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March 11, 2006

H&I Fires* 11 Mar 06

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Heh. I am curiously unmoved. Slobo is dead. Good.

The Jihadis want to kill you, convert you, or own you, regardless of what side you're on. Tom Fox, peace activist, tortured and murdered by the jihadis.

Ghost of a Flea reports out on Natalie Portman's lecture on terrorism at Columbia University.

A sampling of the truths Ms. Portman imparted in the 20-minute Q&A session following a somber Frontline documentary on Al Qaeda, Guantanamo and the CIA's counterterrorism tactics:

- "My immediate reaction is that torture is wrong."
- "I don't think it's right to take down the Twin Towers."
- "Censorship is bad."

Um, I coulda done that. Heck, I coulda done better than that. I've seen actual live terrorists. And some not so live ones. But, since I haven't been a star in a movie about a terrorist, reciting lines someone else wrote with emotion, I'm not going to land that guest lecturer gig. Heh. Go read the rest of the Flea's piece - worth your time!

For those who like small-bore (as opposed to my, a large bore) Mr. Completely has the Rimfire Round-up posted.

Everybody needs some Misha.

Soldier's Angel Holly Aho is fired up about the Minneapolis VA - and *not* in a good way. If you're in the area, you should probably go flood your local congresspeoples with queries. -The Armorer

Mark Steyn is taken to task!

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by Denizens on Mar 11, 2006 | General Commentary
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Where's Bill?

We all know Bill is older than dirt. Thus far, extant photographs of his early days (aside from the Lascaux Cave Paintings and scattered petroglyphs) have been hard to find. Diligent surfing however, shows Bill in some refresher training some time ago...

Bill's Flying Circus

Bill the Pre-Rotorhead has been positively ID'd in this photo of aviation cadets taken in 1941.

If you can't make him out - try this one.

If you're hopelessly unable to pick him out - try this one.

If your screen resolution is that bad, your eyesight really sucks, you're too lazy to clean your glasses... whatever reason, okay, go here.

If you can't find him there - you don't drive, right?

More to follow over time as I run through this shoebox of pics.

March 10, 2006

H&I Fires* 10 Mar 06

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Yer up! - The Armorer


Flutterby's sister needs some help. ALa seems to be coordinating.

Sigh. One more thing to be concerned about - fraud resulting from PIN theft because merchants store your PIN. -The Armorer

Every so often, even the LA Times gets fed up with the California State Legislature. Who'd a-thunk the Banana Slug was a serious contender for the job of State Mollusk?


Blackfive sites in on something that only a infantryman can love...well ok...we Crazy Legs will like it too...if we ever get it. The 6 round, 40 mm grenade launcher. Behold!
The M-32 You African vets may recognize it by another name however. Milkor MGL Mk-1S The gun bunnies may note some design differences between it and the MGL-140 Either way its still a lot of portable firepower to have on hands for a weapons team.


Um, *ow*. , h/t, the Resident DAT.

The Military is the most trusted organization in the country. Heh. At 47%. We're all pretty tired of ourselves if no one can even break 50%... -The Armorer


The more I think about the Dubai Ports World debacle, the more annoyed I get. Therefore, I won't think about it anymore. Besides, Cassandra said everything I would have, and does it better. It's not just dumb, as I noted elsewhere - Congress, in doing this, having "done something" will now ignore any serious debate on port security and funding of same. And this is a republican congress. I guess I can't die too soon and just get out of the way of the moonbats. Because the dems are worse. Feh. And they wonder why we ignore them until we can no longer. Feh again. -The Armorer


Tower, this is Black Lions, Tomcatters...making final approach Saying goodbye to the F-14D Super it sheaths its claws and goes home to roost to prowl no more.

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by Denizens on Mar 10, 2006 | General Commentary
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» Techography links with: H & I Fire's at the Castle

Navy Gun Pr0n.

060307-N-7711S-012 Persian Gulf (March 7, 2006) - Airman Melissa Watson fires off a round from an M-14 at a target during a small arms firing exercise aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Reagan with her embarked Carrier Air Wing One Four (CVW-14) is currently on her maiden deployment conducting Maritime Security Operations (MSO) in the region and participating in the global war on terrorism. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate Airman Christine Singh (RELEASED)

Another one here, and another one here.

