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December 12, 2003

More on the Thunder Run into Baghdad.

How about some pictures taken by the Wildbunch, A 1/64 Armor?

On 23 September 2002, Alpha Company "WildBunch", 1st Battalion, 64th Armor deployed to the deserts of Kuwait to conduct training for 'Operation Desert Spring' and possible combat actions in Iraq. On 21 March 2003, Team WildBunch crossed the Iraqi border and moved north to engage in ground combat with the Iraqi army. The photos on this site provide a pictorial of those events.

Click on the Command Sergeant Major engaging the enemy below to get there.

Let's cream this server, people. Go visit. His hit counter is only at 1029, and this story, and these pictures, deserve a wider readership. Share. Post it on your sites. Email it to people. Let's use the Internet for what the old ARPANET guys intended it for - exchange of information, not just p0rn surfing! I'm leaving this at the top all day, so if you come back, scroll down to see if there's anything new.

Big Thanks to CAPT H for the link!

December 11, 2003

An unofficial, very unscientific poll...

Okay. My muse has deserted me. I can't decide what to do next for Gun P0rn.

So, I'll let you guys chooose. Leave your votes in the comments. I don't feel like setting up a sidebar poll. I'd rather hear ya, so to speak.

Some Options to start ya thinking:

Nation themed: German, French, US, Brit (Commonwealth), etc.

Type themed: Enfields. Mausers, subguns, semi-autos, bolts, etc.

Detail: Specific weapons, with as much detail as I can muster, such as I did for the Maxim.

Previous examples can be seen here.

I've got pistols, I've got grenades, I've got mortars, I've got lots of stuff. What kind of stuff would you guys like to see next? Feel free to check out the arsenal for ideas (just click on the Castle in the sidebar).

And this will just make your day...

A little missive from the CIA on bioweapons.

Loyal Reader and source JMH provides this if you want some more info on the subject. Adobe Reader required for both.

December 10, 2003

New Brazil Gun Law.

Brazil passes strict new gun law

Brazil's Senate has passed a bill to outlaw the carrying of guns in public and control illegal gun ownership. The law will tighten rules on gun permits and create a national firearms register, with strict penalties for owning an unregistered gun. A referendum will be held in 2005 on whether to ban gun sales outright. About 40,000 people are shot dead each year in Brazil, mainly in urban shanty towns, giving the country one of the worst murder rates in the world. President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva will now give the law final approval.

After the law takes effect, gun owners will have 180 days to register their weapons or surrender them to the police. Thereafter, anyone with an unregistered gun faces a four-year prison term. Only strictly defined groups of people - including police, security officials, target shooters and transport companies - will be able to obtain a gun licence. The legal age for owning a gun is being raised from 21 to 25. In October 2005, a national referendum will ask: "Should the sale of arms and munitions be prohibited in Brazil?"

Slow change

More than 50 other gun control bills have come before Congress over the years and failed to be passed. Brazil's arms industry is the world's sixth largest, and strong lobbying has in the past blocked any changes to the law. Campaigners say that the difference this time is that public opinion is overwhelmingly in favour of gun control. "The country is going to start to have efficient gun controls, something it's not had up to today," said Antonio Rangel of Rio de Janeiro anti-violence group Viva.

Any bets that true political and economic reforms would have a greater effect on those gun deaths than this law?

by John on Dec 10, 2003 | Gun Rights

Stupid Parent Tricks and the Lawyers Who Enable Them Dept.

Jed over at Boots and Sabers has a rant about the resurrected lawsuit against Beretta.

Money quote from incompetent parent and Moonbat plaintiff:

"If a cheap disposable camera can tell you when it's loaded, surely a handgun should indicate when there is a bullet in the chamber," Dix's father, Griffin Dix, wrote in a local newspaper editorial published after legislation was passed requiring clear chamber-loaded indicators and mechanisms that make guns inoperable if bullet clips are removed. "Effective designs for loaded-chamber indicators and magazine disconnect safety devices have been available for many decades."

This moonbat kept a loaded pistol in his camera bag. His son found it, yanked the magazine, and then pointed it at his friend. You can fill in the rest.

