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DHS Official Ran Interference for Terrorist Suspect — Won’t be Punished

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Irene Martin was promoted after obstructing the arrest of one of the San Bernardino terrorist conspirators.

This one gets complicated, so bear with us a minute. It’s a story of dysfunction in Federal immigration policing that stands out even in an era when those are the bulk of any stories one could write about Federal immigration policing.

The federal bureaucrat who blocked armed law enforcement agents from apprehending a man involved in the San Bernardino terror attack last December, then allegedly lied to investigators about her actions, has been reassigned to another post, but likely won’t face further investigation….

It actually appears she’s been promoted. Lord love a duck.

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services supervisor who an Inspector General’s report did not name but blasted for keeping Department of Homeland Security agents from Enrique Marquez is Irene Martin, who, according to her Linkedin.com account, has been with the agency for at least 16 years, 13 years as a field supervisor.

When the HSI agents came to a scheduled meeting with a criminal immigrant under “Martin’s” supervision — the guy who supplied the guns for the San Bernardino terrorist attack, Enrique Marquez. Marquez and his “wife,” a woman with whom he has not ever lived, were a blatant case of immigration fraud, which Martin seemed determined not to “see”. Rather than assist the agents, Martin ran interference for the terrorist, doing all she could to stall the HSI criminal investigators and help “Marquez” and his “wife” get away.

Marquez and his Russian wife Mariya Chernykh were scheduled for an interview with Martin’s staff on Dec. 3, the day after Marquez’s friend Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, killed 14 people at an office Christmas party.

Hey, Vibrancy is Our Diversity™. You Americans reading this, none of you was going to get off your dead ass and shoot those 14 people. It takes a couple of hard-working refugees or immigrants.

After the FBI learned Marquez allegedly supplied the guns, they sent five armed Homeland Security Investigation agents to the USCIS building to detain Marquez.

Martin refused to allow the agents access to Marquez.

Instead, what did she do?

…the report last week faulted her for making agents wait more than 90 minutes before she gave them access to related files on the suspected terrorist, and then she dismissively ordered them to hand copy files, according to the federal report. Agents told building security they intended to arrest Marquez to prevent him from killing anyone, but Martin had them wait 30 minutes just to see her.

She must have had a reason. Mustn’t she?

When questioned by IG investigators later, Martin repeatedly changed her story and also contradicted what other witnesses said.

So now she’s in trouble, right? If you lied about material facts, to Federal 1811 Criminal Investigators in the course of a criminal investigation, you could expect to be indicted, arrested, and see every newspaper in town retype the US Attorney’s press release about you. Your mother would not recognize the desperado in that press release. And that’s even if you just lied. How many successful Obstruction of Justice prosecutions have fact patterns this solid…? Help us out with that, lawyers in Federal criminal practice. Because we’re not lawyers, we might be missing something, but it looks to us like a “disposition case” — a slam-dunk prosecution.

So when will we get the press release on the indictment of Martin?

Never:

Jeff Carter, chief of media relations for USCIS, told FoxNews.com late Monday that “to his knowledge there is no further investigation into Martin,” and her transfer become acting deputy district director was planned before the audit was released.

You’re right, she was promoted after obstructing a terrorism arrest. Because the promotion was planned already, and the Government never interrupts itself while making a colossal cock-up.

Maybe it wasn’t really that bad, what she did?

“When agents show up to CIS for a criminal investigation, they should never be impeded. That is obstruction of justice,” said Claude Arnold, retired special agent in charge for ICE’s Los Angeles bureau of Homeland Security Investigations.

“When interviewed by OIG, [Irene Martin] denied telling the agents they were not allowed to arrest, detain, or interview anyone in the building,” the report states. “However, her account is contradicted by that of the other HSI agents present.

“She also gave inconsistent answers about when she discovered that the HSI agents were investigating the shootings from the day prior….Either version is contradicted by the building security officer….”

Arnold said the allegations in the Inspector General’s report indicate criminality.

“It is pretty standard across the federal government that if someone engages in criminal misconduct related to their professional duties, it is also a removable offense,” he said.

The report notes Martin had no authority to hold up the agents who were justifiably concerned that Marquez and Chernykh may pose a threat to the occupants and visitors of the USCIS facility. Marquez, who is now in jail and awaiting trial on charges related to supplying the guns as well as marriage fraud, has pleaded not guilty.

OK, now Martin is obviously the worst (and usual) type of Federal bureaucrat: an eighth of a ton of lard, greed and attitude motivated solely by personal gain, self-aggrandizement, and turf protection. But why would she do this?

The lying is probably explained by the fact that she’s probably a Valuable Diversity Bean™ and therefore substantially less bright than the pretty-dim norm for her position and grade (even the old one; imagine what a disaster she’s going to be, promoted). But the underlying action? Why play games and score points, even if you let a participant in a violent crime go?

Because there’s a turf war in progress. This means absolutely nothing to the faceless millions of us who toil in the productive economy, but small indicators of status — like Martin making the HSI gang cool their heels for a half hour while she browsed Facebook or picked her nose — are a big thing to the overpaid, underworked Burke’s Peerage of GS grades. And HSI and CIS don’t get along.

Why don’t HSI and CIS get along? They were once part of the same bureaucracy, but the post 9/11 national security reorg, in which problems caused by too much incompetent bureaucracy and too many incompetent (or corrupt) bureaucrats like Martin were “solved’ by creating lots of new bureaucracies with room for lots more unaccountable bureaucrats. And ICE (HSI) and CIS spun off one another, both under the bloated, mismanaged Department of Homeland Security, and compete for resources. As a result, line employees often try to cooperate but are obstructed (that word again!) by managers at every level — including low-level drones like Irene Martin, who would be a WalMart cashier but for the fact that the government is an equal opportunity employer, not for race, creed or class, but primarily for ability.

Everyone Was Equal for Two Days

rangerette-benjaminBLUF: A new commander decided he was going to really get his MI company out of the rut they were in, and he was going to start with PT’ing them into the dust.

After two runs, female sniveling was approaching breakdown level. He got accused of humiliating his women officers, and fell all over himself in a Cultural Revolution style self-criticism session.

He considers this to have been a valuable leadership lesson, in communications specifically, and  if he can sustain this level of groveling to his subordinates — particularly the distaff ones — he’ll go far in the game of “Army 2.0: My Career is Everything.” Fortunately, he’s branched MI already, so it’s not like he can do much damage to a performing branch of the Army. Let’s pick up Captain Clueless’s story:

As the new commander of a Military Intelligence Company, I determined to change the culture within my organization. In my estimation, the unit needed to shift more to mental and physical toughness, and move on from a year of reset. To do this, I placed a heavy emphasis on soldiering first, and being an Intelligence professional second.

One of the first actions I took to shake things up was a plan to “smoke” the unit during a Company run. I told the Platoon Leaders and Platoon Sergeants that I would be implementing a Physical Training policy for individuals who fell out of any unit run. Those individuals would be put into the remedial PT program until they completed the same echelon run. I instructed the leaders to pass the word and emphasize the impact of falling out of a Battalion or Brigade run.

