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In Praise of the X-Acto Knife

Xacto No 1A couple years ago we mentioned needing X-Acto knives and some well-meaning person kindly gifted us an industrial quantity of the things — sort of. But these weren’t actual X-Actos, but no-name Chinese knockoffs that, in place of X-Acto’s firmly gripping aluminum collet, had a cheesy blue plastic collet that would give up the blade under any kind of tension at all.

We’ve been meaning to buy genuine X-Actos since, and haven’t done so, because… well, an object at rest tends to remain at rest. But if you’ve ever had to deal with an innovative product and then use the “generic, but just as good” version, you know what happened to us here.

The other day, we arrived early at the Bai Cha Thai restaurant in Hampton Falls, NH (very highly recommended) because, we didn’t know, it opened later on Saturdays. With 15 minutes to kill, we wandered into a local shop that bills itself as The History Store. It was an interesting — modern and uncluttered — variation on the old-time hobby shop, and bedamned if there wasn’t a display of X-Acto knives.

First, a few words about The History Store, whose website is It has a very sophisticated visual style duplicated across their website, storefront and fittings, and business card that looks like it’s part of a chain, but apparently it isn’t. The product mix is unusual, with predominantly historical plastic model kits sharing shelf space with books, pre-made display models in several scales, and replica armor. The clerk in the store was very friendly, and was helping two kids who had stopped in with their grandmother try on a Roman helmet. “It’s heavy, like an army helmet!” one of the children observed.

And, of course, they cary a full line of X-Acto products. No need to add it to the Amazon cart when we can pick them up in a local store, and prices seem reasonable. (The trade paperback we picked out sold for a whopping $6.95, and it was one of those books you have to buy right now because you know you’ll never remember it, and may never see it again).

XACto assorted bladesWe selected a Nº 1 with a blade assortment  (right) and a fat Nº 2, a favorite for the less picayune work on airplanes that are 1:1 in scale instead of 1:72. It was with some trepidation that we saw on the back of the packages that the knives were Made in China, but they seem to match the heft, precision, and durability of our single surviving old one. We’ll see how the blades hold up.

If you look it up, X-Acto is an interesting company. Its founder was a Polish-American refugee from troubled Europe, who was trying to make a better surgical scalpel. When the scalpel was rejected on the grounds that it was more difficult to sterilize than fixed-blade scalpels, he launched it into the craft market instead. The company was bought by a conglomerate, which probably explains the production move to China (and the explosion of no-good Chinese knockoffs out there, which is the one thing you’re really guaranteed when you outsource manufacturing to China).

But we’re rather pleased for what we refer to around the shop as “an X-Acto knife” to actually be, you know, an X-Acto knife.

And yes, the Thai lunch was delightful. Isn’t it always?

Friday Tour d’Horizon Week 37

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.

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

colt_logo_mThe 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).


  1. Nathaniel F at TFB
  2. 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?
  3. The Hartford Courant on the latest maneuvers (may be paywalled).
  4. An edited version of the Courant article at al-Reuters.
  5. Hartford Courant on the last insiders’ demand for bonuses and golden parachutes (21 Aug 15).
  6. 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.

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!

chicago-gun-free-zoneCrime 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 ebola virionsquestion 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?

Human AncestorArchaeologists 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

magic money treeOne 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.”



  1. 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.

3-D Printing For Space Applications, plus a different metal 3DP technology

From Aviation Week:

Peter Beck flew here [Colorado Springs] from New Zealand with a rocket engine in his luggage. The tiny powerplant, dubbed Rutherford, drew a lot of interest at the annual Space Symposium with its battery-powered turbomachinery. More to the point was the low launch cost—less than $5 million to orbit—that Beck’s Rocket Lab company promised for the Electron smallsat launcher it will power with the Rutherford.

One key feature of the tiny engine was almost a throwaway. The regeneratively cooled Rutherford was built using additive manufacturing (AM), essentially 3-D-printed in Inconel and titanium. As the traditional government customers for space vehicles see their budgets flatten or shrink, industry is taking a deep dive into AM to keep its products competitive in an increasingly commercial marketplace.


That includes companies that have traditionally counted governments as their only customers as well as more-entrepreneurial startups like Rocket Lab and Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX).

via Space-Component Manufacturers Turn To 3-D Printing | Space content from Aviation Week.

