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Friday, February 28, 2014

News and Commentary Etc.

Ukranian cops beg forgiveness
One Day, After The Civil War...

The oath-breaking police in America, I fervently hope, will one day bow down to citizens and beg forgiveness for the evils they have done, as have these Ukranian cops who fired
on protesters during the recent overthrow of the Russian puppet government in Kiev.

'Boss Hogg' says NO GUN FOR YOU!

"Your Automobile Is Not Your Property"

...said 'Boss Hogg' Bobby Timmons, head of the Alabama Sheriff's Association, in opposition to a state bill restoring the right to keep and bear arms in Alabama for motorists without a concealed carry permit.

It's hard to believe that in a state as pro 2nd Amendment as Alabamians are, there are still uniformed thugs like Bobby Timmons, ready and willing to protect and serve your head into a bloody patch on the ground, just because you exercised your right to keep and bear arms.

Funny thing about unlicensed carriers of guns in cars; it has not causes problems in Oklahoma, South Carolina, Wyoming, Arizona, Vermont, Alaska, or Arkansas (residents only), where this is already legal.

Good thing Timmons is not actually a sheriff in any Alabama county, but he still has a great deal of influence.  Or not; he was ranting last year against Alabama's excellent overhaul of its concealed carry system, and he and the Alabama Sheriff's Association lost that one.

Herschel Smith of Captains Journal prays a little imprecatory prayer against Timmons and other tyrants:
“Oh Lord, the last time I prayed an imprecatory prayer it was against Arlen Specter who was soon diagnosed with cancer, so I do this with much thought and trepidation.  All of the legislators who have voted the recent gun laws into effect in Connecticut have voted to inhibit man’s ability to defend and protect himself and his little ones. 
Thus they have offended the Almighty, the most high God, the only sovereign and only potentate.  You have said that it would be better for a millstone to be hung around their necks.  So I pray that you would visit your wrath on them and their families to suffer for the sake of the little ones. 
Teach them to obey your laws, teach them the value of human life, teach them that it is their duty both to defend their own little ones and help men and women to do the same.  If they refuse to learn, bring condemnation upon them, bring their means and ends to complete ruination, and inflict them with the reputation forever of being haters of God and haters of children. 
Let their progeny remember and think of their lives for generations to come, throughout the lives of the children’s children’s children, and let them remember that their predecessors were evil men and women who would rule with a harsh hand and bitter tongue.
Bring the designs of their lives to naught, bring their aims to nothing, and bring their power down low where it is once again possible in Connecticut to defend families as God designed.
Amen, bro.

Brig. Gen. Yeager, left, in October 2012.
Yeager Still Has 'The Right Stuff'
65 Years Later

No, this isn't a current news story; it's from October 2012.  But it's relevant to Ol' Backwoods, because I have recently been re-reading the autobiographies of men like Chuck Yeager and Scott Crossfield.  They don't make men like this anymore.   Heck, Yeager's good friend and record-breaking pilot Jackie Cochran --a woman-- was a stronger person than most American men.

Yeager broke the sound barrier --again-- at age 89:
Legendary U.S. Air Force pilot Chuck Yeager will mark the 65th anniversary of breaking the sound barrier with a special re-enactment flight Sunday from Nellis Air Force Base. 
But this time, the 89-year-old retired major general, test pilot and World War II fighter ace will fly faster than Mach 1, or the speed of sound, in the cockpit of a F-15D Eagle aggressor jet with a Nellis captain at the controls. 
On Oct. 14, 1947, then-Capt. Charles E. Yeager became the first human to fly faster than sound in "Glamorous Glennis," a Bell X-1 rocket plane from the Air Force test center at Muroc Field, now Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. ... 
He said Capt. David Vincent of the 65th Aggressor Squadron will fly the two-seat F-15D Eagle with Yeager sitting behind him.
"They wanted a captain to fly him because Yeager was a captain at the time," Young said.
Yeager and Vincent will travel in relative comfort, taking off from Nellis under clear blue skies, reaching Mach 1 high above the Mojave Desert in the general area of the 1947 flight at 10:24 a.m., the exact time of the X-1's sonic boom that signaled to those on the ground that Yeager had broken the sound barrier.
It will be a slow flight for the F-15, which can exceed Mach 2.5, or 1,650 mph.
Aerospace historian Peter Merlin noted that Yeager has flown faster than the speed of sound on several occasions, always saying later that each time would be his last flight.
Yep, even at 89, Yeager is more manly than most American men.  In his youth and vigor, Chuck Yeager was more man than my 21-year-old son, who is quite a hoss in his own right.
A young Miguel trying to defend his home.

25 Years Ago in Venezuela, and Coming Soon to an America Near You...

Miguel Gonzales of the great Gun-Free Zone blog has an important post --with pictures-- about what happened to him 25 years ago today, when he was a Venezuelan citizen trying to defend his family's home from a breakdown of society:
25 years ago I was  standing guard in my family’s property with a single shot shotgun, about 20 rounds of buck & slugs, a Walther PPK .32ACP with a spare mag and perhaps 25 extra rounds for it. 24 hours before I would have thought I was well prepared for the usual contingencies, but at that time I realized I was woefully under-gunned. 
Why standing guard? We were in the middle of what is euphemistically called a total
Violence and chaos -- not just for Venezuela
breakdown of society. Riots and looting were everywhere and people were breaking into neighbor’s houses to steal, kill and set everything on fire.  My parents, God bless them, always believed in the good of people and believed we would be spared by the Grace of God. I was more of a Doubting Thomas and decided that I trusted God, but it also paid off to make sure nobody else behaved un-Christian toward us. ... 
By morning, the country was deep into chaos and I was jittery with so much coffee intake. The smell of smoke was heavy and shot were ringing everywhere. I was in shock as I thought “this could not happen here! What the hell is going on?”
Rumors were flying, the news was showing that we were pretty much on our own as the government appeared to be paralyzed and unable to come to grips with the situation; no law enforcement to speak of anywhere. Vandals were the only force out on the streets and were not shy about using their new-found power in the vacuum.
Coming soon to America near you.  Tell me I'm wrong, and back it up with facts.

