Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Sunday, December 14, 2008

"Video Game Addicts" In Strykers With CROWS Turrets Mow Down Iraqi Bad Guys

Iraqi insurgent field manual: "You don't shoot at R2D2. He's a bad ass mo-fo and he will get you"

Strategy Page: It's Alive!

December 11, 2008: The remote control turret changed the battlefield more than you might think. It all began three years ago, when the U.S. Army realized that new remote control gun turret designs actually worked, and suddenly they could not get enough of them. The army ordered over 9,000 CROWS (common remotely operated weapon stations), but for a while could only get 15 a month. By the end of 2006, there were about a thousand CROWS in service by the end of the year.

The main issue was that the enemy was no longer able to knock out the turret gunner, early in a firefight, and take away a lot of the vehicles firepower. Because of that, once the enemy opens fire, they are in trouble. The remote turret tends to begin delivering accurate fire right away, and is much more immune to enemy fire than a human gunner. If the vehicle is a Stryker, the enemy will soon find themselves dealing with half a dozen or so heavily armed infantry, who get out of the vehicle and come at the ambushers. Iraqis don't like that. They also don't like how some of the CROWS turret equipped vehicles will come after them. All those accurately aimed bullets coming their way, and no enemy soldiers in sight, is demoralizing.

The idea for CROWS has been around for nearly half a century. Years of tinkering, and better technology, eventually made the remote control gun turret effective and dependable. CROWS is a real lifesaver, not to mention anxiety reducer, for troops who drive through bandit country a lot, and have a turret mounted gun (usually in a hummer). The guy manning the turret mounted machine-gun is a target up there, and too often, the bad guys get you. Not with CROWS. The gunner is inside the vehicle, checking out the surroundings on a computer monitor (with night vision and telephoto capabilities). CROWS also has a laser rangefinder built in, as well as a stabilizer mechanism to allow more accurate fire while the vehicle is moving. The CROWS systems cost about $260,000 each, and can mount a variety of weapons (M2 .50 caliber machine-gun, MK19 40-mm automatic grenade launcher, M240B 7.62mm machine-gun and M249 5.56mm squad automatic weapon).

The accuracy of the fire, and uncanny speed with which the CROWS gun moves so quickly and deliberately, is due to something few officers expected. The guys operating these systems grew up playing video games. They developed skills in operating systems (video games) very similar to the CROWS controls. This was important, because viewing the world around the vehicle via a vidcam is not as enlightening (although a lot safer) than having your head and chest exposed to the elements, and any firepower the enemy sends your way. But experienced video gamers are skilled at whipping that screen view around, and picking up any signs of danger. Iraqis are amazed at how observant CROWS is. Iraqis tend to just wrote this off as another example of American "magic."

Many Iraqis, especially the bad guys, get distressed while watching a CROWS turret being exercised by some video game addict inside the vehicle. That's because the most noticeable part of CROWS, as it swivels and "looks" around, is the machine-gun. Many Iraqis don't even recognize the vidcam and other sensors. They think the machine-gun is, well, sort of R2D2 with a bad attitude and a license to kill.

Meanwhile, inside vehicles like the Stryker, the troops do feel like they are in another world. The Stryker is air conditioned, well equipped with electronics (including a sound system you can plug an iPod into) and a lot nicer than the nastiness outside.

Blago loses FOID card

This is one of these rare occasions when reading the news really puts a smile on your face:

Governor Blagojevich Arrested (TV20Detroit)

Agents arrested Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich in his home today. He's accused among other things, of trying to sell Barack Obama's vacated Senate seat. The FBI used wiretaps to catch him attempting to profit from the sale.

Blagojevich has been released on his own recognaissance.
He had to give up his passport, and his
firearm owner ID card.

Blagojevich, one of the biggest gun grabbing morons in the country who was advocating for a total handgun ban in Illinois while in the same time was giving FOID cards only to his rich and powerful friends and was packing heat himself, loses what was left of his Second Amendment Right in his home state.... that is sweet revenge.

