Friday, April 30, 2004

Invading France would be a bad idea; how much more aid would we have to spend on them?

Hey new fathers! Are you trying figure what diaper to use? Here is some info to clog your brain.

Dr. Suess goes to the toilet. Now his works are just part of the money making media machine.

The other day I was at Wollaton Hall here in Nottingham. .
It is pretty nice park with a deer preserve, where you can almost touch the deer. Kids love that! Also there are two museums and it just a nice place to have a picnic. The kids love to run around the gardens. Overall is nice place.

Wednesday, April 28, 2004

Here is a review of the book “Moneyball.”

The FBI is starting to learn how to wire tap the internet.

Instead of a Neon, I might buy a Caddy when I return to America.

Here is one asskicker of a car built in England. The Noble is one that I like to get.
Is a mid-engine car that can do 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds, max speed of 165 mph and for US$86,000 it is a bargain. It is just as good as a Ferrari for half the price.

Tuesday, April 27, 2004

Do you want to get the latest updates of the Oil for palaces bribery scam? Just go over to the Friends of Saddam site.

Over at Foreign Policy has a great article on titled Think Again: Al Qaeda by Jason Burke
Here are some parts of it:
Islamic militants' main objective is not conquest, but to beat back what they perceive as an aggressive West that is supposedly trying to complete the project begun during the Crusades and colonial periods of denigrating, dividing, and humiliating Islam. The militants' secondary goal is the establishment of the caliphate, or single Islamic state, in the lands roughly corresponding to the furthest extent of the Islamic empire of the late first and early second centuries. Today, this state would encompass the Middle East, the Maghreb (North Africa bordering the Mediterranean), Andalusia in southern Spain, Central Asia, parts of the Balkans, and possibly some Islamic territories in the Far East. Precisely how this utopian caliphate would function is vague. The militants believe that if all Muslims act according to a literal interpretation of the Islamic holy texts, an almost mystical transformation to a just and perfect society will follow.

..militants are framing modern political concerns, including social justice, within a mythic and religious narrative…

Al Qaeda represents the lunatic fringe of political thought in the Islamic world. While al Qaedaism has made significant inroads in recent years, only a tiny minority of the world's 1.3 billion Muslims adhere to its doctrine. Many sympathize with bin Laden and take satisfaction at his ability to strike the United States, but that does not mean they genuinely want to live in a unified Islamic state governed along strict Koranic lines.

However, if countries are to win the war on terror, they must eradicate enemies without creating new ones. They also need to deny those militants with whom negotiation is impossible the support of local populations. Such support assists and, in the minds of the militants, morally legitimizes their actions. If Western countries are to succeed, they must marry the hard component of military force to the soft component of cultural appeal. There is nothing weak about this approach. As any senior military officer with experience in counterinsurgency warfare will tell you, it makes good sense. The invasion of Iraq, though entirely justifiable from a humanitarian perspective, has made this task more pressing.

Bin Laden is a propagandist, directing his efforts at attracting those Muslims who have hitherto shunned his extremist message. He knows that only through mass participation in his project will he have any chance of success. His worldview is receiving immeasurably more support around the globe than it was two years ago, let alone 15 years ago when he began serious campaigning. The objective of Western countries is to eliminate the threat of terror, or at least to manage it in a way that does not seriously impinge on the daily lives of its citizens. Bin Laden's aim is to radicalize and mobilize. He is closer to achieving his goals than the West is to deterring him.

Read the rest as the saying goes.

Europe has a dropping population and now Asia has too many males? Will this be a problem in the future?

Car Blog with great news!
Hell might be cooling down when the New York Post has an article titled: BOSOX EXPRESS IS ON FAST TRACK.

Monday, April 26, 2004

I have a few ribbons that I wear on my dress Army uniforms. Sometimes we say that the Army gives them away or if you earned them in combat they should have the “V” for valor device to give them meaning, but when Senator Kerry throws away medals/ribbons, that is a slap in the face of America. There is no difference between a ribbon and medal. Each medal has a corresponding ribbon so you can wear it on your class A , B or dress blue uniform. I worked hard for my medals/ribbons/skill badges and the last thing I would do would throw them away. My country gave them to me in recognition for my devotion to duty and to “throw” them away in stunt is not worthy of a sixth grader.
I think Japan has a little ways to go before they can claim to be fully part of the world community.

Alan Wolfe From Foreign Affairs, May/June 2004 writes a review about the new
Samuel Huntington book: Who Are We? The Challenges to America's National Identity.

