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February 04, 2006

H&I Fires 4 Feb 06

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Indeed. Where do we get these soldiers?

Nice shirts!

Ain't he cute? Easier to see when he crosses the road in front of you, at least. But I bet the other deer gather 'round him (briefly) right before hunting season and say, "Bummer of a birthmark, Hal!" -The Armorer

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by Denizens on Feb 04, 2006 | General Commentary

Reminiscing

Back when I was a stoont, one of my electives was Creative Writing.

One day, we were given an assignment--write a short story using as few words as possible. The only other stipulation the prof made was that it had to address three elements: religion, sexuality and mystery.

The only A+ in the class was

"Good God, I'm pregnant! I wonder who did it?"

by CW4BillT on Feb 04, 2006 | I think it's funny!
» Don Surber links with: Carnival of the Celebrities
» Soldiers' Angels Germany links with: Photo of the Day - Go Steelers!!
» Stop The ACLU links with: Sunday Funnies

February 03, 2006

H&I Fires 3 Feb 06

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Islam hates Garfield. H/t, Ry.

Over at The Right Place - a Democrat Family Album.

The ACLU wonders just how private should a funeral be? Ed Yohnka, communications director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois says "We think a 300-foot bubble is excessive." Of course - the right of people to protest, piling on the grief of the family, trumps any other consideration. There's a difference between public funerals and private ones. Heh. Just because the government provides some services at a miltary funeral doesn't, in my mind, automatically make it a public event for the purpose of protesting.

Moving on... Aaaaahhhhhh. Here's a nice Hooah! movie! Freedom's Thunder.

Today, in 1943, the Four Chaplains went down with the ship.

Airplane Grognards - Don't let this be you. That's what happened when Neffi dropped by and left his airplane where JTG could find it. Is that the 'Ritamatic on that thing? Not to mention the parts that were left laying around...

Heh. Lawrence Livermore Lab gets serious. Can Mark 19's be far away?

Speaking of weapons - if you're in the market for a .45, like the government is, here's a contender. -The Armorer

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Jim B offers up:

And now this from John Lott:

Research on Guns and Road Rage

'The paper also has some funny results. For example, Liberals are apparently much more likely to engage in road rage than conservatives and the difference is larger than the difference between those who did and did not have a gun at least one time in their car over the last year. This variable is apparently never investigated, but presumably they are also concerned about liberals being allowed to drive cars.'

Entire thing here http://johnrlott.tripod.com/

Conclusion: do NOT drive through Lawrence Kansas unless you are in an armored vehicle. -The Armorer for Jim B.

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Something for the Soul: Vocally, he's not on a par with Lee Greenwood doing God Bless the USA, but as far as the sentiment goes, Dick Eastman's right up there with the best. Heroes In Our Midst. Worksafe unless you work with real losers... - cw4(ret)billt

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Nuts with Nukes. Nothing extraordinary here - just puts into words whats in the back of your mind. Well, mine, at least.

The Paris Hilton School of Political Science... -The Armorer

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A Must Read: Blackfive has a round up of military responses to the Toles cartoon and Washington Post's reply to criticism. Don't miss Russ Vaughn's poem on the subject. It's one of his best, and I think it succinctly captures the greatest outrage of the cartoon: that it uses a severely wounded soldier as casual prop. - Fuzzybear Lioness

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BTW - How many of you have a wife who comes up to you and sez: "Let's skip the movie this weekend and go shooting instead?

Of course, you don't want to be that fella "Instead" but hey - that's his problem. -The Armorer

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I'm late to the party, but, in light of the conversation about certain cartoons, I thought I would bring to your attention an interview with Amir Normandi. Mr. Normandi created the "No Veil Required" exhibition at Harper's last year that was pulled because it was "offensive" to Muslim students who protested the exhibit. Some photos maybe considered NSFW, however, I highly recommend the interview and the many links about the subject, including one to Mr. Normandi's personal blog. Most photos are SFW and are great works by Mr. Normandi and some of his compatriots.H/T IBC -Kat
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by Denizens on Feb 03, 2006 | General Commentary
» Don Surber links with: Reuters Sucks
» Game the World links with: Compare and Contrast

Ooooh, too much politics and stuff. We need Gun Pr0n.

We need some pics of stuff in the Arsenal of Argghhh!

Like this:

Peeking Inside a cannon barrel

Or this:

Short barrel!

For CAPT H: Context.

Canada@War

Canada watch:

Damian of Babbling Brooks on Aircrew Survival Training.

And this:

Photo by Sgt Jerry Kean/DND. Private Eric Hennie, a member from the Provincial Reconstruction Team Patrol Company, at Camp Nathan Smith in Kandahar, Afghanistan, checks the rear as his section proceeds on a foot patrol in Kandahar City through a rural area. The soldiers were on a presence patrol.<br><br />
The Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) is composed of about 250 soldiers mainly from Land Force Western Area (LFWA) and 1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group (1 CMBG), located in Edmonton Alberta. The PRT brings together Canadian military personnel, civilian police, diplomats and aid workers in an integrated effort to reinforce the authority of the Afghan government in and around Kandahar, and to help stabilize the region. To achieve these goals, the PRT conducts security patrols, contributes labour and resources to local reconstruction efforts, supports local governance institutions, and facilitates reforms in the security sector.</p>

<p>All Canadian Forces assets in Kabul were relocated and consolidated in Kandahar, except for approximately 85 personnel who will continue to serve with various Kabul-based military and civilian organisations. The relocation of Canadian Forces personnel and equipment to Kandahar was completed a few days after Camp Julien officially closed on November 29, 2005. <br><br />
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Task Force Afghanistan now comprises about 900 Canadian Forces members.  Approximately 700 soldiers are serving in Afghanistan, including troops in Kabul and in Kandahar and about 200 additional CF members are deployed somewhere else in South West Asia to support Canadian operations in Afghanistan.  The aim of this reorganization is to increase the effectiveness and impact of CF assets in the region. The Canadian Forces contribution in Kandahar will grow to about 2,000 strong by February 2006.

"We're going to be out hunting down the last of the Taliban. I don't think many Canadians realize that we're now going to war."
In truth, General, you already have been. Which he knows.

