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2014-03-14 05:12:29 PM

Target Builder: Subby's obviously never been hungry.


Done in two. MREs aren't *that* bad. I've had military MREs and civilian MREs. Both are world's better than starving to death. A few dishes I found are actually preferable to their non-MRE counterparts.
 
Al!
2014-03-14 05:13:34 PM

To The Escape Zeppelin!: "The U.S. also is keeping the naval aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush in the Mediterranean Sea for several more days, as part of the U.S. effort to reassure allies in the region in the wake of Russia's military intervention into Ukraine's Crimea region."

To repeat from another thread, why bother? We all know that the US isn't going to do anything to stop Russia. Crimea is going to vote for independence, Russia will send troops in to "ensure peace", and the West will threaten weak sanctions and sternly worded letters. Putin will move onto the next Russian speaking area and the Western politicians will go on wondering why he refuses to conform to the nice post-WWII world that they imagined existed.

I don't have an answer to the situation but can we stop acting like the UN on a particularly incompetent day?


Crimea can only vote for independence.  The options are 1) Join the Russian Federation, or 2) restore the 1992 Crimean Constitution and remain a part of Ukraine.  It sounds like #2 is keeping Crimea a part of Ukraine, but the 1992 Constitution had a severe seperatist lean to it, which was why it was abolished in the first place.  The current Crimean Constitution has stipulations that keep central power in Kiev, like veto power over any legislation the Crimean Parliament enacts, which would include this referendum.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crimean_referendum,_2014
 
2014-03-14 05:15:09 PM

TerminalEchoes: Target Builder: Subby's obviously never been hungry.

Done in two. MREs aren't *that* bad. I've had military MREs and civilian MREs. Both are world's better than starving to death. A few dishes I found are actually preferable to their non-MRE counterparts.


Case in point: Beans and Franks from the Canadian IMPs.
 
2014-03-14 05:17:51 PM

EatenTheSun: What caliber ammo are they looking for? I can probably part with some of my stash.


So YOU are the dickwad who's causing this damn ammo shortage?
 
2014-03-14 05:18:16 PM
No.
 
2014-03-14 05:19:34 PM

Pick13: MRE's have been great for the last ten years. In the 80's the Army spent millions of dollars hiring top chiefs and new techniques to shed the MRE (Meals Rejected by Ethiopians) image.


There was a great pictorial story in the Daily Mail evaluating field rations from different countries.

/on phone, can't link.
 
2014-03-14 05:20:07 PM

Oldiron_79: pyrotek85: Tazandra: Hey now, some MRE'S are pretty damn tasty. :)

Yeah the recent ones I've tried were pretty good, all things considered. Now the original ones I heard were pretty bad.

MRE is gourmet compared to C ration.


I used to like C rations.
 
2014-03-14 05:28:45 PM

The Bestest: demaL-demaL-yeH: You would. Skittles taste like aluminum foil.

Skittles are awesome. What's wrong with you?


Maybe he doesnt like being shot at
 
2014-03-14 05:36:39 PM
Kabul
Afghanistan
Take Shahrara Rd and Kolula Pushta Rd to Salang Wat/A76
5.6 km / 8 min
Continue on A76. Take M-39 and A-380 to R-173
1,464 km / 18 h 40 min
Drive
391 km / 6 h 7 min
Take E-40/Р-1, E40, R-110, A-27 and Е40 to А154 in Астраханская область, Россия. Exit from Е119
894 km / 13 h 34 min
Continue on А154. Take ш. Ростов - Элиста and ш. Ростов - Элиста to Шахты - Новошахтинск/М19 in Ростовская область
702 km / 8 h 19 min
Follow M03 and E40 to вул. Шовковична/ул. Шелковичная in Київ, Україна
884 km / 10 h 58 min
Continue on вул. Шовковична. Drive to вул. Архітектора Городецького/ул. Архитектора Городецкого
2.1 km / 4 min
Turn right onto вул. Шовковична/ул. Шелковичная
1.0 km
Turn left onto Instytutska St
450 m
Turn left onto вул. Ольгинська/ул. Ольгинская
200 m
Take the 1st right onto вул. Архітектора Городецького/ул. Архитектора Городецкого
450 m
Kiev
Kyiv city, Ukraine

 58 hours easey peesey
 
2014-03-14 05:37:12 PM

The Bestest: demaL-demaL-yeH: You would. Skittles taste like aluminum foil.

