Friday, July 31, 2015
Marines Leaders Finally Embrace the M4 Carbine. Also: "More Powerful, Special-Ops Sniper Rifle Unlikely for Marine Snipers."
"Change is slow. Marine Corps senior leaders have always had an extreme fondness for anything that can double as a club for beating the enemy to death."
Perhaps. However, there is also this comment which I believe to be on point: "I don't see any disadvantage -- the M-16A4 is a good weapon and in open combat in Afghanistan been proven better than the kiddy M-4 in open area combat." I suppose if you think we will ALWAYS be fighting in cities . . .
Also for the traditionalists: The U.S. Marine Corps is sticking with its Vietnam-era, M40 sniper rifle series, despite complaints from scout snipers who say they need the modern, longer-range weapons used by special-ops snipers. Marine scout snipers are considered to be among the best snipers in the world, but many are frustrated at the limitations of the current M40A5 sniper rifle. The A5 is based on the Remington M700 short-action design that's chambered for 7.62x51mm NATO, like the original M40 Marines used in Vietnam.
Well, it WAS in San Francisco. What did he expect? Groped by government. A lot of that going around.
He said that he confronted the staff member and complained about the treatment only to be rebuffed by the man, who repeatedly said "That’s just your opinion."
"Three Percent" Empire builder Trask takes offense. A short tutorial on the folly of trying to teach your Grandma how to suck eggs.
In response to my post "Poseurs and provocateurs. Any stupid ass can call himself a Three Percenter, the proof is in the practice of principle," we now have this reply from Three Percent Empire builder Robert Trask (spelling and punctuation as in the original):
You men watch to much TV I've been 3% I'm a leader in Kentucky born Alabama offered to hel try to grow the group my number is 502-706-1632 why don't you be men and come to a man instead of posting bullshit you don't know anything about there's my number.
Well, Mr. Trask, I'm a bit busy at the moment and frankly completely uninterested in conversing with you on the phone. If I took the time to do so for every person who seems to have misunderstood the Three Percent concept I would get nothing else done. I will make the following observations.
1. Anyone who wants to "grow (their) group" two states away from where his ass is sitting by accepting help from any jackleg who "offers to help" is fairly begging to be laughed at. Because . . .
2. In any large, top-down organization (which you seem determined to have out of whatever motive that can only be guessed at -- failure to understand the nature of your enemy in a 4th Generation Warfare world; lack of imagination as to the probable negatives of such a move; misplaced enthusiasm at spreading an idea you apparently have failed to properly grasp; or, the simplest explanation, plain ego), personnel, my friend, is policy. If you read the post you take umbrage at, you should understand that your "help" presented himself as your representative with conduct that can be most charitably characterized as typical of a beer-swilling, pot smoking loose cannon.
That, sir, is not "bullshit (I) don't know anything about." I rather think the ignorance and the bullshit is the other way around. To use a phrase my Grandpa Vanderboegh taught me, "Son, don't try to teach your Grandma how to suck eggs." In over 20 years at this stuff, I've seen and heard it all before. You are merely the latest organizational empire builder I've run across, and not a very skillful one at that to judge from the conduct of your "help."
I urge you to rethink your principles in the light of my Three Percent Catechism. I also urge you to rethink your actions in building an "organization" that is so disorganized that you accept "help" from people who can only discredit you and the cause you claim to represent.
Thus endeth the lesson.
Thursday, July 30, 2015
From The Hill: Even the black robes are getting fed up with being lied to.
See also at Judicial Watch: "Federal Judge Threatens To Hold IRS Commissioner, DOJ Lawyers in Contempt of Court over Lerner."
He must be a Sipsey Street reader. "Gun Rights Advocates Have A Devastating New Argument Against Gun Control. Here It Is."
"No wonder free Americans are done pretending the gun argument is a rational debate and are responding with an extended middle finger – and the challenge to come and take their arms. The fact remains that any outright attempt to take the arms from tens of millions of American gun owners would almost certainly result in a second Civil War. And we all know how the first Civil War went for the Democrats."
American gun owners are beginning to respond with a fresh, powerful argument when facing anti-gun liberals. Here it is, in its entirety. Ready? “Screw you.” That’s it. Except the first word isn’t “Screw.”
It’s not exactly a traditional argument, but it’s certainly appropriate here. The fact is that there is no point in arguing with liberal gun-control advocates because their argument is never in good faith. They slander gun owners as murderers. They lie about their ultimate aim, which is to ban and confiscate all privately owned weapons. And they adopt a pose of reasonability, yet their position is not susceptible to change because of evidence, facts or law. None of those matter – they already have their conclusion. This has to do with power – their power.You can’t argue with someone who is lying about his position or whose position is not based upon reason. You can talk all day about how crime has diminished where concealed carry is allowed, while it flourishes in Democrat blue cities where gun control is tightest. You can point to statistics showing that law-abiding citizens who carry legally are exponentially less likely to commit gun crimes than other people. You can cite examples of armed citizens protecting themselves and their communities with guns. You can offer government statistics showing how the typical American is at many times greater risk of death from an automobile crash, a fall, or poisoning than from murder by gun.But none of that matters, because this debate is not about facts. It’s about power. The liberal anti-gun narrative is not aimed at creating the best public policy but at disarming citizens the liberal elite looks down upon – and for whom weapons represent their last-ditch ability to respond to liberal overreach. Put simply, liberal elitists don’t like the fact that, at the end of the day, an armed citizenry can tell them, “No.”
Elections are beside the point in the racial collectivist identity politics of "Black Lives Matter."
"When you put it terms of 'Black lives matter,' that implies that white lives, and Asian lives, and Eskimo lives, and every other kind of lives don't matter. So we get the feeling that if this is all about some sort of race test that we can't hope to pass to your satisfaction because of who we are, not how we act, then screw you buddy, we're not gonna play that game. So the rest of us get the feeling that if our lives don't matter then why the hell should we care if you think 'black lives matter?' And it's just a little ways from there for the rest of us to conclude that black lives DON'T matter either. . . So if you wanted a slogan that the Klan could understand and use to recruit with, well, brother, that's it. So that slogan is either the worst kind of stupidity or the bastard who thought it up is trying to separate you from your natural allies or get you killed, or both. I can't think of another slogan more calculated to get an American Hitler elected, and I HATE Nazis. . . And I'll tell you something else . . .(W)hen I see these black racists of Farrakhan's bunch talking about wanting a race war I'd say they haven't looked at how the numbers stack up. Because let me tell you something about white folks at their worst. When they get scared that people are trying to kill them just because of who they are, when they get pissed off along racial lines, they don't tear up their own neighborhoods or burn down their own communities like y'all do. They come to the neighborhoods of the people who threaten them and burn THEIR communities down and kill THEM. They have burned down whole CONTINENTS. And if you don't believe me, just ask the Indians." -- Mike Vanderboegh.