When the big day finally came, I took the Company down Battalion Avenue for our first run together. We ran the first mile in seven minutes, and then slowed the run down to allow everyone to catch up. As I looked back on the formation I saw the majority of the formation struggling to keep up, but was pleased that everyone was still pushing.

At the conclusion of the run I addressed the Company. I told them how proud I was that no one quit, and re-emphasized my policy on falling out of runs. I spoke of the importance of physical and mental toughness, and challenged the view that MI professionals needed to be technically proficient more than they needed to be physically tough.

At this point I incorrectly assumed that I had successfully set a new standard for the unit, and that I had adequately articulated my intent.

So he did it again. And what happened?

I ended the PT session with the game of ultimate frisbee, with me on the losing team and my Soldiers seemingly in high spirits after the short run and impromptu sports PT session.

snowflake 2I believed all was right with the world, and it was not until I released the Company that I noticed a talented Platoon Leader visibly upset. I asked her if everything was okay, and thankfully she had the courage to answer.

The Platoon Leader asked me if my intent that morning was “to humiliate every female leader in the Company?” I was floored. She then pointed out that every female Officer and NCO in the Company fell back during the run, and according to my stated policy, would now be part of the remedial PT program.

After an explanation and what certainly sounds like some groveling in response to that ancient all-purpose Leatherman of the manipulative woman’s toolkit, to wit, tears, he realized that he couldn’t just do a Personal Presidential Apology Tour for Little Lieutenant You Go Grrl; instead he had to publicly abase himself before all the unit women, validating their belief that they are all Unique and Special Snowflakes®.

So he did.

I explained this to the Platoon Leader, but immediately realized it was not enough. I gathered all the female leaders later that morning and apologized to them for my carelessness and shortsightedness. I followed this up during the closeout formation by clearly explaining my intent and end state to the Company, and formally apologized to those who I had set up for failure by running at that pace.

And, of course, he never did that again. Because more important than challenging the unit to elevate its game and raise its standards, is the Unwritten Army Law that one must never, ever, inconvenience or bother the sacred Feels of Lieutenant You Go Grrl and her entire playset. When it comes down to unit readiness or Unique and Special Snowflake® Self-Esteems™, you know what’s going to win. Every time.

Update: Four Thoughts

First, leadership of MI troops is a particular challenge because they tend to be intelligent, sarcastic, and profoundly narcissistic. Bradley Manning is not as much of an outlier as you might think. Their training, which often reinforces their belief that they are Incredibly Special, only amplifies the narcissism.

But there is a problem of soldier skills and soldier ethos in these isupport units and the underlying problem is unlikely to be solved by the well-meaning but weak officer’s decision to use PT as a threat and a punishment (which is exactly how the prospect of extra PT was perceived by Lieutenant You Go Grrl). No matter where you serve, some of your troops will love PT and do it extensively on their own, and some will hate it and do as little as possible. Even the fitness fanatics may not enjoy running in formation. Generally, that’s only fun for the ego leading the pack, not for the rest of the sled dogs. Threatening your Joes and Janes with more PT if you don’t like their PT performance just moves soldiers from the “enjoys PT” to the “avoids PT” bin.

Third, one is amazed that Captain Clueless here and Lieutenant You Go Grrl and her peers thought that everyone in the unit didn’t know the women couldn’t run a seven minute pace. An eight-minute pace on an it-counts two-minute run gets women within a few points of a max 100 PT score. But it is possible they didn’t know because the pop culture, the academic feminist movement, and careerist Army women officers are all in deep denial about sexual dimorphism in homo sapiens. 

Finally, there are some that insist that standards are not lowered for women. Read this article and the source with a critical eye.

Playing Toys with Guns

Yes, we’ll explain that weird title. Here’s a snip from an Officer Safety message going around:

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An AR pistol Cerakoted in Nerf livery. Oh, brother. Nuclear Dumb Idea in the Megaton Range? Let’s zoom in, at the cost of some grain:

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They must have found this online somewhere… we checked in the usual domains of derp, like /r/guns and Arfcom GD, and struck out; we finally found it, actually, in this Picture of the Day post at The Firearm Blog. Which has a better picture, used as a promo by the outfit that Cerakoted it. It’s obviously the source of the Officer Safety images, so while the alert may have originated in Hangover, it doesn’t look like the gun did, taking “Midwest” Cerakote at their name’s word.

Midwest Cerakote Nerf AR

At TFB they take a cautious, not alarmist, view.

Before some of you have knee jerk reactions remember we do not know what the owner plans to use this for. I like to be optimistic that he will be a responsible firearm owner. From a custom paint job perspective I think Midwest Cerakote nailed the Nerf blaster look. The accent orange color looks well chosen. The magazine is the only issue I have. It should be orange. Most Nerf “clips” are orange. Hasbro calls then “clips” even though we all know better.

I know some of you will think the worst and that this is how someone gets shot. Well my response is simply that it is the responsibility of the person using the item. There is no problem painting a gun however you want it. As long as you use it responsibly. Same with realistic toy guns. Don’t point them at cops. Don’t use them in an area that could be seen and mistaken as a real gun. Or vice versa for toy painted guns. If people remember to not be morons, we would not have problems. Do what you want that makes you happy. Just do so safely and responsibly.

It’s an interesting and libertarian view. But you see, the problem isn’t this probable safe-queen AR that someone spent a lot of money on. The problem is that cops can’t un-see that, as the kids say. And now they know that what looks Nerf might not be Nerf. While the public concern might be that some cop is going to go fangs-out and blow Little Joey and his Nerf Blaster from here to Johannesburg, we don’t think that’s the real problem. Street cops, who have enough worries already, are now trying to sail the strait between the Scylla of toys that look like guns and the Charybdis of guns that look like toys. Most likely outcome? Cops are going to wait a bit and keep processing for a few more clock cycles until they’re sure, or at least more confident, about what it is that somebody’s holding.

Historically, cop restraint has saved a lot of lives when people were doing something dumb that could have gotten them shot, but who didn’t actually need shooting. Almost every cop has a story of someone he could have shot but he’s glad he didn’t. And cop restraint has also landed a lot of officers an entry on the Officer Down Memorial Page. It’s a safe bet that nobody on that page really wanted to go there, that day.

Well, we can’t unring the bell, un-release the stuff from Pandora’s box, or un-you-know-what the cluster, so we’re going to have to live in a world without bright lines between the physical appearances of guns and toys from here on in.

So we might as well appreciate some of these artworks, then. TFB has some other examples, both of guns painted like toys and toys painted like guns, so you should Read The Whole Thing™ even if just for the pictures alone.

We remember an AR done in John Deere green and yellow and thought it was amusing (and we knew a guy who did that with his gyroplane: Deere’s lawyers sent him a nasty threat). And here’s a Cerakote job on an actual Nerf gun (different from the ones at the TFB link, this one’s from Tom’s Custom Coatings in Ohio).

