Saturday, February 28, 2015

"Support The Troops"? Tyranny & Standing Armies

The Marine Corps has been incorporating elements from civilian firearm competition into their training:
They're working to emphasize modern marksmanship in fast-paced combat where civilians mingle with warfighters and Marines often must engage multiple moving targets in tight, urban settings. 
... includes shoot/no-shoot scenarios, photo-realistic targets, shot placement, and firing from long to short ranges as if closing with the enemy. It tests a Marine's ability to neutralize multiple exposed threats. 
... designed to incorporate more relevant combat skills into a "combat-centric" course of fire earlier in a Marine's training. 
... So far, the feedback has been positive. 
Because the [training] forces individual shooters to choose the best shooting position whether kneeling, prone, standing or sitting to engage targets at various distances, "It lets that individual Marine understand his range and what position he is effective in at that range," said Chief Warrant Officer 5 Vincent Kyzer, the 1st Marine Division gunner.

Upon the posting of this article on Facebook by a friend, and after reading it, I commented:
I think the military has a lot to learn from civilian practical shooting competitions. In many ways, we civvies have outpaced them, and Constitutionally, that is very good.
My friend had a series of questions on my comments.  I will designate his questions with "Q:", and my answers with "Backwoods:".

Q: "Constitutionally, that is very good" ?

Backwoods: Yes, so argued the Founders.  The people themselves are to be armed, trained ("well-regulated"), and useful in ad-hoc armies that the Founders called "the militia".  The Founders did not like the idea of large professional armies; they viewed them as supporting tyranny, and believed the people themselves should be better armed and trained than any regular army:

Tench Coxe:
The militia, who are in fact the effective part of the people at large, will render many troops quite unnecessary. They will form a powerful check upon the regular troops, and will generally be sufficient to over-awe them.
Noah Webster:
Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom of Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any bands of regular troops that can be, on any pretense, raised in the United States.
Boston: DHS gunman
targets civilians
Backwoods: Despite the grave danger the Founders foresaw in standing armies, they are now everywhere in America, in every state capitol, and in every city small and large. The strength, in arms and number of men, of the police forces and domestically-barracked troops would have horrified the Founders.  Webster's supposition is now completely turned on its head in most of America, especially in the large disarmed cities in so-called "blue" states: regular troops (military and police) are now better armed and more numerous than the general militia (the armed public).

Q: So a weak military is good for the Republic?

Backwoods: Weak internally, yes. So the Founders argued.

Q: What's the difference between internal weakness and external weakness?

Backwoods:   The US military was originally conceived as an outward-facing organization, focused on the defense of the US, or the neutralizing of imminent external, national-level threats.    It was never supposed to do the job of the militia.

Recall the story about Jefferson sending the Marines to Tripoli to neutralize the threat of the Islamists who were attacking US-flagged ships on the high seas .(Sound familiar?  They're back!)  That's an example of the original intent.

I support a strong US military--strongly defending the borders of the US and her citizens abroad.  (We don't defend our borders anymore.)  In keeping with the Founders militia ideal, I do not support a large military; their concept was a small-core military that in time of war would require the President federalizing individual militia units-- National Guard units for example-- to supplement their numbers and capabilities for a specific conflict.  For each conflict the commanders should, ideally, have a well-defined victory in view.

The military was not supposed to act on the American people themselves; to have them do so is a prelude to tyranny. The Founders knew it, but we ignored their warnings, to our peril. USNORTHCOM, a US military command designed to operate primarily in the US homeland, would be viewed by them as an abomination, despite their complaints of being limited by the Posse Comitatus Act.

The Founders would also see a despicable standing army in the modern mechanized, jackbooted, SWATized police forces, local, state and Federal, including the latter's so-called "Department of Homeland Security".  The latter is presumably the apparatus that then-candidate Obama was referring to when he expressed a desire for an armed force "just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded" as the US military.  The only use of such a force is the advancement of a political agenda against a resistant population through the use of force.  And indeed, there is a long history of the FBI and BATF tyranny: spying on citizens, attacking them for the political views, seizing their property, rousting and even killing them over so-called "weapons charges" that amount to the length of a block of wood.

