Like a suppository, only a bit stronger

9 years and 10 months ago

Like a suppository, only a bit stronger

AFP doesn't know the basics. Plus the dissident frogman looking silly on the intarweb.

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I definitely lost my ability to be bothered, shocked or amazed by the depth at which some of the greatest Western news agencies and media outlets are prepared to sink in their support to the enemies of their own civilization, last year almost to the day, when Reuters and its stringers cast smoke on Lebanon, and produced some of Hezbollywood's greatest blockbusters.

Now, this:
Tuesday August 14, 2007: An elderly Iraqi woman shows two bullets which she says hit her house following an early coalition forces raid in the predominantly Shiite Baghdad suburb of Sadr City.

This latest disinformation hack from the French news agency AFP (yeah, emphasis added) didn't come as a surprise, and didn't raise my blood pressure either — in fact, it sparked quite a stroke of frank amusement, as you can see in the good-natured and videotaped farce I've performed for the occasion, and edited for your viewing pleasure(1).

I really can't believe, this time, that the AFP editors and minders who let this one go through the wire can be accused of dishonesty — and God knows I have no reason to give anybody in this joint [at the AFP even less than any other] the benefit of the doubt. I simply do not believe these people could release such a screaming obvious mendacity to a worldwide audience, and hope they could get away with it.

I just can't see how this could be the result of anything else but crass ignorance of one the most basic facts on firearms(2). So basic that it doesn't even belong strictly to the allegedly technical field of ballistics, but is simply a question of elementary vocabulary — that applies to both English and French, as the distinction between cartridge (cartouche) and bullet (balle) is identical in both languages.

This is where the real shocker lies: for even if we assume that they could be honest and unbiased, if these Great Professionals™ who make their trade and pride of reporting on worldwide crises — that are bound to involve, more often than not, individual weaponry of various make and caliber — can't even tell the difference between a bullet and a cartridge, can you just imagine what else — and how much — they ignore?

We can live with a dishonest press — as long as we know it — but ignorance from those who pretend to inform us?    
  1. Plus I got to wear my Terrorist costume, which I like to wear nearly as much as my other favorite, the Davy Crockett one (King of the Wild Frontier! Not Yours to Give! You may go to hell, I will go to Texas!)
  2. And I won't mention other embarrassing aspects of this 'news' release, such as the fact — discussed by eminent people and credible sources — that these are not even US Army ammunition...

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Comme un suppositoire, mais juste un peu plus fort

J'ai totalement perdu ma capacité à être choqué ou impressionné par les profondeurs auxquelles certaines des plus grandes agences de presse et media occidentaux sont prêts à sombrer dans leur soutien aux ennemis de leur propre civilisation, l'année dernière quasiment jour pour jour, lorsque Reuters et ses correspondants ont enfumé le Liban , et produit certains des grands titres d'Hezbollywood.

Et maintenant, ça :
Mardi 14 août 2007 : Une vieillarde irakienne montre deux balles et déclare qu'elles ont touché sa maison à la suite d'un raid matinal des forces de la coalition dans la banlieue de Bagdad majoritairement Shiite, Sadr City.

Ce dernier coup bas de désinformation de l'agence française AFP (ouais, souligné par mes soins) ne me surprends pas, et ne risque pas plus de faire monter ma pression sanguine — en fait, cela déclenche plutôt un franc accès d'hilarité, ainsi que vous pouvez le voir dans la videofarce festive et bon enfant que j'ai réalisé pour l'occasion et édité pour votre amusement (1).

Je ne peux vraiment pas croire, en l'occurrence, que les éditeurs de l'AFP qui en ont autorisé la diffusion puissent être accusés de duplicité — Et Dieu sait pourtant que je n'ai aucune raison d'accorder le bénéfice du doute à quiconque dans ce genre de tôle [à l'AFP encore moins que dans aucune autre]. Impossible d'admettre cependant que ces individus puissent diffuser un tel mensonge d'une évidence criante vers une audience internationale, en pensant pouvoir passer au travers des gouttes.

Je ne vois pas comment ceci pourrait être le résultat d'autre chose que d'une ignorance crasse de l'un des principes les plus fondamentaux des armes à feu(2). Tellement fondamental, que cela n'appartient même pas strictement au champ prétendument technique de la balistique mais relève simplement du vocabulaire le plus élémentaire — qui s'applique tant à l'Anglais qu'au Français, puisque la distinction entre cartouche (cartridge) et balle (bullet) est identique dans les deux langues.

