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August 13, 2005

Saturday Morning rambles

Okay, how about some *content* and not just beggin' for bucks...

F-15 Shuttle CAP. Kewl.

Today is the Natal Day of the Admiral of the Moat Fleet! Go visit Barb and join the party!

I've been ignoring Cindy Sheehan. She gets enough exposure, eh? But I'll point you to Mohammed of Iraq The Model for his take on Ms. Sheehan.

ALa of Blonde Sagacity is hosting the 52nd (1 year!) edition of Carnival of the Recipes! Go here for links to all 52!

Jack at Random Fate has asked who, especially at the political level, is doing any outside-of-the-box thinking regarding Iraq. Read this Jack - and see where it came from, and who sent it out to whom. It's not everybody you want, but it's a start, Jack. I will admit, I don't think that the economic analysis contained herein is much deeper than PC-speak, but there is some interesting stuff to think about.

If, after that, you have any brain cells left - consider this piece by Henry Kissinger on Exit Strategies, Pitfalls and Traps Therein Contained.

For someone like me, who observed firsthand the anguish of the original involvement in Vietnam during the Kennedy and Johnson administrations, and who later participated in the decisions to withdraw during the Nixon administration, Casey's announcement revived poignant memories. For a decision to withdraw substantial U.S. forces while the war continues is a potentially fateful event. It affects the calculations of insurgents and government forces alike, so that the definition of progress becomes nearly as much a psychological as a military judgment. Every soldier withdrawn represents a larger percentage of the remaining total. The capacity for offensive action of the remaining forces shrinks. Once the process is started, it runs the risk of operating by momentum rather than by strategic analysis, and that process is increasingly difficult to reverse.

Gun Nuts will be interested in the Carnival of Cordite #26.

Jeff at Alphecca has a new look, and takes a look at the greatest killer of cops... cars. And let us not forget the current edition of his mostly weekly Check on the Bias in the Media Against Guns.

More stuff as the spirit moves me, and the Honey-do list allows.

Valour-IT: One thing to add

From an e-gram FbL sent me:

We are contacting our suppliers to buy the first 3 fully-equipped computers and ship them to Bethesda.

You guys are amazing. On the one hand, I wish I could get on and post more often.

On the other, maybe my absence has had a salutory effect on the crusade...

*big goofy grin*

It got John out of the woodwork, didn't it?

by CW4BillT on Aug 13, 2005 | Project Valour-IT
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Project Valour-IT Update.


The project is up and running. Three laptops and associated software have been purchased and sent on their way. We've had some biiig donations, and lots and lots and lots of small donations. I'll have some figures later.

Update: Oops. Just like in all military operations... the first report is wrong. Well, not wrong, but not complete...

Three laptops and associated software have been purchased and sent on their way.

Clarification: That's the goal for next week. We have to double-check
with a supplier to make sure we can purchase it piecemeal like that.
Should be a "go," though...

We've set up a blog for the Project, ably hosted by SGT B of The Gun Line. Click here to visit the Project Blog.

This being the weekend, and traffic will be light, I'll be spending the weekend doing some prep to try for a blitz next week.

Thus far, we've scored National Review Online and MSNBC. I have dreams of going farther than that.

We need to broaden our recruiting. The more links to the project we have... the more people see the links... the more people donate!

It's really that simple.

This is the Roll of Identified Supporters! If you aren't on it - drop me a note and we'll fix that!

This is the javascript version. If you need the RSS/PHP etc versions, let me know and I'll shoot 'em to you.


Press Release is available by clicking here.

by Fusileer 6 on Aug 13, 2005 | Project Valour-IT
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August 12, 2005

Building on Yesterday's rant...

...about Code Names. I gotta plug Commander Salamander's rant - he was channeling me, which, sadly, portends badly for his promotion chances...

The whole naming thing started out as a security measure. It gave a shorthand way to refer to something in messages, whether a weapon system, troop movement, location, operation, intel asset, etc , so people in the know would understand what you meant, without larding up messages with a lot of text, as well as revealing info to interested eavesdroppers. Jargon for security.

