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July 15, 2006

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I have absolutely nothing to contribute today. But since today is the next to last day of my favorite Rodeo Event, The Calgary Stampede, I'll leave you a picture or two of my last visit there. (Best I ever got was second place in the bareback bronc riding competition there)

Further proof that you don't have to be crazy to jump out of a perfectly good airplane. Just have to ride Rodeo for a few years to get your scholarship, heh.


And not all things to be ridden have a saddle :)

And the tattoo I got there? I most assuredly Blame Canada.

Ok I'm done. 'sides someone had to open the doors this morning. If your really bored you can read it all here
-BloodSpite.

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by Denizens on Jul 15, 2006 | General Commentary
» Blue Star Chronicles links with: Prayers for Israel
» Noblesse Oblige links with: Breaking: C-802 Missle hit Israeli Ship, not a UAV drone

Milblogger Shoot Hotwash

Using Dave the Heartless Libertarian's 9mm carbine, I ensured a certain tv dinosaur wouldn't reproduce.

Which wasn't good enough for Sergeant B, who took a rather more final approach to the issue.

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The other holes are courtesy of Boston Maggie and SWWBO.

Barb, BCR, Echo Niner were also present - more pics to follow.

by John on Jul 15, 2006 | Rifles

The Travels of Argghhh! Pac Norwest Edition, Day 2.

Yesterday the Master and Mistress of Argghhh! awoke groggily and stumbled to the cafe for breakfast. Then, we turned ourselves over to the Tour Guides of Argghhh!, Seattle edition, in the form of Bad Cat Robot.

I am required by Seattle City Ordinance and Washington State Law to aver that all these photographs have been Photoshopped to include blue sky and fluffy clouds. The weather here has been miserable, grey, dank, and rainy (okay, you can put the pistol away, 'k? It's leaving a mark on my neck!)

I suffered the odd feeling of being the least-geeky person present as our day opened with - a trip to Fry's Electronics where SWWBO and BCR giggled their way through the store. SWWBO bought a Borg-egg, the littlest 2 gig MP3 player, FM Radio, Clock Podcasting device I've ever seen. The coos and aahs in that aisle during the selection process were... treacly. It was embarrassing.

After that - off to Alki Beach, where no one was having any fun. Nope. None at all. All the pallid, dull-eyed inmates of the Seattle area were simply going about their dull, dreary lives, living in this man-made hell, where it's so dank, wet and dreary that not only does moss grow on roofs, trees do.

We did visit Pike Place market where we heard Chinese music, met oddly dressed people, were crushed in the crowds - but did meet one inmate who had her priorities straight.

After a nap, it was time to head north of Seattle, where we entered a world lit only by fire, rather maniacally tended by Sergeant B and BCR. The northern Outpost of Argghhh! in the area has a Shed of Doom, where BCR and SWWBO did some treasure hunting. After that, the pahty [sic] moved to the Cutest House, where Adjutant Brab met us at the door.

After some Cluebat deliveries and an gifting of things to Princess Crabby (She Who Traveled the Most to Attend) the 'Ritamatic was fired up and the pahty [sic] moved to the Library of the Cutest House.

Little more will be said of this, as Terrible Oaths were sworn to preserve secrecy.

I'll just leave you with this - which might lead you down a speculative path...

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Today, the Denizens of Argghhh! and other Milbloggers will be let loose in the streets... armed. Many are the circle-printed pieces of paper that will suffer this day, I assure you.

July 14, 2006

H&I* Fires for 14 July 2006

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I gotta tell ya, that the best dang article I have read this year, has got to be Peter Brookes "World Without America"

If somehow you have managed to miss it, then as the Terminator said: "Go! Read! NOW!" Or words to that affect anyway.

H/t: Noble Eagle

And Holy Cow Batman!!! The Diplomad may be making a Return to blogging?! Now that'll make some of us VERY happy! You heard it here first.

