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October 14, 2006

H&I Fires* 14 OCT 2006

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Hey Blood Spite, The Social Dialectic just keeps-a-coming. Not surprisingly, a demure Christian Cross around one's neck is offensive, but a face obstructive Hijab is an honest way to express one’s devout faith AIN’T THAT NICE.

Ah; but on to more week-end friendly activities… ‘Tis nice to see Little Joey getting himself acquainted with his first .22 LR. And nicer still, to see Mommy and Daddy leading him on his first 2nd Amendment steps. As the saying goes: Teach your children well. - BOQ


I just love this line of Jim Dunnigan's, un-PC as it is:

This is largely due to the fact that there are few nations that can put up much of a fight against carrier fighter aircraft, so more emphasis is now placed on bombing. There are a lot more nations out there in need of a good bombing, than can protect their own air space.

The whole bit is here. -the Armorer


For the amusement of the local experts: the newest handgun enthusiast. - FbL

[Woot! You click this link, people - Fuzzy is dangerous to Bad Guys! Another Denizenne who can *shoot*! -the Armorer]

Since Were-Kitten was thinking of me yesterday......I'll return the favor. A gift from the Princess. -Princess Crabby


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by Denizens on Oct 14, 2006 | General Commentary

Caption Contest...

...okay, not really a contest, just havin' some fun on a Saturday, since it's the lowest traffic day of the week.

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If this pic doesn't inspire you, try this one over at The Right Place.

Busy day in History...

...for battles, anyway.

1066: Hastings.

1431: The Catholic Hapsburgs beat up on the Protestant Hussites at Waidhofen - the only websites I found are in german.

1758, Frederick the Great gets his butt handed to him by the Austrians at Hochkirch.

1805 - It didn't always go Austria's way today. In 1805 Marshal Ney spanked Feldmarschall-Leutnant Graf von Riesch at Eichingen.

1806 - While Napoleon was spanking the Prussians at Jena, Davout destroyed them at Auerstadt, taking the Prussians out of the picture until Blücher shows up in 1813 for the beginning of the end. The Germans didn't always beat the French...

1912 - Teddy Roosevelt's life is saved by an excessively wordy speech - which he delivers even after he was shot...

1943 - Black Thursday. The 8th AF bombs the Schweinfurt ball bearing factory.

October 13, 2006

H&I Fires* 13 OCT 2006

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Announcement of Glorious Nuclear Achievement to Gangster Stooges of Blogosphere. Ya better watch out, the Trailer Trash is going nukular! H/t, CAPT H and Haji-o-matic.

Wotta buncha Flaming Ar$eholes. Really. Mostly worksafe, except for Ms Thang-style environments. What a terrible shame such traditions die. H/t, CAPT H.

I identify with much, but not all of this - like this one: You openly admit to stroking and oiling your wood. You even share tips on it with friends.

My addiction is not as strong as some. H/t, CAPT H, whose contributions (hint, hint to you other slugs) are *greatly* appreciated! -the Armorer


Is the Left going to take over and control major Internet nodes - and in so doing, control content? Interesting points made in this piece by Robert Cox:

Enter Fox News pundit, author and top-rated blogger Michelle Malkin. Last week she received notice from YouTube, the world’s most popular video sharing service, that her video had been deemed “offensive.” The result? Her account was terminated and her videos deleted.

YouTube refused to say why her videos were “offensive” and there was no avenue available to challenge the decision. Today, her videos are gone and her voice is suppressed on the most important video “node” on the Internet.

Some might note that Malkin can still host her videos elsewhere. Of course she can, but that would fail to understand the powerful forces of “network externalities” at play online. There is no Avis to eBay’s Hertz for good reason: Once an online network is fully catalyzed, there is no reason to join an alternative network. If you want to get the most money for your Beanie Baby collection, you are going to want access to the most potential bidders — and that means eBay.

As any of you newer bloggers know - it's hard to get up to the Big Bloggers in the blogosphere now absent name recognition from the get-go. This site wouldn't have the linkage it does now if we hadn't gotten started "back in the day" - we, like many new blogs that don't have built-in name recognition, would be lost in the shuffle. Interesting points to ponder. Read the whole thing here. -the Armorer


And watch out for your Triskaidekaphobia today! -the Armorer


When's Maggie's birthday? I found the perfect present for her- "How to overcome nymphomania"! ~AFSis


X-cuse me while I have some delectable repast. As the Great Confectionary Gourmand @@@ once said. But it wouldn’t be polite to be the only one eating at my corner of the table. Besides, the table is big enough, and with the centerpiece veiling one end of the table from the other, The Denizennes can have a USMC Meal just as well. After all, the other side of the table leads right into The Jungle Room. – BOQ


Bah. Since being challenged, as it were, I figured I'd post something anyway. :)
Political Correctness goes Mad in Britain
Nothing says education like sending 14 year old girls to jail because they ask a teacher for help. H/t: Tinkerty Tonk


Another Congressman falls from grace. Ohio Representative Robert Ney (R) pleads guilty to Abramoff-related charges... but unlike former representative Foley of Florida, the Ohioan hasn't resigned yet, preferring to wait until he's sentenced in January, because he needs the money. Heh. Hastert and crowd better render this fellow un-employed ASAP, because he no longer is worthy of receiving monies for a job he has dishonored and failed at. I see he too entered alcohol rehab. Well and good if you needed it, Mr. Ney - but please don't expect me to be impressed with your moral fortitude, as it comes too late in the game. Good luck with the rest of your life, and don't bother applying for any political office in *my* neck of the woods. Read the rest here. I don't know how long it takes for the House to unseat a member, but COB Monday is a good target, as far as I'm concerned. -the Armorer


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by Denizens on Oct 13, 2006 | General Commentary

Someone you should know.

