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February 11, 2006

H&I Fires 11 Feb 06

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New caption contest at The Right Place.

Some New and not-quite-so-new Doctrinal Terms in use in the services (some of which I heard in use this week).

Rammer had some interesting links this week.

Have at it - we're going shooting today! - The Armorer

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Sgt. Hook has a great caption contest.

Belmont Club has two must-reads: liberals in the Middle East, and free speech in Europe.

Military insults and practical jokes, courtesy of Uncle Jimbo and commenters. - Fuzzybear Lioness
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The Forgotten Legacy of TE Lawrence Jenkins Op Ed tries to paint TE as a tough realist that is needed in today's Iraq. From my perspective, TE was anything but a "realist" since it could be said that he had an Arab dream, he never told his Arab friends what was going on because he kept thinking he could pull off the winning deal and he went home a broken man. He had a unique perspective of the bedouin still applies today on a personal one on one basis, but the rest of his legacy wouldn't hold up to modern media and public sentiments. In fact, T E would be lucky if he was discharged from service without being charged as a war criminal. - Kat

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by Denizens on Feb 11, 2006 | General Commentary
» Chaotic Synaptic Activity links with: Speaking of Records....

The BMG Award - Still Bleggin'!

The vote bleg continues, and will through the 15th. But what better way to bribe than with archival Gun Pr0n? Especially since I'm on the road and producing new Gun Pr0n is a challenge. Many Castle readers are new, or, newer, and so haven't seen some of this stuff. Hey - I know I don't routinely dig through a blogger's archives without a reason - I don't expect that you would.

As mentioned in this post, I'm still shilling for votes in the Gunnies - the Best Gun Blog competition.

It's working. We're at number 3 and holding, too. But Kim can be a devious sort, and may unleash a horde of minions, who knows.

To help justify the bleg, I've offering up stuff from the archives, today however - something new - the litt'lest Castle Firearm, our Webley .25 Automatic.

One with a completely unsubstantiated (but passed down through the family) history, and plausible, so we like it. But the story is the subject of a Future Post.

Webley .25 Auto

Because of stuff like this, we think you should vote for us! Early and often! <===Click that link! Once a day, every day! From home *and* work! At Internet Cafes! We think The BMG Trophy would look good on an Arsenal Bookshelf... but the only way *that's* gonna happen is if I steal it - unless you guys get really busy and start doing what Bill's been doing- borrowing other people's computers... of course, that would be wrong.

by John on Feb 11, 2006 | Gun Rights

February 10, 2006

H&I Fires 10 Feb 06

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As if Holly Aho wasn't busy enough being a Soldiers Angel, a blogger, an artist and a wife and mom, now she's published a book. What kind of energy bars does she eat, anyways??

The name of the book is From Here To There and it is a collection of true short stories from my personal experiences supporting our troops as a Soldiers Angel, and also includes letters from our troops as well.

If you are a long time reader of my blog many of the stories may be familiar, however I've taken the time to add to these stories somewhat so reading it will not be redundant. I am hoping that the book will touch those who are not blog readers (the horror!), and I'm hoping it will encourage our troops as well as they read stories of support from home.

Well done, Holly!

All right, folks - time to buy a new book (at Amazon or Lulu). Heck, buy two, and give one to a servicemember or military spouse to help them remember how much we appreciate their sacrifices!
(Hat tip to Greyhawk)
-The Adjutant

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by Denizens on Feb 10, 2006 | General Commentary
» Small Town Veteran links with: Not so Fast and Easy with the LA Terrorist Plot
» A Healthy Alternative to Work links with: A city united: in Pitt for Super Bowl XL
» Don Surber links with: Carnival of the Celebrities

Lo-Tech Solutions

Kat went all Hi-Tech in the Battle of the Sexes the other day *continuing in a louder voice* and a doggone fine job she did, too! Uhhh--and *hairy eyeball* somebody else had entirely too much fun with the idea.

However, since the hypersonic, broken-chromosome-seeking WomanScorned Missile is a pricey piece of hardware, some frugal traditionalists will continue to tout the benefits of the *personal* touch...

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A lady walks into a drug store and tells the pharmacist she needs some cyanide.

The pharmacist said, "Why in the world do you need cyanide?" The lady then explained she needed it to poison her husband.

The pharmacist's eyes got big and he said, "Lord have mercy, I can't give you cyanide to kill your husband! That's against the law! I'll lose my license, they'll throw both of us in jail and all kinds of bad things will happen! No! Absolutely not--NO, you can NOT have any cyanide!"

The lady reached into her purse and pulled out a picture of her husband in bed with the pharmacist's wife.

The pharmacist looked at the picture and replied, "Well now, you didn't tell me you had a *prescription*..."

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Tip of the battered flight helmet to Bear--our crewchiefs and gunners didn't have callsigns, but they *did* have "handles"...

Armorer@Home

No, not really home yet, I'm getting ready to pack and head out the door for this morning's confabulating, but I couldn't let this calumny go undefended!

