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October 28, 2006

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Interesting quotes.

1940 FDR, "Republicans . . . after opposing rearmament for years, are now protesting that the United States is too weak."

"No matter how involved a commander may become in the elaboration of his own thoughts, it is sometimes necessary to take the enemy into account." -- Winston Churchill


Some interesting reading:

Measures Short of War (24Mb) - Writings of George Kennan, Edited by G.D. Harlow and George C. Maerz

This volume holds the unpublished lectures and other writings of George Kennan at the National War College in its first academic year, 1946-47. Kennan and his generation, having won the war, faced the challenges of winning the peace. This they did, by creating and fostering the policies and structures that we now often take for granted: the Marshall Plan, the concept of containment, and institutions such as the US Department of Defense, NATO, and the United nations

The National War College itself was an experiment in co educating military and civilian leaders. As the first Deputy for Foreign Affairs at the War College, George Kennan had no small role in shaping these developments. His 1946-47 lectures and papers, specially edited for this book in collaboration with Professor Kennan, document his thinking on many critical national security topics of those days.

H/t, Lightningtest via Dirty Little Secrets at Strategy Page. -the Armorer

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by Denizens on Oct 28, 2006 | General Commentary

The state of the Intelligence community...

Yesterday, the NYT ran this article by Mark Mazzetti: In ’97, U.S. Panel Predicted a North Korea Collapse in 5 Years

An excerpt:

WASHINGTON, Oct. 26 — A team of government and outside experts convened by the Central Intelligence Agency concluded in 1997 that North Korea’s economy was deteriorating so rapidly that the government of Kim Jong-il was likely to collapse within five years, according to declassified documents made public on Thursday.

The panel described the isolated and impoverished country as being on the brink of economic ruin and said that “political implosion stemming from irreversible economic degradation seems the most plausible endgame for North Korea.” The majority among the group argued that the North’s government “cannot remain viable for the long term” and could fall within five years.

Nearly a decade later, the assessment has not been borne out, and its disclosure is evidence of past American misjudgments about the internal dynamics of North Korea’s closed society. American intelligence agencies still regard North Korea as among the toughest of intelligence targets and have made little progress inserting human spies into the country to steal secrets about the government.

The assessment was produced by a group that included senior intelligence analysts, Pentagon war gamers and independent academic experts. It was made public on Thursday by the National Security Archive, a research group.

“Conventional wisdom was completely wrong,” said Ambassador Wendy Sherman, who during the late 1990s was the Clinton administration’s coordinator for North Korea policy. “People constantly underestimated the staying power of the North Korean regime.”

The National Security Archive page on the subject is here.

This was the subject of some discussion on a discussion list I belong to, one that concerns itself about intel concerns and the GWOT, among other things.

What follows was a part of that discussion, used here with permission, but anonymously per the posters request.

The first comment was:

The state of being of our intelligence in 1997 did indeed affect national decisions on the DPRK, when in fact the community, bolstered by outside experts was dead wrong. If affected both the Clinton and the early Bush administration. Surely, this document was updated periodically and new information included.

What is it about the community which leads to such misestimation? Was this a case of intelligence telling the policy people what it wanted to hear? Or was the community, apparently headless and heedless unable to focus in parallel on the many areas of interest?

Followed by this response:

I was commissioned as an Intelligence Officer in the US Army in 1978, and still retain my commission therein. In connection with my military service, I have four Intelligence-related Military Occupational Specialties and twice that number of Intelligence-related Special Skill Identifiers. I have worked as an Intelligence Officer, Counter-Intelligence Officer, and Counter-Terrorism Officer from battalion to theater-level, including on Joint Staffs. Based on my experience in the community, I can attest to the fact that Intelligence analysis is always subject to error; but over the past 30 years or so, the United States has done a great deal to needlessly undermine its intelligence capabilities and to thereby ensure greater error and failure. I can think of three things off hand that have most significantly contributed to this.

1. In the mid-1970's, in the wake of Watergate and the Vietnam War, the US Congress, House and Senate, conducted a massive purge and general evisceration of the nation's Intelligence Community from which it has never recovered. This was pursued as a largely partisan political campaign by House and Senate Democrats, who made no secret of their active hatred of the US Intelligence Community, which many of them openly regarded as the principal source of evil in the world. Counter-Intelligence and Counter-Terrorism operations became virtually impossible after this.

2. In the late 1970's, President Jimmy Carter decided that Human Intelligence
was not important and could be replaced by Technical Intelligence. Accordingly, he disestablished the bulk of the US Human Intelligence effort. We have similarly never recovered from this.

3. In the 1990's, President Bill Clinton further degraded what was left of US HUMINT capabilities by mandating that no HUMINT contacts may be involved in bad things. He also crippled the Intelligence Collection and Analysis communities by replacing effective collection and sound analysis with aggressive racial and sexual diversity quotas as the foremost goals of the Intelligence Community.

All of this has led us to where we are today. If you discern a pattern in the above, so do I.

In this context I couldn't help but think of a recent speech by She-Who-Would-Be-Speaker Pelosi:

"I think the fact that I am a woman will raise expectations in terms of more hope in government, and I will not disappoint...The gavel of the speaker of the House is in the hands of special interests, and now it will be in the hands of America's children."

Heh.

by John on Oct 28, 2006 | Politics

Oh.my.gosh.golly.gee.

Ry set me up. He couldn't help it. It's in his nature.

Go read his post below this one, if you haven't already. Then come back here.

Back? Kewl. Okay... sometimes I wonder if Ry is self-aware... lookit what he gave us to work with:

I’m a pariah in academe because...

*gnaws on knuckle*

Okay Denizens! How about a "Finish that sentence" comment party?

Guest post by Denizen Ry.

BloodSpite has something up that’s near and dear to gollum’s heart: Border Issues . Two agents shoot a known border crasher smuggling drugs, wounding and not killing him, and get 20 years each.

That’s not what I’d like to hear. Sure, they messed up and picked up their brass and didn’t file the proper paperwork, but 20 years? For wounding a border crashing drug dealer who seemed to be brandishing a gun? But this drug dealing border crasher seems to have gotten nothing in the way of punishment.

I’m not quite with BlSp or Michele Malkin on this. The ICE agents screwed up royal. They hid evidence and broke the law themselves. There are penalties for behaving in such a manner. Don’t go all cowboy on us and forget there are rules and procedures that ensure nobody goes super nutty down there. I’m sure that this incident and sentencing sends a message loud and clear to all ICE personnel: actually do your job in relation to securing the border and we’ll see you in court. Just like cops in Oakland, CA won’t report an illegal alien driving without a license caught at a sobriety checkpoint because of action by the ACLU.

Might as well rename the country Workland, accept that all we are is a place for people to come work, get citizenship of whatever country will take us, and give up all pretensions of being a nation if that’s how we’re going to play it.

There is an upside to it. It proves this country treats everyone equally. One of the agents’ surnames is Ramos. He’s Hispanic. We treat everyone the same here in the US. We treat everyone like chit, but at least it’s equally chitty.

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Another Malkin bit that has me scratching my head. Put on the Web a fake passport generator good enough to get thru the security check point and draw federal heat? Well duh.

One of the reasons I’m in trouble around here ["Here" refers to where Ry surfs the internet gets his employment checks from. Around the Castle Ry only gets in trouble for excessive ankle-biting, whacking his spoon on his high chair when he wants attention, and teaching the zombies how to play hockey. Rotting body parts all over. Ick -the Armorer] is a series of renegade experiments I did two and three years back that ate up a bunch of budget for use of instrumentation. I decided I wanted to look at something and then tell DHS about my results. They were not only non-plussed about it but my contact called The Wife directly and told her I’d better stop or someone would make me a visit from men driving a ‘fleet car’ with gov’t plates. I stopped. She threatened to make me sleep on the couch. I also got into serious trouble when Miss Thang noticed that certain stocks were a lot less than they should’ve been.

‘They’ don’t like us doing things ‘off the reservation’. There’s a bias against us ‘amateurs’, however smart and innovative and well meaning we may be, doing stuff without ‘their’ knowing about it first and with ‘their’ okay. That’s the way the game is played. If you can’t play by those rules then you shouldn’t play. Sure, it’s stupid and inefficient. But they’ve got the power to throw your sorry butt in jail. So play by their rules as they’re the ones who have to take responsibility for terror attacks. [I would also note that while gov't is not known for innovation and risk-taking, as Ry notes, they are *also* the ones who have to clean up the mess if you screw up while conducting your experiments... it colors their thinking. As someone who spent time in the "cleaning up after other people's evil actions/honest mistakes, I can see in that window, so to speak. It isn't *always* benign/malevolent paternalism. Just often enough to be a real PITA. -the Armorer]

Posting this on the Web was an extremely stupid thing to do. Why not just hand terrorists the keys to the city while you’re at it? I got a lot of respect for the Hoosier who came up with the concept, but the dude totally screwed up in fighting red tape by posting it on the Web for everyone and anyone to get at it.

I’m a pariah in academe because I want access restrictions on certain journals and types of data. It’s just not smart to have it open to anyone and everyone when there’s a non-insignificant group of the global population who’ll take said info and weaponize it. We can live with the slowdown of discovery that restricted access will cause.

Lots of people are torqued over the NYT divulging the SWIFT program and the NSA wiretap program. It was handing info to the enemy. What this guy did by posting his generator on the web is worse. It’s handing tools to the enemy. The guy who did this is brilliant and yet stupid at the same time. I hope he does get credit for this. I also hope he learns not to go renegade again.

ry

by John on Oct 28, 2006 | Politics

October 27, 2006

Corporal Unger's Funeral, coda.

The day started with the Castle flag at half-staff (yes, done correctly, raised, then lowered, just as it will be raised, then lowered this evening).

It's a dark, grey, rainy morning, with a mist on the hills, and the waters of the lakes steel-grey. There's a rising, bitter wind out of the northwest, as the storm front that brought the rain passes through.

