sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Journalistic Topics

The Law

USC 18. Section 2071

Whoever willfully and unlawfully conceals, removes, mutilates, obliterates, or destroys, or attempts to do so, or, with intent to do so takes and carries away any record, proceeding, map, book, paper, document, or other thing, filed or deposited with any clerk or officer of any court of the United States, or in any public office, or with any judicial or public officer of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both. 

Whoever, having the custody of any such record, proceeding, map, book, document, paper, or other thing, willfully and unlawfully conceals, removes, mutilates, obliterates, falsifies, or destroys the same, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both; and shall forfeit his office and be disqualified from holding any office under the United States. As used in this subsection, the term “office” does not include the office held by any person as a retired officer of the Armed Forces of the United States.” 

NOTE: It explicitly states "shall forfeit his office and be disqualified from holding any office under the United States."

We all know that Hillary and our betters set themselves above the law, so this may not matter.


To say that the 2016 election is unprecedented is to understate the obvious. To suggest that the Democrat Party is regretting fixing their nomination for Hillary Clinton is also an understatement. Bernie Sanders might have pulled it off even though he was an old communist. He wasn't corrupt and he was sincere.

I don't think that Huma will take Anthony Weiner with her when she joins Hillary Clinton in exile - nor do I think that there is a seat for Anthony on Bill and Hillary's Gulfstream.

The funniest thing about all scandal is that all that Barack said about Hillary in 2008 when he ran against her was so absolutely correct. It may be one of the few times that he was proven to be accurate in his political career.
Trump called it: (Fox News) Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump saw this coming from a mile away, fingering Weiner as a potential national security threat all the way back in August of 2015. “It came out that Huma Abedin knows all about Hillary’s private illegal emails,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “Huma’s PR husband, Anthony Weiner, will tell the world.”
Fox News cited a law enforcement source: "The electronic device shared by Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin and husband Anthony Weiner on which the FBI found more Clinton emails was a laptop and it contained tens-of-thousands of emails, a senior law enforcement official told Fox News on Saturday."

Maybe those include some of the 30,000 e-mails that Hillary Clinton "destroyed"... Will history show that disgraced former US Congressman and New York City mayoral candidate, Anthony Weiner saved the republic (in a round-about way)?

We will have to wait and see.

If you look at the headline pages over at any of the Ministry of Truth outlets (NBC, ABC, CBS or CNN), there is scant coverage of the scandal. Then again, why would there be since they've avoided covering any of the Clinton scandals from the beginning.


WikiLeaks is getting ready to release yet more damning e-mails. Assange contends that the next round will land Hillary Clinton in custody - but such assertions have been made before and Clinton made good her escape on her broom. 

The WikiLeaks team has done more to pull back the curtain on the depth of corruption among the American political elites (and in their own words) than anything else possibly could. Even though the e-mail was hacked, we owe them a debt of gratitude. Whether or not we as a nation are able to do anything about removing the cancer is another issue entirely.

Investigative Journalism

The Virtual Mirage staff called the Clinton Campaign Headquarters in Los Angeles for a reaction to the current Weinergate scandal and spoke with Megan M., an official (or maybe just somebody who answered the phone). Megan said that they were very busy because of many calls from the press (and you know that VM is at the cutting edge of journalism). I said that I needed a quote.

Megan M.: I really don't know what to tell you. We think that the FBI is prejudiced against Mrs. Clinton.

VM: Did you think that in July when the FBI gave Mrs. Clinton a pass on her many security breaches and her sloppy handling of classified information?

Megan M.: No, back then we thought that they were being fair.

VM: What changed at the FBI?

Megan M.: Maybe the Republicans got to them? Maybe it has something to do with the fact that Mrs. Clinton is a woman.

VM: Are you suggesting that the vast right wing conspiracy has something to do with this?

Megan M.: I guess I am. I think that Trump and maybe George Bush are behind it.

There you have it.  Proof that Donald Trump and George Bush are to blame.

US Immigration - A Matter of Numbers

Alaskan Sermonette

Native Alaskan art that goes
with the chanting and drum.
You can be serious about things and you can be light hearted. (Here is some Alaskan music for those of you who arrived seeking a different sort of spiritual inspiration that is in keeping with a shamanistic sermonette.) Since I'm not an animistic sort, this music is not for me.

When it comes to firearms, rocket launchers or explosives, my military training comes into play and I get serious as a heart attack. Thus the sermonette for a pleasant Sunday in autumn. Weapons are tools. Most tools can also be weapons with varying degrees of lethality. It's important to match the tool to the job.

For a daily carry firearm either up on the rim at the White Wolf Mine or on the street, this one is not a bad choice. Because it's not a semi-auto, it's not a quick reload. But with six rounds, I should be able to eliminate the threat from six zombies (the others can decide how motivated they are) or one bear. This weapon is completely legal in the State of California and is considered insignificant by the legislature because it's a revolver and the name "magnum" is not applied to the cartridge.

I'm holding the Ruger Super Redhawk Alaskan. You'll see in the photo ( above right) that it does fit in my meaty hand just fine. The thick karate fingers lend themselves to handling the weapon. The weapon has significant recoil that is roughly comparable to my .460 V S&W revolver.

The holster (pictured below) comes from Simply Rugged Holsters (Prescott, AZ) and can be worn inside trousers with the keeper straps attached to the belt to hold it in place, or on the outside of the belt, with the belt threaded through the slots in the holster. I'm not big on paddle holsters (favored by law enforcement). This is more of a pancake style.

The weapon chambers either/both .45 Colt or .454 Casull as you prefer. 

The video (HERE) shows a .45 ACP fired from a Glock Model 21 (which I favor) being fired into ballistic jel. The jel shows the wound channel that would occur in flesh if it was fired into a living being. The 2" wound channel is serious.

Then it shows a .454 Casull round being fired into the jel and the wound channel is about 8+ inches across. Everything in that cavity that is created by the bullet passing through it would be completely pulverized if it had been fired into living tissue.

The depth of penetration is roughly the same but the effect on the target is different.