Tuesday, December 31, 2013

The Global Warming Expedition Debacle - A Followup

Well they finally threw in the towel and called for help. The thicker than normal Antarctic ice has prevented them from obtaining the scientific evidence they need to prove that the polar ice cap is melting!!!

These people are the gift that keeps on giving. I haven't laughed this hard in a long time.....

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2531159/Antarctic-crew-build-ice-helipad-help-rescuers.html

Monday, December 30, 2013

Global Warming Scientists Trapped By Expanding Antarctic Ice Pack

You can't make this shit up about either these over-educated nitwits, nor about the Mainstream Media that covers for them.........

http://newsbusters.org/blogs/pj-gladnick/2013/12/28/msm-glosses-over-irony-global-warming-scientists-trapped-antarctic-ice#ixzz2ovITxKYv

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Start Saving Your Pennies Folks...

.....You're going to be needing them.

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/ap-impact-world-braces-retirement-crisis-21359557

Friday, December 27, 2013

How The Rich Manage To Stay Rich

Ah yes, the wonder of assorted tax shelters that the middle class never quite have the means to access.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-12-27/moguls-rent-south-dakota-addresses-to-dodge-taxes-forever.html

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Patriotism Or Personality Cultism


This is for all the Obama fans who think he's the new messiah.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

More Problems For OPEC

If this actually works as advertised and comes to fruition, OPEC will be wondering "WTF happened?"

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/12/18/Scientists-Manufacture-Crude-Oil-The-End-of-Peak-Oil

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Score: EPA 'Zero', American Gun Owners 'One'

Another back door attempt to screw American gun owners appears to have failed. More stringent rules by the EPA that would have shut down the largest what is referred to as a "primary" lead smelter, will not result in lead shortages for ammunition manufacturers.
Apparently on 3% of the lead used in the production of bullets comes from the Herculaneum (yes, that's really the name of the place) smelter. Even I was unaware that most lead used in the manufacture of bullets come from recycled lead taken from used batteries.

Who knew??

A few more relevant facts can be found here:

http://cms.nraila.org/news-issues/articles/2013/12/us-ammunition-industry-to-survive-closure-of-lead-smelter.aspx

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Welcome To The Brave New World

Read a history book. It always starts off with fighting crime, or defending your country. In the end, it always comes down to this.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/12/08/cellphone-data-spying-nsa-police/3902809/

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

More Bad News For OPEC

within the next 10 years the U.S.A is set to become a major exporter of energy resources.

Combined with some infighting among the OPEC cartel, this should work out to be god for the U.S., and bad for the Middle East as their dominance in energy buisness begins to wane. Brazil is poised to blow past Venezuela and Mexico, and Russia essentially has a stranglehold on natural gas supply to Europe. At this point, The Middle East needs to hope that the Chinese economy doesn't slow down, otherwise the price of a barrel of crude is going to take a noticeable beating.

In terms of geopolitical alignments, things are going to get very interesting.

http://fuelfix.com/blog/2013/12/03/new-data-shows-meteoric-rise-of-texas-oil/

Monday, November 25, 2013

JFK - Lifetime Member Of The NRA

Who'd a thunk it!

I'll bet you never see this little factoid in the Mainstream News.

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/11/17/JFK-Lifetime-Member-Of-The-NRA-Defender-Of-The-Second-Amendment

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

"Gun Culture" And Statistics

The next time someone tells you that The U.S. has the worst gun related homicide rate in the world, just show them this article and tell them to go fuck themselves.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/philippines/10444736/Typhoon-Haiyan-gun-culture-of-the-Philippines-hinders-relief-efforts.html

Sunday, November 10, 2013

The Future Of 3D Printing Is Here

A lot of gun people are currently pooh-poohing 3D gun manufacturing as low end bullshit for techie geeks who don't know jack about guns. A lot of that is based on the fact that all anybody ever talks about are polymer or plastic guns.
The following article should be a wake up call to these types as well as the people who make and enforce the firearms laws here in the U.S.

Despite everybody's best efforts, technology is marching on whether society, the government, or entrenched business interests like it or not.

Methinks the BATFE will be pulling the hair out of their collective head as they effectively become increasingly irrelevant over the next 5 to 10 years judging by the leaps and bounds that are appearing in the technological developments of the manufacturing sector.

http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2013/11/07/fully-3d-printed-metal-1911-pistol/

Now mind you, make sure you read the whole article. This gun was not made on some cheap desktop 3D printer. But as time goes on, the cost and size of these things will also get smaller and smaller.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Screw You Bloomturd..

..and your two bit antigun group.

http://washingtonexaminer.com/bloombergs-anti-gun-group-socked-with-election-defeats-nra-won-in-va./article/2538731

Friday, November 1, 2013

Another Win For The Pro-Gun Camp

Bloomberg and Soros must be taking some blood pressure medication right now.

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/09/12/Mississippi-Open-Carry-The-2nd-Amendment-Is-Your-Carry-Permit

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

So What Does The Chinese Government Shop For?

Despite what some media would have you believe, they're not interested in the empire State Building or the new World Trade Center.
Their tastes are a bit more mundane, and practical, than that.

http://blogs.marketwatch.com/thetell/2013/10/28/what-will-china-buy-beijing-goes-shopping-in-u-s/

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

A Sad Day For The USS Forrestal

It kills me to read something like this.
Unfortunately, rust never sleeps.

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/10/23/forrestal-navy-first-supercarrier-sold-for-1-penny/

Thursday, October 17, 2013

'Gun-Walking'? How about 'Grenade-Walking'

Federal Law Enforcement, the gift that keeps on giving....to the Cartels. You can't make this shit up.

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505263_162-57607918/deadly-drug-cartel-shootout-with-mexico-police-linked-to-grenade-walking-scandal/

Monday, October 14, 2013

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Shutdown? What Shutdown???

The theater of the absurd marches on unabated.

http://washingtonexaminer.com/wheres-sense-of-crisis-in-a-17-percent-government-shutdown/article/2536862

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

More Details On The Shutdown

This article is a little more in-depth as to what's in and what's out in terms of government agencies.


http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/09/30/absolutely-everything-you-need-to-know-about-how-the-government-shutdown-will-work/

Monday, September 30, 2013

So What Exactly Happens During A Govt. Shutdown?

Not as much as you might think. Here's a quick primer for you.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2013/09/23/225462813/8-things-to-know-about-a-government-shutdown


8 Things To Know About A Government Shutdown


by Adam Wollner
September 23, 2013 5:38 PM
An empty Senate meeting room, just outside the chamber, is seen Monday in Washington. Only a week remains for Congress to pass a funding bill to avoid a government shutdown.

An empty Senate meeting room, just outside the chamber, is seen Monday in Washington. Only a week remains for Congress to pass a funding bill to avoid a government shutdown.
J. Scott Applewhite/AP

In seven days, the federal government runs out of money.

While the Republican-controlled House of Representatives passed a resolution Friday that keeps the government funded through Dec. 15, the measure also defunded President Obama's signature health care law — which means it has virtually no chance of passing the Democratic-controlled Senate.

If a budget resolution doesn't hit President Obama's desk before Oct. 1, that's a big problem: The government will be forced to close its doors.

With that prospect looming, here are eight things you should know about the possible shutdown:

It won't be the first time

Since a new budgeting process was put into place in 1976, the U.S. government has shut down 17 times. Presidents Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan each dealt with six shutdowns during their terms in office, lasting anywhere from one day to 2 1/2 weeks.

The last actual shutdown came in 1996 — though the government came close during budget negotiations in 2011.

The last shutdown lasted three weeks

The three-week shutdown that lasted from Dec. 16, 1995, to Jan. 6, 1996, ranks as the longest in U.S. history. As a result, about 284,000 federal workers were furloughed, and around 475,000 essential employees went without a paycheck, although they were eventually reimbursed.

They weren't the only ones inconvenienced. Some benefits for military veterans were delayed, and cleanup at more than 600 toxic waste sites was stopped. The government also shut down for six days in mid-November 1995, initially resulting in the furlough of 800,000 federal employees. The Congressional Research Service reported the shutdowns cost taxpayers a combined $1.4 billion.

Only the "essentials"

Only federal employees deemed "essential" would continue to come to work during a shutdown. Employees who qualify as essential include those involved in national security, protecting life and property and providing benefit payments.

That means members of the military, border control agents, air traffic controllers, the FBI and the TSA are among those who would remain on duty. The president and members of Congress are also exempt from furlough and must decide which of their respective staff members to keep around during a shutdown.

The checks are in the mail

Even in the event of a shutdown, Social Security beneficiaries will still find their checks in their mailboxes and doctors and hospitals will receive Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements. However, if the government does not resolve the budget situation by Nov. 1, those entitlement program payments could be delayed by up to two weeks.

