Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Yeah, all just another mistake, I'm sure

A bipartisan group of 24 senators has sent a letter to the EPA, demanding that the agency explain why it leaked the names and personal information of more than 80,000 farmers and ranchers to left-wing organizations. In April, the EPA admitted the information had leaked in a story broken by FoxNews.com.
Considering the EPA, anybody who claims they don't know why they'd do this is either a liar or a fool.

Which somehow fits in with this: you can't buy the same "I'm stuffed-up" meds you used to, and the ones you can buy you're treated like you just asked for morphine, but
The Obama administration will stop trying to limit sales of emergency contraception pills, making the morning-after pill available to women of all ages without a prescription.

And don't think you can count on doctor-patient confidentiality; that doesn't count anymore.
And note that the police in Illinois don't seem to give a damn about that troublesome 4th Amendment crap, either.

Something I tend to think another effect(NOT a side-effect) of the NSA spying on everybody: cleanupatf.org
For the most part, this website has gone quiet since the beginning of the year. The Grapevine thread which used to be very active has had no posts since March. The Fast and Furious page has had nothing except a cartoon since February, The ATF-EEO violations thread has had nothing since January. 
I'm sure veiled and not so veiled threats have been made to ATF Special Agents that they are to keep their mouths shut if they want to keep their badge. I do realize that correlation isn't causation but I don't think CUATF going quiet is just happenstance. While I do think ATF needs a permanent director, I don't think B. Todd Jones is the person for the job.
And how might they know just who to threaten, I wonder?
On the subject of ATF and Jones being pushed for director,
The Senate Judiciary Committee will soon hold hearings regarding B. Todd Jones, Barrack Obama’s nominee to become the next Director of ATF. By any rational measure, Jones has been a pathetic disgrace and utter failure as ATF's Acting Director. He represents exactly what is wrong with the Bureau; a profound lack of integrity, transparency and competence, shameless cronyism, vicious protection of the ATF management "good `ol boy club", and institutionalized corruption. His confirmation as Director will only ensure that what was once one of the world's greatest law enforcement agencies will contine to decline and fail in its primary mission. If anything, Jones should be summarily fired, if not prosecuted for his breathtaking malfeasance as Acting Director.

While it is certainly true that ATF desperately needs a permanent Director, can't we do better than this? In a nation of over 300 million people, can't we find someone who actually has the basic integrity, commitment to justice, and elemental competence to finally put an end to the embarrassing plague of disgusting corruption and managerial stupidity that has paralyzed the Bureau for far too many years?
A list of their problems with Jones follows; it's, ah, 'extensive' is a good word.

After the range the other day, as extraction on some ammo was getting sticky on the K-22, I broke it down to give it a serious cleaning with the PDB home-brew CLP.  I'll put it back together later and see how it feels.

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