Like the Manhattan Project for the atomic bomb. Operation Overlord for the invasion of Europe. Utah Beach, Operations Olympic and Coronet for the planned invasion of Japan. "Tank" for the Tank. (crates with the first tanks in them were marked "Water Tank" - the name stuck.) Infinite Justice Enduring Freedom - the take-down of Afghanistan. The military aren't the only ones, either; e.g., Microsoft's "Longhorn" which is now officially "Windows Vista."

As we are continuously lectured "Words have meaning." The development of code names is a Big Deal, hence NORTHCOM/NORADs angst. As no less a master of the english language Winston Churchill observed in Closing The Ring (vol 5 of his WWII history):

[1.] Operations in which large numbers of men may lose their lives ought not to be described by code words which imply a boastful or overconfident sentiment,. . . or, conversely, which are calculated to invest the plan with an air of despondency. . . . They ought not to be names of a frivolous character. . . . They should not be ordinary words often used in other connections. . . . Names of living people--Ministers and Commanders--should be avoided. . . .

2. After all, the world is wide, and intelligent thought will readily supply an unlimited number of well-sounding names which do not suggest the character of the operation or disparage it in any way and do not enable some widow or mother to say that her son was killed in an operation called "Bunnyhug" or "Ballyhoo."

3. Proper names are good in this field. The heroes of antiquity, figures from Greek and Roman mythology, the constellations and stars, famous racehorses, names of British and American war heroes, could be used, provided they fall within the rules above.

LTC Gregory Sieminski wrote an interesting article called The Art of Naming Operations in the US Army War College Publication, Parameters, in which he lays out some of the history of naming - and the pitfalls contained therein. In addition to "Ballyhoo" and "Bunnyhug" noted by Churchill (both names just illustrative, never under consideration) there was real objection to naming the 1943 raid on Ploesti "Operation Soapsuds", violating the "Bunnyhug Rule." The mission was eventually named Tidal Wave.

General Ridgway got in trouble in Korea for naming an operation "Killer"... LTC Sieminski pretty much wraps up the whole purpose, process and problem of naming in these three paragraphs:

China's intervention in the Korean War helped Lieutenant General Matthew Ridgway see what MacArthur had not. Ridgway took command of the Eighth Army as it was reeling southward under relentless Chinese attack. His first task, he realized, was to restore the fighting spirit of his badly demoralized command.[47] One way he did this was by giving decidedly aggressive nicknames to the series of counteroffensives undertaken from February to April 1951: Thunderbolt, Roundup, Killer, Ripper, Courageous, Audacious, and Dauntless. Because these names were not classified once operations began, they were widely disseminated among Eighth Army soldiers to boost morale.[48] Ridgway's unprecedented use of meaningful combat operation names set the tone for one of the most remarkable transformations of any military organization in history. The reinvigorated Eighth Army pushed the Chinese back to the 38th parallel.

If Ridgway's names contributed to success on the battlefield, they were not nearly so successful on the home front. Ridgway had publicly announced not only the start of his first major counteroffensive, but also its nickname: Operation Killer.[49] In doing so, he may have imagined that he could boost the morale of the public in the same way he hoped to inspire his troops. After all, the news from the front had been bad for months--so bad, in fact, that the US Far East Command had suspended communiques dealing with operational matters the previous fall.[50] It was probably no coincidence that the communiques resumed the day after the start of Operation Killer.[51] Certainly some of Ridgway's troops thought that Killer and other names had been chosen with the media in mind.[52]

In any event, more than a few observers objected to Ridgway's operation name, which was prominently displayed in many newspaper and magazine articles.[53] One critic was the Army Chief of Staff, General J. Lawton Collins, who informed Ridgway that "the word `killer' . . . struck an unpleasant note as far as public relations was concerned."[54] Certainly public relations suffered: several writers criticized the name directly or implicitly in letters to The New York Times;[55] the International Longshoremen's and Warehousemen's Union issued a report in which the name served as the rubric for the entire conflict, which it called a "phony" war emergency;[56] Republicans pointed to the term as evidence that the Truman Administration had no other aim in Korea but to kill Chinese;[57] and the State Department objected that the name had soured negotiations with the People's Republic of China.[58]

