Some Retired LTC "Strategist" Living in England Wants to take your guns
Not really wading into the debate on the 2nd Amendment (let's keep it), but going after some of the morons who think they have the moral authority and bright ideas to change it/eliminate it. Take this supposedly retired LTC, Bob Bateman, writing in Esquire about how true gun control might be brought about...
For starters, this retired LTC living in England is embarrassed by our country when among the Brits. There's plenty to be embarrassed about - first, I'd start apologizing to Her Majesty for Bruno Mars, the POTUS, and what we did with plaid in the 70s. But they owe us because that bumbling idiot, Piers Morgan, lives here. Anyway, I digress...you should read the Esquire piece, but keep in mind that I have never met anyone who claims to manage violence for a living that actually did so.
Here are some of "Bob's" MENSA-like suggestions:
1. The only guns permitted will be the following:
- a. Smoothbore or Rifled muzzle-loading blackpowder muskets. No 7-11 in history has ever been held up with one of these.
- b. Double-barrel breech-loading shotguns. Hunting with these is valid.
- c. Bolt-action rifles with a magazine capacity no greater than five rounds. Like I said, hunting is valid. But if you cannot bring down a defenseless deer in under five rounds, then you have no fking reason to be holding a killing tool in the first place.
2. We will pry your gun from your cold, dead, fingers. That is because I am willing to wait until you die, hopefully of natural causes. Guns, except for the three approved categories, cannot be inherited. When you die your weapons must be turned into the local police department, which will then destroy them. (Weapons of historical significance will be de-milled, but may be preserved.)
3. Police departments are no longer allowed to sell or auction weapons used in crimes after the cases have been closed. (That will piss off some cops, since they really need this money. But you know what they need more? Less violence and death. By continuing the process of weapon recirculation, they are only making their jobs -- or the jobs of some other cops -- harder.)
4. We will submit a new tax on ammunition. In the first two years it will be 400 percent of the current retail cost of that type of ammunition. (Exemptions for the ammo used by the approved weapons.) Thereafter it will increase by 20 percent per year.
5. We will initiate a nationwide "buy-back" program, effective immediately, with the payouts coming from the DoD budget. This buy-back program will start purchasing weapons at 200 percent of their face value the first year, 150 percent the second year, 100 percent the third year. Thereafter there will be a 10 year pause, at which point the guns can be sold to the government at 10 percent of their value for the next 50 years.
6. The major gun manufactures of the United States, less those who create weapons for the federal government and the armed forces, will be bought out by the United States of America, for our own damned good.
For a seriously epic fisking/verbal-judoing of Bob, do yourself a favor check Michael Z. Williamson (yeah THAT Mike Williamson) for a suitable reply. Even Uncle Jimbo would be jealous of this takedown...
Update: Our friends at Ranger Up have something to say about Bob too. Jackass.
S#!& Rangers Don't Say
Cutting military retirement?
Our elected representatives have a responsibility to get the obscene growth of our disgracefully wasteful and inefficient Leviathan of a government under control. But screwing over those who have dedicated their lives to keeping all of us safe is a reprehensible way to do so.
There is a greater recognition too –in Congress and among the Joint Chiefs— that it must come to terms with personnel-related costs, which are eating up more and more of what money remains.
“Forty-four cents of every dollar we spend goes to military personnel,” said House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon (R.-Calif.) “You look at Detroit, you look at General Motors, you look at what happens when you build up these costs, but we aren’t doing anything about it in our [defense] bill this year.”
Buck McKeon is a good guy, but last time I checked those overpaid auto workers were not humping a one hundred pound ruck sack up and down the Hindu Kush while pretty much everyone there tried to kill them.
They have looked at raising costs to the military and retired folks for medical care and now they are looking at basically giving a pay cut to active duty folks and using that to help fund retirement. I think it might be time to start ringing the phons of our representatives and letting them know what we think about this.
...well at least for the National Geographic Adventurers of the Year.
Spread the word and get out the vote!
Book Review: "Drone" by Mike Maden
The following book review is provided as a special to BlackFive readers by Elise Cooper. You can read all of our book reviews by clicking on the Books category link on the far right sidebar.
Mike Maden’s debut novel Drone is a very fascinating exploration, combining the War on Terror and the War on Drugs. Through captivating characters he examines how the techniques used in fighting terrorists can be used to fight the drug cartels. Drones and their related technology have given the President the ability to identify, locate, and surgically strike enemies of the US, being able to actively engage in warfare that poses an existential threat to peace and stability in the region.
