bosnia. As a young officer I had the unique position of being have the Division Commander visiting me on a fairly regular basis. I have always, and will continue to have a good impression of him. He even gave me his Commanders Coin near the end of the deployment. (Woot!)
The general's lawyer says the woman does not work for the military or the federal government.
General Kevin Byrnes was canned as commander of the Army's Training and Doctrine Command at the Hampton base, and the Army has not ruled out taking additional disciplinary action against him.
Army officials declined to discuss any details of the accusations, except to say they involved sexual misconduct.
Byrnes' attorney, Lieutenant Colonel David Robertson, says Byrnes and his wife separated in May 2004 and they remained separated until their divorce became final on Monday -- the same day Byrnes was removed from command.
Robertson referred to the Army's allegation against Byrnes but he neither confirmed nor denied an affair.
The military rarely prosecutes adultery cases and handles them instead through administrative actions.
Byrnes, who's 55 is a Vietnam veteran who ranked third in seniority among the Army's eleven four-star generals.
The contrast with the misconduct surrounding the Abu Ghraib prison is impossible to ignore. Although investigations revealed that the prisoner abuses and violations of the Geneva Conventions were the product of policies emanating from the highest levels of the military, only Brig. Gen. Janis Karpinski was ever punished. The roles of other high-ranking officers received barely a notice.Sigh. Everything has to go back to Abu Grhaib. LTG Sanchez did not tell soldiers to make naked pyramids and he didn't order the Code Red. So get over it.
Consider Lt. General Ricardo Sanchez, who was the senior commander in Iraq while the Abu Ghraib abuses took place. In a September 2003 memo, he wrote to approve interrogations that used dogs as a means to "exploit Arab fear of dogs." Yet Sanchez is reportedly being considered for a promotion - to four-star general. Byrnes, on the other hand, has lost his command and could lose more.
Morally speaking, this is obscene.
These new army recruiting commercials are on about 50 times a day on Spike TV.I haven't been able to see these commercials. They don't put to many recruiting commercials on TV here.
I've seen two: in one, this young veteran is joining some sort of helicopter mechanic outfit. The boss in about to introduce him to his crew, and they're making their introductions and whatnot, and one asks, "Have you ever worked on anything this fast, before?" Then the young guy has some sort of Post-Traumatic flashback of Army Apache helicopters, he focuses back to reality, and deadpans, "Yeah, I have." No smile, no attempt to be congenial.
Hey, yutz! Guns aren't toys. They're for family protection, hunting dangerous or delicious animals, and keeping the King of England out of your face."
-- Krusty the Klown
Possible side dishes: Falafel dinner (if invited to stay).
Tom Brubaker would like a little change -- a Pennsylvania quarter to be exact.
The Ford City man is on a personal mission to convince the state Legislature to change the engraving on the state's contribution to the U.S. Mint's '50 State Quarters' program.
Brubaker believes the Pennsylvania quarter is not in keeping with other state quarters.
'A mistake was made,' Brubaker said. 'The one on our quarter was poorly chosen. Correct the mistake.'"
There's only one problem with Mr. Brubaker's crusade to change the Pennsylvania quarter:
'They're not making any more,' (state representative Jeff) Pyle said."Okay, I thought it was funny.
"I knew I was going to not remember it because there was too much going on," coach Patricia Clark said Monday on NBC's "Today." "So, when I ran down the street and got the plate number, I yelled to the girls: 'Remember this!'"
The cheerleaders put their skills to work, chanting the license number.
It has been reported to me that Jim Phelps, the loser conducting shenanigans like this, planned to protest at the funeral for fallen Special Forces Sergeant Jason Palmerton.
There has been a call put out for anyone affiliated with the Special Forces community in the area of Arlington/Washington DC to "counterprotest" (my word, not theirs). Hopefully, everything ends peacefully and out of sight of the grieving family and friends.
