Semi-Automatic Rifle Ban Would Reduce Jobs, Not Crime
Rich Johnson credits actor John Wayne with launching his career path and his wife, Becky, with keeping him there.
Johnson was a missionary overseas in the late 1960s when Wayne's Vietnam War movie, The Green Berets, was released. Something about the theme song ("Put silver wings on my son's chest") touched Johnson. He joined the U.S. Army Special Forces when he returned to the United States. An essential part of his training was the ability to parachute from an airplane anytime, anywhere and survive with what he had with him.
"It was tough," said Johnson of Sequim, Wash., author of the recently published, "Rich Johnson's Guide to Wilderness Survival." "It took everything I had until they put the beret on my head. I've never been able to say I quit, and 24/7, they're trying to get you to quit."
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Founder, CEO of Blackwater Steps Aside, 'Worn Out'
By AUGUST COLE
Erik Prince, who founded security contractor Blackwater Worldwide and remained defiant after the company became embroiled in controversy following a deadly 2007 shooting incident in Baghdad, is stepping down as chief executive of the parent company.
The 39-year-old Mr. Prince will retain his post as chairman but move away from daily oversight of the company he started 11 years ago. The closely held venture earned more than $600 million in revenue last year, with about a third of that coming from a major U.S. State Department contract to protect diplomats in war zones.
"I'm a little worn out by the whole thing, the politics of it all," Mr. Prince said during an interview at the company's headquarters in McLean, Va. "Me not being part of the equation reduces the 'X' on the thing."
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Polish FM vows to hunt down Taliban killers of hostage
WARSAW (AFP) – Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski on Monday denounced the execution of a Polish hostage by the Pakistani Taliban and vowed to hunt down his killers.
Pakistan's umbrella Taliban group released a video of the execution of hostage Piotr Stanczak on Sunday.
"The cassette of the execution, this bestial execution, is authentic and unfortunately it confirms the worst," Sikorski told reporters.
"Now we can no longer save our compatriot, we are going to try to punish his killers," he added.
"After consultation with the justice minister, we are issuing arrest warrants to arrest the men suspected of having committed this crime."
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Schoolteacher Suspended for Facebook Gun Photo
BEAVER DAM, Wis. — A Beaver Dam Middle School teacher is on administrative leave after school officials discovered a photo of her with a gun on Facebook.
In the photo, Betsy Ramsdale was training a rifle at the camera.
In an e-mail to WKOW-TV in Madison, Ramsdale said she removed the photo immediately and that she is not "interested in any controversy."
Schools superintendent Donald Childs says a concerned staff member brought the photo to the district's attention.
Childs says the use of the photo "appears to be poor judgment" and is unaware of any sinister intent.
Ramsdale's biography on the district Web site states she is in her first year at the school. Department of Public Instruction records show Ramsdale has been licensed to teach since 1996.
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Gun Law Update
by Alan Korwin, Author
Read it and weep, folks ... Your "friends" voted him in...
Now we're all going to be peanlized.
That prediction of "What have we done" has
only taken three weeks. What will it be in six months?
Hope you are ready—I'm certainly not. What was it that "Mosses" said?
"I simply cannot stand by and watch a right guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States come under attack from those who either can't understand it, don't like the sound of it, or find themselves too philosophically squeamish to see why it remains the first among equals: Because it is the right we turn to when all else fails. That's why the Second Amendment is America's first freedom. ..."
"Gun Laws of America Jan. 5, 2008"
Gun-ban list proposed!!!
Slipping below the radar (or under the short-term memory cap), the Democrats have already leaked a gun-ban list, even under the Bush administration when they knew full well it had no chance of passage (HR 1022, 110th Congress).. It serves as a framework for the new list the Brady's plan to introduce shortly.
I have an outline of the Brady's current plans and targets of opportunity. It's horrific. They're going after the courts, regulatory agencies, firearms dealers and statutes in an all out effort to restrict we the people. They've made little mention of criminals.
Now more than ever, attention to the entire Bill of Rights is critical. Gun bans will impact our freedoms under search and seizure, due process, confiscated property, states' rights, free speech, right to assemble and more, in addition to the Second Amendment.
