Critical Thinking Fail


Be careful what you wish for.

 

Of course, everybody blithely calling for civil war is skating a thin line with insanity, and if you get it, I sincerely hope you get it in your front yard.

 

 

 

 

As the Heartless Libertarian opined over on the Book of Faceplant:

“Especially since the American Civil War passed from living memory, Americans have a very skewed view of what ‘civil war’ looks like, because the major parts of our Civil War were fought like a state-on-state conflict of the time. The nastiness that comes from intermingled populations fighting each other – Missouri

, western Virginia, other parts of trans-Appalachia – definitely happened, but it wasn’t a major part of the fighting then (unless of course, you happened to be involved), and it’s almost entirely absent from the historical narrative now. But historically, civil wars look a lot more like Bosnia, or El Salvador, or post-colonial Africa than the American Civil War. And none of those took place in a country with more guns than people.”

Today’s Medal of Honor Moment for 27 June

Medal of Honor recipient Alason P Webber. Courtesy the CMOHS.
There are twelve Medals awarded for actions on this day.  As per usual, we open with the Civil War, and a connection that still echoes across the valleys for us today.

Gaines Mill, 1862.

Brigadier General Daniel Butterfield, in addition to being a hero, affects all of us with a military connection today.  He gave us Taps.  He’s also unusual in that he was a general officer when he earned his Medal.  While not so true for the Civil War, and even up through the Spanish American War, Generals don’t often find themselves in a position to display the personal level of heroism usually attendant to the Medal of Honor.  At least, they shouldn’t, if they’re doing their jobs right.

This was the third battle of the Seven Days series of battles as McClellan moved on Richmond in 1862.  On 27 June, Confederate General Robert E. Lee renewed his assault on Union Brigadier General Fitz-John Porter’s V Corps, which was established in a strong defensive line behind Boatswain’s Swamp north of the Chickahominy River.

Porter held fast for the afternoon against disjointed Confederate attacks, inflicting heavy casualties on the attacking Rebels.   At dusk, Lee was finally able to conduct a coordinated assault which broke V Corps line and drove Porter’s troops back to the Chichahominy, which they retreated back across during the night. Before we got too critical of Lee, remember he’s doing this by sending aides on horseback with notes or verbal orders around to his commanders as well as riding around the battlefield himself – as are his generals. Today we’re spoiled, radio is a wonderful thing in moderation.

The defeat at Gaines’ Mill convinced General McClellan to abandon his advance on Richmond, Virginia and begin the retreat to the James River. Gaines’ Mill saved Richmond and ended the best chance for an early end to the war. Continue reading “Today’s Medal of Honor Moment for 27 June”

I’ve not seen this VISMOD before

M108/9 based ZSU 23-4 VISMOD OPFOR vehicle.

I orginally guessed it didn’t make the cut, in the end, as it looks like a TACOM patch (the folks who would have done the development) on the TC.
I would venture it was built on the M108 chassis

, the 105mm SP that didn’t have any spades on the back.  Not that they couldn’t have removed the spades from an M109 chassis, but that gun stayed in service, vice the M108.  Which was phased out by us very quickly, but soldiered on with the Brazilians into this century. Anyway, turns out I was wrong. It was a one-off built for a specific program.

This is the VISMOD I’m familiar with, built on the Sheridan chassis.

M551 Sheridan-based ZSU 23-4 VISMOD.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But while looking for that pic, I came across another pic of the M108/9 version – it was apparently built for the Joint Attack Weapon System exercise at Fort Ord in 1977 – and has a functioning radar so that it can be acquired by the JAWS sensors.

A defense weapons system with gun dish fire control radar and quad 40mm anti-aircraft guns mounted on a M-109 chassis, is used to simulate a Soviet ZSU-23-4 during the Joint Attack Weapons System exercise.

Old Generals need to go away.

