42,500

Hiding Child

Well, the government, the talking-heads, even your neighbors, are having a fresh conniption fit over firearms and their availability. As always, one should ask, cui bono? Who benefits?

For many of us, we spend much of the time informing these people of the gruesome human costs of tyranny, especially once disarmed.

Still, they wear you down. They call you a conspiracy nut. They tell you that “If these plans really were afoot, then it would be all over the news.”

They are so insistent, that, eventually, you begin to wonder if they are right. Even I have; just in the last week.

Then, I remember this article from a few years ago.

42,500.  Institutions.

The next time you grow weary of the fight, start to doubt yourself, and start to think about taking that “Red Pill” and going back to chewing on your ‘steak dinner’. Just remember… FORTY-TWO-THOUSAND, FIVE HUNDRED INSTITUTIONS.

You’ll find your strength, again. I promise.

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Pssst… I spoke to your Dad, today

He’s too cool to bring it up, but, Sunday is Fathers Day. He would probably love some new bullets and brass, a nice holster or firearm, a beer or coffee mug or polo-shirt. Even a TZP membership, kippa, or other neat stuff would really make him grin. If it arrives a few days late, so what? He’ll love it just the same. You might even find something for you, too. Now, I wonder where you could find such great stuff? You’re welcome. 😉

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No-Buy Terrorist Watch Lists: Bugs vs. Features

It appears that all the politicians are jumping on the idea of a no-buy list based on terrorist watch lists. It’s not merely a “bipartisan” enthusiasm for violating your rights, it’s downright nonpartisan.

Obama certainly loves him some no-buy, thinking anyone who disagrees with him must be crazy. Which could conveniently get them added to the standard prohibited person list for a NICS check.

Clinton, of course, has long been committed to the destruction of Second Amendment-protected rights, and sees this as another in a long line of rationalizations for victim disarmament.

Trump is not only embracing the no-process idea, he’s asking the NRA to join and help him. Perhaps he momentarily forgot he’s no longer a Democrat.

At any rate, I’m sure that staunch defender of RKBA, the NRA, will set Mr. Trump straight…

Um. Oh. Wait a minute.

“We are happy to meet with Donald Trump. The NRA’s position on this issue has not changed. The NRA believes that terrorists should not be allowed to purchase or possess firearms, period. Anyone on a terror watchlist who tries to buy a gun should be thoroughly investigated by the FBI and the sale delayed while the investigation is ongoing.”

But we can count on the Libertarian Party to speak up for human/civil rights, can’t we?

Maybe not. LP Presidential nominee Gary Johnson has gone from “No, it is unconstitutional to deny someone’s rights”  to “Gov. Johnson believes Second Amendment rights are too fundamental to be denied without due process, a position he reiterated on Fox News just minutes ago as I type: terrorist watch lists are flawed, include innocent people, and should be fixed before we use them to revoke rights forever. We should be open to a “discussion” of broadening the definition of a prohibited person. The nicest thing I can say about that shifting position is that it’s awfully wishy-washy for the party that holds that “all individuals are sovereign over their own lives and no one is forced to sacrifice his or her values for the benefit of others.” A more accurate summation is unprintable on this web site.

If all these principled and brilliant people think a no-buy list for terrorist suspects is a good idea, maybe we should look at it more closely. Could those flaws I see actually be features?

That’s going to be tough to say, because a no-buy list of terror suspects doesn’t yet exist. What’s been introduced in Congress will be debated, amended, and marked up in assorted committees. We’ll have to guess, based on what does exist.

The starting point is that persons in the Terrorism Screening Database would be added to the prohibited persons list under 922(t)(1)(B)(ii).

The TSB (“watch list”) consists of…

…pretty much anything someone wants it to be. Including wives found to be troublesome by disgruntled hubbies, not to mention the occasional senator, peace activist nun, lesbians, and Cats, toddlers, and House Representatives. Heck, Nelson Mandela was on the list.

