Monday, October 20, 2014

Praxis: Soldier Battlefield Effectiveness

I picked up an old copy of Infantry magazine the other day, specifically the September-October 2011 issue. In an article entitled Soldier Battlefield Effectiveness, pages 12-19, there is an interesting discussion of current Army thinking on small arms effectiveness. Much of it is an apologia for the M-4 system, but the discussion is very valuable.

Over 30,000 on New York mental health list show rights and real dangers ignored

Approximately 34,500 New Yorkers are “too mentally unstable to carry firearms,” Anemona Hartocollis of The New York Times reported Sunday. The report looks at figures from a database established via the “SAFE Act” by the state Division of Criminal Justice Services, obtained by The Times through a Freedom of Information Act request.

If you take to Twitter to express your views on a hot-button issue, does the government have an interest in deciding whether you are spreading “misinformation’’?

The government wants to study ‘social pollution’ on Twitter. Well, of course they do.

‘Stubbornly Neutral’ Chuck Todd Shows His Partisan Colors While Attacking NRA

Well, there's a big surprise.

Well, well. I had forgotten about THAT. Ebola Czar Ron Klain was Janet Reno's Chief of Staff at the time of Waco.

A couple long-time friends and readers brought this to my attention from 1994:
In a city where name recognition is synonymous with success, Ron Klain has made a virtue of being unknown. As Attorney General Janet Reno’s chief of staff, he is all but invisible to the public but recognized in Democratic circles as the man to have on your side in a political or legal fight. A rare mix of top-flight lawyer and savvy politician, Klain shepherded the nominations of Reno and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg through the Senate and steered the omnibus crime bill through the turbulent legislative process.
So, he's a firearm confiscationist AND a Waco cover-up participant. Just the kind of guy that inspires trust.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Radio Question

I have been given a half dozen used BFDX BF-71B hand-held radios with batteries and chargers. . .
Along with nine used Motorola XTN series radios XU2600, also with batteries and chargers.
I am embarrassed to say that I am not a radio guy and have no experience with these units. Has any reader used them and are they of sufficient utility to have them looked at by someone who knows what they're doing?

Government case implodes as its former lawyers allege fraud against Holder DOJ

The New York Observer reports that two former Assistant United States Attorneys say the Holder Justice Department engaged in deceit and corruption of justice in connection with the DOJ’s litigation against Sierra Pacific Industries, a California lumber company. As a result of the allegations, a federal district judge has ordered the recusal from the case of every judge in the Eastern District of California. He reasons that the court may have been defrauded by the government, thus requiring the appointment of an outside judge to handle the matter going forward.

Maybe they should find a Davidian for an instructor. If, that is, they can find one left alive willing to do it.

ATF seeks instructor for Waco class at National Academy. Of course they'll probably go with that serial perjurer, "Waco Jim" Cavanaugh.

Blood and Lead. "The entire nation will burn."

Listen to what they did.
Don’t listen to what they said.
What was written in blood
Has been set up in lead.
Lead tears the heart.
Lead tears the brain.
What was written in blood
Has been set up again.
The heart is a drum.
The drum has a snare.
The snare is in the blood.
The blood is in the air.
Listen to what they did.
Listen to what’s to come.
Listen to the blood.
Listen to the drum.
-- Blood and Lead by James Fenton on the Cambodian killing fields.
Looter, LA Riots, 1992.
As race tribalism threatens once again to destroy this country, I was reminded of Fenton's poem when I saw this: "‘The entire nation will burn': Ferguson protestors discouraged by NYT profile of Darren Wilson." There's is more than a whiff of barbaric atavism in the air and we seem to be slouching rapidly toward a new time of blood and lead.
As Bob Owens comments:
I would suggest being prepared for the outrage that is almost certainly going to come from those who have invested so much in recent months in created the mythology of an innocent martyr shot down for no reason. Religious movements died hard, and the cult of St. Michael Brown will no go quietly. It probably shouldn’t be a surprise at all that some agitators are calling for not just “revenge,” but Palestinian-style terrorism.
Readers will recognize that I am not shy about denouncing militarized police violence. But in the Brown case -- should riots break out over a failure to indict -- that will be little more than a pretext for far greater evils. Rodney King did not deserve to be beaten by a mob of cops but that hardly made a difference to Reginald Denny or the other victims who died in the LA riots.
Reginald Denny dragged from his truck, LA Riots, 1992.
This does not happen in a vacuum. The collectivist race hustlers and this administration's Justice Department under Eric Holder (but I repeat myself) and their willing handmaidens in the propaganda corps formerly called the mainstream media have worked mightily to work up this frenzy since Obama came into office. The lead that flies and the blood that's spilled will be their responsibility.
The most dangerous thing about this is that if "get whitey" is what they want, get whitey is what they'll get, although not perhaps in the way they envision. The lumpenproletariat foot soldiers being manipulated could scarcely be considered long-term strategic thinkers. Nor for that matter are they tactical geniuses. For one thing, the numbers of the opposing sides of this race war they seek are hardly in their favor. For another, when you pick out your victims based on some collectivist reference point of skin color, ethnic origin, or religion, then your intended victims will come to see themselves -- and you -- in the same light.
Bosnia, before the break-up of Yugoslavia, was the most Westernized, cosmopolitan and truly diverse region of that country. But as the Serbs and then the Croats decided to craft their own futures along the lines of ethnic cleansing, Bosnians were disabused of their illusions violently. As David Rieff related in his book Slaughterhouse: Bosnia and the Failure of the West:
And if, by the fall of 1994, people in Bosnia did begin to identify themselves as Muslims and turn their backs on the multiculturalism they had fought for so desperately for almost three years to preserve, this was hardly surprising. They were being murdered as Muslims, made homeless as Muslims. "First I was a Yugoslav," a friend in Sarajevo said to me once. "Then I was a Bosnian. Now I'm becoming a Muslim. It's not my choice. I don't even believe in God. But after two hundred thousand dead, what do you want me to do? Everybody has to have a country to which he can belong."
This is what Ralph Peters describes as wars of blood and faith. And do you know who's crowing about -- and profiting from -- the current slide to race war? Why the reverse side of the same bloody collectivist coin -- the Klan and the neo-Nazis.
The challenge for those of us who claim to stand by the Founders' Republic and who believe that the Constitution extends to everyone regardless of race, creed, color or religion will be to maintain those beliefs in the face of a three-sided race war where many will be targeting us based upon skin color. We cannot be sucked into a false "us versus them" collectivist construct. On the other hand, we cannot be victims, nor permit innocent people -- of any race or creed -- to be victimized by race barbarians. Nor should we uncritically identify with the lawless bastards of the militarized police with the excuse that they are "our bastards."
Korean shopkeepers defend their businesses, LA Riots, 1992.
Fenton writes, "The heart is a drum. The drum has a snare. The snare is in the blood. The blood is in the air."
We may be coming to that once more. Pray to God that we do not become comfortable wearing the "racial enemy" mask that our collectivist enemies seek to press upon upon us. Think about these things now, reflect upon them, pray about them, talk them over with your friends and family. The more intellectually prepared we are for what's coming, the better we can meet the challenge in a way that will not shame us in the eyes of our ancestors who fought and died to build and maintain this republic.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

