If you’ve read this blog for more that a couple of days, you probably remember one of the many ‘careers’ I had was that of Private Investigator. Both working for others and myself. I’ve written about some of my ‘adventures’ in these pages.
And, it got me to thinking. Obviously, I wouldn’t have become a PI, had they not existed in literature, movies and television. I was disabled, and didn’t make the cut as a cop, so I went to something related. Using my college-learned investigative skills.
I grew up with numerous Hollywood PI influences: Sam Spade, Phillip Marlowe, Richard Diamond, Mike Hammer, Sherlock Holmes, Peter Gunn, Stu Bailey, Spenser, Jim Rockford, Harry Orwell, John Shaft, V.I. Warshawski, Lew Archer, Dirk Gently…
But, who was the BEST? However you define best – most realistic representation, most clever, most cutting edge.
I have my answer, but I won’t post it until you vote. And feel free to comment further, if you like.
Joe Mannix wouldn’t have it any other way.
May have been something I ate.
Will post later today if I’m up to it.
I’ve recounted before in these pages how I am at best a proto-geek. I knew and know geeks, nerds and geniuses, and pal around with them, but never made the cut with regard to technical knowledge.
(Much as I am with car mechanics – I know where the brakes are and what they do – I just cannot repair them!)
Yes, things have improved from fledgling Guffaw in the 80’s with his Timex-Sinclair 2k computer. And from the 1992 286 machine with a 300 baud dial-up modem. But this computer/Internet jazz is still in it’s infancy.
If I turn on the television or the radio, it works! I don’t have to replace parts or fiddle with it’s innards to get it to work correctly. THIS is my hope for the evolution of the whole computer thing.
I did ‘something’ to Judy’s printer (with her generosity we share) with regard to the wireless settings. The short answer is it no longer works, wirelessly. As we both have physical issues, running up and down the stairs to see if something printed is a problem. So, we connect (or try to) wirelessly through our router, and viola, printouts! Until I messed something up!
I spent hours searching the Internet for answers, but, to know avail. I finally decided to bite-the-bullet and buy a newer printer. After much research, I found a similar model, with even simpler wireless connectivity, and doled out the funds. Thankfully, they’ve gotten even less expensive!
After a minor snafu with Amazon Prime (two-day shipping isn’t always) I received the printer, and set it up. The computer itself told me it was correctly set up, and PRESTO!
SO, I spent over TWO HOURS with an East Indian Help Desk tweaking the computer, the printer and my brain. STILL nothing. Finally the techoguru (who spoke perfect English, but with a VERY heavy accent) said I should change the settings on my firewalls, or even turn them off!
And, of course, there was little knowledge I could use from the Internet, as I AM NOT A GEEK!
And it STILL says it’s correctly connected and IT STILL WONT PRINT!
GOOD NEWS UPDATE! After all of the above trials and using suggestions from the comments (Thank You!), AND removing one of my firewall programs (there are others), AND reloading the drivers, I now can FINALLY PRINT!!
(courtesy of Joe Huffman)
Gun owners are hostile to having guns registered and requiring a license to own them. The fear of having that data in the hands of the government is justifiable. Not just stories like the Belgian Corporal from 75 years ago on another continent but the stories in present day from Connecticut, New York, and California.
Now we have conclusive evidence that car licenses are also subject to abuse.
It’s time to treat cars like guns. No more registration.
Uh, wait a minute?
You mean a free people should have a right not to be tracked incessantly by the State-run computer system? Their vehicles should be able to move freely without encumbrance, unmolested? Untracked? Unrecorded?
WHAT IS THIS, THE
GERMAN DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC? UNITED STATES?
Idaho becomes eighth state to have concealed handguns on college campuses (from John Lott)Colorado, Florida, Kansas, Mississippi, Oregon, Utah, and Wisconsin currently prevent public colleges from banning concealed handguns on college campuses. With Idaho becoming the eighth state (Governor Butch Otter has already indicated that he will sign the bill), 20 states leave the decision to ban or allow concealed carry weapons on campuses up to each college or university individually. From Reuters:
Idaho lawmakers on Thursday approved a measure allowing concealed guns to be carried onto university and college campuses.
The legislation, which cleared the state House of Representatives by a 50-19 vote and was overwhelmingly approved by the state Senate last month, now heads to Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter for his signature.
If the Republican governor signs the bill into law as expected, Idaho will be the seventh U.S. state that allows guns on college campuses, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
The passage of the Idaho bill comes amid a tense debate on the extent of gun ownership restrictions in the United States, which has seen a string of recent shootings at schools, movie theaters and other public places. . . .
BE AFRAID! There have been more school shootings from legally-possessed handguns… OH, wait a minute…
I don’t think there have been any on the campuses which make such allowances, have there?
Of Arms and The Law posted THIS:
Ares Armor gets temporary restraining order against BATFPosted by David Hardy · 13 March 2014 05:02 PM
Summary here. Essentially, Ares makes “80% receivers.” A receiver starts out as raw material — steel, or here polymer. Everyone can agree that’s not a receiver. At the end, it is a finished receiver that, with the appropriate parts attached, can fire. We can all agree that that is a receiver. But at what point between the two does it go from being in one legal status to being in the other?
The industry understanding (and I emphasize understanding) has been that the line is crossed when the future receiver is 80% complete. But this is one area where BATF rulings, if any, are kept private, and never published as a regulation. This violates the Administrative Procedure Act (which requires that general rules for the public be published as regulations — you cannot have a rule that the public must comply with, and keep it secret) and allows a little of wiggle room for “our position is” or “our position has always been.”
Hat tip to Jeff Harris….