Kamela Harris with her besty!

CA Atty General Kamela Harris 

Tries to Interfere with 9th Circuit Ruling


Is there any rule of law left in this country?  Any at all?  What little there is, there's less in California, where an Obama-loving attorney general is attempting to interfere with the 9th Circuit's ruling in favor of the 2nd Amendment:
Just when residents of San Diego thought they finally had won back the right to bear arms in the county, state politicians used dirty tactics in to block it. 
Late Thursday, California State Attorney General Kamala Harris filed a petition on behalf of the state to ask the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to review and reverse its decision in Peruta v. County of San Diego. That ruling two weeks ago said the county’s restrictive concealed carry permit laws that required “good cause” were unconstitutional. 
This comes just one week after San Diego Sheriff Bill Gore said he would not seek en banc review and would start issuing permits based on self-defense once the appeals court decision was finalized. 
Ms. Harris wrote in the filing that the state should be allowed to intervene in the case because “this case draws into question the constitutionality of the State’s statutory scheme regulating the public carrying of firearms.” She added that the “existing parties will not adequately represent the State’s interests.” 
Chuck Michel is the west coast counsel for the National Rifle Association, which funded the lawsuit. He said Ms. Harris‘ motion to intervene was far out of line because her office wasn’t part of the lawsuit, despite repeated requests from both plaintiffs and Sheriff Gore to get involved.  
“They are trying to improperly influence the court,” Mr. Michel said in an interview. “The are stretching the rules to file in order to get their arguments in front of the court in the hopes that a liberal judge will get the message and ask for a vote himself.”
Since Sheriff Gore did not ask for review, the only way for a hearing by a larger panel of justices in the 9th Circuit is if one asks to go en banc. 
A state attorney general trying to influence a federal circuit court to reverse a ruling in favor of an enumerated constitutional right?  This country has gone completely crazy.  I'm kind of like gun blogger Gregory Smith -- didn't she take an oath to protect the Constitution?

I miss America, don't y'all?

Have a great weekend.  Don't worry about how the country is going to hell; do something for your own tribe and family.  Go out and do some shooting, or work to prepare for the long, hard times to come.

--Backwoods


Wednesday, February 26, 2014

US Army Training to Subdue AMERICAN Cities

"When the law no longer protects you from the corrupt,
but protects the corrupt from you -
you know your nation is doomed."

-Ayn Rand

Behold the brand-new Asymmetrical Warfare Training Center at Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia:
FORT A.P. HILL, Va. -- The Asymmetric Warfare Group [AWG] officially opened its $90.1 million Asymmetric Warfare Training Center here during a brief ribbon cutting ceremony on Jan. 24.

The complex features state-of-the art training and range facilities that support the AWG mission of rapid material and non-material solution development as well as adaptability and resiliency training.

The 300-acre training complex includes a headquarters, barracks, administrative, training and maintenance facilities, an Urban Area, a 12-mile Mobility Range, an 800 meter Known Distance Range, a light demolitions range and an indoor range. 
There's also a mosque, a soccer stadium, a subway station complete with subway cars and a train station with real rail cars. ...
Based at Fort Meade, Md. the AWG sends its operational advisors wherever Soldiers are deployed-- Afghanistan, Lebanon, Kuwait, South America, Asia and the Pacific Region.
Looks like a Christian church to me, complete with stained glass!
So, they're training to fight in all those overseas places, huh?

Well, take a look at some screen captures from a video purporting to show the inside of the AWG's new training facility.

Does this look like a MOSQUE in Ashcanistan to you?

No?  Looks to me like a Christian church in a small American town, complete with stained glass and a steeple.

Do any of these facilities look like they belong in "Afghanistan, Lebanon, Kuwait, South America, Asia [or] the Pacific Region" ?

AMERICAN Railroad signs?

AMERICAN Disabled Parking Signs?
Why, pray tell, aren't these railroad signs in Arabic?  Or Lebanese?  Or Spanish?  Or Chinese?

I think you know why.

And why are there AMERICAN disabled parking signs in a facility meant for training for overseas operations?

I think you know why.

According the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878, as amended in 1981 (both incorporated in 18 U.S.C. § 1385), the "Armed Forces of the United States" cannot raise a militia on American soil for law-enforcement purposes unless martial law has been declared by the President, or an equivalent act of Congress has been passed.  The literal meaning of posse comitatus is power of the commons (or community).

The prohibition against using the Army this way is codified thusly in US Code:
18 U.S.C. § 1385. Use of Army and Air Force as posse comitatus 
Whoever, except in cases and under circumstances expressly authorized by the Constitution or Act of Congress, willfully uses any part of the Army or the Air Force as a posse comitatus or otherwise to execute the laws shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than two years, or both.
Looks to me like tthe US Army is anticipating that very development, and fairly soon.  Otherwise, isn't this kind of a waste of $90 million?  What do they know that we don't?

The screen shots of the "mosque", railroad, and parking signs come from a video that purports to have been taken inside the Fort AP Hill Asymmetric Warfare Training Center.

I cannot verify that.  Can you?  It sure would be nice to get some verification.

Here is the video these screen caps came from (h/t NCRenegade):



Prepare your AO, people.  We might not have that much time.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Strategic Relocation: How Would Your AO Do Without Systems of Support?

