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TSA: Terrorists Seeking Access

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This illustration is an older report, from a Congressional Committee. But its title never goes out of style.

Remember when the bozos in DC redefined the mission of NASA as “Moslem outreach?” That was pretty weird — they’re alien, but not that kind. But if you were wondering whether an agency ever could top that for Mecca-facing featherbrained imbecility, wonder no more. And you know what agency did it.

No one good, decent, honest, competent, moral, ethical or intelligent has ever been employed at the TSA in any capacity whatsoever.

The latest outrage that these no-good, indecent, dishonest, incompetent, immoral, unethical and unintelligent payroll patriots have inflicted on us, actually took place in 2014 and 2015 and has been previously reported: special guided tours of security areas and procedures, exclusively for… Somali Moslems. It’s back in the news because Judicial Watch finally pried the documents loose with a FOIA request, and they’re pretty bad. JW summarizes:

On at least two occasions—December 18, 2014 and February 18, 2015—federal authorities granted the unprecedented excursions of the facility’s sterile and secure areas, according to Transportation Security Administration (TSA) records obtained by Judicial Watch. The DHS agency that conducted the expeditions, Customs and Border Protection (CBP), provided the Muslim participants with “an in-depth, on-site tour and discussion of CBP’s airport, including both inbound and outbound passenger processing,” the TSA files state. Besides multiple roundtable meetings between CBP and Somali community leaders including imams, the records show that a luncheon and “cultural exchange and educational brief” also took place between December 2014 and February 2015 so that attendees could ask about the agency’s “specific practices” at the airport.

The roundtable events and airport tours were organized by Abdirizak Farah, who is identified in the records as a policy advisor in the DHS Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL). Farah joined DHS in 2010 with an annual salary of $89,033 and by 2015 his yearly pay increased to $130,453, according to a government database. The TSA’s “Somali liaison officer” in Minneapolis, Andrew Rhoades, told Judicial Watch that the special airport tours were organized for Somali Muslims after they complained to Johnson that they felt “harassed and profiled” by CBP at the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport. The DHS secretary had “a sympathetic ear to that,” Rhoades said, adding that no other group has been granted such airport access by DHS. “Now, I will say we’ve never done that, or we don’t do that, to let’s say the Hmong community living here in Minneapolis, uh, the Christian community, the Catholic community, the Irish… whatever you want to call it. This has been the only one,” Rhoades said.

The complaints originate in the same extremist, wahhabi / salafi mosques that have radicalized dozens of Twin Cities youths, sending them down the path of Islamic terror.

The region has a large Somali Muslim community and Somalia is a terrorist nation that’s largely controlled by the extremist group Al Shabaab. In June three Somali-American pals from Minneapolis were convicted by a federal jury of conspiring to commit murder in Syria on behalf of the terrorist group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and to provide material support to the designated foreign terrorist organization. Six of their buddies pleaded guilty and one was charged in absentia, presumed dead in Syria. Back in 2013 a mainstream news outlet reported that the Al Qaeda affiliate that terrorized a Kenyan shopping center and murdered scores of innocent people included Somalis from Minnesota. Among them was 22-year-old Ahmed Mohamed Isse of St. Paul and 24-year-old Abdifatah Osman Keenadiid of Minneapolis.

The FBI and Congress have launched probes into the radicalization of the Somali American community in Minnesota. Al Shabaab recruits young men in local mosques and ships them off to train and fight in Somalia. Last fall the area’s largest newspaper published a story confirming that Minnesota leads the nation in the number of people who have left or sought to leave the country to fight with terrorists aligned with ISIL or ISIS. An attorney who attended the June trial of the convicted Somali-Minnesotans explains in a newspaper column that the broader terrorist ring consists of young first-or-second-generation Somali-Americans who freely took advantage of educational and employment opportunities in the Twin Cities. Their social lives centered on local mosques, they supplemented their education with Islamic studies, are observant Muslims and want to live under the caliphate declared by ISIL. “They yearned to wage jihad and to die as Islamic martyrs,” the column states, adding that “they hate the U.S.” Many of them traveled through Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport while pursuing terrorist causes.