The Democrats current gun-ban-list proposal (final list will be worse):
Rifles (or copies or duplicates):
M1 Carbine, Sturm Ruger Mini-14, AR-15, Bushmaster XM15, Armalite M15, AR-10, Thompson 1927, Thompson M1; AK, AKM, AKS, AK-47, AK-74, ARM, MAK90, NHM 90, NHM 91, SA 85, SA 93, VEPR; Olympic Arms PCR; AR70, Calico Liberty, Dragunov SVD Sniper Rifle or Dragunov SVU, Fabrique National FN/FAL, FN/LAR, or FNC, Hi-Point Carbine, HK-91, HK-93, HK-94, HK-PSG-1, Thompson 1927 Commando, Kel-Tec Sub Rifle; Saiga, SAR-8, SAR-4800, SKS with detachable magazine, SLG 95, SLR 95 or 96, Steyr AU, Tavor, Uzi, Galil and Uzi Sporter, Galil Sporter, or Galil Sniper Rifle ( Galatz ).
Pistols (or copies or duplicates):
Calico M-110, MAC-10, MAC-11, or MPA3, Olympic Arms OA, TEC-9, TEC-DC9, TEC-22 Scorpion, or AB-10, Uzi.
Shotguns (or copies or duplicates):
Armscor 30 BG, SPAS 12 or LAW 12, Striker 12, Streetsweeper.
Catch-all category (for anything missed or new designs):
A semiautomatic rifle that accepts a detachable magazine and has (i) a folding or telescoping stock, (ii) a threaded barrel, (iii) a pistol grip (which includes ANYTHING that can serve as a grip, see below), (iv) a forward grip; or a barrel shroud. Any semiautomatic rifle with a fixed magazine that can accept more than 10 rounds (except tubular magazine .22 rimfire rifles).
A semiautomatic pistol that has the ability to accept a detachable magazine,and has (i) a second pistol grip, (ii) a threaded barrel, (iii) a barrel shroud or (iv) can accept a detachable magazine outside of the pistol grip, and (v) a semiautomatic pistol with a fixed magazine that can accept more than 10 rounds.
A semiautomatic shotgun with (i) a folding or telescoping stock, (ii) a pistol grip (see definition below), (iii) the ability to accept a=2 0detachable magazine or a fixed magazine capacity of more than 5 rounds, and (iv) a shotgun with a revolving cylinder. Frames or receivers for the above are included, along with conversion kits.
Attorney General gets carte blanche to ban guns at will--Under the proposal, the U.S. Attorney General can add any "semiautomatic rifle or shotgun origi nally designed for military or law enforcement use, or a firearm based on the design of such a firearm, that is not particularly suitable for sporting purposes, as determined by the Attorney General."
Note that Obama's pick for this office (Eric Holder's confirmation hearing set for Jan. 15) wrote a brief in the Heller case supporting the position that you have NO right to have a working firearm in your own home.
In making this determination, the bill says, "there shall be a rebuttable presumption that a firearm procured for use by the United States military orany federal law enforcement agency is not particularly suitable for sportingpurposes, and a firearm shall not be determined to be particularly suitable for sporting purposes solely because the firearm is suitable for use in a sporting event."
In plain English this means that ANY firearm ever obtained by federal officers or the military is not suitable for the public.
The last part is particularly clever, stating that a firearm doesn't have a sporting purpose just because it can be used for sporting purpose -- is that devious or what? And of course, "sporting purpose" is a rights infringement with no constitutional or historical support whatsoever, invented by domestic enemies of the right to keep and bear arms to further their cause of disarming the innocent.
Alan Korwin, Author
Gun Laws of America
Newest US troops in dangerous region near Kabul
By JASON STRAZIUSO, Associated Press Writer
LOGAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Close to 3,000 American soldiers who recently arrived in Afghanistan to secure two violent provinces near Kabul have begun operations in the field and already are seeing combat, the unit's spokesman said Monday.
The new troops are the first wave of an expected surge of reinforcements this year. The process began to take shape under President George Bush but has been given impetus by President Barack Obama's call for an increased focus on Afghanistan.
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Blackwater Sheds Name, Shifts Focus
By Dana Hedgpeth
Washington Post Staff Writer
Blackwater Worldwide, a private security company whose work in Iraq was plagued by trouble, said yesterday that it is changing its name to Xe as it shifts its business focus.
