Combat Dog Who earned Bronze Stars in Iraq Shot and Killed in Wyoming

The Tactical Hermit

Having seen military working dogs in action, I can tell you they are not only worth their weight in gold in combat but also in rehabilitation when they are brought home to soldiers with PTSD. I hope that both the case gets investigated and if any wrongdoing occurred, the man gets prosecuted and also that Ranger Bessler finds another dog, if possible, to help him with his therapy.-SF


A bomb-sniffing combat dog named Mike survived two tours of duty in Iraq but not the streets of a bucolic little town in Wyoming.

The 9-year-old Belgian Malinois was shot and killed in Powell last Saturday by a bicyclist who said he was attacked, leaving Mike’s devastated owner Matthew Bessler, a retired Army Ranger, wondering how he is going to deal with his combat-related injuries alone.

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Numbers don’t lie, but politicians………

As I posted a few days ago crime in the US has been on a downward trend for many years while, at the same time, the number of firearms sold into private hands has been increasing. Even some on the left are waking up to the fact that gun control advocates are lying pretty regularly when it comes to the topic of private ownership of firearms.

Now the FBI has begun to release it’s metrics on crime in the US for 2014. Lo and behold the trend continues, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation. Among the findings… the number of reported violent crimes decreased 0.2 percent when compared with 2013. And the number of property crimes decreased 4.3 percent from 2013 levels.

Homicides with firearms in 2014 were down 3.9 percent on a year-over-year basis. More guns equals more crime, as the anti civil rights crowd would have us believe, is once again proven to be a fallacy. NSSF’s composite chart echoes exactly that conclusion.

But, as if on cue, Calfiornia’s Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom announced yesterday that he is going to champion a massive and draconian ballot initiative to further restrict the rights of law abiding persons in California as relates to firearms…. in the name of controlling violent crime, or course.

In remarks full of hyperbole, rhetoric and an outright lie or two, Mr. Newsom called for requiring background checks for ammunition purchases and forcing gun owners to give up large-capacity magazines that they lawfully purchased prior to their sale being banned. That would, presumably, include retired law enforcement like me since we’re no longer entitled to any special status or preference once we are no longer actively employed according to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Silviera v. Lockyer.

That’s Mr. Newsom standing at the left in a photo which showed up on the Facebook page of Raymond Chow, the jovial gent next to Mr. Newsom in the photo.  People outside of San Francisco may not be familiar with Mr. Chow, who is better known as “Shrimp Boy”  but he is well known as a reputed shot caller in one of San Francisco’s Asian gangs. He served a prison stretch for robbery and is currently under federal indictment for racketeering, money laundering, international arms smuggling and solicitation of murder among other things.  One of Mr. Chow’s co-defendants is the now former State Senator Leland Yee, an “award winning gun control advocate” who was neck deep in the arms smuggling end of the case and has since accepted a plea deal.

Gun control… like politics, makes for very strange bedfellows it seems. As you watch the media spin Mr. Newsom’s proposed ballot initiative think about who his friends are. Think about what they do. Think about how more guns in law abiding hands is proven to not cause violent crime to go up.

Then think about what rights of your’s they’ll come after next, if they succeed this time. Gun rights are, after all, civil rights. And civil rights are supposed to be the same for everyone or they are not rights at all.

Someone on the left gets it!

Thumbing through news and blogs at lunch today I landed on the Geeky Leftist. Not something you’d think I’d be interested in at face value but I enjoy reading divergent opinions and this is a prime example of why.

In a well thought out and thoroughly linked piece, the author makes a clear case why the Democrat’s have failed to pass new “common sense gun control” in the current climate.  His conclusion……….. shudder…..  it’s not the NRA. It’s because of what I’ve said all along; the statist left is so in love with it’s own propaganda that it cannot see the facts for what they are.

Here’s some facts….

Don’t believe it? Let’s go to the charts. Firearm background checks on the left, violent crime per 100,000 on the right, both through 2013.

Taken solely at face value of the background data, more guns does not equal more crime. The American people are smart enough to understand it and so, apparently, are a continuing majority of legislators at the federal level and in most of the states.

So I would urge my friends on the left, who can’t reconcile why anyone interested in living a long and healthy life would choose to own a firearm to be able to defend that life in the gravest extreme, to read through the Geeky Leftist and re-evaluate.  It’s about choices, after all.  If they choose not to own a firearm I respect that decision. I ask only that they respect my choice to own a firearm and beg that they focus their energies more correctly on criminals and reforming mental health availability and reporting…. where the problems really are.

Can I get coffee with that Danish?

