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‘They’re Here!’ (or almost here)

No, this isn’t a post regarding the film Poltergeist.  (However, for a great Halloween flick, check out today’s You Tube selection!)

Real News Reporter has a story about which we should all be concerned.  Or not.  You’re choice.

I’m not familiar with this news source, so I don’t know whether or not to trust what they say.  Sadly, I do believe such technology exists.  Whether or not it is feasible to implement as described is the question.

NOT to mention whether or not the government (or private entities) will implement it.  Or have already.

Here’s an excerpt:

Hidden Government Scanners Will Instantly Know Everything About You From 164 Feet Away

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Source: Gizmodo.com

Within the next year or two, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will instantly know everything about your body, clothes, and luggage with a new laser-based molecular scanner fired from 164 feet (50 meters) away. From traces of drugs or gun powder on your clothes to what you had for breakfast to the adrenaline level in your body—agents will be able to get any information they want without even touching you.

And without you knowing it.

So, is it time to don the foil chapeaus or what?  Not that ‘they’ couldn’t penetrate such a countermeasure.  :-(

Be afraid, be very afraid!

How the mighty have fallen!

not Ed, but a reasonable facsimile

…and even the lowly like me!

Being a disabled individual most of my life, I’m usually pretty careful about falling.  I have fallen a few times in the past ten years, usually by catching the edge of a kerb with my shoe by not picking up my leg far enough.  Last year, having had additional issues, I purchased a shoe lift for my right leg, making up the missing height with a taller sole and heel.  Except for my fused hip, I can walk almost normally with this shoe.  No walking on the toe or shoulders dropping with my gait.

But, there are occasional  problems.

Yesterday, I became a bit miffed with myself.  I moved June 30, but haven’t yet found places for many boxes, cannot get into my closet and am missing many items.  So I did some work to remedy this.  Or so I thought.

Mid-afternoon, after emptying some boxes, I was repositioning a floor lamp to get better lighting in my room, and promptly tripped on the extension cord with Ed (aka the Really Big Shoe)*.  I fell face-first into the space between my barrister bookcase and my dresser, tweaking my lower back, hitting the edge of the bookcase with my face, bruising my chest, and scraping my right wrist.  My eyeglasses also were reconformed into a modern art piece.  Getting up from almost prone has always been a challenge, and was now more so with the various added injuries.  But we prevailed.

My roomie returned from work and fretted over me, and took me out for beer.  A little alcoholic anesthetic helped, but wasn’t a cure.

At least I didn’t damage the furniture, and no arteries were severed; no bones broken; joints sprained.  I was able to plier-cobble my eyeglasses back into shape.  I do have a cut on my right cheek and two bruises on my chest.  It’s been suggested I make up a fight story.

Naw, just an old guy stumbling.

*for the youngsters, a reference to TV variety show host Ed Sullivan, who often proclaimed he has a really big show for us, but pronounced show as shoe.

“A man’s GOT to know his limitations.”

Mom With A Gun reminds us of the wise words of Inspector Harry Callahan, aka ‘Dirty Harry’, who said in his second movie, Magnum Force, “A man’s GOT to know his limitations.”

Tammy quotes the ever-quotable Kathy Jackson of Cornered Cat, who said,

If you are concerned enough to pull your gun out of its holster, you should be concerned enough to pull your phone out of your pocket and call for backup. Except in cases of extreme and immediate need, law enforcement officers won’t try to clear a house by themselves, without backup. Why should you?

I’ve been guilty of letting my emotions overtake my training.  On mumble-mumble occasion(s), I approached my home (former home) and found a door breached.  All my training (NRA ‘Gun in the Home’ trainer, CCW licensing and Az DPS CCW trainer) said back away, pull your cell telephone and call the police from a safe location.  Do NOT attempt to engage.

And yet I did.  And I felt compelled to enter my breached house and ‘clear’ it.  Without backup.  Stuff I’d drilled into my own students not to do.

Machismo?  Ego?  Anger?  Yep, all of it.  Fortunately, no burglars were present.  I think I know better, now.

