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Happy Birthday, Bruce!!!

June 22nd, 2009 | 2 Comments | Posted in ramblings

No, not my shotgun BruceBruce Campbell, the star of such great movies as Army of Darkness, Bubba Ho-Tep, and My Name is Bruce.  He (of course) also has his own TV show now called Burn Notice.  I know that it’s the other guy who is supposed to be the star, but really… we know the REAL score around here in Casa De Gringo.

So, Happy Birthday Bruce and I promise – no more drinking games during Burn Notice.

DM of the Rings

June 21st, 2009 | 4 Comments | Posted in webstuff

I stumbled onto this and got a good laugh out of it.  Now if you’ll excuse me I have to roll a saving throw vs. uber-geekyness

*roll*

Damn, failed it again.

Keeping Them Safe

June 21st, 2009 | No Comments | Posted in People are Stupid

David Rhodes, a reporter for the New York Times, just escaped from his captors last Friday and managed to get to some friendly forces and is now back in good hands. For this I am glad for him, his family and his co-workers.

On the other hand, part of the article quoted his editors at the Times saying this

“All along, we were told by people that probably the wisest course for David’s safety was to keep it quiet,” Keller said in an interview on CNN.

So they did.

“It was an agonizing position that we revisited over and over again,” Keller said in the CNN interview with Washington Post media critic Howard Kurtz. “But I also have a responsibility for the people who work for me. I send a lot of people out into dangerous places and their security is also part of my job.”

It’s a shame that the level of responsibility that he takes for his people doesn’t extend to the rest of the country. They named Khaled Sheik Mohammed’s interrogator over the request of the CIA who wanted to protect him and were concerned for his safety; they revealed sensitive information about troop movements using illegally leaked classified information which could have compromised the safety of our troops, but when it comes to one of their own people the stance is “We had a responsibility to him.”

Yeah? Well what about the responsibility you have to the Americans you endangered by those other reports you did? Oh, the public had a right to know, right? Well how come we had a right (and somehow a need) to know the name of KSMs interrogator and we didn’t have a need to know that an American citizen was being held hostage by a bunch of scumbag terrorists? Oh, because that story wouldn’t have hurt the military or the intelligence community while Bush was president.

Again, I am glad that David Rhodes is safe and unharmed, I just wish the Times was as concerned about other people’s safety as they are about one of their own.

**UPDATE**

Michelle Malkin has a much better look at the Times and their attitude on national security.

Thin (skin) Lizzy

June 17th, 2009 | No Comments | Posted in People are Stupid, WTF

I picked this little gem up over at Mountaineer Musings and it made me LOL, it surely did.

Seems that Jim Mcdermott’s scheduler/office manager has a very, very thin skin over her name.  Apparently Liz doesn’t like it when anyone calls her by anything but her full name – Elizabeth.

An executive assistant at McBee Strategic recently learned this the hard way. A few weeks ago, the assistant e-mailed Becton seeking a meeting with McDermott and a client, JPMorgan Chase. Days later, the assistant checked back in and unfortunately began the e-mail with “Hi Liz.”

Becton curtly replied, “Who is Liz?”

When the assistant wrote back with an apology, Becton turned up the heat. “I do not go by Liz. Where did you get your information?” she asked.

The back-and-forth went on for 19 e-mails, with the assistant apologizing six times if she had “offended” Becton, while Becton lectured about name-calling.

19 emails because someone didn’t call Lizzy by the name she prefers?  Instead of just saying “I prefer not to be called that” or “I would appreciate if you just call me Elizabeth because I don’t like nicknames…” she instead turns it into a verbal assault and the only reason she can get away with it is because of who her boss is.

Betsy is a bright, shining example of our current government in action – a small minded bureaucrat who would rather spend her day in a pissing contest over NOTHING than actually doing any work.  And she goes on with it because the implication is that she will stop the offender from getting his meeting unless she is happy.  She’s the kind of person that you just love to think of variations on her name like Liza, Bettie, Betsy, and sometimes Zibba or Zibby, as well as the German variations Elzina and Elsa (Elzy, Alzy, Aisley) JUST because you know it will piss her off.

All I can hope is that one day her email address slips out into the world and I will send her a e-greeting every day saying “Dearest, Liz, have a happy day!”

Hey, I can dream can’t I?

Guilty Pleasures

June 7th, 2009 | No Comments | Posted in Pass the ammo, Sharp Pointy Things

I have found a new guilty pleasure.

While flipping channels yesterday in an attempt to find SOMETHING on the boob-tube that was worth watching I came across a program that made me flop back on the couch, forget about my other plans for the day (like kitchen cleaning and vacuuming) and revel in all out dudeness.  It’s called Deadliest Warrior and it’s on SPIKE TV. They were doing a marathon of them so I was set for the afternoon.

Yep, supreme guy stuff.

They start the show with the premise of what if two warriors who never met in reality were put up against each other?  Examples of what they did are Apache vs. Gladiator; Shaolin Monk vs. Maori Warrior; Pirate vs. Knight.  They they go through the whole show testing weapons to see how much damage the really inflict in the hands of various experts, and to be honest I was amazed at the amount of damage that some of them could do.  Even weapons that I have trained with I did not truly realize how devastating they can be until seeing them used against ballistic dummies.

During the weapons testing phase there is a lot of trash talking among the two teams of experts but it is good natured for the most part and all part of being a guy who has 100% confidence that his fighting style is the best, and to be honest they all have a right to brag.  On one show they did Yakuza vs. Mafia and the Mafia expert showed how easy it was to shatter a spine with a baseball bat but the Yakuza expert just looked and said “Big deal, I can do that with my leg” and then proceeded to prove it.

Once all that is done they plug it all into software that was developed for combat simulation for armies and has been modified for individual combat.  They then run the combat 1000 times to see who comes out on top the most.  I won’t post any video’s from the show here for two reasons.  One – You can see the whole episode online over at SPIKE and I don’t want to ruin the suspense of the fight at the end of the show by posting it here.

I did learn one thing though.  Ninjas had a black egg that they would carry with them that was filled with ground up glass.  They would crush the egg in their hand and then throw the glass dust into the eyes of their enemy – nasty.

D-Day

June 6th, 2009 | 1 Comment | Posted in America the beautiful, Support the Troops

Most people these days if you ask them what day it is today will give you an odd look, like you suddenly started speaking Mandarin.  Most of them don’t remember today is the day that our very best men stormed the beaches at Normandy with their allies from Canada, Great Brittian, Poland, Norway and the Free French Resistance.

Most people have only a glimmering rememberance that on this day over 160,000 troops, and 5,000 ships were involved in one of the greatest naval invasions of an occupied territory that history has ever seen.  And most people will not remember that by the end of that day 10,000 men were dead or wounded in our first real strike against the greatest evil the world had ever seen.

Unfortunately for America, most of her citizens only know about D-Day from watching “Saving Private Ryan” and I feel sorry for them on that.  They have forgotten the sacrifices that their grandfathers, great-uncles and great-grandmothers made for them so that they could grow up free.  I lost four great uncles to the war, only my grandfather survived.

I salute the men and women that fought for us and protected us throughout the years.  My ancestors who fought in the Revolution, Civil War, Spanish American War, WWI, WWII, and my father who fought in Korea.  All of them answered the call when it went out just as I answered for the Gulf War.  I especially salute the men and women who are out there right now risking their lives to fight an enemy who follows no rules of war, has no compassion for the enemy, and will use anything they can, including children, to kill or maim and cause terror.

God bless you all.