So, that’s exactly who you want looking at the security precautions that are so secret that:

  • journalists can’t see them;
  • the public can’t see them;
  • some in law enforcement can’t see them; and, even,
  • the TSA won’t prosecute its employees caught stealing from luggage (a widely practiced TSA “fringe benefit”) for fear of revealing them.

But hey, open wide for the Kenya shopping-center murderers.

But it wasn’t just a tour: the TSA promised the Somali radicals

…modifications to practices that would allow for operations to be more culturally sensitive.

What more is there to say? No one good, decent, honest, competent, moral, ethical or intelligent has ever been employed at the TSA in any capacity whatsoever.

The Army’s Looking for a Few Good Lost Guns

handcuffs_1This sounds like a breach of a garrison arms room, used in part to store the privately owned weapons of barracks-rat soldiers. The Stars ‘n’ Lies reports:

Special agents from the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command are investigating the theft of guns and other military equipment from a base arms room in Stuttgart, military officials said.

“Several semi-automatic pistols, one small-caliber automatic rifle and a shotgun were among the items taken,” said Chris Grey, a CID spokesman.

The Army did not identify all the items stolen or the unit targeted, citing the active investigation. A possible breach of the base fence is also part of the ongoing probe.

“We are looking at all possibilities as the investigation continues, but at this point in the investigation it does not appear that an outside entity stole the firearms and equipment or breached the fence line, but we have not completely ruled it out,” Grey said.

Translation: it was, as most arms room thefts are, an inside job. The noose is tightening on some GI already.

The breached fence line? An ineptly drawn red herring, is our guess. One more master criminal’s perfect crime is unraveling. Next stop, US Disciplinary Barracks, Leavenworth (after a quick shuffle through a military court).

A military official who was not authorized to speak to the media said that the site was Panzer, which also is home to elite units such as Army Green Berets and Navy SEALs, as well as the garrison’s headquarters.

The Army takes weapons security — including the physical security of privately owned weapons, which the provost marshals, committed gun controllers, are determined to lock away from the rabble whenever possible — beyond seriously. That is, at least, until it’s time to ship them by commercial carrier, or supply them to “friendlies,” in which case they can get ripped off with a shrug. Hundreds if not thousands of US weapons vanished from the Khyber route through Pakistan into Afghanistan and back; tens of thousands more, never fired and dropped only once, were provided by our “valiant Iraqi allies” to their ISIL bros.

But if Joe Snuffy comes up one $8 magazine short, the boys in the PX polyester pants will fan out from CID and channel all their favorite movie detectives (in their own minds, anyway. To the rest of us, they look like Clouseau, shorn of fashion sense).

Despite the general reputation of CID for ineptitude, in our experience they have never failed to close a stolen military firearm case and recover the firearms. That’s because Wile E. Coyote Super Genius who thinks stealing guns from the Army is a slam dunk tends to be whole orders of magnitudes dumber and more inept.

The break-in, which occurred earlier this month, comes at a time of heightened security concerns in Germany in the wake of a wave of high-profile terrorist attacks. These include the July 23 suicide bombing in Ansbach by a Syrian migrant who pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group and the July 19 attack by an Afghan refugee, also claiming allegiance to the group, on a group of tourists on a train in Wuerzburg.

If you think ISIL, etc., need to raid US Army arms rooms for weapons, you’re not paying attention. They’re already weaponized, about three inches behind that prayer callus on their foreheads. Giving one of those thuggees a physical weapon is strictly a formality.

ATF: We Demand a 100% Registry

brandon-thomas-e-280x350In a little-watched Sunday political infomercial announcing a rare openly-partisan line from a putative law enforcement agency, ATF Deputy Director Thomas Brandon told CBS News correspondent Richard Schlesinger that the agency demands more gun control laws, especially a confiscation-enabling gun registry.

The point of the show seemed to be that Brandon and the ATF, like Schlesinger and CBS, are campaigning for gun control and for pro-gun-control politicians this election year.

“We’re a small agency with a big job,” Brandon tells correspondent Richard Schlesinger, in an interview to be broadcast Sunday, July 31.

Brandon also says his agency is hampered by not having the necessary technology. Congress has imposed constraints on ATF, such as prohibiting the agency from creating a computerized database of gun purchases.

