Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Thank You!

I'm telling everybody that as of today, I'm older then Jesus!
We're all going to hell for what we do here on Earth. I just like to know what for.

Geek Humor

Yesterday a coworker was watching me organize my bookshelf. You know the drill, XML books with Web Services and Networking, C books with C++ books . . .

He saw my Gregg Reference Manual and asked, "What's that book?"
"It's a Grammar Book", I replied.
"You mean like Perl, or awk?", he asked.
"No, like English."
This from a guy who has a picture of Shakespeare on his cube wall. We both had a pretty good laugh.
Hell not only did he go to college I remember him taking Latin in High School.

Gregg ¶1101 Usage. Ironically 1101 is binary number 13.

Happy Birthday Brian!!!

Actual Quote

At 5:50AM, EST:
My colon is so clean, you could eat off of it.

— My Dad
Further proof of evolution; I would never say any such thing.

The Necessity of the Story

Tillman was Old Shoe, from that eerily prescient masterpiece, Wag The Dog. Sheesh.

As to the way to wage war, I don't really know what to say. The Republican Class of '94 said that American troops shouldn't be committed in actions like Mogadishu. What were they going after? What was their measure of success?

Can you imagine how much more prosperous Africa would have been now, had the seeds of democracy been properly sown in Somalia? Their freedom would have been beautiful, and a democratic nation in that region could have helped defuse the genocides in Rwanda and Sudan.
Everyone who has a college degree: "then" refers to a time, "than" is a comparative. If I knew then what I know now, I would used the right word rather than look like my degree was a waste of money.

Monday, December 06, 2004

Was this Story Really Necessary?

Army Spun Tale Around Ill-Fated Mission

Just days after Pat Tillman died from friendly fire on a desolate ridge in southeastern Afghanistan (news - web sites), the U.S. Army Special Operations Command released a brief account of his last moments.

[ . . . ]

It was a stirring tale and fitting eulogy for the Army's most famous volunteer in the war on terrorism, a charismatic former pro football star whose reticence, courage and handsome beret-draped face captured for many Americans the best aspects of the country's post-Sept. 11 character.

It was also a distorted and incomplete narrative, according to dozens of internal Army documents obtained by The Washington Post that describe Tillman's death by fratricide after a chain of botched communications, a misguided order to divide his platoon over the objection of its leader and undisciplined firing by fellow Rangers.
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No, I don't think they need to do a total whitewash, either. But I really have to question the point of this article. Is it the intention of the authors to show that Pat Tillman died unnecessarily? Is it their point to show that the Military is incompetent at times? Is it their point to show that the Army Lied and People Died?

I don't get this.

In 1945, there were similar calls for mass resignations and heads to roll following the fiasco that was Iwo Jima. We now consider it a great victory (Something like 1/2 of all Purple Hearts awarded in the entire history of the U.S.M.C. were awarded for action on that island)

I guess I just wonder what their standard for a perfect war is.
  • Total victory without firing a shot (The Sun Tzu Approach)?
  • Zero Casualties (The Quisling Approach)?
  • Only non-combat casualties (The Carter Approach)?
  • Only acceptable, clearly defined and anticipated casualties (The ISO 9000 approach)?
  • Only car accidents (The Ted Kennedy Approach)?

Methinks their standards are set differently then mine. Or anyone else who lives outside of I-495