Wednesday, December 7, 2016


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secret service

The U.S. Secret Service has lost thousands of agency computers, radios, cell phones, weapons, credentials and vehicles since Islamic terrorists executed the worst attack in U.S. history, records obtained by Judicial Watch show.

The equipment was reported lost or stolen by the Secret Service, which claims to be one of the most elite law enforcement organizations in the world with responsibilities that include protecting, not only the president, but also national and visiting foreign leaders as well as conducting criminal investigations.

Judicial Watch requested the records under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) almost a year ago as part of an ongoing investigation into the scandal-plagued Secret Service. The information was finally provided this month and it most certainly depicts behavior unbecoming of an elite law enforcement agency.

Since 2001 dozens of weapons and pistols have gone missing, hundreds of agent badges and cell phones as well as scores of laptop and desktop computers and six agency motor vehicles. Labeled “lost and stolen assets” by the Secret Service, the records are broken down by year and type of equipment missing. Two categories are somewhat vague and neither includes records before 2009. One, titled “other equipment,” reveals the loss of 793 items since 2009. The other, listed as “office equipment,” shows the loss of 201 items during the same period.

The agency had an especially humiliating year in 2004 when 1,362 items were recorded as lost or stolen, the records show. Radio equipment led with 191 lost items in addition to 53 laptops, 53 desktop computers, 26 badges and 25 cell phones, among others.

In 2002 the Secret Service lost 1,179 items, including a disturbing number of weapons (69) and badges (40). Keep in mind that was the year following the 9/11 terrorist attacks! In 2014 the agency reported 1,032 items lost or stolen, among them hundreds of pieces of information technology equipment, 142 cell phones and a motor vehicle. In 2010 the records list 1,001 disappeared items, including dozens of badges, computers and cell phones.

Some of the categories are too general and don’t offer specific descriptions of the equipment, but enough information is provided in the records to illustrate the severity of the negligence. Except for 2013 the Secret Service has lost more than 100 information technology items every year since 2009. For the portion of 2016 that’s been reported, the agency has already lost eight badges. In 2015 it was 18 and in 2014 it lost 25 badges.

The Secret Service has been rocked by several scandals in the last few years, including one that Judicial Watch uncovered last summer. Known as “Operation Moonlight” and “Operation Moonshine,” agents were covertly redeployed from the White House compound to protect a close friend of the agency’s then director during a dispute with a neighbor.

Judicial Watch obtained government records containing details of the illicit operation, which occurred under former Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan. His good friend and administrative assistant at the time, Lisa Chopey, was embroiled in a discord with a neighbor in her rural community of La Plata, Maryland and the Secret Service surreptitiously redeployed agents assigned to guard the White House to protect Chopey and conduct undercover surveillance of the problematic neighbor.

Other Secret Service transgressions have made headlines in the last few years. Besides drunken agents plowing a government vehicle into a White House security gate, a dozen agents brought prostitutes to their hotel rooms during a 2012 world leaders’ summit attended by President Obama. A mainstream news outlet called the incident a debauchery that caused an uproar and surprised many who previously regarded Secret Service agents as a highly disciplined force of dark sunglasses, earpieces and unreadable facial expressions.

The Secret Service suffered another major blow when a psychologically disturbed man with a knife jumped over the White House fence and ran across the North Lawn, into the executive mansion and to the entrance of the East Room. Last year a drone flew over the White House and landed in an area that’s supposed to be secure. The device was described as a quadcopter drone and the Secret Service told media outlets that it crash-landed in a tree on the southeast side of the complex around 3 a.m.

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obama bans

Obama’s time is running out, but if his latest push for executive actions is any indication of how he is going to spend his last year in office, then we better get ready.

Obama is leaving office soon but not soon enough. He can still do a lot of damage to freedom in the time he has left so we decided to put together a list of the 28 Things That You Need To Buy Before Obama Bans Them.

Stock up on these awesome American freedoms before Obama bans them!


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Sixth graders at Giunta Middle School were asked something shocking in their classroom–would they save Donald Trump from a sinking ship?

The “Lifeboat Test,” as it’s being called, presents a hypothetical situation where a ship is sinking with 15 passengers–and the student must pick 9 of them to be saved in the lifeboat.

The list includes: a black guy, a white guy, a Hispanic woman, a rabbi, an ex-convict, a guy doctor, a girl doctor, Justin Bieber, Barack Obama, and Donald Trump, among others.

Many parents were shocked that politicians–like Donald Trump and Barack Obama–made the list, and that children would have to choose whether or not to let them die.

