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When Guns are Outlawed, Only Outlaws will have DCFS Support

More of these vibrant, diverse immigrants just making the headlines Americans won’t make. Let’s check in with CBS Los Angeles for a quote from the kid’s estranged (from the mother, ergo from the kid) stepfather:

Yonatan’s step father Jose Pizon held back tears as he recalled better days with his boy.

“We used to play together and we used to go out for pizza and share together,” Pizon said. “I really loved him and I miss him.”

What happened to the kid? In a word, his mom. Who’s now locked up pending trial for murder.

Eleven-year-old Yonatan Aguillar weighed just 34 pounds when police found him in a family closet in Echo Park.

Back in August, authorities located the boy in the fetal position wrapped in a blanket in the closet so small he couldn’t extend his feet. It appeared he had been dead for several hours, detectives said.

Detectives said the boy was emaciated, had little hair and open sores on his body, all signs of years of abuse.

Gee, how did a case get this bad without the cruel mom being on the radar of the Department Of Children And Family Services?

You’re kidding, right? She was on the radar of those bureaucrats, but not enough for them to actually come check on the kid.

Four years before, when reports of possible child abuse were reported,  Yonatan’s mother Veronica Aguilar, who was a volunteer at the school and attended parenting classes,  was able to convince his teachers, counselors, coaches, medical staff and social workers that her son was safe in her home.

Parenting classes. How many of these stories involved moms who had “parenting classes” from the “trained professionals” of social work mobs? And how many normal, healthy people are that way because their mom had “parenting classes” from some bureaucrat with a B.A. in something, and rounds-to-zero life experience?

Then, when Yonatan stopped showing up for school, his mother told people he had gone to live in an institution in Mexico.

You can see it happening. “Let me put that in my case notes. ‘Went to Mexico.’ OK, case closed. I’m such an awesome public servant, I better get a bonus. Hey, look, it’s almost 3 PM. Beer o’clock!”

Friday Tour d’Horizon, Week 48

This could be a most disjointed Tour d’Horizon, because rather than throw stuff in all week we left it until Thursday PM to begin. The weather continues unseasonably warm weather (yesterday we were out in a t-shirt. In New Hampshire. In December). If this is Global Warming, all of us (apart from the ski bums and ski bunnies, and they are making snow at altitude…) up here in the Granite State would like to thank everyone who’s bought an F-350 Powerstroke or greater over the last few years.

Guns

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

More Tracking Point Videos

Like the ones we had the other day. They’re closing in on the end of the M700 promotion. (Note that their usual 5.56 will only give you a target solution for a shorter range. They can control all that in software… and no doubt, sell you options like in-app purchases in Angry Birds… only it’s more like “Angry Bees at 3,000 FPS.”)

For those of you who come to gunnery via video games, it’s not “First Person Shooter” but “feet per second.” At least, for those of us whose nations have sent men to the moon.

Duel 3: Prone Bipod, Moving Target, 650 Yards

This is a realistic shot, more so than the shoot-around-corners used in Duel 2 (there are 13 of these duels, total. The others are not yet released). Note that this was not done with the AR.

https://vimeo.com/193413389
How are you at hitting moving targets at 650?

Duel 4: Canted at 45 Degrees, 350 Yards

Here’s a capability you didn’t know you could use.

https://vimeo.com/193430659/

Mauser Before Broomhandle

Mauser is primarily known as the greatest maker and innovator of the bolt action rifle, but they made a wide range of pistols for most of the 20th Century, ranging from the big pioneering Broomhandle, to a range of pocket and European police pistols, to the HSc and a couple of runs of Lugers. Before the C96 Broomhandle, there was the C78 “Zig-Zag” revolver; but before that, there was this, the C77 Hinterlader (Breech-Loader):
mauser_1876_pistol_overallThis particular example is on GB for an eye-popping $38k.  These two crummy photos are the only ones provided. The description is terse:

Very rare gun only a few exist,I only know of 4 and last one sold for $42,000.00,So you have a chance to own this gun,and say you have one of a few that are known to be out there,this is the real thing,in great condition,NO RUST,Handle is also in great condition too, have any question hit me up.

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Thumbing down the lever on the left side of the action caused the breechblock to fall; inserting a cartridge made it spring back up. Because the trigger is attached to the bottom of the breechblock, you need to have your fingers clear of the trigger guard before opening the breech; the block fills most of the trigger guard while down, and the trigger itself shoots through a hole in the trigger guard. A very steampunk creation, this.

Fewer than 100 of these 10mm pistols were made, all of which were sold to officers in the armies of Prussia and other German principalities. (Note that it’s marked as made in Wurttemberg, as Bismarck’s consolidation of Germany was not complete!) According to the seller, only four are known to survive.

If there’s demand, we’ll write more about this, as we have the references at hand.

Gun Stocks update

PreElection closings: RGR 64.40, SWHC 28.45, VSTO 38.94.  [8 Nov 16]
-2 week’s closings: RGR 53.20, SWHC 24.13, VSTO 40.02. [18 Nov 16]
Last week’s closings: RGR 52.50, SWHC 23.82, VSTO 41.05. [25 Nov 16] [short trading day and week]
This week’s closings: RGR 50.25, SWHC 21.10, VSTO 39.66. [2 Dec 16]

Red, in case you were wondering, is not good.

All three were up going into Friday, but then Smith & Wesson released an earnings report Thursday night; Smith dropped 12% (!) and Ruger just under 6% on that report. Both stocks were heavily traded today.

The puzzling thing is that the report was positive and beat the Street estimates on sales and revenues, and Smith still got a sell-off. It is probable that the report’s setting forecasts for Q3 earnings lower than the Street had hoped was a factor. Or perhaps the Street hates SWHC’s plan to rename the holding company American Outdoor Brands, with Smith, Battenfield (accessories) and Crimson Trace (lasers and electro-optics) becoming divisions of AOB. (But the reorg is, 90%, just a name change).

Disclaimer: Your Humble Blogger holds RGR, bought at about 56.40 on 9 Nov. It bottomed in the 40s later that day. We still think it has longterm growth potential, and we like the dividend, but we’ve lost (on paper) thousands of dollars.

Gun Poly-Ticks

Something Amazing in the ‘Shire

The Speaker of the State House of Representatives, a fractious 400-member assembly that had a lot of turnover this year, was re-elected. A well-informed local reporter noted that this year, unlike for the last several, the Republican House and Senate will be sending bills to a Republican Governor. There were several things that were vetoed by the outgoing liberal Democrat (who has been elected to the Senate, and won’t be seen in NH again for five years). Does that open up any possibilities?

The legislator: “Well, first thing is Constitutional Carry.”

Usage and Employment

The hardware takes you only half way. Let’s skip this one this week, again, but there’s a couple of videos in Cops ‘n’ Crims below that apply.

Cops ‘n’ Crims

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

Real-Life Tueller Drill

The cops ask him to put the knife or knives down, and he doesn’t. Instead, he seems to move towards one cop. (It’s hard to tell because they’ve blurred the criminal).

http://players.brightcove.net/4137224153001/ed38fae1-4db1-4308-8095-399a04010bc1_default/index.html?videoId=5231314311001

This happened in Baltimore. They tried ordering him, reasoning with him, and tasing him. Nothing but shooting would satisfy the guy, so they obliged. (And this is the Baltimore police, who know the DA will try to nail their skins to the wall for shooting black criminal). Amazingly, this clown still has a carbon footprint — they immediately disarmed him, secured him, and got him help.

(We wanted to embed the video, but it was impossible without autoplay due, apparently, to buggy code at Brightcove. If anybody knows actual working syntax for disabling the autoplayer in players.brightcove.net, please let us know. This player overrides the published code for disabling autostart -Ed.)

The Perils of Kathleen: Declining to Make the Rubble Bounce edition

Kane is forgotten, but not gone; and she still has friends in high (for some values of high) places.

  • Item 22 Nov: The Times Misreads the Gansler / Beemer Report. The report by Kane flunky Doug Gansler, released by her successor Bruce Beemer, showed that the individuals named and shamed for sending crude emails by Kane were not the real violators (some of them sent exactly zero of the emails in question), but Kane’s political appointments. The Pennsylvania media at least reported this honestly (as we reported last week). Jess Bidgood in the New York Times, a Kane supporter, essentially makes up a different version of the report in which Kane is blameless and her targets wrong. (After her conviction, which took him by surprise, Bidgood was still defending her, prattling about “alleged leaks.” If you want more surprises in your life, get the news from the New York Times).
  • Item Date: 1 Dec: Let’s Not Impeach the Crook, a panel recommends. The State House of Representatives panel was considering whether the convicted felon and former Attorney General not be impeached. Not that she doesn’t richly deserve it, they say, but it’s a waste of time and money, with her already out of office, convicted, and sentenced to a stint in State Pen. Obviously, they misunderstand the importance of making the rubble bounce in cases like this… Kane’s supporters are already saying that the panel “vindicated” her, but it did say “the evidence…detailed conduct which would meet the definition of ‘misbehavior in office’.” Not exactly a ringing endorsement. Complete report here makes other recommendations to reduce the payoff for future Kane-style corruption, like requiring the Attorney General and his or her staff attorneys to have law licenses (Kane hung on grimly to office after losing hers). (Similar 1 Dec story at the Allentown Morning Call).
  • Item Date: 1 Dec. Threats of Retaliation held back some witnesses from testifying against Kane, according to the same report. Bottom of p.1 of the report: “Because of Attorney General Kane’s history of retaliation against those who[m] she perceived as a threat, several witnesses expressed a desire to cooperate but were reluctant to participate for fearAttorney General Kane would retaliate against them.”Oddly, this line in the reportwas not reported by the media which are generally pro-Kane.

The monumentally corrupt Kane took out a number of other politicians, and did considerable damage to licensed concealed carriers, in a short and rotten career that continues to resonate in Pennsylvania and the United States.

Victims Turned Crimefighters

  • Item: One Out of Three Ain’t Bad

A home invasion burglary in Sunrise, FL saw the sun rise on one cold stone dead invader, and by sunset his two partners in crime were in court, about to eat a felony murder rap, to the distress of the judge.

The homeowner fired three shots from a slide-action shotgun.

