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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

This is long ...

... but it really must be read:

The Jose Guerena shooting, which took place on May 5, is similar in many ways. My co-blogger, Bob’s May 25 story on the Pajamas Media site (here) has stimulated considerable interest in the story on the Net. What I’ve yet to see is concise information that would allow people who don’t have police and/or tactical team backgrounds to better understand what appears to have happened in this case. To that end, I’ll explain why SWAT teams exist, what purpose(s) they should serve, how they should work, and proper police procedure in any case where the police have shot a citizen.

As usual, Mike does a great job ... it's no wonder Bob has him on board!


Monday, May 30, 2011

Almost forgot ...

Remember all of those who have given their lives defending the country. We are in their debt.


Saturday, May 28, 2011

Luckygunner - Aftermath

I'm back from the Luckygunner shoot, and I had a great time (even though I didn't shoot). The sound of Ma Deuce stirs my soul, and the smell of gunpowder ... well, it reminds me of my days in the Corps.

At breakfast I met Kevin Baker and Sebastian, Mike Mullenhour and Bob Owen (whose co-blogger Mike wrote the most excellent pieces on Erik Scott). Then when I got to the private range for the shoot, Kenn rode with me ... Kenn who? Kenn Blanchard!

So many others that I can't remember right now ... maybe I'll get them listed later tonight after dinner.


Friday, May 27, 2011

Luckygunner - evening 1

I'm here in the metropolis of Lenoir City. So far I've met:

Sean Sorrentino
Wizard PC
John Richardson
Robert McDonald

and several whose names I can't remember right now.

Pizza and good conversation ... can't get much better than this!


Heading out ...

... to the Luckygunner shoot in Knoxville. I'll blog if I can, and give a report on Tuesday in any event. In the mean time ...

Have a safe and happy Memorial Day!


Watch ...

... and weep:


Could Sunday be the day ...

... that Fred Phelps gets what's coming?

The Westboro Baptist Church — known for its protests at the funerals of soldiers and people with HIV/AIDS — plans to picket in Joplin on Sunday, where at least 125 people have died in a tornado.

Might not be such a good idea, Fred ... I'm just sayin'. h/t Ace headlines

JPFO alert

"Armed and Jewish" - Interview with Arizona's Charles Heller

DOJ refuses to pay ...

... for the rare Ferrari an FBI agent wrecked:

FBI agent Fred Kingston was to move the Ferrari from a garage in May 2009. Assistant U.S. Attorney J. Hamilton Thompson said Kingston invited him on a "short ride."

"Just a few seconds after we left the parking lot, we went around a curve and the rear of the car began sliding," Thompson said in an email released to Motors Insurance Co., the dealer's insurer.

Of course they refused; you can't expect the government to be accountable for damage for something in their control, can you?!

The agent invited an assistant US Attorney for a sedate Sunday drive in a rare Ferrari F50 and that pesky foreign hardware's rear end broke loose unexpectedly and we barely bumped a bush and a curb and the safety standards are so lax in Italy that the rare Ferrari F50 was totaled and one of the occupants required massive amounts of stitches ... so we're not gonna pay for the damage.

Sounds like our government.


Yoo hoo - ATF ...

... this is how you deal with barricaded suspects:

Henderson County Sheriff Ray Nutt, who is the fourth lawman in the post since 2000, says, like his predecessors, that he's not willing to risk a gunbattle just to arrest Gray.

"John Joe Gray is not worth it. Ten of him is not worth going up there and getting one of my young deputies killed," he said.

That's right ... ignore him.

There's no good reason that the FBI and ATF had to burn the Branch Davidian compound down; they were contained and the authorities had control of the situation. They could have just waited.

But that wouldn't get them any glory. Instead, they had to murder 85 innocents - just to prove a point.


Thursday, May 26, 2011

Heh ...

Gun control ... not popular!

h/t some other blogger ... sorry

Non-event planned ...

... for June 5th:

Want to join us?* (Of course, if you're in my area, hit me up - maybe we can be unremarkable together!)

*Open carry only if you can, legally. Also, bonus points** if you email me photo evidence!

June 5th is a Sunday, and since I normally do as close to nothing as I can, I'll most likely not be participating (I can't carry to church, and we shoot all the time at Grannie's). But if you're a heathern, have at it!


Talkin out his ass?

Or is he serious?

Peter Fonda, the star of Easy Rider, suggested to Mandrake that he was encouraging his grandchildren to shoot President Barack Obama.