Note that the bill would flag such threatening people in a NICS check. Sale denied.

Scenario 1: Joe Terrorist wonders if they’re on to him. He strolls into his local Black Rifles R Us and tries to buy heat-seekingbullet-piercing-bullet bullet-hose of a weapon of mass destruction. He gets denied. Since he knows he has a clean criminal and mental health record — but also knows he’s a secret terrorist — he figures out the obvious and goes on the lam. So much for that investigation. I’m sure the FBI will be happy.

Hmm. Maybe they’ll amend that to allow the sale, but will immediately notify the FBI so they can go pick him up in a timely manner.

Scenario 2: Omar Asshole buys a gun, and a few days later, before the feds show up, he goes on his rampage. Whoops. I’m sure that’ll be noted in someone’s annual performance evaluation.

Scenario 3: Billy Bob Hunter gets a downcheck on NICS. While he’s scratching his head puzzlement, the feds come and drag him in for questioning. Probably because his name shared too many common letters with a suspected terrorist. Or was a small government advocate, peace activist, senator…

Remember: this is based on the same source used to assemble the no-fly list that has enabled the TSA to capture exactly zero terrorists in nearly fifteen years.

But don’t worry, Billy Bob. If you’ve incorrectly been denied, you can always appeal to correct the record. Someday. Maybe. In the interim, what’s a violation of basic human/civil rights compared to terrorism? That’s what DC congresscritters call “due process.”

Something else to remember: Roughly 95% of NICS denials are false positives. If you believe that adding a known-corrupted list to that broken system will make it work better, you’ve never had to work with a legacy computer system.

But let us pretend it all works.

Scenario 4: Syed Jihad suspects they’re on to him. Following the lead of the majority of firearm-toting criminals, he has someone else buy his gun for him, or gets it on the street. FBI becomes aware of him when turn they on cable news the next morning.

If we take Feinstein et al at their word that this terrorist addendum to the NICS check is to stop terrorists then the best case scenario is that 1) a known terrorist 2) consciously chooses to purchase his weaponry via an FFL, 3) actually gets flagged, and either 4) is then stupid enough to delay his attack long enough for the feds to get off their butts and investigate (this assumes the sale proceeds to avoid tipping off terror-boy), or 5) gets denied and yet doesn’t opt for another technique like mowing down pedestrians with his car on his way home from the gun store.

Feinstein and King would have you believe that their little attack on basic freedoms would have stopped the Orlando Asshole‘s attack…

…even though he had no criminal record, and was not on the watch list, and acted faster than do the feds typically investigate denials.

A buggy system? Only if stopping real terrorists is the purpose. On the other hand, a watch list that allows individual immigration officers to ban their wives from the country with a simple fake data entry is made to order for listing those pesky “Oath Keepers, Other Liberty Groups” and taking away their tools of liberty. Instant prohibited persons. Objecting to a congresscritter who doesn’t properly represent your pro-freedom views in DC might be enough to get listed. So much for those calls to contact your representatives.

Yes; those are features. If your goal is a totalitarian police state with no meaningful constitutional protections for the subjects. It looks like Feinstein has finally found a way to force Mr. and Mrs. America to turn them all in. By nonjudicial, bureaucratic decree. This time with at least the passive backing of the Republican and Libertarian Presidential candidates, and the National Rifle Association, along with the Democrats.

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Someone certainly is crazy

The Emoter-in-Chief has been whining again.

Obama Slams ’Crazy’ Gun Rights Activists After Terror Attack In Orlando
“The fact that we make it this challenging for law enforcement, for example, even to get — to get alerted that somebody who they are watching has purchased a gun, and if they do get alerted, sometimes it’s hard for them to stop them from getting a gun, is crazy. It’s a problem,” Obama said in the Oval Office today.

