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Extreme marksmanship has been a part of war ever since firearms became the tools of choice. There are just some people who can do things with a rifle that others cannot.

The following list contains what we believe to be the 10 deadliest snipers of all time. The list may not be ordered based on the number of confirmed kills or the longest shots made, but by taking into account an entire career.

  1. Senior Sergeant Roza Shanina, Soviet Red Army

Shanina was one of the more well known female snipers in history. She joined the Soviet Army after her brother was killed in 1941. As a marksman she amassed 59 confirmed kills in her very short career. She rose to command the 1st Sniper Platoon (184th Rifle Division). She was awarded the Orders of Glory and Medal of Courage. She was killed while shielding a commanding officer during an artillery attack at the young age of 20.

  1. Sergeant Fyodor Okhlopkov, Soviet Red Army

Okhlopkov is credited as being one of the most effective Soviet snipers during World War II. He is credited with 429 kills. His service earned him the Hero of the Soviet Union in 1965 as well as an Order of Lenin. Okhlopkov was initially passed over for these awards due to his ethnicity.

  1. Billy Dixon, American Civilian

Billy Dixon is one of only eight American civilians to receive the Medal of Honor. Dixon helped found the Adobe Walls settlement in Texas during his time as a buffalo hunter. When the settlement was attacked by hundreds of Native Americans, Dixon ended the battle by using a borrowed .50-90 Sharps rifle to shoot and kill the chief of the attackers nearly a mile away. Dixon took three rounds to make the shot and later acknowledged it was a “scratch shot”. However, that didn’t stop the rest of the country from naming it “The Shot of the Century”.

Following his time as a hunter, Dixon became a civilian Army Scout. During this time, Dixon and four Army Cavalrymen were surrounded during the Battle of Buffalo Wallow. Dixon’s sustained, accurate rifle fire held the enemy off for three days until weather forced them to end their attack. For his actions during this battle he was awarded the Medal of Honor. Dixon’s total kill count during the battles is unknown.

  1. Major Lyudmila Pavlichenko, Soviet Red Army

Major Pavlichenko is regarded as the most successful female sniper in history with 309 confirmed kills. Pavlichenko was a 24 year old university student when Germany invaded Russia in World War II. She was one of the first sets of citizens to volunteer for service and specifically requested infantry service. She refused an offer to become a nurse. Due to her accuracy with a rifle she became one of the first 2,000 female snipers in the Soviet Union. She was one of only 500 to survive the war.

  1. Staff Sergeant Adelbert Waldron, United States Army

Waldron served in the Vietnam War and racked up 109 confirmed kills, the most of any marksman during the conflict. According to Sniper: Master of Terrain, Technology, And Timing, He Is A Hunter Of Human, Adrian Gilbert:

One afternoon he was riding along the Mekong River on a Tango boat when an enemy sniper on shore pecked away at the boat. While everyone else on board strained to find the antagonist, who was firing from the shoreline over 900 meters away, Sergeant Waldron took up his sniper rifle and picked off the Vietcong out of the top of a coconut tree with one shot (this from a moving platform). Such was the capability of our best sniper.

  1. Master Corporal Rob Furlong, Canadian Forces

Furlong, for a time, held the record for the longest confirmed sniper kill in military history at 2,657 yd. According to Wikipedia:

In March 2002, Furlong participated in Operation Anaconda in Afghanistan’s Shah-i-Kot Valley. His sniper team included MCpl. Graham Ragsdale (Team Commander), MCpl. Tim McMeekin, MCpl. Arron Perry, and Cpl. Dennis Eason. A group of three Al-Qaeda fighters were moving into a mountainside position when Furlong took aim with his Long Range Sniper Weapon (LRSW), a .50-caliber McMillan Brothers Tac-50 rifle, loaded with Hornady A-MAX 750 gr very-low-drag bullets. He began firing at a fighter carrying an RPK machine gun. Furlong’s first shot missed and his second shot hit the knapsack on the target’s back. The third struck the target’s torso, killing him. The distance was measured as 2,430 m (2,657 yd). With a muzzle speed of 823 m/s (2,700 ft/s), each shot reached the target almost four seconds after Furlong fired. This became the longest sniper kill in history at the time, surpassing the previous record set by his teammate, Master-Corporal Arron Perry, by 120 m (130 yd).

  1. Captain Vasily Zaytsev, Soviet Red Army

Zaytsev took part in one of the most iconic sniper battles of all time – The Battle of Stalingrad. During that battle, Zaytsev racked up 225 of his 400+ confirmed kills. This includes the killing of 11 enemy snipers which earned him lasting acclaim. Many of Zaytsev’s kills are credited at distances of greater than 1,000 meters. He often used a standard Mosin-Nagant rifle during battle. For his service, Zaytsev was awarded the Hero of the Soviet Union award as well as the Four Orders of Lenin award.

