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That's right: A Brand Spanking new one too...

Must be a veritable hot bed of pumpkin festivals just ripe for terrorist attacks. (snarc)

How about the stats?
Population (2012) 102,851
Land Area:  555 Square  miles
66% urban 34% Rural.
Racial Breakdown:
94.49% White, 0.84% Black,  
0.23% Native American, 0.65% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 2.62% from other races, and 1.14% from two or more races. 6.54% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

With stats like that , surely someone is seeing trouble brewing. Statistically, the job has surely been what anyone would define as high risk. Why?
The Sheriff's dept. has had one on the job Fatality in the last 50 years. It occurred on 8/26/1966. The officer apparently stepped on a hot power line.

Obviously this is reason enough to order a BRAND NEW ASSAULT VEHICLE (Bring your own 50 cal. machine gun).

So what are we buying The WalWorth County Sheriff (Not to be confused with the old Woolworth dept store -RIP) dept 's SWAT team?

The Walworth County G3 on display at the NTOA Conference is a Four Door variant, which offers 5 entry and egress points on the vehicle. This functionality greatly enhances tactical response and rescue capabilities in tight urban settings and Active Shooter scenarios. In addition, this BearCat G3 features Lenco’s Hydraulic RAM and a host of Low Profile lighting and communications equipment. Also included is Lenco’s award winning gas injector unit, which won a 2011 Tactical Innovation Award. Mounted on the vehicle’s hydraulic ram, this unique tool allows for fast delivery of chemical agents into a hostile environment from the safety of an armored BearCat®.
Like all Lenco vehicles, the G3 features only Mil-Spec steel armor plate certified to defeat multi-hit attacks from 7.62 AP / .50 Cal BMG, ceilings and floors that provide enhanced blast and fragmentation protection, and ballistic glass windows with multi-hit defeat and superior clarity.
Who makes it?
Pittsfield, MA – Lenco Industries, Inc., the global leader in the design and manufacture of armored police vehicles, will have the latest model BearCat® G3 on display at the National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA) Tactical Operations Conference & Trade Show, September 22-27 at the Kansas City Marriott Hotel & Convention Center. This 4-Door BearCat® G3 will be en route to the Walworth County Sheriff’s Office to join over a dozen other Lenco armored vehicles serving and protecting law enforcement throughout the state of Wisconsin. In total, over 550 Law Enforcement Agencies in the US rely on Lenco BEARs and BearCats every day, including 32 State Police Agencies.

Lenco Industries designs, develops and manufactures armored security vehicles for law enforcement, military, government and private security forces working to safeguard our nation’s homeland security as well as downrange in Iraq and Afghanistan. Lenco’s client base includes the nation’s most prestigious law enforcement agencies, including the Los Angeles Police Department, LA Sheriff Department, Boston Police Department and the New York Police Department. Lenco has also designed and built Special Forces armored vehicles for the US Department of Defense. Lenco is a supplier to the US State Department, Department of Energy, ATF, US Marshals and other high profile government agencies. Lenco’s product line includes the BEAR armored SWAT truck, and several variants of the BearCat, including the G4 M-ATV, MedEvac and VIP armored vehicles. For more information, visit www.LencoArmor.com.

(Bold is my emphasis)
By the way, I didn't see anything about surplus in there. Must be an oversight on my part. I'm sure if someone with a little more time on their hands would search the DoD contract Database, maybe it would shed more light on why a brand spanking new battle tested designed BearCat is on the way.

Obviously, this raises some questions. If it's not surplus? Who is paying for it? How is it procured? Is this through the 1033 program? If so, are there a few things they aren't telling us? Like how is the annual maintenance contract paid for along with all the cool toys that go in it . How about the training? Who pays for that? Maybe they don't need it.  

BTW, I tried to get on Bearcat's armor website and it was maxed out all day. Maybe a little luck later eh? Maybe all  that free advertising  that Jefferson country is providing is making for some heavy duty inquiries.

As I found out in the double ought: If it has to do with the MIC, a huge dose of skepticism is required when we are told (anything) that all of this stuff is merely war surplus.

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Tue Oct 08, 2013 at 10:24 AM PDT

Five Dead Troops and No Death Benefits

by Dburn

Normally when a a soldiers is killed the family receives $100,000 wired into their bank account from the DOD. The DOD says it "legally" can't. Yet acquisition people were put back on the job but can't buy anything.

This is pure and total bullshit of the highest order. Who is going to donate their bi-weekly paycheck to these families today so money can get wired.They have to be wealthy congress-critters of which we have plenty and they can be from any party. How about  some of the wealthy people in the executive branch?

Is  this all just too political  for people to make these donations or find a way to "leagilize" these benefits? I honestly hope no one is playing politics with this . If its a real SNAFU then it needs to be unfked right away. If it's not. Then people in DC need to ante up now. See quote and links belows

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Thu Apr 25, 2013 at 12:12 PM PDT

Congressional Insider Trading : Repealed

by Dburn

First it was the Insider trading law that was passed and then quietly repealed.

Now, Congress is seeking its way out of having to join the  Health Care exchanges because it would cost them too much money.

Here is an example:

Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) said if OPM decides that the federal government doesn't pick up “the 75 percent (That’s us Taxpayers) that they have been, then put yourself in the position of a lot of entry-level staff people who make $25,000 a year, and all of a sudden, they have a $7,000 a year health care tab? That would be devastating.”

Read more: http://www.politico.com/...

Hey what about that subsidy we all were promised for the last four years. Hmm, either this guy is stupid , which of course is more or less the default setting for most of them. The more cynical of us might assume that any of the good parts of the Health Care bill, like Subsidies for people just like that Junior staff member, have already died a backroom death that we haven't heard about yet.  You really couldn't go wrong taking either bet these days.

