Death once had a near-Sarah Palin experience.

calendar   Friday - April 25, 2008

Maybe I should just shut up

Mr. Hog, over at Hog On Ice, has bought himself a reloading press. But he didn’t buy the basic stuff to go with it, like a reloading manual and some case lube, and is having problems. Plus he bought a top of the line progressive press, and has never reloaded a round before. So he’s having a hard time.

Kim DuToit, who is not a reloader, sympathizes - “I know that the total opacity of the process for a total newbie has been what’s put me off it most of my shooting life—and if ever there was a ready customer, I’m it.”

Odds bodkins people!!! I don’t know whether to laugh, cry, or get pissed off. If you don’t have anyone to show you how to do this, and you can’t be bothered to spend 10 minutes searching things up on the internet, buy a reloading manual. Speers, Sierra, Hornady, Lee, et al ... every single one of them has a huge chapter in the front, usually with lots of pictures, that shows you exactly what you need to do, where all the bits go, and how to adjust them properly. Gun stores sell the manuals. So does Amazon.

If I wasn’t 10,000% certain that there were already dozens of How-To webpages, YouTube videos, etc., already out there, I’d get out the camera and go visit the garage and make a photo manual myself.

Look: you need a press, you need a set of dies, you need the proper kind of scale. You need a dial caliper, you need a powder funnel, and you need some kind of case lube. If you’re smart you’ll pick up an inertial puller. And a case trimmer with an assortment of cutters. And one of those deburring thingies. Then you need to buy the press, AND a loading manual. Then you read everything, play around with it, and put the press together. Most press companies have the whole thing up as a deluxe kit, ready to go. THEN you go buy brass, bullets, primers, and gunpowder. Because without the loading manual, you don’t even know which kind of bullets, primers, and gunpowder to buy!

And I’m peeved with Kim. I’ve been a loyal reader there for years, and I’ve always respected what he says, and I’ve greatly enjoyed his blogs. But that statement he made is very annoying, because it’s only true for someone who has made EXACTLY ZERO EFFORT TO LEARN. He of the great gun knowledge, who goes off to the range at the drop of a hat, who knows all these other gun people, and who seems to be so deep into the firearms experience ... complains about total opacity in terms of reloading knowledge. When legions of shooters have been on his forums for ages, talking about reloading from time to time (if not all the time). I’m sorry Kim, but I can’t swallow that one. You have made an erronious statement. And done a great disservice to those who were thinking about getting into it. Please make the smallest of efforts to learn, and you’ll find a nearly infinite amount of information out there, and it’s often even organized into beginner, journeyman, and expert categories.

If you can see, if you can read, if you have at least one functional hand, and if you are coordinated enough to be able to drink a glass of water without assistance, then I can teach you how to reload any cartridge on any press ... in under 10 minutes. Nobody is born knowing how to do this, but it is not complex. Clean. Deprime. Resize. Reprime. Charge. Seat. Crimp. That’s the entire process. That’s almost all there is to it. The only “complex” or “opaque” thing is adjusting the dies ... and that’s why I said you have to buy the dial calipers. It takes about 30 seconds to adjust each die, and if you’re Mr. Hog with his nice shiney new super progressive press, you only have to adjust them once. Once. Then you can pull your crank and spew out ammo until your arm falls off, and be happy.



Posted by Drew458   United States  on 04/25/2008 at 04:25 PM   
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New LOST TV episode

Now that the mid-season intermission is over, LOST was back last night with a totally mind-blowing (and house blowing) episode. So now we know why future Sayeed is working for Ben, but why did Nadia get killed? (talk about a rotten encore - her character appears for the first time in 2 years and she’s already dead). Meanwhile, back on the island, the frieghter fighters are shooting everyone in sight, including Alex-I-just-got-my-hot-babe-tiara-and-now-I’m-dead. And once again Hurley turns out to have a pivotal role. Oh, and as if anybody cared, Dr. Jack is sick. I wonder if we’ll have another catfight in the mud to see whether Juliette or murder girl Kate gets to take care of him?

Let’s just hope that “The Shape of Things To Come” is the shape of things to come. Buckle up, it’s gonna be a wild ride.

For the usual great recap, go visit Mac.

For you detail junkies, mouse on over to Sledgeweb’s site, cuz there were lots of micro-clues in last night’s episode, including a new Dharma station and the parka of someone special!

