OPERATION (YOUTUBE

WTF ARE YOU DOING!) SMACKDOWN


December 21, 2008

“Al Qaeda Terrorist Forum Admits Defeat Against Operation YouTube Smackdown

Mayhaps it’s time to revisit why we participate in Operation YouTube Smackdown as posted at S.I.T. a year and a half ago.

“Are you aware that terrorists are using the internet, specifically YouTube, to showcase their graphically violent videos celebrating American and Coalition soldiers being killed in Iraq and Afghanistan? Additionally, they are using these videos for propaganda and teaching/recruitment purposes!

Our mission - remove as many of these videos as possible! Then maybe YouTube will take it upon themselves to join us in trying to preserve what our military fights for every day: Life! Liberty! The Pursuit of Happiness!"


You know it, and I know it - we make a difference every single time a video comes down. And . . . . . best of all - the hirabists know it.

December 17, 2008
Cyber Jihad of Losers on Jihadtube Admit Defeat


For many months Operation YouTube Smackdown has effectively shut down almost 15 thousands terrorist videos posted on Youtube and this has caused a lot of anger among the cyberspace terrorists. Operation YouTube Smackdown is a group of patriots who took upon themselves to prevent spreading terrorist propaganda on Youtube. We have an ongoing thread here on FR about this operation and it is posted by Freeper "StarCMC".

Today, a member of an Al Qaeda terrorist forum called "Al Falojah" admitted that they have been utterly defeated on Youtube by Operation You Tube Smackdown.
He also blamed the members of the terrorist forums for making it easy to spot the YouTube terrorist videos when they post links of these videos on the forums.

The poster name is "Song of Terror" and the date of his post is December 16 2008.
This is a link to thread http://al-faloja.info/vb/showthread.php?t=38871 in case someone has access to "al falojah" terrorist forum and knows how to read Arabic.

Below is a partial translation of the post:
"Members of Al Falojah forum swallow the bitterness of a crushing defeat on YouTube.
I have warned multiple times in my replies to the some threads and in private e-mails that I sent to some brothers about posting Yotube jihadi videos links on the pages of the jihadi forums because they (the videos) would be disabled within few days…… The Zinoist YOUTUBE SMACKDOWN network has few members but they have a lot of accounts on Youtube where they do a lot of "Flags" to the jihadi publications in particular the ones with English titles and contain tags such as "Iraq, IED, humvee, martyrdom, jihad, war".
End of the partial translation.

Congratulations members of Operation YouTube SmackDown, keep up the great work, you are hurting the terrorist enemy and preventing them from publishing their terrorist propaganda on YouTube.”
Our work is not, not, NOT done – but one thing is for sure –
101st Chairborne Division – SmackDown Corps
* * * * * * * YOU rock!!! * * * * * * *

December 07, 2008

A Most Thankful November

Another fantastic month for Operation YouTube SMACKDOWN:

We racked up 50 Suspensions!!!

and a whopping 1,516 videos SMACKED DOWN!!!

For a total of 14,902 videos removed by
Operation YouTube SMACKDOWN since the start.
Take a bow SMACKDOWN Warriors!!!

As always, Star says it much better than I, head over to the December FReeper SMACKDOWN thread for more and some graphical representations of our work.

December 01, 2008

We're Not Gonna Take It!

Here is a great new video from our video production department!

YouTube Smackdown in the New York Times!
by HirabistHunter



Watch it, rate it, favorite it, share it!

November 22, 2008

"VICTORY IN IRAQ DAY" - November 22, 2008

We sleep at night, safe in our homes, because of American and coalition forces in Iraq and elsewhere across the globe. Afghanistan! Your next.

To each of you, and your families - we owe an undying debt of gratitude.

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You.

November 01, 2008

For Alexa

First, they came for our guns...


****** Fail! ******
Just a little more Gun prOn to keep the blues away.
See y'all at the polls!
Svin

October 18, 2008

Fire Your Guns

Amateur Philosophers Society and Gun Club-The Video

Pictured below is Spc.Mills, now a civilian and engaged to our very own Bomber Girl.


He has produced a video for all of us gun lovin' "Bitter Clingers" that have nothing better to do than to SILENCE JIHADI PROPOGANDISTS! The reason for the special meeting of the A.P.S.G.C. was to throw a "Bon Voyage" party for brother Corporal J. Mills U.S.M.C. who is deploying this week to the sandbox. The chosen venue was of course "The Redoubt" in Wesbygod (a.k.a. Svins backyard). You can scroll down to see some still shots we took or you can go straight to the video by clicking on the title of this post "Fire your Guns". The link will take you to a Magix video account. Once there, click on Disc 2008-10-10 and as Bill Whittle would say,"Reach for the LOUD handle !". This is the video that we should use to reply to those Jihad Jobs on You Tube. Unfortunately, I dont have the Skilz to make a direct copy and post it there. I will try to get that done next week.


Let's go to the still Pix! Some of these would make great Demotivators.


Here are some elements of the Wesbygod Rapid Recon squad. "Bomber Girl" and "Stuff "can get there the fastest with the mostest. Aint America great!

The Quartermasters Table was well stocked with all kinds of goodies. Everything from an '03 Springfield to the latest A4 poodle shooter from the U.S. Armory. Garands, Mini-14s, Ak-47, SKS, Colts, Mausers, Mosin-Nagants, Berettas, Mossburgs and Uncle Svin's very own Steyr Scout Rifle (Jeff Cooper Edition).

Here is a close up for the true believers Got Jihad? Yeah, I'm talkin'to you Juba!

Th...Th...Th...Thats all folks!


Svin

October 01, 2008

Smokin' September

Wow! That's all I can say. WOW!!!
September was an amazing month for Operation YouTube SMACKDOWN.

72 harabist, islamo-fascist, terrorist supporters suspended!
2,479 individual videos SMACKED DOWN.

That's right - 72 suspensions and 2,479 videos removed! By far the best month since this little project started.
Be pleased with the work you have done. That is 11,662 videos removed to date that no longer haunt our military families.

In addition to record SMACKDOWN numbers, September saw the opening of our new headquarters at SMACKDOWNCorps.org and the addition of new member AhDoodieClaire, who has a great selection of sorted, tag 'em and bag 'em play lists for your SMACKDOWN pleasure.

Well, how are we going to top that in October? Let's start by opening up our new SMACKDOWN Corps Forum, how does that sound? Join us for a little hirabist SMACKDOWN chat?

One last thing before I let you go... Have you got your Operation YouTube SMACKDOWN coffee mug yet? Nothing starts the day off right like a cup of SMACKDOWN joe as we head into what we hope will be an Outrageous October!


THANK YOU All for your efforts! We are making a difference!

