Russia’s Military Intel Chief is Dead


Submitted without comment, because I’ll let you draw your own conclusions. 

MOSCOW – Russia’s Defense Ministry says the head of the military’s main intelligence service, Col.-Gen. Igor Sergun, has died at age 58.

A ministry statement said he died suddenly on Sunday, but gave no further information on the cause of death or where it occurred.

RIP, dude. 

Something to make you gag


Misery loves company, so when I find something that makes my insides roil as if I’d just swallowed a live, writhing eel, you’d better believe I will spread the joy and share the anguish.

putin-6-480wSo welcome to the 2016 Vladimir Putin calendar, featuring the Russian strongman in a variety of poses ranging from merely repulsive (sagging, pasty man tits on a fly fishing expedition) to the downright ominous (check out the close-up of Putin’s steely glare).putin-3-480w

This is just the kind of crap that the Russians eat up. They love their petty authoritarians. That’s why Putin’s approval ratings are so high, despite Russia’s economic decline. As long as they have their strong leader, they’re happy.

And speaking of statist assholes, Russia has just issued an international arrest warrant for our old friend Mikhail Khodorkovsky.

Now why, you ask, would Putin all of a sudden issue an arrest warrant for a guy he pardoned a couple of years ago – a guy whom he imprisoned for 10 years for tax evasion and fraud because he wanted to steal his oil company?

Khodorkovsky, a loud detractor of President Putin, is wanted for allegedly ordering subordinates to kill the mayor of Nefteyugansk in 1998. Russia’s Investigative Committee say he was attempting to avoid paying taxes for his oil company, Yukos.

For his part, Khodorkovsky, who is currently living in Switzerland, claims Putin has lost his mind.

I’m thinking that since the rollover of EU sanctions is a done deal, and the United States just announced another round of maintenance sanctions against Russian individuals and companies for Russia’s shenanigans in Ukraine, Putin pretty much has dropped any facade of being an innocent victim to the evil west. He’s figuring if the EU and the United States are going to continue to sanction him, he may as well drop all pretense and act like the villain that he is.

Enjoy the calendar!

Russian Tragedy


Yes, believe it or not, I’m writing about something other than SJW howler monkeys today.  I know… I’m as shocked as you are.

A horrible tragedy befell a Russian aircraft today. This is absolutely horrible, and despite any feelings I may have for the current Russian leadership, I feel for the families of the 224 people aboard who died today.

Russian state media reported that many of the 217 passengers were Russians returning from vacation. The passengers were reported to include 17 children. There were seven crew members.

The plane had departed the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, near the southern tip of the Sinai, on a flight to St. Petersburg, Russia. The plane vanished from radar 23 minutes into the flight, at 6:20 a.m. local time.

Where's the vodka? Go get 'em, Vova!

Where’s the vodka? Go get ’em, Vova!

There have been rumors that Islamic terrorists took credit for the crash, although my initial thought – until more is determined – is that the pig humping scum are merely taking the opportunity to take credit for this tragedy.

(I will also admit there’s a small part of me wonders how long it will take the Russians to characterize this as an act of western provocation and somehow blame us, but that feeling is much overshadowed by compassion and honest sympathy for those who have lost loved ones in this disaster.)

The weather was clear, according to preliminary reports, and the pilot had reported technical difficulties before the plane disappeared.

I can guarantee you one thing, though: if IS or any other frothing fundamentalist Islamic cult is shown to have had any involvement in this tragedy, I will sit back and watch as Putin decimates anyone or anything having to do with the culprit.

And I will cheer him on. Bring on the vodka and popcorn!

We Can Only Hope He Means It


Deranged douche extraordinaire Anders Breivik, the guy who murdered all those Norwegians with guns and explosives in 2011 and has been in prison for it ever since is threatening suicide.

More specifically, in protest for his treatment in a Norwegian prison – the prettiest and most humane place of incarceration in the world – Breivik is threatening to starve himself to death.


