Obscene Amenities

posted at 9:42 am on February 9, 2007 by Bryan

Sout al-Kuffar exclusive: Amenities International

Arkin: “obscene amenities”
Arkin: “arrogant and intolerant”

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God Bless our troops!

NRA4Freedom on February 9, 2007 at 9:44 AM

Thank you! That was great.
Wish you could follow it up with a real estate tour of Pinky Arkins home.

Limerick on February 9, 2007 at 9:47 AM

CLAAAASS VENT. (or Ventless VENT, as it were!)

Our whole celebrity worshipping society is arrogant and intolerant and might I add IGNORANT? “Why warfighters should be miserable…even though they are securing my right to blather and WASTE MY ENERGY ON STUPID PURSUITS…they should be..miserable I tell you, MISERABLE!”

SHUT YOUR PIEHOLE, Mr.ARKIN.

seejanemom on February 9, 2007 at 9:48 AM

For clarification, Mr. Arkins “words” up there, not a direct quote. But come on…am I that far off??

seejanemom on February 9, 2007 at 9:50 AM

If it’s such a great way of life, why isn’t Arkin over there? Cuz his pink a** wouldn’t last five minutes before screaming “MOMMY”.

oakpack on February 9, 2007 at 9:55 AM

Niiiiice. Only thing missing was the Robin Leach-type narrative. Well done.

Kid from Brooklyn on February 9, 2007 at 10:02 AM

Thanks, Hot Air.

The video really says it all.

The Colossus on February 9, 2007 at 10:03 AM

That was great!

Laura02420 on February 9, 2007 at 10:03 AM

Can’t remember a vid on HotAir that I liked that much. Outstanding.

Might have been nice to add a quick pic of Arkin loading the BMW SUV with the ski equipment for his weekend away from the grind of the office…

Jaibones on February 9, 2007 at 10:10 AM

Arkin couldn’t even handle being asked questions by O’Reilly’s camera crew. I’d almost opt for sharia just to watch him being crushed by a large stone in a stadium.

TugboatPhil on February 9, 2007 at 10:10 AM

And that is why only the young fight, my back couldn’t take that anymore.

Our soldiers fight a real battle, Arkin can’t answer a couple of questions.

A real brave man…hiding behind his computer. That is the liberal mindset, that is what the liberal bloggers hold in high esteem. This is what the democratic party has become. You can bet Hillary or Pelosi, or King Edwards would not denounce his words. This is the democratic party.

Everytime a liberal blogger bellows through the keypad, we have been “Arkined”.

right2bright on February 9, 2007 at 10:25 AM

Sun, sand, and breeze…and all at once!

Ahh, those amenities…

JetBoy on February 9, 2007 at 10:25 AM

I strongly support Our Troops and The Mission WE tasked them with.

Great Vent. God Bless and Protect Our Troops.

techno_barbarian on February 9, 2007 at 10:26 AM

Excellent post and video. A couple of those photos (The Mud Marines) were ones I was searching for but couldn’t find when I put together the video for my song “Hanging Out With The Boys.”

Excuse my horn tooting,but, Mr. Arkin and his minions should see this.

Thanks – Hooker

james hooker on February 9, 2007 at 10:46 AM

You guys are just tooooooo good. I absolutely loved to heaven with continual laughter the 2 part presentation Michelle did on Marcotte and scaaa-rheeeeemed when she lampooned her and the Left with the “Angry German Boy.” THAT was the best! THAT is the best representation of the the Left UNHINGED! ! ! ! ! ! !

And this Amenities is a big ROTFLMAO!!

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THANK YOU FOR SOME EXCELLENT CREATIVE PRESENTATIONS!

auspatriotman on February 9, 2007 at 11:28 AM

The reason he fears a military coup, and the reason he thinks the troops are pampered, is because he knows they’re mostly not leftists.

Libs would really like to take over the military, but leftists have this nasty habit of fleeing to Canada after they enlist, LOL.

lauraw on February 9, 2007 at 11:45 AM

Outstanding Vent! Not one word but this video made the point so painfully clear that even William M. Arkin could “get it”. Well Done!

This Vent was easy to watch, spoke directly to the issue, and did so in a manner that was direct, to the point, convicing, and had an air of “class”.

I really enjoyed this vent.

omegaram on February 9, 2007 at 11:45 AM

why isn’t Arkin over there

No skiing…

Babs on February 9, 2007 at 11:45 AM

*sigh*

In all seriousness God please bless our men and women in uniform while they perform their duties in Iraq. Amen.

I know it is supposed to be funny but I cannot help getting a little choked up seeing those soldiers and Marines.