H/T Dr.Rockso

Saturday, December 13, 2008

0bama's Own Cabinet Member: He's An Immigrant

Slip of the tongue destined to become an instant classic, courtesy of Bill Richardson, Obama cabinet member:

Adopt Mr. Spock and boldly go where no human has gone before!

Spock is a very friendly, extremely smart and good natured 1 year old black Giant Schnauzer. He does good with children and will be a very good play pal and guardian for them. His energy level is high and he needs a home with a backyard and somebody to walk or run with him everyday. Although not aggressive, Spock is very attentive and protective of his home and human friends. He is a very fast learner: he learned how to use the doggy door in just a few short minutes and how to walk on the leash keeping the pace with our other two Giants from the very first day.

Spock also is a little bit of a clown: he knows how to shake paws, how to move his ears independently from one another and stay up on the rear legs. Did I mentioned he even has a white spot on his chest that looks like a bow tie?

Spock will follow you everywhere you go; if there ever was dog deserving the title of velcro dog, Spock is the one. He will need a little bit of training as he is a little bit of a thief and he raids the kitchen counter when left unsupervised; but that's only the consequence of the bad times and severe malnoursishment he suffered before being rescued. I am sure that with just a little love and training Spock will learn how to use his charm in order to get an extra treat instead of surfing the kitchen counter.

Spock does well with female dogs and even with male dogs that are not aggressive. However, if provoked and attacked he will defend himself - Spock is not a submissive dog.
If you want a GS that will protect, entertain and worship you and your children like Gods, Spock is the dog for the job.

If you want to adopt Spock, please contact Southern California Giant Schnauzer Rescue

Friday, December 5, 2008

Lego-Style Terrorist Figurine Sparks Muslim Outrage

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A Lego-style figurine resembling terrorist strapped with explosives and made by a small American company has caused an uproar among Muslims and non-Muslims alike.

The controversial miniature figure, created by Seattle-based Will Chapman as part of his BrickArms military fighters line, is a bearded militant with a face-covering hood, a tiny toy assault rifle, a little grenade launcher and plastic bombs that can be attached to an explosives belt.

The character is called "Bandit — Mr. White" and sells for $14.

The jarring toy has outraged the British Muslim organization known as the Ramadhan Foundation, which called the figurine "absolutely disgusting," according to Sky News.

The foundation's chief executive, Mohammed Shafiq, complained that the toy is "glorifying terrorism."

"I don't think there's any difference between someone that shouts hatred through a megaphone and someone that creates a doll that glorifies terrorists," he told Sky.

"As a parent myself, I'm going to teach my children respect for the law and respect for each and every community. These are the lessons parents should be giving to their children — not lessons about weapons and violence."

Chapman, a father of three who operates the company from the Seattle suburb of Redmond, Wash., bristles at the notion that he is celebrating terrorism.

"We do not sell an 'Osama bin Laden' miniature figure," he wrote in an e-mail to FOXNews.com. "We sell a generic bad guy minifigure with a Ninja scarf head wrap, the same minifigure that we have been selling for over a year now, with no associated 'outrage.'

"It does not represent anything; it is simply a bandit — a bad guy for the good guys to battle. Attempt to assign it a 'personality' only serves to create controversy that does not exist."

On his Web site, he explains that his 9-year-old son gave him the idea for the toy line, which includes 31 different Lego-style weapons and a variety of military figurines.

He told FOXNews.com that BrickArms is a "family-owned and family-run business."

"We started in 2006, when one of our sons expressed an interest in military history and weaponry of the WW2 era," he wrote. "He wanted to recreate scenes from history, with his LEGO bricks and figures, so he and I designed the first of many of our BrickArms miniature toy weapon replicas."

Other figurines in the line are World War II fighters, U.S. Marines and even a Nazi SS officer.

