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April 09, 2004

Kerrey on Iraq, Afghanistan, and 9/11.

That would be Bob Kerrey, former Senator from Nebraska, President of the New School University in New York, and member of the 9/11 Commission - who seems to me to Get It.

Oh, and although he doesn't mention it in his piece - he's also a Vietnam Veteran. And while there are those who doubt his Medal of Honor, including Kerrey himself, who asserts it was upgraded from a lesser award by a White House looking for a hero. Perhaps so - but it wasn't a self-nomination, nor is there any doubt at all about his Purple Heart for losing a leg in the action that led to the Medal of Honor. I hold him blameless for any controversy there - it was out of his hands.

Not that I want him to be President, he's still too liberal for my taste - but I wouldn't fear that Bob Kerrey in office would just cut and run and call it diplomacy.

This is *not* a universal opinion, I'm finding. I'll ruminate on it.

My thoughts on the 9/11 Commission.

I haven't expressed an opinion on this subject. I suppose now is as good a time as any. Below is the text of a comment I left on this blog. Susie, lolling in the shade of her Practical Penumbra, pointed it out. When the comment turned into a post, I decided what the heck - why leave it shivering and lonely on a lefty blog, when I can bring it here, into the light.

Ain't perfect hindsight grand?

All the dots are sooooo obvious when all the dead end paths are x'd out. The maze is easy to negotiate when all the turns are nicely labeled.

I worked in the WMD response task force for DoD in 98-00. We considered airplanes into buildings. We considered ricin in the food supply. We considered toxins in the water. We considered nerve gas in the subways. We considered low-order radioactive material distributed in any number of interesting ways. We used complicated models to try and determine downwind paths in complex urban terrain, simulating someone dispensing a biological from a high building. We considered lots and lots of stuff. And there was intel that supported all of it.

Which means that nothing stands out. It's all possible. And, like it or not - just as the Clinton administration found out - you can't guard against everything.

We made plans to react to all of it. We rehearsed those plans and the coordination with Federal, State, and Local agencies. And we lost sleep over the probable casualties.

The problem was no one (this means you, the public, in addition to the executive/legislative leadership) was going to buy the recommended preventive measures - because no one really BELIEVED it could happen here. An attitude carried forward with the change in administrations.

NOW we believe.

This raking over the coals is all about politics - it's not about getting to an answer. Which means it's a virtual waste of time. No one seems interested in improving the system - just their electoral chances... regardless of the downstream impact of that.

A pox on all of 'em.

by John on Apr 09, 2004 | Global War on Terror (GWOT)
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The Commissar ponders history, and Misha considers culture, and Matt considers service.

He's been doing that a lot lately. And he's really getting p.o.'d at the KKKossacks, as he so neatly terms them. A good read.

The Rottweiler Emperor thinks the Jihadi's will rue the day they picked on the Japanese. I'm not so sure - but I can hope.

Matt at Blackfive has an interesting post on the concept of service.

Oh, yeah - and go check out SGT Hook today, too. Go.

I'm with SWWBO.

Go read Bill Whittle.

Ha! Our plans to domesticate humans go farther back than this!

"Human domestication of felines may have started 9,500 years ago." Hee hee hee. Silly people. On Cyprus, they have discovered the grave of a cat, buried with it's human servant. Of course, they don't see it that way, but that's all part of the plan isn't it!

The discovery of a cat buried with what could be its owner in a Neolithic grave on Cyprus suggests domestication of cats had begun 9,500 years ago.

It was thought the Egyptians were first to domesticate cats, with the earliest evidence dating to 2,000-1,900 BC.

The rest of the story is here. Leave it to the BBC to get it backwards! Feh! I OWN this place! Especially *him*, he's my bi-otch! She Who Won't Be Obeyed is wilier and a little harder to control.


Update: We will do anything to protect our rule.
And finally - All Your Base Are Belong To Us!


Even though he nibbles our flesh - we like the Flea!

by Little Girl on Apr 09, 2004 | Historical Stuff
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Today's little historical tidbits...


Well, it's a big day for surrenders in US military history:

[Ed. Note: Despite the seeming best hopes of Kos's commenters, this year will not be added to the total for this date]

1865 Appomattox. Lee & the Army of Northern Virginia pack it in. Not too many civil wars in the history of man ended on such a 'civil' note. Usually there is a lot of dangling from trees and lightposts or standing in front of walls.

