It’s Tour d’Horizon from home at Hog Manor, and we did indeed throw this together at just about the last minute, and, er, it showed. Arrgghh. What can we say, we’ve been enjoying the unseasonably warm weather (roll on Global Warming, says us in the higher latitudes). We’re fixing what needs fixing… the only light in the firmament is that Scott is taking the week off, but as you’ll see in the comments, others have stepped in and taken up his slack.
I don’t wanna work, I just wanna bang on my gun all day.
Rare British Browning for Sale
As many readers must know, the Royal Air Force broke with decades of Vickers practice and adopted Browning machine guns between the wars. Wanting to bring more firepower than then-current British fighters like the Hawker Fury and Gloster Gladiator’s two .303 machine guns to bear on the fleeting and larger targets of the next air war, the RAF wrote a specification for a fighter bearing no fewer than eight of the .303 Brownings. The two fighters built to that specification wrote their names in glory: Hawker Hurricane and Supermarine Spitfire.
The machine guns weren’t half bad, either. Here is a transferable one for sale in Pennsylvania.
The ad includes many more photos, although no overview, and the gun is described as follows:
C&R MK2 aircraft machinegun made by BSA
Never demilled, re welded, riveted , molested , refinished, or modified in any way
This gun fires from an open bolt with the special mount and manual side plate trigger.
Package includes Hard to find parts 3 bolts , 3 lock frames, 2 barrel extensions, 2 barrels and other extra parts , Lots of real 303 links and 2000 rds of 303 ammo
To connect yourself to the Battle of Britain? $21,000, a Form 4 to your Class 3 dealer, and a long wait… although, the $21k is “or reasonable offer.” Ad here.
A Writer’s New Rifle
Peter Grant decided to celebrate the defeat of Hillary! with the purchase of a Ruger American Predator. This is a great gun for those of you generally fond of the Scout type short carbine as a hunting rifle, but not willing to Bubba up an old Mauser. It’s a good alternative to the case of ARs everybody was going to buy before Her Highness could ban ’em (although we’re seeing AR pricing that suggests the manufacturers really have a lot of MSR units to move).
They’re a reasonably priced gun lacking only a scope, sling and swivels (as you see they come with studs), and sighting-in to be hunt-ready. For somebody interested in this sort of rifle, we’d also suggest a good look at the Savage line. They actually make a Model 11 Scout set up for the forward scope mount Cooper preferred, but we prefer a regular scope position, like on Peter’s Predator. (Here’s the catalog page for the 11 Scout). It’s hard to beat the Savage on accuracy for the price, but the Ruger Predator actually has a lower MSRP than the Savage!
Disclaimer: Your Humble Blogger is invested in Ruger stock.
Gun Stocks update
PreElection closings: RGR 64.40, SWHC 28.45, VSTO 38.94. [8 Nov 16]
Last week’s closings: RGR 53.20, SWHC 24.13, VSTO 40.02. [18 Nov 16]
This week’s closings: RGR 52.50, SWHC 23.82, VSTO 41.05. [25 Nov 16] [short trading day and week]
Disclaimer: Your Humble Blogger holds RGR, bought at about 56.40 on 9 Nov. It bottomed in the 40s later that day. It can rally any time…
Eight Top Aides of Anti-Gun Governor Indicted
This hasn’t been covered much in the media, and it hasn’t been hung on media darling (and SAFE Act impresario) Andrew Cuomo (D-Five Families), but a who’s who of Cuomo’s administration just received an unsought early Christmas present, a Federal corruption indictment. The NY Observer:
An array of figures from Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s inner circle—including a confidante so close the governor called him “my father’s third son”—got slapped with a sweeping 14-count federal indictment today [22 Nov -Ed.], which alleges they colluded in a pair of schemes to solicit bribes for state assistance and to rig economic development contracts for companies that gave to Cuomo’s campaigns.
The character they mention is Joseph Percoco, who, like Cuomo, has long been a figure around the fringes of the Mob. One participant in the scheme, former lobbyist Todd Howe, has already pled guilty and will be testifying against the bribe-payers and -takers.
The governor has also pointedly refused to stop taking campaign donations from companies seeking contracts with the state.
