Sarah Palin is the “other” whom Yoda spoke about.

calendar   Friday - February 15, 2013

Fire Them All And Start Over

PA Teachers: Keep Your $147,000 Grant, We Don’t Want No Educashuning

Da yoon-yun sez we don’ hafta, so we’s ain’ gonna.

A Pennsylvania school district is reportedly set to forfeit a $147,000 federal grant to fund teacher training after the union claimed it was not being consulted during the application process.

In what the New Castle News characterized as a “turf tussle,” the New Castle Federation of Teachers refused to sign on for the training program, which is designed to help educators prepare for tougher new state evaluations. The federal “Race to the Top” grant money will instead be allocated to other districts, officials said. Terence Meehan, assistant to the district’s superintendent, said the union’s decision came as a shock.

Don Runyon, president of the 250-teacher federation, said the district applied for the grant and when it involved the teachers union was problematic. The union contends the district applied for the grant in January 2011, at a time when teachers were working under an expired contract and negotiating the current pact, which went into effect retroactively to July 2011. Runyon said the training program, which includes some aspects his members find objectionable, should have been part of talks.

The initiative, Meehan continued, involves training for teachers, who must become more effective and uniform in teaching core subjects by 2015. If the district returns the funding, the district won’t have the staff development money when the training becomes required. The money was to be used for training teachers to establish a way of teaching so their lesson plans are approached in a way that will be embraced in Pennsylvania, he said.

Uniformity in education across Pennsylvania? Sounds like the state’s business to me. Not the feds. But better some training regardless of who pays for it, right? WRONG. “Ah way, or da highway”: that’s the union creed.

Flush the whole bunch and start over. No unions for teachers or any other government employees anywhere in PA or in America. Wages and benefits on a published scale, based on quartiled performance and time on the job. Given that, who needs a union?


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 02/15/2013 at 12:38 PM   
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Not Buying This BS

Five Rounds Per Person

No, not what the government wants to allow you to have. That’s the amount of ammunition they’re amassing.

The better to shoot you with? Oh never, not them!

Online rumors about a big government munitions purchase are true, sort of.

The Homeland Security Department wants to buy more than 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition in the next four or five years. It says it needs them—roughly the equivalent of five bullets for every person in the United States—for law enforcement agents in training and on duty.

Really? Has DHS ever fired a single shot in the line of duty? Not that I’ve ever heard.

But they buy the ammo for all the alphabet agencies that “need” to carry guns, especially the kind of “assault weapons” you the citizen aren’t allowed to own. 73 agencies. Like the Post Office. And the Department of Education. And the VA. And the BLM. The EPA. The FDA. The NIH. The Library of Congress. The Bureau of Reclamation. The zoo at the Smithsonian. The 33 branches of the OIG, whose job is to inspect other parts of the government. Yeah, they all need guns too. And the list goes on and on and on.

Published federal notices about the ammo buy have agitated conspiracy theorists since the fall. That’s when conservative radio host Alex Jones spoke of an “arms race against the American people” and said the government was “gearing up for total collapse, they’re gearing up for huge wars.”

The government’s explanation is much less sinister. [ but is it honest? ]

Federal solicitations to buy the bullets are known as “strategic sourcing contracts,” which help the government get a low price for a big purchase, says Peggy Dixon, spokeswoman for the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, Ga . The training center and others like it run by the Homeland Security Department use as many as 15 million rounds every year, mostly on shooting ranges and in training exercises.

Let’s see ... 15 million times 100 is still only 1.5 billion, so we need at least another 100 million ... go with 105 mil, which is 7 ... that’s a ONE HUNDRED AND SEVEN YEAR SUPPLY. I know ammo lasts a long time, but please. That dog don’t hunt.

Dixon said one of the contracts would allow Homeland Security to buy up to 750 million rounds of ammunition over the next five years for its training facilities. The rounds are used for basic and advanced law enforcement training for federal law enforcement agencies under the department’s umbrella. The facilities also offer firearms training to tens of thousands of federal law enforcement officers. More than 90 federal agencies and 70,000 agents and officers used the department’s training center last year.

