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November 25, 2006

H&I Fires, 25 Nov 2006

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Things are more or less back to normal, with some improvements for readers (and yes, I know about the missing html buttons).

A good time was had with Thanksgiving with the family, and I'm pleased to see you all behaved yourselves and had a good time here, too. Except for that dammed brit cell phone spammer (my spam filter is still broken).

Today is Heavy Labor day at the Castle with the scheduled raising of the Garden Shed of Argghhh! This will require the Armorer to handle pointy-things, so who knows, we might have a bloody appendage picture for you...

Let's move on to something more important... Lizzie's Troop Batteries. Tissue alert.

Buck Sargent on "The Enemy of Good." H/t, Mike D.

Snerk - Jules on The Dowager of Doom - or, as his commenter Rebecca put it - Palestinian Medicare.

Okay, I'm off to annoy the neighbors with my hammer! -the Armorer


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by Denizens on Nov 25, 2006 | General Commentary

Okay, let's have a two-fer.

It's Saturday, hardly anyone visits anyway... except for you hard core types!

Okay - Whatziss? There are a few of you who have a real chance at this one.

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Now, on this one, I'm just being flat mean.

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Anyone who gets this one is a real geek brainiac when it comes to their militaria.
It *is* an ordnance item.

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by John on Nov 25, 2006 | Gun Pr0n - A Naughty Expose' of the fiddly bits

A little Gunner Zen.

US 6inch Coast Defense gun.

6 inch coast defense gun. Anybody know where it's located?

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by John on Nov 25, 2006 | Artillery
Righty in a Lefty State links with: The Cannon in Woodland Park

November 23, 2006

Well, you *can* comment.

And read the comments - but you have to hit the Permalink button at the bottom of the post. It's the pop-up window that's broken.

That is all.

Update by the guy who hasn't been sacked yet.
The pop-up commenty thingy is back working. It ain't as purdy as it once was, but it's functional. I'll get to dressing it up shortly.

Oh, the rememberer thingy that remembers your information is broked right now too but that my bloglets is also in the works.

Fall out, or something.

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by John on Nov 23, 2006 | General Commentary

For all of you warriors away from home today... and those who await your return...

This may be from last year - but it doesn't look a whole lot different this year.

Happy Thanksgiving!

AR RAMADI, Iraq  1st Sgt. Daniel Calderon, 1st. sergeant for Headquarters and Service Company, serves Marines during Thanksgiving here at the Hurricane Point chow hall Nov. 24.</p>

<p>Photo by: Cpl. Shane Suzuki Submitting Unit: 2nd Marine Division<br />
Photo Date:11/24/2005

AR RAMADI, Iraq 1st Sgt. Daniel Calderon, 1st. sergeant for Headquarters and Service Company, serves Marines during Thanksgiving here at the Hurricane Point chow hall Nov. 24.

Photo by: Cpl. Shane Suzuki Submitting Unit: 2nd Marine Division
Photo Date:11/24/2005

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by John on Nov 23, 2006 | Observations on things Military

Happy Thanksgiving, all.

From an email. H/t, Dave F.


This morning I went to my local US Post Office to mail 7 care packages to my son Daniel. (and his fellow Rangers)

While I was standing at the counter, talking to the Postal Clerk working on my packages, a man came over from another window after he was done with his transactions and asked if he could pick up the freight? I said "Sure" not fully understanding what was asked until a minute later and I told the gentlemen I had lots of packages and he didn't need to pay that much and I would split it with him. He insisted on paying the whole tab. ($70) and told me to send more next time. I thanked him and he told me to thank my son. I was overcome with emotion to say the least.

After the gentlemen paid and left, the Postal Clerk said "That was awful nice, do you know him."

I said "I have never seen him before in my life."

The postal clerk and I were both awe struck of the moment. We exchanged Happy Thanksgivings and shook hands then I left. I was overcome with emotion. I couldn't even look at anyone else in line because of my tears. I had to sit in my car to gather myself before I drove off. I watched this great American pull out of the post office in his Maroon PT Cruiser and drive off. I never even got as much as a first name or a license plate number.

