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Friday Tour d’Horizon, Week 42

This week’s Tour d’Horizon is upon us. In which we clear up the spindle and make ready to haul up to one of our old commo men’s houses, to solve the problems of the world over good food, good guns, good dogs, and, when the guns are stowed, good liquor in front of a fire.

He asked for something for his man-cave. “What do you want?” we asked.

“Do you still have the helicopter seat?” We do. The right, aircraft commander’s seat, complete with composite armor, from a Vietnam-era UH-1B attack helicopter. It’s his now, but since it’s 250 pounds or so and upstairs, and it’s raining and we don’t feel like driving the truck on up, instead of a comfortable car, we’ll deliver it some other time. So we’ll write it, and its story, up in these pages before it goes. It’s a good and truly SF story, with much destruction, and a little pleasure.

We have something in most of the categories this week, maybe even in all of ’em.


I don’t wanna work, I just wanna bang on my gun all day.

A Classic Bess

If you love an old flintlock musket as we do, follow the link to John Slough of London, where this remarkably high-condition Sea Service Brown Bess is for sale, for £8,500.


This musket was made by W. Brazier in 1715, the barrel is clearly marked with William Brazier’s mark and government proof marks.  William Brazier was contracted by the Board of Ordnance to make sea service muskets which he did between 1714 and 1715.

300 years old, this beauty. And she might have spent over a century of that in service to the Crown. Oh, what tales this musket might tell! Did she fire at Frenchmen? (And were they King Louis’s, or Napoleon’s?) Rebellious Americans? Pirates? Slavers?

Do check all the images, which embiggen as this one does. And yes, this is the very same John Slough who once made a very high-end CZ-inspired target and service pistol, the Spitfire, back in the mists of time when Her Majesty’s Government would rather trust Britons with a pistol, than replace them with itinerant Middle Easterners.

Low-Cost Low-Tech (Drill Press) AR Lower

Here’s a very interesting Imgur photo essay on doing a lower with a low-cost jig and a tabletop drill press.


It’s most interesting because he makes (and points out) some mistakes, and still makes a usable firearm in the end.

Atlas Laser Targets

The ATLAS Dry Fire Laser Training Target is extremely interesting for dry-laser-fire training. Most of the examples they offer are military…

atlas-swat-trainingBut some are not. A target like this has many uses.


Has any of you tried them?

Usage and Employment

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

Brought a Machete to a Gunfight

Spoiler Alert: he didn’t win.

The man did not follow police orders to put down the machete, Zak said. Around 9:28 a.m., a call of “shots fired” was aired over the police scanner and officers reported the suspect was down in a stairwell inside the center.

A Boulder officer and a CU officer fired shots at the man, according to Boulder police Chief Greg Testa.

Testa said he did not know how many shots the officers fired.

We can answer that question: enough.

Cops ‘n’ Crims

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

When the Cop was a Crim, DEA Again

dump your drugsWe heard these were DEA Special Agents, but a look at the press release tells us they were task force officers. Well, before they were indicted and fired over a drug-trafficking conspiracy.

Karl Emmett Newman, 49, of Kentwood, Louisiana, and Johnny Jacob Domingue, 27, of Maurepas, Louisiana, were indicted by a federal grand jury in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana on Oct. 7, 2016.  … Newman was originally charged on May 13, 2016, in a now-unsealed indictment, and was arrested on that date.  Domingue was arrested on a now-unsealed criminal complaint on May 12, 2016.

In addition to serving as DEA task force officers, Newman and Domingue previously served as deputies with the Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana, Sheriff’s Office.

Domingue is only charged with falsifying records, which is bad enough, but Newman is charged with a pile of offenses, including “using a firearm in commission of a felony.”

Yeah, what we really need is for firearms to be restricted to the po-lice.

He Got Away with It, For a While

This guy illustrates a sad fact of humanity: like the poor, the creeps are always with us.

On the day of [Holly] Grim’s disappearance, [Michael] Horvath was late for work and claimed he had a flat tire. Authorities continued to question Horvath over the past three years as a person of interest.

In 2014, a blood sample found at Grim’s home matched his DNA.

Then, over the past couple of weeks, authorities searched the inside and outside of Horvath’s home on Woodhaven Drive in Ross Township. Tests showed that several bones belonging to Holly Grim were buried in the backyard.

So how creepy was he? Pretty creepy:

Investigators are still trying to determine a motive and testing is still being done to determine how Grim was killed.

Police say numerous tapes and DVDs relating to murder, sexual deviance, and “hunting humans” were found in Horvath’s home.

Condolences to Ms Grim’s family, and what a shame they’re not hanging Mikey Horvath in the morning, the Color-Sergeant said. Kudos to the investigators; the secret to success in investigation as in life is this: Never give up. Never surrender!

Tranny Jailhouse Action, Part I: She’s a Man, Baby

pichardoSo one Flor Pichardo (right) is a middle-aged “transgendered woman” from the Dominican Republic that got bagged by cops in Miami on an old drug beef. While this person is absolutely convinced he is a female, he retains male chromosomes, and, not to put too fine a point on it, male equipment. After examination by a medical professional, off to male jail Flor went, and was… what’s that word again? — twaumatized. 

Pichardo, married with three children, was placed with 40 male inmates in an open cell where she was allegedly taunted and sexually harassed. She was 50 years old at the time.

Well, you should probably stay out of jail then, or they’ll taunt you a second time.

She was so in fear of going to the bathroom, which was in an open area, she “urinated on herself,” her lawyer said.

Not in fear of that? Look, prison is the ultimate environment where it pays to be the Grey Man. Even if you’re convinced you’re not a man of any color at all. Whizzing in your orange jumpsuit will not help.

[The ambulance chaser] said his client suffers from PTSD and continues to be under psychiatric care because of the incident. They filed the lawsuit because they “want to get some answers,” he said.

Funny, he didn’t ask for “some answers” in the lawsuit. He asked for five million dollars. That’s a lot of answers, for making one crazy person face his mental illness for less than half a day.

Tranny Jailhouse Action, Part II: She’s a Dead Man, Baby


Note the Paleolithic physiognomy of Florida She’s-A-Man-Baby Man.

A dead Florida Man, at that. Meet Justin Lee Naber, who was so serious about wanting to be called Stacy Lorraine Naber that he hanged himself when the screws said, “No.” He was suing; his initial handwritten jailhouse complaint had been adopted by the Atheist Criminal Lovers Union, for whom he pushed all the right buttons: currently trendy sexual minority, life-sentence awardee, and, not least brutal murder, which always turns the ACLU’s prisoner groupies on.

Naber was sentenced to life for a violent 2013 stabbing murder, but was also a suspect in a 2005 murder in Albuquerque.

The ACLU argued that a name change would be “medical treatment” for Naber, but it turned out all he really needed was an improvised rope, the cure-all for the twaumatized jailbird.

The Bargain Freezer that Wasn’t

She got a good deal on the freezer. But it wasn’t empty.

“I saw toes and a foot and ankle,” the woman said. She slammed the freezer shut.

It must be fake, she thought to herself, opening the lid again.

This time, she was sure it was real.

“I have a serious problem,” she told the 911 dispatcher. “My neighbor sold me a deep freezer. I just opened it and there’s a body in there I think.”

The contents of the freezer? Apparently, the seller’s mom. The neighbor kept cashing Mom’s social security checks for months while keeping Mom, as it were, on ice.

The woman told the Washington Post: “My heart was in my throat.” Well, that’s OK, so long as it is your own heart.

Saving the Taxpayers’ Money

One down, one to go.

One down, one to go.

Some people would criticize Veronique Henry for killing herself. But as the career criminal faced dual murder, robbery and conspiracy charges along with her husband Paul, she should probably be celebrated for saving the taxpayers a lot of money.

The Henrys fatally shot Foday Cheeks, 31, and Danielle Taylor, 26, before ordering two other women and two boys, aged 12 and 14 years old, to hand over their cell phones and keep their heads down, according to investigators.

The couple then asked where the drugs were stashed and searched all over the house, police said. They left without finding any, telling the witnesses they would shoot them if they moved from their spot on the floor, according to the state police.

Arrested soon after, the couple were locked up, and Veronique took her own life within 24 hours.

Sure, it’s hard on the corrections officers who had to clean her cell up after she hanged herself, but it’s a multilevel win for the taxpayers. Now if only her husband will follow suit….

The Perils of Kathleen: If it’s not good-bye yet, it’s not good

The main effort showing up in the news this week is Kane’s attempt to prepare the battlefield for next week’s sentencing hearing. Her objective is to stay out of jail or prison, and unfortunately, the judge seems inclined to at least listen to her. After all, lawyers and politicians may have intramural squabbles, but always reunite against the tumbrils and torches of the peasantry.

  • Item 21 Oct: Kane Supporters Flood Press With Leniency Letters in what appears to be an organized effort. Linked letter is an example, by Kane partisan Alan Bronstein. (which, we not, was Trotsky’s real last name. Coincidence? You be the judge).
  • Item 20 Oct: Judge Orders House Arrest Study. This was requested by career criminal Kane’s attorneys, and resisted by prosecutors, who point out that she has never accepted responsibility for any of multiple self-serving lies she told grand juries, or for leaking information to friendly reporters. She theoretically could get 28 years, which sounds about right, but state guidelines suggest 6-12 months in state pen.
  • Item 18-19 Oct: Kane Propaganda Theme: She’s Humbled(Another example with similar wording. All the papers have ’em!) Appearing in several newspapers at once! But the famously haughty Kane has shown no signs of actually being humbled. It’s just her lawyers saying that, as she wriggles on the billhook of judicial decision.
  • Item 13 Oct: Union to Stop Fighting Report ReleaseAs Kane was in trouble, she spent somewhere between half a million and a million dollars on a report generated by a friendly law firm that trolled through her critics’ — and everyone else’s — work emails applying a bluestocking reading to off-color informal communications. (For example, a couple of women were censured for using the term “boobies,” in emails related to a breast cancer event). The press has been aching to see the report and point-n-shriek at the politically incorrect things it might find within (most of which has been leaked to them already, if not by Kane, by her minions and successors). The narcotics agents’ union fought this release, but has given up, so there’s nothing holding the document back except the new AG.

