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It’s That Day Again

September 11.  The Sixteenth anniversary of the attack on American soil by segmented tribal forces of the Islamic right.

Have we ‘won’?  Hell no!

Yes, we got Bin Laden.  But the attacks now continue, internationally.

Including home-grown terrorists, here.

What are the choices?  To give up and eventually be assimilated (or killed) by radical Islam?

Or continue to fight the good fight?

I choose the latter.  And I’m medically retired and 64.  But I still have some fight left in me.

Today, I will take a moment to remember the innocents who died in the Twin Towers (including those who worked for

TMCCC, my former employer, and all the first responders)

And just remember…

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SIG Advertising

Dammit!

THIS appeared in my email today (from SIG)!

(Obviously, they don’t know my about my financial condition!) 😛

I DO like .45 ACP, and even though I never owned a 10 mm, I have shot them.  And I like them!

(I miss the SIG 220 I had marked West Germany!)

Sadly, until I win the Publisher’s Clearing House these are only a pipe dream…

(FTC – SIG has given me nothing.  Buy your own!)

How to Safely Clear Your Home

(from The Art of Manliness)

How to Safely Clear Your Home

Click on the above link – it’s a substantial article!

Slicing the pie

Of course, I suspect most of you out there have a passing familiarity with how to do this.  I certainly do.  When I owned my two-bedroom, one bath 740 sq ft house (for 18 years), I was a victim of three burglaries!  And I cleared the house after each one.

And I was WRONG in so doing!

THIS IS WHAT THEY PAY THE POLICE FOR!  My ego and sense of violation got the better of me.  AND, I taught in every one of my classes to leave the scene and call the police.

(Those who cannot do teach?)

Still, it’s good to have this knowledge.  What if no police are available?

But, regardless, it should only be done in exigent circumstances…

How Google and other Tech Companies are Working to Turn People Against the 2nd Amendment

(from American Gun News, in part)

Google and other companies in the Silicon Valley are no longer content to simply donate as much spare cash as possible to anti-gun candidates for federal office. The tech moguls in the bluest of blue districts in the United States have chosen a side in the culture wars and are taking direct aim at the 2nd Amendment. Here is how Google and other tech giants are actively working to turn people against your gun rights.

Google
eBay was the first tech giant to ban firearms sales from its platform, but Google was not far behind. This should come as no surprise considering the eight-year game of “musical chairs” between Google and the notoriously anti-Second Amendment Obama administration. A staggering 258 executives and government employees rotated jobs through the revolving door between the Obama White House and Google between 2009 and 2016. At the end of Barack Obama’s first term, Google suddenly banned the sale of firearms from its shopping platform, declaring guns and ammo to not be “family safe.” Not family safe? That bigoted statement alone has the power to shape public perception about firearms.
Then consider the creepy report from the American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology in 2015. Researchers discovered that Google’s search algorithm can manipulate 20 percent or more of undecided voters to switch their votes!
Robert Epstein, the senior research psychologist on the study, told Politico that Google has the ability to “control a wide variety of opinions and beliefs … [more] than any company in history has ever had.” If Google can trick people into switching their voting preferences, it’s easy to see that it could be doing the same thing with opinions on gun rights.

Facebook
This social media giant has been moving toward becoming an online shopping platform more and more in recent years, but in 2016 Facebook suddenly began treating gun owners as pariahs. To this day, Facebook refuses to say how many gun enthusiast pages it took down in a massive purge when it rolled out a new policy to ban the private sales of firearms — which are legal in most states.
Facebook has assigned a liaison to help bring gun enthusiast pages into compliance with its policy, but many gun owners simply abandoned the platform and went elsewhere, according to Forbes. This is just another instance of a giant Silicon Valley company treating gun owners as second-class citizens, with a separate set of rules and regulations that other retailers do not have to abide by. This is compounded by anti-gun activists poring over Facebook posts and flagging anything related to guns as “offensive” until Facebook takes the post or a user’s entire page down.

Shadowbanning
Insiders at Twitter admitted in 2016 that the company has been shadowbanning the tweets of prominent conservatives, including many Second Amendment patriots. A “shadowban” is simply a form of censorship in which the tech giant that censors you never tells you that you’ve been censored. You can still tweet a picture of that new sidearm you purchased, but none of your friends or family members will ever see it because it was shadowbanned. Many Facebook users have reported that their posts have been shadowbanned as well.