That’s so irrational on so many levels. Notifying the feds of a prohibited person trying to buy a gun from a dealer is pretty easy… since the feds are the ones doing the background checks. But if the person isn’t prohibited, how is anyone supposed to know he’s double-secret prohibited? Of course, this is a set up for a secret “no-buy” terrorist watch list, similar to the no-fly list to which people get anonymously added for the darnedest reasons.

But let’s say they inflict no-process presumed guilt on America (more so, I mean, and the Orlando Asshole strolls in to buy a gun…

…and walks out with it because he was not under investigation, and hadn’t been for years. Possibly he should have been, but that’s hardly the dealer’s problem.

All right, all right. We’ll pretend he was under investigation and was on the nonexistent (fingers crossed) no-buy list. He gets rejected, the feds are notified…

And they do nothing. Except maybe curse about how the suspect now knows he’s being investigated. So we’ll leave out the part where our sexually confused protagonist gets notified. To keep the secret, the dealer will have to complete the sale. No doubt the feds will schedule him for a pick-up in a few days, and take that gun.

Oh. Wait. By that time he already shot up the helpless nightclubbers.

So tell us again, Barrycade, exactly what are you proposing to prevent another Orlando?

Moving on:

Obama complained out that the shooter was able to purchase weapons legally, even though he had been investigated by the F.B.I. for connections to radicalization but didn’t have a criminal record.

Darn that stupid presumed innocence! And closed investigations! No one being investigated — past, present, and probably in Obama’s mind future — by the FBI should be allowed a constitutional right. Or get an endorsement for a presidential campaign. Never mind.

“It appear that is one of those weapons he was able to just carry out of the store, an assault rifle — a handgun, a Glock, which had a lot of clips in it,” Obama said.

giggle- First off, the SIG MCX, as sold to civilians in America, is not an assault rifle. (And for the record, it isn’t even an AR-15-pattern rifle, since it uses a very different action; a forward assist does not an AR make.)

Now that Glock stuffed full of clips… Having used a variety of Glocks, including the Glock 17 that Ass-boy is reported to have possessed, I can attest that they run very,very poorly when stuffed with junk. Typically, you get the best results when you inserted a single loaded magazine. A bunch of paper clips, tie clips, stripper clips, whatever, will jam it. Possibly that’s why the scumsucker apparently only used his MCX.

No, we aren’t “crazy.” We simply note that the Orlando murderer wasn’t a prohibited person.

We note that the no-buy list doesn’t yet exist (fingers still crossed), and would would work about as well as the no-fly list, which hasn’t helped the TSA catch a single terrorist for going on 15 years.

We note that we allegedly still have constitutional rights, like RKBA and due process.

For that matter, private sales happen. Perfectly lawfully, since — again — the perp in question wasn’t prohibited. That would go through any list. Want to mandate universal preemptively-prove-your-innocence checks? That’ll work about as well, since criminals most often obtain their guns through extra-legal channels anyway. I suppose you could require the prohibited persons to report themselves for checks…

Oh. Wait. You can’t. I almost forgot.

No. We are not crazy. But either the President is, or he has other plans that would magically prevent a cold-blooded killer — with a clean record, not under investigation — obtaining any one of the hundreds of millions of firearms already in the country. Sounds like a post-constitutional total police/surveillance state, or total confiscation attempts followed something close to civil war.

I’d prefer that he be crazy.

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Forging the Hero

by Comrade X

Here’s the deal folks, we all can see the black cloud(s) on the horizon, that is why most if not all of us are here reading this blog in the first place, so the question we all are asking ourselves what can we do when EVERYTHING is so screwed up and I mean EVERYTHING btw

Well it’s sure is depressing and I have friends and family who have just about given up; but me being the Stoic as I am finds me always trying to look at reality as reality and accept what I can do or not. First; all things will come to an end (unless of course you believe in life after death that is) and the Republic or Empire called the US of A is getting there, IMHO the only question in my mind is how & how fast. If you accept that reality as I have than also IMHO it will make it easier to plan your next step and what to do, being that for myself I ain’t one to just take things lying down, that is.

