Sunday, July 31, 2005

Can I Get A Little Help Here...?!

I have been toying with the idea of asking someone to be a contributor to the B.S....
I don't want this site to become something that I dread, so the idea of someone contributing posts here and there seemed perfect.
But who?
Everyone's style is so different and politics so wide-ranging. I don't need someone that mirror's my thoughts (that would be boring) --but I also didn't want someone to off base. You have all heard me say it a million times; but as real-estate is "location, location, location" --someone that clicks with me is "humor, humor, humor". So, I needed to find someone that I find incredibly funny, someone that is on the same political plane as I, and someone that is smart and succinct (hard combo).
There was someone that instantly came to mind --but the person is a roving soul, so I wasn't sure I'd be able to pin them down... I asked.
They agreed.
Tomorrow they will be un-masked and I know that you will all enjoy reading this person's insights as much as I do...


I had the honor of meeting yet another Blogger. …and I maintain that if you seem to click virtually, you will in real life also.

Army Girl (Phoenix) was passing near Philly in her travels and stopped off at the House of Sage for a Philly Cheesesteak. She arrived at 9:30pm and before we knew it, it was 5:30am! We talked for eight hours straight--and as she followed me to the road she needed to be on her way, the sun was coming up and the birds were chirping.

I am pretty sure that Justice has a new ‘girlfriend’ -as he was duly smitten with her beauty and the added bonus that she is a real-life 'Army girl'. He was awake and came with me as we drove her to her destination. He came downstairs at 4am after having a dream about Usama Bin Laden. I asked why he was thinking about Bin Laden and he said, "I was Googling pictures of him to put on my website". He ended up drawing Phoenix a picture of "water monsters" sucking Bin Laden into their vortex...

It was pretty apparent that we could have talked for another eight hours quite easily. How wonderful to talk with someone whose eyes light up when she speaks of her job and her country.

My time with her made me think of all the comments under the recent feminism thread... Isn't it odd that most of us here are girls that normally don't click with other women --and somehow we all gravitated to the same little corner of the Blogosphere? The four women that I have met so far (PunkRock Mommy, Desult, Beth and Phoenix) are the types of women I'd thought didn't exist... I have loved meeting all of you and my outlook changed by knowing all of you that I have met here virtually also.

Thank you for that.
And have to stay longer next time... (email me to let me know you arrived safely on no sleep and frappuccinos).

Triple Tagged...

I have been thrice tagged. Thankfully two of them are the same MeMe with a very easy answer.

John of Argghhh! and TrekMedic251 both tagged me for the "What is on your nightstand" MeMe.

Nothing. Ok, that was easy. Our bed is in an alcove (?) in our room and there is only room for one nightstand --which I graciously let The Man put on his side (since he gets up first and needs the alarm blaring right next to his head while he hits snooze 17 times and I end up waking up to wake him up anyway....)

...and, Tesco tagged me with this "Theme Song MeMe" in which I have to:
Put a theme song to a blog... if you're listed here, you're TAGGED! (sorry, it's the rulz...)

Justrose's Anonymous Rowhouse: Madness "Our House"

JP's Public Navel Gazing: Gloria Gaynor "I Will Survive"

Free0352: SOD "F the Middle East" or The Cure "Killing an Arab" (couldn't make up my mind)

Zelda's Sleeping Ugly: Stevie Nicks & Don Henley "Leather & Lace"

Freakchylde's Playground: Rick James "Super Freak" (I know...that was too easy, but I couldn't resist)

Ciggy's El Mundo de Cancer: Rockwell "Somebody's Watching Me"

Mood Quiz...

You are all about style. People mis-interpret that with being stuck up. But who cares? You don't need anyone! You're on your way to fame.

Take the quiz: "The MOOD quiz!"

Saturday, July 30, 2005

Things You Shouldn't Miss...

  • The 50th Carnival of the Recipes is up at Fiesty Repartee and host Christina did an incredibly comprehensive and obviously time-consuming job! Some things that look great this week are: Crab cakes and lemon dill sauce (The Man is a crab cake connoisseur, so I will have to make these for him), the Italian in me gravitated to the Garganelli with Prosciutto and Arugula (Yum!), and Mason's favorite is, we'll give this Pesto Pizza a whirl. It was really hard to pick examples this week because everything looked so good...Go take a look!

  • Philly talk show host, Michael Smerconish, has posted on Arianna Huffington's 'blog'. HIS ARTICLE and the book that it discusses (Imperial Hubris written by former CIA agent MICHAEL SCHEUER) is causing quite a stir. The article discusses "Why do they hate us?" and is worth the read and equally slams how Republicans and Democrats have approached the War n Terror.

  • A while back I was asked to participate in an anonymous Blog Survey that was being done by some grad students for their final grade. The subject was "Ethics in Blogging". They have now published their results and I found them to be quite fascinating. Here is a snippet of the study:

    "Non-personal bloggers tend to have more readers, update their weblogs more frequently, and spend more time on their weblogs.

    Non-personal bloggers’ reasons for blogging, the people whom they write about, and their primary intended audience are also different from those of personal bloggers."

    It also goes into the different ethical priorities of personal vs. non-personal (political) bloggers. You can READ THE REST HERE.

  • Milblog News: Finally! Michael, from A Day in Iraq has posted again. His new post explains why he was unable to blog for OPSEC reasons. Go welcome him back... Also, MSG Keith is now a Grandpa! He has posted pics of his new granddaughter -so make sure you stops by to say Congrats!

  • I know a lot of you hate the new "no right click" feature. I didn't realize that you open the links in new windows. I installed it to protect The Sandbox pics (and any other original pics) that people have sent. I have made all of today's links automatically open in a new window. I hope that solves the problem. Text can still be copied if you highlight and Ctrl C.

  • I also have some regional-interest stories up over at Philly Future...for you locals.
  • Weekend Question...

    I guess this should really be on The Man's Blog, but tough...I thought of it first.

    I was thinking about songs that we maimed the words to when were young only to be mortified later in life when we found out the actual lyrics.

    I have a friend that thought Billy Squire's "The Stroke" was about a "Stunt Man" and I know that I used to mutilate AC/DC's "Dirty Deeds"...

    Do you remember any songs that you had all wrong?

    In the Sandbox...

    READ THIS It's funny...
    Taking Care of the Guantanamo Detainees
    A person wrote a letter to the White House complaining about the treatment of a captive taken during the Afghanistan war. Attached is a copy of a letter they received back: (Need I say that this is a joke....)

    The White House
    1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
    Washington, D.C. 20016