In truth, most of us don't make a choice about where to live based solely on survivability.  There are other primary factors, such as gainful employment, proximity to family, etc. that have such immediacy that they override many of the survival factors.  Still, it is useful to determine how survivable your home area of operations (AO) would be, no matter why it was chosen.

So, Ol' Backwoods is in the process of making a move to a new area, and I wanted to see how my new AO stacks up against survival considerations.

Strategic Relocation--North American Guide to Safe Places, by Joel W. Skousen, is a fascinating book, considering the best places to live in North America if the national systems of support (power grid, interstate food and fuel delivery, etc.) were to be unavailable, as during an economic, social, or governmental collapse, or a highly-lethal epidemic.   One disappointment I had about the book was the lack of clear direction on choosing  a place to live; there is lots there about what to avoid, and lots of maps, but not a lot about what to look for.

I was browsing around the other day, and found this article by Robert Wayne Atkins, otherwise known as Grandpappy, that has bullet points of what to avoid and what to look for, that seemed to correlate well with the 6 basic categories of human needs (food, water, shelter, energy, security, health/sanitation).

So, I'm going to quote the bullet points below, and discuss the applicability of my new AO.  You should do a 'check up' on yours, as well.

All of the text below are excerpts from Mr. Atkins' article, with the exception of Ol' Backwoods' comments, as regards my new AO, which will be in red.





Avoid the Following Areas
  1. Avoid an area that is controlled by a corrupt government that tramples upon the rights of ordinary citizens.

    There are at least three layers of government that must be taken into consideration for a retreat area:

    • The national government should be relatively stable and it should not be totally corrupt.
    (Not a lot I can do here, if I want to remain an American.  The federal government, though stable, is thoroughly but arguably not yet totally corrupt, as at least two of the three branches (well, one and a half) at least make pretense to follow the Constitution. -- Backwoods) 
    • The regional government should compare favorably to other regional governments. In the United States of America the state governments are the regional governments. Some states are safer to live in than other states because those states still treat their citizens as responsible law-abiding adults. But the citizens in other states have lost many of their original constitutional rights and they are now very easy victims for any criminal that wants to take advantage of them.
    (Although it spends too much money on welfare for those who will not work, the state government in my new AO is no worse than other states in this regard.  While there is regional corruption, the state government appears to be committed to the preservation of individual rights, as it has recently fought the federal government in court over them.)
    • The local government should not be corrupt. Some small communities are controlled by totally corrupt local law enforcement officials. These areas should be avoided.
    (The local government genuinely seems to be the bright star in my move, as the small town's government seems to concern itself mainly with utility services, roads, and the like.  The local sheriff appears to be pro-Constitution, as does the local police chief in the small town near my new place.)
  2. Avoid an area that is dominated by a religion that advocates "believe as I do or die."
(Being the U.S. South, this area is very much "Bible Belt", and I suppose it could seem hostile to atheists, agnostics, or those of non-Judeo/Christian religions.  But as Ol' Backwoods is a committed Christian, I have been accepted with open arms by one of the local churches.)




Look For an Area That Has All the Following Characteristics
  1. Its residents still have the right to own firearms to protect themselves.

    (The state government in my new AO has the right to keep and bear arms in its constitution, and has shall-issue concealed carry, and does not prohibit the ownership and use of militia weapons, such as full-auto rifles.)  

    There are several levels of firearm freedom as follows:

    • Any law abiding resident may own and possess firearms. There are no forms to fill out and no fees that must be paid in order to own and carry a firearm. In my opinion, this is a correct interpretation and application of the second amendment in the Bill of Rights.
    (No, my new state does not have Constitutional carry.)

    • A law abiding resident must file a simple form requesting permission to carry a firearm, pay a small fee, and pass a simple background check.
    (Yes, this is shall-issue, which the state in my new AO has.)
    • The laws and regulations for firearm ownership are extensive and very few law abiding citizens are granted the right to carry a firearm.
    (Ol' Backwoods would not move to a state like this.)

    • Only government officials and their police force and law-breaking criminals carry firearms. Honest law abiding citizens are prohibited from having firearms for any reason. In other words, an honest person does not have the right to protect his family from criminals.
    (Ol' Backwoods doesn't even travel to states like this.)

    In [Robert Wayne Atkins'] opinion, either of the first two areas above would be a reasonable place to live....

  2. It is a lightly populated area.

    (See Mr. Atkins' article for much more discussion on this bullet point.  I only excerpted it. -- Backwoods)

    A lightly populated area: Each farm or ranch consists of somewhere between five acres up to about two-hundred acres. The soil and weather conditions in these areas have proven over a long period of time that homesteads of this size can adequately support the people who live on that homestead. The homesteads are relatively close to one another and they are not isolated. If one homestead is attacked then the neighboring homesteads will hear the gunfire and they can immediately come to the aid of the homestead under attack. Because of the small but reasonable number of people in the area there will also be a surplus labor pool that can work in nearby factories. Therefore this type of area would have the potential to be self-sufficient over a long period of time because it has an agricultural base, and it supports farm livestock, and it has small factories that make a variety of useful items for sale to the residents within the immediate area and which permit economic trade for other necessary commodities from more distant communities. This type of area will also usually contain several small towns that are twenty or thirty-miles apart where there are doctors, dentists, repair shops, and a variety of small stores. In my opinion, this type of area has the best chance for survival during a serious long-term hard times tragedy event.

    (The paragraph above describes my new AO very well.  The nearest larger town, which though it has a "mall" cannot be considered a "big city", is over 35 miles away.  The state capitol is roughly the same distance in the opposite direction, but is on the other side of a major regional river.)
  3. It is at least several hundred feet above sea level.

