I did this. Yep, organizational security was one of my first jobs in the Air Force as a First Lieutenant, when I got to my first operational assignment, the 99th Bomb Wing (Heavy) at Westover AFB, MA. I was interviewed by my Squadron Commander, who checked my scores on the subject at Officer Training School, found them satisfactory, then looked into my background, finding me to be raised by a father who served at the highest levels of sensitive planning in the Navy. I took a short course and off I went to the additonal duty of Squadron Security Officer, where I was "Stasi", that guy who pestered you about keeping your security clearance and sensitive-area documents, your "papers" in order. Of course, I couldn't shoot anyone whose papers weren't in order, but I could and did report their bad status to the Commander, who took appropriate action.
Yes, I know this stuff.
So, what did I look for as a Security Officer? I reviewed the daily Security Police incident records to determine if any of those USAF people who got in trouble were Squadron assignees. I kept files on everyone's Form DD398, the master application for security clearance, to determine those whose clearances were expiring, in time to get refreshed clearances. I, myself, held the highest area clearance, and served as Escort for approved visitors who needed access to sensitive areas.
In short, the Air Force took security of a Nuclear Triad facility VERY seriously, and I was one of the people who was charged with keeping that security airtight. I was 26 at the time.
That's the background I write about this incident from. RTWT, please.
Look at Rep. Carson's associations.
Look at the associated outfits, most of which are either in bed with, or directly support Islamic Jihad.
We just let this man have clearance to see our most tightly-held secrets in the War on Terror (Islamic Jihad Terror). Why would we do that?
Minority Leader of the House, Rep. Nanacy Pelosi, did that, and she did it for one reason: she wants to poke a sharp stick into the eye of the security of the United States.
Folks, this demonstrates Intent to commit Treason.
Even if Rep. Carson never commits treason, Nancy Pelosi just gave him her official permission to do just that.
The NSA needs to work up an op to test Rep. Carson's loyalty. If he fails that test, both he and Nancy Pelosi need to be charged with Treason, in the appropriate degree.
Of course, this is all a pipe dream. Since the ultimate Person In Charge, or MFWIC as we used to say, is pro-Jihad, nothing will get done.
All we can do is be personally prepared to defeat Jihad when it comes to us.
Since I wrote the last post, it's been pointed out that the Palestinian leader, Mahmoud Abbas, attended, and marched next to Israeli Premier Benjamin Netanyahu in the huge solidarity demonstration in Paris.
Think of your missed opportunity THERE, Mr. President: the three most important people in the search for an acceptable Palestinian State walking arm in arm. THAT could have started something actually worthy of the Peace Prize, Mr. President.
Too bad. You snoozed, you lost. Worst, you snoozed and PEACE may have lost.
Today, our President illustrated all too well a very bad choice he made. Words cannot be minced here:
President Obama's Administration, by it's action in refusing to join the rest of the Western World's leaders in Paris as a show of support for France and her people, made a stark choice. The choice was made to NOT stand with Western Civilization in the denunciation of Islamic Jihad and it's associated terrorism, but instead, the President denied the very civilization to which this Nation belongs.
One just does not make this decision idly or by default. Today, our President stood with Islamic Jihad and terrorism and stood against resisting this singular evil. There is just no other way to say this.
The underdog Ducks beat Florida State decisively a week ago. The NCAA waited until two days before the Championship game to find two Duck players who have allegedly failed a drug test.
1. When were these players tested?
2. Were ALL the players on BOTH teams tested?
3. The "appeals" were heard and denied with blinding speed, completely uncharacteristic of the NCAA.
4. Follow the money. The Big Ten and OSU represent a FAR larger slice of the pie in the CFB industry than does the PAC Twelve and the Ducks.
5. Prediction: if the Referee and Umpire are Big Ten officials, look for most questionable calls to go OSU's way, and look for the Umpire to take his sweet time about resetting the ball when the Ducks are on offense, ruining the Ducks' up-tempo offensive pace.
Since I've been dabbling in Facebook for about a year, I got away from this blog, and announced my hiatus.
The hiatus is over, primarily because events are about to overtake the globe which will demand some preparation for in order to be survivable, and Facebook, for all it's speed, doesn't really give that capability. I advise on calamity preparation in my blogs, and it's time to take up that cudgel again.