The other two members of Cuomo’s SAFE Act midnight action team, former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and former State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, are already in prison.
Brits Wet Selves over American Baby Names
Why? Because some Americans name their babies with names that are, shall we say, triggering.
In fact, a worryingly significant minority of parents are showing their devotion to the Second Amendment by naming their children after weapons.
Gunner is the most popular choice for gun-toting parents, but other names like Trigger, Shooter, Caliber and Pistol are proving popular.
Cannon is also in the boys’ Top 1000.
The names of gun manufacturers are also soaring up the table, with Barrett, Remington, Kimber, Ruger, Wesson, Browning, Benelli, and Beretta popular choices.
And worse, we’re naming our kids other things that are strengstens verboten to British subjects, who might pause to reflect on who actually won the last European Unpleasantness after all, since they have got a security-surveillance state that Heydrich couldn’t have dreamed of.
And it is not just names associated with fire arms that are on the rise, according to the survey from US baby names website nameberry.com.
Archer was given to nearly 900 boys last year, with Arrow given to some children of both sexes and Fletcher is at number 760 in the top 1000 baby names.
Violent parents are also embracing medieval weapons like Mace, Blade, Saber, Saw, and Dagger for boys as well as Sabre for girls.
Violent parents? And a saw is a medieval weapon?
Hunter has been in the top 50 for boys for two decades in the US now. But it has reached the top 10 in hunting friendly states such as Montana, Wyoming, Oklahoma, Kentucky and Maine – and is number three in West Virginia.
Meanwhile, five little boys were named Danger last year while there were 11 named Arson and nine called Chaos.
Maverick is up 67 places on last year to 206th place for boys overall, whilst Rebel was given to 47 baby girls.
Titus, the Roman military commander and later Emperor, is at its highest rank ever at 285th place for boys.
We probably shouldn’t break it to her that Titus has long been a common name for African-American men. We knew a guy who was Titus IV (and all of them vets and hunters, actually).
For reasons known only to their parents, there are also 31 boys named jihad.
Yeah, that’s really a mystery, isn’t it?
US baby name blogger and author Laura Wattenberg speculated last year the rise in violent names was due to the gun lobby feeling under threat.
We suspect that the author of this piece and Laura Wattenberg could fit their combined knowledge of the gun culture into a single 5.56mm case, and have room for 250 grains of Hodgdon H50BMG before seating the bullet.
Hey, we wouldn’t choose any of these names, but one wonders what the fainting Brits think about a guy named Hognose.
Usage and Employment
The hardware takes you only half way. Let’s skip this one this week.
Cops ‘n’ Crims
Cops bein’ cops, crims bein’ crims. The endless Tom and Jerry show of crime and (sometimes instantaneous) punishment.
Crime in the Shire, I
No, this mugshot is not Hillary! the Morning After. It’s one Margaret Branch, in the news for an only-in-NH crime: stealing a neighbor’s trash can.
Geez, Meg, everybody knows you go to some other street to steal yourself a trash can.
Margaret Branch, 12 Kimberly Drive, was arrested Thursday by Merrimack police investigating the theft of the trash can. Police say they learned Branch had words with a neighbor’s young daughter about a lingering trash can and allege Branch took the can and disposed of it.
Branch faces theft by unauthorized taking charges. She was released on $2,500 personal recognizance bond and ordered to appear Dec. 15 in 9th Circuit Court, Merrimack Division.
“Theft by unauthorized taking.” Er, what other kind is there?
What’s the over-under on this righteous rubbish robber being a recent refugee from the People’s Republic of Massachusetts?
Trannies Behaving Badly, I
Although it’s hard to put this one solely on the tranny as, to the extent we can break it out from the Indian journalism, it seems to be some kind of love pentangle gone bad (is there any other way for such a thing to go?) Still, it’s indisputable that the tranny and current boyfriend and two juvenile hangers-on are in custody, and the tranny’s ex-boyfriend is dead of multiple stab wounds. See if you can figure it out, apart from the obvious that one can hide a heck of a knife in a rainbow sari.
