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Friday Tour d’Horizon, Week 38

This week’s Tour d’Horizon is where we dispose of a week’s worth of open tabs, or try to.

Guns

I don’t wanna work, I just wanna bang on my gun all day. We’re a bit light (and late) this week.

Here’s an Awesome Print

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Very well done! If only we had a wall to hang it on (our walls tend to be covered with books, or tools). The amateur that created it writes:

Well here it is. Took a couple hours to make but I think it turned out well. Let me know what the group thinks. Also if you guys want to check out more, hit me on Instagram @av12g

Hmm. Our Spectre was FDE. Other that that, it’s about perfect.

Ian Struggles with an RSC-1917

Ian finally came to grips with the early French semiauto rifle, the only semi widely used in WWI. The RSC-1917 was about 20 years ahead of its time, a baroque gas-operated design that was not only ahead of its time  but also ahead of the ammunition consistency of the era. He found that it didn’t quite work.

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We note that he’s firing it right-handed (he’s a lefty), probably to avoid the gentle caress of the operating handle on that bolt carrier. Note also the M1-style operating rod below the ejection port; that’s what makes the action move.

He tells the story on Reddit.

Turns out it’s short-stroking. I suspect there is some gunk in the gas system that needs to be cleaned out, and I will be working on that later today. However, I’m quite happy to have this type of problem, and not one of it being overused and liable to damage itself. I’ve got plenty of time to get it working right while I dig up some of its proprietary and extremely scarce clips, anyway.

And, being Ian, he did troubleshoot the ancient thing successfully:

Disassembled rifle; found the front couple inches of the gas piston gummed up with old hardened grease. I had to pry the piston out, and I have little doubt that’s the cause of the problems

This is what 100 years of sitting still, even in controlled storage, does for a firearm and its lubricants:ians-century-of-gunk

He’s got a cleaning job ahead … and then, he’s gotta find some clips if he wants to run it in a 2-gun match.

Frenchmen weren’t stupid… and postwar, they converted these things to repeaters. Just sayin’.

5th Circuit Panel Lets Defense Distributed Injunction Stand

Law-ScaleAndHammerIn a procedural ruling on the ongoing Def Dist v US Department of State, a three-judge panel of the 5th Circuit Court let a preliminary injunction stand. Contrary to some of the half-assed reporting in the press (Popular Science, we’re lookin’ at you), this was not a ruling on the merits and it is not final or particularly precendential. (There is some better journalism on the ruling out there). Not surprisingly, a national socialist judge found that a bare assertion of “national security” by the State Department negates the 1st and 2nd Amendments; also, not surprisingly, said judge seemed to draw his reasoning and verbiage from the Brady gun-ban group’s amicus brief (which may be why some are freakin out). Yes, it is a profoundly anti-gun ruling but it’s a procedural ruling relative to a temporary injunnction, and it doesn’t change anything (except, perhaps, to stress the importance of removing domestic small arms and technical data appurtenant thereto, from the purview of the would-be UN-subordinates in the State Department).

Blog Ave Atque Vale, I

Some time ago, Mike Vanderboegh of the influential Sipsey Street Irregulars blog passed away. Mike was one of the two bloggers that helped ATF whistleblowers expose wrongdoing at the agency (the other was David Codrea). After Mike lost his last long fight, with cancer, his son continued the blog for a time, but has now closed it down.

Mike reminded everyone that a gun in your hand is a preferable option to a life on your knees…. Keep it legal. Keep it local…. And if the government is going to make of you a criminal, be the best one you can be.

We think we understand why he pulled the plug. Best of luck to him, and may his father rest forever in free soil.

Blog Ave Atque Vale, II

For quite a while, a gun blog we always enjoyed, Alphecca, has been on hiatus. Jeff Soyer, whose take on guns and libertarian politics was always entertaining, has said he plans it back, but we can relate to anyone getting worn down by daily blogging, with other things to do.

Usage and Employment

The hardware takes you only half way. The wetware in your brain housing group is what makes your weapons work. 

Home Invaders become Out-vaders Under Fire

This video illustrates several points. First, three Black Lives Matter activists invade a home in Gwinnett County, GA (metro Atlanta area), working on two stereotypes of Asian businesspeople: (1) they keep lots of cash, and (2) they’re pushovers for violent crime. They kick the door and all three come in holding handguns in the movie-ready position, and spend the next two minutes in a disorganized search for something to steal. At about 2:04, everything changes.

By 2:11 in the video, it’s basically all over. The three first try shooting back, but quickly give it up as a losing proposition and flee in well-deserved terror. One of them (the creep in the dark jacket and the wig), career criminal Antonio Leeks, is dying, outside and off camera; Black Criminal Lives may Matter, but they sure are short (Leeks was 28). By the time the cops were on scene, he was assuming ambient temperature, and no one misses him except the mama that raised him wrong.

The third guy, who comes from inside on the right, passes in front of the firing woman in bug-eyed painic, and flees stage left and out the back door, once again proves the old adage that it is better to be lucky than to be good. He went through at such speed that, when the lady was on the phone to 911, she insisted that there were only two home invaders, the guys that went out the front door.

Unknown, left, and the late, unlamented Antonio Leeks (right). Bad cess to him.

Unknown, left, and the late, unlamented Antonio Leeks (right). Bad cess to him.

When the woman comes on the scene, firing, she’s using appalling technique, one-handed, not particularly aiming, but she still won the gunfight, and there are several lessons there. An imperfect defense, aggressively applied — and, not to stereotype too much, but she came on in full Tiger Mother mode — is better than a perfect defense, deferred.

Also, criminals like these expect to use their guns for intimidation. Ask any homicide detective how many times he’s heard something like “I didn’t plan to shoot him,” or “I was only going to rob the guy!” from some crestfallen scumbag whose IQ 70 master plan for a $100-score robbery to buy some weed or oxys turned into life in prison with the stroke of a finger. Criminals are not expecting armed resistance, and, as you can see, it scares the crap out of them.

The other would-be criminal mastermind.

The other would-be criminal mastermind.

Consider what would have happened if that had been one criminal coming out against three cops. The criminal would be the one wearing the toe-tag; same when one hadji pops up shooting in front of a stick of our soldiers.  These robbers were 3-to-1; they were the aggressors; they were presumably alert; they had every advantage, except mindset. They had the mindset of criminals, bullies. Their world is always shattered by effective resistance.

The good news is that one of these guys, Leeks, bled out in the driveway. (Leeks had leaks. Heh). The bad news is that, despite the other two nogoodniks being more recognizable in this camera than in their drivers’ license pictures, the cops still don’t have their cuffs on the other two skunks.

Finally, the lady did two things in this video that you should never do. She got away with them, but you might not:

  1. She didn’t have good situational awareness and let a robber get behind her. Only his advanced state of HP saved her; if he had kept a cool head, he could have just shot her from his position in that side corridor, not fled past her and out the back door. You can’t count on getting a coward as a home invader, although the odds run that way.
  2. She kept shooting from the doorway at the fleeing robbers. Don’t do that. Many cops and prosecutors will interpret this as a change of your status from defender to aggressor, with devastating consequences for your self-defense claim. As this is a legal issue and we are not lawyers (and definitely not your lawyers), we strongly urge you to read The Law of Self-Defense by Andrew Branca and attend one (or more!) of his LOSD seminars. In criminal-hostile, defender-friendly Gwinnett County you might get away with what this woman did; in criminal-cuddly Boston she’d be held without bail on murder charges.

Cops ‘n’ Crims

Cops bein’ cops, crims bein’ crims. The endless Tom and Jerry show of crime and (sometimes instantaneous) punishment.

Finders Not Exactly Keepers

Consider the case of Wilfred Martinez of New York.

Martinez, 48, copped to grand larceny in Manhattan Supreme Court in exchange for six months’ probation.

Sounds like a serious criminal. What’d he do? He…

snatched $5 million in diamonds from a heap of garbage after dimwitted workers at a Midtown jewelry store accidentally tossed them out….

He admitted that he made the stunning find when he peeked inside three old wooden boxes that had been left on a pile of rubbish outside J. Birnbach Inc.’s office Nov. 24, 2015.

Some workers were helping the company move to a new floor in the Diamond District building on Fifth Avenue near 47 Street and absentmindedly tossed the weathered boxes, authorities said.

Martinez pocketed the pricey stones, including one worth $3.2 million, court papers show.

He sold some of the diamonds to a jeweler in the same building where he found them for $74,000, according to the criminal complaint. He turned over the rest of the stones — including the priciest bauble — to authorities ….

So why is Martinez in trouble, and Birnbach’s isn’t trying to take it out of the hide of their own incompetent workers? Simple. Birnbach’s owners are connected. Martinez is nobody.

Pointing a Gun at Cops is Dumb, II

Yeah, we had this same headline last week, but another guy did it this week, in Charlotte, NC, with predictable first- and second-order results.

First-order result: a Charlotte-Mecklenburg cop shot him dead. Good. And predictable.

Second-order result: Black Criminals Lives Matter organized riots and looting in the city. Also predictable. Like a GEICO ad, “it’s what they do.”

Third-order result: the DOJ sent a crack team to the city. No, not Federal agants to restore order, the notorious “Community Relations Service” to help organize the riots. In retrospect, this too was predictable.

No word on whether the Feds get to keep some of the looted cash, hair weaves, and consumer electronics.

Update

The Charlottesville cops have learned something interesting: 70% of the violent rioters and riot organizers were from out of state, and someone (the DOJ? International ANSWER? The SEIU? All have profited from Black Criminals’ Lives Matter) has been busing them in.

Awww Poor Bwadwey Manning Again

Bradley Manning Support NetworkHis fans, who call the poor, confused thing Chelsea, are whining again (they have to whine for him, because in the jug no one can hear you whine, except the other cons). Why? Because he’s tried to kill himself, can’t color between the lines of prison life, and is locked up in solitary. Call that con a Waaahmbulance!

Here’s the charge sheet[.pdf]. Basically, they’re going to punish him because his self-centered (as usual) suicide attempt forced a lockdown and Force Cell Move Team activation (the FCMT picks up and moves prisoners who won’t or can’t, in this case because of the suicide attempt, cooperate in their own transfer).

The Perils of Kathleen: You’re Kidding, She’s Still in the News? Edition

Here’s where we chronicle ongoing meltdown of the paranoid, vengeful and extremely anti-gun now-former Pennsylvania attorney general, Kathleen Kane. It’s almost over at long last.

  • 21 Sep: The Two Faces of Kane. Brad Bumsted, who has written at book length on the Keystone State’s culture of corruption (everyone thinks his own state’s political elite is the crooked one, which ought to tell us something), writes about Kane.

