My DD214

Veterans should be a thing of the past.

Lah Ti Dah.

I want the record to reflect that I do not take responsibility for what is happening to the U.S. of A.

I was in S. Korea on a deployment called KITP with Sgt. Pete Wilbur and Cpl. Luke Hoppe as my NCO's and Aric McKenna and Drew Merideth for my OICs when the presidential election appointment was decided in 2000. I remember that I was very much in support of the Bush back then. I filled out an absentee ballot for GW and one for Jesse Ventura around that same time.

Yes, I was a part of the problem. I had a good excuse though, I was a U.S. Marine with two years of service under my belt. I was motivated and I wanted to be a frickin' Drill Instructor of all things…by the way much props to Orta and those like him for being DIs, you guys changed my life. My point is that I was a part of the problem and I want to be a part of the solution now.

I was accessory to the murder of tens of thousands of Iraqi people during the war on Iraqi Freedom*. I say this because I believe it to be true. I simply don't think that the current White House administration is justified by sending me over there to use my training for murder of those wonderful people. Their army was defenseless. Saddam didn't spend money on upkeep and maintenance. They were using poor equipment and their military wasn't unified (thanks to U.S. propoganda, which was very clever by the way).

There had to be another approach.

*I want to clarify that I said "the war on Iraqi Freedom". Not "Operation Iraqi Freedom". It is all but apparent to me that the war, up until this point…going on it's fourth year now…has done nothing but restrict the Iraqi peoples' ability to unify and self govern. We have drawn lines in the sands of the Middle East not with a stick but with bullets and bombs. And we wonder why they hate us.

People who love america.

Day care in Iraq.

2 May, 2006 6:40 PM Posted by | Just a thought.. | 4 Comments

A Fair and Balanced Roasting

Stephen Colbert gets invited to speak at the White House Correspondents' Dinner, and some hilarity ensues.

Part One

Part Two

Part Three

(all YouTube links)

I'm not gonna lie to you, I didn't make it to Part Three. It's pretty funny, and I chuckled at some points, but at no point was I busting a gut laughing. I will say this: Stephen Colbert has enormous balls. Enormous. Making fun of the President of the United States from the comfort of your own home, office, or bar is the national pastime. Making fun of the President of the United States from a podium fifteen feet away from him is another matter entirely. My hat is off to you, Stephen Colbert. Hell, my bra is unsnapped and being thrown onto the stage.

 UPDATE : CSPAN made YouTube yank the videos, but now its right here on Google Video. Details here, if you're interested.

2 May, 2006 3:13 PM Posted by | Politics and other hazardous materials, pwnd | Leave a comment

el Sol

A really, really high-resolution image of the sun. If your monitor was big enough, I suppose this .jpeg could act as a reasonable substitute for the actual sun in a pinch. Pictures like this never fail to impress me with how tremendously unhappy the sun looks. Although if your complexion looked like that, you'd be grumpy, too.

2 May, 2006 2:33 PM Posted by | Robots are awesome | Leave a comment