We’ll cover the usual subjects: Guns, Usage and Employment, Cops ‘n’ Crims, Unconventional (and current) Warfare, and Lord Love a Duck!
We really wanted to write more about these gun stories. So many guns, so few fingers….
We always wanted to build an M231 clone. We also want to use M231 internals to make an open-bolt single shot so we can compare open- and closed-bolt accuracy. (It is not legal to make an open-bolt semi, as ATF considers it too easily converted to an MG. An open-bolt gun with no magwell should be okay). Anyway, there are always a few M231 parts for sale. At the moment, there’s even a live, transferable full-auto 231, but if you have to ask, you can’t afford it.
Here’s an Interview with Reed Knight Jr. Knight, of Knight’s Armament Corp., is not only an entrepreneur but also a historian and expert in firearms, especially Stoner evolution. He had the advantage of working with Gene Stoner for years and picking his brain.
The Washington Post has an article on the story we beat them to by a wide margin, the Marines’ abandoning the M16A4 in favor of the M4 for infantry Marines.
Usage and Employment
The hardware takes you only half way.
Cops ‘n’ Crims
Cops bein’ cops, crims bein’ crims. The endless Tom and Jerry show of crime and (sometimes instantaneous) punishment.
There’ll Always Be an England
And it will always crack down hard on some elderly farmer who tried to defend ‘imself against the yout’s whose crimes the coppers couldn’t be arsed to investigate. In this case:
Roy Delph, who cares for his housebound wife, was given a two year prison sentence, after a judge said there was no excuse for having a loaded weapon in a public place.
Judge Nicholas Coleman said he had shown a “brazen disregard” for the laws which were intended to keep guns safe.
Ah, yeah, “gun safety” laws… where have we heard that recently? Exercise for the reader: in what Central European state, famous for its early welfare system and often a model for Anglo-American utopians, does the same word serve for the very different concepts of “safety” and “security”?
Meanwhile, the kids that threatened Delph remain at large. Why would the cops bother them? They’re kindred souls.
Criminal Justice Reform – Two Views
Talk to a Fed and you will probably hear, along with stories of the mess-up-and-move-up culture that produces universally inept leadership, the idiotic laws they have to enforce. In ATF, it’s a particularly raw wound that the bureau is crucified for having to enforce illogical, self-contradictory laws that the agents themselves, mostly, never asked for. Instead these laws came from the ever-circling drain of ineptitude and venality that is Congress, and from the entitled nobility who somehow found their enshrinement in Article III of the Constitution, to wit, the judges. Liberals have always talked “justice reform” because they have always liked criminals, just so long as they’re in someone else’s neighborhood (given the .01% nature of many leaders of the movement these days, not a problem). Conservatives hear the words “justice reform,” and think, “there might be a way to spend less on the worthless wastes of skin behind bars.” Libertarians have always talked “justice reform” as if it’s a moral imperative or something.
The conservative view is pretty straightforward: to stop, say, gun crime, apply some Loc-Tite to the loose nuts behind the trigger, maintain for 20 years to life, repeat as needed, finished business. To get a handle on the very different libertarian view, see this article and listen to the podcast linked there, with Mark Holden, general counsel for the Koch Brothers. (Sorry, liberals, we should have given you a trigger warning before saying the name of your Voldemort. Thing is, Charles and David [last name deleted out of deference to the finer sensibilities of our left-leaning friends] are libertarians, not conservatives).
An eye-opening view of the liberal concept of incarceration comes from this New York Times (where else?) op-ed by a couple of naive college professors, untainted and unadulterated by exposure to real life, who went to jail in Germany (alas, only as visitors) and emerged fully epiphanized, emoting like John Reed in 1919. They envision kinder, gentler, less-prison-y prisons, because the Germans kill each other a lot less than Americans (especially poor, minority, drug-trading and-using Americans, who comprise the bulk of our prison population) do, and German prisons are a lot like college, therefore, if we made our prisons more like college… we;re not making this bleep up; here’s a sample.
More than 80 percent of those convicted of crimes in Germany receive sentences of “day fines” (based on the offense and the offender’s ability to pay). Only 5 percent end up in prison. Of those who do, about 70 percent have sentences of less than two years, with few serving more than 15 years.
The incarcerated people that we saw had considerable freedom of movement around their facilities and were expected to exercise judgment about how they used their time. Many are allowed, a few times a year, to leave the prison for a few hours or overnight to visit friends and family. Others resided in “open” facilities in which they slept at night but left for work during the day. Solitary confinement is rare in Germany, and generally limited to no more than a few days, with four weeks being the outer extreme (as opposed to months or years in the United States).
So why isn’t American crime and punishment like that? Because, these all-white professors tell us from their fine lecterns in their all-white-but-the-tokens universities:
America’s criminal justice system was constructed in slavery’s long shadow and is sustained today by the persistent forces of racism.
We don’t know what you can do with someone who reasons so like a child that he thinks prison, let alone slavery, produced La Cosa Nostra or Mara Salvatrucha 13, neither of which is a big issue in Bundesrepublik Deutschland. We suppose isolating these goons to the universities serves the same broad societal purpose as putting MS-13 sicarios in lockdown in the SHU.
There’ll Always Be an England, Part II.
OK, this happened in France, albeit to a Englishman and his wife.
Jenson Button and his wife Jessica Michibata were gassed at their luxury French villa as robbers looted the house and stole belongings worth £300,000.
The couple – who had been asleep – lay unconscious in bed as the burglars rifled through the rented St Tropez home, taking items including 30-year-old Jessica’s £250,000 engagement ring.
