the dissident frogman

Like a suppository, only a bit stronger

Comme un suppositoire, mais juste un peu plus fort

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

the dissident frogman 15 years and one Month ago

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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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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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2338 - KL

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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??? :)

2339 - fyrfytr_3

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  • fyrfytr_3 Ashland, 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!

2341 - ColoradoRight

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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

2342 - floridasuzie

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  • floridasuzie Florida


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 :)

2343 - lefty

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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.

2344 - the dissident frogman

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  • the dissident frogman France

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.

Time to take sides

2345 - Grimmy

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  • Grimmy Where 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.

Where does the light go, when the light goes out?

2346 - the dissident frogman

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  • the dissident frogman France

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

Please don't blacklist me.

Time to take sides

2347 - Andy

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That is an excellent video.

2348 - caveman82952

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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.