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Hey, Dude, Where’s My Guns?

burglarThat was the question a Sanford, FL detective was asking when he went back to his Ford Explorer after a softball game and found his back window smashed open — and two guns, his cuff key, body armor and badge gone.

D’oh. The smash-and-grab theft was one of two at the park that day, but the other guy didn’t have guns locked in his car (and if he wasn’t a cop, would have gotten in trouble if he had… since the guy who armed a criminal is a cop, he faces no consequences more serious office mockery). Nope, what the thieves got from the other victim was a diaper bag. (So much for our master plan of hiding our guns inside a diaper bag).

After shattering the window, someone grabbed the detective’s department-issued Sig Sauer pistol, his personally-owned Remington 870 shotgun, body armor, a handcuff key, a stun-gun cartridge, radio microphone and his law-enforcement badge. The items have a combined estimated value of more than $3,400, the report states.

The Orlando Sentinel rounds up other local cop theft victims:

Guns are a popular item among thieves who target law-enforcement officials.

Earlier this month, thieves robbed a retired FBI agent of his credentials and gun while he napped inside his car outside a business in Altamonte Springs. And in a 6-month span last year, there were at least three separate incidents of guns disappearing from law enforcement vehicles in Central Florida.

Two the incidents involved Orange County sheriff’s deputies and the other a Winter Park police officer. It’s unclear if any of the weapons stolen in those cases were found.

Don’t worry about it. They’ll turn up in gang murders. Hopefully it’s only the gang members who get murdered, which is just Evolution in Action® (“Evolution in Action®” is a registered trademark of Niven and Pournelle).

While it’s fun making fun of law enforcement, nothing feels like being ripped off, except perhaps being raped. And the biggest reason we have such a high level of theft, apart from living in a low trust society produced by unassimilated immigration, and racial and ethnic identity politics, is that punishment for the thieves is neither swift, nor sure, nor sufficient. We still think malum in se felony sentences should be simplified to 10-20-Life, with no parole, no probation, no plea bargains. A second arrest while on pretrial release should nullify pretrial release rights for life. Get the pathogens out of the bloodstream, and the patient gets healthy.

Then, there’s this little two-liner from the Sentinel:

How often law enforcement vehicles are burglarized isn’t known, as agencies rarely alert the public.

Sanford police released information about the incident on Saturday as a public safety notice, saying a statement that residents “should be aware of the possibility of police impersonation.”

Good on Sanford for doing the right thing in this case, and really, it’s better to get this kind of news out in public with your own spin on it, and look like you give a damn, rather than look like you’re covering up.

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.

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.

 

The Army and Self-Defense

Army LogoDavid French writes about, among other things, soldiers’ response to the Army’s beyond-lame, canned “anti-terrorist/force-protection” lecture that everyone must waste a training hour or two on per annum. AT/FP joins with SAEDA, SHARP, HR/EO, CYBERSEC and every other buzzword acronym that has been inflicted on the troops by some dullard who had the dumb luck to be the Chief of Staff’s Hudson High classmate or otherwise catch his ear, to form part of the general cacophony of “annual training requirements” which are at best orthogonal to, and more usually in opposition to, actual training for an actual mission.

In the light of Pournelle’s Law, every one of those mandatory annual briefings was emitted by one of the d-bags (or, more realistically, a team of the d-bags) whose focus is the organization, not the mission.

This waste is particularly excruciating in Reserve Component units, because they never scale down the chickenbleep the way they scale down the actual training to fit your lack of 24/7/365 availability. The people who develop, promulgate, assign and promote these mandatory Death By Power Point sessions are probably unaware that there are literally more of these BS training hours assigned than an M-Day reservist or Guardsman has total training hours. So the two means of “compliance” are two forms of Irish Democracy: simply checking the box, or giving all the training in a compressed, fast-forward version (the latter is more common). Both are gestures of contempt to the organization that wastes precious time on specious chickenbleep.

But French, somehow, betook himself to an AT/FP briefing that was actually conducted like the idiot tasking demands. And it got ugly:

And when [a counterstrike against the “unrelenting, grinding, one-way campaign of social change, conducted with an air of moral superiority and cultural condescension”] happens, it can be wondrous to see. I remember an Army counter-terror briefing in which a trainer was detailing all the ways soldiers can protect themselves and their families from off-duty, domestic terror threats. Notably missing from the briefing slides was a recommendation that service-members — each of whom is trained in the use of a weapon — obtain concealed-carry permits or use personal weapons in any way.