Even in a shutdown, the Postal Service delivers

One reason Americans will get their entitlement checks: A government shutdown would not hit the operations of the U.S. Postal Service. Government agencies that the Treasury Department does not directly fund, like USPS, would be relatively unaffected in the short term by a shutdown . Some postal employees would very likely face furlough, but it wouldn't be enough to completely close down the agency.

National parks and museums? Forget it

Have plans to visit a national park or go sightseeing in the nation's capital? You might want to cancel them. During the Clinton-era shutdowns, 368 national parks closed, resulting in the loss of 7 million visitors. In Washington, D.C., the public would be unable to visit the monuments and museums that millions of tourists flock to every year. The Capitol building would remain open, though.

Visa and passport delays

Those hoping to enter or leave the country during a shutdown would most likely experience some difficulty. The government was unable to process around 200,000 pending passport applications and a daily average of 30,000 visa and passport applications by foreigners during the 1995-96 shutdowns. This would result not only in a headache for would-be travelers but a loss in millions for the airline and tourism industries.

Who would be blamed for a shutdown?

Generally speaking, no one comes out looking good if the government shuts down. A conducted Sept. 19-22 shows 39 percent of Americans would blame Republicans if a shutdown were to occur, compared with 36 percent who would fault the Obama administration and 17 percent who would hold both sides responsible. According to a Pew poll from a comparable period during the 2011 budget battle, the public spread the blame around nearly identically.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

The D.C. Rampage

Straight up for all of you gun owners, don't go getting all worried about another anti-gun crusade coming out of this.. Remember that shooting out in California a few months back where the guy in Santa Monica shot and killed his father, his sister and wounded some local college students?
No Play on that one.

And then there was Chris Dorner, the crazy ex-LA cop. No play there either.

You want to know why?

Because the first guy's name was Zwahiri, and he was a Moslem. The mainstream media wasn't going to touch that one with a ten foot pole. The story died in 3 days.
As for Dorner? An African-American ex-cop,so that sure as shit wasn't going to happen either.
Once he was dead, the story was gone in a couple of days. Do you really think Law Enforcement wanted some politicians screaming that ex-cops or retired cops should be subject to the same gun laws as everybody else?

And as for this new bloody mess? The shooter is again an African-American who had a top Secret Security clearance and had been vetted by no less than NCIS, so don't expect any hype about gun control from this either. What are the feds going to do, admit they're own incompetence in doing a background check? Shit, they even knew that he had psychological problems, but they kept him on. Most likely because there are so many extraordinarily intelligent people out there who have mental/emotional problems, and the Navy was willing to put up with it.

I doubt this story will last a week.

Shit, even Nidal Hassan, the Moslem Ft. Hood shooter was written off as workplace violence, and no beating of the drums for gun control. Once he's executed, that will be end of that and the Ft. Hood shooting will just be another forgotten footnote in history.

The only time the press is interested in using this sort of tragedy as anti-gun fodder is if the shooter is a male Caucasian, preferably an NRA member.

Otherwise, nothing to see here, move along, move along..........

Sunday, September 15, 2013

And So It Begins

I guess the eyes of Texas will only be upon you if you're not a Plain Jane citizen or businessman.

http://www.myfoxny.com/Story/23432701/texas-law-gets-tough-on-public-private-drone-use

Saturday, September 14, 2013

More On (Non) Climate Change

The new U.N. report on Climate Change is due out in the next few weeks.

And Al Gore is NOT going to be happy.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324549004579067532485712464.html

And On The Climate Change Front....

Al Gore is laughing all the way to the bank, as he smokes his Nobel Peace Prize.....

http://www.climatedepot.com/2013/09/14/earth-gains-a-record-amount-of-sea-ice-in-2013-earth-has-gained-19000-manhattans-of-sea-ice-since-this-date-last-year-the-largest-increase-on-record/

http://cnsnews.com/news/article/barbara-hollingsworth/wrong-al-gore-predicted-arctic-summer-ice-could-disappear-2013

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Colorado Recall Of Anti-Gun State Senators Successful

It was a blip in the mainstream news for just one day. I gues the Anti-Gunners don't like publicizing their defeats. With the usual screams of 'voter suppression' and the like, the Democrats tried as hard a sthey could to spin away their loss. The best part is that Democratic State senators Morse and Giron received $3,000,000 (yes, that says three million) mostly from out of state anti-gun groups and rich anti-gun supporters, whule the recall proponents were only able to secure $540,000.
The interesting part is that while the NRA contributed $316,000, Mike bloomberg put up $350,000.
Proof that his name is poison in almost any pro-gun state where he sticks his nose. His bullshit Mayors Against Illegal Guns group has a dismal record of political victories, and it's membership is dwindling precipitously.

The new laws in Colorado that instigated the recall effort will probably stay on the books, but this was a wake up call to other anti-gun pols to be careful which bills they support,oppose or sidestep in the future. It also points up that if you want keep from being abused by the Anti-Gun groups, stop pissing and moaning about the NRA, and instead, write a damned check instead of whining about how unfair things are.

Here is a link to an article. There are others, just use your Google-Fu skills to find them.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/10/colorado-recall-results_n_3903209.html

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Obama Says "I'm Syria-Ous"

Screw Syria, we have absolutely nothing to gain from sticking our noses in over there. The people over there who genuinely want change will wind up being kicked to the curb by the Radical Islamic groups and Syria will just become another addition to the list of "Regime Changes" (in the name of democracy of course) that will not go well for the united States.
As far as this undermining "our" credibility,the only "credibility" being undermined is our illustrious Commander In Chief's. (As though he actually had any left)

Sunday, September 1, 2013

This is TRULY GROSS!!!!

FUCK Diet Soda. Can it get any worse than this?

Aspertame is made from E. Coli bacteria!!???!!?!

http://www.naturalnews.com/041766_aspartame_GM_bacteria_patent.html

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Boker Plus Compliance Review


It’s been a while since I reviewed any cutlery here, too long in fact. So It’s time to get back into the swing of things.
I picked up the Boker Compliance late last year (2012) simply because, I wanted a new knife. Life in NYC has been a bit harsh for knife owners the last couple of years. The NYPD seems to have arbitrarily reduced the acceptable length of knife blades, and one hand openers are now a definite no-no.
Talk about a bunch of party poopers.
Anyway, I decided to see what was out there for an old knife-nut like myself that I could carry around and not have to worry about making it easy to get picked up. Accordingly I did some web-surfing, checking out what have become my ‘Big Three’ sources for cutlery these days. In no particular order they are, Boker, Buck, and CRKT. As I checked out pricing, specs, features, and availability I came across the Compliance.

Specs:

Overall Length: 5.87"
Blade Length: 2.37"
Blade Material: 440C (Stainless)
Lock: Frame Lock
Closed Length: 3.50"
Handle Material: G10 and Stainless Steel
Liner(s): Stainless Steel
Clip: Stainless Steel
Weight: 3.00 oz.
Country of Origin: China

The Boker Plus line are knives that all have that little ‘something extra’ Better handle materials, better steel (please don’t start in with me about your favorite overpriced uber-steel), etc. It’s also where Boker puts all of Chad Los Banos’s designs, and the Compliance is one of them.

Straight from the box, this knife was about as sharp as you could ever ask it to be. As I’ve mentioned before in numerous other reviews and forum posts, I like 440C steel. This steel, along with AUS8 is one of my all time favorites. The G10 scale (not scales as in plural, I’ll get to that in a while) has a nice rough checkering that provides a good grip. The fit and finish are excellent, and the frame lock is solid and reliable.

Now the blade configuration is a little odd, a little tough to describe. The closest thing I can think of to describe it is something that anybody who has ever done any black powder shooting most likely knows about. It simply reminds me of what we used to call a patch knife. With an upward curving spine, and a steep, straight drop to the upward sweeping edge, the blade comes to what can only be described as a reinforced, almost needle like point. It’s the kind of thing that is very useful for punching through leather or heavy canvas.

I know this because I tried it, and got excellent results. Cardboard, carpet, etc, none of them put up much resistance against the point geometry of this blade.

The edge was excellent at everything from trimming newspaper articles, to cutting rope (sorry, I don’t have any 1" thick manilla to hack through like all those Cold Steel advertisements), an assortment of kitchen chores or other regular day to day uses that real people put their knives to.
It did everything I asked it to, and held it’s edge with no problem.

The handle on this knife, like the blade shape, is a little hard to describe. Kind of oblong shaped, for lack of a better word to use. As I mentioned above, it only has one scale, located on the side opposite from the side of the frame that has the lock and the pocket clip. A design that is typical these days for frame lock knives. The pocket clip is definitely never going to let you lose the knife. To be honest, and I hate to complain about this, but the pocket clip is actually a little too good. It’s something I’ve noticed on all the Boker Plus CLB designs. This thing is stiff and tight.