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Cerakoters are getting extremely creative. Here’s one we liked from the same dude that did the Nerf gun above. Meet the Star Wars themed Imperial Stormtrooper AR :

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Of course, most of these images embiggen for more detail. It purports to come from Vader Arms. We bet he got the contract after a galaxy-wide search.

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We’ve all probably been accused of playing with guns at some point. But it looks like some people really do it.

OT: A Guitar Factory Under Siege, and Hitler Gets the Last Laugh

Who gets the last laugh?

Who gets the last laugh?

It’s a tale told by an immolated; full of sound and fury, signifying the last stages of the collapse of state legitimacy, from the Paternalistic Epoch to the Totalitarian.

“What is happening?” asks Gibson Guitar CEO Henry Juszkiewicz when he arrives at his Nashville factory to question the officers. “We can’t tell you.” “What are you talking about, you can’t tell me, you can’t just come in and …” “We have a warrant!” “Well, lemme see the warrant.” “We can’t show that to you because it’s sealed.”

While 30 men in SWAT attire dispatched from Homeland Security and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service cart away about half a million dollars of wood and guitars, seven armed agents interrogate an employee without benefit of a lawyer. The next day Juszkiewicz receives a letter warning that he cannot touch any guitar left in the plant, under threat of being charged with a separate federal offense for each “violation,” punishable by a jail term.

Up until that point Gibson had not received so much as a postcard telling the company it might be doing something wrong.

This is an excerpt from a  new report on the famous Gibson Guitar SWAT Raid at Forbes.

The situation is bizarre and un-American, but it transpired in America, thanks to a bunch of ICE agents who are so bored, with the enforcement of immigration laws being suspended, that they’ll do anything for a little action. This includes, it turns out, renting themselves out to any private pressure group that has a fan at the Department of Justice or Department of Homeland Security, or that some individual US Attorney likes.

If you are a guitar guy (or gal), you know that, for all the noise about vintage guitars from the sixties and seventies, the guitars Gibson makes now are better. All the more reason, think the champions of mediocrity — and all government lawyers, natural middlemen, are born champions of mediocrity, and mediocrities themselves — to stamp the firm out. 

The case illustrates the corruption at every level of the federal government. Corruption in agencies: the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Tennessee, ICE, and the Fish and Wildlife Service; corruption in at least three Cabinet departments: Homeland Job Security, Perverted Justice, and Interior; and, not surprisingly, corruption in that most corrupt of institutions, the United States Congress.

It began with lobbyists for a labor union seeking a de-facto ban on imported wood (some of the woods that make resonant guitars don’t grow in the USA, but you can’t expect pinky-ring-wearing union fatcats who look and act like Sopranos bit characters to know that). The lobbyists know that the best return on investment comes from renting one or more Congressmen, so they spread the bribes, which is what “campaign contributions” actually are, around Washington. They were rewarded.

…[L]obbyists slipped some arcane supply-chain reporting provisions into an extension of the Lacey Act of 1900 that changed the technical definition of “fingerboard blanks,” which are legal to import.

This microscopic legal change was a Bill of Attainder targeted on Gibson. It just didn’t say it was, which skates around the Constitutional obstacle just fine, at least when there’s money to be made looting some outsider. Everone involved in its drafting and passage had a direct financial interest in its outcome, which is usually why the astoundingly corrupt millionaires in Congress do anything. Glenn Reynolds has observed that in capitalism, the rich become powerful, and in socialism, the powerful become rich; but in our hybrid of the worst of each system, the rich and powerful are increasingly the same inbred aristocracy.

With no clear legal standards, a sealed warrant the company has not been allowed to see to this day, no formal charges filed, and the threat of a prison term hanging over any executive who does not take “due care” to abide by this absurdly vague law, Gibson settled. “You’re fighting a very well organized political machine in the unions,” Juszkiewicz concluded. “And the conservation guys have sort of gone along.” Hey, what’s not to like about $50,000?

Wait, what $50,000? Oh, that’s the best part. After a five year legal bastinado, Juskiewicz settled for $250,000, on the advice of his attorneys. It was all a brush-back pass from a mobbed-up union: “Nice business you got here. Wouldn’t want anything to happen to it.” But the warlords of the US Attorney’s Office weren’t done. Their last demand for Juskiewicz was for Gibson to “donate” $50,000 to one of the prosecutors’ favorite environmental charities.

When someone says, “Give me money or I will harm you,” that person is no longer a participant in any kind of an organized system of laws at all, but of the oldest form of government of all: the dominion of the strong over the weak, and of the cruel over the gentle.

Harvey Silverglate, the liberal law professor whose outraged tome Five Felonies a Day is a must read (except for those who lose control when angry), had this to say:

We are in terrible trouble as a nation under law. When you have a system predicated on jurisdictional interests rather than on specific, identifiable, understandable, definable violations of law, there is a great opportunity for tyranny.If for some reason the authorities are eyeing you and they look closely enough at your daily activities, they can find something. That makes us all very vulnerable.

Justice Department prosecutors have engineered the system to make it too risky to go to trial. They have built a conviction machine, not a system of justice.

Read The Whole Thing™ at Forbes, and see if it doesn’t make you see red.

Every time we see the venerable Gibson script on a guitar head, now, we think about the many, many rent-seekers in today’s government, who have sold their patrimony as citizens of a free republic for person gain. Somewhere, truly evil people are laughing.

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Perhaps the prosecutors, lobbyists, and lawyers truly want the Hobbsean state of nature, the war of each against each, the roar of the mob and the creak of the tumbrils. If so, they know not what dark forces they are summoning. Neither did the laughing clowns illustrated in this post, the moral equivalent of those prosecutors and lobbyists and lawyers. In the end, the laughter left them behind.

Updates

Dan Streckfuss pointed out (in the comments) that this article that we took for new is two years old. D’oh: Great Ape facepalm at the Orangutan Level. Dan also asks, what has changed?

Well, Henry will sell you a Government Model Les Paul:

http://www.gibson.com/Products/Electric-Guitars/Les-Paul/Gibson-USA/Government-Series-II-Les-Paul.aspx

With a fingerboard of confiscated-and-returned-after-tribute-paid rosewood, and a pickguard (not attached, but included — some players and collectors prefer to leave them off) showing a bald eagle flying off with the fingerboard!

We’ve Heard of “Drug Dogs,” but This is Ridiculous

Bubba the Drug DogLord love a duck! Cops everywhere are used to finding humans out of their mind on drugs, and even humans who have poisoned their own (or someone elses’s) kids in their sick desire to share their self-destructive avocation. But the Tustin, CA police department, while rounding up the usual junkies, found that one parolee had gotten his little puppy Bubba out of his doggy little mind on multiple drugs.

The poor pooch popped positive for heroin, meth and nicotine.

A dog is on the road to recovery after police found the abused pet under the influence of drugs in a California motel room.Bubba was found to have various drugs and nicotine in his system following a drugs bust by the Tustin Police Department in California.His owner Joshua West, 40, who was on parole for drug violations, along with another suspect, was found to be in possession of heroin, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, police say.He now faces additional charges of animal cruelty after officers noticed the terrier mix puppy appeared lethargic and tested the pet for drugs.

via Puppy addicted to heroin and meth found in motel room .