Father, Husband, Kansas National Guardsman. Like Staff Sergeant Parrish, several posts below this one, killed in Iraq doing his duty.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I say to you Specialist John Edward Wood.

Specialist John Wood, Kansas Army National Guard, KIA Iraq, Oct 7, 2006


No. 06-107


Maj. Gen. Tod Bunting, the adjutant general, announces that Spc. John Edward Wood, a member of Detachment 1, Headquarters Support Company, 891st Engineer Battalion, Kansas National Guard, Garnett, was killed in action in Iraq on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2006. Wood was attached to the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 110th Engineer Battalion, Missouri National Guard, Kansas City, Mo.

Wood, 37, a resident of Humboldt, Kan., died as a result of an improvised explosive device (IED) which struck the convoy in which he was traveling. Also killed in the same attack was Sgt. Lawrence Lee Roy Parrish, Lebanon, Mo., a Missouri Army National Guard soldier who was a member of the 110th Engineer Battalion.

"My heart goes out to the family and friends of these brave Guardsmen,” said Governor Kathleen Sebelius. “They have each made the ultimate sacrifice serving our country and will not be forgotten.”

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of these two fine soldiers. Their service to their states and the nation will always be remembered and honored," said Bunting.

Wood enlisted into the Kansas Army National Guard in October 1988 with Company D, 891st Engineer Combat Battalion, at Fort Scott, Kan., as a Construction Equipment Repairer (62B10). He completed Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., as a Technical Engineer (62B10). He completed Primary Leadership Development Course and was a Combat Life Saver. In September 2004 he mobilized to deploy with the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 891st Engineer Combat Battalion, Iola, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and in December 2005 he chose to extend with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 110th Engineer Combat Battalion.

For his deployed service, Wood was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart and Combat Action Badge.

He had 18 years military service and his other awards included the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Kansas National Guard Homeland Defense Service Ribbon and Kansas National Guard Service Ribbon.

Wood is survived by his wife, Lannette, and four children; Kimberly, Wayne, Dannielle and Lila.

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

Happy Birthday, Sailors!

061013-N-2970T-002 Pacific Ocean (Oct. 13, 2006) - Culinary Specialist 2nd Class Markus Ramirez, assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2), prepared the cake shown to honor the U.S. Navy’s birthday, commemorating 231 years of heritage. The cake was cut on the ship’s mess decks by the oldest and youngest crew members along with the ship’s commanding officer, Capt. Brian Donegan. Essex and embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) is currently underway for their annual fall patrol. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Marvin E. Thompson Jr. (RELEASED) <br />

061013-N-2970T-002 Pacific Ocean (Oct. 13, 2006) - Culinary Specialist 2nd Class Markus Ramirez, assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2), prepared the cake shown to honor the U.S. Navy’s birthday, commemorating 231 years of heritage. The cake was cut on the ship’s mess decks by the oldest and youngest crew members along with the ship’s commanding officer, Capt. Brian Donegan. Essex and embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) is currently underway for their annual fall patrol. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Marvin E. Thompson Jr. (RELEASED)

The SecNav Sends:

SECNAV Navy Birthday Message to the Fleet Story Number: NNS061012-18 Release Date: 10/12/2006 6:20:00 PM

Special message from Secretary of the Navy Donald C. Winter

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- America is an amazing success story. From our humble origins we have grown, prospered, and offered freedom to generations of Americans. We cherish our independence, our liberties, and our way of life, and like generations before, we unwaveringly defend these bedrocks from those who would do us harm.

Since 1775, when the Continental Congress of the United States recognized the need for naval forces, the United States Navy has been vital in protecting our national security. The heroism and courage of the Sailors that have fought our nation’s wars since the earliest days of the republic is alive today in each and every one of you; as we once again confront an enemy that openly targets our freedom and our way of life. Your willingness to serve, your steadfastness in the face of pressure, and your inspiring example of courage in confronting danger are what protect us from those who plot our destruction.

The fact that we live in an increasingly dangerous world is a sobering thought. We have faced great peril before, and we have prevailed. From those in Iraq and Afghanistan, to those deployed at sea and ashore around the world, to those at home who are responsible for recruiting, training, supplying, and providing intelligence to the warfighter, you are all engaged in a noble and worthy endeavor to preserve our way of life and keep America safe.

On this 231st Birthday of the United States Navy, take unique pride in knowing that your service and your sacrifice continue to do honor to a great nation. Your nation, fellow Americans, and our friends and allies around the world respect and appreciate your commitment.

It is my honor and privilege to be your Secretary as we celebrate this birthday. May God bless you, your families, and the United States of America.

