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January 18, 2005

Places to go, things to read.

If you'd like to see the conservative (in a quirky, Canadian, fashion) side of the web in Canada - go read this week's installment of the Red Ensign Standard. Thousands of Instapunditites have!

Full disclosure - I'm a Red Ensign Brigade Member - not because I'm Canadian, but because I believe our northern neighbor can salvage itself from the long slide to a full-bore socialist dictatorship of the pc-oligarchs with a little help from the Right... and if you think I'm overstating the case, you should talk with the Canadian members of the Brigade about the assault the Left has made upon the Brigade in Canada. They fear dissent enough that they have actually driven some bloggers to ground in ways we on this side of the border would find stunning in it's relative swiftness and efficacy.

Dean Esmay is being a contrarian to the conventional wisdom. This is one way, kiddos, to get yourself read. Pick a very public fight - whether seriously, as Dean has done, or humorously, as Frank J. did with the Instapundit (you do know the origins of 'puppy-blender,' right?)

The VodkaPundit has a bit on "Twixters" that is worth reading - and the comments possibly more so. Of course with my M-RADD (Military-Related Attention Deficit Disorder) I got sidetracked by the Department of Redundancy Department's noting the use of the term "Panzer Tank" which for some reason causes brain malfunction in me. Nota Bene: If you are ever in a televised Presidential Debate with me and are losing, simply say "Panzer Tank". My head will explode, and you, not I, will be the next President of the United States.

Ergo, I ain't never going to run.

And while I don't accept the premise that the US is already a dhimmi nation... I will entertain arguments that much of the MSM is in some respects, almost defacto dhimmi.

Here's a thought, and I'm not going to link to anything... quick - what was voter turnout for the 2004 election as a percentage of eligible voters? Look that up (I know the number) and keep that in mind. If the Iraq vote exceeds that number, but doesn't approach 98%, whatcha wanna bet there will be some in the MSM who decry the low voter turnout, and others who will contrast it as if comparing oranges to oranges, with the 99-100% reported turnout of the Saddam years? And do so with no sense of self-conciousness, nor will their heads explode. That would be so cool to see on TV... a news reporter finally explode from the mass of contradictions... Hey, I could be wrong, I don't do this for a living.

And last, because this is my blog and you aren't forced to come here... I can make really lame bad jokes that also require you to be up on your obscure military references.

Anybody got change for a penny? I do.

Comments on Places to go, things to read.
J.M. Heinrichs briefed on January 18, 2005 09:52 AM

Classroom trainer based on a cutaway Centurion, probably a Mk2 or 3; should be a 20lb gun but the barrel on this one doesn't look right (too short).

What's wrong with 'Panzer Tank'? It's just "Armoured Tank" which ia a bit silly but not wrong. Talking about a 'Pzkw VI tank' would be a greater faut pas.


Jack briefed on January 18, 2005 09:53 AM

In the spirit of strange expressions along the line of "panzer tank", what's up with the phrase "hot water heater"? If the water is hot, why do you need a heater for it?

That's the one that hurts my brain, Dr. Gumby... I need a brain-spec!alist.

(Yes, that's an obscure Monty Python reference above...)

((I see you also have c!alis banned in MT-Blacklist... it makes certain words trigger... argh!!))

John of Argghhh! briefed on January 18, 2005 10:07 AM

You're being too literal in your translation, John. In german military usage, Panzer means tank.

The literal translation of Panzer Kampf Wagen is Armor War Car/Vehicle. Gepanzerte would be 'armored' But if you are trying to really get across the flavor of a German speaking into equivalent English, Panzer = Tank.

While Guderian may have, as you and I might, been thinking Warning - Armor! he was more likely thinking "Attention - tanks!" when he titled "Achtung - Panzer!" So, for me, a Panzer Tank is redundant, it's not the same thing as saying 'armored vehicle' it's more like saying armored vehicle tank. And if you are still reading we've both spent waaaay too much time on the issue.

Jack - One can't help but wonder why you were trying to use the term c!alis in a comment. I banned it because it catches a literal boatload of comment spam better'n URLs.

Oh, and Jack, around here, that's one "r", two "g's" and three "h's"!

John of Argghhh! briefed on January 18, 2005 10:16 AM

I just wonder if the other half of that Centurion is available... even though it won't have the gun, it would have the hull gunner position. And I think that is the 20pdr, but it's sectioned towards the end.

Jack briefed on January 18, 2005 10:20 AM

John, the word "spec!alist" has the forbidden word embedded in it. People have complained to me about not being able to use that particular word in my comments because of the forbidden word being on my MT-Blacklist.

And, I wasn't using the "official" word "Argghhh!", I was using an onomatopoeia!

J.M. Heinrichs briefed on January 18, 2005 10:27 AM

Hull Gunner? Centurion = no hull gunner; the missing portion of the hull had the driver's compartment. On the other side of the white bulkhead is the main ammo rack.
Have you a shot of the Bridge Launcher in the background?


John of Argghhh! briefed on January 18, 2005 11:00 AM

Actually, John - my faux pas is worse than that - what I had in mind was the Centurion MkI, with the 20mm(?) coax... but even that is on the left side of the turret, so wouldn't be included in the leftovers.

J.M. Heinrichs briefed on January 18, 2005 09:19 PM

20mm coax and a 17ldr.