Theworldisnotenough on February 9, 2007 at 11:48 AM

This is Class A Prime Venting.
Well done.

Lawrence on February 9, 2007 at 11:48 AM

This takes me back to Alastair Cookie and Monsterpiece Theatre. Good times.

The Monster on February 9, 2007 at 11:55 AM

Theworldisnotenough

I agree 100%

Capitalist Infidel on February 9, 2007 at 11:57 AM

I know it is supposed to be funny but I cannot help getting a little choked up seeing those soldiers and Marines.

Ditto.

Real soldiers don’t really desire that much. If they did, they wouldn’t volunteer to be soldiers. The primary luxury to a grunt or leather neck is time to sleep. A dry location is nice. A warm place without bugs is just icing.

Arking is jelous. What these people have that people like him can never attain, is honor.

Lawrence on February 9, 2007 at 12:00 PM

my fat fingers for a preview button…

‘Arkin’ is jelous. What these people have that people like him can never attain, is honor.

Lawrence on February 9, 2007 at 12:01 PM

Less is more. (Sometimes you don’t have to SAY anything at all.)

Best Vent EVER! (If Bryan gets any better at this, he’s gonna’ have to give up his day job.)

CyberCipher on February 9, 2007 at 12:03 PM

‘Arkin’ is jelous. What these people have that people like him can never attain, is honor.

Lawrence on February 9, 2007 at 12:01 PM

Bullseye.

Oh, and as the first poster said, God Bless our troops.

thirteen28 on February 9, 2007 at 12:09 PM

Our troops live like that over there so that we can live well here. May God continue to Bless our troops, our country and our mission.

Doug on February 9, 2007 at 12:25 PM

Wish I had known you were putting this together, I would have sent you some Afghanistan pics that, unfortunately, make some of those look like they are world class amenities.

Our guys built their firebase from the ground up. The first night on the ground they built a platform to sleep on. For 7 months it was PVC pipes stuck in the ground to urinate in, 50 gallon barrels to defecate in, “solar showers” – plastic bags with tubing attached, water heated by the sun, to bathe in, buckets to wash their clothes in. Pics of igloos they built to sleep in while on mission. Oh, and don’t forget the MRE’s – though they did have 2 meals a day.

Oh, they had their own laptops – I have pics of their “internet cafe” guys sitting on boxes of bottled water, their PC’s on a piece of plywood with netting strung over their heads to block the sun.

Hubs called when they went to the “big base” to pick up supplies – he would shower 3 times in one day just because it felt so good to have a real shower. Going to the chow was like eating in a 5 star resturant.sat next to

I can’t tell you how happy they were to move into a “real” building in the 8th month – real walls, real doors, yet it was still cold enough that ice formed on the inside of their doors every night.

For them, those last 4 months were total luxury. A roof over their head, a kitchen, showers with running water, even if it was never hot. Never mind the daily mortar’s or RPG’s because those were nothing compared to what they dealt with outside the wire every day..

Aww, the joys of living on the Pakistan border for a year – nothing like having those obscene amenities, eh Arkin?

Tink on February 9, 2007 at 12:32 PM

one day I’ll learn how to proof read – really I will :)

Tink on February 9, 2007 at 12:32 PM

This made me want to cry. To think our brave men and women put up with such conditions VOLUNTARILY is humbling!
GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS..AND THANK YOU FOR MY FREEDOM!

labwrs on February 9, 2007 at 12:49 PM

They actually dig a grave to sleep. I wish that I was afforded was such a luxirious opportunity.

Ouabam on February 9, 2007 at 12:56 PM

Well I went ahead and sent the WaPo and NBC my resume anyway. I know having over 20 years experience in the military and not being able to snow ski will probably go against me but if they do fire this guy just maybe I can land that “Military Analyst” job.
/keep your fingers crossed

LakeRuins on February 9, 2007 at 12:57 PM

Too many liberals like Mr. Arkin seem to feel that dissent is the ultimate form of patriotism. Sure it’s their right to do that but to me, service to your country to defend those rights for others is the ultimate form of patriotism. It’s the main reason this former squid (sailor)voluneered over 10 years ago. I am so very thankful for our brave men and women in uniform and to those who stand up for them like Michelle Malkin and the rest of the Hot Air team.

*salutes*

Yakko77 on February 9, 2007 at 12:57 PM

Tink on February 9, 2007 at 12:32 PM

This is what Arkin sees when he reads.

