Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Felix dies Nativitatis

Merry Christmas to all.

For those unfamiliar with the story here is an earlier post on the topic.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Happy Felix Rodriguez Day

Today is the day I celebrate Felix Rodriguez ridding the world of one of dialectical materialism's icons; Che Guevara.

For those tired of the usual Che t-shirts and want to make a more profound statement go to thoseshirts.com and check out their anti-Che line.

I have mine.

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Busy

I have been quite busy of late.

Look for regular posting to begin the first week of November.

As an aside I heard the most disturbing thing coming from the Stop-N-Rob across the street.

It was not Hip Hop or gangsta rap music played by white kids nor was it angry punkish thrash metal or Indian/Pakistani Hip Hop/rap.

It was Billy Joel.

/shudders

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Blind Sow Finds Acorn

or if you prefer an agency as fooked up like a football bat did something right for a change.

Agents of the ATFE arrested three Mexican police officers (all high ranking) after they purchased three firearms and 450 rounds of ammunition at a gun show in Phoenix, Arizona.

That is correct ladies and gentlemen the ATFE actually caught a real law breaker for a change.


PHOENIX (AP) -- Three high-ranking Mexican police officers were arrested on allegations of buying weapons and ammunition at a gun show in Phoenix in violation of a law barring noncitizens from purchasing firearms, a U.S. official said Wednesday.

The three had crossed the border at Calexico, Calif., in an official police vehicle and driven to Phoenix, said Tom Mangan, a spokesman with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Police and federal agents arrested them after the three bought three guns and about 450 rounds of ammunition Saturday at the gun show, Mangan said.

It appeared the officers were buying the handguns for their personal use, he said.

Booked on state weapons misconduct and conspiracy were Carlos Alberto Flores, 36, a Baja California state police director; Baja State Police Commander Guillermo Valle Medina, 33; and Jose Santos Cortes Gonzalez, 41, a federal police commander in Baja California.

Flores and Cortes posted $2,000 bond each and were released from jail, and Valle was released on personal recognizance, Mangan said.

A woman who answered the telephone in Flores' office in Mexicali said he was still in charge but not in the office or available for comment. Alejandra Borquez, a spokeswoman for the Mexican state's Office of Public Safety, said she had not heard of the arrests.

Local police and Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents monitoring the gun show overheard Gonzalez negotiating with a dealer for two guns, then watched as he bought them, according to a police report. Gonzalez and Flores met up with Valle and continued buying ammunition and gun supplies before leaving, the report states.

Police stopped their vehicle after they left the gun show, according to the report.

Mangan said Mexican officials have been pressuring U.S. officials to cut off the supply of weapons going south.

"It is ironic we are receiving a great deal of criticism regarding our efforts to stem the tide of illegal weapons, and then we have three law enforcement officers trying to buy weapons here," Mangan said.

Licensed dealers in Arizona must check identification documents and run background checks, but private sellers operate without those rules.

The guns were bought from a private seller, Mangan said.

Nice to see the country with strict laws about firearms ownership for its citizens that also complains about firearms being smuggled in from the U.S.A. getting the gratuitous slap in the face it deserves.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Plus l'Espere Pour La Belle France

There are more signs of hope for la belle France occurring; they just had their Country Western Festival.

I hope they Cowboy up to resist the socialist elements within their country and embrace their inner Charles Martel.

Hat tip to No Pasaran.

More On The Racist Roots of Gun Control

Of Arms And The Law pointed out this interesting article on the racist roots of gun control. This I post as an epilogue to the oppressive measure in Missouri requiring citizens since 1921 of every purchase of a handgun be approved by the sheriff's department in the applicant's county.

Go ye forth and read the whole thing.

Japanese "Helicopter Destroyer" Launched

Japan launched its first aircraft carrier since World War II helicopter destroyer today. References to the significance to this can be found here at my earlier post.


This plays against the Chinese efforts to build an aircraft carrier force.

Good times no doubt in the strategic chokepoints of the Pacific rim to follow no doubt.

Hat tip to Galrahn.

Evolution In Action?


Vervet monkeys are devouring a Nigerian farming communities crops.



It is no surprise that animals will come looking for an easy meal.

What is surprising is these monkeys do not fear the women of the village and reportedly are communicating via gestures their contempt when they identify the women.

Other reports note the group of monkeys are also killing livestock and guard dogs.

What the village needs is a couple of claymores or at least a dozen shotguns.

A couple of blasts from armed outraged farmers would incline the monkeys to move elsewhere.

Apparently the villagers however are unarmed and have had to appeal to their government for help. And we all know the likelihood of anything constructive being done by the government about such a problem in any period of time let alone fast enough to save this community's harvest.

While monkey's humiliating villagers and eating their crops may sound funny there is a dire risk of starvation for the village's people especially children and the infirm who are most at risk.

This is another example of what is wrong with being disarmed; you are unable to deal with nonhuman threats to your food source.

Vegans beware this puts you all that much closer to a move down the pyramid from top predator to prey. With the inability to supplement your diet with meat and a philosophical unwillingness to defend yourselves you place yourselves in extinction's waiting room.

Friday, August 17, 2007

For Your Family

An Arizona Peace Officer put his two cents regarding defending your family in this editorial in the Arizona Republic.

I can say nothing he did not say himself:

Whatever it requires, no member of this family will become someone's victim.

As a police officer, I was always armed. I extended that umbrella of protection to each member of the family in the form of common sense precautions.

I could immediately recognize someone who did not belong in our neighborhood. Security doors were installed on outside doorways. In addition to my service weapon, I always kept a loaded gun in the house.

I can hear the grannies, male and female, now: "Eeek! A loaded gun! I'm afraid of guns and don't want one near me!" That is an illogical and emotional response comparable to being afraid of your spare tire. The philosophy that supports the possession and use of a defensive weapon is precisely the same as that which supports the spare tire in your vehicle: It is better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it.

When our children were very small, I had occasion to be out of town overnight. At a very late hour, someone attempted to kick in the front door. He did not leave until my wife threatened to shoot through the door. The situation was resolved with no shots fired, by a person who had a defensive weapon and knew how to use it. The kids were a little frightened by all the racket, but very much alive. I should add there was no 911 at that time.



