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December 18, 2004

Lethal Injection My A**...

I'd only need four things for dealing with the individuals who didthis...

1) A chair;
2) Some piano wire;
3) A blow tourch, and;
4) A fork.

Instapilot
HT to The Corner

by Dusty on Dec 18, 2004

December 17, 2004

A little bit of this, and a little bit of that.

First - the latest installment of the Carnival of the Recipes is up! Complete with an Instalanche already! This week's host is SarahK of Mountaineer Musings!

Second - We at Castle Argghhh! don't hunt, either with hounds (though one of the oldest surviving Military Hunts in the US *is* at Fort Leavenworth) or firearms. CAPT H points us to Free Market Fairy Tales to see into the mind of some English Hunters... not surprisingly, these people would fit in well at a Party held here at the Castle, methinks. But - via FMFT, we come to a manner of hunting that the Armorer could see himself indulging in.

Extreme Hunting. Mind you - if Bambi made you cry, do NOT scroll down very far. These guys like the taste of venison.

Lastly, Martin at Fix Bayonets! is shamelessly plugging his brother's sea stories. He should. They're good.

The perils of transformation...


Black Watch Comrades Print
A Dying Soldier of the Black Watch is supported by his comrade, while another stands to protect them, as the ranks of the Highlanders march on, after the battles at Sebastopol during the Crimean war.


CAPT H, keeping an eye on the Anglosphere for me. He's a one man intel section, reading the Brit papers and providing intel summaries for me. More of you should do that - especially an Aussie and someone in India. As I've noted before... still taking applications for a spy in the Naval establishment to further expand our Jointness, though I do have my eye on someone.

Anyway - it's tough to transform an Army with the history of the British Army, as Defence Secretary Hoon is finding. Especially when that reorganization touches the Regimental System.

Geoff Hoon, the Defence Secretary, has announced a major reorganisation of the Army, cutting the number of battalions by four to 36. Geoff Hoon: review will create 'agile, flexible' Army He told MPs that the review will see the Black Watch, which has recently returned from a controversial tour of duty near Baghdad, become part of a new "super" Royal Regiment of Scotland with four other Scottish battalions.

Mr Hoon said the changes were needed to create "larger, multi-battalion" regiments which would see a reduction in heavy armour and artillery as the infantry becomes more specialised.

The Army would become more "agile and flexible", he said.

The whole story is here.

While it looks like much of what they are trying to accomplish is similar to what we are doing (which, in simplistic terms - very simplistic - is create Brigades which have the range of capabilities of current Divisions (though not the mass) and in so doing need to restructure their battalions. What's the big deal? When you have an Army with the age and heritage of the British Army, that has already been pared over the recent decades as theirs has - there's nothing left but famous regiments (which in the Brit structure are really analgous to US battalions). And in this go-round, the Black Watch is on the amalgamation block. And that has raised some hackles and brought out the veterans!

The US Army has similar pains when we reorganize, but with the active force, it's mainly a tension within the Army and the retiree/veteran population... because the United States Army (the Regulars) are recruited nationally. It's the Army of the United States and the National Guard of the United States, the Reserve Components that recruit regionally, and have strong local affiliations and political clout (though the Reserve doesn't have near the clout the Guard does).

How did that manifest itself in Britain? Annabelle Ewing, of the Scottish National Party expressed her displeasure like this:

She told Mr Hoon: "I am amazed at the gall of the Defence Secretary as the Black Watch have just returned home from the front line in Iraq where they were sent because they were indispensable to the Army.

"Why then are the Black Watch not indispensable to this Government?

"Surely it's a massive betrayal of our brave soldiers whose bravery can be contrasted with the Defence Secretary who is nothing but a backstabbing coward."

Whew! I don't think the most anti-war Dem in Congress has gotten quite that explicit about Rumsfeld! (Lemme know if I'm wrong). Sure, bloggers like Kos have, but not seated politicos... Backstabbing coward, strong words Annabelle!

The whole article is available here.

December 16, 2004

Trucks, armor, lack of. and other things


A U.S. soldier sends a "message to Mom" from Camp Virginia, Kuwait, Dec. 13, 2004, during a USO show hosted by Gen. Richard B. Myers, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.(U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Scott M. Ash)

Obviously the Army is trying to change the perception of the problem - by being proactive in discussing what is being done about the problem - and it's not just scrounging.

