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February 25, 2006

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by Denizens on Feb 25, 2006 | General Commentary
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A public Service.

From SugarButtons!

Heh.

February 24, 2006

H&I Fires* 24 Feb 06

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I'm running behind this morning. Go for it. -The Armorer

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Al Qaida has been very busy. Not only did they blow up the Mosque, Saudi officials say that suicide bombers tried to take out an oil pipeline. Depending on who you read it's either a plot by the regional players or the Zionist/American PNAC trying to destabilize the area.

In the background, the war goes on. AQAM bomb maker in Baghdad was killed today in a raid. Three would be terrorist supporters are arrested in Toledo this week and a report indicates, since 9/11, 417 people have been arrested and 228 convicted for terror related crimes in the US.

But, what do the MSM fear the most? Twenty Christian's moving to South Carolina. - Kat

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The impact of Valour-IT on just one soldier. - FbL

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Grumble, mumble, Argghhh! *Someone* blew away my stuff... Okay - a group of Canadians have gotten together and started The Torch, a new Canadian Milblog. Looks like a good collection of fellas who can write and have some decent access, so it oughta be some pretty good stuff. I just added it to the Denizen blogroll, as I intend to do a daily recce there.

See if you can find the error in this picture... I also hope I can remember Jeff's suggested question for the Doctor, should the issue arise.

As Bill noted in a comment - Rove is a genius. The Port Kerfuffle completely knocked Cheney out of the news cycle. I wonder how Rove kept the Prez off this list? H/t, ALa.

Cowboy Blob as Ferret Gun Pr0n. Of a "Chink Poodleshooter". Something tells me Blob is a candidate for a sensitivity session... after the next indexing by the Googlebot, Blob has the chance to be #1 in Google for the term! -The Armorer.

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by Denizens on Feb 24, 2006 | General Commentary
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House Guns

There's a meme running around the Gun Blogs that's interesting.

House Guns, started by Say Uncle, who further elaborates here.

The house gun is merely the gun you keep accessible at your home in case something goes bump in the night. I think there are generally three schools of thought on the house gun: handgun, carbine and shotgun.

The recent escape of a murderer from the Kansas State Penitentiary in Lansing, Kansas (the little town south of us that butts up against Leavenworth), brought about a relook at the issue here at the Castle. Nothing changed in my choices, but it's always good to revisit key things like that.. The prison is only about 4 miles away from us - though, in truth, the last place escaping inmates want to be is here, hiding in an area that has 6 incarceration facilities...

Here at the Castle, we do two out of the three choices Uncle lays out. Pistols and shotgun. And we do both major varieties of pistol, auto and revolver.

The Castle's

The shotgun is a Winchester Model 97 full-choke 12 gauge, loaded with 00 buckshot. It's the "Fort Up" weapon you'd face if you were to come through the door or windows of the bedroom at SWWBO. The Polish Tokarev, seen here with a magazine of Soviet service ammo in it, is the primary 'roaming gun'.

Polish copy of the Soviet Tokarev T-33

Here is where I will get snarked by the Home Defenders. The revolver. The load for the revolver is... shot.

Smith and Wesson

Why? I understand *all* the arguments about "In the house and advancing, dead on the floor". Got it. I'll carry the revolver loaded with one round of shot for *two* reasons. 1. It's a critter that has gotten inside. 2. It's a kid. Yes, I know that the feral little savages may be packing and may happily shoot me for a thrill. They could also just be stupid punks. If they're being stupid, they get a "whiff of grape" so to speak, and the chance to leave, and live. If they don't surrender, or run, but come forward after that, or reach for anything, then the Tokarev will speak. And in any situation, if the Tokarev jams, the Smith will bark at least twice in quick succession, and six times if yer stubborn.

That's how I plan to defend the Castle. And with classicly Armorer-style armament, tried, true and proven. None of that new-fangled stuff here. Heck, I was reluctant to put up the flintlock saddle pistols... 8^D. And as our targets show, We can do it. SWWBO - she's just going to turn you into hamburger. Life's tough when yer stupid. Better hope you run into me.

Others blogging their thoughts on house guns are Jeff at Alphecca, Tamara at View From The Porch, Jay, at Toys in the Attic, and South Park Pundit. I'm sure there are more, I'll add 'em if I find 'em.

And with that, and the discussion developing in the comments - it's time to Re-run the Notices (in the Flash Traffic/Extended Entry).

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by John on Feb 24, 2006 | Gun Rights

It's an odd war...

Victor Davis Hanson at National Review today... pictures courtesy the Combat Cameramen of the Department of Defense.

It is an odd war, because the side that I think is losing garners all the press, whether by blowing up the great golden dome of the Askariya shrine in Samarra, or blowing up an American each day. Yet we hear nothing of the other side that is ever so slowly, shrewdly undermining the enemy.

060212-N-6901L-209 (Feb. 12, 2006) Istaqal, Iraq<br />
Sgt. Jason Layne of Parumph, Nev. plays kickball with an Iraqi boy during a goodwill visit to the town of Istaqal, Iraq. Soldiers from the U.S. Army 1-66 Battalion of the 1st Brigade/4th Infantry Division visited Istaqal to address current economical and health issues with the local populous. The soldiers gave out fun effects like soccer balls, candy, backpacks, and fun little toys that they received in care packages from home specifically for Iraqi children.<br />
(U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 1st Class Michael Larson) (Released)

Again, the question now is an existential one: Can the United States — or anyone — in the middle of a war against Islamic fascism, rebuild the most important country in the heart of the Middle East, after 30 years of utter oppression, three wars, and an Orwellian, totalitarian dictator warping of the minds of the populace? And can anyone navigate between a Zarqawi, a Sadr, and the Sunni rejectionists, much less the legions of Iranian agents, Saudi millionaires, and Syrian provocateurs who each day live to destroy what’s going on in Iraq?