Trannies Behaving Badly, Again

This article is kind of funny the way that political correctness and pronouns trip up the writer… when someone named Jeffery is identified as “she.” What’d she/he/xe/it do?

Police said they arrested Jeffery Mceleveen, 25, on Tuesday on counts of second-degree kidnapping, second-degree rape and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

According to an arrest warrant, Mceleveen approached the victim on Jan. 11 when the latter stopped his vehicle at South Claiborne Avenue and Third Street. Mceleveen put a knife to his neck, while an accomplice got in the front seat, police said.

That sounds like Jeff was streetwalking, and has a plan to rob his/her/its john.

The two then drove the man to an ATM and to an unknown location to buy drugs, according to the warrant. The warrant states that Mceleveen also forced the man into various sexual acts.

Do not pass Go… do not collect $200… at this rate they’ll need a special Tranny Wing at crowbar motel.

On the other hand, Tranny Hooker, Kidnapper and Robber would be a good follow-on career for all of the hacks who need to get sacked over at VA. Welcome to the gig economy, where you get to choose your own pronoun.

Unconventional (and current) Warfare

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

Tip Leads to Stolen Historic Gate

A missing gate from the Dachau concentration camp was found in Norway after someone tipped off the cops. The gate, a pedestrian gate of wrought iron bearing the notorious KZ legend Arbeit Macht Frei (“Labor Liberates” is, in our opinion, better than the usual translation) will be returned whence it was stolen. The investigation continues.

A Swedish neo-Nazi, Anders Högström, was jailed for two and a half years for stealing a larger Arbeit Macht Frei gate from Auschwitz in Poland. He had torched it into three pieces to get away with it, and it took about as long to repair the gate as Högström spent in jail.

A Year after Terror Attack, California County Stiffs its Wounded Employees

There’s a long thumbsucker by Richard Perez-Peña at the New York Times about how poorly San Bernardino County has treated its employees who were wounded in the Dec 2, 2015 Sudden Jihad Syndrome attack. His double-barreled name may be familiar to those in the gun culture for his frequent anti-gun screeds, which he seems to approach with the axiom “write first, learn later, if ever” in mind. Even in this article, he has to launch an ill-informed blast at the AR-15:

As employees of the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health took part in training sessions last December, one of them left and then returned with his wife.

Note, no mention of motivation. Allahhu akbar, eh?

The couple carried out the slaughter using variants of the AR-15 assault rifle. The weapon’s bullets travel three times the speed of rounds from a typical handgun and often fragment, causing wounds that trauma surgeons say are far worse than those from ordinary gunshots.

He doesn’t realize that AR jacketed bullets, lethal as they are compared to pistols, are considerably less lethal than even intermediate-powered deer rounds like the 19th Century .30-30, let alone the rounds that Californians might use to pursue mule deer.

The Wall Street Journal, shortly after the attack, made some points about guns used in the attack. (Google end run. It’s the 4 Dec 15 article)

The weapons were illegal under California law because they were modified and violated the state’s ban on assault weapons, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said on Thursday.

Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik, the suspects in the Wednesday shooting that left 14 people dead and 21 wounded, were armed with four guns. They carried two .223-caliber semiautomatic weapons and two 9mm semiautomatic pistols, according to San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan.

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The two semiautomatic rifles were versions of the popular AR-15 model, according to San Bernardino officials. One was made by DPMS Inc., and the other by Smith & Wesson.

While they were originally sold legally, with magazine locking devices commonly known as bullet buttons, the rifles were subsequently altered in different ways to enhance them, according to Meredith Davis, a special agent with the ATF.

The Smith & Wesson rifle was changed in an attempt to enable it to fire in fully automatic mode, while the DPMS weapon was modified to use a large-capacity magazine, she said.

Ms. Davis said one handgun was made by Llama and the other was made by Springfield Armory.

It makes one wonder whether P-P’s other reported “facts” in the story are similarly fabricated, but his description of the horrifying wounds suffered by some of the 22 survivors, and  their incompetent and impersonal handling by the Workers’ Comp bureaucracy, ring true. Such as…

Her orthopedic doctors say her leg needs reconstructive surgery, including a bone graft, but it is not clear whether workers’ compensation would pay for the highly specialized operation.

“I have gone to weekly psychological appointments since January, and the county has made only two payments, and that was only after I called them,” she said. She goes to physical therapy weekly, but workers’ compensation is not paying for that, and her doctors’ requests for therapeutic exercise sessions with a trainer have been denied.

Another patient, partially paralyzed:

…still faces a long, hard road to reach something like recovery. She needs more operations, she relies on a home health aide, and her doctors want her to get physical and occupational therapy to relearn to use her arms and legs.

….visits from the health aide have been reduced, and she has been told they will end soon. Approval of her antidepressant medication was withdrawn. Her occupational therapy was cut off, and her physical therapy stopped, restarted and stopped again.

A third:

After she requested psychological services, she said, it took weeks for her to see a doctor, who diagnosed post-traumatic stress disorder, and weeks more to get an appointment for treatment — an hour’s drive from her home. “I could barely face leaving the house, and it’s too painful for me to sit for any length of time, so that was out of the question,” she said.

Hey, welcome to the world of government-regulated and controlled medicine, kids. As mostly unionized municipal employees, you haven’t been here before.

Veterans’ Issues

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

Wisconsin VA Dentist’s Unsanitary Practices Spread Viral Diseases

We’ll just put this out there

[H]undreds of veterans were put at risk after a dentist failed to follow standard infection control procedures. Now the medical center is offering free screenings for the vets to test for infections like Hepatitis C and HIV.

There were 592 vets exposed to the unsanitary practices, but they have to go through the hit-and-miss appointment system to maybe get seen and find out if they’re infected.

The shortcut-happy dentist, who skipped sterilizing his instruments, and the dental assistant who conspired with him, have been removed from seeing patients for now, but they haven’t been fired. After all, that would be accountability, and nobody at VA wants that.

“He brought in his own burrs and cleaned them with Virex solution salt and a wipe, which is nothing we endorse,” [current don’t-blame-me-I-just-work-here Toma VA figurehead Victoria] Brahm said.

Not only is that against VA standards, but the president-elect of Wisconsin’s dental association says that’s no longer general practice.

“When I first started doing dentistry in 1980, that was considered acceptable, but it really isn’t considered that anyway. The only way to make sure you’ve killed all the bacteria is to put it through a sterilization or an auto-clave,” said Dr. David Clemens.

Note that 1980 was before we understood a lot about viruses. In fact, HIV had not yet been fingered as the cause of AIDS.

Partisan Veterans Group and Media Hacks Sorry Their Candidate Lost

The Politico headline on the fake news article, by, naturally, their non-veteran “defense editor,” Bryan Bender, is “Veterans groups fear Trump will ‘burn down’ VA“. So who does Bender turn to? The Democrat partisan IAVA, whose máximo líder for life is one Paul Rieckhoff, a one-tour-wonder lieutenant and failed Democrat congressional candidate, who runs the organization as his own personal political platform. The “burn down” comes from Rieckhoff, bitter at his party’s losses:

The worst case scenario within the vets community is a total dismantling of everything they worked generations to create. There is a growing fear it is all going to get burned down.

IAVA and Rieckhoff have consistently been soft on VA misconduct — unionized VA workers are an important constituency for their party, naturally, and veterans are not, really. When he calls for VA reform, it’s of the “give the same bozos and crooks more money” variety. Ricekhoff promised that left-wing veterans’ organizations like his will conduct “an ideological war” with the Trump administration.

Who else does Bender quote?

  • “Phillip Carter… director of the military, veterans and society program at the Center for a New American Security,” an Obama administration advisor. The CNAS is basically the shallow “defense bench” of Obamista Democrats.
  • “Rep. Mark Takano of California, the acting ranking Democrat on the House Veterans Affairs Committee.” By the way, Takano’s message was that “radical change is unnecessary.” And
  • “Jim Wright, a former president of Dartmouth University and historian on the veterans’ movement.” He brought Wright in to make the point that “the VA provides health care that is as good or better than in the private sector.”

Funny, that’s a common refrain among people like Bryan Bender and Jim Wright who don’t try to use the VA system.

Bender did also quote somebody from the American Legion, but the apocalyptic quotes all came from the sore losers Democrats. Funny, that’s a common refrain among people like Bryan Bender and Jim Wright who don’t try to use the VA system.

Yes, it is time to disband this thing.

Why is VA No Good?

A Veterans’ Day analysis we missed at the time has a lot of good stuff in it, including this brisant bipartisan brickbat:

I have heard it said that the Democrats decline to clean up the bureaucracy because the federal employee unions are a core constituency of the party, and that the Republicans refuse to take it on because they do not actually want an efficient government bureaucracy. There is truth in both assertions.

Disband it.

Remembering General Tso

Here’s a story about another “veteran” you might know. If you’re American, you’ve probably tasted and loved this spicy Hunan-inspired dish, but unless you’ve seen the 2014 documentary, The Search for General Tso, you probably didn’t know it was invented by a Hunanese restaurateur and refugee from Communism, Chef Peng Chang-kuei (彭長貴), for a visit by American admiral Arthur W. Radford to Nationalist Chinese Taiwan in 1952. The dish came back to the United States about 20 years later, but it remains all but unknown on mainland China to this day.

Peng named the dish for a Hunanese historical hero:

Peng chose the name to honor General Tso, a famous military leader from Hunan who helped put down the Taiping Rebellion as well as other rebellions in the 1800s during the Qing Dynasty. He was well respected not only for his successes on the battlefield, but also for his contributions to Chinese agricultural science and education.

Peng passed away Nov. 30 at the age of 98 in his adopted home of Taiwan, and was the subject of a kind and gentle obituary in the Taiwan News.

Lord Love a Duck!

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

What We Were Doing in November

Writing a novel, or trying to, in National Novel Writing Month. Due to taking 2/3 of the month off (we only actually wrote on it for 11 days) and also working on a non-fic project and the blog, we fell far short of our planned 50,000 word novelette. How short? A look at our NaNoWriMo Dashboard page says we got 17,801 words written by midnight on the 30th.

We cheated a little by recycling several existing characters from an earlier work (that’s a mess right now). This story picks up after the end of that thing, and was designed to advance the wartime story of the characters a good bit.

