Wednesday, March 31, 2004

Fighting terror the French way.

An End to Evil.

Monday, March 29, 2004

The music industry is having a hard time?

Sunday, March 28, 2004

Traveling in Mongolia with a US Army Soldier-diplomat.

How Christians are by-passing traditional media with technology.

Night life in all places……Hucknall? sounds good to me.

Saturday, March 27, 2004

Short note: The newest member of our family just arrived on the 25th. Here is a photo our new little girl:
I wrote a few notes in advance to post to this blog, so it will not go stale.

Why did the Middle East used to lead the world in the sciences, but now is lagging behind?

Wednesday, March 24, 2004

I thought us Americans are sometimes crazy, but this takes the cake, and it happened here in the city of Robin Hood! Queen Medical Center has suspended a world class Neurosurgeon and five of his scheduled operations over he supposedly took an extra bowl of soup. He said he was getting extra croutons. Now the patients may have to wait three weeks to six months to reschedule. That sounds pretty cruel to me and NHS is not going to step in mediate or try to fix the situation. My wife will be giving birth at QMC this weekend and I will tell you more QMC and how the NHS handles a routine procedure.

Monday, March 22, 2004

Morgan Stanley’s report on Europe. It states that Europe is stuck in second gear while the US, China and India is shifting into fourth. A quote from the report: “most popular global websites; according to the so-called Alexa tally, 11 of the top 25 were based in the US, 7 in China, 6 in Korea, and 1 in Japan. Europe didn't even make the cut.“ Wow!

The diffeence between Poland and Russia in the basic field of health care.

Sunday, March 21, 2004

I like the Alien series of movies and Predator with Arnie was good too.
Now it is the WWF of Killer Aliens this summer!

Israel is going to be pulling out of the Gaza strip and part of the West Bank soon; but is the PA ready to run their own turf?

Endless youth, lowering of standards with Bill and Monica. It is all here.

Saturday, March 20, 2004

Lets try this again.
Toton, Nottingham from the top of Banks Road.
Thanks Brendon, for the space to hold images!
Also, no new member of the family yet. Maybe tomorrow!
Citizen Smash has a good look at what America faces.

Here is a look into Iraq by an Iraqi. Pretty sobering stuff.

In the future will the Church of England be the predominate religion in England? If trends continue, the answer will be no, Muslims will become the majority. More information here.

Friday, March 19, 2004

Here is an article that I am sad to say only in America. Some Hispanic guy who supports “white power” goes to some rally to show his support for “white power”. The bouncers are polite, but tell him thanks for his support, but he has to leave. Kind of funny in a warped way.

A new map to look at the world with.

We have the smallest cinema in the world!

Thursday, March 18, 2004

Ryanair is coming to Nottingham.

Sorry for not figuring out how to post images.

An open letter to Islamo-fascists or another way to deal with them.

When I was in high school, Ferrari was the cool car. I have only seen a couple on the road over here in England, but the Times have a page of them for sale on Sunday. Here is a page to start your day.

What would you do if you had Chris Rock’s old mobile phone number?

Wednesday, March 17, 2004

Here is an image from the top of Banks Road in Toton. Update, will try this again!

A statistical look at the election.

Is horse racing fixed in England?

The police in Nottingham are going to get tough with the young yobs in Clifton.

Here is one of my favorite childhood movies.

Navin, a good friend from days in Lowell, Ma, and now living in Ohio is going to become a father. Welcome to the club!

Tuesday, March 16, 2004

I wrote a little (March 12 ) bit about the A-holes/Liars who spent some time at Gitmo. After thinking out it, they were “humiliated” by women; actually female Military Police soldiers . More about it here. Osama’s boys just can’t hack it when they are going up against trained professionals.

Blogging may be light in the immediate future since Wifey is due tomorrow. I am happy that she will be giving birth soon, since she is pain walking around and generally tired all the time. If it is tomorrow, the newest member of the family will we very Irish, since Wifey is an Irish citizen and tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day; but she could go over a day or two. So I am just praying a lot.
I went in to Tesco the other day, because I was looking for a quick meal to cook. Tesco is one of the largest supermarkets in the United Kingdom and as I went down the aisle with ethnic food I saw some Chinese and Indian foods, but something caught my eye: it was box with the stars and stripes on it. American food is an ethnic food in England! Some of it was tasty sounding: Rustlers Southern Fried Chicken Sandwich, Flamed Grilled Beef Burger, Southern Fried Chicken Burger, and Barbeque Sticky Ribs. But then I saw these dishes: Chicken Fajita Hot Wrap, Chilli Con Carne & Rice, Pasta Alfredo, Jambalaya, Chicken Enchiladas, and Chicken Fajitas. I know some Mexican Americans who would be bit upset if they saw this. The food of their home land being lumped with a bunch of Yankee gringos? Isn’t Pasta Alfredo an Italian dish? Don’t they know that this not politically correct to do! I might have to sit down and eat a few of these dishes to get over this offense.

Do we have to worry about the Saudis?

Monday, March 15, 2004

Here is an article about that asks the question: Why the problems of Europe are the problems of the US?
Harold, a former resident of Nottingham, now of New Zealand, wrote a nice letter about my blog and his experiences living here. I agree with him that Nottingham is beautiful and a pleasant place to live. So here is a image of St. John the Baptist church in Beeston.

A larger image with more detail can be found here. I will be posting more images, since I purchased a good digital camera.

Update: I am trying sort out how to store images, so here is one, from the diocese of Southwell page.

Here is another view.

