Holy bloody bejaysus, the Saints be praise!d it fecking rained in Houston!
Begorrah! for the second day straight yesterday we had gentle showers on an off all day. Though by midnight the two day total was still only slightly more an inch of rain it is still our first significant rain event in probably well over 3 months with the possibility of more rain today and tomorrow to come! Given our near record drought conditions this has been a much needed and much welcomed event almost worthy of celebration.
We Now return you to our regularly scheduled opening comments
Ok let’s take our seats so we can get this pre Leprechaun Laffs briefing over as quickly as possible and get our laugh on shall we folks? Right. Now today we have the second installment of what I hope to make a regular feature known as “Warrior Wednesday” where we honor those who are fighting for our way of life which we all enjoy be it front lines or elsewhere. I also am trying to highlight simple ways we can give back to them to show our support and thanks in meaningful ways that will make a difference for them as well as problems they should never be forced to endure or accept as facts of life.
Those of you who regularly visit the blog rather than rely on the far inferior e~mail version of things may have notice that at the bottom of the permanent banner up the top is a link to a permanent page called “WAYS TO HELP TANGIBLY SUPPORT OUR TROOPS” for the rest of you stubborn or lazy individuals who never frequent the blog here is a link to that section https://dragonlaffs.com/ways-to-help-tangibly-support-our-troops/
please check it out and consider helping out. Shortly I hope to update this section and add links for helping with the serious issue we’re covering today
Today we are going to spend a great deal of the issue calling attention to what has apparently become a fairly serious problem with our deployed troops and how you can help alleviate it for the price of a couple of Starbucks Lattes.
It seems our troops who often work 18 hour days under grueling condition for weeks on end are suffering from an inability of obtain sufficient coffee and other caffeinated beverages to keep them awake and alert enough to do their jobs and insure each others safety!
It is so important a commodity and supply that the troops have a whole lexicon of nicknames for it going back to WWII; Joe, Java, Go Juice, The Black, November Juliet (a reference to the phonetic alphabet letters N & J as a work around of a politically incorrect & socially unacceptable term I will not print here), lifers juice and Brown Gold just to name a few of the better known ones.
Let me put this in a perspective civilians will relate to. Were the economy such that you were needed and able to works copious amounts of over time and pulled double shifts for a standard five day work week you’d have only logged 80 hours. A soldier doing 18 hour days in a combat zone works 90 hours in that same five day period plus has an additional 36 hours more staring at him as he doesn’t get the weekend off to plow a pillow with his face!
He’s doing this carrying at the least forty pounds of extra gear and sometimes as much as one hundred pounds and doing strenuous activity in the same high heat that is currently kicking so many of your butts Beginning to see now why a steady supply of caffeinated beverages is as an essential supply for them as food and ammo?
How much sleep would you be able to get when you finally can sleep if you had to worry about the guys on perimeter watch nodding off at their posts and possibly allowing insurgents inside the camp with the slightest alarm being raised?
Unfortunately for reason I don’t understand nor can I locate any discussion of or explanation for the priority of caffeinated beverages on the list of supplies is apparently so far down the list that its becoming a problem obtaining them in the field as stocks are sporadic always low and rapidly blown though. Were going to talk about a couple very easy ways to do something about this today. Ok enough said briefing is over. Dismissed.
ATTENSHUN! Prepare to Laugh! LAUGH!
Where Staying Awake Means Staying Alive
by Emily Jacobs http://www.sallybernstein.com/beverages/coffee/staying_alive.htm
Life, liberty, and the pursuit of caffeine? Many United States soldiers stationed in Iraq are currently facing shortages of caffeinated products and are seeking an easy solution to a state of fatigue that could become a big problem.
“Here in Baghdad, caffeine is essential to staying alert and awake while pulling guard,” one soldier’s email reads. “It had been nearly two months since we received any caffeinated beverages, and we were all hurting.”
As caffeine has become the solution to a dangerous lethargy, it is not just any coffee that these military officers are relying on–they reveal that extreme circumstances require a bit of extra help—a little more jolt. Recently Shock Coffee, with 50% more caffeine than a normal cup of coffee, has gained popularity with many soldiers stationed overseas for its extra caffeine boost.
