Tour d’Horizon is that ancient Romance language, le franglais, for Hognose’s Data Compost File, into which all sorts of things are thrown.
It’s an interesting time. March just ended, and with it the 1st Quarter of 2016, and we’ve set a new record of readership every month, both year-over-year and relative to the previous month. We’re humbled and grateful.
This week’s installment includes:
I don’t wanna work, I just wanna bang on my gun all day.
An Overview of 7.62 x 54R ammunition
The world’s oldest round still in service has been made in many variations. Some of them are found in these pages at 7.62x54r.net: Master Cartridge Reference and Ammunition Identification. Lots more good stuff at the site, too; a mostly Western perspective on this Russian, Soviet, and Bloc/former Bloc caliber.
Do Cop Trade-ins Make Good guns?
Tim, writing at gunnuts.net answers, “It depends, but for the right purposes, yes.” Pretty much the same conclusion we came to independently, and he saved us from having to write this.
Tracking Point on TV
We were going to write “on the small screen” but — is your screen still small? A press release from TP tells us their Precision Guided Firearm was featured on NCIS, which they apparently see a great way to promote their brand. Not having seen the show, we can’t know, buy we’re skeptical.
So, how long until Schumer is on TV demanding it be banned?
For those who actually watch this, Tracking Point included a link to the episode featuring their firearm — the episode title is “Scope.” Link may or may not work from here, it hasn’t been checked.
Move Over, Copperhead
Here’s a conversion kit that smartens up dumb artillery rounds and gets them “close enough” — for artillery, anyway — at a fraction of the cost of previous smart shells or retrofit kits. They just screw in in place of the old fuze. Dean Weingarten has the story, and he worked on the project.
We think the shells are now officially smarter than the guys servicing the piece.
Not a Gun, Really…
But a lot of engineering goes into a nuclear warhead. Here, scientists test heat resistance of nose-cone materials, almost 60 years ago. The whole story’s at the IEEE Spectrum.
The problem of orbital and near-orbital ballistic warheads burning up had to be solved and it turned out to be a little counterintuitive — the secret was making the reentry vehicles blunt. The same technology would be used in US manned spaceflight, with capsules re-entering broad butt first. (The Shuttle did something similar in its reentry, by altering its attitude to “flat plate” itself to the relative wind).
Operation Choke Point Never Stopped
The politicians said they defunded Choke Point, but it’s still choking off financial access to gun dealers and other lawful businesses. The Daily Signal’s Kelsey Harkness has a story of how anti-gun People’s United Bank in Connecticut cut off Rich Sprandel’s Blue Line Firearms & Tactical’s line of credit with a voicemail from a People’s United VP he’d been dealing with:
[We] no longer lend to firearms dealers… that’s a new thing for us.
Home Trust Bank in Asheville, NC cut off Luke Lichterman’s Hunting and Defense, saying they didn’t want to do business with criminals like “gun dealers and pornographers.”
Office of the Comptroller of the Currency spokesman Bryan Hubbard, one of the designated fielders for questions about his bosses’ anti-gun actions, gave a very precisely worded statement denying everything without denying what his agency is actually doing. The FDIC, the OCC, and the Justice department have all been working together to undermine the firearms industry.
Highly Recommended Ammo Books
If you’re interested in Russian ammo, this set of four books (in Russian) comes highly recommended by Max Popenker. We know you guys are going to wait for us to review it, bit we thought we’d put it out there. The four volumes are:
Book-1 “From the invention of gunpowder until the middle of the XX century”.
Book-2 “Modern foreign ammunition”.
Book-3 “Modern Russian ammunition, how legends were created”.
Book-4 “Modern Russian ammunition, chronicles of the creators”.
$200 for the set of four (presumably plus shipping — perhaps another $100). I wonder if there’s anything in there about Sylvestr Krnka, one of those interesting Czechs who worked for other nations when there was no Czech nation. His rifle was a single-shot rifle-musket conversion, used by Russia in the late 19th Century.
Usage and Employment
The hardware takes you only half way.
Representatives Concealed Carry, Others Wet Pants
In Arizona, a legal change allowed state reps to carry in the State House if they were licensed. Some did.
Rep. Randy Friese and five other Democrats sent a letter to Speaker David Gowan Wednesday…
Essentially, having a bedwetting breakdown over the thought that some other legislators were going to work armed.
