9 Feb

Billions of rounds of hollow points, black helicopters- what does it all mean?

                                       

Black hawk helicoptersAP

At IBD Andrew Malcolm asks the question:

Why are the feds loading up on so much ammo?

In a puzzling, unexplained development, the Obama administration has been buying and storing vast amounts of ammunition in recent months, with the Department of Homeland Security just placing another order for an additional 21.6 million rounds.

Several other agencies of the federal government also began buying large quantities of bullets last year. The Social Security Administration, for instance, not normally considered on the frontlines of anything but dealing with seniors, explained that its purchase of millions of rounds was for special agents’ required quarterly weapons qualifications. They must be pretty poor shots.

But DHS has been silent about its need for numerous orders of bullets in the multiple millions. Indeed, Examiner writer Ryan Keller points out Janet Napolitano’s agency illegally redacted information from some ammunition solicitation forms following media inquiries.

This administration did something illegal? Shocking.

DHS could shoot us all- with hollow points:

According to one estimate, just since last spring DHS has stockpiled more than 1.6 billion bullets, mainly .40 caliber and 9mm. That’s sufficient firepower to shoot every American about five times. Including illegal immigrants.

To provide some perspective, experts estimate that at the peak of the Iraq war American troops were firing around 5.5 million rounds per month. At that rate, DHS is armed now for a 24-year Iraq war.

Question is, against whom?

Did Obama hint at why in 2008?

“We cannot continue to rely on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we’ve set. We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded.”

It’s not just this either. Events start to add up:

Black helicopters appear in US cities:

Miami

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Some members of the U.S. military were busy in Miami Thursday night as they conducted exercises in Downtown Miami.

CBS4 captured video of Black Hawk helicopters flying over the city as part of a joint military training exercise.

Thursday night’s training took place near the Stephen P. Clark Center in Miami and a nearby Metrorail station where troops could be seen rappelling from the military choppers onto the Metrorail station platform.

Houston

HOUSTON (KTRK) — The sight of Army helicopters and the sound of gunfire created a lot of concern Monday afternoon in one Houston neighborhood.

We received a lot of phones calls, Tweets and Facebook posts from worried neighbors, wondering what was going on.

SkyEye 13 HD was over the south side where at first look, it appeared there was a massive SWAT scene happening.

With military helicopters flying above her southeast Houston neighborhood, Frances Jerrals didn’t know what to think.

“When you see this, you think the worst. When you hear this, you think the worst,” Jerrals said.

And so, she passed along her concern.

“She told me ‘don’t come home it sounds like we’re in a war zone. Guns, shooting, helicopters flying around the house,'” Isaac Robertson Jr. said.

The U.S. Army along with other agencies took over the old Carnegie Vanguard High School near Scott and Airport. There were armed men in fatigues, plenty of weapons and what many thought were real live rounds

“I felt like I was in a warzone.” Jerrals said. “It was nonstop. I was terrified.”

Gunfire? In a residential neighborhood? Yes, blanks, but without warning?

We had Janet Napolitano warning us of domestic terrorists such as US military veterans, pro-life groups and those opposing illegal immigration.

Mike German, policy counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union and a former FBI agent, said his organization was concerned about law enforcement agencies’ focus on radicalization, regardless of the specific ideology.

“Certainly, the right-wing report is focused far too much on rhetoric and things people say and things people think rather than on criminal activity and the people involved in criminal activity,” he said. “There is plenty of crime out there for federal, state and local law enforcement to worry about. They don’t need to invent threats that they have no factual basis for supporting.”

Right wing report. That would let Bill Ayers and the Weathermen slide as they were left wingers. And it would also omit these lovely people as Napolitano only concerns herself with right wing terrorists and apparently not those from the left:

The privileged daughter of a prominent city doctor, and her boyfriend — a Harvard grad and Occupy Wall Street activist — have been busted for allegedly having a cache of weapons and a bombmaking explosive in their Greenwich Village apartment.

Morgan Gliedman — who is nine-months pregnant — and her baby daddy, Aaron Greene, 31, also had instructions on making bombs, including a stack of papers with a cover sheet titled, “The Terrorist Encyclopedia,’’ sources told The Post yesterday.

People who know Greene say his political views are “extreme,” the sources said.

LiveLeak has composed a list of left wing terrorists

Leo Burt- Bombed Colleges, Part of Left Wing Terrorist Group ‘New Years Eve Gang’.

Jeff Jones – Bombed Pentagon, Killed Police, Current CEO of Appolo Alliance, An eco group funded by Obama

Berandine Dorn – Bombed Petnagon, Killed Police, Obamas friend, baby sat Obamas Kids.