[While of course the General knows... as Damian noted in his comment, Scott Taylor of Esprit de Corps magazine is the one who made the "going to war" comment. My bad.]

Accomodating Muslims vice Christians...

Lessee if I have got this straight... According to Chris Muir, CNN will not print the Muslim-offending cartoons of Muhammad out of respect for Islam.

Okay. It is reporting on the protests (just noting that, not really commenting on it one way or another, it is news - and it's nice to see someone else's flag on fire for a change).

Okay. And a cursory search of CNN's archives didn't come up with any pictures of the crucifix in urine 'art' piece, or the dung-spattered Madonna, either. So, perhaps CNN is consistent, I don't know, and I'm not really slamming CNN here.

Update: Oops. Busted! SWWBO dug deeper and found the offending bit - with a picture, still in the CNN archives.

WCBS-TV doesn't have any problem, however, running pictures of a painting that is offensive to some Christians.

I guess they aren't sensitive to offending Christians. But the video accompanying this article (from the national desk of CBS) does blur out the offending cartoons...

All this serves to highlight a *large* difference between the Muslim world and the West. One wonders how a Progressive, or Neo-Liberal, 1st Amendment aficionado can be sensitive to offending/supportive of all this reaction and action by Muslims, yet not feel any compunction at all to have a similar sensitivity to Christians?

Mind you - I don't think they should defer to Christians. But I also don't think they should defer, as they seem to be in this case, to Muslims, either. Of course, it has been a while since Christians lopped off heads over things like this as policy, while that is still an option for Muslims. Just sayin'. Could be the media are just cowards, and only have the courage of their convictions when it's safe to. Huh. Ain't that the definition of a bully?

Discuss among yourselves. I have to go slave for my wages.

Update: I see the State Department has weighed in. Anyone got a record of their similar support in condemning ugly cartoons in Muslim media regarding Judaism and Christianity?

Update again: Hugh Hewitt has an interesting take.

by John on Feb 03, 2006 | Media Morons
» All Things Beautiful links with: The Cartoon War
» Oblogatory Anecdotes links with: Muhammad Cartoon in Perspective
» Mark in Mexico links with: Hugh Hewitt sides with Islamofascists, misspells
» Rhymes With Right links with: I’m Not Happy With George Or Condi
» Rhymes With Right links with: I’m Not Happy With George Or Condi

Brothers-in-Arms.

Defensor Fortis!

Slaglerock honors his Brothers in Arms.

While Fiddler's Green has been a lot more crowded at times than it is right now - The Castle Argghhh! section, opened on 9/11 with 13 seats, is growing rather larger than one would like. We're going to have to add another table with a Stammtisch* sign.

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


*Stammtisch: In Germany, a table reserved for regular customers at a pub or restaurant. It's a gathering place. The Castle is a Stammtisch for the Denizen/nes. And we have a table at Fiddler's Green, as well. It's near the jukebox.

Heh. Some Dutch bloggers are *not*...

...going the way that the protestors in the Middle East and elsewhere want them to.

Like these guys at Retecool.

They've essentially declared Snark on Hypocrisy, regarding the image of Mohammed. I suspect someone, somewhere, will be posting "May Allah rip out his spine from his back, and split his brains in two, and then do it over and over again, amen." Such was the praise heaped on the author of "The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam."

I've provided the mostly-translated lead-in text. Free Translation.com is a useful site, but machine translation has a ways to do yet. It's *still* amazing what they can do these days.

Update: I see SWWBO agrees.

It's in the Flash Traffic/Extended Entry. H/t, JMH.

Flash Traffic (extended entry) Follows... »

25 Lessons Learned from OIF and OEF

Continuing the Lessons Learned from OIF/OEF that I started in this post . Note to military Googlers - these are *not* tactical AARs!

This one *is* marginally not worksafe if you work with people who think soldiers are stupid people who only do what we do because we're too dumb to do anything else. This will only reinforce that thought pattern.

Lesson #16. Soldiering Is Still An Outdoor Sport.

The soldiers among us will just go - been there, done that, bragged about it. Which, when I think about it, will just reinforce the goons I mentioned previously. Sometimes, you just have to harken back to your childhood and remember that playing in puddles was fun.

Of course, we *do* tend to take that to an extreme...

And, in case you think it's just awful to show the jihadis in this light. Remember this.

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.

For Previous Lessons Learned, click the numbers. 1. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14,15.

Uhhhhhhh...

...we've created a monster. A *fetching* one, to be sure--but a monster.

Boston Maggie is turning into a Castle Kitten.

Hi,

Wanna post a question on your blog for the other denizens? I want to know if a "cuddle puddle" ever happens at the Castle when the "ritamatic" is fired up.

Laura Ingraham was ranting and raving about this today.

If not, I will throw it in one of the comments sections.

Maggie

Now, I figger that the comment parties are just chucklesome exercises in rapier-swift repartee, simulsnarks and frolicsome flirting, but Maggie's query got me thinking...

Why is it that the light switch in the Jungle Room has been safety-wired in the *off* position? And how come I can never get to the hot tub without tripping over something squirmy and giggly? And what goes on up in the chandelier since WK hung those damask drapes? Huh? HUH?!?

*tossing 15-foot pole (sooooo infra-dig) behind the couch*

(muffled) OW!

*ducking as 15-foot pole is ejected from behind couch with considerable velocity*

Heh. It's Friday. Only two more working days in the week...

And another taggee checks in

So far, Christine's tags are at a 75% return rate--the Lady knows her taggees.

The newest addition is GunJam of JammedGun. Sanger and Jtg will feel right at home when they drop in. And, uh, GJ, hope you didn't mind the Aggie jokes--we were just funnin'...honest...

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And since John is evidently logging Z-time tonight (unlike some others I could mention), today's H&Is are still being plotted in the FDC. Soooo, as long as GunJam doesn't mind a little Gun Pr0n with his link, I figure this is a good spot for this bit of chicanery. Work safe in one way and *not* work safe in another--even if it's you who's the gunner on some of these beasties.

Geez, doesn't anybody *work* at work anymore?

Tsk--where did my manners go? H/t to MSG Keith for the podpal annoyers.

