When Guns are Outlawed, Only Outlaws will have Canyons

grandcanyonIt took millions of years for Nature’s own erosion to get to the bottom of the Grand Canyon, through the inexorable flow of the mighty Colorado River. You, however, have options: you can get to the bottom of the canyon a lot faster by leaping — or slipping, like unfortunate tech exec Colleen Burns.

If she had fallen the Canyon’s max depth, she’d be falling for about thirty-seven and a half seconds. Of course, the fall is harmless: it’s the sudden stop at the end that’ll kill ya. But she only fell about 400 feet — maybe four or five seconds, max. And it’s got to be a lot less fun without a parachute.

A Yelp executive originally from Morton, Delaware County, accidentally stepped off an edge at Grand Canyon National Park and plummeted hundreds of feet to her death.

Officials said Colleen Burns, 35, of Orlando, Fla., fell at Ooh Aah Point on Friday, about a mile down the popular South Kaibab Trail. Park rangers found her body about 400 feet from where she had been standing.

Park officials said Burns, a graduate of Cardinal O’Hara High School, had been with family hiking and taking pictures of the sunrise on the trail.

via Florida woman dies after fall from Grand Canyon trail.

Then again… Florida woman… Burns… works for… Yelp… fell at… Ooh Aah Point. Is someone having us on?

Some $1 Kindle Military History Books

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Who says a good read has to cost a fortune?

These may not be available to users outside the USA, but you can try. We’ve had good luck ordering physical books from other nations’ Amazon stores, but have never tried an e-book. Maybe one of you guys out there can let us know if the system lets you order.

The cool thing about these books? Mostly older books, they’re on Kindle for 99¢. You can read Kindle books (in the .Here are four, oldest (in terms of war covered) to newest:

Three Years with Quantrill: A True Story Told By His Scout by John McCorkle & O. S. Barton.

This 1914 memoir was reportedly dictated by the then-elderly McCorkle to Barton. The smallest taste:

We rode up to a house and found two ladies at home. One of them asked me if we were in the fight that had taken place there shortly before. I told her “Yes.” She then asked me if any of us had lost part of a pistol in that fight. Jim Younger told her that he had lost the cylinder of his pistol and the lady remarked, “Well, we found some part of a pistol out there in the road; I don’t know what you call it, but here it is,” and it was the cylinder of Jim Younger’s pistol that he had lost in the road.

Yes, that Jim Younger. Both Younger brothers, Jim and Cole, are mentioned several times, but there is only one reference to their postwar partner in crime, Jesse James. We think we’ll really enjoy this one. At the end, the unit disguises itself in Union uniforms and tries to make is way to Virginia through swarms of victorious Unionists. (We just skimmed it).

Commando: A Boer Journal of the Boer War by Deneys Reitz

This is apparently one man’s memoir of the war from the Afrikaner side. Haven’t even opened it yet. Several other Reitz memoirs (sections of a lifelong diary, perhaps?) are also available.

Q-Ships and Their Story by E. Keble-Chatterton, Lt. Cmdr,, RNVR

This is the story of the daring Q-Ship operations of World War I, originally written and published in 1922. The author observes that the submarine war was one of imagination, more than brute force. One of the surprising discoveries here is the degree to which sailing ships were commissioned as His Majesty’s warships.

Vassili Zaitsev: Secrets from a Sniper’s Notebook By Robert F. Burgess.

This is a brief overview of the famous Soviet sniper’s wartime efforts. It’s one of a series of short books by WWII veteran Burgess on snipers and sniping. Short but informative, and includes as an appendix a list of rules for snipers that Zaitsev established. There’s a newer version of this book with a different title if your budget goes to $3.

Best thing about all these books is that, any one that you pick (here, Three Years with Quantrill), Amazon suggests a umber of other 99¢ specials for you…

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And there you have it. Four books, $4, and more just awaiting the discovery.

Bleg: World War II Suppressors

Business end of typical Maxim silencer.

Business end of typical Maxim silencer.

We’re working on a technical post on the suppressors of World War II. We know of the following:

Germany: Pistole 27(t) late war suppressor, MP 40 suppressor (limited production) K.98k suppressor (ditto).

Great Britain: Welrod, High Standard .22, Luger, Maxim suppressors (SOE was disappointed), Mk IIS Sten. De Lisle carbine.