Those are M-14's, the Armorer's favorite US battle rifle. H/t, Tammy B.

by John on Mar 10, 2006 | Rifles

Despite the smug, self-satisfied smirk...

...of a certain DAT* who hangs out around here...

While sure - *this* era may have been our heyday...

German Siege Howitzer, WWI

We aren't completely irrelevant today. And we're far more discriminating (though I, personally, do *not* believe in the concept of "Danger Close" when attacking targets in the vicinity of DATs. DAGs* I'll cut some slack).

Soldiers from the 4-11 Field Artillery do calibration fires with the  howitzer on March 6, 2006 in Mosul,Iraq  in Support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.(U.S. Army Photo by Spc Clydell Kinchen)  (Released)

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by John on Mar 10, 2006 | Artillery

Perhaps this will lure Dusty...

...out of "I've got to make a meteoric rise in my new profession and be an aircraft commander again!" defilade for a few minutes.

Click here.

by John on Mar 10, 2006 | Aircraft

March 09, 2006

H&I Fires* 9 Mar 06

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Yer up! - The Armorer

Okay, since I've not carried my weight on this one.
My wife's a biologist. She works with animals in her work, and destroys the animal in her work. I'm a chemist. Some of what I've worked on has been tested on animals.
So, eco-terrorists wanting to take out and intimidate scientists because we happen to violate their religion bothers me. Immensely.
Here's a linky-dink to something that makes me happy: evidence that PETA is a pack of jackals. Saves ry the effort of having to use hyperbole.
Hope I did the link right. -Ry

Depressed? Moonbats got you down? Go here, be happy!

And since Ry advertised for her, but didn't link... Snarkatron Snarks! - The Armorer

Jeez... willya just look at all those stripes? Not to mention *the* diamond.

Reminders to the exterior guard: Doggie Dos and Don'ts.

I just had to share--Adventures in Sitemeter - Fuzzybear Lioness


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by Denizens on Mar 09, 2006 | General Commentary
» Church and State links with: Equality Ride: Begins Tomorrow!

Yesterday's "Whatizzit?"

As Neffi pointed out correctly, and Toluca Nole researched for you, was a replica 'Hand Gonne," recently acquired for the Arsenal.

The key bit of data I deliberately obscured was this - the touchhole. It would have made it *much* too easy.

Replica hand gonne

The key clue, after stating replica and better materials - was the fact that it was open at both ends... but not a tube.

It has a socket, where the pole that served as a stock on the earliest guns, was inserted. And this represents a leap forward in some respects from the earlier practice of binding them to the stock... though, in the end, we have in many respects returned to that method, once we figured out all the ergonomics, at least with bolt guns.

McNews. One of the things about the msm that...

...just slays me. Of course, we see it in the world of blogs, too.

McNews. The pejorative term coined for USA Today, by people who work for fishwrap that can't edit and write tightly like, oh, the NYT comes to mind.

That said - I don't know what Bill Nichols was after in his story when he started, but the tortured requirement to be "balanced" and the insertion of editorial bias, whether on the part of the bylined author, editors, or headline writer, produced this misleading waste of slain Gaia-beloved Sylvan Collective Ent-Herded Beings.

The Headline: 8,000 desert during Iraq war

Uh-oh. That's bad! I knew it! Chimpy HalliBusHitler's Myrmidons don't even support him! Now, what's up with Important Stuff - what's George Clooney think today? I need my talking points for the Poetry Reading at the coffeehouse....

Now, someone interested in that story, vice someone for whom it is merely confirmatory for what they want to believe anyway, will, perhaps, read on. If they have time.

At least 8,000 members of the all-volunteer U.S. military have deserted since the Iraq war began, Pentagon records show, although the overall desertion rate has plunged since the Sept. 11 attacks in 2001. [emphasis mine]

Oops. *That* didn't follow the meme, did it? But, being a stark fact, and McPaper being a slightly better quality fishwrap (pretty colors!) or, Mr. Nichols just being an honest journalist, they had to let it sneak in there. And up top. Pat on the back!