All righty then, Mr. Potatohead, lemme help you out here.

The first time my son saw a firearm in the house (and there are a LOT of them) he learned two things.

One. They ARE ALWAYS LOADED until you check them yourself - even a weapon you watched me clear and I handed to you. Smack upside the head if you don't check it yourself. You never, ever, rely on a mechanical indicator or another person. Not even your gun-savvy soldier, gun-collecting father. Once the weapon passes to your hands, YOU are the only one responsible for it's condition. No exceptions. None.

Two. You NEVER, EVER, point a projectile-launching device at ANYTHING you don't intend to hit with a projectile. EVER. PERIOD. END OF DISCUSSION. And if I ever see you do that - the least you can expect is one upside da haid!

Not surprisingly, no one but me and my father in my family has ever shot anyone, or launched a projectile that didn't go safely where we wanted it to. We were soldiers in combat.

UPDATE: Fellow Tiger Sophorist has the full rules you should teach your children, as opposed to my situation specific ones in the rant. Be especially mindful to tell your kids to keep their hands off guns if there are no adults present and to tell an adult when/if they run across one. And, you have to match your security to your kids AND their friends. If you can't keep 'em away from the place you store your 'ready gun' then you've got to take appropriate measures... which probably does not mean leaving it with easy access and loaded.

Oh, yeah - note to journos: It's a damn magazine. Not a clip. Clips load magazines, magazines load weapons. Not very many pistols floating around anymore (Broomhandle Mausers and Steyr M1912s come to mind) that are clipfed. And even then, the clip feeds the magazine.

Hat tip to Boobie Blogger Dana for the pointer. (Sorry Jed and Owen, she comes in higher in my blogroll so I went via her to you. She has a nicer door!)

by John on Dec 10, 2003 | Gun Rights
» Say Uncle links with: More Nonsense Gun Suits
» Sophoristically Speaking links with: firearm safety

I don't want one of these.

I don't think it was a particularly good idea to make it, either. Some of you will disagree. So be it! But, it is kinda cool, in an abstract way.

Besides, I owe ya some gun pics.

Thanks to CAPT H for the video.

by John on Dec 10, 2003 | Pistols

December 09, 2003

Kucinich's Plan to get out of run away from Iraq.

Here are the major tenets of Chamberlain's Kucinich's plan for Iraq.

The President must go to the UN and announce the US intention to hand over all administrative and security responsibilities to the UN. The UN would help Iraqis move quickly toward self-determination.

This would be the same UN that ran out when they took the first bomb at their Headquarters? The same UN, who abandoned Rwanda when then Head of the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations, now the Secretary General, suppressed the indicators of the impending massacres? The same UN that has shown such success elsewhere in the Middle East?

The UN, not the US, will administer Iraq’s oil revenues. It will be necessary to renounce clearly and unequivocally any interest in controlling Iraq’s oil resources.

That has worked well in the past. I guess there's no reason to expect any change there.

The UN will administer contracts to repair Iraq. War profiteering will no longer be practiced by the White House. It will be necessary to suspend all reconstruction contracts and close the US-led Coalition Provisional Authority, because of the suspicion caused by the sweetheart deals that the Administration has given to large American corporations. In its place, the UN would help Iraqis administer funds to employ Iraqis to repair the damage from the invasion.

No, the war profiteering will be practiced by the UN, the French, the Germans, and the Russians. The UN already has a great record on this stuff thus far.

You know, I regretted retiring when I did. But right now, I'm glad I did, because I can say this:

Dennis - blow me.

There's lots to argue about in how things are working in Iraq. We're actually doing something no one has done in a long time - and no one has done better than we have (WWII Germany and Japan).

Standing on top of the bodies posing - you're just a desperate, pathetic, little excuse for a fringe candidate. And you know it - you sad, sad, little man.

I apologize to the shade of Neville Chamberlain for the comparison. Chamberlain wasn't this craven.

And yeah, Dennis - 2400 dead in the next year is an acceptable price to me. And yeah, I can say that. I've put my ass on the line and would do so again in a heartbeat if Rummy sent the recall notice.

