“All life is finite. Only the grace and virtue with which it is lived matters, not the length.” Of course when the liberal, woke, troops of the left storm the White Wolf Mine to take me out because of this blog, I might re-think that lofty sentiment.
The democrat party wants to keep America under their thumb and a cornerstone of that philosophy is to encourage illegal immigration in the hopes that the generally ignorant masses would respond to the free cheese offered by keeping their new masters in power.
The democrat mayor of Del Rio, Texas said Wednesday that he believes that the U.S. southern border is “wide open” for illegal immigrants, despite insistence from the Biden administration claiming the opposite.
During an appearance on “Fox & Friends,” Bruno Lozano reacted to DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas’ Tuesday comment, reiterating that the “border is closed.”
“I would very much disagree with that statement,” Lozano said. “The way that it’s been handling or being managed—it seems to be wide open for unlawful entry into the United States.”
Lozano said that he had reached out to the administration for help regarding the influx of migrants, but was told repeatedly that the border is “under control.”
Pointing to statistics indicating that there was a 393% increase in border crossings in the 2021 fiscal year, Lozano said he could not understand the administration’s assertion.
The Del Rio mayor also said he found it “peculiar” that there was a different set of standards for US citizens compared to illegal immigrants regarding COVID testing.
Lozano claimed that Dr. Alex Eastman, CWMD’s Senior Medical Officer for Operations, contacted him on behalf of DHS and said that the department could no longer “legally” administer COVID-19 tests to migrants entering the country.
Eastman noted that he had plans to “collaborate” with the city of Del Rio, allowing them to conduct COVID testing on migrants on DHS’ behalf.
During a recent NBC interview, Biden claimed that his administration had “now gotten control” of the high number of migrants surging at the southern border.
Despite his claim, at the time more than 22,000 child migrants remained in the custody of the Department of Health and Human Services.
Q and A
Q – Why do you think that I’m always in a hurry?
A– Because you’re Russian.
Q – No, it’s because the clock is ticking and mortality is inevitable.
A – Russian – your family came from Russia.
Q – We were White Russians and supported the Czar and they threw us out. But that was a long time ago. You’re missing my point. What’s more Russian than unending existential dread?
A – This is why I like Eastern European Sci-Fi. The west is too hopeful. Space aliens who land in England or the US are too helpful. The Russian aliens are always eating brains and using human legs as lampstands, not just probing the other end.
European Take Out Preferences
You can’t get super fresh Oysters in Arizona
It forces me to travel.
This is not a food blog, but it could be.
BTR-70 in Afghanistan up-gunned with several S-5 unguided rocket pods. The Russians wanted to keep the heads of the Muj down and thought that the rocket pods would be a good idea.
Not a bad idea, when you think about it. It’s unlikely that you’d hit anything unless it was an Inchallah shot – but you could cover your retreat, particularly with smoke (marking) rockets and Willie Pete, mixed with an HE warhead here and there to let them know that you mean business.
Lever Action Rifles
Full disclosure, I have an original Winchester Model 1873 carbine, chambered in .44-40 that I will not part with. But for today’s discussion, let’s chat about the Winchester 1894 in .30-30.
The 1894 Winchester suffers a critical case of “the first at something” that hasn’t exactly gone away with this rifle’s long lifespan on the market. They are still in production. Today, it costs more than almost every other lever gun bone stock. For the same price as a new Winchester 1894, you can buy at least three Marlins or even the ‘interesting’ Mossberg 472.
All you get from buying the 1894 is a top eject rifle in weirdly expensive ammo sold to people who want to hunt “authentically” for no other reason than some kind of personal vendetta against themselves.