Go ye forth and Read The Whole Thing.

Hat tip to Says Uncle.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Findings On Armed Assailants

Xavier Thoughts has a post detailing violent encounters between felons and law enforcement officers.

There are many lessons to be gleaned from this for those who are not law enforcement officers.

1. Be aware of your surroundings
2. You will likely not be the first to fire.
3. Be conscious of behaviors in individuals indicating they are armed
4. Do not trust the "gentler gender"
5. When in doubt find cover (not concealment)
6. Fight like your life hangs in the balance (it does).

Go ye forth and read the whole thing
.

Friday, August 03, 2007

Obama Rama

Apparently presidential hopeful, at least in his own eyes, Barak Obama the junior U.S. Senator from Illinois's romance with the neighbor's canine is not finished just yet.

Hot on the heels of calling for invading Pakistan, a nation with its own nuclear arsenal, Obama has now stated flatly that he would under no circumstances use nuclear weapons.

In comments over the use of nuclear weapons, Mr Obama ruled out the use of such weapons to go after al-Qaeda or Taliban targets in Afghanistan or Pakistan, prompting Ms Clinton to say presidents never take the nuclear option off the table.

Presidents since the Cold War have used nuclear deterrence to keep the peace. And I don't believe that any president should make any blanket statements with respect to the use or non-use of nuclear weapons
New York Senator Hilary Clinton

Mr Obama's nuclear position came a day after he vowed he would be willing to strike al-Qaeda targets inside Pakistan with or without the approval of the government of Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf.

That's right ladies and gentlemen, after calling for invading a country with nuclear weapons he states he will never use them irregardless of the provocation.

Nice to know which presidential candidate would allow authoritarian states like China, Russia and every third world dictator who can buy a nuclear weapon be able to kill millions of U.S. citizens without the fear of retaliation.

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Obama's "Segolene" Moment

Illinois socialist Democrat Senator Barak Obama has had a “Segolene” moment when he called for invading Pakistan. Much like the unsuccessful socialist candidate for France’s presidency Segolene Royal who stated, “Liberty and sovereignty for Quebec reflect our shared common values.", Senator Obama called for invading a sovereign nation. While Pakistan is troubled with extremists, President Musharaf has been cooperating with the U.S.A. regarding our war on terrorism.

Naivety aside what makes this comment worse is the ignorance or disregard for the fact that Pakistan is a nation with a nuclear arsenal of its own. I doubt it would take much persuasion to move the entire region to become less cooperative regarding our aims.

For example India, the world’s most populous democracy, would not be strengthening ties with a nation that would move them closer to the outright nuclear war they have been avoiding with Pakistan. This warming of relations between the United States of America and India occurring now after decades of the Cold War where they were more closely aligned with the late, unlamented Union of Soviet Socialist Republics is precisely the wrong moment to be antagonizing an increasingly strategic partner. I doubt it would take much to ruin the cooperation and economic opportunity that we have cultivated with India of late.

The part that saddens me is the individuals who support Sen. Obama’s bid for the presidency probably do not understand the danger that this lack of knowledge regarding international affairs presents.

For those who do not understand what a disaster a lack of insight into foreign affairs and history is click this link.

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Pinata Meets Shotgun

While I will joust with the occasional wind mill and will gleefully take a whack at my favorite pinata, Che Guevara and those who idolize him, I in no way come close to the job that Humberto Fontova does on destroying the mythology of the left's icon.

While I might take a whack at the pinata, Humberto Fontova uses a shotgun.

Go read the whole thing.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Ammo Prices Heading Down?

Do not get excited just yet but there is talk of ammunition production from U.S. arsenals may be winding down. This may result in older ammunition being designated as surplus and disposed of. Should this come to pass I will stock up again.

Hat tip to Says Uncle.

Hell Yes

I am not one to fantasize over weapons from science fiction shows, books or games.

However this time I have actually been very impressed.

Gears of War, a game for the Xbox 360 has an assault rifle with an integral chain saw bayonet.

That's right a bayonet you can rev up like a chainsaw and cut your enemies into two at close quarters.

Here is a little footage.




Nothing says, "grooovy" like chain sawing your enemies.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Exploding The Myth

The Volokh Conspiracy has a post on the myth that the late, unlamented National Socialist German Workers Party was as its name suggests socialist in operation.

Another example of how those who think they know what is best for you on the left of the political spectrum have a history of delivering widespread misery.

Saturday, July 07, 2007

A-Viking

The Danes are on the move again.

Ware the terror from the sea. No doubt the isles and the coasts of Europe are feeling the numbing fear as the raiders from the sea are loose again.

Well not quite.

These modern Danes have built a long ship and are sailing it to Dublin. No plans have been made to carry off cattle, despoil churches and kidnap women.

Now if you will excuse me I find myself moved to sharpen my bearded axe, oil my sword and paint my shield.

Hat tip to Law Dog.

Next Time You Hear

How dangerous it is for police officers and how they need all the tactical gear and the element of surprise that "No Knock" warrants provide them think of this chart:

Notice that in the top 10 most dangerous jobs neither police officer or fireman appear.

This is another reason that my heroes have always been farmers. Granted I am likely to be genetically predisposed to this position as a large percentage of my family were farmers. But that does not change the facts. You are more likely to die working a farm than in police uniform.

So the next time you hear someone speaking of the dangers of their jobs you should tell them to try wearing overalls and getting on the old Oliver tractor to disc their field or harvest beans, wheat or corn, knowing that emergency medical care is hours away.

Indeed we should take care to think of those who supply us with the food we all eat, from the farmers and fishermen to the truck driver who delivers it to our grocery stores, their jobs represent three of the top 10 most dangerous jobs.

Guide To Spotting Concealed Weapons

Conservative Scalawag has a post on behavior that is watched for by police on spotting concealed weapons.

Note they leave out deliberate behavior displaying the concealed weapon. While this is contrary to logic those who deem themselves predators at life's watering hole will "flash a glimpse" of their weapon to intimidate others. This can be inadvertently done by perfectly law abiding citizens as well.

Friday, July 06, 2007

Show Me Change In Gun Control

The Show Me state, my place of birth, today had reasonable changes in gun control laws enacted.

