December 13, 2004

Listening To...

...the new Jimmy Eat World album "Futures" while trying to figure out a way to write about what's been in my head for the last few days.

Right now, "Kill" is my favorite song from Futures.  This album is more complicated than their others and it works well.  I've been a Jimmy fan for a few years and this is their best work.

It rocks in a quiet sort of way, building intensity as it moves towards the end.  Love it.

[Yeah, I know they are contributing to Moveon.org's compilation CD]

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December 07, 2004

December 7th - Pearl, the 'stan, and Iraq

Never forget Pearl Harbor:  One, Two, and Three (the Donovan has many links for Pearl Harbor blog posts).

Always Remember This Day in Afghanistan:  When the first Afghan President elected by majority vote took an oath of office - One (WSJ) and Two (Reuters).  Plus, Sgt. Hook discusses his role in helping the Afghanis.

And what about Iraq?:  Arthur Chrenkoff has more and more good news from Iraq.

So, how do all of these stories and bloggers and essays fit together?

Sam Pender emails the essay below about the lessons of Pearl Harbor and how that attack and 9-11 are similiar.

December 7th Remembered or Forgotten - by Sam Pender

Why did the United States go to war with Germany in WWII? Those certainly weren't German Stukas and NAZI pilots over Pearl Harbor on December 7th. It was because Hitler supported Japan-not because they ever attacked us or had plans to do so. Pearl Harbor was specifically the result of a US oil embargo placed upon Japan as a result of the Japanese occupation of formerly French Indochina…an occupation permitted by the Germans who had recently conquered France and controlled its holdings-but the embargo was place upon Japan-not Germany. So, how did the United States interpret the 12/7 attacks as a final step into war with both Japan AND with Germany if Germany had nothing to do with 12/7?

"It is difficult to find a parallel to the unwisdom of the British and the weakness of the French Governments, who none the less reflected the opinion of their Parliaments in this disastrous period. Nor can the United States escape the censure of history. Absorbed in their own affairs and all the abounding interests, activities, and accidents of a free community, they simply gaped at the vast changes which were taking place in Europe and imagined they were none of their concern."
-Winston Churchill, Memoirs of the Second World War

"By the autumn of 1933 it was plain that neither by precept nor still less by example would the British effort for disarmament succeed. The pacifism of the Labour and Liberal Parties was not effected even by the grave event of the German withdrawl from the League of Nations. Both continued in the name of peace to urge British disarmament, and anyone who differed was called “warmonger” and “scaremonger.” It appeared that their feeling was endorsed by the people, who of course did not understand what was unfolding."
-Winston Churchill, Memoirs of the Second World War

    True, America’s allies were in trouble and asking the U.S. to help them, and a handful of Americans privately did before 1942 (see also Flying Tigers, Eagle Squadron, Hemmingway in Spain etc.). Another interesting aspect is to try and find a smoking gun in pre-Aunschlus Germany. It can't be done. There were violations, but nothing individually causing a war. Even Pearl Harbor was not the single reason for America's entry into WWII. No war should ever start for a single causus beli, and few do (including WWII, 911, and the war in Iraq).

"There was no moment in these sixteen years when the three former allies, or even Britain and France with their associates in Europe, could not in the name of the League of Nations and under its moral and international shield have controlled by mere effort of the will of armed strength of Germany."
-Winston Churchill, Memoirs of the Second World War

"Until the middle of 1934 control of the events was still largely in the hands of His Majesty’s Government without the risk of war. They could at any time, in concert with France and through the League of Nations, have brought an overwhelming power to bear upon the Hitler Movement, about which Germany was profoundly divided."
-Winston Churchill, Memoirs of the Second World War

    The United States went to war with Germany because Hitler declared war on the US (as had Saddam and Bin Laden both throughout the 1990’s), because Germany and Japan were allies (as were Saddam and Al Queda...see also 1998 indictment of UBL and the 1993 non-aggression agreement between them), and because there were repeated, close, high level TIES between Hitler and Japan (just as there were repeated, close, high level TIES between Saddam and Al Queda). Al Queda is not Japan, but it is a nation without borders (just not a nation-state after the fall of the Taliban).

"Don’t believe that anyone in the world will hinder me in my decisions [to invade Austria and Czechoslovakia]! Italy? I am quite clear that they are with Mussolini: with Italy I am on the closest of terms. England? England will not lift a finger for Austria…And France? Well, two years ago when we marched into the Rhineland with a handful of battalions [breaking the 1991 Treaty of Versailles]-at that moment I risked a great deal. If France had marched then we should have been forced to withdraw….but for France it is too late!"
-Adolph Hitler, 1938

    So, on December 11th, 1941, the United States went to war with Germany because Japan had attacked Pearl Harbor. Germany had no knowledge or involvement in the 12/7 attacks, was not involved, but Hitler had a relationship with the Japanese, had declared war on the US, and hadn't followed the terms of the Versailles Treaty (ie, the WWI armistice agreement/cease-fire had been broken repeatedly by Hitler). Hitler didn't have an air force (the WMD of the day), but he had the capacity to build one rapidly-as most of Europe would find out by 1943. Following the declarations of war, the United States acted quickly to strike back at the Japanese with the Doolittle Raid, the Battle of Coral Sea, Guadalcanal, and finally halting Japanese free reign of aggression in at the Battle of Midway just 6 months after Pearl Harbor (note: 6 months after the 9/11/01 attacks, the Taliban were routed, Bin Laden was driven from his safe haven and pinned down in the mts of Pakistan, and Afghanistan was already starting to rebuild).

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
-Edmund Burke

    So, where are the historians? Where is the generation that saw the right thing to do, AND had the courage to do it? Half of America has seen the right thing to do (specifically 51%), and has the courage to endure it. The other half prefers to ignore history, seek appeasement and isolationist policies, and to politicize the war on terror. Half the nation sees the history, and has learned from it. The other half continues to replace the cold realities of the 21st Century with political conspiracy theories piled upon each other as their own means of denial.
After a while, the conspiracies get harder and harder to grasp. Pres Bush (a man constantly painted as a moron by his political opponents) apparently stole the 2000 election by controlling 1/3 of the govt, the Supreme Court, and pulled off the greatest conspiracy in American history. THEN, this alleged Happy Meal-without-the-fries managed to pull off the greatest conspiracy in the history of man; he created the 911 attacks with the help of the Pakistanis who actually committed them using Saudi hijackers.

    Why? So he could invade Afghanistan to get access for the natural gas pipelines to fund his invasion of Iraq which he used to fund his 2004 theft of the Presidential election. One conspiracy alone is tough to realistically put faith in, but for President Bush (purportedly the dullest knife in the drawer) to have pulled off 4 of the greatest conspiracies in the history of man (each one dependent on its predecessor) is just impossible.  With four successive coups the odds become exponentially smaller and smaller; 4 of the greatest in mankind?  Millions of people are grasping at straws in denial, and there's another 4 years yet to start.  Why do they grasp?  What DON'T they grasp?

    Given the hundreds of thousands of people who have looked into each one of these conspiracies, the independent, foreign, and bi-partisan investigations that have disproved them, the reason that people still cling to them can only be described as political denial, as historical denial, and as proof positive that those who have ignored the lessons in their history classes truly have been doomed to repeat them.

"Even though large tracts of Europe and many old and famous states have fallen into the grip of the Gestapo and all the odious apparatus of NAZI rule, we shall not flag or fail. We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France, we shall fight in the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air; we shall defend our Island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing-grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender; and even if, which I do not for a moment believe, this island or a large part of it were subjugated and starving, then our Empire beyond the seas, armed and guarded by the British Fleet, would carry on the struggle, until, in God’s good time, the New World, with all its power and might, steps forth to the rescue and liberation of the Old." ie, "Bring em on"
-Winston Churchill, Memoirs of the Second World War

"Let's Remember Pearl Harbor" was America's battle-cry on 12/8/41....maybe it should be once again?

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December 05, 2004

Despite the ACLU, That Holiday Feeling Is In The Air

I missed part of the Army-Navy Game yesterday because my town has a Christmas Walk - where Santa arrives on a Fire Department Engine, reindeer are present, the town Christmas Tree is lit by the mayor, and all of the stores are open with treats for adults and kids alike.  It was pretty cool.  And I couldn't believe that city hall can actually get away with calling it a "Christmas" Walk - especially with the ACLU and PC police. 

Right now, my son believes two things that he won't believe a few years from now -  (1) That Santa Claus is real and coming to town and (2) that I am his biggest hero in the world.  I'm going to enjoy it while it lasts, and I am glad that my town isn't afraid to have a ChristmasWalk.

Here is a picture of my son meeting the very real Donner - you know, the one that pulls Santa's sleigh.  My favorite pub in town had Donner and Dasher in the back Bier Garten.  Talk about the best of both worlds - taking my son's picture with a Reindeer one minute, enjoying a Kristal Weiss the next.

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December 02, 2004

HALO 2

With the Frau und kinder out of town this week, I have had time to finish HALO 2.

GREAT GAME!!!

Without giving much away, it was fun and it seemed too short.  But after finishing it and looking back at the different chapters you can select, it is a reasonably long (enough) game.

The problem is the *ahem* ending.  I think I actually yelled, "No @#$%ing way!"  It's that abrupt and it's not really an ending.

However, the rest of the game is very, very cool.  The Marines are righteous and hilarious.  I fell off of the couch laughing when I was driving the Warthog and the Marine gunner in back yells out, "Where did you learn how to drive, Mexico City?"

The best part is Sergeant Major Johnson and his one liners:

    "Now, don't make me take off my belt!" - gearing up for a fight.

    When Cortana says "the mesage just keeps repeating.......'regret, regret, regret' any idea what it means?"  Sergeant Major Johnson replies, "Dear Humanity, we regret being alien bastards, we regret coming to earth, and we most certainly regret the Corps destroying our raggedy ass fleet!"

    "Vindi, vindi, we kicked your ass!" - after wiping out a bunch of aliens.

    "Hey! Bastards! Knock, knock!" - as he blasts open the door.

    "Marines, did I give you permission to Bitch?!"

    "You're uglier than my mother-in-law!" - shooting an alien.

    "Your eyes say no, but my gun says yes, yes, yes!" - shooting an alien.

    "Be happy, Marine! When I joined the Corps we didn't have any fancy tanks. We had two sticks, and a rock, and we had to share the rock with the entire platoon!"

    "How ya feelin' there, Jackass?!" - after killing an alien.

    "Ok, they're in standard formation - little bastards in front, big ones in back."
Now, I'll have to wait for the new Knights of the Old Republic (due out in a few days).  And then there'll be WWII Paratroopers and another Medal of Honor for XBox sometime next year.

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December 01, 2004

Patrick Daley and Some Admin Notes

I'm about two hundred messages behind in my email scanning.  By the looks of it, about fifty or so are about Chicago Mayor Daley's son enlisting in the Army to be a paratrooper.  That story has been in every newspaper and top news story on tv for the last few days.

    My first thought was, Cool.  Another Chicago Irish Paratrooper - somebody call Michael Moore (politician's son enlisting as a paratrooper).

    Then, So what.  The kid quit West Point so who knows if he can hack being a paratrooper.

    Then, But he's got a pair.  Daddy's reach is long, but not long enough to reach to Iraq or Afghanistan. And the Army won't care who his dad and uncle are...

    Then, Matty, stop being such a judgemental @#$%.  Just be glad that we have people enlisting during a war.

Anyway, I've been busy lately and hope to catch up on the email and the posting later.

Update:  Just an FYI, Patrick is a Republican and supported George Bush (most Chicagoans know about this).  There's a lot of buzz about how Patrick represents hope for the Democratic Party.  Sorry, but he's not a Democrat...at least not one this year.

Update 2:  Linda B. thinks that I'm going to be all washed up as there will now be another Irish Paratrooper from Chicago.  That SOB will probably have a blog, too.

At least my dad isn't the mayor.

So, I've got that going for me.

Which is nice.

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November 29, 2004

SI Sportsman of the Year - Vote For Ranger Pat Tillman

Patrick M. sends the link to Sports Illustrated's fan poll for Sportsman of the Year.

Background:  Sports Illustrated is conducting it's annual fan poll for Sportsman of the Year.  This year there is one athlete who stands out.  Tim Layden of CNN/Sports Illustrated lays it out for you.

I'd appreciate it if you took some time to go here to vote, select Pat Tillman on the sliding window on the left of the site (he's second from the bottom and wearing a red football jersey), click on his picture, then hit the vote button.  Just in case you have trouble finding his picture, here is a screenshot of what Pat Tillman's ballot looks like.

Currently, he is in third place behind Lance Armstrong and Michael Phelps.

Update:  Sondra K. says that she can't think of a more worthy person.  I agree. 

[Note:  You can vote more than once - just refresh the web page]

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November 25, 2004

Winter Wonderland

Yesterday, the Midwest got clobbered with a snow storm.  We only received a couple of inches here, but it was enough to cover the trees on my street.  Below is the picture that I took while looking out of our living room window - I was contemplating shoveling the driveway versus waiting for the snow to melt.

Winterwonderland

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November 16, 2004

I Don't Watch TV Very Often...

...but I am a Amazing Race fanatic.  It starts tonight (8PM CST) with a two hour premiere.

Honestly, I tried to get my wife to allow me and my father-in-law or my friend, Phil, to apply to run the race.  But three to four weeks is a long time to be away from home - even for one meeelion dollars.

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November 08, 2004

Fallujah - Time For "Spiritual Warfare"

I've gotten quite a few emails about Fallujah.  I haven't posted anything because I've been really, really busy.  Well, I also have a very good friend going in.  I'm not really a very religious guy, but, while our aircraft and artillery have been "preparing" the battlefield, I've been praying a lot for him and the Soldiers, Marines and Iraqi soldiers that will make the assault on Fallujah.

It  will be a tough job - there will be plenty of IEDs, boobytraps (probably hundreds/thousands), and enemy snipers...let alone bad guys that need killin'.  Military Operations in Urban Terrain are very tough, slow, and tiring.

Those of us not in the fight need to conduct "Spiritual Warfare".

Get to it.

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October 29, 2004

Happy Halloween 2004 - Part 1

I changed the picture to a thumbnail to improve page load speed. Click on the thumbnail for the full picture. Have a safe and happy Halloween!

Happy_halloween_1

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October 07, 2004

Sosa Should Scram

As a lifelong Cubs fan, I have a hard time being tough on the team. However, I am one of the few that have thought for a long, long time that Sosa should go.

A lot of my friends think that getting rid of Sosa would lose the Cubs home runs. A lot of my friends think that I am crazy, and that Sammy has been one of the lynch-pins keeping their play-off hopes alive.

Have you ever seen Sammy Sosa really hustle after hitting a grounder? I have...maybe twice in the last four years. He's a made a few good plays this year, but only a few. He's a prima donna in an organization that is supposed to be made up of scrappers. The Cubs are not the Yankees. Never have been and never will be.

And, now, more proof of what Sammy Sosa really is...an arrogant, pouty @#$%.

Sosa sittin' on the dock of the pay
BY MIKE KILEY Staff Reporter

Sammy Sosa has been docked a day's pay for failing to remain at Wrigley Field for the Cubs' season finale Sunday against Atlanta.

General manager Jim Hendry faxed a formal letter Wednesday to Adam Katz, Sosa's agent, and also sent a letter to Sosa's offseason address informing the sulking slugger that he must pay roughly $87,400 for leaving the ballpark during the game without permission.

''The action Sammy took was indefensible, and I feel this is an appropriate fine,'' Hendry said. ''He should have been willing to stay with his teammates and dress in his uniform like everyone else did. He just shouldn't have left. There is no way to defend it.''...

Time for Sammy to go...no team needs a player that won't stick it out the whole season.

I won't miss him.

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October 02, 2004

OUTRAGE - Part 2

John G. sends this article from the Washington Times about Jack Daniel's watering down Old No. 7.

..."We were just doing what we think most of our friends and customers wanted," said Roger Brashears, who has worked at Jack Daniel's in Lynchburg since the 1960s. "Our quality control is very scientific. It comes down to how it tastes."

The company touts Old No. 7 as "a simple reminder that some things just never change. And shouldn't. This is the old-time whiskey made as our fathers made it."

The uproar was started by a few whiskey drinkers who say Jack should stick to that promise. An online petition asking the company to switch back has gathered about 700 signatures...

Hopefully, some of those signatures were from you all.

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September 30, 2004

It's an OUTRAGE!

AAAAHHHHHHHHHH!

John G. sends this article from Modern Drunkard about Jack Daniels deciding to lower the alcohol content of Old No. 7.

Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 is a simple reminder that some things just never change. And shouldn’t. This is the old-time whiskey made as our fathers made it. Remaining true to Jack Daniel’s original recipe and charcoal-mellowed character means folks today enjoy the same sipping whiskey awarded seven international gold medals.

So says Jack's Daniel's web site. Rather inspiring, isn't it? Such noble sentiments should warm the cockles of the most cynical drunkard's heart.

Unfortunately, not a word of it is true. For the second time since the Brown-Forman Corporation acquired the distillery in 1956, they have lowered the proof of Jack Daniel's Black Label Tennessee Whiskey. Fifteen years ago they dropped its original 90 proof to 86, and very recently, and might I saw with zero fanfare, they degraded it to 80 proof...

Included in the article is a link to sign a petition in protest of degrading Old No. 7 any further. Read the article to see how the PC Police can get at anything - even whiskey. It's a travesty. This is at least as important as RatherGate.

[No animals were hurt in the production of this post]

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The Duh-bate

Since I'll be up taking care of my daughter, I'll be watching the debate but not able to dip into the scotch.

I wish I could take part in Mama Montezz's Debate Drinking Game (she's one of my favorite writers, too)...

Number 5. Anytime Kerry attempts a joke or takes a stab at humor, for which humor will probably file charges for attempted murder.

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September 27, 2004

If You Are Relatively New To Blackfive...

...then you might want to read these posts:

1. Taking Chance Home

2. Mathew Schram's Memorial Day

3. Alzheimer's

4. The Warrior Caste

5. Someone You Should Know (series)

6. Bonds That Shall Not Be Broken (series)

7. Saving Specialist Gray

8. The Sixtieth Anniversary of D-Day (dozens of bloggers participate in the anniversary with information about D-Day that you may not have read about before)

Finally, I usually post letters from friends in Iraq or the 'stan in the Military Stuff Category. I'm thinking of creating a Letters from the Battlefield category to separate them out from all of the other stuff. You have scroll through lots of military-related posts to find them. There's a few per week.

Thanks for stopping by.

Update: Bill reminds me of this post - All Things French - Blackfive's Encounter With a French General - that, aside from a Search and Rescue mission, is what I am best known for in the Army.

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September 22, 2004

Thank You

...to all those who sent suggestions about New Orleans. I appreciate it.

Nick was absolutely correct about the D-Day Museum.

Thanks to Toni for the tip about Jacques-Imo's. Great Place.

Thanks to Robert Prather and T - My team (26 of us) ended up selecting Arnaud's to have dinner one night. Didn't know that they had a ghost museum upstairs. Had a great ribeye there.

Mr. Green was correct about Acme Oyster Co. - it turned out to be my favorite spot for lunch or a sneak-out-of-conference-for-a-quick-drink-and-appetizer place. Then again, Big Money Green knows me, well. Good food, fast, with a good beer list (liking the Abita Light and the Black Voodoo).

Thanks to Chase - I hung out in both the Cat's Meow (closed the place three nights and that's where I got into trouble) and John Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop (sat at the piano bar for hours one night). My pal Roger had the Cat's Meow rocking with a Rick James wig and guitar jamming Sweet Home Alabama. Good times, good times.

St. Louis on Sunday. Next stop after that, Canada. I'll be in Vancouver in two weeks.

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September 21, 2004

Heading Home

On the way back to Chicago, tired from last night in New Orleans (bad ghost tour, but later we found a great jazz place). Here's a few things to check out:

1. A Lance Corporal from Camp Lejeune sends this artwork demonstrating respect for our fallen heroes. He thought you would like it.

2. Winds of Change is attempting to help some Canadians send aid supplies to Afghanistan. They are looking for suggestions.

Project Mercury Hope is similar to Chief Wiggles' Iraqi efforts. Master Corporal Storring is a Canadian Soldier who was deployed with the ISAF Peacekeeping force near Kabul. Mercury Hope is his effort to mobilize civilians to help the soldiers help the orphans of Afghanistan.

3. Chris M. sends this great link about Iraqi Little League Baseball via the Big Red One.

4. Arthur Chrenkoff has the fourth installment in his good news from Afghanistan series.

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September 19, 2004

New Orleans Update

Amazingly, I was actually on the balcony of Napolean House last night...legitimately, too (cocktail party). Talk about Irony...One of the ladies took my picture on the balcony so I'll post it after she gets it developed.

No, I didn't jump because there was panel truck below. Everybody knows that it's better to jump on a mini-van or car than a panel truck - those things hurt!

Spent a few hours in the ER last night with my pals, Roger and Joe. Nurse Frank Stively took good care of Roger after an accident during a karoke show (broken nose - long story). Sorry for the threats, Frank...just wanted to make sure Roger was in good hands. Everybody is okay. In fact, Roger is raring to go, again. Haven't had to use the bond card, yet.

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Arggh! It's Talk Like A Pirate Day!

Ahoy! Scowlin' Blackfive, here!!!

T'is morn brings us International Talk Like A Pirate Day! Arghh!!!!

It be only appropriate tha' I'm in a Pirate City - N'Orleans. A beauty for t' takin'.

So AVAST ye over t' MilBlogs and be ready to board and gut that blackhearted devil, John O'Flipper Kerry.

If ye lubbers don't have a good pirate moniker, avast ye here.

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September 18, 2004

Hurricane Blackfive Hits New Orleans

Or should it be "New Orleans' Hurricanes Hit Blackfive"...?

BTW, Acme Oyster Co. was a great suggestion. Fast, cheap, delicious food. I'm going to have a few Po' Boys from Acme before heading home.

Had to take a friend of mine to O'Brien's for Hurricanes since it was his first time here.

(Lunch break's over, gotta get back to work, more later)

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September 17, 2004

Hurrican Blackfive to Hit New Orleans - Imminent

Hi All-

I'm on my way to New Orleans. Thanks for stopping by.

I would like to thank everyone for the tips on where to go for food and drink, etc., while I'm in NO. I haven't been there since 1995 and am really looking forward to it. I'll be working most of the time during the day, and I'll have a bit of time for the blog in between drinks and getting into trouble...So, if you hear about a drunken Paratrooper doing Parachute Landing Falls off of the Napolean House balcony the while yelling "John Kerry can kiss my military @SS!!!"...well, that'd be me.

I'll probably have some pictures for tomorrow's posts.

Have a great day!

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September 16, 2004

Borders Responds to Reader

In response to this, Lou V. sent an email to Borders and this was the response he received:

09/16/2004

Dear Lou:

Thank you for contacting us with your concerns about postings at www.bordersunion.org .

First, I'd like to stress that as a company, Borders is absolutely apolitical. We take no stance whatsoever, and for over 30 years we have been committed to our customers' right to choose what to read and what to buy. Our stores are highly regarded for featuring a very deep and diverse selection of titles in hundreds of subject areas--including politics--representing a wide range of thought.

We take great measures to communicate this on an ongoing basis to employees and to emphasize the importance of not expressing political viewpoints while working in our stores. In fact, Vin Altruda, the President of Borders Stores Worldwide, has personally communicated strongly to all employees that it is not appropriate to share their personal political viewpoints in any way while at work- through conversations with other employees or customers, by wearing T-shirts or buttons of a political nature, or by taking any actions to express a political viewpoint.

That said, with more than 32,000 employees worldwide, it is challenging to manage the actions of each individual. And of course we cannot control what employees say or do on their own time outside of working in our stores. This includes posting their thoughts on websites that are not associated with our company. It is important to note that the site you've referred to is not accessible to our employees at work, nor are any of the statements on it a reflection of our company policy.

Of course, we realize that this particular posting is claiming that an employee has taken actions of a political nature while on the job. At the current time we have no evidence that any inventory in our stores has been diverted or destroyed by an employee. I assure you that this type of behavior would not be tolerated under any circumstances. Should we become aware of specific actions and can verify that a specific individual has indeed taken these actions, we will certainly take appropriate disciplinary action.

On the subject of the book "Unfit for Command", it is in Borders stores and continues to be a top-seller. The publisher of this particular book underestimated the popularity of the title and therefore did not print enough copies to meet the initial consumer demand. Although it has been challenging for Borders to secure a continuous supply of this book, we are working with the publisher to meet ongoing demand and are doing our best to assure that our stores have appropriate quantities in stock (please see the attached news article regarding this issue).

I hope this has addressed your concerns. Thank you once again for sharing your thoughts with us.

Best,

Dan
Customer Care Rep

Well, I'm glad someone at Borders responded and thanks to Lou for sending the email.

I haven't received one back from my inquiry, yet.

And Tony the Oriental Redneck points out that the Borders Union is blaming a troll for the whole controversy. Um, sure, Mr. Borders Union Guy.

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Dubya's DVD Collection

In a thread over at IMAO a few months ago, I stated that Big Trouble In Little China was George Bush's favorite movie (HEHE!).

So here's what I think are the President's Top Ten:

1. Big Trouble in Little China (Special Edition)
2. Men At Work
3. Army of Darkness (Boomstick Edition) (1993)
4. Animal House (Double Secret Probation Edition)
5. Commando
6. Ronin
7. Caddyshack
8. Tombstone
9. The Usual Suspects
10. Hard Boiled

What do think he's got in his DVD cabinet?

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Sad Day - Listening To...

The Ramones - Pet Cemetary, Rock N Roll High School and I Want To Be Sedated

Godspeed Johnny.

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September 14, 2004

Belmont Club

While I've posted disagreements with some things there (mainly about Fallujah), I think the world of Belmont Club. It's one of my must-reads every day.

How the hell I ever got on Wretchard's blogroll, I'll never guess...

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Message to Ivan - "Please Head Towards Mexico"

Update 4pm: Note to Frank J. - please head to New Jersey (see comments for explanation).

Just being selfish as I was supposed to be in New Orleans later this week. Now, according to the latest strike predictions, that doesn't seem like a fun place to be...although, if you have to be in a freakin' Hurricane, Bourbon Street would be a mighty fine place to wait it out...wouldn't it?

Maybe Not.

Decided to listen to some Zydeco...Listening to...

Damn that Ivan! I was really looking forward to a Sazerac...

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September 13, 2004

The Things You Learn At 4am

...while feeding Gracie last night at about 4am, I discovered that MTV actually plays videos. I saw two!

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September 10, 2004

September 11th, 2004 - Part 1

...if you can read just one post, it should be this. I know someone who owes their life to Rick Rescorla.

This is also very remarkable - here's what Stephen Green said last year. Over the last twelve months, I've thought about that post a lot (which is why I knew how to find it).

And I won't forget Tim Green and the other first responders...not ever.

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September 09, 2004

Waiting for HALO 2?

Boo-Yah!!!

Some improvements over HALO are:

...You can now wield two hand weapons, although you lose the ability to throw grenades if you do so. Grabbing a second gun is easy - you just go to it and hit the Y button.

The rocket launcher has been improved to track targets - when the reticle turns red, you're locked on - while some Covenant weapons that had little teeth in the original game have been given more of a sting.

Transport has also been upgraded. Warthogs and Ghosts have both been given some new muscle thanks to a turbo boost. They can take more damage and more pieces will fall off under fire.

If you take a hit, get out quickly. A secondary explosion is bound to follow.

Plus you can board an enemy vehicle - if you time it...

Just two more months...

[Thanks to Steven DV for the link!]

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September 07, 2004

Listening To...

Velvet Revolver - Slither.

It's Guns-N-Roses, Stone Temple Pilots and the Cult wrapped up into one interesting sound. It's good to hear them today as I'm trying to get going after a three-day weekend and a long night with the baby.

Wonder if Miss Apropos is a fan? Probably.

Hey, speaking of late nights with the baby, I've been getting to know late night TV well. I saw the Cure on Jimmy Kimmel last night. Keeping in mind that it was late, the new album sounded great.

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September 04, 2004

How to Break Curses

I was born in Manhattan. When I was two, we moved to Boston. Then, when I was seven we moved to Chicago. I have always loved the Yankees, Cubs, and Red Sox. There is an order, however, to my adoration of the teams based on the reverse locations of where I lived. It usually only happens if they play each other and I absolutely have to make a choice. Cubs, Red Sox, Yankees. If the Cubs play either team, I'm for the Cubbies. If the Red Sox play the Yankees, I'm for the Sox (I know this won't make die-hard Sox fans happy).

Both the Cubs and Red Sox have been under curses for many, many decades. The Red Sox Curse may be over.

First, a bit of background for the uninitiated...The Boston Red Sox traded away Babe Ruth ("the Bambino") to the New York Yankees in 1920. The Red Sox had won 5 championships. Once the Yankees got a hold of Babe Ruth, they won a ton of championships.

However, since the trade, Boston has been in only four championships in 83 years, losing every one of them in the seventh and last game of the series.

About 14 years ago, Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe coined the term - "The Curse Of the Bambino". And now it seems the 83 year-old curse may have been lifted.

Sixteen year-old Lee Galvin was at the game in section 9 at Fenway. Manny Ramirez hit by a foul ball toward Galvin. The foul slid past the "Pesky Pole" and Galvin put up his arms to catch it. The ball flew through his hands and smacked him right in the mouth. He had his front teeth knocked out by the ball.

How does this lift the Curse of the Bambino, you ask?

Because Lee Galvin lives in Babe Ruth's house in Sudburry! This happened the same night that the Yankees suffered their biggest defeat in history - 22 to 0 by the Cleveland Indians.

Yea! The Curse is lifted*...much rejoicing.

Now, if we can do something about that damned goat!

*Note: I don't really believe in curses. While interesting to talk about, the curses are just excuses for having teams that perpetually suck.

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August 27, 2004

I Must Be In The Right Place

On my way home from work, I stopped by the largest Borders in the area. I need a new book.

On the door and on every info desk was the sign,

"Unfit for Command is sold out. Be the first to receive the Best Seller by ordering now."

Hugh Hewitt's book - If It's Not Close, They Can't Cheat: Crushing the Democrats in Every Election and Why Your Life Depends on It - was also out.

Michelle Malkin's In Defense of Internment had three copies left of her latest book.

Maureen Dowd had a ton and no one was reading them.

James Carrol had a bunch that no one was reading, either.

Tommy Franks - American Soldier - was there in the dozens, and people were picking them up and reading them.

I think I moved to the right town.

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Discussion About Sponsors

My sponsors - a subject I really have never touched - need a bit of description. I thought I had better say something in the interests of transparency/full disclosure (ala Phil Carter). First, the money from the sponsors goes toward the upkeep of the site. Whatever's left, I donate to Soldiers' Angels or other organizations that support military people. I won't donate proceeds to politically motivated orgs. So you are not really lining my pockets (but may be giving me a tax break when I claim the donations) by visiting these sponsors. I thought you should know who gets the donations. If you support that and/or like the products, click through and check out the sponsors.

At the top, Right Wing Stuff has held the top spot (in order of how long the ad has stayed here) for most of the months that I've been advertising. They have some great products. Actually, this one had me laughing and is my favorite slogan from Right Wing Stuff.

Next is Hot Sauce. Now, Hot Sauce has caused a bit of a controversy for me. There's a few local Christian radio stations in Michigan that would occasionally talk about my blog...that is until I posted the Hot Sauce ad. Also, I received a few emails from gentlemen who told me that their wives won't let them read my blog because of the ad. Seriously. Granted, Hot Sauce has a model in a bikini for it's ad because Hot Sauce features model interviews and has pictures of the models being interviewed and that offends some people. There's no nudity but some provocative posing there. It's a male-oriented site definitely, but everyone really should check the site out. Hot Sauce has some really cool interviews with musicians, too, like Rachel Yamagata - a Chicago sensation - and other topics like sports and cars.

Then there's the wonderful VRWC. Their latest shirt claims that flip-flops are for feet...

Next, the indomitable Tony Blair has a tribute site - Thank You Tony. Talk about friends, we've none better than the Brits, along with the Poles, the Aussies, the El Sals, the Italians, etc. At this site, you can post a thank you to Mr. Blair for his support against terrorism. The messages get printed and shipped weekly to the PMs office on Downing Street. So far, over 46,000 of you have sent him a thank you. That's pretty darn cool.

Finally, JC T-Shirts has three different designs that will definitely stir up conversation wherever you are...Check them out. I have the Hegemony shirt. I like the cog, too. Might send that one to a few friends in the Pentagon.

I do have Google Ads (which don't seem to really work for me - that means no $ yet) and a link to Amazon where I build up credits for purchases made from clicking through Blackfive. So far, I've gotten about $16 from that and I used it to pay for part of Hugh Hewitt's book - If It's Not Close, They Can't Cheat: Crushing the Democrats in Every Election and Why Your Life Depends on It.

I do get free books from publishers every once in awhile. I bought Hugh's book and I bought Unfit for Command.

There are also two text ads that currently advertise on-line poker and texas hold 'em.

So there you have it.

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August 20, 2004

I'm Back

Okay, DSL on? - check!

10am Guinness? - check! (still working around the new house)

Baby Gracie sleeping? - check!

Figured out the sprinkler system? - check!

Met the neighbors? - check!

Kerry still flip-flopping? - check! (needs another shot of botox, don't you think?)

Sadr still flip-flopping? - check! (will someone just shoot the bastard?)

McGreevey still gay? - check! (I don't care that he's gay. He cheated on his wife. He's corrupt. He's a jerk.)

Scott Peterson still guilty? - check! (zzzzz...)

Oprah on a jury? - who gives a @#$%!

Doesn't look like I missed that much. Thanks for visiting Blackfive even though I wasn't here for a few days!

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August 16, 2004

Blackfive on the Move

I'll be in New Orleans and Vancouver (Canada) over the next month or two. Any good restaurant recommendations? I know Mr. Green scouted New Orleans earlier this year...

It's for work, but I should have some time for play (i.e. Pubs, pubs, pubs), too. So if you know of some good places to eat and *ahem* drink, please email me. Same goes if you want to get a drink from me...

I'll be in St. Louis and maybe Kansas City, Mo, later this year. Then Vegas in January.

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August 14, 2004

Hurricane Charley - How To Help

Tammi is blogging the aftermath of Charley...and there are more storms on the way.

She also provides links and phone number for the Red Cross and asks that you donate money rather than goods for the Floridians hit by Charley.

My family in Florida is okay and our house on Estero Island is not too bad...others were not so lucky.

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August 13, 2004

Listening to...

Taking Back Sunday - "Your Own Disaster" and "Cute Without the E" and the rest of their two albums.

If you like Blink 182 and other emo and punk influenced bands, you'll like them.

They rock!

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August 12, 2004

Cool Rumor

Halo 2 - August 24th! (Not November...)

Blackfive-MasterChief

BOOYAH!!!

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August 11, 2004

Apologies

No, I didn't abandon the blogosphere or join the Foreign Legion or the latest Frank J. Worship Cult...

No, the site wasn't hijacked...at least, not by Al Qaeda or John Kerry as some have suggested via email. LOL, guys.

Nope, my domain registrar changed how they map domains. The registrar also has a policy to put up a construction page when there is a conflict with the account. So, when I tried to change the mapping back to the way I wanted it, they zapped me with a Under Construction Page.

Still working on the t-shirt idea. Thanks to all for their submissions. I'll post those sometime soon so you can see their work/ideas.

Thanks to Evil Rasheeb for helping me out with this one.

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Keep Your Mouth Closed When Looking Up At Architecture

If you ever make it to Chicago, one tour that I recommend is the Chicago Architecture Foundation's "Architecture River Cruise". It's really a great way to experience Chicago by way of the Chicago river instead of the busy, noisy streets.

However, I would recommend keeping your mouth closed as you view the magnificient skyscrapers.

River Tour Interrupted By 'Human Waste' WMAQ-TV

CHICAGO - An architecture tour along the Chicago River turned ugly as 120 passengers aboard a yacht were bombarded with human waste. The waste was released from a "large black coach bus," as it crossed the bridge at 430 W. Grand Av. and "kept on driving" around 1:20 p.m. Sunday, police News Affairs Officer Alice Casanova said.

Five people were taken from yacht Chicago Little Lady to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, treated and released, Casanova said. They were treated for exposure to E. coli and other forms of bacteria, she added...

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August 09, 2004

Help Requested

Admist all that's going on with me right now (baby last week, moving next week), I am trying to get a Blackfive T-Shirt put together.

100% of the profit from the Blackfive t-shirt will go to our wounded Soldiers, Marines, Sailors and Airmen via Soldiers' Angels.

However, I need some great designs to make the biggest impact. Anyone wanting to take part in a design effort, please email me. Any suggestions about recognition for the design would also be appreciated.

Here's one idea from my friend Danny - the front would say "blackfive.net" and would have a graphic behind the url. The back would say something like "Ordinary Americans Supporting Extraordinary Heroes".

Thoughts?

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August 03, 2004

Listening To...

The Lost Prophets - Last Train Home...that and a quad shot latte is keeping me going right now.

Back to the baby!

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August 02, 2004

B-Day, err, Baby D-Day

By the time you've read this, my daughter has probably arrived.

Gotta go.

Pictures Tuesday...wait 'till you see what t-shirt I'm wearing in the delivery room...

Have a great day!

Update 08-03-04: Picture and name are here.

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July 16, 2004

The Inventor of the Internet...

...was knighted today by Queen Elizabeth.

And, no, it wasn't Al Gore.

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July 13, 2004

Blog Hiatus Siesta

Just a blog alert that I won't be posting much for a few days.

No, the Mrs. and I do not have a little girl, yet. She's being stubborn. Very stubborn (*lowers voice* like her mom). We have had a million false alarms so far.

I am actually out of town at my company's annual leadership conference. I'll be spending about 16 to 18 hours each day with various VPs and Board members so I won't have time to blog. While I usually don't need much sleep, I'm also leading some of the sessions so I won't be blogging all night long in order to be somewhat coherent during my pleas for more personnel and capital lectures-so-boring-that-I-wish-I-was-conducting-an-Airborne-Assault-right-now!!! powerpoint-freakin'-deathmarches reports and presentations. Ahhh, how the mighty have fallen...chained to spreadsheets and freakin' TPS reports (yeah, I've got the damn memo!).

There will be some preprogrammed posts today but that'll be it for a few days. Visit the great blogs on my blogroll, check out the MilBlogs or see the New Showcase.

Have a great week. See you on Friday.

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July 08, 2004

Thursday Foray

Frank J. has a letter from a Marine in Iraq on the Fourth - it's a great read. Not your usual Frank J. post (more like your usual Blackfive post....hhhmmm...HEY!). It's going to be Frank's blogiversary on Friday the 9th - that's tomorrow, people. All bloggers should link to their favorite IMAO post.

I should also mention that, since his first blogiversary went un-noticed by a certain Law Professor and caused the Great Blog War of 2003, a certain Law Professor might want to take note of IMAO's SECOND BLOGIVERSARY! The first salvo was launched by yours truly (and the second, too, come to think about it), and I must say that my photoshop skilz have only gotten better...

Arthur Chrenkoff has the latest Good News From Iraq (#5) up and ready for your viewing.

Nick S. sends this story about Professional Baseball Player Keith Foulke being prevented from pinning a small American flag to his baseball cap. Read what the League (Bud Selig) offered him if he continued to wear it.

Based on the above, maybe Michele is right - we're heading towards another 1968. By the way, I agree with Smash that I want to keep the comments alive and well on this blog. Heck, the comments are the best part.

How about some laughs? Feste at Fool's Blog has a picture of Dos Juans...and Justin at Right Side Redux has the latest Billboard Chart For Liberal Senators. Also, go to American Digest and just scroll down - Vanderlun's latest posts made me laugh more than a few times.

If you haven't read Belmont Club's post on the Return of the Dreadnought, you should go check it out - even you non-Navy folks.

Speaking of Navy folks, John Moore of Useful Fools asks for help with Vietnam Veterans For Truth. John is always well reasoned and even-keeled (no pun intended - John's a former Sailor). He wants your help in spreading the word about John Kerry's lies and the efforts of the media to conceal them - and, of course, John Moore has proof. Check it out.

Donnie has a post about the French offer to protect Europe within it's Nuclear umbrella...and he can't stop laughing. The country that thinks Jerry Lewis is a genius is going to protect the country that thinks David Hasselhof can sing...and second or third best military in the world? Sure. At DisneyWORLD...

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July 07, 2004

Ideas Needed For Media Distribution

I have a ton of videos and pictures - some are Official Army Videos/Pictures - that I would like to store and have available to you all. There's the humorous stuff, too, like my Triumph the Insult Comic Dog collection (along with various other things like SNL stuff). No porn - sorry Harv and Michael.

So, I need a cheap host where I can get a lot of storage and bandwidth (some of the files are large and will use up tons of bandwidth). I've seen some hosts offer deals with 60GB of bandwith (1$/GB/Month). While I don't need a control panel/interface, I'd rather have one.

Ideas?

Update: I'd like to be able to use Pay Pal to pay for it. That's where my BlogAd revenues go (and what I would use some of the revenues for...)

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July 03, 2004

Commenting Problems?

Apparently, there is a problem with commenting here - even I get the "Questionable Comment" error message. I've sent a help ticket to Typepad and they're working on the problem.

I didn't shut down comments or ban anyone recently from commenting.

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July 02, 2004

Baby Names

My wife and I have a name for our soon-to-be-born daughter (several, in fact). Today, I thought, OMG, she's probably going to be born on the fourth.

So if my daughter arrives on the 4th, are there any really cool (Independence Day related) names that I could convince my wife to name the girl...?

Ideas?

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July 01, 2004

Advice

Need some advice, people. First, books:

    I read a new book about every two weeks. So, I'm definitely going to buy Michelle Malkin's book on immigration (and/or lack thereof), but I was thinking about getting the Rule of Four. Anyone read that one, yet?

    I finally got my wife to read some CS Lewis, but now that we're talking about his views on Christianity, I need to go back and re-read Mere Christianity.

Video Games (I have XBox and GameCube):

    Full Spectrum Warrior?

    I tried Red Dead Revolver and liked the genre but didn't like the linear gameplay. The novelty of the spaghetti western video game wore off after a few two hour sessions.

    Castle Wolfenstein?

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June 27, 2004

Economy Indicator - Shopping Mall Metrics(?)

Today, I became a godfather. My brother's son was baptized today at a church in Batavia, Illinois. I love being a godfather...it's like being the best uncle. My nephew will get his first drum set from me - probably next year ;->.

Anyway, there's an outlet mall on the way back to Chicago. We decided to stop at about 3PM CST. We drove around for 25 minutes trying to find a parking spot. There were absolutely no parking spaces. In fact, there was a quarter mile long line from the expressway to get to the mall.

So much for the soft economy.

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June 25, 2004

Chicago's Un-Civil War

I'm Ferris Bueller today...

I'll be at the Cubs-White Sox Crosstown Classic this afternoon. The "Classic" didn't used to mean much before the interleague play, but, now, there's a lot at stake. Both teams are doing well.

I'm a big Cubs fan. I'm a Sox fan, too, except when they play the Cubs. In case you didn't see it the last time that I posted it, here's the difference between games at the Cell and Wrigley.

Go Cubs!!!

See you after the game...

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June 22, 2004

Do You Love Music?

Sure you do. I saw this site featured today on WGN Morning News.

It's called Music Plasma - The Music Visual Search Engine and it's very, very cool.

For instance, type in Coldplay (one of my favorites) for a Search of similiar bands, and Music Plasma creates a spherical universe of music.

The closer the bands are to Coldplay, the more similiar their music styles will be. For instance, Radiohead is pretty close to Coldplay. Obviously, the bands are grouped by music type (Rock, Folk, Alternative, etc.).

The size of the halo (representing a band) indicates popularity.

Give it a try to find a band that you might really like. I just punched in Ride (one of my favorites from Oxford) and now have some groups that I hadn't heard of before that I'll give a listen to...

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June 21, 2004

Dodgeball Mania!

No, I have not yet seen the Dodgeball movie, but I will soon, maybe this weekend. If you go to the Dodgeball movie site, there are games to play, and audio clips to hear.

I liked the Old School Site better because there's a Frank The Tank Streaking Game on it. You, as the wonderful Frank, streak through the cafeteria and try to avoid the campus police - I think he's looking for a KFC...

Anyway, back to dodgeball, the Game Show Network is going to start broadcasting dodgeball games at 9PM CST.

And, BTW, the Amazing Race - my favorite show on TV - starts July 6th. I was going to enter with my father-in-law or my friend Phil (think Frank The Tank) until my wife found out that the race was at least three weeks long.

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June 18, 2004

Blackfive Blogiversary!!!

Blackfive is one year old today!!! It's been a great year. I've been able to meet some great bloggers, make new friends, and put the spotlight on some of the best people this country has to offer.

My wife still wants to know when I'll make money at blogging. I think that, if that would happen, I would have to change how my "voice" is delivered. When you are paid to do something, then it becomes work. This is more like a mission for me. Maybe it will change, but right now it's both fun and satisfying. John Hawkins thinks blogging will only get bigger, better, and more lucrative, and it would be very cool if he is right.

First, I need to say thanks to a few people:

    To Frank J. - Thanks for being the first to link to Blackfive! IMAO was the first blog that I read every day. I would write something funny here but that's your gig, Frank. And don't try to hug me...

