Thursday, March 22, 2018

Random Thoughts

Mueller was appointed My 17, 2017.  How long is this circus going to go on?  If, in a year, he can't find evidence of collusion, maybe he's looking in the wrong places.  Or it isn't there at all.  Either way, he should be competent enough to know when to call in the dogs and go to the house.

Why do people think that a random cop, standing on a street corner, knows the address, location, and phone number of every business within a 20 mile radius?

I hear that YouTube is blocking/taking down pro-gun channels.  Maybe it's time to regulate Google, Facebook, and YouTube as common carriers. 

It's Thursday, so salad for lunch.  There's this church down the road, where the ladies make great salads and deliver them. 

The Sacremento PD shot Clark 20 times.  Standing in his grandmother's backyard, holding a cell phone.  What an horrific tragedy.  I never liked foot chases trough residential neighborhoods.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Good Pic

Another picture of me and my gal, taken by the inimitable Miss E, at Texas State.

That was a good shoot, but I don't have time to reflect on it.  Louisiana State starts in 15 days.

Ain't Quite As Dead

He ain't quite as dead as he seems.   This Romanian fellow left home to go to Turkey to make a living.  Came back 20 years later and found out that he had been declared legally dead.

He's in the middle of a bureaucratic nightmare, because he's dead.  But he's walking around.  Trying to convince the courts that he is still alive.

You would think that the Romanian authorities would be more sympathetic.  They do have a history of the dead walking around, don't they?

I'm just sayin'.


A nice video about value, money, and the price we put on things.

I like explaining to people that the value of gold never changes.  The value of the money we use to buy or sell gold changes, but the value of gold remains constant.

Often, I get perplexed looks when I explain that.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Dr. Hanson, on modern Democrats

The inestimable Victor Davis Hanson, reflects on the similarities between the modern Democratic progressive culture and the antebellum South.
Progressives, in fact, seem to like the protocols of the old Confederacy in lots of ways. Southern antebellum chauvinists once claimed that the culture south of the Mason-Dixon line was innately superior to the grubby, industrial wasteland of the north. A two-class system of masters and slaves allowed an elite the leisure and capital to pursue culture without the rat-race competition of a striving middle class. So blinkered was southern arrogance that its pre-war youth insisted that southern manhood, with its innate moral superiority, could defeat a much larger, richer, and more industrial North — a myth dispelled early on at Shiloh.
It's damned fine writing, dipped in the strength of understanding history.

One more snippet, for fun.
Once a region, a state, or a group of people becomes racially obsessed and prefers the culture of two rather than three classes, they turn absurd. Soon they stop listening to reason and fall into predictable mythologies of cultural superiority, regional chauvinism, and ultimately secession as proof of their moral supremacy.
What follows next never ends well.
Go, as they say, and read the whole thing.  It's well worth the ten minutes you'll spend.

Good Job, Slick!

It seems that there was a school shooting in Maryland this morning.

CNN reports:
An armed student who shot two other students at Great Mills High School in Maryland on Tuesday morning has died, according to St. Mary's County Sheriff Tim Cameron.
The sheriff said the school resource officer engaged the shooter and ended the threat, which occurred in a hallway just before classes began. The officer fired a round at the shooter, and the shooter fired a round as well, Cameron said.
The shooter was later pronounced dead, and the officer was not injured, the sheriff said. A male student, 14, is in stable condition and a female student, 16, is in critical condition, he said.
And, that's the way it is done.  I'm sure that we will learn more in the coming days, but it seems like the SRO took care of business.  Our prayers and concerns are with the injured students.

Monday, March 19, 2018

That Ain't Good

It's a pretty good balancing act, though.

Hat tip:  Wirecutter.


We dragged in last night after midnight, fell into bed and had to sleep quickly.  Four hours later, up again to begin Monday.

Texas State was a great shoot, put on by a great club.  Ninety-eight (98) shooters total. 55 men, 35 women, and 8 youth. We shot age-based categories on Friday, the Main Match on Saturday, and speed-based Brackets on Sunday. 