United States: M1911A1 .45, integral M3/M3A1 SMG, Colt .380, High-standard .22 (entirely different from the British development).

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USSR: none (this does not seem right, given the Soviets’ extensive use of “diversionary” and special operations elements, and their broad conception of intelligence and reconnaissance operations).

Italy: none

Japan: none

Minor powers: none

Help a brother out here. What else is unknown out there? I expect the bulk of the article is going to be on the P.27(t), which is known from several surviving samples, and the British stuff, which is very well documented.

Friday Tour d’Horizon, 2016 Week 29

This Tour d’Horizon comes naked into the world, like a newborn baby; its plaintive cries may draw your attention, at least until the 0600 post tomorrow.

This is where we throw a lot of our open tabs.

Guns

I don’t wanna work, I just wanna bang on my gun all day.

Guy in a Garage Lightweight AR

This AR has been built by a friend of GIAG. He’s assisted with the carbon handguard, and is preparing the rifle for the stock in the next video.

That’s not all he’s been up to, so do take a look around his YouTube Channel if you like this kind of stuff. (And this YouTube channel is unrelated, and entirely off topic, but the guy here — Eric Harrell — has done some cool automotive prints).

Guy in a Garage 3D Printed Stock for LW AR

This video shows GIAG’s latest gun print — a butt plate that converts an ordinary A2 buffer tube into a lightweight stock for a featherweight AR.

When Guns are Outlawed, Some Outlaws build Chemical Weapons

This took place in, of all things, a Wal-Mart.

The man wearing all black is initially seen in the security footage from June 18 blending in like any other shopper.

But, authorities say, he didn’t come to the store to shop, but to build a chemical weapon.

Detectives identified the suspect as Martin Reyes. They say he went to the store after conducting research online on how to build a deadly chemical weapon.

Once inside the store, police said the man assembled all of the ingredients from store shelves, which included some kind of electronic appliance.

Police said he used a socket near the stationary section to plug in the appliance, which was then designed to set the chemical weapon off.

No one was harmed, and Reyes, who is defined as a “mentally ill career criminal,” is safely under lock and key. The whole thing was caught on store video.

We’re not sure what “most adapted” means in this context.It sure does look cool.

Anti Gun Academics Demand Ban on 3D Printing in Firearms

Because it could lead to mayhem… and home-built nukes. Hey, they’re liberal arts profs (strike one) from LSU. (Strike two). And clearly haven’t read anything in the field (strike three and out).  Cue Randy Newman: “College men… from LSU. Went in dumb, come out dumb too.”

Usage and Employment

The hardware takes you only half way. (We have a lot of that this week).

This Does Not Look Like a Good Shoot

question markIn North Miami, a cop shot a guy who was lying still, hands up.

[Therapist Charles] Kinsey says he was trying to intervene on behalf of an autistic patient who had run off from the group home. According to police, someone called 911 to report a suicidal man walking around with a gun. The group home patient had a toy truck in his hands.

“When I went to the ground, I went to the ground with my hands up,” Kinsey told WSVN, “and I am laying there just like this. Telling them again there is no need for firearms. He is autistic. He has a toy truck in his hand.”

“I was really more worried about him than myself. I was thinking as long as I have my hands up,” Kinsey continued. “They’re not going to shoot me. This is what I’m thinking, they’re not going to shoot me. Wow, was I wrong.”

Yep, the cop then popped him.

“I thought it was a mosquito bite,” Kinsey explained to WSVN, “and when it hit me I had my hands in the air, and I’m thinking I just got shot! And I’m saying, ‘Sir, why did you shoot me?’ and his words to me were, ‘I don’t know.'”

The police department apparently slept through Public Relations 101, as they immediately clammed up, lawyered up, and basically started acting like a bunch of perps that just got caught shootin a guy for no reason:

Police did not identify the police officer who shot Kinsey and would not update WSVN about their investigation, although they say the state is also investigating the incident.

Other media reported that the cop fired deliberately, but was trying to shoot the autistic guy for not complying with his orders. His marksmanship was even worse than his judgment.

Cops ‘n’ Crims

Cops bein’ cops, crims bein’ crims. The endless Tom and Jerry show of crime and (sometimes instantaneous) punishment.