-BloodSpite

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[Looks around] Heh. They haven't trashed the place yet, at least.

How come no one ever seems to go to jail for this kind of thing?

Headline: Microsoft Cripples the War Effort. Don't you guys understand? This war is run by PowerPoint. Is this Bill Gate's attempt to get a Nobel Peace Prize (like he needs the money...)

I'm going to go get breakfast and enjoy myself today. Y'all keep the lights on, eh? -the Armorer

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by Denizens on Jul 14, 2006 | General Commentary

Information for Lieutenant Watada

The Castle has a regular reader (waves) who spent over a decade as a resident of the United States Disciplinary Barracks, as in sleeping there at night, and not while on guard duty. We, um, "served" at Fort Leavenworth together, so to speak. We've been having an email chat. From that chat, I've developed some intel for Lieutenant Watada's benefit should he become another guest of Chez DB.

Hi there,

Thank your for your site, it is one I visit every day.

Details. I was an inmate there. [mid-80s through the middle-late 90's]. I went through Reception, Solitary confinement, 7 Wing, 6 Wing, B 466, then the little problem with the prison work stoppage in 1992 put me in 4 Wing, then to B 465, over to B 466 again.

Most people think inmates rank their crimes and they do, (we did) but the military ranks crimes differently. Below child molesters are spies and people who take the paycheck and benefits then refuse to deploy to combat situations. Yolanda Hewitt-Vaughn was treated like dirt and everyone looked down on her.

I met Clayton Lonetree, several spies, a few murderers, even a nuclear warhead designer. The only crime I did not encounter was a cannibal.

A bit of trivia. The USDB is the only U.S. prison where 99 plus percent of the inmates have been taught and trained to kill people, has one of the highest average education levels due to the military pushing college, and has inmates trained to escape and evade capture. The main thing that keeps the lid on is nearly everyone having been given a sense of discipline during their service years.

Also, some of the guards committed crimes, but not much was ever done about
it.

Here's a thought, Lieutenant.

Below child molesters are spies and people who take the paycheck and benefits then refuse to deploy to combat situations. Yolanda Hewitt-Vaughn was treated like dirt and everyone looked down on her.

Just sayin'.

The Travels of Argghhh! Pac NorWest Edition.

Yesterday saw the Master and Mistress of Argghhh! make our way to the Kansas City International Aerial Port of Embarkation, where we started the day with 'ritas at the Cuervo Tequilaria and used free tickets boarded the contract carrier and winged away to Seattle, via Los Angeles and Sacramento. SWWBO was entertained by (and entertained) a small Yuppie Larva named Bailey who was traveling with her ventriloquist-dummy puppet, Margaret. Both were far more interesting to listen to than the self-important sales reps who had to let everyone know just how important they were by sharing their cell-phone conversations. If anyone would like some interesting marketing and customer data for a Ginormous Manufacturer or a Massively Sized software company, let me know.

The air was bumpy approaching the Rockies, but otherwise the flights were uneventful. Upon arrival to the LA basin we flew by the fires in the mountains to an uneventful landing in the land of backyard swimming pools. After recharging the 'Ritamatic we departed to Sacramento, with everybody in LA wants to be an actor Ah-nuld and Doctor Evil as flight attendants. Flying up the central valley we were able to see the California Aqueduct, the straw by which LA enforces it's claim on 95% of the potable water on the continent, essentially asserting that "We're LA - you can't have any water, if that means your livelihoods and towns dry up so that we can have swimming pools and green lawns in a desert - tough, either shut-up move to LA, or we'll send the Ghost of Mulholland after you for harshing our mellow."

Departing from Sacramento (having, sadly, left the Dynamic Duo behind with a crew change) we flew up the mountains, with the Armorer tracking the trip by the passing volcanoes. Until, of course, we got past Mt. St. Helens, where we entered the Seattle Zone, where the pallid residents blink in bleary-eyed fear when the Great Heat Tab appears in the sky and the Air Force is flooded with UFO reports.

