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17th December 2007

12:04am: He Might Never Get It...

No, there really are some people whose deaths should be celebrated because they leave the world a better place--Hitler and his ilk being the most obvious. Phelps, certainly. Falwell a gray area.

And no, Stalin and Mao were not the slightest bit atheist. They regarded themselves as next to God. See Chavez for a second rate modern day version. So, no, people have not been killed in the name of atheism. They were killed in the name of communism, nazism or some other ism.

I often joke about the crusade between the atheists and agnostics. The atheists charging up the hill screaming, "THERE IS NO GOD!" while the agnostics charge down screaming, "WELL, THERE MIGHT BE!"

Nope. Never going to happen.

One gets out of religion exactly what one puts into it, as Sept 11 proved. It makes the good slightly better and the evil much worse.
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Ah, well, at least he's trying. And I don't hate him for being wrong.

I think that's the important part in all this.
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9:07am: And He Certainly Never Got It...

Republican White House hopeful John McCain said he wants "a crash program" in civilian and military schools that emphasizes language and creates a "new specialty in strategic interrogation" so the nation never feels the need for torture.


The US HAS an interrogator, MOS 97E, now combined with COINTEL. Learning Farsi or such takes about a year. Learning interrogation takes about a year. So talking about a "Crash course" in it marks him as a moron, unless he'd like it done badly. (We could skip the clearances and background checks for a "crash course." Good idea?)

Trim force to chase terrorists? That's the Special Operations Command. It takes a couple of years to train someone for that, too.

So, if none of this existed (and it's existed since long before McCain joined), it would be available at the earliest about 2012, assuming we could find cadre to teach it.

But since they already exist and are in use, it just proves the man's a moron talking out of his ass.

And as a vet, he has no excuse for not being informed about this.
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5:11pm: Harsh Language Follows
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11:52pm: On Sporterizing Rifles
This will probably tick off a few people, notably the purist pansies who wet their pants at the sight of a replacements stock.

"Sporterizing," or "Bubba-izing" is the art/science/hobby of taking an old military rifle, and making it more modern or appropriate for hunting. Let's face it: A full-length, clamped-down stock on a 29" barrel, with a bayonet mount, is not needed for hunting, detrimental to target shooting and usually not very comfortable. Unless you plan to shoot dry then club your opponent to death, it's not really needed.

Now, no one would argue against maintaining rifles of certain value in original condition--ones with provenance, rare armory stamps, maker's marks, or all matching and original marks. Those are obviously collectors' pieces.

But when you get a milsurp with mismatched numbers, like a Russian-captured, former Weimar Nazi K98, or a re-arsenaled Turk or any Mosin Nagant M44 or such, the retail price is generally between $50 and $200. So what's the loss?

The STUPIDEST such I've seen was a bunch of nutjobs buying $25 Gew88 Commission Rifles, with no bolts and broken stocks, to "preserve" them. It's a rifle that's not well understood, not well regarded, and held in an odd mix of fear and contempt by morons in the community. I have three at this point, which I shoot with milsurp ammo all day long, and have for 22 years, ignoring the Dire Warnings about how it will explode and rip a hole in the space-time continuum if I do, such thing it has never done.

$25, and you want to "preserve" it? It's IN PIECES and being sold as scrap. This is like buying a junkyard car with no engine, missing panels and a rusted frame to "preserve" it, then never fixing it to keep it "original." It is the ultimate flag of a total redneck hick.

Let me draw a parallel here--a lot of people anthropomorphize these rifles as "Veterans" of such and such a war. And I'm cool with that. It's fascinating and awesome to know these tools have served, and hopefully saved some guy's life while someone was trying to snuff it.

But using that comparison, would you take a battle-wounded vet, refuse to give him cosmetic surgery for burns, refuse a prosthesis, and argue with him, "No, no! We want to preserve you AS YOU ARE as a hero!"

Why, I'm sure he'd be thrilled with that idea. Not.

Taken to the extreme some guys do, of not even cleaning and oiling the stock, you could refuse to allow vets to do PT and work at the gym to get fitter and healthier. After all, "better" isn't "original."

I have 16 1893 Turkish Mausers here, and I'm proud to say I've got 3 in reasonably original shape that will stay that way, and 13 who are getting therapy and dates with mills, lathes, grinders, sanders, dip tanks and buffers.

If you were a rifle, would you rather be a cosmoline-soaked, worn, tired, abused piece of crap with mismatched parts only appreciated by a tiny clique of specialists, or a sexy 2 MOA range queen with a glistening blue finish and quilted walnut stock?
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