LMAO: These Mail Bomb Memes PERFECTLY Filet This Hyped Up Nothing Burger

H/T Clash Daily.

With nobody hurt or in danger from the pipe bomb scare, out came the jokes. Here’s a sampling.

Some of them poked fun at the relatiely harmless or half-assed bombs themselves:

Latest: LMAO: These Mail Bomb Memes PERFECTLY Filet This Hyped Up Nothing Burger

He wasn’t exactly a scholar, was he?

I think this one was around before, but it’s back in circulation:

Speaking of “amateur hour” Scooby Doo is on the case…

… something-something “meddling kids”…

Undaunted:

Others were more expressly political:

People are still making fun of Elizabeth Warren for that DNA debacle… and how!

And from the “Never Let A Crisis Go To Waste” category is this little blast from the past:

Even the most hopelessly landlocked Trump fan can unleash their ‘inner surfer’ with this one!

There is no question, Trump is the ‘Big Kahuna’ of politics.

News network can’t go two stories without bringing his name into the conversation one way or another.

He is, once again defying all political odds, and is whipping up strength down-ticket on the Mid-terms.

He stuck to his guns over Kavanaugh and convinced the Senate to do the same, and the polls are showing it!

Not long ago, the Media(D) were excitedly chattering about a blue wave. Then the gap narrowed.

And now?

 

Dressed in a Kilt – British Commando Stalled the Elite Das Reich Panzer Division

H/T War History OnLine.

R.I.P. Colonel Sir Ronald Thomas Stewart Macpherson CBEMC & Two BarsTDDL  October 4, 1920 – November 6, 2014.

To call Colonel Sir Ronald Macpherson a brave man and a hero would be an understatement.

The British Army officer crept silently through the bushes, his tartan kilt a bizarre form of dress for a man on an undercover mission in war-torn France in 1944. He stopped to observe the awesome might of the enemy.

Through the gloom, he could make out the 15,000 battle-scarred men and 200 machines of the notorious “Das Reich,” or 2nd SS Panzer Division. Parked for the night, the tanks, half-tracks and heavy guns stretched as far as his eyes could see.

How could he and the tiny band of amateurish French Resistance fighters he commanded ­possibly take on these professional killers?

Commandos preparing to deploy for Europe as part of Operation Jedburgh.

Yet that was his mission. Das Reich was on its way from southern France to Normandy to help repel the Allied armies that had landed there on D-Day. If the division made the 450-mile journey in time, it could well be the difference between victory and defeat.

Unfortunately for the Germans, they were now within the reach of 23-year-old Major Tommy Macpherson, a Scotsman acknowledged by experts as one of the bravest and most resourceful British Army officers of World War II.

A working party of the 1st Battalion Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders at Aix in France, November 1939.

Two years as a POW

Commissioned in Scotland in 1939, in 1940 Macpherson joined the newly-formed No. 11 (Scottish) Commando unit. Inevitably, nothing in his early or later life had quite the drama of the extraordinary exploits he undertook from that point on in his one-man war against the Nazis.

In 1941, he went ashore in North Africa on a reconnaissance mission, but the submarine that was supposed to retrieve him afterward did not show up.

Distribution of food in a POW camp, July 1941.Photo: Bundesarchiv, Bild 146-1979-113-04 Hübner CC-BY-SA 3.0

He trekked for days on foot across the desert towards his own lines, sabotaging enemy installations as he went, and was captured by Italian troops.

Held in various prisoner of war camps for two years, Macpherson either escaped or attempted to escape on several occasions, but was caught each time. In the meantime, he gained both experience and language skills that would serve him well later in the war.

Troops come ashore at Jig Green sector, Gold Beach

In October 1943 Macpherson finally escaped for good. He made it to the Baltic coast, stowed away on a ship to neutral Sweden, and from there made it safely home to Scotland.

Flamboyant in France

Immediately after his return home in November 1943, Macpherson was tapped to parachute into France in the aftermath of D-Day. He was to help spearhead French Resistance efforts in a guerrilla war against the occupying Germans.

Accompanied only by a French army officer and an English radio operator, Macpherson dropped into south-central France in the dead of night on June 8, 1944, just two days after the Allies stormed the Normandy beaches.

