You'd be surprised.

Friday, February 27, 2004

Rep. Brown Apologizes (To the Mexicans) for 'White Men' Comment

Double standard....noooooo.....

Imagina if a white Senator or Rep made this comment about blacks. Think he'd have a job? If you do, I have a bridge I'd like to sell you cheap. ;)

And people wonder why I despise Affirmative Action CRAP!? Because it fosters and creates this type of shiat. God damn, I was having a good afternoon too. **sigh**
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"Illegal Alien" equal to "Nigger" ?

That's what this Georgia group would try to make you believe. I was trying not to get too political on my blog for the next few months. I would like to focus on Basic Training and weeks leading up to it, but articles like this just boggle my mind and I have to post them up here.. we need to be aware that crap like this goes on...

Each year, nearly 1 million foreigners unlawfully sneak into the United States.

But don’t call them "illegal aliens" because that's the moral equivalent of a racial slur, according to the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials (search).

"We do find that term very offensive and liken it to the 'n' word as well," GALEO Executive Director Kerry Gonzalez said, referring to the derogatory term used to describe black people.

Who is we, exactly? I wonder if this guy is aware that black people are going to be pretty annoyed that he considers "illegal" to be similar to "nigger". As if there is any merit to that. We won't even go into historical facts.

Gonzalez is urging Georgia lawmakers to use the term "undocumented workers" when referring to foreigners who enter the United States.

Now, how is undocumented workers even remotely close to "Illegal" ? They have no similarity and there is no comparison. STFU noob.

But immigration control advocates say it's just an attempt to use political correctness for political gain. While racial epithets are used to harm the innocent, the word "illegal" describes those who break the law.

Thank god someone has a head on their shoulders. Maybe we should just drag Gonzalez away and lock him in prison. Since He is trying to steal our freedoms from us, lets steal his.

"When we have public discourse we have to talk about illegal aliens. After all, U.S. law refers to all of these people sneaking into our country as illegal aliens," said Phil Kent of the American Immigration Control Foundation (search).


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Farts stink.

Why is it that whenever I think I am alone, wheneverI am comfortable, and let out a real stinker, someone *always* comes into my cube?!
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Work (still) sucks.

It's my last day. They haven't given me my last paychecks. I think it's because they want to torture me and force me to sit in this here chair making myself busy. I sent HR an email but so far I have heard nothing. WHY GOD WHY?! Why just I endure such pain and misery? Oh well I'll get over it.

Moving on. I sent a final farewell email to the whole company. So far I have received some interesting responses.

"Well, I for one will miss your emails...". This was a result of me sending what I like to call Patriotic emails. I sent an email about 9/11 and how we should always remember etc etc. I was immediately contacted by HR and told to rescind the email because it was offensive! I had it out on the phone right then and there with HR who finally conceded that they did not believe it was offensive, but some people in the office did. So I let them know those people should call me and tell me. Stop stealing my freedoms you liberal bitches!

"Just promise you will come back to the USA...we need all the patriots we can find! " Ah, that makes me feel warm and gushy inside. I promise to come back.

So I just found out HR didn't even know i was leaving. lol. It's a good thing I sent them an email to the effect of "where's my money, bitch!". I'm kidding, I'd never. Anyway, I did send them an email.

Here's some of the conversation:
HR "Hi blah blah, so I heard you are leaving! That's excellent!"
Me "(wtf, they just heard I was leaving?) "Oh, so you are are happy to get rid of me?"
HR "No no! I didn't mean that!"
Me "Sure (now lets get down to business, where's my money?)"

lol. Overall it was a good conversation. HR is so helpful.

So, where the heck IS my money?

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Thursday, February 26, 2004

Engagement Gift.

Model 10FP Law Enforcement Series

Stupid blog doesn't like tables. Sucks. So, you will have to read the following without any formatting.