Kane’s sentencing on 24 October will produce a barrage of Kane coverage. Anything short of prison is disloyalty to the people of Pennsylvania, but a walk-out-of-court seems to be what the Establishment is queueing up for one of its own.

Unconventional (and current) Warfare

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

The South Could Have Used this 150-odd Years Ago

telegraph-keyAn archive of telegrams were saved by a Union telegraph operator, including both routine and urgent dispatches. Trouble is: they were in code. But by crowdsourcing a solution, about half of these vintage secrets have been decrypted.

The Philippines Chooses the Strong Horse

Here’s a long thumbsucker by Max Boot at Foreign Policy about Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and his response to the weakness and moral posturing of the US: a major shift to align the island nation with China and Russia. Boot says that it’s all down to Duterte, a “crude populist” and his  “peculiar psychology.” We suspect he has absolutely nailed the reason for the Filamerican schism, but he’s focused on the wrong crude populist’s peculiar psychology. Who, after all, is most responsible for America’s self-abnegating and ally-undermining foreign policy? We leave it as an exercise for the reader.

Don’t Call the Air Force’s New Race Quotas, “Race Quotas.”

segregated-drinking-fountainThe Air Force document [.pdf] is dense with unintelligible diversicrat jargon, but all told, it adds up to a diminution of merit in the promotion and assignment process, and its replacement with a racialist ethos that measures all airmen not by the content of their character, but by the color of their skin.

Racial and ethnic minorities may elect to be assigned to career fields that in the view of HQAF racists are not “diverse enough,” in return for a de facto skin-color bonus. Of course, far from making race immaterial to an Air Force career, policies like this centralize it instead, ensuring that racial identification, racism, and racial conflict will grow all the time — great news, for diversicrats.

While the racialist aspects of the document have been discussed widely, there are also sex-linked mandates in there. One all but forbids the service from assigning USAF personnel married to other airmen to separate locations, which will predictably result in make-work jobs created (or qualified personnel dumped) to make room for the not-needed spouse, sticking commands with OFTPOTs. (One For The Price Of Two).

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’s “Satisfaction Surveys” are Bogus

VA-veterans-affairsThe VA has been claiming for a long time that it provides superior care, based on an endless battery of customer-satisfaction surveys that are directly comparable to those used by real hospitals. But comparable? Not so fast:

Dr. Peter Almenoff, special adviser to the secretary, was asked in a recent phone interview what surveys his bosses are referencing about patient satisfaction.

He did not identify one.

When asked again how one might honestly compare veterans’ hospitals with non-VA facilities, he told The Arizona Republic, “I can’t answer that.”

So that whole claim is bogus — made up.

Wait, it gets better:

In an October 2014 speech for the Institute of Medicine, McDonald declared: “Since 2004, the ACSI has consistently shown that veterans receiving both VA inpatient and outpatient care give VA higher satisfaction ratings than patients at private hospitals.”

Just one problem: ACSI spokesman Chaat Butsunturn said the company does not do VA health-care surveys….“Though the Department of Veterans Affairs has called it an ACSI report, that is an error,” he added.

They just made it up.

Is it time to disband this thing yet?

New Leadership? New Lies from an Old Liar

Bob McDonald says:

more than “90%” of the VA’s medical centers have “new leadership” or “leadership teams” since he took over the troubled agency in 2014.

But USA Today says he’s lying. He’s just hired eight out of 140. Mostly, he’s transferred embattled leaders away from places where the press might have their number, to places where their toxic leadership falls on new subordinates and veterans. And, of course, with VA’s usual enormous costs and hyper-generous moving allowances.

Read The Whole Thing™, which documents this whole game of musical slugs.

Reason’s Scott Shackford called it, “Reupholstering the deck chairs on a sinking ship.

The VA administration claims money is an issue. Salaries for directors are about half of what they can make in the private sector, and they blame Congress for failing to raise the salary cap.

Of course, the problem with that argument is that the VA has a history of blowing money it’s given, and that has increased congressional skepticism of giving them more. The VA got $15 billion in funds but that didn’t improve veterans care. And over the course of a decade the agency spent millions on artwork while care languished.

A representative for the agency also noted that the hiring process is very slow and heavily favors applicants with federal experience.

Yeah, because how can you be sure you really have a high-functioning slug if he doesn’t come with the GS Seal of Approval?

Tick, tock…

One of Those Slugs…

Robert Callahan, new boss of the Wilmington (Delaware) Veterans Affairs Medical Center, formerly at the Lebanon, Pennsylvania, VA center

…chose not to notify the inspector general that a nurse at the facility was charged with diverting narcotic pain relievers morphine and oxycodone….

He was not held accountable for covering up felony theft by one of his employees (who was, also, not held accountable by VA) — instead, he was promoted. (His predecessor in Wilmington was kicked upstairs too, to Pittsburgh).

What time is it, kids?

Lord Love a Duck!

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

And here, too, we got nothin’. Hey, you guys wanted this posted sometime before the Sun goes nova, yes?

PTSD, WWII Style — with Gene Kelly!

Here’s Gene Kelly as a sailor, but he’s not singing and dancing his way through New York with Fred Astaire; instead, it’s the dramatic side of Kelly, in a NAvy wartime video about what was then called Combat Fatigue. Thee are three parts to this video, part 1:

Part 1 primarily introduces Kelly’s character and his problems.

The source of this film, Naval History and Heritage, says this about it.

Hollywood legend Gene Kelly stars in this 1945 Navy training film dramatizing the condition known at the time as “combat fatigue.” The film delves into the symptoms and treatment of what we now call Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Kelly had been commissioned a year earlier as a Lieutenant Junior Grade in the United States Navy. Source: Naval History and Heritage Command, Photographic Section, UMO-1

After the conclusion of Part 1, Part 2 should queue up and play for you. In case it doesn’t, or something else does instead, here it is:

Part 3:

..and Part 4, and conclusion:

“Combat Fatigue’s” 1960s repackaging as “PTSD” was largely an effort by an anti-military, anti-soldier academic psychiatrist, Robert Lifton, to reframe soldiers and veterans as irreetrievably damaged. He did this because of his own opposition, loathing even, of the Vietnam War and the soldiers who fought it (at least, the ones on our side).

PTSD’s definition has continued to grow and expand to the point where everyone has it, and everything is a symptom, and that all random mental quirks or ills can be written off to PTSD. A corrupt NCIS agent who took cash bribes and gifts like hookers and blow, to tip off a crook about an investigation just got sentenced to 12 years. His lawyer says it’s unfair, and in a classic of the “he’s depraved on account-a he’s deprived” genre, argues he…

…suffered from obsessive compulsive disorder since he was 6. He also has suffered from depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress and has had alcohol problems.

We were very disappointed that the government dismissed and belittled his mental health condition, calling it nonsense and an alphabet soup of disorders.

Well, on the plus side, his alcohol problem is solved — he’s going teetotal for the next twelve years in Club Fed. See ya, crumb, but not if we see you first, and the same goes double for your belly-sliding, scale-covered, no-shoulders, smooth-and-cool-to-the-touch snake-at-law.

For every actual warrior suffering from actual combat-related stress, there are 10,000 phonies like that crook and his pet snake of a lawyer. That most people believe PTSD really is a thing, rests upon the kind of reactions shown here, and observed for all of recorded history, back into the mists of antiquity.

Friday Tour d’Horizon, Week 41

This week’s Tour d’Horizon is upon us. What time is it, kids? It’s clean-up time!

This week, with extra criminals. And Swedish guns (in ownership terms, anyway). And a situational awareness story… and… aw, just read it, OK?


I don’t wanna work, I just wanna bang on my gun all day.

Anti-Gun Ghoulsuit Loses in Court

lawyersAmbulance chasers for various anti-gun entities have lost another bid to use the court system to tort, tort and extort their way to a gun ban. In a suit against Remington and its wholesaler and retailer, oily Joshua Koskoff was handed a stinging defeat:

In a 54-page decision filed Friday afternoon, Judge Barbara Bellis granted a motion to strike the entire lawsuit brought against the gun maker, Remington Outdoor Company, the dealer, Camfour Inc. and the company that owned the gun store, Riverview Sales where Adam Lanza’s mother bought the assault rifle.

The judge ruled the lawsuit does not satisfy the exception to federal law that gives immunity to gun manufacturers for the actions of gun owners….

She didn’t even get to the fact in the case, that the perpetrator of the crime was not a gun owner, but the murderer of the legal gun owner, and the gun was stolen. By the legal theory Koskoff advanced, Toyota was responsible for the mayhem on Vermont’s I-89 this week (of which, more below).

The last such suit that went down in flames left the nominal plaintiffs, bereaved parents of an Aurora, Colorado shooting victim who had been promised a big payday by the Brady Center’s Jonathan Lowy and co-counsel holding the bag. Specifically, holding Lowy and friends’ $200k+ bill instead. While Koskoff is appealing his case, in hopes, perhaps, of running up a larger bill, it’s likely that in the end he, too, will be dunning his clients, because no principle motivates a “principled lawyer” the way pure greed does.

Owning Handguns in Sweden

This interesting Imgur post shows and explains what it’s like for Swedish gun owners. You have to have a reason for each pistol, and prove you can shoot it (bullseye) with precision. So naturally he has a high-end .22 (and he notes, the 18-star flag is Ralph Lauren’s doing, not some Swede’s!)


Along with the Pardini, he has a couple of HKs and a Colt Python. Unfortunately he doesn’t seem to have anyone in Sweden to regulate the Python’s notoriously fiddly mechanism. Along with the Imgur post, he answered questions on Reddit (his Reddit username is Saxit).

Where M16A1s Go to Die

Well, in this case, after passing through Captain Crunch, its mortal remains were acquired at Knob Creek, somewhat the worse for wear.


