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February 05, 2005

To keep ya occupied while we return...

All right, for those of you swimming in the moat (no peeing, it upsets Bill and the other Moat Monsters) just a reminder.

Keep an eye out for these:

I like useful militaria. This is a Confederate Navy 'torpedo' (that's what they called mines, back in the day). The one in this picture is located in the Civil War Navy Museum in Columbus, Georgia.

The moat is liberally seeded with them. No diving or boating.

Wild Kingdom

Today SWWBO and I did Disney's Animal Kingdom (which was a blast, pictures downloading now), had dinner at Wolfgang Puck's - and best of all - had dinner with Tammi, the Roadwarrior!

And Harvey - we'll see if we can't score some gun pron for ya!

Greetings from Orlando...

Coupla things to keep the reivers in the Castle occupied today.

1. Don't forget to feed the dogs.

2. Quit tying bells to the cat's tails. What, you people think I don't have cameras?

3. Chicks with guns.

Wanna learn more? Go visit Charlie, the KimcheeGI for the story.

4. These guys weren't the only birds out who hunt beneath the waves...

5. There was also one of these out by Cocoa Beach.

6. Lastly - tell me again why Kansas get's slammed for being 'flat'? There isn't anyplace in Kansas this flat!

February 04, 2005

Reason Rears Its Head in Germany

You might find this interesting.

(Commentary by Mathias Dapfner, CEO, Axel Springer, AG)

A few days ago Henry Broder wrote in Welt am Sonntag, "Europe - your family name is appeasement." It's a phrase you can't get out of your head because it's so terribly true.

Appeasement cost millions of Jews and non-Jews their lives as England and France, allies at the time, negotiated and hesitated too long before they noticed that Hitler had to be fought, not bound to toothless agreements.

Appeasement legitimized and stabilized Communism in the Soviet Union, then East Germany, then all the rest of Eastern Europe where for decades, inhuman, suppressive, murderous governments were glorified as the ideologically correct alternative to all other possibilities.

Appeasement crippled Europe when genocide ran rampant in Kosovo, and even though we had absolute proof of ongoing mass-murder, we Europeans debated and debated and debated, and were still debating when finally the Americans had to come from halfway around the world, into Europe yet again, and do our work for us.

Rather than protecting democracy in the Middle East, European appeasement, camouflaged behind the fuzzy word "equidistance," now countenances suicide bombings in Israel by fundamentalist Palestinians.

Appeasement generates a mentality that allows Europe to ignore nearly 500,000 victims of Saddam's torture and murder machinery and, motivated by the self-righteousness of the peace-movement, has the gall to issue bad grades to George Bush... Even as it is uncovered that the loudest critics of the American action in Iraq made illicit billions, no, TENS of billions, in the corrupt U.N. Oil-for-Food program.

And now we are faced with a particularly grotesque form of appeasement... How is Germany reacting to the escalating violence by Islamic fundamentalists in Holland and elsewhere? By suggesting that we really should have a "Muslim Holiday" in Germany.

I wish I were joking, but I am not. A substantial fraction of our (German) Government, and if the polls are to be believed, the German people, actually believe that creating an Official State "Muslim Holiday" will somehow spare us from the wrath of the fanatical Islamists.

One cannot help but recall Britain's Neville Chamberlain waving the laughable treaty signed by Adolf Hitler, and declaring European "Peace in our time".

What else has to happen before the European public and its political leadership get it? There is a sort of crusade underway, an especially perfidious crusade consisting of systematic attacks by fanatic Muslims, focused on civilians, directed against our free, open Western societies, and intent upon Western Civilization's utter destruction.

It is a conflict that will most likely last longer than any of the great military conflicts of the last century - a conflict conducted by an enemy that cannot be tamed by "tolerance" and "accommodation" but is actually spurred on by such gestures, which have proven to be, and will always be taken by the Islamists for signs of weakness.

Only two recent American Presidents had the courage needed for anti-appeasement: Reagan and Bush.

His American critics may quibble over the details, but we Europeans know the truth. We saw it first hand: Ronald Reagan ended the Cold War, freeing half of the German people from nearly 50 years of terror and virtual slavery. And Bush, supported only by the Social Democrat Blair, acting on moral conviction, recognized the danger in the Islamic War against democracy. His place in history will have to be evaluated after a number of years have passed.

