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February 18, 2006

H&I Fires 18 Feb 06

Open post for those with something to share, updated through the day. New, complete posts come in below this one. Note: If trackbacking, please acknowledge this post in your post. That's only polite. You're advertising here, we should get an ad at your place...

Meet the new Lara Croft. Ry sent me this - and I took something completely different away from it. Like British Olympians (as in the italicized part of the quote), Ms Adebibe will..

She will now embark on a "gruelling training programme" which will include an SAS survival course and learning how to fire guns in Eastern Europe. [empahsis mine, ed.] Adebibe will also undergo crash courses in archaeology, deportment, elocution and etiquette, and spend lots of time posing for photos in very small clothes.

She has to go overseas because Britain has become so safe from disarming her citizens that she can't learn to fire a gun in Britain...

New caption contest over at The Right Place.

Over at Confederate Yankee, a story about the new attempt by John Loftus to keep in the news - and why that's a problem for the "Saddam Tapes". The messenger, sadly, *does* matter.

If you haven't already seen it - Greyhawk VS the MSM.

ALa offers up a little payback to brunettes...

Heh. Talk about cultural differences... I barely register that hockey exists, much less *women's* hockey. I think I'll continue to let Alan track it, just as I let the Flea be my guide in all things Movie.

MSG 1SG Keith scores his dream job.


See if you can pick up on Jack's point. To say I don't agree would be overstating it - I simply (I think, as Jack is not specific) lay the blame at other doorsteps. Of course, those other doorsteps have also proven, over the course of history, exceedingly inept at much that is there laid out.

Cassie's Caption Contest (a hoot thus far!)

Hmmm. I'm beginning to thinks Jeff's tastes are, um, morphing into a broader spectrum. Well, mebbe not, that's still a long, um, never mind. Hey, Jeff, how do I score a 'loaner"?

Update: SWWBO gave me The Hairy Eyeball. A loaner Serbu product, dear. Not the rack it's in. Really. Nice rack here, don't need that one. There's nothing to see here, move along.

Dumb criminal tricks (leaving aside whether this should be a crime or not - the guy got stopped for *something* after all). H/t, Mr. Completely.

Gunner is enlisting some help for Wikipedia.

While Publicola paints with a wide brush, there's a reason he does so. I'm afraid, based on my own experience as a cop and elsewhere, that I do *not* assume that an LEO is friendly to me. In a sense, it's not their job, but the way law enforcement has morphed over the years, especially with it's militarization, that's the way it is. I do proceed from an assumption that I am their friend, but I will, in fact, make them follow the forms to get information from me, when that information is *about* me.

Hee! Even Jay at Stop The ACLU can swallow his pride now and again. Which is actually a good thing. More pundits should be able to do this, and acknowledge the good as quickly as we jump on the bad.

Mansoor Ijaz has some words for Muslims in an LA Times OpEd piece. H/t, CDR Salamander.

Heh. Over at The Jawa Report, Bluto shows us Alec Baldwin's understanding of how the Court System works. Or, rather, how he *wishes* it would work. And, um, Alec... how is it *bad* that the Veep terrorizes our enemies abroad? Could ya explain to me how that works, plzz? -The Armorer

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by Denizens on Feb 18, 2006 | General Commentary
» Church and State links with: My Liberal Translation of Whttington's Speech
» Sometimes NSFW links with: Is Burger King the Anti-Christs

BTW - The Milblogger Conference

Due to a change in the dates of my trip to Korea - SWWBO and I *will* be attending the 1st Milblogger Conference.

I see a few other names from these parts I recognize, too.

That is all.

We need some gun pr0n.

So, since we've had all this Schlussel-Misha kerfuffle, I think I'll post a link to the first ever gun pr0n post - which was for Emperor Darth Misha the First!

Hee!. This was written before I realized what using the word 'p*rn" would generate outta google.

Debbie Schlussel and the Incredible Expanding Ego.

Debbie Schlussel's behind-the-scenes meltdown continues. First, it was Misha. Then, she went after me. Now, it's SWWBO. Sheesh woman - leave it alone already, or is this all a part of a Frank J-style agitprop campaign to get noticed? If so - aren't you supposed to pick on *big* bloggers? It worked for Frank. Snerk.

I think my favorite part is that Ms. Schlussel, who is snap-shot quick to accuse others of not doing their research, returns fire so fast that she has thus far managed to think I was Danish (conflating me with Misha) and that SWWBO is married to Misha (News to me, Mrs Rottweiler Emperor, Misha, and SWWBO - for the record, no polyamory here in the Emperor's Demsne)! I'm guessing it would *not* be a good idea to go hunting with Ms. Schlussel. She seems to have attended the Dick Cheney Bird Hunting School.

Debbie - just let it go.. Your expanding ego is dissipating like a gas - and in so doing, becomes less dense and more insubstantial. Picking fights with Misha and SWWBO is really like wrestling with a pig: you get muddy and the pig enjoys it

Update: Um, I don't think Ms. Schlussel is going to like this one, by Loyal Cit Ranger 6 either. Wrestling with pigs, Debbie. Wrestling with pigs.

Update: SWWBO is tired of wrestling, I think...

February 17, 2006

H&I Fires 17 Feb 06

Open post for those with something to share, updated through the day. New, complete posts come in below this one. Note: If trackbacking, please acknowledge this post in your post. That's only polite. You're advertising here, we should get an ad at your place...

"Teach, your children well"... and why do 1/5th of Dems vote for people who *hate, detest, and fear* the Second Amendment? H/t, Alphecca

Take a look at Scottish Tanker Hooligan's take on the QuailGate. H/t, Cowboy Blob, who notes a potential Gunbrogger!

While I have no real intention to carry - if this passes (and the de rigeur veto is over-ridden) I *will* get the permit. Just because. H/t, Say Uncle.

Harvey gets in a supportive snark.

Huntress points out a story about *real* milbloggers, not the pale imitations that inhabit this space.

Over at INDC Journal - the Birdshot Conspiracy!

Lex has a teenager-induced bout of ADD.

The UN still wants to control your servers...

CDR Salamander notes the disturbing precedent set in Norway. Will the Pope get to go do this when next some Norwegian disses the Church?

The Jawa Report has the Iraqi Prisoner Abuse pictures the MSM won't show you. I understand they aren't news, in a sense. But how can you show the ones the MSM shows, and not show these, and yet say you aren't shaping perceptions?

Chinese Police Gun Pr0n (along with a prissy commenter). H/t, Tammy B.

Speaking of Gun Pr0n - Carnival of Cordite #48 is up!

Jane's Law: "The devotees of the party in power are smug and arrogant. The devotees of the party out of power are insane." She elaborates here.

In a post that relates to my admonition to LEOs that most gun owners are ON THEIR SIDE, Say Uncle points to behavior that indicates some LEOs don't agree.

Note to Kansas Legislature - there are *too* non-military purposes you can put Armored Vehicles to...

