This Tour d’Horizon is the laziest, most telegraphic, check-the-boxingest one in at least a week.
I don’t wanna work, I just wanna bang on my gun all day.
A Collection of Bubba’d Glocks
At TFB, there’s a collection of different Bubbafied / WECSOG Glocks. Like Lizard Skin here:
When you’re done using it as a pistol, you can tan its hide and make a coin purse.
And then there’s its Meccano brother, below. Engineers, help us out here: is that a Warren or a Pratt truss?
Really, though, you gotta Read The Whole Thing™ to get to the very best bit, the gaudy (and sometimes, finger-paint lookin’) Cerakote jobs.
Think Your Guns Get Shot a Lot?
Don’t go making any wagers on that, unless you can beat this guy. He has some great facts about common firearms in a high-round-count environment. This detail surprised us:
USGI mags have outlasted all of the other brands. We use UGSI (Brownell’s with tan follower) and on a mag for mag basis, they have outlasted Pmags and a few of the other mags that we get from mfg’ers with new weapons. We don’t have to worry about various generations with different weapons like the MR556, SCAR, F2000, Tavor or a couple of others that use AR15/M4 magazines.
You don’t say.
Turns out Kuntzman Fabricated Parts of his Story
You know, the reporter that just about peed himself when handling the dread power of the mighty AR-15? The Philadelphia gun store owners he depicted as gun control advocates aren’t, quite:
[W]e did not know that Mr. Kuntzman would completely turn things around and make our establishment look like one of anti-gun advocates. We have received dozens of phone from all over the country in regards to the article. Many of these callers expressed disgust with the article and told us to stay away from the media.
Yeah, now they tell you.
Most reporters would never tell a lie, except on days that end in “Y”. Remember, we just had Katie Couric’s fake documentary, and NPR’s fake story on the myth of the “ordinary mom” who was a political flak for the Carnahan machine before becoming the pretty if heavily worked-on face of the gun ban movement. You can tell when they’re lying: words come out of ’em.
Speaking of Reporters Lying: The AR-15 Market was “Saturated” 18 Months Ago
And all the millions of ARs that have sold since then are figments of your imagination. Reporter John Boyle, of the Asheville NC Citizen-Times, used the old “some people” dodge that dishonest reporters use when they want to sneak their own opinions in:
Some even call it a glut.
Dishonest John’s article was picked up by USA Today, and therefore read by millions of people who are resolutely uninformed about anything.
Usage and Employment
The hardware takes you only half way.
Apart from the recommendation of Grossman, it’s a good article. Our favorite line:
It is clear that our federal and local law enforcement agencies are not capable of protecting us from the Islamic Jihadi threat.
You might want to write that down.
Cops ‘n’ Crims
Cops bein’ cops, crims bein’ crims. The endless Tom and Jerry show of crime and (sometimes instantaneous) punishment.
Another Lutheran Shoots a Cop
It seems like Pennsylvania is discovering how to keep our cops alive: breed a race of cops as hard as woodpecker lips. First we had the Philly cop run down his Sudden Jihad Syndrome ambusher, and now they’ve just had one survive seven hits, some to the vest but at least one to the face. And the trigger man — who goes by Abdul Wahi, but that may just be street posturing — is in the jug.
Christopher Dorman, 25, a Folcroft police officer, was in critical but stable condition late Friday as a result of the incident, which police said occurred about 10 a.m. near the 1500 block of Elmwood Avenue in Folcroft outside an apartment building.
“I’m shot in the face! I’m shot in the face!,” Dorman shouts to a police dispatcher, according to a recording posted by NBC10.
District Attorney Jack Whelan identified the suspect as Dante Brooks Island, who goes by the alias Abdul Wahi, and whom he called a “career criminal.” He was to be arraigned Friday night.
Officials said that an altercation ensued after Dorman responded to the scene. Shots were fired, they said, but Dorman did not return fire. Other officers also responded.
The heads of the DOJ, DHS, FBI and the President were mystified by his motive, same as with everybody else’s motives these days.
Thank You for your Assistance to Law Enforcement
An armed robber was doing fine evading Dallas, Texas cops in a Dodge Challenger until he came to a gaggle of cars stopped at a red light. He made his best effort to fit between an SUV and a minivan, which wasn’t all that good an effort.
