Monday, October 31, 2005

The Packers new running back

The Green Bay Packers offfensive line is so bad that even a fan can steal the ball from Brett Favre! See the whole story here.

CINCINNATI (AP) - The Cincinnati Bengals will reassess their security measures after a fan ran onto the field Sunday and disrupted a potential game-tying drive by the Green Bay Packers.
An unidentified fan runs with the football after taking it from Packers quarterback Brett Favre on Sunday in Cincinnati. (Tom Uhlman / Associated Press)
The Packers, trailing 21-14, reached the Bengals 28 with 23 seconds left. Brett Favre took the ensuing snap, but whistles quickly blew after the fan came onto the field. The unidentified man took the football out of Favre's hand and ran about 50 yards before being tackled by security guards and removed from the field.
Favre was sacked on the next play, and on the final snap, he completed an illegal pass beyond the line of scrimmage that came up short.

M

"Scalito"

Today, President Bush nominated Samuel A. Alito to the Supreme Court. Many will be upset that he is not a woman or latin, but the job here is to nominate a qualified individual and here is his record. At first glance I am extremely impressed.

Among his noteworthy opinions were:

lone dissent in the 1991 case of Planned Parenthood v. Casey, in which the 3rd Circuit struck down a Pennsylvania law that included a provision requiring women seeking abortions to notify their spouses. (this will cause him a lot of controversy at confirmation but this seems reasonable to me)

In a 1999 case, Fraternal Order of Police v. City of Newark, the 3rd Circuit ruled 3-0 that Muslim police officers in the city can keep their beards. The police had made exemption in its facial hair policy for medical reasons (a skin condition known as pseudo folliculitis barbae) but not for religious reasons. Alito wrote the opinion, saying, "We cannot accept the department's position that its differential treatment of medical exemptions and religious exemptions is premised on a good-faith belief that the former may be required by law while the latter are not." (agreed)

In July 2004, the 3rd Circuit Court ruled that a Pennsylvania law prohibiting student newspapers from running ads for alcohol was unconstitutional. At issue was Act 199, an amendment to the Pennsylvania Liquor Code passed in 1996 that denied student newspapers advertising revenue from alcoholic beverages. Alito said the law violated the First Amendment rights of the student newspaper, The Pitt News, from the University of Pittsburgh.
"If government were free to suppress disfavored speech by preventing potential speakers from being paid, there would not be much left of the First Amendment," Alito wrote. (agreed - yeah first amendment)

In 1999, Alito was part of a majority opinion in ACLU v. Schundler. At issue was a holiday display in Jersey City. The court held that the display didn't violate the establishment clause of the First Amendment because in addition to a creche and a menorah, it also had a Frosty the Snowman and a banner hailing diversity. (don't really have any strong opinion here, kind of seems hokey to even worry about, but this seems reasonable to me)

In the case of Homar v. Gilbert in 1996, Alito wrote the dissenting opinion that a state university didn't violate the due process rights of a campus police officer when they suspended him without pay after they learned he had been arrested on drug charges. (agreed - let's find more ways to cut through beaurocratic red tape and remove public officials when they deserve to be. No where in the Constitution does it say that public officials can't be fired for things that private citizens would be fired for.)

One of the most notable opinions was Alito's dissent in the 1996 case of Sheridan v. Dupont, a sex discrimination case. Alito wrote that a plaintiff in such a case should not be able to withstand summary judgment just by casting doubt on an employer's version of the story.
In Fatin v. INS (1993), Alito joined the majority in ruling that an Iranian woman seeking asylum could establish eligibility based on citing that she would be persecuted for gender and belief in feminism. (agreed - seems to have priorities in the right place)

In a 1996 ruling that upheld the constitutionality of a federal law banning the possession of machine guns, Alito argued for greater state rights in reasoning that Congress had no authority to regulate private gun possession. (agreed - yeah second ammendment)

excerpts are from the following article:

So Alito has worked tirelessly to uphold the Constitution, seems committed to the fair and reasoned practice of law, and has successfully obtained the unanimous consent of the senate on two previous appointments from Ronald Reagan and GHW Bush. Sounds good to me. Congratulations to GWB. I think he will find a great deal of support for this nomination.