A credit to SEA-TAC, we got our bags (all of them), and our car, and went from airplane to out of the airport in 30 minutes. Then we spent 40 minutes on the 1.5 mile stretch of road to get on the 405 to get to Bellevue, where we're staying.

It only took 20 minutes to make the 15 mile trip, once we actually go *on* the highway.

After a brief stretch to refresh, we contacted Bad Cat Robot, who alerted Castle Adjutant Brab, and SWWBO and I sauntered through the Bellevue Financial District to old Bellevue and 520 Bar and Grill where BCR and Brab awaited us.

From left to right, Brab, BCR, SWWBO

The Armorer was too lazy to ask someone to take a picture with him in it. Besides, I know what I look like, I wanted pics of the chicks!

BCR had the Filet Gorgonzola, Brab the Crab Cakes, SWWBO the Pot Stickers and I had the Teriyaki Beef strips. Brab and BCR introduced us to edamame, better known to us mid-westerners as soybeans, as an appetizer. She was correct to do so, they were far tastier than I would have thought for such a versatile vegetable. The food was excellent, the 'ritas worth the $10 each, the entree's reasonably priced and worth the cost. We had a tableside visit from Michael Degginger, the Executive Chef, who proved a gracious host and actually kibitzed with us, taking the time to discuss in detail the various choices we'd made and a few food trends - in other words, I would guess Chef Degginger enjoys his work, (I know he's *good* at it) and has that knack for customer relations that makes you feel welcome, and not just the subject of the latest fad published in ExecChefs 'R Us magazine. Well done sir!

The Master and Mistress of Argghhh! recommend the 520 Bar and Grill to any and all. And no, that was *not* a compensated endorsement. Though I might email the Chef a link, for the fun of it. A good riff from Castle Argghhh! doesn't have quite the impact, I suspect, of making a nice splash in the food section of the Seattle PI.

Most of you Denizens were savaged in conversation behind your back, of course.

With that, Brab kindly took us back to our lodgings, and we await our fun and frolic of today - with BCR as our guide, and we'll hopefully be joined by Princess Crabby, who should have gotten in late last night.

July 13, 2006

H&I* Fires 13 July 2006

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Born American, but in the wrong place. This is a form of immigrant attitude I'm happy with - acknowledging that there's a reason you left the old place, and not demanding to re-establish it here.

An alternative view here, where Mr. Schramm is taken to task... for leaving. H/t, Mike D for the two.

It's time to Close Station and March Order for the movement to the PNW and the Milblogger Shoot. Gotta take the critters to prison, finish packing, etc. I'll leave this place in yer hands. *shudder* -the Armorer

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Holy crap..... The Israeli Army BOMBED the Rafik Hariri International Airport in Beruit, Lebanon. They sent ground troops over the border yesterday, and conducted at least 6 air raids overnight. Israel is holding the Lebanese government responsible for controlling the militant group, Hezbollah, which is based in Beruit. It's a very bold move by Israel, who has effectively said that if you harbor those who attack us... we will attack you. This scares the ever-lovin' crap outta me. I'm pretty impressed by Israel's quick response, but damn... just...DAMN. ~AFSister

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More fodder for discussion and speculation about where the Middle East (and likely the rest of the world) is headed these days: Michael Ledeen from NRO has today's must-read. - FbL

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WOnder if I should point out that today is the 13th...not the 12th....Nah...I let me "Arkansas Relatives that live further north" figure it out when he gets back.

Meanwhile Captain Parker, a 2 time US Army OEF Veteran is fired from his job
Why?
Because he went over sea's with the Army Reserve twice. And Jim Duncan of the Wilson County School Board apparently doesn't like that.

-BloodSpite

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by Denizens on Jul 13, 2006 | General Commentary
» Techography links with: End of the World? Or just a tail Stomping?
» High Desert Wanderer links with: America

Hey! I'm not fat, I'm embonpoint!