This is not a new "assault weapon" ban, a ban on large capacity magazines or ban handguns in the state capitol. Nor is this change to restrict purchases to one gun a month.

Missouri enacted its Castle Doctrine law. No longer will unscrupulous Nifong's (I apologize for the redundancy) be able to bring charges against home owners who shoot intruders.

Also the principal tool for discriminating against those deemed "undesirable" as firearms owners, the legal requirement to go to the county sheriff and obtain a permit to purchase a handgun has been eliminated.

These changes are powerful statements to the criminal class; stay away from our homes. Here you are the prey not the predator.

Sunday, July 01, 2007

You know Its Bad When

Christian religious leaders are begging for their country to be invaded to relieve the starvation.

ZIMBABWE’S leading cleric has called on Britain to invade the country and topple President Robert Mugabe. Pius Ncube, the Archbishop of Bulawayo, warned that millions were facing death from famine, unable to survive amid inflation believed to have soared to 15,000%.

Mugabe, 83, had proved intransigent despite the “massive risk to life”, said Ncube, the head of Zimbabwe’s 1m Catholics. “I think it is justified for Britain to raid Zimbabwe and remove Mugabe,” he said. “We should do it ourselves but there’s too much fear. I’m ready to lead the people, guns blazing, but the people are not ready.”

Some parts of Zimbabwe have seen 95% of crops fail, leaving families with only two or three weeks’ food supply to last a year. Prices in the shops are more than doubling every week and Christopher Dell, the American ambassador, predicts that by the end of the year inflation could hit 1.5m%.

Formerly the breadbasket of Africa, Zimbabwe now has massive starvation due to Mad Bob Mugabe's land redistribution program. This is where farms were taken out of the hands of descendants of Western colonists and given to ZANU party supporters and his Chimurenga "war veterans".




Friday, June 29, 2007

Navy Humor

Go ye forth and enjoy the adventures of Shipwreck.

The films there provide a very humorous insight into Navy life, whether it is in the days of iron men and wooden ships or in the not too distant future of a space going navy.

Do not miss the Navy Translator episodes.

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Bankruptcy Of The Dialectic

Here is a great article on the results of denying the free market.

The Story of Grain

In a simplified way, the story of the collapse of the Soviet Union could be told as a story about grain and oil. As for the grain, the turning point that decided the fate of the Soviet Union began with the economic debate of 1928-29, when the discussion centered on what would later be called the "Chinese path" of development. (By several important economic and social indicators, the Soviet Union of that period and China in the late 1970s took similar approaches to reform. See figure 1.) At the time, the head of the Soviet government, Aleksei Rykov, and the chief ideologist of the Communist Party, Nikolai Bukharin, earnestly defended the idea of a path which included preserving private agriculture and the market, and ensuring financial stability--but holding onto the party's political control.

The Soviet leadership ultimately chose another path. The solution preferred by Joseph Stalin was the expropriation of peasants' property, forced collectivization, and extraction of grain. Judging from the available documents, the essence of this decision was relatively simple. Bukharin and Rykov essentially told Stalin: "In a peasant country, it is impossible to extract grain by force. There will be civil war." Stalin answered, "I will do it nonetheless."

The result of the disastrous agriculture policy implemented between the late 1920s and the early 1950s was the sharpest fall of productivity experienced by a major country in the twentieth century. The key problem confronting the Soviet Union was well-expressed in the letter sent by Nikita Khrushchev to his colleagues in the leadership of the party. The letter fundamentally stated: "In the last fifteen years, we have not increased the collection of grain. Meanwhile, we are experiencing a radical increase of urban population. How can we resolve this problem?"

Once again, a serious discussion ensued among Soviet leaders in the early 1950s, resulting in two positions. The first position was to attempt to improve the situation in the agricultural regions outside of the fertile "black soil belt" in southern Russia. The other position was to resolve the problem by utilizing the socialist planning system: large projects and a concentration of resources. Naturally, doubts lingered about whether this strategy would cause even higher fluctuations in long-term production.

But these considerations were ignored and, tactically, the strategy of dramatically expanding the land under cultivation yielded temporary success. Between the mid-1950s and the early 1960s, the amount of the grain produced by the Soviet Union increased significantly. The problem was the limited amount of suitable land and the continuing growth of the population in large cities. Thus, already in the late 1960s, the shortcomings of this plan were evident.

In 1963, Nikita Khrushchev sent a letter to the leaders of the Socialist bloc, informing them that the Soviet Union would no longer be able to supply them with grain. That year, the Soviet state bought 12 million tons of grain--and spent one third of the country's gold reserves to do so. Khrushchev commented: "Soviet power cannot tolerate any more the shame that we had to endure."[2]



You may have vast armies and hold the world hostage under threat of thermonuclear annihilation, but you still have to pay the bills.

Are you listening Robert, Hugo, Daniel, Achmenijhad, Fidel and Kim?

Hat tip to Naval Open Source Intelligence.

Friday, June 22, 2007

Mojitos Make Girls Smile

Mojitos make girls smile.


Mojitos make me say, "Cuba Libre!".

More Wood On The Pyre

Our good allies the Australians are adding wood to the pyre for the LCS concept.


While not directly related to the purchase of Littoral Combat Ships by the United States Navy the Australian decision to purchase Spanish F100 type AEGIS destroyers rather than an evolved Arleigh Burke design underscores what is wrong with the concept. Namely that an expensive and ultra capable vessel is not as good as more of a very good design.


The Australians are able to buy four F100 AEGIS ships rather than three of the evolved Arliegh Burkes.

You can always count on an ally like the Australians to show the way.

More of pretty damn good is better than a handful of awesome vessels that stretch deployment schedules and crews to the limit.

Aussie Rules

It has come to light that there was another attempt to capture coalition troops made by Iran in 2004. This as with the capture of the British sailors involved a boarding party.

The ending however was very different.

The Australians didn't repel one, but five, Iranian gunboats. It was a four hour confrontation following the Aussies boarding a grounded gunship, and it happened in 2004.

Remember the British soldiers that were temporarily captured by Iran, causing an international bruhaha? Remember how they ranted for days and weeks about how there was no way they could've avoided capture? The Australians managed to do it:

It turns out that Iranian forces made an earlier concerted attempt to seize a boarding party from the Royal Australian Navy.

