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Lock-Picking For Fun And Profit!

lock picks

similar to mine, without the leather case!

(Disclaimer:   I-in no way-endorse illegal activities of any kind.  If you are reading this in a correctional facility (and are not staff) you should probably disconnect before the guards are alerted to your activities!  They generally have no sense of humor! – Guffaw)

From The Art of Manliness…

An Introduction to Lock Picking: How to Pick Pin Tumbler Locks (link)

Why You Should Learn How to Pick Locks (Even If You’re Not a Criminal)

Some of you might be thinking, “Brett, why should I learn how to pick a lock if I don’t plan on breaking into people’s homes?”

Great question.

There are a few good reasons why law-abiding citizens should learn how to pick a lock:

Lock picking opens your eyes to the “illusion of security.”

It makes you handy.

It’s cool and fun!

When I was a private investigator/security supervisor for P**M**, my boss and I decided it would be appropriate (cool) for each of us to obtain a set of commercial lock picks.  Pretty much for the reasons listed above.  We went to a commercial lock supply store, presented our P.I. credentials and each bought a set.  Then, we returned to the office and spent the rest of the afternoon locking and unlocking the exterior door of the office.

YES, we were both ‘adults’ at the time.

Of course, just like the PIs of yore, we had guns, binoculars and tape recorders, and thought this would be another (cool) tool for our arsenal.

IN THE REAL WORLD, I only used them once.  At my own home.  Because burglary IS a felony!

I still have them, tucked away somewhere.

But, in my mind, I have the voice of Thomas Magnum, “Work the lock, don’t look behind you!  Work the lock, don’t look behind you!”

They really do open one’s eyes to the “illusion of security”, though.  Not all burglars are opportunistic, door-shaking street kids – some actually have skills!  If you have something worth protecting, make certain you’ve enough good obstacles ( e.g. quality locks) to make the criminal go somewhere else!

“Never ASSUME!”

“When you do, it makes one of these out of you and me!”  – My Criminal Law Instructor (and Justice of the Peace) Don Brown pointing to the word ASSUME he had just written on the chalkboard and divided thusly ASS/U/ME .  Being a good Mormon, he refused to speak such coarse language in front of his class.


New York’s “No-Gun” List Balloons To 34,500 Names
Figures published last month indicate that the registry includes 34,500 people. Mental health doctors say that this figure far exceeds the number of people who actually have dangerous mental illnesses in the state.“That seems extraordinarily high to me,” said Sam Tsemberis, the former director of New York City’s involuntary hospitalization program for homeless and dangerous people. Assumed dangerousness is a far cry from actual dangerousness.”
The state of New York requires doctors, psychologists and social workers to notify county officials about patients who they believe should be prohibited from owning firearms. The decision for who qualifies for gun confiscation appears to be completely up to the doctor.
There have already been at least two cases where guns were confiscated from law-abiding citizens.In 2013, a college librarian in Amherst, NY was forced to surrender his weapons despite no criminal record or indications of mental instability. Why? Because he had briefly been prescribed anti-anxiety medication.Another individual, who remains anonymous, also had his pistol permit revoked after the state found out that he was seeing a therapist for anxiety. He had no criminal record or history of violence.

Now it appears that thousands of other peaceful citizens could face similar consequences.

Originally posted by Bruce P. at Bluegrass Bruce

h/t Stormbringer
Please visit the link above for the whole article.
Don’t ASSUME you know the whole story!

A Target-Rich Environment?

The Justice for Mike Brown Ferguson protest group released its list of potential targets following the decision by the St. Louis County Courthouse on the Mike Brown case.

The published map shows expected landmarks like the Ferguson City Hall and the County Courthouse.

But it also marks things that have NOTHING to do with the Michael Brown situation, like Anheuser Busch and Boeing.
ferguson targets

Most telling thing is the mark for Emerson Electric. Emerson has been in Ferguson for at least 50 years, long before Ferguson became a minority municipality. Yet not only do they mark Emerson they make note of the CEO’s salary. Maybe they’re mutating into an extortion group straight out of the playbook of Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow Push Coalition?

The entire list is on the link, some 50 or 60 offices, businesses, persons.   Listed as Potential Action Locations.

I’m all about public protest.  It’s a fine, American tradition.  Damaging the property of others, or damaging others, however, is beyond the pale.

And I’ve two questions regarding all this brouhaha:

1.  Who is sponsoring these protests?  Paying for the professionally-made signs, busing protestors to where they will do the most damage good?  Paying for their lodging, food, bail?  I certainly wanted to protest for or against certain things in my youth, but was going to school and working full-time.  Tough to miss class and get off work to travel to D.C. or wherever to make a political statement!

2.  Cui bono?  WHO benefits?  How is it the Attorney General of the United States visits with the protestors to plan strategies?  Shouldn’t he be meeting with City and State law enforcement to plan strategies there?  What is wrong with this picture?

It’s as if we’re in Superman’s Bizzaro World!

h/t Jeffery – The Feral Irishman

Some Churches Don’t Read The Law

Don’t ever let anyone get away with telling you no one wants to ban your guns.

We have Episcopal Church in Michigan passes gun resolution as evidence to the contrary. The resolution says:

RESOLVED: that the 180th Convention of the Diocese of Michigan, in response to the impact on Michigan communities of deaths from gun violence, join with other faith communities calling for the following steps to be taken by Federal and State lawmakers:

1. Requiring and enforcing universal background checks on all gun sales;
2. A clear ban on all future sales of military-style semi-automatic weapons, high-capacity ammunition magazines and high-impact ammunition (i.e. ammunition more deadly than ordinarily used in hunting);
3. Making gun trafficking a Federal crime;…

The Episcopal Church supports the U.S. Constitution’s protections of the rights of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms; but, we also stand for public policies to ban gun violence and assault weapons.

