On this grim anniversary we’re throwing the usual kitchen-sink of uncovered stories at you…. Naturally, we’ll cover the usual subjects: Guns, Usage and Employment, Cops ‘n’ Crims, Unconventional (and current) Warfare, and Lord Love a Duck!
Grim Anniversary: the message that sent hundreds to their deaths.
We really wanted to write more about these gun stories. So many guns, so few fingers….
Sales are Up
Hey, all it takes are a few threatened race riots, and the FBI’s releasing updated background check counts, and bedamned if background checks, so recently pronounced dead by the Acela media, aren’t up. The actual numbers don’t seem to be in any of the reports, so here’s a picture of the table from the FBI’s PDF.
Note that May, June, July and August 2015 all set all-time records month-over-month. Year to date is slightly behind 2013, but the trend is towards higher, and the summer months are typically the sales doldrums. We predict very conservatively that we’ll see 1.6 to 2.0 million NICS transactions a month for the rest of the year, with November and December breaking the 2 million level for a new all-time annual record.
MSNBC has a cow, lying that August was, at least, lower than 2012 (it was about 220,000 higher, and 2014 beat 2012 too), and ending by quoting a register/ban/10-day-waiting-period/confiscation-supporting “common sense” Democrat (whose party and past votes they don’t mention) that despite his threatening all that, “we’re not at all threatening anyone’s ability to get a gun… we’re talking about … common sense legislation.”
Keep talking, pal. Help us set some new records. That’s common sense to us.
Colt Bankruptcy News
The Colt bankruptcy has been proceeding (as the cash on hand has been dwindling) and the Sciens Capital hedge fund gang who have looted the company coffers have been defeated in their bid to cram the bondholders down to zero while retaining 100% of the company themselves. The parties are in negotiation — a negotiation Sciens did not want, but was forced to when Morgan Stanley, left holding a large loan that was largely paid out as bonuses to the Sciens managers — with a sticking point being another pungent deal: Sciens insiders bought a building and lock Colt into a long-term lease at far over-market rates. This is typical of the sort of thing that gets broomed in a Chapter 15 proceeding but Sciens has stuck firmly to it. It will soon be a moot point: the lease is up, if Colt survives that long, in two more months.
Meanwhile, Colt has suspended filing normal financial reports and is filing 8Ks at irregular intervals, about twice a month. They changed their website so old links to filings don’t work.
It’s a tossup who gets control of the company. If it is Sciens, it doesn’t mean anything good for the products, judging from their past stewardship of the brand. If it’s the bondholders, that may also be bad news, because they’ll be looking to maximize their immediate payoff (or, to be honest, minimize their losses).
- Nathaniel F at TFB
- Tom R at TFB points out Colt’s hiring. A commenter nails it, and we expand: struggling company, nanny state, staggering taxes and cost of living, lousy weather. Why would you?
- The Hartford Courant on the latest maneuvers (may be paywalled).
- An edited version of the Courant article at al-Reuters.
- Hartford Courant on the last insiders’ demand for bonuses and golden parachutes (21 Aug 15).
- Colt’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (as reported by Colt).
Usage and Employment
The hardware takes you only half way. (We got nothing this week,).
Cops ‘n’ Crims
Michael Bane shared this disturbing graffito from Houston, TX.
Cops bein’ cops, crims bein’ crims. The endless Tom and Jerry show of crime and (sometimes instantaneous) punishment. There’s so much going on here have to restrict our comment on these links.
It’s usually a pretty safe job to be a cop. That’s all changed thanks to incitement to violence at high levels of government, and enthusiasm for lawlessness from the last two attorneys general, both practicing racialists. Tell us again about the atmosphere of racial healing out there.
ITEM: The Mayor Was a Kiddie Diddler
Ever wonder why Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns (or as we call it, with good reason, Illegal Mayors Against Guns) quit puting the names of its members on its website? It does appear that Bloomberg has disappeared the names of his participating mayors because dozens and dozens of them were going up the river for violent or corrupt felonies. Now, we can’t be sure Matthew V. Scannapieco, a former Republican town mayor from Marlboro, New Jersey, was a member, but he probably was — he fits their character profile. He’s just been sentenced to 25 years in prison for raping a child for three continuous years, starting when she was only 6. (Even Mohammed, the world’s most successful pedophile, didn’t start till they were nine). At 71, Scannapieco probably can’t do 25 years, but the court is giving him the opportunity to do as much as he can.