Fully Equipped paratrooper armed with a Thompson submachine gun M1, climbing into a transport plane to go to France as the invasion of Normandy gets under way. At approximately 0200, 6 June 1944, men of two U. S. airborne divisions, as well as elements of a British airborne division, were dropped in vital areas to the rear of German coastal defenses guarding the Normandy beaches from Cherbourg to Caen. By dawn 1,136 heavy bombers of the RAF Bomber Command had dropped 5,853 tons of bombs on selected coastal batteries lining the Bay of the Seine between Cherbourg and Le Havre. Image and caption credit: Center of Military History. U.S. Army (Image)

He was in his Highlander’s battledress, kilt and all—and deliberately so. He was meant to be visible—a rallying point—his undisguised presence a symbol for any wavering Frenchmen that ­liberation was at hand if only they took the battle to the Boche.

The Resistance unit Macpherson joined did not quite live up to previous assurances that it was a dedicated fighting force. For one thing, it had just eight members, four of them mere boys.

A lieutenant of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. WWI

For another, their equipment consisted of a few guns and a single worn-out lorry for transport. In four years, they had never mounted any sort of operation to trouble the occupying Germans.

Macpherson brought them a machine gun, grenades and plastic explosives, but did they have the savvy and the guts to use them? He found out soon enough when, just days later, the Das Reich panzer column hove into his sights.

 

Scottish WWII Soldier uniform. https://www.istockphoto.com/photo/scottish-soldier-gm173043442-7060936

“Do or die” Sabotage

Macpherson decided in that “do or die” moment that engaging the Nazis directly would be suicidal and pointless. But ingenious, cleverly-planted booby traps might do the trick of slowing them down.

Through the night, he and his men felled trees to block the road ahead of the convoy and laid their only anti-tank mine, strapping plastic explosives to it for extra oomph. Grenades dangled from overhanging branches, primed to fall and explode.

Hidden unidentified re-enactor dressed as German wehrmacht soldier aiming a rifle at enemy from ground

Primitive though these measures were, they was surprisingly effective. In the morning, the Germans had to bring up heavy equipment to move the tree trunks. Minutes ticked away. Then a tank hit the mine and slewed across the road. More delay.

Finally, Macpherson and his men sprayed troop carriers with their Sten guns and then dashed away into the trees—classic hit-and-run tactics. Hiding at a distance, they heard shouts and screams as the grenades did their job. Eventually, the SS column moved on, but precious hours had been won.

German military ammunition of World War II

Due to similar actions across the length of France, it took Das Reich more than a fortnight to complete what should have been a three-day journey. By that time the Allied hold on Normandy was secure.

Gaining momentum

So, too, was Macpherson’s hold on his new friends. With this success under his belt, his status was assured. Streams of newly-emboldened volunteers arrived to join him. Now they began to resist in earnest.

German Luftwaffe machine operators using an anti-aircraft MG-15 gun next to an airfield. Photo: Cassowary Colorizations CC BY 2.0

German supply lorries were hijacked for food, railway lines and road bridges blown up, steam engines wrecked, and enemy petrol dumps drained. Macpherson even encouraged children to scatter nails in the street to puncture the tires of German trucks.

One of his favorite targets was electricity pylons, and he took enormous schoolboy pleasure from blowing up two together. As they crashed, massive sparks flew out, like a giant firework display. To celebrate Bastille Day, he knocked out eight in one exhausting night.

Hidden unidentified re-enactor dressed as German wehrmacht soldier aiming a machine gun at enemy from trench in fog

Furious and frustrated, the Germans offered a 300,000-franc reward for the capture of the “bandit masquerading as a Scottish officer,” as their “Wanted” ­posters described him. However, Macpherson seemed as elusive as the Scarlet Pimpernel and as bulletproof as a tank.

Driving around the countryside to muster and train his growing fighting force, he narrowly missed German patrols or ­skidded away from roadblocks just in time.

Hidden German Wehrmacht Soldier Aiming A Machine Gun At Enemy From Trench In Forest.

Brazen defiance

By now, the war was swinging decisively in the Allies’ favor. Macpherson became ever more brazen in his defiance of the Germans. To impress the locals, he began to fly a Union Jack and the Cross of ­Lorraine flag of the Free French from his black Citroën.