Its working title was 1942, but in fact we expect the action of the story to wrap up sometime in January of that year, so we need a new title. The story follows two Navy officers who became friends, and foiled a plot, in Panama through their visit to the Navy Department for debriefing and on to new assignments — in Honolulu. Where they arrive right after you-know-what, and their paths diverge.

So now, we have a decision, eh? Finish the novel… since Wake Island plays a role, there’s a longshot possibility we could have it ready for the 75th Anniversary of  the Fall of Wake. Or concentrate on the non-fic project(s) for now. And we really enjoyed the challenge, even if we botched it; we’re definitely in for last year.

What 1,430 Angelenos Were Doing in November

Getting cremated and dumped in a dictatorship-style mass grave, because no one has claimed their bodies for years. Is there any more poignant comment about the dissociation that comes with big-city living, especially in soulless LA?

Things Most Cops Know

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

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

At PoliceOne, Editor at Large Doug Wyllie has a laundry list of “things most people don’t know but cops do.” We’ll give you five of his ten…

1. Most cops understand why tickets are necessary, but don’t particularly like writing them. Well, unless they happen to stop “the guy who pays their wages” and then writing a ticket isn’t so bad.

2. The vast majority of cops have never shot anyone, but most cops can recite a detailed list of people who are/were deserving of being shot because they posed a deadly threat. This means that most cops have successfully defused a potentially deadly confrontation using only words and less-lethal weapons.

homicide_hat3. Most cops wonder if they have something better to do until the person asks in that whiny voice, “Don’t you have anything better to do?” It is then — and only then — the cop knows the answer to that question is, “No. This is good as it gets.”

4. Most cops know the driver they just stopped had more that “two beers” and can estimate with reasonable accuracy how many beers a driver did, in fact, have.

5. Most cops like donuts, but so does everybody. They are deliberately made to taste really, really good so people will want to eat them. Please pass me another donut.

OK, these all ring true, but that last one knocked it out of the park, didn’t it? The other five are pretty good, too, especially #10, so go Read The Whole Thing™.

 

Has anyone ever explained the psychology of why drunks always tell cops, “Two beers, officer!” (and it comes out as “Two beersh, oshfisher!”)? It puzzles the hell out of us.

 

 

German Naval Recruits Take the “22 Pushup Challenge”

Some of you won’t be able to follow this, because it’s all in German, but it’s one ~7 minute webisode of an entertaining Bundeswehr web “reality show,” which follows 12 recruits through 12 weeks of basic training. If you do know German, the show is entertaining. But this is interesting because the Germans, who have had their own people engaged in Afghanistan and elsewhere in OEF, are doing the 22 Pushup Challenge in memory of American PTSD sufferers who have committed suicide — and in awareness of their own countrymen who have the same issue.

Time hack and event

1:20 Lt. Commander Hensel takes command. (As in most Western militaries, these would-be German sailors have little contact with commissioned officers during basic training. It’s largely NCO/PO business. So it’s a big deal when the big cheese comes out). The formation includes the recruits, but also instructors and staff.

1:35. He commands “Headgear off!” and then, “In solidarity with our comrades who have been damaged by PTSD, and the 22 a day who have taken their lives from this. Pushup position, move!”

1:55 Recruit Seaman Demelius is already conscious of the significance of the event.

2:10 Leading Petty Officer Scholwin is himself a combat veteran.

2:58 an unidentified recruit talks about the negatives of returning from combat.

3:27 Scholwin again, noting that, in the service, another trooper always has your back.

3:56. They’ve done their 22 pushups. Some of these guys were pretty ragged towards the end. Apparently pushing the naval base back into Davy Jones’s Locker is not a major component of Bundesmarine basic, or these kids would not be having a hard time with 22 “Liegestutzen.

4:15. With the 22-pushup challenge over, The Recruits move into a typical basic training test that every military has to give at some point, recognizing ranks and their insignia. Things are simplified for a recruit, which all of us were, once (even if only as a cadet): who outranks you? Everybody, that’s who. But on the test, you have to recognize the insignia and name them. These recruits were civilians less than two weeks ago, so they’re a little tense about the quiz. The test takes place in a narrow corridor, which is apparently their usual modus operandi. 

4:20 Abgucken = Bescheisst = Raus means cribbing of your neighbor is cheating, and cheating is, to steal a word, verboten. Cheat, and you’re out.

4:30 “Seaman Recruit Martin is surprised.” A couple of other recruits express unreadiness.

4:51 “Leading Seaman Neubert Explains the Rules.” You have ten minutes! The recruits have pictures of Bundesmarine shoulder-boards, and have to label them by filling in the blanks.

5:10 During the sped-up test, a recruit nervously waves the camera away. Others either are blasting through the test, or scowling at their pages (not good). Some finish early… some need all ten minutes.

5:35 Drop back into real time for the ten-second countdown to “Finish!” (“Fertig“).

6:00 Various expressions of recruit confidence or lack of the same in their performance. “Scheisse!” should require no translation.

6:12 Counseling a recruit who performed poorly. “How’d you do?” “Terrible.” “Terrible? Why?” (In the Day 13 — next day — video, the recruits learn that only one of them got all the questions on the Ranks quiz right).  (Here’s an interactive with Bundesmarine ranks, if you want to do better when you join up.).

It ends with a plug to check out the website for the Die Rekruten web series. Obviously, this is a recruiting initiative for the German military, and it’s likely to be lost on you if you don’t have at least some of The Awful German Language, but we found it entertaining on a Wagnerian scale. The differences between German and American training are stark (to German readers, though, be advised that Full Metal Jacket is not a documentary), but the similarities are enough to call up both positive and negative memories of our own US Army basic, back so long ago that there were two separate Germanies seated in the UN.

Die Rekruten is still running. Monday-Friday at 1700 Central European Time, they publish new episodes, plus, periodic “specials” on such subjects as Bundeswehr chow. The episodes take place in chronological order and focus on the high point of each day, from the recruits’ train travel to the Naval Technical School at Parow, on through PT, swimming, and even introduction to Germany’s embattled G36 rifle. Here’s the YouTube channel.

Recruits can and do drop from the course. The producers of the film can’t have known at the outset who would fail. Indeed, there might be more drops before the end.

Here’s an interview (again in German) with Thomas Wiegold, whose writing is sometimes excerpted here, about what the BW is trying to do with the Die Rekruten webseries — basically, appeal to a younger, more connected generation. (And that is, we’re sure, the intent. Selling the BW to the greater German public as something that a young German might do for reasons of personal growth or patriotism is a bonus).

Sorry to all of you who cannot follow German. (And advice to the young: learn all the languages you can. The best way is to go live there and talk to people, and from then on, the Internet will help you keep current).

Friday Tour d’Horizon, Week 47

It’s Tour d’Horizon from home at Hog Manor, and we did indeed throw this together at just about the last minute, and, er, it showed. Arrgghh. What can we say, we’ve been enjoying the unseasonably warm weather (roll on Global Warming, says us in the higher latitudes). We’re fixing what needs fixing… the only light in the firmament is that Scott is taking the week off, but as you’ll see in the comments, others have stepped in and taken up his slack.

Guns

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

Rare British Browning for Sale

As many readers must know, the Royal Air Force broke with decades of Vickers practice and adopted Browning machine guns between the wars. Wanting to bring more firepower than then-current British fighters like the Hawker Fury and Gloster Gladiator’s two .303 machine guns to bear on the fleeting and larger targets of the next air war, the RAF wrote a specification for a fighter bearing no fewer than eight of the .303 Brownings. The two fighters built to that specification wrote their names in glory: Hawker Hurricane and Supermarine Spitfire.

The machine guns weren’t half bad, either. Here is a transferable one for sale in Pennsylvania.

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The ad includes many more photos, although no overview, and the gun is described as follows:

C&R MK2 aircraft machinegun made by BSA
Never demilled, re welded, riveted , molested , refinished, or modified in any way
This gun fires from an open bolt with the special mount and manual side plate trigger.
Package includes Hard to find parts 3 bolts , 3 lock frames, 2 barrel extensions, 2 barrels and other extra parts , Lots of real 303 links and 2000 rds of 303 ammo

To connect yourself to the Battle of Britain? $21,000, a Form 4 to your Class 3 dealer, and a long wait… although, the $21k is “or reasonable offer.” Ad here.

A Writer’s New Rifle

Peter Grant decided to celebrate the defeat of Hillary! with the purchase of a Ruger American Predator. This is a great gun for those of you generally fond of the Scout type short carbine as a hunting rifle, but not willing to Bubba up an old Mauser. It’s a good alternative to the case of ARs everybody was going to buy before Her Highness could ban ’em (although we’re seeing AR pricing that suggests the manufacturers really have a lot of MSR units to move).

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They’re a reasonably priced gun lacking only a scope, sling and swivels (as you see they come with studs), and sighting-in to be hunt-ready. For somebody interested in this sort of rifle, we’d also suggest a good look at the Savage line. They actually make a Model 11 Scout set up for the forward scope mount Cooper preferred, but we prefer a regular scope position, like on Peter’s Predator. (Here’s the catalog page for the 11 Scout). It’s hard to beat the Savage on accuracy for the price, but the Ruger Predator actually has a lower MSRP than the Savage!

Disclaimer: Your Humble Blogger is invested in Ruger stock.

Gun Stocks update

PreElection closings: RGR 64.40, SWHC 28.45, VSTO 38.94.  [8 Nov 16]
Last week’s closings: RGR 53.20, SWHC 24.13, VSTO 40.02. [18 Nov 16]
This week’s closings: RGR 52.50, SWHC 23.82, VSTO 41.05. [25 Nov 16] [short trading day and week]

Disclaimer: Your Humble Blogger holds RGR, bought at about 56.40 on 9 Nov. It bottomed in the 40s later that day. It can rally any time…

Gun Poly-Ticks

Eight Top Aides of Anti-Gun Governor Indicted

This hasn’t been covered much in the media, and it hasn’t been hung on media darling (and SAFE Act impresario) Andrew Cuomo (D-Five Families), but a who’s who of Cuomo’s administration just received an unsought early Christmas present, a Federal corruption indictment. The NY Observer:

An array of figures from Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s inner circle—including a confidante so close the governor called him “my father’s third son”—got slapped with a sweeping 14-count federal indictment today [22 Nov -Ed.], which alleges they colluded in a pair of schemes to solicit bribes for state assistance and to rig economic development contracts for companies that gave to Cuomo’s campaigns.