In the meantime, Europe sits back with charismatic self-confidence in the multicultural corner, instead of defending liberal society's values and being an attractive center of power on the same playing field as the true great powers, America and China.

On the contrary - we Europeans present ourselves, in contrast to those "arrogant Americans", as the World Champions of "tolerance", which even (Germany's Interior Minister) Otto Schily justifiably criticizes. Why? Because we're so moral? I fear it's more because we're so materialistic, so devoid of a moral compass.


The sun came out...

...and with the sun, came the birds. Some big, some small, some in-between. And some in very nice sports bras running togs.

Meet my new pal, Jonathan Livingston. He apparently has good relations with beach dwellers, because he hung around with me hoping for a handout.

He had some compadres, who preferred to hang in the surf.

Then there were his hard-working brethren out fishing.

And last, but not least - there were a few larger birds in the sky, as well.

And you thought I wasn't going to sneak in anything military, dincha?

February 03, 2005

Here's a quiэkie

The rocket shot was late, somewhat noisy, and pretty much invisible, due to the cloud cover. Still, kinda cool.

For those of you who still check in because there are reputedly gun pictures here, this one's for you. A Classic:

The Erma Maschinen Pistole 40 - popularly called "The Schmeisser," even though it was designed not by Hugo Schmeisser, but by Ernst Vollmer at Erma.

This particular weapon is in the collection of the National Infantry Museum at Fort Benning, Ga. (Sorry, they aren't all captioned - that takes a LOT of time!)

by John on Feb 03, 2005 | Sub-machine Guns
» Airborne Combat Engineer links with: Photos from National Infantry Museum

February 02, 2005

Tell me again why I left Kansas?

Here I am in sunny sunless Florida, basking in... the rain. And watching the natives apparently freeze.

And I see the girls are running amok talking sex in the comments.

But it's in that PG way the Castle prefers to raw, so no reason to rush down there to check.


Okay, back? So, how many of you got sucked into the "kidnapped soldier" scam?

Not the Armorer. Well, not completely. When I saw the pictures on Drudge I said, "Damn! They've beaten the Inner and Outer Guard! To Arms! To Arms! The Arsenal has been penetrated, and artifacts stolen! The bassids!"

Okay, I just admitted I collect dolls. Well swish my petticoats! Look at Cassandra's fingers flying on the keyboard! Hey, they look good on the bookshelf, especially the WWI Stormtrooper pouring a libation into the proffered mug of the kilted Scot. Go ahead. I dare ya.

Oh, and for those of you, including Papa Ray in comments and Beway in an email, - who pointed out this calmuny I'm not going to comment. Y'all know what I think, and one more voice isn't going to be heard in the righteous chorus of outrage already out there - but I did want ya to know I appreciate the tips.

Okay - the 'dozer comment contest. I'm just too dang busy to try and set up a poll, and I need to get some sleep tonight (cuz I didn't last night and I'm a whiner, shut up).

But - tonight I will unveil the next picture - and promise that I'll pick a winner for the last one before the weekend hits.

Cuz' I wanna watch all y'all take some potshots at aviators... and watch Bill type his fingers to nubs responding!

(Hint - this is *not* a normal attitude for a Chinook. Very uncomfortable for the cargo...)

UPDATE: If you're tired of this thread, try this one and this one over at Cassandra's (though *most* of you are partying at both houses...)

Then, if you have any energy left... OTB, and IMAO as well as Conservative Life all offer distractions for Those With No Life, or the hung over.

by John on Feb 02, 2005 | I think it's funny!
» Conservative Life - General Politics links with: Conservative Life Caption Contest #09

While I'm sure everyone else in the Milblog world has already mentioned this...

All I'll add is:

Ladies and Gentlemen, I say to you, Sergeant First Class Paul R. Smith, Medal of Honor, posthumous.

Hat tip to the Puddle Pirate for making on-the-road with intermittent-access blogging possible and more meaningful than it might otherwise be.

Word from Iraq.

Via BG Jones of the 1st CAV (where I have friends commanding at the moment).

Subject: Victory for Freedom

Dear Friends,

It isn't over yet, but today there was a resounding victory for freedom and
democracy here in Baghdad. Having been here for a while now, many of us
have grown weary of the hand-wringers, worriers, pessimists, whiners, and
host of others who have been telling us for so long that all is lost in
Iraq. Today we witnessed just how courageous the Iraqi people can be and
how much they love their new-found freedom.