Farewell to a Great Instructor
We should have mentioned this a week or two ago, but Todd Louis Green has passed away after a long illness. He was a happy warrior for better and more practical training, and the inventor of several first-rate drills, including Dot Torture.
Here’s some classic TLG: Trust No One.
Thoughts on the Reality of Self Defense
Rob Morse has a characteristically thoughtful post. Here’s two edited (for brevity) paragraphs.
We are most likely to be attacked when we are away from home. That means the arsenal in our gun safe is useless most of the time. … What we have on our body right now is what we will use to win or lose a self-defense encounter. It is unlikely that we will have time to go to our car or safe room…. That is why criminals attack people … on jogging trails.
It isn’t a fair fight. Criminals want to outnumber us and they come prepared to overpower us with knives and guns. Unless we train, we suffer a huge disadvantage because we won’t believe this is happening when we’re attacked.
It’s a come as you are party. What are you armed with right this instant. (Eh, here? A .25. Seriously. But there’s a sword within reach, too). Do Read The Whole Thing™.
Cops ‘n’ Crims
Cops bein’ cops, crims bein’ crims. The endless Tom and Jerry show of crime and (sometimes instantaneous) punishment.
Here’s a recent mugshot of Keith Harward, imprisoned since 1982 or so after being convicted of capital murder and rape.
Most recent mugshot of Jerry Crotty, fingered as the actual rapist/murder by DNA evidence, finally analyzed after obstruction by the prosecutor’s office that jailed Harward. Crotty’s sample was on file because he was doing time for another rape.
The key testimony that framed Harward was “bite-mark analysis,” a field of forensic “science” that has since been discredited as, essentially, fabricated.
33 years of life in prison… if those frauds of forensics clowns are still sucking oxygen, and haven’t perished in their sins like the late, unlamented Jerry Crotty has, they owe society 33 years in the jug. UK Daily Mail story. Richmond, VA Times-Dispatch story.
Death of a Drug
Remember the Flakka epidemic of 2015?
Last summer, [Broward County Sheriffs Office Lieutenant Ozzy] Tianga made frequent trips to this flakka hot spot as media from around the world descended on South Florida to document the synthetic stimulant’s devastating effects. Flakka addicts were everywhere. Running into traffic. Zoned-out on curbs. Sometimes naked. Sometimes in the grips of a drug-fueled psychosis.
It’s over. The Chinese government dropped the hammer on the producer of the synthetic drug last October, and by January, the supply line was empty of the cheap, destructive substance. Wish they were all that easy.
But that Old Drug, Marijuana?
Turns out our high school observations of the class burnouts were dead on. The more you smoke that stuff, the bigger a loser you turn into. The story quotes academics from Cal, Duke, and King’s College London, but they somehow missed the chance to pull an interview from the Dean of the University of F***ing Obvious.
How Nuts are New Jersey Gun Laws?
This nuts: a guy “shooting” a non-gun prop while filming an actual movie was arrested, spent four days in jail, and is now on trial because some Jersey goombah of a prosecutor wants to put him in prison. For ten years. For acting in a movie where a production company didn’t have a permit for its props. Read more from Ed Morrissey at HotAir.com.
But Sometimes an NJ Defendant would have been Arrested Anywhere
Restraining orders and unlicensed NFA weapons are a really, really bad combination.
It’s So Bad the Jersey Courts Have Noticed
And an appeals court ordered the Attorney General’s Office, a hotbed of anti-gun and pro-criminal lawyers, to pay over $100k to reimburse a gun-rights group for stonewalling a FOIA request, and to answer the FOIA request.
Which the AG did… with a document … well, observe the image.
We guess he wants the taxpayers to give another hundred grand to the cause of gun rights. And he thought not giving up that much black toner was worth $100k — of your money, Jersey chumps.
It’s so Bad Chris Christie noticed
Big Chris took time out from tilting at windmills last year to appoint a blue-ribbon commission, every executive’s favorite dodge when he’s hoping interest in a bad but politically expedient policy will blow over. Well, the windmills one, and Chris and Sancho and Rocinante are all back in the Garden State in time to get the commission’s verdict: “Yeah, our gun laws are ate up.” The recommendations are cautious: a little lightening up on the definition of “need” for a permit; some tweaks in the tourism-killing harassment of peaceable travelers; and, “increasing the transparency of the application process” — the very objective against which Christie’s own AG is waging a scorched-earth campaign against the courts, as noted above. Still, the longest journey — and to rejoin the United States on gun rights, NJ has the longest, longest journey — begins with a single step.
