Saturday, August 18, 2012

Heavy Metal

Lead Aspirins for seniors?

January 2012:  Residents of Leesburg, Florida were shocked to see their local Social Security office turned into a random Homeland Security checkpoint Tuesday morning, as DHS officers armed with semiautomatic rifles and accompanied by sniffer dogs checked identifications of locals.

Thomas Milligan, district manager for the Social Security Administration office, said staff were not informed their offices were about to be stormed by armed FPS officers.

DHS officials refused to answer questions asked by local media and left with no explanation at noon.

March 2012:  The Department of Homeland Security purchases 450 Million Rounds of .40-caliber hollow point bullets over the next five years.

The high performance HST bullets are designed for law enforcement and ATK (the contract winner) says they offer "optimum penetration for terminal performance."

This refers to the the bullet's hollow-point tip that passes through barriers and expands for a bigger impact without the rest of the bullet getting warped out of shape: "this bullet holds its jacket in the toughest conditions."  [Moos Note:  In your rib cage?]

August 2012:  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) orders 46,000 Rounds of Ammunition. 
[Moos Note:  OMG!  They are going to shoot the Whales...  The WHALES!!!]

August 2012:  The Social Security Administration requests bids for 174,000 rounds of .357 hollow point bullets.

R.K. Campbel at Gun Blast mentions his experience with .357 rounds:

I observed the effect of the .357 Magnum 125 grain JHP once over the top of my own sights. The effect was gruesome.  A solid hit that produced a severe blood flow AND dramatic effect from the rear, including lung tissue thrown perhaps three feet.

August 2012:  The Department of Homeland Security increases its original ammunition order from 450 Million Rounds to 750 Million Rounds for 'Training Purposes'. 

As I sit here, Saturday morning, I think about which chore to do first: Finish this post?  Wash the dogs?  Mow the lawn?  Re-sort my sock drawer?

I wonder.

I wonder WHY all the reports lately of government agencies purchasing HUGE quantities of ammunition in 2012?  Didn't the government already HAVE ammunition pretty much 'lying around'?  

The weapons didn't ALL go to Mexico, did they? 

I wonder WHO is responsible for all these purchasing decisions in 2012?  AND if these munitions are truly for 'training purposes'...  Sooooo, what's up with the 'Hollow-Point' bullets? 

Wouldn't regular ammo be cheaper to use for target practice while aiming at paper 'whales' (oblique NOAA reference) on the rifle range? 

I wonder WHEN the Administration plans to implement its 3:1 Solution?  (Federal Agencies, as referenced above, have purchased roughly three bullets PER American Year-to-Date)

I wonder who, within the Obama Administration, decided that when planning for a mock terror exercise in America that using TEA Party folks would be a good model for the planned action?  For more, read:   Military Planning for a TEA Party Insurrection

I wonder when, exactly, I became a Right Wing Extremist, according to the Department of Homeland Security?

The extreme far-right is composed of groups that believe that one’s personal and/or national “way of life” is under attack and is either already lost or that the threat is imminent (for some the threat is from a specific ethnic, racial, or religious group), and believe in the need to be prepared for an attack either by participating in paramilitary preparations and training or survivalism.

Groups may also be fiercely nationalistic (as opposed to universal and international in orientation), anti-global, suspicious of centralized federal authority, reverent of individual liberty, and believe in conspiracy theories that involve grave threat to national sovereignty and/or personal liberty. (Italics added)

If you’re fiercely nationalistic (pro-American), anti-global (anti-UN), suspicious of centralized federal authority (like the Framers), reverent of individual liberty (like Patrick Henry), and believe in “conspiracy” theories (like the federal government allowing the sale of assault weapons to Mexican drug cartels to justify limiting American’s rights under the Second Amendment, a la Fast and Furious), then according to these taxpayer-funded researchers, you too are on the “extreme right-wing.” Many Americans would be surprised to find themselves so categorized by the researchers at START.

It should be no surprise that two subgroups identified in the codebook under “extreme right-wing” include “gun rights” and “tax protest.” Tea Party terrorists, anyone? 

Above excerpt from: PJ Tatler
I wonder what kind of world will my kids will inherit from me and what I, personally, could have done differently for them?

I wonder why 49 million Americans are on food stamps today, twice the number of four years ago?

I wonder why the USDA is encouraging MORE Americans to be dependent upon government for their 'Daily Bread'?

I wonder why we're putting corn in our gas tanks when people are going hungry because of this summer's drought?

I wonder how President Obama's most-loyal supporters will behave when he's tossed out of office in November?

I wonder who those bullets are for?  Are they to be the Social Security Administration's answer to balancing their budget?

I wonder a lot more than I used to. 

Yes I do.

As a matter of fact, right now I'm wondering where the dog shampoo went in that hall closet.  

And I wonder if this post is officially over? 

Well, maybe, for now.

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