Friday, January 30, 2009

Girl Friday, 30 JAN 09

One day till we fly out of permitting of course.

Welcome to the final Girl Friday of January, Tamara Witmer...the high point of her career so far no doubt.


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Friday, January 23, 2009

Girl Friday, 23 JAN 09

Another week down, one more to go before our return to the "Great Place".

This week's Girl Friday is Heather Spytek and she steps up to the plate on this Friday the 23rd of January 2009.

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Friday, January 16, 2009

Girl Friday, 16 JAN 09

Remote posting is the bomb diggity yo. Actually I wrote this before we went to NTC...what you think the Army would let me on the INTERNET to post THIS while I was supposed to be training. HA!

Welcome to Friday, 16 JAN 09 today's Girl Friday, Dana Dicillo...yeah she was featured a couple of weeks ago, get over it.

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Friday, January 09, 2009

Girl Friday, 9 JAN 09

Through the magic of the INTERNET, even though I'm on my way to the National Training Center in California, you get your fix of partially nude, hot girls for a Friday.

Welcome to Friday the 9th of January 2009, this week's Girl Friday Pennelope Jimenez.

Let me know how the weekend works out for you I'll be kind of busy.

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Thursday, January 08, 2009

Net Call

Attention on the NET. I will be leaving the AO sometime today and will return OOA (On Or About) 1 FEB 09.

In the meantime amuse yourselves with these pictures of my future ex-wife...Pilar Lastra. If you see or know her, tell her I'll be in California until FEB...we can be found about 30 miles north of Barstow. Look for all the helicopters.

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Wednesday, January 07, 2009

USAF Blog Srategery Revealed

From Danger Room

The USAF is on the march to counter negative impressions about the service (Danger Room reports).

Bloggers: If you suddenly find Air Force officers leaving barbed comments after one of your posts, don't be surprised. They're just following the service's new "counter-blogging" flow chart. In a twelve-point plan, put together by the emerging technology division of the Air Force's public affairs arm, airmen are given guidance on how to handle "trolls," "ragers" -- and even well-informed online writers, too. It's all part of an Air Force push to "counter the people out there in the blogosphere who have negative opinions about the U.S. government and the Air Force," Captain David Faggard says...

Read the whole thing HERE

And check out the nifty flow thinking required!

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Taking Chance

From BlackFive

In February HBO is going to air a film based on the true story of a Marine LtCol who escorted the body of Lance Corporal Chance Phelps from Iraq back to his home in the states.

Here's a preview.

Looks least the part that I could see some dust got in my eyes there towards the end.

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Monday, January 05, 2009

Good Song...

...from a band that supports the Military (3 Doors Down).



Saturday, January 03, 2009

A Japanese Office

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Generation P

H/T Dirty Harry How apropos.

From ESQUIRE Mag come these quotes from Clint Eastwood. Yeah he's taking to YOU Esquire readers.

I don't know if I can tell you exactly when the pussy generation started. Maybe when people started asking about the meaning of life.

We live in more of a pussy generation now, where everybody's become used to saying, "Well, how do we handle it psychologically?" In those days, you just punched the bully back and duked it out. Even if the guy was older and could push you around, at least you were respected for fighting back, and you'd be left alone from then on.

Profound words, Mr. Eastwood.
There's some more stuff if you are interested at the Esquire website.



Survivor Woman


Baghdad Happens

From the maker of Outside the Wire.

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Hot Chick in a (partial) Uniform

...and how to ruin it.

I suspect you can figure out how it's ruined by looking at the edges of the above picture, but who she hangs out with is her business right?

Also seeing this makes me wonder how a Marine might view this. I can assure you she isn't nor has she ever been a member of the USMC. While I think a lot of male Marines (and some female) might have no problem with this at all, it makes me wonder where is the limit.

Personally I don't find her offensive...but given how much the Marines of the world love to fight every slight actual and otherwise, I wondered what they may think...especially when she's hanging out with these guys in the background.

If you are the least bit interested her name is Valerie Mason and she was Playmate of the month for SEP '08.

For more on that go HERE (SFW at least that page is)). You can vote for her for Playmate of the Year if you are so inclined...or I'm sure, find a place to send your correspondence expressing your disgust with her for posting disrespectful pictures to the USMC on her MySpace page (the only thing disrespectful IMHO is I'm not in them).

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Friday, January 02, 2009

Tony Romo = Don Meridith?

In the wake of the Dallas Cowboys awful showing in Philly last Sunday I read an article written by Jim Reeves of the Fort Worth Star Telegram.

Part of it states this about the Cowboys QB, Tony Romo:

Here’s the exact transcript of Romo’s response when someone asked him how he dealt with such a devastating loss. It made me proud of him ... and it made me flinch, too.

