Sometimes, dreams cut like a knife…

After a couple of missteps, a dream I’ve had for a long time is finally being fulfilled.

Several months back a pal down in Idaho, David Marcotte introduced me to one of his Damascus blades. That introduction left a lasting impression. In fact, that bond was so strong that I now own that beautiful beast of a knife.

I give you… Nightcrawler:

BIG Knife2 - 10 in Damascus with Dark Cherry Handle“Night Mauler, Night Crawler, My Precious…”

You’re looking at a pound of Alabama Damascus Steel with a Dark Cherry Marble handle.

I thought her so beautiful that I just had to have her, hold her, covet her…

(Man, that’s kinda creepy, huh?) :)

The “business end” of this incredible blade is 10 inches long, almost 2 inches thick at it’s widest and just over a 1/4 inch thick at the spine. Her overall length is 14 inches, which including 5 inches of the most beautiful cherry marble clad handle you’ve ever held. When you hold her, you feel… invincible.

Nightcrawler’s blade is made up of three different steels which have been forged and then hammered together. The combined steels have literally been folded over 700 times. The knife artisans who made this steel did this by hand in the same manner as the old-world steel makers did.

Remember all those Samurai movies you saw on late night Cable TV? The best way I can describe Nightcrawler is that she’s made in the same spirit as that magnificent Katana Steel that was crafted hundreds of years ago for Samurai swords.

Damascus Steel is a “patterned steel”. The patterns are created in the blending of steels, through forging, folding and hammering. It has a “grain” that can run from “mild to wild”. Guys like Randy Haas Jr. at HHH Knives turn out Damascus Steel billets that are  just incredible to behold. You can actually get lost in them.

Explosion Damascus by Randy HaasThis is called “Explosion Damascus”. Crafted by Randy Haas Jr at HHH Knives, it’s just about as cool as Damascus gets. It’s literally the “knife steel of dreams”.

As you can see, some Damascus Steel patterns are incredibly striking. Damascus Steel is “three colored”. The colors run from silver, to dark grey, to black. The steel composition is 15n20 (silver in appearance because it has more nickel in it), 5160 (dark gray), and 52100 (black).

After seeing Nightcrawler, it’s obviously to anyone with a pulse that when it comes to knifemaking, David is no slouch. David is a pretty good knife artist in his own right. He builds blades worthy of coveting, for sure. If you’re looking for a great knife and you can catch David when he’s not swamped with work building swords, he’s a great bet. His skinner blades are wickedly delightful!

And there’s the rub. I originally acquired Nightcrawler to use as a field knife. I knew that she was strong, capable and more than willing to answer any call. But… after seeing her, holding her, examining the way that David had so carefully put her together, she was just too pretty to subject to field use as a 24/7 Utility Knife. Nightcrawler is the girl you call on a Saturday night to go out and tear up the town. She’s not the girl you bring home to meet your mom.

As much as I love her, I quickly realized that I was right back where I started. I needed a Utility Knife to carry, 24/7. And, I still needed it desperately.

During some of our conversations. I mentioned that I had a “blade of dreams” that was far beyond my reach, but lodged deep within my heart. You can only dream about these blades. These blades cost hundreds of dollars, both in steel and in craft and dozens of man hours to bring to life.

And there’s the rub. Most of us don’t jump in our Escalades and race over to the knife shop. Most of us can’t just write checks or flash plastic to cover these costs. Most of us come from “common stock”. We WORK for a living. Most of us can ONLY dream about these incredible blades because we can never reach them financially. They are “the forbidden steel”.

Nonetheless, I posted an image of the blade I had in mind, with a few suggested changes.  I’d done my research. Along the path, I’d picked up some “old school knowledge” about blades and blade-making. I learned to see through the hype and mine for the real gems. I learned to discern “fantasy” from “reality”.