At 0930, people start to congregate along Grant Avenue. Military, civilians, Army, Air Force, Marine, Navy. Officers of foreign militaries here for school. Veterans and those who never served - or perhaps have served as civilians. Mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, aunts, uncles, cousins.

VFW and Legion hats and jackets. All quietly talking amongst themselves, the chat broken here and there by laughter.

One gentleman in front of me explains that his little flag waved over the graves of 4 of the Band of Brothers at the Normandy Cemetery. Corporal Unger has a strong tie to warriors past and present.

The group of CGSC students I'm standing amongst are telling war stories, bitching about silly seniors, really ragging on bosses who did stupid things during their times in the sandbox. And, of course, gripe about CGSC, as students have done at Fort Leavenworth for decades.

Combat patches abound. Many of the people lining the road brought their flags... on their sleeves.

The crowd starts to fill in, as more people make the trek from their offices across the installation. There's no parking nearby, everybody standing along Grant has walked there. Some short distances, like people from the TRADOC Analysis Center, some longer, such as those from the National Simulation Center and Battle Command Training Program.

The crowd is large enough, people start filling in across the street, on the side where the old interurban trolley once ran.

The Garrison Commander's note said... 0930. It's getting on to 0950 and that wind is really whipping in from the north. The students, most of whom really aren't dressed for the weather, start to look a bit chilly - and are getting more animated in order to generate some warmth. Thankfully, it's not raining - but, near as I can tell, even though things are running late and it's cold... the crowd just gets bigger.

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Finally - the "trigger" for my personal "Target Area of Interest" gets pulled - the MP car positioned at the intersection by Hoge Barracks and the Buffalo Soldier Monument blips his lights and closes cross-traffic at the intersection - the indicator that the cortege has arrived on post.

People notice, and start to sort themselves out along the road, the clumps breaking up in anticipation. The warriors, old and new, stand a little taller, faces get "the look." If you've even seen warriors at funerals, well, you know "the look."

Another MP car, lights flashing, crests the hill. Corporal Unger is coming home to rest. What little traffic is left on Grant pulls over, and several drivers get out of their vehicles.

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Preceded by MPs and the cyclists of the Patriot Guard, Corporal Unger's hearse rolls by slowly, as hands young and fit, old and gnarled, snap to foreheads as the colors and the hearse pass. Colors dip in a wave as the cortege passes. Not a word is spoken.

I'm doing fine until the car after the hearse passes by, and I see Laura Unger, looking as lost and devastated as can be. There must have been some rain falling at that point, I guess.

The cars keep coming and coming. I've seen many funerals at Fort Leavenworth - but none this well attended. People in the cars are looking out at us... I guess it was raining in their cars, too.

The cortege went past for minutes, ending with another large group of Patriot Guard riders.

As the rumble of motorcycle engines fades up the road, the crowd disperses. Most of them are going back to their tasks which support the war, and many of them will go back to the war, sooner or later - but all of them took the time to brave the elements to give a small town 'Murica salute to a fallen warrior.

{Break}

It's now about 1PM, and the committal service is over, the volleys fired. I came home so I could post this.

And in a sign of hope, the sun is breaking through the clouds.

Life goes on, and goes forward. Faster for some of us than others.

But the hope embodied in the sun, the belief in a better tomorrow and the hope for a more peaceful future is what Corporal David Unger fell trying to give to the Iraqis, us, and his children.

The torch is passed.

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


Day is done.
Gone the sun
From the lake, from the hill, from the sky.

All is well.
Sleep tonight.
God is nigh.

by John on Oct 27, 2006 | Something for the Soul
» Not Exactly Rocket Science links with: An honorable tribute
» She Who Will Be Obeyed! links with: Dreary day
» MilBlogs links with: Leavenworth Buries a son.
» MY Vast Right Wing Conspiracy links with: Honor and Respect Them
» Sgt Hook - This We'll Defend links with: On Fiddler’s Green- CPL David M. Unger

Corporal Unger's Funeral.

This will be up top until after the funeral today.

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David came home with a motorcycle escort from the Patriot Guard.

Subject: Funeral for CPL David Unger

CPL David Unger, a Leavenworth Soldier, was killed in action October 17, 2006 in Iraq near Baghdad. We join with his family in mourning his loss.

Visitation will be at the Leavenworth High School from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM today (Thursday). The high school is located at 2012 10th Avenue, Leavenworth. Friends may call from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the Beldon-Sexton-Sumpter Funeral Chapel.

The funeral services will be held at the Fort Leavenworth Main Post Chapel with burial following at the Ft Leavenworth National Cemetery. The funeral will begin at 10:00 AM.

Due to parking limitations at the Fort Chapel the Provost Marshall has requested attendees consolidate transportation. Parking is available in downtown Leavenworth at 4th and Cherokee Streets. Be there at 8:30 AM to join the funeral procession going to Ft Leavenworth. The procession will not have to stop at the gate. Otherwise, try to use vehicles with a Post Decal to expedite entry into the fort. Once on the fort you are welcome to join with the Patriot Guard Avenue of Flags or the Avenue of Hats outside the Chapel.

The Patriot Guard will have an Avenue of Flags on 10th Avenue today.

The Reverend Fred Phelps from Topeka is planning his usual fiasco to disrupt the services. He will not be allowed on the school grounds and will be prevented from entering Ft Leavenworth. He will be restricted to the sidewalks at the school. The Patriot Guard will ensure he does not disrupt the services at the high school.

From the Garrison Commander today:

ALCON,

“Corporal David Unger, a Leavenworth native, gave the ultimate sacrifice last week when he lost his life in Iraq as a result of an IED explosion. His funeral will be Friday morning at 1000 at the Fort Leavenworth Main Post Chapel.

The Fort Leavenworth community, to include military, civilians and family members, is invited to pay tribute to Corporal Unger as his funeral procession proceeds from the Main Gate, up Grant Avenue and left on Pope Avenue to the chapel. If you would like to participate in this tribute, please bring in your American flag and join the Fort Leavenworth community in lining up on Grant Avenue at 0930 as Corporal Unger's procession passes by.

The Armorer will act as your representative as the cortege passes by the lakes, flag and all.

If you're in the area - feel free to come and join us. (Seriously - I've got a post-decaled vehicle and a place to park - I'll be happy to bring two or three people with me if you are interested.)

Update: Corporal Unger was in the same graduating class as our son Andy. They held the wake at the high school this afternoon, which is across the street from Castle Argghhh! As referenced above, the Patriot Guard was present to do their usual job of screening Phelp's Whelps from the grieving family. I'm proud to say that no one on our block would allow the Demon-spawn from Topeka to stand on their private property, which ended up pushing the weasel-begotten well south. Apologies rendered to weasels, who are just true to their nature. SWWBO, standing in for the Denizens, took up a Patriot Guard flag and stood watch as the wake progressed. Many friends and acquaintances were present, as were most of the High Folk of the community. This is small town 'Murica, honoring one of it's own. I, sadly, was being a dutiful corporate drone doing war work. I will do my bit tomorrow.

Then, I will join what I expect will be the throng on the Fort, as Corporal Unger goes to stand his Last Post.

by John on Oct 27, 2006 | Something for the Soul
» She Who Will Be Obeyed! links with: Dreary day

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Denny of Grouchy Old Cripple seems to have found Werekitten or Maggie (can't tell which) 'workin' it' with BCR's Titanium Dancin' Poles. How ever did he pull that off and not have his head explode?
ry
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Olivia, a military working dog, sleeps next to her trainer inside a U.S. Army Stryker after a morning of conducting vehicle searches in Mosul, Iraq, Oct. 19, 2006, in support of a joint U.S.- Iraqi army mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Michele A. Desrochers) (Released)

Olivia, a military working dog, sleeps next to her trainer inside a U.S. Army Stryker after a morning of conducting vehicle searches in Mosul, Iraq, Oct. 19, 2006, in support of a joint U.S.- Iraqi army mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Michele A. Desrochers) (Released)

H/t, Fuzzybear Lioness.

Soldiers from the Commander in Chief's Guard demonstrate the role of skirmishers in the traditional European style of warfare.  Skirmishers were used to harass and confuse the enemy by firing shots into the enemy's ranks.

Soldiers from the Commander in Chief's Guard demonstrate the role of skirmishers in the traditional European style of warfare. Skirmishers were used to harass and confuse the enemy by firing shots into the enemy's ranks.
H/t, US Army... -the Armorer

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Cassandra points out the DoD's new pushback against erroneous, incomplete or misleading journalism, and has a great graphic for those interested in linking their well-documented rebuttal site. - FbL

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by Denizens on Oct 27, 2006 | General Commentary

Wanna get your emails published?

This works!

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED

Mr. Donovan,

I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for what is, quite possibly, the best blog-site on the entire Internet. It is still lost somewhere in the back of my "brain-housing group" how I found your site, but every day, I make it a point to visit. I appreciate your support for the military, and revere your knowledge of all things militaria. Thank you.

(*thinks for a second, then goes to look for "Dixie Chicks" on your site…….this should be interesting…….*)

Respectfully Sent,

Corporal JB

Quite obviously a Marine of discerning taste and erudition...

For you, Marine - the Houseguns of Argghhh!

The Home Invader Defenders of Argghhh!

October 26, 2006

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Muslim leader blames women for sex attacks Richard Kerbaj October 26, 2006 THE nation's most senior Muslim cleric has blamed immodestly dressed women who don't wear Islamic headdress for being preyed on by men and likened them to abandoned "meat" that attracts voracious animals. In a Ramadan sermon that has outraged Muslim women leaders, Sydney-based Sheik Taj Din al-Hilali also alluded to the infamous Sydney gang rapes, suggesting the attackers were not entirely to blame.

While not specifically referring to the rapes, brutal attacks on four women for which a group of young Lebanese men received long jail sentences, Sheik Hilali said there were women who "sway suggestively" and wore make-up and immodest dress ... "and then you get a judge without mercy (rahma) and gives you 65 years".

"But the problem, but the problem all began with who?" he asked.

