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  • Defense Against Bears with Pistols: 97% Success rate, 37 incidents by Caliber

    02/24/2018 11:28:19 AM PST · by marktwain · 37 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 19 February, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    On the Internet, and in print, many people claim that pistols lack efficacy in defending against bear attacks. Here is an example that occurred on “Actually, there are legions of people who have been badly mauled after using a handgun on a bear. Even some of the vaunted magnums.” OK, give us a few examples. As you claim “legions”, it should not be too hard. I never received a response. I believe the claim was made in good faith. There has been much conjecture about the lack of efficacy of pistols for defense against bears. A little searching...
  • Parkland Officer’s Hesitation To Stop Shooting Fits A Pattern Of Police Cowardice

    02/23/2018 5:52:00 AM PST · by Sopater · 77 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 2/23/18 | Michael Graham
    My uncle John is a retired Los Angeles police officer. He doesn’t like to talk about it, but if I buy him enough drinks, he’ll tell how he captured an armed bad guy on the streets of LA, although my uncle was off-duty and unarmed.The story involves car chases, foot chases, and a shotgun—and the guy holding it wasn’t my uncle. Fortunately, everything worked out that day, and a dangerous criminal was off the streets because my uncle risked his life—off the clock. I think about my Uncle John every time I read an all-too-frequent report like this one: “The...

    02/16/2018 8:54:10 AM PST · by jobim · 80 replies
    vanity | 2/16/18 | jobim
    Why are we not looking to our military for strategies on how to defend our schools? They are the ones who have the training - no one else does. Shouldn't our focus be on the defense of our schools? How many military personnel have been on TV to be interviewed? None. Some areas to be assessed: 1) location 2) building lay-out 3) who has access (list of problem individuals) 3) personnel available to look, listen, report 4) response to an invasion Every school community has a large pool of willing individual volunteers who could give some hours to patrol each...
  • After School Shooting, Legislator Files Complicated School Marshal Bill

    02/07/2018 11:32:51 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 6 February, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    In a recent rampage school shooting in Benton, Kentucky, a 15-year-old boy killed two classmates and wounded 14 others. One student said that the worst part was hiding and waiting 45 minutes before the police appeared. This illustrates the problem of relying on centralized police to handle rampage shootings.  A Sheriff's Department School Resource Officer was at the school at the time. It is unclear what effect the School Resource Officer had on the shooting, if any. The shooter was taken into custody without a struggle. Senator Steve West, (R) SD-027, of Kentucky, has introduced the same bill he introduced...
  • Supersonic Round Features 100-Mile Rang

    02/07/2018 10:00:42 AM PST · by bunkerhill7 · 24 replies ^ | Feb. 7 2018 | Jeff Reinke
    Supersonic Round Features 100-Mile Range The Department of Defense recently announced plans to test-fire a hypervelocity projectile or HVP that will reach speeds of Mach 6 (4,600 mph) with the ability to hit targets up to 100 miles away. In development for more than a decade, it was initially developed for use with the infamous railgun. However, with that weapon system facing cost and application issues, the new HVP could be fired from 155 mm howitzers or the deck guns found on Navy destroyers and cruisers. Described as a defensive weapon, some analysts think it could be a low-cost alternative...
  • Presidential Memorandum on the Delegation of Certain Functions and Authorities

    02/05/2018 4:22:02 PM PST · by little jeremiah · 15 replies ^ | Feb.5 2018 | Donald J. Trump
    Presidential Memorandum on the Delegation of Certain Functions and Authorities under Section 1238 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 Issued on: February 5, 2018 MEMORANDUM FOR THE SECRETARY OF STATE THE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE SUBJECT: Delegation of Certain Functions and Authorities under Section 1238 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including section 301 of title 3, United States Code, I hereby delegate...
  • Feds Spent $9 on Defense for Every $1 on Healthcare 50 Years Ago

    01/26/2018 6:33:32 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Anyone over the age of 30 has lived through a rather profound shift in federal priorities. A half-century ago, defense accounted for 45 percent of federal outlays at $405 billion. Medicare and health, combining for $45 billion, constituted five percent of the budget. Granted, the budget disparity occurred at the peak of the Vietnam War. But a review of federal budgets during non-war postwar years generally shows defense dwarfing health-related expenses. The entity eating up the largest portion of the federal budget remains the well-fed Department of Health and Human Services, which devours roughly $1.1 trillion. Social Security ($1 trillion),...
  • New Pentagon strategy takes aim at Russia, China