And then, his troubles began.
The SUV was sent across the intersection like a croquet ball. Three angry people burst out of the minivan. One, a woman, collapsed, injured. The two guys paid her no mind but seized the robber (they couldn’t have known he was a robber yet) and his further getaway attempts turned into a beatdown. When the cops finally
Was the Challenger stolen, too? He certainly drove it like he stole it.
Remember that Murder of a Whole Family in PA?
Case Closed. See the details at Officer.com; two suspects are in custody. It was a botched revenge whack among competitors in the thriving urban recreational pharmaceuticals industry.
To Be a Happy Crook, Be a Big Crook — or in Government
It looks like the VW mileage cheating scandal is going to wind up with a bunch of lawyers made rich, a bunch of government lawyers getting a slush fund, the few owners of the “cheat chip” diesels getting from $1k to $7k each, VW’s stockholders out between ten and eleven billion dollars — and no consequences for the cheating executives.
On Wednesday VW chief executive Mr Mueller issued a fresh apology to shareholders, saying the “misconduct goes against everything that Volkswagen stands for”.
Says the guy whose company’s cornerstone was laid by one Adolf Hitler.
Sorry We Lied to You… Well, Sorry We Got Caught
Who lied to you? ICE and DHS. So that’s your “shocked” face, huh? Anyway, last year they told the House Judiciary Committee that their policy of non-enforcement of law against criminaliens and release of 85,000 deportables into the interior had led to a “mere” 1,423 crimes. Where this number came from is uncertain, but it was probably from the lower end of some SES’s digestive tract, because the actual number of crimes committed by the Catch And Release Class of ’14 — at least, the crimes that they were subsequently caught for, not the ones for which they remain at large — was 13,288. It’s a nice, convenient near ten times the lie they told under oath.
The list of convictions for offenses committed by criminals ICE did not deem worthy of deportation in FY 2014 includes: homicide, kidnapping, assault, sexual assault, drunk driving, and other offenses. Yet despite the clear knowledge that its policies resulted in thousands of avoidable crimes, ICE doubled down in FY 2015—releasing nearly 20,000 additional deportable criminals.
We don’t know what crimes the Criminalien Class of 2015 has committed yet, because they’re not done committing ’em.
Of course, if you lied in testimony, you’d be in trouble. But a Cone of Impunity™ seems to have settled over the region from Prince George’s County to Manassas, and, really, everything in that area. Nuke it from orbit. It’s the only way to be sure.
Heroin Rescue Comes Undone
John Cramsey is a crusader against heroin — the scourge that slew his 20-year-old daughter Lexii. Called to “extract” a terrified 16-year-old from a New York flophouse — something he’d done before — he launched from Allentown, Pennsyvania with two friends.
His error was putting a post on Facebook saying he was coming. Big Brother was listening.
He was intercepted by cops lying in wait, and he and his two friends were arrested and charged with gun possession, which, unlike heroin dealing and pimping out trafficked teens, is something the NYPD takes seriously.
The official story is now that Cramsey was stopped because of a cracked windshield, although no one mentioned that at the time and it took quite a few cops to concoct that story. In fact, unlike Omar Mateen, he seems to have been under surveillance, and the ex post facto “cracked windshield” seems to have been “parallel construction” to preserve the secrecy of warrantless surveillance and license-plate reader programs.
Oh, the 16-year-old kid? She didn’t get rescued, and who cares? NYPD and DHS had no interest in her. They’ll call a bus when someone calls her in, OD’d, dead. Until then, they’re fighting The War on (some) Guns, and they have to do it shorthanded a number of indicted senior managers, some of whom made a habit of using those trafficked 16-year-olds.
The Perils of Kathleen: She’s In the News Every Week
This is our ongoing series where we examine the ongoing meltdown of the paranoid, vengeful and extremely anti-gun Pennsylvania attorney general, Kathleen Kane.
- “The Bizarre Tenure of Kathleen Kane Continues.” Sometimes the headline really does say it all. “This would really be funny if we weren’t all paying for it,” say the editorial board of the Lancaster News-Press. Heh, we’re in a whole other state, we’re not paying for it, and you bet we’re laughing.
