When Guns are Outlawed, Only Outlaws will have Sepsis

British WWII Sepsis Poster (It embiggens, naturally).

British WWII Sepsis Poster (It embiggens, naturally).

Sepsis? Wha’s that? Let’s ax the New York Times:

Sepsis develops when the body mounts an overwhelming attack against an infection that can cause inflammation in the entire body. When that happens, the body undergoes a cascade of changes, including blood clots and leaky blood vessels that impede blood flow to organs. Blood pressure drops, multiple organs can fail, the heart is affected, and death can result.

“Your body has an army to fight infections,” said Dr. Jim O’Brien, the chairman of Sepsis Alliance. “With sepsis, your body starts suffering from friendly fire.”

Yeah, but we never heard of it! It can’t be that big a deal, can it?

Sepsis appears to be rising. The rate of hospitalizations that listed sepsis as the primary illness more than doubled between 2000 and 2008, according to a 2011 C.D.C. study, which attributed the increase to factors like the aging of the population, a rise in antibiotic resistance and, to some extent, better diagnosis.

Sepsis is a contributing factor in up to half of all hospital deaths, but it’s often not listed as the cause of death because it often develops as a complication of another serious underlying disease like cancer. So although death certificates list sepsis as a cause in 146,000 to 159,000 deaths a year, a recent report estimated that it could play a role in as many as 381,000.

Kind of puts all the media hysteria about guns in perspective, doesn’t it?

Are the Wheels Coming Off in Mali?

Abandoned Russian or Warsaw Pact MRL, beneficiary of African maintenance, recently captured by UN forces.

Abandoned Russian or Warsaw Pact MRL, beneficiary of African maintenance, recently captured by UN forces.

There’s a rumble of undernews out of the UN’s various missions in Mali,  and — fans of giant international NGOs should probably sit down for this — it does not seem like the Blue Helmets (and their camp followers, the Armies of Overpaid Asshats in White SUVs) have ushered the poor Saharan country into the bright sunlit uplands of civilized states yet.

Instead, it looks like the mission might be failing, unless the mission is to spend lots of money and let white people from New York and Geneva feel important. (That box has been checked).

A year after a peace document, the Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation in Mali, was signed with great fanfare, and immediately after its one-year anniversary was feted by UN diplomats, the signatories continue merrily blowing hell out of each other, and, from time to time, their would-be UN masters. Twelve peacekeepers found the peace of the grave in May, and more in June.

The big dog — the “peacekeepers,” if there were any peace for them to keep — has the soporific title: United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission. (Numberless Powerpoint decks were sacrificed in the deveopment of those buzzwords).

UNMISM — the opposite of ORGASM?

It’s also known as MINUSMA, which is (we believe) the Francophone version of the acronym. French is widely spoken in Mali, a former French colony.

Thee are several other UN missions in country, including a countermining element, the UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS).

Most of the UN Peacekeepers are from small and poor countries’ small and poor armies (it’s actually a profit center for these nations’ leaders, just like it was for Landgraf Friedrich II of Hesse-Kassel). The real teeth of UNMISM are Dutch attack helicopters (highly capable Apaches) and UNMISM’s cooperative relationship with French troops also supporting Malian sovereignty. (The French have sensibly kept their troops under their own command).

And of course, it wouldn’t be the UN without a “No $#!+ Sherlock,” moment:

The UN Security Council, in a press statement, reaffirmed that all forms and manifestations of terrorism represent a serious threats to international peace and security.

Terrorism is a threat to peace. Really? How many >100 IQs in >$1000 suits worked on that statement for how many hours?

But They’re Still Trying

UNMISM (aka MINUSMA) does have a website where they issue press releases. Most recent good news is the seizure and destruction of a large cache of weapons including grenades and a lot of crew-served and artillery ammunition.

Des actions terrestres, aériennes et héliportées de la Force de la MINUSMA ont permis d’identifier le 21 septembre une importante cache d’armes dans les environs de In Tachdait, localité située à 80 km au Nord de Kidal.

