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Greece Looking To Be Greased

ATHENS — Retirees throughout Greece mobbed banks as they tried to withdraw a maximum of 120 euros ($134) in pension payments on Wednesday, as the country teetered on the brink of economic collapse hours after an international bailout expired.

Emotions ran high outside a Piraeus Bank branch in downtown Athens as some 60 customers jostled impatiently after waiting for hours in the sweltering sun.

“This is humiliating,” said Athanasios, an 80-year-old former army officer. “I used to receive a monthly pension of 1,500 euros and now I have to line up for hours to receive 120? This is unfair.”  (in part from The Ultimate Answer To Kings)

I’m reminded of the junior high boy’s joke about the guy being forced to slide backwards down a giant razor blade (using his b***) for brakes, and landing in a bucket of iodine.

And like dominoes, I fear Greece is only the beginning.

Our own government has already made noises about ‘acquiring’ 401k funds, and pensions, and increasing both the amount and items/services being taxed.  And other banks in the World have ‘acquired’ ATM funds and savings of individuals!

The long slide is beginning, my friends, and unless you live largely off the grid in the middle-of-nowhere, bartering gold coin, ammo and water (Joel?), you (we) are in for a wild ride.

If anyone out there thinks bread lines, runs on banks and gas rationing are not in our future, I’d like to heard your predictions.

And ‘domestic violence’ as a result?  A forgone conclusion, I’m afraid.

I truly hope I am completely wrong.

Yep.  This is unfair.  But no one said Life would be.

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Colt We Hardly Knew Ye

coltNo, that’s not true.  We did!  We did know ye!

“Gun maker Colt Defense LLC plans to file for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection by Monday (yesterday), according to people familiar with the matter, amid business and accounting troubles. The company has secured financing to continue operating while in bankruptcy and expects to remain in business after the restructuring, the people said.” The combination of years of indifference toward the civilian market combined and the gut-punch that was losing most of its military AR business have finally caught up to Colt . . .(WSJ)

A company with a long tradition, filing it’s second bankruptcy in a little over 20 years.

Back-in-the-day, when the standards battling for market share were largely Colt and Smith & Wesson, I always thought of Smith as the Chevy or Ford, and Colt as the Cadillac or Lincoln.  A little nicer finish, perhaps, but way overpriced.  Always wanted a Dick Special and a Python.  Could never afford them.  (I am fortunate to have a National Match upper for my 1911!)

And, what the WSJ says is true!  Colt kept vying for the military market, and ignoring it’s civilian base.  And the military market went elsewhere.

A Python and Detective Special in my future?  Probably not.

The Supreme Court Stands…

for nothing, apparently.

The supreme court refused to hearJackson v. City and County of San Francisco. After Heller and McDonald, they don’t seem very willing to take on many more gun rights cases. It’s curious to me why that is. Pre-Heller, it was speculated that the court wouldn’t take gun cases because they weren’t convinced the decision would go the right way. But Sandy resigned. I wonder who the hold out is now?

Too bad the Founding Fathers didn’t see that oath taking would be viewed largely as ceremonial fal-de-ral with no meaning as the nation progressed…

In ALL federal offices requiring it!

Perhaps I should have spelled it fed-er-al…

h/t Say Uncle

What About Bob?

I was able to communicate with one of the many Bobs in my life last night.  (Long-time readers know I’ve many friends named Bob and Dave.  One childhood friend was even named Robert Davidson!)

The dear friend with whom I was a private investigator, and later worked together in a firearms emporium.

The one who lost the lower 12″ of his left leg due to diabetic complications.  And almost lost his life.

Fortunately, things are going well as can be for him.

He’s been using a prosthesis now for about six weeks!  He still has need of a wheelchair or a walker for some life activities.

The most important thing is he is active, continuing to test his limits, and has a terrific attitude.

One daughter is preparing to graduate from a local university; the other from Northwestern.

He is most proud.

I’m proud of him for his ongoing attitude.  I’ve my own health issues – And he continues to show me that attitude is everything.

Thank you, Robert!

Remember When ‘Bobbies’ Were Famous For Being Unarmed?

Well, not so much, anymore…

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While on my trip in the UK, I noticed a staggering amount of armed police officers guarding the gates to castles and palaces. These were not security guards but actual police officers. All were armed with Glocks and a couple of them were armed with either a MP5 or MP7, and this was at every place I went to.

This is at Windsor Castle. This gate is the exit for tourists. However it is a controlled entrance for certain vehicles. It is guarded by a couple of officers, one of which is armed with a MP5A4 with Surefire fore end.

(The Firearms Blog)

Funny how the British population was largely disarmed in 1997, crime has risen, and the constabulary is now carrying a multitude of semi-and fill auto firearms.

Sir Robert Peale must be spinning in his grave.

Cuba Removed From The List of Regimes Who Are Known To Sponsor Terrorism

CUBA.  That bastion of Freedom in the Western Hemisphere, has been removed from the ‘official’ list of those nations known to sponsor terrorism.

And travel restrictions have been lessened.

I wonder what has changed?

And I wonder about all those folks who suffered torture and death under the Fidel/Raul Castro regime?  Who are still imprisoned.

And their families, both in Cuba and in The United States.

Of course, we still do mega-business with The People’s Republic of China, and Vietnam.

Perhaps we are just playing catch-up?

Cui bono?

MEMORIAL DAY 2015

Memorial-Day-Dog-3In memory of all who served;

Some gave all…

REMEMBER

ALL who gave all in service to The Republic.

It’s more than barbeques, people!

THAT Is The Question!

as provided by Dutchman6

So, the question is, how many of them are snitches and agents provocateurs?

