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  1. I believe it was largely the service of former CSA soldiers in the Spanish American War that convinced Mckinley to start agitating for reconciliation policies.
  2. Syrian conflict.

    I'm not clear on what the rebel strategy is, except to debate whether to violate ceasefire agreements for the 1000th time and wait for Russian air strikes to kill them. Is there some reason they think they can win? Why are they still fighting?
  3. Aerospace and Ordnance discussion/news.

    Barbecued J-15!
  4. Syrian conflict.

    I don't understand what's going on right now all that clearly. What is the SAA trying to accomplish, and why are the rebels still fighting?
  5. For the record, all this shit about the statues is the most disgusting type of grandstanding. Imma explain this stuff straight up, because not everyone here is from the USA. Charles Francis Adams Sr. made a speech entitled "Shall Cromwell Have a Statue?" This speech is explicitly about whether Robert E. Lee ought to have a statue. Also, within context, this speech clarifies the reason why there are statues of Confederate generals in the USA in the first place. When the rebels called it quits in 1865 it was because it was clear that the Confederates could no longer win. It was not because they could no longer fight. The Confederacy could have very plausibly continued a low-level guerrilla campaign against Union forces for years and seriously run up the body count. Look up Quantrill's Raiders to get an idea of how nasty this could have become. But the Confederates did not choose to do this. They chose to lay down arms instead, come what may. They realized that they were beaten. Thus, the prevailing sentiment in the Union immediately after the war was that there should be a reasonable attempt at reconciliation. In the immediate aftermath of the war very few Confederates were charged with treason. After that there were further overtures, especially under President William Mckinley at the turn of the century. Confederate soldier's graves were given headstones, and that's about the time that statues of Lee started growing in various places. In general, it was felt that the rebels were traitors in a technical sense, but who had acted without malice or greed. Furthermore, the legality of secession and indeed the theoretical underpinnings of the constitution were largely unanswered questions at the time. It hardly seemed magnanimous to hold the issue against the rebels after beating them and burning their homes to the ground. And that is why the USA was fine with statues of Confederate generals springing up here and there. Did nobody think it odd that there's a statue of Robert E. Lee, a Confederate general, in Maryland, which was a Union state? Of course they didn't think it odd. They didn't think. That statue was erected because, a mere generation after the war, the Confederates were seen as losers in a high stakes political controversy, but otherwise completely American and honorable. Filthy modern iconoclasts made up their own bizarre interpretations of what the statue meant, and tore it down. They got rid of a symbol of one of the greatest national efforts of re-unification, ostensibly in the name of tolerance. Fucking philistines.
  6. I Learned Something Today

    Today I learned about the Giro Boat: This is rather similar to an idea the Germans had in WWII.
  7. Woodward's book makes it clear that something even weirder than that was going on. There are numerous excerpts about how relaxed and freely mixed Southern society was all the way until the 1880s, and to some extent after that. It was actually shocking to Europeans how un-racist American society was at that time. And then something happened, FIIK what, and segregation was the law of the land throughout the South. The Compromise of 1877 definitely had something to do with it, but Woodward explicitly makes the case that Jim Crow was not inevitable or obvious. This wasn't the ghost of the white supremacist slave society re-asserting itself when it thought it was safe to re-emerge. That's a line of crap that people like Woodrow Wilson sold to a largely credulous audience a generation after the fact, and that for some bizarre reason is taught in schools. Pro tip: Woodrow Wilson was an agent of Angra Mainyu who hated all that is good, true and pure. You should probably not repeat anything he said as fact without checking it first.
  8. The interesting thing, to me, about nostalgia for the Confederacy and the "Old South" is that it's almost entirely of recent vintage. In the 1960s the pro-segregation crowd argued that integration would destroy their culture and way of life et cetera... except that segregation only dated back to the 1890s. There was almost a generation long gap between the end of the Civil War and the start of Jim Crow laws. H.L. Mencken, who actually liked the Confederacy, at least in a qualified sense, pointed out that all that was good and noble about it bled out on the battlefields. In short, Lost Causers are LARPing. They aren't the inheritors of the Confederacy in any meaningful way. The Confederacy was killed 100% dead.
  9. Bash the EM-2 Thread

    I'm still not sure what that little piece in front of the receiver is, but it is clearly a separate piece, and it is none too securely attached: Go to 14:02 when Ian's hand brushes against it. So, it would appear that the actual machined receiver of the EM-2 only goes from the stock to about the forward edge of the rear strut of the carry handle. That's still way too big. This also brings up the question of exactly what the optical sight is attached to. The cross-section is a bit ambiguous: (I think that "7mm x 45mm" is a typo, but I'm not sure. By that point in the program they were making up new 7mm cartridges like they were pokemon or something.) The EM-2's atrocious accuracy problems in the 1950 tests are often attributed to bad ammo. While the ammo definitely was shit, and the .280 needed a lot more development in order to not suck, I am not convinced that the rifle had great potential for accuracy. The barrel was also quite thin, and as you can see from the cross-section, decidedly not free-floated.
  10. Bash the EM-2 Thread

    Oh, good. So they were on the same page of arms design as the country that has fought literally nobody since 1847.
  11. Bash the EM-2 Thread

    It's a borderline forgivable delusion to be under in the early 1950s. I'm actually not sure on how they managed to remain so ignorant of subsequent developments that they still thought the same thing thirty years later.