I am on record as to my opinions of "Black Lives Matter."
Now comes an analyst who believes that this will bring about electoral defeat for the Dems: "Hillary and the Dems have a #blacklivesmatter problem."
This is perhaps true, but beside the point for those who promote the BLM movement. They are uncaring about short term political consequences, focusing rather on the end game (commies are real good at that). The point is to foment racial war in the streets so as to win in the larger agenda of destroying the social fabric of the country so that people will turn to them out of fear. This was the sum and substance of the manipulation of the street riots in the 60s and 70s. It is also a strategy that fits well into the long-term plans of the Klan and neoNazis.
Why do you think Hitler organized the Brown shirts and sent them out into the streets to do battle with the socialists and communists? To create chaos that would frighten the German people into turning to him. And, oh by the way, it worked. Try to think like your enemy thinks and you'll be a lot less surprised when such things happen. Lifson is analyzing this crap using the old paradigm of "Only Elections Matter." Collectivists of every stripe understand that this is no longer true, that we are moving (indeed, THEY are moving the country) into the heretofore undiscovered country of complete societal breakdown, Balkanization and destruction of the rule of law. It is there, and only there, that their own cannibal proclivities can be sated by the feasting upon the dead corpse of the Founders' Republic and their own enemies bodies.
Imagine walking through a field on a cloudless day when you suddenly hear the 130-decibel roar of a fighter jet. But you can’t spot the jet, or even tell which direction the sound is coming from. Rather, it seems to originate from the thin air in front of your face, like a shout from an angry, Old-Testament God. No, you aren’t hallucinating. And you aren’t Moses. You’re experiencing a new type of military weapon intended not to kill but to startle an enemy into retreat. It’s called the Laser-Induced Plasma Effect, or LIPE, a weapon that the U.S. military hopes to begin testing in coming months.
I once ran into a guy who scoffed at the concept of the armed citizenry standing up to the armed forces of the federal government, saying, "They'll just 'Seal Team 6' your ass." I admitted that it wouldn't even take ST6 to kill my ass, but I observed how little that would get the PTB in a "decapitation" strategy. And, apart from the many other factors in a civil war scenario that would make that a much less scary proposition than he imagined, we now know just how pitifully small ST6 really is. As formidable as they are, there ain't that many of them.
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Data released by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives this week show a huge jump in National Firearms Act items to include a 39 percent rise in the number of silencers and a 32 percent bump in short barreled rifles registered. The information comes from the new Firearms Commerce Report, which contains information about domestic firearms manufacturing, as well as the importation and exportation of firearms.
The highest compliment a man could receive in the Old West was: "He’ll do to ride the river with." This was a tribute from the old trail days when only the fearless dared to swim herds across treacherous rivers. -- Dr. Joe Wheeler.
I met Ray Thompson in October of 2005 in Hachita NM when we were all out on the border with the Minutemen. We shared a minor passion for archaeology, yet we were so busy that we had precious little time to compare notes about digs we had participated in. I wrote about the Hachita operation at the time in a short essay entitled The Magnificent Minutemen.
Ray picked up the nickname of "Quasimodo" because every night he could be found in the bell tower of the abandoned Catholic church in Hachita, scanning the valley below with night vision. Of Ray, Bob Wright recalls: "Today marks the sad loss of one of the essential personalities that made our efforts in New Mexico possible. Received the sad news this morning of the passing of Ray Thompson of Deming, New Mexico. Most will remember him by his radio call sign "Quasimodo." His tireless energy assured quality operations and his good humor helped us all through some tough hard days and nights. God rest you, Quasi!"
As for me, I'll let stand these final words from The Magnificent Minutemen as my eulogy to Ray:
History, for good or ill, is made by determined minorities. Never was that truer than among that small band of New Mexico Minutemen. They were dirty, unshaven and exhausted on their best day. They didn't look like much more than a small convention of the homeless. But by their presence and their gritty determination they were calling the shots on the border. They were pitiful, they were magnificent. I am proud to have known them and to have served with them. And if we can find more of their kind, we just might be able to save the country.
The bottom line is, we can continue accepting opportunistic and meaningless political platitudes, and letting “progressive” agenda outlets like CNN and HuffPo and Gannett Company papers shape public attitudes on candidate gun positions, or we can realize all they’re doing is redefining the middle so anyone to the right can be portrayed as an extremist. Back to Christie — for all his posturing and “tearing into” and “firing back” and “countering,” and for all his bullying of a citizen in a forum he’s a master at performing in, he knows he doesn’t dare answer my specific questions, or yours.
"If you wanted to teach a baby a lesson, would you cut its head off? Of course not. You'd paddle it. . . I told you that 'juvenile delinquent' is a contradiction in terms. 'Delinquent' means 'failing in duty.' But duty is an adult virtue — indeed a juvenile becomes an adult when, and only when, he acquires a knowledge of duty and embraces it as dearer than the self-love he was born with. There never was, there cannot be a 'juvenile delinquent.' But for every juvenile criminal there are always one or more adult delinquents — people of mature years who either do not know their duty, or who, knowing it, fail." -- Lt. Col. Jean V. Dubois (Ret.), in Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein.
Brazil-based handgun maker Forjas Taurus SA has agreed to a $39 million settlement in a class action lawsuit alleging some of the company’s most popular semi-automatic handguns can discharge when dropped and have a defective safety that allows the gun to fire even when it’s engaged.According to court documents filed May 15 in a U.S. District Court in Florida, the company has agreed to pay up to $30 million to owners of nine separate handgun models who opt to send their pistols back, with owners receiving anywhere from $150 to $200 for their pistols depending on how many choose that option.The agreement also will extend the warranty for the nine handgun models, allowing gun owners to send the pistols back to have the handguns inspected by Taurus technicians and address the “safety defects” alleged in the suit. Documents show the settlement could include as many as 100,000 handguns.The settlement also calls for a maximum $9 million in attorney’s fees.A Taurus official confirmed the settlement agreement, arguing the company does not admit any wrongdoing.“The Taurus Companies do not admit liability in connection with the settlement,” the official told Grand View Outdoors. “If anyone has one of these pistols, we are happy to inspect it under the warranty and suggest that they send it to us so that we can do so.”
The settlement includes the following pistols: PT-111 Millennium; PT-132 Millennium; PT-138 Millennium; PT-140 Millennium; PT-145 Millennium; PT-745 Millennium; PT-609; PT-640 and PT-24/7.
My oldest daughter carries a PT-745 as a personal protection piece (6+1). I carry a PT-145 (10+1). The dollar value of the sales offer is laughable, but we will be returning them to the factory for warranty inspection.