Meh for recaps, but great for theories and HD screencaps is Doc Artz’ site. Plus forums!

For some fun cartoons like this on, and character sketches, plus T-shirts and coffee mugs, go visit The Lost Boys Project


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 04/25/2008 at 01:32 PM   
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Proxy War Heating Up?

Factory Fresh Iranian Arms Caches Found in Iraq (again)

Al Sadr & Mahdi Army Fighting Escalates

The U.S. military says it has found caches of newly made Iranian weapons in Iraq, leading senior officials to conclude Tehran is continuing to funnel armaments into Iraq despite its pledges to the contrary.

Officials in Washington and Baghdad said the purported Iranian mortars, rockets and explosives had date stamps indicating they were manufactured in the past two months. The U.S. plans to publicize the weapons caches in coming days. A pair of senior commanders said a presentation was tentatively planned for Monday.
ast fall, U.S. and Iraqi officials said Mr. Ahmadinejad had told the government of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki that Tehran would take steps to curb shipments of Iranian weaponry into Iraq.

The weapons of deepest concern to U.S. officials were explosively formed penetrators, or EFPs, which U.S. officials accuse Iran of manufacturing and shipping to Shiite militants. EFPs, which are capable of punching through even the strongest U.S. armor, have been responsible for hundreds of American deaths.
Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, focused his recent congressional testimony almost exclusively on Iran, which he said was playing a “destructive role” by funneling advanced weaponry to Shiite militants in Iraq

The use of the EFPs had diminished for a while after Ahmadumjihad had promised Iraqi PM Maliki Iran would try harder to control smuggling. Now their use has flared up again. Maybe they were just being stockpiled for a while?

Meanwhile, Iran’s stooge in place, rotundo Al-Sadr (I guess he got over the food poisoning?) is yelling and screaming and threatening more war. He launched two major uprising in the past, and is now threatening more. But Maliki wants his forces to disband, saying there is no room in Iraq for a seperate private army. Clashes between the forces are increasing, with probably close to 100 Mahdi Army casualties so far, though the MSM is reporting many less. From Bill Roggio’s Long War Journal:

The showdown with the Mahdi Army continues in Baghdad and outlying areas to the North as Iraq’s prime minister says the days of the militias are over. US and Iraqi forces engaged the Mahdi Army in Baghdad and the towns of Rashidiyah and Hussaniyah in northern Baghdad Province over the past several days, killing 16 Mahdi Army fighters and capturing five. Seventy-two Mahdi Army fighters have been killed in Baghdad since Muqtada al Sadr threatened to initiate a third uprising.

The largest clash occurred in Hussaniyah, a town north of Baghdad, on April 22 when an Iraqi patrol was ambushed by a “criminal group” armed with roadside bombs, rocket-propelled grenades, and small arms. Iraqi troops, backed by US Special Forces advisers, counterattacked and killed nine Mahdi Army fighters and destroyed two of their vehicles.

Hussaniyah has been a hotbed of Mahdi Army activity in the recent past. In August 2007, US troops surrounded the town after patrols were ambushed. In October, US troops uncovered a weapons factory where explosively formed penetrators and other roadside bombs were manufactured.
South of Baghdad, Iraqi forces captured a Mahdi Army leader and two others and seized an IED factory in Karbala. US forces also found 12 Iranian-made rocket launchers, which were aimed at a nearby forward operating base.
The US military has slowly begun to stop making distinctions between the Mahdi Army and the Criminals and Iranian-trained Special Groups as the fighting has flared since March. Colonel Allen Batschelet, the chief of staff for Multinational Division Baghdad, came closest to admitting the distinctions are often meaningless.

Some background on Al-Sadr and the Mahdi Army; it’s so hard to tell the players without a score card.

I don’t like what I’m seeing here. While this could be the last great attempt by Iran to foment another civil war in Iraq, it could also be a putsch by Maliki against opponents. The only thing I’m sure of is that American troops are going to be caught in the middle of this muddle. I think it would have been better to have offed al-Sadr several years ago when we had the chance.

And just for extra fun, little Yemen is about to fall off the cliff and descend into anrachy. War in the North, riots in the south, hungry people everywhere. Naturally they’re another oil producing nation. Yemen is about the size of California, though its borders are sandy and not well defined.

CNN says Al-Sadr is threatening all-out war against “occupiers”:

Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr threatened “open war,” against the American “occupiers” and not the Iraqi government, according to a letter read by a top aide during Friday prayers.