Friday, March 12, 2004

Robert at Expat Yank, nails it on the head. Today I was asked to pick up a copy of the “newspaper” Daily Mirror. Every other paper on the rack front page was devoted to the massacre in Madrid; on the cover of it has some crap about one of Osama’s boys from Britain complaining about the horror of Guantanamo Bay. The US Army was making prostitutes walk in front of them for humiliation. I wonder if the Army flew in working girls from the states or hired some local talent? I hope readers realize that this A-hole/liar was probability paid for this interview. One more "paper" to ignore, even the Sun had an editorial that called this moron a liar. When the Sun criticizes you, are on the bottom of the food chain?
The big news in Nottingham is the tram. It has been 70 years since the tram rolled through the county. I plan to go on it soon, because I was in the city center with Pumpkin Girl last week and we saw it on training runs. Pumpkin Girl became very excited and wanted to hop on, but we could not at the time, but now we can!

I posted before (Feb. 25th) about weapons systems that Sen. Kerry wanted to cancel, here is a more detailed report.

The National Guard Field Artillery unit that I was in is now being transformed into a military police unit before deploying to Iraq. More details here.

Dave Blood of one of my favorite bands, The Dead Milkmen, just died. It is pretty sad and it makes me feel a little older. I loved the song "Bitchin Camaro." It was an old 80's party favorite.

British view of America By Benedict Rogers.

If you live by the ocean, you should read this.

Thursday, March 11, 2004

Good news from Iraq concerning the number of casualties and the reasons why.

With a new constitution, Iraq will be a better place to live than before the war and maybe I will visit as a tourist some time in the future. Do they have any snow in the mountains in the north to go snowboarding?

Wednesday, March 10, 2004

Robert over at the Expat Yank talks about security moms. My wife is one of them. All she wants is a quite place to live and will do ever it takes to safeguard her children. Even if that means I will have to put on my uniform travel to far away places and do what a soldier does. She may be Betty Crocker in the kitchen, but Betty does have a meat cleaver for a-holes.

I have been to every state in the US! Here is a map to prove it. All those road trips and being in the army comes in handy.

Go to world 66 to create your own personalized map of the USA.
Lessons learned from Iraq by an Infantry Company Commander.

Tuesday, March 09, 2004

We just returned from the doctor’s office today. Wifey is due to deliver the newest member of the family next week some time. We are hoping for St. Patrick’s Day but all I want is a healthy child and a boring pain free delivery for Wifey.

Last week, Wifey tripped on one of Pumpkin Girls toys. She fell and injured her pelvis, hip and this put her in a great amount of pain. We ended up at the emergency clinic that evening. The doctor there was good and she made arrangements for Wifey to be admitted to the QMC’s delivery ward. When we showed up we were put in a nice room and hooked up to a baby monitor. Once when we heard the heart beat going at its normal, fast pace; we breathed a little easier. Another doctor saw us an hour later and did an examination. After that, the doctor said Wifey needed to be examined by an obstetrics doctor during the next day.

We were told that Wifey would see the doctor the next morning. Well, noon rolled by and we were still waiting to see the doctor. We asked the midwife what is going on and she said that they are short staffed in doctors, midwifes and physiotherapists, but one should be around by 2:00pm. At 4:00 we finally saw a doctor, who said we should see a physio (rehab) therapist for more help. That did not happen until the next or 2nd day. The staff at the hosital were nice and cheery. I wonder how they could be that way, being so over worked and under staffed.

The physiotherapist was accompanied by a student, who she kept asking for answers to our questions. This was unsetting to both of us. They showed Wifey how to get around the house on crutches, but when we asked more questions, she referred us to the midwife. After that we asked to get Wifey discharged and picked up her prescription of codine.

After that episode, Wifey took her medical notes and plugged key words into Google. Out came a few good reference papers that answered a few of our questions, but raised a few more.

When we showed up today, we gave the midwife a copy of one our papers and she started to read it. Then she asked if she could make copies of it for herself, the students and interns in the ward. Thank God for the internet and Google. We had some information and now we feel better that we can make decisions on how the birth and the rehabilitation afterwards will go.

I don’t think JFK will need these endorsements to win the Presidency. Scroll down to the Friday, March 05, 2004 post here . Also another one.
If you want to know what the military is going to do, follow the money.

Monday, March 08, 2004

Via instapundit. Here is the most clearly written paper on what we should do in the Middle East.

Sunday, March 07, 2004

If you want to find out what the Jedi or senior leadership of the US Army is thinking about you check out this web site.

Tony Blair’s speech about the challenges facing Western democracies is one of the best speeches written.

Saturday, March 06, 2004

If the Britain becomes fully integrated with the EU, will Brussels force the UK to change the side of the road it drives on to conform to the rest of Europe? via Transport Blog

Wednesday, March 03, 2004

Here is an article from the Economist on the follies of the International Criminal Tribunal dealing with Slobodan Milosevic. If this is an example of how they will deal with Saddam, IMHO the Iraqis should conduct the trials.

Tuesday, March 02, 2004

Sgt. Stryker is having a discussion one of my pet peeves: How the military is portrayed by Hollywood. Since I have mellowed out over the years; when I am watching show with the military in it; I just now laugh and tell the people that I am with, under 2000 words, the top 10 mistakes with the movies. You know, the guns that never run out of ammo, pistols that fire like Gatlin guns, Marines with GQ haircuts, limp salutes, officers yelling all the time…… It is not just the military, police officers I know, roll their eyes when I mention a TV show and a doctor tells me about patients who see something on TV and asks them about it. Medical school via Hollywood, what a concept.

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