Thursday, December 31, 2009
Just heard about the good men we lost to a suicidal piece of trash in Khost province. Sad. Who to trust? Trust in God. Pray for the families of the deceased, for the wounded, and their families as well. Over at BLACKFIVE there is a link to a very fine piece by Michael Yon. The pictures are moving. A tribute to the fallen soldiers of the 2nd Infantry Division. I too wore that Indianhead patch with pride. Second to none, our troops are...second to none. As you ring in the New Year, remember our troops and their families. Buy 'em a drink. Give 'em a hug. Remember their sacrifice. Click HERE for the link to Michael Yon's post.
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Little known fact... that while Janet Napolitano was Governor of Arizona not one Navajo boarded a flight at Phoenix's Sky Harbor Airport with PETN packed loincloths! Proof...once again...that the system works!!!
Friday, December 25, 2009
*I wrote this last Christmas of 2008 but the message is the same. Wherever you are, do good with the life you have. Remember our troops and their families in your prayers...and thank you. JG
In the beginning...
In Part 1- I met the girl I would marry. Her name is Kim. Love at 1st sight (for me, anyway).
In Part 2- I spent what money I had to set up a birthday party that would put me with Kim.
In Part 3- Kim gets puked on by drunk Birthday Boy. Kim leaves. I am miserable.
In Part 4- Korean Grandmothers (Shaman) take pity on me. We Kamikaze in a taxi to Kim's.
In Part 5- I survive the taxi ride. The Grandmothers tell me they will fix all. I must return to base. I can't beat the midnight curfew but I damn sure try.
In Part 6- Suicide ride on a bus bumper. Crash. Injuries and more. Concussion too! Police chase. Escape & Evade.
In Part 7- Climb a telephone pole. Steal a bike with one wheel. Make my Great Escape.
In Part 8- Ride bike into a Banjo-Ditch (sewage). Another concussion. I crawl out and am captured by the ROK Army, then returned to base.
In Part 9- Medical treatment at 0130 hours. AM meeting with Military Police 1SG Black Thunder Johnson. Made an Ambassador to South Korea. Run to Motor Pool.
In Part 10- Bicycle recovered. I fall into the banjo ditch. 1SG YOON/1SG Johnson/Me and the Korean Grandfather have a Pow-wow. Intercultural relations rebuilt. Valuable lessons learned.
In Part 11- The First Sergeants have a meeting. I am cleaned up at a ROK Army wash point. We go to Kim's. I am Elvis, to the Korean Grandmothers. I SEE KIM! We are returning to base.
In Part 12- I return to Camp with the First Sergeant's, jeep, and bicycle. My squad members, the house boys, and I.... all ponder my fate. We break for chow (lunch). I opt for a nap and am awoken by my Squad leader SSG OLY. Intro to Staff Sergeant Oly (The Big "O") and the infamous Three Beeps. Time has come...I head for the orderly room.
In Part 13- I report to the orderly room. My fate is sealed until the next day when I must report back to the First Sergeant with my Squad Leader. I am re-directed to the unit supply room and meet Sergeant James Wheeler.
As we last left off...Sgt James (Wheeler-Dealer) Wheeler is taking me and the infamous one-wheeled battered banjo-ditch bicycle to an orphanage in Pusan, South Korea. Jimmy is a handsome Amerasian who looks totally Korean when wearing sunglasses to cover up those blue eyes of his. He used the "A" word on me again....Ambassador. Well we loaded up the bike in a jeep trailer and headed out the main gate of Camp Hialeah. Driving in Korea is kinda crazy and Sgt Wheeler drives like an expert... after all, he is from Brooklyn and when he speaks English he is every bit a New Yorker. How he speaks perfect Korean without that accent, is beyond me. We're driving through several traffic circles and eventually hit a kind of industrial area. Jimmy pulls up to a junk yard. I asked what are we doing at a junk yard and Jimmy says it's for the bike. He explains to me that while the bike is useless it is still worth something and with whatever we can get for the bike we can buy stuff for the orphanage. Jimmy says, "Cool, huh"?! I said, "It makes sense to me, but what can the orphanage use?". Sgt James Wheeler just smiled at me and said, "You really don't know? You'll see." Jimmy sold the bike to a rough looking middle-aged Korean man dressed in dirty coveralls. Regardless of race, someone who owns a salvage or junk yard is always dressed for the part with strong dirty hands from hard work, crow footed eyes, a heavily lined face from working in the sun, and a cigarette in his mouth with a long ash on it. This man was all of that. Sgt Wheeler got 1,500 Won for it, about $3 US, back in 1975. We drove a few blocks over to a corner Mom & Pop grocery store. It was like a Lee Chong's Heavenly Flower Grocery in the book Cannery Row, a place where... as John Steinbeck