The Usual Suspects weigh in, unsurprisingly... well, except for this one, and this one, and this one, at least as of this posting... I guess we can give the west coasters some slack, due to the time zones... of course, this East Coaster doesn't have that excuse... (but I like his Floating Frog).

Leopards spotted in Afghanistan.

Somebody else didn't get the memo... remember this little bit of cargo the AF took to Afstan? The Dutch SP howitzer?

Looks like someone else didn't get the memo on "We don't need no steenking heavy tracked vehicles to fight in the 'Stan!" that Rummy and crowd put out.

Those contrarian Canuckistanians!

One can't help but wonder that if we'd gone in with the 1st CAV and 4th ID, if they'd be going in with nothing but the PPCLI... ;^)

A Canadian Leopard tank is driven onto the C-17 Globemaster III named the

'Spirit of McChord' gives Canadians a lift

by Master Sgt. Mitch Gettle
376th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs

10/10/2006 - MANAS AIR BASE, Kyrgyzstan (AFPN) -- Normally they move people, humanitarian supplies, troop rations and equipment, but Airmen with the 817th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron's Detachment 1 here were tasked Oct. 7 to move different equipment -- several 30-foot, 100,000 pound Canadian tanks.

The C-17 Globemaster III "Spirit of McChord" and its crew made two trips to Kandahar AB, Afghanistan, in one day to transport the equipment for Canadian ground forces supporting the NATO mission.

Col. Michael McLean, Canadian Defense Attaché, said the Leopard tanks will support Canadian troops by providing greater mobility on the ground and more flexible options.

"The enhancements will enable troops to counter threats more effectively and safely," said Colonel McLean. "The sooner we can provide the security and stability, the sooner we can help the Afghan people develop a positive and independent future for themselves and their children."

The 817th EAS, deployed from McChord Air Force Base, Wash., supports the mission of the 376th Air Expeditionary Wing, NATO forces, and operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.

"It filled me with pride watching a (Canadian) tank being loaded onto a McChord C-17," said Senior Airman Bryan Mumma, 376th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, also deployed from McChord AFB. "We work hard to keep our aircraft operational as the supplies we deliver downrange are crucial to our troops and in this case, to the Canadian ground forces."

Other C-17s and crews, also deployed from McChord AFB, worked all week to move the much-needed equipment to the U.S. coalition partners in theater.

Preparing a tank for flight falls on the shoulders of the C-17 loadmasters, who ensure this 30-foot weapon weighing more than 100,000 pounds is properly positioned and secured in the cargo compartment.

As the tank is driven onto the C-17, the loadmaster marshals and positions the tank to ensure safety and optimal performance of the aircraft during flight.

"We make sure there is enough forward, aft, vertical and lateral restraint so the tank will not move in flight," said Tech. Sgt. John Woodard, 817th EAS Det 1 loadmaster.

To keep the tanks in place, the loadmasters use multiple 25K-rated chains, tie-down mechanisms and rings on the floor of the cargo compartment.

"Once the chains are in place, we have to calculate the restraint of each chain to make sure we have enough restraint to meet the forces of 3Gs forward, 1.5Gs aft, 2Gs vertical and 1.5Gs lateral movement," Sergeant Woodard said. "We calculate for each direction to ensure restraint is met for all directions and if more chains are needed, we add them."

"It has been an awesome deployment for us," said Maj. James Hall, 817 EAS Det. 1 commander. "We have had the opportunity to haul stuff for just about every member of the International Security Assistance Forces. The Dutch, Romanians and now the Canadians have had major moves since we have been deployed. It is a great experience working with the militaries from all over the world, especially when it is carrying something as cool as tanks for our great neighbors from up North."

You're welcome, Kate. H/t, CAPT H.

Someone you should know.

Husband, father, Missouri National Guardsman. Killed in Iraq doing his duty.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I say to you Staff Sergeant Lawrence Lee Roy Parrish.

Staff Sergeant Lawrence Lee Roy Parrish

Missouri Guard Soldier killed in Iraq Missouri Army National Guard Sgt. Lawrence Lee Roy Parrish, of Lebanon, died of injuries suffered when he encountered an Improvised Explosive Device on Oct. 7 in Iraq. Parrish, posthumously promoted to staff sergeant, was a member of the 110th Engineer Battalion, headquartered in Kansas City.

Also killed in the same attack was Spc. John Edward Wood, Humboldt, Kan., a Kansas Army National Guard member who was attached to the 110th Engineer Battalion in Iraq.

“Right now, our thoughts and prayers are with the families of these two Soldiers,” said Maj. Gen. King Sidwell, adjutant general of the Missouri National Guard.

Parrish, 36, has been mobilized since August 2005, supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. His unit went overseas in November 2005 and has been providing convoy security and working to remove improvised explosive devices along the Iraqi roadways.

Parrish first joined the Missouri Army National Guard in 1988 with the 1139th Military Police Company, in Harrisonville. He later joined the U.S. Army and served in Bosnia from March through October 1999; served in Qatar, Kuwait from December 2001 to January 2002; and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba from July 2003 through January 2004.

In the 110th, he was assigned to Support Platoon, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, supporting the battalion’s route clearance companies in their mission to keep the highways clear of Improvised Explosive Devices.

