"I don't make hell for nobody. I'm only the instrument of a laughing providence. Sometimes I don't like it myself, but I couldn't help it if I was born smart."

1st Sgt. Milton Anthony Warden.
"From here to Eternity"

Paul Valery

"You are in love with intelligence, until it frightens you. For your ideas are terrifying and your hearts are faint. Your acts of pity and cruelty are absurd, committed with no calm, as if they were irresistible. Finally, you fear blood more and more. Blood and time."

The Wisdom of the Ages

"When a young man, I read somewhere the following: God the Almighty said, 'All that is too complex is unnecessary, and it is simple that is needed',"

Mikhail Kalashnikov

Ya ever seen my house?

Ya ever seen my house?
Neither have I Ted! You douchebag.
"Here lies the bravest soldier I've seen since my mirror got grease on it."

Zapp Brannigan

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

The Little Cartridge That Could

It's been a great few days.
Wack Lady #2, Michelle B. announced her presidential aspirations therefore rocketing her to the top of a mediocre field in both my states, home and adopted!
You go, Girl!
She's also managed to follow in the footsteps of two of her illustrious predecessors.
Saint Reagan had bragged to Tip O'Neill that he'd played President Grover Cleveland in a movie when it was actually baseball player, Grover Cleveland Alexander. They're easy to mix up.
Michelle got down-home saying that she shared the spirit of her fellow Waterloo, Iowa homeboy, John Wayne.
'Course, The Duke was born in Iowa but it was a different town.
The John Wayne who had lived in Waterloo was John Wayne Gacy. Again, it's a mistake anybody (stupid) could make.
And, just like Little George of fond, recent memory, she's managed to piss-off Tom Petty by using one of his songs without permission.
It's a promising start but, Rick Goodhair met with the Koch(sucking) brothers so it's plain to see where the bucks will be going.
But I digress. This an important date.
On June 28, ninety-seven years ago the event that ultimately caused virtually everything wrong in the world today took place.
And it involved that cute little mouse-round pictured at top - civilian version on the left - nickel-plated military on the right.
The round is the .32 ACP and one was sent on its way via a Browning FN 1910 right into the neck of the heir-apparent to the crown of the Austro-Hungarian empire.
The deaths of Franz Ferdinand and wife Sophie of course set off two world-wars, lots of blood, screaming, millions dead, the mess we have in the Middle East to this day, Adolf Hitler, and my pickup's bad vacuum-advance - although I admit I may be stretching the point on that last.

"An FN M1910, serial number 19074, chambered in .32 ACP purchased for the Black Hand members) was the handgun used by Gavrilo Princip to assassinate Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria in Sarajevo on June 28, 1914, precipitating the First World War."

The little bullet did get around. The next photo, showing a 1910 in usable condition along with a distressed example came from this website, dedicated to the Danish Resistance of the second war.
When the Germans burned the headquarters where it was found the lower pistol - obviously had the mouse-rounds in its mag explode.
This next is from another website, this time showing all sorts of ordnance dug up in Poland.
It deaded a lot of folks, no doubt about it - and was instrumental in fucking the world up, big-time.
That would be young Gavrillo Princip to the left, the guy who set in motion the next four years, the years that the other fellow, unaccountably, enjoyed.
But everyone's favorite Bizarro-World, Charlie Chaplin did try to wrap it all up nicely for us.
Thirty years, nine months and twenty-eight days after old Gavrillo stepped on his dick, Adolf helpfully put one through his own melon using a Walther PPK chambered in 7.65mm or as we like to call it: .32 ACP.
Thanks, Addie.

Final note:
How will the "We the Armed" folks spin this one?

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