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November 28, 2006

H&I* Fires, 28 Nov 2006

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Were-Kitten University? Hmmmmm..... Maybe that's the sort of edjumacation that Jon Carrey was referring to when he told students to "study hard and apply themselves." (via ALa) ~AFSis

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*blink* Doggone -- it worked!

Now all I have to do is figure out how to bargain my soul back from Meffi (Mephistopheles and I are on a first-name basis -- I married his sister) and get about three uninterrupted minutes to post the backlog I've got.

Meantime, I leave you with this thought: Ever notice things began to go to Helena Handbaskette since the Big Three stopped using mechanics to design cars and started hiring "automotive engineers"?

Not to belittle that worthy perfeshun er nuthin' -- but I would never have designed a car that required you to pull the engine just to get at the #6 spark plug during a tune-up. Or stuck the fuse box behind the AC ducting and abutting the steering column... -- BillT

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DO-OH!
Anyone see any missing catchphrases? At a glance, it looks like a pretty good list to me! ~AFSis

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by Denizens on Nov 28, 2006 | TrackBack (0)

November 10, 2006

H&I Fires November 10, 2006

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Well, thank GOD they didn't decide on 20 lashes with a wet noodle! * rolls eyes * ~AFSis
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And let's not forget that it's the Marine's birthday! Via one of my Church Lady friends, I've been reminded why WE LOVE OUR MARINES!!

The United States Marine

MARINES come in all shapes, shades, weights, sizes, & states of sobriety, misery, & confusion. He is sly as a fox, has the nerve of a dope addict, the stories of an old sailor, the sincerity of a politician, & the subtly of Mt. Saint Helen. He's extremely irresistible, totally irrational & completely indestructible.

A Marine is a Marine all his life. He is a magical creature. You can kick him out of your house but not out of your heart. You can take him off your mailing list but not off your mind. Marines are found everywhere... in love...in battle... in lust... in trouble...in debt... in bars & behind them. No one can write so seldom and yet think so much of you. No one else can get so much enjoyment out of a letter or clean clothes or a 6 pack.

A Marine is a genius with a deck of cards. A millionaire without a cent and brave without a grain of sense. He is the PROTECTOR OF AMERICA, with the latest copy of Playboy in his back pocket. When he wants something it's usually 30 days leave, music that hurts the ears, a five dollar bill...or A WOMAN HE CAN COUNT ON.

Girls love them, mothers tolerate them, fathers brag about them, the government pays them, the police watch out for them & somehow they all work together. You can beat their bodies but not their minds.

You can tame their hearts but not their souls. He likes girls, females, women, ladies. He dislikes small checks, working weekends, answering letters, eating chow, waking up, maintaining a uniform, & the day before payday. You may as well give in. He is your long distance lover... He is your steel eyed, warm smiling, blank minded, hyperactive, over reacting, curious, passive, talented spontaneous, physically fit, good for nothing bundle of worry.....

And will always be there for you regardless of how long its been since you've last talked.

Yeah. WE LOVE OUR MARINES!
~AFSis
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And while whoever posted that stuff up there gets their blue dress cleaned... how about a new, um, er, oh just watch this - all the way to the end. H/t, SWWBO, who has some new directions of her own. -the Armorer

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And the world wonders... where's Noonan? El-tee? El-tee? -the Armorer

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Bob Owens of Confederate Yankee interviews some Baghdad MPs. -the Armorer

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Marine Cpl. Jason Dunham has been awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. Fitting... on today, the Marine's 231st birthday, and the day before Veteran's Day. CNN does a nice job with his story... I'm just sorry to say that it's being awarded posthumously. Semper Fi, Cpl. Dunham. Thanks for guarding the Gates of Heaven for us these days... ~AFSis

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Jules Crittenden - Live from Ramadi, Enemy of my Enemy! -the Armorer

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by Denizens on Nov 10, 2006
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October 17, 2006

Hey Buddy.... can you spare a joint?

A knee joint, to be exact.
Today's the day 1SG Keith has been putting off for years- he's getting his knee repaired. FINALLY. It's about gall-derned time, 1SG! I know it'll be a while before you'll be able to get around, so I thought that maybe we could give you something to do during recovery.

Knowing how much you appreciate beautiful images caught on film, I thought I'd start you out with a video, American Heroes. Then... as you get more restless, you can move on to WOOHOO! and blow some $hit up!

So have at it, Denizens. 1SG Keith needs some "Well, helk. I'm laid up in bed for a few weeks and have NOTHING TO DO" ideas, and anything else you think might help him recover.
Maybe she can help.......
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[Y'know, like *this* JTG. -the Armorer]

Update.... it's been 5 hours, and he's still in surgery. It was only supposed to be a 2 hour surgery. Pray harder, folks. Please?

Update #2- Your prayers must have worked! He's out of surgery and in his room. I'm still waiting for you guys to leave presents in comments!

by Denizens on Oct 17, 2006

April 30, 2006

In an effort to totally destroy traffic...

...or make a *big* switch in the orientation of our readers - a Caption Contest!

Oh, sure, you can go to The Right Place for their contest...

Or if you missed it, you could go check the results of SGT Hook's contest...

Better yet, you can go stick your thumb in the eye of Blackfive's Uncle Jimbo and participate in Fuzzybear Lioness' caption contest... or check up on her grumpiness with the Capital Hilton regarding Fran O'Briens.

You could read Cassandra's dart-throwing at Senators...

You could check out SWWBO's finger-in-jihadi-face...

You could get serious for a moment and read Barb's review of United 93...

You *could* go check out the Milblogger Conference pics Sergeant B has posted...

Then, there's the Snarkatron, who has joined the 101st Fighting Keyboardists. Heh. Another insider club I'm not qualified for. Sigh. Oh well, I wouldn't join a club that would have me for a member, anyway.

And yeah, there's the post where AFSis finds Royalty she can like.

or the one where ISG Keith runs into the Nation of Aztlan.

Then there's Kat, who has her own preferred 101st Fighting Keyboardists logo. It's too Air Forcey for my taste, but *is* a lot less Euro looking than the other one. Were I enlisting, I'd go with Kat's.

But if all that didn't interest you, go see where JTG participated in his first Execution recently... one hopes there are more in his future.

Then you could visit Lefty Alan (who has been absent here of late), who observes the passing of John Kenneth Galbraith...

Or, Punctilious has a bad day in shopping-world...

...and Jack is still burned out.

Sure you could do all that. But you know you'd rather jump on this pic and caption it. Jump on the pic, people. Go wash your brains out with soap.

Caption This!

by John on Apr 30, 2006
» Stop The ACLU links with: Sunday Funnies

April 11, 2006

Since one of us is trying to enter the Naval Service

I thought we should get some documentation in of the Navy before this individual is turned loose on same. No, I won't say who. Not my place, as it isn't a done deal, and is therefore not a matter of public record yet.

USS Porter, US Navy photo

Souda Bay, Crete, Greece (April 1, 2006) - The guided missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) arrives for a routine port visit. Porter is the 28th ship in the Arleigh Burke-class of AEGIS destroyers. Porter is homeported in Norfolk, Va., currently on a regularly scheduled six month deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Paul Farley


LCU 1651 and USS Harpers Ferry.  US Navy photo

Okinawa, Japan (April 7, 2006) - Landing Craft Utility (LCU) 1651 performs a stern gate marriage with the dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) during the offload of personnel and equipment of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) in White Beach Naval Facility, Okinawa, Japan. Commander, Task Force Seven Six (CTF-76) ships, units and embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) elements are returning from operations supporting Reception, Staging, Onward Movement and Integration (RSIO) Foal Eagle (FE) 2006, designed to strengthen interoperability between the United States and the Republic of South Korea. U.S. Navy Photo by Journalist 3rd Class Adam R. Cole

The above activity is part of what I was doing in Korea, though I had no direct part in this particular aspect of the exercise.

Note: The Armorer assumes no responsibility for crappy captioning by the Armed Services (which is really hypocritical, in light of the next post...)

by John on Apr 11, 2006

February 01, 2006

Oh, FOURQUE: Part Deux

Whew--out of the four folks I tagged with yesterday's chick-quiz, two of the taggees were on it like sweet on sugar: Boston Maggie and the Lady Christine. Maggie answers on her blog (drop by and bump the numbers) and Christine does so below:

4 Jobs You Have Had In Your Life
1. Kodak Certified Photo Specialist (Walgreens). Yes, I really did see "those" pictures.
2. Medical Insurance Claims Examiner. How many ways can you say, "Claim Rejected?"
3. Administrative Assistant. Uniform included ten hats.
4. Manager of a Title Insurance Company. Superwoman without the sexy outfit.

4 Movies You Would Watch Over and Over
1. Wizard of Oz
2. Thirteen Days
3. TORA! TORA! TORA!
4. Bourne Supremacy

4 Places You Have Lived
1. Seattle, WA. Born and raised (Go Seahawks!)
2. Milwaukee, WI. Great until the gangs took over.
3. Madison, WI. Can you say, "Yuppies?"
4. Richlands, VA. No comment, prefer to keep this out of Flash traffic.

4 TV Shows You Love To Watch (I don't own a TV, but when I did)
1. Discovery/Discovery Times Channel
2. History Channel
3. Law and Order
4. CSI

4 Places You Have Been On Vacation
1. San Francisco, CA. Hills that actually rival Seattle's.
2. Green Bay, WI. Cheeseheads-- need I say more?
3. Tazewell County, VA. Great place to visit. Guess I should have remembered that.
4. Minneapolis, MN. Mall of America (Shopper's paradise)

4 Websites You Visit Daily (Same disclaimer as Bill)
1. Iraq the Model
2. Daily Briefing on Iran
3. Winds of Change.NET
4. Argghhh!

4 Favorite Foods
1. Anything Mexican
2. Seafood
3. Lasagna
4. Chocolate
Caveats: Yep, coffee is one of my essential nutrients also. Some days, chocolate is the condiment.

4 Places You Would Rather Be Right Now
1. Someplace up North
2. A nice northern spot.
3. Hmm, did I say north?
4. Anyplace but here.

