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January 14, 2006

H&I Fires 14 Jan 06

Open post for those with something to share. New, complete posts come in below.

The Armorer will be Raising the Shed (finally!) today. All I have for openers is the Caption Contest at The Right Place. -The Armorer


This story is chilling. Froggy Ruminations supplies some analysis. --Fuzzybear Lioness


Here's article to get your attention this morning: Laws to decommission guns --yours.



Snarkatron has a therapy suggestion... -The Armorer


by Denizens on Jan 14, 2006 | General Commentary

Making friends with the Armorer!

Yeah, I know, not much of a prize...

That said, Geoff B, a regular visitor from Australia, is a Friend of the Armorer. I was thinking about putting up these pictures, harvested (legally) from elsewhere - about the biggest gun of WWI (which is *not* the German Paris Gun, though that had the longest barrel). A French monstrosity.

Schneider Obusier de 520mm

The Schneider Obusiers de 520mm. This 520mm (20.47 inches) howitzer was the biggest gun of the Great War. It fired a 3,100 lb shell (of which 600 lbs was the explosive filler) to a range of over 10 miles. The rail car that carried this honker was just under 100 feet long and weighed 290 tons.

Okay, MCart is always (come to think of it, CAPT H does, too) griping about the lack of size referents in my teaser contests. So, here's one:

Breech of the Schneider Obusier de 520mm

This pic of the Schneider's breech should give you some idea of scale.

This morning, along comes some Kewl Stuff from Geoff. Including a picture (the others will appear later, as will some *other* interesting stuff from another Aussie, an Army Armorer, I just met) that will give you an even better sense of scale. Test yourself - which rounds do you think the Schneider fired? (Rhetorical question for the literals among you).

Australian War Memorial Museum Display

If you are interested in a listing of the various calibers - click here.

Thank you, Geoff! Yer a Friend of the Armorer! Take that, and a coupla bucks, and it will get you coffee at Starbucks anywhere on the Planet!

by John on Jan 14, 2006 | Artillery

Plane Pr0n!

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OVER THE ATLANTIC OCEAN (AFPN) -- Capt. Chris Batterton aggressively banks his F-22A Raptor during a basic fighting maneuver training mission off the Virginia coast last week. The captain is with the 27th Fighter Squadron, the Air Force's first unit to fly the Raptor. The 1st Fighter Wing declared initial operational capability last month, making the Air Force's fifth generation fighter ready to fight. (U. S. Air Force Photo by TSgt Ben Bloker)

by John on Jan 14, 2006 | Aircraft
» NIF links with: Triscadecaphobics unite

January 13, 2006

H&I Fires Friday the 13th, Jan 06

Open post for those with something to share. New, complete posts come in below.

Fuzzybear Lioness, channeling CAPT H and using the Armorer as her personal secretary, points out a Professional PR wonk's take on the recent tempest in a teapot over the solicitation of milbloggers (like us and FbL) regarding access to our spaces.

She also notes this article on the funeral for Chief Thompson.

I also suggest you catch up on the comments in Cassandra's post on Mr. Murtha. -The Armorer

A little help please. ~~AFSister


Just because I *knew* you wanted to know what the Armorers weapon of choice would be when going deer hunting. H/t to someone, but I forgot who! -The Armorer


Found this over at Rachy's place ... Explore the mystery of Britney Spears' sweater muffins! (Not safe for workplace!)


Jonathon Sharkey (Vlad) Tepes runs for governor. H/t, Jim Cope. -The Armorer


Now for some gun pr0n. --Punctilious


by Denizens on Jan 13, 2006 | General Commentary

The Center-Right of the Blogosphere publishes an appeal...

And Bill and I signed up. Dusty is so wrapped up in taking over an airplane as the Captain, he hasn't gotten back with me yet.

An Appeal from Center-Right Bloggers

We stand with these others:

N.Z. Bear, The Truth Laid Bear
Hugh Hewitt,
Glenn Reynolds,
Kevin Aylward, Wizbang!
La Shawn Barber, La Shawn Barber's Corner
Lorie Byrd, Polipundit
John Hawkins, Right Wing News
John Hinderaker, Power Line
Jon Henke / McQ / Dale Franks, QandO
James Joyner, Outside The Beltway
Mike Krempasky,
Michelle Malkin,
Ed Morrissey, Captain's Quarters
Scott Ott, Scrappleface

by John on Jan 13, 2006 | Politics
» Neptunus Lex links with: Endorsed
» protein wisdom links with: "An Appeal from Center-Right Bloggers"
» CALIFORNIA YANKEE links with: An Appeal from Center-Right Bloggers
» Stuck On Stupid links with: Appeal of Center-Right Bloggers
» Don't Go Into The Light links with: It's a worthy cause, but...
» Musing Minds links with: Appeal from Right-Center Bloggers
» Suitably Flip links with: Shadegg Enters Leadership Race As Candidate For Reform and Renewal
» CDR Salamander links with: Second Endorsement
» Righty in a Lefty State links with: Transparency in Government

The Armorers Domain

SWWBO, She Who Will Be Obeyed and who is also my wife, is a saint. She's not a neatnik, thank heaven!