Cette cache d’armes abritait également un important stock de munitions, dont des roquettes de 107 mm et 122 mm, utilisées lors d’attaques indirectes de villes, ou la fabrication d’IED.

Le stock a été neutralisé sur place.

En anglais:

Actions by the land, air and heliborne forces of UNMISM made possible on 21 September the identification of an important arms cache in the vicinity of Tachdait, a village located about 80km north of Kidal. 

This arms cache also comprised an important ammunition dump, of 107 mm and 122 mm rockets, used in indirect-fire attacks on towns or for the manufacture of IEDs.

The dump was neutralized in place.

Prepared for FOOM:


These particular rockets are not going to hurt anybody. But finding enough weapons never seems to be a problem in Africa. No matter how little food, water, and education is available, there’s always rifles, rockets, and artillery.

Is Yoshitomo Imura Out of Prison… and Tweeting?

The Japanese 3D Printed gun inventor was arrested in May 2014 and sentenced to two years in prison in October of that same year, for posting a video on YouTube which showed him firing a 3D printed gun of his own design. This is that video.

Imura’s Zig Zag revolver (he named it so, because of the similarity of its lockwork to the 19th Century Mauser Zig Zag revolver) was only designed and manufactured to shoot blanks, and that’s all it ever did, but that didn’t stop Japanese officialdom landing on him with both tabi. 

Prosecutors for the case argued that Imura could have caused major damage to society as he had made data for the 3D models of his firearms easily available on the internet.

Imura-san’s sentence seems to be up, a little bit ahead of time. Or, at least, someone claiming to be him is tweeting up a storm in both English and (mildly broken, probably robotranslated) Japanese using the handle Yoshitomo Imura. (Hmmm. Wouldn’t a Japanese say he is Imura Yoshitomo?) The bulk of his tweets stake out a principled and absolute position in favor of a borderless, international and unalienable natural right to bear arms.

Among his follows are conservative and libertarian-leaning politicians worldwide, including Texas Governor Rick Perry.

It’s worth keeping an eye on the doings of this martyr for freedom and former prisoner of conscience.


When Stopping on Patrol

No one patrol consists of a straight-ahead walk with no pauses or stops. Sometimes the stop is momentary, to organize a crossing of a danger area or mount a leaders’ recon. (A well trained unit has these procedures embedded in SOP and there’s no thinking, planning, or orders required, while the patrol is underway). Sometimes the stop is more deliberate — you are nearing an objective, or stopping to rest, or reorganize, or stopping overnight.

If you are stopping deliberately, by US doctrine you are “establishing a patrol base.” This PB can be simple and momentary, or it can endure for some time and evolve into a mission support site, advanced operations base, combat outpost, or forward operations base. (Although doctrine says it’s not a patrol base if you hold it more than 24 hours). But we’ll confine ourselves to the initial establishment of the patrol in the halt as a patrol base.

Selecting the Patrol Base

There’s no way to learn to select a patrol base from a book, or a blog post. You need to think about a position that is at once defensible, but at the same time not so obvious as to beg for recon by fire. It should provide observation and fields of fire back in the direction you came from (in case you’re being tracked), and in the most probable direction of the enemy. It should not be athwart or adjacent to a high-speed avenue of approach.

It should be as concealed from the likely enemy observation means as possible, with enough room in concealment for everybody in the patrol, but they should still be very compact. (Again, how much you tighten up in the patrol base depends on the threat posture. Big danger is enemy recon seeing you? Get small. Big danger is enemy artillery or air? Get some space between your guys).

In short, the patrol base location is any place where your patrol can hide for a bit, without it being obvious or logical to an enemy that someone might be hiding there.

Occupying the Patrol Base

Book doctrine conflicts, at times, with practical doctrine on this. The book says you always secure the patrol base prior to occupying it, for example, by observing it and covering it with fire, and conducting a recon around the area. With small patrols, it may be most practical to secure the base by occupation — in other words, walk right in. Then conduct your perimeter recon.