“We’re always low on soda and caffeinated beverages to help us keep going,” said an army specialist. “And honestly, regular army coffee is just awful.”
In many military camps overseas Shock’s Hyper-caffeinated coffee has become the officer’s favorite choice of beverage. Several requests are processed everyday for those who crave that jolt of adrenaline produced by the all-natural brew. Soldiers are desperate to get their hands on Shock, the pioneer of its own coffee category.
“Shock has been welcomed by our Marines with open arms,” says one Sergeant. “The state of alertness, especially in the mornings, has definitely increased. Not to mention, your product tastes great.”
It’s not just the military that has joined the Hyper-caffeinated craze. The National Coffee Association reports that the percentage of “gourmet coffee drinkers” has increased to over 15% of the total US population – that is over 30 million drinkers. Turns out the pursuit of caffeine might just be what all Americans are looking for.
Gene Simmons Military Tribute
This was filmed in Iraq at a USO tour of a US Marine Base. Play it and spread it to every single person you know… cause you won’t see it on the news.
45 Reasons to Re-Enlist
By Rod Powers,
1. Yesterday sucked, today sucked, tomorrow is going to suck, and this seems to be a pretty solid forecast for the rest of my enlistment.
2. Spending 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year training for something that there is a 99.9% chance that we will never do.
3. WWWDWOA? (what would we do without acronyms?)
4. Taking simple daily tasks and breaking them down into nuclear physics before doing them.
5. Having to attend a brief prior to carrying out any task more complicated than picking my nose.
6. Being a personal servant (that’s basically all I am) to any one of the 300 thousand people in the military who out-rank me.
7. Being an adult and having somebody inspect me everyday to make sure I put my clothes on properly, and put my shoes on the right feet.
8. Having to wear a “cover,” or hat, every time I want to go outside.
9. I love cleaning the same places over and over and over until either the paint comes off or my hands are bleeding.
10. Without the military’s influence and good teaching, I would never have realized that you can sweep water with a broom for hours every time it rains.
11. There just aren’t that many jobs out there where you can rest assured that everyone you work for is just waiting to screw you over any way they possibly can.
12. If I got out, I would surely miss the idea of waking up every morning for a “meeting”.
13. Getting to wear civilian clothes whenever I am on leave.
13. Getting to eat meat that comes in boxes labeled ” not fit for human consumption” and “for institutional use only.”
14. Getting “random” drug tests every couple of weeks. I was “randomly” picked for every test for almost two years straight. Not many people can testify to taking about 50 drug tests in the past two years without having ever been caught doing drugs in my life.
15. Waking up every morning and going to “staff meeting” where a piece of paper is read to me even though it is posted on the wall and on the offices internet, both of which I have access to. I guess I can’t read.
16. Going to medical complaining of severe heart and chest pain and being told to come back during “sick-call” the next day.
17. I love the fact that my opinion has about as much influence as my sister’s pet iguana’s.
18. Because no matter how much I hate my job, I have to respectfully request to get a different one. Event then it is only if my “chain of command” permits.
19. You do not have to respect the person, you have to respect what they wear on their collar or sleeve.
20. I love the fact that the military wonders why we have so many people around the world that hate our country. I am sure that us being bullies and telling the world what they can and cannot do, then ignoring those rules ourselves has nothing to do with it.
22. I hate good food.
23. I love the ” you are U.S. ambassadors” speech.
24. I hate spending time with my family.
25. Not only getting to do my own job, but getting stuck with as many additional duties as my chain of command wants to give me.
26. Having to change your computer password every two weeks to keep terrorists from hacking into our email or even playing a innocent game of solitaire.
27. When you get out you will only be 38-40. You still have your entire life ahead of you. Yeah, okay, I want my life to start at 38.
28. What? You are going on leave?
29. Oh, look…There’s the boss. We better all stand at attention until he tells us we can move. Do they do that in the civilian world too?
