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January 25, 2006

Military News of Note.

Here's a story that will no doubt put some academic knickers in a twist - colleges and universities are actually coming to visit Fort Leavenworth to see how we're building the new classroom building for the Command and General Staff College - the Lewis and Clark Center. A moving target, pushing the state of the art as we go. I would note that the construction features mentioned have Oklahoma City, and not the New Madrid fault, in mind.

The article here makes this sound almost like a new invention... I'm guessing the Vultures among us could rule on that - New, or a reinvention of something we'd had before? The Downed Aircraft Recovery Team, or DART.

I still have trouble understanding how the anti-war (more accurately, anti-Bush, true anti-war types would *not* be supportive) can utter supportive things about the jihadis who are boobytrapping schools. Oh, I forgot - heretics and girls interested in being educated are valid targets, too. Progressive bunch, this fellas.

Heh. While I understand the purely practical aspects of this - and the Usual Suspects won't care if we do it at Leavenworth or an unclaimed rock somewhere, I'd have thought we'd release this info on a Friday, if only to to bury it in the weekend news cycle. Of course, we haven't executed anyone since 1961, so there's obviously no rush, either.

I'm not sure I'm with Austin Bay on the actual status of the Canadian military - but I agree with the general thrust of his op-ed on the subject.

I was pretty much going to ignore this piece of fluff from Joel Stein, simply because it really wasn't a new view from the Usual Suspects. But Hugh Hewitt interviewed Mr. Stein yesterday, regarding his column - and the transcript of the interview is fun. If I'm being too light and airy on this poseur and you'd like a little red meat - go visit Ms. Cassandra.

The inventor of the Harley-Davidson motorcycle, Arthur Davidson, died and went to heaven. At the gates, St. Peter told Arthur. "Since you've been such a good man and your motorcycles have changed the world, your reward is, you can hang out with anyone you want to in heaven."

Arthur thought about it for a minute and then said, "I want to hang out with God." St. Peter took Arthur to the Throne Room, and introduced him to God. God recognized Arthur and commented, "Okay, so you were the one who invented the Harley-Davidson motorcycle?"

Arthur said, "Yeah, that's me...."

God commented: "Well, what's the big deal in inventing something that's pretty unstable, makes noise and pollution and can't run without a road?"

Arthur was apparently embarrassed, but finally spoke, "Excuse me, but aren't you the inventor of woman?" God said, "Ah, yes."
"Well," said Arthur, "professional to professional, you have some major design flaws in your invention:

1. There's too much inconsistency in the front-end protrusion
2. It chatters constantly at high speeds
3. Most rear ends are too soft and wobble too much
4. The intake is placed way too close to the exhaust
5. The maintenance costs are outrageous!!!!

"Hmmmmm, you may have some good points there," replied God, "hold on." God went to his Celestial supercomputer, typed in a few words and waited for the results. The computer printed out a slip of paper and God read it. "Well, it may be true that my invention is flawed," God said to Arthur, "but according to these numbers, more men are riding my invention than yours."