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Guard Guys Go to Jail

handcuffs_1OK, only one of ’em is going to jail, the other walks with time served.

U.S. District Judge James Lorenz sentenced Andrew Reyes of La Mesa to one year and a day in custody, and Jaime Casillas was given credit for time served.

What’d they do?

Both pleaded guilty in January to one charge of dealing in firearms without a license. Reyes also pleaded guilty to three charges of unlicensed transportation of firearms.

Hmmm… not good. The guilty pleas suggest that they were up against some serious time, and they were.

Court records say Reyes sold an AK-47 rifle and three AR-15 rifles between September 2014 and March 2015 to an Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agent working undercover and posing as a member of a Mexican drug cartel.

Casillas sold a .40-caliber pistol and an AR-15 to the agent in August and October 2014, according to court records.

It looks like the agent or informant asked them to buy guns, and they did (the story’s vague about it, but the guns did not come from Guard stocks). If someone asks you to do something like that, just say no. If he’s a sudden new BFF who’s appeared in your life, he’s probably an informant or agent… and if he’s an old buddy, he probably got his thingie in the wringer with an agent or informant, and now “buddy” is only half a word, because he’s serving up you in an attempt to keep him out of prison.

That’s just standard police work, people. But if you don’t do any crimes, nobody can do “standard police work” on you. These guys were falling all over themselves to help a cartel brotha out.

The two were arrested in April 2015. Federal authorities said some of the items they sold were military-issue, and some were purchased in Texas then resold to the undercover agent.

Authorities said they were also accused of selling military equipment from the California National Guard, including gun magazines, ammunition, ballistic vests and the ceramic shields that go inside the vests.

These things were more charges that were made to go away with the remarkably good plea deal these guys got.

Casillas was accused of boasting to the undercover agent that he could procure such items, and the investigation began. The transactions totaled some $15,000, authorities said.

“All my success I owe to my boasting,” said nobody, nowhere, never. Let that be a lesson to you. Pride goeth before the jail.

Initially the two were charged with selling other equipment such as protective body armor and ammunition, but those charges were dropped as part of a plea agreement.

It’s surprising that two guys who willingly sold guns to someone they thought was a cartel lógistico got such a light pair of sentences: one year, and time served. Makes one wonder if they’re soon going to be calling on their former friends with tempting offers, whilst wearing wires.

If one of your friends, dealers, online buddies, or contacts, gets popped by the Feds, remember two things:

  1. You can never trust him again. Sorry, that’s just the way it is. Agents will not commit perjury or fraud to get you in the dock (although it’s perfectly okay for them to lie to you to further an investigation), and in theory confidential informants (especially paid, controlled ones) are supposed to follow similar ethics rules, but in the real world the CI is managed on a “don’t ask, don’t tell” basis.
  2. If you don’t offer or agree to commit a violation, they’ll move on to someone weaker. Because there’s always someone like that… unless it’s you.

The simplest way to avoid being in ATF crosshairs for selling to the cartels, of course, is don’t ever be willing or ready to sell to the cartels. The ATF is, after all, very jealous of its own prerogatives here, and only sworn agents are allowed to deliver firearms to Mexican drug trafficking organizations.

Leave the Lying to the Trained Professionals!

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You won’t believe who’s all bent out of shape because cops told a lie.

In Santa Maria, California, the police chief issued a false press release that two petty criminals had been arrested and handed over to ICE. And the press duly reported it. Why did the cops lie? So they had time to nab the two small-time hoods before another gang, MS-13, carried out a plan to murder them.

While the mild deception worked perfectly, and nobody got whacked, the media are outwaged. The news director of KSBY-TV, one Kendra Martinez, was “deeply troubled”:

[W]e are concerned this type of deception can erode the basic trust of our residents and viewers.

Heh, heh, the TV news gal says “basic trust.” Bwahahahahaaaa!

We’re sure that her outwage has nothing to do with the fact a double murder is much, much better for ratings, when you’re an “it bleeds, it leads” outfit like KSBY-TV.

She wasn’t alone. A professor at a journalism school executed a Grandmaster Level concern troll:

…it could raise questions about the department’s future credibility. However, he said the public is unlikely to appreciate the importance of that issue, particularly when the police said it was matter of life and death.

Anybody seen any credibility or trust survey numbers of police relative to journalists lately? Not that professor, apparently.