Bill Ayers – Bombed Pentagon, Killed Police, Obamas Best Friend, Wrote Obamas Book.

Amy Bishop- college professor obsessed with Obama, shot 6 people.

Jared Loughter – killed 6 year old girl and shot gabby giffords

James holmes – Batman shooter

John Patrick Bedell -Pentagon shooter

Floyd Lee Corkins – Chick Fil A Shooter

David Guy McKay – Plotted to bomb the Pentagon, caught first

Bradley Neil Crowder – Plotted to bomb the Pentagon, caught first

Antonio Martinez – Bombed a Recruiting Station

Una Bomber – Another left wing college professor psychopath

James W. Von Brunn – Holocaust Museum Shooter

Andrew Joseph Stack III – Bush Hating Leftist Who Flew His airplane into IRS building 9/11 style

Ryan Komosinski – Occupy Wall Street, Caught in BOmb Plot.

Brandon Baxter -Occupy Wall Street Protester Caught Planning to Blow Up Bridges

Douglas Wright – Occupy Wall Street Protester Caught Planning to Blow Up Bridges

Anthony Hayne -Occupy Wall Street Protester Caught Planning to Blow Up Bridges

Connor C. Stevens- Occupy Wall Street Protester Caught Planning to Blow Up Bridges

Joshua S. Stafford -Occupy Wall Street Protester Caught Planning to Blow Up Bridges

I don’t believe I have ever heard Napolitano speak of left wing terrorists.

And then this claim (something I have been reluctant to touch) by Jim Garrow appeared in the Examiner:

“I have just been informed by a former senior military leader that Obama is using a new “litmus test” in determining who will stay and who must go in his military leaders. Get ready to explode folks. “The new litmus test of leadership in the military is if they will fire on US citizens or not.” Those who will not are being removed.

Alone it sounds conspiratorial but when joined by the other events, well, we need some answers.

Why do does DHS need all those hollow points?

Why is there only right wing terrorism?

Exactly what is going on? Maybe it’s all entirely innocent. And maybe you can keep your health care plan and your doctor too.

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132 Responses to Billions of rounds of hollow points, black helicopters- what does it all mean?

  1. rockybutte
    the two last lines describe yourself?
    you must be influence by the black moon,
    it’s okay you’ll survive after she start to lighten up.
    bye

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  2. jaspercounty1 says: 52

    One reason comes to mind: if the DHS is buying all this ammunition, then that makes it much harder for Americans to buy…..sort of like stockpiling supplies.

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  3. jaspercounty1
    you read my mind,
    I though about that also,
    or maybe they want to go in the suply busyness and sell it with a profit
    and kill all the private busyness, that you only buy from the government is their way of doing ,
    killing the private busyness, that’s what they have been doing all along.

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  4. jaspercounty1 says: 54

    If that’s what they have planned, then DHS will be the only one with those supplies and they won’t sell to anyone,especially Americans.

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  5. jaspercounty1
    it might be what they want, they have created all kinds of entitlements to
    give a hard time to AMERICANS,
    WHY NOT ONE MORE,
    IT’S POSSIBLE

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  6. jaspercounty1 says: 56

    Americans must have the same mind set, because they are buying guns and ammo like never before – especially AR-15’s plus clips for the rifles.

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  7. Brian Winkler says: 57

    @Rocky Butte Your Liberal leadership is doing its best to paint veterans as potential terrorists because some do have PTSD and struggle to reintegrate after leaving the service.Don’t you think it a stretch to tar all vets with the same brush.The mass killers seem to be drawn from the Left/Progressive side but the DHS sees nothing there to merit a conclusion like that for them.Just veterans, conservatives and Christians who stand against a usurpatory, statist government. I’m sure you have no problem with your POTUS arming al Qaeda proxies and sending 2000+ firearms south to the most savage criminals on earth. I would gather that you have no problem with your boy Obama and Hillary both going MIA while the Benghazi mission was sacked and Americans betrayed and left to die.I guess we should all roll over and let frauds,poseurs and liars take the 2nd Amendment rights of law abiding citizens away for the” common” good. Does the hypocrisy of calling for gun control after American children are killed yet raising no protest over the 5x more Pashtun children killed as collateral damage from drone strikes in the Paki tribal areas even register with you Progs.