4 People to Tag *whine*
1. GunJam over at JammedGun
2. BloodSpite at Techography
3. Bad Cat Robot at Snark Patrol
4. Curt at Flopping Aces

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UPDATE: This just in:

Bill,

My international tag has been accepted by the one and only, Big Pharaoh.

Can I cheat and add one more to my list, I mean considering, you know...

Done. And with this, the meme goes international. Wonder if it's a first?

by CW4BillT on Feb 01, 2006

January 10, 2006

This just in!

Army reaches out to Milbloggers - MSM Concerned!

Fuzzybear Lioness, Denizenne of Argghhh!...

...in the sights of a Washington Post blogger.

I'm humbled. I ain't even made the 'local bloggers' page of the KC Star.

Watch her space for her response.

Gee, since Matty and Don Sensing have been outed, I guess I should admit it.

We got the email too. I suspect a lot of milbloggers did. And I sent back the same response Matt did - "Yeah, okay, send more details, and if it's just stuff from ARNEWS or CENTCOMs websites, got that covered already, thanks."

So we'll see what it is. But give 'em credit for trying to break out of the box here.

William Arkin opines (and you should read his whole piece, linked above, it's *not* Moonbattery) thusly:

Blogs, however, are the epitome of independence, perspective, and rebellion. For the Army to blog, its bloggers would need to have an opinion, show some emotion, make a joke, make a case. We all know that the moment some public affairs flunkie strayed from the official happy talk and openly engaged in the information fight, he or she would get nuked.

So, our tax dollars are going to get used so the Army can just add to its propaganda machine, shoveling "content" to like-minded bloggers?

Heh.

Mr. Arkin has not been privy to our backchannel emails. Nor has he read the Army's official "Blog Training" Info Ops brief. Blackfive and I *are* mentioned or alluded to - and not always with a Happy Face. Nor has he read our blogs closely.

Yeah, we support the troops. And the war. And we have our snarks about it, too. The point Mr. Arkin is missing is that there is an available relentless drumbeat of negative news, often reported by people with no context (i.e., journos with minimal understanding of things military) but a *huge* presence - one thing we do is explain what doesn't seem to make sense, and ask WTF when it *doesn't* make sense. With our little tiny presence.

Just sayin'.

by John on Jan 10, 2006
» Fuzzilicious Thinking links with: Washington Post Readers
» The Middle Ground links with: Washington Post Strikes Bloggers Again

January 07, 2006

Everything you ever wanted to know

People are always asking me, "What's John *really* like?"

To which I can honestly answer, "Uhhhhhhhh--huh?"

However, I *do* know what semifrequent commenter and blogger-in-his-own-right Bloodspite is *really* like. And now you can, too.

With pictures...

And FbL continues to explore her thoughts in the Gardens of Stone.

by CW4BillT on Jan 07, 2006

December 23, 2005

Some people are having *too* much fun

Such as the inestimable Fuzzybear Lioness, who is appears to be making a bid to displace Bad Cat Robot as the blogosphere's premier snarkstress.

Heh. Picking on the old guy.

Howsomever, she *did* manage to squeeze out a compliment

I don’t remember much of what we talked about, but I know I enjoyed myself. Maybe next time I’ll let him get a word in edgewise.

I have that effect on wimmin. I'm a walkin' 'rita, in that respect.

Unfortunately, the effect is usually short-lived and they get back to nit-picking as soon as the chocolate's gone...

Yeah I know--I still need to post the details of that particular journey from Helheim. I'm just taking a quick break from saving the Free World contractoring so's I can earn my keep. After all, John dragged my ass into this gig keeps threatening reminding me that I'm supposed to spend my entire waking life inject the occasional bit of humor into the proceedings around here...

Looking for a work-safe singing Christmas card? Crank it up--this is one everybody (except the Simon Legree who keeps peering over your cube wall) will enjoy. Nice research, Szilvi, Gergely and Zoltan.

H/t to V29.

And the Lady Christine weighs in with an updated (and whimsical) combination of The Night Before Christmas Meets It's A Wonderful Life.

Thanks, Ma'am!

Dbie the AFSister has a--well, sorta-kinda "work safe except for ry"--Christmas card.

Barb takes a non-PC peek at the season. And about the headphone warning? Be very afraid--you already know she's *not* a shrinking violet!

Geez--Santa working for the NSA? Jay over at Stop the ACLU has done the research. Tsk. Who'd a-thunk it...

Up in Alan's neck of the woods, Darcey of Dust My Broom takes a swipe (and connects) at the hypocrisy of Libs.

*sigh* Back to the grindstone.

by CW4BillT on Dec 23, 2005

December 19, 2005

Another Contest!

But *not* one of ours. This one's transnational. Omar, at Iraq the Model, is looking to spruce up his site with a new banner (hey, he took first place in the Middle Eastern category, so why not, right?)...

But first, a little digression.

You may have wondered why Denizenne Christine dropped off the radar screen last month. She's been a mite busy; she's a contestant--a finalist, no less--in Omar's banner contest.

I like it!

The five finalists are displayed for your consideration here. Voting is by e-mail only--Omar's evidently picked up on the concept of ballot-stuffing--but it's painless. So drop in, vote for the best one of the five and add a hearty "Congratulations" in your e-gram to Omar.

by CW4BillT on Dec 19, 2005

December 16, 2005

Sitemeter Readings, et alii...

Fuzzybear Lioness is just now recovering from the idea that her thoughts could have attracted 10k visitors in five months. And there's a mystery involved...
Well, okay, not a *huge* mystery, but a mystery nonetheless.

And another mystery visitor dropped in at AFSister's, but for a sadder reason...

Barb is becoming the blogosphere's premier meme magnet. Dunno how I missed getting tagged with this one (all GAs report to the Mess to charge your goblets!)...

Sarge B. has an interesting observation on the Coming Surprise he predicts for Election 2008.

*sigh* The shavetails over at the Officers' Club bumped the Castle in the Weblog Awards, despite a semi-decent last-minute surge (Barb must've figured out how to finagle the firewall).

Johnny Noonan dropped in to snerk last night--a pretty bold move on his part, considering that he's still at the bottom of the food chain, RLO-wise. But they've got some *yawn* mildly interesting things linked over there today, so if you're really, really bored...zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

*sigh* Justthisguy reminded me that I've got some writing to do...

by CW4BillT on Dec 16, 2005

December 11, 2005

Sunday H&I* Fires.

In which we take aim at the Denizens, and whatever else strikes our fancy.

Castle Philosopher Kat, aside from being all over the comments this week with book-length opii (worth reading) found the time to do this - a Kansas City Regional Round-up about Local Soldiers and Doings. Damn fine effort, Kat. She also weighs in on saluting, respect for the flag, etc.

SWWBO also went to the movie, had a horrible week at work, and has apparently gone insane, as her grip on reality has weakened considerably.

Fuzzybear Lioness is doing some traveling, and is putting out a call for local bloggers to have some micro-blogmeets. She's studying monkeys (perhaps in anticipation of meeting some at blogmeets) and is getting her prized toy back!

Blogson Sergeant B. had a relative on the USS Oklahoma. At Pearl Harbor.

Over at AFSis's jungle hideaway - she has an update on the cool Christmas light display we linked to a while ago... and my prediction, sadly, came true. She also has a lexico-philosophical question.

Adjutant Barb has a good link fest of her own, and got tagged by a meme.

MSG Keith is visited by a Queen and a Meme.

The Snarkatron takes us for a little trip in Anthropology, and cleans out her closet.

Over at The Grand Retort, Sanger reviews a book he liked in the past - after re-reading. Hiroshima. Some of that review has splashed over into comments here.

Alan has a suggestion that's interesting. Attract traffic! From the trollbots of the Chinese Government. Much as we'd hate losing the other traffic we get from them, we'll survive. They're not buying ads. However much Alan might like us jumping on his bandwagon - he'd really prefer we visited his Beer Blog. After you've been fortified with that, return for some philosophy (which always goes better with booze).

Punctilious offers up recipes, while Rammer offers up a reason why the Internet Is Good.

Jack of Random Fate is also following Alan's land seizure story - and keeping an eye on its US equivalents.

Don't miss the caption contest, "Howard Gets His Wings" at In The Right Place.


And don't forget to Vote For Us!

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by John on Dec 11, 2005

November 25, 2005

Denizens in the Open!

I have it! Proof that Sanger and Neffi aren't just hacker-built 'bots! My sooper-sekrit spy sent a pic from New Braunfels!

From left to right - Sanger, Mrs. Sanger, Neffi!

In the Flash Traffic/Extended entry!

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by John on Nov 25, 2005

November 22, 2005

Last week was superb...

...the computer-at-work crashed again, I spent umpty hours on a 757 with all the reading material covered with bubblegum, the laptop I was issued had only a DVD port and all my paperlesswork was on HD floppies, the folks I went to unscrew from the mud promptly tack welded themselves to boiler plate the minute I took a break and it rained the whole time.

But it was an absolutely superb week for two reasons: Barb and Bad Cat Robot. 'Tain't every old guy who gets to hang out with two cute chicks who're young enough to be his daughters, ya know...

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...smart, talented, funny, good-lookin' and they still decided to stick around after they saw me. So, I guess I'll add compassionate to their attributes, too.

No, I didn't hit on 'em, John. I have a strong suspicion they were armed.

Heh. Compassion tempered with common sense...

[Like I'm going to let him get away with only showing half his face. Click here for a full-face of the Rogue.]

by CW4BillT on Nov 22, 2005

Hear ye, hear ye!

TINS Alert! TINS Alert!

More importantly, another Denizen has opened a blog, long in the making, this Denizen being something of a perfectionist...

Which means we've lost (yeah, I know, you claim that isn't so, but I know how it ends up) another one of our more erudite commenters, who will bloviate in his own space, rather than getting me return traffic.

Sigh.

What? Yer still here? Go! Go visit The Grand Retort, Sanger Magee, proprietor!

by John on Nov 22, 2005

November 20, 2005

Vote! Now and often!

