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Three Nearly Identical Guns — Three Different Things to The Law®

If we just looked at this, we’d say that we’re looking at three sawn-off or short-barreled shotguns.

We’d be wrong. According to Len Savage of Historic Arms LLC, quoted by David Codrea at The War on Guns, the three guns are, from top to bottom:

  1. A gun that was once made with a shoulder stock and longer barrels. It is a “Short Barreled Shotgun” that has a $200 transfer tax, and takes most of a year (at the speed of bureaucracy) for the transfer paperwork.
  2. A gun that was made from the beginning in the pistol form factor. It is “Any Other Weapon” under the NFA. It has a $5 transfer tax, and takes most of a year (at the speed of bureaucracy) for the transfer paperwork.
  3. A gun that has some vestige or simulacrum of rifling in the barrel… this is a pistol under the law, and a Title 1 firearm that does not fall under the NFA at all. It can be sold over counter at any FFL, and the buyer can walk out with it, except in states like California where one of the “sickeners” that politicians and criminals impose on lawful owners is a waiting period.

Len asks if this makes any sense. Of course it doesn’t make any sense, it’s the law.

Criminals often use weapons like this which they make themselves from shotguns, usually with hand tools, and crudely.

While this is the exact NFA violation that the provisions in the law were placed there for, a violent criminal unlawfully obtaining a deadly, concealable, and menacing weapon, in almost every jurisdiction in the USA the ATF does not pursue violent criminal violators of the NFA relative to short-barreled weapons.

Why not? Because the experienced criminal investigators know that if they complete the case and present it to the US Attorney’s Office all tied up in a bow with slam-dunk evidence of every element of the crime, the AUSA will still decline it. The US Attorneys don’t want to jail violent street criminals, they want the ATF out there chasing paperwork errors by licensees. An AUSA gets much more attorney cred for nailing some gun dealer or importer on a transposed serial number on a form (or, one of ATF’s favorites, the end purchaser putting down the wrong county of residence by mistake), than he’d ever get just locking up another ho-hum gang member (who just turned to crime because he’s a misunnerstood minority, depraved on account of he’s deprived).

Three guns. All look extremely similar. All have the same tactical value (which, for anything but fooling around or knocking over a liquor store, is nil). One you can buy and walk home with (and even carry, if local law allows); the other two are ten-year, $10,000-fine felonies if they were done without doing the Form 1 paperwork (including the 8 months to a year wait) first. Without a Form 1, the other two are contraband, and there’s no way ever to make them not contraband, once the modification is made unlawfully.

Why hasn’t the law been reformed, if it’s this illogical? Perhaps because no one wants to give the ATF and the politcians a chance to mess with it; it’s the mess it is now because of the unintended consequences of well-meant meddling, after all.

Special Forces and Cars

About 15-20 years ago, there was a Ranger kick in the Ranger Regiment. “Huh?” Yeah, the Thing To Drive, at one brief moment, was a Ford Ranger small pick-up truck, with a scroll or tab in place of your front license plate and as much aftermarket Ranger badassery as your pay grade, marital status, alimony payments and chidrens’ hunger permitted. Preferred color: black, with windows tinted blacker than the inside of a rhinoceros.

That much window tint was illegal but the cops seemed not to bother, unless the Ranger was weaving. Gottta stop drunks from driving even when you don’t really want to arrest ’em, you know? More than one local rozzer had a duty NCO phone line in his little notebook and got some guy picked up by his unit (and smoked for a while) rather than transport him downtown, have a bunch of paperwork to do, and get some exuberant kid tossed out of Regiment on his ear. (Of course, if the guy did not realize the deal he was getting and preferred to attempt fisticuffs or mock the officer’s non-Ranger state of physical readiness, all bets were off. Drunks can get arrested, but drunken jerks always get arrested. Or if the guy had already hit something before the cops came, there was nothing they could do to avoid cuffing him).

Seeing one of these time-capsule Ranger Rangers recently made us think about the military and cars, especially SF. All the ingredients for car passion were there.

  1. Young men;
  2. High levels of individuality and ego;
  3. High levels of taste for adventure, and love of machinery;
  4. Low levels of taste, period, as defined by the coastal glitterati;
  5. Disposable income (now, thanks to proficiency pays, etc.; now and then, thanks to deployments with no place to spend your money).

In the 70s and 80s, this usually appeared as muscle or sports cars.

At 10th Group, we had a guy who took the then-common Smokey and the Bandit firebird with the bird on the hood and wedge an aluminum bored-and-stroked big-block Chevy engine in there. He probably had about equal amounts of money in the engine, the wheel-and-tire combination, and the whole rest of the car.

Then, on the other hand, we were a Eurocentric group. Some fellows had to drive Euro stuff.

Anyone in Group then will remember Bill C. and his Porsche 944, just like this one. The payments were high enough on a buck sergeant’s pay that he ate in the mess hall a lot. (Last time we saw him he was driving a pickup truck).

There was a guy with a classic XKE, too, but he left not long after we signed in.

There were a lot of Corvettes. Usually they were black or silver, occasionally red or white. (Ours, which came from a buddy in 11th group and went to a buddy in 20th three engines later, was black). Someone in 10th MI Company had one that was egg-shell blue — can’t remember whether it was Maceo M. who would go on to SMUs, or Kris K. who would endure a crippling jump accident… but we do remember both had Corvettes. Anybody in that unit had the right to drive a baby-blue Corvette if he wanted to.

There was a big intersection between the Vette set and the Harley set.

