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Musings On A Cartoon

Calvin and Hobbes

I’d two thoughts when Dave the genius mechanic forwarded me this cartoon.  (Hi, Dave!  Hope Dallas is treating you well?)

  1.  I remembered junior high, wherein a couple-times-a-year, some fool would either pull the fire alarm or call in a bomb threat.  This was 1963-66.  There was a perfunctory evac while the school was checked, and we went back to class, in an orderly fashion.

I imagine the kid who was trying to avoid taking a test had to anyway.  This was not terrorism.

2.  The Ray Bradbury book (and the film) Fahrenheit 451.  Once a futuristic tale of government sponsored book-burning, foiled by people who made it their life’s work and duty to memorize the banned books in toto, to pass on to future generations.

Now, yet again, the sedan of censorship is driving over the works of people like Mark Twain, using the wheel of political correctness.  And people are wanting to excise symbols of the Confederacy, as though not being reminded of slavery and federal government takeover of State power will make it not have existed.

No gasoline needed.


Sad Wisdom

If you are not reading Peter Grant (Bayou Renaissance Man) daily, may I say your daily blog reading is – in the very least – incomplete!

For those of us interested in personal security and safety…

The scary-as-hell reality of an urban terrorist attack

America’s shopping malls are wide open to attack by terrorists and criminal thugs.  I’ve spoken about that on various occasions, and I’ll repeat here what I’ve warned before:

In today’s racially charged climate, with criminal flash mobs an ever-increasing problem in many cities, the average urban shopping mall now qualifies as a “stupid place” to be. (!!!)

In 2013 four Muslim fundamentalist terrorists attacked a shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya, in a chilling foretaste of what could happen in any city in America at any time.  I wrote about it that same day.  I urge you to read the warning I gave then, and ask yourself the same questions I posed on that day.  They’re as relevant as ever they were.

Now Foreign Policy brings us an in-depth report on what happened that day in Nairobi, complete with many eye-witness and participant accounts.  It’s the next best thing to a security briefing on what you might confront any day now in an American shopping center.  I have no faith whatsoever that our police and security forces could stop such a thing from at least getting started.  I hope and trust they’d do rather better at shutting it down before it got out of hand:  but if the attacking party is larger, or better-armed, or their assault is timed to coincide with mass street protests that draw too many cops away from the danger zone . . . who knows?

We already know that fundamentalist Islamic terrorists and/or their sympathizers are trying to infiltrate the United States.  Some claim they’ve already done so.  None of us know the facts . . . but I guaran-damn-tee you, they want to.  Nairobi was a foreshadowing of what they’d like to do to the Great Satan, America itself.  Go read the Foreign Policy article in full, and ask yourself:  if something like that goes down tomorrow, in my town, and I’m there, what am I going to do about it?  Am I prepared to deal with it?  If not . . . why not?


Sad, but true, from Peter.
Those who say ‘it won’t happen here’ are whistling in the dark.
Stay safe.

Will Your Shirt Get You Killed?

Whether or not you agree with Kevin’s technique from the USCCA, it IS important to remember:

Practice with the gun and holster you use, AND the clothing you normally wear.

If this technique doesn’t work for you, find one that does.

Practical practice makes perfect – or at least a better chance of survival.


Shoot Open A Padlock With A Handgun?


We’ve all seen it done in movies, but let’s test multiple calibers to see which actually have the power to open up a padlock.

(In no way do I advocate this kind of action or behavior!  First, for safety concerns, second – well you’ll see from the video. – Guffaw)

h/t Doc in Yuma

Save A Life!

(courtesy of Brock Townsend)


Via III Percent Patriots

Many lives are affected as a result of knife crime in the UK each year.

In an attempt to raise awareness of the devastating impact of knife crime and to reduce the number of families affected, we’re campaigning for as many knives to be surrendered as possible. Knife bins will be located in cities around the UK and the British Ironwork Centre will be touring the country, speaking to young people and collecting knives from the streets.

All knives will be surrendered anonymously – no names will be taken, and there will be no CCTV cameras recording (Yeah, right – Guffaw).

Whatdya think they want to do the same thing here?  With guns?

Oh wait, they do!

And how many criminals voluntarily give up their knives and guns?

No rush, I’ll wait for an answer…


Freedom Of Speech

(aka The War Between The Blacks and The Whites, Part III)

As a grimly relevant adjunct to my previous post about crime, cops and communities, the voices calling for racially-based violence (especially against police) got louder last weekend (a couple weeks ago).

Members of the #FYF911 or #F**YoFlag and #BlackLivesMatter movements called for the lynching and hanging of white people and cops. They encouraged others on a radio show Tuesday night to “turn the tide” and kill white people and cops to send a message about the killing of black people in America.

One of the F**YoFlag organizers is called “Sunshine.” She has a radio blog show hosted from Texas called, “Sunshine’s F***ing Opinion Radio Show.”

During the show, callers clearly call for “lynching” and “killing” of white people.

h/t Brock Townsend

The President is being largely silent in these matters.  Until a Black kid gets shot by a cop – then he sends the A.G. in to support the protesters.
I wonder if he sees himself as a latter-day Robert Mugabe, tearing down the culture to replace it with a do-nothing, welfare-receiving, inflationary economy.  In other words, changing The United States to a Zimbabwe State?

