Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Net Neutrality, here we come again

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is blaming internet websites for eroding her trustworthiness poll numbers.

“A lot of what people read about me in certain corners of the internet and a lot of what Donald Trump says about me is just that same nonsense,” she said during a speech at the International Women’s luncheon, referring to a long history of political attacks.
Clinton said she was troubled by polling numbers which show that voters didn’t trust her, and she put the blame on political opponents and conspiracy theories about her.
“I could say that political opponents and conspiracy theorists have accused me of every crime in the book over the years,” she added. “None of it’s true, never has been.”
Oh, man, that's a knee slapper.  Vince Foster and Ambassador Stevens were unavailable for comment.  But then, at this point, what difference does it make?

A Reader Sends - Confused Judge forgets where is powers come from

Judge Richard Posner: ‘No value’ in studying the U.S. Constitution

Two things I think you should keep in mind before you dig into this one.

1.  He's from the great Free Fire paradise of Chicago. 'Nuff said.
2.  I had a chance meeting with a reformed lawyer and all around awesome human being, Greg Hopkins, author of A Time to Kill, and lecturer on gun rights.  He mentioned that they no longer teach the Constitution.  Actually, they have not taught the Constitution as it relates to the foundation of Federal law in quite some time.  The Constitution is, instead, taught as vignettes of case studies.  Meaning that the supreme law of the United States, that was ratified in 1788, with its seven articles and 27 amendments, is not taught as the basis of law but only all of the ways that lawyers over the years have cherry picked its language to win a case. 

“I see absolutely no value to a judge of spending decades, years, months, weeks, day, hours, minutes, or seconds studying the Constitution, the history of its enactment, its amendments, and its implementation (across the centuries — well, just a little more than two centuries, and of course less for many of the amendments),” he wrote. “Eighteenth-century guys, however smart, could not foresee the culture, technology, etc., of the 21st century.”

Like the internet, cell phones, drones, wire taps, 4473 forms, the IRS, and all other machinations of big government over-reach and malfeasance.

"He added, “let’s not let the dead bury the living.”

"Judge" Posner's powers to adjudicate the freedoms of his fellow countrymen are derived from the Constitution.  That he fails to see the absolutely absurdity of this claim is telling how far removed the perfumed gentry class is from Flyover Country.  I should say that I pity the man when he has to face the stark fact that people are not meant to be ruled.  But I don't.  History tells us that it usually comes to such people right before they are led to furniture that produces a long drop and a sudden stop.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Coffee Alert - DoD says Trans Infantry is Ay-Okay in this mans Army

US Army allowing first openly transgender infantryman to stay in



"In just under a year, women have joined the ranks of combat arms and a transgender man is even serving as a squad leader in the United States Army Infantry. Staff Sergeant Patricia King was born with the biological features of a man, but has been tormented by a sense of being in the wrong body since the age of eight, according to BI."

"Technically, SSG King could be discharged from the Army for being openly transgender, but since Ash Carter announced plans to rethink this policy, the Army has not been actively pursuing discharges."

“…we have transgender soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines – real, patriotic Americans – who I know are being hurt by an outdated, confusing, inconsistent approach that’s contrary to our value of service and individual merit,” said Carter."

My comprehension of the English language is not sufficient enough to appropriately express how I feel about this.  To be plain, I do not give a rip how gay he is.  My deep concern is the pandoras box this is in regards to 1. good order and discipline, and 2. uniform standards.  It may not make sense to an outsider looking in, but this is a huge game changer for the military.  Not in a good way.

Damn.  The Marines are going to give us so much shit over this.

The Lost Generation

Professor Patrick Deneen explains how kids have become a generation of know nothings

So many excerpts I can paste here but these are a few:

"My students are know-nothings. They are exceedingly nice, pleasant, trustworthy, mostly honest, well-intentioned, and utterly decent. But their brains are largely empty, devoid of any substantial knowledge that might be the fruits of an education in an inheritance and a gift of a previous generation. They are the culmination of western civilization, a civilization that has forgotten nearly everything about itself, and as a result, has achieved near-perfect indifference to its own culture."