She indulges me. In ways that make most of the male readers here green with envy.


Just as an example, lets take a look at the space just above my head in the Inner Sanctum of Castle Argghhh! The Server Room, wherein rests most of the computational power of the Castle, and from where most of the drivel currently inhabiting your screen in generated.

This is *just* the area above the cat perch which straddles the monitor. There are 8 shelves in this room...

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...and they all look like this, differing only in details.

No wonder she blogs from her laptop in the bedroom!

For a more detailed look, hit the Flash Traffic/Extended Entry.

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Stuff for a Redleg's soul.

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Bravo Battery, 2nd Battalion, 20th Field Artillery, 4th Fires Brigade, fire a rocket from a Multiple Launch Rocket System during a tactical mission from Forward Operations Base Q-West. Qayyarah, Iraq in Support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. CREDIT U.S. ARMY PHOTO: SSG James H. Christopher III. (RELEASED) CPT Michael Blankartz BDE / PAO CAMP COURAGE MOSUL

The target must have been a bunch of guys in the open, away from anything else - that's a big hammer in the Current Operating Environment, with a huge impact footprint for the bomblets, and the associated duds - which means this was probably fired out at the border regions.

Oh, and "feh!" on the whole renaming of Division Artillery to "Fires Brigade." I know why they did it (I live in the muddle [sic] of the process. I'd rather call 'em "4th Brigade (Fires)" if we *have* to do it that way. And I understand the real purpose is to, in a sense, break the mental mold of the division in favor of the brigaded Army - are reversion to pre-WWI, where divisions were much more ad-hoc constructs, built only for big wars or even just for big battles in during big wars.

Fine. Call 'em Artillery Brigades then.

Fires. Feh.

More about that here.

UPDATE: D-oh! (sound of hand slapping forehead). I knew this:

There is a precision guided version available now with a 200 lb unitary warhead. More useful for up close and personal. I'm not a Red Leg, so I can't tell from the picture.

More from Lockheed Martin

Just goes to show how old habits die hard when you only use simulation vice smell the burning powder... Hat tip to M. Lewis for the reminder!

by John on Jan 13, 2006 | Artillery
» Bayosphere links with: A Cause worth Plugging

January 12, 2006

H&I Fires 12 Jan 06

Open post for those with something to share. New, complete posts come in below.

First post of the day took too long, and I'm working another one - so, here's the starter for you guys.

CAPT H, still preferring to have me as his clerk-typist, offers up this article on the new nano-based armor material developed in Israel. -The Armorer


What makes a service member a hero?

Last week's article about the Marine Marlboro Man."

- Fuzzybear Lioness
Hey! When you get done perusing the Armorer’s offerings, jump over to The Middle Ground, where I’m Stomping the News, so you won’t have to. With such valuable gems like: Mattel Oppresses Barbie with Magical Hijab - Barbie prays to Allah for liberation by GI Joe with a kung fu grip; Iraq Post Election Analysis –It’s Vietnam! It’s Somalia! Dems say pick a fight they started and then forced the US to retreat, Iraq is just like that, at least they hope, some day soon, take their word for it; Military Info War a Success! – Kids ask for plastic guns for Eid so they can play “Cops and Terrorists”; Terrorist Darwin Awards – they blow themselves up so we don’t have to; Brit General Says US Army Racist – US Colonel to Brit General: Sod off, swampy; CIA Prison in Kosovo – at least the EU thinks, maybe, they’ve got pictures, but they can’t find Kosovo on the map.

That ain’t all folks. Drop by The Middle Ground for the rest of the news, stomped to bits so you won’t have to. - Kat


Heh. Looking at the postings for today, a whole lotta olio, a little something for everybody, if your scrolling finger holds up, anyway! -The Armorer


Looks like it is Lunchtime around here. (Or a post to get Cricket out of the kitchen.) --Punctilious


by Denizens on Jan 12, 2006 | General Commentary

A new teaser.

In our post about the MSM's concern over the Army co-opting milbloggers as propaganda outlets, a fella who makes his living as a journalist STABO'd in, and donning his Bracers of Argument, put himself in the middle of the Circular Firing Squad that are the Denizens of Argghhh!.

I'd say it was a draw, and mostly entertaining for the spectators. While Owen is anti-OIF, one should not mistake him for a pacfist, or anti-war per se. You can read that for yourself in the debate in the comments. In the midst of flinging out his bon mots and wry observations, he let drop this little gem, which, of course, knowing me, could *not* go unchallenged...

b) I like to think I am something of an expert on small arms and my knowledge of most weapons goes a bit beyond familiar.

Oh, really? The Armorer could *not* let that go unremarked and unverified. So I set him a task (again, read the comment stream, towards the bottom of it).