And he wrote:

I’ve always wanted to buy a torched M-16 receiver and TIG it back together.

That is, when I get my FFL and SOT of course.

Fun fact: there are guys that will TIG a magwell to the aft half of an 80% A1 lower. It’s become popular among us retro heads. Then you can build it as a Title I firearm (regular, non NFA semi) and be legal as anything.

ATF will not even shoot your dog!

However, you probably can’t do it with this one because it’s missing the nose. The rewelds we’ve seen (and we have a crushed receiver on order, to do this job on, right now) have been with intact magwells, mated to an unfinished trigger pocket area.

Usage and Employment

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

Situational Awareness Failure

This is a really unfortunate story, and it’s even worse than John Correia recounts in this video.

robbery_victim_letterJohn’s page with this video is right here. But also, he links to the report at a local TV station, which includes a painfully honest letter that the victim posted to the other tenants in her apartment building nearby.

It’s unfortunate that a young woman can’t walk down a city street — her own street, yards from her own home — at any hour without being set upon, but you have to live in the world your society has made, not in the one you would make yourself.

We could go into great depth on this, but she has learned an expensive lesson, and gives good advice. Now. 

Also, it’s extremely not-PC to say this, but groups of minority urban teens on the street in the “trouble quadrant” of the clock need to be observed closely. An inattentive, pale-skinned person might just look like prey to them. (Remember, they are told by the media, schools, and some soi-disant “reverends” that the reason this girl has a smartphone is because she has exploited black people. The kids actually feel entitled to do this, because people who have stuff are responsible for themselves not having it, and they deserve to be beaten, and have it stolen).

This is a very mixed neighborhood with lots of immigrants and native New Yorkers of all races, but note that at this nighttime hour, the throng in the streets looking for trouble is not a cross-section of the neighborhood.  In NYFC, it’s fatherless black kids, in San Bernardino it might be Latino gangs, in Australia maybe Lebanese. Some places, it’s throngs of white kids you have to watch out for if you don’t look like them, something that older black folks can tell you all about. The group dynamic allows them to act out in ways they’d never be bold enough to do as individuals; they egg each other on. Many teens have ill-formed social attachments beyond their immediate peer group, and deficient senses of cause-and-effect and personal responsibility.

Note also that a concealed firearm would have been of very little use to the poor girl in the video. She is set upon too quickly, by too many assailants, and from too many points of the compass, even if New York law did not privilege these feral youth over the peaceable majority. Her only hope was the alertness that John describes in his narration of the video, or of having sufficient judgment to not enter this street full of goons, or to have exited it at any earlier opportunity before becoming victimized.

She lives only because her assailants are new at crime and didn’t feel like killing her. Think we’re exaggerating? Talk to a homicide detective from any large city.

Cops ‘n’ Crims

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

When the Cop was a Crim

Philadelphia transit cop Steven Miele didn’t get put on leave, just administrative duty, while he was being investigated after an arrest for simple assault in New Jersey.

No, he got put on administrative leave finally this week, after cops in the same Jersey town charged him with burglary and theft.

Bad, Naughty Cops, Here’s a Letter Suitable for Framing

23 San Antonio cops who were photographed with Presidential candidate Donald Trump wearing Trump “Make America Great Again” hats will get Letters of Reprimand (6 supervisors) and written counseling letters (17 rank-and-file officers) from Chief William McManus.

McManus, who stressed that police must be and appear impartial in their performance of duty, probably had to do it, and the cops? Well, it’s a windfall for some West Texas framing shop.

(Hat tip: @JAFO on Gab, who also suggested the framing angle).

Anything Some Criminal won’t Steal?

Probably not. This guy stole a small fortune worth of… Jamaican cheese.

You Could Get Hurt Doing This Job Dep’t

(we had several to plug in here, but are suspending this section because we’ve written so much about the two Boston cops shot the other night. But rest assured, criminals are targeting the daylights out of cops nationwide. Take care out there. -Ed).

The Perils of Kathleen: How Can We Miss Her, When She Won’t Go Away? Dep’t

After a one week respite, a couple of stories referencing Kane dribbled back into the news this week. The anti-gun extremist and failed felonious Attorney General clings to publicity with the tenacity (and the class) of the Kardashians.

  • Item 14 Oct: Prosecutors Measure Kane for Calaboose. Kathleen Kane’s lawyer (Marc Steinberg, not her former mob lawyers) demanded the judge let his felon employer off with a house-arrest wrist-slap. He says she’s “a non-violent offender with no prior record and a low risk of recidivism and who is the primary caregiver for two minor children.” Hey, don’t do the crime if you can’t do the crime, honey. Prosecutors counter that: (1) The “sole caregiver” claims is a lie, as she has joint custody of her kids. (2) House arrest is usually used for DUI and other non-felony offenses. (3) She has no medical condition, the other common reason for a house-arrest sentence. And (4) “House arrest would be an inappropriate disposition … the defendant faces sentencing for multiple jury convictions regarding her abuse of power as well as two counts of felony perjury.” She theoretically could get 28 years, which sounds about right, but state guidelines suggest 6-12 months in state pen.
  • Item 11 Oct: Incumbent Dem Kicks Kane While She’s Down. Anti-gun incumbent Rob Teplitz (D) is fighting to retain his seat, and his thin claim to bipartisanship rests primarily on his vote to remove Kane from office, which ran mostly along party lines with Teplitz joining the Republicans to vote to oust the (then only indicted) crooked AG.
  • Item 11 Oct: Paper Blames Kane’s Conviction on “Racism,” in a photo essay. Racism, and Donald Trump. (Does anyone think Trump has ever heard of Kane?)
  • Item 9 OCT: A Retrospective on Kane by Paul Davis, who on rejoining the Inquirer after five years, notes that Kane came and went (taking down numerous other corrupt Pennsylvania officials like candlepins) entirely during his five years away.

In August, Attorney General Kathleen Kane was convicted of nine criminal charges, including perjury and criminal conspiracy. She had a quick rise and fall. Turns out Kane doesn’t like negative stories about herself. Arrogance and a thin skin are often a deadly combination for a public official.

Kane did manage to drag down two Pennsylvania Supreme Court justices by exposing them and others in Harrisburg as a bunch of porn pushers. The entire saga felt like something from The Good Wife. It gave the public an ugly peek into the inner workings of Harrisburg. For close watchers, the view was worse than imagined.

Fortunately for Kane, District Attorney Seth Williams jumped into the legal crosshairs. Only in Pennsylvania are the top law enforcement officials the ones who get investigated.

  • Item 9 Oct: Inquirer Endorses Kane SupporterThe Philadelphia Inquirer has endorsed Josh Shapiro, a local politician who is expected to continue Kane’s soft-on-violent crime, but hard-on-legal-guns-and-porn, regime, as AG. Shapiro also wants to mobilize the AG office to ban oil production in Pennsylvania.

No doubt Kane’s sentencing on 24 October will produce a barrage of Kane retrospectives. Anything short of prison is disloyalty to the people of Pennsylvania.

Vermont Wrong-Way Driver Charged with Murder

Steven Burgoin, who killed five teenagers driving the wrong way on I-89 in Vermont, was featured recently in a When Guns are Outlawed post, has been charged with murder. Surprisingly, his toxicology came back negative for ethanol. (Never heard of that on a wrong-way jockey under 85 years old, but there’s always a first time). He’s in critical condition and doctors and nurses are working around the clock to save him. Why can’t they just part him out?

There’s a physics aspect to this. The dead, all 15-16 years old and homeward bound from a concert, were in a VW Jetta; Burgoin was driving an extended-cab Toyota truck. But really, nothing protects you from some idiot barreling north in the southbound travel lanes, but dumb luck and faith in God.

Unconventional (and current) Warfare

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

Heap Big Chief Lets Little Injuns Make Decision

And yes, they distributed this picture of two soldiers with differently-rolled sleeves. EMTs are standing by, sergeant major.

And yes, they distributed this picture of two soldiers with differently-rolled sleeves. EMTs are standing by, sergeant major. There was also a PowerPoint. Think we’re kidding?

Don’t get your hopes all wound up… it’s not a big decision. But company-level (troop, battery, etc.) commanders, mostly captains, are being entrusted by Chief of Staff Mark Milley with an important decision: how, when and whether their men and women can roll up the sleeves of their camouflage jackets.

We are not making this up.

The new rules provide several options for local commanders. Here’s what’s now allowed:

In garrison

  • Sleeves down.
  • Sleeves rolled with the camo facing out.
  • Sleeves rolled with the camo facing in.

In the field or deployed

  • Sleeves down.
  • Sleeves cuffed with the camo facing out.
  • Sleeves cuffed with the camo facing in.

“You’ve got options, and you make the decision, company commander,” Milley said.

The Army took that decision away from local commanders in the 1980s, when a rising young officer wrote an article in Infantry magazine claiming that only camo-out left soldiers ready for instant action. The Marines, who just roll up their sleeves without the Army’s Queer Eye for the Straight Guy fussing and starching, have been laughing at soldiers ever since.

That clicking and whirring you hear is thousands of careerist captains trying to decide which sleeve position is less fraught with threats to their careers.

Yes, that’s what we’re down to. Again, we are not making this up: the official memo is here.

Before There was an LCS

There was an experimental catamaran called USS Swift. Now in UAE service, it was hit by a Chinese missile supplied to Yemeni Houthi extremists last April and destroyed, although her hulk remained afloat. Circumstances of the loss are not entirely clear (even to Lloyd’s which is usually on top of these things) but 22 crewmen, possibly the entire crew, were slain.

Doesn’t bode well for the LCS. We’ll have more on this next week.

Veterans’ Issues

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

We just can’t, this week….

Lord Love a Duck!

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

And here, too, we got nothin’. Hey, you guys wanted this posted sometime before the Sun goes nova, yes?

You Can’t Catch Me, I’m the Gingerbread Turkish man!

lawyersThere is no crime so serious, no criminal so low, that some lawyer won’t stoop even lower on his behalf.