The Bush-bashing mother of a soldier who died in Iraq last year has garnered quite a bit of buzz from the MSM for her anti-war vigil outside of Crawford, Texas. Drudge highlights her rather drastic change of heart:
The woman is clearly anguished about her son's death, as any parent would be. But in her grief, she has lost sight of the fact that her 24-year-old son, Casey, proudly and willingly served. Sheehan's father told the press in April 2004 that his son had re-enlisted the previous August, planned to make a career in the military, and "loved the Army because it gave him a chance to serve his country."
Anyway, the recent story of a pale Johnson County woman suspected of a tanning salon robbery spree is nearly enough to debunk any myths regarding racial superiority.Make sure to see the rest of his stuff: Tony's Kansas City
Married for 11 years - 3 children 9, 7, 4 - 4 cats, 1 obnoxious dog. I am Jewish, married into Southern Baptist, Catholic & Protestant Grandparents, Aunt that is a Nun and a Hispanic adopted child that was in foster care prior to adoption. Full-time Hooah mom with a Masters degree. Hometown anywhere the Army sends us.Did everyone score that correctly? :)
I am in the middle of Harry Potter. No cooking, cleaning, posting or tending to business until I finish. Of course I jest.She also discusses a NY Times Article that has been making the rounds in the Milblogosphere:
I feel that the American youth of today are denied of knowing the respect and pedestals that the soldiers of yesterday received. What is wrong with this left wing, media crazy, anti-American sentiment that seems to be in vogue? Why has it become so acceptable to have a yellow ribbon on your car just to look good in the office parking lot? What happened to the patriotism after 9/11 when we realized that all AMERICANS ARE IN THIS TOGETHER? Everyone had a flag on their car and seemed so proud of it.
I want to take the time now to properly thank FCC@V, mustang 23's girlfriend. This woman is amazing. I was trying to find Dark Chocolate M&M's to send to michelle.And growing
I mean, she just has such a compassionate heart. I can see why Mustang 23 is with her. He better be dang lucky that he is with this girl.Darn Right I am!
(1) Buy a very good pair of tactical gloves– I bought a pair at Bull Tactical Supply in Austin. GT Distributors (which handles police gear) should have some as well.This is good advice. Gloves are always good to have. But I would wait to buy gloves until after you get the issued set from the Army. If at that point you don't like them, then buy the ones you want. Most of the year it is awful hot for gloves but there are some times and situations where they might be handy (no pun intended)
(2) Have a dust mask for convoys. A scarf helps but a “dickey” type mask is better.Dust is freaking everywhere here. If you are on a convoy in a guntruck with open windows and hatches, these would be helpful.
(3) Arrive in good shape –make that very good shape.This is a must. The heat here is ridiculous and it is best to be in good shape for these conditions. you will need all of the energy you can get.
(4) I took doxycycline.The Army will provide this if you need it don't bother with trying to pay for your own.
You might also take some extra vitamin B (folic acid). Glucosamine sulfate helps some folks with their joints, and wearing kevlar armor takes a toll on “older” joints.Since my joints don't qualify as “older”, I can't speak on that, but I do take Mega Men's from GNC it has a whole bunch of stuff and I think it works well.
(5) Have a good pair of gogglesAs COL Bay notes, the Army will issue a great set of goggles, and if you wear glasses they even have a great on that goes over your glasses from ESS. So again I would wait to see what you get before buying something.
(6) I prefer the UnderArmour t-shirts and shorts. They wick sweat quickly, they can easily washed by hand, and the compression shorts provide support. [ED: Kevlar “over-armor” seems to ride better on UnderArmour-type fabrics. Cotton t-shirts– even when sopping wet with sweat– seem to bunch up. There were a couple of days I wore cotton t-shirts and wished I hadn’t.]AMEN! UnderArmour is great! I wish I owned stock in those guy. they are making a killing over here. I have both the T-Shirts and the Boxer Briefs (I know TMI) and I very happy I made that investment. By the way they are a few bucks cheaper at the PX.