Sorta like this but with a yellow nose.

Todd had an unmistakable and enormous 1975 Olds 98. What made it unmistakeable is that it was black, but after crunching the plastic or fiberglass nose cap, he got one from a pale yellow ’98 and replaced it, never painting it to match. The yellow nose announced Trouble and that’s spelled with T and that means Todd.

Todd also, briefly, owned a red Corvair. It didn’t have any plates, or maybe it was lacking current plates, and so he stashed it in the Service Company parking lot (the group support guys). The first sergeant over there, who did not speak English in any material way — you needed to find a Spanish interpreter if you really cared why he was yelling at you — and didn’t seem to be able to read in any language at all, did get around to asking his men whose car the old Corvair was. Nobody knew, so he had it towed to DRMO as unclaimed property, where it would be auctioned off after a 30-day hold. Well, at the time we were Somewhere In Europe on a mission or an exercise, and when we got back Todd couldn’t find his car, and when he began questioning the first sergeant, the guy’s limited English evaporated entirely. It took him a couple days to figure out where it had gone, and bum a ride to DRMO, only to find that his Corvair had been auctioned off. By the time he got back over to the Service Company area, just ahead of the guys sent to intercept him and prevent mayhem, the linguistically challenged NCO had suddenly retired and was never seen again.

File photo of a better-condition ringer.

Your Humble Blogger had a maroon-and-faded ’63 Lincoln Continental, a 1970 or so Buick Skylark station wagon with a skylight (everyone called it a “Vista Cruiser,” which was the well-advertised Olds version of the same car, and bedamned if anyone can remember what Buick called theirs), and a ’65 Galaxie 500 XL. More or less all at once. Why so many cars? They were all so old, only one was running at any given time.

Someone else’s much nicer same-year Buick, with the image messed with to approximate the original’s fade.

The Buick, in fact, only made it 100 miles towards SFQC, dying somewhere near Hartford when the frame crossmember finally rusted out, depositing the two-speed GM slushbox in the high-speed lane of I-84. Had to call for help on that one; Steve and Doc showed up, in a little Mitsubishi, which forced a hard triage of the station wagon full of gear. We dragged the tranny out of the travel lane, between thundering trucks. Paid somebody $150 to haul off the Buick. Never owned another Buick.

The Galaxie was a Ranger School pickup, meaning, Your Humble Blogger picked it up at Ragnar School. It would be too twaumatizing to fly back the day after graduation, so we phoned in a request for leave and went out that night and picked out the most idiosyncratic car on Victory Boulevard, driving it back to Fort Devens with periodic stops to gorge on food and sleep until functional.

A Bricklin like Jerry’s — this one, we found on Autoblog.

Jerry S owned a Bricklin, of all things, a hunter orange plastic “safety car,” but we never saw it run. It sat. Instead, we could tell who he was dating by the car he showed up in. “Oh, he’s driving that silver Jeep today, he’s back with the redhead, that’s hers.” Until Bob went to SFQC and loaned Jerry his then-newish ’79 Mustang Turbo. Nobody figured that Jerry was dating Bob (it was a different Army then; today, people probably would assume that).

One day in formation, they called Bob out. Before the tac NCO could say anything Bob announced, “I bet Jerry wrecked my car.” He did. Around a tree. In front of the Shirley, MA police station… and then Jerry, who may have been a little beery to desire any interaction with the cops, locked the one door that wasn’t shaped like the inverse of a stout oak, and left the car on the spot, walking back to Fort Devens. In the morning, the cops put out an APB for the owner of the car, only to find he was 800 miles away and accounted for at the time. (Bob passed SFQC and forgave Jerry. Not sure if Jerry ever paid him for the damage. Jerry died young of a fast-moving brain cancer, so if anyone from Shirley PD reads this, you can close that case from 1981 or so, now).

Another time, the MPs found an old suicide-door Lincoln doing donuts on a baseball field on post. The MP carefully locked the car, dropped the keys in the chest pocket of the driver, now snoring in the back seat of the MP car, and dropped him — Your Humble Blogger, younger and perhaps not as mature as today — in the hands of the Duty NCO. (It was a different era). The next day, with no recollection of the incident, the hunt for the missing car began. It was found on the 2nd Base line about three hours later. How did it get there? The story took several more hours to work out.

And then there was the NCO, a few years older than us, who had a vehicle we all admired — a WWII Kubelwagen. No, not the 1970s VW re-engineering of the WWII vehicle as “The Thing,” the actual, primitive, 36-hp 4WD German vehicle. He had it pretty much restored the way the SS used to have it painted, and had a running joke about an uncle who died in a concentration camp… too much schnapps, and a fall from the south tower.

This one was for sale a couple years ago, it looks a lot like the one owned by… let’s call him Sergeant Schultz.

Still, that was at Devens, not at Bad Tölz, where some of the teams used SS rank in-house… the TL was Herr Hauptsturmführer, and so on. (The kaserne at Tölz was the former SS-Junkerschule. Even though it was a young building by German standards, mid-1930s, it radiated history… not always good history. As we understand it, it’s an office park now).

Getting stationed in Germany, in those days, meant access to a whole other continent of cars, plus, something the average American did not have, to wit, the ability to import them. The US safety nazis refused to accept, at the time, that the European safety nazis were capable of signing off on a car that wasn’t a primitive deathtrap. And the US environmental nazis refused to believe that their Euro opposite numbers weren’t signing off on cars that would choke a gas mask with their exhaust. (Actually, their Eastern Euro oppos were signing off on cars like that. If you ever smelt a Trabant, you know what we’re talking about). But there was some kind of loophole for GIs that had bought cars overseas.