- Kane Sat on Nearly $2M in Seized Money for Two Years. Nobody can figure out why, except for her general level of paranoia, which has infected the office. At that link, the Morning Call tries to figure out what the hell was and is going on. Not encouraging:
One source called the seizure by the state’s Mobile Street Crimes Unit “screwed up from the get-go” in part because it broke a rule against using relatives as informants.
Lord love a duck.
Lawsuits from ex-staffers and court filings in the criminal case against Kane detail a culture of paranoia that took hold as she engaged in a protracted war with former prosecutors and then reacted to the consequences of those disputes.
“If I get taken out of here in handcuffs, what do you think my last act will be?” Kane reportedly told her first deputy, Bruce Beemer, according to court documents.
- Kane Still Has Fans. The link is to a slobbering tonguebath by three ABC News reporters.
- Kane’s Bid to Stop Trial Fails. This one is the latest of many, and she’ll probably throw more legal nonsense at the courts before she finally gives up and pleads out. It’s amazing to think that the person behind all these pathetic legal tactics is the attorney general of a state (sure, she’s basically recused from everything because she lost her law license, but she’s still spending the paycheck).
Unconventional (and current) Warfare
What goes on in the battlezones of the world — and preparation of the future battlefields.
FARC Signs on the Dotted Line
After three years of negotiations, following decades of fruitless war, the Colombian rebel group FARC signed an initial peace agreement with the government, with a final agreement coming “soon.” Under the terms of the agreement they will report to camps, be guarded by the Army against death squads, and will marshal and turn in their weapons to UN monitors.
You’ve got to have been pretty deep in the jungle for a pretty long time, to still trust the UN. That went out somewhere between U Thant and Kofi Annan’s Oil For Food (and millions for no-brain son, Kojo Annan) racket.
Still, the local ADN Bogotá edition slugged the story, “Farewell to Arms.” Sure, it’s all done except the implementation, right?
In 1998 or so, they put a $50,000 price on your humble blogger’s head whilst he was working in Ecuador. “Do I need to be concerned about this?” “No, señor,” our counterpart responded, “Everybody knows they do not have the money.” “But if they had the money, someone would shoot me?” [Counterpart puts on serious face]: “If they had the money, I would shoot you.” (By the time the Taliban got around to putting a price on the same scalp, its value had diminished to $6,000. Perhaps due to male pattern baldness).
We Need More Jihadis, Don’t You Think?
So the Administration is pushing to admit 10,000 more Syrian rapefugees before the fiscal year is out on 1 October. Remember, 1 in 10 is a ringer, on average, among all refugees everywhere.
We Found One, But He’s Already in the Can
For some reason, the media doesn’t want to report these guys’ chosen Moslem names, but continues to call them by their rejected pre-jihadi monickers. Now, the President probably thinks this guy’s motivation is a mystery. What did this guy allegedly do?
Alex Hernandez, 31, of Worcester was charged in U.S. District Court in Boston with two counts of threatening to kill and inflict bodily harm upon the president of the United States.
In March 2015, Hernandez talked about his desire to kill Obama with another inmate as they attended a Muslim service, saying he was “upset about the way his people were being treated,” and wanted to kill the president in a “lone wolf” style attack, the affidavit states.
We guess we’ll never know why he was planning such a crime. Hernandez…
…has been charged with plotting to kill President Obama in order to help his “brothers” in the mujahedeen, according to a Secret Service affidavit.
Yep, what ever could be his motivation?
Afghanistan’s Even More Fabulous Army
A peculiar (in all senses of the word) tradition in Afghanistan is bacha bazi, which literally translated means “boy play,” but basically means institutionalized child buggery. It’s the part of Pushtunwali that they don’t teach you about in “cultural orientation” class. Agence France Presse manages to hold what we imagine to be a large Gallic nose, and reports:
Bacha bazi, which the US State Department has called a “culturally sanctioned form of male rape”, peels away the masculine identity of boys in a society where the sexes are tightly segregated.
In conservative areas women are mostly invisible in public — and often unattainable due to steep bride prices. Bachas supplant the role of women, adopting a feminine gait and sometimes wearing makeup and bells on their feet.