Pass by the tentative patrol base location and hook back into it. Some call this a fishook or buttonhook maneuver. Why do you do this? If an enemy is following you, you want to drag him past your PB’s fields of observation and fire, mentioned above, which are set up to ambush your own backtrail. When you branch off to go into the patrol base location, at least temporarily place a listening post/observation post at the branch post (you will likely reposition the LP/OP later).

As the point man moves into the base, direction of movement is called 12 o’clock. The patrol leader drops off at 6 and then describes where in the patrol base perimeter each subordinate element (each guy, in a squad patrol; each platoon, in a company patrol) will be positioned. Each crew-served weapon is positioned individually. (Crew-served weapons guard the most probable and fastest routes of enemy approach). The PL walks (or crawls) the perimeter and assigns sectors to crew-serveds and subordinate leaders, who assign sectors to their subordinates in turn. The PL also assigns an initial rally point. Initially, the patrol remains on 100% security and treats the PB as a listening/security halt.

The headquarters of the patrol (in a small patrol base, this may just be one or two men) is positioned at the geometric center of the patrol base, which is usually circular or elliptic (it may resemble a football, in planform).

The perimeter recon ensures that you didn’t put your six-man recon element downhill from a sleeping enemy regiment (laugh if you want, it has really happened!) and ensures there isn’t some threat, obstacle, or high-speed avenue of approach that was just out of sight prior to occupation. The PL needs to be ready to pack up (figuratively; no one unpacks, and the team remains at 100% security, while the recon is out) and move if the recon brings back bad news.

Ensconcing these procedures in a set of SOPs known to all hands has many benefits, including prevented wasted time standing around disseminating orders, increasing the speed of execution, and enabling rehearsed, building-block activities when the men are tired and fearful. (A little fear is a good thing, forward of friendly lines. Not enough to paralyze; just enough to heighten perceptions and put you on edge).

Patrol Base Activities

The most important patrol base activity is security. After an initial period of 100% security, the PL may allow a reduction in security. While this is usually expressed as a percentage, it’s really a fraction. Normally, forward of friendly lines, security levels below 50% must be approached with caution. Very small units in a clandestine patrol base (4-6 men, see below) can go to just one man on watch, once security is assured, because that one man can rouse the others rapidly and silently.

Apart from security, always priority one, the PL assigns priorities of work. The usual priority is:

  1. Security
  2. Equipment maintenance
  3. Foot maintenance
  4. Mission planning (selected personnel)
  5. Water (the recon teams may have found a source)
  6. Food & sanitation
  7. Rest

These priorities are not always addressed in every patrol base. They can also be addressed in depth in standard operating procedures, which minimizes time spent giving, receiving and reading back orders that are already understood.

When anyone is outside the perimeter, whether it’s your initial recon team or Joe Tentpeg seeking a tree to hang from whilst relieving himself, everyone in the perimeter must know who is out and where he is expected to be. Failure on this measure gets friendlies shot.

Sanitizing and Clearing the Patrol Base

When the patrol departs, nothing should be left behind — no equipment, no trash, no disturbance of the vegetation — to indicate that it was ever there.

Before you leave the patrol base, set a new rally point by map recon and confirm it as you move. Leave the patrol base directly, do not return on your backtrail at all. Once you have left the patrol base, never return to it. A well-resourced enemy, having discovered that you used the site, will place human or technical surveillance on the site.

Patrol Base Variations

Very small units on longer missions can set up a clandestine patrol base. In this case, a small element — a recon patrol or a very small special-purpose combat patrol like a sniper team plus security — can establish a clandestine or passive patrol base, in which all the men are tightly together, within touch, and only one remains on watch. The goal is to minimize movement and size and therefore the signature of the bedded-down patrol.

While Army doctrine sometimes teaches a different approach to the last hole-up before a combat patrol hits its objective, we have found that treating this halt, called an Objective Rally Point in Army doctrinal terminology, just like a patrol base simplifies training without compromising security.

For More Information

Here’s a link to one of the many editions of the Ranger Handbook, a generally good source of patrolling doctrine.