    Dear Concerned Citizen:
    Thank you for your recent letter roundly criticizing our treatment of the Taliban and Al Qaeda detainees currently being held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
    My administration takes these matters seriously, and your opinion was heard loud and clear here in Washington.
    You'll be pleased to learn that, thanks to the concerns of citizens like you, we are creating a new division of the Terrorist Retraining Program, to be called the "Liberals Accept Responsibility for Killers" program, or LARK for short. In accordance with the guidelines of this new program, we have decided to place one terrorist under your personal care.
    Your personal detainee has been selected and scheduled for transportation under heavily armed guard to your residence next Monday.
    Ali Mohammed Ahmed bin Mahmud (you can just call him Ahmed) is to be cared for pursuant to the standards you personally demanded in your letter of admonishment. It will likely be necessary for you to hire some assistant caretakers. 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.
    Ahmed's meal requirements are simple, but we strongly suggest serving meals that do not require utensils, particularly knives and forks. Also, these should be "one-handed" foods; Ahmed will not eat with his left hand since he uses that for personal matters.
    He generally bathes quarterly with the change of seasons, assuming that it rains, and he washes his clothes simultaneously. This should help with your water bill. Also, your new friend has a really bad case of body lice that hasn't been completely remedied. Please heed the large orange notice attached to your detainee's cage: "Does not play well with others."
    Although Ahmed is sociopathic and extremely violent, we hope that your sensitivity to what you described as his "attitudinal problem" will help him overcome these character flaws.
    Perhaps you are correct in describing these problems as mere cultural differences. He will bite you, given the chance, but his rabies test came back negative, so not to worry. We understand that you plan to offer counseling and home schooling. Your adopted terrorist is extremely proficient in hand-to-hand combat and can extinguish human life with such simple items as a pencil or nail clippers. We do not suggest that you ask him to demonstrate these skills at your next yoga group. He is also expert at making a wide variety of explosive devices from common household products, so you may wish to keep those items locked up, unless (in your opinion) this might offend him.
    Ahmed will not wish to interact with your wife or daughters since he views females as a subhuman form of property. However, he will be eager to assist with the education of your sons; have available for their use several copies of the Q'uran.
    Thanks again for your letter. We truly appreciate it when folks like you, who know so much, keep us informed of the proper way to do our job. We think this watching over each other's shoulder is such a good way for people to interact that we will be sending a team of federal officials with expertise in your line of work to your place of business soon, just to help you do your job better. Don't be concerned that they have the power to close your business, seize your property, and arrest you for any violation of the 4,850,206 laws, codes, regulations and rules that apply to your profession. They're really there just to make sure you're doing everything the proper way. That is what you wanted, right?
    Well, thank you for this opportunity to interact with such a valued member of the citizenry. You take good care of Ahmed - and remember...we'll be watching.

    Your Buddy,
    Don Rumsfeld

    (*Courtesy of, you guessed it, Free0352)

    ...Army girls...
    One, Two, Three, Four

    Friday, July 29, 2005

    Pregnant and Missing in Philly...

    Many people are speculating about the reasons that there has been wall-to-wall coverage about Natalie Holloway (who is missing in Aruba for those of you that live under a rock)... I have heard many people saying it's because she's white and pretty and has blonde hair and blue eyes. I don’t agree. There has been a girl (who is 5 mths. pregnant) missing in Philly since the 18th, and she just started getting air time Wednesday. (Correct me if I’m wrong, but I think it was a week or two before Natalie’s story overtook the airwaves…)

    I'll tell you why some stories have staying power. No cares about a boring story. They want intrigue and suspense. Look at our top TV shows (Law & Order, CSI) and top selling authors (James Patterson, Mary Higgins Clark). People are going about this story all wrong. There is intrigue in this story, but it isn't getting 'played up'. Some may disdain that as sensationalizing --but it is the only way it will remain on national news.

    Latoyia Figueroa is 24 years old, she has a seven-year-old daughter and is five months pregnant. She and her boyfriend were apart but "working things out" and he was the last one to see her. She was accosted by his ex-girlfriend a few weeks ago --the ex even kicked her in the stomach. Latoyia's grandmother said that they didn't even know she was pregnant until she disappeared...and that she never brought the boyfriend around or talked about him. Latoyia's mother was killed when she was a toddler. Also her uncle is an active member of the Philadelphia Police Department...and a homicide detective to boot. There is a lot here... they need to get people hooked on the soap-opera, mystery novel part of the story!

    Unfortunately, things do not bode well for Latoyia. We have learned over the past few years that a woman's most vulnerable time is when she is pregnant (murder is the leading cause of death for pregnant women). The Philadelphia Police are an excellent Department and though, as of now, they are saying the boyfriend is cooperating and "not a suspect"...I have faith they know what they are doing and will solve this case. My heart goes out to Latoyia’s father and little girl.

    Random Un-PC Thoughts from Yesterday...

    My mom and I took the boys to the zoo again yesterday and as I was 'people watching' (one of my favorite things), I couldn't help thinking about a few of the repetitive sights...

    1) I love Black moms. White moms are so "it's wrong to hit your kid" and "I can't raise my voice in anger". BUT Black moms will smack their kid upside the back of their head in front of 1,000 people without a second thought. "You better get your black ass over here or I'm gonna whoop it!" I envy that. Talking back and other annoying "kid" things may be cute at 4, but they won't be cute at 10+.

    2) I get very uncomfortable seeing large groups of Muslims in full garb. When I see the men I feel panicky. I try not to, but it's an instant reaction. When I see the women I feel angry...I can't understand why anyone would allow themselves to be subjugated like that. And they don't like it --they have no choice. I was hot yesterday in a little tank top, linen Capri’s and flip flops...on top of the full black burqua, they were even wearing black wool socks... Why isn’t NOW and NARAL out protesting Islam because if this?

    3) What is it with teenage girls and the sweatpants rolled down and a half top when the belly is spilling out? But wait; top that off with Adidas soccer sandals and white sweat socks. geez. I guess the younger generation is saving tons on birth control... The Man heard a comedian talking about this "style" and he said that they looked like Pillsbury rolls in the tube when you first pop it! LOL...

    Spanish Made Him Puke...

    "A Kansas high school student convicted of battery for puking on his Spanish teacher will spend the next four months cleaning up after people who throw up in a police car.

    The boy’s lawyer says his client had been nervous about his final exams but other students testified he’d planned it in advance. The teacher says he felt “sort of stunned” when it happened, and notes the student was failing his class." (source)

    I rarely say that a punishment is too harsh --but what if the kid was just sick. I would be really upset if my kid was ordered to clean perp puke for four months. The vomit could be from Hep A,B,C drug addicts, etc... There has to be a 'safer' punishment.

    (*Thanks to Liz for this story)

    In the Sandbox...

    Live From Iraq
    Two members of the US Army's 1st Cav. Div. have put out a Rap CD called "Live From Iraq". They say that all the lyrics were written after coming under fire and tell the 'real story' that they didn't think was being portrayed on the news coverage they saw. They believe that it is our duty to be there and are glad that "someone finally stepped up to the plate". The entire album was written and recorded in Baghdad.

    HERE is the video for the first single. It's footage from Iraq (some graphic). GREAT video!

    The album must be selling out quick --THIS was the only place I could find it.

    HERE is Spin Magazine's review.

    Thursday, July 28, 2005

    ACLU -Another Glaring Discrepancy...

    While looking through the ACLU's website I found This Story:

    "The American Civil Liberties Union of Utah today applauded the state tax commission’s ruling that it will, for the first time, approve personalized license plates with gay-positive messages. The decision, which the ACLU called a win for free speech, comes after the organization appealed an earlier denial of three such plates."

    Now, they call this a win for free speech, but wasn't it the ACLU that fought against States having license plates that had pro-life messages? Here we go again with the selective free speech...

    Look at these headlines -Both from the ACLU's website:

    Tennessee Court Blocks Anti-Choice [PRO-LIFE] License Plate; ACLU and Planned Parenthood Say Decision Protects Free Speech

    ACLU Persuades Utah to Approve Personalized License Plates with Gay-Positive Messages -"A Win For Free Speech"

    So, to BLOCK one is free speech and to approve one is free speech. Nothing like having it both ways...

    Have you checked out the Stop the ACLU website? There is tons of information, petitions and you can join the Stop the ACLU blogburst.

    Heat Wave...

    I have been complaining about how hot that it's been here for the past week, BUT I should think about the fact that the high in Baghdad today will be 122°.

    122°, and our Soldiers, Marines, and Airmen will be in full gear and dealing with a sandstorm. I will not complain about the heat anymore...

    Bad Parenting -Case #493

    Imagine your 23 mo. old kid gets locked in your car and the temperature is soaring past 100 degrees inside. The child is not responding to you? How quick do you break a window of the car --Pinto or Porsche?