Wish I had known you were putting this together, I would have sent you some Afghanistan pics that they are world class amenities.
Our guys built their firebase from the ground up. The first night on the ground they built a platform to sleep on, “solar showers”, water heated by the sun, to bathe in, Pics of igloos they built to sleep in while on mission.
Oh, they had their own laptops – I have pics of their internet cafe, guys sitting on boxes of bottled water, with netting strung over their heads to block the sun.
Hubs called when they went to the big base to pick up supplies – he would shower 3 times in one day because it felt so good. Going to the chow was like eating in a 5 star restaurant.
I can’t tell you how happy they were to move into a real building in the 8th month. For them, those last 4 months were total luxury.
Aww, the joys of living on the Pakistan border for a year.
Tink on February 9, 2007 at 12:32 PM

That is the mindset of the left. They would say “but that is what you wrote”.

right2bright on February 9, 2007 at 1:12 PM

Michelle YOU FORGOT THE OBSCENE PAY!!!
The amazingly big paychecks that baffle the imagination.
Darn, what I could do if I just had all that money./

And for the skis comment, those were skis?
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In Colorado, if the length of your skis is so short you can put them INSIDE your car, and put them in the width of the vehicle, not lengthwise, those are not skis. Toeboards maybe, but not real skis if you’re over 3 years old.

shooter on February 9, 2007 at 1:27 PM

Forgot this:
Can we re-start the ‘tar and feather’ technique for ‘patriots’ pasties like Arkin?
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no, I did spell it correctly.

shooter on February 9, 2007 at 1:31 PM

Excellent juxtaposition between a supposed “amenity’ and the reality that our troops live in every day. God bless our troops and may they all sleep soundly at night knowing some of us here appreciate the the hardships they endure to bring a bit of security to those who need it.

Oh, and don’t forget the MRE’s

Thanks for the reminder. I haven’t had a MRE since I left the Army in 1988 and I am still trying to forget them! I hear today’s MRE’s are much better tasting than the ones I ate, but that’s like saying a log is much softer to sleep on than a boulder.

RedinBlueCounty on February 9, 2007 at 1:34 PM

Haha, so funny! Excellent vid.

NPP on February 9, 2007 at 1:37 PM

hey Tink you with the 3/71st?

David on February 9, 2007 at 1:53 PM

What’s so humbling is that my nephew said that “compared to those guys in WWII, we had it made.” He was really excited when he finally got his “container” to live in, without a/c.

pullingmyhairout on February 9, 2007 at 2:10 PM

They actually dig a grave to sleep.

I think you mean “Fox-Hole”.

Lawrence on February 9, 2007 at 2:17 PM

Thank you HotAir, you captured the obscene amenities perfectly, and to think I got all that and $12,600 per year.

Oh, don’t forget the crazy benefits like $6K to my family if my number came up, free airfare for travel to exotic locations, diseases, dysentery, chiggers, ringworms, tapeworms, epidermal rot.

And how could I forget the medical plan…well if we had more time we could sit down over some turkey loaf and reconstituted potatoes and recall my warm experiences at the VA, I still have bone chips that work their way to the surface to bring back those fond times.

Ahhh living large as a mercenary in the USMC 82 – 88.

Honk Moo you, Arkin!

Alden Pyle on February 9, 2007 at 2:21 PM

All of your guys are just great…you one of my most favorite sites. At the rate you’re going you’ll to go to two pages.
Now, how do I share this with others who need it see it? Escpecially, GE’s CEO, NBC’s dork CEO and the WashPo?

Thanks, again, again, again….!!!!!

sharinlite on February 9, 2007 at 2:31 PM

Of all the babbling idiocy in Arkin’s column – and there was a mountain of it – the “amenities” line was the only one I completely ignored.

Why? Because it’s so mind-numbingly stupid that even the most whacked-out anti-American moonbat was probably shaking her head at that part. C’mon. Hate Bush? Fine. Hate America? Enjoy.

But “amenities?” There isn’t one person on Earth (other than Arkin) who thinks any soldiers in any war at any time in history have lived with anything approaching “amenities.”

It would nice if some liberal blogger out there would at least have the integrity to mock that part, even if they agree with the rest.

After all, they *are* the “reality based” community, right?

Professor Blather on February 9, 2007 at 2:33 PM

Those men and women, volunteers, are our most devoted citizens. Arkin is a most devoted traitor, and if I thought he had any balls, I’d kick him square in them! If anyone ever catches up with him, give him my best! Or your best, whichever you think he will remember longest! Oh hell! Just give him all our best! Heh!

USA, all the way!

ValhallaMike on February 9, 2007 at 2:40 PM

Hey, that ‘Fest Tent looks WAY too familiar. Light sets and all. I think I lived there for about 3 months. Then I really started living it up on the amenities. I got MUCH nicer tent.