Parrish is a graduate of the Basic Training, Advanced Individual Training, Primary Leader Development Course, and the Basic Non-Commissioned Officer Course.

Parrish reenlisted this past February, at the Ziggurat in the ancient city of Ur, believed to be the birthplace of Abraham.

For his deployed service, Parrish was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Combat Action Badge and Missouri Expeditionary Medal.

He has 12 years military service and his awards include the Army Commendation Medal, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, two Army Good Conduct Medals, two National Defense Service Medals, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, two Overseas Service Ribbons, and the Army Forces Reserve Medal with the M Device.

Parrish is survived by his wife, Sarah, and five children; Katheryn, Constance, Jacqueline, Hayden and Gracelynn.

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

by John on Oct 13, 2006 | Something for the Soul
» Mensa Barbie Welcomes You links with: Tribute: PO2 (SEAL) Michael Monsoor

October 12, 2006

H&I Fires* 12 OCT 2006

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On this day in history... Khruschev bangs his shoe. Or maybe not. The guy was a Stalingrad survivor - mebbe he was having a PTSD moment... -the Armorer


Omar, of Iraq the Model - is *not* impressed with the Iraqi civilian casualty study, published today by The Lancet (registration required). The comments to the thread are worth the read. -the Armorer


A quote for Alan of GX40:

Sometimes when I reflect on all the beer I drink, I feel ashamed. Then I look into the glass and think about the workers in the brewery and all of their
hopes and dreams. If I didn't drink this beer, they might be out of work and their dreams would be shattered. I think, "It is better to drink this beer
and let their dreams come true than be selfish and worry about my liver."
-- Babe Ruth

That should satisfy the soft little socialist center of his... -the Armorer


I know, I'm link-whoring. But I couldn't resist: Stupid Civilian Tricks. - FbL

[Follow the link - you'll be glad you did. Don't neglect the comments, *Alan* - the Armorer. ]


Hmmmm. The Army's got a New Slogan.

"Army Strong"...

"...developed by McCann Worldgroup, the communications firm the Army hired last December after struggling through its disappointing recruiting year. The overall five-year contract with McCann Worldgroup is valued at $1 billion (euro790 million), with the first two years guaranteed at $200 million (euro158.7 million) annually.

Geez, we've already *got* the knuckle-dragging Neanderthaler image and now we threw some PR firm a billion-buck bone to set it in concrete. Par'm me whilest I goes out ta smack a smilodon in the snot locker.

Heh. Army Strong. Marines Strong. Navy Use Deodorant... --BillT

1SG Keith trumped ya, Bill. He posted the campaign video. ~AFSis

**UPDATE to the UPDATE**
Good -- now John won't get stuck with the extra coins for exceeding his bandwidth quota! --BillT

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Snerk. And I just cleared up some space so I could host it... 8^) -the Armorer


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by Denizens on Oct 12, 2006 | General Commentary
» CDR Salamander links with: Army's new add: Army strong
» Mostly Cajun, All American and Opinionated links with: Over the Hill…

Rotary in Action.

In this case, literally. My Rotary Club and our District support this effort. In fact, our District (starting first with our club two years ago) has been supporting efforts to help Iraqi children for over two years, via deployed members or their offspring serving in the Box.

Roger is a Kansas National Guardsman who runs the Joint Visitors Bureau (JVB), which is a high-risk job, professionally - he handles all the visiting dignitaries. And in Baghdad, it can also be high-risk personally.

Letter from Rotarian Roger Aeschliman from the Topeka Downtown Club and currently stationed in Iraq

Howdy everyone, 1 October 2006

Several times this year everything canceled right out from underneath us. Such too this week. There were significant missions scheduled and we looked to be nearly maxed out. Then one by one they all disappeared. We never know beforehand why these lulls occur but afterwards sometimes learn. Once was when Zarqawi got whacked; once when all the senior commanders demanded some relief from visitors so they could fight the war; another time was the seating of the new government ministers. Wonder what this one will turn out to be?

For the nonce, very slow for me and most of the JVB, though as predicted last week, Muslims are killing Muslims more now during their holy Ramadan than prior.

Much of my spare time this week was absorbed by the mission planning and delivery of all your boxes of health, hygiene and first aid supplies, as well as toys and soccer balls, to the town of Makasib (my desk area is tidy again after about a month of piled up boxes).

Charlie Company, one of our Wichita-based units, owns the territory outside of Camp Slayer, including the town of Makasib. I coordinated with Captain Rob Stone to insert our armored utility truck into one of his combat patrols into the town. Here at the JVB we loaded all the boxes Wednesday evening, early Thursday picked up an Army Public Affairs Reporter, then headed to the Royal Palace Complex to meet CPT Stone. Broke fast in yet another wonderful mess hall in yet another impressive palace, then received the patrol briefing and rolled out of the gates into the farmlands south of the Baghdad International Airport.