Except - we have to be "balanced" doncha know. Show that alternative viewpoint.

Since fall 2003, 4,387 Army soldiers, 3,454 Navy sailors and 82 Air Force personnel have deserted. The Marine Corps does not track the number of desertions each year but listed 1,455 Marines in desertion status last September, the end of fiscal 2005, says Capt. Jay Delarosa, a Marine Corps spokesman.

Desertion records are kept by fiscal year, so there are no figures from the beginning of the war in March 2003 until that fall.

Okay, fair enough. Pretty neutral there, "just the facts ma'am."

Oh-oh, Bosun, sound the pipes, "Balance, Arriving!" (Navy humor)

Some lawyers who represent deserters say the war in Iraq is driving more soldiers to question their service and that the Pentagon is cracking down on deserters.

"The last thing they want is for people to think ... that this is like Vietnam," says Tod Ensign, head of Citizen Soldier, an anti-war group that offers legal aid to deserters. (Related story: Marines hunt Vietnam-era deserters)

Ooo. Bright shiny object for the Armorer. Are the Marines using M21s? *shakes head* Sorry. Got distracted.

Y'know - that could be true. This being McNews in McPaper, we aren't going to get in-depth analysis, especially if we had to torture the headline in order to try and slip the shiv into George's ribs.

I'm willing to concede following statement is probably true.

"the war in Iraq is driving more soldiers to question their service"

Both baldly as written, and as an excuse by more run-of-the-mill "My God this stuff is hard and they make me work weekends with mean people!" deserters because they think it will a., get people to help pay for their lawyers, b., get them laid by the patchouli-scented, c., give them cover with their Marine/Ranger/fighter pilot family members who would otherwise crush them like a grape for dishonoring the family. A higher percentage of the overall drop in deserters *are* probably deserting because they don't want to serve in combat - whether for noble, or ignoble, reasons.

Down at the bottom (and hey, something has to be upfront, in the middle, and at the end), comes this little gem:

The desertion rate was much higher during the Vietnam era. The Army saw a high of 33,094 deserters in 1971 - 3.4% of the Army force. But there was a draft and the active-duty force was 2.7 million.

Desertions in 2005 represent 0.24% of the 1.4 million U.S. forces.

Which isn't surprising, since we fought Vietnam with draftees, and this one is being fought with volunteers. Another useful comparison (that I don't have time to hunt up this morning) would be WWII desertion rates. How'd things go with a Bulk Draftee Greatest Generation Mostly Popular War?

Heh. And they wonder why they're losing market share? This really was a moderately objective view, given what I expect from MSM outlets. And Mr. Nichols may have written something much different, I don't know. But I do know that a headline that read:

"Desertions drop during War" would have more accurately represented the article, and saved two spaces.

Of course, if it was written by a Kossack, the thrust of the article would have been:

Military suppresses desertions by keeping hundreds of thousands of troops locked up in camps overseas so they can't desert.

Except they would have spelled it dessert.

Just sayin'.

Read it for yourself, here.

by John on Mar 09, 2006 | Media Morons

March 08, 2006

H&I Fires* 8 Mar 06

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Here's a fascinating video. Brave woman.

War Poetry Contest! There is some good stuff from the past winners. This one hits hard.

Of course, Mother Sheehan wouldn't use the headstone provided free by the VA for Casey. Update: A chat with a co-worker who has dealt with the VA offers the possibility that the VA is simply way behind. I dunno. Any Californians out that way had to get a marker from the VA lately?

Updated update: From 74 at Bowramp:

Yes, there is a considerable delay in getting headstones at VA cemeterys. We found out about this when my dad died. Apparently just one contractor for them, and they are being overwhelmed by the number of WW II vets who are now passing on. It took us about 18 months to get dad's, but the delay was worsened by a turnover of personnel at the local cemetery (lost the paperwork.)

I know that locally the wait hasn't been that long for the two funerals I attended within the last year. In both cases, the VA-supplied headstones were in place in about two months.