  1. Chief Petty Officer Chris Kyle, United States Navy SEAL

No list of the deadliest snipers in history would be complete without Chris Kyle. Kyle is credited with being the deadliest sniper in United States history with 160 confirmed kills and numerous other unconfirmed kills. He received two Silver Star Medals, five Bronze Star Medals, one Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals. Kyle wrote a bestselling autobiography, American Sniper, which was later turned into one of the top grossing films of all time. Kyle, along with his friend Chad Littlefield were shot and killed by Eddie Ray Routh at a shooting range in 2013.

  1. Gunnery Sergeant Carlos Norman Hathcock, United States Marines

Carlos Hathcock is regarded as one of the most prolific US snipers in history. While his kill count isn’t as high as Kyle’s and his shot distance may not be the longest ever recorded, Hathcock is considered the best sniper in US history, even by Kyle, who once said “I had more kills, but that doesn’t mean I’m better than (Hathcock) is. I was just put into a position where I had more opportunities. I definitely cheated. I used a ballistic computer that tells me everything to do. So, I was just a monkey on a gun.”

Hathcock once rigged an optic to an M2 machine gun and used it to record a confirmed kill at 2,500 yd, which is still the 5th longest confirmed sniper kill in history. Hathcock amassed 93 confirmed kills during the Vietnam War.

  1. Second Lieutenant Simo Häyhä, Finnish Army

Simo Häyhä is the single most successful sniper in military history. Nicknamed the “White Death” for his totally white camouflage and eerie white mask he wore in combat, the Finnish marksman amassed at least 505 confirmed sniper kills during the Winter War between Finland and the Soviet Union. He recorded an additional 200 kills with a submachine gun. More amazingly, Häyhä recorded all of his sniper kills without using an optic. His Mosin–Nagant rifle was equipped only with iron sights. Häyhä died of old age in 2002, living to the age of 96.

 

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Aw, go and eat a bag of dicks!

Telling people to eat a bag of dicks or suck a bag of dicks has become a popular jab in recent years. We told 2016 to eat a bag of dicks. We tell people who schedule the birthday parties of 4-year-olds at 5:30 p.m. on New Year’s Eve to eat a bag of dicks. We’ve even told the Pope to eat a bag of dicks.

Search Google Trends for uses of the phrase as far back as 2004 and you’ll see some clear spikes in the last couple of years. That major peak in 2015 happened in March, when the expression had become common enough that a company called Dicks By Mail launched a service allowing anyone with an address and $15 to send an anonymous bag of gummy candy dicks to a friend, enemy, coworker, celebrity, or spouse. They sold 2,000 bags of dicks the first day, and have since become the one-stop source for sending bags of dicks to hated regular folk, hated celebrities (Kanye), and hated politicians (Trump). Cut to now, and an HR person who recently received one such bag is actually suing the company to force it to reveal the sender, claiming harassment.

How did we get here? Deep-dive Twitter back to March of 2006 — where its search results begin — and for that year you’ll find zero mentions of “eat a bag of dicks.” But suddenly in 2007, it pops up. On May 24, user Mazziethrew down the gauntlet: “Dear today: eat a bag of dicks” is the first Tweet to mention the phrase.

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“I don’t remember why I said it,” Mazzie told me of her tweet that day. “But it’s been a sentiment in my circle of friends since pre-Twitter days.” She quickly confirmed with her friends where and when they started saying it. Turns out, it was all the way back at Cornell University in the 1990s when they used to hang out at The State diner in Ithaca, New York, passing the time. “Okay, I got it from my friend George, who got it from his friend Carol, who got it from a ‘punk kid’ named Brian, who used to draw pictures of dicks on napkins,” she recalled.

But Mazzie’s is just the first tweet. Many people credit Louis CK with coining the phrase, though he really only popularized it. In a bit from his comedy hour Shameless, which debuted in January of 2007, he tells the story of cutting a guy off in traffic. The guy finally works his way up beside Louis and expresses his displeasure by telling Louis to “go suck a bag of dicks.” Louis frames the story as it being the first time he’s ever heard the phrase. “The other day a guy told me to suck a bag of dicks,” the bit begins. “That was interesting. I never heard that before! A total stranger told me to suck a bag of dicks. A whole bag of them!”

From there, he breaks down the thinking behind the insult. “That concept of just sucking a bag of dicks, it’s just weird,” he says. “First of all when you picture a bag of dicks, what do you see when you picture bag of dicks? Is it a plastic bag of and they’re all mushing together like chicken parts? Date written on it with Sharpie?” Later in the bit, he wonders more about the logistics of getting the job done.