Akarate Zach took 2nd place in Category, and 4th place overall in the main match.
Belle took 2nd in Category, and stayed alive till the 6th round of the Main match.  Eh also shot well in Brackets, staying alive long past where she thought she would be.
Major D participated.  However, I stayed alive in the Main match until the 9th round, where I lost simply because I couldn't find the target.  I never touched steel during that entire match.  I blame myself, the other guy gave me plenty of opportunities. 

After the match was over, I gathered the brass and loaded it in the van.  I have 10K rounds of shotgun primer brass that has to be loaded for Louisiana State in 19 days.  We pass this brass around from club to club to use for large sanctioned shoots, and thankfully, the host club kept the tumblers going till the last minute.  I have very little dirty brass to clean.

Kudos to the Lone Star Gunslingers, who hosted the Texas State Championship.  They did a great job, put on a fine match in a great facility.

Now, the focus turns to Louisiana State.  During the Texas match, I had the opportunity to get face-time with a bunch of folks who are going to help with Louisiana State.  I filled a number of organizational slots that our little club is incapable of filling, and took notes about things that I have to do to make Louisiana State a success.

I also got firm commitments from a number of shooters, with registration fees pad.  Right now, we have shooters coming from WA, TX, OK, AR, KS, WI, IL, KY, GA, and FL.

Here we go!

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Texas State Day 2

We're doing good, still alive after seven rounds.  Belle went out in the 6th round, but feels good about it.  Zach is seeded 5th in the youth, and I'm still in it, but I'm bleeding bad and dragging a leg.

Tomorrow is brackets.  That should be a lot of fun.

But, trying to get a picture with my gal today, my buddy Delta Whiskey photo-bombs us.

Ain't that a shame?  See what w have to put up with?

Friday, March 16, 2018

Texas State Day 1

We did some shooting today, Categories.  Categories are based on age.  I, for example shot in the Senior Men's Category.  Belle shot in the Super Senior Wome's Category.  Zach shot in te Youth Category.

Belle took second in her category.
Zach took second in his category.
I was just there.

Tomorrow starts the main match.  We all get to shoot again.  I don't look to take any trophies in the main match.  If I'm still alive after the 8th round, I'll consider it a wonderful day.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Nutra and Subsonics

Nutria are a rodent, an invasive species in Louisiana.  They love water, and they've been here long enough that we consider them part of the landscape, but still.  They dig holes in levees, undercut banks, and generally make a nuisance.

My son is a sewer systems operator, responsible for the sewer treatment of a small town in Louisiana.  He has ponds that treat the water.  I don't know the details, but he has it down to the science.  Turning dirty water into clean water.  And nutria is a problem.  If they get into your ponds, they'll undercut banks, dig tunnels in weirs, and generally create turmoil.

So, he was telling me a story. "We had a nutria infestation and decided that the best way to control them was to shoot them.  So, we got some .22 rifles and one of the crew brought some subsonic ammo.  Less noise.  So, early in the morning, we set up on one side of the bond, and watched the opposite bank.  In a few minutes we saw some nutria come out."

"The pond is about 100 yards across it, and I took a good sight on a big ole rat.  I hit him solid and he just kind of flinched and looked around..  So, I popped him again.  Same story.  At a hundred yards, I think those subsonics had run out of steam. "

"So, next morning, we're back with good hi-velocity ammo.   When the nutria came out, Bang, flop.  Next one comes out.  Bang, flop."

I asked him if they had controlled the population.  "Yeah," he replies.  "We've got them on the run.  But we learned that subsonics might be good for some things, but not for long-range nutria."

I'm just passing this on for the general knowledge base.

Outt'a Here

About the time y'all read this, Belle, Zach and I will be heading southwest.  Tomorrow is the first full day of shooting of the Texas State Championship of Cowboy Fast Draw, hosted by the Lone Star Gunslingers.

