January 23rd, 2005

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(Hat tip: Reuters/Zohra Bensemra)

A U.S. soldier from Bravo Company, 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Division participates in a live fire exercise at a military base in the northern city of Mosul, January 21, 2005. Insurgents bent on derailing the country's national January 30 elections, expected to be dominated by Iraq's long-oppressed Shi'ite majority, have launched several attacks against U.S. and Iraqi security forces.

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Thanks for the Memories

John William "Johnny" Carson
23 October 1925 - 23 January 2005

Johnny Carson, host of NBC's The Tonight Show for nearly 30 years, died Sunday of emphysema.

Carson was host of the late-night talk show from 1 October 1962 to 22 May 1992, taking over from Jack Paar and handing off to Jay Leno. Under Carson, The Tonight Show earned 42 Emmy nominations and won seven trophies. Carson picked up a Golden Globe nomination in 1975, three years after moving the show from New York to Burbank, California.

Carson was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 1987. An estimated 50 million people watched his final broadcast in 1992.
"And so it has come to this. I am one of the lucky people in the world. I found something that I always wanted to do and I have enjoyed every single minute of it. I bid you a very heartfelt goodnight."

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Picking Up Women: The Fighter Pilot's Guide

F-15 / F-16: Hot looking chick.

F-4: Older, still hot looking chick.

A-10: A chick who's not really good looking, but you bet she'd be fun to ride for a while.

Fighter Drag: That theory where every fat, ugly chick has 3 good looking friends. Like when a couple of fighters go overseas, they travel with a single tanker to provide gas and navigation assistance.

Air to Air: When you're "engaging" with the enemy.

Strafing run: Going out to the bars or on a dance floor, trying to pick up something good. Like going out and looking for targets of opportunity.

Carpet-Bombing: Just going out to the bars or a dance floor looking for anything. Like when a B-52 unloads over North Vietnam. You could hit something very good looking and valuable, but chances are you'll end up with some low-priority target. Also known to laymen as "going hoeing."

C-5 / C-141: Large woman.

Recon: Looking over a scene, seeing if there are any possible targets.

Going to guns: When you're engaging a target, and things get closer.

Splash One!: When you go to guns and make the kill.

NVG (night-vision googles): Beer goggles. After you put them on, everything looks different. You see targets and you can't quite make out if they're an F-16 or a C-5, but you decide to engage anyway.

Punch-Out: Emergency egress out of a situation after you wake up and switch off the NVG.

Target Rich Environment: Lots of chicks.

Target Poor Environment: Opposite.

Cockpit: Think about it.

Chemical Warfare: Mace.

HOTAS: Hands on Throttle and Stick (self-explanatory).

Lack of Situational Awareness: She's drunk.

Abort!: She looked cute from far away!

Enter the Pattern: Start working your way across the dance floor toward her (see Abort!).

Beyond Visual Range (BVR): Blind Date.

All Thrust and No Vector: Dumb blonde.

Pull Chocks: Head out to a different bar.

Enemy Air Defenses: Her boyfriend.

Suppression of Enemy Air Defenses (SEAD): Barfight.

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