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March 05, 2005


Ladies and Gentlemen, I say to you, Mark Wilson, someone you should have known.

The citizen, 50 year old Mark Wilson, was one of the two people murdered. As CNN reported, “Everyone here agrees, Wilson saved lives.” Fox News' website quoted the sheriff as saying "if it hadn't been for Mr. Wilson, [Arroyo's son] would be dead."

The whole story is here.

by John on Mar 05, 2005 | Gun Rights

Since I'm busy with computer issues today...

I'll leave you with this video. Watch closely. The Armorer thinks there is a problem with this particular approach, that is visible in the video. Lemme know what you think I'm talking about - or just your comments altogether!

Castle Denizens - this weapon will be available to play with at the party tonight.

Click here to view the video. If you are coming in dial-up, you probably want to right click and save as.

Hat tip to SangerM for the video!

by John on Mar 05, 2005 | Gun Pics

March 04, 2005

A Little Good News...

...for a change

Not all the MSM is the LA Times.

I live in the speed-bump between NYC and Philadelphia, which has its advantages:

1. If a ballgame is “blacked out” on the New York stations, I can just tune to the Philly affiliate.

2. I get to hear all the “What Exit?” jokes ten minutes before the rest of you.

3. Ummmm—gimme a minute—I’ll think of something…


4. Newspapers. Lots of local newspapers, mostly reflecting the quirky Jersey functional-schizoid mentality: robin’s egg blue socially and bright red when it comes to our folks in uniform.

And New Jersey’s got a lot of folks in uniform. Most of us saw the smoke from the Towers.

And it doesn’t matter a lick what your home-of-record is, if you’re wearing anything from mess whites to dress blues to a tree-suit, you’re ours (Hey, want some coffee?)—and the local papers, for the most part, reflect it. Granted, we have some real fish-wrappers, but the rest are pretty much biased truthwards, rather than toward an agenda-disguised-as-truth (note to self: e-mail Sanger—there’s just gotta be a German word for that).

Question: how many local papers do you know of with embeds in Iraq? Guys who follow the local boys and girls when they were helping the Iraqis discover what voting was all about. Or visiting the local schools and discovering that kids in Iraq are…well, just kids. Or giving a brand-new battalion commander a full page to brag about his troops?

Just askin, y'know?

Note: Full page of that last link should be available "here" tomorrow, as soon as John finishes beating me up for forgetting how to turn a 263k graphics-intensive Word doc into a 12k .jpeg...

With gun pr0n.

Now open for Jersey-jokes-I-haven't-heard-before.

Heh. I already heard that one...

by CW4BillT on Mar 04, 2005 | General Commentary

Some little things...


THIS IS WHY YOU DO NOT LET DUSTY AND BILL INTO THE SAME COCKPIT!!!! Watch the whole thing. Just goes to prove that with enough power, anything can fly in about any flight regime. I'm in awe of the pilot, though.

Neffi - Yes, it's a Wilkinson. No, it isn't broken.

JustThisGuy - another one, just for you.

This one, just because I find it interesting.

Coming up on Sunday... Stand your ground.

Lastly, Nunya assures me I'm going to hell for telling lies about WMDs in Iraq - setting aside the issue of you have to *know* it's false to be telling a lie, Nunya is still sure I'm going to hell for the evil I've caused in regard to the War. Nunya sure gives me lots of credit. I don't recall issuing a 'go' order, but who am I to argue with such scintillating logic and analysis? I supported the war. I support the war. I acknowledge things could have been done better. I have *never* seen a war that couldn't have been run better, believe me. But that's all very clear only in hindsight. So - I still support the war. Here's why. As Gerard Baker put it in The Times (UK) today:

"What have the Americans ever done for us? Liberated 50 million people..."

It’s too early, in fairness, to claim complete victory in the American-led struggle to bring peace through democratic transformation of the region. Despite the temptation to crow, we must remember that this is not Berlin 1989. There will surely be challenging times ahead in Iraq, Iran, in the West Bank and elsewhere. The enemies of democratic revolution — all the terrorists and Baathists, the sheikhs, the mullahs and the monarchs — are not going to give up without a fight.

But something very important is happening now, something that will be very hard to stop. And, although not all of it can be directly attributed to the US strategy in the region, can anyone seriously argue that it would have happened without it? Neither is it true, as some have tried to argue, that all of this is merely some unintended consequence of an immoral and misconceived war in Iraq.

