Archive for May, 2010

A Simple Reminder

Posted in Society on May 29th, 2010

A simple, but not particularly gentle, reminder to the civilian people either of or within America – every freedom you enjoy came at a cost of blood, sweat, and tears. The brunt of that price was paid for our soldiery who put themselves in harm’s way in order to provide those freedoms.

It Is The Soldier Who Gives Us Liberty, Bought With His Blood

These fallen soldiers are long past review, and I sincerely doubt that our dead care overmuch about our opinions of their lives; they’re now past our flawed judgments. But we should certainly care about what their judgment of us and how we’ve used the freedoms they bought for with their privation, pain, and deaths would be.

Official US Military Totals: 1775 – 1991

U.S. Military Service During War 43,185,893
Battle Deaths 653,708
Other Deaths (In Theater) 14,560
Other Deaths in Service (Non-Theater) 525,930
Source: History News Network
NOTE: I don’t have any official US military data on this post 1991, so the later operations in Iraq and Afghanistan are not included above.

Yes, a simple reminder on this Memorial Day weekend – America is the Land of the Free because of the Brave. Every single freedom we have was bought with their blood and what have so many within the US done with those hard-earned freedoms?

Related Reading:

Sign My Name to Freedom: A Memoir of a Pioneering Life
From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death
The Denial of Death
Savage Continent: Europe in the Aftermath of World War II
For the Common Defense: A Military History of the United States from 1607 to 2012, 3rd Edition

Excuse Me, Felipe?

Posted in Politics on May 26th, 2010

Felipe Calderon, Failed President of the Failed Nation of MexicoApparently Felipe Calderon, the largely ineffectual President of the failed state of Mexico is feeling his machismo in the wake of the accommodating response by President Obama and the Congressional Democrats to his recent jabbering rant in DC about Arizona’s new immigration laws.

Like so many Mexicans he seems to believe that the United States is Atzlan’s La Provincia del Norte.

The Mexican Embassy to the United States has released A statement of their demands and expectations for the use of our National Guard soldiery within our borders:

Washington D.C, May 25th, 2010

Regarding the Administrations decision to send 1,200 National Guard servicemen to the US Southern border, the Government of Mexico trusts that this decision will help to channel additional US resources to enhance efforts to prevent the illegal flows of weapons and bulk cash into Mexico, which provide organized crime with its firepower and its ability to corrupt.

Additionally, the Government of Mexico expects that National Guard personnel will strengthen US operations in the fight against transnational organized crime that operates on both sides of our common border and that it will not, in accordance to its legal obligations, conduct activities directly linked to the enforcement of immigration laws.

Mexico is determined to continue working on its side of the border to enhance the security and well-being of border communities, and to deter and dismantle organized crime and its links to drug trafficking and human smuggling.

As part of our joint strategy in the fight against transnational organized crime, there are actions that our two governments have undertaken together, and there are other measures taken independently by Mexico and by the US within their respective territories. In this regard, the Mexican Government fully respects the sovereign decisions of the US Government, but underscores that joint responsibility must continue to underpin our joint efforts in rolling-back transnational organized crime operating on both sides of the border.

Firstly – it is rarely, if ever, a good idea for the government of one nation to attempt to dictate to another sovereign state how they will deploy and use their own troops within in their own borders to secure that border. This is especially true of any attempt to dictate such terms to a nation that can, at whim or will, raze your country to the ground and has certain empirical reasons for doing so already.

Secondly – The Mexican government has already failed. The cartels control more of the country than the government does and are filled with members of the Mexican army who decided that outright banditry and the drug trade were more profitable than the normal graft and corruption commonplace in Mexico. The Mexican government’s only hope of survival is US intervention. It’s just plain stupid to piss off the people who you need to save your filthy asses.

Third and finally – Felipe’s head is swelling up too big for his sombrero if he think he has right or privilege to speak to his betters in that fashion or to have his subordinates do so for him. He need to correct that failing pronto before an American decides to let the gas out of his head with .338 Lapua or .50 BMG round.


Mantenga sus ojos abiertos. Viaje ligero pero pesado de carga, y siempre dicho de otra bala en el enemigo una vez que ests abajo. 😉

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Wings of Denial: The Alabama Air National Guard's Covert Role at the Bay of Pigs
Life Is a Dream/La Vida es Sueño: A Dual-Language Book (Dover Dual Language Spanish)
Twentieth-Century Art of Latin America: Revised and Expanded Edition (The William & Bettye Nowlin Series in Art, History, and Culture of the Western Hemisphere)
Fiesta in Atzlan
Bird of Paradise: How I Became Latina

Britain’s Busting Out

Posted in Society on May 26th, 2010

Union Jack Gloriously Unfurled The British ladies are busting out and throwing the world a set a curves.

It seems that a recent market study determined that the lovely ladies of England have the shapeliest breasts in the world, or at least of those on the far side of the Atlantic.

This was determined by a Bra Usage and Attitude Study performed by COIN, for lingerie manufacturer, Triumph International. While not truly global, the study did include China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the UK.

It’s certainly a titillating study and one that will garner a lot of well-deserved attention. It, however, has some interesting points for both the $30 billion per year global lingerie market and for societal views of body image.

Asylum UK distills the salient points:

Researchers have discovered that women in Britain have the most shapely bodies on the planet.

A recent global survey of breasts discovered the average British woman wears a size 34D bra — meaning she has bigger boobs and is more slender than most around the world.

Over in Germany and Italy women have a larger under-bra size of 38 inches and in France the average bra is 36B.

In Japan and China women are said to have the same 34 inch ribcage measurement as Brits, but this is again only paired with B cup boobs.

And while British women have an average of a 34D bra, the most common cup size is said to be a rather generous ‘DD’.

The Triumph international “Bra Usage and Attitude Study” also compared results to those from 50 years ago, finding that British woman’s chest and hips are now 4cm bigger.

If this continues it will mean that by 2060 the average UK bra size will be a gigantic F or G cup… how come they never mentioned that on Tomorrow’s World?

Obviously, despite the borders of the British Empire having contracted, it’s assets are still quite astounding and growing more so with the passing years. This and the finding of COIN’s study can be born out by empirical study of these delicious British lasses who all have DD cup sizes and whose underbreast measurements average to 34 inches:

Making Statistics Beautiful
Danielle lloyd, Gemma Atkinson, and Kelly Brook

Similarly, one can see from representative samples of women from China, France, Germany, Italy, and Japan that COIN’s study is certainly not too far off the mark.

Gu Chen, Noemie Lenoir, Janine Habeck,
Monica Bellucci, and Haruna Tabuki

Still, the British women, indisputably as fine as they are, shouldn’t gloat too much or become complacent. There are many, many roads to beauty and sexiness – and the study that Triumph International commissioned didn’t address the glories of women’s legs or butts.

These Curves Shouldn’t Be Overlooked

I hope that Triumph doesn’t make the mistake of ignoring their “bottom line” by focusing their efforts exclusively on the bra. That’s the sort of marketing mistake that could hurt them in “the end.” 😉


While the pleasant and prurient aspects of the curvaceousness of British women and the size and shapeliness of their breasts is quite nice and a wonderful distraction, the COIN study on bra usage and attitude towards brassieres also presents some much more important data relating to manufacturing, marketing, and to women’s and societies’ body images as compared to objective reality.

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Related Reading:

Lonely Planet Italy (Travel Guide)
Society: The Basics (13th Edition)
Lonely Planet England (Travel Guide)
Fashion: A History from the 18th to the 20th Century
On China