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SA 01FEB13 McCarthy Women AR

Its a smidgen late folks, but it’ll never get old!  Typical Liberal Democrat lunacy.  First the Administration and Congress removes most of the blocks, if not all, of women serving in front line combat; then Representative McCarthy from New York in her infinite wisdom and superior intellect with regard to all things firearms declares that women shouldn’t use AR-15s for self defense as they are not accurate enough for such a role.

Needless to say, I’m sure the women I served with in Iraq share the sentiments as this young Airman (reference photo was from an Airman guarding Sather AB Iraq circa 2006 or so).  I’m sure most of the women I know will agree with it, even if its a bit more harsh than their own.

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In honor of the Obama Administrations current priorities…  Go after the Amish for selling raw milk and homemade cheese across state lines with mall ninja SWAT officers who work for the FDA and Dept. of Agriculture; all the while letting the BATFE smuggle guns across the Southern Border with Mexico to the Zetas; all the while blaming both the small farmers and the gun owning public for crimes which they aren’t guilty of.  Its not a joke about how they go after small farmers selling raw milk as terrorists.  In each case DHS has used a 2002 anti-terror law aimed at bio weapons as a statute to shut down small farmers at gun point.

Further reading:

http://mises.org/daily/5692/The-Freedom-to-Buy-and-Sell-Raw-Milk

http://radio.foxnews.com/2011/10/06/judge-americans-dont-have-right-to-eat-drink-what-the-want/

Once again, GWOT Veterans are in the cross hairs of the very government they served to protect YOUR liberties…  When you sit and read the articles, keep in mind how easy it would be to construe a wounded Veteran from recent operations in Iraq who loves to be prepared and live outdoors showing up at a surplus store.  Having been wounded, and losing limbs, they can easily be ‘profiled’ according to the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force handout as a domestic terrorist.  This after MIAC, and the DHS Report in 2008.  BOHICA!

David Codrea’s Gun Rights Examiner article:  http://www.examiner.com/gun-rights-in-national/fbi-adds-preppers-to-potential-terrorists-list?CID=examiner_alerts_article

PDF of the FBI handout to Colorado Surplus stores…  ColoradoFBISurplusStore

Inspired by actual events! Sorta…

I was sitting at my guard post on the Hastings Fire north of Fairbanks AK when I was running both a mosquito coil and a Therma Cell to keep the mosquitoes off at about 11pm/midnight or so (so the date might be a bit off…). Needless to say, some of them mosquitoes still kept on coming at me! The idea crossed my mind that not only are bears on top of humans here in Alaska, but the mosquito has got to be on top of it all… Insert some cartoon exaggeration, and POW, giant mosquito that is on top of everything in the food chain!

In theory, the bear spray works as a deterrent (though US Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, and other agencies shoot at least one grizzly after bear spray fails just about every year or so… They usually give it about three sprays before resorting to the 12 ga.). Bear bells… well, we tell the tourists they work… That and we joke about dinner bells and seasoning… Especially after stupid Californians or Alabamians balk at the $50 price tag on a 16 oz. can of bear spray…

…after all, $14.19 worth of Brenneke Black Magic 3″ magnum 12 ga. slugs are what everyone around here considers 100% effective lead based bear spray! If you run into the mosquito pictured here, make sure you have some 00 Buck handy…

Alaska voters voted to limit our State Legislature to merely 90 days from 120 days a couple years ago.  This was in order to get them to focus on their one State Constitutional obligation, the Capitol Budget…  For the last two years in a row, they have over-run the 90 days with similar frivolous items; and saved their one job which they are legally obligated to accomplish during a regular session, for a special session.  Sure, picking the State firearm and honoring one of your colleges (and a man who did so much for Alaska) are indeed good accomplishments, if the budget was taken care of first!  To taxpayers like myself who pay you live in Juneau for 90 days, you screwed us, again.  GET THE BUSINESS DONE FIRST, frivolous feel good statehood stuff can wait for the budget!