"China Pushes to Rewrite Rules of Global Internet: Officials aim to control online discourse and reduce U.S. influence."
As social media helped topple regimes in the Middle East and northern Africa, a senior colonel in the People’s Liberation Army publicly warned that an Internet dominated by the U.S. threatened to overthrow China’s Communist Party.
My latest foray to the various doctors left me with some time to kill between appointments and although my pockets were light there was a thrift store between them. Well, with my devotion to (and, it must be admitted, my addiction to) the best source of militia logistics and procurement, of course I had to stop. And what did I chance upon? Why this remarkable book that I had never heard of, but was instantly intrigued by: The Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Create the World's Great Drinks by Amy Stewart. It set me back, after my old fart's discount, to the tune of 92 cents.
Just leafing through it and picking out topics taught me more than I had ever known about everything from molasses to monkey puzzle trees. I am looking forward to absorbing it from cover to cover in my insomniac reading program, but I have skimmed enough to know that this is a useful work for those of us looking for guidance in post-apocalyptic business ventures like moonshining, beer brewing, wine making and, in the case of the monkey puzzle tree, mudai fermenting.
Poseurs and provocateurs. Any stupid ass can call himself a Three Percenter, the proof is in the practice of principle.
"I'd like to be the King of all Londinium and wear a shiny hat." ― Malcolm Reynolds
I awoke this morning to an emailed link indicating that I now have something called "a filmography." It seems I'm getting credit for playing myself in Retro Report's documentary on the undying controversy over Waco. Now, that plus a dollar is insufficient to buy you a cup of coffee at Starbucks, so it is important to have a sense of perspective on such things. I pull my britches on one leg at a time like everyone else, and no amount of notoriety in a civilization on the verge of collapse will be recognized after its bloody fall. In the end, history will be amnesiac on the subject of Mike Vanderboegh. Who, today, remembers those individual Romans who tried to hold back the imperial rotting disease that lead to barbarian slaughter and subjugation -- to the destruction of their entire world? No one.
Yet, as I told someone in the room that day who commented that my statement to the Birmingham City Council was doomed to failure, "God does not command us to succeed. He does command us to stand."
But it is important to remember just what it is we claim to stand for. I have been clear about this in the "Three Percent Catechism: A discipline not for the faint-hearted."
These four principles -- moral strength, physical readiness, no first use of force and no targeting of innocents -- are the hallmarks of the Three Percent ideal. Anyone who cannot accept them as a self-imposed discipline in the fight to restore the Founders' Republic should find something else to do and cease calling themselves a "Three Percenter."
Yet there are apparently many people who have adopted the moniker of Three Percenter, for whatever reason, but who wouldn't recognize these principles if they came up and bit them in the ass.
This was brought home to me once again on Monday when I received a distressed phone call from one of my old 1st Alabama Cavalry militia leaders from the 90s who had been to something advertised as a Three Percent meet and greet. The organizer of this event was the proclaimed and newly minted "President" of the Alabama Three Percent, one Phil Ingram. By his own statement, Mr. Ingram's claim to command of the Alabama Three Percent traces to his "appointment" to said post by one Robert Trask of Kentucky.
This sort of empty "empire building" was one thing that made the 90s so problematic for the constitutional militia movement, and why I deliberately formulated the Three Percent idea as a movement, an idea, a philosophy and a discipline BUT NOT AN ORGANIZATION. Attempts at large regional, state or national organizations, anything beyond local formations, are subject to infiltration, dysfunction, discredit and collapse. Anyone who tells you different is selling something.
But mere empire building in this case would be unremarkable were it not for the very slender reed that Mr. Trask has, by Mr. Ingram's own claim, chosen to support the concept of the Three Percent in Alabama. By all accounts, Mr. Ingram arrived at the venue swilling beer as he unassed his vehicle and later graduated to joints. A few cursory questions revealed that said Mr. Ingram had never heard of me (which is certainly no sin) nor had he heard of, or internalized, the principles of the Three Percent (which is).
As Malcolm Reynolds observed, you may wish to be the King of Londinium and wear a shiny hat, but that does not make it so. So whenever someone comes up to you and claims to be a Three Percenter -- especially when he or she pretends to be a leader of Three Percenters -- a close eye upon their actions and a few simple questions from the Three Percent Catechism ought to determine whether they are persons of principle or poseurs and/or provocateurs.
Either Mr. Ingram or Mr. Trask, the putative kingmaker in this disaster-in-waiting, may contact me to dispute this account.
Bush said he fishtailed while trying to drive away, then ran over a median and got a flat tire. When he pulled into a nearby driveway, the partygoers swarmed and made threats, and his friends backed him up, he said. “Basically about eight of us had to hold 15 to 20 of them back,” Bush said, admitting that a specific racial slur was likely used by members of his group.
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
"I suspect that as with all the incidents before this one (and all the incidents since), none of these lessons will be learned. And so the raids will go on. And so will the body count."
Lessons will begin to be learned only when the militarized thugs pick on the wrong target -- and they all die in a stack, sprawled in someone's front hall.
The truth is that government is not used to people standing up to it over its unjust laws. It counts on people mindlessly accepting whatever outrage it foists upon them. But remember, there are more of us than there are of them. They don’t forget that. They just count on you forgetting.
Margin debt on the Chinese stock market has reached $1.2 trillion. 'We suspect that it’s a matter of time before banks may have to face the music,' Bank of America says
For the rest of the world, it is a tense moment. China consumes 50pc of global coal, 43pc of industrial metals and 23pc of grains, according to World Bank data. Brazil, Russia, South Africa and a string of commodity states face a double-barrelled stress test. The Chinese are freezing imports just as the US Federal Reserve drains worldwide dollar liquidity and prepares to raise rates, calling time on emerging markets that have together borrowed $4.5 trillion in US currency.The Brazilian real fell to a 12-year low of 3.38 against the dollar on Monday. The South Africa rand hit a record low of 12.69. The Russian rouble flirted with the danger line of 60. It was the same story across much of the emerging market nexus. “One by one the dominoes are starting to fall,” said Societe Generale.
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services has announced a change in policy regarding the oath taken by naturalization candidates: They will no longer be required “to declare that they will ‘bear arms on behalf of the United States’ and ‘perform noncombatant service in the Armed Forces of the United States.’”
"Come on, you sons of bitches, do you want to live forever?" -- Sergeant Major Daniel Joseph "Dan" Daly, USMC.