Phil Carter writes in Slate a good article about the Hollow Force: Has Iraq stretched the U.S. military to its breaking point?
Money quote: It's too late to back out of Iraq. The real issue today is how to beat the insurgency without eviscerating the American military to do it. If winning the war will take more troops, then we must send them. Reconciling the need to win in Iraq with the need to sustain military readiness will be hard. It probably means we need to increase the size of the active military and adjust the mixture of active and reserve forces to put more "nation-building" troops like military police and civil affairs personnel on active duty.

I like to add that it will take years, but we will need more Special Forces and other special operation types. We will need to equip and train more of the conventional forces in military police or constabulary duty. A dedicated vehicle like the up-armored HMMWV will have to be procured.

Sunday, April 25, 2004

Robert over at the Ex-Pat yank Blog wrote about an endangered species that is being killed off my modern technology:
If one thinks about where they remain most common, the most likely place to find a red phone booth now seems to be in tourist areas.
Nobody is making a stink about because it is just the traditional red Telephone booth, but it is an icon of Great Britain.

I have only seen one next to a newsagent/post office in Long Eaton and at Wollaton Park.

This blog is where Clayton Cramer keeps track of civilians using guns in self-defense. Where legitimate gun owners who prevent crime by defending themselves from the bottom dwellers of society.

An interesting look at Islam.

Pop versus high culture.
Now this totally f’ing sucks. May God grant him eternal peace.

Saturday, April 24, 2004

A new holiday that I think every guy would like to see. More info here.

Stephen Baskerville writes: Is There Really a Fatherhood Crisis?

History of the village Toton, Nottingham, where I live.

Friday, April 23, 2004

Here is a image of Nottingham Castle

I have been there three times and will go again because there is a lot to see and so close. We were there during the Robin Hood festival, that was great. The museum is impressive and the collection of military items from the Sherwood Forester Regiment is inspiring. More information about can be found here and here.

Iraqi views of France.

Here is some eye candy.

Thursday, April 22, 2004

A reader asked about the birth of my daughter and how did it go? Wifey is a big advocate of hyponobirth. Overall the delivery went smooth. The delivery suite was nice and clean and the Midwife was brilliant and professional. The care afterwards was not. We ended up in a ward that was understaffed. Wifey at the time of the birth was using crutches to get around, so she had limited mobility. When my first daughter was born at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, Boston, USA, they asked what you wanted to eat and brought the meal to you. You even receive a new parent’s meal of steak or other nice dish to celebrate the birth of your child brought to your bed side. Not at Queens Medical Center, you had to get out of bed and line up at a mobile trolley/canteen. My wife could not walk and buzzed the nurse station twice with no answer. On the third time the nurse said “what do you want?” stated that she was too busy and the canteen was gone; so Wifey had to settle for tea and a piece of toast. We did receive two bags full of samples of baby diapers, wipes, ect….this would come in handy if we forgot to bring diapers, because QMC does not supply them like St. Elizabeth. I had to chase down the technician who administered the hearing test on babies. After that morning Wifey just wanted to leave quickly and I don’t blame her.

While reading the books the hospital provided, we realized that our new baby should have had two doses of vitamin K, but she did not receive them. So we called the hospital and made arrangements so I could pick the vitamin K up. I asked the duty nurse for tips and she said curtly read the instructions that are in the bag.

After the birth a midwife will do ten home visits after discharge from the hospital. This was great, since in the US we only had one midwife visit. In reality, the poor midwife was overwhelmed with newborn babies. She only made it eight times.

Here is Britain the NHS is the primary provider of heath care, but many who has the means or medical care is a priority is now going with private health care, just like in the US. NHS is hit or miss. I have seen and heard many good things about it, but some of the horror stories are to frequent to write off as urban myths.

The new Arab way of fighting.

Jets flying on coal.

Baseball in Japan.

Wednesday, April 21, 2004

Some scientists are predicting a 6.5 earthquake by September 5th of this year in LA. I hope those who live there are making an emergency box.

The academics study Wal Mart with interesting results.

Here is a great article on Hezbollah from the New York Review of Books

Do you know what spyware is?

This is the Castle Nottingham Gate House It quite impresive in real life. Here is more information on the Gate House

Tuesday, April 20, 2004

The UN, French and Russian dealings in Iraq were disgusting.

Donald Sensing writes about why they hate us. It is based on this article in the Asia Times. Mr. Sensing uses writes a very logical argument and analysis.

Nobody can talk sh#$ about the Italians anymore. The have big balls compared to OBL boys.

Monday, April 19, 2004

The future of the National Guard at the strategic level.