LEGO issued a statement Thursday saying that the company isn't associated with the BrickArms toys.

"BrickArms is not licensed by LEGO Group to customize LEGO figures and has no links to the LEGO brand," the statement said.

"The LEGO Group is committed to developing toys which enrich childhood by encouraging imaginative and creative play — and does not endorse products that do not fit with this philosophy."

Now, why is Ramadhan Foundation assuming that the terrorist figure is a Muslim??? ;)

H/T Glocktalk

Video: Plaxico Burress On Gun Safety

Some tips on gun safety from New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress.



Three Rifles That Made History Compared Side By Side
(you won't see this on History Channel's special History Of The Gun)

The AK

The AR

The Mosin Nagant

(AK) It works though you have never cleaned it. Ever.
(AR) You have $9 per ounce special non-detergent synthetic Teflon infused oil for cleaning.
(Mosin Nagant) It was last cleaned in Berlin in 1945.
(AK)You are able to hit the broad side of a barn from inside.
(AR)You are able to hit the broad side of a barn from 600 meters.
(Mosin Nagant)You can hit the farm from two counties over.
(AK)Cheap mags are fun to buy.
(AR)Cheap mags melt.
(Mosin Nagant)What's a mag?
(AK)Your safety can be heard from 300 meters away.
(AR)You can silently flip off the safety with your finger on the trigger.
(Mosin Nagant)What's a safety?
(AK)Your rifle comes with a cheap nylon sling.
(AR)Your rifle has a 9 point stealth tactical suspension system.
(Mosin Nagant)You rifle has dog collars.
(AK)Your bayonet makes a good wire cutter.
(AR)Your bayonet is actually a pretty good steak knife.
(Mosin Nagant)Your bayonet is longer than your leg.
(AK)You can put a .30" hole through 12" of oak, if you can hit it.
(AR)You can put one hole in a paper target at 100 meters with 30 rounds.
(Mosin Nagant)You can knock down everyone else's target with the shock wave of your bullet going downrange.
(AK)When out of ammo your rifle will nominally pass as a club.
(AR)When out of ammo, your rifle makes a great wiffle bat.
(Mosin Nagant)When out of ammo, your rifle makes a supreme war club, pike, boat oar, tent pole, or firewood.
(AK)Recoil is manageable, even fun.
(AR)What's recoil?
(Mosin Nagant)Recoil is often used to relocated shoulders thrown out by the previous shot.
(AK)Your sight adjustment goes to "10", and you've never bothered moving it.
(AR)Your sight adjustment is incremented in fractions of minute of angle.
(Mosin Nagant)Your sight adjustment goes to 12 miles and you've actually tried it.
(AK)Your rifle can be used by any two bit nation's most illiterate conscripts to fight elite forces worldwide.
(AR)Your rifle is used by elite forces worldwide to fight two bit nations' most illiterate conscripts.
(Mosin Nagant)Your rifle has fought against itself and won every time.
(AK)Your rifle won some revolutions.
(AR)Your rifle won the Cold War.
(Mosin Nagant)Your rifle won a pole vault event.
(AK)You paid $350.
(AR)You paid $900.
(Mosin Nagant)You paid $59.95.
(AK)You buy cheap ammo by the case.
(AR)You lovingly reload precision crafted rounds one by one.
(Mosin Nagant)You dig your ammo out of a farmer's field in Ukraine and it works just fine.
(AK)You can intimidate your foe with the bayonet mounted.
(AR)You foes laugh when you mount your bayonet.
(Mosin Nagant)You can bayonet your foe on the other side of the river without leaving the comfort of your hole.
(AK)Service life, 50 years.
(AR)Service life, 40 years.
(Mosin Nagant)Service life, 100 years, and counting.
(AK)It's easier to buy a new rifle when you want to change cartridge sizes.
(AR)You can change cartridge sizes with the push of a couple of pins and a new upper.
(Mosin Nagant)You believe no real man would dare risk the ridicule of his friends by suggesting there is anything but 7.62x54r.
(AK)You can repair your rifle with a big hammer and a swift kick.
(AR)You can repair your rifle by taking it to a certified gunsmith, it's under warranty!
(Mosin Nagant)If your rifle breaks, you buy a new one.
(AK)You consider it a badge of honor when you get your handguards to burst into flames.
(AR)You consider it a badge of honor when you shoot a sub-MOA 5 shot group.
(Mosin Nagant)You consider it a badge of honor when you cycle 5 rounds without the aid of a 2x4.
(AK)After a long day the range you relax by watching "Red Dawn".
(AR)After a long day at the range you relax by watching "Blackhawk Down".
(Mosin Nagant)After a long day at the range you relax by visiting the chiropractor.
(AK)After cleaning your rifle you have a strong urge for a stiff shot of Vodka.
(AR)After cleaning your rifle you have a strong urge for hotdogs and apple pie.
(Mosin Nagant)After cleaning your rifle you have a strong urge for shishkabob.
(AK)You can accessorize you rifle with a new muzzle brake or a nice stock set.
(AR)Your rifle's accessories are eight times more valuable than your rifle.
(Mosin Nagant)Your rifle's accessory is a small tin can with a funny lid, but it's buried under an apartment building somewhere in Budapest.
(AK)Your rifle's finish is varnish and paint.
(AR)Your rifle's finish is Teflon and high tech polymers.
(Mosin Nagant)Your rifle's finish is low grade shellac, cosmoline and Olga's toe nails.
(AK)Your wife tolerates your autographed framed picture of Mikhail Kalashnikov.
(AR)Your wife tolerates your autographed framed picture of Eugene Stoner.
(Mosin Nagant)You're not sure there WERE cameras to photograph Sergei Mosin.
(AK)Late at night you sometimes have to fight the urge to hold your rifle over your head and shout "Wolverines!"
(AR)Late at night you sometimes have to fight the urge to clear your house, slicing the pie from room to room.
(Mosin Nagant)Late at night, you sometimes have to fight the urge to dig a fighting trench in the the yard to sleep in.
There you have it. In the end, it is clear to any open minded inquirer that the Mosin Nagant is the most superior weapon of all time, but the AR and the AK come out as a draw when compared side by side.