February 02, 2006

H&I Fires* 2 Feb 06

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I'm late! Your turn. -The Armorer

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The Washington Post has crossed the line, but can't recognize that.

Silver Star Families - Fuzzilicious Thinking

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OK... hiatus over. It was a short one, eh?
I just read this over at Mudville... oh man... This is gonna raise a stink.
An Iraqi girl in in Cinci getting care for burns sustained in a bomb blast. Woot! Woot! And I also found out the Mom who didn't want her baby.... just wanted a better life for the child. Somedays I just hate the press. ~AFSister

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And, in Stupid Criminal Tricks news... -The Armorer

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Death to Two-Legs who do this to Scru'ples! ! -Name Shadow, Name Whiskey, Name Houdini [What's the beef? Barny, Little Girl, Cleo, Meriwether, Rest Stop, Hal, Little Orphan Annie, Gandalf]

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But publish demeaning cartoons about Jesus... and nobody cares - at least in terms of threatening legal action, firing people, etc. Which, of course, in a sense, makes perfect sense to the protesting Muslims... we really don't get it in some respects. And by that, I don't mean we should prosecute art that denigrates the Incarnate symbol of Christianity - but we should just look at these protestors and say, "Grow Up", and if they don't, swing the nightstick. Wonder when those fundie Christians that so torque the left will take a page from the Jihadi book and take to the streets - and when they do, will they get the same deference? Somehow, I doubt it. It all makes my head hurt. A pox on the intolerant ignorant bigotry of the flag-burning "Death to - " chanters. Which is exactly what the Western elites say to Christian Fundamentalists - why not these bigots as well?

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How about a little chuckle to brighten up the day ... Check out Brokeback to the Future! (*work safe*)
-Barb

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by Denizens on Feb 02, 2006 | General Commentary
» Theodore's World links with: Troops in Iraq Prepare For Super Bowl Gridiron Battle
» My Side of the Puddle links with: In the news....
» A Healthy Alternative to Work links with: Top soldier has big dreams

In light of what Bill just posted...

I think I have to offer up this. Go read Bill's bit (that's two posts down from here).

Back? Okay.

Right click and save as - then play it.

Ry - definately *not* work safe in your area. The rest of ya, Check Six.

Somebody duct tape PG-17's head, quick

Although something posted in Flash traffic might not set 'im off...

Set *me* off, though. I'm still wiping coffee off the monitor. Thanks a lot, Christine...

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A day in the Life of the deployed...

Warning - objects in mirror are closer than they appear.

Indian Ocean (Jan. 26, 2006) - A Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC), assigned to Assault Craft Unit Four (ACU-4), makes a final approach to embark aboard the dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD 50). Carter Hall and ACU-4 are currently on deployment conducting maritime security operations (MSO) in support of the global war on terrorism. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class Michael Sandberg.


Indian Ocean (Jan. 26, 2006) - A Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC), assigned to Assault Craft Unit Four (ACU-4), makes a final approach to embark aboard the dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD 50). Carter Hall and ACU-4 are currently on deployment conducting maritime security operations (MSO) in support of the global war on terrorism. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class Michael Sandberg.

*Grumble grumble* The farkin' recruiter never mentioned *this*!

MANAS AIR BASE, Kyrgyzstan (AFPN) - Airman 1st Class Michael Lepla digs out a C-17 Globemaster III Jan. 28 after 4 inches of snowfall during the night. With temperatures barely above zero and weekly snowstorms, maintainers here work nonstop to keep the aircraft and ramp clear of ice and snow. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Lara Gale


MANAS AIR BASE, Kyrgyzstan (AFPN) - Airman 1st Class Michael Lepla digs out a C-17 Globemaster III Jan. 28 after 4 inches of snowfall during the night. With temperatures barely above zero and weekly snowstorms, maintainers here work nonstop to keep the aircraft and ramp clear of ice and snow. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Lara Gale

Dangit! They can *always* tell when I got a care package from Mom...

US Army SPC Shawn Aiken, a medic with Alpha Company, 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment, 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, poses for a photo with children during a dismounted patrol.  Mosul, 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


US Army SPC Shawn Aiken, a medic with Alpha Company, 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment, 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, poses for a photo with children during a dismounted patrol. Mosul, 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

Did too! Did not! Yer mother wears combat booooots!

CAMP TAQADDUM, Iraq (Jan. 29, 2006) – Marines battle for points during the tug-of-war event during a field meet here Jan. 29. More than 300 Marines with Combat Logistics Regiment–25, 2nd Marine Logistics Group (Forward), participated in a field meet hosted at the Lakeside Sports Arena. Steward is the area supervisor for the ammunition supply point with CLR-25, 2nd MLG (Forward).  Photo by: Lance Cpl. Joel Abshier

CAMP TAQADDUM, Iraq (Jan. 29, 2006) – Marines battle for points during the tug-of-war event during a field meet here Jan. 29. More than 300 Marines with Combat Logistics Regiment–25, 2nd Marine Logistics Group (Forward), participated in a field meet hosted at the Lakeside Sports Arena. Steward is the area supervisor for the ammunition supply point with CLR-25, 2nd MLG (Forward). Photo by: Lance Cpl. Joel Abshier
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25 Lessons Learned from OIF and OEF

Continuing the Lessons Learned from OIF/OEF that I started in this post . Note to military Googlers - these are *not* tactical AARs!

This one *is* marginally not worksafe due to pics of wounded people. Not horribly gory ones, but sensitive types might well be distressed.

Lesson #15. Pain Is Part Of Life, Misery Is Optional.

[I know there's a problem with the link. I can't fix it until I get home]

[There. All better]

And, in case you think it's just awful to show the jihadis in this light. Remember this.

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.

For Previous Lessons Learned, click the numbers. 1. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14.

February 01, 2006

H&I Fires* 1 Feb 06

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CAPT H Sends:

2. CANADA COM AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (AOR). THE CANADA COM AOR IS CONTINENTAL NORTH AMERICA (CANADA, CONTINENTAL US (48 CONTIGUOUS STATES AND ALASKA) AND MEXICO) AND THEIR APPROACHES.

Note that we do not cover Hawaii.
Will be the counterpart for US NorthCom; does not include NORAD forces.