After listening to the pundits tell us how terrible the Iraqi Security
Forces are, today I watched the Iraqi Security Forces stand tall. They
protected 1,188 polling sites in Baghdad. Although there were a number of
suicide bombers who attacked today, not a single one penetrated the
perimeter of a polling site. There were several Iraqi policemen, and
several Iraqi soldiers who lost their lives today. But they did not lose
their honor or their courage; none of the 30,000 plus Iraqi Security Forces
on duty in Baghdad ran away from danger today.

At the site of our first suicide bombing of the day, voters did not lose
their courage either. They quickly lined back up at the same site, spitting
on the body of the suicide bomber as they passed by in line to vote. A
woman came out of line and took the shoe of the bomber and put it on his
face- a great insult to an Arab. The same was true at any polling site that
had violence. Voters immediately lined up again to cast their vote. How
many Americans value their privilege to vote enough to show that kind of

We have listened to many experts talk about how the Sunnis would not
participate in the election. Polling sites in Abu Guyreb were moved to
Gasaliya because the Iraqi Election Commission was concerned about security
in Abu Guyrb. We watched thousands walk down the highway- Sunni
Moslems- on the 7 mile round trip to the polling sites so they could vote.
All under the threat that terrorists had been making that they would kill
anyone who voted. How many Americans would do that?

All over Baghdad the story was the same and I could tell a dozen stories of
great courage and determination. Despite the enemy's campaign of terror,
despite danger, threats, intimidation, and the sporadic incidents of
violence and terror today, Iraqis turned out in determined, large numbers to
vote. The excitement was moving. Even though the terrorists have said they
will kill anyone with a "marked finger" (when you voted your finger was
dipped in ink to keep people from voting a second time), voters paraded down
the street holding their fingers up in joy and overwhelming pride.

When I told one Iraqi I was sorry that people had died or been wounded
today, he just said "freedom has a price, and this is the price that we must
pay". And every Iraqi I talked to said thank you to the United States for
this opportunity, for this freedom, and how grateful they were for our help.

I am sure it will only be hours until you start hearing all the "experts",
most of which have never been to Iraq, start trying to convince us that
today was flawed, failed, or somehow less than a wonderful day and a blow
for freedom. They are the same people who say we are failing here, that you
couldn't do an election on the 30th of January, and on and on. It is true
we haven't "won" here yet. It is not predetermined that we will win, and it
will take continued sacrifice and determination on our part.
Those who hate freedom and democracy will still fight, many to the death, to
try to stop this march to freedom and prosperity by the Iraqis with our
help. They are terrified of the thought of a free and democratic Iraq that
leads this whole region to a democratic future.

But despite this, I encourage you from here in Baghdad, for at least one
day, to ignore the pundits and experts, to enjoy a day where a blow for
freedom was struck. Know that somewhere in the world, because of the
sacrifice of your friends, sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, and
countrymen, good won over evil, freedom over terror, and democracy over

Last June 30, Iraq was given their sovereignty. Today, they earned their
freedom. And we should all be joyful for that.

All the Best,


Greetings from the Space Coast!

Meetings and travel yesterday, got into the hotel in Orlando last night at about 11PM, up early to mush on to Cocoa Beach for the conference I'm attending.

No access last night, busy today - but it's fun to see the Floridians around here wearing jackets at night when I want to get into shorts...

More later, mebbe, if the weather breaks, pics from the missile shot from Canaveral tonight! (crossed fingers).

I'm going to try to wade through all the accumulated comments, to see if you guys have been behaving, or if all the furniture has been rearranged while I've been out...

February 01, 2005

Tired of your current job?

Wanna get out of the Cube Farm? Out from behind that desk? Kick the sorry-a$$ manager out of your life?

Try a career in Armed Anthropology!

*Update* Thanks to Matthew Maynard for being so kind as to help a traveling Armorer out by converting the *hock, ptui!* .doc to a .pdf!

by John on Feb 01, 2005

And now, for the rest of story...

Remember these two?

Well, guess who was on Oprah (further research) Jane Pauley, grumping about how awful it was to be separated from your family, etc. (Which is true, it is awful)

Hint. It *wasn't* Colonel MacKenzie.

Just because the saying is "What goes on TDY stays on TDY" doesn't mean that it works.

