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Title: “SEAL Team Six: Memoirs of an Elite Navy SEAL Sniper”

Authors: Howard E. Wasdin and Stephen Templin

Rank: 5

Blurb: “SEAL Team Six is a secret unit tasked with counterterrorism, hostage rescue, and counterinsurgency. In this dramatic, behind-the-scenes chronicle, Howard Wasdin takes readers deep inside the world of Navy SEALS and Special Forces snipers, beginning with the grueling selection process of Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) — the toughest and longest military training in the world.”

Review: “These authors couldn’t have picked a better time (or title) to release this book, given their subject’s global fame with the bin Laden operation. On the other hand, the guy about to release his book called ‘Where’s the Birth Certificate?’ picked the absolute worst time to drop his!”

Customers Also Bought: Umpteen other SEAL books, plus “William & Catherine: Their Story”, by Andrew Morton.

Footnote: Despite the timing — official publication Tuesday — this is not an instant book. It was actually acquired a year ago, with previous plans to publish May 24. And by all accounts — including his nephew’s high-school report in 2003 — Wasdin is the real deal, a SEAL who “had both of his legs nearly blown off” during the Black Hawk Down incident.

SEAL Team Six [Amazon]

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Team Six?

It doesn’t exist. Never existed. Never will exist. It’s not now known as the Special Warfare Development Group aka Dev Group.

FYI, the pretraining (not a real word) for BUD/S is crazy. We’re talking a minimum requirement of 400 pushups, 400 sit ups and 100 pullups and running 4 miles in 22 minutes.

I was happy doing 200/200/40 and 4 miles in 25 minutes (not anywhere close to that now.)

@ManchuCandidate: I could probably get that done in 22 days, with regular pizza and beer breaks of course.

@ManchuCandidate: I could not do a pullup to save my life.

@Dodgerblue: An old Eugene friend, now also in Sandy Eggo, asked me the other day how I did in high school, to which I trotted out an old line I haven’t used in years: “Straight A’s. And a Gentleman’s C in P.E.”

Actually I couldn’t either in High school. I think I nearly gave myself an aneurysm.

The first time I ever did 10 in a row was one of the happier days of my life.

FYI, Firefox 4 sucks. It clogged up my once smooth running Macbook. I ended up reinstalling 3.6.17 and dumping 4.

@ManchuCandidate: Mr Cyn loaded that piece of my crap on my Air and I hate it–crashes everything. His computer got broken on the hellish return from Oz so we’re sharing. I don’t like sharing. Never did.

Firefox 4 is working well on my Vaio. As a webdev, I program on the worst browser so I know where the low bar is. I don’t bother using anything but Safari on my Mac, though, unless I’m testing applications. In which case, FF4 for OS X does seem to suck it big.

@ManchuCandidate: @hunkamonkiman: and Mistress Cynica, too. Thanks to you all for confirming our lucky escape. My husband tried to load FF4 on our Mac OS X twice, to no avail. I am no more computer-savvy than he is, but I don’t have tremors and I’m no longer afraid to just try things and see if anything works, so I tried to load it and concluded it couldn’t be done. Now I see that we were lucky that we failed to load it.

@lynnlightfoot: FF may be fine on PCs, but it does not play well with Macs. I use Safari or Chrome on my Mac and Chrome on the PC at work. FF seem to have become IE-like bloatware.

@hunkamonkiman: I work the opposite direction: Safari first, looking over my shoulder at Mac FF, while I’m developing, because that’s how a site is supposed to look. Then I switch to the Dark Side and see what Explorer fucks up.

Although in most cases I can now very happily ignore IE 6, which makes life a lot easier.

@Mistress Cynica: I’ve heard that Chrome allows for a work around to the NYT paywall. But I’m all about surfing Safari.

@Nabisco: Chrome incognito window evades the paywall.

Speaking of the New York Times, here is a real clue/answer combo (121 across) from the Sunday crossword:

Best-looking rear ends?

Top bottoms.

why are you all speaking in tongues when MC has disputed something BIG. ‘splain MC!!!

@redmanlaw: HAHAHA

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