Black Criminals’ Lives Matter, I

The city of Slummerville — excuse us, Somerville, it’s an understandable mistake — is sucking up to the black criminals’ social movement with a Black Lives Matter banner. The police union head sent a letter pointing out that it was under the aegis of Black Lives Matter that five Dallas policemen were murdered by a radicalized gunman and 21 cops were injured — one with a fractured spine — in St. Paul by mostly-white “Black Lives Matter” rioters.

Common chants at Black Lives Matter riots have included: “Hands up, don’t shoot” referring to the myth that would-be cop killer Michael Brown had his hands up; “”Pigs in a blanket, fry ’em like bacon,” which is fairly self-explanatory; and “What do we want? Dead cops! When do we want them? Now!” which again needs no explaining.

Black Criminals’ Lives Matter, II

The Philadelphia PBA is not too thrilled with Hillary Clinton’s selection of convention speakers for next week — she has packed the stage with family members of criminals shot by police.

At the Republican Convention

Thousands of special agents from other agencies have descended on Cleveland to coddle the protesters ar the Republicans’ National Convention. Their briefing from the Secret Service was eye-opening. A great deal of intelligence preparation had been done, and the officials had their eyes on specific malefactors to make sure they didn’t factor their mal in this time and this place.

In case of riot, one of their agencies was tasked to provide thousands of gas masks. Some literal-minded equipment manager duly delivered what looked like the agency’s entire stock of masks.

No filters.

The whereabouts of the filters are unknown, but they may be in Philadelphia, where thousands of agents will be converging to coddle the protesters at the Democrats’ National Convention. We recommend cardboard boxes, duct tape, and watching Apollo 13. 

Burger Bites Burglar Back

OK, he wasn’t really a burglar, but we couldn’t resist that slightly inaccurate headline: he was a bank robber. Fleeing a crime, he threw something from a car. The cops, hoping for a gun, were upset to find a half-eaten burger instead.

But then some bright spark thought: did he leave DNA on the burger? He did, giving the embattled (and long misled) Chicago PD a well-earned win. Burger Boy and his accomplice are now enjoying an all expenses paid vacation from crime on the Illinois’ taxpayers’ tab.

We bet he doesn’t like the food any better where he is now. Life is tough; it’s tougher when you’re stupid.

Guess Who This Perv Works for?

Perv:

Nicholas Fernandez, 29, was arrested on a charge of voyeurism Tuesday, Seattle police said in an arrest report. The incident occurred on an escalator, and not in a security line.

Fernandez …[followed] a woman up an escalator, where he activated a cell phone flashlight and appeared to take video of the woman

Employer? TSA. Naturally. No one good, decent, honest, competent, moral, ethical or intelligent has ever been employed at TSA in any capacity whatsoever. As the story reminds us:

Last year, the TSA fired two employees at Denver’s airport after the agency alleged they were involved in the groping of male passengers in a security line.

The employees were not identified and no criminal charged were filed.

Yep, for once TSA protected someone’s privacy: the pervs’. Figures.

Who Else has Committed This Heinous Misdeed?

jessicaregerThis grinning crook (she actually has a long rap sheet) is Jessica Reger, who was busted in Pennsylvania for… well, let’s let The Smoking Gun tell it.

Jessica Marie Reger, 29, was arrested last week and charged with endangering the welfare of her children, ages three and five. Driver Ilena Blackburn, 28, was charged with reckless endangerment and improper child-restraint system counts.

What’d she do?

According to a criminal complaint, Reger was spotted last Sunday night putting her children in the Corvette’s trunk near her home in Hanover, a York County borough. Blackburn and Reger then drove away, but were subsequently pulled over by police responding to a 911 call.

After a cop directed Blackburn to open the car’s trunk, Reger’s children were discovered inside. Officer Andrew Richey noted that the vehicle’s license plate was “RD HOTT1.”

Anybody else given a kid a ride under a Corvette’s bubble? Hell, anyone else been the kid? How about the “way back” of a station wagon, back in the day?

It’s nice to know that crime has been zeroed out in PA, and the cops can concern themselves with parenting. (Judging from the grin and the ink, Ms Reger is Bat Guano Crazy®, but that’s not against the law).

“Green Fuel” Scams Exposed. IRS Penalizes… Guy Who Exposed ’em.