Let’s hear from the editor of Santa Maria’s one hanging-on-by-its-fingernails newspaper, Marga Cooley:

They used a public system paid for with public dollars to present false information to the public.

“‘What is NPR?’ Journalism for $2000, Alex!”

Of course, newspapers too sell more papers, increase their ABC circulation, and can charge their advertisers more money, when they have murders to report. Peace and harmony is great for society, but it blows for journalists.

It wasn’t just the lives of the two small time crooks, José Melendez and his other brother José Melendez (seriously. They do have different middle names), that the cops were trying to save, but the integrity of a long-running and complex gang operation, Operation Matador, which subsequently bagged 17 members of MS-13 and related gangs for 10 murders and conspiracies to whack 8 more people (including, presumably, los hermanos Melendez). After the operation was completed, and the accused murders and miscellaneous malefactors were safely dossing down in durance vile, the cops then admitted their ruse — and set off a media tantrum of purest distilled outwage. 

It really blew us away that, of all the people to get upset about the cops telling a little white lie, it would be the same media who celebrate Walter Duranty, Herbert Matthews, Janet Cooke Stephen Glass, Mike Barnicle, Jayson Blair… need we go on? You can tell they’re lyin’, ’cause their lips are moving.

Suddenly they’re very concerned that the police might bruise their credibility. Well, they would know what bruised credibility looks like, wouldn’t they? Strict neutrality between the police and MS-13 may be what a journalist calls righteous these days, but it’s unlikely to bring the trust back.

Traitor Requests Preemptive Pardon

mad-magazine-trading-private-bergdahlWith the motions phase of his trial not going well, Bowe Bergdahl — through his radical lawyers led by elderly Stalinist retread Eugene Fidell — has requested that his name be added to President Obama’s last great list of pardoned prestoopniki.

The request for pardon shows, perhaps, that Bergdahl and his lawyers know what’s been obvious to anyone following his saga — the dude’s guilty, guilty, guilty.

White House and Justice Department officials said Saturday that Bergdahl had submitted copies of the clemency request seeking leniency. If granted by Obama, it would allow Bergdahl to avert a military trial scheduled for April where he faces charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. The misbehavior charge carries a maximum penalty of life in prison.

If the pardon isn’t granted, Bergdahl’s defense team said it will expand its legal strategy to the new administration by filing a motion arguing President-elect Donald Trump violated his due process rights with scathing public comments about the case.

Bergdahl deserted his post in 2009 and went over to the Taliban. Hundreds of Americans risked their necks searching for him, and some of them were killed. Others suffered life-changing wounds.

In May 2014, the Administration made a secret deal with the Taliban to swap 5 terrorist leaders detained in the Guantanamo Bay facility for the traitor. Unlike the men who were placed at risk or injured seeking him, or the families of the slain, or, for that matter, any of the soldiers who went to Afghanistan and did their duty, the turncoat’s release was celebrated by President Obama. Giving the President’s general tilt towards jihadi terrorists and against American fighting men, a pardon is a real possibility.

Bergdahl is unlikely to be as celebrated by President-Elect Trump, who has pointed out that “in the old days,” we shot traitors like him.

Fidell, the Leftover Left activist leading Bergdah’s delay-disrupt-deny defense, thinks he can use Trump’s hostility to his client to get the traitor sprung, if appealing to Obama’s fondness for his client doesn’t work.

Fidell said he plans to file a motion seeking dismissal of the charges against Bergdahl shortly after the January inauguration, arguing Trump violated Bergdahl’s constitutional due-process rights.

The defense has been noting Trump’s comments about Bergdahl in what they’ve dubbed the “Trump Defamation Log.” A version included in the court record lists 40 such instances as of August.

“All of these things put together and repeated rally upon rally for basically a year have a cumulative effect that I think is totally at odds with the right to a fair trial,” Fidell said in a phone interview.

Unfortunately for Gene Fidell, whose dream world would be a regime where radical lawyers could control who could speak and what they could say, his dream isn’t becoming real.

Good luck with the technicalities, because everyone knows, regardless of legal maneuvers, that Bowe Bergdahl is a traitor and a prince of Blue Falconry. Even the Taliban don’t want him back!

