Flag Day 2005

June 14th, 2005 by Marcus
Flag Day 2005

Image found at Stranger, yet…, original source unknown.

Microsoft helps censors!

June 14th, 2005 by Marcus

Way to go, Microcrap!

Computer users on Microsoft’s MSN China portal get a scolding message any time they type in terms like “democracy,” “freedom” or “human rights.” The site then tells them to delete the prohibited words.

Microsoft said it’s cooperating with Chinese government efforts to censor language on blogs in the communist country, noting that’s the requirement for offering services in China.

It’s not just politically sensitive words that aren’t allowed. Obscenities and sexual references also are barred.

Via Jeff and the AP.

Jeff thinks he has his trackbacks fixed and asked me to TB him. So this is the TB.

Round the Reader - Lots of Good Stuff Edition…

June 7th, 2005 by Scott B

…is right Here.

Round the Reader: Late as Hell Edition

May 31st, 2005 by Marcus

First off we’ll start with an excuse why I’m doing RtR on Wednesday but its really Tuesday’s edition. I glanced through all my feeds earlier today and there wasn’t much I wanted to include. Maybe I’m just a horrible linker in light of not blogging like I used to, but that doesn’t matter. It was holiday weekend and I’m sure everyone is still trying to hold on to it. All excuses aside, here is Round the Reader for May 31, 2005.

LFG: Nuke material to Iran? Thank God it was stopped.

Binary Bonsai: Michael got to go inside Pixar. What a lucky, lucky man.

Blackfive: He has an email that went out to Seamus’ All Hands mailing list. You may remember me posting a few from Seamus, he is a good man. This one is from a Marine officer about stuff going on in Iraq.

Jawa Report: Chappelle is Muslim?!

Wizbang: Mark Felt is Deep Throat.

Shameless self plug: A spoof letter to the world from the President.

The next set is a collection of links. Scott, JimK, Drumwaster, and Alex are all posting one great thing about America a day. They are doing this through July 4th, but why stop there? (Yes guys, that is a challenge.)

A message from the President of the United States of America

May 31st, 2005 by Marcus

-CyberSavant- has a funny spoof message from the President. Some of the highlights:

Before me, I have two lists. One list contains the names of countries which have stood by our side during the Iraq conflict. This list is short. The United Kingdom, Spain, Bulgaria, Australia, and Poland are some of the countries listed there.

The other list contains everyone not on the first list. Most of the world’s nations are on that list. My press secretary will be distributing copies of both lists later this evening.

Let me start by saying that effective immediately, foreign aid to those nations on List 2 ceases immediately and indefinitely. The money saved during the first year alone will pretty much pay for the costs of the Iraqi war.

Need help with a famine? Wrestling with an epidemic? Call France.

Have I ever mentioned I hate France?

I have instructed the Mayor of New York City to begin towing the many UN diplomatic vehicles located in Manhattan with more than two unpaid parking tickets to sites where those vehicles of value will be sold at auction, the others will be stripped, shredded and crushed. I don’t care about whatever treaty pertains to this. Pay those tickets tomorrow or watch your precious Benzes, Beamers and limos be turned over to some of the finest chop shops in the world.

Stupid UN. And now the best part is the ending.

God bless America. Thank you and good night. If you can read this, thank a teacher. If you are reading it in English, thank a soldier.

Da Vinci’s Notebook - Another Irish Drinking Song lyrics

May 31st, 2005 by Marcus

Every time I want the lyrics to Da Vinci’s Notebook’s Another Irish Drinking Song I end up digging around the Internets for what seems like an eternity. So, why not just throw the lyrics here? I think its a good idea. The song is really funny, too. So without further delay, Da Vinci’s Notebook - Another Irish Drinking Song!

Thanks to -CyberSavant- for having the lyrics up on his blog!

