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Limp-Wristed Feds?

Remember the (infamous) FBI shootout, wherein a number of agents died and the end result was the agency adopting the 10 mm?  Which became the .40 S&W (because some agents couldn’t handle 10 mm).  Then some specialized units of the FBI adopted the 1911, in .45 ACP?

Well, it’s time for gun/ammo roulette once again, folks!

THE FBI IS ADOPTING A 9MM SIDEARM

Because 9mm has been shown to be so effective in the street.

RIGHT?

RIGHT?

I see this as a combination of federal agencies employing physically smaller persons (some minorities, women) and those folks being unable to handle (or perhaps not being properly trained to handle) firearms in a major caliber.

Or, perhaps it’s just because they bought a boatload of 9mm…

Who knows?

h/t Maddened Fowl

HAPPY 16TH AMENDMENT DAY!

not really…

I’m one of those old coots who think the 16th Amendment (the federal income tax) amendment and the IRS should be abolished immediately!  And, of course, we should abolish the 17th Amendment, as well, and go back to State Governors appointing of U.S. Senators.

Funny how both these amendments came about during the progressive administration of Woodrow Wilson, one of the most evil men to ever hold the office of president.

And more power was usurped by the federal government.

tax deductionsPS – for once, I’m NOT a last-minute Louie ™ !

I completed and submitted my federally-mandated tax forms on April 9!  The good news is I didn’t have to pay.  The bad news is my meager refund was eaten up by the electronic-send-in-the-forms thing.

The Ex-Parte ARES ARMS Raid

aresIt appears that despite the judge granting the TRO on Wednesday, yesterday the ATF went to the judge ex parte (meaning without the other side, in this case Ares, being present), and got a “clarification” of the prior TRO. This “clarification” seems to give them the green light to apply for a “lawful search”.

IMHO, in order to have a change between Wednesday when the original TRO was granted, the ATF would have had to have alleged Ares was about to get rid of records and that they, the ATF had emergent reasons for going in now rather than waiting till the full hearing that was scheduled for March 20.

Update:

Here are the prosecutor’s allegations behind the ex parte allegation.

-They materially misrepresent the lower receivers as “firearms”.
-they essentially argue “how dare Ares use the law to get a TRO against us”, that somehow that was a “trick” on Ares part not to provide the “firearms” as per agreement. But if they had the TRO, they were not required to turn over the weapons.

HT: Moderno, Bearing Arms

Yes, my friends, it appears, in spite of a court order, ‘clarification’ was obtained and the BATFE was able to ‘legally’ raid ARES ARMS and search for customer information!

God forbid a firearms business operate under all the rules and laws – they will get raided, anyway!

Of course, persons performing their business in a legal manner rarely shoot back!

h/t Weasel Zippers, Free North Carolina

This just in – MORE, from David Codrea!!

Guns Lost By a Firearms Dealers

or rather (oops, my mistake), by the dealer’s government agency watchdog…

Impressive FOIA results.

“It is clear that agency rules were not followed in many of the incidents, which show at least 49 guns were lost or stolen nationwide between 2009 and 2013.”

“The newly released ATF reports show that between 2009 and 2013, agents lost their guns or had them stolen in at least 45 incidents — with a couple of the cases involving the loss of three firearms.

It is unclear if the records include “missing” guns, a separate category used by the agency.

Most of the lost weapons were handguns, but there also were at least two assault rifles stolen. Typically the reports do not indicate what happened to the unrecovered guns. However, in a November 2008 incident, the gun may have wound up in Mexico, according to the report.”

“The report cited examples similar to those in the documents obtained by the Journal Sentinel, with agents leaving weapons in public bathrooms, atop their vehicles, on an airplane and one in a shopping cart.”

Via Katie Pavlich

I sit here wondering how this compares with licensed firearms dealer records, and, of course, the whole Fast & Furious debacle.  And wonder if any of the BATFE missing arms are responsible for crimes or even murders?

Inquiring minds want to know.

h/t David Hardy

Federal Gun Registration In North Carolina?

Just got back from my favorite “Fun” store. They had their ATF inspection last week. Notable in that the two ATF compliance tax agents were female. One black and one white. What is notable about that? It seems to me as if they hired a bunch of anti-gun non shooting sports types to work for them. Also notable is that they mentioned that North Carolina has been “given” 20 additional compliance teams. Also noteworthy (especially) is the NEW additional part of the inspection.

The black tax inspector spent the entire time photographing every single 4473. She even photographed all of the deferred or declined 4473s. Registration is here in North Carolina. If you own any firearms that you bought in a gun store on a 4473, you had better start trading them around. Fortunately I do not. Now I shall have to see if this was done at work since we had ours last month. Did not occur to me to inquire as that is not my department. (m21308)

We heard about this in Alaska, wherein attention was brought to bear by contacting their Senators.  Has it been happening elsewhere?  I thought this was a direct violation of a couple of federal firearms statutes?  (And the race and gender of the agents is of no concern to me! – Guffaw)

Re:  the ‘anti-gun non shooting sports’ types, I was lead to believe one couldn’t be a gun rights advocate, sport shooter, hunter or firearms collector and work for the ATF, as that was considered a conflict of interest!

Has this changed?