Payment Platforms
Online services PayPal, Stripe and Square have all banned gun stores from using their platforms for business. Never mind that these are lawful businesses operated by federal firearms license holders who conduct background checks before all sales.

Gladwin Guns and Ammo in Merced, CA filed a lawsuit against the three Silicon Valley money transfer services in June of 2017. Owner Blair Gladwin told the Merced Sun-Times, “They flat-out shut me down. My livelihood is on the line, because my revenue is going to drop.” 2nd Amendment enthusiasts will want to keep an eye on this case, because it could have a nationwide impact on whether lawful gun stores are allowed to use the same services as most other businesses.

Conclusion
Google and other tech giants are sending gun owners, gun shops and people who simply support gun rights to the “back of the bus” in 2017. Constant discrimination like this against gun owners does have an impact on public perception and this is a problem that all gun owners should be concerned with — especially knowing the tremendous power that the Silicon Valley wields with its vast troves of data on Americans.

This should be of no surprise, as Northern California (and California in general) is a bastion of liberal political thought.  It is surprising that Amazon (farther North in Washington State), while not selling firearms, does allow sale of  accessories, stocks, lubricants and novelty items (a chocolate Glock?).

The problem is, unless we ‘protest’ these entities by going off the grid (no cellular telephones, tablets, payment platforms or social networking, or using their services), they will continue to make huge dollars unabated.  And continue to ‘control’ the masses.

Was the P320 Hammer Test Scientific? No. Did It Illustrate An Issue? Yes.

(from TFB)

There have been many comments left on our P320 hammer test video that dispute the validity of the test I performed with a hammer. I hate to tell you guys, but that was never supposed to be a scientific test. The reality of the matter is that I am flat out not set up for lab quality testing for failures with firearms, nor do I want to be.
I have seen all of your comments but have been on the road and unable to spend the time fielding them as I would like to have.
So why did I perform the test in the first place and why did I show you guys? Since the first news of the P320 drop safety failure hit the internet, I started having an extended conversation with a friend of mine who is well known for his aftermarket support of the P320. He and I spent some time spitballing what might be going on with the gun. As a result of those conversations, I shot the slow motion footage on my iPhone that made its way into the video.
Did I look at the footage frame by frame before shooting the video? Nope. I shot something quickly a few hours before I was due to be at the airport and on my way to Rockcastle Shooting Center in Kentucky. I probably got a bunch of things wrong, in fact I know I got some of it wrong.
For example, the trigger only traveled 1/8″ rearward when the back of the pistol was struck and allowed the striker safety to be disengaged. We still aren’t sure what is going on with the sear allowing the striker to be released, but at this point, it doesn’t really matter. All we can do now is wait for Sig to get the upgraded pistols out to shooters and see if they fail in the same manner as we have seen the P320 do so before.
You can watch the video above if you would like to see what video is being referenced.

A number of governmental entities have adopted the P320.  Then have walked-back their endorsement.  The most prominent being, of course, the DOD.

Seems there are some ‘safety’ issues.  Like they fail drop and hammer tests.

(As do a number of other already prominent firearms!)

We never used to see such waffling in sales/promotion of firearms.

While I’ve no dog in this hunt, I suspect LAWYERS are involved!

Police Denied Civil Rights – A Memory

 

Gun Owners of Arizona via FB

A Chief of Police gets to experience what lawful firearm owners experience everyday. The difference? He is law enforcement and gets an apology. Welcome to our world Chief.

THE WOODLANDS, Texas – A local police chief is reeling after he was refused treatment at a Woodlands doctor’s office Tuesday because he was wearing his gun in his holster.

Conroe Police Department Chief Philip Dupuis said he was also wearing his badge and clearly identified himself to the office manager at Texas ENT who told him to leave.

“She said, ‘Sir, I need you to take your gun out to your car.’ I said, ‘Excuse me?’ She said, ‘Sir, I need you to take your gun out to your car. It’s our policy,’” Dupuis said. “I said, ‘Well, I’m not taking my gun out to my car, give me my driver’s license and insurance back, and I’ll find me a new ENT.’”

Notices posted outside the door of Texas ENT clearly state it prohibits both concealed- and open-carry firearms inside the building.