This *is* the Home of the Armorer. This *is* Castle Argghhh! And this, ladies and gents (and undecideds) is the Smorgasbord of Argghhh! What's not to like about this decorating schema? (Plus, it's another reason to Vote For Us!)

SWWBO has her own version of the what this is, a sofa-table-thingy or some such term of art. And she's kinda whining about the use I put it to prolly less than 24 hours after I schlepped it into the house.

But hey, she wanted to go shooting, and I was just laying out her options for what we had ammo on-hand for that she might find interesting.

I repeat - that stuff is there for *her* benefit. That fact that we were going shooting last weekend and the pistols are still there on the table is *not* relevant. Sheesh. The kitties like to play with 'em, too, y'know.

Oh - and KCSteve - The Interior Guard *is* present - there are two of them On Duty (or snuggling) just above the Polish VIS pistol. (To understand that, you'll have to visit SWWBO's place and read the comments.) So it's not like these things are just laying around unattended or something.

And for those of you muttering to yourselves, "He *is* going to id those things, right?" Here ya go.

Left to right: The Armorer's nickel-plated Remington-Rand vet-bringback M1911A1 (I could afford this one - collectors don't like plated guns, but hey - it has *history* which fits 'round here) - Polish TT-33, Austrian Steyr M1911, Polish Radom Vis, and, snuggled in it's holster-stock, an Inglis Chinese Contract Browning Hi-Power.

Armorer@Tampa

The individual who called yesterday's pre-meeting apologized for doing so. For the record, he does *not* read this space, nor was their any public (as far as he knows, hee!) griping, either. T'was a revelation he came to on his own.

All is forgiven, the BCR Labs, Inc NinjaForce® has been recalled (though I'll still get billed, dammit).

Yesterday was a day of toothsome meetings conducted at the rear headquarters of the Central Hub of the War, CENTCOM. And that's all you're going to hear about that.

If it weren't for the 16-hour or so days they work around here, *this* would be good duty if you have on-base housing. All in all, however, I don't think I'd want to live here - and not just because the highest terrain relief are the dredge piles across the bay from MacDill. Traffic, in a word, sucks. I find the older I get the more annoying I find it to waste what little time I have left in an earthly mode in traffic.

Today is going to be an even cooler meeting. Yes, I said that. Sometimes, the topic matter is just so attention-grabbing that sitting in a meeting is worth it.

And no, I can't tell you a *thing* about it.

But it has been *Good* to be surrounded by so many Really Professional People who are Really Into Their Jobs. And talking to foreign Liaison Officers has been instructive, too.

And no, I won't tell you a *thing* about it.

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I'm glad I came. I'll be glad to leave. There is a rare airplane on base, though. A KB-50D, the aerial refueling version of the Boeing B-50 bomber, itself an up-engined, bigger-tailed variant of the B-29 Superfortress of WWII. The KB-50s are distinctive from the B-50s and RB-50 recon versions by the addition of two jet engines, so they could maintain a sufficient speed to refuel jet-powered aircraft. They added two wingtip pods and modified the tail to give the aircraft three drogue-style refueling points for TAC fighters.

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Given this is the home of an air-refueling wing, it makes sense, eh?

On an interesting note - a KB-50, flight Tyler 41, was a casualty of the Bermuda Triangle...

The BMG Award - Best Gun Blogger.

The vote bleg continues, and will through the 15th. But what better way to bribe than with archival Gun Pr0n? Especially since I'm on the road and producing new Gun Pr0n is a challenge. Many Castle readers are new, or, newer, and so haven't seen some of this stuff. Hey - I know I don't routinely dig through a blogger's archives without a reason - I don't expect that you would.

As mentioned in this post, I'm still shilling for votes in the Gunnies - the Best Gun Blog competition. I'm just trying to get on the stand at number 3, folks. We're slipping, compared to yesterday, too.

To help justify the bleg, I'm offering up stuff from the archives, today highlighting Max the Maxim.

Because of stuff like this, we think you should vote for us! Early and often! <===Click that link! Once a day, every day! From home *and* work! At Internet Cafe's! We think The BMG Trophy would look good on an Arsenal Bookshelf... but the only way *that's* gonna happen is if I steal it - unless you guys get busy.

by John on Feb 10, 2006 | Gun Rights

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, except for Moonbat Zones.

Lesson #21. Loved Ones Still Matter.


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, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20.

February 09, 2006

H&I Fires 9 Feb 06

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At least Capt Z got to cheer for the 'Stillers' live and in person, many thanks to the incredible Patti Bader and the Soldiers' Angels organization - what a great team they are!

A Warrior-poet speaks, as America's Son writes of his mission, his legacy, and his hopes for his childrens' future.