I’m amused at the proliferation of memes coming out of Democrat political groups about the marvel that is Denmark. I spotted this dilly on a friend’s Facebook wall today courtesy of Occupy Democrats.

Well wow-wee zow-wee!!!  So much free… and every one in Denmark is happy!!! Let’s move America to that model now, they say.

The reality….. a 48.9% tax to GDP rate is the highest in the world. The Danish economy went into a deep recession in 2008 from which it has barely recovered and now private sector growth has started to slow over the past few quarters indicating that their economy is again headed into the tank. A housing bubble, and all bubbles pop, is ongoing. All of that “free stuff” may not cost the consumer money, but it still costs. And it only works if the public is willing to give away half or more of it’s income.

If Danes want to essentially be slaves to government, more power to them. Let us know how that happiness works out in the end.

14,000 Abandoned Wind Turbines Litter the United States

American Elephants

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The towering symbols of a fading religion, over 14,000 wind turbines, abandoned, rusting, slowly decaying. When it is time to clean up after a failed idea, no green environmentalists are to be found. Wind was free, natural, harnessing Earth’s bounty for the benefit of all mankind, sounded like a good idea. Wind turbines, like solar panels, break down.  They produce less energy before they break down than the energy it took to make them.  The wind does not blow all the time, or even most of the time. When it is not blowing, they require full-time backup from conventional power plants.

Without government subsidy, they are unaffordable. With governments facing financial troubles, the subsidies are unaffordable. It was a nice dream, a very expensive dream, but it didn’t work.

California had the “big three” of wind farm locations — Altamont Pass, Tehachapi, and San Gorgonio, considered the world’s best wind…

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When the sheepdogs have no teeth

This is a photo of the door of a military recruiting center in Tennessee that was attacked today by, apparently, someone acting in the name of Allah.

I find it ironic that all the bullet holes are from the outside in, and all those bullets managed to miss the “gun free zone” sign on the door. None of the military members at that office were armed… following Department of Defense policy memorialized by that sign.

At another nearby location four United States Marines were shot and killed by the same guy. Those Marines were, by DoD policy, unarmed. They’ve been trained to fight on behalf of people who can’t fight for themselves and were left without the means to do so by a policy first instituted under Bush 41 and doubled down under the Clinton administration. The suspect was killed by local law enforcement after engaging responding officers in a gunfight at the second shooting location.

The comedy of it all harkens back to the Clinton era mantra of treating terror attacks on our shores as a law enforcement problem. We saw how well that approach worked on 9/11, didn’t we?

The sheepdogs who protect us could not protect themselves because their political masters have taken away the best tools available, which they’ve been highly trained at our expense to use judiciously. If they have no teeth how can they protect themselves, let alone the rest of us they are sworn to protect.

I honestly don’t care what anyone thinks about the private ownership of firearms on this matter. This nation is at war with a stateless enemy who has shown a willingness to attack anywhere at any time. Enemy operatives have been calling, as recently as the past few days, for attacks on our stateside military members in exactly this fashion. So how on God’s green earth can anyone make a cogent case for people who we’ve trained to fight to be left defenseless in the face of the enemy?

Meanwhile a typically tone deaf White House trotted out the president to call the attack deplorable, while at the same time tweeting out comments on the end of Ramadan. I suppose a spokesperson from CAIR will be next…..

Peeling Onions

The more layers get peeled back on the murder of Kathryn Steinle in San Francisco the more I think I am living in a different time.

– The US Bureau of Prisons, which was about to release Juan Lopez-Sanchez the end of a 46 month sentence instead transferred him to the San Francisco Sheriff so that he could stand trial on a 20 year old drug case for which the evidence, apparently, no longer exists. No evidence, no trial so the sheriff kicked the guy loose and didn’t tell anyone under the sanctuary city policy. Never mind that the sheriff’s department warrant unit asked the BoP specifically to transfer him to San Francisco in what has been deemed by some to be an “unusual request”. Oh, and then held him in jail for two and a half weeks after the case was dismissed while their in house legal team decided what to do with him.

– Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a division of the Department of Homeland Security, said they wanted the guy, but since neither BoP or the San Francisco Sheriff ever told them to come get him, what could they do? San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi gestures during an interview Monday, July 6, 2015, in San Francisco. Photo: Ben Margot, Associated Press

– Sheriff, and convicted domestic abuser, Ross Mirkirimi says he was just following policy and that the feds should have issued an arrest warrant sooner if they actually wanted the guy back to deport for the seventh time.

– The current mayor says the sheriff should have used discretion that he has under the policy, and that the policy isn’t supposed to be a welcome mat for convicted. violent felons. Needless to say, it’s already devolved to bickering between the two officials. What a surprise.