C'est là où est le véritable outrage : car même en admettant qu'ils puissent être honnêtes et objectifs, si ces Grands Professionnels™ qui font leur ouvrage et leur fierté d'informer sur les crises internationales — vouées à impliquer, plus que jamais, de l'armement individuel de marque et de calibre variés — ne sont même pas capable de discerner la différence entre une balle et une cartouche, pouvez-vous seulement imaginer ce qu'ils peuvent ignorer d'autre, et l'étendue de ladite ignorance ?

On peut faire avec une presse malhonnête — pour autant qu'on le sache — mais de l'ignorance de la part de ceux qui prétendent nous informer ?
  1. En plus, j'ai pu mettre mon costume de Terroriste, que j'aime mettre presque autant que mon autre costume favori, celui de Davy Crockett (l'Homme qui n'a jamais peur!)
  2. Et je ne parlerai même pas des autres aspect embarrassants de ce communiqué de 'presse', tel le fait — abordé par d'éminents individus et des sources crédible — qu'il ne s'agit même pas de munitions de l'Armée US...


Oh Lord give me strength — scratch that — Oh Lord give me a smoke grenade, a gas mask, a helicopter and a hole to hide into: I've made it to The Tank, NRO's Military Blog.

Don't get me wrong: I'm absolutely ecstatic — for at least 10 seconds, up to the point where it suddenly dawn on me that most, and quite certainly all, Tank readers have more weapon experience in their toe nail than I and my last 14 ancestors can claim altogether.

Many thanks to Steve Schippert anyway, and welcome to you all coming from The Tank. Now I feel really small in my balaclava.

Is it global warming, or is it getting hotter around here? (Ha Ha, hotter, Hot Air... Geddit?)

Oh boy... Now I really think I'm going to pass out.


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  • 2hotel9Western Pennsylvania

I see this crap all the time, from every news agency and source. Images attached to articles that are so obviously at odds with the piece it is simply stunning that these idiots still get away with a shrug and wafting of open palms,"Oops. Sorry, just a mistake folks." What a crock.


And the tiny point that this same woman has been used in the same manner and method twice before is a clear indication of unmitigated gall.

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  • Ben USN (Ret)Washington State, USA

No one would waste a bullet on that hezbohag (always wondered what those 72 "virgins" looked like).

But obviously, the AFP like to waste film on her/it. How sick is that? Did the camera survive?

Excellent post, Sir!

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  • tinga-tinga

HAHA!  Wonderful!  Ahh, Dissing Frogman, you may have to do ANOTHER primer for AFP, because the rumor is out there that the "Old Lady" looks a lot like an "Old Guy " who’s seems to be a regular EXTRA in these scenes of photographic pathos.  Explainin’ to their hot-shot reporters and editors how to tell the difference entre les femmes et les hommes. (hehe)

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  • ValerieStranger from out there

Luv it, luv it, luv it! 


More films, pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaassssssssssssssssse.




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  • anachrophileMassachusetts

She must be one of the legion of 3rd world elderly that do this semi-professionally. In their cultures, we are frequently told, the elderly continue to be relevant to the family unit, once the men go off to LAllah-land. The reporters just showed up too soon, so all she had time for was to pull a couple of cartridges out of her basket of ammo and ragged bandages smeared with ketchup.

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  • floridasuzieFlorida

LOL! Love the instructional video, Frog! Is that what you’ve been so busy building - a frog studio? heh

Go get e’m! Encore!

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  • Nelson D. Noel

It is the highest duty of any father to embarass the hell out of his children - especially teenagers. You sir have all the earmarks of one of the greatest of all time.

I absolutely loved your video! You did send a copy to the proper authorities at AFP I hope. They can’t learn if they don’t see!

Keep up the great work my friend.

Nelson D. Noel

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  • GrimmyWhere I'm at.

There was another AFP piece from the earlier days in Afghanistan. Some of the high muckety mucks of Al Kayduh were gathering in this old guy’s house for a nice, sit down type, dinner. They were his guests. He was hosting them.

Well, it seems the house got all blowed up. Nasty evil Americans did it. As proof, the old man was photographed standing in the hole that used to be his house. Standing up beside him was the proof positive that it was the evil Americans that blew up his innocent house. That evidence was an old USSR 152 mm artillery bullet. It was caked in mud, like it had been buried for some time, and still had the lifting ring screwed into the fuse well.

Of course, according to the AFP tard, the man was completely innocent and had nothing to do with Al Kayduh. He was just a nice man that invited the leadership of Al duh over for dinner.