BohicaTwentyTwo on February 9, 2007 at 2:43 PM

I wonder if you still get a 4 cigarette pack with a meal ration? I doubt it. I recall opening up a can in 1969 that
was marked it had been canned in the 50’s. Great stuff, those “amenities” !!

gary on February 9, 2007 at 3:10 PM

Excellent Vent–very well done. Just another example of why our troops are the best of us, and why those who would disparage them are the worst of us. LTC David Hunt, who’s always worth listening to, said on FOX that he can’t imagine a “military analyst” being more out of touch with our servicemembers than Arkin is.

I wonder if you still get a 4 cigarette pack with a meal ration? I doubt it. I recall opening up a can in 1969 that was marked it had been canned in the 50’s. Great stuff, those “amenities” !!

gary on February 9, 2007 at 3:10 PM

Nope, no smokes. That would be politically incorrect. But you do get some toilet paper, and you can never have too much of that in the field.

Thanks for the reminder. I haven’t had a MRE since I left the Army in 1988 and I am still trying to forget them! I hear today’s MRE’s are much better tasting than the ones I ate, but that’s like saying a log is much softer to sleep on than a boulder.

RedinBlueCounty on February 9, 2007 at 1:34 PM

They aren’t bad, not to me, anyway. (Except the Thai Chicken–Thai Chicken and I do not get along.) But then I’ve been known to eat things that would gag a maggot.

ReubenJCogburn on February 9, 2007 at 3:27 PM

May God bless those brave men and women and punish them with many children.

Kevin M on February 9, 2007 at 3:29 PM

wonder if you still get a 4 cigarette pack with a meal ration? I doubt it. I recall opening up a can in 1969 that
was marked it had been canned in the 50’s. Great stuff, those “amenities” !!

gary on February 9, 2007 at 3:10 PM

Damn old man, I served from 77 – 99 and the cigarettes were history even back then. I started with “C” rations and ended up with the MRE’s (Meals Rejected by Ethiopians. Thye have a whole bunch of new and different ones now. Our choices were so few that the troops learned which meal was which in the box just by it’s location. I started mixing them up so the same guy didn’t always get the ham slices every day.
PS The oatmeal bar does wonders to plug radiator leaks. And comes in real handy if you ever have to spend 72 hours in a hide position.

LakeRuins on February 9, 2007 at 3:50 PM

Great vent. It puts things in perspective, although I believe it didn’t go far enough in showing some of the harshness that soldiers put up with.

A shot of Little Pinch* Arkin putting his skis in the SUV shown with a shot of soldiers sitting in cargo net seating on a C141 after flying 16 hours straight would have been great.
Those who have flown a 141 know what I mean.

Arkin’s cluelessness on this suggests he never deployed further than the sporting goods section of the PX.

(*Little Pinch: a raving lefty member of the media. Military hating optional)

91Veteran on February 9, 2007 at 4:12 PM

I’m shocked that our resident trolls haven’t had anything to say about this yet…….
I guess they are preparing a full production video rebuttal at Fort McNair and Andrews AFB or some such. Yeah, that’s it, Arkin was talking about the Generals. I hope they get some mileage out of my suggestion.

TBinSTL on February 9, 2007 at 5:25 PM

EXCELLENT!

LegendHasIt on February 9, 2007 at 5:36 PM

For them, those last 4 months were total luxury. A roof over their head, a kitchen, showers with running water, even if it was never hot. Never mind the daily mortar’s or RPG’s because those were nothing compared to what they dealt with outside the wire every day..

Aww, the joys of living on the Pakistan border for a year – nothing like having those obscene amenities, eh Arkin?

Tink on February 9, 2007 at 12:32 PM

From the bottom of my heart, Tink, thank you for your service and sacrifice. Thank you so very much.

techno_barbarian on February 9, 2007 at 6:14 PM

Tink’s husband was with some of the fine individuals that made sure I could go outside the wire and not get blowed up real good…

Is it wrong for me to admit I like most MREs?

I was damned grateful for 1/6th of a 19′ x 38′ plywood hut, and mostly working showers…I wonder what Mr. Arkin lives in?

major john on February 9, 2007 at 7:12 PM

.

I got MUCH nicer tent.

definition of “much nicer” = it had a floor.