September 23, 2008

Yeah - we used the word - EFFECTIVE!!!


abusayaf888 - 541 videos - SUSPENDED!

He attacked every nation, every religion.
Couldn't have happened to a nicer guy.

101st Chairborne Division - THANK YOU!!!



September 12, 2008

Effective?

Despite the awesome numbers Operation YouTube SMACKDOWN has been posting these past few months, I still hear people ask what's the use. What difference can a couple of people flagging these harabist, islamo-fascist, terrorist supporting pieces of jihadi propaganda make? There are thousands of these videos out there they say. You guys will barely make a dent they say. It's not worth the effort they finish.

Well, we've got news for them. It is worth the effort! and... The dent we are making is HUGE. Just this past August, we had
45 suspensions and 1,056 individual pieces of harabist garbage removed from YouTube. That's one thousand terrorist supporting videos, young impressionable minds will not see. That's one thousand videos the islamo-fascists can't use to recruit more suicide bombers. That's one thousand casualties in the cyber-war. (hmmm. I wonder if martyred videos get 72 porno flicks when they go in the trash.)

Is it worth it? Hell Yeah! Are we making a difference? You bet! Its got to be pretty demoralizing when you can't even win on the YouTube battle ground.

So, what makes us even more effective? Growing the movement. That's what.

To that end, we are proud to announce the opening of SMACKDOWN Corps Headquarters at:


And by the way, since Operation YouTube SMACKDOWN started, we've SMACKED DOWN nearly TEN THOUSAND enemy propaganda videos! No, not very effective at all...



To learn how you can help spread the word,
follow this link to our Lend a Hand page.

September 11, 2008

September 11, 2001

Hate brought Evil to our doorstep early on September 11, 2001.
They placed the graffiti of a mindset consumed in righteous indignation upon our buildings expecting that the most powerful nation in the world would drop to it's knees pinioned on the shaft that is the will of Allah.

Their best effort did not, and will never, succeed.
They failed to weaken our spirit, our resolve, our unshakable resilence.
Those who died on September 11, and since, stand as much a beacon as Lady Liberty.
God bless those who lost their lives that day and their loved ones. God bless America.
And God bless our military who watches our backs 24/7.

WE WILL NOT FORGET

September 05, 2008

THE TIMES YOU KNOW YOUR DOING IT RIGHT!

Enjoy guys and dolls - this one's for you!

Why I do continue Cyber jihad?

UPDATE!!!
Doh.... SMACKED DOWN!!!!


What a riot! I guess it's a good thing we copied it, eh?


August 30, 2008

MOLON LABE

For those who have been wondering, yes. Svin is alive and well. Inspiration, these days, seems hard for me to come by. When Corporal J. Mills sent me this pic yesterday, I knew I wanted to share it with y'all. His job in the U.S.M.C. involves armored recovery vehicles. He is deploying to the Sandbox in a few weeks. We wish him good battle-luck and a safe return. Thinking about the Middle East reminded me that I have yet to publish the latest submission from our very own Basil Riverdale. Essay begins directly below the pic. Take it away Basil!

Attitude

"The difficult we do immediately, the impossible takes a little longer."
~Motto: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers


Americans are frequently accused of being arrogant. What our critics fail to appreciate is that the American attitude is a cultural trait born of confidence. When attitude is blended with wherewithal, we can accomplish the seemingly impossible. In contrast, mere bluster is a cheap imitation of confidence betraying weakness and doubt. It's a common characteristic of bullies and thugs. Come the moment of truth bluster ends in disgrace as the facade falls away revealing only cowardice. When Saddam Hussein was pulled from his spider hole, he declared, "I am the president of Iraq!" A marine armed with both attitude and wherewithal responded, "George Bush sends his regards." The contrast could not have been more perfect. Game over. The only thing that remained for Saddam was the final humiliation of the hangman's noose.

In 1775, a rag-tag group of American militiamen faced a line of British regulars on Lexington Common. A British officer ordered the rabble to disperse. I imagine that someone in the American line yelled back, "get the hell off our land." History records that someone on the American side pulled the trigger. Attitude and wherewithal make for a powerful combination especially when free people are forced to defend liberty. Lethal force is the final arbiter between right and wrong. Always has been. Some will ask, "can't we all just get along?" No, actually, not as long as predators are born into our society. Some critters just need kill'n. You can't reform them; they need to be eliminated.

This week the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in the Heller decision that Americans have a constitutional right to keep and bear arms. How good of them. I guess no one informed the court that attitude and wherewithal defend our liberties. Had the decision fallen the other way, it wouldn't have made a jot of difference. Our attitude toward liberty enjoys a very old pedigree. Persia: "Spartans, lay down your weapons." Sparta: "Persians, come and get them." That's what I call attitude in spades. It's a beautiful thing.

I read today that Ahmadinejad is making threatening noises again against the west. His gnome-like stature only serves to emphasize the impotent nature of his threats. He's got plenty of bluster, but very little in the way of wherewithal. At least not yet. Someone needs to bitch-slap the little bugger. In public. He's attempting to bluff a full house superpower with a broken straight, eight high. Someone needs to call his hand. America is the same nation that outfought German Nazism and faced down Soviet communism. Those powers had genuine wherewithal. The little toad from Tehran has nothing. He'll be lucky to escape the lynch mob when the time comes. Ditto the theocrats he works for. These guys are going to get hanged from lampposts with their own turbans.

I confess that I have a bad attitude toward our enemies. I consider it a virtue. Life is short and the older I get the less time I have for bullshit. Can't we make some sort of deal with Iran? No! Liberty is non-negotiable. It's a precondition. We have a presidential candidate who says he will negotiate without preconditions. He's a fool. We do not, ever, as Americans place liberty on the negotiating table. We will not be threatened. The situation calls for defiance and a clear statement about consequences. Why is that so difficult? America has the wherewithal, it's time someone displayed a little attitude. The cards are on the table. Our ace in the hole goes boom. It's time the other side understood this. Today. Beyond ambiguity. Now.


August 03, 2008

Another Great Month, but Something Stinks

So, another amazing month for July. We had 34 more suspensions and removed a total of

1,224
harabist, islamo-fascist, terrorist supporting, propaganda videos from YouTube. We hit a snag, though, halfway through the month. When you look at the list, note the dates for the top 6 suspensions. Since July 16th only six. What's up with that? Are the reviewers over at YouTube on strike? If so, they better get back to work before all that garbage starts to really stink up the place.

Personally I think we were rapidly closing in on our quota of suspensions, so they slowed the trend. Why a quota? Well, since they know the government is paying a little attention, they want to appear to be doing something about the terrorists they are providing support to. They can't be seen as stifling free speech, though. Hey, it's the terrorists right to call for violent jihad and promote hatred and violence. Never mind, they use this stuff to recruit impressionable youth to murder innocent civilians. How would it look if 56 islamo-fascists were suspended? The ACLU would have had a fit. So they let us suspended a few to appear to be allowing their "users to enforce its community standards".