It wasn’t Scannapieco’s first rodeo with the courts — when he was US Attorney, Chris Christie nailed both him and the town’s Democrat leader in a classic case of bipartisan insider corruption. He got a deal you wouldn’t get on his sentence from that one (2 years instead of the guidelines’ 25), but while the case was going on he was raping this child — a relative, no less.
It’s never just one crime, with a criminal. Crime is what they do.
ITEM: Public Enemy Number 1, Circa 1824
You’d never know this if you were unwise enough to rely on the TV or the major metropolitan dailies for your information, but there was crime before the invention of the detachable box magazine. Take Samuel Green, which is something many town and rural lawmen tried to do in those years before proper police:
By this time, nothing was beyond the ambitions of Samuel Green. He left a trail of burglary, rape, horse-stealing, counterfeiting and murder from Montpelier, Vermont, to Schenectady, New York; from Saco, Maine, to Barre, Vermont. He became America’s first Public Enemy Number One. Half the country was looking for him and the bounties offered for his capture were large.
He did wind up locked up, and might have just done time for property crimes if he hadn’t murdered another yardbird for thwarting Green’s escape. He was, in the style of those years, given a fair trial and hung.
Tell us again how the easy availability of handguns, and assault weapons with no “sporting purpose,” made him do it.
ITEM: “Gun violence in NY is largely segregated.”
NYPD retiree Ed Conlon tells it like it is at the Wall Street Journal last Saturday.
It’s not up to me to decide what activists should protest, but after years of dealing with the realities of street violence, I don’t understand how a movement called “Black Lives Matter” can ignore the leading cause of death among young black men in the U.S., which is homicide by their peers.
But the City of New York, Washington DC, and other liberal-led or black-led jurisdictions keep saying that the answer to this crime is arresting fewer of the black urban criminals, and applying punitive gun sanctions to white people (and non-criminals of every race) in Maine or Texas.
There may be a growing consensus that too many men are in prison in America today, but I know that not enough from the Bronx are there. The system is broken in more ways than one.
A friend of ours was a beat cop in the same precinct where Conlon was a detective, the 44. Like Conlon says, “tales of travesty take up a lot of shelf space” in a cop’s “library of job stories.”
Homes in Ferguson, MO, have lost half or more of their value, businesses won’t re-open, and the only options left for the citizens are crime and welfare (which always go together, as the latter enables the former).
ITEM: Chicongo Knows Why Crime is Up! GUNZ!
Crime is esss-plodin’ in The City that Grafts.
From the Chicongo Tribune, passed along the jungle telegraph by the drums of the LA Times:
Robert Tracy, the department’s chief of crime control strategies, said that more than ever, petty disagreements and interpersonal conflicts are too often being settled by gunfire.
“We have a very big gang problem in the city of Chicago, and at the same time we have too many people carrying illegal guns without many consequences,” said Tracy, picking up on a favorite theme of Supt. Garry McCarthy, who blames the proliferation of guns and lax gun laws for much of the violence.
Habitually drunk, perpetually angry and historically irresponsible with his own gun, McCarthy won’t even issue a permit to a black guy. And of course, it’s pretty much black-gang-criminal-on-black-gang-criminal (and occasional black innocent bystander) violence, but these national socialists Tracy and McCarthy want to punish white moose hunters in Maine, Asian techies in Miami, and Spanish-bilingual shopkeepers in Texas for the crime in their own city. Crime that has resulted in part from their punitive management of their own police department, and their city’s toleration for corruption and crime at the top.
To understand Chicongo crime, ignore McStreetlightSharpshooter, read Second City Cop instead.
ITEM: They Might Deport This One
As the US gets ready to functionally disband ICE this year1, they’ve may have one last deportation to do, of a harmless DREAMer car washer — who just happened to be on an MS-13 hit team that whacked a Salvadoran prosecutor.
ITEM: Is El Cheapo’s Son Named “Scott”? (NEW)
Probably not. Scott would have warned Dr Evil not to tweet a picture with the cell phone location turned on. Unless, of course, El Cheapo Guzman is probably just trolling the Mexican authorities (whom he functionally owns, anyway) with a bogus location.
