Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas

Today we celebrate the birth of the Messiah.

The one who redeems the sins of the world.

Merry Christmas to you all.

Pope Benedict the Sixteenths Christmas message.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

National Buy Ammo Day

Today is National Buy Ammo Day.

I participated by purchasing two tins of 7.62x39mm.

What did you purchase?

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Gun Ban On The Horizon?

Across the various pro second amendment blogs there is talk of record gun sales in light of President Elect Obama's support for a renewal of the Assault Weapon Ban on a permanent basis.

I can say that every store I checked was sold out of AK variants and AR variant stocks were dwindling fast.

I will not link to the various sites referencing this phenomenon as they are too numerous to shake a stick at.

Tip Of The Nationalization Iceberg?

Gateway Pundit has a story on Democratic house hearings on confiscating our 401K's so they can be managed by the Social Security Administration.

Was a 6.7% drop in the total worth of the market after his election not enough for President Elect Obama?

By the way this is the greatest post election market value loss in history and can be inferred as a declaration of no confidence by Wall Street.

Gateway Pundit's blog is a great place to follow democracy issues. I have linked him often in the past. I just never thought I would be linking the Gateway Pundit's blog about democracy issues here in the United States of America.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Vote!

Today is a sacred day in our republic, the day where we select our new leaders and representatives.

Go to the polls if you have not voted already.

Excercize your franchise wisely.

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Obama Calls Creation Of Civilian National Defense Force

Just when I think someone's ignorance of history is exhausted I come across another gem of a blunder. This time it is Barack Obama's call for a civilian defense force as powerful as our own military.

Do not take my word for it take Obama's



Historical precedents for a parallel paramilitary or civilian national defense agencies exists already. History is replete with examples; Chile's marxist non governmental military force under Salvador Allende, Panama's Dignity Battalions under Manuel Noriega, various forces around the world referred to as 'paramilitary death squads', the Sturmabteilung aka the "Assault Section", which was replaced by the ultimate expression of a military force as powerful as a nation's army the Schutzstaffel aka the "Defense Echelon".

No such example of any of these is needed in the United States of America.

This is not the kind of change that any nation needs.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Victory Without the Results

Nearly six months after Morgan Tsvangirai and the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) defeated Robert Mugabe aka Comrade Bob in the presidential election a transition to the lawful new President has not occurred. The sticking point here may be that Comrade Bob's supporter's efforts at ballot box stuffing and voter intimidation were successful enough to require a run off between the MDC candidate and ZANU-PF's leader of thirty plus years Robert Mugabe. While Morgan Tsvangirai did withdraw his name from the run off due to voter and opposition intimidation.

Despite winning the Presidency and a majority in the representative body there has been no transition.

A compromise of power sharing had been attempted and agreed to on September 15th however the ZANU-PF is sabotaging negotiations on which Ministries will be held by MDC vs ZANFU-PF. Latest reports claim Morgan Tsvangirai is ready to boycott talks with ZANU-PF as they have been unproductive.

All of this occurs while starvation is hitting the common people of Zimbabwe. Once the breadbasket of Africa exporting food even during crises in the past such as the Ethopian famines, Comrade Bob's redistribution of the once efficient corporate farms, the industry underpinning Zimbabwe's economy, to ZANU-PF cronies has resulted in mass starvation and economic collapse.

Perhaps there is a lesson there for the electorate of a different nation that redistribution of wealth, or socialism if you prefer, results in economic collapse. t does not matter if the country is in South America, Africa, Europe or the Pacific Rim.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Weathermen Re-education Centers

Here is a must read article including an interview with a former member of the Weather Underground.

Read The Whole Thing.

As when I equated Ayers and McVeigh the only difference between these people and the enemies of our nation is competence.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Friday, October 17, 2008

Ayers and McVeigh

I should not be surprised that my fellow Americans are able to shrug off the acquaintance of presidential hopeful Barack Obama with William Ayers a leader in the Weather Underground domestic terrorist organization of the 1960's and 1970's.