Caliber 223 Rem., 308 Win.
Overall Length 44"
Barrel Length 24"
Weight 8.5 lbs.
Magazine Capacity 4 rounds
Stock Black synthetic with positive checkering, dual pillar bedding.
Sights Drilled and tapped for scope mounts.
Rifling Rate of Twist 223 Rem. (1 in 9")
308 Win. (1 in 10")
Features AccuTrigger™, matte blued barreled action, heavy free-floating and button-rifled barrel with internal box magazine and swivel stud for bipod.

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11 days.

It was pouring last night. I think it was what Californians would call "storm of the century". lol. Californians are so funny. I was watching the news and this reporter guy was standing in a 1in puddle of water and he was saying "California is being POUNDED by heavy rains! Look, it's up to my ankle already!". My GF and I simultaneously started laughing.

So last night I went to the gym. I ran 2 miles in 17min no problem. I know I know, that's "slow" but for the record I run 7.5min miles no problem too! I was trying something different tonight. I would run a 9min mile pace for 1 lap, and then run a 7.5min mile pace for 1 lap. I wanted to change it up so my body doesn't get used to the same pace and go on autopilot. I know in basic we are going to be marching and running alot, so I try to simulate that as best as possible on the dreadmill. The shin splints were acting up but nothing I couldn't handle. The funny thing about shin splints is that when you are running they just feel like a dull pain in the back of your mind. It's when you stop running that they make you wish you were dead! I did some duck-walks immediately after running and proceeded to stretch my legs. They felt much better almost instantly.

I did my new pushup routine. I got sick of doing 150 pushups in sets of 25. So I changed to reverse pushups, flat pushups, incline pushups, decline pushups, situps. Rest for 1 minute. Basically what I like to do is 10-15 of each and finish up with 25 situps. I then mix it up. Then I stretch some more. Advice I always give to people with shin splints is to stretch whenever possible. So that's what I do.

When I got home I put some ice on my legs, I iced each leg for 20min. This reduces the swelling and pain. After that I massaged them both, which always seems to relax them. If you are wondering, I use New Balance "stability" 765 shoes. I highly recommend them to anyone with shin splints. I think I'm going to try the NB "motion control" shoes though, because they are a little more aggressive toward shin splints.

I have a DEP function tonight. I have already completed all my DEP tasks and attained E3. I wouldn't say it's difficult to do this, it just takes some time and coordination with your recruiter. I recommend every new recruit complete their task list, because going in as an E2 or E3 really gives you an edge IMO. Imagine working up to E3, it would take at least a year. But by completing a few tasks, you save yourself alot of time, not to mention money. I just hope I can remember everything when I get to Basic. I think tonight is just going to be review or something like that, but we'll see.

over and out.
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Wednesday, February 25, 2004

Work sucks.

I have two days remaining at my current place of employment. The thing is, I have x # of oustanding tasks and no motivation to complete them. I won't go into all of it but lets just say I have a severe case of short timers. I have done some of them, but I just can't get myself to do the rest! I assigned some to the other guy that will be taking over my duties.

The funny thing is, If there have been any meetings or discussions of how they will fill the void that I leave, I don't know about them. I have not been involved and since I turned in my resignation I have not heard a peep out of anyone! This is nuts. The guy that is taking over my tasks has been asking *some* questions but nothing important. I'm holding the ball and when I leave... it's gonna drop. I have asked what I can do to help the transition, I have mentioned to the other guy that I can sit with him and explain things etc etc. No responses! Oh well, not my problem anymore.

So, I am sitting here blogging, reading news, listening to music and checking the weather every 10 minutes because if it rains I'm SOL on my bike. Luckily, I cleaned out my desk last night so I have nothing left to do except delete a few programs and a few remaining files, and I can be on my way.
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12 days.

Last night I had a brief exchange with someone regarding gas prices. The first thing they said to me was "it's bush's fault! He is raising the gas prices because HE is catering to the oil companies!". I didn't have a response to that because I have not done any info gathering on it. But I did see on the news the night before that the Auto Club was making the gas prices... why does everyone insist on blaming the President for everything?