And troop morale seems to be holding up well - and Sgt Hook will appreciate this - the Senior NCOs kicked officer butt:

Some of the most unforgettable songs, though, came not from the band but rather 2nd BCT company commanders and first sergeants, Soldiers said.

Milley “suggested” a friendly caroling competition between the two, with hilarious results. The rowdy audience declared the first sergeants winners with their off-tune rendition of “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.” Their reward was an encore presentation, this time playing “Frosty the Snowman,” with the support of 2nd BCT sergeants major.

“We couldn’t compete with the 1st Cav. Band, but I think the Soldiers got a kick out of it,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Anthony Mahoney, 2nd BCT command sergeant major. “We won’t be auditioning for chorus any time soon.”

This is the stuff that will be the stories at Legion and VFW halls and reunions in the decades to come.

Army-Navy - we're all in it together.

From an email today:

Working at the Pentagon

Thought I'd share with you folks the events of my day at work.

My day started out much like any other - email, phone calls, and meetings. By Friday, the grind of a typical day can begin to wear thin and little things become really frustrating. A few things I had been working on were not going particularly well, and I was complaining to my office coworker that some days it just didn't seem worth it to get out of bed and come to work.

It's amazing how fast that can change, especially when you work in the Pentagon.

Around 9:30am, I went downstairs to the main concourse to get a soda (hey, give me a break - I'm not a coffee drinker and I needed caffeine!). While waiting in line, I thought I heard a drum. Several drums. Maybe a cymbal. And people shouting. When I walked outside the cafeteria, I nearly ran into a marching band and a lot of folks in Army uniforms shouting "Go Army! Beat Navy!". I had forgotten that this weekend is the annual Army-Navy football game, and what was passing me was the Army pep rally. It was a sight to see - and hear! And I even managed to restrain myself and not shout back "Go Navy!".

But the real event of the day took place about an hour later. We had received an email notification that 35 wounded Soldiers and Marines and their families from Walter Reed Army Medical Center would be arriving at the Pentagon for a VIP tour at 1030. They asked anyone who would like to help welcome the troops to the building to come to the Corridor 3 entrance at 1015. Several folks from my office wanted to participate, so we headed towards Corridor 3 at the appointed time.

Let's just say that getting INTO Corridor 3 was not an option. I don't know how many of you are familiar with the Pentagon, but the corridors give new meaning to the words "long hallway". Both sides of Corridor 3 were already packed with people waiting for the patients to arrive, as was all of the A ring leading from Corridor 3 to the main concourse. My coworkers and I squeezed in front of some very tall airmen, and waited.

The patients were a few minutes late, but we knew the moment they arrived. You could hear the applause from the corridor entrance all the way in the A ring. It took a while for the patients to make it where we were standing. They arrived in several groups: the first group were ones who had lost legs - part of one, parts of both, or both entirely. Some were only bandaged, others had prosthetics attached. Most were in wheelchairs. Some of the guys were stoic, but others smiled and shook hands with people lining the walls. Others (and most of the family members) cried. I would guess that only 1 or 2 were over the age of 25.

The applause was deafening. Most people shook hands with the patients that were nearest to the walls, and said either "Thank You" or "God Bless You." Needless to say, a lot of the folks that had come to greet the patients were in uniform, and as you can expect they were quite emotional as the groups went by.

The next group came by; these were missing arms or hands. Similar to the first group, some were only bandaged, but others had prosthetics. No one hesitated to shake a prosthetic hand, or if offered, a left hand.

The final "group" that came by consisted of one patient: he was about 20 years old, and he was missing his left hand. He was shaking every single person's hand as he walked by, and he was saying "thank you".

It's easy for me to forget sometimes why I come to work. And it's easy to let the little things get to me. But today was different. Until you actually look directly into the face of a 20-year-old service member without a leg or an arm and shake his hand, real or prosthetic, it's tough to appreciate the sacrifice these folks make for us.

I'm glad I work at the Pentagon, no matter how hard the commute or how long the workday. It's a small price to pay for the reward of being here on a day like today.