I confirmed that I don’t need a hog-leg Bowie knife as big as a truck door or some knife destined to be wielded by a crazy Aussie in a Crocodile  themed movie. I don’t require a knife with a handle so big you have to use both hands to hold her. I don’t need a blade that looks like it belongs in an “Apocalyptic Sci-Fi” movie. I don’t even need a knife destined to slay Zombies.

If I wanted a blade to kill Zombies, I’d carry THIS:

Chopper6“Chopper” – Created by Keiran Klein at Hammer Down Forge. Trust me when I tell you that you’re gonna hear a lot about this guy. He and his cohort Rob Bentley combine their steel and leather skills to create some incredible blades.  This beautiful blade, 15″ of 1075 Steel “Zombie – In Your Face!” with a hamon is currently available from Hammer Down Forge, but you better act fast. I’ll hate you for stealing her from me (and I’ll malign you family ancestry under my breath), but I’ll understand completely. :)

You see, to the best of my knowledge… they don’t have zombies in Montana. yet. So, what I need is a working, hunting, fighting, fiddling… kind of companion in a knife.

(When we get confirmed “Zombie Sightings” I’m gonna go pray at the alter of HDF and beg the gawds for deliverance from my enemies… And if I play my cards right, this blade will descend from the clouds to provide me with salvation.)

But I digress.

Somewhere along the way, as I described my dream… the dream grew legs. That dream became a necessity, a tool needed to propel me forward down my path as I explore the future that Montana brings my family.

We’ve decided that we’re going to try this again. We’re going to run a series of posts on TBE about “Knife Lore”. We’re going to talk about what metals are best, what designs are the most practical in an EDC and HOW great blades are birthed.

It will culminate with the construction of a blade that I’ve dreamed about for years. Some guys dream about cars or girls…

You know that you’re getting old when you come to that grim realization that you dream about tools. Go figure!

In my mind’s eye, that tool looks something like this. Okay, it’s a little rough and industrial, but it’s a knife made for working the river bellies and high country or even scaring the bejeezus outta pesky tourists. :)

Stabber Conceptual - 9in Hunting bladeSure, she will have some kind of cool inscription on the blade. Something like;

“This knife came from the depths of my heart. Don’t make me lodge her into yours.” 

Hell, maybe I’ll even do it in Latin or better yet, Hebrew. LOL!

I need a blade fitting a “Montana Life”. In rural Montana, we go from truck to horse to ATV to truck again. When it finally stops snowing, we break out our bikes or horses for a few days of exploring majestic mountain passes. There are a lot of challenges. So, I need a “special knife”. I want her for EDC (Every Day Carry) and I want to watch my young son watch it as it’s being used daily.

FYI: All great knives are referred to as “She”. What else can stab you in the heart and grin wickedly at the same time?

Whoa! Where did THAT come from… :)

When it’s my son’s turn, I want that knife to fill his hand as he uses it as confidently as his father did. I can almost hearing him telling his own children;

“This was my father’s knife. One day, it will be my son’s knife as well.”

It’s time for me to put that dream into competent hands and then stand back as a highly skilled Knife Artisan invests his time and experience into turning her into a reality. I’m sure that she’ll change a little bit along the way as “Craftsman embraces Steel” and listens to those voices that tell him where she’s supposed to go.

I’m literally holding my breath. How many times do you get  a second chance at achieving a dream? I feel like a little kid waiting to dive into a pile of presents headfirst during the holidays. :)

If you’re currently interested in learning about fine blades, you’re definitely going to want to stay tuned.

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Your Chopper needs a Chopper.

Okay, we’ve all seen those “B” Movies  where the guy rides his skoot down the middle of the street, swinging his machete from left to right as he dispatches zombies.

When he gets almost to the end of the street, his blade always sticks in some poor defenseless zombie and he gets knocked off his bike to find himself surrounded by zombies bent on  revenge.