Meanwhile, in 1985, the mark crashed against the dollar, putting the keys to gently used 911s into the hands of any sergeant who saved a little of his pay. The wise ones brought them to the States at the end of their tour, arbitraging the Porsche for a nice nest egg. The unwise ones tested the NHTSA’s primitive-deathtrap hypothesis at triple-digit speeds against an Autobahn overpass abutment, and were featured in a battalion mandatory memorial service.

Yes, they were different times.

Wednesday Weapons Website of the Week: Firearms United (Europe)

Firearms United, which as we understand it started in Poland, is an EU-wide pro-gun lobby that is working to preserve the gun rights of beleaguered EU subjects.

Despite the fact that Europe comprises a wide range of countries with a wide range of histories and cultures, the EU is seeking to strip nations of their discrete lawmaking power with respect to firearms, and impose on them a gun law regime ex cathedra. And this backroom-crafted bill is, literally, tighter than the strictures that the last continent-dominating government, the Third Reich, imposed. The proposed EU regime is also tighter than that of all but the strictest current legal regimes among European nations.

Under Jean-Claude Juncker, the man who dreams of continental overlordship like would-be caesars, emperors, and Führers before him, the national socialist and international socialist factions that dominate the EU parliament and bureaucracy are planning to impose this law with no more deliberation and public transparency than the Politburo of the Supreme Soviet exercised, or, for that matter, the appointed Reichsprotektor over occupied, enslaved countries.

Right now, it seems very dark, but just as in 1942, not all Europeans are willing to be enslaved, and Firearms United is one way they’re organizing to fight back.

Jean-Claude Juncker must hate that. (So must Vicky Ford, a far-right Briton and heir to the mantle of Sir Oswald Mosely who’s currently working to crack down on EU subjects).

ATF Arson Squad’s Finest Hour: Dupont Plaza, San Juan

Some people forget there’s more to the ATF than the humorless Men In Black peeling the Molon Labe stickers off their SHOT Show display, but they are justifiably proud of their investigatory prowess on arsons. This is what they themselves consider their finest hour in arson investigation.

On New Year’s Eve, 1986, the casino at the Dupont Plaza in San Juan, Puerto Rico was going to close early — at 6 PM — and the workers were going to get a holiday night off. Most of the workers were pleased, but a handful of them were not — embittered by a long and unsuccessful organizing campaign, union activists with Teamsters Local 901 decided to teach the company a lesson on the last day of the year. Mess with the Teamsters? You’re going to pay. The owners and managers had heard those threats before — in fact, Teamsters had set three small fires prior to their masterpiece — and shrugged them off.

This is the first of a three-part story on the fire itself, from Rescue 911, with narration by William Shatner. (The other two parts should autoplay after the first ends).

The ATF describes the fire like this:

At 3:30 p.m. a fire broke out. Employees attempted to suppress it to no avail. The manual fire evacuation alarm installed in the high-rise tower malfunctioned. As verbal warnings about the fire echoed through the lower levels of the hotel, smoke began spreading into the casino. Even this did not provoke a full evacuation; only a few individuals began moving to the exits.

Flashover occurred in the south ballroom and fire violently vented into a stairway/foyer area, spewing deadly products of combustion toward the lobby and casino.

Forty-five Seconds

Within eight to 13 minutes after the discovery of the fire, heavy black smoke billowed through the main lobby, past the casino and out the spiral stairway exit. Smoke heated to 600 degrees Fahrenheit filled the two-story high foyer, shattering its exterior glass panels. Almost simultaneously, the hot gases and flames exploded the glass wall between the foyer and the casino. Within 45 seconds, a front of black smoke followed by flames swept through the lobby and the entire length of the casino, killing dozens. The inferno engulfed the high-rise tower, trapping hundreds of occupants. Rescue workers rushed to the top floors, herding the panicky occupants upwards and onto the roof where helicopters lifted them to safety.

The death toll was more from toxic smoke than from direct thermal injuries. As one firefighter explains in the videos above, “The smoke was so toxic that people could die… from two or three respirations.”

From 94 to 98 people died — the period stories disagree, possibly because some bodies took time to recover, and some of the injured didn’t pull through. Approximately 150 were injured.

It was helicopter rescues that kept the death toll from being twice or three times as high. The rescues were hairy, because of the narrow ledge; a small Hughes 500 (military guys, think Little Bird) could make it, a Bell 206 hung over the edge, and larger, more capable military helicopters like a PR Army National Guard UH-1H and Coast Guard Sea Kings and Eurocopters had to hover with one skid or one wheel on and one in the air, inches from disaster.

Not all the fatalities were tourists.

One of the fatalities was a U.S. Secret Service special agent working on a counterfeiting investigation; his charred body was found in the currency counting room adjacent to the casino. Most of the fatalities and injuries occurred in the casino when the visitors were blanketed by the racing smoke and flame front. Miraculously, only one person in the high-rise tower died. The damage to the building was estimated to be $6 million.

But ATF investigators, who flew in an arson-lab-in-a-truck on an Air Force C5, quickly learned that it wasn’t just any fire: it had been set by cans of Sterno set in stored furniture.

Because of the multiple explosions, witnesses thought the conflagration was a bombing incident. But based on the physical evidence found at the scene and from more than 400 witness statements and interviews, ATF determined that the fire was an intentional act of arson; that the area of origin was in a stack of furniture in the south ballroom; and that the fire was initiated by one or more cans of Sterno-type cooking fuel placed or thrown at the points of origin.

