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The Gauntlet April 30, 2009

Posted by daveintexas in Heroes, History, News.
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Excerpt from David Halberstam’s The Coldest Winter – America and the Korean War


It was getting toward dusk, and everyone knew how bad the whole thing was. Paul O’Dowd was with the artillerymen who by then were buttoning up their guns, preparing for the last move. If they went south, it was going to be a very bad trip, they all knew, because they had two spotter planes flying over the road and the reports on the destruction were shocking. It sounded like a massacre to O’Dowd. But for the moment he had only one job, getting those guns out of there. Lieutenant Colonel John Keith of the Fifteenth Field Artillery Battalion had told him to load up their guns, and he was doing just that, sure that they had fired their last round in the Kunuri region. Just then one of his forward observers, First Lieutenant Patrick McMullan, showed up and started screaming, “Fire mission! Fucking Chinese! Fire mission! Fucking Chinese everywhere! Fire mission!” O’Dowd has never seen McMullan so out of control — he thought maybe he was drunk, for some of the men in the other units had been drinking that day. “Fire mission! More fucking Chinese!”


Don’t Text While Driving! April 30, 2009

Posted by Michael in News.
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I know why this happened. People need to be told by federal regulators that they should not text while driving!

So far, the Department of Transportation has not issued a regulation to make this clear to us. I hope the Obama administration will address this issue soon.  This will create or save jobs, and probably save lives, once people have been informed by a massive public information campaign that texting while driving is a bad idea.

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This post created or saved 1,643 jobs, one of which was snagged by Sobek.  I expect Sobek to name a child after me.  It’s the least he could do.  If any of you are seeking employment, hey, just name a child after me and I will create/save some more jobs.  I don’t really mind doing it — I’m a giver.  I want to help Obama “remake America.”

You Know What Would Be Hilarious? April 30, 2009

Posted by skinbad in Ducks.
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If the new Miss USA became “unable to fulfill her duties.”


Please, God. Show us your sense of humor.

Hip Hop Slap Chop April 29, 2009

Posted by Michael in Entertainment, Food, Heroes, Music, Technology.
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How Much Wrong Can You Fit In Three Small Paragraphs? April 29, 2009

Posted by skinbad in Crime, Family, Travel.
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Pretty good contender here.

Neighbors told police the six children, ages 1 through 8, were playing on the roof about 1 p.m., said Lt. Melody Gray. The 22-month-old fell while officers were en route, Gray said. She suffered no serious injuries because her fall was broken by pot plants and Pit Bull feces.

The neighbors said they earlier had notified the children’s 18-year-old brother, who is acting as the children’s guardian while their mother is in jail . . . .

Yes, yes. I inserted a slight quote alteration. She really landed on Doberman feces.

Mr. T Can Make Anything Awesome April 28, 2009

Posted by Edward von Bear in Commenting Tips, Heroes, History, Humor, Law, Man Laws, Movies, Music, News, Religion, Science, Sex, Sports.
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Even Jury Duty.

The “A-Team” and “Rocky III” star wound up signing autographs and taking pictures with the defendant’s family, county employees and other potential jurors. He was dismissed along with others who did not make the final jury selection at 4:32 p.m.

“I enjoy doing my civic duty along with my friends I’ve met,” Mr. T said while motioning to the other potential jurors whom he spent about five hours with Monday. “I enjoyed the people that were around me.”

“It’s not about ‘The A-Team;’ it’s the J-Team — the jury team,” he said.

And just for good measure, here is a fresh new look at the Epic WIN that is Mr. T.

It’s Official: You Can’t Say the F-Word on Network Television April 28, 2009

Posted by Sobek in News.
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New Supreme Court decision here. (PDF)

The thing I can’t figure out is, the opinion keeps referring to “the F-Word,” but I didn’t see where they tell us what that word is.  Honestly, I’m baffled.  Apparently there’s some word out there — and apparently it starts with the letter F — that no one is supposed to say on network television, but no one can know what word they aren’t supposed to say because the Supreme Court won’t tell us.

Feet?  Ferret?  France?

Probably a Buckeye Fan April 27, 2009

Posted by Pupster in Crime, Ducks, Food, Travel, Women Ranting.
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Sloopy Hang On

Sloopy Hang On

ANN ARBOR, Mich., April 24 (UPI) — A Michigan teacher guiding students around the University of Michigan campus was attacked by an irate squirrel when she tried to help one of its young.

And Now, a Brief Poem Inspired by One of My Kids April 26, 2009

Posted by Sobek in News.
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by Sobek

Listen, son

I know you’re very young,

And sometimes it’s hard to pronounce words properly.

Usually it’s cute.

But seriously, this one you need to get right.

It’s pronounced “Ice cream,”

Not “Arse cream.”


Latest Cool Hat April 26, 2009

Posted by Michael in Entertainment.
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Thanks to Harrison (on Faceborg, yes, I admit I surrendered).

Zippo Tricks April 25, 2009

Posted by Michael in News.
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Yesterday I received a really sweet gift from Lipstick — a Zippo gift box complete with Black Ice lighter, genuine Zippo fluid, and spare flints.

This was the result of Lipstick observing me admiring Dave’s custom branded Fender Zippo at the IBMMP.  Lately, I’ve been getting annoyed with disposable lighters that don’t work on a windy day.

So, now I need to learn how to use it, especially how to look cool while lighting it.  Naturally, I turned to the intertubes for instruction, and found some interesting techniques.

Stick with this until 1:24.

A somewhat more successful presentation is below the break.

Batman Goes Abroad April 25, 2009

Posted by Michael in News.
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If you’ve been following the news from Thailand, you know that Bangkok has been a mess lately.  Last year the airport was occupied and shut down by protesters.  This year the grounds of  Government House were occupied by protestors for months.  Street war has broken out between Red Shirts and Yellow Shirts, representing different political factions who either support or oppose ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, now in exile in London.  There have been a few fatalities.  The tourist trade, which is important for Thailand, has suffered.

This outbreak of criminal behavior pained me greatly, because Bangkok is a great city that I have visited several times, with mostly decent, law-abiding and hospitable citizens.

I decided that it was time to intervene.  My appearance is at 1:01 on this video.  Really, at the time I had no idea I was being filmed.

You will notice that I have changed the ears on my Batsuit, thanks to all the heartless ridicule from you people regarding the previous ears.

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Thanks to Wickedpinto for the tip.