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…
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.
I’ve been perusing ‘gun media’ since the early 70’s Back then, magazines and books, then, switching largely in the 90’s to this new-fangled Internet thing.
And many things have changed.
The preferred sidearm (for some perhaps – semiautomatic over revolver, or plastic over steel), the preferred stance (Isosceles over Weaver), the preferred caliber (9mm over .45 ACP), holster material (Kydex over leather).
Back then too, at least most of us trusted our government.
Times have changed.
But some things remain constant.
Distilled down even further then The Modern Technique of The Pistol(!)
(from Mad Ogre, in part)
Only YOU know what your sight picture looked like the instant your shot broke. Only YOU know what that trigger pull felt like. Only YOU know what you did wrong. YOU have to be honest with yourself. If you want to get better, you have to start with your own internal honesty here. Put down the pride, and admit to yourself you are not doing everything you need to be doing to achieve consistent accuracy.
Front Sight Focus – Trigger Pull.
Those 2 things. You get those two things right – everything else falls into place and you’ll have tighter shot groups.
This also applies to rifle shooting as well.
or maybe IV, I forget. (courtesy of Old NFO,)
(aka, an extreme overuse of film icons…)
You ‘thought’ you had…
Remember how criminal fingerprint bases were kept separate from military and civil (e.g. fingerprinted for a job)?
Yeah, not so much anymore…
I completely missed this one, but it came out in a discussion of the latest release of the ever increasing scope of the OPM hack (an additional 6 million files hacked, PLUS all fingerprints).
This from the EFF-
FBI Combines Civil and Criminal Fingerprints into One Fully Searchable Database
Being a job seeker isn’t a crime. But the FBI has made a big change in how it deals with fingerprints that might make it seem that way. For the first time, fingerprints and biographical information sent to the FBI for a background check will be stored and searched right along with fingerprints taken for criminal purposes.
The change, which the FBI revealed quietly in a February 2015 Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA), means that if you ever have your fingerprints taken for licensing or for a background check, they will most likely end up living indefinitely in the FBI’s NGI database. They’ll be searched thousands of times a day by law enforcement agencies across the country—even if your prints didn’t match any criminal records when they were first submitted to the system.
Full article HERE. What isn’t clear, but is included are ALL the military fingerprints, which we were told were always to be kept separately for security reasons…
Yeah, right… Shoulda known better…
You can read the Fibbies Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) HERE.
Think about it… How many doors, objects, etc. do you touch on a daily basis when getting too/from work… The grab bar on the Metro, the bus, the door to the elevator, handrails? Bathroom doors? Restaurant doors at lunch?
Suppose there is an incident at a location you’ve been to, they dust and lo an behold your fingerprints show up…
You have a high security job, now how are you going to explain to YOUR security people why the cops just hauled you downtown for an ‘interview’…
BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!
But wait… It is going to get even better! For certain values of better…
Specifically, in 2012, Deputy Assistant Director Jerome Pender stated:
Only criminal mug shot photos are used to populate the national repository. Query photos and photos obtained from social networking sites, surveillance cameras, and similar sources are not used to populate the national repository.
But the new RFQ contradicts this because it appears the desired software would allow officers to submit non-mug shot photos to NGI. The RFQ says the FBI is looking for a mobile biometrics tool that would, “at a minimum . . . include fingerprints and facial photographs for submission and receipt of a response.” Photographs taken in the field are clearly not “mug shot photos” because they’re taken before booking and possibly even before arrest. And it’s hard to see how a mobile tool that allows officers to collect these non-mug shot photos and “submit” them to a database is not also “populating the national repository.”
The article from EFF is HERE. And HERE’s the link to the FedBizOps page for the biometric system…
Yep, kiss that whole privacy thing good by… As if we had any to start with…
Yeah. Thanks, Jim (and Lawdog)! (groan)
And, of course, we know the BATFE is not continuing to add to a database involving NICS check data, because it would be a violation of criminal law…
Ya think some enterprising young attorney at the DOJ isn’t conspiring to meld these databases together, along with Homeland Security? For our safety, of course.
It’s what makes the World go ’round.
What do I mean?
If we all viewed things exactly the same, how would that work? Religion, politics, types of food? Sex?
The current President? The last President?
99+% of the folks I know have NOT recently been to Europe. But most have an opinion regarding the refugee crisis. Even to the point there may not be a crisis!