The state’s chief law enforcement officer was convicted of multiple counts of perjury, obstruction of justice and official oppression. To smear a fellow prosecutor, Kane leaked secret grand jury material that ended up humiliating and embarrassing a third party, Philadelphia NAACP president J. Whyatt Mondesire.  She orchestrated a “cloak and dagger” cover-up to obstruct the investigation….

Bumsted thinks her mob lawyers blew it by not putting her on the stand. In retrospect, that seems sensible, but we have the hindsight of knowing that their gamble failed utterly. Bumsted, who sat through the trial, came away convinced that she was guilty of at least some of the charges.

  • 21: Sep: A Kane Coatholder ReturnsIn one of those cases that makes Pennsylvanians think that they do have a uniquely incestuous and corrupt political culture, former Kane Chief of Staff Blake Rutherford will be back as a “Special Advisor” to temporary AG Bruce Beemer. Rutherford will draw no pay from the AG’s office, instead living off his position as a partner in the “connected” Philadelphia law firm, Cozen O’Connor. Rutherford’s connections also include Clinton loyalist Mack McLarty, and this may be a play to land Beemer (and Rutherford) gigs in a future Clinton administration.

One day, Kane will be out of the headlines, and in prison. Roll on sentencing, 24 October.

Unconventional (and current) Warfare

What goes on in the battlezones of the world — and preparation of the future battlefields.

There are No Lone Wolves

Andrew McCarthy (the prosecutor who jailed the 1993 WTC bombers), building on work by Patrick Poole, notes that:

the actor initially portrayed as a solo plotter lurking under the government’s radar turns out to be — after not much digging – an already known (sometimes even, notorious) Islamic extremist.

As amply demonstrated by Poole’s reporting, catalogued here by PJ Media, “lone wolves” –virtually every single one — end up having actually had extensive connections to other Islamic extremists, radical mosques, and (on not rare occasions) jihadist training facilities.

The overarching point I have been trying to make is fortified by Pat’s factual reporting. It is this: There are, and can be, no lone wolves.

The very concept is inane, and only stems from a willfully blind aversion to the ideological foundation of jihadist terror: Islamic supremacism.

McCarthy calls the denial of this fact “the deadliest lie.” Do Read The Whole Thing™.

Why Arabs Lose Wars

If “Because they are Arabs,” is too much of a tautology for you, this excellent old (1999) essay by Norvell deAtkine explains just what it is about Arabs that makes them completely third-rate at the Art of War. This is true even when they can be, man for man and, sometimes, small-unit-for-small-unit, born warriors.

Veterans’ Issues

Is it time to disband this thing yet, and letting all its bloatoverhead seek its own level in the Dreaded Private Sector™?

Service / Therapy / Emotional Support Dogs

In a rare veterans’ issue not related to the dismal VA, here’s an interesting study on public awareness of PTSD support dogs (note, study is from an advocacy source, so the story is probably a retyped press release, and the study’s probably bogus, like these things often are).

[S]even in ten employees felt “moderately informed” at best on the differences between service animals, therapy animals, and emotional support animals. That number includes 23 percent who said they are “not informed at all.”

Personally, we think just about any dog benefits just about any human (ditto horses, if you can afford them), and getting a dog has been a self-prescribed therapy for vets since long before a soldier-hating psychologist coined the term “PTSD” during the Vietnam War in an attempt to brand all veterans as unstable and dangerous.

Personally, we think that “service animals” are service animals, and we’ve yet to see a “therapy” or “emotional support” animal that was anything but some attention-craving Unique and Special Snowflake’s® pet. Vets with actual survivors’ guilt or other psychological stresses related to combat, all of which are lumped into the loosely defined and recklessly diagnosed “PTSD” by the quacks of the mental health industrial complex, tend to be the polar opposite of attention-craving. But what do we know about vets and combat? We never went to Harvard or Yale.

“Gross Mismanagement” in Denver

Well, that’s what we’ve come to expect from the DVA. Mismanagement. (Is “gross mismanagement” mismanagement x 144?. It seems that way). In this case, it’s the more-than-double-the-cost overruns of the already gold plated Denver VAMC in Aurora, CO. And there’s this little detail from ABC:

A report from the department’s internal watchdog also said a former senior VA official, Glenn Haggstrom, knew the project was veering toward huge cost overruns but didn’t tell lawmakers that when he testified before Congress in 2013 and 2014.

And, as always, there has been no accountability:

Sloan Gibson, deputy secretary of veterans affairs, has said that everyone involved in the cost overruns has either retired or was transferred or demoted. No one has been fired or criminally charged.

Hey, a .gov job is an entitlement, and that’s ironclad. Taking care of veterans was a promise, and those come with an expiration date, in Washington.

Not surprisingly, Congress want Haggstrom, VA official Stella Fiotes, and other officials who lied to them investigated for perjury (Denver Post / The Coloradoan), but that’s not going to happen; the DOJ has the corrupt officials’ back.

After the DVA’s profound failure to manage the construction, it has been transferred to the Army Corps of Engineers, which has tried to cut some of the pricey artistic touches (like $8 million extra in ornamental landscaping) but the Corps managers say that contracts committed to by the DVA limit how much they can cut.

VA Stage-Manages Bogus “Reform” Legislation

VA officials, resistant as always to firing the crooks, thieves, patient-abusers and incompetents on their rolls, have thrown their weight behind a a bogus “reform” bill called the “Veterans First Act” which doesn’t actually do anything, but preserves all the protections bad workers have: “Veterans First” actually puts veterans last, behind the bad workers. The VA managers and bad employees want to substitute this toothless bill for a toothsome one that has already passed the House with strong bipartisan majorities. Dan Caldwell of Concerned Veterans of America explains what’s wrong with this Veterans Last Bill at USA Today.

We disagree with Dan, though, and think the real question is this:

Isn’t it time to disband this thing?

Lord Love a Duck!

The weird and wonderful (or creepy) that we didn’t otherwise get to.

A Twitter Alternative?

Twitter’s gone round the bend, banning wrongthink — most recently Tennessee Law professor Glenn Reynolds, whom they unbanned later, after applying their point-of-view (in this case, in favor of Black Criminals’ Lives Matter rioters) censorship to his account.

We’ve heard rumblings that gab.ai is a potential alternative that will not have Twitter’s Owellian Trust and Safety Commissariat enforcing modern collegiate-style censorship. Instead, the perpetually offended can censor what they themselves see, and not impose their opinions on others. We signed up, and we’re in for the waiting list:

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Although we’re on the list, we don’t think #64,999 is anywhere near the head of the line. And if it’s anywhere near the end, Gab is going to be struggling for a time.

Friday Tour d’Horizon, Week 37

This week’s Tour d’Horizon is where we dispose of a week’s worth of open tabs, or try to. It

Guns

I don’t wanna work, I just wanna bang on my gun all day. We’re a bit light (and late) this week.

Poly-Ticks: Wanna Ban Guns? You Go First

That’s candidate Donald Trump’s message to anti-gun candidate Hillary Clinton: if you want to ban guns, start with your bodyguards. (Pure rhetoric, of course, not an actual policy proposal, but you’d never get that from the pearl-clutching in the press).

When Guns are Outlawed, Outlaws Adapt

Dateline Israel. Arab terrorists, denied guns by strict border controls (and, to be fair, by Israel imposing strict gun control on its own citizens, about which we’ve been meaning to write), have come up with a variety of Plan B options, including improvised guns (about which we’ve been meaning to write at length) and simpler “found weapons” such as knives and trucks. They’re not terrorists and criminals –outlaws — because they can get guns, the two things are completely orthogonal to one another.

Usage and Employment

The hardware takes you only half way. The wetware in your brain housing group is what makes your weapons work. (NADA this week)

Cops ‘n’ Crims

Cops bein’ cops, crims bein’ crims. The endless Tom and Jerry show of crime and (sometimes instantaneous) punishment.

Rapefugees Gonna Rape

In this case, Algerians, in France, doing a gang-rape of a French woman in the shadow of one of the symbols of the shaken greatness of France. Coming soon to a city near you — unless you live in the National Capital Area, where real estate (and the elites’ daughters) are both too precious to share with rapefugees.

Pointing a Gun at Cops is Dumb

And it’s dumber if it’s a fake gun. In Columbus, OH, young (13!) Tyree King did just that. Here’s the head rozzer with a photo of King’s “gun,” which turned out to be a BB or Airsoft toy.

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Some will ask, “What was he thinking?” but he was a criminal and a teenager, no one should be surprised that his thinking was disorganized, immature, and ultimately self-destructive. Tyree King had just about 0% probability of ever turning into a productive citizen, and his demise has been prophylactic, preventing the victimization of hundreds or thousands of better people than he. Again, this is the make and model of toy that Tyree King, pursued after having committed an armed robbery, pointed at cops — and King’s had an attached laser! What would you do if someone pointed it at you?

columbus-recovered-gun

If these losers really thought their Black Criminals Lives Matter, they could make a start at recognizing that, by not pointing gunlike thingies at The Man. Because if you do that, The Man will shoot you, and as long as he doesn’t nail soe innocent bystander in the process, we’ll be writing at WeaponsMan.com about what a righteous shoot it was.

Some (mostly white) Black Criminal Lives Matter activists are arguing in the Columbus fuzz Twitter feed that the cops wouldn’t have shot a white guy. Hey, we’ll buy your Greyhound ticket to Columbus and put the toy in your hand for a living (briefly) experiment. The only black thing that got worthless Tyree shot was this gun — and his own impaired-by-youth-criminality-and-stupidity reasoning.

The Perils of Kathleen: Please, God, Make it Stop! Edition

Here’s where we chronicle ongoing meltdown of the paranoid, vengeful and extremely anti-gun now-former Pennsylvania attorney general, Kathleen Kane. It’s almost over at long last.

  • 14 Sep: Kane Hires Another Lawyer. In addition to her team of Mob lawyers led by Gerald Shargel, she’s got a new guy, Marc Robert Steinberg, for her sentencing on 24 October. Hopefully she’ll go away after that and stop making headlines. Steinberg’s a real piece of work, who’s currently best known for his efforts to keep a woman who stole a baby out of jail. The old lawyers, all of whom are also expected to be running up billable hours at the sentencing, are Gerald L. Shargel, Seth C. Farber and Ross M. Kramer from the New York mafia-law practice, Douglas K. Rosenblum from Philadelphia, and hometown (Scranton, PA) criminal defense attorney Amil Minora. Shargel is still sounding combative:

Shargel also previously hinted at an appeal, saying Kane’s defense team would “fight to the end.”

Hmm. To the end of what? Our guess is, the end of Kane’s estranged husband’s money — the only principle any of these lawyers subscribe to.

One day, Kane will be out of the headlines, and in prison. Roll on sentencing, 24 October.

Unconventional (and current) Warfare

What goes on in the battlezones of the world — and preparation of the future battlefields.