McCaffrey is a perfect example of the pernicious and corrosive effect of the bubble the “elites” live in, and its nature.
He was a decent general, but his post-retirement career as an “analyst” exacerbated all his worst traits, failings, neuroses, and finely honed his purblind hypocrisy.
His slamming of Tucker Carlson for having the temerity (HOW DARE HE!) to criticize “Woar Heeeroe!” “Yeers inna Combatses” General Milley veers into farce and textbook rhetorical fallacyland and neatly elides his own trashing of a public figure, a seated President, into “That’s different” cloud-cuckoo-land.
Two points – for all the combat bars on his sleeve, General Milley *lost* his wars, and, while years in deployed headquarters gets you bars on the sleeve, NO ONE except the ruthlessly abused NCO corps (another leadership failure by Milley and his co-losers) spent “years in combat”; and the GOFO corps should just shut up

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, fade away, and be seen at Memorial Day and Veterans Day ceremonies, and not on PMSNBC and Faux News shooting their feet off.

They’re an embarrassment to the people they led.

A good tired

The Castle BARs. A dummy M1918A1 on the left and an Ohio Ordnance M1918A3 semi-auto on the right.

 

I safed a rifle range today

, in CAT IV heat.

Great folk, no incidents, no injuries. Everyone cooperated with the RSOs. Let people shoot the BAR, Luger, P1, and Inglis Hi-Power. Got to hear a suppressed AR-platform rifle. Nicely quieted. *Not* “silent.” Helped a fellow ID weapons left to him by his Dad.

I.am.knackered.

Today’s Medal of Honor Moment for 26 June

Medal of Honor recipient Kiyoshi Muranaga. Courtesy the CMOHS.

There are seven Medals awarded for actions on this day, beginning, as we usually do, with the Civil War.  An early instance of “Leave no man behind” as a command philosophy:

WILLIAMS, JOHN

Rank and organization: Captain of the Maintop, U.S. Navy. Born: 1828, New Orleans, La. Accredited to: Louisiana. G.O. No.: 11, 3 April 1863. Citation: Serving as captain of the maintop of the U.S.S. Pawnee in the attack upon Mathias Point, 26 June 1861, Williams told his men, while lying off in the boat, that every man must die on his thwart sooner than leave a man behind. Although wounded by a musket ball in the thigh he retained the charge of his boat; and when the staff was shot away, held the stump in his hand, with the flag, until alongside the Freeborn.

Next, back to the Indian Wars, and the diminuendo of Little Big Horn.  They weren’t listed yesterday because I’ve adopted the convention that when there is more than one covered date on a citation, I’m using the last day as the day for marking the award.  All products of the Reno-Benteen fight, and while they probably would be Bronze Stars with V or Silver Stars today – it still took notable courage to get out of your rifle pit, and attract attention to yourself getting water and bringing it to the wounded. Continue reading “Today’s Medal of Honor Moment for 26 June”

A bit of Infantry gunner zen…

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U.S. Army Spc. Zac Moore, a mortarman with Mortar Platoon, 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, sights in an 81 mm mortar tube at an observation post overlooking the Darwazgay Pass in Zabul province, Afghanistan, June 23, 2014. Moore was part of a joint air assault mission conducted with Afghan National Army soldiers assigned to the 1st Kandak, 2nd Battalion, 205th Corps. (DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Whitney Houston

, U.S. Army National Guard/Released)

Today’s Medal of Honor Moment for 25 June

Medal of Honor recipient Henry Mechlin. Courtesy the CMOHS.
There are 29 Medals awarded for actions on this day, including 18 for 7th Cavalry troopers who had a slightly better day than Custer did, there in the Greasy Grass by the Little Big Horn.

Today is a very representative day for the Medal of Honor.  We have Medals awarded to take the sting out of failure, we have Medals awarded that are classics of the genre, and we have Medals awarded that would not be awarded under today’s criteria.  A little microcosm of the changes the Medal has gone through over the decades.