Read the rest, here.

Just sayin'.

Hat tip to Larry P. for the pointer to the article. I need more readers - as in people who read and forward... makes life so much easier!

Update: A tough end for an old sailor... but serving to the last! Hopefully the scuttling charges *will* be needed.

And another twist in the saga of Terry Schiavo.

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Some people don't *want* cell phones to be 100% reliable...

...Like EOD technicians in Iraq and elsewhere. From a source (thanks, man!) in the EOD community-

Guys, One of the fellows who just came back from Iraq gave me the attached photo. He told me that the tech placed a charge for a blow in place. When he went back to conduct a post blast and discovered the cell phone. It is a genuine photo and demonstrates majority of what the tech's are encountering.

What's he talking about? Missed calls. Like this: click here.

Coming Soon!

A comment Party! We're going to give Cassie a Bon Voyage Party for her Blogcation!*

I've issued the order to Bill the Rotorhead:

"Cry Havoc, and turn loose the Scruples of Argghhhh!"

While we're getting set up, this is a bring your own food kinda party... Castle Argghhh! Productions, Inc, recommends you visit Ted at Rocketjones to score some good recipes and enjoy the story-telling format of SWWBO's Carnival of the Recipes #29! Ted, ya did reeeeely good this week!

*And you should read her post on heteronormativeness right below the linked one, too!

March 03, 2005

Terry Schiavo

What he said.

And his commenters, too.

It opens tomorrow...

...starring the Redlegs of my regiment, the 3rd Field Artillery, assigned to a division I'm an alumnus of, the 1st Armored. The fact that it is about Redlegs, well, hey, y'know.

Gunner Palace.

Watch them prove the old adage:

Artillery lends dignity to what would otherwise be a vulgar brawl.

It's not about the war - it's about the warriors. Around here, that's what's important.

If you missed the sneak peeks (like I did) - the trailers can be seen here and here.

SWWBO and I will be there. You should too. Support movies like this - that are about the troops, and not as much about the politics, of either side.

Photos except the tank and print are provided by -Palm Pictures/Nomados Film and are used with permission, heck, encouragement!

And no, I'm not getting paid for this. I'm a voluntary shill.

by John on Mar 03, 2005 | Observations on things Military
» She Who Will Be Obeyed! links with: Must go out to dinner tonight!!
» The Gantry Launchpad links with: Go here. Read this. Then go watch the movie

Speaking of phosphor bronze...

JustThisGuy - ya mean, kinda like this?


In the combat planning business we have RFIs, Requests For Information. As bloggers, those expand to RFOs, Requests For Opinions. I have received two of those, so I better get busy!

The first one is easy. The Draft. I am not a fan, though I am open to arguments. One reason I am not a fan is because if we wish to impose a draft - we first need to officially gut check our strategic thought regarding how we are going to go about things - from all out war to peace-keeping. Unfortunately, the nature of politics in a democracy makes that kind of long-range planning difficult. A John Kerry administration is going to have a hugely different strategic paradigm than a Bush administration.

That said - the two articles cited for me were:

Carter and Glastris in the Washington Monthly.

Austin Bay on his website.

Where do I stand? Pretty much in the Austin Bay camp, with room for discussion. Any points I really have to make on the particular point-counterpoint are made by Austin in his response, and the comments are instructive as well.

Okay, second issue. Jack at Random Fate asked me to comment on his post here, where he takes issue with comments Dean Esmay makes in this post.

All in all - I'm with Jack, mostly, though I do think we have the right to a little payback when it's in our interest. And I do like his use of the historical record in defense of his position.

Yes, Allies get to make choices. And they get to live with the consequences. Britain should get favored status for siding with us. France and Germany should get to live with the consequences of their decisions, as well. Fair's fair. I've got friends, and I've got buddies. I don't maltreat my friends - but I invite buddies over for drinks, to wander through the Arsenal, and to party in the comments.

I like Mark Steyn, and value his observations. I also like and admire Dean Esmay (who is a buddy) - but something else is true about blogging and opinion writing - you have to take a stand, and that usually means being pretty stark. That's the difference between Op-Eds and articles. In and of themselves they can spark debate - but if you are always in the mushy middle, there is no reason to debate (Hence, there is often not much debate here... hmmm, good thing I do Gun Pr0n and have good parties - even if that probably keeps us from getting linked by Hewitt, Bay, and other, more serious folk).