    Hurricanes have destroyed many coastal areas. Heavy rains have caused flooding in areas that have no previous history of flooding for the past 100 years. Therefore, if you want to relocate to a safe area then that area should be at least 300 or 400 feet above sea level. In addition, your home or retreat area should be on high ground compared to the area around you.

    (Though hurricanes have been known in my new AO, they rarely cause more than local flooding.  The new AO is between 350 and 800 ft ASL, depending on how close to the river and dam one is.)
  4. It has short mild winters.

    A short winter means a long growing season. A long growing season usually means you can harvest two crops... [see more at Atkins' site on this]

    On the other hand, a long winter means that you have to devote more of your time during good weather getting ready to survive the long winter. In other words, you will be extremely busy cutting and stacking huge amounts of firewood so your family doesn't freeze to death during the winter. This is not the best way to utilize your time during a serious hard times tragedy event. Although cutting firewood is a necessity, it is work that could have been significantly minimized if you had just selected an area with a short mild winter.

    A long hard winter also means more time trapped inside your home waiting for spring to arrive.

    (My new AO is in the U.S. Deep South, with a humid subtropical climate, and it does indeed have short mild winters.  Forage and hay crops are grown here during the winter.)

  5. It has a history of good average rainfall (not too much rain or too little rain).

    Fresh drinking water is an absolute necessity for long term survival. Rain is also necessary to provide good crop yields and to support any type of livestock. Therefore, any area that does not constantly replenish its water is not an area that is conducive to long-term hard times survival.
    (Historical average annual rainfall in my new AO is 54 inches, with a significant dry season in the late summer / early fall to allow time for harvesting crops that are sensitive to moisture at harvest time.  In addition, my AO is situated near the banks of a major regional river, whose damned lake provides the source for municipal and county water supplies.)

  6. It is surrounded by farm land, dairy cows, and other typical farm livestock such as horses, pigs, sheep, goats, and chickens.

    Regardless of your primary occupation, your family will need to eat. If you have a marketable skill (mechanic, repairman, doctor, nurse, etc.) then you may be able to trade your skills for the necessities your family needs to survive. But if those necessities do not exist in close proximity to where you live, then your family may starve to death.

    (There are many cattle farms nearby, as well as sheep, goats, chickens, and horses, raised either commercially or on hobby-level or consumer-supported agriculture farms).
  7. It has a reasonable supply of trees and forest timber land.

    Lumber can be used to build a multitude of things. With a reasonable supply of trees a sawmill could produce lumber and a variety of things could be built. This provides jobs and facilitates normal commerce. And lumber is a renewable resource. Just plant new trees after you cut down the mature trees.

    (Oak and other hardwoods, as well as pine and other softwoods, are available in national and private forests within a 30-minute drive of my new AO.  There is much forested private land within minutes.)
  8. It has a few nearby manufacturing facilities of any size.
    During a serious hard times tragedy event manufacturing facilities can be the lifeblood of a community. They permit the division of labor which improves productivity and achieves economies of scale.

    (This is a real bright spot, and the reason for which I came to the area.  There are no fewer than five manufacturing plants with a five-mile radius of my new AO, with many support businesses such as welding, metal work, etc.  All depend on the low-cost electricity from the hydroelectric dam nearby, which is another advantage to the area.  One of the plants is a worldwide-market utility metering company.  Another is a well-known aerospace company.  About 30 minutes away by car are plants manufacturing auto parts.  The local municipalities actively compete to bring in more manufacturing all the time.)
  9. It is not on a major freeway or interstate.
During good times being close to a good interstate highway can be a significant advantage. However, during a serious hard times tragedy event the reverse is true. An interstate highway will be the shortest easiest path for everyone to travel who is trying to escape from a dying big city. You need to think about the ramifications of this issue on your own.

(My new AO is roughly 10 miles to the nearest interstate, which is really too close.  If I moved further out into the country, I would by necessity increase that distance, which I plan to do.)

Give these criteria some consideration for your AO.

And if you read this far, please give me a comment.  Too many people don't read these days, even if the subject might save their live someday.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Build a Steel Gong Target for Rifle Plinking

Update 6/11/15: if the State Department gets their way, this post will be illegal.
I'm not taking it down.  They will have to make me.
--
Like the 3rd segment of almost every A-Team episode, this is the time on "The Backwoods Engineer" when we build stuff.

Let's build fun stuff to shoot at the range!

I got a great idea for a steel rifle target from my shooting buddy Nick S.  When I saw his "gong" target at the range last month, I knew I had to build one.  You should, too.

Buy this Portable Saw Horse from Lowe's Home Improvement:


... and drill a couple 1/2" holes in the top near the ends, put some 1/2" bolts through there, and on the underside, put double clevises on each of the bolts, for attaching the steel chains for the target plate.  Or, drill two holes on each end of the sawhorse, and use U-bolt-type chainplates like the ones used on boats.

Cut (or have cut at the hardware store) two 18" long steel chains, using at least 3/8" thick and
preferably 1/2" thick chain.  Attach these two short chains to the clevises or U-bolts, so they hang down.

If you don't want to fool with all finding all that hardware, the same guy (ShootingTargets7) on Amazon who sells the steel gong targets (see below) sells a mounting kit  that includes chains.  But them chains look mighty weak to me.  I put 1/2" chain from the hardware store on mine.

Now, using 1/2" bolts, lockwashers, and nuts, attach one of these AR-500 steel "gong" target plates to the two chains:

Be sure to use extra-long bolts, as in the mounting kit, on the plate, so that it angles downward like this:

Mounting (thanks ShootingTargets7)

From "The Home Schooled Shootist"
This is an 8" diameter plate, 1/2" thick.  It is approximately 8 MOA at 100 yards.  As a member of the unorganized milita, this is good for your training with your battle rifle.   In The Home Schooled Shootist, shooting instructor and government tough-guy Joe Nobody teaches the ability to hit a US-standard 8-1/2" by 11" paper, as a representation of the vital areas in the human torso.  This plate is slightly narrower and a few inches shorter in the vertical dimension.  So, if you can hit this plate consistently, then you should be able to make consistent vital-area hits on a man at that distance.   Well, plus or minus the difference between fighting for your life, and plinking a steel gong on a straight range.