Crime in the Shire, II
Criminal advocates are whining that rapists, kiddie diddlers, and other sex offenders aren’t getting out of jail to commit crimes early enough. The pervs can’t get parole unless they do a treatment program, which Chris Dornin, of the pro-perv NH Citizens for Criminal Justice Reform, thinks that’s unfaaaiiiir (warning, annoying and unrelated autoplay video):
“Prisoners are entitled to ask for parole when the minimum sentence is two-thirds expired, and sex offenders never get to take advantage of that.”
Awwwwwww. NH Citizens for
More Pervs on the Street Criminal Justice Reform came to the state house with an “audit” of the treatment program, but it wasn’t what the legislators were expecting: they have no figures on whether or if the treatment program prevents more rapes and buggeries, they just think its unfaaaiiiiir to require it of the poor pervos and prestoopniks.
The perverts’ pals also complained that not enough of them had been given full-time jobs in the corrections department:
New Hampshire has five full-time positions dedicated to the program for about 750 people, and not all positions are filled. Vermont, by contrast, has nine employees for 500 inmates.
Only about half of the inmates eligible for the program are in it 18 months before their first parole consideration. Some are “eligible” on paper but not actually, because of misconduct in prison; others refuse treatment. They like being pervs more than they dislike being in prison.
Unfortunately, the US Supreme Court has taken the most reasonable and humane sentence for rapists and kiddie diddlers off the table.
The Perils of Kathleen: Old Cases, New Faces, and New Accusations, Too
This thing just drags on a case of drug-resistant clap.
- Item 18 Nov: What Else Did She Do Wrong? The usually pro-Kane Philadelphia Inquirer covers some of the “apparent misdeeds and botched cases she left behind.” Sure, the stuff that landed her in court was bad, but there’s also the brooming of the case against Mob figure (and Kane supporter — he paid her off with $25k, which she returned when caught) Louis DeNaples, and the separate public corruption case against Philadelphia officials. Attorney General-elect Josh Shapiro is a Kane supporter, an ally of the embattled Philadelphians, and a beneficiary of the would-be casino-operating mobster; he’s considered unlikely to investigate wrongdoing in these cases, and this is the Inquirer’s way of nudging him to do so. As the Inquirer notes, “People need to know if their attorney general was a crook in other ways.” Read The Whole Thing™ (it’s short).
- Item Date: 23 Nov: About those Porngate Emails. The biggest shock from the release of the whole Porngate report is this: the eight officials Kane singled out to attack during her skidding, slipping career of misrule were not the ones sending all the crude cartoons and memes (typical internet junk) that she inflated as “porn” and “racism.” Indeed, three at least of them didn’t send a single one of the emails, they just received one from someone else. So what set the eight targets apart? They were political opponents of Kane. Kane appointee and political ally Doug Gansler did his convicted mentor one last solid by releasing a redacted version of the report, making it less obvious that the “Porngate scandal” really was a dishonest hit job, but the papers have already figured it out — the people fed to them as targets of a modern media Two Minutes Hate were not the actual Emmanuel Goldstein of the scandal, at all.
- Item Date: 25 Nov: Kane’s current lawyer did slip her appeal of her criminal conviction into state court this week. The appeal is a single sheet of paper with no legal claims, perhaps to meet a deadline.
The monumentally corrupt Kane took out a number of other politicians, and did considerable damage to licensed concealed carriers, in a short and rotten career that continues to resonate in Pennsylvania and the United States.
Crime in the Shire, III
Three young punks were convicted of breaking into the Raymond, NH historical society’s railroad caboose museum and stealing over $10,000 worth of property. Instead of the prison and restitution that 20-year-old Nathan Fortier, 19-year-old, Ronald Fitzwater, and an unnamed 17-year-old deserve, the no-good burglars got a tap on the wrist: they only had to pay the $1,000 deductible on the Society’s insurance. The judge even let them keep most of the stolen items!
Enter Raymond Longa of Londonderry, NH. Longa’s father had been an antiques dealer and had collected railroad items. He was able to replace some of the stolen silver and gold uniform button covers, and donate some documents and ephemera to compensate, in part, for the boys’ thefts. Read The Whole Thing™ to have a little of your faith in human nature (well, of some humans) restored.
