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Monday, January 16, 2006

A Sniper In Iraq

I found this article in today's Washington Times to be fascinating:
U.S. Army sniper nails record shot
By Toby Harnden, London Sunday Telegraph

RAMADI, Iraq -- Gazing through the telescopic sight of his M-24 rifle, Army Staff Sgt. Jim Gilliland, leader of Shadow sniper team, fixed his eye on the Iraqi insurgent who had just killed an American soldier.

His quarry stood nonchalantly in the fourth-floor bay window of a hospital in battle-torn Ramadi, still clasping a long-barreled Kalashnikov. Instinctively allowing for wind speed and bullet drop, Shadow's commander aimed 12 feet high.

A single shot hit the Iraqi in the chest and killed him instantly. It had been fired from a range of more than three-quarters of a mile, well beyond the capacity of the powerful Leupold sight, accurate to 3,300 feet. (link)
The fact that Sgt. Gilliland dispatched a terrorist was satisfaction enough. But having been an avid hunter in the past, I can attest to the fact that a deadly-accurate shot from 3/4 of a mile is flooring.

In my youth, I hunted a lot of groundhogs. I own a bipod-equipped Remington 22-250 with a 12 power Weaver scope with which I got to be pretty adept. I would occasionally drop a groundhog at a distance as great as 1200 feet, but it was mostly luck. And I remember allowing for up to 24 inches of bullet drop (55 grain bullet, 3700 fps muzzle velocity). But to aim twelve feet high so as to hit his target is amazing.

Give this guy a medal. Oh, and thank him for performing a great service to humanity while you're at it.

And They Don't Understand Why They've Collapsed

I made mention yesterday of the ongoing implosion of the Episcopal Church. Parishioners are leaving in droves because thousands of them feel their church hierarchy is adrift. This story appearing in this morning's Washington Times certainly reinforces the notion:
D.C. church's 'Daniel' blog seizes preachable moment
By Julia Duin, The Washington Times

"The Book of Daniel," an NBC show about a pill-popping Episcopal priest who works for an adulterous bishop and must contend with a drug-dealing daughter, a boozing wife, a homosexual son and a bisexual sister-in-law, has an unexpected fan -- the Episcopal Diocese of Washington. (
I don't watch much network television and have never seen "The Book of Daniel." In fact, until now, I'd never heard of it. But I'll bet the Episcopal flock is less enthralled with the show than is the church leadership. We've come to expect this sort of mindless disparagement of Christianity from Hollywood. But what to make of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington? What in God's name are they thinking?

Who Knew?

And here I thought Laura Bush was just "The Pretty Face" in the White House. It turns out she is the real conservative residing there:
Laura fires back at critics
By Bill Sammon, The Washington Times

ACCRA, Ghana -- First lady Laura Bush yesterday said she was "irritated" by outside criticism of her husband's anti-AIDS programs in Africa as being focused too heavily on abstinence and not enough on condoms.

"I'm always a little bit irritated when I hear the criticism of abstinence, because abstinence is absolutely 100 percent effective in eradicating a sexually transmitted disease," Mrs. Bush said, before tying her answer in with one of the major themes of her trip, women's rights in Africa.

"In a country or a part of the world where one in three people have a sexually transmitted deadly disease, you have to talk about abstinence, you really have to," she said. "In many countries where girls feel obligated to comply with the wishes of men, girls need to know that abstinence is a choice." (link)
How refreshing. Mrs. Bush gives the media a candid - and accurate - lesson on controlling sexually transmitted diseases: Abstinence is "absolutely 100% effective." Of course they don't want to hear it. They prefer some prophylactic "non-Christian" solution to AIDS. Like their alternative is working.

Lighting a candle in the darkness. You go, girl.