Back in the Former United States of America…

URR comments on the State Prosecutor’s opinion on drone strikes here in the Homeland. I am sure Marty Dempsey will eagerly crumple up that pesky old Constitution to please his masters.   Wouldn’t be the first time. And what say you?

Two Thousand Seven Hundred MRAPS

Now belong to DHS. Bought from the Army, apparently surplus. Why, may I ask? If the Border Patrol were using them to track and run down illegals crossing the border, like Koevoet fighting groups did to SWAPO infiltrators in what used to be South-West Africa, well, that’d be one thing. And I’d applaud it. But I can’t, for the life of me, figure out what DHS is doing with two thousand seven hundred mine-resistant ambush-protected carriers. Anybody?

The Connecticut Shooting and the National Gun Control Debate

MajW suggested we open up a thread, forthright and decidedly non-hysterical, about yesterday’s criminal massacre in Connecticut and the national gun control debate. MMM points to this Twitchy feed about the immediate calls from gun control advocates for more, more, more. My local news this morning included a mention of “new calls for gun control” or something like that with every story: a steady drumbeat. Yes, some people and some organizations certainly are calling for more gun control; they are well known and their reactions are not unexpected. Don’t think for a minute that the so-called mainstream media, being solidly […]

No Addition to Our Security, No Good for Liberty

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 […]

Stray Voltage

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 […]

Grope-a-dope

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 […]

Gun-Day Monday: Minuteman Rifle, Take 2‏

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 […]

My Neighbor, The Ashburn Jihadi

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 […]

Gun-Day Sunday: FPF Training's Concealed Carry for Self-Defense

“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 […]

"Gun" Rhymes With "Fun"

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 […]