Unconventional (and current) Warfare
What goes on in the battlezones of the world — and preparation of the future battlefields.
Was that the Beer Fridge, or the Pathogen Fridge?
That’s the question they’re asking around DOD biodefense labs as it turns out it’s not just anthrax and maybe plague that were mishandled, but a doctor’s nightmare array of deadly pathogens. The latest (10 Sep 15) from McPaper:
The suspect specimens, which may be live despite being labeled as killed or weakened, indicate a wider range of dangerous bioterror pathogens being handled using sloppy safety practices at laboratories operated by the U.S. military. They also further illustrate the risks faced by other scientists who rely on pathogen “death certificates” to know whether or not a provided sample is still infectious and can be worked with safely without special protective equipment. An ongoing USA TODAY Media Network investigation has revealed numerous mishaps at government, university and private labs that operate in the secretive world of biodefense research prompting growing concern in Congress and among biosafety experts.
Actually, we always called it a “kill certificate,” and yes, we always did trust it. It looks like that just went out the window.
Hmmm. Maybe it’s time to get the band back together and provide an operational armature to a DOD biodefense effort again.
The President’s Favorite Soldier in Legal Trouble.
We refer, of course, to traitor Bowe Bergdahl, who is not only charged with desertion but also UCMJ Article 99, Misconduct before the Enemy, which has a potential death penalty. (He won’t be subjected to the DP. The wussified law school debtors that overlawyer the Army would never stand for it. But he may actually get convicted and do time. If he’s lucky, he’ll get Bradley Manning for a cellmate, and then he won’t have to be the girl.
There will be an Article 32 Hearing, military parallel to a grand jury, for Bergdahl this coming week, in which his high-powered legal team (who’s paying them, Arab terror financiers?) will go through the motions (is this why they call it the “motions phase”?) but he’ll still wind up bound over for trial.
Some pro-Bergdahl commentators are shocked, shocked that the Army would actually charge him with Article 99, just because he’s guilty. He could go to prison! Hey, the guys who got whacked looking for him are still dead. Call ’em a Waaahmbulance!
Lord Love a Duck!
The weird and wonderful (or creepy) that we didn’t otherwise get to.
The Moral Philosopy of Star Trek
In this interesting article at the Claremont Review of Books, Timothy Sandefur contrasts the politics of the 1960s TV show — steeped in the shared morality of Americans who knew WWII victory, the Cold War, and the New Frontier — with the moral relativism and strongman, near-fascist politics (although Sandefur does not use that word — of the bald-guy version and the current CGI-spectacle reboot. Here is Sandefur’s analysis of the moral issue at the core of one of the mid-60s episodes:
This theme is made more explicit in “The Apple,” perhaps the quintessential episode of the original Star Trek. Here Kirk unashamedly violates the “Prime Directive”—the rule forbidding starship captains from interfering with the cultures they contact—by ordering the Enterprise to destroy Vaal, another computer tyrant ruling over an idyllic planet. Like Landru, Vaal is an omniscient totalitarian, and he demands sacrifices. The natives, known only as “people of Vaal,” have no culture, no freedom, no science—they do not even know how to farm—and no children, as Vaal has forbidden sex along with all other individualistic impulses. This sets Kirk’s teeth on edge. There are objective goods and evils, and slavery is evil because it deprives life forms of their right to self-government and self-development.
What differentiates “The Apple” from “Archons” is Spock’s reaction. In the earlier episode, he joined Kirk in condemning Landru; now the half human/half Vulcan is reluctant to interfere with what he calls “a splendid example of reciprocity.” When chief medical officer Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy (DeForest Kelley) protests, Spock accuses him of “applying human standards to non-human cultures.” To this cool relativism, McCoy replies, “There are certain absolutes, Mr. Spock, and one of them is the right of humanoids to a free and unchained environment, the right to have conditions which permit growth.”
Can you imagine a TV show today in which the characters are motivated by love for (and desire to share) individual liberty? Not from today’s Hollywood: so technically rich, so morally bankrupt. Today’s Chris Pine version of the starship captain is (thanks to the director and screenwriters, we think, more than the actor) a man whose only morality is personal utilitarianism, who commands by something not very different from King Arthur’s mystical/divine right, and whose philosophy is a junior fighter pilot’s: “all balls, no forehead.” (Again, that’s our characterization of JJ Abrams’s version of Kirk, and Sandefur makes the same point much more delicately).