As the training droned on, a hand shot up. “Sir, why are we not being told to purchase a weapon for self-defense?” The response was instantaneous and politically correct: “Because that weapon is more dangerous to yourself than your attacker.” The room erupted, and within minutes, the trainer had backtracked and admitted that he carried a handgun when off-duty. It was a tiny victory in the grand scheme of things, but cultures are won and lost through tiny victories and defeats, and for a generation, the vast majority of then victories have gone to the left.

via Individual Cowardice Is Killing American Culture | National Review.

Now, that’s one select paragraph out of a longer essay making a larger point, but we carved it out for a specific reason. The AT/FP briefing is now a joint goat grope, but it comes via the Army’s provost marshals — the MPs. Here’s a typical briefing that someone has now put up on SlideShare. It’s 2007’s, but it’s only a few years still being used — and the new one is not much different. It is — we are not making this up — 100 slides long. And never in that 100 slides does it suggest you gun up.

anti_terrorism_brief_sep_07.pptx (5 MB)

Now, between us, the contributors and commenters on this blog have more time matching wits with real no-bleeep terrorists than everybody who ever worked on this lame-ass slide deck. And every one of us would tell you — unless mission demands you go unarmed — maybe you’re under non-official cover, or stuck with some lame UN mission — you’re better off armed.

Of course, the guys who make the slides disagree. But they’re also so out of touch they think you need to worry about the Khmer Rouge, defunct for a generation. Orange arrow and underscore is ours:

atfp_up_to_date

(Hey, they must have just edited out the Narodniki and the Black Hand). More likely, they’re just so PC that they can’t face the idea that terrorism today has many names but only one god.

Apart from the galumphing bozosity of the creators of the presentation, or, perhaps, because of it, the Army simply can’t accept the idea that the troops — the most intelligent and carefully selected in the nation’s history — could defend themselves.

The principle error is placing the Anti Terrorist training in harness with Force Protection, a portfolio owned and controlled by the Military Police, a branch whose doctrine is disproportionately influenced by discredited gun control social-science theory from the 1960s.

army_gun_safety_poster_detailThe Army always stresses the downside of personal firearms, and the MP branch has, perhaps, the lowest level of trust in the Army’s soldiery (especially enlisted soldiery). What this all adds up to is that, for soldiers on Army bases, the gun control environment mimics the environment civilians experience in the most backward and crime-soaked Jim Crow gun control jurisdictions. Firearms are registered and storage requirements are strict. Single soldiers assigned to barracks are expected to keep their firearms locked in the unit arms room. No one may carry a personal firearm for self-defense, and the carry of issue firearms for personal self-defense is actively discouraged.

Discussions with a typical MP officer experienced in a Provost Marshal role give rise to the sensation of arguing with an anti-gun extremist from DC or San Francisco.

As a result, American military bases, which have the potential to be the hardest of hard targets, are soft and vulnerable — all in the interests of Force Protection and Safety as those concepts are seen by narrowly ideological officers.

The Army should be the nation’s experts in guns, but the organization seems bound and determined to make them fear the cold steel things, and stay clear of them.

Yes, this means another Fort Hood could be as near as tomorrow. The only thing standing between the terrorist and his objective is going to be those soldiers who are breaking the law by carrying, as a small handful always have.

A Cop Flop

This cellphone video shows the arrest of a noncompliant, unarmed suspect. He’s either doped-up or nuts, and he’s strong;  the cops trying to arrest him flail and flop, and make half-assed deployments of Taser and baton and OC spray and more Tasers…

You may want to mute the audio the first time through, because the voice-over (by well known trainer Rener Gracie) is loud and grating. However, it’s worth watching at least the first half with the VO because the guy, an instructor who teaches defensive tactics to cops (but self-evidently not these cops) makes excellent points about why the gear didn’t work, what effect this has on community-cop relations, and why cops like these need a course like his — none of which we’d quibble with, and we bet the cops wouldn’t, either.

As he stresses, this kind of Keystone display is not the fault of the original cops. You can’t control a stronger-than-you, wriggling and noncompliant arrestee if you’ve never been taught how.

The cops were not in the physical condition of the suspect, so they needed to rely on superior skills, but that pocket of their toolbag seems to have come up empty.