We truly live in a great country with great people. Everyday people who understand the importance of thanking those who give of themselves for the greater good and wanting nothing in return.

I can't think of a better way to start my Thanksgiving holiday then to follow this man's example of a random act of kindness and be thankful for all that I have and share that with my fellow man.

I am thankful for so much and thankful that I have so many friends and family which I can share this great story.

Happy Thanksgiving

God Bless the average American

God Bless our troops

God Bless each one of you

God Bless America

Dan Alexander

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by John on Nov 23, 2006 | Spirit of America

Yes, things are still hosed.

The person who hired the person to do the update has been sacked. The person hired to replace the person hired to do the update has also been sacked. The person who sacked the person who hired the original person to do the update has also been sacked.

A wholly new person has been hired to do the update.

The creator of this post wishes you to know that he, too, has been sacked.

And the comments still don't work.

Except that they do, for some people.

Which is really very odd.

Those of you for whom the comments work - you're sacked.

That is all. Do have a Happy Thanksgiving.

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by John on Nov 23, 2006 | I think it's funny!

Old soldiers, fading away.

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Ry sent me an email stream. It starts with two lines.

89th Division Association from WWII is dissolving. The greatest generation is slipping away.

Ry added:

We can't let that go unnoticed can we? I'm going nuts trying to write the China sub thing, keep Al's kids in line over at GX40, and answering HE. Can't we tap someone else to do this? Pleeeeeeease? ry

I suppose we can't, Ry. But we'll take it as a *good* thing, in a bittersweet way.

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The 89th Infantry Division, also known as the Rolling W and/or the Middle West Division, was raised at Camp Funston, Fort Riley, August 27, 1917, as a part of the National Army (the National Army was a distinct formation, raised for the purpose of the war, it essentially evolved after the war into the Army Reserve). The division was recruited in Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado and Missouri, and had a Donovan in it - my grandfather, a 2nd Lieutenant of Field Artillery. The Institute of Heraldry (the Army's official insignia designer) descriptions of the divisional patch aver that this patch designated the "Middle West" Division, as it can be read as an "M", turn it and it can be read as a "W". The description adds that the letter can also be read as a Greek sigma, the symbol of summation; and the circle implies the ability to exert force in any direction and to resist in any position. The unofficial explanation is that the "W" patch, created during World War I, pays tribute to the first three commanders of the 89th Division, Major Generals William Wright, Leonard Wood, and Frank Winn. Larry the Cable Guy stole the Division motto and southern-fried it... the motto is "Get it done! vice Larry's "Git 'er done!"

In World War I the division deployed to France in 1918, and received campaign credits for Lorraine, St. Mihiel and Meuse Argonne. (Say the last out loud - just where did the moose go?)

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When the Army Reserve was created, the Division was reactivated as a component thereof in 1921. It was recalled to active service in 1942 at then-Camp Carson, Colo. - and designated as the 89th Light Division. As the Division trained and organized, doctrine changed as a result of war experience and the division was reorganized and re-designated as the 89th Infantry Division in 1944.

The Division landed in France at Le Havre on 21 January 1945, They spent several weeks in pre-combat training before moving into the line near Echternacht on 11 March. On 12 March the Rhineland offensive kicked off, and the 89th crossed the Sauer and thence to and across the Moselle River on 17 March. The Division crossed the Rhine on 26 March, between the towns of Kestert and Kaub. In April, the 89th attacked toward Eisenach taking the town on 6 April. The next objective was Friedrichroda, in the heart of much-ballyhooed National Redoubt in Thuringia. The city was secured by 8 April. The Division continued to move eastward toward the Mulde River, capturing Zwickau by the 17th of the month. The advance halted on 23 April, and from then until VE-day, the Division saw only limited action, engaging in patrolling and general security. With only 57 days in combat, the division got off comparatively lightly in WWII (though not for any of the casualties and their families, certainly).