"We have fallen into the bad and unquestioned habit of thinking that our educational system is broken, but it is working on all cylinders. What our educational system aims to produce is cultural amnesia, a wholesale lack of curiosity, history-less free agents, and educational goals composed of content-free processes and unexamined buzz-words like "critical thinking," "diversity," "ways of knowing," "social justice," and "cultural competence."

"In such a world, possessing a culture, a history, an inheritance, a commitment to a place and particular people, specific forms of gratitude and indebtedness (rather than a generalized and deracinated commitment to "social justice"), a strong set of ethical and moral norms that assert definite limits to what one ought and ought not to do (aside from being "judgmental") are hindrances and handicaps."

I know the Millennials are taking a beating recently.  They earned it to a degree.  As I have observed elsewhere, it is every bit our own damn fault.  The good Professor here does an excellent job in explaining the depths to which we have sunk and will continue to sink.  We have wasted a generation to our own excesses and we will see them drift away at our own peril.  At a time when they need mentorship the most, we are bored to distraction and dither away the last chance at passing on freedom to later generations.  We can continue to dump on them or see this as an opportunity to pass the torch.  When this light goes out, who or when would you suppose will light it again?

Tacticool Tuesday - The MUT

The MUT by Leatherman is a multitool that has been designed specifically for the AR series rifle.  Over the years I have had a number of Gerbers and Leatherman tools and keep coming back to the Leatherman.  It is almost always more heavy than the Gerber but it is packed with features.  Gerbers also have a nasty design flaw in that if the pliers unexpectedly slip off of something while under tension, it will invariably catch the webbing of your hand and hurt like hell.  If you have ever used one, you know exactly what I am talking about.

What draws me to the MUT is the bolt over ride tool.  The "hammer", bronze scraper, scope wrench, etc. is all icing on the cake for me compared to that.  I have had to clear various malfunctions over the years and there is just no good way to do it quickly other than rack the charging handle back repeatedly, hammering the butt of the rifle on the ground, and hope for the best. I would like the ability to drop the mag, rip a tool out of my open top HSGI Taco pouch, manually insert it into the bolt, rack it back, watch the brass clear and continue mission.  I can be back into the fight in a few seconds.  Easy peezy.

The promotional video with explanation of the major features



The Nutnfancy longwinded gear review
 
 
 
We have one of these at the store that I have been eyeballing for about a year now.  After seeing the videos I think I am ready to pull the trigger on this one today.  The price tag is from 120 to 150 depending on what model you get.  Obviously much more than the Eddie Bauer stocking stuffer.  With my very modest discount and a $30 gift card I received for making a dy-no-mite cheesecake, I can pick this up for under a 100.  Never pay full price, right?
 
Now I did see this piece of gear making its rounds lately.  I can see it does something similar to the MUT bolt over ride tool and is substantially less in weight and in precious federal reserve notes ($35 to $45 depending on model). 
 
Weaponsman has this really solid review of the tool.
 
 
From the Manufacturer:
"The Manual Bolt Extraction Device (MBED) is designed to be used in the event of a malfunction where you need direct access to the bolt carrier group (BCG) and the leverage provided by the charging handle is insufficient. The MBED is effectively used to clear the most common stoppages such as a double feed where the second round is wedged above the BCG. The MBED can also be used to clear an over pressured round or any stoppage where the casing is stuck in the chamber and has seized function of the rifle."
 
Why would I choose the MUT over this?  I wouldn't necessarily.  Tools are tools.  On the gear I would want a tool that will give me the most bang for my buck without taking up too much real estate.  Bottom line is that it is your choice what you carry into the fight.  We'll see how enthusiastic about the MUT after I run up flights of stairs in full armor.



Monday, June 27, 2016

"Moderate"


Now contrast this with the previous post.

"Since you are refusing to accept [allah], I'm going to show you who I am,  And I know who I am,  We are going to bomb.  That's what we do."

Because they would have done it for me



Even if you do not see the whole 45 minute speech, I would invite you to just check out the opening 5 minute vignette about an A-10 pilot in Afghanistan.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Around the Westcliffe, CO area next weekend?