There are two major events on the horizon: One dealing with Islam and it's increasingly-harsh conflict against Western Civilization, and the second is economic. In the economic case, we are led, by our Central Bankers, to a precipice of our own making, and we are led there in the name of various get-rich-quick schemes, just as we were led there 86 years ago. The lessons of the Crash of 1929 and the Great Depression which followed have been completely forgotten, and sleight-of-hand and outright sham finances have become the rule for trading in equities, commodities and energy. I guess that these mega-liars hope that their lies will become the "new truth", and if you are invested in any of the above instruments, you hope that also, because when the realization sets in that the Emperor wears no clothes, the crash to follow will echo for not 86 years, but ten times that.
Today, though, I want to concentrate on the first major event: the Islamist hegemony.
Today, in Paris, France, Islamic militants stormed a publishing house and committed a successful gun attack, killing 2 gendarmes and 10 employees of a satirical magazine which has poked fun at Islam over the years.
The French Government brought this situation upon themselves by first allowing the in-migration of over 30 million Muslims, and then allowing the Muslims to set up their own city-states within France where Shariah law was practiced and the police could not enter. This had been done over the course of the past 20 years or so. The muzzies were allowed in for (sound familiar?) employment in French industry.
Okay, so much for the present, intolerable situation in France. Why, you ask, do I concern myself with it here in the US of A?
Simple. The same process is at work here to allow the Muslims to self-govern outside of US Law. This process accelerated rapidly with the election of President Obama, and is still accelerating. We will be at France's level in a few short years if we don't reverse course.
Just how would we reverse course?
We reverse course by refusing to accept Islam as a religion. Our Constitution requires freedom of religious expression, and associated Codes make promulgating a Religion very advantageous. However, a religion must have a code of morals, and under our Constitution, the "code of morality" offered by Islam fails several important tests, chief among those tests, equality of sexes, and Islam's insistance on forced conversion of "infidels", a definable act of slavery. Any form of "Islam lite" that actually conformed to our Constitution as interpreted would, in fact, be denied by the Islamic religious rulers of the Levant. Islam, therefore, cannot exist as a religion under our laws, and if it can't exist, steps must now be taken to remove the protections erroneously and previously given to Islam.
Islam may properly be called a cult, but not a religion. It only remains for We the People to pressure our leaders to deny the benefits of being an organized religion to Islam, and to specifically re-define this belief system as a dangerous cult. Since the entire corps of adherents to this belief system protects and shields the violent terrorists who are also system members, the entire corps of adherents may properly be labeled accessories to the violence performed in the name of that corps.
In our legal system, we have laws dealing with accessories to crimes: we can imprison them, we can seize their assets, and we may restrict them and their criminal conspiracies physically from our municipal jurisdictions.
Finally, the new Remington R51 is in service as intended:
...and therein lies a tale, or five.
As you will recall, I ordered this pistol from my dealer back in early January. It finally came in six days ago. On Monday of this week, I took it to my range to break it in and practice with it. After firing 70-75 rounds of various factory ammo loadings including some Cor-Bon +P, it stopped firing. Range field-stripping revealed that the firing pin had become frozen in it's channel, and also, the elastomeric* extractor spring had dislodged from it's location, and the extractor was unsprung (still worked, but not as required).
That was the Range Day from Hell, because my Kel-Tec P-11 also failed, with a broken trigger! Yep, the trigger broke right off just below it's pivot pin. More on that later, but here's a pic:
Now, I've been shooting for around 60 years, and I've never seen that malfunction before.
Back to the Remington.
I went right to work with the pistol, and before the failure, which was due to manufacturing debris left in the firing pin channel, the pistol successfully ate 115gr ball from Blazer, 124-gr NATO military ball (Winchester White Box), Winchester Ranger 147-gr JHP, and 10 rounds of Cor-Bon +P 147-gr, probably the stoutest europellet available. I had, while the gun was till working, one smokestack malfunction, but it was my fault for trying to set the world-record double-tap, during which I either limp-wristed the pistol or loosened my grip enough to let the grip safety take an intermediate position. I couldn't dupe that fail today, so who knows. Of course, when the firing pin failed, there was first a light-strike malfunction, then a no-fire malfunction.
The gun is built like a tank, and the machining quality is as good as any pistol I've ever handled, including my pre-war (German) Walther PP, which has set the standard for me up to now. All Hail CNC machining!
Take your pleasurable moment upon eating the very best ice cream you ever put in your mouth on a hot day. Yep, this gun shoots that well! Everything at point of aim. The crisp single-action trigger is very predictable, and not so light as you can't stop your trigger pull safely. I estimate it at 4.5-5.0# by my calibrated trigger finger. Dee-lightful trigger, yes. Gunfighter's trigger, yes.