The company, based in Moyock, N.C., has more than a dozen business units that are owned by Erik Prince, a former Navy SEAL and heir to an industrial fortune. Prince grew the company over the past decade from a small firm that offered training for law enforcement and small military units to landing part of a lucrative State Department contract to provide security in Afghanistan and Iraq.
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Students to use firing range at Blackwater site
OTAY MESA — Southwestern College will send its police academy students to the Blackwater Lodge and Training Center in Otay Mesa for weapons training under an agreement approved by the college's governing board last week.
The college's own instructors will oversee the training. Southwestern will not pay Blackwater Worldwide except to reimburse it for custodians or any other costs of having the facility open so trainees can use the firing range. The college must also make campus conference rooms available to Blackwater.
Blackwater wanted to open a facility in the East County community of Potrero but withdrew its plans last year amid opposition from residents. The issue drew national attention because of Blackwater's role as a contractor in Iraq war.
Blackwater has since opened a facility in Otay Mesa near a Southwestern satellite campus.
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Gun dealers experiencing shortages of bullets
Selling bullets may be the most secure job in Florida as long as supplies last.
After months of heavy buying, gun dealers across the state are experiencing shortages.
Some say it began with the election of President Barack Obama. Others say it's about the economic downturn or fear of crime. Whatever the reasons, ammunition has been selling like plywood and bottled water in the days before a hurricane.
"The survivalist in all of us comes out," said John Ritz, manager of East Orange Shooting Sports in Winter Park. "It's more about protecting what you have."
Demand for bullets is so strong that suppliers are restricting deliveries.
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GAO calls for DoD to examine contractor use
By Elise Castelli - Staff writer
The Defense Department has failed to examine its use of contractors, military members and civilian employees to ensure it isn't outsourcing inherently governmental work, the head of the Government Accountability Office told lawmakers Wednesday.
Such a study has been a standing recommendation of GAO since 2006, but has never been carried out, Acting Comptroller General Gene Dodaro said.
Defense spending on services contractors — such as acquisition support contractors, intelligence analysts, interpreters and security guards — has doubled over the last six years as the department struggles to meet growing demands with insufficient staff.
But those contracting decisions, rather than being strategically planned, "resulted from thousands of individual decisions to use contractors to provide specific capabilities," Dodaro told the House Appropriations subcommittee on Defense.
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Mexico applauds U.S. vow to enforce long-ignored weapons ban
Traci Carl, The Associated Press
MEXICO CITY – President Felipe Calderón said that his police and soldiers are dangerously outgunned because U.S. authorities are failing to stop the smuggling of high-powered weapons into Mexico. His attorney general called for more aggressive prosecutions of gun smugglers, saying that the U.S. constitutional right to bear arms doesn't protect them.
"The Second Amendment was not put there to arm foreign criminal groups," Attorney General Eduardo Medina Mora said.
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SOCom chief seeks situation awareness tools
By John T. Bennett - Staff writer
Adm. Eric Olson, Special Operations Command chief, said Tuesday his troops need new kinds of tools designed to help them locate, learn about and distribute data about various battlefield targets.
Special operators need "situational awareness" tools to help them establish "an unblinking eye … to find, analyze and communicate about people and things of interests" in a number of complex environments, Olson said during the 20th Annual SO/LIC Symposium & Exhibition, sponsored by the National Defense Industrial Association in Washington.
The command needs such platforms that can operate from the ground, air or sea, Olson said.
But what is needed is more than just platforms. A key part of improving the command's situational awareness portfolio will be developing special operators who can analyze information and "see things through other peoples' eyes."
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The British Want Their Guns Back!
Camp Obama is refusing to comment that this protest (the largest in UK history) even happened, and you will not see this reporter's story anywhere in the US media.
The only way to share this story with others is to have it distributed by Americans LIKE YOU. The US media will not air it!
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All Not Quiet on the Southwestern Front
A glance at Mexico's ongoing narco war reveals a low-intensity civil conflict that rises, subsides and then rears up again in various geographic locations. For example, the northern border city of Nuevo Laredo was torn by intense violence from 2003 to 2006 but is relatively quiet today in comparison with other places.
In 2009, one of the hottest zones is what might be termed the Southwestern Front covering the states of Michoacan and Guerrero, especially the Tierra Caliente and Costa Grande regions. Currently, three or four cartels are fighting for control of areas that encompass opium poppy production, cocaine shipment corridors, methamphetamine maquiladoras, and increasingly important local, retail drug markets. Almost daily, murders, kidnappings and shoot-outs disturb the peace of numerous towns.