But parents were also concerned that, with the short descriptions of people, it encourages racism–how are they supposed to judge whether “a black guy” or “a white guy” should be saved?

One mom, Valerie Kennel, voiced her opposition to the “Lifeboat Test.”

“Leah is 11,” Kennel explained, about her daughter. “How is she supposed to pick people based off of what they’re saying? …To her, everybody matters. Everybody should have a chance. They didn’t do anything wrong. Everybody deserves to be saved.”

The school district, however, disagreed. They stood behind the Lifeboat Test as allowing for “really great conversation” in the classroom–despite parental shock and horror.

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Sean Maloney

My name is Sean Maloney, and I’m asking for your vote when you receive your ballot for the NRA Board of Directors election.

I’m not wealthy or famous, but as a Benefactor Life Member of the NRA, I’ve dedicated my life to restoring and defending the Second Amendment rights our Forefathers envisioned for America. And as a referral Attorney, I have volunteered my services in the area of firearm rights and criminal self defense for the National Rifle Association and Buckeye Firearms Association.

In 2013, I traveled to Colorado and volunteered to help recall two anti-gun Colorado State Senators. These Senators were responsible for stripping fundamental gun rights from Colorado citizens, and all who visit or pass through that state. We were successful and sent the Senators packing, including the Senate President John Morse. Our recall victory also forced another anti-gun senator to resign.

Later that same year, I traveled to Virginia to join the NRA-ILA election fight for NRA Endorsed Candidates. I have always supported and campaigned for those candidates who share our values and are dedicated to protecting and advancing our rights.

A few months ago, recognizing that our Second Amendment Rights do not end at state borders, I traveled to Connecticut and Iowa to help NRA Endorsed Candidates in their bid for election and re-election. Once again liberty prevailed. By fighting alongside our brothers and sisters in Colorado, Virginia, Connecticut, Iowa, and Ohio, I have gained valuable insight into winning the battles that lie ahead.

For several years, I have been a leader and legislative director of Buckeye Firearms Association. We have successfully fought in the Ohio Statehouse for pro-gun legislation. I am also instrumental in helping Ohio school districts across the state implement Buckeye Firearms Foundation’s FASTER program which helps arm and train school employees to defend our most precious commodity, our children, against those who would do them harm.

I am the Chairman of my county’s Friends of the NRA, always one of the top producing banquets in the country. For many years I have also been an NRA-ILA Election Volunteer Coordinator, NRA Certified Instructor, and public spokesman, appearing regularly on NRA News and dozens of radio and TV programs.

My past work and dedication have been recognized by the NRA as recipient of the 2010 NRA-ILA Jay M. Littlefield Memorial Volunteer of the Year Award, 2011 Inductee into the NRA-ILA Election Volunteer Coordinator Hall of Fame, 2013 Friends of the NRA Area Volunteer of the Year, and nominee by Petition of NRA Members to appear on the ballot for NRA Board of Directors.

Now, it’s time to further dedicate myself to my fellow 5 million NRA Members. I humbly ask that you vote for me to represent you on the NRA Board of Directors. I promise to continue to do all I can to fight and defend the liberties passed down to us from generations of heroes.

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Ghost Gunner

Stuck in a rut trying to figure out holiday gifts for the men in your life?

So were we, and after careful consideration, here’s our list of the best gift ideas for men who love liberty:

  • Makerbot Replicator: While there’s a good deal of debate about 3d printers, we’ll avoid that by giving our recommended pick with the Makerbot Replicator that goes for $2,899, but we also have an alternative below.

    Yes, that’s expensive price to pay but your loved one will be in at the ground floor of the future of distributed manufacturing. There’s not doubt that 3d printing will be the future technology that changes how we purchase and manufacture goods in the future.

    Flux 3d All-in-One: For those willing to risk a Kickstarter campaign, this is a deal you can’t pass up. We’ve had our eyes on this one for the office. The Flux is a 3d printer, 3d scanner, laser engraver and modular do-it-all. The key to this device is the modular “print heads” that you swap out for the job. Future modules include a pastry extruder (3d printed food), a ceramics extruder and a dual extruder for varying 3d filament in one job.

    The Flux is a Kickstarter campaign but there are still 45 spots left to get their 2nd run of machines for the reasonable price $599. Expect this price to shoot up into the thousands upon release.

    Note that the Flux can only print small items (include the Makerbot) but it’s a good, reasonable pick for someone getting started in the 3d arena. And there’s also zero chance to get it before Christmas . . . but it’s the thought that counts, right?

