• New Army rifle, a truly fearsome weapon
• Obama uses FDR’s re-election model
• Local left concerned about govt regs on food
Army’s new “rifle” is game changer - The Army has released the specs on its new XM25 Counter Defilade Target Engagement System (love that name) that is really a shoulder-fired 25mm cannon that fires a laser-ranged projectile. The shell explodes at a preset distance from its discharge, and this preset distance can be quickly and accurately set by the trooper using the built-in laser sight. So if you’re a bad guy and take cover behind a berm or corner of a building (the defilade), you’re dead meat. The trooper just puts the laser dot on the near edge of the defilade, adds a yard or two with his trigger finger, points it above the berm or by the building’s corner and fires. The shell goes just beyond the defilade and explodes like a grenade. Next case please. (H/T to reader)
Readers know that I always look at these new military and law enforcement sensor and weapon systems with the additional perspective of the 2nd Amendment within the concept of par force. Governments using the XM25 will have little trouble putting down armed uprisings of people using conventional arms. That is why future technology augmented autocracies will be very stable.
Obama uses FDR’s re-election model. In 1936, at the depth of Depression1, FDR blamed the country’s sad state of affairs on capitalism and corporate interests instead of the grim array of socialist fodder that he had served up since being elected in 1932. By 1937 his attacks on business were regular fare. Today Obama has taken that page from our first socialist president and improved upon it with the Occupy Wall Street movement that he and his launched earlier this year. (more here) As I have noted before, these demonstrations are now becoming the Obama riots of 2011/12. Russ Steele on Nevada County 2012 is keeping close track of the progress of this strategic diversion movement of the so-called 99%.
FDA overreach. Last week I had another lunch with Nevada City Councilwoman (and former mayor) Reinette Senum. We met to again discuss her project to launch the Sierra Land Collaborative wherein high-tech and vertical farming methods can be used locally to yield produce for local consumption. The farms would be staffed by returning veterans and selected homeless people as part of their rehabilitation. Part of the conversation involved a lament on how the feds are now imposing draconian rules and regs on what kinds of foodstuffs (e.g. raw milk) can be sold by one person to another. We agreed that bloated governments can turn around to bite even those who promote their growth. In the meantime Reinette is off to study and support the OWS movement in NYC - we look forward to her report.
[27oct2011 update] A reader sent this 1948 cartoon that was released into the season when Americans finally began to see socialism and communism for what they are, and the US changed course markedly from its pre-war track and the road then taken by many European countries led by Great Britain. History students will remember 1948 as the year Winston Churchill announced that "an Iron Curtain has descended across the continent" of Europe heralded by the Berlin blockade and airlift.
[29oct2011 update] Only people rabidly intent on making California a template for a police state would consider the topics discussed in this CARB related hearing of the California Senate. However, these idiots are dead serious in the deliberations about their plans for California drivers. And it all comes to you courtesy of the Left.