On a pair of jeans, ie: thick denim, it can be difficult to get it out of your pocket. Now on the Compliance, with the clip mounted directly to the exposed steel frame, it’s really not too bad. The smooth steel allows it to come out smoothly until you have to get it past the seam along the top of the pocket. On several other models though, where the clip is mounted to a side with checkered G10, it can be a bit of a problem. When combined with the checkering on the G10 it can start to cause excessive wear on the top of your jeans pocket, so removing the clip and doing a little creative bending should probably be on the agenda.

Now as the name implies, Compliance, this basic design concept behind this knife is to make it “compliant” with laws in those locales where the term ‘NPE” (non permissive environment) is the rule. The sub 3" blade, with no one-hand opening device is pretty much a good bet for those places where the local constabulary tend to cast a hairy eyeball on knives that exceed the local ‘social constrictions’. In other words, this particular piece of cutlery is pretty innocuous.

From a self defense standpoint, essentially any knife can be used, some are simply better designed than others. As far as the Compliance goes, I have to say it wouldn’t be my first choice. It’s a good general purpose blade, but I personally didn’t feel that the handle shape and the way that it met the blade would provide me the sort of grip that would make me comfortable in a “questionable” situation.

However, this is still a top notch design form Chad Los Banos, and would make an excellent everyday carry knife for utility purposes in areas where you don’t want to run afoul of local legalities.

Also in the spirit of full disclosure, I have since given the Compliance to a friend of mine. That is mostly because I decided to replace it with the Boker Plus XS, another CLB design.

But that review is for another day!




Thursday, August 22, 2013

Game Of Drones!

Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know I promised to do a review, but I also said I'd still be doing the drone stuff. And frankly, this was too good to pass up. but don't worry, I'm almost done with a review of the The Boker Plus 'Compliance' knife, designed by Chad Los Banos.

Until then, I give you 'Drone vs Shotgun'.

Enjoy!

http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2013/08/18/birdshot-proof-drone-kydex/

Thursday, August 15, 2013

It's Milestone Time!

So the Blog's been up for 5 years now. As of today I officially hhave 20,000 hits, and this post you're reading right now is my 250th. Technically I should have 32,00 hits, but after Hurricane Irene hit in 2011, my hit counter went bye-bye for a few weeks , and then mysteriously reappeared with 12,000 hits missing.

Ces't La Vie! I'm not going to cry over spilt milk.

Ive done more posting in the last year and a half than I did the first three and a half years. Mostly it's been on politics, the economy and technology. Those three subjects have been good to me as subject matter, but I think it's time to go back to some other things for a while.

Specifically, reviews.

I find it amazing that a full 12% of all the hits here at my site were for the review I did of the Boker M3 trench Knife Reproduction. Accordingly, I'm going to take the hint and do some more reviews in the very near future. I have several DVDs, knives, and other assorted tools that I have develoed an opinion of, and I fully intend to pass those views on to anyone who's interested.

Finally I'd like to sum this post up by thanking everybody who comes here to look around, get a laugh, get pissed off, or get informed about one thing or another.

But if you think I'm going to give up doing drone posts, dream on boys and girls, dream on!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Just When Eric Holder Thought It Was Safe To Say "Fast And Furious" Again

Fast and Furious, the failed sting operation, has turned into0 the unwanted gift that keeps on giving. These fucking guns that the feds lost track of will probably keep on turning up at crime scenes for the next several years.

Our government at work......

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57598487/more-fast-and-furious-guns-surface-at-crimes-in-mexico/

Monday, August 12, 2013

Whitey Bulger Goes Down

Convicted of 11 murders and multiple other crimes, most of which were committed while an FBI informant, after 15 years on the run, the head of organized crime in Boston has finally reached the end of the road. Finally tracked down with his girlfriend in Santa Monica in June 2011, it didn't take long for a jury to convict him for numerous felonies. At 81 yrs. of age, even a light sentence is tantamount to a death sentence.

Good riddance to bad rubbish.

http://www.mail.com/news/us/2268630-mob-boss-whitey-bulger-guilty-11-killings.html#.7518-stage-hero1-2

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Finally, Drones That Aren't Out To Get You

They're all over the place in use by the military, police, the NSA, etc., and everybody's all up in arms about it. It's nice to finally see someone come up with a practical. profitable use for Drones that doesn't, or shouldn't, piss people off.

http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_23837845/boulder-businesses-want-use-drones-help-farmers-control

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Gun Sales Up, Crime Stats Down

I'm sure every Democrat will swear it's just a coincidence.

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/08/04/Violent-Crime-Drops-As-Gun-Sales-Rise-In-Virginia

Monday, August 5, 2013

Fuck Matt (Jason Bourne) Damon

Another hypocritical liberal shitbird who says one thing, and then does another. I stopped going to see (read; pay for) any of his movies several years ago.

A typical limousine liberal.

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Hollywood/2013/08/05/Matt-Damon-Refuses-to-put-kids-in-los-angeles-public-schools

The Surveilance State Marches On

And here's an ineterstesting tid-bit courtesy of the DEA.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/08/05/us-dea-sod-idUSBRE97409R20130805

Monday, July 29, 2013

OPEC, Shale, And The Kingdom Gets Nervous

It's news to me that last year the USA imported the lowest amount of foreign oil in 15 years.

Apparently some people in Saudi Arabia did notice. Exploitation of shale (oil and gas) is looking amazingly like the future for US energy, whether or not OPEC, or our domestic green party like it or not.

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/1b6753ce-f86f-11e2-92f0-00144feabdc0.html#axzz2aU6Wdrnz


Predictions are that by 2030, The USA will be a net exporter of Gas from Shale as a result of improvements in technology.

http://news.sky.com/story/1010919/us-and-iraq-winners-from-energy-revolution

Saturday, July 27, 2013

So, You Think Voting For A Candidate From a Particular Party means Anything?

Really? The other day, the US Congress voted to continue the NSA's phone tap program in its current form. The amazing part was the breakdown of who voted for or against it. The fact is that party lines meant nothing.
As usual, money won the day.
The only party with any real power in Washington is the 'Green' party. As in Treasury green.

http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2013/07/money-nsa-vote/

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

OH NO!!! Time To Ban Those Dreaded Assault Hammers

Looks like the Stanley Tool Co. is about to be lumped in with such dastardly american weapons manufacturers like Remington, Colt, etc.

I guess the mainstream media can call them by some catchy name like 'weapons of mass construction'.

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/manhattan/harlem_hammer_horror_2iER7xEUT84siclMj1422H

Thursday, July 18, 2013

It's Official, Detroit's In The Toilet

The special administrator appointed by the Governor a couple of months ago has decided to have the city file for Chapyer 9 Bankruptcy. Several courts have to decide whether or not Detroit qualifies to file for Chap. 9, but it's pretty much a foregone conclusion.

The amazing part is that some of the lunkhead politicians that helped run Detroit into the ground are running around screaming about "the fix is in" "their numbers ain't right" and assorted other race-related clap-trap.

What can you expect from a bunch of Democrats.

http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130718/METRO01/307180103/Detroit-files-Chapter-9-bankruptcy?odyssey=mod|breaking|text|FRONTPAGE

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Fuck OPEC

And the domestic Greenies too.

http://fuelfix.com/blog/2013/07/10/texas-oil-surges-to-highest-level-since-1984/?cmpid=hpts

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Follow-Up To Illinois Concealed Carry

Looks like Governor Pat Quinn had his concealed Carry restictions overridden by the state legislature.

Aww, don't go away mad Pat, just go away....

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/lawmakers-gather-in-springfield-for-vote-on-governors-proposed-concealed-carry-changes/2013/07/09/491f2312-e895-11e2-818e-aa29e855f3ab_story.html

Forget Big Brother....EVERYBODY'S Watching

I'm sure this little article will just make everyones day.

http://www.cnn.com/2013/06/13/living/buzzfeed-data-mining/index.html?iid=article_sidebar

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Stick This In Your Climate Change Pipe And Smoke It

The ultimate answer to mans hubris.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/watch-out-for-the-hot-flushes-a-few-billion-years-away-earth-enters-its-midlife-crisis-8690170.html

Friday, July 5, 2013

More 21st Century Technological Bullshit

Well isn't this just fucking great.....

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/mediatechnologyandtelecoms/media/10158311/Sky-Deutschland-to-broadcast-adverts-directly-into-train-passengers-heads.html

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Illinois Is About To Join The 21st Century Pro Gun Movement

Even if Governor Pat Quinn doesn't like it!