Castle Philosopher Kat seeks your help in securing a card in Aaron's Blogger Deck. The Castle squeaked in with the 3 of Clubs.

The Armorer has voted.

by John on Nov 20, 2005

Sunday Reading.

Human Events has an interesting take on the bombings in Jordan:


Dead men tell no tales, but luckily for intelligence analysts, live women do.

Sajida Mubarak Atrous al-Rishawi was not able to detonate her bomb at the wedding party and fled with the guests as her husband exploded himself. Now, she is in the custody of the GID, Jordan’s intelligence agency. By all accounts, the interrogation is going slowly. Still, enough information is emerging for us to draw some lessons for the triple bombings in Amman, Jordan, on November 9.

Read the rest here.

Some good news from the Front, from In Iraq for 365, via Mike D.

by Spc. Anna-Marie Risner133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

YETHRIB, Iraq, Nov. 10, 2005 -- Many troops serving in Iraq spend their time hunting insurgents and tracking down those who wish to hurt Coalition forces; but some Soldiers occasionally get the opportunity to show Iraqi people another side of the military.

Read the rest here.

More good news from the front, this time via CAPT H.

The SAS killed three suicide bombers in Baghdad as part of an undercover, shoot-to-kill operation in Iraq, it can be revealed. The three terrorists were all killed by SAS snipers armed with specialist rifles. Each terrorist was wearing a suicide vest laden with commercial explosives. It is understood that they were intending to target cafes and restaurants frequented by members of the Iraqi security forces.

Read the rest here.

Anna at The Right Place has a post you should read - then follow her link to Grey Eagle....

Now let's run down the roll and see what the Denizens have been up to...

Philosopher Kat suspects opportunism rather than principle in the recent Murtha brou-ha-ha.

Alan of GenX@40 has his own linkfest going, worthy of a look because he's Canadian, one of the closest things to a lefty in the Castle, and therefore you can inoculate yourself against group-think.

Though I had to work hard to forgive her for linking to Matty of Blackfive regarding a topic I'd covered 5 days earlier... go see what kind of Fuzzilicious Linking is going on over the FbL's.

Continuing what is rapidly becoming a theme here as the Denizens are apparently bereft of original thought... this is what Punctilious found interesting of late.

SWWBO takes on MoveOn.

AFSis channels the Phoenix (The Armorer is a Dragon, I knew you wanted to know), and has a rough Q&A session with her son... during which she discovers what a "cushie" is.

Adjutant Barb has some followups of on-going stories.

Jack at Random Fate waxes philosophical (as is his wont), and then he waxes er, um, well I thought it was gonna be a TINS, but it turns out he waxed philosophical, again!

Sergeant B, who is also a dragon, but has his preferred graphic, also takes on Murtha. More interestingly, perhaps - he takes on Aztlan. No, Sergeant B, it ain't just you - but it's an excellent piece of agitprop - since it just got them linkage, eh?

by John on Nov 20, 2005

November 05, 2005

Saturday - and oddly, we aren't working.

I mean that. Usually when we do something like this we work on weekends. But not this one! Whee! Today I am going up to Atlanta to hand with Donnie of Cadillac Tight. Been wanting to meet Donnie for a long time.

The Navy Eagle examines Army Artillery. Why not? I ramble on about things naval...

So, what have the Denizens been up to lately?

Sergeant B, explains the difference between soldiers and mobs... inspired by Thunder 6.

MSG Keith speaks of riding out Wilma.

Jack at Random Fate is looking inward. Bon Chance, Jack - to your father and you.

SWWBO is dealing with Jerks (I am *never* there, dammit! I coulda had sooo much fun!), contemplating life and death, finds the public face of the Democrat party to be baffling (and takes a swipe at Prince Charles, too), is a Synthetic Wireless Worldwide Battle Organism (here we're an Artificial Robotic Guardian Generated for Hazardous Harm and Hunting. I can live wit dat.). But most importantly - she's put the names to the faces at the Blogmeet (disregard the crazy guy at the bottom of her post, he just wandered in from Rocky Top to deliver the squeezin's and left).

Punctilious and Rammer are just all over the place... though mostly foody!

Alan makes one of his relatively rare but always interesting forays into the world of politics, vice policy. He's always about policy.

The Snarkatron (aka Bad Cat Robot) continues the Denizenne fecklessness and deserts to the Navy. All the gurls heading to the Navy explains their lead. I just want to find the website where all the boobie pics are... I *might* donate to the Navy for that...

AFSister gets into Irony and the New World Order.

Fuzzybear Lioness *is* Project Valour-IT. It's her idea. Her Baby. And she's all over it, go here for a all-service roundup. Think about it - how many of you have had an idea about how to help others, then organized a group of disparate people to get together and raise tens of thousands of dollars to make it happen? Not many, I'm thinking. Good on ya, Fuzz.

Barb is offering up some Gun Pr0n, and shilling for the Marines - *she's giving away T-shirts...*. Personally, she offers up a wet t-shirt pic, *I'll* donate*!

Hmmm... Fuzzy - that might be your money-maker right there.... it will get the troops donating!

Another Denizenne Deserter, Kat, takes up the subject of Free Speech.

Lastly, Castle Operative Jim C smuggled out (via Korea, no less) the storyboards for a new recruiting campaign. For the next few days, we'll be leaking out the new ads... Starting with the Army... moving through all the services, and ending with the new Army-internal ad campaign, designed by the same vendor.

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by John on Nov 05, 2005

October 23, 2005

Denizen Link-Fest!

Time for a Denizen link-fest, plus whatever else motivates me.

Up first if MSG Keith, with his post about going to the range to shoot some Kewl Stuff while he was in the 'Stan. Yes, Keith, I *am* envious, but I still think I *never got* this story...

Sergeant B is looking for some old buddies, and his Second Military Career looms closer. (Green-eyed Monster time).

Jack muses about his start in blogging - all in response to The Commissar's request for blog parentage. Stephen is trying to develop the Blog Family Tree. I'd say his research is incomplete... you should go take a look.

While Cassie is semi-retired (she's got one of those cushy guest-commentator spots somewhere...), she did leave this update over at Villainous Company.

Castle Adjutant Barb (yes, I did remember upcoming events, btw) suggest this bit of hardware. At $20K with $650 shipping, one will not be showing up at the Castle anytime soon. Ooops. Never mind - sold out! Well, rather than link to that post, let's link instead to her linkfest (a diversity-post of military opinion there!), and wind up with some Lessons to Learn.

AFSis wants to know how did you get your name? My Expression number is 5, if you care about such things. I explain my name over there, as well.

Bad Cat Robot, aka the Snarkatron, has actually done something many of us dream about - so many of us and so much so it's a hackneyed movie cliché (did I use the farking accent right this time, Bill?). *Drum Roll, Please*

~{She Sold Her Novel}~

There's some other good stuff in there, too, but that's the Really Kewl News. All y'all know an Author. (Well, you actually know several, if we're going to count textbooks).

I dunno where Castle Philosopher Kat finds the time for this - but she has two *excellent* posts on the evolution of Body Armor. And how we're reinventing the wheel. See number 1 here. And see number 2 here. The answer to a question Kat asked me that I overlooked in email - why we reinvent the wheel - Engineers study engineering, not history. And they think that anything old is, well, old. They want patents for New Stuff. Jack might have a different opinion...

Punctilious has taken over administration of the Carnival of the Recipes for SWWBO. BTW - the newest version is up! She's also one of our authors... and she has a naughty idea for a replacement for Miers. Obviously, she wants to cripple governance, not just gridlock it...

Fuzzybear Lioness is getting ready to kick us bloggers in the butt for a new iteration of fundraising for Project Valour-IT. The war still continues, despite the SCOTUS nominations... and more importantly, the needs created among the wounded of this war (as in all others) will continue after the war fades from the TV and headlines. More on the subject of fundraising later...

SWWBO gives us some more travails of the traveler.

Lastly among the Denizens ('cuz I went bottom to top this time), Alan ponders some questions about the Internet. A subject near and dear to my heart, albeit for different reasons than you might think.

Other notes. The Armorer will be at Fort Benning, Georgia 1-10 (maybe 11) November. And he will have the weekend intermezzo free. Aside from Monteith and his kewl toys, anybody want to get together in the area?

Lastly (until I decide to add something, which I no doubt will) this upcoming weekend we're going to be at the Straight White Guy's house, meeting all these Really Smart, Debonair, and All 'Round Kewl! people...


How about an Airplane Pic?

I like this. Well, except for the Grape Juice part. But I understand that, what with the Puritans running the US Military and all.


by John on Oct 23, 2005

October 14, 2005

A reader-provided-content post...

Hmmm. All Denizens: When traveling... do what Barb does!

Via AFSis...

sam jpeg

You are Sam the Eagle.
You are patriotic and devoted. And extremely anal.

HOBBIES: Patriotism, Being appalled at what everyone else is doing.
FAVORITE MUSIC: The National Anthem of America

FAVORITE MOVIE: "An American In....America"

LAST BOOK READ: "Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus, Eagles are from America"

QUOTE: "Please stop that now! It's un-American!"


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Boquisucio found this clip of maroons.

Ry found a "non-chick test"... Which Historical General are you?

The test is very sensitive in some ways, remarkably unsensitive in others.

Ry came up at Edward the 1st: He scored 68 Wisdom, 81 Tactics, 55 Guts, and 51 Ruthlessness. He added: "Odd, I expected Guts and Ruthlessness to be much higher than wisdom and tactics."

Me? Even though I pretty much killed everybody except the little boy and wasn't a big fan of torture... I attacked pretty much when the option was there... obviously not always up the middle - I'm A Hippie, unfit to command and probably not a useful member of society, scoring 70 Wisdom, 54 Tactics, 60 Guts, and 40 Ruthlessness! The prejudices of the 18 year old male who designed the test are interesting... tweak my answers a tiny bit I go from being a Hippie to being Julius Caesar, to being Vercingetorix...

Lets see what you guys do, I've wasted all the moments of my life I'm gonna on that one.