Victims inside the destroyed lobby.

The union activists who started the fire were quickly rounded up. Several pled guilty (they had meant to punish the company for not recognizing their union, and frighten tourists, not murder people. Their attorneys said that they were aghast at the consequences of their own actions). One committed suicide by jumping from a tall building. Despite the claimed remorse, though, all maintained a strict code of omerta with respect to the planning of the massacre and the foreknowledge of Teamster Local 901 and national leaders.

The New York Times, which had a pro-union editorial policy at the time, excised any mention of the labor dispute from their reports, and were still in denial about the cause of the disaster 10 days later. The union countercharged that the deaths were the hotel’s fault for not having more emergency exits.

The Teamster leaders who ordered the fire were too well-connected politically with the PR territorial government; they were never investigated or charged, nor were the Teamsters who created the diversion for the Teamster firebugs. But there would have been no convictions at all, if not for the efforts of the ATF Regional and National Response arson teams.

Workers show the strain of clearing the gutted property.

The rank-and-file murderers were sentenced to 99 years in prison — el máximo according to Puerto Rican law — but most if not all of them have received clemency from Teamsters-connected politicians.

Renovations to the building took ten years, and it reopened in 1995 as a Marriott property.

Update

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has published a technical paper on the early spread of the fire. You may download it at this link:

https://www.nist.gov/node/600621?pub_id=908808

Friday Tour d’Horizon, Week 49

Well, this week we started our Tour d’Horizon, on a timely basis — Sunday! So let’s see if the week has given us good stuff.

Guns

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

We Make “Battlefield I” Come Alive

Kid has come back this week to celebrate a friend’s birthday, to hang out, and to visit some old friends, like his favorite schoolmates, and the people (workers and daily “regulars”) at the church where he worked. Having him around has been a delight. The move to St. Louis with Plaintiff II seems to have helped his health, so there is that.

Our gift to him this birthday was, per his request, the video game Battlefield I, a first-person shooter set in World War I. And one of the things we knew he wanted to do was go to the range. Easily done, right? But we thought we’d do something a little different. We let him handle several World War I guns that we figured featured in the game, and brought a couple out to shoot, along with our carry P-01 and his choice of the ARs.

He got to shoot a 98a and a Lange Pistole 08 (artillery Luger). The 98a was a neat trick as we don’t have one, exactly. However, we have a 1923 vz. 22 made by the Czechoslovak State Armory in Brno, which is where significant amounts of the Mauser tooling (and engineers) went after the Treaty of Versailles idled Oberndorf. A near-clone of the 98a, it was the second rifle made in the factory that had been an Austro-Hungaran repair facility, and it was only made for about a year before the Czechoslovak Army replaced it with a carbine version, the vz. 24. Many of the vz. 22s were exported to Turkey, but this one bears no marks of any service but Czechoslovak.

The headspace and function of the gun was good, apart from the safety, which is stuck in the “fire” position. We had some Yugoslav surplus ball. Kid loved it, and learned why we stressed having it firmly against the pocket of his shoulder on firing, and learned why we keep saying the sights were the one part where the Mauser was not best in the world in 1914. The Luger was less successful. Firing 115 grain ball we had one failure to extract, but Kid had a hard time with it, with several jams. We had a case of 125 grain, and that might have solved our problem, but it was late and we had to police the range while the sun still shone. He’s asked for the AR, but when we unpacked, most of the mags were still loaded. The 200 rounds of Yugo ball were gone.

“I can’t wait till I’m 18 and can buy my own guns!” And he goes forth on this planet, a lover not only of AR and AK, but of the Mauser 98. Call us anytime, Lord: our mission is complete.

German (Blank) Gun Licenses Up Significantly in 2016

Sent by a friend of the blog. From German Wikipedia:

“Im Juni 2016 waren 402.301 kleine Waffenscheine im Nationalen Waffenregister gespeichert. [3] , bis Ende Oktober 2016 wurden 449.000 Dokumente registriert. [4] . Die Anzahl stieg damit deutlich an: im ersten Halbjahr 2016 um 49 %. [3] und bis Oktober um ~63 % im Vergleich zum Vorjahr [4] .”

Auf Englisch:

In June 2016, 402,301 Minor Weapons Licenses were recorded in the National Weapons Register; by the end of October, 2016 449,000 of these documents were registered. The numbers thus increased significantly: in the first half of 2016 by 49%, and through October approximately 63% in comparison to the prior year.

Yes, under half a million weapons card owners in a country of 80 million. This is a rather weird carry license, unique to Germany, that doesn’t cover real guns. The MWL (kleiner Waffenschein) allows the carry of a blank-firing weapon outside of the home. It is a new category, established in 2002. (Any adult German may buy a blank gun, but he needs an MWL to carry it). Blank gun license? Don’t laugh, it’s all they’ve got, in a country where the political ovethead is swelling the population with imported violent criminals and terrorists.

Tracking Point Update

In previous weekly wraps, we included the Vimeo links to the first four shots or “Duels” of the American Sniper Challenge. Tracking Point has been trickling them out (Trickling Point?) to keep people excited about their firearms this holiday season and as of 9 AM Texas time this morning, they were down to just ten of the $14,000 M900 Super Kit (the well-equipped 900 yard .day/night 308 AR) for this Christmas.