It is the acceleration of a trend we have been seeing for a while. There is a growing list of users who have lost more than three videos for promoting hatred and violence, who are still out there glorifying terrorism and calling for violent jihad despite YT's own 3 strikes and your suspended rule! So much for rules. So much for integrity!

We are a victim of our own success. No matter. We fight on! Lan astaslem!

If by chance you live in Connecticut, I am sure Senator Lieberman would find it interesting to know how well YouTube is allowing its community to help enforce its standards. Maybe he can get the answers to our questions YouTube is refusing to hear.

For more head over to Star's great August YouTube SMACKDOWN FreeRebulic thread.


SUSPENDED!!! JULY
user name, date listed, (# of vids), date suspended


ISLAMTHUNDER 7/27 (15) 7/28
virtualresistance 7/20 (6) 7/23
Hamsawiy4 7/22 (96) 7/22
SANGARMUJAHID 7/18 (50) 7/21
lraqSadaALlSLAM 7/14 (16) 7/19
Restquote 7/18 (25) 7/18

stargmo20 7/14 (21) 7/15
suckusa123 7/12 (6) 7/14
rafdean 7/1 (48) 7/14
khomayne 7/8 (93) 7/14
AbuUsamaElSwede1 7/12 (7) 7/12
djabirdjan 7/11 (14) 7/12
103tv 7/11 (21) 7/12
dallkkk 7/10 (25) 7/10
hishamz333 6/10 (8) 7/9
alqatranee (12) 7/9
shikaky 7/6 (67) 7/9
ba2345a2s3 7/9 (17) 7/9
halcon03422 (26)
asdamr0000001 7/6 (154) 7/7
Velesmystic 7/7 (5) 7/7
0857430305 6/17 (9) 7/6
imadmognieh2 7/3 (85) 7/5
sayyednasrollah 7/3 (84) 7/5
halcon0342 7/3 (20) 7/3
artyirurt098 6/17 (124) 7/2
ann1y 6/8 (6) 7/2
karrdo 6/16 (10) 7/2
AnsarTube 6/24 (27) 7/1
knivzta93 4/26 (40) 7/1
WarisThis 6/9 (23) 7/1
jihad4all 6/12 (14) 7/1
haiderqasim 6/10 (17) 7/1
WarriorsOfIslam 6/28 (43) 7/1

July 28, 2008

Taking Out hirabist Trash

There is nothing like having ones computer crash and burn to put a person behind on many things.

Like living. Breathing. Sleeping. Taking out the hirabist trash!

That being said - we're up and running again and the incinerator is - hungry!!!

July 09, 2008

Fourth of July

The Amateur Philosophers Society and Gun Club
Held it's second annual Independance Day gathering at the redoubt in Wesbygod last Saturday. A grand time was had by all. Freedom was unbound and celebrated as it only can be here in America. Firearms, fireworks, food and friends aplenty.

Ronin J. enjoying the afterglow from emptying a 20 round mag, thus proving that John Lennon was right about something.
Shooting, grilling and beer consumption continued throughout the afternoon. Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms may be a political deprtment in D.C. but in Wesbygod it more accurately describes the local convenience store.

But Svin...is that safe???

Well, with all that shooting, did you guys ever have a chance to discuss any philosophy? Now that is a silly question. Guys and beers and guns and philosophy go together like Anheuser and Busch, like Smith and Wesson, like God and John Moses Browning. We talked about many of the issues of the day . Topics like evolution and its supporters and detractors.

Ah yes. God versus Kalashnikov. Now there is a philosophical debate for you. While we were at it, we also discussed the nature of the Trinity in it's earthly manifestations.


Richard "Der Schwanz" keeps the brass flying in the speed event. How many angels can dance on the headstamp of a cartridge case? I dunno. Gimme another beer and we'll count em again. Eventually, most of the ammunition had fulfilled it's karmic destiny. The cordite wafted away in the breeze and we prepared for the final ritual of the day.

The Scotsman was on hand with his bag of magical tricks.

Bomber Girl joined in to help make the...well... Bombs! Lets see here. The red fuse is the fast fuse and the green fuse is the slow...no...wait a minute. The green fuse is the fast fuse and the red...WHATEVER!

That s a whole bunch of potential freedom right thar folks' and it went down something like this.

And this...

KABOOM!

Happy 4th of July Y'all !

Svinrod out














July 04, 2008

July 4th, 1776 - "We hold these truths to be self-evident"

IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

For over two hundred years life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness have been fought for and protected by our military. Freedom!

WE WILL NOT FORGET!

WE HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A GREAT 4TH OF JULY

June 28, 2008

Founding Fathers

We Will Never Submit
I was extremely gratified to receive the following post from one of the three original Quoth the Raven authors. He is a world traveler, an author, a teacher, a most gracious host, and even a Senator of the Lost Republic of Ejectia. Since Bill Whittle is still on hiatus, I hope that you will here enjoy the next best thing.
Svin
The Enemy We May Not Name
By Basil Riverdale
I dislike the term 'Global War on Terror.' It makes as much sense as describing World War II as the war against blitzkrieg. War is waged between two opposing sides. You cannot declare war on a method. The anti-intellectualism from the politically correct crowd often manifests as muddled thinking. We cannot name the enemy; he might get upset with us. Upset? He's already angry enough to murder us, how much more upset can he get? Allow me to provide some clarity: Western civilization is in a war with Islam.

I have a good bit of personal experience with Islam. I traveled the world in my younger days. I've witnessed Islam as practiced in Egypt, Israel, Turkey, Kashmir and Malaysia. Here's a truth for you: the more pious the believer, the more ignorant and downtrodden he tends to be. Islam is the most totalitarian system ever devised by man. Every aspect of human behavior is regulated where it is not otherwise proscribed altogether. From diet to statecraft, you can find it all in the One Book. Islam as a system of control is the very antithesis of liberty. Modernity and Islam could not be more incompatible. Are there no modern Muslims? Well yes, but they tend to be secular as they go about their daily business. In Turkey, for example, a visit once a week to the mosque for prayer is the norm. You don't see Turks in Ankara putting their noses in the carpet five times a day.

Now, don't get me wrong. If someone wants to spend his free time on his knees begging the deity, have at it. Personally, I don't think anyone is listening. God has more important things to do; the universe is a big place and someone has to keep the gears lubed. What gets my dander up are the Muslims who want to impose their ways on me. I'm supposed to give up beer and dress my woman in a black sack, eh? Pious Muslims say it's all in the One Book. Guess what? In the west we have something called a library. We also enjoy something called liberty which exempts us from daily acts of personal abasement before the deity. So take your Sharia and shove it. It's not welcome in my world. Nor does my sense of human dignity include honor killings and sexual mutilation.