Upwards of a hundred shooters are meeting in Needville, TX for three days of shaking hands, hugging necks and gunfighting.  It's going to be a heck of an event, and we wouldn't miss it for the world.  As a matter of fact, I need to be there to pick up some supplies that we are going to use in Louisiana State.  But, I'm mainly going for the fun.

I'll try to post this weekend, but no promises.

On Being Armed

I've been carrying a firearm almost every day for the past 38 years.  Much of that as a cop, but even on weekends, holiday, and leave time.   Pretty much constantly, I'm armed.  And, I've learned a few things.  Concealed means concealed.  Proper dress is mandatory if you don't want to scare the citizens. 

School safety is the hot-button topic these days, and some have said that one way to help safety is to arm some of the teachers.  That's another hot-button topic, and I see that Baltimore teachers have threatened to walk out if any of them are armed.

My question is:  How would they know?  Really.  Concealed means concealed.  I have no doubt that I could dress in business casual attire, walk into any classroom in the US, and teach a class, spend the day in the school, talk with the principal and interact with everyone there, and no one would know that I am armed.  As long as I didn't have to pass through a metal detector, I'd be golden.

Concealed means concealed.  There is no profit in talking about it, touching it, letting other folks know you have it.  It's only use is to be there when you need it.    No one else needs to know about it.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018


A concho is a bit of metal or leather that was used (and still is) to embellish a piece of working gear, to give it flair or add strength.  We find conchos used historically on saddles and bags.  But, these days they are almost purely embellishment.

As such, the shooters (especially the young shooters) in Cowboy Fast Draw like to have conchos on their leather.  Especially if those conchos were earned at a match.  To that end, I had some conchos made up for Louisiana State.  I'll give them to the Youth and to selected folks who might want to commemorate the match.  They have a screw back and should be easy to attach to a belt.

They came in today.

I think that they came out pretty nice, and they look a lot better than my photography skills.

The Dowager from Chappaqua

Yeah, she's back in the news.  The failed politician, the enabler of her sex-abuser husband, the gal who lost not one, but two huge elections to political newcomers.  Yeah, she's upset.  We failed her.  She goes outside the US to make speeches about how badly we failed her.

She's lucky that she is free.  In a just world, she'd be in prison for mishandling classified information, but the law only applies to little folks, not to her.   Her tenure as Secretary of State is also marked with failure, the murder of four great Americans on her watch.  She racks up failure after failure, and expects us to commiserate with her.  Not likely.

We're moving forward, and we're doing it (thankfully) without her.  She is a loathsome, evil woman.  Luckily, she has Secret Service protection.  If we ever get a judge to issue warrants, she's just a phone call away.

Great Photo

Another great photo from Strategy Page.

From the caption:
BEAUFORT SEA (March 10, 2018) The Seawolf-class fast-attack submarine USS Connecticut (SSN 22) and the Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Hartford (SSN 768) break through the ice March 10, 2018, in support of Ice Exercise (ICEX) 2018. ICEX 2018 is a five-week exercise that allows the Navy to assess its operational readiness in the Arctic, increasing experience in the region, advance understanding of the Arctic environment, and continue to develop relationships with other services, allies and partner organizations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication 2nd Class Micheal H. Lee)
My step-son was a submariner.  He says that he traveled the world, but say very little of it.  It all looked like the inside of a steel tube.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Bombs in Austin

Someone is sending package bombs in Austin, TX.
Police and federal investigators continued searching Tuesday for answers about a string of packages that have exploded at homes in Austin this month, killing two people, seriously injuring two others and unnerving the city at a time when it is flooded with visitors for the South by Southwest Festival.
Evidently this is someone who knows his way around explosive ordnance.
 “When the victims have picked these packages up, they have at that point exploded,” Manley said on KXAN, an Austin television station. “There’s a certain level of skill and sophistication that whoever is doing this has.”
Interesting, and scary as hell.  Hopefully the investigators will find the culprit soon.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Would Democrats Win