I also agree with Dan Schneider's point in the comments, though I don't agree with his cited article. I decided I didn't have the time to address that in this format when it was first pointed out to me, but since I talk about it in my comment on Jack's site, I should link it here so you can go see for yourself what you think of Dan's argument. He's worth the read, regardless of if you agree or not.

Oh, and Jack - you're a buddy too.

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March 02, 2005

Getting back to my roots.

In light of comments in the post below, it is obviously time to drag this thing back up into the light for all you not-long-time readers. This is just a periodic post for relative newbies to the site who don't realize the real reason I set this thing up was to share my collection with the world - and point out you don't know what the guy next door has in his basement... but that doesn't mean he's a nut. As the blog has morphed over time, now and again I've gotten a little too wrapped up in the politics and the war - and, well, yes, work, too - and I've strayed a bit from my roots. Well that and the great parties the Denizens throw in the comment sections now and again... Please don't stop, Denizens! It makes it fun when sometimes it's real work to maintain (fought off 1,780 spams today, for example... but 132 got through and had to be slain inside the Keep!).

With great hubris I too have made the mistake that many celebrities make - that my opinions on things political somehow matter more than others. Well, not really. This is more the equivalent of standing on a soapbox at "Speakers Corner".

Anyway - for you guys who are here because you heard that John of Argghhh! actually sometimes talked about guns and militaria - here's the navigation map to The Story So Far. They link to the appropriate archives by topic. I'm working a new post on the evolution of the Vickers Machine gun - but these things take time! In fact, here's proof - I have the collecting jones so bad that I actually tracked down this - an actual Australian Army inventory sheet - so that I could fill this (procured buck-nekkid empty three years ago) so that it looked like this.


Hi-res click here.

Anyway - here's some linkages to the discussions - where it says "The Arsenal" is a link to the photo-archive. (always available on the sidebar)

Sub-machine Guns
Machine Guns
Gun P0rn: A Naughty Expose' of the fiddly-bits.a>
General Militaria
Guns by Nation

And, of course, there is always the direct link to the Imperial Arsenal itself!

Visitors should also note the following caveats:

Periodic Goblin Warning (SM)

As a service to Goblins who are considering Seizing The Arsenal (this excludes LE types: y'all come with a warrant, knock [no no-knocks, please, the front door is expensive], take what the warrant specifies and we'll talk about it in court - just please take care of 'em, you know, periodic cleaning, oiling, etc. They're used to being spoiled like that) here is a periodic warning on Why Trying To Steal My Collection Isn't A Good Idea.

Note to thieves trying to figure out where I live: Once you do that, you've got to get past the living interior and exterior guard, the security system (hint, cutting the phone and cable WON'T help), and finally, if I'm home - me. WonderWife (TM) v3.x is also right handy with the Winchester M97 trench gun. I like that one because it's handy, will blow you into large chunks, but not pass through the walls of the house to annoy my neighbors. Hardwood floors, so clean-up is easy. I'm a reasonable fellow, if you surrender meekly or run away, that will be fine. Not interested in killing or maiming anyone unless you are dumb enough to attack me or my family. The furry members count as family, BTW. Do that, then I will clean the gene pool. Plus guys, impressive as it looks, it's not as valuable as you might think - and it would be very hard to move, since you would be flooding the market. Not to mention the fact that every dealer within a (classified) radius would have a list of serial numbers and descriptions within 24 hours (ain't the internet great?). Oh, yeah - did I mention that robbing licensees is a federal offense? The feds don't go overboard after little stuff, but whacking this collection would likely garner their interest - so choose your accomodations! Plus 'bangers won't like these - the ones that look like they can shoot a lot - can't, and many of them won't work properly if you hold them sideways like they do in the movies.

So, go find an easier target, eh? No - better yet - get a real job that has better fringes.