Killed: 222
Wounded: 692
Missing: 91
Captured: 1
Battle Casualties: 1,006
Non-Battle Casualties: 1,074
Total Casualties: 2,080
Percent of T/O Strength: 14.6

Earning the following awards:
Legion of Merit: 5
Silver Star: 45
Soldiers Medal: 1
Bronze Star: 164

I would note things were different then. Now, there would be a lot more Bronze Stars (due to changes in how the medal is awarded (a policy under review, btw) and, of course, every LTC would have to have a Legion of Merit these days).

It was the Rhine crossing at Oberwesal where the 89th gave us one of the iconic pictures of World War II. The baby-faced Lieutenant up in the front of a landing craft, looking back at the soldiers in the boat.

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Less well known is the picture of what he was looking at...

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The Division reactivated in 1947 with headquarters in Wichita - They were re-designated the 89th Division (Training) in 1959 - and again re-designated the 89th United States Army Reserve Command (ARCOM) in 1973.

In 2003 all Regional Support Commands were re-designated to Regional Readiness Commands.

In its 2005 BRAC Recommendations, DoD recommended to realign the Wichita US Army Reserve Center by disestablishing the 89th Regional Readiness Command. This recommendation was part of a larger recommendation to re-engineer and streamline the Command and Control structure of the Army Reserves that would create the Northwest Regional Readiness Command at Fort McCoy, WI.

I would note the Grand Army of the Republic no longer exists, either.

And the American Legion is actually struggling, in many areas, as is the VFW, though the GWOT will probably help in that regard.

Truth is, the Rolling W saw it's combat in WWI and II. And in WWII it was only 57 days of combat, with the highest award being some 45 Silver Stars.

And it hasn't seen action since. It hasn't been a true division since 1959, when it converted to a readiness command, and is going to dis-establish altogether as a result of the 2005 BRAC.

There simply isn't much of a binder anymore, as the last of the WWII veterans die out.

It's sad in a way, but it's also indicative, in the same way the passing of the GAR was, of the passing of an era.

Flip side, the societies of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 10th, 82nd, 101st Infantry, 1st Armored, and 1st Cavalry Divisions are all doing fine, as are the newly combat bonded elements of several National Guard divisional and brigade societies (which in some aspects is more important, as those guys are actually much more visible to the public eye and the bindings of their communities than the Regulars). But since we no longer have combat formations (except SOF) in the Reserve, and haven't had functional divisions (we've got some named such, but no *real* divisions) in the Reserve, this is not an unexpected outcome. In many ways, the Reserve is the bastard stepchild of the Army for good or ill.

Be wistful, not sad. It's combat that binds those associations - take solace in the fact that some of our old soldier's associations are fading away, and not growing strong with new blood.

In other words, today, be thankful that thus far, our wars since WWII have not taken an Army the size of the ones that fought WWI and WWII. Because in the final analysis, that's why the 89th Division Association is fading away. It's a Band of Brothers in a family that has not had to keep growing. In a very real sense, they did their job. And so, just as the Grand Army of the Republic is a memory marked by monuments and encampment medals for sale at militaria shows and antique shops, so to will the 89th Division hopefully never need to be resurrected and sent into battle for the Republic.

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by John on Nov 23, 2006 | Observations on things Military
Murdoc Online links with: Friday Linkzookery - 24 Nov 2006

November 22, 2006

Yes, yes, I know!

We're tinkering under the hood today.

So things look different.

And they might not work at times.

No worries - we're trying to clean things up so they look right in more browsers, so it loads faster, and stuff like that there.

So I don't need any more notes telling me it's all different, thanks!

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by John on Nov 22, 2006



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by Tammy on Nov 22, 2006

November 21, 2006

H&I Fires, 21 Nov 2006

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"Even though the court recognizes that it could have unfortunate consequences, they're saying that Congress controls this area," said Carl Tobias, a law professor at the University of Richmond.

