June 28th, 2005


Welcome to day number 1384 of the War on Terror!

Today in Iraq, U.S. forces successfully managed to destroy a large compound, igniting weapons, explosives, and supplies, thereby denying use of the facility to the enemy.

Unfortunately, the compound was one of their own. According to my first-hand source, FOB St. Michael, located 25 kilometers south of Baghdad in the town of Mahmudiah, has burnt to the ground.

That's what happens when you plug too many things into the same socket, I guess...

Handjobs for science?!

Just heard about a research study going on in San Francisco:


July 30 to August 14, 2005
San Francisco (Irving and 8th Avenue)

A Penile Sensitivity Touch-Test Evaluation Study is being conducted by physicians in San Francisco. The purpose of the study is to produce the first quantitative map of penile sensitivity. Testing is non-invasive and takes about an hour.

The sponsor is a national non-profit educational organization.

For more information, or to participate, call:

Weekdays: 415-488-9883
Weeknights (7-9pm) and weekends (10 am-6pm): 415-710-4297

Yeah, but does it come with a "happy ending"?!

Updated info on the fire at FOB St. Michael, Mahmudiah, Iraq.

No one was killed or injured in the fire, the cause of which was still unknown Monday.

The blaze started in a portion of the former chicken processing plant that houses female soldiers and quickly spread through a warren of wood-partitioned living quarters. Then it engulfed the adjoining tactical operations center where sensitive communications equipment and records are stored.

The yellow, two-story brick building had recently been rewired and was being repainted inside. Less than a third of the living area was occupied at the time of the fire. . . most of the still-smoldering chicken factory is a total loss. But a portion of it can be reused as a command center.

"We were being cautious by not reoccupying the space until we were sure it was safe. That caution paid off. We’re very fortunate that no one was hurt. . . We’ll re-occupy some of the space, and bulldoze the rest."


Sure, accidents happen, but I find it very strange that the destruction of a U.S. base headquarters in Iraq was covered only by those papers which were local to their home base, and not picked up by any other news service. It really makes you wonder where the big boys get their news from, and how many important stories from over there are ignored on a routine basis.

If they didn't have the DoD telling them what was going on, would journalists in Iraq ever know about anything that happens there outside of the Green Zone?