Periodic Disclaimer for anti-gunners and law enforcement surfers (I don't mind you LE types) Heck, I don't mind the anti-gun types until they start trying to send LE types to take 'em away... here we go with the Periodic Disclaimer (TM):

Everything you ever see in photos here that I own is fully legal to own, federal, state, and local - WHERE I LIVE! Your mileage may vary, such as living in the Borg Collectives of California, Massachusetts, New Jersey, etc. Though ya might be surprised to find out what's legal where you live. I am a licensed collector (which isn't a license to collect, just to receive via the mails), and that only applies to curio and relic firearms. Fortunately, that's about all I want to own. On these pages I will from time to time share my toys, much like Kim du Toit does.

Gun Pr0n

I'm busy, got something working I may get to later, depending on how work goes!

In the meantime, to tide you over. Gun Pr0n. The STEN Mark II, product of Messrs Smith and Turpin, at ENfield. Cheap, easy to make, simple, and remarkably reliable sub-machingun the Brits and Commonwealth forces used during WWII and beyond. I've fired both a STEN and all the major versions of Thompson guns - while I prefer the .45 cartridge to the 9mm, I vastly prefer the STEN as a weapon for ease of carry and use. So - given my predjudices on caliber, it's not surprising that I am such a fan of the US M3 Grease Gun.

Click the picture for hi-res. This shows the weapon with bolt forward.



March 01, 2005


Just caught this on Countercolumn.

My response:

Oh, good lord.

Another guy with a hard-on for the fighter community. He would have sniped at the bomber guys if he thought they were getting all the money.

Look...I'm an attack pilot. I'll never be an ace--don't get any credit for ground kills, even though the return on investment is fairly high (kill 'em by the dozens, scores or hundreds vice one or two at a time). But I've never begrudged the fighter guys for wanting a better jet. The Raptor is, literally, an order of magnitude above anything in the air. Given the country's inability to take casualties that measure in the tens of thousands (theoretically at least--I'm so sure that's true, but let's say it is for argument's sake), being able to pursue an unfair fight is a good thing. The problem with the Raptor is Lockheed-Martin giving the American taxpayer the finger--it's more expensive than it has to be, as Eisenhower so presciently predicted.

The Army wants more lift. Fair enough. The airlifters want more lift. Fair enough.

Yeah, we have a paucity of strat and tac lift but compared to everybody else, we've got airlift coming out of our ears. Of course, that's a statistical slight of hand (if everybody else has zero, your one looks pretty good). I agree we need more lift but I'm not about to say it's the be-all/end-all project for the 21st century. Air is fast, but it's not good at carrying anywhere near what ships can carry. The statistics can be argued and there are good reasons for getting more...lots of good reasons. But to can the entire F/A-22 buy is sour grapes...and the way your reader puts it smacks of professional jealousy, if not downright unprofessional whining.

The guy's obviously had a beef since he found out the last g-suit he was gonna wear was during his last UPT T-38 ride (if, in fact he got one...I dunno if they even fly it anymore in the dual-track program). Let's be rational here. Is there anything out there that can touch the Raptor? No. But, um, I think that's the point. Would I have a heart attack if they bought even fewer F/A-22s and more C-17s? No. And, BTW, the Air Force is already looking at the follow-on lifter--AMX.

Besides, those F-15s that are going to escort his ass into less-than-totally-benign territory are getting old...real old. So, we can increase our capability in both arenas with balanced force recapitalization or we can chuck a whole future combat system that will save BOTH communities' crew lives.

John Jumper, CSAF, is no fool. He knows the value of lift. He knows the value of air refueling. He knows the value of TACPs, for that matter--rare in a four-star. But there are some things he's had to endure that he shouldn't the tanker debacle. Does he think about paraphrase Team America, "F**k yeah!" Is he doing it to the degree the writer thinks he should? Apparently not. But I doubt it something JJ's going to lose sleep over.

I know Jumper personally. The man checked out in the Raptor because he could. He's the frickn' Chief of Staff--again, I refuse to begrudge anyone a good deal and, since his first duty day in the Pentagon after leaving Langley was 9/11/01 (yes, THAT 9/11), shoot--give him 10 rides in the damn thing.

Dude, you ain't flying fighters. Neither am I. Get over it.

Some Updates.

First off, I've updated the plane pr0n with Dusty's response.

The 16th Edition of the Red Ensign Standard (good link-fest!) is up, host by fellow Brigadier and frequent commenter Phantom Observer!

CAPTION CONTEST! All Denizens report!

Next - remember the UMASS student, Mr. Thomas Naughton, he who expiates his guilt by ripping yellow ribbons from people's cars? Y'know, *principled* protest?