Caption Contest at Cassies! -The Armorer

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Hmmm - This would be fun to plug into my computer at work! H/T to Appalachian GunTrash.
-The Adjutant

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Grim of Grim's Hall on fast-draw pistol shooting and the holsters that go with it. -Ry

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I think this is a great piece to read about lessons of counter-insurgency. -Kat

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Whoa! Castle Contrarian Alan is a closet capitalist!

The CRTC said yesterday that Canadian telephone customers have been overbilled to the tune of $652.7-million over the past few years, but the money will not be going back to them. The federal regulator ruled instead that telecommunications companies such as Bell Canada and Telus Corp. should use most of the money -- equivalent to about $50 a customer -- to expand offerings in underserved markets, primarily rural and remote communities.
I want my fifty bucks, please. MY fifty bucks.

He's also got a pic of a lovely young lady wearing a fleatrap. -- BillT

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Name Muffy, Call the Roll...

hzzz.

name Shades...

name Shades...

name Shades...

hzzz. big-tribble-with-legs tell two-legs BC strike name shades from watch list. hzzz.

Another Scrup'l* goes to heaven. The Castle knows the feeling of loss engendered when you lose your Scrup'ls, and the Guard Mount knows a loss.

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Now is the time at Castle Argghhh! when we dance sing a soul to the Great Hunting Ground and Tennis Ball Chasing Facility.

*For new Castle visitors, Scrup'ls = Dogs. And it wasn't the Castle Guard Mount who lost the Scrup'l - it was BC, The Imperial Torturer, over at the Rottweiler's place. (note to self - you can't assume people click the links.)

Hey! Buy our stuff!

C'mon guys - we showed you a nice rack of SKS's yesterday.

Ry - hide the screen, quick!

Today we're highlighting rack covers!

Wouldn't your rack look good in this?

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Of course it would! Click the pic and order your Castle Argghhh! Rack Cover today! Keep 'em clean and dust-free!

All proceeds (we're cheep) go to Soldiers Angels. Well, they will once we finally break $50 in profit...

And people wonder...

...why gun owners join gun rights organizations. And why gun owners are not necessarily trusting of agents of the government. Even those of us who have *been* agents of the government. Perhaps even more so.

"I don't care what the laws or the Supreme Court say. WE are NOT going to have people running around, wearing guns..." [the alleged words of a Gonzales, Louisiana LEO - ed.]

Mark Edward Marchiafava did not break the law in Gonzales, La. on January 28, 2006. But nonetheless, he was handcuffed, arrested, and his firearm, which he was legally carrying in the open on his side was confiscated and not returned.

So starts this entry by Nicki at The Liberty Zone, about an abuse of police authority in Gonzales, Louisiana.

One wonders, when will some Law Enforcement Officers recognize that *most* gun owners, especially ones who carry openly, or follow the rules to get permits, etc, are *on their side*?

Certainly, as someone who was briefly an LEO and is a retired soldier, I understand that all persons with weapons must be viewed with caution until intents and bona fides are established. I don't have a problem with that. There are ways to do it without being an a$$ at the same time - much less, as appears to be the case here, setting yourself up as above the law you are sworn to uphold.

Now, in looking around for some more data, I came upon this.

Mark, his wife, his daughter and other employees were at Mark's place of business 25 days ago when the parking lot was stormed by a dozen or more heavily armed, ninja-suited (complete with face masks) "law enforcement officers" who grabbed Mark and wrestled him to the ground, re-igniting an old jaw injury. These individuals presented no warrant and refused to tell Mark who they were as they hustled him off. They had "their man", but this wasn't enough. They stormed his place of business and pointed guns at a half-dozen or so women in the building, one of them in the bathroom at the time, and, still without identifying themselves or showing any sort of warrant, ordered them against the wall, faces to the wall, with guns pointed at all of them.

Mark was escorted away from the scene as he saw automatic weapons pointed at his wife and daughter. These people took Mark to the Coroner's office where the coroner asked Mark if he knew why he was there. Mark replied that he didn't, but that he had been asking. The Coroner said that Mark had threatened to kill 250 public officials, buy property in Mississippi, dig a hole and bury them in it. Mark denied making such comments, and to this date no proof of such comment has been offered, nor has any person taken the stand

That info (and more) comes from this website.

But, better - Mr. Marchiafava explains it himself, in this post at The Sierra Times.

Obviously, Mr. Marchiafava has F r iends in High Places. I suspect he's also a real pain in the a$$ to deal with when you are on his wrong side. And pugnaciously so.

Fine. Let's accept for a moment the premise that Mr. Marchiafava (whom I don't know personally) is an a$$.

And that his history with government and law enforcement probably generated the initial response by Gonzales Police.

I can accept that response, harsh as it seems to be, having been on the other side of the equation.

However, the apparent ignorance of state law and arrogant disregard for it when apprised - that is inexcusable.

Note to Gonzales cops - people who have bad intentions with their weapons usually don't carry openly while doing routine things, and are generally unable to produce concealed carry documents when found carrying concealed.

The Federal and State Constitutions are binding on you, too.

Y'all need to work a bit on your threat evaluation and target identification, and a little bit less about practicing for your 15 minutes of fame on Cops.

Just sayin'

H/t to Publicola for the head's up (and he takes a more direct view of actions that should be taken against the Officialdom involved) and David Hardy for the Sierra Times link.

by John on Feb 17, 2006 | Gun Rights

Important Advice.

Basic Flying Rules: "Try to stay in the middle of the air. Do not go near the edges of it. The edges of the air can be recognized by the appearance of ground, buildings, sea, trees and interstellar space. It is much more difficult to fly there."


Just to reiterate, right click here and save as (2 meg file).

*Note to self: When flying in trees, wear jeans.*

February 16, 2006

H&I Fires 16 Feb 06

Open post for those with something to share, updated through the day. New, complete posts come in below this one. Note: If trackbacking, please acknowledge this post in your post. That's only polite. You're advertising here, we should get an ad at your place...

Heh. Regardless of what you think about the James Frey brouhaha - ya gotta like Bruce Willis' take on the subject. H/t, Ry.

Worries abound in the "Reality-Based" Community... -The Armorer

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Between this and the Evolution contortions we go through around here - sometimes I wish I could tell people I lived in Missouri. Of course, if I did, then I could own shootable machine guns...

Uh-oh. Eastern Washington State just got a little more unliveable...

The French at War. H/t, Kat.

Cheney@War. Jack wants your opinions.

Castle Adjutant Barb is tracking the University of Washington kerfuffle regarding Pappy Boyington, so you don't have to.

Cassandra's Dimwittery Alert is worth a scan...

Jeff of Alphecca peers into Britain regarding Cheney and ShooterGate.

Gun Pr0n at Cowboy Blob's! That little beauty would be comfortable with his buddies in the Arsenal of Argghhh! (see below)

The Arsenal SKS wall (with some other stuff)

More Gun Pr0n at Mr. Completely (may his firearms jam for his bitch-slapping of us in the BMG awards!).