On Saturday, February 28, the body of an official working for the municipal government of La Union, Guerrero, was found stuffed in the back of a stolen taxi. So-called "narco-messages" were spray-painted on the exterior of the vehicle and left inside the car.
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The end of a long & wonderful ride
By Don Cobb
I had promised to follow up my column about The Miracle, and I will. First, however, I must address this: Generational welfare is a reality here in America now. Generation after generation, welfare recipients have taught their own children how to milk the system like they do, how to live irresponsibly and still survive like they do, how to avoid personal responsibility at all costs like they do, as well as how to embrace what is evil and reject what is good, like they do. Government housing projects have been set up all over America which now serve largely as breeding grounds for the lazy and the ignorant and for criminals, and it's working just as the government would have it. Dependent upon the government in order to survive (welfare, food stamps, free legal aid, free county medical insurance, housing assistance, etc.), these multi-generational welfare families will, of course, always
vote for the party which puts free food on the table and which facilitates doing and selling drugs for a living. A common scenario is this: Mom has kids and applies for government assistance, while Dad pretends he doesn't live there but really does live there, and he sells drugs out of the house. It goes on in virtually every city in America now. There is no longer any shame in being on welfare to those for whom it's become a way of life, it seems. The Socialists love that.
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Marines mark 3rd anniversary of special ops
The Associated Press
CAMP LEJEUNE N.C. — The Marine Corps is celebrating the third anniversary of its Special Operations Command with a ceremony in North Carolina.
The command was created at Camp Lejeune to add to the military's ranks of troops trained in special warfare. The command said that in the past year its Marines have deployed 28 times to 13 countries. The command also created its first individual training course.
The ceremony will be held Monday.
There are 2,125 members of the command, including civilians, which is about 84 percent of its expected size of 2,500 members.
In 2007, a company of special ops Marines was pulled out of Afghanistan and investigated. A court of inquiry found the Marines acted appropriately when they opened fire after their convoy was hit by a car bomb and gunfire.
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Tactical air control party: not the party you're used to
By Staff Sgt. Mareshah Haynes
1st Special Operations Wing Public Affairs
2/26/2009 - HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. -- There are some career fields in the Air Force that are meant for people who are technology minded; those who manipulate algorithms and calculate formulas used to launch missiles and create programs to crush any enemy who feebly attempts to defeat the U.S. military in cyberspace.
Then there are those career fields in the Air Force that are meant for people who like to get their hands dirty, breathe the scent of gun powder, hear rounds whistling past their Kevlar helmets and go to sleep and wake up to muzzle flashes as they crush any enemy who attempts to defeat us on the battlefield.
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Wounded Special ops weatherman keeps eyes forward for new battle
by Chief Master Sgt. Ty Foster
Air Force Special Operations Command
HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. -- In an instant, Senior Airman Alex Eudy went from battling the enemies of Afghanistan to battling for his life.
It was just after 1 a.m. Jan. 24. He was only two months into his first deployment after graduating from Advanced Skills Training at Hurlburt Field, Fla., in September 2008. The special operations weather team journeyman and the Marines he served with were on patrol about 30 miles from their firebase in the western province of Farah.
Behind the wheel of the fourth of four up-armored humvees, Airman Eudy and the five others in his vehicle kept their eyes peeled for variations in the road surface, exposed wires, freshly dug soil - "scab left" or "scab right" they called out. The driver adjusted his path of travel accordingly to mitigate the threat to the special operations patrol.
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10th SFG(A) linguist receives Bronze Star with Valor
By Staff Sgt. Michael R. Noggle
10th SFG(A) Public Affairs
FORT CARSON, Colo. (USASOC News Service Feb. 25, 2009) – In front of Soldiers from his unit, Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Moe spoke briefly about the night of June 3, 2007.
"I just thank God we made it out of there alive," said the 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) linguist.
More than 17 months later, Moe received the Bronze Star with Valor Device from Col. William H. Shaw III, 10th SFG(A) deputy commanding officer, at the McMahon Theater on Feb. 20.
Moe served as an assistant team sergeant supporting a Special Forces Operational Detachment–Alpha and members from the 8th Iraqi Army. Their mission was to capture or kill a targeted individual in Diwaniyah, Iraq.
