Suddenly, the Prepperdom Press is ablaze with articles ( or at least links to articles ) on how local police departments are being militarized. No friggin crap. Earth to these folks, some of the oldest news you could dredge up. At the VERY least this is a scare from ten years ago. How much earlier is anybodies guess and I won’t do any research as to justify such pudding-headedness. Who comes up with this crap? Is it just mainstream media recycling stories the way Hippies recycle their turds? Some dill hole at his mothers computer printing it up like it was hot off the presses and the rest of the Grow Asparagus, Store One Case Of MRE’s And Buy Fifteen Semi-Auto’s Brigade merrily going along? This “news” was endlessly discussed and agonized over right after 9/11. What has changed? That they are just now getting the last armored car to BumHump Iowa, population 906? Hell, Elko has a nice drab camo’ed monster of an armored truck for their fancy SWAT team. It sits idle most of the time since training takes money and most of the local departments don’t have much extra small arms ammo anyway. And what do those things get- three miles to the gallon?
The “scare” over police departments might play right into Militia Porn fears ( I will NOT fight to stop renditions, illegal no-charge indefinite holdings, firearms records at the Fed level or a total surveillance state- but by gum I WILL fight if they try to take away my AR-15! ) but once again, while certain exceptions will occur, for the most part this is all a Red Herring and yet another Paper Tiger Façade. First of all, do you see the local police department deploying infantry to protect these armored vehicles? Civil war breaks out, armored vehicles NOT following military tactics will soon be totaled. Sure, if you are in a defensive position, the cops surround you and fight from behind their cars and the armored vehicle delivers a Bad Hair Day. But they will be vulnerable coming and going, as will be the cops unless they spend their off time in a protected complex. Militarily, local police hold the wrong end of the stick, and equipment without tactics is worthless. Second, look at budgets. The Feds give your department a free vehicle, okay. It looks good, you get major Cool Super Ninja Bragging Points. Now you need to budget infrastructure for the thing. Fuel, maintenance, training. But locals can’t print money like the Feds. Nor can the Feds print enough without hyperinflation to make up the difference. There is a big difference between Feel Good Reports of a grant for two years of additional personnel salaries and his job security come year three, not to mention paying for his car and other necessities.
And the fabled “every Podunk town getting a SWAT team”? Old news just as long, and not all that worrisome for all the same reasons. On paper, everyone looks gung ho and ready to go. Boots meet the ground, one group of clowns will be battling another group of jokers.
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Well, I must admit to feeling a little better about all of this after reading today's post.ReplyDelete
Though at the rate things are going, that wilderness plot complete with subterranean shelter (Affordable Dakin plan; not Rawle's) low infrared signature, digitally footprint erased option, is looking better and better?
Looking better even if nothing really bad happens, just from less stress and living cheapDelete
Hey youngin, this reminds me of an overbearing gungho city cop in a small town near by (about a 1000). He picked out this one young man to harass every Saturday night..This young man also had several brothers...One Saturday night the young man pulled up to the stoplight aheading out of town, the cop was just setting awaiting an excuse to stop him...The kid lit up the tire on his poncho and headed out with his foot flat on the floor, topped the hill a half mile out an disappeared out of sight...Mr bunghole had lit out in hot pursuit when he topped the hill a running 115 mph..bummer ..there was concrete blocks in the road...when he got out of the hospital a month later after narrowly escaping death..said he was tired of playing games an resigned..:-)ReplyDelete
Only our desire for peace and quiet and raising the family allows abusive guberment. Until one day it doesn'tDelete
My city had an APC dating from the civil rights era. It ended up morphing into a giant wasp nest untill the city sold it for scap.ReplyDelete
Selling for scrap is pretty profitable anymore. Look for everything to disappear slowly. It won't just be crack smokers soon enough but your local gov.Delete
"Boots meet the ground, one group of clowns will be battling another group of jokers."ReplyDelete
And if you can keep out from between them but observing you might be able to pick up a little kool loot when you finish off the tattered remnants...
Just beware the Red Dawn scenario of staging an incident leaving behind lootDelete
Bum Hump Iowa? We're past that a ways, have to drive towards town to go huntin.ReplyDelete
Ah, but you get your mail in BumHump, so you are an official resident. A BumhumpianDelete