I'm loving this. If this bill overides his veto, it'll be another black eye for Mike Bloomberg and and his Bullshit Mayors Against Illegal Guns sockpuppet group.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/politics/clout/chi-quinn-writes-stricter-rules-into-concealed-carry-bill-20130702,0,7934500.story

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Surveillance World

Yep, George Orwell was right. he was just off about the year. I guess overestimated the rate of available technology.

http://cironline.org/reports/license-plate-readers-let-police-collect-millions-records-drivers-4883

http://www.infowars.com/st-louis-police-chief-wants-drones-to-patrol-high-crime-areas/

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Drones Of New York

Ah yes, things are moving along quicker and quicker all the time. Sales of private/commercial drones are increasing. prices are coming down, and technolgical advancements are happenig faster than a politician hiding his/her money in an off shore account.
It's like I've been saying all along, it's not about good or bad, dangerous or safe. It's just about available technolgy that at this point, no matter what or how many laws they try to pass, the cat is out of the bag, and it's not going back in.

http://betabeat.com/2013/06/game-of-drones-does-nyc-have-an-unmanned-aerial-vehicle-problem/

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Beautiful Ecuador!

And this is the place whistleblower Edward Snowden wants to move to for sanctuary?

You really can't make this shit up......

http://www.buzzfeed.com/rosiegray/exclusive-documents-illuminate-ecuadors-spying-practices

Monday, June 24, 2013

More Intense Hurricanes Caused By Less Air Pollution??

So how come this article got little internet exposure and absolutely no airplay on TV, Cable or Radio?

http://www.france24.com/en/20130623-man-made-particles-lowered-hurricane-frequency-study

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Hmm, Now Why Did I Bail On FaceBook Again???

Just because you're careful about what you put up on FB, doesn't mean that they're not finding ways of acquiring, and most likely selling to third parties, information/data about you that you're not even aware of.

http://www.zdnet.com/anger-mounts-after-facebooks-shadow-profiles-leak-in-bug-7000017167/

I deleted my account a while back, and frankly I don't miss it at all. Besides, as the number of middle aged and older folks increase in the ranks of FB, it's only a matter of time until "the next big social media thing" comes along.

Friday, June 21, 2013

The Private Sector Intelligence Agency That Nobody Has Ever Heard Of

At least I never have, and most of us commoners didn't know about until the NSA leaks made the news in the last week or so.
These guys look like a barrel of fun.

http://www.businessweek.com/printer/articles/127320-booz-allen-the-worlds-most-profitable-spy-organization

Message For Friday..George Bush Says...

"Federal Agent, You're Under Arrest", No Sir, I'm The Local Sherrif, And You're Under Arrest"

How likely that scenario is to play out is anyone's guess, but apparently some 20 states these days have 'nullification' laws on the books that could make it happen. Now how it would all play out after the cases made it into the Federal courts is another story. However with state nullification laws being passed by both politically left and right leaning states, things could get interesting.
I also find it quite entertaining that this article was put up by the AP, current recipient of the "The NSA Is Watching You Award". It's amazing how pissy the press can get when they feel the government is screwing with their rights as opposed to the rights of the common citizenry.
I can't wait to see how this plays out over the next few years.

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_IGNORING_FEDERAL_LAWS?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2013-06-21-04-31-42

Thursday, June 20, 2013

I Wonder How Long Until It Happens Here?

I like John Robb (retired USAF Intelligence Officer) and his Global Guerillas Blog. I'm sure some of the LEO's who follow my blog may not agree with his take on this little piece of legislation up in Canada. However I do agree with his opinion. Every time a law like this is passed you need to remember, even if it is initially directed against someone/something that you don't like or fear and if the intent starts off good, you can bet your bottom dollar that it will eventually come back to bite you on the ass.

Enjoy the read, and don't neglect to click on the link at the GG site that gave rise to Mr. Robb's post.

http://globalguerrillas.typepad.com/globalguerrillas/2013/06/canada-makes-the-automation-of-tyranny-easier.html

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Poor Mans Drone Weapons Platform Revisited

Do you guys remember this post from last year,

http://wwwblackthorn.blogspot.com/2012/12/what-citizen-can-do-with-drone.html

Well, this little upgrade didn't take long, did it now?



Yeah, yeah, I know. It's only a Taurus .410 Public Defender, most likely firing bird-shot so that the recoil doesn't affect the drones stability. The point is, technology marches on.

Gun Control For Dummies

Sunday, June 16, 2013

So You Thought The Gov. Spying On You Was Bad?

Well, now not only will they be watching you, but your buddy, President "O" will be talking to you.

And the best part is, you won't be able to turn him off!

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2013/06/att-to-load-iphones-with-emergency-alerts-from-obama-that-you-cant-switch-off/?utm_source=twitterfeed

Monday, June 10, 2013

Weekly Health Tip - Pick Up The Pace, People

I guess Tom Petty had it right in the song lyric that goes
"I don't know
But I've been told
You don't slow down
You never get old"

Apparently now, there's some scientific evidence to back that up:

http://www.wtop.com/267/3352449/Study-Fast-walkers-stay-ahead-of-aging

Sunday, June 9, 2013

We Must Do Something About Gun Violence, Unless...

So Like most people, I read about the shooting in California the other day that left 6 dead and 5 wounded. My first thought is, OK, more people are dead and the anti-gun groups are going have another piece of grist for the mill. Then, yesterday, I see that it may not quite happen. This unfortunate incident apparently contains another element to it that may cause it to quietly fade.
Simply put, the shooter's name is Zwahiri. And while banning guns is always a favorite subject of the left wing, they're political correctness just might prevent them from making too much of a shooting incident that involves a Moslem. As much as certain groups would love to parade this loss of life through the media to achieve one end, the same groups probably won't want to take the chance of stirring up anti-Moselm sentiment. Such is the way of life in 21st century America.

Only time will tell.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Follow-Up To My Last Post

Twould appear that the NY Times, is still the NY Times after all. A leopard never really changes its spots.

http://dailycaller.com/2013/06/06/new-york-times-quietly-changes-published-editorial-to-make-it-less-damning-of-obama/



Thursday, June 6, 2013

Just In Case You Didn't Notice...

The police state is alive and well and thriving under a liberal democratic regime. This is just a public service announcement in the event you were still under the delusion that you lived in a free country.

Shit, the following article is even coming from the NY Times, and I hate those pricks.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/07/opinion/president-obamas-dragnet.html?_r=0

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Chew On This You Gun-Hating Liberals

You have now created another lifelong pro gunner. This is the kind of story I love to read.

http://ca.news.yahoo.com/maryland-boy-suspended-gun-shaped-pastry-now-lifetime-192635275.html

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Apparently Somebody Doesn't Like Mike Bloomberg

This is bad publicity for the pro gun people. Other than saying that, I will let the article speak for itself.

http://www.cnn.com/2013/05/29/us/new-york-bloomberg-ricin/index.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+rss%2Fcnn_allpolitics+%28RSS%3A+Politics%29

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

"Good Drone, Fetch Boy, Fetch"

If the government thinks that they're going to restrict, control or ban drones, they really are as stupid as everybody thinks they are. The technology has already gone to far to be put back in the box.

http://www.popsci.com/technology/article/2013-05/meet-pet-drone-follows-people-lost-puppy-video

Monday, May 27, 2013

Obama "Transparency" And Freedom Of The Press

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

Yeah, right!

http://nationalreview.com/article/349372/obama-and-1917-espionage-act

More So Called "Vigilantism" In Old Mexico

Seems like a lot of places in Mexico are getting fed up with the status quo these days. I don't know how things are going to shake out with these guys, but as with the town I posted about previously,

http://wwwblackthorn.blogspot.com/2013/05/mexican-vigilantes-take-over-town.html

I wish these people,

http://www.wired.com/rawfile/2013/05/cheran-uprising/

the best of luck!

A Little Extra Support For The 2nd Ammendment

Well it seems like the 'divide and conquer' that the anti gunners have been using for a quite a dew years now is not as effective as they thought. The Bowhunter crowd seems to have figured out that 'anti-gun' also means 'anti-hunting'.
To paraphrase the old saying, we can hang together or we can hang separately.

http://washingtonexaminer.com/bowhunters-claim-obama-is-targeting-them-too/article/2530558

Monday, May 20, 2013

And On The "Global Warming" Front....

Oh my, Global Warming seems to have come to a standstill.....

15 Years Ago

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-22567023

Sunday, May 19, 2013

The IRS Scandal Is NOT Going Away

This is going to be WAY bigger than Benghazi. You can bet I'll be updating this story as the news comes out.

http://washingtonexaminer.com/anonymous-cincinnati-irs-official-everything-comes-from-the-top./article/2530001

Friday, May 17, 2013

So Much For Social Media For Profit

I bailed on FB months ago. I've lost touch with a few people, but frankly all I have to do is dial the phone or send an email. What can I say, I've gotten lazy and my real world persoanl life keeps intruding. I definitely need to get in touch with some people and apologize for falling of the map.

