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Hickey and Boggs, Anyone?

…or Hickey and BAGS?

ENDO muses regarding a CCW technique not for the faint-hearted – the plastic bag

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People are used to seeing someone walk around with plastic grocery bags in their hands.  The same ubiquitous bag can be found in every corner of the world.  Carrying it draws no attention because it’s a common part of the scenery.  No one looks twice.

Well, maybe.

I remembered the Culp/Cosby film ‘Hickey and Boggs’, wherein Robert Culp (as Frank Boggs) totes around a large revolver in a locker room towel(!)

Now, in a pinch I’ve used a briefcase, a brown lunch sack or my waistband.  I’m uncertain as to the efficacy of the ubiquitous plastic grocery bag as concealment, however.

Not to mention, if discovered, possible charges of brandishing (gun-in-the-hand, and all)…

What do you guys think?

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CIRCLE – J**K

(my apologies for the above epithet)

Nearly Two Dozen Miami Dade Cops Fired 377 Rounds at Two Unarmed Men in a Car  – 

What might cause 23 police officers to fire 377 rounds in two volleys of gunfire into a car that held two unarmed men, one of whom was a suspect in an armed robbery? That’s what happened in Miami-Dade County, Florida, in December. The suspect, Adrian Montesano, was also accused of shooting a police officer in a trailer park after the robbery. Witnesses said the early morning shooting scene resembled something out of the “wild, wild west,” and that the two men in the car were alive after the first volley of gunfire. Two cops were also hit in the shooting, in the arm, with one also being grazed in the head. Both men, Montesano and his passenger, Corsini Valdes, not accused of any crime, were killed.  Here’s what they found out:

The nature of the shooting suggests the officers lost sight of their own training and that the officers, caught up in the heat of the moment, failed to listen to their radios or coordinate their actions endangering not only their own lives but the lives of the public.

It is worth saying, none of this would have happened if Adrian Montesano had not made the decision to rob the Walgreens and shoot a police officer. None of those officers would have been in that backyard if it weren’t for the actions of Montesano. But that does not absolve the officers of responsibility for their own conduct, as well.

Senior commanders admit they are very lucky more officers weren’t seriously hurt or killed. Even more haunting is the danger the residents in the area faced. At the time of the shooting, parents were getting their kids ready for school and across the street men and women stood exposed on a Metrorail platform.

The incident is being reviewed by the Miami Dade Police Department and the state attorney, but those reviews, according to CBS4, could take years to complete. The robbery and subsequent shooting of a cop, CBS4 concluded, “sent officers across the county into a state of frenzy.” Read the rest of CBS4’s report here.

Only the police and the military should be allowed to have guns…

Seriously?

h/t Say Uncle

 

 

 

Something On Which To Ponder…

‘..The largest and bitterest of our modern totems, “democracy,” is a con job, a public-relations attempt to blind us to the inescapable facts about governments: they are all corrupt. The occasions on which they administer genuine justice are minuscule in number compared to the occasions on which they inflict grievous injustices upon men — and they strive to hide behind one of the oldest and most pernicious of all maxims: Vox populi, vox Dei. “The voice of the people is the voice of God.” –  Francis Porretto
…….
All governments – whether freely elected or not – are coercion, dishonesty, corruption and waste – Wabbit

What do YOU think?

h/t Crusader Rabbit

Another Gun That Got Away

Not a woman, nor a fish (this time)…

I’ve recounted previously in these pages about my 800 pound safe having been stolen (in 2008), and the loss of 50+ firearms, parts, credit cards and personal papers and effects.

One of the firearms was not mentioned, as I knew nothing about her history, how she was acquired, or anything else.  I suspect my Father acquired her when his Father passed.  I’ve no idea of her origins.  Obviously the 1800s.

She resembled this, with a more visible trigger.  Her mainspring was broken, and she was in a little rougher condition.

2007-05-03 14.38.02I think there was a 3 digit serial number on the butt, however I’ve no idea what it was.  As none of the papers, credit cards or other firearms have surfaced, I still believe she is lost to history.

Thank God for the security of Fort Knox safes!