Yet, Brandon says, not having the database hurts. Indeed, after the San Bernardino shootings, it took 12 hours to find out who owned the guns used in the attack. He says a computer database would have helped, and adds that not having one simply doesn’t make sense.

“There’s a lot of things that don’t make sense in this town, you know?” Brandon tells Schlesinger. “And, so, yeah, would it be efficient and effective? Absolutely. Would the taxpayers benefit with public safety? Absolutely. Are we allowed to do it? No.”

Brandon complained that it took the ATF 12 hours to track the weapons used by the San Bernardino shooter (who was, at the time, dead); time that wouldn’t be “wasted” when they could have been door-kicking and gun-grabbing right away. But they’re lacking the vital and necessary roster of The Usual Suspects.

Given their history — and Brandon’s in particular — do you think they will be focusing their list management and raiding practices on the Islamic terrorists that they haven’t ever pursued once, yet?

Yeah, us neither.

ATF-Molan LabeBrandon schooled Schlesinger on the ATF’s new euphemisms: the reporter shouldn’t say that ATF wants to take firearms away from people, just say they want to “regulate dangerous weapons that can be misused.”

Thousands of Mexican criminals, of course, have (and misuse!) dangerous weapons provided by ATF with Brandon’s knowledge and support, and hundreds of lives have been taken by them, including other Federal agents. No ATF employee was ever investigated, except for the whistleblowers who revealed the “gunwalking” programs. Brandon’s answer? More power to the lawless agents that produced these homicides.

Some criminal in the upper midwest is still running around with the selective-fire M4 that an ATF agent left in his G-ride while doing the horizontal bop with another ATF agent, unbeknownst to either’s spouse. No ATF employee was ever investigated on that case, either. Brandon’s answer? More power to the lawless agents that released that firearm into the wild.

And, of course, a more adversarial, punitive, and abusive relationship with the nation’s peaceable gun owners. In Brandon’s world, that’s not a bug, it’s a feature.

And, of course, more power for the anti-gun politicians that CBS, Schlesinger, Brandon and ATF are campaigning for.

But hey, they don’t want to confiscate your weapons. Just regulate them away from you. Because otherwise, they might be misused. See, it’s all for your own good.

Update

By the way, Brandon was also the Cover-Up King of Operation Gunwalker, according to ineffectual former director Byron T. Jones:

According to outgoing Director Jones’s sworn testimony of April 2, 2014 before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Mr. Brandon was the person who determined disciplinary punishments for all of the ATF personnel involved in Fast and Furious.  Brandon was “the ultimate decision maker.”  Director Jones confirmed that Thomas Brandon did not fire a single person for participation in Fast and Furious.

The 471 page Justice Department Inspector General Report by Michael E. Horowitz recommended disciplinary action be considered for 14 federal officials….

Brandon intervened, to make sure that none was seriously disciplined. Instead, most have since been promoted (one was allowed to take a job in the private sector and still draw his ATF salary, bonus and benefits for a year while doing it. Brandon personally signed off on that). Now he’s using the imprimatur of the agency, and the bully pulpit of CBS, to campaign for gun control and for politicians that support it.

Sure, Federal Agents are supposed to obey the law, but no one’s ever expected him to, before, so why would he start now?

Bubba the Police Armorer

This pistol in Indiana was in a police armory for a very long time. The .32 Colt Police Positive was a common law enforcement handgun in the early 20th Century. It was characterized, like all Colt revolvers of the day, by an incredible polish and blue job and a silky smooth action — even this common-and-garden, mass-produced, Barney Fife sidearm.

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So why is this deep-rust-blued piece of fuzz history coming up in the Gunsmith Specials search in GunBroker?

Well, it’s not this broken grip. Grips can be had, and as you see above, the other grip is perfect.

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It’s not the now-little-used .32 cartridge. You can still get them and it’s still fun to shoot.

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And it’s not the few scratches. Really, for a gun this age, that’s nothing.

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So it’s probably the way some double-damned dullard of a police armorer took to rendering the gun a non-firing training piece: by filing the firing pin off the hammer, with the file riding on the pistol’s frame. 

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Officer, arrest yourself: that’s positively criminal.