Monday, July 27, 2015
“Part of what happened to CNN is what happened to Hollywood. The news, like Hollywood, became trapped in creating and fawning over celebrities. Getting Anderson Cooper publicized became more important than breaking the big story. When you have celebrity reporters telling you how they feel about being in Iraq instead of reporting on how our troops are doing you begin to lose perspective. With guns, instead of going to gun ranges, gun-owner’s homes, instead of interviewing women who’d stopped an attacker, and instead of really trying to understand the world such women live in and what they’re going through, they just tell us how they feel. Katie Couric, Diane Sawyer, and the rest are stars, not reporters. They’re not hunting for the truth. They’re telling you what they think and what they think all comes from the cocktail parties on Manhattan’s Upper East Side and from conversations with other reporters.”
It frustrates the hell out of gun-grabbers to impotently watch their demands for widespread enforcement collide with the reality of what that would entail and — and of what it would provoke. Enforcers and administrators who would have to live with the repercussions of such attempts aren’t about to stick their heads on that block. Gov. Bentley recognized that and eliminated a rule the state has no belly for enforcing in the face of vocal dares for them to try. Look for that to play out more and more as gun rights advocates begin to realize the power they can wield simply by declaring “I will not comply.”
"Crimes conceived in hell are not witnessed by angels." Yeah. Especially when they are paid for with federal money.
See also: "Making Stuff Up."
The administration must believe it’s okay to make stuff up, that the American public doesn’t really care and would rather be tweeting about Sharknado. But if it’s such a good deal, why does it need to be kept out of the sunlight? The administration’s stealth, subterfuge, and lies have revealed one very big truth: It knows the deal won’t withstand the scrutiny of the American people and their representatives.
‘I’m Still Waiting for One Fact, One Fact from You About Me Being Anti-Gun’ — Christie Faces Off With Pro-Gun Voter in Iowa
And here's Herschel Smith's take: Good Lord! Are we really going to have to listen to this loud mouth for the next year? Chris, you are gun control collectivist from way back, and you made your fame in New Jersey pushing an “assault weapons” ban. As for Mr. Fletcher, I do indeed want you to make your decision quickly rather than be cowardly about it. And it should be to destroy all of the paperwork you ever had on him and tell your LEOs to stop arresting people who come across state lines with weapons, right after you pass a reciprocity law recognizing the permitting system of every other state in the country. The fact that you won’t do that tells us everything we need to know about you. The fact that you think we don’t want you to make your mind up about it should tell you something about yourself. You have lived in collectivist-land for so long you don’t have even the slightest understanding of what the rest of us believe.
Sunday, July 26, 2015
Trying to recover from transitions. Adios to Hattiesburg. Also, saving the Republic is all well and good but you can't accomplish anything if you're dead.
This week has been filled with stresses and strains. I'm exhausted from the struggles of trying to protect my friends from their wife-beating arsonist son-in-law (successfully) and yesterday moving Zoe back to Birmingham from Hattiesburg to take another job (also successfully, although the exertions in the heat with a mattress and box springs that wanted to leap off the top of the GMC Jimmy in what turned out to be a seven hour trek darn near killed me). Today will be taken up with the rearrangements attendant upon that move in order to get her settled. Thus does the Vanderboegh family finally say "adios" to the college town of H'burg -- thank and praise the Lord. Not that we don't have Southern Miss to thank for a lot of blessings, but there is a darker side to most college towns, not the least of which is the present-day "party" culture. Hattiesburg also has a lot of town-gown conflicts/crimes that go deliberately unreported by both university and local press, exacerbated by the recent rising boil of racial animosity ("Black lives matter, but F you, honky mofo.")
These past two weeks have also convinced me that I must crank back on some of the work I have been doing with national groups and events and see to my health and my own family responsibilities, both of which I have abused terribly this past year or do. Saving the Republic is all well and good but you can't accomplish anything if you're dead. That is not to say that I will be ceasing my efforts at national armed civil disobedience (and the fun part, smuggling) but I am going to have to moderate some. The zombie apocalypse portends, and my own preparations to see to my family have been sorely neglected because of time, energy and especially monetary resources that have been spent on larger (but not necessarily more important) issues. Indeed, I have fallen down on my responsibilities to my own family. I must remedy that.
A big part of that is finishing Absolved, as I am unceasingly reminded by y'all. The black dog banished by the motivation of looming events, I have been working fitfully on it even throughout this hell week and also an essay wrapped around this T.R. Fehrenbach quote:
To make a war, sometimes it is necessary that everyone guess wrong. . . A war is made when a government believes that only through war, AND AT NO SERIOUS RISK TO ITSELF, it may gain its ends. (Emphasis supplied, MBV) -- This Kind of War, pp. 32-33.
I'll try to have more later. Now, just exactly where do I put the stuff from Hannah's old room and how do I find the the time and energy to crop back the jungle in the back yard? It is times like these that I realize that even the Founders likely had to remember to feed the dog, carry out the garbage and make sure the family horse was fed, watered and curry combed. Of course Sam Adams didn't worry about the bills -- he just didn't pay them. Not an option for me, I'm afraid.
Okay, there are a few lessons here, but first and foremost is: when the savage serial killer is willing to put down his pistol in order to wrestle the rake from your hands because he wants to kill you slow, take advantage of that opportunity.
It’s difficult to say what’s more striking about President Obama’s Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) regulation: its breathtaking radicalism, the refusal of the press to cover it, or its potential political ramifications. The danger AFFH poses to Democrats explains why the press barely mentions it. This lack of curiosity, in turn, explains why the revolutionary nature of the rule has not been properly understood. Ultimately, the regulation amounts to back-door annexation, a way of turning America’s suburbs into tributaries of nearby cities. This has been Obama’s purpose from the start.
“There’s a natural inclination to want to defend yourself, but if you can get through a situation like this and not do anything, and simply give these people what they want, and get the police out there as quickly as possible, that the way to handle it,” the Mesquite Police spokesman advises. "Let us handle it.” Says the guy with the gun who is nowhere around when the action goes down...
New York state has some of the toughest gun laws in the country. Compliance with those laws is another matter. New York passed a broad package of gun regulations after the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., despite the objections of hunters and gun rights advocates. Now it appears that many gun owners are refusing to comply with a key provision that requires the registration of so-called assault weapons.
A recent report out of Oklahoma makes clear the startling consequences of a lack of transparency and oversight within law enforcement. Over a seven-year period, Oklahoma law enforcement authorities misused seized property, misspent seized funds and misplaced or lost evidence—including confiscated firearms.
Saturday, July 25, 2015
The only question I have is why does the NYT -- after decades of anti-Christian propaganda -- care now?
Is This the End of Christianity in the Middle East? -- ISIS and other extremist movements across the region are enslaving, killing and uprooting Christians, with no aid in sight.