30. Is that local time or Zulu?
30. I want to work somewhere that has total control of my paycheck so that they can take half if I mess up.
31. If I get in trouble out in town I would like to get woken up the next day at 6 am and have to stand in front of my boss, manager, assistant manager, and anyone else who has nothing better to do so that they can all chew my ass.
32. Can we be tested to make sure we are physically-fit every year only please make exceptions to this for enormously fat 30+ year old NCOs and Officers.
34. Where else can you pay taxes to pay your own paycheck?
35. You take an oath to support and defend the Constitution, and after that the Constitution doesn’t even apply to you.
36. Because only during magic shows and military working hours are the rules of logic suspended.
37. Because no-matter how stupid you are, you will eventually get promoted by accumulating points for not getting promoted.
38. Because where else can you get your teeth drilled and jacked up whether they need it or not?
39. Where else can you get given shots by people who claim to practice medicine that didn’t even graduate from high school, and can’t even pronounce the name of the drug that they are injecting you with?
40. Because if you’ve had enough military #### for one lifetime and you want to quit, you can rest assured that the military will do everything it can to screw you over for the rest of your life.
41. Because it’s fun to go to medical to get your eye checked out and have the tech point a light in your eye for ten minutes until you are blind and then to hear them say, “that was cool, let’s try the other one.”
42. Why did our parents even bother giving us first names?
43. IN what other job can you do things NOT the RIGHT WAY, but the “MILITARY WAY”?
44. Sitting around twiddling my thumbs all day long until about 4:00pm, even though I finished all of my work by ten in the morning is really fun to do every DAGGOM DAY…it builds character.
45. Who really wants to have any control over their life anyway?
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Adopt a US Soldier
We’ve begun a program of “adopting” US Soldier through the organization Adopt a US Soldier . This great organization connects supportive citizens and companies to US soldiers serving overseas.
Soldiers can register at “Adopt a US Soldier” to be “adopted” by us and others!
Provided that is, he has enough caffeinated beverages to stay awake and alert to any and all possible threats!
Man that’s one department I hope budget cuts don’t touch ‘cause they are fighting a never ending uphill battle!
This puts to shame the output of a number of Hollywood producers and/or directors.
(All the shit Michael Moore spews forth immediately jumps to mind)
All I can say is WOW!!!!!!!
This film was made by a 15 year old girl. It is the hottest thing on the internet and on Fox News today. Lizzie Palmer who put this YouTube program together, is 15 years old. There have been over 3,000,000 hits as of this morning.
In case you missed it, here it is.
Watch all of it……..and, pass it on!!
DON’T MISS THIS. WHAT A GREAT EXPRESSION OF CARING.
P.S. If parts of it make you want to cry, that’s okay too. Crying is permitted by all Americans.
A sergeant was addressing a squad of 20 and said: “I have a nice easy job for the laziest man here. Put up your hand if you are the laziest.” 19 men raised their hands, and the sergeant asked the other man “why didn’t you raise your hand?” The man replied: “Too much trouble, sarge.”
Marine in Hell
A Marine dies in combat and wakes up to find he is in hell. He’s really depressed as he stands in the processing line waiting to talk to an admittance counselor. He thinks to himself I know I lead a wild life but, Hell, I’m a Marine. We’re expected to live wild lives. I wasn’t that bad. I never thought it would come to this. ” Looking up he sees that it is his turn to be processed into hell. With fear and heavy heart, he walks up to the counselor.
Counselor: What’s the problem, you look depressed?
Marine: Well, what do you think? I’m in hell.
Counselor: Hell’s not so bad; we actually have a lot of fun. Do you like to drink?
Marine: Of course I do. I’m a Marine.
Counselor: Well then, you are going to love Mondays, On Mondays we drink up a storm. You can have whiskey, rum, tequila, beer, whatever you want and as much you want. We party all night long. You’ll love Mondays. Do you smoke?
Marine: Yes, as a matter of fact I do.
Counselor: You are going to love Tuesdays. Tuesday is smoke day. You get to smoke the finest cigars and best cigarettes available anywhere. And you smoke to your heart’s desire without worrying about cancer because you are already dead! Is that great or what? You are going to love Tuesdays. Do you like to fight?
Marine: Of course I do. I’m a Marine!