Really? 750 million divided by 5 is still 125 million rounds per year for 70,000 agents ... 1786 rounds per agent per year? 3/4 of a box per week? For guys who usually shoot two or three times a year for qualification? It still doesn’t really ad up, but if it’s true I guess we can expect the feds to soon be able to shoot much better than the LAPD ...

The rest of the 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition would be purchased by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the federal government’s second largest criminal investigative agency.

ICE’s ammunition requests in the last year included:

--450 million rounds of .40-caliber duty ammunition

--40 million rounds of rifle ammunition a year for as many as five years, for a total bullet-buy of 200 million rounds

--176,000 rifle rounds on a separate contract

--25,000 blank rounds

This is the same ICE that can’t deport any illegals, and throws their agents in jail when they actually do shoot drug runners and coyotes sneaking across. So WTF do they need enough ammo to run a frakkin’ war for?

The Homeland Security ammo buy is not the first time the government’s bullets purchases have sparked concerns on the Internet. The same thing happened last year when the Social Security Administration posted a notice that it was buying 174,000 hollow point bullets.

Jonathan L. Lasher, the agency’s assistant inspector general for external relations, said those bullets were for the Social Security inspector general’s office, which has about 295 agents who investigate Social Security fraud and other crimes.

Do you seriously expect me to swallow this bilge-wash? 174,00/295=590, about 12 boxes of ammo per agent. And just when the heck does lame-ass Social Security ever actually shoot anyone? Or at anyone? Or anything? “Hold it right there granny! Put the $116.32 monthly check down and step away from the mailbox!!” You’ve got to be kidding me. Not even Oliar could tell a whopper like this.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 02/15/2013 at 10:43 AM   
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Most Asinine Media Bias Story of the week

Marco Rubio takes a sip from a bottle of water during SOTU riposte speech.

IS THIS A CAREER ENDER????????????!1111???

“watergate 2013”

Main Stream Morons find bottom of hole, keep digging furiously

Yeah, and I saw this covered on Fox News last night in complete seriousness. AYFKM? WTFF?

It was awkward. It was a little funny. But a “career-ender?”

That’s the question CNN posed regarding Sen. Marco Rubio’s water-swig during his response to the State of the Union Tuesday night.

While Twitter had its fun, and Rubio himself even joined in on the teasing, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer devoted a segment to examining whether the moment could squelch his seemingly rising career.

“Can a drink of water make or break a political career?” Blitzer asked. “A U.S. senator, possible presidential candidate. We’re going to find out, whether he likes it or not.”

As a clip of the swig aired, the graphic on the screen then said: “Career-Ender?”

Conservatives ripped the network. Media watchdog Newsbusters called it absurd.

CNN later defended the graphic, saying it was just a joke.

It was only a joke because even low brow low information voters couldn’t swallow this one. Blitzer. What a putz. If only one of those JDAMs in 1991 had been off by a few hundred yards ...

Hey, remember E.D. Hill? That gorgeous news anchor who used to be on Fox News? The one who “teased” Obama, just a joke you know, just reading off the teleprompter, with that “terrorist fist jab” back in 2008?

Teasing a segment on the “gesture everyone seems to interpret differently,” Fox News’ E.D. Hill said: ”A fist bump? A pound? A terrorist fist jab? ... We’ll show you some interesting body communication and find out what it really says.” In the ensuing discussion with a “body language expert,” Hill referred to the “Michelle and Barack Obama fist bump or fist pound,” but at no point did she explain her earlier reference to “a terrorist fist jab.”


I think these days ED does the morning web radio out of Sandy Springs Georgia. Where? Yeah, that’s what I said too. Oh wait, now she works for CNN. Sometimes. I never watch that left wing crap. I guess that network is “joke proof”; you can’t punish Wolfie by sending him to CNN because he’s already there.



