When I flew, I had a patch which read Infidel that I wore on my flight suit. I picked it up in Baghdad at the airport once known as Saddam Hussein International Airport, but now referred to as BIAP. Or Baghdad International Airport. The problem with the patch is that they spelled out infidel in Arabic along with the English translation. But they did not use the Arabic word, kaffar, rather they phonetically spelled it out in Arabic script. Still, I liked the patch, messed-up Arabic and all. Plus it kept me out of trouble with the Arabs I used to work with. They had no clue why this American had a patch on his shoulder with gibberish. So I could look tough without having to answer for my toughness. (In all fairness to me, I did not realize this for months.)
At my current job, I have some of my flight patches up in my cubicle. And one day, a woman who was a prior Marine officer came by to chat with me about something. She looks at the patch and says: that is not right. I am giddy, because no one at work has noticed the jacked-up writing.
You speak Arabic? I ask.
No, but I have the real word, kaffar, tattooed on my body. So I know what it looks like.
It is in Afghanistan, Mangrah. Extra points if you know what country the door-kicker is from. Do check out his cool Taliban patch too, Jolly Roger and all. (While we are playing name-dat-soldier, take a peek at this WWII warrior feeding a kitty. My guess would be Australia, considering the camo.)
This could either potpourri greatness (wow, I just stole Martha Stewart’s favorite blog line) or major fail. The new Avengers movie has a superhero line-up:
Earlier today, we saw photographic portraits – or were they headshots? – of each of The Avengers, as well as official set photos of Thor, Iron Man, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow interacting.
Now, character descriptions have been released of each of The Avengers from their respective actors – Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, and Jeremy Renner.
Thor, Iron Man, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow? Wow. Not to mention Nick Fury. Could be great, could be terr-rah-ble with that many stars. We’ll see. The movie is coming out in May.
Swabbies, no matter how tough your day was, how ever many Sailors you had to yell at, how many long hours you had to stand tall, it was not as bad as one of your shipmates:
Petty Officer Matt Wall: groin injured and Harley wrecked?
SAN DIEGO (Legal Newsline) – A U.S. Navy veteran was awarded more than $7.5 million after a motorcycle collision resulted in injuries to his groin and reconstructive surgery that permanently altered the length of his. . .
Each year, the Navy tragically loses two dozen or so Sailors to motorcycle accidents. Often, like this case, it was not the Sailor’s fault:
The plaintiff, Matthew Wall, was an active duty Navy non-commissioned officer when his Harley-Davidson motorcycle collided with a shuttle van from a San Diego-based auto dealership on Aug. 30, 2007.
Wall, 27, was on his way to work at the submarine base in San Diego when the accident happened.
The driver of the van, defendant Pedro Flores Miramontes, made a left-hand turn directly into Wall’s lane of travel.
The Mellow Jihadi: we go to any length to get you the story. (This may appear to be insensitive to Petty Officer Wall, but the guy just was awarded $7.5 Million. That is a lot of strawberry shortcake. . .)