Granted this is in Australia, yet, by and large, the western feminist community seems silent on this attitude among Muslim leaders. And where's the PC crowd? Read the rest here. H/t, SWWBO. -the Armorer

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...and then there were 6. Marine Pfc. John Jodka has decided to plead guilty guilty and testify for the prosecution. This does *not* look good for the remaining 6. So sad. ~AFSis

[From where I sit, looking good isn't the issue. I'm suffering a lack of sympathy. At least *two* of them have taken some responsibility for their actions. What will "look good" for the remaining six is to do the same. I know that isn't really what AFSis meant - but these guys played the blogosphere, their families, their friends - if you recall - and many came to their defense - now they owe it to everybody to come clean themselves. Especially for their fellow warriors who patrol in the aftermath of their actions. All the extenuating and mitigating circumstances are appropriate... for the sentencing phase. If someone in that group is innocent, they should fight it - but if they aren't... well, that's the choice they and their lawyers get to make. -the Armorer]

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by Denizens on Oct 26, 2006 | General Commentary

Ladies in Leather

Heh. Now watch Sitemeter start spinning like the Hobbes meter on Herbie Wells' Time Machine.

But I digress.

Heh. A tip of the cammie-covered steel pot to the Aging Aviators' Association for reminding me that I have biker buds (and have slightly less time on a Harley than I do in the Blue Canoe) and I've noticed something interesting about their Back Seaters -- when a woman wears leather clothing, a man’s heart beats quicker, his throat gets dry, he goes weak in the knees and he begins to think irrationally.

And I know what triggers those reactions...

(The answer's in Flash Traffic so ry won't throw Mizz Thang into cardiac arrest.)

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Mebbe this can be my retirement job...

They're used to war around here. In 1485, Henry VII snatched the Crown just 20 miles away at the Battle of Bosworth. A century and a half later, Oliver Cromwell's troops destroyed the royalists four miles from here at Naseby. During World War II, this very field was an RAF bombing range.

But even the hedgerows and all-seeing steeples of this ancient Northamptonshire hunting country cannot have witnessed anything quite as bizarre as this.

Two tanks are charging through thick mud, blasting away at each other. There is blood everywhere and I'm in the thick of it.

Wobbling around in the gunner's seat of my tank, I have my eyes glued to the periscope and I can see that the enemy is swivelling round to take a shot at me. I am determined to zero in on him first while I have a clear line of vision.

I'll hire on Bill to manage the Attack Helicopainters, and Dusty can manage the Painterbomber fleet... Monteith, CAPT H, and Maj Mike can handle the motor pool and training. Heartless Lib and Sergeant B can handle the infantry. Jim B and Frank can handle arty and mortars. Barb handles the money. BCR instruments the range and makes scary things. Maggie and Werekitten have the bar. Fuzzy runs the first aid station. JTG wanders around playing shell-shocked non-combatant... who will shoot you in the back. Might as well replicate the COE...

Read the rest here. H/t, Mike D.

I'll take suggestions on other duty laydowns, I'm just swagging this one quickly.

October 25, 2006

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I was going to post on this, but, Matt already did. Beccy Cole, the anti-Dixie Chick. H/t, Mike D.

Jim Dunnigan - channeling me and on the pernicious effect the concept of "In'shallah" has in the Arab world.

This "God wills it" lassitude is most apparent in Arab nations with lots of oil wealth. Rather than take all those billions in oil revenue and build an economy, most of it has just been spent on consumption, and avoiding any real attempts to deal with social and economic problems. And why not? Islam, strict Islam, forbids the use of basic economic tools like interest and risk management (which is often condemned as "gambling.") "God's will", indeed.

It also functions as a very convenient excuse for failure - you don't take responsibility for it, after all, God Willed It, and that *was* your punishment... it was fascinating to watch this used by some (not all mind you, only some) Arab artillery officers to excuse their abysmal performance on gunnery and tactics exams... and somehow, prayer, not studying, was the answer. Anyway, read the rest of Jim's piece here.

Chuck Simmins wants you to meet someone... Specialist Richard Ghent.

A grenade hits his Humvee. The driver's killed. His commander is injured seriously and he's thrown from the vehicle with several wounds. The enemy is attacking. What does he do?

He draws his pistol and charges.

Which, of course, is what he should do. But knowing what you should do in combat, and actually doing it, can be two very different things. Go meet Specialist Ghent. We'll be here when you get back. -the Armorer

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WWII, still killing people. I've driven this autobahn many times - as probably did most of you who really liked the "Auld Phart" bit yesterday! H/t, Jim C. -the Armorer

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It's St. Crispin's Day, made famous by the stirring writing of Shakespeare. "We few, we happy few, we band of brothers..."

And speaking of a band of brothers, I recently encountered an impressive young man who I'm quite sure will soon be an honored member of the USMC brotherhood. - FbL

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Heh. I'm sorry, I can't stop snickering. Does that make me bad?

LIVINGSTON, Mont. - The principal of Park High School returned to school Tuesday after a six-day suspension for giving a student a "wedgie." The Livingston School District Board held a special meeting Monday and approved Superintendent Hannibal Anderson's recommendation that Principal Eric Messerli be allowed to return to work.

No, I didn't make this up. H/t, Toluca Nole -the Armorer

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I saw this and I couldn't help but think of John on Halloween

H/t one of my favorite online comics, The Whiteboard

Update: well that didn't work. Guess the image was too wide.See the whole image Here Instead
-BloodSpite
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by Denizens on Oct 25, 2006 | General Commentary
» Blue Star Chronicles links with: Beccy Cole Went to War
» Quotulatiousness links with: James Dunnigan on the Arab world

Aviators are rats...

...hmmm, confirming suspicions most of us who live *under* aviators, Monteith sends us this link, which he intro'd thusly:

Look out Dusty, yer gonna get replaced by the ooze scooped out of the head of a rat....

Read the story here.

by John on Oct 25, 2006 | I think it's funny!
» MilBlogs links with: Some humor.

Break for a Joke

The following is shamelessly stolen from comments over at Lex's.

We’re Off to See the Wizard!

Four United States Presidents get caught up in a tornado…and off they whirl to the Land of Oz.

They finally make it to the Emerald City and find the Great Wizard. “What brings the four of you before the great Wizard of Oz?”

Jimmy Carter steps forward timidly and says, “I’ve come for some courage.”

“No problem!” says the Wizard. “Who’s next?”

Richard Nixon steps forward, “Well, I think I need a heart.”

“Done!” says the Wizard. “Who comes next before the great and powerful Wizard of Oz?”

Up steps George W. Bush and says, “I’m told by the American people that I need a brain.”

“No problem!” says the Wizard. “Consider it done.”

Then there is a great silence in the hall. Bill Clinton is just standing there, looking around. But he doesn’t say a word. Irritated, the Wizard finally asks, “Well, what do you want?”

Bill replies, “Is Dorothy here?”

Hard to believe...

...I actually got *paid* to do stuff like this once...

319th FA in a sandstorm

A little service of the piece...

320th FA at Karbala

Leading to, "Shot, over!"

As Frank adds: Leading to "Splash, over!"

Which ends with... "Splash, out!"

105mm fires impacting near Moway House during a firepower demo at Fort Sill, Ok.   Blockhouse Signal Mountain (ah, nostalgia) in background.

by John on Oct 25, 2006 | Artillery

At the gallop, Charge!


The Charge of the Light Brigade, from Simpson's


`Forward the Light Brigade!'
Was there a man dismayed?
Not though the soldiers knew
Someone had blundered:
Their's not to make reply,
Their's not to reason why,
Their's but to do and die:
Into the valley of Death
Rode the Six Hundred


October 25, 1854. The Battle of Balaklava, and the Charge of the Light Brigade. Was there a man dismayed? I rather daresay yes! And not the Russian artillerymen who were on all three sides shooting down into the bowl. Well, until the end there, when the now-really peeved troopers were amongst the guns. Then the Gunners were probably a touch dismayed.



Cannon to right of them,
Cannon to left of them,
Cannon in front of them
Volley'd & thunder'd;
Storm'd at with shot and shell,
Boldly they rode and well,
Into the jaws of Death,
Into the mouth of Hell
Rode the six hundred.

Flash'd all their sabres bare,
Flash'd as they turn'd in air
Sabring the gunners there,
Charging an army while
All the world wonder'd:
Plunged in the battery-smoke
Right thro' the line they broke;
Cossack & Russian
Reel'd from the sabre-stroke,
Shatter'd & sunder'd.
Then they rode back, but not
Not the six hundred.



Shako badge of the 13th.

Some period photography is available here.

When can their glory fade?
O the wild charge they made!
All the world wondered.
Honor the charge they made,
Honor the Light Brigade,
Noble six hundred.



The Charge of the Light Brigade,
Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Honor the charge they made - but you can still marvel at the officers who thought it a good idea.

Of course, the officers of the Light Brigade might have been influenced by the performance of the Heavy Brigade and of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders the day before - when the 93rd Regiment under the command of Sir Colin Campbell earned the sobriquet "The Thin Red Line" when they stopped the charge of the Russian cavalry.

While the overall Russian force numbered 25,000, only their cavalry pushed down the road to Balaklava. First to receive the Russian attack was Scarlett's Heavy Cavalry Brigade. The rest swept by to charge the 93rd drawn up in line, rather than in a more traditional square, the accepted formation for infantry receiving a charge of cavalry.

"There is no retreat from here, men," Campbell said as he rode along the line, "you must die where you stand." They regiment presented and fired two volleys, breaking the oncoming cavalry into two groups that split and spun into a full retreat. Seeing the backs of the enemy, some Redcoats started a bayonet charge, but Campbell called them off with, "93rd, 93rd, damn all that eagerness!"

A newspaper correspondent, Mr. W. H. Russell, was standing on the hill overlooking the valley. It was clear from that vantage point that nothing stood between the Russian cavalry and the British base on the water but the "thin red streak tipped with a line of steel" of the 93rd. That phrase morphed into "The Thin Red Line" a phrase that encapuslates the Highland Regiments, and indeed, Brit infantry in general.