If he’d had THIS chopper, it wouldn’t have happened;

ChopperSteel: 1075 with a clayless hamon

chopper5Handle Material: Wenge

Chopper6Blade Length: 9.5″

Chopper4Overall Length: 15″
Blade Thickness: .277″
Chopper2Sheath: All leather sheath and Kydex Insert which can be removed for cleaning.

550 cord and elaborate multi-point carry setup allowing any sort of carry you desire. Completely modular, eyelets at 3/4″ spacing for teklok, molle clips, etc.

I’ve been able to find out a little bit about this incredible blade’s origins;

The blade was crafted by Hammer Down Forge.You can find them on Facebook, HERE. Of course, the blade was destined for greatness. It was forged and crafted by a KLEIN. LOL!

The sheath was made by a brilliant cat named Rob Bentley. You can find him on Facebook, HERE.

As you can see, the sheath is just fabulous. Rarely does a sheath and blade match so fluently, so perfectly. Combined, this Chopper totally rocks. What a great pairing! I’d kill zombies all day with a blade like this.

And, zombie slaying doesn’t come cheap. This little beast will cost you $450.00 (USD)

Boys and girls… it’s worth every penny. Move fast or you’ll miss your chance.

“Shop Smart, Shop S-Mart!”

lexx2We are in NO way affiliated with the Knifemaker or the Leather Craftsman featured here. We are not compensated in any manner for their appearance in our blog. We simply seek to expose our readers to “excellent examples” of the tools we teach.  Images belong to  Hammer Down Forge.

These guys ROCK.

Whatever Happened to America?

What Has America Become?

Rome is burning, people…

This was sent to us and we felt the need to share it with you;

Has American become the land of the double standard?

Lets see:

If we lie to the Congress, it’s a felony and if the Congress lies to us it’s just “politics”.

If we dislike a black person then we’re racist and if a black person dislikes whites, its their 1st Amendment right.

The government spends millions to rehabilitate criminals and they do almost nothing for the victims.

In public schools you can teach that homosexuality is OK, but you better not use the word God in the process.

You can kill an unborn child, but it is wrong to execute a mass murderer.

We don’t burn books in America, we now rewrite them.

We got rid of communist and socialist threats by simply renaming them progressive.

We are unable to close our border with Mexico, but have no problem protecting the38th parallel in Korea.

If you protest against President Obama’s policies you’re a terrorist, but if you burned an American flag or George Bush in effigy it was your 1st Amendment right.

You can have pornography on TV or the internet, but you better not put a nativity scene in a public park during Christmas.

We have eliminated all criminals in America, they are now called sick people.

We can use a human fetus for medical research, but it is wrong to use an animal.

We take money from those who work hard for it and give it to those who don’t want to work.

We all support the Constitution, but we only do it when it supports our political ideology.

We still have freedom of speech, but only if we are being politically correct.

Parenting has been replaced with Ritalin, fast food  and video games.

The land of opportunity is now the land of hand outs.

The similarity between Hurricane Katrina and the Gulf Oil Spill (other than location) is that neither President really did anything effective to help.

And how do we handle a major crisis today?

The government appoints a committee to determine who’s at fault, then threatens them (usually unsuccessfully), passes a law, raises our taxes and then tells us the problem is solved – so that they can get back to their reelection campaign.

What has happened to the land of the free and home of the brave?

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The “Drums of War” sound in Ferguson… again.

Several people have asked us for our opinions on the Ferguson, MO- Michael Brown  situation.

As we watch more and more cities modify public behavior to cater to Islam, American families are nervous. I mean, these same city authorities don’t change rules and laws to cater to Baptists, or Methodists, or (gasp!) Jews. They didn’t force us to modify our behaviors and our diets because we have different theological views. We watch as the “threat of racism” begins to dictate rule and law in America cities.

We watch as schools change rules of discipline based on the nature of one’s skin color. This is not equality, this is divisionist. It’s more of the “us against them” disharmony preached by those who seek to divide us as a united people so that we’re more easily manipulated and “governed”.