Yet, at the same time, other sources see the very same speech as a call for peace:

Less than one week after threatening to conduct an uprising against the Iraqi government and US forces, Muqtada al Sadr, the leader of the Mahdi Army, has called for his fighters to maintain the self-imposed cease-fire. The US and Iraqi military continue to strike at Sadr’s Mahdi Army in Baghdad. Ten “criminals” were killed in strikes in Sadr City, making 82 Mahdi fighters killed in the six days since Sadr threatened renewed violence.

Go read the rest, along with some very helpful comments, over at The Long War Journal.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 04/25/2008 at 07:58 AM   
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It’s only because he’s black you know

Snipes Gets Snipped: 3 Years For Tax Evasion

“The sentencing court sends the right message to the American taxpayer—you’ve got to pay your taxes,” U.S. Attorney Robert O’Neill told reporters outside the usually quiet central Florida courthouse. “Rich, poor, it doesn’t matter. We all pay our taxes.”

Though Snipes was convicted of three counts of willfully failing to file returns, his trial was held by some as proof of victory for the tax protest movement. Snipes was acquitted of five other charges, including felony tax fraud and conspiracy, that would’ve exposed him to 13 more years in prison.
Snipes’ attorneys argued the sentence was too stiff for a first-time offender convicted of three misdemeanors, and recommended he be given home detention and ordered to make public service announcements.

But U.S. District Judge William Terrell Hodges said Snipes exhibited a “history of contempt over a period of time” for U.S. tax laws.

“In my mind these are serious crimes, albeit misdemeanors,” Hodges said.

Naturally poor Wesley is a victim -

Snipes read aloud from a prepared apology, calling his actions “costly mistakes” but never mentioning the word “taxes.” He said he was the victim of crooked advisers, a liability of wealth and celebrity that attract “wolves and jackals like flies are attracted to meat.”

“I am an idealistic, naive, passionate, truth-seeking, spiritually motivated artist, unschooled in the science of law and finance,” Snipes said.

Snipes efforts to avoid jail time even included writing the IRS a check for $5,000,000 right there in the court room, but to no avail. The judge is using the actor’s high profile as a message to other scofflaws.

“One of the main purposes which drives selective prosecution in tax cases is deterrence,” the judge said, while denying it had anything to do with his sentence. “In some instances, that means those of celebrity stand greater risk of prosecution. But there’s nothing unusual about it, nor is there anything unlawful about it. It’s the way the system works.”

Sorry Wes. None of us like the Income Tax, but until we can all get together to throw it out and come up with something else, we’ve all got to pay. You don’t get a pass just because you believe in some shyster who says he has a loophole. And rich folks like you have to pay lots. It’s for your own good.


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calendar   Thursday - April 24, 2008

basic math

It takes two halfs to make a hole


Thank you Time Magazine, for making such a cheap shot so easy. Who else wants to play? Gotta be lots of captions for this picture.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 04/24/2008 at 10:22 PM   
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That’s awww folks!

Your Daily Aww

See More Below The Fold


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 04/24/2008 at 10:08 PM   
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Hire This Guy, Quick

Forget Asok the Intern from Dilbert. This is the guy you want working for your company. He’s guaranteed to be the greatest intern that ever was.



Posted by Drew458   United States  on 04/24/2008 at 10:05 PM   
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Bold move or totally stupid? You choose

Political candidate pledges to speak about the issues to any group. He does. At a white supremicist birthday party for Adolf Hitler. Oy vez.

Worst Campaign Idea Ever?
Hoosier congressional candidate speaks at birthday party for Hitler, in Chicago

Jason Miller
The News-Dispatch

CROWN POINT, Ind. - If fans of Hitler held a party, and a candidate for federal office attended, would anybody notice?

Apparently, yes.

U.S. Congressional candidate Tony Zirkle is facing criticism from one of his primary opponents, and a host of people on the Internet, for speaking at an event over the weekend that celebrated Adolf Hitler’s birthday.

Zirkle confirmed to The News-Dispatch on Monday he spoke Sunday in Chicago at a meeting of the Nationalist Socialist Workers Party, whose symbol is a swastika.

When asked if he was a Nazi or sympathized with Nazis or white supremacists, Zirkle replied he didn’t know enough about the group to either favor it or oppose it.