We're volunteers, remember? But then, I suspect we don't rate that highly in your little universe, do we, Dennis. After all, I doubt many of us are going to vote for you, we'll just keep doing our jobs, and adding 1.x bodies a day to the pile you are standing on, until you are high enough you can smell President Bush's butt.

by John on Dec 09, 2003 | Global War on Terror (GWOT)
» She Who Will Be Obeyed! links with: This Dennis person
» The Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler links with: Kucinich Bitch-Slapapalooza!

Dennis Kucinich, Moonbat barking moonbat.

Baldilocks, Donnie, Matt, and John Cole have all ranted about this.

All I have to say is what I sent the Kucinich campaign, via their website.

And for each and every one of those 51 who died, while you people sat back here and made that animation - they made a sacrifice for the future that you do not comprehend, will not comprehend, cannot comprehend.

Therefore, you are unfit to be my commander-in-chief.


John Donovan
USA, Ret

But I ain't done, yet.

So sue me. I lied. I do have some more to say.

UPDATE: Kelley has a few words. Mostly spittle.

Harvey is a bit more articulate.

She Who Will Be Obeyed is also frothing.

The Imperial Animatrix is not happy either. And I'm hoping that results in artwork!

The Downtown Chick (whom I've never seen, but will keep an eye on) is also not a Happy Girl!

[note to Dennis - piss off the chicks, lose.]

Oh, yeah - Dennis Kucinich is a Miserable Failure!

by John on Dec 09, 2003 | Global War on Terror (GWOT)
» Downtown Chick Chat links with: Disgusting Low Life Scum
» The Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler links with: Kucinich Bitch-Slapapalooza!

The "Thunder Run" into baghdad

I've finally found an article worthy of registering with the LA Times over (I got it without that, via the DoD Earlybird, for those of you with access). I obviously can't reproduce it here in whole without justifiably annoying the Times, so here is the link.

And here are some excerpts to convince you it's worth it.

This is the story of the "Thunder Run" into Baghdad that collapsed the Iraqi resistance.

It looks like the "Thunder Run" will replace the Battle of 73 Easting as the
most studied ground engagement in U.S. History.

Los Angeles Times Magazine
December 7, 2003

The Thunder Run

'Are you kidding, sir?': Fewer than 1,000 soldiers were ordered to capture a
city of 5 million Iraqis. Theirs is a story that may become military legend.

By David Zucchino

Nine hundred and seventy-five men invading a city of 5 million sounded
audacious, or worse, to the U.S. troops assigned the mission outside Baghdad
last April 6. Ten years earlier, in Mogadishu, outnumbered American soldiers
had been trapped and killed by Somali street fighters. Now some U.S.
commanders, convinced the odds were far better in Iraq, scrapped the
original plan for taking Baghdad with a steady siege and instead ordered a
single bold thrust into the city. The battle that followed became the climax
of the war and rewrote American military doctrine on urban warfare.

Back home, Americans learned of the victory in sketchy reports that focused
on the outcome-a column of armored vehicles had raced into the city and
seized Saddam Hussein's palaces and ministries. What the public didn't know
was how close the U.S. forces came to experiencing another Mogadishu.
Military units were surrounded, waging desperate fights at three critical
interchanges. If any of those fell, the Americans would have been cut off
from critical supplies and ammunition.

Embedded journalists reported the battle's broad outlines in April, but a
more detailed account has since emerged in interviews with more than 70 of
the brigade's officers and men who described the fiercest battle of the
war-and one they nearly lost.

Times staff writer David Zucchino, who was embedded with Task Force 4-64 of
the 2nd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division (Mechanized), returned to the United
States recently to report this story.

More in the extended post.

Flash Traffic (extended entry) Follows... »

by John on Dec 09, 2003 | Global War on Terror (GWOT)
» Blackfive - The Paratrooper of Love links with: Tuesday Trip Through the 'Sphere

December 08, 2003

Pictures of the DHL aircraft shot at in Baghdad.

I really should say, "Shot at and hit!"