The cops reported on their Fakebook page — with this charming picture of little Bubba, who needs a groomer’s attention to his claws — that things are looking up for the critter, if not for his incarcerated former master. Their statement in full:

In March officers arrested two subjects out of a local motel who were in possession of a large quantity of illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia. During the investigation officers took custody of Bubba, a terrier mix puppy, who was showing signs of being under the influence of drugs.

Bubba was released to Orange County Animal Care and treated for his condition. Bubba was found to have heroin, methamphetamine and nicotine in his system due to living with his drug using owners.

We are happy to report Bubba has been treated for his drug addiction and is doing excellent. Based on Bubba’s toxicology results, additional charges of animal cruelty will be filed against his former owners.

Bubba is still receiving medical care and once he is fully recovered, he will be placed with a rescue organization who can find him a forever home that can provide the proper care he will need in the future.

I understand all the libertarian arguments for legalizing drugs. But these [censored]s didn’t treat their little guy like this because drugs are illegal. They did it because drugs make people stupid. QED.

Legalize drugs, sure, but legalize the rest of us providing 9mm summary euthanasia to all the paralytic opioid sidewalk lumps, confused and stinking marijuana stoners, and drunken park pukers that we run across. Not to mention, the debilitated doggy dopers. After all, that seems to be what they want, to go out in a blaze of stoned glory.

Student Filmmakers Mistaken for Active Shooters

Last week, a bunch of kids with airsoft toys that look very like real guns were making a student film at their school in Tustin, California. How much like real guns do they look? Real enough that the kids probably don’t even grasp just how close they came to being capped by cops. Behold:

Tustin Cops Fake Gun Photo

After everybody’s pulse rate got back down into the normal range, the cops had a talk with the would-be Tarantinos, so that this film didn’t end like one of Quentin’s bloodbaths, except with buckets of real blood.

By the way, in the image above, two of the guns are the kids’ airsofts. One is one of the cops’ patrol rifle that he responded with. (You can probably figure it out). The cops’ whole statement:

We are currently clearing a call of several subjects with rifles at one of our schools. Ultimately we determined the subjects were local high school students making a film and the rifles were only replicas. Neither the school or the city of Tustin had any knowledge of this incident until we received the radio call. This situation could have turned tragic. Parents, please use caution when allowing your children access to replica firearms. These situations have turned deadly across our nation. The photo shows two of the rifles we encountered on this call. The third rifle in the photo is one of our real rifles that we responded with. We included it to show you how realistic these weapons can appear, especially in darkness.

Really, a kid can get hurt playing with the wrong toys. But if you deny kids any engagement with real guns under adult guidance, they’re going to develop their own knowledge under peer guidance. That seems to be the antithesis of a good idea.

A hearty hooah to the Tustin cops for not shooting anybody. Can you imagine how they’d crucify the poor cop that nailed one of these kids? But look again at the guns — it would be hard to fault a cop for jumping to what turned out to be a wrong conclusion.

Sometimes the best thing is to sit weapons tight and develop the situation.

Military PC Roundup: It’s Getting Thick Out There

Priorities

Priorities. Totalitarian movements and graphic designers — a match made in heaven. Or the Other Place.

There are times when you cannot accomplish the mission with the resources in hand. You’ve all seen the scene from Downfall where three sweating generals are trying to explain to a shaky Hitler that the Third Reich not only can’t pull off a victory, it’s down to a few hectares of shell-ravaged Berlin. Hitler’s furious at the generals, but the fact of the matter is, no human can deal with that kind of resource imbalance.

Kind of like the situation the Poles faced in September 1939, or the Norwegians in April 1940. Fight, or fold? You’re going to lose either way… there are reasons to make either decision, and it’s probably an emotional call that rationalized ex post facto.

Priorities

Priorities. Because all that matters is skin color, genitals, and who/what you bump ’em with.

Naturally these decisions come up not only on a national scale, but on squad level as well. Do you fight like a lion and probably die trying to save Hill X in Korea from 10,000 screaming Chinese, or do you surrender and probably die in captivity?

It is, however, a rare decision. Most of the time, though, you do have a choice. When military commanders complain about resources, they often are complaining about something completely different. History abounds in examples where seemingly inferior resources still delivered a win. The problem is less one of absolute resources, than of resource allocation; of priorities.

American officers are complaining about being resource constrained right now.

We’ll stipulate that the other services have similar complaints. Is it resources, or is it priorities?

    • ITEM: there was plenty of money, time and resources to produce this buzzword-rich “Army vision”[.pdf]
    • ITEM: Sure, there’s no spare parts, no aircraft or ships, and definitely no concept of employing them if we had ’em, but no nation before has ever had such a well-illustrated DOD Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan [.pdf] (It contains the note that, “Preparation of this report/study cost the Department of Defense a total of approximately $570,000 in Fiscal Years 2012-2017.”)
    • ITEM: dod_human_goalsThey probably didn’t blow a whole half-million on the “DOD Human Goals.” (.pdf) Everyone who signed this broadsheet of bubbly blather? Whatever their priority is, it’s not national defense.
    • ITEM: There has never been a SHARP briefing canceled because of budget cuts, unlike lower priorities, like, say, rifle qualification, which gets canceled all the time. (SHARP is this year’s buzzword for SJW drafted sensitivity training that teaches a bizarre theoretical framework that all Army men are rapists and all Army women helpless victims. Check out the official website of Army Rape Month for more information).

      Not Just the Army: The Navy Celebrates Rape Month, Too (with extra sodomy?)

      Not Just the Army: The Navy Celebrates Rape Month, Too (with extra sodomy?)

  • ITEM: There are unlimited resources to enforce PC at West Point, including Orwellian “Respect Boards.”
  • ITEM: There were plenty of resources to blow on a navel-gazing Army Posture Statement. (The .pdf is here). Our assesment of posture? Supine.
  • ITEM: Aimless Ash Carter has had the money to resource, we are not making this up, a new defense policy of “no intimidating“.
  • ITEM:There seems to be plenty of money for “yes men and fan boys.”
  • ITEM: No one in Washington speaks for soldiers or vets, but the Saudi terror financiers and promoters behind 9/11 have eight sure-I’ll-sell-out-my-country lobbying firms on retainer — and all Washington insiders of both parties happily take their blood money.
  • ITEM:
    More reeducation. The diversity beatings will improve until everyone loves Big his brother.

    More reeducation. The diversity beatings will improve until everyone loves Big his brother. Uh, ze’s brother? Hir brother? Oh crap, no we have to report for more reeducation.

    we got lots of women elevated to high places, like command of the new unarmed LCS, USS Manchester (motto of the LCS fleet: “Dindu Nuffin!”), one of 53 functionally unarmed ships whose function is, apparently, to provide command opportunities for Valuable Diversity Beans® like, well, the new commander; and arguably, to provide potential enemies with their fair share of targets. Another lady has assumed the command of NORTHCOM. The Pentagon these days prides itself on choosing the best available woman or minority for the job.