Sometimes the Cop might be a Crook, I
A few years ago, we covered a missing M16A1 that the Philadelphia PD had misplaced, and mentioned the embattled head of the department firearms unit, Lt. Vincent Testa. Testa, who had been in the legal crosshairs since 2011, was about to face prosecutors under oath this week. He didn’t. He shot himself to death Wednesday. One supposes the prosecutors can draw inferences from that.
So, Why is Mommy’s Little Angel an Angel?
Jeanie Ditty, a Fort Bragg soldier, had these pictures made with the “ghost” of her deceased daughter, Macy Grace, by a very kind Pennsylvania photographer who makes images like this, and goes by Sunny Jo.
Imagine Sunny Jo’s feelings on discovering that Ditty and her boyfriend, Zachary Keeler, are charged with murdering the two-year-old. Actually, you don’t need to imagine, because the deceived photog is quoted in the story.
NYC Shotspotter’s Big Catch
We’ve mentioned before that Shotspotter technology has bagged exactly one shooter in NYC, although really, it was the guy popping off where several officers happened to be right on top of him that did him in. Here’s his gun which he
bought off the internet, er, uh, acquired through black-market means after someone stole it from the last lawful owner years ago:
And here’s the story, from last July.
Gun Back to Owner After 26 Years
An angry, bitter anti-gun New Hampshire judge gave up his quixotic quest to have the deodand put to death, and returned Vance Lattime Sr’s revolver. Lattime’s son (Vance Jr.) had sneaked the .38 caliber Colt Detective Special away for a few days, and Vance Jr’s friend, William Flynn, with the help of Vance Jr. and two other high school kids, murdered Greggory Smart with it in Derry, New Hampshire — whereupon Vance, Jr, snuck it back into its storage place. Smart’s wife Pamela, who worked at the local high school, had grown tired of the marriage; she seduced the boys and persuaded them to murder Greggory in “the perfect crime.” Vance Lattime Sr. actually broke the case when, tipped off by a third party that his Colt had been used, delivered it and that news to the police.
Judge Andrew R. Schulman wasn’t very interested in imprisoning the mudering boys — they’re all long since out, unlike Pam Smart, the mastermind of this conspiracy of numbskulls — but he really wanted the death penalty for the gun.
But, if released to the intervenor (Lattime Sr.), the ‘gun from the Pam Smart’ case will itself attain B-list status. To prevent that from happening, if the court could do as it pleased, it would forfeit the gun to the State and order it destroyed.
He’s very, very bitter that he can’t just do what he pleases. And what he did was walk the murderers and blame the gun!
And Sometimes the Cop is a Crook, II
The fallout’s still falling out in New York City, where four very senior police commanders have been “reassigned” — for two of them, the kind of reassignment that involves handing the Commissioner their guns and badges — amid a corruption probe that ties into a Ponzi scheme suspect and the Mayor’s office. A bunch of unusual suspects include a pillar of the Orthodox Jewish community, a Catholic cop who was caught taking cash and diamonds from a shady businessman and told a friend, “I’m bleeeped,” when he heard of the probe, and the bleeeped Deputy Inspector’s wife, a veteran of Reality TV on Oprah’s network.
The guys making the payoffs were friends of and supporters of Mayor De Blasio, and helped run his inauguration celebrations. One of them was connected to “a shadow government of lobbyists”. The payoffs included trips to China, Brazil and the Super Bowl.
So far, the department’s reaction has been muted, with Commissioner Bill Bratton demanding that all the captains-and-up who didn’t get busted attend “training on ethics and conflicts of interest.” We are not making that up. What does he think, that the guys getting payoffs thought it was all on the level, and they just need to be taught that it isn’t?
Unconventional (and current) Warfare
What goes on in the battlezones of the world — and preparation of the future battlefields.
A Curious Frenchman
This story is generally reported in the US as a piece about foreign cluelessness about free speech: imagine, taking somebody’s liberty away because of this!