Here’s what the seller says:

This auction is for a Vintage Colt Police Positive in .32cal This one has a 6″ barrel. The gun came from a Police Dept. armory where it has been all these years. This gun was in very good condition for it’s age, except for the fact that at some point in time the gun was made to be a training gun and the cut the firing pin off the hammer, and marked the frame in the process. The right side grip is also broke. This gun would be an easy fix and good candidate for restoration as it appears to not ever been fired much.

Eh. Lots of work for little reward, especially as his opening bid is $300.

Bubba “Mills” an 80% Lower

The Continuing Adventures of Bubba the Gunsmite have taken a new direction, towards home manufacture of the venerable AR-15. To Bubba’s surprise, it did not work.

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Bubba does spend an inordinate amount of time at his gun smiting bench in a state of surprise.

That’s one to challenge the Association of Firearms Toolmarks Examiners. Identify that dog’s breakfast. If you can.

Possible reasons for this outcome:

  1. It’s Bubba. Say no more.
  2. Made in Colorado, where standard capacity mags are banned, but operating metal-cutting machinery while stoned out of your gourd is perfectly legal.
  3. Bubba was fibbing when he compared his hands’ grip to a vise.
  4. Al alloy + Judgment Juice™ +  drill press = this monstrosity.
  5. He took thalidomide whilst pregnant with an AR-15.
  6. New MA(ura) legal AR: no parts interchange with a real one, and it can’t shoot.
  7. This is the good one, you should have seen his first ten attempts.

Smart Diplomacy!

"Wait, wait, I've almost got it..."

“Wait, wait, I’ve almost got it…”

According to Foreign Policy, Secretary of State John Kerry is in Moscow to negotiate a military alliance with Russia. Objective: some Smart Diplomacy! to take on the campaign trail for their party in the fall.

Kerry, of the double-digit IQ, gigolo reputation and “Gentleman’s C-minus” education as a “legacy” at Yale, is a diplomat without historical peer. He was last involved in negotiating a pact to end Iranian nuclear ambitions, the secret terms of which are emerging to have been, (1) paying Iran approximately $150 billion and (2) accepting Iranian terror-sponsorship and hostage taking, in return for which Iran has redoubled their nuclear efforts under the Farsi banners of Marg bar Amrika and Marg bar Yahud, which probably don’t need translation to this erudite audience. Such a deal!

"Aw. Thought I had it. Those sneaky Iranians. I paid what for the rug?"

“Aw. Thought I had it. Those sneaky Iranians. I paid what for the rug?”

So now, off to Russia to try to cut a deal on Syria and perhaps, relations beyond that point. Since the US’s point of departure is that Boy Assad must go (leaving what? The Moslem Brotherhood President Obama and Secretaries Kerry and Clinton tried to install in Egypt? The terrorist-spawning vaccuum they’ve left behind in Libya, Syria and Iraq? The benign, no, malicious, neglect they’ve delivered to the AfPak region?), and the Russian position is that Assad must stay, where’s the point of compromise?

You heard it here first: the US folds. It’s all Kerry, a moral and intellectual zero, has ever known how to do.

The AP’s Bradley Klapper notes:

Russia would be getting what it wanted since it first intervened in Syria on Assad’s behalf last September — to be a leader in an international alliance.

"Honestly, it's just coincidence that my entire career has served foreign, not American, interests."

“Honestly, it’s merest coincidence that my entire career has served foreign, not American, interests. Because Americans are Jenjhiss Khaahhhn.”

And Kerry is getting what he has wanted all his life — some boots to lick.

Meanwhile, Assad noted in an English-language interview reported in Lebanon that the Russians have given him absolute support, and never asked the de facto king to step down.

While the US and RU have places that they can, reasonably, cooperate, one needs to recall that the Russian president and foreign minister are skilled at foreign and military policy, and their American counterparts are neither competent or even, in the President’s case, very interested in it. And the principal place for principled cooperation — against Islamic terrorism that threatens both our nations — won’t work when the American President and his men of hench deny the very existence of Islamic terrorism.

With the Iranians having gotten Kerry’s pants, one wonders what’s left for Vladimir Vladimirovich to take from him? Rectal virginity? (Wouldn’t that have been sacrificed in prep school already?)

When Infographics Stink

Here’s an infographic that purports to tell the story of “Domestic Terrorism”. There’s only one problem with it — it stinks.