And so now we have lawyers arguing that a Turkish money launderer for the Iranian mullahs and their nuclear missile program should be excused from US courts, because he’s not an American. (There goes a third of the FBI’s most wanted violent criminals, and half of the kiddie diddlers, if that’s the new standard).

Lawyers for a shady Turkish businessman — whose prosecution in Manhattan made US Attorney Preet Bharara something of an international celebrity — want the charges against him dropped, saying authorities overstepped their bounds.

Two of Reza Zarrab’s squad of 15 attorneys argued in Manhattan federal court Wednesday that the US sanction violations he’s charged with shouldn’t apply because his client doesn’t live in America.

“The sanction laws are designed to operate on US citizens and transactions that are from the United States,” said attorney Paul Clement during a roughly two-hour hearing.

The name Paul Clement may ring a bell. Former Solicitor General of the United States, lecturer at Georgetown Law, now just one more greedy lawyer willing to take anybody’s case for a big enough payday — he demands $1,350 an hour, win or lose. Fortunately, his new pal’s paymasters, the IRGC, just got over a billion in ransom money that they can use to pay him.


Remember, what he’s arguing for: the image on the left. In the hands of the guys that organize rallies shouting “Marg bar Amrika!” which is, for those of you whose Farsi has lapsed, “Death to America.”

But unlike Shakespeare, they’ll presumably kill the lawyers last. 

Of course, from his point of view, he’s just doing it for the money, and if the Iranians do get a  nuke, they probably won’t nuke anything he cares about — like his Roth IRA.

Zarrab, 34… is accused of helping the Iranian government and other entities there evade US sanctions by processing financial transactions…..

Zarrab’s defense team, which includes New York lawyer Benjamin Brafman, wants Judge Richard Berman to dismiss the charges, as well as suppress cell phone evidence and statements he made while in custody.

via Turkish businessman wants charges dropped because he’s not American | New York Post.

Paul Clement is a conservative attorney who is often mentioned in shortlists of Supreme Court picks, if a Republican were to win the presidency. But more than that, he’s an adherent of the bipartisan insider cult of greed. Why support the Iranian nuclear enterprise?

Why, because that’s where the money is!


Ban Buzzword Bingo

This is a sample game card for Ban Buzzword Bingo. It is a drinking game.

Ban Buzzword Bingo
1 loophole moms 2nd Amendment, but gun safety laws scientific studies
2 easier than buying a ____ assault weapon racism/-ist deer hunting even gun owners support
3 Black Lives Matter reasonable common sense Wild West No one wants to take your guns
4 military weapons gun show schoolchildren terrorist watch list violent extremists (only if “moslem” is not mentioned)
5 bought on the internet no one needs cop-killer compromise high-capacity

Make your own cards with the words or phrases moved around.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Get a lot of liquor, and turn on a political show or debate. Have a few pops for general lubrication. Give everyone a card, and make sure all contestants have a drink.
  2. Every time someone emits one of the phrases, call it off in this fashion: “Buzzword! N-5.”
  3. Mark it on your card, and drink. (Since all the phrases are on all the cards, everyone is drinking at the same rate, unless they’re already too sozzled to find the phrase on the card).
  4. Refill your drink.
  5. Repeat #s 2-4 until…
  6. When someone has five marked Buzzword rectangles in a row, he or she yells “Buzzword Bingo!” Everybody drinks.
  7. Congratulations, you’re all the losers. It’s politics; you didn’t think there were any winners in it did you?
  8. Everybody stay the night. You’re too drunk to drive.

For a variation to play in indelicate company, Bullshit! makes a satisfactory substitute for Buzzword!

When Guns are Outlawed, Only Outlaws will have Friends (with Gasoline)

kid-set-on-fire-01An autistic kid was set on fire in Texas. By his supposed friends.

Great Googly Moogly, what would his enemies do? The New York Post:

A 10-year-old special-needs boy was on life support after bullies allegedly lured him to a field, doused him with gasoline and lit him on fire on Sunday.

Kayden Culp of Kerrville, Texas, has burns over 20 percent of his body from his ears to his belly button, and his organs are failing, according to a YouCaring page set up by the boy’s family to cover his health care expenses.

As of Thursday afternoon, Kayden’s family had raised over six times their $10,000 goal.

Now, it’s over $200k. And it looks like the kid will pull through, if he doesn’t get that bugbear of burn victims, serious infection. (Your skin is underrated as an important organ).

One unidentified child has been charged with arson following the incident and is “responsible for causing the victim’s severe burns,” according to a statement from the local fire marshal.

He is one of three boys — ages 9, 10 and 11 — who were taken into custody in the grisly attack, reported Fox.

Three kids: 9,10, and 11. Nuclear family fail in the megaton range. And even Texas law is not going to do the necessary with these lost souls.

One alleged attacker “had issues being destructive and disruptive,” Kayden’s aunt Tanya Kasper told the station.

“His mom even made the comment that she wasn’t able to handle him,” Kasper added.

Try him as an adult, throw him into the Texas DOC. The inmates will handle him from there. Walk away from the gate, don’t look back.

The heartbroken family believes the victim — who exhibits autistic tendencies and has trouble speaking and hearing — was intentionally targeted.

Well, it makes sense. I mean, can you think of a way to set a kid on fire accidentally? Even you SP4s out there?

“The other kids are saying that he was going to be riding his bike like he always is, my nephew Kayden is going to be riding his bike, and they said we’re going to grab him and take him inside and burn him,” Kayden’s aunt Kelly Mack told News4 San Antonio.

“If it wasn’t premeditated, it still is attempted murder,” Mack added.

Sometimes a kid falls in with bad companions, but sometimes the kid is the bad companion. These three ought to just be parted out as organ donors.

The boy’s mother, Tristyn Hatchett, 29, says she thinks her boy’s alleged assailants should be “incarcerated” and charged with murder.

via Special-needs boy set on fire by bullies he thought were friends | New York Post.

Really, “incarcerated and charged with murder?” First, let’s hope Kayden doesn’t die. That would take murder off the table. Second, they gotta be charged before they’re incarcerated. If it were not for all the jitbags that are going to be all “awww, they’re just widdle chiwwen” about these larval pathogens, it would be nothing but a formality, but sometimes you gotta observe the formalities. Damn it to hell.

As we mentioned, the kid is looking a little better and they’re cautiously optimistic. Kayden’s mom sends:

Kayden seams to be doing a little bit better . His heart rate and blood pressure are good. Swelling is slowly decreasing. They did not graft him today. The skin on his chest looks like it might heal. Not so certain about his neck burns. His hand will not have to be grafted. They’re starting Monday with 1 arm, and will make a decision for the other areas then. Doctors are giving him the highest amount of pain and sedation medication suggested, and he is still trying t…o wake up often. He is so big and so strong. His name means a lover and a fighter, and he is definitely fighting. Right now Kayden needs prayers for the pneumonia in his lungs. His blood and skin labs came back infection free.

Kerrville, Texas, is familiar to the flying world as the home of Mooney Aircraft for the last three-quarters of a century or so. You don’t expect a crime like this in a city from which you’ve met a lot of wonderful people.

Friday Tour d’Horizon, Week 40

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


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

Something New in Ammo

There’s almost nothing (major) new in the ammo world. Centerfire cases, Boxer and Berdan alike, date to the 1870s. Rimfire, 20 years older than that.  And to this day, the best cases are made of brass — it has the best combination of obturation, durability of the cases, and minimal wear on the host weapons. Poor armies do use steel cases, sacrificing durability of barrels to keep outlays low, but they know they’re settling for second best.


Along comes Shellshock Technologies with a pistol case that is made of an aluminum alloy head and a stainless steel body, both nickel-plated. They claim advantages over brass, and it’s certainly potentially cheaper to make (although those savings are not making it to end users yet). Only 9mm so far; heads can be anodized instead of plated.


Company website. Write-up at NRA’s The First Freedom.

Rarity: A Criminal’s Gun, Decorated

This Colt would be worth a lot just as an ivory-handled, engraved example:


But it was the gun of Black Jack Ketchum, notorious train robber, who was hanged in 1901 and never robbed a train or shot a lawman again (there’s a lesson in there, somewhere). A gun like this belongs in a museum, and this one is in one, the National Firearms Museum. Write up (.pdf) here.

Very unusual. Even in the Old West, most criminals used utilitarian guns.

Florida Gun Writer Lee Williams has a New Site

As far as we can tell, he’s still writing for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, but his new gun site is (appropriately enough) The Gun

Toy Guns?

Julie Prince, buying her kid the toy gun he wanted in the store, ran into that bane of parents everywhere, the busybody who wants to straighten out your parenting.

A mother standing in line behind us while we were waiting to pay for the toy decided she needed to add her two cents about my decision to buy the gun for my son. She said to me in a very annoyed voice, “I can’t believe with all of the violent crimes here in America you would allow your son to play with a gun. I would never let my son do that.” I was so stunned by her intrusive comment that I didn’t even dignify her with a response. We purchased the toy and left the store.

What’s the over-under on that nagging mom’s kid amounting to anything in life?

Hey, we played with war toys and it never influenced us.

Usage and Employment

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

When Seconds Count, the Police take Minutes…

To be fair, they hadn’t started rolling yet. Ebony Byrom in Macomb County, Michigan was only on the phone with 911 for three minutes before her husband shot her dead and attempted suicide himself. If he lives, he’s in big trouble.

When she was killed, Ebony Byrom was answering questions about whether there was a weapon in the house or if her husband was armed…

Well, that answers that question. When the time comes to defend yourself, the only one you can count on being there, is you.

This is a rare example of a crime committed with a registered firearm, actually.

…Minutes. If you’re lucky.

If you live in DC and aren’t one of the government nomenklatura with a security detail, you pretty much fit the definition of “not lucky;” the municipal government, long in bed with criminals, is bitterly opposed to civilians arming themselves in self-defense, and presides over one of the worst police forces in the Western Hemisphere.