Shelby Stanton, in his book Anatomy of a Division, noted that in Vietnam the 1st Cavalry Division relearned the "Killer" lesson - when it named an operation "Masher." President Johnson got pissy because it didn't reflect the "pacification emphasis" he was after. General Westmoreland, in his memoir added that the President objected because it gave ammunition to carping war critics. Both considerations still valid, perhaps even more so in the pervasive media environment we live in. Like NORAD is finding out via the blogs... though I still don't think Admiral Keating lost any sleep last night because Salamander and I pinged him, and Lex only gave him a lukewarm defense.

After Vietnam, we went to a computer generated system - to improve randomness. But they still got filtered. And anything big, well, as the last 15 years have shown, anything big gets parsed for marketing considerations. Sometimes badly.

If you'd like to try your hand at computer generating some code names, give this site a whirl. The ones I generated weren't too bad! Distant Thunder, Intrinsic Jewel, Nomad Tree, Shepherd Sentinel (though that last might offend PETA).

Just goes to show there *is* a reason for NORADs madness (and madness it still is... lest ye think I've gone soft on 'em!). But like any idea, when carried to an extreme... it just gets silly. And even after doing the research for this post... NORAD's decision is... SILLY.

But let's get to the point of this! Keep those nominations coming in! Then, this weekend, SWWBO and I will select the Top 20. And put up a poll - winner gets their choice of Stuff From The Castle Store, up to a $15 value. I'm feeling generous, I'll cover shipping... Before you submit - check out the Flash Traffic/Extended Entry - therein lies the List Thus Far. Also downloadable here.

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August 11, 2005


This is an astral projection of me, I'm still being lazy.

Earth to NORAD: I am a farking Warrior. And a Soldier. And Soldier-Warriors are Brave. Celts were Warriors. Angles were Warriors. Burgundians were warriors, too, just for a few non-Native examples. And many were also Soldiers. And they used Shields. And Arrows. And Bows. And Spears. Many used Feathers in their accouterments. And *gasp* rode Horses. And there were a *Hell* of a lot more of them in aggregate than there have *ever* been Pre-European-Arrival residents on this continent. And, in other words, represent the ethnic heritage of a *lot* of white, and, dare I mention Asian, residents of this piece of dirt. But, because someones panties get in a twist, all of a sudden, *that* whole heritage goes out the window? Get a grip.



But, do they? Really? Got a petition or something? No, I don't think you do... and I bet there are far more Native Americans who actually like that kind of thing than resent it. In many aspects, those names can be gestures of Respect, warrior to warrior. But we can't have that, can we? Nooo.

"We did change them because of the references to Native Americans," Sgt. Tomassi said. "And the initiative wasn't U.S. or Canadian. It was just NORAD. We are sensitive to such issues. We don't have a professional sports team like the Washington Redskins. But we still are sensitive to the same sorts of issues that those organizations are. When Admiral Keating arrived, the staff was already in progress, saying this was an initiative we wanted to take on, and Admiral Keating embraced it."

And I bet the PAO staff let poor SGT Tomassi be the spokesman because there wasn't an officer willing to have their name in the Washington Post attached to this article.

While I think the recent NCAA decision is dumb, this is so mind-crushingly, spirit-draining dumb as to be beyond words. (for an interesting and surprisingly readable view on the mascot issue - go read this Kossack)

Oh, please, please, please - release the Staff Study you guys put together for this. I would *love* to see it.

Admiral Keating, I know you don't give a flying flip - and I doubt you're going to see this screed, nor care if somehow you do - but this is embarrassing.

I can understand Operation Indian Brave, or Cherokee Forge or somesuch (though, again, show me the significant number of Native Americans who are just sent round the bend by that) - but now Operation Certain Shield and Victory Spear are out... and I guess that the "Brave Rifles" of the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment are just chapping your collective pansy asses there, seeing as how they are based at Fort Carson, just down the road from your Hole-in-the-Mountain... I mean, gee, just look how insensitve their newsletter is... Blood and Steel? I hope you can do something about that, too, while you're at it, Admiral.

