Monthly Archives: August 2003

Found a picture to

Found a picture to go with the article on US soldiers using AK-47s. http://media.militaryphotos.net/photos/albums/USMC_EOD_in_Iraq/aaa.jpg [Link not working] The guy on the far left first row has a Dragnov sniper’s rifle. The guy next to him has a FN Para FAL, as do three other guys. Ther rest either have AKs or M-16s. Very neat picture.

I got a (rare)

I got a (rare) email from my dad over in Kirkuk today. Lots of family stuff, he misses us, then this: ” I got some really good pictures of the two wounded Ali Babas that the SAWS operator shot. I don’t know if I told you about that incident or not. We drove up to [Continue]

Cool. US Troops using

Cool. US Troops using captured AK-47s “We just do not have enough rifles to equip all of our soldiers. So in certain circumstances we allow soldiers to have an AK-47. They have to demonstrate some proficiency with the weapon … demonstrate an ability to use it,” said Lt. Col. Mark Young, commander of the 3rd [Continue]

Hillary Clinton was out

Hillary Clinton was out jogging one morning along the parkway when she tripped, fell over the bridge railing and landed in the creek below. Before the Secret Service guys could get to her, 3 kids who were fishing pulled her out of the water. She was so grateful she offered the kids whatever they wanted. [Continue]

After I heard about

After I heard about the massive blackout on the East Coast I heared on over to CNN and MSNBC to check it out. I ran across an article at MSNBC on how the power grid works in the Unites States. My favorite quote: “The power grid, essentially an interconnected grid of transmission lines, covers most [Continue]

Did y’all know that

Did y’all know that Morocco offered us (the US) 2000 exploding monkeys to help get rid of mines in Iraq? In a related bit of news, they are training rats to sniff out mines in parts of Africa.

hmmmmm…looks like the Islamic

hmmmmm…looks like the Islamic Martyrs need to re-check their dictionarys! From an article entitled “Radical New Views of Islam and the Origins of the Koran,” by Alexander Stille in the March 2, 2002 edition of the New York Times: “Mr. Luxenberg’s radical theory is that many of the text’s difficulties can be clarified when it [Continue]

You know, people always

You know, people always ask me, “Gandalf23, why do you have a big, foot long metal spike in your tool box?” and I always say, “Well, you never know when one will be handy.” And last night I was vindicated. I used the large spike to fix the refrigerator. The fan was hitting the cowling [Continue]

This is the coolest

This is the coolest thing ever! You can play the old Infocom games on the internet: Zork, Zork 2, Zork 3, Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, Bureaucracy, and Leather Goddess of Phobos! The only bad thing is that you can’t save the games (and it does not work in Opera, looks like it’s IE only). [Continue]

You know, I can’t

You know, I can’t make stuff up like this: “It’s all true about the magic stone,” says car dealer Mokhaled Mohammed, sitting in a cafe on Baghdad’s upmarket Arasat Street. “First of all, he put it on a chicken and tried to shoot it. Then he put it on a cow, and the bullets went [Continue]

Who knows what happened

Who knows what happened on this day 58 years ago? Anyone? That’s right, August 6th 1945 was the day we dropped the first nuclear bomb on Japan. A few points to …umm…point out: 1) We didn’t start the war, Japan did. 2) We asked, begged, cajoled, pleaded with, and warned Japan to surrender first. 3) [Continue]

I was just up

I was just up in my parent’s attic looking for my Electronic Battleship and Axis & Allies games and I found two unused 2-drawer, industrial filecabinets each just shy of 29 inches tall. I think I’m going to use them as the “legs” of my desk. I may need to paint them, and I need [Continue]

Update: I now know

Update: I now know Dean’s last name. It’s….shoot…well dang it….I asked this morning and was told it…. Dearman? Yeah, that’s it. Dearman. So my sister will become the next Mrs. Dearman.

Ever wanted to write

Ever wanted to write in Elvish? Well, now you can. Pretty cool. Now I can print out the text on the One Ring and try and get someone to engrave it on a ring for me Ok, I’m a dork. But still, who doesn’t want their very own Ring of Power, especially the One Ring?

From the Washington Post:

From the Washington Post: U.S. Adopts Aggressive Tactics on Iraqi Fighters Intensified Offensive Leads To Detentions, Intelligence By Thomas E. Ricks Washington Post Staff Writer Monday, July 28, 2003; Page A01 Thousands of suspected Iraqi fighters were detained over the six-week period, many temporarily, in hundreds of U.S. military raids, most of them conducted in [Continue]