There’s your problem right there Zirky. Sure, go ahead and speak to them, but then use RULE #1: Cover thy ass. Disown these people ASAP. You blew it. Then you blew RULE #2: Never prove to the public how stupid you are. You don’t know if you favor Nazis or not? D’oh!!

“This is just a great opportunity for me to witness,” he said, referring to his message and his Christian belief.

Great, now he’s broken RULE #3: Don’t be excessively religious. Sorry Z-man. I know you thought you were doing the right thing. But going around Witnessing to a bunch of Nazis? Not even Bill Clinton has that much Teflon. The stink is gonna stick.

He also told WIMS radio in Michigan City that he didn’t believe the event he attended included people necessarily of the Nazi mindset, pointing out the name isn’t Nazi, but Nationalist Socialist Workers Party.

Holy Smurfblasters. He just broke RULE #2 AGAIN!!

Zirkle has made doing away with pornography and prostitution his top campaign plank.

Zirkle said the group asked him to speak to discuss the effect of pornography and prostitution on young, white women and girls.
“I told (Channel 16, WNDU in South Bend) in the beginning that I’d speak to any group that wanted me to speak,” Zirkle said Monday. He said he’s also recently spoken on the subject to a pair of black journalists.
When asked if meeting with Nazis was a danger to his political career, Zirkle said he was willing to take the chance.  “That’s the risk you have to take to get your point across,” Zirkle said. “If the Black Panthers or the Jewish Zionists want me to speak about these issues, I’ll do it.”

Ok, I’ll give him 2 votes for honesty and 2 more for keeping his word. That makes 4, and I think that’s about the all the votes the guy is going to get. And yes, he’s a Republican.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 04/24/2008 at 09:46 PM   
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Hippie scum attacks women and children, police do nothing

(I guess LateForWork’s spidey sense was working. I’d call this a pretty strong moonbat alert)

Iraq War Veteran and Family Assaulted By Peace Protesters!


Peace Fascists, College Professors and Hillary Supporters assault Iraqi War Veteran and Family while citizens do nothing to intervene.

Edinboro, PA, Apr. 22

For the second time in as many weeks, an Iraq War Veteran and his family held a Support the Troops rally across the street from the weekly “peace” protest in this college town. This week the true nature of the ‘peace’ activists was revealed for all to see. When the veteran’s 14 year old son crossed the street to videotape the protesters and their signs, the protesters became agitated and began harassing the boy. The right to record video in any public venue is long established in law and any attempt to interfere with that right is a violation of civil rights.

Seeing the escalating tension across the street, the veteran and his wife crossed over, leaving their three youngest children on the other side for safety while they went to retrieve their eldest son. Two of the female ‘peace’ protesters then attacked the veteran’s wife. When the veteran pulled one of those attackers off his wife he was jumped by four or five of the ‘peace’ people and knocked to the ground where they held him while beating him and smashing his eyeglasses.

The son pulled the remaining attacker off his mother, but the attacker managed to get in one last kick to his mother’s head with her boot. She then punched the son in his face while his mother called the police.

Evidently, the police officers in this case need to be taken immediately to a class on what constitutes a crime.

When the police arrived they reviewed the video of the incident and then, astonishingly, refused to make any arrests, even when one of the ‘peace’ thugs spit on the 14 year old boy right in front of the police.

I have arrested a few people in my career, and let me clear up for anyone wondering that anyone who puts a boot to someone lying on the ground or punches a minor in the face is going to be dealing with me and shortly after that, they will be on their way to jail in the back of my patrol car.
But no CNN, no MSNBC, or the alphabet networks speaking to this.  Just crickets....

Obama talks about chickens coming home to roost…

There is going to come a time in this country, that is probably not long from now, that these “peace” activists are going to get what is coming to them for the despicable ways that they are treating veterans and their families.

SondraK has a little more too.

So there you have it. Moonbat alert: BDS hippie protesters turn violent while protesting for peace. WTF people, WTF.



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easy lunch - another attempt at Thai curry

4 ounces of Maesri or Mae Ploy Masaman curry paste
1/2lb pork loin
2 handfuls of frozen full length green beans
1 shallot
1 small yellow onion
1 long green hot pepper
1 tablespoon dried thai chili powder
1 can Taste of Thailand coconut milk
2 cups of water
1 cup of rice
fish sauce

In a small covered pot boil the water with a small splash of oil and a bit of salt. Add the rice and stir it around for one minute. Turn off the heat. Continue stirring the rice until the foam goes down, then cover the pot and leave it alone.