I rather daresay *especially* a Republican-controlled Congress, in the opinion of this particular court. I guess they felt they could do that now that the Congress is safely in Democrat hands for the next two years.

Or izzat a libelous and defamatory statement?

To find out just what the heck this is about - go visit Jules and his post, "Free Speech, or a diaper for bloggers?" Hmmmm, do I detect a little MSM condescension there from the Big League Journo regarding us Bush-leaguers? /snark


For people who like to sue for open records, the ACLU has certainly gotten all interested in their own institutional privacy all of a sudden.


CAPT H points us to Celestial Junk, who have a collection of videos from Dutch, Canadian, and Brit troops in Afstan. He points you in particular to video number two, apparently because there are some tanks or something in it from some collection of rowdies known as "Straths" and as CAPT H is somewhat inordinately fond of a unit known as Lord Strathcona's Horse, you might begin to understand his desire to pimp 'em... -the Armorer


I was gonna mention this Navy Tempest, but I think Chap's got it covered pretty well over at Milblogs. -the Armorer


For those of you who detest Ann Coulter, skip this post. That said, I think this is the Quote of the Week:

"Six imams removed from a US Airways flight from Minneapolis to Phoenix are calling on Muslims to boycott the airline. If only we could get Muslims to boycott all airlines, we could dispense with airport security altogether."

Seems they were also chanting, "Allah! Allah!, Allah!" as they were boarding. Yeah, that would make me feel good as the Captain (as I reached for my FFDO sidearm).

Makes sense to me...heh. -Instapilot

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by Denizens on Nov 21, 2006 | General Commentary

Support and the Soul

Jules Crittenden's provocative column, "Quitting a Worthy Fight Would Be a Great Mistake," has created some interesting discussion on his blog. The issue of "supporting" the troops but not the war came up in the context of the reception Vietnam veterans received upon their return home.

When the U.S. military went into Afghanistan, I had a powerful personal reaction to thoughts of what was being done on my behalf. It was a reaction of overwhelming sorrow and humblest gratitude. At a level that was as yet inarticulate, I understood I was inextricably linked to what happened on the battlefield and that the aftermath of those events created in me and every other U.S. citizen a response born of moral obligation and a debt that would never be repaid. And so from that day I knew at a deeper level than ever that support for our military and its goals was my obligation now that the fighting had started.

But yesterday at Crittenden's blog, a commenter finally gave me words for what I knew in my heart five years ago. He articulated exactly why it's not only incorrect to say one can support the troops without supporting their goals, it's morally reprehensible.

I had first written in comments (in part):

...[Vietnam veteran] soldiers who came home and were told their service was either dishonorable or useless (due to us giving up) had a harder time coping with the psychological and physical aftermath of that service. Humans can bear an amazing amount of suffering if they believe it is a result of [in service of] something noble or admirable, but being told they suffer for nothing good can literally make it harder to cope.

The response from commenter NAMedic:

As a combat medic and Vietnam Veteran who is 100% disabled due to PTSD, I can confirm the general point you make. It was not until five or six years of therapy, peeling away all the layers of horror from the war, that the final root of my problems was revealed. The worst trauma was in coming home, by far, and by far it was the hardest to see, and the most painful to admit. [snip]

A nation cannot ask normal human beings to engage in warfare unless that nation, top to bottom, validates what they have to do in such extremities. Normal human beings cannot remain psychologically whole, believing that their behavior was immoral - and all warfare is internally recognized by any soldier as profoundly immoral unless it is validated by a "higher power" outside the individual soldier.

Yes, it is our obligation to fight a wrong policy with every ounce of our strength before it is implemented, particularly when it involves issues of life and death. But war is a very special case, for so many lives hang in the physical and psychological balance. Once a war has begun, there can be only one course of action. To do otherwise than embrace the soldier for what he does for you is a kind of pernicious evil that takes the selfishness of one's natural desire to avoid the ugliness of this world to a new low [quote continued from above]:

This is also why the whole pose of "support the troops but oppose the war" is so insane and naive, if not deliberately and hypocritically self-serving. The "support" that counts, the only support that counts, is moral validation. If you oppose the war, you are withholding that very validation. You are destroying the soldier’s soul.