Admiral Keating, I christen thee the NORth American Sensitivity Supervisor.

And for you sailors who read this space... howinthehell did you breed this guy?

This rant is all SWWBO's fault.

Anyway - A Contest! Let's open up a list of Non-Offensive Operation/Exercise names that we can forward to NORAD to help them in their Quest for Sensitivity!

Remember - nothing bold or warlike... because someone, somewhere, might get offended.

Have at it.

Update: BTW - according to my source in the Canadian Forces... CAPT H, they don't seem to mind the name Warrior...

And, sadly for the Admiral - the Army Just Doesn't Get It, what with that new UAV, and the Warrior Ethos and all... heck, they're even pushing movies with it...

I'm sorry, NORAD, this is just frickin' pathetic.


After you make your clever opname submissions - Click the graphic and Join the Castle Argghhh! Fighting Fusileers for Freedom! in support of Project Valour-IT! I suppose that ought to be renamed too, because it might shame those so famously chapped by Shakespeare's Henry the V,

"...And Gentlemen in England still abed shall think themselves accursed they were not here, and hold their manhoods cheap whilst any speak that fought with us upon St. Crispin's Day..."


(BTW - if you're supporting this effort but haven't had a ping show up - drop me a note, I'm building a blogroll)

And don't forget - even though the cartoon is gone - don't forget to Click for Cathy!


by John on Aug 11, 2005 | Pugnacious Stupidity
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Phred Phelps.

All y'all remember the Good Reverend Phred, right? His daughter was interviewed on a local radio station recently. I missed that, but I *did* read this over Mom's shoulder... an email a local Kansas City resident sent the Reverend, seeking guidance...

Dear Mr Fred Phelps:

Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding God's law. I have learned a great deal from you and try to share that knowledge with as many people as I can. When someone tries to defend the homosexual lifestyle, for example, I simply remind them that Leviticus 18:22 clearly states it to be an abomination. End of debate. I do need some advice from you, however, regarding some other elements of God's Laws and how to follow them:

1. Leviticus 25:44 states that I may possess slaves, both male and female, provided they are purchased from neighboring nations. A friend of mine claims that this applies to Mexicans, but not to Canadians. Can you clarify? Why can't I own Canadians?

2. I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for her?

3. I know that I am allowed no contact with a woman while she is in her period of menstrual uncleanliness (Lev. 15:19-24). The problem is, how do I tell? I have tried asking, but most women take offense.

4. When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a pleasing odor for the Lord (Lev. 1:9). The problem is my neighbors. They claim the odor is not pleasing to them. Should I smite them?

5. I have a neighbor who insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2 clearly states that he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself, or should I ask the police to do it?

6. A friend of mine feels that, even though eating shellfish is an abomination (Lev. 11:10), it is a lesser abomination than homosexuality. I don't agree. Can you settle this? Are there "degrees" of abomination?

7. Lev. 21:20 states that I may not approach the altar of God if I have a defect in my sight. I have to admit that I wear reading glasses. Does my vision have to be 20/20, or is there some wiggle-room here?

8. Most of my male friends get their hair trimmed, including the hair around their temples, even though this is expressly forbidden by Lev. 19:27. How should they die?

9. I know from Lev. 11:6-8 that touching the skin of a dead pig makes me unclean, but may I still play football if I wear gloves?

10. My uncle has a farm. He violates Lev. 19:19 by planting two different crops in the same field, as does his wife by wearing garments made of two different kinds of thread (cotton/polyester blend). He also tends to curse and blaspheme a lot. Is it really necessary that we go to all the trouble of getting the whole town together to stone them (Lev. 24:10-16)? Couldn't we just burn them to death at a private family affair, like we do with people who sleep with their in-laws (Lev. 20:14)?

I know you have studied these things extensively and thus enjoy considerable expertise in such matters, so I am confident you can help. Thank you again for reminding us that God's word is eternal and unchanging.

by Barnacle on Aug 11, 2005 | I think it's funny!
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August 10, 2005

Correcting A Misapprehension

I got a rumble from a reader who dropped in at Soldier's Angels, saw the "Memorial" entry in the title of "Project Valour IT" and was a tad upset to think that CPT Ziegenfuss had died.