  • Ghost Gunner: Admittedly, we’ve pre-ordered this and are counting down the minutes until it arrives. Cody Wilson, the guy who created the first 3d printed gun, decided to take his game to the next level by creating the Ghost Gunner. The machine, as the name implies, gives you push-button ability to finish your own AR-15.

    Yes, it’s legal. You can buy what are called “80% AR Lowers” online which are unfinished parts that require machining to make them useable parts for firearms. The “lower” is what the ATF considers the piece of the gun that is serialized and goes on file when you purchase a firearm.

    However, if you make your own AR-15, you legally have no requirement to go on record with the government. There are no background checks when you make a gun in your garage as long as you don’t transfer it and retain ownership for the life of the firearm. Of course, state and local laws still apply as does your personal restrictions if any.

    With that out of the way, the Ghost Gunner is an arsenal-making machine. Buy a batch of AR-15 lowers and go to town preparing for the Zombie Apocalypse.

    Even better, future design files are being developed for AR-10’s and other gun lowers to be used in the same machine.

    You can pre-order the Ghost Gunner with a deposit of $250 and the full price of $1,299 will be due when your machine is ready to be produced.

Since the above have higher price points, here are a few more reasonably priced gifts that you can pick up and stuff in a stocking:

  • Mosin-Nagant M21: Okay, so this might not fit in a stocking, but for the price of $150, you can’t go wrong.

    Mosin’s are Russian rifles that you’ll receive in whatever condition they come out of the crate. You can end up with a battle-used rifle from 1921, or a pristine never-used rifle that just needs a bit of cleaning up.

    While you can’t hit the broadside of a barn with this rifle without a bit of practice and tuning, they are a thrill to fire that will leave you with a sore shoulder in the morning.

    When not in use, they look great mounted on a wall and typically come with the original sling and kit that go with the era. Buy from LNN’s recommended online firearm’s store, Bud’s Gunshop, and you’ll likely be able to pick it up before Christmas.

  • Old Fashioned Glasses: The ones you drink out of, not wear. These are glasses made by Bryne. They look good and they’re dangerous. If you were to throw these, someone would get hurt. They’re heavy, stylish and will last decades.

    Even better, they’re only $50 for a set of four . . . and that’s engraved. Christmas delivery is guaranteed.

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One of the most common questions I get from readers is “How do I choose the right AR-15 rifle?” The options are overwhelming to many new rifle shooters and lots of folks need some guidance. It really isn’t all that hard. Here are some tips to get you set up right and save you some money in the process.


If you want an AR-15 don’t buy the cheapest rifle you can find. The parted-out “Frankenguns” generally don’t hold up well. Expect to pay somewhere in the neighborhood of $900-$1200 for a high quality new AR-15. For an entry-level rifle, consider brands like Colt, Smith and Wesson, Spike’s Tactical, and Stag Arms. In my experience, the Colt and Smith and Wesson rifles tend to be the most reliable of the lower-priced AR-15s. Most Bushmaster, DPMS, and Rock River rifles also work well, but I see more problems with those rifles than the Colts or Smith and Wessons.

Stay away from the lower priced “sport” versions of these rifles as well. They cut costs be eliminating dust covers and forward assists. They also generally use cheaper internal parts as well. It’s worth it to pay a little extra money for a rifle that will last a lifetime.

One other tip…even though I buy lots of used guns, it’s best to buy your AR-15 as a new weapon. While it’s almost impossible to buy a pistol with a “shot out” barrel, the AR-15 barrel has a definite life expectancy. Rifles start showing serious accuracy loss somewhere between 10,000 and 20,000 rounds. You probably don’t know the round count on the rifle you are buying, so it’s safer just to buy new.


Next, make sure you get a rifle that is chambered for 5.56mm rather than .223 Remington. While the two cartridges are dimensionally similar, they are not the same. The 5.56mm is loaded to a slightly higher velocity and pressure. It is also slightly dimensionally different. Because of this, a .223 Remington round can be safely fired in a 5.56mm rifle, but doing the opposite may be unsafe. Get the more versatile 5.56mm chamber.

Barrels and Twist Rates

I generally favor the shortest and lightest barrels I can find in my AR-15s. The long heavy barrels are useful for long range bench rest and match shooting, but aren’t as practical for self defense. Get a rifle with a 14.5″-16″ lightweight or M-4 profile barrel with a flash suppressor. Make sure NOT to get a muzzle brake instead of a flash suppressor. The muzzle brakes are designed to reduce muzzle rise on recoil but do so at the cost of dramatically increasing noise and muzzle blast. The muzzle rise isn’t enough of an issue with the 5.56mm rifle to warrant their use. If you ever have to shoot the rifle indoors or in a vehicle without hearing protection, you’ll be glad you got the flash hider instead.