So I didn't sleep well last night again. Wtf. It's not like I was having terrible dreams. In fact, I had two interesting dreams. One was that I was in Basic Training and the Drill Instructor was having me do unending situps. I think he wanted to wear me down but he couldn't. After a wall I guess he got bored of watching me do situps and told me to make myself busy instead. So while everyone else was doing pushups and what not, I was "allowed" to do whatever excercise I wanted. So I stretched!

My second dream was of this "white" highway that went on for quite a ways. You could see it far in the distance. I was on my motorcycle. Not much to remember here except that I was obviously traveling somewhere, and I came upon this highway patrol car and another vehicle. I wanted to help. I ended up fixing my rear license plate so that the officer wouldn't ticket me for it and moving on. Then there was this dimishing radius left turn with a high bank on the right side, and I couldn't make the turn. THis guy on a schwinn (bicycle) with really skinny wheels was behind me saying "Michael be careful!". Who the f is Michael? So anyway I missed the turn and ended up going up the bank but instead of crashing I did this bunny hop rear wheel kick action off the bank back onto the road.


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Tuesday, February 24, 2004

13 days.

So I have been preparing for basic training physically and to some extent mentally. I have always been into fitness so it's not a huge change for me. I am currently running up to 10 miles a week and doing some 500 pushups a week. I know the training regimen in Basic will be different, but there is only so much you can do when you still have a full time job and have to go to the gym at night. I just hope that it gives me an edge in Basic and allows me to focus on the more important things.

Preparing mentally is a different story. There is no way to know exactly how I will react to Sargeants screaming in my face. I am my own person. I live on my own, I make my own decisions, I am responsible for every action in my life. In a couple weeks I will be reduced to a steaming pile of maggot sh|t and the DI's will be smokin' my ass for not tying my boots properly. I have always had a problem with authority, so I think my biggest challenge is going to be to keep a straight face and take nothing personal.

We all need a good ass kickin' sometime.
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Monday, February 23, 2004

14 days.

People keep asking me if I'm nervous. I answer with a short "no". Then I ask myself, am I nervous? People will insist that I must be nervous and I'm either lying or I just don't realize it. I'm sure it's possible to be nervous or anxious without realizing it, but I don't think that is the case for me. There are alot of things weighing on my mind, but I don't think they are what most people would think they are. The biggest worry I have is "will I fail?". IS that nervousness? I often wonder if I will get a leadership position. Do I even want one? Am I capable of fulfilling that type of responsibility? With all the questions going through my mind and the minds of others, there is only one sure answer.

I will know in 14 days.
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Army to End Comanche Helicopter Program

New York Post Online Edition: Breaking News: "The Army has decided to cancel its Comanche helicopter program, a multi-billion project to build a new-generation chopper for armed reconnaissance missions, officials said Monday"

wtf? So far I haven't been able to find an actual reason for it being cancelled. I can only guess that budget cuts are responsible.
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1 more reason passenger jets make me nervous.

New York Post Online Edition: news: " Passengers on a Tokyo-bound flight out of Kennedy Airport got the scare of a lifetime yesterday when one of the plane's engines failed and the aircraft was forced to turn around and make a dramatic emergency landing. "

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Gloom and Doom for a Monday morning anyone?

Scary. Guess I shoul dget on that whole buying 100 acres of land in some random remote american wilderness. That I always have that to fall back on. :)
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Schwarzenegger Argues for White House Run

"The Republican governor said anyone who has been a U.S. citizen for at least 20 years - as he has - should "absolutely" be able to seek the presidency. A constitutional amendment proposed by Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, would make that possible.

"There are so many people in this country that are now from overseas, that are immigrants, that are doing such a terrific job with their work, bringing businesses here, that there's no reason why not," said Schwarzenegger, who became a U.S. citizen in 1983."

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