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WN Blog Day 20: Civil War Caturday

Gen. Earl Van Dorn: Dixie girls thought he was handsome, more proof Dixie was insane.   If you ever need to remind yourself that military command isn’t as glamorous as people think, it doesn’t hurt to go over the short,…

Apr 9, 2011 | Comments (41)

WN Blog 19: Video Souvenirs

NOTE: My links are messed up here, I realize. Found out what’s wrong. I’ll have it fixed in tomorrow’s column. Meantime, here’s the link to the video I’m talking about:   I’ve been watching the famous motorcycle-shooting video from Afghanistan,…

Apr 8, 2011 | Comments (38)

WN Blog 18: RPG vs. BMW

Which’ud Ya Rather Have, A BMW… A couple of the comments on yesterday’s blog were about comparing the RPG-7 and the M2 Carl Gustav Recoilless Rifle. It’s the kind of question I used to love when I talked hardware, but…

Apr 7, 2011 | Comments (73)

WN Blog Day 17: The Swampy Smell of Econ

Ouattara: Whattarya, A Muslim Militant… Things are popping on the comment front.

Apr 6, 2011 | Comments (56)

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WN Blog Day 16: One Homme, One Panga

Strange doings in Ivory Coast. Well, no, actually; what’s going on in Ivory Coast is perfectly standard West African procedure. The strange goings-on are in the way the UN has been handling things and the press has been reporting them.

Apr 5, 2011 | Comments (48)

WN Blog Day 15: Libya on $1000 A Day

One of the more interesting questions out of Libya is the tangled problem of who’s who, and who’s on who’s side. I’m starting to get some idea of who’s against Qaddafi—basically the young men, the East, and the tribes loyal to the king he booted out to take power.

Apr 4, 2011 | Comments (43)

Insidious Isn't

Insidious is a rotten movie getting unaccountably good reviews in some quarters. For instance, Owen Gleiberman of Entertainment Weekly says: “Insidious is a haunted-house movie that has some of the most shivery and indelible images I’ve seen in any horror…

Apr 3, 2011 | Comments (18)

War Nerd Blog Day 14: Four Blessed Years without Dixie

Thaddeus Stevens: Weird-looking, huh? That’s because he was a real American. Extinct now. Looks like they’re starting to find the mass graves in Ivory Coast right on schedule, but I’m going to leave the hard war news for the five…

Apr 3, 2011 | Comments (106)

War Nerd Blog Day 13: Civil War Caturday

Grant: Never Got Over Junior High   Friday nights I read Civil War books. I noticed a European said in the comments last week how sick he is of the US Civil War. Well, my hemispherically-challenged bud, you’re not going…

Apr 2, 2011 | Comments (40)

War Nerd Blog Day 12: Ivory Coast: Mr. Unpronounceable, c'est Outta There!

Today the action moves south, off the Libyan beaches and into the rain forest of the Ivory Coast, where rebel forces have just taken the big city, Abidjan.

Apr 1, 2011 | Comments (42)

War Nerd Blog Day 11: Rebels Fail Screen Test

Libya is such a pitiful mess that it should keep the scriptwriters going for years. For the dummies, you’ve got a good and evil story, with Qaddafi as the bad guy.

Mar 31, 2011 | Comments (62)

War Nerd Blog Day 10: Merit-Based!

The funniest story to come out of the Libya video game yet is the news that Qaddafi’s son, Khamis has outraged the LA engineering firm called AECOM that hired him by going home and shooting down heroic rebels.

Mar 30, 2011 | Comments (41)

The Gold-Standard Hustle: Does Anyone Here Speak Paul-tard?

Does anyone here in this house speak goldbug-babble? Anyone who can make sense of Dr. Paul’s logic in the clip below, I’m curious what the fuck this man is trying to hawk to  his 1988 C-SPAN viewers. I mean I…

Mar 29, 2011 | Comments (101)

How much would you pay for this dead reb?

How much would you pay for this dead reb?

Mar 29, 2011 | Comments (55)

War Nerd Blog Day 8: Flock of Harriers

It’s a rinkydink little toy plane with no ordnance capacity or range, so it can’t do much to kill the enemy. But it sure has killed a lot of pilots.

Mar 28, 2011 | Comments (47)

Did Rupert Murdoch Invent A Tin Foil Thinking-Cap?

It’s a weird device that supposedly boosts intelligence by shutting off part of the brain. And this might seem like good news, if the “thinking cap” project didn’t have Rupert Murdoch’s grubby fingerprints all over it.

Mar 28, 2011 | Comments (10)

War Nerd Blog Day 7: Who Are These Luzers?

Sunday, the day the Lord appointed for revenge. And who better to practice on than the Luzer who reviewed my book back in 2008?

Mar 27, 2011 | Comments (62)

War Nerd Blog Day 6: When Fashion Meets Kaboom

My first Saturday blog. I promised seven days a week and I’ll deliver. To be honest “giving up my weekend” is not as much of a sacrifice as people seem to think.

Mar 26, 2011 | Comments (53)

War Nerd Day 5: Waiting for the Money Shot

This is what it must be like to go to a stage play and wait around between scenes while they wheel the props off and drag in the new ones. The next act is coming up, and it’s pretty clear what it’s going to be: PR war, tribal deal-making war.

Mar 25, 2011 | Comments (35)

Ding, Dong, Elizabeth Taylor's Dead

  So, Elizabeth Taylor’s dead, you might’ve heard! They planted her yesterday. Thank God that’s over. There are a lot of tributes out there, praising her to the skies. What a fabulous broad, the Last Great Star, and all that…

Mar 25, 2011 | Comments (32)