M

Fighting Black Kings

Sunday I watched a movie called Fighting Black Kings.

video
It's a 1976 documentary about Kyokushin Karate(and other types too). Don't let the video cover fool you. This documentary was 80% good and only 20% cheese. All in all worth watching... If you can get past the 1976 Bruce Lee stuff and all the dubbed in kiais (screaming like Howard Dean). Hey it was the 70's.

Can you guys tell I'm getting psyched about karate again?

I'm a Shotokan Karate of America(SKA) guy.

Shotokan

Maybe, I'll actually get my butt to practice on Wednesday.

Saturday, October 29, 2005

Air America

I'm here at work on a Saturday. I'm listening to AM talk radio as usual, but since it is Saturday the stations I typically listen to have college football and NASCAR today, so I moved down the dial and found Air Atlanta (Air America's Atlanta Affiliate).

THIS RADIO STATION IS A STEAMING PILE OF DONKEY DUNG!

That's really all I have to say.

Friday, October 28, 2005

"Death to Israel, Death to America"



If anyone thinks that instability in Iraq is the biggest threat facing America today, they should think again. The following is an excerpt from an article taken today from CNN.com.

"Thousands of Iranians staged anti-Israel protests across the country Friday and repeated calls by their ultraconservative president demanding the Jewish state's destruction.

During a meeting with protesting students at Iran's Interior Ministry on Wednesday, Iranian President Ahmadinejad quoted a remark from Ayatollah Khomeini -- founder of Iran's Islamic revolution -- that Israel "must be wiped out from the map of the world."

Meanwhile, a day after the global condemnation, thousands of Iranians rallied in Tehran and other cities as part of al-Quds -- Jerusalem -- Day protests. Demonstrators held banners with anti-Israeli and pro-Palestinian slogans.

One banner read "Death to Israel, death to America," The Associated Press reported.

One of the strongest reactions to Ahmadinejad's remarks came from British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who said they were "completely and totally unacceptable."
"I felt a real sense of revulsion at those remarks," said Blair, who spoke Thursday at a press briefing after a European Union summit near London.

"There has been a long time in which I've been answering questions on Iran with everyone saying to me 'tell us you're not going to do anything about Iran,'" he said.
"If they carry on like this, the question people are going to be asking us is, 'When are you going to do something about this,' because you imagine a state like that with an attitude like that having a nuclear weapon."

the above was taken from CNN.com article.

I am proud of the U.S.'s role in helping Iraq to get to this historical point where they have now drafted their own constitution. Not enough praise has been given in the MSM to this amazing accomplishment since it corresponded with the milestone of 2000 American servicemember deaths. Americans need to be aware of the powder keg next door in Iran though. Now is not the time to become complacent in the War on Terror because rest assured, those that would like to perform violent harm to United States aren't resting.

M

Check out the DIY "Glue-Lams"

Check out this photo of GA ARNG 48th Brigade Soldiers in Iraq. Being the US Army Engineer... one thing caught my eye. Look at the improvised timbers made from plywood. Click the photo(and expand it)for a close-up view.

Photo - Ever Vigilant - A Company B, 108th Armor Battalion, 48th Brigade Team Soldier keeps a watchful eye on the area surrounding the Lutifiyah based compound.

Go to the Georgia Department of Defense website for the more...

Still No GLOCK...



Oh well... eventually I'll go get one.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Fort Benning Bayonet" title="external link"> More on Ranger Peter Sprenger

The link I had in the previous post is a bit screwy so I have provided another one.



Fort Benning Bayonet

Monday, October 24, 2005

You Think You're Tough?

I heard about this dude a while ago. He lost an eye fighting in Iraq and instead of a medical discharge he wanted to earn the right to be called Ranger. They put him on the cover of Men's Health magazine. This is a HOOAH dude. Guys like this really get me motivated to be a better person.