Sure - this is entirely possible, even probable, that all there is to the story is what you see here. People under stress blowing off steam - and nothing else happened. Dance was over, and the two dancers went their ways.

The point is - like it or not, whether you think it's fair or not - the world has gotten smaller, and you need to consider your actions in light of it. A friendly warning.

Update: As Cassandra so aptly notes in her comment below:

You only have one reputation.


****Update on a Previous Story*****

Remember the bit on the Germans potentially forcing women into prostitution under their new welfare laws? There is more (or rather, less) to the story, perhaps. While technically possible, it appears rather less likely... but the underlying premise is there, regardless. Hat tip to XLRQ, where you should go to read the rest of the story.

Oy vey! Ach du lieber! Gott im Himmel!

What's a nice transplanted Austrian Fascist Dictator of the Germans to do?

Ya promote the guy to Feldmarschall, because no german Field Marshall has ever surrendered before - and the defeatist bassid promptly goes and does what?

Surrenders! The Entire Sixth Army, upon which you have staked your martial reputation as a military genius!

And then there's that damn Afrika thing, too. Montgomery sitting in Tripoli! Well, at least that's mud in the eye of your fascist mentor, Benito.

Some days it just doesn't pay to get up.

*Based on some email - this is relevant because today is the date in 1943 that Paulus surrendered, pretty much sealing the fate of the Germans in WWII.

*****Change of Subject******

Meanwhile, here's an interesting view from someone else, who, unlike Hitler, *is* challenging his assumptions, in the form of a liberal mugged by reality. You may not agree with all his conclusions (he certainly doesn't with mine!) - but he's on an interesting voyage himself.

Update: Looky - a Main Streamer does some navel-gazing. I suspect he'll find enough bad to redeem himself before all is said and done. What I find interesting, however is this paragraph:

Deciding democracy's worth

On the other side of that barrier is a concept some of us have had a hard time swallowing:

Maybe the United States really can establish a peaceable democratic government in Iraq, and if so, that would be worth something.

Would it be worth all the money we've spent? Certainly.

Would it be worth all the lives that have been lost? That's the more difficult question, and while I reserve judgment on that score until such a day arrives, it seems probable that history would answer yes to that as well.

I don't want to get carried away in the moment.

Now, I admit that when I was in the nuclear weapons business, you had to confront the question - are 'democracy and freedom' as we define them, worth the potential annihilation of the human race? Would that not be the ultimate Phyrric victory? And, I concluded that 'democracy and freedom' as I understood has risen twice (the Greek city-states, post-Enlightenment West) and therefore would probably rise again from the ashes, as long as there was something to rise. Glad I wasn't in the Boomers, or SAC - those guys had to really face those choices, we Army guys didn't.

But as I read the paragraph above - I think that guy's threshold of 'it's better Red than Dead' is one hell of a lot lower than mine. And he's more about the here and now, the "I", than he is about the future.

*****Change of Subject*****

The Red Ensign Standard #14 is up!

January 31, 2005

I may be ugly, but...

Anybody remember the movie Blazing Saddles? Of course you do. Well, there's a scene where Alex Karras' character Mongo ("...just pawn in Great Game of Life...") doesn't like the way a horse is looking at him and decks the animal with one punch. Mongo is, of course, a fraction of the the horse's size and weight, but nevertheless slowly and relentlessly plods up to him, cocks his fist and BAM!...horsie go to sleep.

When I saw that again after several years in the Hog, I thought, "What a superb analogy. 'I may not be the prettiest thing you've ever seen on the battlefield, and it might take me awhile to get to the fight, but don't even THINK about letting me connect if we ever go toe to toe.'"

So John sends me this clip from Montieth, one of our more frequent and always-interesting reader/commentors. (Note: PLEASE Right Click and Save As to keep the bandwidth use under control)

OK...a couple of things. Yes, it's impressive but here's a couple of things to consider when you watch...