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  • Valerie, Texas


You just get better and better.  This is your best work ever!  And that is saying a lot because you always put out wonderful things!  But this was fantastic.  The humor, the text, the music choices, and the acting—superb!   Bravo! Bravo! 

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  • Words TwiceUSA

Loved the video!

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  • KLStranger from out there

Frogman,   I agree that this is one of your best from an already impressive collection.  You’re like a real-life defender of Truth, Justice and the American Way and you’re not even American!!  YOu rock!  Can we hope for Frogman, The Movie???  :)

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  • fyrfytr_3Ashland, Virginia USA

My problem with the picture is, if those rounds were fired at her home would they be in the condition they are in?  I mean everytime I fire my .308 the round doesn’t stay pristine, if you know what I mean!

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  • ColoradoRight

A really great video - as noted by others earlier I certainly hope we see more of them.  Very professionally done, including the blooper reel at the end.  Perhaps some suggestions on other instructional topcis:


The difference between an actual American who is proud of his country and a Retarded Socialist Ratbag who badmouths his country overseas

How to recognize the difference between genuine evil (getting children to chop off heads) and pretend evil (Club Gitmo where everybody gains weight)

The proper way to photoshop a news picture (see last Lebanon war)

How to tell if a politician is lying (mostly because their lips move I know)


Keep up the good work

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  • floridasuzieFlorida


At first I thought you were trying to slam our good Frog, but when my blood pressure came down I think maybe you are referring to Natalie Maines and her ilk?:

>a Retarded Socialist Ratbag who badmouths his country overseas<

I proudly live in Dixie and will happily hand over the Dixie Chicks but nobody messes with the Frog :)

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  • leftyStranger from out there

Committed lefty—hate the war, and at times pro-war crowd like you. But this is awsome. I was rolling. Got to stand and applaud your sense of humour. And how the hell did you get to watching Chiaya Chaiya, eh? Superb song—never thought one could use it so effectively as a background to weapons instruction!! You sir may have dodgy political beliefs but your sense of the absurd is delightful. I hope the idiots at AFP were watching. Hope to see more of this.

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  • the dissident frogmanFrance

Lefty: thanks for posting this compliment in a (globally) civil way, despite your self-professed dodgy political beliefs that — no argument here — certainly conflict with mine. I’m glad you enjoyed my stunt, and I’m sure we can both agree to disagree on the rest. Politely it seems - and that certainly makes you stand out when one considers the manners usually displayed by the crowd on your side of the political spectrum.
I’m always amazed however by the distinction people on your side seem to make: you hate war (I quote) and thus imply that I, somehow, love it simply because I support it. Nothing could be farther from the truth.
If you allow me to risk the guess that you are a US citizen, and have been so by birth, then I’d say I probably hate war even more than you can possibly do: after all, being native French and the grand-child of native Frenchmen, I’ll remind you that we’ve seen - and lived - the ravages of war at home (and not thousands of miles away from our homes) less than two generations ago. In fact, the last one was particularly ugly, since it managed to combine a “regular” war with the occupation by a foreign army, and a civil war that tore down French society up to this day between collaborators and resistants (and their descendants).
Incidentally, I’d like to point out that all the warmongers who managed to set my native continent ablaze all over the 20th century (setting up concentration & death camps, political polices and so on) were “committed lefties” of one collectivist brand or another. I hope you can take that fact in consideration if you ever fancy understanding why I came to hold “dodgy political beliefs”... and why I consider yours the same (worse in fact, if I may say so).
The only difference between your hostility to war and mine however is that I know that war can be a solution sometimes. Please note that I’m not saying “I think”, “I guess” or “Well, I suppose war could be a solution, etc.”

I know that. For a fact.
And I can assure you that despite their reflexive anti-American posturing, and their outrageous display of phony pacifism in the run up to the second Iraq war, most of the French wouldn’t deny it either.
At least none of those who can remember (or imagine) the sound of German troops patrolling the streets of their towns and villages at night.


Almost forgot: as for my musical choices, and your surprise, well… I’ll just say that I frequently do not live up to many people’s stereotypes (I’m not trying to be a smart ass here, that’s just a fact I’ve observed time and again). In that occurrence, I understand that a gun-toting right-wing warmongering French redneck that happens to have a certain Bollywood culture might come as a shock to you. I’ll sincerely hope however that this will help you realize that just because I’m fiercely in favor of defending Western civilization and personally kill some of the meat I eat doesn’t mean you can necessarily deduce I have brown people’s babies for breakfast and advocate ethnic cleansing at lunchtime.

