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Having ‘The Talk’

No, not the birds and bees with your children, or the inane TV show.

(from the USCCA and Kevin Michalowski)

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Sooner or later you will have to talk to your non-gun-owning friends about why you carry. You might be asked not to carry at someone’s house. Or you might be grilled on gun safety at your house when people come to visit. I can’t give you the exact words; they are your friends, not mine. But understand that…

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SO…it’s NOT just about Safety.

It’s about rights, and protection, and so much more.

There have been a few places I’ve chosen to not carry, and not by government edict, either.  It’s been about respect, perceived security, and sometimes plain ol’ convenience.

But sometimes having a civil Talk is just what seems appropriate.

Homeland Insecurity

From Wirecutter:

Hundreds of badges, credentials, cell phones and guns belonging to Department of Homeland Security employees have been lost or stolen in recent years — raising serious security concerns about the potential damage these missing items could do in the wrong hands.

Inventory reports, obtained by the news site Complete Colorado and shared with FoxNews.com, show that over 1,300 badges, 165 firearms and 589 cell phones were lost or stolen over the span of 31 months between 2012 and 2015.
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Nothing like having the umbrella agency named for this Republic’s security not-so-secure. Makes one feel all warm, doesn’t it?

I remember back-in-the-day (pre-9/11) reading in Hoover’s FBI, if you lost your creds, you were fired.  Obviously, times have changed.

OBAMA CUTTING BORDER SURVEILLANCE IN HALF!

borderOBAMA CUTTING BORDER SURVEILLANCE IN HALF!

Agents threatened with termination for enforcing law

Yeah, I saw this in my email and scoffed at it!  (The source was to me, questionable)

Then, my mole inside the BP confirmed the story – before I could even ask him.

As a lame duck President, does he not even care anymore about his ‘legacy’?

Or is this just more Cloward & Piven, progressive claptrap, designed to ‘level the playing field’?

How does a Chief Executive, with the duty and responsibility for enforcing the law, even make such a decision?

Of course, he has HIS armed guards.

He should try living in Naco or Nogales!

Much Corruption? Naw…

Government corruption has become rampant:

  • Senior SEC employees spent up to 8 hours a day surfing porn sites instead of cracking down on financial crimes
  • NSA spies pass around homemade sexual videos and pictures they’ve collected from spying on the American people

More @ Zero Hedge

There was a time many of us (well I) trusted ‘the authorities’ to generally do that which was ‘right’.  Sure, mistakes were made, but people took oaths and policies were in place, yatta…yatta…yatta.

Not so much, anymore.

“Absolute power corrupts absolutely”  –  Lord Acton

 

Carry Nation

(from the lovely and talented Tamara)

It’s called a “carry gun” for a reason.

Throwing “gun stolen from car” into the Google box rarely leaves one empty-handed:

6:58 a.m. — An man reported the theft of a black-and-silver Kel-Tec 9mm pistol and belt-clip holster from an unlocked garage on the 300 block of East Fifth Street. The pistol was taken from a vehicle, which was also unlocked. The estimated value is $300.

I’ll just repeat myself here: Don’t leave unsecured guns in your unsecured car. And if it’s your “carry gun”, then why the hell ain’t youcarrying it? Some dude busts up into your house and you’re gonna tell him “Hang on, I have to go out to the driveway and fetch my carry gun”? You keep using that word; I do not think it means what you think it means…

(Also? Dude’s pretty optimistic about the value of a used Kel-Tec that seems to spend a goodly portion of its life in a car.)

The subject’s choice of a defensive firearm aside (First Rule in a Gunfight – Have a gun!), I’d an additional thought about this:
To all those folks who leave their sidearms in the safe, in the car, locked away…
Ask them to substitute seat belt or fire extinguisher for the tool’s name!
“I left my seat belt locked away in the safe”
“I locked up my fire extinguisher, lest kids get to it.”
A.C.E. – ALWAYS CARRY EVERYWHERE
And if you cannot (metal detectors, people being frisked willy-nilly) make certain it is secured!

It’s A Black Guy With A Gun!

Well, TWO of them, in fact!  One, who was doing the same job as me, the second, our department’s boss.

Being a firearms trainer certified by the NRA and AZ DPS CCW trainers, I always felt that the more people I could train, the better!

Guy #1 was a Big, Black Man.  He’d been a football player in college and a weight lifter.  While he no longer played ball, he continued to lift. Often and well.  We became friends over discussions of political conspiracies.

When I knew him, he’d complain about walking through the mall (our offices were then above a shopping mall) and folks parting like the Red Sea in front of him.  He referred to himself (and others like him) as BBMs – Big, Black Males.  And said BBMs had problems, as people viewed them as Big, Angry, Black Men.

Which he wasn’t.

ANYWAY, we met one day with a couple other (White) guys from work at a local, indoor range for familiarization and fun.  I brought a bunch of guns and ammo (this was when I had such) and spent most of my time instructing versus shooting.  Which was okay.

My BBM friend shot about 20 minutes, then left.  I’d given him rudimentary instruction, but he just wasn’t into it.  It seemed he’d been partying the night before, got home late, and was somewhat hung-over.  He mumbled something about liking to get a Tek-9 and left.

I’m guessing the concussive sounds of gunfire were a bit much for him. 🙂

I never did find out if he bought a firearm.

Guy #2 was our boss, in charge of our department.  He was NOT a BBM.  (A SBM – Slight Black Male?) He’d been in the Army, and had some familiarity with firearms.  He lived alone, was smaller, and had a small dog.  I knew little more of his personal life, but if one could label him, he might be metrosexual(?)