The character they mention is Joseph Percoco, who, like Cuomo, has long been a figure around the fringes of the Mob. One participant in the scheme, former lobbyist Todd Howe, has already pled guilty and will be testifying against the bribe-payers and -takers.

The governor has also pointedly refused to stop taking campaign donations from companies seeking contracts with the state.

The other two members of Cuomo’s SAFE Act midnight action team, former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and former State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, are already in prison.

Brits Wet Selves over American Baby Names

Why? Because some Americans name their babies with names that are, shall we say, triggering.

In fact, a worryingly significant minority of parents are showing their devotion to the Second Amendment by naming their children after weapons.

Gunner is the most popular choice for gun-toting parents, but other names like Trigger, Shooter, Caliber and Pistol are proving popular.

Cannon is also in the boys’ Top 1000.

The names of gun manufacturers are also soaring up the table, with Barrett, Remington, Kimber, Ruger, Wesson, Browning, Benelli, and Beretta popular choices.

And worse, we’re naming our kids other things that are strengstens verboten to British subjects, who might pause to reflect on who actually won the last European Unpleasantness after all, since they have got a security-surveillance state that Heydrich couldn’t have dreamed of.

And it is not just names associated with fire arms that are on the rise, according to the survey from US baby names website nameberry.com.

Archer was given to nearly 900 boys last year, with Arrow given to some children of both sexes and Fletcher is at number 760 in the top 1000 baby names.

Violent parents are also embracing medieval weapons like Mace, Blade, Saber, Saw, and Dagger for boys as well as Sabre for girls.

Violent parents? And a saw is a medieval weapon?

Hunter has been in the top 50 for boys for two decades in the US now. But it has reached the top 10 in hunting friendly states such as Montana, Wyoming, Oklahoma, Kentucky and Maine – and is number three in West Virginia.

Meanwhile, five little boys were named Danger last year while there were 11 named Arson and nine called Chaos.

Maverick is up 67 places on last year to 206th place for boys overall, whilst Rebel was given to 47 baby girls.

Titus, the Roman military commander and later Emperor, is at its highest rank ever at 285th place for boys.

We probably shouldn’t break it to her that Titus has long been a common name for African-American men. We knew a guy who was Titus IV (and all of them vets and hunters, actually).

For reasons known only to their parents, there are also 31 boys named jihad.

Yeah, that’s really a mystery, isn’t it?

US baby name blogger and author Laura Wattenberg speculated last year the rise in violent names was due to the gun lobby feeling under threat.

We suspect that the author of this piece and Laura Wattenberg could fit their combined knowledge of the gun culture into a single 5.56mm case, and have room for 250 grains of Hodgdon H50BMG before seating the bullet.

Hey, we wouldn’t choose any of these names, but one wonders what the fainting Brits think about a guy named Hognose.

Usage and Employment

The hardware takes you only half way. Let’s skip this one this week.

Cops ‘n’ Crims

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

Crime in the Shire, I 

margaret-branch-mugshotNo, this mugshot is not Hillary! the Morning After. It’s one Margaret Branch, in the news for an only-in-NH crime: stealing a neighbor’s trash can.

Geez, Meg, everybody knows you go to some other street to steal yourself a trash can.

Margaret Branch, 12 Kimberly Drive, was arrested Thursday by Merrimack police investigating the theft of the trash can. Police say they learned Branch had words with a neighbor’s young daughter about a lingering trash can and allege Branch took the can and disposed of it.
Branch faces theft by unauthorized taking charges. She was released on $2,500 personal recognizance bond and ordered to appear Dec. 15 in 9th Circuit Court, Merrimack Division.

“Theft by unauthorized taking.” Er, what other kind is there?

What’s the over-under on this righteous rubbish robber being a recent refugee from the People’s Republic of Massachusetts?

Trannies Behaving Badly, I

Although it’s hard to put this one solely on the tranny as, to the extent we can break it out from the Indian journalism, it seems to be some kind of love pentangle gone bad (is there any other way for such a thing to go?) Still, it’s indisputable that the tranny and current boyfriend and two juvenile hangers-on are in custody, and the tranny’s ex-boyfriend is dead of multiple stab wounds. See if you can figure it out, apart from the obvious that one can hide a heck of a knife in a rainbow sari.

Crime in the Shire, II

Criminal advocates are whining that rapists, kiddie diddlers, and other sex offenders aren’t getting out of jail to commit crimes early enough. The pervs can’t get parole unless they do a treatment program, which Chris Dornin, of the pro-perv NH Citizens for Criminal Justice Reform, thinks that’s unfaaaiiiir (warning, annoying and unrelated autoplay video):

“Prisoners are entitled to ask for parole when the minimum sentence is two-thirds expired, and sex offenders never get to take advantage of that.”

Awwwwwww. NH Citizens for More Pervs on the Street Criminal Justice Reform came to the state house with an “audit” of the treatment program, but it wasn’t what the legislators were expecting: they have no figures on whether or if the treatment program prevents more rapes and buggeries, they just think its unfaaaiiiiir to require it of the poor pervos and prestoopniks.

The perverts’ pals also complained that not enough of them had been given full-time jobs in the corrections department:

New Hampshire has five full-time positions dedicated to the program for about 750 people, and not all positions are filled. Vermont, by contrast, has nine employees for 500 inmates.

Only about half of the inmates eligible for the program are in it 18 months before their first parole consideration. Some are “eligible” on paper but not actually, because of misconduct in prison; others refuse treatment. They like being pervs more than they dislike being in prison.

Unfortunately, the US Supreme Court has taken the most reasonable and humane sentence for rapists and kiddie diddlers off the table.

The Perils of Kathleen: Old Cases, New Faces, and New Accusations, Too

This thing just drags on a case of drug-resistant clap.

  • Item 18 Nov: What Else Did She Do Wrong? The usually pro-Kane Philadelphia Inquirer covers some of the “apparent misdeeds and botched cases she left behind.” Sure, the stuff that landed her in court was bad, but there’s also the brooming of the case against Mob figure (and Kane supporter — he paid her off with $25k, which she returned when caught) Louis DeNaples, and the separate public corruption case against Philadelphia officials. Attorney General-elect Josh Shapiro is a Kane supporter, an ally of the embattled Philadelphians, and a beneficiary of the would-be casino-operating mobster; he’s considered unlikely to investigate wrongdoing in these cases, and this is the Inquirer’s way of nudging him to do so. As the Inquirer notes, “People need to know if their attorney general was a crook in other ways.” Read The Whole Thing™ (it’s short).
  • Item Date: 23 Nov: About those Porngate EmailsThe biggest shock from the release of the whole Porngate report is this: the eight officials Kane singled out to attack during her skidding, slipping career of misrule were not the ones sending all the crude cartoons and memes (typical internet junk) that she inflated as “porn” and “racism.” Indeed, three at least of them didn’t send a single one of the emails, they just received one from someone else. So what set the eight targets apart? They were political opponents of Kane. Kane appointee and political ally Doug Gansler did his convicted mentor one last solid by releasing a redacted version of the report, making it less obvious that the “Porngate scandal” really was a dishonest hit job, but the papers have already figured it out — the people fed to them as targets of a modern media Two Minutes Hate were not the actual Emmanuel Goldstein of the scandal, at all.
  • Item Date: 25 Nov: Kane’s current lawyer did slip her appeal of her criminal conviction into state court this week. The appeal is a single sheet of paper with no legal claims, perhaps to meet a deadline.

The monumentally corrupt Kane took out a number of other politicians, and did considerable damage to licensed concealed carriers, in a short and rotten career that continues to resonate in Pennsylvania and the United States.

Crime in the Shire, III

Three young punks were convicted of breaking into the Raymond, NH historical society’s railroad caboose museum and stealing over $10,000 worth of property. Instead of the prison and restitution that 20-year-old Nathan Fortier, 19-year-old, Ronald Fitzwater, and an unnamed 17-year-old deserve, the no-good burglars got a tap on the wrist: they only had to pay the $1,000 deductible on the Society’s insurance. The judge even let them keep most of the stolen items!

Enter Raymond Longa of Londonderry, NH. Longa’s father had been an antiques dealer and had collected railroad items. He was able to replace some of the stolen silver and gold uniform button covers, and donate some documents and ephemera to compensate, in part, for the boys’ thefts. Read The Whole Thing™ to have a little of your faith in human nature (well, of some humans) restored.

Behaving Badly to Trannies is Just as Bad, I

Hey, they may not be our recommendation for your kid’s next role model (especially the homicidal ones, and the even more common suicidal ones), but that doesn’t mean people have a license to abuse and attack them. They’re humans with the same rights as any of us, dammit. So we do not approve at all of attacking them with a hatchet, as some crumbs did in Charlotte:

[O]ne of the assailants was armed with a hatchet and used it to cut her.

The victim required dozens of stitches and still has marks on her body from the attack. She had stern words for her attackers.

Police have already arrested three people connected to the attack. The suspects have been identified as Destiny Dagraca, Dajion Tanner, and a 15-year-old.

“I just want to tell them if they are in jail, they need to live in jail,” said [victim Ralayzia] Taylor.

Or of flogging them, which is apparently a thing in Pakistan.

The video shows the gang leader pinning the woman face down on a bed with his foot and beating her with what appears to be a leather belt. At one point, while another gang member continues the flogging, the leader places his foot on the victim’s neck and twists her arms.

The Pakistani cops, who often turn a blind eye to this sort of thing, didn’t, in this case. They have ten suspects in custody.

Revolving Door Keeps Revolving

We’ll just put this out there:

Shortly before his 42nd birthday, a Charlotte killer serving a sentence of life in prison plus three years learned he has been granted parole by the state.

Anthony L. Hemphill, who was convicted in May 1993 of killing his cousin, was approved for release by the state Post-Release Supervision and Parole Board. The four-member board, which does not publicly disclose how its members voted, announced its decision on Wednesday.