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  8. Brian Winkler says: 58

    @Bees, Ansar al Sharia claimed the attack was reprisal for the killing of a Libyan al Qaeda commander in a drone strike but there are questions still unanswered as to what was really afoot in Benghazi and what Stevens was actually doing there.There are claims that it was a revenge strike for covert American raids against al Qaeda in north and central Africa. It may have been nothing more than a 9/11 strike against a lightly defended US instillation as the opportunity presented itself or the action of a splinter group seeking to take out a ranking American and help themselves to weapons cached at the mission.

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  9. Brian Winkler
    hi,
    yes BUT THE FACT THAT THE MOB BURN OBAMA POSTER FACE, AND THOSE CARRYING THE SIGNS
    OF THE ONE WHO WHERE KILLED BY DRONES, THEY TARGET HIM PERSONALY,
    told me more that it was the source of their anger,
    and you are right with all the rest included to it,
    a real package deal, and they burn the FLAG ALSO AND RAISE THE ALQAEDA FLAG,
    bye

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  10. Brian Winkler
    go to the post ; OHIO WOMAN….
    AND CHECK THE TWO LINKS OF THE COMMENT OF
    ChillytheAlaskan, it’s about the ELECTION CORRUPTION
    THAT IS A GOOD FIND WITH THE TWO LINKS
    BYE

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  11. Greg says: 61

    @Nan G, #34:

    Hollow point bullets punch a cleaner hole in paper targets than standard bullets. They make it much easier to precisely mark your hits, particularly after multiple rounds have been fired at the same target. Ball ammo will quickly tear a paper target up, especially with tightly placed shots.

    Hollow point rounds also have greater stopping power with relatively low velocity handguns.

    Both uses considered, this probably makes hollow point ammunition the most versatile single choice for federal law enforcement purposes.

    Another consideration is a possible reduction in the likelihood of collateral damage: Hollow points quickly impart more of their energy to the target owing to their expansion or deformation. Consequently, they’re less likely to pass through a soft target and strike something behind it, less likely to pass through light walls still carrying most of their energy, and less likely to ricochet off hard surfaces still carrying most of their lethal energy.

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  12. Greg says: 62

    Maybe someone will find this story amusing:

    One of the weapons I trained with before I was sent off to Vietnam was a Daisy BB gun. BB guns were used in what the Army called “quick kill” training. The point was to become adept at wheeling and firing accurately on an unexpected, close proximity target, without any conventional aiming—to learn how to point and fire effectively in a single motion, without even looking down the barrel of your rifle. You were to learn to reflexively point the gun toward the place in space where your eyes converged on the target, as if the gun’s line of fire was the line of sight of a third eye.

    The targets were these little aluminum disks, which started out around three inches in diameter. You worked on those as they popped into the air until you were getting consistent hits. They were then downsized over a couple of steps, until you could consistently hit disks about the size of a fifty-cent piece that flipped up 5 or 6 feet away. It was amazing how quickly the skill could be acquired.

    It would be interesting to know how many BB guns the Army ordered over they years they conducted the training. Probably there were some raised eyebrows among people who didn’t know about the quick kill program.

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  13. Budvarakbar says: 63

    @Greg: Sources PLEASE!

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  14. Greg says: 64

    Source? Personal history. I had the training at Fort Gordon, Georgia, during the summer of 1969. It was hot as hell, and the entire place seemed to be made out of red clay, much of which I picked up while crawling through it.

    I suppose there might be something online. I hadn’t thought about it in over 40 years.

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  15. Greg says: 65

    HA! There’s a quick kill video on YouTube.

    I wonder if they still provide any such training? It was a good skill to take to Vietnam, but it probably wouldn’t be the sort of response that you’d want in a different environment.

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  16. Jim Griffin says: 66

    Per Geneva Conventions, hollow point ammo is not legal for our military to use.

    This stuff can only be used here, in the USA.

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  17. Wordsmith says: 67

    @Jim Griffin: That’s a myth. The GC had nothing to do with hollow point/”dumdum” rounds.

    Fact: Expanding bullets have never been outlawed by international law in any war or conflict that the U.S. has participated in. The issue of expanding bullets was briefly addressed at the International Peace Conference held at The Hague in the Netherlands in both 1889 and 1907. However, the U.S. never ratified the twelve-paragraph document (Declaration IV, 3) that dealt with expanding bullets. In fact, fewer than 25 countries actually signed that declaration, and that declaration has never been enforced since its ratification on July 29, 1899.

    Concerning “dumdums,” in 1897 the British Army discovered that round-nosed rifle bullets simply were not proving effective against their foe, the very committed Indian warriors. As a result, British researchers retreated to the laboratory, so to speak, and went to work on a new rifle bullet, one with an exposed lead core. That lab was located at—you guessed it—Dumdum, India! The new rifle bullet, later termed the “dumdum,” had an exposed lead core surrounded by a thinner metal jacket that allowed for expansion. It proved very effective. Later versions were modified with filed-down points, flat noses, and cores cut with longitudinal lines.