- The HEI round has about as much explosive content as the soldier's hand grenade, except that it's going about 3200 feet per second and 70 of them exit the barrels in your general direction every second (after the first second of firing and the the gun has reached it's full rotation speed).
- "General direction" is, actually, a misleading term. The gun has a mil dispersion of 5. In English, that means that at one thousand feet 80% of the bullets remain inside a 5-foot circle. As range increases, that circle widens in an essentially linear way--at 2K, 10 feet; 3K 15 feet; 5K; 25 feet. Sound like a lot? Imagine the assault platoon you're facing being able to throw, simultaneously, 70 hand grenades at you from a mile away and getting them all to land in the space of your mess tent...and when they hit they're somewhere north of supersonic.
- The GE/Philco-Ford cannon they came out of has, roughly, 6 billion moving parts. OK, maybe not 6 billion, but more than, say, your car's engine. So what. Wellllll...when I pull the trigger, the gun goes from a standing start to 3900 RPM in just under 1 second and fires from the barrel directly in line with the jet's fuselage centerline. When I release said trigger, the gun spins down to zero, reverses, counts the empty shells in the seven-barrel breech assembly until it senses a live round, and stops when the breech is reset with the next live round is in the firing 1.5 seconds. Next time you go for a drive, stop in the driveway and rev her up to 3900 RPM. See if you can do it in a second...then shut it down and see how long it takes to stop (much less reverse the crankshaft rotation)'ll probably take longer than a second-and-a-half. OK, I don't expect you to try to give your car engine whiplash (our visitors usually aren't DemocraticUnderground types), but you get my drift.
- Did I mention the thrust rearward the gun generates? 18,000lbs. With both engines producing about the same amount of thrust (which is why it takes us so long to get to the fight), well, thank God for keeps us airborne.
- The gun is loaded with special equipment that attaches to the front underside of the forward fuselage...we call it the dragon...and belts/links are not used. The bullets are fed into the system and carried along a conveyor that goes into the back of the ammo drum. The rounds are held by a groove in their cartridge bases on a helix assembly the corkscrews through the drum; the tips of the bullets are pointed at the center of the drum and when they reach the front of the drum are picked up and fed into the breech assembly as individual rounds. They travel through the firing sequence, are pulled from the barrel and placed back on the conveyor to travel back to the rear of the ammo drum and back into the helix. Elegant, closed-loop, beltless system.
- Of course, when the thing breaks it's freakin' spectacular. No, it doesn't explode, but the sudden stop of a mechanical jam can really screw up all that metal. Fortunately, most failures are in the electronic control system. When the jet senses the unload/recock process didn't work right (took too long(!), post-firing bullet count was off, etc.) you'll get a "Gun Unsafe" light in the cockpit. You play it safe and bring it back IAW emergency procedures but usually it turns out to be a bad chip or whatever. In the 20+ years I flew the jet, I can't remember a serious mechanical failure...and I think I would.

...and one last thing...
The GAU-8/A is NOT a is the Avenger. To equate the two would be like equating a 9mm with a .44 magnum.

So there you have 2 cents. Thanks again to Monteith and now John will get off my a$$...or not.


...and one more thing...

Not since the Battle of Agincourt has a gesture had a chance of being universally recognized as a repudiation to one's attackers...let's hear it for The Finger. Everyone at the 2008 Republican National Convention should be sporting vivid blue index digits...just a thought. Heh.

Instapilot Sends.

The Armorer adds: Why wait for 2008? Give Terror The Finger - today!

January 30, 2005


So far, we've lost about 1500 in Iraq. Today, over 8,000,000 voted. When each of the fallen closed their eyes for the last time, they bought 5333 fellow humans a chance to taste freedom for the first time in their lives.

America is a miraculous idea that produces more ordinary men capable of doing extraordinary things than any other nation on earth. America is an idea that can take root in the most barren soil...and make a desert bloom. God bless her, and the people of other nations that understand her truths, and all who benefit from her sons' and daughters' sacrifices.

Today, the most fitting word to describe Ted Rall, Ted Kennedy, George Soros, Michael Moore, John Kerry, and Barbara Boxer is...irrelevant.

Instapilot sends.

by Dusty on Jan 30, 2005 | Global War on Terror (GWOT)
» Delftsman links with: Some random thoughts

News from a socialist's paradise...

Won't work as a hooker? We'll cut yer unemployment bennies then.

Well, there's an interesting take on welfare reform.

by John on Jan 30, 2005 | Plane P0rn
» damnum absque injuria links with: Unemployed German Prostitutes
» There's One, Only! links with: *SLAP* Bad Subconscious

'Nuff said!

Well done, Rose!

I'm tempted to ask her if I could borrow that picture for a caption contest...

But how could we do better? We couldn't. Even funny ones.

