60 Minutes Makes a Shocking Discovery!!!

Rifle Rounds, even intermediate powered ones, do more damage than handgun rounds.

There is going to be a lot more damage to the tissues, both bones, organs…the bones aren’t going to just break, they’ll shatter.

I know, I know, who could have imagined it right?

I mean, when you compare these two cartridges with each other, who could possibly imagine that they might do different levels of damage?

I do have to wonder how shocked they’d have been had they compared the 9mm to something with a little more oomph like the .308 Winchester / 7.62x51mm.

Or maybe with the venerable .30-06.

Or even the round that has recently become my personal favorite* that is commonly used in a repeating rifle that predates semi-automatic rifles by some 20 years or so.

It seems to me that, on the extremely rare occasion that a rifle is used in a crime, we should be pretty thankful that criminals and nutbags buy into the MSM hysteria and choose a round that is actually pretty anemic, relatively speaking.

Hat tip to The Gun Feed

*Yes, I’m aware that .45-70 isn’t exactly a long-range caliber considering that it has a ballistic trajectory akin to an artillery shell, but 1. It is an absolute blast to shoot (at least for the recoil junkies amongst us) 2. It makes REALLY big holes in things…I’ve been warned several times that there are black bears in the area of The Estate and making big holes and imparting lots of energy to the target is a big plus…and 3. The place where I shoot is in the mountains and woods so having a clear shot over 200 yards is really rare. Most shots will be within 100 yards. The artillery shell ballistics aren’t nearly as big a deal at shorter ranges like that and the wallop those slugs hit with at short range is…um…impressive…so for my purposes, the .45-70 is an excellent choice…and did I mention that it’s really fun to shoot?

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I bet Chris Wray is shaking in his boots

According to the NY Post:

FBI Director Christopher Wray always seems a little too pleased with himself. But on Thursday, the smirk may be wiped off his pretty face when Republican members of the House Oversight Committee start grilling him on the mounting evidence that something is very rotten inside the agency Wray runs.

Oooh, a bunch of politicians are going to speak harshly to him. Scary.

With the Republicans in the minority, this is blatantly obvious political grandstanding. Even if they got him to admit under oath that the FBI under his direction intentionally buried the Hunter Biden laptop in order to sway the election, what are they going to do about it? Wag their fingers and admonish him sternly?

I’ll believe that the Republicans are serious about cleaning up government when I start seeing high ranking…VERY high ranking…officials doing the perp walk and defending themselves in front of a jury of their peers.

Even when (if) the Republicans win majorities in both houses in a couple of months, congressional committees and investigations aren’t going to cut it. If there aren’t criminal charges levied against the people obviously subverting government agencies for political purposes, then the Republicans will have failed in their responsibilities and deserve no further support.

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Another sign of the Navy’s decline

Nothing like this ever happened during the era I was in the Navy:

At least 10 Navy helicopters were damaged in a sudden storm that blew through Norfolk Naval Station, Va., Tuesday afternoon, USNI News has learned.

According to a Navy initial assessment reviewed by USNI News, the storm resulted in 10 Class A ground mishaps – mishaps that result in more than $2.5 million in damage or the total loss of the aircraft.

Let’s see: 10 times 2.5 mil = a minimum of 25 million dollars of taxpayer money down the drain.

Why? Well, the excuse is that the severe storm warning didn’t come in until 12 minutes before the storm hit the base so they didn’t have time to tie the birds down.

But I knew thunderstorms were predicted that afternoon just by checking the weather app on my phone. They may not have predicted how severe they were going to be, but everyone knew the storms were coming.

So why did they wait for the weather guessers to tell them “hey, it’s going to be severe” before taking any precautions? It doesn’t take that long to fold up and tie down the aircraft…there are enough people in the line division to do probably three birds at a time, and each one takes maybe 15 minutes, so if they’d planned an hour in advance, they could have easily gotten it done. Heck, if you make it an “all hands” evolution and get everyone available out there, you could do every bird at once and get the whole fleet tied down in 15 minutes.

They said the gusts during the storm were up to 60 mph. Here’s the thing: Navy aircraft are specifically designed to be able to withstand high winds and even tossing decks. Guess what happens when we’re out to sea? 60 mph is equivalent to about 52 knots. Even without a storm, during flight ops on an aircraft carrier, 50 knot winds across the deck are not unusual. During flight ops, the ship steers into the wind. If the winds are gusting to 30 and the ship is traveling 25 knots…well…do the math. In between flight evolutions under “red deck” we used to hold contests; unzip your coat, grab the edges with your hands and stand with your back to the wind, then jump up into the air and open your coat and see who gets carried farthest by the wind before coming back down onto the deck. You’d be amazed how far you can “fly” under those conditions.

Oh…and I love this one. From a different story about the same incident:

USNI News also received a statement from Cmdr. Myers who elucidated that there are no impacts to operational forces as a result of this incident.

