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]This week’s installment includes: Guns, Usage & Employment, Cops-n-Crims, Unconventional and Current Warfare, Veterans’ Issues, and we got nothin’ in Lord Love a Duck this week.
I don’t wanna work, I just wanna bang on my gun all day.
Is a Little Tom worth that much?
We won’t be bidding, because we still have a case of the Jaws at GunBroker, but two rare Little Toms have been on the site for a few weeks now. This is the first DA autopistol, so it’s historically significant; these are both Wiener Waffenfabrik produced guns (which are the bulk of Little Toms). They’re not drawing bids, but then, they’re not perfect, and they’re priced high. How high? An ultra-rare .32 proofed in 1929 is actually only a couple hundred high of the market at $1,400, but it includes a Bubbafied FN .32 magazine in place of the original. This is the .32:Meanwhile, a slightly better than average .25, proofed in 1925 has a nosebleed buy-it-now of $1700. That’s almost triple what we bought one for this year.
One suspects these sellers might be dangling inventory according to the Greater Fool Theory. We wish them the best of luck.
George Sold his Gun for a Cool Quarter Million
At this rate, we know how to simultaneously solve thorny problems of crime and economics. Al-Reuters reports, quoting two TV stations, that George Zimmerman has sold the world’s most famous Kel-Tec PF9, seen here in a government press handout from the period when DA Angela Corey was using George as a pole to vault to national prominence, and as a wedge to eliminate .
George has pledged to use the money to defend gun rights and to fight the violence against police promoted by the Black Criminal Lives Matter movement.
Naturally, this hasn’t pleased supporters of black criminals. The Detroit Free Press, one of the newspapers that was there all along as a great city did a Hiroshima to itself, says, “George Zimmerman takes victory lap on dead boy’s grave.” The “boy” — a gang-tatted, drug-using, thieving, violent scumbag — is definitely dead, but whose fault is that? The cold hard fact is this: because of choices wannabe thug Trayvon Martin made, because of choices his crummy parents made, the world is a slightly better place — because George’s single shot stopped Trayvon’s life of violent and property crime. How many robbery, assault, and murder victims will not be victims, because Trayvon, a repulsive little crook, got himself canceled out?
To steal a line from science fiction, think of it as evolution in action.
Stealth Furniture Roundup
We’ve covered gun-concealing furniture before, but now it’s going mainstream with this report in Fox News. Here’s a couple of examples:
Fox’s Perry Chiaramonte identifies several manufacturers:
The paradox of this type of stuff is, as we see it, that the more people that know about it, the less this kind of concealment protects you from burglars or home invaders, who will gradually get wise to it.
Usage and Employment
The hardware takes you only half way.
The NYPD’s Marksmanship Improves, But…
Remember when the cops hit nine bystanders in an Empire State Building gunfight with a murderer a couple years ago? This time, a short walk away, they only hit one. Go, NYPD. The Post:
Another shot grazed the wrist of bystander Lauran Code, a 46-year-old lingerie designer from California.
It was not clear whether the shot was addressed to the felon du jour, a crazy threatening the Midtown Manhattan crowd with a knife, or was one of that NYPD tradition “to whom it may concern”. At this juncture, three rounds appear to be unaccounted for, and what must be a new record for NYPD, five out of nine actually hit the intended target, 46-year-old nut job Garry Conrad. But that still didn’t leave the public confident about the cops’ shooting skills.
Four of the bullets got lodged in Conrad’s Carhartt jacket, sources said, adding that he was not wearing a bulletproof vest.
The press managed to find a retired Deputy Inspector who said, “It sounds like a problem and should be looked into.” Gee, is he sure about that?
Cops ‘n’ Crims
Cops bein’ cops, crims bein’ crims. The endless Tom and Jerry show of crime and (sometimes instantaneous) punishment.
About Those Activists out to Help Troubled Youth
It seems like for every one that’s actually “out to help,” there’s a number of them who want to bang troubled youth. People who watched the movie Spotlight about how the Boston Globe took on teen-boy-buggering priest Paul Shanley didn’t get all the story, because, as you can see if you read between the lines of this story, the Globe’s gay reporters and editors relentlessly promoted Shanley’s various “ministries to troubled youth,” through the 60s, 70s and 80s, like his 1971 “retreat house for youth workers on a 95-acre farm.” With extra sodomy, free! The Globe turned on him for some reason in the early 2000s… probably because he got too old to appeal to their editors any more. But prior to that, as this book says (look inside and search for “Shanley”), “starting in 1969 and continuing into the 1980s, the Globe published approximately two dozen articles” lauding Shanley and his gay-youth ministry.
So if somebody says he wants to help troubled youth, advise youth to watch his you-know-what.
So here comes Charles Wade, “a Ferguson activist who is part of the “Black [Criminal] Lives Matter” movement,” according to KTVI-2 in St. Louis.
