Shot in the face by a T-72 tank?

Here’s a video clip to give you the willies.  It was apparently shot (no pun intended) in Jobar, outside Damascus in Syria.  It shows a T-72 tank traversing its turret, aiming directly at the cameraman, then firing a 125mm. shell at him. No word on whether the cameraman survived.  If he did, I daresay a quick change of underwear would have been in order . . . Peter

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The housing market decline gathers speed

During August and September I wrote three articles about how the housing market was in trouble and trending downward, despite mainstream media headlines to the contrary.  I also noted the importance of rising bond interest rates, which would affect the entire economy.  (Follow those seven links to read the original articles, if you’re interested.) Now we see that both forecasts are coming true.  Overall bond prices have affected mortgage interest rates, which (combined with higher house prices) have led to a fall in demand. The number of Americans who signed contracts to buy existing homes fell in September to the

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The brutal reality of dangerous children

I’ve been conducting an e-mail exchange with a correspondent who strongly objected to my support for Erick Gelhaus over the Andy Lopez shooting incident.  In her view, to shoot a child, even if he or she may be armed, is just plain inexcusable.  I quote:  “He was a child!  He wasn’t an adult!  No child can be responsible for his actions, so how could he shoot at him?” Unfortunately, a child can kill just as easily as an adult under the wrong circumstances.  Consider the following examples: A twelve-year-old boy was shooting at US forces in Mogadishu, Somalia, during the

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Doofus Of The Day #736

Today’s award goes to anyone and everyone who thought that the NSA wouldn’t bug foreign leaders at every possible opportunity.  (Yes, that includes German Chancellor Angela Merkel.)  The same is done by almost every foreign power that thinks it can get away with it.  Consider: Britain is alleged to have bugged G-20 delegates at a conference several years ago.  It also has a track record of bugging foreign embassies. Russian schoolchildren presented a replica of the Great Seal of the USA to the American ambassador in Moscow in 1946.  It hung on the wall for six years before it was

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OK, that’s impressive!

Here’s the half-time show put on by the Ohio State University Marching Band at Ohio Stadium last Saturday.  It was titled the ‘Hollywood Blockbuster Show’ – and it delivered.  I recommend watching it in full-screen mode. Apparently the band had only a week to set up and rehearse that show.  That’s an amazing performance, given so little preparation.  Kudos to all concerned. Peter

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The lynch mobs are out again . . .

. . . and trying to make a Trayvon Martin-style martyr out of a 13-year-old boy.  You can read about the incident here.  Briefly, a teenage boy in Santa Rosa, California was walking down the street carrying an AK-47-style pellet or BB gun – the descriptions aren’t clear, but witnesses agree that it looked like an AK-47 assault rifle, and did not have an orange muzzle or anything else to show it was a toy.  When challenged by police, instead of complying with their instructions and dropping the gun, the boy is said to have turned towards them while raising

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Halloween may be more scary than usual this year . . .

. . . thanks to Big Brother mishandling entitlements. Neil Cavuto isn’t the only one predicting trouble;  so is the head of New York City’s food bank. I’m going to make sure that (as usual) I’m prepared for any problems that may arise. I frankly don’t expect much where I live – people here are too well armed, and the ‘entitlement classes’ know it – but I wouldn’t like to be in inner-city New York, or Chicago, or Philadelphia if this goes down. Peter

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Another strange machine

Yesterday I put up a video clip about a Soviet amphibious tractor that seemed to have pretty amazing performance.  Thanks to everyone who provided more information in Comments to that post. Here’s another one I came across today.  It’s the Swedish Bracke T26.a Disc Trencher, used in forestry and similar industries.  The company calls it a ‘scarifier’, although until today I’d only heard that term used in connection with human body modification.  Its massive disks are designed to cut up tree roots and dislodge small rocks and stumps, leaving behind two trenches ready for the planting of new seeds and/or

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