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New truck

May 26th, 2005 by Marcus

I am the proud owner of a 2003 Dodge Ram 1500. The truck is absolutely beautiful. V8 engine, gold paint, power everything, tinted windows, Infinity sound system (it sounds awesome), bed liner, dual exhaust. You can take a look at the pictures over in the Gallery. Tell me what you think!

The things I say. . .

May 25th, 2005 by Marcus

When I haven’t slept in forever because of work.

Marcus says:
peeing on the phone is like saying, “hey. you know what. i love you and i’m going to go take a piss. here, come with me. mind holding it for me?”

Someone call my head doc?

Round the Reader - Oops Edition

May 24th, 2005 by Scott B

I forgot that Marcus was busy and that I was suppose to do today’s RtR. So, I have it over at my place.

Art kicked into high gear

May 22nd, 2005 by Marcus

I’ve started putting out new pieces of art like crazy over the last week or so. I posted four this morning to the Gallery and should have at least two or three more posted by the end of the night. You can keep track of all my new art by subscribing to the RSS feed, too.

Edit: Doesn’t look like you see when new things are posted on RSS. Hrm.

Another cool thing is Butterflies has moved up in the Google Images display to number THREE! Almost a month ago, I noticed it was at number fifteen. Let’s see if I can move up to number one.

The media and commenters get retarded

May 18th, 2005 by Marcus

Suzanne writing over at Jawa Report shared a transcript of a White House news conference in which some member of the MSM tried to get McClellan to say the government should limit the press’ free speech rights. I am completely for this in the case of several press outlets, but against in others. That is another post for another time. Here is what was said.

Q With respect, who made you the editor of Newsweek? Do you think it’s appropriate for you, at that podium, speaking with the authority of the President of the United States, to tell an American magazine what they should print?

MR. McCLELLAN: I’m not telling them. I’m saying that we would encourage them to help –

Q You’re pressuring them.

MR. McCLELLAN: No, I’m saying that we would encourage them –

Q It’s not pressure?

MR. McCLELLAN: Look, this report caused serious damage to the image of the United States abroad. And Newsweek has said that they got it wrong. I think Newsweek recognizes the responsibility they have. We appreciate the step that they took by retracting the story. Now we would encourage them to move forward and do all that they can to help repair the damage that has been done by this report. And that’s all I’m saying. But, no, you’re absolutely right, it’s not my position to get into telling people what they can and cannot report….

Q Are you asking them to write a story about how great the American military is; is that what you’re saying here?

MR. McCLELLAN: Elisabeth, let me finish my sentence. Our military –

Q You’ve already said what you’re — I know what — how it ends.

MR. McCLELLAN: No, I’m coming to your question, and you’re not letting me have a chance to respond. But our military goes out of their way to handle the Koran with care and respect. There are policies and practices that are in place. This report was wrong. Newsweek, itself, stated that it was wrong. And so now I think it’s incumbent and — incumbent upon Newsweek to do their part to help repair the damage. And they can do that through ways that they see best, but one way that would be good would be to point out what the policies and practices are in that part of the world, because it’s in that region where this report has been exploited and used to cause lasting damage to the image of the United States of America. It has had serious consequences. And so that’s all I’m saying, is that we would encourage them to take steps to help repair the damage. And I think that they recognize the importance of doing that. That’s all I’m saying.

Now, that alone made me want to go out and commit crimes of passion against newsstands. Then I read the comments. A few gems leap out right away.

Oh come on…I’m sure Gannon sucked a few dicks and made it all good…
Posted by osamabeenthere at May 17, 2005 10:21 PM

The arrogance of this administration is astonishing as well! They’re all a pack of lying bastards…Bushies and the media.
Posted by osamabeenthere at May 17, 2005 11:12 PM

Osamabeenthere didn’t even leave a valid email address. Coward.

I like how Myers said the rioting wasn’t because of the report.

Also, I think we should defer to the white house on the subject of causing serious damage to the image of the US abroad.
Posted by actus at May 17, 2005 11:36 PM

This comment is definitely from someone fishing to make trouble. No where did Suzanne say a word about the rioting. Nor did McClellan.