“How do you suck a bag of dicks?” he asks. “What does he want me to do? Does he want me to take a bag of dicks and suck the side of the bag or open the bag and suck each dick individually and throw the used ones in a bowl like edamame shells? Do I have to make them all cum?”

After that 2007 bit, there are regular instances of “eat a bag of dicks” or “suck a bag of dicks” on Twitter and on the internet, but it still took years before it seemed to hit mainstream ubiquity, Dicks By Mail-style. In 2008, someone told the History Channel to eat a bag of dicks for shilling for Scientology. By 2014, officers in Oregon caused an uproar when it was discovered they were devotedly maintaining their own eat-a-bowl-of-dicks list on the job. Now there are crocheted bowls of dicks for sale, too, part of a larger cottage industry of crocheted dicks in general. Here is also a literal bowl of dicks.

They say necessity is the mother of invention; at some point, it’s obvious that we as a society simply realized that telling someone to suck or eat one dick was no longer an adequate insult. We needed to go bigger. To solve the problem, we did some simple math: If instructing someone to suck or eat one dick was a solid sick burn, then surely sucking or eating several dicks, presumably all at once, was even sicker. Problem was, dicks don’t bundle themselves, and a phrase was born.

In between 2007 and 2016 a few other things happened: We arguably went pro-dick as a society. The widespread rise of bromance style raunchy insults(see the Superbad dick-drawing obsession scene), the widespread availability of social media via which to talk about dicks, and of course the ever-growing availability of porn. Those might have combined in such a way that telling someone to suck or eat an extremely high dick count would be a much more satisfying, an of-its-time insult.

That said, gender experts say this type of sick burn is actually as old as time. “Sexualized insults are our go-to insults,” says Lisa Wade, a professor of sociology at Occidental College and author Gender, the best-selling sociology textbook of all time. “So much so that it goes under the radar. Even ‘you suck,’ which seems on its face to be purely abstract, isn’t. It’s a cousin to insults like cocksucker and suck my dick. It’s not sexually neutral. It’s a sexual insult. But the association of sex with humiliation, domination and power is in the fabric of our society.”

In other words, telling someone to suck your dick — or, less directly, to eat or suck a bag of dicks — is intended to tell someone to perform a service that gives you pleasure but degrades them. In Wade’s view, the popularity of “eat a bag of dicks” or “suck a bag of dicks” is not surprising at all, largely because the tensions in the phrase mimic the same tensions we demonstrate when we tell someone to fuck off.

“Think about the way we use the word ‘fuck’ in this country,” she says. “And in many countries. It means both to have sex and ‘fuck you’ or ‘fuck off’ is also one of the meanest things a person can say to another person.” While in theory dick-sucking can be pleasurable for both parties, it’s still figured as an act of submission, and as an insult. “Saying ‘you suck’ or ‘suck a bag of dicks’ or ‘eat a bag of dicks’ is a way, specifically for men, heterosexual men to claim a superior position over gay men and women,” Wade says.

“Suck a bag of dicks” has the bonus dig of burdening its recipient with promiscuity, she notes. “It has the added oomph of you don’t just suck dick, you suck all the dicks!” In other words, you’re also a whore, or a glutton. Eating a bag of dicks, then, takes it one crass, possibly violent, step further, which Wade says may align with more aggressive porn, where women don’t just suck dicks but have dicks forcibly shoved down their throats to visible gagging and discomfort, as if force-fed. “Maybe ‘eat a dick’ has a more violent connotation,” she said. “It’s certainly something to think about.”

If the bowls or bags of dicks are all dismembered, however, as logic seems to dictate, the suggestion to consume them becomes gross rather than violent — more juvenile than threatening. Wade acknowledges the insult can be playful and humorous, and that it’s used by not only straight men but also gay men and women. Still, she points out that such usage by everyone — even those who suck dicks, in other words — illustrates how women and gay men must effectively bargain with the power structures that oppress them by adopting the same language as their oppressors.

The idea that telling people to suck or eat dicks reinforces the marginalized status of the dick suckers (or eaters), i.e., gay men and women, is a point Louis CK gets very near in his bit from 2007. After wondering how one might suck a dick, he admits that he’s never actually sucked a dick, but pretty much everyone else in the world has — women, who are over half the population; gay men; and then all the straight men “who have been forced to suck a dick under various circumstances.”

“So there’s only like a thousand of us out there who never blew anyone,” he concludes. “Just a bunch of selfish assholes that are getting blown and not blowing back.”

