If you want to see just how encouraged the anti-gunners are, take a look at some of the recent events in relation to the new rule on right-to-carry in national parks:
* Dianne Feinstein wrote an op-ed in the San Francisco Chronicle blasting the decision by the Bush Administration to allow right-to-carry permit holders to exercise their Second Amendment rights.
* The Brady Campaign has sued to overturn the rule.
The good news: It looks like Senate Republicans are going to give antigun zealot Eric Holder a very long and skeptical look when he is up for confirmation.
WORSE THAN CLINTON’S GUN BAN
The attack on right-to-carry in national parks is bad enough, but now, information from Alan Korwin makes that attack look like peanuts. Anti-gunners are revealing the type of semi-auto gun ban that they want and it is ugly.
The version of the bill introduced in the 110th Congress, H.R. 1022, would have banned 65 guns by name and it would give the Attorney General the authority to add new guns to that list virtually at will. Imagine this power in the hands of Attorney General nominee Holder. To make sure that this goes nowhere, JOIN THE NRA, SUPPORT NRA-ILA, AND REGISTER PEOPLE TO VOTE FOR NRA-PVF ENDORSED CANDIDATES THIS COMING NOVEMBER!!!
TROOPS WORRIED ABOUT OBAMA
The Military Times, in their annual poll, came up with some interesting data:
• 60 percent of those surveyed were either uncertain or pessimistic about Obama as Commander-in-Chief.
• 58 percent oppose lifting the ban on homosexuals serving openly in the military, and almost a fourth of those polled said that they would at least consider leaving the military if the ban was lifted.
• 49 percent disapprove of his 16-month timetable to withdraw from Iraq.
• A plurality (43 percent) of those surveyed does not believe Obama has their best interests at heart.
ICE – A NEW CONCEPT
SOF readers may or may not find themselves in an accident and unable to tell police or paramedics whom to call. One way to ensure that they can call the right person in that situation is to create an ICE – In Case of Emergency – contact in your list of contacts. This way, police and paramedics will know whom to get in touch with should bad luck strike.
TWO BAD GUYS WHACKED
In the Global War on Terror, the Bush Administration is going out on a fighting note, ringing in the new year with a strike that bagged two big fish from al-Qaeda. Usama al-Kini and Sheikh Ahmed Salim Swedan were believed to have been responsible for the 1998 attacks on American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, and to also have planned
the 2008 attack on a Marriott hotel in Islamabad. Consider them two more good terrorists.
THE LOGISTICS TROOPS
One group of troops that has done yeoman’s work in Iraq is the 10th Sustainment Brigade. These troops have been among the many folks behind the scenes helping the grunts fight and win the war. For an idea of what they did – one detachment, 3-68th Transportation Detachment, 297th Inland Transfer Company, 398th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 10th Sustainment Brigade – known as the Renegades – has traveled 60,000 miles in 160 missions as we go to press. Well done to all of the troops in the 10th Sustainment Brigade! Help the shooters take down the bad guys!
While everyone’s eye has been on the upcoming Presidential transition, the United States Navy has been quietly carrying out some good work in South America. High-speed vessel Swift (HSV 2) has deployed to a number of countries in the region to provide training and other forms of assistance in areas such as land navigation, port security, waterborne security operations, small boat repair and maritime interdiction operations. Good work, sailors!
167 SAVES IN A YEAR!
The Alaska Air National Guard did some very good work this year. Over the course of 2008, they were credited with saving 167 lives between their work in Alaska, a six-month tour in Afghanistan, and assisting with the aftermath of Hurricane Ike in Texas. Their primary tool in this regard was the HH-60 Blackhawk helicopter. VERY GOOD WORK, AIRMEN!!!!
USS GEORGE H. W. BUSH JOINS THE FLEET
The United States Navy added the tenth Nimitz-class carrier to the fleet. USS George H. W. Bush, commissioned on 10 January, 2009, is arguably the most powerful warship in the world. It carries an air wing of at least 60 aircraft, and will be able to help defend American interests across the world. It is a fitting tribute to America’s 41st President, who put it all on the line for America 65 years ago as a naval aviator.
PROJECT DELTA MEMORIAL
Thomas Humphus sends us these photos of the new memorial for Project Delta, a Special Forces unit that carried out long-range reconnaissance patrols during the Vietnam War. It is good to see that the brave Green Berets who carried out these missions are finally being recognized.