04 August 2007

Army Agrees to M4 Sand Test Shoot-Off

Interesting! It would appear that someone was able to convince the powers that be that there might be a better way....

The shoot off will test the capabilities of the M4/M16 operating system against three other rifles: the Heckler and Koch-built HK416, the FNH USA-designed Mk16 SOCOM Combat Assault Rifle and the previously-shelved, H&K-manufactured XM8 carbine.
My bet is that the HK416 gets the nod.

For one thing, it will probably be the least expensive choice. You can use existing lowers and just plop the new upper on top. For another, you won't have to retrain your entire military to use a new weapon system; again, very cost efficient. But then, on the other hand, when has that ever made a difference???

03 August 2007

The USPS is Just Another Government Agency

I'm SO pissed off at my mail carrier right now, I could, um, go postal? Okay, not THAT mad, but pretty ticked. And it's MY blog, so I can rant all I want. Here's the deal. My home backs up to a greenbelt, and I live on a corner lot. I share a driveway with my neighbor, and my garage is around back. There are 4 automobiles in the household. I can cram 3 in the back, but one has to park out front. I've provided informative illustrations below:

My former mail carrier, Don, was a great guy, and understood that I can't keep the front of the house clear all the time, with kids, friends, and neighbors needing to park in front. I enjoyed visiting with him, and he knew everyone in the neighborhood, and I considered him a neighbor.
My current mail carrier, Deborah, is not so understanding. In fact, I'd classify her as a lazy government employee, who could stand to get out of her truck every once in a while - it's exercise (hint, hint).She has refused to deliver mail, and quoted USPS policy that requires the drive-up to the mailbox to be clear. I do what I can, but I just don't have control over people parking in front of my house.

What's worse, she's refused to deliver mail because the garbage man left the garbage bin in the street. I kid you not.

I've called and complained before, and it's gotten better for a while, then she goes back to quoting policy. I do what I can to ask people to keep the front clear, but it's MY DAMNED HOUSE. I should be able to park in front of it, and not have my mail held hostage because someone is too lazy to step out of her truck. I argued with her manager today, and he's a policy-quoter, too. "If we had to get out of the truck for everyone, we'd never get the mail delivered." No kidding, Steve-o, but not everyone has a 12-foot curb in front of their house like I do! He said he'd talk to Deborah, and drive by and take a look at the street.

I told him my next step was to put up a sign that says, "Please don't park in front of my house, because my mail carrier is too lazy to get out of her truck."

"Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds." Just don't ask them to go one iota above the minimum required effort every once in a while.

Another Clown Car

LITTLE ROCK - An Arkansas couple had a baby daughter Thursday — their 17th child and seventh girl — and the pair say they're still not ready to give it a rest.

These people are taking the phrase "go forth and multiply" seriously. But hey, at least they're not popping out one crack-baby after another or living off the state:

Jennifer joins the fast-growing Duggar brood, who live in a 7,000-square-foot (650-square-meter) home in Tontitown. All the children — whose names start with the letter J — are taught at home.


Just sayin'...

If you go to the gym in the morning and have to put gel in your hair and wear a cute little golf cap to try and look cool....

Your masculinity is in doubt.

Carry on.

02 August 2007

Religion of Peace update

So what do you think dissent under an islamic government would be like? Here's a sneak peek:

Say something bad about islam - even if it's true - and you'll be threatened, bullied and sue you into the ground. And that's in a country that's not ruled by islam. If you were to dare to question islam in an islamic country, we all know that you're just as likely to have your head cut off or be stoned to death.