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“Duck…And Cover!”

…or just duck…

An Oklahoma company has designed a bullet-resistant blanket that’s designed to protect children and teachers in the event of a school shooting.

An Oklahoma company has designed a bullet-resistant blanket that's designed to protect children and teachers in the event of a school shooting.

The Bodyguard Blanket, made by ProTecht, is a bulletproof 5/16-inch pad that the company says is made from the same materials used by the U.S. military.

Steve Walker, a podiatrist who conceptualized the blanket, toldThe Oklahoman that the idea came to him after two tragedies: the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, and the tornadoes in Oklahoma. He said the idea was to “stop that blunt-force trauma when that rubble is falling down on a child.”

The company estimates that the blanket can provide protection against 90% of all weapons that have been used in school shootings in the U.S.

The company estimates that the blanket can provide protection against 90% of all weapons that have been used in school shootings in the U.S.

The blanket has straps that can be fastened around users like a backpack. The lightweight pad is made of a high-density plastic used for ballistic armor. The material can also protect users from nails, shards of metal, and other sharp objects.

After testing the blanket at a shooting range, the makers said it provided protection against bullets from a 12-gauge buckshot, a .22-caliber, and a 9 mm, among others.

The $1,000 blankets are a cheaper alternative to tornado shelters, but its makers say they are better for school shootings. (says the manufacturer.)

HMMM…let me see…

$1000 per student (PLUS, they have to lug these things around!) versus hiring trained security personnel AND/OR TRAINING TEACHERS AND STAFF AND ARMING THEM!

I’m reminded of growing up during the Cold War, and the ubiquitous instructions for us to ‘duck and cover’ in case of a nuclear bomb attack.

And the lampooning by the 60’s college crowd of that practice, saying we should have put our heads between our legs and kiss our a**es goodbye!

h/t Facebook, Jodie Brown

(after yesterday’s ‘school shooting’ – aka a shooting which just happened to take place in a school – this was making the rounds – in addition to the usual calls for more ‘gun control laws’ – as though the kid yesterday hadn’t already violated numerous laws…THIS DOESN’T SOLVE THE PROBLEM – WHEN THESE CRIMES OCCUR, THE SCHOOLS CALL IN THE ONLY SOLUTION TO RESPOND – PEOPLE WITH GUNS!  TRAIN AND ARM TEACHERS AND STAFF!) - Guffaw

It’s Time For The ‘Name That Commie-Nazi’ Test!

(I saw this (text) on wirecutter‘s blog, and felt it was meant to be shared – Guffaw)

Marx_buzzfeed5Who said it?

1) “We’re going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good.”
A. Karl Marx B. Adolph Hitler C. Joseph Stalin D. Barack Obama E. None of the above

2) “It’s time for a new beginning, for an end to government of the few, by the few, and for the few…… And to replace it with shared responsibility, for shared prosperity.”
A. Lenin B. Mussolini C. Idi Amin D. Barack Obama E. None of the above

3) “(We)…..can’t just let business as usual go on, and that means something has to be taken away from some people.”
A. Nikita Khruschev B. Josef Goebbels C. Boris Yeltsin D. Barack Obama E. None of the above

4) “We have to build a political consensus and that requires people to give up a little bit of their own … in order to create this common ground.”
A. Mao Tse Tung B. Hugo Chavez C. Kim Jong Il D. Barack Obama E. None of the above

5) “I certainly think the free-market has failed.”
A. Karl Marx B. Lenin C. Molotov D. Barack Obama E. None of the above

6) “I think it’s time to send a clear message to what has become the most profitable sector in
(the) entire economy that they are being watched.”
A. Pinochet B. Milosevic C. Saddam Hussein D. Barack Obama E. None of the above

Answers
(1) E. None of the above. Statement was made by Hillary Clinton
6/29/2004
(2) E. None of the above. Statement was made by Hillary Clinton
5/29/2007
(3) E. None of the above. Statement was made by Hillary Clinton
6/4/2007
(4) E. None of the above. Statement was made by Hillary Clinton
6/4/2007
(5) E. None of the above. Statement was made by Hillary Clinton
6/4/2007
(6) E. None of the above. Statement was made by Hillary Clinton
9/2/2005

hillaryWant to know something scary? She may be the next President.
Sent in by RHM, Sr.