Ok, this reads a bit like Snopes material (especially a sailor holding back from yelling "Go Navy" at a passing Army pep rally) - but I check the server logs, I got readers at the Pentagon. Truth, or well-meaning fable? How 'bout it?

An Interesting Day in History.

1431 Infant King Henry VI of England crowned king of France. The last Lancastrian King of England, he had a tough time.

1653 Oliver Cromwell became Lord Protector of England, Scotland &
Ireland - and poster boy for the separation of Church and State. Along with that fellow Calvin over in Geneva, Switzerland
.
1689 Parliament adopts the [English] "Bill of Rights" Part of the Anglo-Saxon-Celt heritage now enshrined in our Bill of Rights - note the similarities. Ours has held up better for us than this one did for Brits in many respects.

1809 Napoleon divorces Josephine.
From this website:

Napoléon Divorces Josephine
His wife, Josephine, was 46 years old in 1809 and still had not produced an heir. Worried about the continuity of the empire, he had the Sénat pronounce his divorce from Josephine on December 15, 1809.

On June 10, 1809, Pope Pius VII excommunicated Napoléon. Retaliating, Napoléon had the Pope arrested on July 6. On February 17, 1810, the Papal States were annexed to France. The pope was then forced to sign an additional concordat and to annul Napoléon’s marriage to Josephine.

Well, at least he didn't cut off her head and start his own Church - that was Henry VIII's response to fertility problems.

1821 American Colonization Society buys what will become Liberia. A peculiarly American response to the problem of Slavery, in keeping with the schizophrenic nature of the People's ambiguity on the issue.

1897 1st submarine with an internal combustion engine demonstrated. What I find perhaps more interesting - the funding for the development of the first practical submarines was provided by the Fenian Brotherhood, sometime invaders of Canada.

1944 Battle of Bulge begins in Belgium. Hitler learns that Americans really can fight. And fight hard. But we're more into killing than dying gloriously... which is another reason we tend to win.

UPDATE: The Army's official site on the BotB.

1944 German V-2 strikes Antwerp theatre, 638 killed - the Germans still hold the record for most successful SCUD launch, indeed, campaign.


Hat tip - Strategy Page

December 15, 2004

Prisoner Abuse.

Though it's the nature of the news cycle to focus on the pre-trial action (i.e., the first reports of offenses) it can leave you with the impression that nothing is being done about those events, except for the occasional blurbs about higher-profile cases, such as Private England, and the father of her child, Specialist Graner.

Regardless - the wheels of justice grind on, with little fanfare.

Anybody got trial records for Saddam's thugs yet?

Spirit of America

This is kewl. (It's still cool - but Dusty just blogged it one post up and better, too)

This is important. Mickey at Intellectual Intercourse makes the final plea for the Spirit of America Blogchallenge, laying out why, if you're gonna get beat, you want Americans doing the beating.

The Armorer will also donate custom-made mugs with Arsenal graphics of choice to the first 10 individuals who provide a receipt, dated today, for a $100 or better donation to Spirit of America, credited to the Castle Argghhh! Fighting Fusileers for Freedom! Send the receipt to: johnbethd (at) yahoo.com

Thanks to those of you who have already given!

How can you resist the charms of Sam, hottie from Day by Day?

How can you support the Northern Alliance of Bloggers - who do things like this?

So, join with us now - and find some of that extra pocket-change! As CAPT H, my fellow-traveler in the Canadian Forces said (paraphrased, I deleted the email) when he donated $250 on the first day:

"I gave enough so that I would notice it, if not so much that I was pinched - and I challenge all your readers to do the same."

Remember, Ladies and Gents - that is from a Canadian soldier - who officially doesn't have a dog in this fight. Can we do less?

$6110 raised so far (that's donations in the bank folks, not promises) I'd like to get to $9000 if it's possible!

by John on Dec 15, 2004 | Spirit of America
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Flight Pay.

Sometimes... SOMETIMES... they earn it.

OH-58s are useful little critters, and I flew in one as an Aerial Observer, but they ain't bullet-resistant. Though - to the credit of the bird and the crew - this one had a good landing, i.e., one you could walk away from.

Right-click the picture and 'Save Target As' for the whole pdf.