Then final comment as of right now is someone saying we should elect a socialist government. The guy doesn’t put the final “st” with the rest of the word so I’m assuming he is dodge spam filters. You seriously just need to go read the post.

I am never ceased to be amazed by the idiots out there on the Internet.

Late night humor

May 18th, 2005 by Marcus

Its very early in the morning. 4:22 to be exact. I was wanting to sleep some tonight before the next two days of work but a friend got sick and really needed a ride to the hospital. After six and a half hours, she was released. Nothing too major so she’ll be fine.

I got back to the barracks and started reading my RSS feeds. One of my favorites is from Bash.org. If you’ve ever spent time on IRC chat rooms, you’ll know the type of humor that is quoted here. Here is the latest quote.

EvilEye:i just found out that i have competition for student government president
EvilEye:hes blind
EvilEye:so heres my campaign slogan: “I have a vision”

That’s just wrong. But funny. Kinda like fake but accurate. Wrong, but funny. I like.

RtR: Tuesday, May 17

May 17th, 2005 by Marcus

Last time I published a RtR, I waited until late in the evening so I could have a lot of great links. This time I’ve decided a midday linkage would be a good idea. If I run across more, I’ll update.

The Playstation 3 has been announced by Sony. This console will definitely rock.

The asshat of Forsake the Troops is dead. Not really, but could we get so lucky?

Ward Churchill is another asshat who needs to go away. He has responded the accusations of plagiarism.

There is a new blog that will be up and running soon. I’m not going to give word on who is running it but it will be a great blog.

The military has a new truck that is going to be awesome. It is super armored and big. You get two stories here and here.

The funniest thing I’ve read today is about a guy who is sued a girl who broke his little man. Yes. That little man.

Marines are good people. And I don’t just say it because I am one. This Marine Corporal went out of his way to help someone who got a wrong number.

There it is. If you would like to add more to RtR, leave it in the comments section.

Update many months later: 90% of the spam coming to the blog is from this post. I’ve disabled pings and comments, so lets see if that cuts the spam at all.

Happy Birthday, Scott

May 16th, 2005 by Marcus

My good friend Scott just celebrated his forty-third birthday on Sunday. Happy Birthday, Old Fart. Everyone should take the time to wish him happy birthday both here and at his blog. Old jokes are a must, even if you are older than him (insert jab at my dad here).

Random images changed

May 16th, 2005 by Marcus

Before I get to the meat and potatoes about the new random images, I would like to share something awesome and then the let down that followed.

On Mother’s Day, I received an email requesting to publish a piece of my art in a magazine that reaches fifteen thousand people world wide. I was completely excited about this and couldn’t wait to see it. Thats the awesome part, and now the let down. Two days later, the writer contacted me again and said the editor decided to use a different image. Its a disappointment, but I’ll survive.

I’ve changed the random image showing to come from my art (code from Jeff Barca-Hall). My family and friends think I’m awesome, but I think I’m only decent with a lot of potential if I work harder on it. I definitely plan to do that over the next few months. I would like to get the attention of more people looking to use images for publication. Maybe one day I can add a nice little chunk to my income from this. Who knows?

I have made a couple of banners for friend’s websites (like Speed of Thought…) and would love to make more if there is a demand. Also, if you know anyone looking for images for pretty much any use, I would also do that. You can feel free to comment or send me an email.

Newsweek

May 16th, 2005 by Marcus

It seems like half the sphere is freaking out over the Newsweek story about flushing a Koran down in Gitmo. It isn’t true, it didn’t happen, Newsweek is now blamed for a riot and the following deaths of US service members.

Now. I’m a military service member and I’m completely pissed that Newsweek could publish something like this. The media seems to have been completely out of line since the beginning of the war. The completely negative press the military has been getting is a complete outrage. At times, I do wish we would stop protecting the First Amendment and then watch them squirm. One word comes to mind when I think about all this. Abuse.

