About the two submachine guns designed by Dr Marian Jurek while he served with the Free Polish and British Armies 1942-47. But we are in conference, so the time available has scrolled away from us. The good news is the post will get done today, just not till later.
Nothing will avail the Ukrainians. We have no talent and no gravitas in foreign policy these days, and they are “a land far away, and a people of whom we know nothing.” Not to mention that the nearest US forces are in the Med, where top-level waffling has left them to observe the extermination of pro-Western Syrian rebels, so all that’s left is Putin’s client Assad, and rebarbative Islamists. If we sound like we’re angry at the Russian leader, we’re not. He’s doing what a Russian president should, looking out for Russian interests. Unfortunately, so is ours. The Presidential failure is entirely on our side of the ocean.
It’s the Sudetenland, or maybe the Rhineland. So we have one to four years before the balloon goes up overall.
We were expecting this to be a very truncated week, with a lot of posts or words or value for the reader. That’s because we were pressed for time by a real world project.
The good news is we managed to deliver at least an average week; maybe even a better-than-average week. The bad news is, we did that mostly by posting the easy little react-to-headline stories, and not much in the way of real gun contact.
The links will probably be live when the post goes live. If not, they will all be enlivened by Sunday midnight, or we’ll shoot the dog; to find the posts scroll down. Enjoy!
The Boring Statistics
Our article count was 27, but we don’t have a count on last week’s numbers, so there’s no comparisons this week. Word count was over 23,000, thanks in part to a near-5000 word post from the Ukrainian Church. Six posts were over 1,000 words, none but the church post over 2,000. There was only one double-digit wordcount post, fewer than usual. This was a much more robust week than we expected to accomplish, given our workload.
The mean and median post sizes were 865 and 828 respectively, quite high numbers. There was only one sub-100-word post, and 8 total sub-500-word posts (down from 12). We exceeded our desired objective of 19 posts by 7. The second month of the year ended this week. We had 87,586 hits in the short month of February, and 164,057 for the year. So far this year we’ve had over 230 blog posts, and well over 1000 comments.
Comments are 126; last week they were 127 as of press time, although last week’s posts have now attracted additional comments (total 139), so that’s about average. There’s always some posts that have a long tail; after some months the system is set to shut commenting off.
We always say this, but it bears repeating: Thanks for commenting!
Most Commented Post of the Week
We had no most commented post but a two-way tie, both with 10 comments, Hickenlooper in Denial over MagPul, etc., departure, and Guess how the VA solved their backlog problem? There’s less of a have/have-not distribution than usual this week with 10 posts having 7 or more comments, although two posts, one Piers Morgan Circles the Drain and the other the Ukrainian Churchman on Events in Ukraine, which we suspect got the tl;dr treatment from most of you. It was an interesting, and hopeful, interview; we suspect the good Metropolitan’s hope has taken a good bash from subsequent events. (President Obama skipped a national security staff meeting on Ukraine today — must have had a higher priority, like a game of shirts vs. skins b-ball, or a tee time — but he did spend 90 minutes on the phone begging Putin to stop taking his lunch money. Putin demurred).
Another reporter concern-trolling the Ukrainian protesters’ arms. one of the most bizarre angles in the whole Ukrainian mess was the degree to which Acela Corridor American writers were up in arms about the fact that the Ukrainians were up in arms. Your typical Beltway American is happy to have some boot to lick, and expects everyone else in the world feels that way too.
Saturday, we told the story of A Unit Like No Other (or, a little bit of the story). The unit was the 39th Special Forces Company (classsified name) aka Detachment A, Berlin Brigade (cover name) and it existed all but behind enemy lines from 1956 to 1984.
Much of what it did can’t be told, but at least its existence can now be celebrated and memorialized. So there is that.
Saturday, the prepared post didn’t “execute” due to editor error, so we just put it up (backdated) today. Busy busy busy.
A while ago a commenter asked how to access RSS feed of WeaponsMan.com.
We didn’t answer because we didn’t actually know how to access our own RSS feed. Since RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication, we felt, well, more than just “really” simple. But we hate not understanding something; when we had some downtime we applied our brain stems to the task and think we’ve doped it out.
