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Friday Tour d’Horizon, 2015 Week 47

We’ll cover the usual subjects: Guns, Usage and Employment, Cops ‘n’ Crims, Unconventional (and current) Warfare, and Lord Love a Duck!


We really wanted to write more about these gun stories. So many guns, so few fingers….

AIrsoft Goes to the Gun Show

At a regional weapons show in Tokyo, a correspondent for The Firearm Blog captured a Howa assault rifle “that appeared to be made by Tokyo Marui,” a maker of Airsoft toys.

They don’t seem to have considered the most probable explanation: that someone selling accessories used an Airsoft toy to host them for the same reason that Airsoft stuff exists in the first place: stringent Japanee gun laws. No, toymakers don’t make real guns. Mattel never made M16s either.

Remington to Launch New Pistols?

Remington Outdoor LogoNot a new pistol, but at least two of them, according to Shooting Sports Retailer. Go Read The Whole Thing™, not that doing that answered all our questions about Remington Outdoor’s segment strategy. SSR also notes that Remington sales are down about 20%, mostly because of declines in centerfire ammo purchases and bottom-feeding in the AR market, with entry-level products outselling high-end ARs (and a similar dynamic in 1911s).

When Gun Buybacks Go Rogue

The news reported that 1,000 people turned up at a gun buyback. But despite their excitement, the amount of firearms turned was not that great. In fact, they’re all visible in this picture: BBgunTurnin

Yes, the tag is correct. That is a Daisy BB gun and not a firearm at all. It was the only gun of any description turned in at the highly publicized event in Greensboro, NC. But the pols and white shirts all had something to say about how they “were getting deadly weapons off the street.” Along with the “deadly” BB gun (“You could put your eye out!”) the only other “weapon” turned in was a small sheath knife, a $5 inept copy of a Gerber Mk I.

Tracking Point Strategy

Shooting Sports Retailer gets a look in at the revivified company.


Australian Ban on 3D Printing & Machining Files

Over, Under, Sideways, Down Under. The State of New South Wales has moved to ban possession of information that can be used to make firearms. NSW is one of the states in Australia’s federal system, so this isn’t a nationwide ban yet.

This has been driven largely by hysteria and by police gleefully letting their hakenkreuz fly.

Among the provisions of the Firearms and Weapons Prohibition Legislation Amendment Bill 2015 (PDF) is an amendment to the Weapons Prohibition Act 1998 stating that a person “must not possess a digital blueprint for the manufacture of a firearm on a 3D printer or on an electronic milling machine.”

‘Possession’ is defined as “possession of a computer or data storage device holding or containing the blueprint or of a document in which the blueprint is recorded” or “control of the blueprint held in a computer that is in the possession of another person (whether the computer is in this jurisdiction or outside this jurisdiction)”.

That’s good. So far, the National Socialist Wussies of New South Wales don’t ban it if it’s in a paper book. Give them time, thought: people like this usually have at least one good bonfire in ’em. But hey, you can beat the rap, if… you successfully raise one of the affirmative defenses:

Defences for the offence include innocent production, dissemination or possession; public benefit (such as enforcing or administering a state or federal law); or approved research.

Who in the New South Wales government is in charge of approving research? How many Nobels has he got? (Or, for that matter, will NSW ever have, under this regime?)

And of course, there’s an exception for coppers, who in Oz are bronzes.

Here’s another Australian news story on the 3D file ban.

But wait! Australian police are also demanding a ban on the dread lever-action shotgun (semis and pumps are already banned). Apparently Australian officialdom believes their rank-and-file ‘Strines can’t be trusted with technology patented in the 1850s. “A traditional shotgun has double barrels,” some national socialist cop tut-tuts.

When they came for the lever actions, I was good, because I was Fudd. Then they came for my over-under… because real traditional shotguns have their barrels disposed laterally.

Hackaday Catches Up with Weaponsman

And covers the 3D Printed Washbear revolver. Didn’t we write about that in the Pre-Cambrian Era or something like that? (In case we didn’t, you might as well know we liked it and thought it was clever).

Usage and Employment

The hardware takes you only half way. (Nothing this week).

Cops ‘n’ Crims

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

Cop or Crim?  The Case of the Stolen Selfies

pamela held with clothes on

Pamela Held, in case you didn’t recognize her with clothes on.

In Sean Christian’s favor, the NYPD hired him, so he’s a cop, right? And he hasn’t been charged with anything in criminal court. Not so fast. Against that, he’s accused in Federal court of the tort of forwarding nude selfies and videos from Pamela Held’s phone during a DUI stop, and he can’t find a lawyer that will take his case — even the PBA, the Court Officer of Last Resort for bad cops, has declined to rep him. (Although, reading between the lines of that article, he may have only searched for a lawyer to take his case for free. Sean, dude, lawyers are not a public charity, and there are times in life when the wise thing is to pony up).

Without the pictures, we have no way of judging the merits of the suit. With her clothes on, Held is kind of plain, and distinctly man-jawed, but that doesn’t mean it’s alright to burgle her amateur pr0n, even if the picture pilferer is a cop. So we don’t have any sympathy for Christian’s plight. Just like all those guys you collared over the years, guy, you are the author of your own fate. Of course, there’s an element of he-said-she-said to this story:

She counted 20 nude photos and five sexy videos of her that had been forwarded to the phone number. Fearing the worst, she contacted lawyer Richard Soleymanzadeh, whose private investigator traced the mystery number on Held’s phone to Christian and learned he was a cop.

In a brief interview with The News, Christian, on the job 10 years, denied swiping the photos and videos from Held’s phone. He denied ever meeting Held or working at the 104th Precinct. Christian, who remains on the job, claimed the number that appeared on Held’s iPhone belonged to his brother.

Note to parents of daughters: they will never wind up in the New York Daily News with WeaponsMan inter alia speculating about their appearance naked and dancing around a pole, and they will never be off on the fool’s errand of recovering their nekkid selfies, if they don’t take dozens of nekkid selfies (and videos) in the first place. Famous New York non-cop (and ex-Congressman) Carlos Danger could have told you that.

And Speaking of Nekkid Women

Dallas Archer mugshotHere’s Dallas Archer, whom we mentioned when she was charged with trying to sneak a pistol into prison in her… ah, well, in her. (At least it was a North American Arms mini-revolver and not a Desert Eagle). The wheels of justice are done turning in that case and she’s earned herself three more years inside.

After, we suspect, a careful strip search by a guard familiar with her back story.

Cop or Crim, II: The answer is both.

The sheer creepitudinous of this guy requires you to Read The Whole Thing™, but just the lede gets the main ideas across:

A former Sacramento, Calif. police officer who raped a stroke-disabled woman twice in her senior home received a life sentence Tuesday.