I suppose the point is - if you linked through Chucks post to Steve Janke's - Mother Sheehan isn't lacking for funds, and the other members of the family are putatively put out about the lack of a marker. I dunno. But I do know if Monty, a commenter over at Chuck's place, shows up here: Monty - yeah, many of the regulars here *have* been involved with meeting and greeting the wounded from this war. There are several Gold Stars counted among our number. And we also put our money where our mouth is, having raised over $300K in various events to support the troops and the mission. And no - I *never* have taken a tax deduction for it, either.

CDR Salamander is on a roll today. Sex and Single Midshipman, tilting at 4-Stars (I'm with ya on this one), and giving Oregon State University students the Hairy Eyeball. These punks will help dig their graves when asked, I'm thinking.-The Armorer

Calling All Snipers. - Fuzzybear Lioness


Perhaps the students at Oregon State's The Barometer should post this map on their wall.

Oops! Forgot to link to the Carnival of the Recipes - Danish Edition! -The Armorer


A fuzzy lobster!?! - Fuzzybear Lioness


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by Denizens on Mar 08, 2006 | General Commentary
» Church and State links with:'s Blog Incorrectly Invokes Madison on...
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Just because...

...we need a joke. A sore arm is the *least* of this guy's worries.

In the Flash Traffic/Extended Entry, to try and defeat the Net Nannies!

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What is it?

JMH will *hate* this.

One of the more recent acquistions for the Arsenal. Appropriate to the collection.

Mystery Item

Any takers?

Update: We need a hint. This is a toughie - I deliberately took the pic minus a key piece of data (which would have made it waaaay to easy for you grognards - I know you want a challenge).

Length: Approximately 9 inches/22.8 cm/0.001136 furlongs/0.7544 shyaku/6.858 cun. Diameter: Approximately 1.5 inches/3.8 cm/0.0001894 furlongs/0.1257 shyaku/1.143 cun. That gives you a sense of scale. Material: Steel.

Update: Time for another hint. It's a reproduction, not an orginal. And made of much better material than the original. It's open at both ends, but is *not* a tube.

VA Nurse investigated for sedition...

Ry sends along a link to an article about a VA nurse in New Mexico being investigated for... sedition. Woo-woo! Heady stuff!

A Veterans Affairs nurse in Albuquerque, New Mexico, was investigated for sedition after she wrote a letter to a local newspaper criticizing the Bush administration's handling of Hurricane Katrina and the Iraq war. In her first broadcast interview, we speak with Laura Berg, as well as an attorney with the New Mexico chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union.

To continue:

The response to Berg's letter was harsh. Her office computer was seized. And the government announced it was investigating her for sedition - that's right, sedition.

V.A. human resources chief Mel Hooker wrote in a letter to Berg, "the Agency is bound by law to investigate and pursue any act which potentially represents sedition."

Operative words... bound by law. Um, why?

Based solely on the info in the article, this is probably what triggered it: "act forcefully to remove a government administration playing games of smoke and mirrors and vicious deceit."

If you want the rest of my bloviation - it's in the Flash Traffic/Extended Entry.

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by John on Mar 08, 2006 | Politics

The Unit.

1. Insurance guys are tough, ain't they?

2. Killing the mule. I don't care if Patton did it. I didn't like it. I got over it. I'm sure a few cute furry things have died by my actions, too. And more likely cats or dogs, which really makes me sad.

3. It's not your own special situation. It's the history of the world. Best line of the night.

4. How many of us have (or would) kill for a "Well Done" in that context?

5. Okay, we have pretty much *all* the stereotypes - to include the disloyal buddy (unless I misunderstand that bedroom scene at the end).

6. SWWBO said to me last night "You'd love to be them, wouldn't you?" To which I responded, "At best, I could be the Colonel, I can't hold up the other end anymore. My time for that is past."

7. I liked it. I'll watch it again.

8. If none of that makes sense. You didn't watch "The Unit" last night. You should watch next week. I will. And I'll hope I can catch it while I'm in Korea, too.

by John on Mar 08, 2006 | General Commentary
» She Who Will Be Obeyed! links with: stuff

March 07, 2006

H&I Fires* 7 Mar 06

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I'm outta here - yer up! -The Armorer


Cassandra has an absolute Must Read today. It's enough to make you register for Typepad just so you can comment. - Fuzzybear Lioness


Oh great! now even the Fat Cat in China is getting FAN MAIL; and from where else - From some ninny in Boca Ratón, Fla! - BOQ


On a more semi serious note, is THIS John kicking his new project around? Wonder what the Army will think of this.