Here is a small hint to the media: Stop acting like fools before you don’t have anyone to protect you.

This is very uncool

May 13th, 2005 by Marcus

I can’t find my glasses anywhere. I took them off last night to sleep and now they are gone. It is like they grew legs and walked out the door. This is very bad considering I have to be at work in an hour. If you’ve seen my glasses, please comment. Cash reward for information leading to the discovery of my glasses.

Update: Glasses have been found and are sitting in the proper place on my face. Cash reward goes to me.

Spam sucks. So we have changes.

May 12th, 2005 by Marcus

I’m really sick of getting all the spam comments to the blog. I’m trying to fight it a little harder so now you must be registered and logged in to comment. I’m sorry to do this, but the spam is just too much. I have to track down how I got the sidebar back to all pages so look for that to come back soon.

Drake and Zeke

May 7th, 2005 by Marcus

Be warned, this post isn’t going to have my normal style. What you are about to read is raw and unedited. It won’t offend unless you think Pee pee Hole No-Nos are offensive and get your panties in a wad by being young Shi’thead of the Dumbass of the Day.

Drake and Zeke were the afternoon guys on Memphis’ Rock 103. I lived about an hour from good ole Mempho until I got launched out of the Corps’ mortar tube and landed in Lejeune. The afternoons riding around in the old man’s truck listening to D&Z were great and generally laughing until it hurt. Now the guys have become victim to the monster of Clear Channel.

Yes, my beloved Drew and Zippy are off Rock 103. The fat, lazy, corporate bastards have reared their ugly heads and pushed yet another piece of talent off the market. For years Drake and Zeke have been loyal WEGR employee and then all of a sudden they are gone. I’m really not sure how long ago that happened, but it stings. Bad.

Drake and Zeke are good peeps. Dad was over in Memphis one afternoon and saw Drake at a remote. Dad stopped and called me to tell me he got to talk to Drake. I was jealous. So Dad handed him the cell phone. Rock on. Then he got bumper stickers for me. One DZ logo and another logo signed by Drake. Good stuff.

Rumors are they are landing over at 98.1. As of now, Zeke is throwing down during the mornings. I can only hope Drake will head over and soon. I’ll be writing the guys begging for new autographed goods without the Rock 103 label.

UPDATE: Talked to the old man and Drake is apparently under a competition clause in his contract. Perhaps by the summer The Max’s morning show will be Drake and Zeke.

Round the Reader

May 3rd, 2005 by Marcus

Today is my first day for Round the Reader. I would like to welcome all of those who read it every day on all of the sister sites. Feel free to kick your feet up and look through the rest of the site once you finish reading RtR.

We’ll start off today with Our Life and Chris’ run in with a terrorist supporting nut job from the UK. Basit Ali Kahn attends University of Salford and his email address is b.a.khan@student.salford.ac.uk.

Speed of Thought… has the account of a man who woke up after a roof collapsed on him while he was fighting a fire. The kicker? The fire was ten years ago.

For having the biggest balls of them all, Dr. Rusty over at Jawa Report gets a plug. He also has a good point to make about Islofacists.

Powerline is talking about another service member who should have never been allowed to put on the uniform of my country. Stuff like this makes me extremely angry so just go read it.

I am not sure if this blog is true at all, but is definitely an interesting read. Clublife is written by a bouncer who apparently is in the mob.

Life on Mars? Michelle Malkin has the rest.

I love the Firefox browser and I think it is the best ever. Don’t start a fight with me in comments, by the way. Chris Gonyea is talking about what Mozilla should do with the update system in Firefox 1.1. I agree.

Perhaps the most important link you’ll find in RtR today is from Blackfive. No matter what, your Social Security Number and other personal information should never be given out or where people that can scam you will be able to find it. If you know military folks, pass this along.