Skittles are awesome. What's wrong with you?


Skittles are awful. What's wrong with you?

Want proof? Set a bowl of skittles and a bowl of M&Ms (which are fairly vile themselves) next to each other on a table at a party and observe.
 
2014-03-14 05:40:03 PM

theotherles: Oldiron_79: pyrotek85: Tazandra: Hey now, some MRE'S are pretty damn tasty. :)

Yeah the recent ones I've tried were pretty good, all things considered. Now the original ones I heard were pretty bad.

MRE is gourmet compared to C ration.

I used to like C rations.


I am up to 4,000 rounds.
Which is a lot, but not as much as one might think.
 
2014-03-14 05:40:12 PM
Vlad_the_Inaner:
Kabul
Afghanistan
Take Shahrara Rd and Kolula Pushta Rd to Salang Wat/A76


Oops, that was how the get the surplus military vehicles from Afghanistan to Ukraine.

Easy drive.   Right through Russia.
 
2014-03-14 05:41:14 PM

demaL-demaL-yeH: The Bestest: demaL-demaL-yeH: You would. Skittles taste like aluminum foil.

Skittles are awesome. What's wrong with you?

Skittles are awful. What's wrong with you?

Want proof? Set a bowl of skittles and a bowl of M&Ms (which are fairly vile themselves) next to each other on a table at a party and observe.


You are weird.

/braces for lamda Lamda to relate his oddness to judaism.
 
2014-03-14 05:41:34 PM

Tazandra: Hey now, some MRE'S are pretty damn tasty. :)


This.  I'm going to guess subby hasn't eaten many of the modern MREs.
 
2014-03-14 05:42:00 PM

Igor Jakovsky: The Bestest: demaL-demaL-yeH: You would. Skittles taste like aluminum foil.

Skittles are awesome. What's wrong with you?

Maybe he doesnt like being shot at


Nobody likes being on the receiving end of launched ordnance.
 
2014-03-14 05:43:30 PM
sadsack.org
 
2014-03-14 05:44:57 PM

Smackledorfer: demaL-demaL-yeH: The Bestest: demaL-demaL-yeH: You would. Skittles taste like aluminum foil.

Skittles are awesome. What's wrong with you?

Skittles are awful. What's wrong with you?

Want proof? Set a bowl of skittles and a bowl of M&Ms (which are fairly vile themselves) next to each other on a table at a party and observe.

You are weird.

/braces for lamda Lamda to relate his oddness to judaism.


No. Skittles are vile. Tthey taste like sugared and artificially flavored aluminum foil.
(It was a dare. I was eight. I made a quarter. Totally not worth it.)
 
2014-03-14 05:49:35 PM

Vlad_the_Inaner: Vlad_the_Inaner:
Kabul
Afghanistan
Take Shahrara Rd and Kolula Pushta Rd to Salang Wat/A76

Oops, that was how the get the surplus military vehicles from Afghanistan to Ukraine.

Easy drive.   Right through Russia.


I see a problem with your cunning plan.
 
2014-03-14 05:51:02 PM

demaL-demaL-yeH: Smackledorfer: demaL-demaL-yeH: The Bestest: demaL-demaL-yeH: You would. Skittles taste like aluminum foil.

Skittles are awesome. What's wrong with you?

Skittles are awful. What's wrong with you?

Want proof? Set a bowl of skittles and a bowl of M&Ms (which are fairly vile themselves) next to each other on a table at a party and observe.

You are weird.