Yeah - that's it!

I often disagree with John Derbyshire of National Review - but I'm with him on this one!

[Enter Husband from left. He has just taken a shower, and is wearing only a towel fixed round his waist.]

Wife [pointing at husband's fairly ample midriff]: What's that?

Husband: That? That's my embonpoint.

W: Your what?

H: Embonpoint. That's my embonpoint.

W: That's not a word.

H: Is so.

W: Well, it's not an English word.

H: If it's in the dictionary, it is. I bet it's in the dictionary.*

W: It's flab, that's what it is.

H: Embonpoint.

W: Flab. Gut. Beer belly. You should get rid of it.

H [feigning outrage]: Get rid of my embonpoint? Never!

W: Om bom pom, phooey. You give it fancy name, doesn't make it beautiful. It's flab. You need to exercise more.

H: No time. Too busy working to support my family.

W [scornfully]: Hah! You worked much harder when we first got married, but didn't have om bom pom. What happened to your six-pack?

H: It's there.

W: Where?

H: Under my embonpoint.

*Oh yeah it *is*... embonpoint.

July 12, 2006

H&I* Fires 12 July 2006

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RINO Sightings, the collected work of the Great Mushy Muddle That Leans To The Right (like me) - is up at Techography. We're the ones the politicians need to read *after* the Primaries...

Moving on to GWOT news...

“HAVE you ever used a pistol?” yelled Sergeant-Major Mick Bolton amid the Kalashnikov fire and bursts from a machinegun as we ran across a baked-mud field and dived for cover. “If it comes down to it, everyone’s going to have to fight.”

John S. recommends you read about Sunday Times reporter Christina Lamb's adventures in trying to become a Brit Joe Galloway, while covering the Paras in Afstan. I recommend it too.

Just in case you need some more encouragement:

“If we get overrun I’ll save the last bullet for myself,” said Private Kyle Deerans, a handsome South African of 23. With his black floppy hair, I was sure had broken a string of hearts.

In horror, it dawned on me what had been wrong about Zumbelay, the village we had just visited on a hearts and minds mission with soft hats and offers of development projects. I should have noticed there were no children around.

Updating this weekends plans (we leave tomorrow for the PacNorWest, leaving Prodigal Son in charge of the Castle (no, Ry, not you) we see others have festivities on tap too.

If perhaps you can't make the Blogshoot in the Pacific Northwest this weekend, you'd rather attend the "Ogmeet" in Chicago, details here at Leslie's Omnibus, and go shooting on Saturday with the Neanderpundit? I say we post pics of targets, and see just how dangerous bloggers are - to their targets, or innocent bystanders downrange...? -the Armorer

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For today, a trip from the ridiculous to the sublime:

First up, the menu for Cindy Sheehan's "fast."

If you somehow missed them at Blackfive, be sure to check out these two videos. Start with Ilario Pantano on The Daily Show and then take your tissues with you for "The Boys."

And finally, in the category of Sublime, something for the ladies... Men, you're on your own. ;) - FbL

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Powerline has a small roundup/analysis of the growing confrontation between Israel and Lebanon.

I know there has been controversy about the Flight 93 memorial, but I thought it had been resolved and I didn't know all the details. I don't have the expertise to evaluate the evidence, this this is deeply disturbing on the surface. - FbL

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ALa provides a sublime moment for Manly Men, too! -the Armorer

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Hey! Who killed Fidel? Babalu knows. He has video... -the Armorer

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Beware The Law of Unintended Consequences! Congress may not be the only group to forget that admonition. When I saw this, it reminded me of this, and sort of makes me think that Man and his way of making life interesting (for himself and other mammals) is God's idea of a REALLY good joke... -Instapilot

H/T:RWDB

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by Denizens on Jul 12, 2006 | General Commentary

Heh.

I'm pretty sure this is how it would work out around here, too...

Well, it's not a mid life crisis, but here's how things worked out for me.