When asked why he had been so unorthodox as to receive a cavalry charge in line vice a square. Sir Colin Campbell responded; "I knew the 93rd, and I did not think it worth the trouble of forming a square."


They're playing my tune, now.

Here's an interesting collection of stuff from yesterday's MSM articles... a little window into the minds of the 4-baggers (that's 4-Star Generals for you normals).

First up, the Army. Heh. You could always call us auld pharts back... it's all we know how to do. Which Ry keeps kicking me in the teeth about.

Warfare skills eroding as Army fights insurgents By David Wood Sun reporter Originally published October 24, 2006 WASHINGTON // Pressed by the demands of fighting insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan, the U.S. Army has been unable to maintain proficiency in the kind of high-intensity mechanized warfare that toppled Saddam Hussein and would be needed again if the Army were called on to fight in Korea or in other future crises, senior officers acknowledge.

Soldiers once skilled at fighting in tanks and armored vehicles have spent three years carrying out street patrols, police duty and raids on suspected insurgent safe houses. Officers who were experienced at maneuvering dozens of tanks and coordinating high-speed maneuvers with artillery, attack helicopters and strike fighters now run human intelligence networks, negotiate with clan elders and oversee Iraqi police training and neighborhood trash pickup.

The Army's senior leaders say there is scant time to train troops in high-intensity skills and to practice large-scale mechanized maneuvers when combat brigades return home. With barely 12 months between deployments, there is hardly enough time to fix damaged gear and train new soldiers in counterinsurgency operations. Some units have the time to train but find their tanks are either still in Iraq or in repair depots.

Read the rest of the Sun article here. Interesting for all the ghosts of arguments seen in this space...

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October 24, 2006

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Happy Birthday UN... heh.

Remember the story on the females booted from SAS training for, well, allegedly they were booted for *not* failing? Here's more.

The Right Place offers up the RPI, Right Place Index, as a scorecard for Congress from a Conservative perspective. I'm having an email conversation with a Tammy Duckworth supporter, which may make it into posting later this week. He thinks I'm ripe for plucking for voting for "moderate" Dems as he portrays (and she may well be) Duckworth. John Hawkins captures my problem with that approach:

Democrats who are above the 20 RPI level can sometimes be reasonable, but one must always remember that they usually hold little or no sway on their party's hard-core liberal leadership, yet vote to put those same hard-core liberals in charge in votes on organization of leadership and committees. If you learn nothing else from this exercise, always remember that!

A vote for Duckworth is *also* a vote for Dingell, Conyers, Pelosi, et. cie, and *they* will have the power. Not Tammy Duckworth. Just sayin'. -the Armorer

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Please, not again. Another U.S. soldier missing and presumed kidnapped in Iraq. Reports are confusing, but he is believed to be an officer of Iraqi descent, which I suspect the insurgents/terrorists would consider a great coup. - FbL

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by Denizens on Oct 24, 2006 | General Commentary

Double Natal Day

The post below reminds us of 1SG Keith's birthday, but we also have a second Natal Day today:Contrarian Jack of Random Fate shares the date with 1SG Keith.

What are the odds that in a group this diverse and geographically spread, that two of our number would share a birthday, huh? So, you know the drill, gang. Search the web for something fun for the birthday boys, and leave the gifts for Jack here, and the goodies for Keith down below!

by Denizens on Oct 24, 2006 | Birthday

The whatziss, revealed!

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To refresh: This was the question.

It was the "all-ways" fuze used with the Brit No. 69 and No. 81 Grenades. JTG got it correct!

This is actually the fuze from the Castle's "Drill Purpose" No. 69 grenade.

Brit WWII No. 69 Grenade, Drill Purpose

Update: USMC Steve got in *his* answer literally as I was publishing this post - he got it right, too.

by John on Oct 24, 2006 | Grenades

Speaking of being auld...

How many of these can you remember, old guys?

Did I mention Auld Guys?

Like, oh, 1SG Keith? Who is... 50 this day? No, I didn't mention that. Nope. Not me...

* Your name is on the back of a Unit Crest in the Graf O-Club. Yep
* You inventoried nukes at a NATO site and understood the 1 meter
rule when you found out they really were warm to the touch. Big Check!
* You know the Klosterbrauerei Kreuzberg beer really had a two
beer limit. uh-huh
* You know what GDP means and still remember where yours was and how long it took to occupy. Which one?
* You remember when we had tactical nukes and really planned to use them. Yepper. Did the planning, too.
* You remember spending hours in MOPP4 and doing M256 kits. Yep.
* You remember when the M8 Claymore and M72 LAW were part of CTT. Check.
* You remember when ARTEPs were 36 hours and you had fun. Heh. Fun?
* You remember what the hell a "1K zone" was. Something you went looking for after you busted into the 10K zone...
* You remember "ducks," and they weren't feathered. Got me here...
* You remember when Carl Vuono was CG (8th ID(M)) and Max Thurman was head of recruiting command. Betrays the source of this doc - a Pathfinder!
* You know what a Gama Goat and GOER were and could fix an M151A2 to run off one prop shaft. Yep, and I know that 3 cylinder 2 stroke diesel engines are deafening - worse than shooting cannon... damn things *shriek*!
* You remember snow chains on a deuce and a half. ...and putting the M151 the ditch, too, when the supply truck chains came off!
* You remember the monastery in Wildflecken. Through snow-blinded binos.
* You remember POMKIS, where your site was, and what was in it. Well, *I* remember POMCUS (Pre-positioning Of Materiel Configured In Unit Sets)... and I knew where my stuff was (near Weert, Holland), but we never drew our stuff, we always drew the stuff they wanted to move and service after that REFORGER.
* You had a license for an M-1941 stove. Still do. And for an M7 Priest, M3/16 Half-track, M24 Chaffee, and M-47 Patton, since we're on the subject.
* You remember when "c" rations came in cans and were the 1SGs cigarette supply. Check.
* You remember what a P38 is used for. 38 punches to open a can. Still have mine, have since 1972... made by Shelby, in Mallin, Oh.
* You remember everyone had a "reel to reel". I still do - in the basement somewhere.
* You remember when the Israelis were bad ***** and we all wanted to be like them.
* You remember when Saddam Hussein was our loyal ally. Well, not *really*.
* You remember jungle fatigues - and when they fit you. We liked 'em in the First Foot because we got to wear our unsubdued Big Red One on 'em...
* You remember when Airland Battle was a new concept, and everyone religiously read 100-5. And now I have a copy of FM3-0.
* You know what the "Cap Weinberger Doctrine" was.
* You remember green tabs strapped a " Pistol, Caliber .45, Automatic: M1911A1" Actually, I traded mine to the VTR driver for his M3A1 Grease Gun...
* You can remember Team Spirit and REFORGER were every year. I never did a Team Spirit (Korea) but I did 7 REFORGERs, 5 in Germany and 2 from the states.
* You can remember what REFORGER stood for - and they were happy to see you. Well, not all of 'em were happy. The Mercedes driver who pulled too close to the M1 on their first REFORGER near Wurzburg - he wasn't too happy to see us!
* You remember when the M16 was a plastic carbine, and you hoped for an M14. I still hope for an M14 - which is *still* serving, btw!
* You remember beer and cigarette machines in the barracks. Yep.
* You remember Happy Hour at the club - before MPs were waiting at the gate. And girls actually came to the clubs...
* You can remember going to the Club at Graf, drinking, and watching Margaret.
* You personally know Margaret. Heh. I know the Lieutenant who *married* Margaret... then there's the time Dave Cutler didn't wash his hand for two weeks... because he got to rub the oil on Margaret...
* You know what a "Smokey" at Hohenfels is.
* You know Herb at Hohenfels.
* You know the difference between the VRC46, VRC47, PRC77 and VRC160 and the requisite installation kits.
* You know what a CEOI is and you can encrypt grids. Who needs to shack a grid when ya got BLACKHORSE?
* You remember when NTC was a new and cool concept.
* You have never heard of a yellow stress card.
* You remember when as a new LT/CPT you could go out and train your soldiers and not have an OC tell you how screwed up you were.
* You remember battalion commanders and 1SG's who were Vietnam Vets.
* You remember battalion commanders who drank, swore and mentored.
* You remember battalion commanders who were ruthless about tactics, but didn't give a crap about admin BS. Nope, not *that* old.
* You remember as a LT/CPT you had raters and senior raters who actually had the balls to rank you in their profile - to your face. Hey, I've got an OER in my file that doesn't *have* a profile...
* You remember when 60% selected on promotion boards was - awesome.

H/t, auld Jim C.

I can't wait to read what Bill brings to this discussion.

by John on Oct 24, 2006 | Observations on things Military
» MilBlogs links with: Some humor.

October 23, 2006

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Today in history (besides the post below)...

4004BC, 0900 (Greenwich Time) "Let there be light!" Landlord finally installs missing lightbulb. Leastways, that's Bishop Ussher's answer. Heartless Landlord drives young couple from their home 10 November, 4004, creating first homelessness crisis! (As reported by the New York Times)

1864- The Battle of Westport, near Kansas City, Missouri, ends Confederate General Sterling Price's last attempt to take Missouri for the Confederacy - he's beaten (again) by Union Major General Samuel Curtis, who bookends his war by beating Price twice, at Pea Ridge, and Westport. Westport, now one of the "club" districts of KCMO, is still the scene of scattered streetfighting on occasion.

1942- the Second Battle of El Alamein. Montgomery to the troops:

"Everyone must be imbued with the desire kill Germans, even the padres - one for weekdays and two on Sundays."

On Guadalcanal... Edson's Ridge Battle for Henderson Field (farking Al N. and his hosed dbase. I've been burned so many times I check... every entry today *but* that one).

1944- For you sailors: Leyte Gulf, the Afternoon of the Rising Sun.

1956 - the Hungarians believe the West will follow through. We didn't. In 1989, they did it on their own, in the "Velvet Revolution."