/braces for lamda Lamda to relate his oddness to judaism.

No. Skittles are vile. Tthey taste like sugared and artificially flavored aluminum foil.
(It was a dare. I was eight. I made a quarter. Totally not worth it.)


You are retarded. Sugar tastes great.

It may be stupid to indulge, but sugar is delicious.
 
2014-03-14 05:55:18 PM

To The Escape Zeppelin!: "The U.S. also is keeping the naval aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush in the Mediterranean Sea for several more days, as part of the U.S. effort to reassure allies in the region in the wake of Russia's military intervention into Ukraine's Crimea region."

To repeat from another thread, why bother? We all know that the US isn't going to do anything to stop Russia. Crimea is going to vote for independence, Russia will send troops in to "ensure peace", and the West will threaten weak sanctions and sternly worded letters. Putin will move onto the next Russian speaking area and the Western politicians will go on wondering why he refuses to conform to the nice post-WWII world that they imagined existed.

I don't have an answer to the situation but can we stop acting like the UN on a particularly incompetent day?


The EU has drawn a list up of all Putins oligarch friends.

Come monday all their assets in the EU will be frozen. And they will find that they can't gain entry visas either, which kinda sucks since they have property in the EU.

Sure, that won't destroy the Russian economy. But this is more satisfying.
 
2014-03-14 05:55:26 PM

TinyFist: Tazandra: Hey now, some MRE'S are pretty damn tasty. :)

The mac 'n beef ones are the bomb if you use the whole tabasco bottle on it.

Other than that they suck.


Yeah, I tried not to use all my Tobasco...for some reason I loved saving the bottles.

And everything tasted better when you could wash it down with M&M's and a couple of Chicklits.

The self-heating ones were way better than the older ones. Eff the crackers, tho...Bleh!
 
2014-03-14 05:57:00 PM

demaL-demaL-yeH: Tazandra: Hey now, some MRE'S are pretty damn tasty. :)

Somebody's feeling nostalgic.
/And at least suffering second stage oldtimer's.
//Tabasco is your friend. Mr. Grenade without his pin is not.


I hope you're not referencing me, as I'm pretty young, and female to boot.
 
2014-03-14 05:59:16 PM
I liked MREs. Enjoyed them much more as a soldier than the C-Rations they fed us when I first joined. Now get off my lawn before I smack you with this ham patty.
 
2014-03-14 05:59:57 PM
 
2014-03-14 06:00:39 PM

demaL-demaL-yeH: Um, dude, that's not how they're heated, eh.


Yeah, but where are they going to find a rock or something?
 
2014-03-14 06:03:44 PM
All you have to do to heat them is break this little silver circle that is inside of the large clear plastic bag, after you have added water from your canteen and then plop your bag o' food into the water...which suddenly starts boiling. It goes from cold to nuke-your-titties hot in a flash.
 
2014-03-14 06:05:41 PM
...which reminds me it's very similar to those hand warmers that you can take with you on hunting trips...pop the circle that's inside of it and shake it up and then put it in your gloves or seat or whatever. Except not as strong as the MRE broil-the-tatas ones.
 
2014-03-14 06:07:53 PM

Tazandra: Hey now, some MRE'S are pretty damn tasty. :)


This.
 
2014-03-14 06:08:40 PM

demaL-demaL-yeH: stevarooni: Okay, that's...better, 25,000 cases of MREs.  Not much of a response "to a wide-ranging request from that country for some rifles, ammunition, medicine and other supplies for its troops. "

Bandages, bullets, and beans.

/Those poor, soon-to-be constipated bastards.


it took me three days to pass chicken ala king...3 DAYS!

/damn you pre mobilization training!
 
2014-03-14 06:10:54 PM
The chicken and rice was ok.  Worst comes to worse just eat the m&m's.
 
2014-03-14 06:13:42 PM

demaL-demaL-yeH: The Bestest: demaL-demaL-yeH: You would. Skittles taste like aluminum foil.