And besides, I can't do it. I'd hate for someone to think we were mocking something like this:

Ladies and Gentlemen, I say to you, "1st Lt. Nainoa K. Hoe, 2nd Platoon, C Company, 3rd Battalion of the 21st Infantry Regiment."

Freedom isn't Free.

Amidst the celebration in Iraq, we at Castle Argghhh! take a moment to reflect on the cost of Freedom.

Now is the time at Castle Argghhh! when we dance. In Memoriam.

Yesterday's elections in Iraq were paid for by these fine young Americans. And some not so young.

And that doesn't even begin to cover the cost that the Iraqis have paid, and will continue to pay, and for which Michael Moore, hasn't a glimmer of understanding.

Colorizing War

The Crimean War, US Civil War, Boer War, WWI, WWII, and Korea, are, in my mind, "black and white" wars. Not in terms of war aims and justifications - but because they were photographed in black and white. For wars prior to that, much of what passes for visuals are oil paintings, in color. Even the wars of the ancients are that way for me - as that is how the artists of later centuries painted their visions of what they were like. Not so the wars listed above. They were the wars covered when black and white phototgraphy was king. The wars since have been covered in color.

So I always have a little sense of bemusement when I visit actual sites, and they don't match my mental images. Or go to museums and see just how colorful camo schemes could be.

I don't mind Ted Turner's colorization of black and white movies. You'll notice it's a trend that didn't really last long - partially because they discovered that the Directors and Cameramen and Wardrobe Designers and Set Decorators knew what they were doing - they understood their medium and chose colors that would look right IN BLACK AND WHITE. And sometimes they just looked weird in color. Sometimes it worked, however, and unlike some purists, I didn't mind.

Same thing is true for colorizing old photos. It won't be exact, but it will be close - and things will come alive in ways that black and white doesn't. Some pictures - the flag raising on Iwo Jima for example, to me are just better photos in B&W, others, like the shot I show you in this post, benefit from colorization.

We've got the technology, we don't damage the originals, why not? If I ever remember to buy a lottery ticket, much less a winning one, or Ted Kennedy wraps himself around a tree because he was getting **** and driving drunk and it turns out I'm his unacknowledged illegitimate child and I inherit a chunk of Kennedy money - well, after getting SWWBO a new Castle, expanding the holdings, and indulging my desire for an armored car... I just might set up an operation devoted to colorizing those wars.

Especially the mundane. Like this.

Hat tip to CAPT H for sharing the link.

On a snowy Sunday morning...

If you're an American who doesn't vote. Be Ashamed. Be very ashamed. 72%?!? Of course, people who don't take it for granted tend to be more interested in it. Update: it may be %60, which is still a pretty good number. Of course, you can find some spin if you look. Zuniga weighs in.

By Luke Baker

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Some came on crutches, others walked for miles then struggled to read the ballot, but across Iraq, millions turned out to vote Sunday, defying insurgents who threatened a bloodbath.

Suicide bombs and mortars killed at least 27 people, but voters still came out in force for the first multi-party poll in 50 years. In some places they cheered with joy at their first chance to cast a free vote, in others they shared chocolates.

Even in Falluja, the Sunni city west of Baghdad that was a militant stronghold until a U.S. assault in November, a steady stream of people turned out, confounding expectations. Lines of veiled women clutching their papers waited to vote.

"We want to be like other Iraqis, we don't want to always be in opposition," said Ahmed Jassim, smiling after he voted.

Someone in Iraq is happy...

Meanwhile, at home in the MSM, Voting Interrupts Reporting of Bombings! Dutifully reported by Scott Ott.

If you only watch the Superbowl for the ads - here's one you'll miss unless you go visit WizBang! (Hat tip - CAPT H)

Over at Kin's Kouch, the "Men's Carnival of the Recipes" is up!

The Polipundit watches the Sunday Morning Talk shows so you don't have to. Seems John Kerry wants to downplay any election he's not winning, unless it was his idea. Of course, he'd have preferred, overall, that Saddam still be in power, anyway. Hat tip to SWWBO.

I've gotten a referral or two from this group of people, and while I like to check in and see what people are saying about a post at the Castle, I don't always join (or am allowed to, either) to see what's up. But I'm posting this link because I know there are some "Household 6's" in the readership of Argghhh! and this might be a place you'd like to hang out.