Dropped by this morning after early church following up on an Academy Sports ad that offered 50 round boxes of .22 Long Rifle ammunition for a little over $2.00 per box (limit ten). The counter help didn't have any and indeed hadn't heard that there was an ad in Sunday's paper. Oops. They looked around and discovered that they not only didn't have any stock, but that the only store in the Southeast region that did was located in New Orleans. Oops. Told them that it was a good thing that I was a good-natured fellow and coming fresh from church. They agreed. I also told them that their weekend was going to be a living hell when folks less patient than myself began to shout at them for failing to have an advertised product. They also agreed with that. The next stock truck isn't until Tuesday morning. Poor so-and-sos are going to have a rough couple of days. They were cussing the marketing department when I left.
Sunday, November 29, 2015
"Recently I wrote about a suit challenging the law in Arizona – a state that’s very friendly towards the abomination called civil asset forfeiture. There, innocent people who have had their property stolen by public officials have to worry that if they fight to get it returned and lose the case, the government will force them to pay out additional money to cover its legal costs in fending off their claims. Across the state line in New Mexico, a different but equally vexing legal situation prevails. Back in summer, the state legislature unanimously passed a bill that defangs the civil asset forfeiture viper and Governor Martinez promptly signed it into law. Amazingly, however, civil asset forfeiture continues in New Mexico, as officials in Albuquerque and other cities scoff at the law."
One of the more interesting, but generally unnoticed areas of developments is the PDW (Personal Defense Weapon, or pistol replacement). A recent design shows how compact and lightweight a powerful machine pistol can be. The Russian PP-2000 PDW uses 9x19mm round (the most widely used pistol round ever). The PP-2200 weighs 1.4 kg (3.1 pounds) has a 183mm (7.2 inch) long barrel and can use 20 or 40 round double stack (short) magazines. It has a folding stock so it can be used like a pistol or a submachinegun. You can attach a red dot sight and light (to the bottom). When folded up in “pistol” mode it will fit in a jacket. In the West there has also been a lot of PDW work. In 2010 for example the Rock River Arms PPS (Performance Piston System) Pistol appeared. This is a 5.56mm weapon that uses a new internal design. It has a short gas piston, with the recoil spring and guide rod over the 21cm (8 inch) barrel. The entire weapon (which does not have a stock) is 44.5cm (17.5 inches) long and weighs 2.2 kg (5 pounds). There are single shot and full automatic versions, each costing $1,335. There have been some notable European PDW designs from the major pistol manufacturers like H&K.
The Israeli optics company Meprolight has said it will deliver "thousands" of its MEPRO M5 weapon sights to the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) from December. The M5 red dot sight is designed for 'both-eyes-open' shooting and can be used with magnification devices and night-vision goggles. Meprolight says it can function for thousands of hours on a single AA battery.
"True to form, and consistent with Rahm Emanuel’s advocacy to never let a serious crisis go to waste, citizen disarmament swindlers and other totalitarian lobby shills have taken to social and 'regular' media to lay blame for Friday’s Colorado Planned Parenthood murders on groups that stand in the way of their goals. Those include gun owners, right to life activists, Republicans, Christians, white males, and others 'progressives' view as impediments and threats to their objective of total control. That’s typical collectivist thinking. Blame a group you want to marginalize and demonize for the actions of a misfit aberration, and draw fraudulent generalized conclusions from which to infringe on rights and increase the state’s control."
WND reports: "As it turns out, Dear’s not even a Republican — he’s registered to vote in Park County, Colorado, as unaffiliated. And as a female! Voter registration information posted by Gateway Pundit gives Dear’s address and notes, 'Her voting status is: Active. She is unaffiliated.'" The guy was also a skinny-dipping peeping tom and animal torturer from Black Mountain NC, who, according to neighbors was "barely cognitive."
From this, I guess we could profitably investigate his links to notorious racist lawyer (and FBI snitch) Kirk Lyons, right?
On the other hand, he lists his political party as "UAF." And what is the UAF, you might wonder? Unite Against Fascism (UAF) is an anti-fascist pressure group in the United Kingdom, with support from politicians of the three largest political parties in the House of Commons, including the current Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron and the late Labour politician Tony Benn. It describes itself as a national campaign with the aim of alerting British society to a perceived threat of fascism and the far right — in particular the British National Party (BNP) . . . As of 2014, its honorary presidents are Doreen Lawrence, Baroness Lawrence of Clarendon and Ken Livingstone. Its joint secretaries are Weyman Bennett of the Socialist Workers Party and the Anti-Nazi League, and Sabby Dhalu, formerly of the National Assembly Against Racism (NAAR). One of the UAF vice-chairs is Azad Ali, who in 2009 was suspended as a civil servant in the Treasury after he wrote approvingly on his blog of an Islamic militant who said that as a Muslim he is religiously obliged to kill British soldiers in Iraq.
So rather than a right-winger, he's a collectivist that swings both ways? Or maybe he's just a nutburger. To use the Washington Post headline about Aryan Republican Army terrorist and bankrobber Pete Langan: He's a "cross-dressing, transsexual neo-Nazi bank robber (and one confused human being)."
If you're not a hunter or a target shooter, it's nearly impossible to buy a gun legally in France. But the country's strict gun control laws are not enough to keep deadly weapons out of the hands of Islamist militants. Gaps in the current laws, light sentences, and the absence of a European agency like the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), with its billion-dollar budget and thousands of agents, are the main problems facing France and its neighbors as they focus on tackling gun trafficking in the wake of the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris, experts said.
