We’re sticking to the TW3 schedule again — for now. It was another week with a number of ructions and disruptions, and we’re currently experiencing a sockdollager of a blizzard (actually, it’s petering out, but we’ve had occasion to count the blessings of a snug and robust house these last few days).
This will initially be posted without the links to the stories being live, and they’ll be retrofitted.
The Boring Statistics
This week’s output was light, again. The spirit is willing, but the schedule is week. We posted 16 posts — same as last week — and received only 13 comments — same as last wek — by press time for this post. We did, however, post a total of about 11,000 words, up from 8,400 last week. We are stlll on track to post 1000 posts for the year. Our average post this week was about 700 words, up from 560 last week.
Comment of the Week
Look at the links that readers kindly appended to our commentary on the history and future of the bayonet, relative to the technology and combat use of the British L85 bayonet. Thanks to Glenn and Jon!
The Week in Posts
Here’s the recap of our posts for this week:
- Sunday Life is our usual Sunday post about nothing.
- Murdered by a nut job he was trying to help: RIP, Chris Kyle.
- I have no problem with her practicing voodoo, it’s the trying to slice and dice cops with a sword that crosses the line.
- Regardless of what members of the Glacial Deployment Force may say, Paratroopers still matter.
- It turns out that not everybody misses Chris Kyle
- Why join the Army? To live an exciting life, like your D&D characters.
- We’ve commented before on outgoing SecDef’s Panetta’s million dollar super-luxury commute. It turns out that Panetta pocketed millions in travel benefits whilst supervising the decline of American military power.
- What gets you more time in jail? Turns, out, possession of AR magazines (is) worse than murder in NY State.
- If you’re not a fellow blogger, you won’t care, but the spammers are getting slicker. Damn their eyes.
- The Past is Another Country: Optical sights, 100 years ago. For all of you who don’t remember the Warner-Swasey Telescopic Musket Sight (that’s really what they called it!).
- We were out of ideas, and so we’re sorry for no W4 this week. Fortunately, you guys came through with suggestions for Week 07.
- The venerable “E” and “F” silhouette targets are among the oldest items in the Army inventory, going back to at least 1913.
- Cops behaving badly: LAPD edition. The rogue cop shooting people was bad, the panicky cops shooting people because they’re so terrified of the rogue cop are worse.
- Welcome to the Hollow Army, where budget cuts have forces a plan to cancel most training.
- Max Boot asked: How often do insurgents win? A: not so often as you might think.
- Defense intellectuals keep declaring it dead, so it’s time for us to do a thumbsucker on: Whither the Bayonet? (Our take: it’s going to hang around).
- What the Rogue LAPD Copʼs Manifesto Tells Us, well, apart from the fact that the fired cop who’s now murdering people is looney tunes….
- Saturday Matinee 2013 No. 6: Ballad of a Soldier
is not up or linked yet… look for it tomorrow, probably.is now up for your reading enjoyment. It’s a bittersweet Russian wartime adventure, released in 1959.
- That Was the Week that Was: 2013 Week 06 — and now we’ve come full circle.
How we did on last week’s promises (hint: not good)
We promised (and we’ll line out the promises kept)
- a revisit to printable hardware. (nope)
- a really old book on explosives and incendiaries to turn you on to. (uh, no)
a few lines about telescopes from a surprisingly old Army manual(and we’ll include the manual as a download for you) (we didn’t get you the download… yet).
- We also have a pile of guns to clean and are trying to figure out how to make that into a blog post.
Yep, the guns still aren’t clean. Thank heavens for noncorrosive ammo.
We’re not going to make any promises beyond: clearing the backlog of promises from last week, and getting you a good Wednesday Weapons Website of the Week.