Archive for May, 2011

I’m constantly amazed by new technologies

This Internet thing turns up the most amazing stuff if you ask it the right questions in the right way.

Think asymmetrically, my friends.

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Iberian Learning Opportunity

There’s an interesting discussion of tactics that can be used against riot(ing) cops at this Zero Hedge post, based on these videos:

Note that the students were protesting “austerity” measures. Some questions:

  • How long until such protests come here?
  • How long until such protests here become violent?
  • How long until those opposed to austerity start bringing their own weapons to the dance?

You can only get beaten so many times before you start to hit back …

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The last moments of Jose Guerena

Captured on helmet-cam, now on YouTube. Hat tip: The Blaze.

Be sure to download it before the OpFor decides it should be part of “Operation Vanishing Commissar”.

Where do those cops live? It might be useful information to know.

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Well, I shoveled $#!7 into sandbags

Last week Mike V. posted a gentle reminder that your Load Bearing Equipment is too heavy, and that you needed to re-weigh it and cut the fat. One point he made while captioning a picture of the M1956 web gear was this:

Lose the E-Tool, it only slows a maneuver warfare militiaman down. If you REALLY think you’ll need to dig in, permit no more than one E-Tool per two-man buddy team.

I agree in part, and disagree in part. The principle is correct, but the utility of a shovel when constructing fighting positions should not be disregarded.

Consider this little lesson from a group unaffiliated with the 2-5 Marines (lots of interesting reading material, bookmark that one if you haven’t run across it before). The basic idea: carry 7 sandbags and a shovel. Fill the bags when you need to construct your defensive position. Arrange 3 bags in a triangle pointed towards you, then stack 2 bags on each side at an angle so that the sides of the bags are on a line that delineates your sector of fire.

Seven sandbags should not weigh down your gear, unless you forgot to empty them (in which case I can’t help you). But what about that shovel? Every folding shovel I’ve seen weighs several pounds, and no one wants to carry around one that heavy. The solution can be found in your neighborhood backpacking store – a simple, small plastic shovel that weighs (usually) less than 8 ounces and doesn’t even need its own carrying case. Yes, it is usually made of plastic, and yes, it is not usable as a club or as durable as the standard folding shovel, but it will get the job of filling sandbags done. There’s one available on Amazon as I write this for $2.98, plus shipping.

But why carry shovel and sandbags in the first place? They are flat-out perfect for setting up a defensive position, but useless for offensive operations (unless you have a heavy machine gunner somewhere that you’ve decided to make stationary). Anyone who has been under hostile fire knows they’re worth their weight in gold when the lead starts flying. Fortunately you don’t need to have that experience to learn their use. Next time you go to the range, fill and shoot some bags with various calibers and at various ranges. This will give you an idea of what they can and cannot do to protect you, and what it takes to defeat them.

That’s just my $1.98, for those tracking recent developments and propagating likely enemy vectors.

My tribute to Kentucky v. King

I’m a sci-fi geek at heart, and today’s ruling from on high by the mystical black robed brethren in Kentucky v. King brought to mind a favorite tune. You can listen along here, if you wish.

Take my love, take my land
Take me where I cannot stand
I don’t care, I’m still free
You can’t take the sky from me
Take me out to the black
Tell them I ain’t comin’ back
Burn the land and boil the sea
You can’t take the sky from me
There’s no place I can be
Since I found Serenity
But you can’t take the sky from me…

I am a free man, and will act in such a manner as befits my stature. If you cross my threshold with hostile intent, you will be met with the same, for such is due to thugs like you.

Or, as Mal Reynolds puts it, “But if your hand touches metal, I swear by my pretty floral bonnet I will end you.”

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Continuing on yesterday’s DIY theme, Pete @ WRSA links to Samizdata who links to DIY Drones, and look – their store has GPS circuitry for the home circuit lab!

Oh, and they have quadcopters too (4 counter-rotating helicopter motors attached to one platform), though they appear to be out of stock at the moment.

Some might look at $200-$500+ and balk, thinking it costs too much. I have a question – how much did you spend on ammo last month? How about that battle rifle? I can’t imagine it cost less than $500 if it’s a semiauto. Now think how much a critical piece of timely battlefield intel will save you in ammo, sweat, and most of all, blood.

Doesn’t seem to cost so much in that light, does it?

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America: Emperor Rising

Hail, Caesar! Those who are about to murder the Constitutionalists salute you!

Chuck Schumer (who else?) has introduced S.679, a bill to facilitate the “streamlining” of the nomination process by setting up a committee to reduce the paperwork nominees have to go through, and (this is just a minor point, really) reducing the number of appointees that need Senate approval.

In other words, he means to render Article II, Section 2 less relevant/useful/impotent than it already is. Among the (bipartisan!) traitorous bunch in co-sponsorship, we see the following:

  • Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN)
  • Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-NM)
  • Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT)
  • Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA)
  • Sen. Thomas Carper (D-DE)
  • Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME)
  • Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL)
  • Sen. Mike Johanns (R-NE)
  • Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ)
  • Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-CT)
  • Sen. Richard Lugar (R-IN)
  • Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
  • Sen. John Reed (D-RI)
  • Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV)
  • Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)

Most of those names are of no surprise to me at all. Those that are elicit only mild surprise, in that I thought they preferred to keep their treason under wraps.

You know what’ll stop this? A really strongly written letter to our Representative in the House, that’ll fix it! (Not that I believe it will do anything to stop the problem or the troublemakers, but at this point I’ll try anything – Cum ulla sella in pugno taberna and all that.)

Are you tracking? Because the clock is ticking.

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