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Tuesday, November 09, 2004

Because a Pointed Stick is a Cannon is a Nuclear Warhead . . .
As Operation Phantom Fury (Source Archive) rages in Fallujah today -- I thought I'd chime in with a little field report on the Heckler and Koch 40mm GMG (Source Archive), a select-fire grenade machine gun. Just to give you some idea of what is at the disposal of the guys on the ground.

At 1000 yards it proves accurate; at 500 yards it is absolutely zeroed! Remember, at 1,000 meters the 10' x 10' plywood target looks extremely small. The reviewer reports that in full auto, the weapon works in terms of 16 meter groupings. Once he figured out how to "ride" the 40mm GMG, he got tight groupings. He picked an area of brush on the 750 meter mark and covered it with a 3-second burst. The H&K 40mm GMG was finished firing before the first rounds hit and he sat back and watched the bright flashes of light saturate the area. He was mighty impressed. I was reminded that the objective was to "cover" an area, not put them all in the same spot. Keeping the group fairly tight was easy. Indirect fire with a good spotter is better than any mortar could dream of being.

With a rate of fire 330 rpm; a maximum range of 2,200m; and a muzzle velocity of 241 m/s (THAT IS METERS PER SECOND -- to put it in familiar terms, that is over 700 feet per second -- for a 40mm x 53 grenade). Muslims hearing Abu Musab Al Zarqawi's call to take up arms against America should read the full review.

Good day.

Monday, November 08, 2004

Happy Anniversary -- as important as a snowflake
What a difference a quarter of a century makes . . . Some of you were mere babes in arms back in the day when we watched the President of the United States tell us all how over the United States was as a country and a nation and an idea. You weren't so young when this ex-President spoke at the 2004 Democratic Convention and lectured President Bush on international politics (Source Archive) -- "Truth is the foundation of our global leadership, but our credibility has been shattered and we are left increasingly isolated and vulnerable in a hostile world."

Well, well, well. So, what anniversary did we celebrate here yesterday? Well, 25 years ago yesterday, a group of Iranian students stormed the U.S. Embassy (Source Archive) in Iran and took 50 hostages. They held them for 444 days. Who was responsible? President James "call me Jimmy" Carter (would anyone seriously consider calling President Bush, "Georgie?").

Although the author cited in the above article claims that nothing has changed in the past 25 years, we beg to differ. Today, Iran has 130,000 U.S. military personnel on the ground and ready for any stunt they might like to pull . . . we're positive they don't like the results of Tuesday's election any better than the idiots who are "holding" Fallujah. We didn't want you to forget such an important date -- and, we really don't want Jimmy to forget. And, as far as our 'credibility' and 'vulnerability' -- we think we're doing just fine, thanks anyway, JIMMY!

Saturday, November 06, 2004

The Thinkers -- nothing new to think about
Welcome weekend readers . . . glad to speak with you.

The Boomer Bible has a book in it called "SWARTHMORONS," or more fully, "ULTRA-HARRIER TONY'S CHAIN LETTER TO THE SWARTHMORONS." We don't have much opportunity to interact with these types of people, so we haven't paid much attention to this particular book. But, duties here at InstaPunk have forced many on the Chain Gang to read things they would have never spent a moment even considering.

Said duties led us to a really, really, popular blog -- Daily KOS, political analysis and other rants on the state of the nation (all lower case without punctuation). This is the work of Markos Moulitsas Z˙niga. Why don't you take some time to take a look. Read the entries. Read the comments. It has a feeling that is familiar but far away.

It is like walking through a museum. A museum of old broken down tools. But, that is not the odd part about this particular museum. The odd thing is that the curators at this museum are presenting all the exhibits as if they are the latest and greatest innovations in the human experience and the visitors seem really impressed. We'd call your attention to a particular entry with only a few comments -- Proud to be an Elitist. The JD almost blew straight out our noses when we read the author's name -- "Categorically Imperative." See? Funny. New, exciting . . . KANT?

After about an hour of smashing around at Daily KOS, which we will from now on, whenever required, refer to as, "Gee, KOS" (said like Wally to Beaver -- "Gee, Beev"), the book of SWARTHMORONS seems eerily prophetic. We can't get it out of our heads. You can get a sample from the title link above, but if you have the book, it is worth re-reading in the context of "Gee, KOS." Have fun.

PS: LGF reports some funny information that is important background for your visit to "Gee, KOS." In fact, saying, "Gee, KOS," right after reading the LGF entry should make you laugh right out loud -- if we're being clear. And, this is funny too:


PPS: We must state directly that this little exercise is simply for amusement and not to incite a particular contributor to these pages who has been of a brief hiatus. Really.

Friday, November 05, 2004

from USA Today

Democracy -- Meaning Rule by Apes
Whoa. A Country Divided? See Mr. Rogers.

MORE: Being as Judeo-Christian as You Want
William Donohue did a great service by gathering all the nuttiness into a pithy little post today at the Catholic League . . .

An as an update to our post yesterday, Bill O'Reilly said that Maureen Dowd made some good points -- we think he was not referring to the one good idea she did have, but we turned him off.

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