You may not need RSS to keep up. We try to publish to a schedule, with four posts a work day and one on Sunday. But sometimes the posts are published late and back-slotted to the usual times (0600, 1100, 1400, and 1800 daily, with the last one being the most wobbly).
If you have an RSS reader, you can get all WeaponsMan posts by giving it this link to chew on:
And so the WeaponsMan will be weaponizing the kitchen, with intent to produce chicken parmagiana and pasta for the crowd… special set-aside for the niece who is turned off by red sauce. We are not exactly that Emerald La Gast dude here. In fact, diners will probably insist on counting the chef’s fingers before digging in to the meat sauce.
O ye of little faith!
After dinner there may be some snowshoeing and skiing in the back 40. (Forty what, we’re not sayin’.) Or we may just sit and catch up. It will be good, “irregardless,” as generations of stolid but non-too-bright NCOs like to put it.
This past week we got a bit nuked by schedule. On the plus side, it is truly good to have work in meatworld picking up. On the minus side, we can work for dollars or continue to entertain ourselves and our dozens of followers worldwide with the blog. We’ve tried to bank a few posts for future tight spots, but they quickly run out. If we have to, we’ll take a hit to the current four-posts-per-workday schedule and roll it back a bit.
But only if we have to.
Hope you are all enjoying your families this fine Sunday.
This is going to be a shorter TW3 than usual. We’re pressed for time.
The key feature of the post, the links to this week’s stories, should be solid, though.
The links will probably be live when the post goes live. If not, they will all be enlivened by Sunday midnight, or we’ll sacrifice a kid goat; to find the posts scroll down. Enjoy!
The Boring Statistics
Our article count was 26, up a hair from last week’s 29, Word count was much higher, 22,000 versus 16,000 words. Five posts were over 1,000 words, three of them over 2,000.
The mean and median post sizes were 839 and 749 respectively, miuch higher than last week’s numbers, reflective of a lack of very short posts and an overall tendency to longer ones. There was only one sub-100-word post, and 8 total sub-500-word posts (down from 12). We exceeded our desired objective of 19 posts by 7. So far this year we’ve had over 100,000 hits, over 150 blog posts, and over 800 comments.
Comments are slightly down to 127 as of press time; with the normal long tail we expect it to grow. Last week’s went from 135 at that TW3 press time to 158 as of this TW3 press time.
We hope you enjoyed this week’s content. We enjoyed bringing it to you!
Here’s how we did on last week’s promises:
The overdue and the underdelivered:
X A major post on Gerald Bull’s awesome space-capable artillery that seems to have entrenched itself on the back burner.
√ To post 3 x day x 6 days. Exceeded.
One gun-tech or -industry post and one SOF/UW post per day x 6 days. Depending on how one classifies posts, we did this.
√ To post a √WWWW, a √TW3, and a √ Saturday Matinee, before COB Saturday. Wow, we did it.
X One back Saturday Matinee. Nope. But we have a couple future ones in works. Please God, no more crappy movies.
A post on the two Greek Civil Wars (the WWII resistance and the attempted late 40s communist subversion or takeover).
This is pretty much going to be a standing set of promises until we have a reason to improve them.
For Next Week
Our goals are unchanged:
to catch up the long-festering back posts mentioned above, now back up to just two features (Gerald Bull, and the Greek Insurgencies). We also have some other stuff that has sat way to long in the draft queue (there are 219 posts there right now, net plus 10 since last week).
to post three times a day, six days a week, of which:
one gun-tech or -industry post and one SOF, UW, or war-related post up daily.
a WWWW, on Wednesday.
a Saturday Matinee, and a TW3 before the week ends at midnight Saturday.
Some specifics we know we previously promised and did not deliver:
A video of a protective vest entrepreneur doing the usual confidence demonstration, with some historical demos thrown in;
An explanation of why both opponents and supporters have always given background checks more credence than they’re really worth;
Even more M16 stuff from the historical archives (note that we’ve been chiseling away at this);
The formulas for invisibility, if we can figure out how to display formulas in WordPress (actually it’s more serious than that as we think we’ve lost track of the scientific paper).