Yes, this is a democracy and you have every right to think your soldiers are on a fool's errand. But once it's been started, shut the hell up! Let them do what they must to win so that the duration is shorter and the suffering is less.

With the military power we possess, we have the capacity to win any conflict (it simply matters how much damage we want to inflict), so you cannot argue that a war we are engaged in is fundamentally unwinnable. It simply comes down to whether or not you want to pay the cost. If you don't, or you think that the prosecution of that war is a bad thing, then fine. But the only other option to winning is losing. So face up to it and admit that you want our soldiers to lose, you want them to believe they are doing immoral things for no moral reason, you want their death and suffering to be in vain, and that you are (in the words of someone who has "been there, done that") "destroying the soldier's soul."

Don't you dare stand there and clothe yourself in the rightousness of being "anti-war!" For your actions are not only prolonging the conflict and increasing physical suffering (on both sides), but they are robbing your fellow citizens of the healing they require for what they have done in your defense. And no, short of taking up citizenship in another country, you cannot repudiate their gift to you. It is always there, staring you in the face whether you pick it up or not. And frankly it's a defining moment for your philosophy and and relationship to humanity: are you going to pick it up and embrace the giver in sorrow and gratitude? Or are you going to try to simultaneously kick aside his gift as stupid at best and try to tell him that walking the darkness with the demons was wasted on you as you assure him you "support" him?

This is why what Code Pink did in the beginning months of their protest at Walter Reed ("Maimed for a Lie," etc.) was so evil. This is why military support volunteers do what they do. This is why a wounded senior NCO at WR once said to a friend of mine: If it wasn't for y'all [the volunteers here], half these boys would be suicidal.

War is not something that happens to others on a distant shore. It happens to all of us, and all of us have an impact on how it plays out and what happens to those most directly involved. What's your impact?

If you haven't yet, please read NAMedic's entire comment at Crittenden's; he has important things to say.

[A cross-post from Fuzzilicious Thinking, with the Armorer's permission]

[Say, rather, at the Armorer's urging... -the Armorer]

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by Denizens on Nov 21, 2006 | Global War on Terror (GWOT)

The Sunday Whatzis, revealed.

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That's a bullet for the Nordenfeldt 1-inch anti-torpedo boat gun. The Nordenfeldt guns were an early type of machine-gun. Like the Gatling gun, they used multiple barrels and mechanical power to operate. Unlike the Gatling, the didn't last very long in the grand scheme of things, much less enjoy a renaissance when someone realized what electricity might accomplish when applied to the concept.

Here's a group of Brit tars training with one (though no feed hopper has been loaded).
Brit Sailors practicing with a Nordenfeldt machine gun.

The Nordenfeldt guns were developed between 1873 and 1878 and were very popular in Europe, especially amongst the sailors. They generally had four barrels in line horizontally and were fed by gravity-feed hoppers. You can see them with 5 barrels or as few as two. One advantage the Nordenfeldts had over the Gatling was that the mechanism was much easier to get to for the purpose of clearing jams. Plus, if the jam was too complex and the situation dire, you could simply disconnect the barrel and keep firing with the remaining barrels. Unlike the Gatling, which used a rotating crank to cycle the gun, the Nordenfeldts used a lever that was moved back and forth. I've seen both a lever in the vertical plane, on the left side of the gun, or a handle that moved in the horizontal plane, on the right side of the gun. The sailor on the left right (sigh, I suppose, in the future, I'll just submit all posts to CAPT H for editing before publishing) in the picture has his hand on the lever for this particular gun. The cyclic rate of fire was about 350 rounds per minute.

Here we can see some more sailors getting it on for the camera. This gun has its feed-hopper mounted.

Sailors manning a 4-barrel Nordenfeldt 1-inch Machine Gun, Mark 1

All that flailing about did affect accuracy a bit, but heck, they weren't used as sniper weapons.

