Books for Soldiers

As anyone would realize were they to stumble across this blog, it’s practically defunct these days. That makes it exactly like the vast majority of blogs, but there is a big difference. The primary reason for the inactivity here is that my brother, the co-writer, has joined the Army. He’s currently waiting out a 3-week holding period between Basic Training and Officer Candidate School. The three weeks are marked by boredom it seems, and one of the few authorized outlets is reading. Unfortunately, the common bookshelves are inadequately stocked.

That’s why I’m posting here today. We’re hoping we can get some books donated to the OCS Headquarters Company at Fort Benning. There is no official process for donating books. It’s not like it’s a library. Just two bookshelves full of field manuals and the like with a lone row devoted to leisure reading. (more…)

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Why Komen?

I just read this article on some HS football refs who may be suspended for using pink whistles in a football game. I support their cause (breast cancer) and I appreciate their willingness to risk suspension and the loss of three paychecks. My only question is why Susan G. Komen? It’s hard to assess which charities are great and which are not, but I’ve generally understood Komen to be one of those charities which became a brand and lost sight of it’s goals. The comments on Charity Navigator, while unscientific, support my general opinion of the charity. (more…)

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Charity Challenge – March 2010

I’m going to start something new. At the beginning of each month I am going to give you a link to a charity with this simple challenge. Donate $5 to it. I am a big believer in the idea that if we all did a little bit, we could all make a difference in someone’s life. Sounds pretty reasonable, right?
I plan on choosing smaller charities and fund raising events. The small ones do need to be researched, but I think they often make the most immediate impact, even if only on a small group of people.

So here’s your challenge for March. (more…)

February 2010 Link Round-up; Highlights and Lowlights

On March 1st I take my ASVAB as I begin the road to Army OCS. But before I can do that I have to post the February 2010 link dump and the military had some news that will be making this list. For starters…

An unmanned Blackhawk Helicopter is in the works
. The only drawback is this assures there will be no sequel to Black Hawk Down. <Yahoo!>

I finally saw The Hurt Lockerand I thought it was great (though I’d love to hear from actual EOD personnel). Surprisingly those brilliant people who give it out major movie awards have acknowledged it’s greatness. Will the academy? <Yahoo!>

Crime does pay, and it pays very well (in Canada). <CBC>

Ever wonder what a baseball player’s fan mail looks like? Scroll down to February 25th on Pat Neshek’s blog. (more…)

Sports + Charity + Wine?!?! Count Me In.

I am by no means a wine connoisseur, much less a sommelier (you can probably slap anyone who says they are) but I like wine and know a little bit about it and more importantly wine intrigues me. It has an intangible quality that can’t be found in other alcoholic beverages. Having a nice wine with dinner can be one of the classiest ways to enjoy alcohol. Playing slap-the-bag in a hot tub with a bag of Franzia White Zinfandel can be one of the trashiest ways to enjoy wine (albeit arguably more fun). So wine covers that whole spectrum. There’s hardly a classy way to drink beer, nor a trashy way to drink a vodka martini. (more…)

January 2010 Link Round-up; Highlights and Lowlights

Well due to the success of my 2009 link round-up I decided to make it a monthly think. So again, this link dump will feature content created in January 2010 and some older content which I just happened to come across this month.

The case against 5 former Blackwater guards was dropped after it was horribly mishandled by the prosecuting team. And I do mean horribly. <The Wall Street Journal>

The Mets were weird when they were good. <The Big Lead>

Avatar almost had to raise their MPAA rating. What I am a talking about? Why a deleted Na’avi sex scene involving those tentacles of theirs. <Filmdrunk> (more…)

Oh Say Can You Sing?

I just got my “Oh Say Can You Sing?” CD. It was released in 2005 apparently, but I just now heard of it. All of the recordings feature vocals by current Major Leaguers, plus one by Ozzie Smith. It’s a very cool concept, but several of the songs just sound like someone recorded karaoke. But the guys who play their own instruments (Matt Ginter, Ben Broussard, Scott Linebrink) more than make up for the karaoke sound. The CD also includes Coco Crisp and Jimmy Rollins who perform their own original rap songs. Omar Vizquel, whose accent… Well I feel mean but it’s funny. More importantly it’s endearing. That’s not a knock on Omar. The list is rounded out by Jeff Conine, Sean Casey, Kelly Wunsch and Aubrey Huff. (more…)

Donations To Haiti Relief – What’s Real? What’s Efficient?

I got it in my mind to make a small donation to Haiti relief efforts, but I didn’t want to simply find the nearest paypal button associated with the word “Haiti” and send off my money. I wanted to avoid a scam, obviously but more than that I wanted to put the money in hands who would use it wisely in relief efforts and not see it swallowed up by administrative or fund-raising costs. I personally don’t want to pay for a TV spot asking for more money. I also figure a few other people might find themselves in my situation so I decided to provide highlights of my research. (more…)

Tickets For Tots

A lot of stories have broken recently involving cops who mess up. From bringing a gun to a snowball fight to being involved in two drunk hit-and-runs in one night. But the overwhelming majority are officers who truly respect the law and got into the profession because they wanted to make a positive difference.

The Sansom Park Police Department in North Texas recently made national news for a program they have (more…)

Do-gooders Unite

Christopher Hitchens has found a cause.

It’s a pretty good one too.

In the northern Iraqi city of Sulaymaniya, the American University of Iraq has just opened its doors. And it is appealing for people to donate books.

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