Armed burglary in progress, in DC? The cops might get there in an hour. After your second 911 call.

“This is kind of scary for us,” said one of the victims who lives at the home. “We found a knife on [my roommate’s] bed.”

 Hey, but DC Dick Tracy got on it right away:

The neighbor first called 911 at 1:44 p.m. and called again at 2:18 p.m. The first responding officer showed up on a bicycle at 2:47 p.m.

Yeah. He was pedaling as fast as he could.

And the new interim Social Justice Manager Chief of Police is right on top of it, right?

“We are in the neighborhood of a little over 4,700 officers on the department,” he said.

But Newsham was later corrected and was told they only had 3,700 officers…

[But] the police union said more than 1,000 men and women have left the force bringing the current total to less than 3,500 officers.

A photo taken at a recent roll call at the department’s Sixth District – one of the areas with most crime in the city – showed a nearly empty room with very few officers.

The last chief, Cathy Lanier, was a dud. This guy was her #2. But you can’t fix a department that the mayor and city council want to be lousy, because #BlackCriminalsLivesMatter.

Any questions about why this is in “usage and employment”?

Florida Man Bags Two With One Shot

ND-shot-in-footHimself, in his hand, and another guy, in the foot, as he loaded a gun outside a gun show. Ah, yes, the old ND. (File photo of Florida Foot at right). Neither wound was life-threatening.

It did produce an anti-gun jeremiad from a local TV bottle-blonde bimbo, complete with an anti-gun gun shop owner putting the boot in against gun shows.

Cops ‘n’ Crims

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

Not Every Judge is a Weasel

Thirteenth Judicial District in New Mexico has a treasure on the bench, wearing the robes of Judge George Eichwald. Facing the murderer of Rio Rancho cop Gregg Brenner, Eichwald told him… well, not what he really thinks:

What I would really like to have happen to you I can’t say in court, because I’d probably be removed from office.

But the best second-place option available to him:

You will die in prison.

The case shows that the shooter was nothing but a bipedal pathogen:

[shooter] shot Benner, a popular military veteran with an English accent, after he pulled over [shooter] and Tabitha Littles, [his] former girlfriend, in Rio Rancho on Memorial Day evening in 2015.

[shooter] and Littles were on a two-month drug binge they funded by robbing about 10 business, mainly fast-food restaurants. Romero and Littles were on their way to rob a Twisters when Benner stopped them.

Littles was also sentenced Friday. Eichwald sentenced her to 16 years, and she will be able to cut that in half if she behaves well while in prison.

Benner’s widow, Julie, had to sell their house after his murder — she couldn’t keep it up on her own.

Good on Judge Eichwald. Hope he does the same for the killers of everybody.

President Frees 102 More Criminals

Mostly drug dealers, almost all black men, many if not most also violent and gun criminals. Because #BlackCriminalsLivesMatter, and your life doesn’t.

Anti-Gun Police Chief Fired

People's Republic of MassachusettsNot because corrupt Chief Lester Campanello of Gloucester, PRM, was anti-gun (although he was, and reveled in the power Massachusetts gave him to grant or deny permits), but because he was stalking women, and then lied about it to investigators and tried to destroy evidence.

But, [a city attorney named Kesten] added, “it basically went sideways” when city officials said they discovered Campanello had not turned over all of his texts with one of the women. On one day alone, Campanello and one of the women texted 634 times, he said. “We don’t have any of those texts because he did not provide them,” Kesten said.

The mayor said the Essex district attorney’s office provided surveillance footage that showed it was Campanello himself who mailed the package with the phone to his attorney.

Funny, how gun control enthusiasts never stop braying about their moral superiority, and never stop displaying their moral turpitude.

You Could Get Hurt Doing This Job Dep’t

  • Item 6 Oct: LASD Sergeant shot dead. Steve Owen, a 29-year veteran who preferred working the streets to taking a desk job, was shot and killed by a burglar in Lancaster, California. The burglar stole Owen’s patrol car, but crashed it, and was shot and wounded, and taken into custody, by another LASD Deputy. Owen leaves a widow (who is a cop herself), two sons and a stepson. (Update: Owen’s murderer was a career felon out on parole. Of course).
  • Item 5 Oct: MA State Trooper hit by fleeing felon. A cop working the safest job in police work — overtime traffic detail outside the NFL Patriots’ game — got mowed down by a fleeing felon, one José Perez-Rodriguez. The trooper was a motorcycle cop — and the Jose P-R was fleeing other cops, the wrong way in traffic, on a Ducati motorcycle himself. The felon’s injuries were more serious than the cop’s, but not serious enough.
  • Item 4 Oct: Minnesota non-sworn employee stabbed inside the cop shop. There seems to be a dearth of evidence, apart from the many stab wounds in the victim. The Sheriff’s office is supposed to be a secure building. (It actually sounds like a fake, self-inflicted attack, except they don’t have the weapon on the scene).
  • Item 4 Oct: Cop Killer Too Crazy for Trial in MO. A judge ordered the dismissal of murder and armed criminal action against the killer who murdered Deputy Christopher Parsons, 31 of Washington County, MO. The killer will walk if and when his doctors say he’s okay — maybe never, maybe tomorrow, it’s all down to that exact and quantifiable science, psychology.
  • Item 30 Sep: Cop Wounded in AZ. A Willcox, AZ police officer is recuperating after a shot ricocheted off his vest and up towards his collar bone. The wounded cop and his partner both shot back at the 69-year-old suspect, who also was treated at the hospital and is expected to survive. It might be some years before he gets to go home, though.

The Perils of Kathleen: At last we find peace!

There was nothing about Kane in the scandal-weary Pennsylvania media last week. Now, this may not mean anything, because the media were always in her corner, politically and culturally, even as they couldn’t help reporting on her, er, “legal troubles” (which seems to be the emerging consensus term for her raft of felony and misdemeanor convictions.

She’ll certainly be back in the news for sentencing on 24 October.

Unconventional (and current) Warfare

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

Spy vs Spy

Hal Martin has come in from the cold: in to a nice warm cell. He is an NSA contractor — surprising absolutely no one, from schlock contractor Booz Allen, whose remit is to put marginally qualified and unqualified asses in .gov seats for a big markup — suspected of dumping an array of NSA hacking tools onto the net. While some (even us) suspected him of being the mole that John Schindler speculates Snowden was sacrificed to protect, a closer look at his case makes that seem unlikely. He was a marginal guy in a marginal job. The FBI hints that they’re no closer to knowing what exactly he did, and why he did it, than they were before they bagged him, in this Washington Post story. There’s also a suggestion in there that he somehow acquired PTSD as a naval officer on the supply ship USS Seattle. (“Invoices haunt my nightmares, requisitions stalk my waking hours!”)

Israel Loses a Jet and Pilot

Flying fighters is dangerous, even in routine operations. An Israeli F-16I two-seater jet, returned from a bombing run against Hamas artillerists in Gaza, crashed near the runway at Ramon AB in the Negev Desert. The navigator ejected safely but the pilot, Major Ohad Cohen Nov, did not survive ejection. This is a file photo of the type:



The linked article is full of speculation. It is factual that in one ejection sequence, the backseater goes before the frontseater, but that would be a command ejection. The crewmen may also eject individually.

Received from a Former Teammate

pineland_shirtPosted without further comment!

Veterans’ Issues

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

Who You Gonna Believe, Me or that Lying OIG?


Would you buy a used car catheter from this man?

VA Undersecretary for Health David Shulkin says that we shouldn’t pay any attention to Office of the Inspector General reports that Phoenix VAMC is still screwed up like a soup sandwich. Instead, we should take his word that it’s way better than how screwed up it used to be. (And you know, both statements might actually be true — it might be vastly improved, and still FUBAR).

Despite a new report raising serious questions about the quality of care within the Phoenix VA Health Care System, a top official in the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs said Wednesday that significant progress has been made.

Isn’t that classic Washington? Don’t measure on an absolute scale, focus on process!

Shulkin’s own bio shows that he’s a physician and surgeon turned career medical manager and celebrity medical management writer. He is apparently not a veteran. The VA’s patterns of hiring suggest that the agency considers veterans, other than veteran physicians, suitable only for menial jobs.

Is it time to disband this thing yet?

VA Loses $Millions in Equipment, Shrugs it off.

And that’s in one “VISN” for one part of one state (sure, a big state: Texas). The story on the equipment is here at a Texas TV station, KXAN, and here at the Daily Caller. Natuarally, no one has been held responsible. But the infuriating thing is the VA shrugging off its responsibility to maintain and account for the stuff your taxes buy it. Here’s a VA spokeswoman, contemptuous of the waste, and of the reporter asking:

Of the [$646 million] in Non-expendable equipment assets, VISN 17 reported less than 1 percent of the assets as unaccounted over a five-year period.

1% of $646,000,000 is about six and a half million dollars. One of over 100 overpaid PR officials trying to spin the VA out of the hole it finds itself in, she gets a benefit package of well into the six figures to work five shorter-than-yours days a week, and to abuse the media for daring to ask about the VISN’s indifference to the location of its own double-damned gear.

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. 

OT: Machines Make Music

We found an interesting take on a “new song in the style of the Beatles” in the second-string science magazine, Live Science. Live Science does not link to the papers it writes about — who owns it, the eyeball-hungry Gawker? — but we did track down the science here:

Francois Pachet is the Director of the Sony Computer Science Lab in Paris, and…

I also lead the music research team, which conducts research on interactive music listening, composition and performance. Since its creation, the team developed several award winning technologies (constraint-based spatialization, intelligent music scheduling using metadata) and systems (MusicSpace, PathBuilder, Continuator for interactive music improvisation, etc.).

My current goal is to create a new generation of authoring tools able to boost individual creativity. These tools, called Flow Machines, abstract “style” from concrete corpora (text, music, etc.), and turn it into a malleable substance that acts as a texture. Applications range from music composition to text or drawing generation and probably much more.


For the record, we don’t think the computer-co-generated song sounds like the Beatles, but it does sound like the sixties.

