Around the Rocks the Rugged Rascal Ran

(Page 1 of 6: Viewing Diary Entry 1 to 10)  
Page Links: 1  2  3  4  5  6  

Veteran's Day - 2012

November 11th 2012 3:16 am
[ Leave A Comment ]

Sixth Annual Installment of the Veteran's Day Post, which hasn't changed because America hasn't stepped up.

I'd like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that America is currently at war.

There are no victory gardens or war bonds this time around. The Home Front hasn't mobilized at all. In fact, most of us just go about our daily lives, occasionally listening to news reports about how bad things are, how hopeless the whole situation is, what Congress is currently griping about, and how messed up the military is...etc., etc., etc. The news likes to emphasize that kind of stuff. They'd rather tell you about some sort of scandal, or mistake, or crisis than focus on the valor, the sacrifice, the dedication of our Soldiers, Sailors, Airman and Marines currently risking their lives for our freedom. Not sure why. But with what little impact this insignificant diary may have, I'd like to ask you to take a moment today to think about the men and women in uniform, past and present, who have answered the call of their country, whether you agree with that reason for that call or not.

Take a moment and google Lt. Michael P. Murphy (USN), Cpl. Jason L . Dunham (USMC), SFC Paul R. Smith (USA), SPC Ross McGinnis (USA), SFC Jared Monti (USA), MA2 Michael Monsoor (USN), SSG Robert J. Miller (USA), SSG Salvatore Guinta (USA), SFC Leroy Petry (USA), and SGT Dakota Meyer (USMC) and learn what valor and sacrifice for your country truly means. Almost each year I have posted this--a name has been added to this pantheon.

If you see a Veteran from WWII or Korea-- thank him. If you see a Vietnam Vet-- welcome him home. And when you see a current service member or Vet, let him or her know that their service was not in vain. Because no matter what you think about the current war, you need to remember that the only reason you can just go about your daily business like nothing is going on is because he or she defended your ability to do so with all of their might.

And then consider that maybe you owe them more than that. It is a debt that cannot be repaid.

 

OSS Detachment 101

September 6th 2012 6:56 pm
[ Leave A Comment ]

KITTY has been burrowing.

BUT it appears I have a "Wild Bill" Donovan on the look out. The OSS is only supposed to spy on the enemy, not the KITTY. But when you are the SAC and have an enemy in your inner circle you sometimes need "outside/inside?" help.

I have been advised by this OSS agent to go all-out "Chu Chi" on the KITTY's derriere. And she has provided photographic evidence of the tactic's utility. Its an interesting prospect.

Using the enemy's tactics against him (Sun Tzu, Chapter 6). I'm liking this.

KITTY will never see it coming.

Maybe the RECON advantage that the tunnels will give me - will give me the ammunition I need to convince the JCS that KITTY is NOT actually an ally - he's burrowing... translate -- peeing on the command post's laundry pile.

(Editor's note: William Donovan was a bad-a**, the men who served in the CBI theater(esp. the 5307th Composite Unit (provisional)) ROCK!!!!, and the dog STILL can't get his wars straight).

 

I AM THE SAC! ME!

August 15th 2012 5:28 pm
[ Leave A Comment | 1 person already has ]

I am the Supreme Allied Commander (SAC) and therefore I get the perks, the spoils of war, the tea in china cups in my tent on the Western Front.

So why, all of a sudden, is there this other officer that has been brought in, messing with my war, my front, my victories.

The JCS call him KITTY.

He's moved into my HQ and set up his own objectives against geckos and spiders. NOT the enemy, we're after the FTRL and the varmint Cong.

But NO....he's set up his own Maginot line in the mud room. DID HE LEARN NOTHING from Von Schlieffen???? What kind of general officer purposefully sets up a two-front war as part of his STRATPLAN??

I am the SAC, and this "KITTY" is going down - I'm gonna school him like Ike did MacArthur; like Grant did Burnside.

(Editor's note: the dog is just peeved that there is now a cat he has to live with, and that he can't play with the cat's toys, or go in the cat's room, or eat said cat.)

 

Semper Vigiles

July 7th 2012 10:19 am
[ Leave A Comment | 1 person already has ]

I haven't posted in a long while about the ongoing conflict between me and the fuzzy-tailed rodent Luftwaffe (FTRL). We've been in a July 27, 1953-esque sort of cease fire for years. But that is no excuse not to remain ever vigilant. There's that DMZ to patrol after all.

Today a new sort of enemy breached my perimeter. DESTROYED my perimeter. I should have put claymores 100 yards out, but the silly HOA denied my petition to do so.

I was on patrol when it appeared. Large, HORNED, and swift--it crashed through the gate straight into my line of attack. But it was so unexpected and so OMG huge that I hesitated and lost the advantage. I chased it, but it escaped, whatever it was, and jumped a different sector of the line. I remain on post waiting for the beast to return so that I might smite him. I just wish I knew what the Hades it was.

(Editor's Note: It was a deer. A really really big 8-point buck. And the Luftwaffe is WWII, the cease fire and DMZ is Korea, and the M18A1 is Vietnam. But I've long given up on him getting his military history right. Dog and Deer are fine.)

 

Veteran's Day 2011- 5th Annual Post

November 7th 2011 8:54 pm
[ Leave A Comment | 1 person already has ]

Fifth Annual Installment of the Veteran's Day Post, which hasn't changed because America hasn't stepped up, but the men who have earned the Medal of Honor have -- adding one more.

I'd like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that America is currently at war.