EBDM_Illustration-webOne of the key ingredients is a new electron-beam welding machine that creates metal parts by bead deposition, an Electronic Beam Direct Manufacturing center from a company  named SciaKy. Lockheed Martin is using a $4 million Sciaky unit as the centerpiece of its additive manufacturing efforts:

…a “Direct Manufacturing” system from Sciaky Inc., the Chicago-based aerospace supplier that turned its expertise in electron-beam welding into large-scale AM tools. Using the Sciaky system to build spacecraft-propellant tanks from titanium wire, as well as laser-sintering techniques that turn metal powders into brackets and other parts, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co. hopes to cut the time to manufacture a satellite from as long as 48 months to 18, according to Dennis Little, vice president for production.

“If you’re going to build a titanium tank for a satellite that we currently build, you have to buy a billet of forged titanium, and the latent time is 14 to 18 months to get it from the supplier, and then you have to machine it down to its final geometry,” Little says. “This machine, the Sciaky, lays it up bead by bead, and then you machine it to the final thickness, and you have two spheres and probably a barrel section for the final tank geometry. So you get a tank for a small satellite, machined in three pieces, and within a week’s time.”

Lockheed Martin engineers worked with Sciaky to design the satellite-tank AM tool, which uses an electron beam in vacuum to melt the titanium wire and lay it up onto the spinning article (photo). It already has produced 35-in. tanks, and is moving on to 40-in. and ultimately 48-in. tanks. The hardware will go into the company’s A2100 satellite-bus “technology refresh” already underway, and perhaps the planned Jupiter space tug in contention for NASA’s next International Space Station cargo resupply service contract (CRS-2).

Of course, 18 months is still too long for satellite manufacture, if they’re going to be militarily useful in war, but it has many additive manufacturing and defense applications (although it will have to drop below $4 mill to be a contender in small arms).

Sciaky’s (pronounced See-ACK-ee) Electron Beam Additive Manufacturing technology is claimed to be the fastest metal 3DP process (it can deposit up to 20 lb/9 Kg an hour), and is particularly suited to exotic alloys of tantalum, nickel and titanium (which explains, in part, its appeal to aerospace manufacturers). Their standard production systems can also produce very large metal parts — up to 19 feet long in the EBAM 300 (their model numbers represent the length of their build chambers, in inches). From their website:

Starting with a 3D model from a CAD program, Sciaky’s electron beam (EB) gun deposits metal (via wire feedstock), layer by layer, until the part reaches near-net shape and is ready for finish machining. EBAM produces high quality, large-scale metal structures, up to 19’ in length, made of titanium, tantalum, and nickel-based alloys in a matter of days, with very little material waste. Sciaky’s patented Closed-Loop Control technology provides consistent part geometry, mechanical properties, microstructure, metal chemistry and more from part 1 to 1,000. And with standard deposition rates ranging from 7 to 20 lbs. per hour, EBAM works faster than rival metal additive manufacturing methods and is, by extension, a significantly more cost-effective choice for metal part applications.

At first blush, EBAM seems like a far superior technology to the most common metal 3DP technology, Selective Laser Sintering (aka Selective Laser Melting). SLS/SLM produces a part that is much nearer net shape and net finish, however, reducing finish machining.

One currently unrivaled ability of EBAM is, given multiple wire feeds, to make one part solidly fused together from multiple materials. This could produce, for example, a part whose alloys change depending on location to support differential stresses. It’s also a benefit that the feedstock is simple wire — easily available from welding suppliers in common alloys, and not terribly hard to come by (and cheaper and safer than metal powders) in exotic alloys or refractory metals.

Imagine what it must be like to be one of the dull, mindless, soulless bureaucrats who sees this revolution coming and can only ask: “How ever do we ban it?”

When Guns are Outlawed, Only Outlaws Will Have Bicycles

Tim HoldenTim Holden took a lot of risks in life, but riding his bicycle is the one that got him. Despite living in a city that tries its best to be a gun-free zone (Bethesda, MD) and that is possibly the most over-policed zip code on the planet, he’s dead as a mackerel.

Tim Holden spent years with the Navy Seals [sic], then worked as a counter-terrorism expert for the military.