I will happily concede that he certainly walks the walk, though he may not win the high hurdles at the Weapons Geek Trivia Contest. In his defense, I deliberately picked a very obscure bit of kit that almost no one who didn't use a PIAT in WWII would have recognized. And he did get there - which is more than anyone who participated in the original trivia contest can say. So Owen has Castle Cred as far as the Armorer is concerned.

But wait! There's More! As a condition of the challenge to Owen, I said he could have a go at us. His challenge is in the Flash Traffic/Extended Entry. Let us just say that the Armorer is *impressed* with Owen's challenge.

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Even AAFES pays a price in the war.

AAFES - the Army and Air Force Exchange Service - runs the Post Exchange system, the retail stores operated on military installations the profit from which funds Morale Welfare and Recreation services, vice your tax dollars. They follow the troops, and show up surprisingly fast in combat zones.

And they suffer casualties.

DoD Identifies Department of Defense Civilian Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a Department of Defense civilian who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Darren D. Braswell, 36, of Riverdale, Ga., died Jan. 7 near Tal Afar, Iraq, when the

UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter in which he was a passenger crashed. Braswell worked for the Army and Air Force Exchange Service.

For further information related to this release, contact the Army and Air Force Exchange Service Public Affairs at (214) 312-3861.

As a soldier who did his share of deploying and really appreciated the efforts of AAFES personnel on our behalf, I thought it important to note Mr. Braswell's death, and to send word forward to make a place at the Stammtisch at Fiddler's Green.

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

If you don't have RealPLayer, click here for the MP3.

Re: The Brit General and those racist Americans.

Just an observation - Colonel Kevin Benson is on the faculty of the Command and General Staff College, here at beautiful uptown Fort Leavenworth. And perhaps one reason he got so torqued is that he is in the middle of the Army's work to address the issues that Brigadier Aylwin-Foster is so upset about.

Stripping out the Brit General's rhetoric, I find a good chunk of the substance of his comments consonant with my own experience, and his caveats are important -though the caveats will be lost.

But in order to get anyone to listen to him, he pretty much *had* to use that language.

The fact that Military Review published his remarks actually *is* important, if you understand how things like that work.

What will be unfortunate is that persons with differing agendas will misuse the Brigadier's words and twist them into other meanings, for other purposes.

And who will report on the fact that the Army (and Marines) recognize the cultural insensitivity issues and are in fact at this moment revamping the enlisted and officer education systems to try to addres the issue - and that a whole lot of warfighting training is beind displaced to add it into the curricula. But one thing he does limn for us.

While US officers in Iraq criticised their allies for being too reluctant to use force, their strategy was "to kill or capture all terrorists and insurgents: they saw military destruction of the enemy as a strategic goal in its own right". In short, the brigadier says, "the US army has developed over time a singular focus on conventional warfare, of a particularly swift and violent kind".

That's why four divisions took down a medium sized country on a shoestring. Okay, we've got to get better at the other stuff - and we will. We're working on it. But nothing like that happens overnight. But who else in the world is even trying?


The Alito hearings are just becoming more and more surreal. After listening to the Tedster grill the nominee over whether he recalls random sentence fragments from twenty year old articles, (explanation here) I can hardly wait for Sunday's WaPo when Senator Kennedy (or more accurately, one of his junior staffers) will undoubtedly put out a translated version of the hearings so we can finally learn what the nominee really meant:

Never apologize for your past, my friend. Never apologize. It’s a sign of weakness. Which I despise.

Yeah, I was a member of Concerned Alumni for Princeton. Who wasn’t, in those days? Everywhere you look… blacks, Hispanics, homosexuals. Those people don’t know their place anymore. You know what I would do if you put me on SCOTUS? I would find their LEADER. The guy they respect and fear the MOST. And I would go up to that guy, and I would shake his hand and say I was glad to meet him, and with the other hand, I would put my piece in his mouth and ba-BOOM, I would earn myself a little respect.

You think I haven’t eliminated a few minorities and women in my time? Of course I have. Mainly law clerks.. you know, that sort of thing. You have to prune the ranks once in a while. To set an example. What happens if you don’t? They run roughshod over you. They give you no respect. So although I abhor violence, about once a month I grab one in the hallways, and I turn him around to face his buddies, and I take out my gavel, and ....well, you can guess the rest.

None of this is personal. It does not bring me joy. I just want to be able to relax with the Constitution and a cup of coffee and a cigarette and not have the neighborhood crumb-snatchers trampling my hydrangeas.

The simple pleasures. Aren’t those the things that really make life worth living? Of course they are. Of course they are, my friend....

Gentlemen, if you make me your next SC Justice, one thing I promise you: these lowlifes will never trouble you up on the Hill. On have Scalito’s word.

I'm looking forward to Joe ("Talk to me like I'm your father") Biden grilling Alito about the NSA, individual privacy rights, and the "domestic spying" program. I can hear it already:

26 minutes into Biden's allotted time, and he still has not asked Alito a single question, nor allowed him to get a word in edgewise....

BIDEN: The world really went downhill, since 9/11. You know, Quasimodo predicted all of this.