Sprenger not only passed it (Ranger School) but was also singled out as the epitome of the Ranger creed--"Readily will I display the intestinal fortitude required to . . . complete the mission, though I be the lone survivor"--and asked to recite that creed at his graduation ceremony last July.

Since the army began keeping records a quarter century ago, he is the first man with his kind of physical disability to earn the Ranger patch (it's called a Tab).


Read more...

Friday, October 21, 2005

If Today's MSM Reported Normandy

More great stuff... kind of like that cartoon I posted last year.

If Today's MSM Reported Normandy

Around three hundred French civilians were murdered yesterday and an undetermined number were injured during the first hours of the American invasion of continental Europe. Most of the French victims were due to artillery shots coming from the American fleet that was trying to hit German fortifications on the coast before thousands of soldiers proceeded to land on several of the beaches. According to sources in the improvised hospital in the town of Saint Mere Eglise, the slaughter was worse than French and Germans anticipated. “We are dropping like flies” said an eye witness who preferred to remain anonymous. “The Americans came in killing like mad men, I never thought I would say this, but life was better with Adolf Hitler”......
Read the rest at News Busters

I don't know why...

First of all, let me say that I do not own any bobble heads. However, I started another blog (please look to the right) about hip gifts. Basically, I figure I'd start putting stuff that I thought was cool on there. Maybe I can make some spare change with the Google ads and such. Anyway, I thought maybe some bobble heads might be fun to put on there. I was looking for a Buddha bobble head, found it, and determined that it was too ugly to put on the blog. I was kind of disappointed. Anyway, I saw this Colonel Klink b'head. I like it. I look at it and think... HOOGAAAAAAANNN! Anyway, there's nothing about this that is news worthy. Michelle Malkin will not be linking to me (as usual), but I thought I'd talk about it. What the heck. Maybe we can make some sort or Milblog thing out of it. You know, he was supposed to be a Luftwaffe Colonel. There's the whole German thing... I don't know. Just felt like sticking it up there.

So, I'll put it over on the other blog later.

Internet Archive Wayback Machine

Well, if you want to find some old stuff from my old web page (or any other page) you can go here Internet Archive Wayback Machine


It's me!
If only Anne understood that Hurricane Season is a good thing...



20 years old in DS/DS, doing the obligatory "give me the pig dude... Now take my picture." thing.

How 'bout it... You feelin' the Peace yet?

Yep... even Buddhists are at risk...

This Week in Islam

Weekly Column for (10/24/05)

Islam pitched a perfect game last week by committing atrocities against every religion this side of the Heaven’s Gate cult – and not for the first time either, as we’ve noted in the past.

First to Thailand, where Muslim radicals broke into a Buddhist temple in the early morning hours and hacked a 76-year-old monk to pieces. Two temple boys, ages 15 and 17, were also found hiding in their beds. After these courageous Jihadis shot the boys to death, they burned their bodies along with the temple.

Read more...

Know Your History... Senator Boxer.




This is pretty good stuff...

A history lesson - Los Angeles Times

Atlas Shrugs: Bush Bono Babble

I'm really sick of Bono. Africa has problems... but why? Poor leadership, that's why!

Go to Atlas Shrugs. There's some good stuff over there.

Thursday, October 20, 2005

CYNTHIA MCKINNEY, GEORGIA'S BURDEN TO BEAR

This lady really pisses me off. I heard Neal Boortz talking about it today, so I thought I'd post a little excerpt from today's Neal's Nuze. This woman has her head so far up her... Well, you know. Read the good stuff from Neal below.


Have you heard what our idiot Congresswoman did yesterday? She was part of a panel questioning Homeland Security Director Michael Chertoff. She asked him why he shouldn't be charged with negligent homicide because he didn't rescue people from nursing homes in the New Orleans area. Yeah, Cynthia, that's it. Let's start charging government officials with homicide when they fail to save lives in the time of a disaster?

