Sunday, August 2, 2015

Report: Naval officer to be charged in Chattanooga

According to former congressman and military officer Allen West, the Depart of Defense plans to prosecute the Navy commander in Chattanooga who returned fire when his installation came under deadly attack by an Islamic gunman.

West writes:
“Let me draw an interesting contrast: Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus is more concerned about lifting the ban on transgendered sailors. Mabus has a problem in that for the first time since 2007 the U.S. Navy will not have a carrier battle group operating in the Persian Gulf. But this knucklehead has no problem with the Navy seeking to destroy the career of a sailor, a commander of an installation, returning fire against an Islamic jihadist attack.
I have not seen word of prosecution reported elsewhere.

Meanwhile, reporting out of Chattanooga suggests the city's miffed at federal refusal to label gunman Mohammod Abdulazeez's deadly shooting spree, that killed five uniformed members of the U.S. military, as "terrorism."

From the Chattanooga Times  Free Press:
Stamping July 16 as "terrorism" doesn't change what happened. It doesn't bring back fathers and sons or return Chattanooga to the small town sense of security it had before Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez armed himself and methodically attacked two local military sites with the purpose of bloodshed. 
But to many the label of terrorism is critical. 
To the families, it means their loved ones died for something bigger than random violence. It means they were casualties of war, of the same dangerous ideology that has taken so many American soldiers. It means, in the truest sense, that they were heroes, sacrificing their safety for ours.
While it won't label what happened in Chattanooga as terrorism, the federal government immediately deployed an FBI terrorism task force in Atlanta to investigate last week's placement of four small Confederate flags near the MLK memorial and nearby Ebeneezer Baptist Church.  The church's pastor called placement of the flags a "terroristic threat."

Do you have to have a Confederate flag to now qualify as a terrorist under Obama-era rules of political correctness?

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Rebel flags a flyin'

No first person reports, I haven't ventured out yet today.

But based on local MSM and social media reporting (including tweets seen here), there's a bunch of Confederate flags flying across the south on this sunny Saturday.


I almost have to wonder...


Thanks to reaction to the intolerance, bullying and overreach by flag-banning progressives, is it possible there's more rebel flag-like displays taking place today than at any time since 1865?

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Retired basketball great Bob Kauffman passes

Bob Kauffman played for the Seattle SuperSonics, Chicago Bulls, Buffalo Braves and Atlanta Hawks, and then went on to management roles with the Hawks and Pistons.

The man was an inspiration to me, but it had nothing to do with basketball.

I was at the lowest of the low points in my battle with cancer more than 7 years ago, and this very tall fellow approached me at church one Sunday night. He too had battled, and won, his fight against the very same type of cancer, he said. I was too out of it from chemo and radiation to remember exactly what he said, but his words were compassionate, to the point, and inspirational. Divinely inspired, I dare say. I was reinvigorated with a will to win.

Before I knew anything about his history in basketball, Kauffman impressed me as a compassionate servant of the living God.

Prayers for his family. Rest in peace, Bob Kauffman.

Kaufman's obit in the Gwinnett Daily Post can be found here.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

One Party Rule

No, not the old Soviet Union. Nor the Chi-Coms.

Not Cuba.

Not no farther than Washington DC.

They call themselves Republicans or Democrats.

But it's time to think in terms of the Incumbent Party, AKA "the permanent regime." 

Do we keep voting it forward?


What's in a name?

The Left now apparently puts forth the premise that the name "Forrest", if spelled with two Rs, is racist.

In the tiny community of Pine Lake, Georgia, residents fret that having the name on street signs sends the wrong message. WSB TV reports some of the city's residents believe Forrest Road might be named for Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest.

I watched the report. There's a city official who's concerned the stigma attached to the name drives business away from local merchants. I seriously about that to be the case.

I doubt anyone outside Pine Lake even knows there's a Forrest Road there. I doubt anyone with a brain would even care. Nevertheless, there's a petition drive underway to change the name.

If we start exorcising all the Forrests and their namesakes, what comes next?

The names Lee, Davis, or Jackson?

Speaking of Jackson, what about Stonewall?

Does the name Stonewall present any conflicts for the gay community?

Saturday, July 25, 2015

This one pegs my BS meter

Headline in the Washington Post declares "more guns equals more crime."

Strikes me, the Post has latched onto the latest "research" specifically intended to fuel anti-gun hysteria.

The Post's story delves into a recent study by Stanford law professor John Donohue:
The totality of the evidence based on educated judgments about the best statistical models suggests that right-to-carry laws are associated with substantially higher rates" of aggravated assault, robbery, rape and murder, Donohue said in an interview with the Stanford Report. The evidence suggests that right-to-carry laws are associated with an 8 percent increase in the incidence of aggravated assault, according to Donohue. He says this number is likely a floor, and that some statistical methods show an increase of 33 percent in aggravated assaults involving a firearm after the passage of right-to-carry laws.
So, Donohue's study wants you to believe more concealed carry is associated with higher rates of aggravated assault, robbery, rape and murder, But based on the Post's account, it doesn't tell us how many aggravated assaults, robberies, rapes and murders are committed by lawful carriers. 

Very seldom is a gun crime committed by someone who has passed a background check to become a lawful carrier (I can't recall a single mass shooting where the perp had a carry permit).