Married 45 years, I took a look at my wife one day and said, "Honey, 45 years ago, we had a cheap apartment, a cheap car, slept on a sofa bed and watched a 10 inch black and white TV, but I got to sleep every night with a hot 22 year old sexpot. Now, we have a nice house, nice car, big bed and plasma screen TV, but I'm sleeping with a 67 year old woman. It seems to me that you are not holding up your side of things."

My wife is a very reasonable woman. She told me to go out and find a hot 22 year old sexpot, and she would make sure that I would once again be living in a cheap apartment, driving a cheap car, and sleeping on a sofa bed.... !!!!!!

Hey, who knew? Ain't America great?

I *don't* like sofa beds.

Some tidying up of loose ends.

In case of Moonbats, break glass, and grab the Armorer's Cluebat! (Down, Denizennes, sheesh!) 32 inches Moonbat-thumping reach - with a nice, cannon-like touch to the, ahem, barrel of the piece.

Alrighty then, moving on. Remember this "Whatziss?"

Go below the fold, to the Flash Traffic/Extended Entry, and you can see it in context.

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July 11, 2006

H&I* Fires 11 July 2006

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The American Armored Foundation Tank Museum. *That* just jumped on my list of Places To Visit!

So, shots fired chasing illegal immigrants. Wonder if the story would get different coverage if it was Texas vice Florida? H/t, Larry K.

Life's a Beach - at least as far as the Carnival of Recipes is concerned. Over at Blabber Heads.

Der Adjutant reminds us, SGT B has a birthday today! Go Internet-snipe hunting for presents! -the Armorer

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I suspect I would have found Fred somewhat exasperating - but I'd have been drawn back nonetheless. I can't argue with his final wish regarding his remains.
*That* is simply cool. -the Armorer

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This is why I went with Kendo when I tried to relive my mis-spent youth (though I din't do no nationals in Fencing, all that wiring the fabric to the frame is boring. Huh? Swords? Oh, if you call flimsy little things with french names swords, fine. Anyway, I did nationals as a wrestler, a *manly* sport). They give you a a bamboo stick and you get to hit people. Hard. A lot. In fact, I found out it pisses off your instructor when you can out-muscle 'em.

Of course, the blisters on the bottom of the feet sucked - but that was just a reason to hit him harder. Especially when he was pissed and made it *easier* to hit him.

Hard.

Besides, we know how dangerous it is to give me something sharp... -the Armorer

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I think my car needs an exorcist, or a cleansing, or something. It's a bad luck magnet. Or maybe it's just me... - FbL

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by Denizens on Jul 11, 2006 | General Commentary
» Blue Star Chronicles links with: Improper Media
» Don Surber links with: Novak breaks Plame silence

Sigh.

Yes, I know about the video. No, I'm not going to watch it or link to those who have it. Truth? My own little slice of perspective-driven truth? It's not news any more. The fact that our opponents in the Middle East hack off heads for malicicious, sadistic, makes 'em funny-in-the-pants terroristic purposes is not news. And an orgy about it in the blogosphere and MSM adds nothing to the debate but ups the Google count for those sites hosting the video, linking to it, etc - and spreads the message-by-proxy. I did do Nick Berg. That was then, this is now. Does it truly inform us of anything? If you needed that to buck up your flagging resolve, your resolve isn't a core value. Hey, your mileage may differ, and if you need to see the video, Google will point you there.

This is *not* the criticism of those sites linking/hosting the video you might think. From a conventional perspective it's still news, and it's new because they're American soldiers, and at least one of those sites has established itself as a serious source for this kind of information. But I'm not jumping onto that bandwagon which will be covered by others and I have nothing new to offer.

The leadership in the box now has a fresh challenge - keeping the lid on the troops, keeping 'em focused, and making sure we have no acts of vengeance, carried out in the heat of the moment, involving innocents. Always a challenge for the junior leader in combat, moreso with something like this to fuel the flames.