Mrs. Greyhawk reports that Bill Faith of Small Town Veteran had a fire. The good news is that everyone is okay, so obviously the GA squad was on extra duty. The bad news is they need some help with the repairs that the insurance won't cover. If you've got some spare change, go nudge his paypal button to help out ...
-The Adjutant

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I feel almost sacriligious and selfish coming in after this plea for assistance for one of my favorite vets on the web, but I thought a few noted items would interest the Castle readers. For instance, the Navy has decided to copy it's land lubbing counterparts and allow NCOs to fly. Apparently, the Navy has not done this since just after WWII. Then there is the sardonic comment in a Reuters report wondering if SoS Rice has any proof that Syria and Iran's governments are behind the protests in their nations. I tried to help the SoS form an appropriate reply. Finally, one of the most historically challenged Iranian ministers of foderol ever to speak into the microphone proclaims Germany's Prime Minister Merkel = Hitler = Zionist.

Who knew that Hitler was a Zionist?

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THIS IS A MUST READ (yes, I meant to shout)! You may not know exactly who is being spoken of as the post begins, but just keep reading until you see her picture. Amazing.

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You have to kiss a lot of frogs before you find a prince

A frog goes into a bank and approaches the teller. Her nameplate identifies her as Patricia Whack.

"Miss Whack, I'd like to get a $30,000 loan to take a holiday."

Patty looks at the frog in disbelief and asks his name. The frog says his name is Kermit Jagger, his dad is Mick Jagger and that it's okay, he knows the bank manager.

Patty explains that Kermit will need to secure the loan with some form of collateral.

Kermit says, "Sure. I have this," and produces a tiny porcelain elephant, only an inch tall, bright pink and perfectly formed.

Very confused, Patty explains that she'll have to consult with the bank manager and disappears into a back office.

She finds the manager and blurts out, "There's a frog called Kermit Jagger out there who claims to know you and wants to borrow $30,000 and he wants to use *this* as collateral."

She holds up the tiny pink elephant.

"I mean, what in the world *is* this?"

The bank manager looks back at her and says...

"It's a knick-knack, Patty Whack. Give the frog a loan--his old man's a Rolling Stone."

(Heh. You're singing it, aren't you? Yeah, you are...)

*grin*

V29 is evidently enjoying his second childhood...

by CW4BillT on Feb 09, 2006 | I think it's funny!
» Resurgemus dot com links with: Some additions

Did you ever wonder why...

...there was such a furor generated last election-time over whether or not John Kerry came by his Purple Hearts legitimately?

Lest anyone think us uniforms were stirring a tempest in a teapot, remember this: The PHM is an old award, and it's an Equal Opportunity one. Nothing--skin color, ethnicity, religious preference, where you came from or how you got here--matters except one thing: you bled from wounds inflicted by the enemy.

In many units, including my own, you weren't submitted for the award unless your wounds were such that you required evacuation to a field hospital. We considered it a point of honor to pull the shallower pieces of plexiglass or metal out ourselves--we didn't consider ourselves in the same league with the friends who lost limbs and lives.

The PHM Brotherhood is largely unrecognized as such. Some small towns have Walks of Honor with, at most, a name and service branch. A quick glimpse of the medal on one license plate on one car parked outside a mall or passing in the opposite direction on a busy road does nothing to convey the size of the Brotherhood--the tremendous number of Americans who have shed their blood for Freedom. And many, many shed their life's blood in its entirety. But there was never any single place where you could stand in one place and *see* all of them--hear their stories, see their faces, learn their fates.

But there will be.

H/t to Fuzzybear Lioness, who searches...

Armorer@Tampa

Feh. The Armorer recommends you *not* travel with someone who thinks it's a good idea to have a 6AM meeting to prepare for the 8AM meeting.

Feh, I say! Especially when the meeting is at *their* hotel, 25 miles away from yours.

The BMG Award - Best Master Gunnie (gun blogger)

...than with archival Gun Pr0n? Many Castle readers are new, or, newer, and so haven't seen some of this stuff. Hey - I know I don't routinely dig through a blogger's archives without a reason - I don't expect that you would.

As mentioned in this post, I'm still shilling for votes in the Gunnies - the Best Gun Blog competition. I'm just trying to get on the stand at number 3, folks. We're slipping, compared to yesterday, too.

To help justify the bleg, I'm offering up stuff from the archives, today highlighting one of the teaser contests I've run. This is the answer to the teaser.

Because of stuff like this, we think you should vote for us! Early and often! <===Click that link! Once a day, every day! From home *and* work! At Internet Cafe's! We think The BMG Trophy would look good on an Arsenal Bookshelf... but the only way *that's* gonna happen is if I steal it - unless you guys get busy.

by John on Feb 09, 2006 | Gun Rights

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, except for Moonbat Zones.

Lesson #20. Buddies Still Matter.


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, 16, 17, 18, 19.

February 08, 2006

H&I Fires 8 Feb 06

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Curious maneuverings in the quest for new small arms. Murdoc and Heartless Libertarian have more.

Notes like this do much to counter you Prima-Donnas!

Ok, I have to honestly say that I stopped by your site on accident. But it was the funniest thing I had seen in days. And I also have to say that I truly admire your taste in interior design. I only wish I could talk She-who-must-be-obeyed into doing the Mauser decor. I guess I'll just have to content myself with a room in the garage. I am sure I'll stop in again, as it looks like you have all kinds of interesting toys, and I didn't get a chance to raid your archives completely yet. Thanks for such an entertaining site!

