Monday, May 26, 2008

Attention to Orders

(Via Timebomb 2000)

I made the post immediately below this with the intention that it would be my only post on Memorial Day. Well, it isn't going to be the only one today after all.

Instead, I'd like you to meet PFC Ross A. McGinnis, USA, CMH.

"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." John 15:13.

Memorial Day

Today is the day we celebrate Memorial Day, once known as Decoration Day. For most, it marks the unofficial start of summer, but once upon a time in marked far more.

I'll leave you to whatever activities you feel proper today. Like many others, I won't do anything particular to denote the day, other than fly my flag and stop to offer a prayer. There are no big celebrations of remembrance here--no bands, no parades. Just a day off from work for a lot of us, that we'll use to catch up all those things we should have finished earlier.

I'll also leave you with this poem, brought again to mind by Major Chuck:

Half way down the trail to Hell,
In a shady meadow green.
Are the souls of all dead troopers camped,
Near a good old time canteen.
And this eternal resting place,
Is known as Fiddlers' Green.

Marching past straight through to Hell,
The Infantry are seen.
Accompanied by Engineers,
Artillery and Marines.
For none but shades of the Cavalrymen,
Dismount at Fiddlers' Green.

Though some go curving down the trail,
To seek a warmer scene.
No Trooper ever gets to Hell,
Ere he's emptied his canteen.
And so goes back to drink again,
With friends again at Fiddlers' Green.

And so when man and horse go down,
Beneath a saber keen.
Or in a roaring charge of fierce melee,
You stop a bullet clean.
And the hostiles come to get your scalp,
Just empty your canteen,
And put your pistol to your head,
And go to Fiddlers' Green.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Your Sunday Firepower Video

The world's largest shotgun:

That's the XM1028 Cannister Charge.

"Gunner...load cannister." I wonder when words to that effect were last heard in combat?

Congratulations, NASA

Phoenix has landed safely.

Usually, I'm a pretty harsh critic of NASA, feeling that more often than not, they are the problem with manned space exploration. However, they got it right this time (even if it took longer than I feel it should), and they deserve a big pat on the back.

Now, get back to work. I want to retire to a moon colony, and I'm not getting any younger.

Are Californians moving east...

...or are these home-grown fools?

A group in Santa Fe, New Mexico, is seeking a ban on Wi-Fi signals in public buildings because they say they’re allergic to wireless Internet signals, according to a report from KOB-TV.

Compounding this nuttery, "The Santa Fe city attorney is checking to see if the Wi-Fi signals could be considered a form of discrimination, KOB reports." This should be immediate grounds for the firing of said attorney.

Me, I'm allergic to fools, idiots and morons. Can I have them banned?