This is for those Moonbats who think the secrecy surrounding the President's visit was unwarranted - and as a tribute to the crew that landed this sucker!

DHL A300B4 Missile Damage Photos

To those of you who are wondering what happened to the German DHL A300B4 coming out of Baghdad last Saturday, take a look.

The United States has heavily contracted with DHL to fly cargo into Iraq, due to the worldwide shortage of US Air Force Cargo aircraft. The large number of DHL aircraft flying military supplies into Baghdad gave ample targets to the guerillas. Aircraft was hit at 8000 FT by two SA7 SAMs, lost ALL hydraulics and therefore had no flight controls, actually did a missed approach using only engine thrust and eventually (after about 16mins) landed heavily on runway 33L at Baghdad. This was fortunate because with no steering the aircraft veered of the runway to the left, had they landed on 33R veering to the left would have taken them straight into the fire station.

The aircraft then traveled about 600 metres through soft sand taking out a razor wire fence in the process, see LH engine pic, and came to rest almost at the bottom of the sloping area between the runway and a taxiway. on the razor wire.

All three crew evacuated safely down the second slide, the first one tore on the razor wire.

I flew in with a team on Tuesday in one of our Metros and some special equipment we'd had made locally in Bahrain and some provided by Airbus. Using a USAF D9 Caterpillar pulling a 100 metre cable fitted to the back end of each bogie and a nice new aircraft pushback tug with a towbar on the nose gear, we were able to remove the aircraft just on dusk on Tuesday night and towed it to an Iraqi Airways graveyard on one side of the terminal.

Flash Traffic (extended entry) Follows... »

Click on the photo above (if you haven't already) to see the whole set.

Thanks to Mike L. for the email!

« Secure this line!


62 years ago today, FDR went to congress and asked for something.

A declaration of war.

Mr. Vice President, and Mr. Speaker, and Members of the Senate and House of Representatives:

Yesterday, December 7, 1941 -- a date which will live in infamy -- the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.

The United States was at peace with that Nation and, at the solicitation of Japan, was still in conversation with its Government and its Emperor looking toward the maintenance of peace in the Pacific. Indeed, one hour after Japanese air squadrons had commenced bombing in the American Island of Oahu, the Japanese Ambassador to the United States and his colleague delivered to our Secretary of State a formal reply to a recent American message. And while this reply stated that it seemed useless to continue the existing diplomatic negotiations, it contained no threat or hint of war or of armed attack.

It will be recorded that the distance of Hawaii from Japan makes it obvious that the attack was deliberately planned many days or even weeks ago. During the intervening time the Japanese Government has deliberately sought to deceive the United States by false statements and expressions of hope for continued peace.

The attack yesterday on the Hawaiian Islands has caused severe damage to American naval and military forces. I regret to tell you that very many American lives have been lost. In addition American ships have been reported torpedoed on the high seas between San Francisco and Honolulu.

Yesterday the Japanese Government also launched an attack against Malaya.
Last night Japanese forces attacked Hong Kong.
Last night Japanese forces attacked Guam.
Last night Japanese forces attacked the Philippine Islands.
Last night the Japanese attacked Wake Island. And this morning the Japanese attacked Midway Island.

Japan has, therefore, undertaken a surprise offensive extending throughout the Pacific area. The facts of yesterday and today speak for themselves. The people of the United States have already formed their opinions and well understand the implications to the very life and safety of our Nation.

As Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy I have directed that all measures be taken for our defense.

But always will our whole Nation remember the character of the onslaught against us.

No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory. I believe that I interpret the will of the Congress and of the people when I assert that we will not only defend ourselves to the uttermost but will make it very certain that this form of treachery shall never again endanger us.

Hostilities exist. There is no blinking at the fact that our people, our territory, and our interests are in grave danger.

With confidence in our armed forces- with the unbounding determination of our people- we will gain the inevitable triumph- so help us God.

I ask that the Congress declare that since the unprovoked and dastardly attack by Japan on Sunday, December 7, 1941, a state of war has existed between the United States and the Japanese Empire.

Like the Gettysburg Address - it is sometimes better to just get to the point.

Audio of the speech is available here.