Issa wastes MORE tax dollars on useless hearings

Issa accuses Secret Service of giving ‘false’ account of White House breach

Secret Service Director Julia Pierson admitted Tuesday that presidential security fell apart when a knife-wielding intruder jumped a White House fence earlier this month and sprinted untouched across the lawn, entering the first family’s residence through an unlocked door and making his way into the East Room reception area.

Pierson testified, and faced heated questioning from lawmakers, at a House oversight hearing — her first since the Sept. 19 incident. In her testimony, she took “full responsibility” for the failures but also faced accusations that the agency initially gave a “false” account of what happened that evening.

In his opening statement, Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., noted that the knife-carrying intruder in fact made it to the East Room. Issa said that was contrary to an “early, false report” that claimed the intruder only got just inside the residence door.

“An intruder walked in the front door of the White House, and that is unacceptable. Commonsense tells us that there were a series of security failures — not an instance of praiseworthy restraint,” Issa said. SOURCE

Raise some ruckus, hold a press conference, make a few impassioned statements, spend a lot of tax dollars holding Congressional Hearings that don’t mean a damned thing, hold a few more press conferences, make the Sunday talk show circuit to pound your chest and let America know how much YOU did to set this rapidly capsizing ship right and then stand back and watch as the ship sinks anyway.

Do you remember the Fast and Furious hearings and all the *chest beating* that came from them? How about the IRS scandals and the lost emails of Lois Lerner and several of her cohorts? Have you heard of any prosecutions? Any jail time?

Congress is doing what it does best lately; they are making noise, trying to fool the voters into reelecting them and will then pat one another on the back bragging about how they fooled the American voters once again.

Secret Service Director Julia Pierson testifies in the picture below, reminds me of the IRS hearings and Lois Lerner.

Secret Service Director Julia Pierson

Here is a list of high-profile scandals involving the agency in recent years, have you heard of any dire consequences coming from these actions? Continue reading

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A Few Thoughts Regarding Handguns

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A Few Thoughts Regarding Handguns

As some of you may or may not know, I am a serious *gun person*, I have been for nearly my entire life. I am often asked about what gun and caliber combination is the best for this, that or the other application and I am more likely than not to tell the person asking that question that I don’t have a clue, you see, guns are a personal matter, and the caliber of your gun(s) is an even more personal matter.

So, here are some things I am compelled to say regarding those questions I am asked about guns, calibers, shot placement, gun fighting and the people that participate in these activities.

1. What’s the best gun for self-defense?

Damn if I know, and I won’t even try to get that can of worms opened. This is one of those *personal issues* and one than nearly everyone has a different opinion of. For me, it’s what I happen to have on my belt, in my waistband or in my hand at the moment and it will most likely be a Springfield XD .40 or .45, that is MY preference.

Anyone that tries to tell you that *THIS – insert name of gun here* is the perfect gun for whatever it is they are trying to BS you about is just that, FULL of BS.

2. What’s the best caliber to use to stop a man *dead in his tracks*?

Again, damn if I know, that’s another one of those *personal issues* and a can of worms that doesn’t need to be opened. I will say this, ANY bullet can kill you, of that there is NO doubt, but this magical *Man stopper*, one that kills on contact, with one shot, has yet to be found.

3. Shot Placement — Which brings me to the real reason I am writing this piece.

Recently we have had a few so-called, self-described *gun hands* come visit us at the United States Gun Owners Association and try to tell us all about the importance of shot placement and how WITH proper shot placement even a .22 is a very deadly weapon, and while that IS true, to a point, it is NOT a practicality in a real world, up close and personal gun fight.

Yes indeed, a .22 will kill you graveyard dead if it hits the right vital organs, or if it hits them often enough, as will a .25 or a .32 caliber handgun, but to do this impeccable and proper shot placement these know-it-all *gun-hands* want to preach about, your target needs to remain pretty much motionless while not presenting much of a threat to you or others and there’s where the sand gets into the lube jar.

If your target is a piece of paper, one that isn’t capable of shooting back, it might be possible to stack enough .22, .25 or .32 rounds into the *10 Ring* to actually stop a *supposed* living target, forgive the pun, DEAD in his tracks.

In the REAL WORLD it just doesn’t happen that way.

You see, it the real world your target will be another human being, one that is armed, likely moving erratically, on an adrenalin high from HELL and shooting at YOU which means that you too will most likely be moving erratically, on an adrenalin high from HELL and shooting back, none of which is conducive to top shelf marksmanship.

If he’s not shooting at you, or threatening life in some other acceptable fashion, your perfect shot placement can very well get you a long vacation in a state penitentiary. Not a good place to vacation so I am told.

There is more wrong with the theories offered by *gun range paper punching gun fighters* than just that.

With the lesser powered cartridges, even if you CAN make that wonderful shot placement dream a reality, the caliber most often referenced and used by most of these idiots when referring to *shot placement* being the magic cure is the lowly .22 as the tool, but they never mention, or maybe they don’t know or understand, a decent heavy leather jacket will stop the lowly .22, as well as a .25 or .32 from making contact with flesh. Continue reading

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Reports: WH intruder gets far past front door

Reports: WH intruder gets far past front door

WASHINGTON (AP) — The intruder who climbed a fence made it farther inside the White House than the Secret Service has publicly acknowledged, the Washington Post and New York Times newspapers reported Monday. The disclosures came on the eve of a congressional oversight hearing with the director of the embattled agency assigned to protect the president’s life.

Citing unnamed sources — three people familiar with the incident and a congressional aide — the newspapers said Omar J. Gonzalez ran past the guard at the front door and into the East Room, which is about halfway across the first floor of the building. Gonzalez was eventually “tackled” by a counter-assault agent, according to the Post, which was first to report the news.

In the hours after the fence-jumper incident, Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan told The Associated Press that the suspect had been apprehended just inside the North Portico doors of the White House.

The Secret Service also said that night that the suspect had been unarmed — an assertion that was revealed to be false the next day when officials acknowledged Gonzalez had a knife with him when he was apprehended. SOURCE

If a guy like Gonzalez can get into the White House, and penetrate that far, one of two things is a fact; the guy is either VERY good, with magnificent Ninja skills, OR, the White House is one of the most insecure locations in the United States.

Now I wonder if Obama has any inkling of what Americans feel like regarding our BORDER security.

Personally, I’m going with ‘the White House is one of the most insecure locations in the United States’ part. Omar J. Gonzalez is NOT a covert insertions specialist, which is obvious, he got caught, and his timing was nothing less than atrocious.

Obama and his entourage had just left the White House, I presume via Marine One, and if Gonzalez didn’t see Marine One lift off and not realize that the POTUS was out of the House, he’s just some *nut job* that got very lucky and wasn’t too terribly serious about hurting anyone. Continue reading

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