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).
The Week in Posts
Here’s the recap of our posts for this week:
- Sunday of a slow week was a warning not to expect much from us. Fortunately, we weren’t that buried.
- A video post on an old classic: Meet the BAR – in depth with the IMT.
- Piers Morgan circles the drain was just us gloating a little more about the wee Paddy git’s heartwarming exit from prime time. His ratings were so dead they made Larry King come alive.
- Good-bye, Lenin! (Which is the title of a pretty good movie, but we’re celebrating the human-assisted departure of the iconic statues from public squares across the Ukraine).
- More or less a guest post that was dropped in our comments: A Ukrainian Churchman on Events in Ukraine. Since overcome by events, but worth reading.
- 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.
- We flagged the readers to Optics for Beginners, by Chris Hernandez, Chris’s first contribution at a site for new shooters.
- The Parachute Infantry Regiment that didn’t fight in World War II was historic for other reasons.
- When guns are outlawed, outlaws are remarkably resourceful. It’s almost as if they would break the law anyway, even if they didn’t have guns. But that’s crazy talk.
- One thing that Occupy Mom’s Basement or Whatever got right was that the 1% do truly know that there is: One law for you, one law for them.
- You’re looking at contraband here in the Ivory grips of these classic pistols. If there was one article this week we expected would get more traction, this is the one.
- Is South Carolina nuts? The numbers of pistol permit denials for mental illness just don’t add up.
- There’s one agency you can always count on to do something stupid when you’re hurting for a blog post. TSA mongs: “Hey, is DC in America?”
- And there is bottomless blog fodder in the obtuseness of politicians. Hickenlooper in Denial over MagPul, etc., departure.
- Berets. We got ours for free. No wonder the factory’s on the skids.
- Ukraine and Guns, an aside. Another follow-up on the short-lived outbreak of freedom in the Ukraine, which appears destined to go the way of Hungary in 56 and Czechoslovakia in ’68.
- Ukraine: the Empire Strikes Back. Display global weakness, get global challenges. If you see what we mean.
- NPR: ATF/DOJ Self-Whitewash Doubleplusgood. For some, the chains really do rest easily on their shoulders.
- Think you can Guess how the VA solved their backlog problem? Spoiler alert: they just deleted everything.
- Let’s Play Follow Ups and Snippets because we hate leaving a story hanging, and that’s what often happens when we pick up the story from the media.
- Some shootings are just bizarre. Before the cops could shoot either of the two suspects, one of the suspects shot the other. That left the cops just one to shoot.
- We note a grim anniversary: 21 Years Ago Today the famous ATF botched raid on Waco took place.
- A British General noted that the sub-machine gun was Most Favoured by Terrorists and Insurgents.
- When guns are outlawed… Anglestan edition. Where guns really are outlawed, and amazing things happen in their strange legal system.
- Breaking: When guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have knives describes a knife-wielding mass terrorist attack in Yunnan province, China
- Saturday Matinee 2014 09: The Last Detail (1973) might not actually be up when this post initially goes live. But it’s in the works.
- And we’re right back where we started: That was the week that was: 2014 Week 09
We hope you enjoyed this week’s content. We enjoyed bringing it to you! (We say this every week too, but we mean it).
Here’s how we did on last week’s promises:
Since we didn’t have a last week (as far as a TW3 goes, anyway), we’re starting anew. Year Zero, like the Khmer Rouge, just without the pile of skulls. Well, maybe a little pile.
For Next Week
Our goals are unchanged:
- to return to our normal schedule: post minimum 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:
- Again, we’re starting over.
The draft queue is a porky 235, and the last TW3 we did it was only 210.
See you with a TW3 on Saturday! (Again!)