Yea! One for OUR SIDE! Freedom, that is…
I vowed to myself when I began blogging to never promote intolerance or hate (except of those who wish to destroy our individual rights, way-of-life or Constitutional Republic!)
However, TODAY, I’m promoting the KLAN!
Specifically, THIS faction…
h/t Peter, Lenny Bruce
Isn’t it wonderful when the family of a dead alleged criminal arrives to tell us how there wasn’t really a home invasion?
Somehow, the homeowner didn’t see it that way:
Authorities on Monday said Ronald Green, 66, was watching TV when he was startled by the sound of his front door flying open.
Ramon R. Matlock entered the home, and Green ran to a bedroom to retrieve a revolver, authorities said.
Matlock swung at Green, and Green fired a shot into Matlock’s chest and another into his lower back, authorities said.
Authorities said Matlock ran out the door, but only got as far as the front yard. The Omaha Fire Department pronounced Matlock dead at the scene.
His family claims that perhaps the teen had been drinking and was confused, and thought he was at his aunt’s house. Presumably, crashing in through doors and taking a swing at those inside after they’ve retreated to their bedrooms is just how Ramon greeted people.
The district attorney said that Ramon was known in the neighborhood… and not for his hugs. He ruled Ramon’s entry a home invasion, and his swing at the homeowner a deadly force attack justifying the use of deadly force.
No charges will be filed.
Another example of wasted youth.
I did some incredibly stupid stuff in my youth, and as my Dad used to say, I’m not young, anymore. But, it never occurred to me to get drunk, kick in someone’s door and take a swing at a 66 year-old man!
I was more into whining I had no date for Saturday night. And the only time I kicked in a door was when I locked myself out of my own bedroom at my college roommates house.
h/t Bob Owens, Robert McDonald
Jay G of MArooned tells us about the following…
The Tucson Police Department says one of its guns is missing.
Police say an officer who helped locate a purse-snatching and shoplifting suspect following a foot chase on the city’s west side Monday discovered that his service weapon had been dislodged from his holster.
I’m so old, I remember when LAPD had those nifty S&W 6″ Combat Masterpieces in a duty rig which were of a clamshell design! One placed one’s finger in the trigger guard (!), depressed a button, and the holster flew open, leaving the K-Frame revolver in your hand – finger on the trigger!
Of course, mechanical contrivances being as they are, more than one revolver was lost by a patrolman scurrying over a wall whilst in foot pursuit and inadvertently depressing the release button! Weapon retention eventually evolved into high-ride duty holsters with steel linings, thumb snaps and specific presentation angles, said holster being held in place on the Sam Browne belt by Chicago (tension) screws.
And, Aikido – Jiu Jitsu – like training simultaneously developed to teach officers how to maintain control and possession of their weapons during physical encounters with suspects interested in obtaining their own control.
Civilian training? SOME is out there. Of course, making certain no miscreant even sees you have a gun until it’s leveled at him is a good idea, too.
I do remember one time when I was a security guard/graveyard shift in an urgent care facility, when an accident victim and his entourage arrived. They were all drunk.
And I was escorting them to the even more crowded clinic when I felt a firm tug on my sidearm! Reflexively, I used my elbow to pin the hand to the stocks, and rapidly turned and stepped away, to break the offending wrist or hand. The guy yelled, let go and complained I’d tried to hurt him. Then he explained he “just wanted to see what I had”! He was drunk, of course. I kept my cool and told him forcefully if he wanted to stay in the clinic with his friend he’d keep his hands to himself. He complied.
I’ve never had any problem of this nature carrying concealed. Perhaps there’s a message here?
I can’t speak for you, but, I’m no Bruce Lee.
Hell, I’m not even Pinky Lee!
RETAIN AND CONTROL YOUR WEAPONS AND ACCESS, PEOPLE!
One of the ‘quaint’ training drills of yore is the Bill Drill.
Back in the dark ages when I was a serious IPSC competitor (once on the gold team and twice on the silver team) Robbie and Brian shot WC pistols and we all got together quite a bit for serious practice sessions. On one of these sessions I suggested a drill to work on front sight tracking during recoil and Robbie being the “funny man” he usually is coined the term “Bill Drill” and it has obviously stuck. Keep in mind this was the early 80s and we were all top level IPSC competitors shooting state of the art race guns/gear for the day. At the time we were all shooting .38 super comp guns out of Safariland holsters (we were all on team Safariland).
What it is:
1 IPSC Item target 7 yds downrange
Start position: Facing target, surrender hand position
Drill: Draw and fire 6 shots
Object: All “A” hits in under 2 seconds, if you get a shot out of the A zone the run doesn’t count
Remember this was top shooters using race gear. I personally can’t do a sub 2 second run with a real carry gun from a honest carry holster, more like 2.6 sec would be the norm. (Bill Wilson, pistol-forum.com)
Seems Mr. Wilson has developed an evolution of the ‘Bill Drill’. As follows:
Bill Drill 2
designed by Bill Wilson
Range: 7 yd
Target: standard IDPA target 8″ -0 zone
Start position: gun in holster, hands at sides
Rounds fired: 15
This is a new version of the classic Bill Drill developed by Bill Wilson with a goal toward working the draw and different numbers of shots on target. Scoring is standard Vickers with a half second penalty per point down.
There are five strings of fire, each for time:
- Draw and fire 1 shot.
- Draw and fire 2 shots.
- Draw and fire 3 shots.
- Draw and fire 4 shots.
- Draw and fire 5 shots.
Bill Wilson suggests a 10-second total score as a goal.
Gotta love the old-timers teaching the young turks a trick or two!