GET. RID. OF. THEM. They’re supposed to be “one of the centerpieces of our counterterrorism strategy,” according to Janet Napolitano, the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. In practice, not so much. The Senate’s bipartisan Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations found no evidence that DHS’ 70-plus fusion centers — places where state, local and federal law enforcement analyze and share information – uncovered a single terrorist threat between April 1, 2009 and April 30, 2010. Terrorism is thankfully rare within the United States. But during that time, the FBI discovered would-be New York subway attacker Najibullah Zazi; U.S. Army Major Nidal [...]
I am really going to piss some people off with my comments today; so be it! It appears that Congress has knuckled under to the most ruthless lobbying organization in our nation, the National Guard Association of the United States (NGAUS) and are going to approve a provision that the Chief of the National Guard Bureau become a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. A lesser known provision calls for the Army and Air Force to appoint National Guard Officers as the Commander of Army North and Air Force North; both of which are currently commanded by a Lieutenant [...]
I believe that the best defense against acts of terror is a multi-layered system of checks and security measures, since we know that no one single measure is a sure defense against the threats we face. However, are the new TSA pat-down measures really necessary? Are they effective? Are they an efficient use of scarce screening resources? Why do we pat down nuns and small children who aren’t displaying any other outward indicators of threatening behavior? This is both foolish and outrageous, and it ought to be stopped. There are means available to determine which passengers present high risks, without [...]
This weekend I, along with the stalwart and straight-shooting MDL, took John Murphy’s Minuteman Rifle Course. It was the second go for both of us. Conditions couldn’t have been better– clear and in the 60s during the day, frigid at night. (Why the cold nights mattered, below the fold.) The purpose of the Minuteman Rifle Course is to teach and train the citizen-marksman to achieve effective hits with a modern military rifle, from field positions, out to 100 yards. I define a Minuteman Rifle engagement as one where you have a problem that is too far off to solve with [...]
Quick post here, will update later, but the asshole who was arrested earlier today for plotting to bomb the DC Metro system lives around the corner from me. Literally. I rarely saw him but did see his fully hijab’ed wife. More to follow, am not in a place where I can post more at the moment. UPDATE– Here’s the latest WaPo reporting. By the time I got home the media frenzy had subsided, but I did see one news-mobile parked there. (If I’m lucky it’ll be the extremely hot Elaine Reyes from NBC4 and I’ll get to see her tomorrow [...]
“Ready… Ready… FIGHT!” I spent this weekend at FPF Training’s Concealed Carry for Self-Defense course. This was my third (formal) training course with John Murphy, having previously done the old Handgun 101 and the Minuteman Rifle. As per SOP, it was outstanding. Class size: 10, about half civ from the intel community, a few military, a pair of NRA lobbyists (!) and one truly deadly and capable shot, “Nate the Forester,” who takes this course once every few months to stay current. Gear: My SA 1911A1 .45ACP, which has taken a turn for the worst, in a Comp-Tac holster and [...]
A GREAT story from the otherwise editorially execrable Roanoke Times: “For years, Tyler has been longing for somewhere to play with his airsoft guns. So, with the help of his father, Roger, the young Vinton teen is now an entrepreneur. “He started the Star City Airsoft Club last winter so fellow airsoft gun players could have a place to play. The club’s first game day was July 21, and 10 boys came and went during the five games played. As of now, Tyler said, the club doesn’t have a schedule for games, but he posts updates of when they’re playing [...]
Although we have no interest, financial or otherwise, in AIMSurplus, we’d like to note that a pile of Swiss K31s and accessories– such as bayonets and magazines– have popped up for sale at great prices. (Look under the “new” category if you don’t see them right away.) Great rifle, extraordinary value. The K31 is a rifleman’s weapon, not just a handle for a bayonet. Again, our only interest is to see good rifles in the hands of good citizens.
Yesterday we held the first Op-For Range Day– hopefully the first of many!– through the good offices of John Murphy at FPF Training. It was a blast. (This was a by-invite event for our loyal readers and commenters. Before you say, “Hey– what about me, I never got an invite??” let me explain. For the purposes of the first event, I needed to tap into our core (“Corps”?) community of people I had shot with, hunted with, or served with, and who were local. So, my apologies if you would got left out this time, BUT rest assured there will [...]
We are back after the long weekend. I hope everyone had a good one. Unfortunately, we have a long hot summer to look forward to– it’s been brutal here in the DC area. Let’s jump right in… Recently, ADM Mullen stated that he thought that the single greatest threat to national security is the debt. I tend to agree. Debt, as we all know to one degree or another, severely restricts your freedom of action and shackles your prosperity. So it is with families, so it is with nations. My question– what say you??