SCALITO: Who did what?

BIDEN: You know, the middle east. The end of the world.

SCALITO: Nostradamus. Quasimodo's the hunchback of Notre Dame.

BIDEN: Oh, right. Notredamus.

SCALITO: Nostradamus and Notre Dame, that's two things different completely.

BIDEN: It's interesting that they'd be so similar, though. You know, I always thought "Ok, you got the hunchback of Notre Dame. But you also got your quarterback and your halfback of Notre Dame".

SCALITO: Notre Dame's a f***ing cathedral!

BIDEN: Obviously, I know. I'm just saying. It's interesting, the coincidences. What, you're gonna tell me you never pondered that?

SCALITO: [surreptitiously looking at watch] No. I never did...

Mrs. Alito looks at her watch, bursts into tears....

by Cassandra on Jan 12, 2006 | Politics

Little tiny additions.

Not to the Castle, but to the Armory Holdings. As noted, large, expensive additions to the collection are on hold, so the Armorer indulges his collecting jones with smaller stuff, in price, if not always in size. Yesterday's mail delivered a case in point. The Armorer is a Rotarian - and one of the fun things about my particular club is that they are very tolerant of their more eccentric members (among whom the Armorer, of course, is numbered). Rotary sponsors several forms of international exchange programs, both hosting international students and small groups of Rotary-sponsored people doing research, projects, etc. We are probably one of the few clubs that takes visiting foreigners out shooting, usually themed shoots, such as the US Civil War for the Japanese group last year (using member's Civil War era firearms), the South American Mauser shoot for the Argentines, etc. The Armorer has hauled some of the Castle Holdings to meetings, and we've had guest speakers bring their own Kewl and Needful Things to illustrate their talks.

Then there's my usual table and the two other geeks who sit there, Beau and Charley. Charley is a groupie. He got into collecting late, whereas Beau has been collecting for 50 years, and I, 33. We sometimes look like drug dealers or gun runners out in the parking lot, open the trunk and admiring some wondrous new acquisition. We do have some discretion - we don't routinely stroll in with pistols and rifles. But we do stroll in with pocket-sized stuff. I went home yesterday to let the Exterior Guard assume their duties, and the mail had arrived.

Which contained this wonderful bounty from France:

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Lefaucheux pinfire rounds, in 5, 7, 9, and 12mm caliber, and 5 (only one shown) 6mm Longue cartidges. The Longue was interesting to me as it is another transitional cartridge (as discussed in this post some time ago) reflecting the state of manufacturing at the time - using a copper case and a brass base, because they hadn't worked out all the kinks of producing drawn brass cartridges with primer pockets in their bases. The Longue is a rimfire cartridge, meaning the primer composition is in the rim of the base of the cartridge, rather than in the center of the base - just as .22 ammunition is today.

The pinfires represent a different form of transition - that of figuring out just where the heck the primer goes. You may be surprised to learn this system was was developed by a Frenchman named Casimir Lefaucheux possibly as early as 1828, and it was certainly established on the Continent by 1840, though it was slower to jump the Channel, reaching England at the Great Exhibition in London in 1851, and making it to the US just prior to the Civil War. These rounds represent the attempt to apply percussion primers with self-obturating (sealing) cartridge cases, to produce effective, reliable self-contained breech-loading ammunition.

This is how they worked - the primer was either glued to the side of the cartridge on the inside, or was embedded in molded powder compound, and the pin runs through the cartridge and protrudes from the side, as this diagram from an old book shows.

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It worked fairly well, all things considered - the drawbacks being complicated assembly and the fact that there would be some blow-by around the pin - which was okay in a black powder weapon, which generates relatively low, slow-building pressure, but wasn't going to work for the new nitro-based smokeless powders.

The Arsenal does not yet contain (but will, but will) any pinfire weapons. A pinfire pistol looks pretty much like any other, with two exceptions.

And if you want to see those - hit the Flash Traffic/Extended Entry!

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January 11, 2006

H&I Fires 11 Jan 06

Speaking of small arms (there's a contest in the comments to this post) here's a nice study of the M4...

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On 30 December 2005 soldiers from Bravo Company, 2nd Bn, 502nd INF conducted Search and Sweep Operations in the Village of Shakaria, Iraq. Soldiers from Bravo Company secured a road as EOD worked on an IED that was buried on it.

Want a better look? Click here. Dial-up users, be patient, it's big.

Heh. William Wallace was the Main Attraction at the Bartholomew Fair. (registration required, sorry)

Naval Intercourse.

This reminds me of something I did during my brief career as a cop.

In response to the noise from puling brats constructive criticism received from a certain Habitant of this place - the Castle Store has been updated, with separate (much easier to wade through) Denizen, Denizenne, and Paraphernalia sections. And I fixed the bumper stickers so the graphics are sized correctly -The Armorer


Castle Kittens Alert! ... a musical video of your little cousins having fun.
H/T to Appalachian Gun Trash. Yes, it's workspace safe!