No word on what the PBA did for him. Something, probably.

Just Another School Killing

In this case, a teacher raped and murdered by a then-14-year-old whose lawyers have him playing up mental illness to try to get off. You might not have heard about this MA killing — no guns involved, you see. The mental illness angle is being explored, imperfectly, in court. Other angles aren’t.

Cop and Crim, III (not that we’re counting)


A disgraced NASA officer was busted at the Federal Reserve Bank in Manhattan when he showed up for a job interview Thursday armed with a loaded pistol and a fake badge, the Daily News has learned.

Cops are trying to determine if Cory Curley, 29, was also responsible for a bomb threat that was called into the Fed minutes earlier, sources said.

When he arrived for his interview, Curley told federal police officers that he was armed and was an active officer with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, sources said. He also showed police a NASA badge.

But he had no official NASA police ID card — so federal police at the bank on Liberty St. detained him and alerted the NYPD.

NASA officials told authorities in New York that Curley had been fired on Oct. 8 and the badge he was carrying had a number different from the one previously assigned to him, sources said.

Did he get the job? With the Federal government, you never know.

Cop vs. Crim IV & V

Two bozos with NYPD and family troubles.

Honest, most cops are out there making trouble for criminals, not themselves. This is just an unrepresentative week.

We hope.

The Secret Lives of Dentists

One criminal the cops made trouble for was Dr John W Wolf of Manhattan, although you could say he made trouble for himself: meth and kiddie porn.

We always thought there was something artificial about his smiles!

Thanks, you’re a lovely audience, we’ll be in the blog all week. Actually, there’s something really strange about this: most meth users not only aren’t dentists, but look as if they’ve never been to one.

Unconventional (and current) Warfare

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

Counterfeiting as a Military Operation

Perhaps its more of an espionage or clandestine operation, but a favorite 20th Century dirty wartime (and cold war) trick was counterfeiting and distributing your enemy’s or adversary’s currency, with a view to spurring inflation (not that demagogues and guns’n butter spending don’t produce inflation on their own with perfect reliability). It was also a cheapskate’s way to finance your own operations.

It’s long been understood that the irresponsible deficits and careless printing of Continental state scrip were the primary driver of Revolutionary War inflation, but a great article at All Things Liberty describes how the British did their bit by counterfeiting the living daylights out of the rude Colonial money as a deliberate policy of economic warfare.

Budget Cuts and Posturing

A remarkably frank discussion between former SecDef Gates and Senator James Inhofe on budget cuts, how the DOD cuts things designed to produce an outcry, and how the Pentagon has had a great deal of headquarters bloat.

The Good Nazi met a Bad End

Wilm Hosenfeld with a Polish infant on his arm, September 1940

Wilm Hosenfeld with a Polish infant on his arm, September 1940

If you ever saw the movie The Pianist with Adrien Brody and Thomas Kretschmer (which we’re astonished that we haven’t reviewed; we could have sworn we had done), you saw Polish Jew Władysław Szpilman (Brody) saved by a kindly Nazi officer, Wilm Hosenfeld (Kretschmer), who shared his love for classicial music. But it turns out that Szpilman was far from the only Jew Hosenfeld, who has been honored by Yad Vashem as one of the  “Righteous Among Nations,” saved. As the Daily Mail explains (at some length):

Far from being a one-off act, the book ‘I Always See The Human Being Before Me’, by Hermann Vinke, shows that the man who hailed Adolf Hitler as a ‘true genius’ in 1940 rediscovered his own conscience long before the war was over.
The book is the first about Hosenfeld and draws on letters, diaries, memories from his children and even the widow of Szpilman who still lives in Warsaw, to show that his act of mercy towards the pianist was no one-off affair.
‘His moral and ethical compass remained intact during the war,’ said author Vinke, whose book has been received to great critical acclaim.
‘Hosenfeld did not only save Szpilman but numerous other Polish citizens, among them other Jews, from a certain death.
‘Against the backdrop of murder and deathly blows this officer was like a lighthouse in a time of darkness. Probably there were over 60 people who owed their lives directly to him. He was both saviour and in some ways a victim because he could not save himself in the end from death in a Soviet prison without ever seeing his family again.’

Several of the Jews Hosenfeld had saved, including Szpilman, had tried to get him released from the Soviet concentration camp. But the last person the Soviet system was willing to let go was one who had resisted the nearly identical Nazi system. They had no qualms about working with former Nazis, but former anti-Nazis got the Roach Motel treatment from the Gulag.

Like the 12 years of the Eternal Nazi Reich, the 70-odd years of Soviet Communism were a grinding nightmare for the ordinary people.

Is There Enough Money?

Not in Europe, there isn’t. Well, there is, but they’re spending it on stuff other than defense. Their defense budgets are somewhere between “too-small” and “notional” with an average of just about “tiny.”

Lord Love a Duck!

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

Interesting: Harvest Right Freeze Drying

Freeze drying does more than just preserve food, for 15 to 25 years if sealed with care, and occasionally this creative freeze-dryer company’s blog features one of those oddball stories (like the case of the iPhone saved from total immersion by overnight use of the dryer cycle only (without the freeze, before you try this at home, kids.

We’ve talked to a rep from Utah-based Harvest Right and we’d really like one of their freeze-dryer units even though we don’t have a practical use for it at the moment. We already have too many new gadgets backed up awaiting tinkering time already, but you might enjoy checking it out even if you don’t have $4k to drop on a freeze dryer (a couple grand more for the research model with more control over parameters). Harvest Right. Naturally they have a Black Friday/Christmas sale, and there’s also a giveaway for the contest-prone among you.

Friday Tour d’Horizon, 2015 Week 46

Ah yeah, it’s time for the portmanteau into which we throw all the stuff we didn’t have the time to throw at you this past week.

We’ll cover the usual subjects: Guns, Usage and Employment, Cops ‘n’ Crims, Unconventional (and current) Warfare, and Lord Love a Duck!


We really wanted to write more about these gun stories. So many guns, so few fingers….

Air Force OSI Personal Weapons List

osi_pow_listOSI Personal Weapons approved list. There it is on the left as a .jpg (click to expand), or if you want editable text here’s the pdf.


It’s a very strange list, more inclusive than most other agencies, but with some curiosities on it (Remington R51?) and some curiosities not on it (Glock 19?). Issue firearm for OSI is the SIG 228, and you’ll note that all these alternatives are smaller. Our OSI guy explains that he asked the same question, and got, “We are an investigative agency, we don’t need hand cannons with rails and lights, because we are not in the warrant-serving, door kicking business.” Or words to that effect. So they only authorize compact and subcompact guns.

Finally, there’s a curious note about the future of the G26 and/or SIG P320C. If either is approved as the next DHS service pistol, it will be taken off the list of approved privately owned weapons; they warn agents who don’t own one now, not to buy one, just in case. Does this mean that Glock and the P320 have the inside track on procurement? Only the Shadow knows!