The Brit National Maritime Museum has a wonderful copyright protected (way too expensive to buy permission to use) photo of a 1-inch Nordenfeldt anti-torpedo boat gun right here.

The Ordnance Museum at Aberdeen Proving Grounds has a nice little four-barrel Nordenfeldt - which shows the lever nicely, too.

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by John on Nov 21, 2006 | Ammunition | Gun Pr0n - A Naughty Expose' of the fiddly bits | Machine Guns

November 20, 2006

H&I Fires, 20 Nov 2006

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63 years ago today - if there was any doubt in the mind of the Japanese about US resolve...

Dead US Marines and destroyed equipment on the beach at Tarawa

Tarawa ended it.


Leaving aside the other aspects of this survey... look who's the weaseliest "journalist". H/t, Mike D.

Snerk! This isn't the post Jules shilled me for - but it's the one I like best: Botchulism.

That oughta get ya started. -the Armorer


The Smink is getting married! "Sminklemeyer" of In Iraq for 365 is tying the knot. For those of us who followed his stories of Iraq and his struggle with the aftermath, this is a wonderful thing. I'll never forget him talking about how shallow the girls seemed when he got back. Sounds like he found a deep one. Congratulations!!! And do not miss the proprosal story--complete with pictures, of course. - FbL

Ok, JimB has something in the H&I Fires for 20 NOV 2006 comments that is making me crazy. These people are organizing a GlobalOr&asm. Ok, on the face of this, it sounds good. But no…’s a peacenik thing. These people (granolas, as my sister calls them) aren’t going to be happy until normal people have nothing left. No firearms, no smoking, no transfats…….now they want to interfere with my or&asms! I will not think about World Peace and they can’t make me. First off, it’s just silly. An or&asm is explosive thing, not a peaceful meditative thing as Ms. Sheehan states. Second, I can’t think of anything that would kill the deal faster than thinking of a woman named Sheehan. As Bosquisucio says “Sorry folks, but if Mrs. Sheehan is in the middle of that pile, my missiles won’t **er** launch.” Next, if you are achieving this or&asm with the assistance/thought of a man who blows things up, shoots things, drops out of airplanes, chases bad guys across the water with a fast ship it probably negates the whole deal. Like marrying a democrat, you cancel each other out.

So instead, I propose “Or&asm for Victory Day”. On December 22, 2006, when all the smelly, long-haired, rope-smoking, Birkenstock-wearing, moonbats, John Kerry supporting hippies are having their peaceful, blank, meditative state………..I propose that you cause and/or share an or&asm with a sailor, soldier, airmen, marine or veteran of the U.S. Military. Their website focuses on fleet buildup in the Persian Gulf, so please pay special attention to sailors and marines. To be sure that you achieve the best possible or&asm, please practice as much as possible in anticipation of the big day. The organizers believe that their movement can have global consequences. I want global movement, as in earth-shaking!!!! – Princess Crabby.

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by Denizens on Nov 20, 2006 | General Commentary

So, why *does* the Arsenal of Argghhh! exist?

Lex has an excellent post that Fuzzy linked to yesterday, regarding Trolls.

In it, Lex notes what he's learned about some of the people who hang out at his place.

In my mind’s eye, I know the regulars here by what they love. CPT J is a warrior poet, his heart beats to the ancient rhythms. B2 and Sid saw the world as it once was, and think it still the best. Michelle likes a good sea story, Kris likes plane pr0n, Byron loves ships from the inside, Tim loves the whirl of the blades - prop or helo doesn’t matter - and the thrill of the hunt. Chap loves to think deep thoughts, while Skippy-san loves beer and (asian) women. Sim and Chris both like to fly, and they both love Oz, and who can blame them? unkawill loves heroes and the old ways, Brian and Nose like it when the pilots synch the props and remember fondly the stories of their youth. Subsunk loves the good fight and is a man after my own heart, FbL loves doing good, while AFSister likes to flirt but loves her boys. John Donovan loves him some guns, Buck still loves the Air Force even after all these years as Mark and Bill still love the Corps. Babs loves her young man Tim and would fight for him if it came to it and for my own part I’d never want to stand against her if it came to that, and there are many, many more and I don’t want to leave anyone out, but you get the point: I know you by what you love, and in a way I love you for it.

