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Stand by for some gun-industry-politics wonkiness.

Troy Industries is a manufacturer of ARs and AR parts, as well as other modern rifle accessories.  The last time they were in the news was when Dick’s Sporting Goods dropped their line of ARs for political reasons, screwing over Troy pretty badly (as well as Dick’s screwing themselves).

Now they’re in the news for hiring Jody Weis and Dale R. Munroe as instructors for their Troy Asymmetric training group.

Jody Weis is noteworthy for being an anti-gun Chicago cop who was hated by his own officers for being a miserable coward.

He even went out and wrote a SunTimes op-ed in favor of more gun control:

Efforts to enhance background checks and limit the availability of high capacity magazines for assault weapons are both prudent measures that will assist in keeping weapons out of the hands of criminals and reduce the lethality of these weapons.

Dale R. Monroe is famous for the shot his partner Lon Horiuchi took at Ruby Ridge, killing Vicky Weaver while she held her baby:

FBI snipers Thursday defended their actions at the 1992 Ruby Ridge siege where a white separatist’s wife was killed, contending that danger to an FBI observation helicopter from armed men outside the separatist’s cabin justified opening fire.

But skeptical senators questioned whether permissive shoot-to-kill orders and exaggerated information about the threat of Randy Weaver led to an overreaction.

Dale R. Monroe, the partner of FBI hostage rescue team leader Lon Horiuchi – who fired the fatal shot – said he was preparing to fire but didn’t only because Horiuchi fired first.

Horiuchi invoked his Fifth Amendment protection against self-incrimination Tuesday after the Senate Judiciary subcommittee on terrorism refused to give him limited immunity from prosecution.

The Senate panel is trying to determine what took place at Ruby Ridge on Aug. 21-22, 1992, when deputy U.S. marshals seeking to arrest Weaver led to a confrontation in which deputy marshal William E. Degan and Weaver’s 14-year-old son, Sammy, were killed. The FBI’s hostage rescue team then was called in, and Weaver’s wife, Vicki, standing behind a cabin door, was killed by a shot that Horiuchi has testified previously that he fired at one of the men running to the cabin.

So basically a gun company which found itself on the receiving end of anti-2A anti-gun politics when Dick’s Sporting Goods made the cowardly decision not to carry their rifles… has now decided to hire people who are anti-gun and pro-big government.  And pro-tyranny.

This is a step by a company that’s either woefully stupid or trying to cozy up to government agencies in order to make sales.  There’s another company that does that.  It’s run by a dick whose company without lawsuits and government contracts would be singing its swan song due to misanthropic business practices.  I’m not sure if Troy wants to be T.H.A.T. kind of arms company, but it looks like it.

GunsSaveLife reads that Weis was fired due to the backlash.  But what the Troy release says is:

In response to the reaction of our customer base, Jody Weis will not be joining the Troy Asymmetric cadre of instructors.

That doesn’t say he was fired.  He may still be hired on as a consultant, since he knows plenty of other JBTs to sell products to.  Crony capitalism at work in the firearms industry.

Even afterwards, they use very odd language.   They have also taken the Sgt. Schultz defense when it comes to Weis:

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GunsSaveLife notes that Troy is still standing by Monroe, contesting minutae about what Monroe was quoted as saying, even though Monroe fully supported the fedgov’s actions at Ruby Ridge.

Troy as a business is cultivating relationships with the same authorities who threatened and still threaten liberty in their careers.  Troy is cozying up to really bad people.

A simple internet search would’ve revealed these backgrounds, so there’s no excuse for Troy to have missed it.  But somehow they ignored it one way or another, and Steve Troy says he didn’t do it himself.

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And if they want to cultivate government contracts or show themselves connected to bigger government activities as a way to hire instructors for their security courses without courting these two JBTs, there might be some other agencies they could’ve looked at first to provide some quality candidates.

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Hopefully Troy has a better explanation. In the short term, it still looks really, really bad.  It sure looks like they hired a pair of jack-booted thugs who could get them government contracts, because they were advertising the men as instructors on their website.  There’s little that looks accidental here.

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Update: Troy is keeping Monroe.

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Problem is, that second thing is factually incorrect.  Horiuchi made a drawing of what he saw, and superlawyer Gerry Spence had to fight to get that from the FBI.  Vicki Weaver wasn’t out of sight.  The “rules of engagement” were to shoot any armed person on sight (later changed to any armed male).  That’s not a law enforcement action.  It’s worth reading Gerry Spence’s whole account of the event.  The Weavers certainly held some noxious opinions (reading Spence’s reason for defending Randy Weaver is very telling), but ultimately the actions of the government are actions as an institution against the people, not actions of individuals acting outside the bounds of society.