Here’s an overview of the Challenge. This should be visible everywhere as it’s a YouTube video:

They were down to ten of the $9,500 5.56mm M700s on the morning of Pearl Harbor day, so you might be SOL on that one already.

Duel 5: Prone (Bipod), Unknown Distance

As of noon today, this was the last of the 13 “Duels” that they’d posted on Vimeo. .(If you’re too impatient to wait for us next Friday, you can keep checking TP’s Vimeo account).

Here’s the link for those of you for whom the embed worketh not (from previous complaints, some Eurostanis):

https://vimeo.com/193900893

Gun Stocks update

PreElection closings: RGR 64.40, SWHC 28.45, VSTO 38.94.  [8 Nov 16]
-3 week’s closings: RGR 53.20, SWHC 24.13, VSTO 40.02. [18 Nov 16]
-2 week’s closings: RGR 52.50, SWHC 23.82, VSTO 41.05. [25 Nov 16] [short trading day and week]
Last week’s closings: RGR 50.25, SWHC 21.10, VSTO 39.66. [2 Dec 16]
This week’s closings: RGR 51.95, SWHC 21.25, VSTO 39.05. [9 Dec 16] [as of noon]

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

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

Congressional 2A Caucus

A baker’s dozen of Republican Congressmen have founded the 2nd Amendment Caucus. Names at the link. (No word on whether their opposition Democrats will found a “2nd Amendment, but…” caucus). Most of the names on the list come to mind as solid 2A reps, but a previous 2A Caucus collapsed in waffling.

Usage and Employment

The hardware takes you only half way. 

Listen Live to Andrew Branca this weekend!

Andrew sends

On Sunday, December 11 at 8PM Eastern / 6PM Central I will be on the air, LIVE, with Mark Walters of Armed America Radio.  To listen, go to am1280thepatriot.com and click on ‘Listen Live.’   It sometimes starts with an advertisement so make sure to tune in a minute or so early.

We don’t see how 8PM Eastern / 6PM Central works, as the two time zones are only an hour apart, but whatever. We strongly recommend his book, live seminars, and instructor program, all of which we’ve spent our own money on. This is instruction that can save you life, not in the sense that tactical training is, but in the sense that a life spent reenacting the pre-escape scenes of The Shawshank Redemption is not much of a life. One screwup in self defense can land you in the sights of a prosecutor, and in the stripes of a convict.

Quick Thinking!

A quick-thinking woman, held hostage by a flipped-out husband, managed to save herself and her 3-year-old by scrawling “Call 911” on a UPS package being picked up at her home. The UPS driver, alerted, did just that, and sheriff’s deputies soon had the situation resolved without violence. UPS notes that its drivers are trained to, as they saying goes, observe and report.

No, she didn’t use a weapon, but she saved herself.

Cops ‘n’ Crims

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

Why Police Have Snipers

No, it’s not a two-mile shot, but a typical close-range police sniper shot, and the very one they train for (and that features in 1000 movies): the armed hostage-taker. Three hours into an armed standoff with Tulsa, OK, police, one Salvador Reyes, 42, who didn’t take it well when his wife dropped a cash-out divorce on him and moved a boyfriend in, invaded the house and grabbed a kid a Mom of the Year™ and Captain Coxcomb fled with two other kids.

After some fruitless hours, the armed guy who had been pointing a gun at himself and the kid, stepped out on the balcony, still armed, holding a 2-year-old — not his two-year-old, the current boyfriend’s kid — as a human shield. With a railing around the balcony, the cop took the ballsy decision — and the shot — as soon as Reyes was framed in the door. Reyes dropped, dead as a mackerel.

Here’s the brief PoliceOne take. Here’s a longer report at the Tulsa World. Here’s the YouTube page with an explanation in the description field. The World says the shot was a planned decision:

“If he comes outside, is armed and has the baby, if there’s a clear shot to the head take it,” an officer ordered midway through the standoff, according to a computer-aided dispatch transcript obtained by the Tulsa World.

Now the wife “wins” the divorce, so no doubt she’s happy. It’s easy to see how guys get emotional in situations like this, but Reyes could tell you, if he wasn’t stone cold graveyard dead, that it doesn’t pay.

The cop has a heck of a name, for a cop: Officer Jason Lawless. One small detail buried deep in the Tulsa World story:

When officers arrived, they found Reyes standing in the front yard before he retreated into the residence. He then appeared multiple times on the second-floor balcony and at the front door, each time holding the child and a gun, police said.

Officers tried unsuccessfully to communicate with Reyes, whom a spokesman has said “spoke very little English,” and eventually requested a Spanish-speaking officer. Additional attempts to negotiate in Spanish were ineffective, leading police to opt for a lethal solution.

Just threatening the kids Americans won’t threaten.

When the Cop Was a Crim, I

NYPD PatrolmanRichard Evans, was called “unfit for duty” when supervisors called him back to the 52nd Precinct house in the Bronx after citizen complains he was drunk on duty. A supervisor agreed with the citizens, and suspended Evans — without pay, which the NY Post notes was $126k last fiscal year — on the spot. You know, that scene from every cop movie where the by-the-book supervisor takes the hero’s gun and badge? Only Hollywood’s probably going to give his hero’s life story a miss.

The officer was described by sources as a problem drinker.

One source said he is “really sick and having issues.”

“Nobody’s been able to do anything about it,” another said.

A photo snapped last year shows Evans nodding off in a chair in the station’s locker room with his shirt hiked up, exposing his large gut.

That photo was almost certainly taken by a fellow cop who’s sick of him, and hiked up the shirt for the photo. What’s the over-under on whether the guy got bag-dragged, too?