Operation Occupy Maintenance Hangar

…Continues to be the main thrust of the USAF, with the latest F-35 news being that ultra-expensive coolant lines bought through the Air Forces’s and DOD’s “massive costs added / quality reduction” procurement process had an unfortunate tendency to shed insulation, contaminating the fuel. So far 15 American jets and two Norwegian ones are grounded.

F-35 in its native enviroment... on the ground.

F-35 in its native enviroment… on the ground.

What did Norway ever do to us, to deserve this?

Most of the dozens of jets on the production line in the former General Dynamics and Convair plant in Fort Worth will also need to have the lines replaced. The USAF blames the contractor they picked to make the defective lines. No word on whether the contractor was the usual “minority set-aside” contractor, the usual “Congressman’s nephew” contractor, or the usual “spinoff of a huge defense prime contractor masquerading as a small business” contractor.

Naturally, no one will be held accountable in Washington. No one is ever held accountable in Washington.

Media v. Military: Headline Edition

There was a big splash recently about Marine recruit hazing at Parris Island, including an apparently true charge that an NCO stuffed a recruit in a dryer whilst abusing him for his mohammedan faith. The recruit subsequently killed himself, and his family is suing the USMC (a detail left out of most reports). How did CBS News report the story?

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You stay classy, network of Ron Burgundy and Dan Rather. Well, maybe not Burgundy: deep down, he was a good guy. (Rather? He was a Marine, he used to tell people. Except he flunked out of basic training, which most Marines don’t even know is possible). Sure, that bad DI may have hated moslems, but not as much as everybody at CBS hates the military,

Veterans’ Issues

Is it time to disband this thing yet, and letting all its bloatoverhead seek its own level in the Dreaded Private Sector™?

VA Ceased Quality Reporting — Stealthily

In a maneuver dictated by the agency’s swarms of lawyers, the Veterans Health Administration ceased its long-standing practice of reporting quality data as civilian hospitals do, on 1 July 16. Presumably also advised by the shysters, they also kept this non-reporting secret from the Congress and the public. USA Today has the story (warning, loud autoplay).

No one has been held accountable.

Is it time to disband this thing yet?

VA Corpus Christi is Low on Doctors

But hey, they still have a well-paid public affairs officer to dismiss the concerns of local vets, to the local TV station (warning, loud autoplay ad).

Is it time to disband this thing yet? The doctors, nurses and vets will land on their feet, and if a few administrative clerks and public affairs executives wind up in breadlines, it’s not the end of the world.

VA May Get More Firing Authority

Congress, which enabled VA to fire its worst employees, may give the agency even greater power to fire malefactors in its ranks. The House has passed such a bill and sent it to the Senate (article is from prior to the vote).

However, VA Administrator Bob McDonald and other VA executives have not used the authority they already have, as they consider a VA job a lifetime entitlement, without reference to performance.

Is it time to disband this thing yet?

Lord Love a Duck!

The weird and wonderful (or creepy) that we didn’t otherwise get to. 

The Latest German Insanity: Trees have Brains and Souls

Peter Wohlleben, who has spent too long among the tall beeches, has written a book to this effect. In an excerpt at the Daily Mail he writes of his observations of trees:

It sounds incredible, but when you discover how trees talk to each other, feel pain, nurture each other, even care for their close relatives and organise themselves into communities, it’s hard to be sceptical.

No, not really. We’re as skeptical now as we were before we read it — maybe more so. But it will take off, because when everything has a soul as in prehistoric savage animism, nothing has a soul, and that message resonates among the sold souls in the media.

A perfect New Age sacred text, Wohlleben’s book will become a best seller among those who believe in nothing, and will therefore fall for anything. (The quality of the writing sparkles, so there is that).

Sex Bots Getting Better

That’s what this news story says. So what happens when the sex bots discover opposite-sex sex bots? We humans will have no one left to, you know, but each other!

Sunday Scribbling

All those great writers of the 18th Century? They wrote with these. Humbling.

All those great writers of the 18th Century? They wrote with these. Humbling! And here we are whinging about a memory stick….

Objectives for today:

  1. Some writing, and preparing several book drafts for printing (different books) and taking them to the print shop, so that we can work with hard copy and make plans to wind ’em up. We actually had to buy a memory stick yesterday, because none of the forty-eleven memory sticks we used to have lying around the place come to hand when you need one.
  2. Getting most of Monday queued up for the blog. And maybe some other stuff.
  3. (Maybe) backfilling a Saturday Matinee (movie review) which would mean watching the other half of the movie.
  4. PT. Bike ride, rowing (rowing, watching that $#%^!! movie…)
  5. Airplane build session. It has taken us a very long time to make meaningful progress on installing the lighting kit in the wing. The usually excellent RV_12 plans are at their weakest here, as the lighting kit is an add-on option (a very widely, but not universally, installed one). That means the plans have to cover the case in which the wiring is installed as the wing is constructed, but also after the wing is constructed, so that lights can be installed on a completed RV if so desired. But the bias in the instructions is for the after construction case, making it unnecessarily hard for those of us who could pull the wires before the wing is closed. Further, there is a confusing error in the plans (one of very few we’ve found) that would have us, were we to follow the plan, attempting to mate a female Molex connector to a female Molex connector, but the kit was not furnished with the requisite lesbian Molex connectors. (NTTAWWT).  In any event, we’ve penciled in 0930-1200 for this fiddly work. (And this is funny: one of the pages of the lighting plans is p. 40-11, an old New Englandism for a very large number as “forty-eleven” or just “fortyleven.”)
  6. Your Humble Blogger, the Blogfather, and the Blogbrother may go to lunch afterward.
  7. Lawn work. Last night had to refuel and put away the mower / tractor well after dark, leaving the sweeper attachment full of 50+ lb of acorns and sticks under a great oak in a corner of the back. Right in line with our office window. Where a falling acorn hits it every half hour or so with a mocking spang! to remind us that no amount of acorn-sweeping will get them all. So at some time, the sweeper has to be emptied and it has to be washed and put away properly; also need to check the oil on the tractor. (Usually do it at fill-up time, couldn’t do that in the dark last night).
  8. Small Dog Mk. II says, “Hey, what about me?” Certainly a couple of dog walks and treats are in order, and maybe some wild play on the now-less-acorny front lawn. (He seems to like picking up and gnawing on green acorns, actually, but it would take too long for him to clear the yard, hence the sweeper).

That’s about it.

Friday Tour d’Horizon, Week 36

This week’s Tour d’Horizon is where we dispose of a week’s worth of open tabs, or try to. It’s gun-light this week.

Guns

I don’t wanna work, I just wanna bang on my gun all day. We lead with some Glock-heavy stories this week.

He Knocked his Glock Off!

And just by dry-firing it. The Firearm Blog reports that the whole batch of new Glock 17Ms (variously thought of as the “new FBI Glock” and “Army trials Glock”) received by the first customer, the Indianapolis Metropolitan PD, have gone back to Glock to correct a rather embarrassing problem: when dry-fired, “the slide of the Glocks was falling off the front of the frame.” D’oh! Affected officers are back on the Glock 22 until the boys in Smyrna (and/or Deutsch-Wagram, as this initial batch seems all imported) sort it out.

Snide references to “Glock Perfection” are directed to the comments. But we will say that the measure of a manufacturing firm is less whether it screws up (inevitably, they all screw up), but what it does for its customers after screwing up, and Glock seems to be in stand-up mode here.

On the other hand, we thought you dry-fired a Glock to disassemble it, anyway?

Anti-gun Google nukes NSSF

The National Shooting Sports Foundation is the actual “gun lobby” — the trade group for manufacturers, importers, and dealers at every level. It publishes a newsletter for its members, and has usually tweeted the link using a Google URL shortener. But anti-gun Google is never beyond putting its thumb on the scales:

That link gets you this:

Google Bans NSSF

A Little Birdie Tells Us

…that Vermont importer and sort-of manufacturer Century International Arms is seeking a senior executive like a CEO or COO.

We could have some fun with this: “Must be able to arrange the attachment of AK front sight bases at some orientation other than plumb.”

Las Vegas Sun: Yeah, we DO Want to Ban your Guns

From an editorial in favor of Bloomberg’s backdoor registration ballot initiative:

Shot:

[The NRA] portrays anyone who suggests gun control measures as being hell-bent on seizing people’s guns and punishing responsible owners of firearms.

Chaser (in the original, the very next line). Emphasis ours:

But in reality, the background check measure is a step in the right direction.

If you believe them, you’re taking that one goose step in “the right direction.”

Usage and Employment

The hardware takes you only half way. The wetware in your brain housing group is what makes your weapons work. 

Thought he was Answering his Phone

Instead, he answered his gun — and shot himself. He was in the dentist’s chair having a tooth filled at the time:

72-year-old James White was under nitrous oxide at New Carlisle Dental Group when he thought he heard his phone ring, went to grab it, but accidentally grabbed his pistol and fired the weapon, sending a bullet through his hand and grazing his stomach.

No one else was injured in the incident.

Read The Whole Thing™, shaking your head The Whole Time.

Not only is it pretty dumb to wear a gun when you’re going to be drugged, who is that tethered to his jeezly phone? Let it go to voicemail. You can’t talk with a mouthful of dental ironmongery anyway.

Cops ‘n’ Crims

Cops bein’ cops, crims bein’ crims. The endless Tom and Jerry show of crime and (sometimes instantaneous) punishment.

The Houdini of North Las Vegas

Alonso PerezAlonso Perez, who blew away a guy named Mohammad Robinson for the offense of not holding a McDonald’s door open for Alonso’s ho, wasn’t at large long — the first time. Perez murdered Robinson on 27 August, but by last Friday, 2 September, the North LV PD had him cuffed and stuffed in an interrogation room. But when the detective returned to the room to try to wring a confession out of Perez, the room was empty.

Perez was gone, and so, it later turned out, was somebody’s 2015 F-250 parked outside. The victim’s family were apoplectic. The media wondered how Perez did it. Five days later, they still didn’t have straight answers from NLV PD. (Ultimately, they released the surveillance video showing Perez wriggling out of his cuffs).

But Perez was bagged again on 6 September (Tuesday). The butterfingered cops seem to be hanging on to him this time. So far.

Poly-Ticks: FBI Continues its Conversion to Partisan Political Police

That’s one possible conclusion from the FBI’s release of select Clinton security investigation files on the evening of the Friday before a long holiday weekend. Indeed, it’s the most logical conclusion, and it produced a remarkable, exposed-nerve defensive memo to the troops[.pdf] from Director Comey:

I knew we would take all kinds of grief for releasing it before a holiday weekend, but my judgment was that we had promised transparency and it would be game-playing to withhold it from the public just to avoid folks saying stuff about us. We don’t play games. So we released it Friday. We are continuing to process more material and will release batches of documents as they are ready, no matter the day of the week.