I've about had it. It's not bad enough that most of us Vultures got drenched with Agent Orange four decades ago -- now they're using something even more insidious on us... - Bill (Vulture 15, 3, 16, etc) T by way of V29.


Remember Matt & Vicky who I mentioned before?

Well the verdict is in: It appears something is growing inside her heart They are not positive as to what it is yet as blood tests are showing negative for bacteria so far. You can E-mail Vicky directly here The hospital staff prints them out.

Matt wants to thank all of you. So far 2 Bloggers have visted, several have sent flowers and Vicky has recieved over 50 E-mails. It's good when folks pull together.



As long as we are on the subject of the Environment... It is never too early to start planning for Earth Day. Get your 2006 posters here. --Punctilious


"Come on, come on, come on, let's get happy..." LSD inventor turned 100 yesterday. And he still stands by his product as a safe and helpful drug for the treatment of psychosis. Pick up the phone, doctor, 1968 is calling you.

For a continued laugh at the insane, read the Religious Policeman as he explains why things are so wacky in the Magical Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. For instance, read this gem about the use of black magic in the magical kingdom. It's kind of like watching Bing Crosby in "Connecticutt Yankee Goes to King Arthurs Court" when he dazzles the people with a magnifying glass, setting Merlin's robe on fire and everybody screams, "He's a dragon!" Except, in this version, he gets three years in the dungeon.

In other news across the pond, two men accused of leaking the Bush to Blair "Maybe we should bomb Al Jazeera" memo were formerly charged in Britain yesterday with violating Britains "official secrets act". Did anybody see that on Yahoo?

On a more sombre note, a local 101st soldier from Gardner, Kansas was killed in Iraq on Saturday when his patrol was attacked. He died trying to save his men. His mom says he was a hero. Rock on Rakkasans.

And they're still searching for Jill while local Sunni's protest a raid on a near by mosque that is under control of the Association of Muslim Scholars who, if you watch the news, are often the "intermediates" in negotiating release of kidnap victims and have some affiliation with the Accord Front of al Dulaimi, Defense Minister, who Jill was trying to get an interview with and was kidnapped within 1000 ft of their office from where she had just left. It all smells very fishy. --Kat

Both SWWBO and Prodigal Son's GF will identify with this. For the record, SWWBO has *never* manned a turret to help me out. We did do some submarine exploring, however.

Oops. Matt Uncle Jim slipped off his meds is in his usual form. Hee! Matches the sentiment in the office around here, too. -The Armorer

by Denizens on Jan 11, 2006 | General Commentary

25 Lessons Learned from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Continuing the Lessons Learned from OIF/OEF that I started in this post yesterday. Note to military Googlers - these are *not* tactical AARs!
Lesson #2, Our Actions, When They Hurt Or Kill One Of Their Own.

*I* think it's work-safe, though there is plenty of empathic pain in it.

This is *not* an official document! I contacted Mr. Coffey and have his permission for this use. If you choose to download and share it around via email, you may do so - but send it with the caveat that any publishing of the document, for profit or no, needs the permission of Mr. Coffey, as I only asked permission for myself, and he retains all rights!

Mr. Coffey can be reached via his website: Purple Mountain Publishing.

New Rules for 2006.

No, all the Castle Rulez still apply. Backpats for everyone for a relatively robust exchange with our visiting British journalist in the This Just In post.

Moving on, however, are some suggested new rules for interactive behavior outside the Castle. I damaged the keyboard with White People's Looting. So - with tongue firmly in cheek...

New Rule: Stop saying that teenage boys who have sex with their hot, blonde teachers are permanently damaged. I have a better description for these kids: lucky bassids.

The rest is in the Flash Traffic/Extended Entry.

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January 10, 2006

H&I Fires, 10 Jan 06

Open post for those with something to share. New, complete posts come in below.

But wait - I thought teaching Intelligent Design as a philosophy class was okay... apparently not.

Central American leaders are annoyed that Congress is trying to tighten-up immigration laws (even though our laws are (and would remain) more liberal than at *least* Mexico's)

Diplomats from Mexico and Central America on Monday demanded guest worker programs and the legalization of undocumented migrants in the United States, while criticizing a U.S. proposal for tougher border enforcement.

Heh. The real reason is buried at the bottom of the article:

Aguilar also said migrants "don't emigrate because they lack work, but rather for a series of other reasons, cultural reasons or better living conditions."

Gezackly, make your countries a place people want to live, rather than export them to import our economic surplus to prop up your bad policies, and maybe they'll live there. Just a thought. The whole article is here.

Strategy Page has a great series of photos from Iraq. My faves are these tanks on the gunnery range, MLRS in action, and this, war is a damn dirty and tiring enterprise.

Lastly - another Strategy Page bit - on the A10. -The Armorer


Hand-to-hand combat training for Walter Reed patients.

In a follow-up to to the story of Maj. Steve Beck, CAO: Lt. Cathey's son is a Christmas present to his widow.

My response to William Arkin in the WaPo.