Donohue's research may only show law abiding folk are "gunning up" to meet an escalating threat from adherents of today's thug culture. Or to counter the kind of violent crimes once associated with gang controlled pockets of Central America or Mexico, but now becoming more common here, imported by criminal illegal immigrants.

Best I can tell, there's no evidence here, or anywhere, that more guns, when lawfully possessed and legally carried, equate to more crime. But more guns in the right hands do help balance the scales, putting an effective means of self defense within reach when a law abiding carrier becomes the intended target of a violent crime.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Shhh. Be vewy vewy quiet. We're fooling Americans.

John Kerry begs Iranians to hold their tongues until he and Obama wrap up approval of the nuke deal. 

Yet another sign Kerry's a frikkin' idiot?

Or, more likely, it's a clear indication of how easily fooled Kerry thinks Gruber-style Americans are.

Wake up, people. America's being betrayed from the top.

Conveying a message by sight and touch

Russia has debuted a new "military park" where people, including children, can experience the close-up look and feel of heavy military hardware.

Before you gasp, and denounce those war-like Russians, here's something to chew on.

In a time before political correctness, in the era of the Cold War, many American cities put military hardware not only on display, but also deployed it as playground equipment for America's impressionable children.

As a kid, I can remember climbing into the cockpit of a jet fighter and having an unrestricted, grand time there. Having a jet like that was a point of civic pride in many communities. Some cities still have those jets deployed on sandlot duty (or at least did as of a few years ago).

If a country's way of life is worth having, it's worth defending. That seems to be the message of Putin's military park. I think the civic leaders of 40 or 50 years ago probably had the same sort of thing in mind when they put milsurp jets in American playgrounds.

Such hardware also stood to testify about a nation's engineering and manufacturing marvels, served as a spark to one's imagination.

It takes more than military hardware to defend a nation, it takes a protective mindset, one that understands threats to a nation can come at home and abroad. It also takes a nation of bright people, proud of who they are, and who understand their history and traditions.

I wish we'd recapture more of a protective mindset in today's America.

I wish more people would take the time to rethink the idea of fundamental change they were sold some years back.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Irony

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Monday, July 20, 2015

Social Security becomes Obama's latest domestic spy agency

Obama wants to enlist the Social Security Administration in his campaign to disarm Americans. 

More fiddling with old style comms

A while back, I posted about mounting a CB radio on my old Ford Ranger.

I've done a good bit of listening since then. Lots of guys running illegal high power in far-flung places. Next to nothing as far as local traffic's concerned.

Occasionally, I'll hear a trucker pass on a local highway (I'm 12 miles or so from the nearest
Interstate).
Oldies But Goodies. Left to Right:
Yaesu FRG-7 General Coverage Receiver
Kenwood TS-520SE Transceiver
President Washington CB Base Station

That said, I'm now adding CB capability at home.

The inside rig's a President Washington base station. Bought it used a while back,  it's probably 20 years old or more. Receives well on the regular 40 channels as well as upper and lower side band. Transmit power is constrained to legal limits.

Over the weekend, I put up a Solarcon IMAX 2000 antenna. It's a 24 foot antenna that, for now, is up on a 10 foot steel fence rail vertical mast.  A whole new world of listening has opened up on CB, I can almost make out the truckers on Channel 19, but thus far, I'm still not hearing an "locals".

The antenna also seems to work well on the 10 meter amateur band , showing a SWR of about 1.4:1 on 10 meters (it's a flat 1:1 SWR on CB/11 meters). Reception seems on par with a 10 meter wire dipole I've been using on an old Kenwood 520-SE for over a year. I haven't had a chance yet to test transmission.

I've not done a lot with trying to make contacts on either band. For now, the antenna's in a compromised location, mounted among the trees in a distant, but higher elevation, part of my back yard at the end of a 140 foot cable run (mostly RG 213 coax). Stealth is a priority, I want a low profile, so I accept the compromise.

Tests between home and the Ranger, and even with less than ideal antennas on each radio, showed clear CB communications about three to 4 miles out, and that's with a lot of natural and structural obstruction. Range might improve somewhat if I get an additional 10 to 20 feet in antenna height to compensate for the "hole" my yard's in.  Right now, I have houses on three sides taller than the tip-top of the antenna.

I'm having fun with the old radios. They're fun to tinker with, they give practical experience in applying radio theory.  I'm an old school guy who thinks they'd have solid value in a grid down, or wireless down, situation.

Some may see the CB as a step backwards for someone who holds a technician class HAM license, but CB is more of an "every man" radio. If digital comms ever go down for an extended period, my hunch is some old CBs may spring back to life offering up sit reps from both near and far.

Next steps in my comms plan? Raise the Solarcon.  Or maybe spend some time tweaking the 2-meter base station I set up a year ago. I kinda got bored with it because today's 2-meters is mostly about communicating through repeaters.

I also have an oldie-but-goodie portable 6-meter QRP (low power) rig I fiddle with from time to time.

Maybe the Ranger needs a 6-meter whip?

Long term, I may go for a general class HAM ticket, and venture into lower bands. But for the time being, I have enough to keep me busy were I am.

Every picture tells a story

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