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February 26, 2005

A little oleo.

We're gonna start with this, cause it's purty. The USS Honolulu.

Next, SWWBO's Carnival of the Recipes #28 is up, ably hosted this week with a Space Theme by Rocket Jones.

As Dbie the ZoomieSis points out, The Questing Cat is home, well, kinda - back at the Division's base in Schweinfurt, Germany. We all have read the pre-game activities and have been watching the game - it looks like the Cat is going to show us a window into the post-game. I recommend you go read and follow that story... because for many soldiers, this represents the beginning of the rest of their lives... and will set the tone for how they approach it and how successful they are in living it. The difference between making a living and a life, and sleeping on a park bench.

We are sitting through a multitude of soporific briefings. The longest is of course our day 2, our “Don’t beat your wife or girlfriend or kids while drinking all the beer in Schweinfurt and contemplating killing yourself” day. We receive chaplains brief on combat stress and strains in our lives. I wonder if we are chasing something.

Go read the rest. Blogspawn SGT B has his own take.

WillyShake, a sailor-turned-academic, points us to Victor Davis Hanson's weekly column, and offers his own thoughts on the subject. What do you guys think?

Blogspawn SGT B, of The Gun Line, sends us to Little Green Footballs (I spent all day yesterday in a seminar, and all last night with SWWBO (ahem) so I'm waaay behind in my blog reading. The LGF post is regarding a traveling exhibit by the American Friends Service Committee (the Quakers) regarding the War in Iraq. I wonder if the Ghost of a Flea has a comment, from his Quaker perspective?

Go, read, ponder, act as you see fit. Let us know what you think.

If you notice that I'm not offering opinions, it's an old military thang. The senior guys keep their mouths shut so the junior guys will express their opinions about a topic, and make their own recommendations, rather than mold their response to the senior guys opinions. While that doesn't strictly apply on a blog... I find it generally will encourage the non-regular commenters to speak up. I can't get you regulars to shut up... much less keep you from hijacking the threads....

Dbie points us to another new milblog, Sic Vis Pacem, Para Bellum who is new on the ground in Iraq. He's also covering the distaff side. One to watch, and see how his voice develops. Guns Up!, soldier. I think, if he can keep on the correct side of the line... it should be an interesting read - he's a Military Intelligence specialist. And while they've always been critical - in the war we are fighting now, they are the drivers, enablers, and basis of success. And his current top post, well, that talks to a problem many of us soldiers have had to face. Thought for the day - the Senior Leaders should read blogs. Not with an eye to censor - but to see into their soldiers in ways you simply can't otherwise. I don't care how much your soldiers like/love/respect you - they won't talk like this to your face.

Chris sends this along to torture the Armorer. Bad Chris!

Heading back to Sailors... Dusty linked to Michelle Malkin's takedown of Ward Churchill - I'll link to Commander Salamander's.



Little Melissa comes home from first grade and tells her father that they learned about the history of Valentine's Day. "Since Valentine's Day is for a Christian saint and we're Jewish," she asks, "will God get mad at me for giving someone a valentine?

Melissa's father thinks a bit, and then says "No, I don't think God would get mad. Who do you want to give a valentine to?"

"Osama Bin Laden," she says

"Why Osama Bin Laden," her father asks in shock.

"Well," she says, "I thought that if a little American Jewish girl could have enough love to give Osama a valentine, he might start to think that maybe we're not all bad, and maybe start loving people a little bit.

And if other kids saw what I did and sent valentines to Osama, he'd love everyone a lot. And then he'd start going all over the place to tell everyone how much he loved them and how he didn't hate anyone anymore."

Her father's heart swells and he looks at his daughter with newfound pride.

"Melissa, that's the most wonderful thing I've ever heard."

"I know," Melissa says, "and once that gets him out in the open, the Marines could blow the crap out of him."

Hat tip to Rich B.

Okay, let's close with this. Honolulu and Polar Bears. Not a combination that comes readily to mind, is it?

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