-CR from the People's Republik of Kalifornia

Welcome to the Castle - and thanks!

Speaking of Murdoc - Ry suggests he's crowding my turf...

Figures I'll be traveling to Korea and won't be able to attend this conference... But then, if you aren't going to be TDY for important events in your life, you aren't really a milblogger, are you? Hat tip to Andi for setting it up - I've done things like this, they are a real pain to get going.

I'm off to Tampa today, so posting from me may be light the rest of the week. Or not. Not to worry, the H&I posts are all pre-built for you, and the Adjutant has the duty. -The Armorer
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If the angst of the cartoon protests has finally chilled enough for reason and a little reflection, may I suggest that the protests and signs threatening to "butcher the unbelievers" are not necessarily for our western consumption?

But, if you believe that we are the primary targets and you are a little miffed that Denmark stole our spot light as the Great Satan for a week, this post is for you.:

sigh) Americans, Americans, Americans. You have nothing to fear. Being "The Great Satan" -- just like being the original Satan -- is not a job you can apply for. Either you are the Great Satan or you aren't. You want proof? Who was the Great Satan before the US? That's right. NO ONE!

Don't worry, we're always "number one Satan" and proud of it. - Kat

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A couple pics to amuse the Chief. --Punctilious

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by Denizens on Feb 08, 2006 | General Commentary

Heh. The Armorer@Tampa

...where the locals are wearing jackets, and I'm sweating in a short sleeve shirt.

Lots of battered buildings around here, too. And empty lots.

Reminds me of some places I visited while in the beating up on small nations phase of my life.


Update: Coming in from the parking lot after dinner at the Caribbean Grill (SWWBO recommended from her stays - crab cake, pulled pork, 2 Caribbean Clowns (with cute little umberdellas even!) and followed two seasoned citizens into the elevator. The lady says to me, "Aren't you cold?" as she huddled in her parka in the mid-50's/low 60's temps they're having right now. To which I responded, "When I got on my plane in Missouri this morning, I was dressed like this and it was in the 30's and breezy."

To which she responded, "Oh, Missouri - well, *that* makes sense, then."

I'm not sure if I was just dissed or not.

Or rather, if you Missourians were or not... Kansas never came up in the discussion... I did tell her it would be 16 degrees at home tonight... and that if it was windy, I'd probably put on a sweatshirt or something.

Apparently at that point she saw my pointy ears or something and shuffled on quickly to get away from the Ice Demon.

What better way to bleg for votes...

...than with archival Gun Pr0n? Many Castle readers are new, or, newer, and so haven't seen some of this stuff. Hey - I know I don't routinely dig through a blogger's archives without a reason - I don't expect that you would.

As mentioned in this post, I'm still shilling for votes in the Gunnies - the Best Gun Blog competition. I'm just trying to get on the stand at number 3, folks. We're slipping, compared to yesterday, too.

To help justify the bleg, I'm offering up stuff from the archives, today highlighting the Ugly Guns of Castle Argghhh!, those weapons in the Arsenal that were subject to the no-longer-in-effect Assault Weapons Ban (also known as the Ugly Gun Ban) or other extra controls beyond your normal over-the-counter purchases.

Because of stuff like this, we think you should vote for us! Early and often! <===Click that link! Once a day, every day! From home *and* work! At Internet Cafe's! We think The BMG Trophy would look good on an Arsenal Bookshelf... but the only way *that's* gonna happen is if I steal it - unless you guys get busy.

by John on Feb 08, 2006 | Gun Rights

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, except for Moonbat Zones. It's also a D-uh statement, but one we continually relearn.

Lesson #19. Leadership Still Matters.


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, 16, 17, 18.

February 07, 2006

Janis Karpinski

As I said in my post yesterday, former General-now-Colonel Karpinski pole-vaulted the shark. BTW - today *this* post will be the top post all day. H&I Fires will be underneath, and any new stuff will come in under that one.

In case you're new to this - read Greyhawk.

Co-blogger Bill added this in the comment to the previous post:

Some more Karpinski history from Eric Rasmusen:

"Near the town of Mahawil in southern Iraq, U.S. Marines uncovered a mass grave site holding the remains of some 15,000 Iraqis. They were slaughtered for taking part in the Shia uprising against Saddam in the early 1990s. Saddam’s agent responsible for conducting the mass killings was Mohammed Jawad Anayfas; the grave site is on land owned by him.

"In July 2003, Anayfas was captured by US forces and turned over to the Military Police Brigade under Karpinski’s command. The Brigade Headquarters managed to lose his paperwork -- so instead of contacting her superiors, Karpinski ordered Anayfas set free [emphasis mine].

"Soon thereafter, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz came to Iraq and visited the Mahawil gravesite, where he was informed by Marine Lt. Gen. James Conway how outraged the local Iraqis were over Anayfas’ release. Visibly upset, Wolfowitz vowed Anayfas would be recaptured and tried as a war criminal. Anayfas is still at large and Karpinski received no reprimand.