If you read the Federalist and Anti-Federalist papers, you'll see the militia discussed throughout.  Their concept was the raising of temporary armies from a well-armed people, for specific purposes, such as the apprehension of dangerous criminals or gangs of criminals, the suppressing of insurrections, and other internal threats, including (by Constitutional sanction) the defense of a State's border with another country during an imminent threat of invasion that the Federals cannot immediately respond to. (You know, like Texas being invaded by drug lords on and off for the last thirty years.).

Ever watch and old Western movie and hear talk of "raising a posse?"  That's the militia. Those people might have been paid for that temporary duty, but they were supposed to already have weapons and ammunition on hand.   They're supposed to be trained in the use of arms, and in small-unit tactics, too.  (This used to be taught to the men of the general population.) You can't raise an army from among the people or resist tyranny if they are mostly a bunch of disarmed sheep; that's what the 2nd Amendment is all about.

These militia armies were to do a specific duty, then return to their lives as civilians.  They weren't to be professional soldiers like many of the police forces now are, because a professional soldier who gets used to projecting State-sanctioned force will eventually be asked impose the will of the State on citizens, a good working definition of tyranny.

And it has happened here already.  Some examples that come to mind are the Boston Lockdown of 2013, the FBI and ATF at Waco and Ruby Ridge, The Battle Of Athens TN, The Bonus Army, and the various Indian relocations, including the Cherokee Trail of Tears.

The resurgence in gun ownership, interest in the gun as an instrument of liberty, and a new emphasis in training and competition with firearms are all very encouraging indicators of potential for freedom in this Republic.  I think modern IPSC, USPSA, and 3-gun competitors would do very well on militia duty, especially those familiar with rifles.

Yes, government tyranny is encroaching in many areas of American life, but we are the only country in the world that has over 100 million armed citizens.   That counts for a lot.

Friday, February 27, 2015

M855: Stop Freaking Out, and Oppose This Rationally

SS109 / M855: not "armor piercing", and not actually banned yet
Well, The Washington Examiner got the hype started, and Fox News followed, but I've seen this
piece all over Facebook today:

Obama to Ban Bullets by Executive Action, Threatens the Most Popular Ammo

Oh, noes!!!!!!  No more boolits?  No.  There might be a ban, but it's not that bad.  Really.
After President Obama and his Democratic colleagues in Congress failed to accomplish their anti-gun agenda through the legislative process, they’re now turning to the only other avenue left to them: executive action.
And the popular AR-15 looks to be the most significant casualty. 
From The Washington Examiner
It’s starting. 
As promised, President Obama is using executive actions to impose gun control on the nation, targeting the top-selling rifle in the country, the AR-15 style semi-automatic, with a ban on one of the most-used AR bullets by sportsmen and target shooters.
Y'all know Ol' Backwoods not going to defend this lawless, Constitution-despising administration,
but this story is full of hyperbole like that.  Up in the holler I'm from, this article would be called "a pack of lies".

Get it straight, people: the Obamites are NOT banning all .223 or 5.56 mm ammunition. They are not banning possession of anything (in fact, Ol' Backwoods himself got that wrong the other day).

The ATF has proposed the ban on manufacture and sale for civilian use of military-surplus ammunition, containing a 62-grain projectile (bullet) with a steel penetrator in front of a lead core, referred to by the military as M855, also called SS109 . Look, it's not any more armor-piercing than any other 5.56mm bullet is; at 3000 - 3500 feet per second, almost ANYTHING pierces soft body armor. Regardless, there's no reason under the stupid "Cop Killer" Boowits law (which Reagan signed) to ban it, because M855 has a lead core.

Maybe we can beat this ban back, and maybe we can't.   But articles like this are causing people to think all AR-15 ammo is banned, and they freak out and  buy up any 5.56 ammo they can get like there is no tomorrow, causing shortages for months and months to come.

THIS IS STUPID, PEOPLE! Get a grip on reality!

