Monthly Archives: January 2013

Flag-haters fight Thresher Memorial

ThresherYou may not remember USS Thresher, SSN-593. She did not serve long nor make notable accomplishments; on a shakedown cruise she plunged miles beyond crush depth and 129 members of the boat’s crew and shipyard’s staff lost their lives. This happened a very long time ago: 1963, and so the name is known more to submariners and naval architects and surviving families than it is to the general public.

But those families remembered, and while there are memorials to the lost sub on the secured shipyard grounds, they planned a simple memorial — a 129-foot flagpole, one foot for ever casualty — in the Kittery, Maine traffic circle.

Plans were made, money was raised, municipal approval was duly granted.

Then came the flag-haters.

A small clicque of angry art-colony hangers on, billing themselves as “landscape designers,” waited until after the appeal period was closed, and then began assailing the Memorial in the press. Lately, they’ve hired a lawyer to try to gum up the Memorial’s progress.

Banner of the Flag HatersThey always sound reasonable, so if you don’t keep track of their positions, you’ll miss a sudden volte-face, a free glissade, or an Immelmann turn, or whatever maneuver is required to keep them on target. Their positions shift, their arguments morph, their voices warble but it always comes down to the offense they take at the flag and flagpole. They are not willing to put voice to that offense, so they hide behind veils of sophistry. They are not willing to protest the flag by pulling it down and burning it, as they would prefer — instead, lawyers are their matches and a court their accelerant.

It is but a short step to understand that they do not ever intend to honor the sailors and shipyard workers who voluntarily dove deep and who remain on eternal patrol. They have the same contempt for those crushed heroes that they do for the flag that the sailors served — and the “landscape designers” didn’t.

These people deserve to be named. They are soi-disant landscape designers Martha Petersen. Neil Jorgensen, and Wendy Pomeroy, and their lawyer John C. Bannon. Bannon may just be a hired gun, and not a flag-hater himself, but there’s a reason that lawyers who seek out mob clients get labeled “mob lawyers.”   And, in fact, Bannon was one of the original flag-hating complainers, before he undertook to represent the others.

One more thing: after a public meeting, the “landscape designers”  and Bannon pronised to drop their complaint. After the public’s back was turned, they renewed it.

While no one expects much from a flag-hating landscape designer, it’s unusual to see an attorney, even a flag-hating one, that holds his word so cheap. (Not because anyone expects integrity from lawyers, but because it’s bad for business). But apparently flag-hating Attorney John C. Bannon’s promise is worth nothing, and he doesn’t mind everybody knowing about it.

Who wouldn’t want a woman to be able to defend herself?

jerrome-mccorry-02Well, it turns out that they’re out there, and there’s a nice concentration of them in Dayton, Ohio. (No wonder the Wright Brothers, upstanding Christian bishop’s sons that they were, made a getaway to North Carolina). For example, the anchors and news producers at WHIO-TV in Dayton are pro-rapist and anti-victim.They don’t care how many women get violently abused, as long as their beloved violent criminals don’t get hurt.

Kelli Wynn, of the Dayton Daily News, also thinks that rapists’ safety trumps rape victims’. She’s been eagerly promoting a rapist’s call for the disarmament of his victims.

Both of these news outlets have used a local career criminal and registered sex offender, the self-ordained “Rev.” Jerome McCorry, as a central character in “reports” that were essentially editorials for gun restrictions. Of course McCorry wants gun restrictions: otherwise, a guy like him just might get shot plying his trade.

In a less liberal locale, in fact, McCorry would still be in the jug for a mid-2002 forcible rape. The Buckeye Firearm Association, one of those indispenndable state organizations, has the goods.

In short, “Anti-Gun-Protestor Jerome McCorry” and “Rapist-and-Convicted-Felon Jerome McCorry” are one and the same person, and WHIO-TV and The Dayton Daily News have been treating this man as a legitimate voice of reason that should be considered in the debate over whether or not rape and other crime victims should be able to buy firearms in order to protect themselves from attack.

What’s even worse, this isn’t the first time. A search of the WHIO-TV website shows Jerome McCorry appearing in other articles advocating gun control over the past few years, and one article about an incident in which an Adam Project-sponsored rally turned violent.

via Convicted rapist organizes gun control demonstration at Dayton gun show; Media fails to note his sex offender status.

The BFA article by Chad Baus was noted by Glenn Reynolds, which triggered this brisant jeremiad against Jerome and his media playmates by Dan Greenfield at Front Page Magazine, sample:

And Jerome is an expert on what kind of guns can be used to protect someone, since he is the kind of guy that people buy guns to protect against.

But according to him, you don’t need an AK-47 or M16 to stop him from raping you. It’s just overkill. When Jerome bursts into your bedroom, you don’t need that much firepower, says the guy bursting into your bedroom.

…which was noted by Glenn again… which we think sorts out the CWCID’s.

