Girl Friday, 31 AUG 07
This week our "Girl Friday" is Raquel Gibson...Playboy Playmate and model.
Have a great weekend!
If you were a hot dog and you were starving...would you eat yourself? Anything I have to say here are my opinions and does NOT represent official US Government or Army policy.
This is the first time I can remember not watching a single pitch of the annual tournament. Used to be you could only watch the championship game, but I'd make a point of catching at least some of that. The Little League World Series was the only championship I could watch on network TV and say, "I used to play in that league."
Wherever the champs of the Penmar Park youth basketball league go after clinching, the cameras don't follow.
Now, after growing increasingly uncomfortable with the LLWS over the years, at long last I can't stand it. There's such a lack of fun emanating from these little mini-professional ballplayers, the whole thing's just depressing. I'm with Yahoo's Dan Wetzel: They should pay those kids. They're seriously, stoically, providing a service.
For this and other fine holsters go to the Galco website
If Mr. Johnson did in fact wear a holster like that I apologize for my ignorance. In any event the use of the "Miami Vice" card to belittle a particular thing is the gun equivalent of using the word "Nazi" in a discussion about politics.
Getting back to carrying weapons, muzzle discipline etc...
If one weren't into buying a holster and wanted an issue holster for their M-9, Army aviators are issued a holster similar to the one in the picture above, but it is made out of a fire resistant material and is issued with the "Air Warrior" ensemble.
So if the Army issues it, it must be safe right? Not so fast, this is the same outfit that bought the Gamma Goat.
But actually I wonder if any of these goons who are using my oxygen and wasting electrons or God forbid even paper to complain about these holsters, has ever even held an M-9, let alone fired one?
It takes more than a few steps to fire an M-9 pistol. Demonstrator post!
ONE: Insert magazine with bullets installed into pistol. (PSSST! it's the empty well in the grip...no bullets go up and face forward...OK)
TWO: Pull back on the slide to place a round into the chamber...ready to be fired.
THREE: Place the ARM/SAFE switch to ARM (the red dot should be showing now)
FOUR: Aim and pull the trigger. (WOW that's really hard to pull the trigger...yeah that's because it's a double action trigger, it's actually easier if you pull the hammer back first and then pull the trigger otherwise it takes about twice the amount of energy to pull the trigger)
I've never ever heard of an M-9 going off by unless someone followed those steps. If I'm wrong please tell me.
Then we have the fact that on most FOBs weapons are not "supposed" to have a magazine in them and most certainly not "supposed" to have a round in the chamber. You can see the odds for a weapon being carried in a holster of that type going off are pretty much slim and none. But yet the letters appear and they are followed by rebuttals by gun aficionados who site this or that, or by soldiers who just love to stir the pot. And then finally the other day a Marine had to jump into the argument. Of course he first let us all know how the USMC was vastly superior to the Army before making his point about the holster and weapons safety in general.
On a side note, when I read that letter I could have sworn it was written by W. Thomas Smith Jr. (of The National Review's on-line column The Tank), it had all the earmarks, disdain for anything not associated with the Marines (I was embedded with the 82nd Airborne, good troops but not Marines; Sgt Joe Blow Marine graduated #1 in his Army Ranger school class, but he still prefers to be called by the tile of United States Marine or I ate some apple sauce in the DFAC at Camp Liberty but it was nowhere near as good as the apple sauce being served at Camp Falluja (I made that last one up but you get the drift)), and an overall superior haughty attitude as if he were casting pearls before swine.
Sometimes presentation is everything. Me personally I don't really care to be lectured to by someone who thinks they are better than me, who's doing all us poor Army saps a favor by letting us in on the superior Marine Corps way. God help you if you don't capitalize "marine" or you inadvertently call one of their medics, a medic. They can butcher Army terminology all day long and they don't give a care, but if one dares question the superiority of the USMC above all others Lord help you.
You are welcome to the fight brother, if you need help on the battlefield I am there for you. But give it a rest with telling everyone how great you are...or I will point my non-loaded, holstered M-9 muzzle right at you next time I'm standing in line at the DFAC.
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The moment I read this heartwarming story, I knew you'd be a person who would appreciate it. It will only take a couple of moments to read about Mike Membre's elephant encounter, but you will remember it for a long time to come. Enjoy! I don't usually like these heartwarming stories, but this one is truly interesting...