In the beginning, there were emails.
Then came MySpace.
Following that was FaceBook.
Now it's Twitter

You'll notice each trend requires less typing and physical effort on the part of the user.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/markets/10063498/Rupert-Murdoch-warns-Facebook-faces-same-fate-as-MySpace.html

Thursday, May 16, 2013

The IRS Scandal, Let The Games Begin!

So two 'Rogue Employees' just decided to harass over 500 organizations requesting Tax Exempt status, hmmm????

Talk about taking a page right out of the Richard M. Nixon playbook.

http://www.fox19.com/story/22265631/four-cincy-irs-workers-not-two-allegedly-connected-to-scandal

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

A Real Shift In The Balance Of Power

The Greenies will scream, but money talks, and they will wind up taking a walk. Or maybe ride a bike or some other such nonsense.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22524597

New York State's New Gun Law

And so it begins. Didn't take long did it? Hey what the hell, with Hillary most likely running for POTUS in 2016, and all the upstaters pissed at Andy for pushing through his ridiculous 7-rd law in the dead of night, maybe he'll find himself without a position of poiltical power in a couple of years. We'll probably still get stuck with some liberal turd, but at least it won't be him.
It's the best I can hope for unfortunately, but it's better than nothing as far as I'm concerned.

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/05/13/n-y-man-arrested-for-having-two-extra-bullets-violating-states-7-bullet-cap/

Monday, May 13, 2013

Oh Yeah, Freedom Of The Press My Ass

And they the balls to call Richard Nixon a Fascist.

http://apnews.myway.com/article/20130513/DA68MMQ82.html

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Never Piss Off An Armed Senior Citizen

I like the way Grandpa waited for the robber to be looking away, and then made his move so that when the BadGuy looked back he see's the muzzle of a gun pointing at his face from less than 2 feet away.

Friday, May 10, 2013

The Unintended Consequences Of Threatened Gun Bans

You know, if he government really wants to reduce gun ownsership, they should stop threatening to ban them.

http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2013/05/09/illinois-swamped-by-surge-in-firearm-owner-applications/

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Detroit Update

Just when you thought things couldn't get any worse.

http://detroit.cbslocal.com/2013/05/08/kevyn-orr-detroit-is-in-worse-shape-than-i-thought/

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Follow-Up to the Decline in Gun Violence Post

This time the NY Times is running it. Another non-bastion of pro-gun conservative views. The big thing about the report being sighted here is that it says 11,000 gun homicides happened in 2011.

So what happened to the 30,000 gun homicides number that all the anti-gun ownership talking heads were throwing around in the aftermath?

Hmmm..., methinks some bullshit has been slung around of late.

And let's not forget the %70 drop in non-lethal gun related violence that the report cites.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

So the Next Time Some Politician, Celebrity Or Media Whore Tells You Gun Violence Is Out Of Control....

..Just give them this link, and tell them to shut the fuck up.

http://www.latimes.com/news/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-gun-crimes-pew-report-20130507,0,3022693.story

And mind you, this is from the L.A. Times, not exactly a bastion of conservative journalism.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Music To My Ears, NRA hits 5 Million Mark

They anti's can call him crazy all they want, Wayne LaPierre knows his business.

http://www.desmoinesregister.com/usatoday/article/2135063?odyssey=mod_sectionstories

Friday, May 3, 2013

And On Another Mexico Related Front

This political hack has absolutely no goddamned shame.

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2013/05/03/obama_blames_us_for_gun_violence_in_mexico_pushes_for_gun_control.html

Mexican Vigilantes Take Over Town

I have no idea how I missed this article from just over a month ago. They may be armed witn a mish-mash of arms ranging from single shot shotguns, to bolt action rifles, to lever action carbines to Ruger 10/22's with hi-cap mags to what appear to be full blown semi or full auto military style weaponry, but when you've got 1,500 guys, sometimes you can pull it off by sheer weight of numbers even if the opposition has better weaponry.

My hat's off to these guys.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2300381/Vigilantes-seize-town-Mexico-shoot-tourists-commander-killed.html#ixzz2Oqwg66dt

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Right On Janet! You Go Girl (Not)

So much for the opinion of the head of DHS. Did we all see this little article?

http://www.nbcnews.com/video/nbc-news/51569872#51569872

So what happened Janet????

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/boston-bombers-fbi-hunting-12-strong-1844844#.UXM54Yqm6hA.twitter

Could the DHS have gotten it wrong?? How is that possible?? OMG!!! A high ranking government official charged with defending the Continental United States, appointed by Barack Obama himself, fucked up!!
Oh the horror, the horror...........

Thursday, April 18, 2013

NRA - 1, Obama -0

Wayne LaPierre took the president to task for essentially throwing a public tantrum over the defeat of his Gun Control Bills for background checks and Semi-Auto/high-cap magazine bans.

The president basically got a taste of what happened to Clinton in 1994 after the original AWB and the Brady Bill got passed in 1993.

http://washingtonexaminer.com/nra-chief-obama-bit-off-more-than-he-could-chew/article/2527573

DA Murders Not Such Game-Changers After All

Remember this post I put up on 4-6-2013 http://wwwblackthorn.blogspot.com/2013/04/game-changer-time-in-america.html
Well apparently it wasn't the Aryan Brotherhood or the Cartels. The answer is far more mundane.

Occams Razor wins again.


http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_DISTRICT_ATTORNEY_DEAD_TEXAS?SITE=7219&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2013-04-17-14-44-10

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Believe It Or Not, This Happened In Texas

And if something like this can happen there, it's only going to get worse.

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/345714/free-cj-grisham

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Drones, Google, Hypocrisy, And Technology That Defies Control

You guys had to know that I would get back to Drones sooner or later, right? Anyway, in this article:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2308425/The-rise-robot-wars-Google-chief-warns-armed-drones-soon-hands-terrorists-miniature-models-used-spy-neighbors.html

The head of Google manages to make a complete asshole of himself (IMNSHO). First of all for Google to suddenly be worried about peoples privacy rights is the epitome of hypocritical horseshit. The only time Google worries about the common persons privacy is when they aren't making a buck out of invading it. These are the douchebags that invented 'Google Glasses', and have no qualms about sharing any digital info they have about you for free with just about any governmental agency that asks, and any business that's willing to pay for it

Secondly, when he talks about regulating the technology, come on, give me a fucking break. This asshole knows better than anybody that once a new technology gets out to the public in this day and age, the ability of stopping it's spread is virtually non-existent. If you've been following my blog for at least 6 months I think Ive presented enough evidence of that.

Strange times are ahead folks, and they're coming sooner than later.

And hell, I'm not even a conspiracy theorist, I'm just a plain, old fashioned cynical son of a bitch.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Just When You Thought It Was Safe To get Back On A Plane

This shit just never ends. Looks like the "androids" may take over after all.

http://blogs.computerworld.com/cybercrime-and-hacking/22036/hacker-uses-android-remotely-attack-and-hijack-airplane

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Game Changer Time In America

The story that link below is referencing is NOT getting the play it should in the media. I'm assuming that the powers that be don't want the general population to realize that their elected officials and their legal and law enforcement apparatus are no longer the only ones calling the shots.

Interesting times folks, interesting times.

http://randomthoughtsandguns.blogspot.com/2013/04/jay-hileman-aryan-brotherhood-security.html

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Gun Industry Says "Thanks Barack"

You can't make this shit up.
http://cnsnews.com/blog/gregory-gwyn-williams-jr/70291049-background-checks-gun-purchases-under-obama

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

My Congressman, Michael Grimm, Is A Douchebag, And A RINO

I won't even get into all the allegations of a financial nature. My first real misgivings were when I got a response to an email I sent about the currently pending gun control legislation in Washington D.C. I can assure you I was underwhelmed by his position. But after seeing this article, now I know that he's a worthless, mealymouthed, piece of human excrement.

This just points up what I've been saying for the last 10 years or so. THEY ALL SUCK! Doesn't matter what party they allege to belong to.

THEY ALL SUCK!!!

http://www.silive.com/news/index.ssf/2013/03/staten_islands_grimm_tells_tsa.html

Monday, April 1, 2013

And So It Begins

Stockton Ca. declares Bankruptcy. The creditors are screaming, but fuck them too. When you read some of the benefits that Stockton gave it's city employees, it won't be hard to figure out (along with the corruption we all know was also involved) you'll be shaking your heads.

http://www.cnbc.com/id/100578156

South Of The Border Is Moving North

Copyright by The Associated Press (AP)

US April 01, 2013
AP IMPACT: Cartels dispatch agents deep inside US
Jack Riley, Vince Balbo


CHICAGO (AP) — Mexican drug cartels whose operatives once rarely ventured beyond the U.S. border are dispatching some of their most trusted agents to live and work deep inside the United States — an emboldened presence that experts believe is meant to tighten their grip on the world's most lucrative narcotics market and maximize profits.