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  • GrimmyWhere I'm at.

Mr. Frogman:

Please sir. Tell us true. Are you now, or have you ever been, a real mime?

There are some offenses that should never be forgiven.

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  • the dissident frogmanFrance

Mr. Chairman, members of the Commitee: no, I am not and never was.

Please don’t blacklist me.

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  • AndyStranger from out there

That is an excellent video.

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  • caveman82952

I laughed ‘till I damn near cried.  How delightful, having these pompous idiots handed their asses!  From their right hand to their left.   I own and shoot four guns, and you can damn sure bet I know one end from the other.  Found you on a link from the Rott…..had to join.  Your composition funny as hell. 

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  • BraineaterbobStranger from out there

I don’t care whou you are, that there was funny.

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  • bonmotdotStranger from out there

For the first time in my life, I think I’m in love with a Frenchman.  Bwahahahaaaaaaaaaaaa!  Pure genius. 

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  • MoStranger from out there

(My first time here.)

Your video was hysterical! I look forward to looking at your site in more detail.

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  • KLStranger from out there


I’m in love with the French Frogman too!  I’m thinking of starting the first official Frogman Groupie/Fan Club.  :)

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  • AllenInWV

A link to this video was posted on and it proved to be my introduction to the Dissident Frogman. I’d ramble on and on about how great this place is, but 1) I’ve barely scratched the surface here, and 2) I should be commenting on the video!

So…...outstanding video! Not only did it have a SIG-Sauer in it, not only did it lampoon the AFP (and news media in general), but that was some of the best physical comedy I’ve seen in ages!!! Great stuff!

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  • DaToadGlendale, AZ, USA

This is my first visit to your site. Bravo!

As for the vid: It’s priceless and, I think, well on its way to becoming a classic.



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  • BoogsAirmont, NY

Superb DF!   Instantly Classic!

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  • R.K.V.

Chere Grenouille, Vous avez un talent naturel.  Bien fait.

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  • 2hotel9Western Pennsylvania

Better watch out, Froggy! The fems seem quite taken with you, if they get a look at Meltdown they may be taken aback.

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  • Papa RayWest Texas

Great Video, Great effort.

I took the liberty of posting a link to our blog, where it will really be appriciated.

Rednecks are like that you know.

Papa Ray

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  • 2hotel9Western Pennsylvania

Hey, Pa! Long time no hear. How ya been?


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  • JasonStranger from out there

Brilliantly hilarious video, DF!  When are these jerks going to learn that all their fauxtography belong to us?

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  • AntaresStranger from out there

I loved your video course on the composition, and use of the cartridge for the French media wonks. Could you do another video for Hillary Clinton on say…. ethics, values, honesty ... any of those will make  a good video for her. She’s sure to watch since it will be something very new for her.  If you’re up for a huge video project, how about an instructional video on getting your facts straight for Al Gore.

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  • Billy JackStranger from out there

Ah, come on. Perhaps you are not thinking of all options. It could be that during the attack, the soldiers threw the rounds at the ladies house! :)


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  • 2hotel9Western Pennsylvania

Algore; The Goreacle, needs a bit more than a suppsitory in order to straighten out his facts.

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  • FollyUSA

Since when did truth ever matter?  The way they tell it, we are the Ottoman Turks, the Huns, the Mongols, and the Nazis are rolled into one. 

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  • Iwo GinaMaryland

After the Dan Rather/Mary Mapes disinformation scandal, I am still amazed (although, perhaps I shouldn’t be) that the media are so arrogant that they feel they can make up whatever they like and no-one will question the veracity of the story. So much so that they include a captioned illustration that so obviously contradicts what has been reported as "fact".

P.S. - I know that there are quite a few more media disinformation scandals I could use as an example, but the Rather/Mapes scandal is my personal favorite. To put it in a way that Rather would understand: Post-report interviews of Danny -boy showed him lookin’ about as nervous as a long-tailed cat in a room full of rockin’chairs! I Wouldn’t mind seeing images of those two Mickey-ized and slapped on a t-shirt!

P.P.S. - Fan-freakin-tastic video, DF! You even included the bloopers! Love it!

P.P.P.S. - Hotel - love your remark about The Goreacle (LOL!!)

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  • 2hotel9Western Pennsylvania

Thanks! I been calling him The Goreacle since the mid-‘90s, when he started pushing this crap. And I second the nomination of Danny Blather to be Mickeyized.