    @Brian Winkler:

    The mass killers seem to be drawn from the Left/Progressive side but the DHS sees nothing there to merit a conclusion like that for them.

    Actually, I don’t think the anti-war left have any problem with slapping mass killers with the “damaged vet” label, and chalk it up to ptsd. They would love to portray killers like him as another victim of war. Case in point. He did not see combat while in the military:

    PTSD may not explain the shooting spree of Dorner, who allegedly killed three people in less than a week. Dorner military records don’t indicate any treatment or diagnosis for PTSD, and he cleared the psychological evaluations needed to gain entry into the Los Angeles Police Department, according to military records and court documents.

    Dorner’s military record shows that he served in the Middle East, but not as a combat soldier. Dorner’s military duty did include underwater work, and in his 11,000-word “manifesto” Dorner claims he suffered traumatic head injuries.

    If that is the case, his symptoms would look a lot like PTSD, Reyes said Friday.

    “The impulsiveness, the zoned-out reaction to high-stress situations, they are all symptoms of PTSD and TBI, traumatic brain injury,” Reyes said.

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  18. Wordsmith says: 68

    @UpChuck.Liberals:

    @Wordsmith: Great articles, but using Snopes, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of George Soros.

    Glad you liked the other 6 links! (Even the one from commie news network?!). Snopes does spend time debunking stuff conservatives would also agree with, btw.

    Here’s another link, straight from the NRA:

    You may recently have seen some in the Internet rumor mill feverishly repeating the obvious truth above, in an effort to stir up fear about recent acquisitions of ammunition by the Department of Homeland Security and a number of smaller agencies. The mildest writers have questioned why seemingly mundane agencies would need ammunition at all; more incendiary authors suggest that these government agencies are preparing for a war with the American people.

    Much of the concern stems from a lack of understanding of the law enforcement functions carried about by officers in small federal agencies.

    ~~~

    Another recent rumor questioned a request for 46,000 rounds of.40-caliber ammo by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. NOAA inadvertently fueled that speculation through a clerical error that suggested the ammunition was destined for the National Weather Service. NOAA later clarified that the ammunition was actually for the little known Fisheries Office of Law Enforcement, which enforces laws against illegal fishing and marine life importation. The ammunition is for 63 personnel, amounting to about 730 rounds per officer.

    The most widespread of the recent rumors involves a Department of Homeland Security contract for a maximum of 450 million rounds of .40-caliber jacketed hollow-points, to be supplied over the next five years.

    After receiving numerous questions from his constituents regarding the contract, pro-Second Amendment U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-Ga.) and his staff set out in search of the truth. In a press release, Rep. Westmoreland’s office explains:

    If you take the number of agencies that will be using this ammunition – CBP, Citizenship and Immigration Services, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), ICE, the U.S. Secret Service, Transportation Security Administration, the DHS police force, and all the guards that protect the various buildings these agencies are housed in, and spread that out over 5 years, you start to see that 450 million rounds really isn’t that large of an order. Especially considering it is used for training purposes like firing range and live fire exercises, on-the-job use (though that is very limited), and to shore up their supplies. In fact, there are 65,000 – 70,000 law enforcement personnel at DHS who would be covered under this … ammunition contract. If DHS were to purchase all 450 million rounds over 5 years, then that would equate to only about 1,384 rounds of ammo per year per law enforcement [officer] … assuming the lower estimate of only 65,000 law enforcement personnel at DHS. Considering those agents go through training exercises several times per year, that is not a lot of ammunition.

    Perhaps most strangely, some have cited the purchase of hollow-point ammunition as evidence of the federal government’s evil motives. Hollow-points are the defensive ammunition of choice for federal, state and local law enforcement officers across the country, just as they are for private citizens. These attacks are eerily similar to statements made by gun prohibitionists, who spent the much of the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s complaining about “dum dum” bullets. (In fact, the Violence Policy Center’s website still exhibits a publication lamenting that federal ammunition law “has no effect on today’s generation of high-tech hollow-point ammunition.”) The attacks also ignore the fact that federal agents, unlike average taxpayers on more limited budgets, normally train and qualify with their duty ammunition.

    As most gun owners will agree, skepticism of government is healthy. But today, there are more than enough actual threats to the Second Amendment to keep gun owners busy.

    The Blaze again, more recently.

    @DrJohn:

    @Wordsmith: Homeland Security buys rounds for the CT State Police?