Excuse me, Mr. Chertoff, but I'm going to suggest a response for you the next time you encounter the cutest little jihadist in Congress.

"Wait a minute. You're Cynthia McKinney, aren't you? From Georgia, right? Yeah, I've heard of you. You're the one who fueled your campaign with jihadist campaign donations after 9/11, right? Wasn't it your father that blamed your election loss several years ago on Jews? Yeah ... I remember. You said that President Bush knew about 9/11 before it ever happened, and he let the plan go ahead so that his buddies could make money with the aftermath. Now you want to know why I shouldn't be charged with negligent homicide? Well, my job description does not require me to deal with idiots. Your fellow members of Congress don't take you seriously, and I see no reason why I should. If you think that it's a good idea to hold government officials, and that would include police and firefighters, criminally responsible when they fail to save lives in a disaster, then why don't you introduce a bill making the failure to save a life during a disaster a federal crime? That's why you're in congress, isn't it? To make laws? So get to it!"

Do the people in McKinney's district in Georgia know that she's a laughing stock ... and they're virtually unrepresented when it comes to real issues?

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Ruling Temporarily Halts Voter ID Law

Found this article on WSBTV.com This is nuts! It's not a poll tax! It is good way to be sure that dead people aren't voting.

Monday, October 17, 2005

Good News

Here is an excerpt from an e-mail I received from one of my OCS buddies in Iraq. I have taken out some stuff for OPSEC.


Hello all and greetings from picturesque Iraq! Another historic event has passed and I feel honored to have been a part of it. The Iraqi Constitutional referendum went off with no major hitches much to my surprise. To give all of you a little background, during the January elections my battalion area of operations (AO) had NO POLLING STATIONS AT ALL due to the Anti-Iraqi Force operations against coalition forces. During this historic event, there were 7 in the battalion AO. And to further place emphasis on the good job the National Guard is doing over here, my company had been selected a few months ago to serve as the Division Reserve Force (DRF) and my platoon was the DRF for this event. We have done a lot of work leading up to this event but none of us expected the turn out or quiet that we witnessed. My platoon had been called out 3 times over the 5 days leading up to the vote to respond to events in the division AO and had been sitting on an Observation Point (OP) for a day prior to the big day. With the strong leadership of the Iraqi Army (who lead this historic event), the support of the Iraqi Police and the bravery of the common Iraqi men and women, this historic day proceeded with no major events. October 15th, 2005 will definitely be a day to remember.

I even got the opportunity to meet GEN Aziz and sit in on a planning meeting with him. GEN Aziz is an extremely bright and charismatic man and I can see why he is adored by his troops. It was great meeting him. I wish I could have gotten a picture!

Friday, October 14, 2005

Fair Tax, Fair Tax, Fair Tax

If you haven't run out to purchase the Fair Tax Book yet, you should. You could borrow it from someone if you don't want to spend $14.00 on it. I'm sure someone you know owns a copy and will be happy to let you read it.

At least read this...Fair Tax FAQ

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Sex Toys, Freedom, and Turks with Issues

I think I may have to stop blogging and just put a redirect to Rofasix because I keep posting his stuff here so often.

Anyway, he's got a great point about the ridiculousness of using police to fight the sale of sex toys when the police could clearly be used for a better purpose. Government should stay out of the bedroom... and the kitchen... and the floor in the hallway... and on the stairs. Well, you know what I mean.

Read more about it Sex Toys & Freedom

Also, you may find this interesting. There is a really popular novel in Turkey right now. In this novel the European Union rejects Turkey. So,the Turks join forces with Russians and declare war against the EU. As an American of Armenian descent, I do take an interest in what goes on in Turkey. They still deny that they slaughtered 1.5 million Armenians after all these years. Before I go off topic, here is a link to the story.