- Fuzzybear Lioness


Ooooo, Air Show Pics! H/t, Jim C

Hoo-ah Sergeant Seavey! Heh, "That wasn't in the form of a question, but a statement..." So we don't have to answer it. Chickensh1t. - The Armorer.


I've been kinda quiet lately- at least on my blog. Yesteday I told you all I had some things to say... and today, I finally got some of it out. I'm proud to say that Cincinnati is the site of the Creation Museum! It won't be open for another year, but they are doing incredible work out there, bringing science and theology together. ~~AFSister


Rammer asks 'Does size matter?' --Punctilious


Don't worry, Grandma, we'll keep the light on for ya. And the TV too.

Some parents just can't take a joke, ya know? I mean... come on... what's wrong with a 5-year-old getting drunk? sheesh. ~~AFSister

OK... one more for today, and then I swear I'm done. But this was just too good to pass up. Did you know that the Iraqi Army took over FOB Bernstein this week? Yep. It's no longer under US Army control. Way to go Iraq!
Christopher Hitchen's goes to town - fight them everywhere

Jill Carroll from the Christian Science Monitor was kidnapped in Iraq on Saturday and the first people to carry the news AND the name, were bloggers. Although, I was asked not to report the name until officially released since they were trying to locate her and possibly negotiate her release. I was torn about it since I felt that it is publicity within the first 24 hours that usually helps kidnappers get caught. After that, information starts going cold and all you're left with is the hope that the kidnappers WILL contact you. Now I know how Michael Yon must have felt when he couldn't write about something he knew. Still, prayers please, because Jill was a free lancer journalist who actually went outside the wire a lot and took the chances we are always asking journalists to take. And, she was good.

Speaking of blogger kerfuffles, here's what an Arab-English language paper thinks of bloggers and here are two journos-slash-bloggers reporting from two very interesting places in the world: Iran and Egypt. In Egypt, the Big Pharoah tells Michael Totten, "Don't eat that, you might die".


Baby Noor is doing well after her first surgery.


“It is completely and utterly embarrassing. " But not so much so that you didn't agree to the interview, dolt. -Hat tip, Brian D. -The Armorer


by Denizens on Jan 10, 2006 | General Commentary
» Game the World links with: Philosophy is Where ID Belongs

This just in!

Army reaches out to Milbloggers - MSM Concerned!

Fuzzybear Lioness, Denizenne of Argghhh!... the sights of a Washington Post blogger.

I'm humbled. I ain't even made the 'local bloggers' page of the KC Star.

Watch her space for her response.

Gee, since Matty and Don Sensing have been outed, I guess I should admit it.

We got the email too. I suspect a lot of milbloggers did. And I sent back the same response Matt did - "Yeah, okay, send more details, and if it's just stuff from ARNEWS or CENTCOMs websites, got that covered already, thanks."

So we'll see what it is. But give 'em credit for trying to break out of the box here.

William Arkin opines (and you should read his whole piece, linked above, it's *not* Moonbattery) thusly:

Blogs, however, are the epitome of independence, perspective, and rebellion. For the Army to blog, its bloggers would need to have an opinion, show some emotion, make a joke, make a case. We all know that the moment some public affairs flunkie strayed from the official happy talk and openly engaged in the information fight, he or she would get nuked.

So, our tax dollars are going to get used so the Army can just add to its propaganda machine, shoveling "content" to like-minded bloggers?


Mr. Arkin has not been privy to our backchannel emails. Nor has he read the Army's official "Blog Training" Info Ops brief. Blackfive and I *are* mentioned or alluded to - and not always with a Happy Face. Nor has he read our blogs closely.

Yeah, we support the troops. And the war. And we have our snarks about it, too. The point Mr. Arkin is missing is that there is an available relentless drumbeat of negative news, often reported by people with no context (i.e., journos with minimal understanding of things military) but a *huge* presence - one thing we do is explain what doesn't seem to make sense, and ask WTF when it *doesn't* make sense. With our little tiny presence.

Just sayin'.

by John on Jan 10, 2006 | Denizen Link-Fest! | Media Morons
» Fuzzilicious Thinking links with: Washington Post Readers
» The Middle Ground links with: Washington Post Strikes Bloggers Again

25 Lessons Learned from Iraq and Afghanistan.

I was rooting around doing some research yesterday inside some Army websites. Yes, all legal, proper, and above board. I ran across a slide show by Bill Coffey, a retired soldier like myself. He's now a civil servant, vice myself, who is a predatory Beltway Bandit living outside the beltway.

I'm going to run 'em as a Lesson a Day on the weekdays over the next month. Many of these are graphic and *not* work-safe, nor "sensitive soul" safe. But then war isn't, either. Like this first one - Not Work Safe for gruesomeness. You don't need to be surprising your coworkers passing innocently by, so have some consideration.

Lesson #1. Their Actions, When They Kill One Of Us.