    01/19/2018 10:43:33 AM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 8 replies
    Politico ^ | Jan 19, 2018 | Wesley Morgan
    The Pentagon’s new defense strategy calls for aggressive steps to counter Russia and China, directing the military to retrain its attention on great-power competition after nearly two decades of focusing primarily on Islamist militants and "rogue" nations. The Obama-era Quadrennial Defense Review called for “preserving strategic stability” with Moscow and Beijing and took a rosier view of the prospects for further nuclear arms reductions in partnership with Russia. Now, the new document asserts in blunt language, both Russia and China must be the U.S. armed forces’ "principal priorities." “The erosion of our military advantage is the problem that the strategy...
  • Pakistan Suspends Intelligence And Defence Cooperation With US: Report

    01/10/2018 11:51:46 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies ^ | 01/10/2018
    Islamabad, Jan 10: Pakistan has suspended all intelligence and defence cooperation with the United States (US), said its defence minister Engineer Khurram Dastgir Khan on Tuesday, reported The News International. The Pakistan minister came down heavily on the US for questioning Islamabad’s role in bringing peace in Afghanistan and said the suspension of military aid by the US has no importance.“US military aid suspension to Pakistan has no importance. At the same time, strategic dialogue between the two countries has also faced suspension for last two years. High-level dialogues with the US would not work until resumption and consistency in...
  • Transgender people cleared to join military, for now [Sign-ups legal starting January 1]

    01/02/2018 2:24:36 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 52 replies
    Salt Lake Tribune ^ | 12/31/17 | Ass Press
    ....Justice Department has made clear its proposed ban on transgender military recruits is on hold, meaning their enlistment can start Monday. ...Justice Department isn’t dropping its court fight to institute the ban on transgender enlistment but said Friday it would wait for a Pentagon study... ...Pentagon said then that it would allow transgender enlistment to start...
  • Five Takeaways From Trump’s National Security Strategy

    12/19/2017 4:01:09 AM PST · by drop 50 and fire for effect · 7 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | December 18, 2017 | Peter Feaver
    “America First” is officially all grown up. President Donald Trump unveils his National Security Strategy (NSS) today in a big set-piece speech at the Reagan Center. There is a lively debate about the utility of these documents among experts and I am squarely on the side of those who argue that they provide an important window into the thinking of an administration. As I explain below, such windows may be especially important for this administration and so this is a document worth studying. Such deeper reflection may change my assessment, but I have a more-positive-than-expected reaction, however, as reflected in...
  • Has Our Government Spent $21 Trillion Of Our Money Without Telling Us?

    12/17/2017 4:24:54 PM PST · by free_life · 46 replies
    Forbes ^ | Dec 8 - 2017 | Laurence Kotlikoff
    “No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law; and a regular Statement and Account of the Receipts and Expenditures of all public Money shall be published from time to time.” ~ Article I, Section 9, Clause 7, The US Constitution On July 26, 2016, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) issued a report “Army General Fund Adjustments Not Adequately Documented or Supported”. The report indicates that for fiscal year 2015 the Army failed to provide adequate support for $6.5 trillion in journal voucher adjustments. According to the GAO's Comptroller General, "Journal...
  • Taking a Better Shot at Missile Defense

    12/14/2017 5:22:33 AM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies ^ | December 14, 2017 | Ed Feulner
    Thirty-three minutes. That’s all the time we’d have to respond to an incoming intercontinental ballistic missile from anywhere in the world. Roughly half an hour to avert disaster – if we’re lucky. Sure, that isn’t the most cheerful thought to entertain, especially at Christmas time. But with all the saber-rattling coming from North Korea these days, not to mention other global hotspots, we don’t have the luxury to pretend this threat doesn’t exist. A successful nuclear strike would carry an unthinkable toll. The bomb the U.S. dropped on Hiroshima, Japan, in 1945 had an explosive yield of 15 kilotons of...
  • Russia Sharply Expanding Nuclear Arsenal, Upgrading Underground Facilities