The fate of a much wider war hinges on the answers to these questions, since it would be hard to imagine that bin Laden could continue be much of a force with a secure and democratic Iraq, anchoring ongoing liberalization in the Gulf, Lebanon, and Egypt, and threatening by example Iran and Syria. By the same token, it would be hard to see how we could stop jihadism from spreading when an army that is doing everything possible still could not stop Islamic fascism from taking over the ancestral home of the ancient caliphate.

060212-N-6901L-240 (Feb. 12, 2006) Istaqal, Iraq<br />
Specialist Derek Castro, a native of Dandan, Saipan, arm wrestles with an Iraqi boy on the hood of an M1114 HMMWV (Humvee) during a goodwill visit to the town of Istaqal, Iraq. Soldiers from the U.S. Army 490th Civil Affairs Unit visited Istaqal to address current economical and health issues with the local populous.  (U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 1st Class Michael Larson) (Released)

Can-do Americans courageously go about their duty in Iraq — mostly unafraid that a culture of 2,000 years, the reality of geography, the sheer forces of language and religion, the propaganda of the state-run Arab media, and the cynicism of the liberal West are all stacked against them. Iraq may not have started out as the pivotal front in the war between democracy and fascism, but it has surely evolved into that. After visiting the country, I think we can and will win, but just as importantly, unlike in 2003-4, there does not seem to be much of anything we should be doing there that in fact we are not.

U.S. Army Stryker combat vehicles with 2nd. Battalion, 1st. Infantry Regiment, 172nd. Infantry Brigade, patrol Mosul, Iraq, Feb. 14, 2006. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. John M. Foster) (Released)

Read the whole piece here.

by John on Feb 24, 2006 | Global War on Terror (GWOT)
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February 23, 2006

H&I Fires* 23 Feb 06

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Heh. Not much has changed from Cicero's time, eh?

"There is nothing so absurd but some philosopher has said it."

2000 years on, and little new has been said, and nothing has changed in terms of the absurdity.

I like this quote, too: Harper's Index: "Estimated amount of glucose used by an adult human brain each day, expressed in M&Ms: 250"

Moving on...

In court, the teens' attorneys described each youth as contrite and upset about what had happened.

Oh, really? Upset, were we? Good to know. I'm sure Mr. Gaynor was, too. But he's dead, forget him. Let's worry about these guys. Ya, ya, I know. It's the defense lawyers *job* to say this stuff. It would still make my head explode.

How to make friends and influence people, Iraqi Sunni-style. Possible plus side to this - instead of descending into civil war and chaos, Sunni leaders reconsider letting their hotheads run amok as a minority amongst a large, very angry majority with an axe to grind, and consider a little more cooperation. Hey, we can wish. Here is Iraq The Model's take on the event. He was there.

On a lighter note - SWWBO is a little disingenous with her description of this household event.

Hee! A very cold Castle Reader checks in from the Great White East -of - North. Thule, Greenland.

Here at Thule Air Base in Greenland, we’ve become curling enthusiasts too.

It is second only to hockey to us up here 900 miles from the North Pole.

Anything with women’s skating runs a close third !

I believe I am the northern most Castle Argghhh! reader on the planet.

Richard “Polar Bear Bait” Evans
Thule Air Base, Greenland

Our reach is wide... and shallow. -The Armorer

Snerk! More from Mr. Bait, we've been having a running conversation in email. Why not, he's likely stranded at work because of the storms anyway...

Polar Bears…

I had a near run in, on foot with a female and 2 cubs in 2001.

I was hiking across the tundra heading to a glacier twenty miles out from base, when I spotted something off white, almost yellow in the afternoon sun, about a mile and a half in front of me. I hit the dirt and did a quick wind check, I was down wind, and observed the three polar bears move right to left in the distance, after about ten minutes I got up and beat a hasty retreat out of the area.

Had I started my hike 30 minutes earlier the 4 of us would have met in a rocky riverbed and I would not have had a good time.

I am the only idiot,…uh I mean adventurer,…who mountain bikes and hikes the region up here, and thus earned the name Polar Bear Bair from my coworkers.

My wife worries not,…. she makes sure the life insurance is plentiful and premiums are on time.


-The Armorer

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Captain Ed says Dershowitz & Bennett's column will have "major repercussions." We can only hope...

Grim has a thoughtful analysis of the Sunni mosque bombing. -Fuzzybear Lioness

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by Denizens on Feb 23, 2006 | General Commentary
» Political Satire Fake News - The Nose On Your Face links with: Top 9 Decisions That Would Be (Possibly) Worse Than Putting The UAE In Charge Of Our Port Security
» Church and State links with: The Nuances of the Port Deal
» Small Town Veteran links with: "Not Sunni Not Shiite….one national unity"
» Small Town Veteran links with: "Not Sunni Not Shiite….one national unity"

Regardless what you think about the...

...propriety of publishing the cartoons of Mohammed, there is no doubt in my mind that these two polar opposites call a spade a spade -

What has happened? To put it simply, radical Islamists have won a war of intimidation. They have cowed the major news media from showing these cartoons. The mainstream press has capitulated to the Islamists -- their threats more than their sensibilities. One did not see Catholics claiming the right to mayhem in the wake of the republished depiction of the Virgin Mary covered in cow dung, any more than one saw a rejuvenated Jewish Defense League take to the street or blow up an office when Ariel Sharon was depicted as Hitler or when the Israeli army was depicted as murdering the baby Jesus.

So far as we can tell, a new, twin policy from the mainstream media has been promulgated: (a) If a group is strong enough in its reaction to a story or caricature, the press will refrain from printing that story or caricature, and (b) if the group is pandered to by the mainstream media, the media then will go through elaborate contortions and defenses to justify its abdication of duty. At bottom, this is an unacceptable form of not-so-benign bigotry, representing a higher expectation from Christians and Jews than from Muslims.

Bill Bennett and Alan Dershowitz on A Failure of the Press.

I'm willing to offer up something else besides the simple moral cowardice. In some cases it *is* malice. The malice of a bully who knows his victim will not resist.

Bully? Bullies are generally delimned clearly when they back down from someone who *will* resist.

Like the Pansies of the Press.