The Australians, though, to quote one military source, "were having none of it".

The BBC has been told the Australians re-boarded the vessel they had just searched, aimed their machine guns at the approaching Iranians and warned them to back off, using what was said to be "highly colourful language".

The Iranians withdrew, and the Australians were reportedly lifted off the ship by one of their own helicopters.


Rather than say, "oh, goodness, we are surrounded, please don't hurt me" as with the Brits the Australian sailors reboarded the craft they had just searched, pointed their weapons at the Iranians and let them know they were in for a fight.

Give the bully a fight and he will bother someone else. Act like you are weak and you will be victimized. This is as true of "international diplomacy" as it is with the playground.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

The not so Good Old Days

Someone has discovered that the engineering and quality control from the days of yore are not what they are remembered to be.

"They don't make them like they used to" could not be more accurate: Cars now are made far better than they ever were with better reliability, longer life and higher usability.

I hope this will be a lesson to all those who idealize the past. We are blessed to be living in this age.

We do not have mass starvation due to a overly rainy or dry season. If one area has a bad production year we have the transportation network to ship food to them at minimal cost. Our humanitarian efforts throughout the world are another luxury afforded us by modern technology and the immense wealth of our economy. Look at Africa millions of tons of food aid are provided there every year. Something the world could not have done seventy years ago, let along 200 years ago.

We currently have refrigeration, not just to to keep us comfortably cool in our homes during the summer, but to keep food from going bad. We no longer have to buy our meat from a open air market where it has been tenderly aged by flies and the humid summer heat. Only in the rarest of instances do we hear of e. coli or botulism and when it occurs alerts are sent out to recall the bad product.

Modern health care technology saves lives and extends the lifespan. It allows those individuals we term "differently abled" now to be able to live at all, let alone enjoy a quality of life unrivaled in the past.

Those who decry our lives as degenerate should think deeply upon the luxury of our charity afforded to us by our modern technology. Our ability to provide the indigent and otherwise in need with health care, feed the hungry across the world, house criminals in a jail rather than simply hanging them and many other modern niceties are the direct result of our modern technology and today's economic engine.

When you pump gasoline into your car, power the lights in your home with electricity from the nuclear power plant, take meat from the freezer to feed your family as you cook in an air conditioned home or buy that new iPod, think not of the negative impact of your carbon footprint. Rather reflect upon your participation in the modern economy and use of technology generating the revenues which allows us to expend the excess, that not dedicated to feeding, housing and clothing your family, on real luxuries; health care to the indigent, feeding the hungry half way across the world, jailing criminals rather than hanging them, saving and extending lives.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Another Whack At My Favorite Pinata

Neptunus Lex is taking a whack at my favorite pinata, Che Guevara.

He hits on items I have not bothered to cover about the murderous vermin I find not worth mentioning; Che's homophobia, rabid blood lust and love of creature comforts.

Its pretty evident to me that someone is hate filled when they revel in killing "class enemies" and counter revolutionary elements. You know those dreadful threats to dialectical materialism like shop keepers, middle class workers, business owners and especially fourteen year old boys. Good thing ol' Che saved the workers revolution from them by shooting them in the head while they were safely bound.

Monday, June 11, 2007

Remonstrations From The Road

Bruce over at MARooned voices his outrage at the drivers placing themselves into Darwin's Queue.

Whether it is prescious irony, impending invocation of Darwin's Queue or simply inconsiderate antics behind the wheel, MArooned has posts you can identify with.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Where Not To Vacation

Eaglespeak has a post including a map on Piracy attacks.


If your travel agent suggests a cruise ship make sure its ports of call are not in these areas.

Note the areas with failed states e.g. those that do not control their own territories are highly represented.

Friday, June 08, 2007

Stupid Cop Tricks: Ooops Wrong Apartment

Say Uncle has a link to yet another No Knock Raid gone wrong.

The brave defenders of the public trust manage again to adorn themselves in their Nazi-Deathstar-Stormtrooper-Oooh-Aint-We-Bad-5up3r-1ee7-t4ct1c001 gear, wielding their M4gery's and MP-5's just to be incapable of finding the right address to crash into.

Great way to inspire the public's confidence in the trust we have given you jackholes.

Hubba Hubba

DSA thinks they have me dialed in.

I received their latest catalog which I perused after making a pitcher of Prickly Pear Margaritas.

What I saw made me bite down on my cigar.

A side folding and telescoping butt stock!


SCHWIIINNNG!

Unfortunately this lovely marvel is only available to be installed on the para lowers.

I breathed my sigh of utter disappointment as I realized this combination would cost me over $600 dollars to implement on my beloved FN FAL Carbine.

For that price I could purchase a Underfolder AK, several magazines and 1000 rounds of ammunition. The AK would be reliable and even more compact than that dreadfully sexy side folding, telescoping FN FAL carbine of my dream.


Damn my practical nature. Its enough to leach the romance out of my otherwise artistic soul.

Xbox Blues

I received a replacement Xbox 360 yesterday which I hooked up today and ported across my login.

What happens? That's right the one I received as a replacement went tits up.

Now I am debating with myself whether to send it in to the Microsoft repair center or try my luck with a RMA from the vendor.

No "getting my frag on" for me in the near future.

For my fellow cheap bastages I recommend actually buying the new one rather than
pre-busted ass refurbished one. Any potential savings will be lost in shipping cost for replacements/repairs.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Pot Meet Kettle

From the LA Times through Boing Boing via Instapundit we have cruel, cruel irony:

Left over old hippies in Haight Ashbury are complaining about the unwashed nouveau hippies in their neighborhoods, being rude, useless, high on drugs and lowering property values and otherwise being a bunch of oxygen thieves.

(Arthur) Evans, 64, says (the punks) should get help, clean up or go home...

"I used to be a hippie. I wore beads and grew my hair long," he said. "But my generation had something these kids do not: a standard of civilized behavior...."

"I'm sick of stepping over gangs of kids, only to be told 'Die, yuppie!' A lot of us were flower children, but we grew up," said Robert Shadoian, 58, a retired family therapist. "There are responsibilities in this world you have to meet. You can't be drugged out 24/7 and expect the world to take care of you."

