Government is buying nearly a billion rounds of ammunition for domestic use and most people don’t give a rip. We reported earlier this week on how the government is now trying to cover its tracks on massive arms purchases for a variety of federal agencies including Social Security and the Weather Service (dismissed as a clerical error, but we’re not buying it).
Until this morning I was pretty open-minded about this, noting it was an anomaly but not necessarily one which should be taken as a leading indicator of “bad stuff to come” but as a data outlier.
Today, however, we can move into the “bad stuff coming” category with near-certainty since the federal government has now taken to redacting (blacking out, covering up) key portions of their massive ammo purchases DELETING things like quantity.
An example looks like this:
We’re not idiots – the 450-million rounds involved in the previous DHS purchases, plus the ICE purchase above, was already a matter of public record…a disturbing record, but public nonetheless.
This is right off publicly available documents on the Federal Business Opportunities site (here).
I don’t know about you, but when government starts to stockpile ammunition – nearly a billion rounds between agencies – three bullets for every man woman and child in America – seems to prove the notion that government is scared crapless about some big and evil coming to a country near you around year-end since that’s the “emergency” due date being used on some solicitations including the one for Capitol Police. (600,000 rounds on an emergency basis before year end.)
The Matter of Patriotism
While the paranoid faction of the PowersThatBe are arming up for a – well, they’re not saying what kind event – we note in passing that their behavior is fo sho giving aid and comfort to our enemies.
This is evidenced by the high-profile coverage being given this story by Iran’s Press-TV. This is public relations suicide. Or, is that the point? Hmmm…
What’s the old saying? When government fears the people it’s called Democracy. When People fear their government, it’s called Tyranny. But then I suppose you knew that, already.
Oh, and we’re sure you’ll be sleeping better knowing that Social Security is getting what?
Yep, 174,000 rounds.
Sure adds a sobering dimension to the fiscal cliff we walk over in early 2013, doesn’t it?
But the “training rounds” isn’t playing well among our readers. Example:
“A retired RCMP fellow belongs our local gun club. He said that the Mounties shoot only 12 rounds twice a year to maintain their gun qualification! I do think that is still more rounds than is required of weather forcasters.”
Dang upstart Canookians. Hey…maybe we could invade them next? I’ll take the Montreal jazz clubs and whatever’s behind curtain 3. FMTT. See Canadian border tensions growing story in “Coping” section this morning.
Bakery Takes the Cake
Another Amchitka Quake
You know, sometimes I wonder if all those nuclear tests at Amchitka Island in the Aleutians were designed to do more than test warheads.
As you can see in my “quick & dirty” here, there was another quake (4.8) overnight just 25-miles from the testing site roughly.
Now, I know the folks who authorized such things are long gone and all, but gee, was there a chance in the earthquake activity around the Pacific Rim in the period since the 1965-1971 testing up there? Oh, how soon we forget.
…Who won the $337 million dollar powerball lotto last night. Lone winner in Michigan. If it was you, go ahead and send in $600,000…your Peoplenomics subscription just got more expensive. Damn…
Blah, blah, blah…
“In the week ending August 11, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 366,000, an increase of 2,000 from the previous week’s revised figure of 364,000. The 4-week moving average was 363,750, a decrease of 5,500 from the previous week’s revised average of 369,250. The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 2.6 percent for the week ending August 4, unchanged from the prior week’s unrevised rate.”
Eldest daughter Denise in Seattle just got laid off from here biotech job (not enough biz) so our family unemployment rate just went back up. If you know of anything…
Labor Department is planning to give $100-million to states to slow layoffs, but of course, that won’t work. Got to have jobs for humans and this is the inevitable blow-back from exporting real jobs to India and China..like the DCD’s can’t figure things out. (DCD- DC dummies).
Miracle in Seattle
But despite layoffs in Seattle (and elsewhere) the bread and circus stuff is at least amusing with the Mariners pitching a perfect game. I gotta work on my “tomato arm” – this is inspiring stuff.
[Aspiring writer's note: Do not use terms like "my Molotov arm" because that could be construed as a threat and that could land you in the camps, which we all know aren't being built. Wink-wink, nudge-nudge.]
Might want to hold your breath in Dallas…with 10-dead of W. Nile complications, the city is planning to spray.
Please join me in the renaming campaign to “Crap-dusting.”
Oh my, the Isrealis are saying that a war with Iran could last as long as 30-days.
More after this…