Tuesday, August 20, 2019

An open letter to Representative Crenshaw

Dear Representative Crenshaw,

I'd like to take a moment of your time to talk to you about your "Red Flag Law" proposition; specifically about two concerns that I, and every other gun owner in these United States has.

The first is that while I appreciate your assurances that there will be "robust due process protections", I'm going to respectfully opine that you are incorrect.  There will be no "robust protection" of due process for gun owners, no matter what you believe.

The reasons are the same reasons that there are no "robust protections" for those persons who are the subject of Emergency Protection Orders.

You see, Representative Crenshaw, "robust protections" means nothing more than a bucket of warm rodent expectorant if the police, the District Attorneys, and the judges decide it doesn't.

If you have sanctions against malicious filing of a Red Flag order, what good are they if the police refuse to investigate allegations of misuse?  And they will.  Oh, if they're called on the carpet about the lack of investigations, they'll look sorrowful and tell you that they just don't have the manpower for that sort of thing.

You can't look me in the face and tell me that the San Francisco Police Department is going to do a damned thing about those damned dirty gun-owners getting screwed over by false Red Flag orders.

Where is the "robust protection of due process" if the police aren't sanctioned for refusing to investigate?

If you have sanctions against misuse of Red Flag orders, what good are they if the District Attorneys refuse to accept a case of misuse of Red Flag "In The Interests Of Justice"?

And they will.  Their explanation will be that they're worried that prosecuting malicious Red Flag cases might deter someone from a legitimate filing, an explanation they'll give with a pious look upon their face.

You can't guarantee the gun owners of this nation that the Seattle District Attorney is going to think that bad Red Flag orders aren't just something those barbarous gun-owners just have to endure.

So where is the "robust protection" if the DAs aren't sanctioned for refusing to accept cases involving malicious use of the Red Flag law?

When the judges refuse to dismiss fraudulent Red Flag cases from the bench -- again, "In The Interests Of Justice" -- where is the "robust protection of due process"?

You can't tell me with a straight face that there's a judge in Boston, or Chicago, or New York City that gives a damn if gun-owners get screwed over by an unlawful Red Flag order.

And your answer cannot be:  "I don't know". This is your dead albatross, Representative. "I don't know" is an unacceptable answer. You'd better figure it out right the hell now.

Second is Mission Creep.

Let us postulate that you get a Red Flag Law passed that does everything you promise it will.

Doubtful, but let's imagine this.

So, what happens next Session when the gun-grabbers find a Law That Absolutely Must Be Passed, and stick an extra line in there about expanding your Red Flag Law?  

Now what?

You have a bill that no congressman in their right minds is going to vote against ... and it expands your Red Flag law to allow Internet acquaintances to petition for a Red Flag order.

For better or worse this is your dead albatross, Congressman -- what are you going to do when (not if) gun-grabbers start "fixing" your Red Flag Law by adding amendments and addendums into "Can't Not Pass" bills?

"I don't know" is not an acceptable answer, Representative Crenshaw.  Figure it out now.

I sincerely believe that you are trying your best in a sticky political situation, but I think your Red Flag Law is going to wind up biting a whole bunch of people in the arse. 

I don't really care if it torpedoes your career, but I do care that your misguided desire to "Do Something" is going to bite a lot of American gun owners in the butt.

I doubt if you'll ever see this, but if you do, I hope you at least think about the issues I have brought up in this letter.



Friday, August 16, 2019

Really? You're going with that?

Looks like someone decided to whip out the old bushwa about how we don't need our AR15s because the Fed.Gov will just genocide us all.

Yes, that's the core of that argument. No, I'm not linking to articles threatening to use the military to seize our guns, because I don't want to get intellectual wank-goo all over my blog.

However, let us delve into the depths of history! You know, that thing that if one doesn't learn from, one is doomed to repeat.

Here is Afghanistan. Let us ask every technologically-superior country to invade that pile of suck and fail since Alexander:

Great Britain 1839 to 1842?  Oops. There's a reason that little dust-up was called "The Disaster in Afghanistan."  Great Britain, arguably the most technologically-advanced country in the world at the time, wandered into that pile of rocks, and misery, and promptly got the whey kicked out of them by the locals.

The United Soviet Socialist Republic 1979 to 1989?  Arguably one of the two top dogs militarily at the time, with air assault capability, helicopter gunships, and the free use of chemical weapons. Result?  The Soviets crawled back across the border, licking their wounds.

The United States 2001 to well ... now? That would be the Aircraft Carriers and Predator drones mentioned in the argument mentioned above. For the results, just ask your local media pundit, or Democrat congress-critter. They'll tell you not only have we lost, we need to pull out before we get our teeth kicked in any worse.