Why it was forty years ago that William Ayers along with the other "Weathermen" attempted to bend the U.S. government and its people to their will with a campaign of terror. A handful of relatively unsuccessful bombings is easy to forget and move on about.

What is not said is that the only reason William Ayers did not serve any criminal sentence for his crimes was a judge throwing the case out on grounds of government misconduct.

Imagine if you will a different domestic terrorist let loose upon a legal technicality after his atrocity. Imagine rather than the bumbling and generally inept attempts by the marxist revolutionary wannabe the domestic terrorist in question was actually successful in his attaining his goals of mass carnage to get his message out.

Would you expect to see Timothy McVeigh celebrated by the intelligentsia after murdering 168 people including many children attending a day care center at the Murray Federal building? Would you expect to somehow not know that this individual was part of a group that was successful in murdering Men, women and children?


Ponder this; the intent of both Timothy McVeigh and William Ayers was the same, to commit an act of terrorism to get publicity for their agenda. That one was successful and the other was inept matters not.

Now think on who would associate with a Timothy McVeigh should he have been released on a legal technicality and was free to live his life unlike his victims. How could they not know who and what he was. Think on what group or individuals would associate themselves with that type of person.

Do you want them represented even obliquely at the highest levels in our government?

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Righteous Fist In The Air

Go ye forth and read of the Racist Roots of Gun Control.

Those who have stopped by before know of my discussions of this topic on the past.

Gun control is not about firearms its about controlling people.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Common Man's Wisdom

As a firm believer in the ability of the common man to make decisions that are far wiser than our elected officials are capable of I felt vindicated by the longshoreman in South Africa standing up to tyrants both in their own government and that of a neighboring country.

The longshoremen refused to unload weapons bound for Zimbabwe where Comrade Bob Mugabe the marxist dictator has managed to destroy that country's economy and turn it from the breadbasket of Africa into a nation of starving millions. Currently Comrade Bob is in the midst of stealing himself another election. Widely acknowledged to have lost by a margin so great not even all the dead voters of Chicago and St. Louis could help him, he is stonewalling the face of the Zimbabwean people's rejection of him and his cronies.

Part of his resistance are the weapons ordered from China that would help him subjugate the Zimbabweans.

Unfortunately the kleptocracy in charge of South Africa decided to allow the shipment of weapons to be moved provided the paperwork was in order. By paperwork I assume he greased the right palms.

Bravo the longshoremen for taking a stand against the corrupt despots in their own country and that of their neighbor to the North.

Hat tip to Instapundit.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

A New Sherrif In Town

Speculation of a turn around in French interaction with the world changing with the election of President Sarkozy appears to be correct.

Galrahn has the information on how the French tracked a vessel seized by pirates off the coast of Somalia, a haven for piracy.

The story goes on to include vertical envelopment and capture of the pirates on their own turf whilst they were making the getaway.

I would think this would make the remaining pirates less likely to target any ships flying le tricolore.

Bravo to all those involved in this great feat of anti-piracy operations.

Obama Without Teleprompter Alert

Or at least I certainly hope no one was fool enough to write this into a speech:

You go into these small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing's replaced them. And they fell through the Clinton administration, and the Bush administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate and they have not.

And it's not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy toward people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.

Maybe Obama hired speech writers who recently worked for Absolut?

A poignant response can be found here.

The money quote from said veritable thermonuclear snark:
As far as I am concerned, guns and God are a feature, not a bug.

I Hate Bad Salesmanship

One of the little, or not so little things, that drives me up the wall is bad salesmanship.

Whether you are shilling away for your own business, your employer's business that you provide sales/marketing talent for or that special cause you believe in, good salesmanship is a must.

A sales person is essence runs their own business. They can make their own hours and within reason dictate how much money they will make.

