June 23rd, 2013

PalinWhut

I'm From The Government, And I'm Packing Heat

Jeff Duncan is a US Rep, party affiliation R's, state of origin South Carolina.

He's also the chairman of the House Homeland Security oversight committee.  In late May, he was touring a federal law enforcement facility and saw agents training with semi-automatic weapons on the range.  The weapons used are this little device, an AR-15.

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The AR-15 was first built and sold as an assault rifle for the US military (a spin-off version of it, a select-fire model, is the infamous M16).  In 1963, a semi-auto version was made by Colt for sale to civilians.  It is lightweight, magazine-fed, and uses a rotating-lock bolt and direct impingement gas operation or long/short stroke piston operation to fire.  It fires 800 rounds per minute at top settings, meaning this has what is known among gun enthusiasts as "stand-off capability".  I trust I don't need to explain what that means.

So, which agents were training with these little toys the day Duncan visited?

The agents identified themselves as IRS.

Duncan told POLITICO, "When I left there, it's been bugging me for weeks now, why IRS agents are training with a semi-automatic rifle AR-15, which has stand-off capability?  Are Americans that much of a target that you need that kind of capability?"

Now, yes, the IRS does have an enforcement capability.  But this raises a lot of red flags, such as co-ordinating with other law enforcement agencies so that no one gets killed.  This also comes on the heels of leaks that the IRS was targeting right-wing groups and questions of excessive spending.  "We'll ask the questions, and hopefully, they can justify it.  And if not, we'll bring them in front of the committee for a hearing and ask the questions on the record."  Yeah, bring in government officials to testify before Congress.  That always gets to the bottom of things.

The IRS is defending finding new ways to make the cat dance, saying, "As law enforcement officials, IRS Criminal Investigation Special Agents are equipped similarly to other federal, state, and local law enforcement organizations.  Special Agents receive training on the appropriate and safe use of assigned weapons.  IRS Criminal Investigation has internal controls and oversight in place to ensure all law enforcement tools, including weapons, are used appropriately."  Sounds good to me.  I mean, if you can't trust the government, who can you trust?

Wow.  I guess a lot more people are a lot more pissed about Obamacare than I thought.
HolyHandGrenade

Don't You Have Anything Better To Do?

Ah, Idaho.  Home of rugged frontiers, the Snake River Canyon, the Arayan National Headquarters, and other people who just aren't thinking.

South Fork Industries is an ammo manufacturer located in Dalton Gardens, Idaho, and they are preparing for the upcoming jihad.  They are doing so with bullets they say guarantee that any Muslim shot with them will go to Hell.

Three little words:  pork laced bullets.

Yes.  You read that right.  And you thought bacon soap and bacon feminine hygiene spray were off the deep end.

The bullets, sold under the name "Jihawg Ammo," are coated with pork-infused paint.  The company's web site says this makes the ammo "haram", or unclean.  Supposedly, any Muslim shot by one of these will be prevented from entering paradise.  Well, that's what the research says, no one can say for sure if that will really work for obvious reasons.

"Jihawg Ammo is a defensive deterrent to those who violently act in the name of Islam.  With Jihawg Ammo, you don't just kill an Islamist terrorist, you also send them to hell.  That should give would-be martyrs something to thing about before they launch an attack.  If it ever becomes necessary to defend yourself and those around you our ammo works on two levels."  Considering we're dealing with traditional Christians here, shouldn't they be thinking Muslims are already going to Hell WITHOUT the extra help?  Although the web site warns, "The nullifying principle of our product is only effective if you are attacked by an Islamist in Jihad.  Otherwise, our ammo functions just like any other ammunition, so we obviously insist upon defensive use of our ammo only -- not offensive."

Interesting in theory, but potentially wrong.  Shannon Dunn is an assistant professor of religious studies at Gonzaga University, and she says the whole thing hinges on a misinterpretation of the Quran.  "There is no penalty for coming into contact with pork given by the Quran," she says as unambiguously as possible.  The verses that cover eating pork are basically taken from the Jewish dietary laws from Leviticus.  "To my knowledge, Muslims, especially unknowingly, would not be banned from heaven for eating or getting hit by pork.  There are some interpreters who suggest that Muslims should eat pork rather than starve, if faced with that alternative."  Yeah, but this is religion -- what's a religious discussion without extremist nutballs misinterpreting things?

Despite doubts that this will have the intended effect, the Jihawg Ammo has got its own little support group.  The web site uses the slogan "Peace Through Pork" and calls it "a peaceful and natural deterrent to radical Islam."  (Well...at least they are distinguishing between your everyday, average peaceful Muslim and the lunatic fringe.  I guess that's sort of progress.)  They are selling apparel with other slogans like "Put Some Ham in MoHAMed" and a target poster declaring, "Give Em A Spankin With Some Bacon!"  4,300 people so far have liked it on Facebook, with one person saying someone should smuggle the bullets to US military troops.  Even been in a mess hall?  The troops my prefer to eat pork-laced bullets to that stuff, so be careful what you wish for.

...that's a good question -- what's the expiration date on a box of pork-laced bullets?

You know, if we could harness the energy we spend on stupid goofy ideas, we'd probably have this cancer thing beaten in a week.