December 14, 2004

New OIF/OEF deployment schedule.

DoD Announces OEF/OIF Rotational Units

The Department of Defense announced today several large units scheduled for deployment to Afghanistan and Iraq in support of the Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom rotations scheduled to begin in mid-2005.

This rotation continues the current force strength and structure for both operations, and provides the capabilities required for the missions defined by the combatant commander. It does not significantly increase or decrease troop levels in Afghanistan or Iraq, and is not related to the recent strength increase in Iraq for the upcoming Iraqi election period.

For Operation Iraqi Freedom, the rotation is consistent with the current force structure in Iraq of 17 brigades and three division headquarters.
The troop list announced today includes:

48th Infantry Brigade (Separate), Georgia Army National Guard

172d Stryker Brigade Combat Team, Ft. Wainwright, Alaska

1st Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, Ft. Drum, N.Y.

101st Airborne Division, Air Assault (division headquarters and 4 brigades), Ft. Campbell, Ky.

1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, Ft. Riley, Kan.

4th Infantry Division (division headquarters and 4 brigades), Ft. Hood, Texas

The first units deploying to Iraq are scheduled to arrive in mid-2005, and successive units will deploy at various times through mid-2006.

For Operation Enduring Freedom, the 3rd and 4th Brigades and headquarters elements of the U.S. Armys 10th Mountain Division from Ft. Drum, N.Y., and the headquarters of the Florida National Guards 53rd Infantry Brigade will deploy to Afghanistan. This rotation is consistent with the current force structure of three brigades and a division headquarters. The first units deploying to Afghanistan are scheduled to arrive in mid-2005, and successive units will deploy at various points through mid-2006.

The department's goal is to increasingly pass responsibility for security and governance of Iraq and Afghanistan to the respective, domestic security forces. The U.S. force rotations may be tailored based upon changes in the security situation in these countries.

DoD will continue to release large unit announcements as they are identified and alerted. For information on the units announced today please contact the appropriate service. Army Public Affairs can be contacted at (703) 692-2000, and Headquarters, Marines Corps Public Affairs can be contacted at (703) 614-4309.

Up-Armored HMMWVs

For whatever the reason (and I'm willing to bet on the publicity) the HMMWV up-armoring process has gotten a bump-up.

December 14, 2004

An additional 100 up-armored Humvees per month–like this one being outfitted in Kuwait–could soon be heading to Iraq. Secretary of the Army Francis J. Harvey is looking to modify the Army’s contract with Armor Holdings, Inc. of Jacksonville, Fla., which currently produces 450 per month. “Once I was informed of the additional production capacity, I wanted to ensure those additional vehicles were going directly to our forces in Iraq,” Harvey said. The new version has improved armor and weighs about 3,000 pounds more than the regular version.

Let's cut the Secretary some slack, however. He's new.

by John on Dec 14, 2004 | Global War on Terror (GWOT)
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Spirit of America!

Dean Esmay on the Spirit of America...

Thanks to all who have donated thus far (such as recent donees Nate and Jim) and those who I'm sure will donate today and tomorrow...!

BTW - I may have stepped on some toes inadvertently, like someone going down the row of seats at a movie theater...

My blogroll for SoA and such consists of people who have formally 'enlisted' in the Fusileers, and show up as such on the Fighting Fusileer page at Spirit of America... including non-bloggers. For the record:

1. SoA does NOT tell me about individual donations. The only people I know anything about either told me, or forwarded me an email with their donation receipt. That's policy, so people can give quasi-anonymously. I don't get a list of donors, etc.

2. SoA doesn't even tell me if people 'joined' the Fusileers, I have to go to the webpage and check.

So, please, don't feel slighted if you haven't been mentioned by name... it just means I don't know - not that I don't care!

by John on Dec 14, 2004 | Spirit of America
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More on Combat Art.

...who knew we military types were so artsy? Resident Rotorhead Bill T chimed in with a comment on my art post below. I decided his point was worth bringing up here, to introduce you guys who may not be that familiar with war art.

Bill said:

Here comes my two cents-worth:

1. For black-and-white, you can't beat Donald Dickson's stark pencil
sketches of the Marines on Guadalcanal ("Killer" is one of his best);

2. For color work, it's Kerr Eby's stuff (never seen anything quite as
horrific--on paper--as "The Wound").

But wait--there's more!