Now, the “drums of war” are beating  in Ferguson.

Many family involved in Prepping and Home Security are curious as to what will happen in the aftermath of all this “Ferguson Fury”…

It’s like the world has gone mad.

Self-appointed spokesmen for the local Black population and several “militant” groups have promised riots will return to Ferguson as the kettle begins to boil over again. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson have all but endorsed the “next wave of  rage to come”.

Ferguson Looting

I’ve personally stated publicly that in my opinion, looters and rioters should be arrested or shot. I’ve seen the chaos caused firsthand, in places like LA (Watts in August 1965, and in the aftermath of the Rodney King incidents in April 1992) and in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, just to name a few incidences.

(Okay, I was a little kid living 30 miles away watching the Watts Riots on TV, but I remember it to this day as Watts was literally turned into a war zone.)

Unless the civil disobedience and violence is immediately suppressed, the deaths of innocent civilians as well as the catastrophic property damages that ensue will create a scar that will assuredly sign the death warrant of the city.

You cannot reason with people blinded by hate, rage, nor those suffering under the delusions of “false entitlement”. These people aren’t interested in negotiating peace. They’re interested in self-serving acts of criminal behavior as they profit by enriching themselves by stealing and destroying other people’s property while chaos reigns. It is “the mob mentality”.

And now the rumors of rioting are rumbling again, especially now that it’s known that the UN all but “bitch-slapped” Michael Brown’s parents as they literally laughed them out of Geneva.

By now, most have read that the parents of Michael Brown (the man killed by law enforcement in Ferguson MO, while struggling to take the weapon away from an officer during his arrest for strong-armed robbery) have literally “appealed” his case to the United Nations Committee Against Torture.

It was supposedly their “court of last resort” as they struggled to get “the justice that they demanded”.

They flew to Geneva to testify in front of the UN and then… waited for justice.

They didn’t have to wait long.

The U.N. blasted back at the couple after only mere hours of deliberation.

In a statement released early this morning Senior chairmen of the UN’s Committee Against Torture dismissed the couple’s plea entirely;

“The sense of entitlement these people displayed is reprehensible” said chair member, Dr. Amancio Dominguez in an interview with National Report. “We deal with legitimate and widespread instances of human rights violations, and frankly the issues presented to us here are not even a blip on our radar. It is in our opinion after reviewing all the evidence that the officer in question committed absolutely no wrong doing… My colleagues and I went over the surveillance footage, as well as other evidence documented in the case, and we believe that Michael Brown is indeed guilty of the acts of which he is being charged.”

Another member of the UN committee told CNN this morning;

“We have much more important things to do than involve ourselves in county level legal proceedings. This was an absolute waste of our time. Compared to human rights violations that are prevalent in such 3rd world countries as North Korea and Brazil, America’s plight simply does not compare. While instances of police brutality certainly do exist, we have found that this was no such a case, and we will not be intervening in the matter.”

The only thing I’m waiting for now is the arrest of Michael’s mother for felony assault and robbery after she and a car filled with her friends assaulted and robbed others (including Michael’s own grandmother) for selling t-shirts that demanded justice for Michael. Apparently, they hadn’t cut Michael’s mother in for a share of the profits.

Ferguson has become “a town looted by thugs” and is trying to heal. As citizens of Ferguson hold their collective breath waiting for businesses and jobs to return (and for their property insurance rates to fall back down to “pre-uproar” levels)…  I wish them luck.

We pray for the safety of Ferguson civilians as chaos looms.

That said,  we’d like to move on to “more important issues” that can be resolved using common sense, reason and the facts…

If we’re really concerned with “violence in the streets of America”, perhaps we should address issues like “black on black” crime rates… or heaven forbid… the protection of the 2nd Amendment.

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Favorite blade of the week? It’s automatic – MicroTech Halo V

Many of us carry a few different knives daily.