It’ll just coincidentally be whenever it’s most convenient for his candidate. Gotcha. The entire memo is a Read The Whole Thing™[.pdf] exercise in “spot the overly defensive tone.”

The problem with cutting Mrs Clinton a special deal, as the FBI has done, is that it leaves every subsequent security investigation with a Hobson’s choice: don’t prosecute and preserve equality, not law; or prosecute, and abandon equality as a principle of law enforcement.

We know which way they’re going. Different Spanks for Different Ranks®, a Registered Trademark of the Former Bureau of Investigation.

The Under-Incarceration Crisis

Two politicians who have spent their time in (cough) “public service” blaming innocent gun owners for the crimes of lawless criminals, have come around to a remarkable belief: that the under-incarcertion of violent criminals is a real problem.

  • Item: Cathy Lanier, the outgoing Washington DC police chief whose anti-crime activities have been, by any measure, an abject failure, notes in the Washington Post that, “You can’t police the city if the rest of the justice system is not accountable.” And,
  • Item: Anita Alvarez: Cook County IL (Chicongo) district attorney, complains about the revolving door in the Chicongo Tribune.

As Alvarez puts it:

[T]he most menacing felony offenders who are shooting up the streets of Chicago killing innocent men, women and children are spending fewer and fewer days behind bars for their violent and repeat felony gun offenses. There is an unexplained revolving door that is spitting these convicted criminals out of prison after they have served only a fraction of their court-imposed sentences for violent gun offenses.

No $#!+, Sherlock Holmes. She has some specifics about how

Of course, Lanier and Alvarez have always been glad to be of service to the politically pro-criminal viewpoint illustrated by the following article:

Alvarez, in fact, like all Chicago politicians, has a hands-off policy towards criminal gangs. The gangs work for the Aldermen, and so does Alvarez, ultimately. Or maybe the aldermen work for the gangs — the direction of the arrow of subordination is not clear. In any event, she has always championed gun control, not criminal control, and even here she gives stabbers and stranglers a pass.

Criminal Aliens…

…as a matter of course and policy, make up rape stories, to prevent their deportation. This is not news to anyone who has had any dealings with criminal aliens, or the particularly toxic subspecies of Homo litigaticus, the Immigration Lawyer. But it’s a shocker to the press, in this case the Daily Mail.

Burn, Baby Burn! Just not That Car

carmen-chamblee-mugshotMeet Carmen Chamblee, who thought she’d get back at a boyfriend for dumping her. (The usual way of doing this is to find a new and better boyfriend, but the mugshot suggests she finds it an uphill climb).

Police said Chamblee is responsible for starting a fire that damaged a Honda Accord parked at 1111 Blanche B. Littlejohn Trail Aug. 27.

Chamblee was captured on surveillance video before and during the incident, a Clearwater police news release states.

They have the video at the link, and it shows the girl setting the trunk of the car on fire and kind of dancing around. But here’s the kicker:

She told police detectives she thought the car belonged to her ex-boyfriend. However, that was not the case.

Yep, Little Miss Revenge torched the wrong car. Somewhere in Florida, the guy that dumped her is laughing — and so are we! Chamblee, though, probably doesn’t see the humor in all this — she’s charged with arson.

Rough Justice may still be Justice

In the Bronx, a judge dismissed charges against Mamadou Diallo, who beat Earl Nash to death with a tire iron. Why did he kill him? Nash broke into Diallo’s apartment and was in the process of trying to rape Diallo’s wife, Nenegale. So why not call 911? Why let Diallo off the hook? Nash was mentally ill and had a long record of violent crime, including 19 prior arrests. Nash’s own family asked the judge to clear Diallo, and apologized to Mrs Diallo.

Revolving Door Gets a Presidential Spin

If you’re in prison for drugs and guns, and you’re black, you’ve got a chance to get out, no matter how big a wheel you are.

[Oakland, CA druglord Darryl Lamar “Lil D”] Reed was not caught committing an act of violence. However, when police raided his apartment and found the crack, a handgun, and nearly $60,000 in cash. To view him as a low-level offender is absurd. To view a drug kingpin as nonviolent is laughable. One does not remain a drug kingpin with “a lot of carnage.”

To my knowledge, no president other than Obama, whether running for reelection or not, has commuted the sentence of a drug kingpin. These things only happen when a president’s sympathies are with drug criminals, not with law abiding residents in the areas where the criminals operate.

Analysis: harsh, but true.

A Guy Could Get Hurt Doing this Job Dep’t

  • 6 Sep: Two Cop-Shooters Arraigned in NJ in the critical wounding of Atlantic City cop (and, we’re told, Army vet) Joshlee Vadell. Vadell was gunned down by robbers Martell Chisholm, Demetrius Cross, and Jerome Damon, as he exited his cruiser at the robbery-in-progress call. Vadell’s partner nailed Damon, and other cops brought in Chisholm and Cross, one of whom broke down in tears at the prospect of being held accountable for his crime. Vadell’s condition has been upgraded to stable. He has a bullet wound to the head.
  • 3 Sep: Two Prison Guards Critical after being shot in the head and neck multiple times by a visitor named Thong Vang, who was a convicted child rapist and violent criminal. (What was he doing out? California. Says it all, eh?) Vang is in custody, at least until Jerry Brown releases him again.

One Less Black (Criminal’s) Life to Matter

Shot dead and set on fire: that was the end of 29-year-old Darren Seals, leader of the Black Lives Matter riots in Ferguson, MO, after Seals’s fellow violent criminal, Michael Brown, was shot dead by a local cop.

Seals’s long involvement in gang crime in the Minneapolis area, and his much shorter involvement in politics, are at an end. Miss him yet?

Us neither.

The Perils of Kathleen: Are We There Yet? Edition

Here’s where we chronicle ongoing meltdown of the paranoid, vengeful and extremely anti-gun now-former Pennsylvania attorney general, Kathleen Kane. It’s almost over at long last.

  • 7 Sep: Kane: “Gimme Some Money.” Channeling the early Spinal Tap hit, Kathleen Kane is demanding in divorce court that her ex-husband-to-be “pay her immediately $1 million of about $6 million in marital assets she contends she should receive in their divorce.” The convicted perjurer says she needs the money immediately to pay attorney’s fees for her pending sentencing and anticipated appeal… but should the court believe her? She is a convicted perjurer, after all.  How poor is Kane? She says she has nothing to live on but alimony and child support… which comes to a mere $19,000. A month. 
  • 6 Sep: Castor Cast OutBruce Castor,”former Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s handpicked successor,” and a man who wanted the job of AG very badly, was fired by incoming AG Bruce Beemer. It wasn’t anti-Kane animus, though, because Beemer promoted two other Kane staffers, Robert Mulle and James Donahue III, at the same time as he gave Castor the boot. Both, however, are longtime AG employees, whose tenure predates the Reign of Kane. Beemer also quietly approved an $80k cash settlement for Kane’s sister.
  • 5 Sep: Campaign Moves ForwardPennsylvanians get to choose a new AG (Bruce Beemer is only an acting-jack) in this fall’s election. Democrat Josh Shapiro, a former Kane supporter, has distanced himself from the woman he would replace, but shares her anti-gun platform. He is a career politician with no experience in criminal law, and he’s spent millions on the race already (most of it in a bruising primary). Republican John Rafferty is also a career politician, but does have prosecutorial experience. He won his primary with a handy majority, but over 200,000 more people voted in the Democratic race where Shapiro won a strong plurality in a three-way competition.

One day, Kane will be out of the headlines, and in prison. Sentencing is 24 October. Before that, divorce-court proceedings take place on Friday and again on 21 September.

Unconventional (and current) Warfare

What goes on in the battlezones of the world — and preparation of the future battlefields.

South Sudan Attacks American Diplomats

After a 7 July meeting with officials of the lawless, but US-spawned, state of South Sudan, an unarmed convoy of diplomats in (fortunately) armored SUVs in the capital of Juba were attacked by the Presidential Guard of South Sudanese “President” Salva Kiir.

Kiir’s troops also were responsible for the 11 July rape, riot, and rape (we said rape twice. They like rape) of foreign-aid workers, previously discussed here. The US Embassy is dispensing a half-billion dollars in aid to people displaced by the war (although a lot of it seems to stick to NGO operators’ fingers).

Kiir and his goons are angry that the US, after hinting it would back him in his civil war with his former VP, Riek Machar, didn’t do so. Instead, the Administration and State Department collapsed into their usual strategic indecision, waffling, wobbling, waiting, and ultimately inflaming both sides.

None of the seven diplomats in the three targeted SUVs were injured, although two SUVs were damaged and one destroyed. (The passengers were rescued by Marines from the Embassy).

US Sponsors Terrorists

Turns out the $400 million hostage ransom was just the down payment; the US transferred another $1.3 billion foreign-denominations cash tribute to Iran. This cash payment was kept secret even after the exposure of the ransom payment.

Veterans’ Issues

Is it time to disband this thing yet, and letting all its bloatoverhead seek its own level in the Dreaded Private Sector™?

Hey, Someone Defends the VA

The VA may be “beleaguered,” but one of the insiders for whose benefit it’s run mounted a full-throated defense of it at the Beltway website, “Defense One.” He dismissed the criticism of the VA’s neglect of veterans as a “smear campaign” and lauded the “highly specialized, integrated, and cost-effective Veterans Health Administration.” A few of the many laurels he threw VA-ward:

[T]he VA is far superior to the chaotic private sector….

[V]eterans overwhelmingly prefer VA care…

Yeah, the veterans that lived loved it. More:

…the nation’s most efficient and effective health care provider….

…community-based system….

One reason we don’t use VA, apart from our desire to continue to have a carbon footprint, is that the VA has assigned us to a facility in east-central Vermont. We live in southeastern New Hampshire, 120-150 road miles away. Community? But we’ll see in a minute what “community” this guy represents.

Today, veterans can walk into any VA hospital and seamlessly access integrated primary and specialty care in addition to financial, education, housing, vocational, and other benefits. 

The VA does wonderful work for millions of veterans, and veterans consistently give their preferred health care system high customer service ratings.

The punch line comes at the end of the article, where Defense One admits, in tiny gray print, who this fan of business-as-usual really is:

Jeffrey David Cox Sr. is National President of the American Federation of Government Employees, which is the largest union representing federal and D.C. government employees.

Yep, he’s the head of the union. You know, the Bad Employees’ Union, the one that gets the patient killers, vet abusers, and the armed robbers in Florida, their jobs back. The one to which the President promised he’d never use the fast-track firing authority provided by Congress (and, in fact, he hasn’t).

According to Wikipedia (usual disclaimers apply), Cox, who is of age to have been exposed to the Vietnam draft in 1969 and 1970, is not a veteran, but he did “serve the public” (by his way of thinking)  by working in the VA as an LPN (bedpan operations engineer, that) and later RN, and, of course, as a union representative. An underappreciated field of endeavor.