    Not This Woman. The police arrived 20 minutes after the baby was initially locked in and the mother didn't want them to break the window. She's now claiming it's because she didn't want the baby hurt by the glass. Please... The police said the kid was like a limp rag when they finally got it out of the car. My driver's side window would have been broken quicker than someone could even call the police.

    In the Sandbox...

    Showertime characters
    I have witnessed some unusual and sometimes disturbing behavior in the communal shower trailers at Camp Victory, Iraq. It seems some people don’t understand what is considered reasonable behavior in a shared hygiene facility. In order to help others, a list has been compiled of the top 10 offenses to shower etiquette seen in a shower trailer at Dodge City North.

    Types of individuals you’ll see:
    1) “Dirty Man”: Takes a shower with his dirty shower shoes and leaves dirt and gravel in the shower. He also uses the shower stalls to wash his filthy rugs and tactical gear (TA-50).

    2) “Superman”: Jumps out of the shower without drying off and soaks all the clothes on the bench.

    3) “Nude Man”: Walks nude from the shower, 10 feet to the sink, and brushes his teeth in the nude. (Note: These sinks have less than 2 inches between them).

    4) “Sneezy”: Sneezes and unclogs his nose all over the sink, shower, etc., aka “Honker”

    5) “May I borrow”: Uses your shampoo/soap without asking.

    6) “Skivvies Man”: Washes his underwear, etc., in the sink.

    7) “Conversation Man”: When there are multiple parties in the shower, and one of them is nude, no conversing should take place!

    8) “Tequila sunrise man”: When you are done with your shower, there is no lying around in the nude on the bench. Just leave.

    9) “Invisible Man”: Puts his soap and shampoo in the shower to reserve it while he is shaving and brushing his teeth (while others are waiting for a shower).

    10) “Curtain Malfunction Man”: Doesn’t know how to tuck the shower curtain inside the shower so that the floor doesn’t get soaked.

    If you are guilty of any of these violations, please knock it off. When you get home you can revert to whatever strange rituals you normally carry out during your personal hygiene time.

    Lt. Cmdr. Gerry Fernandez
    Camp Victory, Iraq (Stars & Stripes: Letters to the Editor)

    ...girls of the USAF...
    1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

    Carnival of the Recipes #50

    Spinach-Pimento Chicken

    What You Need:
    (2) Tubes of dinner biscuits
    3/4 cup of half & half
    (3) Chicken breasts (boiled and diced)
    (1) Can Cream of Chicken soup
    (1) Small jar pimento (drained)
    (1) Bag Frozen spinach --thawed & drained (You can substitute with broccoli or peas and corn if you don't like spinach)
    (1) Tsp horseradish (optional)
    (1) Tablespoon butter

    What You Do:
    Pre-Heat oven to 350 degrees.
    Boil chicken (approx. 10 minutes) and dice
    Spread biscuits on the bottom of baking dish to make a solid bottom.
    In saucepan combine:
    Soup, half & half, chicken, pimento, spinach (or veggies of your choice)
    1 teaspoon horseradish (just until heated -5 minutes)
    Pour mixture on top of buisuts in baking dish.
    Cover mixture with remaining biscuits. Pinch together to make a solid crust.
    Bake for approx. 30 minutes.
    After it bakes for about 20 minutes spread butter on top so biscuits brown.

    Wednesday, July 27, 2005

    WooHoo! Castration Is On The Table!

    "Some members of the Alabama House say that violent sex offenders who prey on children should be forced to undergo surgical castration to ensure that they do not hurt another child.

    In an effort to strengthen a bill toughening the state's laws against sex offenders, the House added an amendment Thursday by Rep. Steve Hurst, D-Munford, that would require those convicted of violent sex crimes against children under 12 to undergo the operation to remove their sex drive." (source)

    I realize that pedophilia is a mental sickness and a crime more of anger than of a sexual nature --but it will be a lot harder to commit the crime without the TOOL. I also know this will never go through because every civil liberties group under the sun will be wailing in the streets… but a girl can dream.

    This is an interesting website I came across regarding this matter.

    Santorum's New Book

    This article rips apart a statement from Rick Santorum's new book, 'It Takes A Family'. A statement that I completely agree with:
    Santorum says:
    "In far too many families with young children, both parents are working when, if they really took an honest look at the budget, they might find they don't both need to."

    I believe this. If you add up daycare costs, gas, automobile wear and tear, lunches, clothes, etc. most families would find that the second income is barely worth it. The article mocks Santorum for being stuck in a "Father Knows Best" mentality (and mocks him for his family's choice to home school) --but I too believe that the break up of the family is what began the spiraling of the society. Is ADHD real or are many of the cases just kids deciding that bad attention is better than no attention? I am old fashioned that way though. I think moms should be at home raising the kids (at least until they are in school full time), and I don't think it's wrong for someone to express that ideal --even if it ruffles a lot of feathers.

    In the Sandbox...


    To: All Commands
    Subject: Inappropriate T-Shirts

    Ref: ComMidEastFor Inst 16134//24 K

    1. All commanders promulgate upon receipt.

    2. The following T-shirts are no longer to be worn on or off base by any military or civilian personnel serving in the Middle East:

    "Eat Pork Or Die" [both English and Arabic versions]

    "Shrine Busters" [Various. Show burning minarets or bomb/artillery shells impacting Islamic shrines. Some with unit logos.]

    "Napalm, Sticks Like Crazy" [Both English and Arabic versions]

    "Goat - it isn't just for breakfast any more." [Both English and Arabic versions]

    The road to Paradise begins with me." [Mostly Arabic versions but some in English. Some show sniper scope cross-hairs]

    Guns don't kill people. I kill people." [Both Arabic and English versions]

    "Pork. The other white meat.' [Arabic version]

    "Infidel" [English, Arabic and other coalition force languages.]

    3. The above T-shirts are to be removed from Post Exchanges upon receipt of this directive.

    4. The following signs are to be removed upon receipt of this message:

    "Islamic Religious Services Will Be Held at the Firing Range At 0800 Daily."

    "Do we really need 'smart bombs' to drop on these dumb bastards?"

    5. All commands are instructed to implement sensitivity training upon receipt.
    (*Courtesy of Free0352)

    Tuesday, July 26, 2005

    happy birthday to my best friend

    by justrose

    this also appears on the rowhouse; i got ala's permission before i hacked into her blog.

    no two people could be more different, really, than ala and i ... on the surface, in temperament. but we have known each other thirty years, and we are the same in all the ways that matter. we have led parallel lives, and there is never a time in all my memory that i can remember when she wasn't there for me.

    we're not mushy, we don't say we love each other or hug or (as many of you have fantasized about us doing) twirl each other's hair and look meaningfully into each other's eyes (before a playful pillowfight). but our friendship is bedrock, it is deep, and it is easy and constant and miraculous. it is the saving grace of my life. it is because of her, my compassionate, hilarious, wise, tender, maternal, gorgeous, altruistic, sardonic, beautiful best friend, that i appreciate and understand things as well as i do. because she listens, and because she understands. because she was there for all of it, so i don't even have to explain.

    so many memories ... with every emotion attached to them ...i could go on and on. if i need to conjure instant and amused revulsion, for example, i need only think of the summer she ... hung out with ... ugh -- my brother. for happiness, when i called her from the office bathroom to tell her i was pregnant. for hilarity, thinking of her saying (this was twenty five years ago): "he just didn't pay attention!" for tenderness, thinking of sitting with her after she had her first baby. for hedonism, thinking of hanging out drinking with her in december. for comfort, thinking of the phone ringing every day when it's her. for our plotting purposes, thinking of her getting on an extension phone and murmuring, "rose, it is not in the box!" for any happy time in my childhood, for any time i laughed in my adulthood when i would rather be otherwise, i think and think and always, somewhere, she is there.

    when we were little we considered each other sisters. sometimes out in public we pretended we were, even though we look and act nothing alike and no one can ever understand how we're such good friends. fast forward thirty years, and we don't have to pretend we're sisters anymore. we are.

    happy birthday ala.