Texas law enforcement officers are legally allowed to carry weapons inside of private businesses with these notices. However, these notices are rarely, if ever, enforced by the businesses that post them when it comes to law enforcement officers.

Chief Dupuis says he has never been kicked out of a business for wearing his firearm in his 35 years in law enforcement and was embarrassed in front of the other patients in the waiting room.

He acknowledges it is a private business’s right to refuse service or treatment to whomever they please, as it is his right to take his business somewhere else.

A spokesman for Texas ENT told KHOU 11 News an office employee made a big mistake yesterday and said he has personally apologized to Chief Dupuis.

Dupuis said he expected to hear from his physician, Dr. Rosalie Burke, M.D., rather than a manager of the practice. He said she has not attempted to contact him.

Texas ENT released the following statement in response to the incident:

“We regret the situation yesterday involving Chief Dupuis and a member of our staff. We have personally apologized to Chief Dupuis for any inconvenience or embarrassment he experienced. Our team is working diligently to insure that a situation like this does not occur again. Our company values law enforcement officers and first responders for their selfless service and will serve them and our communities with the utmost respect.”

Chief Dupuis said he was not looking for attention but got a swarm of responses after posting details of the incident to Facebook.

© 2017 KHOU-TV

This made me chuckle.  Not only because of the absurdity of it, but it reminded me of a long lost memory.

When I worked @ TMCCC (that major credit card company), we had an operations manager who thought she was all that.  And then some.

She imposed ‘speed humps’ so not-to-spec in the parking lot, that some employee’s vehicles ‘high centered’, and were even damaged.  She was the one who enforced the ‘no guns on the company campus’ policy, to the extent she stated no employees at a company function (even if it were after-hours and not paid!) were allowed to possess weapons.  And when the credit card investigations department offered facilities to the regional financial crimes investigation organization for meetings and seminars (including law enforcement) she insisted law enforcement disarm upon entering the building!

Of course, this was scoffed at, and we were told if we wanted to be included in police protection we needed to rescind that order.  Which we did.

Later, we offered a rest stop for local patrol officers to reconnoiter in the building, get a cup of coffee, use the restroom, etc.  The previous ban on weapons was not mentioned…

The day after this woman left the company, the speed humps were removed.

(The only time the peons saw this woman was if someone was going to be canned.  Some folks (I’m not going to say who, specifically) would hum the theme to the Wizard of Oz’ Wicked Witch of the West (under their breath) when she would appear in the area pending someone’s termination.  Good times, good times…)

Death Wish

No, I don’t have one.

I posted the video below on my You Tube area yesterday.  Then, it occurred not everyone reads the entire blog, or views the videos.

I have posted previously about how Hollywood has officially run out of ideas.  And my general loathing of remakes.

I did like the original film, and even more the book by Brian Garfield.  Charles Bronson as Paul Kersey?  Sure.

Bruce Willis in the remake?  Double-sure!

There is some hub-bub on the Internet regarding this film. (‘vigilante’ stuff, aside)  It seems some Black and liberal folks are offended the main character would hide his identity with a hoodie(!?)

Apparently, they are only to be used by Black criminals!?

Sigh.

(Just to be annoying, I marked vigilante in this blog posts categories and tags.  After all, that is the theme of both films.  Of course, we educated folk understand to be a vigilante, one must be a member of a committee of vigilance, that is a group member.  There is no such thing as a single vigilante, Bernie Goetz (as portrayed in the press) notwithstanding!)  😛

The Simple Sabotage Manual

The Art of Manliness strikes again!

The Simple Sabotage Manual

In 1944, the Allied troops were gaining ground on the battlefields of WWII, but still faced opposition from the Axis powers. The weaker that enemy targets could be made, the easier and faster the military’s job would be in wresting Europe back from its occupying forces. The U.S. government thus began a strategy to undermine Axis-aligned governments not only from without, but also from within.

The Office of Strategic Services (O.S.S.), a precursor to the modern C.I.A., created an initially classified booklet laying out the art of “simple sabotage” — which, “more than malicious mischief . . . should always consist of acts whose results will be detrimental to the materials and manpower of the enemy.”