"When confronted by the Iraqi public outcry -- for Anayfas was only one of several war criminals whose paperwork was lost and she released-- Karpinski proceeded to evade responsibility..." [again, emphasis mine].

And this from CBS News, of all places:

"The Army's inspector general investigated four allegations against Karpinski: dereliction of duty, making a 'material misrepresentation' to investigators, failure to obey a lawful order and shoplifting. Only the shoplifting and dereliction of duty allegations were substantiated.

"A government official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said Karpinski was accused of shoplifting a cosmetic item [note: Air Force accounts say that it was a $22 bottle of perfume]from a shop [note: the BX] at a domestic Air Force base [note: MacDill AFB] while she held the rank of colonel. Karpinski didn't report her arrest for this misdemeanor on a later background check, the official said."

And she was promoted to Brigadier General shortly thereafter.

Somebody at the Pentagon is in serious need of a a$$kicking. A long, continuous, size-thirteen a$$kicking. And knowing how John feels about Dysfunction in High Places, he's welcome to relieve me when my leg gets tired...

Karpinski's reduction to Colonel, sadly, stems not from her role in Abu Ghraib (which was one of dereliction, along with a lot of minions in the chain), but was administrative. Because of the arrest and failure to report it, her promotion to Brigadier was legally null and void, as it was obtained under false pretenses*.

Unfortunately, I suspect both because of evidentiary issues as well as the publicity, a decision was made to *not* prosecute Colonel Karpinski for dereliction. Based on what she has presented thus far for a defense, absent any more info, *I* would vote for conviction. But then I'm something of a witch-hunter on this matter and don't think enough senior heads have rolled publicly, though I am aware of a few private career executions, albeit only by hearsay - which is why you don't see any names in this space.

But with her latest actions, she's taken on the role of a military Mother Sheehan.

I wondered why. Oh, I know why, she's in huge denial and trying to salvage her tattered reputation, so now she hangs out in her own little bubble of moonbats who feed her the line of soothing bullshite she so desperately needs.

Just like someone else we know. Chronicled by Jay Dyson over at Sacred Cow Burgers.

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Just to show that Karpinski *still* can't get it right - she was overheard shouting exultantly at the sky... "Cindy, You Magnificent Poltroon, I read your book!"**

Update: Fuzzybear Lioness provides this link to a nicely done look at how not only did Karpinski fail, but it would appear the senior leadership facilitated it by their own bad judgement.

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H&I Fires 7 Jan Feb 06

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Via Heartless Libertarian (who got it from Murdoc, who got it from Winds of Change) comes this story of a fallen Lakota Warrior. I think I'll send you to Winds of Change's post on it.

Moving on... CAPT H notes that the boys at CIA are starting to sweat - the Canadians are thinking of getting in the game!

I dunno about this - mostly it's raised my bloodpressure dealing with all you prima-donnas!

If the Prodigal Son posts, he posts. He'll be 21 in just over a month. Not that I'm going to run for office or anything... but if my kid (who's better'n yours, btw) gets in trouble or does something goofy... hey, that's life. It just means that unlike me or his mom... he got caught.

As a former State Champion myself. Welcome to the Ranks, girl. *This* I can live with - she made it on her own, meeting the same standards as everybody else.

[Updated for those who think I'm not enthusiastic enough or am somehow denigrating the achievement, because obviously this girl is more special than any male (including myself and my father) who has ever won a State Championship, even though I was just happy she did it on her own without a whole bunch of feminists clinging to her back : I AM ******* DELIGHTED THAT THIS GIRL HAS ACHIEVED THIS MILESTONE, AND OFFER NO CAVEATS, NO QUALIFIERS, AND WILL DON SACKCLOTH AND ASHES FOR FAILING TO PROPERLY CONVEY MYSELF. /shouting-in-annoyance. My temper tantrum over, we return you to the post. See "Prima-donna comment earlier" grump grumble grump]

I just love watching someone do something extremely well. Especially when it's difficult to do. Chris Bliss' Finale is, to me, truly poetry in motion.

We shall see what we shall see. Stop the ACLU keeping an eye on WMD-issues. Dude has a far-ranging eye.

Mount up, Blackjack. The Border needs you.

And in *other* environmental news - our kid will live through another mini-ice age? I blame Bush. -The Armorer

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Best Boy Toy Ever.
Honest.
Trust me..... ~AFSis

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by Denizens on Feb 07, 2006 | General Commentary
» Blue Star Chronicles links with: The Saddam Tapes
» protein wisdom links with: And on the seventh day, Stephen Hayes rested...
» Don Surber links with: Blogging=Violence?

The Muhammad cartoons.

From an email list I subscribe to, received yesterday, commenting on a discussion of the cartoons where several list members were getting a little wobbly on things:

[snipped names]
Your naivete is amazing. Sad, but amazing

Twelve cartoons were published in a Danish newspaper. Local imams added three more which came from somewhere and were truly offensive. [emphasis mine] A five month delay occurs. Demonstrations occur simultaneously; burnable Danish flags appear around the world.

The western world bit on this living theater orchestrated by...

the Wah'habist Sunni network, to demonstrate their solidarity and keep fervor hot.

