April 9th 1865

He had not slept well the night before. A third or more of his Army had been captured by Federal Forces when they crossed the “T” as they pursued his beleaguered forces from Petersburg westward. Now he would attempt what he was famous for, maneuvering his forces away from Grant’s force. He envisioned a short battle that would permit him and the soldiers of the Army of Northern Virginia to escape once again, to secure supplies, and link up with Joe Johnson and to continue the fight. Robert Edward Lee of Virginia rose as was his custom, trimmed his beard […]

Why does the Marine Corps Maintain the Standard?

I happen to be a tried and true Cavalryman that loves his jarhead friends to death.  I never wanted to be a Marine, but with how the Army is pursuing the integration of women into the teeth of her fighting force tells me so much.  Women only make up 14% of the Soldiers in the Army, so what is the point? The Marine Corps will not degrade the standards, but they will allow women to join them.  So far, no women have it made it past week 3 at IOC. The Army seems to want their test to be Ranger […]

More on the (Actual) Rifles of the IRA

A look back at the little-known Armalite AR-180 and its checkered history, courtesy of the Krampus: “Used by both the Provisional IRA and Irish security forces, it was photographed often; in fact, it is believed that as many as 2,000 of these rifles were smuggled into Ireland in the 1970s.” I had forgotten about the AR-180 and its part in The Troubles. To me, it looks like an AR that tried to have a sex change operation to become an FN FAL. But for better or for ill, there you have it.

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

More on the Saint himself. Recommended reading, from this time last year. And THIS is now en route. And a little rebellious musical accompaniment. (Please note which “IRA” these lads are referring to.)

For But a Moment, Old Glory came down

So last week a group of UCI students passed a piece of legislation that took down the American Flag from the the student government work room or lobby, to which I’m unsure.  Since apparently Old Glory breeds intolerance and represents Imperialism.  The bill’s author, Matthew Guevara, I wonder if he understands irony. You see, a distant cousin of his somewhere down the line of centuries ago was Ernesto Guevara de La Serna, whom we all know as a doctor, but more so as a murderer.  His face became a symbol of rebellion, see the El Che shirts everywhere.  I wonder […]

Vespa (Anti-Tank Variant)

I’M NOT KIDDING. In the 1950s France, in the midst of dealing with insurgencies in its colonies in Algeria and Indochina, recognized a military need for easily transportable artillery that could quickly be deployed to the front lines. It happened upon one very novel solution: a militarized Vespa scooter with a built-in armor-piercing gun. The Vespa 150 TAP, built by French Vespa licensee ACMA, was designed expressly to be used with the French airborne special forces, the Troupes Aéro Portées (TAP). Read the whole thing, and be sure to watch the video. I wonder if it’d work on a KLR650??

Information Is Subversive

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. [emphasis added by author] Information is subversive. Information undermines the castle walls that secure tyrants. For this reason, on six of the seven continents tyrants went to great and horrible lengths to keep information away from their subjects. In America, suppression of the press began under the satraps of the British kings, and ended with […]

Sunday Clean-Up: Links and Notes

One of the most enjoyable aspects of this activity is to get suggestions and links from all of you, on a wide variety of topics. These below have piled up over the week from some of our most loyal readers; apologies, because I’m just now getting to them. From George W ’64, a great little piece on when to get out. There’s a lot of practical wisdom packed in there. Highly recommended. From MDL, a disturbing article on a once-great military and erstwhile bulwark of the Atlantic alliance. No wonder they want to avoid a confrontation over Ukraine. This does […]

Getting Medieval

Recently ISIS  announced that burned one of its hostages alive. This was done while the terrorist army claimed the man still alive and worth exchanging. Burning to death is slow, painful, brutal. It isn’t a bullet to the head or the snap of the neck when the rope goes taught.  And, ISIS was not dealing in good faith. Not to be outdone when talking in bad faith,  President Obama, when it came his time to speak at the National Prayer Breakfast, took the time remind the Christians in the audience, adherents to Reformation, Counter-Reformation and Vatican II, that 600-800 years […]

The most critical tool for training leaders

Saint Augustine wrote The City of God Against the Pagans. In this philosophical work, the Saint discussed time as subjective to the mind and viewed as three presents: the presents of past, current, and future. The Present of the Past is memory. The Present of the Current is sight. The Present of the Future is expectation. All three presents exist now in the moment and are in that way connected. In gunnery, I had the memory of failing to pass the test to compute Concurrent Met the first time I took it. I had the memory of re-taking and passing the test, […]