La Morte de Castro, Leadership Reactions

Fidel Castro kicked the bucket over the weekend. Rather than tell you what we think, we’ll tell you what others think:

Justin Trudeau, Princeling of Canada (whose father used to mumble because his mouth was so full of Castro):

It is with deep sorrow that I learned today of the death of Cuba’s longest serving President.

to-serve-man-cookbookFidel Castro was a larger than life leader who served his people for almost half a century. A legendary revolutionary and orator, Mr. Castro made significant improvements to the education and healthcare of his island nation.

While a controversial figure, both Mr. Castro’s supporters and detractors recognized his tremendous dedication and love for the Cuban people who had a deep and lasting affection for “el Comandante”.

I know my father was very proud to call him a friend and I had the opportunity to meet Fidel when my father passed away. It was also a real honour to meet his three sons and his brother President Raúl Castro during my recent visit to Cuba.

On behalf of all Canadians, Sophie and I offer our deepest condolences to the family, friends and many, many supporters of Mr. Castro. We join the people of Cuba today in mourning the loss of this remarkable leader.

Hmmm. All Canadians, eh? Served his people, eh?

This name may not ring a bell, but he’s the guy the cartels let pretend he’s running Mexico:

“Fidel Castro was a friend of Mexico, promoter of bilateral relations based on respect, dialogue and solidarity.” That was actually one of the less adoring ones.

And the one by President Obama was not as bad as Trudeau’s.

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And Secretary of State Kerry’s was neutral… almost diplomatic, as if some career foreign service officer wrote it for him:

We extend our condolences to the Cuban people today as they mourn the passing of Fidel Castro. Over more than half a century, he played an outsized role in their lives, and he influenced the direction of regional, even global affairs.

As our two countries continue to move forward on the process of normalization — restoring the economic, diplomatic and cultural ties severed by a troubled past — we do so in a spirit of friendship and with an earnest desire not to ignore history but to write a new and better future for our two peoples.

The United States reaffirms its support for deepening our engagement with the Cuban people now and in coming years.

And the winner of the Castro Rumpswab Contest is… no contest. Justin Trudeau. C’mon, is this the best the country that produced Wayne Freakin’ Gretzky can do?

Not everybody was gushing with love for the syphilitic old Commie. Politicians as diverse as President-elect Trump and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) issued statements critical of the hero of badly educated professors everywhere, and those American politicians of Cuban descent were especially scathing.

And Castro’s brother in superannuated dictatorship? Nothing but crickets from Robert Mugabe.

DOD Lame Ducks: Preemptive Strike Against Troop Carry

carch-22In a move designed to undermine the prospect of troops carrying defensive sidearms, lame duck Obama Administration officials have promulgated regulations “permitting” it[.pdf] — regulations that are jam-packed full of Catch-22 restrictions, punitive bureaucracy, and impossible requirements. These regulations recall the many times that these same officials took the side of Islamic terrorism against their own troops, not to mention their party’s history as the party of Jim Crow. As we discuss the points of the regulation below, bear in mind the history of the “literacy test” used in the Jim Crow era to keep blacks in a second-class situation, as we paraphrase from memory John Ross’s retelling of an old legend:

One election day in 1960, Martin Johnson decided to vote. Some young guys from Ohio had come through, and, under the glare of officials and deputies, had helped Martin and his wife and many other people of the town register to vote for the first time.

Martin was a little nervous as he approached the polling station in the county courthouse, because nothing good ever happened to him or his family in that place, and not a deputy but Sheriff JW Pepper his ownself was there.

“Why the Sheriff here?” he whispered to one of the kids from Ohio, who had to stay outside. “Don’t let him bother you. He says he’s doing a literacy test.”

“Well, I can read just fine,” Martin said, and took his place in line.

The white lady in front of him got to the head of the line, and he watched her interaction with Sheriff Pepper closely.

“Here is your literacy test,” Pepper said, and held up a newspaper, the same County Clarion that Martin had read this morning. “Read me the headline.”

“Election Day 1960,” the lady said, amused. Martin exulted for a minute. This was going to be easy.

“Here is your literacy test, boy,” Pepper said, and held up a different newspaper. “Read me the headline.”

“But… Sir… Mr Sheriff… that paper be Chinese!

“Boy, read me the headline,” Pepper repeated sternly.

“It says, no colored folks are goin’ to be voting in this county today.”