Does not publicly disclose… therefore, you are free to assume that every one of them is full of admiration for this criminal, and contempt for his vehicle. Which is probably the case.

Hemphill is set to be released Jan. 10. By that point, he will have been incarcerated for a little over 24 years.

What, they couldn’t get him out on time, when Hillary needed his vote?

One of the commenters a the link, Bob Kappauf, says this:

The man who murdered my son was on death row for killing two men working in motel on Tuckesegee Rd here in Charlotte, he then killed another inmate while in prison. In 2009 NC’s wonderful Parole Commission released him. That’s right parole for an inmate who has murdered 3 people. Six months after his parole ended he killed again and Hemphill probably will do the same. Does the Parole Commission ever learn?

Dunno how to break this to you, Bob, but Parole Boards and Commissions everywhere are packed full of the sort of people who treasure the lives of inmates, and scorn the lives of victims.

Victims Turned Crimefighters

  • Item: Invaded the Wrong Home. An 88-year-old veteran, Charles George, fought off a 37-year-old home invader who attacked him. The fleeing crook, Benjamin Tremper, was caught by the police with a bunch of the vet’s valuables. Tremper had gone to prison for home invasion, carjacking and solicitation of murder, but California’s revolving prison door sent him out to invade homes again a few weeks ago.
  • Item: Saved the Cop. A Lee County, FL, deputy, Dean Bardes, stopped a car after a high-speed chase — only to be assaulted by the armed suspect, knocked down, and beaten. An armed citizen ordered the suspect to desist, or he’d shoot. The suspect didn’t stop. “Shoot him, shoot him, shoot him!” commanded Bardes. The citizen fired three shots, killing the suspect. Bardes was briefly hospitalized but has returned to duty.
  • Item: Stupid is as Stupid Does. You’ve probably heard about this one. Two Philadelphia area brothers held up a local pizzaria, and, tripping on their whole gangsta thing, started to pistol-whip the one customer in the store. Who then proceeded to pull his gun and shoot them both. Since the shooting, it’s emerged that (1) the brothers’ guns were realistic looking Airsoft toys, modified to conceal the orange tip; (2) the shooter’s permit was administratively expired, but he was during a legal grace period; and (3) the local prosecutors are not going to prosecute the licensed (if expired) carrier, they can’t prosecute the expired (but unlicensed) robber, but when his surviving brother is good enough to leave hospital he has a date with a court — possibly for felony murder (as his brother’s death is a consequence of their mutual robbery attempt, but certainly for robbery.  The mean IQ in Pennsylvania went up as a result of this shooting, and it’d have gone up more if the other brother checked out, too.

Trannies Behaving Badly, III

In this case, it’s not criminal yet, but this report by Katharine Kersten at First Things enumerates some of the issues with the tranny lobby’s aggressive pursuit of children.

Behaving Badly to Trannies is Just as Bad, II

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg police have closed that case with three arrests.

Eventually the attackers stopped, and Taylor was able to run away and ask people for help. The beating left her feeling bad on the outside and the inside.

“I didn’t deserve this at all. I’m not a bad person,” said Taylor.

Police have already arrested three people connected to the attack. The suspects have been identified as Destiny Dagraca, Dajion Tanner, and a 15-year-old.

The victim required dozens of stitches and still has marks on her body from the attack.

OK, not everybody likes trannies, fine. Don’t hurt them for Christ’s sake. They’re human beings.

His Suicide by Cop Failed…

And the Nevada felon who wanted to end his life, instead lived to get six years in prison… and thank and apologize to the cops who shot him in Reno in June 2015. Read The Whole Thing™.

Unconventional (and current) Warfare

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

Top. Men. Or, Close Enough for Government Work

As everyone knows, the Democrat side of the Beltway Party is kind of thin in credible defense policy people. One that they consider their very best is Bob Work, currently lame duck Deputy Defense Secretary.

Work just submitted a report to Congress, comparing the Azores to a UK location for an intelligence fusion site. Large portions of it were plagiarized.

Where did zero-integrity Bob Work steal the info?

Wikipedia.

That’s like the armed robber that held up the 5¢ lemonade stand….

His defense was that, even though the document was plagiarized, it was close enough for government… Work.

Earmark Ripoff Deferred

House of Representatives Republicans were on track to bring back the corrupt practice of “earmarks,” which used to drain vast sums from the defense budget, when Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) deferred the vote — for now. Earmarks are money specified go to a single firm, nonprofit or person, usually placed in the budget by a single Congressman, invariably as a quid pro quo for campaign contributions or other bribes.

Every earmark is a product and producer of corruption. There’s no honest justification for them.

Congressmen of both parties, but especially the majority Republicans, believe that the anti-bribery position is “leaving money on the table,” and they feel entitled to sell chunks of the defense budget (and other budgets) to the highest bidder, so the proposal will be back. As soon as they think they can get away with it.

The vote was going to be taken in a closed-door caucus, by secret ballot, to prevent constituents from learning of  the corruption of his own House member and to protect incumbents from ads on the issue two years from now — however overwhelmingly the House approves bribe-taking, each individual Representative has plausible deniability. “Oh, I’m the one of 435 who voted against. Sorry, but there’s no proof because the vote was secret.”

Veterans’ Issues

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

Veterans’ Homelessness Unchanged by Government Efforts NEW

According to the administration’s own numbers, they’ve failed at one of their few actual veterans’ intitiatives:

The Obama administration also promised to end chronic homelessness among veterans by 2015 but failed to do so, according to HUD. On a single night in January, 2016, nearly 40,000 veterans were on the streets, according to HUD.

We’re actually not too worked up about this. In our experience most “homeless vets” are actual “homeless,” which a less dishonest age called, “bums,” but aren’t actually vets.

VA Botched TBI Diagnoses for Eight Years NEW

The VA botched a few TBI diagnoses, by having them done by unqualified personnel, and kept botching them from 2007 to 2015 inclusive. “A few”? Yeah, 25,000. This Detroit TV report (caution autoplay video) concentrates on the 485 vets in the Detroit region that got VA letters about the badly executed diagnoses.

[T]he Detroit region ranks in the top 15 nationwide for those affected – nearly 500 vets (485 to be exact) got the letter.

[V]ets have less than 7 months from today to do so and apply for benefits if rediagnosed.

Now, it’s always possible that the initial diagnosis, by a nurses’ aide or janitor or whomever, was correct. Sure, that might happen.

The VA feels that it has done enough by sending the letters to the 25,000. No one has been held accountable. No one will be held accountable. That’s the VA way.

Is it time to disband this thing yet?

VA Achieves Top Goal — Squeezes Whistleblower Out NEW

The VA bureaucracy has no room for any of the whistleblowers that exposed its culture of self-serving management and veteran abuse, and in the lame duck days of the current administrators. After all, they have corrupt managers to protect!

Brian Smothers told The Associated Press Wednesday the VA had opened two separate inquiries into his actions and tried to get him to sign a statement saying he had broken VA rules. He said he refused.

Smothers also said the VA reassigned him to an office with no computer access, no significant duties and no social contact.

Ah yeah, the old “broom closet relocation trick.” That one’s written in gold in the government bureaucrat management manual.

He called the VA’s actions punitive and his working conditions intolerable. He said he resigned as of Tuesday.

Smothers exposed unofficial wait lists at Colorado DVA facilities. Unofficial wait lists are generally used in VA to create false performance statistics, so that managers can award themselves cash bonuses.

You should not read too much into the coming of a new administrator and other political appointees. The toxic culture of the VA is embedded in all levels of management.

What time do you think it is?

Phoenix VA Corruption Complaints Substantiated Again

We’ll just put this out there. Emphasis ours:

After 17 years working as a registered nurse in the Tucson VA system, Diane Suter says she was taken aback when a manager first pressured her to falsely record patient wait times in 2014.

“She said, ‘Your appointments are over two weeks out and you’re costing your doctor money,'” Suter said. The manager showed her how to “zero out” wait times on their computerized scheduling system…. Suter complied after her manager strongly implied she’d be fired if she refused.

The resulting Office of Inspector General report substantiated much of what Suter alleged about wait-time manipulation and misconduct …[and]… recommended disciplinary action for staff who encouraged the falsifications.

It was almost two weeks ago that the report was released (9 November). No one has been disciplined. No one has been held accountable. No one will be held accountable. More details at the link, so Read The Whole Thing™.

A Problem in the ‘Shire CHECK OLD?

New Hampshire has a unique, so far as we know, policy that was negotiated by 20 or 22 of the state’s hospitals (we have 26. We’re small!) and the DVA, so that state vets can get treated at the hospitals using Veterans Choice, and the hospitals give a discount for the assurance that they’ll get paid. It’s what a leaner and smarter VA would look like, except for one thing: the VA hasn’t been paying the bills. Instead, they’ve stiffed the hospitals, and there is, naturally, no accountability anywhere.

Every single account with every single hospital is running 90 days in arrears. Some arrears are months longer than that. Some of the hospitals, doctors, and other providers have never been paid a dime for services they’ve rendered to vets. While this is uncomfortable for the hospitals, it’s solvency-threatening to the providers, and has caused about a 20% falloff in participating providers. (It’s also why they stalled out and didn’t get all hospitals on board. The early adopters let the facilities on the fence know how the VA blows up their Accounts Receivable.

There seem to be two problems: one is the general inefficiency, idleness, and incompetence of VA accounts payable personnel and managers, and another seems to be that VA did not retain the money appropriated by Congress for this, but repurposed it. “For what?” is anybody’s guess, but executive bonuses have never been ninety days in arrears in VA history, which should illustrate VA priorities.

The War on Bibles (CHECK OLD?)

Militant atheist and failed Air Force officer Mikey Weinstein (despite an Academy education, he was uncompetitive for promotions and finished his minimum obligation as a USAF lawyer) runs something called the Military Religious Freedom Foundation. Weinstein is an atheist of Jewish extraction whose principal drive appears to be hatred towards the Christian majority, and whose principal objective is to establish his own atheism as a state religion. To that end, he has pursued various expressions of religious belief. His current crusade, if we may use such a word, is to eliminate bibles from military libraries, veterans’ hospitals and even — we are not making this up — chapels.