Music Video: The Black Cloud Of Islam

The Black Cloud Of Islam
Music and lyrics: Roy Harper

Well I'm sick to the teeth of the news on the screen
of the Hezbollah scum and Jihad the obscene
whose men plant the bombs and then live feeling free
to watch women and children be killed on TV.

Which Satan delivers a child a death curse
in the name of a worn out collection of verse?
I've not read the book so I cannot recite
but I'd bet Salman Rushdie is just about right
underneath the black cloud of Islam

What kind of publicity needs so much blood
that's not for some sad diabolical god
selling himself as a two-bit Macbeth
as the expert in sentencing cousins to death

And what kind of god can this be anyway
that you have to prostrate to it five times a day
with hate in your heart and a gun in your hand
is force the only thing to understand
underneath the black cloud of Islam?

And the butchers who've got all this blood on their hands
are the ones who need god to be stood where he stands
blessing this kidnapping, murder and war
with books written hundreds of ages before

And women in veils walking paces behind
doesn't sit easy in my kind of mind
it speaks of oppression and no other choice
than rigid compliance with the loudest voice
underneath the black cloud of Islam

And you can put a lead bullet clean through this guitar
'cos I'm not overjoyed with the story so far
sharing a world with the nutters of god
is as good as being six feet under the sod

And words that are written are all here to stay
and these are the latest there are anyway
and I am the prophet so don't believe me
I'm the same as the old ones expect that I'm free
to give you a piece of my mind which is this
you're the worst of Jehova's blind witlessnesses
with your feet in the door of the deepest abyss
which is underneath, which is underneath,
which is underneath the Black Cloud Of Islam

Sounds too critical of the Religion Of Pieces?