Is it time to disband this thing yet?

And Someone Fisks That Defense

Sure, we did it one way above, but a Washington Examiner editorial assembles a handy (if necessarily shortened) list of VA patient-abuse scandals, contrasts that with Cox’s imaginary version of VA, and matches our usual conclusion, although they don’t express it as a question.

In his op-ed, Cox wrings his hands over pernicious profiteers looking to make money from veterans’ suffering. But how else can anyone describe the actions of well-paid bureaucrats whose job performance appears to be a case of theft from taxpayers at veterans’ expense?

If Congress were to disband the VA and simply purchase insurance for every eligible veteran, the experience of these brave men and women would almost certainly be improved.

And the op-ed doesn’t even bother to note that the taxpayers would save literal billions, not having to support Cox and his plague of self-serving leeches.

Is it time to disband this thing yet?

VA Stonewall brings Subpoena

After VA Secretary Bob McDonald and Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson maintained a firm refusal to release documents on two percolating scandals to Congress for, in one case, over a year, the House Veterans Affairs Committee used its power of subpoena to demand the documents on 7 September.

The scandals McDonald and Gibson have been trying to cover up are the billion-dollar cost overrun at the Denver VA Hospital — an overrun that nearly tripled the cost of the already gold-plated construction project — and scores, perhaps hundreds, of millions blown on artwork and ornamental furniture while starving accounts for patient treatment. (The walls of the Palo Alto, CA, VAMC, for example, host some $6.4 million in “artwork.”)

VA spokeswoman Walinda West defended the practice of spending money on “connected” artists, not veterans:

[P]roviding comprehensive health care for patients goes beyond just offering the most advanced medical treatments. Artwork is one of the many facets that create a healing environment for our nation’s veterans.

Is it time to disband this thing yet?

More specifically: would a single veteran be better off if Walinda West got a raise, or worse off if she got a pink slip?

Another Alternative for VA?

The Chicago Tribune, usually a friend to Cox’s Army (rather than the real one), suggests in an editorial “splitting the baby“: (1) allowing more vets to seek private care, (2) trimming VA down to the provision of care related to combat injuries without parallel in civilian medical care (are there any, really?), and (3) firing underperformers. It’s unlikely Cox would support any such reforms — the whole point of his union is impunity for underperformers and even malfeasors.

Lord Love a Duck!

The weird and wonderful (or creepy) that we didn’t otherwise get to. 

Piers for Fears

Supercilious Brit twit Piers Morgan is apparently back on the air in his native country, due, apparently, to an island-wide shortage of inbred dunderheads who are not committed to duties in the House of Lords.

In a recent “interview” with a 12-year-old girl, the militantly anti-gun, anti-hunting, and anti-American talking head threatened to come to her house and kill her pet cat. 

Can’t they bring in someone with a little class to replace this boor? Like, say, Ron Burgundy?

And is there any reason this despicable child abuser can still get a visa to the USA?

Matchbook U Bites the Dust

ITT Technical Institute, the trade school that used to advertise on matchbook covers, is not teaching anybody anything anymore — the Department of Education has closed it down with a demand for instant establishment of a quarter-billion dollars in cash reserves — reserves against closing.

That went well!

By becoming dependent on the cheap crack of Federal student loans, the school left itself vulnerable to a shakedown. Enter an administration that believes that for-profit and non-degree-granting career-training institutions have no place in education, and the firm was toast — and its students left hanging, and its 8,000 employees now unemployees.

The one  ITT-owned school not closed — yet — is the accredited (for now) Daniel Webster College which ITT acquired in 2009.

(Meanwhile, Duke seems to have used “falsified or fabricated” data to scam $200M in Government grants, but it’s “non-profit”, so it’s not under investigation).

Millions for gender studies theorists, hundreds of millions for phony science, but not one red cent for HVAC technicians — that’s the Education Department for you.

Boston Strong Wrong

This pathetic panoply of panic is the hothouse flowers of Boston reacting to a dog fight between two mid-sized dogs.

Jeez, no wonder they don’t trust each other with guns.

Seen in a Freshman Engineering Syllabus[.pdf]

We are not making this up:

ENGR 2100 Screenshot

Those things are truly triggering for liberal arts students, especially the last one, and this is a great technique that Prof. Peter Schwartz has, uh, engineered, to help those seeking credentials, not education, self-select out of his class.

Army Friends are … Different. No, Better.

10th SF Trojan HorseThe call came on the Thursday before Labor Day weekend.

“Hey, we’re going to be in the area…”

Some warnings about holiday traffic, and one of those Army buddies we never see enough was on his way to spend the weekend with us, along with his two young sons. Mom, a gifted artist, was going to an artist camp in the People’s Republic, and for two hours’ more driving — a little more, it turned out, in that aforementioned holiday traffic — they could be here at the Manor.

A little work to organize guest rooms and we were ready. Small Dog II reveled in the attention, and the boys, whose international life preculde pets — they spend months every summer overseas with grandparents — took a shine to the little guy. We went to a few decent restaurants (the kids traveled all day to the New England shore, to order chicken nuggets and hot dogs in a fish place. Kids!) and talked about some tech start-ups the way an inventor and an investor do when they’re just hanging out.

The kids, for their part, brought that delight that youth always does. It was engaging to talk to a very bright preteen who is working his way through Larry Correia’s Monster Hunter series. (His dad: “Grunge has a few adult themes, we’ll wait on that one for a couple years.” Hey, Larry & Ringo, there’s your long tail of sales, you’ll GET PAID).

We talked about old friends, units and targets and missions and specialties (DAME Technician, anybody know what that is?) that don’t exist any more. We go waaay back.

We didn’t talk about other stuff, like how we talked each other through the shock and dismay of marriage collapses, back in the day. That’s always there but we have way too much to talk about.

Indeed, a lot of our talk focused on tomorrow, not today.

If you’re a friend of the blog, and are going to be in hailing distance of the NH Seacoast this fall, the guest rooms are ready.

Friday Tour d’Horizon, Week 35

This week’s Tour d’Horizon is where we dispose of a week’s worth of open tabs, or try to. It’s gun-light this week.

Guns

I don’t wanna work, I just wanna bang on my gun all day. We lead with some Glock-heavy stories this week.

Nothing this week, sorry. We have house guests for the weekend and posting is going to be very slow.

Usage and Employment

The hardware takes you only half way. The wetware in your brain housing group is what makes your weapons work. 

Nothing this week, sorry.

Cops ‘n’ Crims

Cops bein’ cops, crims bein’ crims. The endless Tom and Jerry show of crime and (sometimes instantaneous) punishment.

Delayed-Action Murder?

So, here’s what the criminals did.They threw a rock from a highway overpass.

The rock hit the car. RIght in the windshield.

In the car, Randy Budd, then 53, escaped with minor injuries. His wife Sharon, a schoolteacher, wasn’t so lucky. She wasn’t killed – quite.

Sharon Budd, who lives at the couple’s Uniontown home, suffered catastrophic head injuries when a 5-pound rock dropped from an overpass crashed through the windshield of her family’s moving car on Interstate 80 in central Pennsylvania in July 2014.

Randy Budd said in January that his wife had seven major surgeries and lost part of her brain and one of her eyes. Because part of her brain was affected, he said she would require constant care at home for the rest of her life. Sharon cannot make her own food, take her medications or work a remote control, her daughter Kaylee Budd told pennlive.com in September.

Almost everything that was identifiably human was taken from her; se was killed in everything but name. The four worthless young thugs who did it — for the lulz — were still yukking it up, after a sympathetic judge minimized their suffering.

Four young men — Brett and Dylan Lahr, Keefer McGee and Tyler Porter — were convicted and sentenced to prison sentences ranging from 11½ months to 4½ years in a case that attracted national attention.

Randy Budd couldn’t take it any more, and shot himself in early August.

“Randy Budd did not die from a gunshot,” Union County District Attorney D. Peter Johnson told pennlive.com. “He died when those kids threw a rock through his windshield.”

Johnson added: “They killed him like they killed her.”

And they pretty much got away with it. Such is crime and punishment in the USA in 2016.

A Guy Could Get Hurt Doing this Job Dep’t

  • 0230 3 Sep: Cop Wounded in Atlantic City. Suspects at large, except for one who was mortally wounded by police return fire.
  • 2 Sep: Cop Killed in New Mexico. Alamogordo PD Officer Clint Corvinus, 33, died in an exchange of gunfire with Joseph Moreno, a career violent criminal with three pending warrants and a face full of jobstoppers:

joseph moreno mugshot

  •  25 Aug. Tennesee Cop Killed on a Domestic. Officer Kenny Moats in Maryville, TN was killed by a single shot to the neck, just above his vest. After an initial call by the suspect’s father ended when the father would not file charges on the son (a frequent occurrence), a second call by the suspect’s girlfriend ended differently: the responding police were ambushed by mentally ill drug abuser Brian Stalans, who blamed the police who had frequently jailed him for “ruining his life.” Stalans fired five shots from a .45 at the cops.

Stalans had once owned firearms and had had a carry permit, but had lost them in a 2013 domestic incident. The gun he used was his father, which the father had locked in the attic after the morning incident. Stalans retrieved in, cut the lock off, and went out and bought ammunition. The girlfriend, who fled the scene while making the 911 call, reported Stalans had a gun and this was passed on to the responding officers.

Subsequently, it turned out that Stalans had fired several shots at the girlfriend’s trailer, ubeknownst to her.

 

 The Perils of Kathleen: Are We There Yet? Edition

Here’s where we chronicle ongoing meltdown of the paranoid, vengeful and extremely anti-gun now-former Pennsylvania attorney general, Kathleen Kane. Two weeks ago in this space, “we expect this to be our last regular update on Kane.” We misjudged her penchant for headline production.

  • 2 Sep: Kane’s Driver AxedThat’s one way of putting it. “[A termination letter was served on Senior Supervisory Special Agent Patrick Rocco Reese, 49, of Dunmore, Lackawanna County, who had been a supervisory special agent on Kane’s executive protection detail and once acted as Kane’s driver.” He was a $100,000-a-year driver. Reese was convicted of criminal contempt and sentenced to a jail term in December 2015, but has been on bail during an appeal. Like his boss! Unlike Kane, he kept drawing his salary after conviction
  • 1 Sep: New AG Sacks Two Kane Coatholders. Along with pending jailbird Reese, Chief of Staff Jonathan Duecker was the other unloved Kane loyalist shown the door. Duecker hasn’t been criminally charged, but had faced sexual harassment charges, and he and Kane paid one accuser $137k rather than face a trial on the merits. Duecker, too, was paid his $140k salary up until he was booted Thursday.
  • 31 Aug: Murderer May Walk because a Kane wiretap was not legal. She approved the wiretap when under indictment herself, and suspended from the practice of law. So the mouthpieces for Price Montgomery, whom evidence indicated shot Tina Crawford dead because she was a witness against him in a drug case, argue that the wiretap on Montgomery is fruit of the poisoned tree. This kind of technicality appears to be a common motion, and commonly unsuccessful, but the lawyers here have a better than normal fact pattern: Kane’s name was signed for her while she was off pursuing pleasure in Haiti.
  • 30 Aug: Replacement AG Sworn In. Unanimously approved by the Senate, Bruce Beemer promises to work to restore the AG Office’s credibility with the courts and the public. It’s a big job. He could start by restoring handgun reciprocity! Beemer had been head of the Office of Inspector General, and expects to return to that job after the 2016 Attorney General Election yields an elected replacement. Meanwhile, the office’s Chief Counsel, Tyrone Powell, has been named as acting IG.

