Our friends at the U.S. Department of Agriculture need some new equipment. According to the Federal Business Opportunities website:
The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of Inspector General, located in
Washington, DC, pursuant to the authority of FAR Part 13, has a requirement for
the commerical acquisition of submachine guns, .40 Cal. S&W, ambidextrous
safety, semi-automatic or 2 shot burts trigger group, Tritium night sights for
front and rear, rails for attachment of flashlight (front under fore grip) and
scope (top rear), stock-collapsible or folding, magazine - 30 rd. capacity,
sling, light weight, and oversized trigger guard for gloved operation.
The regulators of food processing plants and seeds apparently want to get into the SWAT business.
No doubt some will claim such weaponry is necessary to deal with the next Cliven Bundy, whom Harry Reid labeled a domestic terrorist. It's hard to argue that if there's a growing movement of pissed off ranchers who aren't happy with government regulators, those employed by the government to enforce regulations need to be ready to deal with such issues.
Yet to the gun enthusiast community, something doesn't smell right with that story. First, if you think you're going to need a machine gun, why not bring along the folks who train to use them regularly, like the U.S. Marshalls? Do we really expect USDA to adequately equip and train a SWAT team for whatever functions they encounter which might require professional gunfighters?
Further, in the kind of field environment you'd expect a USDA official to work in - a rural one - a sub machine gun is probably the last weapon you'd want to take with you. They are inaccurate ammo burners best left to those operating in close quarter, urban environments.
If you are persuaded by those concerns, it raises another question: just what are the guns for? My only guess is that this is a continuation of the militarization of law enforcement and other regulators. And I would submit those on Team Red and Team Blue should be alarmed by this.
Perhaps USDA Should Focus More On Something In Their Skill Set....Like the Birds and Bees
So Big John shared this link today, describing a new program in Denmark will encourage couples to get it on and make babies. I am not joking.
Turns out they aren't reproducing fast enough to support their elderly. They need new bodies in the workplace to pay taxes. In essence, people are being asked to make babies who, if they elect to remain in Denmark, become the sugar mommas and daddies to the generation which spent themselves into oblivion.
Of course, since it's Denmark, these new revenue producers will have a wonderful life, thanks to the miracle that is socialism. They'll work fewer hours than most of the rest of the world. That lack of productivity, of course, is what got them where they are in the first place. Speaking of first place, Denmark lights the lamp again - the highest level of private debt in the world. These little bundles of joy will no doubt enjoy the Danish environmental quality, as they have the fourth largest ecological footprint in the world. Too bad they'll also have to contend with the highest cancer rates on the planet.
We've yet to hear how the climate change crowd will spin this one. After all, population control is a main part of their solution.
The prepper nexus for this story? Have a plan to take care of yourself in your older years that doesn't involve bribing twentysomethings to get each other pregnant.
In Other News....
How to light a fire using your pee. (I promise you I won't be field testing this on my YouTube channel.)
The Soviets are dumping our Treasurys....but who is buying them up? (*cough*Janet Yellen*cough*.)
Does the military support a state's right to secession? I was rather surprised by this one. (And for the record, I am NOT advocating for secession...let's get that straight right now.)