I got nuttin'

So, what do you want to hear me blather about? I mean, I just haven’t found anything I feel a need to write about, but I’d love to answer any questions you have, or address any issues of the day.  Help me out here.

22 thoughts on “I got nuttin'”

  1. It’s Christmas week. Unless something spectacular happens, I plan to post nothing but stupid all week long. That, and swish my mouse around and watch the snowflakes change direction on WordPress blogs.

    Nobody’s paying attention anyway. It’s like weekends, but deader.

    1. {{{hugs the Weasel}}}

      How ARE things in Jolly Ole Blighty? Have you been chastised for participating in an offensively Xtianist display that discomforts atheists and members of the Religion of Peace and Perpetual Offense?

  2. Down here in the Southeast corner, it’s still Olde Englande. I’m often amazed at how much of the ancient stuff is left down here. Not just buildings, but customs and manners and traditions.

    Only, they had to cancel the Carol Service Sunday at our local church on account of snow. That one is always fun despite the fact there’s no electricity or heat. The church building is otherwise not open in Winter (we got married there in February. My vows came out in white clouds).

    You have to go into Londonistan and Points North for the Islamic doo-dah. Though our bigger towns and cities down here have plenty of blue-eyed chavs and junkies.

  3. Or you could try something on Operation Just Cause. I got the casualty list from Rudy Schulz. Some boys who didn’t make it home for Christmas….

    Here’s to the Boys who didn’t come home 21 years ago.

    My brothers, you will always be remembered.

    I salute you.

    Staff Sgt. Larry Barnard; 3/75th Rangers
    Pfc. Roy D. Brown Jr.; 3/75th Rangers
    Pvt. Vance T. Coats; 1-508 PIR, 193 IN Bde
    Spec. Jerry S. Daves; A/1-504 PIR, 82nd Airborne. Division
    Sgt. Michael A. Deblois; 1-508 PIR, 193 IN Bde
    Pfc. Martin D. Dennison; A/1-504 PIR, 82nd Airborne Division
    Pfc. William D. Gibbs; 7th Infantry Division
    Spec. Phillip S. Lear; 2/75th Rangers
    Spec. Alejandro Manriquelozano*; D/2-504 PIR, 82nd Airborne Division
    Pfc. James W. Markwell; 1/75th Rangers
    Cpl. Ivan M. Perez; 5th Infantry Division
    Pfc. John M. Price; 2/75th Rangers
    Pfc. Scott L. Roth; 401st Military Police Company
    Pvt. Kenneth D. Scott; 5th Infantry Division
    1st Lt. John R. Hunter; 160th Aviation
    CWO2 Wilson B. Owens; 160th Aviation
    CWO2 Andrew P. Porter; 7th Infantry Division
    Pvt. James A. Taber Jr.; D/4-325 AIR, 82nd Airborne Division


    Lt. j.g. John Connors; Special Warfare Group
    BM1 Chris Tilghman; Special Warfare Group
    ENC Donald McFaul; Special Warfare Group .
    TM2 Issac G. Rodriguez III; Special Warfare Group

    Marine Corps
    Cpl. Garreth C. Isaak; 2nd Marine Division

    *Buried at Arlington National Cemetery

  4. You could address the recently announced problems with string theory and the black holes it predicts that seem to be missing. The philosophical impacts of this are more mundane than important, and I’m interested in the mathematical side of the story anyway.

  5. Brad, just maybe, Weasel has got a good point. On the other hand, it could be taken many ways, it could be looked at like leaving the keys to Pandora’s Box. Just in case nobody has told you, Pandora is not a lady, she does not like people playing with the toys, in her box.

    Just maybe, the title of this thread should be “I ain’t got nuttin'”. In reality, you have everything. You’ve been kind enough, to allow some “Grumpy Old Veterans” a place to gather. Did you ever notice that sometimes times like this, when everybody says “I got nuttin’”.

    Just maybe, it is the best thing to have nothing. As an Old Vet, I just want to say to both of you, “Thank you, for your service to this Great Nation”

    Brad and Weasel, there is no other way to put this, “Have a Very Merry Christmas and Many Happy New Years!”


  6. Agree with Grumpy. You have lots of good stuff. As a neophyte I come here to learn and take in the scenery. I’m grateful for those who serve or have served and enjoy a peek into the military world that I have a great amount of respect for. I get overwhelmed with undefined acronyms, but I’m slowly catching on to stuff. Thanks.

    I like the human-interaction stories. So I’m curious about pets that soldiers sneak in or adopt. I heard WWII soldiers brought raccoons for pets and some of those ended up in the wild in Europe. Germans named them Waschbaeren, ‘wash bears,’ because they licked/cleaned themselves and their food as they ate. So what pets did your friends and acquaintances either adopt on or sneak into base or camp?

    1. Other than the Wolfhounds having an official mascot, a Russian wolfhound, I was never in a unit that adopted any pets. The only place I was ever deployed for more than a month was in Desert Storm, and we never even saw a live dog there.

      My boss in Hawaii did name his dog Kagogi, for what it’s worth.

  7. Speaking of pets… The Soldiers in Iraq invariably take on every ferel animal in the area. In my day job as a senior staff officer, I was required to pass on the higher headquarters guidance that these animals be eradicated, citing the cost of the rabies shots and frequency of bites. Then as I walked around the COP/FOB, I had to avoid seeing the cats, dogs, and their signs everywhere. I once got an emphatic confirmation that a particularly Troop XO understood and complied with the “kill ’em all” policy, only to watch a nice looking, healthy dog (a definite rarity), walk up and politely sit at this LT’s side. On my last trip, there was a friendly cat just two CHUs away from my room…
    Strangely, pretty much all dogs in Iraq throroughly dislike Iraqis, and they always bark/growl at them, to the extent that they make excellent watch dogs.

  8. Question: why TC vice BC? Not sure when BC came into common usage, I guess. I was most assuredly a BC on my Brad.

    1. I was a BC (Bradley Commander) and that was the universal usage. But when I first started commenting on MilBlogs, I was dealing with artillerymen, and they could understand what a TC (track commander) was, but not a BC. So I had to make an adjustment for them. It just stuck.

      Hey, I didn’t say it was going to be an interesting reason…

    2. I thought I’d heard that during the Viet Nam war, a battery commander went out on patrol (nice gesture by “the old man”) and, when coming back through the wire, took some friendly fire from his own troops in the dark when the first outpost reported something that sounded too much like “VC coming through”….

    3. In the Army lingo I know, BC meant Battalion Commander. TC Tank commander. For the Bradley types I can libe with Track Commander as well since we always called our tanks either “Turkeys” or Tracks.

  9. Hands out cold dad’s Root Beer, and hot fish sticks and chili cheese fries to everyone but Weasel. Puts on his Haz Mat suit, and gives Weasel hers. Merry Christmas to everyone here, and Weasel, you get better soon, you are the internet’s Most Important Weasel! Let us know when it is safe to give you Christmas Badger Hugs.

  10. Only problem with “TC” is that it seems like you are equating that pissant high-rise, close-quarters, underpowered and undergunned Brad with 70 tons of rolling pure combat power that is otherwise known as the Abrams Main Battle Tank! Yes, I know that to the great unwashed, TC might mean “track commander” or sometimes “truck commander” but to most, it can only mean “Tank Commander” (note the deliberate switch to caps).

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