One day, Kane will be out of the headlines, and in prison. Won’t that be a fine day?

Maura Healey, come and see what happened to the last “rising Democrat star” who thought the black letter of the  law was for the little people.

Where Criminals Go to Prison

The New York Times has found a place where criminals actually go to prison, and the paper’s institutional reaction, essentially, comes down to this: “It’s not fair!”

In their view, the crims catching three decade stints in the Indiana State Pen for heroin dealing or serial burglaries ought to get the same walk-off they’d have caught in New York or San Francisco.

“It’s not fair!” seems to be their instinctive response, and they wonder why Dearborn County, IN, is sending so many criminals to prison when…

A collection of small, quiet towns near the Ohio River, Dearborn County does not look like a prison capital. Violent crime is rare. There are few empty storefronts.

Hmmm. Long prison sentences. “Violent crime is rare.” Fox Butterfield, call your office.

But while NYT figures show that Dearborn County has been sending more criminals to prison compared to the Indiana average, the same stats can also be read to say something quite different.

nyt_incarceration_graphics

 

In our view, it is clear that the disparity is not caused by increasing severity in the rural counties, but exploding leniency in the urban ones. Dearborn County, which has secured its present low-crime status by nearly quintupling the rate of incarceration in the eleven years of the left-hand graph, is clearly an outlier. In fact, if you look at the right-hand graph, you see the average number of new inmates in a low-population county has increased from about 23 to about 23.5, while urban counties have cut their incarceration rate from 25 per 1000 residents to about 16.5. And the populations to which those rates apply are much larger.

It’s worth noting that the lenity seems to be roughly coterminous with the present Administration. But it’s hard to tell, and the Times doesn’t explain why and how it selected the odd start- and end-years of the two charts. A cynic would suggest that they picked the years that yielded the most dramatic graph, but we’re not cynics here, are we?

Unconventional (and current) Warfare

What goes on in the battlezones of the world — and preparation of the future battlefields.

Was an American Norknapped?

Many news outlets are reporting that American student David Sneddon, who disappeared in Yunnan, China a dozen years ago, was actually kidnapped to North Korea. Sounds bizarre, but the fate has befallen many South Koreans over the years.

Why’s the story coming out now? Did Kim find out about the Iranian ransom?

Syrian Splodydopes Slinking in to the ‘Shire

Yep, we’re getting our own batch of Islamic extremists. Two lefty groups are being paid beaucoup tax dollars to “resettle” the rapefugees, the International Institute of New Hampshire and “Ascentria Community Services,” the new post-Christian name for what was, prior to its deracination and conversion to the Social Justice Gospel, “Lutheran Social Services.”

“Ascentria” is getting some 270 individuals and will place half of them in Concord and half in Nashua, and IINH is getting 225, 170 destined for Manchester and 55 for Nashua.

(“Lutheran” agencies are not funded meaningfully by Lutherans, who apparently give first-chapter Scrooge a run for the not-so-charitable crown: they’re 95-100% on the taxpayer teat, and their “charitable” staffers get extremely lavish, mostly six-figure, compensation).

The rapefugees coming here mostly come from the Islamist war zones: Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Iraq, but there are some Congolese and some from Bhutan.

If the 1-in-10 rule holds, we’re getting 50 or so ISIL/Daesh extremists. (The German services have been finding, belatedly, higher numbers in the refugees they admitted, and like Germany, the USA is not attempting to screen these, except to exclude Christians and other non-Moslems). Not everyone in New England minds importing “sex crimes, tuberculosis and radical mosques preaching jihad.” Ann Corcoran of Refugee Resettlement Watch notes:

[R]efugees are exploited for cheap labor and that Chambers of Commerce want refugees to buy used cars and rent Section 8 housing.

Of course, technically, refugees don’t rent Section 8 housing. We taxpayers rent it for them. Guess who ultimately foots the bill for the (unregistered, uninsured, drunk-driven) used cars, too?

Lord love a duck.

If you live in New Hampshire, and you haven’t got your carry permit, it’s time. If you live in VT or ME, you can skip the permit, just get the pistol. We need to build up herd immunity to the jihad that’s coming.

Nork SADMs?

Allegedly. We take these things with a grain of salt; most reporting of “suitcase nukes” is just laughable to anyone who had knowledge of US or USSR progams in that vein. After making scary noises about “suitcase nukes,”  The Daily Mail suggests the Norks might actually be training splodydopes to deliver dirty bombs, which might be more plausible.

Meanwhile, there are also plans to create a unit of soldiers capable of carrying their own nuclear weapons.

It has yet to be clarified whether Pyongyang intends the unit to be a suicide squad similar to Japanese Kamikaze pilots who attacked warships in the Second World War.

According to Radio Free Asia, formation of the units has been taking place since March and is stationed in the North Hamgyong province.

It added that dummy bombs used for training purposes weigh between 22lbs and 62 lbs and rather than generating huge explosions, the back pack bombs would be designed to spray radioactive material over a large area.

If they really, really want to be a colony of Japan again, they should just keep this stuff up. when the Japanese lay down their entertainments and put on their war face, it’s a whole other experience.

Veterans’ Issues

Is it time to disband this thing yet, and letting all its bloatoverhead seek its own level in the Dreaded Private Sector™?

Another VA Hospital is “Beleaguered.” And “Troubled.”

The headline says, “Troubled V.A. Hospital,” and the lede says the House of Representatives’ Veterans Affairs Committee is “investigating the beleaguered Northport VA Medical Center.” Committee Chairman Jeff Milled, R-FL:

…questioned the management of the hospital. In the letter, Mr. Miller noted “a prevalence of sole source and ostensibly competitive, one-bid facilities contracts, with a substantial amount of money going out the door for maintenance, but seemingly poor results.”

“The most troubling aspect of the whole situation,” the letter added, was that the management at the Northport center “reportedly became aware of the problem in mid-February yet took no effort to notify the public or Congress until after the numerous media reports emerged.”

This is the same hospital where a veteran committed suicide in August, and the operating rooms all had to be closed in May because of contaminated air filters. Is it time to disband this thing yet?

VA Refuses to Answer Congress on $1.13 Billion Cost Overrun

The VA blew $1.73 billion against a lavish $600 million budget on a gold-plated hospital in Aurora, Colorado that has never opened. No one has been fired, demoted, or lost a bonus, let alone a pension, over the cost overruns, and more money yet is needed to finish the incomplete building.

The VA missed an Aug. 31 deadline from committee Chairman Jeff Miller, a Florida Republican who has criticized the agency for similar cost overruns at a number of construction projects. In a July opinion piece in The Denver Post, Miller indicated the VA’s answers to committee questions were suspect.

“The key question is whether VA officials’ construction-related pronouncements are to be believed,” he wrote, noting how the VA would often say it had learned its lesson. “The only thing VA appears to have learned … is how to generate hundreds of millions in cost overruns.”

Asked for documents, VA presented Congress with whole redacted pages, and a self-serving summary that identifies all the mis-, non-, and malefactors as people who have conveniently already ejected from the agency on pension.

Is it time to disband this thing yet?

VA Official Says Phoeniz VAMC is Awesome

Touting improvements, VA Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson visited Phoenix and celebrated retiring administrator Deborah Amdur as “a model public servant who presided over dramatic improvements at the Phoenix VA hospital and its satellite clinics.” Of course, Gibson was also ready to praise the ancien régime under which vets suffered neglect and sometimes death — and he signed off on $10 million in bonuses for the old bosses.

Is it time yet?

Rebel Flag Update

We reported last week that the VA has banned the Confederate flag. They have issued a clarification about what the policy means:

The cemetery administration will permit the temporary display of Confederate flags during approved ceremonies and on the grave sites of those who served in the Confederate armed forces — but only on Memorial Day and Confederate Memorial Day in states that recognize that holiday.

That actually seems clear, fair and reasonable. Is it really the VA?

VA Channels Sergeant Schultz on Fake Charity

They know nothing, noooooothing.

Veterans Affairs says it was unaware VA attorney J. Thomas Burch, Jr. was raising millions as president of the worst charity veterans charity, his second job.

That charity was called National Vietnam Veterans Foundation (NVVF), and its mission supposedly involved helping homeless veterans. But when CNN conducted its investigation, it learned very little of the millions raised each year actually went to veterans.

Burch was the former SJA assigned to SF HQ in Vietnam who’d been pretending to be an operational SF guy. Legendary SF poseur Rudi Gresham was one of his board members, and the best guess is that neither knew the other was a complete fraud, but both knew the charity was. Almost every dime it collected went into their, or other insiders’, pockets.

Another fine feature of the bogus charity was its use of criminal fundraising techniques.

NVVF reportedly was named National Vietnam Veterans Coalition before it was named in a lawsuit with a telemarketing shell company called Telecom Telemarketing Services, Inc, back in 2001. The use of robo dialers continued under NVVF until Burch stepped down this month

And the VA now wants to pretend they never heard of Burch…

VA now claims it was totally “unaware” of the millions Burch raised as president of the foundation, and apparently failed to notice his Rolls Royce parked outside VA with the vanity license, “MY ROLLS”.

How unaware?

VA acting Assistant Secretary and head of public affairs, James Hutton, asserts VA lacked awareness of his role as president in raising those millions:

“The VA, through a spokesman, said it had been unaware of Burch’s job as the president of the charity. In an email, VA spokesman James Hutton said Burch was still employed as a staff attorney but that an internal investigation, conducted by the agency’s Office of Inspector General, was still in progress.”

Is VA totally incompetent or are they lying about having knowledge of what Burch was doing? If what VA says is true, that would mean Burch falsified his conflict of interest disclosures to evade accountability over the past decade.

It gets better. Hutton was lying, as there are photos of Burch at charity fundraising events with former VA Secretary Jim Nicholson. And with current VA Secretary ob McDonald:

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Yeah, the VA had no idea. Is it time to disband this thing yet?

Exit question: if VA Spokesman James Hutton, who is willing to lie to support grifting phonies and his bosses (pardon the redundancy), were to find himself in the unemployment line, would veterans be worse off, or better off?