I’m hearing nothing but good things about this knife lately. In fact, I just saw this knife posted to our Facebook timeline and I wondered if anyone out there had one. I’d love to read some “hands on” reviews. I’d also like to know what you paid for it.

(I’ve looked for them and they’re always “unavailable/sold out).

I’d love a review of this blade for my “family sustainability and prepping” blog – “TheBubbaEffect.com”.

Here’s the skinny;

New Microtech HALO V. Along with new packaging is a nice Kydex quick draw sheath with Teklok clip and an ELMAX BLADE!

Microtech Halo VIt comes in many forms, but I love the version with the Tanto blade.

The company had reportedly halted knife production to go into the gun business, but apparently they’re producing blades again.

In gleaning one of my favorite knife sites;  NICNAC.COM … I found the following information (which I’ve paraphrased);

Microtech HALO knife Automatic OTF Single Action Knives

Microtech HALO V automatic OTF knife.

This is the big brother to the existing Microtech series. This Microtech HALO Automatic OTF knife has an overall open length at 10 3/4″ with a 4 1/2 blade, and is 6.25″ closed.  It’s just plain bigger and better!

But, there’s nothing plain about it. The Microtech H.A.L.O. V is a single action automatic opening – the blade extends out the front  to provide the one handed, fast action open that has fired its way into the hands of thousands of military, law enforcement and government agents all over the world.

It’s also said that the deployed Halo V provides the tightest “lock up” of any commercially made front openers available.

I’d love to get my hands on one…

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Ebola Czar Ron Klain – Not a medical expert, just another Obama Farce…

President Barack Obama naming his vice president’s former chief of staff Ron Klain as the nation’s new Ebola “czar” is a “farce” and a “public relations maneuver,” Fox News correspondent and columnist Charles Krauthammer said Friday night.

“Here we are looking at an epidemic, and there is an official quoted in The New York Times today saying Klain was chosen because he is good at messaging,”

Krauthammer told Fox News “On the Record” host Greta Van Susteren.

“This isn’t a “messaging” issue. This is an epidemic issue. This is a medical issue.”

However, Krauthammer said, he doesn’t think Klain will either do any good, or any harm.

But the appointment is just the way the Obama administration responds to a crisis, he said.

“It thinks that its failures on all fronts is a matter of messaging, public relations rather than the substance,” said Krauthammer. “You want to calm the public? Show that you have a handle on the epidemic that you know how to quarantine people that you will impose a ban on travel if you have to.”

Read the latest  from Newsmax.com  on this new Ebola nightmare;

What WOULD Jesus do?

Here in the Klein household, as we attempt to put order back into our lives after a “rather difficult disruption”, I’m hearing from friends across the pond who wonder how we’re holding up in Montana as “the last bastion of Armed Citizens of America”.

I simply ask them to recall their own history.

Can you imagine how the disarmed British citizens were feeling when Adolph Hitler was knocking at their front  doors? As those same British citizens ran to shelters and sought safety?

I wonder if these gun-haters remember  that American NRA members personally loaned over 5,000 rifles to British citizens so that they could defend their homes and form a militia to protect their families?

It’s the same on this side of the pond as well as the “anti-gun/anti-self defense” minions continue their assaults on our liberties.

The anti-gun haters, despite all of their drama, don’t have a clue and yet… they still can’t stop talking.

What message do these people send to our impressionable  children? I was taught that a parent’s DUTY was to teach our children to THINK. Instead, these destroyers of liberty would have  our children’s heads stuffed with their progressive dogma, thus sending them out into a treacherous world like innocent lambs to be slaughtered by wolves.  It is counter to their agenda that our children become productive members of society. That would make it more difficult to lead them around by their noses like lost sheep.

I suspect that these haters are in love with the sound of their own voices.

As Jews, we understand “self-protection”. We’ve had our trials and we bear our scars. Many of us wear scars too thick to hide.