Meanwhile, In MY Neck Of The Woods

or cacti  (Phoenix, Arizona)

shooting sites on I-10

shooting sites on I-10


Danger on the freeways.

Valley drivers are on “high alert” after a series of freeway shootings over the weekend. (one week ago)

“Somebody is going to wind up dying,” said motorist Andrew Packer.

Shots have been fired at several vehicles on Interstate 10 in Phoenix over the past few days, with bullets striking four vehicles and injuring one person, according to Arizona’s Department of Public Safety.

“You should be concerned,” DPS Director Col. Frank Milstead said. “We have someone or some people shooting guns at moving cars on Interstate 10. It has not ended in a tragedy but it could.”

Milstead called a news briefing Monday afternoon (one week ago) to emphasize the need for the public’s help in solving the case.
(Click/tap here to watch the briefing)

“We do not know if these shootings are random or related, some type of serialized crime,” he said. “Our intent is the investigation is not compromised,  We are gathering statements and evidence as it is found.”

DPS spokesman Raul Garcia said two vehicles were struck between 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Saturday. One shooting occurred eastbound at 19th Avenue and the second occurred westbound at 35th Avenue.

A third vehicle was hit along I-10 near 16th Street at approximately 10:30 p.m. Saturday.

A fourth shooting occurred early Monday morning in the area of I-10 and 19th Avenue.

And this just in…

PHOENIX – Officials are investigating after a possible shooting on Interstate 10 on Tuesday morning. (yesterday)

Sources tell ABC15’s Christopher Sign that a Phoenix Police Sergeant was on his way to work when his passenger side window shattered near Interstate 10 and 35th Avenue.

Authorities said it is not clear if the window shattered due to a gunshot or other means, but officials are investigating.

The officer was not injured; he was in an unmarked vehicle at the time of the incident, officials said.

We wonder if this is random violence, a Black Lives Matter thing, or generic police/white persons assassination attempts?  Or a serial shooter?

The good news is no one has (yet) been injured or killed in these shootings.  And, on a personal note, with my rickety 16 year old car, I don’t drive the freeways!

Who was it who said, “I’m not concerned with the bullet with my name on it – I’m concerned with the one marked ‘To Whom It May Concern’…?

h/t Bayou Renaissance Man

About That ‘Live On TV’ Shooting

Copied in full from Brock Townsend

‘You want a race war [expletive]? BRING IT YOU WHITE [expletive]!’

The man suspected of shooting a television reporter and cameraman during a live broadcast in Virginia early Wednesday left a 23-page letter in which he cited the Charleston church shooting and alleged anti-gay harassment as motives.The note from V***** L** F*******, who killed himself when police cornered him five hours later, was faxed to ABC News, which reported some of its contents.ABC provided a copy to investigators as soon as the fax arrived at 8:26 a.m., some two hours after the shooting that killed WDBJ reporter Alison Parker, 24, and cameraman Adam Ward, 27.

More @ WND
*I’ve excised his name, as other bloggers have suggested, as he wanted fame.  I’m choosing NOT to give him any!  –  Guffaw
First and foremost, my thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families and friends.
It’s interesting that the bodies aren’t even cold, yet, and there’s renewed calls for additional gun control – as if any legislation short of a complete ban and confiscation would have stopped this moron…
And we know how well THAT works!
(PS – this clown passed the NICS check!)
What should be done then?  Well, I know a veteran television cameraman, who often goes to live news sights ‘on scene’ ‘as they happen’. And I know for a fact he carries, and is a skilled shooter.
BUT, one can’t be in Condition Yellow when one is peering through a camera.
So who knows?

Cognitive Dissonance

Here is Secretary of State John Kerry in Cuba, visiting Ernest Hemingway’s former home, whilst carrying John F. Kennedy’s cane!


Is it ironic, that JFK had tried to remove Castro, by failed invasion, blockade, and by assassination?  And now the United States Secretary of State carries his cane to Cuba?

 I’m thinking this was not just a serendipitous fashion statement.

How the Democratic Party has changed?!

Once-upon-a-time, the Democrats were for social programs, but were vehemently anti-communist.

Apparently, not any more…

us embassy havana

U.S. Embassy – Havana

At least Kerry knows which hand to use when saluting…

(To be fair, NIXON (a Republican) opened the way to China, to whom we now owe our economic life.)

The times, they are a changin’.

Good Thoughts, Please!

Bob (my former PI boss and favorite gun shop manager), recovering handsomely from having part of his leg amputated, is facing another challenge.

He has been having difficulty eating and drinking.  So much so he has lost a lot of weight.  Today, he is being scoped (a camera down the throat, as was done to me a while back) to determine if the problem is related to acid-reflux.  He does have an apparent esophageal stricture.

Or perhaps CANCER! 

He is a good man, is a father of two fine daughters, and has a terrific wife.  He is 61(?)

Please keep him in your thoughts, and if you pray, please do so.

This Just In – Bob informs me he does have some variety of throat cancer!  No other information at this time.

"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

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It’s about who is at the tiller of this Republic’s Ship of State. - Guffaw



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