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John Donovan loves him some guns.


Excellent post, Lex. And you almost got me nailed.

I do love me some guns, ‘tis true. But I loves me the used guns… because of the warriors that *used* them.

Bring me no Arsenal-snazzy gleaming hunk of iron and wood, unless that’s all I can get.

Give me something that has hunkered in a hole with a fighting man. That hopped the hedge not knowing what was on the other side… that drew the steady bead or just blazed away in hopeless earnest.

Because it then becomes my connection to the warrior.

Marines on Tarawa.

Like these Marines at Tarawa, 63 years ago today.

It’s why I spent a long, hot, dark week in the bowels of the ex-USS John Rodgers, tripped excitedly through the Foxtrot moored in 'Dago, after having already clambered through the Midway.

Or I rejoice when an old warrior with a checkered past resurfaces. Or a weapon that figured in a clash of cultures, not just a clash of arms.

Why a jetsicle in the middle of nowhere, where once an air force base was will catch my eye, or that old german trench mortar standing forlorn in the once-bustling square of a now-dying town.

I wanna know how they computed the data.

It's why I'm as interested in the training devices as I am the real thing. Or how they ate. Or drank and passed the time. The people who cared for them.

Through them all I connect to the warriors who used them, and the people they touched. For good or ill, successful or no. They are my link to the past, and provide context to the future.

Like the Martini-Henrys on this wall, which provide a tangible link to this soldier and his mount, training for dismounted combat.

British soldier training his horse dor dismounted combat.

Just sayin’.

Oh, and because SWWBO sez it can.

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by John on Nov 20, 2006 | TrackBack (0) | Gun Pr0n - A Naughty Expose' of the fiddly bits

I love this.

Rep. Rangel Will Seek to Reinstate Draft Nov 19 12:41 PM US/Eastern

A senior House Democrat said Sunday he will introduce legislation to reinstate the military draft, asserting that current troop levels are insufficient to sustain possible challenges against Iran, North Korea and Iraq.

"There's no question in my mind that this president and this administration would never have invaded Iraq, especially on the flimsy evidence that was presented to the Congress, if indeed we had a draft and members of Congress and the administration thought that their kids from their communities would be placed in harm's way," said Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y.

Snerk. First paragraph, we might need 'em to fight all these bad guys. See? I'm tough on defense!

Second paragraph - Ha! If we had a draft, no one would ever be able to go to war again, unless it was a war the Dems approved of! [But wait, they *did* approve of this one - and would still approve if it had gone well. Success has many fathers, and in 2008 we'd be hearing about how Senator Clinton actually wrote the plan...] See, we're tough on, er, um, well, war is, y'know, bad. Besides, we'll blame it on President Bush, as we had no choice, and then after you dolts er, voters, put a Democrat back in the White House (while letting us keep the Congress, too, of course), we'll repeal it because it won't be needed after all, and then we can say we made it go away.

Of course, I doubt the President will sign any such bill, which means Rangel and Co. can then bust on him for being weak on defense.

Gad, it's a perfect gambit from a Democrat perspective. Unless it were to backfire. [dreamy look]

Be funny if the Prez *did* sign it. Would the campuses erupt? Blaming the Republicans, of course, because, well, they can't blame the Democrats, if you do that, it's unpatriotic and undemocratic. Just ask 'em.

First off, Mr. Rangel - how many troops do we need? Oh, wait - you'll ask the DoD to tell you, won't you? Oddly, they aren't interested in drafting anyone, but, hey. Or if you *do* have a number, do please let us know what it is.