You have to marvel at the naiveté and/or stupid exhibited here.

You can’t support the Second Amendment then make the demands for background checks anymore than you could require background checks for sales of First Amendment materials. One would guess they support the First Amendment and would claim protection if gun owners were to demand they be punished for hate speech because of their vocal support of restrictions to gun ownership.  (Joe Huffman)

You should go and read everything Joe has to say on the matter (at the link).

Funny, the big brouhaha Dallas, Texas churches getting involved in politics, and their mayor trying to subpoena what was being said from the pulpit,  and (of course) no action being taken publicly about mosques being involved in politics.

Or the above.

Must be a crisis of conscience for many church members who happen to own evil firearms, though.

So Much For That COLT 1911 9mm Some Blogger Wanted!

In the blogosphere, another blogger said COLT announced they were producing a limited run of 9mm 1911s next year.  And he wanted one! (Sorry – I cannot remember who reported this!)

THEN, this made the news…

Papers filed with the SEC indicate they (COLT) lack funds to pay their debt.

(I wonder if they will survive yet again, and be able to produce such things?  Haven’t they had funding/union trouble in the past?)

Sounds like another government contract or bk reorg in their future(?)

IF they can survive in this economy?

The Justice System Depends On Plea Bargains

It is not difficult to perceive why this should be so. After all, the typical person accused of a crime combines a troubled past with limited resources: he thus recognizes that, even if he is innocent, his chances of mounting an effective defense at trial may be modest at best. If his lawyer can obtain a plea bargain that will reduce his likely time in prison, he may find it “rational” to take the plea.

(a segment from “Why Innocent People Plead Guilty”, Jed S. Rakoff)

You should really go and read the whole essay from The New York Review of Books.  Mr. Rakoff has been a prosecutor, a defense attorney, and is currently a judge.  He offers some constructive solutions.

Being a believer in the rule of law and due process, and understanding law enforcement doesn’t always arrest the actual perpetrator, I have concerns about such a system.  The Innocence Project (among others) has shown many folks arrested are cajoled/convinced/badgered into pleading guilty for a lesser sentence – even when they are not guilty of anything!  As the police state agenda advances, I suspect his will continue.

Ask Ms. Science!

Joel has a seemingly-innocuous graph he got from Robb Allen


click to embiggen


THIS is why we’re winning the argument, and they are looking unscientific, at best!

Finally, A Positive Label For Myself!

You are a: Right-Leaning Libertarian Isolationist Nationalist Reactionary

Collectivism score: -33%
Authoritarianism score: -50%
Internationalism score: -50%
Tribalism score: 33%
Liberalism score: -50%

The Silicon Graybeard and Borepatch (with the assistance of Joel) conspired to get me to take this test, derived from which THIS is the above assessment…

Frankly, I was expecting something a little less pejorative…

Your results may very. 🙂

Cold Fury and Glenn

Bring it. (in part)

The government is too damned big

A government as overlarge as ours cannot be flexible, nimble, efficient, clean, or competent.

Taxes are too damned high

You can’t keep assaulting, robbing, and denouncing white males and the successful and then expect them to vote for you.

Among the American mainstream, socialism is every bit as popular as it has been historically successful

We know a smarmy liar when we see one.

  • Without lies, skullduggery, and subterfuge, the Democrat Socialists would have no program at all, and absolutely no hope of getting it implemented. Just today, we get this (via Glenn):

    In a newly surfaced video, one of Obamacare’s architects admits a “lack of transparency” helped the Obama administration and congressional Democrats pass the Affordable Care Act. The conservative group American Commitment posted Jonathan Gruber’s remarks, reportedly from an Oct. 17, 2013, event, on YouTube.

    “Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage,” says the MIT economist who helped write Obamacare. “And basically, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically that was really, really critical for the thing to pass.

    This is undeniable evidence, as if any more were needed, of Progressivist social engineers’ contempt for the people they presume to rule. Such disdain for the ruled among the rulers is almost always the precursor to a pratfall from power of the kind of monumental proportion we saw last week. See my suggestion about white males above if you still can’t quite grasp the basic concept at work here. It may be unfair and all, but really, calling people stupid and brazenly hoodwinking them is not a very effective way of winning and keeping their trust. It’s a wee mite difficult to convince people for whom you clearly harbor great scorn that you truly do have their best interests foremost in mind, you know. And sooner or later, they’re bound to throw some of that scorn right back atcha.

Of course, all of these could be applied just as easily to Republicrats as well. And if they fuck things up as spectacularly as I fully expect them to, they will be. Sooner or later, our benighted Ruling Class is bound to learn the lesson, right?

Never mind, don’t answer that one, thanks.

Seriously, go and read the entire text.


For Those Who Postulate EVIL Doesn’t Exist…

Police: 3-year-old hung up by feet, beaten, killed in Chester County

If you have read this blog at all, you know I believe in the rule of law, The Constitution and Bill of Rights, yatta, yatta, yatta…

But these folks need to be drawn and quartered, as slowly as possible.

Speaking as someone who lost a child, and would give anything to have her be here, healthy and well, these people deserve much worse than the system will undoubtedly dole out.

Guess that makes me a hypocrite.

That is all…

h/t Alphecca

"Round up the usual suspects."

In Loving Memory…