Similarly marketing campaigns are salesmanship in the form of your companies public face to the world. A world that I might add which has gotten effectively smaller with communications across the globe in the time of thousandth of a second.




When Absolut Vodka's ad in a Mexican magazine showed the borders of Mexico prior to 1836 stating "In An Absolut World" I wonder how could they not have thought about the implications of it getting out to a larger audience. Indeed if they did not intend it to get out to a non Mexican audience why was the advertisement in English?

This Ad is guaranteed to lose Absolut more business in the U.S.A. than they ever may have wished for in Mexico.

Now the opposite of this horrendous case of bad marketing and poor salesmanship is this announcement from a competitor, SKYY vodka.

SKYY® Vodka, Made in the USA, Proudly Supports Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo

Americas Most-Popular Domestic Vodka Decries Absolut® Vodkas Suggestion to Redraw North American Map

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--In 1848, the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo officially ended the Mexican-America War (1846-1848). With the signing of this treaty, the United States gained control of what was to become the Golden West, including California, Arizona, Utah, Nevada and parts of Colorado and New Mexico. Today, SKYY® Vodka, the number-one vodka produced in the United States, spoke out against suggestions by Absolut® Vodka to disregard that treaty, as well as the joining of Texas to the Union in 1845, as depicted in Absoluts recent advertising.

Like SKYY Vodka, the residents of states like California, Texas and Arizona are exceptionally proud of the fact that they are from the United States of America,To imply that they might be interested in changing their mailing addresses, as our competitor seems to be suggesting in their advertising, is a bit presumptuous. said Dave Karraker, SKYY Vodka.

In the ad, an Absolut World is depicted where the map of North America is re-drawn with Mexico claiming much of the Western United States, negating the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, as well as the Gadsden Purchase (1853), and the independence of Texas (1836).

Dont get me started on the Gadsden Purchase, continues Karraker. I think the folks in Tucson and Yuma would be rubbed the wrong way if they hear this landmark deal was somehow nullified as suggested by Absolut, a Swedish-owned brand.

SKYY Vodka was founded in San Francisco in 1992 and continues to be produced in the United States. Premium SKYY Vodka is made from American grain carefully selected from the Midwest and 100% pure filtered water. SKYYs proprietary four-column distillation and three-step filtration process consistently ensures exceptional quality. SKYY Vodka products include luxury SKYY90® and new SKYY Infusions, a unique, all-natural infused experience made with premium SKYY Vodka and succulent real fruit.

Now that is good salesmanship. In fact I see a SKYY vodka martini in my very near future.

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Goodbye Comrade Bob

And hello to Comrade Kirchner.

Zimbabwe's MDC party ousted Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe's dictator for nearly thirty years, in recent elections.

While Comrade Bob has not vacated the presidential palace at this point the writing is on the wall. No doubt he will get a sweetheart deal from the EU to vacate since bribing him out would be cheaper than military intervention by the United States and our allies in Europe.

Just as soon as one dictator is sent to the ash heap of history a new one is starting to emerge from under his her rock.

Go read the whole thing.

Argentine which has had a history of leftist and military coups, counter-coups and counter-counter-coups has entrenched themselves firmly upon the recently vacated path worn through the hungry bellies of Zimbabwe’s children; meddling with the free market and the production of food.

To add icing the icing to the cake the neo-marxists in charges of Argentina is now bringing out the same canard used by a military junta in 1982; Las Malvinas the Falkland Islands are now and will ever be part of Argentina. Of course this is on the heels of the recent discovery of oil in the ocean floor off of the Falkland Islands.

I will say this for Argentina they just may have a better shot at winning should there be a conflict over the Falkland Islands than last time considering the way the United Kingdom’s Labour government has continuously worked to eliminate through starvation the once proud Royal Navy.


This is a good reminder that despite defeating tyranny in one battle the war continues with new battlefields constantly emerging where the forces of the free market and individual freedom square off against the despots and the suppression of freedom around the world.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Who Would Trust Them With Their Health

While vacationing this weekend I was privileged, if that is the correct word, to experience a beautiful demonstration of why the government should not be trusted with managing health care.