    12/13/2017 5:19:08 PM PST · by familyop · 49 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | December 13, 2017 | Bill Gertz
    Pentagon to boost U.S. weapons under nuclear posture review Russia is aggressively building up its nuclear forces and is expected to deploy a total force of 8,000 warheads by 2026 along with modernizing deep underground bunkers, according to Pentagon officials. The 8,000 warheads will include both large strategic warheads and thousands of new low-yield and very low-yield warheads to circumvent arms treaty limits and support Moscow's new doctrine of using nuclear arms early in any conflict. In addition to expanding its warheads, Russia also is fortifying underground facilities for command and control during a nuclear conflict. One official said the...
  • Indian Air Force - World's First To Possess Lethal Combination Of BRAHMOS and Sukhoi-30

    11/22/2017 2:41:27 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 18 replies
    The Pioneer ^ | Wednesday, November 22, 2017 | Agencies
    New Delhi -- The reach of a weapon possessed dictate the size of a nation's "area of influence". Every country also attempts to acquire technologies and weaponry to keep pace with its "area of interest" in pursuance of the larger national aim. And the effort of matching the "area of interest" with the "area of influence" is considered as balanced growth in military modernization. The great visionaries of Indian Defence Forces along with the scientific fraternity, fully supported by the Government, have constantly been making efforts to remain prepared to march ahead with the growing national ambitions. The Indian Air...
  • Sex offender tries ‘Weiner defense’ for lighter sentence

    11/12/2017 5:19:14 AM PST · by Libloather · 5 replies
    NY Post ^ | 11/10/17 | Joe Tacopino
    He’ll have a hard time using the Weiner defense. A man convicted of downloading child pornography in Washington State is citing Anthony Weiner in a desperate attempt to receive a lighter jail sentence. A lawyer for Douglas Blouin, 51, wrote a letter to the judge in Seattle imploring him to take Anthony Weiner’s sexting case into consideration when handing down a prison sentence to his client, according to KOMO News. “Congressman Anthony Weiner was recently sentenced to 21 months in custody after he convinced a 15-year-old to produce child pornography,” the lawyer wrote.
  • 503.055 Use of defensive force regarding dwelling, residence, or occupied vehicle Exceptions.(KY)

    11/09/2017 8:23:14 AM PST · by central_va · 5 replies
    Kentucky code ^ | 11/9/17 | Kentucky
    (3) A person who is not engaged in an unlawful activity and who is attacked in any other place where he or she has a right to be has no duty to retreat and has the right to stand his or her ground and meet force with force, including deadly force, if he or she reasonably believes it is necessary to do so to prevent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself or another or to prevent the commission of a felony involving the use of force
  • Securing N Korea nukes would require US ground invasion: Report

    11/07/2017 5:29:44 PM PST · by markomalley · 15 replies
    Tribune India ^ | 11/5/17
    North Korea could use biological and chemical weapons in the event of a conflict and the only way to locate and secure all of its nuclear weapons sites “with complete certainty” is through an invasion of ground forces, the Pentagon has warned.In a letter to lawmakers, the Pentagon said that a full discussion of US capabilities to “counter North Korea’s ability to respond with a nuclear weapon and to eliminate” its nuclear weapons located in underground sites is best suited for a classified briefing, the Washington Post reported.The letter, reportedly written by vice-director of the Pentagon’s Joint Staff Rear Adm....
  • They track air threats to Hawaii 24/7 and they're on high alert for Trump's arrival

    11/03/2017 2:38:35 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 12 replies
    Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL ^ | Friday, November 3, 2017 | Shawn Ching, News Anchor
    MILILANI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - At a secure, classified location on Oahu, 230 Hawaii Air National Guard member keep a constant watch over the state. They work at what's unofficially called "NORAD of the Pacific" -- after the North American Aerospace Defense Command in Colorado. They play a critical role in tracking threats to the state -- are considered the first line of defense against another Pearl Harbor. And on Friday, ahead of President Trump's visit to Hawaii, they'll be watching Air Force One closely and anything that may get near it. The group's official name: The 169th Air Defense Squadron...
  • China speeds ahead of U.S. as quantum race escalates, worrying scientists

    10/23/2017 4:21:47 PM PDT · by familyop · 29 replies
    McClatchy DC ^ | OCTOBER 23, 2017 | TIM JOHNSON
    In quick succession, China in recent months has utilized a quantum satellite to transmit ultra-secure data, inaugurated a 1,243-mile quantum link between Shanghai and Beijing, and announced a $10 billion quantum computing center...Military applications are vast and range beyond breaking enemy encryption to include quantum-enabled weaponry, navigation systems that can’t be jammed, and the use of quantum-powered artificial intelligence in war fighting.