The convoy was four M-1114 gun trucks (formerly known as Hummers, now heavily armored and armed) and the armored truck (replacing all the old 2 ½ ton trucks that served the army since World War II). We wheeled by the farms and occasionally the .50 caliber machine gunners would throw a soccer ball to the children that magically cluster along the roadways. There must be some kind of ESP linking all these kids as they popped up out of nowhere to line the way ahead of us. The roads ranged from a few decent blacktops down to narrow, rutted, dike-top footpaths and we wove back and forth over an unpredictable route. This area is very calm, mostly poor Sunni farmers and not the site of any sectarian violence. Nevertheless Charlie Company troops discovered roadside bombs over past months, had a few blow up near patrols and encountered random small arms fire. This trip was blissfully uneventful other than kids fighting over soccer balls.

We made it unscathed to Makasib rolling straight into the middle of town, stopping right in front of the clinic. We dismounted just in time to see the local butcher cut the head off a living goat. By the time we were all done the goat was skinned, quartered and hanging on hooks for sale.

As foreshadowed by CPT Stone we were immediately surrounded by children – truly hundreds. They all wanted something: “hey mister. Gimme …” a pen, rank insignia, a lighter, money, whatever. Tugging at sleeves and trousers. You can’t let them swarm you as they will pick your pockets. So smile, smile, tousle hair, pat cheeks and say “La! La!” No, No.

The village headman (not actually a tribal sheik or the official mayor but nevertheless accepted as in charge by the locals) met us at the clinic and we chatted and toured. There are a dozen rooms in the building and half of them are empty. The rest have some hodge-podge of castoff furnishings and nothing else. A male and a female doctor were on hand to receive the boxes. After further discussion we allowed the headman and the doctors to decide what to do with the whole shebang. Their decision? Store everything in the clinic where it would be safe from pilfering. The people would have extra incentive to go to the clinic where they could leave with some item of health or hygiene after a checkup or treatment. The docs would also have toys to give away to their frightened young patients. The headman retains the right to distribute things amongst the populace as he sees fit.

This is a win/win/win outcome for us. Your Kansas soldiers (AND YOU!) got credit for bringing necessary and helpful things they could not otherwise afford, the clinic and the ministry of health get credit for being effective and the headman gets to exercise leadership and largess bolstering his position and maintaining tribal norms.

We talked at length about Topeka and that these gifts were from real people who care, not a governmental program. We tried to explain Rotary but the translator gave up saying that the idea of a large group of people sitting down together to do good works for others without desire for recognition or reward was incomprehensible in this culture. I found that fascinating yet hope he is wrong.

They know we will be back in a few weeks to bring the 62 boxes of medical clinic supplies and equipment collected by Topeka’s four Rotary Clubs, spearheaded by my dear friend Maria Wilson. And they are grateful. Yet they also have a sense of doubt about our motives. Why would these people from Topeka and Texas and Washington State (some of whom I don’t even know) care about Makasib? In Islam giving to the poor is required in order to go to heaven. You MUST do it; it is a fundamental pillar of the faith. So giving is not a choice made selflessly; there is a quid pro quo. This is a cultural difference that must be overcome by them as they seek to develop a civil society rather than the hunker down and avoid pain dictatorship society they have known for 3,000 years.

Makasib boxes from Rotarians Joe McFarland x 3, Anita Wolgast, and Frank Memmo (and Sandra). 112 boxes for Makasib. That’s probably it except for the 62 full of clinic supplies coming from Rotary and the many donors throughout Topeka. Thanks!

American by birth. Soldier by choice. Volunteer by God!

Roger T. Aeschliman
Major, Armor
Deputy Commander, First Kansas Volunteers

Is this Fred Reed?

...or Fred Reed on crack? Of course, since he has chosen the Expat Way, and lives full-time in Mexico, his effective "ruler" is Senor Calderon - or will be, anyway.

Here's a cheery little excerpt:

A tribal rite in the column racket is the discovery of darkness in the hearts of presidents, or witlessness, and we discover away industriously. I have done my share. I thought Clinton a bright, libidinous lout, Jimmy Carter a moralizing cipher, Reagan a sort of Grandfather Barbie and, by contrast, Eisenhower a wise man hiding behind remarkable syntax. None was evil, or mad. Bush is something new in presidential politics, genuinely dangerous and genuinely out of control. The time is ripe for him. America no longer has the institutional defenses to say "no."

What would happen if a president just refused to go? To remove him, someone would have to act. Who? Little would be necessary to stop a coup, granted. A couple of helicopters of Marines landing across the street from the White House would be enough. The various federal police bully civilians well (ask Steve Hatfill), but would find fighting real men another thing. But who in the military would have the courage to do it?

The rest is here.

But Fred's right - the military wouldn't stop it - the soldiers will be too busy killing their officers to intervene.

Geez, Fred, what happened? Was the worm in the bottle diseased? Some bad avocado?

by John on Oct 12, 2006 | Politics


In the spirit of the Naval Service, "Non Sibi Sed Patriae!"*...