It is no exaggeration to say that E-Ring suits see troops, especially soldiers and Marines, and especially enlisted troops, with the same paternalistic contempt their Jim Crow grandfathers reserved for the “colored.” Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work, who has tirelessly striven to put our troops at a disadvantaga against peer competitors and Islamic terrorists alike, promulgated the new regulations, with the approval of Social Justice Secretary of Defense Ash Carter.

Work and Carter, and their families, are guarded around the clock by men with guns. In today’s Washington, safety and protection of your life and family is a perk that comes with rank, not a human right.

The faults of the DOD policy are many and glaring.

  • Delegates authority to Lieutenant Colonel and Commander level commanders. While normally anything that pushes power down to the battalion, squadron, or ship commander is a great thing, in this case those officers are being put in an impossible position between anti-self-defense superiors and the right-to-life of their own troops.
  • Does nothing to encourage commanders to grant this permission.
  • Makes an authority letter only valid for ninety days. If the commander wants to stick his neck out and let his people defend themselves, he has to resign and redistribute the letter four times a year — 12 times in a three-year command. This is a waste of a commander’s most precious resource, time, but it’s not a pointless waste. The point of the Bob Work rule is that it’s a “sickener,” designed to impede the commander from taking this action.
  • Every letter and every change must be reported directly to the Pentagon’s National Military Command Center.
  • All authorizations must be cleared with military lawyers, the new Commissars, who have veto authority over commanders’ decisions.
  • Authorization only applies on the post but not within any buildings. 
  • Authorization limits service members to state requirements, for example, 10-round magazines in New York.
  • Authorization will depend on completion of a DOD qualification, which does not yet exist, every 12 months.
  • Hinges authorization, not just on qualification or a commander certification, but on acquisition of a civilian license from the authorities in every individual state the service member will work in.
  • Firearms must be unloaded and secured (i.e. in a safe) when off duty, for those authorized to carry issue firearms. Private firearms (if authorized) can be on the service member’s person, on or off duty.
  • The policy exempts the National Guard; they don’t permission to defend themselves unless  their State Governor gives it to them, but must remain soft targets.

If Congress does not overturn these restrictions within 60 work days, they become permanent; a long lame-duck session focused on bigger fish could guarantee that our troops are unable to defend themselves for months, or years, into the future. This may not be its intended consequence; it’s doubtful that Carter or Work think of the troops enough to actually want to harm them, they’re more indifferent to them and, as all DC satraps, focused on self-service. These regulations are there not to harm individuals, even though they will do that, but to score bureaucratic points — the currency of Carter’s and Work’s world.

Bear in mind that this “permission” is not something that E-Ring suits who oppose the very idea just decided to do. They were directed by Congress to do it, and are “complying” with the bare minimum document — the bureaucrat’s defensive mode, passive resistance and dumb insolence. Congress, where the lives of mere enlisted men and their politically powerless families are also not usually on the scale, either, was shocked out of its normal glutton’s torpor and acted on this after the Fort Hood Massacre, in which an Islamist unwisely recruited by the Army Medical Department had an attack of Sudden Jihad Syndrome and committed a spree of murders and attempted murders.

Of course, not all the current administration’s appointees think the Fort Hood Massacre was a bad thing. Then-Chief of Staff Casey dismissed the deaths of 13 troops as “a tragedy, but“, asserting that the real damage would be if anyone let a realistic view of the war knock ‘diversity” off its perch as the prime, overriding Army value.

Current Army Chief of Staff Mark Milley, who is, like Casey, the very model of the modern social justice general, approves the new rules, and considers the results of the Fort Hood shooting, where one of his precious Diversity Beans snapped and started shooting people, a great success: Police stopped the incident before more than 55 people were shot, after all, and none of the victims were generals.

Milley himself has armed bodyguards, around the clock and everywhere he goes. Rank has its privileges. Apparently one of them is self defense.

(DOD Policy.pdf)

How Hampshire College Celebrated Veterans’ Day

How did they celebrate Veterans’ Day at Hampshire College in the college-dense wonderland of Amherst, Massachusetts? Students, professors, and administrators gathered on the eve of Veterans’ Day, lowered the United States Flag, and burned it. It was a fitting expression of their contempt for the United States and, especially, its veterans.

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To celebrate this display of Hampshire College values, and illustrate college solidarity with the flag-burners, College President Jonathan Lash ordered that the flag not be raised, afterward.