The excuse is used that it would cause a brain drain as aids and congress people moved on to the private sector for far more lucrative pay and benefits because they certainly are not going to allow themselves to be put in the unthinkable position of actually experiencing any of the new laws they pass…

 How much will people take before realizing that our political system has been totally corrupted  to the point where it can't be fixed?

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If anyone thought that Lanny Breuer's resignation would bring about a sea change in attitudes about the ability to bring the Banks and their execs to account for the actions, let Eric Holder tell us why we are so wrong.

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Fri Feb 15, 2013 at 04:11 AM PST

Kossack: Small Business Survey

by Dburn

I own a small business. Over the past four years we have seen no recovery. Sales are off 55% from 2007.  Sales seemed to have reached a bottom about two years ago . Then in 2012 we slipped another 10%. Since the beginning of the year , business has dropped off  to a level we haven't seen since the depression/recession months in 2009. We actually had a better year over-all, but the first few months were dead. That's the way it is now.

Thinking it was something we weren't doing or something bad that we have been doing, we waited it out. We did some customer only email campaigns, lowered prices, and did three adwords campaigns.  Now it's mid February and there is no hint of improvement. I've called my small network of business owners to see how things were. It's been pretty much the same. It's slowed to a trickle. There was a small independent rep firm that was doing "ok" as they came off fresh from the annual N.A.M.M show...

That was until yesterday when a company that the firm had represented for 25 years called and told the principal they were firing all the reps and upper management. They were folding the company into another one and would have all products made overseas and distributed by one company here in the US.

Poll

How is your Business doing since the start of 2013?

19%4 votes
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14%3 votes
23%5 votes
0%0 votes
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Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 09:19 AM PST

"It's Not an Assault Rifle"

by Dburn

One of the main arguments made by the people who want no more regulation, especially with assault rifles that are not assault rifles , is that an "dressed up" rifle with military looking cosmetics is not an assault rifle because it fires only on semi -auto while a real assault rifle can be fire in full auto or in bursts. For some odd reason, proponents for no regulation on large magazines and civilian derivatives of a Military assault rifle believe that people against these rifles and large magazines simply don't understand what the difference is between them. You'll see this first hand below as the individual editorializes on why people against these rifles are playing on people's ignorance of the difference between the two.

  Follow me below for the demonstration between the two.

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Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 01:42 PM PST

Rate of Fire - Assault Weapons

by Dburn

I'm just checking real facts so we can debate this issue with more clarity. Enclosed are some YouTube examples of not only a 50 round drum firing on semi-auto, but with a still legal slide stock , a AR-15 or a AK is turned into a full automatic or one can fire in more accurate and deadly three round bursts. The cost of the Bump fire stocks seem to be around $350.00. It's not exactly like an full auto in that a shooter may have to practice a bit, but look at the videos and you decide.

I clocked a few shooters on You tube emptying a 50 round mag on semi-auto in 8-9 seconds with accurate fire. It's actually more accurate to go with semi-auto and 3-4 round bursts then to unload a magazine in a second or so on full auto with the recoil pushing the barrel up.  I have a 9mm with a 12 round mag I can unload in 2 seconds.

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Mon Jun 11, 2012 at 06:21 PM PDT

Breaking: Glenn Beck is Back.

by Dburn

Maybe this Headline will work...

Out with the old and in with the New

 As Rush Limbaugh show reloads, Glenn Beck just signed a 100 Million dollar contract with Clear Channel which is an add on to the  40 M a year web network he established himself. You know, the one on the web that wasn't claiming to be home to a "10 million dollar Chandelier".

He has learned the "Tubes " well and he is now relevant again . He has one hell of profitable business for himself and he has many of us  to thank for being at the top again. Clear Channel reaches many more than Fox does last I looked.

Where there was three national megaphones designed to divide, there is now four. Think about it. Tell the politicians to govern themselves accordingly or they too can learn the joys of  buying private health insurance along with the people who depend on Democrats winning instead of losing elections.

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Sun Dec 11, 2011 at 02:24 PM PST

Dec 1941 and the GOP

by Dburn

While reading December 1941; 31 days that changed America and saved the World  by Craig Shirley, I got to this quote which sounds like it came right out of a diary here on Daily Kos, but was made by Columnist Walter Lippman.

Read it right After "Two Dogs Humping"

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As many people on this site know HR 3808 was attempted before the elections to make the banks whole again from the biggest Fraud yet in this ongoing scandal by allowing MERs and it's sickening owners to recreate paperwork that went missing in millions of mortgages that were being foreclosed on.

It was a voice vote . President Obama got this one right and vetoed it. Now...

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That's a real simple and totally indefensible soundbite . Lets start off with the article lead in :

Robo-signers: Mortgage experience not necessary
Banks hired hair stylists, teens to process foreclosure documents, workers' testimony shows
ap

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Wed May 27, 2009 at 01:25 PM PDT

Latvian Hookers Signal No Recovery

by Dburn

I ran across this at Bloomberg News and I thought it was worth sharing. We have heard about green shoots and a the latest pronouncement by Bonddad today that he now agrees with Krugman even though he thought he was full of shit  a few weeks back, because Krugman says he sees signs of the economy turning up. Obviously one has to question, turning up from what? If you fall of a cliff sometime you might turn your face up before going splat. How much farther will we fall before it turns up? So many questions. So much equivocation.

This article is a relative as any because no traditional economic indicator has worked in predicting the start or the demise of this. So for your consideration:  some new indicators, which seem to me just as valid as any since we haven't used them so they haven't failed yet.

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