Posted by Drew458   United States  on 02/15/2013 at 10:05 AM   
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Most Important News Story Of The Day

Jennifer Love Hewitt shows off her slimmed down figure… and shares her weight loss tips


A few years Jennifer Love Hewitt was horrified by pictures of her looking big in bikini during a romantic holiday… and decided to do something about it.

Now, at 33, all her hard work and dedication has paid off as she can happily prance around in a bikini on the cover of Shape magazine, without a worry in the world.

The Client List star wears not one but two stunning bikinis in the March edition of Self, and gets in depth about the exercise and diet regimes that work for her.

Headline news in the UK. J Love has dieted and worked out like mad to lose the big old ghetto booty she was sporting a couple years ago. Now she’s back to the killer curvy figure she had at 19. Hey, maybe regular work and regular ... um, romance ... will do that. Or maybe having a full time dietitian and a full time personal trainer had something to do with it. Or spending time at a celebrity boot camp. Or maybe, just maybe, she’s got another shape-up secret that she isn’t willing to share ...


Whatever, she sure makes a nice magazine cover. You go J Love!


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 02/15/2013 at 09:49 AM   
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Another Commie Rag

These damn Marxists all sing from the same songbook don’t they? Another jerk-off fishwrap newspaper is trying to expose legal gun owners. Let’s hope the backlash puts them out of business.

Maine newspaper wants list of CCW permit holders.

“Oh no, we’re not planning on publishing it!”

AUGUSTA, Maine – Maine Republican lawmakers expressed outrage Thursday over a newspaper’s request of police agencies across the state for their lists of concealed-weapons permit holders, but the paper said it never had any intention of identifying anyone on the lists.

The Bangor Daily News has invoked Maine’s Freedom of Access Act in asking police to release the information, a request police said they appear to be obliged to fulfill under state law. The newspaper’s request came two months after a suburban New York City newspaper published an interactive map with the names and addresses of thousands of permit holders.

“I’m surprised a Maine newspaper would lower itself to make such a request,” said Rep. Gary Plummer of Windham, who joined other Republicans, including the permit-holding governor, in asking Thursday for quick action on a bill to outlaw the release of publishing the names and addresses of concealed-weapons permit holders.

Gov. Paul LePage released a statement saying, “If newspapers would like to know who has concealed weapons permits, then they should know the Governor has his.”

LePage said he’s concerned the Bangor newspaper’s request “will incite fear among gun owners and non-gun owners alike regarding their safety. There is no reason why these records should be public and I encourage the Legislature to act quickly to make this personal information confidential.”

Maine House GOP leader Ken Fredette of Newport said publishing the names would let potential gun thieves know where gun owners live. Gathering information at the newspaper’s request also comes at a significant cost to police, he said.

“It’s time to stop harassing law-abiding gun owners and start implementing common-sense measures to ensure safety and protect the constitutional rights of Maine people,” Fredette said.

In case you haven’t figure it out yet, the media is at war with your freedoms. They are the enemy. Not just the voice of the enemy, but an active, anti-American statist conspiracy. They all read from the same playbook, they all have the same opinion, they all are pushing for a Socialist/Marxist tyranny run by their hero, Lord Obama, Black Jesus, Lincoln II. And they won’t let up for one second. The worms have finally come out of the woodwork; so for all the people who understand what America is supposed to be about, it’s bug stomping time.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 02/15/2013 at 09:30 AM   
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Must Be From Global Warming

ITEOTWAWKI In Russia: Meteor Injures 500+

UPDATE: 1000+ Injured



Cherbakul Russia, the official Middle Of Nowhere (900 miles east of Moscow, 100 miles north of central Kazakhstan):

A meteor streaked across the sky above Russia’s Ural Mountains on Friday morning, causing sharp explosions and injuring more than 500 people, many of them hurt by broken glass.

“There was panic. People had no idea what was happening. Everyone was going around to people’s houses to check if they were OK,” said Sergey Hametov, a resident of Chelyabinsk, about 930 miles east of Moscow, the biggest city in the affected region.

“We saw a big burst of light then went outside to see what it was and we heard a really loud thundering sound,” he told The Associated Press by telephone.