Be afraid.  Be VERY afraid! – Guffaw

Government ‘Help’, Yet, Again

Magnifying glass locating spyware in computer code

According to new reports, the NSA may be intercepting electronics, including laptops and computers purchased online, to install spyware and other malware before the devices are delivered.

A new report from Der Spiegel about the National Security Agency’s top team of hackers says that the agency is intercepting electronics purchased online to install malware and spyware on them before final delivery to the consumer.

I almost put my ironic Captain Renault ‘Shocked’ logo here, but, its becoming both sad and redundant.

Who’s watching the watchers, when they are watching us?  And WHY are they watching us?

The saddest part of this post is I’m no longer shocked, or fearful.  I’m just disappointed and angry. – Guffaw

h/t Preserve Freedom

A Bad Part of Town

Convenience_storeSo, I’m working in a convenience store.  Plainclothes security (!)  And it’s in a ‘bad’ part of town, graveyard shift, and it’s well after midnight.  And It’s so bad there, I’m working with a partner.

And two guys come in rapidly, guns in their hands!  I pull my J-Frame Smith and commence to engage.

And the gun just clicks emptily in my hand!

My partner tosses me another snubbie, and I fire twice – hitting the larger of the two robbers in the neck, and he drops.  My action-induced-tunnel vision gives me no other information.  Where are the clerks?  Where is my partner now?  Where is bad-guy two?  Have I been hit?

I kneel by the downed miscreant, applying pressure to the through-and-through I can see, trying to stop bleeding, but not breathing.  And I yell for someone to call 9-1-1.  No answer.  Where IS everybody?

Then I wake up.  This is a DREAM I had last night, to the best of my recollection!

And it got me to thinking – Am I carrying enough gun?  Sufficient reloads?  Does my firearm function flawlessly?  What about first-aid?

Do YOU think about such things?  Or are you just dreaming?

Halloween Night (in a liberal college town)

Yea!  Halloween!

Not so much here.  I observed NO trick-or-treaters in my late afternoon-early evening travels.  None.  And none came to the door.

(Granted, we didn’t have the porch light turned on, and it might have appeared as if we weren’t home!)

A friend in a busy Chicago suburb reported to me she had 5 (five) kids between the government-mandated times of 5 to 7 PM.  Five.  It’s very sad how ‘they’ have ruined Halloween.

SO, my roommate said she was coming home from work, and called and asked I pick up dinner @ a nearby Subway.  It’s a half mile away, so that’s no big deal.  I went in, and one of the people behind the counter was dressed for the holiday (even though there was a sign asking all patrons to remove masks if they had them – irony impaired, no doubt!)

And the Subway guy was dressed as…..Che’ Guevara!  Fatigues, boots, fake beard, beret.

I ordered and received my sandwiches (which were quite yummy, BTW!), but on my way out, I couldn’t help but comment to Che':

“Hey Che’.  You are quite scary for Halloween.  Che’s was a bigot and a murderer.  You might think of him at Hitler on a smaller scale.  Would you have dressed as Hitler?”

Then I left.  Hopefully, he wiki’ed Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara later and rethought his choice of costume.

Che-t-shirt

BTW FTC – I paid for my sandwiches!

The Dutchman Always Rings Once…

Mike Vanderboegh (The Dutchman) brings us some intel that might be of interest…

Chase Bank Initiates Capital Controls, Limits Cash Withdrawals & Bans International Bank Wires

Nothing to see here – move along.  Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain…

AND THIS JUST IN – From Drudge:

Chinese Downgrades U.S. Credit Rating

h/t Sipsey Street Irregulars

Well, So Much For THAT Amendment!

Censored-First-AmendmentMike Vanderboegh (and a number of other bloggers) bring to our attention to a further attempted erosion of our rights.  This time, Amendment the First!