2nd Amendment 4th of July Rally and March - Westcliffe, CO

 
From Ironwill over at Resister in the Rockies.  Who needs some lame barbeque and a few sparklers?  Go be in the company of some great Patriots and support an awesome Patriot event.
 
 
If anyone else has an event planned for the 4th of July weekend, shoot it on over and I will be sure and post it up.

Brilliant speech by (now former) MEP Daniel Hannan.


This is the exact opposite of the last post.

Two quotes I thought were expressly poignant.

"10 Years ago the EU was taking 55% of British exports.  Last year it was taking 45%.  Where is it going to be in 2030?  Where is that figure going to be in 2050?  How low does it have to go before we drop this bizarre idea that we have to merge our political institutions with those of neighboring countries in order to have a minority say in a declining block?"

"Being a nation means that we are not just a random set of individuals born to another random set of individuals.  It imposes on us a duty to keep intact the freedoms we were lucky enough to inherit from our parents and pass them on to securely to the next generation."

And one more:
"We are a great country and our song is not yet sung. We still have more to give. Though much is taken.  Much abides.  And though we are not now that strength which in old days moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are."

Sunday Jams - Tom Waits







Coffee Alert - High in the running for the dumbest thing you will see today

Alabama councilwoman complains Holocaust memorial is racist because ‘it is for dead people 

I really have not had my finger on the pulse of Birmingham politics for a few years, but I am wondering at what point did the City Council become completely over-run with the irredeemably stupid? I know that cities can tolerate a certain amount of incompetence and graft and survive so long as there are enough people to pick up the slack. Pity. It used to be pretty nice.

"Tyson, who has previously asked the city to pay for repairs at the historically black Shadow Lawn Cemetery, said she didn’t understand why the city should help the privately funded memorial project.

Isn’t it still for dead people,” Tyson said. “It is for dead people. Aren’t the people they are memorializing deceased?”

"City Attorney Thomas Bentley, whose parents are buried in Shadow Lane, sighed and tried to explain how the black cemetery was a private entity, while the Holocaust memorial expressed the city’s remembrance."

I’m not sure I have the vocabulary or explanatory power to indicate the distinction although it’s clear to me from a legal standpoint that there is a distinction,” Bentley said."

I feel your pain, guy. I really do.

This is the oldest cemetery in the world,” Tyson said. “If this isn’t a tourist attraction I want to know what is."

In. Da. Wurl. Go big, or go home, right?  Not to be publicly admonished, the pack senses distress and comes to her aid.

“I know the difference,” [fellow Councilwoman] Scales said. “The difference is the haves and have-nots.”

Social Justice for the win. 

God, I love that town.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Help Wanted for Deployed Care Packages - Inquire Within

I am in contact with a few gentlemen that would that stand ready to send care some really awesome care packages to currently deployed service members.  I know our forward deployed military foot print is significantly downsized. but we still have plenty of people out there deserving of our support.
 
If you or someone you know has a valid APO address please email it to me at Sipseystreetirregulars@gmail.com or P.M. me on facebook and I will pass it on. 


p.s.  If I get any "no blood for oil" or "imperial illuminati Bilderberger Agent of Doom" b.s. comments they will be deleted.  Let's keep it classy folks.

Shooting an 18th century flintlock hunting rifle





Holy Crow!  After you see the video, check out the full court press from Mason Dixon Tactical regarding the survival applications of the flintlock.

Adventures in Social Media



I shared this picture on facebook and it received (for me anyway) a fair amount of attention.  With nearly 300 400 500 "likes" and well over 1000 2000 3000 shares, I have been able to track how people interpret a meme that I think is fairly self-evident.  Most people got it.  Some, to my surprise, did not.


I will numerate a few of those that just "did not get it".  These quotes are taken directly from Facebookers that shared the meme.  All painful syntax errors have been left.  I have to share the pain somehow.


1.  "You wrong no guns not even for cops. Yea Hillary . I love that girl" - For so many reasons, I hope you choke while you eat a giant bag of dicks.  Asshole.