Another Chelyabinsk resident, Valya Kazakov, said some elderly women in his neighborhood started crying out that the world was ending.

Some meteorites—fragments of the meteor—fell in a reservoir outside the town of Cherbakul, the regional governor’s office said, according to the ITAR-Tass news agency. It was not immediately clear if any people were struck by fragments.

Meteors typically cause sizeable sonic booms when they enter the atmosphere because they are traveling much faster than the speed of sound. Injuries on the scale reported Friday, however, are extraordinarily rare.

The blast caused the roof to cave in on the zinc factory, so there goes the big weekend party. Post-Soviet Pravda says this chunk of space rock is not part of today’s giant chunk of space rock, DA14, is doing it’s own close shave of our planet, passing by at a near-miss distance barely 3/4 as far up as our telecom and GPS satellites in geostationary orbit (22,236 miles). That’s close. Too close.

Russian news reports noted that the meteor hit less than a day before the asteroid 2012 DA14 is to make the closest recorded pass of an asteroid—about 17,150 miles.

One little blip, one minor deviation in it’s flight path, one very small miscalculation of 14’s path ... BLAMMO. And ITEOTWAWKI for us too perhaps. Maybe those Mayans were only off by 50 days or so. Or maybe it’s because of Global Warming.

UPDATE: An atom bomb’s worth of energy. So brilliant locals rush outside to look at the fireball.

A meteor streaked across the sky and exploded over Russia’s Ural Mountains with the power of an atomic bomb Friday, its sonic blasts shattering countless windows and injuring nearly 1,000 people.

The spectacle deeply frightened many Russians, with some elderly women declaring that the world was coming to an end. Many of the injured were cut by flying glass as they flocked to windows to see what the source was for such an intense flash of light.

The meteor—estimated to be about 10 tons and just 2 meters across—entered the Earth’s atmosphere at a hypersonic speed of at least 33,000 mph and shattered into pieces about 18-32 miles above the ground, the Russian Academy of Sciences said in a statement.

Amateur video showed an object speeding across the sky about 9:20 a.m. local time, just after sunrise, leaving a thick white contrail and an intense flash.

City officials said 3,000 buildings in the city were damaged by the shock wave, including a zinc factory where part of the roof collapsed.

The vast implosion of glass windows exposed many residents to the bitter cold as temperatures in the city hovered around 15.8 Fahrenheit.

The regional governor immediately urged any workers who can pane windows to rush to the area to help out.

Trust me, doing windows is a pane.

The Russian-language hashtags for the meteorite shot into Twitter’s top trends, and the country’s lively blogosphere quickly reacted with black humor.

One of the most popular jokes was that the meteorite was supposed to fall Dec. 21 last year—when many believed the Mayan calendar predicted the end of the world—but was delivered late by Russia’s notoriously inefficient postal service.

Vladimir Zhirinovsky, a nationalist leader noted for vehement statements, blamed the Americans.

“It’s not meteors falling. It’s the test of a new weapon by the Americans,” the RIA Novosti news agency quoted him as saying.

Ha! Trust me, Boris dahlink, if it were one of ours you wouldn’t be standing there making that statement.


Is Russian vord for “Kablooie!”?

DA14, the asteroid passing by real closely today, is more than 45 meters across, roughly 150 feet. That makes it many hundred times as heavy as the tiny one that blew up in Russia. It’s also half again larger than the 1908 Tunguska one. Yikes.


Scientists think the “Tunguska Event” over Siberia in 1908 was caused by a 100-foot asteroid. This space rock exploded in midair, leveling trees across 825 square miles in the region.

No need to worry; the Muslim Outreach Specialists at NASA have assured us there is absolutely no way, no how, never ever, nuh uh, that this one will hit us. Closest approach, just over 2 planetary diameters, will be at 2:24pm EST, but on the other side of the planet.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 02/15/2013 at 08:47 AM   
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calendar   Thursday - February 14, 2013

Combination Challenge #70

Another pin problem. From chapter 2 of Combination Challenge.

Black to move.