(Carolyn) Mckenna said she was tired of being criticized for the "crime" of owning a home. "Haight-Ashbury is not synonymous with anarchy," she said. "It's not fair to homeowners with their entire net worth tied up here. I'd be disingenuous if I said I wasn't worried about property values.

Thursday, May 31, 2007

Why Use Feminine Protection?

Sandra Froman has an article on why she became a firearms owner and advocate of self defense.

Hat tip to Alephecca.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Asian Naval Buildup: Chinese Carrier Aspirations

The Japanese have their DDH under construction, a "helicopter destroyer" that is in the same class as VSTOL carriers operated by the Italian, Spanish, British, French and Indian navies. Now we hear more on the Chinese plans for an aircraft carrier. No doubt they have learned something useful from the purchase of the "floating casino" and wish to apply those lessons.

With the ever increasing Chinese surface fleet augmented by aircraft carriers and their submarines things could get more interesting in the Pacific Rim.

For size comoparison here is a photo from 1991 showing Spain's Princep-de-Asturias aircraft carrier (17,000 tons, 12 Harriers, 12 helicopters), US Wasp class amphibious assault ship and VSTOL aircraft and helicopter carrier (40,000 tons, 42 helicopters/AV8B Harriers), U.S. aircraft carrier ( Forrestal class - 80,000 tons, up to 90 fixed wing aircraft) and an Invincible class VSTOL aircraft carrier (20,000 tons, 9 Harriers and 12 helicopters) late of the United Kingdom now in decomissioned reserve.



More here.

Monday, May 28, 2007

Yaar, It Be Tacticool

I am a big fan of CZ firearms. Their tough construction, functionality and affordable price all put them in the solid defensive handgun, homeland defense rifle and sporting rifle categories. In fact there are many great things that come from the Czech Republic. Sometimes I have to wonder where their inspiration comes from.

Take for example the latest evolution of the CZ 75, the P01.
A fine pistol made even better by the addition of a accessory rail, serrations on the front of the pistol grip and extended backstrap. This however was not enough for the fine people of CZ UB. They have added a new element to the defensive handgun or perhaps brought one back from the days of iron men and wooden ships; the tactical bayonet mounted on your pistol. For those moments when you are unable to reload or your off hand is busy now you can keep striking at your foes after the magazine has run dry.



As previously mentioned this is not a new idea but the resurgence of an old one. I wonder which manufacturers will follow suit?

All I can think is it makes we me want to repel boarders.

Memorial Day

Remember those who have fought for our nation's freedoms, whether those were popular wars or not. History may regard some wars as "good" or "bad" ones depending on motivation, outcome, failures on follow through, what have you, however the men and women wearing our uniform now, in times past and yet to come sacrifice their personal freedom, expose themselves to the horrors of war and sacrifice their limbs and very lives for us.

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Another Word On Feminine Protection

Can be found here.

The evolution of our tool making ability to its current state allows women parity against an attacker.

Without these modern tools e.g. firearms women are at a disadvantage against those that would prey upon them.

Praise Of Paleolithic Love

Og of NeanderPundit fame has a post most men who have found themselves lucky in love would identify with.

The money quote:

Lets face it: If I got what I deserved, I’d be married to a crack whore with no teeth and bad odors emanating from every orifice, who takes potshots at me every once in a while with my own guns, and regularly stabs me in my sleep.


Friday, May 25, 2007

Run Away! Run Away!

"Run Away! Run Away!" is apparently the battle cry of the Nebraska legislature as they create more Victim Disarmament Zones in the wake of the Virginia Tech massacre.

Read about it at Snowflakes In Hell.

More proof that those in the legislature are indeed dumber than the average sheep or other domesticated food animal.

Don't Worry About The Wolf..

at your door. Worry about the hog outside your house.


This domesticated hog gone feral weighed in at over half a ton.

After being hit eight times by a .50 caliber revolver Hogzilla the Third ran for three hours before sucumbing to its wounds.

That is certainly several years worth of bacon, pork chops, ham sandwiches, fat back for several messes of beans, many a rib bbq and enough sausage to clog a small town worth of arteries.

Mmmmm bacon. I can hear the sizzle now.

It certainly looks like time to investigate those heavy firepower hunting revolvers that Ruger and Smith &Wesson are making now.

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Mojitos Goooood


A mojito was just the thing to aid relaxation on the patio while the temperature kept rising.


A pleasant change from the usual margaritas and beer.

I would say mojitos are highly recommended for their refreshing and relaxing properties and may become a staple here at Chez Ronocracy.

Stupid Cop Tricks: Quid Pro Quo

The not so bright and/or ethical among our police frequently wind up in the harsh light of publicity.

Here is another such example consisting of the proverbial quid pro quo, that is do something for me and I'll do something for you. Usually this consists of a sex act performed for the officer's benefit in exchange for the suspect getting a pass on the DUI/DWI.

This example is only different in that the cop was such a 'tard that he allowed the woman to take pictures.

In short, she writes she was pulled over early in the morning. The trooper asks what she does for a living and she tells him she makes "dirty movies." The trooper then pulls up her website in his patrol car.

She writes that the trooper tossed "narcotic pills" she had into some bushes and she performed a sex act on him. Then she writes, "he asked me if he could take photos, I said yes, only if i can have them, he said okay. He even made little videos too."

Those graphic pictures are on Barbie's website and the Tennessee Highway Patrol along with TBI is investigating whether or not a video exists. The woman has been interviewed by the Criminal Investigations Division of THP. This trooper has worked with THP since the mid-1990's. He will remain on leave while troopers investigate further.

Emphasis added.

The knucklehead allegedly even pulled the his victim's website up on his car's laptop. If true, that makes this truly stupid cop trick gold.

While the misuse of authority to extort sexual or monetary favors is bad enough, at least this time the police did not break into the wrong home and kill someone.

Hat tip to Instapundit.

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Intervention Needed

Someone is in dire need of an intervention. I hope his family and parts supplier can get together and help the sad individual who did this:




Of course it could just be that this person needs to have explained to them that just because you have space on your rail system you do not need to use it.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

More Proof That Apes Are Smarter Than Vegans

Here you may find more proof of my theory that apes are smarter than Vegans.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Far East Naval Buildup

Apparently the People's Republic of China is not the only nation in the far east building up their navy; Japan has laid down their first aircraft carrier since the Second World War.