    The answer is there, hiding in plain site- I mean, sight. :D Reread the link.

    @Aye:

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  19. Richard Wheeler says: 69

    Word Purveyor of Truth Thanks

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  20. Skookum says: 70

    Word, it’s true; at least your explanations are true, despite the lack of excitement and romanticism such logical explanations herald and the despair felt by conspiracists across the country, but what about the black choppers?

    Can you explain whether aluminum foil makes a decent hat or whether you actually need tin foil. I don’t want people heading off in the wrong direction. Ultimately, I assume it is about the radio signals and penetration. Is the bone in some skulls thick enough to preclude the protection of a foil hat?

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  21. WORDSMITH
    WHY NOW?
    ARE THEY AFRAID TO RUN OUT OF AMUNITIONS?
    and they want to get it before the merchants who made many orders ,
    get their stocks in their store,
    they know the demand is still high,
    does it scare them?

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  22. Petercat says: 72

    @Greg: #65
    I remember reading about this when I was young, I believe it was in Popular Science magazine, in an article about the limits of hand-eye coordination.
    Some soldiers became so good that they could consistently hit another BB in the air with a BB gun!

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  23. retire05 says: 73

    @Wordsmith:

    If you take the number of agencies that will be using this ammunition – CBP, Citizenship and Immigration Services, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), ICE, the U.S. Secret Service, Transportation Security Administration, the DHS police force, and all the guards that protect the various buildings these agencies are housed in

    I understand arming CBP, the Secret Service, DHS police forces and the guards of federal buildings but come on……FEMA needs to be armed? For handing out blankets, water, food and medical supplies? For what? TSA needs to be armed when all airports provide security from local police departments? And if we are arming the Border Patrol to the point where they need all this additional ammunition, why was BP Agent Brian Terry armed with bean-bag shot (confirmed by the Tucson BP local)?

    And do we include in all those that are being armed Obama’s newly minted Blue Shirt FEMA responders (who we never saw during any of the Hurricane Sandy coverage)? Why is the Social Security Administration buying ammunition? Are they afraid of radical seniors who visit their offices to find out about SS benefits?

    “The Social Security Administration, for instance, not normally considered on the frontlines of anything but dealing with seniors, explained that its purchase of millions of rounds was for special agents’ required quarterly weapons qualificiations.

    According to one estimate, just since last spring, the DHS has stockpiled more than 1.6 billion bullets, mainly .40 caliber and 9 mm. That’s sufficient firepower to shoot every American about five times, including illegal immigrants.”

    Seems to me this administration is providing arms and ammunition to a lot of federal workers that have no use for those arms, all the while Obama, Nancy Pelosi and her ilk, are trying to make gun ownership even more difficult for the average, law abiding citizens. And while I understand why private citizens are stockpiling ammunition due to the fear that the government will shut down their ability to purchase it in the future, why would the government itself be stockpiling if those ammunition manufacturers are not going to be put out of business?

    Yeah, our government needs to provide ammunition to those who have a requirement to carry a weapon during the course of the job, like FBI, Secret Service, Border Patrol, U.S. Marshall’s Service, but come on, arming TSA and FEMA? For what?

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  24. Jim Griffin says: 74

    http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2012/08/major-general-why-have-government-agencies-recently-purchased-enough-specialized-for-killing-ammunition-to-put-5-rounds-in-every-american.html

    And let’s not forget the 7,000 assault weapons just ordered, including sniper rifles. (I say “assault” because they’re select fire.)

    I see that Obama’s “cyber warriors” are at it. Earn your minimum wage, boys!

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  25. Aye says: 75

    I find it curious (and much more than slightly amusing) that the Interwebz stink-stirrer who scribbled this post is suddenly conspicuously quiet in the face of multiple link-rich and well sourced rebuttals.

    In light of these revelations, one is left with only two possible conclusions. The author either a) lacked the basic knowledge requisite to the topic or b) possessed sufficient knowledge of the topic and chose to exclude all controverting evidence, concluding that readers wouldn’t notice as they gobbled yet another serving of lemon-colored pablum from the feed trough.

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  26. MainStreet says: 76

    It is about time that the ammo manufacturers set aside a portion of their production for domestic citizen consumption. This is a concerted program by the Feds to remove the ammunition from store shelves, and they are using our tax dollars to do it.

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  27. drjohn says: 77

    @Aye:

    Been skiing, Aye, but if you got an FA chubbie out of saying that, good for you.

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  28. drjohn says: 78

    Saving money by buying in bulk.

    That one cracks me up.

