ROK Drop

Avatar of GI KoreaBy on November 27th, 2011 at 5:57 am

ROK Drop Open Thread – November 27, 2011

I hope everyone who celebrated Thanksgiving had a good holiday.  Hopefully none of you got trampled on, pepper sprayed, or shot on Black Friday.

  • Conway Eastwood
    6:35 am on November 27th, 2011 1

    I envy those who can afford to prepare a Thanksgiving feast for a dozen people and afford to go shopping on Black Friday, punching and spitting on fellow shoppers.

  • MTB Rider
    11:23 am on November 27th, 2011 2

    I’m thankful that I have a job and the income to feed my friends and relatives on Thanksgiving, and that I was raised to not spit on people or otherwise become an obnoxious jacka** on holidays.

    I’m also thankful that I have the good common sense not to battle the crowds for “bargains” that I can probably find online, from the comfort of my living room.

  • Tbonetylr
    6:28 pm on November 27th, 2011 3

    “Head of Seoul district(Jongno) police station assaulted by FTA protesters”…
    Somebody ought to make a citizens arrest against the police chief if he does in fact stay in hospital for 3 weeks(per Korea Herald) like Jim Nabors in Andy Griffith…

  • JoeC
    7:02 pm on November 27th, 2011 4


    I’ve had a number of occasions to visit people in the hospital in Korea. They often tell me that some of the patients in their ward aren’t as ill as they make out to be. After the regular duty staff is gone for the evening some patients get up, get dressed and leave to go home. They return in the morning before the regular duty staff gets in and fall back into their agony, near death mode.

    My friends tell me it has to do with getting the most out of work compensation and whatever injury claims or suits they have pending.

  • kangaji
    8:14 pm on November 27th, 2011 5

    #4: Exactly what Brendon Carr and RjKoehler have been saying for years.

  • kangaji
    8:36 pm on November 27th, 2011 6

    Anybody have recommendations for Korean language blogs to read?
    Especially interested in Guitard, K, Homeboy, or Kushibo’s recommendations (Diversity of opinion).

  • ChickenHead
    2:30 pm on November 28th, 2011 7

    Q: What’s big and bright and loud and and makes people worried?

    A: The war that is about to start over Syria and, within hours, will spread to Iran, Israel, and Turkey.

    It seems like it is just warming up with all the covert stuff going on… like more “accidental” explosions at strategic sites in Iran and mysterious ambushes on Syrian pilots…

    …not to mention lurking carrier strike groups, friendly embassy warnings for US citizens to leave Syria, the American ambassador to Syria going to the States and deciding to stay there.

    War on the doorstep will take the steam out of those riots over a failed Euro.

    The next year(s) is gonna be real interestin’.

  • Teadrinker
    4:30 pm on November 28th, 2011 8


    Russia is sending warships.

  • kangaji
    5:32 pm on November 28th, 2011 9

    Yes! Continued employment in the Adopt an MSR club!

  • Glans
    6:22 pm on November 28th, 2011 10

    I just commented at the site in Teadrinker 8′s link. They make you jump through one hoop: you have to identify some distorted letters. Maybe that helps to keep spam out. The ROK Drop could consider it.

  • Tbonetylr
    9:51 pm on November 28th, 2011 11

    They are checking to see if a Korean person died of mad cow disease…

  • ChickenHead
    10:29 pm on November 28th, 2011 12


    That just means the war has to start before the Russians get there.

    The headlines all are written as if has already happened or is happening very soon… running from “Russian warships entering Syrian waters” to “Russian warships enter Syrian waters”.

    But the reality is that they are due to arrive…

    …next spring.

    As we speak, the Admiral Kuznetsov is sitting in the Barents Sea and not due to head to the Mediterranean until early December.

    What’s the media up to?

    Very strange.