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Sponsored by “Regroup,” which is a commercial attempt to spin off Stanford U’s snitch app and related software, the thing was thrown together without any attempt at doing anything but, perhaps, pimping their Stasi-bot.

Here’s just a few of the howlers:

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While the authors of the infographic seem mystified by the affiliations and motivations of the terrorists at the Boston Marathon (that would be Flashbang and Speedbump, energized by the local mosque, the Islamic Society of Boston, and al-Awlaki) and their pal at Fort Hood (“Killeen, TX”) (that would be Nidal Hasan, energized by… his local mosque, and al-Awlaki), those of us not handicapped by a Stanford education can probably figure it out.

Also, including the 9/11 dead makes seeing patterns a bit hard. In addition, if we’re going to count the 9/11 dead, what about the 9/11 injured. There were over six thousand of them in New York, and over 100 (106, exactly) seriously injured at the Pentagon. But to these California software salesmen, they apparently don’t count.

OK, next slide, and we’ll see what they screwed up next….

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Now, all those groups do exist, in that there’s some sphincter muscle somewhere who claims to be one of ’em. But they don’t have a like impact. If you look back at the heavy hitters from the previous excerpt, you’ll see that they have something in common: the Religion of Peace®. But what do they have here? A half dozen right-wing groups who probably have about the same number of members, one each… and about the same number of teeth. 

Minuteman American Defense, for example, was made up of two criminals who were drop-outs from the larger Minuteman movement, and they murdered a Hispanic man and his daughter in 2009, not in an act of terrorism so much as to facilitate a robbery. The two criminals, Jason Bush and Shawna Forde, were convicted of capital murder and are on death row in Arizona. That is the entire capsule history of Minuteman American Defense: not a terrorist group but a criminal gang with a faux-political name. But at least they killed somebody. 

Veterans United for Non-Religious Memorials appears to be a terrorist underground counterpart of Mikey Weinstein’s group, or the ACLU, militant atheists of Jewish extraction bent out of shape by the Christian cross symbol. All it’s done is set off a small bomb — too small to damage anything — on a Coos Bay, Oregon, memorial.

And Revolutionary Cells — Animal Liberation Brigade is typical of ecoterrorists in that they, too, like to make symbolic attacks on empty facilities. None of the ecoterrorists has killed anybody in this period, although they’ve burned down a lot of facilities, and a good bit of forest (because environmentalism?) and if they keep it up they’ll have a bodycount someday out of sheer dumb luck.

The Ku Klux Klan isn’t as dead as we thought, but it has pretty much checked into Assisted Living at this juncture. Even the SPLC, who see Klansmen under their own white sheets, has only come up with one murder and one uncompleted murder conspiracy in the last 20 or so years. (However, justice still catches up with 1960s-era Klansmen from time to time). Although they do have the potential to kill, they’re pathetic; less like the terrifying Klan that lynched thousands than the “Illinois Nazis” of the movie The Blues Brothers. 

The Sovereign  Citizens do show up more frequently in crime: a triple murder last month, and a double-murder in January 2015 (by an ex-con), and an unrealized 2011 plot to whack a judge, for example. But they are not exactly a terrorist organization: they’re loopy individuals who have convinced themselves that the law does not apply to them. (While the typical Sovereign Citizen is a white extremist, an SPLC roundup of these schmoes includes four rap promoters/criminals). It’s hard to accept these as terrorists — they’re just criminals with a patter.

But while the Shadow of Doom in the shape of non-Islamic domestic terrorism keeps being threatened by the usual suspects like the Southern Poverty Law (and Fund-Raising) Center, when doom actually falls it’s always shouting allahu akbar. 

None of the rest of the groups seem to be a worthwhile use of CT resources, to tell the truth. They seem like ordinary criminals, if sometimes weird and off-kilter in their motivation, and there’s no evidence ordinary police work can’t handle them appropriately.

On to the next, and we’ll talk about the Curse of Innumeracy.

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Innumeracy is a true plague, striking down tens of thousands since colleges and even high schools stopped requiring lazy liberal arts students to master some simple maths. For instance, how many victims has the dread terrorist group, Unknown, had? That depends on what end of the infographic you look at. But of course, we already know that they’ve screwed up the numbers by dropping all the Al-Q wounded and by distributing the ISIL and AQAP fellow-travelers and other Sudden Jihad Syndrome sufferers among the Unknown and Individual groups.