Beretta ARX-100 SBR Kit

ARX-100 SBR-KitSpare and exchange barrels have been long in coming, but Beretta now has the ARX-100 SBR kit (10.25″) in stock. The kit includes the 10.25″ barrel, integral gas system (short stroke piston), one steel 30 round mag and a case. It’s a bit pricey at list ($575), considering what a good buy the ARX itself is. Factory SBRs are rumored to be on the way. The ARX-100 is a pretty decent AR alternative.

Usage and Employment

The hardware takes you only half way.

Negligent Discharge of the Year?


Perp Tyrone Fields.

This could be it:

A Florida man accidentally shot and killed an 18-year-old woman while role-playing in what he called a “freaky sex” session, police said.

Tyrone Fields, 21, called 911 early Nov. 7 to report he’d shot a woman he had met two days earlier in the head in a room at Tampa’s Regency Inn and Suites, according to an arrest report from the Tampa Police Department. The woman, later identified as Christina Meagher, died at a nearby hospital.

Victim in a Selfie: Christina Meagher.

Victim: Christina Meagher.

She asked Fields to put his 9 mm gun to her head and he took out the pistol’s magazine but forgot to remove a bullet in its chamber, he told investigators.

“The defendant stated that he intentionally pulled the trigger as part of the role-play, and the handgun fired a single round into the victim’s head,” according to the report. He was lying on top of Meagher but wasn’t having intercourse with her at the time, Fields told investigators.

Yep, he blew her head off using a gun in sex play. He’s now going down for manslaughter. The pair of them are stupid enough to deserve their respective fates.


Cops ‘n’ Crims

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

Hey, this one was a gun homicide.

See, impulse killings like this are why no one but the police should have guns. When the cops rolled up, Kevin Canty expressed remorse for killing his wife — but also called her a “whore” who “had it coming.”

Kevin Canty, 44, pleaded guilty Tuesday to hitting his wife Jessica, 40, with seven bullets as their 6 and 9-year-old children watched in horror inside their Ozone Park home.

“My nephew saw everything. … I’m just glad he doesn’t have to go through anything he already went through the grand jury. No child should have to go through this,” said Jessica’s sister Lisa Caccavale outside of Queens Supreme Court.

The children are both in therapy.

Canty dodged a life sentence when he coped a plea to first-degree manslaughter. He’s expected to get sentenced to 25 years in prison by Queens Supreme Court Justice Kenneth C. Holder on January 6.

We need to get guns out of the hands of ordinary people, because only the police can… wait… oh, he was an NYPD cop himself.

via Ex-NYPD officer pleads guilty to shooting wife to death – NY Daily News.

AG To Prosecute Accused Cops, Assume Guilt

In New York, two pols who dislike if not hate cops have cut a deal: Governor Andrew Cuomo has given AG Eric Schneiderman the authority and tasking to prosecute any cops who shoot black men. As a justification, they use in part, “the failure of grand juries in Staten Island and Missouri to indict the officers who killed two unarmed black men, Eric Garner and Michael Brown.” The Garner case is not one we’ve studied, but if Cuomo and Schneiderman want the cop that shot Brown indicted, then they are explicitly targeting innocent cops who have defended themselves. 

Turning the people on the police is the sort of thing two nakedly ambitious pols just might do. But it’s hard to envision any place this ends that is not really, really ugly.

Lorena Bobbitt Has Started a Foundation

Profiting from a non-profit: everybody’s doing it. Bobbitt revealed that (and a bunch of other stuff about her Special Snowflake-hood) on some daytime (aka “welfare”) TV shock show. But we’re not sure who the tallywhacker trimmer thinks her charity can help. Caitlyn Jenner?

Unconventional (and current) Warfare

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

American Traitor Pollard Walks

His parole eligibility was not contested by the executive branch, as a small token of goodwill towards Israel. Pollard’s spymasters in Israel, and his lawyers who share his loyalties (and presumably his paymaster) immediately began fighting to lift restrictions on his parole, including GPS monitoring and computer surveillance, that are designed to stop him from transmitting even more information to his bosses.

He has been given a job on Wall Street in an Israeli-controlled firm.

A Mystery Man surfaces

Pollard is a simple man: he sold his country out for money (and the spies he gave the secrets to, sold them on in turn, for money). Michael Jon Hand is more of a mystery. A veteran of Vietnam with SF and Laos with the Agency’s Project 404, Hand later became a banker; his bank melted down amid accusations, and his partner turned up dead, suicide by rifle. He vanished in 1980 and has been the stuff of conspiracy theories ever since. Turns out, he’s living in Idaho as Michael Fuller, and running a small company: in fact, a defense contractor.

Hand’s company, G.M.I. Manufacturing, is registered with the Idaho secretary of state. The company “now manufactures tactical weapons for US Special Forces, special operations groups and hunters,’’ Butt writes. Has Hand/Fuller been brazen, foolish, or, as Butt asks, does he belong “to a protected species, most likely of the intelligence kind?”

We’ve done a little investigation of our own. According to orders, Hand arrived in Vietnam in early 1965 as a PFC 05B1S (Special Forces radio operator), and was assigned to team A5/414 at Bu Ghia Map.  The team replaced a 1st Special Forces Group TDY team, A1/234 at the camp on 24 Feb 65. The team moved out to a new location, Dong Xoai, on 26 May 65 setting up a new camp. That camp was hit hard and overrun on the night of 10-11 June 65. Hand does not appear in the records available to us after that.

Lord Love a Duck!

The weird and wonderful (or creepy) that we didn’t otherwise get to. — none this week, or this’ll never go up.

OT: What’s Wrong with this Picture?

From a university course’s slides on the subject of Computer Numeric Controlled machinery. Slide 36:


Ow. But that’s a fluke, right? They certainly wouldn’t do that again. Er, Slide


For that, you’re paying Johnny’s $45k per annum tuition?

In case you don’t get it, if you’re not a professor in a manufacturing department or a car buff, that’s OK. The part is not an engine block, but a cylinder head, the thing that bolts on top of the engine block to close off the cylinders in most overhead cam or overhead valve engines.

They may be two different heads, it’s not clear because we don’t see them from the same angle. The first is a single overhead-cam (SOHC) head, a finished or partly-finished assembly with the cam and cam followers in place. The second is a two-valve-per-cylinder head and looks like it might be high enough to include provision for a cam, but we’re looking at it from the “underside” as the surface is being faced.

The rest of the slides seemed really informative, and now we wonder what other misleading elements there were that we didn’t catch. In any event, a class on CNC from 2004 is a bit like a handbook to Windows NT. The principles and historical stuff still apply, but the technology has been moving on.