This is one of those things where you have to Read The Whole Thing™. But here’s a bit:

Henck thinks the IRS is retaliating for his decision to publicly question one of the agency’s policies. That policy concerned refundable biofuels tax credits, created to foster new technologies but which ended up being claimed by big paper companies that had been burning a pulping byproduct known as black liquor since the 1930s.

Defying normal practice, the IRS did not issue written guidance at first and did not oppose the paper companies’ claims. Congress did not act either. As a result, the paper companies, which were losing money during the 2009 financial crisis, ended up receiving $8 billion or more in direct payments from the Treasury. The Post published several articles on the subject. Many tax experts, including Martin Sullivan, a former Treasury official and chief economist of the nonprofit group Tax Analysts, condemned the black liquor credits. …

This is not Henck’s first brush with his superiors at IRS. In 2003, he went to the Wall Street Journal to protest the IRS’s failure to treat synthetic fuels cases as tax shelters that would cost the government billions of dollars. He alleged the IRS allowed companies to spray “Elmer’s glue” on ordinary coal to make it look like a synthetic fuel. …

We don’t think there’s a single “green” anything that’s on the level. It’s all scams, all the way down, and the taxpayers are left holding the bag. By the very IRS that enabled these paper companies to walk away with $8 billion of the money they lift from those same taxpayers.

 The Perils of Kathleen: Continued

This is our ongoing series where we examine the ongoing meltdown of the paranoid, vengeful and extremely anti-gun Pennsylvania attorney general, Kathleen Kane.

Unconventional (and current) Warfare

What goes on in the battlezones of the world — and preparation of the future battlefields. 

Munich Attacks

CNN is reporting the attacker(s?) shouted allahu akbar and targeted children. Behold the glory of the worship of Mohammed.

President to tell us the motivations of the assailants are unknown in 5… 4… 3…

What was it another politician said? Something about how this doesn’t represent Islam.

We do, however, note that early media are almost always wrong in cases like this.

Snowden Demonstrates: How to Authenticate a Leak

Veterans’ Issues

Is it time to disband this thing yet, and letting all its bloatoverhead seek its own level in the Dreaded Private Sector™?

Committee Chair Gives Up on Bob McDonald

VA-veterans-affairsBob McDonald, originally appointed to straighten out VA, was quickly “institutionalized,” and realized his real constituency was the VA’s employees, not veterans. But he’s lost some of his early supporters, including the Chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee. Military Times:

“I think the next secretary, whoever that is, has got to be an agent of change, somebody that will resist the call from within the department to maintain the status quo,” Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., said during an interview with Military Times at the Republican convention in Cleveland. “And I think, unfortunately, the status quo in many instances remains.”

Usually, the fish rots from the head. In this case, the fish spread its rot to a fresh head. You really don’t want “Well, he wasn’t as bad as Shinseki” as your Washington epitaph. Miller, though, noted that McDonald probably doesn’t want to stay on as VA head: coming from the private sector, he took the job with no clear grasp of how entrenched the dysfunction is in the VA.

If No One Answers the Crisis Line, is there Really a Crisis?

This should have been corrected by now, because it dates to the last days of last month — three weeks ago. Still, we haven’t heard one way or the other. Military Times:

Four months after Veterans Affairs officials announced leadership changes at the agency’s suicide hotline — and praised employees following a scandal over dropped calls — the line’s director has resigned and some staff members still answer as few as one call a day.

Documents obtained by Military Times indicate that Veterans Crisis Line Director Gregory Hughes, hired in January to lead the troubled call center after reports that callers were placed on hold or sent to a voicemail system, resigned effective June 17.

According to a Government Accountability Office report released Monday, 73 percent of calls made to the crisis line during a two-month period in 2015 were answered within the VA’s standard of 30 seconds …. But emails from Hughes to his staff in early May 2016 indicate that matters only got worse — roughly half the calls received at the Crisis Line rolled over to the backup centers because they weren’t answered within 30 seconds.

30 seconds is important, because then — if the wannabe suicide hasn’t hung up and kilt hisself in frustration — the calls are routed to outside contractors. Dunno. Can that be worse than the  VA?

VA Blew PTSD-Dog Study

According to an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal (paywalled, clumsily robo-paraphrased here) the VA was assigned to study the effectiveness of service dogs for PTSD-afflicted vets. Stop us if you’ve heard this before: the VA botched it.

