Saturday, April 19, 2014

Metrocons and SWAT

The online presense of the metrocon fortnightly is noticing that there are way too many SWAT teams out there squaring off against non violent offenders or suspects.

If you are gonna arrest someone with a clean record for clamming next to navigable waterways you probably don't need to send the full breaching team with sniper overwatch on the run.  But hell, you paid them to do all that trainig and get all that equipment, might as well use em.  The family Corgi isn't gonna shoot itself.

Money quotes:

"Take the case of Kenneth Wright of Stockton, Calif., who was “visited” by a SWAT team from the U.S. Department of Education in June 2011. Agents battered down the door of his home at 6 a.m., dragged him outside in his boxer shorts, and handcuffed him as they put his three children (ages 3, 7, and 11) in a police car for two hours while they searched his home. The raid was allegedly intended to uncover information on Wright’s estranged wife, Michelle, who hadn’t been living with him and was suspected of college financial-aid fraud."

and

"The year before the raid on Wright, a SWAT team from the Food and Drug Administration raided the farm of Dan Allgyer of Lancaster, Pa. His crime was shipping unpasteurized milk across state lines to a cooperative of young women with children in Washington, D.C., called Grass Fed on the Hill. Raw milk can be sold in Pennsylvania, but it is illegal to transport it across state lines. The raid forced Allgyer to close down his business."

Do you need a SWAT team for those, or a single officer in a black and white? Maybe 2 officers?  Think of the saving in gasoline, alone.

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Then there is this guy.  Dunno if he was SWATted for that, tho.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Con Comin'

Next week is the NRA convention.  Ima gunna be there.

I don't have much on the agenda of things I must do besides 1) get blog fodder and 2) sight Tam and RobertaX in the wild to add them to the bloggers-I-have-met list.  The rest I play by ear.

I expect to see multiple other folks I know already, look at the acres of stuff, and enjoy an adult beverage or two.  I've done this before, in Pittsburg.  Not my first rodeo.  But I'm not wizzened veteran at this, either.  Is there anything I must add to my dance card?

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Gabby



B H Liddell Hart's

Sherman biography.

Just finished it.  I had read his auto-biography years ago, but wanted to see what the early 20th Century thought of William Tecumsah.

The language is a little closer to Dicken than to a terse Hemingway.  It's a bit distracting, but not too bad.  Certainly obvious.  He must use the word 'thither' a hundred times...  As in thither and yon.  Sherman auto-biography is less flowery.

Hart was a Brit WWI vet that turned into a historian and military theorist and military correspondent after the war.  He was shaped by the static lines of the Great War and was looking to the past to get more of a maneuver warfare up and going again.  His publisher wanted him to go a US Civil War general and preferred Robert E Lee, but, Hart wanted Sherman.  Lee was certainly a masterful campaigner, but what Billy Sherman did was more original, he thought.

So what was so new about Sherman, according to Hart?  Well the generals of that war were obviously greatly influenced by what Napoleon accomplished.  But Sherman thought the text books in English got the point wrong about concentration of forces.  Doctrine concentrated forces too early.  Large armies marched in multiple columns, but then came together when getting close to an objective.  Sherman thought it better to keep them separate and to march in a way so the enemy didn't know what his objective was.  This kept the enemy unconcentrated and guessing.  Now Lee would try to gobble up one of these smaller wings piecemeal, if they had faced each other, but Sherman had that covered by marching light, and therefore fast.  Hard to get cornered that way.

By this stage of the war armies were putting up improvised trenches and battlements when they stopped, increasing their defensive power when technology had already gone a long way to give advantage to the defense.  When defense has the advantage you let the enemy come and break upon your line and you don't attack his line.  Instead you maneuver around, obliging him to withdraw or have his lines of communication cut.

Sherman was a thinker, while Grant fought instinctively and persistently.  Both styles were a novelty for Northern generals at the time, and why they stand out.  Sherman 'played' chess, while Grant was more of a 'checkers' man.

Another feature of Sherman's style was realizing the value of indirect support.  If your wing is pressured by the enemy you can deploy troops to support them directly.  Or you can use the same troops to engage another area, taking pressure of the first indirectly.  If you tie down Lee's army around Richmond, and Beauregard's army in Tennessee,  your army only has to contend with Johnston's forced around Goldsboro, if you expand that principle to the strategic level.

So indirect maneuver and indirect support.  His men loved him for it.  Less slaughter involved achieving victory, so while morale of the enemy plummeted his friends' soared.

B H Liddell Hart was also supposed to have shaped tank warfare pre-WWII with this study of maneuver warfare in history.  Maybe.  There is some argument about how influential he was.  Did Rommel and Guderian really pay much attention to Hart?  Maybe.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Bloomie $$$

Increasing the assault of civil rights to the tune of $50,000,000 extra.

The words that came out of his mouth:

“This is not a battle of dollars, this is a battle for the hearts and minds of America so that we can protect our children, protect innocent people,” former-mayor Michael Bloomberg said.

“We’re the only civilized country in the world that has this problem.”