    To Bill Whittle - Thank you for your wonderful essays. I'll never forget the day a friend of mine said, "Have you read History at EjectEjectEject?". I remember reading the comments and thinking that I've just stumbled across some of the smartest people in the universe (G.H.S. is one of them). Inspiration for a lot of content here is from you.

    To Glenn Reynolds - Thanks for all of the support of MilBlogs and Blackfive. I think that, everytime Blackfive is linked on Instapundit and the Instalanche is over, I net about 50 new readers that come back every day. More people to meet Someone They Should Know...

    To Greyhawk - Thanks for starting MilBlogs. This blog would NEVER have gotten very far without the Air-Ground-Naval support of the Military Bloggers.

    To Hugh Hewitt - Thank you for mentioning Blackfive and MilBlogs so often as the place to go to get real information about the military fighting the War on Terror.

    To Brian and Heather - Thanks, again, for dinner and that great Belgian Ale... hope to see you two later this summer (after our new addition arrives).

Blog Stats
Total Number of Posts: 1,010
Total Number of Comments: 5,959

Visitor Stats
First Week: 150
First Month: 1,200 (avg. 40/day)
First Six Months Total Visits: 112,000 (avg. 600/day)
Last Six Months Total Visits: 516,000 (avg. 2,800/day)
Total unique site visits: 628,000

The Ecosystem
Ecosystem Ranking as of August 2003: Marauding Marsupial (#740 by links)
Ecosystem Ranking as of December, 2003: Playful Primate (#99 by links)
Ecosystem Ranking: Mortal Human (#22 by links, #42 by traffic)

Blogger Most Missed: Darren Kaplan (very smart guy) who may or may not be really coming back to the 'sphere.

Best Original Blackfive Posts
Blackfive's Encounter With a French General
Alzheimer's
The Warrior Caste
Me and My Muslim Friends Neighbors
Major Mathew Schram's Memorial Day
T-Minus One Hour
Racism Sucks - Especially When You Are Drinking
Goodbye Howard Dean

Best Spotlight Posts (Good For The American Spirit)
Taking Chance Home
Saving Specialist Gray
Email From Participant at President Bush's Thanksgiving
Balance

Cheers! (Good For The American Liver)
Drink Guinness - It's Good For You
Attention Scotch Lovers!
St. Patrick's Day Series
The Blogger Drinking Game

I've Got A Blog And I Know How To Use It!
Finally, I never thought that a few thousand people would visit this site every day. I figured that 150 was good enough to keep going. I never thought that I would spend hours on email every week. What's next?

Who the hell knows? What I do know is that I'll continue to focus on the great Americans that are defending our nation (and the world - you hear that, France?). Of course, I'll throw in more stuff about scotch and Guinness, too.

I hope to do more work for Spirit of America - maybe locally, and I hope to bring more attention to the good people in our military - maybe through broadcast and periodical media. I might organize a Chicago Blog-Fest for sometime in the Fall (I would say Blog-Meet but there'll definitely be a pub-crawl in there so maybe Fest is a better word). I'm not running for office, and I'm not writing a book. I've been accused of both goals on this blog.

So, I hope to have you around for another year. One thing that you can count on is that our military men and women (and their wonderful families) will provide some inspiring stories to share....

Thanks for visiting Blackfive. Remember - if you can't pick up a rifle to defend America, then do something.

Sincerely,

Matt

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June 17, 2004

Splinter Cell...For the Average Joe.

This is pretty cool for a game promo - Splinter.

Missing the 11pm curfew set by your live-in girlfriend, you must maneuver around the area, undetected, in an effort to evade the girlfriend. Failure will result in sleeping on the couch...

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Blackfive Info Alert

Technical: I'm still sifting through about 200 emails since Tuesday. The attack on Yahoo made it difficult for me to retrieve all of my email, and, then Yahoo decided to upgrade my account for free. Of course, the upgrade gives me 100MB more storage but the connectivity still sucks. Thanks, Yahoo.

Blogical: Oh, tomorrow is the Blackfive Blogiversary/Party. It's been one great year, thanks to you. I'll be at Castaways for a party, then somewhere like Kincade's or Dublin's...Working on a Blogiversary post.

Personal: My three-year-old son should be a negotiator when he grows up. At dinner last night...

Me: "Son, no desert unless you eat your brocolli. Who are you, George Bush?"

Little Blackfive stares at brocolli.

Me: "What's the matter, son, don't you like brocolli?"

Little Blackfive: "Oh I like brocolli, Dad, me just not eat it."

Mrs. Blackfive mutters quietly (being a little too smug, if you ask me): "He's such a total Mini-Matt..."

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June 14, 2004

Flag Day

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It flies over soldiers' graves, city halls across the nation, and in front of many homes. It flies over our embassies in foreign lands, at sporting events from Little League diamonds to Wrigley Field in Chicago. When I sing the national anthem, I think about what Francis Scott Key felt when he wrote it - alone, captured by the enemy, afraid that his friends, his nation was lost - and then there it was - the flag still flew over Fort McHenry. We fought on...

There is one very important story that will show what the flag means to service men and women the world over. The story of Mike Christian as told by Senator John McCain:

The Story of Mike Christian
As part of the change in treatment, the Vietnamese allowed some prisoners to receive packages from home. In some of these packages were handkerchiefs, scarves and other items of clothing. Mike got himself a piece of white cloth and a piece of red cloth and fashioned himself a bamboo needle. Over a period of a couple of months, he sewed the American flag on the inside of his shirt.

Every afternoon, before we had a bowl of soup, we would hang Mike's shirt on the wall of our cell and say the Pledge of Allegiance. I know that saying the Pledge of Allegiance may not seem the most important or meaningful part of our day now. But I can assure you that -- for those men in that stark prison cell -- it was indeed the most important and meaningful event of our day.

One day, the Vietnamese searched our cell and discovered Mike's shirt with the flag sewn inside and removed it. That evening they returned, opened the door of the cell, called for Mike Christian to come out, closed the door of the cell, and for the benefit of all of us, beat Mike Christian severely for the next couple of hours.

Then they opened the door of the cell and threw him back inside. He was not in good shape. We tried to comfort and take care of him as well as we could. The cell in which we lived had a concrete slab in the middle on which we slept. Four naked light bulbs hung in each corner of the room.

After things quieted down, I went to lie down to go to sleep. As I did, I happened to look in the corner of the room. Sitting there beneath that dim light bulb, with a piece of white cloth, a piece of red cloth, another shirt and his bamboo needle, was my friend, Mike Christian. Sitting there, with his eyes almost shut from his beating, making another American flag. He was not making that flag because it made Mike Christian feel better. He was making that flag because he knew how important it was for us to be able to pledge our allegiance to our flag and country."

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Doctors and Lawyers (Cats and Dogs)

This just made me LOL:

Doctor Proposes Not Treating Some Lawyers
By TARA BURGHART Associated Press Writer

CHICAGO -- A doctor's proposal asking the American Medical Association to endorse refusing care to attorneys involved in medical malpractice cases drew an angry response from colleagues Sunday at the annual meeting of the nation's largest physicians group...

Of course, that's not going to work, but it's still funny. A good friend of mine is an orthopedic surgeon and his malpractice is enormous...it's about 1/2 of his after-tax income.

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Bloggers Choose Favorite Fictional Characters

John Hawkins of Right Wing News received responses from 56 bloggers about their favorite fictional characters.

About 5 or 6 of the 20 that I submitted made the list. Characters that came to mind were John McClane of Die Hard, Indiana Jones, Han Solo, etc. Later, I'll dig up my submission email and list the rest.

Update: Below is most of my list (not ranked). I put it together too quickly as I left out some great ones like Inigo Montoya.

    John McClane, Aragorn, Han Solo, Porthos, Indiana Jones, Tom Jones, James T. Kirk, Harry Potter, Ivanhoe, Batman, Bobby Shaftoe (Cryptonomicon), Norm Peterson, Trinity, Hawkeye/Natty Bumpo (Last of the Mohicans)

I had thought about Holden Caufield and Wolverine. I would have added Homer Simpson, Dr. Who, Sherlock Holmes from the list. As Veeshir mentions, Bugs would have been good (the older, more physical bugs instead of the PC version we have today).

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June 11, 2004

Sergeant Hook Rocks!

I was finally able to get over to Hook's place last night and the good First Sergeant is writing some really great posts. Jaffy, Mission Day, and Another Day In The Stan are excellent articles about what it's like to be a Soldier in Afghanistan.

If I were a publisher, I'd be very interested in Hook, Missick, and other milbloggers overseas...

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June 06, 2004

Courage And Optimism

Here is the last communication of President Ronald Reagan to the world. In 1994, he personally wrote a letter announcing that he had Alzheimer's Disease. There are so many ways to remember President Reagan. With all of the "tear down that wall" and city on the hill quotes you'll be hearing over the next few days, this is one that might get missed and one that you should read:

November 5, 1994

My fellow Americans, I have recently been told that I am one of the millions of Americans who will be afflicted with Alzheimer's disease.

Upon learning this news, Nancy and I had to decide whether as private citizens we would keep this a private matter or whether we would make this news known in a public way. In the past, Nancy suffered from breast cancer and I had my cancer surgeries. We found through our open disclosures we were able to raise public awareness. We were happy that as a result, many more people underwent testing. They were treated in early stages and able to return to normal, healthy lives.

So now we feel it is important to share it with you. In opening our hearts,we hope this might promote greater awareness of this condition. Perhaps it will encourage a clearer understanding of the individuals and families who are affected by it.

At the moment I feel just fine. I intend to live the remainder of the years God gives me on this Earth doing the things I have always done. I will continue to share life's journey with my beloved Nancy and my family. I plan to enjoy the great outdoors and stay in touch with my friends and supporters.

Unfortunately, as Alzheimer's disease progresses, the family often bears a heavy burden. I only wish there was some way I could spare Nancy from this painful experience. When the time comes, I am confident that with your help she will face it with faith and courage.

In closing, let me thank you, the American people, for giving me the great honor of allowing me to serve as your president. When the Lord calls me home, whenever that day may be, I will leave with the greatest love for this country of ours and eternal optimism for its future.

I now begin the journey that will lead me into the sunset of my life. I know that for America there will always be a bright dawn ahead.

Thank you, my friends. May God always bless you.

Ronald Reagan

This letter displays the courage and optimism of the man that was Ronald Reagan. At this point, he hadn't been President for almost 5 years. No speech writer wrote that letter. No editor checked it first. One word was crossed out and the rest of it stood on it's own.

It's the best indicator of Ronald Reagan's heart and soul...which was filled with Courage and Optimism.

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Fitness and Photography In Chicago - Part 2

I'm lucky. I live between Michigan Avenue and Lake Michigan. I am two blocks from miles and miles of shoreline and parks.

When I start my run, I'm not lucky enough to have paved German tractor trails like Greyhawk. After a few stoplights, I hit the lakefront.

I run by one of the Canals that empty into the Chicago River (that empties into Lake Michigan). Here's one of my favorite spots - yes, it's a tourist trap, but where else can you listen to Zydeco and Cajun music and drink out of 32oz. Miller Beer Cans?...Dick's Last Resort. Notice the ducks and boats pulling up for a bite to eat (click on thumbnail for larger picture).

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Then, I head down to Ohio Street Beach and the lakeshore.

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I love to run through Olive Park. It's right off of Ohio Street Beach and next to one of the biggest tourist attractions in Chicago - Navy Pier - yet, it's difficult to find the entrance to it so there's not a lot of people there. I take little Blackfive there for Soccer practice. Olive Park was named for Private First Class Milton L. Olive who was killed in action in Vietnam while with the 173rd Airborne. He received the Medal of Honor.

The pictures are Olive Park, the memorial to Milton Olive, the view of Navy Pier from the Park, and the view of Lake Michigan at the end of Olive Park.

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My path turns south towards the locks from the Chicago River into Lake Michigan and the Columbia Yacht Club. Normally, I would continue towards our Museum Campus (Shedd Aquarium, Field Museum, and Adler Planetarium), but today I decided to cut it short.

Here are the locks, the Chicago Police Station for the River and Lake Michigan, and the Columbia Yacht Club (the big ship in the background IS the Club).

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I turn back towards home and head up the paths along the Chicago River.

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That's about all for now. It was about 3 miles round trip. Maybe, when the weather's nice again (in a month or so!), I'll head down to Grant Park and the Museum Campus.

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June 04, 2004

Some Other D-Day and WWII Links

Just in the off chance that you may not have seen some of these other links, I thought I'd share them with you:

    First, if you don't read Steven Den Beste's USS Clueless every day, what the heck is wrong with you?! Sort of kidding...anyway, this post on a fantasy Bush D-Day Speech is an absolute must read. At this point, I'm all for bringing our heroes back home.

    Next, Bill at INDC Journal went to the WWII Memorial Dedication and has pictures and stories galore - here and here.

    The good bloggers of Silent Running are using WWII news clips and spinning them like the media would spin them today. It's one way to show media bias. Well done, SR bloggers, well done. The intro is here and the first post is Roosevelt's Continuing European Folly. Keep checking Silent Running for more liberal spin on President Roosevelt and our efforts in WWII.

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June 02, 2004

Missed Blackmail Opportunity - "Hello Irony!!!"

Daniel, a co-worker of mine, sent this article link with a regret that no one decided to blackmail this guy (major jack@$$):

Outsourced IT staff fingered porn stash banker
By Lucy Sherriff

Porn-surfing bank supremo Michael Soden was caught with his browser down last week by the very same staff he outsourced to HP at the start of his reign at the Bank of Ireland.

Soden hit the headlines last year in Ireland when staff took industrial action in protest of the department's shift to Hewlett Packard. Staff were unhappy about the prospect of becoming HP employees, as they had enjoyed considerable perks at the Bank of Ireland: favourable mortgage and loan deals for instance. Now it seems that he has been forced to resign thanks to the very department which he sent merrily on its way.

Staff informed the bank that they had discovered pornography on Soden's machine on Wednesday last week, during routine maintenance. Soden resigned his post on Saturday, after the internal investigation into the discovery was leaked to the local press.

It would be disingenuous to suggest that the "routine maintenance" was anything other than that, but it's clear that Soden's machine was thoroughly attended to.

The outsourcing move was Soden's second high-profile decision after his appointment as chief executive. His first was to update the acceptable use policy that prohibits staff from accessing porn using company equipment.

Talk about Irony kicking you in the teeth...

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Who Reads Blogs?

John Hawkins of Right Wing News decided to find out what well-known conservative writers know about blogs. He contacted 100 and had 28 respond with their favorite blogs.

Polling Conservative Opinion Makers About Blogs

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June 01, 2004

Movie Review - The Day After Tomorrow

Okay, hopefully this won't be a surprise to you - we're all gonna die....Really. But, if climatogical disaster of The Day After Tomorrow would occur, a lot more of us will die sooner rather than later.

Now, to be completely honest, I liked the movie a lot. But I like the over-the-top disaster movies and this one is definitely in that category. Aside from the liberal environmental preaching and overbearing cliches, it was pretty good.

It was directed by the same guy who directed Independence Day...remember the White House blowing up? This movie has more landmark destruction than just about any other movie I've seen.

Here's the synopsis: Dennis Quaid is the only major scientist that believes that the world is headed for another Ice Age in about one hundred to five hundred years. No one believes him, including a Vice President who, amazingly, looks like Dick Cheney. The arrogant VP essentially ignores Quaid's research because it'll affect the economy. You instantly dislike the VP.

So, Dennis Quaid is wrong (by about one hundred to five hundred years) and a worldwide disaster ensues a few weeks after his presentation to the G8. Tokyo gets basketball-sized hail, LA gets massive tornados, Australia gets the Mother-of-All-Typhoons, and New York gets the giant tidal wave. All of the climatic disasters are followed by a 150 degree drop in temperature. The last half an hour of the movie is about the survivors.

Some of the irksome things about this movie:

1. The US is evacuating the people in the disaster areas (um, that means the whole US) into Mexico. An announcer on Fox News says, "Mexico has closed the border in an effort to stop the refugees from getting across the border." The entire movie theatre laughed. Come on, liberal Hollywood, get some common sense. 'Mexico has closed the border'? Right!

2. There are a ton of cliche' actors in this movie. The producers must have looked up standard nationality characterizations in the Screen Play handbook. For example, Ian Holm is a British scientist who's band of merry Brits is doomed and they meet their fate stoicly with some twelve year scotch.

3. Note to Hollywood: We get that you think Dick Cheney is evil. Really. Stop making every evil, tree burning, corporate hugging VP look like Cheney.

4. Note to Hollywood 2: I appreciate that you took out the Hollywood sign with a tornado, but can we stop picking on New York? Please?

All in all, I liked the movie. The Day After Tomorrow was interesting - how people survived or died, what parts of the world were destroyed, what happened to the US...I'm still wondering how we are going to get the guys in the international space station back down to Earth.

One final observation from Mrs. Blackfive: Nerds in the movie survived by their wits, everyone else died. So, her advice to non-nerds is to marry a geek and increase your chances of surviving a ecological disaster.

It's probably safe to assume that a lot of blogosphere folks would make it.

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May 30, 2004

Seven Years

Tomorrow is the Seventh Anniversary of my marriage to Mrs. Blackfive. It's also Memorial Day so we are celebrating our Anniversary today because tomorrow is for remembering the ultimate sacrifices made by our men and women to keep us free.

To say that the last seven years have been a whirlwind would be an understatement.

Fate had a lot to do with our meeting. Our friends had been trying to set us up for months. My friends knew of "the perfect girl" for me. Ladies and Gentlemen, if that isn't a signal to run and hide, then I don't know what is. I enjoyed being a bachelor and had been unattached for awhile.

Her friends were telling her that I was "the man for her". She is very independent and avoided me like the plague.

Every time that I suspected that my friends were trying to get us together at a party or event, I wouldn't show up. This strategy worked for about six months.

On the return from a vacation with my friends (we were still at O'Hare Airport), I received a call about a party and we decided to go. I was so relaxed from diving in the Caymans that I neglected to check if "that girl" was going to be there.

Later that night, I was at the bar making a Bombay Sapphire Martini when this angel walked up. She was smiling and she lit up the room. She mentioned that Bombay Sapphire was her favorite gin. So I made her one of my patented "Nick and Nora" Martinis. She's the first girl that I ever met that knew who the hell Nick and Nora were.

We talked for about two minutes when each of us realized that we were "the perfect girl" and "the man for her" - that each of us were standing in front of the very person that we were trying to avoid for six months. We spent the next few hours talking about everything. She was a beautiful Southern Belle who had the best laugh I had ever heard - I wanted to spend the rest of my life hearing those laughs.

There is no way that I can describe what I felt except that it was the most overwhelming and consuming emotion I had ever experienced. It was obvious that the same thing was happening to her.

Our first date was set for New Year's Eve. Our first kiss was at Midnight. I couldn't sleep for two days afterward.

I asked her to marry me four months later, and the next eight years were, to put it simply, phenomenal.

She's the best thing that ever happened to me.

Happy Anniversary, Darling!

Anniversary

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May 19, 2004

Section 111

mlb-cubs

Psst. I'm Abe Froman today (audio file).

Note: Everytime I post one of these messages, someone emails with "Hey, what are you wearing? We'll look for you."

Right. I'll be wearing a Cubs Baseball Hat. With Sosa and Wood out, look for the guy having too much fun when the chips are down...that'd be me. We're gonna win!

Good luck.

Update: Damn good game. Extra Innings. Alou nails one. Perfect.

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Greeting Lefties on Blackfive

Howdie, Left Wingers.

If you're here from the Salon Right Hook Column, welcome to Blackfive. Please take a look around.

What you can expect from me?

1. Treat you with respect as long as you demonstrate it in return.
2. I post about many things - from my beloved Cubbies to Someone You Should Know to politics to movies. I am conservative (as most military people tend to be), but I come from a large left wing family and am open to thoughtful discussion.
3. Will ban you for denigrating the military or using excessive foul language or sarcastic inuendo that has nothing to do with the post that you are commenting on (in other words, get your own blog).

What I expect from you.

1. Treat the military with respect, especially the posts here about the sacrifices that they are making.
2. Comment with clarity and on topic discussion.

Thanks and welcome to Blackfive.

(Big Thanks! to Joe Carter at Evangelical Outpost for alerting me to the Salon article).

(P.S. Commenter "BushMustDie" - you were banned for both numbers one and two...)

Salon's Right Hook column linked to the letter I received from the Marine Colonel about President Bush's apology for Abu Ghraib abuses and the effect it has made on the Arab world.

Carter cites a recent e-mail from an unnamed Marine colonel in Iraq who says he was struck by the degree to which Bush's apology has had a positive effect. The e-mail was posted by fellow military blogger Blackfive, a former U.S. Army major and Defense Intelligence Agency officer (who provides only his real first name, Matthew.) In the e-mail, the Marine colonel recounts a recent broadcast he saw on Arab television:
The unnamed Marine Colonel has a name. It's Colonel Larry King. And, for any other media types, I can provide contact information for you.

Posted by Blackfive on May 19, 2004 | Permalink | Comments (11) | TrackBack

Wednesday Warp

For those of you that are relatively new to blogs or Blackfive, I try to do a weekly blog roundup of my favorites for the week. Been busy of late so haven't done one in awhile. Here we go:

Two words: Hugh Hewitt

Jennifer Martinez has many great posts but these two are awesome - I Refuse to Join In National Act of Contrition and Maj. Mark Smith Speaks Out!

The Bejus Pundit has a new look...again. I'm just glad Donnie's keeping at it.

Joe Carter at the Evangelical Outpost has a lesson for you about Sarin gas.

I try to check in on Robert Prather's Insults Unpunished at least once or twice per day. (the other day he called someone a semi-crappy economist...)

Same for James Joyner's Outside the Beltway, too.

And Jon Henke's QandO blog...

The Laughing Wolf has an enlightening post about why the media wants us lose the war.

Greyhawk at the Mudville Gazette has a post about a story the media dropped.

I'm calling PETA about this.

Sergeant Hook - America's Favorite First Sergeant in Afghanistan - celebrates seventeen years in the Army with a rememberance of his first minutes as a Soldier.

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May 18, 2004

Blogs To Visit

Check out SPC Missik - who is a MilBlogger in Iraq - it's a great site with great posts.

Cool Blue Blog

Protein Wisdom

MacbeauLand - a blog that seems dedicated to next G8 summit in Savannah.

Uptown Girl

Fred Schoeneman

Check them out. You might something that you'll like.

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May 13, 2004

The Great Books List

Via Pejmanesque I found this list of works at the College Board 101 Great Books List (Recommended). Over the last few weeks, various bloggers of all forms, shapes and sizes have been listing the books that they have read (note to Mr. Green: Cliff's Notes do not count).

I'll put my selections in the Extended Section along with links to similar posts of other bloggers to see which Great Books they've consumed.

The books that I have read are in bold (and mostly due to the most incredible High School English Teacher of All Time - Judy Bunch - she ROCKS!).

Behold!

Beowulf Achebe, Chinua - Things Fall Apart Agee, James - A Death in the Family Austen, Jane - Pride and Prejudice Baldwin, James - Go Tell It on the Mountain Beckett, Samuel - Waiting for Godot Bellow, Saul - The Adventures of Augie March Brontë, Charlotte - Jane Eyre Brontë, Emily - Wuthering Heights Camus, Albert - The Stranger Cather, Willa - Death Comes for the Archbishop Chaucer, Geoffrey - The Canterbury Tales Chekhov, Anton - The Cherry Orchard Chopin, Kate - The Awakening Conrad, Joseph - Heart of Darkness Cooper, James Fenimore - The Last of the Mohicans Crane, Stephen - The Red Badge of Courage Dante - Inferno de Cervantes, Miguel - Don Quixote Defoe, Daniel - Robinson Crusoe Dickens, Charles - A Tale of Two Cities Dostoyevsky, Fyodor - Crime and Punishment Douglass, Frederick - Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass Dreiser, Theodore - An American Tragedy Dumas, Alexandre - The Three Musketeers Eliot, George - The Mill on the Floss Ellison, Ralph - Invisible Man Emerson, Ralph Waldo - Selected Essays Faulkner, William - As I Lay Dying Faulkner, William - The Sound and the Fury Fielding, Henry - Tom Jones Fitzgerald, F. Scott - The Great Gatsby Flaubert, Gustave - Madame Bovary Ford, Ford Madox - The Good Soldier Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von - Faust Golding, William - Lord of the Flies Hardy, Thomas - Tess of the d'Urbervilles Hawthorne, Nathaniel - The Scarlet Letter Heller, Joseph - Catch 22 Hemingway, Ernest - A Farewell to Arms Homer - The Iliad Homer - The Odyssey Hugo, Victor - The Hunchback of Notre Dame Hurston, Zora Neale - Their Eyes Were Watching God Huxley, Aldous - Brave New World Ibsen, Henrik - A Doll's House James, Henry - The Portrait of a Lady James, Henry - The Turn of the Screw Joyce, James - A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man Kafka, Franz - The Metamorphosis Kingston, Maxine Hong - The Woman Warrior Lee, Harper - To Kill a Mockingbird Lewis, Sinclair - Babbitt London, Jack - The Call of the Wild Mann, Thomas - The Magic Mountain Marquez, Gabriel García - One Hundred Years of Solitude Melville, Herman - Bartleby the Scrivener Melville, Herman - Moby Dick Miller, Arthur - The Crucible Morrison, Toni - Beloved O'Connor, Flannery - A Good Man is Hard to Find O'Neill, Eugene - Long Day's Journey into Night Orwell, George - Animal Farm Pasternak, Boris - Doctor Zhivago Plath, Sylvia - The Bell Jar Poe, Edgar Allan - Selected Tales Proust, Marcel - Swann's Way Pynchon, Thomas - The Crying of Lot 49 Remarque, Erich Maria - All Quiet on the Western Front Rostand, Edmond - Cyrano de Bergerac Roth, Henry - Call It Sleep Salinger, J.D. - The Catcher in the Rye Shakespeare, William - Hamlet Shakespeare, William - Macbeth Shakespeare, William - A Midsummer Night's Dream Shakespeare, William - Romeo and Juliet Shaw, George Bernard - Pygmalion Shelley, Mary - Frankenstein Silko, Leslie Marmon - Ceremony Solzhenitsyn, Alexander - One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich Sophocles - Antigone Sophocles - Oedipus Rex Steinbeck, John - The Grapes of Wrath Stevenson, Robert Louis - Treasure Island Stowe, Harriet Beecher - Uncle Tom's Cabin Swift, Jonathan - Gulliver's Travels Thackeray, William - Vanity Fair Thoreau, Henry David - Walden Tolstoy, Leo - War and Peace Turgenev, Ivan - Fathers and Sons Twain, Mark - The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Voltaire - Candide Vonnegut, Kurt Jr. - Slaughterhouse-Five Walker, Alice - The Color Purple Wharton, Edith - The House of Mirth Welty, Eudora - Collected Stories Whitman, Walt - Leaves of Grass Wilde, Oscar - The Picture of Dorian Gray Williams, Tennessee - The Glass Menagerie Woolf, Virginia - To the Lighthouse Wright, Richard - Native Son

Here are links to other bloggers lists:
Pejmanesque
Relfections in d Minor
Accidental Verbosity
Misty at A Special Kind of Stupid
Priorities & Frivolities
The Primary Main Objective
Ipse Dixit
Munuviana (Physics Geek Post)
She Who Will Be Obeyed
Modulator
I Speak of Dreams
Scribbling Woman
Edward Champion's Return of the Reluctant
Collected Miscellany
Storytelling
The Sixth International
Common Sense and Wonder
The Ministry of Minor Perfidy (adds to list)
The Little Professor
Six Different Ways
aethele
Pharynulga
The Salt Box
In Favor Of Thinking

Note: At first, I wasn't going to turn this into a link fest, but, then, after all, I am the Paratrooper of Love so I linked away (some of these blogs might not appreciate this site, either). Check out some of these blogs (especially, if you haven't read any of them before) - you might find something that you like.

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Mark Your Calendars

HALO 2 --- NOVEMBER 9th!
Blackfive-MasterChief

BOOYAH!

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May 08, 2004

Movie Review - Van Helsing

Just saw Van Helsing. Good action movie. If you liked the Mummy movies then you'll like this one.

Why?

It was written and directed by the creator/director of the Mummy - Stephen Sommers.

I liked it, but it definitely did not get you attached to the characters as much as the Mummy or, say, X-Men. There was a lot of special effects and animation. Maybe too much. The vampires were great but some of the other monsters looked over done.

The best character was the Friar - Van Helsing's assistant. It's the guy who played Faramir in the Lord of the Rings. He was the sidekick and comic relief - a bumbling genius of an assistant who always manages to overcome great cowardice to help save the day (most of the time).

Kate Beckinsdale looked great, too. There's just something about girls with big weapons.

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May 06, 2004

Hi! I'm Abe Froman - the Sausage King of Chicago.

Teacher (taking attendance): "Blackfive?....... Blackfive?.......Blackfive?"

Jen: ... "Um, he's sick. My best friend's sister's boyfriend's brother's girlfriend heard from this guy who knows this kid who's going with a girl who saw Blackfive pass out at 31 Flavors last night. I guess it's pretty serious."

...

Psst. I'm Ferris Bueller today (audio file).

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May 05, 2004

Wednesday Warp

Speaking of Warps, Cool Blue Blog has been making installments in his Star Chores series - Parts One and Two.

Wind Rider at Silent Running has a post about the CLASSIFIED documents that were leaked to Seymor Hersch.

Heather of Angelweave reminds us of a TV Series coming soon to DVD. Here's a hint (for Harvey).

More soon...

Visit Mr. Green now...he's back posting for awhile and his Ted Rall posts are absolutely hilarious!

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May 04, 2004

Greyhawk and Michele's Contest

I mentioned previously that Greyhawk and Michele Catalano were having a little contest in honor of Micah Wright. Comrade Wright lied about his military service and claimed to be a Ranger during the invasion of Panama - a myth debunked by the beautiful Laura (Mrs. Spoons) who actually dated him during the late 80's.

Anyway, here is the first of many posters that I'll be working on in honor of that lying, no good, scumbag, Micah Wright (apology for the language on the poster - this kind of thing really gets under my skin).

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You can see the rest of the entrants in the Micah Wright Remixed Gallery here.

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Public Service Announcement From Blackfive

First, I want to sincerely thank you for visiting Blackfive. Unfortunately, we have some unpleasant business to discuss.

I almost never ban someone for having a differing opinion than mine or others who comment as long as the discussion is fair, collegial and well-reasoned. If the comment degenerates into anti-war slogans and foul language, I ban 'em. It's that simple.

Over the last 9 months, I've had to ban only five commenters for vile remarks on this blog. While I don't necessarily deserve the label, a lot of people believe that I am too even-handed in dealing with commenters who disagree with me. The commenters on this blog have as much to do with Blackfive's success as I do. The discussion and the sharing of information is why the blogosphere has been growing at an exponential rate.

But now I have to make an exception because it has to do with honoring a fallen hero.

Unfortunately, someone out there is sending quite a few people to this site to post anti-war and anti-American messages on the post about Taking Chance Home. This is horrific to me. You may disagree with me about that but this is my blog. If you don't like it, you can go somewhere else. It's a free Blogosphere.

Don't mistake my allowance for open discourse for permission to dishonor the memory of an American Hero. That would be a huge mistake to make.

So, after 80 or so great comments, I have to start watching that post. I may turn off commenting all together on that post...and that's very disheartening and unfortunate. I have banned over twenty IP addresses this morning alone.

And whoever is encouraging those people to visit that post and attempt to reduce it's intent, I'll be sure to find you so we can have an honest discussion about Honor, Integrity, Patriotism and Humanity.

Blackfive Out.

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May 02, 2004

New ABC Poll - Bush More Likeable

A new ABC Poll is out showing people to believe that Bush is more compassionate, likeable, and caring than Kerry.

...Americans, by an eight-point margin, pick Bush over Kerry as "friendly and likeable" and as "caring and compassionate," and by a seven-point margin as someone who "shares my values and beliefs," an ABCNEWS/Washington Post poll finds...
Not surprising, but encouraging.

Quite frankly, with all of election issues out there (and they could be spun a lot more against Bush), the fact that Kerry doesn't have a double digit lead is pathetic.

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Blog Trip

In light of all that is happening with Medals these days, Joe Ham has a picture of John Kerry eating...his medals.

Greyhawk at the Mudville Gazette has a post about the use of WWII propaganda posters by the left.

Speaking of posters, Tony the Oriental Redneck created a post of posters for our Spirit of America Drive last week.

Mamamontez has an update on the moron who denigrated a fallen hero. He's still a moron (who should get knocked on his ass).

More later...

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April 30, 2004

So What To Do Now?

Okay. So you've been here before...maybe Taking Chance Home was your first time here. You saw lots of plugs to help the Marines. Our Blog-a-thon for the Marines is over...for now. Of course, you can still support Spirit of America (I know I will).

A lot of you, and I mean A LOT, have emailed me for information about sending care packages to the troops. Some of you may not have really considered "taking care" of an unknown military person before so here's your chance to help.

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Soldiers' Angels is a wonderful non-for-profit run by some of the best Americans around - military moms! There, you can adopt soldiers or whole platoons of soldiers, send care packages, emails. You name it. You can even help the wounded soldiers as they come back from overseas.

Soldiers' Angels and Spirit of America are not the only organizations out there that help our military.

Look into donating money to these two charities:

    A. The Special Operations Warrior Foundation

    The SOWF provides scholarships for the children of Special Operations soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines who have lost their lives (in training or combat). A few dollars would go a long way in providing for the children of those who have died defending America.

    B. United Warrior Survivor Foundation

    UWSF offers scholarship grants to surviving spouses, along with educational counseling, financial guidance, investment planning, and other programs.

Think about donating your unused frequent flyer miles for a soldier to visit his or her family. Check out Operation Hero Miles.

Operation Gratitude - another site where you can help send care packages to troops in Iraq.

Books For Soldiers - it's one more way to show troops that you care.

Operation AC - Commenter Retread reminds me to include this charity which sends 110v single phase air conditioners to our troops in Iraq. They also send medical supplies to the Combat Support Hospitals for both injured American Soldiers and for the staff, as well as care packages to our troops overseas.

Keystone Soldiers also takes care of soldiers by adoption, matching pen pals, or sending care packages.

And Adopt a Platoon - another source for adopting soldiers who don't have someone on the homefront.

The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society is a nonprofit, charitable organization that provides financial, educational, and other assistance to members of the Naval Services of the United States, and their eligible family members and survivors, when in need. To do this, counseling, loans, grants, various services, and referral to other community resources are available. There are no fees for such help. The Society, operating in partnership with the Navy and Marine Corps, administers nearly 250 offices ashore and afloat at Navy and Marine Corps bases around the world.


Whatever steps that you take to take care of our troops - no matter how large or small - will resonate beyond just one American soldier.

Someone that was referred by this site to Soldiers Angels also was responsible for donating their extra frequent flyer miles to bring a family to see their wounded soldier at Walter Reed. Just some simple actions made all the difference in the world.

So please think about supporting our troops. You can show that you care about their lives while they defend yours.

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April 26, 2004

Listening To...

...Yellow Card - "Ocean Avenue". It rocks. Listened to it while I ordered a Nuke the Moon (essay link) shirt (Frank's got more of them - and, no, Mrs. Blackfive is not eligible for the t-shirt contest).

Switching to Social D - "Ball and Chain".


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Help The Marines - Part 4

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US Marines seek to equip seven (7) television stations serving local communities within Al Anbar Province, Iraq. The Province includes the cities of Fallujah and Ramadi. These stations will offer information that is more accurate and balanced than existing alternatives. The goal is to improve understanding between Americans and Iraqis, build trust and reduce tensions. Current TV news in Iraq often carries negative, highly-biased accounts of the U.S. presence. Unanswered, its effect is to stoke resentment and encourage conflict. The Marines seek to ensure the Iraqi people have access to better, more balanced information. By equipping local television stations and providing the ability to generate news and programming, the Marines will create a viable news alternative - one owned and operated by local Iraqi citizens.

Da Goddess has a very interesting item up for bid and a great post to go along with it. Anyone who talks about both *ahem* bras and Monty Python in the same post has my vote. Seriously.

Smash keeps putting things up for bid - the latest being deck of the most wanted cards with the Kuwait Embassy seal on them.

Sondra K. also has an official Ba'athist Party Notecard for auction. Check it out.

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April 25, 2004

Home!

I barely survived the weekend. Over the last 4 days, I have slept for maybe ten hours (and most of that was on the plane). Resting tonight. Back tomorrow. A few highlights:

Talked the groom into drinking Patron shooters at 2:30am...about seven hours from the wedding. We bribed the jazz quintet at the reception to play "Jump Around" by House of Pain. Yeah, I really know how to add class to an event....This story was told a few times as well as this one (Todd and another groomsman were there for that one). Todd's mom, Adele, kept introducing me as the man who got her husband blind drunk at Oktoberfest.

    Side story: My last memory of that night was our taking over for the band durning a break. We were actually leading the Spaten tent in John Denver's Country Roads:

    Matt, Todd, and Gordon: Country Roads

    1,000 drunk Germans: Take Me Home!!!!

    MTG: To the place

    1,000 drunk Germans: Where I belong!!!!

    After about eight hours of drinking, Gordon needed some down time. I wrote down the address to our hotel on a card and Todd dumped Gordon in a cab and sent him home. Adele was NOT pleased. Great lady with an extensive memory.

Santa Barbara was BEAUTIFUL. Had a mariachi cruise on Friday before the rehearsal. Three Words: Over.The.Top.

And thanks to Darren Kaplan for the excellent restaurant advice. The Bachelor Party was impressed with the choice.

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April 22, 2004

I'm On The Way To Santa Barbara...

...so posting will be probably be non-existent or light as the wedding (I am a groomsman) has events scheduled from eleven AM to midnight every day. I'll need a vacation after this one.

This is the wedding of one of my best friends, Todd, who I met twelve years ago in the Army. I was his sponsor when he arrived at Division HQ. I was supposed to show him around and get him settled in on the base. I didn't want to spend extra time on top of my usual 14 hour work day showing a newbie around the base.

We are completely different. He was a Candy-Ass College Boy Straight Off Of Fraternity Row, and I was a Mustang. He went strictly by the book and letter of the law (or UCMJ). I did whatever it took to get a mission done - including bribing Range NCO's with Jack Daniels and German contractors with Cigarettes, and occasionally stealing Wesley Clark's air conditioner so my men had a cool place to sleep once in awhile. He also frowned upon my choice in girlfriends which sometimes resulted in the breaking of a few rules - both official and unofficial - one was the Division Commander's Admin Assistant and one was the FORSCOM Commander's daughter (not at the same time...pervs).

We ended up becoming the best of friends.

I learned a lot from Todd. He reminded me of why I chose to become an Officer in the first place. Sometimes, you kind of lose your way along the career path. Todd brought me back into being a leader instead of being a smart-ass, know-it-all, jaded lifer. In return, I got Todd into a lot of trouble. Heh.

Anyway, here's a picture of the adorable couple (I think Todd's hammered).

Have a great week/weekend everyone!

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April 21, 2004

If You're In Chicago...

...you might consider getting Tanked For The Troops. Roland sends this info about the event:

    I thought you'd want to be aware of an event that involves two key items on your agenda: Beer and Supporting Our Armed Forces.

    Joe's on Weed Street is hosting an event this Friday called Tanked for the Troops, wherein a $25 cover charge gets you an open bar from 8-11pm with all the proceeds going to care packages to be sent to units in Iraq and Afghanistan.

BTW, there will be notebooks at the event to write messages to our troops overseas. Here's the poster for the event.

Unfortunately, I will miss this event (I'll be in California). Last night, I was talking with some friends about organizing a Support The Troops Pub Crawl for Chicago soon. Details to follow.

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April 18, 2004

Random Stuff

My parents are moving soon. So, yesterday, I spent a lot of time helping them get their things in order (which is why there was light posting). One of my tasks was to go through about 20 boxes of stuff that I had stored in their attic. They are moving into a smaller house (no need for four extra bedrooms for us boys).

Among the boxes of stuff that have been in my parents attic for over ten years:

1. One set of dog-tags that had a .45 bullet (with a hole drilled though it) strung with parachute cord.

    Mrs. Blackfive: "Why is there a BULLET on your dog tags?"

    Blackfive: "When I was a smart-ass Second Lieutenant, my Colonel gave this to me and told me, that whenever I felt like making a sarcastic remark, to bite the bullet and shut the hell up."

2. A copy of "A Paratrooper's Faith". It's a reproduced pocket book with psalms and poems that were carried by Sergeant George Tullidge who was killed in the invasion of France on June 8th, 1944. He was wounded and took over a machine-gun position over the road from St. Mere Eglise and held off the German counter attack allowing his wounded troopers to be rescued. He died of his wounds and never left his post to seek medical attention. Sergeant Tullidge's mother had compiled the contents by hand in a notebook.

3. A lot of pictures. One picture of me and Matt Schram at an Officer's Club Halloween Party. He was dressed as a woman and I wore an official Cook County Jail inmate jumpsuit. No comment on how the jumpsuit was acquired.

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April 16, 2004

"Ocean's Twelve"...

...is being filmed right in front of the door to my building this morning. I have to go out through the garage today. The last time I was annoyed with Hollywood invading Chicago was when "Remember Me" was being filmed at the Twin Anchors. Prevented me from getting the best ribs in Chicago one night.

I liked the remake of "Ocean's Eleven" a lot, but "Twelve" isn't directed by Stephen Soderbergh - although it might be better than the first if Julie Roberts isn't in it.

Had to vent.

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April 12, 2004

Opening Day!

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Go Cubs!!!

The only reasonable substitute for Wrigley Field today would be to be at Murphy's Bleachers and drinking this.

*muttering something about working and the damn responsibilities of family*

Wrigley is tough ticket this season - Only seats left are obstructed-view

...But with the Cubs and their fans still giddy from last year's playoff run and expectations sky-high, the stadium is essentially sold out for the year, leaving many fans and groups like the Boys and Girls Club shut out.

As the Cubs prepare to open their home schedule Monday against the Pittsburgh Pirates, team officials say demand for seats has far outstripped supply...

I went to a lot of Cubs games last year, but I actually saw twice as many White Sox games as Cubs games. I usually take my tech department to various games. Looks like it'll be even harder to squeeze my vendors for tickets this year.

For the diehard fans, there's always a way to see the game.

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April 11, 2004

Happy Easter!

Here's some Easter Eggs

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April 10, 2004

Drink Guinness - It's Good For You!

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In continuing the Blackfive tradition of cutting edge journalism celebrating the nectar of the gods, I thought we'd discuss Guinness today.

There is an awesome new study published (by the University of Wisconsin) about the different health factors of various beers - carbs, calories, alcohol content, etc. Of course, my friends, you knew where the "nectar of the gods" wound up on the study - as the best bloody beer in the world (for your health). Of course, it's healthy! If it wasn't so good for your health, the life expectancy of an Irishman would only be about thirty years.

Raise a pint of Guinness to your good health
By KEVIN HUNT
Hartford Courant

Question: Whose dietary and health interests are better served by the 12-ounce beer?

If the guidelines are less alcohol, fewer calories, fewer carbohydrates - and, to top it off, protection against heart attacks, blindness and maybe even impotence - then it's the Guinness drinker, hands down.

No joke.

Guinness, in fact, is lower in alcohol, calories and carbohydrates than Samuel Adams, Budweiser, Heineken and almost every other major-brand beer not classified as light or low-carb. It has fewer calories and carbohydrates than low-fat milk and orange juice, too.
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In the study, Guinness proved twice as effective as Heineken at preventing blood clots. Guinness is loaded with flavonoids, anti-oxidants that give the dark color to many fruits and vegetables.

These anti-oxidants are better than vitamins C and E, the study found, at keeping bad LDL cholesterol from clogging arteries. Blocked arteries also contribute to erectile dysfunction, as does overindulgence in alcohol.

Guinness has a higher concentration than lighter beers of vitamin B, which lowers levels of homocysteine, linked to clogged arteries. And researchers have found that anti-oxidants from the moderate use of stout might reduce the incidence of cataracts by as much as 50%...

So, lads and lasses, drink your Guinness and stay healthy!

(I'm in St. Louis, now, drinking a Guinness - courtesy of my father-in-law, as I compose this post late Friday night. Mmmmm.)

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April 07, 2004

Blogs to Visit

Bill at INDC is having a caption contest judged by Captain Ed of Captain's Quarters.

Speaking of Captain Ed, he got a mention in James Taranto's Best of the Web for his often quoted piece about President Clinton's Final National Security Report (with no mention of Al Qaeda).

John over at LeanWrite has an interesting interview with David Zucchino, the author of "Thunder Run: The Armored Strike to Capture Baghdad".

If you haven't read Smash's run-down of the counter-protest in San Diego last weekend, you should read it. It'll put a smile on your face. THANKS, SMASH!

James Joyner is stealing my thoughts again. This time it's in response to a Kevin Drum piece about environmental reviews for grocery stores.

Feste at Fool's Blog has a post related to yesterday's Tartan Day celebration - it's about the Royal Scots, 1st Battalion, currently serving in Iraq.

Update 2:30PM CST:

Kelly the Patriette has a great story about a wounded War Hero - Alan Babin - who is making a miraculous recovery. Make sure to read what his mother has to say about our involvement in Iraq.