I’m reading a very good book right now that I recommend for everyone; “Forging the Hero: A Tribal Strategy for Building Resilient Communities for Surviving the Decline of Empire” ($45 for print & ebook) by John Mosby.

From his website:

The premise of the book is the same premise that I teach in my Auxiliary and Support Operations Course: surviving the Decline of Empire is not about “saving” the empire, nor is it about “restoring” the empire. It’s about ensuring the survival of those cultural values that made the empire worthwhile in the first place, and the best people to surround yourself with, in order to ensure that, is by looking at the people who you already know share your values. Who is that? Your family, friends, and neighbors.

The problem that often arises, within the preparedness and survivalist communities however, is that everyone wants to create a “group,” whole cloth, out of the thin air of “like-minded” people that they probably don’t even know. Who do you know better, and who, should you trust? The dude you met at the Oathkeepers Rally, who showed up wearing a Multi-Cam soft shell parka, with lots of III% and Gadsden Flag velcro patches, or the cousins and siblings you grew up with, and their offspring?

“But, John, my family is full of sxx%heads that don’t care about the Constitution, or the Bill-of-Rights, or Capitalism. They all support Bernie Sanders, for crying out loud!”

Really? So, you were just a fluke of nature, and nobody in your family shares your values, at all? Where did your values come from? Granted, it CAN happen. I’ve met people who developed values in college or the military that seemed to be diametrically opposite of what their families believed. It’s pretty fxx%ing rare though. Even then, you—presumably—have friends that you’ve had for some time. THOSE people share your values, at least on some level, or they would not be your friends, right?

So what if your family and friends don’t share your concerns about the Decline, right now? If you’re willing to do the hard work, and think introspectively, you CAN find a way to approach them, through your shared values, in such a way to help them understand the importance of preparedness. You can, to borrow a quote, “instruct, especially in fundamentals or rudiments;” in fact, doing so, is “to imbue with a usually partisan or sectarian opinion, point-of-view, or principle.” See, recruiting and indoctrination is THE most important task the auxiliary fulfills in the UW doctrinal model. It doesn’t matter if the auxiliary is providing food, if there’s nobody to eat the dx%ned slop. It doesn’t matter if they’re procuring weapons and medical equipment on the black market, if there’s nobody to shoot the weapons, or that will need to be patched up.

The idea of “winning hearts and minds” is often derided today as unrealistic political bullsx%t, conceived by feel-good politicians with their heads in the clouds, and a total lack of understanding about how to win wars. While it HAS often been misused, and IS often misused, the old meme of “grab ’em by the balls, and their hearts and minds will follow,” is just as foolhardy. While it’s demonstrably not true that “you can’t kill your way to victory,” as the bleeding hearts like to whine, it IS demonstrably true that if you start killing people who are not yet dedicated to killing you, you WILL create MORE enemies, in their families and friends.

The fact is, committed foes, who have voiced or proven their willingness to use violence to achieve their aims, are not—generally—going to be convinced by anything outside of overwhelming violence-of-action, to alter their behavior. Those people can only be “fixed” by chopping off their heads, and sticking them on spikes to scare their compatriots. The greater mass of people however, who may hold some egregious views on things, that can be educated as to the error of their ways, absent chopping off heads.

Interesting reading folks (if you can handle the cussing), even with the heads on spike thing there is a time and place for everything IMHO, I hope that time is not in my lifetime but methinks it will be in the lifetime of some of my descendants so the very least of what I can do today is start laying the groundwork to better help their survival when that day comes (& if it comes in my day well at least I will have a leg up on that too & maybe not let my Kilt or Kin find my head on the bad guys spike who ever they may be, you know they have to be bad if your head is on their spike, don’t you).

Well that is where my focus is today and you know something it does make me feel better that I am doing something IMHO constructive and not just being depressed about how EVERYTHING is so screwed up around me and there is nothing much that I can do about that.

It is my plan to attend some of John’s upcoming classes too, which you can find more information about on his website.