Behaving Badly to Trannies is Just as Bad, I
Hey, they may not be our recommendation for your kid’s next role model (especially the homicidal ones, and the even more common suicidal ones), but that doesn’t mean people have a license to abuse and attack them. They’re humans with the same rights as any of us, dammit. So we do not approve at all of attacking them with a hatchet, as some crumbs did in Charlotte:
[O]ne of the assailants was armed with a hatchet and used it to cut her.
The victim required dozens of stitches and still has marks on her body from the attack. She had stern words for her attackers.
Police have already arrested three people connected to the attack. The suspects have been identified as Destiny Dagraca, Dajion Tanner, and a 15-year-old.
“I just want to tell them if they are in jail, they need to live in jail,” said [victim Ralayzia] Taylor.
Or of flogging them, which is apparently a thing in Pakistan.
The video shows the gang leader pinning the woman face down on a bed with his foot and beating her with what appears to be a leather belt. At one point, while another gang member continues the flogging, the leader places his foot on the victim’s neck and twists her arms.
The Pakistani cops, who often turn a blind eye to this sort of thing, didn’t, in this case. They have ten suspects in custody.
Revolving Door Keeps Revolving
We’ll just put this out there:
Shortly before his 42nd birthday, a Charlotte killer serving a sentence of life in prison plus three years learned he has been granted parole by the state.
Anthony L. Hemphill, who was convicted in May 1993 of killing his cousin, was approved for release by the state Post-Release Supervision and Parole Board. The four-member board, which does not publicly disclose how its members voted, announced its decision on Wednesday.
Does not publicly disclose… therefore, you are free to assume that every one of them is full of admiration for this criminal, and contempt for his vehicle. Which is probably the case.
Hemphill is set to be released Jan. 10. By that point, he will have been incarcerated for a little over 24 years.
What, they couldn’t get him out on time, when Hillary needed his vote?
One of the commenters a the link, Bob Kappauf, says this:
The man who murdered my son was on death row for killing two men working in motel on Tuckesegee Rd here in Charlotte, he then killed another inmate while in prison. In 2009 NC’s wonderful Parole Commission released him. That’s right parole for an inmate who has murdered 3 people. Six months after his parole ended he killed again and Hemphill probably will do the same. Does the Parole Commission ever learn?
Dunno how to break this to you, Bob, but Parole Boards and Commissions everywhere are packed full of the sort of people who treasure the lives of inmates, and scorn the lives of victims.
Victims Turned Crimefighters
- Item: Invaded the Wrong Home. An 88-year-old veteran, Charles George, fought off a 37-year-old home invader who attacked him. The fleeing crook, Benjamin Tremper, was caught by the police with a bunch of the vet’s valuables. Tremper had gone to prison for home invasion, carjacking and solicitation of murder, but California’s revolving prison door sent him out to invade homes again a few weeks ago.
- Item: Saved the Cop. A Lee County, FL, deputy, Dean Bardes, stopped a car after a high-speed chase — only to be assaulted by the armed suspect, knocked down, and beaten. An armed citizen ordered the suspect to desist, or he’d shoot. The suspect didn’t stop. “Shoot him, shoot him, shoot him!” commanded Bardes. The citizen fired three shots, killing the suspect. Bardes was briefly hospitalized but has returned to duty.
- Item: Stupid is as Stupid Does. You’ve probably heard about this one. Two Philadelphia area brothers held up a local pizzaria, and, tripping on their whole gangsta thing, started to pistol-whip the one customer in the store. Who then proceeded to pull his gun and shoot them both. Since the shooting, it’s emerged that (1) the brothers’ guns were realistic looking Airsoft toys, modified to conceal the orange tip; (2) the shooter’s permit was administratively expired, but he was during a legal grace period; and (3) the local prosecutors are not going to prosecute the licensed (if expired) carrier, they can’t prosecute the expired (but unlicensed) robber, but when his surviving brother is good enough to leave hospital he has a date with a court — possibly for felony murder (as his brother’s death is a consequence of their mutual robbery attempt, but certainly for robbery. The mean IQ in Pennsylvania went up as a result of this shooting, and it’d have gone up more if the other brother checked out, too.
Trannies Behaving Badly, III
In this case, it’s not criminal yet, but this report by Katharine Kersten at First Things enumerates some of the issues with the tranny lobby’s aggressive pursuit of children.
