Like everybody else in the online world, I get more than my fair share of e-mails offering to make parts of my body enhanced, or to share a fortune with the wife of an assassinated prince in Nigeria, etc., etc., ad nauseum.
And I get the latest rumors, too, the ones that sound so preposterous that they can’t possibly be true, and, of course, usually aren’t. Occasionally, though, there’s a real gem that turns out to be substantially true. One of my favorites dealt with the elderly lady who figured out it was cheaper to live year-round on a cruise liner than in a nursing home (true story, pretty much).
One of the more recent rumors is the one about President Obama cutting off the Defense Department’s sale of spent brass cartridges to U.S. ammunition manufacturers.
See, the ammo makers buy the used cartridges the Marines, soldier and sailors fire off in training exercises, target practice, etc., clean ‘em up, reload the casings and sell them to the public. It’s win-win recycling — DoD gets some return on their purchases, the ammo makers get cheap shells, and gun aficionados can purchase their .223-cal. bullets and whatnot at a reduced price. And for some companies, the DoD’s surplus was their biggest source of brass casings.
Then came the word that the defense boys had been told to stop selling the stuff to the ammunition manufacturers due to some dumb law that Obama and his commie-pinko terrorist-hugging buddies dreamed up about it jeopardizing national security.
Here’s where it gets interesting, because about six weeks after Obama took the oath of office, the U.S. Department of Defense did, indeed, stop selling spent brass to ammunition manufacturers, and the reason was because it could “jeopardize national security.” (The rumor also said the DoD would only sell the stuff if it was shredded, and it was going to be selling it to China — after paying to have it shredded. That part was complete bunk, however.)
But the funny part is this: The decision to cut off the brass surplus sale came about because of DoD policy changes made in the two years prior during the administration of George W. Bush.
Not Obama, that supposed closet Muslim just waiting to wrap his head in a turban, make like Nicolas Cage in “National Treasure” and steal the original U.S. Constitution and inflict Sharia law on us all.
Nope, it turns out it was our former governor and president, the one with the ranch down by Crawford where he can shoot all the coyotes he wants to, who gave the NRA the finger. (Which, of course, is just as ludicrous as all the lies being told about Obama, but some people just can’t help themselves from a a life of conspiracy theories and snap judgments about people they really don’t know anything about. Plus, I likes me some sarcasm.)
Anyhoo, it all has a happy ending. About a week after the brass shipments were halted, the bureaucratic bad boys responsible for this mess, decided after a review that it was OK to send the stuff out to good old American bullet manufacturers again, as they would not use the supplies to overthrow our government but instead would just turn a profit with the stuff, and the shipments resumed forthwith. (Click here if you’d like to read the NRA’s statement about the whole mess)
I think this incident just proves what my Daddy always told me about government, which he learned after working for both a state and a federal agency: “When trying to determine the motives for a decision by government personnel, and faced with a choice between evil intent and stupidity, go with stupidity — you’ll be right 9 times out of 10.”
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