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  29. Wordsmith says: 79

    @retire05:

    I understand arming CBP, the Secret Service, DHS police forces and the guards of federal buildings but come on……FEMA needs to be armed? For handing out blankets, water, food and medical supplies? For what?

    FEMA’s responsibilities are more than merely handing out food and water. They also have the responsibility of “continuity of government“, should the U.S. get nuked. They have a wide range of responsibilities that includes civil defense plans in the case of war and invasion; not just natural disaster relief. During the Cold War, they helped make preparations in the event of a nuclear attack. Today, it’s dealing with possible scenarios involving a terrorist attack.

    Starting around pg 144:

    Service to the Public:
    Through the Disaster Relief Fund (DRF), FEMA provides individual and public assistance to
    help families and communities affected by declared disasters to rebuild and recover. Through its
    State and local grants program and technical assistance, FEMA is responsible for helping to
    prepare State and local governments to prevent or respond to threats or incidents of terrorism and
    other events. FEMA also administers hazard mitigation programs that reduce the risk to life and property from floods and other hazards. FEMA stands ready to provide rapid assistance and
    resources in emergency situations whenever State and local capabilities are overwhelmed or
    seriously threatened. At disaster locations, FEMA leads Federal response and recovery efforts
    by providing emergency management expertise and coordinating critical support resources from
    across the country.

    ~~~

    Protection and National Preparedness
    State and Local Preparedness: In FY 2011, FEMA awarded approximately $2.9 billion in
    homeland security grants to assist States, urban areas, tribal and territorial governments,
    nonprofit agencies, and the private sector in strengthening our Nation’s ability to prevent, protect,
    respond to, recover from, and mitigate terrorist attacks, major disasters, and other emergencies.
    Grant awards were based on a national homeland security planning process that aligns resources
    with the national priorities and target capabilities established by the National Preparedness
    Guidelines.

    ~~~

    In FY 2011, FEMA additionally:
    • Trained more than 2.5 million
    homeland security and emergency
    management officials and first responders,
    including thousands of State, local, and
    tribal responders in preventing and
    responding to disasters and other terrorist
    threats involving chemical, biological,
    radiological, nuclear, and explosive
    materials through FEMA’s Center for
    Domestic Preparedness.

    Do you suppose any of this training and preparedness might involve the use of firearms? What about in partnering up with the National Guard? How is the ammo purchases divided up between the various agencies? What percentage goes to TSA and to FEMA?

    Since 9/11, isn’t FEMA integrated with the Department of Homeland Security for a more comprehensive, coordinated response structure? Why so much alarmist, conspiratorial speculation? Why not contact someone on the FEMA website and pitch an inquiry?

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  30. Greg says: 80

    @retire05, #73:

    The Social Security Administration, for instance, not normally considered on the frontlines of anything but dealing with seniors, explained that its purchase of millions of rounds was for special agents’ required quarterly weapons qualifications.

    The Social Security Administration is on the front line when it comes to federal contact with the general public. Because of the broad range of programs SSA administers, that includes a disproportionately high percentage of recently released prisoners, of people suffering from severe mental disorders, and of “normal” people who just want to act out their anger. Urban offices are sometimes located in areas most people wouldn’t consider driving through, let alone walking through. Most offices have armed guards.

    Google “Social Security shooting” and see how many incidents turn up.

    The amounts of ammunition the federal government buys for civilian use only seems odd until you consider how many federal law enforcement people there are, how wide the range of agencies that employ them is, and how much ammunition is required on a regular basis to maintain each person’s firearm skills.

    The arguments are a little inconsistent, when you think about it. On the one hand people argue that every citizen needs a gun, to protect their person and property in an increasingly crime and violence-prone society. Then they find it suspicious that federal personnel—who must deal with a broad cross-section of that society in areas that are frequently remote, or far more dangerous than most—would include over 100,000 who routinely carry a gun, and who fire maybe 100 rounds per month maintaining firearm proficiency.

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  31. GREG
    I sure hope they know the skill to know how to moderate a discussion
    from a person who feel to have reason to complain for injustice done to him
    in a higher tone voice, so he can be talk to and given the direction of where to have his angry qualm delt with , as oppose to see himself in front of a guard with his loaded gun to answer his demands,
    it work both way between a civilian and a guard who is the first one to greet you,
    and because his higher position he must be able to know that very important skill which we know many today forget that the citizens have rights to let know the injustice done to them by clerks full of their position like a blownup frog, causing problem and making mistakes on the civilians and not admit it
    with an apology when confronted by the civilians,
    and all they have to do is call on the guard which take his word and grab the citizen or worse end up shooting him
    only because he was too loud,

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  32. retire05 says: 82

    @Greg:

    Because of the broad range of programs SSA administers, that includes a disproportionately high percentage of recently released prisoners, of people suffering from severe mental disorders, and of “normal” people who just want to act out their anger.