Many of us replied to his rant, and our responses were not posted. I opined that it might well be the editorial policy to only allow student responses (which I don't mind - except they also allow the students to hang their opinions out there... )

Anyway - there have been several responses to Mr. Naughton's tirade. From students. And *not* supportive. If someone wants to wade through the Daily Collegian and see if there was any support - send along the links, what the heck, we can be *balanced* around here... if we aren't too much into the tequila, anyway. That said, via JarHeadDad:

Broadside #1.
Broadside #2
Broadside #3

Frequent contributor Mike D. sends this link to another milblogger I'd missed, In Iraq for 365. As the Questing Cat, this troop is back from Iraq, and is also dealing with being back from Iraq. The readjustment isn't easy for some of us. There is even some research that suggests some susceptibility to PTSD is a result of genetic factors.

Update - it just seems that now is the time for some warriors back from the 'box to reflect.

I remember when Dad came back from Vietnam. We all tried to pick up where we'd left off 15 months before... which of course, isn't possible, but hey... Anyway, there was Dad, asleep on the couch, Mom sent me to get him for dinner. Bear in mind - this is a man who lived and fought through Tet 68... I touched his shoulder like I did everytime before. Next thing I know, I'm slumped at the base of the wall, Dad crouching by me, being the He-Man Warrior he is, and trying not to cry at the same time... I don't think Dad or I couuld tell you how I came to be there... but I do know that after that I always just wiggled his toe to wake him up!

Finally - WillyShake, at Unconsidered Trifles, invites you to both read an academic definition of jody calls (which while stodgy, is pretty accurate) and then to offer up your own favorite jody calls. He also has a little music trivia associated with jodys... What's a jody call? Musical poetry called out by a caller and repeated by the troops when running in formation. Keeps your mind off the pain, builds esprit (done properly), keeps people in step, and, because you have to yell it out, improves aerobic conditioning, however slightly. A way to keep a check on your people who are having PT problems was to run around your formation keeping an eye on those who were so shagged out they couldn't do the jodys.

Here's a *clean* one for you:

Two old ladies, lyin' in bed.

One rolled over to the other and said.

I wanna be an Airborne Ranger!

I wanna live a life of danger.

I wanna kill old Charlie Cong!



There are two hiding down below... but it only gets sung when you're running back by the ranges... WARRIOR STUFF WARNING - NOT SAFE FOR WORK OR SENSITIVE EYES

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by John on Mar 01, 2005 | Global War on Terror (GWOT)
» Angry in the Great White North links with: Liberal double standards -- An update

This is a "Somebody Else Did All The Real Work" post...

Note - there *is* a mission requirement with report-out for Castle Denizens (regulars and wanna-be's) in here.

First off - there *is* hope. Our neighbor the Venomous One sends this: A muppet teaches children to use guns!

Second, via Punctilious (a Neutral Good Elf Ranger Bard) and SWWBO (a Chaotic Good Elf Bard Mage) we find that the Armorer is...

I Am A: Chaotic Good Elf Ranger Fighter

Chaotic Good characters are independent types with a strong belief in the value of goodness. They have little use for governments and other forces of order, and will generally do their own things, without heed to such groups.

Elves are the eldest of all races, although they are generally a bit smaller than humans. They are generally well-cultured, artistic, easy-going, and because of their long lives, unconcerned with day-to-day activities that other races frequently concern themselves with. Elves are, effectively, immortal, although they can be killed. After a thousand years or so, they simply pass on to the next plane of existance.

Primary Class:
Rangers are the defenders of nature and the elements. They are in tune with the Earth, and work to keep it safe and healthy.

Secondary Class:
Fighters are the warriors. They use weapons to accomplish their goals. This isn't to say that they aren't intelligent, but that they do, in fact, believe that violence is frequently the answer.

Solonor Thelandria is the Chaotic Good elven god of archery and the hunt. He is also known as the Keen Eye, the Great Archer, and the Forest Hunter. His followers respect nature, and only hunt when needed, but are quick to defend the forest from intruders. Their favorite weapon is the bow, and they tend to be extremely talented with it. Solonor Thelandria's symbol is an arrow with green fletchings.