Of course, all is not well with the inheritors of the Velvet Revolution, either. -the Armorer

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RINO Sightings at The Searchlight Crusade!

Carnival of the Recipes - over at NerdMom. -the Armorer

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For you airplane freaks... h/t, Mike D. -the Armorer

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Darleen takes on Yvonne Ridley on the subject of Islamofeministas... h/t, SWWBO -the Armorer

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Fuzzybear Lioness wants you to meet someone... Private First Class Russell Dilling:

FORT JACKSON, S.C. (Army News Service, Oct. 12, 2006) – The Army’s oldest Basic Combat Training Soldier marched off Hilton Field here last Friday as a graduate.

PFC Russell Dilling, 42, Company A, 1st Battalion, 13th Infantry Regiment, enlisted in June after the Army raised its maximum active-duty enlistment age to 42.

Remember folks - we've got people who can retire at 38... I was 43. -the Armorer

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Here's some more auld pharts donning the tie-dyed clothing:

Kevin Adams, 39, has a white-collar job, a girlfriend, a cat, and a home in Marblehead. For exercise, he likes to sail.

At 4 a.m. tomorrow , he will leave all that behind and head off for basic training at Fort Benning, Ga., where a drill sergeant will order him to do push-ups, sit-ups, and run with recruits half his age.

From the Boston Globe. H/t, Jim C. -the Armorer

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Snerk! *This* is why governments don't like collectors like me... h/t, Kevin G. -the Armorer

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On a question of ethics, I'd be interested in your thoughts. If you'd be so kind... - FbL

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It's time to remind everyone of the great work of Michael Reagan - an Angel with a Pencil.
-The Adjutant

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by Denizens on Oct 23, 2006 | General Commentary

Nancy Pelosi on the changes in store if she becomes Speaker Pelosi, and stupid Republican tricks...

"I think the fact that I am a woman will raise expectations in terms of more hope in government, and I will not disappoint...The gavel of the speaker of the House is in the hands of special interests, and now it will be in the hands of America's children."

A-yup. Okay, I can run with that as a working description of the Democrats...

8^)

Nope. Can't make this stuff up. That quote is in the last paragraph of this story in the LA Times.

Stupid Republican tricks?

Quoting a 2004 article, "Lie Factory," that appeared in Mother Jones magazine and relied on interviews with a former Pentagon analyst turned White House foe, Karen Kwiatkowski, the mailing highlights Christopher Carney's role in a small intelligence analysis shop inside the Pentagon before the Iraq war. The top of the mailing warns voters, "Chris Carney failed our nation once." "Don't give Chris Carney a chance to FAIL us again," the next page says.

The mailing may seem par for the course in an election season in which Republican incumbents are vulnerable to attacks on their support for an unpopular war. But its return address is the Republican Federal Committee of Pennsylvania. The mailing's target is Mr. Carney, who some see as one of the national Democratic Party's brightest hopes to wrest control of the House of Representatives in 2006.

Bad move, guys. And you oughta disown the mailing. But we do get this amusement with the article - the New York Sun's Eli Lake, the author of the article, provides this fun paragraph to go with it...

Mr. Carney's position on Iraq differs from that of a Pennsylvania Republican, Rep. Jack Murtha, who has said America should set a date and begin withdrawing troops. But Mr. Carney counts Mr. Murtha as a political ally. In August, Mr. Murtha even promised Mr. Carney a seat on the powerful House Appropriations Committee, the congressional panel that spends the federal budget.

I guess it *is* getting hard to tell Democrats from Republicans these days...

by John on Oct 23, 2006 | Politics

October 23, 1983.

Smoke and dust rise from the bombed Marine Barracks at the Beirut International Airport, October 23, 1983.  The mushroom cloud probably still makes Ahmadinejad all funny in his pants and fires his dreams.

Beirut.