If left unchecked, authorities say, the cartels' move into the American interior could render the syndicates harder than ever to dislodge and pave the way for them to expand into other criminal enterprises such as prostitution, kidnapping-and-extortion rackets and money laundering.

Cartel activity in the U.S. is certainly not new. Starting in the 1990s, the ruthless syndicates became the nation's No. 1 supplier of illegal drugs, using unaffiliated middlemen to smuggle cocaine, marijuana and heroin beyond the border or even to grow pot here.

But a wide-ranging Associated Press review of federal court cases and government drug-enforcement data, plus interviews with many top law enforcement officials, indicate the groups have begun deploying agents from their inner circles to the U.S. Cartel operatives are suspected of running drug-distribution networks in at least nine non-border states, often in middle-class suburbs in the Midwest, South and Northeast.

"It's probably the most serious threat the United States has faced from organized crime," said Jack Riley, head of the Drug Enforcement Administration's Chicago office. The cartel threat looms so large that one of Mexico's most notorious drug kingpins — a man who has never set foot in Chicago — was recently named the city's Public Enemy No. 1, the same notorious label once assigned to Al Capone.

The Chicago Crime Commission, a non-government agency that tracks crime trends in the region, said it considers Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman even more menacing than Capone because Guzman leads the deadly Sinaloa cartel, which supplies most of the narcotics sold in Chicago and in many cities across the U.S.

Years ago, Mexico faced the same problem — of then-nascent cartels expanding their power — "and didn't nip the problem in the bud," said Jack Killorin, head of an anti-trafficking program in Atlanta for the Office of National Drug Control Policy. "And see where they are now."

Riley sounds a similar alarm: "People think, 'The border's 1,700 miles away. This isn't our problem.' Well, it is. These days, we operate as if Chicago is on the border." Border states from Texas to California have long grappled with a cartel presence. But cases involving cartel members have now emerged in the suburbs of Chicago and Atlanta, as well as Columbus, Ohio, Louisville, Ky., and rural North Carolina. Suspects have also surfaced in Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota and Pennsylvania.

Mexican drug cartels "are taking over our neighborhoods," Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane warned a legislative committee in February. State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan disputed her claim, saying cartels are primarily drug suppliers, not the ones trafficking drugs on the ground.

For years, cartels were more inclined to make deals in Mexico with American traffickers, who would then handle transportation to and distribution within major cities, said Art Bilek, a former organized crime investigator who is now executive vice president of the crime commission.

As their organizations grew more sophisticated, the cartels began scheming to keep more profits for themselves. So leaders sought to cut out middlemen and assume more direct control, pushing aside American traffickers, he said.

Beginning two or three years ago, authorities noticed that cartels were putting "deputies on the ground here," Bilek said. "Chicago became such a massive market ... it was critical that they had firm control."

To help fight the syndicates, Chicago recently opened a first-of-its-kind facility at a secret location where 70 federal agents work side-by-side with police and prosecutors. Their primary focus is the point of contact between suburban-based cartel operatives and city street gangs who act as retail salesmen. That is when both sides are most vulnerable to detection, when they are most likely to meet in the open or use cellphones that can be wiretapped.

Others are skeptical about claims cartels are expanding their presence, saying law-enforcement agencies are prone to exaggerating threats to justify bigger budgets. David Shirk, of the University of San Diego's Trans-Border Institute, said there is a dearth of reliable intelligence that cartels are dispatching operatives from Mexico on a large scale.

"We know astonishingly little about the structure and dynamics of cartels north of the border," Shirk said. "We need to be very cautious about the assumptions we make." Statistics from the DEA suggest a heightened cartel presence in more U.S. cities. In 2008, around 230 American communities reported some level of cartel presence. That number climbed to more than 1,200 in 2011, the most recent year for which information is available, though the increase is partly due to better reporting.

Dozens of federal agents and local police interviewed by the AP said they have identified cartel members or operatives using wiretapped conversations, informants or confessions. Hundreds of court documents reviewed by the AP appear to support those statements.

"This is the first time we've been seeing it — cartels who have their operatives actually sent here," said Richard Pearson, a lieutenant with the Louisville Metropolitan Police Department, which arrested four alleged operatives of the Zetas cartel in November in the suburb of Okolona.

People who live on the tree-lined street where authorities seized more than 2,400 pounds of marijuana and more than $1 million in cash were shocked to learn their low-key neighbors were accused of working for one of Mexico's most violent drug syndicates, Pearson said.

One of the best documented cases is Jose Gonzalez-Zavala, who was dispatched to the U.S. by the La Familia cartel, according to court filings. In 2008, the former taxi driver and father of five moved into a spacious home at 1416 Brookfield Drive in a middle-class neighborhood of Joliet, southwest of Chicago. From there, court papers indicate, he oversaw wholesale shipments of cocaine in Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana.

Wiretap transcripts reveal he called an unidentified cartel boss in Mexico almost every day, displaying the deference any midlevel executive might show to someone higher up the corporate ladder. Once he stammered as he explained that one customer would not pay a debt until after a trip.

"No," snaps the boss. "What we need is for him to pay." The same cartel assigned Jorge Guadalupe Ayala-German to guard a Chicago-area stash house for $300 a week, plus a promised $35,000 lump-sum payment once he returned to Mexico after a year or two, according to court documents.

Ayala-German brought his wife and child to help give the house the appearance of an ordinary family residence. But he was arrested before he could return home and pleaded guilty to multiple trafficking charges. He will be sentenced later this year.

Socorro Hernandez-Rodriguez was convicted in 2011 of heading a massive drug operation in suburban Atlanta's Gwinnett County. The chief prosecutor said he and his associates were high-ranking figures in the La Familia cartel — an allegation defense lawyers denied.

And at the end of February outside Columbus, Ohio, authorities arrested 34-year-old Isaac Eli Perez Neri, who allegedly told investigators he was a debt collector for the Sinaloa cartel. An Atlanta attorney who has represented reputed cartel members says authorities sometimes overstate the threat such men pose.

"Often, you have a kid whose first time leaving Mexico is sleeping on a mattress at a stash house playing Game Boy, eating Burger King, just checking drugs or money in and out," said Bruce Harvey. "Then he's arrested and gets a gargantuan sentence. It's sad."

Because cartels accumulate houses full of cash, they run the constant risk associates will skim off the top. That points to the main reason cartels prefer their own people: Trust is hard to come by in their cutthroat world. There's also a fear factor. Cartels can exert more control on their operatives than on middlemen, often by threatening to torture or kill loved ones back home.

Danny Porter, chief prosecutor in Gwinnett County, Ga., said he has tried to entice dozens of suspected cartel members to cooperate with American authorities. Nearly all declined. Some laughed in his face.

"They say, 'We are more scared of them (the cartels) than we are of you. We talk and they'll boil our family in acid,'" Porter said. "Their families are essentially hostages." Citing the safety of his own family, Gonzalez-Zavala declined to cooperate with authorities in exchange for years being shaved off his 40-year sentence.

In other cases, cartel brass send their own family members to the U.S. "They're sometimes married or related to people in the cartels," Porter said. "They don't hire casual labor." So meticulous have cartels become that some even have operatives fill out job applications before being dispatched to the U.S., Riley added.

In Mexico, the cartels are known for a staggering number of killings — more than 50,000, according to one tally. Beheadings are sometimes a signature. So far, cartels don't appear to be directly responsible for large numbers of slayings in the United States, though the Texas Department of Public Safety reported 22 killings and five kidnappings in Texas at the hands of Mexican cartels from 2010 through mid- 2011.

Still, police worry that increased cartel activity could fuel heightened violence. In Chicago, the police commander who oversees narcotics investigations, James O'Grady, said street-gang disputes over turf account for most of the city's uptick in murders last year, when slayings topped 500 for the first time since 2008. Although the cartels aren't dictating the territorial wars, they are the source of drugs.

Riley's assessment is stark: He argues that the cartels should be seen as an underlying cause of Chicago's disturbingly high murder rate. "They are the puppeteers," he said. "Maybe the shooter didn't know and maybe the victim didn't know that. But if you follow it down the line, the cartels are ultimately responsible."

Friday, March 22, 2013

I'm LOVING This!!!

HaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHa!!!!!!