Counselor: You are going to love Wednesdays. That’s Fighting Day. We challenge each other to fights to see who’s the toughest in Hell. You don’t have to worry about getting hurt or killed, because you’re already dead. You are going to love Wednesdays. Do you gamble?
Marine: Show me a Marine who doesn’t!
Counselor: You are going to love Thursdays, because we gamble all day and night. Black jack, craps, poker, slots, horse races, everything! You are going to love Thursdays. Are you gay?
Marine: Of course, not! I’m a Marine!
Counselor: Oh, you’re going to hate Fridays.
Returning to West Point late one night, Colonel Schultz and his wife were challenged by the sentry at the gate.
“Halt and identify yourself!”
“Jesus, Mary, and Joseph!” declared the startled woman.
The sentry stepped aside. “Advance, Holy Family, to be recognized.”
* Can cuss for ten minutes without ever repeating a word.
* Have a spine.
* Can play a cherry Lieutenant like a finely tuned instrument.
* Can see in the Dark.
* Have eyes in the back of their heads.
* Still don’t trust the Russians.
* Still hate the French.
* Don’t know how to be politically correct.
* Don’t give a damn about being politically correct.
* Think that “politically correct” should fall under S### in the UCMJ.
* Love deployments because there is less paperwork and more “real work.”
* Can run 5 miles with a hangover.
* Do not fear women in the military.
* Would like to date G. I. Jane.
* Still know how to use a buffer.
* Can tell you anything you want to know about an M1911A1 although they are no longer in the inventory.
* Believe that they do have a rendezvous with destiny.
* Believe that “Nuts” wasn’t all that Brigadier General McAuliffe said to the Germans at Bastogne.
* Don’t know how to use a “stress card”.
* Idolize John Wayne.
* Don’t believe that AAFES really needs a “commander”.
* Would have paid money to see Custer getting his clock cleaned.
* Really don’t like taking S### from those who haven’t “been there”.
* Know how to properly construct a field latrine.
* Might admire the Germans, but still realize they got their butts kicked twice.
* Aren’t afraid of the Chinese, who probably don’t have enough rowboats to invade Taiwan.
* Would rather be OPFOR than MOPP 4.
* Don’t believe a darn thing the Iraqis say.
* Don’t need a GPS to find themselves.
* Have enough BDU’s in their closet to start a surplus store.
* Think that MRE’s taste good (with a little hot sauce).
* Are convinced that “wall-to-wall” counseling really works.
* Have more time on the front-line than most others have in the chow line.
* Know how to make coffee when the measuring scoop goes missing.
* Know that it’s not good coffee when you can see through it.
* Don’t blame poor marksmanship on their M-16.
* Know that inept leaders will always say they have inept soldiers.
As the sun rose over Parris Island, the senior drill instructor realized that one of his recruits had gone AWOL. A search party was dispatched immediately. After a few hours the recruit was discovered hiding in some bushes. He was sent back to the base and promptly escorted to the drill instructor’s office. The instructor asked the young recruit, “Why did you go AWOL?”
The recruit replied, “My first day here you issued me a comb, and then proceeded to cut my hair off. The second day you issued me a toothbrush, and sent me to the dentist, who proceeded to pull all my teeth. The third day you issued me a jock strap, and I wasn’t about to stick around and find out what would follow that SIR.”
This is a couple guys located in Afghanistan, that re-made the music video by Lady Gaga….Telephone. Prepare yourself for a fantastical journey.
Right now this is the temporary version, we have more scenes to cut, and edit, however with guys always on mission it is harder to film than you think.
Justin Timberlake accepts Marine’s invitation to ball
By the CNN Wire Staff July 16, 2011 9:05 p.m. EDT
(CNN) — YouTube has made another match for a U.S. Marine looking to score a date to the Marine Corps Ball.
Justin Timberlake said Friday that he will accept an invitation extended through a YouTube video by Cpl. Kelsey de Santis.
“If my schedule works out to do it, I’d love to do it. It’s an honor,” Timberlake said at a media event to promote the film “Friends with Benefits.”