It is tyranny.

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Troy is choosing to hire someone who participated in that institutional culture and who was an active participant in those events.

Their decision, but the market will ultimately decide.  Firearms enthusiasts tend not to forget.

Update 2: Just noticed that for some reason I had his name as “James” in there.  Corrected.

Remember, these people will not stop.  They do not stop.  Theya re professional propagandists, and professional revolutionaries, professionally out to disarm you and fundamentally change the country.

From WSJ:

Paul Bedard of the Washington Examiner has uncovered a fascinating document: an 80-page “talking points” monograph titled “Preventing Gun Violence Through Effective Messaging,” written by a trio of Democratic political operatives.

The document, as Bedard writes, instructs politicians and advocates “to hype high-profile gun incidents like the Florida slaying of Trayvon Martin to win support for new gun control laws.” Essentially it’s a how-to book on inciting a moral panic.

The booklet explicitly urges foes of the Second Amendment to abjure rationality in favor of the argumentum ad passiones, or appeal to emotion. “When talking to broader audiences, we want to meet them where they are,” the authors advise. “That means emphasizing emotion over policy prescriptions, keeping our facts and our case simple and direct, and avoiding arguments that leave people thinking they don’t know enough about the topic to weigh in.”

The 80-page propaganda booklet can be found here: Preventing Gun Violence Through Effective Messaging.

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gun violence messaging propaganda booklet pg11The entire thing is a ruthless propaganda screed designed to train people into using emotional arguments to brainwash citizenry into believing that they can surrender to government to make themselves “safe”.

This is subversion, professional propaganda designed to destroy freedoms paid for in blood of past and current generations.

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It’s a wonderful propaganda primer that’s worthy of being dissected on every page.

There is no “freedom from” violence.  You can’t make people safer by making them defenseless.

The Declaration of Independence also says this:

That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

That’s achieved through force of arms.

The NRA and the “gun lobby” are more in tune with Americans than the professional left.  The argument put forth there is the Tim Robbins Team America “corporations being all corporationy in their corporation buildings and they make money”.  It’s not only cynical, it’s silly.  The firearms industry has been doing booming business in the face of legal threats because people want to get arms while they still can.  The threat of legal action by the statist left has created a market shift.  People buy guns for their own reasons, not because of NRA lobbying or gun company marketing.

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The whole thing is worthy of dissection, but just a couple more pages as examples:

gun violence messaging propaganda booklet pg49Shoot First and Kill at Will are absurd.  Unless threatened with greivous bodily harm or death, you can’t shoot at all.  In many states, even showing a weapon unjustifiably will get you sent to jail – brandishing.

Stand Your Ground replaces Duty To Retreat.

The anti-gun left wants you to be forced to retreat.

It’s indicative of the whole “government will do what’s best for you” mindset of the left.  In this case, it’s quite literal.  You must trust the state to protect you, you must trust the state’s officers to protect you, and you must flee because you are not allowed to defend yourself.

Demonization of individual action is the goal, and absurd talking points that lie and willfully ignore reality are their stock and trade.

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There are no gun-toting vigilantes in their neighborhoods.  Normal folks do not want to end up being targeted by the entire federal government for trying to defend their neighborhoods.  No one wants to be George Zimmerman and be targeted by President Barack “If I Had A Son He’d Look Like Trayvon” Obama and Eric “Sends Guns to Narcoterrorist Cartels And Then Sets Up A 1-800 Number To Target One Man” Holder and the entire DOJ for thoughtcrimes.

Why should employees of the government’s lives be more important than yours, citizen?  Why should trained, disciplined police officers with body armor and backup on call, and disciplined soldiers with body armor, backup, and artillery fire on call have more legal leeway to defend themselves than your 80 year old grandmother who’s facing a pair of home invaders?  The argument is that they need to crack down on grandma because she should have more government restrictions that minimize her ability to defend herself.  The threat to her life isn’t meaningful to the left.

They think you’re too stupid to defend yourself, and should not be allowed to defend yourself.  Your life isn’t meaningful to them.  You’re too stupid to live your own life, so you’re clearly too stupid to defend yourself.  Just like ol’ Colorado Democrat Joe Salazar said.

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To the propaganda again, all a person has to do is claim they’re threatened and have all the facts and evidence back it up as well.  And even that may not be enough, as evidenced by Zimmerman being targeted nationally by race-baiting hatemongers and the DOJ.  Plus for normal people (not criminals), they get their lives turned upside down by the process of being involved in even a justified shooting that prosecutors pass on.