Headquarters Army of N. Va. April 10, 1865 General Orders, No. 9

After four years of arduous service marked by unsurpassed courage And fortitude, the Army of Northern Virginia has been compelled to Yield to overwhelming numbers and resources. I need not tell the brave survivors of so many hard fought Battles, who have remained steadfast to the last, that I have consented to this result from no distrust of them. But feeling that valor and devotion could accomplish nothing that could compensate for the loss that must have attended the continuance of this contest, I determined to avoid the useless sacrifice of those whose past services have endeared them to their countrymen. By the terms of the agreement, officers and men can return to their homes and remain until exchanged. You will take with you the satisfaction that proceeds from the consciousness of duty faithfully performed, and I earnestly pray that a merciful God will extend to you His blessing and protection. With an unceasing admiration of your constancy and Devotion to your country, and a grateful remembrance of your kind and generous consideration for myself, I bid you all an affectionate farewell.

R.E. Lee, General

1942 Bataan: c. 75,000 U.S. & Filipino troops surrender to the Japanese, setting the stage for the Death March.


Most of the Philippine defenders were located near the southern Bataan city of Mariveles. Here the Japanese assembled their prisoners for the 55-mile march from Mariveles to the rail town of San Fernando. Here as many as 100 prisoners were loaded into box cars measuring 8 x 40 feet, and taken 24 miles to Capas, Tarlac. The deadly trip culminated with the 6-mile march to the infamous Camp O'Donnell.

For our neighbors to the north it's a day for martial pride:

Click the picture to visit a Canadian's memorial to Canada's soldiers. While you are at the site, read this letter.

1917 Vimy Ridge France stormed by Canadian troops. The entire Canadian Army in France fought together for the first time in the war at Vimy. They weren't a big army, but they, pretty much like all anglosphere armies, were a tough one!

Then there's those darn fractious Georgians. First 1861 and then again, 130 years later.

1991 Georgia votes to secede from US.

Oops. Forgot the "SR". Never mind.

Hat tip: Strategy Page.

April 08, 2004

Baldilock's guest blogger...

...has fired his opening salvo in the war of ideas over the invasion of Iraq. What is most striking about this post and the comments is the lack of shrill invective.

An actual discussion, less moonbattery from either side. While I enjoy a good brawl over at the Emperor's, I really found this exchange (and hopefully the future ones as King develops his theme and arguments) to be as lively without the rancor so prevalent elsewhere. Kind of like my recent exchanges with Zac, a discussion, not a screechfest.

Brava yourself, Juliette - for running such a taut ship no one thought to sling any mud!

Greyhawk is also on a roll today, somewhat annoyed with all the support democrats are offering the effort in Iraq as the Marines subdue Fallujah.

Sgt Hook in the 'Stan

If you aren't checking in on SGT Hook every day, you're wrong. Why? This is why. Don't argue with me, I'm not in the mood.

That is all.

Ammunition, Part the 3rd

Welcome to Ammunition, part the 3rd. Yes, this one comes with another JDM Warning™ - excessive words, not enough pictures. Hey, when you guys pay for my bandwidth you can gripe about the lack of pictures.

We left off in Ammunition, Part the 2nd with the shift from flintlock to percussion ignition of the powder charge. I mentioned how governments liked it because it was a cheap and easy replacement to do with flintlocks, so you didn't have to completely rearm, you could retrofit. Cheaper and quicker. Here's an example, with a US M1842 (Springfield) conversion.

Note from a collector's perspective - many of these rifles were back-dated to flintlocks because the original flintlocks were so scarce (having been converted, eh?). They don't hold the same value as a true original configuration, so take a good hard look at one of these offered in a flintlock form. The parts usually don't match in overall age patina, especially ones made with more modern parts made from different steels than the originals. You can see in the picture - where there is brass, that is a filler for the old flintlock pan. Oh, yes, I did say rifle. Many of these were rifled when they were converted to percussion as well. Not a deep rifling, not really a very useful rifling, but they were rifled.

The simple expedient of putting fulminate of mercury in a copper (later brass) cap that fit on a nipple simplified the soldier's drill and the gun-makers workload - meaning more rifles could be made, and effectively more shots fired in a given amount of time by a given body of troops.