Friday, July 24, 2015
Thank goodness for small favors, because the bad news is, this plays right into the hands of gleeful anti-gunners, who would demonstrably rather see recruiters dead than either armed or guarded. And the thing is, it’s the second time this guy – who says he was trying to clear ammunition to let “someone” look at his rifle — has had an ND, having been convicted and fined in 2013.
Well, that was easy. Governor Caspar Milquetoast decides he doesn't want to fight on that hill. "Bentley abolishes ‘gun free zones’ at rest areas, orders signs removed."
After multiple requests for comment were ignored, Yellowhammer was contacted Wednesday by ALDOT spokesperson Tony Harris, who said readdressing the policy is not currently a priority for the agency, although he acknowledged they had received some public opposition to the gun free zones. “We don’t want this to be a distraction for us,” said Harris. “You can probably imagine we have a lot of issues we deal with day in and day out.”
7. Cleaning radio contacts: pencil eraser: This one is so effective, it’s become official Army doctrine. The contact points where microphones or antennas meet with a radio can become tarnished and dirty. Erasers can get these spotless quickly, something which has been incorporated into Army manuals such as Field Manual 44-48, “Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures for the Sensor Platoon.”
The U.S. Army is working on a new weapon sight that will arm soldiers with a breakthrough technology for engaging enemy targets at night, Army engineers said. In three years, the Army hopes to start fielding the Family of Weapon Sights-Individual, a new lightweight thermal weapon sight that is designed to communicate wirelessly with the service's latest Enhanced Night Vision Goggle (ENVG).
Taliban in blackface help recruit for the Klan. Filthy collectivist grave robbing ghouls attack Nathan Bedford Forrest's resting place.
My thoughts on this type of racist collectivist cultural cleansing have already been expressed here.
LATER: But really, what is the functional difference between the Memphis hysteria and this?
Thursday, July 23, 2015
The Stars and Stripes report noted that civilians affiliated with the Oath Keepers and "3 percenters" have been spotted with guns at recruiting centers. Both of these organizations are associated with the radical far-right fringe. The "3 percenter" movement was founded by militia leader Mike Vanderboegh as a force to violently overthrow a supposedly tyrannical federal government.
Just got the call that as of twenty minutes ago the arsonist was arrested in Mississippi. This comes after a long chat I had downtown at Sheriff's headquarters this morning after my first doctor's appointment.
Another report on US firearm manufacturing, this one from Business Insider. I liked the accompanying picture.
"In this photo taken Tuesday, July 21, 2015, Allen Bowles, left, and Clint Janney stand guard outside a military recruiting center in Columbus, Ohio. The men are members of the 3 Percent Irregulars Militia, and say they plan to protect the center until the government provides its own security."
In 2013, the most current statistics available, 10,884,792 guns were manufactured in the United States, a spike of more than 2 million over the previous year. (The count excludes guns manufactured for the US military.)
And here's a take on it from The Hill: Gun production has doubled under Obama
My 63rd birthday. Another day full of doctor's visits interspersed by looking out for wife-beating arsonists.
You know, they say that gettin' old ain't for the fainthearted. Given my experiences in the three and a half years since they took the stomach tumor and eighty percent or so of my guts, I reckon they're right. Still, they wrote me off as a poor actuarial risk at the time of the surgery and then again when the hospital gave me a MRSA infection but I'm still here so I figure God's still got something in mind for me. Now, if I can just figure out what it is . . . In any case, I'm trying to make what time I have left count. Whether I succeed or not is for God to judge later. Drink water and drive on, as my son says.
I'll try to have more this afternoon. No rest for the weary, as they also say.
From Texas to Virginia to Arizona to Wisconsin, it keeps happening. Armed civilians are stepping in to stand watch outside military recruiting centers in an effort to protect the service members inside.
As I have observed many times before, you may get away with spitting in God's eye for a while, but sooner or later God spits back. And when he does, cities dissolve in fire, civilizations are destroyed, and entire peoples are enslaved. Someone in this country is going to have have to pay for the holocaust of 50 million (and counting) dead innocents, not to mention all the other godless abominations that have become commonplace. I rather suspect that it will be the entire country that pays the price.
So, Bloomberg, you and yer crowd are going to disarm us? Check the numbers, you nanny-state fascist buffoon.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms released the 2015 Firearms Commerce update. It showed firearm sales nearly doubled between 2010 and 2013. . . The ATF said 5.5 million firearms were manufactured in 2010. By 2013, that number was almost twice as much, with close to 11 million guns produced nationwide. Dury's Gun Shop owner John Dury said politics explains the boost.
Well, well. The truth begins to emerge. Marines and sailors risked their lives for one another in Chattanooga last week, trying to distract the gunman who assaulted a naval center, helping people scale a fence for safety and returning fire at the attacker, law enforcement officials said Wednesday. Some of the five servicemen who were fatally wounded effectively sacrificed themselves during the assault on Thursday, diverting the gunman from a larger group of potential victims, according to a law enforcement official briefed on the investigation into the killings. “This could have been a lot worse,” said the official, who did not want to be identified because he was not authorized to discuss the investigation. “It could have been a horrible, horrible massacre — so much worse.”
And this: “A service member from inside the facility observed him and opened fire on him, firing several rounds at him,” said Edward W. Reinhold, the special agent in charge of the F.B.I.’s Knoxville office. Two guns belonging to service members were recovered from the scene, he said, and “at least one of those weapons had been discharged.”
So, what can we conclude? That some of these heroes armed themselves IN DIRECT DISOBEDIENCE OF THE RULES AND REGULATIONS OF THE GOVERNMENT-APPROVED DEATH ZONE AND SAVED LIVES AS A RESULT.
A former sheriff’s deputy has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of providing false information to a magistrate judge in order to obtain no-knock warrants that led to a near fatal SWAT raid. The Habersham County, Georgia Sheriff’s Office conducted the raid on a house in Cornelia where a 18-month-old boy was severely burned by a flashbang grenade thrown into his playpen, leaving him with severe burns on his face and chest that required months of painful surgeries.
Mike Dill, Matt Dillard and Josh Burns keep watch Tuesday outside the Armed Forces Career Center at Nez Perce Plaza in Lewiston. The members of the Three Percenters Club Idaho are part of a statewide effort to protect the military men and women recruiters in response to a shooting last week in Tennessee
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Bolstering the sentiment that establishment media commits sins of omission as well as of commission, a curious void exists in the media narrative of the oft-deported illegal alien felon who allegedly shot a woman to death with a gun stolen from a BLM agent: The identity of the agent.
These revelations bolster a claim made by an anonymous poster on the Sipsey Street Irregulars blog last Friday. That site is run by Mike Vanderboegh, widely recognized as the founder of the Three Percent movement and the blogger who first reported evidence of Operation Fast and Furious “gunwalking” in the murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.
A bureaucrat contemplates his choices. . .
