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Friday, March 27, 2015

The 2nd Ain't a Right To Sporting Goods, People!

REPUBLICAN SENATOR INTRODUCES BAN ON FEDERAL GUN CONTROL

Good, thank you, Mike Lee (R, UT).  Emperor Zero ain't gonna sign it, but you gotta start somewhere.

But, from the article:
According to The Hill, Senators David Ritter (R-La) and James Inhofe (R-Okla) have also introduced their own amendment. More narrowly drawn, theirs focuses on the ATF by prohibiting that agency from “attempting to ban bullets that are primarily used by hunters and sportsmen.”
"Hunters and sportsmen"?

IRRELEVANT.

The 2nd Amendment is not the right to own and use sporting goods; it is the right to own and carry infantry weapons of military utility (per US v Miller, and the Founders), which includes handguns, light arms AND crew-served weapons (for SHAME, Hughes & Reagan!) that able to project deadly force at distance, that are equal in power to the Government's arms.

Anything less is capitulation and destined to put us in chains.

Yes, the citizens' guns are made to kill.  Get over it, simpering government boot lickers.

This unconstitutional Nazi (yes, I'm looking at YOU, Senator Thomas J. Dodd!) "sporting use" crap has got to be expunged from Federal and state law.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

In Which I AGREE With the Black Panthers?

Ayup.  Can y'all believe it?

Russia Today:
New Black Panther Party wants to ‘arm every US black male’
Now Darren X says he wants black people to start feeling safe again when they walk along America’s streets. 
“Our initiative is for black men and women to start arming themselves and for us to start patrolling our own communities. That way we have a visual, we have an eye on what is going on in our neighborhoods. So our mission is to arm every black man that can legally be armed throughout the Unites States of America,” he said.
Good for y'all, Darren X!  And this ol' bearded white guy agrees with you!  Come on down to my range; if y'all can be safe, we'll train together!

Y'all heard me.  Ol' Darren is speaking truth here.  People should be patrolling their own neighborhoods armed, no matter what color they are. The citizen militia is as American as the Constitution and the Liberty Bell.  Our problem today is a government monopoly of potential violence that has stood for too damned long.

Thing is, I've heard conservatives say that "too many blacks are armed." Wrong, and racist.   Bloomberg agrees with y'all if you think that!

No, disarming citizens is not the solution. Actions come from the content of the heart, not the content of the holster.

Not only do I agree with the Panthers here, I'll go farther: every black, every white, every Asian, every race, creed or color or American should be armed.   It is our birthright.  Every single American, even non-violent felons.

An armed society is a polite society. And besides, it's an enumerated Constitutional right.

If homey pulls a gun on me, unprovoked, I am well within my rights to pull mine in self-defense.  It's only right.  An armed society is a polite society.

Wild West? Nope, not quite. We should have it so good. Their crime rates were minuscule in comparison to our Democrat-controlled, gun-banning cities.

A few weeks ago, Ol' Backwoods was shooting pistols and rifles with a couple of black fellas on a shooting range in a majority-black county here in Alabama.  A lull had fallen over the range, and we were talking, about ISIS.  This middle-aged black man told me that if ISIS ever tried in Alabama what they did in Oklahoma or in France, that he and his friends "would cross racial lines" and stand shoulder to shoulder with whites, our rifles sighted against any invader or terrorist.  I believed him.  And I told him I would be glad to stand with that man and his friend in that day.

That, y'all, is America.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

What's Wrong With America?

This now-classic 5-minute monologue by Judge Andrew Napolitano in 2014, which allegedly got him fired from Fox News, gives us the situation we are now in.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Techy Tuesday: Full-Duplex Chip is Nothing but Hype from Theoreticians