I’ve a number of recurrent themes in this blog.  One is secure your vault, even if it weighs a lot, to the floor and wall.

You never know.

Any ideas as to the kind of pistol?  Inquiring minds want to know!

FTC – Ft, Knox gave me nothing!  Go away!

 

 

“STEAMPUNK Shooter Ready?”

My dear friend Brigid and her ‘partner-in-grime’ (as she puts it) EJ have taken over ePostal Match duties temporarily from Mr. Completely (as he is involved with medical issues – heal quickly, bro!)

In an effort to kick it up a notch, they have designed this month’s target to have a STEAMPUNK theme!

Steampunked – ePostal Match Time

(c) HOTR

(c) HOTR

Please visit the link above for the particulars.  I know some of you are just crazy enough to dress in full regalia to shoot your black powder or pinfire smokewagons.  🙂

If I had such finery, I would!

I’d love to hear about some montebank or ne’er-do-well in a morning coat and topper pull his Velo-Dog pistol from his (or her) waistcoat and commencing to engage the target.

Or, Hell, use your Deagle – whatever works!  😛

“We must all hang together,

or assuredly we shall all hang separately.”  –  Benjamin Franklin

I have addressed this concept previously, with regard to the threepers, Oathkeepers and others fighting amongst themselves.

Don’t you think this is exactly what the Administration, Bloomberg, the Brady Bunch and every other rights-restricting group wants?

I recently received an email with a ‘news release’ attached (in part)…

Dudley Brown and his “National Association for Gun Rights” (NAGR) have built a reputation by attacking every other major gun rights organization and even pro-gun politicians, to the detriment of the gun rights movement. His rhetoric has done more to marginalize Second Amendment activism than all of the slanders from gun prohibition lobbying groups combined.

Now Dudley has spewed his venom toward Alan Gottlieb, a true champion of Second Amendment advocacy with a proven track record of accomplishment. Gottlieb is founder and executive vice president of the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF), and chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA).

In his latest effort to raise money for his own self-aggrandizement, Dudley Brown has launched a vicious canard against Alan Gottlieb, accusing the veteran gun rights advocate of “Leading the fight for national gun registration.”

Alan Gottlieb has never advocated for gun registration in his life. His legislative efforts have been to prevent that, and Dudley knows it.  (…)

Now I’m a member of the NAGR, and post a link on my blog  I am a Life Member of the NRA, and post a link to them, as well.  I also link to the Second Amendment Foundation, whom I support.

(And I know nothing as to the accuracy of the charges listed in the above release.)

With regard to the NRA, I read with interest (and agreed with) In the MIDDLE of the RIGHT blog.  It seems B (of said blog) complained about being sent unsolicited a POS cap and folding knife, accompanied by a request for a donation.  The materials were manufactured on the PRC (!)

I don’t blame him for being pissed, both at the cheesy effort, and the use of communist-made materials to solicit funds.

NRA – seriously?

Personally, I tire of the emails and snail mails from them trying to sell me crap and solicit additional funds.  I don’t have any extra money to give anyone, but I bet they would save a bundle on postage and tchotchkes and have more money for their political efforts if they would just have a box on their solicitations to check to spend such funds for rights-preserving purposes!

Let’s stop the infighting, backstabbing and unnecessary spending and get on with the task at hand.

Or I fear Dr. Franklin may be right.

REMEMBERING THE FORGOTTEN

My Father taught me that not only was Memorial Day to honor those who gave their life in service to this Nation, but also to take a moment to remember those who have gone before who were dear to us.  He and I visited the grave of my Mother Charlotte on Memorial Day 1977.  She passed when I was in the Second Grade.

He knew he wouldn’t survive past August that year.  I didn’t know.

Being disabled, when my conditions allow, I spend time doing research on the Internet.  It’s amazing what information is ‘out there’ if we only bother to look.

And, sometimes information is absent, even if we do.

Below. a photo of my friend Everett, who served in the Army in Europe in the 70’s..  He was a big man, both tall and wide, had a deep booming voice and a great sense of humor.  He paid his way through college hustling pool.  Another blogger whom I don’t know was his friend in his last years, and said he was the most ethical man he ever knew.  I believe him.