One the more interesting aspect of the insurgency in Iraq and Afghanistan is the number of US Missing in Action (MIA) and Prisoners of War (PoW) is pretty low compared to other wars. Most Soldiers, Marines, Sailors, Airmen and Coast Guard personnel know if you are taken as a prisoner you will be executed , end up like Daniel Pearl or share the same fate of the personnel from Blackwater Security in Fallujah. This can be partially attributed the command leadership climate that is set at the top of military and goes all the way down to the average private with boots on the ground. This trend can be mainly credited to the ethos of trust between the troops. Taking care or watching other of each others back is the motto. This is a sign of a professional military, not a rag tag mob or criminals masquerading as the military. I know as a soldier, I can always trust my fellow brothers or sisters in arms to hold their sector and I will do the same for them.

Le Guides (Belgian) list of top rock albums from 1980 to 2004

Sunday, April 18, 2004

Some call football the sport of the world, but really it is America bashing. John Parker reviews Anti-Americanism by Jean-Francois Revel, French-English translation by Diarmid Cammell. He writes an easy to read but detailed article.

One of the best lines is: "Indeed, anti-Americanism has ascended from its former status as the preoccupation of a relative handful of Jurassic Marxists, professional victims, Third World whiners, and Islamo-fascist troglodytes to the level of a major new global religion.”

You can get better than that!

Are special effects taking over movies?

Saturday, April 17, 2004

Here is an image from Robin Hood County, so here is the man himself.

This morning it was a bit cloudy, so that is why it has a lack of contrast.
I am learning how to use the digital camera, Panasonic Lumix DMC-LC43, so there will be more images to come.
Update: This is an image of the Robin Hood statue that stands next to Nottingham Castle. Here is the BBC page with a great 360 degree image around the statue.
Becoming a father gives you a bit of time to think, especially when you are trying to help your newborn daughter to sleep, by carrying her on your shoulder at 2:00am. While carrying my daughter, I was thinking about a question that was posed to me right after the Madrid bombings: Where will they attack next? I tell people that Osama bin Laden is an amateur history buff and when he spoke of Spain, he referred to it as al-Andalus. So you can dust off your history books and look up military defeats of Muslim forces during the medieval and classical times in Europe. You can start your list with France, it had the Battle of Poitiers in A.D. 732, then add Austria, because it had the Battle of Vienna in 1683, finish with Italy because Sicily was occupied for a few hundred years by the Berbers. So there is your list of targets, but add Poland, since they provide the forces that won at Vienna. With the declining population of Europe and the increase of immigrants from Islamic countries, Europe should be a very interesting place for the next few years. For Osama it is just payback time for battles long forgotten by most of the Western world. More information here.

Greg Goebel writes monthly newsletters on science, history, aviation and other interesting subjects at Vector Site. If you want an easy to read but detailed articles on those subjects do drop in.

Friday, April 16, 2004

I used to like Andy Rooney, but I think he is a cynical crank who jumped the shark many years ago. Now he tells everybody that “reasons” why I joined the army . I think he is full of crap. Blackfive does a good job of refuting the dope. I don’t wear the uniform, because it spiffy looking or the money is great. It sucks to be away from my family and the money is not too good when you consider the hours and the working environment. I joined the Army to do interesting and exciting things, because I enjoy serving my country and many do not want to protect our country and somebody has to. Also they paid my student loans off; nobody would help me in the department. So Andy, cop a clue, the ‘60’s are history.

Lots of people are complaining about the number of US casualties in Iraq. I know each death is one too many, but compared to previous wars this one is pretty clean. I wonder how would the media of today would describe Omaha Beach (more here) or Iwo Jima? One statistic that the anti-war collation has not complied or has been paraded in the media is the number of dead Iraqis killed by former members of Saddam’s regime, Al Queda, or Iranian theocratic supporters? It must be in the thousands, but they don’t care.

Confronting the “Enemy Within”, What Can the United States Learn About Counterterrorism and Intelligence from Other Democracies? This is a study from the Rand Foundation and it is very informative.

Thursday, April 15, 2004

Dan at Regnum Crucis has a great post about Osama trying to drive a wedge between Europe and America. Sorry Russia, but this is a slick move. Regnum Crucis is one of the best blogs on the Global War on Terror.
This article documents the failure of the Eurofighter with the Dassault Rafale versus the Boeing F-15T in Singapore. Also the Indian Aerospace industry is featured.

Why do the French think that they are so cool? Why must they go to New York to chase some American skirts? Are the Parisian girls not up to their standards or American bimbos easier? Are they just Eurotrash or just spoiled punks? If a bunch of Americans tried to do this in Paris, what would be the reaction in the French media? Also why do charity work to bridge the gap of trust between America and France or hold seminars on Franco-American relations?

At least somebody appreciates what we have done for them.

