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Oct. 17th, 2008 @ 10:56 am Very very funny...
A friend told me about this last week, I had to check it out, and I'm glad I did. Very funny.

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Oct. 6th, 2006 @ 12:03 pm Scool Violence
It’s appalling to see everything that is going on with violence being brought to schools nowadays.

It seems as if it is a fairly recent thing. Is this what we are to expect with a world whose population is growing larger all the time?

One thing that is interesting to me is when the Columbine shooting occurred; they were playing up on video game violence a lot. If memory serves, at the time they were looking at Doom. It doesn’t seem to be the case with the past two cases that have gone on recently.

The last two seemed like a couple of sick perverts. But honestly, do these guys just seem like everyone else until they snap at the last minute? Or are there some warning signs? How about arming oneself to the tooth. Is that a good indicator?

I’m hoping that teachers who volunteer will be trained to use firearms and will be allowed to wear them in the classroom. I think it is a small deterrent, but a deterrent none the less for those who would be thinking about doing something like this in the future.
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Sep. 7th, 2006 @ 05:05 pm (no subject)
Well, you're my friend
And can you see
Many times we've been out drinking
Many times we've shared our thoughts
Did you ever, ever notice, the kind of thoughts I got
Well you know I have a love, for everyone I know
And you know I have a drive, for life I won't let go
But sometimes this opposition, comes rising up in me
This terrible imposition, comes blacking through my mind

And then I see a darkness
Oh no, I see a darkness
Do you know how much I love you
Cause I'm hoping some day soon
You'll save me from this darkness

Well I hope that someday soon
We'll find peace in our lives
Together or apart
Alone or with our wives
And we can stop our whoring
And draw the smiles inside
And light it up forever
And never go to sleep
My best unbeaten brother
That isn't all I see

And then I see a darkness
Oh no, I see a darkness
Do you know how much I love you
Cause I'm hoping some day soon
You'll save me from this darkness
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Aug. 25th, 2006 @ 02:19 pm To the stars...
So Astronomy Class last night was kind of cool. There were some things I didn’t understand. We got these star charts and with the day of month and the time, you’re supposed to be able to tell where all the constellations are in the sky, or when a certain one would be viewable again. There was also some math… I hate math…

The only thing I held on to was how to find the North Star (and how to find true north). Since compasses are off by varying degrees in different locations. I’ve never had any real navigation classes in the military. WTF! What if I was lost in Iraq? They should teach us this stuff before we get sent out.

So, how do you find true north? At 12noon (1pm now, since we’re on Daylight Savings Time), go outside and look at your shadow. Your shadow is pointing true north. What do you do if you don’t have a watch? It’s a little more involved. Pick a point (like a tree or something), when the sun comes up, place a rock or something a few feet away from the tree in that direction. When the sun sets, do the same thing, except use a different rock. Then draw a perpendicular line.

Anyhow, by doing that, you know which way True North is.

When facing that way, extend your arm straight forward pointing north (like 0 degrees), now raise it to 34 degrees, and you should be pointing straight at the North Star. I’m going to try it this weekend.
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Aug. 25th, 2006 @ 02:06 pm Somewhat True Military Humor
An Army grunt stands in the rain with a 35-pound pack on his back, 15-lb. weapon in his hand, having marched 12 miles, and says, "This is shit."

An Army Airborne Ranger stands in the rain with a 45-pound pack on his back, weapon in hand, after having jumped from a plane and jogged 18 miles, says with a smile, "This is good shit."

A Navy Seal lies in the mud, 55-pound pack on his back, weapon in hand, after swimming 10 miles to shore, crawling through a swamp, and running 25 miles at night past enemy positions, says with a grin, "This is really great shit."

A Marine, up to his nose in the stinking, bug-infested mud of a swamp with a 65-pound pack on his back and weapons in both hands after jumping from an aircraft at high altitude into the ocean, swimming 12 miles to shore, killing several alligators to enter the swamp, then crawling 30 miles through the brush to assault an enemy camp, says, "I love this shit."

An Air Force NCO sits in an easy chair in an air-conditioned, carpeted office in front of his computer and says, "My e-mail is out? What kind of shit is this?"
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Aug. 22nd, 2006 @ 03:37 pm Shortfalls
Just when you thought you did your time. You did your time in the military. You get a good life, a good job somewhere, a little family, with little kids. Then all of the sudden:

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Marines to issue involuntary call-ups
Corps faces shortage of volunteers for deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan
The Associated Press

Updated: 12:47 a.m. PT Aug 22, 2006
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Marine Corps said Tuesday it has been authorized to recall thousands of Marines to active duty, primarily because of a shortage of volunteers for duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Up to 2,500 Marines will be brought back at any one time, but there is no cap on the total number of Marines who may be forced back into service in the coming years as the military battles the war on terror. The call-ups will begin in the next several months.

This is the first time the Marines have had to use the involuntary recall since the early days of the Iraq combat. The Army has ordered back about 14,000 soldiers since the start of the war.
Marine Col. Guy A. Stratton, head of the manpower mobilization section, estimated that there is a current shortfall of about 1,200 Marines needed to fill positions in upcoming unit deployments.
The call-up affects Marines in the Individual Ready Reserve, a segment of the reserves that consists mainly of those who left active duty but still have time remaining on their eight-year military obligation.
Generally, Marines enlist for four years, then serve the other four years either in the regular Reserves, where they are paid and train periodically, or they may elect to go into the IRR. Marines in the IRR are only obligated to report one day a year but can be involuntarily recalled to active duty.