Keep in mind that I'm a product of the western, liberal tradition. I can negotiate. You can be an American Muslim provided you don't drag your religion into the public square. Americans believe in the separation of church and state. It's a proven concept for maintaining domestic tranquility for over two-hundred years. Also, loyalty to America comes first. If you as a Muslim can't abide by two simple rules, then don't come here. And if you do emmigrate, be prepared to see your progeny grow up as modern, secular, American kids. It's what happens to all immigrant groups. Modernity is riding a wave of secularism. Get used to it.

Of course, if you really believe that the last word on life, the universe, and everything was written down by God in the 7th Century, then we've got a problem. Or rather, you have a problem. You're stupid. If you believe seventy-two virgins are waiting for you in paradise, you are terminally stupid. And if you think you're taking me with you by way of murder, I'm left with only one choice. I have to kill you before you kill me. If you look at Iraq today, or talk with a jihadist (assuming you can still find one alive), you just might conclude that America is a killing machine. If you kill one of us, we will kill you back. Only the ratio favors us by a margin of 20 to 1. Got that?

So that's the deal. If you want to live under the tyranny of religion, stay home. If you think Iraq runs better with dependable electricity, running water, and consensual government, then join us. But if you think God has ordered you to murder, get ready to be disappointed. America has built a nation-state in Iraq out of damn near nothing, but even America can't fix stupid. Modernity is changing the face of Islam. The clock of history does not run backwards. Get used to it. It's time you got a clue.

~B

June 21, 2008

Bomber Girlz


Aint America Wonderful!

Got an e-mail from the indefatigable Andrea after the "Camel Song" post. She says "Svin, the PC Nazis are gonna get you." Well, I waited all week and NO PC Nazis. I guess I'm just not trying hard enough.

With that in mind I thought I would start a new feature here on QTR to see if we could flush them out, so to speak. I actually got the idea from the freeper site(see the Bomb Damage Assessment link in the sidebar). After listing all of May's Smackdowns, they mentioned "Bomber Girl is pleased!"

Right about then I got to thinking about the Bomber Girl Concept (BGC?) and decided it should be an integral part of The Smackdown. Hey! If Kim du Toit can have his "Weekend Women" feature on Sundays, I figured we could get away with Bomber Girlz every now and then. Its a Morale thing. The best part about it is the Jihadi's cant hijack(pun intended) this idea becaus all of their Bomber Girlz look like Cousin It stuffed in a hefty bag. Also, these guys are so sexually repressed that a few good pix might make their heads explode. Figure that its worth a try at the very least. Remember what the Mooselimb Moms say about their younguns. "Kids. They blow up so fast these days."

My idea is to set up a Bomber Girlz page where we can collect entries that y'all send in. Requirements are pretty simple and obvious. Bomber Girlz pix should have Girlz in them. A bomb or bomber is what makes it a Bomber Girlz pic. Lemme show ya what I mean.

Allow me to present the charming and talented Tara. See the picture? See the Girl? see the bomb? Pretty simple concept really. We could even do captions. Anything that will drive Mo,Hammed and Curly to the camel tent would be ideal. But be warned. Uncle Svin aint lettin no gutter trash on his site. Tara here is a qualified aircraft maintenance tech and has her own security detail which includes among others my own self, her chosen Soldier Boy, the odd Marine and a few Vulcan operatives. As usual, with any new idea, lemme know what yer thinking and we'll do something, even if its wrong.

Seeyall in Smackdown land

Svin Out!

June 03, 2008

SMACKDOWN SUCCESS



By Allah! First the tooth Fairy leaves me a knock-off Rolex that is so cheap it does not even have a dial, and now some crazy infidels get me thrown off of You-Tube. Whats next? Crusaders start handing out Christian coins? By the fleas of my fathers, it is getting harder and harder to be this stupid and not get blown up.

Death to those Smackdown American peoples. Don't they know about the first amendment. Don't they know that it only applies to us mooselimbs. It is enough to make one stop beating his wives. I go back to cave now. Talk to camel. Maybe bring some flowers. Get Lucky.

Ooohhh beautifuulll camelll....

Four legs are so nice....

My cave is my castle...

Your hot breath is like spice...


Gotta go Puke now.


Svin




June 02, 2008

What a Merry Merry Month of May!

Wow! So, the force multiplication efforts have borne fruit...

Thank you everyone who helped suspend 25 users and remove a grand total of 1,452 terrorist supporting videos during the month of May!

I would also like to mention Senator Joe Lieberman's contribution to our effort. Thanks to his continued voice in the media, YouTube's jihadi problem is getting the attention it deserves. Perhaps, because of his efforts, YouTube is listing a little bit closer to us.

I attempted to contact the senator to let him know he is not alone in this battle, but as I am not his constituent, I could not get through...

Look for more exciting news to come as our movement grows and gathers steam. Some say it's not worth the effort, but those of us here think no battleground should go uncontested. You can look at the SMACKDOWN numbers for May and know we are making a difference. I for one WILL NOT surrender YouTube just because it's "not worth the effort."

Keep SMACKING DOWN those terrorists, keep spreading the word, and never, ever, forget.

UPDATE: I should have mentioned that 22 of those 1,452 videos were posted over at jihadi SMACKDOWN of the day. Twenty-two of thirty-one videos posted...
That's a 71% success rate. Not too shabby!

May 31, 2008

New Look!

Greetings from Svin!

I decided to make a few changes to the main page. Input and suggestions are most welcome. As my wife is fond of saying, "Don't freak out, it's not like it was a tattoo or something!" I took this picture of a "Legacy" flight last summer. After cropping it a bit I thought it would make a nice header picture. The aircraft are a P-51 Mustang, F-15 Eagle, F-22 Raptor, and F-16 Fighting Falcon. The quotation(if anyone has ever wondered) is from an old Viking text called "Grimnismal" It is attributed to the Norse God Odin and refers to his two Raven familiars named Huginn and Muninn (Thought and Memory) who whisper the news from faraway battlefields into his ears at night. His fear that they shall not return is prompted by their reports of endless fields of carrion for them to feed upon. It is a fittingly grim tale considering it's origins, and an appropriately cautionary one at that. The endless,mindless, slaying must one day stop or there will be only carnage left. Since surrender is not an option, we must prevail. Many thanks to all the Smackdown Warriors who, like Odin's Ravens, travel the world daily to spread the word.

May 16, 2008

Unleashing a New Weapon Against the Cyber-jihad

Today we unveil our latest weapon in the fight against YouTube terrorists. We know how valuable your time is, so we wanted to make it even easier for you to participate in the YouTube SMACKDOWN.

