Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Wisconsin Passes 200K CCW Permits Issued Milestone


About a year and a half ago, I posted on Wisconsin passing the 100K permit milestone.

This milestone puts the adult CCW density in Wisconsin up around 5%, meaning that the probability of at least one CCW holder in any sort of 'mass incident' is pretty high.  Clearly it is no accident that pretty much all such incidents occur in 'gun free zones'.

Reactionaries, counter-revolutionaries, and garden variety conservatives should take note in the way the CCW movement succeeds over time where they have failed.  It is a matter of rewarding your friends and punishing your enemies and never forgetting either.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

In What Bizzaro Universe is Smuggling Guns to One Side in a Civil War NOT An Act of War?

Riddle me this.  Suppose the Mormons decided they'd had enough of the US Government and seceded, and USG didn't take this gracefully.  Were other nations to arm and train and provide military intelligence to the Mormons, the US sure as hell would consider it an act of war.

So how is it that our actions with respect to the Syrian conflict are NOT acts of war?  American exceptionalism?
Reminds me of the passive-aggressive crap that I used to pull in the old Civilization game to get a war I wanted under a republic or democracy.  Perhaps old Sid was onto something there, it certainly fits the US MO for getting into conflicts.

Monday, July 22, 2013

George Zimmerman Is More Than A Sacrificial Lamb Unjustly Accused


Throughout the proceedings, I've always held that Zimmerman struck me as a fundamentally decent human being.  He's the sort of guy that its honestly unfair to damn him with the faint praise that we'd rather have him as a neighbor than the 'sainted' Martin.
Now we find that he and another man saved a family in an accident that they had no part in from their overturned truck that was on fire.  Oh, and like his concealed weapon in the first incident, he had a fire extinguisher handy.  Was Zimmerman an old school Boy Scout?  He certainly seems to be a role model for prudent preparation.
There is terrific irony in the fact that when Zimmerman DESPERATELY needed and was calling for help, none was forthcoming, despite the fact that it was in his own neighborhood and Zimmerman had repeatedly helped his neighbors.  Nobody would stick their neck out for Zimmerman.

It is not Zimmerman who is unworthy of us  or of our our society.  It is we who are unworthy of him.  Where did this man get his chest?

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Zimmerman Not Guilty, Is Double Jeopardy Coming?

And should double jeopardy not be enough, will there be Final Jeopardy?

I admit it, I was very worried that the all female jury would decide to 'compromise' and go for manslaughter, particularly after they asked a question earlier today about manslaughter.  I was encouraged somewhat though by the fact that several of the jurors had concealed weapon permits in the past.

So now we'll see what Obama's minions decide to do.  Is it time for Double Jeopardy?  Will the urban hordes rage and burn down their own neighborhoods?

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Honest, I Really Don't Have A Powerful CounterIntelligence Network At My Beck And Call


Although seeing things like this makes me wonder sometimes.  I've sometimes joked with my wife before about getting some guys to dress as Darth Vader and Stormtroopers and have them hang around an abortion clinic and bow obsequiously and salute the abortionist whenever he shows his head.  But this is just plain over the top, and it's not counterintelligence.  It's like something from the civil war in Mexico back in the 20s.  Maybe it'll help radicalize a few more Christians.  Hell, these days all you have to be to be 'radical' is half-awake.
The rules of engagement are most thoroughly breached.  All that is necessary to advocate something is the will and the desire to do so.  Let's face it, mere animus is what is behind pretty much every law in serious contention in the US today.  Why should those who are better at veiling theirs be afforded an advantage?

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Some Mad Thoughts

Of course I refer to the old Cold War usage of MAD, that being mutually assured destruction.
Of late, the notion of another civil war in the US is much in the news, the polls, and this little sphere of blogs.  I have to say it reminds me of this little exchange from Dr. Strangelove.  If you've never seen this movie, it would be profitable to remedy that deprivation.

Muffley: What... what is it, what?

DeSadeski: The fools... the mad fools.

Muffley: What's happened?

DeSadeski: The doomsday machine.

Muffley: The doomsday machine? What is that?

DeSadeski: A device which will destroy all human and animal life on earth.