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Night Stalkers re-visit USS Kitty Hawk
By Kimberly Tiscione
160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment Public Affairs
FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. – Just over seven years ago, Soldiers from the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) boarded the USS Kitty Hawk underway to launch Operation Enduring Freedom-Afghanistan.
The USS Kittyhawk underway in support of Operation Enduring Freedom-Afghanistan in 2001. 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment helicopters are visible on the vessel's flight deck. (Courtesy photo by 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment Public Affairs)
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Holland native and Blackwater founder Erik Prince steps down as CEO of security company
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON -- Holland native Erik Prince, the founder of the beleaguered Blackwater security company, announced today he has stepped aside as the company's chief executive officer.
Prince said he has appointed a new president and a new CEO. The management shake up, he said, was part of the company's "continued reorganization and self-improvement."
Prince founded Blackwater in 1997 and last month the company changed its name to Xe, pronounced like the letter "z," in an effort to repair its severely tarnished name and reputation.
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Guarding suspected pirates new for Marines
Captives on best behavior — at least for now
By Philip Ewing - Staff writer
For the handful of Marines manning the military's new — and only — pirate brig, the atypical job has fallen into a routine since the capture of 16 suspected pirates in the Gulf of Aden in early February.
That's probably because when the suspected pirates arrive at the makeshift jail aboard the Military Sealift Command supply ship Lewis and Clark, all they want to do is sleep. And when they're awake, they mind their manners — at least, they have so far.
"Their behavior has been very good," said the Marine officer in charge of the ship's 20-guard detachment from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit.
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Film review: ‘Brothers at War’
Two brothers went to fight; another wanted to know why
By Jason Watkins - Staff writer
Jake Rademacher was the one who was supposed to be in Iraq. He spent his high school years preparing for West Point and seemed destined to find his way into battle.
"Not only did I want to be a soldier, I drove everything in my life toward it because I always wanted to go to war," Rademacher says in his new documentary. "I always wanted to see it."
Rademacher did not make it into West Point, but his younger brother, Isaac, did. Their youngest brother, Joe, became a soldier too, graduating at the top of his class in Ranger and sniper schools.
The oldest of five brothers from Decatur, Ill., Jake Rademacher gave up his dream to wear a uniform, but he didn't give up on seeing battle. He made two trips to Iraq during the height of the insurgency to embed with his brother's unit and document the war as a civilian. His hours of footage eventually became "Brothers at War," a new documentary released by Samuel Goldwyn films and opening in limited release this month.
The film follows Rademacher on his journey in Iraq and as his family copes with the effects of war back home. Rademacher says he made the film to better understand his brothers and why they chose to fight.
"I want to know what's going on in Iraq because I have two brothers serving there," he says. "These guys are putting their lives on the line. Why are they doing it? I need to know."
He also made the film to share with an American public far removed from the battle.
"They deserve to see what our soldiers do, what the war is for and what it's about for us as soldiers," says Capt. Isaac Rademacher. "I've never seen anything that bears so much truth, and then just steps away."
The film chronicles Jake's two civilian deployments and four embeds with combat units around Iraq, including a weeklong stint with a reconnaissance unit monitoring the Syrian border, and with a group of Iraqi army soldiers as they are trained by U.S. Marines. Rademacher's goal, he says, was to show the real war, without political bent or judgment — the daily grind, the heat and filth, the danger and, above all, the brotherhood.
"I think the film is really a film about brotherhood set against a backdrop of the war in Iraq," Jake says. "I learn about what my brothers do through their brothers in arms."
Jake attempted to close a growing gap between himself and Joe, who is serving as an instructor at sniper school. Joe doubted that embedding for a few weeks as a filmmaker would give his oldest brother a real perspective of what it means to put on a uniform.
"I don't know what Joe needs," Jake says. "Joe needs me to go out and kill some people. Get some confirmed kills. Then maybe I can sit next to him at the dinner table.
"I'll never be hard enough for Joe, which is fine with me."
The filmmakers, including producer Gary Sinise, gathered Feb. 20 at a private screening in Washington, D.C., to talk about the film.
"It's such a positive, positive portrait of our military families, the dedication of our troops have, what they're doing over there, the love that a brother has for his two brothers," Sinise says. "When they asked if I would actually get involved with the film, I was humbled and I was honored."