Embattled Contractor TriWest Loses Alaska Vets Scheduling Gig

Privatizing VA functions tends not to work because the gigantic companies that bid on such contracts, grown fat and slow on government cash, tend to do a crappy job. Consider TriWest, which has received billions in VA handouts and botched scheduling for Alaska vets so badly that VA does it better in-house. And that’s with the Alaska office being run by lower-48 scheduling scandal figure Linda Boyle.

VA Appears to Encourage Disability Fraud

This depresses us. We’ve been seeing legitiamate, good vets corrupted by the system and going down that slippery slope where they claim mental health benefits because of the golden lure of disability money. We’ve always felt the VA makes getting disability for real injuries too difficult, and makes cashing in too easy for fakers. Now the WSJ has noticed. (Paywalled).

Lord Love a Duck!

The weird and wonderful (or creepy) that we didn’t otherwise get to. 

We’re Changing Browsers

We have a new favorite browser, as of yesterday: Brave. It’s developed by a team led by Brendan Eich (the former CEO who was unpersoned at Mozilla for donating to the “wrong” cause). In the end, it looks like Eich was actually liberated by the firing — not least, from Mozilla’s antediluvian codebase.

Best things about Brave?

  1. It’s wicked fast.
  2. It adblocks by default.
  3. Really, seriously, fast.
  4. It contains antitracking technology (a Stanford study found that half the time users opt out of invasive advertising cookies, the identity thieving ad leeches keep running them anyway.
  5. Privacy is engineered in, not ineptly grafted on (we’re looking at you, Firefox) or not even an option (Edge, Safari).
  6. Its speed is like suddenly getting a faster internet.
  7. It works with everything we’ve thrown at it, with one exception (there doesn’t seem to be any way to use the Press This add-on for WordPress, which dings our workflow a little).
  8. One of the devs’ on-site picture shows him flying an experimental plane! Another brother!
  9. Opera was just bought by the Chinese MSS unidentified Chinese investors (wink).
  10. Did we mention the speed? We really meant to say something about the speed.

Even the lion icon is cool.

Poly-Ticks*: One Woman Bans 12 Million Guns by Herself

Massachusetts Welcome Sign

Massachusetts Welcome Sign

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, an anti-gun Democrat who has been reluctant to prosecute the pervasive corruption in the de facto one-party state, singlehandedly banned essentially all modern sporting rifles — and any firearm that shares as much as a trigger or extractor in common with one — this week. She announced this new unilateral policy in an op-ed prearranged with the anti-gun Democrats at the Boston Globe, and in a press conference where she was joined by members and leaders of several anti-gun Democrat organizations, including Bloomberg-owned “nonprofits” Everytown and “Americans for Responsible Solutions,” who generally pursue their ultimate gun-ban goal in more incremental ways.

Because Massachusetts law has no equivalent of the Federal Administrative Procedures Act, Miss Healey’s ban takes immediate effect. She stopped short of confiscating existing firearms at this time.

In Massachusetts in 2014, there were 131 murders (most of them by the gang members Miss Healey is unininterested in pursuing). Zero were committed with rifles, according to the FBI — and that’s all rifles, not just “assault” rifles.  (Hat tip Breitbart for the 2015 data).

The same table from 2013 shows 135 murders, 2 by rifles. Miss Healey said in her speech at the press conference that “10,000” of these rifles were being registered in Massachusetts annually.

Massachusetts, with its ultra-strict gun laws but lax, politicized law enforcement and indulgent judges, can be seen from those tables to have a much higher per-capita homicide rate than neighboring New Hampshire and Vermont, which have almost no gun laws.

Healey’s diktat drew sharp criticism from libertarian Cody Wilson on twitter.


We would not be shocked to see a promotion on the Ghost Gunner to buyers in the People’s Republic of Massachusetts.

* Poly-Ticks, n. From “poly,” gr. “many,” and “ticks,” mod. engl. “small bloodsucking arthropods.”

When Guns are Outlawed, Only Outlaws will have Umbrellas

hung-ga-kyun-wong-fei-hung-umbrella-01The exact physics have not been described, of how the motorcycle, the umbrella, inertia and the environment combined to end a woman’s life along a Chinese road. But somehow, these factors did combine to send her to the Great Beyond.