By not having a category for Islamic Terrorism, they’re clouding the picture of terrorism, either deliberately or (Occam’s Razor says…) out of sheer incompetence. It simply confuses the picture of terrorism to give credence to every inbred bank-robber or graffiti vandal’s claim to represent some shadowy group.

Gee, who else has a problem giving Islamic Terrorism a name?

Then there’s the long pull quote, suggesting that “right-wing terrorism” like the toothless trailer trash we’ve already mentioned are twice as big a problem as Islamic terror, because twice as many “police executives” (not sworn officers, but political appointees) are worried about the Klan/Sovereign/Minute losers as are worried about jihadis.

If you know anything about terrorism, you’ll know less after you read this shallow, lazy, and inaccurate infographic. And that’s why it stinks.

One wonders just how bad their snitch app is.

Life in the ‘Shire: Big City Police Blotter

It’s that time again, when we look through a couple of days of the Big City police blotter to see just what crime and public service the cops of the Seacoast of New Hampshire get up to.

July 6

8:03 a.m.: A caller reported a turtle in Maplewood Avenue, but an officer reported “someone must have moved it or he made it across.”

Yes, it all begins with a turtle. No more turtles in this span of about 24 hours, but there will be dogs.

8:58 a.m.: Assisted with a collision involving a tractor trailer on Route 33.

10:03 a.m.: Caller reported a passing postal truck clipped the mirror of a public works truck.

11:34 a.m.: Assisted on the traffic circle with a crash.

12:30 p.m.: Assisted on Lafayette Road with a minor crash in a parking lot.

1:45 p.m.: A woman said she was receiving harassing phone calls from her ex and police told the ex to stop.

1:48 p.m.: Verbal warning given to dog owners who tied a dog to a van in 90-degree weather.

That’s Dog #1.

2:48 p.m.: Found wallet returned to owner.

2:51 p.m.: Found “scruffy” dog was brought to the SPCA in Stratham.

Hmmm. We just checked SPCA for a proper follow-on for Small Dog, and they had nothing but pit bulls (and a Chihuahua). Shelters are all full of abandoned pit bulls.

3:07 p.m.: Caller reported a hibachi grill on Four Tree Island. Police determined it was a “normal” grill and there was nothing suspicious about it.

3:07 p.m.: Assisted N.H. State Police with a crash on the traffic circle.

3:51 p.m.: Investigated a report about a man who made threats about “suicide by police.”

4:03 p.m.: Responded to Echo Avenue for a call about a woman in a wheelchair who appeared to be stuck. She was gone when police arrived.

Disappearing wheelchair witch? Was the turtle her familiar?

4:57 p.m.: Assisted firefighters with someone thought to be in distress, but was sleeping.

5:03 p.m.: Caller reported someone in Market Square who seemed suspicious because he was wearing a lot of clothing on a warm day. Police dealt with him the day before and determined he wasnt doing anything illegal, “just dressed warm.”

5:12 p.m.: After a report that a woman was being held against her will, by a man court-ordered to have no contact with her, launched a search for the man. Found the woman bloodied and intoxicated. Arrested at gunpoint was Jeffrey Pesarik, 52, of 28 Mill Pond Road, Epping, on a charge alleging he violated a protection order.

Hmm. An actual crime, but… doesn’t actually sound like a kidnapping.

6:21 p.m.: Caller asked police to try to locate her daughter who has mental health problems, doesn’t take her medication and was barred from the homeless shelter.

Notice how many police calls have to do with people who ought to be in some kind of custodial setting?

7:20 p.m.: A Market Square caller reported the theft of a sweater by someone who was “sweating profusely” and was believed to be staying at a city hotel.

Another actual crime!

7:34 p.m.: A caller said cars were parked on both sides of Mechanic Street and a fire truck would not be able to get through.

8:00 p.m.: Hospital staff asked for help with locating a man detoxing from alcohol who was “polite and a nice patient” and may be looking for a drink. The man was located and refused a ride back to the hospital.