One day he sat in full uniform at a café in a town square, nonchalantly and openly drinking wine with the mayor, just to show that he could. It was almost an act of bravado taken too far: suddenly, a German armored car swung into the square.

German soldiers with mortars on positions

In the nick of time, Macpherson and his driver leapt into the Citroën and raced away into the hills, chased by the Germans.

Once they gained the advantage of higher ground, they stopped and lobbed a makeshift grenade into the pursuing car, destroying it. Then they laid charges around a bridge over a river and blew that up, too. For Macpherson, this was “just another day at the office.” But his most extraordinary achievements were yet to come.

Soldiers enjoy some recreation time at a sandbagged Navy Army Air Force Institute

Pure bluffing

With Allied forces advancing into the heart of France from both north and south, the Germans were on the retreat. But would they depart without causing a bloodbath? Subtlety and subterfuge were called for, to prevent undue loss of life.

With just three companions, Macpherson bluffed one German garrison of 100 soldiers with a mock show of force: they wrapped wet handkerchiefs inside the metal hand grips of their light Sten guns, so that they made the deafening noise of heavy machine-guns when fired. Fooled into thinking themselves outgunned, the garrison surrendered.

Staged photograph: A partisan armed with Sten Mk II SMG

Macpherson’s next bluff involved a German column numbering 23,000 men and 1,000 vehicles. The column was heading back to the German border, through the last remaining gap between the two advancing Allied armies.

In that gap in the Loire valley, a small band of Resistance fighters held a vital river bridge. A fight to the death, which they had no hope of winning, seemed inevitable.

British Paratroops with Sten Mk Vs on D-Day+1

That is, unless the German general, who had previously proven amenable to surrender in a meeting with the Americans, could somehow be persuaded to give up without a fight. Macpherson boldly approached the Germans to parley. He recounted in his autobiography:

My job was to convince the general that I had a brigade, tanks and artillery waiting on the other side of the river and they could not get through. The clincher was when I told him that I was in contact with London by radio and could at any time call up the RAF [Royal Air Force] to blow his people out of sight. In truth, the only thing I could whistle up was Dixie, but he had no way of knowing that.

The German general bowed to what he was persuaded was the inevitable and surrendered. This brought the liberation of France a large step closer, with no loss of life.

British paratrooper with Sten Mk II in October 1942

Final exploits

Macpherson’s work was still not quite finished. With France freed from the Nazis, he went to Italy to organize Italian partisans in their last struggles to evict the Germans.

There he found himself up against a new enemy: communist forces loyal to the Yugoslavian leader, Tito, who was intent on annexing parts of Italy. Macpherson’s determined ­opposition succeeded in thwarting those plans. As a result, Tito pronounced a death sentence on the “interfering major.”

Sir Tommy Macpherson.Photo:
Piers Nye CC BY-NC 2.0

To have a price put on his head by both Nazis and Communists was a rare distinction, and as highly prized as the Military Cross and two bars, the Legion d’Honneur, and the Croix de Guerre that this most buccaneering of British soldiers was awarded for his extraordinary exploits throughout the war.

Read another article from us – British Commando Dagger Discovered in Normandy

After the war, Macpherson went on to live a long and fulfilling life. Before his death in 2014 at the age of 94, he authored Behind Enemy Lines: An Autobiography Of Britain’s Most Decorated War Hero.

Two Unions Endorse Minnesota Republican

H/T The Washington Free Beacon.

A Republican getting an endorsement from a group that traditionally supports DemocRats.

Carpenters, engineers praise Lewis for pipeline, apprenticeship advocacy.

Two of the largest trade unions in Minnesota are backing the reelection campaign of Republican representative Jason Lewis against a Democratic business executive.

The carpenters’ union and International Union of Operating Engineers Local 49, both of whichendorsed Hillary Clinton, will support the first-term congressman in the midterm elections in his rematch against former health care executive Angie Craig. Labor leaders praised Lewis’s record in Congress, highlighting his support for domestic energy development as well as his willingness to buck his political party. Lewis has supported Davis-Bacon, which favors union wage levels in federal projects despite the push in the conservative movement to abolish wage mandates.