At some point, Annika should be appointed Secretary of Defense for quoting the best Patton line EVER. I do like Rummy. Maybe after he leaves...

The Donovan got himself a new template. Looks great, John!

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Tell It to the Judge

...meaning me. I'll be helping Humorous Blogger Frank J. pick out a IMAO t-shirt babe. Among others, Glenn Reynolds, Misha, Bill Whittle, Harvey (I think he's the only Harvey in the Blogosphere), John Hawkins, and one (yet to be determined) other judge will be judging as well.

Frank J. wants to increase sales of his t-shirts and this is his grand scheme to make him rich, rich, rich. Here's what Frank is looking for:

So, ladies, you are probably asking yourself what you need to do to be the IMAO T-Shirt Babe. First, be a babe. Second, have a photo taken (it needs to be recent) displaying your babeness. Third, to prove your babeness, write a short (200 words or less) hawkish statement (we can't have someone wearing a, anti-terrorist t-shirt who deosn’t actually want terrorists dead). Finally, e-mail a digital copy of the photo, your short essay, name, and website URL (if you have one) to me with the subject "IMAO T-Shirt Babe".
So, if you meet the above qualifications, send your application to Frank...especially if you have a razor sharp wit (that'll get my vote).

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April 06, 2004

Tartan Day - Part 3 - The Declaration of Arbroath

The Declaration of Arbroath - April 6th, 1320

Our own American Declaration of Independence of 1776 was based loosely on the Scottish Declaration of Arbroath. Here is one key passage:

‘Yet if he (Bruce) should give up what he has begun, and agree to make us or our kingdom subject to the King of England or the English, we should exert ourselves at once to drive him out as our enemy and a subverter of his own rights and ours, and make some other man who was well able to defend us our King; for, as long as but a hundred of us remain alive, never will we on any conditions be brought under English rule. It is in truth not for glory, nor riches, nor honours that we are fighting, but for freedom - for that alone, which no honest man gives up but with life itself.’
Sound familiar? It's amazing that those men, so long ago, had the same ideas about freedom as those in later centuries.

Here is a statement by John Prebble about the nature of the Declaration of Arbroath:

The Declaration of Arbroath 1320 by John Prebble
The Declaration of Arbroath was and has been unequalled in its eloquent plea for the liberty of man. From the darkness of medieval minds it shone a torch upon future struggles which its signatories could not have foreseen or understood.The author of this noble Latin address is unknown, though it is assumed to have been composed by Bernard de Linton, Abbot of Arbroath and Chancellor of Scotland. Above the seals of eight earls and forty-five barons, it asked for the Pope's dispassionate intervention in the bloody quarrel between the Scots and the English, and so that he might understand the difference between the two its preamble gave him a brief history of the former. The laughable fiction of this is irrelevant. What is important is the passionate sincerity of the men who believed it, who were placing a new and heady nationalism above the feudal obligations that had divided their loyalties less than a quarter of a century before. In its mixture of defiance and supplication, nonsensical history and noble thought, two things make the Declaration of Arbroath the most important document in Scottish history. Firstly it set the will and the wishes of the people above the King. Though they were bound to him 'both by law and by his merits' it was so that their freedom might be maintained. If he betrayed them he would be removed and replaced. This remarkable obligation placed upon a feudal monarch by his feudal subjects may be explained in part by the fact that Bruce was still a heather king to many of them, still a wild claimant ruling upon sufferance and success. But the roots of his kingship were Celtic, and a Celtic tradition was here invoked, the memory of the Seven Earls, the Seven Sons of Cruithne the Pict in who, it was believed, had rested the ancient right of tanistry, the elevation of kings by selection. This unique relationship of king and people would influence their history henceforward, and would reach its climax in the Reformation and the century following, when a people's Church would declare and maintain its superiority over earthly crowns. Secondly, the manifesto affirmed the nation's independence in a way no battle could, and justified it with a truth that is beyond nation and race. Man has a right to freedom and a duty to defend it with his life. The natural qualifications put upon this by a medieval baron are irrelevant, as are the reservations which slave-owning Americans placed upon their declaration of independence. The truth once spoken cannot be checked, the seed once planted controls its own growth, and the liberty which men secure for themselves must be given by them to others, or it will be taken as they took it. Freedom is a hardy plant and must flower in equality and brotherhood.
The whole premise is summed up in the second to last line.

The truth once spoken cannot be checked...

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Tartan Day - Part 2

My family is from the clans Robertson, Sinclair, Lamont, and Shaw.

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...and, BTW, Chicago has a few Highland festivals each year. While not quite the on par with the Stone Mountain, Georgia, crowd, it's fun for us to get together.

The 2004 Illinois Saint Andrew Society Highland Games - June 2004. This one is the most fun. Rugby, Haggis, and Scotch! Little Blackfive got a Scotland Football Kit last year.

7th Annual Celtic Festival in Chicago - September 2004. This is a smaller version of the above and, while it includes all Celts, it has about equal amounts of Scottish and Irish music, food, and games.

Just remember to call it a KILT, not a skirt!...or you're liable to get hurt.

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For the Geek Purist...

This one is pretty interesting. Some computer studs took a lot of time and effort to bake some cakes...

Personal Computer E-Z Bake Oven

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Tartan Day - Part 1

    "Every line of strength in American history is a line colored with Scottish blood." - Woodrow Wilson
United States Senate Simple Resolution (S.Res.) 155 - May 20th, 1998

Whereas April 6 has a special significance for all Americans, and especially those Americans of Scottish descent, because the Declaration of Arbroath, the Scottish Declaration of Independence, was signed on April 6, 1320 and the American Declaration of Independence was modelled on that inspirational document;

Whereas this resolution honors the major role that Scottish Americans played in the founding of this Nation, such as the fact that almost half of the signers of the Declaration of Independence were of Scottish descent, the Governors in 9 of the original 13 States were of Scottish ancestry, Scottish Americans successfully helped shape this country in its formative years and guide this Nation through its most troubled times;

Whereas this resolution recognizes the monumental achievements and invaluable contributions made by Scottish Americans that have led to America's preeminence in the fields of science, technology, medicine, government, politics, economics, architecture, literature, media, and visual and performing arts;

Whereas this resolution commends the more than 200 organizations throughout the United States that honor Scottish heritage, tradition, and culture, representing the hundreds of thousands of Americans of Scottish descent, residing in every State, who already have made the observance of Tartan Day on April 6 a success;

Whereas these numerous individuals, clans, societies, clubs, and fraternal organizations do not let the great contributions of the Scottish people go unnoticed:

Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the Senate designates April 6 of each year as "National Tartan Day."

Here are some bloggers celebrating Tartan Day:

Absinthe & Cookies
Ninjababe's Ramble
Jen Speaks
Frozen In Montreal
Blackfive - The Paratrooper of
Love

Grim's Hall
Miss Apropos
Jackalope Pursuivant
Accidental Verbosity
Right Wingin-It
Drowning at 2 Feet Sea Level
Straight White Guy
Hard Times
TacJammer
BabyTrollBlog
Triticale
Laughing Wolf
Da Goddess
ChristWeb
Mudville Gazette
I Love Jet
Noise

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April 05, 2004

Home Sweet Home and Blog Stuff

Arrived at about 7pm, a little worse for wear, back in Chicago with cold lake breezes, rude people, traffic jams, and really missing palm trees, southern hospitality, warm sunsets, and the smell of the ocean. I shouldn't complain too much as I'll be in Santa Barbara soon.

Thanks to everyone who emailed me about the previous post. I wrote it quickly (and sincerely) this morning, delaying my departure for the airport and stressing out my wife. It was time well spent. I appreciate everyone's opinion on the matter, but the apology must stand as is and unqualified.

BTW, John Hawkins has a survey of bloggers (yours truly included) that submitted their choices for contemporary dinner guests. I included many politicians and public figures but included Stephen Tyler (Aerosmith) and Stephen den Beste (blogger). My votes were 1, 2, 3, 12 (Dennis Miller) plus a few others that didn't make the cut like George H. W. Bush. I didn't include Mel because he actually bought my wife and I dinner before...

And since it's my last night on vacation, I have some scotch to drink...Have a good night everyone.

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April 03, 2004

Gone Fishin'

Will be out in the Gulf fishing with Little Blackfive (his first fishing trip). More later...and visit those sites that I listed previously. They are all well worth your time.

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The Call - Part 3

This is in reference to these posts about my friend, Kiang, and his wedding: The Call and The Call - Part 2.

Here's a picture of us at about 11PM. The bride and groom are on the right. For perspective, I am 5'11" and in the back, wearing a black turtleneck and a suede coat. It was really, really cold that night. When Kiang saw me, he said, "Are we hunting bear tonight in some strange northern American ritual?"

He was joking.

I replied, "In a manner of speaking, yes." And opened the scotch.

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March 30, 2004

Tuesday Blog Stuff

1. The Commissar has a new map of Africa up at the Politburo Diktat.

2. GeorgeWBush.com has the Kerry Gas Calculator that will give you the cost of a Kerry $.50/gallon tax increase.

3. John Hawkins at Right Wing News has more on the Benedict Arnold issue for John Kerry.

More to follow...

4. Harvey of Bad Money takes a look at the benefits of appeasement.

5. Bill Whittle has Chapter Two up at EjectEjectEject.

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March 27, 2004

Catching Up on Email

Apologies if you sent me an email and it's taking awhile to hear back.

I am actually on vacation in Naples, Florida, and working through dial-up. Maybe, I'll try to find Frank.

I'll try to get back to everyone...eventually...in between Bombay Sapphire martinis and building sand castles with Little Blackfive.

I'll also continue to post a bit so no real hiatus for the blog.

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March 26, 2004

HALO and Rising Sun

This is good news. I like XBox a lot. My time as a grad student has something to do with it.

When I was a grad student at the U of Chicago, my grad advisor quit teaching to go work for XBox. He had been developing games for years and was one of the creators of Marathon which was the precursor to Doom. He was a cool grad advisor.

    Cool Grad Advisor: "Hey, Matt, want to discuss my new Algorithm? It'll only take about five hours."

    Me: "Not really."

    CGA: "Want to go to Jimmy's, get a beer and talk transport protocols for XBox."

    Me: "Um. Hell, yeah."

After he left, I was assigned to a real pain-in-the-ass who discovered that I hadn't taken his Super Advanced Algorithms for Masocist Geniuses class. It had five math problems per week that took me about 30 hours and 40 pages (typed) to finish. I was ready to commit homicide. And, to top it all off, he was a socialist who believed that the government should pay him to sit and think about stuff. I had to listen to that crap all of the time.

"The University of Chicago - Where Fun Comes To Die!"

That, ladies and gentlemen, is what I call a major digression.

Back to the point. I love video games. Lately, I have been consumed by two games. I only like to play one game at a time until I finish it.

    HALO for XBox (I heard that the PC version was a lot better)

    and

    Medal of Honor: Rising Sun for Nintendo GameCube

HALO is fun. I like the fact that you can only carry two weapons - some games allow you to carry fifteen different weapons (like Turok which I like, too). I don't like the vehicle parts too much, but the sniping is good stuff. HALO is the exception to my one game rule. I stop playing HALO for weeks or months and come back to it.

Rising Sun has been somewhat of a diappointment. I finished it in four nights. I liked Frontline better. I have said in previous posts that there's only one thing better than killing Nazis, and that's drinking beer and killing Nazis. Maybe it is just better than blowing up Saki and shooting Niponese soldiers. It just wasn't as good as the first one. Or maybe it was as good and I wanted something more...and the ending sucked. I guess there is going to be a Rising Sun Part 2.

The point of this post: Anyone have any recommendations on new games?

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March 23, 2004

Interesting Things In The Blogosphere

Greyhawk at the Mudville Gazette has more on the protests. I found his update at the end to be very amusing.

Darren Kaplan has a thoughtful post about the possibility of President Bush being able to actually prevent 9/11.

Drill Sergeant Rob has finally moved to BlogSpot. Rob is a US Army Drill Sergeant and his blog is called An American Soldier. You know, I've never heard of such a prolific Drill Sergeant that doesn't pepper his sentences with the words @#$!, @#%& or @#$^ing @#%...Anyway, Rob's a good read.

Stephen sent me this link to an interesting article by Michael Totten on Tech Central Station about Jacksonians, Hamiltonians, and Wilsonians.

Jen Martinez has the story of Sergeant Walters - a soldier who fought like hell when the 507th Maint. Company was ambushed (Jessica Lynch's unit). You should read Jen's links to her other posts about this American hero.

If you haven't visited Joe Ham, yet. You're in for a LYAO-treat.

Speaking of laughing, the Laughing Wolf has a serious and thoughtful post about the summative origins of our current struggle.

Teresa of Technicalities has an informative post about that liberal media.

This post is too funny to come from Chip (see number 37). Must be Wind Rider in disguise...

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March 22, 2004

Don't Know How I Missed This...

...oh, wait, I do know. I had the Mother of All Hang-Overs.

Anyway, Harvey at Bad Money has a post about what happened to me, Harvey and Mike the Marine on St. Patrick's Day.

Here's a bit from it:

    Mike: That near-death-experience has made me thirsty. I'm going up to the bar for a beer.

    Matty [smirking knowingly]: Just a plain old BEER? On this, the most sacred drinking night of 2004?

    Mike: Oh, not just any beer. The darkest, Irishest, most precioussssss beer of them all...

    Harv: Budweiser?

    Matty: [WHACK!] Blasphemer!

    Harv: OW! What? Michelob?

    Mike: Matty, kill him slowly

    Matty: Right.

    Harv: Geez, put down the pig-sticker, Matty! Guinness! Guinness!

    Matty: Hey look! Harv just figured out how to keep from acquiring a third nostril!

    Mike: Brilliant!

    Matty: Brilliant!

So, as you can see, it's both funny and 'brilliant'. And it ain't too far from the truth...just ask Uncle Ben, he was there. Phil, too, but he had to get poured into a cab at about 10PM.

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Famous Wills On-Line At British Archives

I saw a piece on CBS News Sunday Morning about famous wills on-line at the British Archives.

William Shakespeare's will is free (PDF file)

Here are a few others that are available for a few Pounds:

Sir Francis Drake, Lord Horatio Nelson, Lord George Byron, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Sir Francis Bacon, Edmund Burke, Winston Churchill, Samuel Johnson, William Penn, Captain James Cook, George Frederic Handel, Jane Austen, Oliver Cromwell, and various monarchs, royalty, poets, playrights, and military men.


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March 20, 2004

We're All Gonna Die

Hopefully, that's not news to you.

Anyway, there is some evidence in England that we are headed for the sixth extinction on this planet. When I was an undergrad, I minored in Archeology (Biblical) because I find this stuff fascinating. When I'm rich and retired, I'll need an interesting hobby to keep me busy so I chose archeology.

Sixth big extinction may be coming
BY PAUL RECER
WASHINGTON -- A steep decline in birds, butterflies and native plants in Britain supports the theory that humans are pushing the natural world into the Earth's sixth big extinction event and the future may see more animal species disappearing.

In an effort that sent more than 20,000 volunteers into every corner of England, Scotland and Wales to survey wildlife and plants, researchers found that many native populations are in big trouble, and some are gone altogether.
<...>
Thomas said that some past extinctions killed more than 90 percent of all life forms and ''nobody is suggesting we are at that point.''

But, he said, ''if this goes on for the foreseeable future then within a short period in geological time we will be getting toward the level of a major extinction.''

Whew! Glad he added that we have some time yet...

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March 19, 2004

Friday Foray...A Bit Late Today

1. First, the beautiful Jennifer has an interesting interview with Jack of Radom Fate and co-founder of We The People.

2. Speaking of We The People, Donnie tells us that my old pal, Eric "Traitor Bitch" Blumrich, is at it again.

3. Feste at Fool's Blog takes a look at how much Defense business is headed towards the Bay area. Funny how that's the one area that is the most anarchistic and anti-Bush...

4. This is great. I have gotten six infected emails from moveon.org today. One of them said that I was a bad, bad boy.

5. David Kaspar of Davids Medienkritik has a post about how German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder refuses to help the US in Iraq but wants the US to support Germany's quest for a permanent seat in the UN security council.

6. Frequent commenter Bloodspite sent me to doc Russia's Bloodletting to see one post - but the fisk of John Kerry's Iraq speech today really deserves attention. Plus, it's always good to be reminded not to piss off doc Russia.

7. Teresa at Technicalities has a post about the lying journalist from USA Today. Jayson Blair meet Jack Kelley. Now kick each other in the ass...about one hundred times.

8. Jennifer Martinez thanks Poland for a great message from their President and their support. Apparently, the President doesn't agree with Spain...

9. Bobby Sr. sent this link to a GREAT piece about the War on Terror.

10. Visit the Babalu Blog to read a great post about Cuba and the anniversary of the encarceration of 75 political prisoners.

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March 18, 2004

364 Days Away From St. Patrick's Day

I kid, I kid!

Will restore the original Blackfive template soon.


BTW, those Chaser things don't work. I either need to take more Chasers or do less drink fewer shots of Jameson.

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March 17, 2004

What I Hate About Chicago...

I received an email recently from a New Yorker accusing me of being an ambassador for Chicago and wanted to know if there was anything that I hated about my hometown. Maybe, he's just jealous about our green river?

There is plenty that I dislike about Chicago, but two things come immediately to mind...

I hate Mimes. I hate Mimes like Frank J. hates Monkeys. I work and live close to Michigan Avenue in Chicago. I see Mimes all of the time. I really hate the guy that is painted up like the Tin Man from the Wizard of Oz and then does the Moonwalk. I walk past and he gets insulted because I don't throw a few dollars into his milk-crate donation box. Get a grip. This is Chicago, not Venice Beach.

Then, there's Bike Messengers. I used to be one when I was in college. So I don't hate 'em sooo much. But some of them are just plain nuts. We had one kill a pedestrian last year. And he didn't run him over with his bike, either.

I hit a Bike Messenger today with my truck. Or, to put it more accurately, a bike messenger hit me.

I was exiting my garage onto to a oneway street. I took a quick look right for any pedestrians on the sidewalk, then looked left for any oncoming traffic and merged onto the street.

A bike messenger was barrelling down the wrong way on my street. So, when I moved out into traffic, I pulled out in front of him and he tried to stop.

It was icy this morning. He slid head first into the passenger side of my truck. BANG!

I stop and look right at him. He starts pounding on the side of my truck. He's pissed. Really pissed.

I get out. "Hey, buddy, are you okay?"

He takes off fast, swearing at me and yelling that I deserved the dent he put in my truck. He's going the wrong way up a busy street, again. A car almost hit him because he was busy screaming at me over his shoulder and wasn't paying attention.

My best friend (and godfather of Little Blackfive) is an auto-body mechanic - one of the best in town - so dents don't really matter to me. No stress for me, but that guy is gonna drop dead from apoplexy.

So, there you go. I hate Mimes and Bike Messengers.

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March 16, 2004

One Day Away From St. Paddy's Day

An Englishman, a Scotsman and an Irishman each order a Guiness in a pub. Upon being served, each finds a fly in their beer. Repulsed, the Englishman sends his back. The Scotsman gently flicks the fly out of his mug and begins drinking. The Irishman, carefully lifts the fly up by its wings and screams, "Spit it out! Spit it out!"

Here are the Seven, Six, Five, Four and Three Days Away From St. Paddy's Day Posts.

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And the Winner Is...

So back on this post, I said that I would compile an informal survey of reader's impressions of Countries that produce the best Bar Brawlers.

I received 46 emails and quite a few good stories. Here are the winning Countries That Produce the Best Bar Brawlers:

In a razor-thin victory, by one vote, the winner is...South Africa!
2. Australia
3. America
4. Scotland
5. New Zealand
6. Ireland
7. England
8. Canadians (not Quebec)

Honorable mentions:
Samoa (gotta say that I, too, have known some tough Samoans - all Tank Loaders)
Wales
Denmark
Poland

Here are just some highlights from the best stories (well, from the ones I can print and not be called upon to incriminate people):

1. Macbeau (former SF from Savannah, GA) sends this gem about Aussies:

SWORDS will be outlawed from July under new laws to curb the growing use of the weapons in street brawls.

Police Minister Andre Haermeyer said the ban would help police overcome a culture of young people arming themselves with swords.

"For most people running around the street carrying swords there is absolutely no reason for them to be carrying those weapons," he said yesterday.

So the Aussies have some strangely violent idiosyncrasies. Have you ever seen Australian Rules Football?

2. Jim H., a former SF Weapons Sergeant sends in this gem:

You wrote about which nationalities are most suited to the art of the brawl and while I think Samoans win hands down, the best inter-national scrap I witnessed was at the Nijmegen Marches in Holland. I was stationed in Germany and was training to go to the Q course and thought that walking 30 miles a day for 4 days in a row in July would be good prep.

One day we left at the same time in the morning as a team from the Royal Army Paras It was a glorious day and the Dutch were all out along the route, we all felt great when we got back to the compound where troops from 30 countries were camped together. In true warrior fashion we decided to march directly into the beer tent and dropped rucks at our tables and ordered many Heinekens. Things progressed and an Aussie team marched in and did the same at the next table ordering and enjoying many beers. At some point one of the Brits decide to climb the rib of the tent, which was about 25 feet at the peak, and hung the Union Jack to the cheers of all nations in the tent. He then climbed back down and was rewarded with………Yes Beer.

More teams came in, more beer was drunk and at some point an enterprising Aussie decided to add their Green Bay Packer-looking flag to the display and started up the same rib the Brit had climbed before to the hearty cheers of the crowd below. He made the peak and hung the flag as the crowd went wild, then rather than just climb down, he cut loose the Union Jack and it was on. Two Brits started from opposite sides of the rib and were climbing up to dismember the offender, the rest of both teams cut loose and there was wicked good brawling. When the Brits got close to the Aussie at the peak he decided to cut himself loose and just crashed on top of the brawl and of course the Brits would not be outdone and followed suit. We neutral Americans picked up our beers and stepped to the edge so as not to take any collateral damage.

3. Matt from beautiful Brisbane, Australia, writes about his fellow countrymen in combat in East Timor:

A few years ago when Australia & NZ got involved in East Timor fighting Indonesian-backed militias, an SAS patrol was ambushed by the militia. As the story goes, one of our guys was hit in the neck. After getting over the initial surprise, he checked that the wound was not immediately life-threatening, then proceeded to return fire and killed the guy that hit him.
4. Eric, former Marine and the Straight White Guy, defines Meximo and tells a great story about it:
....I've got two recommendations..... I saw a fight in The Old Bank Bar in Dundee, Scotland once.... it was between two drunk Dundonians and three Turkish longshoremen... neither of the Dundee guys were more than 180 and 5 foot 6... and they kicked ass in a major way...

...having said that... a Marine I served with....LCpl Lou M., a Meximo (his mother was from Mexico, and his Dad was Eskimo) beat the living shit out of 4 Scots in Montrose... and, when they finally ran out of the bar, he chased them 3 miles on foot.. I met him as I was driving into town... they were running down the road about 30yds in front of him, and he was in hot pursuit.... heh... he was one mean bastard...

...so, from my own personal experience, crossing a Mexican and an Eskimo creates a pretty mean combination... but, Tennessee Hillbillies, and guys from Dundee OR Glasgow.. can usually hold their own...

5. John W., a retired Marine 1stSgt relays this tale:

I was with the 11th MEU comming out of Mogadishu in 95 on the U. S. S. Denver. We pulled into Mombassa, Kenya for a weeks Liberty. The first night there we got into a brawl with a bunch of swabbies in a place called the Florida Club. Fists were flying between the Marines and Sailors when the Kenyans tried to break it up, both groups turned on them and beat the snot out of a bunch of Kenyans. We were confined to the ship the rest of the time in port.

We set sail for Perth from there and got two weeks down under. Everybody knew not to mess with the Aussies. Ah the memories.

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March 15, 2004

Monday Blog Menagerie

Joe Carter at the Evangelical Outpost has an interesting post about a Geek Draft.

In case you haven't seen it yet, Bill Whittle at Eject! Eject! Eject! has a new piece posted.

The Laughing Wolf and Baldilocks have some interesting thoughts about Spain.

Harvey of Bad Money writes about the USS Midway:

The USS Midway, which, unlike John Kerry, served with HONOR in Vietnam and expressed NO regrets afterwards, will soon be opening as a museum in San Diego.
And Mike the Marine has the details about the USS Midway.

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Tenth Planet Found

This via the Discovery Channel web site:

Possible Tenth Planet Found
By Discovery News

March 15, 2004 —NASA later on Monday will announce the discovery of what could be the tenth planet in our solar system.

The rocky world, orbiting the sun out beyond Pluto, is about three-quarters the size of Pluto, between 800 and 1,100 miles in diameter, according to news reports.

Heh. I hereby name this dsicovery "The Kucinich Planet".

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March 14, 2004

Three Days Away From St. Paddy's Day

I am a northsider and a Cubs fan. Two things at odds with my Irish kin on the south side...

Today is the Chicago South Side Irish Parade. Here is a link to a History Channel page about the history of St. Patrick's Day parades (they go back to 1762).

In honor of the Fighting Illini (and right now they are losing to Wisconsin!), here is a picture from 2002's parade:

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Via the Chicago Sun-Times, here's some lyrics from the South Side Irish Band:

Writeen in 1984 by singer Terry McEldowney and guitar players Tom Black and Tom Walsh, the song alternately boasts about the South Side and bashes the North, as in this verse and chorus:

"We sing the songs our fathers sang when they were growing up, rebel songs of Erin's Isle in the South Side Irish pubs, and when it comes to baseball -- we have two favorite clubs, the go-go White Sox . . . and whoever plays the Cubs.

"We're the South Side Irish as our fathers were before, we come from the Windy City and we're Irish to the core, from Bridgeport to Beverly from Midway to South Shore, we're the South Side Irish -- let's sing it out once more."

UPDATE: Apparently, I am drawing the ire of the Laughing Wolf - appropriately so I think. I used to rally miss St. Paddy's Day when I was stationed over seas. My college buddies sent me a corned beef and cabbage dinner from the Abby to me in Turkey once. It made it through customs somehow...

I am also thinking about live blogging St. Paddy's Day from Govnor's Pub but I don't want some amateur drinking spilling on my laptop. What a waste that would be - the alcohol, I mean.

Here are the Seven, Six, Five, and Four Days Away From St. Paddy's Day Posts

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Some Blogs to Visit

If you haven't visited I Love Jet Noise, you should visit today. Joatmof links to a story of a courageous Marine (as if there are any other kind).

Greyhawk at the Mudville Gazette has a great roundup of Money Quotes about Spain. My favorite is Stephen Green's quote.

Sarah at the Organic Baby Farm has a post about military spouses.

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March 13, 2004

For Spoons and Laura

Since I was snapping photos of the river, I thought I would take this one, too, for Spoons and Laura.

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Four Days Away From St. Paddy's Day

"Too much of anything is good for nothing. Too much good whiskey is barely enough." - Irish toast
Distillery.gif(Photo - www.bushmills.com)

Since one of the St. Paddy's Day post was about Guinness, I thought this one should have at least a picture of Bushmills.

I will try to update this post with pictures of the Chicago River later. It was dyed green this morning at about 11am. The usual saying around dying the Chicago River is, "If they dye it green one day per year, why can't they dye it blue the other 364?"

I had the Mrs. and Little Blackfive with me. Tried to take pictures but apparently Little Blackfive had been playing with the camera and left it on - the battery was dead. So I am recharging and will get some pictures in a few hours. At least it was a digital camera so no film was used.

Update: Here's the Chicago River, kelly green. Looking west towards the Michigan Avenue bridge and the Chicago Sun-Times Building.

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Seven, Six, and Five Days Away From St. Paddy's Day Posts

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March 12, 2004

Five Days Away From St. Paddy's Day

Northern Illiniois University has a hilarious PR release about chemistry geeks celebrating St. Patrick's Day.

Come celebrate St. Patrick's Day with NIU Chemistry
DeKalb, Ill.--The NIU Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry invites the public to an evening of chemistry demonstrations beginning at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 17, in Faraday Hall 144.

"We can't promise anything like the commercials that Guinness has been running recently," said Michael Spires, coordinator for recruitment and public relations in the department. "But in honor of the season, some of the experiments to be performed this semester will feature either alcohol or the color green."

Many of the demonstrations will feature color changes, and one planned experiment will produce sparks under water. Another will demonstrate the most common method of determining the caloric content of food, immersing it in liquid potassium chlorate.

"I understand that the cheese puffs produce a spectacular display," Spires added.

Some of the experiments planned for the evening may involve loud noises and produce some smoke or unpleasant smells and may not be appropriate for small children.

To ensure the safety of the audience and the presenters, flash photography is not permitted. At least for some experiments, members of the audience may be asked to leave their seats and move away from the demonstration area, again for safety reasons.


Here are the Seven and Six Days Away From St. Paddy's Day Posts.

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Listening to...

...for some odd reason, French language filled music. The artists aren't French.

The Police - Hungry for You (J'aurias Toujours Faim De Toi)

And

Poi Dog Pondering - Ta Bouche Est Tabou (French Remix)

I just noticed that I was doing that. Weird. Both songs (and groups) are among my all-time favorites. Wonder if there are any others (using French, not French groups) out there that I am missing?

Anyone?

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Every Day Is Flag Day In Afghanistan

Reader Marty sent me a link via email. The father of blogger Dave Vause (of Head Chair) is flying missions in Afghanistan. Here's a bit from Head Chair.

...He told me about how they have these flags that they take on combat missions. When they capture Taliban or Al Queda fighters, they are brought back to the base and kept in a 10' X 10' holding cell with these flags covering every wall. They are made to sit in this cell for 9 hours and 11 minutes before they are brought in to be interrogated.
Visit Head Chair to read the whole post.

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March 11, 2004

New Blogger on the Loose

Tammi, an intelligent and bold commenter on several sites, has finally got herself a blog - Road Warrior Rules for Survival. Look for good things to come out of RWRfS.

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Six Days Away From St. Paddy's Day!

guinness.jpg
In continuing the Blackfive tradition of cutting edge journalism celebrating the nectar of the gods, I thought we'd discuss Guinness today. I have two favorites beers to consume - Harp and Guinness. I like Harp for serious all-night drinking and I like Guinness for when I drink less than 5 pints in one sitting. Food choices can vary my choice as well.

Jennifer had a great post about this awesome commercial (Broadband link for Windows Media Player) that aired a few months ago. You have to watch it. It is a dream come true.

A friend of Jen's was offended. Read the comments. People equating African-Americans and Crack abuse with Irish and drinking problems is absolutely ridiculous. Crazy.

I would say that a low, low percentage of African-American use crack. But I would put the percentage of Irishmen who are complete soaks at about 99.5% (0.5% are probably in AA or having liver transplants).

"Oh Danny Boy, Oh Danny Boy..."

Update 12:45PM CST: A German reader sends this as an alternative (The Evil Leprechaun). It has some Irish-accented foul language so use caution if at work. As an Irishman, I found it quite humorous. Leprechauns are real bastards, if you know what I mean.

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March 10, 2004

More on Kerry in Chicago

More from the Chicago Tribune:

...Though he always has opposed the death penalty, Sen. John Kerry said Tuesday that the Sept. 11 attacks made him realize that he would want to "blow Osama bin Laden's brains out."
Okay, so now we have to add OBL to the list of people Kerry would kill:

1. Unarmed People in Free Fire Zones.
2. OBL

So, Osama, watch out! Don't stroll around, unarmed, in any Vietnamese villages on the Mekong river.

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One Week Away From St. Patrick's Day

Paddy O'Tatertot here to discuss a religious holiday.

Ah, St. Patrick's Day. Yeah, I know I'll get some comments that St. Patrick's Day in New York, Boston or Chicago brings out the worst amateur drinkers known to man. That maybe true, but I don't let 'em spoil a fine holiday.

I still love it here in Chicago the most. Sure Boston and New York have good celebrations. But in Chicago, we dye our river Green. Beat that, Boston!

Chicago has not just one St. Patrick's Day Parade but three. Downtown. Southside Irish. And Northwest Irish. I'm probably missing some other smaller ones.

What's the difference between the Southside Irish and the Northwest Irish? About 135 degrees...I kid, I kid!
Really, there isn't much difference. It just gives us yet another parade to watch and excuse to drink. Hell, we Irish would celebrate Spleen Day with a Harp or Guiness if such a day existed.

So look for more on the holiday about St. Patrick - the patron saint of Guiness! - in the coming days.

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March 09, 2004

The Call (aka Why The Lite Posting)

Sorry for the lack of posting.

Last night, a good friend of mine, Kiang, called me at 10:30pm. Everyone who knows me, knows not to call late because Little Blackfive is sleeping. So, I knew it must be important.

A little back-story: Kiang and I have known each other for a few years. We met in grad school at the U of Chicago ("Where Fun Comes To Die!"). At the end of a guest lecture, Kiang stood up and asked if any of his fellow grad students were headed downtown - he needed a lift. I said sure. He asked if I could take him to the Gold Coast? I said sure. He asked if I was going anywhere near Elm? I said sure, that I lived on Elm. He said 411 East? I said that's where I live. He said 15th floor? I said 1523. He lived in 1510.

So, over the course of some hellacious coursework and our proximity to each other, we became very good friends. In fact, you could say that he was responsible for me even attempting some of the tougher projects at school. He helped me a lot. I got him his first job out of grad school. He was a big Cubs fan, too. We go running together. We have breakfast with my son every Sunday. What more do you need to know?

Back to the story: so last night, Kiang says in a hurry, "Matt, I am getting married tomorrow at 2pm. I want you to be the Best Man. Can you do it?"

"Sure."

"Okay, I'll send you an Evite. Thank, Matt. I really mean it. Thanks."

*Click*

This morning, I tell Mrs. Blackfive what happened. She is pissed.

"Matty, why in the hell don't you ever ask any questions?!"

"What?"

She looks at me, all frustrated, "You know what I mean. Why is Kiang getting married, now?"

"I don't know. He was in a hurry. If he wanted me to know, he would have told me."

Our little spat didn't end there. Essentially, she always gets mad at me because I don't pry into my friends lives unless the invitation is there. Plus, Kiang is Malaysian and pretty cagey. I figured something must be up (maybe his girlfriend - they live together - lost her job and might get deported? Or she's pregnant?) and, if he wanted to tell me, he would have. All I know is that he asked me to be there and I'll be there.

We are pals. Friends.

Is that so hard to figure out?

What is it with women having to know EVERYTHING?

Update: I posted some details here.
/Rant

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March 07, 2004

Updates

1. My wife alerted me to a story on CBS's Sunday Morning about blogs and how they have affected and will affect the elections. I was deeply offended when Blackfive was not mentioned....just kidding. Most of the focus was on MoveOn.crap and rightmarch.com. I had never heard of RightMarch so I found it interesting.

No mention of Instapundit or Atrios.

2. Getting lots of bar brawling stories from many sources. So far, I have been amazed that I have gotten about 15% of responses from Aussies! Cool. Apparently, most Austalians agree with my comment at Serenity's Journal...go figure.

3. Here are some sites to check out today (the comments around a lot of the posts are great reads, too):

We The People (I actually received a few emails from my post on amending the constitution decrying me for a liberal)

Right Wing News (The Orin Hatch amendment post is interesting.)

Insults Unpunished (Robert Prather)

Outside the Beltway (James Joyner)

4. Yesterday, some guy, that lives above my condo, came home and found that his wife committed suicide and threw himself out of his 20th floor condo. I have been up last night with police because I saw a body plumit past my 15th floor window and can put a timeframe on the whole thing...Don't worry about me. Seen worse.

I do have one question though: Why the hell do the cops and firemen think it's okay to leave a big blood stain on the sidewalk? Really. I want to know. The smear is not even cordoned off.

I'm going to sleep for a bit. Then, I am going to work on a Europe-John Kerry post for this afternoon.

5. Son of OBL deputy is caught and, apparently, is spilling the beans on Al Qaeda.

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March 05, 2004

The Hierarchy of Countries that Produce Bar Brawlers

There is a hierarchy in the world of bar brawls. I have some experience in this area.

Awhile back, I posted a comment on Serenity's blog about countries which produce the toughest-bar-brawling-bastards known to Man. You can see some of my ideas for candidate countries there. Also, I posted in the "Blackfive - Paratrooper of Foul Language" voice, so it's not quite cricket or for my readers in Mrs. Johnson's sixth grade class.

If you have experience or have witnessed said phenomenon, please email me. I will compile the results and post next week.

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Friday Foray

1. Frank J. has a new In My World post and here's a great quote from it:

"We're Marines," Buck explained, "We only judge people by whether they're American of foreign... and, if they are foreign, we don't judge them long cause they dead."

2. Teresa at Technicalities found John Kerry's voting record. It's like Halle Berry behind the wheel - all over the freakin' place.

Joe Carter at the Evangelical Outpost has a similar post but points to a Slate chart of Kerry's stances on issues. It is schitzophrenic.

3. Ah, I knew Heather would weigh in on the stupidity of the media on McDonald's Supersize reduction. 5% of McDonald's customers supersize their meals. Big whoop. If you are fat and order supersize, I don't think it's McDonald's evil marketing that made you eat it. Favorite John Wayne quote applies here: "Life is tough. It's tougher if you're stupid."

In support of Heather and other St. Louisans, here is a new headline: St. Louis Italian Eatery, Rigazzi's, to stop selling Schooners of beer. (You get a pint for the same price)

4. David Kaspar's Medienkritik has a poll in Speigel for you to take - it's about President Bush.

5. Brian J. Noggle has issues with MSN's list of women who changed the world. He offers his own list. Enjoy.

6. Some of you might know that I occasionally house sit for Darren Kaplan. He's not clueless about it. Not like that Ted Rall idiot. Did I say idiot? Sorry. I meant clueless asswipe.

7. If you have never been to Tim Oren's Due Dilligence, now is the time. He has a really interesting post about politics and technology in relation to the War on Terror.

8. This is important. Greyhawk of the Mudville Gazette reminds us to sign a petition for President Bush to award the Medal of Freedom to Rick Rescorla.

9. Jason at Iraq Now has an interesting post. It sounds like when I used to travel from West Germany into East Germany in 1992 after the reunification. It was one Germany but there was a huge difference. Same resources, different regimes.

10. QandO has a post on Mexican-American assimilation. I think it's interesting stuff and QandO (as usual) has some great observations.

11. Carnival of the Vanities is up at Dodgeblogium. Check out the best of the blogosphere. You might find some blogs that you like and haven't read before.

12. Texas could have a Kinky governor. If so, Harvey might move out of Milwaukee and head South.

13. Sarah has a speech for President Bush to give - it WOULD be very interesting to hear both the reaction from the Democrats afterwards and the reaction from the countries mentioned. Indeed. Heh. And all that other stuff to indicate smugness.

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March 03, 2004

Wednesday Warp

Jack at We the People has a good read on what labels really mean.

Aha! I always knew that Trey Givens (VW owner) was a Lincoln Park Trixie!

Eric the Straight White Guy has a good post about deployment to Iraq and what it will mean when more and more National Guardsmen and Reservists will be called up.

Hey, the party is raging over at Madfish Willie's - The Bartender is gonna shut her down, but not before we're done.

Darren Kaplan's not buying the CNN report that John Kerry and Terry McAuliffe are at odds with each other.

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February 29, 2004

Michael Moore Squashed...

If you didn't see Michael Moore get squashed by the Oelephant (the battle of Pelinor Fields in the Return of the King) at the Oscars tonight you missed something good...

"You Hobbits started a ficticious war!"

SQUASH!

Dunkin Donut stock plumets...

update: 748PM CST - Tim Robbins wins Best Supporting Actor...I'm waiting for the politics...he took the opportunity to talk about abuse and to ask those who are abused to seek help. Nice and classy gesture.

update: 8Pm CST - can't breathe. crying from laughing so hard. Robbin Williams doing a French Mini Mouse smoking a cig and expressing ennui about Freedom Fries. Finding Nemo wins Best Animated Picture.

Okay, gonna stop the blogging the Oscar thing. The Michael Moore squashing just was too SWEET not to blog!

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February 27, 2004

Friday Foray

Good day to you...I FEEEEL GREEAAAT!

Here's what happened at Madfish Willie's last night...it features Harvey.

If you haven't over to Argghhh!, you should check out why Low Tide Landings Suck. LMAO.

More to follow...update:8PM CST

Laughing Wolf has an interesting post about NASA and the intersection of goals of the Department of Defense and NASA.

David Kaspar at Medienkritik has an interesting post about Iraqi immigration trends to Germany.

Just the other night Mr. Green and I were having a few beers at Happy Hour, and I remarked, "Damn, Mr. Green, you are one sexy man!" Now, I know why...

Greyhawk at the Mudville Gazette has a story about SSG Wolford who received a Silver Star for his actions almost a year ago in Iraq.

Susie, a movie insider, tells us how movies actually get put up on the big screen.

Posted by Blackfive on February 27, 2004 | Permalink | Comments (6) | TrackBack

February 26, 2004

Apologies

I know that I haven't been posting as much as usual and pointing out what I think is the best on the blogosphere. I hope to resume that tomorrow. So in the meantime, please check out the blogroll (plus Doc at Far from Perfect has Someone You Should Know).

I have going through a lot at work. It's good, just a lot to deal with. All at the same time, my department's expanding and I let some key people go that weren't happy working here. So, what little free time I have has been spent building train tracks with my son.

And, with everything at work going on, I also have the sort of "job opportunity" that Smash had a year ago. It may or may not work out. Technically, it's not supposed to be possible, but the organization that I used to work for, being what it is, doesn't really give a flying @#$% about the rules.

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February 24, 2004

All Along the BlogoSphere

First off, James Joyner of Outside the Beltway has recently found himself free of employment. I hit his tip jar this morning. You should too...

Next, John Hawkins has his Right-Of-Center Bloggers Select The Dinner Guests From Hell posted. I was asked to participate but because of events beyond my control this weekend, I was unable to participate. It's a great list. The top ten is what I would have had except for Chomsky. Just didn't think about him.

Aaron of Rantblog has put the finishing touches on the Blogopoly gamepiece for Blackfive. It's appropriate.

Check out We The People (of which I am a contributing writer). Jack has an interesting piece on a doctored John Kerry photo that's made it's way around the blogosphere.

Turn Right at the Light has a Dear John letter joke that I found humorous...especially, since I got a Dear John letter while stationed in Iraq/Turkey in 1991.

Tasty Manatees has a new video posted. It sums up my feelings quite nicely. It's about Peace.

Jennifer Martinez has a story about Donald Rumsfeld and the Oklahoma National Guard...in Ireland.

Heather of Angelweave just changed the way I think about *ahem* Googling Blackfive. Anyway, she needs to stop Googling herself or she'll never finish those bookreviews.

Juliette of Baldilocks gets an email from the "I-Take-Every-Damn-Thing-You-Say, Seriously" Guy/Girl?. BTW, I don't really care for reality shows like Survivor, but I loved the Amazing Race and tried to get my father-in-law to team up with me for it.

So-called Game-on!

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February 21, 2004

Sins of the father...

Should not be cast upon the son. Who am I talking about? Chicago Mayor Daley? Read on to find out.

About two years ago, my wife and I were a Boston Blackie's. It a restaurant by our condo. It's been around for decades and it's had the same small menu for all that time. Their mantra is to do just a few things great.

And they do. They have one of the best burgers that you can get in Chicago.

My wife and I were regulars there for years until the birth of our son changed our freewheeling ways a bit. The staff knew us, and we always had the same waitress - Bonnie.

On the night I am writing about, Boston Blackies was packed. It was in the middle of the week. I remember wondering if there was a convention or something going on nearby. We had to wait for a table. The host kept apologizing for the wait, and I kept telling him that I was glad his business was good that night.

Finally, a table for six was available. My wife and I took it, ordered dinner, and started eating. That's when the host came up to us and asked us to move to a table for two.

He was very sorry. He had a family that was in a hurry and hoped that we wouldn't mind.

We didn't mind moving at all. The host had what seemed like forty people come and move our plates and drinks just a few feet from our original table. The host buys a round for our trouble. Everybody's happy.

In walks the family to sit down. Everyone is fascinated by these people but they don't seem to notice the stares. The father laughs at the older of the three boys and tousles his hair. The boy says something like 'quit it' and commences fixing his hair. The man holds the chair for his wife. He's all about the family. He looks too old to be the father of those kids. Then, he notices me looking at them and comes over to me and Mrs. Blackfive.

He apologizes for us moving for his family, thanks us, and asks if he could pay for our dinner. I tell him that we didn't mind and got drinks in the deal, anyway. He looks a little embarassed and tells me that he already took care of our tab, and, again, thanks us for moving. I tell him thanks and have a great night. My wife says a polite thank you and he goes back to his family.

Everybody in the restaurant was staring at us, now.

Mel Gibson just bought us dinner.

The host later explained to me that "Mr. Gibson eats here whenever he's in Chicago" (um, sure).

The things I noticed were that he was really happy with his family, he seemed very sincere and very nice. Of course, Mel Gibson and I didn't have an in-depth discussion about politics and religion and morality. He didn't become my new best friend.

With all of the focus on Mel Gibson's "Passion of the Christ", his crazy father is getting more attention - Gibson's father believes that the Holocaust did not happen.

Mel Gibson has stated that, while he loves his father, he doesn't agree with his father's politics. But certain groups still are concerned that the "Passion of the Christ" will fan the fires of anti-semitism.

Have any of you seen the movie and felt that way? Hopefully, I will get a chance to check it out.