Ol' Backwoods is a seasoned old fart, and when I read hyped-up stuff like this, I just have to speak up:
New technology may double radio frequency data capacityA team of Columbia Engineering researchers has invented a technology — full-duplex radio integrated circuits (ICs) — that can be implemented in nanoscale CMOS to enable simultaneous transmission and reception at the same frequency in a wireless radio. Up to now, this has been thought to be impossible 
[horse hockey! --BE]: 
transmitters and receivers either work at different times or at the same time but at different frequencies. 
The Columbia team, led by Electrical Engineering Associate Professor Harish Krishnaswamy, is the first to demonstrate an IC that can accomplish this. The researchers presented their work at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) in San Francisco on February 25. 
“This is a game-changer,” says Krishnaswamy. “By leveraging our new technology, networks can effectively double the frequency spectrum resources available for devices like smartphones and tablets.”
Look, this ain't no "game changer", and if these pointy-headed scientists knew anything about practical radio systems, they'd know it sure ain't "impossible" to transmit and receive at the same time. (I worked on systems designed in the 1960's that did just that.)  It's just there's a more power-efficient way to operate a radio system.
Some of y'all know: I am a practicing radio-frequency (RF) design engineer, with over 25 years of experience, spanning products from gas pipeline telemetry to satellite communications to automatic water meter reading. I’m also a ham radio operator, and have been since I was 14 years old. Radio communications is literally my bread and butter, and my life’s work.
And Ol' Backwoods is telling you: this is hype. This is nothing but hyperbole to pump up the public perception of the work of theoreticians who have never designed a practical radio communications system. This is NOT a world-changing technology.
In fact, it’s more power-efficient NOT to do full-duplex transmission, like the old analog cellular phones used to do. Modern cellular and VOIP networks break digitized voice into “packets”, and the receiving of packets is interleaved with transmission of packets, so that the phone does not have to transmit and receive simultaneously. Yes, this adds a delay to the transmission, but unless the two people talking are in the same room (and why?), they don’t care about a slight delay.
Full-duplex voice belongs to a bygone era. Nowadays, it can be emulated by packetized digital voice techniques far more power-efficiently than real full-duplex.
If these people want to solve REAL problems, why don't they work on devices that would make a real difference to spectral efficiency, such as band-selective analog-to-digital converters (ADC's).

Friday, March 13, 2015

Obama: Guns as Easy to Get As Books, Fresh Vegetables (Two of these things have Constitutional protection, dufus)

Speaking during a town hall event at Benedict College on Friday, Obama asserted that in some places, it’s easier to buy a gun than it is “to buy a book” or “a fresh vegetable."
“And as long as you can go into some neighborhoods and it is easier for you to buy a firearm than it is for you to buy a book, there are neighborhoods where it’s easier for you to buy a handgun and clips than it is for you to buy a fresh vegetable — as long as that’s the case, we’re going to continue to see unnecessary violence,” Obama said.
They're "magazines," not "clips," you ignoramus.

I shouldn't have to explain this to a "Constitutional scholar", but two of the things you spoke of, Mr. President, are ENUMERATED CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS.  The 2nd Amendment says you Feds (and now the states, via the 14th) shall not infringe our rights to own (that means buy) and carry a gun.  And the 2nd Amendment insures that the 1st and the others aren't breached.

Fresh vegetables are available, but they aren't protected from government infringement by our Founding document. Guns are protected from government depredations, same as printed materials are.  For millions of us, guns are just the same as books.

Get over it, Obama, you traitor.

And learn this: I WILL buy and sell guns, whether or not you domestic enemies of the Constitution make null-and-void "laws" against it.  (Go back and read Marbury v. Madison, you dunce-cap "Constitutional scholar.")  I will, and so will MILLIONS of others.  We are SICK of you perverting the Founders' Republic into your Marxist vision.

You want to see "unnecessary violence" ?  A civil war would be "unnecessary violence".  If you don't want one, stop pressing us, stop trying to take our birthright.  If you and your minions (e.g., B. Todd Jones) keep it up, one of these days, we will have to take arms as our Founders did when the minions of the mad King George tried to take their equivalents of AR-15's and M855 .  Why not avert "unnecessary violence" by leaving us the hell alone?

A final word: we will NEVER, NEVER, NEVER, NEVER disarm.  Get it?

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

M855 Ban On Hold But "Sporting Purpose" Still a Threat To Our Rights

So the ATF blinked:

ATF has already received more than 80,000 comments, which will be made publicly available as soon as practicable. ... 
Not that y'all can buy any, but they ain't going to ban it yet.
Although ATF endeavored to create a proposal that reflected a good faith interpretation of the law and balanced the interests of law enforcement, industry, and sportsmen, the vast majority of the comments received to date are critical of the framework, and include
issues that deserve further study... 
ATF will process the comments received, further evaluate the issues raised therein, and provide additional open and transparent process (for example, through additional proposals and opportunities for comment) before proceeding with any framework.