This would allow the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force the ability to protect their Sea Lines Of Communication further from their shores and support fleet operations maintaining the freedom of same.

Although referred to as a DDH, a helicopter carrying destroyer, this I believe is a first step back to operating aircraft carriers that could allow them to project power in Western Pacific.

From Global Security:

Mention of a light aircraft carrier was first made in the 2001-2005 National Defense Buildup Program Outline (Mid-term Program) that was approved by the Cabinet in December 2000. According to a designer's concept shown by the agency in December 2000, the vessel's bridge was located amidships to bisect the flight deck-a ship design that was effectively identical to its predecessor. But when it became time for the fiscal 2004 budget request in August 2003, the agency came up with a completely new drawing, which showed the bridge on starboard to create a through deck-a design of none other than an aircraft carrier. The agency, however, insists that since this vessel is just an expanded model of any conventional flagship DDH, it ought to be categorized as such.

The fiscal 2004 defence budget gave the JMSDF (Japanese Maritime Defence Force) the largest warship Japan has had since the disappearance of its Imperial Navy. Projected to be built starting in 2004 was a 13,500-ton helicopter destroyer (DDH) code-named 16DDH (16 as in the 16th year of the Heisei emperor in the Japanese calendar), with another planned for 2005. The 16DDH in JSDF classification is by no means an aircraft carrier. Its characteristic shape, however, is nothing but. Having a displacement of about 20,000 tons when equipment and fuel are counted in, they essentially can be classified as light aircraft carriers. It is temporizing to refer to this type of vessel as a DD (destroyer). There has never been a destroyer that exceeded 10,000 tons.

It is almost as large as the Imperial Japanese Navy's Tone class heavy cruisers. It matches in size modern small aircraft carriers as Italy's MM Giuseppe Garibaldi (10,100 tons) and Spain's Principe de Asturia (17,188 tons). In terms of displacement, the two destroyers -- not nuclear-powered -- will be in the class of Britain's Invincible, a 20,600-ton light flattop, when they are fully loaded with fuel.

Looking at it from a view from Japan's porch e.g. territorial disputes with grudges on both sides going back a thousand years if not longer, I would want to build up a force to keep aggressors away as well.




Sunday, May 06, 2007

Une Victoire De l'Espoir En La Belle France

Today the French electorate made their choice in the second round of voting today making Nikolas Sarkozy the next president of France.


With amazing turn out percentages of 75% with various districts reporting 86% turnout, the people of France have made their voice clear; change and hope are the order of the day. It seems clear that the French want their moribund economy to return to the days of the La Belle Epoque, where France's economy was vibrant, contributed to scientific advancement and regarded highly for their achievements in the arts. All prior to the grotesque bloodletting that gave rise to the socialist control of France during the First World War.




Performing at the victory celebration is France's #1 Elvis impersonator, Johnny Hallyday, who if you see him is recognizable from many motion pictures. This selection is notable in two regards that it reflects Nikolas Sarkozy's more friendly attitude towards the Etat's Unis than his predecessors and that it may reflect what is in the offing for France e.g. tax reform as Johnny Hallyday is a tax refugee now residing in Switzerland having proclaimed that he would move back to France if they reformed their tax code.


More on the French elections can be found here and here.


I will celebrate this victory for hope with Calvados Boulard brandy.


Saturday, May 05, 2007

Stupid Cop Tricks: 5up3r 1337 Tacticool

Tam posted a hilarious pic of an elite defender of the American citizenry posing majestically with his 5up3r 1337 pimp-o-matic tacticool AR. Unfortunately this hallmark police moment was ruined by his having the scope mounted on his rifle backwards.

Say Uncle also throws in his two kicks to the ribs bits.

Friday, May 04, 2007

Bicyclists in Darwin's Queue

Say Uncle has a post up regarding bicyclists placing themselves in Darwin's Queue.

Enjoy.

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Pricing of Full Auto Weapons in Czech Republic

I have noted previously the costs of full auto weapons artificially inflated by the NFA '34 and the FOPA '86.

Here is some supporting evidence.

Weapons like the Vz 26, Vz 58 pricing in at $200 and $255 for a PKM.









That is right, fully automatic weapons would be worth five cents on the dollar of their current U.S. market value if there was a free market in place.

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Days Like This...

Make me very happy I use a phosphate remover in my pool.

There is a dust storm blowing through. After such storms I used to be one of the people who stood in line at the pool store to buy shock and algaecide to turn my pool back to its sparkling beauty from the resultant public toilet appearance it would have after such a storm.

The phosphate remover alleviates all this trouble by removing one of the nutrients needed by the algae itself.

Spending $200 on Phosphate remover a year saves me over $400 in shock, algaecide and The Almighty knows what other chemicals.

The "initfo", aka what is in it for me, is more hours of pool enjoyment on demand without having to work on the pool to prep it over the 72 hours before a weekend.

To put it simply phosphate removers like Phos Free put spontaneity into my life, remove complaints from family members and save me money.

Win. Win. Win.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Stupid Cop Tricks: Justice For Kathryn Johnston

Two officers plead guilty to Manslaughter charges and more in the murder of 92 year old Kathryn Johnston in a "no knock" raid.

From the initial reports it was obvious this was nothing more than homicide as the result of the incredibly lax standards police now follow when it comes to obtaining warrants, the lack of reproof from the government over their egregious violations of the Bill of Rights and no fear of responsibility for their misdeeds.

I sincerely hope this will be a turning point for police behavior and calls for accountability throughout the nation.

One uniformed thug involved has decided to go to trial. I will provide another update when this occurs.

Update: The sickening pattern of lies, outright fraud and criminal behavior of the police involved is listed in detail here.

Previous:
Kathryn Johnston Update
Stupid Cop Tricks VII

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

The Real Che

Babalu blog has a post linking to a book on the real Che Guevara.

•How Che longed to destroy New York City with nuclear missiles.

• How Che promoted book burning and signed death warrants for authors who disagreed with him.

• How Che made amazingly racist statements about blacks.