As the situation gets worse, the cops’ confidence, which never seems to have been strong, is badly shaken by the suspect’s seeming immunity to their control measures.At several points, this looked like it might escalate to deadly force; had they shot the guy, the cops would not have faced any consequences, absent a Marilyn Mosby hungry for a scalp meal, but it could have poisoned the relations between the department and the public for decades, if not generations (as the voice-over points out). And in this particular situation, all the players (cops, suspect) were white.

Imagine what The Rev’rends® would be saying if the suspect was a black man.

As it is, the suspect went to the can, or the drunk tank, or the 30-day-evaluation — wherever he was headed. (This is one more reminder that, from the suspect’s point of view, resistance is, as the saying goes, futile. If they’ve decided you’re going downtown, you might as well go peaceably, because in the end, you’re going). The cops had a report to write. And the department has to deal with this video going viral.

Don’t know who these guys were, although the VO says they were in Maryland (Maryland plates on the vehicles, too). Doesn’t narrow it down much as that place has got to have the highest cop-to-citizen ratio this side of Pyongyang.

About that Movie that Caused the Benghazi Attack

Would you trust your diplomatic Mission to this guy?

Would you trust your diplomatic Mission to this guy?

Just about everybody who’s anybody in the foreign policy and national security establishment, or “the Blob,” as former campaign van driver and novelist manqué turned Presidential foreign-policy mind-meld Ben Rhodes calls it, has had something to say about the spectacularly revealing Ben Rhodes profile in the New York Times Magazine.

David Samuels of the Times seems to have conducted the interview the way Times journalists usually do with Administration grandees: on his knees, breathlessly counterposed to the his dehiscent slide fastener of his interviewee’s trousers.

Despite his claim to be outside it,  Rhodes is a card-carrying Beltway Blob made guy, by dint of his position (which he probably owes to having a brother who’s head of CBS “News”). He is a Deputy National Security Advisor on the National Security Council and has nothing but contempt for people who actually have studied, practiced, or (in the instant case) implemented foreign policy, especially not when it comes down to kinetics.

Conversely, nobody is asking, say, retired special operations sergeants and former defense contractors what they think, but why shouldn’t we stick our oar in? Everyone else is.

And right now, everybody is talking about how Rhodes admits that the Iran “deal” was built on myth and sold with lies.

Rhodes’s war room did its work on Capitol Hill and with reporters. In the spring of last year, legions of arms-control experts began popping up at think tanks and on social media, and then became key sources for hundreds of often-clueless reporters. “We created an echo chamber,” he admitted, when I asked him to explain the onslaught of freshly minted experts cheerleading for the deal. “They were saying things that validated what we had given them to say.”

When I suggested that all this dark metafictional play seemed a bit removed from rational debate over America’s future role in the world, Rhodes nodded. “In the absence of rational discourse, we are going to discourse the [expletive] out of this,” he said. “We had test drives to know who was going to be able to carry our message effectively, and how to use outside groups like Ploughshares, the Iran Project and whomever else. So we knew the tactics that worked.”

This is the first admission that groups like Ploughshares and the Iran Project are under de facto Administration control — or maybe it’s the other way around.

He is proud of the way he sold the Iran deal. “We drove them crazy,” he said of the deal’s opponents. ….

In fact, Rhodes’s passion seems to derive … from his own sense of the urgency of radically reorienting American policy in the Middle East in order to make the prospect of American involvement in the region’s future wars a lot less likely. When I asked whether the prospect of this same kind of far-reaching spin campaign being run by a different administration is something that scares him, he admitted that it does.

But there was another glimpse behind Rhodes’s Beltway Blob kimono suggested by that article, aside from whatever Samuels glimpsed through that zipper while achieving his own mind meld with his special friend and interviewee. And it ties into past articles, like this one at, oddly enough, the New York Times: Rhodes describes in the recent, Samuels story how he makes a lie into news. Bear that in mind when you see who the author was of the Administration’s, and then-Secretary of State Clinton’s, pathetic and fabricated claim that the Benghazi attack was a reaction to a YouTube video. Yep, it was Rhodes. Here’s the Times’s Michael D. Shear (another Beltway Blob made guy?) in April, 2014:

The email from Mr. Rhodes includes goals for Ms. Rice’s appearances on the shows and advice on how to discuss the subject of the protests that were raging in Libya and at other American diplomatic posts in the Middle East.