Like it or no, frustrating or not, we need to maintain our discipline, ruck up, and soldier on - as professionals.

And I'm sure we will.

Lastly, this result needs to inform the Courts Martial of those soldiers whose actions seemingly sparked this event, if that connection can be made with evidentiary rigor. Not in the guilt or innocence phase - but in the punishment phase.

Actions have consequences - and the unintended ones are as much a part of it as the intended ones.

And this in no way excuses the perpetrators of these acts of desecration.

Here at Castle Argghhh! we will remember Privates First Class Kristian Menchaca and Thomas Tucker as soldiers, not news fodder.

PFC Kristian MenchacaPFC Thomas Tucker

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

by John on Jul 11, 2006 | Observations on things Military
» CDR Salamander links with: That video
» Blue Star Chronicles links with: Castle Argghhh! Has it Right

Whatziss?

Toldja I'd have some Gun Pr0n for you guys.

It had a specific purpose and a specific name. And following John's lead, I'm only part of it--but it's the important part and you guys can probably intuit the rest...

As seen in <i>The DaVinci Code</i>...not!

Sooo--Whatziss?

I gotta go build a hill in the daylily patch. See everybody later...

July 10, 2006

Help a brother out, if you are in the area...

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Justin

Family, Navy team up to find marrow donor
Navy SEAL from Spotswood was recently diagnosed with leukemia
BY MARY ANNE ROSS
Correspondent

SPOTSWOOD - A young man who fought for his country is now battling for his life.

And on July 15, local residents will have the opportunity to help him do just that.

Justin, whose last name is not being disclosed at the request of the U.S. Department of Defense, is a Navy SEAL and former Spotswood resident who was recently diagnosed with leukemia. The Navy is turning to Justin's hometown community to help him find a bone marrow stem cell donor who could save his life.

The whole article is here. If you're in the area and blog - get the word out. If you don't blog, spam your friends with the article. A very little effort on your part by going into the registry (I'm in the DoD Database mentioned, so I've *already* done my bit - and obviously can't help Justin) can make yoiu someone's angel of mercy.

H/t, Dr. Zubov of Banter in Atlanter.

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Trying in vain to fill in for Kat as she recovers from Entropy Attacking Her Computer.
(Gollum got in the gears. Had to fix the post after blogger tore it to shreds. I altered the html as well since I had to delete and repost for it to eventually work properly. Sorry Trias, your comment got splashed as well. You might want to look at it again though. Ed: 10:10pm est 10.7.2006) -ry

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Talk about awaking a sleeping tiger...

Japan was badly rattled by North Korea's missile tests last week and several government officials openly discussed whether the country ought to take steps to better defend itself, including setting up the legal framework to allow Tokyo to launch a pre-emptive strike against Northern missile sites.

Read the rest here.

Then head over to read Russ Vaughn's piece "Take Them There" at the little house out back where the Old War Dogs live. (in some cases, it's looking like a staging area for Fiddler's Green...) -the Armorer

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Princess Crabby Wants You!*

Yesterday Master Gunner kicked off "Day One Of The Tanker Brothers 2006 Rolling Victory Fast!". TodayCav Tanker is up at bat. I am not up until August 4th.

The Tanker Brothers 2006 Rolling Victory Fast!

Click the poster to join them!

*(Well, if yer a sailor with a nice butt, anyway.) -the Armorer

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In case you missed it, SGT CSM Hook is blogging again after surviving the adventures of a PCS - FbL

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Remember the Professor who determined that Chickenwire, kerosene and a brick were definitive proof of the Non-Existence of Airplanes hitting the second tower - and that the collapse of the towers (based on his experiment) was obviously a BushCo-engineered event? Heh. Seems this experiement was supposed to be an *improvement* on others... Instapinch does the research, so you don't have to.