I just sent this email letter to the head of the Alabama Department of Transportation. I will send him a hard copy by mail today.
Sent: Wed, Jul 22, 2015 6:06 am
Subject: re: Your designated "Death Zones" at Alabama Welcome Centers. If you thought all you have to do is weather the switchboard meltdown, ya got another think comin'.
John Cooper, Director
Alabama Department of Transportation
1409 Coliseum Boulevard
Montgomery, AL 36130
re: Your designated "Death Zones" at Alabama Welcome Centers. If you thought all you have to do is weather the switchboard meltdown, ya got another think comin'.
Dear Director Cooper,
I'm sure you're familiar with the current furor over your department's designated "Gun Free Zones" at state welcome centers. In the wake of multiple mass shootings, including the latest in Chattanooga, these are more properly known as "criminal free fire zones," or "victim disarmament zones," or, my personal preference, "Death Zones."
I will not waste your time arguing points of logic or law, however, knowing bureaucracies such as yours are largely impervious to both. Let me explain what comes after you ignore the current switchboard meltdown you have created.
Introductions first, though. My name is Mike Vanderboegh. I am the citizen journalist who, with my friend David Codrea, first broke the story of the Fast and Furious scandal on my blog, Sipsey Street Irregulars, on the Internet in December 2010. We also got the ATF whistleblowers together with the senators and then with Sharyl Attkisson, then of CBS News, and the rest, as they say, is history. (See Sharyl's recent book Stonewalled --we're in Chapter 2.) I have been a Second Amendment activist for the past 20 years and I am founder of the national Three Percent movement. The Three Percenters have been denounced by none other than that paragon of moral virtue Bill Clinton and I have been a perennial favorite on the Southern Poverty Law Center's list of dangerous folks. But then as my friend Kurt Hofmann says, "It is better to be despised by the despicable than admired by the admirable."
More to the present point, however, I have been a national leader in the armed civil disobedience "I Will Not Comply" movement that has flouted the post-Sandy Hook anti-firearms laws in the states of CT, NY, MD, CO, WA and OR. I am proud to say that I have broken all those laws publicly over the past two and a half years and each time the state authorities have declined to arrest me and my friends, perhaps because we were armed and in considerable numbers each time we did it. Indeed, the authorities of those states don't seem to know whether to defecate or go blind when confronted with citizens that they have declared to be newly-minted felons. We don't back down, we don't cower when confronted with state threats, and we most assuredly don't act like any class of criminal they have ever seen before.
I tell you this to assure you that the choice of defecation or blindness is currently headed your way. For if you ignore the telephone blitz you are currently experiencing, I will be my honor and my pleasure to lead "I Will Not Comply" armed civil disobedience actions numbering (at least) in the hundreds of participants at every Alabama Welcome Center in the state, as well as in front of your headquarters.
So, I hope you save us the trouble and reverse this dangerous and deadly policy. But if not, you will look back on the switchboard meltdown with fondness for the good old days when bureaucrats thought they could ignore the law and the will of the people.
PO Box 926
Pinson AL 35126
In Pinson, Alabama, there is an extended family who lives in fear. On Sunday their home was firebombed by an out-of-control male (I will not not use the word "man" to describe him, for such a cowardly bully is in no sense a real man) who is their son-in-law, their brother-in-law, their uncle, their father. Yes, you got that right, this piece of work firebombed the home where his own children were staying. It was only an act of God (or the perpetrator's own incompetence) that no one was killed or the house burned to the ground. The perp had been on a downward spiral for some time, having been charged with violent threats and assaults of family members and acquaintances. After the firebombing, he swore to a deputy in a cell phone call that he wouldn't be taken alive. The cops took that as a threat to them, which perhaps it was. However, he is, at this moment, still at large and the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department seems to be largely unconcerned, or perhaps incompetent, to do anything about it.
No one in the home sleeps more than a few hours at a time, and that but lightly, startling at every night noise, every dog bark, every revved engine in the darkness. The family is so frightened that they refuse to talk to the media, lest it provoke more violence on the part of this maniac or his friends. He threw the firebomb, eluded the Sheriff's Deputy who was right on his car's bumper when he committed the deed, and hasn't been seen since Sunday evening, yet his brooding, violent presence looms over the home every instant.
I was there yesterday morning and afternoon, standing guard over the house and the kids inside while the adults worked or went out to pay bills. One of the young nieces of this POS, upon hearing my voice, screamed out in terror, "I hear Uncle David!" She had to be reassured, for the umpteenth time, that "Uncle David" wasn't there and wasn't coming back, although all of us knew that could well be a lie.
No one knows where David Galbreath, wife-beater and arsonist who targeted the dwelling where his own children were staying, is at the moment -- least of all, it seems, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department. The only thing that might motivate them is the prospect of more publicity that shines a light on their failures to use all their resources on the case. Because of the family's terror-induced silence, that is something that is least likely to happen at the moment. To those of us desperate to help, it the most frustrating thing imaginable.
So, in Pinson, Alabama, there is a family who lives in fear. Keep them in your prayers. It is all they have at the moment between them and "Uncle David."
Outside each of the Army Recruitment Centers in Clarksville volunteers stand guard, armed with handguns and rifles. "It’s an AR 15, pretty much the same weapon that is used by military, law enforcement," volunteer Doc Smith said. Smith is a part of a group called the "Three Percenters". "Patriots that are willing to do whatever it takes for us to get our country back," Smith said.
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Courtesy of David Codrea we have this link:
"When we label a gun-free zone, we actually create a killing field for those people who obviously aren’t going to follow a law like that.”
My statement to the Birmingham City Council on collectivist cultural cleansing is now up on YouTube.
Courtesy of Bill St. Clair and David Codrea
Now you can send this link without having to search out the speech in a larger video. Please do so. (It is significant that the Birmingham News, which had reporters in the room and had covered the initial demands of the cultural cleansers with front page stories, refused to cover my speech.)
This article comes the closest of the local media to being accurate, but the comments are unbelievable. You will see that this POS doesn't lack for local fanboys.
Too bad Galbreath hasn't yet had the guts to carry out his announced "suicide by cop" plan, for the rest of the family will be living in terror as long as he is out roaming around. In the meantime, I'll be spending time helping out. More posts later.
Ever impatient to force their will upon those they would rule, “progressives” aren’t content to wait for Constitution-minded gun owners to die out or to be replaced with “pathway to citizenship” naturalization of immigrants brought in to culturally terraform the Founders’ Republic. If they can hurry the process along, they’re going to, and the establishment media will be right there to cheer-lead for the betrayal.
“No single reform will eliminate violence,” Obama conceded in the OFA email, setting the stage for more demands after the first ones have been met. That’s not the goal anyway, and never has been, but it does provide fake cover for conning the ignorant into surrendering their rights and believing it’s for their own good.