The year is 1893. You are John Moses Browning. In the span of just seven years since you were hired by Winchester, you’ve managed to help them regained their lost ground in the market. Companies like Marlin and Bullard were beating WRA to the cut on larger caliber lever actions, and Winchester could only buy out and shut down rivals like Whitney and Spencer so much. Hiring on this weird Mormon, he gave them the Winchester 1886 and later 1892, allowing them to regain their footing. Outside of the hiccup of the Winchester 1887, everything was peachy keen. And then France makes smokeless powder, and while most of the world is rushing to match that, JMB just looks at the Winchester 1892, and then this batch of smokeless powder. And gets the idea. Combine one with two, get three. Thus the .30-30 Winchester and the Winchester 1894 were born.
The issue with these is three-fold.
1) .30-30 isn’t that good of a cartridge. It’s what I call, a ‘pumpkin slinger’ because the bullet and the case don’t form a very balanced cartridge and past 100 meters, the bullet begins to tumble. If you’ve ever had one fired at you, and I have – California hunter thought I was a deer despite me wearing orange everything- you’ll know what I mean. You can hear it tumble downrange, warbling. The ammo is expensive for what it is. 110 grains at 2,700~ FPS on average. It’s a slightly faster and slimmer 7.62×39 with an ammo cost that’s almost always a buck-a-round. (back when you could buy them) So it’s not cost-effective.
2) The Winchester 1894 has a terrible action. Unlike Marlin’s or other lever guns that use a cylindrical rotating bolt, Winchester’s have the dual drop-down locking blocks just like the 1873 model. This, combined with hammer spring weights make it a pain to unlock. It’s not bad, but there is a wall you have to shove through every time you cycle it. So you’ll grab the lever, push down, not get any movement, push a little more and suddenly the action cracks open, spits out the empty and you’re good.
3) Olin cut back Winchester’s budget for quality in 1964, giving birth to the ‘Pre-64/Post-64′ difference that boomers use to justify why a Model 70 has a “Starting Bid” of 1,399. Every part will shake, the lever rattles and you’re still paying a pretty penny for the privilege. Even in comparison to the earlier 1892, it still has issues.
But if your grandpa had one and you want to walk in his shoes, then it may work for you (buy a pre-1964 rifle).
Those Tricky Israelis
(Daily Mail) The IDF announced shortly after midnight that ground forces were ‘attacking in Gaza’, but a spokesman later retracted that statement, saying no Israeli troops had crossed the border.
The announcement was a well-planned ploy to get Hamas to send its fighters into its underground tunnel system beneath Gaza City, before bombarding the area, in the hope of eliminating large numbers of the organization’s operatives in one fell swoop, reports in Israel claim.
Tunnels were (as in used to be) among Hamas’s most effective tools during the 2014 war with Israel, with militants using them to move weapons, enter the Jewish state, ambush IDF soldiers, and at times even return to Gaza through the underground passages. The groups use the network to hide rockets and other munitions, facilitate communication within their organizations, conceal militants, and launch attacks.
The tunnels, which are believed to have cost between $30 million (£21.3 million) and $90 million (£63.9 million) to build, are extremely difficult to detect from the air. Some of the three dozen tunnels built since the end of the 2014 Israel-Gaza conflict are estimated to have cost $3 million ($2.13 million).
The tunnels are reinforced with concrete to protect them from airstrikes and from caving in. But if the entrances and exits are bombed… ooops.
During the 2014 fighting, the IDF reported it had ‘neutralized’ 32 tunnels along the Israel-Gaza border during the conflict, including 14 which crossed into Israel.
The devastating 2014 conflict killed 2,251 Palestinians, more than 10,000 were wounded and 100,000 were left homeless.
On the Israeli side, 74 people were killed, all but six of them soldiers.
Though Israel said it leveled 32 tunnels during the conflict, many have been rebuilt by Hamas who continue to use the underground network.
Hamas and other militant groups in Gaza say tunnels are needed for defense.
In 2015, the Islamist group started using heavy machinery, including bulldozers and tractors, as well as engineering tools to accelerate the construction of the tunnels.
The reconstruction was largely funded by Iran. The Islamic Republic also provided rockets and missiles to replenish Hamas’s arsenal.