To that end, it is with great pleasure that we announce:

jihadi SMACKDOWN of the day

A new tool to help get terrorist recruiting videos off of YouTube. The idea is simple, we will post one video a day. All you need to do is subscribe through your favorite feed reader or sign up to receive a once a day email containing the targeted video. When you receive the notification, simply click the link and flag the video.

If you would like to help promote jihadi SMACKDOWN of the day, email the page to your friends and family. You can also embed the feed into your website, blog, or social networking page.

May 11, 2008

OORAH!

Marine Corporal Jesse Mills
Although I am not related to this young gentleman I am proud to count him as a friend and comerade. He will be deploying to Iraq in the fall. May god have mercy on the heathens, for Corporal Mills and his brothers in arms surely shall not. Jesse, and thousands of others like him are the reason and purpose of the Smackdown. I suspect that many of you may know someone like him. He is a typical young American, which is to say, that he is remarkable. The best and brightest of his generation have stepped forward to voluntarily defend their country against a savage and barbaric enemy. We owe them a debt that we may never repay.
Jesse grew up in Mt.Airy Md. a few blocks from where my wife and I lived at the time. I met his father through our association with the local shooting club. I watched as Jesse and his brothers grew into young men, a process that is still ongoing. His older brother Michael Jr. served two tours in Korea and a third in Iraq. His younger brother Richard will soon graduate from Fork Union Military Academy with an impressive scholastic record. His mother Claire works full time in the O.R. of a large local hospital and his father owns and operates his own private detective agency. Did I say remarkable? Perhaps it is not so remarkable that the fertile ground of a free country should bear such fruit. I firmly believe that, in this day and age, only America is capable of producing this kind of citizen-soldier.
That is the reason that I hate the Jihadists. That is why the Smackdown is so important. I don't have to tell you what Corporal Mills thinks of the youtube vermin that we confront every day. The contrast between this purposeful young Marine and and his rabid and hate-filled protagonists could not be more vivid. It is this comparison, more than any other, that judges the worth of a civilization. Because of Corporal Mills and others like him, America will endure and prosper. Those caricatures of society that only produce hatred and violence will be ground into the dust by the implacable juggernaut of history.
God Save the Republic!
Svin Out

May 06, 2008

April was a ca-razy month!

New keyboard warriors joined us to help with the Smackdown/SIT projects and I have to say, the "get right to it - gonna take care of business" mentality is heartwarming, and, a total blast!
They reflect that pay-it-forward attitude Americans have when it comes to watching the backs of our military, as the military watches ours.

If anyone else wants to join the fray of posting videos to your own sites - just let us know. I will happily add you to the daily list of five videos that goes out for Smackdown!
If you would like to post just one a day, I'll add you to the "jihadi SMACKDOWN of the day" list.
It's easy, and it makes one feel "useful" in this cyber-GWOT!

Celebrimbor GotWarPorn? ("why yes! yes we do!") is posting videos regularly at his site as well as keeping videos posted and conversation going at jihadChat - StarCMC has started a very active thread at FreeRepublic and let me tell you - they are the greatest!

WELCOME and THANK YOU! Cyber Warriors all! We are so grateful to each and every one of you.

The Smackdown Corps is growing!

April 22, 2008

Cyberlice of the day -

FajrFM with his 71 videos - gone - SMACKED DOWN!

Can't ever be sure - but - I think perhaps he made his big mistake in trying to show his cleverness by using the good ol all American "We Will Rock You" with one of his malevolent pieces of dung.
In the meantime, hopefully his little smiley face is now fully covered in pigslime while he contemplates what the hell hit him!

Thank you cyber-warriors - you are the best!
"Countering The Cyber-Jihad One Video At A Time"

April 09, 2008

Hizballah Hezbollah

Videos at sidebar marked "Hizballah" - please flag in the "promotes hatred or violence" category.
Where it says "please indicate the group attacked" choose National Origin.
Where it says "provide additional information....." type or copy past in the below statement.

"Providing services to Hizballah, a specially designated terrorist entity, violates executive orders 12947 and 13224"

April 03, 2008

SMACKDOWN WARRIORS - TAKE A BOW

JIHAD ACCOUNTS SUSPENDED MARCH

shihabden (67)
Mafiozo66 (10)
poppysmic (326)
SheikhAbuMusab (17)
Rafidhayn (90)
Basheq007 (32)
sssrrr82 (2)
NargOnline (6)
UncoverReality08 (25)
imajh1989 (183)
bomberfactory (70)
SHB134 (69)
Versaille06 (127)
muslmon (77)
oumMoadh (123)
4IslamWorld (80)
huzurr (58)
FISABILILAHI (91)
PeacenHarmony08 (149)
jihad4life4eva2 (14)
akaytug (10)

April 01, 2008

CYBER WARRIORS


Reference - "Shihabden"

YOU got his beheading video Smacked DOWN in less than 24 hours.
Within the next 18 hours YOU got him - SUSPENDED!!!
Right now I'm at a loss for words except for what is in my heart -

YOU - Warriors all - are the best. The best. The best.

March 27, 2008

poppysmic - 326 videos

The "author" -

"To deny the battlefield of Jihad means denying the authoritative texts of Islam"
"Nowadays, war doesn't determine who is right but only who is left."

Well guess what "poppysmic" of the U.K. - YOUR not one of those left!

"This account is suspended"

SMACKDOWN Cyber Warriors - take a bow!
Or TEN!

Oh, yeah, and Rafidhayn (90) - thy name be TOAST!

March 12, 2008

Oh patience is such - a - virtue!

How many of you have written asking if we had worked on oumMoadh and his (123) pieces of jihad garbage?
I had to keep saying - Yes, yes, but he's not down - yet.

So the word spread and between Jawa and Kafir and Warintel and StarCMC and the awesome SMACKDOWN warriors - this cyberpig had no chance a-tall!
Thank you - Thank you - Thank you!

Poetic words from KittyLeapHore
- "WooFreakin HOO!!!!!"

March 08, 2008

MisterAutopsy

So we have here at Smackdown a bakers dozen today and tomorrow.
How - sweet?
And then there is - Mister Autopsy.
Not a big player (5), but he seems to have a "thing" for Juba/sniper videos.
I don't like Juba/sniper videos! Do you?

We already got down one of his earlier in the week but today he decided to post three more so - da-ta-da - I thought it would be "sweet" to give him some exposure to some folk who just - don't - like - his - style.

If you have a few extra minutes - please click the sniper video link to go to S.I.T. and give him a hand on his way? I'd really like this guy to know he's been drinkin upstream from the herd!

March 02, 2008

UPDATE 3/7 - SLIME-O HAS BEEN SUSPENDED!!! The slimiest slime - American jihad sympathizers!