He didn't read the background info.

Sergeant First Class Bill Ziegenfuss, the father of CPT Charles Ziegenfuss, was a veteran of *my* war, and the Project was named in his honor. CPT Z is very much alive and continues his uphill march to recovery.

by CW4BillT on Aug 10, 2005 | Project Valour-IT
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*dig-dig, delve-delve*

Kate the Luddite Warden is undergoing an out-of-house experience, but unfortunately, it's only temporary. In the meantime...

Jay of StoptheACLU sent me an interesting alert -- seems the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio said today it will no longer accept funding from the United Way. *Whoa,* thought I, *The bottom-feeders are turning down money? Hades hath become the Ross Ice Shelf!*

Nope. They just don't want to inform the gummint -- in writing -- that they are *not* dating anyone on a Federal Watch List. The full story's here...

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

From Bloodspite comes this Intel: His Extremeness Fred Phelps and his delusional Kool-Aid Drinkers are at it again, this time protesting the interment of SGT Jason T. Palmerton, 3rd SF, at Arlington.

The update is at Jack Army's hootch. If any of you have the misfortune of observing the antics of these clowns, I would suggest ignoring them with all the dignity you can muster. And Barb has her own thoughts on the matter, as is her wont...

Castle Argghhh! Fighting Fusileers for Freedom!


As you can see in the post below - the Castle Argghhh! Fighting Fusileers for Freedom have received an OpOrd for Project Valour-IT.

The Recruiting Depot is open.

The last two times the Fusileers marched, we were raising money to help the Iraqis, via Spirit of America.

This time - we march for our own. The wounded. Specifically, the wounded whose injuries make it difficult or impossible for them to use computers. Castle Denizen and Fusileer Captain Fuzzybear Lioness has worked hard with Soldier's Angels to arrange for steeply discounted laptops and voice-control software to be made available at the major treatment facilities where these wounded warriors are being treated.

All we need is, of course, the money to pay for this.

How are we going to do that? Simple.

I'm gonna flog yer butts. Total cost of the whole thing is $600K Yes, six hundred thousand dollars. And we're gonna do it. Lots and lots of little donations, and of course, arm twisting for larger donations from Corporate and Foundation types.

I challenge the Blog World. Right, Center, Left. Show that you *do* support the troops - because this isn't about the war, this doesn't support the Administration, and I don't care if you want to use this as a way to *flog* the administration. This is about nothing more than us caring for our combat wounded, regardless of what you think about the war. Punish the politicians at the ballot box - but support the troops in the hospitals.

If you want to join the Fusileers for this round, drop a note to

If you want to form your own group - get cracking.

The work won't be that hard - if you are a prolific poster just a post a day, with a link to the Project in it. If you post once a week - well, just keep a post up where visitors can see it.

More info forthcoming.

Anybody - we need a sexy graphic! Until then - click the poster below to donate!


Press release is available by clicking here.

by Fusileer 6 on Aug 10, 2005 | Project Valour-IT
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Copy 1 of 1 copy
HQ, TF Fusileer
Castle ARGGHHH!!!

OPERATION ORDER 1: Project “Valour IT”

Time Zone: Romeo
TF Fusileer


a. With the continued use of mines and IED as terrorist weapons-of-choice in Iraq and, to a lesser extent, Afghanistan, we will continue to see troops suffering blast/burn injuries arriving at the military hospitals of Landstuhl, Walter Reed (Army) and Bethesda (Naval). Many of these injuries are to the hands and arms.

b. Previous generations of soldiers were connected to their families by mail, and in past wars, volunteers from the Red Cross, local schools and Veterans’ Organizations would visit the wards and offer to write letters for those unable to do so. This generation of soldiers is electronically connected by e-mail, chat and Instant Message, and more than a few are bloggers.