But that’s not what gave us pause. It was the article’s claim that she’s one of two million killed by umbrellas every year.

And yet an umbrella is much easier to acquire than things that haven’t ever run up such a butcher’s bill, like Russia’s surface-to-airliner missiles of Bashar Assad’s chemical corps (motto: “Better Not-Living Through Chemistry.”)  We don’t think even the Shriners’ clown car that is the Islamic State has nailed two million people a year, although it’s not from lack of trying. (Perhaps the fact that they live in a dismal desert has kept them from getting more effective weapons. Like umbrellas).

A Chinese woman has reportedly died after an airborne umbrella stand punctured her throat during a motorcycle accident.

Central European News (CEN) reported that the woman, whose name and other personal details weren’t disclosed, had been riding on An Shun Road in Lianjiang, in China’s Guangdong province.

Somehow, the umbrella stand in question became airborne after being picked up by the wind. Police are investigating the freak accident to determine whether the device impaled her as she was riding a motorcycle, or if the stand broke after hitting the woman then pierced her neck as she fell on it.

Emergency medics quickly rushed to the scene of the accident, but she reportedly died on impact before they could transport her to the hospital for aid.

CEN reported that about 2 million people die worldwide in similar accidents involving umbrellas.

via Motorcyclist dies after freak accident with umbrella | Fox News.

Mary Poppins was not available for comment.

Update:

Chinese martial arts tradition includes its own umbrella combat legend: Wong Fei Ying, played here by Donnie Yen in the movie Iron Monkey. More information here.

Maybe this death wasn’t an accident…where are the students of the tradition of Master Wong?

New Joint “Operating Environment” Analysis

This new analysis is contained in a document called JOE 2035, which was just recently released.  it purports to describe the environment United States joint forces will be operating in for the next 20+ years, and the effects of this environment on our strategy, operations, and therefore force structure.

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Like most such documents, it will likely be greeted with peals of laughter by anyone who pulls it out in 2035, but one has to consider the impact of the environment and trends on our own forces. International power, be it political or military, is never unilateral and unopposed, but always takes place in environment with many other actors. these actors have their own strategies, ideologies, and intentions. if past history teaches us anything, it’s that we (and you can describe that “we” as broadly as you like, up to and including the whole human race) kind of stink at seeing the other guy’s point of view.

The document describes four enduring American strategic goals.

  1. Adapt to changing conditions – ensure the United States can adequately cope with emerging changes in the security environment.
  2. Manage antagonism and impose costs – discourage changes to the security environment that are unfavorable to the United States.
  3. Punish aggression and rollback gains – block and undo changes to the security environment that are dangerous or disruptive to the United States.
  4. Impose change and enforce outcomes – introduce desired changes to the security environment that are favorable to the United States.

..Which in turn are met by four “types” of military tasks.

  1. Shape or contain to assist the United States with coping and adapting to changed international security conditions.
  2. Deter or deny to manage the antagonistic behavior of competitors or to impose costs on competitors or adversaries taking aggressive action.
  3. Disrupt or degrade to punish aggressive action by an adversary or to force an adversary to retreat from previous gains.
  4. Compel or destroy to impose desired changes to the international security environment and subsequently enforce those outcomes.

And these are applied across six contexts.

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Each of these is somewhat forcibly arrayed into six missions, like this:

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And so the origibal graphic can be reimagined from goals/tasks/contexts to goals/tasks/missions .

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Our disagreements with this document are many, but two stand out.

  1. JOE 2035 assumes that today;s trends will continue and today’s challenges will be tomorrow’s. Consider what a “:JOE 2005” written in 1985 would have looked like, or a “JOE 2015” written in 1995.
  2. JOE 2035 seems to assume that the present Administration’s defense posture (to wit, supine) is not a transient phase but a new normal.

Regardless of these quibbles, it is an interesting document and it shows what the suits in the five-sided asylum (and their cocktail-circuit DC nomenklatura friends) are thinking.

Seven Guns for Seven Bangers

Nickaury-DejesusThat’s what this homely critter, one Nickaury DeJesus, aka Nickaury DeJesus-Montanez (no, we cannot provide a pronunciation key), 22, of Allentown, Pennsylvania provided: seven guns for seven gangbangers, who, in a positively Biblical flush of sevens, used them to knock over seven convenience stores (maybe even seven 7/11s?) in the hard-luck industrial city and its environs.