More Gun Pr0n at ROFASIX

Even *more* Gun Pr0n from Kim.

Dean schools a commenter in his gentle style. -The Armorer

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A skirmish in the Battle of the Sexes over at Lex's. -FbL

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Denizen Alan at GenX@40 is stumped. One thing he was hoping to raise his spirits was for some conservative to "a conservative blogger tossing up some new foolishness and calling it tradition", I went and did my part. Now all Denizens go see what you can do for our poor Bolshie Canuckistanian! - The Armorer

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by Denizens on Feb 16, 2006 | General Commentary
» Carnival of the Celebrities links with: Michelle Tanner: Fashion Icon?
» Old Surber Columns links with: Conservatives shouldn't cover for Cheney
» Don Surber links with: Good News On Sunday Mornings
» More Fun Than Should Be Legal links with: Mom Gives A Peep Show
» Political Satire Fake News - The Nose On Your Face links with: Top 9 Signs Your Religion May Not Be So Peaceful

A little more explainin'

MaryAnn asked a question in the comments that many of you who are not long time readers may ask yourself. Since I used today as a day to put up the Disclaimers of Argghhh!, I might as well add an explanation of how comment moderation works at the Castle, and how we try to maintain a friendly Island in a Sea of Moonbats - and how we stay mostly invisible to Moonbats. Well, that and not saying anything that really attracts 'em anymore.

So, step behind the curtain in the Flash Traffic/Extended Entry, and meet the PG-17C.

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Just a reminder.

From KCSteve, a reminder (via Head's Bunker.) that there are Bad People out there.

Gentleman in Georgia has his (very nice) Luger collection stolen while transporting it to a gun show.

Bad for all the usual reasons. Any readers in the Southeast US who frequent gun shows or watch the classifieds for guns should carry this list around with them - especially if you see a new vendor selling Lugers.

BTW - the ATFE people have thoughtfully provided a form (not required for anyone) to record your personal weapons on that captures the data law enforcement and your insurance company would like to have in the event your weapons are stolen. I note that it is *nowhere* near long enough for the Castle.

I know I take a risk by talking about the collection, and it doesn't take rocket science to figure out where I live. One of the reasons I started the blog was to get "out of the closet" so to speak - to show people that normal people you meet in everyday life may just have a basement full of guns, yet aren't that dangerous. I'm doing okay with that, I think - well, except for the 'normal' part.

I've actually gotten positive comments from people who really did think that anyone with as many arms as we have here at the Castle pretty much had to be a dangerous, if not deranged, individual. Job holding, solidly middle class, over-educated me broke a paradigm for them.

But, reality is - you can figure out where we are, which *is* a risk. Of course, Precautions Have Been Taken, both passive and active, that extend beyond the Interior and Exterior Guard. The fact that the Armorer actually prefers beaters to museum pieces not only helps keep the cost down, it reduces value to knowledgeable thieves, and the fact that the Armorer has very little New Stuff (none, actually) and most of it is in odd, expensive, hard-to-get calibers also reduces the temptation *and* the risk to the public should the collection get stolen.

None of that will stop the Stupid Thieves, however. That's just a risk you take in life.

And there is this:

I know the fellow who owns these guns, and yes, this collection was many years in the making. He's a nice guy, very knowledgeable about German handguns and always willing to share his knowledge. Damn shame that some POS would steal from him. He's like many on this board, self employed, and selling off his collection was part of his retirement plan.

This is the second big gun collection theft I have heard of in the past few months. In the other case, they got some of the guns back and caught the guys, but not before the scum bags had sold off some of the better items.

Interesting tidbit: in the second case the collector had a C & R license, and because he had a federal license, the BATF got involved and the perps are now facing some major federal charges in addition to state charges.

So - It's time to Rerun the Notices®:

This is my basement:

It's time to drag this thing back up into the light for all you not-long-time readers. This is just a periodic post for relative newbies to the site who don't realize the real reason I set this thing up was to share my gun and militaria collection -The Arsenal of Argghhh! - with the world. I decided to move out from primary deviancy (where you hide what you are) and move past secondary (where everybody knows what you are) to tertiary - where you embrace what you are - and point out you don't know what the guy next door has in his basement... but that doesn't mean he's a nut. I did that after a friend asked me to be the guest speaker on the subject of gun collecting at my Rotary Club (which has a fair number of liberals in it) and the response was not hostile, though some were taken aback - but mostly, "Wow - that's kinda kewl, and you aren't some troll hunkered down in your basement with racks of AR15s and cases of ammo waiting for the Apocalypse..." Mind you, if you have a rack of AR15 and cases of ammo, that's fine with me, as long as you aren't (hopefully) delusional on top of that... if you are, get out more, eh? I *do* have cases of ammo, but they aren't stored with the weapons... But be damned if I'm going to spend the money on new-made when there's all the nice surplus fodder out there! But that experience, along with being poked by Beth and Jonah to blog, is what got the Castle established, back on Blogspot, almost three years and 1,077,000 uniques ago.

As the blog has morphed over time, now and again I've gotten a little too wrapped up in the politics and the war - and, well, yes, work, too - and I've strayed a bit from my roots. A lot, really. Well, that and the great parties the Denizens throw in the comment sections now and again... It makes it fun when sometimes it's real work to maintain.

I don't believe that I make the mistake that many celebrities make - that my opinions on things political somehow matter more than others. Not really. This is more the equivalent of standing on a soapbox at "Speakers Corner". And you have to come find me - I'm not infesting broadcast media. You *ask* my server for these packets.

Anyway - for you guys who are here because you heard that John of Argghhh! actually sometimes talked about guns and militaria - here's the navigation map to The Story So Far. They link to the appropriate archives by topic. I'm (still)working a new post on the evolution of the Vickers Machine gun - but these things take time! In fact, here's proof - I have the collecting jones so bad that I actually tracked down this - an actual Australian Army inventory sheet - so that I could fill this (procured buck-nekkid empty five years ago) so that it looks like this.

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Hi-res click here.

Anyway - here's some linkages to the discussions - where it says "The Arsenal" is a link to the photo-archive. (always available on the sidebar) - the rest are links to the blog archives.

Rifles
Pistols
Sub-machine Guns
Machine Guns
Gun P0rn: A Naughty Expose' of the fiddly-bits.
Artillery
Grenades
Helmets
Ammunition
General Militaria
Guns by Nation

And, of course, there is always the direct link to the Imperial Arsenal itself!


Visitors should also note the following caveats:

Periodic Goblin Warning (SM)

As a service to Goblins who are considering Seizing The Arsenal (this excludes LE types: y'all come with a warrant, knock [no no-knocks, please, the front door is expensive], take what the warrant specifies and we'll talk about it in court - just please take care of 'em, you know, periodic cleaning, oiling, etc. They're used to being spoiled like that) here is a periodic warning on Why Trying To Steal My Collection Isn't A Good Idea.