“It isn’t gun control. This is simply making sure that people everybody agrees should not be allowed to buy a gun - criminals, minors, and people with psychiatric problems - make sure they can’t buy guns - nobody is going to take anyone’s gun away nobody is going to stop you from hunting, target practice or protecting yourself.”

He sure does lie a lot.

 

Goin' Postal!

Not the US Post Office is making a big ammo purchase!   First the weatherman, now the postman. 

I guess I better cut back on putting the garden house in the big blue mail box on the corner.  I might get a 1,200 feet per second delivery to my hinder.

Is the American people gonna have to do some pushback at places besides Nevada cattle ranches?  Perhaps.  Or perhaps the Postal Inspectors are out of ammo, and now that supply is better maybe prices are down, and they need to restock after a long ammo drought. 

I still don't like the optics of the feds buying more ammo for internal purposes.  That's OUR job.

Correlation, Causation...

Whatever.

As Tam says, I don't care if 150 million Americans murdered 150 million other Americans with a pistol last night.  A pistol JUST like one of mine.  I didn't.  So leave me out of it.


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Combat Hog


When we prevail

And we will.  The victory will taste sweeter here in the Blue States, resisting gun control. 

The legislature here in Maryland has adjourned with none of the gun banny type laws being pushed forward.  Too busy doing other silly lefty things like raising the minimum wage for everyone (unless you work for tips, or the company you work for is a small business, or it's an amusement part, so... just Wal Mart, I guess.)  Too busy, plus, gun control isn't the voter-pleaser they thought it might be here in the Old Line State.

They are going to be forced to change and I will enjoy their sweet sweet tears when they do.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Easter is Coming

How many peeps will stop a bullet?


Buy A Gun Day

Is tomorrow.  You are supposed to use you tax refund to get a new gatt of some sort.

Or, you are like me and less enthused this time around.  Mainly because while I got $200 some back from the State, I have to pay $300 some to the Feds.  But I do like the way I have my witholdings dialed in to about neutral.  I don't want Uncle Sucker to be holding MY money and not paying me interest for the loan.  I also don't want to have to write a four figure check to him, too. 

Speaking of finances, I DO keep a grand in cash in the house, hidden.  Just in case, as an E-Fund.  If I had to bug out I'd take that with me.  And I take it to gun shows and such in case some rifle shouts my name.  I don't want TOO much cash outside of a savings account or what have you, nor too little.  $1000 is about right.  No, I'm not telling you the super secret hiding place.  But hell, there are many.  Pockets of old coats.  In a ziplock bag duct taped behind the sink.  Behind a picture.  It's not any of them.

If I did have gun buying money, what would I buy?  Hmmm...  Winchester 88.   What else?  Hmmm...  Nothing on the list speaks to me.

I did opt to go to a gunsmith class later this week...  Well, armorer class.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Election

I better start beating the drum now.  Remember how outraged you were?  You gotta remember that.  You gotta convince or con or turnout other people.  (Convince the neutrals, con the gun banners into not voting, and get your allies out to the polls.)

Con the banners?  Isn't that underhanded.  It's politics, not beanbag.  Don't do anything illegal, naturally.  That's what the other side does, but maybe discourage an idiot neighbor that'll never vote for freedom.  "Oh, voting doesn't matter, why bother.  It's Maryland, a Dem is gonna win, and I got better things to do on my Tuesday in November"

Though I totally could vote illegally.  For Archie.  This is Maryland, if you break out ID at the polls the poll workers act like Vampires confronted with a crucifix.  You only have to know a name, address, and birthday to vote as somebody.  I know all those.  And I DARE them to say I wasn't born in 1927....

I would never commit that felony.  I like living OUTSIDE of prison.  Even a miniscule risk is too much, plus it is wrong.  I have more integrity than that.  Cheating is what the bad guys do, so this arm will remain tied behind my back in this fight.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Learn Something New Every Day

Hmmm, makes sense that 80% 1911 lowers would be available.  So this over on the Firearm Blog.  

I hadn't thought about it though.  It makes sense.  And now I have a long term goal...

To be able to make my very own 1911 (that works.)

Friday, April 11, 2014

Mixed Feelings


At Ft Hood Obama Vow to Keep Firarms Out of the Hand of the Mentally Ill.

On the one hand, good.  I have advocated for mental health reforms.  If all the energy that went into unconstitutional rights violations went into fixing that, we'd have been better off.

On the other hand...  It will lead to injustices.  People's rights stripped away in a non-adjudicated manner.  It'll sweep up people not deserving to be swept up.

And I certainly don't trust the Obama administration run a new system like this.  Even if written by the NRA/ILA, this administration seems less concerned with the whole Rule of Law concept, and would interpret it to suit themselves and strip folks of their civil rights.

Good Presidential quote:  "In our open society, and in vast bases like this, we can never eliminate every risk, but as a nation we can do more to help council those with mental health issues..."

Bad Presidential quote: "...to keep firearms out of the hands of those who are having such deep difficulties."  Yes.  But there is many a slip between the cup and the lip.