I’ve had recent conversations with two liberal friends (yes, I have those) regarding what they know about the goings-on in Europe. Apparently, those nasty non-Syrian White folks are only interested in protecting the sovereignty of their individual nations, and just hate being forced to accept Islam and the terrorism which seems to be attached to it.
I don’t agree with them. Not because they are liberals, but because I’ve a different World view. Even the most liberal of reportage indicates the vast majority of immigrants are young adult males. Where are the women and children – don’t they need asylum, as well?
And then there’s the increase in attacks on non-Muslim folks by roving bands of Muslim folks. And a breakdown of the rule-of-law. And these attacks are by men.
It’s 711 A.D. all over again! Except this time it’s not just the Iberian peninsula.
Some here think there is a breakdown of traditional American society, and many of the (illegal) immigrants arriving here are keeping to their cultures to the exclusion of American culture!
And the current administration wants to increase the number of legal immigrants from war-torn Islamic nations.
Because, not doing so would be racist and politically incorrect.
I sense a dangerous pattern here.
Not because of xenophobia, but because of dilution of American Culture. People are supposed to want to come here because of the freedoms we offer, not to abuse that freedom to force the end of our culture.
Sharia Law, anyone?
Another example of The American Paradox. Being free enough to allow differences of opinion, but not so free as to accept poison pills into The Republic.
It might be too late for Europe (Muslims wanting to stop observance of Oktoberfest). I hope it is not too late here.
(No snark, just fact!)
…an otherwise undistinguished loser demonstrates the easiest way in America to get your own Wikipedia page and your name on the president’s lips.
And they’re all over it on the TV, and this dillweed’s actions are the topic of everyone’s conversations, and they’re interviewing every student who can claim they caught a glimpse of him and all I can keep yelling at the television screen is “Why didn’t you shoot him?“
Seriously, this guy allegedly has time to huddle people together and hold dialogues on their religion? Sounds like there was ample time for any even moderately competent shooter to smoke check his ass. But no. We’re yet again going to be bombarded with discussions about taking guns away from the wrong people instead of arming the right ones. There weren’t four too many guns in that classroom, there was one too few. (View From The Porch)
My understanding is even campus security only had some kind of Mace. Because this was yet another ‘victim disarmament zone.’!
How do we react under such attacks? WE CALL FOR GUYS WITH GUNS TO END THE PROBLEM.
Just as with military installations, we need to allow citizens present to possess arms. Then it would be less likely they would have to call government agents to end the problem.
And there would be fewer victims.
No, not the story you thought…
(Although my thoughts and prayers are with the dead, wounded and their families and friends in Oregon.)
A jury has found two men guilty of murder in the killing of a U.S. Border Patrol agent whose death exposed the botched federal operation known as Fast and Furious.
The jury found Jesus Leonel Sanchez-Meza and Ivan Soto-Barraza guilty of all counts. Jurors had begun deliberations Wednesday afternoon, a week after the trial began in federal court in Tucson.
Sanchez-Meza, also known as Lionel Portillo-Meza, and Soto-Barraza were part of a five-man crew that planned on robbing drug smugglers when they encountered Agent Brian Terry and three others on Dec. 14, 2010.
(Reports are they will receive life in prison…)
additionally, from Fox News
The killing led to intense political rhetoric as Republicans sought to hold the Obama administration accountable over the Fast and Furious operation. They conducted a series of inquiries into how the Justice Department allowed guns to end up in the hands of criminals.
Former Attorney General Eric Holder was held in contempt after he refused to divulge documents for a congressional investigation into the matter. Since then, the Justice Department has focused on arresting and trying all suspects involved.
About f’n time!
Now, what about the charges against Holder et al for complicity, conspiracy and obstruction?I’m not holding my breath…
(Sadly, not the exceptional book by Paul Brickhill, nor the film based on it by John Sturgis)
I rent-a-room from my ex-gf J. We dated a few years ago for about four years, and have remained friends. Hell, she offered me a room in which to land when I lost my home!
The point being, we have been acquainted for going on eleven years(!) And I with her menagerie – a smattering of chihuahuas and cats. Some of whom have passed on (Mike was a terrific boy kitty!). Others remain, and continue to age.
Fooling us into complacency.
The drill used to be to make certain the gate from the back yard into the parking lot was secure, because DYLAN could escape. And has.