Behaving Badly to Trannies is Just as Bad, II
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg police have closed that case with three arrests.
Eventually the attackers stopped, and Taylor was able to run away and ask people for help. The beating left her feeling bad on the outside and the inside.
“I didn’t deserve this at all. I’m not a bad person,” said Taylor.
Police have already arrested three people connected to the attack. The suspects have been identified as Destiny Dagraca, Dajion Tanner, and a 15-year-old.
The victim required dozens of stitches and still has marks on her body from the attack.
OK, not everybody likes trannies, fine. Don’t hurt them for Christ’s sake. They’re human beings.
His Suicide by Cop Failed…
And the Nevada felon who wanted to end his life, instead lived to get six years in prison… and thank and apologize to the cops who shot him in Reno in June 2015. Read The Whole Thing™.
Unconventional (and current) Warfare
What goes on in the battlezones of the world — and preparation of the future battlefields.
Top. Men. Or, Close Enough for Government Work
As everyone knows, the Democrat side of the Beltway Party is kind of thin in credible defense policy people. One that they consider their very best is Bob Work, currently lame duck Deputy Defense Secretary.
Work just submitted a report to Congress, comparing the Azores to a UK location for an intelligence fusion site. Large portions of it were plagiarized.
Where did zero-integrity Bob Work steal the info?
That’s like the armed robber that held up the 5¢ lemonade stand….
His defense was that, even though the document was plagiarized, it was close enough for government… Work.
Earmark Ripoff Deferred
House of Representatives Republicans were on track to bring back the corrupt practice of “earmarks,” which used to drain vast sums from the defense budget, when Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) deferred the vote — for now. Earmarks are money specified go to a single firm, nonprofit or person, usually placed in the budget by a single Congressman, invariably as a quid pro quo for campaign contributions or other bribes.
Every earmark is a product and producer of corruption. There’s no honest justification for them.
Congressmen of both parties, but especially the majority Republicans, believe that the anti-bribery position is “leaving money on the table,” and they feel entitled to sell chunks of the defense budget (and other budgets) to the highest bidder, so the proposal will be back. As soon as they think they can get away with it.
The vote was going to be taken in a closed-door caucus, by secret ballot, to prevent constituents from learning of the corruption of his own House member and to protect incumbents from ads on the issue two years from now — however overwhelmingly the House approves bribe-taking, each individual Representative has plausible deniability. “Oh, I’m the one of 435 who voted against. Sorry, but there’s no proof because the vote was secret.”
Is it time to disband this thing yet, and letting all its bloatoverhead seek its own level in the Dreaded Private Sector™?
Veterans’ Homelessness Unchanged by Government Efforts NEW
According to the administration’s own numbers, they’ve failed at one of their few actual veterans’ intitiatives:
The Obama administration also promised to end chronic homelessness among veterans by 2015 but failed to do so, according to HUD. On a single night in January, 2016, nearly 40,000 veterans were on the streets, according to HUD.
We’re actually not too worked up about this. In our experience most “homeless vets” are actual “homeless,” which a less dishonest age called, “bums,” but aren’t actually vets.
VA Botched TBI Diagnoses for Eight Years NEW
The VA botched a few TBI diagnoses, by having them done by unqualified personnel, and kept botching them from 2007 to 2015 inclusive. “A few”? Yeah, 25,000. This Detroit TV report (caution autoplay video) concentrates on the 485 vets in the Detroit region that got VA letters about the badly executed diagnoses.
[T]he Detroit region ranks in the top 15 nationwide for those affected – nearly 500 vets (485 to be exact) got the letter.
[V]ets have less than 7 months from today to do so and apply for benefits if rediagnosed.
Now, it’s always possible that the initial diagnosis, by a nurses’ aide or janitor or whomever, was correct. Sure, that might happen.
The VA feels that it has done enough by sending the letters to the 25,000. No one has been held accountable. No one will be held accountable. That’s the VA way.
Is it time to disband this thing yet?
VA Achieves Top Goal — Squeezes Whistleblower Out NEW
The VA bureaucracy has no room for any of the whistleblowers that exposed its culture of self-serving management and veteran abuse, and in the lame duck days of the current administrators. After all, they have corrupt managers to protect!