At least the union is sure to back him up — Evans is a PBA delegate. Evans has complained that he lives “paycheck to paycheck,” despite his high earnings.

Exercise for the reader: get caught exercising your NYC pistol permit (permits from the rest of the state are invalid in the five boroughs) while drunk, and see if you get the gentle treatment Evans has had, so far. What leader lets a drunk get this bad? The passed-out photo’s almost two years old!

Cop Killer Sought Bagged

Wednesday, Georgia police were searching for this guy, Minguell Kennedy Lambrick, in the shooting of two cops in Americus, Georgia. One, an Americus cop, was kiled, and the other a campus officer from a nearby institution who came to back him up, was critically wounded.

How funny, that they already had this mugshot on file for the cop killer. How often does that happen? (Yes, we’re being facetious).

Updates: the wounded officer has also passed away, despite the great efforts of first responders, surgeons, and hospital staff. And the killer, who was not only a career criminal but also had active warrants, killed himself yesterday, when cornered. God damn his soul. The citizen who tipped police to the late unlamented Lembrick’s location may receive  $70k reward.

New G-Rides?

Everyone who follows or has friends in Federal LE knows that of all the agencies, Immigration and Customs Enforcement has had the lowest morale (three-hundreth-and-plenty out of all three-hundred-and-plenty agencies, actually), and it doesn’t take an Aristotle to figure out why.

Morale has definitely seen an uptick in the last month, in hopes the the HSI part will #MakeInvestigationsGreatAgain and the ERO part will #GetToDoDeportations&RemovalsAgain. That could happen, but we suspect that the story that they’re all getting these new g-rides is, alas, Fake News.

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Nose: “There isn’t a lot of room in the back for detainees… won’t they be uncomfortable?”

SA Not-Authorized-to-Speak-to-Nose: “So?”

NYT: Prisons are Raaaaacist

Because you can’t spell the word without five a’s. The Times’s lengthy beef, to which at least four reporters contributed, is that, statistically, black violent felons aren’t getting paroled as soon or as frequently as white violent felons.

Hey, we know how to make the parole rates of both kinds of violent felons equal out to infinity decimal places. 0.00000000000~%!

The Perils of Kathleen: is now Suspended

For the first time in Christ-knows-how-long, there is nothing in the news about the militantly anti-gun, resoundingly dishonest convicted felon and former Attorney General of the State of Pennsylvania. Her replacement Josh Shapiro, shares her anti-gun sentiment.

Absent other developments, this featurette is suspended until the outcome of her appeal puts her back in the news — and, God willing, back behind bars — again.

When the Cop was a Crim, II

Actually, the Cop was a victim. Of an armed assault by a “paranoid” and possibly drunken FBI agent, Ruben Hernandez, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Fortunately, Hernandez’s bad (drunken?) marksmanship saved the cop, and fortunately for Hernandez, the cop didn’t fire back.

Hernandez is a Vegas-based FBI special agent who was in Michigan pursuing an investigation. Now he is in jail for trying to shoot a cop during an “episode” at a local Planet Fitness.

How To Survive Police Encounters NEW

An infographic for urban yoot.

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Small-Time, Small-Mind Vandalism NEW

In the City of Brotherly Love, Duncan Lloyd and his boyfriend, whose identity police are treating with a degree of secrecy the CIA has proven unable to provide for intelligence operations, were out for a stroll in an upscale neighborhood. Lloyd and date were sashaying along, sipping wine from a long-stemmed glass whilst wearing, we are not making this up, an ascot. Lloyd is, and this is relevant to what happens next, “Assistant City Solicitor,” an entry-level lawyer for the city of Philadelphia. (One suspects his presence in the low-rent district of Philadelphia’s legal community suggests either that he’s slumming in hopes of launching a political career, or he didn’t come by his ascot honestly).

What’d Lloyd and his boyfriend do? Says the Philadelphia Inquirer: 

Duncan Lloyd, an assistant city solicitor, was identified in surveillance footage that captured Lloyd and a second man walking along Germantown Avenue in Chestnut Hill on Nov 25. In the footage, Lloyd is seen wearing a blue blazer and holding a glass of wine, filming or taking photos, while a second man spray paints “F— Trump,” on the wall of a newly opened Fresh Market.

Police released a video which shows Lloyd, wine glass in hand, holding up his cellphone as the second man, described as 20 to 30 years old, 6 feet tall, medium build, and wearing a blue hooded jacket, spray-paints the wall.

Police have estimated the damage at between $3,000 and $10,000.

For those of you who live where fresh food is the norm, the “Fresh Market” is a hipster urban market that lets you virtue-signal by paying more for produce, in a store that has priced the black and brown “masses” out and only has “your kind” of people. If you’re Duncan Lloyd.

So far, the police have been unable to identify the culprits, or, more likely, has been given instructions. Mayor Kenney, who certainly agrees with the sentiments in the graffito, is moving Gaia and earth not to fire his overdressed and undercivil underling.

“It’s still working out. It’s certainly hateful and inappropriate and unacceptable…but people are human beings and they make mistakes and it’s a dumb mistake,” Kenney said. “It’s hateful graffiti, hateful graffiti is never acceptable whether it’s a city employee or not.”

The small and usually demoralized Republican Party in the city had a hoot of a comment, too:

“Did the extra glass of Shiraz give him some sort of delusional confidence that there are no cameras on Germantown Avenue? The taxpayers should be entrusting exactly none of our faith into this man. He should be fired from our city’s Law Department immediately.”