Ever again.

Hampshire College’s president Johnathan Lash announced neither the American flag nor any other flags will be flown on campus.

Lash is not a veteran. (His only career has been as a bureaucrat and an enviromental activist). He despises veterans. He certainly doesn’t want them, or their family members, on his campus. He obviously doesn’t want any veteran in business ever to hire a graduate of Hampshire College, thereby staining the college’s purity of message with the taint of America.

Lash is no stranger to the power of the flag as a symbol. He had previously ordered it lowered to half-staff, in protest of the election of Donald Trump.

You know, if you are an inmate of some navel-gazing Academistan, and wondering how in the Hegel we wound up with President Trump, this is what those of us in the intelligence racket call an indicator. President Trump?  Jonathan Lash is how you get President Trump, and he’s already working to re-elect the guy.

Update

Michael Walsh at PJ Media has more. He includes an excerpt from an updated statement from the veteran-hating Lash. In it, Lash says his decision to fly the flag at half-staff was a response to “the current environment of escalating hate-based violence,” by which he apparently means his candidate losing the election. (For an academic, he uses words with the imprecision of the bureaucrat that he was before). Then, he denies it had anything to do with the election; at one point, he even suggests he was doing it to respect the war fallen, a laughable suggestion. And he culminates by saying not flying the flag lets them focus on fighting what it stands for:

…racist, misogynistic, Islamophobic, anti-immigrant, anti-Semitic and anti-LGBTQ rhetoric and behaviors.

As Walsh says, you might want to think twice before sending your kids here. Not to this evil place. Or for hiring anybody else’s kids who have been subject to Lash’s hate indoctrination for four or more years.

What’s DOD Doing, as Wars Spin Out of Control?

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Our New, Improved USMC, training with Cambodian Marines. Notice anything missing? DOD Photo.

They’re not paying much attention to the wars; they’re not really interested. Instead, the E-Ring is focused on something called the Force of the Future. If you’re imagining whiz-bang weapons, cutting-edge technology, and pushing the limits of human performance, you’ve been reading science fiction, not DOD position papers.

Come on: this is Ashton Carter and a bunch of other political appointees we’re talking about. If you’re expecting anything but racialist, destructive-of-tradition claptrap, you’ve overestimated them.

The latest tranche of Force of the Future bullshit is personnel stuff, and it’s nothing that the Assistant Vice Deputy Underprovost for Diverse Vibrancy at Community College University couldn’t have written in zhir (or maybe it’s zhiz?) sleep.

The fifth and sixth elements of FOTF are “enhancing the department’s geographic and demographic reach,” (translation: diversity bullshit), and “invigorating ROTC programs” with, you guessed it, more diversity bullshit. Some Fifth Link bullets, platitudes and jargon nests:

• Using the Joint Advertising Marketing Research and Studies program, or JAMRS, to develop a new DoD-wide marketing campaign on the value of military service, build recognition of the DoD brand, and grow propensity to serve. The campaign will be developed in 2017 for planned launch in 2018.

Translation: elect a new Army with people Ash Carter and friends prefer to the people who are their now. Egads! The wrong people are volunteering. They must be stopped!

• Strengthening outreach efforts to better communicate the value of military service to potential service members and their parents, teachers and coaches.

Like we said, the wrong people are joining. We must make an all out effort to get the right people.

Speakers bureau launches with today’s speech from Secretary Carter.

Oh, that will definitely recruit kids today: speeches from empty-suit career politicians.

• Immediately building a menu of recruiting program options for the services, including steps to reach young talent with unique skills and interests.

Translation: IQ is overrated, we need more midnight basketball operators, and “aspiring rappers” who are “turning their lives around.”

• Expanding partnerships with community groups.

Translation: DOD “walking-around money” for urban rackets to keep them running between the quadrennial get-out-the-vote cash deluge.

• Analyzing and applying lessons from service-led efforts to target specific demographic groups (such as Army outreach to African-Americans and Marine Corps outreach to Hispanics) and geographic locations (such as Air Force recruiting drives in the Northeast and Navy efforts in the Mid-South).

Yeah, we need fewer of the people we’re recruiting, and more quotas for more groups, because nothing makes people love each other and work together seamlessly than selecting and promoting them by things like race and not things like merit or performance.