put it... "The grocery opened at dawn and did not close until the last wandering vagrant dime had been spent or retired for the night. Not that Lee Chong was avaricious. He wasn't, but if one wanted to spend money, he was available." That pretty much sums up a Korean merchant. Hard working and never a day off. The little store was stuffed to the gills with inventory. I was amazed at all the stuff inside! They had cheap toys, pens, pencils, paper, Napa cabbage, Mi-Won (MSG), salt, long green onions, giant radishes, candies, ice cream, cuttle fish flavored snacks, candles, matches, pots & pans, crushed red peppers, blankets, little outdoor cook stoves with butane bottles, shower sandals, soaps, false eye lashes (?), cigarettes, beer, wine, soda, nasty Korean booze called Jinro and Soju, and Samyang ramen. The place had it all! The grocery store Pop was sittin' on the floor watching a little black & white GoldstarTV set that had sports on. He smiled broadly and rose as Jimmy and I entered. His little boy, a four or five year old who sat with him jumped up, pointed at me, and exclaimed "Me Kuk Saw-rahm"! The little boy was cute as a button and he kept pointing at me saying "American person" (Me Kuk Saw-rahm). I guess they didn't get many, if any, GI's out this way. I was pretty much a space alien in this part of Pusan, South Korea. The little boy's mouth hung wide-open when I spoke Korean to him. This Ambassador stuff could be cool. Sgt Wheeler bought a bunch of stuff. More than 10 recycled bicycles could ever buy. Amerasian James Wheeler glowed as he whipped out about $40 in Korean funny-money, as GI's called it. Purchases made and off we went.
As we pulled up to the cold gray cement walls of the orphanage Jimmy hit the siren on the jeep. A "hue and cry" of pure excitement and joy went up behind those walls like I'd never heard before. I could hear children's voices yelling happily "Jim Eee...Jim Eee"...and into the orphanage we went. In there I saw Tiny Tim's and Tiny Kim's of ages 5 thru 12 maybe. Now I knew, for absolute certain, why Jimmy Wheeler glowed on the outside. Call it a higher power or maybe the forces of good but James Wheeler had love for those kids in his heart. There was no hiding it! I don't know what Jimmy's story is or how he came to be this Saint Nicholas of the Pusan Orphanage, but this guy was Santa. A real life Santa Claus of a Christian who didn't talk all bible and God stuff, like so many Christians but he spoke of love, sprinkled with a guy named Jesus. He was a sower of seed, he was. James walked the walk like none-other I have met. I saw some shy and sad-case kids there in that orphanage, but they too glowed when held in the loving arms of Sgt Wheeler. Good begets good...this I know. The Buddhists know this too...
Not to do any evil, to cultivate good, to purify one's mind--this is theMerry Christmas to all! JG & Family
teaching of the Buddhas.
Buddhism. Dhammapada 183
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Meanwhile back on the DMZ we find Great Reader KIM Jong IL and General Wang keeping a watchful eye on South Korea...
WANG: Look, Great Reader! It's Santa Claus!
KIM: Just my ruck! Silly Santa Craws would be on the south side of the DMZ. Oh well...Merry Christmas LOOONG time anyway!!!
JihadGene & Great Reader KIM Jong IL
Friday, December 18, 2009
Meanwhile at his elevated desk...comfortably seated in his leather highchair, we find Norf Korea's Great Reader KIM Jong IL composing a letter. Let's take a look...
KIM- Okray, Secretary General Wong. You have pencils and papers weddy to take dicks-tation from Great Reader?
WONG- Ready for dictation, Sir!
KIM- Good then let's begin...How's it hangin', BLITCH?! No...stwike that.
WONG- I'll strike that, Great One.
KIM- What's crack-a-lackin', BLITCH?! No...stwike that, too!
WONG- Consider it struck, Your Greatness.
KIM- Stop with dicks-tation, Secretary General Wong!
WONG- Dictation stopped, Sir.
KIM- I think I'll go for a more formal gweeting:
...blah-blah-blah...etc...LOL...ROFLMAO...craygee mudder-pucker you...you make Great reader KIM Jong IL raff out roud looong time...I'm have nots raffed out so roud as when I'm read latest letter from stoopid mudder-puckin Obama!!! LOL!!! What chew been smokin, Dude?
LOL LONG TIME!!!...etc...etc...
Signed, Great Reader KIM Jong IL,
KIM- You got all that, Secretary General Wong?
WONG- Yes, Sir!
WONG- Where's this letter going to, Great Reader?
KIM- Going to the USA...hmmm...Better put some extra Blue Chip Stamps or S & H green ones on the envelope for postage!
WONG- Yes, Sir...and to whom is this letter going to, Sir?
KIM- The "to whom's" is Senator Chuck Schumer of course!
WONG- I should have known.
KIM- Now that I have my highchair tray in the down position...goes get me a rum & coke, BLITCH!!! BWAHAhahaha!!!
WONG- A flight attendant's work is never done.