I'll sleep better at night knowing the Forces are protecting the maple syrup supply... and some other stuff. Having never been there, I guess I'm not too concerned about Hawaii being uncovered. I'll leave that to Cdr Salamander and Lex to worry about.

I, too, am not happy about the fact that there are no truly senior scalps hanging out there on the torture issue. And I was surprised by the Welshofer punishment. Here is an alternate view of the trial - but mostly a cry for accountability - which, deep down, I share.

If the facts are simply as presented, (note the there is no government response yet - not that I can really imagine what that will be that will justify *not* paying these expenses) this suit should proceed, and proceed to victory. And the respective governments, Massachusetts and United States, should settle, soon, and this never make it to trial.

I can understand the apology, from a practical aspect. But I want to know why is it Muslims get to be all hissy about dissing Mohammed, and are kowtowed to on the issue, while Christians are vilified as being too sensitive and unsophisticated for being upset by Crucifixes in Urine, the Virgin Mary covered in excrement, etc?

Prince Harry to Iraq. Good on him, good on the Royals. No, I don't think that the Bush Twins should be forced to join and go. But I would think it was cool if they did, though I wouldn't be thrilled to be their commanding officer... H/t, CAPT H. -The Armorer

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Greyhawk has a nice roundup of issues surrounding National Guard recruitment.

Soldiers in Iraq respond to news coverage of the wounded journalists - Fuzzybear Lioness

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"Open Season on Canadians?" Hardly.

CTV News said the Canadian vehicle was travelling alone, en route from the British legation to Canada’s quarters in Baghdad, when it attempted to pass the U.S. convoy on the road ahead and failed to respond to American troops.

The troops first tried hand signals, which didn’t cause the car to stop, CTV said, and then shot over the vehicle, and then fired two shots into the engine block and a third into the lower front windshield.

Open season would be shooting into the passenger compartment, not engine block. One wonders what was going on inside the Canadian Contingent's minds when they started passing the convoy and attracted all that attention? -The Armorer

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Shameless Sucking Up to the *Really* Big Bloggers: The Lady Christine's meme has just gone international. Check the update to see who she's recruited... - cw4(ret)billt

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Heh. Not being a regular reader of the Washington Post, I missed this cartoon.

However.

These gentlemen didn't. H/t, the Corner. -The Armorer


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John gave me the keys to post in his "H&I Fires" when he first started them, but I had yet to take advantage of the opportunity becuase of those darn distractions in what we derisively term the "real world" as opposed to our quasi-utopian blogworld here.

I might as well use my inaugual to point out the three-year anniversary of blogging at Random Fate, especially since most else of what I post would be rather too contrarian for the Denizens and visitors of the Castle here! -Jack

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by Denizens on Feb 01, 2006 | General Commentary

I stand on the other side of most issues...

...including the war.

But I'll give Gary Trudeau a prop and a High Five for this one.

That is all.

Heh. I'm not a racist? But I thought I hadda be...

...cause I'm a right-winger.

Heh. Remember the study that suggests we conservatives are racist bassids?

Go read this, at The Right Coast. I'll wait.

Back? Cool. Now go take the IAT that Gail suggests. My result is in the Flash Traffic/Extended Entry.

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by John on Feb 01, 2006 | Politics

Y'know, it just ain't right...

Twitchy Bill's favorite 'small arm'

...when the holdings of the Arsenal at Castle Argghhh! include Bill the Rotorhead's favorite small arm (no ladies, not *that* one - see 27" zipper), as he opined in the comments of a post earlier this week:

Blake - The M3 was handy for cleaning out bunkers, but you had to get within fifteen feet of a firing port to do it properly. A 2.75" FFAR from 500 meters would do the same thing, albeit without that *personal* touch.

Heh. I *love* the M3. And we don't have one in the Holdings of the Arsenal of Argghhh!. 2.75" FFARs we have. Two of 'em. One with a neat sectioned warhead.

Mebbe it *is* time to put up a Paypal Button to buy the Arsenal one of these.

25 Lessons Learned from OIF and OEF

Continuing the Lessons Learned from OIF/OEF that I started in this post . Note to military Googlers - these are *not* tactical AARs!

This one *is* not worksafe for pictures of dead people. Not horribly gory ones, but sensitive types might well be distressed.

Lesson #14. When You Mess With The Bull, You Need To Deal With The Horns..


And, in case you think it's just awful to show the jihadis in this light. Remember this.

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.

For Previous Lessons Learned, click the numbers. 1. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13.

Oh, FOURQUE: Part Deux

Whew--out of the four folks I tagged with yesterday's chick-quiz, two of the taggees were on it like sweet on sugar: Boston Maggie and the Lady Christine. Maggie answers on her blog (drop by and bump the numbers) and Christine does so below:

4 Jobs You Have Had In Your Life
1. Kodak Certified Photo Specialist (Walgreens). Yes, I really did see "those" pictures.
2. Medical Insurance Claims Examiner. How many ways can you say, "Claim Rejected?"
3. Administrative Assistant. Uniform included ten hats.
4. Manager of a Title Insurance Company. Superwoman without the sexy outfit.

4 Movies You Would Watch Over and Over
1. Wizard of Oz
2. Thirteen Days
3. TORA! TORA! TORA!
4. Bourne Supremacy

4 Places You Have Lived
1. Seattle, WA. Born and raised (Go Seahawks!)
2. Milwaukee, WI. Great until the gangs took over.
3. Madison, WI. Can you say, "Yuppies?"
4. Richlands, VA. No comment, prefer to keep this out of Flash traffic.

4 TV Shows You Love To Watch (I don't own a TV, but when I did)
1. Discovery/Discovery Times Channel
2. History Channel
3. Law and Order
4. CSI

4 Places You Have Been On Vacation
1. San Francisco, CA. Hills that actually rival Seattle's.
2. Green Bay, WI. Cheeseheads-- need I say more?
3. Tazewell County, VA. Great place to visit. Guess I should have remembered that.
4. Minneapolis, MN. Mall of America (Shopper's paradise)

4 Websites You Visit Daily (Same disclaimer as Bill)
1. Iraq the Model
2. Daily Briefing on Iran
3. Winds of Change.NET
4. Argghhh!