Jihad4Life4EvA - resurrected as - jihad4life4eva2 -
What?! He thinks we're stoopid!

Howie at Jawa says just dispatch him post haste!
Kafir has been on it since yesterday.
Lets join the spree - shall we?
Will leave him up thru Monday. Link at the right.

February 27, 2008

To The SmackDown Troops

Thanks to Grey Fox at Jawa who asked the question - "Is there a way to flag a user, instead of just flagging the videos?" To the best of my knowledge there is not - but - this did spawn an idea which has now been implemented.

I have posted the sites of jihad accounts which have multiple videos - all ripe for keyboard warriors with a little extra time on their hands who want MORE to smack down! Just click the link and smack as many as you want.
The idea - it's a math thing. If an "author" - we'll use WahabiAna as an example - has 175 videos and is suspended - that's 175 videos in one fell swoop! The number of videos he/she has on site is noted as (175). (175)(180) indicates 5 videos added!

Yes, the individual videos are still here for those with just a few minutes a day to do the Smackdown deed.

The Juba/sniper video project at our sister site, Stop Internet Terrorists (S.I.T.), is going well in it's transition to posting strictly Juba/sniper videos. Please visit when you can. Link, of course, provided to the right!

And last - thank you for supporting Youtube Smackdown. You'all are so awesome! Take a look at the number of accounts "suspended" so far this month. There have been over 850 videos removed due to suspensions and individual videos taken down increase that figure. Sweet!

This is 850+ videos fewer to encourage our enemies!
850+ videos our military families don't have to see!

Thank you - WARRIORS all - Thank you!

February 16, 2008

Groucho vs. The Monkees

Wierdest Coincidence Ever
Here is Professor Wagstaff accidentally overdubbed with the Monkees.

February 13, 2008

Extreme Conservatism

McCain? Reagan? Thompson? The Huckster?

Many people are currently debating the nature of Conservatism. As usual, one only need look to the historical record to find an example of Conservatism in it's purest form. Since actions speak louder than words, let us go straight to the horse's mouth.

The one, the only, the inimicable Professor Wagstaff of Huxley University! Or was that Professor Huxley of Wagstaff University? Well, whichever of them he is, I give you Conservatism at it's Finest!


Sounds strong on defense too!

February 11, 2008

SECRET WARS PART IV

The Battle of Walkersville


A great victory for the nation


Local irregular forces thwart massive enemy invasion!
Not since General Lee's retreat from Antietam have local Marylanders witnessed such a triumph. 10,000 of invading enemy foot have been prevented from establishing a stronghold in the small hamlet of Walkersville (population 5,980). Apart from threatening nearby Fort Dietrich in Frederick, Maryland, the enemy forces would be poised to cut the vital transportation lines from Washington D.C to all points North and West. Hurrah! Hurrah! for those brave citizens, volunteers one and all, who have resisted this cowardly sneak attack from our pernicious and unwelcome invaders.

Secret Wars Part IV History Quiz

The battle of Walkersville took place in What Year?

A)1776

B)1863

C)1865

D)2008

The correct answer might be easier to ascertain if one knew that the invading enemy "foot" were Islamists. Specifically, that they were from an apostate Pakistani sect of Islam called Wahaddi. Their "invasion" plan was to purchase a 224 acre farm from a certain Mr. Moxley who is the current owner. Their plan was to construct an "Islamic Worship" center. The center would be capable of handling up to 10,000 "pilgrims" at a time for religious celebrations. That would be 10,000 visitors in addition to those permanently employed in maintaining the facility. I mentioned above that the total population of Walkersville is currently under 6,000 souls-none of whom are Wahaddi. The water aquifer in that area is already over utilized and in danger. The road system is already gridlocked by the largely commuter population. Imagine the impact that this huge influx of Muslims would have on the town. It was quite simply nothing less than an attempt to buy up an entire township.

Why Walkersville?

Well, I am not privy to the council of Wahaddi's inner thoughts so I can not say for sure. I cannot even imagine who is financing the operation(but I can guess). There are some disturbing circumstances. Fort Dietrich, in Frederick Maryland, is the nations premier facility for the development and testing of bacteriological and chemical weapons(and how to defend against them). From Moxley's farm to the front gate of Ft. Dietrich is approximately 6.5 miles. Mapquest lists the travel time as 11 minutes. The entire population of Frederick is only 50,000 people. Imagine how such a huge influx of Islamists would change the local economy. Surely, Muslim merchants and businesses would be inclined to locate near to such a huge attraction. The demographic for Walkersville and Frederick would change dramatically. Am I paranoid if I think that the security at Fort Dietrich may be compromised if the surrounding outside labor force and businesses are largely Islamic? Then there is the transportation issue. Washington D.C.'s emergency evacuation plan calls for any persons north of Pennsylvania Avenue at the time of crisis be evacuated to the North and West. The only major highway north from D.C is Route 270 North. From 270N you can take 70 west to Hagerstown, 340 west to Harper's Ferry and West Virginia, and 15 north to Gettysburg. Guess where all these roads intersect? Lets say it together. That's right. Frederick, Maryland. Six and a half miles from Walkersville. I'm quite sure however that we have nothing to worry about because as we all have been told for so long "Islam is a religion of Peace"

In a Pig's Eye

At any rate, The invasion was stopped by the Walkersville zoning board who declined to change Moxley's Farm's zoning from agricultural to Jihadist.

And you didn't even know that any of this was happening, did you?

Stay tuned for Secret Wars Part V, coming to you from a blog very nearly like this one. That is unless I have violated Sharia Law and committed a thought crime. Time to get the old Iron Collar out of the Armory I guess.

Svinrod Out

P.S. The correct answer is D for any KoS kids who are still wondering.




February 05, 2008

Disenfranchised!

How the West Virginia Republican Politburo Stole My Vote And Gave It To Mike HuckabeeThis is a story of political arrogance at it's worst. It is the untold story of how an anointed few have disenfranchised 99.9% of West Virginia's Republican Primary voters. In the past, this state's Republican primary contest was held in the spring and was open to all registered Republican voters. The balloting was typically preceded by weeks of mailings, phone calls, canvassings and the blossoming of the seasonal campaign signs in front yards and along the highway. I have been a registered Republican in this state since September 2001. I have voted in every election including primaries and local levy referendums. One would expect that when election procedures are to be radically altered, the electoral base would be notified. Apparently, the Republican Party apparatchiks have decided that the elections run much more smoothly without the voters! Unbeknownst to the average Republican voter in this state, our primary election has been "enhanced" by the addition of a "Leaders Caucus" about 4 months ahead of the "official" primary date. This means that 1,200 party appointees met in the state capitol on "Super Tuesday" and decided to award 18 of West Virginia's 30 Republican primary delegates to the esteemed( but probably untenable) candidate Mike Huckabee. The actual Republican primary will still be held as scheduled on May 13th, 2008. At that time, the other 99.9% of Republican voters will be allowed to vote for the remaining 12 delegates, the majority having already been chosen by our "Leaders". It is an abomination of truly Communist proportions. It is not a popular vote by any stretch of the imagination. It is despicable. When asked for the rationale behind the virtually unannounced procedural change, the answer given was that the Republican "Committee" felt that they needed to have more "influence" over the delegate choices. That is not "influence". That is "Diktat"!
I will go to the polls for the national election in November. I will vote against those candidates who would ruin this country. I will never again support the Republican party in this state. They have shown their contempt for their own voters and deserve the same treatment from them.
God Save the Republic.
Svinrod in Wesbygod

January 24, 2008

The Call of Cthulhu

This time, I R'Lyeh R'Lyeh mean it!

