MAGA with Russian weapons, eh?

The Trump Make America Great Again committee, which serves as the fundraising arm of the president’s campaign, ran the offending digital ad for several days last week. It shows armed soldiers silhouetted below three fighter jets and above the words “Support our Troops”, with a link to donate to the group’s coffers.

However, according to an aeronautical engineer quoted by Politico, the planes flying overhead are Russian MiG-29s; one of the soldiers, meanwhile, carries an AK-47. The image is a stock photo taken from Shutterstock.

Thanks, Raymond Koenig

What? Did you think the nutballs working for the Fake President’s re-election were any smarter, less ignorant, than he is?

Pic of the day

Ukie army grocery bike
Click to enlargeAP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka

A Ukrainian serviceman rides a bicycle in Shyrokyne, eastern Ukraine… Russia and Ukraine agreed in Berlin on Monday to call for the pullback of smaller-caliber weapons from the front lines of the conflict that has claimed more than 6,000 lives.

Too many kinds of comment in my poor brain for this one. I’ll leave you to draw your own conclusions, humorous, philosophical or otherwise.

Gunrunning scandal uncovered at the ATF

Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry

In late 2009, ATF was alerted to suspicious buys at seven gun shops in the Phoenix area. Suspicious because the buyers paid cash, sometimes brought in paper bags. And they purchased classic “weapons of choice” used by Mexican drug traffickers – semi-automatic versions of military type rifles and pistols…

Jaime Avila was one of the suspicious buyers. ATF put him in its suspect database in January of 2010. For the next year, ATF watched as Avila and other suspects bought huge quantities of weapons supposedly for “personal use.” They included 575 AK-47 type semi-automatic rifles.

ATF managers allegedly made a controversial decision: allow most of the weapons on the streets. The idea, they said, was to gather intelligence and see where the guns ended up. Insiders say it’s a dangerous tactic called letting the guns, “walk…”

CBS News has been told at least 11 ATF agents and senior managers voiced fierce opposition to the strategy. “It got ugly…” said one. There was “screaming and yelling” says another. A third warned: “this is crazy, somebody is gonna to get killed.”

Sure enough, the weapons soon began surfacing at crime scenes in Mexico – dozens of them sources say – including shootouts with government officials…

Then, Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was murdered. The serial numbers on the two assault rifles found at the scene matched two rifles ATF watched Jaime Avila buy in Phoenix nearly a year before. Officials won’t answer whether the bullet that killed Terry came from one of those rifles. But the nightmare had come true: “walked” guns turned up at a federal agent’s murder…

Hours after Agent Terry was gunned down, ATF finally arrested Avila. They’ve since indicted 34 suspected gunrunners in the same group. But the indictment makes no mention of Terry’s murder, and no one is charged in his death…

RTFA for a more detailed account.

The Justice Department says the ATF has never knowingly allowed the sale of assault weapons to suspected gunrunners. But, then, that’s what government lawyers always tell government spokespeople to say. Deny, deny, deny.

When you do something really stupid and deadly, you surely don’t want to admit to the possibility of guilt or responsibility. Especially if you’re paid to prevent crime.

Thanks, Tom

AK-47 inventor Kalashnikov turns 90

A toast! (Just as long as he doesn’t say, “You’re toast!”)

Mikhail Kalashnikov, the man who invented the AK-47 turned 90 on Tuesday….

At the Kremlin in a ceremony which honored his work, Kalashnikov received the award Hero of the Russian Federation. President Medvedev stated, “You’ve invented not only the famous Kalashnikov machine gun itself but also a national brand which every Russian, every citizen of our country is proud of”….

The name AK-47 came from the words Avtomat Kalashnikova and the model year, 1947. Kalashnikov invented the initial prototype of the AK-47 in the hospital during World War II when he was recovering from injuries sustained in battle. He was a Sergeant in the Soviet Army at the time, and invented it in response to the comment that Russian soldiers were using rifles to stand against German soldiers who has automatic weapons….

[Kalashnikov] stated at one time, “I created a weapon to defend the fatherland’s borders. It’s not my fault that it was sometimes used where it shouldn’t have been. This is the fault of politicians.”

Still the most durable all-rounder military assault rifle ever designed. The critter survives every kind of weather, climate and abuse – and keeps on ticking. Inexpensive to produce – which is why so many knock-offs. Lasts forever.

Works very well – even in the hands of the mentally and socially disturbed.