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Sunday, August 10, 2014

I've Gotta Say It;

     Let's be honest; Islam is a religion of nutjobs. Any organization that codifies, within its tenets, the ownership of another human being is, by definition, an immoral institution that needs to be eradicated. I don't care if it's The Caliphate or The Confederacy, it's got to go.

   If the reports out of Iraq, regarding the brutality of ISIS, are true, then they should be exterminated like a pack of mad dogs. Beheadings? Crucifixions? Women turned into chattel? Chase every swinging dick down and put a bullet in them. Allowing these assholes to run around unchecked is just asking for trouble to come to our shores.

    Now, in the interest of full disclosure, I have never held any love for Muslims. The best that I could muster was apathy. I can still remember watching the news coverage of the '72 Olympics when the Black September group attacked the Israeli team. I joined the Army in response to our embassy being taken in Iran. When the Marine Barracks in Beirut was bombed, we were put on alert. Every one of us was ready to go avenge our comrades in arms. I can see Robert Stethem being dumped on the tarmac like it happened yesterday. The horror of the events on the Achille Lauro, the bombing of La Belle Disco in West Berlin, Pan Am Flight 103, and on, and on, and on.

    That said, I don't think one more American boot should be on the ground in Iraq unless we go in with the intent of bringing them a taste of Total War, American Style. Like the man said, "War to the knife, and knife to the hilt!" After all, Germany and Japan were once our enemies, it took total war to bring them to their knees, and now they are staunch allies.

    Unfortunately, our current leaders don't have the stomach or the balls to deal with these people with the utter ruthlessness that would be necessary. Our government has this weird need for our enemies to like us. As far as I'm concerned, they can like us or hate us, as long as they fear us, it's all good.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

It Seems That American Businesses Never Have The Money...

....to do something right, but they always have the money to do it twice. Seriously, it's like they took a page out of the US Government's manual on business management, and incorporated it into their own practices.

    Case in point: Remington Arms Company. Specifically, the R51 Semi-Automatic Pistol.

    On the surface, this thing should have been a winner. It had slim, sleek lines, good sights, a good trigger, and was touted as being one of the easiest semi-autos for women to manipulate. Based on a Remington design from the early 20th century, it promised to be The Next Big Thing in firearms.

    The gun rags featured it on their covers, raved about its ergonomics, beauty, and the novelty of making an old design new again. What they didn't talk about was how well it functioned. Those few writers that actually got to take it to the range couched their descriptions with such weasel words as "teething problems" and extolled the virtue of "only" a couple of jams.

    As with too many things these days, it was a good idea, but poorly executed.

    My own experience was limited to the three examples that came into my place of employment. All three had universally bad triggers, retracting the slide felt like dragging a railroad tie down a gravel road, and the grip safety required a vice-like grip to activate. All three sold, and all three came back for a refund.

    Now, Remington is re-releasing the R51. It's even featured on the cover of the August issue of Guns Magazine, a huge credibility risk for them. And, indeed, it seems that Remington is trying to undo the debacle; according to The Truth About Guns, they have worked out the bugs and it will be all better now. They're even willing to replace all of the substandard ones with the new version. Let's hope that the bugs are worked out, because, while the current iteration of the R51 won't do much damage to a target, it may have irreparably damaged Remington Arms reputation while simultaneously destroying the credibility of the dead tree gun rags.