Abbott, Terry W. .......... USMC ... CPL .... 10/23/1983 .. OH .. New Richmond, OH
Alexander, Clemon S. ...... USMC ... LCPL ... 10/23/1983 .. FL .. Monticello, FL
Allman, John R. ........... USMC ... PFC .... 10/23/1983 .. NM .. Carlsbad ... NM
Arnold, Moses J. Jr. ...... USMC ... CPL .... 10/23/1983 .. PA .. Philadelphia, PA
Bailey, Charles K. ........ USMC ... PFC .... 10/23/1983 .. MD .. Berlin, MD
Baker, Nicholas ........... USMC ... LCPL ... 10/23/1983 .. VA .. Alexandria, VA
Banks, Johansen ........... USMC ... LCPL ... 10/23/1983 .. MI .. Detroit, MI
Barrett, Richard E. ....... USMC ... LCPL ... 10/23/1983 .. VA .. Tappahanock, VA
Bates, Ronny K. ........... USN .... HM1 .... 10/23/1983 .. SC .. Aiken, SC
Battle, David L. .......... USMC ... 1stSGT . 10/23/1983 .. NC .. Hubert, NC
Baynard, James R. ......... USMC ... LCPL ... 10/23/1983 .. VA .. Richmond, VA
Beamon, Jesse W. .......... USN .... HN ..... 10/23/1983 .. FL .. Haines City, FL
Belmer, Alvin. ............ USMC ... GYSGT .. 10/23/1983 .. NC .. Jacksonville, NC
Bland, Stephen ............ USMC ... PFC .... 10/23/1983 .. NC .. Midway Park, NC
Blankenship, Richard L. ... USMC ... SGT .... 10/23/1983 .. NC .. Hubert, NC
Blocker, John W. .......... USMC ... LCPL ... 10/23/1983 .. FL .. Yulee, FL
Boccia, Joseph J. Jr. ..... USMC ... CAPT ... 10/23/1983 .. NY .. Northport, NY
Bohannon, Leon Jr. ........ USMC ... CPL .... 10/23/1983 .. NC .. Jacksonville, NC
Bohnet, John R. Jr. ....... USMC ... SSGT ... 10/23/1983 .. TN .. Memphis, TN
Bonk, John J. Jr. ......... USMC ... CPL .... 10/23/1983 .. PA .. Philadelphia, PA
Boulos, Jeffrey L. ........ USMC ... LCPL ... 10/23/1983 .. NY .. Islip, NY
Bousum, David R. .......... USMC ... CPL .... 10/23/1983 .. MI .. Fife Lake, MI
Boyett, John N. ........... USMC ... 1stLT .. 10/23/1983 .. NC .. Camp Lejeune, NC
Brown, Anthony ............ USMC ... CPL .... 10/23/1983 .. MI .. Detroit, MI
Brown, David W. ........... USMC ... LCPL ... 10/23/1983 .. TX .. Conroe, TX
Buchanan, Bobby S. Jr. .... USMC ... LCPL ... 10/23/1983 .. NC .. Midway Park, NC
Buckmaster, John B. ....... USMC ... CPL .... 10/23/1983 .. OH .. Vandalia, OH
Burley, William F. ........ USMC ... PFC .... 10/23/1983 .. NJ .. Linden, NJ
Cain, Jimmy R. ............ USN .... HN ..... 10/23/1983 .. AL .. Birmington, AL
Callahan, Paul L. ......... USMC ... CPL .... 10/23/1983 .. OH .. Lorain, OH
Camara, Mecot E. .......... USMC ... SGT .... 10/23/1983 .. NC .. Jacksonville, NC
Campus, Bradley J. ........ USMC ... PFC .... 10/23/1983 .. MA .. Lynn, MA
Ceasar, Johnnie D. ........ USMC ... LCPL ... 10/23/1983 .. TX .. El Campo, TX
Cole, Marc L. ............. USMC ... PFC .... 10/23/1983 .. OH .. Ludlow Falls, OH
Coleman, Marcus A. ........ USA .... SP4 .... 10/23/1983 .. TX .. Dallas, TX
Comas, Juan M. ............ USMC ... PFC .... 10/23/1983 .. FL .. Hialeah, FL
Conley, Robert A .......... USMC ... SGT .... 10/23/1983 .. FL .. Orlando, FL
Cook, Charles D. .......... USMC ... CPL .... 10/23/1983 .. NC .. Advance, NC
Cooper, Curtis J. ......... USMC ... LCPL ... 10/23/1983 .. PA .. North Wales, PA
Copeland, Johnny L. ....... USMC ... LCPL ... 10/23/1983 .. NC .. Burlington, NC
Corcoran, Bert D. ......... USMC ... CPL .... 10/23/1983 .. NY .. Katonah, NY
Cosner, David L. .......... USMC ... LCPL ... 10/23/1983 .. WV .. Elkins, WV
Coulman, Kevin P. ......... USMC ... SGT .... 10/23/1983 .. NY .. Seminary, NY
Croft, Brett A. ........... USMC ... LCPL ... 10/23/1983 .. FL .. Lakeland, FL
Crudale, Rick R. .......... USMC ... LCPL ... 10/23/1983 .. RI .. Warwick, RI
Custard, Kevin P. ......... USMC ... LCPL ... 10/23/1983 .. MN .. Virginia, MN
Cyzick, Russell E. ........ USMC ... LCPL ... 10/23/1983 .. WV .. Star City, WV
Davis, Andrew L. .......... USMC ... MAJ .... 10/23/1983 .. NC .. Jacksonville, NC
Decker, Sidney James ...... USMC ... PFC .... 10/23/1983 .. KY .. Clarkson, KY
Devlin, Michael J. ........ USMC ... PFC .... 10/23/1983 .. MA .. Westwood, MA
Dibenedetto, Thomas A. .... USMC ... LCPL ... 10/23/1983 .. CT .. Mansfield Center, CT
Dorsey, Nathaniel G. ...... USMC ... PVT .... 10/23/1983 .. MD .. Baltimore, MD
Douglass, Frederick B. .... USMC ... SGTMAJ . 10/23/1983 .. MA .. Cataumet, MA
Dunnigan, Timothy J. ...... USMC ... CPL .... 10/23/1983 .. WV .. Princeton, WV
Earle, Bryan L. ........... USN .... HN ..... 10/23/1983 .. OH .. Painsville, OH
Edwards, Roy L. ........... USMC ... MSGT ... 10/23/1983 .. NC .. Camp Lejeune, NC
Elliot, William D. Jr. .... USN .... HM3 .... 10/23/1983 .. PA .. Lancaster, PA
Ellison, Jesse ............ USMC ... LCPL ... 10/23/1983 .. WI .. Soldiers Grove, WI
Estes, Danny R. ........... USMC ... PFC .... 10/23/1983 .. IN .. Gary, IN
Estler, Sean F. ........... USMC ... PFC .... 10/23/1983 .. NJ .. Kenall Park, NJ
Faulk, James E. ........... USN .... HM3 .... 10/23/1983 .. FL .. Panama City, FL
Fluegel, Richard A. ....... USMC ... PFC .... 10/23/1983 .. PA .. Erie, PA
Forrester, Steven M. ...... USMC ... CPL .... 10/23/1983 .. NC .. Jacksonville, NC
Foster, William B. Jr. .... USN .... HM3 .... 10/23/1983 .. VA .. Richmond, VA
Fulcher, Michael D ........ USMC ... CPL .... 10/23/1983 .. VA .. Madison Heights, VA
Fuller, Benjamin E ........ USMC ... LCPL ... 10/23/1983 .. GA .. Duluth, GA
Fulton, Michael S. ........ USMC ... LCPL ... 10/23/1983 .. TX .. Ft. Worth, TX
Gaines, William Jr. ....... USMC ... CPL .... 10/23/1983 .. FL .. Port Charlotte, FL
Gallagher, Sean R. ........ USMC ... LCPL ... 10/23/1983 .. MA .. N. Andover, MA
Gander, David B. .......... USMC ... LCPL ... 10/23/1983 .. WI .. Milwaulkee, WI
Gangur, George M. ......... USMC ... LCPL ... 10/23/1983 .. OH .. Cleveland, OH
Gann, Leland E. ........... USMC ... SSGT ... 10/23/1983 .. NC .. Camp Lejeune, NC
Garcia, Randall J. ........ USMC ... LCPL ... 10/23/1983 .. CA .. Modesto, CA
Garcia, Ronald J. ......... USMC ... SSGT ... 10/23/1983 .. NC .. Jacksonville, NC
Gay, David D. ............. USMC ... LCPL ... 10/23/1983 .. NC .. Harrisburg, IL
Ghumm, Harold D. .......... USMC ... SSGT ... 10/23/1983 .. NC .. Jacksonville, NC
Gibbs, Warner Jr. ......... USMC ... LCPL ... 10/23/1983 .. VA .. Portsmouth, VA
Giblin, Timothy R. ........ USMC ... CPL .... 10/23/1983 .. RI .. N. Providence, RI
Gorchinski, Michael W. .... USN .... ETC .... 10/23/1983 .. IN .. Evansville, IN
Gordon, Richard J. ........ USMC ... LCPL ... 10/23/1983 .. MA .. Somerville, MA
Gratton, Harold F. ........ USMC ... LCPL ... 10/23/1983 .. NY .. Conoes, NY
Greaser, Robert B. ........ USMC ... SGT .... 10/23/1983 .. PA .. Lansdale, PA
Green, Davin M. ........... USMC ... LCPL ... 10/23/1983 .. MD .. Baltimore, MD
Hairston, Thomas A. ....... USMC ... LCPL ... 10/23/1983 .. PA .. Philadelphia, PA
Haltiwanger, Freddie Jr. .. USMC ... SGT .... 10/23/1983 .. SC .. Little Mountain, SC
Hamilton, Virgil D. ....... USMC ... LCPL ... 10/23/1983 .. KY .. Dayton, OH
Hanton, Gilbert ........... USMC ... SGT .... 10/23/1983 .. DC .. Washington, DC
Hart, William ............. USMC ... LCPL ... 10/23/1983 .. NC .. Jacksonville, NC
Haskell, Michael S. ....... USMC ... CAPT ... 10/23/1983 .. NC .. Camp Lejeune, NC
Hastings, Michael A. ...... USMC ... PFC .... 10/23/1983 .. DE .. Seaford, DE
Hein, Paul A. ............. USMC ... CAPT ... 10/23/1983 .. NC .. Camp Lejeune, NC
Held, Douglas E. .......... USMC ... LCPL ... 10/23/1983 .. NC .. Jacksonville, NC
Helms, Mark A. ............ USMC ... PFC .... 10/23/1983 .. NE .. Dwight, NE
Henderson, Ferrandy D. .... USMC ... LCPL ... 10/23/1983 .. FL .. Tampa, FL
Hernandez, Matilde Jr. .... USMC ... MSGT ... 10/23/1983 .. NC .. Midway Park, NC
Hester, Stanley G. ........ USMC ... CPL .... 10/23/1983 .. NC .. Raleigh, NC
Hildreth, Donald W. ....... USMC ... GYSGT .. 10/23/1983 .. NC .. Sneads Ferry, NC
Holberton, Richard H. ..... USMC ... SSGT ... 10/23/1983 .. SC .. Beaufort, SC
Holland, Robert S. ........ USN .... HM3 .... 10/23/1983 .. KY .. Gilbertsville, KY
Hollingshead, Bruce A. .... USMC ... LCPL ... 10/23/1983 .. OH .. Fairborn, OH
Holmes, Melvin D. ......... USMC ... PFC .... 10/23/1983 .. IL .. Chicago, IL
Howard, Bruce L. .......... USMC ... CPL .... 10/23/1983 .. ME .. Strong, ME
Hudson, John R. ........... USN .... LT ..... 10/23/1983 .. GA .. Riverdale, GA
Hudson, Terry L. .......... USMC ... CPL .... 10/23/1983 .. AL .. Prichard, AL
Hue, Lyndon J. ............ USMC ... LCPL ... 10/23/1983 .. LA .. Des Allemands, LA
Hukill, Maurice E. ........ USMC ... 2ndLT .. 10/23/1983 .. NC .. Jacksonville, NC
Iacovino, Edward F. Jr. ... USMC ... LCPL ... 10/23/1983 .. RI .. Warwick, RI
Ingalls, John J. .......... USMC ... PFC .... 10/23/1983 .. NY .. Interlaken, NY
Innocenzi, Paul G. III .... USMC ... WO1 .... 10/23/1983 .. NJ .. Trenton, NJ
Jackowski, James J. ....... USMC ... LCPL ... 10/23/1983 .. NY .. S. Salem, NY
James, Jeffrey W. ......... USMC ... LCPL ... 10/23/1983 .. MD .. Baltimore, MD
Jenkins, Nathaniel W. ..... USMC ... LCPL ... 10/23/1983 .. FL .. Daytona Beach, FL
Johnson, Michael H. ....... USN .... HM2 .... 10/23/1983 .. MI .. Detroit, MI
Johnston, Edward A. ....... USMC ... CPL .... 10/23/1983 .. OH .. Struthers, OH
Jones, Steven ............. USMC ... LCPL ... 10/23/1983 .. NY .. Brooklyn, NY
Julian, Thomas A. ......... USMC ... PFC .... 10/23/1983 .. RI .. Middleton, RI
Kees, Marion E. ........... USN .... HM2 .... 10/23/1983 .. WV .. Martinsburg, WV
Keown, Thomas C. .......... USMC ... SGT .... 10/23/1983 .. KY .. Louisville, KY
Kimm, Edward E. ........... USMC ... GYSGT .. 10/23/1983 .. IA .. Atlantic, IA
Kingsley, Walter V. ....... USMC ... LCPL ... 10/23/1983 .. WI .. Wisconsin Dells, WI