“I’m training my grandchildren to use long-range rifles,” said the actor, 71. “For what purpose? Well, I’m not going to say the words 'Barack Obama’, but …”

Wow ... so much violence coming from the left. I thought it was all of us rightwingnuts you had to worry about.


Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Leave it to a crooked lawyer ...

... to spill the beans:

Storie insisted that if the Guerena family had permitted the armed intruders into their home, those inside “probably … wouldn’t have been arrested." This is because the "warrant was not directed at any particular person, and Guerena’s home was not mentioned, but it was targeting whoever might be inside the residence...."

That is to say that this was not a legitimate search warrant, under the requirements imposed by the Fourth Amendment

That shit about
particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.' was really just a guideline, like, the Ten Suggestions.

I really hate to advocate violence, but given the completely moronic shit coming out of SCOTUS, this will not end until rubber-stamp judges and SWAT officers start showing up dead.

The Law of Unintended Consequences.


Update: Mike V agrees.

JPFO alert

What makes Rabbi Bendory "very very nervous"?

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Oh ... Snap!

From the Chair of the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee in New Hampshire, responding to this:

As the Chair of the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee in the State of New Hampshire, I am writing to you to set the record straight regarding the statement posted on your website about HB330. You have been given misinformation (I prefer not to call anyone a liar) by your state NRA-ILA representative, John Hohenwarter. I do not appreciate his unprofessional behavior, which has been contrary and harmful to NRA’s reputation.

That's gonna leave a mark for sure.

Imagine ... the NRA working cross-wise against firearm owners' rights.

Who'd have thunk it? I wonder what rating Rep Swinford gets next year ...


Another Truth-teller ...

... this time it's Tim Pawlenty:

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty made a savvy move today when he rightfully called for an end to ethanol subsidies in announcing his presidential run in Des Moines.

The fact that Iowa is the first state in the presidential race is one reason why it's always been so hard to get rid of ethanol subsidies, which conservatives and a growing number of liberals agree is awful policy.

Government meddling in markets is a bad idea, period. If it weren't for the government, there wouldn't be ethanol in our fuels, because it costs too much, and using corn it will never get cheap enough to be viable in the market.

Saw grass is another story; but there's no great saw grass lobby, so you can forget it.

h/t Ace


A good read ...

Zendo Deb looks to be focusing on the myth that you should cooperate with criminals. Give her a look.

She's a truth-teller:

Of course cooperation is a strategy, not a guarantee. Defending yourself with a firearm is another strategy. It is also not a guarantee. There are no guarantees in this life


Monday, May 23, 2011

Light reading ...

... I was going to some of my less-read blogs and came across this gem from Stingray:

And if any petty little pisspot bureaucratic dictator who thinks just because he’s got a clipboard and the official “I’m Your New Mommy” badge means he’s got the biggest dick in town wants to swagger up to the place, whichever patron successfully figures out why there’s a woodchipper and a garden hose out back gets free drinks for the night.

Damn, he's good.


I got nothin ....

,,, but this is cool:

Breda ...

... does the deed:

I really did it...and nothing happened. Mike says he thinks he saw a few people take a second glance, but that was it. No comments, no hysteria, no police. I did not go berserk and mow down other shoppers in a crazed hailstorm of bullets when I got in the vicinity of the beer cooler. Just a normal trip to the store

Open carry - it's what all the cool kids are doing.


Friday, May 20, 2011

JPFO alert

Finding other JPFO folks.

I have not seen this ...

... anywhere else:

h/t to Bob at 3 Boxes of BS

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Here's a shocker

I'll bet you never thought you'd hear something like this:

Kagan And White House Lied About Kagan's Role In ObamaCare Litigation Defense

No screamin' eagle shit?!

I think if I lied about something, and that got me a job, and then my employer found out ... I'd be fired.

And rightly so.


I'd heard about this ...

... a few days ago:


The link above takes you to both items I'll be referring to here.

The Hew Hampshire house has already passed HB 330, which would allow anyone not prohibited by federal law to carry a handgun either concealed or openly.

Let me say that again - the house has already passed this bill!

The senate was to have voted on the bill last Wednesday.

But the NRA doesn't think this bill does enough, so they're pushing their members to call their senators to re-refer the bill back to the senate committee so that the NRA can float an amendment to 'fix' HB 330.