4 Favorite Foods
1. Anything Mexican
2. Seafood
3. Lasagna
4. Chocolate
Caveats: Yep, coffee is one of my essential nutrients also. Some days, chocolate is the condiment.

4 Places You Would Rather Be Right Now
1. Someplace up North
2. A nice northern spot.
3. Hmm, did I say north?
4. Anyplace but here.

4 People to Tag *whine*
1. GunJam over at JammedGun
2. BloodSpite at Techography
3. Bad Cat Robot at Snark Patrol
4. Curt at Flopping Aces

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UPDATE: This just in:

Bill,

My international tag has been accepted by the one and only, Big Pharaoh.

Can I cheat and add one more to my list, I mean considering, you know...

Done. And with this, the meme goes international. Wonder if it's a first?

by CW4BillT on Feb 01, 2006 | Denizen Link-Fest!

January 31, 2006

H&I Fires 31 Jan 06

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Since Bill got tagged (two posts down), and SWWBO (heh, I came in #2 and #4, seems like #82 has lost his shine...), and I kinda liked the meme, I did it too. But rather than have a huge page today, I buried mine waaaay back in the Archives and linked it, instead.

Coretta Scott King, RIP.

What *is it* about the Post Office? -The Armorer

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National Guard recruiting has "accelerated." Huh?

Rumor alert: Democrat leader Harry Reid stepping down due to scandal?

Prof at the Naval Post-Graduate School suggests we accept Bin Laden's truce.

- Fuzzybear Lioness

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Heh. Man, how *not* a member of the Glitterati am I? I go to an average of a movie a week - and the only movie/performances in the major categories I've seen this Oscar crop is The Corpse Bride.

Islamist terrorists, to cite the immediate example, would do anything to win. Our enemies act on ecstatic revelations from their god. We act on the advice of lawyers. It is astonishing that we have managed to hold the line as well as we have.
----Ralph Peters in The Weekly Standard.

And 'cuz Punctilious keeps forgetting to add this - Carnival of the Recipes #75 is up at Triticale's place. -The Armorer

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We all blog for different reasons! -Barb

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by Denizens on Jan 31, 2006 | General Commentary
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I *like* Flash traffic...

...it allows the young 'uns to browse on the surface and the adults to enjoy an adult chuckle. Saves space, too.

*grinnn* You figure out which category this one belongs in...

A little old lady is walking down the street, dragging two plastic garbage bags with her, one in each hand. There's a hole in one of the bags and every once in a while, a $20 bill flops out of it onto the pavement. A policeman notices it and stops her...

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Eeewwww. Politics.

But since Bill and I (with a belated "Me, too!" from Dusty) were original Signers (though I don't know why NZ invited us, really) of the Appeal from Center-Right Bloggers... I'm going to make my totally pointless endorsement in the Republican House Leadership Race. I'm late at this because I'm not truly a pundit, I don't have an Insta-opinion. Not a slam, Reynold's life and work are vastly different from mine - he's more informed simply by what he does for a living - I currently study the Future Army for a living, which means this is extramural for me. However, in that regard, perhaps I'm more representative of the bulk of the right-leaning voting population, too - because they all have lives that make this extramural to them, too. But as I've demonstrated many times before - I have a tin ear for politics.

I'm speaking for me. I'll let Bill and Dusty speak for themselves.

I say they should go with Shadegg.

Blunt and Boehner are More Of The Same, and I'm just not that impressed with The Same, whatever their other qualifications. Sometimes, you *do* need to change for change's sake.

It's time for Something New in the Republican leadership, and I have so informed my Representative (that would be Jim Ryun, who listens politely, anyway, though I get better, more substantive answers from the staffs of Senators Brownback and Roberts). I'm something of a gadfly about guns, national defense and veteran's issues, though I have no delusions of my influence, given I don't give scads of money to any of those guys, because they don't need it around here.

I'm a fan of term limits, if only for the simple reason that one of the things that gets the political class in trouble is being so entrenched in their positions that they both lose touch with the reality of their districts, and, concomitantly, get sucked into the bubble of Inside the Beltway, which is fantasy world in many respects. I know - I've moved in those circles before, tangentially.

My sister and I had a discussion of that at Christmas - she's the family liberal, but she was receptive to the idea of term limits for a long time. Until Missouri elected Governor Blunt, who has done some (to her eyes) Dumb Newbie Tricks, especially regarding education, which gores a family ox for her. From that she deduces that Experience is Best.

I say Faugh! Change is good. Frankly, I see term limits a little bit like the NFL Draft. The draft keeps the Center of Gravity moving around the league, which, to my jaundiced eye, keeps football more interesting, as dynasties rise and fall. Contrast to Baseball, where their model tends to suck all the money to a few of the big players, which for me reduces the interest of the league to a few Big Teams and the Rest. No, it's not a perfect analogy...

But the concept I see is similar. New people, new ideas. Move the center of gravity around. Nothing against West Virginia, but is there anything left there that doesn't have Byrd's name on it? That's just one example. Move the center of gravity around the country, too. The Massachusetts Senate Contingent hasn't had a genuinely new idea in a long time. And the same is true, regardless of party, all around the country.

So, here's to the Republicans showing some leadership, rather than damage control. You've been in power long enough that you have the Power Disease; though you wield power badly. The Democrats are far better at that than you guys have ever been - which is actually a compliment, but I don't have time to go into that here.

The point is - you have the baggage, with no concomitant useful productivity.

So, try something new. Give a relative Outsider a chance. And gird yourselves to Make A Change.

Because I might just have to start voting in Primaries again, to try to send you guys packing, otherwise. I know I can't do much with the Democrats, so I'll pick on you.

Besides, with the Alito cloture vote, the Left's Moonbats are going to be picking on their guys, so I'll try to shape what passes for the Right.

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*tossing two cents on the workbench*

For what my opinion's worth--and I harbor no illusions in that area--I believe that John Shadegg most-clearly sees the need for reform. And he has the convictions and the passion to back them up:

“…I have a lifelong record of having fought for restricting government. I think many of you know that when I got here, I introduced almost as the very first bill I ever dropped, the Enumerated Powers Act. That was a bill that said that members of Congress...would have to identify in every bill they introduced, the provisions of the Constitution that authorized the Congress to legislate in that area…Congress is writing laws in all kinds of areas where it has no authority whatsoever. People have forgotten, members of Congress have forgotten, that the Constitution makes this a Congress with specific, limited, enumerated powers. And we have completely ignored that, aided and abetted by the United States Supreme Court. At a minimum, we need to get back to only doing those things that the Constitution allows us to do.”