I can understand Jack of Random Fate's points about whether or not to publish, and the sometimes rather too much breast-beating on the part of social conservatives who harp about the publishing of controversial or anti-Christian images and then demand the press publish the cartoons of Mohammed.

My point is, and has been - they're high-order hypocrites who just further undermine their credibility.

But that's okay. It gets more obvious, so it's easy to account for.

by John on Feb 23, 2006 | Media Morons

Today in history...

1942. Japanese sub I-17 shells oil depot at Goleta, California, to no effect. For another view of the incident, see here. Later, the US Navy found the 1-17 - with effect.

1778 Baron von Steuben joins Continental Army at Valley Forge. Thus beginning the nascent US Army's first transformation period. (Inside joke, those who know, know)

1852 HMS Birkenhead sinks off South Africa, 420 die standing at attention. Before you shake your head in wonder at what appears to be stupid discipline, know this - the Brit soldiers who stood at attention while the Birkenhead sank are the source of the saying... "Women and Children First!" Could *you* meet that standard?

1903 US leases Guantanamo Bay for $4,000 a year (Castro returns the checks).

1919 Osmond Ingram (DD-255) launched, first ship named for an enlisted man

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1945 Iwo Jima: The 28th Marines raise the flag on Mount Suribachi.

1971 William Calley confesses to My Lai massacre, implicates Ernest Medina.
Rather than link to something about Calley or Medina - I'll link to something about CW2 Hugh Thompson, who stood up to Calley and his rampaging troops.

1979 Frank Peterson Jr. becomes first black general in Marine Corps. And he was a Kansan, to boot! Col. Frank E. Petersen Jr. became the first Black Marine promoted to the rank of Brigadier General in the U.S. Marines on this day in 1979. He was the first Black Marine aviator, too. Hailing from Topeka, KS, Petersen earned a bachelor’s degree in 1967 and a master’s degree in 1973 from George Washington University and is a graduate of the National Defense University. He flew over 300 combat missions during his career, including tours in Korea and Vietnam. Petersen spent 38 years in the Corps before retiring in 1988 as commanding general of the Marine Development Educational Command in Quantico. He wrote an autobiography, Into the Tiger’s Jaw: America’s First Black Marine Aviator.


G-I Pelorus: UAE Acquisition of U.S. Port Terminal Facility Operations

To save you the trouble of calling your local Coast Guard office and asking what they think about the pending sale of P&O to Dubai Ports World - here is their public affairs guidance to the people you'd ask those questions of:

G-I Pelorus: UAE Acquisition of U.S. Port Terminal Facility Operations

Communication Objective:
Delineate the Coast Guard’s role & responsibilities for enforcing security compliance at U.S. ports in light of the pending acquisition of several U.S. port terminal facility operations owned by P&O Steamship Navigation Co. by Dubai Ports World,UAE.

Background: It was recently reported that the U.S. Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), a 12-member panel chaired by the Secretary of the Treasury and comprised of members of the departments of State, Defense, Justice, Commerce and Homeland Security approved the $6.8 billion sale of terminal facility operations in at least six major U.S. ports operated by British-owned Peninsular & Oriental Steamship Co. (P&O) to Dubai Ports World, a government-owned company of the United Arab Emirates. P&O currently runs commercial operations in the ports of New York, New Jersey, Norfolk, New Orleans, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Miami, and Houston. As a component agency of DHS, the Coast Guard was asked to provide information and expertise to DHS necessary for its consideration when reviewing the acquisition proposed by DPW. Some lawmakers are considering legislation to either stop or delay the acquisition citing port security concerns. The President indicated he’d veto legislation aimed at delaying or stopping the transaction.

Talking Points: “The Coast Guard recognizes we live in a global economy and that foreign-owned corporations own and operate businesses within the United States. Laws and international conventions currently in place -- such as the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code and the Maritime Transportation Security Act -- regulate the security measures with which vessel and facility operators must comply. The Coast Guard strictly enforces these federal laws and international conventions to ensure compliance and protect the security of our vital ports and waterways.”

 As the lead federal agency for maritime security, the Coast Guard routinely inspects and assesses the security of 3,000 regulated facilities in more than 360 U.S. ports at least annually in accordance with the Maritime Transportation and Security Act (MTSA) and the Ports and Waterways Security Act (PWSA).

 Every regulated U.S. port facility, regardless of owner/operator, is required to establish and implement a comprehensive Facility Security Plan (FSP) that outlines procedures for controlling access to the facility, verifying credentials of port workers, inspecting cargo for tampering, designating security responsibilities, training, and reporting of all breaches of security or suspicious activity, among other security measures. Working closely with local port authorities and law enforcement agencies, the Coast Guard regularly reviews, approves, assesses and inspects these plans and facilities to ensure compliance.

 In addition to the Coast Guard’s broad authorities for ensuring the security of U.S. port facilities and operations, the Coast Guard works closely with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to ensure foreign port facilities and ships comply with the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code in an effort to push out our borders and create a layered maritime security posture.

 Given the scale of this pending acquisition, the Coast Guard is ordering its Captains of the Port to re-visit and re-examine all existing P&O port facilities and operations to ensure DHS has the most up-to-date information, which includes an audit of the facility security plan. The Coast Guard will conduct a full on-site MTSA compliance exam at each port facility where P&O maintains a substantial interest, including stevedore services.

Guidance: Public Affairs media posture is passive – response to query only using the statement provided above. Due to national policy implications, inquiries beyond the scope of this Pelorus should be referred to DHS or CG Headquarters (G-IPA) for consideration. Supplemental PAG may be issued by G-IPA.

Coast Guard Vision Statement: “The world’s best Coast Guard … Ready today… Preparing for tomorrow.”

Issue date: 2/21/06 Review date: 6/21/06 Action Officer: CDR Brendan McPherson Phone: 202-267-0734 http://cgweb.uscg.mil/G-I

I stand by my previous post.

This question was asked by Mashrout in the comments:

As one issue, if a student somewhere publishes a cartoon perceived to be offensive to Moslems, is there any action that the UAE or DPW might be forced/feel obligated to take that would be of supreme detriment to our port system?