Here is an example of modern large rifle caps. Not very dissimilar from the originals. A little more stable/less sensitive (don't want it too stable or it won't work well as an ignition system) and a little less sensitive to environmental conditions. Plus the ignition compounds are safer, both for the producer and the consumer.

When you ally the percussion cap with paper cartridges, rifled barrels and the Minie' ball, you produce a virtual revolution in the armament of the individual soldier. The soldier now has a weapon which has a near equal reach to artillery on flat ground - making the life of the artilleryman suddenly very much more dangerous. The added range and accuracy give a murderous advantage to the defense which can only be overcome with numbers, as the Army of the Potomac found out numerous times to it's lasting regret, and as the Army of Northern Virginia, especially Pickett's Division, found out on the third day at Gettysburg.

So, what's a paper cartridge? Glad you asked. Here is a paper cartridge and a fired Minie' ball.

The paper cartridge is another innovation designed to reduce the number of steps required to load, thereby speeding up the loading process and upping the number of shots the soldier can get off in a given time.

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by John on Apr 08, 2004 | Ammunition
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Starting to get busy again....

...and a new data dump for analysis starts shortly, bringing back the looong days. Accordingly, I get a little lazy here in the computer room at Castle Argghhh and survive by linking early in the morning.

For an update on Fallujah, I recommend a visit to Strategy Page, that's where I've been going to get a tidily written wrap-up of the previous day's events.

They've also got an article about the new thermal sight for rifles the Army is after. It may be relatively light, and it's certainly useful, and I hope it's rugged - but dang, it sure looks about as unwieldy as the others! Doesn't mean I wouldn't take one, though. But this 3rd ACR troop just doesn't look comfortable with it.


April 07, 2004

Two articles of interest over at Strategy Page

The first offers some analysis on the (my slant) hypocrisy of the Jihadists and offers some insight into the problems in the Sunni Triangle, some of which mirrors my thoughts in a post below on the subject. (By definition that makes their opinions expert!)

Both Falljah and Ramadi are in the Sunni Arab areas, where Saddam recruited his secret police, torturers and Republican Guard, and where many are concerned about war crimes trials by a vengeful Shia and Kurd government once the national elections are held. The coalition plan was to keep these areas as quiet as possible (via Iraqi police and negotiations with various religious and tribal leaders) until the Iraqi police and judiciary were strong enough to disarm the whatever anti-government groups. But the Baath Party had a plan for regaining power if the country were occupied, by using terror against other Iraqis, and raising a heavily armed Sunni militia to protect Sunni population centers. The Sunni gunmen in Fallujah could not restrain themselves, especially since the main road from Jordan to Baghdad, and all its truck traffic, runs right through Fallujah. Last weeks attack and mutilation of four American security supervisors, who protected trucks traffic going through Fallujah, created a media firestorm that forced a major military operation to diminish the gangs of Fallujah. That operation will kill dozens of Americans, and hundreds of Iraqis, and will weaken some of the armed Sunni Arab groups. Many Saddam era thugs will thus no longer be available for war crimes trials.

In this next little tidbit, they discuss the recruiting problem... y'know, the one which said everybody would quit because it was too hard and dangerous (jury is still out on the Reserves and Guard, but the Regulars are doing okay - and if the RC doesn't come back it isn't going to be because it was too dangerous or hard, but because they didn't want to be Regulars...) Like the Moonbat who told SWWBO that the returning vets were gonna come kick the Warbloggers asses, this bit of info has been the subject of underwhelming journalistic quality...

While the media has seized on the idea that the large number of troops being sent into combat zones, for long periods of time, would have an adverse impact on re-enlistments, few reporters apparently asked the troops point blank what their re-enlistment attitudes were. Instead, many reporters sought out troops, or family members, known to be unhappy and asked leading questions in order to obtain stories that fit with preconceived ideas, not what was actually going on.

The rest of the article is informative - and there is a problem retaining the Special Operators, not because they don't like the work, but because firms like Blackwater Security will triple their salary for the same work, that is *generally* safer.

April 06, 2004

From an email from a Marine Family Member...

Right now I'm sitting here seething at the reaction to today's events. You would think we were in Nam all over again. ... got up and walked out on Bill O'Reilly. I cannot believe the crap these people are spewing and quite frankly I'm mad as hell! While we all took it on the chin today there has been nothing more than Company level engagements so far. This hasn't even gotten hot yet and already it's gloom and doom. God I sincerely hope our boys don't hear this stuff!