    Blog Twins...

    Have you met yours?

    I was reading Army Girl's comments over at Zoom's blog, and she was telling him how I think that everyone has a blog twin out there. I do. I think we all have them. A person that you came across in this virtual reality, that lives somewhere else in this vast country, and that eerily mirrors how you think. Someone that saves you from commenting because they already wrote what you would have said under any given post. Someone you can't believe is out there because they are so like you. It's odd to think that we would have never met them without *this*.

    My blog twin is 91 Ghost. AB's blog twin is Free0352 (which I guess makes him my blog brother). What's crazy is I think Tesco's blog twin is PunkRock Mommy --who is married to 91Ghost. How strange is that --our blog twins are married to each other... I love that. I thought that blog twins might clash in real life --end up killing each other because they are too much a like, but Tesco and PRM got along great and their similarities crossed over into real life. (To the newer readers out there -Ghost no longer posts...he went out (not literally) in his prime like Dean, Hendrix and Cliff Burton --but the myth remains! LOL)

    Has this strange medium introduced us to people that were obviously meant to be in our lives... Or are there 1,000's of people out there that we would click with that easily? But if that's the case, why don't we ever seem to come across them in real life?

    Do you all think there are blog twins out there? Have you met yours? Who is it?

    Remember the Outhouse Guy in Maine?

    This is the actual picture --how did he fit?

    "Gary Moody, 45, of Gardiner, Maine, plead innocent Monday to trespassing and disorderly conduct from the incident at a rest stop off the Kancamagus Highway.

    Moody was arrested after a girl entered the restroom and saw him in the raw sewage tank.

    In court documents, the arresting officer reported Moody told him he was doing nothing wrong.

    "He told me that he was changing clothes when he dropped his wedding ring into he toilet," Carroll County Sheriff's Capt. Jon Herbert wrote. "He said the ring was very valuable and he did not want to return home without it."

    The officer reported Moody said he dropped into the tank through the toilet opening to search for the ring, and hid, out of embarrassment, when someone came into the outhouse.

    Police screened the sewage and said they found no rings." (source

    Oh God, that means he's married. Women get upset over Playboy and this guy crawls into rest stop toilets in hip waders...!

    In the Sandbox...

    Soldier gets shot, lives and helps capture the sniper
    Watch video (filmed by terrorist)

    "During a routine patrol in Baghdad, Tschiderer, a medic, was shot in the chest by an enemy sniper, hiding in a van just 75 yards away. The incident was videotaped by the insurgents.

    Tschiderer, was knocked to the ground from the impact, but he wasn’t killed, thanks to the protective body armor he was wearing. “I knew I was hit,” said Tschiderer, “but was uncertain of the damage or location of the hit. The only thing going through my mind was to take cover and locate the sniper’s position."

    After a few seconds, Tschiderer jumped to his feet, shot back, then took cover and located the sniper.
    The U.S. Army has released footage of the incident that shows Tschiderer, 21, being shot in the chest by a sniper, then getting away.
    His mother, Debbie Tschidere, has had a chance to view the tape, after first getting an e-mail from her son. In the e-mail, Pfc Stephen wrote, “Treating the man who shot me didn't really sink in until afterwards. At the time, I just did my job and didn't really think about it too much."
    After she saw the tape, she told a local television station that she just couldn’t believe her son got up. She says learning he went on to capture the shooter and render first aid tells the world what she already knows, that her son is a top-notch soldier, "And to me that shows incredible strength of character that we're incredibly proud of," said Debbie Tschiderer.
    After being shot and calling for help, other soldiers from Tschiderer’s unit joined him and together they tracked down the wounded sniper by following the blood trail he left as he and another attacker fled the scene.

    The sniper was handcuffed and given medical aid by the very man he had tried to kill, Tschiderer.

    Tschiderer is with E Troop, 101st “Saber” Cavalry Division, attached to 3rd Battalion, 156th Infantry Regiment, 256th Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division." (source)

    ...Camp Lejeune girls...
    1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

    Monday, July 25, 2005

    Are Americans Turning on Tony Blair?

    ...That's what London paper The Telegraph says. The article references certain OpEds in The Weekly Standard. (It goes on to call The Weekly Standard a publication with 'close ties to the Bush Administration'. I wonder if they know that TWS was started in 1995...)

    Have Blair's liberal policies on Muslim immigration/Cleric free-reign put those in the UK at risk? I have heard reports that the UK has let people in their country that Pakistan thought were too radical! For those chanting the mantra about Blair's Iraq cooperation causing the attacks --please don't make me recite the LONG list of Islamofascist attacks that occurred before Iraq or Afghanistan.

    I am not turning on Blair. His political position has been precarious. He has worked hard to balance his convictions against public outcry. I think his job will be made easier now that terrorism has become tangible across the pond. The Guardian reports that even though many Britons equate Blair's war policy and the recent attacks --his approval ratings are higher than they have been in a long time.

    "Ministers have rehearsed the defense that al-Qaeda and its murderous affiliates have been active and deadly long before the invasion of Iraq. That is true. The Twin Towers were first attacked when George W Bush was a little known governor of Texas who had never heard of a novice Shadow Home Secretary called Tony Blair. The terrorists who have just massacred holidaymakers in Egypt did not bother to discriminate between citizens of countries which supported or opposed the war. You can't say that there would never have been bombings in London were it not for the war in Iraq. Nor can you say that we would become instantly safe by withdrawing British troops. That would only guarantee that Iraq's fledgling democracy will be exposed to even more murderous attacks by killers so vile they use suicide bombers against children asking for sweets. (source)

    My prediction: This is the beginning of many attacks. Europe’s open-immigration policies and tolerance of hate-speak, Canada's denial of a border problem and America's visas-on-demand all but guarantee it.

    He Has A Blogger Blog!

    The 'artist' (and I use the word liberally), of the painting that upset my little Mason so much, has a blog on Blogger.

    It's called the 'Corruption Exposer', and his "About Me" diatribe is quite telling. Though, didn't 'Berkeley Lawyer' say all you really needed to know? But wait --His FIRST post is about the 9/11 heroes (note that he has heroes in quotes, the way I put 'artist in quotes when referring to him) a.k.a. firefighters "looting during the chaos".

    HERE is his site. He says that conservatives are 'afraid', but I have no problem linking his little site. It only helps our side when people see the seething, frothing faces of the far left. It's like free advertising...

    'Going Drag' as a Defense...

    You gotta hand it to defense attorneys...they are a creative lot...

    "Andre Guthrie, 22, faced with a special five-year-minimum sentence under the law because he robbed a Sovereign Bank in Lowell, Mass., "while masked," argued to his sentencing judge in June that he wasn't actually in disguise but merely in his transvestite mode ("Andrea Guthrie"), including wig, false breasts, and a fake nose and facial moles. "This is what he does," said Guthrie's lawyer. "This is who he is." (source)

    In the Sandbox...

    Soldier's funeral was not a 'function' (Read This)
    -By Eric Heyl

    "Grief doesn't diminish their anger.

    Relatives of the late Marine Staff Sgt. Joseph Goodrich are upset over what they consider to be Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. Catherine Baker Knoll's cynical intrusion on their mourning.

    Goodrich, 32, of Westwood, had many roles in life: husband, son, police officer, handyman, landscaper, Central Catholic High School wrestler, altar boy.

    He died July 10 in a mortar attack in Hit, Iraq. Friends and relatives packed St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Carnegie on Tuesday for the infantry unit leader's funeral.

