Misc. Friday Ramblings...

I say we take off and nuke the site from orbit...

  • The Nuge sticks to his guns on the set.
    Gun enthusiast Ted Nugent won a showdown with a VH1 film crew assistant director the other day.

    Nugent, in town for the filming of VH1's "Supergroup" reality show, walked onto the set early this week exercising his right to bear arms.

    The startled assistant director asked the rocker to remove the holstered firearm from the active set, citing safety concerns.

    Nugent, 57, stuck to his guns (gun), and the AD has not been seen on the set since, I'm told.

    Reached at VH1 in New York on Friday, spokeswoman Michelle Clark said Nugent "has a license to be a firearm carrier no matter where he might be. I'm sure he wasn't waving it around."

    Nugent and four other veteran rockers wrap up their 12-day taping, most of it at the Parisian Palace, with a concert Sunday at the Empire Ballroom, 3765 Las Vegas Blvd. South.

    Joining Nugent on the reality show is Sebastian Bach of Skid Row; drummer Jason Bonham, son of Led Zeppelin legend John Bonham; Scott Ian of Anthrax; and Evan Seinfeld of Biohazard.

    The reason for the comment about 'carrying no matter where' is due to the fact that Ted is a deputy in Michigan County, so there is some sort of reciprocity there. And you know, disarming the public really makes everyone safer. *rolls eyes* Sounds like it should be a good show, though. It'd be an even better concert!

  • Arrrmmmmed Iiinnn SSpppaaaaaaaaccee!!!
    “In 1965, two cosmonauts overshot their touchdown site by 1,200 miles and found themselves deep in a forest with hungry wolves. That's when Russian space officials decided to pack a sawed-off shotgun aboard every spacecraft. It took Russian search crews more than two hours to locate the spacecraft and another two hours for helicopters to get support crews to the landing site.”

    This is the Soyuz pistol, part of the survival equipment. We are supposed to use it to catch food and to signal our location if we land in some obscure part of the world. It has three barrels, two for shotgun shells and one for rifle bullets.

    Of course, the 23mm cannon was just a bit much for the cosmonauts to shoulder this go-around.

  • "What did you feel when you shot?""Recoil."
    Sometimes, bigger is better.

  • Videogames can save a soldier's life.
    The U.S. Army has discovered a remote control gun turret that works, and cannot get enough of them. The army wants over 9,000 CROWS (common remotely operated weapon stations), but is only getting 15 a month. There should be about a thousand CROWS in service by the end of the year.

    But there's another reason, not often talked about, for the success of CROWS. The guys operating these systems grew up playing video games. They developed skills in operating systems (video games) very similar to the CROWS controls. This was important, because viewing the world around the vehicle via a vidcam is not as enlightening (although a lot safer) than having your head and chest exposed to the elements, and any firepower the enemy sends your way. But experienced video gamers are skilled at whipping that screen view around, and picking up any signs of danger. Iraqis are amazed at how observant CROWS is. Iraqis tend to just wrote this off as another example of American "magic." But the troops know betters. Video games can save your life.

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