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February 20, 2004

Smile! It's More Media Bias!

Glenn Reynolds - Comedian Pundit. I found this particular entry at Instapundit hilarious:

IS THE JOHN EDWARDS CAMPAIGN REALLY "WHOLLY FUNDED by the trial lawyers"? That's what John Kerry's press secretary, Stephanie Cutter, is quoted as saying in the New York Times. And, since the Times story provides no contradictory information, and it's the New York freakin' Times, I guess it must be true, right?

Maybe I'll go donate a buck to Edwards, just so that he'll have gotten at least one dollar from somewhere else. Odd that it hasn't happened before. . .

And Teresa at Technicalities has a similar take on an AP story about Laura Bush's opinion on Gay Marriage.

The AP Headline on my Yahoo page screams : Laura Bush Says Gay Marriage 'Shocking' .

Shall we read on, beyond the headline, to see what she REALLY said?

SANTA MONICA, Calif. - Laura Bush says gay marriages are "a very, very shocking issue" for some people, a subject that should be debated by Americans rather than settled by a Massachusetts court or the mayor of San Francisco.
Amazing isn't it, how if you change a word or an emphasis, you can make the headline completely misleading - one might almost say it's... a lie. To say that some people find gay marriage to be shocking is hardly the same thing as her actually saying that gay marriage is shocking. In fact, it's not the same thing AT ALL. So, AP tries to pin her down...
You should read the rest of her post.

And David Kaspar at Medienkritik has a post about the Australian Intel Chief declaring the Iraq War unjustified - except that the Australian Intel Chief never said/claimed that...And David has the government transcripts to prove it.

Then, if you haven't seen it, there's my post at We The People about the Chicago Tribune making a Storm out of a wise-crack by one soldier. Actually, I've never, ever known anyone in the military to ever exhibit sarcasm...

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Listening To...

...Lenny Kravitz - "Stillness of Heart".

When I started my current job in 2000, I had a meeting where we did one of those really dumb ice-breakers. The meeting facilitator started off with a question:

"If you died and could come back as someone famous, who would it be?"
There were lots of responses like:
Indignant Director: "I wouldn't want to be anyone except myself" Loser.

Pseudo-Feminist Director: "I would want to be Hillary Clinton." Big Loser.

Green Director: "I would come back as Ralph Nader." What?

Capitalist Director: "Bill Gates. Definitely, Bill Gates."

So, when it was my turn:

"Lenny Kravitz."
One guy looked at me and asked why?
"Because he's coooool."
No one got it. Lenny's got more talent and style in his big toe than I will ever have. He rocks. He plays the blues. They probably listen to Michael "No-Talent-Ass-Clown" Bolton.

I almost said, "Ok then, I pick Bruce Willis so I could kick your sorry asses and say something witty."

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February 15, 2004

Blackfive Movie Review - 50 First Dates

Mrs. Blackfive and I saw 50 First Dates on Valentine's Day. We did the dinner and a movie date thing. It was great to get my pregnant wife out of the house for an afternoon and evening.

She wanted to see 50 First Dates. Here's my take on it:

1. It's a movie about a Vetrinarian (Sandler) at a Hawaii aquarium that falls in love with a woman (Berrymore) who lost her ability to create short or long term memories in an automobile accident, and her long-term memory is intact up to the point where she had an automobile accident. In other words, she wakes up everyday thinking that it is the day after her accident.

2. Berrymore and Sandler are cute. I commented to my wife that the studios are trying to make them the next Hanks/Ryan duo.

3. It's a bittersweet love story with a great premise, but the story falls a bit flat on the follow-through.

4. It's a chick-flick thinly guised as a comedy by allowing Sandler to throw in his usual gags. For instance, he plays a funny guitar song for her. There's plenty of weird humor and Sandler-shouts. It's forced and violently inserted into a love story. He doesn't come off as sweet as he did in The Wedding Singer.

5. Rob Schneider and Sean Astin were hilarious in this movie. Schneider plays a Hawaiian side-kick and Astin plays Berrymore's crazy body-building brother. The other Hawaiians in the movie are funny and quirky, too.

As far as date movies go, it's a good compromise. Otherwise, since there's no swords or explosions or paratroopers, wait for the rental.

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Sunday MilBlogging

If you haven't visited the MilBlogs Post Exchange in awhile, you should go check it out now. There is a lot of information there - including military bloggers take on the Bush Guard record non-issue - and you may find some new blogs that you haven't seen before.

Speaking of MilBlogs - Greyhawk has a great post discussing the left's take on Bush's Air Guard service with the following excellent commentary:

Kos isn't stupid; does he think his readers are? And really, this isn't just about Kos - the whole left wing of the blogosphere has deposited DNA all over this. (I'm talking drool here.) Bloggers (who by now know the truth from Smash, Baldilocks, Blackfive, and a host of commenters at their own sites) know better, though as yet none have dared to link a MilBlogger on this issue.

The mainstream media, without any personal access to military people, may not.

And therein lies the bottom line, and why this is likely to rebound into the faces of the misguided individuals (be they DNC, mainstream media, or even bloggers) who want to perpetuate this. Each and every further utterance of these feeble claims, each denial of an explanation from a credible military source, simply illustrates the ignorance and contempt in which these people view the military.

Ironic, in that they are trying to demonstrate President Bush is not a qualified CinC. His current "Band of Brothers" (the very many registered absentee voters, including those such as me, an absentee Florida voter) are quite aware of the ignorance, and quite tired of the screed. And quite proud to serve under former Lt. George W Bush

I'll heartily second that sentiment. I am sure that most MilBloggers would agree.

Posted by Blackfive on February 15, 2004 | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack

February 12, 2004

Pineapple Fitting Candidate

If you saw Little Nicky (Adam Sandler movie), you might remember the gag about hell and Hitler's daily rectal pineapple fittings? Well, I found us a candidate(s) for a pineapple fitting.

'Do Not E-Mail' Site a Scam, U.S. Officials Say

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Consumers should not submit their e-mail addresses to a Web site that promises to reduce unwanted "spam" because it is fraudulent, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission said on Thursday.

Though the Web site found at (http://www.unsub.us) promises to reduce unsolicited commercial e-mail, those who sign up could end up receiving more spam than ever or even fall victim to identity theft, the FTC said.

The Web site uses the same color scheme and design elements as one maintained by the FTC to sign up consumers for the national "do not call" registry, which reduces unwanted telemarketing calls...

Seriously, how hard is it to track these bastards down? Welcome to Hell, here's your pineapple!

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Thursday Blogosphere

Off the blog-beaten path: This is a cool blog. A DOD Civilian working in Korea is taking pictures of his Jeep Liberty around the country. The pictures are really well done.

Citizen Smash has a post about (the ramifiations of) Gay Marriage issues and activists, and, if you read my about page, then you would see why I agree with him. I haven't really blogged about the issue because all of the bloggers (who happen to be gay) talk about Gay Marriage every day.

Speaking of gay stuff, back in November, Mr. Green had a great post about the ridiculousness surrounding anti-gay laws. Alert: The language is a bit harsh.

AP is reporting that a National Guard soldier, who was getting ready to deploy to Iraq, is being held on suspision of spying for Al Qaeda. Oh, and by the way, the soldier charged with espionage - Specialist Ryan Anderson - had converted to Islam sometime during the last five years. But that has nothing to do with it...nope.

Greyhawk at the Mudville Gazette has a post about Bush's National Guard record and his band of brothers.

Found this little gem via Spoons. It will predict any dictator or sitcom star based on questions and answers. It's pretty cool. I tried fooling it with similar sitcom star profiles - it could be Mike Seaver or it could be Alex P. Keaton - but the predictor nailed it.

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Apologies

...for the light posting. Had a Quarterly Board meeting today. I'm still employed so everything seems to have gone okay.

The Directors loved the midget clowns!

More Blog stuff soon...

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February 10, 2004

Socialist Speeding Ticket

This sign of how whacked the Fins are via Reuters:

Millionaire Hit with Record Speeding Fine
Tue Feb 10, 8:54 AM ET

HELSINKI (Reuters) - One of Finland's richest men has been fined a record 170,000 euros ($217,000) for speeding through the center of the capital, police said on Tuesday.

Jussi Salonoja, 27, heir to his family's sausage business, was caught driving 50 miles per hour in a 25 mph zone last Thursday, the police said.

Finnish traffic fines vary according to the offender's income and, according to tax office data, Salonoja's 2002 earnings were close to seven million euros.

The final penalty could still change when the case is eventually heard by a Helsinki court, as was the case with Nokia executive Anssi Vanjoki, whose 116,000-euro speeding fine was slashed by 95 percent in 2002 due to a drop in income.

If Salonoja's penalty stands, it will beat a speeding fine of more than 80,000 euros paid by Internet millionaire Jaakko Rytsola in 2000, and the 35,000-euro fine imposed on Nokia President Pekka Ala-Pietila in 2001 for running a red light.

Words fail to express the absolute disregard I have for Finland's penalty system...

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February 09, 2004

Monday Menagerie

Jennifer Martinez has an update on the Chicago Tribune columnist that called for an end to flying the POW/MIA flag. He's supposed to write a column for Wednesday. Since his gimmick is being a jerk, I doubt that it will be an apology.

In order to stimulate the economy, I proprose National Drink Beer Day! - inspiration provided by Angelweave's post on Thailand's Eat Chicken Day.

Party at Darren Kaplan's blog. He's in Puerto Rico and we've taken some liberties with the blog...feel free to join in.

Juliette at Baldilocks has a great post about Class warfare and the military...

Feste at Fool's Blog has a great pic from the Carnivale in Viareggio, Italy.

Mamamontezz does the math on a Cyanide discovery in Iraq.

David Kaspar at Medienkritik has a post on Michael Moore and Germany.

Speaking of horrible wind-bag jackasses (Moore, not Kaspar), Stephen Den Beste has two posts on Jabba the Butt - post one on his new film and post two on why Moore is not a traitor. This new film sounds so horrible that I have a hard time believing that anyone (inlcuding the loony left) will buy into it's premise.

More to follow...

Susie at Practical Penumbra talks about the latest infection of Beal.

There's no money in blogging? Sacre Bleu! John Hawkins spells it out for you...

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February 07, 2004

Molecular Cocktails and Drugs

A thank you to CNN for the idea for this post on what our drinks really look like...

This one's for Stephen Green - the Vodka Pundit.

This one's for me. So's this one.

This one's for Eric - the Straight White Guy, Paul at Sanity's Edge and Jack at Random Fate.

This one's for Donnie Hall - The Bejus Pundit.

This one's for Kate at Electric Venom.

No on to those who need something a bit more substantial:

This one's for Ted Rall.

This one's for Michael Moore - Wesley Clark's dealer.

This one's for everyone over at Dean For America. And one for Howard, too.

This one's for everyone over at the Democratic Underground.

One for Hillary. One for Bill.

{edit. note: I left out a bunch of people. I tried to include as many bloggers as I could based on what I remembered them posting about drinking...apologies if I left you out. I'll buy the next round.}

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February 06, 2004

Friday Foray

Here's a cool story with the proof that it actually happened. Congrats to Clancy and GF!

Why didn't I blog about the idiot at the Chicago Sun-Times calling for an end to POW/MIA flags? Because there is no way that I could sum up my thoughts about it better than Jennifer Martinez. Well, maybe if I had a Flame Thrower to add a little emphesis...

Heather is a hockey maniac and might want to think of a sports writing career.

Greyhawk at the Mudville Gazette has one of the best posts about Scott Ritter that I have seen in a long time.

Tim Russert gets to talk to the President on Sunday's Meet the Press (I try to watch it every week). Mr. Russert is a Democrat. Mr. Russert also has class. Atrios Echaton does not.

John Cole of Balloon Juice has a great post about the antics of the loony left with Robert Novak.

More to follow...Updated 9:45AM CST

David Kaspar reports the Germany's Chancellor Schroeder steps aside as head of the Social Democratic party. Don't know how long he can remain Chancellor after that news? Maybe, another box to stand on would help. Now, let's talk about Chirac...

German Prosecutor accuses US Justice Dept. for the aquital of an Al Qaeda suspect.

KaZaa offices raided in Australia. An Australian federal judge authorized the raid.

Bill Hobbs has an excellent piece on the Bush AWOL issue - seriously, I know that there's been a lot bandied about this topic on the blogosphere, but this post puts the last nail in the left-wing's AWOL-issue-coffin. Read it.

Laughing Wolf has a thoughtful post about the Media's lack of sound judgement.

Visit Donnie Hall - The Bejus Pundit. Lots of things happening over there...

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February 05, 2004

Thursday Links

John Donovan at Argghhh! has an interesting post on how we should increase re-enlistments in our armed services - based on the Navy in 1779.

Tony the Oriental Redneck looks at Kerry then (1971) and now (2004). Go to "Kerry Inconsistencies On Veterans And Foreign Policy" if link is blogspotted.

James Joyner at Outside the Beltway has an interesting post about the Enlisted to Officer ratios in the Army. This subject's tough for me. I think about preferring

More to follow:

Best In Show is an awesome movie. Dog Shows crack me up. Ever since Triumph the Insult Comic Dog covered the "steamy underbelly" of the Westminster Dog Show (scroll down to Westminster Dog Show - 1999 and make sure that you also watch the Stars Wars Episode I video), I can't keep a straight face while watching one. Enjoy!

The "stars" of the dog show even get gift baskets - akin to those given to Oscar presenters. GET A LIFE PEOPLE!!!!

Even More to Follow:

Citizen Smash has the text of the apology from the asshat that went around selling Nuke technology to Iran and North Korea. I am assuming that he's still alive because (1) we need him to spill the beans on who was working for/with him and (2) he's the esteemed Father of the Islamic Bomb - meaning that there is too much pride to lose by executing him. (loss of pride)=(humiliation)=(no 72 virgins)=(you suck)

Tasty Manatees takes Jonah Goldberg to task on the issue of blogs and anonymity and pseudonymity. It's a great post - go read it. Glenn Reynolds, Roger Simon, and other "losers" have blogged about this same topic. It does look like the professionals are getting a little irritated with us amateurs...I think that they'll have to make exceptions for MilBloggers because, without pseudonymity, there wouldn't be many active duty bloggers - period.

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February 04, 2004

Wednesday Warp

Citizen Smash has one excellent post about a Pass/Fail Test for those seeking the Presidency. AS usual, he speaks for me, too.

John Donovan says Happy Birthday to the USO - one of the finest organizations around. When I was an enlisted man, I spent many hours (even days) at the USO at SEATAC or Frankfurt or O'Hare etc. One lady at the USO in Newark paid for a call from me to my parents to let them know that I was coming home for Christmas. The USO really makes a difference.

Darren Kaplan has a post about Gay Marriage and John Kerry.

Wow! There is some really great writing going on over at Random Fate. Jack is posting his "Pleasant melancholy and the Black Pit of Despair" series. Part I: The seeds are sown Part II: The road has no signs and Part III: The chain is forged...Can't wait for Part IV.

The Honorary Mom of Blackfive (HMOB) - Teresa at Technicalities has a great post on the latest Dean speech. I thought when he said - "We're going to tell all those white boys who run the Republican Party to stay out of our bedrooms." - he was worried that Bill Clinton visiting a certain household in Vermont.

Eric the Straight White Guy is learning a new song...sounds good to me. I wonder if Eric knows Bugger Off? Him and me at the Abbey Pub - 3am - drinking scotch and singing screetching Bugger Off...

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February 03, 2004

Tuesday Links

This via Instapundit - Davids Medienkritik - Politically Incorrect Observations on Reporting in the German Media By: David Kaspar:

In the past when we had a severe case of political rage we simply conquered France (in the morning; afternoon was free for sightseeing) to cool our temper. It's just not what it used to be...
There's more about Germans drinking less beer. I used to live in the town in Germany that had the highest per capita consumption of beer in the world. Back in the early 90's it was something like 2 liters per person per day. I'm going to have to keep an eye on this gem of a blog.

Found this on Google News - Oxygen seen streaming off exoplanet:

An international team of astronomers used Hubble in the autumn of 2003 to observe the planet HD 209458b, the only extrasolar planet already known to have an atmosphere.
It's not habitable, just has an atmosphere. The article is kind of interesting.

Jennifer Martinez has a Special Forces graduation ceremony speech from an SF legend.


Anticipatory Retaliation has a list that I had seen before. It's a good one from U.S. Army Specialist Schwartz. And it's worth reading again.

207. The Chicken and Rice MRE is *not* a personal lubricant. (Skippy wanted this noted for the record that this is not something he has ever attempted or considered! It was something we heard at dinner on 22 September 2001 and it was just so obscene it had to go here.)
The other 212 are even more hilarious.

John Donovan has one helluva story about Chaplains in WWII. I know I've talking about Chaplains lately. They are just as needed, sometimes, as medics.


Mike the Marine has an interesting post about the Super Bowl and a Cubs - Red Sox World Series. Mike, come to Chicago for a Cubs game, we'll get together, have a few laughs...


Dana at Note-It Posts has a disturbing Dean screed. The yell was one thing, but this is just plain bad. Bad for a stupid, no-talent, white boy.


More on the Intelligence Inquiry from James Joyner. Definitely worth the read.

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January 31, 2004

Absolutely Stupid Talking Heads...

I'm sitting here, sipping from a glass of Johnny Walker Gold, and watching the 10PM NBC Chicago news.

It's been cold here, really cold, but not like the last chill up in the Northeast. Cold enough that I stayed home today and stripped wallpaper.

The broadcaster lady, Anna Davlantes, says: :The cold weather is causing complications for the city, especially for those without heat."

...

...

...especially for those without heat?

Sip of Scotch.

...Really?

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My Kind of Place...

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:

Pub Offers Regulars a Pint and a Plot
Fri Jan 30, 9:27 AM ET - United Kingdom

A game of darts or a packet of peanuts are what most British pubs sell customers to go with their beer, but one landlord is offering them something rather more lasting -- a final resting place.

Regulars at the Church Inn need not leave their favorite drinking spot even when their time on Earth is up, because landlord Julian Taylor has turned a field next door into a cemetery.

"The idea came about when my dad was ill," said Taylor, who bought the country pub near the northern city of Manchester 11 years ago.

"We are in a beautiful spot at the top of a hill and he said he'd like to be buried looking down into the valley."

Locals liked the idea and have started buying plots themselves, he told Reuters.

"One regular has even asked his friends to take their pints out into the cemetery on Friday nights after he dies -- in memory of his happy nights in the pub," Taylor said.

Kind of adds a twist to the "Absent Companions" toast from the military...you can actually go out back and toast them.

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Around the blogosphere

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...

Pejman also talks about why he likes Edwards over Kerry.

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.

Hugh Hewitt and Joshua Micah Marshall are going at it over John Kerry. It's pretty interesting stuff.

Speaking of John Kerry - who, by the way, served in Viet Nam - Bill Hobbs has an answer for him.

Damn, I'm glad we have Americans like these...

Cause...and effect.

My best friend has had 3 serious girlfriends, in the last 8 years, switch teams and dump him for a woman. So, when voting in BlogMadness 2003 for Greyhawk (I have linked to his Democracy, Whiskey, Sexy series in several posts - check it out) and Joe Carter, I came across an older post by Joe of the Evangelical Outpost. It's a good one.

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January 30, 2004

Friday Foray

First, here is Andrew Gilligan's (BBC) resignation letter. It's pretty weak for an apology and just shows how horrible and slanted his writing can be...

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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Listening to...

The Cult's "Fire Woman"...the Cult - one of my favorites. The only bands that I have seen more concerts of than the Cult are U2, Aerosmith, and the Smithereens.

Hey, it's Friday morning and I had a long night last night so I am on about my fifth cup of coffee. So it's a hard rock mornin'.

I'll have to play "Peace Dog" next and break out the air guitar...yeah, I'm THAT cool.

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January 29, 2004

Those Pepperidge Farm Bastards!

This one's for Heather:

I recently bought a loaf of Pepperidge Farm Low-Carb Wheat Bread. My adorable wife, who is pregnant, is VERY particular about what bread she eats...primarily, it must be soft and not full of grains because she will probably have to throw it up. (Just thought I'd share)

So, not really caring if my bread is Low-Carb, I buy the PF Low-Carb stuff because it seems soft and just the very thing that my lovely wife would desire.

This morning, my wife and I are in the kitchen and she tells me, "Matty, you know why PF is calling this Low-Carb bread?"

"No, darling, why is that?"

"Look at the loaf." I look at it and she proclaims, "Every other piece is sliced twice as thin. THAT'S HOW THEY LOWERED CARBS!"

"Ah, I would never even have noticed that..."

My wife smirks, "Bet you would if your Michelob Ultra was a ten ounce bottle!"

I gasp, "Those Pepperidge Farm BASTARDS!"

Little Blackfive yells from the Living Room, "Bass-tards!"

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Someone You Should Know - Mike Low

Mike Low had this to say yesterday:

"I think the country as a whole is tired of hearing about 9-11 but they are missing something very important, that these people are out there in great numbers and they intend to hurt a lot of Americans," he said.
Mr. Low's daughter, Sara, was a flight attendent on American Airlines flight 11 that was flown into the World Trade Center.

We are at war, but some people just don't get it.

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January 28, 2004

Listening To...

Marshall Tucker Band's "Long Hard Ride"

Heeyah!

(And that's no Howard Dean scream either, it's a MANLY Yipee-kay-yay MF!)

(Okay, now I'm gonna have to watch the best movie of all time - Die Hard. "Come to L.A., we'll have a few laughs...")

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Wednesday Warp

First off, here's two links to the same blog - The Ministry of Minor Perfidy. Here is a hilarious post about Gay Porn and Professional Baseball. And, sort of on topic, here is a post about lap dancing in Korea (for the 2nd Infantry Division).

Johnny W. sent me this article by Dave Barry from 2002 - has anything changed?

Brian J. (no relation to Frank) has a post about turning blogging into publishing deals - which is funny because I read about Mimi Smartypants getting a deal with Harper Collins. That's cool. But Wil Wheaton? - Chip Diller?

Venomous Kate has a post about slavery reparations...we have a politician here in Chicago that continually bitches that 40 acres and a mule should be 40 million and a Lexus...

Wow!

Update: 4PM CST

Mr. Green called me to tell me about this. Anna at Primal Purge has one great post about Atkins. Here's a "taste":

"Like most, I'm enjoying the rich, culinary diversity Atkins has to offer; fried bacon for breakfast, for lunch I have a bacon sandwich consisting of ten pieces of bacon wrapped around five pieces of bacon, a bacon shake slurped through a hand-rolled bacon Crazy Straw for a mid-afternoon snack, and slow-cooked Crock Pot bacon simmered in bacon glaze for dinner followed by a bale of bacon-scented Metamucil to facilitate the marble-sized turd that's manufactured once every seven days."
Staying on food topic talking point, Starbuck's in Paris? via the Opinion Journal.

Tony - the Oriental Redneck - has a post that's difficult to read, let alone listen, to...and he's right. I really believe that Democratic strategy is to erase the memory of 9/11.

This is why Jennifer Martinez rocks!!!

Serenity has contracted Bad Money's currency fixation...

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Blogosphere's First Chili Cook-Off

Leave it to a First Sergeant to figure this kind of stuff out, but there is a Chili Cook-Off for the blogosphere hosted by Sergeant Hook. The least you can do is try the various recipes, let alone enter the contest...

Go here to see recipes and rules for entry. Suffice it to say that you have to try some great recipes while competing for a the title. Fun for all...

Great idea, First Sergeant!

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January 27, 2004

It IS about the Oil...

I wrote about this subject recently.

Russia wants six billion in oil contracts. We want information about weapons sales to Saddam (and not just about the a$$holes that sold the night vision devices and anti-tank missles the week before we invaded either). We could also use some help with intel on Syria. WMD, Al Qaeda, Iraqis hiding there. Ready to share, Ivan?

Then, there's Pepe LePew...

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Random Musings from Dublin's Pub

1. If, by some stretch of the imagination, the Palestinians create their own state, how is that going to help the U.S. and the War on Terror? Seriously, I was stumped by this question. Are they going to be better off for it? Are we?

2. Bush's Vice Presidential running mates: Lots of names thrown around. McCain, Zell, Lieberman (?), but the consensus was that Condi should replace Cheney as Vice President. Thoughts?

3. Everything started to become blurry after that...

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January 23, 2004

Housekeeping - Irish Style

tic743.jpgWhy the moniker change from Blackfive to Paddy O'Tater-Tot?

Comes from Bad Money's derogatory term for an Irishman, and, me being America's Most Beloved Irishman, I decided to use it. Plus, all of you Irish people that are sick of being stereotyped...well...I have news for you, it's because of me. Ha, Ha, Haaaaaa! *hic*
And as for the people asking for how is the Casting Call - Blogger Animal House going, here's a sneak peek:
For some reason D-Day is the most sought after character. It's a dead heat right now between Laughing Wolf, Citizen Smash, and Cold Fury Mike.

The strangest thing is that Instapundit is now in the lead for both Professor Dave Jennings (no surprise there) and Greg Marmalard...he also got a vote for Mandy Pepperidge (?)...

This is with about 45 responses (and most of those were only for 3-4 characters).

Now, I've got to go drink more *hic* Harp, eat some taters, swing the shillelagh, and sing "Oh Danny Boy, oh Danny Boy..."

*hiccup*

Heh. Swing the Shillelagh. Heh, heh...a new euphemism...

*hiccup*

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One Reason To Be In Paris This Weekend

It's Fashion Week in Paris. Through Thursday it's all women's fashion, Friday is men's fashion, then the weekend is devoted to...LINGERIE!!!

I equate this to St. Patrick's Day in Chicago...if it lasted all week...and had half-naked women prancing around in interesting lingerie.

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Friday Foray

Darren changed the locks but that isn't going to stop us from partying at his place...everyone's invited to stop by...Jennifer Martinez is there now, and, Harv, hurry up with the food already!

Speaking of Harvey, his version of what happened at Madfish Willie's is pretty damned funny...and I don't think I've heard more Irish epithets since the last Blackfive family reunion (anyone notice the new blog moniker?).

Laughing Wolf has a very interesting post - In Consideration of Marriage. The follow up is here.

Consider this a Google Bomb request - Poodle, Poodle, Poodle - I know it's insulting to actual Poodles but we've got to start somewhere.

Jeff at Backcountry Conservative has an interesting post about the Army's weight control program gone awry...I think that it would be tough for a soldier to work out in a dangerous area.

The Daily Ablution is fighting for the dignity and respect of Rats...and we ain't talking about Wesley Clark.

More later....

Mamamontezz has an installment in As The Blog Turns...


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January 21, 2004

Wednesday Warp

First, take a look at Sgt. Hook's post about the Lamb family. Words can't describe our debt to a family like that.

Speaking of Sgt. Hook, don't forget to check out the First Sergeant's Operation Freedom Q - he's trying to provide a BBQ for his soldiers every week while in Afghanistan. I made a donation but you can also buy his gear and wear things like this...

You can also help Smash and the Armed Liberal today...they are helping the Marines bring supplies to needy Iraqis.

Lot's of stuff out there going on about the Yelp from Howard Dean, but nothing as cool as Lileks' remix of the Yelp...nothing. (Mr. Green - who claims to have quit blogging for awhile sent it to me).

Darren Kaplan has a post about the Washington Posts ability to rearrange quotes...

QandO has moved (thank god). Check out the new site.

Update: Pardon My English has an interesting post about political endorsements by sports figures...specifically, Tom Brady.

Rachel Lucas makes it official...she's done.

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January 20, 2004

Email Detective Quiz

This via the email circuit:

Read this question, come up with an answer and then scroll down to the bottom of the extended post for the result. This is not a trick question. It is as it reads. No one I know has gotten it right -

A woman, while at the funeral of her own mother, met this guy whom she did not know. She thought this guy was amazing, so much her dream guy she believed him to be, that she fell in love with him right there but never asked for his number and could not find him. A few days later she killed her sister.

Question: What is her motive in killing her sister?
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She was hoping that the guy would appear at the funeral again. If you answered this correctly, you think like a psychopath. This was a test by a famous American Psychologist used to test if one has the same mentality as a killer. Many arrested serial killers took part in the test and answered the question correctly. If you didn't answer the question correctly good for you. If you got the answer correct, please let me know so I can take you off of my blogroll or email list unless that will tick you off, then I'll just be extra nice to you from now on.

(Ed. I have no idea if this is valid or not - "a famous American psychologist", but why take chances? Use it on your next date and see if he/she is a psychopath. Fun!)

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January 18, 2004

Some links today

Kate at Electric Venom has the latest Hunting of the Snark posted. Go check out the snarkiest posts on the blogosphere.

I have been cooresponding with Patti of Iraq War News. She created this page about my friend that was killed on Memorial Day in Iraq - Major Mathew Schram. It's now listed under the Fallen Heroes section of Iraq War News.

Thank you so much, Patti!

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January 17, 2004

Guess who has no plans to send troops to Iraq?

I almost can't believe that AP turned this into a story.

You get one guess which country Has No Plans to Send Troops to Iraq.

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France.

Why this story is newsworthy? I don't know...Here's the AP Story: France Has No Plans to Send Troops to Iraq

France is interested in helping to train an Iraqi police force, but sending in a military contingent is not on the agenda now, the foreign minister said Friday.

France wants to contribute to Iraq's security by helping to train the nation's next generation of police officers — once power is transferred to a sovereign Iraqi government, Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin said.

"There are a number of domains of possible cooperation," de Villepin said in his annual address to the news media. "France wants to give its contribution in the face of this Iraqi crisis."

France has offered to share expertise with Iraqi police after the U.S.-led coalition hands power to an Iraqi transitional government on July 1. But he said the question of sending in French troops is "not a current topic."

I have posted about the stellar police work happening in France in relation to the War on Terror. So, I don't think having their help in training a police force is going to be that much help.

However, maybe we have them train their army and defense forces? That way, if we ever have to fight them again, they'll fold even quicker than they did the last two times...

But, then again, France has it's hands full - French Scarf Ban Faces Worldwide Protest.


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January 15, 2004

Thursday Trip

Blog updates here all day:

France is acting up again - this time the Bejus Pundit is on the case.

Linda at Civilization Calls has a must read post about IRS Revenue Ruling 2004-6 and what it will do to stifle free speech.

John Donovan weighs in on the ruling as well...

Frank J. uses more scientific analysis to analyze liberals - the notes section is worth the read alone (Lemming Death Cult, anyone?). Frank J. also answers some reader questions - Shirts, Terrorist Video Games, More Liberals in the Family, and Bourbon for Our Troops.

Speaking of comedy, Instapundit links to an NYT arinterview with one of my favorite comdians - Dennis Miller. I used to love his HBO show and didn't care he was a liberal. The funniest episode was his 100th where he had both Norm McDonald and David Spade.

Speaking of chicks with words written across their rears (okay, I wasn't talking about that subject but secretly wanted to) - Heather has a hilarious post about her latest encounter with a classy girl at the gym.

Juliette at Baldilocks has some interesting discourse on the Paul O'Neill issue. The comments are worth the read as well.

doc Russia has an interesting post about the Democrats but then ends up with a cool proposition - I'm with him on it.

More good stuff from Darren Kaplan - this on Clark's assessment that Dutch Prison would be appropriate for bin Laden. WTF?

If you haven't seen Gut Rumbles in awhile because Rob is in Jamaica, you ought to check it out. The cat picture had me in tears...

I subscribe to the hard-copy Economist so I don't read it online. Milt's File links to this great article on what makes a suicide bomber.

Greyhawk has Part II in his Democracy, Whiskey, Sexy piece.

John Hawkins has a run down of some great quotes by and about Wesley Clark - my third least favorite Democrat Candidate. He's tied with Sharpton. I have yet to find one officer or sergeant that served with Wesley Clark (not as his Chief of Staff) and approves of him for president.

Other stuff off blog topics-

1. Carol Mosely Braun *yawn* has conceded and throws her 17 supporters behind Howard Dean.

2. May I remind you that in a few short months, the Cubs will begin their World Series Winning Season. You heard it here first. For Cubs Fans - A Dying Cub's Fan's Last Request. Man, talking about the Cubs makes me thirsty.

3. A guy at work sent me to this electrical site (click on picture to see video or go to this link).

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January 14, 2004

Interesting Things From Just One Picture

All right, here's some just plain weird interesting things that have happened as a result of the New Army Uniform Policy post:

1. The post was linked by an awful lot of diverse web sites...but the capper was being linked by Jehovah's Witness Online...I...just....don't know what to say.

2. I received a lot of emails from folks accusing me of doctoring the photo or posting a fake photo. Really? It doesn't appear genuine? You know, when I was a Commander, I ordered my Company to wear patches that said "Clinton Sucks!". We were quite popular...

Thanks for visiting.

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Wednesday Warp

Citizen Smash has a great post about a Reservist and his optimism. It's people like James and the Staff Sergeant that I had lunch with yesterday that made me enjoy my time in the service. Don't ever forget that there are so many truly incredible people serving this country.

Darren Kaplan has The U.S. Relationship With Saddam--Fantasy vs. Reality Part II posted.

Rosemary at Dean's World posts about unilateralism...the conclusion of the post is both ironic, forthright, and damn funny.

Bill Whittle has started his guide to Building the Ideal American...

Joe Carter at the Evangelical Outpost has an interesting post about the color of morality. Joe also hosted the Bonfire of the Vanities this week...

Speaking of colors, check out the Vodka Pundit's electoral wargaming post.

Phil Carter at IntelDump discusses an interesting possibility due to the overlapping troop rotations in Iraq.

You want to read an interesting and well-written piece about the world seen through an American GI's eyes? Go here...

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January 13, 2004

Tuesday Links

Iraq News has a great round up of what's happening in Iraq PLUS things that you can do to support our troops. The same folks also have a foundation - Soldier's Angels - where you can Adopt a Soldier

The Laughing Wolf has two posts that relate to Intelligence and Journalism and Intelligence.

Did we create Saddam? Go visit Darren Kaplan and read what he has to say about the subject. You won't be wasting your time.

I'd always figured Donnie for a Georgia boy but it ain't so...

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Light Posting this AM - more later

Two reasons for the light posting today:

1. I am a NEW UNCLE. My youngest brother's wife gave birth to Margaret Sinclair. Welcome to the World, Margaret!!! Can't wait to see you today!

2. I have a lunch meeting with a Staff Sergeant who used to work for me in the Reserves. He's passing through on his way down range. He got pulled out of Law School at the U of I (in his second year) and will be interrogating prisoners overseas. He's one of the best and brightest NCOs I have ever worked with in over 17 years in the Army.

Imagine if you had an MBA from Notre Dame, and in your second year of Law School, you get called up to go overseas and make maybe 32K per year PLUS you might get shot at...?! Buying him lunch and a few beers is the least I can do! (BTW, he's not bitching about it at all. In fact, enthusiastic might be an understatement).

Have a great day, everyone.

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January 12, 2004

Monday

Here are a few posts that delve into perceptions about Muslims:

Banagor has an essay about Choosing Sides...specificially, about whether there is a difference in Islam, Radical Islam, the Islamofascists or the Islamic World...

Conversely, Donald Sensing has a post about tolerant Muslims.

Darren Kaplan also read Donald Sensing's post and has more to say about Turkey's ability to deal with Islam.

You have to decide for yourself what to believe.

On a lighter note, Mike at Cold Fury has a hilarious post about why I started hacking some Burger King hacks...

The Laughing Wolf follows the scent on what makes a Soldier...it's not what you think.

Trey Givens has a post about a guy who has lived on a golf course for 40 years...and not in a home. In downtown Chicago, we name our bums so your co-workers know who you ran into today - we have Crazy Mary (who flashes people), the Mad Hatter (who wears about fifty nit hats on his head and they all stretch out until he looks like a character from the hobbit), etc....

Jack of the most excellent blog, Random Fate, also has a blog entitled the Unrepentant Curmdugeon. Here's a great post about a hot topic - Immigration. Thanks to Donnie for the reminder about Jack's personality disorder...

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January 11, 2004

Bill Whittle's new post

Bill Whittle has a new post at Eject!Eject!Eject!...before checking it out you may want to read this first.

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January 08, 2004

Some teachers are up to no good and...

Some guys get all the luck....

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This is crap...

I saw this letter on Healing Iraq via Andrew Olmstead's site (via Instapundit): It's a letter about Americans committing atrocities in Iraq. Specifically, it's about the drowning of a woman's son (after he was handcuffed).

If this happened over the weekend, wouldn't the liberal media (that would just absolutely go crazy over this) have written about it? While this might have actually have happened, I really doubt it and I hope it didn't happen.

It sounds EXACTLY like what happened to the son of a Kurdish chief when his son crossed a bridge over a river near the no-fly zone border in the north. The Iraqi guards made the Kurdish kid do the exact same thing and he drowned. I will look for the story. Happened awhile ago.

I have to call bullsh*t on this one. We'll see what happens with the "investigation".

Update: This is all I could find right now. I will look at the Kurdish Press to see if that's where I had heard of this sort of thing before.

Another update: Instapundit has a good run down from former military guys about some B.S. aspects of the letter. So, if this happened FIVE days ago, where is Al Jazeera on this? The BBC would be all over this like Michael Moore on a donut.

Everyone is so fast to give Zeyad some credit here and say that he has been trustworthy before. I have never read his blog before, and I don't know him.

I'll apologize to Zeyad if this turns out to be true. Just one thing to say to everyone calling this a tragedy...

How about giving the American serviceman some credit?

Another another update: Greyhawk has some great posts: Season of Lies I, II, and, the capper, III.

More Healing Crap from Iraq is here.

Update 07-03-04: Apology was made on April 5th.

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January 07, 2004

Blackfive eating habits of late...

So my wife's pregnant and has a condition called "hyperemesis something-in-latin". Bascially, she can't eat and gets nutrients via IVs every few days. This also happened when she was pregnant with little Blackfive. So, I am staying home this week, taking care of playing with little Blackfive and watching over my wife. My eating habits have gone to hell. Here's what I had for dinner last night: Chips and Salsa, Beer, chocolate ice cream, more beer later. All after 9pm. Mostly, this was due to figuring out what to eat while blogging (Spaghetti or Kung Pao Chicken not being good choices).

Yesterday, when talking to Mr. Green, he quipped that it was "big" of me to be trying to gain as much weight as Mrs. Blackfive.

Any other fathers out there put on weight when their wife was pregnant? I know I did when she was pregnant with our first.

Well, here's my next Bonfire submission. Although, it sucks so much that it might smother the pyre.

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Wednesday Warp

Yesterday, Frank J. scientifically proves that George Bush is not Hitler. However, he found plausible evidence that someone else could be Hitler...

Today, he has another installment of In My World in which you-know-who makes another video tape...no, not Paris Hilton, Harv.

Boots and Sabers is hosting the Bonfire of the Vanities this week...check out the hilariously worst of the 'sphere.

American Realpolitik has this week's Carnival of the Vanities.

Juliette at Baldilocks has a very interesting post on why she is a Republican.

The Bejus Pundit got banged up a bit over the holidays...and, not in a good way. Go visit Bejus to find out what happened, plus he has some great posts on the Democratic Underground and Clark.

Now, for some coffee, back in a bit...okay, I'm back. They just built a Dunkin' Donuts across the street from my condo. I normally like to go to Seattle's Best or Starbuck's, but, since it is damn cold here in Chicago today, Dunkin Donuts it is!

I received a comment in my post about the military's way of dispersing medals. The commenter was THERE at the incident I had heard about. Cool.

Annika has a great post about Dean and the bible.

Hugh Hewitt's got an interesting take on a flag football game between the services.

Darren Kaplan has a very interesting post on decoding al Qaeda...

Man, Geoff's place has turned into a troll-infested smack-down...one post has 877 comments (probably about 800 troll spams though). Spam Coming Right Outa Trolls Ugly Mouth....maybe, I'll trademark it.

This one from Phil Carter at IntelDump is about training Marines to be nice. WTF? I wasn't a Marine but come from a long line of them. This is absolutely crazy...what happened to Every Marine a Rifleman?

Jockularocracy has a great post on Poker on TV. I actually wrote a post about how my wife thought that poker was boring until she started watching Celebrity Poker and World Series of Poker. Granted, Texas Hold 'Em is for wimps (especially, with ONE deck). Now, she is hooked. I trashed the post because it sucked, but Jock's is a good run down on the phenom of poker on TV.

I won a medal over at Madfish Willie's Cyber Saloon.

Greyhawk (who always posts great stuff) points to a post from John Galt about the Homecoming of our troops rotating back to the states. He's right. Go read it.

Greyhawk also has a post on David Letterman's visit to our troops in Iraq. Bobby Sr., one of our readers, sent me a picture of his son (in a combat support hospital with pnemonia) with David Letterman. This morning on Fox, I also saw that Colin Quinn visited the troops.

Jon at QandO discusses the term "NeoCon" and it's Jewish connotation. (scroll down as Blogspot links don't work too well)

John Hawkins of Right Wing News discusses some of his beliefs.

Side note: I have to say that I cringe at labels like ultra-conservative or NeoCon or Right-Wing. My wife laughed at me the other day when I claimed that I was middle-of-the-road in my beliefs...She just smiled at me and patiently said, "Matt, you're conservative. You are "Mid-Western", not middle-of-the-road. You just want everyone to use common sense instead of name-calling." Damn smart woman, Mrs. Blackfive. So, I agree with every point on John's list except for the Clinton point. I hate Bill Clinton...for what happened in Moghidishu, if not everything else he did to weaken our counrty's moral, foreign policy, and military strengths. I don't like Hillary, but that's far from the seething disregard I have for her husband. I just think she's a mean-spirited, cold-hearted, power-hungry, lying dupe (I don't think she's racist, either).
Boy, that was a digression!

This post is why I think Paul at Sanity's Edge is one of the funniest bloggers around. He doesn't write parody - he lives it and throws it in people's faces every day!

I will probably move to the Chicago suburbs soon since we will need more room in about 7 months. Wilmette is not on the short list of places to move to...Eric the Straight White Guy explains.

Sarah at Trying to Grok has a post on deciphering the liberal spin of the media.

Kevin at Wizbang! has a post on the French losers that missed an opportunity to catch an al Qaeda suspect...of course, this is after the French claimed the U.S. was over-reacting about the canceled flights. Egg on your face, France, egg on your face...

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January 05, 2004

Monday Menagerie

Robbie at Say Anything has a post about the Democrats answer to Rush Limbaugh...Ed Schultz - whose show is funded (at least in part) by the DNC. Now, I definitely don't think that Rush is the mouthpiece for Republicans. I have never heard his radio show. I have seen him on various interviews, though. I guess this implies that Rush's show was funded by advertising instead of the RNC.

Frank J. is back. Who is Frank J. you ask? Well, go here and read his latest Bite Sized Wisdom.

John Donovan of Argghhh! has a link to and intelligent discussion about the Bush=Hitler video created by MoveOn.org. Citizen Smash has comments too and a link where MoveOn.org is calling for non-partisanship...right!

More interesting blogger posts later this morning...

Update 01-05-04 11AM CST:

Discount Blogger has a link to a soldier's funeral.

Beautiful Girls: Jennifer has Dana's interview posted here.

Mr. Green has been accused of eating glue...by none other than Mrs. Green.

You can support Sgt. Hook's morale fund for his company's deployment to Afghansitan. Profits to support a weekly BBQ to raise the spirits of his company (he's a First Sergeant - meaning the top enlisted man and non-commissioned officer in the company).

Trey Givens describes the irony caused by PETA...made me laugh.

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January 04, 2004

Recent Additions to Blogroll

Milt's File - Radio Show host on WGN posts stories every day. No comments, but lots of high-level and interesting information. He's also a prof at the University of Chicago.

The Laughing Wolf - The wolf has some really great posts - like this one about NASA. He also offered to help protect my family when we were threatened. Helluva wolf.

TacJammer - The site has an interesting mix of quotes, humor, and relevant info. Check it out.

As you can see, none of them are very similar. That's what I like.

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January 02, 2004

Light Posting Here Today

...more later this evening.

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December 30, 2003

The Blackfive New Year's Hangover Cure

Since tomorrow will prove to be a light day on the blogosphere and I won't be posting on the 1st, I thought I would share my sure-fire, 100% guaranteed, several-step program for curing the mother-of-all-hangovers:

1. Water will not help you. Many hangover cures claim that drinking water will cut the pain and agony of a dehydration headache resulting from drinking heavily. Now, I want you people to repeat these words: Water is for washing, booze is for drinking. Say it over and over again until it is ingrained in your memory. If someone offers you water, tell them you are thirsty, not dirty.

2. Vitamins will do nothing for you. Vitamin C, B-Complex, B-12, and B-1,000,000 will not help at all. I emphatically recommend highly fatty foods like bacon, cheeseburgers, Philly cheese-steaks, fries, etc. It helps if you have a good buddy that hosts a brunch on New Year's Day. Get yourself one of those before trying vitamins - as those are only for athletes and health-enthusiasts. Stick to my advice and no hangover for you!

3. There are those blasphemers that believe that Cogeners are the cause. Evidently, cogeners are darker in color and, therefore, are found in darker beverages like scotch, whiskey, and rum. I have found that this "discovery" was fabricated by the Russian mafia in an effort to promote vodka as the drink of choice. This is obviously false as I have personally experienced more excruciating mornings as the result of vodka than scotch. Also, I recently had the pleasure of testing some blogger's excellent Belgian ale and wound up with a nice hangover. My hangover-avoidance advice: Drink scotch. Stay away from the Belgian ale.