Ancestor or Dead End?
Archaeologists aren’t speaking in one voice, but some of them think a cave find in South Africa points to another species, one that was either a link in human evolution or a dead end, depending on what scientist you ask. Interesting.
Some Future Saturday Matinees
We might do one or more of these for an upcoming movie review. What think ye?
The Wereth Eleven is a documentary with reenactments of a little-known Nazi atrocity against American escaped POWs.
A Hill in Korea is a low-budget 1950s feature film about a patrol in Korea. What’s special about it? Well, it’s not only about the forgotten war, but forgotten participants — the British forces.
Platoon Leader is a forgotten Vietnam War film that seems to be praised by Vietnam veterans (!) for its accuracy, but dissed by film fans for its script (especially dialogue) and acting.
The Bunker is a Vietnam movie with even worse reviews than Platoon Leader!
Attack Force Nam 2 is a 1980s film in the Golan-Globus, not-quite-Chuck-Norris-knockoff-of-Sylvester-Stallone style. There’s an Attack Force Nam that this is a sequel to, but it’s not on Prime Video, so we’d have to buy the DVD.
Howling with the Angels is a short (45 min) documentary about a Jew with the Czech Resistance.
Hitler’s Children is a documentary about the moral weight borne by the children, not of Hitler (he had none, thank a merciful God), but of many other Hitlerian henchmen, except Goebbels (he and his wife murdered theirs before committing suicide). Some of the reviews suggest it’s heavy on the moralizing, as if people need reminding that, say, the Holocaust was a bad thing.
Tovarisch, I Am Not Dead appears to be an idiosyncratic documentary about a Gulag survivor reaching his peace with his past, fifty years later, produced by his son.
Perlasca is an Italian movie (in Italian, without subtitles, just so you know) about a man who used his past as a fighter in the Spanish Civil War (for the victorious rebel or Fascist government) to wrangle Spanish citizenship, and then spirit Jews out of Hungary before they could be deported by the Arrow Cross government and murdered in German death camps.
Edelweiss Pirates is a glamorized view of a young Communist movement that resisted the Nazis in Germany — at first ineffectively, but then effectively enough to catch the Gestapo’s attention.
Five Branded Women is a different look at resistance — a 1950s French film about the circumstances and fate of women accused of fraternizing with occupation forces, after the tide of war turned.
Injury Slight is the documentary a team of enthusiastic near-beginners put together about a P-38 pilot’s remarkable survival odyssey in the no-man’s-land of New Guinea in WWII.
The SIlent Enemy (British, 1958) is a great dramatization of early frogman operations in the Mediterranean — by Italian and British special operations forces.
The Magic Money Tree
One reason every dirtbag and handout-seeker in the Levant is running for Europe right now is that the Europeans have too much money and too little sense to use it wisely. Among the people who think money grows on trees in Old Europe are the gnomes of the European Central Bank, who have spent almost $1.5 million on a sculpture called the Magic Money Tree that sits amid real landscaping trees outside the ECB’s missshapen Frankfurt klavern — on which over a billion dollars has been wasted by the out-of-control bankers. An ECB PR dolly says:
It is not about decorating the headquarters, it is about helping the cultural world.
Public institutions in many countries have the obligation, or are encouraged by guiding principles, to commission works of art when they construct a new building.
In times of austerity we think it is important to spend money on art because it is a unifying theme between countries.
Another ECB functionary said the tree was “rooted in the humanist values of Europe in the most beautiful way.” You don’t say.
The one member of the “cultural world” who’s been helped is Italian celebrity artist Giuseppe Penone, who will have about $1.5 mil of the $1.5 mil left after paying for the scrap metal that forms the structure of the tree. It’s certainly been a magic money tree for him; now, he will take his $1.5 million and continue lecturing on “Art of the Poor.”
- The HSI side of ICE has about 5000 agents total. It’s tasked with 4000-plus to assist the US Secret Service in the 2016 campaign and on such VIP events as the Pope visit. No one will be left in the agency but HQ insiders, people on vacation, and a few paper shufflers to keep shuffling paper.