Graphics courtesy of Exachess

Wes got this one. Is anyone keeping score?

1. … Bxf2+
2. Kf1 …

If the King captures the Bishop, White drops his Queen with 2. … Qxe5 because the White knight is pinned to the King.

2. … Bxe1 and Black is up material and should win. White’s pawns in particular are gonna be snapped up.


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Eyes On Emily


I’ve got to try and revitalize this tired old PC today ... scrubbing files, defragging, malware scanning and optimizing. Back in a while. As usual, clicky biggy.

See More Below The Fold


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calendar   Wednesday - February 13, 2013

Dorner Killed In Flaming Row

Yup, looks like I was wrong about the Mexico thing.

I got up this morning and checked the news and it seems like it’s all over, though the story is rather confusing at this point and the videos are spotty.

Fox News reports that the fugitive ex-policeman had been hiding in a cabin right across the street from the search team’s command center ... and yet, he was only spotted - or was it finally spotted?  - driving a purple car he had stolen, hiding either between or behind one or two school buses. Realizing he’d been ID’d, Dorner temporarily evaded pursuers by driving down a side road when their view was blocked by those buses. In the time it took for the lawmen to realize their error and go back down that side road, Dorner had crashed that car and somehow immediately carjacked a white pickup truck. Game wardens saw him driving the truck towards them ... and this is perhaps 20 seconds after jacking the truck, according to the truck’s owner ... and opened fire on wardens or deputies in the second vehicle chasing him. One deputy was hit, and one managed to get off 15-20 rounds in return fire. The truck crashed, Dorner ran, and holed up in a cabin. The law soon caught up with him, and the TV news crews too, and a big shootout ensued. Two deputies were shot in the firefight, one fatally. And then it just gets weird.

As police scoured mountain peaks for days, using everything from bloodhounds to high-tech helicopters, the revenge-seeking ex-cop they wanted was hiding among them, holed up in a vacation cabin across the street from their command post.

It was there that Christopher Dorner apparently took refuge last Thursday, four days after beginning a deadly rampage that would claim four lives.

The search ended abruptly Tuesday when a man believed to be Dorner bolted from hiding, stole two cars, barricaded himself in a vacant cabin and mounted a last stand in a furious shootout in which he killed one sheriff’s deputy and wounded another before the building erupted in flames.

Game wardens from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife who were part of the search detail spotted the purple Nissan that had been reported stolen going in the opposite direction and gave chase, department spokesman Lt. Patrick Foy said. The driver looked like Dorner.

They lost the purple car after it passed a school bus and turned onto a side road, but two other Fish and Wildlife patrols turned up that road a short time later, and were searching for the car when a white pickup truck sped erratically toward the wardens.

“He took a close look at the driver and realized it was the suspect,” Foy said.

Dorner, who allegedly stole the pickup truck at gunpoint after crashing the first car, rolled down a window and opened fire on the wardens, striking a warden’s truck more than a dozen times.

One of the wardens shot at the suspect as he rounded a curve in the road. It’s unclear if he hit him, but the stolen pickup careened off the road and crashed in a snow bank. Dorner then ran on foot to the cabin where he barricaded himself and got in a shootout with San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies and other officers who arrived.

Two deputies were shot, one fatally.

A SWAT team surrounded the cabin and used an armored vehicle to break out the cabin windows, said a law enforcement official who requested anonymity because the investigation was ongoing. The officers then pumped gas into the cabin and blasted a message over a loudspeaker: “Surrender or come out.”

The armored vehicle then tore down each of the cabin’s four walls.

A single shot was heard inside before the cabin was engulfed in flames, the law enforcement official told The Associated Press.