Weinstein’s Final Solution to the Christian Problem has seen VA managers do what they always do, when they’re not screwing the veterans: fold to pressure groups, and then screw the veterans together. More information at the American Council for Law and Justice, which is putting the VA manglers in a difficult position by pushing back.

Lord Love a Duck!

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

Mattis Unnerves Secret Service

According to the Duffel Blog, anyway. While you’re there, don’t miss the 2nd Lieutenant who’s been identified as a sufferer of Resting Dumb Face. (Some of you know that guy. Hell, some of you were that guy).

…a condition where one’s face reverts to a befuddled expression… commonly found in newly commissioned officers.

BREAKING: Secret Service Bigs to Obama Detail: You’re Staying in DC

US-SecretService-StarLogo.svgSecret Service sources informed Weaponsman.com on Black Friday that selectees for the post-presidential detail have been told that they can expect to be stabilized in the Washington, DC area for at least two years, as the outgoing President has no intention of leaving the Imperial City. They can only speculate about the reasons why. It may be as simple as the First Daughters’ schooling, or as complicated as President Obama’s position as a figurehead of a “resistance” to the Trump Administration, mixed with his desire to defend his legacy to his many friends and followers in the mass media.

Some agents bid for the detail in hopes of catching a relocation to Hawaii; others expected the retiring President to return to his former home of Chicago. (it’s not really a safe place for a black man, though, with over 4,000 shootings and 720 homicides, mostly of black men, so far this record-setting year). For some of them, it’s a first shot at a top-level protection detail, and so it has career appeal.

A Washington, DC detail has blessings and curses for the individual agent, of which, a couple examples may get you thinking. There’s plenty of spare manpower available in the heavily overstaffed and underworked headquarters, so you’re less likely to lose out on vacations or other time off. But it’s also much more convenient for bosses to come out to you and exercise their micromanagerial talents.

The Obama detail is not a favorite, but it’s not one agents are desperate to avoid, either. (The Hillary Clinton detail, for example, has not become more desirable with her defeat, and wouldn’t have become more desirable with her victory. It’s been at or near the bottom of most protective agents’ preferences for decades). A cynic would note that the Obamas have a long way to go to build a Clinton-sized bankroll, and there’s no place quite as effective for selling, if your product is influence, than Washington, DC.

The decision has been telegraphed for some time, for example, in this article at the Washington Post. But as far as we know, this is the first absolute confirmation. If the President were to change his plans at this point (which he can still do), the Secret Service would have to create personnel chaos (something that doesn’t really bother the managers) and spend truckloads of money (something that does) to stand up a detail in the new location, be it Kailua or the Loop.

It is, of course, President Obama’s right to live anywhere he and his family please to, and the Secret Service’s duty to protect them, wherever they are, from the nutballs and enemies they have attracted during the President’s years of elected service.

Sunday Screwup

There was supposed to be a blog post here today, honest. But one thing led to another….

Anyway, our National Ammo Day haul was pretty decent. We hit Kittery Trading Post like a bug hits a windshield.

We struck out on 8x56R, which was always a long shot. But we compensated with plenty of handgun ammo: 200 rounds of .45, which only fits the Kahr M1; 400 of 9mm practice ball, 200 of .380 and 100 of .32. And something we’re forgetting, plus a few books.

We’re going to try to get a set of book reviews out this week, and we have a backlog of movies to review.

Friday Tour d’Horizon, Week 46

It’s Tour d’Horizon from home at Hog Manor, and we did indeed throw this together at just about the last minute, and, er, it showed. Arrgghh. What can we say, we’ve been enjoying the unseasonably warm weather (roll on Global Warming, says us in the higher latitudes). We’re fixing what needs fixing… the only light in the firmament is that Scott is taking the week off, but as you’ll see in the comments, others have stepped in and taken up his slack.

Guns

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

Exactly What all the Stuff in an AK Cleaning Kit is For

We thought we knew these things, thanks to SF Light Weapons school and the OPFOR armorer’s guide, back in the day. Here they’re used to detail and field strip a 7.62mm AKM.

The same fellow has created many other videos, but most of them are very dependent on the information conveyed in their Russian-language narration. This one has no narration, just music. It’s like a silent movie, all about the AK cleaning kit!

ATF Overhauls Form 4473

This is the form that an individual must complete to take delivery of one or more firearms from a Federal licensee (dealer, importer, etc.). The old form is still valid until 15 January 17 but starting on 16 January the new form must be used. Many of the changes consist of legalese in the instructions and warnings, for example, a bold-face warning that the Feds do not recognize State marijuana legalization. An example of the form is here(.pdf) and the changes described here.

Gun stocks slowly recovering

Despite the propaganda, for instance by Bloomberg hireling Kyle Stock here, or antigun activist Steven Witt in the New Yorker, the gun stocks have continued to recover from the bubble-deflation of the election. Ruger closed at 53.20, almost back to where we bought it (but down over $10 from its pre-Trumpslide peak), Smith (which has filed to change the name of the holding company, but will still produce guns in the S&W subsidiary) closed at 24.13, still over $4 below its 11/8 peak, and Vista Outdoors at $40.02, which is actually higher than its position before the election.

Meanwhile, Remington Outdoor Company’s last SEC statement (25 Sep 16) (.pdf) directly contradicts the unsourced report of losses in Witt’s New Yorker article, suggesting that Witt may have fabricated that part of his article.

Gun Poly-Ticks

Crime Initiatives

Elites of both parties hate, hate, h-a-t-e, the death penalty. There’s something about an Ivy League education that makes your eyes go all misty when you think about the hardships condemned criminals face, but that leaves you as cold as the orbit of Jupiter to the sufferings of victims and their families. We can’t explain it; we can just observe it.

Victims’ rights campaigners, tiring of their high-handed dismissal by Democrats and Republicans alike, took a new tack: initiative petitions or referendums to preserve, protect, and streamline the death penalty in their states.

In addition to the victims’ bills of rights reported last week, three states, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and — of all places — California, voted in favor of the death penalty in the recent election. One of these days, some politician will figure out that that is actually a popular policy. It passed in California, for crying out loud. Overwhelmingly.

Straw Buying in Washington State

In Washington, the anti-gun Attorney General, Bob Ferguson, released a report on how no one who is rejected by NICS for a firearms transfer has ever been prosecuted, and uses that as part of his call for more restrictions on, oddly enough, the state’s legal gun owners whose transfers went through.

Fun fact: not only have the Feds not prosecuted any straw buyers in Oregon, even egregious cases, but neither have any of the State’s Attorneys.

You know, the guys who work for Attorney General Bob Ferguson. Slacker is a Pacific Northwest thing, after all.

Lawsuits against Human Rights

Glenn Reynolds of Tennessee Law examines attempts to ban guns by litigation, and the legislative response that cut those suits off at the knees, and compares them to 1st Amendment litigation abuse in the past.

[B]oth First and Second Amendment rights were, at different times, targeted by litigation campaigns involving cooperation (“collusion” might be too pejorative a word) between private litigants and government actors, where the litigation was focused more on limiting the extent of the rights than on compensating discrete injuries.

You can download the paper at the Social Science Research Network (free login req’d).

Usage and Employment

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

Tensing Jury did Hang

That was the way it was looking last Friday’s Tour d’Horizon, but after press time it became official, and the judge declared a mistrial. Prosecutors are certain to try again, possibly with charges that are less than a stretch.

Cops ‘n’ Crims ALL NEW

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

Ran Into a Sore Loser

Mitchell Mormon Jr and his date Shaunita Walker were outside a bar in Atlanta at 0300 (mistake one) when they were confronted by a belligerent Hispanic guy.

She says Mormon jokingly told the man he voted for Donald Trump and he would be gone next week.

Walker says the argument continued, the shooter went around the corner, came back with a gun and opened fire.

Mormon and Walker were both hit. The humorless hispanic Hillary voter remains at large.

It was a first date for the couple.

Remember, the illegal who may be gone after 20 Jan 17 can still kill you, today.

Trannies Behaving Badly, I

dana-rivers-mugshotThis critter, one Dana Rivers, was arrested for… well, we’ll get to it. Rivers has a complicated history.

Rivers is the former David Warfield, a teacher at Center High School in Antelope in the 1990s. She taught American history and broadcast journalism, and was suspended in 1999 after disclosing plans to undergo sexual reassignment. She eventually resigned.

Rivers was living in the South Bay and had followed intensive hormonal therapy with complex surgery to create female sex organs. She was working on a book and was an activist for transgender people like herself.

At the time, Rivers was also hoping to return to the classroom, but it unclear how she was making a living at the time of her arrest last week.

Arrest, huh? OK, why has Rivers-née-Warfield got that PO’d-looking mugshot? What’d he, she, whatever, do?

Police said Rivers was covered in blood and about to ride away on Reed’s motorcycle when she was arrested. Authorities say the motive might have been a dispute over property. She was booked into Alameda County Jail on three counts of murder, arson and possession of metal knuckles.

Police say Rivers set the house on fire where the three were found in the 9400 block of Dunbar Drive about 12:30 a.m. Friday.

Murder! Who’s dead?

Patricia Wright, 57; Wright’s wife, Charlotte Reed, 56; and the couple’s 19-year-old son, Toto Diambu-Wright. Police said the two women were both stabbed and shot, and the man was stabbed. They were pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said Rivers was covered in blood and about to ride away on Reed’s motorcycle when she was arrested. Authorities say the motive might have been a dispute over property. She was booked into Alameda County Jail on three counts of murder, arson and possession of metal knuckles.

Was there ever a more Golden State crime, at least, since the early retirement of the Manson family? We have a Women in Sensible Shoes couple (NTTAWWT) and their grown-up step-, adopted- or turkey-baster-baby killed in multiple violent ways by, not just any old tranny, but a tranny activist. (Among Rivers’s issues: converging the Boy Scouts).

Just last week we wrote,

See, trannies are just like anybody else, they’re not mentally ill at all, and if you disagree, they’ll blow your gizzard out. Because nothing says “picture of mental solidity” like shooting someone…

…or stabbing ’em, for that matter.

Meanwhile, the New York Times thinks trannies should get a pass on prostitution arrests. After all, is there any reason a tourist would come to New York F’n City, except to take a walk on the wild side?.