Moving on, CAPT H. provides this little window into the life of an Afghan-deployed Canadian soldier. Note there are multiple pages in the thread.

The ACLU doesn't always win. Interesting how the group they are representing, NARAL, seems more interested in suppressing a viewpoint, vice advancing one.

Major C. sends along this obit for General O'Meara. I met him once, when I was but a wee sprout and he came to a party my father was hosting. It was a different Army then - as any now serving who read the obit will recognize.

Cricket provides this bit of humor:

A visiting minister during the offertory prayer:

"Dear Lord," he began with arms extended and a rapturous look on his upturned face, "without you we are but dust..."

He would have continued, but at that moment one little girl leaned over to her mother and asked quite audibly in her shrill little girl voice,

"Mommy, WHAT is butt dust?"

Church was pretty much over at that point...

Thank you all!

by John on Oct 14, 2005
» Righty in a Lefty State links with: General foolishness
» Silicon Valley Redneck links with: Yet another silly test
» She Who Will Be Obeyed! links with: Appropriate, I think
» Stop The ACLU links with: Sunday Funnies

October 09, 2005

Denizens in the Assault!

What are the Denizens up to? MSG Keith entertains royalty while SGT B waxes rhapsodic about... aviators... ewwww!. Meantime, over at Random Fate, Jack's messy divorce from politics continues, as he pretty much hates all the options, and is probably considering a small, uncharted island where he can avoid the sausage-making that is politics. If I thought everybody else would *truly* leave me alone, I'd be jiggy with that. The Rammer family is dealing with the loss of Rammer's father. Pace, familias. The Snarkatron spanks the Smithsonian for essentially embezzling a donation in practical terms, if not in legal ones. Cassandra at Villainous Company says approving things about the Washington Post, and has a post up comparing history's only Bomb-dropper, Mizzou's own Harry S. Truman, to... wait for it... Dubya! Ah, Cassie - she covers Miers so I don't have to! Between Cassie and Baldilocks, my piece is pretty much said regarding Miers. But if you *like* Miers-blogging, consider Carnival of the Clueless #16 or Don Surber, one of the paid pundits *not* rending his garments over the nomination. Barb offers condolences, and reports out on someone you should know. SWWBO gives us her take on Miers - and don't forget this week's Carnival of the Recipes (SWWBO's Invention!) over at The Glittering Eye! AFSis's concern about justice is assuaged by some good news - just as Ohio is made happy with the return of their Marine reservists from a hard tour in Iraq. Castle Philosophotrix Kat reminds us that there is still work to be done in Afghanistan... and it is. Fuzzybear Lioness has some posers of questions about political figures - I got them both right. Allen and I agree about something - which happens more often than our snarking allows, but he *is* a foreigner, after all. While I'm as guilty as anyone about the 'Net, I don't get the need to be able to instantly contact anyone - and the seemingly concomitant need to be in constant contact with *someone*. I'm not available 24/7 and don't want to be - and have turned down jobs where a Blackberry was involved. And people who get angry with me for *not* have a cell phone with me at all times, and especially not having one that will take my email... well, that's both bemusing and amusing. If you want those kinds of jobs, rest assured, I am *not* your competition.

Let's close this out with some Gun-n-Plane Pr0n. The tailgunner position of the Memphis Bell[e]. For pity's sake, Jack. Like you've *never* had a typo!

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If you are *still* looking for something to do - try Jay's Sunday Funnies over at Stop The ACLU.

Probably last, but not least: Snerk!

From RedState.org.

by John on Oct 09, 2005

October 01, 2005

Dinky LinkList

Dbie the AFSister's got an eclectic collection of links but I'm curious about *who* will be featured at Boobiethon 2005. Wander over and see if she's still giving PG-17c fits...

Barb has put another human face on the reason Valour-IT has touched so many...

Who better to review the new Fall TV shows than Tinseltown's most-vocal escapee -- Huntress...

Fuzzybear Lioness invites you to visit the Protest Warriors in her old stomping grounds. *cue glen campbell* "By the time I get to Phoenix, she'll be blogginnnn'..."

Didja ever realize that POTUS' nickname for Colin Powell was -- Balloonfoot? Drop by Cassie's place for the link to the List of Lists. WTF indeed...

*sigh* Flutterby's ongoing feud with the Metro MeterMaids during her quest to become an Army Aviator is heating up. Give 'em whut fer, Allie!

by CW4BillT on Oct 01, 2005

September 24, 2005

Li'l Links

"Cindy Sheehan doesn't speak for me, either." Dbie the AFSister is pretty adamant about that, so when the Support the Troops troops arrived in Cincinnati (heh--I can actually spell it!), she was there, too...

Jay at Stop the ACLU has become something of a legal scholar. F'r instance, if a lawyer were to sue the Boy Scouts because a Scout being "reverent" somehow violates said lawyer's civil right to be irreverent--and wins--guess who foots the lawyer's fees? Heh. We do. Sez so right in 42 USC 1988(b). But if paying the ACLU to raise your BP into the stroke-zone isn't your cuppa, drop in and sign the petition to return the law to its original intent of protecting Free Expression and removing Establishment Clause lawsuits from its purview.

by CW4BillT on Sep 24, 2005

September 18, 2005

All better now.

If you were by here earlier and wondering if we'd slipped over into Real Estate sales... nah. Hosting Matters burped and forgot to re-register our domain name.

Our apologies, sometimes the billing system does not properly renew domains. Renewed now, will be resolving within a few moments. Regards,

Sxxxx

The nice lady fixed the problem... but I gotta tell ya, there was some pull to just lettit go...

On a completely unrelated note... as I was sitting here doing some photoshopping that will prolly get me fired... snerk! I had a thought regarding Governor Blanco and Mayor Nagin.

How convenient that they got to ship off a huge chunk of their now-disgruntled voters... so they can't vote against 'em in the next election. Still plenty left, I'm sure, but I bet Al Gore and John Kerry looked at that and thought to themselves... hmmmm. A few voters here and there...

Update: Heh. I see I was *slightly* ahead of the curve.

Let's have a look at the Denizens. Even is some of 'em have been AWOL lately...

AFSis takes a break from Disaster Kitty work and gives us an update on Katrina evacuees from her neck of the woods... including the guy who walked to Cincinnatti from New Orleans.

Punctilious goes to school.

Castle Adjutant Barb has taken leave and is climbing in mountains in Switzerland. IN mountains. She's also shilling for the Analog Kid's new e-postal shooting match.

SWWBO has been discussing sexism as well as Cindy Sheehan.

Fuzzybear Lioness is trolling for Neffi, Bill, and Dusty. On a more serious note, she's been ruminating on Neptunus Lex's post on on the dilemma facing the warrior, as aptly expressed by General Lee, "It is well that war is so terrible -- lest we should grow too fond of it."

Kat, either up early or late to bed, notes that while we've been obsessing about Katrina and who's at fault - the Afghans have been getting on with business.

The Snarkatron has also taken leave, and is, at last report, at the Outpost, doing an Inspection of Firebase Rockford.

Jack is being Jack, poking fingers into all eyes! Even-handed is our Jack! (gotta read the comments).

MSG Keith discusses 6 degrees of separation, military style. Careful, Keith - you're hanging with a lotta gunners!

Heh again. I had some troubles this morning... including losing *this* link to Alan taking a lawerly look at Renee Zellweger... which is just as well, because after being twitted in the comments, I went back and found this - Jetsicles!

by John on Sep 18, 2005

September 09, 2005

Just for kicks.

Update: Visitors from The Galvin Opinion will find the Castle's Katrina stuff by clicking here. This post is actually one of the few non-Katrina posts this week! Of course, it's *all* good...!


What the heck, *more* gun pr0n!

Jordana of Curmudgeonry hosts the Carnival of the Recipes, the 56th iteration of SWWBO's idea!

Speaking of SWWBO - look who is posting a Lefty's Ideas... in a postive light! There *is* some common ground... and while I am *not* a fan of MoveOn, I'll credit 'em for what Amber posts on her diary.

On top of all that, SWWBO is a Concerned Citizen who also had a bemusing experience.

Heh, Castle Argghhh! - periodically, all SWWBO, all the time!

Kat, channeling La Malkin, is *not* interested in another commission, bi-partisan, blue collar, or otherwise. Me neither. I say show up at the polls with pitchforks.

Alan continues his assault, Day By Day.

While all the horror and heroism unfolds in the Southeast, there is *still* a war on, and *still* combat wounded - who need our assistance. Fuzzybear Lioness has more on how you can decorate your barren, pathetic walls and help at the same time.

Barb likes Ben Stein. So do we. Of course, then there's these guys. But it *is* New Orleans, I suppose. Mardi Gras forever...

Cassandra asks God to take away her Kool-Aid...

Were-Kitten, groggy from coordinating Red Cross Volunteer activities, did find time to take a quiz. My result:

I'm a Defender Ship/Base Defender... Gee, who'd a thunk?

"I am fiercely protective of my friends and loved ones, and unforgiving of any who would hurt them. Speed and foresight are my strengths, at the cost of a little clumsiness. I'm most comfortable with a few friends, but sometimes particularly enjoy spending time in larger groups."

Jack loses his router, and waxes philosophical (but not about the router).

Sergeant B calls out Spokane...

Soon-to-be 1SG Keith takes a cheep shot at the Castle in this otherwise blandly adequate, Inspected-for-your-OPSEC-safety post. Hey, Keith - pppllllpppppptttt!

by John on Sep 09, 2005
» THE GALVIN OPINION links with: FORGOTTEN: BILL CLINTON & 1,000 HEAT WAVE DEATHS

September 04, 2005

A Perfect Storm...

...that may cause the media to simply explode.

Katrina, Roberts, Rehnquist.

Oy, it's going to be ugly from now to Christmas.


Then we'll get the Katrina-victim Christmas stories. Okay, from now to February.

So, I'll console myself with this!

Finally! A realtor hawking properties worthy of the Master and Mistress of Argghhh! Some of these aren't that far away, either. Though none of them are in the current budget. May have to set up a tip jar. And before you ask - SWWBO found it and thought it was kewl!