When Guns are Outlawed, Only Outlaws will have Baseball Bats (again x at least 3)

Watch out for the one with your name on it.

Watch out for the one with your name on it.

Father of the Year contender, here, one Ryan Lawrence of New York. His daughter survived cancer, but the kid didn’t even make it to two years old before he beat her to death with a baseball bat.

Apparently, it’s cruel and unusual not to let this guy live and maybe release him to do it again, but then, he’s in New York, where crime not only pays, it runs the jeezly place.

Twenty-five-year-old Ryan Lawrence pleaded guilty Thursday to first-degree murder in a plea deal with Onondaga County prosecutors.

Lawrence admitted beating to death his 21-month-old daughter Maddox outside Syracuse in February. Authorities say he burned the girl’s body in a fire pit, then tied the remains to a cinder block that he dumped in Onondaga Creek in Syracuse.

The child’s body was found by police divers about 36 hours after an Amber Alert was issued for the missing child.

via Dad admits killing tot who survived cancer, dumping body in NY waterway – CBS News.

As a result of his plea deal, Lawrence will be sentenced to 25 years to life. In New York, murder is considered a non-violent offense (!), (See Legal Aid .pdf p.4) and, unless he’s a complete monster in prison, what this means is that he’ll get 1/6 of his minimum sentence off and be out no later than 2036, age 45. He can get an additional six months off for every “significant programmatic achievement” he does inside (same doc, p. 3), such as for every two years of undergraduate or graduate college credit, or working as an “inmate program associate,” whatever that is, for a couple of years.

Priorities, Priorities

Prepare for Global Warming

Prepare for Global Warming, gang.

The United States faces many national security challenges. In no particular order, these include:

  1. The unchecked rise of Islamic terrorism;
  2. The failure of the US-sponsored governments in Iraq and Afghanistan;
  3. Rise of the Islamic State;
  4. Rise of Iran, encouraged and funded by a self-destructive American foreign policy establishment;
  5. The fraying of NATO, illustrated by Turkey’s collapse into Islamist dictatorship and the EU’s pursuit of an independent (but oppositional to the US) military strategy;
  6. Failure of diplomacy to unite us with the Russians against the common enemy in Islam;
  7. …leading to, the necessity to marshal resources to counter Russian adventurism;
  8. Chinese seizure of the sovereign territory of US allies in the Pacific, including the Philippines (the one bright spot is the potential for US alliance with Vietnam, of all places);
  9. Chinese and Russian espionage and the complete failure of American leadership to take it seriously;
  10. Damage to US-Israeli relations from an ill-advised clandestine regime change attempt in Israel;
  11. The hollowing out of the military by 15 years of COIN war and numerous botched and cancelled procurement programs.
  12. Degrading of military readiness by pursuit of social engineering at the expense of combat effectiveness.

We could go on, and on, and on, but this list already goes to elebben — and beyond.

You may want to put them in a different order, but the live question today is, which of these crises has the United States national command authority made a priority for Defense?

Ah. It was a trick question. The answer? None of the above. The White House:

Today, President Obama signed a Presidential Memorandum on Climate Change and National Security, establishing a policy that the impacts of climate change must be considered in the development of national security-related doctrine, policies, and plans.

To achieve this, 20 federal agencies and offices with climate science, intelligence analysis, and national security policy development missions and responsibilities will collaborate to ensure the best information on climate impacts is available to strengthen our national security.

There are several advantages that accrue to them by doing this.

  1. It diverts attention from all the problems above;
  2. It’s great for virtue signaling, and the big one,
  3. It allows them to loot the defense budget even further for non-defense purposes.

There’s a dirty little secret in the “fact” that the United States outspends everybody else on “defense”: a lot of stuff completely unrelated to defense is packed into the budget: handouts for Senator Manchin’s daughter’s company, money for Social Justice Entrepreneurs in the Beltway, fat padding of contracts for union bosses. Ever wonder why a government building takes longer to go up, and costs more, than a Wal-Mart, a factory, or an office block of the same size? Government procurement is packed with a century of embedded handouts.