    Knoll was among those in attendance.

    Rhonda Goodrich, 38, of Indiana County, the fallen soldier's sister-in-law, said Knoll slipped into a pew next to his aunt, Linda Kubiak of Bethel Park. Through Goodrich, Kubiak declined to comment.

    Rhonda Goodrich said Knoll, 74, of McKees Rocks, began chatting with Kubiak during the communion service.

    "When (Knoll) found out (Kubiak) was Joe's aunt, she handed her a business card and told her she attends 90 percent of these 'functions' across the state," Rhonda Goodrich said.

    "This was not a 'function,' " she continued, fairly spitting out the words. "A function is a dinner or an awards ceremony. This was my brother-in-law's funeral."

    According to Rhonda Goodrich, Knoll then said what continues to leave Joe Goodrich's survivors shaking their heads: "She told Joe's aunt that the (state) government was against the war."

    An odd thing to say, because the state never has taken a position on the Iraq conflict. An offensive thing to say to those who knew Joseph Goodrich loved being a Marine and fighting for his country.

    "Whether you're for the war or against the war, to say something like that to a relative of someone who just died in combat was just repulsive," Rhonda Goodrich said.

    Added Patricia Goodrich of the South Side, the slain soldier's mother: "When my sister-in-law related that to us (after the service), everyone just gasped. We didn't feel it was appropriate at all."

    Knoll spokesman Sean Pendrak would not comment specifically on the Goodrich family's allegations.

    "Obviously, the lieutenant governor extends her most sincere condolences to all families who have lost loved ones in the fighting," Pendrak said. "She also wants to convey her support of all of our fine young men and women in uniform."

    That support means little to Rhonda Goodrich, who believes Knoll was more interested in jump-starting next year's re-election bid than offering genuine sympathy to mourners.

    "She never said to anyone, 'If there's anything I can do to help, just call my office,' " Goodrich said. "It seems like she's going to funerals and using business cards as campaign fliers."

    Rhonda Goodrich remains angry, but she is grateful for one thing.

    "I'm glad she didn't sit down next to me and say those things," Goodrich said. "I would have smacked her on the spot." (source)

    Hat tip for this story: JunkYard Blog
    If you do a Google news search about this, FIVE stories come up. If you type in 'detainee abuse' TEN PAGES come up. Sad. You either cry for us or you cry for them --yes, it is that black and white. Now you can use Gov. Ed Rendell's contact info to hold him accountable for his Lt. Gov. AND for his abysmal five year sentences for violent sex offenders. Email him,
    call him: (717) 787-2500
    or send a letter:
    Governor Edward G. Rendell's Office
    225 Main Capitol Building
    Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17120
    UPDATE: Rendell to send written apology to Marine's family

    ...USMC girls...
    one, two, three, four, five, six

    Sunday, July 24, 2005

    Things You Shouldn't Miss (Really!)...

    Yeah! Finally someone agrees with ME!!! JunkyardBlog has made his own t-shirt in response to the one below... It says, "I Do Not Consent To Being Blown To Bits By Terrorists" Too cool --I must order one!
    Speaking of JYB, please read THIS POST, especially the military and mil-supporters out there. First Rendell and now this...

    Carnival of the Recipes #49 is posted over at The Glittering Eye. Yummy stuff? Raspberry Brownies, Baked Comfort Apples, Snicker Apple Salad, Moo-Mango Smoothie, and the Best pancake recipe Ever. They all look great though, so don't miss out on all the others!

    King of the Castle, John, takes our 'nuke Mecca' discussion a lot deeper.

    Zelda had a one-on-one, face-to-face run in with Chip Pitts, Amnesty International's Board Chair, and you can read about it HERE.

    Andi updates the Walter Reed/Code Pinko situation HERE. Last Friday a wounded soldier came out and brought the FReepers champagne as a thank you! (You can also read the FReep report).

    And just to set myself far above all those that discourage dissent on their blogs...Courtney defends the NEA, and does a good job (If I hadn't read Betrayal). And speaking of dissent --a left-leaning blogger told me that and The Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler both block IPs of lefty commenters. Is this true?

    There is new SEX OFFENDER website that currently has 21 participating states (plus D.C.) being run by the Department of Justice. Thanks Alberto Gonzales! Unfortunately, participation is voluntary. There NEEDS to be a central database for ALL states. PLEASE put pressure on your State Reps and Governors to get Jessica's law passed in every State. In some States (such as PA) offenders can currently receive FIVE STINKING YEARS for raping a child. Anyone that lives in OREGON -Your state DOES NOT publish any sex offender info! (Thanks to LIZ for this link!)
    "There are more than 500,000 registered sex offenders nationwide, the Justice Department said. The recidivism rate for sex crimes is four times higher than for other offenses, according to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics.

    Privacy advocates have been wary of publishing the names of people who already have served their sentence.

    But several recent high-profile abductions and killings have led to calls for widened access to the information. The most recent case was the abduction of two Idaho children, one of whom was later found dead, allegedly by a convicted sex offender.

    Participants in the national site are: Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Wisconsin." (source)

    Song of the day
    Quote of the Day: "A towel is not a hat." -Howard Stern

    What Kind of Rocker are You?

    You Are a Punk Rocker!

    When it comes to rock, you don't follow any rules
    You know that rocking out is all about taking down the man
    You've got an incredible stage presence and rock persona
    You scare moms, make bad girls (or boys) swoon, and live life on the edge!

    ...Damn, I've obviously been with The Man WAY too long! ;)

    In the Sandbox...

    You guys aren't at work on the weekends --so I am taking advantage and giving the shirtless boys their due...

    Bigs Guns
    His Info

    So Serious
    His Info

    Saturday, July 23, 2005

    Weekend Mini-Rants...

    THIS PAINTING, which may look like a masterpiece from a sixth grade art class was actually done by a Berkeley Lawyer, and it's causing quite a stir... The problem isn't just a 'free speech' issue. The painting hangs in the taxpayer-funded Sacramento Department of Justice building. I personally could care less because it only illustrates in a smack-you-in-the-face manner the continued hypocrisy of the left. If that was a Qur’an instead of the USA would it be hanging there? If someone had painting the Ten Commandments would that be hanging there? I am gonna guess -NO.
    (Mason just saw this pic and said "Mommy, why did a horrible person do that to America?" --From the mouths of babes...)

    Stupid People:
    Yesterday morning I heard that they were searching backpacks in NYC. Someone said, "People are gonna be freakin' out about that!" I disagreed. Who in their right mind would be upset about that? Open up your backpack for two seconds...that's upsetting? Then, low and behold I go over to Philly Future and see this shirt and This Article. Hold on, I have to go bang my head on a sharp object. *Please note* If you wear this t-shirt and are blown up, maimed and/or severely burned --there will not be an ounce of sympathy. Maybe we'll throw candy in the streets like they did on 9/11. (Do people so soon forget the millennium plot was stopped and thousands of lives saved by a random search?!)

    Are You Addicted to the Internet?

    54% addicted

    "You seem to have a healthy balance in your life when it comes to the internet and life away from the computer. You know enough to do what you want online without looking like an idiot (most of the time). You even have your own Yahoo club or online journal! But you enjoy seeing your friends and going out to enjoy life away from your computer."

    How Addicted are You?

    In the Sandbox...

    A bit of United States Marine Corps Eye Candy
    His Quote:
    "When faced with lifes really hard choices just remember "It's better to be Dead and cool, than alive and uncool...."
    His profile...

    Friday, July 22, 2005

    Feminism: Evolving Definitions...

    The other day Courtney (self-proclaimed liberal) said something that stuck with me:
    "Feminism is for victims."
    And it's true --in the most common connotation of the word.

