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Interests: History (all kinds), theology, literature, cowboy boots, the War Between the States, Norwich Terriers.
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kunuri "Are you sure that line was not from a much older B&W Western?" first used by Fred McMurray in "The Rains of Ranchipur" in 1955. John Wayne never said this.'s_gotta_do_what_a_man's_gotta_do pl
kunuri "Now the GIs on R&R I meet around there say they are Canadians at first." It was nothing like that. Except for the hospital professional staff all those facilities were run for us either by the Turkish military or Turkish civilian employees. So, these facilities made a contribution to the local economy. I walked to work every day down Birinci Kordon to ALFSEE a few blocks away. Quite a few Americans married Turkish women. pl
kunuri The officers' club and ALFSEE were on the waterfront, but all the other facilities were scattered all over town and we lived among the people and wandered around at will in the restaurants, bazaar, etc. the USAF had leased the Catholic cathedral as a chapel. the Brits had a church of their own and a club. pl
kunuri In those days there was a USAF run officer's mess down the Kordon in what had been a hotel. there was a USAF air base support group that ran all the services for Allied Land Forces South East Europe (ALFSEE) and the 6th Allied Tactical Air Force hq. Among the facilities were a hospital, enlisted club, commissary store, PX, movie theater, rod and gun club, liquor store, SCUBA club. There was a grammar school and high school for dependent children. Our modern, two bedroom apartment cost about $110/month. My housing allowance was more than that. Life was good. I was there two years and then back to VN. pl
kunuri I worked in the ALFSEE command building on Birinci Kordon. The bay was across the street. We lived further down the street on Birinci Kordon. pl
While conventional states try to win hearts and minds abroad before necessarily resorting to military force, the jihadist group is also achieving its aims by psychological means - backed up by a reputation for extreme violence. The Islamic State, which... Continue reading
Posted 7 hours ago at Sic Semper Tyrannis
jon "with a SA missile" did you mean an air to air missile? pl
kunuri Yes, "harf" means "letter" in Arabic as in alphabetic character. "huruf" is the plural. must be an accidental combination of letters. pl
Nancy K "He also says it appears that Israel controls or very heavily influences the US Congress." I understand the process of reward and punishment through which this has occurred but more puzzling is the wild and uncritical enthusiasm of the MSM for Israel. When someone like Bibi is tolerated in saying crap like "a man's got to do what a man's got to do," then one can only say that all integrity has departed from the media in the US. pl
Nancy K Your husband is an honest man. It saddens me as well that the Israel I dealt with for many years is gone, replaced by a hyper-nationalist colonial power. pl
The Twisted Genius (TTG) posted this comment on SST in response to another member of the committee. I think it deserves front page publication. pl "Judging by your analysis and comments, I gather that you find it near inconceivable that... Continue reading
Posted 11 hours ago at Sic Semper Tyrannis
CP I suppose you mean drone mounted imaging. That's possible but if it is the USG should disclose that. these systems are not very secret nor do they need to be. pl
The native Izzies and their returned newbies seem to be getting nervous, Bibi has taken to snarling on the air at people who challenge him even a little, and then there is Oren, CNN's "man on the Middle East." (irony alert) He left out the description of platoons of blind orphan children working in the tunnels in darkness while shackled together. At the end of a ten hour shift another child blind only in one eye is sent to lead them back to their orphanage. Hey. It worked for Basil II. pl
Bill The claim for that level of resolution is unrealistic. pl
All "One officer, a veteran of Gaza operations, who left the fighting area for a few hours, told Haaretz: "I've been to Shujaiyeh before, but I've never seen it – or Hamas – like this before. Their equipment and tactics are just like Hezbollah. Missile traps and IEDs everywhere – and they stay and fight instead of melting away like in the past." In the wake of the 2006 Second Lebanon War, the IDF improved its fleet of armored personnel carriers (APCs), including more heavy Achzarit APCs and the new Namer, based on the Merkava tank. New Merkava MK IV was also acquired and equipped with TROPHY anti-missile systems, which is essentially a miniaturized version of the Iron Dome for armored fighting vehicles." Haaretz today. Saggers will still go right through the armor up close especially on the sides. And then there are always the ubiquitous RPGs pl
John Minnerath In the long ago not all marines thought of themselves as infantry. some were permanently assigned to shipboard duty as part of the ship's company. Others were in charge of naval prisons and security of naval installations and until the thirties here was no Fleet Marine Force. They also had no officer schools of their own. they went to army or navy schools. The officer basic course was at the Philadelphia Navy Yard in the 30s. I had a neighbor once who had gone there as a Lt. pl
Andrew Israeli Druze do not consider Palestinian Arabs to be "their people.' pl
nightsticker I was on the JCS board that investigated the attack on USS Stark. That captain was crucified by the navy so the Vincennes guy was really keyed up. pl
His eminence praised the persistence of the Hamas resistance and the tremendous patience of the people of Gaza and strongly supported their rightful demands to end the current battle. Sayyed Nasrallah heard from Meshaal comforting and confident stance, as he... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Sic Semper Tyrannis
Matthew Yes, the marines have no medical service and no chaplains. this dates from the days before the USMC was something other than a small force of naval infantry and people who served as members of ships' companies. On some ships a marine sergeant and his men manned a major turret. That is why the ranks of E-7 in the marines is called "Gunnery Sergeant." pl
"What I’ve been told by one source, who has provided accurate information on similar matters in the past, is that U.S. intelligence agencies do have detailed satellite images of the likely missile battery that launched the fateful missile, but the... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Sic Semper Tyrannis
joe 100 Most people don't know that USMC has no medical service of its own. pl
TTG I was three weeks out of combat and in Frankfurt am Main when I watched the moon landing on TV. The Frankfurter Algemeine Zeitung had a banner headline the next day that read something like "Today the man in the moon is an American." pl
joe 100 What does NSA stand for in this context? pl
joe 100 "NSA hospital?" pl