But his life and distinguished career ended tragically early Friday morning. The avid cyclist was struck and killed not far from his Bethesda home.

“He was my rock.It’s a huge loss,” his brother Peter Holden told us.

Montgomery County Police say about 6:15 Friday morning, Holden was biking eastbound in the 6000 block of Massachusetts Avenue in Bethesda. A car traveling in the same direction struck him. Police are still investigating how and why it happened.

It happened in front of Maureen Ryan’s home. She and her neighbors ran out to see if they could help.

“We just said a prayer for the person who was injured, and the person who hit him. We were just heartbroken for the whole situation,” Ryan told us.

via Highly decorated Navy Seal dies in early morning bicycle accident | News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News | WJLA News.

You really do not expect a long-service SEAL to get whacked by an inattentive driver on the streets of a rich burb. But everything comes into life owing God one death, and you never know what instrumentality He will amuse himself with when it’s time to collect.

RIP, Frogman.


An LEO friend was knocked out recently to enter a chain restaurant and find this display:

deputy memorial

Yep, table set for a fallen officer. Thing is, that community hasn’t lost a cop lately. It is there as an expression of principle; the card on the table describes the service and sacrifice of murdered Deputy Darren Goforth, yet this restaurant is easily a thousand miles from the Chevron gas station in Harris County, Texas where a con named Shannon Miles fired fifteen point-blank into the unsuspecting deputy from behind as he stood at Pump Nº 8, gassing up his cruiser.

We’re hard on law enforcement when they screw up, and, being human, they give us lots of opportunities to do that, especially in those big cities where the leadership is too afraid of guns to get their street cops decent shooting and street-survival training.

But most of our cops are good most of the time. That’s something to bear in mind. And none of them — no, not even the corrupt ones — deserve to be shot down dead. There are not many ways to show the cops that you respect and support them without coming across as an ingratiating suck-up, which beats an ambush murderer, but that’s about it.

Anyone want to guess what chain chow place this was?


The gas station where Goforth was slain has made several gestures of respect to the murdered deputy, including shutting down during his funeral, and plans a permanent memorial. TV news points out that this is going to cost them money. Manager Amjad Latief, who was on duty at the time, shrugs the cost off: “It’s our honor,” he said.

When Guns are Outlawed, Only Outlaws Will Have Crazy Mothers.

crazy 0830 ny momIn a country where sane people are locked up in gated communities and the crazies are running around loose, it would be insane to expect things like this to stop happening.

But not taking action to stop things like this — wouldn’t you call that insane?

And, of course, there’s the minor question of what action can we take? Most of the proven effective methods of isolating dangerous mentally ill people from vulnerable persons have been outlawed over the last fifty years.

Christina Colantonio, 28, was charged with second-degree murder in connection with the death of her daughter, Genesee County District Attorney Lawrence Friedman said.

Police launched an investigation Thursday when an acquaintance visiting Colantiono at her apartment in Batavia, about 45 miles from Buffalo, found the baby’s lifeless body and called 911, Batavia Police Det. Sgt. Todd Crossett said at a news conference Saturday evening.

Investigators believe Colantonio killed the girl “shortly after birth,” about three months ago, Crossett said. Authorities would not say how the baby died, but Friedman said investigators “have enough evidence to come to a conclusion it was intentionally caused.” A medical examiner will determine the infant’s official cause of death. Friedman said the investigation was still ongoing.

via New York mom killed baby girl, lived with body for months, police say | Fox News.

But wait — she’s not the only one. She wasn’t even the only one this week. Different story on the same news site as the above:

mireya_alejandra_lopez_mugshotAn Arizona mom allegedly told cops she drowned her twin two-year-old sons because “nobody loved them and nobody loved her.”

Newly released court documents show Mireya Alejandra Lopez, 22, admitted to killing the boys and said she attempted to drown another family member, but was stopped by a relative.

The probable cause statement released Monday also said Lopez said she takes medication for mental health conditions.

The idea that “it takes a village to raise a child,” is anathema to a free society and greases the slippery slope to totalitarianism. After all, it takes a couple of parents to raise a child (a single parent can do it, but it’s much more difficult and less sure of success). But it takes a parent or parents that are not crazy. Crazy parents are at best no great help, and at worst, at worst… well, meet Christina Colantonio and Mireya Lopez. Children shouldn’t be with crazy parents. It’s not prudent.