4. Sex is a good great hangover cure. This is NOT a lie spread by the Russian mafia (or the Bush Administration).

5. Keep drinking. If you keep drinking, no hangover. This is your best bet for curing/avoiding hangovers. I am going to start at about 7 or 8 PM tomorrow night and won't stop until about February.

Update: For those who take me too seriously, go here for helpful advice and then start drinking...

Posted by Blackfive on December 30, 2003 | Permalink | Comments (10) | TrackBack

Tuesday Trip

Stephen Den Beste has a great post about the primary and general election...and he predicts that Eric will vote for Bush.

Next, go and vote at About in their Political Dot-Comedy Awards. Here are my suggestions:

Best Overall Humor & Best Satirical: The Onion

Best Parodies: French Military Victories

Most Entertaining Right-Wing News & Commentary: John Hawkins' Right Wing News (believe it or not, I have never read Newsmax or Drudge)

Ever wonder what the hell happened to the Bartender over at Madfish Willie's Cyber Bar? Harvey's got the scoop

Visit Sgt. Hook today.

The Acidman hit his Second Blogiversary on Sunday.

Dana at Note-It-Posts hit her six month blogiversary and puts up a great post about the Schizophrenia of Howard Dean.

Posted by Blackfive on December 30, 2003 | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

December 29, 2003

Where are the moderates now?

Here's a story about a youth football league that was caught offguard this year by some of the football team names in the Annual Holiday Tournament. This one is via Fox News:

Furor Over Muslim Football Tournament
IRVINE, Calif. — The idea was innocent enough: A group of young men organize a holiday football tournament and give their teams such innocuous names as "4th and Goal" and "Playmakerz."

It was some of the other team names that raised eyebrows: Intifada, Soldiers of Allah and Mujahideen.

Now, some of you may believe that, because of the 1st Amendment, these young men can name their team whatever the hell they want. The first thing that I thought was "Why the hell are their parents allowing this to happen?" It all starts in the home. It seems that some of the Muslim community agrees.

...Muslim leaders have asked the teams to reconsider the names.

"Sensitizing our youths is our role as adults," said Hussam Ayloush, the executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Southern California.

But he also said he believed the players were not being malicious when they decided the names.

"In this case, the choices were totally innocent and meant for a small intra-Muslim tournament whose members all knew what the terms stand for," Ayloush said. "Unfortunately, we are aware that a few of those terms are being tainted by the abominable actions of a few Muslims."

I find it hard to believe that terms that the Palestinians have used to label their cowardly war on innocent women and children could be, in the biggest stretch of the imagination, used legimately for a sports team name. The only choices that were totally innocent were the ones made by the victims of Intifada - choices like going to work, throwing your daughter a Bat Mitzvah, or having a cup of tea.

...The league also posted an open letter on the Internet, apologizing "if anyone took offense to what was intended to simply be a positive outlet for Muslim youth."

The letter also defended the use of the word Intifada, citing the Palestinian movement.

WTF? The letter also defended the use of the word Intifada?

Okay, maybe this is just blown way out of proportion because of a few stupid kids. But where is the outrage from the Muslim community - wait, check that - the American Muslim community. A little apologizing and backtracking is all we got here, folks. If I name my football team the Columbine Massacre or the McVeighs or the Lynchers, what do you think would happen? Both liberals and conservatives would be all over me like white on rice. The outcry would be immense and intense.

So where are those people in the Muslim community? Everyone can't possibly be an extremist, right? Is everyone who is not an extremist afraid of the ire of the extremists? Even in Irvine, California? Irvine. California.

Posted by Blackfive on December 29, 2003 | Permalink | Comments (8) | TrackBack

Finally, Dick Jauron is history...

Well, I have been vocal about both (1) my hope that the Bears would fire Dick Jauron and (2) that the McCaskey's (owners of the Bears) are so cheap that Chicago will get another second rate coach because he's cheaper.

Well the Bears fired Jauron today. I hope number (2) doesn't come true.

I am one of those that believe that coaches can make a significant difference. Look at the former Bears players that have excelled away from Jauron (or even Wanstadt). Look at what Dusty Baker did with the Cubs.

The talent is there. The will is there. The Bears need a proven leader, not a second rate coach.

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Update on the Carrasquillos

Here's an update on the two Carrasquillo brothers fighting in the 82nd Airborne:

1. Their father, Bobby Sr, has updated part of his site with a letter from Bobby Jr., pictures, and a great story about his unit from the Washington Post.

2. Bobby Sr. also put together two slide shows that you can download.

3. Last, son Alex contracted pnemonia, was sent to the Combat Hospital (like M.A.S.H) and was visited by the Secretary of the Army...and David Letterman visited him on Christmas Eve.

4. Bobby Jr. surprised Dad on Christmas Eve (came home 6 days early).

Posted by Blackfive on December 29, 2003 | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Monday Menagerie

First, Tom the Friendly Ghost has a post about Howard Dean's supporters and their criticisms of him.

Mr. Green lays blame and considers legal recourse for his drunken blogging. While I don't usually drink and blog, I do usually drink and make comments on other blogs...

Kevin at Wizbang has a great post about the Mad Cow Disease issue.

Speaking of Mad Cows, Feste at Fool's Blog has some insight as well...

Linda moved Civilization Calls to Munuvia (the new site looks great!)...Down under, Pixy Misa's little slice of the blogosphere is getting bigger.

Oh, and stop by JD Mays' site just to put an end to his anonymity and obscurity.

Posted by Blackfive on December 29, 2003 | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Interesting Christmas

I had a pretty good take this Holiday Season. Here is a run down of what happened while I haven't been blogging:

1. Was able to finally meet Heather (of Angelweave) and Brian (of Musings of Brian J. Noggle). Heather works with a friend of my wife - small world, etc., etc. The blogger meeting turned into an interview - Heather is one determined lady - made me a little nervous by writing down everything that I was saying. (Plus, I was drinking...a lot.)

I was also able to get her to show me her patented exercise for getting rid of Man-Boobs...

2. Little Blackfive has started using the potty! Hell, that might be the highlight of the week!

3. Mrs. Blackfive is pregnant! Still in shock...

4. Did not receive Medal of Honor Rising Sun (Gamecube) and did not receive Pirates of the Caribbean (XBox). Will have to purchase today. Has anyone tried either of these yet? Someone told me that Pirates was like Morrowind (which I liked).

Posted by Blackfive on December 29, 2003 | Permalink | Comments (16) | TrackBack

December 27, 2003

Weekend Surfing

Things will be back to normal here on Monday morning. Going back home tomorrow (the land of the DSL line that never falters like my in-law's cable modem). Hope you all had a safe and happy holiday.

Since the New Blog Showcase was extended, there are some new entries so go check it out.

Also, you can visit the blogs on my blogroll or check out these fine blogs:

annika's journal & poetry (125 links) - 260 visits/day V
Bad Money (155 links) - 253 visits/day V
Colorado Conservative (65 links) - 231 visits/day V
Ramblings of Silver Blue (167 links) - 230 visits/day V
Patriot Paradox (126 links) - 220 visits/day V
Being American in T.O. (94 links) - 218 visits/day V
Leaning Towards the Dark Side (70 links) - 211 visits/day V
The Inscrutable American (97 links) - 191 visits/day V
Practical Penumbra (230 links) - 186 visits/day V
the evangelical outpost (149 links) - 186 visits/day V
The Alliance (174 links) - 175 visits/day V
Pardon My English (92 links) - 170 visits/day V
From the Halls to the Shores (68 links) - 169 visits/day V
Absinthe & Cookies (190 links) - 162 visits/day V
angelweave (133 links) - 122 visits/day V
An Englishman's Castle (60 links) - 104 visits/day V
dogtulosba, ink. - soapiate of the masses (50 links) - 100 visits/day V
Who Tends The Fires (113 links) - 94 visits/day V
Judicious Asininity (118 links) - 84 visits/day V
Five Wasps (56 links) - 81 visits/day V
Idiot Villager (59 links) - 77 visits/day V
physics geek (72 links) - 74 visits/day V
AvGuru.net (39 links) - 70 visits/day V
The S-Train Canvass (66 links) - 64 visits/day V
Le Sabot Post-Moderne (79 links) - 58 visits/day V
VRWC, Inc. (89 links) - 52 visits/day V
Left Coast Conservative (142 links) - 47 visits/day V
Semi-Intelligent Thoughts (71 links) - 44 visits/day V
The Gleeful Extremist (59 links) - 42 visits/day V
Wince and Nod (84 links) - 39 visits/day V
Frizzen Sparks (54 links) - 36 visits/day V
Civilization Calls (56 links) - 35 visits/day V
BigRedGiant.com (55 links) - 34 visits/day V
Homicidal Maniak (60 links) - 31 visits/day V
Grim's Hall (58 links) - 30 visits/day V
curi's domain (59 links) - 30 visits/day V
Pinto's Blog (44 links) - 27 visits/day V
Cavalier Attitude (47 links) - 24 visits/day V
Elegance Against Ignorance (73 links) - 20 visits/day V
Single White Male (48 links) - 19 visits/day V
Ninjababe's Ramble (59 links) - 17 visits/day V
Hypocrisy and Hypotheses (63 links) - 17 visits/day V
Cannon's Canon (57 links) - 15 visits/day V
Irreconcilable Musings (58 links) - 15 visits/day V
The Conservative Cajun (42 links) - 15 visits/day
Shameless Self-Promotion (55 links) - 14 visits/day V
Hoppings of Roxette Bunny (63 links) - 14 visits/day V
Johnalism.com (39 links) - 11 visits/day V
Newmanisms (57 links) - 11 visits/day V
CandyUniverse (89 links) - 3 visits/day V
Interested-Participant (115 links) - visits/day V
Eckernet.com (58 links) - visits/day V
Ripe Bananas (70 links) - visits/day V
eTALKINGHEAD.com: Political Commentary (132 links) - visits/day V
The New American Revolutionist (54 links) - visits/day V


 

Posted by Blackfive on December 27, 2003 | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

December 24, 2003

Merry Christmas!

A message from Blackfive:

Please have a safe and Merry Christmas! Remember to keep all of those defending this great nation (our military and our first responders) in your thoughts and prayers tonight. Because some Americans are standing watch tonight, we will get to experience the comforts and joys that this Christmas will bring.

Below is another poem (this one's anonymous) that was forwarded to me by Chief Steve. You might have seen it already, It sums up my thoughts about their service to us very well and serves as a reminder to why I started blogging in the first place:

A Christmas Poem

The embers glowed softly, and in their dim light, I gazed round the room and I cherished the sight.

My wife was asleep, her head on my chest, my daughter beside me, angelic in rest.

Outside the snow fell, a blanket of white, transforming the yard to a winter delight.

The sparkling lights in the tree, I believe, completed the magic that was Christmas Eve.

My eyelids were heavy, my breathing was deep, secure and surrounded by love I would sleep

in perfect contentment, or so it would seem. So I slumbered, perhaps I started to dream.

The sound wasn't loud, and it wasn't too near, but I opened my eye when it tickled my ear.

Perhaps just a cough, I didn't quite know, then the sure sound of footsteps outside in the snow.

My soul gave a tremble, I struggled to hear, and I crept to the door just to see who was near.

Standing out in the cold and the dark of the night, a lone figure stood, his face weary and tight.

A soldier, I puzzled, some twenty years old, perhaps a young man, huddled here in the cold.

Alone in the dark, he looked up and smiled, standing watch over me, and my wife and my child.

"What are you doing?" I asked without fear. "Come in for a moment, it's freezing out here!

Put down your pack, brush the snow from your sleeve, you should be at home on a cold Christmas Eve!"

For barely a moment I saw his eyes shift, away from the cold and the snow blown in drifts,

to the window that danced with a warm fire's light, then he sighed and he said, "Its really all right."

"I'm out here by choice. I'm here every night.

Its my duty to stand at the front of the line, that separates you from the darkest of times.

No one had to ask or beg or implore me, I'm proud to stand here like my fathers before me.

My Gramps died at 'Pearl on a day in December," then he sighed, "That's a Christmas 'Gram always remembers.

" My dad stood his watch in the jungles of 'Nam. And now it is my turn and so, here I am.

I've not seen my own son in more than a while, but my wife sends me pictures, he's sure got her smile.

Then he bent and he carefully pulled from his bag, the red white and blue... an American flag.

"I can live through the cold and the being alone, away from my family, my house and my home,

I can stand at my post through the rain and the sleet, I can sleep in a foxhole with little to eat,

I can carry the weight of killing another, or lay down my life with my sisters and brothers

who stand at the front against any and all, to insure for all time that this flag will not fall."

"So go back inside," he said, "harbor no fright. Your family is waiting and I'll be all right."

"But isn't there something I can do, at the least. Give you money," I asked, "or prepare you a feast?

It seems all too little for all that you've done, for being away from your wife and your son."

Then his eye welled a tear that held no regret, "Just tell us you love us, and never forget

To fight for our rights back at home while we're gone. To stand your own watch, no matter how long.

For when we come home, either standing or dead, to know you remember we fought and we bled

is payment enough, and with that we will trust. That we mattered to you as you mattered to us.

Please remember our military men and women and our first responders (and all of their families) tonight!

"Lord, hold our troops in your loving hands. Protect them as they protect us. Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they perform for us in our time of need. Amen."
Merry Christmas!

Posted by Blackfive on December 24, 2003 | Permalink | Comments (19) | TrackBack

December 23, 2003

Tuesday Trip Part II

The Bejus Pundit has more on Wesley Clark and, of course, tells him to shut the hell up!

Greyhawk at the Mudville Gazette has a great post on some of the possible embellishment of the Saddam capture story. I am reasonably sure that, with 600 soldiers around, an Special Operations soldier did not punch Saddam in the face, no matter how justified.

Civilization Calls has a post about the raising of the terror alert and some things that you can to do be ready.

Posted by Blackfive on December 23, 2003 | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Tuesday Trip

First, Stephen Den Beste posts about the French being left out of the Libya deal on WMD. Poor, poor, French guys...

Tom the Friendly Ghost has a post about it too and looks at the disconnects with French policy-makers.

You can take the Right Wing News Liberalism Quiz. Hey, Michael Moore, since I am sure that you are a HUGE fan of this blog and probably reading it right now, you should take this quiz for a spin.

Kelly the Patriette has a post on sending the troops a message for the holidays.

Mr. Green has what is probably the final round of email exchanges with that Nigerian spammer/scammer.

Go visit Velicoman now...every hit helps.

More to follow later...


Posted by Blackfive on December 23, 2003 | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack

December 22, 2003

New Paratrooper on the Loose

The Bejus Pundit just got his blood wings - and graduated from the Basic Airborne Course. Now, he's an Airborne Ranger Major...

But what if the Bejust Pundit wanted a killer suffix or tag like "The Paratrooper of Love"? What do you think he would choose?

Let's hear your suggestions.

Posted by Blackfive on December 22, 2003 | Permalink | Comments (17) | TrackBack

Monday Menagerie

I saw on Fox & Friends this morning that a French lawyer is offering to defend Saddam Hussein. How...French.

I hadn't seen this one before, but go to The Common Virtue and see Howard Dean's Christmas Wish List.

John Hawkins has an interview with G. Gordon Liddy up over at Right Wing News.

John Donovan of Argghhh! has a post on the Top Ten Reasons Why the 4th ID Knew That The Capture of Saddam Knew the 4ID Was Imminent.

Speaking of the Donovan, Jennifer has his interview posted at her site.

Kate (with some posting by Kevin) has a post on the Muslim world's feelings about the capture of Saddam by the Americans...again, it has to do with humiliation. I wrote about this subject before: The Cost of Humiliation

Posted by Blackfive on December 22, 2003 | Permalink | Comments (10) | TrackBack

December 20, 2003

Please visit these fine blogs

Since there is not much happening on blogosphere over the weekends, please visit the great blogs on my blog roll or visit these wonderful blogs. You never know when you are going to stumble across something very interesting.

annika's journal & poetry (125 links) - 260 visits/day V
Bad Money (155 links) - 253 visits/day V
Colorado Conservative (65 links) - 231 visits/day V
Ramblings of Silver Blue (167 links) - 230 visits/day V
Patriot Paradox (126 links) - 220 visits/day V
Being American in T.O. (94 links) - 218 visits/day V
Leaning Towards the Dark Side (70 links) - 211 visits/day V
The Inscrutable American (97 links) - 191 visits/day V
Practical Penumbra (230 links) - 186 visits/day V
the evangelical outpost (149 links) - 186 visits/day V
The Alliance (174 links) - 175 visits/day V
Pardon My English (92 links) - 170 visits/day V
From the Halls to the Shores (68 links) - 169 visits/day V
Absinthe & Cookies (190 links) - 162 visits/day V
angelweave (133 links) - 122 visits/day V
An Englishman's Castle (60 links) - 104 visits/day V
dogtulosba, ink. - soapiate of the masses (50 links) - 100 visits/day V
Who Tends The Fires (113 links) - 94 visits/day V
Judicious Asininity (118 links) - 84 visits/day V
Five Wasps (56 links) - 81 visits/day V
Idiot Villager (59 links) - 77 visits/day V
physics geek (72 links) - 74 visits/day V
AvGuru.net (39 links) - 70 visits/day V
The S-Train Canvass (66 links) - 64 visits/day V
Le Sabot Post-Moderne (79 links) - 58 visits/day V
VRWC, Inc. (89 links) - 52 visits/day V
Left Coast Conservative (142 links) - 47 visits/day V
Semi-Intelligent Thoughts (71 links) - 44 visits/day V
The Gleeful Extremist (59 links) - 42 visits/day V
Wince and Nod (84 links) - 39 visits/day V
Frizzen Sparks (54 links) - 36 visits/day V
Civilization Calls (56 links) - 35 visits/day V
BigRedGiant.com (55 links) - 34 visits/day V
Homicidal Maniak (60 links) - 31 visits/day V
Grim's Hall (58 links) - 30 visits/day V
curi's domain (59 links) - 30 visits/day V
Pinto's Blog (44 links) - 27 visits/day V
Cavalier Attitude (47 links) - 24 visits/day V
Elegance Against Ignorance (73 links) - 20 visits/day V
Single White Male (48 links) - 19 visits/day V
Ninjababe's Ramble (59 links) - 17 visits/day V
Hypocrisy and Hypotheses (63 links) - 17 visits/day V
Cannon's Canon (57 links) - 15 visits/day V
Irreconcilable Musings (58 links) - 15 visits/day V
The Conservative Cajun (42 links) - 15 visits/day
Shameless Self-Promotion (55 links) - 14 visits/day V
Hoppings of Roxette Bunny (63 links) - 14 visits/day V
Johnalism.com (39 links) - 11 visits/day V
Newmanisms (57 links) - 11 visits/day V
CandyUniverse (89 links) - 3 visits/day V
Interested-Participant (115 links) - visits/day V
Eckernet.com (58 links) - visits/day V
Ripe Bananas (70 links) - visits/day V
eTALKINGHEAD.com: Political Commentary (132 links) - visits/day V
The New American Revolutionist (54 links) - visits/day V


 


Posted by Blackfive on December 20, 2003 | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

December 19, 2003

Friday Foray

First, Banagor has another installment in the Hunting Hippies series. Again, if you are a hippie, you should take this very, very seriously and send him tons of hatemail...oh, and make sure your return address is correct.

John Hawkins discusses a recent quote from Jame Taranto and discusses the need for the Dems to move more to the right for our own sakes. I whole-heartedly agree with him. I also would add that THAT is why I feel Lieberman could put up a good fight against Bush in the areas where Bush is strongest. Too bad no one is paying attention to him. Must be because he's a Jooooo!

Susie takes down Sick of Bush and wonders where the evidence of all of Bush's lies have gone? I wonder the same thing. When someone can back up a Bush lied with some evidence in the main stream media (people, Al Franken is not the media), I might listen.

John Donovan at Argghhh! has some suggestions for Bruce Willis...they are good ones for us all (even if you only have $5). You know, whenever I type John's blog name, I always count in my head one A, one R, two G's, three H's. Been doing that for months now. Maybe I need meds.

Sometimes, I think Paul at Sanity's Edge is channeling my life - this one is straight from my family, complete with scotch.

Kevin at Wizbang! doesn't hold back about Michael Jackson. I think he's right about this. I also condemn the parents for taking the money (I know, I know, they had a lot of things to consider before leaving the country). But, they let this kind of crap go on with other kids.

Along the same vein (Jackson), Juliette at Baldilocks has a post where she exhibits her skillz of Shrinkery (I'm channeling GW, Will Farrel and Snoop Dog).

The beautiful Jennifer has Donnie's interview posted. Go see what makes the most popular Hillbilly in the 'sphere tick.

Michael the Discount Blogger has a post about a Soldier's display of the Holiday Spirit. That's the way to take care of each other...

Greyhawk at the Mudville Gazette also has a touching story about a wounded soldier and his children.

Posted by Blackfive on December 19, 2003 | Permalink | Comments (7) | TrackBack

December 18, 2003

Thursday Thoroughfare

Well, things are begining to slow down in the world of the blogs this week. There's the holidays - shopping, carousing, family etc. And there's the flu that's keeping a lot of people down.

Blackfive won't slow down too much (even killer hang-overs won't take me out) because tomorrow is the Blackfive Six-Month Blogiversary! Isn't THAT exciting! No? I didn't really think so, either.

Anyway, since some of the bloggers are slowing down a bit, I might be throwing more news items in the blog run down each day.

Here is what is worthy of your attention today:

Spoons has a "I dont' want your stupid money" post up. I loved his post - honest and funny. BTW, the ONLY blogger that I have tipped has been Kevin at Wizbang! If you may have noticed, I don't have a tip jar. I have advertisers/sponsors on the right side bar. I make enough to host the site, domain registration, pay the typepad folks (about $200 per year...when you post pictures, it really sucks up your bandwidth), and buy a bottle or two of Johnny Walker Black.

Speaking of Kevin, he has the run down of Michael Jackson's joining the Nation of Islam...

Heather at Angelweave, John Hawkins, and the Daily Ablution (and probably others) have posted about the idiots at PETA (idiots is being kind on this one). Their "Your Mommy Kills Animals" campaign is absolutely disgusting.

Wow! Blogs for Bush is mentioned in the Daily (Weekly) Standard. Cool.

John of Argghhh! posts this picture that's better than a cup of coffee...kick starts my heart.

James Lileks, one of my favorite writers, rips up Dean (and Gore's support of the fringe candidate) pretty well in this column.

Paul at Sanity's Edge has more Surviving the Holidays Tips. This one hit home because, when I first met my wife's family, the men wouldn't talk to me because Andy Griffith was on TV (in 1996). Here's a part from it:

TV will be a problem. Cheap relatives won’t have good cable or a dish so you can forget about anything good. Get ready for plenty of The Big Valley and Andy Griffith practicing law.
Venomous Kate is getting better, but is also going to take some time off for the Holidays.

Eric the Straight White Guy has a post about Big Cities - hey, Eric, here in Chicago, I have six Starbuck's within four blocks of my condo and we would never notice a dead guy.

If you haven't seen it yet, Greyhawk at the Mudville Gazette has an interview with some soldiers that were in on the operation to nab Saddam Hussein.

JP Carter at the Evangelical Outpost has a piece on perceived racism in the Lord of the Rings...

Finally, let me just say that bloggers who write about being depressed really, REALLY, piss me off. You know who you are. Form a club, an encounter group, or something for crissakes. Just quit wasting bits and bytes.

You think that you are depressed? Join the f--king Army and spend Christmas in Iraq. THEN, you can start bitching about your problems. Grow up, children! /rant

Posted by Blackfive on December 18, 2003 | Permalink | Comments (5) | TrackBack

Blackfive 6-month Blogiversary!

When I started blogging 6 months ago, I figured if I got 100 people per day to read the site, then maybe I would be onto something. Between Sullivan-lanches, Insta-lanches, Misha-lanches, Sensing-lanches, LGF-lances and more than a few IMAO-lanches, I am hitting in the upper 1700's per day. That amazes me. Thanks for visiting Blackfive.

A few pieces of info:

Number of visits (via Sitemeter): Over 112K.

Ecosystem ranking as of 12-18-03: 99 - Playful Primate

Blogroll changes: Added 58 blogs since the beginning. Started with 5. Blogroll is still in order of additions and not alpha...sorry. Frank's got my loyalty - he recognized my near genius potential first. Sorry, Harv.

* Blogroll Policy - I don't do recipricals. Some bloggers have me under recipricals. I hate that. If you don't like B5, don't link it. My feelings won't get hurt.

Number One Blogger to Pary With: Man, I wish I could get down to Ft. Benning to witness Donnie's final qualification jump for Airborne School. That would be one helluva party...bond cards needed. Ah, hell, I would love to drink with any of the MilBloggers.

Most popular Blackfive post: Me and Muslim Friend Neighbor.

My favorite Blackfive post: Alzheimer's

My least favorite Blackfive post: Miller Lite vs. Bud Light

My I-Wish-People-Could-Understand-What-I'm-Trying-To-Say Post: The case for LTC West Try as hard as I could, I couldn't get Spoons or Misha to understand this one. I had a lot of support from Military Bloggers. Spoons thought I played the "if you aren't in the military so you can't understand" card. Maybe, I did. But, it still doesn't change anything. Baldilocks has a good post on it.

Number of times predicted Insta-lanch: 0

Number of people that I have "met" via the blog within 6 degrees of separation: 12

Number of hate-emails (I have kept every single one): 96 - Here is the latest one from Benjamin (who BTW left his phone number and asked me to call him?).

F--k you! The site could be better a--hole, your opening story is weak, I married (American) and my son was born in Wurzburg. So please do a shade better!! An SF Weapons, please, who are you s--ting??? You can FOAD piece of Armie sh-t!
Number of encouraging emails: 433 - Here is the latest one...from James.

Mister, you have one hell of a website!!! I love the articles, the links and especially your ideology (as represented on the about me page). Thanks for allowing me to access it.
Goal for next 6 months: To bring more attention to the great job that our men and women in uniform are performing every damn day. To bring more attention to, IMHO, under-rated bloggers (or get them to go to Airborne School or to just be themselves - funny or witness the utterly unbelievably and incredibly and undeniably most beautiful and intelligent women of the blogosphere). To drink a lot of scotch. I mean that, and not just the part about the scotch.

Suppport our military men and women around the world.

Thank you for visiting Blackfive. I hope I can live up to your expectations.

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December 17, 2003

Blackfive Movie Review: The Return of the King

Saw the Return of the King this morning at 10:30AM along with 1,000 other fans - some crazier than others. The Middle Earth Society of Chicago was recruiting. They had people dressed as hobbits, elves, dwarves, etc. Fake ears, fake feet, fake weapons, etc. Weird. Just weird.

My wife just looked at my face and said, "Matt, please don't say anything"

Me, "Like what, Honey?"

Mrs. Blackfive, "Like 'Have you ever kissed a girl?'"

Me, "After Shatner said that in that Star Trek/SNL skit, it's kind of been used a lot. Too easy."

Anyway, the movie is great. Really great. A lot of you might complain because the Scouring of the Shire is not in it. The movie still wraps up the ending very well. There's a lot more story than I thought Peter Jackson could have crammed into 3.5 hours.

The battle scenes were well worth the wait - plus more of the backstory on Smeagol is there too. The part with the Witch-King is really damn good. The Return of the King has all of those bits that you really wanted to see. However, Sam (Sean Astin) is the real hero of this part. He steals the show - awesome performance. Although, you wouldn't know it for all the screaming women fawning all over Legolas (Orlando Bloom). I had to tell Mrs. Blackfive to calm down at one point.

One tip: I watched the extended version of the Two Towers the night before. It fills in a few things - mostly about Faramir's and Eowyn's stories. If you haven't read the books (or haven't read them in a long time), you might want to watch the extended versions of the Fellowship of the Ring and the Two Towers first.

Update: Darth VOB has more on what is not included in the movie.

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Wednesday Warp

If you haven't seen Banagor's post about hunting hippies, please go have yourself a good laugh read...unless you are a hippie. Then, you should take it very, very seriously and send him TONS of complaints.

Kevin of Wizbang! has the Bonfire of the Vanities burning...go check out the worst posts in the blogosphere offered up to the Gods of Suck.

Now, for the first time, readers at Right Wing News get to vote for The 2003 American Moonbat of the Year Award. Go exercise your right to vote!

Jennifer Martinez has an amazing letter from an Iraqi interpreter (via an Army Lieutenant Colonel).

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December 16, 2003

Wednesday Head's Up

I will be putting up an important post early on Wednesday and probably doing the rounds through the blogosphere but that'll be it. Be sure to stop by...I have someone that I want you to meet.

Other than that, I am taking the day off. Mrs. Blackfive and I will be seeing the 10am Return of the King and then spending the rest of the day doing Christmas things - lunch under the tree at Marshall Field's, shopping Michigan Avenue, and lots of drinking (surprised, Harv?).

Thanks for visiting Blackfive.

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Tuesday Blogosphere Happenings

Spoons has a great post about the Democratic Party from Orson Scott Card...

Bad Money has a great poem for the Crap Weasel...

Tom The Friendly Ghost has news about the U.N. efforts elsewhere.

Sgt. Hook has a post about an Angel of Mercy.

Serentiy links to the best of the Hubble telescope. Very cool.

Pardon My English has a post on Israeli weapons that can fire around corners...and Banagor says that this is just one investment that we made by supporting Israel.

John Donovan discusses the differences between Soldiers and Fighters...

Man Sized Target has a thoughtful post about Nation Building (and democracy).

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December 15, 2003

Monday Menagerie

Kevin's Wizbang Web Log Awards are posted. No surprise that I didn't win Best New Blog (but at least I didn't lose to that site-meter-cheater Rush Limbaughtomy). My heart-felt congratulations to Allah - from the little Satan, Blackfive! Send him a note of congrats!

BTW, Allah's post on the capture of Saddam had me laughing so hard that I hurt my back!

Also, congrats to Smash! His slate did well overall (Hugh Hewitt, Smash!, xrlq, and patterico are all winners!).

Frank J. has an In My World with, of all people, Saddam. Here's a part from it:

Saddam made a whipping sound.

"That' enough out of you!" Bush said, "Maybe we could just exile him to France."

"Please, no!" Saddam pleaded, "Be merciful, younger Bush! Just a bullet to the head!"

Bill Whittle has two posts from yesterday about Saddam's capture...and as usual he tells us, in his best crack dealer voice, that he'll have more on the subject soon.

It's Spoons birthday today...

Madfish Wille's Cyber Bar has it's weekly Tales from the Champagne Room posted...

As usual, Tom The Friendly Ghost, has an understated-and-easy-to-understand way of demonstrating things...

You know, I didn't realize how cool Special Forces guys were, until I read this quote from Reuter's over at Jennifer Martinez's place...

"I'm Saddam Hussein," the man with the scruffy beard said in English when U.S. troops found him in a dirt hole. "I'm the president of Iraq and I'm willing to negotiate."

"President Bush sends his regards," they replied.

Class acts! Now, imagine how Saddam's reaction would be if anyone of the Nine were President?...the SF'er probably wouldn't have said it at all.

Update: Greyhawk sent me a reminder that Scott Ott of ScrappleFace has his post open to keep sending messages to the troops around the world. Go and leave a comment for our men and women in uniform.

Jim at Snooze Button Dreams has the 2nd installment of the BestofMe Symphony. Check it out.

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It didn't take long...did it?

The reaction of the extreme left-wing was swift if not accurate:

JP Carter at the Evangelical Outpost has some more reactions of the Howard Dean folks.

Scott at the Daily Ablution has more from Salon and other sites.

Even the media is trying to dampen our success:

Reuters has this article: Saddam Arrest Cheer Fades Into Iraqi Ire at U.S. - where they draw conclusions about the whole country from a few people in Baghdad.

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Early Monday Blogging

Bane may have found an intelligence leak or at least the misuse of GI property in Iraq...go read it now, but only go to the links in his post if you can stomach some graphic photos.

This is what you get when you take a celebratory (definitely not celebatory) Tennessee Marine and add a quart of Scotch...Straight White Guy discusses Saddam and Osama.

Heather has a really interesting thread going on over at Angelweave where there is a Difference of Opinion.

Annika writes about NPR's reaction to the capture of Saddam.

John Hawkins has some things on Saddam - like the lice from his head are up for bid on ebay.

The Bejus Pundit weighs in on Salam Pax and the Guardian...they both mostly suck.

Last night, Bill O'Reilly said that Fox was very close to proving that Chirac was being paid by Saddam...personally paid by Saddam. That would explain a lot. We'll have to wait to see what comes of it.

Jockularocracy has a post about Green Berets and Rugby Players...

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December 13, 2003

Blogs, News, and Other Stuff

Hey, so Arnold is actually getting things done as the Governator...by making compromises and bringing people together. Good for him!

Jennifer Martinez posts about some reporters in Iraq who are heroes!

There stories all over the news wires this morning about Europe being angry about the US excluding certain *ahem* allies from bidding on contracts. The problem is that "Europe", according to the news wires, is France, Germany, Belgium, and Russia...I think they are missing the others (and I hope they - and Australia - get big, juicy contracts - Hey, France, nah, nah-nah, nah-nah-naaahhhhh. :-p ). John Hawkins has more.

Donnie Bejus is posting more frequently. He seems to be getting along okay when people aren't telling him that he looks like Slick Willie.

Frank J. has found transcripts of FBI monitoring Howard Dean...from 1970!

I almost told one of the characters sending me hatemail over the Kucinich ad "To reach for that loud handle". Bill Whittle said he was gonna post some things over the weekend. Hey, Bill, it's 5:40 AM on Saturday in California. Nothing...it's 5:41. Nothing...it's 5:42. Nothing.

Hey! Spoons has more information on the LTC West Case straight from West's attorney. He also has information on how you can support LTC West....

Update: Reuter's has a story about LTC West today.

Annika has a post about selecting her choice for president.

Sgt. Hook has a post about a new addition to the family...probably a good thing with his upcoming deployment to Afghanistan. It's been a few years since I have had to get up at 0Dark:30...thank the lord.


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Please Visit These Outstanding Blogs

Since there is not much happening in Blogosphere on the weekends, why don't you visit these great blogs:

Flying Chair (120 links) - 1159 visits/day V
Anger Management (136 links) - 483 visits/day V
Simon World (69 links) - 403 visits/day V
Patriot Paradox (123 links) - 279 visits/day V
GS-7 (44 links) - 245 visits/day V
The Inscrutable American (100 links) - 244 visits/day V
Ramblings of Silver Blue (138 links) - 218 visits/day V
Bad Money (146 links) - 215 visits/day V
Practical Penumbra (229 links) - 194 visits/day V
The Alliance (164 links) - 188 visits/day V
the evangelical outpost (125 links) - 183 visits/day V
Being American in T.O. (87 links) - 164 visits/day V
Who Tends The Fires (106 links) - 105 visits/day V
Pardon My English (90 links) - 102 visits/day V
An Englishman's Castle (59 links) - 94 visits/day V
BigStick (67 links) - 85 visits/day V
The S-Train Canvass (62 links) - 79 visits/day V
physics geek (69 links) - 74 visits/day V
Idiot Villager (53 links) - 70 visits/day V
Frizzen Sparks (55 links) - 68 visits/day V
Left Coast Conservative (139 links) - 64 visits/day V
From the Halls to the Shores (68 links) - 57 visits/day V
The Everlasting Phelps (65 links) - 56 visits/day V
TacJammer (86 links) - 54 visits/day V
VRWC, Inc. (90 links) - 49 visits/day V
The Patriette (84 links) - 47 visits/day V
Semi-Intelligent Thoughts (68 links) - 44 visits/day V
Wince and Nod (83 links) - 39 visits/day V
BLATHER REVIEW (81 links) - 39 visits/day V
Five Wasps (52 links) - 38 visits/day V
Civilization Calls (51 links) - 38 visits/day V
curi's domain (57 links) - 37 visits/day V
Grim's Hall (52 links) - 29 visits/day V
Cavalier Attitude (43 links) - 29 visits/day V
CandyUniverse (84 links) - 28 visits/day V
The Gleeful Extremist (45 links) - 27 visits/day V
Elegance Against Ignorance (67 links) - 22 visits/day V
Hypocrisy and Hypotheses (59 links) - 22 visits/day V
All Encompassingly (59 links) - 21 visits/day V
Hoppings of Roxette Bunny (58 links) - 21 visits/day V
Irreconcilable Musings (54 links) - 18 visits/day V
Shameless Self-Promotion (49 links) - 14 visits/day V
Newmanisms (53 links) - 11 visits/day V
Cannon's Canon (54 links) - 10 visits/day V
Pinto's Blog (37 links) - 7 visits/day V
Interested-Participant (106 links) - visits/day V
Eckernet.com (54 links) - visits/day V
eTALKINGHEAD.com: Political Commentary (117 links) - visits/day V
The New American Revolutionist (51 links) - visits/day V


 


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December 12, 2003

Eric Blumrich's New Video

Eric Blumrich, Traitor Bastard and Animal Lover, has a new video (apparently, he has been working hard on it for awhile). This one is just sick, vile, and disgusting.

Please be careful as it is extremely offensive.

This one stars, Eric Blumrich, himself. He's really done it this time.

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Friday Foray

*squelch!* Attention Readers: Due to the nausea it caused you, there will be no more mentioning of the CRAP WEASEL today...

John Hawkins talks about the ridiculous claims of the cost of Global Warming...Jack and Rob have a disagreement about science and environmentalism.

Major Donnie Bejus is going to be all right, getting ready for Tower Week at Jump School.

Eric the Straight White Guy has an interesting story about virginity...

Feste at Fool's Blog has a post about Karma (ref: some of our *cough* allies).

MilBlogs has started the Post Exchange where the best from the military bloggers is represented.

Mr. Green posts about an amazing story by the Chicago Sun Times...

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December 11, 2003

Thursday Blogs to Visit

Well, I am later than usual today with my run down of things to see on the blogosphere - I have been a bit distracted lately.

First, Stephen Den Beste has a great piece on why the Associated Press are a bunch of Crap Weasels biased reporters...

Along the same vein, John Hawkins discusses those that don't get to bid on Iraq contracts because they are Crap Weasels Fair Weather Friends.

So does Citizen Smash. He tears up the Crap Weasels so called allies - especially, the vile Chirac...

Harvey, who is definitely not a Crap Weasel, accuses me of giving away too many secrets...

Heather, who is beautiful and smart so is definitely not a Crap Weasel, has a great post and link to something that will make you laugh...even if you aren't a computer geek.

John Donovan of Argghhh!, probably one of the biggest anti-Crap Weasels around, has a petition for you to sign.

More links in a bit...now for a message from our sponsors...

Paul at Sanity's Edge has a good gift guide (JWB is my favorite blended scotch) - btw, send the Crap Weasel the scarves, the Hugh Grant movies, and white wine.

Speaking of Crap Weasels, go to Google, type in French military victories, and hit the "I'm Feeling Lucky" Button instead of the normal search. Thanks to Nate for that one. BTW, Nate's not a Crap Weasel.

Crap Weasels don't follow these rules for drinking posted by my pal, The Bartender at Madfish Willie's.

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My new favorite blog(s)

Well, there are actually two (I know, I know, more Marines on the blogroll...well, at least doc Russia is in good company now):

First, Mike the Marine's blog is great! I expect awesome things to come from a giant smart-ass with sardonic wit.

And he pointed the way towards this one that still has me laughing my military ass off...Dog Snot Diaries

Dog Snot Diaries has this piece of absolute literary beauty - According to Mike the Marine, Nikoms (a friend of Mike's) responds to what claims to be a 13 year old Frenchman with an 'I-hate-America complex,':

Doubt it. You're a 36 yr.old coffee peddler with a major in Cheese History, you wear a hair net and a name-tag You've got issues with beef and vegetables. A cup of horrible coffee and a stinky, non filtered cigarrette is tantamount to the best lay you've ever had. The only person you hate more than G. W. Bush is Lance Armstrong, an AMERICAN, who has crushed more French dreams than Adolph Hitler. BTW, Lance only has one nut.
Damn, I am still lauging...still laughing. Check 'em both out.

And, Mike, you should think about joining MilBlogs.

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The Dream Team

...For Kevin's Wizbang Web Log Awards - 2003...

Here are my *ahem* suggestions for voting (links are to the polls):

First, the Best New Blog - Blackfive (if you have a problem with that then vote for Electric Venom or Baldilocks).

For the Best Playful Primate in the Ecosystem - Citizen Smash

For Best Overall Blog - Glenn Reynolds (Harvey is crying out "Heretic!" right now).

For Best Conservative Blog - Hugh Hewitt.

For Best Female Authored Blog - Meryl Yourish or Serenity

For Best Higher Being or Mortal in the Ecosystem - USS Clueless

For Large Mammals in the Ecosystem - damnum absque injuria XRLQ

For Best Marauding Marsupials - Patterico

For Best Humor Blog - IMAO

For the Best Adorable Rodents in the Ecosystem - the Patriette

For the Best Flappy Birds in the Ecosystem - the physics geek

For the Best Slithering Reptiles in the Ecosystem - Civilization Calls

For the Best Crawly Amphibians in the Ecosystem - Single White Male

For the Best Flippery Fish in the Ecosystem - Cavalier Attitude

Finally, you HAVE to vote for the Most Egregious Omission - Angelweave (I nominated her to be in a few of the polls) or Pardon My English.

Update: Somehow, I forgot to mention my vote for Best Looking Blog - Sugar White Sand (Candy Universe Rocks!)

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After the last few posts, we need to lighten up a bit

As America's most beloved Irishman (read 'soak'), I offer up one of my favorites, from me to you: Beer is Good For You!

Here, here! Cheers! Sveikas!

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December 10, 2003

Thanks, Philip

Philip just left a comment on the post about Donnie at Airborne School...

He is the THOUSANDTH commenter here!

Congrats, Philip, you have won...my undying gratitude.

Thanks!

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Wednesday Warp

There is a lot of good posts in the 'sphere today:

The new Carnival of the Vanities is up over at Signal+Noise in a creative variation on the insect world. Thanks, Chris!

Frank J. has a new Know Thy Enemy: Howard Dean...you'll learn a few things reading that.

I was in line at Starbuck's this morning, and this woman was bitching about the Defense Department using money to punish those that didn't support Operation Iraqi Freedom. Which three countries do you think the DOD left out of the (almost 19 billion dollars) contract bidding process? Via the New York Times:

The Pentagon has barred French, German and Russian companies from competing for $18.6 billion in contracts for the reconstruction of Iraq, saying it was acting to protect "the essential security interests of the United States."
Ha! Screw those guys! Anyway, Boots & Sabers has more on the topic.

Banagor has a great write up of the mayoral election in San Francisco. It's a good read on some possible positive changes on the Left Coast. Feste at Fool's Blog had a post about the election yesterday.

John Hawkins has a revealing post on Adolf Hitler Wine...I was waiting for the "Scott Ott" plug, but it's not a joke and it's not funny.

Tom the Friendly Ghost has a post on how the U.N. plan for Liberia is going...

Thanks to all who have been voting for Blackfive as the best new blog...I am not the best really, I just don't want to lose to that wanker Rush Limbaughtomy (who has quit blogging)...

While you are at it, visit Kevin's Bonfire of the Vanities which has some of the most horrible and lame posts out there.

A HUGE THANK YOU TO JENNIFER MARTINEZ! For getting this story about the life of a true American hero the attention it deserves...

Greyhawk at the Mudville Gazette has a post about Hilliary and Newt. It's an interesting mix of "He Said/She Said"...

JP Carter at the Evangelical Outpost discusses "Why Liberals Play the Liar Card"...

Tim at an Englishman's Castle has a post about the Norwegians not forgetting the help they received from the U.K. during WWII.

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December 09, 2003

Tuesday Trip Through the 'Sphere

First, Smash (LCDR type, Citizen type, Indepundit type) talked to Hugh Hewitt about this site in reference to Kevin's Wizbang Web Log Awards. Wow! Thanks, Smash.

Jack at Random Fate has an addition to my post about Staff Sergeant James Alford. He discusses the treatment of our veterans.

BTW, the Harvard Crimson had a write up of the Hardball (Chris Matthews) interview with Wesley Clark at Harvard. Some bits from it:

...But Matthews presented allegations levelled by retired Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf that Clark “was fired because of character and integrity” in 2000.

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He (Matthews) mused that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., would have a much stronger chance of capturing the White House in 2008 if President George W. Bush won reelection in 2004.

Clark retorted that Sen. Clinton was “selfless,” drawing uproarious laughter from an apparently skeptical audience...

Frank J. has more Bite Sized Wisdom for you...like striking Canada and France for various reasons.

Harvey at Bad Money sends Dennis Kucinich a note about his thoughts on the Kucinich video...

John of Argghhh! has a post about 1,000 soldiers fighting to take a city of 5,000,000...and I am proud to say that I once wore their regimental crest. Rock of the Marne!!!

Sgt. Hook has a post about a wounded hero back in Iraq...

Feste at Fool's Blog is on a roll...ON A ROLL, I TELL YOU.

Note to self: Never dis Indianapolis when Mamamontezz can hear you.

Darren Kaplan discusses a Kuwaiti Arab Times article that has some thought behind it.

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December 08, 2003

Monday Spin Through the 'Sphere

Stephen Den Beste has a post on the Metrics for Victory in Iraq - and, no, it's not what you'd hoped it would be...there is no easy way to measure victory.