"I wake up tomorrow and keep living. You don’t [deal with it]. You just keep playing the game. It’s a fun game, and it’s enjoyable. We’re going to try to win next year. We’re going to try to get back in the playoffs, and we’re going to try to win a Super Bowl.

"If you don’t, OK. If you do, OK. Then you’re really a great player. If you don’t, you’re just a solid, good player, and I’ll have to deal with that, not you guys. That’s just part of the job.

"I’ve had a lot worse things happen to me than a loss in a sporting event, that’s for sure. If this is the worst thing that ever happens to me, then I’ll have lived a pretty good life."

In other words, folks, it’s just a game, not life or death, and he’s right. It’s a mature, grown-up philosophy, an attempt to try to put it all back into some semblance of proper perspective.

Only one problem. As much as I agree with Tony Boy’s candor and admire his willingness to state his life philosophy out loud, I seriously doubt that Cowboys fans were looking for rational perspective from their quarterback at that point.

They wanted heartbreak. They wanted pathos. They wanted their quarterback to stand there and tell them how bad he felt, how he would do anything in the world to change things if he could.

While I suspect that Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman both share Romo’s overall philosophy on life and games, I don’t think any of us ever heard either of them shrug and say after a gut-wrenching, heartbreaking loss, "Hey, too bad, but the sun will come up tomorrow."

For most Cowboys fans, the sun won’t come up again for many, many months.

They want their quarterback to not just understand their despair, but to share in it, not stand there with that smug, I-get-it-and-you-don’t half-smile, in that goofy-looking hat and tell them that things aren’t really so bad after all and that they could be a whole lot worse.

The season just ended in ignominy and disgrace, for crying out loud. Act like it. Don’t stand there offering homilies and life lessons, as sincere as they may be. For most Cowboys fans, it was the worst day of a truly horrible year.

To Read the entire article go HERE.

I couldn't agree more with Mr. Reeves, and after reading Romo's quote I couldn't help but think if he wasn't like another Cowboys QB who could never quite get the job done. Who by some reports had a somewhat laze fair attitude toward the game...Don Meridith. Now I am too young to have been around for those days but the stories I have heard about the Cowboys QB from the 60's sound in some respects a lot like the stories you hear about Romo.

Forgetting all of that for a moment...yes you are playing a game and a lot worse things can happen to you than loosing a football game...but it is your job. It is your job to win football games. If you don't win at least act like it bothers you so the people who pay your salary might actually believe that you give two shits about what you're getting paid outrageous amounts of money to do. As much as TO acts like a spoiled least you know he cares about may only be himself but at least he cares enough to try and do something to help himself.

Hey, Romo may go home and work his ass off trying to figure out how to win it all next year, I don't know what he does. But someone needs to tell him that perception is reality and if you want to act like getting drummed on Sunday is no big deal then maybe people won't think it's a big deal to come to the games or buy your overpriced crap anymore.



PAB is a straight up sexy MF, Yo!

Meet my future ex-wife. I just decided this while watching the compilation of her intros from the Fox show "Red Eye".

Pretty damn funny I say.

Shamelessly stolen from Jimbo @ they need the traffic anyway.

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Girl Friday, 2 JAN 09

Well, Happy New Year you freeking animals.

Here it is the first Friday of the new year and with that I bring you the first Girl Friday of 2009...Dana Dicillo.

Have a great extended weekend!

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Thursday, January 01, 2009

First the Shocker now the Donkey Punch

The WHAT?!?

Yeah, you heard me there's a movie called DONKEY PUNCH.

As if Navy pilots calling their jet THE SHOCKER, wasn't bad enough now we have some Brits who make a film entitled DONKEY PUNCH...and it's not p0rn. Or at least that's the story they are using right now.

"This party is going overboard" I'll say... like a blow to the back of the head it is.

For those not clued in to what the donkey punch might is described in detail at the ever helpful Wikipedia.

Hanging around with soldiers all day I already knew what it meant. But I did learn that those tools at Enron used that term to describe some of the deals they it wasn't a wasted trip.

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The PC Police and the Safety Nazis

Sometimes I believe nobody can equal the United States Army when it comes to CYA safety practices and banning things just because SOMEONE MIGHT be OFFENDED.

Then I see stuff like this and realize we are mere pikers when it comes to this stuff.

First I was sent this story by reader and sometime commenter Kath...

Tinker first sergeants develop program to help motorcyclists

Dec. 30, 2008
By Danielle Gregory
72nd Air Base Wing Public Affairs

TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. (AFMCNS) — First sergeants here have formed a program entitled "Operation We Care" which allows them to identify motorcycle riders who may be at a higher risk of an accident.