Still, when one kicks off from a deep well of sheer ignorance, all available vectors include some component that’s “up.”

Wednesday Weapons Website of the Week: 442nd Regimental Combat Team

Sergeant Goichi Suehiro, G squad leader. He is facing German emplacements 200 yards away. 13 Nov 44, St Die, France.

Sergeant Goichi Suehiro, G squad leader. He is facing German emplacements 200 yards away. 13 Nov 44, St Die, France.

Here’s an interesting regimental history site:

The mission of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team Historical Society is to research and preserve the history of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team.  This includes the actions and events related to the internment of Japanese American citizens and residents as a result of Executive Order 9066.  The 442nd Regimental Combat Team Historical Society is also dedicated to the history of the 100th Infantry Battalion (Separate) and the issues related to the treatment of the Japanese American community in Hawaii following the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7th.

The 442nd, memorialized in the Hollywood movie Go For Broke, was a very unusual unit created at the nexus of several things: the patriotism of most first-generation American-born (nisei) Japanese-Americans, the mistrust white America had for all Japanese-Americans (caused, in part, by real instances of disloyalty, and in part by pure racism), and the resulting internment of those Japanese-Americans who lived along the West Coast and in Hawaii.

The Japanese-American youths, by and large, had no country other than America. Most of them didn’t speak Japanese or conform to most Japanese cultural norms: they were Americans in every way. But they were second-class citizens. Just as free blacks had once been excluded from the militia and from military service, free Japanese-Americans who had lived in the exclusion zone were also excluded. They demanded the privilege of service, and they got it: in June, 1942, the 100th Infantry Battalion (Separate) was formed in Hawaii, on the model of the segregated “Negro” or “Colored” units of the day: 100% of the officers were white Americans, and 100% of the enlisted, from rifleman to topkick, were Japanese-American volunteers. The senior NCOs came from Japanese-American NCOs already in the Army at the time (where they had not been segregated but served alongside whites.

In February, 1943, the 442nd Combat Team stood up on the same model: it comprised an infantry regiment, an artillery battalion, and a combat engineer company. (The 100th, a separate unit, would later be merged into the 442nd).

The nisei units trained Stateside, and shipped out to sunny Italy. The 100th took part in the Salerno landings and the push on Rome; when the 442nd landed in June, the 100th took the place of the missing 1/442 battalion (which had stayed Stateside as a replacements generator) but retained its “100th” title. The units fought in Italy, France, and Germany.

The 442nd was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation, and its subordinate units earned five more. 650 nisei warriors died and about 4,000 more were wounded.

The 442nd Regimental Combat Team Historical Society is not a veterans organization nor will it cover civil rights issues that are not directly related to Japanese Americans.  The 442nd RCT Historical Society will not cover the Military Intelligence Service (MIS) history nor will it cover the military service of Japanese Americans who served in other post-World War II conflicts.

The 442nd RCT deserves to have a historical organization and website devoted to the regiment.  The 442nd Regimental Combat Team’s combat record was the most significant factor in breaking down the social barriers and racism that confronted the Japanese American community after World War II.

The 442nd Regimental Combat Team left behind a record that was unparalleled in our nation’s history and this site is devoted to those fighting men that served their country so honorably.

This website is produced by Peter Wakamatsu.  His father was Jack K. Wakamatsu, the 1st Sgt. of “F” Company.  Peter has conducted independent research on the history of the 442nd since 2013 and has visited the National Archives at College Park, Maryland, three times.  He has also visited the 442nd Archives located at the 442 Club in Honolulu, the University of Utah archives in Salt Lake City, and the Margaret Herrick Library in Beverly Hills, California.  Recently, he has completed the documentary film, “Four-Four-Two, F Company At War”, which is airing on PBS stations nationwide in May 2015.

via 442nd Regimental Combat Team.

Peter Wakamatsu has done a fine job; he has honored his father, the other intrepid 442nd-men, and all Americans who deserve to know this story of men who volunteered, in many cases, out of the internment camps that people have come to view as shameful in the intervening years.

171_KazMasudaConsider, for example, the case of Kazuo Masuda, here in a picture with the F co. 442nd Infantry guidon in Camp Shelby, Mississippi, in 1943. While a private in training he wrote a heartfelt letter asking his father, Gensuke Masuda, who had “never uttered a single word against the United States” and who “wanted his children to be Americans,” be released from internment. The elder Masuda and his family were not released until July, 1945. But “Kaz” was not there to welcome him, although his other brothers all made it home from their military service safely.

On August 27, 1944 while leading a patrol across the Arno River in Italy, SSgt. Kazuo Masuda was killed when he encountered a German machine gun nest.  SSgt. Masuda fired 18 rounds from his Thompson submachine gun before he was cut down by the German machine gun bullets.  SSgt. Masuda was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross.

Vinegar Joe Stilwell pinned the medal on Kazuo’s sister, Mary. Later, Stilwell and a B-movie actor named Ronald Reagan spoke at a rally in honor of Kazuo, the Masuda family, and the patriotic Americans of Japanese ancestry in general. Stilwell said:

The Nisei bought an awful big hunk of America with their blood. …. Sergeant Masuda was a better American than any of us here today.

Among other fascinating material Peter Wakamatsu has collected, he has a picture of Kaz Masuda in uniform, visiting his family in the relocation camp, and Masuda’s DSC citation. Peter has also directed a half-hour documentary about the 442nd, and particularly F Company, where his father was 1st Sergeant. It’s viewable for free on Vimeo.

The USA may not have deserved this level of loyalty from its nisei citizens, but there is no question that the nation received it.

Art in an Artless Place

“Medic!” by Master Sergeant (Retired) Henrietta Snowden. Somalia, 1993.

Medic by MSG Henrietta Snowden

Now, we weren’t there. We watched the Night Stalkers dragged naked through the streets by these savages, like the rest of America (images that were then disappeared, like the 9/11 jumpers, because they might inflame and incite the public). We did have a good friend hit there, the least of what would ultimately be three purple hearts.

The best tale of Somalia still remains, despite its focus on a single operation, Mark Bowden’s book Black Hawk Down and the newspaper series that led up to it. It’s ten times better than the official classified history, which we’ve read, and that is twice as good as the unclassified official history, which feels like it was phoned in.

The movie, Black Hawk Down, is a fair rendition of Somalia (albeit a sanitized one), and a close rendition of the actual operation.

This watercolor’s bold lines and sparse detail let you focus on the emption and action. The only thing that doesn’t ring true is the papers, but maybe they were freshly dropped leaflets. In that part of the world, paper trash is too valuable to be left lying around. Somebody would pick it up and find something to do with it.

Think we’re joking?