    The Social Security office in Austin, Texas is right down the street from the DPS HQ, not anywhere near any residential area. The next closest office is in San Marcos, in a strip shopping center, still not in a residential, or high crime rate, area.

    The arguments are a little inconsistent, when you think about it.

    How so?

    On the one hand people argue that every citizen needs a gun, to protect their person and property in an increasingly crime and violence-prone society.

    Actually, the Second Amendment was designed to protect us from an increasingly crime and violence prone government.

    Then they find it suspicious that federal personnel—who must deal with a broad cross-section of that society in areas that are frequently remote, or far more dangerous than most

    So, if your reasoning is that Social Security personnel need to be armed because our government is stupid enough to put those offices in crime ridden neighborhoods, then would the same argument not be applicable to teachers who are in crime ridden neighborhoods, since the teachers are the first with the ability to respond to a madman who wants to kill kids?

    If you, or even Wordsmith, think I have any trust in this current administration and its power hunger, you are sadly mistaken. No other president since FDR has tried to usurp the U.S. Constitution as the one that now warms his butt in the leather chair by the Resolution Desk.

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  33. Jim Griffin says: 83

    FEMA was completely overwhelmed with Sandy, and now you’re positing that they will be able to defend America from foreign invaders?

    Yowzer.

    The cyber warriors are running out of bullets! (pun intended)

    Hope the skiing was wonderful, Dr. John!

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  34. Greg says: 84

    So, if your reasoning is that Social Security personnel need to be armed because our government is stupid enough to put those offices in crime ridden neighborhoods. . .

    It puts offices near to the people that the office is there to provide services to. Maybe instead it should locate them in nice residential suburban areas, and provide the inner-city poor with free bus service to get them out there. Would you like that better?

    Guards and some field investigators are armed. Can’t you think of any good reasons why they might sometimes need to be?

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  35. GREG
    not a bad idea,
    it would give a hint to those wealthy family that there is poor people,
    and they should give OBAMA MORE MONEY FOR HIS REDISTRIBUTION,
    BYE

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  36. Jim Griffin
    that was funny,

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  37. Aqua says: 87

    This used to be my second stop every morning. I usually go to Hot Air first to get a quick view of events, then I’d jump over here to see the debates. Now I come here every three or so days, because there really is no more debate, just rancor.
    So, there’s a planned economic collapse? The federal government is gearing up for war against civilian uprisings? I suppose the States are in on this too? Waging war against ordinary citizens would be one thing, waging war against the States and entirely different matter.
    The idiots we have in Washington can put two-and-two together. If they were told the worst thing they could imagine would happen to them if they leaked information, they would leak it anyway. To say our government has somehow devised a plan, any plan, and kept it secret, it ludicrous.

    Rich…….what happened to the Irish? You have been in mourning way to long.

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  38. retire05 says: 88

    @Greg:

    It puts offices near to the people that the office is there to provide services to. Maybe instead it should locate them in nice residential suburban areas, and provide the inner-city poor with free bus service to get them out there. Would you like that better?

    Why should anyone have to go to a Social Security office if they are only applying for senior benefits? You can do it on line. It takes about 20 minutes. I thought The Won was going to provide everyone with internet access.

    What I would like is for an honest study to be done on poverty. The causes of it, the reasons that people remain in that condition. And if someone lives in poverty because of poor choices made as an adult, well, too damn bad, it is not the responsibility of the productive to take care of them. They can sink, or swim, it is up to them.

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  39. Richard Wheeler says: 89

    Aqua Good to hear from another voice of reason. Seems the inmates have made every attempt to take over this asylum. Voices of reason like yourself, Word and Aye are needed and appreciated by me.

    Irish went as far as they could before running into an unbeatable Tide*.
    Do you follow college basketball? Incredibly exciting season including Irish FIVE O.T. win over Louisville. Seminoles and Irish reloading for Sept. Stay in touch RW

    *Except for Johnny Football He’s incredible!

    Just heard Rubio and Rand Paul will speak after State of the Union. The race is on already.