Via the Emperor and Discount Blogger: Man, people, I don't think I have ever seen/read John Cole as pissed off as he is now. The Democrats are putting DEAD AMERICAN SOLDIERS on commercials for Kucinich! Cole ain't the only one who is pissed now!

Update on Kucinich: I just watched the video and I am sick, just sick, about it. Along with the rest of the KIA's, I saw my buddy's name scroll on the screen of the commercial, Major Mat Schram, used by a scumbag like Kucinich for a political campaign! I am so f--king furious that I can't really talk about it now, but I will have something later....All I have to say is two things: One, Mat Schram would be utterly disgusted by the likes of Kucinich, and, two, F--k that Kucinich bastard!

The First Best of Me Symphony is up over at Snooze Button Dreams...

John Hawkins had "The 2nd Annual Twenty Most Annoying Liberals In The United States -- The 2003 Edition"

If you haven't yet voted for Kevin's 2003 Weblog Awards, you should do so now...BTW, I am in the running for Best New Blog, but, more importantly, please vote for anyone other than Rush Limbaughtomy. I have no chance of placing but I absolutely don't want to do worse than that jerk...

Reason #1157 why I can't stand Wesley Clark...(if you were wondering what reason #1156 was, it was his consultation with Madonna about his campaign).

Via Donald Sensing, Randall Robinson finds a hilarious commenter in Tim Blair's piece about Turkeygate.

Via Juliette, Paul Beston discusses what a real NFL hero is made of...I couldn't agree more.

No, I am not bitter about Army losing to Navy. They did better than I expected them to...BTW, go here for an interesting NAVY pic that I am trying to see if it was photoshopped or not.

Donnie should be at the Basic Airborne Course today. Let's hope and pray. Anyway, here is what the 40 year old Major has in store for him...I have a post about Jump school to go up later today, maybe.

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December 06, 2003

Weekend Blogging

I may try to blog from my neighborhood bar, Timmy O'Toole's, while watching the Army-Navy game today...

Since Saturday's postings are a bit sparse on the Blogosphere, why don't you take a spin through my blogrolls, visit MilBlogs - Free Speech From Those Who Help Make It Possible , or checkout the New Blog Showcase

You should also check out some of these great sites:

Trying To Grok

TechnoChitlins

The Calico Cat

The Fat Guy

All-Encompassingly

Man Sized Target

The Oriental Redneck

Taco Flavored Kisses

Rantings of a Homicidal Maniak

Cavalier Attitude

Civilization Calls

The View from the Right

Candy Universe

News From The Fridge

views of the northeast

Tom's Nap Room

Also, you have an opportunity to explore the more 'racier' side of the Blogosphere: Madfish Willie is starting a LinkLoveFest called: Tales from The Champagne Room [Remember, there is no sex in The Champagne Room].

Madfish will be taking your links to all the erotic tales (real or imagined), dirty jokes, risque post titles, cartoons, suggestive pics, and just generally nasty stuff in the blogosphere.

To get a better idea of what Madfish is doing, go read the posts listed here.

Send your links to MadfishWillie@hotmail.com by Saturday, 12:00 noon to be included in the weekly round-up posted on Sunday afternoons! Any details or story set-up sent with links will be posted. Remember, people, this is a bar not a Sunday School class.

Although it probably won't happen, Madfish Willie reserves the right to story edit set-ups.

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December 05, 2003

Friday Foray

Bill Whittle describes what it was like to attend the War Bloggers awards at the Kodak Theater. I can't believe that Charles Johnson didn't wear a tie...Aren't we supposed to be conservative? He did not mention how beautiful Juliette looked as she accepted her award. Anyway, you HAVE to read it...he is simply THAT good.

Banagor calls on Israel to leave the U.N.. The U.N. wishes to protect Palestinian children but nothing is said about terrorists murdering Israeli children (or the animals who were going to attack an Israeli school this week). Here is a bit from it:

Three weeks before then, the United Nations had passed the exact same document to protect the lives of Palestinian children - the only time any particular group of children had ever been singled out for special protection by the former august body....as if the lives of Israeli children were less of a matter of consideration by the nations of the world.
I would personally appreciate it if you visited Kevin at Wizbang! and hit the tip jar...I am going to do so this morning.

Sgt. Hook discusses preparations for deployment to Afghanistan. Sounds like the training is going to prepare his team as best as they can be prepared.

Paul at Sanity's Edge has more curmugdeonly blogging about the holidays and even the Easter Bunny.

Kate at Electric Venom has a new Letter of the Day...

Donald Sensing continues a discussion on the ridiculous Geneva Accord...awhile back, Tom The Friendly Ghost predicted this would be a huge topic.

Juliette at Baldilocks sends a letter to the Washington Post about the "infamous" turkey incident...

Tim at An Englishman's Castle has a new google project for us to take on...One Miserable Failure

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PETA Silliness: What IS Cruel?

This blurb from MTV's website:

Animal-rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is barking mad at Ashanti, who wore a $15,000 mink coat in a recent Christmas medley video to promote her new album. "It's so easy these days to have a look that kills without killing anything. Ashanti should know better," PETA said in a statement. The group plans to send Ashanti a video narrated by Pamela Anderson that depicts the barbaric practices of the fur industry in an effort to convince the R&B princess to change her ways. ...
So I ask you, what is more cruel?

Ashanti wearing a fur or PETA sending her a video narrated by Pamela Anderson?

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December 04, 2003

Snooze News - Celeb Silliness

The Seattle Post Intelligencer has a blurb on the dog of Paris Hilton - Tinkerbell is Knocked Up:

...The Chihuahua, which airhead heiress Paris Hilton wears like an accessory, was her constant companion during the filming of her new "reality" series, "The Simple Life."

As sister Nicky Hilton tells it, "She's staying with our friend and got pregnant from a Pomeranian who is three times her size."

...People magazine says there's no word on whether any amateur video of the two dogs exists. [ed. emphasis is Blackfive's]

Ananova says there are more sites that hate Britney Spears than Saddam Hussein, according to a Google survey.

This tidbit about Paul Bettany (co-star in Beautiful Mind) via the Montreal Gazette:

Too much information: At the Paris premier of Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, some French TV guy asked co-star Paul Bettany, "How did you survive on a ship for four months?"

Of course the actors didn't spend four months non-stop on a ship, but that didn't stop Bettany, who lives with actress Jennifer Connelly. After assuring himself that the reporter was from French TV, he answered the question: "You masturbate until you're numb."

After assuring himself that the reporter was from French TV...MwaHaHAHAHA!!!

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Donnie Loses Mind, Goes Airborne!!!

Damn, my favorite Leg Ranger is going to be an Airborne soldier now...a Paratrooper. Maybe, he'll call his blog "Ain't Done It! - The Paratrooper of Gummy Bears". Feel free to leave suggestions for a Paratrooper monniker in the comments (I was also thinking - The Paratrooper of Grits).

Anyway, Airborne School should be a walk in the park for a guy like Donnie. Two things are important to remember to survive at Airborne School:

1. Don't get injured (easy to get injured training to jump out of aircraft, especially if you are old).
2. Don't get noticed by the Black Hat instructors (hard to do if you are a Leg Ranger and a Major).

I wish you the best of luck and I have full confidence that you will succeed if not be the Honor Graduate of the class.

Posted by Blackfive on December 04, 2003 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Thursday Slide Through the 'Sphere

Frank J. at IMAO has a new Know Thy Enemy post on...Liberals!

Stephen Den Beste gets snarky at the U.N. in one of his shortest posts ever...

Havey at Bad Money gives some sage advice to a new blogger but ol' commenter...Mike the Marine!. Now, we just need to get the other Mike - Sapper Mike - a blog and we'll have all of the military Mikes covered.

Tom The Friendly Ghost celebrates Chirac's 71st birthday...well, okay, maybe 'celebrate' isn't the word I am looking for.

Mr. Green approves a penis enlargement formula...yeah, Mr. Green hasn't been writing so much lately, but today he rises to the occasion.

Kate at Electric Venom molts and has a new skin...plus the Letter of the Day...

I haven't posted much on the RIAA in months. That's because Serenity does such a great job of exposing them as the idiots that they are.

Fool's blog (via Aaron's Rantblog) has an interesting story about fish and sharks, and Christians and Muslims.

Posted by Blackfive on December 04, 2003 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

December 03, 2003

Changes on Blackfive

No, I'm not dropping "The Paratrooper of Love" suffix/monniker.

But I have added some new great blogs to the old blogroll. Start from the bottom and work your way up.

Also, I changed my About Me page due to some comments from readers and, more importantly, Mrs. Blackfive. There will more additions here in the future.

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Wednesday Links

John Hawkins has the Right Wing News War Blog Awards posted. I won't give away my votes (like I normally do when it's for a different RWN list), but suffice it to say that I am glad that Juliette of Baldilocks was recognized as the best up and coming blogger...*applause* well deserved, Juliette, well deserved.

Frank J. has another In My World and is a bit upset at being pegged as over-rated and second funniest in the above mentioned awards...here's a hilarious bit from the In My World:

"Who is your third friend," Robo-Patton demanded, "He looks Japanese."

"The Japanese are our allies now," Bush explained, "Instead of being obsessed with warmonger, they're now obsessed with excessively violent, porn filled cartoons."

Dana at Note It Posts! has discourse on one of my favorite topics...

Scotch is sooo important for the holidays. You'd agree if you have a family like mine (brother married to Hillary Clinton's aide 1992-1996)...Paul at Sanity's Edge has a series of holiday posts - this one is spot on with Cousin Eddie quotes and all.

Speaking of Holiday posts, Kate at Electric Venom has one complete with an assault of Santa Claus (also, check out the letter of the day)...don't worry Paul and Eric, no scotch was harmed...

Jennifer Martinez has a post about according Howard Dean's eceased brother military honors when he wasn't in the military...

More about Dean from Donald Sensing - specifically about Howard Dean's ambition to shut down media networks like Fox...

Greyhawk at the Mudville Gazette has a post about the Viet Nam vet who busted others for erroneous (read false, lying, and vile) combat claims...

Kevin at Wizbang has the Bonfire of the Vanities burning...

The latest Carnival of the Vanities is posted at Begging to Differ.

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The Wonder Bra for your Posterior?

I often wonder when, as a society, are we just gonna stop with the fake stuff. Seriously.

Biniki Fashions has created the biniki - an item that will give you an ass like J-Lo or a posterior like Beyonce.

List of benefits from the site (folks, I can't make stuff up this good!):

Lifts & Supports the derrière - Comfortable - Discreet - Sexy - Wear under any clothes - Adjustable - Just like a bra, but for the Butt! - Provides curvature
So, go see what I mean - here. The site has information and PHOTOS on the wear and benefits of the Biniki. The testimonials are hilarious. Simply hilarious.

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December 02, 2003

Why IS that???

One of the huge benefits of the "-lanches" from sites like Instapundit or Andrew Sullivan is the broader exposure to more readers for Blackfive. I get some really great email and most are hugely supportive, a lot send me information about other articles or blogs, some are negative, and a few are, for lack of a better word, stimulating in the thought provoking sense.

Today, I received an email from Dave in California. He is retired Highway Patrolman from California (31 years on the force!) who closed his email with this sentence:

Isn't it remarkable that those who have to face the bad guys are always Conservatives?
Yeah, that is remarkable. I have been trying to think of a hardcore liberal that I knew in military service or the hundreds of cops and firemen I know. With one exception, everyone is a conservative.

So, what do you think about that?

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Paris Hilton - Blogosphere Weirdness

This recent post of mine - Exclusive Paris Hilton Photos - has gotten about 700 hits today, and, when I checked Google, I found that, for a "Paris Hilton Photos" search, I come up second out of 370,000.

Then, later today, I had to ban a few IP's for some not-so-friendly responses to the post. Let's just say that some pervs out there were a tad bit disappointed at what they found (no, not Harvey) and didn't have much of a sense of humor.

So, why today of all days is this an issue? I finally figured it out when I read the Chicago Tribune today. It's because today is the premiere of Paris Hilton's "The Simple Life" show on Fox. Looks like the Bartender was right. Wonder if he got any residual pervs off of my architectural porn post?

Update: Kevin at Wizbang! has more on The Simple Life...

Update 2: Mr. Green has his own methods of attention and they include a lesbian rendevous between Britany and Anna...

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Tuesday Trip Through the 'Sphere

John Hawkins discusses the changes that are about to happen in the California welfare system.

Go here for Donald Sensing on the Free Falling French...

Juliette has a post about the Cincinatti black activists getting upset over some perceived police brutality.

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December 01, 2003

Blackfive Movie Review - Timeline

I saw Timeline this weekend. I read the book (by Michael Crichton) awhile ago and skimmed through it again before seeing the movie.

Basic Plot Line: The characters are trapped in time and stuck between the French and English armies in medeval France (1357 AD). The French were the good guys...go figure.

The Book Versus the Movie: The first time I read Timeline, I thought, this is just a screenplay made into a book. Except for one point. Since the book has a ton of narrative that explains the characters, I was wondering how they would explain their backgrounds in the movie, and I was secretly hoping they didn't just add a character to explain everything that was narrative in the book. Well, that's what happened. The characters got watered down and the additional character was added to explain their backgrounds.

The Bad Ass character/hero (Andre Marek) was made a bit less bad ass and more engaging/charming, and the French Lady Claire was turned from a conniving seductress into Andre's innocent love interest. I wasn't sure how much I liked that change (Andre was a bad ass mf in the book but also kind of a arrogant).

The Actors: Luckily, the actor playing Marek was excellent. And the guy that plays the Merovingian in Matrix 2 and 3 was the French Duke. He was decent, too. However, I have been asking people who the hell is Paul Walker related to in Hollywood. Aside from his looks and fake tan, how this guy gets work is beyond me...

Recommendation: The movie itself was fun. Not great, definitely not oscar-bound, but fun. It is also pretty damn violent and tense, and it serves as a reminder that life in 1357 AD basically sucked...and sucked a lot.

I enjoyed it because I had read the book and enjoy both historical and Sci-Fi movies. But Paul Walker can't act and took away a bit from all of the other good actors in the movie.

See the matinee to save a few bucks or wait to rent it.

Posted by Blackfive on December 01, 2003 | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Click on a NFL Helmet to Feed the Hungry This Winter

Being the son of a minister that runs a soup kitchen, I couldn't resist putting up this way to help the needy:

This via an email - Here is an easy way to make a difference this holiday season. Campbell's is donating a can of soup (up to 5 million cans!) to the needy for every person that goes to their site and votes for their favorite NFL team. Go to this site and it is right there, and it's very easy to do.

It will only take a few seconds of your time to fill some empty stomachs with warm soup this winter.

Thanks! (Of course, I recommend clicking on the Bears helmet.)

Posted by Blackfive on December 01, 2003 | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack

Monday Blog-o-ramma

Frank J. has a new In My World with Bush in the Bahamas with Ninja's. Here's a bit from it:

They soon found a cave to hide in. Buck took out his radio. "Base, this is Buck the Marine. We are under attack by ninjas... yeah, with swords and throwing stars and everything."

"Tell them about how they flip," Bush said.

"And they flip too," Buck said into the radio.

Wow, Stephen Den Beste replies to a letter from Tehran about the War on Terror...

And John Hawkins gets one from Tasmania...

Watkins quit blogging...now, we are going to have to find another objectivist to round out the 'sphere or the diversity police might shut it down.

Jennifer Martinez has a post on Catholic Care Packages for our soldiers overseas...

Donald Sensing at One Hand Clapping has an interesting post about how the Saudis are interrogating al Qaeda prisoners...with success.

Juliette at Baldilocks has a post on one of my favorite least favorite Chicagoans - Jesse Jackson.

Discount Blogger has a post about Margaret Cho comparing Thanksgiving to Kristallnacht.

Via Ilyka Damen - If you are in the El Paso area, consider donating blood - a fire has wiped out much of the blood supply for the area.

Posted by Blackfive on December 01, 2003 | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

November 29, 2003

Weekend Blogging

Since Saturday's postings are a bit sparse on the Blogosphere, why don't you take a spin through my blogrolls, visit MilBlogs - Free Speech From Those Who Help Make It Possible , or checkout the New Blog Showcase

You should also check out some of these great sites:

Trying To Grok

TechnoChitlins

Random Fate

The Calico Cat

The Fat Guy

All-Encompassingly

Man Sized Target

The Oriental Redneck

Taco Flavored Kisses

Rantings of a Homicidal Maniak

Cavalier Attitude

Civilization Calls

The View from the Right

Candy Universe

News From The Fridge

views of the northeast

Tom's Nap Room

Also, you have an opportunity to explore the more 'racier' side of the Blogosphere: Madfish Willie is starting a LinkLoveFest called: Tales from The Champagne Room [Remember, there is no sex in The Champagne Room].

Madfish will be taking your links to all the erotic tales (real or imagined), dirty jokes, risque post titles, cartoons, suggestive pics, and just generally nasty stuff in the blogosphere.

To get a better idea of what Madfish is doing, go read the posts listed here.

Send your links to MadfishWillie@hotmail.com by Saturday, 12:00 noon to be included in the weekly round-up posted on Sunday afternoons! Any details or story set-up sent with links will be posted. Remember, people, this is a bar not a Sunday School class.

Although it probably won't happen, Madfish Willie reserves the right to story edit set-ups.

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November 28, 2003

Friday Foray

I expect today to be a bit slow. Let's see what out there:

Holy Sh-t! Bill Whittle has a post today!

Mr. Green says that James Lileks is dead wrong. I have to agree with him. Lileks has really gone off the deep end here, and I am not sure if he can ever win my respect back again...

Don Watkins has an interesting post on what he is thankful for, and, no, it's not supposed to be funny.

Pardon My English has a great post about Hilary Clinton's trip to Afghanistan.

Setting the World to Rights has the latest Carnival of the Vanities. Check out the best of the blogosphere.

Donnie at Ain't Done It! has an interesting post about computer terms and racism...I find this utterly ridiculous.

Posted by Blackfive on November 28, 2003 | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

November 26, 2003

Thanksgiving

I won't be blogging on Thanksgiving unless something out of the ordinary occurs.

Tomorrow, my family will gather around the dinner table and say grace, holding hands as we say it. Here is what I’ll be thinking about:

I am thankful for a lot of things this year. Some things may surprise you, some may not.

First, I am thankful for the nurses and doctors at Children’s Memorial Hospital here in Chicago. Last April, when my son ended up in the Emergency Room and had to have surgery, he had some of the most outstanding doctors and nurses in world help him get better. They are simply incredible human beings. I don’t how someone could work everyday in an environment where they deal with sick or injured children and babies. It’s almost incomprehensible to me how they stay so positive. To me, they are saints – every single one of them. I wrote a letter to the Chicago Sun Times thanking the newspaper for financially supporting CMH. They published it on Father’s Day.

I am thankful for a beautiful wife to have as a best friend and partner. She is someone that, after seven years, still makes me a better man every day just for knowing her.

I will think about my friends who’ve stood by me throughout the years. They are more like extended family than friends. I am also thankful for having the best In-Laws a guy could have. My mother-in-law treats me like a son and a father-in-law that treats me like a best friend.

I will be thankful for the men and women in the military. These people chose a profession where the pay is low and the risks are high. I will be wondering what they are doing right at that moment. I will pray for their safety and success.

I will be thinking about and praying for the families of our fallen soldiers...especially, one in particular.

I am thankful for having the leadership that we have today in this country.

I am thankful to live in a country where I can voice my opinion (even via a blog) – thankful that I live in a free country.

But most of all, I am thankful to be alive. Almost 13 years ago I came very close to losing my life, and, since then, have been one of those kind of people that live like it’s your last day on earth. I am thankful for second chances, for every breath, for the love of a good woman, for my son, for life, for America, for God.

Have a great Thanksgiving and be sure to pray for our men and women serving their country in some remote or god-forsaken land. They need our support as much as we need them.

Posted by Blackfive on November 26, 2003 | Permalink | Comments (10) | TrackBack

News Today

File this story under abso-freaking-lutley ridiculous! My alma matter is going a bit too far to consider this proposal: U. of C. activists want bathrooms without gender

Transgender, gay and feminist groups at the University of Chicago are asking officials to consider creating more gender-neutral bathrooms, saying some people aren't comfortable selecting a gender-specific facility.

"Persons who are not easily legible as male or female often experience various forms of intimidation in these places. If a woman in a women's-only restroom is assumed to be a man, there may be real threats to her comfort and even safety," warns the Coalition for a Queer Safe Campus, a student group comprised of various organizations supporting equality on campus. "Students have faced gay-baiting comments in our university's sex-segregated bathrooms."...

This story is a bit scary to parents: Four Children in Colorado Die From Flu
A 2-year-old and a 21-month-old died at the Children's Hospital in Denver in the past week, hospital officials said Tuesday. They did not release any other details. In Larimer County, health officials said an 8-year-old boy died of the flu.

...Colorado has had 3,399 confirmed cases of the flu this season, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment said Tuesday. That included more than 1,100 cases reported between Thursday and Monday, the most dramatic surge in the virus in at least five years.

"It's crazy," said Denver pediatrician Dean Prina, who saw 40 children Monday. "It started earlier this year and seems more intense. It's among the worst flu seasons I've seen in my 23 years."

I don't know about you, but I think Arab News Stations are full of crap: Arab News Stations Deny Tape Cooperation

The popular Arab news stations Al-Jazeera and Al-Arabiya on Wednesday denied U.S. accusations that they have cooperated with Iraqi militants in taping attacks on coalition troops.

Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and the head of the joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Richard Myers, said Tuesday they had evidence the two networks were invited by insurgents to witness and videotape attacks on American troops as part of a psychological warfare campaign by remnants of Saddam Hussein's regime.

Both satellite stations denied the allegations to The Associated Press...

I saw some of the footage this morning on the news and it sure looked like cooperation to me when you have a film crew taping an ambush as it happens. More from Fox...

Posted by Blackfive on November 26, 2003 | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Wednesday 'Sphere

First, the Indepundit (or LCDR Smash) has a Thanksgiving Prayer from George Washington...imagine if George Bush published the same prayer today, what would happen?

Stephen Den Beste has an interesting post on the difference between capabilities and intentions.

Tom The Friendly Ghost busts on Chirac for developing fusion power...

Well, looks like Watkins stopped kissing Frank J.'s ass for awhile and has a great post about Average Joe, looks, attraction, and dating...

Go check out the latest Bonfire of the Vanities where Kevin at Wizbang! offers up the worst posts on the 'sphere to the gods of suck.

I think The Bartender over at Madfish Willie's has me pegged....

So does Donnie...and I put in my app this morning.

By the way, you should visit my pals who voted in the New Blog Showcase last week:

Flying Chair (41 links) - 746 visits/day V
Blackfive - The Paratrooper of Love (178 links) - 736 visits/day V
Anger Management (105 links) - 391 visits/day V
Leaning Towards the Dark Side (31 links) - 332 visits/day V
Patriot Paradox (115 links) - 171 visits/day V
The Alliance (163 links) - 161 visits/day V
Madfish Willie's Cyber Saloon (149 links) - 157 visits/day V
Bad Money (117 links) - 154 visits/day V
Practical Penumbra (200 links) - 142 visits/day V
BigStick (44 links) - 118 visits/day V
the evangelical outpost (69 links) - 115 visits/day V
angelweave (109 links) - 113 visits/day V
Pardon My English (55 links) - 111 visits/day V
See The Donkey (26 links) - 101 visits/day V
Left Coast Conservative (102 links) - 83 visits/day V
Being American in T.O. (42 links) - 76 visits/day V
physics geek (34 links) - 64 visits/day V
The S-Train Canvass (28 links) - 58 visits/day V
An Englishman's Castle (9 links) - 45 visits/day V
CandyUniverse (50 links) - 43 visits/day V
Civilization Calls (31 links) - 35 visits/day V
Wince and Nod (46 links) - 34 visits/day V
curi's domain (12 links) - 31 visits/day V
The Patriette (47 links) - 30 visits/day V
Five Wasps (15 links) - 29 visits/day V
Semi-Intelligent Thoughts (32 links) - 22 visits/day V
Cavalier Attitude (6 links) - 21 visits/day V
Intergalactic Capitalist (23 links) - 17 visits/day V
Cannon's Canon (19 links) - 17 visits/day V
Hypocrisy and Hypotheses (22 links) - 12 visits/day V
Shameless Self-Promotion (16 links) - 11 visits/day V
Interested-Participant (62 links) - visits/day V
eTALKINGHEAD.com: Political Commentary (56 links) - visits/day V
The New American Revolutionist (34 links) - visits/day V


 

Posted by Blackfive on November 26, 2003 | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Is Blackfive A Blueneck?

Well...yes...probably...well, maybe we should see.

Via Gut Rumbles:

Bluenecks are Northerners -- the opposite of Rednecks. Because of Redneck jokes, here are some takes on how Southern folks look at Northerners (or how Northerners sometimes think of themselves;).

See how this Blueneck stack up:

YOU JUST MIGHT BE A BLUENECK IF...

...Instead of referring to two or more people as "Y'all," you call them "you guys," even if both of them are women.
- BLACKFIVE: Guilty as charged. I do it on the blog.

...You think barbecue is a verb meaning "to cook outside."
- BLACKFIVE: Guilty as charged. I 'barbeque' all year if possible, and I will drink a frosty beer while grilling barbecue chicken outside in February in 3 foot snow drifts.

...You think Heinz Ketchup is really SPICY.
- BLACKFIVE: Nope.

...You would never stop to buy something somebody was cooking on the side of the road. (e.g., boiled peanuts) .
- BLACKFIVE: Guilty as charged.

...You don't have any problems pronouncing "Worcestershire sauce" correctly.
- BLACKFIVE: Guilty as charged. It's part of a secret Blackfive Burgers recipe, too.

...For breakfast, you would prefer potatoes-au-gratin to grits.
- BLACKFIVE: Nope. Hash browns maybe...

...You don't know what a moon pie is.
- BLACKFIVE: No problems identifying those.

...You've never had an RC Cola.
- BLACKFIVE: Nope. RC is all around here.

...You've never, ever eaten okra -- fried, boiled, or pickled.
- BLACKFIVE: Nope (had okra a lot, I just don't like it).

...You eat fried chicken with a knife and fork.
- BLACKFIVE: Nope, depends on where I am, but mostly use the hands.

...You've never seen a live chicken, and the only cows you've seen are on road trips.
- BLACKFIVE: Seen and butchered chickens.

...You have no idea what a polecat is.
- BLACKFIVE: Nope (skunk).

...You don't see anything wrong with putting a sweater on your dog.
- BLACKFIVE: Nope (that's sacriledge - do you see sweaters on dog sled Huskies?).

...You don't have bangs.
- BLACKFIVE: Guilty as charged.

...You would rather have your son become a lawyer than grow up to get his own TV fishing show.
- BLACKFIVE: Nope. I can't stand most lawyers, and I know quite a few.

...You drink either "Pop" or "Soda"- instead of "Cokes."
- BLACKFIVE: Guilty as charged.

...You've never eaten and don't know how to make a tomato sandwich.
- BLACKFIVE: Nope (ate tomato sandwiches a lot as a kid 'cause we didn't have much growing up, but we did have a garden).

....You have never planned your summer vacation around a gun-'n-knife show.
- BLACKFIVE: Guilty as charged.

...You think more money should go to important scientific research at your university than to pay the salary of the head football coach.
- BLACKFIVE: Guilty as charged.

...You don't even have one can of WD-40 somewhere around the house.
- BLACKFIVE: Nope (just fixed a squeaky door the other day with it).

...The last time you smiled was when you blocked someone from getting on an on-ramp to the highway.
- BLACKFIVE: Nope. I live in Chicago. You can't let traffic get to you or you would have a heart attack every day.

....You don't have any hats in your closet that advertise feed stores.
- BLACKFIVE: Nope (my father-in-law gave me a hat from Feed Management last year).

...You have more than one professional sports team in your home state.
- BLACKFIVE: Guilty as charged.

...You call binoculars opera glasses.
- BLACKFIVE: Nope. (Mrs. Blackfive talked me into season tickets to the opera a few years back and, with exception to a version of MacBeth portrayed in Stalinist Russia, they all bored me to death).

...You can't spit out the car window without pulling over to the side of the road and stopping.
- BLACKFIVE: Nope.

...You don't know anyone with at least two first names (i.e., Joe Bob, Faye Ellen, Billy Ray, Mary Jo, Bubba Dean, Joe Dan, Mary Alice)
- BLACKFIVE: Guilty as charged.

...You don't know any women with male names (i.e., Tommie, Bobbie, Johnnie, Jimmie)
- BLACKFIVE: Nope (cousin Sam).

...You don't have Maw-maw's & Pawpaw's.
- BLACKFIVE: Guilty as charged.

...You get freaked out when people on the subway talk to you.
- BLACKFIVE: Nope (only if they are holding a gun).

...None of your fur coats are homemade.
- BLACKFIVE: Guilty as charged.

Posted by Blackfive on November 26, 2003 | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

November 25, 2003

Tuesday Links

Madfish Willie's Cyber Bar has a post about Things You Can Do To Get Excused From the Dinner Table Early on Thanksgiving.

Donnie at Ain't Done It! talks about racism and bio-weapons - and, yes, they are related in his post. Check it out.

Visit MilBlogs and check out Friends of MilBlogs - Free Speech From Those Who Make It Possible.

Read this and you might understand why I was satisfied with the selection of Peter Schoomaker as the new Chief of the Army. He is not a bullshitter or career minded officer - he was the kind of guy to take the heat in order to allow his men to take risks and make decisions. He was brought out of retirement to fill the spot - that's right, there wasn't a good choice among the hundreds of Generals on active duty. A few months ago, I expressed my thoughts on Schoomaker in relation to Wesley Clark.

"So, I tend to get pissed when someone puts General Clark on a pedestal because of his PR agent. You want to know about a good General? Check out Peter Schoomaker, the new Army Chief of Staff - he is a kick ass, take names kind of General Officer. He is the kind that would dig his own foxhole. His troops would even take a bullet for the guy. He would never be nicknamed the "supreme being" by his troops. Clark has been so named..."

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November 24, 2003

The Week Begins

Survived the Chiefs - Raiders game. Tailgating with 30 mph winds and 20 degrees temp was interesting. The game couldn't have been better with a winning field goal with 4 seconds left. I have been to Green Bay, St. Louis, Baltimore, NY (both), Buffalo and I have not seen fans as INSANE as Kansas City Chiefs fans. We kept playing this Toby Keith song. People would stop by our grill to listen to it...then say something like "Damn right!" or "F--K the Dixie Bitches."

I am going to have to buy the whole album (One more reason: I think some of you might agree that I may have a certain affection for any song titled "I Love This Bar").

The one day I visit KC, and it's colder than Chicago. WTF?

Anyway, I had a great time partying with one Chief Warrant Officer and four Sergeants. The six of us were four caucasions, two african americans. Two officers, four enlisted soldiers. Two non-drinkers, four boozers. And I met the second Jewish Sergeant in my entire experience with the Army.

Why do I break this down for you? Because when I looked around the grill in the Arrowhead Stadium parking lot, I felt like I was home. The six of us were from all over the country and all walks of life. I'm out of the military now, and I sometimes I regret not being involved as much as I used to be. But as I looked at these young (and not so young, Chief!) soldiers, I felt secure knowing they were standing watch over us. These were good soldiers, good husbands and fathers, good Americans. Damn, I felt proud just to be hanging out with them on a Sunday afternoon...

Thanks for a great time in KC, guys!

Now for some links to interesting posts around 'sphere:

Heather has a post on Burger King's New Policy on Breast Feeding...no, you can't get fries with that.

Feste at Fool's Blog has a post about how a SF charity is refusing money raised by strippers. Where do they think they are, Iowa?

J.P. Carter at the Evangelical Outpost has an item about the difference between the Muslim and Christian God.

Darren Kaplan discusses the vile endorsement of Howard Dean by Ted Rall (jackass extraordinaire!)

Update 11-24-03 noon: Looks like Krugman is wrong with his economic analysis. I remember hearing from every left wing nut job that, when the positive 3rd Quarter results came in, the jump in the economy was due to the tax cut and would not be sustainable for another quarter, let alone another year.

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November 22, 2003

Weekend Blogging

Since Saturday's postings are a bit sparse on the Blogosphere (of course, take a spin through my blogrolls first or checkout the New Blog Showcase), why don't you check out some of these great sites:

MilBlogs - Free speech from those who make it possible

TechnoChitlins

Random Fate

The Calico Cat

The Fat Guy

All-Encompassingly

Man Sized Target

The Oriental Redneck

Taco Flavored Kisses

Rantings of a Homicidal Maniak

Cavalier Attitude

Civilization Calls

The View from the Right

Candy Universe

News From The Fridge

views of the northeast

Tom's Nap Room

Also, you have an opportunity to explore the more 'racier' side of the Blogosphere: Madfish Willie is starting a LinkLoveFest called: Tales from The Champagne Room [Remember, there is no sex in The Champagne Room].

Madfish will be taking your links to all the erotic tales (real or imagined), dirty jokes, risque post titles, cartoons, suggestive pics, and just generally nasty stuff in the blogosphere.

To get a better idea of what Madfish is doing, go read the posts listed here.

Send your links to MadfishWillie@hotmail.com by Saturday, 12:00 noon to be included in the weekly round-up posted on Sunday afternoons! Any details or story set-up sent with links will be posted. Remember, people, this is a bar not a Sunday School class.

Although it probably won't happen, Madfish Willie reserves the right to story edit set-ups.

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November 21, 2003

Friday Foray

Darren Kaplan has an interesting article posted at Strategy Page about winning the war of ideas.

It seems like everyone is talking about protesting morons today...

First,anyone who has a post titled "Your Pink Tank Convinced Me That The War On Terrorism Is Wrong" should be visited...Hawkins, I'm still laughing...

Next, via Harvey, I bring you to BigStick and his encounter with protestors and Tori Clarke.

Finally, speaking of protestors, Paul at Sanity's Edge has a piece on protestors. Here's a bit from it:

Do you really think that George Bush or any world leaders are going to say to themselves, “Wow, these folks are serious about these issues. They look well informed and are obviously intelligent. In fact, I’d better straighten things out quickly.”

No, I can tell you what he’s saying to himself: “Those freaks look completely unemployable. What the fuck are they thinking?”

Okay, now off the protesting idiot topic and on to more of Don Watkin's shameless ass-kissing of Frank J. - this time though it's funny. (Isn't it funny how chicks actually can identify the guy in the Paris Hilton video? Hhhmm, maybe Don IS on to something...)

The Evangelical Outpost might be on to something here - A.N.S.W.E.R. violating the law? Any tax lawyers want to check this out?

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November 20, 2003

Go Chiefs!!!

I'll be in Kansas City this weekend visiting some old Army friends and GOING TO THE CHIEFS vs. RAIDERS game! The Chiefs/Raiders rivalry is akin to the Bears/Packers one...except that Cheese-heads aren't right across your border.

Go CHIEFS!!!

BTW, Chiefs fans, I was at Louis Aguiar's wedding last winter (Mrs. Blackfive was a bride's maid). Great guy. Wish he was still punting for the Chiefs...

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Thursday Rounds

Whilst pimping up his t-shirt, Frank J. gives us another Know Thy Enemy. This time around it's the Protestors.

To protestors, the day they protest is known as "action day". To police, it's known as "whomping day".

If you're a police officer and it looks like protests are getting out of control, shoot a protestor. I thought I saw him going for a gun too (wink) (wink).

There are rarely large scale protests by right-leaning people on account of them having things called dignity and jobs.

On that last one, "O' contraire, mon frer". Just check out these hard working folks.

John Hawkins discusses one of my favorite topics of late - the draft. I am telling you that no one in the foxhole wants a draftee next to him. You want motivated, dedicated people fighting with you. BTW, during Desert Storm, I was told to expect 40% casualties in my unit. But no one mentioned the "D" word to us.

Harvey at Bad Money has links to two very incredible link fests via songs by Toby Keith and Johnny Cash.

*whisper* Pssst, everyone, Darren Kaplan is gone today. Let's hijack/invade his blog with lots of comments and give him some hits (it's a great blog)....I am sure some of you can think of some good comments (read smart ass remarks - I just checked his fridge). And bookmark his site, too.

Mr. Green goes after the real problem with Spam - you people! You know who you are. The ones that actually buy things from spammers...and his idea just might work!

Juliette has a great post on Going Quietly - or not and clinging to your 15 minutes of fame like Michael Moore on a cheeseburger.

I am with Donnie on this issue about gay marriage. I have a few gay friends and they don't wear the gay/lesbian pride on their sleeves. In fact, they are sick of everyone that thinks they are so cool (and, gosh, open-minded!) because they watch the Fab 5 straighten out some asswipe who can't fold his own laundry.

Update 11-20-03 Noon: Just stumbled across this new Londoner blog with a few observations about Bush's visit.

Update 11-20-03 3PM: Hey, anybody know where the remote to the TV is? Hello? Anybody?

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November 19, 2003

Wednesday Round Up

Nick at the Patriot Paradox is starting a blogging contest to bring exposure to bloggers that are ranked lower than Large Mammals on the Blogosphere. Check it out and sign up for the contest.

Pieter at Peak Talk has the next round of Carnival of the Vanities (61st Week!) posted. Check out some of the best of the blogosphere.

John Hawkins has an interview with Robert Spencer. It's a solid interview (and well worth your time) of a man who has been prolific on issues of Islam.

Kevin at Wizbang! has the Bonfire burning - check out the worst posts of the 'sphere sacrificed to the Gods of Suck.

Mr. Green is on FIRE!!! Drink Alert and Language Alert and Pole Smoking Alert in effect!

It's National Ammo Day. I am going to buy some .45 and shotgun ammo today.

This is why Dennis Miller is my favorite talk show host/commedian/commentator. He is dead on...

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Attention Scotch Lovers!!!

Since this has become the blog for military, political and SCOTCH news, I thought I would pass along one of my favorite articles from the New York Times. It's about, of all things, Scotch. It's long. It's informative. And it'll make you thirsty. Right, Eric?

Scotch Whiskey: A Rugged Drink for a Rugged Land

July 16, 2003
By R. W. APPLE Jr.
ELGIN, Scotland

IAN URQUHART, a gently spoken, 55-year-old Scotch whiskey man who heads the firm of Gordon & MacPhail, led the way through his firm's 6,000-barrel warehouses here in northeastern Scotland, identifying some of the choicest lots for an overseas visitor.

"That's 60-year-old Mortlach," he said fondly. "We bottled some of it in 2000 and more in 2001. There's still a little left. That cask was filled for my grandfather. It slept right through my father's generation."

He walked past a cask of 1949 Benromach with the comment, "Haven't decided when to bottle that," past 10 casks of 1951 Glen Grant in an aisle with barrels piled eight or nine high, past 1957 Glenlivet and 1988 Highland Park – the best all-round malt, many say - and on to the "graveyard."
Whiskeys from defunct distilleries rest there, quietly eking out a kind of afterlife.

"Hillside," Mr. Urquhart said, in the tone of a man mourning a lost friend. "Demolished for a housing scheme. Seventy-eight Millburn. Millburn's gone, too. It's a Beefeater Steak House these days, outside of Inverness." Scots take their whiskey seriously, and not just because they fancy a wee dram themselves. (Or not so wee a dram; Lord Dundee, who drank his whiskey by the tumblerful, once said, "A single Scotch is nothing more than a dirty glass.")

The word whiskey, after all, evolved from the Gaelic word usquebaugh, which means water of life, exactly like eau de vie in French and aquavit in Scandinavian languages.

Like tartans, tam-o'-shanters, bagpipes and kilts, whiskey has epitomized Scotland for centuries. Much of the best is distilled on remote, windswept islands like Orkney and Islay, often in view of seals and otters frolicking in the sea, or in the valley of the rushing, moor-girded little River Spey, which empties into the North Sea just east of Elgin. It is a rugged drink, always tasting of peat and
often of heather or seaweed, made by rugged individualists amid rugged landscapes.

More than 11,000 people are employed, directly or indirectly, in the whiskey industry here. Scotch is Britain's fifth largest export industry, with about 90 percent of production consumed abroad.

Recent years have been challenging ones for the whiskey industry. After a boom in the 1970's, a long period of stagnation set in, and more than a dozen distilleries were closed, mothballed or destroyed. According to a recent parliamentary document, British consumption has declined by
30 percent since 1985. Worldwide exports a decade ago totaled 917 million bottles; last year the figure was 943.4 million. Exports to the United States, where other spirits have cut into Scotch sales, declined during the same period to 108 million bottles from 144 million, the Scotch Whiskey
Association reports, although the United States ranked as the No. 1 consumer in terms of value.

But those statistics conceal a success story. While familiar, heavily advertised blends like J&B, Dewar's and Cutty Sark, which constitute the bulk of sales, have had their troubles, the sales of single malts have soared. Malt exports to the United States, for example, rose to 8.4 million bottles last year from 5.3 million in 1993.

Shuttered distilleries that escaped the bulldozers are being reopened, primarily to produce whiskey to be bottled as single malts. (All distilleries sell some of their output to blenders.) Glenmorangie, whose own whiskey is the best-selling malt in Scotland, restarted Ardbeg in 1997;
Gordon & MacPhail refired the stills at Benromach four years earlier. A new distillery, complete with traditional pagoda-roofed towers, was built on the island of Arran in 1995.

ALL of that puts history into reverse. Single malts – the products of single distilleries made in pot stills similar to those used in Cognac from malted barley dried over peat fires - were the original Scotch. Not until the invention of the cheaper, faster columnar or patent still by Aeneas Coffey in 1830 did the Scots begin making spirits from a mixture of malted and unmalted grains. Lighter and much less robust in taste, these grain whiskeys were and are used to soften the flavors of malts in proprietary blends.

"The best of the blends have great character and complexity," wrote Michael Jackson in his "Malt Whiskey Companion," first published in 1989, "but it is a shame so many are so similar, and that for so many years orchestrations drowned out the soloists."

Blenders do not disclose the proportions they use, but people in the industry told me that most use 20 to 30 percent malt whiskey and 70 to 80 percent grain. Premium blends like Johnnie Walker Black Label, Chivas Regal and Famous Grouse contain more, and more mature, malt whiskey.

Most Scots and connoisseurs from other countries drink blends, which are generally less expensive, if they want to mix their whiskey with water or soda in a predinner drink, and take their single malts neat, either before, during or, most commonly, after dinner, like Cognac or Calvados. The addition of ice to a blend is tolerated as an American eccentricity; the addition of ice to a single malt is treated as near-sacrilege.

Each malt whiskey has a unique flavor, just as every classed, chateau-bottled claret differs from every other one. But those distilled in any given region share certain characteristics. The smokiest, peatiest, most iodinic malts come from Campbeltown, on a West Coast peninsula known as the Mull of Kintyre, whose mists were celebrated by the Beatles, and from Islay (pronounced EYE-la), an island near it. Springbank is a notable Campbeltown; Laphroaig,
Lagavulin and Ardbeg are classic Islays.

Other islands also produce distinctive flavors. Talisker, from Skye, delivers the sharp tang of seaweed but also an explosive blast of salt and pepper.

The mildest and most subtle of malts, like Auchentoshan, come from the lowland distilleries near Edinburgh and Glasgow.

But the heartland of malt whiskey, with more than half the distilleries, is Speyside, which stretches from Inverness almost to Aberdeen, encompassing not only the sparkling Spey but also smaller streams like the Findhorn, the Isla and the Livet. Moor and glen, fir and gorse, burn and brae
combine there with the changing patterns of sun and cloud to conjure scenic magic.

One day during a visit in June, my wife, Betsey, and I saw five perfect rainbows in just half an hour. On another day we were invited along with Ishbel Grant of Glenfarclas into an Arcadian setting - a fishermen's barbecue along the banks of the Spey.

Glenlivet, the largest-selling malt in the United States, is made in Speyside. Granted a government license in 1824, the first distillery to receive one after generations of illicit whiskey-making, Glenlivet became so widely known that other distilleries added the word Glenlivet to their
names. Finally, in a famous legal case in 1880, it won the exclusive right to call itself "The Glenlivet."

Another of Speyside's stars is Glenfiddich, the largest-selling malt worldwide, which is owned by William Grant & Sons, an independent company. Faced with giant competitors, it decided in 1963 to bottle much of its output as a single malt at a time when few were on the market. Its success emboldened many others to follow suit.

Like most Speyside whiskeys, Glenlivet and Glenfiddich have a distinctively light, fruity and honeyed taste.

A number of Speyside inns stock 100 or more malt whiskeys in their bars, including Minmore House, just down the road from Glenlivet, whose dining room features the accomplished cooking of Victor Janssen, a South African who operates the place.

Once upon a time, whiskey was an artisanal product, produced by farmers in the wintertime when they could not work out of doors. The process is simple, if exacting, as Johnny Miller, the distillery manager at Glenfarclas, showed me. After threshing, barley is first of all allowed to germinate by soaking in water, then dried (usually over peat fires) to halt germination.

Ground and mixed with hot water in a huge vat called a malt tun, the malted barley becomes a wort. Mixed in another vat called a washback with yeast - water, barley and yeast are the only ingredients permitted in making whiskey - the wort is transformed in about 48 hours into "a kind of sour beer," as Mr. Miller explained, in a seething, noisy and rather smelly process.

