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December 20, 2004

Random synaptic activity...

Item the first. Via the Puddle Pirate, we come upon this: A project to determine whether or not, in fact, guns kill people. Or even if guns equipped with bayonets go out and commit drive-by bayonetings. We here at the Castle may provide a rifle grenade, so that we can also check whether assault rifles that have rifle grenades handy in fact go and lob grenades around, too.

Item the second. Joanie, Protest Warrior, is out taking on the supporters of confessed deserter Pablo Paredes. Proud to be a friend of Joanie! Get some, Girl!

Item the third: A most excellent round-up of the Red Ensign Brigade! 'Ware the Canadians Militant!

Item the fourth: Street fighting in Baghdad, from A Day In Iraq. Worth it for the "oh what a relief it is" during the firefight scene, which comes immediately after this excerpt:

An instant later, small arms fire erupted from the woodline at my 11 o'clock, the rounds whistling over my head. Until this moment I didn't realize how little cover I actually had, especially from that angle. Pissed off at being shot at again, with little or no cover, I strained to see someone. All I could see was smoke and the rustling of leaves from their fire. Hopelessly looking for better cover with none to be found, Sgt. W and I have a quick laugh before responding. Nobody else seemed to know where the fire was coming from, so I fired in that same area, to try and supress if nothing else. Once I started, everyone else started firing in the same direction. Sgt. W fired two 203 rounds, one starting a small fire in the woods. The firing from the woodline ceased shortly thereafter. I have no idea if I hit or came close to hitting anyone.

Welcome to a description of small unit combat our fathers, grandfathers, and great-grandfathers would recognize.

By the way, Michael Moore - Michael of A Day In Iraq is not impressed. At all. In fact, ya might say he's a little peeved with you and your ilk.

Item the fifth: Eric, the Straight White Guy, does a link fest to "Piano Man" If you aren't a blogger, you have NO IDEA how much work that was. If you are - well go see if yer in it!

Item sixtus: Tammi, the Road Warrior, wonders what your favorite Christmas music is. I am constitutionally unable to narrow it down to just one. I go for Carol of the Bells, instrumental or voice, and O Come All Ye Faithful - except I prefer it in Latin, as Adeste Fideles. If ya wanna try out your latin - the lyric is in the Flash Traffic.

Adeste, fideles,
Laeti triumphantes,
Venite, venite in Bethlehem.
Natum videte
Regem angelorum.
||: Venite adoremus, :||

En grege relicto,
Humiles ad cunas
Vocati pastores approperant.
Et nos ovanti
Gradu festinemus;
||: Venite adoremus, :||

Stella duce, Magi
Christum adorantes
Aurum, tus, et myrrham dant munera.
Iesu infanti
Corda praebeamus;
||: Venite adoremus. :||

Cantet nunc hymnos
Chorus angelorum;
Cantet nunc aula caelestium:
"Gloria, gloria
In excelsis Deo!"
||: Venite adoremus, :||

Deum de Deo,
Lumen de Lumine,
Gestant puellae viscera,
Deum verum,
Genitum non factum.
||: Venite adoremus. :||

Aeterni Parentis
splendorem aeternum,
Velatum sub carne videbimus;
Deum infantem
pannis involutem.
||: Venite adoremus. :||

Pro nobis egenum
et foeno cubantem,
Piis foveamus amplexibus.
Sic nos amantem
quis non redamaret?
||: Venite adoremus. :||

Ergo qui natus
die hodierna
Iesu tibi sit gloria
Patris aeterni
Verbum caro factum
||: Venite adoremus. :||

"Adeste fideles" was written around 1742 by an Englishman named John Francis Wade who was employed at the Roman Catholic Center at Douay, France. In 1841 Frederick Oakeley translated it into English and then in 1852 again translated the hymn into the English words known today - "O Come, All Ye Faithful."

Info (with lyrics in other languages) from this website.