Yeah… this is what he’s complaining about. And this is not the first time he’s threatened to off himself by starvation. The last time, the convicted mass murderer whined that his PlayStation 2 was out of date, and that he wanted a newer console. This time, apparently the poor cherub can’t finish his studies.

He complained the conditions mean he is no longer able to continue studying his political science course at University of Oslo. He added: “Studying and corresponding is not humanly possible under such circumstances, and this applies to anyone who is isolated under such conditions.

“The decision about the drastic deterioration of prison conditions forced me to drop out of my studies, which in turn means that I will lose my place at the university. The studies, which were made possible for only thirteen full days before the Minister of Justice put an end to them, were the only thing I had.”

Hey, fuckwad! Here’s a little clue for you: you slaughtered a bunch of innocent people, including kids. No one gives a flying rat’s ass if you starve! As a matter of fact, I think they should probably withhold food just to make it easier for you to achieve this goal.

Give Satan a hug in hell before he shoves that barbed wire-encrusted, flaming cricket bat up your ass.

What Happens When You Oppose the Regime?


What do a puppet theater, a torture investigator and a forest-preservation group have in common? In Russia, all are considered “foreign agents” and could face closure.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the Kremlin (you know… the one in Russia) is cracking down on political opposition to the policies of the current regime by basically accusing individuals and groups as “foreign agents.” Apparently, Russian President Vladimir Putin doesn’t like dissent.

This is my shocked face.

This is nothing new, mind you. The Russian government has routinely accused NGOs of subversion, of being funded by the West in order to foment unrest, etc. Of course, now that we have basically slammed Putin’s sack in a door after we shut it off to long term credit for its banks, closed business off to various economic sectors, and froze assets of certain Putin buddies, those accusations have reached fevered pitch!

So back in May, Putin signed new legislation that would allow Moscow to pretty much shut down any foreign-backed group considered “undesirable.” And while I hate invoking Godwin’s law here and reminding readers of the steps the Nazis took to weed out “undesirables” and wipe them from the planet, if the shoe fits…

And while Putin is trying to paint the law as just another way to distinguish between foreign and domestically-backed groups, the fact that Moscow has designated the grass-roots group Committee Against Torture, (a group that has received human-rights awards for securing nearly $700,000 in compensation for victims of police torture), as well as Memorial – Russia’s oldest human rights group, which has worked to document the crimes of Stalinism and commemorating its victims – as “foreign agents” is pretty telling.

Here’s the thing. Designating charities, organizations, or groups as “foreign agents” accomplishes several things.

First, it adds an implied accusation of subversion or even treason to the group’s reputation, which will probably make it difficult to maintain business relationships and reputation within Russia. It’s a sort of a “name and shame” strategy that will compel some business partners, individuals, banks, etc. to sever their relationships with the entity as sort of a de-risking move.

Second, if these groups want to continue operating in Russia they would likely have to decline further foreign financing, which would force them to turn to the Kremlin for funds.

And you know what happens when the Kremlin begins to fund an organization! If you want to receive those cute little rubles, you’d better stop being contrary to the Kremlin’s policies and agenda.

It’s a pretty effective way to quash opposition. You don’t have to throw dissidents in the gulag. Hell, you don’t even have to arrest them! You just need to cut off all other sources of funding and force them to rely on the government, which will then have every right to demand that said opponents alter their message to lick the hand that feeds them.

I know there are people out there who continue to defend Putin and Russia as merely reacting to perceived “US/NATO aggression” in their sphere of influence (yeah, I’m talking to you, Dan Carlin!), your lack of understand what is going on in Putin’s policy circles and their foreign policy and frothing zeal to lay blame at the feet of the United States is staggering and somewhat disturbing.

I should really post more


I know it’s been weeks since I’ve written anything. I needed a break. I haven’t really been in the mood to write. First, there was the snow, which prompted me to sit around in bed all day in my pajamas drinking hot tea and watching Law & Order reruns.

And now… I’m off on temporary duty to Miami.