French police believe the gang had been watching the villa for days before letting off a cannister of anaesthetic gas into an air-conditioning vent
The French flics say that this is an increasingly common m.o. for burglars along the Riviera. We think you would have to hunt long and hard to find an anesthesiologist who would want anything to do with this; it’s only a matter of time before they botch the dose and kill somebody. If the name Jensen Button rings a bell, it’s because he’s a top Formula 1 driver for McLaren. (He started in F1 when he was in his teens 20 or so years ago, and is a triathlete on the side. Interesting fellow).
When guns are outlawed, criminals lose their fear of invading occupied homes, and good citizens have to fear criminals.
Who Needs ICE? Not DHS
The Department of Homeland Security, admitting that it is out of the business of arresting, convicting, and deporting criminal aliens (even as an increasing percentage of the FBI’s Most Wanted Lists, especially of violent and sex criminals, are foreign citizens) wants to cut ICE’s budget and take away agents’ G-Rides.
The money will be used to expand Secret Service protection details, which have become the latest ****-measuring stick used in games of Washington one-upmanship by insecure and unimportant midlevel bureaucrats. Indeed, two of ICE’s senior political appointees have diverted teams of criminal investigators to act as their own personal security details, their own faux Secret Service, because if you’re not arriving in a .gov Escalade with two Suburbans full of mob-lookin’ torpedoes, you’re not anybody in Georgetown any more.
Unconventional (and current) Warfare
What goes on in the battlezones of the world — and preparation of the future battlefields
The ISIL Bachelor Show
Well, the assels of ISIL have a new problem. It seems their latest batch of child brides are Just Sayin’ No to the attempts of ISIL “warriors” to upgrade their sex partners from goats and sheep to children of single- and low-double-digit age. (This is perfectly OK in Islam. Mohammed, the First Pedophile, married a six-year-old, but he was such a master of restraint he didn’t diddle her till she was a full nine). And they deal with sexual rejection the same way they deal with everything: cutting a few heads off.
It is not known whether the 19 women executed – supposedly just a few days ago – were Yazidis or not.
They were put to death because they refused to ‘participate in the practice of sexual jihad,’ a spokesman for the Kurdish Democratic Party in Mosul told Iraqi News.
Said Mimousini also claimed issues around money and the distribution of women have caused a rift within ISIS’s ranks.
In October, the terror group released a pamphlet which showed how much it charged for the purchase of its female captives.
Why are we losing to these pathetic bums? Three possibilities: God is really on their side; our own allied bums are even more pathetic; or, our leaders are more feckless and incompetent than a bunch of insecure Arabs who, intent on raping six-year-olds, can’t even pull that off and wind up killing the kids out of spite. Note that these three possibilities are not mutually exclusive; we discount #1 and figure it’s some blend of 2 and 3.
Missing Airplanes Then and Now
Africa is the graveyard of just about everything, so its not surprising that airplanes that go there often vanish off the books, pass through many shadowy sham ownerships, grow fake data plates, and, from time to time, disappear. Any aviation safety guy will tell you than no subsaharan African nation has a working, independent air safety regime such as that the civilized nations of the Americas, Europe and Asia have come to know.
Last October, Tim Wright dove into the issue again at Air and Space. He had previously (2010) written about a 727 that had disappeared in Angola and that was the subject of an intense search by US intelligence authorities.
An Anniversary of Note
Yesterday was the 70th anniversary of the nuking of Hiroshima. It’s amazing how many people today think that this was just terrible. Sure, should we have fought conventionally, like we did on Saipan and Okinawa? Had we done so, Japanese would truly be a language spoken only in Hell. There are horrors and there are horrors. War involves the application of horror to bring about an end to someone else’s inclination to commit various preceding horrors. Which horror is worse than the other is often a subject for postwar discussion, but seldom produces a true consensus. However, it’s hard to see how the deaths of 100,000+ in two nuclear bombings was not a superior outcome to the deaths of millions, possibly tens of millions, in a ground invasion that Japanese militarists were planning to fight to the last schoolboy in short pants and the last bamboo spear.
Lord Love a Duck!
The weird and wonderful (or creepy) that we didn’t otherwise get to.
The Country’s in the Best of Hands, Innit?
The Governor of Maine, at odds with both houses of his legislature, vetoed 65 of the 71 bills they passed this session. Only one problem: he didn’t veto them on time. So they all became law, says the state Supreme Court, including some that are anathema to the conservative Paul LePage (who is, in turn, anathema to the state’s solidly-Democratic media). These include welfare for criminal aliens, state-funded abortions, etc.
We’re researching to see if any of the bills was a gun bill. Maine Democrats tend to be liberal gun banners, but some defy the party and support gun rights; politicians of both parties pay more than the usual obeisance to Elmer Fudd, in a state with many hunters and considerable hunting revenue. LePage is a solid friend of gun owners and a strong supporter of Constitutional Carry passed earlier this year (which required Democrat votes). He’s also an abrasive personality who surprised everyone, probably even himself, winning re-election last year.
- Translation of the ISIL price list is as follows:
We have received news that the demand in Women and Cattle market has sharply decreased and that will affect Islamic State revenues as well as the funding of mujahideen in the battlefield, therefore we have made some changes. Below are the prices for Yazidi and Christian women.
The price for Yazidi or Christian women between the age of 40 – 50 is $43 (£27)
$75 (48) for 30 to 40-year-olds
$86 (£55) for 20 to 30-year-olds
$130 (£83) for ten to 20-year-olds
$172 (£110) for one to nine-year-olds
Customers are allowed to purchase only three items with the exception of customers from Turkey, Syria and Gulf countries.
Dated and sealed by ISIS in Iraq October 16, 2014.
Ah, Islam, religion of peace. And freedom.
2. Don’t carry yet! It’s not law until October 15th.