    But does it have to be that? Here is one of my favorite quotes from my political muse: Mary Matalin (speaking about her first boss in the campaign world):

    "...She brought unique management skills to the campaign, female management skills. The campaign ran like a family. There was none of this Men-are-pigs, men-are-the-enemy feminism to her, just a sense that "Men can be dopey and we know that, and we know that we can be smarter than they are, and here's how you act in the world." She loved men, but she was magnificent to women. Maxene was my idea of what feminism could and should be: women helping other women without hating men or aspiring to be men..." (source)

    She's Smarter Than Them...

    ...and they don't seem to get it.
    Do you remember the other day when I said "keep saying that Roberts is too moderate and that we're not happy with the pick"? Well Ann Coulter is doing it much bigger than any of us could have. She making headlines by saying that Roberts is too middle of the road and that he was the "stealth" choice. Her new article outlines how Bush's nominee is Souter in Robert's clothing. The great thing about Ann is that, like Bush, she is always "misunderestimated". She is well aware of the fact that she may be more demonized by the left than Karl Rove --and that splashy headlines claiming that 'Coulter Hates Bush's Pick' will only help Roberts' cause. Brilliant. Say what you will about Ann, but they wouldn't seethe at the sight of her if she wasn't effective...

    Did You Hear...

    ...That the detainees at GITMO are in the middle of a hunger strike in protest of their detention?

    My thought....?

    Problem solved.

    Some Philly Humor...

    It's funny 'cause it's true...

    (From The Philadelphia Daily News: The Daily Views 7/21/05)
    *Comic courtesy of AB

    In the Sandbox...

    Filter out ‘background noise’

    "Every Super Bowl produces a winner and each player gets a coveted ring. First team, second team, all are esteemed for their unique and valuable contributions.

    The war on terror is another world-class event, where the stakes are much higher. Unlike football, our members don’t carry a ball or always wear the same uniform. We do, however, have a common enemy and common goals.

    Here in Iraq, we have our own world-class team doing great things. They are the force protection providers who keep us safe within our walls; the combat arms teams who actively search and engage the enemy before they can do us harm; our combat support community making things happen on both sides of the wire; the personal security details who protect the dignitaries forging Iraq’s fledgling democracy; the God-loving people who pray for us at worship services, prayer breakfasts and in their private moments. Also, the host of supporting civilian staff that serve us well and serve us so often.

    In a well-orchestrated symphony, each musician skillfully plays his or her part, whether great or small. Sometimes, however, when the background noise gets too loud, things can get a little distorted. That’s when I sit back and once again appreciate the music and remember the guiding principle, “One team, one fight.”"

    ~Chaplain (Maj.) Don Zapsic
    Camp Liberty, Iraq

    ...USAF & ANG girls...
    1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

    Thursday, July 21, 2005

    London Police Confirm...

    ...(attempted?) explosions occurred on 3 tubes and a bus. No trace of chemical agents in initial investigation. Bombs seem to be smaller than last attack, and on preliminary examination seem to be much more amateur devices. Two weeks to the day from the last attack.

    I read the other day that after the last bombing British support for the war in Iraq and how the US was handling terrorism soared higher (I think it was to 56%). That made me wonder how support for the war played out here in terms of geography. Are people closer to NYC, PA and D.C. more likely to support our efforts? People like The Man and I that stood and watched the smoke stream down the horizon? People that lost loved ones and had near misses? I wonder if that study has been done...

    Once again, our thoughts and prayers go out to our British counterparts.

    UPDATE: London Police shoot man in subway - 7/22/05

    "Terrorism is the enemy of all free people."
    ~Australlia's Prime Minister Howard (appearing with Tony Blair this afternoon at Downing Street)

    Nuclear Retribution...Should We Have A Plan?

    No commentary from me here. This one is just for open discussion…

    "Rep. Tom Tancredo, a Colorado Republican, was asked on a radio talk show Friday how the United States should respond if terrorists struck several of its cities with nuclear weapons.

    "Well, what if you said something like, if this happens in the United States, and we determine that it is the result of extremist, fundamentalist Muslims, you know, you could take out their holy sites," Tancredo answered.
    When host Pat Campbell of WFLA-AM in Orlando, Fla. asked if he meant "bombing Mecca," the congressman responded: "Yeah." (source)

    Needless to say, the Muslim community is up in arms over this statement.
    *picture courtesy of Free0352 ;)

    More Soldiers Arrested...

    THESE STORIES really bother me. Eleven more soldiers were arrested for detainee abuse. None of the 'abused' needed medical attention. I don't believe we should be torturing people --but now we can't even rough them up?!
    There are fights in the US all the time... if someone insults your girl, likes the wrong sports team, slams into you in a club or yells at your kid at Tee-ball --and people understand that tempers flare. It's human nature. But somehow Soldiers & Marines are supposed to witness civilians and 'brothers' being blown up by IEDs and when they catch the guys they aren't supposed to have any anger?
    I realize that it's not preferable since we are so sensitive now about the rest of the world and how they see us... But how many of those bitching have had to stand face to face with a person that just killed their friend? How would they react if they had to pick up body parts of someone they cared about --even the most liberal among us? How many other wars were waged this way -slapping soldiers on the wrist at every turn? These are not nice people -and if they get a slap here and be it.
    We will not win the war by demoralizing our Soldiers and Marines... If you want to know how they treat prisoners in the Middle East, read about Egypt. People there are afraid to commit a crime. We need to make people afraid to plant an IED...

    In the Sandbox...

    Salute to U.S. forces

    "I was in the local Army Post Office and overheard some soldiers talking about how depressing it was to work there and being in Iraq. I would like to say something to all the soldiers and Marines involved in the war on terror:

    Does anyone believe that these same people who are so willing to blow up themselves and their own people would hesitate to attack us again on our home turf? Stateside, everyone is comfortable going to sporting events in crowded stadiums and not many have left the heavily populated cities, all of which are prime terrorist targets. Why? Because we have taken the fight to the terrorists. Don’t lose track of that. Should we ever forget, we would open ourselves up to a repeat of Sept. 11 or worse. We must stay and fight these insurgents or those who have died or been injured in Iraq or Afghanistan will have done so in vain.

    Let’s remember what our mission is and ensure that America is as safe as we can keep her. Every soldier plays a vital role.

    To the soldiers carrying the mail: Keep in mind your deliveries help maintain the morale of our warriors and keep them going. You will never know if the letter you deliver to, or take from, these soldiers on the front line will be their last letter to or from home.

    Each of us needs to stay focused. We are in this together.
    Thanks to all of you for a job well done."

    Sgt. 1st Class Bruce Babione
    Al Taquddum, Iraq (source)

    ...US Army girl...
    One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six

    Carnival of the Recipes # 49

    Pistachio Ambrosia

    This is a great summer dessert and is one of three things that I am always asked to bring/make for parties. The other is my Hot Taco Salad (which I may do next week) and my Pasta Salad (which I will never tell)...

    What You Need:

    (2) 16 oz. tubs of Cool Whip
    (1) 16 oz. bag of MINI Marshmallows
    (2) 3.4 oz. boxes of Pistachio pudding
    (2) 20 oz. cans crushed Pineapple
    (2) 16 oz. jars of Maraschino cherries

    What You Do:
    In a big bowl combine Cool Whip, marshmallows and pudding mix & mix well.
    Drain one can of pineapple and DO NOT drain the second.
    Pour both cans into mixture and stir.
    Cut up both jars of cherries and add to mix.
    Refrigerate for one hour before serving.


    Wednesday, July 20, 2005

    Judge John Roberts

    Some information...

