Fullbore Lump In Throat

This week is on the Westgate Mall attack in Kenya: Cdr Salamander – Fullbore Friday

Categories: War and Peace

Mark Steyn’s Good Advice

National Review – American Ineffectualism Every American ally is cringing with embarrassment at the amateurishness of the last month. By Mark Steyn First, the usual depressing stuff: Charles Crawford, Britain’s former ambassador in Serbia and Poland, called last Monday “the worst day for U.S. and wider Western diplomacy since records began.” Obama set it in [...]

Categories: Politics

Peter Recommends CXLVI

Cracked (god, the ADS; avert your eyes from them) – The 6 Weirdest Things We’ve Learned Since 9/11, by David Wong I like this. I especially like #6 “Terrorism Totally Works!” (it goes in reverse order, so #6 is first), for pointing out the amount of money we spent and how utterly inefficient it is [...]

Categories: War and Peace

Absolutely the Funniest Item of the Day CCC

As usual, the title cards and captions are the best part. The book title, too, is the best part. But the really best part is how Putin’s headshot has no captioning at all. That’s the best part. It’s interesting that this is uploaded by somebody whose titles are all in arabic, so, obviously, for an [...]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

Since They Made Rummy Cry

I await the relentless torrent of media accusations that Obama doesn’t care about Our Fallen Heroes™. Gateway Pundit – Obama Honored Fallen SEALs By Sending Their Parents a Form Letter Signed By Electric Pen

Categories: War and Peace

Not With a Bang But By Numbers

Hoooo-boy: NRO – Mark Steyn: President of the Future Unfortunately the rest of us have to live in Obama’s present. In the America over which Barack Obama has the tedious chore of actually presiding, second-quarter GDP growth was revised down from 1.7 percent to 1.3 percent — or, in layman’s terms, from “barely detectable” to [...]

Categories: Politics

Of War and Baby Bunnies (and More)

Cracked.com – The 5 Most Adorable Stories in the History of War Curtsy: Brett McS, via Twitter. So awesome.

Categories: War and Peace

And Now For a Good Cry

Buzz Feed – 40 Of The Most Powerful Photographs Ever Taken A moving collection of iconic photographs from the last 100 years that demonstrate the heartbreak of loss, the tremendous power of loyalty, and the triumph of the human spirit. Warning: Some of these will make you weep. I’m struggling to decide if there’s one [...]

Categories: History

Miscellaneous Sex Stuff

First, a fairly good essay for laying out the basic arguments without falling into the “eww icky” trap like so many do, except this still irritated me just because of her language choices. I mean, let’s face it, if I gave this to just about any one of my peers to read, they’d call her [...]

Categories: People and Current Events

World Is Ending, Etc Etc

I’m not sure what I think about this: The Guardian – It is not inevitable that the EU – or democracy – will survive this mess Europe may well muddle through with technocrats and tighter straitjackets, but the rule of the people must be guarded, by Simon Jenkins

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

Armistice Day/Veteran’s Day/Remembrance Day/11.11.11 Day

I’m never sure what to post for Veteran’s Day. On the one hand, it’s important, and it’s important to me, but on the other hand somehow all the commemorations for the day sort of ring oddly when up against the Remembrance Day things going on in the rest of the (Western (ish)) world. Of course, [...]

Categories: War and Peace

The Battlefield Arts of Wolverhampton

So cool: BBC – The only living master of a dying martial art I feel like, as much as the world loves a battle-hermit, that maybe, as a means of passing on your battlefield art, living as a hermit until your 80s when you notice not many kids have come past your mountain top seeking [...]

Categories: History

When Men Were Men and Life Was Cheap

/delete rant about modern sensibilities Two stories: WSJ – Violence Vanquished We believe our world is riddled with terror and war, but we may be living in the most peaceable era in human existence. Why brutality is declining and empathy is on the rise. Quoting briefly, but read the whole thing: A look at the [...]

Categories: History

A Decade of 9/11: Conspiracies

Slate is running a really interesting series on conspiracies. I’m pulling out a quote from the introduction, but there are links to all the sections at the top of the articles should you wish to peruse further. Slate – Where Were You When You First Heard? The other question I asked myself for the 10th [...]

Categories: War and Peace

Movie News

I’m not sure if these two go together but in my head they kinda do, so two movies to report on (if second hand): First, Wheat & Weeds saw Captain America and …liked it? Apparently I should never have listened to the rumours promulgated by the trailer. Which made it look ridiculously idiotically ludicrously bad. [...]

Categories: Entertainment