Would Democrats win a second Civil War?  No, they'd lose.
Democrats are 0-1 in insurrections, and if they went for another round, they would be 0-2. It’s a matter of terrain, numbers, and morale.
Terrain, numbers, and morale.  All of those are good indicators.  The biggest indicator is morale.  Wars and won or lost based on two things.  1) materiel - the ability to produce or buy what is needed, and 2) political will to do what is necessary to win.  Morale is a big part of the will to win.  We lost Vietnam, not because we didn't field a ig enough Army, but because North Vietnam had  will to win, and we didn't.
 Democrats, who think history began when Obama was elected, don’t understand the dangerous game they are playing when they talk about how they want to impose their brown shirt vision upon red America. The keyboard commandos of the left seek to hand wave away the massive strategic challenge of imposing control by force upon a well-armed, decentralized citizenry occupying the vast majority of the territory, so they babble about drones and tanks as counterinsurgency trump cards. But there are no trump cards in war. There are men, with rifles, standing on patches of dirt, killing the people trying to push them off. That’s the ugly reality of war. And multiply the usual brutality of war by ten when it’s a civil war.
If the Democrats are asking these questions, and gaming scenarios, they need to be very careful.  The author goes on to explore a couple f scenarios and explain why the left can't possibly win.  And in fact, they will absolutely lose.

Go read the whole thing.

Back In The Day

This post reminds me of a story.

Once upon a time, I had a snitch come to my office.  He wanted to tell me about a marijuana growing operation in a small rural community about twenty miles from the office.  I listened for a while, and told the mope to get in the car. 

We drove out to the community, and he directed me down a couple of gravel roads, some dirt roads, some logging trails, and eventually we got out of the car, walked through the woods and came to the backyard of a small, well-kept farm house.  With a small vegetable garden in the back yard.

"Look there," says the mope.

"Where?" says I?

About that time an old man came out of the house with a sack in his hand, proceeds to the garden patch, and starts picking okra.

The mope says "Look, he's picking it right now!"

I motion the mope to back off and we quietly walk back through the woods to the car.  When we got back to the car, I tell him that we were looking at okra, and that he's the world's largest dumbass, and I don't let dumbasses ride in the car, so he has to walk home.

I got in the car, started it, and put it in reverse.  When I got to a suitable turn-around, I turned it around and drove back to the office.  Anyone in Chinquapin parish, especially a dope snitch, should know the difference between cannabis and okra.  Those who don't, can walk home.


Politico magazine has an article on Congress getting distracted.
Every time it seems the president has zeroed in on an issue, and appears determined to see it through — guns and immigration are just the two latest examples — he moves on to something else. And Congress, which isn’t designed to respond swiftly to national events and the wishes of the White House even in the least distracted of circumstances, simply can’t keep up.
Yeah, well... Congress is supposed to be different than the executive branch.  They're supposed to be a deliberative body.  As in... deliberate?  They're supposed to do things like pass budgets, debate laws, oversee government.  They're not supposed to jump o every current event and solve it, they're supposed to be deliberate.  Maybe if they would focus on what the Constitution tells them that they are supposed to do, rather than making it up as they go along, they'd actually get something done.

I'm just saying.

Sunday, March 11, 2018


A song written by  Brian Higgins, Stuart McLennen, Paul Barry, Steven Torch, Matthew Gray and Timothy Powell, it was recorded and released by Cher in 1988.  Cher recorded her version for thepop-disco-electronic venues in the late '80s, but the song is stronger enough to be performed across musical genres.  It's one of my favorites.

Compare and contrast.

The first version I remember.

Next a version performed o Britian's Got Talent

And finally, a studio version with guitars.

Sunday Saturation

We're going to catch a big downpour in another hour or so.

The good news is that this didn't come yesterday (as predicted) and we're ensconced inn the house.