One does not know if al Qaeda was involved in this, but it sure fits their purposes.

See, the western world is being told, we can demonstrate, strike, revolt on cue.

See, the Moslem minorities in these countries are being told, we are one eople, we will protect you.

If you don't like anonymous email sources, Ralph Peters is saying the same thing.

What we're seeing in the Middle East is strategic theater, benefit performances for the Syrian government (now playing the Islam card), Hezbollah, Hamas and every tough customer in the neighborhood.

Except he sees it as the Islamists taking advantage of the furor, while Pete, our analytical friend, rather suggests they have been shaping the uproar for a much longer time.

The guy quoted above is a very pragmatic, hard-nosed, career intel analyst, which is why you aren't seeing his full name. I'm with Pete, he's usually been right.

If you're registered, you can read the Ralph Peters piece here.

If you are a Wall Street Journal subscriber - there is an article describing in detail just how the cartoon flap got out of hand. If you aren't a subscriber, give me a valid email and I'll send you the article.

Update: How about a humorous take on the difference between Christian reaction (at least until they discover they'll get kowtowed to as well) and Muslim reaction to picking on religious icons and religion in general...

I was thinking...what's the Christian equivalent to a fatwa? Do they put you in the church bulletin saying you're banned from the potluck supper or what? Do I lose golf privileges and become a pool-only member? Sweet Mother Mary, I hope not...my system can't handle curly fries!

Read the rest at Right Thoughts.

by John on Feb 07, 2006 | Global War on Terror (GWOT)
» Fuzzilicious Thinking links with: Dark Thoughts

The Gunnies - Still Vote Blegging.

As mentioned in this post, I'm still shilling for votes in the Gunnies - the Best Gun Blog competition. I'm just trying to get on the stand at number 3, folks.

To help justify the bleg, I'm offering up stuff from the archives, today concluding with Ammunition, Part the 3rd.

But we think you should vote for us! Early and often! <===Click that link! Once a day, every day! From home *and* work! At Internet Cafe's! We think The BMG Trophy would look good on an Arsenal Bookshelf... but the only way *that's* gonna happen is if I steal it - unless you guys get busy.

by John on Feb 07, 2006 | Gun Rights

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, except for Moonbat Zones.

Lesson #18. The Warrior Spirit Still Matters.


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, 16, 17.

February 06, 2006

H&I Fires 6 Feb 06

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*Some* muslims are embarassed and appalled by what's going on regarding the Dutch cartoons. I'll take it at face value until someone shows convincingly otherwise.

Have you gotten your dose of Combat Art today?

Regardless of the merits of the issue - how useful are the hearings going to be when the Chairman of the committee publicly pre-judges?

Canada@War

Speaking of Militant Canadians - at least in the Blogosphere... the Red Ensign Flies!

Interesting bit in the WaPo - do our resident academics have any opinions on the matter... that they can state, without risking their jobs?

Ry suggests you read this bit from Wretchard, over at Belmont Club.

CDR Salamander has a vehicle and Armed Force ID challenge for you. Let's go CAPT H! -The Armorer

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Flash Traffic (extended entry) Follows... »

by Denizens on Feb 06, 2006 | General Commentary
» Don Surber links with: Go Ahead, ACLU, Make My Day
» Blue Star Chronicles links with: The End of Reason

Ahem.

Note to Colonel Karpinski. It's time to resign that commission you are no longer worthy of.

Well, it had to happen. A military version of Cindy Sheehan.

Gad. It's almost enough to make *me* resign, simply so that my name won't be on the same style commissioning document hers is on.

Way to long jump the shark, ma'am.

You disgrace the uniform you wore. *Again*.

by John on Feb 06, 2006 | Pugnacious Stupidity
» Cadillac Tight links with: Oh Jumping Jehosephat

The Gunnies - the vote bleg continues!

We didn't win in the first round but we apparently snuck into the finals as a wildcard.

We're still gonna get creamed. Oh, sure you could vote for these guys... Kim du Toit, Oleg, John Lott, Mr. Completely, Head's Bunker, Alphecca, Smallest Minority, mAss Backwards, or the Anarchangel.

But we think you should vote for us! Early and often! <===Click that link! We think The BMG Trophy would look good on an Arsenal Bookshelf... but the only way *that's* gonna happen is if I steal it - unless you guys get busy.

We do some good stuff in this category - today's bit on the PIAT for example... how often d'you see those on any blog but this one?

And, as I said in yesterday's bleg - we've done some good stuff in the past, including the second installment of the Ammunition posts: Ammunition, Part the Second, a tale in three parts (thus far), and I'll link to other bits and pieces of past work as justification for the vote blegging.

But thanks is due to Countertop Chronicles for running this - and unlike the Weblog Awards - there's more than just pixels for a prize!

by John on Feb 06, 2006 | Gun Rights

Fort Leavenworth Militaria Show

Saturday, SWWBO and I were off to St. Joe to do a little shooting. On the way out, we stopped at the Fort to put the horses out and muck the stables (we're back into poop-scooping because of a labor dispute at the Federal Prison. We hire inmates as staff at the stable - a good deal for both sides. I don't have to scoop poop, they get to spend their days at the stables doing work that is a little smelly at times, but hardly onerous.). Anyway, on our way in we see signs to a militaria show being held at the former Officer's Club, now grandiosely titled the Frontier Conference Center.

