I always love a pub when it gives you that something extra. Food, peanuts, free shots are all good.
I also like pubs and bars that recognize their good customers. Years ago, when US Army Officer's Clubs were actually used for boozing, there would always be a plaque with some Warrant Officer's name on a bar stool where the guy sat every single night for three or four years (until his tour was over).
My favorite pubs and bars in Chicago always take care of a good customer: Durkin's, Dublin's, Pippin's, O'Neil's, Dugan's, Kincade's (anyone else noticing a trend here?), Marie's Riptide Lounge, and my all-time favorite - The Burwood Tap. But none of them, NOT ONE, do this for their customers:
I haven't been able to do too much linking to interesting posts this week (due to work and hang overs and letter writing to the Asshats at the Chicago Tribune). Here are some posts that I found interesting:
Pejmanesque expresses some disdain for the planning of a Congressional visit to Iran. I don't get it, either. Not that Arlen Specter has ever been long on great ideas, but I don't the Bush Administration is happy about this. And we may wind up with some kidnapped Congressmen. Hey! Wait a minute! Maybe that's why GW ain't protesting this one, too much. Hhhmmm...
I didn't even know the debate was on so I missed Donnie's live blogging of it. I read it the day after and it was still a good (and funny) run down of the whackos and Lieberman.
Andrew Olmsted has a great post about something that I had completely forgotten about...the left-wing WAS all over Kay for being a partisan hack when he took the job to find WMD.
Heather at Angelweave has a funny post from a Commenter. On a side note, my old room-mate is a biologist and we had a business plan put together to make healthy beer. We were going to put vitamins and minerals into the beer after fermentation but before bottling. I am sure that Physics Geek may know why that wouldn't work.
Update 8pm CST:
If you haven't seen the grand finale Dean-O, yet, you're in for a good laugh. Drink Alert et. al. Allah is one funny MF.
I said Patriots 21, Panthers 17. (Since I predicted that the Chiefs would be in the Super Bowl, maybe you shouldn't rush to bet on my prediction...)
But what I want to know is what are you going to do during the (always) lame half-time show?
I will probably either be playing high-stakes poker ($1 ante - hey, we're big-time Players) or the Man Show Drinking Game. A bunch of my friends think they know how to play poker after watching Celebrity Poker - had one even ask if we were going to be playing Texas Hold 'Em?!
I had seen this done at several blogs (but John Kalb of Kalblog was the final straw). Here's where I've been around the world (red) - most thanks to Uncle Sam or my brother (college in Japan). More importantly, one of these days I need to get myself down to Australia and New Zealand.
There's a bit more to the story from Zeyad of Healing Iraq about the 19 year-old Iraqi boy alledgedly murdered by a US Patrol. I posted about it here, here, here, and here.
Instapundit links to a Slate article where the reporter talked to both the American Commander in Samarra and the murdered boy's family and cousin (the only live witness).
The American Commander conducted his own investigation and doesn't think anything was done wrong by his troops, the Iraqi ICDC Commander thinks the Americans killed the boy, the Iraqi family members believe that the Americans killed the boy. It's a big mess.
Now the US Army's Criminal Investigation Division is looking into the matter. They spent four hours with the survivor. I have a lot of faith that they'll get to the bottom of this to determine if the American soldiers killed the Iraqi (unlikely) or something else happened.
This is important if you use Peer file sharing networks like KaZaa or Morpheus...apparently, MyDoom originated (in Russia) via KaZaa and can still use peer to peer file sharing to spread.
Please consider signing this on-line petition that calls for the governments of the world to declare the Islamic Clerical Regime of Iran as illegitimate and unfit to govern and therefore call for a free and fair referendum to be held in Iran now by well-respected international organizations. As well as also demands that all top level regime officials be investigated and prosecuted for the crime of genocide and many other crimes against humanity.
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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...
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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.
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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.
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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.