8:97 p.m.: Responded to Weald Road for a dispute.

Yeah, that’s really what it says. We note that some genius put the 9 next to the 0 on the keyboard.

8:14 p.m.: Caller said a man was walking on Chapel Street and said he was going to jump off a bridge. Police were familiar with him and he was fine.

What, this guy threatens bridge jumping all the time, or what?

10:34 a.m.: After a caller reported a woman throwing things at a window, arrested Crystalline Verrill, 29, of 15 Chartergrant Road, Dover, on two counts of criminal mischief, a charge alleging simple assault and a count of resisting arrest.

July 7

1:07 a.m.: Responded to Concord Way for a complaint about a barking dog.

via Portsmouth police log, July 6-7, 2016 – News – seacoastonline.com – Portsmouth, NH.

And we go out as we come in — with a police call about an animal situation the caller could have handled him- or herself.

Two Training Firms Accused of Stiffing Instructors

burning-wasting-moneyOver the weekend, an interesting situation began to develop in the training community. It was kicked off by a message from Jeff Gonzales of Trident Concepts, breaking off his longstanding relationship with Alias Training & Security due to longstanding nonpayment and bad communication. Soon, several other top-level trainers had joined Jeff, including Pat McNamara, Mike Pannone and Larry Vickers. Jeff wrote:

As many of you are aware we have been utilizing the services of Alias Training and Security (ATS) over the last 20 months. Recently, we have experienced some major problems forcing us to reconsider our association with ATS. They have been delinquent on paying us for the last several classes and more than likely will not be paying us for our CQB class in Alliance, OH I am currently getting ready for this coming week.

I am not the only one who has experienced these problems, good friends and fellow trainers Mike Pannone, Pat McNamara and Craig Douglas have all had similar experience both in delinquency of revenue owed as well as lack of communications with ATS. I feel and I know I echo the others my level of frustration has reached a point where I have exhausted all avenues and the benefit of the doubt has reached the reasonable limit.

Alias was slow to respond (which, if you’ve ever had any dealings with them, is par for the course) but finally stopped taking deposits on all open courses, marking them “sold out.”

Finally they posted this to their Facebook page:

It is with a heavy heart that we must announce that as of Monday July 13, 1016 Alias Training & Security Services, LLC will be closing its doors. An ongoing dispute with our merchant services financial company has made things untenable. Our apologies to all affected students, instructors, etc. To all students of upcoming classes please expect an email early this week to explain the situation in more detail.

Again our most sincere apologies,

Alias Staff

What makes this interesting is the claim that “an ongoing dispute with our merchant services financial company” is the root of their problem. That certainly sounds like a Choke Point attack, the kind the DOJ, IRS and banking regulators have used in the past against the Administration’s political “enemies.”

But the problem with that is this: while Choke Point could keep you from paying Gonzales, Pannone or Vickers what you owed ’em, it can’t stop you from telling them about it. If that was the case, would Jeff really be talking about

…lack of communications with ATS…

…the rest of the group and I went above and beyond trying to remedy this situation. I take this matter very seriously and I’m sure you will all see how the group and I have acted in the most professional manner, but now it is time to move forward…

instead of criticizing the regulator?

By the way, it looks like Jeff is planning to go forward with the Alliance class even though he has not received and doesn’t expect to receive the money the students paid (through Alias’s web site).

Meanwhile, Paul Howe has been fighting his own battle with Pantaeo Productions. In his July newsletter (.pdf), he writes:

It is with regret that I ask CSAT followers not to purchase or stream any CSAT content at Panteao at this time. This is reference to not receiving compensation for my work.

Life is a people business and I try to give everyone chances and support them until I see things go in the wrong direction. Even then I still try to correct issues give positive advice. At some point I must step in and do what I think is right.

Pantaeo has made some dynamic videos and has an excellent e-commerce website. However, its principal, Fernando Coelho, is a convicted felon, and what’s more, what he was convicted for was, specifically, financial fraud. This was in relation to the long and drama-rich collapse of an ammunition firm, Triton Cartridge Corporation, he once owned in upstate New York. (The newspaper headline called him, “Swindler,” not an epithet we’d want to wear). He got five years’ probation and was ordered to repay $328k he had essentially embezzled from a creditor and/or stolen from his own employees by not paying them. We’re unaware of whether he ever paid that money back, or any of it. Maybe he did.