“In Jason’s time in Congress he has cast repeated votes in support of Davis-Bacon prevailing wage and has led on the issue of changing school curriculum to encourage more people to look at careers in the construction industry,” carpenters’ spokesman Adam Duininck said in a release.

Both unions also praised Lewis for focusing on local issues and maintaining a relationship with labor leaders. Local 49 business manager Jason George said that Lewis and the union were not in lockstep on every political issue, but the congressman had supported the issues that help support the building trades and traditional blue-collar workers.

“Jason Lewis has made an effort to get to know our Union, understand our issues, and has taken politically tough stances in support of good paying Union jobs,” George said in a statement. “We don’t always agree on every issue, but we know that when it comes to supporting our jobs, he has stood with us, and that is why we are standing with him.”

Lewis has made the development of the Enbridge Pipeline, which is projected to attract hundreds of millions of dollars in investment and create thousands of jobs, a centerpiece of his campaign. He has criticized environmentalist Democrats for holding up domestic energy projects and said Craig would side with her party over her constituents. Craig announced in August that she would support the pipeline if she is elected, though Lewis continues to criticize her campaign’s ties to environmentalist groups.

“I’m working hard to make certain we get Enbridge so we get the Pine Bend refinery in the second district … the oil it needs to grow the economy,” Lewis said in the Oct. 21 debate. “My opponent says, ‘well Sierra Club won’t let me endorse that.'”

Lewis pledged to continue advocating for local laborers in Congress. He said he will continue to focus on workforce training and revamping the apprenticeship system, one of the Trump administration’s priorities, “so labor groups are able to thrive with adequately trained laborers.”

“This nation was built on the backs of hardworking Minnesotans like those belonging to these two groups and it is important we support them with our policies in Washington,” he said in a statement. “I am proud to have supported them in my first-term in Congress and look forward to continuing to work on their behalf.”

The Craig campaign did not respond to request for comment.

Lewis narrowly defeated Craig 47-45 percent in 2016, the same margin of victory Trump earned against Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, despite the fact that he trailed in the polls. Voter surveys once again show Craig a favorite to defeat the Republican, holding a double-digit lead in an October New York Times poll. The Lewis campaign has released its own internal polling showing him with a 3-point lead. The Cook Political Report rates the race as “Leans Democratic” as it enters the closing weeks of the campaign.

 

LMAO! Burglar Tries To Rip Off The WRONG Old Bro – Gets Taken To Bruiseville

H/T Clash Daily.

I can just hear the laughter coming from the cellblock this loser gets confined to.

He was already a loser before. Now he’s a laughingstock and internet-famous, too!

The 24 year-old-punk, Gregory McCalium, 23, breaks into a house with a knife at 8 in the morning.

Easy pickings, right? Even if the old guy resists, there’s a knife. What could POSSIBLY go wrong with this plan?

Narrator’s Voice: Gregory had no idea who it was that lived in the house he was robbing.

Robbing a house was obviously not the first dumb idea this loser has ever had in his life. But robbing this PARTICULAR house was an especially dumb idea.

Because 72 years old or not, the man who lived there was anything BUT ‘easy pickings’.

This *particular* man, Frank Corti happened to be ex-miliary. He had served with the Royal Engineers, and has collected himself a number of boxing trophies, as you see in the photo above.

What happened to Gregory after he forced himself inside Frank’s home is best told by a before-and-after photo:

A burglar got more than he bargained for when, brandishing a six-inch knife, he forced his way into the home of a 72-year-old man.

Rather than turning and running as many would have done, pensioner Frank Corti used the boxing skills he learned in the army and felled the 23-year-old intruder “like a sack of spuds”.

Corti’s right hook and a nifty jab left Gregory McCalium nursing a black eye and thick lip. Corti then restrained McCalium until police arrived.

McCalium, a barman, was convicted of aggravated burglary and jailed for four-and-a-half years at Oxford crown court.

Recorder Angela Morris told McCalium he “got what he deserved”. She said: “Luckily, Mr Corti was an able-bodied 72-year-old who was able to defend himself. The elderly and vulnerable people are entitled to demand the protection of courts from people like you who decide to enter a property with a weapon.”
Source: Guardian

It may have been a little more than merely a burglary. They were neighbors, and there was a noise complaing against Gregory’s loud partying well into the small hours of the morning.