Not going to happen. As we noted, the Mayor basically agrees with him, although he’s not enough of a dumb-ass to go around painting graffiti about it.

The Philly reporter got hold of the 32-year-old Lloyd’s Linked-in account, and reported with some hint of Schadenfreude:

Lloyd, 32, attended Germantown Friends School and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and Temple University’s Beasley School of Law, according to his LinkedIn page. He makes $63,207 a year, working in the Labor and Employment unit, representing the city mostly in federal and state discrimination lawsuits.

No wonder the city always settles or loses those suits.

On his LinkedIn page he wrote of the job, “As a result of these responsibilities, I hear the craziest stories – ones regularly driven by the unreasonable mores of lust, anger, passion, and envy.”

The story he’s wrapped up in now occurred around midnight Friday at the Fresh Market at 8200 Germantown Ave.

Ba-dump THUMP. Still, that was nothing to what another underemployed lawyer, Elie Mystal, the waspish queen of the Above the Law legal snark site, had to say.

When Duncan Lloyd vandalizes your city, it’s part of his larger campaign of finding a way to crawl out from under his covers in the morning. Look at him. LOOK AT HIM. He’s not out here trying to send the children of Trump supporters back to Mexico. He’s not trying to destroy the climate so Jesus can Rapture him to Graceland. He just wants to be able to look his cats in the eye without feeling ineffectual and ashamed. “I made a statement today, Odysseus and Penelope. I’m not going to let this be normalized.”

Mystal, who shares Kenney’s and Lloyd’s politics and attitudes, but not to the point of justifying vandalism, goes on and on. Do Read The Whole Thing™. Few things in life are more entertaining than the meltdown of a sore loser, and hardly any of these guys ever played team sports and learned sportsmanship, including the most crucial lesson, how to lose and come back to win again.

This kind of immature narcissism got them President-Elect Trump. Keep it up and they’ll have Trump through January, ’25.

Unconventional (and current) Warfare

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

Who’s Spending Israel’s Shekels?

Well, the ones they’re spending in Germany on state-of-the-art conventional submarines from Thyssen Krupp, at least part of them, are going to the terrorists of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, who own “less than five percent” of the German industrial conglomerate. (They used to have a larger share, and a seat on the board. The share is now 4.5% through a holding company, IFIC). The Israeli media are not amused.

Even the Terrorists Know it’s a Sham

The Royal Saudi “Terrorist Rehab” program. You know, the one the USG is desperately packing various bomb-makers, planners, and jihad managers off to, to fulfill a campaign promise to “close Guantanamo”? Yeah, that one. Officially, only one in five returns to terrorism, but even the terrorists themselves have told that it’s really more like an advanced sharia terrorist training camp. Of 134 terrorists sent there, dozens have already returned to jihad against the West and civilization, with the support of their Saudi masters. This report in the New York Post summarizes and expands on the revelations in the terrorist parole documents here.

Speaking of Iranians, they’re Appealing to Friends in High Places

The Iranians have asked President Obama, who’s something more than a good buddy and something less than a controlled agent, to veto the routine extension of the Iranian Sanctions Act. The President can veto the bill, which provides a framework for sanctions on the world’s greatest terrorism exporter, but it would probably be overridden: it passed the Senate. for example, 99-0.

At present, the Act has no teeth because President Obama has unilaterally waived the provisions of the Act, pursuant to his deal to promote Iranian nuclear armament. But existence of the bill on the books would allow any subsequent President (like the one coming in approximately a month) to reinstate the sanctions. (Update — the President signed the bill. Sorry, Hadji).

Secretary of the Navy? Who’s Ze?

In a week that the Little Crappy Ship program was in the news for being over even the latest inflated budget and producing zero, add it up, zero combat power, the Navy focused single-mindedly on its latest mission: Getting everybody to pretend they’re some other sex. Even if they gotta make one up.

Karyn Z. Sproles, PhD, the director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, said there is a demand for “Safe Space” training at the Naval Academy.

“Training is offered because we find that, like all Millennials, this generation of midshipmen is eager to become more educated about issues of gender and sexuality,” she said. “There is a consistent demand by faculty, staff, and Midshipmen for ‘Safe Space’ training, which is regularly offered by the Center for Teaching and Learning.”

They got really awesome teachers, Florin and Marnie.

Florin is a “Diversity Consultant” who has given inclusivity trainings for YouTube, at Twitter’s headquarters in San Francisco, and Google offices around the world, including Tokyo and Sidney.

Because yeah, when another nation challenges us at sea we can just get @jack to ban ’em.

“Marnie, who identifies as gender neutral and goes by the prounouns [sic] ‘ze’ or ‘they,’ created their first LGBTQ training as a Peace Corps Volunteer in West Africa,” according to Florin’s website. “Marnie then worked for the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center, where ze organzied [sic] and canvassed for gay marriage.”

Forty-two midshipmen demanded this “safe space” training, apparently. (A few years from now, you’ll always be able to tell the naval officer in a joint operation. Ze’ll be the one in the blue cammies, hiding and sucking zis/zir thumb).

How does a continental power get by without a credible Navy? We’re, uh, asking for a friend. Ze wants to know.

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™?

Secret VA Hospital Ratings

Some wise guy once said, “Never write when you can speak. Never speak when you can nod. Never nod when you can wink.” The VA keeps writing, and then keeps trying to keep what they’ve been writing secret — most recently, a five-star rating scheme for VA facilities. The secrecy seems to have allowed VA to be quite frank in these internal ratings (unlike the usual .gov tee-ball participation trophy rating schemes, or VA’s PR statements to outsiders). For example, the Phoenix DVA, which has killed more people than the Oakland rave fire, earned its single star.

