Sadie has a question about drones — Do you feel lucky?

Sadie sent me an email:

Would you post this and ask your clever and knowledgeable readers to answer mine or Dirty Harry’s question: Well, do you feel Lucky. Well do ya, Punk?

I am not feeling warm and fuzzy. Admission: I am warm enough, but very fuzzy on details about internal drones because DHS hasn’t explained the purchase of 450 million hollow-point bullets (they’re the type of bullets that expand after entry). Show and tell video below.

California is searching for Christopher Dorner, who has murdered 3 people already and has a “kill list”. The administration has a “kill list” as well, which is only geared towards Americans on foreign soil, along with foreign jihadists/Al Qaida. Add to the mix that Congress approved the use of 30,000 drones by 2020 within our borders.I can see the program’s usefulness in apprehending Dorner, but ….

It’s not as if the electorate was asked if an internal drone program is a good/bad idea. Is it?

The Federal Aviation Administration has finally released a new drone authorization list. This list, released in response to EFF’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit, includes law enforcement agencies and universities across the country, and—for the first time—an Indian tribal agency. In all, the list includes more than 20 new entities over the FAA’s original list, bringing to 81 the total number of public entities that have applied for FAA drone authorizations through October 2012.

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  • JohnC

    Note on the bullet video –

    Hollow point bullets expand and fragment in order to cause Hydrostatic Shock. This causes “remote wounding and incapacitating effects in living targets through a hydraulic effect in their liquid-filled tissues, in addition to local effects in tissue caused by direct impact. There is scientific evidence that hydrostatic shock can produce remote neural damage and produce incapacitation more quickly than blood loss effects. Human autopsy results have demonstrated brain hemorrhaging from fatal hits to the chest.”

    By the way – That’s not just any hollow point round in the video. The center-post formation in the bullet identifies that round as a Hydra-Shok JHP (jacketed hollow point.) These are expensive personal defense rounds from Federal. The center post supposedly helps keep clothing from clogging-up the cavity and making the bullet perform more like a round-nosed bullet.

    This will show you how Hydra-Shoks in .45 ACP perform. Don’t worry. No flesh involved in this video.

    IF you can find any Hydra-Shoks in stock right now, and that’s a big if, you’d be doing good to get them for $28 a box. That’s a dollar forty per trigger pull. I’m not certain the hollow-point rounds bought by the Government were Hydra-Shoks and not just regular hollow-points. Not that it would matter. If you were shot with either you’d be just as dead, obviously.

  • JohnC

    Note: In the video I linked above the actual test begins at the 2 minute mark.

  • JKB

    The fact that they bought hollow point only means that the ammunition is for domestic use against US citizens and other non-military targets.  i believe it is still true that hollow point ammunition is banned in war by the Geneva convention.  
    Hollow points do expand on impact and mostly to create a larger wound channel and increase the likelihood of cutting a critical structure.  On the other hand, the expansion also makes the rounds easily stoppable by body armor.  
    As an aside, the .223 round used in most AR variants is designed to tumble and break up creating a larger wound cavity but those features also make it less likely to over penetrate walls compared to standard handgun ammunition.  

  • Ymarsakar

    When they can blow up the Chinese embassy by mistake, don’t think other people are immune.


    Less fuzzy – more furious.