The kids will be over after church for lunch, and the worst part should be over by then. 

Saturday, March 10, 2018

At The Range

The Cross Branded Peacemakers had a great range today.  We were practicing, just clowning around, but serious about hitting the target.  Five of our shooters (fairly new shooters) hit new personal bests today.
Two Step Cookie - 0.832
Cajun Greg - 0.534
Brother Fred - 0.556
Dustin - 0.642
Big Bill - 0.542.

Mind you, that time includes drawing, cocking a single action revolver, firing the cartreige and the bullet flight.  we don't get a time unless the bullet hits the target.

It was a very good shoot today.  We're prepping for the competition season, which begins next weekend in Needsville, TX.  Belle, Zach, and I are leaving Thursday to begin shooting o Friday.


An airman practices a para-rescue drop in Afghanistan.

Great photo!  From the caption:
An Air Force pararescueman conducts a high-altitude, high-opening free fall jump working during training at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, March 4, 2018. The airman is assigned to the 83rd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron. Air Force courtesy photo

Friday, March 09, 2018

Gotta Be Kentucky

Or maybe Arkansas.

Yeah, that's a two-story trailer.

Before I met Belle, I dated a girl from East Texas.  She, her mother, and her brother all lied in 14X70 trailers, on the same half-acre.  The trailers were connected by little walkways so that a person could go from one trailer to another in air-conditioned comfort.  She was a lot of fun for a while, but I couldn't see getting tangled up in something like that.  Oh, and she was a natural red-head too, so there was that to deal with.

Friday NIght

It's Friday night, and my workday came to an end at 3:00 pm.  I left the school, went to Tom's Seafood and picked up supper.  Crawfish for Belle and I, and shrimp for Zachary, who is spending the night here.

Belle, working on her second platter of mudbugs.  The platter on the right is where she puts her heads and sjhells.
Zach perfers boiled shrimp.  These re cajun boiled, with all that good seasoning in the water.
After supper, Zach and I cleaned the range, then made sure that the revolvers were clean and we had sufficient ammo for tomorrow's practice shoot.  The Peacemakers will meet here at 10:00 am, rain or shine.  It's great having an indoor range.  We don't care if it rains, anymore.

Kennedy Retiring?

Is Anthony Kennedy retiring this summer?  That's the rumor.

If so, it would give President Trump another opportunity to appoint a staunch conservative, hopefully one strong enough to balance the four lock-step liberals.

Can you imagine the drama?  Four staunch conservative, four dyed-in-the-wool liberals, and that dickhead John Roberts.  That would be great.  It would expose Roberts for the closet liberal that he really is.

If I ever get the opportunity, I'm going to spit on his shoes.

Thanks, Mr. Obvious

Some studies are laughable, solely on their obviousness.
A Norwegian study has proven the obvious: women are more likely than men to regret having no-strings-attached sex. In order to find a reason behind this baffling statistic, the study asked nearly 800 people to fill out a survey to reveal their feelings about their last random sexual encounter. The study’s author, Dr. Leif Edward Ottesen Kennair (who has a lot of names for some reason), said the study suggests that “women are more worried than men about pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections and their reputation.” Shocking!
I hope that they didn't spend much government money on this bit of research.

In other obvious news:
Why More Men Than Ever View Marriage as a Bad Deal
I've been married twice and like the idea.  I can't imagine NOT being married, but having said that, I can see why it's not right for a lot of men.  Based on my  observations, if a marriage goes bad, it's normally a lot harder financially on men than on women.  The Courts traditionally are more apt to take the woman's side, and if the man is a stand-up-guy, a divorce can be financially devastating. 

Besides, casual sex is pretty easy to find,  (See the paragraph above).  I can't tell women what to do about their quandary, but it seems to me that casual sex and marriage being a bad deal for men is somehow linked.  Maybe we need another study.  We either need a complete turn-around in societal mores, or individual women could conclude that casual sex is bad for their marital  prospects. 