Oh, and what would you think if you turn on the lights in the middle of the night and find one of THESE hanging around on the walls of your den? Gives the term: "Planting a Bug", a whole new meaning. - BOQ
What Price Morale?
Is there any Canadian tradition more celebrated than peacekeeping? Maybe the 40-year addiction of Canadians to Tim Hortons' coffee. Currently, peacekeepers in Afghanistan have no access to Canada's favourite brew, but that will soon change.

After weeks of military lobbying, Tim Hortons announced on Tuesday that they will set up a coffee shop in Kandahar to serve Canadian peacekeepers.

Kandahar Timmies

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by Denizens on Mar 07, 2006 | General Commentary
» Church and State links with: Moonbat Makeover

Eye protection.

In WWI, this passed for eye protection.

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Or this.

Now... well, it's gotten better, in several aspects. From an email:

I am 1LT A, an Infantry Platoon Leader assigned to [snip], Task Force 2-1 Infantry, 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, currently deployed to Mosul, Iraq in Support of OIF. Our patrol was struck by a massive IED [snip], launching shrapnel and debris at high velocities toward the vehicle. I was thrown into the hull of the Stryker and later discovered that my eye-pro, the 'Sawfly ' yellow tinted lenses, prevented a shard of shrapnel from contacting my face, saving my eyesight and preventing serious injury. I have attached images of the IED, the eye protection I was wearing on site, and images of the eyewear with the shrapnel. The shrapnel punctured the lens, but did not penetrate. The shrapnel was large enough to dislodge the eyewear from my face and force me into the vehicle. I wore the glasses the rest of the patrol, confident they could still do the job. I now have them stored until I get home. I purchased the Sawfly Deluxe Kit for wear, and whenever someone asks what I was wearing, I am sure to tell them that I was wearing 'Revision'. Thank you for a great tactical product!


1LT, Infantry
Task Force 2-1

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Another view here.

Soldier on, Lt A!

*RTLW RLTW = Rangers Lead The Way

H/t, Mike L.

A service of the Castle Argghhh! Tourism Board.

Now that Vancouver, Canada has won the chance to host the 2010 Winter Olympics, people from all over the world are asking questions about the country. Believe it or not these questions about Canada were posted on an International Tourism website. Obviously the answers are a joke, but the questions are real...

Q: I have never seen it warm on Canadian TV, so how do the plants grow?( UK)
A. We import all plants fully grown and then just sit around and watch them die.

Q: Will I be able to see Polar Bears in the street? (USA)
A: Depends on how much you've been drinking.

Q: I want to walk from Vancouver to Toronto-can I follow the Railroad tracks? (Sweden)
A: Sure, it's only Four thousand miles, take lots of water.

Q: Is it safe to run around in the bushes in Canada? (Sweden)
A: So it's true what they say about Swedes.

Q: It is imperative that I find the names and addresses of places to contact for a stuffed Beaver. (Italy)
A: Let's not touch this one.

Q: Are there any ATM's (cash machines) in Canada? Can you send me a list of them in Toronto,Vancouver, Edmonton and Halifax? (UK)
A: What did your last slave die of?

Q: Can you give me some information about hippo racing in Canada? (USA )
A: A-fri-ca is the big triangle shaped continent south of Europe. Ca-na-da is that big country to your North...oh forget it. Sure, the hippo racing is every Tuesday night in Calgary. Come naked.

Q: Which direction is North in Canada? (USA)
A: Face south and then turn 180 degrees Contact us when you get here and we'll send the rest of the directions.

Q: Can I bring cutlery into Canada? (UK)
A: Why? Just use your fingers like we do.

Q: Can you send me the Vienna Boys' Choir schedule? (USA)
A: Aus-tri-a is that quaint little country bordering Ger-man-y, which is...oh forget it. Sure, the Vienna Boys Choir plays every Tuesday night in Vancouver and in Calgary, straight after the hippo races. Come naked.