  • ITEM: Not far enough: inept National Security Advisor Susan Rice, herself a Valuable Double Diversity Bean®, says that intel leadership demands women-and-minority quotas. Hey, it worked for her.
  • ITEM: If he wants a pardon, or just wants keep getting those sweet checks from his lobbying-firm masters, David Petraeus knows what he needs to do. Suck up. So he does.
Every month is gay pride month these days.

Every month is gay pride month these days.

It’s even happening to our allies. The Great Buggernaut has rolled over Britain’s partner to our NSA, the Government Communications HQ, with its major leadership focus lately being spent on a groveling apology about having been unkind to gays in the past. Hey, they’re fabulous in defense jobs: let a thousand Blunts bloom.

But we’ve found a failure in the system, a rift in the ether of social-justice space time. You see, at West Point, the super fabulous Women of Awesome are, shockingly, ghettoized in women’s sports teams. Surely Army football would finally Beat Navy for the first time since what, the Eisenhower years? if they simply put some of that Grrrl Power in the offensive line. (It would certainly be the most watched Army-Navy game ever!)

Now, perhaps, you see why, despite the USAF being unable to generate one lousy twos-ship of jets out of a squadron, or the USS Manchester and her feeble sisters off to sea, unable to launch anything more warlike than a firmly worded statement,the priorities of the current leaders of the Department of Defense are perfectly ordered, once you understand what matters along the Acela Corridor.

As we sail off into the bright sunlit uplands (which suggests a navigation issue, but never mind), always remember, comrades, the DOD motto: Diversity is our Vibrancy!

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Have you ever noticed, there’s a month for everybody but one endangered minority? Warfighters?

A School System Full of Weapons

(Not this school system's pile. This is a file pile).

(Not this school system’s pile. This is a file pile).

“A School System Full of Weapons”? Actually, that describes what we had growing up, where one of the teachers might bring in his Springfield and some old gear to illustrate something about the First World War, or a couple of us might have squirrel guns in our cars for after school. All the guys carried a pocket knife and a lighter.

Today, they’d probably throw us so far back in the school brig that we’d have to be fed by Wrist Rocket. And actually fire the teachers (but keep the pervy ones, because Vibrant Diversity® FTW). Then, they didn’t have a school brig. See what Progress® gets ya?

So that leaves us a little unsure how to react to this tale in the Daily Mail. It’s hard to get inside the minds of the uncredited reporter there; we suppose it’s a steady job, but he wants to be a paperback writer. Anyway, we’re not sure whether the best angle on this is:

  1. the sheer gun-fearing wussiedom of the schools;
  2. the degree to which Britons are aghast that Yanks have eeeeewwww guns. (We can assure our UK readers that they are not slimy, merely smooth and cool to the touch);
  3. the fact that all this keys off a notoriously mobbed-up union, the Teamsters, getting twaumatized by weapons in the schools (we’ll believe the Teamsters have turned over a new leaf when they give up the mortal remains of purged capo Jimmy Hoffa);
  4. the fact that the famously-violent union supposedly twaumatized by all these guns supported Andrew Cuomo and his SSAFE Act, which was supposed to usher in the era of the New Soviet Man or something;
  5. The laziness of reporters, which we bring full circle by writing a report based entirely on a Daily Mail report which is based entirely on a New York Post report which is based entirely on sniveling provided by the union goon. At least we’re self-aware; not sure if the paperback writers in Fleet Street are, also. If so, Troll Level: Journeyman at least.

Anyway, here’s the Mail, with some interspersed snark:

Terrifying haul of 2,000 revolvers, handguns, meat cleavers and daggers confiscated from children as young as 11 in NY schools in just 10 months… and the NYPD are trying to keep the problem a secret.

Um, revolvers are handguns. Would you write “Horses, animals, vegetables and minerals…”? Well, you actually mightn’t, but they very well might. It is the Daily Mail, after all.

1,751 guns, knives and other weapons were confiscated from children in the city’s schools between July 1, 2015, and May 8 of this year.

Didn’t he just say 2,000? He did (look in the previous quote). Don’t know how to break it to the Math Is Hard Barbie reporter here, but 1751 ≠ 2000.

That is a rise of more than quarter from the same time last year

Forgive us if we find your estimate a bit dubious, without the underlying number. But it might be right, as the Ferguson Effect has many major-metro cops “going fetal,” to borrow Rahm Emanuel’s evocative condemnation of his own PD; a lot of places have crime up a quarter, and it’s a toss-up whether Rahm or De Blasio despises his cops more.

Shocking figures were released as school safety agents were thanked

Greg Floyd, the Teamsters local leader. Note union/Cuomo campaign signs.

Greg Floyd, the Teamsters local leader quoted in the article. Note union/Cuomo campaign signs.

The passive voice here hides the fact that the “school safety agent” is a neither-fish-nor-fowl level of city employee who isn’t a teacher, isn’t a cop, but is very well paid for a guy or gal whose occupational requirement is ability to fog  mirror. (Like TSA, but the upper crust thereof).

Revolvers, 9mm handguns, meat cleavers and daggers.

These are just some of the weapons schoolchildren are bringing into classrooms in New York City on a daily basis.

Boys and girls, some as young as 11, have taken them out to use during fights while others have used them to target other youngsters.

According to the New York Post, the dangerous items have been confiscated by faculty at schools, some of which don’t have metal detectors.

OK, now they’re admitting that the whole thing is really the Post’s report. Halfway down the page. (Not that the Post, either, is likely to employ someone who can identify a gun three times out of five at five paces).

An investigation has revealed how a huge number of dangerous weapons are being taken into New York schools on a daily basis. This revolver was found on a student at M169 on the Upper East Side.

NY School Revolver

“An investigation has revealed.” Hell of a way to say, “Union representatives, who are looking for a lever in contract negotiations, handed us a prefab story…” The junk revolver appears to be a die-cast zinc el cheapo, and the Made in Italy origin statement was enough for us to track it down. It’s a close cousin of this cheap Italian .22 blank starter pistol, the Mondial Model 1060, if it isn’t exactly the same thing. The one at the link sold at auction … for a penny. If the Mondial name was ever applied to a real firearm, news of such has yet to arrive in Googlestan.

I bet they don’t submit these to trace, for fear they’d raise Time to Crime numbers and undermine the push for New Laws To Punish Those Who Didn’t Commit Any of These Crimes.

This .38 caliber pistol was found loaded with a single bullet at PS 40 high school in Queens. Safety officials say they are being threatened with punishment if they release information about weapons being taken from kids.

NY School Hi-Point

Ah, yes, the mighty Hi-Point. Not only that, it had… drumroll please… “a single bullet.” (The guy would mean cartridge, if he knew what that was. Or maybe he does and has too little faith in the Mail readership. Of course, it can’t be an edgy report without an edged weapon, too:

NY School Dagger

This dagger was confiscated at Newtown High School in Queens. It was one of 1,751 weapons seized from schoolchildren between July 1, 2015, and May 8 of this year.

