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Our friend Commander Zero sent this: First Responders Broke Into Shore Army-Navy Store in Seaside Heights During Sandy. The article begins:

SEASIDE HEIGHTS – First responders in Seaside Heights were forced to break into an Army-Navy store during Superstorm Sandy.
The Shore Army-Navy store, located on Hamilton Avenue, was broken into by first responders during Sandy. The first responders took an estimated $185,000 worth of goods, including clothing, sleeping bags, camping equipment and backpacks.
Mayor Bill Akers says first responders had little choice when they were soaked and needed dry clothes.
The tab has now been settled with store owner Ted Domaracki, but he wishes the situation could have been handled better.
“If there was someway they could have picked me up in a National Guard truck and had me take inventory of what they needed, it certainly would have been desirable,” Domaracki says.
Mayor Akers says the situation was a learning lesson and the borough is now putting together proper protocol for situations like this.

Commander Zero’s Comments: “If you have to loot citizens to equip your first-responder units then you are really not much of a first-responder, are you? ‘Course, when .gov, even local.gov, does it they get a free pass and it isn’t called ‘looting’. Instead of apologizing for the ‘first responders’ behavior, perhaps they should be examining why their responders were so poorly equipped to begin with that they needed to steal from the populace.”

JWR’s Comments: So this is all deemed acceptable, since they were “…forced to break into an Army-Navy store…” I suppose that Mr. Wilson could have told us who forced them. This incident reminds us that we need to be very quiet about our preps. Not all of the looters will overtly be from the rough neighborhoods. Some of them may be carrying badges.

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As usual, the lamestream media headline writers get it wrong: Don’t Be Alarmed by the Drone Blimps Hovering Over D.C. They’re Here to Stop Cruise Missiles. They are not blimps! Rather, they are tethered aerostats. FWIW, I predicted their widespread use, 25 years ago. (See my article titled: “A Watchful Eye On The Border,” in Defense Electronics magazine, in which I profiled Raytheon’s prototype radar aerostat at Fort Huachuca, in 1988.)

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Cook County sheriff’s team taking guns if FOID card is revoked. I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating: “Much like a muscle that atrophies with disuse, any right that goes unexercised for many years devolves into a privilege, and eventually can even be redefined as a crime.”

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Services promise combat roles for females by 2016. JWR’s Comment: All politics and feel-goodism aside, post-pubescent human physiology is an inescapable controlling factor. The sad truth is that on average, women have 20% less muscle mass than men. And for young women, the ratio of body fat versus muscle runs about 15% higher than men. So unless the Army launches a special recruitment campaign looking for lean, muscular women who are 6’2″ or taller, then distaff soldiers will never be a physical match for their male counterparts. (Again, on average.) When you consider the 90 to 100 pound loads carried daily by foot soldiers in this modern era of body armor with SAPI plates, batteries, beau coup ammo, hydration packs, et cetera) it is not realistic to think that females can hack it, at least in the infantry. And how many women will be able to lift 155mm projectiles to the breach, hour after hour? Let’s not sacrifice our ability to wage war at 100% for the sake of Political Correctness.

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States seek to nullify Obama efforts. And meanwhile, we read: Proposed new state in northern Colorado gains traction

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