She did it for her ex (who preceded her into the war embrace of the Bureau of Prisons), and for the money, although it wasn’t ever a whole lot of money. Lehigh Valley Live:

DeJesus bought the five semi-automatic pistols of varying calibers in April and May 2015 at two Lehigh County businesses: Eagle Arms Sport Shop in Upper Macungie Township and the Army & Navy store in Whitehall Township.

According to court records, DeJesus is the ex-girlfriend of Victor “Self” Morales, who is accused of leading a crew of armed robbers that terrorized Allentown stores over five weeks last year.

DeJesus told prosecutors she bought the firearms to pay rent at a Law Street home she shared with her four children, her sister and a family friend. In one purchase, she only made $11, records say.

Four children. Zero baby daddies. The State is those kids’ father now, and we know how that’s going to turn out.

Despite her “entitlements,” she can’t make rent. (Where did the money go?)

You would think three generations of criminally inclined, idle welfare drones would be enough.

Two of the pistols bought by DeJesus were used in the armed robbery spree in Allentown. DeJesus denied knowing that some of the firearms were used in the robberies.

Two other firearms were found during arrests in Allentown and Brooklyn, prosecutors said.

The amazing thing is that the US Attorney’s Office actually prosecuted a straw buy case. Normally, they can’t be shifted to do it for love nor money.

But, now Nickaury is off on a three-year all-expenses-paid tour of the Federal prison system. Wave goodbye!

Hat tip: /r/Firearms and This Ain’t Hell.

Update:

An earlier article at the Allentown Morning Call describes the recipients of Nickaury’s guns:

In the crimes targeting Allentown convenience stores, Victor Morales, 21, of Allentown is charged along with five others with conspiracy to commit armed robbery. Federal prosecutors allege he and others used guns with serial numbers matching two of those that DeJesus allegedly purchased illegally.

Between May 7 and May 29, Morales; Jacob Pabon, 19; Lytic Fauntleroy, 19; Ruben Tarrats, 23; and Adrian Tosado, 22, all of Allentown; and Jose Rapalo, 20, of Bethlehem, stole cash, cigarettes and phone cards from city gas stations, delis and grocery stores, according to an indictment with details of the alleged crimes.

In addition to conspiracy to commit robbery, each man is also charged with robbery interfering with interstate commerce, and carrying a firearm during a violent crime. A seventh man, Kairashaad Johnson, 21, of Allentown, is charged with a single count of robbery.

Morales, who was previously convicted of a 2008 robbery, was also charged with possession of a weapon by a convicted felon.

And identifies some of the guns by caliber (.380, 9mm, and .40), further unspecified. Generally, criminals like compact guns.

I looks like Nickaury DeJesus was also not in the running for Mom of the Year:

DeJesus, who was in the home, told police she had given the guns to Morales because she had an ongoing issue with children and youth services and needed to get them out of the house. She admitted that there were numerous other guns in the home and a search revealed the 9mm pistol listed in the federal indictments, a police affidavit says.

During an interview with police, DeJesus admitted that she bought guns legally and traded in other guns on Facebook, the police affidavit says.

Doubt a 3-year sentence will put this woman on the straight and narrow (she also got just under two years in state pen for receiving stolen property. That’s not going to do it either). How ’bout 10-20-30 and permanent loss of her kids to adoption by non-criminals, which is the only chance that those kids could ever have at a normal life?

Assortative Relocation Continues with Mossberg and possibly Stag

10x10_Mossberg-Logo_V01In an excellent report at Forbes, Frank Miniter covers what surely looks like the beginning of last days of gunmaking in Gun Valley.  An excerpt:

[I]n 2013 Connecticut rushed through legislation to ban some of Mossberg’s popular products. As a result, Mossberg CEO, Iver Mossberg, says, “Investing in Texas was an easy decision. It’s a state that is not only committed to economic growth but also honors and respects the Second Amendment and the firearm freedoms it guarantees for our customers.”