Ah, yes. The Mall Ninja Store blue-light special, this. Actually the deadliest weapon of the three, but like the Hi-Point with “one bullet,” it’s probably only good for one shot. “Hey, let’s put some weakening holes in here!” — said no knifesmith, ever.

Hard to imagine the blood of Churchill and Nelson and Shackleton running cold over this pathetic display, but evidently it does. One hopes Alfred the Great is not looking down at the moment, or he might be moved to weep.

But we finally do get to some numbers:

Between July 1, 2015, and May 8 of this year, safety agents and cops recovered a total of 1,751 guns, knives and other weapons in schools.

That’s a rise in 26 percent from the same period last school year, when 1,394 weapons were confiscated, according to data provided to the Post by the NYPD

Gregory Floyd, president of the safety agents union in the city, Teamsters Local 237, told the newspaper the NYPD are cracking down on people who tell the public about the weapons seized from youngsters.

Those who leak information to the press have also been threatened with docked vacation days.

Floyd told the Post: ‘The purpose is to intimidate and to make an example of them so other safety agents will be afraid to report crime.’

He added: ‘If there’s no information to report, (Mayor) de Blasio can come out with his skewed numbers that crime is down and schools are safe, and parents don’t get a true picture of what’s going on.

Now this makes sense in a twisted sort of a way.

‘We shouldn’t be in the secrecy business. We should be in the business of making sure weapons brought to school doesn’t happen.’

Well, with that command of grammar, he’d better stick with his union gig. Of course, we can’t expect too much from the guy, he’s probably a graduate of these same pathetic schools.

Mona Davids, president of the New York City Parents Union told the Post: ‘It’s a cover-up, while putting the lives of our children and school staffs at risk.’

Families for Excellent Schools, an organization who has sued the NYPD for failing to protect their children at schools, says the latest statistics proves more weapons are being taken into schools on a daily basis.

Um, the police have no duty to protect anyone in particular. Established law, we’re afraid. And notice the reporter’s lapse into NYC Public School graduate grammar: “statistics proves.” Subject verb agrees should, no?

The NYPD defending its response to the seizures in a statement and insisting information that is ‘disseminated’ must be approved.

Then, the article shoots itself in the foot by announcing the following are “examples of dangerous weapons taken into New York schools in the last two months”. If you read them, you can see they’re more like “examples of dangerous weapons taken into New York schools in the last two months,” but this reporter’s innumeracy apparently extends to the differences between the various single-digit whole integers.

On March 15 – An 11-year-old boy sneaked a .38-caliber handgun loaded with one bullet into PS 40 in Jamaica, Queens. He was seen waving the gun at another student he had a beef with.

That’s the Hi-Point illustrated above. Note: the punk in question was eleven. Given New York’s attitude to crime and criminals, and the expected pace of medical advances, he could still be crimin’ in the 22nd century.

On March 17 – A 15-year-old student stashed a .38-caliber handgun in his backpack and smuggled it into York Early College Academy, a middle school in Jamaica. He was spotted flashing the revolver during a dispute with students in a stairwell.

This kid was Old School, with some cheesy alloy (Zamak strikes again?) .38 Smith knockoff, complete with round-noses and a shades-of-Joe-Colombo electrical taped grip (per criminal legend, defeats fingerprints). The Mail didn’t have the picture but the NY Post did:

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Seriously, that’s like a crime gun from 1966 that’s been in some kind of criminal time capsule for the last fifty years.

On March 22 – A 14-year-old boy at Dr. Gladstone H. Atwell Middle School in Crown Heights, Brooklyn took a 9mm pistol and two magazines of bullets in his backpack. When a dean questioned him about a prior fight with neighborhood kids, he admitted packing heat.

That’s this fine example of firearms technology, which appears to have been cared for appropriately:

NY School Jennings

It’s a “Jennings Nine,” made by the Southern California nest of junk-gun makers that anti-gunners have dubbed “the ring of fire.” Anybody who’s been a cop for a while has taken a Jennings or two into evidence, but the more common ones are the pocket pistols. Thing is, for all their use in crime, many tens of thousands of these kinds of cheap guns are used by people who can’t afford our tuned designer work of defensive art, but still have every right to defend themselves. Drive up the price of guns, and the only gainers are the criminals.

On March 29 – A 14-year-old student at Urban Assembly School for Careers in Sports in Concourse Village in The Bronx pulled a steak knife on a 16-year-old boy.

We’ll go to the Post for this one:

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We’re guessing that the “Urban Assembly School for Careers in Sports in Concourse Village in The Bronx” sends more grads (and dropouts) to the NY DOC than to the NBA, NFL or MLB. And we wonder what sport in particular this young sport had in mind.

Now his mom’s one steak knife short. Think she’ll be mad when she finds out?

On April 4 – A 13-year-old boy reportedly threatened a female student with a .22-caliber revolver at M169 Robert F. Kennedy on the Upper East Side, then passed the gun to a friend.

That’s the cheesy zinc alloy revolver visible earlier in this report.

On April 8 – A 16-year-old boy was allegedly found with a medieval-style dagger at Newtown High School in Elmhurst, Queens. It was uncovered after a 17-year-old girl told authorities that he had put it to her neck.

That’s the mall-ninja toad stabber seen above.

And the soi-disant “students” have been expelled from school, charged, and convicted of SAFE Act violations, and sent to prison, right? Right? Anybody?

Don’t be silly. The law is meant to be used as a stick to beat gun-owners Upstate, not Downstate hood rat gangbangers in the school (and hood rat gangbanger wannabees, which is the feedstock of gangbanger production). It’s certainly not meant to be used on actual criminals. 

NY Post guns in schoolsClicking through to the Post’s story, which was the cover story (right), we see that Postie Susan Edelman, no more au courant on guns than her hoplophobic British opposite numbers, spins it differently:

These are the guns and knives Mayor de Blasio doesn’t want you to see.

A surging tide of weapons — including loaded revolvers, 9mm handguns, meat cleavers and daggers — has been confiscated this year from students in city schools, most of which do not have metal detectors.

But instead of praising unarmed school safety agents for grabbing the weapons, the NYPD is cracking down on them for alerting the press and public, according to Gregory Floyd, president of the agents union, Teamsters Local 237.

Ah, it’s all Bill De Blowfish’s fault. Have you ever noticed that for New Yorkers, especially New York media functionaries, the worst mayor in history is the one they have right now, compared to the one they had before him, who was second best — and the one they will support to replace this schmo, that next one is going to be the Best Mayor Evah.

Edelman is alarmed that only some schools have metal detectors, and that most of the weapons were seized in schools without. Amazingly, though, almost 700 weapons were seized in the schools with the detectors, making one wonder about those union dudes running. Here’s the number.

Of the weapons seized this academic year, 698 came from schools with metal detectors, the NYPD stats show. Students brought 1,053 weapons — 60 percent of the total — into schools unequipped with metal detectors.