Build a Solar Generator

Modern Survivalists has been working on this for a while and this week posted the third of four planned parts.

Gun Making in Pakistan, Large and Small

The US is not the only country affected by the UN Arms Treaty. As far back as 2012, Pakistan worried that the UN Arms Trade Treaty would disrupt its gunmakers large and small. And the makers themselves complained of government crackdowns.

This 2012 Al Jazeera report (sorry for the dodgy quality) shows that gunmaking had expanded far beyond the traditional workshops of the Pathan lands. Hundreds of small gunshops have been licenced in the commercial capital of Peshawar. This video visits some of them.

The other extreme from the guy sitting crosslegged with a vice and a file, is the government national arsenals, which make everything from small arms ammunition to tanks and artillery — Pakistan Ordnance Factories. Some American’s have gotten their hands on imported POF firearms. Here’s POF’s promo video, about eight minutes long, with the small arms (G-3, MP-5, MG-3, and copy of the Chinese 12.7) beginning about one minute in. Unfortunately there’s only a few shots of production (but how many images do you see of MG-3/MG-42 production?)

Returning to the cottage industries, in this report, Faheem Khan Sherwani visits the more traditional gun bazaars of the Adam Khel tribe in Kyhber Pukhtunkwa in the Tribal Trust Lands of Pakistan. No audio track except for some South Asian music and occasional machine noises and gunshots.

Some interesting weapons there, including S&W, Glock and Beretta copies, a heavily modified TT-33 which has a restyled frame but still no safety, and plenty of 12-gauge Kalashnikov shotgun copies.

The Country’s in the Very Best of Hands, National Security Edition

department-of-injustice2ITEM: The Department of Jerkoff. Take the Department of Justice. Please. Or at least, the DOJ trial attorney AKA the Metro Masturbator [.pdf]:

[The] trial attorney engaged in sex acts on a train, refused to disembark when asked by train and law enforcement officials, and became combative and kicked an officer while being removed from the train. The attorney was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, and assaulting a law enforcement officer.

The OIG substantiated the allegations. The attorney’s actions violated state criminal law, federal regulations,and executive branch standards of conduct. The attorney was charged by local authorities with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest,andassaultingapoliceofficer,and entered into an agreement with local authorities requiring that the attorney complete 120 hours of community service as part of a pretrial diversion program.

The OIG also found that the attorney lacked candor in an email to the employing division’s security personnel about the extent of the misconduct.

The joys of public transportation — public anything, when you get right down to it. You didn’t think all those stains were Hep C blood, tuberculosis sputum, and pools of hantavirus, did you? Some of them have to be, er, that other fluid.

Now, if you were discovered, as the rugby song goes, amusing yourself by abusing yourself, in the public setting of your fair city’s light-rail boondoggle of choice, and then proceeded to react to Authoritah like a mullet-head on bath salts, would you still have a job? Let alone get off (if we may, er, abuse that term) with a few weeks’ “public service”? If your answer is “Hells yeah,” You Just Might Work for the .Gov. Like this onanistic litigator, who’s still secure in his employment, even if everyone in his office is going through more disinfectant and air freshener than usual.

ITEM: DOJ Pushing for More Surveillance

The NY Times reports that tech companies are unhappy with being roped into surveillance operations by the Department of Justice and the FBI, aka “The Sword and Shield of the Party.” Even though they all cling to their Party cards, too.

Yahoo, for example, chose not to fight a demand to let DOJ, FBI, DHS and CIA essentially run a program on their servers to search for particular persons or keywords and then conduct 100% coverage surveillance on them.

They can, in theory, challenge such orders in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act tribunal, but the FISA court is a notorious rubber-stamp that exercises no independence, and has never rejected a surveillance demand; being named to the court is essentially being granted a judge’s pay for doing nothing.

The 500 million Yahoo accounts compromised in 2014 may have been compromised via the backdoor demanded by the US government.

ITEM: Mabus Solves the “Torpedoman” Problem

Now, if "torpedo man" was a sexual minority, Mabus would be all in favor of 'em.

Now, if “torpedo man” was a sexual minority, Mabus would be all in favor of ’em.

Ray Mabus, who’s rapidly running out of time to complete his organizational Pearl Harbor of the United States Navy, has a dilemma. He wants to let all fifty-six genders serve with gay pride, but a lot of Navy ratings have ancient patriarchical labels attached: signalman, torpedoman, fireman. (Yes, we know torpedoman merged with gunner’s mate a few years ago, as the Navy has increasingly become an unarmed service).

For a Navy well on its way to comprising a fleet of functionally unarmed Littoral Ships, capable of zero macroaggressions, presence of these microaggressions was extremely unbalancing, not to mention, triggering.

Rum and the lash haven’t been Naval Traditions for a long time, and sodomy is well out of the closet and halfway to being mandatory these days, so the only traditions left were a few arcane things like enlisted sailors’ ratings.

water-army back-in-my-day

But Ray was equal to the task and what xie came up with was: get rid of ratingsThen, they won’t have old-fashioned names. Naturally, he has a bunch of personally-chosen yes-men who think it’s the greatest idea since the Emperor’s New Clothes.

Why didn’t any of the old Admirals think of that? They probably went to some boat school and not Yarvard, the dimbulbs. Although lately Ray’s been promoting a lot of flag officers who don’t need a signalman (fortunately, as there shall be none to hand) to read what he’s hoisting.

(The memes are a couple of the cleaner ones from this hilarious page. Well, may not be so funny if you’re stuck as an enlisted man… uh, myn… min? in Ray’s Navy).

ITEM: Another Ransom Paid to Iran

Seems like lifting sanctions on the bank that supports the Iranian nuclear and missile programs was also a requirement before they’d free our hostages. The President and SecDef never got around to mentioning it.

ITEM: A Strategy to Fight Everything but What’s Fighting Us

Jed Babbin at the American Spectator reports on the, er, progress in drafting a new (and progressive!) military strategy.

[President] Obama has adamantly refused to connect Islam with terrorism. His generals may base the new National Military Strategy on that position contrary to experience and fact.

The man in charge of drafting the new NMS is Marine General Joe Dunford, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Scarborough reports that Dunford’s staff is resolutely resisting the position taken by U.S. Special Operations Command to include in the National Military Strategy the threat of Salafist Islam. (It is essential to note that Dunford hasn’t yet decided this matter and may not yet have discussed it with SOCOM’s commander, Gen. Tony Thomas.)

…Earlier versions of the NMS have followed the guidance set in Obama’s National Security Strategy and theNational Counterterrorism Strategy by avoiding mention of Islamic ideology in an effort to avoid the responsibility of having to plan to defeat it.  The 2016 version evidently won’t be any better. It will, for example, use the bowdlerized term “violent extremist organizations” instead of “Islamic terrorist networks.”

Why does this matter? Jed nails it (emphasis ours):

Since 9/11 we haven’t defeated any of the terrorist networks in part because we haven’t even attempted to defeat their ideology.  President Obama, in July 2009, said that he is uncomfortable using the word “victory” to describe the United States’ goal in Afghanistan. He said the U.S. fight there is against terrorism and not a nation.

He’s “uncomfortable using the word victory,” eh? Not about his own elections, he isn’t. But we submit that a National Command Authority and a Senior Military Staff that has closed the book on the possibility of victory, has lost any moral authority to commit American lives and treasure to combat.




Friday Tour d’Horizon, Week 39

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


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

 ex-SAMCO Mausers are, As Suspected, Crap

SAMCO Global was a major importer and seller that had a warehouse full of, essentially, 10,000 unsalable crap Spanish and South American Mausers, along with some quality small lots of decent firearms, and . SAMCO’s owners got into a pissing contest and the resulting lawsuit plunged the company into bankruptcy court. The entire assets of the company were auctioned off and were bought by Century for $1.24 million, beating out Forgett Trading (at $1.235).

It seems that Century is selling these Mausers, most of which have extensive rust, mismatched parts, or are simply barreled actions, as “good” condition. They’re not even close. They are in a condition somewhere on the low side of “parts gun” or “gunsmith special,” and are probably better described as “tomato stakes.” Or “firewood and scrap iron.” Moreover, many of them don’t headspace. So they have no collector value and are not safe to shoot. That’s why SAMCO never sold them.

Ian Got His RSC-1917

Ian unbuggered his non-working French WWI semi with a good cleaning. Short-stroking no more! Pretty amazing that 100-year-old springs still worked, but here’s proof.

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And yeah, that seems to have been Karl in this image, and last week’s also.

Legal Guns or Legal Ganja: Pick One

Pennsylvania is getting ready to legalize marijuana for “medicinal purposes,” to the delight of the burnout users and gang-affiliated dealers of the state. But Federal law continues to criminalize wacky weed, and treats it as a DQ for gun use.

That means even patients accessing the medicine from state-licensed dispensaries on a doctor’s recommendation would run afoul of federal laws banning marijuana users from buying or possessing guns or ammo.

“It is a concern because they’re basically usurping our Second Amendment rights by telling us we can’t do what our state is saying we can do,” said Luke Shultz, an organizer with Campaign for Compassion, a group that advocated for Pennsylvania’s program.

Dope, guns, or criminality: the choice is yours. We’re guessing “criminality” wins.

Poly-Ticks: Gun Ban Groups Spend Big on their Allies

In a USA Today story, the false-flag Democrat gun-ban group Americans for Reponsible Solutions and its figurehead Gabby Giffords get a long tongue-bath from USA Today reporter (and fellow Democrat and gun-ban propagandist) Heidi M. Przybyla. Przybyla uses the ban groups’ focus-grouped euphemisms for gun bans and gun control: “gun safety” for bans and “background checks” for Federal licensing and registration. In the past, the extreme “Americans for Responsible Solutions,” now funded and controlled by Bloomberg, has supported all of those plus outright bans on “assault weapons,” all semi-autos, pistols, and concealed-carry licenses.

Przybyla did not seek an opinion or report a position of anyone opposed to ARS’s extreme positions, except to recount strawman versions of that opposition as presented by ARS.