Update (especially for Sanger) Frisch was the Real Deal. Jeff argues some details from the Inside Higher Ed piece here - when he's not fighting off the 3rd DOS attack in a week... -the Armorer

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by Denizens on Jul 10, 2006 | General Commentary
» Unpartisan.com Political News and Blog Aggregator links with: Japan Considers Strike Against N. Korea
» Blue Star Chronicles links with: Old Style Masculinity

USDB - old school.

In a post last week about the likely accomodations of Lieutenant Watada should his Courts Martial go as I expect, vice how he hopes (although who knows, the martyr streak may run in him) there was some confusion about the United States Disciplinary Barracks vice the United States Penitentiary. While those were resolved, I got asked if I had any pictures of the old USDB - and the answer is yes.

The DB is technically, I believe, the oldest continually operational federal prison, and has, over it's history actually housed federal prisoners in addtion to military prisoners. It was DB prisoners, civil and military, who built the "Big House" in Leavenworth at the dawn of the previous century.

The original prison was established in 1875 and contained in the buildings of the old Quartermaster Depot, made available when depot operations were moved to Rock Island Arsenal.

The old DB was called "The Castle" and was one of only 3-5 prisons of this type built. It had gotten so old and diplapidated, and was not suitable for modern notions of penology, that it got replaced by the new DB mentioned in the previous post.

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The "Castle" is the structure with the silver dome. It has been completely demolished and carted away to landfill. I thought we missed an opportunity in the demolition - they should have taken it apart level by level - and taken the opportunity to see what sort of ingenious methods the inmates used to hide contraband and who knows what activities over the years. The rest of the buldings remain standing as the Garrison scratches it's collective head trying to figure out what to do with 'em.

Back in the day, if you were a soldier, you could get tours of the prison. Sobering - it sucked to be a prisoner - and it sucked to be a guard. I suspect it still sucks for prisoners, but the new facility is better overall for both classes of people. Here's a glimpse into one of the cell blocks.

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From the outside, at ground level, looking just over the wall, you can see why it got the name, "The Castle."

This picture is taken from the west looking east, from about where the Post Veterinarian office is today.

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The wall still stands - the building is a bad memory.

In local news...

America Honors its Fallen

Thank you, America. Thank you Saint Joseph, Missouri and White Cloud, Kansas, and all the towns and farms that lie between them. Thank you, Patriot Guard Riders. You made me proud.

On Saturday (8 July 2006), I attended the funeral of PFC Brian Bradbury in Saint Joseph. PFC Bradbury was a forward observer with the 10th Mountain Division in Afghanistan. He died in combat on 21 June.

Go visit the bloggin' Chaplain - and get the rest of the tale.

July 09, 2006

H&I* Fires 9 July 2006

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Hey! Bush stole the Mexican election, too! H/t, SWWBO!

Congrats to blogger Jeff Quintion of Backcountry Conservative (an early linker of this site, I might add) who surrendered to authority to begin serving a life sentence. (that'll teach Jeff to trust me) -the Armorer

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Castle Denizenne Cassandra has this weekend's must-read.

Update: I told you it was good! Cassandra's Villainous Company is the Blog of the Week at Powerline. - FbL

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That's just purty. H/t, Boquisucio.

by SGT John Queen </p>

<p>July 6, 2006</p>

<p>Artillerymen from the 4th Battalion, 319th Field Artillery Regiment, render honors during the 1st Infantry Division’s departure ceremony at Victory Park in Wurzburg July 6. The former Big Red One artillery battalion was re-designated and re-assigned from the 1st ID to the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team.

by SGT John Queen

July 6, 2006

Artillerymen from the 4th Battalion, 319th Field Artillery Regiment, render honors during the 1st Infantry Division’s departure ceremony at Victory Park in Wurzburg July 6. The former Big Red One artillery battalion was re-designated and re-assigned from the 1st ID to the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team.

The white gloves are a nice touch, no? Nice symmetry too, since they're both firing blanks...