There are no victory gardens or war bonds this time around. The Home Front hasn't mobilized at all. In fact, most of us just go about our daily lives, occasionally listening to news reports about how bad things are, how hopeless the whole situation is, what Congress is currently griping about, and how messed up the military is...etc., etc., etc. The news likes to emphasize that kind of stuff. They'd rather tell you about some sort of scandal, or mistake, or crisis than focus on the valor, the sacrifice, the dedication of our Soldiers, Sailors and Marines currently risking their lives for freedom. Not sure why. But with what little impact this insignificant diary may have, I'd like to ask you to take a moment on this coming Veteran's Day to think about the men and women in uniform, past and present, who have answered the call of their country, whether you agree with that reason for that call or not.

Take a moment and google Lt. Michael P. Murphy (USN), Cpl. Jason L . Dunham (USMC), SFC Paul R. Smith (USA), SPC Ross McGinnis (USA), SFC Jared Monti (USA), MA2 Michael Monsoor (USN), SSG Robert J. Miller (USA), SSG Salvatore Guinta (USA), SFC Leroy Petry (USA), and SGT Dakota Meyer (USMC) and learn what valor and sacrifice for your country truly means. Almost each year I have posted this--a name has been added to this pantheon.

If you see a Veteran from WWII or Korea-- thank him. If you see a Vietnam Vet-- welcome him home. And when you see a current service member or Vet, let him or her know that their service was not in vain. Because no matter what you think about the current war, you need to remember that the only reason you can just go about your daily business like nothing is going on is because he or she defended your ability to do so with all of their might.

And then consider that maybe you owe them more than that. It is a debt that cannot be repaid.

 

Living MOH recipient # 3

August 31st 2011 7:48 pm
[ Leave A Comment ]

Sooooo, Labor Day is a another day off work. You get to go to work and have an hour lunch break or 30-minutes + two 15s. This guy didn't have that option. Welcome DAKOTA MEYER to the pantheon. Semper fi!

http://militarytimes.com/blogs/battle-rattle/2011/08/ 19/video-marine-corps-times-interviews-dakota-meyer-medal-of -honor-recipient

 

The Fourth of July

June 30th 2011 7:04 pm
[ Leave A Comment ]

For Independence Day--My edited but re-occurring post updated to reflect the additional Medal of Honor Recipients.

Have a nice picnic. Enjoy your day off work, and in any way you can THANK the men and women who gave it to you: Take a moment and think of these:

Lt. Michael P. Murphy (USN), Cpl. Jason L . Dunham (USMC), SFC Paul R. Smith (USA), SPC Ross McGinnis (USA), SFC Jared Monti (USA), MA2 Michael Monsoor (USN), SSG Robert J. Miller (USA), SSG SALVATORE GIUNTA (USA), and on July 12, 2011----SFC LEROY PETRY (USA).

The Soldier above all others prays for peace, for it is the Soldier who must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war. Gen. Douglas MacArthu

 

Welcome the the 38th Parallel!

June 26th 2011 3:35 pm
[ Leave A Comment | 53 people already have ]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/38th_parallel_north

I haven't posted in a while. A very long while. We've been in a stalemate and mom's been busy. But the war is not over. I just have new barriers. Something called an armistice (that and a move to Kentucky).

So the FTRL is still out there, just in a different guise. I still stand point. But this time I CAN'T get to him.

 

2007 Veterans Day Post Update for 2010

November 10th 2010 7:22 pm
[ Leave A Comment ]

My re-occurring Vet day post updated to reflect the four additional Medal of Honor Recipients:

There are no victory gardens or war bonds this time around. The Home Front hasn't mobilized at all. In fact, most of us just go about our daily lives, occasionally listening to news reports about how bad things are, how hopeless the whole situation is, what Congress is currently griping about, and how messed up the military is...etc., etc., etc. But I'd ask you to take a moment on this coming Veteran's Day to think about the men and women in uniform, past and present, who have answered the call of their country, whether you agree with the reason for that call or not.

Take a moment.

Google Lt. Michael P. Murphy (USN), Cpl. Jason L . Dunham (USMC), SFC Paul R. Smith (USA), SPC Ross McGinnis (USA), SFC Jared Monti (USA), MA2 Michael Monsoor (USN), and SSG Robert J. Miller (USA) and learn what valor and sacrifice for your country truly means.

And today, tf you see a Veteran from WWII or Korea-- thank him. If you see a Vietnam Vet-- welcome him home. And if you see a current service member or Vet, let him or her know that their service was not in vain. Because no matter what you think about the current war, you need to remember that the only reason you can just go about your daily business like nothing is going on is because he or she defended your ability to do so with all of their might.

And then consider that maybe you owe them more than that. It is a debt that cannot be repaid.

The Soldier above all others prays for peace, for it is the Soldier who must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war. Gen. Douglas MacArthur

 

Geneva Convention, 1949

June 29th 2008 2:17 pm
[ Leave A Comment ]

There are rules in war. Orders that Soldiers must obey. I fear I might have violated one, or all of them.

In my war against the Fuzzy-Tailed Rodent Luftwaffe (FTRL), I had never once taken one out. That changed significantly the other day. I got one. Got him good too. Mom came home to me standing at the perimeter with the dead enemy dangling from my mouth. She ordered me (as she is the Commanding Officer as well as my chronicler and editor) to drop it. As it is my lawful duty to obey her order, I did so. Reluctantly, I might add.

And she was left to wonder, did I kill him in battle? Or did I find him wounded and suffering and dealt the final blow? There is sometimes a fine line between being a Soldier and being a war criminal. Whatever the circumstances, we will never know. There will be no Nuremberg this war.

Regardless, there's been a lot fewer of the FTRL hanging around. Now that they know that mercy is not something that can be expected here, they're a tad bit more careful of whom they send into battle.

 
  Sort By Oldest First

Raskol


 

Family Pets

Tyger -Beloved
(1978-1996)
Bubbles (1997
- 2012)
Reepicheep

Subscribe

(What does RSS do?)