XXXXXX, I won't sugar-coat it because it's your flesh and blood, but I will give you a soldier's assessment - a 1 to 2 exchange ratio for an attacker going against a defender entrenched in a city is not 'taking it on the chin'.

It a helluva performance.

I don't know what the political fallout will be...

...but the Marines are living up to the standards set by The Battle for Hue.

I don't know if the political/diplomatic corps will steel themselves - but the Marines in Fallujah should be putting to rest any doubts about the fighting quality of Americans in cities. From what I can see - we went to school on the Russian experience in Grozny. And that's a good thing, seeing as how the Chechens handed the Russians their heads there.

U.S. Faces Tough Urban Battle in Fallujah
2 hours, 54 minutes ago

By LOURDES NAVARRO and BASSEM MROUE, Associated Press Writers

FALLUJAH, Iraq - In a narrow alley, Marines pinned down by a hail of guerrilla fire sent up red smoke in a cry for help. Tanks pounded shell after shell into houses, while troops on the city's edge crawled forward on their bellies, firing on insurgents.

U.S. forces faced a tough urban battle Tuesday in their drive to pacify one of Iraq's most dangerous cities. Block by block, they fought their way into Fallujah, where Iraqi guerrillas killed four American civilians and a mob mutilated their bodies last week.

In case any of you haven't been paying attention for the last year or so - city fighting is the most brutal and dangerous kind. And it's slow. Especially if you are trying to avoid civilian casualties (and your opponent isn't).

...U.S. forces called out a weapon rarely used against the Iraqi guerrillas: the AC-130 gunship, a warplane that circles over a target, laying down a devastating barrage of heavy machine gun fire.

Unlike most air-delivered munitions (though that ratio is rapidly changing) the Spectre *is* a precision weapon.

Tuesday evening, U.S. planes firing rockets destroyed four houses in two neighborhoods, witnesses said. The strike killed 26 Iraqis, including women and children, and wounded 30 others, said Rafie al-Issawi, a doctor at Fallujah General Hospital, where the casualties were taken. The deaths brought the total number of Iraqi dead on Tuesday to 34, according to the hospital's count.

Here's where it gets ugly. Did these people stay there of their own free will? Did they refuse the evacuation order out of defiance, loyalty to the Mullah? And then, whether or not those people invited the militia in or not - when you hang around in the middle of a firefight - Bad Things happen.

...The battle began when a foot patrol that went a few blocks into the city came under fire from a house, said Cpl. Christopher Ebert, of Forest City, N.C., who was on the patrol. He said two Marines were wounded.

Trapped in a narrow alley, unable to see the source of fire, the Marines put up red smoke to summon help, and a tank and an armored Humvee moved in. The tank battered the house with a heavy machine gun, and the patrol was extracted.

But soon afterward, guerrillas opened fire with rocket-propelled grenades and automatic weapons on the 2nd Battalion Marines just outside the city, sending the Americans diving into the sand and sparking a battle that lasted into the night.

Good. They're standing and fighting. Makes it easier to kill them and reduce the insurgent population. Just as happened to the Viet Cong during Tet. The question now is - will the President do a better job explaining to the people what's going on - and will the people accept the situation?

"Insurgents usually fire and run. This time they're digging in, which is the first time we've seen them do that," Ebert said.

It means they're trapped, most likely. And they are trying to make it as painful as possible, hoping for this generation's Walter Cronkite to pass judgement.

The gunmen "use lots of hit-and-run tactics. They ambush a lot and it is more tough for us to fight that way because we don't want to injure civilians," Marine Capt. Kyle Staddard said.

Right out of the Grozny playbook. Swarm fire with RPGs, RPG gunners supported by riflemen and light machine guns. Hopefully the Marines have the gear for detecting tunneling activity. In Grozny, the Chechens tunneled from building to building, and knocked holes in firewalls and between rooms to build a whole new manuever path that wasn't as obvious as using streets, sidewalks, and hallways.

Fallujah, 30 miles west of Baghdad, has long been a bastion of the Sunni Muslim guerrillas. Support for the insurgency is strong — and hatred of the U.S.-led occupation is widespread, as evidenced by the cheering Iraqis who dragged the four Americans' burned bodies through the streets a week ago.