As a second, even if the physical space of control is small, does it introduce any important vulnerabilities? (As well as are there important vulnerabilities that should have been done away with 9/11, but perhaps this could be a starting point to remove other vulnerabilities).

This space is no friend to people of Wahabi thought and sympathy, and I make the distinction between militant adherents of that doctrine from the bulk of Muslim people - though there are obviously a significant number of exciteable muslims who can be whipped into a nice killing frenzy at a riot, as they are demonstrating around the world of late.

However, it strikes me that people who should know better are acting on this issue like suddenly, planeloads of Arab Wahabi jihadis are going to arrive and take over the ports.

Like any large acquisition, upper management will change, and profits from the operation will shift from wherever P&O deposits their money to wherever DPW deposits theirs.

It's possible, even probable, that DPW will funnel some of those profits to causes we would rather they not. Money is fungible that way. But that is a third-order effect subsumed by the global nature of DPW's operations anyway. But we fund things like, oh, Israel, that they perhaps would rather we didn't.

Are we positing a situation where DPW management will co-opt (or, more likely, dupe) its US citizen/non-muslim resident alien/muslim employees into taking actions deleterious to the US (and ultimately, their livelihood and possibly freedom)? If you approach this based on that premise, it doesn't matter *who* runs the ports, that possibility exists - and is no different from the situation extant today. The difference is you believe it would be a government-sponsored activity, vice say, an al-qaeda/Hamas etc infiltration/co-option. If so, pity the government of Dubai. They are targetable. And they've seen, close up, what we can do.

As I've said before - if your argument is that you don't feel the HLD and the Coast Guard are standing up to their responsibilities, argue your point from that perspective. And the kerfuffle at least puts the issue on the radar screen to broach the subject. If your argument is economic policy and concern about why no US company wants to bid the work, argue that point.

But if what you are really reacting to is a mental vision of the Cosairs of Umbar or the Barbary Pirates sailing up the Mississippi or shelling Fort McHenry in Boston Harbor, you need to think the issue through a little more - because *that* really, in this Armorer's opinion, is *not* the issue. Your issue is the HLD security one, and *that* is what you should be arguing. Why? Because if you *win* on this issue - you.will.not.have.addressed.your.real.issue.

Just sayin'.

Update: If ya don't like it coming from a nobody like me, try Jim Glassman.

Note: While Brownhound is *not* my source for this document, I see he had it up first - and being a Coastie and blogger might be a good place to keep an eye on regarding this.

Also: Because I know you want to know - a pelorus is the fixed compass card (the bottom of the compass, underneath the needle) on which bearings relative to a ship's heading are taken.

by John on Feb 23, 2006 | Global War on Terror (GWOT)
» She Who Will Be Obeyed! links with: That port thing
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February 22, 2006

H&I Fires 22 Feb 06

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Emperor Misha talks sh1t. No, really. I mean it.

There's a difference between firing on a mosque/church/culturally significant site in self-defense, and blowing it up as an act of terror. Dean gets it about right, I think. Bubblehead has before and afters. No, I'm not interested in arguments that stem from "If we hadn't invaded, this wouldn't have happened." While possibly true, it misses the point. The proximate cause of the attack is the people who attacked - that wasn't an attack on us - that was an attack on Iraqis, more specifically, Shi'ite Iraqis. It does serve to illustrate a difference between Us and Them. We risked casualties in order to not damage those edifices, where possible. They just blow them up.

More Chinese Gun Pr0n. Because you can never have too much. Unless they are marching down your streets as conquerors.

CDR Salamander has a proposal vis-a-vis Iran. -The Armorer

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Via the 30,000 Feet Blog, comes this link to some "Flare Angels." -The Armorer

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Memographers might have an interest in this post or this one. -- Punctilious (teehee)

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MUA-HA-HA-HA-ha-ha-ha! Got my cert first time, too! Ry - She Who Is A Twit will *hate* this.

Heh. I'm mining Harvey today (no, you *don't* get another link, dude!) - he points out that Jim at Snooze-Button Dreams has a wonderful primer on Job Interviewing. The thing I took away from it? When interviewing for spouse, the sex should be *outstanding*...

I admit it - I'm a fan of curling, too. And it's the only Olympic event that I've watched this year. -The Armorer

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by Denizens on Feb 22, 2006 | General Commentary
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Who Runs the Ports - the Dubai Ports World Kerfuffle.

I've not trumpeted much about this, except that I have *not* subscribed to much of the near-hysteria (fueled by genuine concern) over this.

Why? Perhaps because I've worked in the homeland defense business and have a little better understanding than most of how it all works. But not enough that I'm willing to throw it out there like an expert.

Plenty of politicians doing that already. And Pundits. And Bloggers. And Denizens.

So, I've made my quiet comments about how this isn't new - though the media wants you to think it is. And how I don't think it's a problem of the proportions it's being blown into.

And I recognize that it is perhaps bad politics, but that doesn't mean that it is a bad decision. Lots of other people with far better quals than I are going to chew that over.

I'm just going to publish an email.

Via Pete S., from an email list I belong to, comes this from a Coastie who serves in New Orleans.

Some perspective, perhaps.

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I know what you are saying and agree, but did you notice how readily you repeated the headlines and used terms that indicate the "running of a port" vice the running of a single port facility?

Besides considering the number of acres the P&O operates in New Orleans here is perhaps a better comparison. Between the Head of Passes and Baton Rouge's upper bridge (the head of most ocean going navigation) the two banks of the river measure over 440 miles in length and are dense with vessel handling facilities.

The P&O manages approximately 2,000 linear feet on the East bank. Of the approximately 300 Coast Guard uniformed personnel , 40 member harbor police, 90 member parish sheriff's department, and several hundred security guards that serve the area the P&O will probably be responsible for staffing 3 physical positions with armed guards.