There's still time to comment to the ATF.  There's a petition on that even Ol' Backwoods signed.  What's that?  Don't want to end up on a "government list"?  Hey, we're ALL already on a government list, called "Form 4473s".  What's another?

Still, yes, the Obamites are doing everything they can to either disarm us, or to piss us off.  But when democracy turns to tyranny, the armed citizen still gets to vote.  Noah Webster's quote from the Founding era comes to mind:
Armed citizen voting NAY to tyranny (Bundy Ranch 2013)
Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom of Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any bands of regular troops that can be, on any pretense, raised in the United States.
--Noah Webster in `An Examination into the Leading Principles of the Federal Constitution', 1787, a pamphlet aimed at swaying Pennsylvania toward ratification, in Paul Ford, ed., Pamphlets on the Constitution of the United States, at 56 (New York, 1888).

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Mark This Day

This is the day the Republic died.
It just isn't in the casket yet.  Soros is working on that, though.
(From Conservative Treehouse)

“I believe the next 20 months we are going to see a degree of lawlessness that will exceed anything we’ve seen in the previous six years,” he continued. “I think we’re going to see executive order after executive order. I think we’re going to see the abuse of regulations in a way that crushes small businesses, destroys jobs. I think we are going to see the continued weaponization of the IRS in the federal government, and it is going to be dangerous.”
So, what are you doing about it, Sen. Cruz?

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Two Meat Buffet

A few years ago, Ol' Backwoods used to lease part of my late grandmother's 135-acre place in southern West Virginia, for use as hunting land.  I had cameras all over that place, and got some amazing pictures.  Because I moved so far away, down to 'Bama, I don't get to hunt it anymore.

After my 0-kills-for-19-hunts deer season this year, and with turkey season coming up, I am sure missing my grandmother's place.    I never, ever saw anything like this on the deer lease I huntedthe 2014-2015 season.

That's good eatin'.

Here's another, from the same time frame:

Nice sized doe, and a couple fawns that I bet are grown up now.  They were browsing on the edge of a clearing, right in front of my camera, to which they were utterly oblivious.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Backwoods Amateur Radio Net: U.L. Rohde, Paperless, and EchoLink!

We had 19 checkins last night on the Backwoods amateur radio net.  We had 16 checkins that were short-time or mobile, and 3 stayed to chat a bit in our ragchew segment.

We had quite a VHF propagation enhancement last night, no doubt a result of warm, moist air next to the ground.  We had a checkin from an amateur about 60 miles northeast of us, up in Georgia.  It happens that way sometimes; to know the conditions, you have to listen frequently.

We also discussed one of our local hams creating an EchoLink node, with a transceiver on our repeater's input and output frequencies.  This allows hams who are out of the area, and who are on the "whitelist" to use their iPhone or Android phone to talk on the repeater.  I look forward to using this to listen to our local repeater when I am behind our RF-blocking metal walls at work!  We do have internal Wifi, which will make EchoLink work.

In the net's amateur radio headlines segment last night, I noted that one of our own club members had placed in state rankings in the ARRL 2014 September VHF Contest.  Also, I noted that the FCC's "Paperless" Amateur Radio License was now in effect.

From the ARRL website:
Starting February 17, the FCC no longer routinely issues paper license documents to Amateur Radio applicants and licensees. The Commission maintains that the official Amateur Radio license authorization is the electronic record that exists in its Universal Licensing System (ULS). [...] 
The FCC will continue to provide paper license documents to all licensees who notify the Commission that they prefer to receive one.
The article did not say how to contact the FCC to get a paper license, although it did say you could print one off their ULS website.

And finally, I just had to read some news about an amateur radio operator and professional engineer who has been an Elmer to me, and a lot of other RF engineers.  His books and receiver design have taught me a great deal, and nearly daily in my job, I use equipment that bears his name, particularly spectrum and RF network analyzers.