You really, really want a good laser-cut AR-500 (armor-plate) steel "gong" target.  Not "flame-cut"; that weakens the hardness of the steel on the edges.  That "500" number is the Brinell (indentation) hardness, and is an indicator of how well the plate repels rifle bullets. The "gong" I used is only $46 from Amazon, and I paid $8 shipping (YMMV).

If you get soft steel, or flame-cut AR-500, you may find that your target plate is bullet-degradable.   (Get good chain, too.  It is bullet-degradable, as well.)   For more on the steel required for these targets, check out Action Target's bulletin.

I can tell that the plates linked above really are the hard armor-plate steel.  I have shot at least 3 magazines (90 rounds) of 55gr FMJ into mine from 100 yards so far, and only surface pitting from the 5.56 mm rounds is evident.  

This is an inexpensive but effective gong target system.  I have spent $54 total for the gong, $30 plus tax for the sawhorse, and about $15 for the chain, bolts, etc.  That's a total of about $100.  Similar targets (that do a little more, admittedly) from Action Target go for over $300.  I can build 3 of these targets for that.  Caldwell has a gong target with stand, but that thing looks flimsy compared to the sawhorse.

The one I built isn't that heavy, either.    The whole thing weighs around 50 lb, I'd estimate.  Not too hard for an old out-of-shape hillbilly like me to tote 100 yards to the berm at the range.

Here's a picture of mine after being shot a while with my AR-15 and my Ruger 10/22:


The only real problem I had was that if I shot regularly, like every few seconds, I could build up enough "swing" to cause the whole target to fall over, like this:


I guess I will have to get some kind of spikes and attach them to the legs.   The legs are extensible, but making them longer seems to make the whole thing a little less stable.

Let me know in the comments if y'all build one of these.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Emblematic of Statist America: Killer Cops

THIS is the latest in piles and piles and piles and piles and piles and piles of evidence, that soon in America, the rational response to cops coming to your door is going to be, tragically for our Republic, to either shoot them all, or to run like hell, or both.

HORROR! Cop instantly shoots, kills teen who answered door holding video game controller
A Georgia family is in shock following the death of their 17-year-old son, who was accidentally killed by a police officer who believed the video game controller he was holding was a gun, according to the family’s lawyer. 
Christopher Roupe of Euharlee, Georgia heard a knock at the door of the family’s home last Friday night. Upon opening the door, he was immediately shot by a female police officer. 
Which means the stupid cop already had her gun drawn AND HER FINGER ON THE TRIGGER when she went to the door.  People with gun handling skills that pathetic should not be carrying a gun.
Roupe was pronounced dead upon arrival at a local hospital. 
The officer broke down it tears upon realizing her mistake, according to The New York Daily News. 
Yeah, like that makes it OK.  Seriously, the police departments don't give a crap as long as the officer got home safely.  "Officer safety uber alles", even above justice, even as the remnants of American civil society burn.
She had been making a probation-related visit to the home. She thought Roupe was holding a gun, according to a statement from the police department. 
IRRELEVANT!  Even if the homeowner had been holding his gun -- this is GEORGIA, a state where the 2nd Amendment means something!  -- that is not an offense requiring a response of instant murder of the citizen.  I do not accept this explanation, and the grand jury shouldn't either.
Cole Law, the family’s attorney, said he believes that the officer did mistake Roupe’s video game controller for a weapon. Roupe was holding a remote controller for the Nintendo Wii when he opened the door, according to Law.
My heart bleeds for this family.  Indeed, it bleeds for my country, for this sickening statist cop has dealt America another tyrannical blow.

This woman cop should IMMEDIATELY be fired, and NEVER be allowed to work as cop again.  Immediately, a grand jury should be empaneled to charge her with 2nd degree (non-premeditated) murder.  She should be convicted, and made to pay restitution to the family for the rest of her natural life in perpetuity.

MURDERING COPS HAVE GOT TO BE STOPPED, OR WE ARE GOING TO HAVE A CIVIL WAR.

If they continue, societal trust in America is going to reach a certain low level, and once we have reached that critical stage, America is going to be in a world of hurt.  Loss of societal trust has been the benchmark of every civil war that has ever raged, including the one in our own country 150 years ago. As trust ebbs and distrust flows, the fabric of society unravels, leading to lawlessness, corruption, fear, loss of economic activity, and ultimately, to outright civil war.  Pretty soon, the rational response to a cop in America is going to be to either shoot at them first, or to run like hell.

Look, just take Tom Gresham's advice and DON'T EVER OPEN THE DOOR for a cop.  They are not there to serve or protect.  There are there for one reason and one reason only: to bring down the force of the Almighty State down on your and your family's heads.  They do no good when they come to your door.  Avoid them, if you want to live.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

A Little Too Late Now -- America's Already Addicted

From the Washington Examiner:

Poll: 71% of Obama voters, 55% Democrats 'regret'
voting for his re-election

Over seven in 10 Obama voters, and 55 percent of Democrats, regret voting for President Obama's re-election in 2012, according to a new Economist/YouGov.com poll. 
Conducted to test the media hype about a comeback by 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, the new poll found voters still uninspired by Romney, but also deeply dissatisfied with Obama who has so far failed to capitalize on his victory over 15 months ago.
The poll asked those who voted for Obama's re-election a simple question: “Do you regret voting for Barack Obama?”
— Overall, 71 percent said yes, 26 percent no.
— 80 percent of whites said yes, 61 percent of blacks said no and 100 percent of Hispanics said yes.
— 84 percent of women said yes, and just 61 percent of men agreed.
— 55 percent of Democrats said yes, as did 71 percent of independents.
It's a little too late now.  Obama, his minions, and whoever controls them all are in power now.  And it's going to be that way, until it suits their purposes to allow another.