"When America Realizes It Needs the Army, It'll Need It Really Bad."

A small Army is smart until it's not

Incompetence Meets Mendacity in Obama Administration’s Ebola Response

Americans are shaken by government’s inability to function.
Well, color me surprised.
It is a short step to incompetence when you lose sight of what you are expected to be competent at accomplishing. It is an even shorter step to mendacity for a ruling class that is schooled to believe the country is fatally flawed and, thus, that the pursuit of our national interests is evil. It turns out that when real crises rivet their attention, the rubes still expect the government to protect and defend them. At that point, the government must either attend to those basic duties, or lie. This government has made its choice.

"#MikeBrown Supporters Threaten to Shoot & Bomb Policw After NYT Piece on Darren Wilson #Ferguson"

On Friday The New York Times released a report on Officer Darren Wilson’s grand jury testimony in September. It’s not clear who provided the information to the Times for the report. The Times reported that Michael Brown’s blood was on police officer Darren Wilson’s gun and inside the police car. According to the Times, Brown reached inside the police car and attacked Darren Wilson. . . In response to the NY Times report, far left Michael Brown supporters are threatening terrorism and murder.

Maybe more guns are needed on campuses to keep radical 'feminists' away

“Feminist” Anita Sarkeesian will not be speaking at Utah State University any time soon, because it’s not a “gun-free zone,” the Associated Press reports. State law allows concealed carry permit holders to possess the means of defense, and that does not sit well with the so-called “media critic and blogger,” who elected to self-abort her planned address in protest.

No madness, only method. And in a way, that's far more scary and bodes ill for the creation of future Stalins.

Understanding Stalin: Russian archives reveal that he was no madman, but a very smart and implacably rational ideologue.
In the contemporary West, we often assume that perpetrators of mass violence must be insane or irrational, but as Kotkin tells the story, Stalin was neither. And in its way, the idea of Stalin as a rational and extremely intelligent man, bolstered by an ideology sufficiently powerful to justify the deaths of many millions of people, is even more terrifying. It means we might want to take more seriously the pronouncements of the Russian politicians who have lately argued for the use of nuclear weapons against the Baltic states, or of the ISIS leaders who call for the deaths of all Christians and Jews. Just because their language sounds strange to us doesn’t mean that they, and those who follow them, don’t find it compelling, or that they won’t pursue their logic to its ultimate conclusion.

Hillary prepares high-flying ad campaign.

Meanwhile, preppers get to say, "I told you so."

Apocalypse Now: Preppers Are Gearing Up for Ebola
When it hits your city, be ready to lockdown your house and banish outside family members, they seem to suggest. On Organic Prepper, lockdown guidelines are so severe they include segregating family members for one-month periods before interaction. “I know this sounds harsh, but there are to be no exceptions,” it says. “If you make exceptions, you might as well go wrestle with runny-nosed strangers at the local Wal-Mart and then come home and hug your children, because it’s the same thing.”

The White House wants you to know that Obama's mad about the failures of his minions -- and he's appointed a political hack with no health care experience to do something about it.

Amid Assurances on Ebola, Obama Is Said to Seethe
But of course everything's okay because the new "White House Ebola Czar Was ‘Key Player’ In Solyndra Scandal." so it's not like he lacks for experience in cover-ups and political logrolling. I know I'M reassured.
More here -- New Ebola Czar Ron Klain Is A Long-Time Lobbyist, Democratic Operative and here -- Naked Politics: The Ebola Czar Has No Clothes.
The choice makes sense if Obama's main concern is a) the incompetence of his team, or; b) midterm politics. My strong hunch is it's "b". The Obama White House is not self-aware. It is nakedly political. The uneven response to Ebola threatens to be a toxic issue for Democrats, and the president is under pressure from his party's desperate candidates to do something.