A 22-year old Frenchman has been sentenced to three months in prison for texting his ex-girlfriend an emoji in the form of a pistol, in the first such ruling of its kind in France.
The court in Valence in the southern Drôme département ruled that the gun-shaped character at the end of a mobile phone text message constituted a “death threat in the form of an image”, and handed the accused a six-month sentence, with three suspended.
Boy, that charge and sentence seems extreme, even though the girl was underage. What kind of Frenchman was this?
Oh. That kind.
Cross Putin And…
…you just might be on Candid Kremlin Camera. As a porn producer, he’s a pretty good intelligence officer. As an intel officer, your porn doesn’t need to be in the running for an AVN Award, it just needs to star the designated marks.
Exit speculation prompt: what deal was offered, and declined, that got the blackmail video released?
The Administration’s Legacy
The Washington Post (admittedly, in the person of house conservative Jennifer Rubin) assesses the Administration’s foreign policy, beginning with this:
The plunge of Syria and Iraq into seemingly interminable warfare is the most long-lasting debacle of the Obama presidency.
We have to say we disagree. What about Libya? What about the consequences of the ill-planned, domestic-policy-driven bugouts from Afghanistan and Iraq? But we’ll let Ms Rubin continue. We just object to zeroing in on just one foreign-and-defense-policy debacle.
Despite a temporary cease-fire in Syria — which only cements Bashar al-Assad’s continued rule and Russia’s geopolitical victory — and some gains in Iraq, the facts on the ground have changed irreparably.
While subsequent presidents may be able to halt Iran’s quest for nuclear weapons (although thanks to President Obama, more likely through the use of force), genocide cannot be undone.
Of course, the Islamic State is responsible for only part of the mayhem. The continued rule of Assad — who has repeatedly used chemical weapons with no real or lasting consequences and has waged a bloody civil war taking the lives of more than 300,000 and turning millions into refugees — is a critical part of Obama’s legacy as well. In other words, the Obama team will leave behind more than a genocide.
…the administration seems to have learned nothing from a long, dreadful history of inaction in the face of genocide.
Hey, what’s more important, some stupid genocide or the NCAA bracket? This is one administration that is clear on its priorities.
Another Knucklehead Invades the White House
It may be extremely shorthanded — down 600 agents, and God knows how many uniformed officers — but the Secret Service can still field the loonies who pop-fly themselves onto the White House lawn.
An intruder late on Friday threw a backpack over the White House fence and then climbed over the barrier before being detained by Secret Service agents, a spokesman for the agency said.
The intruder was detained immediately after scaling the north fence at the president’s residence, Secret Service spokesman Robert Hoback said in an email.
The SS doesn’t need us to defend them, but seriously, crazies acting crazy are not the Service’s fault. They handled this clown suitably (he’s in jail with the other sweepings of Metro DC).
Look for Story or Stories this week
There’s a ton of stuff, not a ton of time right now, and this post is long enough, isn’t it? But yeah, the VA is still screwing up by the numbers.
Lord Love a Duck!
The weird and wonderful (or creepy) that we didn’t otherwise get to.
It’s All Going Peer-Shaped…
…at the Real Peer-Reviewed Twitter feed, where some anonymous genius shows exactly how worthless most humanities and pseudoscience PhDs’ work is these days. Sample:
— Peer-reviewed (@real_peerreview) April 4, 2016
This is the picture, which we dunno how to embed like he does:
Here’s another one:
— Peer-reviewed (@real_peerreview) April 4, 2016
There’s a steady flow of them. The two responses that you likely will make to these tweets are:
- No $#!+, Professor?; and,
- I can’t believe anybody, however brain-damaged, believes this crap.
Possibly Related: Shrinking PhD job market!
The author of this piece is up in arms that even STEM grads can’t get jobs, but he uses a bogus alignment that classifies all the pseudosciences as STEM.
science and engineering Ph.D.s make up 75 percent of all doctorates awarded in 2014
He gets there by counting all kinds of new-agey types as life sciences, and calling the pseudosciences STEM. Sociologists? Anthropologists? Sorry, same critical-theory dullards as in the rest of the humanities.
And they’re unemployed? Well, would you hire the drones from Real Peer Review’s feed?
Exit Image: Peace Out!