After that, as entertaining as it might be for us to pile on, ir’s hard to see what we could add. Except to note that, when you read the slanted paragraphs of the morally leprous Kelli Wynn and watch the biased output of the soulless drones at WHIO-TV, it’s crystal clear that they’re rooting for the 6’1″. 260-lb violent criminal (McCorry) and not his 5’3″, 110-lb victim (whom they know of but leave not only without a voice or a name, but even without a mention. They actually put McCorry forward as if he were a real man of God,  as if he were Martin Luther King. 

We don’t recall reading the sex offender registry or violent crime rap sheet of Rev. King any time recently. Maybe because there never was one? But to the Dayton media, King and this guy McCorry who should still be in a cell where he can’t hurt women are the same thing. 

Maybe they’re looking at the color of the skin instead of the content of the character.

As Chad Baus says:

Hmmmm……..Can anyone think of a reason why this man doesn’t want law-abiding citizens to have the ability to defend themselves with firearms?

Well, we can think of a couple for him. But what about Kelli Wynn? Why does she want women to be defenseless against monsters like McCorry?

UPDATE

Whilst we stooged around instead of promptly posting this, another blogger has discovered that several other Dayton media outlets have been cooperating with WHIO-TV and the Dayton Daily News in promoting career criminal, convicted felon, and registered violent sex offender Jerome McCorry. (Media and personalities also standing with the rapist include WKEF ABC-22’s anchorette Elyse Coulter and reporter Kavontae Smalls, and WRCT FOX-45, which seems to share some resources with WKEF).

WHIO in particular has doubled down on Twitter, attacking McCorry’s victims and other critics, and saying the career violent criminal’s message is one of “peace and harmony.” As in, give him what he wants, girl, and you won’t get hurt — and WHIO is cool with that.

Wednesday Weapons Website of the Week: GunCite

american-billofrightsFirst, we apologize because this week’s link is not a technical site, but given the current political imbroglio, we’ve been deluged by lots of things, including pithy gun-rights quotes. You may recognize some of these as having clanged into your inbox this week:

Firearms stand next in importance to the Constitution itself. They are the American people’s liberty teeth and keystone under independence. –“Washington”

Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force; like fire, a troublesome servant and a fearful master. — “Washington”

The strongest reason for people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government. –“Jefferson”

The beauty of the second amendment is that it will not be needed until they try to take it.–“Jefferson”

Arms in the hands of citizens may be used at individual discretion…in private self-defense.–“Adams”.

There’s only one problem (well, we could go all grammarian on “liberty teeth and keystone,” a construction that would never have passed G.W.’s practiced quill, but…). That problem is that every one of these quotes is as phony as our monthly Assclown of the Ides’s campaigns with Baron Munchhausen. If one of these is in your .sig, you have been PWN3D. (The Adams quote is actually edited to twist the meaning; the others appear to be fabrications).

You can prove it here: Bogus [Gun] Quotes Attributed to the Founders.

That’s one of many useful pages at GunCite: gun control and Second Amendment issues. Perhaps you want real, non-phony Founder quotes? GunCite’s got ‘em. And here are some from important Constitutional commentators.

Need a better .sig line? Here’s a few of our favorites.

A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercises, I advise the gun. While this gives moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise and independence to the mind.,,, Let your gun therefore be your constant companion of your walks. – Thos. Jefferson, 1785.

Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom in Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed. –Noah Webster, 1787.

The right of self defence is the first law of nature: in most governments it has been the study of rulers to confine this right within the narrowest limits possible.   -St.George Tucker, 1803.

The prohibition is general. No clause in the Constitution could by any rule of construction be conceived to give to congress a power to disarm the people.  — William Rawle, 1829.

No freeman shall ever be debarred the use of arms. — Thos. Jefferson, 1776. (Note: Jefferson is the unchallenged king of having bogus quotes attributed to him, on any subject  you care to name, but this one is rock solid, from his draft of the Virginia Constitution. The State went with George Mason’s competing draft instead).

The site has more than just quotes from old dead white guys, and you will find it worthwhile. We found this page particularly useful: it’s a handy collection of quotes, legal opinions and statements that you can deploy next time your sister rolls her eyes and says, “nobody wants to take your guns.” You’ll probably be surprised what a wide range of grasping little gremlins say they want to take your guns. (Mind you, it could do with updating. Because more people than ever want to take your guns).

GunCite has no flash (or Flash), no color to speak of, nothing but links and blocks of text, which make it an extremely high-density source of reliable information. Recommended.