Back home in Alabama, praise the Lord. Rained all the way back, but I was still grateful for having escaped Ohio.
"You can't go back home to your family, back home to your childhood ... back home to a young man's dreams of glory and of fame ... back home to places in the country, back home to the old forms and systems of things which once seemed everlasting but which are changing all the time – back home to the escapes of Time and Memory." -- Thomas Wolfe, in You Can't Go Home Again.
Did I mention that a number of Buckeyes who I encountered (although it would be more accurate to say -- who attempted to run into me) in addition to having particularly nasty and ill-mannered dispositions during this holiday for giving thanks, are accomplished kamikazes with all vehicles ranging from shopping carts to automobiles? Darn near killed me more than once, and gave me the finger as they passed. Sheesh. And to think I was raised among that tribe. I guess it was my fault for venturing out shopping on Thursday and "Black Friday." I was just asking for it.
Friday, November 27, 2015
. . . and am restricted to using a library computer. I'll try to have more tomorrow, after my return, but for now I'm coming off the chemo med for two weeks and it is kicking my butt both ways. Go figure. Good thing Rosey is driving.
Thursday, November 26, 2015
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
David Codrea: "There is No “Finishing the Job’ with Schumer and Gun-Grabbers Always Demanding More."
That’s as good an indicator as any that these totalitarian wannabes won’t consider the job finished with the evisceration of due process, either. It also gives a pretty good clue as to why they so desperately want our guns, as well as the danger of giving an inch to those who won’t be satisfied until they have it all.
The other day, on the way back from the oncologist, I dropped by one of the local thrift stores and spotted this: With Fire and Sword by the Polish novelist Henryk Sienkiewicz. (Pronounced "sin-KAY-vitch.") I had never heard of Sienkiewicz, I thought, until I noticed from the book cover that he had written Quo Vadis. But it was the description of With Fire and Sword as Volume One of "THE Polish epic historical series" that piqued my interest. I could, I thought, risk a dollar on it. Sienkiewicz' writing is stunning. He had me with this description of the steppes on page two:
Such were these Wild Lands: a continent of grass stamped with savage beauty. Billowing pastures where a mounted man could vanish like a diver in a lake. Violent chasms torn out of the earth, gaunt breastworks of crumbling clay and limestone that opened without warning under a horse's hooves. A wilderness of forest, fallen timbers, sudden glittering lakes and rivers exploding into cataracts. . .It was a land as vast as all of Western Europe, subject in name to the dominion of the Crown of Poland but, in effect, belonging only to those who lived by claw, fleet foot, and arrows shot out of ambush in the night. The Tartars grazed their horses there by treaty permission; and Cossack horse-thieves turned these pastures into battlefields where the sounds of slaughter, the screams of dying men, the drumming of hooves galloping out of ambush, the clash of steel, and the hiss of the Tartar arrow and the whirling lariat seemed to hang forever on the wind, carried from unknown beginnings into an endless future like the Steppe itself.No one knew how many battles were fought there in the years gone by, nor how many men left their bones scattered in the Steppe for the wolves and vultures. Armed travelers who heard the whirring of great wings, or saw the black swarms of carrion birds wheeling in the sky, knew at once that corpses or bleached bones lay somewhere ahead and looked to their weapons. Men hunted each other in this menacing green sea with no more feeling than they'd have running down a hare; everyone there was both the hunter and the prey. This was the immemorial home of outlaws hiding from the law and the hangman's rope. Armed shepherds -- as savage as their untamed flocks and herds -- guarded lean sheep, fierce stallions and wild cattle. Bandits sought loot. Cossacks trailed Tartars and Tartars hunted Cossacks. It was common practice for entire vatahas of light cavalry to guard the immense horseherds while raiding marauders came a thousand strong; and all of them, no matter whom they served, were men for whom words like gentleness and mercy had never held a meaning.The Steppes were wholly desolate and unpeople yet filled with living menace. Silent and still seething with hidden violence, peaceful in their immensity yet infinitely dangerous, these boundless spaces were a masterless, untamed country created for ruthless men who acknowledged no one as their overlord.
A Syrian military source said rebels are making heavy use of U.S.-made anti-tank missiles paid for by Saudi Arabia and supplied via Turkey in recent weeks and the weapons are having an impact on the battlefield. The so-called TOW missile is the most potent weapon in the arsenal of rebel groups battling President Bashar al-Assad, and has been seen in action more frequently since Russia intervened with air strikes on Syria on Sept 30.
"Militia put on 'Level 2 Alert' to Defend Oregon Ranchers against Tyrannical Feds Who Label Them Terrorists."
What militia? And as we saw at Bundy's who leads in these things is critical to success.
Still, tactical gains in Sinjar do not translate into a strategic victory over ISIL. While reinforcing the coalition–Kurdish alliance, the Sinjar offensive has exposed the deep divisions within the Kurdish camp, and the limitations of future Peshmerga engagements outside their claimed territories. Nor has reclaiming Sinjar enhanced Sunni Arab support for this war — requisite for effectively countering ISIL in Iraq and Syria. In some ways, the Sinjar aftermath has done just the opposite by reinforcing the ethno-sectarian conflicts into which ISIL has been superimposed. If the coalition wants to gain real momentum in countering ISIL in strategically significant strongholds such as Mosul and Raqqah, then it must pay closer attention to the second- and third-order consequences of its campaign on the local balance of power between ethnic and sectarian groups, particularly in Iraq’s disputed territories and where Sunni Arab support is vital.