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Friday, May 27, 2016

How Marines Are Made

For my fellow old Marines who may be feeling a bit nostalgic, this video was released a few days ago. It is an hour-and-a-half long and follows a recruit platoon through the first two phases at MCRD San Diego, (I assume they still have three phases; it ends rather suddenly with some close order drill on the grinder right after rifle qualification). I find it both curious and reassuring that nothing has changed there; from receiving barracks to the grinders, it all looks the same. You'll find yourself smiling frequently -- which you'll remember you most definitely were NOT doing at the time you experienced it first-hand.

For those who are not old Marines, this is as close as you'll get to experiencing Marine boot camp. I'm actually a little surprised the Corps agreed to this production, as it's pretty raw. HQMC normally likes to be a little more circumspect about what goes on behind closed doors. Of course they've cut out some of the things they don't want you to see, (or hear for that matter). The United States Marine Corps specializes in turning civilian slugs into aggressive fighters. We are better at it than anyone in the world in my somewhat biased opinion, but the process isn't for limp-wristed thumb-suckers. In order to construct a Marine, you must first deconstruct the civilian. Something is lost in the process; I do not dispute that. But it is my firm belief that what results is a superior example of the American male, (humility is not part of the training). If you've ever had a friend or relative go to Marine boot camp and wonder why he returned as another person entirely, this will help you understand. Warning: Lots of YELLING. But you knew that already.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Thursday Tunes

"Rigler's March" by flatpicker Robin Bullock. Bluegrass with Celtic influences, (or maybe vice-versa).



Wednesday, May 25, 2016


This luscious beast is a pristine 1983 Honda VFR 750 V-45 Interceptor, the superbike of its time. It was with indecent lust that I gazed upon this machine as a teenager. Girls were all fine and dandy, but THIS was sexy...

Acquiring one of these in "fix-er-upper" condition is very high on my priority list for vintage bike rebuilds. Unfortunately they're getting harder to find, as most didn't survive their young riders in fixable condition. You Apathetics do an old wheeliehead a favor and keep an eye out, wouldya?

Piclick for more photos of gorgeous vintage bikes, including a very tasty Duck 900, straight from the 1982 Gran Prix series.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016


Nerd Humor

Monday, May 23, 2016

Safety First

I guess Kansas State needs to offer a "Helmets 101" course. The prereq would be Intro to Breathing Without Conscious Thought.


Shhh! Bomb expert at work:

A hand grenade exploded inside courtroom in Karachi’s Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) after a judge asked a police constable if he knew how grenades worked. The constable, instead of explaining his expertise in weapons and grenade handling to the judge, opted to demonstrate practically by promptly pulling out the pin from the grenade.

This resulted in a loud explosion, injuring three including the constable and a court clerk.

We'll take that as a "yes." Whether or not he knows when to use a grenade is another matter.



A Union man faces several charges after a deputy says he saw the man spray-painting the word “cheeter” on the side of a woman’s car.

Timothy Lee Trammell, 36, is charged with vandalism of property and possession of marijuana by the Union County Sheriff’s Office. A deputy says he was driving past the Kelly One Stop store on Jonesville Road in Jonesville around 7:20 p.m. Friday. The incident reports shows the deputy saw a man crouched beside a car that had the word “cheeter” painted across the passenger side.

The deputy says Trammell was holding a can of spray paint when he saw him and he tried to run away. The deputy says he caught Trammell, recovered the spray paint can and put the man under arrest.


This is the Killinger & Freund motorcycle, designed by a group of German engineers in 1935. I love the cool art deco styling, but it's the drive train that's really odd: it's front wheel drive! Piclick for more.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Underground Mall Cops

The subway lines in Seoul have been forced to hire security due to a rash of crime. What sort of crime, you ask? Martial arts gangs? Scam artists? Muggers? Nope.

The work becomes tough when they have to face violent drunken passengers. “They are usually typical patriarchal men in their 50s and 60s,” Lee said.

Other offenders include elderly homeless people. So how do they handle this rampaging horde of drunken businessmen and bumming geezers?

As an example, he said, “Yesterday was tough. A drunk man in his 50s started being rude and choked one of the guards. We had to pull his arm on each side and take him to the police station nearby, but on the way he ran into a wall corner, injuring his head.”

LMAO. The private fell down the stairs, sir! Twice!



Thursday, May 19, 2016

Call the waaaaaaahmbulance!

The Donks they are a-cryin' after their pet proposal got kicked to the curb in the House:

Democrat members of the U.S. House of Representatives became enraged after an amendment that would have protected members of the LGBT community failed.

Democrats thought they had enough Republicans supporting the measure but then several changed their votes. When the vote become final, Democrats stood and started shouting. Republicans stood silently, with some expressing disappointment.

After voting was closed and the shouting continued, the chair announced, "There will be order in this chamber."

Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Wis., responded: "no there will not be," as she stood close to the podium.

Typical. Like seven year-olds everywhere, when things don't go their way Democrats instinctively drop to the ground and commence with the tantrums. Cry some more, little girl. I'm feasting on your tears of impotent rage.

Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., asked his Democratic colleagues to restrain themselves, and asked who changed their vote at the last minute.

"I was standing in the well and no one came and no one had the courage to come into the well to change their vote, but notwithstanding that, the vote kept changing. Mr. Speaker, from a parliamentary perspective, how is that possible?" Hoyer asked.

Hoyer told reporters he will investigate who changed their votes.

It's possible, you ignorant douche, because it wasn't a roll-call vote. If you want to know exactly who is voting for what, that's how you do it. A secret ballot is... wait for it... S E K R I T. Apparently my dog knows more about parliamentary procedure than the minority whip of the United States Congress. Judging by the gin blossom he's sporting, I'd be astounded if he can remember his name at any given moment.


Wanna see a 500-ton quarry truck run over a car? Of course you do.

More fun with car wraps