Ulrich Rohde, N1UL, Wins Second Prestigious IEEE Award

Ulrich Rohde, N1UL, has been named by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) to receive the prestigious I. I. Rabi Award for 2015. The award recognizes outstanding contributions related to the fields of atomic and molecular frequency standards, and time transfer and dissemination. The author of some 200 scientific papers and books, including several [articles in amateur radio journals] QEX and QST [...]
Rohde was cited specifically for “intellectual leadership, selection, and measurement of resonator structures for implementation in high-performance frequency sources, essential to the determination of atomic resonance.”   [...] 
Rohde is the chairman of Synergy Microwave Corporation and President of Communications Consulting Corporation.  [...] 
“I am really in disbelief and overwhelmed by this totally unexpected honor close to my 75th birthday,” Rohde said in thanking [the Awards Chair]. “Not even in my wildest dreams would I have assumed to deserve this important scientific award. Since the age of 16, I have been fascinated with oscillators as well as their performance and their influence on atomic standards. Some of the results of my research are still the basis of all really high-performance oscillators.”
 Rohde and I have several things in common, including becoming interested in oscillators as a teenager, and working as RF receiver design engineers.  But this man is my great mentor; I do not think I could ever approach his intellect or his achievements.  Still, he is an inspiration.

If you are interested in amateur radio, and the great traditions we have, please go to to learn more.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

The Bullets They Came For; Or, I Think They Shoot Cuz They Want It

First they came for the steel-core 7.62x39, and I did not speak out—
Because I did not shoot steel-core 7.62x39.
They they came for the 7n6, and I did not speak out—
Because I did not shoot 7n6.
Then they came for the M855, and I did not speak out—
Because I did not shoot M855.
Then they came for my calibers and finally, for my guns—
And there was no one left to speak for me

-- with respect & apologies to Lutheran pastor and anti-Nazi Martin Niemöller.

Speak out now, friends.  Liberty is slipping away.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

LIVE STREAM of Alabama Firearms Freedoms Conference 2015

UPDATE 1:26 2/21/15
Google apparently cancelled the broadcast at lunch, so another video link had to be created...

UPDATE 4:09 PM 2/21/15
Mike Vanderboegh of Sipsey Street Irregulars now speaking. "Does the government serve the people, or do the people serve the government?"

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Progressives' Tower of Babel

Tower of Babel (Vienna, via Wikipedia)
Real truth is timeless.  Eric Hoffer's "True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of
Mass Movements" is full of timeless truth.  Listen to this passage, from his introduction, and think how today's "Progressives" bitterly cling (heh) to the twin false premises of their faith:
Even the sober desire for progress is sustained by faith-- faith in the intrinsic goodness of human nature and in the omnipotence of science. 
 It is a defiant and blasphemous faith, not unlike that held by the men who set out to build "a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven" and who believed that "nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do."
Both of these premises are false.  But most of the American political scene today are based on them.  

Men are not intrinsically good.  They were made perfect originally, but we are fallen, and need the redemption of He who made us in order to become what we should have been.

Science is not omnipotent.  It isn't even omniscient.  Most of the time, these days, science isn't even experimental.  It whispers comforting mendacities to itself, in an attempt to avoid a conclusion the size of a gorilla in the room: a Great Mind created the heavens and the earth, and if He be a mind, we are as His Creation accountable to Him.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Chuck Schumer Is An Alien, or Just Provincial (CCL Reciprocity)

Is US Senator Chuck Schumer (ANTI-NY) even an American?  Does he even understand who the Founders were?  Has he ever been out of his provincial little hellhole where everybody thinks the peasants shouldn't have guns, but everyone has armed bodyguards?

Listen to this statement, regarding a proposed federal Concealed Carry Reciprocity bill.  Whether you agree with the legislation or not, listen to how alien this sounds to those of us who live in free states and know so many who carry concealed, and even carry ourselves.  This sounds like a linguine-spined surrender-monkey from France or formerly-Great Britain, where everyone is disarmed and enslaved.  

Listen to this gibbering, doddering old tyrant kick against the goads of freedom!  (via my friend John Richardson of Polite Society Podcast and Only Guns and Money:)
“This bill is a menace to New York and would allow potentially dangerous people from other states to carry concealed weapons in our grocery stores, movie theaters and stadiums, without even notifying the police,” Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) told the Daily News. 
“It is a nightmare for our law enforcement officers and the community, and I will fight this legislation tooth and nail.”
Did y'all get that?