(7) I was not impressed with the KBR laundry operation– Their operation runs on these principles: “if it can shrink it will, if it can fade it will, if it can fray, it will.” For DCUs and sheets, etc., it’s okay. For UnderArmour garments, it isn’t.These guys are killing my socks too. They have one heat setting one their dryers: Chernobyl.
(8) Have a camelbak canteen and use it.Again the Army issued mine to me, but I really don't use it so much. Check and see what you get from the Army first.
Mustang23,Well Said! We aren't here to change anyone, we are here to help them get on their feet. The more we understand the better we can do our jobs.
Other than don't go, I'd have to say this, pick up everything you can get your hands on by T.E. Lawrence and study! Understanding the culture and the history of the region is probably the most important thing for anyone coming here. The thought occurred to me, "We aren't in Kansas anymore." This culture is so opposite of ours. We aren't going to change them, but if we can understand them, then we can work with them, and that is worth its weight in gold here. Understanding.
Bring a digital camera, one with an automatic lens cover, maglite, and as one of the commenters on COL Bay's blog said, get a couple of carabiners for your IBA to hold helmet or whatever else when your hands are occupied -- our trainers advised putting some 5/50 cord on the bottom of magazines, and as you empty them, you can hook them on the carabiner.
I hate spam. No, I'm not talking about Hormel's fine pork product. I'll fry some SPAM® up and eat it on a bun! No, I'm talking about the evil spam. The kind that shows up uninvited in your inbox. And that's what this Blog Tip is all about: reducing spam.
If you've had a computer and an e-mail address for any length of time, you've received spam. And you've probably taken steps to reduce it. Maybe you even bought some products to filter it out of your inbox.
Here's a young lady to brighten your day. Mary-Katheryn (did you notice her tattoo's???) Someday in the future, some young man is gonna fall hard for those big baby blues!!!!
Thinking of you and you are kept in our prayers.
Hello Sir!Jarred, I appreciate the kind words. You know what, I do like to post stuff about the Iraqi Security Forces, Iraqi Army, and Iraqi Police. I feel they are making great moves toward self sufficiency. (I am out of the loop on their Constitutional progress)
I love your site, it is very similar to Black Five and Castle Aarggh in being both informative and entertaining. If you could I am sure your readership would love to know more of the day to day happenings in the company. Also, your thoughts on what is going on with the ISF, the IP, the Constitution and what the future looks like. It is hard to get the truth back here in DC without reading the blogs and hearing from our boots on the ground.
Jarred A. Fishman
2nd Lieutenant, USAF (Res.)
Air Force Pundit
What this blog is all about is Posting pictures of McDonald's restaurants from around the world. This is NOT a anti McDonald's blog I happen to love eating the stuff.
A former US Army Infantry NCO having spent 6 years on Active Duty and 3 years in the National Guard. I am now sidelined with an injury which prevents me from being able to re-enlist and serve my country in uniform. Instead I have decided to serve by making sure I am supporting our fighting men and women any way I can.Sounds good to me!
If you do not want your child to enlist then don't sign the papers for them. However remember that at 18 years old they no longer need your signature so if they are interested in joining then be part of the solution. Sit with the recruiters, here them out and ask questions. Actually ask a lot of questions but remember that the recruiters can only give you information. I hate it, nay, CANNOT STAND IT when I hear people whine about how recruiters lie. No, they gave you just enough to hang yourself which is why I said ask a lot of questions. But know this, your child's enlistment options do not end with the recruiter it is when they meet with the career counselor at MEPS and you will not be allowed to be there for that part of it.He also posts this on a soldier who purposely missed movement:
I hope they toss his a** in d-cell for some time. I am sure a lot of the men and women who are serving in Iraq would prefer to be somewhere else but they understood the importance of the mission and more importantly they remembered the oaths they swore and the buddies who they would be screwing over by refusing to do their jobs.Amen!