A group of wounded warriors from Walter Reed Army Medical Center were also in attendance at the screening.
"This is probably the most accurate portrayal, besides the movie ‘Black Hawk Down,' " says Spc. Hien Tran of the 222nd Infantry, Fort Drum, N.Y. After being injured in Iraq, Tran says he avoids most war movies, but this one captures the realism of service better than most.
"I really thought the film was awesome," says Pfc. Geraldo Badell, from the 230th Infantry in Fort Polk, La. "Since he missed his family so much, he wanted to go over there and see what his brothers were doing."
"Brothers at War" begins with the emotional deployment of Isaac and ends with a similar departure by Joe. For the filmmaker, the space between attempts to answer the question: Why did my brothers go to war?
"I don't know if I've earned a seat at the table with Joe," he says as Joe boards a plane for Iraq in the film's final frames. "But I do know that having walked a mile in my brothers' shoes, I understand each of them better now."
"Brothers at War" is rated R for strong language. It opened in limited release March 13 in select cities near major military installations and will open in wider release March 27. To arrange for a screening at a theater near you, or for showtimes and schedules, visit www.brothersatwarmovie.com.
Finding Osama bin Laden: An Application of Biogeographic Theories and Satellite Imagery
By Thomas W. Gillespie et al.
Biographic theories can be put to use to find al-Qaeda's founder.
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CSAR 130 Shift Draws Criticism
By Michael Fabey
Editor's Note: These articles are part of an exclusive series on combat, search and rescue (CSAR) that originally ran in Aerospace Daily & Defense Report in late January 2009.
A recent decision by Pentagon acquisition chief John Young to cut out the HC-130Js the U.S. Air Force wanted to buy for combat, search and rescue (CSAR) missions has drawn the ire of military leaders – including combatant commanders who say they need the aircraft and its capabilities.
Young instead shifted nearly all the Air Force resources programmed for the HC-130J to a similar aircraft, the MC-130J, destined for Special Operations Command (SOCOM), citing a lack of need for the rescue variant, according to a draft acquisition memorandum.
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Retired soldier, 61, reports back to duty
By Brian Albrecht - The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer
BEREA, Ohio — Austin Asher kept a Cuban cigar from his 2003 military tour in Iraq, and every time he walked into Whitey's Army & Navy Store, he swore he'd smoke it the day they let him back in the Army.
A few weeks ago, the 61-year-old strolled into Whitey's and fired that stogie up.
More than a year of push-ups, crunches, jogging and exercising his right to appeal to every military official he could think of — up to and including the commander-in-chief — had finally paid off.
To the amazement of some, and the confidence of others, Asher is wearing sergeant stripes again.
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Court: Va. man owns 1776 copy of Declaration
By MICHAEL FELBERBAUM, Associated Press Writer – Fri Feb 27, 6:12 pm ET
AP – In this undated file photo and provided by the Archives of the State of Maine shows a copy of the Declaration …
RICHMOND, Va. – A rare 1776 copy of the Declaration of Independence belongs to a Virginia technology entrepreneur, not the state of Maine, the Virginia Supreme Court ruled Friday. Richard Adams Jr. of Fairfax County purchased the document from a London book dealer in 2001 for $475,000. But the state of Maine claimed it belongs to the town of Wiscasset, where it was kept by the town clerk in 1776.
Virginia's high court said that a lower court did not err in its ruling in Adams' favor because Maine didn't prove the document was ever an official town record and that Adams had superior title to the print.
Adams' attorney, Robert K. Richardson, has argued that Wiscasset's town clerk copied the text of the Declaration of Independence into the town's record books on Nov. 10, 1776. It's that transcription, not the document upon which it was based, that is the official town record, Richardson said.
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Know Thine Enemy
By Kirby Ferris
Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership. © JPFO 2009
JPFO, not all that long after its founding, presented an essay by Gus Cotey in a popular magazine of the time. I read this article and shook my head in disbelief. Cotey had NAILED it! I did something I'd never done: I tracked down the author's phone number and called him and congratulated him on what was a terrific breakthrough in understanding. It was a breakthrough that all gun owners could use as "high impact" intellectual ammunition.
What Cotey had done, with marvelous perception, was identify the seven personality types that make up the victim disarmament crowd. Cotey saw through the emotionalized preaching and posturing and pandering and put the true motivations of these dangerous buffoons under a microscope.