Suggesting pre-debate collaboration, she reported that Mark Kelly, head of ARS, had hoped to place a pro-gun-control question with debate moderator Lester Holt. Holt did ask Kelly’s question, although he didn’t identify its source.

Meanwhile, on top of his spending on local, state and national races this year, Michael Bloomberg, Wall Street billionaire makler and dilettante politician, is pouring $300 million into his pseudo-academic arm, the Bloomberg School of Public Health, which produces anti-gun studies on command.

Poly-Ticks (sorry, that season): Another Anti-Gun Gun Writer

jorge-amselle-mugshot“I got Charlie in my own strike force!” In this case, the quisling is Jorge Amselle. He told David Fortier that he was supporting an anti-gun candidate, and didn’t care about the 2nd Amendment, much. Fortier mentioned it on ARFCOM. Then, David Codrea picked it up.

Two well-known trainers, Grant Cunningham and Rob Pincus, attacked David Codrea for his (entirely factual) report. Cunningham backed Amselle, and called Codrea “despicable.” And both of them smeared Fortier as “unknown.” Cunningham said he was “someone hiding behind a code name.” Really? Apparently, they didn’t know that his AR-15 handle “gunwritr” has long, if not always been associated with his real name, and he’s been published in most of the major magazines (currently he’s in Firearms News a lot). In addition, in his original report, Fortier identified five other persons present who would corroborate his statement.

Knowing that Jorge Amselle is a dedicated Hillary supporter puts Amselle’s authorship of this article at Daily Caller, “Gun Owners, Hillary Will Soon Say ‘If You Like Your Guns You Can Keep Your Guns’”, in quite a different light. Amselle writes that article as if he’s pro-2A and anti-Hillary, but the thrust of his article is to suggest that maybe she’s not that bad. It seems to have been sheer dishonesty on his part.

You’re much more likely to read a Fortier article than an Amselle article (there are more of them, and they are better), but Amselle has written following book (no link. Wouldn’t want anyone to buy it):

Gun Digest’s Shooter’s Guide to Concealed Carry

He is currently employed by Athlon Outdoor Group (ex-Harris Communications) which is writing for Personal Defense World and Tactical Life, and his editors apparently are comfortable with his anti-2A activism. Athlon is owned by the militantly antigun publisher AMG/Parade. He has written for most of the Athlon and Harris titles.

Exit question: Does anyone read “Tactical Life” except for mall ninjas, anyway?

Usage and Employment

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

It Can Happen Anywhere

Preparation counts. Nobody was prepared at the Townville Elementary School in the generically-named burg of Townville, SC, this week when a 14-year-old kid shot up the playground. The shooter was not a student there, he was homeschooled, and would have been a middle or junior high school student had he been in public schools. He was stopped by a responding firefighter who used no weapons, and at press time we do not know further details.

Two six-year-old kids were wounded. One of them was critically injured. A teacher was also wounded, and police visiting the home of the shooter found his 47-year-old father shot to death in the home.

Good response by that bold firefighter; pity there wasn’t a school resource officer or armed citizen handy, but the situation could have been worse. Prayers for the wounded.

The lesson for the rest of us is the Boy Scout motto: “Be prepared!”

Cops ‘n’ Crims

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

Pointing a Gun at Cops is Dumb, III

Yeah, we had this same headline last week, and the week before. but another guy did it this week, in El Cajon, east of San Diego. He didn’t have a gun but seems to have simulated one with something, in a possible suicide by cop. This produced the same predictable first- and second-order results as last week’s gunplay in Charlotte, NC.

The subject paced back and forth while officers tried to talk to him. At one point, the subject rapidly drew an object from his front pants pocket, placed both hands together and extended them rapidly toward the officer taking up what appeared to be a shooting stance.

First-order result: an El Cajon cop shot him dead (another one simultaneously Tased him), and second-order: Black Criminals Lives Matter organized riots (with the help of the local hand-out-seeking The Reverends). Predictable, although the El Cajon riots haven’t risen to the level of looting yet, and are just blocking traffic. So far.

Third-order result: the press and the usual Beltway suspects are screaming for the cop’s head on a platter.

The people in California think they don’t want cops. Policemen there should give them exactly what they’re asking for.


The El Cajon suspect extended a vapor-inhaling gadget towards the police, with a flat area roughly corresponding to a pistol grip in his hand, and a tube looking like a barrel towards the cop. Good shoot.

To Understand Chicongo

Well, there are options. You can:

  1. Read a thumbsucker from the Associated Press, all about teen gang culture;
  2. Watch a BBC video about teen gang culture, or read an analysis of it;
  3. Look up the latest butcher’s bill on;
  4. Or check out a real cop’s point of view at Second City Cop.

If you do the last of these, we recommend two posts to you. One mentions a recent violent crime, and quote Chicago’s best columnist, John Kass, about the gang-tatted murderer of a tourist:

 Pagan, police said, had been arrested 39 times, had four felony convictions and had pointed a gun at people twice during arguments. He was wanted on a warrant for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Gee, why is crime off the charts in Chicongo? Gotta love that revolving door. And the other shows that they finally caught a chick that was straw-buying Glocks for gangbangers, and…

according to sources, she’ll get…..probation! For violations of Federal firearms laws. When ten years per count is the norm and might actually deter others from, you know, dealing in firearms.

Of course she gets lightest of wrist taps. Those serious sentences are held in reserve for the Great White Defendant. And they can’t put her in jail longer than any of the 39 times they locked up Paul Pagan, can they?

Too Dumb to be a Cop

A young policewoman, hired part-time in one PA town and a probationary full-timer in another, posted a snapchat selfie of herself in uniform, with the message, “I’m the law today, nigga.” Not any more she isn’t.

The Perils of Kathleen: What, Her Again? 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.

  • 28 Sep: The Porngate Report will be ReleasedAh, but in an edited version, says acting-jack AG Bruce Beemer. While the report was strong on “porn” allegations, most of the on-official-addresses emails for which Kane tormented her political opponents seem to have been merely off-color jokes. But former AG (and convicted felon) Kane spent, it turns out, over $1 million investigating the case, in hopes of deflecting other prosecutors from her own wrongdoing.
  • 26 Sep: Kane Horseholders back. We reported last week that Kane flunky, Blake Rutherford, was inexplicably rehired by Beemer. Now Chuck Ardo, the Baghdad Bob of her long flight from prosecution, is back in office, too. Even though his integrity, or lack of the same, was a perfect match for Korrupt Kathleen’s, his experience lying for his boss makes him an indispensable spokesman for Beemer and the transition team. Late in Kane’s decline, Ardo flipped on Kane, like Himmler and Göring trying to negotiate behind Hitler’s back. Unlike those worthies, Ardo seems to have pulled off a successful effort to save himself. Given his legacy of lies, nobody with any sense will ever trust him again, but does a payroll patriot like Ardo care? Nah, he just wants the money and perks. Now he has them ($10k a month!).

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.

ACLU Supporting & Defending NY/NJ Bomber

A face only a mother, another terrorist, or the ACLU could love.

A face only a mother, another terrorist, or the ACLU could love.

Of course they are. They’re the Atheist Criminal Lovers’ Union. It’s what they do:

Rahami’s family spoke with his doctors on Monday for the first time after numerous requests since the ACLU got involved, said Udi Ofer, the New Jersey chapter’s executive director. Ofer didn’t disclose Rahami’s condition, but ACLU attorney Alexander Shalom said law enforcement officials have informed the ACLU he remains unconscious.

Federal judges last week denied requests by public defenders to be appointed to represent Rahami, agreeing with prosecutors’ arguments that he had not officially been arrested by federal authorities.

Shalom said in a filing that Rahami’s father and wife requested the ACLU represent him until he is appointed a federal public defender or other lawyer.

Ofer said denying Rahami’s right to a lawyer “violates the Constitution and needlessly sacrifices civil liberties in the name of national security.”

“It is outrageous that Mr. Rahami has been in custody for a week yet has been denied the right to have an attorney visit him to confirm his condition and protect his constitutional rights,” Ofer said.

No. It is outrageous that Mr. Ofer and Mr. Shalom side with Mister Rahami, and not the 31 people that he wounded and crippled with three bombs built to al-Qaeda and ISIL plans. But then again, they are the ACLU. It’s what they do.

President Vetoes Bill Exposing Saudi Terror Sponsors to Lawsuits; Congress Overrides

The Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act has passed the Congress over the President’s veto. It wasn’t close; while 77 members of the House of Representatives, all Democrats, voted with the President (and the Saudi terror sponsors), most Democrats and all Republicans supported the bill. In the Senate, only one Senator voted with the Saudi terror sponsors, retiring (and lobbyist-income-seeking) Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-NV. 97 of the 100 Senators supported the override. Two other Democrats didn’t vote either way (one of these Profiles in Courage was VP candidate Tim Kaine, whose motivation was probably also the Saudi lobby money that he’ll be prospecting for if he doesn’t win in November).

Meanwhile, seven other Afghans went over the hill in the USA

He's not just sleeping, he's also slow!

He’s not just sleeping, he’s also slow!

The sleeping policemen of Homeland Security are the only thing standing between you and the clump of afghans that were in the United States for military training, and are now considered AWOL.

Three of the Afghan military trainees fled from a Pentagon training program two weekends ago during the bombing spree in New York and New Jersey by Afghan-born bombing suspect Ahmad Rahami, raising concerns among security officials that the missing Afghan students may be linked to terrorism or plans for attacks in the United States.

Two of the missing Afghans had been training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, and one was training at Fort Gordon, Georgia.

An Army source said the Afghans who left the weekend of the New York area bombings appeared to be part of a coordinated effort. The three men are being probed for possible connections to Rahami. “Initial assessment is that there is not relation and the timing is coincidental,” the source said.

Four other Afghan military trainees fled over the Labor Day weekend, two from Fort Benning, Georgia, one from Fort Lee, Virginia, and one from an Army facility in Little Rock, Arkansas.