Christians among us will recall that in Luke 22:36, Jesus called upon His disciples to obtain and carry their own personal swords – which were the best personal defense weapon of the time.

So, I ask you this;

What would Jesus do, NOW?

Many of us believe that Americans  will no longer WALK the Freedom Trail, we’ll fight for every step.

New “Old” Threats to the American Republic from “the shores of Tripoli”…

Everyone is talking about Islam, lately.

The interesting thing is how some of these conversations go full circle…

… originating with our founding fathers.

So, class… prepare to put on your “History Learning Caps”…  I’m going to share something pretty interesting with you that will even include one of my favorite subjects, history about the United States Marine Corps… including how the term ‘Leatherneck’ came into use as a description of some of the roughest, toughest soldiers in the world…

As we hear about Islam every time we turn on the TV or fire up the Internet… most Americans are completely unaware that over two hundred years ago the United States declared war on Islam and Thomas Jefferson was the man leading the charge!

This was shared with me and it was too good to keep to myself;

“At the height of the eighteenth century, Muslim pirates were the terror of the Mediterranean and a large area of the North Atlantic.  They attacked every ship in sight, and held the crews for exorbitant ransoms.  Those taken hostage were subjected to barbaric treatment and wrote heart breaking letters home, begging their government and family members to pay whatever their Mohammedan captors demanded.

These extortionists of the high seas represented the Islamic nations of Tripoli, Tunis, Morocco, and Algiers – collectively referred to as the Barbary Coast – and presented a dangerous and unprovoked threat to the new American Republic.

Before the Revolutionary War, U.S. merchant ships had been under the protection of Great Britain.  When the U.S. declared its independence and entered into war, the ships of the United States were protected by France. However, once the war was won, America had to protect its own fleets. Thus, the birth of the U.S. Navy.

Beginning in 1784, seventeen years before he would become president, Thomas Jefferson became America’s Minister to France.  That same year, the U.S. Congress sought to appease its Muslim adversaries by following in the footsteps of European nations who paid bribes to the Barbary States, rather than engaging them in war.

In July of 1785, Algerian pirates captured American ships, and the Dey of Algiers demanded an unheard-of ransom of $60,000.  It was a plain and simple case of extortion, and Thomas Jefferson was vehemently opposed to any further payments.  Instead, he proposed to Congress the formation of a coalition of allied nations who together could force the Islamic states into peace.  A disinterested Congress decided to pay the ransom.

In 1786, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams met with Tripoli’s ambassador to Great Britain to ask by what right his nation attacked American ships and enslaved American citizens, and why Muslims held so much hostility towards America, a nation with which they had no previous contacts.

The two future presidents reported that Ambassador Sidi Haji Abdul Rahman Adja had answered that Islam “was founded on the Laws of their Prophet, that it was written in their Quran, that all nations who should not have acknowledged their authority were sinners, that it was their right and duty to make war upon them wherever they could be found, and to make slaves of all they could take as Prisoners, and that every Musselman (Muslim) who should be slain in Battle was sure to go to Paradise.”

Despite of this stunning admission of premeditated violence on non-Muslim nations, as well as the objections of many notable American leaders, including George Washington, who warned that caving in was both wrong and would only further embolden the enemy, f or the following fifteen years, the American government paid the Muslims millions of dollars for the safe passage of American ships or the return of American hostages. The payments in ransom and tribute amounted to over twenty percent of the United States government annual revenues in 1800.

The burning of the Philadelphia in Tripoli Harbor, an act which caused the American offensive against the Barbary Pirates.

The burning of the Philadelphia in Tripoli Harbor, an act which caused the American offensive against the Barbary Pirates.

 Jefferson was disgusted.  Shortly after his being sworn in as the third President of the United States in 1801, the Pasha of Tripoli sent him a note demanding the immediate payment of $225,000 plus $25,000 a year for every year forthcoming.  That changed everything.