Note to thieves trying to figure out where I live: Once you do that, you've got to get past the living interior and exterior guard, the security system (hint, cutting the phone and cable WON'T help), and finally, if I'm home - me. WonderWife (TM) v3.x is also right handy with the Winchester M97 trench gun. I like that one because it's handy, will blow you into large chunks, but not pass through the walls of the house to annoy my neighbors. Hardwood floors, so clean-up is easy. I'm a reasonable fellow, if you surrender meekly or run away, that will be fine. Not interested in killing or maiming anyone unless you are dumb enough to attack me or my family. The furry members count as family, BTW. Do that, then I will clean the gene pool. Plus guys, impressive as it looks, it's not as valuable as you might think - and it would be very hard to move, since you would be flooding the market. Not to mention the fact that every dealer within a (classified) radius would have a list of serial numbers and descriptions within 24 hours (ain't the internet great?). Oh, yeah - did I mention that robbing licensees is a federal offense? The feds don't go overboard after little stuff, but whacking this collection would likely garner their interest - so choose your accomodations! Plus 'bangers won't like these - the ones that look like they can shoot a lot - can't, and many of them won't work properly if you hold them sideways like they do in the movies.

So, go find an easier target, eh? No - better yet - get a real job that has better fringes.


Periodic Disclaimer for anti-gunners and law enforcement surfers (I don't mind you LE types) Heck, I don't mind the anti-gun types until they start trying to send LE types to take 'em away... here we go with the Periodic Disclaimer (TM):

Everything you ever see in photos here that I own is fully legal to own, federal, state, and local - WHERE I LIVE! Your mileage may vary, such as living in the Borg Collectives of California, Massachusetts, New Jersey, etc. Though ya might be surprised to find out what's legal where you live. I am a licensed collector (which isn't a license to collect, just to receive via the mails), and that only applies to curio and relic firearms. Fortunately, that's about all I want to own.


by John on Feb 16, 2006 | Gun Rights

25 Lessons Learned from OIF and OEF

Wrapping up the Lessons Learned from OIF/OEF that I started in this post . Note to military Googlers - these are *not* tactical AARs!

This one is worksafe, except for Moonbat Zones. They'll certainly argue the peace bit. And in some respects, they'll be right. Therein lies some of the tension - those who prefer peace and safety, and will trade away much to get it, and those who prefer a world where they make the choices for themselves, rather than have them made for them by someone else.

Lesson #25. Peace and Liberty Are On The March.


And, in case you think it's been just awful to show the jihadis in this light. Remember this.

This is *not* an official document! I contacted Mr. Coffey and have his permission for this use. If you choose to download and share it around via email, you may do so - but send it with the caveat that any publishing of the document, for profit or no, needs the permission of Mr. Coffey, as I only asked permission for myself, and he retains all rights!

Mr. Coffey can be reached via his website: Purple Mountain Publishing.

For Previous Lessons Learned, click the numbers. 1. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14,15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24.

February 15, 2006

H&I Fires 15 Feb 06

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Interesting day in history today.

1856 USS Supply loads 21 camels at Smyrna, Turkey, for the US Army
1869 Charges of Treason against Jefferson Davis are dropped
1898 Havana Harbor: USS Maine blows up by undetermined cause, 258 die.
1919 American Legion is formed in Paris
1933 Pres-elect FDR survives assassination attempt, Chicago Mayor Cermak dies
1936 Hitler orders the Volkswagen built
1942 Singapore surrenders; greatest disaster in British military
history. Hmmm, I might argue for 1066, when the French took over administration of the island...
1944 Allies commence bombing & shelling Monte Cassino Monastery, Italy. The Poles shine - if in a way that shows some of the problems of being a junior partner to the Brits.
1965 Canada adopts the Maple Leaf flag
1989 Gen. Boris Gromov leaves Afghanistan, ending Soviet war there. -The Armorer

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Is this really such a big deal? Transferring US port ownership from a Brit company to an Arab one? When the issue is: What's the FEDGOV done about making anybody (aside from an overworked underfunded Coast Guard) actually do something useful about port security? The flap is useful if it moves a sluggish US agency to action, but other than that... I'm thinking no big deal.

The Wall Street Journal gets in on ShooterGate.

Snerk. That last line by Doctor Gee is a telling one, and therein lies Wal-Mart's answer. Stock a few, charge a lot. Make the patients shop around - it'll be good for 'em.

Um, SWWBO points me to this new holiday. Not work safe in heavily feminist environments. I could say March 14 happens at least once a week around here, but that would be mean, and give Ry something else to envy besides the collection and accuracy. Looks like things might be looking pretty good at Casa Way, too... -the Armorer

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If you've got Powerpoint or Powerpoint Viewer, you want to see this. Right click and save as, please, don't be a bandwidth hog.

A question - who is the draftable-therefore-a-dodger who is going to be the model for the female figure? Or izzat just PC sensitivity...? Not that I really care about the monument all that much. -The Armorer

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by Denizens on Feb 15, 2006 | General Commentary
» Don Surber links with: Wednesday's Best

Okay - this is what the "WhatIzzit" is...

Okay, coupla days ago, we posted a teaser, asking "Whatizzit?"

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This was a toughie for most of you, with the bulk of you running down the rathole of the Type 89 Knee Mortar.

We gave you some hints - including the fact that most of the time, the answer lies in the Castle Archives or the photos of the Imperial Arsenal of Doom.

Owen Dyer, who asked me to do another teaser, got it right, in all the specifics, first day. Frank C. limped in a couple of days later.

It's a round for the WWI Granatenwerfer 16, highlighted in this Castle post.

The thing you had to figure out was the purpose of the smooth metal sleeve. The answer? This is a "bouncing" bomb. Due to the mud and general pulverization of the ground in the area of the trenches, lots of impact fuzed rounds didn't function, or buried themselves before exploding, making their impact minimal. Essentially, the smooth sleeve is a mini-mortar, containing a blackpowder charge which blows the bomb up into the air, where it will then function, getting around the soft ground problem.

That's it! For those of you who played, thanks! For those who didn't. Well, thanks for reading, anyway!

Oh! Wait! Vote for us!

Valentine Repercussions

KtLW has left me and I'm at a loss to explain why...

Taxes are up again this quarter and she told me we had to cut back on expenses--I had to give up drinking beer. Now, contrary to the *persona* I normally use here, I'm not a big drinker. At most, I'll do four or five beers on a Saturday afternoon.

So I gave up beer.

But I noticed the other day when she came home from an expedition to the mall with her girlfriends, one of the receipts included $85 for makeup.

I said, "Wait a minute--I've given up beer and you haven't given up anything!"

She replied, "I buy that makeup for you, so I can look pretty for you."

I said, "Well, geez--that's what the *beer* was for!"

I don't think she'll be back...

Heh. Tip of the flight helmet with the ding from the AK round to OB.

