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Subdeacon Joe

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  1. 13 hours ago, Alpo said:

    It seems to me that a circle would do better than a square. If someone is killed in a circle, you just close ranks and the circle gets a little tighter. But if someone is killed in a square, and you close ranks, your square starts to become a trapezoid.


    A circle doesn't present a solid front,  but a single point to attack.   You want that wall of bayonets to break up a cavalry charge.   


    It's also easier to form and control a square than a circle.  You always know your place in a square,  how far from the next guy,  which way to face no matter the size.  Other than "out" you don't know just how to face in a circle,  and how you face changes with the size.



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  2. Grape shot was originally for naval combat at ranges from about 50 to 250 yards and meant to tear up masts, yards, and rigging.  Masts aren't exactly small so it takes a good sized ball to really damage it.  


    Same for the yards.

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    Done With Bonaparte
    Mark Knopfler
    We've paid in hell since Moscow burned
    As Cossacks tear us piece by piece
    Our dead are strewn a hundred leagues
    Though death would be a sweet release
    And our Grande Armée is dressed in rags
    A frozen, starving, beggar band
    Like rats we steal each other's scraps
    Fall to fighting hand to hand
    Save my soul from evil, Lord
    And heal this soldier's heart
    I'll trust in thee to keep me, Lord
    I'm done with Bonaparte
    What dreams he made for us to dream
    Spanish skies, Egyptian sands
    The world was ours, we marched upon
    Our little Corporal's command
    And I lost an eye at Austerlitz
    The sabre slash yet gives me pain
    My one true love awaits me still
    The flower of the Aquitaine
    Save my soul from evil, Lord
    And heal this soldier's heart
    I'll trust in thee to keep me, Lord
    I'm done with Bonaparte
    I pray for her who prays for me
    A safe return to my belle France
    We prayed these wars would end all wars
    In war, we know, is no romance
    And I pray our child will never see
    A little Corporal again
    Point toward a foreign shore
    Captivate the hearts of men
    Save my soul from evil, Lord
    And heal this soldier's heart
    I'll trust in thee to keep me, Lord
    I'm done with Bonaparte
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  4. 2 hours ago, Marshal Mo Hare, SASS #45984 said:

    “Heat large soup pot”


    Come on now you know you will need the bigger one.


    But if I start with my LARGEST soup pot I'll STILL need a larger one, but I won't have it!

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  5. 4 hours ago, Alpo said:

    Why? It doesn't burn up. We lit the coals and we cooked the steaks, and we'd let the coals die out and they turned into powder. And the vermiculite was there the next time we wanted to cook. And it now had a layer of ash on top of it.



    You don't clean out the ash and grease?

  6. I've never heard of putting vermiculite in the bottom of a grill before. You'll be replacing it every time you use the grill. 


    Back when I was in junior college we used it in the pottery,  glassblowing,  and metal sculpture classes.

  7. 52 minutes ago, Red Gauntlet , SASS 60619 said:




    Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, California.   The parish is Protection of the Holy Virgin, founded in 1936.  St. Seraphim church was founded in 1996 because the original church (still in use) was way too small. Here is a good review of the Iconographic Program.

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  8. We got LOTS of vegetables from the Food Bank this morning, as well as another 2 pound block of a Velveeta-type cheese (which gave us something like 10 pounds of it).  What to do?


    Moroccan Inspired Sweet Potato Cauliflower Soup (optional cheese)

    1 Medium Onion, chopped

    4 Large Carrots, diced

    1 ½ bunches of Celery, chopped

    2 pounds Sweet Potatoes (some orange, some white), diced

    1 Medium Cauliflower, cored and chopped

    4 or 5 Cloves of Garlic, minced

    2 TBS each Butter and Oil

    ¼ tsp Black Pepper, ground

    1/3 cup Chicken or Vegetable soup base

    ¼ tsp Aleppo Pepper flakes

    1 TBS Savory Spice Shop Mt. Baker Chai Seasoning  *

    Water to Cover

    (optional, about ½ pound of Velveeta or American Cheese, grated)


    Prepare all your vegetables.  Heat large soup pot over medium heat, melt butter and oil, add onions, sauté until translucent, add carrots and celery, sauté a few minutes.  Add remaining vegetables and cook a few minutes to sweat them.  Add soup base, pepper, and Aleppo Pepper, stir.  Add water.  Bring to boil, reduce to simmer.   Let simmer until all vegetables are soft.  Blend to desired consistency with an immersion blender.  Adjust seasonings to taste. If desired, add grated cheese and stir until melted.  Serve hot or cold.  Play with seasonings to suit your own tastes. 


    *From the website: Saigon and Indonesian cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, black pepper, star anise, allspice, bay leaves

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    Riot Control This unusual photograph shows US troops demonstrating a company strength hollow square formation to be used to combat unrest in urban areas. The infantry square had long been a defensive formation for infantry under attack from cavalry,...



    The men in the photograph are members of the 11th Coastal Artillery Corps, they’ve deployed in a New York Street to meet an attacking force, on one side of the square they have arrayed 4 Lewis Gun teams while the rest of the square remains 2 ranks deep.  These machine gun teams would be able to concentrate their fire on any attackers being funneled towards them by the narrow street.   Supported by rifle fire the machine gunners would be able to quickly fall back into the square if the rioters/enemy got too close.

    Note the second rank of the square’s flanks, they’re facing inwards covering the windows of the tenements either side of the square.  Here their overlapping fire would be able to engage any enfilading fire from the buildings windows if the troops were ambushed.  Inside the square officers and NCOs direct fire and regulate the square’s movement as while the square is a defensive formation it is one which can be maneuvered especially if the troops forming it are disciplined.    


    The above taken from an article about the Infantry Square.

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