Jefferson let the Pasha know, in no uncertain terms, what he could do with his demand.  The Pasha responded by cutting down the flagpole at the American consulate and declared war on the United States.  Tunis, Morocco, and Algiers immediately followed suit.  Jefferson, until now, had been against America raising a naval force for anything beyond coastal defense, but having watched his nation be cowed by Islamic thuggery for long enough, decided that is was finally time to meet force with force.

He dispatched a squadron of frigates to the Mediterranean and taught the Muslim nations of the Barbary Coast a lesson he hoped they would never forget.  Congress authorized Jefferson to empower U.S. ships to seize all vessels and goods of the Pasha of Tripoli and to “cause to be done all other acts of precaution or hostility as the state of war would justify”.

When Algiers and Tunis, who were both accustomed to American cowardice and acquiescence, saw the newly independent United States had both the will and the might to strike back, they quickly abandoned their allegiance to Tripoli. The war with Tripoli lasted for four more years, and raged up again in 1815.  The bravery of the U.S. Marine Corps in these wars led to the line “to the shores of Tripoli” in the Marine Hymn.

US Marines  would forever be known as “leathernecks” for the leather collars of their uniforms, which were actually designed to prevent their heads from being cut off by the Muslim scimitars when boarding enemy ships.

Islam, and what its Barbary followers justified doing in the name of their prophet and their god, disturbed Jefferson quite deeply.  America had a tradition of religious tolerance, the fact that Jefferson, himself, had co-authored the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, but fundamentalist Islam was like no other religion the world had ever seen.

A religion based on supremacism, whose holy book not only condoned but mandated violence against unbelievers was unacceptable to him.  His greatest fear was that someday this brand of Islam would return and pose an even greater threat to the United States.

This should bother every American. 

That the Islams have brought about women-only classes and swimming times at taxpayer-funded universities and public pools is reprehensible.

That Christians, Jews, and Hindus have been banned from serving on juries where Muslim defendants are being judged is unacceptable.

That Piggy banks and Porky Pig tissue dispensers have been banned from workplaces because they offend Islamist sensibilities is ridiculous.

That Ice Cream has been discontinued at certain Burger King locations because the picture on the wrapper looks similar to the Arabic script for Allah borders on the absurd.

That public schools are pulling pork from their menus is unnecessary.

It’s death by a thousand cuts, or inch-by-inch as some refer to it, and most Americans have no idea that this battle is being waged every day across America.  By not fighting back, by allowing groups to obfuscate what is really happening, and not insisting that the Islamists adapt to our own culture, the United States is cutting its own throat with a politically correct knife, and helping to further the Islamists agenda. Sadly, it appears that today’s America would rather be politically correct than victorious.”

If you have any doubts about what you’ve just read Google “Thomas Jefferson vs the Muslim World”…

You’re dead. Oh yeah… before I forget… BANG!

Back in November 2009, the 8.59mm Accuracy International (AI) L115A3 sniper rifle was the weapon used by an elite sniper in one of those legendary feats of marksmanship known to war.  He killed three consecutive enemy soldiers from over 1.53 miles in combat. He killed them from 1 and a half MILES away. They never even heard the rounds that killed them.

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Now a British sniper in Afghanistan has reportedly used the Accuracy International L115A3 sniper rifle to kill six insurgents with one bullet… yes, you read it right. He killed them with a single bullet.

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Let’s think about what snipers do;

It could be said that snipers are the Joe Montana’s of War. They’re superstars. They’re the Gods perched on high, deciding who lives and more importantly… who dies.

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Elite snipers routinely account for more kills than entire battalions operating in the same place at the same time.

It cannot be denied that knowing an elite sniper is in the area inflicts psychological terror on on the enemy. It’s hard to operate effectively when you’re waiting to catch a hammer with your chest. You can’t see them. You can’t touch them and they’re too far away to hear… until it’s too late.