Lord Love a Duck!

The weird and wonderful (or creepy) that we didn’t otherwise get to. 

Nothing this week, sorry.

Chicongo Exceeds Itself

chicago-gun-free-zoneAs of the end of August, which closed with 91 murders despite the heroic actions of many Chicago emergency room doctors, nurses and support personnel, 491 people — mostly young black males involved in the drug trade or other crime — had been murdered, according to a suppressed official count. (The real number, per Hey Jackass? 509).

The significance of this is that Chicago has broken 2015’s “unacceptably” high total of… 491. Not through 8/31, through the whole year. With four months left to go, 150 more murders seem likely, and 200 more, to put the total over 700, is possible.

They beat both of the larger cities, New York and Los Angeles. Combined. And those cities have rising homicides, too.

Second City Cop has the story (read the comments, too). John Kass, the city’s best columnist by miles, has offered his take, too.

“The shooter [in peak homicide years 1991-92] was typically a male black between the ages of 17 and 23,” [Retired Det. Ted] O’Connor said. “And the victim was typically a male black between the ages of 17 and 23. So what’s changed since the ’90s? Not much, the same social pathology, and the police are expected to clean it up.”

Some call it “gun violence,” a definition greatly appreciated by Democratic politicians like those at City Hall. They can point to guns and take that voter anger over homicide numbers and channel it into a safe space.

But there are plenty of guns in the suburbs, and suburbanites aren’t slaughtering each other.

It’s the gang wars.

Politicians know that the gangs are reason for the deaths. Calling it “gun violence” is much safer, especially in wards where gangs often provide political muscle.

“Have you ever heard a Chicago alderman call out a street gang by name?” O’Connor asked. “No? Me neither.”

We heard police superintendent Eddie Johnson on the radio, attributing the homicide spree to his 1400-member Naughty Boy List. At least he wasn’t blaming the gun owners of Indiana again.

Kass clearly has taps into the actual street cops of Chicago, or as he puts it, “cops who make arrests and don’t live out their careers as house cats.”

And those I interviewed for this column see stark differences between this August and the one of 1991.

Now, the police force is smaller in real terms, meaning the number of officers available to patrol. One North Side district had only three cars working during a shift the other day, police sources said.

Manpower shortages combined with too much overtime lead to exhaustion. And loss of morale from the mayor’s botched handling of the Laquan McDonald fiasco have wreaked havoc with command, with street stops down markedly. Yet taxpayers don’t have a true picture of how thin that thin blue line has become.

All these problems have deep roots. Daley was at war with his Police Department and demanded a thorough house cleaning. There was a purge of district commanders and other leaders under former police Superintendent Jody Weis, and that created havoc throughout the command structure.

Since Weis, Chicago has had a succession of drunks, losers and empty suits in senior police leadership positions, all responding to a mayor and set of aldermen who are, if anything, more venal and dishonest than their counterparts a quarter-century ago.

Friday Tour d’Horizon, Week 34

This week’s Tour d’Horizon is where we dispose of a week’s worth of open tabs, or try to. It’s gun-light this week.

Guns

I don’t wanna work, I just wanna bang on my gun all day. We lead with some Glock-heavy stories this week.

Wilson Combat Glock Barrels — an Appreciation

defoor wilsonWe’re not getting 100% of the accuracy potential out of our pistols. But some people are, and where do they go from there?

Kyle DeFoor, who has since reverted to shooting Glocks with stock factory barrels, highly recommends Wilson’s custom barrels (the kind that must be hand-fitted). Quoth KD:

To date the Wilson Combat hand fitted barrel is the most accurate I’ve seen for Glocks (yes, I’ve tried all currently out there). This is mine for my 17 I’ve had for 7 years. I’ve installed a number of them on the range for students, not hard once you get the hang of it and hand fitted will always outperform drop in if you know what you’re doing.

How good is it? It’ll damn near cut your group in half at 25 yds. Pair it with match ammo and it will get even tighter. Know that it will not help you with accuracy if you don’t have solid fundamentals down already, but it will absolutely benefit those that are there and should be considered for anyone who needs an added edge in competition or work. Additionally it’ll eat any kind of shit ammo you cycle into it in my experience.

So, if the Wilson’s so great, why did he go back to factory stock barrels?

So why don’t I use one anymore? Simply to show students what’s possible with bone stock issued Glocks and a solid grasp of shooting skills.

Fair enough. And yes, Wilson makes them in threaded. (And no, Kyle doesn’t have some deal with them, and neither do we). The Wilson barrels have conventional broached rifling, not the polygonal rifling hammer-forged into the Glock. Wilson believes that the stock rifling is prone to pressure spikes.

Experience: Glocks in a Special Mission Unit

A funny thing happened when most of the shooters in a special missions unit previously in love with the M1911 transitioned to .40 caliber Glocks. All appreciate the Glock’s reliability, durability and reduced downtime, and most of them shot better — except for the very best shots. They found that tighter overall groups have been challenged by random flyers.

The problem is, apparently, that the Glock generally shoots a really tight group, but will occasionally throw a random flyer that can’t be explained or tuned out of the guns (or, perhaps, ammunition). This happens every ten shots or so. There’s been a lot of talk about it, but nobody (including Glock) has a cause, let alone a solution, and not everyone believes that there’s a problem. (Wilson’s pressure-spike theory may fit here). The guys that are consistently shooting 9 out of 10 rounds into a 2″ circle and occasionally shooting 1 out of 10 into a 6″ circle don’t think it’s them.

These guys have some missions where inches really count. And so far they’re sticking with the Glock, because the pros outweigh the cons (in logistics, too, everything is a trade-off).

Maybe they need their armorers to fit some Wilson barrels?

SF Gives Up on Joint Service Pistol, buys Glocks

Meanwhile, “White” SF has bought a bunch of Glock 19s with MFP-11 special operations money. Why? Because they got tired of the delays and incompetence in Big Green’s (and the Joint blob’s) new service pistol program, and the options were to fight Big Green for new M9s to replace shot-out guns (the Army’s definition of “serviceable” is pretty loose), or just throw the SOF credit card down on the table. Think of it as an end-user vote of no confidence in the joint service pistol program.

Ironically, the new Glock 17M that’s been in the news lately seems to be responsive to the Joint Service Pistol requirements (notably, increased ambidexterity and deletion or finger grooves).

Insider consensus seems to be that the project has done nothing but waste scores of millions of dollars, and they doubt that it will produce anything except promotions for the clowns that have mismanaged it.

No word on whether the credit card gives double points.

Smith & Wesson: What’s M2.0?

10x10_SmithWesson-Logo_V01Soldier Systems Daily found an interesting trademark filing from the Massachusetts firm: “M2.0” with rather vague terms about what it might apply to.

Next generation of the M&P striker fired pistols? That’s one guess. What’s yours?

Could New Jersey go Shall-Issue?

The possibility arises with a conditional veto by Governor Chris Christie of language intended to firmly codify the legally shaky de facto “no-issue” policy which stands on a “justifiable need” standard. The NJ standard (and most jurisdiction’s, when they use this term) is modeled on the old “literacy test” of Jim Crow voting laws — whether you passed or not was a question, as the saying goes, “of men, not of laws.” In other words, if you can’t ever threaten a cop’s career with a loud and rude, “Do you know who I am?!?” then, you can’t possibly have a justifiable need; and if you’re “connected” (in one or the other meanings of the word — it is New Jersey, after all) you can’t possibly not have such a justifiable need.

Don’t get too worked up about this. The NJ legislature might still override Christie’s veto. It still marks a remarkable change of heart for a man whose career began with enthusiasm for banning guns. All a politician needs to come to Jesus, perhaps, is a political near-death experience. Or perhaps his thinking has evolved along with many legal scholars’ over the last several decades. In any event, friends and allies are where you find them.

Usage and Employment

The hardware takes you only half way. The wetware in your brain housing group is what makes your weapons work. 

Deconstructing Terrorist Bombings

Greg Ellifritz has been on a roll lately, and he examines recent terrorist bombings in Thailand (targeting tourists, you may not have heard of these) and Canada (the self-radicalized and self-detonated splodydope who was in the news). There’s a lot of meat in the article, but here’s a few bullet points that struck (no pun intended) us.

  • Thai police knew about the plot, but kept mum to prevent panic. Pretty normal cop behavior, he notes.
  • The Canadian jihadi planned a small arms and bomb attack on people stuck in rush-hour traffic.
  • Terrorists in the USA have preferred guns to bombs, mostly; Greg thinks that’s just availability, and any gun restrictions may simply tip the terror balance in the direction of using more bombs.
  • He calls them “ISIS-inspired” bombings, but if it wasn’t ISIS/ISIL, it’d be some other mohammedan act of worship.

There’s a lot more going on, but we can’t put everything in every week!

Wedged in Late: Cops Shoot Homeowner

Tam has the story from her own little slice of Indian Territory. Basically, attempted carjacking leads homeowner to (1) call cops (2) gun up and (3) pursue suspect. Can you guess what happens next?

Read The Whole Thing™, especially the Lessons Learned. Surely the parenthetical note in LL #2 is not aimed at Your Humble Blogger. At Ian, maybe.

Cops ‘n’ Crims

Cops bein’ cops, crims bein’ crims. The endless Tom and Jerry show of crime and (sometimes instantaneous) punishment.

“Stand down, Let them Beat the Trump Ralliers.”

The Minneapolis Police Department is denying that’s what they ordered, but there’s one problem with their denials: that’s what they actually were seen to have done. Minneapolis cops turned their backs while Black Criminals’ Lives Matter rioters assaulted people leaving a rally. The cops, perhaps through their union, had coordinated with paid protesters and only intervened when someone was actually being injured.

Tellingly, in those cases, all they did was tell the rioters to stop — and they did.

Lots and Lots of Cop-Involved Shootings

It’s a shooting gallery out there. Too many to list (going both ways, unfortunately). We may have something on that this week.

Now THIS is a War on Drugs

crime-scene-tapeIn the Philippines, President Rodrigo Duterte is waging war on drugs — complete with a drug dealer body count. This has the American media, for most of whom “drug user” calls up warm undergraduate memories, up in arms. Time Magazine (that’s still around?) calls it The Killing Time, and complains that, “the real threat to the Philippines is not drugs but the President himself.” (They do use the dishonest writer’s “some say” dodge to slip in this personal opinion). The Washington Post made its pro-drug poster child (literally) a kid killed by vigilantes who were whacking a dealer who’d just been through the revolving door. Reuters complains that about 36 people, mostly drug dealers, are getting whacked every day, 1,900 so far (Reuters is rounding up from 1,850; American newspapers are already inflating it to 2,000). Of these, 750 have been shot by cops, and the rest are under investigation. But you have to go nine paragraphs deep in the Reuters report to discover that 700,000 other drug dealers and users have turned themselves in, and that, with all these criminals off the street, all crimes apart from the drug-vigilantism related homicides are down.