The twist rate determines which bullet performs best in the rifle. If you want to shoot longer/heavier bullets, you’ll want a fast twist rate (1:7). If you shoot shorter/lighter bullets (55 grain or less), a slower twist rate is better. In general the new 1:8 twist or the 1:9 twist rates will work well for a broad variety of projectiles.

Get a lined barrel as well. Either the chrome lining or the newer Melonite or Nitride coatings will add life to your barrel as compared to the unlined/uncoated versions. The lining will give you 5,000 + extra rounds fired before you start experiencing accuracy degradation.

Flat Top or Carry Handle?

I prefer a rifle with a flat top so that I can mount a red dot optic or scope. It is very difficult to mount an optic reliably atop a carry handle. Another option is to get a rifle with a removable carry handle (often called the A-3 model). The removable carry handle has sights, but can be removed if you want to later install an optic like a red dot sight or scope. The A-3 models give you the ability to do use open sights or optics.

If you absolutely know that you are going to be using an optic (especially a magnified scope) get a rifle with a folding front sight so that it doesn’t get in the way when you look through the scope. Removing the front sight tower and replacing it with a different gas block will often negatively affect rifle reliability. Get the rifle with the folding front sight from the start if that’s what you want.

Red Dot Optics

You will shoot much faster with a red dot optic than you will with open sights. With current red dots having battery life of more than two years (constantly on), dying batteries aren’t much of an issue. The two big name red dots are the Aimpoint and the EOTech. While I like the recticle of the EOTech better than the Aimpoint (and use one on my duty rifle), I see more reliability problems with the EOTech than I do with the Aimpoint.

I think the best value in red dot sights right now is the Aimpoint Pro. It has excellent battery life and comes with an included mount for about $400. I have several rifles equipped with this optic. It’s really hard to beat.

If you want a smaller or lighter red dot, I would recommend the Aimpoint T1 or H1. They are very similar in performance, but the H1 is about $50 cheaper. You lose a little waterproofing and some night vision settings in exchange for cost savings. They are both excellent sights.

If you don’t want to spend $400-$700 on a red dot, there are a couple of cheaper options. While these don’t have the durability of the optics I listed above, they will generally prove adequate for casual use. Check out the Primary Arms MicroDot or the Vortex Sparc.

If you have a red dot, you will also need backup iron sights just in case the red dot is damaged or fails. There are lots of options here. Pick what looks good for you, I generally use Magpul’s sights, but they certainly aren’t the most durable on the market.

Magnified Optics

One of the current trends amongst knowledgeable shooters is to replace their red dot with a low magnification scope. These scopes are generally in the neighborhood of 1x-4x in power. At close range they can be dialed down and used like a red dot, but they give you extra magnification at long range. I think these are especially useful if you find yourself taking frequent 100-300 meter shots. Otherwise, I prefer the red dot for better speed.

The Cadillac of this type of scope is the Leupold. A cheaper option that has served me well is the Millet DMS.


The factory trigger will serve most people well. There are a few options if you want to decrease trigger pull weight. Avoid competition triggers that have screw adjustments. You don’t want the screws backing out on you at a bad time. The only aftermarket trigger I use in my AR-15 rifles is the Geissle. It’s worth the money.


You’ll want attachment points for lights, optics and slings. You can buy a rifle with a factory-supplied railed fore-end. If you want an aftermarket fore-end with multiple attachment points, the Magpul is cheap, lightweight, and durable. There are lots of other rails available. I’ve had good luck with the ones from Daniel Defense.

You will also want a collapsible stock to allow different sized shooters to comfortably shoot the rifle. The best one I’ve found is the B-5 SOPMOD.

No matter which rifle you buy, don’t load it up with extraneous equipment. There are just a few useful accessories that need to go on a rifle. The first necessity is a sling. Stay away from the single point or triple point slings. A simple two point sling will work best for most users. I like the slings by Viking Tactics and Blue Force Gear, but even a simple military carry strap will work fine.

You will also want a light on your rifle. There are many good options ranging from $50-$500. Pick the one you like. My favorites are the Surefire mini-scoutlight and the Inforce.