We start with the Civil War.  First up, the Battle of Oak Grove in 1862.  If you want to find something that will start a geek-fight, find some medieval Bishops and ask ’em how many angels can dance on the head of a pin, find some Army colonels and ask ’em to define strategic communications (is that *with* an ‘s’ or without?) or some other doctrinal term du jour, or ask a Virginia-based Civil War roundtable about whether or not the Battle of Oak Grove is, as conventionally portrayed, the opening battle of the Seven Days, or should it more properly be classified as the final battle of McClellan’s Peninsular Campaign?  Regardless, the fight stands ‘twixt the two, and for a named battle of the Civil War had a moderately low casualty count, with Union losses running at around 600 to all causes, with the Confederates about 450.  And it provided a chance for Private Dillon of the 2nd New Hampshire to shine while helping out some Gunners at Williamsburg and doing a little reconnaissance at Oak Grove. Continue reading “Today’s Medal of Honor Moment for 25 June”

Today’s Medal of Honor Moment for 24 June

Medal of Honor recipient James R. Church. Courtesy the CMOHS.
There are four Medals awarded for actions on this day.  We start with the Civil War:

First is St. Mary’s Church, the closing fight of the bigger campaign that included the battle at Trevilian Station.  There were two Medals for this fight, one for Colonel Smith of the First Maine, and one for Captain Henry Weir, Assistant Adjutant General of the Second Division.  I just finished a book-length analysis of the campaign, called Glory Enough for All, by Eric J. Wittenberg.  A very readable history of Sheridan’s second raid and it’s climax at Trevilian.  Not a dry classic history, this one is full of the words and spirit of the times.  From Wittenberg’s perspective, Sheridan’s reputation takes on some tarnish after his study of the campaign, and Wade Hampton’s star waxes ascendant.  Here’s Wittenberg’s description of Smith’s Medal action:

“Col. Charles H. Smith of the First Maine, a thirty-seven-year-old-school-teacher, was shot in the leg.  The same ball also killed his horse.  His men became demoralized and started falling back.  Despite the pain of his wound, Smith refused to leave the field.  Instead, he rallied his troopers, who in spite of the din of battle, called out three cheers for their injured commander.  The Maine men turned on the enemy and made a stand, the tide of battle flowing back and forth.  One of the Maine men wrote, “Up close to our works they come and after a few rounds are fired, muskets are clubbed, and savagely the conflict rages.”  They repulsed three attacks before finally being driven from the field by the ferocity of the Southern attack.  IN the closing moments of the fight, the Colonel lost a second horse shot out from under him.  Mounting an orderly’s horse, the injured Colonel rallied his troopers, preventing them from breaking and running.  Smith was the last member of the First Maine to leave the field

, and he received a brevet to Brigadier General of Volunteers for his gallantry that day.  When Smith returned to duty, he received command of a brigade of cavalry that was specifically assembled for him.”

Continue reading “Today’s Medal of Honor Moment for 24 June”

Rules for thee, proles. Rules for THEE, not me and mine.

“We know that if there is a strict enforcement of background checks, then fewer guns get into the hands of criminals,” the president said.

“If you willfully sell a gun to someone who’s prohibited from possessing it, if you willfully fail to run a background check, if you willfully falsify a record … my message to you is this:

“We’ll find you and we will seek your license to sell guns.”

Biden insisted his administration will make it impossible to “sell death and mayhem on our streets” and slammed the country’s gun problem as an “outrage” that needs to end.

AG Garland also warned that “gun dealers that break the rules” will be held accountable for their actions.”

ummm-kay. So, you’re only going after the *dealers* who falsify a record as opposed to *buyers* who falsify a record and mislead dealers who are complying with the law?

Not people who toss pistols into dumpsters?

In other words, if you are a scion of a Democrat President

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, well, that’s a horse of a different color, and the rules don’t apply there?

Just like rules regarding handling classified government record communications don’t apply to certain classes of government employees, if they are of the Proper Party and married to the proper cigar aficionado?

Sir?

Sir?

Ms. Psaki, do you have any comment?