Mossberg has instead expanded its Maverick Arms, Inc. facility in Eagle Pass, Texas, with 116,000 new square-feet of factory space. Mossberg is not a small gun manufacturer. According to records kept by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Mossberg made 475,364 guns in America in 2011. Of those guns, a total of 423,570 were shotguns made for sportsmen, for shotgun sports enthusiasts, for law-enforcement and for people who want a shotgun to protect their homes and families.

More than 90 percent of Mossberg’s guns are now made in Texas. Some of its Connecticut jobs are going there, too. Tom Taylor, O.F. Mossberg & Sons’ senior vice president, sales & marketing, tells me, “We’re moving all wood gun stock production to our Texas facility. More of our product lines—like our modern sporting rifles—might move to Texas in the future. Texas has been very good to us. Also, our gun sales have been so dynamic over the last number of years. We’ve outgrown our facilities. This major expansion will help us keep up with demand.”

Assortative relocation from anti- to pro-gun states isn’t just companies that have left, like PTR, or companies that have moved most of their production, like Mossberg. It also affects companies that choose to stay, like Stag Arms.

After Malloy signed his gun ban and other gun-control measures in 2013, Mark Malkowski, president of Stag Arms in New Britain, Conn., told me, “Some companies have seen brand damage because they operate in a state consumers see as unfriendly. We have to take this into account. We have to consider all our options. Tomorrow, for example, I have a meeting on the schedule with officials from Texas. They and other states would like us to take our business to them.”

Another gun company, PTR firearms, left Bristol, Conn., with about 60 employees to South Carolina. Stag Arms, meanwhile, is still considering its options as Mossberg—like Beretta, Remington and many other gun makers—shift away from states that treat law-abiding gun owners like they’re the problem, not a part of the solution.

If Frank says Stag is “considering its options,” that’s new. (Malkowski’s comments about meetinf with Governor Perry were from 2013).  Last time around, Stag management concluded that because of their workforce’s family ties to Connecticut, the right thing to do was stay in CT and fight to reform the state’s primitive gun laws.

We can only report that whenever we mention positively some firearm made by a firm headquartered in Connecticut, Massachusetts, or New York, whether it’s here or in a gunshop in meatworld, we’re instantly countered with language indicating that a significant segment of the market does not want to purchase firearms and see the manufacturer in turn redistribute a large part of that to totalitarian states’ tax coffers.

And one recalls Smith & Wesson’s near-death experience after it conspired with the Clinton Administration to undermine gun rights in 1994.

When Guns are Outlawed, Only Outlaws will have Trees

crunched carA wise old editor once said, “Car hits tree, not a story. Now, tree hits car — that’s a story!”

Well, some editor probably did.

And that is what happened Tuesday on the DW Highway, a north-south divided highway that runs between the major conurbations of New Hampshire like Gnashua, Merrimack, Manchester and Concord. A lady was driving along on a bright summer day, minding her own business, in her perfectly intact car, when — WHAM! She was suddenly trapped inside a much smaller space, as the large tree limb that fell on the car crushed the roof (see picture).

A woman was injured when a large portion of a tree fell on the car she was driving Tuesday in Merrimack.

“A tree branch had rotted and fell onto a moving vehicle,” explained Sgt. Greg Walters of the Merrimack Police Department.

He said the incident occurred around 2 p.m. on Tuesday along the Daniel Webster Highway, just north of Merrimack Ten Pin.

The woman was trapped inside of the damaged vehicle after the large tree branch fell on top of the car, according to Walters, who said fire crews arrived to assist with the situation.

“They had to remove the door because it was jammed shut. The door wouldn’t open on its own,” he said, adding the vehicle was totaled from the accident.

via Portion of tree falls on moving vehicle in Merrimack | New Hampshire.

Unfortunately, firefighters and rescue crews often have to remove people from balled-up cars. Fortunately, that means they train for it all the time, have the right equipment (in this case, hydraulic prying tools like the Jaws of Life), and can conduct a rescue like this with admirable efficiency.

The poor motorist was injured, but not seriously (especially in light of the utter destruction of her car). She was treated and released at the hospital.

Then, the rescue crews faced the follow-on problem — what to do about the totaled car, crushed under a ton or two of not-that-rotten wood. They cut the log up in sections so that it could be removed (is there a fireplace in the firehouse?) The car was intact enough to make the first leg of its next journey, to the scrapyard, on the back of a roll-up ramp truck.