Anyone not carrying a gun in the same circumstances as a good shoot won’t have anything to claim – as they’ll be a victim of greivous bodily harm or murder.  Criminals and thugs win, innocent people become dead victims buried on the moral high ground.

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To contrast:

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More contrast:

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Making it viral from The Right Scoop:

From the description:

Louisiana Senator Elbert Guillory (R-Opelousas) explains why he recently switched from the Democrat Party to the Republican Party. He discusses the history of the Republican Party, founded as an Abolitionist Movement in 1854. Guillory talks about how the welfare state is only a mechanism for politicians to control the black community.

From the Right Scoop, last month – Obama speaking in Colorado to push for citizen disarmament and greater state power (video at the link):

The opponents of some of these common sense laws have ginned up fears among responsible gun owners that have nothing to do with what’s being proposed, nothing to do with the facts, but feeds into this suspicion about government. You hear some of these quotes:

I need a gun to protect myself from the government.”
We can’t do background checks because the government’s going to come take my guns away.”

The government’s us. These officials are elected by you. They are elected by you, I am elected by you. I am constrained as they are constrained by a system that our founders put in place. This is a government of and by and for the people.

Quickly, common sense dictates that criminals and madmen never follow laws, so the laws only impact good people who should never be disarmed.

From there, remember, this is the same guy who was responsible for targeting his political opponents through the IRS.  He’s the same guy who tapped the Associated Press’s phones and targeted journalists reporting things that made him look bad.

Obama’s not constrained at all by the Constitution.  He’s actively ignoring the Constitution.

Those officials are not elected, they are appointed, and those officials are engaged in political campaigns to build the empires of their political masters – targeting enemies so their patrons will succeed.  The police chiefs he goes to for gun control are appointed, the mayors who support him win elections through their appointed goons who engage in the Curley Effect to create political empires through handing out taxpayer money to pay voters.  The IRS stooges he has targeting political enemies are appointed as well – and all believe they are the Ruling Class, above accountability, and above you.

Obama’s lying.  This is a government that operates on its own, with no regards for the citizen; a government that targets citizens, and has tax collectors like eyerolling IRS twerp Shulman targeting unpopular groups and then smirking about it.

(There’s a lot of important nonverbal communication going on with Shulman.  If you haven’t seen it, it’s very relevant.)

Obama shipped guns to the narcoterrorist cartels, he let an ambassador die in Benghazi and then lied about it (and it’s suspected worse was going on than that), and he’s currently engaged in a war on journalists.  And yet he tells you that it’s all “rhetoric” that makes it difficult for everyone to compromise and surrender to his good ideas…

We’ve got to get passed some of the rhetoric that gets perpetuated that breaks down trust and is so over the top that it just shuts down all discussion.

No, Barry, you’re a wannabe tyrant.  And Americans don’t negotiate with tyrants.  There is no “discussion” with tyrants.  There is no “just a little bit” of oppression.  There is no talk and talk and talk and “compromise” with tyranny.

His actions are targeting citizens who disagree, and targeting journalists who might accidentally report the facts or say something he doesn’t like… his words are diplomatic – and telling you everything you see and hear is wrong, and he’s just so reasonable and means well for you and it’s good if you let him do good things for you.  But remember the definition of diplomacy: the art of saying “nice doggy” until you can find a rock.

Watergate and Obama

Posted: May 20, 2013 by ShortTimer in Barack Obama, Government, Media, Politics, Tyranny
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From the UK Telegraph:

…Four decades after Watergate and two decades after his death, we still can’t stop talking about the dark anti-hero of American politics. …

The latest non-Watergate to be labelled its second coming is actually a combination of three separate scandals afflicting the Barack Obama administration.

The collective weight of this scandalabra threatens to derail the president’s ambitious legislative agenda, dragging him to premature lame duck status. But it doesn’t represent outright criminality emanating from the Oval Office or promise to provoke a constitutional crisis, however fervently Obama’s critics might wish it.

In fact the ritualistic invocation has the opposite to the desired effect, making the scandals look smaller than they are by comparison with Nixon’s. So, partisan projections aside, how do these scandals really stack up?

The Telegraph author criticizes the comparison of Watergate, then goes on to note how “the IRS scandal is the most serious”, but frankly, he’s got it backwards.

Fast and Furious, which was hushed up by a complicit media, was the most serious.  Then Benghazi, which is starting to get attention.  Hundreds have died from Fast and Furious.  Four have died from Benghazi.