According to Master Sgt. Ronda White, whenever a first sergeant notices that a motorcycle has bad tires or that the paint of the motorcycle is scraped off from previously laying down the bike, the first sergeant will leave an “Operation We Care” card on the motorcycle with the potential safety issue identified on the back.

"The card instructs the motorcycle rider to go see the rider’s first sergeant,” Sergeant White said.

The face-to-face communication between motorcyclists and their first sergeants demonstrates that the first sergeants care about riders and the condition of their bikes. If the motorcycle needs to be fixed, first sergeants can recommend that the operator not ride the bike until the motorcycle is in proper working order."The bottom line is that our people are our business,” Sergeant White said. “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and we need our people to complete the mission."

Across the Air Force there has been a growing rate of motorcycle deaths and accidents. Officials are actively working to figure out what they can do to address the problem and solve it. "We can't complete the mission without our people,” Sergeant White said. “People are our most important resource. The Air Force spends a lot of money training our people. Tinker’s first sergeants are investing time and resources in an effort to make a difference and possibly save a life.”Riders who receive a card on their motorcycle are responsible for bringing the card to their first sergeant within 24 hours or the next duty day. All the first sergeants track what motorcycle they leave cards on and communicate with other first sergeants so they know when to expect a visit."The first sergeants want their military members to know 'we care' if you live or die, Sergeant White said. “If a trip to the shirt's office prompts you to put up your motorcycle until you get your new tires, then we have reached our goal and possibly saved your life."

I'm so glad they want their airmen to know that they care. Good grief can we all just get a hug? I'm guessing they don't have mandatory POV (personally owned vehicle) inspections in the USAF? What's with the statement that 1st SGTs can recommend that the operator not ride the bike till it's fixed. What about an order? They are in the military aren't they?

In the Army we are having problems with motorcycle accidents as well. I can say without much fear of contradiction that most of the people involved in those accidents were told numerous times about the dangers of unsafe acts while riding their bikes, they then chose for whatever reason to go out and do things which got themselves hurt or killed. While there were some that were minding their own business and doing all the right things and still got hurt they are in the vast minority. So what can you do?

Then we have the PC police. From CDR Salamander comes this tale of debauchery amongst Naval Aviators (I know whoda' thunk it).

The Electronic Warfare EF-18G is officially known as the "Growler." Hmmmmm - words have meaning. What is the definition of "Growler" for the rest of the world? Well the answer is complicated, in the UK it means this,
growler - This term has two suggested meaning from two different people. The first is a slang name for vagina, i.e.. "I'd love to see her growler". ... The other meaning is: the sort of person who is very drunk in a pub and is looking for a fight, maybe a mad looking bloke sitting at the bar staring at people.

On this side of the pond, it means this,
growler - Defecation causing extreme pain, and audible growling sounds, i.e. "After eating that Mexican food, I took a serious growler."
Of course, when "Growler" was announced as the name for the EF-18G it was well known what the underground meaning of "Growler" was before the aircraft was named - warnings were sent up - but "they " did it anyway. Right away, most Gen X and below started giggl'n and hated the name, but the Boomers in charge just thought having the "G" in EF-18G combined with the old EA-6B name "Prowler" was just too cute not to combine. Few under CAPT thought it was a good idea.

As we expect from those with the personality to want to fly off carriers - the proud but disgusted JOs with the attitude Naval Aviators as known for stepped into the lexicon for other options. That is when "Shocker" came up.

"Shocker" seems an interesting and noble name perhaps, if for no other reason besides being an electronic bird.

Look at those patches at the top of the post; do they seem shocking and in poor taste?

To the Navy, a pinkie standing out with the index and middle finger out and the ring finger in usually means, "I didn't listen to the safety guys and kept my wedding ring on when underway."

Well, for the unenlightened out there "the shocker" is a hand gesture with sexual connotations the shocker patch has been banned. If you had no idea what the shocker was or even if you do would you be offended if members of the armed forces of the good ole' US of A wore a patch that looked like this?

To be honest I've seen and actually worn worse (tastefully speaking) patches. Honestly don't people have better things to do? Isn't there a war to be won or something?

Obviously a photoshop, but in light of this story both funny and appropriate.

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Funny, Yet Sad

I have mentioned in this space before being entertained AND amused by the G4 network show "Attack of the Show" which features the attractive, charming and funny Olivia Munn (pictured above). Turns out she has her own blog ( )where she writes some amusing stuff (that is unless she has a gang of monkeys banging on typewriters churning out volumes of work in order to make it appear that she's funny and interesting).

The sad part, if you do go over there is the comments section. It is what you might imagine it to be. Which if I were a lady in my 20's would be quite ego boosting, but I'm not, so it sorta comes off as desperate and weird sometimes...but hey that's how guys are, right ladies?

Anyway she's pretty and funny so give her site a look and you couldn't be any worse than some of the goons there already.

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