Amazing how the more liberal elements of the Democratic Party, and even the GOP, tend to forget that they claim to embrace religious tolerance in the face of the Tea Party’s success…  I especially find the DNC’s hypocrisy in this case to be very disturbing as they tend hold the lions share of Wiccan voters.  That is, at least what the DNC tries very hard to convey…  The reality is actually quite different.  I know of three non-Christian Pagan/Wiccan gun toting Conservative voters personally…  Believe me, they are just as miffed about the DNC’s lies about religious tolerance as I am (as a Roman Catholic).  But this is Alaska after all!

Its been 10 years (01AUG00 or 02AUG00 depending on if you count leaving MEPS or entering the base for Basic Training as the start of a career) since I joined initially, and just about four since I got out (01JUL07…). Lets just say, I couldn’t help but laugh when I went to apply for my first job out of the military in 2008 and I actually had to answer this question (and did so truthfully, laughing). Perhaps I should really have lied, as the context obviously was more geared toward “Do you have an issue with Safety violations?”.  So, needless to say, the big box stores with their fancy online applications never called me back.  However, my present local employer (whom I filled out paper application did, and hired me on the spot after a 15 minute interview, my manager is a Vietnam Veteran…) did, so I ‘m glad I did answer truthfully.  While I didn’t operate out of up armored humvees (my outside the wire time was either Stryker or dismounted from Stryker), most GWOT vets have, so that is why I illustrated them here.  So here you are, a little tale of Veterans adjustment to civilian life, and the humor that accompanies it sometimes.

Yet another aspect of the humor that is greatly appreciated by firearms instructors everywhere.  Yes, we are anal retentive about proper terminology as this will eliminate confusion.  As a gun counter clerk, my boss won’t allow me to be a smart ass when it comes to handing a customer a ‘clip’ when they ask for a ‘clip’ in reference to a magazine, nor will he likely allow me to hand them a banana with rounds attached when they ask for a ‘banana clip’…
…fortunately he is on vacation this week!

Yet another aspect of the humor that is greatly appreciated by firearms instructors everywhere.  Yes, we are anal retentive about proper terminology as this will eliminate confusion.  As a gun counter clerk, my boss won’t allow me to be a smart ass when it comes to handing a customer a ‘clip’ when they ask for a ‘clip’ in reference to a magazine, nor will he likely allow me to hand them a banana with rounds attached when they ask for a ‘banana clip’…
…fortunately he is on vacation this week!

Sorry about being late this week folks…  No excuses, and NO failure to publish either!

My new format (3.0!) moving away from the 800×600 pixel rectangle. Tackling a tough issue that I’ve run across before at work. There are some old guys out there who come up to the gun counter at work and make assumptions about myself and some of my co-workers based what they think of the youth (18-30 year olds anyway…). They express that opinion, clearly ignorant of my background, and that of a couple of my co-workers who are Reservists. Its really frustrating when you run across folks that treat you like your an ignorant fool only interested in the latest iPhone and have no clue about life just because you are under 30. Sometimes, it takes EVERY ounce of self control NOT to reach over the gun counter and rip their throats out. Sorry, I’ve known enough people under 25 who have died or left bits and pieces of themselves in the sands of Iraq or rocks of Afghanistan to not get angry. Most of these guys should know better, they had buddies of theirs that did the same in Vietnam or Korea…

Every name here has a specific purpose:
Cpl. Jason Karella, a Fairbanks Alaska resident KIA in Afghanistan
SSgt. Christopher Frost, a photographer with some fantastic work on Deviant Art who died with less than a month left in Iraq, his work can be seen at http://www.handbananna001.deviantart.com where its still there.
SSgt. Frazier and A1C Losano, are two USAF TACP ROMADs (AFSC 1C4X1) who are the first to have been killed by enemy fire since the Vietnam War.

Every name, is under 25. Obviously, the idea that MY generation doesn’t know sacrifice is total male bovine feces.