Interesting family connection, too. My father commanded the 2-35 FA, 24th Infantry Div (FWD) in Augsburg, Germany. When the 24th and 1st Infantry swapped out in 1970, the battalion reflagged as the 1-33 FA, 1st Infantry (FWD). Now it's morphed into an Airborne unit... On a completely unrelated note - I was born in Wurzburg. But it was then the home of the 10th Mountain.

Oh, oh. I left a setup in there. Farkle!

Your Army at Work.

National Guard members in an entry identification team at their post on Johnson Mountain in New Mexico on June 17, 2006. The team gathers intelligence about possible undocumented aliens attempting to enter the United States from Mexico and relays it to Border Patrol agents. Mexico is south of the ridge in the background. The skybox provides Soldiers with a higher vantage point and contains equipment that enhances their ability to see people by day and night. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jim Greenhill) (Released)

National Guard members in an entry identification team at their post on Johnson Mountain in New Mexico on June 17, 2006. The team gathers intelligence about possible undocumented aliens attempting to enter the United States from Mexico and relays it to Border Patrol agents. Mexico is south of the ridge in the background. The skybox provides Soldiers with a higher vantage point and contains equipment that enhances their ability to see people by day and night. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jim Greenhill) (Released)

On his second day performing Operation Jump Start duties on June 20, 2006, Army National Guard Pfc. Jacob Ellington, 1st Battalion, 158th Infantry Regiment, Arizona National Guard, monitors one of dozens of screens at the Border Patrol's Communications Center linked to cameras monitoring the Yuma Sector of the border with Mexico. The National Guard is operating as the eyes and ears for the Border Patrol. Ellington has volunteered to continue the mission indefinitely. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jim Greenhill) (Released)

On his second day performing Operation Jump Start duties on June 20, 2006, Army National Guard Pfc. Jacob Ellington, 1st Battalion, 158th Infantry Regiment, Arizona National Guard, monitors one of dozens of screens at the Border Patrol's Communications Center linked to cameras monitoring the Yuma Sector of the border with Mexico. The National Guard is operating as the eyes and ears for the Border Patrol. Ellington has volunteered to continue the mission indefinitely. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jim Greenhill) (Released)

060627-N-7586B-162 20060627 U.S. Army Sgt Jason Manley and fellow Military Police (MP), from 506th Regimental Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division conduct a dismounted patrol through the neighborhood of Adhamiya East Baghdad, Iraq, June 26, 2006. (U.S. Navy photo by PH1 Bart A. Bauer)  (Released)

060627-N-7586B-162 20060627 U.S. Army Sgt Jason Manley and fellow Military Police (MP), from 506th Regimental Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division conduct a dismounted patrol through the neighborhood of Adhamiya East Baghdad, Iraq, June 26, 2006. (U.S. Navy photo by PH1 Bart A. Bauer) (Released)

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Bedrani Village, Iraq (June 19, 2006) - Local children walk alongside Pfc Marcos Perez, Company B, 2nd Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, during a dismounted patrol through the town. (Official U.S. Navy Photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Katrina Beeler)<br />
(Released)

060619-N-8252B-027 Bedrani Village, Iraq (June 19, 2006) - Local children walk alongside Pfc Marcos Perez, Company B, 2nd Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, during a dismounted patrol through the town. (Official U.S. Navy Photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Katrina Beeler)

U.S. Army Sgt. Kenneth Strong, left, and his fellow Soldiers exit a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter during an aerial traffic control point mission near Tall Afar, Iraq, July 2, 2006.  The Soldiers are assigned to the 4th Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team. DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Jacob N. Bailey, U.S. Air Force. (Released)

U.S. Army Sgt. Kenneth Strong, left, and his fellow Soldiers exit a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter during an aerial traffic control point mission near Tall Afar, Iraq, July 2, 2006. The Soldiers are assigned to the 4th Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team. DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Jacob N. Bailey, U.S. Air Force. (Released)


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