And now, the Defense tit is offered to the Global Warming industry to suckle.

Meanwhile: sharpen your bayonets, boys, the ammo budget’s being cut again.



Clayton Cramer asks, about something he found on Yahoo News, “Why isn’t this getting more attention?”

Obama is poised to veto legislation exposing Saudi Arabia to court action over the 9/11 attacks, stepping in to defend legal precedent and an awkward ally, but inviting election-time opprobrium.

White House officials say Obama will reject the “Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act” by a Friday veto deadline, after a little over a week of deliberation.

Obama’s aides tried and failed to have the legislation substantially revised….

Why, indeed. 100% of the US Citizens in Congress supported it. (Yes, its passage was unanimous. When was the last time that happened?) It is opposed only by the Saudis, the State Department, and the President.

Could it be a question of priorities?

Meet Erika

Erika’s a mere slip of a girl, skinny as a rail…


Even from behind, she’s a skinny one. Baby don’t got back, as some singer never sang.


She’s also got an odd profile, hasn’t she?


She fires the inconsequential 4.25 mm Liliput cartridge, a fraction the size of the 6.35 (.25 ACP) you see above it.


And yes, the magazine is in front of the grip, for reasons known but to the designer. Of course, that makes it difficult to change magazines while holding the firearm, but then, when have you ever seen any interwar pocket pistol with a spare magazine?


The 4.25 has a muzzle energy of 17 foot-pounds — more than a sneeze, and less than a CB cap.  While the frame is unique in its form, the slide is a little reminiscent of the 1900 Browning, with the barrel below the recoil spring, but the slide is only the rear part (like a Woodsman or Hi Standard target pistol’s), because Browning’s slide patent was still in force.


Erika was an interwar Austrian pocket pistol that was as a small as a .25, but with less than half the power: astounding no one, she was a commercial failure, making these oddball pistols rare today. This one showed up at Gun Broker at an initial bid asked of $1,800, which produced from us a snort slightly more powerful than the 4.25 Lilliput round.

Rare Austrian Erika pistol in 4.25mm. Gun is missing safety lever, otherwise in excellent condition. Original bluing about 95+%. Very hard gun to found especially in high condition.

As mentioned, this example is not perfect, missing the safety which would have ridden below the slide on the left half of the pistol:


About a year ago, Ian had a video on one of these pistols that was, then, up for auction at Rock Island. It’s typically a very informative video, with lots of details on the ingenious and tiny mechanism inside. Highly recommended! And there are some interesting images and some roughly robo-translated text at a Russian website.

Any Weapons Website of the Week Ideas?

Because, even though we delayed this post for over 12 hours, we’re still drawing a blank. so we’re throwing it open for suggestions. Because we know there’s lots of ’em we haven’t covered yet but they’re not in the forebrain at present. For the Wednesday Weapons Website of the Week, it’s Thursday noon, and we still got nothin’. So… help!

One hopes the feature will return next week, eh?

Third World Weapons Maintenance, Part II

OK, they weren't quite this bad. This one was dug up in Kuwait. But they were pretty bad.

OK, they weren’t quite this bad. This one was dug up in Kuwait. After being guest of honor at a fire. But they were pretty bad.

Commenter Aesop wrote, reference our Latin American men-without-boots:

… their weapons probably lack basic individual cleaning kits, and their crew-serveds would likely give an armory NCO a case of the screaming shitfits, followed by a life-ending stroke.

Oh, he nailed it. The very same unit whose boots looked like the product of the cobbler’s apprentice’s first day on the job, proudly carried the same Para FALs their nation bought them… in 1958. They cleaned them in communal half-barrels full of gasoline, with steel-wire painter’s brushes. Not one had any finish left on it. If one thought that the rifle had a little finish in the low places, closer examination showed him that what he was seeing was just grime.

You might ask, “Hognose, how did they clean the bores with nothing but a steel-wire painter’s brush?” Good question, but based on a faulty assumption. You see, they didn’t clean the bores.

