Happy Friday: Halle Berry Edition

Halle Berry says “Happy Friday.”  And so do I.  I don’t think I’ve ever featured one Halle Berry here on the site, or in my blogging days at all.  And for that, I humbly and gracefully apologize.  Hopefully, this makes up for it, at least in part.  If not, trust me, I will keep working on it.  (By the way, that woman just had a child!  Wow.)

Anyway, notes from my Friday so far.  Do you know how freakin’ hard it is to navigate the UPS website to apply for a stinkin’ job?  Waaaay harder than it should be.  Last night as I was navigating through the application, and I felt like I was applying for a vice president position with the company, and not the dockworker position that I was actually going for.  So once I figure it out, I’ll let you know how it goes.

So other than that, there isn’t much going on.  The wife’s having a girls night tonight, so apparently I’ll be throwing together a boys night out.  I’ll probably end up staying home watching re-runs of Cops and playing Madden, but at least the wife gets to have some fun.

Here are some links for the day.

1. The Big Lead previews week 2 in the NFL for y’all.  We agree with their take about the Pat’s chances with Cassel at the helm, instead of Brady.  We think they’ll do okay enough with Brady.  Pats beat Jets 24-20.

2. I know I’m a little late to the party, but apparently the Yankees are done and will not be seeing the postseason this season.  FIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIINNNNNNNNALLLLLLLLLLLYYYYYYYYYYYY.  

3. Oddly enough, I JUST heard that there’s this big college football game happening this weekend or something.  I think it’s Ohio State playing either UCLA or USC right?  Out in California, getting tickets will definitely cost you.  Our take: USC 27, Ohio State 20.

4. Joey Harrington once dominated football in the state of Oregon.  Looks like he’s back in town again…at least for a while.  Maybe for good though?  Harrington’s plight is pretty unfortunate.  Too bad too, he’s a pretty cool  dude.  And he’s down with Law & Order too. 

5. Vice Presidential babe Sarah Palin had her first interview with the media.  No surprise the Boston Herald calls Charlie Gibson’s tatics “tough, but respective.”

6. For equal time’s sake, here is a take on the Palin interview, from the National Review Online.


Happy Friday, My Fellow Americans

Well with all the political buzz these past couple weeks, I am currently feeling very, very patriotic.  And when I think patriotic, I think Jessica.  There is nothing more patriotic than that, folks.

Anyway, if Jessica doesn’t do anything for ya, here is Heidi Montag on the beach showing her American pride.  Did you know that Heidi Montag has actually endorsed John McCain for president?  It’s true, I just stumbled across the story on the internets.  Sure it’s old news, but still pretty shocking.  I mean, I’m amazed that she even knows who John McCain is.  Also, it’s actually refreshing to see a Hollywood “star” (I can’t really call her that, huh?) actually do something else besides just kiss Obama’s hind end all day long.

More on all this political-ness a little later, because I’m actually getting caught up in all of it.  And as usual, I can’t sit back and not say anything about it.  

But right now, I’m prepping for the first college football game of the year.  If I can successfully wake myself up at 6:45 am (that’s a big if), me and the old man will be hitting the road for Seattle.  Destination: Husky Stadium.  Going to go watch BYU take on the Huskies.  Even though I grew up die-hard Husky fan, I am hoping to see the Cougars win this one.  I plan on bringing the only piece of BYU swag that I own, a white ball cap with a blue Y on it,  but will probably wait until BYU is solidly winning to put it on.  

What? Why are you looking at me like that?  No, I’m not ashamed or scared.  Hey I love the Cougars, but this game ain’t being played in Provo.  And I’ve had too many bad experiences in enemy territory without any backup and I know what to expect.  I mean, it’s probably only going to be my dad and me, and I gotta look out for the old man.

Throwback Post: Who Exactly is Michael Monsoor?

So I was browsing through some old posts from the old site today.  Wow, was I all over the freakin place.  But I was young and not-as-educated in the blogging ways back then.  Not to say I’ve improved at all now, I still suck at it.  But I just hope that I don’t suck as much now.