Turks embrace novelist's war on EU

Another hat tip to Rofasix

Comment on the new JROTC program in one Buffalo School

Automatic enrollment in ROTC provokes protest at high school
Unless they opted out, freshmen at Hutchinson-Central Technical High School (Buffalo, NY) were automatically enrolled this fall in Junior ROTC.

Partamian brought this to our attention a little while back, and I just wanted to comment on it without relegating it to the comments section.

I want to applaud the school, it's principal, and any other administrators or persons that had a role in instituting this program. This is one of the best moves I have seen from a public school anywhere in this country, and I think they should be congratulated. First of all, (listen up NY ACLU) this was not a draft, and does not violate anyone's rights. JROTC is excellent program that teaches respect, discipline, motivation, and teamwork. It builds self esteem, and gives children a taste of the amazing gift and pride of service. However, this is an important point, there is no service requirement in the military after high school. Being enrolled in JROTC does not mean that Uncle Sam has somehow snatched up your little child as part of some secret plot to institute a draft.

The US Military does not want nor does it have room for people that don't want to be there. The most elite, well-trained, well-equipped fighting force in the world does not need any elitist, pansy liberals that think they are too good to be in the military. JROTC is different though. Kids in high school need discipline. They need to be a part of something larger than themselves. They need parental involvement and adult supervision. Service in JROTC gives the opportunity for every child to to be exposed to a career choice that they may not yet know that they want, and all without any obligation whatsoever. This principal and this school obviously want every child to have the opportunity to succeed in life, and there is no greater opportunity than with the armed forces. Guaranteed job training and money for college, health care, housing, etc. Every child that goes through this program will thank the school later. Most parents will too. I think they should be cheered and not sued. If more schools seriously considered what they could do for the well being and future careers of their students, every child would be better off.

M

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

I must be a real "square".

I was Father Mulcahy on the MASH quiz. What gives?

sam jpeg
You are Sam the Eagle.
You are patriotic and devoted. And extremely anal.

What Muppet are you?
brought to you by Quizilla

Hat Tip to Righty in a lefty state

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Oh yeah... One more thing.

I was born in the USA and I turned 35 last month. So, since I am now eligible, I am going to run for the office of President of the United States in 2008. So vote for Partamian in 08!

I'm not kidding.

BUDDHISM FOR HUMANISTS

Since I have been going all over the place with my "milblog", I might as well get everyone looking at some Buddhism stuff too. I found an article that really does a pretty good job of explaining Buddhism from a rational perspective. It's not all about saffron robes, shave heads, and incense. It isn't "new age" either. It's a pragmatic view. And yes... Soldiers can be Buddhists too.

BUDDHISM FOR HUMANISTS

Watch A Really Big Ad...



Man, what would I do without ROFASix? I find the greatest stuff over there. Today I found a link there to a really funny (and really BIG) beer ad, that made me laugh hard. I watched it a bunch of times.

A nice High-Bandwith version of the Big Ad


Hat Tip to Tigerhawk since that's where ROFASix found it.

Meanwhile in Buffalo...

It seems that a school in Buffalo, NY (MiKe W... calm down. We aren't going to start talking about the Bills) automatically enrolls students in JROTC.

I’m at work so I don’t have time to write about it. Discuss amongst yourselves.


Automatic enrollment in ROTC provokes protest at high school

Islam... Communism... Smurfs?

Islam: The Religion of Peace

This Week in Islam

While Indonesian courts busied themselves with trying to decide the length of a prison sentence for three Sunday school teachers last month, Islamists were apparently planning the next Bali bombing. And why shouldn't they? Indonesian courts seem to have a soft spot for Muslim bombers that doesn't extend to those outside their religion of peace. Click here for more...


A CRIME AGAINST THE SMURFS @ The Junk Yard Blog

UNICEF is bombing Smurfs. Seriously, what did Gargamel know... when did he know it and where is that cat Azriel? I liked the smurfs as a child and I don't think they should be bombed, even if they are little COMMUNISTS.

More on the Smurf Communism

Sunday, October 09, 2005

What the Hell?



This is Boy George? I wonder if he has an Iron Maiden shirt too.