The most interesting character that the readers will wish was real is President Margaret Myers. She is someone who does not look at the political polls when making decisions and her convictions lead her to do what is necessary to protect Americans. Maden told blackfive.net that he based this character on Margaret Thatcher and Golda Meir whose married name was Meyerson. “I made Myers a President that I hope people will admire. I based her on Thatcher and Meir because they were tough, visionary, and moralistic leaders. I also wanted Myers to be an accomplished woman with executive experience in the technical field. I see these women as practical, efficient, and economical in their thinking and how to find a solution.”
The male lead is Troy Pearce, the CEO of Pearce Systems, a private security firm whose expertise is drone technologies. A former CIA SOG operative in Iraq Pearce decided to leave the clandestine field after seeing many of his colleagues sacrificed for political correctness. Maden described him as “a Patriot, a premier warrior, and the first libertarian action hero. He is also fierce, loyal, brave, cynical, angry, and frustrated. He sees his challenge as wanting to serve honorably in a noble government that should be willing to use an Old West type of mentality: brutal and bloody justice.”
As with all military thrillers, technology also becomes a character. In this novel, there are the spy cameras, robots, and different types of drones from the mosquito to the RHEX. Maden wanted to use these because he found them fascinating with their many capabilities.
The plot has a pair of drug cartel hit men assaulting and killing a group of American students in El Paso, Texas. As the violence escalates, President Myers is determined to use force combined with economic strategies to support the rule of law. She recruits Pearce to locate and destroy the drug cartel leaders while she uses economic means to promote Mexican leaders who want peace and security for their nation. Maden explained, “President Myers deployed drones to decapitate Mexican cartel leadership and supported the removal of a corrupt Mexican presidency. She wanted to promote meaningful, democratic change rather than ignore the emerging narco-state that was destroying Mexican society and poisoning America's youth. I see them as a terrorist threat since the drug war has killed 1000s of America’s young people literally and figuratively. Remember the Iranians tried to hire a Mexican drug cartel assassin to kill the Saudi Ambassador here in the US. We need leaders who are not going to be gutless politicians but are willing to do the right thing which is always harder and more complicated than doing nothing.”
Maden transfers this mindset to his characters allowing for a very riveting and thought provoking plot. Drone has an interesting mix of current US dangers, geopolitics, and how technology can be used in modern warfare. The readers will find themselves wondering how issues can be settled while the book is only half finished. That is because there are a number of twists and turns as well as an escalation of actions taken to ensure Americans’ safety. Drone is a riveting thriller that is a definite page-turner.
Airborne Assault on Guam...
Two thousand mice dropped on Guam by parachute — to kill snakes
They floated down from the sky Sunday — 2,000 mice, wafting on tiny cardboard parachutes over Andersen Air Force Base in the U.S. territory of Guam.
But the rodent commandos didn't know they were on a mission: to help eradicate the brown tree snake, an invasive species that has caused millions of dollars in wildlife and commercial losses since it arrived a few decades ago.
That's because they were dead. And pumped full of painkillers.
This apparently is what constitutes a useful expenditure of preciously short federal dollars.
Look I get it - introducing snakes into an ecosystem screws things up. They mate and multiply and all sorts of mayhem ensues. This is actually a serious problem and given what's at stake, difficult problems require creative solutions.
The solution is apparently Tylenol.
For some reason, the snakes are almost uniquely sensitive to acetaminophen, the active ingredient in the ubiquitous over-the-counter painkiller. If you can get a tree snake to eat just 80 milligrams, you can kill it. That's only about one-sixth of a standard pill — pigs, dogs and other similarly sized animals would have to eat about 500 of them to get into any trouble.
Brown tree snakes also love mice. It's easy to bait mice with acetaminophen, but how do you then deliver the mice to the snakes?
Operation Jerry Drop!
Of course, this comes on the heels of the "need" to cut paratrooper units. So, it does seem pretty funny that this solution hits the wires so soon after the airborne unit cuts are announced.
And, it is also appropriate that such a topic requires a relink to Blackfive's ubiquitous "ULTIMATE" Differential Theory of the U.S. Armed Forces (Snake Model)
Godspeed Edward "Babe" Heffron and Earl "One Lung" McClung
U.S. Army and World War II Veteran Edward "Babe" Heffron, known from the book and television miniseries "Band of Brothers," died December 1st at the age of 90. Heffron served with the 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division, better known as Easy Company. He fought in major battles during the European campaign, including the Allied landing at Normandy, and the Battle of the Bulge.
Earl "One Lung" McClung died on November 27th. McClung was one of the scouts for Easy Company (2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division) and was also a sniper/marksman. He parachuted into Normandy and fought alongside the 82nd Airborne until he could reunite with the 101st for the assault on Carentan. He received his nickname, according to Marcus Brotherton, this way in Normandy:
So [the lieutenant] just put the machine gun by me. I wasn’t very happy about being made a machine gunner. As far as I know that machine gun is still there. When I woke up there were some strong adjectives being thrown around. So Rogers [who was known for writing funny poems] wrote a poem about it with a line that went:
Who hung the gun on One Lung McClung?