Bad as life was under the communists, it can be worse under nuclear-armed fanatics, who have already demonstrated their willingness to die -- and their utter barbarism toward those who fall under their power.
Speculators smash gold as dollar squeeze tightens: News that China's gold reserves are far lower than assumed has rattled investors, but Beijing may not have told the full story
Powerful speculators have launched an unprecedented attack on the world gold market, driving prices to a five-year low as commodities wilt and the US Federal Reserve prepares to tighten monetary policy.
My investments are in lead and brass.
On July 17 The New York Times reported on the Obama administration’s failure to get any significant gun control passed in Congress by suggesting there is still one avenue open–using federal contracts as a means to backdoor controls on gun manufacturers.
The original NYT article is here: "Here's a Way to Control Guns"
Monday, July 20, 2015
As for my screaming at the top of my lungs to make anything happen, I could only wish I had that kind of political juice. The fact of the matter is, I can barely persuade a handful of readers to share links now and then, or to send an email. The minute I bring up donating a dollar or two to worthy causes, support drops exponentially. "Profiles in apathy" is another recurring theme I've addressed over the years without making much progress at inspiring change.
A gun-control group backed by Michael Bloomberg is stepping up its support for background check legislation in Congress with a six-figure ad buy this week. Everytown for Gun Safety, a nonprofit formed last year combining the groups Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, will begin running ads in D.C. publications including The Washington Post and POLITICO. It is also launching separate petitions to Congress and gun retailer Cabela’s.
Seeking tighter controls over firearm purchases, the Obama administration is pushing to ban Social Security beneficiaries from owning guns if they lack the mental capacity to manage their own affairs, a move that could affect millions whose monthly disability payments are handled by others.
Meet David Lee Galbreath. He is the son-in-law of some close friends of mine who has been on a downward spiral for the last few months. This story tells briefly how he spent his Sunday. It is full of omissions and inaccuracies, but it will do to start with:
Jefferson County deputies searching for armed suspect: Accused of threatening law enforcement officers.
First of all, he did not try to burn down his wife's house, he firebombed his in-laws' house (my friends) by throwing a Molotov cocktail into the carport in the late afternoon WHILE HIS OWN YOUNG SON and others were playing there. Fortunately it was an amateurish job, no one was burned and the fire was quickly extinguished. A Jefferson County deputy was right on his tail a moment after the deed as he fled (having been called earlier when David had been spotted at his wife's home further up the hill) but he eluded them by blowing through stop lights and stop signs, convincing the cop that further pursuit was going to get some innocent killed.
Later on, the cop answered a call from him to his wife's cell phone and he indicated that he was not going to surrender, that he would not be going to prison, and that the cops would have to kill him. Presumably this is the "threat to attack the police" mentioned in the stories on all the local morning news shows here.
What the Sheriff's Department did not tell the media: This has been an escalating case of domestic violence and deadly threats for some time, and there are outstanding cases and protective orders in place after he beat his wife (who is half his size). There have been chances when the Sheriff's Department could have held him but they let him out on recogs and a signature bond from his motorcycle gang chick girlfriend. Indeed, the JCSD seized some of his many weapons when they busted him on the domestic abuse charge, but they did not get them all because they could not get in his gun safe and failed to secure it until they could. Those that aren't in Galbreath's car right now are probably in the hands of his gangbanger buddies that he was messing around with. With the Sheriff's Department's usual efficiency, we'll probably be seeing those weapons surface in various crimes over the next year or so.
Anyway, I'll be helping my friends out this morning, seeing to the security of their property while they deal with the legal issues. I'll try to have more later.
Sunday, July 19, 2015
How will he punish Israel for defying him? By signing a nuclear deal with Iran that destroys 70 years of US nonproliferation strategy, allows the Iranian regime to grow rich on sanctions relief, become a regional hegemon while expanding its support for terrorism and develop nuclear weapons? Years from now, perhaps historians will point out the irony that Obama, who loudly proclaims his goal of making the world free of nuclear weapons, has ushered in an era of mass nuclear proliferation and chaos.
Given that the Trump rise in poll numbers and attention seems to have sucked all the oxygen out of the room for Cruz, this seems both ironic and suicidal. "Cruz on Trump: Others 'Smack' Him; I Back Him." On the other hand, it may be extremely canny and based upon the expectation that Trump will implode and positions Cruz to pick up his supporters with the pitch: "I tell the truth like Trump, only I'm actually sane."
The Second Amendment? Sugarmann points out it doesn’t cover handguns because it refers to the militia, which never used handguns. Neither does the Army, which replaced the militia. So, if we ban handguns, we can take the NRA to the Supreme Court. That would be great sport.
My reply to the editor:
From: email@example.comTo: firstname.lastname@example.orgSent: Sun, Jul 19, 2015 6:49 amSubject: Provoking a bloody civil war seems an odd way to reduce "gun violence.'
Dear Editor,If enacted, John Morgan's benighted proposal to prohibit handguns to law-abiding folks (for criminals will never be bound by such a pie-in-the-sky proposal, criminals being, well, criminals) will presumably be backed by all the force of state violence. Of course, turning millions of his heretofore peaceable fellow citizens into felons seems to miss his notice entirely. And what will he do when we refuse to be disarmed without a fight? Provoking a bloody civil war seems an odd way to reduce "gun violence.' But for sheer collectivist hallucination and complete ignorance of the Law of Unintended Consequences, he must be congratulated. If not drug induced, it is an Olympian feat of blindfolded tap dancing in a minefield.Mike VanderboeghPO Box 926Pinson AL 35126
Saturday, July 18, 2015
A key part of President Obama’s legacy will be the fed’s unprecedented collection of sensitive data on Americans by race. The government is prying into our most personal information at the most local levels, all for the purpose of “racial and economic justice.” Unbeknown to most Americans, Obama’s racial bean counters are furiously mining data on their health, home loans, credit cards, places of work, neighborhoods, even how their kids are disciplined in school — all to document “inequalities” between minorities and whites. This Orwellian-style stockpile of statistics includes a vast and permanent network of discrimination databases, which Obama already is using to make “disparate impact” cases against: banks that don’t make enough prime loans to minorities; schools that suspend too many blacks; cities that don’t offer enough Section 8 and other low-income housing for minorities; and employers who turn down African-Americans for jobs due to criminal backgrounds.
Friday, Governor Jindal issued an Executive Order authorizing the Adjutant General of the Louisiana National Guard to identify and arm national guard personnel at military facilities in order to protect those facilities.