The documents obtained by USA TODAY list star ratings for every facility for the fourth quarter of 2015. The VA subsequently agreed to provide a list of one- and five-star facilities for the quarter that ended June 30, the most recent ratings available, but declined to identify those with two to four stars.

Undersecretary David Shulkin pointed out that the leak probably damaged attempts to keep the ratings honest, and boasted that:

…all of the one-star facilities have shown improvement except for the VA medical center in Detroit, which has declined

What are they going to do to turn that around?

[M]edical centers where performance has declined are getting extra scrutiny and help from national VA officials. If they still don’t show sufficient progress, hospital management could be replaced.

Don’t hold your breath.

The statistics show a mixed bag:

On average, veterans are dying at lower rates and contracting fewer staph and urinary tract infections from catheters in VA medical centers since 2014. Veterans are not staying as long in VA hospitals and they are being readmitted within 30 days at lower rates.

At the same time, veterans are experiencing higher rates of preventable complications during hospital stays, on average, than they did in 2014. Those on ventilators suffered more problems, such as catching pneumonia, and the rate of turnover for nurses has increased.

The VA’s probably a good place to eliminate civil service and increase manager accountability.

Maybe We’re Doing Managers Wrong

A declared candidate for head of VA, a lawyer named John Wells, thinks Washington isn’t run enough by lawyers. Here’s what he identifies as the cause of the problem:

  • Jim Nicholson, VA Secretary 2005-07 (West Point class of 1961)
  • James Peake, VA Secretary 2007-09 (West Point class of 1966)
  • Eric Shinseki, VA Secretary 2009-14 (West Point class of 1965)
  • Bob McDonald, VA Secretary 2014-17 (West Point class of 1975)

Eh, while that’s quite a list of underperformers, we don’t think their shared Hudson High pedigree is quite the cause. Other than that he is a former Navy officer, not a former Army guy, what Wells has to offer is more involvement by more attorneys, vastly more spending, and no more accountability for insiders than at present.

Then, we could probably do worse — and we probably will.

Lord Love a Duck!

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

Novel Update

 

Still writing.

Fat Barbie update

The word is the same Hollyweird studio behind Ghostbustettes is going to make a live-action movie based on, we are not making this up, the ever popular doll Barbie. OK… now we see the desperation for a merchandising tie-in inherent in the system… but it was the actress that they want to play Barbie that caught folks’ attention: Amy Schumer.

Heck, it could be a whole series: The Fat and the Furious. 

Because if there’s anything we want our daughters to aspire to, it’s being fat, rude, crude, and, most of all, as abrasive as possible. That way, one day we can visit our grandkittens.

This may not be the blockbuster the studio us hoping for. She’s so horrible, she can even take the fun out of drinking: having her and her male cognate Seth Rogen as spokesmen made a brand of beer unpopular. We’re predicting another ghostbust.

OT: A Czech Collectors’ Item We Don’t Have Yet

This 1962 movie shows the Czech Tatra T602 luxury car, a weird and wonderful beast with a single tube chassis and rear-wheel drive from an air-cooled, rear-mounted overhead valve V8 engine. The car was mostly used as a chauffeur-driven conveyance by high Party mucks, and as a first ride on your way to the uranium mines at Jachymov at the hands of the Statní Bezpečnost, and one with CD diplomatic plates was used by Yasser Arafat to run both weapons and rent boys through the inter-German border, back during the Cold War. It was also sold in the West, which may be why this video was made with partial English titles. The guy playing the driver is a national champion rally driver; the guys playing the cops are really cops, and the cop car that gives ineffectual chase is a lower-rent Tatra.

Watching this video made us look for one to buy. So far, we haven’t. Tatras are weird and wonderful and have their own fans, like Citroëns, and both sets of fans probably need their heads examined. (Yeah, the Citroën box is already checked here. Let’s not do that again).

 

Preparation: Harvesting Rainwater

You may or may not know David the Good, who’s made himself an expert in drawing nature’s bounty from the Earth. For many would-be survivalists, gardening is a Great Relearning (gratuitous O’Rourke reference) of things our agricultural forebears once knew instinctively, but have drifted away from.

Once the environment isn’t actively killing you, the first way it will passively kill you is by dehydration. In SFQC (back in the day) and SERE now, they teach a lot of techniques for finding enough water to sustain yourself, but what about sustaining a family, a homestead, a small community? Fortunately, most of the places on God’s earth where people live, He has provided water. He doesn’t always do it on command or on schedule, so you might want to think about storing and capturing it.

In the high Andes mountains, the downwind western slopes are arid and sparely vegetated, like the eastern slopes of our Rockies. The great mountain range has scraped most of the moisture out on the upwind side, to near-stratospheric levels, and so rainwater is very precious. In ancient times, before the written word, the people living there built communities, cities and civilizations, and they did it by redistributing the occasional bounty of rain through an ingenious irrigation system that delivered life-giving water steadily to crop terraces, a system of cisterns and sometimes covered canals that is still in use in that place 3,000 years later.

It is much easier for us to do what David advises, than it was for some poor ancestor of the Mayan race, with nothing but stones for tools. As he makes clear, most of us have the tools to capture considerable water for agricultural purposes. (It’s tougher to capture and store drinking water).

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.