Thursday, March 08, 2018

Blue Wave??

I keep seeing nonsense about a blue wave in Texas, like suddenly blood-red Texas is going to turn blue in the next election cycle.  These people are still in denial over the recent presidential upset.

I'm no political pundit, and frankly, when I awoke following the last presidential election, I was surprised that Trump had won. 

But, now I'm seeing these same political pundits telling me that Texas is going to be a demovratic stronghold.  Yeah, right.

The only way that Ted Cruz is going to lose the upcoming election is if they catch him in bed with either a dead girl or a live boy.

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Know Your Topic

So, Adam Weinstein at WaPo is upset because his arguments are erroneous.
The phenomenon isn’t new, but in the weeks since the tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., a lot of gun-skeptical liberals are getting a taste of it for the first time: While debating the merits of various gun control proposals, Second Amendment enthusiasts often diminish, or outright dismiss their views if they use imprecise firearms terminology. Perhaps someone tweets about “assault-style” weapons, only to be told that there’s no such thing. Maybe they’re reprimanded that an AR-15 is neither an assault rifle nor “high-powered.” Or they say something about “machine guns” when they really mean semiautomatic rifles. Or they get sucked into an hours-long Facebook exchange over the difference between the terms clip and magazine.
Well, Adam, it's hard to talk about guns or gum policy if you don't know what you are talking about.  Whether it's terminology, mechanics, or policy, if you spout nonsense, we are going to correct you.  And, the instances you talk about are the ones that will get you "gunsplained" in a hurry.

There are no "assault weapons".
The AR-15 is not "high powered".
Machine guns have been strictly regulated for decades.
There is a huge difference between a clip and a magazine.

If you didn't know that before, you should know it now.  I've just told you.  And, I'm sure that the Washington Post has editors and fact-checkers that proof-read your work.    If you're going to alk about gun stuff, get your facts straight.  Or, be prepared to look like a dumbass.

Know your topic.  It's okay to have an opinion, but if your opinion is based on myth, legend, or popular culture, be prepared to be mocked by those who have the facts.  In the gun debate, it seems to us that you have an irrational fear of something that doesn't exist, and we'd be happy to show you the error of your ways.  We'd also be happy to let you explore gun culture just a bit.
Gunsplaining, though, is always done in bad faith. Like mansplaining, it’s less about adding to the discourse than smothering it — with self-appointed authority, and often the thinnest of connection to any real fact.
No, Adam.  Gun-control is always in bad faith.  It's not about addressing the problem, it 's about the bad guys, it's about putting additional sanctions on law-abiding people.  I could argue (and frequently do) that the entire gun-control debate is about smothering discourse.  We already had this discussion, as a nation.  In 1994 we tried it.  We tried it for ten years.  We found it didn't work.  You guys keep bringing up failed policy.  That's bad faith. 

You want to talk gun control when it affects the right people.  You don't want to talk about it at all when it affects the inner-city dwellers of Chicago, or Baltimore.  That's bad faith.  You don't want to talk about it when Eric Holder runs thousands of guns into Mexico in violation of federal law.  That's bad faith.  You want to change definitions to suit your immediate argument.  That's bad faith.  You don't want to enforce the laws that are already on the books.  That's bad faith.

You spout platitudes using erroneous facts and expect us to play along?  Then you blame the NRA.  We are several million strong, and we didn't murder anyone last month.  We insist that people obey the law, we teach gun safety, we believe in every one of the Bill of Rights, and we don't intend to give up a single one, especially when your arguments are based on bad information.

So, Adam, if you want to have a reasoned discourse, get your facts straight.  Every time you come at us with lies, distortions, or errors, we're going to call you on it.  We've been having this discussion now for several decades and you should at least, by now, know the basic facts. If you refuse to learn even the basic facts, you should be prepared to be mocked.  Because without the basic facts, you really don't have an argument at all.

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Looks Cold

Linking around, I found this photo of a field exercise in North Dakota.  When I clicked on the link, the picture surprised me.

