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Thursday, February 28, 2008

Question of the Day

So, why can’t Prince Charles be more like his son Prince Harry?

Just sayin’.

I should note that I had this thought, too, when I saw the story this morning.

And, good Lord, does this mean I have to start taking Angelina Jolie seriously now?

As for the question of whether the surge is working, I can only state what I witnessed: U.N. staff and those of non-governmental organizations seem to feel they have the right set of circumstances to attempt to scale up their programs. And when I asked the troops if they wanted to go home as soon as possible, they said that they miss home but feel invested in Iraq. They have lost many friends and want to be a part of the humanitarian progress they now feel is possible.

Because that won’t be easy.

American Idol Update: Goodbye, Jason Yeager (whose name I screwed up two nights ago). Poor bastard.

You know, on another subject entirely, I always liked the M16A2. Of course, to be fair, I’ve never gone insurgent hunting with either the 16 or an AK-47. But I do like an accurate weapon that is utterly reliable when well-maintained.

American Idol Update: Amanda is safe and Alexandrea is going home. I"m surprised; yesterday I picked Amanda as the girl who would get the un-golden ticket. Amanda’s performance was worse by far. I’m struggling to find a polite way to emphasize just how much worse Amanda’s singing was, and I’m not coming up with anything. I’ve said nice things about Amanda in the past, but America made the wrong choice.

And then there goes Alaina Whitaker--who I thought would stay. Not that she was particularly good last night, but I didn’t think she was one of the worst two. Poor kid isn’t taking it well, either.

Damn, I mangled some of those names over the last couple nights, didn’t I?

I always liked Ted Bronson.

American Idol Update: Robbie Carrico is the last one to go home tonight and, probably, the best choice. I said this about his most recent performance: “Bad. Worst of the night? “ I stand by that.

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Well, ya but the M4 is a piece of crap.

on Feb 28 2008 @ 08:19 PM

I’ve never touched an M4--in fact, I’m not sure what changes they made to make the 16 into the M4.

Maybe we should just issue our troops some old school iron and tell them to suck up the extra weight. Perhaps something in a stylish M14.

on Feb 28 2008 @ 08:28 PM

A few quotes from The Small Arms of European Armies, Scribner’s Magazine, 1889 (ht: Soldier’s Companion, Steampunk miniatures rules by Frank Chadwick):

...it was objected that the bullet would make only a little hole in a man, and that it was much more satisfactory to literally let daylight through one’s enemy than to puncture him in such a dilettante fashion....

...all one really needed to do in battle, in the way of hitting an enemy, was to drop him in his tracks, and make him stop being disagreeable with his shooting, and that if one could hit him hard enough, it was just as well to do it with a fast-flying small bullet, as with a slow-going big one, while it was a much easier, surer, and simpler thing to do....

Those useless 0.30” caliber bullets.  8-)

I rather like .223, myself.  (FWIW, there are lots of reports of people continuing to advance or standing back up after being wounded by .30-06 or .45 bullets, too.)

on Feb 28 2008 @ 08:29 PM

You know, there’s a mythology about the AK47 that is a lot like the mythology about the Colt M1911, and it’s not entirely earned.

Of course, I say that as a guy who would really rather have the Colt than just about any more modern handgun. My bias is something that I earned with years of familiarity, though; I’m comfortable with the .45 and that means a lot to me. But if I ever have to shoot someone coming through my doorway, I’m going to punch as much daylight into that body as it takes to make it stop moving for eternity.

I kind of want to see that book, though.

on Feb 28 2008 @ 08:35 PM

So do I, but even photocopies of the pages of the articles <a href="http://www.alibris.com/booksearch.detail?S=R&bid=8963140970&cm_mmc=shopcompare-_-base-_-nonisbn-_-na"cost $43</a>.  Which seems a bit much for 15 pages, don’t you know.

on Feb 28 2008 @ 09:15 PM

Oops, didn’t preview and didn’t close the tag.  Sorry.

on Feb 28 2008 @ 09:16 PM

Why can’t Prince Charles be more like Prince?

Also, Death Wish 2 is a really underrated movie.

on Feb 28 2008 @ 09:57 PM

Chemical-powered kinetic weapons. How quaint.

I just want my Gauss rifle, man.

on Feb 28 2008 @ 10:09 PM

Or an orbital laser of some kind. That would also be good.

You may have noticed I’m showing as “Bob Hayes” today. I figure if David can be Zomby, I can be Bob/Rob.

on Feb 29 2008 @ 12:08 AM

As long as we’re talking orbital lasers, how about the Hammer of Dawn! Gears of War, baby!

Speaking of GoW, David, when are we going to schedule a little Xbox Live action?

on Feb 29 2008 @ 05:41 AM

The M4 carbine is problematic because of the shortened gas tube leading to even more fouling and heat being piped back to the bolt exacerbating the problems of the AR15 design.

Joe Katzman of Winds of Change has been writing on the issue of its reliability and Army ordnance failures to address it:
http://www.defenseindustrydaily.com/the-usas-m4-carbine-controversy-03289

on Feb 29 2008 @ 06:22 PM

Point of order.

So, why can’t Prince Charles be more like his son Prince Harry?

According to the wiki, he was.

Prince Charles served in the Royal Navy for five years:

* 1971–72: HMS Norfolk
* 1972–73: HMS Minerva
* 1974: HMS Jupiter
* 1974–75: Helicopter flying training at RNAS Yeovilton
* 1975: Pilot with 845 NAS on HMS Hermes
* 1976: Captain, HMS Bronington

Just because he didn’t have the opportunity to serve in an active theater does not mean he would not have done so should the opportunity appear.

on Feb 29 2008 @ 09:02 PM

Trust me, I do know that he served. It isn’t just about the service--it’s about not being Prince Charles.

on Feb 29 2008 @ 09:57 PM

Ah. So let me reword your sentence…

So, why can’t Prince Charles be less like a glitchy robot and more like a human being?

Then again, the last time HRH decided to pull that titanium bar out of his ass and display his human side, three-quarters of all Western civilization decided to roast him up one side and down the other due to their failure to appreciate his intent to marry Camille, now Duchess of Cornwall.

I believe this qualifies under the heading of 22, Catch-.

on Feb 29 2008 @ 10:29 PM

Drudge’s reporting just confirmed my opinion of bloggers as journalist. There is no Holy Grail on the internet.

on Mar 01 2008 @ 05:50 AM

Good thing for us there’s Josh Marshall and Rob Neppell to be the exceptions that prove the rule.

Drudge has quickly become a tabloid. I expect him to be featured in the National Enquirer in a very short time.

on Mar 01 2008 @ 02:40 PM

You mean the Josh Marshall who just wrote the ridiculous column about John McCain “planning” to run a bigoted campaign against Barack Obama based entirely Josh’s speculation and without any evidence of any McCain intent whatsoever?

on Mar 01 2008 @ 10:09 PM

No, I mean the Josh Marshal that dug through and broke the U.S. Attorney story, which everyone insisted was a complete non-story. At least, until the evidence started mounting.

Alas, there seems to be a Rabid Newshound Josh living in the same body as a Rabid Partisan Josh.

on Mar 02 2008 @ 11:49 AM

Uh, that was a non-story actually.  There was no substance behind it, and all of Josh’s wishing did not create one.  All that became a story was Alberto Gonzales’ incompetence at explaining that it was a non story.  And then there was another story about the Democrats’ posturing about the non-story.

But the firings was still a non-story.

Josh Marshall’s record against Drudge’s?  Not that impressive.

on Mar 02 2008 @ 09:35 PM
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