SWAT Teams To Oil Platforms/Rigs

“Earlier today, DHS Secretary Napolitano announced that this incident is of national significance and the Department of Interior has announced that they will be sending SWAT teams to the Gulf to inspect all platforms and rigs. And I have ordered the Secretaries of Interior and Homeland Security as well as Administrator Lisa Jackson of the Environmental Protection Agency to visit the site on Friday to ensure that BP and the entire U.S. government is doing everything possible, not just to respond to this incident, but also to determine its cause.”
President Barack Obama


I’m not an expert or anything, but it seems like a gross mis-use of SWAT forces to send them to inspect oil platforms/rigs. Maybe engineers would be a better choice? According to Wikipedia, SWAT teams are defined as follows:

A SWAT (special weapons and tactics) team is an elite paramilitary tactical unit in American and some international law enforcement departments. They are trained to perform high-risk operations that fall outside of the abilities of regular officers. Their duties include performing hostage rescues and counter-terrorism operations, serving high risk arrest and search warrants, subduing barricaded suspects, and engaging heavily-armed criminals. A SWAT team is often equipped with specialized firearms including assault rifles, submachine guns, shotguns, carbines, riot control agents, stun grenades, and high-powered rifles for snipers. They have specialized equipment including heavy body armor, entry tools, armored vehicles, advanced night vision optics, and motion detectors for covertly determining the positions of hostages or hostage takers inside of an enclosed structure.

So let’s see here…
Hostage situation? No.
Counter-terrorism? Uh-uh.
High risk arrest/search warrants? I don’t think so.
Barricaded suspects? Not a chance.
Heavily armed criminals? No way.

So what’s the real story?

Swakane Canyon

Another great shooting location just outside of Cashmere, Washington.

Swakane Canyon

There really is something to be said for shooting in the great outdoors. You get to enjoy the sunshine, the scenery, and the fresh air. You’re not surrounded by other shooters at the firing line.

.22LR plinking

Targets for the day were mostly coke cans and clays set up on a pile of dead logs.

Family Photo

Just to show that the day wasn’t all about guns, there was a really neat butterfly I managed to capture. It was very large, easily the size of my outstretched hand.


To be honest, I have to disclose that my uncle did take a shot at the butterfly with his Thompson Contender (single shot, chambered in 30-30 Winchester). His model has a scope, but I don’t have a good picture of it. Lucky for the butterfly, he missed.

Thompson Contender

I’ve killed everyone, I’m away forever, but I’m feeling better

I remember the first time I saw System of a Down at the Ozzfest in Houston, TX. Hadn’t heard of them before that, and I was a big fan after the show.

Turns out I’d never seen this version of the video for the song Sugar until now. The part at the beginning with the news anchor makes me of how the news is pretty much a mouthpiece for the administration these days… Kinda scary.

Anyway, kick ass song too.

Zombie Osama

On Smoking Gunpowder Day, I brought out one of the Zombie Targets. Everyone seemed to get a kick out of it. The majority of the shooting was in the 10 – 15 yard range, but we did some up close (7 yard) and farther back (25 yard) shooting at the zombie.

A variety of pistols, ranging from .22LR, .380ACP, 9mm, .40S&W, and .45ACP were fired at the target, in addition to some .22LR rifles. The tiny holes in the target are from a few shotgun blasts at 25 yards.

Filthy zombie got what was coming to him

3 rounds of .45ACP to the crotch can't be good for anyone

Not sure if his AK will still fire or not...

Taking care of the chest hair

Is he dead yet?

I’ve still got 9 more of the Zombie Targets… just need more hours in the day so I can get out and shoot them.

Consider me a satisfied customer.