Blogging with thin skin...

Is dangerous. For the same reason being a thin-skinned politician is dangerous. Or any Public Person.

I ran into some illustrative examples yesterday.

You see, I blog out my a$$. A Public Person who blogs and is a media maven told me so.

First up. If you blog or want to blog, read this. Why I Hate Weblogs. Written tongue-in-cheek, with bite. BTW, I scored "normal" on the quiz in Appendix A. The whole thing is good for keeping your perspective (which most of us lose doing this, at one time or another). The key to losing it is to keep in in-house, and not share it around with everybody.

Kinda like Gary Trudeau, vice Ted Rall. Heh. Were I Ted, I would have talked to my lawyer first, before soliciting advice from my readers. But at least he was smart enough to collect pledges, and not money. Too bad Ted isn't willing to put his own money where his mouth is, he prefers instead to redistribute it from his readers. But voluntarily. He didn't suggest that the government collect the funds for him and deposit them in his account, so that's progress, coming from a lefty like Ted.

We on the right have our own thin-skinned people. For the record, if you'd like to complain to me about something I've written, this is *not* the approach I recommend.

I read your post about my "whining" to the idiot rottweiler. Do you always blog out of your a$$? You have NO IDEA what I said to the idiot because he lied and didn't post my e-mails to him. Why do you think he changed what he wrote and posted a "retraction"? I NEVER threaten to sue anyone over being offended. Believe me, his site, which I never before visited and won't again, is NOT worthy of my time and attention. I've been called a lot worse by more worthies and ignored it. But defamatory, LYING speech is NOT protected anywhere, much less so in your precious Denmark. I find it interesting that you are willing to write a blog entry, when you haven't a clue and you never read my e-mail. Like a true idiot . . . .

Debbie Schlussel

You know, she's right. I didn't know any of that. Nor, for the point I was making (see the blurb up early in yesterday's H&I that starts with "The Rottweiler") did I really need to. My point was simply that picking a fight with Misha, especially if that's the tone, just feeds the beast that is Misha's patented invective. Heh. That and the fact that I haven't really been all over supporting Denmark lately, but what the heck, she was on a roll.

Misha was, well, rather rude to her in his post. Okay, being mostly otherwise on the same team (or even if not, what the heck, honey gets more than vinegar) go tell him how hurt and annoyed you are and how inappropriate his comments were, and ask him to retract them and give him a chance to retreat gracefully. But toss invective at him? *That* helps. Not.

So, I responded.

Debbie -
1. Do you always email out your a$$? This email would seem to indicate yes, at least when you're annoyed. You should always reread and take a deep
breath before you send something like this.
2. If he never published your emails, I couldn't very well have read them, but that's a different issue.
3. My advice still stands. Whining at The Rottweiler just feeds him, basically the point of my post. I stand by what I said. Mistake, Debbie. None of which
has anything to do with the merits of your claim. A nice, measured email laying out your side of the story would go farther than "Do you always blog out of your
ass?" will. Just as I'm guessing a similar approach with Misha might have produced a slightly different response from him - but maybe not. He *is* the Rott, and that pretty much was the point of my post.
4. Small detail, I live in Kansas, not Denmark, I have no idea why you thought I might live in Denmark.
5. Your reading preferences are, of course, your right. I don't read him but once a week now either, mostly to see what the moonbats he attracts (in this
case, I'm not lumping you in, but if you were to continue in this tone, I might) but I do like a good rant, if only for variety. If you were to check any of the services that track such, you'll find that I'm not a prolific linker to him - though he was the first high-traffic blogger that linked to me, back in the days when I was getting started.
6. My blog entry, despite your personal angst over your tiff with Misha, wasn't really about you. It was about "Don't feed the animals, it just keeps them
hanging around." Now you're running around and kicking me in the shins.

So. Now my conundrum. Do I post your email and my response, or not?

Decisions, decisions. I'm of a mind to.

Obviously, we see what my decision was. In retrospect, my temper wasn't as under control as it might have been, either. I did edit the typos and for the PG-17C, btw. Mind you - I did edit my post, though perhaps not entirely to her liking.

I'll take the rest of the to the Flash Traffic/Extended Entry in the interest of my long-suffering dial-up customers.

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Heh. That PR machine is *still* the best thing going for 'em...

Wheeeoooo! The Marines are *still* getting all the girls. It just ain't right.

Marine scoring in Iraq.

HADITHA DAM, Iraq - Television host and Former NFL cheerleader, Bonnie Jill Laflin, kisses Lance Cpl. Christopher A. Gass, a Wichita, Kan., native and Marine infantryman with 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment during a Super Sunday Tour visit with here, Feb. 4. NFL celebrities like Byars, Nick Lowery, Christian Okoye, Bryan Cox and Bonnie Jill Laflin, spent the day with U.S. Marines and sailors of the Camp Pendleton, Calif.-based infantry unit. The former sports stars signed autographs, posed for photographs and spoke with troops in an effort to show support for those serving abroad in the Global War on Terror. The Marines spent the past five months routing out insurgents and providing stability in Iraq’s western Al Anbar province. Photo by: Cpl. Adam C. Schnell

HADITHA DAM, Iraq - Television host and Former NFL cheerleader, Bonnie Jill Laflin, kisses Lance Cpl. Christopher A. Gass, a Wichita, Kan., native and Marine infantryman with 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment during a Super Sunday Tour visit with here, Feb. 4. NFL celebrities like Byars, Nick Lowery, Christian Okoye, Bryan Cox and Bonnie Jill Laflin, spent the day with U.S. Marines and sailors of the Camp Pendleton, Calif.-based infantry unit. The former sports stars signed autographs, posed for photographs and spoke with troops in an effort to show support for those serving abroad in the Global War on Terror. The Marines spent the past five months routing out insurgents and providing stability in Iraq’s western Al Anbar province. Photo by: Cpl. Adam C. Schnell

What does the Army get? =====> This.

The Ozzies score this!

It just ain't fair, I tell ya, it just ain't fair.

But, while he was in Boz, Bill the Rotorhead got visited by this lady!

25 Lessons Learned from OIF and OEF

Continuing the Lessons Learned from OIF/OEF that I started in this post . Note to military Googlers - these are *not* tactical AARs!

This one is worksafe, except for Moonbat Zones.

Lesson #24. Boots On The Ground Still Matter.

Though, even now, the Air Force still dreams... even as it seeks ways to have fewer people in the fight directly, but rather remotely.

And, in case you think it's just awful to show the jihadis in this light. Remember this.

This is *not* an official document! I contacted Mr. Coffey and have his permission for this use. If you choose to download and share it around via email, you may do so - but send it with the caveat that any publishing of the document, for profit or no, needs the permission of Mr. Coffey, as I only asked permission for myself, and he retains all rights!

Mr. Coffey can be reached via his website: Purple Mountain Publishing.

For Previous Lessons Learned, click the numbers. 1. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14,15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23.

