- The Rainbow Bridge is crowded today...
- Has it been two years already?
- Ah, I love a coordinated IO campaign.
- Little vortexes in history...
- Oh, FFS
- Good times, good times.
- HEAT for haters.
- Posted without comment.
- Russkis on the march in the Crimea?
- Just because I feel like it...
- On the rendering of honors at Retreat
- For a guy with a 3" howitzer out front...
- And the circle, is unbroken...
Loopy Libertarian is losing her old friend Mona today. And we woke up this morning to find that Schroedinger had lost his fight with the Dark overnight. At least he had Gunner and Kiki laying there with him when he decided to surrender and move on. He was only with us for three months, and two of those he was sickly - amazing how big the hole in our hearts is, though. Knowing that Mona was coming, I have asked Schroedy to wait a bit and cross the Rainbow Bridge with her, so she wont be alone as she and Schroedy head for Piddlers Green. Now is the time at Castle Argghhh! when we
dance SING TWO SPARKS to the Great Hunting Ground and Tennis Ball Chasing Facility at PIDDLERS GREEN.
Charge your glasses! TO ABSENT COMPANIONS!
Too bad the DoD doesnt have one. From the inbox, "A Message about Army Knowledge Online from LTG Howard B. Bromberg" Who wishes me to know:
Heh."As you likely have heard, the Army is making significant changes to Army Knowledge Online (AKO). While this effort is extremely important to improving the security of the Armys network and information, we understand that this decision impacts retired Soldiers, surviving spouses and family members. Members of your community have expressed concern about what is happening, and I, and all senior Army leaders, have heard you. The Army greatly values our retired Soldiers and the people who supported them throughout their service to our country. We absolutely will not lose touch with our extended family; we are firmly committed to making sure that all Soldiers, past and present, and their loved ones stay informed and engaged. In the long run, we hope to create a closer and even more vibrant community. We are developing solutions for our continued communications with retired Soldiers and their loved ones. We will keep you updated on our progress. Once a Soldier, always a Soldier . . . a Soldier For Life! The Army will always honor the contributions and sacrifices of every man and woman who wore the uniform, and the families who served alongside them. Thank you for all you have done for our nation and our Army. Please do not reply to this email. Replies will be sent to an unmonitored mailbox."
As long as you die young after retiring, get your healthcare elsewhere, get your food at a Wal-Mart Supercenter, and otherwise dont require anything other than feelgood messages. Oh, and dont bother with feedback, were not listening."The Army greatly values our retired Soldiers and the people who supported them throughout their service to our country. We absolutely will not lose touch with our extended family; we are firmly committed to making sure that all Soldiers, past and present, and their loved ones stay informed and engaged. In the long run, we hope to create a closer and even more vibrant community."
On this day in 1946, Cadet Captain Timothy Donovan, (aka the Auld Soldier) presented his saber in salute to Sir Winston Churchill, as the Missouri Military Academy of Mexico, Missouri, provided the Honor Guard (Cadet Captain Donovan, commanding) for WINNIES NOW-FAMOUS "IRON CURTAIN" SPEECH AT WESTMINSTER COLLEGE, FULTON, MISSOURI. I still have that saber.
Once again, the Army appears to score an own-goal. When did the ARSTAFF become a Clown College? I want the scalps, yes. But I want the right scalps, for the right reasons, harvested legally and properly. Not this continual Confederacy of Dunces. With apologies to a funny book. PROSECUTOR IN ARMY SEX CASE WANTED CHARGES DROPPED
Putin sent troops into Ukraine? But, but, didnt John Kerry admonish them to not do that? And didnt Jay Carney say that President Obama would be right cross about something like that? How could this be? Why do I have a sense of Susan Rice trying to find the Crayon, Red, Line Drawing, 1ea, slightly used?
_SOLDIER FLAGRANTLY AVOIDS FLAG SALUTE, SETS OFF ONLINE OUTRAGE._ I have a different take on this, coming as I do from an era where Retreat literally caused an installation to pause and face the flag - to the point of people pulling over and getting out of their cars, and end of day formations being scheduled to facilitate unit participation in the tradition. This is *not* that Army. I say that without rancor. It just isnt. And it isnt because *the leaders* have made it so. Anybody who wants to hammer this soldier for this action *better not* have been the Lieutenant Colonels and Majors I routinely see at Fort Leavenworth rushing to get under cover to avoid having to render honors. Anybody who wants to hammer this soldier for this action *better not* be the Sergeants I saw ignoring the bugle on their way to their cars, who got in and drove away as the music was playing over in the Old DB complex. And anybody who wants to hammer this soldier for this action *better not* be the Colonel who was with those Sergeants, doing what those Sergeants were doing. I usually dont say a word to those people. As a fat old retiree I cant catch them as they run from their duty. I just stop, face the flag, assume parade rest and salute when the flag starts dropping from the truck. They might notice a little smidge of contempt when I catch their eye as they slink away. But I have called them on it to their face at a later moment, if I know them. The excuses and other responses, some hostile, are instructive. The answer is *not* to excoriate this troop. It is *not* to make it her terminal rank. It is *not* to suggest that this she should be a candidate for expulsion in the drawdown. It is not to throw yourself into a smug, self-righteous state of high dudgeon. The answer, boys and girls, is simple. The answer is for leaders to - dare I suggest it - *Lead.* By example.
...this is very tempting. But, too spendy. As would be the balls, lead aint cheap.
Item #24828 Cannon Ball Mold Price: $695.00 Maker: Delano Model: Mold Caliber: 3" Description: This heavy steel mold is stamped "Cast 4-27-33 Delano Everett" on bottom edge. Mold casts a 2.953 inch ball that weighs about 5 1/4 lbs when cast of lead. Mold is mounted in a hinged bracket with screw closure for easy casting. An odd and unique item for the cannon collector. Comes with one lead ball.
Basically, the Regular Army is being told to go home and watch your kit rust while everybody else gets to move on, pretty much. Twas ever thus, and will be ever thus for a maritime power. _THE AX FALLS_: HIGHLIGHTS OF THE BUDGET PROPOSAL. Prediction: If a Democrat stays in the White House, the Army is below 400K within a year. Observation - all in all, perhaps not the worst thing. Given that we have no fricking clue on how to use our military in a policy and strategy sense, there really isnt a reason to keep a big one around, we just blunder into stupid. Our leaders arent worthy of their soldiers, so, we should just reduce the soldiers.