Excuse me? 10 aircraft suffered Class A mishaps…meaning they are out of commission for quite a while…at least three were completely overturned…but there are no impacts to operational forces? So if WWIII started tomorrow and Mexico started dumping mines in the gulf of Mexico, the squadron(s) those aircraft were assigned to would be able to deploy down there for minesweeping duties at full effectiveness? Go ahead, pull my other leg.

What he really means is “we don’t need minesweepers very often so we don’t expect to be overly harmed by this disaster”. But the point in having minesweeper squadrons in the active fleet is so that they’re available in the rare instance that we actually need them. Are they available right now? At full capability? I think not.

To be clear, I did a tour of duty in HM-14. That’s one of the MH-53E minesweeping squadrons in Norfolk and could very well be one of the squadrons involved in this travesty. When I was in the squadron, we had somewhere around 16 aircraft. I don’t remember the exact number, but it was in that ballpark. So, losing the equivalent of about 70 percent of a squadron isn’t operationally significant? In what fantasy world?

But I digress. My point is that those winds are well within the conditions those aircraft are designed to withstand, so the only explanation is that they were completely unprepared.

This was (another) failure of leadership and I don’t see it getting any better any time soon.

The left likes to talk about systemic problems…well, from what I can see, this is systemic. The US Military leadership is in a woeful state and no amount of white supremacy witch hunts, homosexual pride initiatives and politically correct pronoun training is going to fix it.

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Doesn’t add up

Somehow, to the Denizens of Mordor on the Potomac, hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens being released into Texas and Arizona is no big deal, but a tiny fraction of them being bused to DC is a national emergency.

Since mid-April, more than 125 buses have transported 4,800 migrants from Texas border communities — such as the Rio Grande Valley, Del Rio, Uvalde, and Eagle Pass — nearly 2,000 miles to Washington. Gov. Doug Ducey (R-AZ) commenced a similar initiative in mid-May and has had 27 buses carrying more than 1,000 passengers from the border to D.C. in that time, according to spokeswoman Morgan Carr.

“With pledges from Texas and Arizona to continue these abhorrent operations indefinitely, the situation is dire, and we consider this a humanitarian crisis — one that could overwhelm our social support network without immediate and sustained federal intervention,” Bowser wrote.

The utter lack of self-awareness of liberals is awe inspiring.

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Officer Safety

The title to this post is the answer to this question regarding the school shooting in Texas:

Furious parents and relatives of the 19 children and two teachers murdered on May 24 are demanding to know why the 18-year-old gunman was free to continue his rampage as the officers stayed outside the classrooms.

In the past 30 years or so, the mantra “officer safety” has replaced “to protect and to serve” as the motto of the police.

I think it really kind of started with the advent of the SWAT teams. It’s great to have a unit trained especially to handle highly volatile situations, but what it’s turned into is pretty much every other cop deciding “it’s not my job” when a dangerous situation erupts.

Then the SWAT teams started becoming the “go to” for pretty much anything that could potentially become more dynamic than a routine investigation or patrol. Spending all that money on the training and equipment, even in small communities who’s most serious crimes typically involve dive bars and fisticuffs, gotta find a way to justify it somehow.

So we end up with SWAT teams kicking down doors, throwing flash bangs into baby cribs, shooting pets and sometimes innocent homeowners to serve search warrants that could have been accomplished by just knocking on the door and asking to be let in; and the excuse? “Officer Safety”.

And on the other side of the coin, we have fully empowered cops standing by and doing nothing, or worse, cowering and hiding, during dynamic situations waiting for the SWAT team because of…you got it…”Officer Safety”.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for Officer Safety when it’s practical to achieve. In the military, during training, safety was huge. You never want to get people killed during training. It looks bad and those dead military members are expensive assets just wasted. But during the real deal…at war…all bets are off. The mission comes first and if some of us die to get it done, well, that’s a risk we all knew we were taking when we took that oath.

For cops, Officer Safety comes into play every day and I get that…but when the police determine that it’s acceptable to sacrifice the lives of innocent citizens…the very people they’ve sworn to protect and to serve…in order to ensure their own survival, then something’s gone off the rails.

Any cop that’s not willing to put his or her life on the line to protect innocents…especially innocent kids…needs to find another line of work – and any Police Department who’s policies and procedures put Officer Safety ahead of saving innocent lives needs to seriously rethink their priorities.

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Judges who don’t understand how the law works

I truly don’t understand how we end up with judges like this…don’t they have to be vetted or something? It doesn’t matter which political party their rulings favor, or what level of court they’re at, it seems like a basic job requirement of someone who wants to be a judge should be “have a basic understanding of how the law works”.

Here’s what I mean by that: Legislators write the laws. The state or federal executive signs the laws and is responsible for overseeing enforcement of them. Judges interpret the laws to ensure that they are consistent, understandable, constitutional, and applied as written.