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Everett

Marla was a woman I dated after my marriage broke up.  She was funny, quirky, sexy and loved her children.  Sadly, not only do I not have any personal photos, but neither does the Internet.  I’d lost contact with her after she moved on with her life, and was attempting to reestablish a friendship when I found out she had passed.  I’ve no information as to how.  She was in her 50’s.

PLEASE take the time to remember those who served and those you love, because you never know…

I STILL look askance at those people/businesses who say ‘Happy’ Memorial Day.  I choose to reflect and remember these folks, and not to be morose.

My life was better for having known these people.

They’re Breaking Up This Old Gang Of Mine

Every day my morning ritual includes signing onto the Internet, checking my email, the news (such as I can stomach) and doing my blog (such as it is).

Then, usually after I read the daily almanac, I start perusing my blogfriends (TM), many of whom are listed as ‘The Usual Suspects’ on the blog.

But, more and more I’m distressed.  In the 3 1/2 or so years I’ve been reading blogs, many have dropped off the radar.  Some due to unfortunate circumstances (death, illness, law-enforcement-interaction), others just because they lost the interest or material to continue blogging.  To wit:

Whose Paranoid, Eternity Road, TJIC, Hedgeroot, Misanthropic, Tall Tree-Short Rope, Tango Juliet, North, A Girl And Her Gun, To which I replied, Tranquility Lost…

And one or two more who went ‘dark’ or are now password protected.

(I’m certain I’ve missed a couple of others.  Apologies.)

The most recent is Kevin Baker’s The Smallest Minority.  Due to family illness and business concerns, he’s not stopping blogging entirely, but is cutting back.

And I’m sad.  He and the others are missed.

PS – Does anyone know CoolChange’s (Tranquility Lost) status?  Last I knew he was quite ill and hasn’t responded to my email.

Wrongway Corrigan Redux

There seems to be a plethora of local news stories of late regarding persons driving the wrong way down local highways and impacting other right-driving persons, sometimes fatally. (Phoenix area)

PHOENIX — Three fatal head-on collisions caused by wrong-way drivers in the last week have caused Arizona law enforcement and transportation officials to hold an emergency meeting Sunday on how to deal with the problem.

The latest fatal collision occurred early Sunday morning when two people were killed after their car was struck by a wrong-way driver on the Santan Freeway in Gilbert, Arizona Department of Public Safety officials said.

The fatal crash is the third head-on collision caused by a wrong-way driver in six days that have claimed the lives of seven people — including an off-duty police officer  (USA Today)

It came out that alcohol was involved in one of the crashes, and hasn’t yet been ruled out in the others.

WTF?

And now, with State-legal medical marijuana paving the way for general legalization…?  Don’t give me that “I’ve never known anyone on weed to drive poorly” speech.  I’ve seen them and I’ve known them.  Impairment is impairment.

And if they still don’t enforce the DUI/DWI laws for alcohol (because, you know EVERYONE drives after 3 or 4 drinks, especially politicians), what happens next?

At least Wrong Way Corrigan was skilled and never killed anyone!

(This doesn’t mean I’m against alcohol and marijuana use.  It means if you are impaired – don’t drive.  With this holiday weekend looming I thought this was a good thing to mention.  Because Memorial Day is all about partying, right?  😦 )

 

Since WHEN…

do these cats resemble PEACE OFFICERS?

michigan-state-police-troopersMichigan State Troopers

They are NOT hunting deer or elk.  Or weekend warriors with their National Guard unit.  They are training for forest ops against the citizenry of Michigan!!

They know you do not like them.  They don’t like you either.

Somewhere in one of their databases, on the calendar of some admin officer, your name is on a list.

On that day, you will not have a good time.

You will not last long enough for Patriots to arrive as they did at Bundy.

Of course – that assumes you intend to simply wait at home until the day they decide to come for you.

Don’t be that guy.  Don’t just hang around until a bunch of guys on a payroll decide to murder you.

And these guys are just itchin’ to murder you – and the man standing next to you.

(Is this inflammatory and untrue? – Guffaw)

h/t mostly stolen from Kerodin

"Round up the usual suspects."

In Loving Memory…