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  • Deuce

Wow, I could only have been more impressed with your answer to the AFP (and video) had you used a Browning instead of the Sig!   We can only hope to see more of your work!  This one’s headed to Classic status fast!

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  • Iwo GinaMaryland

Hotel: I love  it when you talk Gorey!  Oooo baby!

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  • Tushar DStranger from out there

Disident Frogman,

The video was awesome, and the music made it even better.
I am an Indian Redneck, transplanted in US. You and Presideny Sarkozy have developed in me a new respect for the French.
I salute you!

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  • TBinSTLSt Louis MO USA

I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to see you and your site getting the recognition it deserves! All those links dropped in comments are starting to pay off. I keep telling them not to push the button, but they never listen.

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  • BobStranger from out there

Brilliantly executed!

Sad that the people who would benefit most from it, the AFP (or AP or Reuters, etc) won’t "get it", but a great video nevertheless.

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  • Ms.ManChowMaryland

The Me: Brilliant, frickin brilliant.  I haven’t laughed that hard all day.  Keep up the excellent work.


Bollywood rocks. 

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  • alacrityfitzhughStranger from out there

Very funny! I loved the video. Keep up the good work!

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  • FrancisStranger from out there

That was completely brilliant. I suppose it took you a long time but I hope you’ll do more. In fact, I hope you get your own show.

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  • mungagungadinStranger from out there

I didn’t think there were any men in France.  Whoever you are, nice to meet you!

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  • FASTAC 6

I laughed, I cried. "Two thumbs up". A masterpiece of French cinema. I am now forced to re-evaluate the French, mimes, and Jerry Lewis.

DF- this film should become required viewing in both ‘journalism’ and film schools. Thank you for the entertainment and the public service.

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  • Kowboy

I sent the video to my son, who is in the Navy. Like me, he believes that those who wrote this are definitely not good old southern boys. We like our guns and damn sure know the difference between shooty and no shooty.

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  • ChadStranger from out there

This…. is your most amazing work of art.


Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

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  • the dissident frogmanFrance

Chad: Thanks. Coming from someone like you, who is both a talented photographer and graphic designer as well as a hunter, shooter and all around outdoorsman, that’s something.

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  • Sentry

You’re back! Awesome, awesome video. Forwarded it to everyone I know.

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  • sgt tackleburyStranger from out there

Excellent training aide, I would like to show this to my firearms class, great sense of humor, dry and slightly ironic (just as we like it)

Best Regards, Frank

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  • refermanStranger from out there

If your not a mime,your a better actor than the reporters are acting like a reporter.Great stuff.Where’s act deux.How about something with the Clintons,say billy bob in beijing with mr Hsu in prostitute alley with nothing on but a rain coat and his clarinet case.With sandles of course and mr hsu holding bills boom stick..Peace on earth,and if not take no prisoners let god sort em out..

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  • saintarctangentKentucky, USA

This video is way too cool!  Thanks DF!

I thought you couldn’t own firearms in the EU?

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  • Sentry

As an aside—what’re the prospects of getting this in a downloadable format? I know you said you were working on it.

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  • Bill WallbankStranger from out there

Like your site & take on our world, Thanks

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  • alex

Bravofrogman, nice to know you frenchies are coming round. First a kick-ass leader (finally) and now the Frogman.

alex the canuk

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  • A Massive Yeast InfectionStranger from out there

Damn you and that infectious song!  Because of you, I had to rent ‘Dil se’ and now I can’t get enough Bollywood!  Damn you!

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  • Jose AngelMonterrey, Mexico

I loved the video. Had to watch it several times.

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  • Chris

This is some of the best work i’ve ever seen!  great video.  Hope to see more of your terrorist outfit.

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  • WendyStranger from out there

Too funny!

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  • Ms PatriotTexas

I realize this is not at all where you were headed in making this really excellent training video, but I’m forced to register so that I may thank you kindly for just turning me on beyond comprehension. I’ve never been this turned on by a faux French mime in…ever. And the pic in the top right corner isn’t helping. Keep up the good work. Sign me, a new fan…MsP

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  • MattexianTexas

I’ve had to refer to this excellent video in the last day (showing it to my wife and a friend), as a similar story has erupted in my local news, where a new homeowner near a gun range is complaining that stray bullets from the range are falling on and around his house, including a .50 BMG bullet!  However, in the news video he shows off an unfired cartridge, much like the Iraqi woman did.