The "sour beer," known as "wash," is then run successively through a pair of heated stills, bulbous at the bottom, narrow at the top, with a swan's neck extending down to a coiled copper pipe in a tank of cold water that converts the resulting vapor back into liquid. The first part of the
run (the foreshots) and the last (the feints), both full of impurities, are eliminated.

What results may not, by law, be called whiskey; it must be aged in wood for three years before it earns that name. Mr. Miller let me taste some, and I was astonished. Though fruit, of course, had played no role in distilling it, it tasted distinctly of pears and plums, like French eaux de vie.

The amount and type of peat burned helps to shape the taste of the whiskey. So does the character of the water; what is used at Glenfarclas flows down from a granite mountain called Ben Rinnes.

Glenfarclas is one of the last distilleries in private hands. Most of the others are owned by big international corporations with roots in France (Pernod Ricard), Japan (Suntory), Cuba (Bacardi) and Spain (Allied Domecq), as well as in England and Scotland. All operate in basically the same way, with subtle yet important differences.

Jim Cryle, the master distiller at Glenlivet, a muscular man with steel gray hair, offered me insights into the process, along with sips of his 12-, 18- and 21-year-old Scotches, among others, of which the flowery, creamy 18 was my favorite. The following, he said, are among the most important determinants of flavor:

The size and shape of the still (tall ones, he thinks, are best) and how it is heated (by internal steam coils or fires); what kind of cask is used (old bourbon barrels, old sherry butts, new oak), how long the whiskey is kept in wood (once it is bottled, the maturing process stops), where (a damp cellar or a dry one) and by whom (the distiller or an independent merchant like Gordon & MacPhail or William Cadenhead).

Though not as much as with wines, the year of production has an impact, too. Macallan, a highly regarded distillery surrounded by fields of highly regarded Golden Promise barley, offers 26 vintages; an American recently paid $140,000 for a fifth of each. No wonder Macallan's stills are pictured on the reverse of the Bank of Scotland's £10 note.

I hope you enjoyed that article as much as I did back in July. I have a decent Scotch collection at home and now I will be counting the minutes until I can get at it...

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November 18, 2003

Tuesday Trot Through the Blogoshpere

Frank J. has some Bite Sized Wisdom today. Here's a bit for you:

...the U.S. should just bomb France for being a bunch of douche bags. Just fly over them and drop a couple bombs on them. It'll shut them up, and probably be an important learning experience for them.
This is an affront to all that is Irish! Fie on ye! Fie! I'm talking about the 6th point, good god man, for the love of whiskey! Thanks to Harv, for the pointer.

Heather at Angelweave review the book, Fast Food Nation. Here's a taste of the review:

Put the book on your wishlist. And switch to chicken instead of fast food hamburgers. Mark those words.
Paul at Sanity's Edge is having a Bloviating moment. BTW, who the hell is Checkov? We're not talking about the navigator that pronounces his "v's" as "w's" like "I drink wodka"?

Kate at Electric Venom has the Hunting of the Snark posted.

DeDoc's got a post about MilBlogs with some great comments on oaths...

Pardon My English has a post on something I had not heard about in reference to President Bush's visit to England...

Madfish Willie does some work on the Corner of the Bar Gang and the Corner of the Bar Babes...and, as usual, Harv's comments are freakin' priceless ("Um... you misspelled Misha's name. The only human being angrier than Chomps, and you misspelled his name. I'll send flowers to what's left of you at your funeral.") Anyway, below is very appropriate:

B.L.A.C.K.F.I.V.E.: Biomechanical Lifeform Assembled for Calculation and Killing/Facsimile Intended for Violence and Exploration

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November 17, 2003

Monday

Of course, you have to start the week off with Frank J.'s In My World where Ah-nold finally takes office! Here's a taste:

"Now, I don't want to question the wisdom of the Secretary of Defense, National Security Advisor, and a psychotic rottweiler," Collin Powell stated, "but I think going nuclear is a bit rash, and should be contemplated a bit longer."

Rumsfeld stared at Powell a moment. "Let's just cut to the chase: how much do you want to be bitch-slapped?"

Banagor the Paladin has an essay titled "A History of Laws". Here's a bit from it:

Unlike the fluid and intricate multitude of gods and goddesses in Hinduism, or a waiting of a final day of rapture by Christians to strive to a perfectly encompassing society, or the waiting of the Messiah by the Jews and the adaptability of Judaism in various forms until such a time, Muslims have no such visions of what it is to strive for change. Change deviates from the word of the prophet and therefore is considered heresy.
John Hawkins has Dick Morris' quotes of the year and they are all soooo good.

Harvey at Bad Money has a freakish and weird dollar bill today. P.S. Hide your children!

Sgt. Hook has an inspirational picture for you.

Speaking of the Top Sergeant, his interview is posted by the lovely and talented Jennifer. It is one of the better interviews...even better than mine.

Jennifer Martinez has a post about Jessica Lynch and real heroes...

Grab a cup of coffee and read Donald Sensing's post on Al Qaeda's lack of strategy...any post that includes responses from Stephen Den Beste should get your mind in gear.

Wrap up with one fine post from Greyhawk about a hero and his dreams...if you read anything today, read this.

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Chicago Tribune on Deportees

I had gotten wind of this series of articles about two days before it was published by a staffer at the Trib. Today's headline is Immigration crackdown shatters Muslims' lives
There isn't much to say except what I said previously:

After September 11th, 2001, the Attorney General of the United States required foreign "visitors" from 24 different Muslim countries (and North Korea) to register themselves with the government.

83,310 people registered themselves with our governement.

13,740 people that registered themselves with our government were ordered into deportation proceedings.

None of the deportees were ever charged with terror crimes.

This is a thinly veiled, liberal attempt to discredit the Patriot Act, the Bush Administration and the government. Here is why...While none of the deportees were ever charged with terror crimes, EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM WERE HERE ILLEGALLY. If you were to weigh risks on who might commit an act of terror, someone from a Muslim country and physically in the U.S. illegally might be a good indicator.

Instead, the title of the article should have been: U.S. Gains 13, 740 more jobs this year!

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November 15, 2003

Probably last post for today

Well, Little Blackfive just woke up this morning. He's a two and half year old mini-paratrooper. He has something to say type to you:

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Well, that's all for now. He and I are going to play all day today.

Have a great weekend.

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November 14, 2003

Two More Must Reads

Mr. Green points out that today's Bleat at Lilek's site is a good one. Complete with French rapping, George Soros bashing, and Ted Rall slashing.

Spoons has an article from the Chicago Tribune about a mother, who's son was the pilot of the downed Chinook, who won't let her son be buried with military honors. Read it, then check out the comments from the Americans who AGREE with her. WTF? This I don't understand.

Update: Make that three must reads.

The Oriental Redneck links to an (actually) great article about Marines in combat from the San Francisco Chronicle. The whole series about McCoy's Marines is worth a read.

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Interesting Stuff - The Best on the Blogosphere

First, I gotta say that I have profound respect for Donnie, er, I should say Major D-, for re-upping with the Georgia National Guard. Wow! Our stories are very, very similar. Seriously, while I'm jealous, I feel better knowing there's folks like Donnie in our forces. And, some day, D, you may yet get your-Ranger-self to Airborne School. All The Way!

Next, Mr. Green takes on Ted Rall with some vicious snarky sarcasm. Simply awesome.

John Hawkins is going to get EXPELLED out of the Blogosphere for this one. We'll have to stop laughing first, though.

The Bartender over at Madfish Willie's Cyber Bar has an interview over at Jennifer's History And Stuff.

Speaking of bartenders, Margi has an interesting post on Winona Judd and bartending.

Heather has an weird news article about the fear of beaing robbed of your body piercings.

Do you want to know what an IED (Improvised Explosive Device) looks like? Check out Argghhh!.

After seven months of blogging and over 34,000 visits, Sgt. Hook gets his first troll. Get 'em, Top, get 'em!

Don Watkins wants to make Frank J. rich and famous. Isn't he already? Anyway, the comments are worth the link alone...

Mama Montezz shares her experiences at the Golden Corral's free meals for Veterans promotion on November 10th. Like I said previously, I haven't ever visited the Golden Corral before, but I will now.

Donald Sensing has a good post about Europe and their views towards America.

Baldilocks has an awesome post about Chickehawks and George Bush. Her update at the bottom is right on target, too.

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November 13, 2003

Anyone Reading Quicksilver?

Hey, if any of you already read or is reading Quicksilver by Neal Stephenson, let me know what you think about the book in the comments. I am seriously considering tackling the book over the Holidays.

Thanks.

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November 12, 2003

Freedom of Speech

I don't how many of you read Evangelical Outpost regularly. If you don't, you should. JP Carter posts a well written synopsis of what the Lefty Bloggers posted on Veterans Day. It is not encouraging.

Here is a taste from lefty James Benjamin:

...Hence the return of the infrastructure necessary to make reinstating the draft an "attractive" option for our politicians. I'd say it'll be very attractive to the Bushies if Bush is selected to a second term, and they have the opportunity to continue their radical decimation of anything decent that the US might once have stood for.

What to do? Free your mind. Knowledge is power. Educate yourself about alternatives to violence. The COMD is a great place to start. Network. Check out other peace groups in your area or region. If you're a male of draft age learn what is involved in becoming a conscientious objector. Nonviolence.org, The War Resisters League , the CCCO, among others have resources available for preparing your case for conscientious objector status.

JP Carter, while executing a really nice take down, also does a good job of supporting James Benjamin's right to free speech. He uses eloquence and tact that I just can't find in myself for such a response. Since the right of free speech also extends to JP and I, I'll share a few words.

1. The All Volunteer Force wants nothing to do with a draft. I know most Soldiers (and Marines like JP) would rather have someone in the foxhole with them that weren't conscripted. Charlie Rangle's draft would destroy our Armed Forces.

2. So James Benjamin, on Veterans Day, chooses to blog about protests and draft dodging. While he has the right to do so, I find it disgraceful.

3. James Benjamin is an ASSHOLE.

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All Along The Watchtower Blogosphere

Man, is Frank J. on a roll or what? First, you have his Java script that Michael Moore screwed up. Then, he's got Rummy kicking the asses of those 26 idiots sponsoring a resolution for his removal. And, now, he drafts up some new School Policies.

Banagor burns, flames, and torches a troll.

John Hawkins exposes some liberal B.S. bias at CNN.

Kevin at Wizbang has this week's Bonfire of the Vanities up and flaming the worst posts in the 'sphere.

Heather's got a good post about Grand Theft Auto and the law suits waged against the creators. I haven't tried it out yet, but, now that the XBox version is available, I am going to give it a spin.

Keeping France relevant for 58 years! - That's just one of Don Watkins new mottos for the U.N.


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November 10, 2003

Kosher Baby Formula Pulled From Shelves

A Head's Up Via CNN:

The Israeli Mossad and Shin Bet secret service agencies have joined the investigation of a faulty baby formula that has been linked to the deaths of three infants, an Israeli newspaper said Monday.

The director general of the ministry, Boaz Lev, raised the possibility of sabotage to the kosher soy-based milk substitute, saying "it is impossible to know if this is intentional or not."

...The formula was also taken off shelves in heavily Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods in New York. Yediot Ahronot reported Monday that a baby who had been fed the milk substitute was in serious condition in a Boston hospital.

This Via Associated Press:

Stone said the FDA is working with other U.S. health agencies to look into the matter and the U.S. public should be aware of the situation as a "precautionary measure." Stone said anyone who has the Remedia soy-based formula should contact the agency.

...In a rare move, Israeli rescue officials hired Arabs on Friday night, the beginning of the Jewish Sabbath, to drive through ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods and announce the recall by loudspeaker.

In heavily Orthodox neighborhoods in New York, the Hatzolah ambulance service sent out cars on the Sabbath to announce the recall. Synagogues also made announcements during services, said Simcha Felder, a New York City councilman who represents Brooklyn neighborhoods.


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Liberals are Great...FOR ME TO POOP ON!!!!!

Via Wizbang!: I give you The League of the Liberals...which is an excellent blog, FOR ME TO POOP ON!!!!

I also think that the Democratic Underground is another worthy blog...FOR ME TO POOP ON!!!!

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Today's Links

First, Harvey at Bad Money has a take on N.Z. Bear's thoughts on the Ecosystem.

Then, Harvey posts some graffiti currency that I disagree with - Mayor Daley should be crowned Emperor of Chicago.

Banagor peruses why Europeans hate Jewish people. Here's a taste:

Further along the questioning, he asked me what Jews had done to deserve this because, as he put it, they must have done something to be hated by so many people.

Annika endorses a Democrat for the Dem nomination...it's not what you think (or maybe it is if you read her blog a lot)...it's a tough choice with all the losers they are putting forth. I endorse Joe Lieberman. That way, more Europeans can blame more things on the Joooooooos.

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November 08, 2003

Weekend Blogging

Since Saturday's postings are a bit sparse on the Blogosphere (of course, take a spin through my blogrolls first or checkout the New Blog Showase), why don't you check out some of these sites I have been reading lately:

Cavalier Attitude

Civilization Calls

The View from the Right

Candy Universe

News From The Fridge

views of the northeast

Here is a post on Syria that the author sent to me a month ago. Now, after the President's speech yesterday, it is worth another look.

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November 07, 2003

Blogs, Blogs, Blogs

For those of you who are military geeks, you might want to check out Argghhh! today. John posted the AAR of the 101st Airborne's part in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Looks like the Dems just lost their jobless recovery talking points about the economy. Good.

I also updated my blogroll with some new ones. I owe Juliette an appology - not because she asked - but I thought I had her on the roll awhile ago. Long overdue...

John Hawkins has a post on The Democrats Made Their Bed & In 2004 They're Going To Have To Lie In It

Harvey did the A-Z about himself - somethings, you just don't want to know. ;->

Speaking of lists, Heather has one too.

Hey, you people know I don't care for the French, right? Serenity has an interesting post on the unconditional surrender of a Frenchman...

Sgt. Hook has a link to sign a Get Well card for a soldier. Go sign it.

Mr. Green is getting some attention...finally.

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November 06, 2003

Odds And Ends From Email

Rather than show you the hatemail this month (and there has been quite a bit), here are some links and tidbits received via email from some of you:

1. From the Irish Sergeant Major, a colorful recipe - not for the faint of heart:

SCRAPPLE
2. From Nate, who used to be my intel officer when I was a commander:
Study: Fellatio May Significantly Decrease The Risk Of Breast Cancer In Women

The PDF version is here.

3. From a guy I work with:

How Much Is Inside?

4. Kelly from Idaho sends me this little tid-bit:
While sitting at your desk, lift your right foot off the floor and make clockwise circles. Now, while doing this, draw the number "6" in the air with your right hand. Your foot will change direction and rotate the opposite way.

Yeah, she's a scientist, too.


5. This is from another guy I work with:
Dismount! It's a great time waster.

Stair Dismount - a game where your objective it to inflict maximum damage on a man as he falls down a flight of stairs.

Truck Dismount - this same man is again set upon by combinations of trucks, ramps, and unyielding walls, in combinations limited only by your imagination.

This seems to me a fine way to invest one's spare moments today, hurting people, and then hurting them again.

6. This too. With all the talk of Kim's essay about the Pussification of the American Male, this is somewhat appropriate:

It's Sergio and the Sarge - the Contenders

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November 05, 2003

Blogs to Check

First, check out the latest Carnival of the Vanities hosted by Kevin at Wizbang.

Next, someone called Donnie a hillbilly in response to his post on Slave Reparations and then threatened him. When I hear the bugler, I charge. So, sure, I got pissed off at first, but, then, as usual, Donnie uses diplomacy on me. Damn hillbillies and their diplomacy....

Frank J. has an In My World where Fox & Friends interview Rummy. Here's a bit from it:

Rumsfeld: I'm sorry, Mr. Kilmeade, do I get to explain this or do you?

Brain: Well... uh... I'm just following the teleprompter...

(gunshot)

Rumsfeld: There; no more distractions.

E.D.: But the teleprompter is where all my intelligent questions come from!

John Hawkins has a post on the Reagan Mini-series. My take is that, if it ain't true, then label it as fiction if you are going to show it. Boycott Showtime, too. And, shame on all the liberal scum suckers who decide to make a libelous mini series about an honorable man who can't really defend himself. What did you expect?

More on the LTC West story over at Misha's. While there haven't been any developments lately in the case against him, the comments at the Rott have been really good. BTW, I have received a lot of emails asking about whether I called the White House about dropping the charges against LTC West. I did call on the 29th. BTW, you can sign the petition at a link at Jennifer Martinez's site. Spoon's has the number to call.

Mr. Green is forced into Diversity Training - where we all learn that we're all different, yet we're all the same. *yawn*

Top Sergeant Hook has more on the email from the daughter of a fallen hero - Command Sergeant Major Blankenbecler. The picture alone made me tear up.

Don Watkins has the rules for the Blog Version of Survivor. This looks like it could be very interesting to watch or participate in...

Donald Sensing has a post on the proposed new theme for the Army. Hey, Army, skip that lame (seriously lame) theme. It almost sounds like a Democrat made it up. Here it is: "Our Army at War -- Relevant and Ready". Am I the only one scratching my head and saying WTF?

How about this for a theme?: We Are At War And Kicking Your Ass Hhhmm? How about that one? Appropriate, no? Please use the comments for your proposed theme. I know Mike The Marine has got to have a few up his sleeve.

I received an email from a few of you about this site - Just Another Soldier - about a New York National Guardsman's blog while he gets ready to go to Iraq. One asked me if I thought that Jason was full of sh-t. Nope, I don't. You can't make up guys like sniper Ray who's comment to the Lieutenant Colonel is a classic example of the can-do spirit of the American soldier. Ray's response to a grim Battalion Commander:

"SIR, GIVE ME AN M-24, SOME RAMON NOODLES AND PLENTY OF AMMO AND EVERYTHING WILL BE ALRIGHT!!!"

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November 03, 2003

Best O' My Blogosphere Today

Hey, blogging might be light this week since my wife and son are with the In-Laws this week. That means my drinking might get in the way of my blogging...And Mr. Green said that you have to have priorities...he ought to know.

Frank J., usually first on the blog roll to check has a hilarious In My World that starts with:

"Honey, you need to take out the trash," Laura Bush told her husband a bit irately.

"But I'm busy planning this country's economic future and fighting the war on terror."

"No you're not," Laura answered, "You're watching an A-Team marathon. Now take out the trash. Oh... and someone left a message for you on the front door."

John Hawkins has an interesting interview of Bernard Goldberg (author of "Bias") who has a new book out today.

It's Stupid Customer Week here in the blogosphere. First, there was Harvey. Now, there's a tale of an ignorant customer by Susie. Anyone else?

Tom The Friendly Ghost has an interesting post about French Nuclear Power (read electric power production) and the problems they are having getting it to work. *whisper* Pssttt. Don't tell the Iranians about it.

John of Argghhh! is still not back but that's no excuse to not visit. Hate him 'cause he's at the Red Lion but don't hate his blog.

Margi fisks...the National Weather Service?????

Kate has the Snark Hunt - Week 11 posted at Electric Venom.

Allah has moved. It must be those pesky Jews, again!

I might need to move south just to hang with these folks. Mrs. Blackfive is a Carolina girl so she has been after me to move away from the frozen north. Now, I'm thirsty, dammit. Any bloggers in the Chicago area want to get something going this week? This hour? Right now?

Speaking of drinking, the Bartender at Madfish Willie's Cybe Saloon has a new logo for the Corner Of The Gang.

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Movie Review - "Love Actually"

Okay, I know, I know, it's hard to believe that I actually went to see this move. But this was another accident. Subtitle could be "The Things I Do..."

Mrs. Blackfive and I were in St. Louis and, since little Blackfive was with my In-Laws for the night, we went out on a date. We decided to go see "School of Rock".

When we get to the theater, there is a special sneak preview of "Love Actually" which is the new movie by the same folks that did "4 Weddings and a Funeral", "Bridget Jones' Diary", and others - mainly any movie that has both Hugh Grant and Colin Firth. As we had just seen "Kill Bill", "Once Upon a Time in Mexico", and "The Matrix Reloaded" on IMAX (all my choices), Mrs. Blackfive put the pressure on to see "Love Acutally".

Okay, so the movie is about how love is all around us. The problem is that love isn't necessarily a good thing or something that always works out for the best. There are about ten mini stories that are somehow connected and the connections are interesting and there are a few surprises. The movie succeeds in being cute.

The problem with the film, aside from the fact that only four out of the ten stories were any good, is that you have to suspend a whole lot of disbelief here. A. Whole. Lot.

Por ejemplo, Hugh Grant is the Prime Minister of England. That's right. He's the Prime Minister of England. Oh yeah, and Billy Bob Thornton is the President of the United States. Un-frickin-believable.

Enough said. Wait for the video.

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November 01, 2003

Blog Withdrawl

I am in St. Louis this weekend at the In-Laws. Drove down here on Friday so my son could trick-or-treat in a residential neighborhood (we live in a condo with 600 units and, maybe, 3 kids which isn't really conducive for a good candy-to-residence ratio).

Just to prove that I can find a good pub in any city, my family and I spent the rainy, 50 degree afternoon in front of a roaring fireplace, eating Guiness stew and drinking Harp and listening to Irish music. McGurk's is my kind of place. If you are ever in St. Louis and need to find a good pub with great food, I would highly recommend the joint.

Sorry for the light blogging today. Blame it on the combination of large quantities of Harp and the mother-in-law's iMac.

Oh, man, there I go again. Reinforcing Harvey's stereotyping of me.

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October 30, 2003

Interesting News Today

1. Wow, the GDP rose the highest since 1988! Over 7 percent!

Are the Democrat Candidates scratching their heads right now?

Of course the New York Times is giving them plenty of fodder like this blurb:

"...economists also cautioned that growth was almost certain to slow in the months ahead, as the effects of the the recent tax cut and a surge in mortgage refinancing wear off."

Ah, the only thing to make me happier would be for Saddam to be found on top of a stockpile of nerve agent. That and Osamma to be found with an SF bullet in his head.

2. It seems that NBC has completed the link between terrorists and Saddam. Something the Kurds have been saying for years.

3. Al Qaeda entering South Korea?

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Thursday Linkage

Frank J. has some history on Clinton and it's based on a true story.

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 military community rallies round LTC West. It will be very interesting to see how this turns out. With 33 attacks on American troops per day, LTC West is also receiving support from troops in Iraq.

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October 28, 2003

Tuesday Links

John Hawkins has a new list: Right-Of-Center Bloggers Select The Books That Have Had The Biggest Impact On Their Thinking

Frank J. has some more Bite Sized Wisdom for you. Here's a Bite Sized taste:

Do you want to have to explain why the terrorists aren't dead to your children?

"Daddy, why aren't the bad people dead"

"Because of Demi-crats and Europeans."


Harvey has some advice on which service to choose - Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines! It's a great way to start! (anyone?)

Speaking of the Navy, there is this commercial they produced with the stolen saying, "If there was a book about your life, would anyone read it?" In Heather's case, yes!

The new Bonfire of the Vanities is up at Wizbang! Go see the worst posts in the 'sphere sacrificed to the gods of suck.

Jennifer's (Jennifer's History and stuff) interview is up over at Daniel's place.

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October 27, 2003

Monday Menagerie

Go visit the latest Hunting of the Snark at Electric Venom. This week's Hunt is a double dose and all of the snarky posts are really good. Harvey at Bad Money had a particularly snarky attitude towards European Super Power.

It's Bush and Rover versus the-Jong-with-the-poofy-hair over at IMAO.

"You will negotiate with me!" Jong demanded, "You will sign a non-aggression treaty!"

"But I like aggression!" Bush responded, "You're an evil, murderous dictator, and you better watch it or you're going to end up like Saddam and Osama - successfully hiding from us while occasionally sending out videotapes."

Note to my Ranger pal, Donnie, I'll be posting your Official Snack this afternoon. Oh yeah, Happy Freakin' Birthday, too.

John Hawkins has a transcript of a Blogger Symposium on the 2004 Election.

Heather has an interesting story, her story, about surgery to remove a tumor.

Tom The Friendly Ghost describes one of the toughest sea captains of all time. Sounds like a guy that would be good to have around...

Serenity rips up Michael Moore's public appearance in L.A.

Boots and Sabers discuss life-style differences between the hard-core (Army and Marines) and the soft-core (the Air Force).

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The Ups and Downs of Blogging

So what the hell happened to Blackfive's readership last week? It went through the proverbial roof like Billy Idol on Viagra...

Well, I didn't follow Kevin's advice to get noticed by the blog-giants. I didn't contact anyone this week about linking a post on my site except for Frank J. on Friday.

Somehow, Glenn Reynolds, Andrew Sullivan, the folks at Little Green Footballs, Citizen-Smash, John Hawkins, and Misha all linked to the post on Me and My Muslim Friends Neighbors.

The funny thing was that I wrote it weeks ago and decided not to publish it. It sat, mostly finished, in a notebook. It took the stupid speech by the Malaysian Prime Minister to make me go ahead with the post.

As of Sunday (the 19th), I had been averaging about 400 unique visitors per day. I went from 500 visitors on Monday, to 5,500 on Tuesday, to 12,000 on Wednesday, 3,000 on Thursday, and 2,000 on Friday. Essentially, I received about 20,000 extra visits last week. I have even had a few media contacts this week, too. Amazing. When I started this blog, I figured that if I had 100 per day, that'd be good enough...

This little adventure has also put me in contact with some bloggers that I hadn't known about before. There are so many great blogs out there. That's made this whole blog thing worth it for me.

If you are one of those who visited here via the "blog-giants", thanks for returning.

If you are here because you're a regular reader, thank you even more.

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October 25, 2003

Saturday Surf

Since Saturday's postings are a bit sparse on the Blogosphere (of course, take a spin through my blogrolls first or checkout the New Blog Showase), why don't you check out some of these sites I have been watching lately:

I have been looking at Civilization Calls for a few weeks. The Bartender pointed out a great post of hers just yesterday.

Tom of Tom's Nap Room - another blog that made the move to Munuvia - has something in common with Mr. Green. They both hate Notre Dame.

Mr. Green also recommends this hilarious blog. It's R rated and not suitable to be reading with small children in the room or a tasty beverage in close proximity to your mouth.

Irreconcilable Musings with a great post on Defending the Blogosphere Front in the War on Terrorism

Jennifer Martinez posts a letter from a GI in Iraq about Iraqi support of our military.

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October 24, 2003

My Interview and Other Stuff

First, go check out my interview hosted by the lovely Jennifer. You just might be surprised at what you learn about me...

Next, Tom The Friendly Ghost has a good post about China and Pakistan taking part in joint naval maneuvers. This is not good news folks...

Hold back the tears. Via his wife, Beth, John Donovan is temporarily imprisoned at the Red Lion Inn in Salisbury, England, and he is concerned about blogging. For the love of god, man, have a Bass on tap!!!
* deep breath * There. Now I'm thirsty. Thanks, John. Thanks a lot...

Hey, someone call the cops! Don Watkins just killed a Muppet! No, I'm serious!

Eric, the Straight White Guy, has moved off of Blogger and onto MovableType. The Exodus continues...

Serenity has a really great post about Conservatism.

I keep thinking about this. First, it's attack Blackfive. Then, it's pick on Paul. I thought is was over the top when he declared that he wanted to have sexual intercourse with Hemingway's worm-infested corpse. Now, he needs a poll to establish a tagline for his blog. What the hell?! He better step it up soon or people are going to think that he is an intern around here.

Donnie at Ain't Done It! has a banner for Blackfive, and I think it's because he got all the candy bars at Ranger School.

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October 23, 2003

Lunchtime Linkage

Be sure to visit the beautiful Jennifer today and check back at her place tomorrow for her interview of me. There will be lots of alcohol, monkeys, and talk of Colin Powell.

My favorite blogger, Frank J., has more bite sized wisdom today.

Stephen Den Beste has another great post on friendship.

John Hawkins discusses how Defending America Is Now A Partisan Issue.

I owe Donnie a scan of the coin in my wallet. You don't challenge Airborne types...you just don't. I will get to a scanner in a few hours.

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October 22, 2003

Fury and Rage!

This via My Life As An Army Wife: These two jackasses, Gary Grossman and James Skelly, worte a letter inviting dissent among our troops.

I served as both a sergeant and officer in the U.S. Army. You two academics need to learn a lesson about honor and courage. Those are words you use freely, yet I am sure you have no real understanding of the depth of their meaning...

You disgrace the uniforms you once wore. You disgrace the memory of every soldier that gave his life for his country and defended your right to spew your traitor-language.

You severely underestimate the intelligence, will, and morality of those in military service. In order to protect innocent civilians, our servicemen are dying rather than defending themselves with unrelenting force. Your "message" to our soldiers actually might get more of them killed. Did you think of that?

You should stop hiding your cowardly selves behind academia.

You treasonous bastards! You are not consientious objectors. Just cowards...

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Anti-War Rallies Planned

Anti-War imbeciles are planning another set of rallies in San Francisco and Washington, D.C.

For those of you in those cities, please visit this site, stock up on supplies, and get out there to protest the protestors! You can hit the snooze button on their fifteen minutes of infamy!

I am going to be in DC in a few weeks. You think International AssHat could have waited until I got there. Damn....

Note: The anti-war protests in Chicago are always scheduled during rush hour on major streets. Whatever you want to think about Mayor Daley, his strategy is great for dealing with the anti-war idiots. There is not one thing more effective at disenfranchising some idiotarian group in Chicago than them being blamed for rush hour traffic jams.

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October 21, 2003

Best of My Blogosphere Today

First off, visit Frank J. today because he blames everything on the JOOOOOOS!

Don't forget to email questions for Jennifer's Interview of me. You have until midnight.

Harvey points to a post in American Digest about two religions at war.

For some reason, it took my favorite Bartender at Madfish Willie's to point out this vid of GW punching the snot out of Saddam at Donnie's blog Ain't Done It. I must have been blind as I check out Donnie's site every day.

Tom The Friendly Ghost has a post about a French judge that pleasured himself in court.

Welcome Ross to the blogosphere! He doesn't know I found out about his new blog yet. Check out the post on A.N.S.W.E.R.

Kevin at Wizbang! just posted the next round of Bonfire of the Vanities (the worst posts of the week).

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Trolls

I tend to get more hatemail than trolls in the comments. Why is that?

Because I usually delete BS comments.

It almost always tends to be the same guy who changes his name and IP (because I banned the first ten or so addresses). You can always tell by the writing style, the type of mis-spellings, or rhetoric. You could say that I have a troll with multiple personality disorder.

Or it is someone who cuts and pastes about 4 or 5 pages of drivel from their site or some other liberal pundit site instead of providing a link with some commentary why I am wrong about a particular subject.

The troll comments are almost never about discussing an issue, but frequently are about acknowledging how smart the troll is...poor troll, mommy never paid enough attention to you?...too bad.

Or it is someone that prays for the murder of my family in an effort to portray muslims as violent...

Idiots.

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October 20, 2003

Reactions to Hateful Words

Tom the Friendly Ghost looks at the reaction around the world to the Malaysian Prime Minister's anti-semitic speech. Tom wraps up with this:

President Chirac had no intention of condemning Mahathir's speech. He only did it because he received bad press. So what does Jacques Chirac have against Israel?
Probably not much, unless you count the growing muslim population at home that is mostly unemployed and uneducated. I think he is terribly afraid of problems at home (terrorism) if he takes too hard a stance.

Of course, anti-semitism does have a history in France, but I think in this case Chirac is just being cagey...and cowardly.

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Lunch Time Links

Heather of Angelweave gets interviewed over at Jen's place.

Send Jen questions for her interview with me.

The Bartender and owner of Madfish Willie's Cyber Bar has a tale of the Corner of the Bar Gang.

Frank J. has another Frank Answers post up - the answer that includes the use of UN summits?, hhmmmm...good idea, Frank.

Harvey links to Laughter to Fury - a post on fear and living in a big city. I can tell you that Mrs. Blackfive and I definitely did a lot of soul searching about moving out of Chicago after 9/11. We're still here...

On a lighter note, Eric at Straight White Guy has a post on the Bad Breath in Briton...

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Me and My Muslim Friends Neighbors

At first, I was so damn angry after the experience you are about to read that I didn't trust myself to write something coherent. Then, I calmed down and figured that it was an anomaly. I wasn't going to write about this experience, but, with the recent comments coming out of the Organization of the Islamic Conference in Malaysia, I thought that I might be able to shed some light on what we are up against in the world...

One of my friends is a guy I met in grad school a few years ago. He's a lawyer that practices IP law and was pursuing a MS in Computer Science to further his knowledge of programming. He is brilliant. Went to U of Chicago undergrad, then Northwestern University Law. He works for one of the biggest law firms in the world. He is from Pakistan. His name is Masood.

A few months ago, Masood invited me to his brother's birthday party. Since I love Middle Eastern food and knew his family pretty well, I went. After the party, we went to a bar on the city's northwest side where a lot of Pakistanis hang out (and, yes, they drank alcohol).

We played cards for awhile and then moved back to the bar. The course of our conversation eventually turned from sports and business to politics and religion - and it went badly. Almost immediately, the Israelis were blamed for everything from SARS to the price of bread.

Masood's younger brother just came right out with what everyone of them was alluding to...: "The f-cking Jews controll everything."

Me: "Come on. Do they control your family's restaurant? Do they control your alderman? Mayor Daley?"

Masood's older brother: "They want nothing to do but destroy us. My restaurant does well inspite of their attempts with the Mayor and lobbying the Congress to discriminate against Muslims. You Christians just never see it."

Masood, surprising the hell out of me, was nodding his head in agreement: "Just like 9-11."

Me: "What?"

Masood: "Just like 9-11 where the Mossad flew planes into buildings."

WTF?!

Me: "You can't really mean that, Masood. Really?"

Masood's older brother spoke again, pointing at me: "You are just too stupid to see. Americans are puppets of the Jews."

Me, ignoring Masood's idiot brother: "That's really ridiculous. You are telling me that Al Qaeda is controlled by the Mossad?"

Masood looked me right in the eye: "No. Al Qaeda didn't bomb the buildings. The Mossad did."

I thought, Hey, Asshole, Al Qaeda claimed responsibility for the murder of all those innocent people!

By then, all thirty patrons of the club were looking at us. And I wasn't getting very warm smiles at this point. I thought about my chances of making it out of there if I really said what I was thinking.

I believe Masood knew what I was pondering because he didn't let me think too long: "Maybe you should go, Matt."

Me: "Yep. I'll see you."

I left without a problem. No one followed me out, and I don't know what they said after I left. I never talked to Masood after that.

What I can tell you is that experience scared the hell out of me. How the hell can a guy be so well-educated and smart and successful in America and be so close-minded at the same time?

How the hell can we ever convince people like Masood that "the Jews" aren't the problem - that his blindness is the problem? And if we can't convince the likes of him, how can we reach countless millions that don't have Masood's liberal education, facility with English, or access to our mediums?

Simple answer: I don't think we can penetrate that kind of cultural and religious brainwashing.

Which is why, when I saw this article on the Malaysian Prime Minister's hateful words, I wasn't shocked. Not in the slightest.

It really is us against them. Us and the Israelis and a few others against 1.6 billion zealots.

Get used to the idea.

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Update - 10.20.03 2:39 PM CST: James Taranto's Best of the Web has a few pieces related to this topic. Slide down to the title 'He is such a Jew' and just read the first few paragraphs.

Update - 10.30.03 8:00 AM CST: The discussion continues via a commenter's (Mahim) blog and my latest post on the subject.

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October 18, 2003

If You Came Here Looking For Steve Bartman...

You can go here and here.

Thanks for visiting Blackfive.

Cubbies, Cubbies, Woo-Woo!!!

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October 17, 2003

Stuff to see today...

Harvey either has been pickpocketing me or he has been spending way too much time in the same establishments that I frequent in Chicago...O'Neils, Kincade's, O'Toole's, Dublin's, or The Burwood...and Madfish Willie's.

Susie and Frank J. take on Michael Moore. I guess it takes two 'cause he is such a fat ass.

Spoons thinks China's space program is trouble for us. I agree whole heartedly - at the very least, it will increase missile sales to other countries like Iran, North Korea, etc...you know, our friends.

Jennifer interviews Frank J. with your questions. Heather of Angelweave is up next so send Jennifer your questions.

Go here to learn 100 things about Kelly the Patriette.

Later today, I will post a summary of why I don't talk to some of my muslim friends, anymore...

Update 10-17-03 at 4:40pm: The post about my encounter with my ex-friends will be going up on Monday morning.

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Early Morning Site to Check

This guy I work with sent me the URL this afternoon to STEALTHDISCO . At first I thought it was just weird. Then, I thought it was funny as hell. Then I thought it was weird...The Stealth Disco during meetings was pretty funny.

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October 16, 2003

Diversity Training and other Crap

Posting will be spotty today as I will be in Diversity Training for Managers at my place of work. Since I have one of the best jobs in the world, I will refrain from bitching about it too much. Suffice it to say that I will be spending the next 8 hours learning that we are all different but also the same! Imagine that!

Anyway, since a lot of bloggers have been putting up how Google searches find them, here are a few narcisistic searches that I have found via my Sitemeter:

1. I AM AN AMERICAN FIGHTING MAN - Wow, I come up number 2 out of 2.75 million on that one. How cool is that?

2. Mathew Scram - This is a good friend of mine that was killed in an ambush in Iraq. I am number one on this search unfortunately. I wish I could done a better job of memorializing him.

3. Paratrooper - I am 3 out of 99,500. I like that. Airborne All The Way!

Of course, this is evidence of the lament given by Google that blogs are interfering with searches...

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Heartbreak and Sorrow...Well, Sort Of.

What does it mean to be a Cubs fan?

I was trying to explain the Cubs fan phenomenon to some recent converts to the Cubs.

1. It isn't about the goat curse. I would bet you $1,000 that 75% of Cubs fans didn't even know about the "curse" until the playoffs. Nobody really believes in the curse, it's just a convenient excuse for why we can never get to the World Series. Because it could never be because we just suck that badly...

2. Give the Bartman guy a break. Why don't we blame the ump for not calling fan interference? It's his fault if you really want to blame someone...I saw Steve Bartman's neighbors on the Today show this morning. It made me sick.

Hey, Katie Couric, shut the f-ck up already. You are a New Yorker and you don't know sh-t about Chicago. Leave the Bartman kid alone. He doens't need your feigned *spit* sympathy.

3. Being a Cubs fan is about not giving up hope. No matter how bad things look, a true Cubs fan believes that Sosa will actually run after a pop fly, or that the batter with a .123 average will knock one onto Waveland Avenue, or that we can come back from a 12 run deficit...It's just that simple.

I will sign off by saying the perennial Cubs fan statement: *sigh* Oh well, there's always next year...Go Cubbies!!!

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October 15, 2003

Who Needs a Beat Down?

The Marlins, that's who. Not some asshole that grabbed the ball away from Moises Alou. If the Cubs get angry about last night, if they get hungry enough, then they have a good shot of winning. I'll still be wearing my Cubs hat on Saturday regardless of what happens.

Speaking of a Beat Down (verbal), my friend Mr. Green offers some words (dripping with scornful sarcasm) in a thread of interest that Heather first jumped into...

Surely you weren't just being petty and rude because you believe anybody who disagrees with the obvious truth of your opinions to be not only mistaken, but also willfully stupid. And you wouldn't ascribe defects of character and upbringing to other people simply because you're intellectually lazy and doing so is easier than making a reasoned argument. Right?

Of course not. Only those mean and heartless conservatives, libertarians, and "high school Ayn Rand wannabes" would be so base as to lower the level of discourse like that.

Go here to read the whole thread...

Go Heather, Susie, Ted and Mr. Green! They rock!

Go Cubbies!!!

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George Clooney - Actor And Assclown

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I liked George Clooney in the Peacemaker, From Dusk to Dawn, and Out of Sight. I want to like the guy - he's charming. But about every month or so he says something that just makes my blood boil...

George Clooney talks about his Italian Villa. From the Scripps Howard News Service:

George Clooney and Catherine Zeta-Jones are co-starring in the Coen Brothers' latest comedy "Intolerable Cruelty. "

Clooney reports he has bought himself a little Italian villa as a getaway.

"It's the best thing I ever did in my life. Catherine came by this summer," he said. "It really is life altering. Just by virtue of the fact that I come out of television and everything happened a little later for me, I come from the world that if you stop working you're unemployed forever. So the only real vacations I've taken have been work related. And this summer I was like, 'You know what? I have this house, I'm going to go and spend three months doing nothing.' It was the best thing I've ever done. I recommend it. Everybody get a villa in Italy. "

Yeah, right George, not only can we all afford an Italian villa, we can take three months off of work to spend in it...?

What the hell is he thinking?

What an AssHat!

Note: I believe that I got the glorious picture of George Clooney - Assclown from Rachel Lucas but since her site doesn't have the archives showing anymore, I can't verify it for sure.

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Linkage

Frank J. has the In My World: The Democrat - Volume 2 posted - Bush learns to be a samurai. Seriously.

Kevin at Wizbang! has posted the Bonfire of the Vanities #15 - worst posts we could produce. Yours truly included. However, Jennifer was crowned Queen of Suck and has new graphic in her sidebar to prove it.

The Carnival of the Vanities #56 is up - go check out the buffet of the blogosphere...

Drink Alert!: This one via Margi - Snooze Button Dreams has an interesting encounter with his son, Bear.

John Hawkins discusses a cop's ability to defend him/herself.

Harvey and Taylor (my Bartender of choice) over at Madfish Willie's Cyber Bar debate what I would do for Cubs tickets...a deal with White Glenn...hhmmm, maybe?

For all of you who emailed me about how I feel about fan interference (and it was interference) see the picture below:

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Tickets to the game: $400


16 beers, and 2 hotdogs: $100


The realization that this guy needs to get


his ass kicked,


and then being the guy to do it:


Priceless.


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October 13, 2003

Things to See And Do

Jack Black as ComputerMan. I am a huge fan of Jack Black and Tenatious D so if you don't like either one, chances are that you won't like ComputerMan...

Frank J. has another installment in the In My World chronicles:

"Who is it now?" Bush asked with annoyance.
"An evil demon that vows to destroy the world and eat your soul!"
Bush jumped out of his chair in surprise. "But Hillary promised she wouldn't run for the presidency!"

Stephen Den Beste discusses the meaning of "fruitful dialogue" where the EU is concerned...with our death penalty stance.

I believe that Spoons and Baldilocks first linked to a story about home defense. A story where a man defends his home with a shotgun from invaders that have chosen his home because of his race. There was a lot of criticism as to the veracity of the story. I have no idea about whether it was true or not. I have known a victim of a hate crime and thought about posting it as a story - essentially, my college room mate was beaten up for being a Jew when he is actually Catholic - and thought that the only way to prove the story was to provide a Police report number and Cook County Court Case number. Sorry, but I think in cases like the above home defense story, it's not too much to ask to provide a police report number...If you are worried about your anominity, then you shouldn't post the story in the first place.

Hey, Lileks does another classic takedown of Colleen Rowley (her article on the Bush Administration's alleged character assassinations of anyone who disagrees with their policies).

It's Heather's Angelweave 6-month Blogiversary - check it out.

John Donovan at Argghhh! posts on the WMD and why they might be more elusive to find than you might think.

Via Mr. Green - Heather of Angelweave tries to have an intelligent conversation with a lefty about minimum wage and it distingrates into a debate on race...

Via FoolsBlog - The Navy celebrates it's 228th Birthday! Harv, you doing anything special?

John at QandO provides some information on the success of the post-war plan.

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October 10, 2003

Important Stuff Today

Hey, I missed posting about Serenity's 6 Month Blogiversary. Serenity, forgive me, I had a brief bout of "lameness".

Speaking of lameness, Chip's Blogiversary is today.

Balloon Juice (via the Emperor) exposes the lack of a real quagmire in Iraq.

Heather discusses a fallacy of condom use and aids prevention via the vatican....or should that be "phallacy"? Anyway, I am with her on this one.

Speaking of the vatican, Spoons takes on the Pope's stance on the war in Iraq.

Tom The Friendly Ghost has a post on China's reach for the moon a 15 minute space ride.

Kelly (The Patriette) has a post about one of my favorite celebrities - Alec Baldwin. (He was number 4 on my first Shirley Temple Awards)

Military enthusiasts - John at Argghhh! has a post with a brief on Iraq and the Future of Warfare.

Mr. Green discusses the Strike of the Garbage Collectors here in Chicago. He is right. A friend of mine from grad school was making about 80K per year as a trash man while going to school at night. Anyway, think of the cool blog title he could use...

Paul at Sanity's Edge has an absolutely brilliant tribute to Bill, er, I mean Chip.

Don Watkins of Anger Management - I hate it when you don't finish a story.

Taylor, the bartender at Madfish Willie's, is having a Blogger Cocktail contest...yeah, I know, hard to believe I would be plugging a drinking contest...anyway, I really love this site.

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It's a Blogiversary!

It's Bill's Bloviating Inanities Blogiversary - (trying saying that after a few martinis) - and here is Bill's very first post.

Now some of you people are wondering what am I doing, actually celebrating Bill's Blogiversary? Not calling him Chip? Playing nice after he called you names?

Well, yes, I think bygones should be bygones. Bill's got a great site and I've been a reader of his for almost ten months out of the whole year.

So to congratulate and admire Bill, I've buried the hatchet and memorialized Bill's good work...

View The Hot Chip

View Chipolean

View Chip Jong Il

Chip one of White Glenn's mustard-sandwich-eating evil minions....