  • Glans
    11:49 pm on November 28th, 2011 13

    Who are the top global thinkers?
    Alaa al Aswany
    Mohamed Elbaradei, Wael Ghonim
    Ali Ferzat, Razan Zaitouneh
    Rached Ghannouchi, Khairat el Shater
    Tawakkol Karman
    Wadah Khanfar
    Eman al Nafjan, Manal al-Sharif

    No, I can’t identify a single one of them. I did recognize some of the names lower on this list of a hundred, and you will, too. It’s at ForeignPolicy. Among those thinkers asked to choose, “America or China?” most choose America.

  • kangaji
    2:37 am on November 29th, 2011 14

    Thanks for the link Glans.

  • kangaji
    2:39 am on November 29th, 2011 15

    Hmmm they are being asked the question by Americans though…

  • kangaji
    2:47 am on November 29th, 2011 16

    Notice the Pakistanis immediately pick China…

  • Glans
    3:02 am on November 29th, 2011 17

    And they’ve picked well, kangaji. The sooner we drop Pakistan as an ally, the better.

  • Leon LaPorte
    3:06 am on November 29th, 2011 18

    12. We have always been at war with the Eurasian Union…

  • ChickenHead
    4:17 am on November 29th, 2011 19

    Top global thinkers?

    What was the criteria to make the top ten?

    Thinking of new ways to screw a camel?

  • Teadrinker
    4:53 am on November 29th, 2011 20


    Good point. The poop will hit the fan and splatter long before spring.

  • tbonetylr
    7:54 am on November 29th, 2011 21

    Why do you have an open thread, is it to use other people? I think you sometimes notice your fav peeps via “HT” or whatever but I’ve noticed more than once you blogging on things I put on the open thread. So, how do you decide who gets the “HT,” are they just your peeps?

  • Glans
    4:23 pm on November 29th, 2011 22

    Why does the Black See fleet need a supply and maintenance base in Tartus? The Russians should just be nice to their Ukrainian friends, and continue to use Sevastopol.

  • Avatar of GI KoreaGI Korea
    5:28 pm on November 29th, 2011 23

    @21 – I’ll let you in on a secret, just because I post something that someone left a link in the Open Thread on doesn’t mean I got from the Open Thread. Often times I read something over the weekend and have it set to autopost on weekdays long before anyone left a link on the Open Thread.

    If I first read the story via the Open Thread that is when I will give a hat tip to the Open Thread.

  • Beerbelly
    5:49 pm on November 29th, 2011 24

    Here is a story about Defense contractor BAE claiming a Marine Medal of Honor recipient is mentally unstable.

  • kushibo
    7:22 pm on November 29th, 2011 25

    GI Korea, you seem as voracious in reading about Korean news as I am, so I can easily imagine you getting the same news items with or without someone leaving links to it in the Open Thread.

  • Glans
    1:05 am on November 30th, 2011 26

    North Korea continues to work a light-water reactor and uranium enrichment. Its program is peaceful, and it wants to resume negotiations. Reuters reports from Seoul for ChicagoTribune.

    If you’re reading this here for the first time, tip your hat. If not, good for you!

  • Jinro Dukkohbi
    3:36 pm on November 30th, 2011 27

    As CC-K once again can’t award a proper contract, there is complete mayhem at USFK Army installations this morning as hours and gate availability has been sharply curtailed and GIs are manning the gates. In their usual backroom, secret and dirty fashion, it seems that CC-K has awarded the new gate guard contract to a company that has no employees and when it tried to hire some of the former workers of the previous company – :shock: surprise :shock: – none of them wanted to work for crap wages with a crap schedule. So the GIs are paying for CC-K’s negligence yet again. I just think its funny they’re calling it a ‘transition’ when its really a work stoppage. Can’t wait to see where these guys set up their protest lines…

  • Jinro Dukkohbi
    11:32 pm on November 30th, 2011 28

    S&S article related to #27 above – the only update being – that Soldiers ARE manning the gates… :!:


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