While traveling to Southern Arizona from Phoenix I went through Tucson. In their infinite wisdom those in charge of planning the expansion of I-10, which runs along the downtown area of Tucson, every exit East and West bound was closed. Literally there was no available exit for ten miles. Notably lacking what would normally be the heaviest used exits with access to main thoroughfares.

Imagine you want to go Tucson for business, you either have to exit at the far North or far Southern ends of the city to enter it. This would add thirty minutes to nearly any trip outside of Tucson to a destination near the city center.

Add to this they scheduled the closures to occur during their busiest week of the year when the Gemological show is in town.

Now think of what that would mean to you if the same mentality of "public service" was used to provide your health care services. The delays in this case would not be measured in minutes of travel but in mortality.

This matches only one city I have seen for civic planning ineptitude; St. Louis and St. Louis County. These geniuses would close down all but one lane of the bridge across I-70 from St. Charles to St. Louis over the Missouri river during rush hour (both morning and night). A stunning display of ineptitude and disregard for the tax payer I assure you.

Update: No, this is not an April Fools joke.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Ruh Roh Rover

Just as India and the United States of America are establishing closer economic, diplomatic and political ties somehow both countries conspire to erode the confidence each has in each other.

No there has not been a political fly in the soup.

I am referring to Ford selling Jaguar and Land Rover to Tata of India.

This will lower the opinion people have of Indian products and workmanship.

It will lower the opinion of Indians about dealing with Americans as Ford sold them a British car marque (/shudder).

Maybe it was the cricket that did it to them. Maybe it was the tea. I really do not know why India wanted this car marque. Maybe it gives them access to key technologies. I would recommend before employing any such new technology they verify it was not engineered by a resident of the U.K.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Clouds On The Horizon

Leading up to the Democratic party conventions hard ball is being played and actual issues are going to be discussed.

No more vague invocations of a being an agent of change without definitive policy statements or action plans will work. For a point of reference see John Kerry's "Plan" from 2004.

One author compares Barak Obama to Milli Vanilli of 1990 Grammy scandal fame.


The every edifying Volokh Conspiracy notes Barak Obama's support of the practical elimination of the right to bear arms as stated in the Second Amendment of the Constitution.

This issue can be a campaign breaker as seen by Al Gore's loss in 2000. Much speculation surrounded that had he strongly embraced the Second Amendment as an Individual Right and fought against regulation he would have won his home states electoral votes and the presidency.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Interior Decorator Needed

Looks like Barak Obama's supporters are feeling confident about their candidate and their message as evidenced by their wall hangings.


This is not much of a surprise really as Obama is the most liberal U.S. Senator from a party known for its liberals.

Nice to see Obama's supporters showing their true colors as CheTards by flying the flag of a murderer who established gulags and instituted programs of terrorism to use against the innocent.

More on the late unlamented Che Guevara here.

Hat tip to Instapundit.

Saturday, February 02, 2008

M-4 Takes On The Competition

There has been controversy surrounding the M-16/M-4/AR-15 since its first issue to our troops in Southeast Asia.

While there have been enhancements made in reliability and performance controversy still surrounds the direct gas impingement system.

That being said here is a wonderful article comparing the M-16/M-4/AR-15 families against current competition over at CdrSalamander's blog.

All of which performed better to Eugene Stoner's family of weapons.

For a counterpoint argument please see these articles.

Should you think I am some sort of HK fanboy wanna be uberl337 5up3r c0mm4nd0 please see this article; HK: Because you suck and we hate you.

My take on this controversy:

1)Replace the direct gas impingement upper with a gas piston upper. There are plenty to choose from
2)Keep the .223 caliber on most weapons currently in service.
3)Explore options for an optimal all around catridge which meets the best mix of the following; accurate, plenty of knock down power, range, controllability for follow up shots and weight.
4) Over time transition to a reliable, versatile platform which can be configured for multiple demanding situations.