Of course the P&O already provides these armed American citizens, they have been running the container facility for years. What has changed is the P&Os controlling interest stockholder? If this deal goes through the same guys who are on guard tonight will be there the night after the deal is signed. But some weeks later they may have more lights, communications gear, and cameras since the "new' P&O" has been purchased by a company willing to put money into the Coast Guard approved security plan.

The old P&O stockholders balked at the security costs of doing business in post 9/11 America. Meanwhile I am still on duty along with the rest of the Coast Guard, if someone else is "in charge of port security" we haven't been told and know of no relief coming.

Note - the ports are already being run by foreigners. Of a nation that a Prime Minister famously observed, "...had no permanent friends, only permanent interests."

Certainly the change in ownership of a strategic asset merits scrutiny and discussion. But it helps if you understand the problem before you pronounce on the problem. And by that I refer to the politicians and Big Pundits. We little people, we're supposed to raise our voices in question.

But as I noted before, and still hold: This isn't a huge catastrophe. Unless you think the Department of Homeland Defense and the Coast Guard aren't up to their jobs.

Which is a completely different issue that you allow *this* issue to cloud.

That is all. We return you to your original, supine positions.

by John on Feb 22, 2006 | Global War on Terror (GWOT)
» Neptunus Lex links with: Hysteria and politics…
» Brown Hound links with: Coast Guard Guidance on the Purchase of P&O.
» Sister Toldjah links with: The UAE port deal: I support it
» She Who Will Be Obeyed! links with: That port thing
» basil's blog links with: Picnic 2006-02-23

Slow news day again...

I have weird friends in Real Life and they sometimes prove it. Now, I can't vouch for the authenticity of the adventure, but I *can* vouch for the fact that it will just confirm how the Ladies view us...

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Dear Bill,

Last weekend I saw something at Harry's Army / Navy Store that sparked my interest. The occasion was our 22nd anniversary and I was looking for a little something extra for my wife, Toni. What I came across was a 100,000-volt, pocket / purse-sized Taser. The effects of the Taser were suppose to be short lived, with no long-term adverse affect on your assailant, allowing her adequate time to retreat to safety … WAY TOO COOL!

Long story short, I bought the device and brought it home. I loaded two AAA batteries in the darn thing and pushed the button.

Nothing!

I was disappointed. I learned, however, that if I pushed the button AND pressed it against a metal surface at the same time; I'd get the blue arc of electricity darting back and forth between the prongs.

Awesome!!!

Unfortunately, I have yet to explain to Toni what that burn spot is on the face of her microwave.

Okay, so I was home alone with this new toy, thinking to myself that it couldn't be all that bad with only two AAA batteries, right?

There I sat in my recliner, my cat Gracie looking on intently (trusting little soul) while I was reading the directions and thinking that I really needed to try this thing out on a flesh and blood moving target. I must admit I thought about zapping Gracie (for a fraction of a second) and thought better of it. She is such a sweet cat. But, if I was going to give this thing to my wife to protect herself against a mugger, I did want some assurance that it would work as advertised. Am I wrong?

So, there I sat in a pair of shorts and a tank top with my reading glasses perched delicately on the bridge of my nose, directions in one hand, Taser in another. The directions said that a one-second burst would shock and disorient your assailant; a two-second burst was supposed to cause muscle spasms and a major loss of bodily control; a three-second burst would purportedly make your assailant flop on the ground like a fish out of water. Any burst longer than three seconds would be wasting the batteries.

All the while I'm looking at this little device measuring about 5" long, less than 3/4 inch in circumference--pretty cute, really--loaded with two itsy, bitsy AAA batteries and thinking to myself, "No. Possible. Way!"

What happened next is almost beyond description, but I'll do my best...

I'm sitting there alone, Gracie looking on with her head cocked to one side as if to say, "Don't do it!" reasoning that a one-second burst from such a tiny little ole thing couldn't hurt all that bad. I decided to give myself a one-second burst just for the heck of it. I touched the prongs to my naked thigh, pushed the button, and

HOLY MOTHER! WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION! @!@$$!%!@*!!!

I'm pretty sure Jessie Ventura ran in through the side door, picked me up in the recliner, then body slammed us both on the carpet, over and over and over again. I vaguely recall waking up on my side in the fetal position, with tears in my eyes, body soaking wet, both nipples on fire, testicles nowhere to be found, with my left arm tucked under my body in the oddest position and tingling in my legs. The cat was standing over me making meowing sounds I had never heard before, licking my face, undoubtedly thinking to herself, "Do it again, do it again!"

Note: If you ever feel compelled to "mug" yourself with a Taser, one note of caution: there is no such thing as a one-second burst when you zap yourself. You will not let go of that thing until it is dislodged from your hand by a violent thrashing about on the floor. A three second burst would be considered conservative.

SON-OF-A-…that hurt like hell!!! A minute or so later (I can't be sure, as time was a relative thing at that point), I collected my wits (what little I had left), sat up and surveyed the landscape. My bent reading glasses were on the mantel of the fireplace. How did they up get there???

My triceps, right thigh and both nipples were still twitching. My face felt like it had been shot up with Novocain, and my bottom lip weighed 88 lbs. I'm still looking for my testicles--I'm offering a significant reward for their safe return.

Still in shock,
[Name deleted to protect the unwitting]

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*grin* H/t to the Once-and-Future First.

Sorta ranks right up there with the lads who peer into the business end of their laser pointers to see if they're *on*...

Another Blog-guard passes.

Name Muffy - call the roll.

hzzz.

name Slinky...

name Slinky...

name Slinky...

hzzz. big-tribble-with-legs tell two-legs GEBIV strike name slinky from watch list. hzzz.

Via Harvey, we find that another blog has suffered a casualty to Entropy. Slinky at GEBIV has passed to "Piddler's Green" the Rest Stop next to Fiddler's Green where Furry People go to await the arrival of their follicly-challenged hy'umans. The Castle knows the feeling of loss engendered when you lose your Scrup'ls, and the Guard Mount knows a loss. This is the second blog-of-friend to lose a member of their Guard Mount in a week.