Many in Uruzgan see bacha bazi neither as paedophilia nor homosexuality, which is forbidden in Islam. If social norms had a pecking order, violating boys would be seen as far more ethical than violating women.
Insider attacks by child slaves have also been reported in recent years from neighbouring Helmand and Kandahar provinces, where bacha bazi is prevalent.
But the tactic appears more deep rooted in Uruzgan, where the boys are widely flaunted as a totem of affluence, with some officials openly displaying cellphone images to AFP of their “handsome bachas”.
Well, it looks like the Great Buggernaut has assimilated Afghanistan even more than the US Army, but the Taliban have been able to exploit the resentment of the buggered.
“The Taliban are sending boys — beautiful boys, handsome boys — to penetrate checkpoints and kill, drug and poison policemen,” said Ghulam Sakhi Rogh Lewanai, who was Uruzgan’s police chief until he was removed in a security reshuffle in April amid worsening violence.
Hey, one good penetration deserves another.
“They have figured out the biggest weakness of police forces — bacha bazi,” he told AFP.
The assaults, signifying abuse of children by both parties in the conflict, have left authorities rattled, with one senior provincial official who echoed Rogh Lewanai’s view saying “it’s easier tackling suicide bombers than bacha attackers”.
The killings illustrate how bacha bazi is aggravating insecurity in Uruzgan, a remote province which officials warn is teetering on the brink of collapse, unravelling hard-won gains by US, Australian and Dutch troops who fought there for years.
“These bacha attacks have fuelled deep mistrust within police ranks,” Seddiqullah, a police commander at a checkpoint near the provincial capital Tarin Kot, told AFP.
The insurgents are using boys as honey traps, said 21-year-old Matiullah, a policeman who was the only survivor from an insider attack in Dehrawud district in spring last year.
He said the attacker was the checkpoint commander’s own sex slave, a teenager called Zabihullah. Late one night, he went on a shooting spree, killing seven policemen including the commander as they slept.
“He brought the Taliban inside and poked all the bodies with rifle butts to see if anyone was alive. I pretended to be dead,” said Matiullah, who now works as a tailor, pointing out a gash on his forehead.
“As his Taliban accomplices gathered our weapons and ammunition, Zabihullah declared: ‘Everyone is dead’.”
Now there’s what’s down at the bottom (no pun intended) of the slippery slope of Diverse Vibrancy™.
A Few Red Flags?
Jim Geraghty adds ’em up, and now we see the stuff ever’body overlooked about the Sudden Jihad Syndrome schmuck in Orlando who flew under the rader until he shot 100 people — that even woke up the FBI, which is pretty hard to do these days. Geraghty (with our inserted dates):
11 Sep 2001 — Mateen celebrated the terrorist attacks that day, claiming that Osama bin Laden was his uncle. “We joked that he’d become a terrorist. And then he did.”
Spring 2007 — Mateen erupted when his hamburger touched a piece of pork….Mateen told his classmates not to laugh at him because this was serious and “was going to come back and shoot us,” she said.
August 2007 — …authorities … escorted him off [police academy] property. An official told cadets Mateen had threatened to bring a gun on campus.
August 2007 — Mateen threatened to carry out a similar massacre [to the VA Tech massacre] at the police academy….
Supposedly, up to this point and for some years thereafter, nobody dimed him out to FBI or DHS.
May 2013 — Mateen first came to the FBI’s attention in May 2013, after making a series of “boasts” to co-workers about his various ties to terrorist groups.
May 2014 — Mateen is back in the FBI spotlight when one of the members of his mosque became a suicide bomber. This mosque has just 130 members. Two of them committed terror attacks.
Mateen’s pal Moner Mohammad Abusalha commited a suicide bombing in an Aleppo, Syria restaurant.
? 2014 — an informant told the FBI that Mateen had mentioned watching videos by Anwar al-Awlaki….
April 2016 — Disney security officials told the FBI they believe Mateen visited Disney World on April 26….
May 2016 — [A] gun shop owner says they immediately alerted the FBI about the suspicious man …. But the feds never followed up….
Geraghty quotes a satisfied FBI Director James Comey as saying, “I don’t see anything in reviewing our work that our agents should have done differently.” And you know, he’s probably right; we know that there’s some risk involved in having robust protections of privacy and requirements that agents must meet to conduct surveillance or investigations.