2.  "Yet another attempt by weak-minded NRA minions the further the paranoid, hysterical, fallacy that "da guvment is gunna take yer guns". NOBODY, NO rational person, wants to take away everyone's guns. What sucks is that 2nd Amendmenters apparently lack the critical thinking skills necessary to recognize this." - Yes they are trying to prevent private ownership of firearms.  Stop being obtuse.  Also see #1.


3  "The 2nd Amendment has NOTHING to do with hunting. (Just saying)" -  No one said it was.   However, any restriction on standard capacity mags should be met with bitter scorn and willful disobedience.  Just saying.


4.  "Incorrect on 30 rounds for hunting if your hunting hogs you need 30 rounds maybe more depending on size of herd and if they're coming at you" - No one cares.  See #3.  Just saying.


5.  "and if you need a gun to feel free you suck at freedom" -  If your only contribution to the country is to throw spitballs on social media, you suck at freedom.  Also, I need to have a gun because I suck at being a slave.  Where does that put the people on the other side of the debate?


6.  " If you need a gun to kill someone, you suck at murder! Box cutters got 3000 on 9/11. The most dangerous weapon is your brain. If you hate enough to murder, you can carry it out." - Socialist governments were responsible for over 260 million murders last century.  The most dangerous weapons are "greater good" assholes like you that load people on cattle cars.  That is quantifiable.


I did find it amusing to see one anti-freedom prole in debate with another anti-freedom prole over certain nuances of gun control.  It was like watching chimps try to use tools for the first time.  They understood some rudimentary concepts but they have no idea of the purpose. 


None of them understood the "why" of the debate.  They understood to a certain degree the "how" and the "what".  The "why", as in why would you demand your freedom to retain the most basic human right to self defense, had them at a loss.  Until they figure that part out, they will just not get it.

A very inconvenient truth



As seen on The View from North Central Idaho.  Click on the link for a wonderful discussion that was had with a "all guns are icky" social media warrior.  Facts punch right through feelings, every time.

The mask drops

"Correlation does not prove causation. But a negative correlation certainly proves that “easy access to guns” cannot be blamed for murder and violent crime."


"We have still other means to test the claim that “flaccid gun laws” are a problem. I have been asking a question for over a decade now. And many others, including the CDC and the Department of Justice, have been asking it in slightly different forms without being able to find an answer that agrees with those who want more repressive gun laws. The background for the question can be found here: http://blog.joehuffman.org/2004/12/14/just-one-question/"


"The question is, “Can you demonstrate one time or place, throughout all history, where the average person was made safer by restricting access to handheld weapons?” The answer turns out to be, “No.”




Friday, June 24, 2016

I'm guessing it did not go the way he anticipated

David Cameron steps down Prime Minister following British exit of EU vote.

Big news in the Old Blighty. Anyone want to buy some Euros for cheap?

The Boogymen under your bed with an issued Glock 20

FBI Says Racist Organizations Have Been Infiltrating Police Departments For Years

As found making its rounds on Facebook.  Oh the irony of the FBI training, setting up, and funding the white supremacist movement for years to troll for a steady stream of truly useful idiots only to accuse the same people for infiltrating the LEO.

Training Pics from Bob Wrights boys in New Mexico

I tip my hat to these Patriots.  Deeds, not words.

Update: these pictures were originally misattributed to Patiots in the Pacific North West.  I apologize for the confusion.




Bill Whitle: Guns, Islam and Orlando


Bill Whittle is a national treasure.  God only knows why he is not given a bigger platform.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

George Patton sends: Restore Liberty in My Lifetime?

Restore Liberty in My Lifetime?



An excerpt:


"We in the liberty movement all talk about “restoring rightful liberty” whatever that means to the folks talking about it. Many of us call ourselves three percenters, alluding to the three percent of the patriots who fought for liberty during the revolutionary war."


...


"The Patriots were motivated by equality, economic mobility and freedom of religion."


"What percentage of Americans are motivated by these three things today? We read daily of regular folks begging the government to take their rights away under the notion that we “might” be safer.  The number of folks that really want equality of opportunity is almost none.  Attacks on economic mobility occur from every side of the political spectrum.  Freedom of religion?  Americans are embracing religion at a smaller number every year it seems."


"So, what are we restoring? How many Americans even recognize these motivations enough to even want them?"