c. In previous wars, letters from the troops remained private affairs. By their very nature, they were difficult to share beyond the family circle, unless a family member passed one to the local newspaper for reprinting. Usually, the information within did not pass beyond a few friends. In this war, e-mails routinely travel to multiple recipients, and chats and blogs are open to anyone with online access. And Red Cross volunteers are fewer. And schools are now in the business of sheltering their charges from the sights within military hospitals. And computer access – either PC or laptop – is limited in a military hospital because they don’t have the luxury of unused space suitable for an internet café operation. And there’s the matter of shattered hands. Of missing hands…

d. Voice-activated computers exist. Voice-to-text software exists. However, the people who need them don’t have them – with the exception of the inspiration for Project Valour IT, Captain Chuck Ziegenfuss of TCOverride. His wife, Carren, describes its use a bit here.


a. To raise funds which will be used for the purchase of computers and software which will provide computer accessibility to veterans with injuries that temporarily or permanently prevent them from using a conventionally-equipped computer and

b. To teach the recipients how to use both effectively.


a. Dirt simple. Soldiers’ Angels and Fuzzybear Lioness are the impetus and the trench-fighters in this dust-up; we’re Combat Support/Combat Service Support. A few of us will be Combat Combat Support. More on that aspect when I get specifics.

b. The initial push starts when you’ve finished reading this. Yesterday’s WARNO described what our industry allies are providing. They’ve slashed their usual prices, but the items aren’t free. Give what you can and talk the Project up with friends and family, because we are in this for the duration, troops.

c. When you visit Soldiers’ Angels, tell them you’re “Reporting As Ordered.” Even though John’s not back yet, he *did* make the commitment, and that catchphrase will remind them the Castle keeps faith…


a. Fuzzybear Lioness has PIO releases for all who ask. You know where she lives.

b. Bloggers, if you need a link or a mention-in-post for something you’ve got going involving the Project, shoot me a gmail with details.

c. Denizens, Denizennes and Visitors, if you’re planning a Project event and want the world to know about it, do the same. I’ve been told I can write with a modicum of flair when I put my mind to it, usually between midnight and three-in-the-morning…


a. Fuzzybear Lioness has the controls.

b. Fusileers, to the fray!

Acting Commandant

...until I totally screw up and John comes crashing through the blogwall like a scalded megatherium…

O'Dark Thirty Update: Castle Adjutant Barb is now in overwatch.

by CW4BillT on Aug 10, 2005 | Global War on Terror (GWOT)
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August 09, 2005

Make No Shame.

The sergeant major of the 100th Infantry Battalion, Harold P. Estabrooks, has written a compelling essay about his soldiers and their operations in Iraq. It is, in effect, a report to the Army Reserve battalion's forebears here at its home post in Hawaii. The 100th Battalion was formed in the early days of WWII of Americans of Japanese Ancestry, or Nisei, and went off to fight with extraordinary valor in the mountains of Italy and the forests of France. It later became the first battalion of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team but retained its own identity and colors, as it does today as part of the mobilized 29th Brigade Combat Team. The report from Sergeant Major Estabrooks reflects deep pride in that legacy and he has given permission to extract passages from it. Sergeant Major Estabrooks writes:

Our area of operations is north of Baghdad, close to the town of Balad. We are bordered by the Tigris River to our north and the main supply route to our south. The area is mainly farm lands made fertile by canals built by Sudanese slaves a few centuries back. They do a great job for the fields but pose significant obstacles to our Soldiers. The Iraqis grow wheat, tomatoes, okra, sunflowers, cucumbers and they have some really nice orchards full of grapes, apples, oranges, pomegranates, and dates. They are great places to hide caches of weapons and ammunition.

The rest is in the Flash Traffic/extended entry.

Flash Traffic (extended entry) Follows... »

*tap, tap* Izzis thing on?

Um, Big-Tribble-With-Legs ast me to see if t'ere is anyone out t'ere willin' to do some graphics work for the Upcoming Project?

An' he wants ta know if anyone wants ta sign up early!

If ya wan' ta be a plank holder of t'is effort ta help da wounded soljers what can't use t'er paws so well, send yer enlistment forms to Too bad dey don't have tails, ya kin t'ype wit' a tail! Like me!