What are the Denizens up to...

SWWBO highlights villains and heroes in New Orleans. Given how fond she is of New Orleans, being on the villain list is not good.

Barb points to NOAA's before and after pics of the areas hit by Katrina.

AFSis, while she can't go to the disaster area herself this time, is helping coordinate those who can!

Sergeant B has some questions about the Brotherhood of War.

Jack has his take on the Katrina disaster and the response thereto.

Kat points out that people and businesses - especially businesses with responsibilities for people such as nursing homes - need disaster plans, as well.

Cassandra skewers a Huffposter, and looks for the Silver Lining.

At The Glittering Eye, the Carnival of the Recipes is up! In fact, I recommend starting at the top of The Glittering Eye, and just read down until you get to the Carnival. Lots of interesting history of disasters in the US hiding in there.

MSG Keith, discusses disaster relief, from the perspective of Been There, Done That, Got the T-shirt, and wore it 'til it fell off in tatters.

Fuzzybear reminds us that current needs that existed before Katrina still exist. As a member of the Board of Directors for a large regional charity - I agree. She also retracts some earlier hot words. Kinda.

Rammer discusses the meaning of risk - and how the results of risk analysis are all around us, everyday.

Now, it *is* okay to have fun, even when surrounded by disaster. If you've done what you can, and all you have left to do is surf compulsively for Katrina-blogging... take a break and go visit Jay, who has a humor round-up!

by John on Sep 04, 2005

August 20, 2005

Arrived!

...and I got Joanie's freely-offered cherry, and left her in knots...

Flight out here was uneventful, and we arrived waving at the terrified tourists and blase locals 6 feet under the aircraft as it crossed I-5 (which is damn near the threshold of the runway), but there was a nice view (looking up) of the chick just coming out of the shower in the apartment building 6 feet away from the wingtip. The guys-in-front let the bird mush a bit and hadda goose her on landing to not set down short of the white stripes, which gave a nice little float there and then she quit flying and flopped down on the runway while the GIF stood on the brakes. I know it's a tough approach into Lindbergh, but my last recollection of landing there was coming in steep and slamming down, not just gliding in over the houses...

Got the bags, got the car (new G6, 55 miles on it) and headed out.

Missed the turn onto the highway, out of the airport, which was good. Took us right by the harbor where they're having a tall ships event this week, so we got to see the ships as I sought a place to turn around.

Then discovered that the road on the map that clearly shows going through, doesn't. Ends in cul-de-sac. But it does look like they intend to put it through sometime. Just not anytime soon.

We hooked up with Joanie and went to a local eatery called Trophys. Essentially a sports bar with a good menu, it is chock full of sports memorabilia... like the 1974 Oakland A's World Series trophy and others of that ilk and caliber.

Then the ladies planned my day today, which, I believe, is Balboa Park and the museums (and shopping) there. I'm for it. The Aerospace Museum, Model Railroad Museum... yummy. Tomorrow, Blog-B-Que at Doc-in-the-Box!

I gotta go hit brekkies and such - here's what's briefly of interest around the Castle:

If you haven't already, check out AFSis's new digs! Hubba-hubba, girl!

Alan gives us an update of what Johnny Depp is up to... with Hunter Thompson.

Kat continues her attack on western mis-understanding of Sha'ria (or, perhaps more accurately, male western writer's misunderstanding of Sha'ria after talking to Muslim men about Sha'ria) as it pertains to women.

Punctilious discusses 'bed head' and Rammer, like me, is speechless at this piece of political theater. Let it be noted that this Right Wing Blog said, "Governor Taft, Resign."

SWWBO has the Carnival of the Recipes, Volume II, Number 1!

What? No Tech Wench? Cassandra rambles on...

This is probably illegal, me, linking to Barb, who is channeling SGT B... about the USS New York, the warship being built with some steel from the WTC. She then muses about Understanding the Culture. Which, since I'm linking to a post that links to here, may cause a wormhole and suck you into an alternate univers where Kos is president. If so, I'm sorry.

The Snarkatron is loose! Free as in Freedom. Not Free as in Beer.

Jack at Random Fate changes tack for a bit and discusses nanotubes! Get some, Jack!

SGT B discusses Grunts and the Press (always a dangerous combination!)

Fuzzybear Lioness discovers being a Mover and A Shaker, plus having a real job, eats into your blogging time...

MSG Keith reveals his mushy side...a>

August 17, 2005

Random Links

Snarkatron expounds on moonbats expounding on Chickenhawks. The moonbats haven't seen the paper target, but if you were either here or here last week, *you* did.

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Dbie the AFSister has returned--she's tanned, she's rested and she's bloggin'. And the Puddle has joined the blogs responding to the call to arms in support of Project Valour-IT...

...and she reminds us that there are *others*, those for whom we can give nothing except our remembrance. With honor...

by CW4BillT on Aug 17, 2005

August 06, 2005

A Dinky Linky-Dink

Dbie the AFSister is rising higher in the blogosphere food chain. She's also on vacation, so pop in and give her another in absentia instalanche.

Heh. Wonder what kind of kitty-bird chimaera's gonna show at the next comment party...


An article in Federal Computer Week about a blogger at Los Alamos Labs caught my eye. It's informative on several levels, not the least of which is Roberts' self-generated Code of Ethics:

No racism.
No sexism.
No personal attacks.
Stay on topic.
Divulge nothing classified.
Keep profanity in check.
Use complete sentences.
Use a spell checker.

It's also got a jillion links, if you're inclined to go exploring. Tie a string to the banner so you can find your way back...

by CW4BillT on Aug 06, 2005

August 05, 2005

Denizen Linkfest.

Good stuff from the morning mail and the Denizens!

For you Calvin fans who are *not* Fonda Jane... Hat tip to Morning Sun.

At the Brother's Judd, a little reading of note - it is, afer all, All About Oil, right? The link in the Brother's Judd post is broken - here is the URL to the whole article they are quoting from. Hat tip, Mike D.

More failure on the part of hysterical blue staters to keep their promises... Probably good for Canada, though.

What's wrong with this picture? Aside from the fact this deserting Israeli soldier murdered 4 Isreali Arab citizens, and in fact got lynched himself? The former is terrible and the latter is, well, less terrible in a karmic sense, but not good for maintaining the rule of law - no, I can see all the carp that's wrong with the elements that comprise this story. What just leaves me stunned is this statement from a spokesman for the Palestinian Authority:

"The Israeli government must collect the weapons of the settlers and take steps against the settler leaders because they endanger Palestinian civilians and the general Israeli system," Samir Hileelah, secretary general of the Palestinian cabinet, told AFP.

Um, noted Mr. Hileelah. Now, about Hamas, Hizbollah, etc...? Tend to your own knitting too, eh?

Update: A little more info on the issue, via John M.


"The parents of the murderer, IDF Pvt. Eden Natan-Zada, are pointing an accusing finger at the military, telling the media they called military authorities requesting their son's weapon be taken away from him due to his emotional state. Speaking from her Rishon L'Tzion home, Eden's mother told the media hours following the attack that no one took her words seriously and as a result, the weapon was used to murder innocent people on board the bus traveling from Haifa to Shfaram.

Family members and friends of Natan-Zada told reporters on Thursday night that he did everything possible to persuade IDF authorities that he was unfit for military service. Citing his new Orthodox lifestyle and adamant opposition to the government's Disengagement Plan, Eden explained he was unable to serve in an "organization" that uproots Jews from their homes. Despite his adamant and sincere efforts to impress IDF induction officials with his internal dilemma, he was inducted and assigned to Disengagement-related duties, after which he went absent without leave. "

If true, it's a self-inflicted wound. That said, having dealt with a conscientious objector case, these things aren't easy to sort out in real-time, however obvious they seem after the fact.

Let's check around the Denizen blogroll this morning...

SWWBO is tired of the poking and prodding at Judge Robert's children being adopted. For good reason, I think (and not just because I sleep next to her).

Adjutant Barb discusses guns and carrying same - as do her commenters.

Cassandra at Villainous Company defends the NYTs. Really. I mean it. Well, kinda. Sorta. All right, she doesn't, it's rather tongue-in-cheek... If you don't want to read about the NYT, you could always go read about how we poor soldiers are going/going to go bonkers because of Bush's War. I'll testify here - I have some ghosts, but they don't keep me awake at night. Just sayin'. Castle Philosopher Kat has addressed PTSD before, too. Here and here.

Rammer points out Words Mean Something. Like, what is a useful definition of... "poor?" Yer a heartless man, Rammer. Heartless I tell ya. And yer raisin' heartless kids! Oh, sorry, channeling my sister, there.

Castle Canadian Lefty Alan has been out traveling in the States again. He filters the US through interesting goggles... no specific post, just start at the top and move down.

The Ever-prolific Kat wants us to Put a Purple Finger in the Eye of Terrorism, then tells us why she doesn't watch CNN (Sorry, Montieth), and reviews Episode II of "Over There."

AFSis's post on "Who's to Blame" regarding parental responsibility for a child's behavior has gotten some interesting stuff in the comments - and she's doing the Flappy Bird Dance!

I'm not skipping Random Fate - he gets a post all to himself, later on!

Sergeant B asks, "But Why The Infantry?"

Fuzzybear Lioness tells you why it's important. We may well be activating the Fusileers soon. Keep an eye out for your Recall Notices.


by John on Aug 05, 2005
» Cadillac Tight links with: Dern it...

August 04, 2005

Kewl!

Blogspawn Sergeant B surfaces in a mini-MSM Article!

Ah! I knew him when...

Well done, Sergeant B!

by John on Aug 04, 2005

August 03, 2005

Haze Grey and at anchor... and other things as the muse seizes me.

Fleet Week in Seattle! At least the Blues in Seattle haven't driven the Navy away like the Blues in San Francisco did...

As I've noted before - some people take their re-enacting very seriously...

But almost everybody, for some reason, likes to play the losers...

Though there are always a few who are willing to play the Good Guys.

One thing about re-enacting... I've noted this at Civil War events (except the ones where the *Extreme* guys go...) and it's apparent at this WWII event...