When I first met Dylan (which I privately spell Dillon – gun folk will get it), she was three, and very animated and active.
And she did get loose a couple of times, running willy-nilly, constantly checking for pursuers over her shoulder and laughing. She was a rescue dog, and had probably lived on the street for some time. Of course, the main fear was she’d run into the street and get killed.
Now, she’s going on 15-years-old, and has an arthritic back leg. Spends most of her time sleeping, sometimes with one eye pealed for the cats or the puppy. She moves kinda slow.
We were alerted by the (evil) HOA to keep our back gate unlocked (an impossibility, due to the spring-loaded lock) lest they need access to make ‘authorized’ repairs and improvements. For a specific three day period. And we were used to the gate being closed and secure.
So we had to leave it ajar for the three days.
I wasn’t worried. Dylan could barely walk, and D.J. (the happy boy idiot dog) wouldn’t leave, regardless. And Lola (the puppy) generally used paper inside by the back door. (She was a showgirl, ya know!)
Part of the morning routine was to check the backyard for maintenance folk, close the gate, THEN let the critters out. But the habit, based on years of programming, was just let them out.
You can see where this is going, can’t you?
I let them out, then looked up to see the gate still ajar about a foot. I wasn’t worried.
Then, Dylan looked at me and bolted out the gate like a shot! I quickly ran (well, relatively quickly) and called to her. There she was, as if she were again three, running away, looking over her shoulder at me.
I let D.J. back inside, secured Lola in her kennel and yelled to J that Dylan was loose. She ran out back with her car keys. I searched the opposite direction on foot.
J. is asthmatic. Going to her car is her best bet. I’m crippled. Hobbling slowly after a very fast
puppy old lady dog is the best I could do.
Dylan did her best to stay about 60 feet ahead of me, even taking time for a ‘rest stop’ – just to mock my pursuit! J. drove around the parking lot slowly, searching. After about 15 minutes, I chased her to Judy, who scooped her up into her car and went home!
She ended up running a few hundred yards. Which I ended up walking. Slowly and painfully.
The important things are Dylan is back home safe, Judy is breathing okay, and I have additional pain medication.
Here is Dylan, after her little ‘adventure’.
Neither J nor I cook very much.
It’s not that we are lazy. J. is asthmatic and has back issues (being a stylist for 35 years undoubtedly has something to do with it! All that standing and chemicals.) I have my own disabilities. Standing is not something I do well, certainly, it is never pain free.
But, sometimes we are able to cobble something together.
I had just returned from buying groceries. After putting them away, I decided to fry up all the thick-sliced, hickory-smoked bacon. Why? BACON!
Judy came downstairs and asked I vacate the kitchen so she could work. She had me buy a large round loaf of Hawaiian bread at the store. We had eggs. Bacon. Butter. Half-and-half.
It was time for FRENCH TOAST!!
Here is my plate, shortly before I devoured it. Real maple syrup, and all…
Take THAT, Brigid! :-)
from The Silicon Graybeard – in part
From Karl Denninger at Market-Ticker, we get this tale of what Net Neutrality is really going to mean to us.
While the problem is less-severe for “landline” (e.g. Cable, FIOS, etc) customers it is by no means not present. If you have a 50Mbps connection from Comcast, for example, you could consume 375 Megabytes per minute. That works out to 22.5Gb/hour roughly 16.2 Terabytes per month.
Again, Comcast cannot engineer for that while charging you $50/month. Can you buy such service? Sure! I used to buy service of similar quality as an ISP all the time — a 44.7Mbps (each direction) DS-3 “clear channel” line for which I actually paid to move that full amount of data all the time.
But while it’s gotten much cheaper than the five-digit price tag per month I paid at that time for such capacity it sure as hell isn’t $50/month even today.
There was a lot of sentiment from young tech heads that they were being screwed because their ISP was wanting to charge extra for Netflix or other streaming services. Net Neutrality, at its root, says “all bits are equal” and they can’t charge you more for one service’s bits. But they can charge you what it costs them to provide those bits and they can meter how many bits you use. Simply, they’re going to have to charge what it costs them or go out of business, and if they don’t charge enough, they can’t get enough money to build out infrastructure for the Next Big Thing (Netflix 4K?). By the looks of it, we’ll all be having metered internet services in the next few years.
Go read the rest of the piece at Market Ticker. Let it sink in.
By hook or by crook, it appears this is headed our way. Because the industry says so…