There was a time where you didn’t have to spell that out, because the crazy people were kept securely under lock and key.

But now, the crazies are out and the rest of us are locking ourselves into gated communities and over-policed villages.

This will end well, eh?

Friday Tour d’Horizon 2015 Week 36

Sure, it’s Labor Day weekend here in the US (we can’t have the same labor day as most of the world, because Commies), and so hardly anybody’s going to be reading That’s OK, you can catch up when the kayaks are  back in school and the salt water is rinsed off the kids…. Naturally, 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….

Retro Builders: Griffin offers XM177E2 Clone Suppressor

XMLC-2Because it, unlike Colt’s original, doesn’t reduce noise downrange, it’s a non-NFA device. Pinned and welded to a 12.5″ barrel it produces an XM177 clone that’s only 1″ off and that is eyeball-correct.

It’s made of stainless steel and given a modern coating to prevent the color shift seen in some competing products. Link to Griffin Armament’s for-sale page.

Recalls in the News (or not)

Two recalls were pointed out to us this week. One is for a very large number of Taurus pistols; the other, for a significant percentage of Tanfoglio Brothers’ popular CZ-derived pistols. While the Taurus recall is this year’s, the Tanfoglio recall applied to some pistols sold under the Euro American Armory (EAA) name in or before 2008 — seven years ago! An occasionally updated list of firearms recalls can be found at a couple of links, including this IP address and this dodgy domain name.

ALG Defense Labor Day Sale

Lots of vendors have sales this weekend. ALGs is 30% off blems and keymod rails, and 10% off everything else (including decent triggers). Hat tip, Jerking The Trigger. No sale at related company Geissele Automatics (even better triggers and the Reaction Rod tool we recommend). But that’s because Geissele offers deals through their dealers — check Brownell’s. Michael Bane points out Apex has free shipping — not a big discount, perhaps, but a few dollars are as good to you as they are to them.

A Strange Parallel to Colt’s Problems

An interesting case of a company in decline reported in The American Interest has a strange parallel to the mismanagement of Colt recently. The company is Viking, the high-end appliance maker of the 90s, based in charming Greenwood, Mississippi. Viking pioneered the concept of the kitchen range that looks commercial but meets residential code, a chef’s delight. Like Colt, it was acquired by a publicly held corporation run by a makler on the make who’s leached most of the value out of the company’s once-legendary products (seriously, google “Viking range quality” and you’ll get an eyeful), erased its marketing and service advantages, scythed off large swathes of the workforce, and pumped a bunch of one-time gains into the acquiring company’s stock — and it’s boss’s pockets, which seems to be the big idea he had in common with the Colt looters. Promises made at acquisition were not made in writing, which didn’t make them any less binding to the Mississippian sellers, but were clearly throw-away lies to the shifty buyer.

What caught our eye was the demographic detail he had in common with the Colt looters — he’s Lebanese. What are the odds of that? There may be a cultural explanation for that. In Lebanon, for a very long time, life has been unduly hazardous, and there has been no concept of loyalty to much of anything except self and family, and this seems to be reflected in some Lebanese and Lebanese-Americans’ business dealings. Still, people are individuals, with individual characters and motivations, not fungible members of groups or cultures. So it’s always surprising to see parallels like this.

There would have been more gain in operating Viking with integrity, but that was long-term gain, and this corporate mosquito will be taking his blood meal from another doomed firm before then.

Usage and Employment

The hardware takes you only half way. (We got next to nothing this week, this post’s going to be too long anyway).

Accident? Better Call Saul!

OK, Saul is a fictional character but his real-life counterpart, Jeff Hightower, wants to be your attorney if you’re injured in a hunting accident. Hightower is all for the Second Amendment, “but….”

In his case the “abnegatory but,” is, buy not you use a gun that’s dangerous and shoot yourself or a third party with it… in which case it’s the gun’s fault and your ticket to riches, if you didn’t die (in which case he needs a living relative as a plaintiff). What kinds of guns are dangerous? Rugers, Remingtons, Glocks, and any small firearm that wouldn’t pass ATF’s Nazi-inspired “sporting purposes” test for importation. He’ll pursue a case against any of ’em, unless the company’s out of business — no money in that. 