Anyway, here’s part of a good post from back on June 20th of 2007.  While casually watching part of the RNC yesterday, I saw a tribute video about Michael Monsoor, so I thought this old post was kind of fitting.


Here is an article from Jeff Emanuel.net:

Michael Monsoor of Garden Grove, California, felt the same call to serve his country that had led his father and brother into the Marine Corps. He was pulled in a different direction from his family members, though — he was drawn to the U.S. Navy, not out of a desire to serve in the fleet, but out of a burning ambition to serve as a Navy SEAL, one of America’s Special Operations elites.

Monsoor excelled at BUD/S (Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL) training and was assigned to SEAL Team Three, based at Coronado, California. In Iraq, as he fought alongside his teammates, he repeatedly demonstrated the bravery and heroism characteristic of America’s fighting men and women, and it was in Iraq, on September 29, 2006, that the 25-year-old hero gave his life to protect them.

A recipient of the Bronze Star Medal for his earlier actions in the War on Terror, Monsoor was awarded a Silver Star, the third-highest medal conferred upon members of the United States military, for his valor and selflessness while engaged in a firefight in Ramadi in May, when, according to the report, “he and another SEAL pulled a team member shot in the leg to safety while bullets pinged off the ground around them.” Only a few weeks later, Monsoor’s willingness to risk his life for his teammates was demonstrated to the utmost, as he made the ultimate sacrifice to save the lives of the men around him.

According to the Navy’s official narrative,

On 29 September, Monsoor was part of a sniper overwatch security position in eastern Ramadi, Iraq, with three other SEALs and eight Iraqi soldiers. …Ramadi had been a violent and intense area for a very strong and aggressive insurgency for some time. …An insurgency fighter…threw a fragment grenade into the overwatch position which hit Monsoor in the chest before falling in front of him. Monsoor yelled “Grenade!” and dropped on top of the grenade prior to it exploding. Monsoor’s body shielded the others from the brunt of the fragmentation blast and two other SEALs were only wounded by the remaining blast.

It is necessary to understand, in order to fully appreciate the magnitude of Monsoor’s sacrifice, that, due to the orientation of the room and the location of its lone exit, he was the only person who could have escaped. Doing so, though, would have meant abandoning the others in the room to grievous injury or, more likely, to death. Knowing both courses of action, and the consequences of each, he had to make a split-second decision.

Said Monsoor’s mother later, “We just knew that if Mike was put in a situation like he was, he wouldn’t hesitate.”

And he didn’t. According to the Associated Press, “One SEAL lieutenant…watched Monsoor shield him and others from exploding hot metal …when the grenade blew up their sniper position. ‘Mikey had the best chance of avoiding harm altogether,’ said the officer. ‘But he never took his eye off the grenade.’”

A mere two weeks away from redeploying home from Iraq himself, Monsoor gave up his life so that the men around him would have a chance to return to their families.

As was so eloquently and succinctly put by the Chicago Tribune’s Kristen Scharnberg shortly after the incident, in an article titled “Medals of Honor largely MIA among heroics of Iraq war”:

The men who were there that day say they could see the options flicker across Michael Monsoor’s face: save himself or save the men he had long considered brothers.

He chose them.

The decision was made in less than an instant, and those whose lives would have ended that day but for Monsoor’s action will carry a weighty gratitude for as long as they live. Three months after making the ultimate sacrifice, Mike Monsoor was nominated for a posthumous Medal of Honor, and, if there is any justice in this world, that request will be approved as quickly as possible.


I still don’t have much to add personally to this article.  I am only a novice when it comes to talking about serious things like politics and the world and critical issues.  But with all the hooplah surrounding these upcoming elections, I find it amazing how many people have forgotten the soldiers who have paid the ultimate price for you and me.  Yeah sure, it’s been almost two years since Monsoor gave his life, but that shouldn’t make what he did any less courageous.  I think it’s also pretty pathetic how we have forgotten those who are still over there doing what they can to keep us safe.