I still rember the 130 degree heat, no floor and no A/C. That is when we weren’t sleeping on the ground or on the hoods of our trucks. How “obscene”…

BadBrad on February 9, 2007 at 7:39 PM

THE BEST VENT TO DATE!!!!Thanks Hot Air you guys say it , without having to say a word. I would love to see this one FOX News Sunday Show it would wake a few people up about the real amenities………..LOL lefty Arkins hasn’t a clue or a brain……….

bones47 on February 9, 2007 at 8:21 PM

Great Vent. Michelle, Bryan, you guys are gifted. Thanks.

O’Reilly is talking to Sen. Cornyn of TX and Gen. McInerney now about that “low life scum bag”, weasel Arkin.

And like all the commenters here, my prayers and thanks to all who serve our Great Country. May God Bless you all.

Zorro on February 9, 2007 at 8:32 PM

Credit goes to Sout al Kuffar for putting this one together. We love their work, glad you like it, too, and plan to collaborate on many more projects!

Michelle on February 9, 2007 at 8:58 PM

Ah, these guys have gone soft on us. They have got it made. Unlike the old MCIs, their MREs do not have Ham and Lima Beans. (Known in my day as ham and &*^%$(*&s.)
On the other hand, those RPGs and IEDs (we called them B-40s and SFD for self-firing device) are no friendlier than they used to be.
Anyway, I reckon we will pull through all right if they do not forget the difference between their Hay Foot and their Straw Foot. I better go now, those photos are resurrecting memories. May the Good Lord Bless Them All!.

Oilpatcher on February 9, 2007 at 9:58 PM

Excellent, excellent, excellent.

Catie96706 on February 9, 2007 at 10:23 PM

Arkin couldn’t even handle being asked questions by O’Reilly’s camera crew. I’d almost opt for sharia just to watch him being crushed by a large stone in a stadium.

TugboatPhil on February 9, 2007 at 10:10 AM

LOL!!!

warriorlawyer on February 9, 2007 at 10:26 PM

I am deeply grateful to each and every one of you, Our Finest, who have fought and suffered so much to protect and defend me and my family and the rest of us pampered, spoiled, undisiplined, and ungrateful Americans.

I am ashamed of a large incoherently vocal segment of our population. Like you, not all of us are the way we’re portrayed in the msm.

Do what you need to succeed in your Missions. You, above so many of the rest of us, understand the vital need for our Victory. I, and my family, support and greatly encourage your success.

Piss ’em off. Go ahead and win this thing.

techno_barbarian on February 9, 2007 at 10:50 PM

Our Soldiers live like this, fight, and some die, so that scum like Arkin and some of the KPOS bunch can spew “I hate America”.

Thank you Soldiers for prtecting our amenities, and idiots like them too. If only they would get it…

You are simply superior to all of us!!!

Entelechy on February 10, 2007 at 12:42 AM

Great job Michelle!

Per the old addage “less is more”, this vent illustrates exactly how clueless the left are and how that ignorance is revealed in their attitude.

csdeven on February 10, 2007 at 9:23 AM

But then I’ve been known to eat things that would gag a maggot.

Sounds like a hot field breakfast, back in my day. (God, saying that makes me feel old). Green eggs (scrambled) and sausage anyone? Disclaimer: I liked the green eggs, most wouldn’t eat them so there was always plenty for me!

BTW, Do they still serve green eggs?

RedinBlueCounty on February 10, 2007 at 11:06 AM

BTW, Do they still serve green eggs?

Yes.

major john on February 10, 2007 at 11:29 AM

I hear today’s MRE’s are much better tasting than the ones I ate, but that’s like saying a log is much softer to sleep on than a boulder.

I think they’ve improved the quality almost to the point of edibility.

Random Numbers (Brian Epps) on February 10, 2007 at 11:30 AM

I think they’ve improved the quality almost to the point of edibility.

Is that because of the little bottle of Tabasco sauce they include now? Man, I wish they would have thought of that in the 80’s!

BTW, Do they still serve green eggs?

Yes.

major john on February 10, 2007 at 11:29 AM

LOL Why am I not surprised?

RedinBlueCounty on February 10, 2007 at 11:53 AM

Credit goes to Sout al Kuffar for putting this one together. We love their work, glad you like it, too, and plan to collaborate on many more projects!

Michelle on February 9, 2007 at 8:58 PM

Many thanks to the good people at Sout al Kuffar for this video. I am looking forward to more of these joint projects.

But I’ll stick with my original comment, Michelle, Bryan, Allahpundit, Ian; you all possess an extraordinary gift of communicating. Faced with dozens stories to present every day, you screen out the “static” and present to us those issues which are most pressing. And when the world gets a little too intense, you give us a break by making us laugh.

Thank you for your dedication. Thanks.

Zorro on February 10, 2007 at 2:19 PM