"...dangerous people from other states to carry concealed weapons in our grocery stores!"


"Without notifying the police!"


Ol' Backwoods should have notified the police, I guess, when I stopped at the gas station in Georgia to take a whiz!?  Mrs. Backwoods should have notified the police when she was out shopping in our little town today!?  Backwoods Jr. should have notified the police before going to the auto parts store when his truck broke down in Virginia!?

By Chucky's lights, we should have notified The Authoritah! when we were all carrying a g-g-g-gun (horrors!) concealed (double horrors!) while visiting these places of business!  

Miracle of miracles, NOBODY GOT SHOT!  How is that possible, Senator Schumer?  I mean, hey, when your Noo Yawk City "Only Ones" go after a suspect, 8 or 9 people get shot!

And people like Schumer think we are the provincials.  

You oughta get out more, Chucky.  People in the free states carry every single day.  We are the safest, lowest-crime segment of society.  By and large, we are safer people than the police, I would daresay.  The police should notify us that they are carrying!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Get Off My Porch! (Of Media Gatekeepers & Freedom)

I normally like the Z-man's blog, but today, he is cranky.  Get-off-my-porch-see-my-Garand-cranky.  Look, I gotta quote a good bit of his blog to set this up.  Don't put a clip in that Garand, there, Z-man.
I’m old enough to remember a time when the average home had three TV channels and a few radio stations. Some people had more than one newspaper, but in many towns it was one paper with maybe multiple editions through the day. ... [My father] was a working man so he read the evening paper. Salary men read the morning paper. 
The point here is that it was not that long ago when mass media was a narrow pipe allowing for few voices. In order to get on TV, you had a long apprenticeship. That meant most of lunatics were weeded out before they got in front of a camera. Newspaper columnists spent years covering local stories, writing obituaries and following cops around town reporting on crime stories. Getting a column was a big deal and reserved for middle-aged men who could be trusted to keep it between the ditches, even if they drank at breakfast. 
The communications revolution has made the pipe infinity larger. So much so that anyone with a little initiative can reach a broad audience. The trouble is the number of responsible, sensible people is fixed. That means the pipe is now full of nuts and morons hooting and bellowing at us, drowning out the few intelligent voices. The megaphone is now in the hands of the dumbest members of society.
Z-man goes on to rightfully complain about the Huffington Post (which I do not and will not link) and its highly-biased coverage of a juiced-up Alabama police officer who slammed an old Indian (dot not feather) man on the ground.  Yeah, it sucks, but the police officer was fired and arrested for assault, as he should have been.

Z-man considers the nutty HuffPoster's screed and concludes:
...He’s [(the Huffposter]) probably harmless, but giving him a platform to broadcast his brand of crazy is irresponsible. When you’re trying to fill that huge pipe with content, however, you quickly run out of sane people and have no choice but to dip into the lunatic bucket. 
There’s no mechanism in modern societies to deal with this phenomenon. Maybe people just ignore it all, but I doubt it. The downward drift of public discourse in the last three decades suggests the coarsening is proportional to the size of the pipe. The above story was on the front page of Yahoo today, which is why I noticed it. Some number of sensible people will read that nonsense and think it is legitimate.
"Giving him a platform?"  What is this, Soviet Russia?

I know!  I know!  We should go back to the "good old days" when Cronkite told us "that's the way it is", and we had three channels on TV and two newspapers a day, and the Democrats controlled both houses of Congress and the Presidency!  Then, we'd have some powerful gatekeepers to keep these "nut jobs" from being able to speak their minds!  And, we could get some good legislation in, like the Gun Control Act of 1968!  /sarc

No, thanks.  I like our way better: HuffPo gets to have their nutjobs, and I get to write what I want on my little blog for my readership, and so do you, Z-man.

Freedom is a good thing, even if the stupids at HuffPo use it for evil.

And Z-man, I would have posted these comments at your site, but it kept telling me I was a spammer.  I am not.