    VERY IMPORTANT: Keep saying "He's too moderate, we don't like him." Say it over and over --it worked for Alberto Gonzalez (they hated him for the GITMO stuff, but wanted him once they found out that Conservatives didn't)...libs seem to fall for reverse psychology...LOL

    -(General) Worked as a political appointee in both the Reagan and Bush I administrations.
    -(Reproductive) Mr. Roberts co-wrote a Supreme Court brief in Rust v. Sullivan,1 for the first Bush administration, which argued that the government could prohibit doctors in federally-funded family planning programs from discussing abortions with their patients.

    I did a bit of reading, but don't know that much about this guy. I do know that within three seconds of his nomination the she-men at NARAL were already attacking him --so that's good. I am also happy to report that the posters over at DU (The Democratic Underground) are really upset about this choice --so that makes me feel better too. (The thread is pretty funny).

    This is my favorite:
    "Fortunately they [the Senate] are in recess for the next five weeks, so nothing is going to happen. We've got five weeks to pick this guy apart and find the ghosts in his closets. Bush is proving how desperate he is. Otherwise he would have waited until Congress is back in session so that there wouldn't be time to dig up any dirt on this one." ...and or maybe this one...

    "Even If you have to SHUT THE GOVERNMENT DOWN! COMPLETELY DOWN! Fillibuster *EVERYTHING* if they try to go nuclear on you! This is the fundamental battle we've all elected you to fight. This is where we expect you to fight to your fullest abilities to win! Don't let any business go through the Senate or the House unless they pull back this nomination. Thanks!", this one...

    "Hey, we can all still go to California for an abortion once it is overturned at the federal level."
    You gotta read this thread!

    ...Wow, good thing we didn't go with our first pick...who actually was a woman...AND a Constitutional lawyer...ANN COULTER! *evil laughter*
    Controversial pick? Can we just say -former ACLUer Ruth Bader Ginsberg... yeah, that's what I thought.

    Want to Know When I Yell at My T.V....?

    Take THIS STORY for instance. A 27 year old from NY decides that she wants to go mountain Pakistan. (enough said?) Oh, well now she is missing and her family is "calling on the State Department" to do something about it and pleading on TV for people to "help pressure the State Department" and Pakistan's government to do more. Are you kidding me? I realize the family is upset and all, but have a bit of common sense. This girl obviously knew the risk of going to a country that is in the hot bed of the WoT. This is on the State Department's website:
    "Due to on-going concerns about the possibility of terrorist activity directed against American citizens and interests, the Department of State continues to warn U.S. citizens to defer non-essential travel to Pakistan. The U.S. Embassy in Islamabad and the Consulates in Karachi, Lahore, and Peshawar continue to operate at reduced staffing levels. Family members of official Americans assigned to the Embassy in Islamabad and to the three consulates in Pakistan were ordered to leave the country in March 2002 and have not been allowed to return. " (read the rest of the warning)
    The family can hire and independent search company like Natalie Halloway's family did. It's not like she was over there distributing food to refugees --she was mountain climbing for chrissake. Am I wrong?

    Or THIS STORY... Do you remember the three boys from Camden, NJ that died in the trunk of their grandmother's broken down car? Well, the horrible news from the autopsy that was just released is that the boys could have been alive for up to 33 hours. Truly Horrible.
    But here's the kicker...there is now talk of a lawsuit against the Camden Police Department. WHAT? You practice poor parenting and leave your children unsupervised to play in abandoned cars and it's the fault of the police? They couldn't have gotten off their asses and looked in the trunk before they even called the police? True, maybe the police should have checked in the trunk, but when did it become police responsibility to watch people's children? I know that the parents are most likely grieving and they feel the need to blame someone --but they need to look in the mirror...if they had been supervising their very young boys, they would still be alive. Am I heartless?

    What Were You in a Past Life?

    Quiz Me
    ALa was
    a Well-Behaved Warrior
    in a past life.

    Discover your past lives @ Quiz Me

    Hat Tip to That 1 Guy

    Philly Area Bloggers...

    ...may be interested in a piece that I have posted on Philly Future...or not.

    In the Sandbox...

    Male or female, who cares?

    In reference to the coed/gender wars, we complain to much. I feel that we spend too much time complaining and not enough time soldiering.

    I was an infantryman and have been deployed five times, twice in Iraq. Now I am with the Signal Corps in Balad. I’ve seen war from both sides of the line and all I see is complaining.

    And as I read these letters I noticed that none of you is infantry. I have seen women do their jobs, where men haven’t, and vice versa. If you can’t do your job, I will be there to make sure you can figure it out. I won’t do it for you, male or female; that’s not my job. You will get the job done and that’s just it, nothing more.

    This Army is getting smarter and so are our mouths. If you are not in a leadership position or your comments do not help the mission at hand, then keep your mouth shut. This is war! People die. While we are complaining, people are fighting. While we sham on our job, people are dying. As soon as we figure that out, the sooner we go home.

    Who cares whether you are male or female? I don’t, and I am infantry. If she can pick up that rucksack and shoot that weapon, let her do it. If he can sit in that chair and use that pen let him do that. Because when the convoy gets attacked or the compound gets attacked, and I get wounded and cannot shoot any more, I would hope that anyone of you, male or female, will take my place and continue the fight.

    Donald DeLoach
    Logistics Support Area Anaconda, Iraq (Stars & Stripes: Letters to the Editor)

    ...some Army National Guard girls...
    1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

    Tuesday, July 19, 2005

    The Biggest American Double Standard...

    Imagine you have a 14 year old daughter and you find out that her 23 year old reading teacher has had sex with her in the classroom, his bedroom and the back of his SUV. Then imagine that he gets out on $25,000 bail (which could have meant only $250 to a bail bondsman). The country would be up in arms--even if the teacher claimed the sex was consensual. We would all say that a 14 year old is incapable of consenting to an adult --that his position of power could have influenced the decision (fear of retribution for non-compliance)...and all this would be true and the outrage justified.

    But for some reason when men find out that the accused molester looks like THIS and that it was a boy that consented, all that logic and common sense goes right out the window. They are proud that their boy was able to 'get some of that'. All of a sudden there is empathy in place of disgust. If this had been a 14 year old girl, I doubt there would be a documentary about it, or that he would have groups of "supporters". I doubt that a lawyer could argue that the pedophile wasn't taking the prosecution's deal because it entailed too much jail time and the man was just too handsome to go to jail. Yes, you heard that right, her lawyer says that she is "too pretty" to go to jail. That she would be "raw meat". Good. She should have thought about that before she had sex with a child. I know all of you men want to high five the kid -but he probably hasn't even gone through puberty yet. (source)

    From Mary Kay to Lafave...this is a glaring double standard in this country. I will be very interested to see what sentence she will receive (especially in comparison to what men that have committed the same crime have gotten). Female predators seem to be on the this is a discussion that Americans need to have. What would reaction from men have been if Debra Lafave had looked like Andrea Dworkin?

    Why I Don't Trust Civilians...

    ...with guns. I know, I know...I'm not saying that I want to take them away, my NRA enthusiasts. I respect the Second Amendment and the right to bear arms --but I am also allowed to mistrust many that bear them...

    Because of things like this --
    "[A]2-year-old toddler, Shaina Daugherty, from Brownsville, PA was accidentally shot and killed Tuesday when her father, Fred, was attempting to shoot a raccoon in front of the family home..."Our investigation indicates this was nothing more than a horrific accident. There doesn't appear to be any criminal intent," Fayette County District Attorney Nancy Vernon said. "There's no indication that he had any ill feelings or intended to inflict any harm on the child," she said. "Unless the toxicology tests come back positive, we do not intend to file any charges." (source)

    And this --

    "In March, Regina Jones-Peoples, 30, of Warren, Ohio, survived 18 gunshots, from her neck to her legs, allegedly by her estranged husband, Marcus Jones, 29, on whom police issued an arrest warrant. After the shooting, Jones-Peoples got back into her car and drove herself to St. Elizabeth for treatment, police said." (source)
    She has 50 Cent beat!

