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April 18, 2014

Why does the BLM have guys with rifles and mechanized infantry?

The whole militarization of the federal government is disturbing.
These guys don't swear allegiance to the US Constitution, they don't come from a culture of patriotism like most military volunteers do. They aren't barred by US law from being active on American soil. Its like an end run around the military by the executive department, who apparently wants its own private army it can use against Americans. - - Word Around the Net: WHAT A WEEK

Posted by gerardvanderleun at April 18, 2014 11:39 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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You may notice none of the Gestapo officers have resigned in ptotest, yet our side is sure it will happen soon.

Posted by: Scott M at April 18, 2014 12:05 PM

Posted by: tim at April 18, 2014 12:32 PM

Scott, the only way those brown shirts are gonna "retire" as you say, is at the point of a bayonet leading to the tar and feathers. Reserve the lamp posts for the leaders that sent them in.

Too many clock-punchers and lifers we used to call 'em, they won't step down until they are faced with dynamic resistance. Non-linear warfare and 4GW will bring the fight to them. When they realize that if they go out at night to kick down some doors some of them won't make it back to base, they might lose their nerve. They are mostly cowards anyway.

Posted by: chasmatic at April 18, 2014 2:48 PM

@ tim> taxicabdepressions

That was a great read. Thank you for posting.

Posted by: Terry at April 18, 2014 3:04 PM

Many of the people who have gravitated to employment in the BLM, Forest Service, and National Park Service are sympathetic to the environmental movement. They view the loggers, oil/gas drillers, ranchers, and farmers as intruders on the land. Illegal intruders, as it were, in their sight. Thus, enforcing edicts sent down from above is in line with what they believe. Check out Bachelor's Degrees in Environmental Protection and Conservation on Google. There are lots of them out there. Where do these people end up? In government agencies. Even the Forestry departments at the old land grant colleges - the A&Ms of my youth - are now populated by environmentalists. Forestry used to be about forest husbandry. Not now, it's about forest protection. All this has come about because of the Endangered Species Act and the increase in environmental activist groups. Just another reason why so many good-paying jobs have disappeared over the last 30 years.

Posted by: Jimmy J. at April 18, 2014 4:55 PM

Jimmy: yes, true, except now they have permission from DC and the muscle to back it up. And power corrupts, does it not?

Posted by: chasmatic at April 18, 2014 5:37 PM

…..Its like an end run around the military by the executive department, who apparently wants its own private army it can use against Americans…

Excuse me, but that is exactly what King Louie Obama wanted when he took office… A civilian force to impose his will on anyone he chose.

Sometime I wish to God he had one to impose its will on the fuggin' idiots that voted for him.

Posted by: Jack at April 18, 2014 8:51 PM

Tim, that's a very good essay at taxicab depressions. Thanks for mentioning it.

Posted by: Lorne at April 18, 2014 9:59 PM

And now the USPS is buying large quantities of ammo.
I thought they were going bankrupt a few years ago.

Posted by: LaZrtx at April 19, 2014 5:03 AM

Why is anyone surprised? Obama said during the election campaign that he wanted (and I forget the exact words) a police force as well-equipped and financed as the military. He nearly has it.

Posted by: Fred at April 19, 2014 7:19 AM

@Tim - Outstanding link and thank you.
Taxicab's "Pig Trap" reads like a 21st century Thomas Paine. Following.

Posted by: Saturday Anon at April 19, 2014 9:36 AM

MRAP vehicles are like tanks; they cannot operate with out infantry support. While they are mine resistant, the tires can be blown off and they do burn. Sniper fire keeps the vehicle buttoned up, set it on fire and cook the occupants. Or when they want out, it becomes a target rich environment.

The ragheads are kicking the snot out of these vehicles so it can be done.

Posted by: Vermont Woodchuck at April 19, 2014 10:26 AM

Woodchuck, I like the way you analyze a situation. I live in "tank country" and I am interested in the vulnerabilities of armor. it wouldn't take much more than one could find in an average home kitchen or cleaning locker.

One thing I learned, I would like to say I heard it from a wise old warlord or something, but it just floated in:

if you want to kill vermin, kill the nest.

Posted by: chasmatic at April 19, 2014 11:56 AM

Another interesting idea for a book or story: What happens when retired and reservist military vets clash with government agency forces?

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at April 19, 2014 12:03 PM

Christopher Taylor, Matt Bracken and a guy writing under the name "Max Velocity" have written books in that vein.

Posted by: Daniel K Day at April 19, 2014 2:53 PM

@chas, it's possible today to go into any common grocery store and grab a kitchen trash can off the shelf and sit it in the cart then grab some household ingredients off the shelf, uncap and drop them in the trashcan, and when the last of these 8 ingredients is dumped the entire block will go up in less than 5 minutes unless diluted with water in a 50,000:1 ratio. You may have all of these ingredients in your home right now.

Posted by: ghostsniper at April 19, 2014 8:31 PM

ghost: I am a clean guy. I have all kinds of cleaners and solvents to keep my house clean. All these products have warning labels and I read them all. I wouldn't want to mix the wrong things together, a trip to the emergency ward is not my idea of fun.

Posted by: chasmatic at April 20, 2014 4:37 PM

Yeah its no laughing matter, but mixing up mustard gas in your kitchen by accident is a real possibility.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at April 20, 2014 7:24 PM

Chris: there's a whole lot of chemical compounds that can come about from careless handling. There's a bunch more that can derive from careful cautious combinations. A lot depends on what results are desired.

I worked for a while at a training facility for SWAT teams and Homeland Security forces. I have set up and armed explosive devices and I have disarmed the same. I know all about being careful. Thanks for your concerns and cautions.

Posted by: chasmatic at April 20, 2014 7:48 PM

Actually, all federal civil servants do swear an oath to uphold the Constitution. I seem to remember from Norse mythology that oath-breaking was deemed the most heinous of all crimes. Maybe it's time to revive that way of thinking.

Posted by: waltj at April 21, 2014 8:36 AM

walt: I think you're correct. Question is, who we gonna get to enforce it?

Posted by: chasmatic at April 22, 2014 12:20 AM

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