Q: Do you have perfume in Canada? (Germany)
A: No, WE don't stink.

Q: I have developed a new product that is the fountain of youth. Can you sell it in Canada? (USA)
A: Anywhere significant numbers of Americans gather.

Q: Can you tell me the regions in British Columbia where the female population is smaller than the male population? (Italy)
A: Yes, gay nightclubs.

Q: Do you celebrate Thanksgiving in Canada? (USA)
A: Only at Thanksgiving.

Q: Are there supermarkets in Toronto and is milk available all year round?( Germany)
A: No, we are a peaceful civilization of Vegan hunter/gatherers. Milk is illegal.

Q: I have a question about a famous animal in Canada, but I forget its name. It's a kind of big horse with horns. ( USA)
A: It's called a Moose. They are tall and very violent, eating the brains of anyone walking close to them. You can scare them off by spraying yourself with human urine before you go out walking.

Q: Will I be able to speak English most places I go? (USA)
A: Yes, but you will have to learn it first.

by John on Mar 07, 2006 | I think it's funny!
» Don Surber links with: The Best Of Tuesday
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Snark me, eh? Really?

CDR Salamander has been watching Brit TV, and claims he found out what I *really* do for a living.

Heh. If I told you what I really do for a living, I'd have to cut your head off and put it in classified storage. You wouldn't like that. It's dark in the safe, and smells funny because of the stuff they put in there to keep the mold down.

Nah, Salamander... if I was in that bidniz, it would go more like this...

*Ahem, koff, koff*

[smarmy announcer/telemarketer/car salesguy voice]

Taking down a small country? Annoying neighbors? Revenooers snooping around the still? The Arsenal At Argghhhh! has all your pest-control needs in one stop!*

Aside from the usual selection of Small Arms, we also have a nice selection of Crew Served Weapons to choose from!

We have an extensive selection of spare parts! We service what we sell!

Need to recon that target, without getting your head shot off - we can help!

Gotta get through some wire to get to the bad guy? We've got your stuff. Worried about pursuit after dirty deeds done cheap? We can help! We've got stuff to get you in, stuff to knock 'em on the head quietly, and stuff to slow up the pursuit! All in one neat package!

Got people snooping by whatever it is you'd rather they not find? Got a defensive position you need a little coverage in the dead space for? Concerned about detectability? We have a whole selection of anti-personnel mines to choose from. Anti-armor mines by appointment only, please.

Need to be able to reach out and touch someone? Especially people who hide behind stuff so you can't just shoot them straight up? We have a wide selection of medium and light mortars to choose from, with a wide range of ammo choices!

Need help with data computation? We've got you covered there, too!

So, bit off a bit more than you can chew? Need some help with bunkers and armored vehicles? We've got a large selection of recoiless rifles and rocket launchers, and RPG systems that can meet your every need!

And don't let us forget our extensive grenade selection!

Need some extra reinforcement for that basement bunker? We got it. Have a mess of troops to mess? We got it!

And for you, CDR Salamander, today only - a special deal for the Naval Infantry! Straight from MoD stocks - the staple of Brit boarding parties for many years - the Lanchester!

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With bayonets!

So, call me. We'll do lunch.

[/smarmy announcer/telemarketer/car salesguy voice]

Oh, and, as usual. The Standard Disclaimers apply.

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March 06, 2006

H&I Fires 6 Mar 06

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Fuzzybear Lioness notes you've not got much time if you want to submit questions for her interview by Basil.

Ry is hoping for loooooooooong sentences and uncomfortable conditions for these eco-terrorists.

Heh. Another year passes and I didn't watch the Oscar show. Another year passes wherein I also saw only one Oscar-nominated movie - Narnia.

A unanimous Supreme Court says, "If you take the Federal Dollar, you have to take the Federal Recruiter." A UNANIMOUS court. Kewl.

Blackstar retired? One hopes that if true, it's because something better replaced it. -The Armorer


Um, I got a trackback from Bi-Polar Joe, to this post of his. Not a work safe post, though I suspect JTG will recognize a passingly kindred spirit. Mind you, Joe is a real newbie - but since I would rather *not* explain to the Air Force Net-nanny that this really isn't a sex site, please do *not* use my open post policy to cause the word p3nis(or similar-style words) to show up on the site. Just some basic etiquette for you newbies. That is all.