In this case, hopefully they will reap the whirlwind. If you can't win their hearts and minds, kill 'em until they get tired of dying. In these people's case, they apparently don't like being an out-of-power minority, instead of an in-power minority - and know that historically that's not a good thing - after all, they know what they did when they were in power, and for some reason, fear that it might happen to them out-of-power. The same seeds of pointless feuding exist here as existed in Bosnia. The Hatfields and McCoys writ large - on a cultural level.

On Fallujah's outskirts, one Iraqi farmer just wanted to be able to reach his gardens, now in an area blocked by U.S. forces.

"The Americans, by coming here, have harmed us," said Ahmad Mashhan. "We are not armed people and we are not terrorists but we are suffering from the siege."

Sorry, Charlie - talk to your friends and neighbors. In fact, if your friends and neighbors would talk instead of shoot - who knows what might happen?

Again - how this ends depends on the political class - for the Marines?

Asked how long it would take to seize the whole city, the Marines' McGolwan replied: "As long as it takes."

They'll just get the job done.

Go read Spoons.

Now. Don't ask questions, just go read. The comments are the best part!

Also, The Emperor's Attack Dog BC is annoyed with Jesse Jackson. Who'd a thunk it?

Oh, don't forget to come back! There are gun pics, y'know!

Hey, you still here?

I need to do a gun pic post... order to test the picture-handling ability of the new format. (Yeah, right!)

So, here's a picture of my 60mm mortar, with the 57mm Recoiless Rifle (made by Goodyear Canada for my visitors from up North). The mortar is ex-Belgian, given to them by demobilizing US forces at the end of WWII. It has a repro barrel, to conform to ATF rules! The 57mm is ex-Italian, left behind with the Italian Army by US forces withdrawing from Trieste (yeah, Hackworth's unit for those who know his history). It's demilled, incapable of chambering a round, much less firing it. For those purists among you who frown on such things - get a life, I live in a non-live Class III state, and it's a HELL of a lot cheaper, too!

While the barrel of the mortar has no firing pin, it is tool steel - so if I want to make a black powder tennis-ball mortar, I can, heheheheheheheh. And, since I have aiming circles, aiming stakes, etc - shoot, if I ever win the lottery or have a generous relative I don't know about die so I can get the land - I can set up a range, too!

by John on Apr 06, 2004 | Artillery

There's a movie in here.

Say what you want about 'mercenaries' - but if you are going into this kind of work, this sounds like a company to work for. Hey, Mel Gibson - we need a movie!

Private Guards Repel Attack On U.S. Headquarters

By Dana Priest, Washington Post Staff Writer

An attack by hundreds of Iraqi militia members on the U.S. government's headquarters in Najaf on Sunday was repulsed not by the U.S. military, but by eight commandos from a private security firm, according to sources familiar with the incident.

Before U.S. reinforcements could arrive, the firm, Blackwater Security Consulting, sent in its own helicopters amid an intense firefight to resupply its commandos with ammunition and to ferry out a wounded Marine, the sources said.

Taking care of their own, and the client. No medals, no parades, no fawning public.

The role of Blackwater's commandos in Sunday's fighting in Najaf illuminates the gray zone between their formal role as bodyguards and the realities of operating in an active war zone. Thousands of armed private security contractors are operating in Iraq in a wide variety of missions and exchanging fire with Iraqis every day, according to informal after-action reports from several companies.

In Sunday's fighting, Shiite militia forces barraged the Blackwater commandos, four MPs and a Marine gunner with rocket-propelled grenades and AK-47 fire for hours before U.S. Special Forces troops arrived. A sniper on a nearby roof apparently wounded three men. U.S. troops faced heavy fighting in several Iraqi cities that day.

Which illustrates what well trained soldiers can do against people who think of themselves as 'warriors'. The warrior generally loses against soldiers. The group discipline thing, doncha know.

...With their ammunition nearly gone, a wounded and badly bleeding Marine on the rooftop, and no reinforcement by the U.S. military in the immediate offing, the company sent in helicopters to drop ammunition and pick up the Marine.

I've got to admit - this is a little puzzling. The Coalition Provisional Authority Headquarters, and it took HOURS to get a reaction force to the area? Things are leaner there than I think I understood.

