September 03, 2004

The Men of Echo Company

If you haven't seen the Echo site before, you should pay a visit. Jay B. sends this link to the KnightRidder presentation of one of the toughest fights in Iraq. The Marines of Echo 2/4, who fought and died in Ramadi, Iraq, in April, have their stories told by David Swanson and Joe Galloway. Because it focuses on all, the Marines you should know and the Marines that should never be forgotten, I've categorized it in both Someone You Should Know and Bonds.

The site is content rich - with news articles, interviews, profiles, photos and videos.

And reporter David Swanson was hit during the fighting as he attempted to capture what was happening...

...As illumination flares popped overhead, the two dozen Marines went house to house, interrogating and detaining men.

We heard a distant burst of gunfire and knelt against a wall surrounding a house. I raised my camera and photographed Echo Company's Iraqi translator, nicknamed "007," who was behind me.

There was another distant burst and something yanked at my right arm. I looked around to see why 007 had tugged at me, but he was too far away. I rolled up my sleeve and with my left hand felt a divot in the underside of my biceps, near my elbow, where blood was seeping out. I realized I'd been shot...

So, grab a cup of coffee and spend some time meeting these American heroes.

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September 29, 2003

Shirley Temple Drink Awards - Round 2

Blackfive says, "Hey, Jackass, let me buy you a drink!" - A Shirley Temple
Okay, folks, here is the latest Blackfive list of people that I would like to buy a Shirley Temple:

5. The folks at the RIAA - While I agree in part with the legal wrangling of the RIAA, I do not believe that taking teenagers to court is the way to go. They believe that making examples of people will stop piracy, but it has not, if fact, stopped or even slowed down. Now, you have people building better mousetraps to get around the RIAA. There are more and more techniques to getting around them. You can download a stream, chop it up and save MP3's from it. The problem is that the RIAA are a bunch of old white-guy lawyers and not visionaries - they need to be able to develop newer technology to either protect or profit from on-line music sharing. Before you go out and arrest another twelve year-old girl, why don't you take a moment and have a drink. Here is a big Shirley Temple toast to you idiots at the RIAA.

4. Judge Lee R. West - Repealed the national Do Not Call Registery. How much do I need to say about this jackass? Free speech entitles you to call every home in the nation to sell me a vacation that I don't want? Hours, only hours, after his repeal occured that I received about 30 phone calls with blocked phone numbers. Free speech? I'll give you some free speech - you are a f--king idiot! Your weak-ass decision deserves a weak-ass drink. Here's your Shirley Temple.

3. Arianna Huffington - At first I thought she was Zsa Zsa Gabor, but not as cute and definitely more annoying. Anyway, her attempted take-downs of Ahnold in the California debate were personal and not based on political stances or solutions to California's problems. She is an obstructionist and not much else so why is she in the race? She is just trying to promote her books and speeches on the cheap. California has enough problems. Speaking of cheap, here's your Shirley Temple, Arianna.

2. Senator Ted Kennedy - Asshat Senator accuses the President of going to war for political reasons. How more vile can he get? Well, not much, unless any of the poparazzi take any more pictures of him in his birthday suit...Remeber those pictures? I couldn't eat for a week after seeing the biggest, wrinkley, white ass of all time. Looking back, this guy actually should have started drinking Shirley Temples long ago. Might have avoided Chappaquiddick...*groan* (I know, I know, too damn easy, couldn't resist, sorry...)

1. General (ret.) Wesley Clark - You can read my first take on the general here. Consider this General who rose to power during the Clinton administration and then was fired by Clinton for his handling of the Kosovo Campaign (remember that war?...*crickets chirping*...anyone?). Anyway, Wesley Clark has waffled on a lot of things, and he is mostly staying ambiguous in order to survive the next few months. He's said that the Bush Administration had pressured him into supporting an attack on Iraq when it was a Canadian non-profit org that had called him. He claimed that they also tried to get him fired on CNN. Now, Clark reportedly told Colorado Governor Bill Owens and University of Denver president Mark Holtzman that "I would have been a Republican if Karl Rove had returned my phone calls." Of course, the White House does not have a record of any incoming calls from General Clark. Now, he says he was against the war, but, just 24 hours earlier, he was quoted as stating he was for the war. Is he a liar or just stupid? He was a Rhodes scholar and graduated first in his class at West Point - you do the math. Either way, he isn't a good choice for President. This guy is as wet as Christina Aguilera's mattress. General, I would like to buy you a Shirley Temple because you are about as interesting as watered-down grenadine and ginger ale.

Round One of the Blackfive Shirley Temple Drink Awards is here.

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August 12, 2003

Blackfive's Shirley Temple Awards - Round 1

Blackfive says, "Hey, Jackass, let me buy you a drink". - A Shirley Temple
Okay, folks, here is the latest Blackfive list of people that I would like to buy a Shirley Temple:

5. Kobe Bryant - I would love to send this jackass a Shirley Temple. Now, don't get me wrong on my intent here. First, he may be innocent of rape (but guilty of adultery - which, in his own words, is not a crime). Second, he might be getting set up by the "racist" police department. But what I want to point out to this classic jackass is that you don't commit adultery, let alone admit it as if you had done nothing wrong, then accept the Teen Choice Award for Athlete of the Year...Nice example you are showing for the teens of America, Jackass! Real men don't cheat. Since you aren't one, have a Shirley Temple - I'm buying.

4. Alec Baldwin - Why is this Jackass still in this country? I believe he said that, if Bush won in 2000, he would move to Canada. Still waiting...although I think his last movie was Thomas the Tank Engine and he is filming Meet Your Meat for PETA. At least his career left the country. Hey, Alec, here's your Shirley Temple. Drink up.

3. Sean Penn - In a Jane Fonda-esque move, he goes to Iraq before the war to get answers. Hey, Jackass, how about using your riches and influence to feed the hungry or build a house for someone who needs shelter (Habit for Humanity, anyone?). No, you go to the enemy in search of answers. This guy needs to get beat like a 6 o'clock whore at 7pm. You can have two Shirleys, on me. Stupid Jackass.

2. Democratic Congressman Charlie Rangel (NY) - This guy puts the "ass" back in assassination. Accuses the Bush administration of assassinating the Hussein Boys. Yeah, rapists, mass-murdering, child killers shooting at our troops (who were trying to get them to surrender) got what they deserved...I don't even think Sadd-am Hussein thought this was an assassination. Congressman Rangel, as one vet to another, I would love to buy you a Shirley Temple. You can't use that "I am vet so, if you're not, then you don't understand" crap with me. You should be ashamed of yourself. Here's your drink.

Tied 1. Michael Moore - Big lying scumbag who wins an Academy Award for a documentary that contains moslty fabricated material (Nuclear Missles in Columbine, buying a weapon over the counter, etc. ad nauseum). This guy might possibly do more to harm America than any traitor we have ever had. When he uses the word "We" in his films, just remember that he is talking about him and his pet communist monkey...not the rest of us. If Michael Moore was on fire, I wouldn't even to bother to douse the flames with a Shirley Temple...waste of good grenadine and ginger ale.

Tied 1. Whoever Decided That Thongs Were For Men - So I was in St. Louis this weekend, and I visited Famous Barr to get a shirt. As I was walking by the men's department, there it was...Believe me folks when I say that this was the most disgusting use of a department store mannequin that I have ever witnessed (after all, I had one in my college dorm room). There, in the men's underwear section, was a male mannequin wearing a thong. Yech! Blah! Phatoey! Even the boys from Queer Eye For The Straight Guy would think it disgusting.

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