America will never, never, NEVER be the same.  We cannot go back to the way we were.  America's innocence is gone; she has been ravished by her socialist suitor, and she'd smitten.  And she loves the warm glow of the free stuff.  She's addicted.  She's gotta keep that sweet, sweet stuff coming, and she will give her pusher ANYTHING to keep it coming.   She will give up rights, freedoms, money, law, ANYTHING to keep that sweet sugar flowing.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Riddle This: Where Does It Lead?

Via this piece from Bob Owens of Bearing Arms, we begin to apprehend the fix we are in: (h/t Bubba)
Civilians are not stockpiling firearms and ammunition, body armor and shelf-stable bulk foods because they feel this Republic is on the correct path. Our federal government and many state governments are targeting our freedoms at every turn. 
Is it really any surprise, then, that when states such as New York and Connecticut demand that citizens register their guns for future confiscation, that citizens refuse to comply? 
Sadly, neither the national media nor their regional echos actually know their constituencies as people, and so they fail to understand the situation or their own tenuous positions. They call for the citizenry to “face the consequences” for refusing to comply with blatantly unconstitutional laws. 
They may find themselves unsatisfied at how the citizenry decides to respond to any attempt to aggressively enforce such laws.
Indeed.  Not a good portent.

Ask yourself where these things lead:

  1. More Americans than ever tell pollsters that the federal government is the greatest threat to their rights and freedoms, and more than ever also tell pollsters that the country is on the wrong course;
  2. The American federal government is weaponizing the IRS, the Post Office, the DHS, the Border Patrol, and even the Department of Education against citizens;
  3. Americans are buying more guns, ammo, body armor, and shelf-stable long-term storage foods (even via Costco!) than seemingly ever before;
  4. The American media is pushing gun prohibition, registration, and confiscation  now more than seemingly ever before;
  5. American police are more willing now than ever to forcibly break into citizens' homes without any warrants whatsoever, and to shoot and kill citizens mere seconds after initial contact with no reasonably articulate threat, even as citizens are shooting back with court support;
  6. American federal government is finding itself fighting more and more against its own states and people in judicial courts and courts of public opinion;
  7. American central banks, with the blessing of Congress and the President, are debasing the dollar to the point where it is now worth less than 3% of the value of its last (1913) incarnation, and 50% since 1981.
I believe these things, which are indisputable, combine to make a likely recipe for a new and deadly American civil war, the likes of which we have not seen for 150 years.

I sure hope not, but that's the way it looks.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

7 Gun Myths That Need to Be Debunked, ASAP

Via Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership (Ol' Backwoods, though a Gentile, is a member and regular supporter), from blogger ATOMIK TIGER:

7 Anti-Gun Myths That Need to Be Debunked ASAP
Since the tragedy at Sandy Hook elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, America has been embroiled in a renewed gun control debate. In the Information Age there can be a lot of misinformation, and gun control is unfortunately no exception. Here are some of the ways you are being misled. 
1. "Assault Weapons" ...
2. "High Capacity Magazines"...
3. Gun Show "Loophole" ...
4. Mass Shootings Are Not Increasing...
5. Anti-Gun Organizations Lump in Suicide & Injuries With Crime Data...
6. "Too Many Are Being Killed"...
7. False Zero-Sum Dichotomy - "Either/Or"...
BONUS: We Need More Laws.

Read it all.  Ol' Backwoods is off to the range to test a new somewhat-portable hanging steel target I built.  More on that later, if it works.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Take THAT, UAW Commies!

Good news today:

Tennessee Volkswagen plant votes against union in UAW defeat
CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee (Reuters) - In a stunning defeat that could accelerate the decades-long decline of the United Auto Workers, employees voted against union representation at Volkswagen AG's Chattanooga, Tennessee plant, which had been seen as organized labor's best chance to expand in the U.S. South.
An official overseeing the vote, retired Tennessee Circuit Court Judge Sam Payne, said that a majority had voted against UAW representation by 712 to 626. Some 89 percent of workers voted, he said.
"Why the bile for the unions, Backwoods?"

Me ol' pappy was a UAW and UMW member.  Those unions, in his view, caused two mines to close, and a very successful manufacturing firm to move to a "right to work" state.  Ol' Backwoods doesn't have a very high opinion of unions, many of which have admitted Communist ties (e.g., SEIU).  There was a time when the unions served their purpose, but like the civil rights establishment, they were too successful for their own good, and became nothing but thugs and agitators after the giants of the movement had done the real work, and won back rights.

It's the End of Facebook as I Know It, And I Feel Fine!

Yep, I'm abandoning Facebook for political commentary.

Why?  Well, Ol' Backwoods has his own blog, and why should my poignant commentary be wasted on somebody else's platform, when I can be stinking up my own place?

Why now?  There are reasons I am not going to go into here.

Just look for more posts.  And, if you are 'friends' with me on Facebook (under my real name), don't look there for my commentary on the events of the day.  You'll see it here instead.


Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Running Out Of Amendments to Violate, I Guess?

The 1st, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, and certainly, the 9th and 10th Amendments of the
Take your house to attack your neighbor?  Why not?
Constitituion, part of our Bill of Rights, have been trampled on by governments Federal, state, and city in this former Constitutional republic.

I guess it was a matter of time before they got to the 3rd.

What's that, you ask?  This is what your public school teacher didn't tell you about:

No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.

