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calendar   Saturday - August 14, 2004

What’s Up With Greyhound?

I got an e-mail from James B. about a breaking story in Greenville, SC where a Marine was denied a bus ride even though he had a ticket. I'm sorry but this makes my blood boil real bad .... and that ain't a good thing. I cannot and will not allow this kind of thing to happen without declaring full-scale war on somebody.
An area Marine says he wasn’t allowed on a Greyhound Bus, despite having his ticket for several weeks.

All PFC Jay Griffin wanted to do was make it to combat training camp on time, he had his ticket in hand and was at the Greyhound Bus Station in Greenville before the bus arrived, but he was not allowed to board the bus. He was dressed in full uniform, and his mother says that may be the reason why he was denied the ride.

It was Griffin ’s first time using Greyhound, so he asked plenty of questions to make sure he was at the right place at the right time. Fifteen minutes before the bus even arrived, he says he was waiting with his bags at the curb. His mother, Carol Holden says when the bus got there, no one attempted to load his camouflage bags. "So I tapped [the baggage loader] and said, 'what about my son's baggage? And he looked at me and said he may not have a seat."

That’s when the bus driver called for all ticket holders.

"So Jay went on around and he went to board the bus and when he did, the driver put his arm across the doorway and said I don't have a seat for you," explains Carol.

Greyhound says, “We do not have reserved seats, seating is on a first come, first serve basis. An advance purchase ticket guarantees a discounted fare, but it does not guarantee a seat.”
Something stinks about this story, folks. A Marine in full dress uniform is denied a ride even though he had a ticket? I haven't ridden a bus in ages but I thought servicemen and women were given some sort of preference to show our appreciation for their sacrifices. Has that changed? Greyhound spokesmen had this to say ....
A Greyhound spokesperson says they are not familiar with the “stand-by” tickets used by the Greenville station, but an investigation is underway and Greyhound has zero tolerance for discrimination of any kind.
Hmmmmmm .... I wonder what color skin PFC Griffin had. The news article doesn't say. Is Jim Crow back at work in South Carolina? There's something going on here and I sure as hell want an answer. I've e-mailed Greyhound for clarification.

You may contact Greyhound yourself by using their customer assistance web site at http://www.greyhound.com/contact/customercontact.asp or at the address below if you want to express your displeasure over this incident. I urge everyone to do so. Let's see if we can find out what happened, why it happened and make sure it doesn't happen again. OK, troops?

Greyhound Lines, Inc.
P.O. Box 660362
Dallas, TX 75266-0362


Customer Assistance
(214) 849-8966
7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., CST weekdays

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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 08/14/2004 at 11:16 AM   
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calendar   Thursday - August 12, 2004

Message For The Troops

If hooking up all Iraqi prisoners' scrotums to car battery cables will save one American GI's life, then I have just two things to say:
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1. Red Is Positive. - - - - - - - 2. Black Is Negative.


(--thanks to Don R.)
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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 08/12/2004 at 05:29 PM   
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calendar   Monday - July 19, 2004

The Children

The future of the world belongs to them. The children, that is. They will write the history books of the future, not us. They will remember what happened when they were growing up and who protected them and who tried to hurt them. Theirs is a simple world. How do they feel about the current times and American soldiers?

Here’s how they feel in Surobi, Afghanistan ....

Here’s how they feel in Al Kut, Iraq ....

And finally, here’s how they feel in Asheville, North Carolina ....

Whether it’s marching along with the G.I.’s on patrol in Afghanistan, getting coloring books from G.I.’s in Iraq or just welcoming daddy home in North Carolina, there is nothing more precious in this world than the smile on a child’s face. In the history of the world, how many armies have spent as much time helping the people (and the children) as they have fighting? To the guys and gals in uniform, we offer our proud support of your efforts and we will continue to do whatever we can to support you. We will make sure you get a happy homecoming when this is all over. All we (and the children) can say for now is ....

THANKS!

(Photos courtesy of US Army Public Affairs)


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 07/19/2004 at 05:55 PM   
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Totally F**king Awesome

I sure wish I had me one of these. It’s one of the new F/A-22 Raptor Stealth Fighters and an F-16 Fighting Falcon flying in a fingertip formation on a training mission over Nellis AFB, NV. If you want a full-screen version of this pic (2000 x 1257 24-bit Hi-Color, 902 KB) for a wallpaper, click here. ZOOM!

You can find more info on this plane here and here.

Specifications:
Wing Area: 840 sq ft
Engine Thrust Class: 35,000 lb
Level Speed: 921 mph
Total Length: 62.08 ft
Wing Span: 44.5 ft
Horizontal Tail Span: 29ft
Tail Span: 18’10”
Total Height: 16.67ft
Track Width: 10.6ft
Engines: Pratt & Whitney F-119
Max. Takeoff Weight: 60,000 lb (27,216 kg)
Max. External Stores: 5,000 lb (2,270 kg)
Weight Empty: 31,670 lb (14,365 kg)
Ceiling: 50,000 ft (15,240 m)


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 07/19/2004 at 05:26 PM   
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calendar   Thursday - July 15, 2004

A Message For Our Troops

We make no bones about the fact that we support our troops. Both Vilmar and I served in the US Air Force and we want you to pass along some information to any troops serving today. When it comes time to get out, there are organizations dedicated to helping our troops transition to civilian life. We have added a link in our sidebar to one of these groups. It’s called “Helmets To Hard Hats”.

You can read about the efforts of this fine organization at this Department Of Defense on-line article or this article at ENR.COM. So pass the info along to any troops who are getting out soon. There are plenty of jobs out there for you and employers who need your skills. It’s our way of saying “thanks”. Or better yet, just click the banner below to get started on a new civilian career.


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 07/15/2004 at 12:45 AM   
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calendar   Saturday - July 10, 2004

Marines Horsin’ Around

We just received the following from one of our troops in Iraq. I think they have way too much free time or way too much beer ....

Semper Fi, guys!

Ohhhh, who fights in that dirthole we call Iraq?
Gruntbob Squaretrousers!
He'll run down the terrorists and stomp on their sack!
Gruntbob Squaretrousers!
He goes on patrol to win hearts and minds.
Gruntbob Squaretrousers!
And will kill anyone holding an RPG that he finds.
Gruntbob Squaretrousers!
Gruntbob Squaretrousers!
Gruntbob Squaretrousers!
Gruntbob....Squaretrousers!
OOH-RAH..HA..HA..HA..HA!!!!



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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 07/10/2004 at 05:01 PM   
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calendar   Friday - July 09, 2004

Top Gun

We have secretly obtained pictures of the US Navy's newest super stealth fighter.

Well, almost ....

It's too bad. This plane deserves to be real.
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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 07/09/2004 at 05:39 PM   
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calendar   Wednesday - June 23, 2004

Terminator

At Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, the US Air Force is testing robot security guards. The $500,000 robots called Mobile Detection And Response System (MDARS) are currently in testing and other services are looking into using the mechanical guards too. In a related story, the US Air Force today changed its name to SkyNet and put out an all-points-bulletin for someone named Sarah Connor.
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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 06/23/2004 at 11:29 PM   
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