Officer, Arrest that Man! For What He’ll Do Next Week!

The old Bullwinkle Show gag has become a reality with PredPol, “Predictive Policing” software, which is used by 40% of the nation’s largest cop shops. It helps catch criminals and even deter crimes. Naturally, the Atheist Criminal Lovers’ Union wants to stamp it out. Why? Because it catches criminals by crime, and criminals’ racial breakdown doesn’t match the nation’s population, which is doubleplusungood. We have a way to handle this: most ACLU attorneys and leaders have never done any hard time. Time to take one for the team, in the name of racial statistics.

The Perils of Kathleen: Old Cases, New Faces, and New Accusations, Too

Just when you think she’s hit all the heights and plumbed all the depths that newspapermen call “embattled,” we have the Changing of the Lawyer Guard, new charges from former loyalists, and Pennsylvanians finally find out what they’ve been paying for her lawyers — hey, it’s less than $1000 an hour. Unless you consider expenses, then it’s more like $12k an hour. (These are the lawyers before the mob lawyers who didn’t get her off, but then, she was guilty, which always complicates a defense).

  • Item 10-11 Nov: Kane Hires New Lawyer. Pro-Kane paper spin: “To handle appeals.” Anti-Kane paper spin: “To keep her out of jail.” Pick one.
  • Item 14 Nov: Legislative Panel Continues Probe into Kane misconduct. Hears testimony that (in addition to the stuff she’s already been convicted of) she “thwarted an investigation involving a Scranton multimillionaire who later gave Kane a sizable campaign donation.” She quashed subpoenas into casino kings Louis DeNaples (an organized crime figure) and William Conaboy, who supported her; she tried to suborn a false public statement from narcotics agent Cynthia Pugh; she promised a better labor agreement to the FOP if it backed one of her loyalists.
  • Item 14 Nov: Effort to Keep Kane from Public Office is how another paper headlines their story on the investigation, but there’s a few more details, including the implication that the US Attorney (a political ally) for the District of Pennsylvania and the FBI (the Sword and Shield of the Party) were brooming cases to protect her.
  • Item 16 Nov: The State paid her attorney $880 an hour to attend her press conferences. Nice work if you can get it, and you can get it if you lie. And with expenses and travel — you can’t expect a mere $880/hour to cover expenses, can you? — the oily Benjamin Klubes parlayed the 30-minute presser into, not $440, but $6,160, or the equivalent of $12,320 an hour. Plus. So far, Klubes’s firm has cashed $385,000 in Commonwealth of Pennsylvania checks for corrupt Kathleen Kane’s benefit, but there’s a pile of unpaid invoices, too, that allegedly have yet to be added up. Attorney Doug Gansler also lied to newsmen when he told them “the prosecution is truly independent” — released documents show that it was coordinated with Kane at every turn. Finally, the attorneys billed Pennsylvania for time spent being interviewed by and promoting themselves to the press.

For what started off as a single tawdry scandal, this has become a remarkably deep vein of villainy and corruption. Who do they think they are in Harrisburg, Illinois?

Trannies Behaving Badly, II

In this case, an 18-year-old girl who imagines she is a boy was so intent on trying to use the boys’ room at school, that she/he/it assaulted the school cop.

If there is one immutable principle in American law enforcement (or global), it’s this: attacking the cops never ends anywhere but a jail cell or a morgue slab. Lucky kid got the cell, this time. Consider it an opportunity for applied learning.

The next day, Evans confronted deputy Carmen Lehmann, the school resource officer, in the cafeteria and “screamed” at her, “You told me last year that I could use any restroom that I wanted to use,” the report says.

The officer replied that she never told anyone they could use specific restrooms, and the student began to curse her loudly in the crowded cafeteria, the report says.

Lehmann walked away, hoping to de-escalate the situation and asked the school’s behavioral health specialist to escort the student to the office. But the student continued following the deputy, at one point throwing a book bag at the officer, the report says.

“I made it to my office and attempted to shut my office door in the hopes that (the student) would calm down, but (the student) slammed into the door, shoved me and continued to be belligerent,” the report says.

Hey, they’re just like anybody else. “Anybody else” who is bat guano crazy.

Behaving Badly to Trannies is Just as Bad

Hey, they may not be our recommendation for your kid’s next role model (especially the homicidal ones, and the even more common suicidal ones), but that doesn’t mean people have a license to abuse and attack them. They’re humans with the same rights as any of us, dammit. So we do not approve at all of attacking them with a hatchet, as some crumbs did in Charlotte:

[O]ne of the assailants was armed with a hatchet and used it to cut her.

The victim required dozens of stitches and still has marks on her body from the attack. She had stern words for her attackers.

Police have already arrested three people connected to the attack. The suspects have been identified as Destiny Dagraca, Dajion Tanner, and a 15-year-old.

“I just want to tell them if they are in jail, they need to live in jail,” said [victim Ralayzia] Taylor.

Or of flogging them, which is apparently a thing in Pakistan.

The video shows the gang leader pinning the woman face down on a bed with his foot and beating her with what appears to be a leather belt. At one point, while another gang member continues the flogging, the leader places his foot on the victim’s neck and twists her arms.

The Pakistani cops, who often turn a blind eye to this sort of thing, didn’t, in this case. They have ten suspects in custody.

Victims Turned Crimefighters

  • Item: Invaded the Wrong Home. An 88-year-old veteran, Charles George, fought off a 37-year-old home invader who attacked him. The fleeing crook, Benjamin Tremper, was caught by the police with a bunch of the vet’s valuables. Tremper had gone to prison for home invasion, carjacking and solicitation of murder, but California’s revolving prison door sent him out to invade homes again a few weeks ago.
  • Item: Saved the Cop. A Lee County, FL, deputy, Dean Bardes, stopped a car after a high-speed chase — only to be assaulted by the armed suspect, knocked down, and beaten. An armed citizen ordered the suspect to desist, or he’d shoot. The suspect didn’t stop. “Shoot him, shoot him, shoot him!” commanded Bardes. The citizen fired three shots, killing the suspect. Bardes was briefly hospitalized but has returned to duty.
  • Item: Stupid is as Stupid Does. You’ve probably heard about this one. Two Philadelphia area brothers held up a local pizzaria, and, tripping on their whole gangsta thing, started to pistol-whip the one customer in the store. Who then proceeded to pull his gun and shoot them both. Since the shooting, it’s emerged that (1) the brothers’ guns were realistic looking Airsoft toys, modified to conceal the orange tip; (2) the shooter’s permit was administratively expired, but he was during a legal grace period; and (3) the local prosecutors are not going to prosecute the licensed (if expired) carrier, they can’t prosecute the expired (but unlicensed) robber, but when his surviving brother is good enough to leave hospital he has a date with a court — possibly for felony murder (as his brother’s death is a consequence of their mutual robbery attempt, but certainly for robbery.  The mean IQ in Pennsylvania went up as a result of this shooting, and it’d have gone up more if the other brother checked out, too.

Trannies Behaving Badly, III

In this case, it’s not criminal yet, but this report by Katharine Kersten at First Things enumerates some of the issues with the tranny lobby’s aggressive pursuit of children.

His Suicide by Cop Failed…

And the Nevada felon who wanted to end his life, instead lived to get six years in prison… and thank and apologize to the cops who shot him in Reno in June 2015. Read The Whole Thing™.

Unconventional (and current) Warfare

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

Top. Men. Or, Close Enough for Government Work

As everyone knows, the Democrat side of the Beltway Party is kind of thin in credible defense policy people. One that they consider their very best is Bob Work, currently lame duck Deputy Defense Secretary.

Work just submitted a report to Congress, comparing the Azores to a UK location for an intelligence fusion site. Large portions of it were plagiarized.

Where did zero-integrity Bob Work steal the info?

Wikipedia.

That’s like the armed robber that held up the 5¢ lemonade stand….

His defense was that, even though the document was plagiarized, it was close enough for government… Work.

Earmark Ripoff Deferred

House of Representatives Republicans were on track to bring back the corrupt practice of “earmarks,” which used to drain vast sums from the defense budget, when Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) deferred the vote — for now. Earmarks are money specified go to a single firm, nonprofit or person, usually placed in the budget by a single Congressman, invariably as a quid pro quo for campaign contributions or other bribes.

Every earmark is a product and producer of corruption. There’s no honest justification for them.

Congressmen of both parties, but especially the majority Republicans, believe that the anti-bribery position is “leaving money on the table,” and they feel entitled to sell chunks of the defense budget (and other budgets) to the highest bidder, so the proposal will be back. As soon as they think they can get away with it.

The vote was going to be taken in a closed-door caucus, by secret ballot, to prevent constituents from learning of  the corruption of his own House member and to protect incumbents from ads on the issue two years from now — however overwhelmingly the House approves bribe-taking, each individual Representative has plausible deniability. “Oh, I’m the one of 435 who voted against. Sorry, but there’s no proof because the vote was secret.”

Veterans’ Issues

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

A Problem in the ‘Shire

New Hampshire has a unique, so far as we know, policy that was negotiated by 20 or 22 of the state’s hospitals (we have 26. We’re small!) and the DVA, so that state vets can get treated at the hospitals using Veterans Choice, and the hospitals give a discount for the assurance that they’ll get paid. It’s what a leaner and smarter VA would look like, except for one thing: the VA hasn’t been paying the bills. Instead, they’ve stiffed the hospitals, and there is, naturally, no accountability anywhere.

Every single account with every single hospital is running 90 days in arrears. Some arrears are months longer than that. Some of the hospitals, doctors, and other providers have never been paid a dime for services they’ve rendered to vets. While this is uncomfortable for the hospitals, it’s solvency-threatening to the providers, and has caused about a 20% falloff in participating providers. (It’s also why they stalled out and didn’t get all hospitals on board. The early adopters let the facilities on the fence know how the VA blows up their Accounts Receivable.

There seem to be two problems: one is the general inefficiency, idleness, and incompetence of VA accounts payable personnel and managers, and another seems to be that VA did not retain the money appropriated by Congress for this, but repurposed it. “For what?” is anybody’s guess, but executive bonuses have never been ninety days in arrears in VA history, which should illustrate VA priorities.