Find out What D&D Character Are You? , courtesy ofNeppyMan (e-mail)

I command all true Castle Denizens to journey thither and classify themselves - and with this group, I'm pretty sure Chaos Rulez, I'll know some of ya are cheatin' if I don't see a few thieves!

Lastly - hat tip to SWWBO, who pointed out *all* this stuff, via Allan we come to this mindless little variation on a theme.

bold the states you've been to, underline the states you've lived in and italicize the state you're in now...

Alabama / Alaska / Arizona / Arkansas / California / Colorado / Connecticut / Delaware / Florida / Georgia / Hawaii / Idaho / Illinois / Indiana / Iowa / Kansas / Kentucky / Louisiana / Maine / Maryland / Massachusetts / Michigan / Minnesota / Mississippi / Missouri / Montana / Nebraska / Nevada / New Hampshire / New Jersey / New Mexico / New York / North Carolina / North Dakota / Ohio / Oklahoma / Oregon / Pennsylvania / Rhode Island / South Carolina / South Dakota / Tennessee / Texas / Utah / Vermont / Virginia / Washington / West Virginia / Wisconsin / Wyoming / Washington D.C /

Go HERE to have a form generate the HTML for you.

Without checking a map to make sure, I've also got 26 or so foreign countries. I'm shy two continents- Terra Australis and Terra Verra Colda.

by John on Mar 01, 2005 | I think it's funny!
» Blog o'RAM links with: My Favorite Characters are Elves. Now I Know Why.
» Blog o'RAM links with: Busy Daze

February 28, 2005

Fighting Fuselliers Fusileers... battle stations Stand To!

If I misspelled "Fuselliers," sorry.


Did a high-speed pass by Matt's Place and found this.

Let me be brief. I'm giving 100 bucks. Right now. It's personal (my guys spent most of their lives in canvas and fiberglass Hummers and it was BS...all the way).

CHALLENGE: Let's see if we can bust the $3700 by 1700 CST. I was going to make a contest between us and BLACKFIVE but I'm not witty enough to whip up something pithy enough to make this the food fight it probably should be (all in good fun, of course).

Thirty-seven hundred is peanuts if it saves a set of legs, eyes, balls, whatever.

Let's do this.

Spread the word. Call Hugh Hewitt. Call Sean Hannity. Tell them to send people our way and click on the appropriate links. (John's gonna love me for this...heh.)

These guys shouldn't have to worry about this after today.

What say you, Fuselliers Fusileers?


[sigh. Wotta ya expect from a fighter *Attack* pilot [excuuuuse meee!)? A detailed understanding of ground combat organizations - except as targets? I've matched the Instapilot - The Armorer]

Update: Oh, heck - Instapilot Castle mug to the first three people who can provide a Paypal reciept (we'll reward you for ecommerce) that matches the Instapilot's donation (and mine doesn't count).

Update II. They've made what they need for the blankets - but the offer still stands for mugs for the first three people to show up with Paypal reciepts that match the Instapilot's donation - Soldier's Angels has many other projects and can still use the funds.

Heh. Well, we know what *I'm* not...

..a fighter pilot. Boy, was I wrong. So is Bill. Sanger and Dusty however...

Update: Here's our resident ATTACK pilot's reponse

The pict looks like a Viper about to go beak to beak with an F-15. Both guys would have shot each other about 30 minutes previous to this position...if both were armed with AAMRAMs. The Eagle would have had the range on him though (radar range, that is...which is what counts in a Fox 1 shot). At normal closure rates (180-degree aspect, i.e., nose-to-nose), both would have the energy to get the missile to target but the Eagle would probably have seen him first, driven into optimum range, shot and then gone for the notch (hard 90 left/right to dick up the opponent's fire control/radar Doppler shift calculations and befuddle his missile just enough to preclude a lock and counter launch). That said, once the AAMRAM shifts to internal guidance, I understand it's pretty hard to beat.

by John on Feb 28, 2005 | Plane P0rn

Tales from the (marketing) crypt...

Sorry for being scarce but family issues are raising their ugly craniums again. That said, I can always steal ideas.

The Derb has a post on The Corner that sort of sums up my opinion of your average executive, be he/she/it be civilian or military. For many, the good idea light should have been swiched off awhile ago.

As far as John's Plane P0rn picture goes, the trailer looks like an Eagle cockpit (visible intake ramps on left and right) and, frankly, the lead looks like a Viper with two bags (600 gal external fuel tanks) but it probably isn't.