If you “live and die on the ground” the elite sniper is without a doubt the most feared combatant in any theater of war. They can reach out and touch you with a skillset far beyond simply being able to hit human targets at a distance. Snipers are also the most cost effective way of killing the enemy.

But, the weapons of war they wield do not come cheap. The AI L115A3 rifle will set you back the price of a mid-range car. At $38,250 the rifle weighs 15 pounds.

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And enemies take note; that 8.59mm bullet fired from over a mile away will hit you harder than a .44 Magnum from 7 yards. You’re dead. As you fall to the ground, you’ll die knowing that you never heard the shot that killed you…

FYI: You can buy (3) Barrett M107A1 .50 caliber sniper rifles for that kind of money. You can get it in several “designer colors” as long as you like tan or OD green… :)

Oh yeah… that Barrett will weigh almost twice as much as the AI.

Apparently, like exotic cars, exotic motorcycles and racing bicycles, they sell these bad boys by the pound. As in, the less they weigh, the more they cost… :)

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Let’s play 20 questions with “Jim and Bob”…

Obama’s Press Secretary recently said that Barack Obama is running the most transparent administration in US History.  This from a guy who can’t produce a “REAL” birth certificate or release his school records…

Hey there, “Mr Transparency”…

Bob: “Hey Jim, did you hear about the Obama administration scandal?

Jim: “You mean releasing 5 dangerous terrorists for a deserter?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “You mean corruption and terrible conditions at the VA after Obama attacked Republicans for it and said he would fix all those problems?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “You mean outing the CIA station chief in Afghanistan?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “You mean the Mexican gun running?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “You mean SEAL Team 6?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “Obama saying the average family would save $2,500 on their premiums?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “Obama having NSA spy on 124 Billion Phone Calls in One Month?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “Obama intentionally ignoring our immigration laws?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “Bailing out Detroit after decades of corrupt Democratic management?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “You mean the State Dept. lying about Benghazi?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “You mean voter fraud?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “You mean Obama saying we can keep our insurance and doctors if we wanted to?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “You mean the military not getting their votes counted?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “The NSA monitoring foreign diplomats?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “You mean the use of drones in our own country without the benefit of the law?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “Giving 123 Technologies $300 Million and right after it declared bankruptcy and was sold to the Chinese?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “You mean the president arming the Muslim Brotherhood?”

Bob: “No the other one.”;

Jim: “The IRS targeting conservatives?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “The DOJ spying on the press?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “Sebelius shaking down health insurance executives?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “You mean Obama spending $3.7 Trillion on Welfare Over Last 5 Years”

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “Giving SOLYNDRA $500 MILLION DOLLARS and 3 months later they declared bankruptcy and then the Chinese bought it?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “The NSA monitoring our phone calls, emails and everything else?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “Millions of Americans losing their health care coverage?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “Forcing Americans to include coverage in their insurance policies of items they do not want?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “The president’s ordering the release of nearly 10,000 illegal immigrants from jails and prisons, and falsely blaming the sequester?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “The president’s threat to impose gun control by Executive Order in order to bypass Congress?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “Providing weapons to Syrian rebels many of whom apparently are Al Qaeda?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “The president’s repeated violation of the law requiring him to submit a budget no later than the first Monday in February?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “The 2012 vote where 115% of all registered voters in some counties voted 100% for Obama?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “The president’s unconstitutional recess appointments in an attempt to circumvent the Senate’s advise-and-consent role?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “The State Department interfering with an Inspector General investigation on departmental sexual misconduct?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “Clinton, the IRS, Clapper and Holder all lying to Congress?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “The President using nearly $1 trillion dollars of stimulus money to fund his cronies?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “You mean Fast & Furious?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”

Jim: “I give up! … Oh wait, I think I got it! … You mean that 65 million low-information voters who don’t pay taxes and get free stuff from taxpayers and stuck us again with the most pandering,  corrupt administration in American history?”

the-lexinator  Okay, somebody sent me the Jim/Bob banter, but it was so good, I had to run it. :)