2nd Amendment to the Constitution of The United States of America

A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

"I ask sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people except for a few politicians."
- George Mason (father of the Bill of Rights and The Virginia Declaration of Rights)

Monday, May 27, 2013

Another expensive lesson in what to do if stopped by the police while carrying

Well, got this view in my rear view on Sunday....

Damn.....   but notice the Crusader Weaponry hat on the 'ol noggin....
Yep, did what would of been called a "Baghdad Stop" coming off the highway onto a state route....that is, I didn't exactly come to a complete stop.  In convoys overseas you never stop if at all possible in order to limit the chance of providing a target to an IED or insurgent attack, but I digress....

On Sunday I was heading up to my Mother-In-Law's place in Bucyrus, Ohio (about an hour North of Columbus...home of the Bucyrus Bratwurst Festival...where they only serve the best of the wurst!) to pick up some tools and a tool chest that belonged to my late Brother-In-Law from her barn.  On my last trip up there I came across a couple of very irate raccoons in the barn that seemed a bit pissed at my disturbing their  sleep.  On the chance that their aggressiveness might be due to some type of rabies I decided to take a little "insurance" in the form of some .38 +P rounds.  I could of brought a .22 but decided a .38 would probably be more humane if it came to that.  Why not a shotty?  Simple, easier to carry a pistol and I can carry it loaded with my CCW license in the vehicle.  I decided to use the Ruger GP-100 I recently acquired would do the trick and carried it in the cross body shoulder holster that came with it.

Getting back to the "incident", so I pull off the highway, get to the end of the off ramp and don't come to a complete stop (allegedly) and see the blue flashers in the rear view (whatever happened to red?) and immediately pulled over like a good citizen. I rolled down the window, turned off the truck, took my drivers license and CCW ID out and kept my hands on top of the wheel.

Now, in Ohio, part of our law requires us to notify the officer that we are a license holder and if we do/do not have a weapon on us if we are stopped by law enforcement in the performance of their job....eg. getting stopped for a traffic offense.  This is not the case in all states, matter of fact I was talking about this very thing  a week or so ago on FaceBook with a web friend from Arizona, which is a Constitutional Carry state and has no such requirement.  Ironic. What to take from this is know the laws of your state and whatever state you may be driving in.  Knowing the laws, and following them, in these matters will go a long way to making life much easier for you.  

Rest of the story in one paragraph or less...... As she came up I let her know I was licensed and armed...she asked where it was and I nodded under my arm with my head.  As she looked into the truck and saw the grip sticking out from under my arm her eyes got big as saucers as she reached into the truck and removed it while telling me that in this case she was going to take the weapon due to its location between us.  In Ohio, law enforcement officials have the right to do so for their safety.  After the stop was over and she issued me the ticket she let me know that I could retrieve my pistol from the rear of my truck, on top of the cover where she placed it, once she left.  After taking off I noticed that she parked a short distance down the road and left once she saw that I did pick it up and didn't drive off like a idiot with it bouncing off the back onto the road.

Anyway, the entire ordeal was a lot less eventful that this many words would seem to indicate. What I guess I mean to show here is that if I could be pulled over while armed and have such a mundane exchange with a LEO, maybe it shows that - at least here in the heartland  - the battle for our 2A freedoms can be won....one positive, responsible interaction between "us" and "them" at a time.

Now, about that $138 ticket.....

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Scandal...squared!

I am totally in awe of the sweater of deceit being undone around the administration these days in the wake of so many scandals breaking in the news....well "breaking" is stretching it a bit, some have been building for months.

From the 80's with Scandal - "Goodbye To You". We can only hope....



Benghazi - Iam all out for impeachment on this item if what I read is true. We pretty much abandoned our embassy staff to their fates as to Avoid angering the Libyan government (that we helped gain power) by the use of military force in their country. And then tried to cover up the reason behind the attack by blaming some obscure film. And Mrs. Clinton, what difference does it make now you ask? None. What difference may had it made at the time? Possible 4 lives worth, hence the scrutiny.

Wiretapping - funny how the press so nonchalantly reports about our second amendment rights are taken away, but scream when it's found out the 'gubment has tapped it's own phones... Still, wrong is wrong and this is entirely wrong!