• How Che persecuted gays, long-haired rock and roll fans, and religious people.

• How Che, the devoted communist, loved material wealth and private luxuries.

Wicked Grips




Wicked Grips makes some very attractive items to personalize your weapons.


Stop on by and check them out.

Urban Shooter

Urban Shooter is a blog about love and responsible firearms ownership.

Of special note is a post from Ken Blanchard regarding the Racist Roots of Gun Control. Read The Whole Thing.

It should be noted that I also have found this to be sadly true even in our current day and age.

Stop on by and give it a read and a listen.

Failures of Prohibition

LawDog has a post up regarding the futility of prohibitions, whether those be regarding firearms, alcohol or recreational pharmaceuticals.

If nothing else, history has taught us that simply banning an item gives it cache. Whether that is alcohol, drugs or guns. Every item banned will be available on the black market. In many cases the price will even be lower on the black market than it was when the item was legal.

I am against the so called War On Drugs. Do I take these "recreational pharmaceuticals"? Hell no. I have never even smoked marijuana let alone touched cocaine, crystal meth amphetamine, hashish, etc. If it were legal would I touch any of them? Again hell no.

Do I think the United States of America is safer with any of these items ban, again, hell no.

Go read the whole thing.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Results Of Gun Control

Alphecca has a link to a post reminding us of the results of Gun Control; mass murder performed by the state.

Read the whole thing.

Note: Hitler never made the quote, "This year will go down in history. For the first time a civilized nation has full gun registration. The street will be safer, the police more efficient and the world will follow our lead into the future." That was spoken by Adolf Hitler, on April 15, 1935". Other than that the article is a good one.


Friday, April 20, 2007

McCain Of Late

Would have had a much more solid with the conservative and libertarian elements in the Republican party had he consistently displayed this type of common sense over the last few years.

When asked about the VT shootings Senator McCain recently backed 2nd Amendment rights :

We have to look at what happened here, but it doesn't change my views on the Second Amendment, except to make sure that these kinds of weapons don't fall into the hands of bad people," McCain said Monday in response to a question.
...
I do believe in the constitutional right that everyone has, in the Second Amendment to the Constitution, to carry a weapon," he said. "Obviously we have to keep guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens.
And add to this sudden attack of common sense the following where he sings bomb Iran to the bune of the Beach Boy's Barbara Ann when asked what should be done about Iran and its nuclear weapons program.



Of course I am unconvinced by this sudden turn to the right. Between trying to outlaw individual personal sales of firearms and the "gun show loophole" and his stance on eliminating free speech (McCain Feingold) behavior this sudden turn does not eliminate the doubt on where he stands created by his behavior in the past.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Fight For Me

One band apparently has not forgotten our troops amidst the MSM's cries for defeat.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Poll On More Gun Control Legislation

ABC has a poll up on whether there should be more gun control legislation.

Go ye forth and vote.

Buy A Gun Day - FN FAL Carbine

My Buy A Gun Day purchase this year was an FN FAL made on a DSA Type II receiver. The build work was done by Arizona Response Systems.



FN FAL 16.26" Carbine



FN FAL Rifle
Here is a pic of the Carbine and my full size rifle FAL (R1 on an Imbel receiver) for comparison.


Editors Note:
The modeling with the firearms was was done by one of my household's Valkyrie so keep the commentary civil.

Stupid Cop Tricks: Secret Service Unholstered

An astounding tale of incompetence has occurred at the White House. One of the Secret Service agents tasked with defending our President wounded two fellow Secret Service agents when he negligently discharged his weapon.

That is correct. The agency trusted with safeguarding the President of the United States of America cannot keep their booger hook off the trigger.

So as a community service and out of my sense of patriotic duty, here is a run down on the four top safety rules of handling a weapon:

  1. All guns are always loaded. Even if they are not, treat them as if they are.
  2. Never let the muzzle cover anything you are not willing to destroy. (For those who insist that this particular gun is unloaded, see Rule 1.)
  3. Keep your finger off the trigger till your sights are on the target. This is the Golden Rule. Its violation is directly responsible for about 60 percent of inadvertent discharges.
  4. Identify your target, and what is behind it. Never shoot at anything that you have not positively identified.


Of course I am waiting for the video. No reason the Secret Service should not be shamed as was the ATF.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Victim Disarmament Zone Tragedy

A loathsome insane murderer took 31 lives today at the Virginia Tech campus.

VT is a campus made safe by the recent refusal of the Virginia legislature to send a bill out of committee and pass it that would have allowed concealed carry licensed students and teachers to have the means to stop this madman earlier in his rampage.

The loss of life was not avoidable. Any criminal malcontent will disregard the law and carry out their evil designs to punish the world around them.

This does not mean that the loss of life could not have been stopped more quickly with a lower toll of human life.

Had their been a brave person armed at the site the killer could have been stopped more quickly as seen in the Salt Lake City mall shooting.

My prayers will be with the families of those who lost loved ones and with the wounded.

Fred Fry Int'l Remembers The Soviet Union

Fred Fry International, a naval affairs website, remembers the late, unlamented by the free world Soviet Union.

The Soviet Union was one of the most murderous, criminal regimes to ever exist on this planet. Despite falling apart in the early nineties, it is greatly responsible for most of the conflicts we see to this day. It is important to understand the contribution of the Soviet Union to global conflict as Russia today continues to create instability in the world. In addition, it is good to note and remember what the Soviet Union did during it's existence on Earth. Especially considering the following:

Russian president Vladimir Putin considers the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 as one of the greatest catastrophes of the 20th century. His attitude is shared by many other Russians who came of age during the twilight of the Soviet Union. These people are running the country now, and they are not afraid to express nostalgia for the lost glories of the Soviet era. But the kids who came of age after 1991, are less impressed with the Soviet era, and not automatically ant-American. But for another generation, a Cold War mentality will live on among the Russian ruling class.