You would NOT give this gun to a novice, and it should NOT be a first gun. It is safe to use when all the proper gun-handling discipline one learns over the years is applied, but you could dummy up and get a ND very easily. The reason is, that once you grip the loaded and chambered pistol, it fires with a trigger pull, nothing else required. If you want to safe this pistol, you clear it and holster an empty weapon, period. You must never holster it in in a holster which has a retention strap (that releases the grip safety), and IWB carry has an element of risk as well. I bought the Galco belt-slide friction holster that you see in the above photo, and that's safe enough. You have to be cognizant that if you carry a round chambered, when you draw, you have made the weapon ready to fire by gripping it to draw.
Most previous reviews of the gun have praised it's shoot-ability, and I agree. It is easier to shoot and shoot well than a Glock G19, or my Kel-Tec P-11 in this caliber. It rivals the legendary 1911A1 in shoot-ability, given the difference in the cartridges. The R51 manages recoil and muzzle flip better than any other gun shooting a modern high-pressure cartridge, period. It stays on target for fast follow-up shots better than anything else I've shot.
The magazines don't come near to the build quality of the pistol. They look and feel cheap, and I notice that the ammo column of a loaded magazine is somewhat staggered, which leads to friction inside the magazine while it's feeding ammo to the pistol. The inside of the magazine has to be lightly oiled because of this. The floorplate does not fit closely to the bottom of the magazine, with the result that the metal corners of the magazine bottom bite you a bit as you are re-stuffing them full of 9mm shooty goodness. That's just crap. I hope someone like MecGar makes a decent aftermarket magazine for it soon. Also, it seems that the spring tension is VERY heavy, far heavier than any other 9mm magazine I've ever taken apart to clean. The magazine is a New Yawker, holds only seven rounds, but it feels like you are putting the last two rounds into a 33-round Glock monster-mag as you fill the Remington magazines. That said, I have to buy another one of these right away, because that heavy spring got away from me and I lost the spring retainer plate from one of the two factory mags while cleaning it. It's in my damn room, but hiding very well. I restored the magazine to service by fashioning another retainer plate out of a scrap of an old credit card using a nail trimmer to nibble it into shape, reassembling the magazine, and fixing the new plate into place with a small brass screw though the plate and the bottom of the magazine.
My carry of the R51 started two hours ago. It rides right where I have carried everything else, just aft of the center-line of my body, behind my hip. I am carrying Winchester Ranger 147-gr in the pipe and the top three, followed by four NATO ball. The backup mag has all NATO ball, because if I get past the First Four, me AND my adversary are likely using cover, and the ball has the zing to defeat light cover. It IS Europellet, after all.
My R51 may have been the first one in Portland, OR. If you're dying to get the feel of one, email me and I will meet you for a hands-on.
* Elastomeric extractor spring: The "spring" is actually a little rubber pill of about 4mm height. It sits compressed under the lever end of the extractor and is squashed in between the extractor and the breech block body, pushing upward on the lever end of the extractor, which translated into opposite motion at the fulcrum, a pivot pin, keeps the extractor in the closed position. When it popped out, fortunately it stayed inside the action, and after some musing, I was able to figure out how to put it back into position. It involved making a shoe-horn-like tool out of a grapefruit knife by dulling the edge so it wouldn't cut up the little rubber pill, but ease it back into it's nook.
UPDATE: 040814 0904 PDT: I'd noticed a few reviews of this pistol had nagative comments about the magazines not being of the same build quality as the pistol. Yeah, they look and feel cheap, but so far, they work. However, since I've been carrying the R51 almost a week now, I've notice something else about the magazines. They have a plastic (elastomeric?) bottom cap, which engages the metal bottom flares on the magazine body by a little less than 3/4 of the body cross-section, as opposed to the entire body being flared in most other magazines I've seen. The plastic bottom cap is somewhat flexible, and a bend develops in the piece when left loaded. I have no idea if Remington even knows about this, but again, it is an argument for a re-design of the magazine by either Remington or an aftermarket supplier.
The post is in a long comment to Joe's co-blogger there, Lyle, owner of Ultimak.
Lyle wrote about registration, gun registration in particular. I go into the whole history of registration, which is necessarily the warp and weave of government itself. I conclude that we can have our fight against this government, and even win it, without firing a shot in anger.
Thompson submachine gun. In 1975, I was assigned as Equipment Manager for the Sheriff. The Patrol Captain, who had overall responsibility, directed me to inventory all Sheriff-owned firearms. I discovered two Navy Thompsons in inventory. Up until ten years before, Patrol Deputies had carried the Tommy Gun if they qualified. I asked the Captain what he wanted done with them, and he said that the Sheriff had authorized him to transfer them out of inventory. The Captain asked me if I wanted one. I declined, as I was getting divorced and was flat broke.