Mr Corti said he called police when he found McCalium banging on the front door of his house at about 6.30am.

Two hours later, he said, he came downstairs and saw bar worker McCalium in his hallway.

Mr Corti said: ‘The accused produced a knife. It was no ordinary knife, it was more like a six-bladed knuckle duster.

‘He made a slashing movement at me. I stepped back. He missed me, fortunately.’
Source: DailyMail

The thought he leaves us all with after sentencing should make us all stop and think a little:

After sentencing, Mr Corti said: ‘I was scared when he first drew the knife but most people would have acted in the same way. If you can’t defend what’s yours, where are we at?
Source: Telegraph

Why Gun Owners Need Special Coverage From Collectibles Insurance Services

H/T AmmoLand.


If you own firearms it might not be a bad idea check out this insurance coverage.

Opinion : John explains why he prefers Collectibles Insurance Services’ gun insurance policy over his regular homeowners insurance.

Rusty Gun
About a year ago I started looking into how to protect myself not only for theft but also from other events like fire or flooding.

U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- Imagine if you come home to find your treasured collection of firearms gone. Years of collecting and thousands of dollars down the drain. If only there were a way to protect your investment!

This scenario has been one of my greatest fears. About a year ago I started looking into how to protect myself not only for theft but also from other events like fire or flooding.

There is always homeowner’s insurance, but that can be very risky. Depending on your policy, homeowner’s insurance might not cover your firearms. If your policy does include your guns, the policy will most likely base the value of your collection on the sale price of your guns minus depreciation and your deductible. This formula means that it considers your Colt Python at most is worth $125 since that was the original sale price.

The policy also usually has a limit of the amount that the insurance company will cover for the items in your house. For example, my homeowner’s policy will only cover up to $2500 for my gun collection. I found out that some policies have an even lower cap.

Most insurance companies also want a list of the firearms you have including serial numbers. Giving this information over to an insurance company makes me nervous. Maybe it is just paranoia, but I don’t want information on my collection being turned over to Big Brother.

Most homeowner’s insurance companies do not cover acts of God such as floods and earthquakes unless the homeowner has additional insurance. I found this out the hard way when there was damage to my house after an extremely rare Virginia earthquake.

There is a way to keep your investment your gun collection safe. Collector’s insurance is something every gun owner with more than one or two guns should consider buying. It gives me a little more peace of mind when I compare it to just relying on my homeowner’s policy.

Collectibles Insurance Services

Collectibles Insurance Services
Collectibles Insurance Services

One of the best companies that offer collector’s insurance is Collectibles Insurance Services. Their rates were even cheaper than it was to schedule my firearms onto my homeowner’s policy.

The product that they sell is far superior to my homeowner’s policy. One of the most significant advantages it has over traditional policies and what drew me to it is the fact that the policy covers more than just my firearms.

Optics and other firearms accessories are not cheap. I am into long range shooting. Some of my scopes cost more than my rifles. Collectibles Insurance Services covers all my optics even when I do not have them mounted on my guns.

I also buy ammunition in bulk. It is cheaper in the long run, but the upfront cost is a lot higher. Losing all my ammo means losing a lot of money. Luckily for me, Collectibles Insurance Services (CIS) even covers the cost of ammunition! Not only that, but they also include coverage for the price my gun safes.

CAS Hanwei Oni Katana
CAS Hanwei Oni Katana

I also prefer how Collectibles Insurance Services calculate the value of my guns. Different from the homeowner’s policy that I have, CIS uses the actual market value of the firearms with no deductible. That means that I would get paid out the current price of the Mosin Nagant I paid $75 for at a gun show back in the day. With my homeowner’s insurance policy, it wouldn’t be worth putting in a claim if something happened to my Mosin.

CIS ties their policies to the firearms and not the home. If your gun gets stolen from your car, then you are covered. I also travel with a firearm when I fly. If my gun gets taken from my checked bag when traveling, I know they still have my back. Collectibles Insurance Services even covers your guns if the postal services lose it when mailing my gun out to say a gunsmith.