Sunday Stressors

It’s stressful to start a week with the old week yet unfinished, yet, here we are. Still no Matinee or TW3 from yesterday, and actually, this morning we found that two scheduled posts, one on Paris and a When Guns are Outlawed, didn’t go off on schedule.

It’s stressful when WordPress doesn’t work. WordStress!

We demand a safe space.

Oh wait, we carry guns: the world is our safe space.

Several posts that we had golden intentions toward, notably the next installment of Castillo de San Marcos and the translation of the German Bundestag/Bundeswehr HK MG5 Q&A, are still undergoing hangfire drills in the mortar pit that is Weaponsman Central.

It’s stressful when the weather is not cooperating, leaving our grounds covered with a blanket of nasty, sodden oak leaves. No better way to kill grass (well, except maybe walnut trees) than to leave those over the winter. And a stress-inducing mower problem, again.

It was mostly a week off airplane work, as we have the internal structure bits for the wings all final-drilled and deburred, but we’ve got to prime them before assembly. Why prime? Well, living on a seacoast, corrosion is ever present. We are willing to trade 10 pounds of useful load for corrosion protection by priming the interior structure of the aircraft. It was our experience in co-owning an FBO and Part 145 Repair Station that corrosion was a deadly enemy and that aircraft that were primed (for example, 1970s Cessnas that got the “floatplane option” at the factory) held up a lot better than aircraft that were not (the thousands of ordinary 1970s Cessnas).

So today is dedicated, in part, to priming wing ribs. (The spars come anodized, which is protection enough from corrosion, for internal parts). Then on to the next adventure.

We’re turning one stall of the garage into a paint booth with a space heater. We’ll see how that works out. Fortunately, a window contractor is coming to replace all our jeezly windows next month so we have the perfect things to hang parts from: the screens from the old windows. Hell of an ending for thousands of dollars worth of window screens.

Final stressor is: work is picking up, with our Technical English Language training system having been sold to a foreign nation.

Friday Tour d/Horizon, 2015 Week 45, Friday the XIIIth Edition

(This was delayed due to meatworld events and the Paris thing. Nostra culpa). We’ll cover the usual subjects: Guns, Usage and Employment, Cops ‘n’ Crims, Unconventional (and current) Warfare, and Lord Love a Duck!


We really wanted to write more about these gun stories. So many guns, so few fingers….

Homemade Gun Instruction Books

This week, we mentioned the Table Leg Typewriter, one of the improvised guns in the Practical Scrap Metal Small Arms series. Most of the books in this series are linked in the pages of this thread at Weaponeer.

Yes, FireClean is Canola Oil

Andrew Tuohy makes the rubble bounce, while pointing out that he always liked and used FireClean, and it is good weapons lube for people who are not going to see military-style ambient-temp extremes. (But then, so is generic canola oil). Working with a bright young chemistry student from our own state of New Hampster, Andrew continues to analyze lubricants. Just follow that link to his blog and keep scrolling and reading.

Brick Arms?

This is just silly: Lego-compatible toy guns. Silly, but amusing.

Usage and Employment

The hardware takes you only half way.

Active Shooter — Now What?

Here’s a brilliant distillation of good advice on what an unarmed person should do in the event of an active shooter. Boils it down into two questions:

1) Where is the bad guy?
2) Where is safety given 1) above?

And a basic course of action for the most probable answers.

Skills Measurement for the Average Schmo

Tactical Professor suggests a wide-ranging (and fun!) qualification self-test that you can do at your own range in under 100 rounds. (Unless you discover you need fundamentals tuned up, which is, annoying though that discovery may be, one of the benefits of doing this).

What might be a set of reasonable standards for the average gun owner? I’ll offer the following as a progression that a gunowner could use to see where their skills stand on a periodic basis. It’s less than 100 rounds, so there is some room for remediation, if necessary. Because firearms skills are perishable, I’m more in favor of the LAPD/FBI approach of doing an evaluation four times a year rather than just once.

Big Green is supposed to qualify annually. (You really don’t want to know what percentage of “qualifications” happen entirely inside a company or battalion office, although the war has reduced a lot of institutional resistance to marksmanship). SF has had different quals at different times, usually twice a year or quarterly (the last is unreasonable for a Guard unit, and pretty hard for active duty to do, what with SHARP and everything else having a higher priority). Usually what happens is skills atrophy a little and the unit goes through SFAUC on its way to a deployment, and that brings up the skills again. (Despite the name of the course, SF Advanced Urban Combat, you start out on a flat range before beginning UC drills dry, then with Simunitions, then with live rounds).

In any event, the five events, and 82 rounds, in this suggested course of fire will give you a general idea of how you’re doing.

Cops ‘n’ Crims

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

Wife-Beatin’, No-Gun Sheriff Loses His Job

We have covered dirtbag San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi before. He’s anti-gun, possibly because he can’t shoot his (he has never passed qualification) even if it were legal for him to own or carry one, which it is not, under the Lautenberg amendment (he’s a convicted wife-beater). He also is an outspoken defender of the Sanctuary City program which has had him release hundreds of violent criminals rather than let ICE’s division of Enforcement and Removal Operations get their mitts on them. The murder of Kate Steinle is one predictable outcome.

Well, we still have Ross Mirkarimi to kick around, but not as Sheriff. He went down last week in a 60-30 landslide to an experienced lawwoman who doesn’t have his problematic history or his preference for criminals over cops. (Among SFSO and SFPD officers, the vote was more like 98-2). Stories: Fox News. SF Chronicle (editorial welcoming new sheriff Vicki Hennessy).  SF Chronicle (story). (Funny. Most of the stories don’t mention the wife-beating. The Chronicle mentions, but minimizes it. We’ll never forget, no matter how much his friends in the media want to). Naturally Mirkarimi, who officially is not trusted with a gun, doesn’t trust you with one.

Bloomberg Spends to No End

This isn’t really a crime story, but it follows Mirkarimi’s election defeat. Mirkarimi ally Michael Bloomberg spent a lot of money in elections this week: $3 million in Virginia alone, $2.2 million on one seat. The NRA, which was outspent 30 to 1, has some details.

NRA VirginiaHe got nothin’, although he did put a Bloomberg coin-operated gun-ban advocate in a seat another gun-ban advocate was retiring from, by 7 points, in a district that’s something like +19 Democrats.

Hey, it’s his money.

MS-13 Guy Clobbers Cop

reyes reyesThis was possibly an attempt to level up in the gang, but walking up to a cop car and clobbering the cop through the window got José Misael Reyes-Reyes tased, then arrested. (There may have been a pummeling in there, too). Needless to say, he’s a DREAM Act baby, just beating the cops we Americans won’t beat ourselves… he was actually out on bond pending deportation, after being caught carrying a gun in May, and he no-showed his immigration court case (as the immigration lawyers tell them to do). Sheriff Office press release.