Ladies and Gentlemen, I say to you the Dead of the USS Cole, DDG-67:

Hull Maintenance Technician 2nd Class Kenneth Clodfelter
Electronics Technician Chief Petty Officer Richard Costelow
Mess Management Specialist Seaman Lakeina Francis
Information Systems Technician Seaman Timothy Lee Gauna
Signalman Seaman Cherone Louis Gunn
Seaman James Rodrick McDaniels
Engineman 2nd Class Marc Ian Nieto
Electronics Warfare Technician 2nd Class Ronald Owens
Seaman Lakiba Nicole Palmer
Engineman Fireman Joshua Langdon Parlett
Fireman Patrick Howard Roy
Electronics Warfare Technician 1st Class Kevin Shawn Rux
Mess Management Specialist 3rd Class Ronchester Santiago
Operations Specialist 2nd Class Timothy Lamont Saunders
Fireman Gary Graham Swenchonis Jr.
Ensign Andrew Triplett
Seaman Craig Bryan Wibberley

Meet the casualties.

Now is the time at Castle Argghhh! when we dance: In Memoriam of early casualties of the Global War on Terror.

Linda of Something... and Half of Something has her own take on the event up today.

Here is a link to the DoD Commission Report.

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by John on Oct 12, 2006 | Global War on Terror (GWOT)
» EagleSpeak links with: Some remember: USS Cole attacked 6 years ago
» Blue Star Chronicles links with: Remember The USS Cole

I am not a meteorologist...

...nor do I play one on TV.

*puzzled frowns from the under-forty crowd*

However, I remember enough Meteorology 101 from Comanche County Cannon-Cockers' College ("Always launch a Davy Crockett rocket *with* the wind" and "If the tube is wet, it's raining") and Advanced Meteorology for Army Aviators ("Night air has less lift because all the fixed-wing drivers flying around during the day use it up" and "Helicopters don't fly. They vibrate so much that the earth rejects them") to have a pretty good batting average when it comes to weather-guessing.

Heh. I'm usually more accurate than the guy on the local Peacock Broadcasting Company affiliate, and *he* gets *paid* to do it.

Okay, I know it's an El Niño year -- which means a warmer and wetter than normal winter -- but I'm going out on a limb with the chainsaw and predict that this is gonna be Fimbulwinter I. Around here, anyway.

"Gee, Unca Bill, what makes you so *gollum* sure about that?"

Glad you asked, ry.

Everything that can produce berries around here is loaded with them. I'm up to my knees in acorn hulls (the squirrels are carb-loading). The pines have been launching cones since early June (and the tree rats have been eating *them*, too). Oh, yeah -- the tree rats aren't just building nests, they're building them up where the sun will hit them, they're building them close to the trunk and they're insulating the daylights out of them -- li'l bassets stole all the jute fibers out of KtLW's hanging planters ("It's All Your Fault, obviously, for hanging them up in the first place," saith KtLW). The hummingbirds skedaddled in mid-August instead of hanging around until the first of October. Even the resident flocks of Canada geese have headed south. Every Wooly Bear (as opposed to every FuzzyBear) I've found has been solid black. The blue jays have been going totally territorial a month early. And the clincher is

*drum roll*

the snow-blower wouldn't start. A %$#@! mouse used the air intake for a granary...

Hmmmmm -- this might be a tad more widespread than I figgered. Check out the pic of John busting caps with the Mosin-Nagant. His undercoat is growing in...

by CW4BillT on Oct 12, 2006 | General Commentary

October 11, 2006

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For those of you who think "The Rulez" regarding commenting are a bit restrictive of your ability/right to indulge your muse - comes this cautionary tale. -the Armorer


I am in a quandry. The Unit is the only TV including drama or comedy...or frankly non-local news show that I make a point of watching now. Can the Denizenhistas of the Djenijzeen help me out with this one? Alan of GX40.


Generations of warriors. - FbL


by Denizens on Oct 11, 2006 | General Commentary
» Cowboy Blob links with: Excuse My Ignorance, But

The Fighting 69th...

On this day in 1860, Colonel Corcoran, commander of the 69th New York State Militia - refused to parade his regiment of Irish immigrants for a visiting dignitary, the Prince of Wales, in protest to the British Government's response to the Irish Famine.

He was arrested, and remanded for Courts Martial. All of which was forgotten when Fort Sumter was fired on and the Civil War opened. Good thing, too - the 69th was a key player at Bull Run, as a part of the Irish Brigade, in that sad way that many Irish regiments are important in history - as bulwarks for retreating armies.

The Fighting 69th still fights.

We also got some good music out of it - and note in the song - the predecessors of the FDNY were "going up when we were coming down" way back in the day, too.

Boys that Wore the Green

Boys that Wore the Green
(William Woodburn)

On the twenty-first of July, beneath the burning sun.
McDowell met the Southern troops in battle, at Bull Run;
Above the Union vanguard, was proudly dancing seen,
Beside the starry banner, old Erin's flag of green.

Colonel Corcoran led the Sixty-ninth on that eventful day,
I wish the Prince of Wales were there to see him in the fray;
His charge upon the batteries was a most glorious scene,
With gallant New York firemen, and the boys that wore the green.

In the hottest of the fire there rode along the line
A captain of a Zouave band, crying, "Now, boys, is your time;"
Ah! who is he so proudly rides, with bold and dauntless mien?
'Tis Thomas Francis Meagher, of Erin's isle of green!

The colors of the Sixty-ninth, I say it without shame,
Were taken in the struggle to swell the victor's fame;
But Farnham's dashing Zouaves, that run with the machine,
Retook them in a moment, with the boys that wore the green!