De Santis made the video after Timberlake’s “Friends with Benefits” co-star Mila Kunis received a similar invitation from a Marine serving in Afghanistan. (Timberlake’s public pressure on Kunis to accept the invitation was the motivation behind des Santis asking Timberlake [see below]}
“If you can’t go, all I have to say is ‘Cry Me a River,’ ” De Santis, flanked by a contingent of tough-looking male Marines, said on the video, referencing one of Timberlake’s hit songs.
Timberlake joked that he was not accepting “because she shouted out one of my songs, which I love,” but because “I don’t get asked out ever, so I was very flattered by that.”
His acceptance comes one day after Kunis addressed rumors that work would keep her from her date, despite saying she would attend Sgt. Scott Moore’s YouTube invitation to attend the Marine Corps Ball in Greenville, North Carolina.
“I will happily clear it up, once and for all,” Kunis said Thursday. “Never did I say that I was not going. … I am attending. I’m going. November 18 I will be there.”
If Timberlake follows through on his acceptance, he will attend the November 12 Marine Corps Ball in Washington.
In a show of typical Marine spirit not to be out done we have a third Marine stepping up and posting a video invitation now to a celebrity:
Marine Sgt. Ray Lewis asks Betty White to the Marine Corps Ball. This is the third time a Marine has asked an actress to their yearly tradition called the Marine Corps Ball. The first was Sgt. Scott Moore. the other was Corporal Kelsey De Santis. Lewis is an Afghanistan and Iraq veteran, a journalist and a Hip Hop artist (RSonic).
As yet no word on who will be desperate enough to ask Impish Dragon to the Marine Corps Ball…or what the sex of that Marine will be. Stay tuned for further developments.
Finally A Democrat to be proud of!
Happy Birthday, John Glenn! First American to Orbit Earth Turns 90
by Mike Wall, SPACE.com Senior Writer Date: 18 July 2011 Time: 11:11 AM ET
On Feb. 20, 1962, John Glenn rode the Friendship 7 capsule into space, the first time an American orbited the Earth. In this image, Glenn enters the capsule with assistance from technicians.
John Glenn, one of NASA’s original seven astronauts and the first American to orbit Earth, joined another exclusive club today (July 18) — the nonagenarians.
Glenn is celebrating his 90th birthday after a long and storied career as an American spaceflight icon. In 1962, he became the first American to orbit Earth, putting the United States back on even footing with the rival Soviet Union in the Cold War space race.
And 36 years later, Glenn — by then a long-serving United States Senator — became the oldest person ever to fly in space, launching aboard the shuttle Discovery on its STS-95 mission in 1998. Glenn was unavailable to speak with SPACE.com on the eve of his birthday, but his legacy is cemented in American history, space experts said.
“Glenn epitomized ‘the right stuff,'” said space history expert Robert Pearlman, editor of collectSPACE.com and a SPACE.com contributor. “He will always be viewed as an American hero for what he did in space.” [Photos: John Glenn’s Space Legacy]
Astronaut John H. Glenn Jr. in his silver Mercury spacesuit during pre-flight training activities at Cape Canaveral. On February 20, 1962 Glenn lifted off into space aboard his Mercury Atlas (MA-6) rocket and became the first American to orbit the Earth. After orbiting the Earth 3 times, Friendship 7 landed in the Atlantic Ocean 4 hours, 55 minutes and 23 seconds later, just East of Grand Turk Island in the Bahamas. Glenn and his capsule were recovered by the Navy Destroyer Noa, 21 minutes after splashdown.
The first American to orbit Earth
John Glenn was born in Cambridge, Ohio, in 1921. He entered the Naval Aviation Cadet Program in 1942, then joined the Marines in 1943.
Glenn flew 59 combat missions during World War II, then 90 more in the Korean War. After Korea, Glenn became a Navy test pilot. In July 1957, he set a transcontinental speed record, flying an F8U Crusader jet from Los Angeles to New York in just 3 hours and 23 minutes — the first time such a long flight had averaged supersonic speed.
In 1959, NASA selected Glenn as part of its first-ever astronaut class. The so-called Mercury Seven were chosen from a pool of 508 high-flying, high-achieving military men.
