Archive for April 2007

Shooting at tanks

I agree with Murdoc: I don’t find the story that people are shooting at tanks to be credible. I know that people used to shoot at railcars marked “Explosives”. Even if that rail car blew up, it wouldn’t blow up in your lap. Tanks, on the other hand, deliver thier explosives to you before they blow up.

Also, you have between one and three firearms on you, usually. Most of them are at most, .30-06. An Abrams MBT has a 120mm smoothbore cannon and no less than two .50 machine guns. It also has a sophisticated targetting computer and thermal imaging sights. It will find you. That is why I don’t think the story is credible. If people are shooting at the tanks, and the tanks can’t identify them, then the tanks need to stay on the training ground longer. These guys aren’t running around hiding under thermal camo using sophisticated sniper techinques. If they exist, they are the sort of yahoo who is stupid enough to shoot at a tank (by definition.)

So don’t ban guns. Change the rules of engagement on the training grounds. Post big signs that say in red block letters:

IF YOU SHOOT AT A TANK
IT WILL SHOOT BACK

LETHAL FORCE AUTHORIZED

And the problem is solved.

BLACKFIVE on Britain

Muddy Thinking

McQ fisks Balko:

… built back up into a proper, orders-taking, unquestioning drone.

The obvious rebuttal to this is “drones don’t dissent”. But again, Balko’s statement is simply a myth which I would assume is based on an unfounded assumption of how he thinks the Army works. If you think, as a leader in the military, that you can give orders which will be unquestioningly and unhesitatingly followed by anyone, you’re simply not at all familiar with the military. Heck, you haven’t even watched many war movies (“I’m giving you a direct order!”).

First, one of the strengths of our military is we encourage our soldiers to think and take the initiative. Drones don’t do that … they wait for orders. Secondly, we pound into our soldiers heads the difference between moral and immoral orders (murder is still murder in the military) and lawful and unlawful orders. Not only are they expected to refuse immoral and unlawful orders, they’re liable if they obey them. Drones don’t differentiate those subtleties nor are they held accountable for them.

There is one place that I see this mentality over and over, and it is in the conspiracy theorist. This is where the Truthers fall completely flat. If you know one thing about the military man, know this: your average soldier is not amoral. In fact, he is more moral than your average man on the street. Soldiers have a right and a duty to disobey illegal orders. Any order to commit a warcrime is an illegal order.

If you believe that the US military destroyed the World Trade Center, then you have to believe that a significant portion of our military, police, and firefighters are, at best, amoral. The biggest example to me is the sniper. People like to think that snipers are cold-blooded assassins for hire. They have no problem believing that military snipers killed JFK and Martin Luther King and any number of other political figures. And this is simply wrong. Snipers know the difference between a military operation and murder. They understand all the ins and outs of posse comitatus. A US military sniper is not going to accept a mission to assasinate a US political figure, and they are not going to accept any mission that requires them to attack a target in the US. Period. If you want that job done, you find a police sniper, like Lon Horiuchi, who killed the family at Ruby Ridge and is believed by many (including me) to have killed people at Waco. Police snipers are trained to shoot at American citizens in the United States. And even they wouldn’t take on a purely political assassination. You have to convince them that the target is a criminal (which I think that Horiuchi wrongly believed.)

What disturbs me the most is that I think that a lot of people believe these things because of projection. Because they would like to have a job that removes them from having to make decisions on morality, they want to believe that there are people out there who are free from having to make those choices. If those people exist, they aren’t in the US military.

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RMS Pointers

If you are listening to the The Russ Martin Show and googled these phrases trying to figure out what is going on, here’s some pointers.

  • Sorry Man (as Elvis): Bubba Ho-Tep
  • Thank you, nice lady… nice ass.: Smokey and the Bandit
  • The Oh No A Negro Song: The song Clansmen play when they need help
  • I need unguent: Fargo
  • “This is the worst day of my life”: The last thing you think when you fall out of plane without a parachute
  • The closet at Dennys: One of the places Clo has woken up at after blacking out

If I think of more, I’ll list them.

Update:

  • Pinball Machine: The Accused
  • Cowpattie Daddy: Russ’ old CB Handle

The only GRINDHOUSE Review You Need

For HMT:

DEATH PROOF is about this dude, Driver Mike, and he’s played by Kurt Plissken, and goddamn but that dude just gets more bad-ass as he gets older. You know how Sly Stallone kind of looks like Bea Arthur now, and Jean-Claude Van Damme looks like Ally Sheedy? Well, Kurt Plissken looks like a dumpster full of drop kicks. He could fuck a bulldozer into eight Mini Coopers.