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Now is the time at Castle Argghhh! when we dance sing a soul to the Great Hunting Ground and Tennis Ball Chasing Facility.

February 21, 2006

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Heh. On this day in 1598 Boris Godunov was elected Tsar. 300 or so years later, family black sheep Boris Badinov goes into show business.

Democrats are finally working on an Iraq stance that has some substance. Good. -The Armorer

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CDR Salamander demonstrates why he'll not be flying the flag of an Admiral. Which is okay. Sometimes, the duty to speak truth, regardless of cost, is higher than getting those stars. Of course, as I discovered, it's a lot easier when you *realize* you were never gonna get those stars absent a high-casualty war anyway...

The Heartless Libertarian takes a look at divorce rates in the Army, and in so doing, illustrates some points I've been making about "news" and what is "newsworthy" and why we can't rely exclusively on the MSM. Have no doubts, however, we are reliant on them. Without them, blogs would be a very different medium.

Lex takes on Fukuyama, like Cassie did yesterday. I keep dithering, all the good stuff is gonna be said and I can just lead the 'amen chorus'.

On a wholly unrelated note to anything, my gruntle was removed this morning.

The upcoming fall session of the Supreme Court should be interesting. I can see the political ads for the upcoming elections already...

RINO Sightings are up!

[dons bald-wig] [splashes water on it, simulating sweat] [rubs hand over head and face] The horror! The... horror!

Shamelessly stolen from Cassandra: And the answer is... Teddy Bear, by some guy named Presley.

The Armorer also knows where he'll be on 2 June... -The Armorer

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We're SELLING OUR PORTS?????????
This cannot be happening, can it? ~AFSister

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For my 1st H&I, I share with you this modest SNAP.
Them contractors must be feeling powerful 'n mighty. - BOQ

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Phred Phelps' Phollowers appear to have met their match. You'll never view 5,000 bikers in quite the same way... -- cw4(ret)billt

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Editorial Decisions.

The lesson from the Cold War is: If you give in to totalitarian impulses once, new demands follow. The West prevailed in the Cold War because we stood by our fundamental values and did not appease totalitarian tyrants. -Flemming Rose

Re-read that: If you give in to totalitarian impulses once, new demands follow. The West prevailed in the Cold War because we stood by our fundamental values and did not appease totalitarian tyrants.


It's also the lesson of 1939.

Let's examine two looks at editorial responsibility, an issue of interest around here what with L'Affaire Schlussel, etc.

Flemming Rose - the editor who chose to publish the cartoons that have caused people to kill people and to threaten to do so some more killing - hell, *demand* some killing, on why he did it.

Childish. Irresponsible. Hate speech. A provocation just for the sake of provocation. A PR stunt. Critics of 12 cartoons of the prophet Muhammad I decided to publish in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten have not minced their words. They say that freedom of expression does not imply an endorsement of insulting people's religious feelings, and besides, they add, the media censor themselves every day. So, please do not teach us a lesson about limitless freedom of speech.

That's what it comes down to, isn't it. Speech, free or sensitive to the person with the most exposed nerve.

The best defense against speech you abhor is... more speech. It can get ridiculous, but that was the essence of the Swift Boat Veterans fight with John Kerry, wasn't it? Speech, counter-speech, counter-counter speech, both sides getting bruised and battered, yes. Decorum often falls to the wayside, especially for deeply-held beliefs. But did anyone in that fight seriously (aside from the stray Moonbat-with-a-grudge-hearing-voices-scenario) *truly* fear for the lives? No. Their livelihoods, certainly, but not their lives. And we all got more information about an era most of us really were ignorant of. And what wasn't said (or released) was as important as what was said and released. And people made decisions about that, which ultimately helped decide who subsequently sat in the White House for four years. But while a flag or two may have gone up in flames, I don't recall any buildings doing so. Or people dying. Or bounties being named.

Therein lies the crux of the problem.

Rose notes this:

At the end of September, a Danish standup comedian said in an interview with Jyllands-Posten that he had no problem urinating on the Bible in front of a camera, but he dared not do the same thing with the Koran.

Hmmm. Wonder why *that* is? Those rampaging Christians? Um, no. Salman Rushdie and Theo Van Gogh, maybe...?

On occasion, Jyllands-Posten has refused to print satirical cartoons of Jesus, but not because it applies a double standard. In fact, the same cartoonist who drew the image of Muhammed with a bomb in his turban drew a cartoon with Jesus on the cross having dollar notes in his eyes and another with the star of David attached to a bomb fuse. There were, however, no embassy burnings or death threats when we published those.

It comes down to this:

Has Jyllands-Posten insulted and disrespected Islam? It certainly didn't intend to. But what does respect mean? When I visit a mosque, I show my respect by taking off my shoes. I follow the customs, just as I do in a church, synagogue or other holy place. But if a believer demands that I, as a nonbeliever, observe his taboos in the public domain, he is not asking for my respect, but for my submission. And that is incompatible with a secular democracy. [emphasis mine]

Exactly. Exactly. As CDR Salamander observes - a point the Norwegians missed entirely.

And given the fact that people who otherwise send money to the ACLU seem to think that Muslims should get some special consideration, while evangelical Christians should be suppressed and driven from the public square would do well to look deep into their souls at the inherent contradiction of that stance.

Rose continues,

As a former correspondent in the Soviet Union, I am sensitive about calls for censorship on the grounds of insult. This is a popular trick of totalitarian movements: Label any critique or call for debate as an insult and punish the offenders. That is what happened to human rights activists and writers such as Andrei Sakharov, Vladimir Bukovsky, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Natan Sharansky, Boris Pasternak. The regime accused them of anti-Soviet propaganda, just as some Muslims are labeling 12 cartoons in a Danish newspaper anti-Islamic.

The lesson from the Cold War is: If you give in to totalitarian impulses once, new demands follow. The West prevailed in the Cold War because we stood by our fundamental values and did not appease totalitarian tyrants.

Re-read that: If you give in to totalitarian impulses once, new demands follow. The West prevailed in the Cold War because we stood by our fundamental values and did not appease totalitarian tyrants.