IRS - might as well stand for "idiots, repression and scandals"...did you rely think you would target groups that were based largely on constitution beliefs and think nobody would notice you were treating them with more scrutiny? Your fearless leader claims innocence and then invokes the 5th...yeah, nothing going on in there....kind of reminds me of 'ol Joe The Plumber...

Drone Strikes - administration first authorizes style killing of US citizens sans trial by way of a drone strike, OK, I am all for the elimination of threats to our country...but why do we give non-US citizens (who ARE terrorists) full right to trial under our laws when we catch them red handed and kill US citizens just because they are on a list and we have a window of opportunity?
Over all, not a happy time for one particular President...sorry can't blame "W" for every single activity in his 8 years and then expect to get a pass during yours....

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Franklin County (Ohio) now issuing veteran ID cards.

If you are veteran living in the Central Ohio area in Franklin County (Columbus) you can now go apply for and receive a ID card specifically identifying you as such. 

Story HERE

I am on the fence as far as this goes.  I don't necessarily think its a bad idea insofar as guys who honorably served their country usually don't have any type of identification showing this to take advantage of any discount offers that they may be eligible for.  Carrying around a copy of your DD214 is not what I would normally call a very smart or convenient alternative.  On the other hand, I don't think that this is something that the county, or state for that matter should do for anybody that has served in one of the uniformed services.  I don't also like the idea that in order to get one that you need to put your DD214 on file with the county.  First off, what purpose does that serve and I have also heard about people having identity theft problems from info available via FOIA requests of this data.  It seems to me that the VA should be in charge of putting something like this together as the federal representative in these affairs.  In fact, people do get issued VA ID cards when entitled to certain types of care.  The problem is this, like everything else, the higher in government the responsibility goes, the more complex and boondoggled it also gets.  The VA is already backlogged enough as is and putting another item on their plate doesn't seem to be the answer.

My answer is this.  There are already thousands of designated DEERS/ID card centers in the military as is.  Make the cards available through them and also make the issuance of one a required part of out-processing of current personnel.   I don't think that a picture should be necessarily required, so you could even have them processed via the mail system.  I know its a lot to do to get folks a free lunch once a year at Applebees, but I feel at least its what we should be doing.

Friday, May 17, 2013

What part of the spear are you?


Lately it seems I have run across a lot of social groups on FaceBook and other places dedicated to the purpose of letting the world know that one type of military specialty (usually combat arms type) is vastly superior to every other organization in the organized US war machine, save none.  Well, this is just preposterous.  No single branch or specialty can fight by itself.  The entire machine must operate as a cohesive unit, regardless of branch or job, in order for US goals to be met and personnel and interests safeguarded.  A lot of times you will hear or see someone say or write that they or someone else was "at the tip of the spear".  Well, what does that mean?  Let's use the spear as an analogy to represent our military forces and go from there....

The spear is the brainchild of some long lost cave dweller that probably noticed that the thinner the end of a long stick was, the easier it was to stab and pin his dinner to the ground.  From there the idea just exploded across many cultures and continents, will all major pre-firearm societies utilizing some type of version of a stick with a point on them.  The spear comes in various lengths and names (from a short version - javelin, to a long stand off weapon - the lance) but all fulfill one basic purpose.  In an era before gunpowder, the spear gave you the ability to stand off against an opponent at short range.  Sure, at longer range you could engage with a volley of arrows, but when the enemy had closed on your ranks arrows could indiscriminately hit your own people.  The spear could be used to thrust out and stab at your enemy from behind a shield before they could slash at your with their sword, be used to dismount and enemy off of their horse and even thrown at them as most people seem to think they are intended to be used. The Romans used them effectively as throwing. weapons by the implementation of the pilum.  The pilum was a heavy spear with a very thin, barbed and usually softer head and shank.  Before rushing an opponent the legionaries would throw their pilums at their enemy, those not hit with them directly would have them stick in their shields hopefully.  The barbed head would make them hard to remove, and soft metal would make then bend upon impact.  It either made the opponents shield more difficult to use with the pilum stuck in it, or rendered the pilum useless to be thrown back.  Here's a short clip from the movie "300" showing the (highly stylized and choreographed) use of the Greek spear in the movie...