• Working with top tier universities on implementing legislation designed to improve ROTC student access to financial aid.

Because, the most important thing we can do with the Army is fill it with more of the Totally Top Tier Acela princelings that have turned everything else to feces, just by touching it.

• Offering more graduate school scholarships.

Because you can’t get normal, healthy 18 year olds’ heads completely screwed on wrong in just four years. Look, we’ve got a graduate degree (and some certificates), and most of it in highly quantitative fields. Do soldiers, or officers, need that? Hell, no. It’s creeping credentialism.

• Rewarding ROTC cadets for tackling more rigorous academic courses.

This actually sounds like a good idea, but the devil is in the implementation. You know this is going to wind up washed out to Grievance Studies.

• Expanding outreach to potential female and minority cadets in science, math and technology fields.

Yeah, because we need to have our own quotas to match the quotas every other agency in government, and every regulated business, has to meet.

 

• Offering internships or summer training tailored to ROTC students in some majors.

Hey, you could get those grievance studies cadets working on making the Army better through Moar Trannies!

• Developing tools to better assess effectiveness of ROTC programs.

What is wrong with the OER? (Quite a lot, actually, but the Army’s problem is not “not enough fiddly personnel management tools.” It’s more nearly “too little authority over personnel management for commanders.”

• Piloting a multi-service ROTC unit model.

Yeah, because since we already have reached a decision that the only thing about the services that counts is their utility for social engineering, why have any differences between them.

• Identifying successful units in underserved areas for lessons in expanding ROTC’s geographic and demographic reach.

And we’re back to quotas, “underserved areas” usually meaning places where the college-age kids are mostly on parole or probation already, and not exactly officer material.

Not that that will stop Hurricane Ash.

via Secretary Carter Unveils Latest Force of the Future Initiatives > U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE > News Release View.

The Continuing Adventures of Bubba the Gunsmite

That’s not a typo: Bubba don’t smith guns, he smites guns. And a look around the trusty Intertubes tells us he’s been a busy little Bub, he has.

We’ll start with the venial sins and work our way up to the mortal sins. For the first, Father Weaponsman is inclined to let you off with a few Paternosters and a week of remedial training. For some of the others, well, the penalties shade away through lifetime tool prohibition, towards the positively cruel and Asiatic.

But this Asiatic pistol, a Norinco commercial TT-33 knockoff (aka Type 54), tends more towards the venial, because it is, after all, done upon a cheap and common pistol. As a common commercial import in the period 1985-89 it has little value as a collector piece and less as a carry pistol, with its unusably awkward ATF-specified afterthought safety. (Not to mention that most of these are chambered in a cartridge without suitable defensive ammo available). The “upgrades” Bubba has installed don’t mitigate its weaknesses: cheap rubber grips force-fit off a 1911, a refinish job that is more redolent of Krylonkote than professional products, and three incredibly tactical perforations in the trigger, for the purpose of…?  We’d guess, for the purpose of demonstrating that this Bubba was the only one in the bayou with a fully equipped shop, to wit, a Home Depot drill press. (Extra Bubba Points if he drilled the trigger in the gun).

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Yes, it’s ugly, but not fugly. But patience Grasshopper: Bubba will take us there in due course. Not quite yet though, first we have another pistol Bubba job.

This one is more of a category error, as it doesn’t seem badly done… instead, the logical question is, “Why would you do that?” Handguns by design give up some of the benefits of long guns (like powerful cartridges, and shoulder-fired stability) for convenience and portability.

Here, by using a large aluminum chassis to mount the gun to a scope and an AR-15 stock, Bubba has produced a weapon with the awkwardness of a long gun, but with its firepower limited to five pistol rounds. This was ID’d to us as a Smith, but we wonder if it’s a Taurus. It looks like a Judge.

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Here in New England, some waterfowl hunters like inexpensive, three-shot bolt action shotguns, usually with long barrels (up to 34″) in hopes of reaching out to formations of Canada geese. Of course, if you are Bubba with tactical ambitions, you need to trim that shotty down to Operator Size. You also want to do something about that protruding bolt handle.

bolt-shotgun-bubbaBubba may be proud of it the way it is but that 18″ barrel is about twice as long as it needs to be for this firearm’s optimum employment, to wit, knocking off 7-11s.