Being overpowered by numbers, our troops were forced to flee,
The Southern black horse cavalry on them charged furiously;
But in that hour of peril, the flying mass to screen,
Stood the gallant New York firemen, with the boys that wore the green.

Oh, the boys of the Sixty-ninth, they are a gallant band,
Bolder never drew a sword for their adopted land;
Amongst the fallen heroes, a braver had not been,
Than you lamented Haggerty, of Erin's isle of green.

Farewell, my gallant countrymen, who fell that fatal day,
Farewell, ye noble firemen, now mouldering in the clay;
Whilst blooms the leafy shamrock, whilst runs the old machine,
Your deeds will live bold Red Shirts, and Boys that Wore the Green!

CAPT H and MajMike...

...this one's for you guys. Oh, heck, Neffi too. Any tankers.

Marine tankers taking a forage break on Okinawa, 1945

Some Marine tankers taking a break to forage (and hopefully bathe and wash their clothes if one guy in the background is any indicator) during a break in the fighting on Okinawa, April 1945.

Gad, the irony in this...

...on sooo many levels.

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by John on Oct 11, 2006 | Artillery

October 10, 2006

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Ry - your last egg explains the hat. Those who know what that means, well, they know.

A reminder - Sgt Hook is drivin' for a cool half-million hits - and is offering a prize to the referrer and the visitor... -the Armorer


Perhaps "Supreme Niblick" is a better handle than "Dear Leader." -Instapilot

H/T: Dinocrat


Oooh! Dusty found a phone jack! Whee! How 'bout some Gun Pr0n Poetry? Courtesy Free Market Fairy Tales via CAPT H. -the Armorer


Bad Cat Robot notes how the Seattle Times handles the story (badly) about a justifiable homicide in which a heat-packing CC permit holder... defended himself, to the detriment of his attacker. And shock - he's, he's, walking around free! In another post, she also captures some of my thoughts on pacifism. -the Armorer


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by Denizens on Oct 10, 2006 | General Commentary


A senior Al-Qaeda type who escaped from custody at Bagram, Afghanistan last year got smoked by some Brit squaddies last month in Basra. DNA confirms the kill.

BAGHDAD , – Ground forces have verified the death of Mahmoud Ahmed Mohammed Al-Rashid, also known as Umar Faruq, through DNA testing.

During a raid on Sept 25 in Basrah, ground forces killed Mahmoud Ahmed Mohammed Al-Rashid Faruq. As forces maneuvered to the objective, they received small-arms fire from suspected terrorists. Forces killed an individual wielding a firearm as they reached the objective. After taking photographs and gathering DNA evidence from the individual, ground forces left the suspected terrorist remains at the site. It was later determined through DNA gathered the individual killed was Umar Faruq.


With all this politics stuff...

...I think we need some eye-candy.

How about the USS Idaho firing on Okinawa?

USS Idaho firing on Japanese positions on Okinawa, April 1945

Yeah, that works.

Not all Moms are Cindy Sheehan.

...but you knew that!

Supporters rally for troops 2nd annual event started with a Hoosier Marine's plea to his mother back home By James A. Gillaspy In 2005, Lance Cpl. Scott Huse, Pendleton, contacted his mom from Iraq about a woman who was protesting the war after her son's death in action.

The other mom was Cindy Sheehan, whose efforts to confront President Bush and criticize the war in Iraq had attracted a growing audience of supporters across the nation.

"He said, 'We've seen the war protests. Does nobody back home support us anymore?' " Connie Huse recalled Sunday.

Their exchange was the beginning of a grass-roots effort by Huse and some other Marines' moms in Central Indiana to publicly recognize the troops' selfless duty, regardless of their mission.

The 2nd Annual Support Our Troops Rally was held Sunday at the Indiana World War Memorial, where Huse and other moms joined other veterans' families in a salute to military service.

"This is a totally nonpolitical rally," said Anderson resident Vickie Widing, mother of Lance Cpl. Zachary Widing, who is bound for Iraq.

"We're just supporting our brothers and sisters and husbands and wives," she said. "It's an honor to be here."

Even the little people got involved...

Brownies show their support

A group of small girls attending the Support Our Troops Rally contributed in a big way. Members of Brownie Troop 1916 of Fishers were recognized for several acts of kindness over the past year. The girls made 50 Christmas cards for soldiers in Iraq, donated 200 boxes of Girl Scout cookies, sent 50 Easter baskets and, in their latest show of support, disguised 200 Tootsie Roll Pop gifts as Halloween ghosts.

Read the whole story here. H/t, Mike D.

Okay. I understand the feeling...

...really I do. I feel it myself. The ennui with Republican idiocy. I feel the tug of Not Voting For The Right, myself. I don't really want to vote Republican, but truly, in the absence of a Constructive Left, what choice is there? And remember - the Left is doing to the Right (pulling it leftward, absent a huge majority) exactly what we expect the Right (though they're pansies about it many times) to do to the Left when the Right is in the minority. Yeah, the Right has a majority at the moment, but it *isn't* a huge one... in that respect, the system is working as intended, like it or not. If the founders had *wanted* a 51% majority to be able to run completely roughshod over the opposition - they would have given us Parliament, not Congress. Lookit Britain - not what *I* want. So, I don't think the Allahpundit (vote straight Dem) or Malkin (don't vote) approach are Good Ideas. They are, to my eye, Bad Ideas. Any path that leads to Speaker Pelosi and Majority Leader Reid are Bad Ideas.