Not having been to a pure militaria show in a long time, we decided (yes, guys, with SWWBO's urging even) to attend.

Great show! Saw people I hadn't seen for a while, like Neil, the source of many of the bayonets and not a few rifles in the Arsenal, Jim Gebhardt, former co-worker who has provided many of the reference books in the Library - he has a sideline of translating russian books. Jim is also a gadfly of local media, like I am. And lots of cool stuff to look at and interesting people to talk to. A lot of re-enactors, too - more on that later.

One problem with militaria shows is they are *always* pricey. Mostly because it's collectors doing the selling... being collectors and not dealers, they tend to over-value their stuff, probably overpaid for it, and don't really want to sell it, anyway (like me!). But their spouse wants some of that crap outta the house.... "Gee, Honeybunch Snookums, no one was buying today, I don't know *what* the problem was..." is the usual line when they get home, and the stuff they *bought* gets snuck in later, under cover of darkness.

SWWBO had her usual good eye, and pointed out a 1999-2000 edition of Jane's Armour and Artillery for $35. Good price? You bet - take a look at Amazon for the current edition, or the same one I got. eBay isn't much better - though it *is* better. Thanks, sweetie!

If anyone wants to earn the Armorer's gratitude, snag a relatively recent Jane's Infantry Weapons (oh, heck, old ones are good, too) and donate it to the Library of Argghhh!

But that wasn't the best part. Besides seeing all the kewl stuff and running into old and current friends - I ran into two young Lieutenants just back from Iraq.

The two in US uniforms are our returning vets.  The two in Brit uniforms (the two gents on the right) are Brit Para re-enactors who got drool all over the Castle PIAT

They were dressed out in WWII kit (and these gents were all of 10 days back from the Sandbox) one as a 35th ID troop (on the left), the other as a 1st ID troop (in the center). Both are artillery Lieutenants in the Kansas Guard who served as advisors to the Iraqi Army. And they got to see some really cool kit that is just sitting around in warehouses over there. Not too mention go on patrol with their Iraqis, arming themselves with a STEN gun... too cool, the Armorer's head almost exploded from envy.

They found lots and lots of old WWII era Brit stuff, some WWII German, and lots of more modern stuff as well. I helped them identify much of their kit they weren't sure of, showed them how some of it (like the WWI Brit artillery plotters) worked, and mostly listened to their tales from Iraq.

Brit soldiers in training during WWII.  They are armed with a PIAT and a No.4 rifle.

These guys found 200 (yes, that's 200 out of the 11,500 total produced) PIATs. While they couldn't find a legal way to get any of them home (they could have had a good start on college money for their kids if they could have) they did bring home some parts... and most importantly for the Arsenal - they brought home original CANVAS! The Castle PIAT has been dressed in repro canvas... but is now *proudly* decked out in original canvas... and that with an OIF connection. As you know, that is exactly how the Armorer likes it - stuff with some history, rather than pristine, made, stored, and never used! It's also cool to have some more stuff in the Castle Collection that has dust from the Land Between The Rivers clinging to it.

The Castle PIAT sporting his new duds! The repro canvas on the table.

Having spent all that time bloviating with the LTs, (I am not a journalist... I didn't get their names, much to my chagrin - but, hopefully, they'll visit the Castle and drop me a line) I decided to do more than talk the talk, but I would walk the walk, as well. I went home, got the PIAT and some of the more portable Vickers kit, and went back.

The Castle PIAT in the hands of a renactor.  Cleaning up the drool was *not* easy!

THAT attracted some attention - not just from the LTs, who were pleased to see some of their stuff appreciated and utilized, but the Brit Para re-enactors... well, let's just say no one had seen a PIAT in the flesh and the Castle PIAT got fondled. A lot.

And I made some new friends... and some of the Castle holdings may make a few road trips to regional re-enactment events. Especially the PIAT and Vickers.

And I think next year, I'm going to rent a table (hey, it supports the Fort Leavenworth Historical Society) and do a display myself. Because that was just fun last Saturday.

Thank you for your service, Lieutenants - not just to the Castle PIAT, but more importantly, to the state, the nation, and hopefully, the Iraqis. We'll close with a shot of the baby-faced Lieutenant, who managed to do what I specifically warned him not to do - get the propelling charge for the PIAT stuck in the bomb (which took the combined intellect of SWWBO and I to get back out! - Oh shut up, no 'intellect' snarks!)

10 days back from Iraq - gad they look *young*.

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 #17. Every Job In The Army Is An Important Job, But Not All Are Career Enhancing.

Heh. And this *is* a significant bit of soldier memory. It's in the memoirs... it makes it into the movies - Platoon, more recently, Jarhead, to name at least two.

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, 16.