I know… HARDSHIP! But you’d be surprised how crappy it feels to go from a foot of snow in DC to 85-degree heat with 10000 percent humidity down in southern Florida! So if you have a snarky comment about how you feel oh-so-sorry for me being down here, keep it to yourself, punkin, because all you’ll get from me is a one-fingered salute.

As for what I’ve been up to?


For those of you who don’t know, I’ve been a regular part of the GunBlog Variety Cast along with some awesome folks, including Sean Sorrentino and Erin Palette. I’ve been doing this for a while now, but I’ve been an abject FAIL at blogging about it, because I’m lazy. So go over there and listen. Surprisingly enough, I don’t bloviate about guns on this one, but rather foreign policy. Erin talks about prepping, Sean and Adam talk about… stuff, and other incredible, talented, and intelligent folks talk about guns and tech. It’s fun. You should check it out, if you want to find out what I sound like on the air (shout out to my broadcaster background!).

And no, I don’t curse.

So what’s been going on?

Well, for one, we kicked Maduro and his band of Venezuelan thugs in the nuts with some sanctions last week. And if you hear them whining that this means the United States is about to launch into some kind of military action against them, you can laugh a little, because they’re either ignorant, or just want to raise the level of whining. Fact is that they were sanctioned under the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA), which authorizes the President to regulate commerce after declaring a “national emergency” in response to any unusual or extraordinary foreign threat. It certainly doesn’t authorize any kind of military action.

Specifically, the E.O. targets those determined by the Department of the Treasury, in consultation with the Department of State, to be involved in:

  • actions or policies that undermine democratic processes or institutions;
  • significant acts of violence or conduct that constitutes a serious abuse or violation of human rights, including against persons involved in antigovernment protests in Venezuela in or since February 2014;
  • actions that prohibit, limit, or penalize the exercise of freedom of expression or peaceful assembly; or
  • public corruption by senior officials within the Government of Venezuela.

The E.O. also authorizes the Department of the Treasury, in consultation with the Department of State, to target any person determined:

  • to be a current or former leader of an entity that has, or whose members have, engaged in any activity described in the E.O. or of an entity whose property and interests in property are blocked or frozen pursuant to the E.O.; or
  • to be a current or former official of the Government of Venezuela;

What does this all mean? It means we don’t like corrupt thugs who steal money from their own people while undermining their basic rights using the U.S. financial system. So we cut off their access to it.

What else has been going on?

The Justice Department determined there was no basis for continued legal action against Darren Wilson, who last year shot Michael Brown in an action which was determined to be justified. Of course, Holder and the DOJ can’t leave well enough alone, so even though the shoot was good, they put out a report citing racism in the Ferguson PD writ large in an obvious attempt to mollify the screeching race hustlers. It is interesting to note that the report cites revenue generation being emphasized in the PD’s approach to law enforcement.

Patrol assignments and schedules are geared toward aggressive enforcement of Ferguson’s municipal code, with insufficient thought given to whether enforcement strategies promote public safety or unnecessarily undermine community trust and cooperation. Officer evaluations and promotions depend to an inordinate degree on “productivity,” meaning the number of citations issued. Partly as a consequence of City and FPD priorities, many officers appear to see some residents, especially those who live in Ferguson’s predominantly African-American neighborhoods, less as constituents to be protected than as potential offenders and sources of revenue.

This is a problem that’s not just limited to Ferguson. Nothing new and different there, and I’ve often been appalled at the outrageous fees and penalties imposed on citizens for engaging in a simple mistake or minor traffic violation. So I get it. It sucks.

But in the same breath, the DOJ’s report claims that “The harms of Ferguson’s police and court practices are borne disproportionately by African Americans, and there is evidence that this is due in part to intentional discrimination on the basis of race.”