(*blitch is Korean for the Engrish word bitch...as if you didn't nose ;)
It's Friday and the week before Christmas! It is only fitting that as Copenhagen gets buried in snow, I have a holiday tribute to Global Warming's very own, Al Gore. In the words of Copenhagen's Commander-in-Chief, Barack Whosenamed Obama, "It's Friday so put on a sweater and dance with the Chinese you sucka's!"
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Meanwhile back in his palace, surrounded by his army in Pyongyang, we find Norf Korea's Great Reader, KIM Jong IL surfing the internet's whirl-why-web and checking up on US milblogs....
KIM- What?! What in the name of Sam's Club (Sam Hill) is this? U.S. Milbroggs Silent Today? General Wang! Front and spinster, right now !!!
WANG- Here, Great Reader! Front and center, Sir!
KIM- What's diss?! (points at computer screen)
WANG- Hmmm...it says,
"Army Master Sgt. C. J. Grisham has always led from the front, from combat that earned him the Bronze Star with V device, to doing right by the men he led. His honesty won him readership and respect, from the White House on down. Yet, when he stood up for his children in school, his command did not stand by him."
KIM- And you thought stuff was only all FUBAR'd in "The Glorious Norf Korean People's Army"...didn't you, General Wang?
WANG- Well Sir, I must say it does sound like something our North Korean Army officers would do to one of our own....not like the Americans I've come across. Americans, who cherish their freedoms, Sir.
KIM- Wonder what that freedom stuff is? Oh well, I guess the Americans like my weedership (leadership) style...huh, General Wang?! I'm be one hell of a role model!!!
WANG- Sadly so, Sir....sadly so.
KIM- What was that, General Wang?
WANG- Good to go, Sir! I said...good to go.
KIM- That's what I'm thoughts you said.
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Friday, December 11, 2009
This Friday I want to dedicate a song to a couple. A couple in love...and separated by war. Someday soon, her man will be home. He will be safe and happy in her arms, once again. I dedicate this song to the Fong family (The Kitchen Dispatch). While we dance slowly, whether together or alone, let's dance and hold on tightly (physically or spiritually) to those so very dear to us. Gotta song? Leave a link in comments and thanks for stopping by. Please pray for our troops and their families. Great Reader ruv's you looong time. Very long time. Have a wonderful weekend...from JG & Wife 4 Life, the lovely Kim.
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
C.J. Grisham from "A Soldier's Perspective" needs some help. Many bloggers are spreading the word. For details and links go HERE to BOUHAMMER's AFGHAN BLOG for the complete story. I met C.J. at Blog World Expo 2009 (Las Vegas) and he's one very great guy. Thanks looong time!!!
Welcome to the 9-1-1 Greater Orlando Area Transport Services and how can GOATS help you today?
I have an emergency medical transport but it must be discreet.
Discreet, huh? You're coming up "Private Caller" on my caller ID but I'm good at guessing celebrity voices, is this...
Ma'am, I just want an ambulance. No lights. No siren. I want my privacy...that's all I ask...
You know you sound just like that cat on TV doing commercials for those Frosted Flakes...
Look Ma'am, just send an ambulance of some kind to the Tiger Woods estate in the Isleworth subdivision and please be discreet about it.
No problem Mr Woods and thanks for letting us get your GOATS.
Monday, December 7, 2009
Friday, December 4, 2009
Hello, and welcome to the State of Florida's S.P.C.A. spay or neuter hotline.
How may I help you?
Can you neuter a very large cat?
That will require a bigger fee but yes, we can do that.
Money is not a problem.
Very good. Your name, the city you live in, and the
cat's name, please?
Elin Woods, of Orlando. His name is Tiger.
"A South Korean-based coalition, acting on behalf of 150 refugees, is pushing the international court at The Hague to charge Kim Jong Il. It presents the refugees' accounts of the brutal regime."
And now a comment from Great Reader KIM Jong IL...
"ooo...I so scared. You gonna send me Brill Clinton again? Or mayblee have President
Baawack Whosenamed Obama come Pyongyang and bow down for me? Bwahahahahahaha!!! There's a glood reason why that coalition is Souf Korean-based, Broseph! Who is this Hague? Some sawed-off fat Preacher Man on TBN?!"
(Hat tip to Kanani for the newz!)
I ruv looong time the way our US Armed Forces move! So get up outta that chair and dance with our troops doing "I Love the Way You Move" a remake by Outcast. Gotta song? Leave it in comments and let's dance! It's Friday, people...so have a great weekend Great Reader style!!!
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Jihad Newz (DMZ)- It has been disclosed by the South Korean CIA that Norf Korea's Great Reader KIM Jong IL has been the source of Tiger Woods' domestic problems. Seen here is an exclusive photo of the Great Reader with Tiger's wife and child, out on the town. In other newz... JihadGene has screwed up and accidentally deleted his blogroll...awww shit.