Onward and upwards!


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Guns on the Internet; or, Yielding Responsibility

In the wake of Some Asshole murdering and wounding more than a hundred people, the Pope is blaming guns*, while Prezzie Barrycade is attributing the tendency to do horrific violence on information on the Internet.

So, you see, it wasn’t the fault of a sick, racist, homophobic, violent person. That “assault rifle” (which wasn’t) was browsing websites, got hypnotized by machines dispensing jihadi domestic rhetoric, loaded itself up, picked up a pistol, grabbed the car keys, and drove to the night club.

All by itself.

By that “logic,” they should have tried the machine guns, gas chambers, and ovens at Nuremberg.

As a nation, we’ve seriously lost our way. We used to understand that there are bad individuals who do bad things by choice. We held the people responsible for their actions. Not the inanimate objects, the tools.

Now, craven “leaders” would rather avoid alienating a potential voting block, and attack “access to guns” instead of a violent ideology. All in direct conflict with reality: The night club was a gun-free zone. The law-abiding patrons were disarmed for the convenience of the mass killer; something we’ve seen all too often.

If the Obamas and Francises of the world have their way, we’ll keep seeing it.

And the useful idiots like Takei, Cher, Rock, and Moore can pretend all they want. But some day, they’ll be forced to look back, and echo the words of an elderly German man, haunted by guilt, who told me:

“We knew. We told ourselves we didn’t know, because we didn’t want to know.

“But we knew.”

 


* I find Pope Francis’ opposition to access to arms sadly ironic, given his support of liberation theology.

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Poll: What’s next post-Orlando?

If you haven’t heard, late last night, a US citizen with Islamic State sympathies murdered more than 50 people in a gay club in Orlando, Florida.

Omar Mir Seddique Mateen, armed with an AR-15 and a handgun – having passed all the necessary background checks as a security officer at G4S Secure Solutions, pledged his allegiance to ISIS in a 911 call during the attack.

Remember, this is a man who worked as a security officer. He passed all the background checks. He was born in the United States to Afghani parents – in New York. He was also a spouse abuser, according to his ex-wife, who claims he was violent and beat her.

She never pressed charges, apparently, and never reported him to the police, which means he was clean and would have and did pass every necessary background check – even though he was on the FBI’s terrorist watch list in 2013 and 2014.

Mateen is dead, but the fallout is just beginning.

The mega Broadway hit Hamilton - now without muskets. Guess they forgot Hamilton died in a duel. With firearms.
The mega Broadway hit Hamilton – now without muskets. Guess they forgot Hamilton died in a duel. With firearms.

Almost immediately, the usual suspects began calling for gun control. Celebrities such as Seth MacFarlane and Kirstie Alley immediately started screeching for a ban on automatic weapons on Twitter, while in a staggering bolt of stupid, the cast of the Broadway show Hamilton eliminated muskets from the musical.

In light of this tragedy, what do you think will happen next? Will the gun grabbers’ calls for “universal” background checks finally be successful? Will another “assault” weapons ban pass? Will those on terrorist watch lists be deprived of their right to keep and bear arms without due process? Let us know in comments.

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A Great Gift… even to yourself

One thing I’ve always loved about Kai Cutlery’s Kershaw knives is that they usually come very, very sharp, right out of the box. Their design and execution is always first-rate, especially at their moderate price point.

Ken Onion’s “Leek” assisted opener design is an excellent example of these features. Thin enough to disappear into any pocket. Sandvik blade steel. Big enough to get the job done, but small enough, and can be carried tell-tale-clip free *, to keep you out of legal crap in many non-permissive environments.

A very nice tool, and more.

Check out our Store for this fine knife, customized with the Zelman Partisans’ logo and motto, offered at a fair price!  Lots of other goodies there, too!

Thank You for your continuing support.

* There _is_ a handy lanyard hole. Maybe tie on a small leather or paracord fob, a key ring, or a “monkey fist” with a big ball bearing therein?

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