Fox News has a video to go with the above quotes here, showing a smoking cabin and the loud sounds of many dozens of shots being fired. Or perhaps that sound is ammo cooking off inside the burning building, although in my experience those don’t make anywhere near as much noise as firing a gun. It’s hard to say if some smoke seen on the left side of the video isn’t drifting from the cabin, or is the result of bullets striking one of the LEO trucks and blowing out the radiator. Reports also say it was a log cabin, which I guess is a fairly bullet-proof building, but the picture shows a clapboard building. Clapboard over logs? Possible, but that’s not one of the details that will ever be explored. It’s cinders either way at this point. And so is Dorner. I would have liked to see video of the armored vehicle (robotic vehicle?) breaking out windows, shooting teargas, and tearing down walls; if the TV guys were there for the gunfight, they were there for that too.


Ok, that’s that.


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us and them

Talk about coincidence. And thanks again Doc Jeff.

I have been reading the usual aggravating stuff in the papers and hearing the same on radio, and lordy I do hate it when a program I listen to drops in their obligatory left wing liberal to set the record straight. 
So I got to thinking that maybe folks on our side of the political divide should learn from libtards and start using their tactics against them.
Ie:  Character assassination, lies, distortion, accusations of bigotry and fascist thinking, shouting down anyone with a different pov, use the ‘r’ word to shut down arguments.  Well why not?  Seems to work fine for them and brings down the rcob for us.
And then ...

Today I had to check my email and got this from Jeff.

H/T Doc with thanks.



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calendar   Tuesday - February 12, 2013

Toldja So

Way Down Mexico Way

The dragnet for Christopher Dorner has gone international as police raided a Mexican hotel overnight and are looking into possible surveillance footage of the accused cop killer purchasing SCUBA gear at a California sporting goods store.

The focus on the border, which is creating longer lines than normal at the San Diego-Tijuana border crossing, comes as law enforcement continue to comb through Big Bear Mountain where Dorner’s burned truck was found last week, but that effort appears to be scaling back.

The dragnet was expanded as Dorner, a dismissed Los Angeles Police Department cop, was formally charged with murdering a Riverside police officer, a charge that could bring the death penalty if Dorner is captured and convicted.

The charges do not involve two other people Dorner is suspected of killing in Orange County.

The Border Patrol said they were heightening their checks of vehicles and pedestrians passing south into Mexico.

“Customs and Border Protection officers and agents from the Office of Field Operations, the U.S. Border Patrol and the Office of Air and Marine are providing assistance in the search as requested from law enforcement authorities,” a statement from the Border Patrol said. An official with the agency said the request was part of the search for Dorner.


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Build A Fence, Start A Blockade, Let Them Starve

Norks Set Off Nuke #3

Plutonium bomb (???) registers 5.1 on the Richter Scale

Whachu gonna do Obamba? Whachu gonna do?

China joins U.S., Japan in condemning North Korea nuclear test [like that will make any difference]

North Korea conducted its third nuclear test on Tuesday in defiance of existing U.N. resolutions, drawing condemnation from around the world, including from its only major ally, China, which summoned the North Korean ambassador to protest.

The reclusive North said the test was an act of self-defense against “U.S. hostility” and threatened further, stronger steps if necessary.

It said the test had “greater explosive force” than the 2006 and 2009 tests. Its KCNA news agency said it had used a “miniaturized” and lighter nuclear device, indicating that it had again used plutonium which is more suitable for use as a missile warhead.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, the third of his line to rule the country, has presided over two long-range rocket launches and a nuclear test during his first year in power, pursuing policies that have propelled his impoverished and malnourished country closer to becoming a nuclear weapons power.

China, which has shown signs of increasing exasperation with the recent bellicose tone of its neighbor, summoned the North Korean ambassador in Beijing and protested sternly, the Foreign Ministry said.

Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi said China was “strongly dissatisfied and resolutely opposed” to the test and urged North Korea to “stop any rhetoric or acts that could worsen situations and return to the right course of dialogue and consultation as soon as possible”.

China is a permanent member of the Security Council.

U.S. President Barack Obama labeled the test a “highly provocative act” that hurt regional stability and pressed for new sanctions.

Oooooh, more sanctions! Sure. The only “sanction” that will work is to cut this rogue nation off from the rest of the planet. Nothing gets in, nothing gets out. No fuel, no food, no medicine, no technology. Let them eat dirt. Um, I mean let them eat more dirt. That’s the easy way. The hard way is to nuke them or invade them. Pardon the pun, but those solutions have too much fallout to make it worthwhile. So send them a really strongly worded letter:

Dear North Korea:
The Whole World

and then make it stick.