See more at: http://www.marcusbrotherton.com/honor-earl-mcclung-1923-2013/#sthash.hgliAuK4.dpuf
Pentagon Floats Plan to Ax All US-based Commissaries
Once again...the fate of the US treasury rests on the backs of US Military and their families...http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/12/02/pentagon-floats-plan-to-close-us-commissaries/
Now, i'm sure there's room for efficiency and any discussions should be focused on making this work better.
But given the number of Cabinet Depts that don't even need to exist, cutting commissaries is a cynical act designed to punish a segment of US society that works because decision makers lack the courage to take on the real problems.
Photo: Fort Hood Air Assault School
Army Sgt. 1st Class Jeremy Stanton, left, instructs two students from Fort Hood Air Assault School as they prepare to rappel 85 feet out of a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter on Fort Hood, Texas, Nov. 20, 2013. Stanton is an air assault instructor. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Ken Scar
Photo: TEN MINUTES!
Army Master Sgt. Raymond Geoghegan gives the 10-minute warning to paratroopers as they approach Luzon Drop Zone and prepare to conduct airborne training on Fort Bragg, N.C., Nov. 21, 2013. Geoghegan is a jumpmaster assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division's 782nd Brigade, Support Battalion. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Joseph Armas
Photo: Marine Jump
U.S. Marines wait on a C-130 Hercules before participating in jump training at night over Yokota Air Base, Japan, Nov. 21, 2013. The training also enabled the Yokota aircrews to practice flight tactics and timed-package drops. The Marines are assigned to the 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force. U.S. Air Force photo by Osakabe Yasuo
Photo: Aussies on Patrol
Australian soldiers patrol near Multinational Base Tirin Kot, Uruzgan province, Afghanistan, Nov. 6, 2013. The Australian soldiers are assigned to the U.S. Army 2nd Cavalry Regiment Task Force. Australian Defense Force photo by Cpl. Mark Doran
The Patented Blackfive Thanksgiving Turkey Recipe
[This post is an annual event here...]
Blackfive: "How To Cook A Turkey"
1) Go buy a turkey.
2) Take a drink of whisky.
3) Put turkey in the oven.
4) Take another 2 drinks of whiskey.
5) Set the degree at 375 ovens
6) Take 3 more whiskeys of drink.
7) Turn oven the on.
8) Take 4 whisks of drinky.
9) Turk the bastey.
10) Whiskey another bottle of get.
11) Stick a turkey in the thermometer
12) Glass yourself a pour of whiskey.
13) Bake the whiskey for 4 hours.
14) Take the oven out of the turkey.
15) Take the oven out of the turkey.
16) Floor the turkey up off of the pick.
17) Turk the carvey.
18) Get yourself another scottle of botch.
19) Tet the sable and pour yourself a glass of turkey.
20) Bless the saying, pass and eat out.
[Updated] Must Read: "A Sailor's Dying Wish"
[Updated post from November 11, 2013]
Via our own Mr. Wolf, if you read one thing today, you should make it this piece from I Drive Warships...and have a box of tissues handy.
After signing my Pop, EM2 Bud Cloud (circa Pearl Harbor) up for hospice care, the consolation prize I’d given him (for agreeing it was OK to die) was a trip to “visit the Navy in San Diego.”
I emailed my friend and former Marine sergeant, Mrs. Mandy McCammon, who’s currently serving as a Navy Public Affairs Officer, at midnight on 28 May. I asked Mandy if she had enough pull on any of the bases in San Diego to get me access for the day so I could give Bud, who served on USS Dewey (DD-349), a windshield tour...
But that's not exactly what happened. Go to IDW and read about what the crew of the Dewey did for Bud Cloud.
Update 11-27-13: FoxNews has a report on this visit today.
Home for the Holidays...A Combat Controller and Spouse You Should Know
When Erin Chambers answered the phone at 6 a.m. Nov. 16, she wasn’t surprised to hear her husband Josh’s voice. The telephone is an important link between Erin, a second-grade teacher at a private school in Seattle, and Josh, a 2000 Homer High graduate deployed with the U.S. Air Force in Afghanistan.
This call was different, however.
“He asked if I could get on Skype,” said Erin of a computer program that allows the couple to see each other while talking. “So I got on Skype and he said he had good news and bad news.”
The good news: Josh was coming home.
The bad news: He had been shot in the leg...
Go read the whole story about looking at the bright side (of what life throws or the Taliban shoots at you). By the way, Josh and Erin were married last June.
You can send Josh and Erin Chambers well wishes by mailing them to 30212 5th Avenue South, Federal Way, Wash., 98003.