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by Denizens on Mar 06, 2006 | General Commentary
» Church and State links with: Missouri Resolution Reveals Left's Ignorance
» Don Surber links with: Law Profs Flunk Their Constitution Test
» The Countervailing Force links with: Double Standard for Sexual Misconduct at the Boat

Juxtapositions - Lieutenant Captain Trevor Green

Yesterday, I took SWWBO to the airport, saw off Prodigal Son & Girlfriend, went to see Ultraviolet, then went Someplace Sekrit and got SWWBO a Natal Day gift.

This has nothing to do with that, except tangentially.


What does this:

Ambush in Afghanistan Mar. 5, 2006. 05:20 PM MITCH POTTER MIDDLE EAST BUREAU

A Canadian civil affairs officer came in peace yesterday to a destitute Afghan village, removing his helmet and laying his weapon on the ground. He sat cross-legged with tribal elders and produced a notepad, into which he began to faithfully record the people's needs.

From behind, a young man stepped forward suddenly from among the crowd of villagers and raised an axe above his head. With a single cry of "Allahu Akbar," he swung the blade into the top of the Canadian officer's head.

Lieut. Trevor Greene, a Vancouver resident serving in the Canadian Forces' Civil-Military Co-operation (CIMIC) unit was in critical condition last night, en route to Germany, where a team of neurologists waited to assess the extent of brain damage. His vital signs were said to be satisfactory and he was breathing without assistance.

Full story here.

Have in common with this:

Trevor was a couple of years behind me in undergrad but Kings being so small we were certainly knew each other, played intramurals, argued over the merits of pre- or post-Wham George Michaels and shared beers. It is quite the thing, 20 odd years after the age folk sign up, that Trevor was still ready and able to volunteer as a reservist. Thoughts today are with him.

Have in common with this?

Farked up sign with Canadian soldier and Brit tank on it

That sign is the modestly famous farked up sign intending to be all supportive of the US Army while having a Canadian soldier on it, along with a Brit tank. There isn't one US Army thing up there in that pic. While shopping for SWWBO's Natal Day Commemorative, I came across a vendor selling these metal signs, along with lots of other reproduction antique ads. Remembering the amused kerfuffle over these, I determined the Castle should have one.


The Canadians lost a few other soldiers in Afghanistan lately too, in a vehicle accident. More on that, later.

Juxtaposition - While going through the check-out with the nice lady who ran the concession, I told her why I was interested in the sign, pointing out the Canadian soldier and British tank, and decided lack of anything US other than symbols. Her response?

"Pshaw. Canada doesn't even *have* an Army."

Heh. The Armorer displayed admirable restraint.

"Um, yes, yes, they do. They're even reworking it to make it more deployable and versatile. In fact, there are over 2000 Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan right now, and a Canadian General has just assumed command of a significant chunk of the NATO mission in Afghanistan. They've had soldiers killed over there. In fact, yesterday, they had a soldier attacked by an axe-wielding bastard who hit him from behind while they were in a meeting discussing villager's needs."

"Oh, piffle. The Canadians aren't helping us and I don't believe they are in Afghanistan, much less commanding anything."

It took showing my military ID to establish some credibility, but I finally convinced her that yes, indeed, the Canadians are involved, in a real, material way, in the GWOT. And getting hurt doing it.


Yes, regular readers of this space are aware of the Canadian presence in the GWOT. Sadly, that's only 2K or so world-wide, so it is a muted trumpet, indeed.

The war is personal for many of us, having friends, co-workers, family deployed. Some of us have "Gold Stars" too. I stand at 13, personally, albeit 8 of them came on one day - 9/11, at the Pentagon.

And now Castle Contrarian and Canadian Alan has been touched by the war, in a personal way, by the wounding of Lieutenant Captain Green. Hopefully, this won't turn into a Gold Star for Alan, or a personalized Poppy.

Tangents. Fuzzybear Lioness works with Soldier's Angels, a charity we've asked you all to give to in support of Project Valour-IT and other Good Things they do. We've gotten donations from Canadian sources, too.