Lemme ask ya something. If it is obvious that the city’s focus is on revenue generation, rather than public safety, and therefore, it views the PREDOMINANTLY AFRICAN-AMERICAN city as a source of revenue generation, wouldn’t it stand to reason that in a predominantly black city, the brunt of those revenue generation policies would be… um… black, and that the reason Ferguson’s law enforcement practices and policies overwhelmingly impact African-Americans is because THAT’S WHO PREDOMINANTLY LIVES IN THE FRIGGIN’ CITY?

But hey, some of us don’t go looking for racism under every bed and around every corner.

In response to said report, Ferguson’s city manager has resigned and a state judge will be in charge of all Ferguson cases. Every town needs scapegoats, I suppose. That, of course, didn’t mollify the stampeding hordes, and just this past weekend, two police officers were shot after working crowd control in Ferguson. Police charged Jeffrey Williams with the shooting. The suspect admits he fired the weapon, but claims he was aiming at someone else in the crowd.

I’m trying to wrap my head at the amount of fucking stupid it takes to make such an admission. Stupid #1) You fire your weapon into a crowd of fucking people. Stupid #2) You admit to doing so, but hey… you weren’t aiming at police, and I guess you were expecting to hit your mark dead on. In a crowd. You dimwitted, miserable FAIL of a fucktard. Stupid #2) The only two people you conveniently hit are two cops. How propitious, considering the demonstrations were all about supposed police “racism.”

And, of course, Holder has been sniveling about how much acts of violence against law enforcement are not to be tolerated. Never mind he and his DOJ are the ones fomenting said unrest!

OK, enough about that.

There was supposedly a ceasefire agreement reached in Ukraine. Well, it was reached, but if you’re thinking that it’s somehow been effective, you’d be wrong. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg says the ceasefire is “fragile.” I think while violence has been reduced some, he’s the master of the understatement. If you want a boots on the ground (so to speak) glimpse into what’s going on, you should follow U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt on Twitter. The Russians will tell you it’s not their fault – that it’s the separatists failing to abide by the ceasefire – that they have no control over said militants. Um… yeah… right. If you think that Moscow isn’t behind the continuous arming of separatists in the region, I have this bridge…

Yes, I know I should keep up with my blogging, but even I need a break sometimes, so if I’m not around, it’s because I’m busy having a life.

A rude wake-up call


If you haven’t already heard, two pig-humping Paleoswine walked into a synagogue in Jerusalem, Israel today and proceeded to murder five innocent people, including three U.S.-born rabbis. The sons of sows used meat cleavers, an ax, and a gun in their attacks in the Har Nof neighborhood of Jerusalem.

That’s right. They hacked innocent worshipers to death with meat cleavers. By the time police arrived and shot the two savages, several people had been hacked and/or shot to death.

The Paleoswine celebrated the two martyrs murdering swine.


Meanwhile, it was a rude awakening for Israel. As Y.B. ben Avraham explains at Zelman Partisans, it is an error to cite Israel as some sort of bastion of firearms freedoms. It isn’t.

While it is true that one sees young people, fresh from graduating high school, with select-fire rifles slung on their backs, and in Judea and Samaria it is a bit easier to obtain a community weapon or permit, in reality, the “freedoms” look much more like Chicago or NYC than say, Arizona. Everything is by permission, and licensure, and the restrictions have been getting much more restrictive and onerous, in practice, especially in the large metropolitan areas.

It took a massacre for Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch to announce an easing of restrictions on carrying weapons. Unfortunately, the epiphany is insufficient. The moderation in policy only applies to those who currently hold licenses, such as security guards and off-duty military officers. What about the rest of the defenseless would-be victims whose only recourse against ax- and meat cleaver-wielding sociopaths is to wait for a police officer to arrive? What about the innocent faithful, praying in a synagogue whose only hope is to wait for help to arrive?

The homicidal butchers gave Israel a wake-up call when they walked into that synagogue wielding implements of murder and proceeded to shed innocent blood. The massacre prompted the Public Security Minister to loosen gun regulations for license holders.

What will it take for the Israeli government to realize that their infringement on the natural rights of the people can end up in nothing but slaughter?

Have they forgotten?

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