As well as chasing hunting-accident ambulances, he’s been known to chase product-liability and aircraft-accident ambulances, too.

Cops ‘n’ Crims

Michael Bane shared this disturbing graffito from Houston, TX.

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: Louisiana Cop Killed by Cousin

The guy responded to a domestic disturbance, and the male somehow took the cop’s gun away and killed him with it, as well as killing his own girlfriend. And the suspect turns out to be a cousin of the cop he whacked. (There are two kinds of people in LA at any given time, we’re told: kin, and Damn Yankees).

ITEM: Louisiana Cop Killer Caught by Citizen

In this case, a citizen, Robert Le Doux, tackled an armed cop killer, Kevin Daigle, and held him for police, after Daigle shot trooper Steven Vincent and was trying to take the mortally wounded cop’s gun. Only after Le Doux subdued the killer did he realize that he was socially acquainted with Vincent; he thought he was acting for a stranger.

ITEM: Millis, MA Cop Faked Attack

He fired shots at his own car and crashed it and set it on fire. He’s already been fired (see, all you bad-cop unions out there, this is the way it’s supposed to work when cop is a dirtbag). We asked an experienced LEO why the cop did something so idiotic. “Attention!” was the reply. Well, if he wanted attention, he’s getting it now. Good and hard.

ITEM: Texas Ex-Cop Jailed in Murder Conspiracy

Well, police come from society, and while they like to think they’re more law-abiding than average (and they might well be, as a group, but it’s a big enough group that they’re not all angels). In this case, the guy wanted to avoid paying child support to a pregnant girlfriend who’d dumped him. Any money he saved is not going to help him where he’s going.

ITEM: Washington, DC Cop Attacked With Own Gun — by White House Staffer

After a “sexual encounter” at her house. Amazing… Barvetta Singletary is somewhere between just plain ugly and repulsive, so was she paying the guy? (If it’s even a guy). Singletary was allowed to resign, not fired; after all she just stole a gun and shot at a cop, nothing serious. The national press is remarkably uninterested in this story, perhaps because homely Barvetta is a “Special Assistant” to President Boyfriend. Twitter and Twitchy are glad to fill the news vacuum.

ITEM: Madison WI Cop Attacked by Mob

Screaming, “We need to start killing these officers.” The press skirts around it, but the mob (sometimes reported as a “crowd” because the word “mob” is racist) was black “youths”.

ITEM: Why Chicago Doesn’t Solve Murders: Not a Law Enforcement Priority.

If that isn’t, what is? This:

The months-long annual sting, now known as the National Johns Suppression Initiative, was led by Sheriff Tom Dart of Cook County, Il. A total of 39 law enforcement agencies across 18 states arrested 961 men trying to buy sex and 71 pimps or traffickers, more than in any of his previous stings.

Yeah, that’ll keep a lid on things.

(The Feds have busted a website that put gay prostitutes and customers together, too. Because a few hundred murders are just vibrant diversity, or maybe it’s diverse vibrancy, but if people gay or straight are paying for sex, that’s an Offense Against Social Justice and must be crushed. How do some gay guys engaging in transactional sex pick our pocket or break our leg? Is it or is it not a free country? Yeah, that was a rhetorical question. A bunch of gay guys who just had to hire criminal-defense lawyers probably have a clear idea on how to answer it, though).

ITEM: Waco, TX Police Remember the Fallen:

The Waco PD has its own issues, as it seems to be emerging that most if not all the firing at the Twin Peaks restaurant massacre came from police, although Waco insists its own officers fired only 12 shots. But the department’s Sergeant Patrick Swanton posted a moving tribute to fallen officers, and commitment to bear the weight of duty, to the department’s Facebook page. Here are a couple of lines excerpted from it:

These are terrible times in law enforcement. Worse I’ve seen in thirty-five years, but we know there is more good than evil. We know the majority stand beside us and will not accept what is happening in a strange and twisted time.

We are not perfect, we are not infallible, and sometimes we flat out fail, but 99.9% of us are good of heart and believe in our duties and commitments we have to you.

Do Read the Whole Thing™. That seems like a good place to close the cop shop this evening.

