Steve Valley, who was on tour with me in Iraq, is on WBT in Charlotte tonight. Tune in from the internet on WWW.WBT.COM. He discusses the media in Iraq, his book 'Inside The Fortress' and many other things.
Blackfive posted up a few weeks ago a song and video that is just too HOOAH! not to listen to. You can find that post here for The Warrior Song.
Since then, the Warrior Legacy Foundation has worked with the song's creator, Sean, and his team to 'adopt' the song for the Warrior Legacy Foundation. Now, the WLF and The Warrior Song are one and the same in promoting its use for our Warriors! The WLF has 'adopted' the song as its 'fight song'.
It's such a perfect fit. If you haven't seen it, take a look at it now. Be sure to pick up a copy of it and spread it around!
I have been an advocate of a victory parade or some other acknowledgment of the victory we have won in Iraq. First because everyone who served there deserves it and second because the incoming President tried his damndest to lose the war and should not be allowed near a celebration. So the inimitable Zombie, of SF moonbat profiling fame, has an idea that is catching on. Victory in Iraq Day November 22, 2008
Let's go all out on this and see what kind of action we can get. VI Day.
Had a pal call me up last week while I was working on a *yawn* chocolate industry financial analysis for school. "Matty, get over to the Elbo Room, now!"
So, I wrap up homework and head up to north Lincoln Avenue to the Elbo Room to see Boston based "Say When" on their North American tour.
Back when I used to do the "Listening To" posts, some of you noticed my taste for guitar driven rock.
So, it's been a few years since I was last in the Elbo Room. Hadn't changed much (maybe more graffiti). The previous band was talented but not my kind of music - they were like a combo of Bjork and Jewel...pretty tame. So, I get a Johnny Walker Black and grab a seat at the bar. I watch my friends on the other side of the room. Say When comes on stage. The crowd gives a smattering of applause. Typical Chicago welcome...like saying "you guys are welcome here, now shut the hell up and play."
Like most of the crowd, I hadn't heard of Say When. Maxwell Latif, the lead singer, takes the mike, says thank you to Chicago (more smattering of applause)...and then they simply kicked ass.
A good band is really led by the drummer, and "Say When" has a great drummer in Mark McCarthy. The Bass player is freaking dangerous. I mean that. Mike Marvuglio is seriously unhinged...in a good way. The guitars absolutely drive the sound. Energetic, talented, you should go see these guys on their way up.
After their set ended (way too soon), I caught up with lead guitarist and homeboy, John Zaremba, to ask him if I could post about them. After a shot or two, I found out that the tour (like everything that they do) is self-funded. Might get them to do a special kick for a project that Jimbo and I are working on...
Here's two videos of some of their stuff (they don't do justice to their sound).
Check their MySpace page for tour dates, mp3s and videos. If you like Rock, you won't be disappointed. Tour dates also after the Jump (Jimbo will be in Vegas for BlogWorldExpo when they are next in Madison - check them out and give us an update).
"...Justice is the one thing you should always find
You got to saddle up your boys
You got to draw a hard line
When the gun smoke settles well sing a victory tune
Well all meet back at the local saloon
Well raise up our glasses against evil forces
Singing whiskey for my men, beer for my horses..."
-Toby Keith - "Beer for My Horses"
3rd Brigade Combat Team of the 1st Cavalry Division sings Toby Keith's "Beer For My Horses". I'll have to grab my Cav Scout stetson and spurs and sing along. The audio isn't so great (but you may thank Grey Wolf Productions for that - there's a reason they're Cavalry Scouts and not Country Music Stars...):
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In Iraq, he received the moniker of Mr. Wolf after the Harvey Kietel character in Pulp Fiction, when "challenges" arose, they called on Mr. Wolf...
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Uber Pig was an Infantryman from late 1991 until early 1996, serving with Second Ranger Battalion, I Corps, and then 25th Infantry Division. At the time, the Army discriminated against enlisted soldiers who wanted use the "Green to Gold" program to become officers, so he left to attend Stanford University. There, he became expert in detecting, avoiding, and surviving L-shaped ambushes, before dropping out to be as entrepreneurial as he could be. He is now the founder of a software startup serving the insurance and construction industries, and splits time between Lake Tahoe, Boonville, and San Francisco, CA.
Uber Pig writes for Blackfive a) because he's the proud brother of an enlisted Civil Affairs Reservist who currently serves in Iraq, b) because he looks unkindly on people who make it harder for the military in general, and for his brother in particular, to succeed at their missions and come home in victory, and c) because the Blackfive readers and commenters help keep him sane.
COB6 spent 24 years in the active duty Army that included 5 combat tours with service in the 1st Ranger Battalion and 1st Special Forces Group . COB6 was enlisted (E-7) and took the OCS route to a commission. COB6 retired a few years back as a field grade Infantry officer.
Currently COB6 has a son in the 82nd Airborne that just returned from his third tour and has a newly commissioned daughter in the 4th Infantry Division.