The first thing I did was to look at the caption, thinking "that's a Huey!"  Sure enough.
A 54th Helicopter Squadron UH-1N Iroquois lifts a simulated casualty above the Turtle Mountain State Forest, N.D., Feb. 14, 2018, during a 91st Security Forces Group field training exercise. During the FTX, defenders vectored the aircraft to a landing zone and performed a simulated medical evacuation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman J.T. Armstrong)
According to Wikipedia, the the 54th Helicopter Squadron is an Air Force unit based in Minot.  And, they're still flying Hueys, (N-models these days).  The last Huey I flew in was a D-model, but that was over 20 years ago.  Honestly, I thought that they were out of the inventory.

The Culture Wars

Andrew Klavan pens an interesting piece on the two predominant cultures that currently predominate the political spectrum.  He contrasts a New York Times piece by David Brooks (who?) with another piece by liberal  Annafi Wahed in the Wall Street Journal.

The second piece by Ms. Wahed is interesting.  She reports on attending the recent CPAC, and finding that... well...
"I found myself singing along to 'God Bless the USA' with a hilariously rowdy group of college Republicans, having nuanced discussions about gun control and education policy with people from all walks of life, nodding my head in agreement with parts of Ben Shapiro’s speech, and coming away with a greater determination to burst ideological media bubbles."
That sounds to me, like the way political discourse should be handled.  Good natured, rowdy sometimes, but always with respect for the other side.

David Brooks, on the other hand....
 "progressives are getting better and more aggressive at silencing dissenting behavior. All sorts of formerly legitimate opinions have now been deemed beyond the pale on elite campuses. Speakers have been disinvited and careers destroyed... There are a number of formerly popular ideas that can now end your career: the belief that men and women have inherent psychological differences, the belief that marriage is between a man and a woman, opposition to affirmative action."
 "Silencing dissenting behavior".  That's a political platform.  Klavan uses the term "cultural fascism" and I have to agree with him.  Whenever one tries to silence a dissenting voice, he runs up against the First Amendment. Perhaps Brooks has heard of that principle, that concept,, enshrined in our Bill of Rights.  I may be out-voted, I may lose the debate, but I won't be silenced.    Cultural Fascists hold no sway with me.  Reasonable people can disagree, but trying to silence me (and those like me) is doomed to fail.

Brooks may have the New York Times as his amplifier, but I have PawPaw's House.  My readers may not be as numerous as Brooks', but they're a lot smarter.

Monday, March 05, 2018

Not Racist At All

Evidently, President Trump made a remark about Maxine Waters, the affable Representative from California.  Basically, he said Waters needs to immediately take an IQ test.

She didn't take it well, and immediately accused the President of racism.
"I certainly expected him to come out with some racist remarks about me. So he did exactly what I expected him to do. And, by the way, I’m told he wasn’t funny at all,"
No, Maxine, it wasn't racist at all.   Only those folks who equate intelligence with race would think it to be a racist remark, and you're the one who brought up race.

Racism has pretty much been over in the US since Barack Obama was elected.  Those folks who continue to see racism in every passing remark are the remnants of a racist victim mentality.  Accusations of racism these days simply mean that you have already lost the argument.  You have nothing left to argue and are simply spouting tired, outdated remnants of hate with no rational argument at all.

Give it up, Mazine.  It's a tired argument that gains no traction among forward thinkers.

Sunday, March 04, 2018

Surprise, Surprise

For the last couple of months, I've been seeing US Postal trucks (the little mail delivery vehicles) moving around on Sundays.  I thought that was odd, because we don't normally get mail delivery on Sunday.

Last week I ordered a knife, and Amazon told me that it was scheduled for delivery on Sunday.  Sure enough, it hit my mailbox today and a mail carrier delivered it.  The US Postal Service must have a contract with Amazon.