Wade runs Operation Help or Hush, a non-profit created during the Ferguson unrest. Last September he began crowd funding a center for children and youth near Ferguson and Dellwood.
So what’s he doing with “children and youth”?
According to court records, Charles Wade, was arrested in April for allegedly hiring out a 17 year old girl for sex in Maryland. The operation was discovered by undercover agents
Apparently he hauled her to St Louis and started pimpin’ her out. Wade is charged wit prostitution and human trafficking.
Paul Shanley. Now available in black!
Tales of Entitled Thieves
One face of crime: Prolancia Aquila Turner, 26 (right). Turner, a career thief, was all bent out of shape over her latest theft, from the Indian River Mall in Vero Beach, Florida. Sheriff’s deputy reports:
Turner was crying and angry and spontaneously uttered, “everyone steals from this store, why are you picking on me?”
For some values of “everyone,” like Prolancia’s social circle, that just might be true.
The Perils of Kathleen: Win One, Lose One
“But wait! You’re my own lawyers!”
Korrupt Kathleen Kane’s attorneys and flunkies (feel the burn, PA taxpayers — that’s your wallet losing weight) won one, by getting her off the hook to testify in perv coach Jerry Sandusky’s quest for a new trial. So that’s one less legal burden to deal with, for the woman who considered her election a referendum on criminalizing gun ownership and use in the Keystone State.
Kane climbed to fame and office by alleging that the previous AG had not pursued Jerry Sandusky, the Nittany Kiddie Diddler, a winning coach who also was using his position, with the apparent awareness of Penn State leaders for forty years, to rape scores of young boys. (Penn State has, so far, paid almost $100 million to 32 Sandusky victims; and because of management complicity in, and cover-up of, Sandusky’s crimes, the college’s insurer is not paying PennState back, so the cash is coming straight outta endowment. So sad). Kane’s opportunism struck at just the right time, when Pennsylvanians were disgusted with Sandusky and his enablers in the Penn State administration and among college athletics supporters. Seeing her crop up in the Sandusky legal imbroglio, which promises to give Jarndyce v. Jarndyce a run for the record books, is a reminder of just how she conned Pennsylvanians into electing her.
And Kane’s attorneys and flunkies lost one with her longshot “Selective and Vindictive Prosecution” motion for dismissal. Even though the case is being heard by a Kane political fellow-traveler, Judge Wendy Demchik-Alloy, she couldn’t accept the dog’s breakfast of a motion, and it was so sloppy — despite all the taxpayer’s cash that Kane supplements further from her immense personal fortune — that she borked it on procedural grounds, with instructions to the lawyers on how to rewrite it for success next time. One hint: only one wild allegation per motion, please.
Until the lawyers get the motion into conformance with state criminal procedure (uh, isn’t that what you pay criminal lawyers to do? Too early in the season to blame the intern), the judge won’t get to the merits of the case (and have to consider the prosecution rebuttal, which, of course, can’t be written until Kane’s team absorbs this lesson in criminal procedure. (Can they get CLE credit for that?). More coverage: Allentown Morning Call; The Legal Intelligencer. Actually, let’s pull a paragraph from the Legal Intelligencer:
Demchick-Alloy’s order is not the first instance in which a judge has corrected Kane’s defense attorneys on a matter related to her criminal case. Ross Kramer of Winston & Strawn was admonished in an April court order by Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Diana L. Anhalt.
Anhalt said Kramer made an “intentional misrepresentation” to the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas when he wrote in an affidavit that Anhalt told him filing the “selective and vindictive” motion publicly could result in a contempt finding against Kane and her attorneys. The judge said she never made that statement, and that when Kramer called her in March, she said it would be inappropriate for her to give him an advisory opinion. As a result, she denied Kramer pro hac vice admission in the Philadelphia court.
The same day as Anhalt’s order, Gerald Shargel of Winston & Strawn, who has been leading Kane’s defense, was corrected by Demchick-Alloy in a pretrial motions hearing. When Shargel said he planned to appeal Demchick-Alloy’s denial of certain pretrial motions, he seemed unaware that the Common Pleas Court can choose whether to certify an order for interlocutory appeal.
“I just passed on to Mr. Steele and to your honor a copy of the interlocutory notice of appeal, and I think that’s the end of jurisdiction by this court, because I think that this vests jurisdiction in the Superior Court,” Shargel said to Demchick-Alloy in open court April 20.
Demchick-Alloy informed him that in Pennsylvania, the question of certification lies with the common pleas judge.
“So, respectfully, Mr. Shargel, I don’t know if this is a matter of a New York practitioner in Pennsylvania, it is what it is,” Demchick-Alloy said.
Shargel declined to comment on Demchick-Alloy’s order Tuesday.
She may not be getting the best legal support her money can buy.
Unconventional (and current) Warfare
What goes on in the battlezones of the world — and preparation of the future battlefields. (We’ll have more next week)
American who Joined ISIL: “Worst Decision I’ve Ever Made.”