'We Were Lined Up and Shot'

Details are emerging about the horrific ordeals faced by many of the victims of the Mumbai atrocities: Mumbai family tells ordeal.

‘The terrorists then rounded up anyone alive (about 20 people) and made them climb the service staircase to the 19th floor. On reaching the 18th floor landing they made the people line up against a wall.
‘One terrorist then positioned himself on the staircase going up from the landing and the other on the staircase going down from the landing.
‘Then, in a scene right out of the Holocaust, they simultaneously opened fire on the people. My father was towards the centre of the line with his two friends on either side. Out of reflex, or presence of mind, he ducked as soon as the firing began.
‘One bullet grazed his neck, and he fell to the floor as his two friends and several other bodies piled on top of him. The terrorists then pumped another series of bullets into the heap of bodies to finish the job.
‘This time a bullet hit my father in the back hip. Bent almost in double, crushed by the weight of the bodies above him, and suffocating in the torrent of blood rushing down on him from the various bodies my father held on for 10 minutes while the terrorists left the area.

Read the rest here

Thursday, December 4, 2008

A Little Town In Georgia Where The Mumbai Terrorists Would Have Been Dead In Minutes Not Days

From Digital Journal, a great piece on the advantages of living in an armed to the teeth little town:

Welcome to Kennesaw, Georgia – We’re Packin’

In 1981, Morton Grove, IL passed a law prohibiting citizens within the city limits to own firearms. In response, the city council of Kennesaw, GA unanimously passed a city ordinance in 1982 requiring heads of households to own at least one firearm with ammunition. The crime rate in Kennesaw at the time was already quite low, with only 11 burglaries per 1,000 residents in 1981; but nonetheless, the crime rate dropped even lower (by 89%) after the ordinance was passed.

In 1998, Decatur, GA, (another Atlanta suburb with a population of comparable size to that of Kennesaw) reported 4,049 property crimes per 100,000 residents, while Kennesaw had merely 243 property crimes per 100,000 (that is .243 per 1,000). In contrast, Morton Grove has a crime rate of about 10 times that of Kennesaw.

For the liberals with the American Civil Liberties Union on speed dial, slow down and don’t get your panties in a bunch. The ACLU has already taken the city of Kennesaw to federal court over the city ordinance, but Kennesaw won.

I can’t stand violence. You couldn’t drag me to a theater showing of “Friday the Thirteenth,” or “Texas Chainsaw Massacre.” No thank you! Personal gun ownership isn’t about participating in violence, it is about stopping violence. It is about protecting yourself from those who are violent.

The Second Amendment in our Bill of Rights is actually all about the citizens protecting themselves against government. If you take away the ability of a citizenry to protect themselves from government, those citizens have no way to practice their ability to control their government. In other words, we have no way of protecting our Constitutional rights. In fact, it is also American citizens owning guns, that acts as a big deterrent to our enemies who would ponder the idea of invading our country.

I know this sweet, young college girl with great wisdom and a heart of gold, who was mortified when I told her about the ordinance. She also lives in Kennesaw. After patiently listening to all the “compassion” and logic she could muster about how wrong this was, and all the violence caused by guns, I just asked her a few questions.

“How about you put a sign in your front yard that reads, ‘This house has no alarm system, no guns, and no dogs’” I asked. She didn’t like that idea. “When was the last time you heard of a shooting range being robbed?” I asked. She hadn’t heard of such a thing.

I went on to explain to her that criminals do not think like she does. If a law stated that she could not have a gun, then she would follow the law, and not have a gun. This is not how criminals think. Those who would use a gun to harm others in an unlawful way are already committed to not following the law. I just love watching the light bulb go off in someone’s head.

So you liberal, metro-sexual guys with all that compassion and understanding can leave the safety of your families up to chance. Give me a pistol-packin' man like former Mayor Leonard Church of Kennesaw any day!