Without commenting at a news conference yesterday on the role of the Blackwater guards, Kimmitt described what he saw after the fighting ended. "I know on a rooftop yesterday in An Najaf, with a small group of American soldiers and coalition soldiers . . . who had just been through about 3 1/2 hours of combat, I looked in their eyes, there was no crisis.

"They knew what they were here for," he continued. "They'd lost three wounded. We were sitting there among the bullet shells -- the bullet casings -- and, frankly, the blood of their comrades, and they were absolutely confident."

Rough men, standing ready to do violence on our behalf.

A Defense Department spokesman said that there were no military reports about the opening hours of the siege on CPA headquarters in Najaf because there were no military personnel on the scene. The Defense Department often does not have a clear handle on the daily actions of security contractors because the contractors work directly for the coalition authority, which coordinates and communicates on a limited basis through the normal military chain of command.

While I understand why things are the way they are - it seems a little more direct coordination might be in order!

Blackwater, a security and training company based in Moyock, N.C., prides itself on the high caliber of its personnel, many of whom are former U.S. Navy SEALs. It has 450 employees in Iraq, many of them providing security to CPA employees, including the U.S. administrator, L. Paul Bremer, and to VIPs visiting Iraq.
by John on Apr 06, 2004 | Global War on Terror (GWOT)
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Courtesy of Rammer - we have a one stop shop....

... on Fallujah-related news.

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The Telegraph


Al Jazeera

More Reuters

April 05, 2004

The response to Fallujah has begun.

I'm busy doing what I do, and can't follow it - but there is some interesting 'hot wash' analysis here, and you can always go to Fox News, CNN, and all the rest of 'em.

Anybody else has good places to go check, leave 'em in the comments, please. I won't get my head up again until late afternoon.

Some Random Noise on Guns and Crime.

From the Bureau of Justice Statistics :


According to the 1997 Survey of State Prison Inmates, among those possessing a gun, the source of the gun was from -

-a flea market or gun show for fewer than 2%
-a retail store or pawnshop for about 12%
-family, friends, a street buy, or an illegal source for 80%

NB: Note that huge loophole at work here. 2%. Vice the 12% that came through legally licensed dealers - who are either crooked or not doing their job (doing s/n checks on firearms coming into the store). The one stolen weapon I ever owned I bought properly (as in doing the paperwork) at a retail store, and when I subsequently resold it - the dealer buying it ran the s/n and it turned out to be stolen. I had to give the merchant his money back. And the police returned the pistol to it's rightful owner. The original dealer said, "Tough shit, not my fault." That got him a visit from the ATF. I never did get my money back, but he doesn't sell guns anymore, either. So, why all the noise about gun shows and flea markets? Simple. Good press, and a seemingly easy kill, though that hasn't really turned out to be the case. All shutting those venues down will do is shift the stuff back into the much-harder-to-catch column - the street, and stealing 'em. Ask the Brits and Aussies how well shutting down legal gun-sales venues has helped their firearms-related violence numbers.

During the offense that brought them to prison, 15% of State inmates and 13% of Federal inmates carried a handgun, and about 2%, a military-style semiautomatic gun.

On average, State inmates possessing a firearm received sentences of 18 years, while those without a weapon had an average sentence of 12 years.

Among prisoners carrying a firearm during their crime, 40% of State inmates and 56% of Federal inmates received a sentence enhancement because of the firearm.

Just thought y'all might be interested.

Don't believe me? Wanna look for yourself? Right here.

April 04, 2004

More news from the front...

Deleted at the request of the emailer. If you snaffled it down, kindly don't forward it. I know I know, probably too late.

Lesson learned - if you send an email to a blogger, and you don't want it blogged: LET THEM KNOW!

There's been some real fallout from the posting, for that, I'm sorry to both the emailer and his correspondent.

If it ain't publishable, TELL ME! Don't assume I'm going to apply all the filters you should (though in this case, I should have.) Fortunately, unless someone snagged it and forwarded it - we beat the 'bots.

That is all. We return you to your regularly scheduled programming.

Here's another one...

...of those returning vets who's gonna kick ChickenHawk Warblogger A$$.*

Incite. Yep, Cap'n Dave is going to come around hunting us up. Go see why.

Hat tip to Right Wingin' It for the pointer.

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