February 14, 2006

Valentine's Day @ Argghhh!

Happy Valentine's Day, Sweetie!  I love you!

This will obviously be up top all day. Everything else new is below this.

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Happy Valentine's Day to you too, Cassie!

Mr. Completely on the Raytheon RPG "Quick-Kill" system.

Say Uncle on hypocrisy, and the damage Ray Nagin did to Gun Control. Yay, Ray, He's Our Man!

The Rottweiler Emperor annoyed Debbie Schlussel, and she whined grumped to him about it [she made it clear to me in the email where she asks me if I blog out my ass that it wasn't whining. O.k.]. Mistake, Debbie. I stand by my advice, Debbie. If your note to the Rottweiler was like the tone of your email to me, that was just pouring gas on the flames. There's a *reason* Misha is called the Rottweiler. -The Armorer

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Oh - yeah! Vote Bleg!! -The Armorer

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Two decent pieces in the WSJ this AM. Start with the phrase we've talked about round here: The Long War. I learned a new acronym: AQAM - Al Qaida and Affiliated Movements. Check out info about operations in Djibouti (where we're kicking Jihad Booty) and else where as part of our "long war".

Then, I highly suggest a discussion of Torie Clark's (former Pentagon Spokeswoman) new book Putting Lipstick on a Pig where she will discuss the successes and failures of the Pentagon's Media War. Apparently stole that line from Di Rita, but very apt. I learned some interesting things on this one, too. Like the Taliban military target that was bombed and watching the Taliban drag patients out of a nearby hospital to look like massive civilian casualties: the big American Boogeyman and a few other things.

Last, more rioting in Pakistan over "fake but accurate" Mohammed cartoons. Apparently the students got out of class early though I am at a loss to understand how they have time to riot day after day with their heavy class schedule at the madrassa. -Kat

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I think I'll let Baldilocks speak for me on the issue that the MSM won't cover - Al Gore's America-bashing speech in Saudi Arabia - while they fall all over themselves on the Cheney thing. Has it occured to anyone in the media that Al Gore's speech could (in a fashion) hurt more people than Cheney's shotgun? Ala piles on Gore, too, and I feel sorry for her puppy...

I didn't blog this story about Lt. Rebrook when it first came out - because this is what I ultimately figured the diminuendo would be. So, I'm late to the story, but I only have to cover it once.

And... since ya don't buy Our Stuff, get some of Chuck's - the profits all go to the same place.

Ooo! Ooo! Way cool! Russians getting 'screwed' so to speak. I have my own satellite coverage story - out at the NTC, we knew when the sat's would be over, and we sometimes parked our vehicles in ways then sent Ivan messages... hee!

Oooo! Oooo! Gun Pr0n!

Lex channels Bill. Heh. It's all aviator.

Alphecca has a picture of himself with his sweeties (polyamorist!) and the latest roundup on Gun Bias in the Media. -The Armorer.

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Har! I've been id'd by Slate, in digits, as a Conservative Blogger! Oy! Okay, I admit it, it's kinda kewl. Hate to tell 'em the link from Hewitt today has been worth about 8 times the traffic the Slate link was, though. Upon reflection, one wonders at the choice of words... I "conceded" that Cheney should suffer whatever appropriate consequences the State of Texas may impose? How is that a concession unless I was arguing something else first? Methinks the writer of the piece either is sloppy with language, or it betrays a bias that we conservatives will automatically close ranks around our guys. Which is more characteristic of the left than the right, if I recall recent political history. How many Dems have resigned when caught doing something dumb, vice Repubs? -The Armorer

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» She Who Will Be Obeyed! links with: Some people are a little, uh, sensitive?

In response to a (diminishing) number of requests

Okay, since I have to maintain my reputation as one who satisfies a Lady's every

>>hzz. have to *establish* rep before *maintain* one.

Butt out, Muffy...

*gzzzrrrr-akakakakakakakakakak!!*

Off my ankle PG-17c! Gonna strangle whoever uploaded that euphemism thesaurus into your drive...

To continue...uhhhhh--whim, and since a Lady requested this'n:

Gentlemen, take your seats, please, and click on Flash traffic while I endeavor to enlighten you with regards to the simple things which will teach you

How to Please a Woman (Almost) Every Time

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Candy Hearts...

...are short and sweet. Like the entries below.

Uhhhh--well, they're *short,* anyway...

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A jumper cable walks into a bar. The bartender says, "I'll serve you, but don't start anything."

A dyslexic walks into a bra...

"Doc, I can't stop singing 'The Green, Green Grass of Home'."
"That sounds like Tom Jones Syndrome."
"Is it common?"
"Well, 'It's Not Unusual'."

Two cows are standing next to each other in a field.
Daisy says to Dolly, "I was artificially inseminated this morning."
"I don't believe you," says Dolly.
"It's true! No bull!" exclaims Daisy.

An invisible man marries an invisible woman. The kids were nothing to look at, either.

What do you call a fish with no eyes? A fsh.

Two fish swim into a concrete wall. The one turns to the other and says, "Dam!"

Two Eskimos sitting in a kayak were chilly, so they lit a fire in the craft. Unsurprisingly it sank.
Proving once again, you can't have your kayak and heat it too.

A woman has twins and gives them up for adoption. One of them goes to a family in Egypt and is named Ahmal. The other goes to a family in Spain; they name him Juan.
Years later, Juan sends a picture of himself to his birth mother. Upon receiving the picture, she tells her husband that she wishes she also had a picture of Ahmal.
Her husband responds, "They're twins! If you've seen Juan, you've seen Ahmal."

And finally--

Deja Moo: The feeling that you've heard this bull before.

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H/t to LL (no, neither of the bloggers).

Joel Stein, redux.

I know, old news. But it's been nagging at me. Not that Stein is a self-admitted dilettante vaporlock of a columnist. Heck, I am.

Distilled, Stein basically says (Cliff's Notes version)


"We can't support the troops if we don't support the war, and in fact, doing so is, like, an undefensible position. I wish them well as individuals, because I'm a cool guy and all that, but they're doing immoral icky things and probably ought to quit doing them, and until they do, pooh on them, because they're like, y'know doing what they're told and I think they should just quit, but, like give 'em hospitals and stuff because well, they're getting hurt and all. And don't spit on them, even if they are immoral weenies, well, except for the ones who joined up to defend the country and were, like tricked into the war and all aren't weenies - except, like, y'know, for those guys who get to stay in Germany for reasons I don't, y'know, like really get and all."

That's about the sophistication of his position. And clarity. This from a product of name-brand higher education and privilege, who gets to make a decent living spouting this subtly nuanced pabulum. Mebbe I should write liberal, it seems to pay well for not much work...

The rest is in the Flash Traffic/Extended Entry.


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by John on Feb 14, 2006 | Media Morons

25 Lessons Learned from OIF and OEF

Continuing the Lessons Learned from OIF/OEF that I started in this post . Note to military Googlers - these are *not* tactical AARs!