February 05, 2006

H&I Fires 5 Feb 06

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Heh. A kinder, gentler Marine Corps indeed. Check the lede on this article on the Marine Corps website.

However - I strongly suspect that they're still yelling "You'll Be Sorree!" at these guys.

We've linked to this website before, about the guys who want to hunt with a Mountain Howitzer. They have. And successfully - and the target was still edible! (sensitive, "You shot Bambi!" types should not scroll to the end of the article). H/t, Joshua W.

Oh - and the new Throne of Argghhh! is vewy comfy! So much so that the Interior Guard has to be scattered so that my fundament may occupy the space. There *is* a nice shelf up top for them to supervise my cyber-activities - and supervise they do.

Carnival of the Recipes, over at Prochien Amy's place. Mmmmm, chocolate!

Unintelligence design. And while the Clinton administration started it - the Bush administration hasn't fixed it, either. Regardless of the start of the problem - after 6 years, they *own* the problem, nicht wahr? -The Armorer

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In a post entitled "Guardian Fetches A Bucket of Prop Wash," Confederate Yankee has the scoop on the latest "Downing Street Memo." The comments are hilarious. Ignorance and idiocy can be very fun!

Apparently we didn't get the whole story on the State Department's response to the Danish cartoons.

Replay of Blackfive on CNN at 1:00 eastern.

More on U.S. and international politics, military matters, the "cartoon wars," and the latest in the Libby case found here. - Fuzzybear Lioness

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Bemusing. Sink to Playful Primate, traffic goes up. Somehow get jumped up to Mortal Human again... traffic goes down. Hmmmm. Status, or traffic, status, or traffic. Heh. It doesn't matter. Ain't selling ads, anyway. -The Armorer

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Go Steelers! - Barb [This from a resident of the Sea-Tac area...]

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Probably seen on the Castle before, but I wondered if anyone had the opportunity to see the exoskeleton project in action? Live Video. The mechanism is choppy and loud, but, as a prototype for the future, it is magnificent. And, as usual, things that start out as a military application have connotations for civilians beyond war. The designer is hoping that the mechanism will give legs back to the paralyzed, the elderly or those with diseases such as Muscular disytrophy or spina bifida.

Those testing the prototype said they had 60lbs on their back and it felt like five. It's from Berkley UC. Who would have thunk it?

Steve Austin, your office is calling. -Kat
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I guess Brab is happy. -The Armorer

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Flash Traffic (extended entry) Follows... »

The "Gunnies" continue.

We didn't win in the first round (hard to compete with Kit's tits over at Oleg's place) but we apparently snuck into the finals as a wildcard.

We're gonna get creamed. Nothing that happens here can compete with Kim du Toit, Oleg, John Lott, or, frankly, most of the others, like Mr. Completely, Head's Bunker, Alphecca, Smallest Minority, mAss Backwards, or the Anarchangel.

But if ya wanna go vote - go for it! We think The BMG Trophy would look good on an Arsenal Bookshelf... but the only way *that's* gonna happen is if I steal it.

We really do some useful stuff around here in this category - but I admit most of it of late is in the Archives.

Like: Ammunition, a tale in three parts (thus far), and I'll link to other bits and pieces of past work as justification for the vote blegging.

But thanks is due to Countertop Chronicles for running this - and unlike the Weblog Awards - there's more than just pixels for a prize!

by John on Feb 05, 2006 | Gun Rights

So, like, there's some kind of sporting event today, right?

Some bowl game or something? SWWBO and I will be out shooting, so I dunno. But these Marines seem to have an interest in the outcome.

PhotoID: 20062161123 Submitted by: 2nd Marine Logistics Group<br />
Operation/Exercise/Event: OIF 3<br />
CAMP TAQADDUM, Iraq (Jan. 31, 2006) – Lance Cpl. Benjamin R. Sigloh stands with his motivational Super Bowl poster Jan. 31. In Iraq, fans of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Seattle Seahawks hope their schedules will allow an opportunity to watch the game and support their team. They may not be home with their immediate family to watch the game, but from thousands of miles away a few die hard fans hope for the victory of their gridiron favorite. Sigloh is a field radio operator with Combat Logistics Regiment 25, 2nd Marine Logistics Group (Forward).  Photo by: Lance Cpl. Wayne Edmiston

PhotoID: 2006216728 Submitted by: 2nd Marine Logistics Group<br />
Operation/Exercise/Event: OIF 3<br />
CAMP TAQADDUM, Iraq (Feb. 1, 2006) – A Johnstown, Pa. native stands with a “good luck cookie” that was sent from home here Feb. 1. In Iraq, fans of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Seattle Seahawks hope their schedules will allow an opportunity to watch the game and support their team. They may not be home with their immediate family to watch the game, but from thousands of miles away a few die hard fans hope for the victory of their gridiron favorite.

Oh, yeah, I remember! The "Superbowl" or something like that. Heh. I thought that was one of those fancy Japanese toilets.

Yeah. I'll check in on halftime. Mebbe we'll get a boob this year... Well, that's pretty much a given, depending on how you define it!