Asked about this, the commander explained that they didn’t need to: they never fired. That was the secret to the incredible longevity of those AARP-eligible FALs.

Another fun feature of FAL is that it needs a tool to adjust the sights. They had one. One. For the battalion. The jealously guarded property of the armorer, and he would not allow it to leave his arms room and go to the range.

Another fun conversation with our counterpart, one of the battalion officers:

Hognose: “We’ve noticed that the officers seem to be all white, the NCOs mestizos, and the enlisted full-blooded indios.

El Capitán: “Sí, that’s the way it is in my country. Every kind of man in the best job for his abilities. So the officers are white guys like me.”

Hognose: “But you seem to welcome the advice of Sergeant [Black Dude] or CW3 [American Indian].”

El Capitán: “Ah, but you Americans are all gringos all the same, not like us. Your blacks and indians are white.”

Hognose: “Are there any officers in your army who are indios?

El Capitán (giving a look that suggests he thinks ‘Nose has lost his grip): “Why would we do that? We have a couple that are NCOs, that’s enough.”


When Guns are Outlawed, Only Outlaws will have Sex Tapes

NINTCHDBPICT000266888976Although, it wasn’t the sex tape that killed her, it was her own bad judgment with respect to said sex tape.

A WOMAN who sent a sex tape to her ex which later emerged online has committed suicide after being bombarded with abuse.

Tiziana Cantone was filmed performing a sex act on a man in footage that was leaked on the internet.

Bad Judgment #1: making a sex tape. Look, there’s nothing wrong with sex, but when your partner has set the bed up with lights and camera for action, then, you might just exercise judgment about whether to get in.

If you’re the one setting up the lights and camera, or suggesting it, that’s Bad Judgment, supercharged.

It is believed she sent it to her ex boyfriend to taunt him but that he uploaded it in revenge.

Bad Judgment #2: OK, it’s Bad Judgment (hereafter, appropriately, BJ) #1 to make the tape, because it’s very hard to assure that you retain control of the tape. Letting the tape get out into the wild, while it is sort of inevitable if the tape exists, is certainly Bad Judgment #2. If you’re the sort of person who can capitalize on BJ#1 and BJ#2 like certain reality show celebrities, then this may not apply to you, but to the other six billion people in the world, most of the people who would take note of your starting in a monster movie featuring The Beast With Two Backs™ are not the people who wish you well.

The highly explicit tape has since been shared hundreds of thousands of times on social media and has even appeared on porn sites.

Well, yeah, that’s where pictures of pretty women performing sex acts tend to wind up. What application do you think built out the Internet?

Italian Tiziana, 31, had her full name and identity revealed, leading to torrents of vile targeted abuse.

Tiziana quit her job and moved to the countryside in Tuscany after reportedly being recognised and ridiculed.

Ridiculed? Or propositioned?

She was in the process of legally changing her name when she was found dead, according to local press.

Well, that name-changing is a hazardous thing. Most of the the young guys turning up toes-up in Chicongo this year have two or three names to go with various previous mugshots.

But there’s Bad Judgment #3: killing yourself over something that can’t kill you.

A friend has said she “wanted to leave everything behind”.

via Tiziana Cantone-sex tape leak leads her to commit suicide after she suffered barrage of online abuse.

Well, she wanted to leave everything behind. She sure did.

Some people are criticizing her ex for sharing the tape, calling it “Revenge Porn.” OK, so he was a cad and a bounder. But who’s really at fault here?

  1. Who dated the cad and bounder in the first place?
  2. Who made the tape?
  3. Who distributed the tape?
  4. Who killed herself when the predictable consequences of #1, #2 and #3 above came around?

None of this is rocket surgery, people. Be selective. Don’t make sex tapes. If you’re so stupid you think you’re an exception to that, don’t let anyone else have a copy, or ever put it on a computer. And if you’re so stupid you did all of the above, at least, don’t kill yourself.

How hard is that?