Shooting Your Wad

For the edification of younger readers (see comments in previous post), “shooting your wad” has nothing to do with pron.  Revolutionary War-type muskets were loaded with ball (the actual projectile), powder, and wadding, which was made of rags and had something to do with the ignition mechanism.  When you pulled the trigger, the whole load — wad and all — came flying out of the barrel.

I mention this piece of 18th century militaria only to remind folks what happens after the wad is shot.  As the reloading process was so cumbersome, even the best troops only got off a volley or two.  Then it was time for the cold steel of the bayonet charge, and after that — bayonets tend to break off in bodies — the musket was used as a club.  “War to the knife; war to the hilt” was the standard well into the 20th century.

That’s where the Left is now.

The Left always resorts to violence, because Leftism and violence are inseparable.  That “Revolution” stuff Karl Marx was always banging on about?  Not a metaphor.  Marx saw himself as the proletariat’s avenging angel, and as David Stove pointed out, you can’t be an avenging angel without a real appetite for blood.  It goes back even further than Marx, of course, to the Jacobins; to Rousseau and his desire to “force men to be free;” to the chiliastic sects of the Middle Ages.  It goes forwards, too, as all modern Leftism is derived from Marxism — romanticized violence against White people (Frantz Fanon), men in general (feminism), the whole human race (Sorel).

Violence is integral to Leftism, such that it’s a pretty good litmus test:  Does the logic of your premises require someone getting killed?  Then yours is a Leftist ideology, whatever euphemisms you use for “require” and “killed.”

Given this, I hope no one will be surprised if Kavanaugh’s confirmation — which now seems nearly certain — ends in violence.  I wouldn’t be surprised if it happened before the floor vote today.  The Left will start shooting — if not today, then soon, and not just because they have nothing left (and know they’ll face no consequences).  Violence is woven into Leftism’s very fabric.

Have they shot their wad with the character smears?  Then get ready for the bayonets.  It’s inevitable.

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5 thoughts on “Shooting Your Wad

  1. MBlanc46

    There is that election next month. If they get their “blue wave”, the frustration of losing on Kavanaugh (if they lose on Kavanaugh) will be relieved and the probability of violence will be reduced. With that in mind, one hopes that they explode in violence if Kavanaugh is confirmed, thus perhaps motivating a few more whites to go to the polls and vote against the Dems.

    1. Rod1963

      I agree with your view.

      And yes, if they do get violent it will work in our favor since it will scare the shit out of the civ nats and make them realize these are power hungry thugs they are dealing with, not just another political party that believes in the same things as them.

      Though one day, the Left will do a full on murderous ethnic cleansing of the white population.

  2. Al from da Nort

    Amazing how descriptive phrases mutate. The cumbersome firing sequence you mention involving wads for black-powder heavy, weapons was:
    1. Swab Out with a wet swab to extinguish any smoldering remnants of the last discharge (to avoid a premature and potentially dangerous-to-the crew explosion of the powder charge while the gun was being loaded).
    2. Load the pre-pack powder charge(s). These were usually pre-measured an placed in silk powder bags.
    3. load the powder wad (to seal the hot gases behind the load so that it has maximum velocity).
    4. Ram the powder wad so that it’s firmly seated against the powder charge (see above).
    5. Insert and run down the ball or canister against the powder wad using the same rammer/ramrod.
    6. Insert and run down/ram the top wad so that the load doesn’t shift or fall out while aiming the gun.
    7. Position and aim the gun and clear the crew from in front of it.
    8. Pierce the powder bag(s) with a long sharp needle through the touch hole on top. This needle was called ‘the pricker’. You can see where that might go.
    9. Prime the gun by pouring some fine grain gunpowder into the touch hole (the main charge was large-grain powder so it would burn slower rather than just exploding all at once). All swabs and rams are then held up vertically, indicating the gun is ready to fire.
    10. On command, the match-man touches the long-burning match he has been holding (at a safe distance away) to the touch hole, igniting the primer, firing the gun.

    So to ‘shoot your wad’ (only or prematurely) originally meant ‘waste or futility’. That is, wasting time and resources (for sure – and maybe causing danger to your own troops) due to misconduct in the firing sequence, likely due to panic or indiscipline: Not a good look for sure.

    For muskets, there was no swabbing and the priming was done first with a bit of the same powder in the priming pan before ramming the charge, then the powder wad, then the ball and finally the top wad to hold the ball in place. Again, ‘shooting your wad’ meant ‘futility due to carelessness’, leaving you vulnerable, as you say.

    Oh, and a ‘flash in the pan’ happened when only the powder in the priming pan fired and not the main charge, meaning then mostly what it does now: All show and no effect.

    1. Severian

      Life used to be full of military metaphors, that everyone knew were military metaphors… and that right there tells you a lot about where society has gone.

      I’m trying to think of any expressions the last few wars have added, that people are conscious of as such. SNAFU? FUBAR? People recognize those, but I don’t think they know the military origins. For a while there my friends and I used expressions like “Charlie’s in the wire!” to mean “a critical situation,” but a) I don’t think that generally caught on, and b) it was more a mockery of all the bad Vietnam movies that started flooding out in the mid-80s than a real expression.

      Do you know any?

      1. Al from da Nort

        I can’t think of many other recent US originated military-originated expressions other than maybe ‘there’s a torpedo in the water’ meaning a dangerous but unclear situation.
        And there’s ‘taking gas’ or ‘gassed’ form WWI chemical warfare. Then gassed = choking to death from a chemical warfare agent, now just temporary exhaustion.

        But there are also a few foreign-military-originated ones:
        – From Germany: Flak (Flugzeug Abwehr Kannon) , literally an aircraft defense/protection gun, now used as meaning its intended effect; I.e. taking flak = verbal opposition, etc.
        Strafing (from straffen = to punish)
        U boat (Untersee Boot) = submarine (literally ‘underwater boat’ in German)
        Ruck or rucksack; (= back sack in German) then a specific kind of back-pack, now any back-pack.
        Also maybe Stuka & Panzer, etc.

        – From Japan: Kamikaze (literally ‘divine wind’) meaning pre-planned suicide attack now usually indicating reckless conduct or a reckless person.
        Harakiri, supposedly a low-class word (seppuku being the higher classed one) originally meaning a ritual suicide in atonement for serious error, now just meaning self-defeating reckless conduct.
        Samurai: Elite professional warrior caste, etc.

        My light bulb discovery: If it’s in spellchecker it’s an English pick-up word.

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