That bit may have cemented CK’s status as the originator of the mainstream usage of the term, but that hasn’t stopped people from querying online to find out who really started this whole eat a bag of dicks business. About a year ago, a Redditor put the question to the forum, wondering if the term predates Louis CK or not. One user says there were “poorly drawn MSPaint pictures of bags of dicks circulating on early 2000s internet.” Another says he first came across it on EmoGame2 around 2003, where “two bad guys make you ‘eat a bag of dicks’ for getting a trivia question wrong.”

But someone else on Reddit claims he “knew a chick saying it in the 1990s all the time. Instead of suck my dick she would say eat a bag of dicks.”

Hey, Mazzie, I think someone’s looking for you.

Timeless words and the problems still face us today…
Go, be the church!

Fat Toaster

Independence Day

How to “Be the church you wish to see in the world” this week:

While the U.S. celebrates independence from foreign oppression, consider that not all people in the U.S. are free, even now. Don’t go around waving your flag thinking that the work is behind us. Don’t assume that there is liberty and justice for all, because there is not. Take this week as an opportunity to address one of the many aspects of justice that the church can speak boldly about — from the pulpit and with your hands and feet.

— Slavery is still an inextricable part of U.S. success and basic culture. Most people are becoming aware of sex trafficking and sex slavery — which is a huge problem. What most people still don’t consider is that the clothes they wear were likely made my child slaves in factories in China or Indonesia. The fruit…

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New Year 2016

 

 

“I never make New Year’s Resolutions, anymore,” the man told me, “I never keep them, anyway.” I can remember all too many resolutions I’ve made and let slip away, too. But I believe New Year’s resolutions are worth making. Let me tell you why.

First, we all need changes. Some we find very hard to admit to ourselves. I’ve heard people who say, “I have no regrets about my life. If I had it to do over, I’d do it the same way again.” But that attitude is way too blind and self-serving so far as I’m concerned. There is great power in confession–to ourselves, to God, to others. Owning up to our failures is the first, painful step on the road to something better.

Second, when we change calendars is a good time for reassessment. How did last year go? What do I want to do differently this year? This time of year always reminds me of a passage of scripture, better understood by farmers than suburbanites: “Break up your unplowed ground, and do not sow among thorns” (Jer 4:3). It makes sense. The more land you put into production, the more prosperous you’ll be. But some of us are stupid enough to try to sow seeds in land overrun by star thistle without breaking up the soil and taking care to root out the thorns as they come up. Call it laziness. Call it stupidity.

Let me ask you a serious question. What percentage of your life is producing something of value to God? How much “unplowed ground” do you have that ought to be broken up in this coming year and made useful? Reassessment. The brink of a new year is a good time for reassessment.

Third, New Year’s is an excellent time for mid-course corrections. Sure, we might fail in what we set out to do, but if we fail to plan, the old saw goes, then we plan to fail. If you’re so fearful of failure that you never set up your row of tin cans to shoot at, you’re not very likely to hit any at all. Failure is not the end. For the person who determines to learn from it, failure is a friend.

One of my heroes in the Bible is the Apostle Paul. Talk about failure! Throughout his life he was opposed, persecuted, shipwrecked, stoned and left for dead, deserted by trusted co-workers, slandered, and scorned. Sometimes it seemed that projects to which he had devoted years were turning to dust before his eyes. But during from one of his stints in prison, we can see from one of his letters an unwillingness to quit. “Forgetting what is behind,” he wrote, “and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus” (Phil 3:13-14, NIV) No wonder he made a mark on his world. He stopped looking back, and looked forward instead. He didn’t let the fear of failure keep him from trying again.

Fourth, New Year’s is a time to learn to rely more heavily on the grace of God. Now I’ve met a few self-made men and women and so have you, but so often these people seem proud and driven. There is another way: beginning to trust in God’s help. One more secret from the Apostle Paul: “I can do everything through Him who gives me strength,” he said (Phil 4:13, NIV). And God’s strength saw him through a lot–through pain, through joy, and through accomplishment.

If this last year, you didn’t practice relying on the Lord as much as you should have, there is no time like the present to make a New Year’s resolution. In fact, why don’t you say a short prayer right now–use these words if you like: “Dear God, I want the new year to be different for me.” Now spell out in prayer some of the changes you’d like to see. And close this way: “Lord Jesus, I know that I’m going to need a lot of help for this. So right now I place myself in your hands. Help me to receive Your strength. Amen.” Good. Now you’ve got a much better chance of a Happy New Year.

Two of my favorites – Booze & guns, of course…

Jack and Jill

Jack and Jill, went up the hill…

happiness –

I opened my eyes this morning and was truly happy for the first time in a thousand years…

Thank you baby!

I wish you and yours tidings of comfort and joy – Merry Christmas