Among the goals that Mr. Rhodes identified: “To underscore that these protests are rooted in an Internet video, and not a broader failure of policy.” In a section called “Top-lines,” Mr. Rhodes added: “Since we began to see protests in response to this Internet video, the president has directed the Administration to take a number of steps. His top priority has been the safety and security of all Americans serving abroad.”

(For the record, the attack was a deliberate attack the extremist al-Qaeda linked militia. The extremists themselves had been suppressed by Qaddhfi, but were turned loose by the quixotic and purposeless war the Administration launched in Libya for reasons that still lack an explanation, except for the general tilt of Obama, Jarrett, Donilon, Rice, Power, Rhodes et al. towards Islamist extremists, and against American interests).

In another point in Samuels’ fluff piece, Rhodes, the self-described Holden Caulfield of the NYU MFA program, is described as having no ego. In the midst of a post that is probably enough for any pshrink to diagnose Narcissistic Personality Disorder in both Rhodes and his interviewer.

Finally, this puts a new light on the various incompatible Hillary Clinton statements about the Benghazi disaster that somehow eventuated on her disinterested and mendacious watch. She herself may have been spun by Rhodes and his small army of suckling and spewing mouths, a group which may well include Clinton eminènce grise Simple Sid Blumenthal.

Swiss Family Bubba

These nightmares were found on Reddit, in /r/guns, a good hunting ground for Bubba and all his works. The worksmanship on these is rather good, which we attribute to the whole Swiss thing; on the other hand, the concepts are purest inbred Bubba.

To start with, let’s have a Martini with a long-eye-relief scope. Apparently the Swiss immediate action drill for TEOTWAWKI is “grab Martini, go inna woods mountains“. Somewhere, an SKS breathes a sigh of relief:

Swiss Bubba Martini

Here’s the story behind these, uh, unusual pieces:

So the story goes that this guy had thousands of guns inside a bunker in his house. He was very keen of modifying the guns, mostly adding pistol grips, suppressors and other modern sights.

Unfortunately he died, and supposedly his son inherited the collection which he’s been slowly selling. He even had a couple of K31s with pistol grips, but he sold those. Sometimes you see some nice rare stuff that he tries to sell, but the problem is knowing if those were modified in any way.

The best is probably this pistol vetterli! I also find that K11 with a Stgw 57 magazine interesting, who wouldn’t want a K11 with a 20 shot capacity?

It’s a nice example of bubba transcending borders and nationality.

IF he says so. They’re available at this link, for those in der Schweiz or able to negotiate the import-export maze.

Here’s another:

Swiss Bubba SBR

Ow. Its purpose is unknown, as the creator has apparently yodeled his last, and family members have been trying (for a while) to shift some of these unique modified firearms.

They probably need to be aiming closer to “parts value.” Here’s a “trench mag” adapted from a SIG auto rifle.

Swiss Bubba TActical

With the ever popular pistol scope forward of the action — not so far forward you can load the mag with anything but single rounds.

Finally, there’s a Swiss take at the Obrez concept.

Swiss Bubba Obrez

Honestly, we’ll stop now. For anyone traumatized, counsellors are standing by.

 

The Army Didn’t Celebrate Rape Month Alone

We’ve been having a jolly old time bagging on the Army for its pathetic display during Sexual Assault Awareness Month, or, in the interests of brevity and clarity, Rape Month. But the sad fact is that the Army is not alone in this particular loopiness.

Behold, the US Air Force Rape Month poster:

Air Force Rape Month poster

About the only difference between the Air Force Social Justice Warriors’ Rape Month cadre and the Army’s is the pattern of their stupid day-glo camouflage uniforms, and their acronym: the USAF calls SHARP “SAPR,” but it’s basically the same the whine in a blue bottle.

We learned this at the John Q. Public blog, which in the course of a comprehensive and worthwhile essay dismantles the Air Force’s pathetic program and lays it out on the ramp for everyone to inspect. It’s pretty ugly to look at, too:

By letting SAPR run the entire conversation, the Air Force has imported the “illiberal liberality” resident in some corners of the social justice movement into its service culture, corrupting teamwork and dissolving the bonds of communication and esprit required to fight and win wars.

Sexual assault a violent crime that deserves a serious law enforcement approach. More investigators, more and better qualified prosecutors, more and better qualified victim counselors and advocates, and better legal education for commanders would be promising policy ideas for addressing this issue.