The War on Bibles

Militant atheist and failed Air Force officer Mikey Weinstein (despite an Academy education, he was uncompetitive for promotions and finished his minimum obligation as a USAF lawyer) runs something called the Military Religious Freedom Foundation. Weinstein is an atheist of Jewish extraction whose principal drive appears to be hatred towards the Christian majority, and whose principal objective is to establish his own atheism as a state religion. To that end, he has pursued various expressions of religious belief. His current crusade, if we may use such a word, is to eliminate bibles from military libraries, veterans’ hospitals and even — we are not making this up — chapels.

Weinstein’s Final Solution to the Christian Problem has seen VA managers do what they always do, when they’re not screwing the veterans: fold to pressure groups, and then screw the veterans together. More information at the American Council for Law and Justice, which is putting the VA manglers in a difficult position by pushing back.

Lord Love a Duck!

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

Seconds before Happiness

Was the title that Gerard Van der Leun gave to this when he posted it on Gab. No doubt all three of these souls long since have passed on to their reward, but thanks to this image, and the expressions on all three faces, their love lives for evermore.

seconds-before-happiness

Friday Tour d’Horizon, Week 45

It’s Tour d’Horizon from New Orleans (well, actually, we flew home today). Because this week we tried to frontload the whole week so we could sightsee and hang out, we had a lot of stuff that cropped up during the week locked into various browser tabs to deliver today.

Guns

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

Just How Ate-up is SIG Quality Control? ITEM I

We just heard a story of one guy whose issue pistol is a SIG 229 in .357 SIG. Well, in his six years on the job his issue pistols have been 229s… four of them, of which three crapped out and were replaced.

His agency takes pistol training and marksmanship seriously, and fires more than most of our local Deputy Dawgs. But still… he’s either the unluckiest man behind a badge, or SIG needs to tighten up their act.

OK, it’s Not a Gun, But…

This thing is available from Bud-K, the legendary supplier of legendary edged weaponry (trinkets, perhaps) to legendary mall ninjas. It’s the fruit of miscegenation between the cold steel arms of the US Marine and his onetime Imperial Japanese opponent.

k-bartana

 

 

We call it the Ka-Bartana. It is perfectly suited to the trans-Pacific martial art of Teen Hospitalized With Serious Injuries.

Just How Ate-up is SIG Quality Control? ITEM II

A guy we do business with pretty regularly, was, in an earlier career, a smith at SIG — when they stopped test firing their pistols. Yes, you read that right. That was a factor in his pursuit of a career change.

Why did they do something as fundamentally retarded as discontinue testing of a product that people use in life or death situations? His take on it, from the rubber-meets-the-road end of the company, was to remove a pair of bottlenecks in shipping product, to wit:

  1. It takes time to test pistols; and,
  2. It takes even more time to repair and retest any with deficiencies.

If you ship the deficiencies, they might not get discovered, at least not during the warranty period, and then you don’t have to repair and retest them! It’s brilliant, in an evil-mastermind kind of way.

Correlation between this and the self-disassembling 229s? Well, they are two data points. But the best frame of reference for understanding SIG is to imagine that the company is being run by moles from Glock.nd

And Last Week’s Mystery SMG?

The SS man was carrying an MP-28/II. Several of you nailed it.

 

The British Lanchester was a copy of this firearm, with brass features for extra steampunk points, and was widely used by the Royal Navy. The Lanchester informed the design of the massively simplified STEN, so the MP-28/II sits in an important historical juncture between the ur-SMG (the MP-18) and the second generation guns. This is a clearer shot of an MP-28/II.

mp28-ii-01

Just How Ate-up is SIG Quality Control? ITEM III

Our transfer FFL has handled a number of MPXs of different specifications. Mostly pistols, some SBRs. And he gets the feedback, as he recounts it, like this:

  1. About 50% of buyers love the heck out of them and brag up their reliability;
  2. About 25% of buyers like them but with some complaints and reservations.
  3. About 25% of buyers can’t get their MPXes to run. At all, period, full stop. One guy in particular has returned his to SIG several times; each time they promise it’s fixed, and it isn’t.

Just FYI this is not a good record, or an industry-standard one. For 2016, it’s pretty awful.

Gun Poly-Ticks

Backdoor Registration and Other Initiatives

Backdoor registration of the Schumer-Manchin-Toomey was on the ballot in at least three states. It was defeated in Maine, but passed in Nevada, both by narrow margins. In California, initiatives sponsored by wannabe governor Gavin Newsom required ammunition and magazine transfers to be treated like firearm transfers, and go through dealers with background checks and possibly waiting periods. California voters also changed the state’s ban on standard-capacity magazines to no longer grandfather existing magazines, authorizing confiscation of existing magazines.

Washington State’s Initiative 1491 allows any person to get, ex parte and no questions asked, a restraining order specific to firearms against any other person, erasing the subject’s gun rights for a period of one year, indefinitely extendable. The accused has no recourse to court; nothing must be proven, the accusation suffices; in essence, the 2nd but also 4th and 5th Amendment rights of the accused are now a nullity in Washington.  This passed by an overwhelming margin of more than 70/30.

On the gripping hand, three more states passed victims’ bills of rights, in one case over militant opposition by criminals and the defense bar.

Pro-vs-Anti-Gun Politicians

President-elect Donald Trump says good things about guns and about judges. Let’s wait and see what he does. Defeated opponent Hillary Clinton was an aficionado of restrictions, even confiscation (she often admired the long-gun and handgun confiscations of Australia and Great Britain), so the outcome from the one-issue perspective is positive.

Two Republican Senators were defeated by Democrats who were extreme anti-gunners, but neither was strongly pro-gun. In fact, Mark Kirk (R-IL) was as extremely anti-gun as the Democrat who trounced him, Tammy Duckworth. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), squishily pro-gun, was narrowly defeated by former NH governor Maggie Hassan, whose personal opposition to the 2nd Amendment is strong and deep. For example, as Governor she fought against constitutional carry, vetoed several pro-gun bills, and expressed a preference for Massachusetts style may-issue. Fortunately, this net loss of one Senator isn’t enough to turn the whole chamber anti-gun. Several anti-gun challenges were narrowly averted, including in Indiana and Wisconsin, where former (and in Indiana’s case, 2nd-generation) anti-gun Senators were striving to get their old seats back.

Usage and Employment

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

Jury Struggles with Cop Charged in Shooting

Officer Ray Tensing shot Sam Du Bose. That much is agreed on by all sides. Now Tensing is charged with murder by a prosecutor seeking to level up in politics, and the jury may have returned an answer today (this post was written last night). Bob Owens has a decent write-up and Tensing’s body cam video. Bob’s conclusion is that the cop screwed up, but Murder is a ridiculous overcharge.

One important take-away from the Tensing video is something we harp upon all the time — how incredibly fast these things happen.

Cops ‘n’ Crims

Cops bein’ cops, crims bein’ crims. The endless Tom and Jerry show of crime and (sometimes instantaneous) punishment. This week, we have a local ‘Shire bias in the stories.

The Cop Judge Was a Crim

She wanted to be a judge so bad, that while she worked in a courtroom, a judge let her try on the robes and try a few cases. She got caught.

Meanwhile, she ran for a judgeship (her state being one of the ones that allows this), and won. But she can’t take her seat on the bench while felony charges are outstanding.

Trannies Behaving Badly

So, a guy named Zachary Thomas McClimon is in jail, charged with shooting a co-worker at a Heritage, Pennsylvania Walmart. Why would he do a thing like that?

[He] said he shot his co-worker because he made negative comments over his decision to transition into a woman.

See, trannies are just like anybody else, they’re not mentally ill at all, and if you disagree, they’ll blow your gizzard out. Because nothing says “picture of mental solidity” like shooting someone who fails to join you in your delusions!

The guy who got plugged over McClimon’s bruised feelz is in stable condition. Which is more than you can say for the clown who shot him.

The Perils of Kathleen: Has She Learned Her Lesson?

She’s still trying to wriggle out of the clutches of justice, and keep her crooked corkscrew spine from relaxing on the comfortable bunks provided by the Commonwealth to its felons. (What’s your sleep number? And was it assigned to you by the Department of Corrections?)

  • Item 6 Nov: Both Candidates to Replace Kane Claim to be Tough on CrimeThe Democrat, a former Kane supporter, also promises to be tough on lawful gun owners. The Republican was a legislator who supported life sentences for recidivist kiddie diddlers, so he’s not all bad, even if it’s pretty weak compared to 10-20-Life.
  • Item 5 Nov: Kathleen Kane learns lesson about the lawWell, that’s what the headline says. We’d say rather that she has received a lesson about the law. Has she learned? As the expression goes, the jury on that is still out.

She’s gradually trickling out of the news.

Unconventional (and current) Warfare

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

The Social Justice Military

This is a hardy perennial, but it’SS

Veterans’ Issues

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

Nothing this week.

Lord Love a Duck!

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

They Promised They Were Leaving, But Ran into Difficulties

Here’s a picture for you.

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When Guns are Outlawed, Only Outlaws will have Mom’s Basement

Mom’s basement? Yeah, that’s where this asylum refugee was, before he wigged out and capped two cops. And, while it’s always hard to say why someone who’s Bat Guano Crazy® did or does anything, it appears at least possible that being ejected from the maternal cellar, after a physical attack on said mother, was what flipped him out all the way.

And yes, this example of 21st Century success was living in Casa Mater at Age 46. Don’t people — even crazybones — have a smidgen of self-respect any more?

An Iowa man charged in the killings of two police officers was facing intense money problems, had been found by a judge to hit and financially exploit his mother and was ordered to move out of her basement hours before the shootings.

via Alleged cop killer was just kicked out of mom’s basement | New York Post.

Yeah, and as a DV suspect, he was a prohibited person. didn’t stop him.

One small bit of justice in the whole damned unjust thing: like the crumb in Pennsylvania last year, when they bagged him, they cuffed him in two sets of cuffs — the ones belonging to each of the two cops he murdered.

You wonder what other priors are going to emerge on this guy. It does happen, but it’s very rare for some jerk’s first entanglement with John Law to be homicide.

On the plus side, it’s a win for the judicial system. He’s finally out of Momma’s basement.