This is *not* an official document! I contacted Mr. Coffey and have his permission for this use. If you choose to download and share it around via email, you may do so - but send it with the caveat that any publishing of the document, for profit or no, needs the permission of Mr. Coffey, as I only asked permission for myself, and he retains all rights!

Mr. Coffey can be reached via his website: Purple Mountain Publishing.

Lesson #2 is available here.

In other news...

An activity the MSM doesn't seem to care about continues - in addition to all other duties in the GWOT.

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Local Pakistanis receive medical treatment at the U.S. 212th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital in Muzaffarabad, Pakistan, on January 5, 2005. The United States military is participating in Operation Lifeline, the Pakistani-led relief operation designed to aid victims of the devastating earthquake that struck the region October 8, 2005. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Barry Loo).
Emphasis in the caption is mine.

The Kansas City area is participating - our Army Reserve Chinook unit, Company B, 7th Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment in Olathe, is deployed in support of Earthquake relief. The were diverted from their skedded deployment to Afghanistan over the mountains to Pakistan. Yes, Virginia, we're diverting assets from the war to help these people survive the winter. The MSM isn't covering *us* doing this - so I'm sure they aren't covering anyone else, either. Does anyone know what other nations are still involved trying to help the Pakistanis deal with winter?

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A CH-47 Chinook helicopter of the Army Reserve's Company B, 7th Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment, makes uses of a tight landing zone during a relief flight to a remote Pakistan village.

The Weblog Gulag

"Annoying" someone online--anonymously--is now a felony. Can you say, "First Amendment Rights"...?

Nonetheless, you have been warned.

Sooo, if you want to rant about your boss groping you at the Holiday Eve party and you want to do it anonymously (so you don't wind up fired--which will work only if there were additional gropees), you *could* wind up arrested.

Best bet--follow my lead. Be annoying openly...

Oh, Denizennes...!

Denizenne stuff is now available, too. Just click on the tile to visit the store...

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If ya want, I'll put the shirts in, too. Or mebbe temporary tattoos...

Now, who can give me a good graphic of FbL and W-K and Punct in their Chandeliers?

BTW - if any Denizen/Denizenne would like a nice, clean, non-overstamped version of the graphic, you have but to ask.

January 09, 2006

Someone you need to meet

[Armorer's Note - this is an important story that too many people don't know. As it broke on a Friday night, and traffic is lower during the weekends, with many regular readers not checking back in until Monday - this post will remain up top through Monday night. New stuff comes in below. Bill picks up the story...]

I would like to introduce you to someone: CW2 Hugh Thompson. A fellow helicopter pilot from my war...

You probably don't recognize his name and you probably don't know what he did, but you will definitely recognize where and when he did it: My Lai, Vietnam--1968.

What would you call a man who saw his friends committing murder and risked his life to stop them?

Find out in the Flash Traffic/Extended entry.

Flash Traffic (extended entry) Follows... »

by CW4BillT on Jan 09, 2006 | Something for the Soul
» Political News and Blog Aggregator links with: My Lai Hero Hugh Thompson Jr. Dies at 62
» Neptunus Lex links with: There’s someone you need to meet
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» Outside The Beltway links with: Hugh Thompson, My Who Stopped My Lai Massacre, Dies at 62
» EagleSpeak links with: A salute to a hero
» Small Town Veteran links with: Rest in peace Hugh Thompson Jr.
» The Stupid Shall Be Punished links with: The Passing Of An American Hero
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» NIF links with: Your click is important, please hold

H&I Fires 9 Jan 06

Open post for those with something to share. New, complete posts come in below.

Happy Birthday, of a sorts to a famous firearm - the M1 Garand, adopted by the US Army this day in 1936.

Happy Birthday of another sort: The Joint Chiefs of Staff, established by FDR this day in 1942...

Carnival of the Recipes, invented by SWWBO, now ably managed by Denizenne Punctilious, and this week #73 is hosted at Technogypsy!

RINO Sightings, now available at the Unabrewer!

The Right Place goes dumpster diving at a Major American University...

Noah Shachtman observes DARPA getting into the capitalism thing -The Armorer

In case you forgot the world is full of crazy people:
Now we know why young Muslim Men become homicide bombers. and in Jordan, some people still live in a Nov 8 world. Finally, just when you think Kim Il-Jong started taking his meds we get this.

Like the guest to the birthday party that brings you a cheesey key ring for a gift and then proceeds to insult your mother, China gives Taiwan a pair of Pandas for the zoo and then reminds them that they will invade them sometime soon.

On a more serious note, a continuation of discussion from Cassandra's post yesterday: Multiculturalism v. Individual Rights - Kat

*Head spins*. -The Armorer


by Denizens on Jan 09, 2006 | General Commentary


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Specialist Alex Aguilar a sniper from Alpha Company 1-155 2nd Platoon 2nd Squad watches over a part of the Euphrates River that insurgents use to transport mortars and weapons in the hours of darkness, Al Iskandariyah, 9 March 2005. U.S. Air Force photo by: Airman 1st Class Kurt Gibbons III. (RELEASED)

I dunno if this is true, but I hope so.

