Thursday, July 31, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
One of the few upsides to this place is the base library. It's not huge, but people tend to donate CDs as they rotate out. And as most of the population here is between 18 and 50, there's a pretty good range of music available. This week I ran across a few CDs worth adding to the library.
Annie Lennox - Medusa
Shooter Jennings - The Wolf
Alicia Keys - The Diary of Alicia Keyes
Sam Kinison - Live from Hell
As I get older, I don't change my tastes so much as I add to them. I've begun enjoying female vocalists a lot more the last few years. Especially bluegrass and soul. Annie Lennox has always had a beautiful voice, but it's taken me too long to appreciate it. Alicia, well, it wasn't her voice that got my attention first, but it's too good to be ignored.
Shooter Jennings on the other hand, will go extremely well with the bike and whiskey at the next rally. Which can't come soon enough.
Sam Kinison I actually saw in Iowa City back in the late '80s. Extremely offensive, and funnier than anyone else I've ever seen. Not many like him, although a lot try.
All the above are way better than anything you're going to find on the radio in the Sinai.
Sunday, July 27, 2008
But he seems like such a nice young man on the news.....
As the Soldiers where lined up to shake his hand he blew them off and didn’t say a word as he went into the conference room to meet the General. As he finished, the vehicles took him to the ClamShell (pretty much a big top tent that military personnel can play basketball or work out in with weights) so he could take his publicity pictures playing basketball. He again shunned the opportunity to talk to Soldiers to thank them for their service.
See the rest over at the Rottweiler's.
Friday, July 25, 2008
How did I get this fabulous new duty? Why, I know how to look up the C: drive! Therefore, I am eminently qualified to manage a 6-foot high stack of electronics in the super-secret Closet o' Computers, formerly known as the Closet o' Prostate Exams. From here, I control passwords, backups, and user access. And I can see who's been where on the web (sheep fetishists, be warned. Being in the Middle East is no excuse).
Ah, the power.
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Friday, July 18, 2008
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
On April 22, 1979, Kuntar's terror cell reached the shore of Nahariya in a rubber dinghy; they shot at a police car and killed an Israeli police officer. At midnight they broke into the Haran family home, and abducted the father, Danny, and his four-year-old daughter, Einat. The mother, Smadar, the two-year-old daughter Yael, and a neighbor hid in a bedroom crawlspace.
The terrorists took the hostages towards the shore and, when they encountered law enforcement officers and IDF soldiers, Samir Kuntar shot Danny Haran at close range and cold-bloodedly slaughtered Einat by bashing her skull against a rock with the butt of his rifle. In the hiding place at the Haran home, baby Yael suffocated to death from her mother’s attempts to keep her quiet so the terrorists would not find them.
The local CNN channel is showing live feeds from the big Hezbollah celebration in Lebanon. Celebrating men who's highest achievement was murdering unarmed civilians, including a four year old girl. How many generations of inbreeding does it take to sink to this level of degeneration?
Samir Kuntar, Child Murderer and Hero of Hezbollah
ApparentlyIsrael tortured the hell out this bastard by overfeeding him on high cholesterol foods, by looking at him on the stage. He still has the glazed sociopath/zealot look of his image above, but with extra chins. Very sharp in his brand-new Hezbollah fatigues, taking in the cheering masses in Beirut.
Now we have the head of of Hezbollah ranting on TV about their victory over Zionism, the new strategy they'll be pursuing, and the return of the moldering corpses of their 199 "martyrs" to the cause of slaughtering Jews over the years. The crowd is ecstatic. I'm wishing there was a way to drop a daisy-cutter in the middle of the square.
Hezbollah head sociopath Nasrallah & anonymous friend
I sincerely look forward to reading about these two having an explosive accident in the future. Hopefully it will be an extended, painful experience for them both.
Monday, July 14, 2008
..like an enchilada from Taco John's at 2 AM in the morning after an Ouzo binge.
Sunday, July 13, 2008
I actually forgot today was Sunday. Here in Sandystan, Sunday is Monday. And in my defense, I got into an online grad school that I'm desperately trying to keep current in. So, I will find a visual atrocity tomorrow, in between black funks and panic attacks........
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
The Savior of Mankind, seen during his speech, and shortly afterward enjoying a bottle of
"We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we've set," he said Wednesday. "We've got to have a civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded."
Thank goodness for a strong, guiding hand to keep me safe from..um...my personal decisions or the vast right wing conspiracy..or something bad, anyway.
But some people just aren't ready to accept the social engineering of their betters:
"I know he’s not talking about the militia here. He’s talking about a “civilian national security force”. I can’t help myself, and I’m going to Godwin the heck out of this post, but the very first thing that popped into my head when he said that was the Brownshirts."
Well, fine then. To convince you of our future
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
but he pretty much gave me the shirt off his back. Actually out of his closet, but close enough. Thought the patch in the first image would be a nice addition to stuff on the vest for cycle rides, so asked our Fijian dentist if he thought their supply sergeant would swap me for something of mine. He thought it would be easier just to give me the whole jacket.
Gotta rummage through the extra gear and see what I have. He doesn't want anything, but I don't want him thinking Americans are ungrateful mooches.
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Designed to circumvent then-existing U.S. laws defining a machine gun, the Sputter Gun was a modification of the British Sten Submachine Gun. Lacking a trigger, the Sputter Gun was designed to, upon release of the bolt, fire multiple rounds until all ammunition was expended. The Sputter Gun was, however, reclassified as a machine gun by the ATF. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sputter_Gun)
Friday, July 4, 2008
You only get hangovers because America doesn't have European purity laws for its beers;
You'll never be willing to eat American beef products once you've had European beef;
The Irish need to stop holding up the European Union, and the peace and prosperity that will flow forth once it is achieved;
All Serbs all evil bloodthirsty monsters;
All Albanians are troublemakers responsible for most of the problems in Europe;
Gun control is a foregone conclusion, so I should get rid of everything I own;
Since deer don't shoot back, no civilians should have scary rifles;
The Pope is a closet Nazi;
All Catholics are closet Nazis, and responsible for all of Europe's problems;
All European governments are secretly controlled by the Vatican;
The Catholic church is actually a degenerate form of the Roman Jupiter worshipping cult.
At which point I excused myself, as kicking someone in the balls seems to invariably lead to trouble, no matter how much good it would do the gene pool.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Still can't sleep. Saw Night Of The Living Dead (remake) this morning inbetween PT and going to the clinic for duty. Then I saw this:
He would've fit right in. No make-up required. Lord knows most of his devotees act as though something has eaten their brains.
It's late, and I can't sleep. So, it's the web and TV. And here in Sinai, that means one of the three English speaking channels that comes into the barracks. So what am I watching? Don't know the name (oops, found it: Wasabi), but a French film with transvestite criminals speaking dubbed English with Arabic subtitles is... mind-bendingly bad.
JERUSALEM - A Palestinian man plowed an enormous construction vehicle into cars, buses and pedestrians on a busy street Wednesday, killing at least three people and wounding at least 45 before he was shot dead by an off-duty soldier.
I honestly don't know whether to regard it as good or ill, but a massive portion of Americans seem to be unable to comprehend that murder is a matter of motivation, rather than means. I have at hand around my desk this moment, at least ten devices not intended to harm anyone that will do the job just fine, although inelegantly. I see very little, if anything, that would stop a determined attack against me without incurring a high risk of injury to me.
And for the alleged lady with a pistol who responded first: Good for you, and practice your anti-armor drills. Two in the torso and a third in the thinker, and you probably won't have that problem of a temporary stop.