The Simple Sabotage Field Manual taught O.S.S. agents not only how to recruit potential saboteurs from among those who were antagonistic towards their occupiers and sympathetic to the Allied cause, but listed specific tactics average citizens in various lines of work could employ to destabilize their government and help hasten its demise. The booklet was declassified by the director of the O.S.S., William J. Donovan, with the aim of surreptitiously distributing its information by way of leaflets, radio broadcasts, or the direct teaching of European citizens who U.S. agents had ascertained could be trusted.

Though the suggestions presented in the Simple Sabotage Field Manual were designed to soften the underbelly of the enemy by gumming up the works of factories, offices, and infrastructure, what’s hilariously surprising is how many of them, especially regarding white collar work, continue to be inadvertently (we think?) practiced today.

When you read tips to employees like “refer all matters to committees, for ‘further study and consideration,’” and “Contrive as many interruptions to your work as you can,” as well as instructions to managers to “Hold conferences when there is more critical work to be done,” one realizes the ways in which, in the present day, employees sabotage their companies, managers sabotage their teams, and workers sabotage their own success — not for any purposeful mission, but simply out of laziness, carelessness, and a lack of motivation and morale.

Further, the general injunction to “Act stupid,” uncomfortably invokes the fact that modern citizens may be sabotaging the strength of a country they actually support.

The Simple Sabotage Field Manual thus cannot only be used as a handbook on guerrilla resistance, should you find yourself living under a tyrannical occupying government, but also a guide on how to “reverse engineer” success in peacetime pursuits — how to recognize and address would-be saboteurs in the cubicle next door (or in the mirror).

Either way, it’s a fascinating read. Below we’ve re-published a condensed version of the booklet, collecting the tips that are the most interesting, and which still remain relevant today. (Numbering/formatting was changed in places by the necessity of the condensing process.) The entire booklet can be found here.

Fight the power, and don’t forget to leave home without a bag of moths.


(Now, I’m not suggesting anyone do anything criminal, illegal or untoward.  I’m

simply offering this as an historic oddity.)

What you do with it is your business.

(No connection with the earlier post regarding the impending Civil War should be expressed or inferred!)

 

Loose Rounds In Your Vehicle. Safety Issue?

(from Gun Talk Media)

Just when you think you’ve heard it all, someone points out another way to possibly get hurt with guns and ammunition. Honestly, if someone had suggested this, I’d have said it was virtually impossible.

Except that Joel, in Washington state, had it happen. Like a lot of us, he had loose rounds rattling around in his vehicle. Heck, I probably couldn’t find all the loose rounds in the console, glove box, seat tracks, and who knows where in my truck.

Well a loose round went off in his console. Here’s how he put it.

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From a key in a console?  How about keys in one’s pocket!

Let’s be careful out there, people!  A primer is just that, and as such can be set off with ease, and not just with a firing pin or a striker!

Don’t assume.  (Remember Don Brown’s intonation the first day of Criminal Law – “Don’t assume.  It makes one of these out of you and me!” (pointing to the first syllable of ASSume.  Don Brown was Mormon, wouldn’t say the first syllable aloud.  It wasn’t appropriate for the classroom.)  🙂

Loose rounds are a poor idea.  A magazine, speed strip or contained in a proper ammo box is better.

That 70’s Show, Now In Colorado?!

You guys know I love my TV and movies.

(I don’t get out much)

And we’ve been binge-watching wherever we can, awaiting the ‘new’ season to rear it’s ugly head.  Netflix and Amazon Prime are our friends!

We recently ran across The Ranch, on Netflix.

Not a great effort, perhaps, but a good one.

Danny Masterson (Hyde from That 70’s Show) and Ashton Kutcher (Kelso, from the same) star.  With the surprising additions of Sam Elliott (for the ladies!) and Debra Winger (in case you wondered what ever happened to her!)

Prodigal son returns to the ranch, after failing at semi-professional football, to be with his younger brother and curmudgeonly father (think Red Foreman), who need help running it.

But haven’t asked…

Winger is divorced from the curmudgeon and runs a local bar – but they still hook up every so often.  After a fight.

Small Colorado Western town hi-jinks ensue.

As it’s on Netflix, there is coarse language and jokes of a sexual nature.  And, for those w/o Netflix, it’s on You Tube!

Not exactly drawing room comedy, or high drama, but kinda fun.

"Round up the usual suspects."

In Loving Memory…