s advanced lifeforms. I was so moved by this last act of defiance against terrible fate that I used him as bait and caught a friggin' huge Northern Pike.

Posted by: Paul at March 4, 2003 11:21 PM

I field stripped plenty of rifles and we also listened to music. Ballads have plenty of meaning "out there". "Lili Marlene", "We'll Meet Again" had GI's crazy in WWII, (Lenny Bruce has a hilarous routine about it) and most of what we really liked were ballads that made us think of home. I can't remember a specific ballad when I was serving but I know we listend to lots of them. You don't need phoney music to "motivate" troops; letters from home, phone calls, gifts do more than anything.

Posted by: Howard Veit at March 6, 2003 02:59 AM

Hey, ah, military friends? What's "field-stripping"? Thanks!

Posted by: Matt Welch at March 6, 2003 03:34 AM

In the case of a rifle or cigaretter, it means taking it apart. In the case of an animal, it means splitting it open and taking the guts and stuff out.

Posted by: Paul at March 6, 2003 07:59 AM

Of course, it's also known as field dressing when it pertains to animalia, but I come from a kooky family of former vets who like to apply military terminology to everything. Saying you "dressed" a deer doesn't seem to make much sense, and now that I think about it, I should've written that as "field dressing the enemy." The mental imagery would've been better.

Posted by: Paul at March 6, 2003 01:07 PM

"River Runs Red" by Midnight Oil utterly kicks ass, at least until they start singing.

That's one of my major beefs with them. Ideology aside, they just rock for a large fraction of a song. And then...well, they just drop the ball. "Shakers and Movers" is wonderful, except for the refrain.

Posted by: David Perron at March 11, 2003 12:22 PM
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