According to Stratton, there are about 59,000 Marines in the IRR, but the Corps has decided to exempt from the call-up those who are either in their first year or last year of the reserve status. As a result, the pool of available Marines is about 35,000.

The deployments can last up to two years, but on average would be 12 to 18 months, Stratton said. And each Marine who is being recalled will get five months to prepare before having to report for duty.
President Bush authorized the recall on July 26. It is the first such recall since early 2003, when about 2,000 Marines were involuntarily activated for the initial ground war in Iraq.

“Since this is going to be a long war,” said Stratton, “we thought it was judicious and prudent at this time to be able to use a relatively small portion of those Marines to help us augment our units.”
He said the Marines may continue to tap into the IRR for as long as the war on terror continues. Some of the military needs, he said, include engineers, intelligence, military police, and communications.
© 2006 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

URL: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14468245/

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How much longer until we deplete the IRR’s? Will we turn to drafting then?
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Aug. 21st, 2006 @ 12:33 pm Hmmm...
...If my divorce was only so easy...

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Updated: 7:59 a.m. PT Aug 21, 2006
KOLKATA, India - Islamic clerics in eastern India have ruled that a woman divorced by her husband in a fit of drunkenness can remarry him only after she takes another husband for three months, police said on Monday.

Ershad, a rickshaw puller, uttered the word “talaq,” or divorce, three times earlier this month while he was drunk, and when news leaked out in their village in eastern Orissa state, the clerics said they must separate.

“The couple had kept it under wraps and continued to stay together but the clerics ruled that since Ershad uttered the word talaq three times, it constituted a divorce,” district police chief Shatrughan Parida said over the telephone.

Under the rules, the woman, who is a mother of three, must marry another man and obtain a divorce from him before she can be reunited with Ershad, the clerics in the local mosque said.

The clerics have said the man the woman marries temporarily must be 70 years of age, Parida said.

Muslims, who constitute more than 13 percent of India’s mainly Hindu population, are governed by special personal laws including marriage laws. But in many remote rural areas, it is the local clerics who pass diktats on social issues before they reach the courts.

Earlier this year, another Muslim couple in neighboring West Bengal state was told by local religious leaders they must separate after the man uttered “talaq” thrice in his sleep. They refused the order and continue to live together.

Copyright 2006 Reuters Limited. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of Reuters content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of Reuters.

URL: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14447038/
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Aug. 18th, 2006 @ 03:42 pm Ramblings of a Complete Moron, Part I
Last night was the first night of School for me in over 13 years. I’m taking an Astronomy class at my local college. It’s only on Thursday nights. I figure, since I’ll be getting out in under a year, it’s about time I get re-acclimated to school and studying. One class shouldn’t be too much while I am working, and I can start feeling like I am doing something towards getting out.

My teacher is kind of weird. He is 80+ years old. He was in the military during WWII. He also said he was “on-site” during Roswell, and that it was all true! (cukoo cukoo)… He said it was the biggest cover-up ever! I’m going to do some research on Roswell, and start quizzing him to see what he knows. But, if you ever wanted to know… my Astronomy teacher said there is intelligent life out there.

I’ve been out of touch with Science for a long time, he was saying some other strange things that I wasn’t really in “the know” about. For instance, the Sun travels through space at 1/3 the speed of light… and we (the Earth) is kind of “corkscrewing” through space around the sun. This is in contrast to what I learned in high school, where we were taught that the Sun was sitting there, and we were in elliptical orbit around it. Anyhow, like I said, I have it every Thursday. So maybe every Friday I’ll post something new that I learned and has sort of baffled me.

Here is the baffling question I came out with last night, and I don’t have an answer for yet. If we’re moving through space at 1/3 the speed of light, why are all the stars the same all the time, wouldn’t the North Star end up being the South Star or something? Are they all moving in the same direction as us? What the hell?
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Aug. 17th, 2006 @ 09:55 am If a Ninja said it, it must be true...
I have this written on the cover of my daytimer...

The way to experience ultimate happiness is to let go of all worries and regrets and know that being happy is the most satisfying of life’s feelings. Reflect back on all the progress in your life and allow the positive, creative, and joyous thoughts to outshine and overwhelm any sorrow or grief that may be lingering there in the recesses of your mind. Knowing that disease and disaster are natural parts of life is the key to overcoming adversity with a calm and happy spirit. Happiness is waiting there in front of you. Only you can decide whether or not you choose to experience it. Take this to heart.

- Toshitsugu Takamatsu
Togakure Ryu Ninjutsu
33rd Grandmaster
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Aug. 15th, 2006 @ 02:31 pm Military Truisms
• "Aim towards the Enemy"--instruction printed on US rocket launcher.
• When the pin is pulled, Mr. Grenade is no longer our friend--from an FM.
• Cluster bombing from B-52s is very, very accurate. The bombs always hit the ground.
• Whoever said the pen is mightier than the sword obviously never encountered automatic weapons.
• Don't ever be the first, don't ever be the last, and don't ever volunteer to do anything.
• If your attack is going too well, you are walking into an ambush.
• If you find yourself in a fair fight, you didn't plan your mission properly.
• Don't draw fire; it irritates the people around you.
• No combat ready unit has ever passed inspection.
• Any ship can be a minesweeper . . . . once.
• If the enemy is in range, so are you.
• Tracers work both ways.
• Friendly fire isn't.
• Five second fuses only last three seconds.
• Never share a foxhole with anyone braver than you are.
• The problem with taking the easy way out is that the enemy has already mined it.
• Incoming fire has the right of way.
• The quartermaster has only two sizes: too large and too small.
• If you can see the enemy, he can see you.
• And never tell your Platoon Sergeant you have nothing to do.
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