Police Can't get Ammo!!!!

http://cnsnews.com/blog/gregory-gwyn-williams-jr/police-departments-beg-and-barter-ammo-while-dhs-buys-16-billion

Thursday, March 21, 2013

New Yorks Gun Laws Just Get Weirder and Weirder

OK, I've been sick the past two days and this is the first interesting article I found when I finally got around to perusing the local news. This article starts off with a state reward for reporting people with illegal guns. It's apparently been in place for two years and has never been used.
But while that is point of the article, It's the last two paragraphs about NY's new magazine law (7 rounds) that is really interesting.
Now Cuomo says he's not backpedalling, but considering his falling poll numbers since he passed the SAFE Act behind closed doors with no input from the public, not only is this mumbo jumbo he's spouting now confusing as hell, but it sure as shit looks like backpedalling to me. Not to mention that it appears to be pretty unenforceable.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/03/21/new-york-state-offers-500-reward-for-reporting-illegal-gun-owners/?test=latestnews#ixzz2OArnmmTl

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

As The Song Goes " This Is How We Do It"

Just for the record. in the Eurozone, Cyprus is the equivalent of Offshore Banking.

I will now provide a link to Surviving In Argentina. A blog run by "FerFal". I've been following this guys blog for years now.

http://ferfal.blogspot.com/2013/03/cyprus-bailout-first-confiscation-and.html

Sunday, March 17, 2013

The Giffords Family Follies Continue!!

You just can't make this shit up.





http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/03/14/Mark-Kelly-s-AR-15-Stunt-Provokes-Giffords-Photo-Leak

Friday, March 15, 2013

The Anti-Drone

You knew somebody was going to do it. Let's see if the government tries to stop it.

http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2013/03/15/oregon-company-to-sell-drone-defense-technology-to-public

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Now China's Getting On The Drone Wagon

Drones are cheap, easy to build, can carry a decent payload, and when they "swarm" like a bunch of locusts, they present a deadly, disposable threat.

Oh brother......

http://www.technewsdaily.com/17280-china-drone-swarms-rise.html

Monday, March 11, 2013

Here We Go Again....

....with an inordinate ammo purchase by DHS. You'll also note that this is not coming from Alex Jones at Infowars, this is from Forbes magazine.


WTF??????

http://www.forbes.com/sites/ralphbenko/2013/03/11/1-6-billion-rounds-of-ammo-for-homeland-security-its-time-for-a-national-conversation/

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Blackthorns "Hypocritical Hoseshit Of The Week" Award

I know it's only Sunday, but technically that is the start of the new week. And while I should wait until later this week to make a final decision, I don't think this one is going to get topped.

You just gotta' love gun control people who say one thing and then do another.

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/03/09/Gabby-Giffords-Husband-Buys-AR-15-Announces-He-s-Not-Keeping-It-After-News-Leaks-Out

Saturday, March 9, 2013

This Is F*@king Awesome.

I love it. I know a lot of these companies are not major players, but it's good to see the industry pushing back over this bullshit.

http://cnsnews.com/blog/gregory-gwyn-williams-jr/update-number-us-gun-makers-refusing-sales-govt-firearms-equality

Friday, March 8, 2013

And This Weeks Blackthorn's Blog "Hypocritical Horseshit Of The Week Award" Goes To...

These guys!!

Because, you just can't make this shit up.

http://freebeacon.com/the-watermelon-hunter/

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

You Know Those Vehicles DHS Are Buying?

Apparently they liked the first 16 that they got for free from the Department of Defense.

http://www.businessinsider.com/homeland-security-serving-warrants-mrap-2013-3

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

TSA Finally Showing Some Common Sense...

..About knives on airplanes. But don't go beaking out your favorite Tacticool, Ninja Death-Master 3000 pocket clipped, one hand opener just yet.

First it was the phasing out of the backscatter -Ray machines, and now small pocketknives.

Will wonders never cease.....

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-03-05/tsa-will-permit-knives-golf-clubs-on-u-s-planes.html

The Detroit Debacle Marches On

The latest in the ongoing death of the largest American city to date.

http://news.yahoo.com/romney-touted-detroit-emergency-manager-takeover-223300559.html

Monday, March 4, 2013

DHS Is Pimping Some New Rides

Hmmm.... I wonder what these are for???

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2013/03/obama-dhs-purchases-2700-light-armored-tanks-to-go-with-their-1-6-billion-bullet-stockpile/

Sunday, March 3, 2013

"Detroit Breakdown, Motor City Shakedown"



Title of an old song by the J. Geils band, but apropos to the current situation in Detroit. The link below is an update on yesterdays news of the Michigan Governors decision to declare a financial emergency in Detroit. All the usual suspects are out complaining. I guess they already see their place at the feeding trough slipping away.
Well isn't that just too bad.

http://detroit.cbslocal.com/2013/03/01/opinions-mixed-as-state-takeover-looms-in-detroit/

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Are You Carrying? The Drones Will Know!

OK, thus makes 3 posts for the day. I'll leave you guys with this last one to chew on for the rest of the weekend.

http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-57572207-38/dhs-built-domestic-surveillance-tech-into-predator-drones/

Think Your Pump Shotguns Are Safe?

One never knows in 21st century America.

http://denver.cbslocal.com/2013/03/01/popular-standard-shotgun-could-be-banned-under-proposed-bill/

The Downward Spiral Of Detroit Continues

For anybody who has been reading this blog for any length of time, you know that I have been following the horror story that has become the City of Detroit for some months now. It appears that the State of Michigan is about to name a Financial Manager for the city.
As you also might expect, the crooks and assholes that have through theft, corruption, stupidity and incompetence helped bring what was once a major American city to it's knees, have begun running their mouths and screaming about this is unfair. It's not the American way, it's 'Dictatorship', it's racist!!!
Big surprise huh?
For the past 2 or three years they have worked out deals with the state to allow for some outside control and assistance, but the ingrained greed and arrogance of the elected officials have have prevented any meaningful change.
The fact is that after the decline of the American auto and steel industries, which essentially drove the economic engine of the region for so long, began in the late 70's and early 80's, Detroit has been on a downward spiral. Even the State doesn't know if this financial takeover of the City's finances will prevent the continued slow death, but the one thing that is certain is that all the half measures so far have not worked to date.

Let's see what happens.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/02/us/michigan-appoints-emergency-manager-for-detroit.html?hp&_r=0

Friday, March 1, 2013

How's This for "Pork"

Ever wonder just what your Congressman/woman gets paid while you have to break your ass to make ends meet or get just a little bit ahead?

Well, here you go, and if this doesn't piss you off, nothing will!

The median wealth of a House member is $765,010... For a senator it’s $2.38 million. Yet, incredibly, they still enjoy all of this:

•$174,000 salary
•Free company car
•Free gas
•Free parking (even at airports)
•Free flights almost anywhere in the world
•Per diem travel allowance... up to $3,000 a trip
•A month’s paid vacation
•3-day work-weeks
•Free membership to a top-flight gym
•Pension plan and 401K plan
•Full retirement benefits (including up to 44% of their six figure salaries) at age 62
•Free top of the line health insurance with 10 plans to choose from
•Fully covered – even with pre-existing condition

Thursday, February 28, 2013

It's Official...

Detroit is a disaster. The city's financial affairs will be taken over by an as yet unnamed Michigan state financial Manager who doesn't have to worry about getting re-elected.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/28/us-usa-detroit-emergency-idUSBRE91R1O320130228

Monday, February 25, 2013

The NY Boycott

I doubt it'll have much of an effect on NY's LEO agencies, but it's nice to see some companies putting principle before profit. And I'm going to say something I've said elsewhere. In states and/or major cities that have restrictions on certain firearms, magazines, stocks, etc; Off duty Law enforcement officers should be restricted the same as regular citizens. If it's OK for the rest of us to do without because the on-duty LEO's will protect us, then the same should go for the off-duty LEO's.

This link is to a blog that is covering and updating the 'New York Boycott' by certain firearms and firearms related mfg.

I don't see SIG, Glock or S & W joining any time soon, but maybe when citizen sales to the state fall off, they might get the hint.

http://www.ncgunblog.com/new-york-boycott/

Friday, February 22, 2013

Holy Shit!!

This actually happened in MASSACHUSETTS!!

http://cnsnews.com/blog/stephen-gutowski/crowd-goes-wild-assault-weapons-ban-plan-pulled-westford-mass-town-meeting

How To Use The Media 'O' Style

http://dyn.politico.com/printstory.cfm?uuid=A22E8106-D4AF-436E-84DB-77354D107AA4

Starbucks Anyone?