The mayor is reporting crime in the schools is down, but it seems to be simply that juvenile criminals are not being charged.

Floyd also disputes the city Department of Education’s new discipline policy, which discourages student suspensions, and a pilot program to give “warning cards” to students for marijuana possession or “disorderly conduct” such as yelling, cursing, fighting and assaults. Some offenses previously might have warranted a criminal summons.

“In many cases, the children aren’t arrested, so the crime statistics are down, but it’s just not being reported,” Floyd said.

And we’ll close with a couple more of the little darlings’ playthings. The Post says of this catch:

On March 11, a safety agent at Fashion Industries HS in Chelsea found a 4-inch razor blade in a girl’s backpack. When she began to kick and scream, a report said, three agents restrained and handcuffed her before finding a 10½-inch meat cleaver in her bag.

NY School cleaver

That’s both of them in that grainy picture, the razor blade and the cleaver.  And then there’s this cleaver — it’s not the same cleaver, but its point of confiscation is unknown.

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Now against that, before you send your kids to the New York City Public Schools, you need to weigh the fact that these Dewey Factories prepare their students (at least the ones that survive to graduation) perfectly well to compete for the unskilled factory jobs of the 1890s and beyond, like at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory; or to work as slackjawed government clerks.

 

Fail and Flail with the TSA

B1_TSA_deedum_AH1The TSA is failing, and flailng.

It told Congress last month that it was desperate for money, and running out of people; managers have no ideas about why the agency is hemorrhaging its people, except that they must not be paying enough to crony recruiters and advertisers and, probably, pressgangs that find TSA material in the halfway houses and rehab joints of major metro areas. The Daily Caller:

More than 100 of the Transportation Security Administration’s 48,000 airport screeners quit each week, and whistle-blowers told congressional investigators that “we remain an agency in crisis.”

The personnel losses affect airport screening times across the country.

“Many airports are complaining that TSA is getting worse, not better,” said House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz.

Is that even possible? Is Chaffetz trying to suggest that, having hit rock bottom, the TSA bums have started deep-shaft mining?

So is the problem not enough accountability? Some of the line dogs think so.

TSA staffers testified Wednesday that senior employees are often not held accountable for misconduct and the TSA office created a hostile work environment by intimidating personnel by abusing integrity testing.

“These leaders are some of the biggest bullies in government,” Jay Brainard, a TSA security director in Kansas, told committee. “While the new administrator of TSA has made security a much-needed priority once again, make no mistake about it, we remain an agency in crisis.”

No surprises there. Although Brainard would go on to surprise us. We’ll get back to him in a few.

One really bad place right now is Chicago. (Well, it’s a really bad place all the time, but now the airports have made even leaving to go someplace better an ordeal). USA Today:

At Chicago Midway, a flier’s video showing an agonizingly long Thursday line at the checkpoint there has gone viral, racking up more than 2.1 million views since it was posted.

“I got to the end, (and) I was like, holy (expletive), people would probably like to see this,” Sean Hoffman says about his video in a Monday story in the Chicago Tribune.

Hoffman says he barely made his 7:50 p.m. flight, despite arriving nearly 3 hours early.

“People were missing their flights,” he tells the Tribune. “I could see some panicked people who had to be somewhere.”

Midway’s the little airport. It was better at O’Hare, right? Uh, wrong:

American Airlines says it rolled out cots on Sunday night because about 450 of its passengers missed their evening flights after getting stuck in long TSA queues.

“Got here two and a half hours before my flight and security took two to three (hours) to get through,” Kevin Revis, a stranded traveler, tells ABC 7 of Chicago.

Things hadn’t improved much by Monday morning, according to ABC 7. The station says “video shot at 5 a.m. Monday shows hundreds of passengers slowly making their way through an hours-long security line in Terminal 3 at O’Hare.”

He waited so long for TSA

He waited so long for TSA….

Remember, this is not American Airlines delays. This is not Chicago delays. This is exclusively and solely TSA mismanagement delays. And it’s not like you’re even getting any security for the huge waste of time and money. (Imagine the staggering economic cost of tens of thousands of productive people standing waiting for TSA’s mongs to get smart, which is not going  to happen). It’s not just Chicago: in Atlanta, WSB-TV warned travelers to be at least three hours early, because two of them would be spent in the line. The AJC, the local paper, published a Line Delay Survival Guide. In Phoenix, a TSA computer failure sent thousands of passengers on their way without their bags, which TSA then dumped on the tarmac. Even tiny Ketchikan, Alaska has been dealing with three-hour TSA delays.

Funny that this all crops up around the time they’re begging for more money.

One thing that seems universal in these delay stories, too, is TSA managers lying about how long their lines are.

Airports have had it and are considering firing TSA and reverting to contract security. It can’t be worse. Phoenix, Seattle and and Atlanta are now running the numbers. The reason more haven’t done it is that they will continue to have to support some TSA overhead presence — the retired-on-duty upper layers of management, most of them idle double-dippers retired from another .gov job — as well as the contract people. But unlike TSA’s lazy, thieving, groping human crime wave, the contract folks can be held responsible for what they do.

Back to the Congressional hearings, it seems like what Brainard was complaining about was, actually, agents being held responsible for helping themselves to travelers’ stuff. His point was, and we are not making this up, that if the item a passenger lost or had stolen was some de minimis value,

Brainard explained that integrity testing kicked into high gear after a news story came out regarding TSA employees stealing passengers’ expensive items like iPads. The TSA Office of Inspection would send an investigator out to an airport and send through TSA like cash, credit cards, DVDs, etc., and leave it. The federal security director would later get a call to recover the items that were left.

“One of the items that they are notorious for planting in an airport is a pen. They will throw a pen on the floor, let’s say in cue and TSO picks it up and doesn’t turn it in they will fly back out a couple of investigators and they will literally interrogate them and push for resignation or they will propose a removal for theft for a pen,” Brainard testified, noting there was a Transportation Security Officer who picked up a planted pen and threw it in the garbage.

“He didn’t think it was worth any money. It was a $200 Mont Blanc pen.”

“We’ve got people picking up pens, and they are sending out these criminal investigators for non-criminal matters. Oh, and by the way, it’s commonplace for them to threaten people with criminal prosecution,” Brainard said. “They are doing people for pens while you got people at our headquarters that are abusing their staff members.”

That is, indeed, Brainard’s position: TSA agents shouldn’t be fired for just stealing pens. Is there any wonder none of your stuff is safe when you travel by air?

Meanwhile, a member of the committee investigation this caprine reproductive act of an agency  has a bleak prognosis:

Oversight Committee Member Florida Republican Rep. John Mica again cautioned, “[TSA Director] Neffenger is well-intentioned. He has tried to correct the situation with more training etc., but TSA can’t recruit. They can’t train. They can’t retain. They can’t schedule. They can’t schedule and it can’t manage the huge bureaucracy that’s been created. That’s part of the problem. And it won’t be corrected.”

You know, one might even conclude that no one good, decent, honest, competent, moral, ethical or intelligent has ever been employed at TSA in any capacity whatsoever. Might he not?