Kluck, Daniel S. .......... USA .... SGT .... 10/23/1983 .. KY .. Owensboro, KY
Knipple, James C. ......... USMC ... LCPL ... 10/23/1983 .. VA .. Alexandria, VA
Kreischer, Freas H. III ... USMC ... LCPL ... 10/23/1983 .. FL .. Indiatlantic, FL
Laise, Keith J. ........... USMC ... LCPL ... 10/23/1983 .. PA .. East Stroudsburg, PA
Lamb, Thomas G. ........... USMC ... LCPL ... 10/23/1983 .. MN .. Coon Rapids, MN
Langon, James J. IV ....... USMC ... LCPL ... 10/23/1983 .. NJ .. Lakehurst, NJ
Lariviere, Michael S. ..... USMC ... SGT .... 10/23/1983 .. FL .. Perry, FL
Lariviere, Steven B. ...... USMC ... CPL .... 10/23/1983 .. MA .. Chicopee, MA
Lemnah, Richard L. ........ USMC ... MSGT ... 10/23/1983 .. NC .. Camp Lejeune, NC
Lewis, David A. ........... USMC ... CPL .... 10/23/1983 .. OH .. Garfield Heights, OH
Lewis, Val S. ............. USMC ... SGT .... 10/23/1983 .. GA .. Atlanta, GA
Livingston, Joseph R. ..... USMC ... CPL .... 10/23/1983 .. IL .. Champaign, IL
Lyon, Paul D. Jr. ......... USMC ... LCPL ... 10/23/1983 .. FL .. Milton, FL
Macroglou, John W. ........ USMC ... MAJ .... 10/23/1983 .. NC .. Jacksonville, NC
Maitland, Samuel .......... USMC ... CPL .... 10/23/1983 .. NC .. Jacksonville, NC
Martin, Charlie R. ........ USMC ... SSGT ... 10/23/1983 .. NC .. Camp Lejeune, NC
Martin, Jack L. ........... USMC ... PFC .... 10/23/1983 .. FL .. Oveido, FL
Massa, David S. ........... USMC ... CPL .... 10/23/1983 .. RI .. Warren, RI
Massman, Michael R. ....... USMC ... SGT .... 10/23/1983 .. MI .. Port Huron, MI
Mattacchione, Joseph J. ... USMC ... PVT .... 10/23/1983 .. NC .. Sanford, NC
McCall, John .............. USMC ... LCPL ... 10/23/1983 .. NY .. Rochester, NY
McDonough, James E. ....... USMC ... SGT .... 10/23/1983 .. PA .. Newcastle, PA
McMahon, Timothy R. ....... USMC ... LCPL ... 10/23/1983 .. TX .. Austin, TX
McNeely, Timothy D. ....... USMC ... LCPL ... 10/23/1983 .. NC .. Mooresville, NC
McVicker, George N. II .... USN .... HM2 .... 10/23/1983 .. IN .. Wabash, IN
Melendez, Louis ........... USMC ... PFC .... 10/23/1983 .. PR .. Puerto Rico
Menkins, Richard H. II .... USMC ... SGT .... 10/23/1983 .. NY .. Tully, NY
Mercer, Michael D. ........ USMC ... CPL .... 10/23/1983 .. NC .. Vale, NC
Meurer, Ronald W. ......... USMC ... LCPL ... 10/23/1983 .. NC .. Jacksonville, NC
Milano, Joseph P. ......... USN .... HM3 .... 10/23/1983 .. NY .. Farmingville, NY
Moore, Joseph P. .......... USMC ... CPL .... 10/23/1983 .. MO .. St. Louis, MO
Morrow, Richard A. ........ USMC ... LCPL ... 10/23/1983 .. PA .. Clairton, PA
Muffler, John F. .......... USMC ... LCPL ... 10/23/1983 .. PA .. Philadelphia, PA
Munoz, Alex ............... USMC ... CPL .... 10/23/1983 .. NM .. Bloomfield, NM
Myers, Harry D. ........... USMC ... CPL .... 10/23/1983 .. NC .. Whittler, NC
Nairn, David J. ........... USMC ... 1stLT .. 10/23/1983 .. NC .. Jacksonville, NC
Nava, Luis A. ............. USMC ... LCPL ... 10/23/1983 .. CA .. Gardena, CA
Olson, John A. ............ USMC ... CPL .... 10/23/1983 .. MN .. Sabin, MN
Olson, Robert P. .......... USMC ... PFC .... 10/23/1983 .. NY .. Lawtons, NY
Ortiz, Richard C. ......... USMC ... CWO3 ... 10/23/1983 .. OK .. Ft. Sill, OK
Owen, Jeffrey B. .......... USMC ... PFC .... 10/23/1983 .. VA .. Virginia Beach, VA
Owens, Joseph A. .......... USMC ... CPL .... 10/23/1983 .. VA .. Chesterfield, VA
Page, Connie Ray .......... USMC ... CPL .... 10/23/1983 .. NC .. Erwin, NC
Parker, Ulysses ........... USMC ... LCPL ... 10/23/1983 .. MD .. Baltimore, MD
Payne, Mark W. ............ USMC ... LCPL ... 10/23/1983 .. NY .. Binghamton, NY
Pearson, John L. .......... USMC ... GYSGT .. 10/23/1983 .. NC .. Jacksonville, NC
Perron, Thomas S. ......... USMC ... PFC .... 10/23/1983 .. MA .. Whitinsville, MA
Phillips, John A. Jr. ..... USMC ... SGT .... 10/23/1983 .. IL .. Wilmette, IL
Piercy, George W. ......... USN .... HMC .... 10/23/1983 .. MD .. Mt. Savage, MD
Plymel, Clyde W. .......... USMC ... 1stLT .. 10/23/1983 .. FL .. Merritt, FL
Pollard, William H. ....... USMC ... SGT .... 10/23/1983 .. NC .. Jacksonville, NC
Pomalestorres, Rafael I. .. USMC ... SGT .... 10/23/1983 .. PA .. Philadelphia, PA
Prevatt, Victor M. ........ USMC ... CPL .... 10/23/1983 .. GA .. Columbus, GA
Price, James C. ........... USMC ... PFC .... 10/23/1983 .. AL .. Attala, AL
Prindeville, Patrick K. ... USMC ... SSGT ... 10/23/1983 .. FL .. Gainesville, FL
Pulliam, Eric A. .......... USMC ... PFC .... 10/23/1983 .. IL .. E. St. Louis, IL
Quirante, Diomedes J. ..... USN .... HM3 .... 10/23/1983 .. RP .. Calcoocan City, RP
Randolph, David M. ........ USMC ... LCPL ... 10/23/1983 .. AZ .. Siloam Springs, AZ
Ray, Charles R. ........... USMC ... GYSGT .. 10/23/1983 .. NC .. Jacksonville, NC
Relvas, Rui A. ............ USMC ... PFC .... 10/23/1983 .. PA .. Philadelphia, PA
Rich, Terrence L. ......... USMC ... PFC .... 10/23/1983 .. NY .. Brooklyn, NY
Richardson, Warren ........ USMC ... LCPL ... 10/23/1983 .. NY .. Brooklyn, NY
Rodriguez, Juan C. ........ USMC ... SGT .... 10/23/1983 .. FL .. Miami, FL
Rotondo, Louis J. ......... USMC ... LCPL ... 10/23/1983 .. PA .. Philadelphia, PA
Sanpedro, Guillermo Jr. ... USMC ... LCPL ... 10/23/1983 .. FL .. Hialeah, FL
Sauls, Michael C. ......... USMC ... LCPL ... 10/23/1983 .. SC .. Waterboro, SC
Schnorf, Charles J. ....... USMC ... 1stLT .. 10/23/1983 .. NC .. Camp Lejeune, NC
Schultz, Scott L. ......... USMC ... PFC .... 10/23/1983 .. NY .. Keeseville, NY
Scialabba, Peter J. ....... USMC ... CAPT ... 10/23/1983 .. NC .. Moorehead City, NC
Scott, Gary R. ............ USMC ... CPL .... 10/23/1983 .. IL .. Rankin, IL
Shallo, Ronald L. ......... USMC ... CPL .... 10/23/1983 .. NY .. Hudson, NY
Shipp, Thomas A. .......... USMC ... CPL .... 10/23/1983 .. NC .. Jacksonville, NC
Shropshire, Jerryl D. ..... USMC ... LCPL ... 10/23/1983 .. GA .. Macon, GA
Silvia, James F. .......... USMC ... LCPL ... 10/23/1983 .. RI .. Portsmouth, RI
Sliwinski, Stanley J. ..... USMC ... LCPL ... 10/23/1983 .. OH .. Niles, OH
Smith, Kirk H. ............ USMC ... LCPL ... 10/23/1983 .. FL .. Miami, FL
Smith, Thomas G. .......... USMC ... SSGT ... 10/23/1983 .. CT .. Middletown, CT
Smith, Vincent L. ......... USMC ... CAPT ... 10/23/1983 .. NC .. Jacksonville, NC
Soares, Edward ............ USMC ... LCPL ... 10/23/1983 .. RI .. Tiverton, RI
Sommerhof, William S. ..... USMC ... 1stLT .. 10/23/1983 .. IL .. Springfield, IL
Spaulding, Michael C. ..... USMC ... LCPL ... 10/23/1983 .. OH .. Akron, OH
Spearing, John W. ......... USMC ... LCPL ... 10/23/1983 .. PA .. Lancaster, PA
Spencer, Stephen E. ....... USMC ... LCPL ... 10/23/1983 .. RI .. Portsmouth, RI
Stelpflug, Bill J. ........ USMC ... LCPL ... 10/23/1983 .. AL .. Auburn, AL
Stephens, Horace R. ....... USMC ... LCPL ... 10/23/1983 .. MD .. Capitol Heights, MD
Stockton, Craig S. ........ USMC ... PFC .... 10/23/1983 .. NY .. Rochester, NY
Stokes, Jeffrey G. ........ USMC ... LCPL ... 10/23/1983 .. GA .. Waynesboro, GA
Stowe, Thomas D. .......... USMC ... LCPL ... 10/23/1983 .. NC .. Jacksonville, NC
Sturghill, Eric D. ........ USMC ... LCPL ... 10/23/1983 .. IL .. Chicago, IL
Sundar, Devon L. .......... USMC ... LCPL ... 10/23/1983 .. CT .. Standford, CT
Surch, James F. Jr. ....... USN .... LT ..... 10/23/1983 .. CA .. Lompoc, CA
Thompson, Dennis A. ....... USMC ... CPL .... 10/23/1983 .. NY .. Bronx, NY
Thorstad, Thomas P. ....... USMC ... SSGT ... 10/23/1983 .. IN .. Chesterton, IN
Tingley, Stephen D. ....... USMC ... PFC .... 10/23/1983 .. CT .. Ellington, CT
Tishmack, John J. ......... USMC ... LCPL ... 10/23/1983 .. MN .. Minneapolis, MN
Trahan, Lex D. ............ USMC ... PVT .... 10/23/1983 .. LA .. Lafayette, LA
Vallone, Donald H. Jr. .... USMC ... PFC .... 10/23/1983 .. CA .. Palmdale, CA
Walker, Eric R. ........... USMC ... CPL .... 10/23/1983 .. IL .. Chicago, IL
Walker, Leonard W. ........ USMC ... CPL .... 10/23/1983 .. AL .. Dothan, AL
Washington, Eric G. ....... USMC ... CPL .... 10/23/1983 .. VA .. Alexandria, VA
Weekes, Obrian ............ USMC ... CPL .... 10/23/1983 .. NY .. Brooklyn, NY
Wells, Tandy W. ........... USMC ... 1stSGT . 10/23/1983 .. NC .. Jacksonville, NC
Wentworth, Steven B. ...... USMC ... LCPL ... 10/23/1983 .. PA .. Reading, PA
Wesley, Allen D. .......... USMC ... SGT .... 10/23/1983 .. PA .. Philadelphia, PA
West, Lloyd D. ............ USMC ... GYSGT .. 10/23/1983 .. NC .. Jacksonville, NC
Weyl, John R. ............. USMC ... SSGT ... 10/23/1983 .. NC .. Jacksonville, NC
Wherland, Burton D. Jr. ... USMC ... CPL .... 10/23/1983 .. NC .. Jacksonville, NC
Wigglesworth, Dwayne W. ... USMC ... LCPL ... 10/23/1983 .. CT .. Naugatuck, CT
Williams, Rodney J. ....... USMC ... LCPL ... 10/23/1983 .. FL .. Opa Locka, FL
Williams, Scipio Jr. ...... USMC ... GYSGT .. 10/23/1983 .. SC .. Charleston, SC
Williamson, Johnny A. ..... USMC ... LCPL ... 10/23/1983 .. NC .. Asheboro, NC
Wint, Walter E. Jr. ....... USMC ... CAPT ... 10/23/1983 .. PA .. Wilkes-Barre, PA
Winter, William E. ........ USMC ... CAPT ... 10/23/1983 .. SC .. Fripp Island, SC
Wolfe, John E. ............ USMC ... CPL .... 10/23/1983 .. AZ .. Phoenix, AZ
Woollett, Donald E. ....... USMC ... 1stLT .. 10/23/1983 .. OK .. Barthesville, OK
Worley, David E. .......... USN .... HM3 .... 10/23/1983 .. MD .. Baltimore, MD
Wyche, Craig L. ........... USMC ... PFC .... 10/23/1983 .. NY .. Jamaica, NY
Yarber, James G. .......... USA .... SFC .... 10/23/1983 .. CA .. Vacaville, CA
Young, Jeffrey D. ......... USMC ... SGT .... 10/23/1983 .. NJ .. Moorestown, NJ
Zimmerman, William A. ..... USMC ... 1stLT .. 10/23/1983 .. MI .. Grand Haven, MI