Many jobs r' 'vailable! Fuzzy n' Bill's gon' need pipple ta do stuff on t'eir blogs, like gettin' da werd out, and runnin' contests, and ya kin always just, well, y'know, give... when da time comes 'n we're ready. An t'ey need a kewl logolishus grap'ical t'ingy!

So, be a trendy type 'n jine early!

Me? I'm gon' go back ta groomin' mese'f and lookin ouda winder and pesterin' the Exterior Guard! 'Specially the little tricksy one...

by Barnacle on Aug 09, 2005 | Something for the Soul
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John Is Still Alive

And he still has my e-addy. I guess this means I'm *off* probation, cuz he sent the following my way:

In response to Damien Cave's essay in the New York Time, which asked the question "Where Are the War Heroes?", I've declared the week of August 7 through August 14 WAR HEROES WEEK on my blog. I will be featuring stories about the heroes of the War on Terror, some from my website AMERICAN HEROES, and some new stories.

Heroes like Paul Smith, Medal of Honor, do receive some publicity from the Old Media. But there are others, like Capt. Kellie McCoy whose only recognition may be in the press release issued by the military. I hope to change that, just a little, by featuring these men and women this week.

Chuck Simmins
You Big Mouth, You!

I like the way Chuck thinks...

by CW4BillT on Aug 09, 2005 | General Militaria

Operations Order

Lessee, here. *flip. flip. flip* Doggone it, they re-wrote the OpOrd format again?!?


Okay. Unaccustomed as I am to using plain English, here’s the hot-off-the-‘lectronic-machine update for Fuzzybear Lioness’ crusade to get voice-to-print software and training for our troops who’ve been maimed in the GWOT…

FbL and the Soldiers’ Angels have been busy:
-- Holly Aho’s been working her pulchritudinous posterior off updating the SA site.
-- Patti Bader and FbL have been racking up the long-distance minutes like tomorrow’s already here.
-- The Powers-That-Be at Bethesda Naval Hospital are ecstatic about being asked to be the testbed site for the Project.
-- Scansoft, the folks with the voice-recognition program, whacked a huge chunk off the up-front cost of the software, in response to some persuasive rhetoric from a "former" Marine.
-- The hardware dealer is providing laptops -- P3, 1 Gig, 512 MB RAM, 20 Gig hard drive, WiFi, DVD-ROM and Windows 2000/XP -- at a humongous discount.

Tomorrow, 10 August, it’s our turn. Assume your Fighting Fusileers personae and hit the ground running. Tell your friends and neighbors, your co-workers, your in-laws, the kid on the skateboard who just cut a 360 on the sidewalk. And make it a point to seek out the ones who’ve been pontificating about “supporting the troops but not the mission,” cuz it’s time for them to prove it...

Special Instructions for Denizen/Denizenne Bloggers: hit FbL’s site before you post your own plugs and click on “e-mail me” -- she’ll send you an Info Guide with all the particklars.

This one’s for the troops, folks. A lot of them had a big hand in keeping the flow of information coming from the Sandboxes when the MSM abrogated their responsibility to provide same. Getting them the hardware and software to get them reconnected is a tangible “Thank you. We appreciate what you did for us.”

And they’ll need training on the software. I’ll talk about the need for volunteers later, but keep this in mind -- you won’t find a more superb bunch of people to work with than the staff at Bethesda. My word on it -- and not from hearsay.

See you guys tomorrow…

by CW4BillT on Aug 09, 2005 | Global War on Terror (GWOT)
» Fuzzilicious Thinking links with: Project Update
» Da Goddess links with: Reporting As Ordered

Enlisted Retention, 18th Century-Style...

...stuff that you'll only find in the archives of Strategypage. Ummm--or here.

On 23 August 1779, the USS Constitution set sail from Boston, loaded with 475 officers and men, 48,600 gallons of water, 74,000 cannon shot, 11,500 pounds of black powder and 79,400 gallons of rum. Her mission: to destroy and harass English shipping.

On 6 October, she made Jamaica, took on 826 pounds of flour and 68,300 gallons of rum. Three weeks later, Constitution reached the Azores, where she provisioned with 550 pounds of beef and 6,300 gallons of Portuguese wine.