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  40. Aqua
    hi, you have to look at what is behind the ” rancor”, thank’s for the word,
    and THE POST ARE GOING SO FAST, you might miss some , if you don’t show up every day,
    best to you,

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  41. the ASTEROID MIGHT DISRUPT TELECOM AND OTHER CYBER COMPONANTS,
    SO IF YOU DON’T HEAR FROM ME, you will know where it’s located,
    but just be my VALENTINE JUST THE SAME, ON THE 14EENE

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  42. Aye says: 92

    @drjohn:

    Been skiing, Aye, but if you got an FA chubbie out of saying that, good for you.

    That’s great. Hope you enjoy yourself.

    I’m curious though…you say the skiing is the reason you haven’t addressed the complete destruction of your theories and arguments and that’s totally cool…yet you’ve been back on this thread to comment at least three times since the controverting evidence was revealed.

    You had plenty of time to hurl a pubescent level insult, yet no time to address inconvenient truths?

    Seems to me that you’re doing your finest Olympic grade downhill dodge in order to avoid confronting the 800 lb gorilla that is now sitting atop this post.

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  43. drjohn says: 93

    @Aye:

    Golly, Aye, you open with

    the Interwebz stink-stirrer

    And now you whine about responses to that.

    My theories? I asked the question:

    what does it all mean?

    I asked more questions:

    Why do does DHS need all those hollow points?

    Why is there only right wing terrorism?

    And I said

    Maybe it’s all entirely innocent.

    But you know, given Obama assassinating Americans, detaining Americans indefinitely, claiming the right to seize any of your electronic devices anywhere near a border absent even suspicion, Napolitano seeing only right wing terrorists and nothing of the left, I think it’s not unreasonable to ask questions.

    Obama claims to be a Constitutional scholar, but his interest is principally in circumventing the Constitution.

    Have a nice day.

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  44. Aye says: 94

    @Jim Griffin:

    FEMA was completely overwhelmed with Sandy, and now you’re positing that they will be able to defend America from foreign invaders?

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  45. drjohn
    I bet OBAMA IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ASTEROID COMING DOWN,
    I BET HIS DRONE WILL DIRECT IT OVER OUR HEADS,
    WE’LL HAVE TO STAND UNIFYED SO TO HOLD IT SUSPENDED,
    AND REDIRECTING IT TO THE LIBS SIDE, BY HAVING EACH GUN OWNER
    UNIFIED TOGETHER AS ONE, SHOOT
    THIS ASTEROID BACK TO THE LEFT AS IF IT WAS ONE BULLET

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  46. Jim Griffin
    hi,
    I would not bet on it, they are on their own on the STATTEN ISLAND, AND
    we would have to defend ourselves, before they show up.

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  47. Aye says: 97

    @drjohn:

    I think it’s not unreasonable to ask questions.

    Oh…of course it’s not unreasonable to ask questions. Absolutely not.

    What is unreasonable however is to present a post whereby you raise the specter of impending gloom, doom, and disaster while completely ignoring and excluding the information and inarguable evidence which disproves those theories.

    That brings me back to the point that I made in #75:

    In light of these revelations, one is left with only two possible conclusions. The author either a) lacked the basic knowledge requisite to the topic or b) possessed sufficient knowledge of the topic and chose to exclude all controverting evidence, concluding that readers wouldn’t notice as they gobbled yet another serving of lemon-colored pablum from the feed trough.

    Those are the only two possibilities. It’s not unreasonable to ask which is applicable in this case.

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  48. DrJohn says: 98

    @Aye:

    But DHS has been silent about its need for numerous orders of bullets in the multiple millions. Indeed, Examiner writer Ryan Keller points out Janet Napolitano’s agency illegally redacted information from some ammunition solicitation forms following media inquiries.

    Illegally redacted.

    Help yourself, Aye. Whatever you want.

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  49. Jim Griffin says: 99

    “Aye” = tool

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  50. Aye says: 100

    @DrJohn:

    Indeed, Examiner writer Ryan Keller points out Janet Napolitano’s agency illegally redacted information

    Whoa, whoa, whoa…hold on a minute here…..you mean to tell me you’re relying on what Ryan Keller had to say about it? Really?

    This is the Ryan Keller that you wish to put forth as a reliable source of information:

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    And upon what did “Government Examiner” [Snicker] Ryan Keller base his claim that Napolitano “illegally redacted” information?

    Why…he based that claim on information from InfoWars…Interwebz home of Chief 9/11 conspiracy theorist and stink-stirrer Alex Jones.

    So, once again, we’re back to the two possibilities:

    In light of these revelations, one is left with only two possible conclusions. The author either a) lacked the basic knowledge requisite to the topic or b) possessed sufficient knowledge of the topic and chose to exclude all controverting evidence, concluding that readers wouldn’t notice as they gobbled yet another serving of lemon-colored pablum from the feed trough.

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