The entire transcript of his conference call with the Big Bloggers is here. It's a fast read with a lot of substance.

Unfortunately, my rep is Rush Holt (D-NJ--12th District), who replies (seldom) to my missives with campaign literature from last year's election and an envelope for the sizeable check he hints I should send for his next campaign...

by John on Jan 31, 2006 | Politics

Oh, FOURQUE

FbL tagged me. Proving once again that you don't have to be a chick magnet to be a chick-quiz magnet...

*sigh* And what's with the "great curmudgeon" bit--is that like the Great Panjandrum?

4 Jobs You Have Had In Your Life
Okay, you already know about most of the helicopter stuff (but not everything–I’ve gotta save *something* to write about), so I figure you’re asking about things like
1. Bartender. I was only seventeen when I started, so I didn’t drink the mistakes...hey, I was a tall, quiet kid–really...
2. Window washer. Exteriors, three stories and higher. Only fell once and I’ve liked boxwood hedges ever since.
3. HazMat Disposal Compliance Inspector. Translation: I cut open 10% of the bags to insure the stuff within had been properly pretreated by the contractor. Still got my HEPA III gear, somewhere...
4. Apiarist. By the time I was twelve, I'd been stung more often than somebody who answers all those "Dearest Beloved Pay-Pall" phishing spam-o-grams...

4 Movies You Would Watch Over and Over
1. Das Boot. Just to keep Lex happy.
2. Castle Keep. Just to keep John happy.
3. Cross of Iron. Just to keep the grunt grognards happy.
4. True Grit. Got a soft spot for fellow curmudgeons.

4 Places You Have Lived
1. Suffolk County, Long Island. Back when there were more potato farms than housing tracts.
2. Can Tho, in a small country that doesn’t exist anymore. Spent a lifetime there one year.
3. Weatherford, Texas. Mary Martin’s house was right around the corner.
4. Savannah, Georgia. When the *cough* paper mill was *cough* still operational. *cough*

4 TV Shows You Love to Watch (when I watch--which is seldom)
1. Stargate SG-1
2. Red Dwarf (when they dig it out of the archives--which is also seldom. Smegheads...)
3. Wings (well, d-uuhhh)
4. Repeat...

4 Places You Have Been On Vacation
1. N’Awluns.
2. Sub-Parisian France--Burgundy and Cognac. The denizens like us, don’t like the EU, and think Jacques Chirac is France’s Bill Clinton--and they don't like *him*, either. But they’re very fond of anybody who speaks well of Lafayette.
3. Montreal, North Vermont.
4. Cape Canaveral and environs. *No* Disney World. *No* Epcot Center. Just rockets and rocket men.

4 Websites You Visit Daily--in no particular order and not limited to those four.
1. BCR Labs
2. FbL’s house
3. AFSister’s Place
4. Barb’s Hootch
All in self-defense. I hung around here one week and they caught me napping when they launched the SugarButtons Offensive.

4 Favorite Foods
1. Turkey
2. Arroz con pollo
3. Chili (mine)
4. Mint chocolate chip ice cream.
Caveats: coffee’s not a food, it’s an essential nutrient. And pepperoni pizza is a condiment.

4 Places You Would Rather Be Right Now
1. Marana, Arizona--in 1862.
2. Sitting in the Little Texas Tavern in Kings Cross, Sydney--in 1969.
3. The Smithsonian. The Udar-Hazy Exhibit.
4. Heidelburg, sitting in a gasthouse 200 meters from the castle.

4 People to Tag Hmmmmmmmmm...
A Denizenne blogger: Barb.
The newest blogspawn: Justthisguy.
A Denizenne commenter: Lady Christine (e-mail me your quiz and I'll plug it in).
The newest Castle wilde childe: Boston Maggie.

Hey, FbL--was that curmudgeonly enough?

A commentary on the times...

We interrupt this blog for a mildly naughty story. See the Flash Traffic/Extended Entry.

But first, this short subject:

Friendship Between Women:

A woman didn't come home one night. The next day she told her husband that she had slept over at a girlfriend's house.

The man called his wife's 10 best friends. None of them knew anything about it.

Friendship Between Men:

A man didn't come home one night. The next day he told his wife that he had slept over at a buddy's house. The woman called her husband's 10 best friends.

Eight of them confirmed that he had slept over, and two claimed that he was still there.

And now, our Feature Presentation.

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25 Lessons Learned from OIF and OEF

Continuing the Lessons Learned from OIF/OEF that I started in this post . Note to military Googlers - these are *not* tactical AARs!

This one *is* not worksafe for naughty language. Or in an officer where Michael Moore is considered a moderate centrist.

Lesson #13. America Can Still Rely On The Marines To Tell It Like It Is..

At a minimum, no less than any Hollywood luminary.

And, in case you think it's just awful to show the jihadis in this light. Remember this.

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.

For Previous Lessons Learned, click the numbers. 1. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12.

January 30, 2006

H&I Fires 30 Jan 06

Open post for those with something to share. New, complete posts come in below. Note: If trackbacking, please acknowledge this post in your post. That's only polite. You're advertising here, we should get an ad at your place...

I'm busy - you guys fill this up! -The Armorer

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Reprehensible.

ABC News anchor and cameraman encounter an IED. - Fuzzybear Lioness

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The Carnival of the Chillin' on the Alito nomination.

An interesting view of terrorism and the current threat - though I think the author underestimates things somewhat and constrains the threat too narrowly, there is still good chewy stuff in there.

Another interesting Op-Ed, this time on the role of the Press in the current unpleasantness.

And here is a rebuttal of sorts to Glenn Greenwald (two links up), this time from someone with a personal stake in the matter. Of course, Greenwald and others would argue then that she is unable to be objective. Of course, if Kerry's 4 month tour in Vietnam as a junior officer, and Murtha's full tour vets all their opinions on war and the conduct thereof, then how does Debra Burlingame's experience not? (Mind you - that's me speaking, not Mr. Greenwald)

Fascinating read from the Village Voice on things going on in what we insiders call the Currentl Operating Environment, or COE.