January 23, 2008

John Moses Browning

Another Great American Birthday
January 23rd
Click on the link above to see the original article at Fr. Frogs Shooting Pages

The Gospel According To John (Moses Browning)
John Moses Browning was perhaps the finest firearms designer, ever. His designs continue to work and to serve almost 100 years after they were created. There is an ongoing controversy about the reliability and safety of current 1911s vs. other "modern" pistols and I think this about sums the situation up.
As translated from the original ancient manuscripts by Fr. Frog.© copyright 2002 by John C. Schaefer


1 In the beginning was the 1911, and the 1911 was THE pistol, and it was good. And behold the Lord said, "Thou shalt not muck with my disciple John's design for it is good and it workith. For John made the 1911, and lo all of his weapons, from the designs which I, the Lord, gave him upon the mountain."

2 "And shouldst thou muck with it, and hang all manner of foul implements upon it, and profane its internal parts, thou shalt surely have malfunctions, and in the midst of battle thou shalt surely come to harm."

3 And as the ages passed men in their ignorance and arrogance didst forget the word of the Lord and began to profane the 1911. The tribe of the gamesman did place recoil spring guides and extended slide releases upon the 1911 and their metal smiths didst tighten the tolerances and alter parts to their liking, their clearness of mind being clouded by lust.

4 Their artisans did hang all manner of foul implements upon the 1911 and did so alter it that it became impractical to purchase. For lo, the artisans didst charge a great tax upon the purchasers of the 1911 so that the lowly field worker could not afford one. And the profaning of the internal parts didst render it unworkable when the dust of the land fell upon it.

5 And lo, they didst install adjustable sights, which are an abomination unto the Lord. For they doth break and lose their zero when thou dost need true aim. And those who have done so will be slain in great numbers by their enemies in the great battle. a

6 And it came to pass that the Lord didst see the abomination wrought by man and didst cause, as he had warned, fearful malfunctions to come upon the abominations and upon the artisans who thought they could do no wrong.

7 Seeing the malfunctions and the confusion of men, the lord of the underworld did see an opportunity to further ensnare man and didst bring forth pistols made of plastic, whose form was such that they looked and felt like a brick, yet the eyes of man being clouded, they were consumed by the plastic pistol and did buy vast quantities of them.

8 And being a deceitful spirit the lord of the underworld did make these plastic pistols unamenable to the artisans of earth and they were unable to muck much with the design, and lo these pistols did appear to function.

9 And the evil one also brought forth pistols in which the trigger didst both cock and fire them and which require a "dingus" to make them appear safe.

10 But man being stupid did not understand these new pistols and didst proceed to shoot themselves with the plastic pistol and with the trigger cocking pistols for lo their manual of arms required great intelligence which man had long since forsaken. Yet man continue to gloat over these new pistols blaming evil forces for the negligent discharges which they themselves had committed.

11 And when man had been totally ensnared with the plastic pistol, the lord of the underworld didst cause a plague of the terrible Ka-Boom to descend upon man and the plastic pistols delivered their retribution upon men. And there was a great wailing and gnashing of teeth in the land.

12 Then seeing that the eyes of man were slowly being opened and that man was truly sorrowful for his sinful misdeeds, the Lord did send his messengers in the form of artisans who did hear and obey the teachings of the prophet and who didst restore the profaned 1911s to their proper configuration, and lo, to the amazement of men they didst begin to work as the prophet had intended.

13 And the men of the land didst drive out the charlatans and profaners from the land, and there was joy and peace in the land, except for the evil sprits which tried occasionally to prey on the men and women of the land and who were sent to the place of eternal damnation b by the followers of John.

a Several old manuscripts add the following text. "And they [also rendered as "these men"] didst chamber it for cartridges who's calibers startith with numbers less than the Holy Number 4. And lo the Lord did cause great grief amongst these men when their enemies who were struck in battle with these lesser numbers didst not fall but did continue to cause great harm."
b or Hell
© copyright 2002 by John C. Schaefer
For the faithful, the "feast day" of St. John Moses Browning is January 23.