And he wanted a handgun for self-protection.  Seems he’d had a few run-ins with Angry, White bigots.

So, Guy#2 and I met for familiarization and lessons, probably 12 sessions, at the same indoor range. After he’d tried a few of my handguns, he settled on purchasing a Glock 26. And became quite accurate @ 15 yards!  And I arranged a deal for him at the gun store where I had worked part time.

Sadly, my pain levels were increasing, particularly when standing.  (This was before I was diagnosed a diabetic.) And I had to beg off giving more lessons.

At least he paid for the ammo and range time!

Race never entered into it (for me, anyway).

I’ve trained Black guys, White guys, women, children…I think one guy was Latino(?)  No Asians as of yet…

EVERYONE should know how to defend themselves, and have the means.

It is our Right.  ALL of ours!

AMEN, Sistuh!

Roberta X(from the lovely, talented, and geekily knowledgeable Roberta X, in part…)

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Everyone running for the Democrat nomination wants to turn a large number of gun-owning citizens into some kind of Federal criminal, with the only question being, “felon or malefeasant?”  But only one of them has hands-on experience in the kind of police-state tactics it would take to make that work, and in making them palatable to a population of people who could reasonably be expected to be skeptical.

Meanwhile, most of GOP’s hot prospects are sellin’ various flavors of Return-to-Jesusland* and shippin’ out the Dangerously Brown (a difficult trick — y’know how there are so many guns in the U.S. that no power could ever grab ’em all?  Imagine if those guns had volition didn’t want to be found…).  I’ll grant that there are serious, good reasons — including humanitarian ones — for a more secure and better-patrolled border; it’s this business of plannin’ to comb through the population and root out a “dangerous element” often referred to as “parasitic” that stinks on ice to me — and it should to you, too.  Do you recall what kinds of societies had any success at that kind of thing?  Do you realize what it takes to make it work? (Ahem, “Papers, please?”)  Did you sleep through World History class?

This is one of the lousiest candidate pools I have ever seen. Mr. Bloomberg is the worst of them — worse than Mr. Sanders, worse than Mr. Trump.  If he enters the race, I may have to vote in the Democrat primary just so I can vote against him.
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* Except this country never was. The American Revolution can be cast as a kind of dialogue between the Enlightenment/Age of Reason ideas that pushed it and the Great Awakenings that bookended it.  From that angle, the Establishment Clause of  First Amendment represents a brilliantly common goal: neither party was desirous of a State church.  Thus the United States was explicitly made a safe place for believers and nonbelievers of every stripe.  This is a delicate balance and has been maintained with varying degrees of elegance and civility though the years.  We should fear any politician who feels a mandate to Do Good — especially if he or she believes it was granted by Divine authority.

There’s really nothing further to say on this subject.

True Detective

(No, not the pulp magazine Robert D******* purloined from the convenience store when we had a sleep-over in my Dad’s camper, when we were in junior high!  :-P)

We just finished watching Season Two of True Detective on HBO.  Each season had it’s own story, characters, actors and themes.  Season One was in Louisiana.  This one was central and northern California.  Both were in part produced by the lead actors from season one – Woody Harrelson and  Matthew McConaughey.  Rest assured, this is no longer the Woody from the TV comedy Cheers.  They are both consummate actors.

The theme carried over to Season Two is there is something larger, deeper, more sinister going on than first appears to the on scene investigators.  It takes the season to unravel the mysteries.  Both seasons consist of eight episodes each.

Season One took place over a number of years, following the rise and fall of career detectives in pursuit of a serial killer.  Season Two was revealed in a much shorter time frame, involving murder, political power and blackmail.  Both seasons were populated with extremely flawed, alcoholic, addicted and trapped detectives and career criminals, in extreme emotional pain.

Not exactly an evening of light television.

For the record, I liked both presentations.  The critics were especially hard on Season Two, as over-complicated and not living up to Season One’s standards.  It is still undecided if there will be a Season Three developed.

I’m certain both seasons are available on You Tube, Netflix, and the like.

The opening to Season Two, below…

Whither Jade Helm 15?

Military watchers – from both the Left and Right – have been watching, warning, and expressing (how do I state this with delicacy?):

DOOM!

It has been reported that regular military folks will be conducting a ‘training operation’ in Texas, beginning July 15.  The Texas governor has even ordered the National Guard to observe the ops, just in case things get hinky.

Following the ease with which martial law was imposed on Boston (post the terrorist bombing), some folks are suggesting this might be the next step.

Practicing to handle civilian populus in a hostile environment (Texas versus Massachusetts) should martial law be imposed THERE!

And obvious comparisons have been made comparing The President to some Austrian-born Reichschancellor who engaged in similar behavior!

Operation Jade Helm 15

Much ado about nothing?  Or should we be concerned?

What do YOU think?tin foil hat

h/t Theo Spark, The Political Commentator, Now The End Begins

March 21, 1947

(from the Ref Desk almanac…)

1947 President Truman signs Executive Order 9835 requiring all federal employees to have allegiance to the United States

I’m reasonably certain President Truman did so,

This guy, not so much…

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Is EO 9825 still in force?

If so, Valerie Jarrett, Van Jones and many others have some ‘splainin’ to do!

THIS IS THE AMERICAN PARADOX.

How do we, as a Free, Constitutional Republic, with measures taken to preserve Free Speech and Dissent, ensure those charged with the custody of said Republic, continue to maintain her as such?

“Well, Doctor, what have we got—a Republic or a Monarchy?” – a lady bystander

“A Republic, if you can keep it.” – Benjamin Franklin

"Round up the usual suspects."

In Loving Memory…