Now let’s take the jump (the MORE button) and look at Bubba in his natural habitat, to wit, inexpensive Russian surplus. Next stop, the SKS-45, a favorite among Bubbas.

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Damon Linker, No Deep Thinker

Damon Linker isn’t particularly special today, he’s just an illustration of an immutable law: the more time you spend in the Acela Corridor, the more you see the Outside World through a glass, darkly. This makes most Washington and New York pundits entertaining to read on the subject of war: they can always be counted on to reverse cause and effect, creating what the late Michael Crichton called “‘Wet streets cause rain’ stories”; and they often miss very large beams that are clouded by the motes of partisanship and self-regard that multiply in their eyes, like some sort of virus, lofted in the foul air of their coastal enclaves.

See if you can guess what very large beam is missing from this emphatic statement by Linker (the elisions are for brevity and do not alter his argument, as you can see at the link):

Both … nominees, [and] journalists …avoid talking about the fact that the United States is waging war in at least five countries simultaneously: Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Libya, and Somalia.

Anything missing there? We have a hint, and we still have ineradicable 15-year-old dust from the place on some of our gear: Afghanistan. The word does not exist in his essay. And that’s only one. Despite the current tensions the gormless incumbents of both Presidencies have produced, US Forces have been working intimately with Filipino forces in tamping down the Abu Sayyaf insurgency there, a process that occasionally goes to Bulletsville and more occasionally racks up a US casualty, who used to be, at least, counted as an OEF casualty alongside his Afghan brothers.

So it’s seven wars. Not counting the ones we’re not counting, and believe me, they’re there: Damon Linker doesn’t know about them because the Times and the Post don’t know about them, because most of their international bureaux are closed or are staffed by host nation stringers with their own agendas. And because one of the markers of the speciation of Homo acelaicus is his distance from and revulsion by Homo combativus. 

It’s a safe bet that nobody in the Linker bloodline has suited up for combat in the 45 years since Nixon ended the draft (or in the years before that, where an array of deferments spawned for the convenience of the children of Homo acelaicus kept them out of harm’s way). The whole point of having an aristocracy is hereditary rule, dissociated from standards or merit, for the benefit of the aristocrats. 

Linker is critical of the press in his article, but only because they’re not dumbing things down enough for the real retards, the American people. You see, wars are complicated, and journalists, well:

…journalists have no faith … in the American people to process and evaluate that information in a responsible way.

Well, when the public doesn’t trust the press, and when Damon Freakin’ Linker is the guy who’s going to heal this rift, maybe he’s got the arrow of causation characteristically ass-backwards. Who is it that mistrusts whom, here?

…the press actively contributes to making our politics stupider. Instead of enlightening members of the general public, it entertains them.

Of course, his idea of “enlightening” involves socializing them to Acela Corridor values, so he’s doomed to failure outside of his coastal Echoplex. And then he whines that, this election year:

…the media has come in for unprecedented hostility and abuse….

Perhaps it deserves it? When a guy pontificating about all the wars we’re in elides the fact that his boy and his girl are responsible for many of the new theaters of war in which this one conflict is being conducted, by abandoning Iraq and Afghanistan initially, and then fomenting new wars in Libya, Syria, and even Egypt? When a guy pontificating about the wars forgets about Afghanistan?

Almost everyone I know has been to Afghanistan. To fight. Only to return to the dripping contempt of the Damon Linkers of the world, the sunken, shriveled,  fans in the press box, to whom everything that is good and holy emanates from their beloved political sports-teams.

We’re not ready to lynch reporters here, not even Damon Linker, but we would vote “not guilty” if put on the jury of someone who did.

Poly-Ticks: Another Sports Figure Dumps on Military, Country

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This cartoon’s from an entertaining 2013 column at Philly.com — home of Michael Vick inter alia.

Some of the players of the National Football League, when they’re not getting paid vast sums for entertaining people with a ball game, have been letting their maturity show in a variety of protests against the United States, Police, etc. This is kind of unwise for a group of people of whom about a million hits come up for the search phrase, “NFL player arrested,” the latest of whom, on a gun charge, was busted yesterday on 2 or 3 October. (But hey, cut that Philadelphia Eagle some slack. This one wasn’t for a violent crime, like his last arrest three months ago).  Indeed, the NFL is such a hive of scum and villainy that there are at least, count ’em, one, twothree webpages that do nothing but track NFL busts for the public. The NFL even has a guy, a fixer, whose whole function is to spring arrested NFL thugs before they get into the news. (We recall the New York Times article, but can’t find it). Wait, they have two of ’em.