Back to my analogy....

The tip of the spear.

The proverbial tip....this is where the blade is the thinnest but usually the sharpest. It begins the process of wounding with the spear so that the remainder of the weapon may follow through and do its job.  In jabbing attacks aimed at taking out a specific target it can do damage all by itself by being inserted into the target and then quickly removed.

If you have ever spent your time in the military in a unit or group that makes up less than 1/10 of 1% of the total combat force, you are probably in the tip of the spear.  If you have ever suddenly realized it was 3am in the morning and you have been training for 3 days straight without any serious attempt at rest...you probably are in the tip.  If you have ever been assigned to a unit that you yourself didn't know the actual name of....you are probably in this group.  Navy SEALS, Army SF, Delta Force, Air Force PJ, Marine Recon, Rangers... you get the idea.

The flank of the blade.

Alright, they flank (or sides) of the blade are devestating to an opponent.  While the tip makes the initial cut the flanks cut for a much longer distance and can slash on their own as well, making very wide and brutal damage occur over a wide area. There is a part of the flanks that actually makes up a small percentage of the tip.

OK, enough ripping off Jeff Foxworthy for analogies.  Combat Arms guys, here is you.  Infantry, Armor, Artillery, Engineers, Cav, Air Cav, CAS...you get the idea.  Keep in mind not every single entity may solely exist on one part of the spear at all times. Lets take my hard charging Ranger friends for example.  I have already listed them in the tip of the spear as they can operate in small, very forward units performing surgical strikes or capturing airfields and the like.  In a larger group they can operate as part of a lead or key force in a larger attack, hence the flanks.   

The flanks are the combat meat-&-potatoes part of the fight.  More people designated to shoot bag guys and blow their stuff up will be here than anywhere else.  Be very proud to be a "flanker", your training will have been tough to get here and your pride hard earned. 
 

The Spine

The spine is that portion of the blade that runs down the middle and gives support and rigidity to the sharp flanks and tip.  It gives weight to the attack and keeps the blade from flexing and deviating from it intended path.  

Combat support folks...this be your area.  You are close enough to the attack to see and feel its affects first hand and even may participate in it once in a while.  But your main reason for getting your war on is to support those doing the fighting directly by medical, logistical, maintenance, transportation and other battlefield needs.  Its often said that the battle is won on the front lines and the war on the supply lines.  Don't be ashamed of that combat patch you wear for being on the FOB turning a wrench so that the guys taking that truck outside the wire had a reliable means of getting back inside later.  
 


The Shaft

The shaft is the long, wooden staff that the blade is attached to.  In not only provides the means for the blade to reach out and cut someone, it also provides valuable mass behind the attack to drive the blade home to kill its target and also provides stability for the blade while in flight if throne.  In addition it can also be used as both a defensive measure to ward off an attack or stuck in the ground to help unseat a rider, but can also be used in its own right as a weapon by striking with its tip, abet with less effect than the blade.

REMF's of the world unite!  This is where I was in the war.  The folks providing combat service support (rear, and rear-rear area) from places mostly removed from direct combat.  The "I got a combat patch for being in theater) type folks, yours truly included.  Its not glamorous work, but its important.  Nobody gets an "Combat Admin Badge" (well, got to check with the Air Force regs before being 100% sure on that) or a "Distinguished Depot Maintenance Medal"...but somebody has got to do the stuff you do or it doesn't get done.  That bullet that killed Bin Laden started out its tour of duty in theater coming off some ship most likely docked at Doha in Kuwait, was trucked to Camp Arifjan, where logistic guys took it off a pallet, put in an another log pac that got loaded on a plane for Afghanistan and was flown by MAC pilots that don't get to stick missles under the wings of their C5's.  Once in theater it was once again unload and shipped by yet more log guys until it finally ended up in that M4 in that SEALS hand and ultimately into that douchbag's brain.  Did you guys that got to go home for 2 weeks on mid tour R&R enjoy it?  Guess what, you can thank troops in the shaft for coordinating all of that "BS" involved in getting you in and out of theater with travel arrangements both to and from to ensure you got where you were supposed to.  Hopefully you didn't have a buddy killed, but if you did, it was those of us in the shaft that were charged with quickly, accurately and respectfully notifying their family.  Again, not glorious work, but stuff that needs to be done for the rest of the spear to work correctly.



