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Alex vs. the World (or…5 year olds.)
April 17, 2008, 1:41 pm
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Bring it!
(I have no shame.)

Wednesday Hero: Maj. Mark E. Rosenberg – U.S. Army
April 16, 2008, 1:39 pm
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Mark E. Rosenberg
Maj. Mark E. Rosenberg

Maj. Mark E. Rosenberg, 32 years old from Miami Lakes, Florida – 3rd Battalion, 29th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division.

April 8, 2008

Mark Rosenberg grew up in South Florida.

“All boy,” his aunt, Madelyn Rosenberg, remembers. “Very active, but very lovable.”

As long as she can recall, Maj. Rosenberg wanted a military career like his father, Burton Rosenberg, had. He attended New Mexico Military Institute and entered the Army in 1996.

Later, he met a woman, Julie, and they married one day after his sister’s wedding. He and Julie had two boys, now 3 and 22 months. They settled in Colorado near Fort Carson, where he was assigned to the 4th Infantry Division.  Maj. Rosenberg was on his second tour of duty when the Humvee he was riding in was struck by an IED in Baghdad.  “He would say he’s over there to do a job,” Madelyn Rosenberg remembered. “He loved what he was doing.”

These brave men and women sacrifice so much in their lives so that others may enjoy the freedoms we get to enjoy everyday. For that, I am proud to call them Hero.

We Should Not Only Mourn These Men And Women Who Died, We Should Also Thank God That Such People Lived

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Church of St. Mattress: Arsenal v. ManYoo
April 13, 2008, 1:37 pm
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You know how much the Mrs. loves me?

She surprised me with this when I came home from an emergency work call yesterday:


Now I can watch my Gooners at home for the first time — no more having to follow the games on ‘net feeds or trekking out to the pub (though I’m sure I’ll have to do both at times).

Being across the pond, the game is during the worship hour.

Thankfully, Big Guy doesn’t mind if we worship at St. Mattress now and then (at least I hope/think He doesn’t.

More important than my wife’s gift of FSC and Goonerdom in mi casa is His gift:

And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God — not by works, so that no one can boast.
Ephesians 2:6-9

SkySports: Ronaldinho to Milan(?)
April 13, 2008, 1:35 pm
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First Ronaldinho…maybe Henry too?

Ronaldinho has agreed initial terms with Milan according to his agent and the Italian giants.

The 28-year-old Brazilian has struggled for form at the Camp Nou this season and misses the rest of the campaign because of a leg injury.

His agent, and brother, Roberto de Assis, and Milan are now set for further talks with Barcelona. Spanish and Italian reports have speculated that a €20-30million transfer fee could be tabled, with Ronaldinho buying up the rest of his Barca contract.

Oh shnap.

Ronaldo, Gilardino, Kaka AND Ronaldinho?

Eh, the Gooners will still show ’em up in the CL next year. (IF Milan manages to scrape by in Serie A.)

Navy SEAL Michael A. Monsoor posthumously awarded Medal of Honor today
April 8, 2008, 1:33 pm
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USN/USMC Medal of Honor

The President of the United States, in the name of the Congress, takes pride in presenting the Medal of Honor, posthumously, to Master At Arms Second Class, Sea, Air and Land, Michael A. Monsoor, United States Navy. For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as Automatic Weapons Gunner for Naval Special Warfare USN Seal Michael A. MonsoorTask Group Arabian Peninsula, in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM on 29 September 2006.

As a member of a combined SEAL and Iraqi Army sniper overwatch element, tasked with providing early warning and stand-off protection from a rooftop in an insurgent-held sector of Ar Ramadi, Iraq, Petty Officer Monsoor distinguished himself by his exceptional bravery in the face of grave danger. In the early morning, insurgents prepared to execute a coordinated attack by reconnoitering the area around the element’s position. Element snipers thwarted the enemy’s initial attempt by eliminating two insurgents. The enemy continued to assault the element, engaging them with a rocket-propelled grenade and small arms fire. As enemy activity increased, Petty Officer Monsoor took position with his machine gun between two teammates on an outcropping of the roof. While the SEALs vigilantly watched for enemy activity, an insurgent threw a hand grenade from an unseen location, which bounced off Petty Officer Monsoor’s chest and landed in front of him. Although only he could have escaped the blast, Petty Officer Monsoor chose instead to protect his teammates. Instantly and without regard for his own safety, he threw himself onto the grenade to absorb the force of the explosion with his body, saving the lives of his two teammates. By his undaunted courage, fighting spirit, and unwavering devotion to duty in the face of certain death, Petty Officer Monsoor gallantly gave his life for his country, thereby reflecting great credit upon himself and upholding the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

Official White House press release.

President Bush said,

“The Medal of Honor is awarded for an act of such courage that no one could rightly be expected to undertake it … Yet those who knew Michael Monsoor were not surprised when he did.”

Interestingly, President Bush noted the day Monsoor left us was also St. Michael’s Day: “the Christian feast honors an angel who, according to the book of Daniel, helps Israel in a time of trouble and against the prince of Persia.” (New York Sun: St. Michael’s Day)

One of Monsoor’s teammates: “Mikey looked death in the face that day and said, You cannot take my brothers. I will go in there instead.

Other Medal of Honor recipients in the Global War on Terror include:
Sergeant First Class Paul R. Smith, US Army
Lt. Michael P. Murphy, USN
Corporal Jason L. Dunham, USMC
(Also see the Navy Destroyer, the USS Jason Dunham DDG-109, that will be commissioned in his honor.)

Update: Blackfive notes:

The New York Times printed 78 words about the pending MOH for Mike Monsoor and had to correct the story. Three sentences for a man like Mike…


He’s got a TON of great information re: Monsoor, including mission stories, pix, and videos. Check ’em out here.

Dell: “Our system is running slow…”
April 7, 2008, 1:31 pm
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Converation I had today with Dell Business Technical support:

Part 1:
Dell Call router: Sorry, our system is running slow today…still trying to pull up your ticket via your case #…

Kinda ironic that your Dell system is running slow today while I’m trying to resolve mine, huh?

Call router: ::laughs:: Well, it is Monday. You know what they say, ‘if it can go wrong…’

Me: It will happen on Monday.’ What a way to start out the week.

Part 2:
System tech: Just..waiting on some forms to process. Our system is running slow today…

Me: You know, that’s funny. You’re the second Dell representative to mention their system is running slow today. Kind of ironic isn’t it?

System tech:

Me: Blame it on Microsoft, right?

System tech: Well…….. ::awkwardly::

‘No comment’, right?

System tech: That’s a good answer.

All kidding aside, despite recent reports to the contrary regarding their support, my recent experience with Dell Business technical support has been excellent.  I had a hard-drive issue the other day that was slightly beyond the scope of the tech’s expertise and despite the call ending rather inconclusively, he called back several minutes later with a shot-in-the-dark that actually did the trick.

That call just gave me a chuckle today.