Don't y'all get complacent.  The ATF didn't say, "never"; they said, "not now." The Gun Control Act of 1968, with its unconstitutional "sporting purpose" language, is still in force.  The ATF will come back and try to use that again to ban guns and ammo.

I think David Codrea said it best:
...the criteria being argued about include concepts like “sporting purposes.” The term appears nowhere in the Constitution, and its first documented enforcement over firearms was in 1938 German law. Likewise, the Constitution is similarly silent on any branch of government, let alone a federal agency, having legitimate delegated authority to override the clear “shall not be infringed” mandate in the Second Amendment. 
As for potential armor-piercing capability, the opinion rendered in the Supreme Court’s 1939 Miller decision provides guidance on founding intent. The court held a weapon falls under Second Amendment protection if it “is any part of the ordinary military equipment, or that its use could contribute to the common defense.” 
While arguments are correct that M855 ball ammo does not meet ATF’s own definition of “armor piercing,” the larger point, that there is no legitimate authority to impose such criteria in the first place, is being missed. So when ATF declares they’ll be back, until such time as that usurpation is addressed and resolved, it’s prudent to believe they will be, at the first political opportunity.
Yes, they will.  And we must push back against the attempted re-definition of our inalienable rights as permissions.

Despite politicians' and bureaucrats' wishes, the 2nd Amendment of the Constitution does not confer permission to keep and bear sporting goods.

The 2nd Amendment was designed to restrict government from infringing a preexisting, God-given, individual right to the same light arms that a government-backed military would use in war, to protect the people against the depredations of both tyrants and psychopaths, both individually and severally.  The latter two groups, I admit, are deeply-intersecting sets.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

ATF Docs: M855 Ban Pre-Planned, At Least Since 1/15

M855 "Green Tip" surplus ammunition
Look, this was a done-deal from the get-go, and the ATF knew it, and planned for it:
A review of the timeline:  
January 2015: ATF published a new, OMB approved Regulation Guide stripping AR-15 "green-tip" from its armor piercing exemption list. 
February 2015: ATF proposes a ban (which they've already put in place through their handbook published in January) on AR-15 "green-tip" ammunition and opens up a comment period.  
March 16, 2015: The comment period about the proposed/already implemented ban on AR-15 "green-tip" ammunition closes, ATF ignores tens-of-thousands of comments because they were never going to consider them in the first place, and continues with the regulations outlined in the new 2014 Regulation Guide. 
ATF changed the law unilaterally, didn't tell anyone about it and has now put up a bogus comment period that means nothing. Because of these actions, ATF and the White House have not only failed to follow the Administrative Procedure Act, but has gone around Congress to violate the Second Amendment rights of Americans. 

Even beyond the pre-publishing of the ban, it's Ol' Backwoods' view that M855 rounds were banned in practical reality the second the ATF put out the word that they were proposing a ban, and they knew it.

The ATF knows, and know that we understand, they are so incredibly extra-constitutionally powerful,and that we have no effective redress of grievances, and therefore that we would react by a) 'civilians' buying up all available M855, and b) manufacturers and importers immediately stop making and importing it for 'civilian' use.   I believe these reactions were anticipated, and are precisely what have happened.
Rule #1 from Saul Alinsky's "Rules for Radicals".
“Power is not only what you have, but what the enemy thinks you have.”
I think M855 is a test case for them, to see just how far they can take the banning of ammunition, as a gambit to destroy the 2nd Amendment.   They know it will take years; they are prepared to wait.  They believe they have the political power to continue this gambit as long as it takes.  In my view, they believe they have a green light and a fast lane to an unconstitutional and dystopian future.

UPDATE: the ATF calls their preannouncement of the M55 ban a "publishing mistake".  Ol' Backwoods takes that to be bureaucratese for "Oh, crap, they actually read the documents and found us out?  Who wades through all that bilge?"

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Be Prepared... Your Plane Could Crash Off The Runway!