Another cool thing about the collector’s policy offered by CIS is that it covers bladed weapons. I have a CAS Hanwei Oni Katana. It’s a real cutting sword. Its quality is impeccable, but that quality comes with a steep price. If anything ever happened to it, I would be able to put in a claim for its value.

No Firearms Serial Numbers Required, Your Guns Remain Private

This ‘like’ is a big deal. I like that Collectibles Insurance Services doesn’t ask for the serial numbers of your guns. Call me paranoid, but I don’t like sharing those with anyone. You only need to list firearms valued over $25,000 on the policy individualy. Even then, they only ask for make, model, and an estimated value of the gun.

CIS also covers my antique firearms along with my modern guns. This wide range of coverage saves me the pain of getting multiple policies.

CIS makes the process of getting a quote straightforward. All the collector have to do is answer a few easy questions on their website. They also have a toll free number ( 888-837-9537 ) where one of their team members can answer any question about their products.

From the collector to the dealer (yes they cover FFL dealer’s too!) everyone needs to protect his or her investment, and that is what Collectibles Insurance Services does best. Their service is something I hope I never have to use, but if I do, then I will be glad I have it.

You can get a free quote from Collectibles Insurance Services at https://collectinsure.com/guns

A CIS team member can answer any questions you have for them. They are available Monday to Friday from 8:30 AM to 5 PM ET at 888-837-9537.

CNN Denies Reality of Gun Confiscation to Attack President Trump

H/T NRA/ILA.

The Communist News Network like the rest of the drive-by media could not even find the word truth in the dictionary.

Since October 22, 1968, when Lyndon Johnson signed the Gun Control Act into law gun confiscation has been every DemocRats wet dream.

If DemocRats ever retake both Houses of Congress and the Presidency it would not surprise me if they do not try gun confiscation.

It’s as if someone confiscated the facts from CNN. When it comes to guns or President Donald Trump the self-professed “most trusted name in news” has a difficult time telling the truth. Combine those topics into a single story and the network can’t seem to help but fabricate a story.

In an October 19 piece for CNN.com titled, “The 45 most bizarre lines from Donald Trump’s wild Montana speech,” CNN political reporter Chris Cillizza purported to refute several of the comments President Donald Trump made at an October 18 campaign rally for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Matt Rosendale in Missoula, Mont.

At one point in his speech, President Trump told the pro-gun crowd, “I wouldn’t want to be the one that walks into your house and says, ‘Give me that gun.’ Right? Nobody has the courage to do that. But Matt is going to protect your Second Amendment.”

Cillizza characterized the statement as one of Trump’s “oft-repeated falsehoods about those who support gun control measures: That their ultimate goal is confiscation of all guns, including from law-abiding citizens.” The CNN “journalist” continued,

While there is the occasional radical voice within the gun control movement who suggests something like this, no mainstream Democratic politician has come close to saying it. In fact, both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton expressly rejected the idea that they had any interest in any sort of gun collection program.

Cillizza went on to claim that President Trump was intentionally lying to his audience because “the prospect of a politician coming to your house and taking your gun is something that works for him politically.”

In the first portion of his comment, Cillizza erects a straw man. The President never claimed that gun control supporters seek to confiscate “all guns.” However, Trump is right that the threat of some form of gun confiscation is real.

Cillizza’s comment that “no mainstream Democratic politician” supports gun confiscation is ridiculous. In a February 5, 1995 interview with 60 Minutes, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), who authored the 1994 ban on commonly-owned semi-automatic firearms, explained that the ban did not go far enough. Explicitly endorsing gun confiscation, Sen. Feinstein stated, “If I could have gotten 51 votes in the Senate of the United States for an outright ban, picking up every one of them, Mr. and Mrs. America, turn them all in, I would have done it.” The firearms Feinstein was targeting with her comments included what is now America’s most popular rifle – the AR-15.

As ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Feinstein should qualify as a “mainstream Democratic politician” for Cillizza’s purposes. In fact, she might be a little too mainstream for many California Democrats, as she is facing an election challenge from radical anti-gun California State Senator Kevin de Leon.

Cillizza’s claim that “both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton expressly rejected the idea that they had any interest in any sort of gun collection program” is also false. Both Obama and Clinton have endorsed Australian-style gun confiscation.