Remember, the police and the FBI cannot protect you. They can only avenge you. You have to protect yourself.
GAO: Visa Waiver Program has some Problems
The Visa Waiver Program, which brought you 19 mostly Saudi hijackers and 3000+ mostly American dead, is still going strong — with security holes you can drive a 767 through.
More than a dozen countries participating in a program that allows visitors into the U.S. without a visa are not sharing terrorists’ identities and other vital information as required by law….“more than a third of VWP countries are not sharing terrorist identity information” or criminal history.
…list of specific countries in non-compliance is classified… three of the top 10 countries supplying the Islamic State with people are VWP countries.
The GAO report is here.
These countries can’t be bother to tip us to terrorists, but they can place names ex parte on the US Terrorist Watch List — you know, the one with no due process that some folks in Congress want to use to ban guns? (See pp. 13-14 of the GAO report).
The country’s in the very best of hands.
Hundreds of Terror Plots, Scores of “Refugees” Implicated
If a “Refugee” is seeking “refuge,” then what are these guys, really? Target-fugees? Fugees-us H. Christ.
For the period September 2001 through 2014, data shows the U.S. successfully prosecuted 580 individuals for terrorism and terror-related cases. Further, since early 2014, at least 131 individuals were identified as being implicated in terror.
Across both those groups, the senators reported that at least 40 people initially admitted to the U.S. as refugees later were convicted or implicated in terror cases.
Among the 580 convicted, they said, at least 380 were foreign-born. The top countries of origin were Pakistan, Lebanon and Somalia, as well as the Palestinian territories.
Hmmm. Good thing the DHS is looking for Christian terrorists everywhere!
Head of Benghazi Review was Paid Under the Table by Boeing, Iran
Former diplomat Thomas Pickering is profoundly loyal — to whomever is paying him. It turns out that during the period he was trying to spin the Benghazi attack as something other than Islam being Islam, he was being paid vast sums by Boeing to promote its interests — including the sale of some 100 dual-use passenger and cargo jets to Iran, the better to transport the IRGC’s murderers of Americans (and citizens of many other nations).
But hey, it’s a dollar in Tom Pickering’s pocket, and what does he care if some distant schmo who’s beneath his notice dies of it?
Pickering never disclosed his conflict of interest, but says it was enough that he never denied it when asked. (Since he kept his shameful sellout a secret, who knew to ask?)
Likewise, State Department spokesman John Kirby, a deracinated naval officer, sputters with indignation when asked about the Department’s limp-wristed response to Iranian terrorism.
Any suggestion “that we would or will turn a blind eye to Iran’s state sponsorship of terrorism or their terrorist-supporting activities is completely without merit,” Kirby said.
“…Kirby said, while turning a blind eye to Iran’s state sponsorship of terrorism and terrorist-supporting activities.” There. Fixed it for you, Kirb.
If you want to know why the US Navy is more screwed up than a screen door on a submarine, consider that Jivin’ Johnny Kirby, who replaced the irritable, confused Jen Psaki and the undergrad dope connoisseur Marie Harf as the lying face of Foggy Bottom, retired as a flag officer.
Is it time to disband this thing yet, and letting all its bloatoverhead seek its own level in the Dreaded Private Sector™?
Thanks for Your Service, Now Let Me Steal your Stuff
That’s basically what the cops say a crook named Kevin Lima did in West Yarmouth, Massachusetts, on Old Cape Cod. He befriended a veteran who was visiting as a tourist; the vet and his family got the good old Massachusetts Treatment (for Veterans and other undesirables):
Lima better be careful. The VA doesn’t like competition in the fine art of ripping off veterans!
Lord Love a Duck!
The weird and wonderful (or creepy) that we didn’t otherwise get to.
UK Votes LEAVE
This kept us up last night, and we’re not even Britons. Turnout was a remarkable 72%. All of the polls were strong for Remain (in the EU), including the two conducted on the day of the referendum. It’s almost as if the pollsters were missing people, or people were lying to the pollsters.
At the BBC page, color coding showed that Leave was big in England and Wales, and Remain won in Scotland.
How long until someone does one of those Downfall parodies with Jean-Claude Juncker getting the news of the election?