And today, you name ‘em: Dianne Feinstein, cackling Carolyn McCarthy, Smirky Chuckie Schumer, our new Attorney General Eric Holder, duplicitous movie stars like Daniel "Defiance" Craig, vile manipulators like Michael Moore, sob sister Sarah Brady … the entire list of gun grabbers.
The next time some politician, celebrity, journalist or jabbering spokesperson speaks out for the disarmament of the American people, you can file that popinjay's name in one (or more) of seven boxes. We must understand these liars before we can defeat them.
Without further ado, I proudly present ...
THE SEVEN VARIETIES OF GUN CONTROL ADVOCATE
Gus Cotey, Jr.
Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership. © JPFO 2009
The right of decent private citizens to personally possess, transport, and responsibly use arms without government interference is the ultimate freedom and the main pillar supporting all other liberties. Few cultures have allowed their general population access to weapons, the tools of power, to the same degree as the United States. Instead, most societies have restricted the keeping and bearing of arms to a select few power brokers and their agents, often resulting in oppression on a grand scale.
Despite a massive amount of historical evidence to the contrary, there is a substantial body of Americans, many occupying positions of influence, who contend that the abrogation of the Second Amendment is the quickest path to domestic tranquility. Since this is as absurd as advocating blood-letting as a cure for anemia, it would seem advisable to question the motives and mentalities of the gun control advocates themselves.
In my observation, weapon prohibitionists can be broken down into seven major categories. Even though their motives may vary they all pose a mortal threat to liberty.
Many of those in favor of oppressive firearms legislation are best classed as elitists. Elitists frequently identify with a peer group based on wealth, power, rank, social status, occupation, education, ethnic group, etc. and perceive themselves and their peers as inherently superior to and more responsible than the "common people", thus more deserving of certain rights. Since elitists practically consider those outside their class or caste as members of another species, that most anti-elitist list of laws, the Bill of Rights is viewed by them as anathema. Naturally, the Second Amendment is their first target as it serves as the supporting structure for other nine amendments.
Another type of individual who favors the restriction of private gun ownership is the authoritarian. Authoritarian personalities are characterized by their belief in unquestioning obedience to an authority figure or group and a disdain for individual freedom of action, expression, and judgment. Those with authoritarian personalities function well in symbiosis with elitists occupying positions of power. Because authoritarians repress their desires for autonomy they harbor a deep resentment toward free and independent thinkers. Of course authoritarians do not want firearms in the hands of the general population as this constitutes a major obstacle to fulfilling their pathological and obsessive desire to control people.
It goes without saying that career criminals would like to see the public disarmed for obvious reasons. A well-armed population makes crimes such as assault, robbery, and burglary hazardous for the perpetrator and this is bad for "business." Also, it would seem that even non-violent or "white collar" criminals live in constant fear of retribution from the public that they financially bleed and would therefore prefer that the public be disarmed. Evidence supporting this hypothesis can be gathered by studying the Second Amendment voting records of those legislators who have been convicted of willful misconduct.
Cowards by definition are easily or excessively frightened by things and situations that are recognized as dangerous, difficult, or painful. It therefore stands to reason that the mere thought of guns and the circumstances in which they are employed causes them abnormal amounts of stress. Rather than admit their weakness to themselves or others, some fearful types jump on the anti-gun bandwagon and purport moral superiority to those "barbaric"enough to employ lethal force against armed assailants by claiming various humanitarian and pragmatic motives for allowing evil to remain unchecked. In reality, many of these individuals harbor an envy induced resentment toward anyone with the means, skill, and will to successfully stand up to criminal aggression.
The desire to assert oneself exists in nearly everyone, wimps included, so cowards seek out tame enemies against whom they can ply their pitiful brand of machismo. Instead of the sociopaths who commit acts of wanton aggression with guns, guns themselves and responsible gun owners are the main targets of their attacks. After all, real criminals are dangerous, so cowards prefer doing battle with inanimate objects that do not have a will of their own and decent law-abiding people whose high level of integrity and self discipline prevent them from physically lashing out against mere verbal assailants, however obnoxious they may be.