In 1986, Mike Membre was on holiday in Kenya after graduating from Northwestern University. On a hike through the bush, he came across a young bull elephant standing with one leg raised in the air. The elephant seemed distressed, so Membre approached it very carefully. He got down on one knee and inspected the elephant's foot and found a large piece of wood deeply embedded in it. As carefully and as gently as he could, Membre worked the wood out with his hunting knife, after which the elephant gingerly put down its foot. The elephant turned to face the man, and with a rather curious look on its face, stared at him for several tense moments. Membre stood frozen, thinking of nothing else but being trampled. Eventually the elephant trumpeted loudly, turned, and walked away. Membre never forgot that elephant or the events of that day.
Twenty years later, Membre was walking through the Chicago Zoo with his teenaged son. As they approached the elephant enclosure, one of the creatures turned and walked over to near where Membre and his son Cantri were standing. The large bull elephant stared at Membre, lifted its front foot off the ground, then put it down. The elephant did that several times then trumpeted loudly, all the while staring at the man. Remembering the encounter in 1986, Membre couldn't help wondering if this was the same elephant. Membre summoned up his courage, climbed over the railing and made his way into the enclosure. He walked right up to the elephant and stared back in wonder. The elephant trumpeted again, wrapped its trunk around one of Membre's legs and raised him high into the air and slammed him against the railing, killing him instantly.
Probably wasn't the same elephant.
From the Danger Room we get these insights from various proponents of "airpower"
In March, Air Force Magazine executive editor John Tirpak spoke for many under the Air Force's aegis when he wrote:
In a counterinsurgency, airpower is mostly useful as a means of hauling around ground forces while keeping an eye on the bad guys. Air strikes are probably too blunt an instrument to be of much value, and ground commanders should think twice before asking for them. If air strikes are used, though, a ground forces commander definitely should control them.
Quaint musings from a dusty, pre-“joint” Army field manual? Nope. Fresh ink from Lt. Gen. David H. Petraeus, tapped by President Bush to be the new commander of Multinational Force-Iraq...
Petraeus... damn[s] airpower with the faintest of faint praise, cautioning that, aside from the purely supportive functions of battlefield mobility and persistent ISR [intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance], airpower can be too heavy-handed to be of much use...
The views... reflect a limited knowledge of airpower’s true role in the current operation and suspicion that airpower can all too easily prove counterproductive. This is all the more distressing in light of the view that Petraeus will set direction for the ongoing fight in Iraq.
Months earlier, in Armed Forces Journal, Major General Charles Dunlap railed against "boots-on-the-ground zealots" and "neo-Luddites" who "quot[e] counterinsurgency manuals from the horse cavalry era." Instead, Dunlap insisted, we should be pouring money into "air power — our most effective national security component."
Along those lines, the Air Force manual has a message for the ground-pounders: We're just as -- if not more -- important than you grunts...
Well it feels like a cold front came through, it's only 110 or so...quite refreshing. Maybe the worst of the heat is over.
You be safe out there!
U.S. Army commanders and troops have come to view the Army's Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) as their "70-kilometer sniper rifle," but enemy forces in Iraq see the weapon in a starker light.
"The enemy is calling it the 'Hand of Allah,'" said Col. David Rice, Army program manager - Precision Fires Rockets & Missile Systems.
For enemy forces, the rockets seemingly come from nowhere, Rice said Aug. 1 during a press briefing on the program.
You'd think after all that someone, somewhere in the Pentagon would inform people to be a tiny, little bit sensitive when talking about religion, particularly other people's religion. Then again, maybe not.
Now we've got an Army colonel, who in a briefing earlier this week with reporters, claimed that the Army's Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) is being called the "Hand of Allah" by the enemy (the provenance of the colonel's information is a bit unclear).
The colonel's apparent explanation: the weapon he calls the "70-kilometer sniper rifle" seemed to "come from nowhere."
It's just so, so, so wrong.
Report on military bullying
August 1st, 2007 by lex
I received an advance copy of the investigation results into allegations that bullying was widespread in the US military - allegations that, if true, might have shaken a volunteer organization to its very core. Fortunately for the US Army and Navy, the results are reassuring.
But I’m sufficiently worried about the Air Force to quote the entire report at length:
“DEFENSE BULLYING REPORT - Air Force Worst of the Three Services
A recent report by experts has found that allegations of “a culture of widespread bullying and brutality” within the Military are, in the most part, unfounded. The audit team, which traveled to every Defense establishment across the country and abroad and interviewed staff from all three services, found surprisingly few cases of unfair treatment and bullying within the Army and Navy.
When it came to the Air Force, however, the report told a different story. Complaints to the team came from a total of 3,555 Air Force members, compared with three from Navy and just one from Army...