So, I’m often flabbergasted when a judge, whether in the majority opinion or the dissent, makes it plainly obvious that they don’t understand what their role is.

I could cite examples all day long including the original Rowe Vs. Wade decision, All the rulings upholding the rampant abuse of the interstate commerce clause over the years, the dissent in the recent abortion and second amendment rulings etc. etc. etc. ad nauseum.

But the one that brought this to the forefront of my mind today is the dissent to a Wisconsin Supreme Court ruling determining that absentee ballot drop boxes are, indeed, illegal under Wisconsin law.

“We hold the documents are invalid because ballot drop boxes are illegal under Wisconsin statutes,” Justice Rebecca Bradley wrote in the majority opinion.  “An absentee ballot must be returned by mail or the voter must personally deliver it to the municipal clerk at the clerk’s office or a designated alternate site.”

Here’s how Wisconsin law section 6.87(4)(b)1. actually states it:

The envelope shall be mailed by the elector, or delivered in person, to the municipal clerk issuing the ballot or ballots.

The way the law is written, the only possible conclusion a competent jurist could possibly reach is that anonymous dropoffs of absentee ballots in an unmonitored drop box is illegal.

But it wasn’t a unanimous opinion. In fact, it was a 4-3 decision. Considering how clearly this is spelled out in the law, how could it have possibly not been unanimous? I can only conclude that the three dissenters don’t understand how the law works and what their role is in that system.

As with so many other decisions like this, the dissenting opinion bears that out.

The dissent goes to great pains to illustrate that the term “municipal clerk” is a title, not a location. That if the legislature intended for the ballot to be delivered to the municipal clerk’s office, it would have said as much, but that by saying the ballot is to be delivered to the “municipal clerk”, the proper interpretation is that the ballot can be delivered to the municipal clerk or a representatives of said clerk, at any location…including drop boxes.

The problem is, the dissent completely ignores a key word in the law: “personally”. The elector must personally deliver the ballot. I don’t care what planet you live on, dropping something in an unattended box to be picked up later is pretty much the opposite of “personally delivering” it. When I put a piece of mail in the mailbox and raise the flag, am I personally delivering that letter to its recipient? For that matter, could I even be considered to have personally delivered the letter to the Mailman? I think not.

What the entire dissent boils down to is summarized in the second paragraph of it:

Although it pays lip service to the import of the right to vote, the majority/lead opinion has the practical effect of making it more difficult to exercise it. Such a result, although lamentable, is not a surprise from this court. It has seemingly taken the opportunity to make it harder to vote or to inject confusion into the process whenever it has been presented with the opportunity.

In other words…it doesn’t matter what the law actually says, what matters is how the law is inconveniencing people.

The dissent basically says the law is wrong because they don’t like it.

That’s not a judge’s job. If the law makes it inconvenient for the voters, the voters should lobby the legislators to change the law, or elect new legislators who will. A judge just arbitrarily ruling that the law doesn’t mean what it plainly says is the very definition of judicial activism.

So how do these judges who clearly don’t understand their role continue to be elevated to higher and higher courts? Heck, I don’t understand how they can still be lawyers. When you clearly don’t understand the most basic premise of your chosen vocation, I’d think you wouldn’t last long.

Does a plumber who connects the faucets to the sewer line keep getting promoted? Does a Veterinary doctor who writes prescriptions for people go unchallenged? Does a psychiatrist who tells people it’s not crazy of them to think they’re a woman trapped in a man’s body continue to get new patients?…oh…wait a minute. Bad example.

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More great news for the Navy

The Navy has recently announced it is going to enjoy a dramatic increase in operational and combat readiness as a result of it’s new policy requiring the use of politically correct pronouns.

The U.S. Navy this week gave America another unfortunate peek at its priorities when a video surfaced that showed two engineers at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) in Rhode Island talking about, you guessed it — “the importance of using correct pronouns.” 

I have to wonder, does this apply to ships as well? Traditionally, western navies have referred to their ships using feminine pronouns (for some strange reason, the Russians refer to their ships as male…Does it say something about the Russian navy that their sailors prefer to be inside males? We report, you decide) so the question is, are ships now to be referred to as “ze” and “zer”?

At any rate, I’m sure they’ll get that all worked out, I’m just happy to see that the Navy is finally getting their priorities straight and addressing this issue that’s so vital to combat readiness and our ability to take the fight to the enemy.

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Murder-proof schools

OK, things have started calming down a bit and some actual information is beginning to show up, rather than the overhyped opinions of people who weren’t there and have an overinflated sense of self-importance.