Skittles are awesome. What's wrong with you?

Skittles are awful. What's wrong with you?

Want proof? Set a bowl of skittles and a bowl of M&Ms (which are fairly vile themselves) next to each other on a table at a party and observe.


Or take a bowl and mix it half M&Ms and half skittles and watch people have a mind=blown reaction to having a bowl of mixed itty bittycandies.

Then when you are ready for Maximum awesomeness add some reeses pieces to the mix.
 
2014-03-14 06:17:57 PM
I pick up one or two every time we shop at Beale AFB (retired Marine).  They are great when my wife travels.  And if you don't use the heaters you can make a small explosive out of one.
 
2014-03-14 06:27:04 PM
This calls for lots of:

smilesandwich.com

And..........

media.giphy.com

Gourmet Meal Ready To Eat!
 
2014-03-14 06:27:53 PM
The old C-Rat pound cake was awesome.
Shaped like the can in which it came.
 
2014-03-14 06:30:15 PM

Tazandra: demaL-demaL-yeH: Tazandra: Hey now, some MRE'S are pretty damn tasty. :)

Somebody's feeling nostalgic.
/And at least suffering second stage oldtimer's.
//Tabasco is your friend. Mr. Grenade without his pin is not.

I hope you're not referencing me, as I'm pretty young, and female to boot.


O.o
1. I don't boot anybody, female or no.

2.  skreened.com

(You do not wish to make a close acquaintance with a grenade that is ert.)
 
2014-03-14 06:35:34 PM

Cowboy Bebop at His Computer: demaL-demaL-yeH: Um, dude, that's not how they're heated, eh.

Yeah, but where are they going to find a rock or something?


Something.   Something else.
 
2014-03-14 06:35:50 PM

Whistling Kitty Chaser: We should send them some MRAPs and HMMWVs. I hear we have some spares we're trying to get rid of.


for real... this would be a good use of them...
 
2014-03-14 06:39:16 PM

Oldiron_79: demaL-demaL-yeH: The Bestest: demaL-demaL-yeH: You would. Skittles taste like aluminum foil.

Skittles are awesome. What's wrong with you?

Skittles are awful. What's wrong with you?
Want proof? Set a bowl of skittles and a bowl of M&Ms (which are fairly vile themselves) next to each other on a table at a party and observe.

Or take a bowl and mix it half M&Ms and half skittles and watch people have a mind=blown reaction to having a bowl of mixed itty bittycandies.
Then when you are ready for Maximum awesomeness add some reeses pieces to the mix.


I prefer that my guests not spit sticky crap or throw up on my floors.
I was a guest at a party where somebody did that. That look of ultimate betrayal on 8-year-old's faces must have been worth the new carpets for the sadistic bastards.
 
2014-03-14 06:40:09 PM

Tazandra: demaL-demaL-yeH: Tazandra: Hey now, some MRE'S are pretty damn tasty. :)

Somebody's feeling nostalgic.
/And at least suffering second stage oldtimer's.
//Tabasco is your friend. Mr. Grenade without his pin is not.

I hope you're not referencing me, as I'm pretty young, and female to boot.


How you doin?
 
2014-03-14 06:42:33 PM

Smackledorfer: Tazandra: demaL-demaL-yeH: Tazandra: Hey now, some MRE'S are pretty damn tasty. :)

Somebody's feeling nostalgic.
/And at least suffering second stage oldtimer's.
//Tabasco is your friend. Mr. Grenade without his pin is not.

I hope you're not referencing me, as I'm pretty young, and female to boot.

How you doin?


Careful, Tazandra: He's one of those ammo-hoarders.
And he has no taste.
 
2014-03-14 06:46:07 PM

demaL-demaL-yeH: Oldiron_79: demaL-demaL-yeH: The Bestest: demaL-demaL-yeH: You would. Skittles taste like aluminum foil.

Skittles are awesome. What's wrong with you?