I do now reside in a better neighborhood.

Hopefully, I’ll never have to find out.

Banished from school because of his genes!

Natural News.com reports on a disturbing trend in public schools…

(NaturalNews) An 11-year-old California schoolboy named Colman Chadam has been banished from his school and forced to transfer to another school because he carries the genetic mutation for cystic fibrosis. The boy shows no symptoms of the disease and appears to be in perfect health. He is being banished from his own school solely due to the genetic code he carries.

This is being reported by Fox News, Daily Mail and other news outlets.

What we’re seeing here is the beginning of the application of eugenics in public schools. This is how it starts: Banning little boys and girls because of a “bad” gene sequence, even if they have absolutely no symptoms and are living in a state of perfect health. Next it progresses to racial genetic profiling, with declarations that people of certain races are “genetically inferior” and therefore unable to be taught in public schools, we’ll be told. And from there, as history has shown, it moves into a eugenics phase where mad scientists backed by government power pursue forced sterilizations of those who don’t have the “correct” genetic profile.

From there, it is of course a small step to firing up the gas chambers and just doing away with anyone who doesn’t have the right genes. As HBO host Bill Maher recently said, “I’m consistently pro-death. …My motto is let’s kill the right people.”

Of course, the phrase master race won’t be used.  Too many negative associations.  It’s a hop, skip and a jump to what happens next.

Women and Guns

Or rather one woman and one gun…

Good friend (and hero) Lonnie emailed me this.  With all the negative imagery regarding the young today, I thought this might be better.

And, besides, women and guns, DUH!  :-P

The REAL Miss America
There’s a Proud Papa out there somewhere.

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This 19 year old ex-cheerleader now an Air Force Security Forces Sniper, was watching a road in Pakistan that led to a NATO military base when she observed a man digging by the road. She engaged the target (she shot him).  It turned out he was a bomb maker for the Taliban, and he was burying an IED that was to be detonated when a U.S. patrol walked by 30 minutes later. It would have certainly killed and wounded several soldiers. The interesting fact of this story is the shot was measured at 725 yards. She shot him as he was bent over burying the bomb. The shot went through his rectum and into the bomb which detonated; he was blown to pieces. The Air Force made a motivational poster of her. (Folks, that’s a shot 25 yards longer than seven football fields)

If You Can Not Stand Behind Our Troops, please Feel Free To Stand In Front Of Them!

h/t Lonnie

Hamster placed in protective custody after DUI stop.

I don’t know what to make of this, except perhaps questioning the use of government resources to this degree…?

file photo in ‘news’ story

Or not?

Or to question this actually became a ‘news’ story?  Slow news day?

I would think in most of the rest of the World, the animal might have been left to it’s own devices, killed, or eaten.

h/t Instapundit

Range Emergency Medicine

Misfires And Light Strikes takes us to a place none of us want to go…

A GSW  (gunshot wound)

Presented as a pop quiz (pun intended?) the test refers to an accidental shooting injury whilst leaving the shooting range.

What do we DO NOW?

Go to the link and take the test.  It just might well save someone else’s life.  Or your own.

Thankfully, no one I know!

h/t exurbankevin

Officer Safety

FIRST, let me state I come from a family with a proud law enforcement background.  I wanted to become a peace officer, but my physical disabilities kept me from so doing.  I still went ahead and got the requisite college education in the field.  I’ve great respect for the law enforcement community.

I just read Kent’s ‘Hooligan Libertarian’ Blog.  I like the guy.  Sometimes he tweaks my libertarian soul; other times, he concerns me.  Like today’s post.

Today, he writes about what he calls ‘the bogus concept of officer safety’.  He then proceeds to enumerate a number of circumstances wherein law enforcement had intimidated, harassed and abused their authority against the hapless citizenry.

If you’ve read my blog, you know I, too, don’t condone abuse by any officer ‘under color of authority’.  But while there are many reported circumstances of such abuse, this doesn’t mean all law enforcement are criminal miscreants who take advantage of their positions of power.  I am certain the vast majority of cops are hard working, dedicated, and just as horrified at these abuses as the citizenry.