Next - hmmmm. Prolly need to add this to the Arsenal Holdings, if only on GP. I have been trying to score a Masai and/or Zulu assegai, but keep getting outbid. -The Armorer

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The LA Times has its knickers in a knot over the news that a higher percentage of officers are being promoted to fill the Army's need for additional officers...

*sigh* Anybody seen my duct tape? - cw4(ret)billt

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Oi! Too Funny! - The Armorer

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Ben Stein responds to that other Stein with Saints in Armor.
-The Adjutant

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by Denizens on Jan 30, 2006 | General Commentary
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Military Olio...

Tidbits of today in history...

1647 Scots agree to sell King Charles I to the English Parliament for £400,000;- they always were a thrifty lot, the Scots.
1781 Articles of Confederation go into effect. Starting the years-long process that results in the US Constitution. Keep that in mind when griping about Iraq and the efforts developing that constitution.
1933 Adolph Hitler named German Chancellor. WWII inches closer. Keep an eye on Hamas.
1943 Hitler promotes Friedrich Paulus to field marshal - because everyone knows German Field Marshals have had never surrendered (they committed suicide, instead - but Paulus declined the latter while accepting the former...).
1968 The Tet Offensive begins. Long month for those of us on the home front that year.
1972 "Bloody Sunday" -- British troops kill 13 Catholics in Derry

And just because I can:

Heh. Told 'em so, back in the day. There's a *reason* there's a Remington Rand M1911A1 in the Castle Arsenal... but no Beretta.

Service above self.

This deserves better than a trackback link on the H&I post..

Beth of Blue Star Chronicles honors service above self.

It’s the extraordinary common man who holds this country together. It’s the guy who loves his country, his family, his community and his God. It’s the wife who waits for him, understands him and loves him.

You probably know these people. They are probably down the street from you, living in your community.

They are the threads that make up the fabric of American society and the cloth of the American Flag.

Indeed.

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

by John on Jan 30, 2006 | Something for the Soul
» Small Town Veteran links with: Service Above Self

Vaporware from the Armorer...

...just to annoy Ry. Something else that will appear. Whenever I finish it.

Brothers in arms - the unlikely story of two pistols during WWII

But hopefully this week. A wholly unverifiable, but interesting, war story.

25 Lessons Learned from OIF and OEF

Continuing the Lessons Learned from OIF/OEF that I started in this post . Note to military Googlers - these are *not* tactical AARs!

This one *is* worksafe.

Lesson #12. Our President "Gets It".

Of course, this one, if any, will bring out the Contrarians...

And, in case you think it's just awful to show the jihadis in this light. Remember this.

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.

For Previous Lessons Learned, click the numbers. 1. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11.

Pickin' on Texas Again

Two Texans were driving through New Hampshire. As they were approaching Lake Winnipesaukee, they started arguing about the pronunciation of the lake's name.

They argued back and forth until they stopped for lunch. As they stood at the counter, one said to the young lady behind the counter, "Before we order, could y'all please pronounce where we are, very slowly?"

The blonde leaned over the counter and said, "Burrrrrr-gerrrrr Kinnnng."

January 29, 2006

H&I Fires 29 Jan 06

Open post for those with something to share. New, complete posts come in below. Note: If trackbacking, please acknowledge this post in your post. That's only polite. You're advertising here, we should get an ad at your place...

Barb points to a post on the difficulties of Joint Ops.

SWWBO has been getting artsy (it *really is* very nice) and had some help.

SGT B turns a vice into a virtue. Dude, we can *give* you classes on how to post. No rocket science here. But yer right, blegging for money for personal things would be bad. Charity is good. Much as I've been tempted, there's no "Buy a M91 PE Sniper for the Armorer" button (donations gleefully accepted, however! Snerk). And the Castle Store has raised all of $17...

Kat does Broadway!

Fuzzybear Lioness has a little bout of depression, lightened by her nice big toy (down, W-K, not that kind), and discovers that when you tell someone "You really need to get laid" - yer giving sound medical advice.

AFSis lays out her gripes and blames me and Sanger... Speaking of Sanger... bro, how was AFSis', er, um, tan? Snerk! [really inside joke]

Cassandra savages Kerry, picks apart Stein, and offers up Toys for Boys - of which Bad Cat Robot would approve!

Punctilious compares Wal-Mart and Academia. Hmmm.

MSG Keith, a reservist himself, takes a look at the latest plan... for fewer reservists... Given the Army's reliance on the Guard and Reserve for current ops, you'd think this would make anti-war types breathe easier, right? We're not going to need as many, so we're not going to try to sustain this level of effort, right?

Alan is out taking photos - documenting Canada *before* we take over. [another inside joke]

Bad Cat Robot has been jumping on the Abramoff Option, and adds her Challenger memory.

Finally, Jack at Random Fate offers up a little window into his world.

The fellas (young soldiers) at Camp Katrina offer up a public service - destroyed weapons cache databank. You know you wanted this!

Okay - what's in *your* wallet, denizens? - The Armorer

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by Denizens on Jan 29, 2006 | General Commentary

Shiny things that caught my eye...

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Proteau from the 2-3 Armored Combat regiment greets an Iraqi child while on patrol in Tal Afar, Iraq, January 19, 2006. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Aaron D. Allmon II) (Released)

Just lookin'. Now, on to Europe!

Strasbourg, 25.01.2006 – The Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) today strongly condemned the massive human rights violations committed by totalitarian communist regimes and expressed sympathy, understanding and recognition for the victims of these crimes.

Better late than never, I suppose.

The Russian reaction (From EURSOC)?

Fat chance. Russian newspapers reacted predictably, with former Soviet mouthpiece Pravda describing it as a "ridiculous attempt to condemn communism." It also expressed unease over the prospect of Russian officers being categorised as no different from members of the Nazi SS. Russian MPs on the assembly warned that Moscow was opposed to a condemnation.

Heh. If the shoe fits... um, lessee, killing millions from orders on high because they belong to a group (the kulaks, for example, much less just political opponents) that you blame for being in the way and blame for the problems of the past, present, and who will oppose your future... works for me. And heck, you managed to be pretty efficient at it... just starved 'em to death.