Leaked Report Profiles Military, Police Members of Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs

Glock Is The Common Core Of Handguns

(courtesy of Mad Ogre)

Police One put out an interesting survey.  “What do you think of your Police Sidearm?”

Glock’s dominance in the LEO market is epic.  Over 68% of the market is staggering.  But that’s actually not that surprising to me.
What is, well, not so surprising, but disappointing… is the complete falling of SIG and Beretta.   22.6% and 8.5% respectively.  As bad as that is… is the results of the question “What would you like to carry?”  Those numbers being only 21.3% and 4.6%.

No longer the Choice of Professionals.
No longer the Choice of Professionals.

This very clearly tells us that the time of metal framed guns fired with hammers is going the way of the Flint Lock.   This saddens me.   I prefer the metal-hammer guns over poly-striker guns.  The feel, the weight, the superior single action pull… and that I can pull more accuracy out of a hammer fired gun.

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As unpopular as Cream of Wheat.

What saddens me the most about this though – is that it tells me that Law Enforcement is no longer a Profession of Shootists.  Like the FBI, Municipal Law Enforcement isn’t a Gun Culture anymore.  They no longer want fine guns of refinement and craftsmanship… they only want Shooting Appliances.   They want guns – and this is the secret to Glock’s success – that are simplified down to the lowest common denominator.   Yes, I’ll say it.

Glock is the Common Core of handguns.

Most LE Agencies are not hiring shooters anymore.  They want guys with education in Psychology and Human Development… They want Councilors.  We saw this trend starting 20 years ago.   I think this is why we see so many questionable police shootings… so many cops shooting dogs.   I think a lot of these COP 2.0 guys may be power tripping… because the guys that come from the Gun Culture don’t get worked up or feel the need to power trip and flex their authority so much as these C2.0 guys and gals.

Huh… Oddly enough, all my LEO friends are from the Classic Old School variety.  Good Cops that use Common Sense before using Ego.  Damn good Cops.   Many of them carry Glocks, because of Policy, not by choice.  Some choose the Glocks… and that’s fine.  They can’t shoot that well anyways.  (j/k)

The Sidearms used by the most astute of shooting professionals remain hammer fired, metal framed guns.  The US Navy SEALs, I must point out – having the freedom of using anything they want, use SIG 226’s.  I don’t know any single group that personifies a Gun Culture more than the SEALS.  They take Pistol Craft more seriously than any other group… with US Air Marshals being a close second.  And they want that SIG.   They want a stable shooting platform with as much accuracy as you can have in a Semi-Auto handgun.

In the Consumer Market – sales of SIG’s and Beretta’s are down.  Regardless of quality, and regardless of special offers and marketing efforts, you just can’t sell them like you used to.  The first choice is Glock… followed by the S&W M&P and the Springfield XDM series guns.

I’m not counting 1911’s – that is a market unique to it’s own, and I’ll talk about that in more detail at another time.

For me – I will remain a fan of the SIG’s and the Beretta’s.  I prefer the triggers.  I prefer the safeties.  Now, if you are going to go Glock – get a new trigger system from Lone Wolf.  Get some new sights from Lone Wolf.  And you can make the most out of that Glock, if that’s what you prefer or have to live with.   And I do appreciate the Glock for what it is… and do like them with LWD triggers.  But given my druthers, I’ll take my Beretta over any Glock.

Oddly enough, the guns I want the most are all metal framed, hammer guns of the Revolving variety.  With only a couple automatics.  A SIG M11A1 is one the autos.  The other are Browning/FN Hi-Powers and a SIG P210.  But my beard is grey and I don’t like the music these kids listen to these days.   Oh… and get off my lawn.

I don’t entirely agree with Mad Ogre.  But I don’t entirely disagree.

The Glock is down to the lowest common denominator.  And most of today’s law enforcement are not shootists – they are looking for an appliance.

I miss the good old days when people like Bill Jordan helped Smith & Wesson design revolvers.  And cops were all about mastery of their tools.  I wonder if police qualifications have been reduced to a pass/fail – being ‘good enough’?

Now we keep hearing about engagements wherein many shots are exchanged, but no one is hit.

And, of course, plastic has no soul.

That’s Racist! Part II

from Free North Carolina, in part…

Christopher De La Viña,an Hispanic student wants to know.

As a child in public schools and now as a graduate student in history, I have learned one thing to be true about the United States: It is a White country. The founders were White, White men established its core principles and political system, and White men and women built the nation into what it is today.

Even before I became aware of the importance of race, I never thought this was “racist” or unfair; it was simply a fact. America has always been a White country and always should be. Why, then, … are White people giving away their country?

I guess this means my Latino friend above is racist.  As am I for posting such trash.
I see it as the political correctness run rampant, yet again.
And the popular meme that ‘if it came from Whitey, we don’t believe it!’
The President recently announced that Muslim folks we part of our foundation, too.  They shouldn’t be left out or forgotten.  That’s true.  Historians studied The President’s assertion, and found it to be true!
It seemed some of the first slave traders to arrive on these shores were Black, Islamic folk!
SEE!  Part of our rich tapestry.
POLITICAL CORRECTNESS IS KILLING THIS REPUBLIC.
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1. ALL GUNS ARE ALWAYS LOADED.

2. NEVER POINT YOUR MUZZLE AT SOMETHING YOU ARE NOT WILLING TO DESTROY.

3. KEEP YOUR FINGER OFF THE TRIGGER UNTIL YOUR SIGHTS ARE ON THE TARGET AND YOU ARE READY TO SHOOT.

4. KNOW YOUR TARGET AND WHAT'S BEYOND.

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