Vietnam?  French occupation or ours? Doesn't matter, really, neither France nor us -- both far militarily-advanced than the Vietnamese rice farmers -- came out of that one winners.  Just ask the Main Stream Media.

How about Somalia in the 1990s. President Clinton sent the most technologically-advanced military -- and the best war-fighters of the best -- into that little hell-hole.  How'd that work out?

All of these have something in common:  They were local insurgencies against big, high-tech armies.

And if you think the Afghans, the Viet Cong, and the Somali warlords were good guerrilla fighters, you haven't seen what the United States would be like.

Folks, I'm here to tell you, there is no country on this little green dirtball that will go insurgent faster than the United States.

And if you take nothing else from this, understand that there are no people on this world, there are no people in all of recorded history, as good at insurgency as the Americans.

Hell, we exist today because we took on the mightiest, most technologically advanced Empire in the World with the best military the world had seen at that time with a bunch of pissed-off insurgent farmers.

And we kicked Britain's arse right off the beach.

Our DNA is rebellious outlaws that were kicked out of the mother country because Great Britain couldn't deal with us. We took the hit-and-run warfare of the Native Americans, and we made it our own.  WE LIKE TO FIGHT.

On top of that we have schools that any person of good character can go to and get training from our best war fighters.  If we wish, we can get better training than that provided to our own military.

I have spent modest money to go to classes to learn to shoot distances far in excess of anything capable by 99% of our military.  I have taken classes on my own dime -- because it was fun --to learn how to clear houses better than the average infantry grunt.

We shoot 3-Gun, IPSC, IDPA, and a hundred other gun games ... BECAUSE IT IS FUN.

The entire US military strength -- right now -- is about 1.4 million bodies. That's not just Combat Arms, that's everyone.  Add in another 900,000 Reserves.

Texas -- by itself -- had one million hunters out last year. That's one State with damned near as many shooters as the entire US military.

16 million hunters took the field though-out the United States in 2018.  Hunters alone outnumber the entire US military by over three to one. 

And there are a damned sight more gun owners than there are hunters.

You want to see an insurgency that would make the Hindu Kush jealous? 

You want to hear the ghosts of empires whisper, "That was dumb"?

Listen to the idiots who think they'll just have the military take our guns.


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Thursday, August 15, 2019

Free Pineland!

Several times a year 15 counties in southern North Carolina turn into the People's Republic of Pineland, a country friendly to the US that has been overthrown by Soviet-style and -backed (used to be) coup.

Special Forces candidates are then inserted into Pineland where they link up with guerilla elements (US Army typists, mechanics, and other non-SF folks led by retired SF cadre), who are attempting to overthrow the unlawful current government.

Local civilians (usually ROTC kiddies, but with a good sprinkling of locals, including the odd Boy Scout Troop) get in on the action, playing Pineland civilians, CIA agents, State Department types, foreign nationals, media and the like.

Select elements of the 82nd provide the military arm of the opposition government, and hunt the candidates.

The Special Forces candidates will use all of their training to train, lead, and teach the Pineland Resistance Forces to restore the government -- just as they would in a real operation. Boloing this exercise means you fail out of the SF course.

At the National Training Center, OPFOR (OPposition FORces) are the "bad guys" that our military trains against in real time, to develop the realistic skills to adapt against an ever-changing human opponent.

A good part of the time OPFOR hails from the fictional Democratic People's Republic of Krasnovia, loosely based on Soviet tactics, procedures and weapons.

About a year ago, Larry Correia was on Facebook discussing fictional worlds with another writer. During this discussion, Larry made an off-hand joke about Pinelanders, goats, waffles, Krasnovia, sandwiches and "accidental genocide".

Fast forward a year, and a Facebook bot decided that the joke Larry made a year ago violated ...  something ... and tossed him into Facebook Gulag for 24 hours.

When his family, friends, and fans found out about this over at the Monster Hunter fan page on Facebook, they went nuts, and quickly divided into Krasnovian boot-licking pig-dogs sympathisers, and Pineland patriots.  And then proceeded to pun, mock, call for Larry's release, cock a snook at Facebook, and generally have a good old time.

So, if you're a little confused today about all the references to Pineland and Krasnovia, I hope this helps.

The sandwich, waffle, and goat references ... you're on your own.

Free Pineland!


Saturday, August 10, 2019

Cock-Up Before Conspiracy

Let's unclench our fourth points of contact here.

Yes, Jeffrey Epstein committed suicide.  No, no one had him whacked.

If someone had wanted him killed, the best, simplest, easiest, and most effective way to do it is to slip $500 into Mookie's commissary account.  Mookie stabs Epstein in the shower, or the chow line, or church, and Epstein is just one more child molester who got whacked in jail.