Maybe Ryan Lochte Told the Truth?

If you don’t know who the hell that is, we wish we could trade skulls with you. For the contingent from Rio (Linda), Lochte is some kind of Olympic champion swimmer whose post-Olympic career of endorsements and appearances imploded because he supposedly lied about some drunken hijinks in Rio (de Janiero). But Lochte just may have told the truth, consistent with his level of inebriation, and the Brazilian cops may have lied.

See this article by Derek Hunter at the conservative site TownHall.com, or this one by David Meeks and Taylor Barnes at the liberal USA Today. Meeks and Barnes in particular have a well-reported story (Hunter seems to riff off their work), and it doesn’t match the headlines at all.

 The Perils of Kathleen: Thought This was Over Edition

Here’s where we chronicle ongoing meltdown of the paranoid, vengeful and extremely anti-gun now-former Pennsylvania attorney general, Kathleen Kane. Last week we reported on her conviction and said, “we expect this to be our last regular update on Kane.” We misjudged her penchant for headline production.

  • 25 Aug: The Porngate Report Will Not Be Released — at least, not for now. The report on which users of PA state court and justice information systems had exchanged off-color emails was created by Kane as part of her defense.
  • 24 Aug: Law Prof: Professional Exile will Follow Prison Time for KaneFrom his pen to the judge’s ears. He expects she will get a short stint in the state pen; while her conduct has earned her 28 years, no lawyer — and judges are lawyers first — would sentence another lawyer to that. Those sentences are for the muggles.
  • 24 Aug: From the same Forbes article we learned that She Was Rated “Nation’s Worst AG” in 2015, not just because of these charges but also for retaliation against honest subordinates, and crony contracts that stank of corruption[.pdf]. The non-profit that rated her “worst” points out that they had determined her position prior to her indictment; that was just icing on the cake.
  • 20 Aug: A retrospective on The rise and fall of Kathleen Kane in The Allentown Morning Call covers the basic history of her ascent to the job and the scandal that unseated her, and answers the question of why the media never vetted her: she was a Democrat, and therefore on “their team.”
  • The key graf in the 20 Aug story is probably this one, tagged on at the very end:

Kane’s legal problems won’t end with her sentencing. A Pennsylvania House of Representatives subcommittee is continuing its impeachment inquiry. The state Ethics Commission is investigating her behavior. And in divorce court, she and her estranged husband are squabbling over more than $1 million from a depleted bank account.

Kane was wealthy, before she squandered her fortune (and perhaps as much as a million of Pennsylvania taxpayers’ money) on her quixotic legal defense, but the money was always her husband’s, a man of no visible talent who inherited a trucking company, Kane is Able.

Kane’s destruction of the family fortune falls into line with her destruction of the Attorney General’s office — and her own political and legal career.

The Cop was a Gun Crim UPDATE

Last week in this space, we mentioned Officer Thomas Abrahamsen of the San Francisco PD, charged with building an illegal AR-15.

Turns out, it wasn’t building the gun alone that did him, it’s that he did it in .50 Beowulf, a caliber specifically banned in the criminal-friendly, gun-owner-hostile, state. Needless to day, the guy behind the ban was the anti-gun, and pro-criminal (perhaps because he’s had several photo finishes with the FBI himself: 201320142015) Kevin de Leon, whose name also seemed to come up a lot in the Leland Yee (now in prison) and Ronald Calderon (ditto) cases (De Leon took a $5k bribe from the same bribe-payer — an undercover FBI agent — that slipped Calderon $88k). Naturally Yee and Calderon, convicted criminals, shared De Leon’s anti-gun policy position.

Unconventional (and current) Warfare

What goes on in the battlezones of the world — and preparation of the future battlefields.

Statue Rededication

The Horse Soldier, in a previous New York location.

The Horse Soldier, in a previous New York location.

We had the story back in 2012 when they moved the America’s Response statue (informally called De Oppresso Liber or The Horse Soldier) to New York City, but on 13 Sep 16 it’s going to be rededicated in its permanent setting.

A number of SF VIPs and luminaries are expected to be at the rededication. Former clerk-typist and legend in his own mind Rudi Gresham is not among them.

Air Force Caught Cooking A-10 Books

Shocked, we’re sure. The GAO has reported, in careful, lawyerly Washingtonian terms, that the USAF’s decision to scrap the A-10 was taken a priori, without a thought as to what requirements the A-10 and its dedicated community of CAS (and CSAR, and several other missions) pilots currently fulfill, let alone as to how the Air Force is going to fulfill them with a handful of F-35 hangar queens that also have to replace a much larger F-15 and F-16 fleet.

While A-10 pilots are recognized as the Air Force experts in providing close air support (CAS) to friendly forces, the A-10 and its pilots also perform other missions that are important to ongoing operations or to combatant commander operational plans and divestment will result in reduced capacity and capability in these other areas.

As you might expect, in a military problem, it’s a leadership problem; the USAF is rotting from the head.

[T]he department does not have guidance to ensure that the services and DOD are collecting quality information to inform divestment decisions on major weapon systems before the end of their service lives. Without quality information that fully identifies gaps and associated risks resulting from divestment that can be used to develop mitigation strategies, DOD and the Air Force may not be well-positioned to best balance current demands and future needs.

The Air Force has identified no replacement for the A-10 in CSAR missions. The A-10 replaced the A-1D and A-E Skyraider as “Sandy” CSAR cover aircraft; with its high minimum speed and almost nonexistent loiter time, the F-35 has no real prospect of performing this mission, suggesting that the Air Force is so willing to unload the A-10 — principally to free up money for the F-35 — that they’re willing to jettison the idea of rescuing downed pilots in future conflicts.

Full GAO .pdf: http://www.gao.gov/assets/680/679205.pdf

Veterans’ Issues

Is it time to disband this thing yet, and letting all its bloatoverhead seek its own level in the Dreaded Private Sector™?

Guess Which One they Fired

VA-veterans-affairsIn Los Angeles, VA van driver Anthony Salazar reported to his supervisor, motor pool chief Robert Benkeser, that someone was abusing DVA credit cards for personal purchases — and, more seriously, that 30 of the 88 vehicles that were in the motor pool on paper, were not physically present.

You know where this is going: manager Benkeser, a $141k a year (not counting bonuses and benefits) VA bosses’ insider, and the individual who probably profited from the missing cars, got a toothless “letter of counseling,” and Salazar got the sack.

The Office of Special Counsel (note .pdf) filed an amicus brief in support of Salazar’s appeal, but at present Benkeser is still cashing checks, and Salazar still isn’t. The Merit Systems Protection Board, in an apparent attempt to suppress whistleblowing, has ruled that whistleblowers have an extra evidentiary burden relative to mere litigants.

It really hurt Salazar to lose his job — the VA was paying him $70k as a driver/supervisor. He’s not going to get that from anyone else. One more data point for the dysfunction and incompetence in VA management.

Is it time to disband this thing, yet?

Lord Love a Duck!

The weird and wonderful (or creepy) that we didn’t otherwise get to. 

It Takes Lots of Schooling to Get this Stupid

Penn logo. The fish stands for the parents who send their sons and daughters to this place, and pay scores of thousands annually to do so.

Penn coat of arms. The fish stands for the parents who send their sons and daughters to this place, and pay scores of thousands annually to do so.

The University of Pennsylvania is not the admit-nearly-anybody state party school that most “University of [State Name]s” are (that would be Penn State, home to the Jerry Sandusky of climate science and the real Jerry Sandusky, both). University of Pennsylvania is an Ivy League snob school, and you know what that means: really nutty professors. The latest crusade from Penn: we must liberate zoo animals from the crushing tyranny of being one of two sexes.

Save the gay crossdressing alpacas, apparently.

This Death To Biology™ study, paywalled at some obscure pseudoscience (social psychology) journal, is credited to a critter named Betsie Garner (well, we can’t very well call it a “woman,” can we, in the light of its research interests?), and a carbon-based life form named David Grazian (same objection, except what it isn’t is a “man.”)

As is usual in the pseudosciences, the entire paper stands on a very high coil of steaming theory, with relatively few data points to support the professors’ crusade. How few? We didn’t believe it, on first read of the abstract.

We draw on public observations conducted in a zoo to identify three instances…

Public observations? Yes, if you take your kids to the Philly zoo, these perv profs may be scoping them out. Hmmm…. maybe it’s not Penn State that has the bigger short-eyes problem.

First, adults attribute gender to zoo animals by projecting onto them human characteristics associated with feminine and masculine stereotypes.

Um, animals (and humans) have sex, not “gender,” a word that means what confused people think it means from moment to moment. Some of these confused people have been so unable to function in society that they’ve been forced to stay in colleges long enough to receive PhDs, the poor things (two cases in point, here).

[A]dults mobilize zoo exhibits as props for modeling their own normative gender displays in the presence of children.

Oh, for Christ’s sake. What they mean is, “that lion is a male.” Or, “See how the Gorilla mother holds her baby.” Can’t have that! Omigawd, we’ve traumatized the kids by breaking their isolation from biology. How will they ever learn about the nonexistent womyn gorillas who would rather date other she-gorillas and go to Ranger School?

What do these two losers want?

In emphasizing the context of the zoo as a site for the naturalization of gender categories, we identify how adults transmit gender socialization messages to children that promote gender stereotypes associated with the biological determinism of the natural living world.

The two of them, whatever they are, need to get their genderfluid checked. It’s at least a quart low. Our only hope is that the contract Penn signed with Professor Rescue when they adopted these two losers, requires the institution to have them spayed and neutered — given their confusion, probably both, each.

Hat tip, Emily Zanotti at Heat Street, who seems to think it’s as stooopid as we do.

Praga Pistol Picture Post

We recently discussed the brief service history of the 7.65mm Praga pistol here. The gun is, frankly, cleverly designed and, at least in our late-production example, better finished than the generally disparaging run of the literature suggests.

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praga_10024-19(OTR came by and tried it and even disagrees with our opinion that it feels awkward and points low. “I could work with this,” was his verdict, 7.65mm and all). As we ought to have mentioned in the last post, if we didn’t, the sights are unusually prominent for a 1919 design, even if the rear sight notch is a small V.  They’re not 2016 quality, or even Tokarev TT-33 quality (arguably the best fixed sight picture of WWII), but he’s right: you can work with ’em.

After the jump we have more pictures, including some interesting design details and field-stripping photos.

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Don’t Go Into the Long Grass

It’s generally good advice: “Don’t go into the long grass. There be velociraptors.”

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Unless, you are the velociraptor.

We’re the apex predator, guys. Time we shed the herbivore camouflage (staff, FOBs, SJAs) and started acting like it.