May 31, 2007

Sure Are A Lot Of Ships Out There

Filed under: — Chap @ 6:42 pm

Here are some of them.

The question I’d think of is “is this good enough for your needs?” I ask this because better than this fidelity isn’t exactly free.

Taking The Shot

Filed under: — Chap @ 4:59 pm

This Michael Yon essay is really impressive stuff. I am in awe of these guys. This dispatch is worth your time to read.

To win without fighting is the highest ideal…

Filed under: — Chap @ 1:15 pm

Another good fight–NRO versus WSJ on immigration.

Filed under: — Chap @ 2:02 am

Pat Dollard says it wasn’t his time.

Who Pulled Their String?

Filed under: — Chap @ 2:02 am

In the last few days I’ve gotten inquiries or requests from four separate publications asking for input. This is very strange. I’ll have to think through how to deal with each one individually.

The important question, of course, is what exactly I would want to say to each one of these guys!

May 30, 2007

Travel Plans

Filed under: — Chap @ 3:53 am

I think it’s time to make a trip to Kansas City on 7/7/07. Nerdery will likely ensue.

Also, a different kind of nerdery the next weekend in Chicago. Slint’s playing Daydream Nation and Sonic Youth is playing Spiderland, or something like that.

Fight’s On

Filed under: — Chap @ 3:41 am

Der Commissar, who I once liked reading until the blog turned into an evolution-versus-creationism blog, went sort of Sullivan a while back. (Not the heartache part or the painfully but continually inconstant part or the cringeworthy hissy fit part, the “Dramatic Change Of Mind About Iraq and resultant bashing of people who agreed with him previously” part.) Looks as though Commissar’s picked a fight with Jeff Goldstein.

Major John, in about comment 93,753, echoes my sentiments about the substance, and Grim is trying to get some clue distributed in the comments; however, this is more of an occasion for sitting back and watching the sparks.

Bonus Round: I wonder at what point this post will get thrown into the mix, seeing as things seem a little different than once posited?

May 29, 2007

Toujours L’Audace

Filed under: — Chap @ 11:25 pm

If this had gone wrong it would have been pretty ugly. Luckily it didn’t. I would like more details, please.

…I was a few feet away and snapped a photo of Crissman and the Iraqi General only seconds before Crissman silently grabbed the General’s pistol out of his holster….

Memorial Day Dawn Patrol

Filed under: — Chap @ 4:02 am

A wonderful collection of remembering.

One link, from a guy in theater, says:

I can’t say ‘we don’t mind dying, we knew that risk was part of the deal’. None of us want to die. But there are ways that we accept it. We all volunteered to place ourselves between our homes and families and war’s desolation. We don’t mind dying….for a reason. For America, for human freedom, for a noble cause, for our buddies…the last full measure has to mean something.

Because if we have to die, don’t let it be for nothing.
For God’s sake, if we have to die, make it for something.
And for God’s sake please, please remember us.

Filed under: — Chap @ 3:04 am

And another post reminding us that we tend to get more of what we honor in reality. An affecting read.

Are we to be Dunham, or Lohan?

Filed under: — Chap @ 2:21 am

Laughing Wolf has a Memorial Day essay up…and this picture explains what he’s talking about. Or this blog. Or this essay.

Filed under: — Chap @ 12:09 am

Bryan Strawser picks a good day to come out of blog retirement with a short Memorial Day post.

May 28, 2007

What Lovely People

Filed under: — Chap @ 2:06 am

Hot on the heels of the (apparently with political implications) old person’s scam comes another victimization scam, this one for families of deployed military:

On Friday evening, a spouse from the 494 FS received a suspicious telephone call that appears to be a scam targeting military personnel/families.

The caller (young-sounding, American accent) identified herself as a representative from the Red Cross. The caller stated the spouse’s husband (not identified by name) was hurt while on duty in Iraq and was med-evac’d to a hospital in Germany. The caller stated they couldn’t start treatment until paperwork was accomplished, and that in order to start the paperwork they needed the spouse to verify her husband’s Social Security number and date of birth. The spouse was quick to catch on, particularly as her husband is in the UK, and she did not provide any information.

Please know that American Red Cross representatives typically do not contact military members/dependents directly and almost always go through the commander or first sergeant channels. Be careful not to give out any personal information over the phone if contacted by unknown/unverified individuals, to include confirmation that your spouse is deployed.

I just emailed a colleague cautioning him that about once a year I hear of scams like this, or reporters who call wives at home to tell them how terrible their husbands are, or hirabi–or antiwar American citizens–who call the families to falsely claim their soldier is dead, and so forth. Here’s another one to add to the pyre.

An Hour’s Sermon

Filed under: — Chap @ 2:06 am

Devout evangelical atheist Christopher Hitchens preaches on his own faith in a video presentation in the Politics and Prose bookstore. It’s pretty entertaining and makes some good points.

Something tells me, though, that he wouldn’t like my (to my view correct) characterization, though.

Update: Someone tells me I forgot the stinkin’ link!

May 27, 2007

Blogging The Koran

Filed under: — Chap @ 11:20 pm

This should be pretty interesting. Although I’d love to have someone in addition to Robert Spencer doing this–someone with that faith who can discuss from that viewpoint in addition to someone outside the faith with deep knowledge–it sounds like a great introduction.

Memorial Day

Filed under: — Chap @ 1:02 pm

We don’t remember for them, perhaps, so much as we remember for us.

May 26, 2007

Why I’m Not Buying In Cali

Filed under: — Chap @ 11:32 pm

Apparently because I’m missing the point.

History Is Safe In The Hands Of The Amateurs

Filed under: — Chap @ 6:44 pm

What he said. There are several areas of scholarship I can think of off the top of my head where the amateurs rule the roost–prewar blues, for instance, or submarine ops. More power to ’em, and to the cultural structure that socially rewards sharing that makes the system thrive.

Another Classmate In The Blogosphere

Filed under: — Chap @ 6:34 pm

A very kind word or three for me from the Archer Pelican, one of the cooler kids in high school.


Filed under: — Chap @ 12:15 am

BoingBoing points to a yootoob of Ernie Kovacs closing credits on the Blackwing Diaries. They’re right–this kind of work, crude though it might look now, was avant avant at the time and really pushed what could be done with video.

I left a comment that I have another video of his I put up on an older post.

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