Nobody would have given a damn.

Given the Tonight Show-esque quality of the jokes regarding the Clintons grieving over Epstein's "imminent suicide", actually trying to fake a suicide that everyone is joking about is pretty damned dumb.

Segregation has too many cameras. No-one is going to sneak into a segregation cell and hang the occupant. It doesn't happen. It takes too long, and people -- even chomos -- fight back.

If one of those cameras all of a sudden doesn't have footage from the time of the death, then the control room operator winds up in front of Internal Affairs, looking at having a metaphorical pineapple shoved up a very intimate place until he sings.

No, what happened here was a simple case of detention staff getting careless and letting a determined man -- Epstein was looking at a very short, very brutal lifespan in prison -- get ahold of something which allowed him to both check-out ahead of the rapes and the inevitable shanking, and to go out on his own terms ... which was the only real power left to the man.

Cock-up, not conspiracy.


Thursday, August 08, 2019

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Wednesday, August 07, 2019

You know what I find ...

... To be morbidly amusing?

The same people who last week were screeching about the government having concentration camps now want me to give my AR15s to that same government.

The same people who last month were hyperventilating about the government slaughtering black people now expect me to surrender my guns to that same government.

The same people who last year were setting stuff on fire and yipping about the government rounding up the gays and Muslims for liquidation now think it's a good idea for me to just hand over my rifles to that same government.

You chuckleheads need to make up your damned minds.


Tuesday, August 06, 2019



Sauce for the goose ...

... being sauce for the gander and all that.

You know what I'd like to see?

Red Flag laws for Congress.

Any Congresscritter says or does, something unConstitutional, anyone should be able to file a Red Flag violation and have that politician's powers to write bills, attend sessions of Congress, vote, draw a taxpayer-funded paycheque, live in a mansion in Washington DC, or anything else tied to the job of being a Congresscritter immediately suspended.

There would be a hearing within fourteen days before a judge in their home district, where the Representative or Senator would be given the opportunity to show where in the Constitution what they said, or the law they proposed, or the action they did, was explicitly authorised, and if they can show that, their rights to all the goodies of being an elected representative of the People would be restored.

If they can't, then they can sit at home for a year and twiddle their thumbs.  Not allowed into the Capitol, no drawing a paycheque, no voting, no proposing bills, nothing added to their pension funds, zip, zero, NADA to do with being an elected official.

And their party doesn't get to fill that slot.  Their party doesn't get to vote on their behalf. Their party doesn't get to help them with re-election.

No, that Congresscritter, and the seat they occupy, goes into the penalty box for a year.

After a year, if their term in office hasn't expired, they can take up their duties again.

Unless, and until, they mention violating the Constitution again, and someone files another Red Flag complaint.



Sunday, August 04, 2019

Let me stop you right there, Scooter ...

Over the years I have picked up some ... fans?

These are folks what don't like me for various reasons -- because I'm a cop, or I'm conservative, or a gun-owner, or former military, or whatever -- but who don't have the common courtesy to sod off to someplace else that they'll be more appreciated.

Most of these folks catch the ban-hammer and expire quietly in my spam-box and an IP block with no fanfare, but a couple of them have slipped through the cracks.

Mostly because I don't hear from them until some deviant no-account little pismire decides to cash in his voucher for 15 minutes of fame, said voucher being backed and guaranteed by the US Mainstream Media.

Sure enough, some pathetic little scrote-scraping decided to be famous in El Paso, and sure as the gods made little green apples the Media oiled up their stiletto-heeled leather blood-dancing boots and squeezed into their Christian Dior hair-shirt corsets and Made Him Famous. Just like the contract promises.

And -- again, gods and little green apples -- my inbox comes up with emails starting with: "It's time for ..." or "Common sense ..." or "You have to agree ..."

Let me stop y'all right there.

The answer is "No."

No, I'm not going to give up my guns.

I don't care. I'm not giving up my guns.

I didn't murder anyone. My guns didn't murder anyone. My friends haven't murdered anyone. My friends guns haven't murdered anyone.

80 million American gun owners didn't murder anyone.

I am not going to be punished for some pustulent little bridge-troll deciding to vomit his evil into a Wal-Mart in El Paso.

And, yes, taking my guns away is punishing me. I will not be punished for the evil of someone else; evil that I had NOTHING TO DO WITH.

This is not up for debate. We've tried debate at the national level and the only thing debate got us was incremental chunks of our gun rights taken away by you faithless dacoits.

I am no longer going to engage in a debate in which I lose every time. Sod that for a game of soldiers.

So, let me stop you right there, Scooter. The answer is "No."