Cop Shoots Himself, Blames MS-13 Guy

david houser mugshotSome of these cases just make a guy rub his chin.

An Arkansas police officer sparked a manhunt and investigation after he claimed that he was shot by a Hispanic man in his 30s during a traffic stop, police said.

England Police Chief Nathan Cook said he fired [David] Houser on Monday after the officer admitted to investigators that he had lied. Cook said the traffic stop and shooting — as Houser described it — never happened, and that investigators believe Houser fired the shot that grazed his bullet-resistant vest.

Dude’s got issues. Of course, we can see why he thought he’d get away with saying a random Hispanic guy attacked him. There’s an epidemic of that going around. (How do you know your assailant is Hispanic, Officer? He doesn’t shout, “Allahu akbar!”)

Man Bites Dog: American Criminal in Mexico

Normally, Mexico has so many criminals they export the excess to the USA, where they make up about half of the FBI’s ten-most-wanted and violent-crime most-wanted lists. But this American criminal busted out of jail and fled to Mexico. The Mexican cops nabbed him and he got deported north to finish paying his debt to society.

Cops Beat Rap, Arbitrator Makes Department Promote Them

Sometimes the evidence is there, but for whatever reason the prosecutor doesn’t deliver. This was one of those times, and apart from the one guy who pled guilty and helped break the corruption ring, a whole ring of crooked Philly ex-cops walked free.

Then the police union, which like all police unions really represents rogue cops, stepped in and got an arbitration ruling that the Philadelphia PD must rehire the fired cops — and promote them, as if they’d not only been good cops but the best cops.

Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey, who fired Spicer and the other officers caught up in the federal probe, saying they had engaged in “one of the worst cases of corruption” he had seen, was out of town and did not attend the ceremony.

At the time of the firings, Ramsey vowed to melt the officers’ badges.

To their credit, the police department did not promote the crooked officers at HQ. They let the mayor’s office do it at City Hall. (Mayor Nutter, a strong union man, supported the dirty cops’ reinstatement and promotions). About 400 criminal cases were overturned when the corruption probe became public, and the DAs remain reluctant to accept any case on which one of these corrupt cops worked, rap beaten or no rap beaten.

The department is rid of one of the bent cops — after the union got him his job back, he came up hot on a whiz quiz, and resigned rather than be fired for drug use.


The Law Never Gives Up

Wilson today

Kenneth James Wilson today – a prison lifer for an unrelated murder.

It seemed like someone had gotten away with the perfect crime. A bandit entered the Sportsman’s Den in Oakhurst, California in 2001, and took co-owner Gary Flynn by surprise. He had Flynn turn his back — and then executed him with a shot to the head. He took the money in the till and 14 guns, and nobody saw him. There was no surveillance video. The case was cold and dead. One remaining clue was the guns, Sheriff Anderson of Madera County noted:

One of these guns we thought sure would turn up. It was a Ruger Super Redhawk 454 Casull, which is very rare and very expensive; something probably only collectors would have. But out of the 14 guns stolen, only 3 have turned up, all during street arrests. Two were recovered in Fresno, and one in Madera.

Wilson in January, 2001.

Wilson in January, 2001.

But they recently closed the case. After a thorough and painstaking investigation, they have brought murder charges against an career criminal who is doing life for another homicide committed in 2008, Kenneth James Wilson. The two mugshots here show Wilson now and as he was in 2001. Wilson may have had an accomplice in his murder of Flynn, so the case isn’t entirely closed (and the other 11 guns may still be circulating in the criminal underworld). But, still, this is a win for the good guys. Hear the beating of wings, crims? The law never gives up.

…But the Courts Somtimes Do (Give Up)

Thanks to a judge who subscribes to the adage, “Better one criminal go free, than… just about anything, one Micie A. Colon went free in Allentown, PA, according to the Morning Call:

Micie A. Colon, 22, of Allentown was retrieving his property Sept. 29 from a home on the 300 block of East Cumberland Street when police say he stabbed the man.

Colon was charged with aggravated assault and related crimes and sent to Lehigh County Jail under $35,000 bail. However, the charges against him were dismissed Thursday after the alleged victim didn’t show up to testify for a second time.

The victim may be hiding out of embarrassment over where he was stabbed: smack dab in the Johnson. We can see why he’s keeping a low profile. “Yes, honey, that scar is herpes, honest.”

Millions for Criminals, But Not One Cent for Victims

You may have heard about the Presidential Executive Order to “ban the box,” or require Federal hiring to cease asking if applicants were convicts or criminals. However, that is just one plum in a cornucopia of handouts to the criminal class announced this month. (White House Announcement). Most stories note the Box Ban (which once again erases black-letter statute with a contrary XO), but don’t note some of the benefits:

  1. $8 million to 9 communities for criminals’ education.
  2. A ban on evicting criminals from public housing.
  3. The ban on asking applicants for government jobs if they have been convicted or charged with crimes.
  4. Programs, cost unstated, in 30 communities to place convicts, parolees and probationers in jobs with crony-capitalist firms. Some of the funds go to big, connected firms like Audible, Panasonic and Prudential, but most go to the criminals themselves or to their “community organizers.”
  5. The Departments of Labor and Justice are joining in a new “National Clean Slate Clearinghouse” to obfuscate the records of criminals, including violent felons, and to slip them into positions in unwitting victim firms. Cost unstated.
  6. “Pay for Success” and “Permanent Supportive Housing” — free housing and cash-for-nothing for crims in between Big House stints. Cost unstated.
  7. $1.75 million to erase the records of violent juveniles (defined as “up to age 25”) to make them eligible for free public housing. The money seems to be going to an association of black lawyers.
  8. $3 million in technology training for convicts still in prison.
  9. “Fast Forward”: $30.5 million more for erasing criminal records of young (<25) offenders, including violent offenders.
  10. $10 million for career counseling centers in jails and prisons.
  11. $27.5 million in training money for freshly-released adult convicts.
  12. Pell Grants for incarcerated convicts, including life-sentence murderers and death-row inmates. Cost unlimited.
  13. $1.2 million to enable the AmeriCorps make-work outfit to hire 211 criminals.
  14. $12 million from the National Guard budget for the Guard to support mentoring of juvenile criminals.
  15. $6 million for criminals who are also drug addicts.
  16. Increased Social Security “Disability” handouts for cons on release, so their welfare can start right up again the day they hit the street, and runs till they get their next sentence of over 30 days. Cost unstated.
  17. $1.5 million for oathbreaking veterans who turned to crime.
  18. Subsidized phone rates for prisoners and for their family members. (Aka “take your Obamaphone to the Big House”). Cost unstated.
  19. $1 million to kids whose Baby Daddy is in the Big House.
  20. Open-ended funding to crony-capitalist firms who provide educational services to convicts. Cost unstated.