Wednesday, April 14, 2004

Marty on his April 14th post, writes about some a-holes who staged a stupid stunt. The anwser for it is here
Christianity spreads in Iraq.

Nottingham makes the best biter in England! This is the beer! and you can get it here!

Here is a blog about our French friends in English. You got to love the French for all they do is in the name of humanity, unlike us Americans.

My old room mate owned a MG, but this is definitely a chick car; a nice classy one though.

Tuesday, April 13, 2004

Why the rich of American see themselves as citizens of the world and not as Americans. Are they more “Transnationalists” than Americans?

A Swede moves to America, plays American football then joins the US Marine Corps.

The view from Iran by an Iranian.

Monday, April 12, 2004

What if Bush really knew about OSB plans for September 11, 2001 attack? Here are two possible out comes: here and here.

I am a big fan of Alternate History and here are some great places to start to find out more about it. Here , here and here.

Here is the winning design for the refurbishment of the Old Market Square. Here is the BBC/Nottingham news article on it.

Sunday, April 11, 2004

The Carerham is the fastest car in the UK to do 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds! It beats the Ferraris and Lamborghinis easily.

Sometimes I get mail from a troop is in Iraq, and this time he sent some photos. I will post some of them once in a while. Here is two of them:

To any kids out there thinking about becoming infantrymen, here is one of the meat and potatoes elements of being a grunt: scanning your sector. My team's job was to pull outer security on the building while another team searched it. My platoon sergeant and platoon leader came up with the plan for the raid and left to me the task of security. As a team leader, my job was to determine how to break the perimeter up into what are called sectors of fire. The above photo was my sector. If any lookyloos started poking their heads out, you'd tell them to get inside. If anyone got on a roof with a rifle, you'd shoot them. Establishing sectors of fire is not hard, you just place soldiers in locations where collectively the team has eyes on everything and some degree of cover, such as a wall or a corner of a building, and if any threats present themselves in your sector, you engage that threat.

Never tell a group of New Yorkers raiding your home that you can't find the keys to your car because they will open your car in a way you may not like.

Read about the nuclear Boy Scout! How to make nuclear reactor or get on the EPA watch list.

Saturday, April 10, 2004

This is no reason to invade Iraq and depose Saddam. Who cares about the common people? Not these schmucks.

Here is another car post. An Aussie with an American V-8 being sold in England.

The Miss Nottingham contest for 2004.

Here is an article about the new book by controversial journalist Oriana Fallaci that hit bookstores here Monday accuses Europe of having sold its soul to what she describes as an Islamic invasion.

Can you lose weight, get in shape and eat three meals a day at McDonalds? YES! Remember the indie movie about some guy who ate MickyDees for 30 and when to pot? I think that was junk science at its best. When I was in high school and in the university, that is all I lived on, because I worked at a fast food joint. Yes, I ate a lot of salads, but I was in pretty good shape back then, better then than now- even if I am eating healthy and working out.

Friday, April 09, 2004

USS Neverdock just linked to me, so I am going to return the favor!

Living here in England, I get to see many cars that never make it to America. For my American readers I will be profiling cars that I see driving around that you can not buy for various reason and I will start off with the Alfa Romeo GTV. It looks pretty sporty with a 3.2 liter engine, but I wonder about the reliability.
Better late than never. Adolph Hitler is no longer an Austrian, but still is a German.

Living in Europe is a blog by various people with different viewpoints who write about living in Europe. I guess the title gives it away.

Crime in Britain.

Thursday, April 08, 2004

Here is a photo of St. Peters in the center of Nottingham.

I will be posting more images of Nottingham and the East Midlands.

Wednesday, April 07, 2004

Future trends for Al Qaeda's

America will soon have some company at the fat farm.

Robot races sponsored by the Department of Defense.

Monday, April 05, 2004

What are the reasons women live longer?

Sometime I listen to the trendy music of England on the radio and this primer helps me understand the classification system or naming convention. My way of being cool. Sort of like biology, with species and genus.

The BBC/Nottingham web page has a good article about the club, Rock City. I saw the Deftones play there last year and it is great place to see a live act.

Sunday, April 04, 2004

Guns of the Matrix.

The future of Europe.

A clear assessment of the situation.

Saturday, April 03, 2004

I will be saving this article for my daughter to read later in the future. I think it would be titled in the street vernacular: The how and why of dickheads and pussies.

Friday, April 02, 2004

Most of the real lefties worship Chomsky or quote him like the Chinese with Mao during the Cultural Revolution. I think he is full of crap and hypocritical capitalist with his cottage industry of his writings. He even works at a private education institution making six figures. Here is a good article summing up the bum.

I wonder what the boys from Al Queada would look like if they got hit by this?

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