This one is worksafe, except for Moonbat Zones.

Lesson #23. Humor Still Matters.

This is the grease of the Big Green and Blue and Purple machines. Without it, you just kind of fold in on yourself.

And, in case you think it's just awful to show the jihadis in this light. Remember this.

This is *not* an official document! I contacted Mr. Coffey and have his permission for this use. If you choose to download and share it around via email, you may do so - but send it with the caveat that any publishing of the document, for profit or no, needs the permission of Mr. Coffey, as I only asked permission for myself, and he retains all rights!

Mr. Coffey can be reached via his website: Purple Mountain Publishing.

For Previous Lessons Learned, click the numbers. 1. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14,15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22.

February 13, 2006

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Historical notes that caught my imagination today:

Happy Birthday:

1887 Alvin York, who captured "the whole damned German Army"
1923 Chuck Yeager, the first man to break the sound barrier

Other tidbits:

1692 Scotland: Campbells massacre the MacDonalds on orders of William III. Guess William liked soup, not burgers.
1862 Grant begins siege of Ft Donelson, Tn, which surrenders Feb 16.
1942 Hitler cancels Operation Seeloewe, the proposed invasion of Britain.
1942 US and Canada agree to construct the ALCAN Highway.
1960 France explodes its first atomic bomb, in Algeria. Some Algerians *still* annoyed. At least we blew up our first ones on our own territory - in our equivalent to Metropolitan France.
1945 Allies begin fire-bombing of Dresden, an estimated 50,000 die. Sow the wind, reap the whirlwind. I won't argue whether or not the Dresden raid was a good idea - but I've always been bemused that the Germans get so upset over something that has overtones of "No fair, *we* tried to do that but weren't as good as you, so it's cheating for you to do it." In fact, that kind of outrage simmers under much German apologia regarding WWII - such as "We had such fine infantry and armor, it was no fair that you took your outstanding air support and artillery and refused to close with us. Waaaaaaaah!" There is a curious parallel amongst some of the anti-war crowd in Europe that it's no fair we fought Saddam and the subsequent AIF forces with our hi-tech, low casualty (for us) approach - kinda the international equivalent of Britain's "self-defence" (if you can truly call it that) premise where if you're a 60-year-old lady being mugged by punks, using your umbrella is unfair - if you can't defend yourself in the way you're being attacked, better to just curl up in a ball, and wait for the police. Feh.

Changing gears... Carnival of the Recipes is up at Physics Geek!

I was going to blog this bit about Pappy Boyington not being a good role model for U of Washington students (well, he *was* a Marine...) but I think I'll let a local, Castle Adjutant Barb, do that for me.

Ry asks the question - just what were these Russkies up to? -The Armorer

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Jack shows why he's always got a seat at the Castle bar today. Playing dirty isn't fair play according to Jack, and I think we'd tend to agree (The Murtha conversations). -Ry

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A response to the UW students vs. "Pappy" Boyington memorial issue, from America's Son. Hint - he's a Marine, and currently serving in Iraq.
-Barb

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Les Jones makes a difficult decision - one of a nature that caused a ruckus here at the Castle some months ago. Being the Adult is hard.

The Carnival of Cordite is up!

Gee, what a surprise - you should eat what ya want, just mix it up and watch the volume. -The Armorer.

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What Izzit, con't.

If you have no idea what this is about - click here and get caught up.

We actually already have a winner – Owen had it right his first pass, and provided his answer in that slightly pedantic, try-to-cover-all-the-bases fashion the Armorer is prone to.

The rest of you have been going down some rat-holes. It is NOT related to what you see in this picture – which is the baseplate of a Japanese Knee Mortar, and the left and center (with a booster not seen here) are the kinds of rounds you’d see fired from that. You can ignore that Mills Bomb on the right - this pic was used for a different post some time ago.

Nope, nothing you see here

Nor is it related to this type of implementation of this type of weapon (the one illustrated being a Brit 2inch mortar) – though it relates to a weapon of that class in employment.

No, conceptually, it’s more related to this type of weapon in implementation, if not in purpose.

Lastly – the Sekrit of most of these teasers – clues (or outright answers) to these things can be found in the photo galleries of the Imperial Arsenal of Doom.

That’s all the hints you're getting. Email your answers to johnbethd-at-yah00.com.

And Stuff Like This is why we think you should vote for us in the Best Master Gunnies competition! Only three days left! Early and often! <===Click that link! Once a day, every day! From home *and* work! At Internet Cafes! We think The BMG Trophy would look good on an Arsenal Bookshelf... but the only way *that's* gonna happen is if I steal it - unless you guys get really busy and start doing what Bill's been doing- borrowing other people's computers... of course, that would be wrong.

Cheney @ The Range.

Obviously, someone was out of position when the Veep went hunting yesterday. Whether it was the Veep or the Victim, the Veep has ultimate responsibility as the trigger puller, unless the victim was behind some bushes taking a leak or something. I'll leave that for others to settle.

It certainly didn't take long for the jokes to appear, once it was clear Mr. Whittington would survive.

Owen Dyer, in an email to me, observed it was a good thing that Cheney was a Republican, and therefore hunting with fatcat corporate lawyers. If he'd been a Democrat, those would have been personal injury lawyers...

IMAO has a contest going.

Go forth, Denizens, find the good, the bad, the ugly jokes. Find the Moonbat Howls at the Moon from the anti-gun, anti-Cheney, anti-anything-not-me crowd.

If you have posting privileges, slap 'em in here. If you don't, put 'em in the comments. Lets be a Cheney@TheRange clearinghouse!

For the record - after the investigation is over, based on whatever evidence is gathered and what the laws of Texas provide for - Cheney should suffer whatever consequences fall out from that. No more, no less. And no, a hunting accident is no more justification for confiscating weapons from law abiding citizens than car accidents are justification for banning car ownership.

Speaking of investigations, The Keystone Cops go Hunting.

CHENEY STATEMENT -- ON THE LICENSE, NOT THE SHOOTING [Byron York]

Vice President Cheney has not yet made a public statement about the incident in which he accidentally shot a fellow hunter in Texas Saturday, but his office has just released a statement about the issue of whether he had the proper license to be hunting quail:

It has been brought to the Vice President’s attention by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department this afternoon that, although he had acquired a 125 dollar Texas non-resident season hunting license, he lacked a 7 dollar stamp for hunting upland game birds. To address any questions about the licensing:
-- A member of the Vice President’s staff wrote a check for 140 dollars understanding that this would purchase a Texas non-resident season hunting license that would permit the Vice President to hunt quail in Texas. It appears now that the license itself cost 125 dollars, and an extra 15 dollars covered the cost of a Federal migratory bird stamp. The Vice President did not need the Federal stamp, as he already possessed one.

-- The staff asked for all permits needed, but was not informed of the 7 dollar upland game bird stamp requirement.