Unconventional (and current) Warfare

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

It is Peace in Our Time

hippie peace symbolAnd the commander of one of the regions of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, Iran’s modeled-on-the-SS terror corps, quoting the Supreme Leader, explains that for Israelis it’s the peace of the grave that Iran (and its enablers in the Administration and the Senate) have in mind.

“The Islamic Revolution will continue enhancing its preparedness until it overthrows Israel and liberates Palestine,” IRGC’s top commander in Tehran province, Brigadier General Mohsen Kazzemeini, told operating units….

Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei noted that criminal acts of the wolfish and child-killer Zionist regime in Gaza had revealed its true nature, and said, “Only way to solve this problem is full annihilation and destruction of the Zionist regime.

And another one of these fine Iranian counterparties to our gutless white-flag “negotiators,” emboldened by the “agreement” that accelerates Iranian nuclearization, was ready with nuclear threats against Israel the US:

Lieutenant Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Brigadier General Hossein Salami [said] “We …will take every opportunity to set fire to all their economic and political interests… we will cut off enemies’ hands and fingers will then send its dust to the air.”

You can see why someone like John Kerry, who hates Jews so much he wrote them out of his own bloodline, enjoyed negotiating with these guys. They all share the same objective.

Meanwhile, After Cutting Missile Defense and Unleashing Iranian Nukes, We Pull The Plug on BioDefense, too.

ebola virionsBecause we can’t just enable wealthy nations to be militarily superior to the USA, we also have to drop our guard before every nation and group that can recruit a grad student in bacteriology or virology.

Anthrax can be weaponized by two guys in a hotel room (it’s been done). Other pathogens under the control of the now-frozen Critical Reagents Program, like ebola (right), take more resources, but nothing like the Manhattan Freaking Project.

Lord Love a Duck!

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

Oklahoma Bombing Convict Terry Nichols’ Guns In Court

BLOWING UP PARADISETerry Nichols, Timothy McVeigh’s Army buddy and bombing co-conspirator, is in prison, but when he was arrested the FBI seized 16 firearms. Under recent court decisions, Nichols still can’t get his hands on the guns again (in the unlikely event he ever got out of prison), but he does still own them, and he’s petitioned the court for them to be returned to family members — not so they can take up arms on his behalf, but so that they can be sold to benefit his kids. (You should probably think of your kids before committing murder, but what’s done is done, eh. Not the kids’ fault).

This is where it gets interesting. The FBI has 13 of the guns. Two of them were given as trophies to another agency that the FBI does not want to name (ATF? CIA? Bureau of Indian Affairs? They’re not telling). And the sixteenth? Well, the FBI has lost it.

Nobody seems to have the actual list of guns, but the court filings say they include pistols, rifles and one shotgun. No word on what the one that probably followed some FBI agent home is.

Some Funeral Marches

Thinking of a dead friend got us digressing on some of the more formal ways we, as humans, have celebrated and mourned the lives and deaths of our fellows. One way is by creating a funeral march, which talented people have been doing for at least 300 years. Here are a few of our favorites, followed by a non-funeral-march death-inspired classical piece, in roughly chronological order.

Händel’s Saul Oratorio. [composed 1738]

Choir of the Opera Hall and the English Concert players. Conductor Howard Armin. (There is also a Leopold Stokowski re-orchistration of this for full symphony kicking around. We prefer a version old George would recognize (whether we mean Händel or his patron George III, we’re not quite sure).

Beethoven’s funeral march (supposedly 1806)

This performance by an unknown orchestra is illustrated (during the first 2:30) by the state funeral of German Republic President Friedrich Ebert (1925). It’s still used on German state funerals — why wouldn’t they keep using a tune if they’d got Ludwig Van his ownself to compose one?

Except, it isn’t really a Beethoven march, although it was misclassified as one for approximately a century. It was composed by the relatively unknown Johann Walch, and yet it is still performed in England as “Beethoven’s March No. 1.” Here it is on the state occasion of the funeral of George VI (1952). It may seem strange that British royalty favor a German march, but they were Germans, ancestrally speaking. In the British funeral the march seems to segue on to another tune at the 3:00 point. Also, we’re pretty sure than neither Beethoven nor Walch wrote the bagpipe bits.