Now, the things that the NRA-backed amendment would do are actually (for a change) good things to have happen. But this bill has already passed the house, has been passed out of the senate committee and the senate scheduled for a vote, and the NRA want's to fix it now?!

Let me tell you something, you arrogant NRA sycophants. When the representatives of a state body are as close as they were to passing major pro-gun legislation, why don't you just sit down and shut the fuck up?!



Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Gunnie Awards

Luckygunner is sponsoring a contest called the Gunnie Awards. This contest is to reward gunbloggers for their work, in a variety of categories. The link above will take you to the voting area of Luckygunner's site.

And it's ok ... I'm not up for anything!


A word of advice

... think long and hard before you buy a pistol that advises the use of a hammer for dis/assembly (I'm looking at you, Ruger).


JPFO alert

Rabbi Bendory has more for anti-2A Sen Silverstein

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

I may have posted this before

... but what the hell. Bullet impacts @ 1 million fps:

h/t Ace

SCOTUS doubles down ...

... and the 4th amendment loses:

The justices in an 8-1 decision said officers who loudly knock on a door and then hear sounds suggesting evidence is being destroyed may break down the door and enter without a search warrant.

Along with the idiocy in Indiana, there's only one thing left to do.

Shoot first.


Here's one ...

... to keep in mind, next time someone asks:

Well here is one reason and another and another and another and another and another and another and another and another so how many reasons do you need?

Indeed ...


Monday, May 16, 2011

Mythbusters and suppressors

Saw it last Thursday and it was pretty good (although altogether too short!). I was a bit disappointed that Adam came to the conclusion that yes, it is plausible that the movie sound effect is close to a real suppressor, because that just reinforces the notion that you can take any gun, slap on a suppressor and be an assassin. Nothing could be further from the truth.

I'll have to give kudos to SilencerCo for being above-board about the whole thing, but it's my opinion that they could have done a bit of education while they were at it.

For instance, the unsuppressed shots they recorded, to me, sounded like subsonic rounds - and that makes sense from a safety standpoint. It's just my opinion that they could have used full power loads for the unsuppressed parts, and made note of the requirement to use subsonic rounds with the suppressors, to really show the difference. They could have also shot a couple of full power loads through the suppressor to show that there's a bit more to it than just having a suppressor.

All in all, I guess, it was a worthwhile show. Adam made a point to inform the audience that suppressors aren't assassins' tools, and that law enforcement and the military love suppressors (yeah, he could have noted that citizens also like them, because they're the neighborly thing to do). I liked the slow-motion shots on the range ... that's always cool. I basically had a good time watching.


I'm easy ...

... this one made my day!

h/t GMA


Vox agrees ...

... regarding this incident, but as usual he puts it much better than I:

The lesson of history is that violence usually provokes reactive violence. The police should be as concerned as anyone about the direction that their relations with the citizenry have been headed for the last 25 years.

Yes they should, because it's only a matter of time before the police pick on a Phil Gordon.

And no one will blame him.


Also: Blackfive has more on the story.

Good 'ole Marine Corps humor

h/t Mike V


Thursday, May 12, 2011

Good news ...

... for Breda, that is:

Both sides conceded that "alcohol and guns don't mix," but the Ohio House Wednesday voted to allow carrying hidden handguns into bars and alcohol-serving restaurants, nightclubs, and outdoor arenas.

It's nice to have the option to decide what's more important; your safety, or a beer.


Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Only Ones® strike again!

This time killing a former Marine:

The Pima County Regional SWAT team fired 71 shots in seven seconds at a Tucson man they say pointed a gun at officers serving a search warrant at his home.

Jose Guerena, 26 was killed trying to defend his home, wife and son. He was opposed by state-sponsored weapons with high-capacity magazines (the better to kill you with, my dear).

He lost.

His wife says the police came quietly; the police say they came with sirens blaring. Wonder which narrative will get believed.

Every single use of a SWAT team, for whatever reason, needs to be recorded and streamed to a location with 'civilian' control, and broadcast the next day on public television. when the citizenry sees what goes on, they'll put a stop to this shit.


Dear God!

Exactly how much fail can you cram into comments?

Thats not a shotgun, that is a G3, 20 rounds 7.56 nato. basically a bastard child of the mp5 from hk.

Sheesh .... h/t Uncle

And they said it can't happen here ...

Irish looking to make private pensions "help":

The Irish government plans to institute a tax on private pensions to drive jobs growth, according to its jobs program strategy
Private pensions = IRA's to you and me.