So, if you served, where do you belong on the spear?  Remember there is no right or wrong answer here.  Every part of the spear is important.  Each has its role to play and relies on the others to do theirs as well in order for the opponent to be defeated.

When somebody asks me what I did in the war I can now just tell them "I gave them the shaft!!"


Goodbye old friend.....

Not a person, but a building....


The old National Guard Armory located at 212 East Wooster Street in Bowling Green, Ohio is being razed in the name of progress in order to make way for yet another CVS pharmacy, each of which seems to pop up on the urban landscape faster than the last and stands out like a red boil on the ass of the world....nothing against CVS its just that this burns my buns a bit.

The Armory has stood in that spot for over 100 years, from its doors departed young men to fight in both world wars, Korea and The Global War on Terror as well as numerous other missions of note, such as security at the 1996 Olympics and service in multiple natural disaster responses.

Apparently, that is not worthy of note.

The Toledo Blade ran an article this morning on the story noting that the armory had been used to host classes from nearby Bowling Green State University in its early years and had been host to many "teen dances"....yep, you suck TB....you suck.

Unfortunately these old armories - most built back in the first decade of the 20th century - are all going this way.  To be truthful, they have for the most part outlived their usefulness and indeed did what they were intended to do at the time.  This particular armory had not been actively used in almost a decade. Today their layout and construction is often not up to code, not handicap friendly and often not friendly either to a generation "fitness and body composition" challenged.   They looked cool, like small castles and were designed to present a formidable appearance, being built not too many decades after "the wild west" when sometimes lawlessness came down main street.  The armory itself used to stable horses as up until the 30's the cavalry was still a active part of the military. I have been told that in the 20's during prohibition that the basement was used as an informal "speak easy" for unit members during the period.

Perhaps no period of time best defined this building as WW2.  Not as much as for what it was used for (recruiting, inductions, draft boards, war drives and the like) but for the men who came here to depart for war...many of which never returned to see it again.  This armory housed members of the 148th Infantry regiment of the 37th "Buckeye" Division that saw extensive service in the Pacific theater in the war.  Six unit members distinguished themselves by earning the Medal of Honor (along with another from WW1) and countless others earned "lesser" medals to include The Distinguished Service Cross, Silver and Bronze stars and many others. The unit participated in the liberation of the city of Manilla in the Philippines from the Japanese as well as numerous other engagements in now mostly forgotten (to the general low information voter and soundbyte mentality public) battles in places with names like Bougainville, New Georgia and Luzon.

As much as a person, a building or location can instil a sense of camaraderie and friendship with a soldier.  I dare any trooper that has been assigned as a paratrooper in the 82nd to step onto Ft Bragg, an armor soldier to visit the Patton Museum or any D-Day vet to visit the graves in Normandy to say different.  Look at the vast amount of visitors that the former WTC site got in the 10 years after 9/11.  To me this armory was a "hallowed ground" type of place for me.  A way for me to link my service at the time to a lineage bigger and more important that anything else I could ever singularly accomplish...

And now its all gone.

Goodbye old friend, you will be missed....


Thursday, May 16, 2013

Hi...

I'm Huey, I have a blog here that apparently I have forsaken and left go for a while.... to be fixed.

Actually I was working on a post on Mr. Colin Noir, the newest NRA spokesperson and the fact that he is a black man and how that has caused some stir online by people for and against guns.  Like I said I was working on it and then he came out with his own video that pretty much said most of what I was putting to the keyboard....



I have stated before that the 2nd Amendment applies to all Americans regardless of race, creed, religion, class, political views or what have you.  Go ahead and search for that, you'll find it here.  For those that think that the color of a person's skin has a direct correlation on how they should think...well, get over yourselves....

More posts tomorrow....going on a writing binge tonight to finish up some stuff that has been languishing in the drafts folder...