    And this --
    In an early-morning shootout on June 4 in the Homewood housing complex in Pittsburgh, two undercover officers and suspect Keith Carter, 19, exchanged a total of at least 103 gunshots and missed every single time. (source)

    In the Sandbox...

    Active duty hinders fitness

    "I was glad to see your feature article on the obesity problem.

    I am a 48-year-old Guardsman. I enlisted after Sept. 11, 2001, following a 20-year break in service with the Marines, from 1978-82. I was appalled at the physical condition of today’s soldier. In fact, being on active duty has seriously impaired my own physical training program and nutrition plan, habits and disciplines that I had kept for 20 years as a civilian. The problems are no secret. In summary:

    * Army food is horrid. Processed white flour and sugar and fried foods form the center of any menu in every chow hall. Completely eliminate the desserts, ice cream cases and soda fountains. If you know it’s bad, then why are you serving it? Serve lean meats and fresh fruits and vegetables. Ban food from the barracks so that every single night is not a Doritos and pizza party. Just do it.
    * Stop sissifying PT. I am embarrassed at Army PT, if we have PT at all. Stretching to cadence and doing some grade school calisthenics like we do would put Richard Simmoms to sleep. Make PT hard and do it every day. Design a program for men who are warfighters and execute it.
    * When did this curious procedure of having soldiers do push-ups for minor offences develop? What a stupid idea! The noncommissioned officer sends the message and reinforces the idea that PT is punishment rather than a good and necessary component of a healthy lifestyle.

    I am grateful to the Guard for allowing me the opportunity to serve in this just and necessary war, but I look forward to my tour being up so I can get back to eating healthily and exercising more. It is so hard to stay in shape while in the Army."
    Spc. Bill Maughan
    Kuwait (Stars & Stripes: Letters to the Editor)
    (Seems a bit mean to take simple pleasures away when people are fighting a war, but I could be wrong....)

    ...some military girls...
    one, two, three, four, five, six

    Monday, July 18, 2005

    Monday Randoms...

    Do you know who feminist/writer Naomi Wolf is? Well, HERE is an article that she wrote about the "porn myth". She, the late Andrea Dworkin and Hillary Clinton often lambaste pornography and the evils of the naked body --but ironically they are all speakers/supporters of NARAL. Remember them...? The ones having the Screw Abstinence party complete with a 'sex toys demonstration'... Anyway, I saw an interview with her (Wolf) the other day and she is so horrible that she makes Susan Estridge look like a fun dinner date!

    Salt1907 has weighed in on the Rove "scandal" -comparing Clinton and Bush Whitehouse tactics during an investigation.
    ...Isn't it amusing (sad) that the left is throwing around the word "treason" in reference to Karl Rove yet hardly a word was heard when many thought that failed Presidential candidate John Kerry outed a CIA agent --the difference? The CIA never asked Novak not to release Plame's name, but the agency DID ask that Fulton Armstrong's name not be revealed during John Bolton's UN confirmation filibuster (Kerry did it anyway). Also, remember that little incident with Sandy Berger impeding a National Security investigation by sneaking classified documents in his tighty whities!? How quickly they forget. Or how conveniently...

    The Carnival of the Recipes (Edition #48) has been up since Friday at One Happy Dog Speaks, and host VWBug has done an excellent job! What looks good this week? Well, I am always up for new Waffle recipes (or in this case "ancient" ones), the Pina Colada Punch sounds yummy, Bad carbs...but I love Chicken & Dumplings, and OMG! Kentucky Butter Cake! There's tons more -so go take a look...

    Beth (SWWBO) has an awesome post up about one of my favorite institutions to rag on...the NEA (teacher's union)...this is definitely worth the read. She also has a Hippie Test posted...Here are my results:

    I am 14% Hippie.
    So Not a Hippie.
    What? Am I a Republican? Why did I even bother taken this test?! I guess I’ll back to my George W. Bush fan club and tell them I just wasted 10 minutes of my life. At least I don’t stink, man.

    I haven't seen the new Willy Wonka yet, but over the weekend I heard the funniest review of the movie (can't remember what show it was on...) The critic said: This movie is a bit creepy because it's the story of Michael Jackson. Willy Wonka is a white, middle aged man that lures underage children to his house and does things to them that he could be prosecuted for....LOL.

    Caption It...

    This was so hard to pick 'the best' because so many of them were good...but, the winner is...IrishDiablo with:

    "Man journeys through Star Jones' colon, amazed at findings!"

    Gross, but funny. LOL

    In the Sandbox...

    'They shoot at us, we shoot back'
    -By Steve Liewer, Stars and Stripes

    "Staff Sgt. Michael Broner lay on a cot on July 8, 2004, in Patrol Base Razor’s crude barracks, an air-conditioned refuge against the fierce July heat of Samarra, Iraq. Suddenly a soldier ran in the front door, shouting something about a truck and a bomb. Broner heard a crash in the front of the room, then started scrambling over the cots of sleeping soldiers toward the back door. He waited for the explosion he knew would follow.

    “I was saying to myself, it didn’t blow,” said Broner, 32, of the 1st Infantry Division’s 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment. “And then it blew.” An explosion from the bomb-laden sport utility vehicle leveled the concrete barracks room, crushing to death five U.S. and two Iraqi soldiers and hurting two dozen others. Four of the dead were members of Broner’s mortar platoon.

    Later, Broner would learn the bomber, wearing a police uniform and driving a police vehicle, was allowed inside the compound, then plowed his vehicle into the barracks. As the SUV exploded, it collapsed the front and outside wall on top of the 11 soldiers inside. Broner doesn’t remember hearing the blast or seeing the fireball. But he felt the explosion, which sent him flying 20 feet. “It blew right through me,” he recalled. “The first [wave] lifted me up, and the second one pushed me forward.”

    A pile of debris landed on top of Broner, leaving him mostly buried. He stumbled out of the rubble as a few soldiers who had been outside, like Spc. Matthew Campbell, 22, waded in to pull out the dead and injured. The car bomb had only begun a large insurgent attack on Razor. The insurgents began lobbing rockets and mortars and firing automatic weapons. Broner made his way to the fire-direction center. From there, he could talk to 1-26 Infantry commanders a few miles away. “It was just a natural reaction,” he said. “To me, it was like a regular thing: they shoot at us, we shoot back.”

    His squad nearly wiped out by the blast, Broner at first had only Spc. Travis Wright to fire the mortars. Eventually, Campbell and Sgt. Matthew Shepherd, who had helped dig through the bombed building, would help as well. Broner kept the battalion up on the progress of the battle while watching his screen and coordinating three counter-battery mortar missions. The survivors, boosted by reinforcements and air support, fought off the rebel attack.

    Only later did Broner realize that the blast had broken his right arm, burst his eardrums and lacerated him with shrapnel. Through it all he stayed at his post, leaving only when a medic urged him to go with the other injured to the aid station. “They said I needed to go,” he recalled. “With the adrenaline flowing, you just don’t realize [you‘re hurt].” His injuries earned Broner a ticket back to his wife and four children in Germany. He lobbied to return to Iraq as soon as his arm healed. His unit allowed him to return in November. “I just had to be there for the soldiers,” Broner said. “It was like closure — finishing what I started.”

    In April, shortly after his unit returned from Iraq, Broner received a Bronze Star with “V.” Like many decorated soldiers, he has mixed feelings about his medal. “It’s a great honor,” he said. “But if I could give it up and bring those guys back, I would.” (source)

    ...Airborne girls...
    1, 2, 3, 4, 5