Muffley: All human and animal life? ... I'm afraid I don't understand something, Alexiy. Is the Premier threatening to explode this if our planes carry out their attack?

DeSadeski: No sir. It is not a thing a sane man would do. The doomsday machine is designed to to trigger itself automatically.

Muffley: But surely you can disarm it somehow.

DeSadeski: No. It is designed to explode if any attempt is ever made to untrigger it.

Muffley: Automatically? ... But, how is it possible for this thing to be triggered automatically, and at the same time impossible to untrigger?

Strangelove: Mr. President, it is not only possible, it is essential. That is the whole idea of this machine, you know. Deterrence is the art of producing in the mind of the enemy... the fear to attack. And so, because of the automated and irrevocable decision making process which rules out human meddling, the doomsday machine is terrifying. It's simple to understand. And completely credible, and convincing.

Turgidson: Gee, I wish we had one of them doomsday machines, Stainsy.

Muffley: But this is fantastic, Strangelove. How can it be triggered automatically?

Strangelove: Well, it's remarkably simple to do that. When you merely wish to bury bombs, there is no limit to the size. After that they are connected to a gigantic complex of computers. Now then, a specific and clearly defined set of circumstances, under which the bombs are to be exploded, is programmed into a tape memory bank. ... Yes, but the... whole point of the doomsday machine... is lost... if you keep it a secret! Why didn't you tell the world, eh?

DeSadeski: It was to be announced at the Party Congress on Monday. As you know, the Premier loves surprises.

  Kubrick gives a pretty good discussion of strategic deterrence here.  His discussion is quite relevant for the circumstances the US has found itself in.  You see, nearly any prospective parties to a 3rd American Revolution are in a MAD scenario, but in general they just don't recognize it.  Let's start with the most obvious and work our way down.    First, the US still has tons of nuclear weapons.  More than enough to produce MAD effects.  Not only that, they're a lot less constrained by codes and safeguards than most of us would like to believe.  You see, one of the things that analysts really worried a lot about back in the Cold War days was that the adversary would interfere with the delivery of same from the President.  Accordingly, a lot of the US arsenal, and probably most other nation's arsenals as well, don't require codes to detonate properly in a ground burst (i.e., on impact).  Ground bursts aren't as efficient at killing in the immediate term, but they generate tons more fallout and lasting devastation.  That design decision strongly deters the adversary from any attempt to 'intercept the football'.  Would one or both sides go nuclear?  If they perceived the threat to them was existential, I bet they would in a heartbeat.   Second, our infrastructure is much, much more vulnerable than it was back during the Cold War, especially our power grid and transportation system.  Lots of it is falling apart right before our eyes without any active enemy action at all.  Worse, we've gone way backwards in terms of civil defense, stockpiles, and ability to locally manufacture replacements for the most likely targets.  Not only that, we've got much lower social cohesion making the US government even worse at triage than it would have been back in the day.  Two percent is probably an overestimate of the fraction of the population that would be required to trigger MAD this way---hell, the Mormons could probably do it with ease.   The survival of 80-90% of our population is absolutely dependent on the maintenance of our infrastructure, especially our power grid.  My gut tells me all of the prospective sides of this conflict which looks increasingly inevitable grossly underestimate the ramifications of same.  My advice to readers is consider carefully your plans B and C.  I've no illusions that I might cause an outbreak of sanity.  Neither the Cathedral nor its opponents are likely to go gently into the night.  More likely they'll channel 'The Wrath of Khan'.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

The Most Dangerous Game in Public Schools


Back when I was a student, this little exercise would have been insanely risky.  Now it's just outrageously so.
It is VERY hard to predict what people are going to do when they unexpectedly come under fire.  Back in the 80s, there were still a lot of male teachers, and lots of those teachers were, well, reasonably masculine, and a lot of them had 'seen the elephant' in Vietnam and other foreign adventures.  A fair number of them actually gave a damn about their charges too.  I could EASILY see my old calculus or physics instructor entering the berzerkergang, and possibly dragging a fair number of his students into that state along with him.  Then what are your headlines?
Sometimes I swear that it seems like I've got a powerful and capable counterintelligence network getting the public school system to score enough 'own goals' to keep my side in the game.