Following a high-profile shooting in Port Arthur, Tasmania in 1996, Australia banned almost all possession of semi-automatic rifles and semi-automatic and pump-action shotguns. To carry out the ban, the government created a confiscatory “buyback” program, whereby gun owners were forced to turn in their newly-prohibited firearms for set compensation. In 2002, Australia severely restricted the types of handguns that could be possessed. Again, the country operated a “buyback” to enforce the ban.

Speaking at a September 22, 2013 memorial service for those killed in a shooting at the Washington Navy Yard, Obama endorsed the United Kingdom and Australia’s confiscatory gun control schemes. Lamenting Americans’ willingness to protect their Second Amendment rights even in the face of tragedy, Obama stated that such episodes “ought to lead to some sort of transformation.” The former president went on to state,

That’s what happened in other countries when they experienced similar tragedies. In the United Kingdom, in Australia, when just a single mass shooting occurred in those countries, they understood that there was nothing ordinary about this kind of carnage. They endured great heartbreak, but they also mobilized and they changed…

On June 10, 2014, Obama participated in a Tumblr Q&A session where he again endorsed Australia’s gun control regime. Describing his administration’s failure to enact gun control as his “biggest frustration,” Obama noted, “A couple of decades ago, Australia had a mass shooting similar to Columbine or Newtown. And Australia just said, well that’s it, we’re not seeing that again and basically imposed very severe, tough gun laws.”

In a 2015 podcast interview with Marc Maron, Obama again praised Australia’s confiscatory gun laws. Pointing to Australia’s post-Port Arthur measures as the path forward, Obama stated, “When Australia had a mass killing, I think it was in Tasmania about 25 years ago, it was just so shocking to the system, the entire country said, ‘We’re going to completely change our gun laws’, and they did…”

As for Clinton, during an October 2015 presidential campaign event in Keene, N.H. the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee expressed her support for Australia’s gun confiscation measures. During a question and answer session, an audience member said that Australia “managed to … take away … millions of handguns, and in one year, they were all gone,” and asked, “Can we do that?”

In response, Clinton said in part, “I think it would be worth considering doing it on the national level if that could be arranged.” The former first lady added, “I don’t know enough details to tell you … how we would do it or how it would work, but certainly the Australian example is worth looking at.”

It’s not even necessary to take politicians at their word when they say they support gun confiscation, because there have already been instances of gun confiscation in the U.S.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, New Orleans law enforcement officers were ordered to confiscate lawfully possessed firearms from the city’s law-abiding residents. In 2008, NRA secured a settlement with the city to return hundreds of firearms to their owners.

Standing as a testament to the dangers of gun registration, New York City has repeatedly adopted confiscatory gun policies. In 1967, New York City adopted a law requiring the registration of shotguns and rifles. In 1991, the city adopted a law barring the possession of certain configurations of semi-automatic rifles and shotguns. As the city knew who the law-abiding owners of the newly-banned guns were, these residents were directed to surrender their firearms, make them inoperable, or remove them from the city. This scenario played out again in 2013, after the city banned possession of an additional class of long guns.

As is often the case when the news media covers firearms, it is difficult to discern whether Cillizza’s comments were more the result of ignorance or deceit. In any case, Cillizza’s invalid assertions on gun confiscation were the epitome of fake news.

 

Cool Stuff We Use Everyday That Came From the Military

H/T War History OnLine.

There is an old adage that goes “Necessity is the mother of invention.”

War and innovation go hand in hand. Some of our greatest leaps forward have come at times of the most urgent necessity. Most of the time we don’t see this. After all, we’re not all on the front line.

But sometimes, these new inventions find their way into mainstream civilian use, especially if they are as cool as these.

Cargo Pants

I know, we all have a pair these days, and they are ideal for work with all those handy pockets and durable design. The big plus is that they also look so cool.

However, they were developed by the British Army in the 1930s before the outbreak of World War Two.

It wasn’t long before these practical classics were taken up by the US Army Paratroopers and the design migrated across the Atlantic and into wardrobes all around the world.

U.S. Marine Corps wearing Cargo pants during training

Duct Tape

An engineering classic that no home can do without, duct tape has assisted in so many last-minute repairs that it has become an essential toolbox item.