Advancing their quest for “common sense press control,” the Senate Judiciary Committee voted yesterday to define who the government will consider to be an “Authorized Journalist,” meaning if the measure becomes law, they will also be able to declare who is not. Voting 13-5 on “a compromise worked out by Democratic Sens. Chuck Schumer, Dianne Feinstein and Dick Durbin in coordination with news organizations … the overall bill will … would codify many of the regulations proposed earlier this year by Attorney General Eric Holder,” Fox News reported.

Notice who the three Senators are, and who is specifically excluded as an ‘authorized journalist’ in their proposed definition of same.

(I’ll give you a hint)  BLOGGERS

ALL ANIMALS ARE EQUAL BUT SOME ANIMALS ARE MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS.  (Wikipedia entry, quoting from George Orwell’s Animal Farm)

Be afraid.  Be VERY afraid.

August 31

august…was the first day in 1987 I began working @ TMCCC (That Major Credit Card Company), not knowing I’d eventually be there just shy of 22 years!  August 5, the last day in 2009 I was employed there, and had health insurance coverage.

Until Medicare kicked-in as part of my awarded Social Security disability two years later.

Funny, August 5 is the same date coincidental with ending my last stretch of three sessions of chemo for lymphoma over six months, and being told I was ‘clean’. (in 2009).  And my hair began to grow back.  And when I first noticed a zit in the center of my forehead, ultimately determined to be basal cell carcinoma. (also in 2009)  It got to the size of a half dollar.  I took two years to get it excised.  Couldn’t afford to, and well, fear.

I still am clean of cancer, as of this date. :-)

And am very grateful.

It was August 1960 when my Dad married my StepMom, and I was throwing up most of the day – an unheeded warning?  August 8 was her birthday.

And in 1977, my Dad passed away.  In August.  Almost exactly the same day as Elvis.

Overall, August is not one of my favorite months – except the whole continuing in remission thing.

Focus on the things for which you have gratitude, my friends.

Eye, Eye, Ma’am!

eyeSo, the other day I went in for an eye examination.  I’m supposed to go in annually, as I’m diabetic.  For the unfamiliar, the disease affects circulation, which in turn may affect the optic nerve and/or retina, causing blindness (!)

Of course, I didn’t go in last year, as I was in the process of moving, so my mind and money were elsewhere.  And my regular physician has been bugging me to get it done.  So, I went.

I was a little frightened, as my eyes aren’t getting any younger.  And, it had been two years.

All for naught.  The exam was quick and efficient.  My eyes were very nearsighted in my youth, and as I get older and have presbyopia (the thing where older folks get more farsighted) my vision is actually improving!

The one caveat is I’m developing what my eye doc called ‘baby cataracts’.  No, these are not tiny Japanese luxury cars.  She said that I might need corrective surgery in about 10 years.

So, I’ve a new prescription for improved eyeglasses (which I cannot afford).  And my internal eye exam showed no problems from the diabetes!  The eye doc even took my regular doc’s info and faxed her the exam results.  When I go in later this month, there will be one less hassle from my doctor.  Huzzah!

Small win.

So Much For The Free State Of Arizona…

Az Flag, in distress

Arizona Flag, in distress

Free North Carolina (via avordvet) shares with us an ARIZONA story, of statists versus freemen.

To press the point, a free man, legally carrying a pistol openly, tried to photograph a Phoenix federal courthouse.

The audacity!

Not of the freeman photographer, but of the authorities, who promptly dispatched police helicopters and ground personnel to stop the terrorist attack legally-armed photographer from photographing a public building.

(visit the link above for the video and post)

Seriously, don’t they have better things to do?  Like catching real bad guys?  I can see watching, and perhaps even tracking such an individual for security intel, but confronting, attempting to disarm?

This used to be a relatively free State, at least when compared to places like Massachusetts.

Not anymore.

"One morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas - how he got in my pajamas I dunno!" - Groucho Marx as Captain Spaulding in Animal Crackers

This election is not about who gets voted off the island.
It’s about who is at the tiller of this Republic’s Ship of State. - Guffaw

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The Four Rules

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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FEAR

"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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