Must be driving the anti-gun growd crazy!! LOL!!!

http://washington.cbslocal.com/2013/02/22/packing-heat-with-hot-coffee-gun-owners-support-starbucks-day/

Thursday, February 21, 2013

The Beginning Of A Trend I Hope

From tiny acorns.......

http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2013/02/21/bay-area-law-enforcement-encourages-fighting-back-against-active-shooters/

Sunday, February 17, 2013

The Ammo Shortage of 2013

To me, the most interesting part of the article linked below is the fact -that there is an average of 2,600 armed Federal Agents for every state in the union.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/02/16/ammunition-shortage/1919321/

It's Been Too Long Since My Last Drone Post

Time marches on!

The ever present problem facing society. Technology is always way ahead of any laws or proper guidelines.

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-domestic-drones-20130216,0,1021089,full.story

Sunday, February 10, 2013

You Can Always Rely On The LAPD

I do believe Ex-officer and now wanted killer Chris Dorner has the LAPD a bit rattled. I'm sure they're going to have to get creative to explain shooting at a vehicle that was the wrong, make, the wrong model, and the wrong color. It should also be entertaining to see how they mistook two Hispanic females for a 270 lb. Afican American male.

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-torrance-shooting-20130209,0,4414028.story

Saturday, February 9, 2013

4th Ammendment? We Don't Need No Steenking 4th Ammendment!

Rules originally put in place by the Bush Administration, and happily continued by the current administration.

http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2013/02/electronics-border-seizures/?cid=co5746764

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Here We Go Again....

Big Sis and the DHS are doing more for the ammunition industry than the President has done for the firearms industry.

Go figure!

http://www.infowars.com/dhs-purchases-21-6-million-more-rounds-of-ammunition/

Underwater Drones!!

The joy just keeps on coming!! i'm aiting for the day I'm taking a crap, look down into the toilet, and see a periscope checking out my butt.
Thanks to my friend JimH at the C.C. Forum for the heads up on this one.

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/rights/domestic-drones-UAVs-FAA-oversight

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

More Drones!

It's going to get a lot worse guys. I can't wait to see when people start using them follow the cops around like in that other video I put up a few weeks ago.

http://www.clickorlando.com/news/Florida-police-want-to-use-drones-for-crowd-control/-/1637132/18433078/-/cfswl2/-/index.html

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Anybody Remember Bosnia?

I love firsthand accounts from people who've lived through real modern day survival situations. And I'm not talking about fantasy bullshit promulgated by people with shit they want to sell you. This guy talks about real survival shit, not fucking Zombies, or Mad Max horseshit.

http://sovietoutpost.revdisk.org/?p=72

Saturday, February 2, 2013

So Who's Winning The Gun Control P.R. Battle?

http://www.forbes.com/sites/brucerogers/2013/02/01/nra-winning-the-influence-battle-over-gun-control/

Monday, January 28, 2013

Video Of Bloomberg's Securty Detail Harrassing Journalist

Hold The Presses!!

Apparently I have to Backdate my "Hypocrite Of The Week" award from two weeeks ago. It seems I missed this one.

This award goes to Mayor Mike Bloomberg, NY's favorite petty tyrant who managed to get term limits lfited just for himself in order to serve three terms.

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Journalism/2013/01/28/EXCLUSIVE-Journalist-Accosted-By-Security-Over-Mayor-Bloomberg-Gun-Control-Question

Winner of the Blackthorn Blog "Hypocrite Of The Week Award" Goes to..

DHS and Big SIS!!

Damn those evil assault weapons....

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/01/26/if-assault-weapons-are-bad-why-does-the-dhs-want-to-buy-7000-of-them-for-personal-defense/

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Visual Education For Non-Gun People


More "Positive" News About The NRA

Apparently the NRA is not as "hated" as the mainstream press would have everybody believe. On the other hand, the fact that 38% of gun owners dislike the NRA is a bit of a surprise. I guess all the "Fudds" who just like to think of themselves as "sportsmen" really believe that the if all the self-defense type firearms are banned, the anti-gun crowd will just leave them alone.
Yeah, right.

http://firstread.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/01/17/16567367-nbcwsj-poll-nra-more-popular-than-entertainment-industry?lite

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Screw The NY Journal News

You know, the turds that published the interactive map with names and addresses of all the handgun permit holders in Westchester county.

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_GUN_PERMIT_DATABASE?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2013-01-18-18-48-16

The same asshats who hired ARMED guards after the names and addresses of the upper management and the reporter who originally came up with the idea. S o far, the newspaper people have gotten death threats, and several of the homes of the permit holders have been burglarized.

The paper says they're "just doing the right thing".

Really??

It couldn't possibly have been because they might wind up in legal hot water with NY state's new law, or because of potential law suits from the permit holders, could it?

Nah!

http://politicker.com/2013/01/journal-news-takes-down-controversial-map-of-gun-owners/

Friday, January 18, 2013

Air Travellers 1...Big Sis 0

I guess the negative publicity finally go to the TSA.

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_AIRPORT_SCANNERS?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2013-01-18-11-51-13

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

NRA Membership Update

Barack Obama, not just the best saleman the Gun Industry ever had, but now, he's the best Membership booster the NRA has had since Charlton Heston.

http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2013/01/15/nra-membership-has-grown-by-250000-in-one-month

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Military Heroes Don't Always Die In Combat

A little known piece of history about the USAF B-52 Stratofortress.

http://www.mail.com/news/politics/1817622-fateful-b-52-flight-revealed-deadly-weakness.html#.7518-stage-subhero1-4

Thursday, January 10, 2013

NRA Membership Up 100,00 In The Last 18 Days

Finally, some stats I can get behind.

http://www.politico.com/story/2013/01/nra-100k-new-members-after-sandy-hook-86001.html

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Addendum To The Post of 1-3-2013

The one about Dwight Worley, You know, the asshole who put out the names of and addresses of every handgun owner in Westchester county.

Original post:

http://wwwblackthorn.blogspot.com/2013/01/lets-all-give-this-self-ritgheous-moron.html

Well here's another link about this jackass. make sure you read the part about his NYC Handgun Permit

http://angrywhitedude.com/2012/12/dwight-r-worley/

He must be a graduate of the Diane Feinstein and Chuck Schumer school of Hypocrisy.

http://wwwblackthorn.blogspot.com/2012/12/i-love-hypocrites-dont-you.html

Ray Bradbury 1920-2012

One of the "Deans" of modern science fiction. He penned this little short piece in 1951. Let's just call it a cautionary tale.

http://mikejmoran.typepad.com/files/pedestrian-by-bradbury-1.pdf

Monday, January 7, 2013

The Boys In D.C Continue To Stock Up

Even as the cost and availablity for everyone else gets worse.
Remember this post boys and girls?

http://wwwblackthorn.blogspot.com/2012/09/good-old-janet-is-at-it-again.html

Well here we go again.

http://www.infowars.com/dhs-buys-200000-more-rounds-of-ammunition/

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Won't See this In The Mainstream National Media, Will you?

A mom who deserves both recognition and praise for her actions. But she certainly won't get it from Dianne (I own a .357 magnum) Feinstein.

http://www.ajc.com/news/news/local/mother-of-two-surprises-burglar-with-five-gunshots/nTnGR/

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Follow Up To Arizona Social Security Bombing

Two posts back I brought up how the Mainstream Media feeds you shit about celebrities bullshit lives, but fail to mention the kinds of things you should know about. Well a little research on my part dug up bit of info on the AZ Social Security bombing.
After seeing who they arrested, it looks like a case of political correctness might have something to do with the fact that this "little incident" didn't get any airplay.

You can all judge for yourselves.

http://www.federaltimes.com/article/20121204/FACILITIES02/312040001/Man-charged-Social-Security-office-bombing

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Time To Ban Those Dreaded Assault Hammers!!

Where are Feinstein and Schumer when you need them????

http://nation.foxnews.com/gun-rights/2013/01/03/fbi-more-people-killed-hammers-clubs-each-year-rifles

Let's All Give This Self Righteous Moron A Call

This is the guy who writes for the Journal News in upstate New York that posted the interactive map of all the licensed, registered handgun owners in Westchester and Rockland Counties.

Thanks for telling all the real crimials where they can go to steal some firearms you miserable, self righteous piece of human excrement.


Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Drones For The New Year

About a week ago I did a post about unmanned drones in the hands of citizens. I made reference to how long it would be until people started using them to do surveillance on the Police.
Well call me Nostradamus, because it didn't take long. The cops want to use drones for surveillance on citizens, they're going to have to learn to live with it themselves.

http://www.myfoxdc.com/story/20472463/unmanned-drone-buzzes-french-police-car#axzz2GdL2PHHT

Two more points;

1) For Mike H. Don't be too lazy to double click!! ;-)

2) Seriously guys, just go to Youtube and enter quadcopter in the search engine field.