Full Disclosure:

Every rifle I own is some version of .30 caliber; 7.62x51mm (.308 Winchester), 7.62x54R and 7.62x39mm. Each of these rifles also uses a gas piston rather than direct gas impingement with the exception of the Mosin Nagant which is bolt action. I own two products designed by a competitor in the linked article.

Hat tip to:
Tam at View From The Porch
CdrSalamander
Every mil and gun blogger who has jousted with this windmill

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Yeah Baby

Here you will find an excellent article on naval shipbuilding strategies to meet the security and humanitarian commitments of tomorrow's United States Navy.

The Navy needs a larger number of ships, not only for winning a war at sea against a stronger opponent but also for carrying out diverse missions in peacetime, ranging from humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, security assistance, enforcement of maritime agreements, counterpiracy, vessel traffic service, multinational exercises, countersmuggling and counterdrug, to regional deterrence through forward presence in selected parts of the world’s oceans. In operations short of war, the Navy’s mission includes prevention of transnational terrorist acts on the high seas and in international straits and larger ports, support of counterinsurgency or insurgency, and peace enforcement operations.

The Navy today lacks both the numbers and the type of combat ships to successfully carry out all its diverse missions in times of peace and war. The reasons for such a long-standing unfavorable fleet structure include the Navy’s preference for building an ever-larger number of high-capability but large and expensive ships optimally suited for operations on the open ocean; the associated costs of building such large ships; the use of purely business considerations in determining fleet size/composition and deployment patterns; the belief that new technologies are a substitute for numbers; and a false reading of the future strategic environment.

In mid-2007, the Navy had in active service 278 combat and support ships, including 11 aircraft carriers (CVs/CVNs), 14 ballistic missile submarines (SSBNs), 53 nuclear-powered attack submarines (SSNs), four guided missile submarines (SSGNs), 22 guided missile cruisers (CGs), 49 guided missile destroyers (DDGs) and 30 guided missile frigates (FFGs). Striking force of the fleet comprised 11 carrier strike groups (CSGs) and 10 expeditionary groups (ESGs). Since 2000, the Navy’s plans for the future size of the fleet have varied in terms of total number and force composition. For example, in March 2005, the Navy’s report to Congress envisaged a total number of ships of between 260 and 325. In February 2006, the Secretary of the Navy submitted a Report to Congress (based on Sea Power 21 requirements) for fiscal 2007 that outlined requirements for 313 ships and 3,800 aircraft as necessary to meet all demands and to face the most advanced technological challengers.



The money quote:

The gains in combat power of a netted force essentially depend not on raw organic power, such as firepower and mobility, but on one’s ability to decide and act faster than one’s adversary. Such an increase in one’s combat power depends on many intangible factors, but primarily on the human element. Among other things, micromanagement, excessive command and control, and poorly educated and trained commanders and staffs can not only drastically reduce but also even eliminate any potential gain achieved through superior information technologies.


Experience has repeatedly shown the fallacy of relying exclusively on technological superiority and arbitrarily reducing the size of one’s forces. Technology must always be properly integrated with other, mostly intangible, elements of one’s combat power — specifically, combat leadership, unit cohesion, morale and discipline, doctrine, and training. Otherwise, the new technologies will be of little or no help in defeating a stronger and more agile opponent. Experience conclusively shows that numbers have their own quality. Hence, the importance of the numerically larger fleet should not be dismissed as irrelevant in the information age.
Hat tip the ever informative Galrahn

Friday, January 11, 2008

Saddle My Steed Sancho

Yes it is time to slay dragons yet again.

Jonah Goldberg has a book out noting that fascism is facet of the left and the implementation of parts of classic fascist policies in the U.S. of A.

Oh the horror! Cultural icons assaulted! myths imploded!

You know this sounds very familiar to me.

Hat tip to Instapundit.