Skittles are awful. What's wrong with you?
Want proof? Set a bowl of skittles and a bowl of M&Ms (which are fairly vile themselves) next to each other on a table at a party and observe.

Or take a bowl and mix it half M&Ms and half skittles and watch people have a mind=blown reaction to having a bowl of mixed itty bittycandies.
Then when you are ready for Maximum awesomeness add some reeses pieces to the mix.

I prefer that my guests not spit sticky crap or throw up on my floors.
I was a guest at a party where somebody did that. That look of ultimate betrayal on 8-year-old's faces must have been worth the new carpets for the sadistic bastards.


Well all 3 is a little wierd tasting but Skittles+M&Ms taste like tootsie pop, Skittles+reese's peices taste like PB&J sammich, and m&ms +reese's pieces taste like reese's cups, the best candy of all time EVAR.
 
2014-03-14 06:48:04 PM

JelloBAfro: I liked MREs. Enjoyed them much more as a soldier than the C-Rations they fed us when I first joined. Now get off my lawn before I smack you with this ham patty.


HotIgneous Intruder: The old C-Rat pound cake was awesome.
Shaped like the can in which it came.


The ham patty? Yeah, I decided I'd rather starve.
After you softened them, most of the cakes weren't horrific.

/Old enough that mine had cigarettes in 'em.
//You can join me out on my lawn and drink beer.
 
2014-03-14 06:56:40 PM
If it has not been mentioned, and I have nothing to do with this, there is a Web Site dedicated to MREs that is amusing at mreinfo.com
 
2014-03-14 06:57:28 PM

MadCat221: I liked the Beef Stew... do they still make that one?


You make it yourself an hour after you eat any other MRE.
 
2014-03-14 07:08:23 PM
when i was in kabul (2005-2007) I worked at the US Embassy. We had MRE's in our safe haven. The Security Office in charge of things like safe haven rations noticed that the stock was getting lower. He started asking around. We didn't know what was going on. Then we noticed the TDYer from another office. We never saw him at the dining hall and he was much larger.

evidently, he was eating two or three a day....for over a month. he gained over 20 lbs....and was severely constipated.

the marine security guards also used to have contests to see who could make the largest turd after eating an mre. they wanted me to judge once...i declined.
 
2014-03-14 07:13:04 PM
Anger is the result?
 
2014-03-14 07:17:48 PM

69gnarkill69: EatenTheSun: What caliber ammo are they looking for? I can probably part with some of my stash.

So YOU are the dickwad who's causing this damn ammo shortage?


Nah, I'm at work way before the truck arrives at Academy. But I will buy a box or two if I happen to be there.
 
2014-03-14 07:23:05 PM

TheShavingofOccam123: I bet there's three possible scenarios here.

1. We sent Ukraine standard issue MREs.

2. We sent Ukraine some special-issue 9mm 5.45×39mm , 50 cal 12.7mm, and other caliber MREs.


Fixed that for you. When fighting a proxy war, you never send weapons that could easily be traced back to you. You send a bunch of untraceable, common eastern bloc stuff so you can shrug and say "Well, they could have got those weapons from *anywhere*". It worked in Afghanistan, right?
 
2014-03-14 07:28:18 PM

Tanukis_Parachute: when i was in kabul (2005-2007) I worked at the US Embassy. We had MRE's in our safe haven. The Security Office in charge of things like safe haven rations noticed that the stock was getting lower. He started asking around. We didn't know what was going on. Then we noticed the TDYer from another office. We never saw him at the dining hall and he was much larger.

evidently, he was eating two or three a day....for over a month. he gained over 20 lbs....and was severely constipated.

the marine security guards also used to have contests to see who could make the largest turd after eating an mre. they wanted me to judge once...i declined.


Bless those marines providing entertainment wherever they go
 
2014-03-14 07:42:50 PM

demaL-demaL-yeH: The ham patty? Yeah, I decided I'd rather starve.


Have to disagree here...the bloc-o-ham was about the only edible thing.
/'91-'99 usmc 1371
 
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