Ol' Backwoods tries to think ahead about what could happen, especially when I am away from home on business trips.  When I can have my truck with me, it's fully stocked.  But when traveling by air, my resources are limited.

I was laughed at by my yuppie co-workers for always carrying a first-aid kit and minimal survival gear (including a couple mylar blankets and extra winter gear when going to cold places) in my carry-on bag when I fly commercial.

These people aren't laughing today. They're freezing their butts off, injured and dazed.

h/t: @veeestchic
The link above is from the New York Post today:
Jet skids off runway at LaGuardia Airport

A passenger plane skidde​​d off a snowy runway at LaGuardia Airport​, smashing its nose through a seawall fence​ and damaging a wing that leaked fuel Thursday morning — before it miraculously stopped just feet from icy Flushing Bay.

None of the 125 passengers and five crew members on board was seriously hurt, but 24 people suffered minor injuries and three of them were taken to local hospitals, the FDNY said.

At about 12:30 p.m., a middle-aged man who appeared to be in shock was seen getting wheeled on a gurney through Terminal D, ​​where the passengers were being examined and treated.

A woman who was being wheeled to an ambulance on a gurney said: “My knee, my leg — it hurts bad.”
Yeah, buddy, Ol' Backwoods is such a dork to carry a first-aid kit on a plane. I mean, who needs painkillers, instant splints, ice packs, band aids or mylar emergency blankets on a plane, anyway? Why, we'll be taxiing into the gate in just an hour or so. Yeah, right.

This Isn't The Founders' Republic; It's a Transition to Something Else

So Boehner caved.

There is not now, nor will there, be any oversight of the Executive and Judiciary by their co-equal branch of Federal government, the Congress, because at this point, Congress is bought and paid for. 

There, I said it.  Congress is bought and paid for by international moneyed interests.

This is primarily due to the twin poisons of the 17th Amendment and the Apportionment Act of 1911.  The former is the removal of states' input to the Senate, and the latter is the unconstitutional and arbitrary limitation of the House to only 435 people.


Using the Founders' Constitutional statement of one representative per 30,000, the US House should be 10,667 strong at this point. Such an enormous group of the American people's representatives could never be controlled as one. The elites knew that, hence the Apportionment Act of 1911, and the small group we have now.

By making the Senate into an elective position through the 17th Amendment, the elites now control each and every one of those seats through political influence, taking away the states' seat of power at the table.  To take political power from the people, the political jurisdictions nearest them must have their power drained away.

And now, the final piece to the totalitarian puzzle, a dictator willing to do anything he wants, is in place.

This Republic as the Founders imagined it is over, people. What we have now is a transition to something else.

The United will be divided.  Count on it.

The best thing to do now is to prepare.  Get thee to a free state, if you don't already live in one.  Get armed, get trained, get prepared to take care of your family, because war is coming, and in the chaos of war, predators take advantage and prey on those who cannot defend themselves.  There will be predators attempting to prey on your neighborhood.  Get a plan.  Know your neighbors.  Prepare.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

M855 Ban, Mance Smackdown & Now A Shooting At NSA? Riiiiiiight!

Sequence of recent events:
  1. Pushback against ATF's unconstitutional and unlawful M855 ban, and subsequent lies about cops getting shot, but the Fraternal Order of Police says, 'No we don't know of any threats to cops from M855';
  2. Feds raid secessionist political meeting in Texas;
  3. Federal judge smacks down the Obamites in Mance v. Holder (contesting an unconstitutional GCA68 provision forcing you to buy a pistol only in your own state);
  4. And now, a Shooting at the NSA?

Riiiiiiiiiight.  Was the "terrorist" a "Tea Partier", a "Sovereign Citizen Constitutionalist"?  Why do I ask that?  Just expecting what they told us before.

Alright, people, here's the lowdown:

Given this government’s seething hatred for peaceably armed Americans, their propensity to lie, and their utter lawlessness, I will automatically assume that any and all news of a shooting at any Federal agency is a false-flag event, until otherwise proven.

This probably was done by them, just to get the news cycle off of Benjamin Netanyahu's awesome speech to Congress yesterday.

And I'm sure these guys just can't wait to hit the scene.
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