Behold the violation of the 3rd Amendment of the Constitution by the jack-booted, Federal-trained standing army known as the police:

From WTEV News, Jacksonville, Florida (via PoliceStateUSA):
JACKSONVILLE, FL — A woman says a SWAT team kicked her out of her home and then helped themselves inside to gain a "tactical advantage" over a neighbor who was under investigation. 
Deborah Franz was told to leave her home on Sunday, February 2nd, when there was a domestic disturbance in the mobile home across the street.  A neighbor had allegedly gotten physical with his father and displayed a handgun.  The reaction was a paramilitary force cordoning off the block and forcibly evacuating neighboring homes for the rest of the day. 
"The cop goes 'You all need to leave, you can’t be in your house,'" Franz told WTEV.
Franz left for 6 hours while police blockaded the street.  Little did she know that controlling the scene meant taking over homes not involved with the investigation. 
When she returned, she says she “froze” when she opened her door and her belongings had been obviously tampered with.  Her television had been moved and her Xbox game console disconnected.  Window drapes had been pulled to the floor. 
Franz believed she had been victim to a home invasion.  Then it dawned on her that the home invaders were working for the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. 
The SWAT team had broken into her home to obtain a tactical advantage against the suspect next door.  Franz wasn't even so much as notified of the entry.
The Founders warned us about keeping up standing armies in peacetime.

"Backwoods!," you say.  "You are just a gun-toting, paranoid, right-wing nut job!  These were police, not Federal soldiers!"

To Serve and Protect... themselves.
You'll have to forgive me.  I have trouble telling the difference these days.  Local police are trained by the Feds, given Federal armored vehicles, tanks, rifles, shotguns, and other weapons and ammo. Then, they tromp about like thugs, murdering old men and young motherly dental hygenists, and locking down down entire towns.
.

"But you don't know that the 3rd Amendment applies to POLICE!," you may screech.  Yeah, none of us knows for sure, in this age of the plastic Constitution, for the Supreme Court has not directly ruled on the 3rd Amendment.  It has not even been "incorporated" against the states, as other parts of the Bill of Rights have, although this is mainly due to a lack of cases coming before the Supremes.


But we have something.  In the case of Griswold v. Connecticut (1965), the Supreme Court did cite the Third Amendment as one part of the Bill of Rights that evidences “zones of privacy” and a cites a constitutional right to privacy (that, sadly, later was used to justify abortion, but I digress).

"Zones of privacy."  This means that in a Constitution republic, the supposed 'needs' of the jack-booted thugs calling themselves police DO NOT trump the rights of homeowners to determine whether or not their home will be used as a base for assault on their neighbor.

Your home is yours, or it used to be.  It is your property, and it is your private place, to do what you will there, long as you harm no one.  And the government has to justify by DUE PROCESS any takings.  Even the Kelo v. City of New London case, regarding eminent domain takings, did not go so far as to deny that right.

Look, Ol' Backwoods ain't a lawyer.  But does any American, left or right or whatever, want their government-- their police-- acting this way?

I guess that depends if the putative American is part of the power elite or not.

Me, I ain't.

But I am sick of this nonsense, and one day, it is going to get some police killed.  Oh, wait, it already did.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

The Last Americans (book review of Earth Abides)

Ol' Backwoods just finished a book that I have been avoiding since my teen years, a book, I supposed, so utterly despondent in its outlook, so stolid in its prediction of failure of civilization, that it would cast its pall of darkness over me, without recovery.
Earth Abides (Amazon)

But I was wrong.

Earth Abides by George R. Stewart is one of the most important, one of the more comforting, and one of the more hopeful books I have ever read.

Surprised?  Yeah, so am I.  What could an atheist Berkeley professor write that should impress a backwoods Christian engineer so much?  As you will see, Stewart used The End of The World As We Know It to reinforce lessons that I, that is, WE ought to have learned before.

The image at right represents the protagonist Isherwood Williams ("Ish", to his Tribe, both nickname and title), wielding his sacred Hammer, carving into rock the Number of the Year since the Great Disaster, in which all of the world but the few Old Ones died from a deadly plague that swept the world in mere weeks.

Right after the Disaster, Ish drove his car across America from one end to the other and back, following The Mother Road, old Route 66, searching for survivors.  He found few.  Most of the few dozen that were left were insane with normalcy bias following the Disaster.  The couple in New York City that sat around playing phonograph records and drinking expensive but warm mixed drinks. The crazy "prophet" in LA that started a white-robed cult of doom.  Some were better off, but strange to Ish the intellectual:  the African-American tribe in Arkansas who lived off their garden, livestock and land, but who spoke a nearly-incomprehensible patois.

These were the Last Americans.

In the fullness of time, Ish became the patriarch of the Tribe of the Golden Gate Bridge, which numbered in the hundreds by the end of his days, sometime after the Year 42, in which Ish and the Tribe stopped hammering the Year into the Rock.    Along with Ish's wife Emma, George and his wife Maurine, Ezra and his two wives Molly and Jean, Ish began to re-populate the Earth which Abides even after man falls.

Ish taught his many great-grandchildren the way of the Bow and Arrow after the great stores of rifle ammunition from the warehouses began to be unreliable.   He taught them to make dog-driven carts after the last of the gasoline, tires, and spark plugs gave out.  But other than poor Joey who died in childhood, Ish could never get any of his children, grandchildren, or great-grandchildren to learn to read, write, or do simple arithmetic.  They just had no interest.  Ish constantly worried about the ramifications of them not learning, and about much more besides.  In this, Ol' Backwoods identifies with Ish.