44 Auto Mag. In 1976, I was pulling a shift as Precinct Desk Officer, and a drunk guy staggered up to the counter with a small briefcase. He asked me to check out the gun it contained, a 44 Auto Mag. I did, and it was not stolen. He asked me if I wanted to buy it for $200. Remember that was a lot of money, I made less than $8/hr then. I turned him down, but did find another Deputy who bought it. They were selling new for almost $700 then. They are over $2000 today if you can find one.
Springfield M1A SOCOM carbine. An old USMC veteran in my-then gun club died six years ago, and his wife couldn't pay for the funeral, so she sold off some of his guns. I bought a Colt Anaconda at market price, but didn't have the $1600 for his fine scout-style battle rifle.
"Buntline Special". This was the gun I drooled about as a kid. One day at the practice range at Mizzou (I shot for the Rifle Team there '61 & '62), a team member drags out the long-barreled SAA and offered it up for $100. Of course, I didn't have that much money as a poor college kid, but I did get to hold it for a minute or so...
Browning BAR (civilian model). Technically, this one doesn't count, because I did own one briefly. I inherited it in '93, but sold it quickly to raise cash. I wish now that I'd have kept it. I was 30-06, had fine Leupold glass, and was in near-new condition.
Notice how Putin's words and non-words are whipsawing the world's stock exchanges? What do you bet that Russian oligarchs with advance notice are raking in the moolah in those markets? The markets have these derivative betting instruments which are perfect for making money from the planned volatility. If there was ever a reason to ban derivatives trading, Putin is showing us why we should enact a ban now.
Tom Clancy wrote about it, back in the bad old USSR days. Those days might be coming back. The question to be answered in 20 minutes when the Russian ultimatum for Ukrainian surrender of all Black Sea military facilities expires.
We'll just have to wait and see. If we and Europe go with economic sanctions to kill the Russian ruble, we can expect a blow in return. The US Dollar isn't in much better shape than the Russian ruble, so any effort on the part of Russia to destabilize OUR currency might very well work like they want it to.
Are you ready?
I would take the usual steps: top off your fuel tanks, pull some dollars out of your bank account because if the currency wobbles badly enough, Obama will knee-jerk and close the banks. Be prepared for plenty of economic uncertainty.
One more thing. Now we will get to see if all those Russian computer hackers really ARE part of an organized army as some have warned. If they are, we're going to lose our commerce for a while. WE may lose the Internet for a while. All those smart-phones? Toast.
We might just get to see how ready the US populace is for a down-home, 21st Century war without bullets and bombs. A cyber-war.
I'm not betting on the US. In such economic war, we get to see how tough and resourceful we are. I'm betting that if there is such a cyber-conflict, the Free Shit Army will not have the patience to wait it out and take some level of privation along with the rest of us who might be more prepared. They will want what we have in the way of prepared stuff.
In most urban areas, the various Governments are not prepared for this, and Militia will be required to keep order.
Or, the USA will simply raise the White Flag. Actually, of all the scenarios, and considering the present leadership, I expect some level of surrender on the part of our Government. We aren't prepared to fight Russia. Europe used to be, but 22 years of no USSR has given them a soft belly the same as ours. The most likely communique from Washington DC and Brussels will probably be a joint surrender.
Just know that Vlady Putin won't have any KY jelly when he comes for us.
It took 20 minutes to write this. The Ukrainian deadline is now up...
Yep, I've been blogging for over 10 years now. I have 1.645 million pageviews. I've written over 4,300 posts, and I've accepted almost 6,000 comments. At the peak (in the bewb-blogging days), I had over 2,000 views per day, but average about a quarter of that today (most of the pageviews in the bewb-days were those using my blog as a source for soft-porn, and most of them from the Middle East).
I have shifted the direction of the blog twice, and I'm about to shift it again. It's about meaningful change, accent on the meaningful. When I started, I thought I was cutting-edge new: I had boob blogging, I had militia blogging, I had hard-edge conservative blogging. In the mid-late "oughts", it occurred to me that I was becoming a "nail that stuck up", and we all know that such nails attract hammer blows, just like trailer parks attract tornadoes. I toned down some of the more reactionary stuff, mostly the information on the best guns and ammo to kill people with. Politically, this was all during the Bush43 Regime, and if the dot-gov was snooping, we had no Snowden to tell us.
Now we are in the Obama Regime, and we have solid proof that extensive systems exist for the purpose of spying on US Citizens. I am likely on one or more lists of dissidents to be rounded up when "that day" comes, if it ever does. That doesn't bother me as much as it might others, because I have a plan for that day. It DOES bother me that my few regular readers might suffer the same fate though, and I have been wrestling with this thought for several weeks.
