Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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.
Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles — now being acquired as surplus equipment by police agencies under states’ 1033 programs — have a high center of gravity, making them prone to topple
Sunday, September 14, 2014
The 'definitive glossary of modern US military slang' defines "Speedball" as: A body bag filled with supplies, usually ammunition and bottled water, dropped from a plane or helicopter to resupply soldiers far afield or in dire need.
Michael Yon describes the use of "Body Bags & Speedballs" in Afghanistan here.
Body bags as speedballs in Afghanistan.
Some folks have even designed specially drop-resistant bags for re-use as in Bulldog Equipment's – Speedball Bag. (Be sure and watch the short video where the ammo cans within the bag fail the long drop, but the bag does not.)
"Yeah, Vanderboegh," you might reply, "but WE don't have helicopters to resupply FROM, so what's the good of that to US?" Mind you, spending scarce dollars for such a piece of durable equipment would be a waste for a modern-day militiaman and would violate the speedball's charm -- which is the utility achieved by the very fact of its improvisation. In fact, the helicopter-borne body-bag speedball is merely an up-sizing of a very old infantryman's trick of improvised front-line resupply and it took John Wesley, Rawles' latest book to remind me of it. Behold, the common modern, rot-resistant sandbag:
Now, I've known about speedballs since I first absorbed veteran's stories told at my old man's Saturday night beer parties. The old man wasn't a vet. (He volunteered for both World War II and Korea but had been turned down as 4-F both times because he had suffered tetanus when he was a child and couldn't open his mouth wide enough to eat K-Rations -- and, yes, the Army actually had a standard for how far you had to be able to open your mouth.) But most of our neighbors were veterans of the Army or Marine Corps and it was from one of them that I heard the trick of using a sandbag as an improvised carry device.
I received in the PO Box the other day a review copy of Rawle's new book, Expatriates.
Like all of Rawles' books, it is filled with practical stuff -- gear descriptions and tactical tricks worth emulating. Here is Rawles' on speedballs. The setting is part of large ambush about to be sprung on a huge but undisciplined body of looters moving down a major highway next to a railroad embankment in central Florida:
Jake and Tomas shared a granola bar. As they did so, Tomas said, "I wish I had a helmet. That would double my life expectancy." After a beat, Tomas continued. "I've been thinking about something. You know how you were teasing me about carrying too much gear? well, one thing I've got in ALICE pack is a couple of sandbags. When I was in the Marines, our battalion commander always insisted that each of us carry four sandbags. At first we hated that, since we were always humping around a ton of stuff, like we each also had to carry two mortar rounds. But those sandbags later turned out to be useful for a lot of things other than ballistic protection. For instance, we used them for packing speedballs.""What's a speedball?" Jake asked.Tomas explained. "That's something that both Army and Marines use, depending on the tactical situation or terrain, when part of a unit is under fire, and the rest of the guys are masked by terrain. When the guys up front, who are pinned down and doing most of the shooting, call back for a speedball, you take a sandbag and put in a couple of bandoleers of 5.56, a belt box of 7.62, and a few water bottles, and carry it forward."Jake looked incredulous. "You think we're going to get pinned down?""No, no, no. I'm just explaining why amomgst all my other gear I have three sandbags in the bottom of my rucksack. I say we fill them with soil here, and then we can lay them on the railroad track to give each of us a few more vertical inches of frontal protection. Hey, we've got the time, and it might give us a slight advantage."The man with the Mini-14 next to them chmed in. "I'll take that third bag, if you don't mind.""Sure, no prob."The three men spent the next fifteen minutes quietly scraping sandy soil into the olive drab nylon bags using Marichal's canteen cup as an impromptu shovel. Once the bags were filled, they used some black plastic cable ties from Jake's pack to close each of them.
Rawles description of sandbag speedballs prompted me to search my memory for when I first heard about sandbags as improvised carry-alls. I think it may have been in a humorous story from Lee Thackeray, an Army veteran of Korea, who mentioned it in a tale about shepherding some reluctant Korean porters (called "Kat--ooh--sahs" for KATUSA -- "Korean Augmentation to the United States Army") with a resupply of ammunition, water and rations up the backside of a hill position under Chinese assault. Of course the sandbags were then made of burlap, but with twine ties they were closed shut and then lashed with rope onto indigenous A-frames, USGI pack boards or suspended from poles.
GIs carrying gear on traditional Korean A-Frames, December 1950, on retreat from Pyongyang.
The main thing was that, improvised or not, sandbags were available, handy and useful. If any other veterans reading this post would like to chime in with their own stories of speedballs, please feel free to do so.
You've got to be defecating me. John Brown, NFATCA snitch and ATF toady, is nominated for NRA national board?!?
Long-time readers may recall past posts on the subject of John Brown, NFATCA snitch and ATF toady, here, "John Brown's Reputation Lies A-Moulderin' in the Grave, But His Venality Goes Marchin' On (In service to his federal masters)" as well as his participation in "The True Story of the Life of "R.A. Bear": Inception & impregnation into the minds of the ATF via a highly placed snitch named Dan Shea of the NFATCA."
That's enough embarrassment for a lifetime, one would think, but now we learn that this guy is absolutely shameless. Of all the unmitigated gall, ATF's second-best friend in the NFATCA wants to be an NRA director!
So, all you NRA folks, if you want to put in a director whose testicles are already in an ATF lock box, by all means, vote for John Brown. I'm sure he will get along well with LaPierre, Cox and all the other sellout Lairds of Fairfax.