Happy Blogiversary, Bill!

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October 09, 2003

Links This Morning

I am working on a video project today...maybe will have it posted soon. In the meantime, here are some sites to visit this morning.

1. Syria says it will be ready to strike back if Israel continues it's aggression. Um, let's see here. Syria, sponsoring terrorists that kill babies, would label it self defense. I don't think that anyone would doubt that Israel would clean the Syrian Army up pretty good. My friend Moshe is now a Colonel in the IDF and he is one bad-ass MF.

Forget Californnia, let's make Ahnold or Bruce Willis governor of Syria.

2. Speaking of Bruce Willis, anyone know how I can buy that guy a beer? Seriously. I mean, I know the man is filthy rich. I would just like to show the man some respect for the way he is supporting our nation and our military men and women.

You may not know that there are a lot of Hollywood people supporting our troops. For instance, it's my understanding from friends at Walter Reed that Bo Derek has visited EVERY SINGLE WOUNDED SOLDIER there. That is amazing.

3. Spoons is going a bit off of the mark on this one. I agree that Bush and the government need to do more - a lot more - to protect us. However, there are many (Ted Kennedy, anyone?) who obstruct a lot of necessary tasks that need to be performed. People like us need to speak out against these obstructionists and make strong suggestions to our leadership. Not speaking out, withholding a vote, or silent insolence is only going to make things worse - not better.

Spoons, I really respect your opinions, but this time I must disagree. If not Bush, then who?

4. Oh yeah, GO CUBBIES!!!!

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October 08, 2003

New Carnival of the Vanities Is Up

Hey, everyone, The Carnival of the Vanities #55 is going on over at Dancing With Dogs.

Also, go check out Front Line Voices. There is a new letter from Major Pain - full of Jackals, flushable toilets and mortar attacks.

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Cubs Lose, Writer's Block Ensues

I am in a slight depression after the Cubs' loss last night. Now, the Chicago *idiot* pundits are pondering whether a Cubs victory would take away the "loveable loser mystique". *ach!* Mystique? *spit* WTF?

This article talks to a psyche professor from Murray State University. *scratches head* Where?

Hey, Moron, nice article you got there - tearing apart the loyalty of generations of Cubs fans by using a third rate witch doctor at second rate school who couldn't cut it as professional therapist because the work was too difficult. I think Moose and Rocco are going to come by the Sun Times to have a little chat with you about your writing style. Note: Apologies to anyone at Murry State. I'm really sorry for taking a cheap shot at your asshole professor - I just got a little pissed. I'm better now.

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Now for the good news:

Kevin at Wizbang! has a new Bonfire of the Vanities posted where you can see the worst of the Blogosphere. He never uses my write ups describing how horrible my posts are because he does a much better/snarkier job of it...

Frank J. declares today to be "Talk Like Ahnold Day". I think if I talk to much like Ahnold, ah might get a toomah. He's also got another hilarious In My World post.

Stephen Den Beste has a vision of the future...and it's hilarious. There are a lot of days where I think Shakespeare was right...

John Hawkins has a run down of the posts on the Democratic Underground blog. It's like collective apoplexy over there...and I was waiting for a "If you enjoyed this satire by Scott Ott, you can read more of his work at Scrappleface" tagline, but it never came. These geniuses actually believe this stuff...

Bill Whittle has some words about the recall and the comeback power of the Democrats.

Annika also puts the California recall into perspective - California threw out a Democrat. California! - of all places.

John of Argghhh! sends some good news from Germany...and from a brewery that is near and dear to my heart - Spaten. They have provided over 600 cases of beer for the troops.

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I am the oldest of four boys. My blogless and youngest brother (blogless brother terminology shamelessly stolen from Harvey) sent his other three brothers this email:

My brothers - I am selling a digital camera for a friend of mine that needs some cash: he is in the hospital and won't need the camera anymore. To show you the quality of the camera, I have attached a high-res photo, in fact, the last one he took with the camera.
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October 07, 2003

This Is Great Stuff Here!

Via the Emperor, Serenity kicks a reporter's ass over his novelization of the Israeli strike into Syria.

John of Argghhh! writes this great translation of an article in Time about combat in Fallujah, Iraq.

A big, loud HOORAY!!! Kelly is off of BlogSpot. Go check out the new and improved The Patriette now! I love the John Wayne quote, too.

Stephen Green, the Vodka Pundit, has a hilarious post in response to a David Warren article on gay marriage.

Don Watkins at Anger Management talks to Liberals.

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Not Consumer Reports (or Blackfive) Verified

"One more drink, and I'll be under the host." - Dorothy Parker
File under ridiculous products:

Hey, quick, where can you find condoms in 55 different sizes? No, not at John Wayne Bobbit's house.

The Condom Mania prophylactic company has a unique concern with getting the "perfect fit".

They provide a Condom Wizard to walk you through various preferences like Sensitivity, Texture, Non-Lubricated, Extra Strength, Size, Flavor, Non-Latex, With Applicator, and Desensitizing.

What? No Menthol?

Anyway, the best/worst part of this is that they actually have a Fit-Kit that you download, print, then use to determine proper size.

Hey, folks, printing the They-Fit Fit-Kit means using paper. Condom Mania provides a disclaimer for paper cuts. Honest.

Finally, to prove that the Marketing Dept. always has the last say in product development, the sizes range in alpha-numeric forms and have the equivalents of long-to-longer or wide-to-wider. No mention of tiny, dinky, miniscule, short, tripod, or any other derogatory word for small...Wide and Long are the "smallest" terms.

Hat-Tip to my brother for the link. Your box of wide and long tubes is on the way.

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Olives for the Martinis

John Hawkins has an interesting interview and discusses why religion is like politics to the left.

Heather has another fitness post. Plus, if you are playing the drinking game, it's Bonus time!

Frank J. has more bite-sized wisdom for us.

Mr. Green is sent to a re-education camp. Sounds like his boss is loser.

Venomous Kate has her Letter of The Day.

*yawn* The election/recall is underway in California today. Like Frank J., I hope Ahnold wins. Mostly, because I live in Chicago...

If the U.N. Security Council votes on condemning Israel for attacking a terrorist camp in Syria, and the U.S. does NOT veto, someone had better do some serious explaining...for instance, if we can pre-emptively strike to protect ourselves, why can't Israel?

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October 06, 2003

Martini Lunch

First off, this is one fine letter. Admirable. I beleive most of you might have an idea of how I feel about the French bastards. I will have to buy Captain Steve 10 or so rounds.

Frank J. has another Top Ten List and another In My World and it features Ahnold!

Stephen Den Beste gets a letter about the truth of American humanitarian aid.

Chip gets a little pissed at me. What?

Spoons must be in shock because he didn't post anything about the Cubs victory yesterday. However Kim du Toit did and it is pretty damn funny. Hey, Kim, I can dream can't I?

In the news today, if there ever was a reason to use the American Veto in the U.N., this is it. John Hawkins agrees. We have to back Israel on the strike into Syria. Some idiots believe that this will only encourage Israel to go ahead with more strikes, and, therefore, we should abstain. Some idiots believe that Syria might actually be able to militarily defeat Israel in combat. Right.

Why in the hell would we ever want to protect Hamas training camps? Just give me one good reason...just one.

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Karma - Starbucks Style

Okay, so I've mentioned that I spent some time in the military, right? Well, the whole I time that I was a paratrooper or SF soldier, I never touched a drop of coffee. Sure, I ate coffee grounds to stay awake on patrol but never actually drank brewed coffee. All those years, I would get up at 0430 most days (hung over) to run 4-5 miles and never touched the stuff.

When I left active duty, my youngest brother took me to a Starbuck's here in Chicago (at any one point downtown, there is a Starbucks within four blocks). I said to Josh, "Pay $1.19 for a cup of coffee? That's ridiculous..."

Well, since that day, I have had at least one cup of Starbucks (usually with a shot or two of espresso) every day.

So, today, I get a grande mocha with an extra shot (3) and a scone. I hand the lady a $20. She gives me back 3 singles, change, and a $100. Must have mistaken it for a $10...

So I am thinking...This is too good. Cubs won. Israel finally went after the Syrians. I get a $100 instead of a $10. If I walk out of this door, I am going to get hit by a bus.

I tell the lady she gave me the wrong change and she is pretty damn happy with me. Mr. Manager comes over and gives me a $20 starbucks card.

And I made it to work alive.

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The Blogger Drinking Game

“Wonderful, varied words: blitzed, blasted, blotto, bombed, cockeyed, crocked, ripped, looped, loaded, leveled, wasted, wiped, soused, sizzled, smashed, and schnockered. Stewed, stinko, stupid, tanked, totaled, tight, and tipsy. Not to mention feeling no pain, three sheets to the wind, in one’s cups, intoxicated, addle-pated, and pixilated.” – Bruce Weber

Welcome to the Blogger Drinking Game – a game that can be played alone or with friends on-line, or at any bar with internet connectivity. The inspiration came to me when Michael Taylor suggested a few drinking games to post. Mr. Green also assisted in the development and testing…well, mostly the testing.

The Blogger Drinking Game Rules:

1. A player’s opponents must decide whether the player must "Play By The Rule" or "Play By The Exception". This game is designed so that it is more likely to find the items listed by blog, thereby causing someone to drink. If one "Plays By The Rule", one drinks every time one finds a statement about a blogger to be true. If one "Plays By The Exception", one drinks if the statement is untrue. Also, one is a wimp.

2. Bonus drinks apply to both players as they tend to occur infrequently and are usually fun to spot anyway.

3. There are two rounds.
A. The First Round:
(1) Play By The Rule: For instance, if "x mentions y in the last week" is the statement, then one drink is alotted for each time y is mentioned that week. All Bonus drinks count for one drink.
(2) Play By The Exception: For instance, if "x mentions y in the last week" is the statement, one drink is alotted if y is never mentioned in the last week. All Bonus Drinks count for one drink.

B. The Second Round:
Same as above except Bonus Drinks Are Doubled Per Statement Occurence.

Round One - one drink per true statement per blog - all bonus drinks apply for one drink):
1. Mr. Green mentions Purdue (or the Boilermakers) within the last week.
2. Heather talks about fitness topics like exercises, biking, or weightloss within the last week. Bonus Drink if she uses the word man-boobs.
3. Blackfive mentions that he was once in the military within the last week.
4. Susie mentions the movies anywhere in her post within the last four days. Bonus Drink if she posts a cleavage picture.
5. John Donovan of Argghhh! posts gun porn (i.e. pictures of weapons, or weapon platforms) within the last three days. Bonus Drink if John mentions the Prince of Darkness (POD=Wesley Clark).
6. Harvey of Bad Money actually posts graffiti currency today. Bonus Drink if he publishes a "200 Words Or Less" post today.
7. Annika posts a poem this week. Bonus if her Monday Night Football prediction comes true.
8. Chip has to steal one of Paul's or Annika's ideas for a post today. Bonus Drink if he forgot to pay his ISP bill and his site is down.
9. Paul criticizes Chip within the last week. Bonus Drink if he tells a drinking story.
10. Don Watkins of Anger Management makes you laugh out loud today. Bonus Drink if your coworkers stop by to see what you are laughing at...Another Bonus Drink if you have to clean off your monitor.
11. Pejman posts a haiku today. Bonus Drink if it's about the Bears.


Round Two
1. Stephen Den Beste has more than 24 paragraphs in a single post today, drink once for every paragraph over twenty four. No need for Bonus Drinks here, you have work to do...
2. Rachel Lucas posts a picture of her dogs today. Bonus Drink if Rachel uses the word "Asshat" in any post today.
3. Glenn Reynolds (White Glenn) of Instapundit uses the words "UPDATE" or "ANOTHER UPDATE" today. Bonus Drink if he uses "Indeed" or "Heh".
4. Emporer Misha I rips a moonbat a new asshole in a post today. Bonus Drink if he calls anyone a FuckWit - comments count on this one.
5. Venomous Kate snarks someone today (one drink for each snark). Bonus Drink if she posts a Letter of the Day entry.
6. Margi makes you blush today. If she doesn't, maybe we should move this one up the list a bit so you aren't so drunk.
7. Frank J. misspells a word in any post today. Bonus Drink if he misspels his own name - comments count on this Bonus Drink.

Note: Still celebrating Cubs victory...*hic*95 years!*hic*...so if I left anyone out with a good idea that should be added to the game, let me know...*hic*95 years!*hic*... Some bloggers were excluded due to their lack of consistency in posting (hence nothing to cause a drink consistently) or I was just careless...*hic*95 years!*hic*

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October 05, 2003

Cubs Win! Cubs Win!

HELL JUST FROZE OVER!

"Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto those of heavy hearts. Let him drink and forget his poverty, and remember his poverty no more." - Proverbs 31:4-7

"See, there must have been Cubs fans back then." - Blackfive
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Okay, so I was working on this cool post while watching the Cubs-Braves game. Well, I was watching the game while trying to blog. And, now...now, I am going to get drunk and celebrate with my friends over at Sluggers. Have a great night!

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October 04, 2003

Anyone Have a Snake Bite Kit?

First of all, Venomous Kate both links me in a post, her Hunting the Snark effort, and snarks me for not including her in my blogger drink list. Well, Kate, guilty as charged. It was a gross oversight and will be corrected in a new drink project coming soon. Same goes for Margi.

Anyway, go check out Kate's Hunting the Snark - it's a double shot this week so there's a lot of good snarky stuff to read.

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October 03, 2003

New Blog Showcase

Thanks to Susie and Harvey for keeping me clued in on the Showcase.

This has been a killer week at work - it's budget time for next year. I am asking for another 1.5 million plus trying to take over an arch-enemy's department. As they say, be careful what you wish for. Anyway, that's my excuse for the lighter blogging today. That and I am really jamming here with Lenny (Lenny Kravitz that is) at volume 11, with coffee...

Here are my votes for the New Blog Showcase:

Tom's Nap Room

And

Just Another Rice Grad

...hope that means Rice U.

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More Drinks Links

Frank J. is back with another Top Ten on Sensitive Information and Frank Answers some serious questions.

John Hawkins rips into John Kerry and it's good.

Harvey keeps pimpin Susie's boobs. It's nice work if you can get it...

As some of you know, Mr. Green is a drinking buddy and I have been waiting for a Mr. Green patented ass-kicking post. Nice one (and he doesn't meniton the Boilermakers once!). He also writes the best "Your company sucks" letters, too. We need more of those...

Romulus of Judiciuos Asinity has a intriguing idea about Rush's drug issue - To me, it seems awful convenient and a dodge.

Paul points out that Bill can't keep it up...his site that is. He must have trouble making the payments.

Don Watkins at Anger Management talks to God. Did I mention that he's an atheist? *hilarity ensues*

It's a great thing that Don moved off of BlogSpot. I just tried to see what was happening over at Tom's Nap Room and - BAM! - nothing.

Serenity discovers why music sales are down...and it ain't what the RIAA wants to hear.

Aaron and company at Pardon My English counter A.N.S.W.E.R. - great post with pics.

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October 02, 2003

Bill Whittle's POWER(s)

Six days ago, I was waiting for the bus on Michigan Avenue to go to work. There were a few guys waiting for a bus, when we heard a siren headed our way. You could tell it was a fire engine siren. In Chicago, those are the most bad-ass sounding sirens in the city. Loud and brash, not whiny and annoying like an ambulance or police cruiser.

Then the fire engines stream by...a hook and ladder brought up the rear. The driver swung the truck close to the curb where I was standing. So close, that I could see the expression on a fireman inside the cab. His jaw was set. His expression grim. All of the firemen looked determined. I thought of 9/11 and how the firemen and policemen ran into the falling buildings. That's when I saw it. I think my heart almost stopped beating.

On the back of the hook and ladder, a large American flag was streaming, fluttering in it's wake. It was one of the most beautiful things I had ever seen. I had tears in my eyes and could only mutter, "Go get 'em, boys."

There wasn't a dry eye on that corner of Michigan Avenue.

If you haven't read POWER, yet, you need to go and read it right now. Bill Whittle's EjectEjectEject is one of the main reasons I started blogging.

He has an obvious gift for pouring what makes America great into a mass of words and paragraphs that makes sense. The man is on to something...ready to tap into the very heart of us all.

But for the longest time, I couldn't express how his essays make me feel. Today, I finally figured it out.

Those essays make me feel like the day I saw those grim firemen going into harm's way with our nation's gorgeous flag billowing out behind them.

PROUD AS HELL TO BE AN AMERICAN!

Thank you, Bill. And go get 'em.

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October 01, 2003

Links

POWER IS HERE. Bill Whittle is a genius.

Front Line Voices is officially launched. Go check it out.

The Carnival #54 is up at Dodgeblogium.

Harvey has a post on the restriction of personal freedoms in the military. I agree with the saying that - You can't defend Democracy with Democracy.

Sparkey over at Sgt. Stryker's has a comprehensive post on Plame CIA Leak. It's right in line with Harvey's post, since Sparkey is former military, he can say pretty much whatever the hell he wants to...

Heather finds some sage advice for Brittish Fish collectors/owners...don't flush.

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September 30, 2003

Drinks Links Today

This one via White Glenn/Instapundit - Wesley Clark and Time Travel.

"Even if Clark becomes president, I doubt it would be within his powers to repeal the powers of physics," said Melnick, whose research has focused on interstellar clouds and the formation of stars and planets.

Frank J. has more bite sized wisdom - his take on Bustamante is my favorite.

Head of Network Security for ForensicTec busted for hacking government computers. Jackass!

Argghhh via DarthVOB via Horsefeathers about the left's stance on Iraq.

Stephen Den Beste explores the mind of an Iraqi and why they don't think for themselves...and why ideas are more powerful than bullets.

John Hawkins has more on the Plame CIA Leak.

Harvey keeps taunting me about da Bears. But at least I don't live in Wisconsin...

Paul at Sanity's Edge has Dating Tips for Men #7 posted where he gets answers from Susie, Jennifer, and annika.

Is the UK the next target of Al Qaeda?

Bonfire of the Vanities #13 is up at Wizbang. Yours truly and other sucky bloggers submitted their worst posts of the week...and I had a lot to choose from.

Damn, Don Watkins at Anger Management is one funny SOB.

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September 29, 2003

Some Drinks Links for Today

Frank J. has a new In My World with Rumsfeld, quite possibly the most adorable satiric character since Crusty the Clown.

Paul at Sanity's Edge has a post on alcohol. You can read more about Paul here tomorrow.

Misha discusses Steyn on Racism. I dropped a tidbit in the comments on Jesse Jackson and his racist bullsh#t here in Chicago. See update below.

Harvey has another excellent 200 Words post - this one on choices.

John Hawkins covers the CIA leak and what is being missed in the media.

John Donovan of Argghhh! explains the domain name change. Hint: I am of the Robertson and Sinclair clans meself.

Being a Bears fan, I am excited about tonight's game. Although the new stadium looks like an alien spacecraft landed on top of the Parthenon, the first game there should pump up the Bears a little. Annika has the Packers by 4. I disagree. I'll go with the Packers by 10. In something like 27 games the Pack has won 24. The problem with this is that both teams really suck...

Tom The Friendly Ghost talks about North Korea abducting Japanese civilians.

Update: Due to a ghost in the machine, my comments were lost at the Emporer's site. I made the comment that in Chicago, Jesse Jackson poured Budweiser on the street and claimed that Anheiseur-Busch was a racist company...that is until his sons were awarded one of the largest AB distributorship contracts in the world. It even includes Wrigley Field. Now, AB is a great company, according to Jesse Jackass. I won't ever drink Bud in this town again.

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The Theme for This Week - Drinking

"We had gone out there to pass the beautiful day of high summer like true Irishmen - locked in the dark snug of a public house." - Brendan Behan
First, thanks to everyone who visited last week while I was out. Also, thanks for the feedback on the stories. While I am NOT writing a book, I have a lot more to go. That was the first 8 weeks in a 15 year career. Next up will be how I went from Airplane Mechanic to Paratrooper - you can blame the Army.

Anyway, this week's theme will be drinking. Some of you are not surprised, and, in fact, are wondering what took me so long to get around to it. In the spirit of drinking, I am slightly overdue with the next round of Shirley Temple Awards - stay tuned today. I have been struggling with one guy who seems to keep returning to the list. Why a theme? Well, I need the help since I have been really busy trying to run down some stories for Front Line Voices. It's up and running. Check it out.

Next, in a bit of blogger news, Argghhh! has moved to a stronger, faster site. This is good news as the Donovans are moving from BlogSpot. Check it out and let them know what you think.

Finally, in a bit of drink humor, here is a recipe from the WASP Cookbook, by Alexandra Wentworth (one of the funniest cookbooks of all time ISBN:0-446-91210-7):

Wasp Dry Martini (for the Harvard Homecoming game):

Question: How many WASPs does it take to screw in a lightbulb?
Answer: Two. One to change the lightbulb and one to make the martinis.

6 tablespoons vermouth
6 ice cubes
3/4 cup dry gin (Ed. Blackfive prefers Bombay Saphire)
6 cocktail olives

Pour the vermouth over ice cubes in a glass; let stand 2 minutes. Pour the vermouth out, leaving a film around the ice cubes. Pour in gin and gently stir. Strain liquid into martini glass and daintily drop in olive. (Ed. skip the daintily part)

Now, that makes me thirsty...


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September 26, 2003

Things to See and Drink

John Hawkins at RWN has this great post on the UN's role in Kosovo.

RT sends a link to more French vileness. I want to know whoever thought the French had class...

Harvey at Bad Money has a few nice posts - this one is about receiving military honors from the German Navy (via Misha) and this one is about the guards at the Tomb of the Unkown Soldier.

Here is a little Frank J. history. I didn't know he coined the term "rap". Interesting...

Last night, my friends were talking again about horrible drink combinations and there I heard of a vile concoction - Pabst Beer and Smirnoff Vodka - they call it a Pabst Smir. *groan*

Singer Robert Palmer dead at age 54.

Misha has a post on racism - basically, SMU students have some major cajones.

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September 25, 2003

Links and Important Stuff

First, Mr. Green has a rant session on the a$$hole judge that shutdown the do not call list. After I read his blog, I called my home voicemail and had 3 telemarketer phone calls that left messages (and a few suspiscious hang ups) - I won a vacation, I needed digital satellite tv, and a phone company had cheaper rates. GD, these people piss me off.

Next, check out Front Line Voices. If you are military or know military folks and can contribute accurate information from Iraq and Afghanistan. We (I am helping too) need your help - think of it as volunteering to help the ultimate volunteers - our men and women in uniform.

Stephen Den Beste has another informative look at our relationship with the French.

Tom The Friendly Ghost talks about beggar clean up in Bangkok. Bangkok ain't the only city to do this. The mayor of my great city, Chicago, shipped all of the bums to the suburbs when the Democrat Convention was here in 2000.

Rantings from a Homicidal Maniac has a nice post on who to really blame for a large call up of our Reserve military...and I agree with her on the point that if you're a reservist, you should expect to serve when called.

Frank J. does a run down of the debate last night. I watched a recap of it too. The debate was mildly entertaining, that's it though.

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September 19, 2003

One more link - it's worth it

Okay, I was going to stop blogging but I couldn't help but check Susie's site one more time. Susie recommended this post and I went and checked it out and it is GOOD. Go see for yourself. Go on. Go.

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Blackfive Out

Hello, Everyone-

I will be out of touch for a few days (I'll be back on the 25th) and in blog withdrawl. I have set up a bunch of postings to be launched everyday. While not related to current events, they are more anecdotes about my military experiences.

Saturday: Blackfive and Gays in the Military
Sunday - Wednesday: Blackfive in Boot Camp Series

Some might get a chuckle out of you and some are more serious. Hope you like 'em.

Have a great weekend! See you on the 25th.

Matt

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Links to Check Today

Finally! Mr. Green is back and ready to take on the United Nations. Easy there, big guy...

En hon'r o' National Talk Like a Pirate Day, Captain Frank J. gots answers to yer pirate questions, arrr! Ere's mor', John at Argghhh!! has a pirate keyboard fer ye!

I took the pirate quiz and look what happened - I'm the Cap'n!

You are The Cap'n!
Some men are born great, some achieve greatness and some slit the throats of any man that stands between them and the mantle of power. You never met a man you couldn't eviscerate. Not that mindless violence is the only avenue open to you - but why take an avenue when you have complete freeway access? You are the definitive Man of Action. You are James Bond in a blousy shirt and drawstring-fly pants. Your swash was buckled long ago and you have never been so sure of anything in your life as in your ability to bend everyone to your will. You will call anyone out and cut off their head if they show any sign of taking you on or backing down. [Blackfive says "Nate, ya scurvy cur, pay attent-shun 'ere, matey! Arr!"] You cannot be saddled with tedious underlings, but if one of your lieutenants shows an overly developed sense of ambition he may find more suitable accommodations in Davy Jones' locker. That is, of course, IF you notice him. You tend to be self absorbed - a weakness that may keep you from seeing enemies where they are and imagining them where they are not.
What's Yer Inner Pirate?
brought to you by The Official Talk Like A Pirate Web Site. Arrrrr!


John Hawkins looks into teacher salary and spending per students around the world.

Misha investigates Michael Moore's lineage.

Annika exposes the Bush/Bono bullsh#t.

Bubba at Schadenfreude has a good post on the French, Cajuns and Creoles and his hilarious grandfather.

Clark blasted for waffling on the debate.

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September 18, 2003

Movie Review - Bend It Like Beckham

I saw "Bend It Like Beckham" the other day. I was tricked, I tell ya.

I wanted to go see "Once Upon A Time In Mexico" (OUATIM). Been a Rodriguez fan for ages. In fact, the first movie date my wife and I had was "From Dusk 'Til Dawn". Believe me, during the Cheech monologue, I was eyeing her reactions - hilarious. So I was charged up about seeing OUATIM.

We get to the theater and my wife made a mistake. OUATIM wasn't playing at the theater that we were at.

Mrs. Blackfive: "Oh, I wanted to see Bend It Like Beckham, anyway. Why don't we see it since we're here?"

Any husbands out there smell a rat? Not being an American soccer fan (I watch the occasional Manchester United game), and, especially not a women's soccer fan, I didn't expect much. I had heard great things from friends, but I really wanted to see OUATIM.

So I gritted my teeth and went to see it.

Big surpise, it was the best movie I have seen this year. Action (well, sports action), drama, lots of humor, good soundtrack, it had everything. The acting was very, very good (the coach was a little over-acted, but everyone else was spot on). The New york Times panned it, but after re-reading the review, I don't think their reviewer saw the same film I did. While it ain't Cassablanca or The English Patient, it is a fun movie.

Seriously, it's a great story about a women's soccer club in England and the prejudices surrounding the sport and cultures there. I am going to buy it when it is on DVD and you should definitely go see it.

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Linkage for Today

UPDATE: Go read Bill Whittle's site now - he has a message for us - and if you're a liberal, pull THAT LOUD HANDLE!

UPDATE: Opinion Journal has a piece on the Clinton connection to Weasely Clark.

Apologies for the light posting. My buddy at work had to take his son to the ER so I have been trying to do failing miserably at covering his job today...Will have Round 3 of Hatemail and Email later today.

Misha has an excellent post with a link to the Blood of Hero's video.

Frank J. has a Guide for New Readers of IMAO.

Harvey at Bad Money has a knack for identifying and encouraging new bloggers - this post is great and I am looking forward to Jon's entry into the 'sphere. BTW, I am one that was encouraged by Harvey, too.

Attention Sapper Mike: On that note, I have been waiting for Sapper Mike to enter the fray as well. He had an experience with General Jannier, too, but during the Gulf War prior to my meeting ze Zshen-er-all. Drop me a line, Mike, and let me know where you are at with the new site.

Arghh has more on the Prince of Darkness (POD) - General Weasely Clark. In case you haven't noticed, I ain't a big supporter of Gen. Clark's. But, as John at Arghh points out, he is smart and will adapt to the race as it unfolds.

Further, Ross sends this link to an article on MSNBC about Clark - "...remains a highly controversial figure within the U.S. military, disliked and mistrusted by many fellow officers." It is a really good description of Clark. And, btw, the one plaudit of Clark they could find was a member of his inner circle and someone who will most likely benefit if Clark is President or Vice President.

Tom the Friendly Ghost has more on Clark.

Romulus has more info from the families of the 4th Infantry Division.

John Hawkins at Right Wing News has a post on France. Check it out.

Blackfive Bitch of the Day: On a side note, why do cold calling IT consultants feel that you need to call them back if they ask nicely and leave their phone number on your voice mail? There are like 12 million of these guys out there. I get at least 10 calls per day from NEW consulting companies that I haven't heard of before. What the hell is up with that?


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September 17, 2003

Links O' The Day (damn, that title sucks)

A New Onion! This one is good if this side headline is any indication:

God Grants John Ritter's Wish To Meet Johnny Cash

The First Anniversary of the Carnival of the Vanities is up and running. I am going to have to spend some quality time running through the blogs there. And thanks to all who visit via the Carnival. Much obliged.

Check out some awesome photos(hopping) of Michael "AssHatted Windbag" Moore at Single White Guy. Scroll down as the BlogSpot permalinks don't work too well.

Susie at Practical Penumbra has a list of 50 things you didn't know about her. This woman is a mystery I tell you!

Frank J. has another In My World post. It's a good one, too.

You Can Call Me Al has a post on POW/MIA Week. Check it out. Thanks, Al.

Amish Tech Support busts someone who wants to start forgiving the transgressions of the French. If the Democrats think that changing Freedom Fries back to French Fries is going to help get the French to support us in the UN, they are absolutely. damned. stupid. ASSHATS!!!! *spit*

LGF has more on the French obstructionists...

Okay, I am part of the Stephen Den Beste Fan Club, but even I am starting to wonder about him. Does this guy know everything?!! Now, he has a comprehensive post on Anna Kournikova?!!

Terrorism in... Denmark? What? Did some Copenhagen hash dealer get pissed at the Quckie Mart guy for not stocking enough Doritos?

Note to people who go to Columbia on vacation: You are idiots! What the hell are you thinking? What's next? Vacation in the Beka Valley?! Liberia, too, maybe?

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September 16, 2003

Today's Links

Frank J. is back! Here is some bite sized wisdom for ya!

Wizbang has the Bonfire of the Vanities up with the worst posts on the Blogosphere. Blackfive has an entry on the foray into futility (wishing for a Cubs World Series).

Funny stuff from the Emperor Misha I on the Claim that CNN was bullied by Fox News in Iraq.

The only Glenn that you need to know has an interesting take on Bloggers Who Are Black.

Today, I was reading about how Ben Affleck's friends and family performed an intervention to keep him from marrying J-Lo. Sounds a lot like what happened to my friend Filipe Cuervo - some of you voted in the poll about his doomed nuptials. I may come up with a good post on how the Filipe Cuervo intervention went...

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September 15, 2003

"Hey, Ahab, you still got my linkage?"

China is sending troops to the North Korean border - hhhmm...what happened the last time they sent thousands of troops there?

No surprises here from the asshole that was almost impeached for lying.

The Alliance of Free Blogs wins the First New Blog Showcase Challenge

Stephen Den Beste covers the idiotic Baghdad Radiation Scandal quite nicely.

The Donovans at Argghh!!! have a story on passengers of a flight to Hawaii subduing another passenger.

Spoons has a good run down on the Colin Powell - Arafat debacle. Check it out.

Belated Happy Birthday Harvey! He has a new Filthy Truth Lie posted about White Glenn.

*microphone backfeed* Attention Ben and Jennifer - no one really gives a sh#t!

Note for the clueless: Title Quote is from the Breakfast Club...

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September 12, 2003

Listen to Movies

Use this link to listen to a movie - I'm listening to Goodfellas right now. Kind of a cool idea...

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September 11, 2003

September 11th

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Today is a solemn time for us. Below are some sites to read today to
reflect on the attack on September 11th:

Rachel Lucas

Bill Whittle

Emperor Misha I

Mr. Green

Voices - from A Small Victory

Wizbang

Utah remembers 9/11

The Patriette


Never forget. Never forgive.

God Bless the USA!

Blackfive

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September 10, 2003

September 10th

What are you doing tomorrow - 9/11?

I don't know about you, but I am pissed off, emotional, angry, and ready to kick someone's ass. Tomorrow is the second year since the attack on innocent people left more than 2,800 dead. They were murdered by some of the worst sort of filth the world has seen. The images have been burned into my soul.

The shameless media isn't really covering it. Aren't we at war?

We have politicians like Howard Dean not taking sides in the Middle East. Not taking sides when one side murders innocent people and celebrates in the streets?

We have apologists who want us to look inward for the reasons of the attack on 9/11/01 as if the blame lies within ourselves.

What the hell happened?

I don't know what you are doing tomorrow. Me? I am going to renew my resolve to ensure that our country remains safe, that we remain free, and that the men and women on the frontlines in this war - the military, police, fire fighters, air marshals, counter-terrorists - have as much support as possible. These faithful and proud Americans must have the best equipment, training, and intelligence to fight this war. Our very lives and our way of life depend on them.

Do something!

1. Our military and first responders need to know that you support them. You can do this by going through various agencies like the USO or visiting Defend America. Donate blood, food, air conditioners, buy 'em a pizza, send a letter, anything that will show your support.

2. Contact your Congressman and Senators and tell them that you fully support whatever it takes to win the War on Terror. Tell them that obstructing the war or adding pork barrels onto "War" spending and legislation is tantamount to treason (every spare dime will be needed).

3. Support our allies. Our list seems to get smaller. Send an email to a newspaper in Britain, Australia, or Poland. Let the people of these countries know that we will forever remember their support and friendship. They are bravely fighting and dying along side of our men and women.

4. Tell France to go to hell. Boycott them. Don't support their obstruction or support of terrorism. Don't let them get away with sweeping 9/11 under the rug.

5. Grasp Reality. Most of the Arab world wants you dead. Period. The people that commit and celebrate these atrocities should be hunted down and killed. Just like that. No whining about terminology, no apologies necessary. The war is going to take money, lots of it. We should all remain strong in our committment and resolve to pursue terrorists and destroy them. No matter the cost. No matter the price. They must be destroyed.

Do something!

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September 05, 2003

Why I Love Southwest Airlines

On the day before my wedding in 1997, I had to travel to St. Louis from Chicago. I had a flight booked on Southwest for 11:58AM. I was flying to meet my wife-to-be and go to our wedding rehearsal and rehearsal dinner that night.

I left our apartment in Chicago at about 10:30am. Caught a cab, threw my luggage and my wife-to-be's extra luggage (they always have extra luggage, don't they?) into the cab's trunk and took off for Midway Airport (about 20 minutes away). We were driving at about 50 mph on North Avenue, ten blocks from my apartment, when my cab hit a delivery truck coming out of a Home Depot. I wasn't wearing a seatbelt.

I slammed facefirst into the cab's plexiglass divider that separated the front and back seats. Everything went black for a few seconds, then I heard a voice asking if I was okay. I shook my head and felt blood running down my chin. I had a bloody nose and a cut chin.

Shit!

I looked up at the person speaking to me. A pedestrian was asking how I was doing. The idiot cab driver was out of the cab yelling at the truck driver - I don't think he ever thought to see if I was okay. The truck driver, who had pulled out in front of the cab, was yelling racial epithets back at the cabbie. Meanwhile, I was trying to stem the blood flow out of my nose.

Screw this noise!

I got out of the back seat. Went into the driver's seat of the cab and popped open the trunk. I started unloading my luggage and looking for another cab. It was hot - around 90 degrees. I was nervous, sweating, and had blood all down the front of my white shirt. I was wiping the blood from my nose and chin on the sleeves of my shirt.

The police showed up quickly. It was now 10:50am. The flights were all booked for the whole day - I was begining to panic. I had to get out of there...

The cabbie was telling the police not to let me go as I was his witness and I still owed him $4.50. The police wanted me to go to the hospital. The truck driver didn't care what I did or where I went.

After giving the cabbie my contact information and assuring the cop that I was fine, I caught another cab (I didn't pay the original cabbie). When we finally made it to the highway, we hit a traffic jam. It was now 11:10am.

We pulled up to the Southwest counter at 11:50am. I cut to the front of the line. I am dripping with sweat and the front of my shirt is covered in blood and I have blood clots on my nose and chin.

Customers start complaining that I am cutting in line. I was on the verge of losing it and beating one of the customers with the stantion. I looked like Death on a bad day.

Blackfive: "Look! I have five minutes to catch my flight. I was just in a car accident. I am getting married and HAVE TO BE ON THAT FLIGHT!"

The Ticket Agent looks me and up and down, checks my itinerary, makes an obvious conclusion, and calls for a porter. She didn't check me in. I didn't think I was going to make it on the flight, and, if I rented a car and drove the 320 miles, I would be late to the rehearsal and subsequent dinner. Not good, not good at all...

SWA Ticket Agent: "Paul, get this guy on his plane. Move!"

Paul, a 6'4" black guy who could have played linebacker for the Bears, grabs some of my stuff and we sprint for the gate. It is 11:53AM. Paul maneuvers through the terminal - making apologies for bumping into people, sidestepping elderly folks, and sprinting when an opening appeared.

I follow him down the gantry to the plane. He throws my suitcases to the flight attendent, shakes my hand and wishes me luck. I get on the plane. They shut the door. The Flight Attendent asks me if I would like a complimentary cocktail. I accept the drink - still breathing hard from my run up terminal A.

Over the speaker system on the plane: "Ladies and Gentlemen, our groom has MADE IT!"

The entire plane erupts in applause and cheers. I had flight attendents trying to perform first aid on my nose and chin. I had passengers buying me drinks. And I told the story over the speaker for everyone on the plane. Someone even offered me a ride to my hotel.

Luckily, I didn't see my wife until the rehearsal dinner. I did look like I got beat up, though. At first, she thought I was in a bar brawl (been known to happen).

In all of our wedding pictures, you can see the gash on my chin. Among other things, it reminds me that Southwest is one kick ass airline.

Update: A related but not-necessarily follow up post is here - it's about how I forgot I had a microphone on at my wedding.

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Links and Stuff

The Friendly Ghost has a great analysis of a Internet Worm built by Chirac. Good work, Tom!

Strong Language Alert: Merde in France has this take on the New York Times review of a French author's fictionalization of 9/11. Yeah, the New York Times really sucks... Merde also references material from A Small Victory on the same subject - go to Merde and follow to Michele's analysis.

A cool quiz via Angelweaving:

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Pirates of the Caribbean!


What movie Do you Belong in?(many different outcomes!)
brought to you by Quizilla
Turns out I belong in the movie "The Pirates of the Carribean" - probably as Jack Sparrow...most people usually aren't sure if I am drunk or not

The FBI is searching for 4 scumbag terrorist suspects in conjunction with this threat alert.

Harv at Bad Money has a new Truth Lie about White Glenn and it's a good one.

Hey, why didn't anyone tell me that this debate was on last night? Oh, no one knew about it...or cared...

One in seven needs help turning on a computer? They must have talked to my company...

Italian Winery produces Hitler vintage. Two words...boycott them.

Hey, remember when we last bowed to the wishes of France and Russia? - Result: Divided Europe (part under the boot of Stalin) and The Cold War. So let's give them a say in the political system in Iraq!

Estrada is stepping away from the nomination process due to wanting to move on with his life. Misha has a good take on the situation.

I love James Taranto's Opinion Journal - Best of the Web. Yesterday was a good one. Anytime you have the Bush Administration referring to Nato folks like France, Germany and Belgium as "Chocolate Makers", you get a hearty chuckle out of me.

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Links and Stuff

Frank J. at IMAO has wrapped up his Guns series nicely with Gun Care.

Annika announces her choice for Governor of California. I don't complain much about living in Chicago - it has it's faults - but, DAMN, I am glad that I don't live in California.

I am not surprised by this one. The IRS sucks. They can't even answer your tax questions correctly. I would never call them because I would be afraid of an audit being directed at me because I asked the wrong question. Not that I have done anything wrong, but, with the damn IRS, you are guilty until proven innocent. I recently commanded an Army Reserve Company. One of my platoon sergeants was, in his civilian life, an agent of the IRS, and he was the biggest bastard I have known in a long, long while. He would always bust a suspect when they were with their family - like during Christmas dinner or at the Temple during Passover.

Rachel Lucas and Misha take on the Johnny Depp quotes in Stern. Rachel examines the irony and Misha takes him out at the knees. Hey, Alex Baldwin - at least Johnny's money is where is his mouth is. You still need to go. Leave. Am-scray. Get out of Dodge. Blow this popcicle stand. Vamoose. Head on out. Get going.

Abbas finally had the balls to stand up to Arafatass. We'll see what happens next...

France and Germany criticize the US Plan for Iraq. Really? That is so surprising.

Saudis find surface-to-air missles at one of their airports served by British Airways.

Gen. Weasely Clark states he is a Democrat but not yet sure he is running...now, you know I have posted some visceral remarks about him, but this takes the cake. He can't make up him mind, yet, on whether to run for President? What is waiting for - a direct order? Yet, another reason I can't stand him - he can't make a stand, he can't make a decision. I think he wants to be Vice President but doesn't want to deal with the Presidential debates and campaign costs (monetary and emotional) associated with actually being a candidate. Blackfive prediction: Howard Dean and Wesley Clark ticket. Assumption is that Clark makes up for Dean's lack of understanding in foreign affairs and the military.

I saw a story on the news this morning about a car that can hit speeds of up to 30 knots in the WATER. Kevin at Wizbang has more. The news media said it was selling for about a quarter meelion dollars.

I used more Chicago Sun Times links because Fox now is making you sign in with demographic information before reading a story. Bastards...

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Links and Stuff

Retro links...well, from a few days ago. This weekend was kind of slow. I think only Harv over at Bad Money did anything on the 'sphere - this is an ode to "Yes, Dear".

First, here is the dialectizer. For those of you unfamiliar with the dialectizer, you can change your writings or web sites into Jive, Redneck, Cockney, etc. Below is the same statement in Jive:

Fo' dose uh ya' unfamiliar wid de dialectizer, ya' kin change yo' writin's o' web sites into JIBE, Redneck, Cockney, etc. Co' got d' beat!

Next, Frank J. has some bite-sized wisdom for us. I would do anything for Mexican food and beer...well, almost anything. I love Chilequiles for breakfast.

I would hang this guy.

File this under Jesse Jackass. Frank J. thinks we should just arrest him annually during the Labor Day weekend.

Who the hell thinks this guy should be let out of jail for visits with his family? John Hinkley. This kind of crap always gets me going - I get pissed when liberals believe that someone like this can be rehabilitated...

Grab a big cup of coffee, sit back and read this State Department analysis from Stephen Den Beste.

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Links and Stuff

Check out this game. Update: looks like a lot of people are hitting this site so try it a little later.

The Alliance of Free Blogs will have a Specialties page up soon.

Mr. Green's hook seems to be letter writing. And he's got some good ones to PETA and Salon.

Frank J. at IMAO has another post on Guns. Seriously, I can get to my .45 Combat Commander and clips (stored and locked in separate places), put it all together and be headed for the only way in and out of my place in less than 13 seconds. I practice to ensure no one gets accidently shot - but not the "model citizens" of my great city who happen to be invading my home - they are going to get shot no matter what, many, many times.

Rachel Lucas has a rant on the lack of planned media rememberances of 9/11 on September 11, 2003. I agree that watered down mentionings of the attacks are nothing less than bullshit and propaganda. Emporer Misha I adds fuel to this fire.

Emporer Misha I exposes more French B.S.

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August 25, 2003

Todays News

Hey, the Israelis blew up another 4 terrorists - while Abbas and Arafatass duke it out for control of the security forces. I think Arafatass has sufficiently proved that he can't control Hamas or the security forces (or that he has even tried to use them to suppress terrorism). If he wins this round, the road map will be officially road kill. There seems to be some debate over whether the Ham-asses are terrorists or militants - I prefer terrorists, but I also prefer to call them what they are - "murderers" of children.

I watch the Amazing Race religiously. I have tried to get my father-in-law to apply with me to be contestants in the race for the last year or two. Anyway, the winners of the 1 meeelion dollars last week were the gay, married couple Chip and Reichen. They made the cliche' announcement after winning that "It was about showing the world that gay people can do anything that anyone else can do..." Really? (sarcasm starts here) I thought being gay meant you were physically handicapped....(sarcasm ending). Even my wife groaned when Reichen said that statement. More on those Idiots at the Advocate's web site.

Get a look at Mars soon. Wednesday at 4:51am will be the best viewing time in the Midwest.

Rachel Lucas has watched Bowling for Collumbine by that jackass, Michael Moore, and has a great rant about it.

News updates:
Last night, I went out for a walk and ended up at Borders. There, on a table in the very front of the store, was Al Franken's new book. So, I picked up a copy, paged through it for about five minutes, decided it wasn't worth my time, and went back to looking at other books (I read at least one book per week). Anyway, I began to notice how many customers stopped by the Al Franken table, picked up the book, paged through it, then put it down again and went about their business. Not that I know anything about book sales, or that my observations at 7pm on a Sunday night at a Chicago Borders has anything to do with it, but it seemed that no one was buying the book. It hasn't made the NYTimes top 30 list yet - I think it hasn't been out long enough to register. Time will tell. My five minute perusal review: It was boring. Calling Bill O'Reilly, Bill O'Lie-ly, was about the most entertaining blurb I could find after skimming through about 100 pages

Check out the new site Mr. Green - a viceral rant letter to PETA.


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