 

Update

So how stupid are TSA mongs? So stupid that they need an iPad with a “randomizer” app to send people randomly left or right. That’s pretty stupid, just about at the level of brain stem function. But not as stupid as TSA managers, who, unaware that there are many free random binary (aka coin toss) generators for download, spent $1.4 million on the randomizer app.

Wait till they get their PowerPoint bill from Microsoft.

 

Poly-Ticks: Can’t a Hispanic Crime Victim Sell a Gun in America?

The answer is in, and it’s, “No.” Not if the the victim is George Zimmerman, who was defending himself from a brutal attack by young career criminal Trayvon Martin when one shot from a Kel-Tec .saved George’s life — and may have saved scores or hundreds of others from being robbed, injured or even killed by taking Trayvon off the thug track.

George would like to sell this gun, as it was tied up so long by the Justice Department — even after his acquittal on trumped up charges — that he replaced it. But George has a problem: like it or not he’s a public figure, and the publicity in his case is based entirely on media lies, lies so virulent that another thug, energized by this media malpractice, has taken shots at him since. So when he put the gun up for auction last week, the anti-gun left and the media (but we repeat ourselves) came unhinged.

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The Zimmerman trial was a high point to date of dishonest reporting by the national media. Media tactics included a news blackout on Trayvon’s record of drug use and property and violent crime;  use of photos 5, 7 and 10 years old in lieu of more recent ones, all of which showed the little darling with gang tats, smoking dope, handling guns or all of the above; and, durin led to a hyperpublic trial — and then, to the shock of the media and their followers, go George Zimmerman’s acquittal. Because the judge and jury had to consider the actual evidence in the case, not the “facts” that the media made up, this caught people reading the New York Times or watching CNN completely by surprise.

The Times hated George so much they made up a new race for him, “White hispanic,” after initially selling the half-Peruvian-mestizo guy as “white.”

As a result, George Zimmerman may be the most hated man in America today. The media and their verbally violent fellow travelers attacked two successive gun auction sites, driving the gun off both sites (and making at least one delete George’s account).

GunBroker was the first to cave. Predictably, folding to the SJWs did not get the company peace, instead seeing the back-down as proof of GunBroker’s evil. Actually, it was more proof that GunBroker’s managers are spineless. They said:

Late last night, George Zimmerman created a listing on our web site for the gun from the Trayvon Martin case four years ago. Mr. Zimmerman alerted news organizations that began reporting on the listing first thing this morning.

Listings on the GunBroker.com web site are user-generated, exactly like social media posts. Mr. Zimmerman never contacted anyone at GunBroker.com prior to or after the listing was created and no one at GunBroker.com has any relationship with Zimmerman. Our site rules state that we reserve the right to reject listings at our sole discretion, and have done so with the Zimmerman listing.

We want no part in the listing on our web site or in any of the publicity it is receiving.

GunBroker.com prides itself in being a safe and legal way to buy and sell firearms online in full compliance with all Federal, State, and local laws. GunBroker.com proudly supports the Second Amendment rights of the American public.

GunBroker.com will not be fielding press inquiries regarding this matter.

As power users of GunBroker, we’re disappointed in this quivering collapse into cuckoldry, and therefore, we’ll be buying our next ten firearms outside of GunBroker, in light of their weakness on the 1st and 2nd Amendments. Let them sell guns to their pals in the Black Lives Matter criminal lobby. We’re pretty sure we spend a lot more on hardware for our collection than a entire prison wing full of Black Lives Matter cases spend on their Jennings and Raven cop-poppers, but maybe that’s the market Gun Broker wants to be in.

They may not get this, yet, but throwing the point-and-shriek swarms of the media a scalp does not appease them. It energizes them. Nothing GunBroker does is acceptable to the media, and they’ll be back for another scalp. Soon enough, the strategy of just outrunning the slowest guy leaves you with no slower guy behind you, just the ravenous wolf.  Then what?

This time, the flying monkeys lifted and shifted their fires to the next auction host, United Gun Group. We’d never heard of United Gun Group before, and based on their owner Todd Underwood’s commitment to the rule of law and principle displayed here, we don’t think they’re likely to be around long enough to be worth getting to know.

As an organization, we stand by the rule of law and, while no laws have been broken, we do not feel like it is in the best interest of the organization to continue to host this sale on our platform.

Our mission is to esteem the 2nd amendment and provide a safe and secure platform for firearms enthusiasts and law-abiding citizens; our association with Mr. Zimmerman does not help us achieve that objective.

Good, sign up Travyon Martin and his ilk, then, because you don’t deserve us as buyers on your United Anti Gun Group site. We’d say we’d dance (or something) on your grave, but to be brutally honest we didn’t notice when you arrived, and we probably won’t notice when you go.

You might question our rhetoric, and you might question George in his implacable refusal to allow the media, the BLM criminal lobby, and the left (threedundant, we know) to define him. But he knows instinctively what Day has worked out theoretically and empirically in SJWs Always Lie and in the free excerpt that is Day’s guide to surviving an SJW swarmnever apologize, never back down. Had the managers of GunBroker, or the dunderheaded Underwood read the document, they might have found some traces of calcium along their spinal cords.

An example of the media reporting on this issue illustrates their complete disinterest in reporting facts. Gideon Resnick, a liberal Democrat and a supporter of the Black Lives Matter criminal movement, has a few opinions in his alleged news story at The Daily Beast (formerly Newsweek, before an unwise investor bought the failing propaganda mag for $1). Some of Gideon’s points:

  1. Zimerman is “the disgusting man who killed Travyon Martin.”
  2. Zimmerman’s firearm is “a gun he used to kill a teenage boy,” which is about like saying the SS used Zyklon B for fumigation.
  3. The “asking price is more than $65 million,” which shows that Gid doesn’t understand what an auction is. If Daddy’s trust fund buys you everything, which is typical for Beastweek reporters, you tend to be financially ignorant.
  4. “The killer of Martin flaunts the gun as a valuable item tied to history.”
  5. “…an opportunistic chance to hold on to history, as Zimmerman would garishly like to present it.”
  6. “…the gun…” [is potentially] “a source of racial intimidation or harm.”

Resnick managed to find — don’t they always? — some knob who “supports the 2nd amendment, but…” wants to buy the Zimmerman gun and, presumably, execute the deodand for the crime of the martyrdom of Saint Trayvon. The attention-seeker is a “lifelong gun collector”, he tells Resnick, who somehow can’t raise more than $5k by liquidating his savings. What’s he been collecting, Bubba customs?

“Most violent racists don’t have two dollars to rub together,” the media-whoring broke guy says. Well, he would know. You don’t get to “innocent Trayvon Martin” unless you depart from the full-on race-trumps-everything position.

No doubt if we searched on that guy we’d find him all over Americans for Responsible Solutions, the American Hunters and Shooters Association (remember them) and other Bloomberg-funded “we respect the 2nd Amendment, but” phony pro-gun gun-ban groups. He isn’t worth it; he’s just some fluid stain who wants to be on the news.