January 21, 2008

An Historic Day

"Lord of the Valley"
By Dale Gallon


Today. January 21st is the birthday of one of America's greatest military commanders. His premature death, at the hands of his own victorious soldiers, may have altered the course of the War Between the States. The picture shown above graces my living room wall in Romney, West Virginia. Thomas J."Stonewall" Jackson is seated on the right. I reside approximately 3 miles from the house he used as headquarters during his first command of that war. Jackson's strategy was simple. "Hold Romney and you hold the Valley". From there he could defend the Potomac River crossings to the north and the South Branch River crossing to the west. Offensively, he could strike at the rail lines in Cumberland Maryland and disrupt supplies to the Union armies in Ohio. After establishing the garrison in Romney, he returned to Winchester Virginia to confront Gen. Banks Union army to his north. That first winter in Romney was a frozen nightmare for the poorly equipped and provisioned Confederate volunteers. The general that Stonewall left in charge had political friends in Richmond. Without consulting Jackson, he wrote for permission to withdraw his troops closer to Richmond. Permission was granted and the Confederates abandoned Romney just before the start of a Union attack. Stonewall was furious that his orders had been countermanded by the politicians and rode directly to Richmond and thereupon resigned his commission in the army. General Lee and his allies in Richmond were stunned. Their left flank lay deserted and now without a commander. Eventually, given guaranties and assurances that his orders would never again be interfered with by political intrigue, Jackson was persuaded to resume his command. Romney changed hands more than any other city during the course of the war. The local graveyard is home to the very first Confederate veterans memorial erected after the war. It had to be shipped here without the inscriptions being engraved as it was feared it would be sabotaged by Unionist sympathizers in Baltimore. They were only added after the monument was erected.
Now. Pay attention. Today is also the day that we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day. It is a day to reflect on Civil Rights, slavery, racism and freedom. Strange that it is also the day Thomas J."Stonewall" Jackson was born in 1824. There is a connection that I first ran across while reading James I Robertson Jr's biography "Stonewall Jackson". Although originally not religious, Jackson was often asked to give a sermon at his local church. He took to preaching and gave a sermon to his troops every Sunday (he preferred not to fight on Sundays if at all possible). As his string of victories grew, his Sunday sermons also grew in popularity. Had he not been accidentally killed, he may have changed the war into a religious "Crusade". It may have gone entirely differently.
Even before the war, Jackson was appalled at the plight of the Negro children in Virginia. Without being taught to read, he reasoned, they would never come to know the Bible and could not attain the Grace that is the right of every Human Being to strive for. To undo this evil, as he saw it, he established the first religious school for black children in Virginia. The following quote is from Wikipedia, but it accurately reflects what I read in Robertson's book.
"Little as he was known to the white inhabitants of Lexington, Jackson was revered by many of the African-Americans in town, both slaves and free blacks. He was instrumental in the organization in 1855 of Sunday school classes for blacks at the Presbyterian Church. His second wife, Mary Anna Jackson, taught with Jackson, as "he preferred that my labors should be given to the colored children, believing that it was more important and useful to put the strong hand of the Gospel under the ignorant African race, to lift them up." [14] The pastor, Dr. William Spottswood White, described the relationship between Jackson and his Sunday afternoon students: "In their religious instruction he succeeded wonderfully. His discipline was systematic and firm, but very kind. ... His servants reverenced and loved him, as they would have done a brother or father. ... He was emphatically the black man's friend." He addressed his students by name and they in turn referred to him affectionately as "Marse Major."[15]
So! That is my story for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. A tribute to two great Americans. Both slain at the pinnacle of their respective careers. Both preachers, both leaders. The fates indeed weave a strange and rich tapestry.
From Romney, West Virginia.
Posted by Svinrod. January 21st 2008

January 15, 2008

Frederick The Great

Vote For Fred If You Want to live!

January 14, 2008

Past Lives

Maryland Medieval Mercenary Militia



O.K. If you thought the role-playing in Dungeons and Dragons was a little weird, get a load of this! Yes, that is a real newspaper and a real photograph. Check out the date in the top right corner. Jan. 30,1977, almost exactly 31 years ago. Now check out the dude with the green propane tank on his head. Guess Who? If you guessed maybe a 20 year old Svin, go to the head of the line. Yes indeed loyal and long suffering readers, not content with fantasy feudalism, we actually joined up for the live version. I guess you could say I started practicing for the anti-jihad a long time ago.
Now, a few words about medievalism, then and now. This was before Lord of The Rings was a movie, even before Monty Python first put two coconuts together(IIRC). You could not go on-line and order up a complete Aragorn outfit or a chain-mail bikini (don't even think about it) or a complete King Arthur kit. We had to make all our own stuff by hand. Chain-mail was laboriously "Knit" together link by individual link. The aforementioned propane tank "Great-Helms" were cut and welded, padded and painted, used and abused under extremely realistic conditions. Small arms(daggers and knives) were often made by hand. Axe heads and sword blades were rare and coveted items. Cheap junk from Spain or elsewhere would not hold up for a minute. Unfinished leather was good as gold. The red "Heater" shield I am holding in the picture was made of 3/4 inch plywood with bolted on arm strap and handle in the back. The "armourer" for this piece was none other than our own Basil Riverdale. You can see from the condition of the front of it that it has seen many campaigns. The padded "Mace" wielded by another old friend(went skiing with him a few weeks ago) is an aberration. This photo was taken during our annual "Fratricidal War" where only padded weapons were allowed. For practice and shows, we used only real weapons and armor. If the armor you had built was authentic enough, it would protect you very well from the actual weapons of the day. Thus, with training, some choreography, and that fearless abandon which is the very definition of youth, we fought, died, were resurrected and well lubricated by nightfall and feast-time.
What does all this have to do with anything? Only that it is such a stark contrast to what fantasy role-playing is today. I would wager that the average "World of Warcraft" player has never cooked his own dinner, much less built his own suit of armour. Never actually set hammer to anvil. Never brewed their own beer. Never learned how to actually fight with real weapons instead of a game controller. Never really got to rescue the Damsel in Distress. Never played "Toss the Mail", never jumped a fire, never wrestled in the mud or snow, never passed out from heat prostration wearing seventy pounds of armor and padding in July. Never climbed tall buildings to play at "Gargoyle".
Never the less, it is from this same young generation that our new warrior class has risen. Brave volunteers all. Fighting and sometimes perishing in strange and foreign lands. No games. No resurrection in time for dinner. I think that when this cohort begins to return and take up it's place in our society, things will begin to change for the better. Contrast these young lions with those game boys whose "failure to launch" has become iconic of a generation. We will be a better nation when these Boots, forged and tempered in the heat of desert battle, begin to re-define and re-direct our nation. God I hope to live to see it so.
Svin

January 11, 2008

D & D

Before there was an Internet, an XBox or Wii, there was Dragons and Dungeons. The most sophisticated video games of the age were Pong and Asteroid. They fit into a console slightly smaller than a phone booth. D&D still used the 19th century technologies of pen, pencil, graph paper and dice (or die) and a little(or very little) imagination. There was always one player with an(imaginary) axe. Consequently, said axe was used as a weapon, a universal key/door opener, a means of dividing treasure etc...Brute force dont'cha know. More often than not, it was perhaps not the best answer. Sometimes though, it was precisely the right answer.

Nowadays, I find that I am often playing not Dungeons and Dragons, but it's 21st century equivalent. Lets call it Terrorists & Trolls. T&T. I like that. The terrorist part is right here on You Tube Smackdown. You can go to directly to the enemy castle and become an instant Troll. It is fun because they hate it, and frankly, how often do you get to be as obnoxious as you like all in the name of God and Country? Here, the imaginary axe is a hoot!

The Troll part of T&T is slightly different, but not much. I have only been using this medium for a short while, but it amazes me that some people would rather argue with an Internet Troll than hit them with an axe. Really! A Troll is a Troll. Hitting them with axes is what normal people should do. Have you ever tried debating with a Troll? Their most brilliant insights can be reduced to noises like "Uunnghh! or Gthaack!! Civilised people often prefer civilised discussion, but reasoning with a Troll is like playing Beethoven to an omelet. Strange behavior with predictable results. The omelet will always get cold before the end of the first movement. Breakfast is ruined and Beethoven gets nothing out of the deal either.

So what have we learned today(apart from that Svin forgot to take his Meds)? Trolls and Terrorists are alike in that they both need to be hit with an axe. Or a Tomahawk. Now go forth and rack up some hit points. We are in a target rich environment. All we need to do is hone our bad manners.

Svinrod the Swordless has left the Building!