During this recent 3-week hiatus, I have vacillated between pulling the plug on the blog to ramping it back up to a full head-to-head opposition to the current Government. I still haven't decided, so I am going, for the moment, with a change of direction.
I believe that my most valuable role in conservative blogging is to illustrate the social issues of the day in terms of history, something you rarely find in the Main Stream Media. Today's other two posts, on the history of racial integration and the gay pride problem, offer a look at the new direction. If didactic isn't your thing, I'm not your blogger.
I haven't totally sheathed the sword, but I have moved it from here to Facebook. You can find my public timeline under George Schneider. It has a local Northwest flavor, but I post in the TEA party circle hereabouts, and keep up on the 2A scene in my posts. Look for my timeline here.
Another thought I have had is to declare EMCON. Under that condition, I would presume that hostilities with the Government are imminent (or that they have already begun), not just possible or probable. If I go to EMCON, all my social media (including this blog) goes dark. I would advise all readers to give serious thought to what it would take for YOU to declare your personal EMCON. Analyze how you will make that determination. EMCON would likely be followed by mustering of Militia. Also give some thought to how you would respond to a Militia call-up.
The big news this week has been over a Bill in the AZ Legislature which would have allowed businesses to act as individuals and claim religious "rights" to discriminate based on their chosen religious tenets. It was a bad bill, and deserved veto, for no other reason that the Founders granted INDIVIDUALS certain rights, and corporations only the right to exist. Making corporations legally equal to individuals leads to corporate oligarchy, and needs to be fought at every turn.
So, huge pressure was put on the conservative Governor of AZ, Jan Brewer, and we had to again witness the ugly spectacle of "gay pride" being paraded before the cameras. When the Federally-protected corporation known as the NFL chimed in with dark threats to cancel the next Super Bowl, scheduled for Glendale AZ, Gov. Brewer knuckled under and vetoed the bill.
This got your blogger to thinking, and posing himself a "what-if":
What if the early attempts to integrate the races in the USA had proceeded on the "gay pride" model, instead of the model of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr?
Let's look at this.
The "gay pride" model tell us that gays are SOOOO different, and this is accentuated by the outlandish clothing, the dyed hair, the suggested or actual sexual contact before the cameras. It's all "in your face", and it sends the INTENDED message of "we're here, we're queer, get used to us". I, like most other conservatives, don't give a rip what you do in the privacy of your homes, but I also believe that ANY conduct on the order of what passes for "gay pride" should not get public exhibition in a civilized society.
Dr. King's model. Having the exact same problem of selling a skeptical public on the acceptance of "different" people, Dr. King said: MINIMIZE THE DIFFERENCES, ACCENTUATE THE SIMILARITIES to the majority society.
Dr. King succeeded with his message, and the queers have failed with theirs.
Consider: What do you think would have happened if the blacks of the 1950's had used the "gay pride" model to get their desire for integration heard? Malcolm X and Huey Newton tried with this model and failed, BTW.
Answer, we would still have Jim Crow laws, that's what. Our society would not have made the last 60 years of racial-acceptance progress.
Another Black History Month comes to a close. During the Month, like many other Februaries since this Month was declared by the black student union at Kent State University in 1970, we have had a steady diet, predictably, of the good works of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Every "movement" has to have a hero, and for those chronicling the achievements of blacks in the USA, Dr. King is the obvious choice.
There's just one problem:
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr didn't give blacks the biggest push towards equality, the US Army did, led by GEN. Dwight D. Eisenhower. In the late stages of WW2 in Europe, US Army units had a severe problem replacing soldiers taken out of action by battle casualties. Eisenhower, the CIC in Europe, had a surplus of black troops, which were, up until then, segregated in certain units, mostly construction/engineering battalions and logistics units. There were no blacks in front-line combat outfits, the Tuskeegee Airmen being a notable exception (a pet project of FLOTUS Eleanor Roosevelt at the time). In 1944, Eisenhower ordered the integration of the entire Army, including front-line units. In 1948, President Truman issued an Executive Order to formally integrate the military, but it was the press of casualty replacement again, in the Korean War, that drove the integration to the reality we find it at today. As time went on in the Fifties, senior black NCOs began leaving the Army, and they were snapped up by business and industry.
That was the start of racial integration in the USA, folks. You won't see it discussed on "sound-bite" TV, it's much easier for TV producers to slap up a vignette of Dr. King, and his good works led to many such vignettes, but the US military led the way to break the color barriers in this Nation. Every thing that followed was basic mop-up.