Re-enacting soldiers are *much* better fed and under-exercised than actual troops on ops.

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I just don't think an early-war, much less late-war Waffen-SS formation would have bellybumpers of quite this magnitude... "Sergeant Shulz! I need you!"

Steiner would eat these guys for a snack. (this movie is one of the few that is *almost* as good as the book, which is sadly no longer available). And before I get snarked... yes, I know Steiner is not SS, work with me here, 'k?)

Update #1. From an email:

Sometimes even a Non-Lethal Attack can be Lethal

LTC Carl Ayers, Commander 9th PSYOP BN, describing the death of an Iraqi Border Guard in Western Iraq. The cause of death was a box of leaflets that fell out of a MC-130 Combat Talon when a static line broke. The box impacted on the Iraqi’s Guard’s head and 9th PSYOP BN may have achieved the first enemy KIA of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

A new frontier in Information Operations?

Moving on - Bloodspite points out that, at least at some academic institutions... the Beancounters aren't anti-military!

Update #2: CAPT H points us to Tit For Tat. Indeed.

by John on Aug 03, 2005

July 31, 2005

Sunday morning Speed Read

A couple of items that caught my eye this morning...

Cassandra "what-ifs" this scenario. Yo, Homeland Security!

Fuzzybear Lioness reveals her Inner Sweetie.
*ducking baseballs and bolting to the next blog*

Huntress is *not* a happy camper about the direction the MSM spin of her recent "mystery in the Med" posts is taking.

Barb is still Blogcrawling. Drop in and snark her for sleeping-in.

Ooop. Time to go out and drop more rocks...

by CW4BillT on Jul 31, 2005

July 30, 2005

Saturday morning reading...

First up - great birthday! Castle Argghhh! set a record for monthly visits yesterday, and there's still 1.5 days left!

Greyhawk's Dawn Patrol (and not because we're linked in it, either!).

Carnival of the Recipes!

The Canadians Militant Newsletter, the Red Ensign Standard is up.

Speaking of Militant Canadians, and the surprise *that* causes... H/t, Capt H! And check out that website's tagline... now, why is it *important* that Canada have some "honking big ships* (Chief of Defense Staff General Hillier's technical term)... go see the Flea! You should, anyway. Just because. And if that isn't enough - this should be: Ma Deuce vs Katana!

We hosted a leeeetle tiny effort here, Art of the Liberated, the in support of the effort by Move America Forward to counter the California Attorney General's Art Fest. I don't think much of the art in the Attorney General's fest, but I think the best response is one of countering it, as we did here. I find it pathetic that the response of the counter-protestors was to characterize an expression of displeasure with *their* art as fascism. Media coverage is available here and here.

Custom made items of the Art of the Liberated *are* available here...

Now, running down the Denizen blogroll...

Over at Villainous Company there's John Roberts (with an amorous caterpillar!), and then there is this: We've Met the Enema, and He Is Us!

Over at SWWBO's, she's killing time at the Airport, and then there is the whole roll for Carnival of the Recipes!

Barb reveals her inner geek (and more!). Barb is also involved in a Blog Crawl!

Alan supports supporting! (Though I thought this item jumped the shark when pro-sports teams jumped onto the cart).

Kat does Cliff's Note's for The Origins of Terrorism.

I spent my birthday cleaning up around the house so SWWBO wouldn't feel compelled to spend the weekend doing so... Rammer just paid to have it done for Punctilious, and got pretty much the same credit. Hmmmmm.

Bad Cat Robot, when not checking in on a regenerating JTG, takes some time out for Meme Squashing!

AFSis reports out on the arrests made WRT to flag-and-car burning incident, and has a little linky-love of her own going on.

Jack, as is his wont, delves deeply into his navel. Always interesting stuff in there!

Awwww, Sergeant B! Ya shouldn't have. Well, yeah, okay, ya should!

MSG Keith, formerly of this space, doesn't write often, but when he does... it's always good! Congrats, Grand-dad!

Last, but not least - new to the medium Fuzzybear Lioness seeks your help and assistance in a worthy project she's got under consideration...

In non-Denizen news...

Commander Salamander warms up his Riverine Warfare theme, and has some kewl video to go with it... as well as lecturing the Admirals. I see the 'Phibian is taking the Armorer's approach to promotion. Welcome to the gonna retire as a field grade ranks, Commander!

The Confederate Yankee wants to cause your eyes to explode from your head. Ewwwwww!

by John on Jul 30, 2005
» Ghost of a flea links with: Hans Island update

July 29, 2005

Linky-Dinks

Castle Correspondent Emeritus (Afghan Chair) MSG Keith is a brand new grandpa. Mama Katie and baby Eleanor are doing fine...

Consider the ramifications of the statement, "I Support the Troops, But I Don't Support the Mission"--Fuzzybear Lioness Agonistes...

And from Dbie the AFSister, the story of a desecration and the dénouement...

by CW4BillT on Jul 29, 2005

Friday Fripperies

Dadratted short-term memory--somethin' about today...
*shrug* It'll come to me. Probably next week, though. In the meantime, I guess I've gotta earn this week's no-pay-due:

For those of you who watch what you eat, here's the final word on nutrition and health. It's a relief to know the truth after all those conflicting medical studies.

1. Japanese eat very little fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.
2. Mexicans eat a lot of fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.
3. Chinese drink very little red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.
4. Italians drink excessive amounts of red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.
5. Germans drink a lot of beer and eat lots of sausage and fats and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.

CONCLUSION: Eat and drink what you like. Speaking English is apparently what kills you...

*light bulb* Aha! All that talk about chow and booze--now I remember!

Jake! KC! Muffy! Scout! Getcher scruple butts in here!

And-a-one, and-a-two, and-a-three, and-a-hit it!

>>hzzzz.
happiness on natal anniversary to youuuu,
happiness on natal anniversary to youuuu,
happiness on natal anniversary, big-tribble-with-leeeeggggssss,
happiness on natal anniversary to youuuuuuuuu!

>>hzz. give cookie now, plizz.

[*whap*] YIPE!

Heh. All Denizennes, Denizens, Visitors and Lurkers are invited to stop in for the party. Just don't stand too close to the cake when we fire up the candles--the halon extinguishers all went off last year, and Justthisguy's been fiddlin' with the deluge sprinkler sensors...


[Armorer walks in, rubbing eyes]

Huh? What's this about the Zulu and why are we celebrating?

[staggers off to make coffee]

by CW4BillT on Jul 29, 2005
» She Who Will Be Obeyed! links with: Happy Birthday to The Armorer
» Villainous Company links with: Happy Birthday, Armorer!
» Techography links with: They Say its your Birthday
» Righty in a Lefty State links with: What's Happening?
» The Gun Line links with: Happy Birthday, Blogpapa!
» Mudville Gazette links with: Dawn Patrol
» University Blog links with: Happy Birthdays

July 28, 2005

Fanfare and Flourishes

Castle Argghhh! is pleased to announce both the birth of the blogosphere's newest Chylde and the reason Denizenne Fuzzybear Lioness has only been appearing on rare occasions.

Ummm--come to think of it, both items are congruent. Drop in and give FbL her first instalanche!

And regardless of the sorta muzzy blogparentage and blogsiblingage, John *still* gets to score another entry on the blogroll.

On a sour note, her birthday (*sigh* yesterday) passed unheralded by the Adjutant. Barb must be having issues with her new Mac...

*heading post-haste for the bunker, donning kevlar and k-pot enroute*

by CW4BillT on Jul 28, 2005

July 17, 2005

Let's see what the Denizens have been saying...

Castle Philospher Kat has been *very busy*. Noting what the MSM missed, and then this post and this post about the "Enemy Within."

Castle Adjutant Barb is *so* not a Hippie! I'm 16%, myself. Those tie-dyed shirts as a yout' doncha know. Then there's her Friday Picture®.

The Mistress of Argghhh! proves that an inability to handle sharp objects is just a fact of life at the Castle. She's also replaced the Marital Bower and has a new toy. Now if she could just find her keys, life would be sooo much simpler!

Punctilious notes it's treason to suggest taxes are high in Michigan... Hmmm. Sounds like the Governor should have included some Econ courses with those Poli Sci classes.

In addition to all the other reasons we've sent you to Villainous Company this week - how about Cassandra punches Richard Cohen in the nose?

The Castle's Token Lefty®, Alan of GenX@40, should not be confused with being a "Peace at All Costs" type of Lefty. For further proof, check his spoor in the comments of this post here at the Castle. The man drinks a fair bit of Maple Syrup himself... though he'd probably prefer it fermented... as shown on his other great blog.

Bad Cat Robot, aka the Snarkatron... is an employee of one of those Huge All-Encompassing Software Giants. Turns out they can't help themselves much either, so you shouldn't be surprised at the quality of support you get...

AFSis runs into something most of us bloggers run into. My family is (afaik) unaware of my blogging, though my immediate bosses, corporate and government, are.

Castle Contrarian Jack of Random Fate brings an email discussion we had out into the open... keeping his position as Chief Contrarian secure. The catalyst for the emails was this post.

Chief of the Castle Security Detail Sergeant B contemplates his navel (no worries, he's cleaned it recently).

MSG Keith demonstrates why he's not a Civil Affairs guy, and links to a hilarious story of flying in an F14.


Th-th-th-that's all, folks!


by John on Jul 17, 2005

July 12, 2005

Tocsins and alarums!

Egads and a thousand gadzooks!

Castle Heavy AutoWeps Maven Sarge B’s Natal Anniversary was – (ulp!) – yesterday

ALCON (Denizens, Denizennes, Visitors and Lurkers -- yes, this means you) report to Firebase Redmond for a Congratulatory Comment Instalanche, ASAP!

Oh, AD-ju-tant(e)…post yer posterior posthaste to the Commandant for a quick flogging, followed by a lesson in how to use Excel, or Excess or whatever that app thingy is you use to keep track of significant events. Bring the cat.

Heh. H/T to AFSis and Barb, who's *not* gonna get flogged because she's already done that self-flagellation thang.

