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February 10, 2006

Crew Quiz

It seems to have beome a habit of mine to riff off of the Vodkapundit lately. Well, he's a good read... :)

Anyway, he tipped me off to an interesting quiz. I was kinda bummed I didn't score higher for the Falcon, but at least I didn't get stuck in the "happy, happy; joy, joy" world of Star Trek! Heh.

You scored as Serenity (Firefly). You like to live your own way and don't enjoy when anyone but a friend tries to tell you should do different. Now if only the Reavers would quit trying to skin you.

Serenity (Firefly)

88%
SG-1 (Stargate)
75%
Nebuchadnezzar (The Matrix)

69%
Babylon 5 (Babylon 5)

69%
Deep Space Nine (Star Trek)

56%
Millennium Falcon (Star Wars)

56%
Moya (Farscape)

56%
Enterprise D (Star Trek)

50%
Bebop (Cowboy Bebop)

44%
Galactica (Battlestar: Galactica)

44%
FBI's X-Files Division (The X-Files)

25%
Andromeda Ascendant (Andromeda)

19%

Your Ultimate Sci-Fi Profile II: which sci-fi crew would you best fit in? (pics)
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No good deed...

...goes unpunished.

That saying sounds funny, until you run into a real-world example.

Some dimwit JAG (judge advocate general, AKA armed forces lawyer) decided that open-tip rounds were the same as hollow-point rounds. The difference is that open-tips are designed for accuracy, while hollow-points are designed for greater damage after impact. The latter also violate the Geneva Conventions.

The dilweed in question, known only as "Maj. Card," decided the twain were one and the same thing, and banned the use of open-tip rounds by snipers.

One man, Sgt. Arthur J. Hushen (a sniper currently serving in Iraq) blew the whistle on this decision, and his citation of of a 1985 US Army memo helped to reverse the ban.

Alas, after this Sgt. Hushen was accused of violating security for identifying the 4th Infantry Division on the internet. He was later cleared after issuing his own statement, but has still been removed as team leader, and all sniper duties.

It's a good thing he didn't do anything, wrong, or anything, no?

Hat tip, and a big thanks to Blackfive for covering this...

February 23, 2006

It's not just Holocaust Denial, God Damn it!

One of the things which really irks me are historical hair-splitters who claim things like "Hitler was never democratically elected to power."

For all the Monday-morning-quarterbacking, Hitler was -in fact- legitimately elected to his defined job of Chancellor, according to the Weimar Republic.

And, despite the revisionist whining, the leader of the NSDAP followed all proper parilmentary rules and procedures while gaining the office of Chancellor.

The mistake the other parties made was that they expected Adolf to actually honor his promises.

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