On 18 November, she set sail for England where her crew captured and scuttled 12 English merchant vessels and took aboard their rum.

By this time, Constitution had run out of shot. Nevertheless, she made her way unarmed up the Firth of Clyde for a night raid. Here, her landing party captured a whiskey distillery, transferred 40,000 gallons aboard and headed for home.

On 20 February 1780, the Constitution arrived in Boston with no cannon shot, no food, no powder, no rum and no whiskey. She did, however, still carry her crew of 475 officers and men and 48,600 gallons of water.

The math is quite enlightening:
-- Length of cruise: 181 days
-- Booze consumption: 2.26 gallons per man per day (this does NOT include the unknown quantify of rum captured from the 12 English merchant vessels in November).

Naval historians guestimate the re-enlistment rate from this cruise to be 100%.

It's always been my contention that the quality of Navy chow started to increase when the availability of onboard methanol started to decrease. Unfortunately, the Army didn't pick up on that idea...

by CW4BillT on Aug 09, 2005 | Historical Stuff

August 08, 2005

On a related note...

...Bloodspite sent me this. He didn't ask me to post the link, but I thought it worth sharing...

Warning Order


In accordance with Commander's Directive of 07 AUG 05, the undersigned assumes BlogControl.

Hang on--it may be a bumpy ride...


Now, about that Warning Order:


a. Denizenne Fuzzybear Lioness entered on a quest last week to provide computer accessibility to veterans with injuries that temporarily or permanently prevent them from using a conventionally-equipped computer. Her latest update references the need for a name for the project -- Admiral of the Moat Fleet Boquisucio has contributed The SFC Charles V. Ziegenfuss Heroes’ Electronically-Assisted Reach to Text Project (The SFC Ziegenfuss HEART Project); other candidates include Getting Injured Veterans Electronically-connected (Project GIVE) and a variation, Getting Injured Veterans Electronically Reconnected (Project GIVER).

b. The quest has become a crusade. With allies. The Project Site will be Soldiers' Angels Homepage. The site is presently being upgraded and should be ready on the proposed launch date of Wednesday, 10 AUG 05.


a. All Denizens, Denizennes, Visitors and Lurkers are directed to utilize the link in para 1a (oh, all right -- here) ASAP and either suggest or vote for a name for the project. Yes, it seems like a trivial request, but it *is* important for accountability during the fundraising.

b. On order, all Denizens, Denizennes, Visitors and Lurkers are directed to be prepared to activate their Fighting Fusileer personnae for the fray.

c. Operations Order to follow.

by CW4BillT on Aug 08, 2005 | General Commentary
» Mudville Gazette links with: Dawn Patrol

August 07, 2005

Blog Hiatus.

I just realized that this thing is taking up too much of my life, at least at the moment. Work, personal, hell, sleep, sometimes. And I find myself talking in circles, and wondering what I'm going to put up tomorrow to feed the beast. Mind you - you guys aren't the beast - it's me and my ego and the fact that I have that little demon on my back - if I can't do it to the quality I think it oughta be, well, then I don't wanna do it at all. And it's my definition of quality that I'm not making. Perfect being the enemy of good enough. I'm starting to feel like this cannon here.

And there's so much good stuff out there anyway, this corner going dim isn't going to kill anything. Hell, Bill may turn out to be a heckuva show!

I going to be one of those people who just says Enough!

At least for a while.

I'm tired of a$$holes pingspamming, comment spamming, and hotlink-bandwidth-stealing, whether because they don't know any better, or they are just f*cking thieves.

I'm tired of readers with one nerve. I'm tired of whiners. I'm not tired of my buds, mind you - I'll still visit your blogs during my break, no worries. But Bill - if a coupla weeks from now I still feel this way... ya prolly oughta be looking into getting that domain name locked up!

I need a break. So I'm taking one, whatever the cost in traffic and linkage and ecosystem status. Good thing I didn't just decide to do blogads!

And I dunno if I'll come back or not. I might like having time to do something else.

Don't be surprised if this space suddenly 404s.

But if I start feeling like this... I'll be back.