Funny, one can own and drive cars and work for the DMV…

h/t Brock Townsend, m21308

The ‘Only Ones’ Strike Again!

from The I.R.S. and Guns, courtesy of Alphecca

From Forbes:

Not all IRS agents are armed, of course. It’s only the Criminal Investigation Division, and they arguably need them. Yet even within that group there’s been some criticism.  According to one government audit, IRS Agents ‘Accidentally’ Discharged Guns 11 Times between 2009 and 2011.

Some resulted in property damage or personal injury, claimed the report. What’s more, agents accidentally fired their guns more times than they did intentionally, said the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. That would be a worry for any law enforcement agency.

Again, look at the statistics for armed civilians versus civilian law enforcement officers.  Generally, the civilian populus is safer, and more accurate than all of the sworn agencies out there (when taken as a whole).

But the government keeps pushing to make it more difficult to legally own, possess, carry or use a firearm.  Is that because they are so bad at it?

Furthermore:

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TODAY! From The U.S. Postal Service!

stampFirst Class Postage is raised to 49 cents TODAY!

THIS, at the request of the postal service, to keep operating.  Of course, they have been required to operate at a ‘profit’ since 1970, and have maintained their status as a losing proposition since that time.

In other words, in the RED!

“Why don’t we just get rid of them?”  You ask.

Well, we’ve millions of retired postal employees with their cushy pensions and medical care they were promised to deal with.

AND, there’s that pesky Article I, Section 8, Clause 7 of the United States Constitution, known as the Postal Clause or the Postal Power, empowers Congress “To establish Post Offices and post Roads“.(Wikipedia)

Therefore, it would take a Constitutional Amendment to abolish the Post Office.

First Class Postage (2004)  37 cents

First Class Postage (1994)  29 cents

First Class Postage (1984)  20 cents

First Class Postage (1963)  4 cents  (Yep, LBJ started the sharp uphill battle.)

No wonder most people now use Email and UPS!

Statistics (insert snoring sounds here…)

The Whited Sepulchre often brings us tables of a statistical nature, but unlike dry statistics, they are oft nourished with the cream of truth!  To wit…

How freakin’ huge is your share of what Obama is spending?  If you’re a smart person and not even bothering to work any more, your share of the government’s fifty-year spending spree is only around $50,000.00.  If you’re one of the dwindling number of net taxpayers, your share is around $100,000.00.

Would you like to turn back the clock and make a few changes in this?  (BTW, the debt is now close to 17 trillion.  Remember the good old days shown here, when it was only 10 trillion?)

Let’s move on.  would you like to earn a dollar and be able to keep the dollar for longer than a few minutes without it losing value?

The Federal Reserve was given the job of stabilizing the money supply way back in 1913.  Here’s what has happened to the value of a dollar (as determined by the money supply) since 1971.  The red line represents the inflation rate – AKA the increase money supply.

Want to invent a time machine, turn back the clock, and for the sake of everyone on a fixed income tell Tricky Dicky Nixon  to leave us on the gold standard?

Let’s move on to Nixon’s dirty little War On Drugs, and what it’s done to the incarceration rate.  (BTW, a white woman has a one in 111 chance of going to jail at some point in her life.  But for a black dude, it’s a one in 3 chance.)

Want to turn back the clock and convince Nixon that his War On Drugs is a bad idea?  Or is wanting to turn back the clock, under any circumstances, a sign that someone is a racist reactionary?

Has it worked?
No.
Are we going to keep doing it?
Well, do Barack and the Democrats rely on Narc, Jailer, DEA, Homeland Security, Torturer, Prison Contractor and Police Force votes to get elected?
Yes.
That’s why we’re going to keep doing this crap.

beerYOU SHOULD VISIT THE LINK FOR THE WHOLE ARTICLE AND THEN CRY IN YOUR BEER – IF YOU CAN AFFORD IT!

A Change in the FBI’s Mission

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Excerpted from Foreign Policy: The FBI’s creeping advance into the world of counterterrorism is nothing new. But quietly and without notice, the agency has finally decided to make it official in one of its organizational fact sheets. Instead of declaring “law enforcement” as its “primary function,” as it has for years, the FBI fact sheet now lists “national security” as its chief mission. The changes largely reflect the FBI reforms put in place after September 11, 2001, which some have criticized for de-prioritizing law enforcement activities. Regardless, with the 9/11 attacks more than a decade in the past, the timing of the edits is baffling some FBI-watchers.

“What happened in the last year that changed?” asked Kel McClanahan, a Washington-based national security lawyer.

Visit Pat Dollard to see the entire story.

And from the same government that brought you the above…

ATF Falsifies Gun-Tracking Data to Mislead Public

Happy New Year! – President Signs NDAA 2014! We Continue To Get…

(insert euphemism for sexual insertion HERE)…and without having ever been kissed!

The House and Senate quietly passed it AGAIN, then The President signed it, AGAIN!

Not only is Gitmo not closed, but indefinite detention of American Citizens for ‘National Security’ purposes continues to be authorized!

AND…

The 2014 NDAA also includes a new provision that appears to bolster the national security surveillance state. Section 1071(a) authorizes the Defense Department to “establish a center to be known as the ‘Conflict Records Research Center’.” Using the dangerously broad terms now typical of national security policy parlance, the Conflict Records Research Center enables the DoD to compile a “digital research database including translations and to facilitate research and analysis of records captured from countries, organizations, and individuals, now or once hostile to the United States.” Who gets to be a surveillance target — the specific remit of “now or once hostile” — is troublingly ill-defined and unrestricted.

Quelle surprise.

h/t Sipsey Street Irregulars, Salon

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