3. For cartoons, Bill Mauldin--nobody else (including me) even comes close...

If you are ever in the Oklahoma City area, I strongly recommend a visit to the 45th Infantry Division Museum - one of the official archives of Mauldin's cartoons and an excellent museum in it's own right.

Now - I'm just guessing here - but I'm willing to bet a Castle Argghhh! coffee mug that Bill really meant Tom Lea's painting - The Price.

Regardless, there were a lot of simply astounding pieces of art generated by artists who accompanied the troops into the danger zone, the fields where the Iron Crosses grow, as the Germans put it. And not all that art is of the 'realism' school that I tend to favor, but is more impressionistic - such as this painting by Theo Hios, called Ambush at Saipan.

These guys and gals covered the sad, the funny, the mundane, the down time, the horror, and the awesome... as in the original meaning of the word, as opposed to the devalued usage of today. And the cost.


PBS has an excellent website on the subject: They Drew Fire. It has a lot of this type of art available on it, and chronicles the programs and artists involved. Many of the art has accompanying commentary by the artist, as well.

Oh, yeah - Bill, are you a cartoonist? Got proof(s)?

Combat Art

I like art with military subjects. And in this day of digital photography, I still like military art - for all those subjective reasons that make it still a very useful and important tool for interpreting what is going on around you. I'm glad the services still employ combat artists, not just photographers, and I appreciate the work done by non-military artists, as well. From the Bayeux Tapestry of the Middle Ages, to stuff by Tom Lea, working for Life Magazine during WWII, for example, or the current work done by Steve Mumford in Iraq, artists chronicle the events in ways that are uniquely human. Others agree. The Commissar featured this artist, and CDR Salamander actually pointed out the painting I'm going to show you (Thanks, sailor!). No, I thought my 'value-added' to the process would be to show you how an artist (in this case Mumford) applies his art to the medium.

Here's a picture of the interior of an M109A6 Paladin 155mm howitzer, with a crewman putting a round on the rammer tray and the section chief checking the fuze setting.


An M-109A6 howitzer from Alpha Battery, 3rd Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, sends a round down range during combat operations in Fallujah, Iraq, Nov. 6, 2004.

Here is Mumford's view of simliar activity... in this case the #1 cannoneer is getting a round out of the bustle rack.

Similar, yet not. Perspective is distorted, a sense of space where there really isn't any - but serves in so doing to emphasize the most important element - the soldiers. Of course, the officer in me notes that the second crewman is not wearing his helmet... and a howitzer turret has lots of places to knock yer noggin!

Just another view of my favorite office.

Thanks, Mr. Mumford.

by John on Dec 14, 2004
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December 13, 2004

That Muffled "Bang" You Heard...

...was probably the intercepted pilot's a*shole slamming shut when he saw a 68,000-pound, 64-foot-long, 43-foot-wide, 19-foot-high blue-grey jet go zipping by, straight up at minimum legal spacing (a definition subject to interpretation).

After about 5 seconds of looking at this picture, I sort of wondered how it was taken at all. This was obviously a demo...it's staged. The shot is too perfect. The shutter speed, film, lighting, focus, etc., etc., is Brian Shul quality.

Now, I'm sure that maneuver looked really cool (and God knows it's fun to take advantage, on occasion, of the Eagle's greater-than-one-to-one thrust ratio), but I'm sort of wondering what purpose such a tactic serves. To be honest, I doubt if they use it very much. Strikes me as a truly last-resort move (duh). If it it had in fact come to that, rest assured my general aviator friends, it would have been after trying to signal an intercept and land-on-my-wing visual command and after numerous calls on VHF Guard from Center and the interceptors. So, I'm sure it's in their bag of tricks (sometimes that's what it takes) but rarely employed.

Having been on the range, dropping bombs and shooting the cannon when a Cessna 172 decided to wander through our airspace, I can appreciate the urgency of getting the guy's attention. And sometimes that's harder than you might think. In that case, after numerous calls on Guard, one guy in the flight tried to get close to shoo him off visually, flying close enough and slow enough for the interloper to see him and realize something was amiss. The response was not what we expected or wanted...we scared him so bad he damn-near split-s'd into the ground. (Note: Scroll to the bottom if you want to watch what that looks like from the cockpit and show-center. Hint: not pleasant.)

