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11 January 2013


George Rebane

DougK 918am - Perhaps you also missed this in the above comment stream.

"On 'The Great Divide ...' piece I posted the following comment re gun control. It is the argument that the Left never wants to address about the purpose and function of par force.

MichaelA 1029am - Right on schedule. That argument against the 2nd Amend and the continued viability of the Constitution is a classical liberal shibboleth. It assumes that any rebellion will be a stasist standoff between a permanently underarmed populace and a permanently superior state sponsored military, with its foregone outcome. This is a gross error that has been disproved an uncounted number of times, and as recently as by the Arab spring uprisings and the current civil war in Syria. And please reread my par force paper so we don't have to go around this 'hydrogen bomb in the basement' nonsense again.

A rogue government will immediately seek to brand armed citizen resistance against it as fomented by foreign terrorists or a sedition by a minority (the latter is technically correct). Any successful resistance must stay alive long enough to get its message out to the nation, and to the armed forces. Anyone who has been in the US military knows how that institution will respond when asked to engage underarmed citizens willing to lay down their lives for liberty.

As history has shown, it is all in how well any resistance can go through its fragile birth and make its cause known. That is why tyrants and pre-rogue governments want a disarmed populace so that massive arrests can take place quickly and quietly. It was ever thus. Posted by: George Rebane | 09 January 2013 at 11:12 AM

Posted by: George Rebane | 12 January 2013 at 09:01 AM"

Douglas Keachie

George, the corporations have already bought out the government, and your militias have done nothing to stop them. Those corporations have bought and paid for exactly the government they want, the one that will keep the little people thinking they actually control things, at least in a very limited way.


"MichaelA 1029am - Right on schedule. That argument against the 2nd Amend and the continued viability of the Constitution is a classical liberal shibboleth."

What 1029AM? And let's be clear that progressivism and classical liberalism (aka libertarianism) are not equivalent, and I suspect your attempt at a shorthand for 'typical progressive' came out 'classical liberal' in a gross error. In short, the 2nd is a statement of classic liberalism through and through.

Ryan Mount

Have you guys review Obama's executive orders from yesterday? To be honest, other than expanded background checks, which probably ain't a bad thing, there's not really much there.

Oh, there are a few strange things like having the CDC resume gun violence research (probably not a bad idea) and the extra-crispy weird thing about making doctors government reporters, but other than that, there's not much there, there.

It's kind of a Potemkin Village, if you know what I mean.

- Banning high capacity magazines? Simply print one with a 3D printer* or carry 3.

- Ban "Assault" rifles? Whatever, most (as in the vast majority) crimes are committed with hand guns anyway.

- New AFT head? Pffft. He'll get busy not enforcing the new laws.

- No armor piercing bullets? LMAO. They were already illegal. So I suppose they are extra illegal now?

I feel safer already. We're such fools.

* Not making that up: http://news.techeye.net/security/3d-printers-can-now-produce-30-round-magazines

Russ Steele

Oh No!

LiveLeak.com – NBC Admits No Assault Rifle Used At Sandy Hook

There were four handguns in the school, and no rifle. Perhaps Lanza hid the rifle after he shot himself in the head.

The Cuomo/Feinstein/Obama rifle grab is apparently based on a big lie, like the one from 1938 in Germany.

H/T Real Science


Russ, this appears to be 'truther' BS, based on artfully cut NBC news feed from the early coverage.

It's a shame Goddard/Real Science got sucked into it.


Apparently, Big Sis is buying 7,000 Personal Defense Weapons (PDW). These are the fully automatic versions of those yucky "Assault Weapons" that DiFi and the President want to ban.

The old name for a PDW was "assault rifle". Think M16, AK47. Newspeak at work.

"The Department of Homeland Security is seeking to acquire 7,000 5.56x45mm NATO “personal defense weapons” (PDW) — also known as “assault weapons” when owned by civilians. The solicitation, originally posted on June 7, 2012, comes to light as the Obama administration is calling for a ban on semi-automatic rifles and high capacity magazines.