Unlike Alias, as far as we know Pantaeo hasn’t even tried telling a story about why they’re stiffing Howe.

So — are Pantaeo and Alias being squeezed by Operation Choke Point or some nameless, more deniable successor? Or are they themselves doing the squeezing, to the instructors they haven’t paid?

UPDATE

This story continues to develop. Soldier-Systems has a story with comment from both Mike Pannone and Larry Vickers (LAV is actually in the comments, not the story). Do read the comments — some of the background on Alias is, well, let’s just say it’s no wonder they called it “Alias.” They seemed to be planning on needing one.

 

USMC: The Few, the Proud, the Fat Chicks

FemaleMarineFeminists wanted women in combat — they got it. They wanted more promotion quotas for women qua women — they got it. They wanted to maintain the fiction that standards are being held, while standards instead get “adjusted” and “improved” — and they’re getting it.

First up, they’ll accept pudgier recruits:

Female Marines will now be allowed to weigh five to seven pounds more than previously accepted for each inch of their height, the Washington Post reported Tuesday. A 5-foot-9 woman, for example, who was previously allowed to weigh up to 169 pounds, can now weigh up to 176 pounds.

The Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. Robert Neller, detailed the changes Friday as the military continues to fully integrate women into combat positions. He also outlined an overhaul to the Marines Corps’ annual combat fitness and physical fitness tests.

via The Marine Corps Is Letting Heavier Women Join the Service.

Next, they’re jiggering the Physical Fitness Test (PFT) to make pull-ups, at which women tend to underperform men, optional. 

The service will also give Marines the option to replace pull-ups with pushups to test upper-body strength. The flexed-arm hang, which women could previously do instead of pull-ups, will be entirely phased out.

Then, they’re just going to drop body fat testing, as long as PFC or Lt. Butterball can squeak through the PFT.

The Marines will also drop body fat limits for service members who receive high scores on their fitness tests….

You could say the Marines have the unisex blues, alright....

You could say the Marines have the unisex blues, alright….

(Actually, to be fully exempt, you have to score a 285, which is fairly fit. Scoring a 250 gets you a 1% body-fat allowance).

These changes, the Commandant noted, were “the biggest changes to the PFT since 1972 and CFT since 2009.” And when did they announce this policy? How proud of it is the USMC?

The Marine Corps issued new guidelines over the Fourth of July holiday weekend that will relax weight limits for servicewomen.

Gee, it’s nice to know our Marines are working hard on a holiday /sarc. Unbelievably, a couple of  the service’s political generals were able to step forward with Orwellian quotes about how lowering standards is raising standards. Example:

Maj. Gen. James Lukeman, the commanding general of Training and Education Command, said the new standards “raise the bar” for physical fitness in the service.

In other news, the chocolate ration has been increased from 6 to 5 grams, and we have always been at war with Eastasia.

In an ALMAR GENADMIN message, Commandant Robert B. Neller wrote that the objective of the new standards was:

…a physical fitness program that incentivizes behavior toward an end state of a healthy and fit force able to better answer the call in any clime and place.

He did, at least, clarify that the substitution of push-ups for pull-ups was, at least until the next change, not a complete abandonment of a Marine standard that has worked for the Corps without change for 44 years.

Push-ups become an option on the PFT, but Marines are incentivized toward pull-ups, as these are a better test of functional, dynamic upper body strength and correlate stronger to physically demanding tasks.  Push-ups are also a valid exercise and good test; however maximum points can only be earned by executing pull-ups.

One thing that is certainly over is 44 years of steady standards. Neller has already promised more MARADMINs with more changes, as the standards adapt to meet the political requirements. That’s not going back in Pandora’s Box.

The real losers, of course, include the Marine women who met the old standards without a thumb on the scale.

But it should all work out. While Marines have had an institutional aversion to fat chicks for a while, anyone who’s been in a bar in Jacksonville, NC around closing time knows that the fighting Marines can handle fat chicks as well as anything else you throw at ’em.

For more information, Washington Post blogger Dan Lamothe has a typical Righteous SJWs view of the policy on the Post website, with plenty of the spin you’d expect.