Well, maybe just a spanking...

[*whap*] YIPE!

by CW4BillT on Jul 12, 2005
» Righty in a Lefty State links with: I'm a Bad blog-sister

July 05, 2005

Feh!

(sniffs armpits) - Nope.

(checks teeth for stuff between 'em) - Clear.

(dandruff check) - Nada.

(checks out clothes...) - pedestrian, but clean and neat.

Nope it ain't that.

Feh.

Nobody.tells.me.anything.

I hear this from the Adjutant?

MSG Keith, the Castle Correspondent from Afghanistan, has transferred to being His Own Master. Welcome another newbie to blogworld!

My Army Life.


Hmmmm. So, who among us gets to claim parentage? Barb stakes a claim because she mid-wifed him... I stake a claim because I gave him a taste of fame as the Castle Correspondent... and I suspect AFSis can stake a claim because she pointed him out to me.

Whattaya think, Denizens?

by John on Jul 05, 2005

July 04, 2005

Happy Independence Day!

Update: *Speaking of Canadians... and ones with hot graphics on their site, too... Ith directs us to Girl on the Right - who wants to organize Letter Writing... to Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan... hey, why not? They're there - and they are there with us. I suspect if it had been up to a vote of the Canadian soldiery - they'd have been with us in the March Upcountry, too.

Now, back to the original post...

Literally, as Canadian Denizen CAPT H emailed:

Happy Fourth of July!

Cheers
JMH

Though he'll probably snark that he was just wishing us a happy 4th, and "What holiday?"

He also recommends some thoughts of David Warren regarding Iraq.

The anniversary just having passed - I recommend this bit from the US Army regarding Gettysburg.

A Kinder, Gentler, White House... at least in regards to French sensitivities... so, instead, we let the loser of Trafalgar have the biggest toy afloat... at the winner's commemoration. Snerk!

You can run, well, no you can't, we'll shoot you then, too. And now, it's gonna get harder to hide... From Strategy Page today:

INTELLIGENCE OPERATIONS: LADAR Sees Through Camouflage July 4, 2005: The U.S. Army has found a new way to defeat camouflage, and do it in 3-D. Army tests using LADAR (Laser Radar), found that, using more powerful computer software, the LADAR will build a 3-D picture of what it sees, which is so detailed that it will reveal vehicles hidden under camouflage. This kind of 3-D image building is also being used to help troops prepare for combat missions. They can move through these 3-D images of their battle area, in what looks like a video game. But the purpose of the "rehearsal simulator" is to do a realistic run-through of the operations. The first UAV to get the new LADAR will be the DP-5X Helicopter UAV.

CAPT H, after being nice regarding the 4th, reverts to type and snarks me for recycling...

Since you insist on posting old stuff (from 2003): " The US Navy today announced that it has released a senior terrorist after questioning him extensively for 27 days while he was held prisoner aboard a US aircraft carrier in the Arabian Sea. In a humanitarian gesture the terrorist was given $50 US and a white Ford Fairlane automobile upon being released from custody. The attached photo shows the terrorist on his way home just after being released by the Navy."

CatchAndRelease.jpg

Denizen Blogging this July 4th:

Barb offers Prayers and Thanks.

Alan, a Canadian, oddly enough isn't all over the holiday... but is all over frozen custard.

Even though she ignored us, we'll still link with Cassandra's Salute to Milblogger posts today!

Kat reminds of of Why We Fight.

Punctilious hasn't posted today, but her co-blogger UML Guy has - just start at the top and move down.

SWWBO weighs in, still sniping at an *Unamed Person*.

Bad Cat Robot is busy shingling her house and visiting the USS Lincoln today - but she has this up to keep you busy.

And while SGT B is apparently off barbecuing today - his linkfest is worth perusing.

Okay - that's enough. SWWBO and I have yard work to do, and money to spend at Lowe's and Home Depot.

Go drink beer, burn brats (I can't wait to see who snarks that) and all that other 4th of July stuff - but do take a moment to ponder the importance of July 4th, 1776, in the nation's history.

If yer still looking for Good Stuff:

Milbloggers
Ragin' Rinos.
Gun Bloggers.

Cya later!

Update: Meanwhile, in Berlin...

by John on Jul 04, 2005

June 18, 2005

Saturday Olio

First up - SWWBO's The Carnival of the Recipes is up, hosted by Michele of Meanderings!

MCart buried this in the comments of the party thread - but it's too good for this former Dungeon Master to not put on the front page. This *is* the Castle, after all!

Gotta admit - the flight sim geek in me is drawn to this car...

Castle Adjutant Barb is turning into quite the journo!

Kat, the Kastle Philosopher is reading other people's mail again...

Punctilious has a Raven 42 roundup.

Cassie is *on a roll* as ever. She really should start shopping that stuff to magazines.

Over at Alan's - Beware the Luxembourger!

Snarkatron approaches the same topic Cassie does... from a different angle.

AFSis jumps in on the subject of Boobs. For that matter, so does ALa. There. That should send some traffic their way. Yes, guys, breasts. No tricks. heh. That cleared the room fast. So, ladies, now that the gents are gone, let's continue, eh?

Castle Contrarian Jack has been taking advantage of his work in France to do some traveling. This time - Prague.

SGT B is having a garage sale. Apparently at the Firebase, the nuts don't fall far from the tree...

Ry sent along this *very* interesting article for you guys and gals who have to carry rifles - and especially ones who wonder just how the heck we're gonna get rid of all the cables we're fiddling with now regarding digitizing weapons. This is one approach.

Some historical notes from the day:

1945 Lt Gen Simon B Buckner, Commander, Tenth Army, KIA, Okinawa. There have been only *two* Lieutenant Generals of US Forces killed in combat. Can anyone name the other one? If no one gets it - I'll provide the answer later. And how many among you knew that over half the combat troops at Okinawa were Army, and that an Army General commanded the ground forces?

1538 Treaty of Nice: "Peace" between Holy Roman Emperor Charles V & Francis I of France. Not this one... Forget proper French pronunciation - The Treaty of Nice for ending a war tickles me like the Diet of Worms does for a governing body.
1812 War of 1812: US declares war against Britain. Nyah nyah! You lost! We bored you to death.
1815 Battle of Waterloo: Napoleon defeated by Wellington & Blucher. The Castle collection includes shell fragments recovered from the area of La Haye Sainte.
1940 Winston Churchill says "this was their finest hour" Wotta man, was Winnie!


by John on Jun 18, 2005
» Random Fate links with: Tell them

June 12, 2005

Finally!

First - ain't this a beautiful picture of Fort Monroe? Think about the feeding frenzy for those water-front homes when Monroe closes... that thing in the way is some new airplane or something.


OVER VIRGINIA -- Lt. Col. James Hecker flies over Fort Monroe before delivering the first operational F/A-22 Raptor to its permanent home at Langley Air Force Base, Va., on May 12. This is the first of 26 Raptors to be delivered to the 27th Fighter Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Ben Bloker)

If you really wanna study the Fort or those quarters - or that thing spoiling the view - click here. (dial ups - be patient, it's *big*)

I see that the Pencil-necked, Sunken-chested Auld Aviator Geek Bill the Rotorhead finally bestirred himself (or KTLW is alseep) to pull his feathermerchant weight around here. (Did I get 'em all, Bill?) Now if we get Dusty to post today... a trifecta!

Having survived yesterday's slavery (WonderWife® v3.0 only uses the whip to point of welting, BlunderWife® V2.0 always, as she called it, "Went for the Ivory" and laid me open to the bone) and schlepped laundry and vacuumed, and picked up, and washed some glass... tabletop - I dont do Windows® - and then furniture shopping... I was rewarded with a joke! The Denizennes will like it, I'm sure - especially the eld(er) Denizennes (Cassie at Villainous Company, anyone? Here's yer trivet back... ziinnnnnng!) for whom gravity is truly a Force of Nature. For you delicate types - I've placed it behind the curtain. Now I think I'll go have a beer with Alan, Sergeant B (hey, Barb and Sergeant B scored Blackfive!), and Jack.

Flash Traffic (extended entry) Follows »

by John on Jun 12, 2005

May 15, 2005

Peering around the 'sphere this morning...

Out of the blue, a German emailed this: Der Spiegel (trans: The Mirror) with an english-language article looking at an elephant in the living room: Muslim 'honor killings' in Germany. While you're there, click on the WWII retrospective in the sidebar - or, if you're too lazy to look for it - click here: Interesting viewpoints from the German side. Want a way to sample many Germans feel today? *Especially* the ones born after the war? How many of we whites feel personal responsibility for slavery - or even the Jim Crow aftermath, up to, say, 1964 or so? If you don't feel a personal sense of responsibility, but rather a more detached sense of "that was then, this is now" I think you can get a feel for how a 30-40 something German might feel about the war. I can even see where they get a (mistaken, but honestly felt) sense of victimhood. For them growing up, many cities still had rubble piles and bombed out blocks - I remember that from when I was kid living in Germany. And there were all those relatives that were only pictures on the wall, and the tales of property lost, etc. Yes, yes, I know - that was all over Europe, and especially Eastern Europe - not my point. I'm just offering it up as a way to understand why Germans of the general age of the readership of this blog might not feel quite the way we'd think regarding WWII.

Dave Chappelle - while I wasn't that enamored of his show, I've always liked his comedy... and I find this interview fascinating - how many people moving in the orbit he does, takes a good look at the sycophants that cluster about star power and money and find them wanting?

Novak is reporting that high-level Republicans in the House think that Hillary just might be unbeatable. Given the current slate of idiot spineless Republicans, they might be right. If so, serves the Republicans right, so to speak. I find the Republican Senate cohort to be lamentable, even if my own two Senators, Brownback and Roberts, aren't too bad the whole party is tainted by the inability of the leadership to Lead. And if the Dems regain the Senate and the White House, we know the Republicans in the Senate will just roll over and not fight tooth and nail for what they believe, like the Democrats do. Sigh. Three years away and I'm already depressed.