With any luck, Iran might get the message too.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 02/12/2013 at 12:56 PM   
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Ain’t That A Shame

Barny Fife Might Lose His One Bullet

Police May Suffer Due To National Ammo Shortage

Hey, maybe they can borrow some of those billions of rounds ordered by the feds!

GENOA TOWNSHIP, Ohio - The nation is dealing with an ammunition shortage, and its impact could reach the law enforcement community.

“State law mandates we have to qualify once a year. We do it twice a year with additional training,” Genoa Township Police Chief Robert Taylor said.

The agencies wouldn’t be short on duty rounds, but it might impact the training rounds they use monthly to stay sharp.

“We are about ready to find out. We are submitting an order and we were told it might be a while because of the shortage,” Chief Taylor said.

It is impacting others too, including the average customer at local shooting ranges.

“First time our shelves are half empty, first time we have been scrambling to keep ammunition,” said Clair Marvin or AIMHI Shooting Range in New Albany.

Marvin tells NBC4 that ammunition has gone from difficult to get and keep to being nearly unavailable.

“We’ve talked to some distributors that say we’ve billed to 2015. That is a long time,” Marvin said.

In the meantime, stores like AIMHI have put two-box limits per day on some of the ammunition.

Taylor said they may have to look at scaling back some of the practice ammunition they give weekly to officers, but they will never cut it out.

“I do not seeing us backing off one bit. [We] might be tougher on our budget, but no we cannot afford to skimp on training,” Taylor said.

Oh give me a break. There isn’t a private gun range in the country that lets the local PD shoot there that doesn’t detest Annual Qualification. It’s a guarantee they’ll lose light fixtures, target clamps, return wires, you name it; all shot to hell and back by cops who only practice that one time per year. And whatever passes for qualification would never ever cut it at any kind of competitive shoot. Ha! Meh, I remember the indoor gun range I used to belong to. They’d put up black plastic bags on the windows behind the firing line so nobody could see just how poorly things were doing. And we’d come in later, when they were gone, and count the new holes in the sidewalls, the table tops, the ceiling. It was awful.

Maybe the PDs should start reloading. That can save you loads of money ... if your guys police their brass ... and always give you plenty of ammo on hand. Oh wait. It’s nearly impossible to get any of that stuff either right now. Bullets, brass, primers, powder ... all cleaned out. Golly. You’d think the country was stocking up for a war or something. Something.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 02/12/2013 at 12:39 PM   
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Closing That Inconvenient Loophole, Part One

Stupid Students Hurting You School’s Performance Stats? Make Them Disappear!

Four MORE Ohio Schools Caught “Scrubbing”

Come on. What difference does it make?

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Four more Ohio districts removed poor-performing students from their rolls, state Auditor David Yost said Monday in the final step of his investigation into a practice whereby schools attempted to improve performance ratings.

More than 70 schools or districts also had attendance reporting errors, though these didn’t appear to be purposeful, Yost said.

The four districts bring to nine the number that Yost has identified in his investigation of the data withdrawal practice known as “scrubbing.”

The districts Yost identified Monday are Canton and Cincinnati city schools, Winton Woods city schools in Hamilton County and Northridge Local schools in Montgomery County.

Yost’s top recommendation Monday was requiring the state to peg school funding on yearlong attendance figures to encourage attendance through the entire year. Now, attendance figures are based on a count in October.

“Importantly, schools that break enrollment under such a system would suffer a loss of funding as a result,” Yost’s report said.

Yost also said the state should require independent oversight of districts’ data reporting instead of the current honor system, and the state should also independently monitor transfers by at-risk students.

Honor system? In school? Trusting the education system to not lie, cheat, steal, and fudge the numbers? LOL  LOL  LOL  LOL  LOL  LOL  LOL  LOL  LOL  LOL 


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