Ideological chameleons follow the simple social strategy of avoiding controversy and confrontation by espousing the beliefs of the people in their immediate vicinity or advocating the philosophy of those who scream the loudest in a debate. Quite a few supposedly pro Second Amendment public officials have shown themselves to be ideological chameleons when they supported restrictions on the private possession of military style semiautomatic rifles following recent atrocities in which such firearms were employed. Like their reptilian namesake, people who merely blend in with the ambient philosophical foliage seem to have little insight into the moral and social ramifications of their actions. Political and/or economic gain along with avoidance of confrontation are their only goals.
Security monopolists are those members and representatives of public and private security providing concerns who want the means of self protection out of private hands so that they can command high fees for protecting the citizenry against the rising tide of crime. These profiteers stand to loose a great deal of capital if citizens can efficiently defend themselves. To the security monopolist, each criminal who enters and exits the revolving door of justice is a renewable source of revenue providing jobs for police, social workers, victim counsellors, judges, prison employees, security guards, burglar alarm installers, locksmiths, and others employed by the security monopolies or their satellite organizations. No wonder it is so common for an honest citizen to be more ruthlessly hounded by the authorities when he shoots a criminal in self defense than a criminal who shoots honest
THE DYSFUNCTIONALLY UNWORLDLY
Just as a limb will weaken and atrophy if not used, so will aspects of the mind fail to develop if nothing in one's environment exists to challenge them. People who have led excessively sheltered lives tend to have a difficult time understanding certain cause and effect relationships and an even harder time appreciating just how cruel the world can be. These dysfunctionally unworldly types are truly perplexed at the very notion of firearms ownership with regard to defense. To them, tyranny and crime are things that happen in other places far removed from their "civilized" universe. Also, they do not understand the value of private property and why some people would fight for theirs since they never had to work hard to acquire what they possess. While those suffering from dysfunctional unworldliness are most often people who have been born into considerable wealth, this
condition is also common in members of the clergy, academicians, practioners of the arts, and others who have spent much of their lives cloistered in a safe and pampering environment. While many of these people may be quite talented and intelligent in some ways, their extreme naivety makes them easy prey for the tyrants who use them for the financial support and favorable advertisement of their regimes. Needless to say, the anti-gun movement is well represented and financed by the dysfunctionally unworldly.
The price of liberty is eternal vigilance, and it behooves all vigilant lovers of liberty to know and be able to recognize the various types of arms prohibitionists and understand their differing but equally dangerous motives. Acquiring knowledge of one's foes is the first step toward defeating them. We must never forget that a threat to private firearms ownership is a threat to all freedoms.
The inalienable and fundamental right to keep and bear arms which is enumerated by (but actually predates) the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is not about hunting, gun collecting, or target shooting. Its purpose is to insure that every responsible American personally possesses the means to defend the Republic from all forms of tyranny, within and without. It is what permits the other nine Amendments in the Bill of Rights to be more than mere hollow phrases on a piece of paper. Its free exercise is the antithesis of serfdom and the only meaningful form of holocaust insurance known to man.
We must never insult and degrade the spirits of our Founding Fathers by permitting the Second Amendment, the pillar of freedom, to be destroyed by the cold flame of legislative ink.
"This year, taxpayers will receive an Economic Stimulus Payment. This is a very exciting new program that was explained by the Department of Treasury using the Q and A format:
Q. What is an Economic Stimulus Payment?
A. It is money that the federal government will send to taxpayers.
Q. Where will the government get this money?
A. From taxpayers.
Q. So the government is giving me back my own money?
A. Only a smidgen.
Q. What is the purpose of this payment?
A. The plan is that you will use the money to purchase a high-definition TV set, thus stimulating the economy.
Q. But isn't that stimulating the economy of China ?
A. Shut up.
Department of Treasury:
Below is some helpful advice on how to best help the US economy by spending your stimulus check wisely:
If you spend that money at Wal-Mart, all the money will go to China.
If you spend it on gasoline it will go to the Arabs.
If you purchase a computer it will go to India.
If you purchase fruit and vegetables it will go to Mexico, Honduras, and Guatemala (unless you buy organic).
If you buy a car it will go to Japan.
If you purchase useless crap it will go to Taiwan.
And none of it will help the American economy.
We need to keep that money here in America. You can keep the money in America by spending it at yard sales, going to a baseball game, or spend it on prostitutes, beer and wine (domestic ONLY), or tattoos, since those are the only businesses still in the US.
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