Heh

Found at Wirecutter’s place: I’d say many of the former military servicemen I’ve met – particularly former Navy personnel – are poster children for the first group.  I can still remember the retired Chief Petty Officer who informed me (very loudly) that coffee wasn’t coffee unless you could stand your teaspoon upright in it, without support.  Also, it had to be as strong and as bitter as possible, “like me!”  As for milk, sugar and that other stuff . . . the less said, the better! It does help one understand why so few millennials, comparatively speaking, will consider military service. 

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Heh

Shamelessly borrowed from Chief Nose Wetter: I suppose he could use Limburger cheese, but that might be classified as an illegal biological weapon . . . Peter

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America’s first military intelligence chief?

In a blog post yesterday, my friend Cedar Sanderson asked “What are you reading?”  In her own list of books, she mentioned this: Major General George H Sharpe (cool Civil War era spying biography) I’d never heard of General Sharpe.  Intrigued, I did a quick search for information, and found this article. Not many people today have heard of George H. Sharpe. I hadn’t heard of him until I happened to read a short CIA historical report that—in little more than a passing reference—credited him with having established “the first ‘all-source intelligence’ organization in U.S. history.” Sharpe was the director of the

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Unexpected absence

For reasons I won’t go into right now, I find myself unable to keep a regular blogging schedule today. Please amuse yourselves with the blogs in my sidebar, and forgive my absence.  I hope regular blogging will resume tomorrow, God willing. Thanks. Peter

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Meeting an old friend for the first time

Last Saturday, Miss D. and I drove down to the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex to meet someone with whom I’ve had contact online for something like twenty years, but never actually met. Kim du Toit is well known in the blogosphere and shooting fraternity, and is also a writer.  He used to blog at The Other Side of Kim, but that went away some years ago.  To my great pleasure, he started blogging again a couple of years ago at his new online home, Splendid Isolation.  He’s recently remarried, after the death of his first wife, and his lady (also from South Africa) is settling down and

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Quote of the day

From Diogenes’ Middle Finger, commenting on the Trump impeachment imbroglio: It’s becoming quite obvious that dems pulled the trigger on impeachment before they had the goods.  This attempt is truly desperate: poorly planned from the beginning, and so poorly executed that every one of the conspirators, especially Adam Schiff, CNN’s Fredo Cuomo and Jake Tapper, MSNBC’s Ricky Maddow and Larry O’Donnell sound like used car salesman with one day left to hit their monthly quota. Used car salesmen?  Owwww . . . but so fitting! Peter

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Quote of the day

From the Z man, commenting on the impeachment brouhaha in Washington DC: The Washington press corps is full of hysterical females, convinced Trump will stuff their uterus with Bibles and sew their legs shut. Priceless! His entire article is worth reading, as he points out the yawning pit that the Democratic Party is digging for itself over this mess.  Go read. Peter

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Tab clearing

Several items have crossed my monitor in recent days and weeks that I haven’t had time to develop into full-length blog articles, but I think are nevertheless worth sharing. 1.  With the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks still fresh in our minds, here are two articles that you might want to bookmark for future reference.  They contain material that’s timeless, and will be useful long into the future, particularly when speaking with people who weren’t even alive when the attacks took place. Images of 9/11: A Visual Remembrance The 9/11 Attacks: Understanding Al-Qaeda and the Domestic Fall-Out from America’s Secret

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