Sorry Presidente Fox - when Mexico affords Gringos the same rights in Mexico it demands for Mexicans in the US, I might start listening to what you have to say with something other than a sense of exasperation.

Hmmm. Poverty + Opportunity = Conservatism? Bogus Gold thinks so.

Over at Dean's World, Joe Gandelman starts dissecting a movie that will debut at Cannes which appears to be Celsius 911 (Michael Moore with a Brit accent).

The Queen of All Evil finds she lives a few blocks away from a Cops Episode.

SWWBO is doing maintenance. And she's a Brute. By contrast, I'm a Spiteful Loner.

Cassandra, as ever the eclectic - wonders what's wrong with women... and points out an odd Islamic practice...

Barb is seeing double.

Alan has the first Ribs of summer!

Punctilious asks a question. Come to think of it - so did Barb.

Castle Philosopher Kat on Guns.

Bad Cat Robot lays out reality if *She* was Evil Overlord!

AFSis is in Disneyworld celebrating Mr. Sister's 40th... but she left the keys to her blog under the doormat... Par-tay!

Jack ruminates on Star Wars. He also offers his take on the Bolton nomination. All in all Jack, I think you're going to like a Hillary Administration one heckuva lot more than the current one.

SGT B still has little patience for people who whine, yet do nothing about that which makes them whine. T'was ever thus: Those who can, do. Those who can't, teach. Those who can't teach, criticize.

I'm going to brunch.

by John on May 15, 2005
» Quotulatiousness links with: "Too often these crimes go unreported"

May 02, 2005

Looking around the world today...

Feeling a little better, thought I would venture out.

First, via CAPT H - The Aussies stand Tall.

Second - some Cannoneer Zen, from West Point.

Moving on - Ry sent me a great picture, but rather than post it - I'm going to link to Neptunus Lex, where Ry found it - and you can follow Lex's link to Joatmoaf - for a great story about Convertible Tomcats.

CAPT H, trying to cheer me up, sent along three more wonderful Brit obituaries. John and I both were amused at how Wing Commander Briggs made his way into the Coldstream Guards. "Eh?" you say? *Wing Commander Briggs* of the Guards? That's why you need to read the obits!

Lastly from CAPT H comes this little bit - by someone who shares my view exactly of the Airbus 380 (and any American product Boeing chooses to develop to compete) and its impact on air travel. I said in this space before - shoveling more people into the aircraft for airports which are not structured to handle the throughput is *not* going to be an improvement for the traveler.

SWWBO wants some kewl bobbleheads... and while watching a CSPAN interview of Charles Krauthammer - discovered she was a Neocon. And took this quiz to prove it to herself. My, she's come a long way from being a Democratic Party Block Captain and Ward Boss...

Castle Philosopher Kat has been out tilting at Moonbats. She's being challenged by an atheist... and responding. Then, like that Academic Submariner at Unconsidered Trifles, she's been taking on Andy Bacevich and his meme of the New American Militarism. Yes, I have an opinion, but I've got to read the book, first!

Cassandra on "governing by poll" and her favorite (not) columnists!

Castle Proletarian Alan on Marx, Menshevic and Civic Republicism.

Punctilious looks, sez, "No thanks!"

Barb finds out she's, well, not quite what we'd expect!

Bad Cat Robot channels Shiva... She also questions how much Sapience resides in Homo Sapiens.

AFSister just stopped in for a Coke - but got a lesson in life.

Chief Contrarian Jack weighs in with subtlety. Extra credit if you don't have to think about it. He's also keeping an eye on the French and the upcoming vote on the EU constitution. (He lives in France). Jack thinks Chirac will probably pull it off.

To wrap up this Denizen(+) link-fest, we'll close with SGT B suffering a bout of empathy, and doing a little spotlighting....

by John on May 02, 2005

April 19, 2005

Stuff of interest.

I'm guessing someone's suffered a career ding for this one. Hat tip, Bill B!

The American Soldier will probably go over 150K today - go ahead, try to be that one!

On a related note, the Castle will probably break 500K tonight.

Over at Blonde Sagacity - bittersweet letters home to grieving families, and Bill the Rotorhead guest-posting and baring all...

In Denizen news...

AFSis has a still-on-the-short-side-of-it mid-life crisis. Geez, you young people!

SGT B has made the Spokane Spokesman-Review's list of local bloggers! While the Castle did make it into the National Review's list - locally we're virtual unknowns. Good on ya, Sergeant!

Chief Contrarian Jack, who lives among the French, offers his views of same.

Snarkatron, who has a Brain Housing Group the size of a small planet - shares ways to annoy instructors while in college. She also reminds us of an anniversary we missed - but Vodkapundit didn't - and the enduring importance of duct tape.

Barb has been hanging with Jack, and talking economics.

As ever, Cassandra is simply rolling along!

SWWBO has troubles on the road... Cricket blames "Mean spirited poopyheads" (read the comments)

Sadly, Alan admits to hygiene problems...

Castle Philosopher Kat takes on Apologists for Islam.

Lastly, but not least - Punctilious has a serious dilemma on her hands!

Moving on, CAPT H sends:

A woman walked into the kitchen to find her husband stalking around with a fly swatter.

"What are you doing?" She asked.

"Hunting Flies" He responded.

"Oh. Killing any?" She asked.

"Yep, 3 males, 2 Females," he replied.

Intrigued, she asked. "How can you tell them apart?"

He responded, "3 were on a beer can, 2 were on the phone."

CAPT H also sends along this article about political parties in British Columbia... I'm all for buying BC (one party's platform is to sell BC to the US) but, can we carve off Vancouver? Make it a part of Washington? Then let Van-Sea-Tac be "Fantasy Islands" and the remainder of BC and Washington could be... BC and Washington?


by John on Apr 19, 2005
» There's One, Only! links with: Good Joke!

Stuff of interest.

I'm guessing someone's suffered a career ding for this one. Hat tip, Bill B!

The American Soldier will probably go over 150K today - go ahead, try to be that one!

On a related note, the Castle will probably break 500K tonight.

Over at Blonde Sagacity - bittersweet letters home to grieving families, and Bill the Rotorhead guest-posting and baring all...

In Denizen news...

AFSis has a still-on-the-short-side-of-it mid-life crisis. Geez, you young people!

SGT B has made the Spokane Spokesman-Review's list of local bloggers! While the Castle did make it into the National Review's list - locally we're virtual unknowns. Good on ya, Sergeant!

Chief Contrarian Jack, who lives among the French, offers his views of same.

Snarkatron, who has a Brain Housing Group the size of a small planet - shares ways to annoy instructors while in college. She also reminds us of an anniversary we missed - but Vodkapundit didn't - and the enduring importance of duct tape.

Barb has been hanging with Jack, and talking economics.

As ever, Cassandra is simply rolling along!

SWWBO has troubles on the road... Cricket blames "Mean spirited poopyheads" (read the comments)

Sadly, Alan admits to hygiene problems...

Castle Philosopher Kat takes on Apologists for Islam.

Lastly, but not least - Punctilious has a serious dilemma on her hands!

Moving on, CAPT H sends:

A woman walked into the kitchen to find her husband stalking around with a fly swatter.

"What are you doing?" She asked.

"Hunting Flies" He responded.

"Oh. Killing any?" She asked.

"Yep, 3 males, 2 Females," he replied.

Intrigued, she asked. "How can you tell them apart?"

He responded, "3 were on a beer can, 2 were on the phone."

CAPT H also sends along this article about political parties in British Columbia... I'm all for buying BC (one party's platform is to sell BC to the US) but, can we carve off Vancouver? Make it a part of Washington? Then let Van-Sea-Tac be "Fantasy Islands" and the remainder of BC and Washington could be... BC and Washington?


by John on Apr 19, 2005
» There's One, Only! links with: Good Joke!

April 10, 2005

Let's go visiting Denizens this morning!

Alan, of Gen-X at 40 ponders Canadian politics. Specifically, how what passes for an opposition in Canada is so weak, that even a *huge* financial scandal involving the current government essentially has no measureable effect on Canadian voters - who would prefer to keep the crooks they have, than the cranks they perceive as the alternative - if I were a Tory leader in Canada today, I would just quietly pack up and find different work. Pathetic. Not looking at it from *inside* Canada, it also seems a touch perilous for Canadian Democracy - either they just *don't* really care, which is bad enough, but recoverable, or the bemusingly sought-after homogeniety of political thought in Canada has been achieved... and the ruling power can do as it pleases.

Of course, I thought things like that at times during the Clinton administration, and have since discovered my political acumen is, well, lacking.

Hubba-hubba!

Cassandra wants to know why her tax dollars are being wasted. Specifically, the marksmanship training - after all, if we're targeting the journalists... WHY ARE ANY STILL ALIVE over there?

Punctilious has a certain verbal restraint which you will find a blessed palliative to the verbal "runs" we suffer here. There! I took twenty-four words to link to her 7. Her husband, Rammer, is a bit more loquacious, but still a paragon of brevity.

Barb wonders 'bout blogging.

The Snarkatron has some *more* thoughts on blogs. The Snarkster is a dry wit, best savored slowly. There is much packed 'twixt the lines.

*Someone* needs to pick up the pace a bit... (see Snarker's first paragraph...)

Jack, in his role as He Who Seeks The Perfect Equilibrium In All Things (yes, Jack, mild snark) is now taking to task the bloggers who ran with the "Schiavo Talking Points Memo" as a liberal conspiracy for not, essentially, printing retractions. And well he should. I don't think we here at Castle Argghhh! ever even mentioned it in passing - I didn't like the story that much. Might have linked to it somewhere, but certainly didn't join the frenzy like we *did* during Memogate. I'm pretty sure we don't have any retractions to print - but if we do, *someone* will point it out! That *is* one of the jobs of the Castle Contrarians!

Sergeant B, Chief of Castle Security has some advice on the subject of... Security.

To wrap this Denizen Fest up - the Castle Philosopher Kat points out something - the word "hero" doesn't belong to the person it's applied to - it belongs, in a sense, to the people who bestow it. MSG Keith - if you're reading this - *This* link's for you, fella.

by John on Apr 10, 2005