December 9, 2005 (CNN) While interviewing an anonymous US Special Forces soldier, a Reuters News agent asked the soldier what he felt when sniping members of Al Quaeda in Afghanistan. The soldier shrugged and replied, "Recoil."

Which will *not* make me popular among some of the anti-war types. Many of whom are not really against war, just against any that "their" guy didn't start. Listen to some of the tortured explanations about how Kosovo was noble, Iraq was not, if you are confused.

by John on Jan 09, 2006 | Global War on Terror (GWOT)
» Pirates! Man Your Women! links with: Truth in Advertising

Hey, Beatles fans...

Want some gen-yoo-wine Beatle's art - and a chance to help Project Valour-IT?

Say no more! Visit Little Toni at Random Bits of Pomposity and find out how by clicking here!

H/t to Fuzzybear Lioness.

And just because I hate to waste another post on this little gem...

To Be 6 Again

A man was sitting on the edge of the bed, observing his wife turning back and forth, looking at herself in the mirror. Since her birthday was not far off, he asked what she'd like to have for her Birthday.

I'd like to be six again, she replied, still looking in the mirror.

On the morning of her Birthday, he arose early, made her a nice big bowl of Lucky Charms, and then took her to Six Flags theme park. What a day! He put her on every ride in the park; the Death Slide, the Wall of Fear, the Screaming Monster Roller Coaster... everything there was. Five hours later they staggered out of the theme park. Her head was reeling and her stomach felt upside down. He then took her to a McDonald's where he ordered her a Happy Meal with extra fries and a chocolate shake. Then it was off to a movie, popcorn, a soda pop, and her favorite candy, M&M's. What a fabulous adventure!

Finally she wobbled home with her husband and collapsed into bed eexhausted. He leaned over his wife with a big smile and lovingly asked,

Well Dear, what was it like being six again??

Her eyes slowly opened and her expression suddenly changed. I meant my Dress Size, you dumb nut!!

The moral of the story: Even when a man is listening, he is going to get it wrong.

H/t, Rich B.

How can you *not* want... least *something* from the new logo-stuff at the Castle Argghhh! store? All profit (c'mon, people, it's made $10 in a year, help me out here) to Project Valour-IT. And the profit is all of $1-$2 per item, so it's not like we're gouging here...

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Just click the tile to see the new stuff (that's the logo that Denizen Bobby the Kidd made for us, BTW) The new logo stuff is in the Argghhh! Paraphernalia section, but you are invited to peruse *everything*. Wounded soldiers who need voice-activated laptops are watching...

And if there's something you'd like, such as T-Shirts, Ball Caps, etc, let me know and I'll get it in the store!

January 08, 2006

H&I Fires for 8 Jan 06

Open post for those with something to share. New, complete posts come in below.

Here's the open post - I gotta get SWWBO to the airport. CYA! -The Armorer

Back! Man, yer slugs today. Me, I just came home to change clothes before going out to guzzle likker, watch movies, carouse like a madman er, work my butt off building the shed, painting the living room, doing the laundry, vacuuming and dusting and...


Uncle Sam wants.... Fuzzybear Lioness?!

And one more thing: Neener, Neener...

--Fuzzybear Lioness


Fuzzy - So is Don Sensing. And Instapundit approves. Good company, girl. (It looks like Don's server may be unhappy with all the traffic)

Remember the USS San Francisco? No? Bubblehead does. -The Armorer


Check out Silent Running's caption contest.

The voice of Canadians Militant - The Red Ensign is hoist! -The Armorer

by Denizens on Jan 08, 2006 | General Commentary

What a selectively interesting day in history...


1821 James Longstreet, Lt. Gen., C.S.A., Lee's "Old War Horse"
1830 Gouverneur Kemble Warren, Maj Gen, U.S., who saved Little Round Top (with some help from Joshua Chamberlain and the 22d 20th Maine) d. 1882
1935 Elvis Aaron Presley, Sgt, 3rd Armored Division


1324 Marco Polo, explorer
1842 Pierre de Cambronne, who said "Merde!" at Waterloo.
1880 Norton I, Emperor of America
1922 Charles Young, first black U.S. Army colonel, at 58, in Lagos,
1941 Lord Robert Baden Powell, of the Boy Scouts, at 83. Lefties would hate the Scouts even more if they understood that they were founded for similar reasons as the National Rifle Association...


794 First Viking Raid on Britain, Lindisfarne Abbey destroyed
1811 Louisiana: Charles Deslondes' slave rebellion begins
1815 Battle of New Orleans, 15 days after the Treaty of Ghent
1838 Anti-English rebellion at Amherstburg, Ontario
1918 Pres Wilson outlines the "14 Points" for peace after WW I
1926 Abdul-Aziz ibn Saud establishes the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
1992 Pres. George H. W. Bush vomits in the Japanese prime minister's lap

Yep, interesting day. I'll close with a pic of an interesting airplane - the Heinkel 119. Yep, that's the cockpit.

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