Fuzzybear sent me this today, and I wanted to share it you guys - especially our Canadian readers.

I just got the following from Soldiers' Angels Germany. I would put it in H&I Fires or create a "Update" post on LT. Greene or something, but it's gonna be a busy morning for me.

I just spoke the the Canadian Liaison, CPT Mietzner. LT Greene is in ICU and in critical but stable condition. His family should be here tomorrow. CPT Mietzner will let us know if there is anything we can do. Unfortunately, there is not much we can do for ICU patients.

[I'm hoping SA will be able to at least get in touch with his family so that they know SA is available to help them.]

I will contact my blogger friend Candace to see if she'd like to collect best wishes for him and his family again, as we did
for the 3 critically injured Canadians that were here last month.

[I've offered my help in this]

Sadly, the Canadians had 2 fallen heroes this weekend. I did not know until CPT Mietzner told me. Cpl Davis was killed in a
vehicle accident down range and another soldier, MCpl Wilson, was seriously injured in the same accident and died here in Landstuhl early Sunday morning. They were able to keep him alive until his family arrived, so they were with him.

2 further soldiers injured in the same accident are also here but on regular wards and stable (Chavez & Haggerty).

CPT Mietzner will make sure they get backpacks, etc.

I'll let you know if CPT Mietzner tells me of anything else we can do.

We know you're there. We care. We care for all our allies. More importantly, perhaps - as Fuzzy's note shows, it's *not* just Denizens of Argghhh! who know and care. There is a larger community of us out there who treat you as family, even if your family is well, you know, kinda like in-laws sometimes...

by John on Mar 06, 2006 | Global War on Terror (GWOT)
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March 05, 2006

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by Denizens on Mar 05, 2006 | General Commentary


What is to be said when someone comes in peace, looking to help a suffering village and this is how he is received?:

A Canadian civil affairs officer came in peace yesterday to a destitute Afghan village, removing his helmet and laying his weapon on the ground. He sat cross-legged with tribal elders and produced a notepad, into which he began to faithfully record the people's needs.

From behind, a young man stepped forward suddenly from among the crowd of villagers and raised an axe above his head. With a single cry of "Allahu Akbar," he swung the blade into the top of the Canadian officer's head.

The attack was the prelude to a full ambush, with attackers firing from both sides of the hills that surrounded the assembled adults and children. Both Canadians and Afghan National Army personnel fought off the attackers as villagers scrambled to safety.

The civil affairs officer's name is LT Trevor Greene. Devoted to helping the Afghanis, he was planning to create an NGO to continue to assist them after completing his service in the military. Recognizing the corruption and inefficiency of the United Nations, he has independent Canadian donors already lined up to support his dream. A writer and journalist, LT Greene stands out among those who know him. A co-author says of him, "Trevor is a talented author, an amazing dad and partner, the kind of person you can count on always,"

At last report he was uncionscious and in critical but stable condition, en route to Landstuhl where neurologists expect to discover that he has brain damage due to the axe blow to his head. Soldiers' Angels has been alerted and is looking into how they can assist the lieutenant and his family.

LT Green is also a college friend of Castle Contrarian Alan, who has more on the story.

The Bright Shiny Object

As Boquisucio determined, was a Soviet Diakonoff grenade, one of two in the holdings of the Arsenal. This is a later version, with a time fuze.

Here's a bookend of late (on the left, a Brit 40mm training grenade commonly used today) and early (on the right, 1920's, 40mm grenade developed by the Soviets and used in WWII. Like the french Vivien-Bessier grenade of WWI, this was fired from a "tromblon" or cup discharger, and was a "bullet-through" vice "bullet-trap", grenade. Thus far when I've seen them, I've been outbid for them, but if anyone knows of any available Mosin-Nagant tromblons and related sight, I'm in the market!

Left, modern 40mm, right, Soviet Diakonoff 40mm, developed in the 20's

For Owen - here's a closeup of the time fuze ring (these grenades are unusual for their era in having a time fuze). Oh, and those projections that threw some of you off? There are three, spaced evenly around the grenade.

by John on Mar 05, 2006 | Grenades
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