Beyond slings and lights, you will want plenty of extra magazines. Get at least 10. High capacity magazines have been the target of legislatures in the past. They were restricted so that civilians couldn’t purchase newly-manufactured magazine from 1994-2004. During that time frame, magazines that today cost $10-$15 rose in price to over $100. Buy your magazines now before they are too expensive! I use P-Mags or the aluminum mags from Brownells.

This should get you started with a very servicible AR-15 rifle. If you follow my advice, you’ll be better equipped than 90% of the users of defensive AR-15 rifles in the USA. Start here, evaluate your gear and add only what’s necessary for your individual mission. If you have any additional questions, feel free to ask.

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If you’ve been following the story about the shooting in Ferguson, MO, you may have noticed a familiar pattern.

While the general public knows very little about the reality of violence or the use of lethal force, that doesn’t stop people from having strong opinions anytime someone gets shot. This is especially true when it comes to how many shots are fired.

According to one long-standing statistic, most self defense shootings involve an average of two shots. But that’s an average, meaning there are a lot of incidents with fewer and a lot with more.

Anyone who has ever taken a firearm defensive class from a competent instructor knows that in a life-or-death situation, you should shoot until you perceive the threat is over. That means shooting multiple times to the chest and/or head. At the very least, students are told to do a “double tap,” meaning two shots minimum.

But to listen to some of the news coverage of the Ferguson case, you’d think that multiple shots are evidence of murder.

Here are the basics of this case.

On Saturday, August 9, 2014, there was a confrontation between 18-year-old Michael Brown and 28-year-old police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, MO. Details are still a little fuzzy at this point about what happened and why. It may have been related to a convenience store robbery or it may have resulted from a chance encounter between the officer and the young man.

According to a report in USA Today, St. Louis County Police Chief Joe Belmar said “Brown physically assaulted the officer, and during a struggle between the two, Brown reached for the officer’s gun. One shot was fired in the car followed by other gunshots outside of the car.”

Some alleged eye witnesses, on the other hand, claim the shooting was unprovoked and the officer shot Brown as he ran away or as he was surrendering.

Regardless of how the facts play out over the coming weeks or months, let’s assume just for the sake of discussion that the police officer was honestly in fear of death or great bodily harm and shot Brown in self defense.

A preliminary autopsy report released on Monday, August 18 showed that the police officer fired at least six shots, four landing in the arm and two in the head. It’s unclear whether other shots were fired and missed.

Is that too many shots?

In response to the autopsy report, Brown family lawyer Benjamin Crump said, “It verifies the worst that the family thinks happened — that he was executed. It confirms what the witnesses said, that this was an execution. That’s what the witnesses said from day one.”

You might expect a prosecuting attorney to bend facts in his favor, but the idea that six shots are too many and indicate evil intent has been a regular theme of the media coverage and “man on the street” interviews even before Crump’s statement.

Why? Is it because movies and TV teach us that one shot is all it takes to stop someone? Maybe, but whatever the reason, reaction to multiple shots is almost universally negative regardless of the facts.

How many shots does it actually take to stop an attack? Maybe one. Maybe 20. It depends on many factors, including shot placement, the physical condition of the attacker, whether or not certain drugs are involved, etc.

Medical examiner Dr. Michael Baden claimed in a public statement about his own autopsy in the Ferguson case that five of the six shots were survivable. It was, in his opinion, one shot to the head that stopped and killed Michael Brown. He also said he believed the head shot was the last shot fired.

So one shot was required, but apparently it took six shots to land the one critical hit.

If you believe the police statement about the shooting being self defense, we could say six shots were reasonable. If you believe the alternate scenario, that the officer “executed” the young man, then even one shot was too many.

There are negative perceptions about more than just multiple shots. The media constantly refer to the teenager as “unarmed,” suggesting that only those with firearms pose a threat. The lethal shot to the head prompts many people to suggest that the officer purposely administered a coup de grâce shot. Even a video showing the officer pacing up and down the street following the shooting says to some self-appointed experts that the officer was guilty of murder because, they believe, he should be reacting in some other way.

Again, we don’t have all the details about this incident so it’s unfair to arrive at opinions just yet. But there are two takeaways from this shooting.

First, most people are terribly misinformed about the reality of self defense. This includes not just the general public, but unfortunately, the media and many legal “experts” and prosecutors who give credibility to bad information.

Second, while you need to be willing to do what you have to do to survive an attack, you need to also be prepared to deal with the ill-informed opinions of those who may become involved in a legal case against you.

If everyone were truly reasonable and well-educated about self defense, you would have nothing to worry about. Sadly, this isn’t the case.


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