And it’s a Super Bowl we won’t be watching. Why not? Here’s Ginny Simone of the NRA, along with Marty Daniel of premium-AR builder Daniel Defense, and a septuagenarian widow with more physical and moral courage than many younger folks, to tell you why:
Marty is a bigger man than the NFL suits, and he says. “I’m not going to advocate boycotting. I’m going to watch the Super Bowl. But come on, why can’t you play the Daniel Defense commercial?”
The NFL doesn’t say whether they were more offended by the fact that it’s a gun company’s ad, or that the actor in the ad portrays a veteran. Most of the ad is in the NRA video above, but here’s the whole ad:
You can see how that would be offensive — to a certain demographic.
Now, the NFL is cool with running political ads from anti-gun extremist groups, like, last year, Mayors Against Guns. But an ad that’s pro-self-defense? That features a veteran character? That hits them right in their Bloomberg-supporting X-ring.
Now, Marty says, don’t boycott ‘em. However, there’s a better way to hit these anti-gun, anti-veteran bums at Football Inc. where they live. The NFL has an exemption to antitrust law, a taxpayer gift from the Kennedy Administration which yields the suits $6 Billion a year. The NFL considers itself a single unit, not 32 separate teams; some think it’s as rigged as WWE wrestling. And the NFL pays no taxes, something that Oklahoma’s Senator Tom Coburn made a personal crusade.
Wondering how an organization charging $2,600 for Super Bowl tickets qualifies for tax exemptions in the first place? It’s a good question. The NFL qualifies as a 501(c)(6), a nonprofit category that includes chambers of commerce, trade groups, real estate boards, and a handful of other sports leagues. The National Basketball Association is a for-profit organization, and Major League Baseball gave up its exempt status in 2007.
When Congress granted an antitrust exemption in 1966 that allowed the NFL to merge with the AFL, lawmakers added “professional football leagues” to the statute to ensure the new league would qualify. So while the NFL’s 32 teams bring in a combined $9.5 billion in annual revenue, the league office calls itself a “trade association promoting interests of its 32 member clubs.” This is a bit like McDonald’s (MCD) calling itself a trade association promoting the interests of its 14,000 U.S. restaurants. The key difference is that the NFL distributes all its revenue back to the teams—after covering expenses such as rent, officiating crews, and Commissioner Roger Goodell’s $30 million salary.
Essentially, the NFL received, in 1961 and again in 1966, a gigantic “tax earmark” that subsidizes this (remember: anti-gun, anti-veteran) business entity. You paid more tax than Roger Goodell’s shifty operation last year (and probably more than anti-gun, anti-veteran shifty Roger Goodell).
It’s not just right wing whackos and non-fans who think this is an outrage. Writing in the decidedly non-right-wing The Atlantic, football fiend and former sportscaster Gregg Easterbrook (himself certainly a man of the left, and a lover of football) enumerates a menu of abuses and usurpations, culminating:
In his office at 345 Park Avenue in Manhattan, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell must smile when Texas exempts the Cowboys’ stadium from taxes, or the governor of Minnesota bows low to kiss the feet of the NFL. The National Football League is about two things: producing high-quality sports entertainment, which it does very well, and exploiting taxpayers, which it also does very well. Goodell should know—his pay, about $30 million in 2011, flows from an organization that does not pay corporate taxes.
That’s right—extremely profitable and one of the most subsidized organizations in American history, the NFL also enjoys tax-exempt status. On paper, it is the Nonprofit Football League.
You really have to Read The Whole Thing™ to get an idea of the sheer scope of the NFL’s outreach into your pocket, and the degree to which this all profits not sports fans or even players, but the Wall Street maklers in the executive suites.
It’s time for the NFL’s antitrust exemption and tax-free status to end. After all, with his attack on Daniel Defense, Roger Goodell is gunning for you. Shoot back!
How? Contact your Congressman and Senator. Provide a couple of pull quotes from analysts right and left (Google “NFL antitrust” to find a few). Put some fire on target. A phone call is more powerful than a letter which is more powerful than an email, but even an email counts if it is not a form letter (those are given to interns and flunkies to count, unread, so the worst thing you can do is insert your personal message into someone’s form letter).
We should given a Hat Tip to What Bubba Knows. New site to us, but we like it. As long as he’s not the Bubba that took up gunsmithing — if that’s the case, we’re gonna have words. We should have had this hat tip in place before going live.