Gently heat the curry paste in a small frying pan. Slice the pork loin into 1/4” thick slices, then cut each slice into 6 pieces. When the curry starts to sizzle, mix in the pork and lightly brown it. Add the chili powder. Pour the can of coconut milk into a larger pan and set the heat on low. Add the pork and curry, mix it around, and let warm up. When it just begins to simmer, add the frozen green beans. Skin and chop the shallot. Slice open the pepper and remove the seeds and pith, then chop what’s left. Add the shallot and the pepper to the sauce and bring to a gentle boil. Let the sauce simmer for 15 minutes, then chop up the onion and add it in. Taste it now and add some fish sauce if desired. A tablespoonful is usually enough. Cook for another 5 minutes. Serve over rice. Feeds two.

This came out pretty good. It is not that spicy, though it does have some zing. 


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 04/24/2008 at 02:52 PM   
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Here we go again

Death On Display - It’s Art !

Here we go again. Another looney tune “artist” looking to create some kind of shock event, “push back boundaries”, and “open discussions”. As if. This time some whacko German wants to find a volunteer, someone from a hospice, willing to die in public while other people watch. That’s “art”.

What a sick fucker. How callous can you be? He’s taking what ought to be a private moment, a time of last words, final prayers, and ultimate release, and reducing it to a public spectacle for voyuers to gawk at. These “artists” need to be institutionalized, and I’m beginning to think the “performance artists” need to be drowned. In a vat of urine naturally, and then put on display.

The prizewinning artist Gregor Schneider, enfant terrible of the German cultural scene, is looking for a volunteer who is willing to die for his — that is, Schneider’s — art.

He wants someone whose dying hours will be spent in an art gallery with the public admiring the way the light plays on the flesh of a person gasping for the last breath.

Prizewinning? What award did he win, Asshole of the Year? And the purpose of the art is admire the play of light? What horseshit. Just possibly, maybe, you could make a bit of art from this subject’s last moments as a kind of personal passion play, focusing on the contrast between pain and suffering, and the relaxing of the will to live and the escape into the arms of God. Maybe. But that’s more theater than art, and why the stage has all those famous death scenes. The same goes for film. It’s the enhancement of those scenes, the creation of an artificial moment, that allows the playwright or filmmaker to force the focus of the moment to shift from the event itself to a greater meaning. That’s art ... transcending a microcosm into something greater. But it gets there by starting with an artificial situation. This guy wants to take real death, real pain, real loneliness, real suffering, and call the disinterested witness of it art. Scumbag. Send his neo-nazi ass to Darfur so he can be surrounded by his “art” 24 hours a day. And with any luck he’ll become a part of his own works. How’s that for transcendence?

Politicians and curators are in a state of uproar about Schneider’s plans. The 39-year-old artist has been concerned with death for much of his career. He gained critical acclaim for a sculpture, “Hannelore Reuen,” of a dead woman. He has been hatching his current idea since 1996, and now has a sympathetic pathologist and art collector to help to find a candidate who wants to become a work of art in the final days of his or her life.

Right. So we’ve got a sick fucker who has been suffering from depression for at least a decade, “concerned with death” the morbid little asshair. I bet he pulled the wings off of bugs as a child and gloried in the “creation of the moment”. One heavy canvas jacket please, with extra extra long sleeves. Nutcase. And he’s drawn others in to his circle of bullshit. Not surprising; there’s always some gullible dope who can be conned by “artists”.

Death is commonly seen as the last taboo, but artists have been trying hard to demystify it. Gunther von Hagens, nicknamed Doctor Death, has been traveling the world with an exhibition of plastinated corpses, showing genuine human bodies in living poses, playing chess or on horseback. The Wellcome Collection in London has an exhibition of portraits of people pictured before and after death by two German photographers.

JC on a flaming pogo stick, what the fuck is with these Germans? Didn’t they get enough Death Appreciation 65 years ago? Has the whole damn country turned into Hannibal Lecterstein? What next, outright murder as “the emancipation of performance art”? I’ve got an idea ... let’s get this death cult bunch of sickos to focus on suicide. There own. And they can record it while they perform it in front of all the other sicko artists. With any luck, they’ll all join in, and we’ll be done with them once and for all. These people are clinically insane.

The influential gallery owner Beatrix Kalwa spoke for many German curators who rule out the idea of giving space to Schneider’s artistic endeavor.