The IRS scandal and the AP snooping scandal are chilling effects of tyranny, but they aren’t the administration covering up murders, or covering up leaving an ambassador and his staff to die.

Finally, there is the continuing inquiry into the killing of four Americans in Benghazi. After damning congressional testimony from former deputy chief Libya diplomat Greg Hicks, the White House belatedly released a barrage of emails – which showed that the editing of the now-infamous “talking points” used by officials in television interviews was largely the product of a bureaucratic turf war between the CIA and the State Department.

Yeah, except that doesn’t cut it.  The talking points are a question of who’s covering up what and why.  The “bureaucratic turf war between CIA and State Department” is a whitewash by the media.

Who ordered the stand-downs?  Why wasn’t there an F18 doing a low altitude flyby over Benghazi at supersonic speeds  and terrifying the terrorists by showing American air power was there?

This media look at the Obama scandals is entirely backwards, but it is right to recognize that Watergate and Obama’s four scandals are different.

Nixon had CREEP and the Plumbers out playing political tricks and breaking into hotels.

Obama shipped guns to narcoterrorist cartels that have killed hundreds (including two USBP Agent Brian Terry and ICE Agent Jaime Zapata), left a US ambassador and his staff to die and then lied about it and played politics with the coverup, then he went after political opponents with the IRS and went after media with the DOJ.

Nixon’s Watergate was some shady political tricks.  Obama’s scandals are murder.

Secnav Mabus, in addition to naming ships afterer labor leaders like Cesar Chavez, lying blue falcon scumbags like John Murtha, is naming a new Navy littoral combat ship after Democrat Gabby Giffords… a naming purely for political purposes.

The Navy’s newest ship will be the USS Gabrielle Giffords.

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus made the announcement at a Pentagon ceremony today, calling Giffords someone whose name is synonymous with courage.

Getting shot in the head by a madman and suffering through recovery is not synonymous with any kind of courage that would warrant naming a ship after a congressman from a landlocked state.  This is politics.  It’s doing favors for Democrat politicians and it’s been doing favors for the administration by keeping Giffords and her head wound in the spotlight.  If it weren’t for her head wound, she wouldn’t be important to the Democrats at all.

The contrast is very sharp when you note that then-HM1 Holly Crabtree was shot in the head by a sniper while on patrol – and the courage it takes to go on patrols in hostile territory, risking her own life just by being there – and then surviving a headshot – is the kind of courage that might well warrant naming a ship after her… a sailor wounded in combat.

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Chief Crabtree just retired from the Navy after 14 years and that serious wound that she still hasn’t recovered from.

Of course, Secnav Mabus was more interested in scoring Democrat and anti-gun political points by keeping Giffords in the spotlight:

Mabus said the notion occurred to him that this would be a “fitting tribute” not only to Giffords but to Navy families because she was a Navy spouse.  Her husband, Mark Kelly, was until recently an astronaut and Navy pilot.

Really, it’s a fitting tribute because she married a guy who drove boats?

In the navy, pilots drive boats.  Aviators fly planes.  One could probably safely assume it’s a typo, but either way, it shows that the ship is being named for no reason other than politics.

Giffords is a political prop for gun control and undermining the Constitution, and has been used as willing a political tool since she was shot.  She was also used to blame Sarah Palin, too.  The left exists only for politics.

By contrast, again from the Crabtree story:

After being wounded, Crabtree was attached to James A Haley Veterans Affairs Hospital in Tampa, Fla. While there, besides receiving therapy, she “inspired and motivated several critically wounded soldiers and instilled a positive, can-do spirit.” For that, she received her fourth Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal on Friday.

Somewhere there’s a bitter combat arms guy who’d joke about the way NAMs are handed out like candy for making people feel good, but I’d say Crabtree is the exception, not the rule.  In 2005 the GySgt in my platoon got a NAM for getting some ice out into the field when it was hot.  HM1 Crabtree is out getting people to push through serious injuries – she’s probably earned hers.

Crabtree, 32, grudgingly accepted medical retirement.

I can still move my hand. I can still walk a little bit. I’m still good. I can do something,” she said of wanting to continue her career. Finally, she gave in.

She’s a 14 year veteran and she’s only 32 years old.  She was 18 when she joined, and spent 14 years of her life in naval service.  Reread her statement again until it sinks in.  Crabtree is worthy of a ship.

I can still move my hand. I can still walk a little bit. I’m still good. I can do something.

 

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Fair winds and following seas, Chief Crabtree.