So, shining one's arse to get a general aviation pilot's attention might feel good and look impressive, but I wonder if that's standard procedure. Probably not. Flares? Flares are a great idea of you have a little spacing on the guy, but blowing by at 500 feet going straight up probably makes 'em a little redundant. Usually, there's a safety "knock-it-off...knock-it-off...knock-it-off" call in the flight (assuming the restricted area is a military training area--the usual case) followed by coordination with Center to unscramble the situation and get the tresspasser to clear the area. I can think of about ten places in the entire country (scroll about three-quarters of the way down the page) this would probably be most dangerous for the innocent/clueless aviator:

As for the wall-to-wall AIM-7s on the belly of the jet, yeah, he's loaded for bear. AMRAAMs (commonly referred to by many as "I-wish-you-were-dead missiles.") would be nice, but for something as strafe-rag-like as a commercial airliner or light GA airplane, they would be severe overkill.

Now...all that said, the intercept mission today has, obviously, been made much more relevant than it was up to 9/11 but the challenge isn't interception. Instead, it's the need for adequate warning to actually make it to the merge before the potential attacker/suicidal maniac can do anything with his airplane, and the decision-making process associated with actually pulling the trigger in deadly earnest.

The former is hard enough. The latter is, methinks, even harder. "Splash the Airbus" is not what anyone wants to hear. Frankly, I think we have decision makers willing to say it, but I wonder how many times they practice the end-game scenario. I find it a near-stumper. Before you decide to smoke 100+ (200? 300?) people, you have to make damn sure the airplane is obviously a threat--it's actions must be clear. THEN you ask for instructions--and expect the VERY long pause as the wheels turn in someone's head and the decision is made. THEN the target's engaged. Where is it by that time? By definition, near a lucrative target. Knowing al Qaeda, that's in a populated area...which means the disabled airplane/wreckage is going to impact there. I guess that's why the 1AF/CC and the SecDef get paid the big bucks to be ready for that kind of thing.

Instapilot

Currently Playing...

This is for Dusty and his fans...

01/07/04 - A F-15a Eagle from the 125th Fighter Wing, Florida Air National Guard, releases flares to gain the attention of a civilian aircraft violating a restricted area, Jan. 7, 2004

Given what's clinging to the underside of that Eagle, not to mention the 20mm, I think I'd pay attention.

Update. Speaking of Dusty... this just arrived:

The Air Force recently hired several cannibals.

"You are all part of our team now," said the personnel manager during the welcoming briefing.

"You get all the usual benefits and you can go to the mess for something to eat, but please don't eat any of the airmen."

The cannibals promised they would not.

Four weeks later their colonel remarked "You are working very hard, and I am very satisfied with you, however, one of our techs has disappeared. Do you know what happened to him?"

The cannibals all shook their heads no.

After the colonel had left, the leader of the cannibals said to the others, "Which one of you idiots ate the tech?"

A hand rose hesitantly, to which the leader shouted," You fool..! For four weeks we've been eating officers and no one has noticed, but noooooo..., you had to go and eat someone important!"

Spirit of America

Kate, at the Last Amazon, is one of the Canadian Fighting Fusileers. And despite the pain of some serious dental work she shares her thoughts on the deserter seeking immigrant status in Canada and his allegations of what is going on in Iraq vice what people who are just trying to "git 'r done" are doing - and why you ought to help, if you haven't already! Of course, if you have already, you can do so again... 8^D Interestingly enough - some of our largest single donations have been from Canadians - people who obviously feel they have a dog in this fight.

C'mon, give Spirit of America the equivalent of a six-pack a week in December - you won't miss it!

These good people did - and enlisted in the Castle Argghhh! Fighting Fusileers for Freedom!


And these non-bloggers: AFSister, Barb, and CAPTHam!

Thank you, each and every one!

by John on Dec 13, 2004 | Spirit of America
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December 12, 2004

Did someone say Mosin?

We can do better, and we will, later.

Hi-res for you hi-bandwidth types, here.

by John on Dec 12, 2004 | Rifles