Then, if you want to draft 'em, tot up those costs. Because the last time we had a draftee army, we weren't paying very well. You remember that Army - you were in it, during Korea. And we pay pretty good bucks, now. Or are you going to give all the people on active duty a paycut? Or, better yet, pay the draftees less... that'll play well when they start dying.

C'mon, Mr. Rangel - less bluster, more muster. Muster up some details so we can really evaluate your proposal. Otherwise, it's just another exercise in blowhard demogoguery.

Read the whole thing here. H/t, CAPT H.

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November 19, 2006

H&I Fires, 19 Nov 2006

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


SWWBO found something interesting... Fish School!

Jules Crittenden on The Last Man To Die For A Mistake.

At The Torch - Canada looks at its weak-sister NATO allies and tells 'em to Stand Tall.

AFSis introduces you to a Castle-locale hero... Secret Santa, aka Larry Stewart.

Princess Crabby points us to - Mud: A Military History. I was sure Bill was going to be the author. I'm sure he was a major source.

Everybody think positive thoughts for Fuzzybear Lioness. Oh, she's fine, just nervous.

Barb, the Castle Adjutant, got to meet some very interesting people. Four holders of the Medal of Honor.

After a bout of lethargy, Trias has been posting again. His take on the elections is... interesting.

The Grand Poobah of the League of Disgruntled Majors has finished his PCS.

74, is that hoodie really as *pink* as it looks?

The Armorer gives a Laurel, and Hearty Handshake to Snarkatron for this Declaration. If SWWBO and I ruled the Multiverse, it would be so.

The Snarkatron makes another couple of points:

Please take careful notes on how your conservative colleagues are handling the disappointment. No sulking in bed for three days, no demands for Zoloft, no fevered vaporings about emigrating, no wild-eyed claims of massive electoral fraud. This is how grownups behave when things don't go their way. We would like you to give this a try the next time your side loses. (Oh, yes it will.)

Can we, at long last, have you guys publicly admit a) elections work and b) the previous elections were legit? Otherwise you are kinda leaving yourselves wide open to a charge of being stupid in public. Your call.

Wolfwalker makes an *excellent* comment on how lefties *truly* seem to view electoral processes. But you'll have to go here to read the post to see what Wolfwalker had to say (and it's worth the trip).

Cassandra asks: Just what the helk *is* Victory?

Alan took a mug of spiked maple syrup and swilled it while watching the Santa Clause Parade. Santa's still allowed up there? Whodathunk? I'm sure someone was offended!

Oh-oh! Jack is fiddling with the knobs on his blog - and solicits your opinion.

Just in case you actually hang out on Denizen blogs and managed to miss it... Sergeant B has re-enlisted, and can no longer be considered a chickenhawk, but any stretch of a fevered lefty imagination.

Murray, our resident Kiwi, is, well, Murray. Which is a good thing, btw.

Okay, I'm done - you guys can have fun now. -the Armorer.


Andi first reported this, but Blackfive has all the angles covered. What do a fallen Special Forces soldier, $100,000 and Las Vegas have in common?

An irresistable title: How Very Troll.

And as long as I'm linking Lex, how could you not want to read a post that ends like this? The evisceration is so complete, one must wonder if perhaps he should've been a surgeon.

The reader does not get a firm feeling from Ms. Kakutani’s review what kind of writer John Yoo, a man who spent his career as a lawyer in the arena, might make. He is left however with the certainty that if she had ever wondered to herself, in those heady days of her post-Yale youth, whether to pursue a career of open disputation in the law rather than that of the solitary polemicist’s argument by unsupported assertion, she chose wisely in the end. There’s a place for that sort of thing in the New York Times, but much less room for it in the law.

- FbL


Flash Traffic (extended entry) Follows...

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Okay, a lazy Sunday whatziss.

A couple of you have been at this long enough, you'll probably get it quickly.

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Mebbe not.

Have fun snipe-hunting!

BTW - you can *always* submit things for future snipe hunts, if ya want...

Update. Hmmmm. Pre-1900. Mebbe that'll help.

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