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February 09, 2005

An omnibus to get started today.

First off, Bill the Rotorhead spams me (a good thing when it's usable) with this:

A chicken and an egg are lying in bed.

The chicken is leaning against the headboard smoking a cigarette, with a satisfied smile on it's face. The egg, looking a bit pissed off, grabs the sheet, rolls over, and says,

"Well, I guess we finally answered THAT question!

A little historical trivia:

1799 West Indies: USS Constellation captures frigate L'Insurgente - We'll get our current L'Insurgente problem under control too, I'm sure.

1904 Japan declares war on Russia, one day after initiating hostilities - Hmmm, start of a trend there, eh?

1916 Britain institutes conscription - think about that - they managed to feed the beast that was the Trenches in Tregonsee's only accepted fashion for almost 2 years...

1942 War Time (Double Daylight Savings) goes into effect in US
1943 FDR orders minimal 48 hour work week in war industry - these two items combine to remind us of the last time we fought a war as a War, and not as an afterthought to day-to-day commerce.

1964 GI Joe "action figure" created - Happy Birthday, Joe! Sorry about that hostage thing. Just keep focused on the Code of Conduct.

2001 Sub USS Greeneville sinks Ehime Maru while surfacing. That was a black day both for the victims and the Submarine Force. I'll credit the Captain of the Greenville for accepting responsibility with no cavils.

Lastly - judging from some comments, there are readers who don't truly understand the Castle and the Arsenal at the Castle. This should help. A view of one of the rooms containing the Arsenal at Castle Argghhh! (fuller views available by clicking on the Castle or the machine gun on the left sidebar). This is actually a somewhat dated pic. The Vickers machine gun in the center now sports an ammo-box holder.

Hi-res version here.