And that’s just what’s in the press release, shorn of its bodyguard of euphemisms. The numbers come to $102,450,000.00 and that’s just counting the stated costs — the real money is in the unstated ones, and this could be a multi-billion dollar handout to criminals.

The White House has also ordered that the provision of these benefits be racially conscious, that is, they are to be provided preferentially to criminals “of color.”

The kid had it coming?

Village warrant cops in Louisiana trying to serve an arrest warrant for failure to appear on a traffic violation sure taught a suspect to run from the police. They lit up his truck with dozens of rounds, leaving him critically injured with a head wound, and his son aka Suspect #2 stone cold graveyard dead of multiple gunshot wounds to the head, chest, and extremities.

Suspect #2 was six years old. The police who shot him were at point blank range, which is why such a high percentage of shots hit.

The same village, the next day, had a hophead barricade himself in his mother’s house with a shotgun. Their bright idea: send Mom in to talk him out. They wound up fighting over the shotgun… and the cops fired.

Hitting, of course, Mom. She’ll recover, and they ultimately took the guy into custody without shooting anybody else. Maybe they were out of bullets.

Meanwhile, a village with six cops has three of them on extended paid vacation, and is checking its liability policy.

The Blonde in the Pond Was a Teacher

amy gonzales-rodiles mugshotOK, she’s a bit too sultry-Spanish looking to be a blonde, but Amy Gonzales-Rodiles was a teacher (and we’re suckers for a rhyme, especially one with such a noble history). Until she threw away her teaching job and nearly her life and kids on a boozy experiment in minivan yachting on a Frisco, Texas pond. She and her two kids were able to egress the sinking van, and the cops took it from there.

Happy halloween! We see you dressed as an inmate.

When Your Bank Treats You Like a Criminal

That’s pretty much all the time, these days. The USG does not want people dealing in cash — and it wants banks acting as an arm of the surveillance state. Here’s how they do it, and how to get your money in cash with the minimum number of reports being filed on you — and without getting charged with “structuring,” like Client Number Nine and other shifty characters.

When the Attorney General is a Criminal

Pennsylvania AG Kathleen Kane is charged with two counts of felony perjury and more counts of misdemeanor misconduct than you can, well, count. But she’s clinging to her job even though even her Democrat allies have supported letting her go. Most recent development, she stopped stonewalling a state legislature committee that’s investigating her. It’s almost as if she figured out her 50-meter target at this point is “staying out of prison,” and the 100-meter is “without a felony record.” Energy spent on “holding the job and burnishing the political career” is probably better directed somewhat lower down Maslow’s Pyramid of Needs.

Did we mention she’s an anti-gun crusader? Remember, SJWs always project. She doesn’t want you to have a gun because she knows what she’d do with one. And since she’s a criminal, that would be something bad.

Unconventional (and current) Warfare

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

Electronic Counter Measures — Not Just for War Anymore

Now, anyone can make or buy a simple jammer and screw things up, and the Internet of Things is giving jammer-wielders ever more things they can screw up. It’s highly illegal, but did that ever stop criminals, terrorists, or overreaching police? Hell, no. So get used to the idea: it’s coming.

And one of the ideas in this article is that home invaders or burglars could use a bespoke jammer to take out security systems. It’s also not rocket surgery to construct a hand-emplaced expendable jammer, or several of them, targeted on cell phone frequencies and/or police trunking networks. We leave imagining the utility of devices like this in a terrorist attack (and imagining the countermeasures thereto) as an exercise for the reader.

The Mexican Drug War…

…seems to have been extended by the cartels into the Distrito Federaland Mexico City proper, which had previously been informally recognized as neutral and not a combat zone. The usual signs of cartel alternative dispute resolution have started showing up: bodies hanging from overpasses, headless bodies here and disembodied heads there, and bold, violent executions in public. ¡Ay yi yi yi!

The late, unlamented Jihadi John

The Beeb has a bio. The problem with killing some ISIL scrote is you didn’t kill all the ISIL scrotes. You just gotta come back and kill more of them tormorrow. They’re kind of like cockroaches, only without a valued place in the food chain.

Here Come More Terrorists!

The rational reaction to the savagery and crimes committed by the so-called Syrian Refugees in Europe is to stop letting them in, and kick out the ones already here. So naturally no government seems to be doing this. The President wants the USA to admit more than the 10,000 he’s already delivering to Louisiana (what did Bobby Jindal ever do to him?) And Justin Trudeau wants Canada to have more, too.  (He’s also doubled down on his promise to stop airstrikes on ISIL).

Meanwhile, at least two of the Paris shooters were from this fall’s refugee invasion. Keep Calm and Carry Always.

Lord Love a Duck!

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


When Guns are Outlawed, Only Outlaws Will Have Mosquitos

800px-Aedes_aegypti_feedingDengue is pronounced like “den gay,” but it is not your buddy’s assessment that your Man Cave looks like it was redecorated by the cast of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. Instead, it’s a nasty fever that has spread from its original nexus — which may have been the Upper Nile of Egypt 4,000 years ago — to endemic status in the tropics and subtropics of the world today.

The virus, an RNA  filivirus, is transmitted by the beauty to the right, Aedes aegptyii, (making it also an arbovirus).

A pair of YouTube stars unintentionally became the face of an outbreak of a dangerous tropical disease after one of them was diagnosed with dengue fever.

Hawaii health officials announced that at least 10 people have been infected with the tropical disease, also called “bone break fever” for the painful symptoms.

YouTube stars Charles Trippy and Allie Wesenberg visited Hawaii for vacation, but they said the trip ended painfully after Wesenberg came down with a mysterious illness that turned out to be dengue fever.

Trippy updated fans with Wesenberg’s progress before explaining that doctors finally diagnosed her with the tropical disease.

“Started to see all these crazy side effects,” Wesenberg said in a video of her early symptoms. “I was here and my body started to ache. … My bones hurt, it was awful.”

via YouTube Star’s Dengue Fever Infection in Hawaii Highlights Dangers of Tropical Disease – ABC News.

Unfortunately for Ms Wesenberg, dengue is incurable, although most infected people become asymptomatic after the initial attack. (She can still transmit the disease, but only if bitten by Aedes). It’s usually not life threatening unless you have a compromised immune system, or have previously been infected with a different one of the five serotypes of the virus, but it sure makes you wish you were dead.

The Soviet biological warfare organization Biopreparat experimented with dengue as a potential nonlethal disabling agent, as part of its suite of offensive biological warfare agents. They are believed to have discontinued this experimentation (on grounds of poor effect) well prior to the fall of the Soviet Union.