But wait - there's more! You should read how the western commies reacted - by visiting EURSOC.

On to the Middle East:

While I understand the Israeli response, there's a silver lining in this cloud:

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) - The leader of Hamas suggested Saturday that the Islamic group could create a Palestinian army that would include its militant wing - responsible for scores of deadly attacks on Israelis - in the aftermath of its crushing victory in parliamentary elections.

Israeli officials condemned the plan, demanding that Hamas renounce violence. Palestinian security officers, including loyalists from the defeated Fatah Party, said they would never submit to Hamas control.

"Hamas has no power to meddle with the security forces," said Jibril Rajoub, a Palestinian strongman.

The Hamas chief, Khaled Mashaal, reiterated that Hamas would not recognize Israel and indicated attacks on Israeli civilians would continue as long as Israel continued to target Palestinian civilians. "As long as we are under occupation then resistance is our right," he said.

Now that Hamas will *be* the government - I say move their fighters into the Palestinian Security Forces. That makes them much more targetable. Just a thought.

US cuts troop strength in Iraq by 20%. Bush has nothing to do with it, the Democrats made him do it. Murtha Still Not Happy. (shakes head) Oh, sorry, I was tuned in to the NYT break room.

And finally - guess who's *still* doing Earthquake relief in Pakistan?

U.S. Army Capt. Nanette Gegontoca, 212th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital, administers a vaccine to a Pakistani child at the Muslim Public School in Muzaffarabad, Pakistan, on January 7, 2006.  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)

Gun Pr0n!

Gun Pr0n - the Castle's Luger P08

Having been nominated for Best Gun Pr0n (and you *can still* vote), it's time for something I haven't done in a while - Gun Pr0n! One reason I haven't is because doing these right takes a lot of time and I haven't had a lot of time lately, and I'm a slug and like to sleep. I know. A weakness to be sure. This one took 12 hours total out of my life this week.

So, you've met the Castle Luger, Georg. You can check out his story here. You can get a sense of his prowess in the hands of a mediocre shooter here.

The basics of the Luger story are simple, though there are *several* good books out there if you are into geek-level detail. This is a blog, we'll skip that for a precis...

The Luger is one of the most distinctive and widely-recognized pistols the world over. You can thank WWI, WWII, and war movies for that. Well, that, and perhaps because the Luger Navy Model of 1904 introduced the world to the 9mm Euroweenie pellet, as Kim du Toit is want to call that round. Regardless of what I or Kim think, however, it is the most common pistol and sub-machine gun round, and the Luger Navy Model of 1904 introduced it to the world. Georg Luger was the designer of that bullet, building on his design of the 7.65 Luger round, which he developed after recognizing the need to make shorter, yet reasonably powerful rounds if automatic pistols were going to get down to a useful size.

The impetus for the development of the Luger pistol gathered steam in the period of 1890-1900. The gunmakers in Europe and the US were angling to land large military orders as the 1st rank armies of Europe were looking to modernize, and the US Army had discovered weaknesses in it’s arms in the Spanish American War. In Germany it was DWM, Mauser, and Bergmann; in England Webley &Scott, to name some of the major players. US interest came on the heels of the success of the European efforts.

What most people I’ve talked to don't know is that the Luger has an sorta-American connection. Georg Luger, the primary engineer, collaborated with the Hugo Borchardt to develop the first Luger pistol, improving on Borchardt's initial design by removing the balance and handling-destroying rear overhang and replacing it with a recoil link and spring in the butt of the pistol, vastly improving the handling of the pistol.

Submitted to the Swiss Army trials of 1898, it was adopted by the Swiss in 1900 as the Ordnance Pistol 1900. A quick distinguishing characteristic of the Swiss pistol is a grip safety that you don’t find on the German pistols - as you can see on these examples. The OP 1900 was chambered for the bottle-necked 7.65mm (called .30 Luger by us 'Muricans), and was as finely crafted a pistol as anything mechanical or chocolate the Swiss have ever produced.

Lugers were produced in Germany by primarily Deutsche Waffen Und Munitionsfabriken (DWM, the builder of Georg the Castle Luger), as well as Simson, Krieghoff, the Erfurt Arsenal, and Mauser. Vickers in England made them for the Dutch, and, as previously mentioned, the Swiss produced them at their Bern Arsenal. No one knows how many were produced due to destruction of German records during WWII, but the guesstimate is better than 2.5 million. Damn things still cost a lot for all that production!

The Kriegsmarine (Navy) was the first German adopter, in 1904, and it is they who gave us the Luger chambered for the 9mm Parabellum round, and a 6 inch barrel. The German Army adopted the Luger as the Pistole Model of 1908 in (drum roll, please) 1908, with a 4 inch barrel. Usually abbreviated P08, this is the version most of us are familiar with, though there have been many other models (see those books for geeks I was talking about). DWM produced the pistol until 1930, when it was taken over by Mauser. The Luger remained the German Army's official sidearm until the adoption of the Walther P38 in 1938, with production continuing through 1943, and issue continued throughout the war and beyond, in East German service. Counting the German variations of the P08, there were, IIRC, about 35 different variations of the Luger produced, and it has been produced in specialty runs at least as late as the 1980s, and perhaps more recently than that – but we all know I’m weak on stuff less than 50 years old…

The other relatively famous version of the Luger you might be familiar with is the Model 1914, the long-barreled version, sometimes called the "Artillery Luger" which was fitted with a long barrel that had integral long range sights, and was often used in conjunction with a wooden shoulder-stock/holster that locked onto the grip. It was for this pistol, in Air Force use, that the 32 round snail drum magazine was developed, as a way to arm pilots when the "Knights of the Air" took to shooting at each other before they got their machine guns all figured out. That pistol uses standard P08 components less the barrel and sights - and in fact, all Lugers produced for the German army have their grips slotted for the stock - even after they no longer made the M1914 or stocks.

Okay - so skip all the history carp and get on to the good stuff!

If ya wanna see him nekkid and exposed... and understand how he works, then come back, behind the curtain, to the peep show in the Flash Traffic/Extended Entry!

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