The Thin Blue Line represents governmental authority at it’s best.  Or at it’s worst.  Because they are right there, on the street, where the action takes place.  Not in some ivory tower administrative office making rules-of-engagement indecipherable by the rank-and-file.  And, just like our military, they deserve the best protection possible.

Not all street cops are jack-booted-thugs!  But, some are.

And they represent the idea of The Republic’s government, up close and personal.  Let’s support them as best we can, and weed out the abusive criminals.

The Case for Cheap GUNS

I’m a firearms addict.  I freely discussed this in a previous post (Gun Jones).  And most of my adult life, I’ve held moderately-paying or even low paying jobs.  But, I almost always fed my Jones.  Sometimes was financially irresponsible in so doing.

Part of this was my addictive personality; part my having been but a callow youth.

But, as an adult lurching forward (see previous post) into the so-called ‘Golden Years’, on medical disability, I must say:  I can no longer afford to purchase firearms.  I must pay rent and purchase food.  First.  Depending on which agency defines it, I’m on the cusp of the poverty level.

Fortunately, I’ve two fine guns.  The last one was purchased in 1995.

The Armed Lutheran got me to thinking of this, as he addresses the President’s recent remarks about wanting more gun people control.  A snippet:

“And so what I’m trying to do is to get a broader conversation about how do we reduce the violence generally. Part of it is seeing if we can get an assault weapons ban reintroduced, but part of it is also looking at other sources of the violence, because frankly, in my hometown of Chicago, there’s an awful lot of violence, and they’re not using AK-47s, they’re using cheap handguns.”

The president’s comments in the debate, to me, indicate just another misunderstanding of human nature.  Like his incessant desire to tax the “rich” and give to the “poor”, thinking those policies will have no effect on human behavior, the idea that the cost of guns is what drives crime is extremely flawed.  If only guns cost more, criminals would not use guns in crimes.  Right.  As if criminals are so cost conscious.  If we get rid of cheap guns, only affluent criminals can afford them, I guess.

The real problem with the idea of banning “cheap” guns is the effect it has on self defense.  Most victims of crime in inner cities fit into a specific demographic.  Low income, mostly minority, many on government assistance, like housing.  The cost of a Glock, a Sig, or an H&K is simply beyond these citizens.  Laugh, though we might, at the Hi-Points, Cobras, Ravens, Lorcins, and Jiminez pistols these guns are often the only affordable option for home and self-defense for those trapped in low-income housing in the inner city.  The impoverished, law-abiding citizens in these situations will be denied the ability to defend themselves if you ban “cheap” guns.  As with all gun control, such a ban would leave these poor souls without protection in the name of protecting them from gun violence.  It would leave them vulnerable, and defenseless.

I still cannot afford even a Hi-Point.  Guess I’m one of the lucky ones…

We don’t need no Voter ID!

Free North Carolina reports a Mississippi news item that’s received scant coverage, to wit:

There was another blip on the radar the other day about a significant number (216?) of phony ballots in that very tight race in Minnesota.  Remember, that embarrassment, now Senator Al Franken?

But were constantly told there has been and is no voter fraud (unless only one party does it!) and that we should pay no attention to that man (or woman) behind the curtain in the voting booth…

And that requiring voter ID disenfranchises voters who don’t have one.  Like those unqualified to vote – illegal aliens, felons, and those who already cast a ballot.  Or who are dead.

That’s it!  ZOMBIE registration!  :-P

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1. ALL GUNS ARE ALWAYS LOADED.

2. NEVER POINT YOUR MUZZLE AT SOMETHING YOU ARE NOT WILLING TO DESTROY.

3. KEEP YOUR FINGER OFF THE TRIGGER UNTIL YOUR SIGHTS ARE ON THE TARGET AND YOU ARE READY TO SHOOT.

4. KNOW YOUR TARGET AND WHAT'S BEYOND.

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"I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain." - Bene Gesserit, from Frank Herbert's Dune

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