Monday, December 25, 2006

Jurrasic Pork Hits One Out of the Park

It's a Blunderful Life

This guy was one of my biggest inspirations on getting into blogging. On my best days I try to be partly as good as he is when he's average.

This is His. Best. Ever.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

OT, and you may have encountered this Boston Globe article already, but in case you hadn't I thought it might interest you.

- oddjob

7:46 PM  
Blogger The Minstrel Boy said...

yeah, i've been expecting this one. it harkens back to gaius marius enlisting spanish tribesmen, and caesar enlisting belgians. we'll see. they'll have a rough time selling this bill of goods.

10:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I also thought of the Romans, although the article makes the point that there have been other times in American history where there was a much bigger immigrant proportion in our armed forces than there has been recently.

I agree that selling this will be controversial, although I think instituting a draft would be moreso.

- oddjob

7:12 AM  
Blogger The Minstrel Boy said...

it was the intense levies for "italian" foreign troops that had a great deal to do with the peninsular war, which resulted in the dictatorship of sulla. it was one of the bloodiest conflicts in history because it was roman legions fighting roman trained legions. it also was when gaius marius completely invested in the recruiting of the capti censi with no regard what so ever to the requirement of being a property owner. all of those things together helped to bring about the end of the republic. the final straw of caesar (to cato anyway) was when he appointed "long haired gauls" to the senate. even though the men he appointed had been roman citizens, served in the legions for their entire lives. during our revolution Dan Morgan was famous for his brigades of "German rifles." These were Hessian Jagr's who had deserted. Before the Indian removal actions of Jackson just about every white settler in what is now Mississippi and Alabama would be termed "illegal" today. There were also Apache cavalry troops on both sides of the civil war. White Mountain troops served with the Union while the Mescalero and Chiricuaua rode for the South. This really isn't anything new. It's just that anything done by this administration is flawed, lied about, and suspect.

9:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

George W. Bush is the anti-Midas.

Everything he touches turns to dross.

- oddjob

3:21 PM  

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