A defense official said two of the Afghans were accounted for and suggested the two men may have fled the United States.

Hey, they’ve accounted for two out of seven. At DOD they probably grade that an A-.

Navy Has Some New Priorities

The Navy has marked a new milestone in the integration of women into combat units, when one of its sailors wound up in sick bay… with contractions. Hours later, she was delivered of a 7-pound girl, and some unspecified time after that, mother and baby were medevaced ashore.

…the main focus for the U.S. Navy, the ship and its crew is the safety and well being of the baby and the mother,” Cmdr. Bill Urban, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command spokesman, told The Virginian-Pilot.

The sailor was reportedly unaware she was pregnant, something that occasionally happens with morbidly obese mothers.

That’s today’s Navy for you. Ray Mabus is passing out cigars in the E-Ring.

Meanwhile, the Marines have seen fit to gag all commanders about issues around Women in Combat. Only Marine brass in Washington are allowed to speak on the issue — they have no trust in their field commanders’ ability to follow the twists and turns of the Party Line.


The Marines threw a guy out with bad paper. What’d he do? Made a recruit sing.

The Marines’ Hymn. We are not making this up. Apparently the only approved tune under Ray Mabus is In the Navy by the Village People. Don’t drop the soap!

Veterans’ Issues

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

Suicide Hotline Workers Routinely Drop Calls, Leave Early

You know, if you wanted to prevent or reduce veteran suicides, the best thing to do probably would be to task the jeezly VA with promoting or increasing them. Because every attempt to get VA to accomplish anything, crashes on the shoals of VA’s toxic and veteran-hostile culture. Case in point:

More than one-third of calls to a suicide hotline for troubled veterans are not being answered by front-line staffers because of poor work habits and other problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs, according to the hotline’s former director.

Some hotline workers handle fewer than five calls per day and leave before their shifts end, even as crisis calls have increased sharply in recent years, said Greg Hughes, the former director of the VA’s Veterans Crisis Line. Hughes said in an internal email that some crisis line staffers “spend very little time on the phone or engaged in assigned productive activity.” Coverage at the crisis line suffers “because we have staff who routinely request to leave early,” he said.

Out here in the Dreaded Private Sector, if you abuse requests for time off, you get more time off than you could possibly use – they fire your ass. Of course, it doesn’t work that way for your lords and betters at the VA.

Is it time to disband this thing yet?

Choose VA and Die

It happened to several veterans among scores or hundreds — the VA OIG[.pdf] was not able to substantiate a whistleblower claim of 300 — of veterans whose positive colorectal screening tests were ignored by the VA in New Mexico, or were only followed up months later. (VA’s own loose and sloppy standard is 60 days, but there was no attempt to meet it. For example (edited for brevity):

This patient was … found to be FIT positive in 2014. ….A facility staff member contacted the patient in early 2015, 8 months after the positive FIT, to offer a colonoscopy, and the patient accepted. A colonoscopy was performed and a large rectal mass was found. Pathology testing confirmed the mass was cancer …. During the surgery, he was found to have unresectable metastatic disease and died a few months later

Thanks for serving your country… chump.

This patient was in his 60s and was found to be positive FIT in 2014. The patient’s EHR does not include documentation that he was notified of the results. Approximately 9 months later, the patient presented to his provider with complaints of rectal pain. General Surgery service was consulted, and the patient was seen on the same day. The patient was found to have a large anal/rectal mass. Pathologic findings from the biopsy revealed cancer. The patient received chemotherapy and radiation and died a few months later.

The reason for the missed follow-ups seems to be that the computer system, designed as usual at much higher expense than its civilian equivalents, throws so many alerts at the attending physician, PA, or NP, that it’s easy to miss the “better call, he might die from this and time counts” alerts among all the trivial popups.

But hey, no VA employees or contractors were harmed, and that’s what matters to the DVA.

Anybody else hear a clock ticking?

Hat tip, the Free Beacon.

VA Sets a Record

And naturally, it’s not a record anybody would want. 

VA said the agency “takes veteran privacy and the privacy of medical or health records very seriously.” But despite its “very” serious approach to patient privacy, VA tied CVS for the most privacy complaints that resulted in corrective action plans or “technical assistance” from US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) from 2011 to 2014. asks:

How can we continue to believe VA when it continues to have problems in protecting veteran privacy?

Guys, if you believe anything coming out of a VA spokesman, your disability might just be other than physical, if you get our drift.

Time? Is it time yet?

VA Spends $100 Million in Illegal Payments to Prisoners

They’re so careless that they’ve paid out $100M to guys who, even if they are vets, are locked up in jails and prisons. But it’s worse than that. Reading the article, they’ve done nothing to fix the problem, and they’re on track to bump that number up another $100M in the next four years.

It’s not like they’re supposed to show up and do their jobs. It’s government work!

Their brilliant solution? Send bills to the jailed vets, and hope they pay the money back.

If it isn’t time to disband this thing now, what would it take?

Should VA Lease Facilities?

This is an interesting report of Congressional-VA back-and-forth on the issue. While in most of these things, the VA is pretty patently in the wrong, the VA’s rep in this instance makes some good points. Congressmen charge that leasing costs more money, but given the inefficiencies the VA imposes on the facilities it constructs (like the treble-budget treble-schedule white elephant in Aurora, CO), it’s not really clear it does. The VA counters that it wants to lease new facilities so as not to be stuck with obsolete facilities 20 years down the road — something it says it has many of. (So why hasn’t it dumped them?). In any event, it’s interesting, the VA may be right about this, so go Read The Whole Thing™.

Of course, they wouldn’t have to build or lease if we just disbanded the thing now.

Even After they Died, the VA Kept Screwing ‘Em

This happened in Chicago, where everything’s a straight as a spirochete to begin with.

[A]t least two unclaimed vets sat inside the morgue for at least 30 days this summer, allowing the bodies to badly decompose.

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois complained to the VA secretary… “I have personally called Secretary McDonald and asked him to fire Christopher Wirtjes, the Chief responsible for this shameful treatment of our veterans’ remains. Bureaucrats at Hines should spend as much time helping veterans as they do covering up neglect and abuse.” 

Yeah, lots of luck with that. Covering up neglect and abuse is pretty much the job description of a VA manager these days. 

Another vet only got buried because a funeral home heard about him and stepped up and did it — no thanks to VA.

Is it time to disband this thing yet?

Heartless, Crooked Manager Suing for Job Back

Sharon Helman, the former Phoenix VAMC manager who came up with the use of dual waitlists that condemned dozens of neglected vets to death while sluicing unearned bonus cash on herself and her cronies, was fired in 2014. Not for the wait-time scandal, which for the VA is just business as usual, but for taking bribes from contractors. She considers that terribly unfair and is suing VA for firing her.

If her lawsuit is successful, it will overturn the law that allows the VA to fire criminals and other substandard employees, guaranteeing all VA jobs forever to their incumbents, without regard to conduct. (In other words, not a very big change from the status quo).

Numerous veterans’ organizations have joined the suit on the other side now. The Department of Justice and the VA itself have generally taken Helman’s side; the VA has refused to use “fast-track” firing authority granted by Congress, and the DOJ has argued that the jobs are entitlements and that firing employees like the heartless, crooked Helman is somehow unconstitutional.

All the more reason to disband this thing now.

What “Disband” Might Look Like

After recounting some VA horror stories, Philadelphia area practitioner Craig M. Wax, DO, notes one of the causes of VA inefficiencies:

…costly, bloated, inaccessible, and red-tape-ridden VA facilities that many veterans have come to despise and fear.

And suggests an alternative:

Although I am not a VA-employed doctor, I still see many veterans who receive Tricare, which is essentially military health insurance. This allows those veterans to receive care wherever they want, whether it’s at the VA or from a private physician like me.

Why not enroll every veteran in Tricare, no exceptions?

Here’s how this plan would work. Every veteran would have major medical insurance that they could use at their discretion. ….Any veteran could find the physician or facility that best serves their unique needs, rather than being forced onto wait lists at their nearest VA facility.

Ain’t gonna happen, Dr Wax. Not enough opportunity for graft, not enough SES positions with six-figure salaries, six-figure benefit packages, and six-figure moving allowances any time you feel like a change of scenery.

The VA hasn’t run for the benefit of veterans for a very long time. It runs for the benefit, literally, of its own senior managers.

But it is time to disband it now, and this is how it could be done without punishing the vets or rewarding the VA drones who have grown rich and powerful by exploiting them.

Lord Love a Duck!

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

Reporter Fabricates Gunshop Bias, Gets Caught

As everyone who’s been in a gunshop in the last five years knows, the fastest growing demographics in firearms ownership are minorities and women. Outreach to women especially but also to other previously underserved markets is just good business, and every savvy shop manager and trainer does it these days. So imagine the consternation of Wisconsin women when TV reporter Mark Leland with WLUK Fox-11 Green Bay reported that Badger Gun Sales owner Perry Sarto…

…won’t sell a handgun to a woman without her first getting trained.

There was only one problem. Leland didn’t have that comment on camera, or even on audiotape. He didn’t have it at all because Sarto never said it. Leland made it up to fit his prefab narrative of gun culture hostility to Sainted Womanhood.

Yes, he fabricated the quote. So he’s fired, right? Of course not. This is TV news. This is 90% haircut and 0% journalism. WLUK doesn’t care if he made the whole thing up, and got around the vile smear of Sarto by attaching a mealy-mouthed non-apology non-correction to the online version of the fabricated report: “We apologize if such an inference was made.“

Jenn Jaques at BearingArms compared the WLUK report to her own interviews with Badger Guns personnel and customers, and wrote about it. The fabricator, Mark Leland, then called Jaques and left her a voicemail with even more lies in it.

Jenn now has the story about the story, and she did something that the lying fabricator Mark Leland and his equally dishonest editors and producers did not: she sought out women customers and asked them about their own experiences with Sarto and the store.

Read The Whole Thing™. And never talk to the press — the best of them are snakes in the grass, and they go downhill from there.