Two of Glenn’s Mercury Seven classmates — Alan Shepard and Gus Grissom — made it to space before he did, launching in May 1961 and July 1961, respectively. But Glenn’s flight of Feb. 20, 1962 was arguably a more meaningful accomplishment for the nation’s fledgling human spaceflight program.
This image shows the launch of Friendship 7, the first American manned orbital space flight. With astronaut John Glenn aboard, the Mercury-Atlas rocket is launched from Pad 14, February 20, 1962.
Shepard and Grissom only reached suborbital space, but Glenn circled the Earth three times during his nearly five-hour mission aboard the Mercury capsule known as Friendship 7. With Glenn’s mission, NASA and the nation matched the rival Soviet Union, which had launched cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin on an orbital flight 10 months earlier.
The Soviets had led the space race since its inception. They launched the first artificial satellite, Sputnik I, in October 1957. Gagarin also became the first person to reach space (as well as the first to orbit Earth) when he blasted off on April 12, 1961. [Giant Leaps: Top Milestones of Human Spaceflight]
“For many, John Glenn’s flight represented the first time that we caught up with the Russians,” Pearlman told SPACE.com. “It represented a real challenge to what was being deemed a Soviet superiority in space.”
Glenn returned to Earth an American hero.
A ticker-tape parade in New York City celebrated the man and his mission, and President John F. Kennedy gave him the Space Congressional Medal of Honor. Streets, schools and other buildings across the country were named in his honor. NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, is named for the astronaut.
“John Glenn is a legend, and NASA sends him our best wishes on this major personal milestone,” NASA chief Charles Bolden said in a statement today. “John’s legacy and contributions to the continued progress of human spaceflight are immense. His example is one we continue to emulate as we push toward farther destinations in the solar system.”
A political career — and return to space
Glenn left NASA in 1964, his departure possibly hastened by a real or perceived lack of future spaceflight opportunities.
“There was pressure on NASA not to fly Glenn again,” Pearlman said. “He was too valuable to the country” to risk losing him in an accident.
So, Glenn went into business, and then politics. He represented his native Ohio as a Democrat in the United States Senate from 1974 to 1999. During his tenure, he remained a staunch supporter of NASA and the American space program, Pearlman said.
Despite his career switch, Glenn wasn’t quite done with spaceflight. He flew aboard the space shuttle Discovery’s STS-95 mission in 1998, spending nearly nine days in space at the age of 77. Glenn thus became the world’s oldest astronaut, a distinction he still holds. [Most Memorable Space Shuttle Missions]
Glenn’s participation gave researchers the chance to investigate the effects of microgravity on the elderly. However, in some ways, he was not the ideal candidate for such a study, because he was in such good shape at the time.
“The doctors told him he had the body of a 50-year-old,” Pearlman said. “So while he was flying to represent senior citizens, he was flying with an atypical physical ability. He didn’t represent the everyman senior citizen; he represented the superman.”
NASA’s space shuttle fleet is retiring this year after one final flight of the Atlantis orbiter, which is in space right now and due to land on Thursday (July 21). Last year, Glenn released a statement calling for NASA to keep flying its shuttles until an American-built replacement was ready. NASA currently plans to continue flying astronauts on Russian Soyuz capsules until privately built American spacecraft become available.
“For the ‘world’s greatest spacefaring nation,’ this is hard to accept,” Glenn wrote in 2010.
Glenn also advocated that NASA commit itself to building a new heavy-lift rocket and spacecraft for future space exploration, something NASA is planning on now. The space agency is developing a new heavy-lift rocket called the Space Launch System to launch astronauts on deep space missions to an asteroid or elsewhere.
“A heavy-lift space workhorse to someday replace the Shuttles is a necessity for our space future,” Glenn wrote. “The flexibility that gives to our manned and unmanned programs will be key to the world leadership as other nations develop their manned space capabilities.”
The image of Glenn — an icon, a larger-than-life spaceflight trailblazer — will likely follow the man down through the years. It is how he will be remembered.
“Glenn’s role in history is well-defined,” Pearlman said. “He was more or less the all-American hero.”