'Til her dying day, Ish's wife Emma reminded Ish not to worry so much about whether this or that system of support would break down (they all did eventually), whether this or that disaster would befall them (many did anyway), or whether the children and their children would learn enough primitive skills to survive on their own without depending on the now-rotting leavings of the long-dead civilization (they did).  Emma's approach was to live life and not worry about it; she would face death or danger with courage when necessary, but above all else, to live.  Even in death, Emma gave courage to the Tribe.

But the Tribe lived on.  They hunted, grew food, laughed, cried, loved, had children and more children.  They defended themselves from wild animals, sought refuge from the devastation of earthquakes and wildfires, and carried water after the ancient water pipes rusted out and no more water came from the faucet.  They made fire with the bow drill, after the last of the matches were gone.

The Tribe lived on.  In time, they merged with other tribes, gave each other immunity from diseases, and shared practical knowledge and ancient traditions alike.

They told stories of the Old Ones, they who had built the houses, the buildings, and the bridges.   They told of a time of magic light, and magic music, and of those who knew how to read the Books in the Great Library.  These Old Ones were the Americans, and they had been great before the fall.

Ish's children did not consider themselves Americans.  And truly, they were only American by geography.

As far as the Tribe knew, Ish was The Last American.

Talking with my own children, who have now become adults, I share some of the worries that Ish had. Had the children learned enough to make it in the great wide world?  My son is not a reader, as his father is, and this worries me.   My daughter is helpless when it comes to fixing anything for herself.  What about these and all the things my children do not seem to grasp; could they make it in the world without them?

Combine this microcosm of my children with all that is happening to my country, and perhaps we have something approaching a trend.  In a way, I feel as though my generation, Gen X, are also the Last Americans.  Not precisely in the way Ish was in "Earth Abides"-- no, we have not (yet) had a civilization-killing event that left only a handful out of hundreds of millions.   Our changes are not sudden and abrupt as in "Earth Abides", but the change is just as relentless, far beyond the mere "fundamental transformation" that this Present, er, President spoke of.  Much more, more than we even can guess from our present perspective.

The kids of my son's generation are almost as different from Gen X as the Tribe were from Ish.  They are more inwardly-focused but paradoxically, also more relationship-focused.  They are concerned more about what they are doing with their friends than making their mark in the world.  Ambition is almost a thing of the past.

They know, as Ish's Tribe knew, that the coming years are not going to be as easy, as prosperous, as materially plentiful as the years of the Old Ones had been.  They know that their money will be worth less, their work harder, their time on earth more painful.  There are no more great works or doings of man: no more moon landings, no more Twin Towers or Empire State Buildings, no more Boulder Dams, no more nuclear ages, no more intercontinental wars.  Low-earth orbit is now a metaphor for the low ambitions of man.  If my son and his Tribe have the X-Box, and the Wii, and the corporate or government check, it is enough.  If they have life and love, food to eat, water to drink, and petty amusement, they will be content with that.  Hmm, I think I've heard that somewhere before...

As the Last Americans of Gen X become grey and frail, and then go to the grave, the Tribes will go on, content with what they have, not asking for a bigger place in the world.  As one of Ish's great-grandsons said in the closing pages of the book, "Yes, I am happy.  Things are as they are, and I am part of them."

This is why Earth Abides is such an important book to me.  For that old atheist professor George Stewart, "Ish" himself, re-taught a lesson to me that I should have learned fully from the Apostle Paul in my youth, when I first read:
But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. ... (17) 
Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.
-- 1 Timothy 6:6-19, New International Version (NIV)

I'll leave you Last Americans with the final verse from 1 Corinthians 13:

And now these three abide: faith, hope, and love; but the greatest of these is love.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

DOMESTIC ENEMY of the Constitution #23,233

In the Muslim-communist newspaper al Jazeera, apparent domestic enemy of the Constitution
Marda Dunsky (Urinalism Teacher at the "Medill School of Journalism" at Northwestern University) writes the following poppycock, annotated by yours truly:
Dunsky, commie-lib and
Domestic Enemy
of the Constitution
Americans cannot continue framing gun control laws in terms of infringement on their freedom.
THE HELL WE CAN'T!  Just what are you going to do about it?  Write another scary article in a Muslim newpaper?

She continues, trying to weasel her way into an argument:
Yes, we have constitutional rights that allow us to bear arms...
STOP!  Before your BUT or YET or whatever weasel word you're going to use.  Remember, the Constitution says "SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED", and that does not bend to your aspirations to a government monopoly of violence shrouded in fake concerns for 'public safety'.
 ...and to produce and consume violent entertainment.
This is not an enumerated right in the Federal or any state Constitution.  Not equivalent.  We may have such a right, but this is not at issue here.  But you chose to conflate that with an ENUMERATED Constitutional right, didn't you?  Just had to muddy the issue with a female-scaring drive-by spray of feeeeeeelings, didn't you.
 Yet these freedoms have proven to have dangerous, if not fatal, impacts on public safety.
WRONG.  Since the enumerated Constitutional right to bear arms has begun to be restored via the proliferation of concealed-carry licenses in the 50 states, crime, and especially firearms-involved crime, has gone DOWN precipitously.  LOOK at your beloved governments own data, lady (via Dean Weingarten of GunWatch):


 But Marda the Commie plods on, sticking to her Alinsky-derived talking points:
Moreover, these freedoms are derived from a document written by human beings - and what people have created, people can change, for their own good.
WRONG. Rights come from God, you tyrant.   Even if the right to keep and bear arms was not written into the Constitution, we STILL would have the right to self-defense.  So, go ahead and try to change the Constitution.  I still will be able to vote, by Rule .308.

And you know what?  If you complete the transformation of my beloved country into a 'gun-free' hellhole, then screw it, I won't want to live anymore, anyway and we who would be free are going to come for you and your tyrant kind.  You don't want to fool with people who have nothing left to lose.

Molon Labe.