Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Folks, I'll be honest. It's been a struggle lately. I am faced with some tough resource choices in my plans for Colorado and Connecticut, the black dog has returned and is perched upon my chest and I continue to struggle with my health. I'm taking the morning off (at least) to do some serious thinking about my responsibilities -- and my duties -- to you, my family and the larger struggle. Keep me in your prayers.
The presence of Westerners in IS, indeed, IS’s aggressive efforts to recruit Westerners wouldn’t pose much of a problem for the US if it were willing to secure its borders and recognize the root of the problem. But as US President Barack Obama made clear over the summer, and indeed since he first took office six years ago, he opposes any effort to secure the US border with Mexico. If these jihadists can get to Mexico, they will, in all likelihood, have no problem coming to America.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
The ATF managers involved in the case happen to be the same senior officials in Arizona who mishandled the Operation Fast and Furious case -- the botched anti-gunrunning sting -- including Agent in Charge Bill Newell and his assistant George Gillett.
“New York City high school students Andrea Gonzales and Sophie Houser met at coding camp and recently completed their project Tampon Run -- a video game to point out that menstrual cycles are normal... and guns are bad.”
Jay Dobyns claimed victory Tuesday following an order in his favor by the United States Court of Federal Claims, the retired Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agent announced in a news release on his website. The decision marks a legal resolution for a bizarre and outrageous personal nightmare that included death threats against the agent and his family and the arson of his home, and resulted in his having to take the government on in court.
Rejecting calls for more federal gun laws by the Rabbinical Council of America and the Orthodox Union, a dozen rabbis have issued a joint statement rebuking the position of those groups, Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership announced Monday in a member alert and press release.
Well, there are many bad gun laws, and it’s hard to pick out the worst one. But it’s seems true that the recent surrender on the assault weapons ban by the anti-gunners is a misdirect. It isn’t what they’re really interested in. This is what they really want.
The only way we can truly be safe and prevent further gun violence is to ban civilian ownership of all guns. That means everything. No pistols, no revolvers, no semiautomatic or automatic rifles. No bolt action. No breaking actions or falling blocks. Nothing. This is the only thing that we can possibly do to keep our children safe from both mass murder and common street violence.Unfortunately, right now we can’t. The political will is there, but the institutions are not. Honestly, this is a good thing. If we passed a law tomorrow banning all firearms, we would have massive noncompliance. What we need to do is establish the regulatory and informational institutions first. This is how we do it. The very first thing we need is national registry. We need to know where the guns are, and who has them.
"There shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth." -- Matthew 13:42
"Póg mo thóin." With an appetite far bigger than his fork or his mouth, gun-grabbing anal sphincter O'Malley thinks he qualifies for George Washington's chair.
I've already told him what I think if his presidential ambitions: "Póg mo thóin."
“We will not allow these groups to disrupt the economic commerce of our region and we are prepared to use force to keep the bridges open,” said one law enforcement officer who spoke with Breitbart Texas on the condition of anonymity. The officer explained that the bridges are not symbols of illegal immigration, but rather, they are vital parts of the local economy. “We cannot allow them to be shut down by lawless behavior from people who claim to be promoting the rule of law.”Breitbart Texas spoke with several law enforcement professionals about whether the reported plans by militia groups to close the bridges were true and, if so, what the law enforcement response to the planned incidents would be. All of the agencies with officers who spoke with Breitbart Texas explained they believe the threat to be credible. The officers indicated that local, state, and federal law enforcement are working together to deliver an appropriate response.
Monday, September 15, 2014
James, of course, is merely doing what he does as an anti-(private) gun politician and doctrinaire Bloombergian mayor -- exploiting violent crimes by restricting rights of those who don’t commit them, and ignoring that Kansas City homicides are overwhelmingly concentrated in “a 13-square-mile segment of the 319-square-mile city" (and one that votes solid urban Democrat). All while being personally protected by a detail of taxpayer-funded, instantly-reacting bodyguards.
Reacting to my post, "Repacking 5.56 NATO reloads in military packaging -- bandoleers and stripper clips," an anonymous commenter said:
I can keep 180 rounds in six 30 round magazines, held in a double stack six pocket magazine holder strapped to molle vest or pack. I understand stripper clips, but I'll take a fully loaded mag in a pinch.
Indeed. Many folks, myself included, have a "Ready Box" for each rifle. In the case of AR series rifles, that's usually a three pocket, six-mag bandoleer like this one packed in a PA-108 SAW can:
For AKs, I use a Chinese five-pocket magazine bandoleer like this, also packed in a SAW can:
But you cannot, nor should you, pre-pack all your reserve ammunition in magazines. The question is, what do you do when that initial 180-rounds is exhausted (as it could certainly be in one firefight)? And even if you were able to load many magazines in like fashion ahead of time, what happens when you are asked to resupply ammo to a neighbor who has a Ruger Mini-14? Using the military duplicate packaging in the post allows you to pack large amounts of ammunition that is still ready to load in those magazines -- of whatever type -- when they empty out and in a much faster fashion than bulk boxes.
Responding to my post on sandbags and Improvised Resupply By "Speedball," a veteran of four deployments in the Middle East and Southwest Asia wrote:
Not to extrapolate from my own inexperience (to paraphrase you), but I doubt the modern GI would have much experience with this method. Unless you had the opportunity to serve on a remote outpost in Afghanistan would you have need to rapidly resupply. I certainly never did, and my deployment experiences span the entire course of the GWOT.In that respect, we of the current generation of warfighters are very, very spoiled. A few things have been written on just how spoiled we have been since Vietnam were each engagement was decided by superior small arms, CAS, and virtually inexhaustible indirect fire support. We have had some nasty conditions, but victories were pretty much in the bag from the start. Not to say that the Islamofascists were as a whole worthless. They had a few good ideas along the way. But even at their worst, they still were nothing compared to one Anzio, one Bunker Hill, or even one day of Chosen.Now what does that mean for the current generation of warfare, be it with muzzies, the Chinese or the local Mutant Biker Gang? No one has retained this knowledge and so it would be wise to remember when victories are not so decisive from the start.
“If there’s something in their files that would disclose a state secret, is there any reason it should be in their files?”
The Justice Department intervened late Friday in a defamation lawsuit against United Against Nuclear Iran, a prominent advocacy group that pushes for tough sanctions against Tehran. The government said the case should be dropped because forcing the group to open its files would jeopardize national security. The group is not affiliated with the government, and lists no government contracts on its tax forms. The government has cited no precedent for using the so-called state-secrets privilege to quash a private lawsuit that does not focus on government activity.