-- Because the requirement is new, the Department has informed us that it is issuing warnings, and the Vice President expects to receive one. He will take whatever steps are needed to comply with applicable rules.

-- In the meantime, the Vice President has sent a 7 dollar check to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, which is the cost of an upland game bird stamp.

Sigh. Amateurs. In my case, that would be a literal truth when it comes to hunting in Texas. In the Veep's case, he's been let down by his staff, *and* Ms. Armstrong, on whose ranch the hunt was conducted (if it's done as a business, anyway). No, I *don't* expect the Veep to take the time to personally check on all these details - that's what the staff is for. But he *should* take the time to clear his target area.

by Denizens on Feb 13, 2006 | Gun Rights | I think it's funny! | Pugnacious Stupidity
» She Who Will Be Obeyed! links with: Around my blogroll

25 Lessons Learned from OIF and OEF

Continuing the Lessons Learned from OIF/OEF that I started in this post . Note to military Googlers - these are *not* tactical AARs!

This one is worksafe, except for Moonbat Zones.

Lesson #22. Values Still Matter.


And, in case you think it's just awful to show the jihadis in this light. Remember this.

This is *not* an official document! I contacted Mr. Coffey and have his permission for this use. If you choose to download and share it around via email, you may do so - but send it with the caveat that any publishing of the document, for profit or no, needs the permission of Mr. Coffey, as I only asked permission for myself, and he retains all rights!

Mr. Coffey can be reached via his website: Purple Mountain Publishing.

For Previous Lessons Learned, click the numbers. 1. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14,15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21.

February 12, 2006

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Stop The ACLU has their Sunday Funnies up!

Gun/Milboggers! Have ya heard about the Gun/Milbogger Rendevous Mr. Competely is setting up? We're going to do our best to be there.

Jane at Armies of Liberation has some news of Yemen you might find of interest.

Over at Camp Katrina, where the troops document the stuff the Army is doing besides killing people - a new category, Helping Women.

How about a trifecta+1 on radical Islamism? The Sunday Times on how Britain shot itself in the foot, over at the Sunday Telegraph, a Muslim speaks on bringing brought up to hate... Ayaan Hirsi Ali on the The Right to Offend. And, in the interest of safety - Flag Manufacturer wants you to know - Burning Flags Can Be Bad For Your Health!

Hmmm. You guys and gals who stayed at home to raise the kids for those first couple of years - seems you were on to something... Even my left-leaning sister understood this one. As did SWWBO. And no - I'm not slamming you if you didn't have a choice, the bills had to be paid.

Sigh. For record - the only thing vaguely human SWWBO and I hit yesterday were the sillouhette targets. -The Armorer

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Militaria Challenge.

Owen Dyer, a mildly leftish anti-Iraq-War contrarian who collects kewl stuff himself, dropped in yesterday and griped that I hadn't done a "teaser" contest lately. His interest? He sponsored our last one!

So Owen, this one's for you:

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Rules - email your answers to johnbethd-at-yah00.com I'm turning comments off so you grognards don't spoil it for everyone.

I want to know what it is, what weapon system used it, and what is unique about this particular bit of kit. The answers are on the 'net, if your google-skills are up to it.

Rednecks of Argghhh! - and a vote bleg.

As SWWBO noted in her post yesterday, it was a very Red State day at Argghhh! Buying large animal supplies, taking care of the horses, late breakfast at Waffle House, 400 rounds downrange in the afternoon. And of course it was a Castle Argghhh! Range Day, with two WWII vets providing the fun.

SWWBO is getting more famous among gun bloggers (hey, she's getting *linked* and I'm not!) than Castle Argghhh! Why is that? She's getting dangerous with a pistol. And by dangerous, I mean to the intended target, not random locations generally downrange, either. Just take a look here.

Don't mess with SWWBO!

That's three magazines, 45 rounds. No misses. Not bad for her first day shooting a semi-auto. And this isn't her only target, she put over 150 rounds downrange yesterday.

It was a typical day for a beginner - first round was a 10x. After that, we had the usual issues with grip, anticipating recoil, closing the eyes, etc. Rather than get all anal about technique, etc - I just let her blaze away downrange, keeping the occasional eye on things when they got bad (grip problems, especially) but mostly just let her get comfortable with the whole concept of shooting a pistol. We can drag out the Right and Left handed Castle Shooter Analysis Targets on a later trip, and start working on the pathologies. For all that - I must note - every round she sent downrange - hit her target. No misses, which I think says a lot about the pistol *and* the shooter. She tried both the Castle Nazi-marked Radom VIS-35 pistol and the Inglis Hi-Power. Although the VIS-35 probably fit her hand better, she likes the Inglis better - as that target above shows.

We went shooting at Total Range, L.L.C, in St Joseph, Missouri - a place we were introduced to courtesy of KCSteve who invited me to a Christmas party held there by members of MissouriCarry.com. At $20 per person per year, we bought memberships. Very nice place. We don't recommend it to you, however. Then you'd go buy memberships and start taking up range space and we might have to wait to get a shooting stall. Nothing to see here, move along.

The Armorer was pleased with his performance yesterday. I only put one magazine through the Inglis, at 5 yards, with this result. Mostly making sure the Inglis was in good shape, so that problems in shooting would be SWWBO-related, not weapon-related. Easier to fix when you can isolate the variables, eh? Our Product of Canada was in fine shape, only suffering from his user's problems, not those of his maker or bad storage.

Armorer's target, Inglis Hi-Power, 5 yards, PMC 9mm fodder

I then shifted over to the Nazi-marked Polish Radom VIS-35 pistol. Also a 9mm like the Inglis. Three magazines (24 rounds) through that, again at 5 yards.

Armorer's target, Polish VIS-35 pistol, PMC 9mm fodder, 5 yards

This is the first time I've shot the VIS-35. I'll spare you the target by target details, but after I was comfortable with it, I sent the carrier downrange to 20 yards. [I'll note at this point while I did cherry-pick the targets to post here, they were *all* like this] The head shots in the following picture are at 20 yards.

Armorer's target, head shots at 20 yards, body shots at 10.  Polish VIS-35 pistol shooting PMC 9mm

Not being happy with the leftward drift (combination of my glasses and how the downrange and uprange light interacted with target and sights), I pulled the target in to 10 yards and put a box of 50 through the Vis. You can see that in the pic above - or better yet - in this pic.

Armorer's target, Radom VIS-35 pistol, 10 yards, 50 rounds PMC 9mm

The Armorer *really* likes the VIS-35. A lot. That's 50 rounds in that target - no flyers, no misses. I really really really like that pistol. I need to find some more magazines.

Note to goblins - just remember - if you *do* get past me, SWWBO's right behind me, turning your liver into pate'. You should take the offer of "Turn around and leave" when it's offered. It will only be offered once.

All in all, a good Red State kind of day.

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by John on Feb 12, 2006 | Gun Pics | Gun Rights | Pistols
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