On the Green Beret Second Amendment Letter

SF_crest_SIG_Shelby_Travis_photoFirst, we apologize for not signing it, but the principal author of this blog, although a member in the places where it coalesced, was quite unaware of it, due to an unexpected medical emergency. The best thing to do, then, is to give you SOFREP’s intro, then let you click over there to — you know we’re gonna say this — Read The Whole Thing™,

The following letter was disseminated and signed by over 1,000 current and former Army Special Forces soldiers (Green Berets) in support of the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms, specifically as a defensive measure against tyranny. The letter was compiled through the joint efforts of current and former Special Forces personnel over at www.ProfessionalSoldiers.com, and quietly disseminated for signatures among secure, vetted circles.

via Green Berets Sign Letter Supporting 2nd Amendment | SOFREP.

It would be a very great mistake for policymakers to assume that only 1,000 current and former Green Berets subscribe to this letter. While many of the thousands of us not on the list may quibble with a word or two — we’ll argue about anything, until the decision is announced, a Special Forces planning session is like a free-for-all in a rabbinical school — once lawful direction is at hand we act with speed, stealth, and overwhelming force. The last point of the action plan is one that finds us particularly unified.

This is our country, these are our rights. We believe that it is time that we take personal responsibility for our choices and actions rather than abdicate that responsibility to someone else under the illusion that we have done something that will make us all safer. We have a responsibility to stand by our principles and act in accordance with them. Our children are watching and they will follow the example we set.

The undersigned Quiet Professionals hereby humbly stand ever present, ever ready, and ever vigilant.

The original post is here on ProfessionalSoldiers.com. We used the SOFREP version because it’s easier for you to read, and they’re good lads who deserve some link love.

If you want the original .pdf, maybe to print off and nail on your local Democratic Town Committee chairperson’s door, here it is: Protecting the Second Amendment.

 

The new CENTCOM came up via SF and SOF

MG NagataHis name is Michael K. Nagata and he has SF and clandestine operations experience in his early, formative years of commissioned service. Any time a guy like this comes up, we in the community either know him personally or are one or two emails and calls from someone who does. In this case, the personal acquaintance who knows MG Nagata is a name that is absolutely solid gold in the SF community. He served with the General operationally. And he praises MG Nagata to the high heavens. The key grafs of his bio:

Nagata was commissioned as an infantry officer in 1982. In 1984, he joined Army Special Forces and served in 2nd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group Airborne until 1987.Nagata assumed command of 1st Battalion, 1st Special Warfare Training Group at Ft. Bragg in 1999, where he was responsible for the Special Forces Qualification Course. From 2000 to 2002, he served as a squadron commander in a Special Mission Unit.

via Nagata tapped to lead U.S. Central Command special ops – Hawaii News – Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

In the SF world, if you know a guy and somebody outside SF who doesn’t know him asks you about him, there are two possible replies. Here are two examples. Response A: Keith Idema? Yeah, I know him. What about him? Response B: Frank Antenori? I know him! He’s a good m—–f—–!”

“Nagata? Yeah, I know him,” sounds neutral, but it isn’t, really. It’s admitting that you know him but not wanting to be tarred with the same brush as him, you see. And nobody’s saying that about MG Nagata. On the other hand, if you know him and like and respect him, you respond like this: “Nagata?! He’s a good m—-f—–!” And that’s what we’ve been hearing about MG Nagata.

We at WeaponsMan wish MG Nagata well in his new assignment, wish General Mattis new horizons in retirement, and wish the servicemen and -women of the joint unified Central Command the very best in leadership at all levels.

And while we still have some tentacles out asking about the guy, it’s our belief that any Washington beancounter who selected him as a racial token or someone easily swayed by political operators may just have his hands full with a man whose only colors are red, white and blue, and whose watchword is mission first, men always.

 

Not all weapons are morally neutral

iranian finger whacking machineIt’s questionable whether this is a weapon, actually, although if you define weapon as “an implement of violence,” it is.

This particular implement of violence is used in Iran to cast fear into thieves, at least those thieves who are not members of or associated with the Government and Shiite clergy. Those thieves get a pass… kind of like the ones associated with our government, when you think about it.

France 24 found images and a story on social media, and followed up:

We contacted many of our Observers in Iran to ask them about this machine. Some of them had heard about it before, but many discovered its existence through these morbid photographs, which were reportedly taken on Thursday. According to the INSA press agency, the man shown getting his finger cut off was charged with robbery and adultery by a court in the southwestern city of Shiraz. He was also accused of being at the head of a criminal organisation. On top of losing one of his fingers, he was sentenced to three years in prison and 99 whip lashes.

via Iran unveils machine for amputating thieves’ fingers | The Observers.

No word on whether the mullah that ordered this barbarity then ate the finger, but it would be about their speed. The article goes on to note that brutal punishments for petty crime are on the rise in the absolutist theocracy.

Can any of our machine-savvy readers tell us what this instrument of torture is made from? To us, it looks like a modification of some kind of small-shop stamp press.

Please bear with us…

…as we get up to speed again after some personal issues. Nothing life-threatening… any more. We owe last week’s end of week posts, but will probably never make up Monday and Tuesday this week. That’s just the way it is, friends.