We are doomed!

That any government official could argue this shows:

The acting solicitor general for the United States today claimed in a federal appeals court hearing that Congress has the absolute power to order citizens to purchase consumer goods if lawmakers believe there is a national problem the purchases would address.
What can you say to collectivism like this?


Tuesday, May 10, 2011

I just had a thought

What if one of the Gunwalker guns were to be used to assassinate a state official in Mexico?

Wonder if that would change the dynamic a bit ...


How to handle a pervert

Radley Balko's Agitator had a post about government nannies trying to do something about perverts:

Rep. Dawn Hill is championing a bill that would make “visual sexual aggression” (whatever the hell that means) an offense for viewing children in a public place.

The bill was prompted by the admittedly-creepy story of a guy watching children enter and exit a public restroom.

Of course, when the cops got there, the gent hadn't done anything so police couldn't arrest him. So here's how you take care of it.

Me: (walking amiably up to perv-in-question) Hey buddy, whatcha doin'?

Perv: Nothing ... just minding my own business.

Me: Yeah, I saw the cops talking to you ... seems someone was concerned about you just sitting here watching kids go in and out of the restroom.

Perv: Yeah, but I ain't doing nuthin'.

Me: Yeah ... that's what I wanted to talk to you about. See, I'm concerned over you being here as well, and it seems to me that this can go one of two ways. 1. You pack up and get out of here. 2. I beat the ever-livin' fuck outta you. And in the off-chance I get arrested, I feel that I'll beat the rap when I get in front of my fellow citizens.

Seems to me that might do the trick.


Monday, May 9, 2011

JPFO alert

Rabbi Bendory speaking at Picatinny Arsenal

Linux ...

... is there anything it can't do?

The mini PC, called the Raspberry Pi, is no bigger than a standard USB memory stick, and runs a version of Linux, an open-source operating system.

I'm a big fan of Linux, if only because it's not Windows (apologies to Joe!).


The katana does well ...

... against Ma Deuce:

Looks to have taken a few hits before catastrophic failure. h/t Ace.


Sunday, May 8, 2011

Luckygunner gun blogger shoot

And no, they're not going to shoot gun bloggers!

Just a note: TN recognizes carry permits from all states that issue one (according to the NRA-ILA). Can't say what the environment will be for open-carriers (it is legal in TN), but I'm considering it.

Just a thought, Mr Fox.


Just like a liberal ...

... it's failing, so keep doing it:

Righthaven LLC sued six more website operators Thursday in Las Vegas, showing again its copyright enforcement campaign is active despite recent setbacks.

But it has to work! We've based our whole business model on it working!

They've pissed off a judge in CO, and he's handling all of their cases there. Pack it up, Righthaven.


Friday, May 6, 2011

An excellent idea

Robert Zubrin has a modest proposal:

I suggest it be done as follows. Let’s let the majority party in the state legislature take the first shot at proposing a redistricting plan. The sum of the irregularities of all the proposed districts can then be added up to create a score for the majority plan. The minority party can then be given 30 days to come up with an alternative plan. If they can come up with a design whose irregularity score is 1 percent lower than the majority plan, then the minority plan is adopted. If not, then the majority plan remains in place.
It probably won't work, since there's math involved ... and we all know how hard math is for politicians.


Sebastian shows us ...

... just how badly we're winning!

A Brady Campaign press conference with 2, count 'em, 2 attendees.


Only Ones® strike again!

Bullies ...

She was allegedly in a dispute with her mother in a car park and the two of them are seen on the floor for some time in the video, but the girl managed to get free.

That’s until a police officer responding to the scene near Ombudsman Charter School runs at her from behind and knocks her onto the ground.

Since there's little audio, we can't know if the officer even made any orders to stop.

But it looks to me like he's just a bully with a badge and a gun. Pathetic.


Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Well, that was interesting!

Recovering from a tornado is rough enough, but recovering form 3 tornadoes, well, that's an order of magnitude worse.

Yes, me and mine are alright. The twisters missed our particular area. The town down in the valley from us, however, got hit pretty hard. Power was out for us until Sunday afternoon, and it wasn't until today that we found out that a bum router was keeping us off the internet. A quick trip to Walmart, and I'm back!

2 dead in my immediate area, and lots of homeless ... could have been much worse. A whole lot better than Alabama (glad to hear that Mike V's ok). Hope to get back in the swing of things soon!