– The former mayor / current Lt. Governor who issued the policy in 2007 says it’s entirely the fault of Congress since that body hasn’t passed “comprehensive immigration reform”…. which in case you didn’t know it is code speak for “amnesty and open borders”.

– The federal agency which employs the law enforcement agent whose gun was stolen and apparently used by the suspect to shoot and kill Ms. Steinle isn’t saying much. Which is probably just as well since anything they say at this point is only going to make them look more stupid and out of touch than their own recent history has shown them to be.

– In Washington members of Congress are lining up in droves to get in front of television cameras to harrumph like they’re auditioning for a remake of Blazing Saddles.

So why is it that I feel like I am reading a newspaper from a different time and place, with stories about a different Democrat controlled machine’s perfidy, sloth and corruption?

Twas not a beast that killed the beauty

As the circumstances surrounding the death of 32 year Kathryn Steinle at the hands of a repeatedly deported criminal illegal immigrant last Wednesday continue to unfold a powerful, awful truth has come to light. It is a truth that is maddening, sickening and chilling all at the same time.

As I wrote yesterday, the shooting of Ms. Steinle on a bayside public promenade in downtown San Francisco by seven time felon, illegal immigrant and multi-time deportee, Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez has gripped the city and the nation. The sordid details of Lopez-Sanchez’s criminal history, his jailhouse interview where he confessed to shooting Steinle as well as to coming to San Francisco “to work” because of the city’s now harshly criticized sanctuary city policy, and his multiple deportations are all coming to light.

What has also come to light is a pattern of inefficiency, evasion of duty and malfeasance by government officials at the local and federal level across many departments when it comes to the handling of illegal immigrants convicted of felony crimes who are turned out into the population to offend again or who, if we are so lucky to see them deported, turn around and come right back across the obviously wide open border. Lopez-Sanchez did…. six times. This pattern on the part of government is not new. It goes on every day in California and I saw it at work on more than a few occasions in my law enforcement career. There are thousands, if not tens of thousands, of criminal illegal immigrants like Juan Lopez-Sanchez out and about on our streets. Some studies find that they re-offend after release or the deportation / re-entry cycle at a rate of 50% more. There are murderers, rapists, armed robbers, gang members, drug runners and all other manner of offenses across their rap sheets. That the federal government, which is supposed to control immigration, dithers away while state and local government in California and San Francisco throw open the doors and offer sanctuary and assistance would be seen in a different time and place as both stupid and suicidal at a societal level. Today it’s celebrated as an example of the tolerance and diversity we must strive to.

But the latest surprise in this sordid affair rolled in late yesterday afternoon. San Francisco police investigators announced that they had identified the murder weapon as a Sig Sauer .40 caliber pistol, not unlike the model I carried for a number of years as a police officer. They went on to note that the gun was stolen. Nothing unusual there as more than 95% of the guns used in violent crime are illegally obtained. They then mentioned that the owner of the gun was a federal law enforcement officer and the gun was stolen from his car back in June.


We are told, quite often, that only the police and the military should have firearms. They are the only people, some anti-gunners say, who are truly competent enough to be trusted with such awesome responsibility and use it judiciously. Many political leaders in San Francisco believe exactly that and make no bones about saying so. But in all my years of carrying a gun I never left one in a car in such a manner that it could be stolen simply by breaking a window or forcing a trunk. Come to think of it, I shoot and teach pretty regularly today and have to transport guns all the time and I am not so careless that any of them get stolen.

Of course it should also be pointed out that a number of law enforcement agencies around the country, and a number of federal agencies in particular, have had an increasingly hard time keeping track of their guns over the past couple of decades and actually seem to lose them at a pretty alarming rate. Even the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives which assiduously and voraciously regulates lawful commerce in firearms in the US is not immune to misplacing a gun or two.

At the end of today the picture is becoming agonizingly clear to me. While Juan Lopez-Sanchez may have pulled the trigger and fired three bullets into Kathryn Steinle, he didn’t kill her. Government did. Lazy, bloated, politically hackneyed, inefficient, duplicitous and inflexible government stood by and allowed Lopez-Sanchez to be turned back out on the street time and again after felony convictions. When government did deport him it didn’t act responsibly when he came back into the country again. Government hid him from itself to shield him from yet another meaningless deportation. And, in the end, government apparently put the gun in his hand through it’s own ineptness and carelessness, the gun he used to shoot Kathryn Steinle to death. It was not a beast that killed the beauty. It was government in all it’s glory.

Turns out Ronald Reagan was more right than we ever might have thought.