Better a bunch of weak sister Righties in charge than Lefties. Now, if we could just find a way to make primary challenges to idiot incumbents competitive...

I had a post ready for this, but Bill Bennett says it better and more succinctly:

Okay, look. Now is the time for all good men—and women—to come to the aid of the party.

In 1960, Barry Goldwater famously shouted, "Grow Up Conservatives." It took 20 years for that call to be heeded, and we got the expanded, entrenched Welfare State, a disastrous & humiliating foreign policy in the meantime; and Ronald Reagan's presidency was about attempting to roll back those 20 years as much as moving forward on a positive agenda.

Look, if you want John Paul Stevens replaced on the Supreme Court with a carbon copy, pro-choice, pro-racial preferences Justice, stay home.

If you want Donald Rumsfeld hauled before Congress every week justifying the war rather than fighting it, stay home.

If you want spending to increase even above the levels you are unhappy with now, stay home.

If you want Henry Waxman holding hearings on every aspect of the administration's actions, stay home.

If you want to see the war in Iraq defunded to the point of withdrawal so that the worst elements in Iraq take over and a repeat of the helicopters-fleeing-Saigon-type-images come back all over again, signaling a decade-long disrespect and doubt of American power, stay home.

If you want to keep the border unsealed, stay home.

The stakes are large, we can't afford twenty years, we can't afford two years of this. If you want a change in your Congressional leadership, fine, wait until you have the election, then demand it, with a new GOP speaker and majority leader if you want...but let me tell you, a new minority leader and a new minority whip will not get you much, it won't get you anything.

Two years ago we sent a message by reelecting the President, have things fallen so hard since then that we can't muster those numbers again and see that the good should not be traded in for the bad? You want to rue a day? You will rue a day with John Conyers as head of the House Judiciary and Pat Leahy as head of the Senate Judiciary. Don't do it. Please don't do it.

For all of my career and beyond, I was never a registered member of any party, and never lived in a state where you could vote in a primary as an independent.

I'm finally going to have to declare a party - not because I really like the Republicans that much, but because I'm really farking tired of who the party picks for its candidates. I want some new blood. But I don't want new lefty blood. While we might send a middlin' Dem to the Congress, we'd *still* be creating Speaker Pelosi.

No thank you.

Stop the ACLU (and other's he links) agrees.

by John on Oct 10, 2006 | Politics
» Watcher of Weasels links with: Submitted for Your Approval
» Watcher of Weasels links with: The Council Has Spoken!

October 09, 2006

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I received this from a mailing list. I wonder how the Americans with Disabilities Act would handle a Moslem taxi driver refusing to carry a guide dog in his cab.

The war ends when they can reconcile Islam with liberality as many of the rest of us have had to reconcile our faith with liberality. It can be done. Until then they’ll continue to attack and we’ll continue to counter-attack in whichever sphere of conflict is being discussed.

The sickos who robbed a pet store / animal shelter, and terrorized and killed many of the animals, will find a special place waiting for them in hell.


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by Denizens on Oct 09, 2006 | General Commentary
» Bear Creek Ledger links with: I suppose this is next for Mpls/St. Paul Cabbies

October 08, 2006

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John noted that this was his kind of fund-raiser, and it most certainly was. My AAR is up. - Barb


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by Denizens on Oct 08, 2006 | General Commentary
» Blue Star Chronicles links with: War Widow to be Deported
» Stop The ACLU links with: Sunday Funnies

It is official. Kartman Jung-Il has tested a device

CNN just reported it as of 10:56pm Eastern.
Anyone else get the feeling that we're the ensign standing at his post while everyone else has jumped ship?

Gunblogger Rendezvous

Good times! I'll have more during the week - but let's cut to the chase.

The shooting.

First off - SWWBO shoots her first 5.56mm carbine - Say Uncle's rifle.

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While I don't have a pic of her target - her group at 25 yards would fit inside an Eisenhower silver dollar.

The Armorer got to shoot many rifles yesterday. Smallest Minority's M1 Garand (a 1943 Springfield, Danish return), with which the Armorer was able to keep his groups within the black at 25 meters firing rapid fire, and was pinging a spinning target at 425 yards (iron sights). Okay, that was after two clips to get the feel. Hey, 49 year old eyes, iron sights, at that range - I'm happy.

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This is the Armorer blazing away with Rivrdog's 1945 dated Soviet M44 carbine - shooting battle sights, bayonet extended, supported.

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This is the Armorer's 100 meter target - 11 rounds, fired in two minutes, open sights, supported - all in the black. The Armorer thinks that's credible shooting for a blind fat guy shooting an $84 rifle with old milsurp ammo. Why 11? That's what I had left, natch.

Speaking of cheap milsurp ammo... there are some risks. Even with what otherwise looks like clean ammo. Lookit the case rupture on this copper-washed steelcase combloc fodder.

More later and during the week. Breakfast, and later, the airport, calls.

by John on Oct 08, 2006 | Gun Pics