Instead, the Air Force has adopted an institutional attitude criminalizing and condemning any conduct, real, alleged, or (mostly) hypothetical, carrying even the faintest whiff of sexual impropriety. The results are absurd and pervasive, from confused and poisoned juries who equate fraternization with rape to overzealous and politically jaundiced prosecutors and convening authorities to hog-tied commanders who perceive no meaningful latitude when it comes to deciding whether and how severely to respond to sex-themed allegations of any kind.

John Q. identifies three fundamental sins of the Air Force approach (which is the Army approach with bluer acronyms, is all): issue confusion; constant browbeating; and gimmickry. HE posts this poster, which originated at RAF Lakenheath, as an example of gimmickry, and notes:

After inspiring an avalanche of critical (and in some cases vitriolic) comments reflecting the powder keg this issue has become, it was taken down by 48th Fighter Wing commander Col. Rob Novotny. To his credit, Novotny conceded that the original post missed the mark … but he and his colleagues have a lot of work to do in cultivating a climate where addressing sexual assault doesn’t devolve into a series of weird episodes of social science propaganda theater.

In times of budget restriction, it’s somewhat shameful that we as a nation waste money on such off-mission fripperies as the entire bureaucracies that drive these campaigns. Not a single member of those elements is making a perceptible contribution to national defense — instead, they’re actively undermining it.

Do Read The Whole Thing™ at JQP. It’s kind of depressing to see that the Air Force, which once was unique among the services in valuing its enlisted personnel, has gone as far off the deep end as the Army has on this issue.

Sexual assault is, frankly, about as easy a leadership problem as there is. It’s a crime and the appropriate level of toleration in the ranks for crime is zero. It’s only become such a gray area because the Social Justice Warriors among us want to define everything as assault, if it bruises their gossamer and inconstant feels.

Rape Month. It’s really a thing. And how long before it’s too big a thing to be contained in a mere month, which is, of course, a worthless concept anyway, having been defined by some dead white males a long time before Social Justice Year Zero.

TSA: We’re From the Government, And We’re Here to Hump You

Liberty TSA scanThe Transportation Security Administration has #OneJob, which has two simple standards: process passengers expeditiously, and find prohibited items.

Of course, it is not at all skilled at either prong of that job. We’ve all seen the 95% failure rate at detecting firearms and explosives in tests; now, the New York Times reports, the sweepings of the halfway houses are no good at keeping the passengers moving, either.

Charlotte Douglas International Airport in North Carolina recently said it had experienced three-hour wait times. Brent D. Cagle, the airport’s interim director of aviation, complained to the T.S.A. director that about 600 passengers missed their flights on Good Friday because of an inadequate number of screeners. He called the episode a “fiasco.”

“This situation could have been avoided, had the T.S.A. had the proper staffing (or overtime budget necessary) to meet customer demand,” Mr. Cagle wrote in a letter.

Rather than correct the problem, the TSA simply denied it had ever happened, impugning Cagle’s integrity from what TSA managers imagine as their own Olympian perch of righteousness:

(T.S.A. officials denied that the wait had ever been that long, telling local reporters that it had been 75 minutes for a short time.)

But hey, that’s one airport, right? Not so right:

This was far from an isolated incident. Airports in Atlanta, Miami, New York, Seattle, Denver and Chicago, among others, have all experienced similar problems in recent months.

Last month, Denver Airport advised travelers to get to the airport as much as three hours before their flights. Still, people waited for more than an hour and a half to clear security.

Airport workers walked up and down the line with therapy dogs and handed out bottled water and candy to travelers, according to one report. The airport accused the T.S.A. of providing an inadequate number of screeners on what was an average Saturday.

Millions for Therapy Dogs, but they can’t do #OneJob.

T.S.A. officials say the main reason for the longer lines is an increase in the number of travelers this year.

“Where it starts is actually a volume issue,” said Gary Rasicot, who was recently appointed to a newly created position as the T.S.A.’s chief of operations. “It’s really a good-news story. The economy is doing well, Americans are traveling more, and this equates with record numbers at our checkpoints.”

If you think the economy is doing well, #youjustmightbeagovernmentworker. Nothing quite like being elevated to the Senior Executive Service to alter one’s perceptions of one’s station in life.

Doesn’t some US legal document say something about “Patents of Nobility”?

At the same time, he said, the number of T.S.A. screeners has declined by about 5,800 because of tighter budgets. The agency currently has 42,350 agents assigned for security checks.