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But, hey, some backup quarterback for some also-ran team wants to make his, and the league’s, loathing for the country and the police into a news story. Maybe he wants a job on ESPN after his team releases him. It’s a free country.

Meanwhile, the NBA, which takes a close second to the NFL for arrested thug players, wants its own protest.

Inmate rec time.Enter a rookie at the New York Knicks, a team which has conducted pre-season training at the facilities of the US Military Academy at West Point. This leads to a dinner invitation that usually becomes a mutual admiration society between the cadets and the ball-players. But that was far too militaristic for this round-ball greenhorn:

The Knicks, who are training at West Point in preparation for the upcoming season, were invited to a team dinner with a retired Colonel and with West Point Cadets. [Joakim] Noah’s rationale for not participating in the team event is best explained by Noah himself, “It’s hard for me a little bit — I have a lot of respect for the kids here fighting — but it’s hard for me to understand why we go to war and why kids have to kill kids all around the world. I have mixed feelings about being here. I’m very proud of this country. I love America. I don’t understand kids killing kids around the world.”

Gee. A stupid basketball player. Like that never happened before.

On the publicity his skipping the team dinner generated he stated, “It’s not my way of saying anything — I was not comfortable.” To Noah’s discredit he either doesn’t understand or chooses not to accept basic facts about life on planet Earth.

That’s from a pretty devastating essay by John Calvin (hmmm. Not the John Calvin, obviously. A pseudonym?) at the American Spectator. Calvin calls Noah infantile, a word that probably applies to his protest role-model, second- or third-string San Francisco football quarterback Colin Kaepernick, as well. Calvin:

Noah’s mentality is …. If only we didn’t have a military the world would be nice to us and we wouldn’t need a military. If we banned guns bad guys wouldn’t have them. If we raise the minimum wage dramatically it won’t impact employment. If we redistribute wealth it won’t dampen creativity, innovation, or hard work. If we let in all the Syrian refugees, they will all be so grateful none of them will become terrorists or insist on Sharia law.

Someone else recently called it ,”Lennonism.” (He may have been inspired by this guy’s use of the term back in March). It fits. You can almost hear this ball-tossing tosser warbling “Imagine all the peo-ple… sharing all the world, yoo-hoo.”

Good luck with that, kid.

To be a modern liberal is to be perpetually immature, which in itself is an annoying enough personality trait, but liberals are usually not content to just be immature, often pairing this with a certain condescending smugness, totally oblivious that their deep thoughts and well held philosophies are sophomoric and stupid when considered rationally.

We’re not huge fans of Academy graduates, having found that they’re either very good or very not good — none of them, thank a merciful God, is mediocre. But the meanest of them — and yeah, we have a specific individual in mind, a moral and physical coward — the very least of them has made a commitment over and above anything likely to come from some jerk who is celebrated for his mastery of a ball. Calvin gets that:

Every year about 15,000 young men and women apply to West Point. These applicants have many options to choose from, but unlike Joakim Noah they have thought seriously about the world we live in and have decided to dedicate a portion of it, at least, to serving our country. Of these 15,000 applicants, only 1,000 or so will be accepted to join that long grey line. Upon getting commissioned as officers, the West Point graduates will take an oath in which they pledge to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic. A far cry from dedicating themselves to running around the world killing kids, as Joakim Noah believes.

Now, Joakim Noah is not going to make us boycott the NBA. We were already not watching the second most boring game on television (behind tennis, and ahead of golf and soccer). That what passes for the intellectual side of the NBA is so thoroughly shallow and empty is hardly a surprise.

Who’s got Joakim Noah and the Knicks in the Fantasy NBA Arrest League for this season? In that sport, we could actually play NBA teams against NFL teams. And the scoring would be more interesting!

Update

While nobody’s boycotting the NBA yet, are they boycotting the NFL? Not us. We were already not-watching! But the numbers suggest that 10-20% of last year’s NFL watchers are sitting this year out, and up to a third of NFL watchers told Rasmussen that the league’s anti-American and anti-police ethos is their reason. (Details here; follow the links if this interests you. He also blames Thursday games for fan — and player — discontent).