A recent survey found that 68 percent of Russians believed the breakup of the Soviet Union was a mistake, and 51 percent would vote to restore the Soviet Union. Similar surveys found that in some former parts of the Soviet Union, lots of people were in favor of re-joining the Soviet Union (45 percent in Ukraine, 36 percent in Belarus.) - Strategy Page



Monstrous atrocities abounded during the Soviet Union's brief but bloody tenure in our world:


Artificial Famine (Genocide) in Ukraine - 1932 -1933
(artificial famine of 1932-33, which caused upwards of 7 million deaths in Ukraine)

Stalin's Intervention to ensure Hitler's Election in Germany:
During the critical 1932 German elections, he forbid the German Communists from collaborating with the Social Democrats. These parties together gained more votes than Hitler and could have prevented him from becoming Chancellor. - Wikipedia
Partially Responsible for World War II
According to the Historian Richard Pipes, the Communist states share some responsibility for World War II. Both Hitler and Mussolini used the Soviet Union as a model for their own totalitarian states and Hitler privately expressed that Stalin was a "genius". In turn, Stalin expressed desire for another great war that would leave his enemies weakened and allow Soviet expansion. He allowed the testing and production of German weapons that were forbidden by the Versailles Treaty to occur on Soviet territory. - Wikipedia
Brutal occupation of Germany and other territories:
Once a year, aging Red Army veterans who fought in the battle for Berlin gather in that city’s suburb of Treptower Park, where some 5,000 of their comrades are buried. But as Jason Cowley of the Guardian reported, one local refers to it as “the site of the unknown rapist.” No doubt there are others who share this sentiment: During that first year of Soviet occupation in 1945, more than 100,000 women in Berlin were raped. Combined with the German women caught in Pomerania, Silesia, and East Prussia during the mass exodus, the number of rape victims soars to roughly 2 million. Many of them subsequently committed suicide. - a Contest of Brutality
While the neo-apparatchiks and nomenklatura of the current Russian government mourn the loss of the evil empire, those of us old enough to remember its mass murders and promotion of conflict throughout the world consider its consignment to the ash bin of history a small payment on the vast crimes committed in its name.

This is the real world result of socialism and communism. The next time you hear someone advocating either of them remember the millions of murders caused to date by just one communist regime.

Read The Whole Thing.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Passing Of A Legend


Don Ho passed away today at the age of 76 years old.

As a child I watched Don Ho's show and enjoyed his singing. Others might say I
picked up my fashion sense watching his show. Regardless another loss for our world.

Mr. Ho, mahalo and aloha.

Here is a link to his signature tune Tiny Bubbles.

Hat tip to Instapundit.

Friday, April 13, 2007

Gas Piston AR Roundup

ColtCCO has a nice roundup and discourse on available and unobtainable gas piston uppers for AR's.

Go forth and enjoy.

Zombie Watch On Friday The Thirteenth

Moral Flexibility blog is your site for Zombie preparedness coming out of the great white North.

You will find edification on matters related to surviving the next great ZombApocalypse and some nice gun pr0n as well.

I must say after enjoying that site from time to time its past the point I should add it to the blogroll.

That and I have something to be envious of Canadians for now; they have affordable VZ 58 rifles from one of my favorite countries.



Let's all have a moment of silence in lieu of my rant against the NFA, GCA and other draconian serf control gun control laws in the United States of America which artificially inflate the prices of imported firearms .


Hat tip to Tam of View From The Porch for reminding me of my lack of diligence in recognizing an outstanding blog.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Immigration Gone Right

Here is a link to a post about an American who shows how the United States of America attracts the best and brightest.


This is immigration gone right, the kind we need more of.


Death Of A Thousand Cuts

The good Commander has a flash news update regarding the Little Crappy Ship Littoral Combat Ship program; the third ship under construction has been canceled due!


This is a victory for the American people in that our tax dollars are not going to be wasted on a ship that costs $500 million without combat modules to provide capability beyond basic maneuvering.


That is right the Navy's power point commandos in the Pentagon had come up with a half billion dollar corvette sized ship that could not fight.


It will be interesting to see what design is implemented to make up for combatant capability lost as the Spruance class ships are being sank in training exercises and the Perry class ships are rapidly being withdrawn from service as well.


For all those large ship fans out there, those that love their battleships and carriers, there needs to be a full fleet with rounded capabilities to project power and protect the Sea Lanes of Communication. Escort vessels such as frigates and destroyers make up this crucial, large numeric portion of the fleet. This is also where the next Halseys, Fletchers, Spruances, Spragues and Deweys will get their experience in leadership positions.


This is an important first step in rebuilding our navy and maintaining our supremacy on the high seas.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Immigrants Urged To Learn English

A California city business organization has began an $4.6M effort to advocate and support immigrants learning English.

The campaign in Santa Ana, where more than three-quarters of residents are Hispanic and less than 15 percent speak English at home, offers free language classes at a community college and take-home study kits.

"Employers have been coming to us saying: 'Look, we don't have enough people to hire that speak English," said Dale Ward, executive vice president of the Santa Ana Chamber of Commerce.

"Two-thirds of our workforce does not qualify for an entry-level job in growth industries because they do not speak English or do not speak English well enough."

Emphasis Added.

It simply boils down to the fact that without English there are many jobs that you cannot perform. This limits upward mobility within the community and the level of success that you and your children could obtain.

Also to the point should the work force not meet the demands of the employers, the jobs will be moved by the company owners to locations that have the workforce with the requisite skills. This means that all the jobs that support those companies would dissappear as well. This would eventually lead to the elimination of jobs that do not require English proficiency as their customer base relocated.

What we have when immigrants are not encouraged to assimilate and learn the language, laws and customs of the land is the creation of second class citizens, forever locked into menial tasks and the welfare system. These individuals live at the margins of society dependent upon low skilled work and government hand outs to survive. This increases friction with the community at large. Look to France, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands and other Western European nations for the results of immigration without assimilation; civil war is on the horizon.

Remember its the American melting pot that we learned of in school as children. Americans can be from any place on Earth and are tied together by the principles as laid down in the U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence. Come to the United States of America, bring your desire to be free and work hard. Learn the de facto language of the land (English), understand the legal and cultural underpinnings of our society and bring the unique and special portions of your culture to be included. It as American as lamb at Easter, Apple Pie on the fourth of july, Bratwurst in the summer time, turkey and lasagna at Thanksgiving, tamale's at Christmas and black eyed peas for the New Year.

Hat Tip to Drudge Report.