To deal with the expected summer crunch, Mr. Rasicot, who was previously a senior official with the United States Coast Guard, as was the T.S.A.’s administrator, Peter V. Neffenger, said the agency was hiring and training 768 officers and planned to assign them to the busiest airports by June 15.

OK, so now we’re trying Coast Guard Management whereas previously we’ve had Secret Service Management, and before that, the TSA began with John Magaw — ATF Management.

Magaw was the TSA supremo who built the multi-million-dollar Bond villian lair senior and exalted management office that serves to insulate his successors from reality.

Even so, passengers should brace for some tough months ahead.

“This is going to be a rough summer. There is no doubt about it,” he said. “This is why we are talking about people getting to the airport a little earlier than planned.”

A little earlier than planned. Three hours, or they’d actually have to ask the TSA goons to move like people in the Dreaded Private Sector.

Still, many passengers complained that the agency seemed ill-prepared to handle the crowds.

Are they new at this? Was there ever anything, animal, vegetable, mineral, or conceptul, that TSA was not ill-prepared to handle?

American Airlines said that the slower security lines had forced it to delay flights and rebook passengers who had missed connections. For instance, in a one-week period in mid-March, the airline said, about 6,800 of its passengers missed their flights after being stuck in T.S.A. lines too long.

“T.S.A. lines at checkpoints nationwide have become unacceptable,” said Ross Feinstein, a spokesman for American Airlines. “Lines grew in January, February and March, and now in April, too. We are really concerned about what happens in the summer.”

via Catching a Flight? Budget Hours, Not Minutes, for Security – The New York Times.

To which the TSA says: it’s not our fault. None of it is our fault. Stand on the little footsteps, peon.

Now.. .bend over. 

UPDATE

The panic that created the useless TSA seems to have metastasized. Because some chucklehead named his Wi-Fi hotspot Mobile Detonation Device, a bunch of usually doughty Australians panicked like chickens, with airline and airport falling all over each other (Qantas and Melbourne respectively, and some fainting passengers demanding to be let off the plane, requiring their baggage to be downloaded.

They never did find the guy with the twisted sense of humor.

Does it occur to any of these people, that if you were a baddie bent on FOOM, you might just be clever enough to name your infernal machine something other than, say, “Mohammed’s Infernal Machine”? Or “Mobile Detonation Device”?

Of course it doesn’t.

Don’t Bring a Gun to a Dogfight

043016- Frankie, a five-year-old Belgian Malinois police dog, helped apprehend a man wanted in Springfield for a hit-and-run. (State police photo) ---------- Forwarded message ----------

043016- Frankie, a five-year-old Belgian Malinois police dog, helped apprehend a man wanted in Springfield for a hit-and-run. (State police photo)
———- Forwarded message ———-

Final score: Frankie 1, Mohammed 0. Mohammed, a career violent criminal and illegal alien who has not been deported because of the Administration’s executive-ordered amnesty for criminal aliens, drew down on Mass State Trooper David Stucenski and Stucenski’s K9, Frankie. Mohammed got one shot off, and before Stucenski could punch Mo’s ticket, Frankie was on him like, well, like a high-energy Belgian Malinois on a felon.

Ever wonder why Mohammedans believe that dogs are unclean?

Mohammed Fofanah Jr., 35, of Hartford, who police say is in the country illegally and has been previously charged with a felony in Connecticut, was wanted for hitting three cars on Interstate 91 south about 12:15 a.m. yesterday when he allegedly fired a single shot from his .357 Magnum at trooper David Stucenski and his canine partner, Frankie, after ditching his damaged vehicle and refusing to surrender.

Neither Stucenski nor the dog was hit, police say.

via Man held for firing at trooper, K-9 | Boston Herald.

Well, it wasn’t for lack of trying. Do we know anything else about Mo? Turns out, we do.

Fofanah — who was wearing an electronic monitoring ankle bracelet at the time of his arrest — is from Sierra Leone and had been charged with a previous felony in Connecticut, Procopio said. He may now be subject to deportation. Upon his 
release from the hospital, Fofanah was transported to sheriff’s lockup and held without bail, Procopio said.

Wait, what? Hospital? Why was he in hospital? Please, tell us that Frankie had his way with ‘im!

After being subdued by Frankie, who jarred the weapon from his hand, Fofanah was placed under arrest and rushed by ambulance to nearby Baystate Medical Center to receive treatment for bite wounds, state police said.

Really, there’s only one possible response to that: GOOD DOG.