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Sig v. Storm

Oh, it's on.
[quote]12:56 p.m.: AP - Gov. Chris Gregoire has declared a statewide emergency in response to storms lashing Washington. That means the state's Army National Guard is on standby to help local officials if they call for assistance.[/quote]
I'm already unable to get home, stuck in the (leaking) armory--it has become personal.

Sig

Yeah

I forgot to renew my domain. Sorry about that.

Got some Thanksgiving blogging to do--maybe tomorrow.

Sig

It's not slaying lava monsters, but it ain't bad.

(Referring, of course, to this infamous USMC recruiting video.)

Apparently, this video is playing in theaters ahead of some movies, and has been for a few weeks. Per the announcement on AKO:

The National Guard will execute a national theater advertising program from 26 October through 3 January, 2007. The National Guard will capitalize on the large audience of theater goers during the holiday months and expose them to a new 3:30 film entitled "Citizen Soldier". The film features an original song about the National Guard by the multi-platinum alternative rock band 3 Doors Down.

(Read more for the video and further linkage--I don't like embedding videos on the front page.)

I feel unclean.

I've been learning/working with Microsoft Access 2003 all day long. This is one of those instances where it probably is the best tool for the circumstances and requirements, but I still feel the need to wash my hands.

Sig

Comes from his mother's side

Comes from his mother's side

...and in yesterday's ultrasound, you can clearly see my firstborn son giving us the finger. Except for redacting certain personally identifying information, this photo is not edited.

Sig

PS- By the way, we're having a son.

Safer today than under Saddam?

Duncan Maxwell Anderson at The American Thinker crunches some numbers. Emphases added by Sig.
[quote]According to the French wire service AFP, which is not known for its support for U.S. interests, in Iraq as a whole, 840 Iraqi civilians were killed last month by militias, bombs, or armies-or 28 people per day. That's a 50-percent drop, down from 1,771 in August

. . .

If we're talking about only civilians and political prisoners, the toll for Saddam's 23 years in power was at least 300,000 people murdered; that's 13,043 per year; 1,086 per month; or 36 per day.

At that rate, if AFP's estimate is the correct one, for an Iraqi civilian, it's safer to be in the middle of a hot war under American rule today, than "at peace" under Saddam. And of course, Saddam's 300,000 political murders are a number apart from the 500,000 or so Iraqi soldiers he sent to their deaths in his bizarre invasions of Iran and Kuwait. And the hundreds or thousands of murders around the world that he caused as a financier of terrorism.[/quote]
Read the whole thing. He makes a very good point about the necessary evil of our invasion of Iraq in relation to the ongoing evil caused by our inaction. It's always easier to say no, to opt out, to do nothing, but that doesn't mean that it's the better choice.

Sig

The touristy part of Afghanistan

The touristy part of Afghanistan

This is from Operation Wayward Donkey, our first op, in the NE part of the country along the Pakistan border. Truly amazing landscape to fly over. I don't recommend any other method of travel, frankly; the infrastructure is a little lacking. Of particular interest to me was the terracing for the agriculture; there is so little actual flat land in this region that you will see tiny little terraces on insane slopes as the locals try to farm wherever they can find dirt.

If they could put in some roads, build a few hotels, and stop killing each other for selling cigarettes to Americans, this could be a real touristy area.

This part of the coutry exists solely to convince foreigners that "it's not so bad here." We would never see green again.

Sig

"....Re-up? You're outta your mind!"

"....Re-up? You're outta your mind!"

I wish I'd thought to get names, but this is some joe from C/2-87 INF taking a moment from our busy mission of getting mortared and shot at to re-enlist in the United States Army. This was on a ridgeline deep in Helmand province last summer, where we were attacked four times during our 18-day visit.

Sig

Drinking the Kool-Aid for fun and profit

Because signing up to defend and uphold the Constitution is so 18th century.

It's spelled Tsar, not Czar.

Today's challenge is two-fold. First, read this article announcing the next Prime Minister of Russia (long long before any elections). Next, try to imagine (if you can) an equally fawning press--which in this article does everything but offer sexual favors to V. V. Putin--for our own president. Bonus points if you can somehow envision this without making your brain cry.

No, there's nothing truly groundbreaking here. Like a Nightmare on Elm Street movie, we know how this is going to end before it even starts: very red.

Sig

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