Friday, June 20, 2008

Yep, that's me...

Your result for The Personality Defect Test...


You are the Sociopath! As a result of your cold, calculating rationality, your introversion (and ability to keep quiet), your brutality, and your arrogance, you would make a very cunning serial killer. You are confident and capable of social interaction, but you prefer the silence of dead bodies to the loud, twittering nitwits you normally encounter in your daily life. You care very little for the feelings of others, possibly because you are not a very emotional person. You are also very calculating and intelligent, making you a perfect criminal mastermind. Also, you are a very arrogant person, tending to see yourself as better than others, providing you with a strong ability to perceive others as weak little animals, so tiny and small. You take great pleasure in the misery of others, and there is nothing sweeter to you than the sweet glory of using someone else's shattered failure to project yourself to success. Except sugar. That just may be sweeter. In short, your personality defect is the fact that you could easily be a sociopath, because you are calculating, unemotional, brutal, and arrogant. Please don't kill me for writing mean things about you! I have a 101 mile-long knife! Don't make me use it!

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Make the Election About Iraq

(Via the Patriot Post)

Columnist Charles Krauthammer puts forth the proposition that McCain should make Iraq one of the primary topics of this election in order to differentiate himself from Obama:

The disconnect between what Democrats are saying about Iraq and what is actually happening there has reached grotesque proportions. Democrats won an exhilarating electoral victory in 2006 pledging withdrawal at a time when conditions in Iraq were dire and we were indeed losing the war. Two years later, when everything is changed, they continue to reflexively repeat their “narrative of defeat and retreat” (as Joe Lieberman so memorably called it) as if nothing has changed.


But McCain's case is simple. Is not Obama's central mantra that this election is about the future, not the past? It is about 2009, not 2002. Obama promises that upon his inauguration, he will order the Joint Chiefs to bring him a plan for withdrawal from Iraq within 16 months. McCain says that upon his inauguration, he'll ask the Joint Chiefs for a plan for continued and ultimate success.

We'll see.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Programming the next generation

(Via The Smallest Minority)

Start them off early....

Remember Haditha?

(This isn't something I've been blogging about. Others, especially the crew at Black Five, have done a very comprehensive job. But I'm moved to post because this says something frightening about the state of our country.)

It seems that despite acquittals, dismissed charges and the facts, the Haditha witch hunt will continue on for a while longer. Yesterday, a Camp Pendleton military judge dismissed charges against Lt. Col. Jeffrey Chessani, the highest-ranking officer to be accused in this politically-motivated feces-throwing incident. The word is that today Marine prosecutors announced that they will appeal the decision.

The good news is that Lt. Col. Chessani is considering suing that fat bastard Murtha. I hope he does, and I hope he wins. Murtha should be held to account for throwing Marines under the bus in his quest for political power.

It bothers the hell out of me that a politician threw members of our military to the sharks in an attempt to gain power. I know that they've done it before, and that they'll do it again. It seems to be the nature of politicians, at least of a certain stripe. They are so sure that they know how things should be run that they will stop at nothing in order to gain a position where they can see to it that their sick vision is made real. I don't like it, but I don't see any realistic way to stop it. We're stuck with having to deal with them, again and again, as they pop up.

But the simple fact that we have so many politicians like this is of greater concern. These people (using the term semi-loosely) have no moral compass--everything is based on expediency for them. They take the easy course, that path of least resistance, every time. In doing so, they slowly chip away at the foundations on which our country and our society are built. Someday, perhaps soon, enough of those foundations will be gone that everything built on them will collapse.

That, ladies and gentlemen, will be a distinctly unpleasant experience. I just hope some of us survive long enough to see to it that our "betters" get exactly what they so richly deserve.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Is it possible to combine a holiday, a range report and "birthday gun" porn all into one post?

Well duh!

Yes, Father's Day 2008 was spent, in part at the range, with my Dad and my kids. Three generations out on a rather warm early summer day, enjoying each others' company and things that go bang. Who could ask for more?

First, I need to introduce you to the latest addition to the safe, my birthday present--a Stag Arms Model 3 AR-type rifle, guaranteed to introduce PSH in hoplophobes nationwide. (And yes, I know I need a better spotting scope. One of these days.)

Yes, I've now joined the AR Mafia. Next thing you know, I'm going to be hanging around ARFcom debating the merits of what sort of cupholder to hang off the rails....

Next, we have Grandpa and the kids, all busily sending lead down range. They're using a variety of .22s, with Son using his Henry lever action, Grandpa using my old Sears 43 and Daughter using the Remington Sportmaster 512. Cheap shooting, but fun.

Finally, we have my Dad, the WWII veteran, trying out the civilian version of the current protector of freedom. His eyesight may be going, but he was still able to hit a torso target at 100 yards. I think an EOtech may be in order--just to help him out. Really.

As a part of the purchase, I bought 6 Magpul 20-round magazines. Each one functioned flawlessly, from locking a full mag in place with a closed bolt through feeding with 20 rounds loaded.

The gun also digested 120 rounds of Wolf Military Classic without a hiccup. Not as cheap as .22 LR, but AIM has some good prices right now.

Sandbagging politician so-and-so

Obama cares! He really does!

And I'm sure he will still respect us in the morning, too....

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Your Sunday Firepower Video

Let's take a trip back to World War II, but to an area often largely ignored--the efforts of the Poles in the fight against Germany:

I just wish there was more film of them. It's an under-told story that ought to be better known.