An Interview of the Uvalde Schools Police Chief sheds a little light:

The chief of police for the Uvalde school district spent more than an hour in the hallway of Robb Elementary School. He called for tactical gear, a sniper and keys to get inside, holding back from the doors for 40 minutes to avoid provoking sprays of gunfire. When keys arrived, he tried dozens of them, but one by one they failed to work.

“Each time I tried a key I was just praying,” Arredondo said. Finally, 77 minutes after the massacre began, officers were able to unlock the door and fatally shoot the gunman.

So the big problem was that the school and room were locked so tight and the doors so impregnable that they flat couldn’t get in to stop the shooter.

That’s the problem that I see with the solution of “hardening” the schools against intrusion. That method has to succeed 100% of the time to be effective. That’s an impossible standard. A potential school shooter has effectively unlimited time to find a way in. Once they do that, after they are in, all those hardened entry points act to protect them, rather than deter them. They are now the one inside the impregnable fortress and the good guys are the ones trying to breach…but the good guys don’t have unlimited time to do so.

We come back to the fact that the true “first responder” is the victim and self defense is the most important form of defense. An entire classroom (or two? that’s unclear to me) of students was barricaded in with a murderous lunatic and the only one armed was the lunatic. Am I the only one who sees the issue here? It’s certainly not the hundreds of millions of guns owned by Americans that weren’t inside the school at the time. If just one of them had been there, in the hands of one of the teachers, things might have turned out dramatically differently.

That’s the problem with gun control measures. None of them make it harder for the bad guys who have the benefit of unlimited time to plan and scheme and acquire equipment through both legal and illegal means. Those laws only make it harder for the good guys, who have to be ready to defend themselves or others at a moment’s notice and only with the tools they have immediately on hand.

Personally, I think that turning every school into a ready made reinforced bunker full of unarmed victims for any nutball with a burning desire to go out in a blaze of infamy is not a great idea.

But that’s just me.

Hat tip on the Police Chief interview to The New Neo

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More victims of the Opioid Crisis

Just not the kind you normally think of:

Lewis had undergone back surgery on May 19. He complained of extreme pain after the surgery, but the surgeon, Dr. Preston Phillips, refused to prescribe more medication.

I’ve known several people in the past 10 years or so who’ve struggled with things like this. The scrutiny that doctors have been under make them very wary of prescribing opioids for pain.

I get that it’s a problem…that there are unscrupulous doctors who will write prescriptions for people who don’t need it, but like any government response, it’s gone way overboard in many cases and people who are legitimately suffering can’t get relief because their doctors are afraid to prescribe them anything strong enough to actually get the pain under control.

Especially things like back and neck pain can be very difficult to diagnose and it’s difficult sometimes to tell whether the person is legitimately in pain or is exhibiting drug seeking behaviors.

The problem is that the government has made it so dangerous for doctors to prescribe narcotics for pain, that they routinely err on the side of denial. Legitimately suffering patients just, well, suffer. And after the primary physician denies their request, if the patient tries to go to another doctor for help…well…”doctor shopping” is one of the major red flags they look for to identify “drug seeking” behavior. Doing the only thing that might get you the help you need is used as evidence in denying you that help.

So, when someone is legitimately in severe pain, can’t get any relief and has little hope of it ever getting better, I can see them snapping like this. “I can’t live with this pain, but if I’m going to die, I’m taking the a$$hole who did this to me with me.”

People in that kind of pain can’t function. There is often no position they find comfortable for more than a few minutes. They can’t sleep, they often can’t eat, they can’t work, they can’t concentrate on anything. Their life literally becomes a living hell.

It’s probably not even the doctor’s fault…he’s just living with the rules that have been thrust upon him…but I’ve seen it in others before. The doctor’s professional demeanor comes across as uncaring and the person who’s in excruciating pain needs someone to blame.

I know that opioid addition is a terrible problem right now, but honestly, why is it any of the government’s business what substances anyone chooses to ingest? The government’s job is to protect us from each other, not from ourselves. Medical decisions should be made strictly between a patient and their physician and government meddling should have no part in it.

But, unfortunately, that’s not the world we live in. Human nature dictates that there is a percentage of the population who believes they should have the power to tell other people how to live their lives and a large percentage of the population willing to let them do so.

And those of us who don’t need a baby sitter suffer for it.

Hat tip to I Hate the Media

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Astra Zeneca is working on a new drug

This one sounds great. If used promptly it can reduce the damage and restore function of people with spinal cord damage.

Here’s the money quote

They are already prepared to conduct Phase 2 trials, the second stage of the development process, which will take two years to complete, according to Ahmed.

If those are successful, a full Phase 3 trial, the final step in the process, could be started in two years and “if all goes well as we believe it will, this drug could be ready for use by spinal cord injured patients in approximately five years,” he said.

5 years to go from phase 2 to final production…but they expect us to believe that they were able to create a “safe and effective” Chinese Virus vaccine in a couple of months with full confidence and no compromises on testing.

Pull my other leg.

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