Those thrifty Scots, and other interesting things.

CAPT H sends this along to start our week:

A Scottish soldier in full dress marches into a pharmacy to speak to the druggist. The Scot opens his sporran and pulls out a neatly folded cotton bandana, opens it to reveal a smaller silk square which he unfolds to reveal a condom. The condom has a number of patches on it. He holds it up.

"How much to repair it?" the Scot asks the pharmacist.

"Six pence," says the pharmacist.

"How much for a new one?"

"Ten pence."

The Scot folds the condom into the silk square and the cotton bandana, places it in his sporran and marches down the aisle and out the door of the pharmacy. A moment or two later a great shout goes up, followed by an even greater shout.

The Scot walks into the pharmacy again, and back to the pharmacist.

"The regiment has taken a vote," the Scot says. "We'll have a new

Now this is a hoot, but if you are offended by the "F-word" dinnae click this link. Dusty, Bill, Neffi, and Boudicca at least, will appreciate it...

And I thought fighter jocks understood grammar and spelling better, too.

Target aircraft looks like a Phantom to me - anybody recognize the cockpit?

And lastly, this is just a picture to appeal to boys everywhere.

Pacific Ocean (Feb. 24, 2005) – A Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) leaves the guided missile cruiser USS Lake Erie (CG 70) enroute to intercept a short-range ballistic missile target, launched minutes earlier from the Pacific Missile Range Facility, Barking Sands, Kauai, Hawaii. The intercept, which occurred some 100 miles from the island of Kauai, was the latest Missile Defense Agency test of its sea-based midcourse program. The program, in cooperation with the U.S. Navy, has had five intercepts in the last six attempts.

Returning the favor from yesterday, both pics today are via Strategy Page.

February 27, 2005

Look boss! Da plene! Da plene!

Looking back over the last coupla week's posts, I see we've been neglecting a segment of our audience. We've had tanks, firearms, submarines, Marines... but I don't see any airplanes. Well we did have that English-Electric munchkin.

Soooo... let's have a multi-national moment of Aero-Zen.

Two RAF Phantoms flying by a Castle in, I assume, Germany. I at first glance thought it was Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria. ... except for being the wrong shape, color, and not in the mountains...

Anybody know which castle that is?

by John on Feb 27, 2005 | Plane P0rn
» TFS Magnum links with: Great photo over at Argghhh!!!

Sunday fare.

AFSister sends:

An Irish woman of advanced age visited her physician to ask his help in reviving her husband's libido. What about trying Viagra? asks the doctor.

"Not a chance", she said. "He won't even take an aspirin".

"Not a problem", replied the doctor. "Give him an Irish Viagra. Drop it into his coffee. He won't even taste it. Give it a try and call me in a week to let me know how things went".

It wasn't a week later that she called the doctor, who directly inquired as to progress. The poor dear exclaimed, "Oh, faith, bejaysus and begorrah! T'was horrid. Just terrible, doctor!".

"Really? What happened" asked the doctor?

"Well, I did as you advised and slipped it in his coffee and the effect was almost immediate. He jumped hisself straight up, with a twinkle in his eye, and with his pants a-bulging fiercely! With one swoop of his arm, he sent the cups and tablecloth flying, ripped me clothes to tatters and took me then and there, making wild, mad, passionate love to me on the tabletop! It was a nightmare, I tell you, an absolute nightmare!"

"Why so terrible?" asked the doctor, "Do you mean the sex your husband provided wasn't good"?

"Oh, no, no, no, doctor, the sex was fine indeed!

'Twas the best sex I've had in 25 years! But sure as I'm sittin' here, I'll never be able to show me face in Starbucks again".

Then there's this, continuing the Iwo Jima theme this week. Looking at it from relative safety - Mt. Suribachi doesn't look like all that much, does it? But there are still hundreds, if not thousands, of Japanese soldiers and sailors entombed in that rock, sealed in their caves and bunkers by the Marines 60 years ago.