“Existential matters like death, birth or the act of reproduction do not belong in a museum,” she said. “There is a fundamental difference between portraying these acts in an art form, and showing them in actuality.”

The head of the German hospice foundation that provides care for the terminally ill, Eugen Brysch, said: “This is pure voyeurism and makes a mockery of those who are dying.”

Well at least there are two people with functioning brains left in Germany. That’s a start.

But Schneider, who feigned his own death as part of an exhibition in Germany in 2000, argues that death is already undignified and that his aim is to restore its grace.

Sorry Fritz. If you didn’t actually die then it wasn’t art, it was just street theater. So try again, Ok, and this time keep it real. Oh, and do it alone. You know how the act of observation changes the true meaning of the event, therefore the grace of it has to be diminished. So hang yourself in the dark so that not even you can see it, and you’ll create a perfect moment. We’ll be over here with the rational people, eating pizza and having a beer, and not pay you the slightest bit of attention. That’s what you deserve for your “art”. Fartbubble. What. A. Loser.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 04/24/2008 at 12:28 PM   
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a sing along.  “I’mmmm Dweeming ov a Gween Pwanet” nah, just doesn’t have that ring to it.

That’s 14 million US bucks folks.  A case of more money then taste say I.

Editorial from The Telegraph

Eco plague inflated Orchid House priceLast Updated: 12:01am BST 24/04/2008

Orchid House is not just a country home - it is an eco-home. And thanks to those three little letters, and its position in a Cotswold nature reserve, it has been sold for £7.2 million.

Earth: Eco-home in Cotswolds fetches record £7.2m

In this case, the “eco” description is probably apt, given the whizzy technology employed in the house’s construction and operation.


Yet that prefix has, since its arrival in the late 1960s, become something of a plague, not to mention a weapon in the hands of the marketeers: a tax on cars is billed as an “eco-tax”, and drivers are meant to cough up with glee; new towns plonked in the countryside are “eco-towns”, and so must be welcomed by councils and locals alike.

We await the first criminal to defend himself as an “eco-thief” - arguing in mitigation that by stealing his victim’s car, or television, he has also cut their carbon emissions.


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From The Daily Telegraph,

by Garland.



Posted by Drew458   United Kingdom  on 04/24/2008 at 09:48 AM   
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French officers ordered back to Waterloo:  (so, If At First You Don’t Succeed?)

French officers ordered back to Waterloo

By Laura Clout
Last Updated: 8:28am BST 24/04/2008

Almost two hundred years after the Allied armies secured the final defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte, French soldiers have returned to the scene of the Battle of Waterloo to learn from the mistakes of their 19th-century predecessors.


A total of 38 senior officers were ordered to spend a day analysing the errors which put a final end to Napoleon’s rule as Emperor and drew to a close 23 years of war.

Brigadier-General Vincent Desportes ordered strategists from France’s Armed Forces Employment Doctrine Centre to visit the battleground because “you learn more from your failures than from your successes”.

Surveying the battlefield, which is in present-day Belgium, the officers were told that Napolean underestimated The Duke of Wellington, made tactical errors and confused his army.

Peter Herrly, a retired US army colonel who organised the tour, said military strategists should look to the past to make better decisions in the future.

Historians believe the Duke’s victory was helped by driving rain, which turned the battlefield to mud and kept the French bogged down until Prussian forces, led by Marshal Blucher, arrived to assist the Allied armies.

Even the victorious Duke went on to describe the battle, on Sunday 18 June, 1815, as “the nearest run thing you ever saw in your life”.


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Not that very many people ever read this far down, but this blog was the creation of Allan Kelly and his friend Vilmar. Vilmar moved on to his own blog some time ago, and Allan ran this place alone until his sudden and unexpected death partway through 2006. We all miss him. A lot. Even though he is gone this site will always still be more than a little bit his. We who are left to carry on the BMEWS tradition owe him a great debt of gratitude, and we hope to be able to pay that back by following his last advice to us all:
  1. Keep a firm grasp of Right and Wrong
  2. Stay involved with government on every level and don't let those bastards get away with a thing
  3. Use every legal means to defend yourself in the event of real internal trouble, and, most importantly:
  4. Keep talking to each other, whether here or elsewhere
It's been a long strange trip without you Skipper, but thanks for pointing us in the right direction and giving us a swift kick in the behind to get us going. Keep lookin' down on us, will ya? Thanks.


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