Friday, October 07, 2005

Got Dome Fever Again

I told you to cklick that banner, but you didn't listen...

Well, it was only a matter of time. I found some good stuff online for figuring out the strut sizes based on the frequency, and lots of other good tips.

Desert Domes has some great information.

Don't forget the Buckminster Fuller Institute!

Ok... So I have been known to hug a tree now and then... You know the military uses them too... Come on, cut me some slack, there were copies of The Mother Earth News all over the house when I was growing up. Incidentally, Anne bought me a subscription a few years ago and I never got one stinking magazine. Damn hippies!

Famous Armenians

Some of you may have wondered... "What kind of name is Partamian anyway?" It is an Armenian name! There are many Armenians out there doing all kinds of cool stuff. You can't stop us... It's been tried. We're here to stay! I know some of you are also wondering "What the Hell does principal Skinner, from the Simpsons, have to do with this?"


Check out the Famous Armenians Page and find out!

YOUR DADDY/MOMMY KILLS ANIMALS!



So... PETA is now making comic books. That's nice.

Check out The Junkyard Blog for more info.

Exploding Pythons Add Diversity to the Everglades

When your eyes are bigger than your stomach!

ROFASix: Exploding Pythons Add Diversity to the Everglades

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

RUN FOR THE RIVER 5K - or why I had to buy clothes at K-mart

RUN FOR THE RIVER 5K
Saturday, October 29, 2005 9:00a.m. - 5K
River Green Office Park
4830 River Green Parkway
Duluth , GA

http://www.active.com/event_detail.cfm?event_id=1253200

Yesterday, Partamian asked M to run this race (which happens to be on M's birthday weekend) since Partamian did the same on his birthday also. M agreed, however, M has been extremely slack in his running because of his overwhelming workload and overextended commitments the past two months, so M decided it was high time to get back to it. This morning, M hit the treadmill for three miles and then did 15 minutes on the stationary bike, working up quite a stink. However, having been unaccustomed to the morning workout for a while, M realized (a little too late) that he had left his work clothes at home. Without having enough time to go back home to retrieve them, M was forced to put his sweaty clothes back on and head to the K-Mart (the only store nearby and open) to purchase some dressy clothes for the office. Now, M hasn't shopped at a K-Mart in a long, long time. but I tell you what, M walked out with some snazzy new threads for a grand total of $23, and still managed to only be 20 minutes late to the office. The further embarrasing part of the story was that M worked out with one of the partner's at his job. This successful partner, who had just the day before, asked M to work with him on some projects, had quite a laugh when he came out of the shower room with his workout clothes on. Fortunately, said partner has a good sense of humor and (hopefully) didn't lose faith in M's ability to be on top of his game.

Monday, October 03, 2005

My Friend, 2LT Homer J. Wright III

Second Lt. Homer J. Wright III bit off a chunk of his tongue when he rocketed out of his seat and smashed his head on the roof. Blood oozed from his mouth and chin.

As black smoke and the smell of burning oil filled the vehicle, the Georgia Army National Guard soldier wondered, “Is this the end?” The Humvee was rolling off the road, toward a canal filled with deep, greenish water.

Read the full article here...

Quote

As some of you are aware, both M and Partamian have college degrees from engineering schools, and as such, there is something about our personalities and preferred discussion topics that often gets labeled as "nerdy" or "boring." Well, I came across this quote the other day that I thought would help to clarify:

"Engineers aren't boring people, they just get excited about boring things." - Anon.

M

Sunday, October 02, 2005

My weekend


Okay, so this is a picture of a "Pizzork." What does this have to do with your weekend you might ask? Well that would be a good question, but unfortunately for you, I'm not going to tell you. You're just going to have to wonder.

This picture is courtesy of Slice: AMERICA'S FAVORITE PIZZA WEBLOG!

Isn't the internet amazing. Can you believe that there is a weblog devoted to pizza? ...and it is actually a decent blog, if you like that sort of thing.

M