It is also the lesson of 1939.

And a message that will not be preached from the pulpit of the Cathedral in Riyadh any time soon, either.

by John on Feb 21, 2006 | Politics

February 20, 2006

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I'm busy. Go for it. -The Armorer.

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Project Valour-IT update! -Fuzzybear Lioness

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Read this article about Vietnam Vets, both military and civil service, going to Iraq to help make a difference.

Also this morning, Bin Laden vows never to be captured alive. The world shrugs and wonders what gave him the impression we were interested in his living after the last hellfire missile attack on Zawahiri's purported position. Also see links at same post for other AQAM (Al Qaida Affiliated Movements) recent statements. - Kat

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Eric B. sends us this link to the guys at My Science Project, who run their own tests with a 28-gauge shotgun to assess whether the police report and most media reports of the L'Affaire Cheney et Whittington jive with reality. Their conclusion? Yes. Update: There is a dissenting opinion, well, at least methodological argument.

An interesting analysis by Francis Fukuyama of Neoconservatism and the Bush Doctrine as implemented in Iraq. Andrew Sullivan in support. Roger Simon and Joseph Knippenberg raise a caution flag on Fukuyama. I'm chewing it over.

Ooo! Ooo! The Flea seeks a home worthy of being the East Annex of the Arsenal of Argghhh!

Figures lie and liars figure.

What it takes to be a Good Democrat.

Les Jones on the change in buying power from 1975 to 2006.

Mr. Completely is seeking people with any knowledge about antique shotguns one of his readers owns. Any help would be appreciated.

*This* is a kewl picture. Okay, Bubbleheads - what type/whose izzit?

While I'm still chewing over Fukuyama ,et.al., Cassie is done chewing. And she sums a good chunk of it up in a new word... impugnity. Priceless!

Oooo! More Chinese Gun Pr0n! -The Armorer

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Argghhh! This is what happens when you have loose scrup'ls!

You leave early to take SWWBO to the airport. Someone leaves the kitchen door open... and the computer is always-on, what with broadband and all...

And on the internet, the pizza place doesn't know you're a scrup'l.

So, ya come home to find the scrupl's have ordered in a little pizza, killed the tequila and a bottle of wine, had some Texas Toast, a little Irish Creme for dessert...

Dang loose scrup'ls!

And look guilty as hell.

Of course, as you can see, the Interior Guard was quick to do what they do - point out the problem and go, "I watched 'em! I saw 'em do it! It was them! Those three! Those great hulking brutes!"

"Huh?"

"Why didn't I stop 'em?"

"I'm sorry, I don't understand the question. You're coming in broken and stupid. They're HUGE!!! I wasn't getting in their way! I report, *you* decide. That's what Staff is for!"

Ratzandratz.

*sigh*

Maggie tagged me.

Geez -- what'd I ever do her? Oh -- *that*.

1. Black and White or Color; how do you prefer your movies?

Right. I’m still trying to get used to them having sound and you’re throwing color at me?

2. What is the one single subject that bores you to near-death?

The puerile antics of the glitterati. The sum total of my interest in anything out of Hollywood or MTVLand wouldn’t fill the space between two lovestruck gluons.

3. MP3s, CDs, Tapes or Records: what is your favorite medium for prerecorded music?

CDs. The ones I burn myself from MP3s and sound files I’ve recorded from tapes and records.

4. You are handed one first class trip plane ticket to anywhere in the world and ten million dollars cash. All of this is yours provided that you leave and not tell anyone where you are going ... ever. This includes family, friends, everyone. Would you take the money and ticket and run?

No. Extrapolating from past experience, the airline would lose my duffle bag, they’d bollix the destination and I’d wind up stuck in some Third World country where the national pastime is discussing color movies and professional sports. Besides, have you ever tried to get ten million bucks in *cash* through customs?

5. Seriously, what do you consider the world's most pressing issue now?

The war we’re waging against the dirtbags who think God wants them to kill women and kids until the rest of us fall on our knees so they won’t overexert themselves when they cut our heads off.
The second most pressing issue is the inexcusable way in which the Usual Gang of Congressional Idiots has morphed into the Useful Tools of Wahabism -- motivated solely by partisan politics.

6. How would you rectify the world's most pressing issue?

I would inform the heads of those states that allow Wahabist madrassas to flourish within their borders to imagine the change in their lives when the imams issue a fatwah against them. Then I’d give them a week. If no clampdown had happened by then, al-Jazeera would get daily deliveries of grainy videotapes showing the imams issuing fatwahs against the heretics in the palace.
And if anybody thinks I’ve committed an insufferable affront against religious freedom, I’ll gladly apologize on Easter Sunday from the pulpit of the Cathedral in Riyadh.

7. You are given the chance to go back and change one thing in your life; what would that be?

If I did that, I wouldn’t be the same sunken-chested, pencil-necked, wizened old curmudgeonly geek you’ve all come to know and love.
Ummmm -- to *know,* anyway…

8. You are given the chance to go back and change one event in world history, what would that be?

Switch the scrolls in the Library at Alexandria with a couple of cords of firewood. Mixed with a couple of sweating sticks of dynamite...

9. A night at the opera, or a night at the Grand Ole' Opry -- which do you choose?

Depends -- is Dolly Parton gonna be Brunhilde? If not, then I’d go with *this* Night at the Opera, although this one will do in a pinch.

10. What is the one great unsolved crime of all time you'd like to solve?

Who switched out an apple for that green persimmon in the Garden?

11. One famous author can come to dinner with you. Who would that be, and what would you serve for the meal?

The pre-Das Kapital Karl Marx. Castor bean and rosary pea salad with strychnine dressing.

12. You discover that John Lennon was right, that there is no hell below us, and above us there is only sky -- what's the first immoral thing you might do to celebrate this fact?