The Funeral March — Fréderic Chopin 1837-39

The classic of all funeral marches, of course, is Fréderic Chopin’s. (Most people know the melody without knowing it was the work of the Polish composer and patriot). It is actually most of the third movement of a piano sonata (Nº 2. in B-flat minor). The ending in this version is creepy — left hanging. (In the sonata, it goes to a major-key interlude, usually omitted from funerals). Band and pallbearers of the French Foreign Legion; they are burying France’s last WWI veteran, Lazare Ponticelli, in 2008. The lumberjack-looking dudes with beards and axes are the Legion’s Pioneers. Why they didn’t use a French composer’s march? Maybe because the Legion can take anything and make it as French as a sunny day on the Seine. Or maybe because France, which provided half his blood and gave him a new home when he was exiled, has a legitimate claim on Chopin, too.

This march has been played at the funeral of a very wide range of people — among world leaders, Winston Churchill, Margaret Thatcher, John F. Kennedy… and Leonid Brezhnev. And it was played in Paris in 1849 over the grave of a tuberculosis victim: Fréderic Chopin.

Funeral March for Abraham Lincoln – J.G. Barnard 1865

This is not the most familiar piece of music here, but its origin gives it a power all its own. It was written by General John Gross Barnard — a real general, not some band nerd — for the occasion of Lincoln’s funeral, and performed by the US Marine Band. The original score is lost, although piano music exists; Jari Villaneuva created this modern orchestration and tells the story on the YouTube page. It is a march fit for a great man’s services, for which we can thank Barnard (and certainly, Villanueva).


Richard Wagner’s Funeral March for Siegfried (from Götterdämmerung, premiered 1876).

This is a somewhat “modern” performance with excellent images, but a very annoying habit of changing image with spastic flashes; still, a funeral fit for a Nibelung.

This is a more staid and traditional performance, from the LSO in 1975, with the usual LSO slow start, and with mercifully zero video motion. It doesn’t really get it’s Wagner on until a minute and a half or so have passed.


And Now For Something Not Completely Different (1908)

Rachmaninoff, Symphonic Poem OP. 29, “The Isle of the Dead.”

This is not a funeral march (and it’s much longer!), but it does fit the mood, and it’s a beautiful piece of music to close on. Indeed, just listening to it gave us a new appreciation for Rachmaninoff. The piece is The Isle of the Dead, Symphonic poem Op. 29, Royal Stockholm Philaharmonic with Andrew Davis conducting. The painting is of the same title, by the Swiss symbolist Arnold Böcklin; it is said to have inspired this piece. Listen — can you hear the boat nearing its island terminal. It looks like the landing at Bannerman’s Island!

We generally dislike 20th Century “classical” music, but Rachmaninoff clearly had a 19th Century sensibility to him, even though he lived to 1943, performing — in his life he was more renowned as pianist than composer — until a few weeks before his death.  He played his last performance at the University of Tennessee’s Alumni Gymnasium on 17 February 1943.

Among the pieces he played that night? Chopin’s Piano Sonata Nº 2, which includes The Funeral March in its third movement. Doctors had kept from him (but not his family) the terminal nature of the melanoma stalking him, but perhaps, somehow, he knew.

NYPD: Half-assed Firearms Training + Unsafe NY Trigger + burst fire = Another Shot Bystander

NYPDThis time, they killed the guy. No, not the guy they were shooting at — he’s in stable condition, and going to recover fully. That’s the guy they should have killed, the guy who held a gun to a cop’s head and later turned and pointed it at him. (The gun turned out to be an Airsoft fake, but was convincing enough you have to agree with the decision to engage the suspect. We have an NYPD official photo of the suspect “gun” below).

But despite firing 11 or 12 rounds from his real gun, the cop only hit armed robber and wannabe cop-killer Alvin Smothers, 36, three times, none in an incapacitating or even solid hit. Two negligently fired rounds struck bystander Felix Kumi, 61, killing him. The other six or seven rounds went Christ-knows-where.

You can’t blame the officer for firing. While the police thought they were carrying out a sting against a black market gun dealer, the “gun dealer,” Jeff Aristy, 28, and his accomplice, Smothers, thought they were going to rob a couple of non-street-smart gun buyers. Since they were supposedly selling these guys guns, they were not expecting an armed response. The Daily Mail:

According to the NYPD, the killer officer was trying to set up a suspected gun dealer in a months-long undercover operation.

