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September 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.

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.

Blackfive and Gays in the Military

Note from Blackfive: TypePad is an excellent blogging system. One of the features in TypePad is the ability to set a post to be published at a future date. While I am out at a conference in Charleston, SC, and in blog withdrawl this week, I wrote some short (well, not that short) posts about some of my experiences in the military. Hope you enjoy and see you on the 25th.

Out of the closet and into the Fire
I was stationed in Germany and had to go to Heidelberg for an Army Ball. A bunch of the officers in my brigade car-pooled there. We all shared rooms, too. BTW, when you are in Germany and you ask for a double room at a hotel, you just get a bigger bed. Almost never do you get two beds. So my friend Dave and I got a double room and headed to the Ball in our Mess Blues.

Once we arrived at the Officer's Club, we headed straight for the bar. After a few shots of whiskey, we felt we were ready to face the brass. However, Dave wanted to talk football with one of the other officers at the bar. Dave was a West Point football hero and always would stop to talk West Point football. I drank more while waiting for Dave to finish his football tales.

Finally, we were all seated and the commander of all US forces in Europe (four-star Army General) was making the most boring speech of all time. I kid you not, his speech hit the 40 minute mark when Dave and I got up and went back to the bar. We got a lot of disgusted stares from some of the brass.

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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.


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.

Blackfive Wisdom Joke of the Day

Question: Why is Illinois flat?

Answer: Because Wisconsin blows and Indiana sucks!

Disclaimer: This has absolutely nothing to do with my favorite cheesehead blogger or hoosier blogger... After all, we are on the same team. ;->

Hat Tip to the hilarious Johnny Carson - this was his joke.

P.S. the cheesehead link is worth the click - especially, if you like Beck.

Why Doesn't the Media Ever Cover This Stuff

Per Frank J.'s lament that you never hear about the good things happeing in Iraq, I had to go to the Army's News/PR Site to get this stuff:

Story about the 101st Airborne Division helping kids in Iraq.

Commentary on the media's oblivious stance on the progress of the WoT. A key passage:

Yes, there are a few articles about progress in Iraq. But, hopefully, soon there will be more when reporters open their eyes to a few facts on what’s happened in Iraq in the last four months:

· More than 6,000 rebuilding projects have been complete

· Schools, universities and hospitals have opened

· Iraq is transitioning to a representative government: the Iraq Governing Council has selected ministers and a committee has been appointed to draft a constitution.

This may not be enough to convince some reporters progress is at hand. And, they keep reminding us -- Iraq isn’t Germany. Perhaps they should compare progress in the two countries:

· Establish a central bank – Germany three years; Iraq two months

· Standing up a police force – Germany two years; Iraq two months

· Selecting a new cabinet – Germany 14 months; Iraq four months

Here is something from AP (but it was buried deep in the article):

...Monday, delegates from the province of Sallahudin, where Tikrit is located, elected their first interim council, the first such election in more than 30 years. Of the 34-member council, 30 were elected by 120 delegates from the province, while four were appointed by the U.S.-led occupation forces. "It is a solid step forward, a historic event which marks the first step toward the democratization of your province," said Maj.-Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, commander of the 4th Infantry Division and commander of U.S.-led forces in northeastern Iraq. The council's main tasks will include reconstruction and resettlement of displaced Arabs and Kurds.