You make the assumption I'd consider it a cause for celebration. Ignoring that Lennon was a better songwriter than theologian, if I discovered that little scenario, it would either mean that
a. I’d died and wouldn’t be in a position to do anything, moral or im- ,
or that
b. somebody’d revealed it to me -- which would be a tad contradictory: “Hi, I’m John Lennon and I just came back to tell you there’s nothing after death, especially Yoko’s songs…”
Which is a roundabout way of saying that I’d still have to live with myself, so the answer is, “Not a thing.”

I'd tag Debbie Schlussel, but she'd probably lump me in with the rest of the Danes working here.

Or, she'd just lump me...

Troops in Iraq...

...but we auld soldiers see echoes, too.

Strategy Page has a good series of pics on troops in Iraq. I cherry-picked a few that resonated.

1. The real kicker for me here is the Air Force ETAC just off the ramp, on the left. This is the first war in a long while where it's the enlisted side of the Air Force taking most of the risks.

Bradley in Iraq - note the AF guy just off the ramp on the left.

2. Great shot of the add-on protection for Bradley commanders. Remind anyone of the old ACAV shields? I used to have one of those on my FISTV (Dave, that was *before* the Hammerhead version) - just a standard M113A1.

Bradley commander's position with armor glass.

3. Air Assault! Anyone who's served since the 1960's will have some resonance with this one. Bill might have some *bad* resonances.

Air Assault!

4. Iraq war gun pr0n. The M24 Sniper. I've always liked this rifle, from life as an M14 to it's 30 year plus career as a sniper. Here's an easy test. How can you be reasonably sure that's an M14/24 and *not* an M1A/M-14S (the latter is the Chinese Norinco copy)? Besides the fact that it appears to be in the hands of a troop?

OIF Gun Pr0n - the M24 Sniper Rifle.

5. All soldiers, all eras, will recognize this. Sleep when you can. Period.

It's *always* nap time if the situation allows for it.

If you'd like hi-res versions of these pictures - go visit Strategy Page.

February 19, 2006

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Here's one for the Salamander - the People's Liberation Army Navy is in league with Satan!

Ask, and ye shall receive, or not.

Wounded soldier sues terrorist, wins. Of course, that just opens the door for them to sue us, in friendly courts, oh, like in Sweden. Prolly not Denmark at the moment.

Cassandra notes - there's just no pleasing some people. Like CNN. First, ya didn't move fast enough. Then, ya moved to fast. Talk about that moving bar... -The Armorer

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A NEW resolution to honor "Pappy" Boyington, and all Congressional Medal of Honor recipients from the University of Washington!
-Barb

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Feh. Tagged.

SWWBO nailed me. And not in a *good* sense.


1: Black and White or Color; how do you prefer your movies?

I don't choose the movies I'm interested in based on this criteria. A better question is: Letter Box or Full-screen?

2: What is the one single subject that bores you to near-death?

What SWWBO said. Sports. I played football through college. I was a damn good wrestler. I don't give a fig anymore. I think it's because we're so saturated with whiny pro's who bitch about not making enough money, and the last great bastion of amateur sports... isn't. I used to love the Winter Olympics. I haven't watched a minute of this time around.

3: MP3s, CDs, Tapes or Records: what is your favorite medium for prerecorded music?

CDs.

4: You are handed one first class trip plane ticket to anywhere in the world and ten million dollars cash. All of this is yours provided that you leave and not tell anyone where you are going ... ever. This includes family, friends, everyone. Would you take the money and ticket and run?

SWWBO can read my mind. I can't win this one. Give her the money, her mind's a mystery to me...

5: Seriously, what do you consider the world's most pressing issue now?

Terrorism.

6: How would you rectify the world's most pressing issue?

Fight the terrorists where they are, and give Europe some more spine.

7: You are given the chance to go back and change one thing in your life; what would that be?

I'd stop atmospheric testing of nukes before we did. Hah! Weren't expecting that one, were you?

8: You are given the chance to go back and change one event in world history, what would that be?

That kind of meddling is dangerous. I'll live with what we've got, except for the answer to #7.

9: A night at the opera, or a night at the Grand Ole' Opry --Which do you choose?

I'm with SWWBO. Where's the movie theater or live play?

10: What is the one great unsolved crime of all time you'd like to solve?

Um, gee, I don't care.

11: One famous author can come to dinner with you. Who would that be, and what would you serve for the meal?

Winston Churchill, and whatever SWWBO fixes.

12: You discover that John Lennon was right, that there is no hell below us, and above us there is only sky -- what's the first immoral thing you might do to celebrate this fact?

What is there to celebrate? An eternity of nothingness? I'd go do something useful, since it would appear this is the only chance I get.


Tag someone? Heh. Someone has to be strong. This meme dies here.

Caption Contest!

Go for it.

Bills Fan Club President?

I'll start you off - "The President of Bill's Fan Club shows off her new 'do, complete with spinning blades and blinkenlights!"

H/t to 1SG Keith for the pic.

by John on Feb 19, 2006 | I think it's funny!
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Guns@school

SNERK, Snerk, snerk! From Jeff at Alphecca, discussing an initiative to teach some gun safety in Ohio schools:

The Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence called a potential relationship between schools and guns "a little bit obscene." The group's executive director, Toby Hoover, labeled the effort a ploy by the gun lobby to indoctrinate children in its beliefs.

Meanwhile, local educators said they can't fathom mixing weaponry with the classroom.

"I really think it's something that's better left in the hands of parents," said Bob Scott, superintendent of Avon Lake schools. "Even couched as gun safety, it would be too divisive. I don't know if it's the school's position to get involved."

You can't make this stuff up. For the people who generally inhabit that side of the political spectrum... teaching sex isn't obscene, and it too important to be left up to the parents. Abortion is too important to be left up to the parents. Evolution or Intelligent Design? Too important to be left up to the parents. (and no, you don't know my positions on those things, either. Don't make assumptions!)

But gun safety... well know, you know, that's divisive (like the other issues aren't)... and well, *that* ought to be left up to the parents...

Just sayin'.

Speaking of Jeff - he just went over a million visitors! Wa-hoo!

by John on Feb 19, 2006 | Gun Rights