A reader brought this to my attention that, on the day before Veteran's Day, November 10th, Golden Corral will have a Military Appreciation Night from 5-9pm.
Veterans Day is a celebration to honor America’s military personnel for their patriotism, love of country and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good. This year’s Golden Corral 2003 Military Appreciation Night brings special meaning to all 400+ Golden Corral Restaurants spanning 39 states as we join together to once again offer all veterans and retired and active duty members of the U.S. military a Free “Thank-you Dinner Buffet and Beverage on Monday night, November 10th, from 5 – 9 PM.
Senator Bob Dole is supporting the Military Appreciation Night event through public service announcements, which encourage all veterans and U.S. military to participate and be recognized for their sacrifice and dedication to protecting our nation’s freedom.
Wow. That's a lot of free food for the vets (Reserves and National Guard are included). Golden Corral might just get more of my business now that I know about this support of the military.
The biggest fight that I have ever had with my wife in over six years of marriage was over my personal French Boycott. She had gone shopping and brought back some wine which happened to be made in France. She opened it before I knew what it was, and I asked her to pour it down the drain.
Of course, my wife knows me well, and she knows how much it would kill me to watch good booze destroyed. But, we went back and forth over it and she finally poured it down the drain, looking me in the eye the whole time. She thought I was crazy. Pouring out wine that was paid for and opened. According to her, I wasn't hurting France by pouring it out. She still thinks I make a big deal out of nothing.
I don't think that I can drink French wine and, to me, it doesn't matter whether it hurts France or not. I don't want to experience the after-taste of duplicitousness and deceit. I have my principles. I have my reasons. To put it succinctly, they, the French, suck.
So, a few days ago, I am in La Perla. It's a lingerie store and it has really nice lingerie. While I'm in the store, I have this great little number picked out for Mrs. Blackfive. I try not to grin like an idiot as I bring it to the register.
Now, Iraqis are blaming Israel for the bombings in Iraq. That's right. This one is courtesy of the CommunistLA Times:
"I am sure that the people who did this are enemies of Iraq, not the enemies of the Americans," Dunya Khalil Ismail, a 28-year-old college lecturer, said as she left work Wednesday. "Whether it was the Israelis or the Americans themselves, they are aiming at us."
That's from a college lecturer. A really smart lady.
Yeah, it's not Al Qaeda or the Baathists or the Iranians. Nope. It's got to be the Israelis or the Americans killing themselves and the Iraqis.
Donnie of Ain't Done It posted a bio of sorts that is an interesting read.
Banagor has a post on Bin Laden's Bidding - an essay about what the terrorists really want, Victory.
Heather continues her story of her fight with cancer when she was 19: Part III and Part IV.
On the lighter side, you single folks go visit Ross at Rocket Penguin. He has some great dating tips. I still maintain that the best movie to watch on a date is "Hard Boiled". (Anyone?)
This latest story has caused a stir on the 'sphere. It's about LTC West - a commander under charges of assault for using heavy-handed methods of gaining information from an Iraqi policeman in league with terrorists poised to strike LTC West's men. Serenity, Misha, Spoons, 4 Right Wing Wackos and others have posted on it. Any combat vets out there care to comment?
The Carnival Of The Vanities is hosted by Blogger Rabbit this week. It's a good one. Boss Rabbit starts it out with a letter from the Sub Deputy Vice Consul to the Nigerian Department of the Interior...
Anyway, there is lots of good blogging there. Go check it out, now.
Former Paratrooper and Army Officer, "Blackfive" started this blog upon learning of the valorous sacrifice of a friend that was not reported by the journalist whose life he saved. Email: blackfive AT gmail DOT com
Retired Special Operations Master Sergeant, Jim Hanson ("Uncle Jimbo") is now focused on writing about the military, politics, intelligence operations and foreign policy. Email: jimbo AT unclejimbo DOT com
Writer, photographer, and raconteur C. Blake Powers is the Laughing Wolf. He is independent in politics and covers topics including journalism, military, weapons, preparedness, space, science, cooking, food and wine, product and book reviews, and even spirituality. Email: wolf1 AT laughingwolf DOT net Laughing Wolf's Amazon Wish List
Bill Paisley, otherwise known as Pinch, is a 22 year (ongoing) active and
reserve naval aviator. He blogs over at www.instapinch.com on a veritable
cornucopia of various and sundry items and will bring a tactical naval
aviator's perspective to Blackfive. Readers be warned: any comments of or
about the F-14 Tomcat will be reverential and spoken in low, hushed tones.