As this map shows, you can get dengue anywhere it’s warm, except its original stomping grounds in the Med. (Wherever you see red, the disease is endemic; blue, the disease isn’t, yet, but the mosquito is). Note that the southeast US is at risk of an epidemic thanks to immigrant flows from the infected areas of Mexico, Central & South America, and the Caribbean.


Yep, this is one more of the vibrant benefits of diversity! But it really has spread due to increased travel. It was unknown in the New World before World War II.

Washington Post: We Can Get Gun Control by Lying About It


The media does what, again?

That’s the message of gun-ban activist Amber Phillips, whom the Post keeps on staff, saving her overlord Bloomberg a salary. True, the Post’s headline wasn’t that: they illustrated Phillips’s message perfectly: “Does the phrase ‘gun control’ hurt the push for new gun laws?

Quinnipiac noticed the most significant change in perceptions about gun laws based on rhetoric was among independents.

Her story, like so many media outings these days, had no visible means of support. As the Post noted in a correction, it all hung on the peg of an six-point difference in responses to an quasi-scientific survey with a mere 1,100 volunteer respondents, yielding 5.8 percent margin of error. For Fabricating Reporter Barbie, “Math is hard.”

Not only that, Quinnipiac is a nominally non-partisan but Democrat-leaning pollster that works for Democrats in politics and the media.

Let’s back up to what we do know about how Americans feel about new gun laws. They largely approve of a few specific policies, including that background checks should be expanded to all gun sales.

Except, every such proposal that has been presented, like the Shumer/Toomey/Manchin backdoor registration bill, is just that — backdoor registration. The only purpose of gun registration is to enable confiscation, which is why coin-operated Bloomberg shills like Phillips and her would-be puppetmasters try to sneak it in incrementally and sub rosa. 

She notes the struggles of anti-gun black Republican Ryan Frazier in Colorado, but doesn’t note that he failed as a candidate in a Republican sweep year. Frazier, who’s planning to run against Democrat Senator Michael Bennet on fundamentally identical policy positions, is functionally a Democrat on gun control. Phillips thinks that it’s significant that Frazier wrung a semantic correction out of the National Post, in that he says he “supports background checks” — read, registration — but isn’t for “gun control,” even though the current media campaign of every ban group uses the focus-tested and Washington Post-approved misstatement, “common sense background checks” for what is really “registration to enable the bans and confiscation we really want.” Pro-gun voters will not turn out for a Bennet clone, “now available in black.”

Going back even further, “control” isn’t a word that the Brady Campaign to Reduce Gun Violence embraces either — even as it once did. The group was founded in the mid-1970s as the National Council to Control Handguns. It became Handgun Control Inc. in 1980 and, in 2001, changed it’s name to what it’s known as today.

Once again, Phillips is not only calling for the ban groups and their press allies to lie, she’s doing it herself. The actual organizational history of the group is:

1974-1980 National Council to Control Handguns

1980-1990 Handgun Control, Inc in partnership with the National Coalition to Ban Handguns.

1990-2001 Handgun, Control, Inc. (NCBH partnership dissolved; NCBH renamed euphemistically Coalition to Stop Gun Violence).

2001-2012 Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, increasingly owned and operated by Michael Bloomberg.

That part in bold is the bit that Phillips leaves out; we wonder why she chose to lie about a gun-ban group in an article suggesting that what gun-ban advocates need to do is to lie more.

She closes on a hopeful, for National Socialists, at least, note:

The nascent gun control movement is still tweaking its rhetoric, and the polling analysts of the world are just beginning to dig in on what impact that rhetoric has.

But if there’s a growing consensus that “gun control” is on its way out, the next question for advocates is: What gun-law terminology will resonate with gun-loving Americans?

Phillips is a reporter in the fine tradition of Jayson Blair, Janet Cook, and Dan Rather. She just makes it up, as long as it advanced The Narrative®.


When Guns are Outlawed, Only Outlaws Will Have Stairs

Marin mugshotThis was one demonically-possessed set of stairs. According to mom Kaitlyn (some documents say Katlyn) Marin (right, in mugshot), the stairs not only reared up and made her three-year-old daughter Brielle Gage tumble down them time and again, they also attacked Marin her ownself, twice. In an illustration of just how cruel and heartless the judicial system is, the murderous stairs walk free (uh, get walked on free?) whilst John Law has set upon the bereaved mom, just cause her little daughter’s dead.

Of blunt force trauma.

Not consistent with a fall (or falls) down stairs. So, the law does have that. 

Marin told police that Brielle was not feeling well on Nov. 24, and that when Brielle woke to use the bathroom, “she appeared to have a seizure where she fell down the flight of stairs,” court documents state.

Marin said she attempted to grab Brielle, however she also fell down the stairs. She told police she splashed water on the girl’s face and brought a futon into her daughter’s bedroom to monitor her for the night.

“According to Katlyn, she woke three or four times to check on Brielle, who was responsive,” court documents state. The following morning, Brielle was having trouble walking, and she again fell near the stairs, striking her head on the floor, Marin told police.

“Katlyn picked up Brielle to carry her downstairs, lost her footing and both she and Brielle fell down the stairs (again),” court records say. After the girl was unresponsive, Marin called 911.

Despite all this stair tumbling allegedly experienced by murderous mom and doomed kid alike, the kid had been pretty thoroughly tuned up, and the mom, as you can see from the mugshot, was pretty much unbruised.

Explains why defense attorneys want to suppress their child-killing client’s statements to police.

Dr. Thomas Andrew, the chief medical examiner who conducted the child’s autopsy, concluded that Brielle’s injuries were not consistent with falling down the stairs. He instead told police that they should be looking for a baseball bat or other object such as a door knob or dresser drawer knob.

via Nashua mom claims falls killed tot | New Hampshire.

In addition to the blunt force trauma that killed her, little Brielle had marks for durative abuse, including bruises to the chest consistent with punches, broken ribs and a finger, and “her ears had been manipulated so roughly that it caused bleeding to her scalp”.

Marin, an unemployed and idle professional welfare recipient, had been entangled with the state’s ineffectual child-welfare bureaucracy (is there an effectual one anywhere?), the DCYF. The Department had removed Brielle and her four half-siblings about a half-year before the murder, over previous charges of abuse, but returned the kids to their violent mother.

Court records showed the girl, along with her four brothers, were initially removed from Marin’s Nashua home in the spring of 2014 after allegations of child abuse first surfaced. But all of the children were eventually sent back home despite a pending second-degree assault charge pending against Marin for allegedly beating her 8-year-old son with a studded belt.

The Brielle Gage case has led to legislation which would restrict DCYF’s ability to dump kids back into abusive situations, absent a court determination that there is “no threat of imminent harm.”

The surviving kids were taken into DCYF custody again, finally — when Kaitlyn/Katlyn Marin was arrested for the murder of Brielle Gage.