First, did they have to say, “killer officer”? The guy didn’t pick up his gun and badge that morning and say, “Patience, my ass, today I’m going out and kill something!” He was badly let down by departmental policies and training. And if he’d only shot the worthless Smothers, and stopped there, he’d be a hero.

Suspect Jeff Aristy, 28, contacted the officer with an offer of guns for sale, then drove him from the Bronx to Mount Vernon to carry out the deal, police said.

Criminals do stuff like this because jailhouse lawyers tell them a New York City cop can’t bust them outside of the five boroughs. Jailhouse lawyers are, in this and many other things, wrong.

After Aristy parked his car, Smothers, the second suspect who was shot, allegedly got into the back seat and pointed the fake gun at the officer’s head, demanding money.

The officer handed over a wad of cash, waited for Smothers to flee, then chased after him, police said.

During the chase, Smothers is said to have turned round and aimed the replica weapon at the officer, prompting him to open fire – hitting both the suspect and Kumi, a local man who happened to be in the area.

It is hard to fault the decision-making of the officer here. He functioned pretty well for a guy who had just had a gun to his head. Here’s the gun:

convincing fake beretta

Would you recognize it as a fake in mere seconds? We wouldn’t, and we carried a real one as a personal weapon for 2-3 years and then as a service weapon for another 25 or so.

This Airsoft toy is a close-enough replica of a Beretta M9A1 that you have to look very, very close to see indicators that it’s not real — and that’s with it just sitting there in the photo.

What they don’t need to do is make an example of the copper here. The guy was hanging it out, doing one of the riskiest jobs in law enforcement, and while he handled the attempted robbery with notable sang-froid, most people in any large group of trained shooters will revert to their training in combat. That’s what he did, and that’s why a citizen is dead and a nogoodnik is not. Because his training was self-evidently unsatisfactory to his requirements.

The real problem is the department’s mixed-up, tossed-up, never-come-down firearms training and policies that generate these disasters over and over again.

New York Police Department needs to inject some realism in its training, and to lose the unsafe Glock New York Trigger (or NY2 or whatever ultra-heavy trigger they’re specifying now). With a gun like a Glock that has no manual safety and requires a trigger pull for routine maintenance, nothing you do to the trigger is going to prevent a department with 30,000 or 40,000 cops from having the occasional ND. (Hanging those who have NDs from a construction crane in front of One Police Plaza might help, but it will never get you to zero. Remember, they had NDs when they were carrying .38 Specials).

Someone will suggest banning realistic toy guns.

New York already does. How’s that working out for them?

Tom Spooner’s “Old Soldier” — Sung in a Special Operations team room

Tom Spooner put the following online a year ago; we missed it at the time. OTR flagged us to it last night. As we understand it, Tom wrote this song, but it is another D guy performing it, in a team room. A bit long and sad for our taste in music, but it deserves a wider audience, and that’s you guys. Tom is former SF and retired Delta, with most of his time spent in Delta. When there’s a pic of a bunch of guys and one face isn’t fuzzed out, that’s Tom.

Not all the images used here are Delta shots or even Army or SOF guys. You’ll recognize Marine First Sergeant Brad Kasal, for instance. The pictures all do fit the “Old Soldier” theme.

Now, we never went to Delta. We know little about the JSOC elements, but what we do know can be encapsulated in a sentence: those who talk don’t know, and those who know, don’t talk, and that’s as it should be. 

We’ve lost a lot of good guys in these long, fruitless, ill-supported wars. But if there’s anything that deserves to be known to the public, it’s that we have a lot of good guys who still show up every day, take the mission they get handed, and do it with brio.

The mission in the GWOT was different from the mission in the 90s, which was different from the mission in the 80s, or 70s, and back in the sixties there were guys running recon in denied areas, because that was the mission then.

The mission next year, decade, next war, is going to be different. The only thing in common is that “young enthusiasts in camouflage uniforms, to whom a kinds of tricks would be taught” will turn out and take that mission and make history with it. Sometimes the history takes 10, or 30, or 100 years to be released to the public, but remember what we said about the ones that know and don’t talk?

For them, it’s quite enough that they know.