Telecommunications carriers and service providers now play an essential role in facilitating modern surveillance by law enforcement agencies. The police merely select the individuals to be monitored, while the actual surveillance is performed by third parties: often the same email providers, search engines and telephone companies to whom consumers have entrusted their private data. Assisting Big Brother has become a routine part of business
U.S. Army Soldiers; marshals; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF); and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents gathered at Tripler Army Medical Center’s Physical Fitness Center, July 8-12, for training in the Modern Army Combatives Program. The noncommissioned officers of TAMC’s Troop Command led the training for this elite group of island warriors.
President Obama bemoaned the "heartbreaking circumstance" in which the murdered Marines found themselves. "Unfathomable"? Not if you've been paying attention. Islam-inspired hate crimes against our troops have continued unabated since the Obama White House first dismissed the 2009 Fort Hood massacre as "workplace violence."
Lack of originality breaking out all over. It seems there is no idea that I can have that Kerodin cannot steal (or pollute) if it is for money or a desperate yearning for relevance.
Ask and ye shall receive.Courtesy of a reader. Feel free to copy this and have it printed out as a sticker form in color or black and white (whichever is cheapest to you) and let the fun begin.
And you may file this under: "Desperately seeking relevance (and money)." I am informed by readers who frequent his site (as I do not) that unrepentant federal extortionist Kerodin has stolen the Death Zone sticker idea, with the date stamps conclusively demonstrating that mine was up first. I suppose now that I will receive a demand letter asking for money to print my own idea, like he did with the poor gun manufacturers after he attempted to trademark the Roman numeral III. It seems there is no idea that I can have that Kerodin cannot steal (or pollute) if it is for money. Of course there is that matter of the missing tens of thousands that his board quit him over so I guess he needs to replenish the coffers. And I will admit he's had some other really spectacular ORIGINAL ideas on his own, like the III Arms business (his business partner on that one has now, I am told, cut off all contact with him and surrendered his FFL) and the Citadel (anybody living there yet?) and my personal favorite, the Magic Bus, for which he was soliciting money to visit the site of any future Bundy Ranch-style situation (even though he refused to go to the original stand-off and warned others to stay away). But other than that, he's firing on all cylinders. (Cue responding violence-tinged raving hissy fit in one, two, three . . .)
Friday, July 17, 2015
“Disobey posted death zones and understand that jihadi fourth generation warfare means we are all at war — everywhere, all the time,” Mike Vanderboegh cautions readers at Sipsey Street Irregulars. “The Jihadis have determined that they are in a global war with us, all of us — our families, our friends, the innocent, wherever we live and whatever we do. We cannot opt out of it because they will not let us.”
If Obama is NOT the Manchurian Candidate, he's sure doing a great job of imitating one. "Worse than we could have imagined."
Because Iran, joined by Russia — our “reset” partner — sprung the demand at the last minute, calculating that Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry were so desperate for a deal that they would cave. They did.
The net effect of this capitulation will be not only to endanger our Middle East allies now under threat from Iran and its proxies, but also to endanger our own naval forces in the Persian Gulf. Imagine how Iran’s acquisition of the most advanced anti-ship missiles would threaten our control over the gulf and the Strait of Hormuz, waterways we have kept open for international commerce for a half-century. . .
The action now shifts to Congress. The debate is being hailed as momentous. It is not. It’s irrelevant. Congress won’t get to vote on the deal until September. But Obama is taking the agreement to the U.N. Security Council for approval within days . Approval there will cancel all previous U.N. resolutions outlawing and sanctioning Iran’s nuclear activities. Meaning: Whatever Congress ultimately does, it won’t matter because the legal underpinning for the entire international sanctions regime against Iran will have been dismantled at the Security Council. Ten years of painstakingly constructed international sanctions will vanish overnight, irretrievably. . .
Iran will be flush with cash, legitimized as a normal international actor in good standing, recognized (as Obama once said) as “a very successful regional power.” Stopping Iran from going nuclear at that point will be infinitely more difficult and risky. Which is Obama’s triumph. He has locked in his folly. He has laid down his legacy, and we will have to live with the consequences for decades.
"So, another Jihadi has murdered four Marines in Chattanooga. So what?" The Lessons of Chattanooga: Disobey Posted Death Zones and Understand That Jihadi Fourth Generation Warfare Means We Are ALL At War -- Everywhere, All the Time.
“At the operational level (of 4th Generation Warfare), all an opponent has to move is ideas. He can do so through a wide variety of methods, from email to snail mail to personal courier to messages embedded in classified advertisements. He will try to submerge his communications in the noise of the everyday activity that is an essential part of modern society. It will be extraordinarily difficult to detect the operational level activities of a 4GW opponent.” -- LTC Thomas X. Hammes The Sling and the Stone, Page 218.
So, another Jihadi has murdered four Marines in Chattanooga. So what? What about this WASN'T absolutely predictable and predicted? Arguments over whether he represented "international" or "home-grown, domestic" terror or even the characterization of him as a "lone wolf" (as if that represents some sort of solace), are utterly beside the point and irrelevant. I have written and spoken about 4GW many times before. The Jihadi version of it is a weaponized idea, indiscriminate and evil beyond measure. Comments on this blog and elsewhere that the US federal government is a greater threat to our lives and liberty than any Jihadi are also true, but irrelevant to the families of the dead Marines and everyone else for that matter. The Jihadis have determined that they are in a global war with us, all of us -- our families, our friends, the innocent, wherever we live and whatever we do. We cannot opt out of it because they will not let us.
"You think you've been getting away with it all this time, standing by. Well, son... your bystanding days are over! You're in it now, up to your neck!" -- Gregory Peck as Mallory in The Guns of Navarone.
A man may make many enemies in his life, some intentionally, some unintentionally. That he must confront all of them, regardless of their point of attack is obvious. Again, nothing happened in Chattanooga yesterday that wasn't perfectly predictable. And having been predicted, most of us yawned and went back to sleep. Which leads me to the central lesson of Chattanooga. Take a good look at the photo above. "Gun-free zones" are nothing but death zones for the innocent. As an American at war, whether you chose to enlist in that war, you're in it, up to your neck. You MUST disobey such posted death zone signs just as you wouldn't enter camp gates unarmed with that other big collectivist lie of history posted on them -- "Arbeit Macht Frei."
As I watched yesterday, the overwhelming emotion I felt was sadness. Not for the dead but for the fact that Tennesseans -- not just Americans but SOUTHERNERS, by God -- have become so gelded, so self-neutered as to react to the attack like a flock of frightened sheep. Where was the guy who ignored the victim disarmament zone signs, who could have produced a handgun and shot the Jihadi in the back as he attacked? Where was the armed citizen who takes responsibility for the protection of himself/herself and others? Nowhere in evidence. It is that silent passing of the America I grew up in that I mourn above all.