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


Photo by Ron Williams.


Fair's fair...

Chris Bowers of My Direct Democracy is Googlebombing the elections.

In a tit for tat move, so is John Hawkins of Right Wing News.

So, wanna play?

Senate

Connecticut: Ned Lamont

Maryland: Ben Cardin

Michigan: Debbie Stanbenow

Missouri: Claire McCaskill

Montana: Jon Tester

New Jersey: Bob Menendez

Tennessee: Harold Ford

Virginia: James Webb

Democrat Held Seats

(CO-03): John Salazar

(GA-03): Jim Marshall

(GA-12): John Barrow

(IA-03): Leonard Boswell

(IL-08): Melissa Bean

(IL-17): Phil Hare

(IN-07): Julia Carson

(NC-13): Brad Miller

(PA-12): John Murtha

(WV-01): Alan Mollohan

Republican Held Seats

(AZ-08): Gabrielle Giffords

(CT-04): Diane Farrell

(CT-05): Chris Murphy

(CO-07): Ed Perlmutter

(IA-01): Bruce Braley

(IL-06): Tammy Duckworth

(IN-02): Joe Donnelly

(IN-08): Brad Ellsworth

(IN-09): Baron Hill

(FL-13): Christine Jennings

(FL-16): Tim Mahoney

(FL-22): Ron Klein

(KY-03): John Yarmuth

(NC-01): Heath Shuler

(MN-06): Patty Wetterling

(NM-01): Patricia Madrid

(NY-20): Kirsten Gillibrand

(NY-24): Michael Arcuri

(NY-26): Jack Davis

(OH-15): Mary Jo Kilroy

(OH-18): Zack Space

(PA-06): Lois Murphy

(PA-08): Patrick Murphy

(PA-07): Joe Sestak

(PA-10): Chris Carney

(VA-02): Phil Kellam

(WI-08): Steve Kagen

by John on Oct 23, 2006 | Politics

October 22, 2006

H&I* Fires 22 OCT 2006

Open post for those with something to share, updated through the day. New, complete posts come in below this one. Note: If trackbacking, please acknowledge this post in your post. That's only polite.

You're advertising here, we should get an ad at your place...

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Not that I want to make the French angry or anything, but what the hell is up with continued rioting/violence in the ‘burbs that were the scenes of the big melee last year?
It’s a fight about identity and culture.
A real culture war instead of the nonsense we have over here on this side of the Atlantic. Some times the way to go Chai, Mud Huts, and Villages with No Name and other times the way to go is “Clobberin Time!” to restore order and authority. Hard part is knowing when to do each.

And it’s not just Fundementalist Moslems that are seeing this as a culture war/battle over content either. Listen to this piece from NPR about how Pootty-poot(President of Russia Putin) is using the Russian analog of the IRS to go after NGOs that spread ideas he doesn’t like. Next time some nitwit tells you it is our foreign policy that is making people mad you should slap them with a flounder. It’s our content overflow. I can’t take credit for that observation. That comes from the Thrice Damned, at least by certain Personages around here, Barnett.

Further developments in something Herr Flea was on the other day caught my eye as well. Look, people would be up in arms if a Christian Fundie or KKK hanger-on was trying to be a teacher’s aide---like there aren’t lawsuits here in the US over wearing a Crucifix in public schools by teachers and aides. This lady has connections similar to a KKK hanger-on AND seems to adhere to one of the least liberal minded sects of a religion(the Christian Fundie element). There’s no way she should be a teacher’s aide anymore. She just does not represent values we want taught to kids.

Something you wouldn’t expect to see. The HuffPuff (Huffington Post) is actually making an argument against the recent Lancet study and citing other journals to back the argument? I guess at the end of the day if you thought the Lancet study was spot on you still will and if you thought it was wrong you haven’t budged either. But not all the criticism of it is political. It could be flawed. It could be entirely correct. Call me when another group goes over and gets similar figures using the similar methodology. Otherwise, the boat is definitely out on this sucker.

Now excuse me while I prepare the bathroom for me to drive the porcelain bus in the near future. Gollum’s runnin’ a fever and feelin’ not so good(Fuzzy, can I have the Rally Monkey back while I moan and groan on my couch? He's good company dontchaknow.). No Big Boots or Hairy Eyeballs today, please. Unless you don't mind something extra coming away with your Boot.
ry

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*hands Rally Monkey back to Ry*

Guess what? The NY Times Public Editor has decided that maybe publishing secret info about tracking terrorist financing might have been a bit of overkill.

Continuing the theme of clueless journalists... this time on the subject of the CNN sniper video:

Dvorkin, with the Committee of Concerned Journalists, said Hunter and others were free to criticize CNN, a frequent target of conservative media critics. But he noted the timing of the complaints: a few weeks before the midterm elections.

Yes, the video was broadcast only two days ago. Talk about blaming the victim!!!- FbL

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Jeff Jacoby responds to Jonah Goldberg's column (referenced in the Gloom and Doom Moment post below).

In 1812, Congress declared war on Great Britain, in part because of Britain's crippling blockade of US ports and the forced impressment of American seamen into the Royal Navy. Butif Americans had known in 1812 what they found out in 1814 -- that the enemy would capture Washington and burn the Capitol, the Treasury, and the White House -- would they have gone to war with Britain? Perhaps not. Does that mean the war was a mistake?

We know now that the War of 1812 ended not with a US defeat, but with Britain, a superpower of the day, fought to a stalemate by its former colonies. As a consequence, the young republic earned international esteem; never again would Britain challenge American independence. Indeed, never again would the two nations go to war. If Congress had known that in 1812, would it have voted for war? Quite likely. Maybe by an even larger majority.

Ah, if only it were that simple, eh? -the Armorer

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Jules Crittenden of the Boston Herald weighs in on the DC-area Guard unit that has been tasked with monitoring the active-duty milblogs. I don't have *quite* as bad an attitude about it as Jules (and others, like Matt of Blackfive) but I do know, from experience, how little people who don't blog understand blogs and blogging - and it *is* the military - which means they'll over-react first, and think about it later. And I say that from an insider's perspective. -the Armorer

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Captain's Quarters addresses the NYT "apology" I linked above, in much better fashion than I did on my blog. Actually, just start at the top today and scroll down; he's got a lot of good stuff. - FbL

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Flash Traffic (extended entry) Follows... »

by Denizens on Oct 22, 2006 | General Commentary
» Blue Star Chronicles links with: Not Your Family's SUV
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Let's have a whatziss!


Okay, grognards. Whatta we got here?

Something soothing amidst all the politics...

The Castle Kropatschek Rifle

The Castle's Portuguese M1886 Kropatschek Rifle. The M1886 bears the distinction of being the first tubular magazine bolt-action rifle to use small bore smokeless powder ammunition, followed closely by the French, with the Lebel.

The French took the basic Kropatschek design and developed it into their M1886, which they went to war with in WWI. Despite the French use of the rifle through the war, tubular magazine rifles, especially after the advent of the pointed "spitzer" bullet - weren't really all that popular with the troops.

With blunt-nosed bullets (like the soft lead slugged black powder rifles) were okay - but start putting sharp-nosed copper/nickel jacketed bullets in there, and you had problems.

The magazine loads a single round at a time, one after the other, nose-to-tail, running up under the barrel. That makes for slow loading, especially when the other guy has clip-fed magazines. Plus, the center of balance of the rifle changes as you fire it, from nose-heavy when fully loaded, moving back towards the bolt as you fire. The long springs were prone to failure, and the tubes themselves would get clogged with dirt and gunk on a muddy battlefield - more so than box magazine rifles.

Now take that pointy bullet and put it in there. You have the pointed end of the bullet butting up against... the primer of the round in front. And that *did* result in accidental discharges when the rifle was dropped. So, the French put an annular groove in the base of their ammunition, which was intended to catch the nose of the bullet. Which complicated manufacture and increased cost, neither things you want to be doing in wartime if you don't have to.

Then there's the increased mechanical features of the liftgate, which catches the round from the magazine and lifts it for loading in the breech - and prevents the next round from exiting the magazine until the liftgate drops after the bolt is pushed forward to load the rifle.

All that bitching aside - the action of the Kropatschek is very smooth and fluid, and she shoots nicely, if a bit ungainly when fully loaded and shooting unsupported.

by John on Oct 22, 2006 | Rifles