We all laugh at the Internet videos where some poor guy has used it to patch up their car, but back in World War Two, duct tape was devised by chemical giants Johnson and Johnson as a means of patching up tanks.

The military needed something that could repair minor damage quickly and so duct tape was born.

Duct Tape Shoe Repair

Insect Repellent

If you go down to the woods today, it’s likely that besides your first aid kit, compass, and satellite phone, there will be a can of insect repellent in your back-pack.

However, if you were hiking before World War Two, you would have had to take your chances with the mosquitos.

It was during the campaigns in the South Pacific that the Department of Defense realized that something was needed to protect troops from the very real risk of malaria.

So, the USDA found a suitable insecticide and put it in a fine-mist applicator. This inventions saved US soldiers then and still prevents your discomfort today.

A popular post-WWII Australian brand of insect repellent. Photo: Bauple58 CC BY 3.0

The ‘Detroit’ Jacket

Another wardrobe staple that was inspired by wartime practicalities, this time coming from a US President.

Dwight D. Eisenhower preferred waist-length jackets when he was a US General.

The look became so much a part of the president’s ‘brand-identity’ as we would call it today, that when the clothing company Carhartt introduced their own version back in 1954, it was listed as an Eisenhower jacket.

WWII-era Tailor Made Officer’s Eisenhower jacket.

M&Ms

Today 2.5 million M&Ms get stamped with the iconic initials every hour in the Mars factory. But this candy started out in Spain, during the civil war.

While traveling Europe, the young Forrest Mars Senior noticed soldiers eating chocolate beans. The chocolate was coated in a hard candy shell which stopped the chocolate from melting.

Later on, M&Ms became part of the US military ration and followed servicemen all around the world during WWII.

Milk Chocolate M&M’s

Aviator Sunglasses

Perhaps it is easier to see the military application for sunglasses. After all, it could be claimed that Tom Cruise in the film Top Gun helped them on their way to the iconic status they enjoy today.

However, aviator sunglasses have been around far longer than Technicolor movies.

It was in the late 1920s that a US Army Air Corps Colonel set Bausch and Lomb to developing solar glare protection for high-altitude pilots. This resulted in the product we know today.

General MacArthur’s signature look included his ornate hat, corncob pipe, and aviator sunglasses. 1944

The Beanie Hat

One-hundred percent acrylic, this stretchy staple is a legend in the realm of active-wear. Hunters, climbers, even skateboarders pull these on when the weather or altitude demands.

We have the US Navy to thank for this innovation: they beat the cold as well as the Third Reich in the North Atlantic while wearing hats that inspired those we wear today.

WWII US Army Soldiers Lighting Cigarettes in Windy Winter Snow

Silly Putty

It’s true! Okay, so silly putty wasn’t used by the military for any practical application, but the discovery was made by a chemist at G&E while searching for a synthetic compound that could replace rubber.

The Japanese had cut off the rubber supply to America during the War in the Pacific, and so the military tasked chemical corporations to supply an alternative. For the last 70 years, this military invention has helped to keep kids amused.

Silly putty dripping. Photo: Glitch010101 CC BY-SA 2.0

Super Glue

Yes, it can fix anything in ten seconds, and remain on your fingers for the rest of the day.

We have all heard the story that surgeons used a spray on wounds to quickly stop bleeding in the Vietnam War, but its tale is much older than that.

Super Glue was discovered by accident by a chemist at Eastman Kodak while developing chemicals for use in WWII. It was deemed too sticky and too difficult to use at the time but went on commercial sale after the War instead.

A tube of “Super Glue,” a cyanoacrylate glue. Photo: Omegatron CC BY-SA 3.0

Dr. Martens

It’s incredible to think that the iconic boot from the 1970s and 1980s started life as recycled German military supplies after the Second World War, but it’s true.

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Dr. Klaus Martens developed the unique air-cushioned sole when he was recovering from a foot injury. The soles were a success in Germany so in 1959 Martens and his business partner began advertising overseas.

Dr Martens 460 Cherry Red Smooth. Photo: Karldmartini CC BY-SA 4.0

A license to produce the soles was acquired by British boot-maker, Griggs, and the first Doc Martens boot was born. Later that decade, the boot was adopted by Who legend, Pete Townsend, thereby signaling his hard-scrabble working-class roots.