Iwo Jima, Japan -- Amphibious Assault Vehicles (AAVs) line the beach below Mount Suribachi on the island of Iwo Jima in a static display for the 58th Anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima Commemoration, March 12. Mt. Suribachi is the historic site where four Marines and one Sailor raised the American Flag during the WWII battle. The AAVs are embarked aboard ships of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group, consisting of USS Essex (LHD 2), USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43), USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49), and USS Juneau (LPD 10). Iwo Jima was the largest sustained aerial offensive of the Pacific Campaign of World War II. The U.S. sent over 110,000 Marines in 880 ships in what also became the largest invasion force of the Pacific Campaign. It took 36 days of fighting and more than 25,000 U.S. casualties to break through and bring the island under American control. Today's forward deployed Sailors from the Essex ARG and embarked Marines of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, Special Operations Capable, continue to sail throughout the Pacific to help promote peace and stability in the region. Official U.S. Navy photograph by Journalist 2nd Class Wes Eplen. (RELEASED)

Entry in the "You have to trust the designers, builders, maintainers and operators division..." Pilots have to. Submariners have to - so do Marines. Like these guys in an Amphibious Assault Vehicle entering the water out of a LSD, Landing Ship Dock.

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Wonder what the heck I'm talking about? Start here. Then Here. Then here. And here.

Then there's this comment from Laney (who was commenting on our proto-Zoomie and his dancing)

Now here is a guy with the right stuff! Loved both the videos however the second captured my heart!

Nothing like a man loving life and having the ability to laugh at
himself! Stuff dreams are made of! Good on ya mate! Life is tough enough as
it is and so you find your moments! Thanks for posting these. They made
me laugh so much and for all the right reasons! You guys are awesome!

If they ever have a talent show for dancing he would be the next
"American Dancing Idol"! Every time I hear that song in the future I will
think of this video. And if I ever look out the window of a plane and see
the baggage handlers or traffic controllers blow a ball bearing I will
die laughing!

Thanks for sharing!

P.S. Forget flowers and chocolates fellas just bust a move! It just
makes us melt

Emphasis mine.

The Armorer is steadfast in his refusal to dance. There are good reasons.

The is the Armorer Dancing.

Did you laugh? Hell, are you up off the floor yet? The Armorer indulges in self-mockery all the time. He's even tolerant of mocking from others - ya can't dish it out if you can't take it, right?

But the Armorer doesn't *do* stand up - yet on those few times he has reluctantly taken the floor, you'd have thought it was a Friars Club Roast...

Reader (and frequent content-supplier) Mike D, points us the the Brothers Judd, who in turn point us to this article in the Stars and Stripes. Things like that aren't worth MSM attention, I guess. Or, maybe, 1SG Jurgerson didn't think that keeping his promises was something that the MSM should cover... seeing as how, for him, it's probably just something you do, eh? Hoo-ah, Top!

Let's close with this, also sent along from AFSister, who is up very early this morning apparently with nothing to do... she sends along this joke, from her buddy who is in the Air Force Army and deployed - he's probably also the source of our opening bit...

Murphy showed up at Mass one Sunday, and the priest almost fell down when he saw him. Murphy had never been seen in church in his life.

After Mass, the priest caught Murphy and said, "Murphy, I am so glad you decided to come to Mass; what made you come?"

Murphy said, "I got to be honest with you Father; a while back, I misplaced me hat, and I really, really love that hat. I knew that McGlynn had a hat just like me hat, and I knew that McGlynn come to church every Sunday. I also knew that McGlynn had to take off his hat during Mass, and I figured he would leave it in the back of church. So, I was going to leave after Communion and steal McGlynn's hat."

The priest said, "Well, Murphy, I notice that you didn't steal McGlynn's hat. What changed your mind?"

Murphy said, "Well, after I heard your sermon on the 10 Commandments, I decided that I didn't need to steal McGlynn's hat."

The priest gave Murphy a big smile and said, "After I talked about 'Thou Shalt Not Steal' you decided you would rather do without your hat than burn in Hell, right?"

Murphy shook his head and said, "No, Father, after you talked about 'Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery' I remembered where I left me hat

I like the Zoomie's Dogface's tagline he has as a closer to his emails, a part of his signature - the Armorer can relate:

Some people try to turn back their odometers. Not me, I want people to know "why" I look this way. I've traveled a long way and some of the roads weren't paved."

I was wrong - I gotta add one more thing. I understand prudence - and I understand expedience - and I understand due process... but the President of Colorado University seems to me to be flirting with just plain old moral cowardice. Scroll down to "University President..." If Churchill walks away from this with a 7-figure settlement, the world is upside-down.