Email: wpaisley AT comcast DOT net
Mr. Wolf has over 26 years in the Army, Army NG, and USAR. He’s Airborne with 5 years as an NCO, before becoming an officer. Mr. Wolf has had 4 company commands. Signal Corp is his basic branch, and Public Affairs is his functional area. He recently served 22 straight months in Kuwait and Iraq, in Intel, PA, and senior staff of MNF-I. Mr. Wolf is now an IT executive. He is currently working on a book on media and the Iraq war. Functional gearhead.
In Iraq, he received the moniker of Mr. Wolf after the Harvey Kietel character in Pulp Fiction, when "challenges" arose, they called on Mr. Wolf...
Email: TheDOTMrDOTWolfAT gmail DOT com
Deebow is a Staff Sergeant and a Military Police Squad Leader in the Army National Guard. In a previous life, he served in the US Navy. He has over 19 years of experience in both the Maritime and Land Warfare; including deployments to Southwest Asia, Thailand, the South Pacific, South America and Egypt. He has served as a Military Police Team Leader and Protective Services Team Leader and he has served on assignments with the US State Department, US Air Force Security Police, US Army Criminal Investigation Division, and the US Drug Enforcement Administration. He recently spent time in Afghanistan working with, training and fighting alongside Afghan Soldiers and is now focused on putting his 4 year Political Science degree to work by writing about foreign policy, military security policy and politics.
McQ has 28 years active and reserve service. Retired. Infantry officer. Airborne and Ranger. Consider my 3 years with the 82nd as the most fun I ever had with my clothes on. Interests include military issues and policy and veteran's affairs.
Email: mcq51 -at - bellsouth -dot- net
Tantor is a former USAF navigator/weapon system officer (WSO) in F-4E Phantoms who served in the US, Asia, and Europe. He is now a curmudgeonly computer geek in Washington, DC, picking the taxpayers pocket. His avocations are current events, aviation, history, and conservative politics.
Twenty-three years of Active and Reserve service in the US Army in SF (18B), Infantry and SOF Signal jobs with operational deployments to Bosnia and Africa. Since retiring he's worked as Senior Defense Analyst on SOF and Irregular Warfare projects and currently ensconced in the emerging world of Cyberspace.
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A Marine who began his blog in Iraq and reflects back on what he learned there and in Afghanistan. To the point opinions, ideas and thoughts on military, political and the media from One Marine’s View. Email: onemarinesview AT yahoo DOT com
Uber Pig was an Infantryman from late 1991 until early 1996, serving with Second Ranger Battalion, I Corps, and then 25th Infantry Division. At the time, the Army discriminated against enlisted soldiers who wanted use the "Green to Gold" program to become officers, so he left to attend Stanford University. There, he became expert in detecting, avoiding, and surviving L-shaped ambushes, before dropping out to be as entrepreneurial as he could be. He is now the founder of a software startup serving the insurance and construction industries, and splits time between Lake Tahoe, Boonville, and San Francisco, CA.
Uber Pig writes for Blackfive a) because he's the proud brother of an enlisted Civil Affairs Reservist who currently serves in Iraq, b) because he looks unkindly on people who make it harder for the military in general, and for his brother in particular, to succeed at their missions and come home in victory, and c) because the Blackfive readers and commenters help keep him sane.
COB6 spent 24 years in the active duty Army that included 5 combat tours with service in the 1st Ranger Battalion and 1st Special Forces Group . COB6 was enlisted (E-7) and took the OCS route to a commission. COB6 retired a few years back as a field grade Infantry officer.
Currently COB6 has a son in the 82nd Airborne that just returned from his third tour and has a newly commissioned daughter in the 4th Infantry Division.