Citing a General Service Administration (GSA) request for proposal (RFP), Steve McGough of RadioViceOnline.com reports that DHS is asking for the 7,000 “select-fire” firearms because they are “suitable for personal defense use in close quarters.” The term select-fire means the weapon can be both semi-automatic and automatic. Civilians are prohibited from obtaining these kinds of weapons.

The RFP describes the firearm as “Personal Defense Weapon (PDW) – 5.56x45mm NATO, select-fire firearm suitable for personal defense use in close quarters and/or when maximum concealment is required.” Additionally, DHS is asking for 30 round magazines that “have a capacity to hold thirty (30) 5.56x45mm NATO rounds.”

You just can't make this stuff up.




"The scope of this contract is to provide a total of up to 7,000 5.56x45mm North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) personal defense weapons (PDW) throughout the life of this contract to numerous Department of Homeland Security components. This Statement of Work delineates performance criteria and testing to be used for the evaluation of the firearm.

2.1 General. This Statement of Work lists all performance requirements for the acquisition of a DHS 5.56x45mm NATO personal defense weapon."


George Rebane

Gregory 350pm - Thanks for that relevant update. It also adds to my previous posts on various govt departments starting to pack heat that never had any reason to before, and still don't. Except if you consider auxiliary uses for such force being available throughout govt departments and agencies.

And now we have secondary media beginning to report on the administration taking steps to assure a more compliant military when (not if) the civil strife starts.


The more it rattles around, the more I am appalled at the chutzpah of the Feds inventing a new term, "Personal Defense Weapon" for what the DoD has been calling "Assault Rifle" for years, all the while semi-automatic civilian versions, capable of only one shot per discrete trigger pull, are being derided as being battlefield weapons only good for killing large numbers of people in a short amount of time.

From the wiki...

"Newspeak is closely based on English but has a greatly reduced and simplified vocabulary and grammar. The totalitarian aim of the Party is to prevent any alternative thinking—"thoughtcrime", or "crimethink" in the newest edition of Newspeak—by destroying any vocabulary that expresses such concepts as freedom, free enquiry, individualism, resistance to the authority of the state and so on. One character, Syme, says admiringly of the diminishing scope of the new language: "It's a beautiful thing, the destruction of words."

The Newspeak term for the English language is Oldspeak. The Party intends to replace Oldspeak completely with Newspeak before 2050 (except among the Proles, who are not trained in Newspeak and whom the Party regards as barely human and unimportant)."

George Rebane

In 1949 Mao inherited (conquered) an illiterate country that had to be carefully managed in building the desired communist state. That required that mass communication through the printed word (newspapers, leaflets, posters, ...) be available. A literacy program was started which taught people about 2,000 carefully selected ideographs (Chinese has over 800,000) which would allow them to read the Party's messages, but which did not support communicating rebellion in a facile manner. It was the first large-scale application of Orwell's 'newspeak'.


Digging, PDW is not a new term and dates from the '80's, but they went nowhere. Basically sawed-off assault rifles with shorted cartridges... the .22 centerfire cartridge for those things were typically 5.56 x 30mm. The round this RFP calls for is the standard M16 round whose case is 50% longer, the 5.56 x 45mm NATO.

So, an old term that they've found a new use for.


It will be fun to see just who qualifies as a " gov official".
That's all we need. Untrained people running around with full auto weapons.
There have been many instances of Gov. official on gov. official attacks.
So just because your a public servant with a little clout you get to possess
an automatic weapon?
I feel SOOO much safer now.

boots jcp

Right now it sounds like BlogEngine is the best blogging platform out there right now. (from what I've read) Is that what you are using on your blog?

Michael Anderson

Hi boots jcp, my "blog engine" is like Todd's TSA presentations...only available via X-Ray and diminished when exposed to sunlight.

Your mileage may vary.

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