Brian Smothers told The Associated Press Wednesday the VA had opened two separate inquiries into his actions and tried to get him to sign a statement saying he had broken VA rules. He said he refused.
Smothers also said the VA reassigned him to an office with no computer access, no significant duties and no social contact.
Ah yeah, the old “broom closet relocation trick.” That one’s written in gold in the government bureaucrat management manual.
He called the VA’s actions punitive and his working conditions intolerable. He said he resigned as of Tuesday.
Smothers exposed unofficial wait lists at Colorado DVA facilities. Unofficial wait lists are generally used in VA to create false performance statistics, so that managers can award themselves cash bonuses.
You should not read too much into the coming of a new administrator and other political appointees. The toxic culture of the VA is embedded in all levels of management.
What time do you think it is?
Phoenix VA Corruption Complaints Substantiated Again
We’ll just put this out there. Emphasis ours:
After 17 years working as a registered nurse in the Tucson VA system, Diane Suter says she was taken aback when a manager first pressured her to falsely record patient wait times in 2014.
“She said, ‘Your appointments are over two weeks out and you’re costing your doctor money,'” Suter said. The manager showed her how to “zero out” wait times on their computerized scheduling system…. Suter complied after her manager strongly implied she’d be fired if she refused.
The resulting Office of Inspector General report substantiated much of what Suter alleged about wait-time manipulation and misconduct …[and]… recommended disciplinary action for staff who encouraged the falsifications.
It was almost two weeks ago that the report was released (9 November). No one has been disciplined. No one has been held accountable. No one will be held accountable. More details at the link, so Read The Whole Thing™.
A Problem in the ‘Shire CHECK OLD?
New Hampshire has a unique, so far as we know, policy that was negotiated by 20 or 22 of the state’s hospitals (we have 26. We’re small!) and the DVA, so that state vets can get treated at the hospitals using Veterans Choice, and the hospitals give a discount for the assurance that they’ll get paid. It’s what a leaner and smarter VA would look like, except for one thing: the VA hasn’t been paying the bills. Instead, they’ve stiffed the hospitals, and there is, naturally, no accountability anywhere.
Every single account with every single hospital is running 90 days in arrears. Some arrears are months longer than that. Some of the hospitals, doctors, and other providers have never been paid a dime for services they’ve rendered to vets. While this is uncomfortable for the hospitals, it’s solvency-threatening to the providers, and has caused about a 20% falloff in participating providers. (It’s also why they stalled out and didn’t get all hospitals on board. The early adopters let the facilities on the fence know how the VA blows up their Accounts Receivable.
There seem to be two problems: one is the general inefficiency, idleness, and incompetence of VA accounts payable personnel and managers, and another seems to be that VA did not retain the money appropriated by Congress for this, but repurposed it. “For what?” is anybody’s guess, but executive bonuses have never been ninety days in arrears in VA history, which should illustrate VA priorities.
The War on Bibles (CHECK OLD?)
Militant atheist and failed Air Force officer Mikey Weinstein (despite an Academy education, he was uncompetitive for promotions and finished his minimum obligation as a USAF lawyer) runs something called the Military Religious Freedom Foundation. Weinstein is an atheist of Jewish extraction whose principal drive appears to be hatred towards the Christian majority, and whose principal objective is to establish his own atheism as a state religion. To that end, he has pursued various expressions of religious belief. His current crusade, if we may use such a word, is to eliminate bibles from military libraries, veterans’ hospitals and even — we are not making this up — chapels.
Weinstein’s Final Solution to the Christian Problem has seen VA managers do what they always do, when they’re not screwing the veterans: fold to pressure groups, and then screw the veterans together. More information at the American Council for Law and Justice, which is putting the VA manglers in a difficult position by pushing back.
Lord Love a Duck!
The weird and wonderful (or creepy) that we didn’t otherwise get to.
Mattis Unnerves Secret Service
According to the Duffel Blog, anyway. While you’re there, don’t miss the 2nd Lieutenant who’s been identified as a sufferer of Resting Dumb Face. (Some of you know that guy. Hell, some of you were that guy).
…a condition where one’s face reverts to a befuddled expression… commonly found in newly commissioned officers.