Hoist high this Jolly Roger, and set yourself forth to roger with extreme jollity….
“Mo” is cooperating with the FBI, and has already pled guilty to two serious felonies, providing material support to, and receiving military training from, a terrorist organization. He knows he could be hammered with up to fifty years in prison, but hopes that his cooperation will buy him leniency. He was on NBC News, telling his story.
[H]e was seduced by promises of a utopian Islamic State only to find brutality and chaos when he got to Syria.
“At one point towards the end as things were getting more and more serious, I did see severed heads placed on spiked poles,”
Where did Mo learn to hate America enough to join the terrorist quasi-state?
Mo, who attended Columbia University…
That figures. Eat your hearts out, Harvard and Yale. More at the link; Read The Whole Thing™.
Does America Need a Foreign Legion?
This comes up from time to time. Currently, Sean McFate, whom you’ve probably never heard of, brings it up. McFate touts his military resume (8 years as an officer, branch elided but apparently not maneuver combat arms, apparently zero deployments), and speaks not of his Beltway think-tank inbreeding, which is evident in the bio provided by his — we are not making this up — Beverly Hills publicist [.pdf].
You should read his article and get the sense of his idea. It’s the sort of thing that comes out of these soft-handed masters of the universe, collegiate edition. Here’s taste:
It’s time for an American Foreign Legion. It would be a part of the Defense Department, but its enlisted members would be recruited globally.
This encompasses the best of option three (sending more troops to the Middle East) without the pitfalls of option four (relying on private contractors and mercenaries).
An American Foreign Legion would solve many problems that have plagued us in the past decade of war…
Lastly, it would help stem the growth of the mercenary industry worldwide. The United States is the biggest consumer of private military services, but we have limited control. When we no longer wish to pay military contractors, they will find someone who will.
We should stop outsourcing war. Nor should we have a Vietnam War-esque draft. An all-volunteer force is core to our values, so let’s extend that opportunity to the rest of the world.
Why does he want to “stem the growth of the mercenary industry worldwide” when he’s so proud of his time as a contractor? Maybe because he’s no longer employed there?
In fact, this is a crappy idea, not because the French do it badly but because they do things with it that the United States Army does not have the will or the leadership to do. Principally, they imbue their troops with a love for la Legión Étrangère and la Belle France, and turn them into French patriots — if somewhat coarse and direct ones. Many of the rank and file in the Legion have been, for decades, French themselves, because they’ve seldom been able to fill it with foreigners, but that’s not the problem. The French believe, rightly or wrongly, that their citizens make better officers than enlisted men; we don’t have enough first-hand experience of French troops to say, but our impression of the US Army is that we have more quality problems and especially integrity problems in the commissioned echelon than in the rank and file.
But most of all, can the Army, whose single highest priority is a divisive, wedge-driving Diversity establishment, ever assimilate anybody? Our suspicion is that McFate threw this out there (maybe polished or suggested by his Beverly Hills publicist) to promote his next book, which is a novel coming out right about now with a protagonist who is not a Mary Sue version of McFate at all but is the kindest, bravest, warmest, most wonderful….
Uh, sorry, we were carried away there. Glimpse of the Red Queen and all that. But we have a counterproposal: let’s have a Beltway Legion. These people are far more foreign to American values than anyone we might recruit from Roma or the Yanomamo. And instead of using the French Foreign Legion as a model, let’s take our cue from the penal battalions of the 20th Century totalitarian states like Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union.
Surely, somewhere, there’s a minefield that needs clearing?
Is it time to disband this thing yet, and letting all its bloatoverhead seek its own level in the Dreaded Private Sector™?
The Lawyer With the Sticky Fingers
Do look for something this week, on the SF wannabe lawyer who’s employed at VA and drives a Rolls-Royce.
Sure, being a .gov lawyer can be easy and rich work, but a Rolls? Yeah, because he’s scammed a fortune on the side, by setting up a bogus charity. We had to confirm that he was not assigned to SF in Vietnam as a 31542, and indeed, he wasn’t: he was a freakin’ staff judge advocate. This is just a teaser….
Lord Love a Duck!
The weird and wonderful (or creepy) that we didn’t otherwise get to.
Nothing this week. Wait, there’s this:
Now that The “I Identify As…” Nut Jobs have Won the Bathroom Wars, It’s Time for the Species Barrier to Fall.
From the Daily Mail:
Secret life of the ‘human pups’: Weird world of the grown men who enjoy dressing up as DOGS in roleplay craze sweeping the nation
Around 10,000 people in the UK enjoy the pet play craze
Men tend to prefer dressing as dogs while women identify more as kittens
Channel 4 met and filmed some of the ‘human pups’ for its documentary
One of them, Tom, won the coveted Mr Puppy UK title as ‘Spot’
Can we get an eeewwww?