At any rate, it's a nice little knife, a Kershaw Cyro.  It's a bit smaller and a lot less bulky than the knives I've been carrying around.

The thumb lever that opens the blade is an integral part f the blade metal and forms a nice finger guard when the knife is open.  I have a hunch I'm really going to like this little knife, and I'll use it a while before I decide if I want to move the pocket clip.  I generally like to carry a knife in the point-up position when the knife is closed, so I'm pretty sure that pocket clip is going to be moved.

Chip Trays

The trip to Natchez was a resounding success.  We met Bill's brother, and went to Roux 61, a restaurant on the south side of Natchez, on Route 61.    The food was good, the company was pleasant, and the ambiance was Southern Catfish joint.  Very nice menu.  The ladies started with charbroiled oysters as an appetizer, then moved to  softshell crab for the entree.  The men ate fried catfish, and it was very nicely seasoned.  The cole slaw was excellent.

After lunch yesterday, we went to the Magnolia Bluffs Casino in Natchez.  The ladies wanted to play the machines for a while, and I pulled a lever or two myself.  My first love in casinos is craps, the only game where the players determine the outcome (and one of the better games to play if you know the odds, which are some of the best odds in the house).

After a while of pulling levers, I noticed that they were opening the craps table, so I wanted over to get my preferred spot.  (2nd right, from the croupier.)  Dropped some money on the table and got some chips.  The game started slow, but eventually, the guy to my left got the dice, I spotted immediately that he knew what he was doing.  He set the 3V and had a very smooth flip.  He held the dice for about 40 minutes, rolling fives, sixes, eights and nines.  I was betting conservatively, and watched my chip tray start to fill.    It was one of those magical times on a craps table, where the chips were flowing away from the table boss toward the players.  He finally lost, ad the dice moved down to the next guy, on the left of the croupier.  He opened with a Yo, and on the next roll set the point at 8.  Then, he started hitting the outside of the line.  fours, fives, nines and tens.  Eventually, he hit another 8, then hit a 6 to set the point.  He continues rolling ont he outside, and simply stood there and watched my chip tray continue to fill.  He held the dice for about 40 minutes.

After he sevened-out, I looked at my watch and noticed the time.  The next guy hit an 8, but I sudenly got a bad feeling.  I had $37 on the table, $5 on the pass, with $10 odds, and $22 on the inside line.  I told the dealer who was handling my chips, "Turn my bets off.  I want to color-up".  She nodded, and the guy flipped the dice, and sevened-out.  Whew!  My bets were off.

I got my chips, and wandered over to the cashier, where I got my folding money.  I didn't get rich, but I payed for the trip, came out ahead of the house, and I won't have to hit an ATM this week.

I don't know how everyone else did, but Natchez treated me very well.

Saturday, March 03, 2018


About two hours up the road, Natchez, MS is a cool town.  Belle's brother told her about a restaurant he found there, and she dared him to meet us there for lunch.  He lives in New Roads, also about two hours from Natchez, so we're meeting there today.

Belle's near brother, William J. Go-To-Hell, will be here in a bit, and we'll ride together

My gal and I re going to slip off an have some fun.  We'll be back later  this evening.  Belle and I have poked around in Ntchez several times over our relationship and generally enjoy the plce.

Friday, March 02, 2018

Peace Officer

Greg Ellifritz  posts a great article over at Active Response Training.
In many states, cops aren’t statutorily designated as “law enforcement officers.”  They are more properly classified as “Peace Officers.”  We are charged with keeping the peace in the community and protecting our residents from both hazards and criminals.  We use the law as a tool to help us accomplish the goal of keeping the peace.  Cops who mindlessly “enforce the law” may or may not accomplish the goal of “keeping the peace.”  It’s a crap shoot.
I've found this to be true, especially in my role as school-house-cop.  Many times, when I go  into a room, whether it be a rowdy classroom, or an administrative office with an angry parent, I see that everyone takes a breath and softens their tone. I am the adult in the room, whether anyone else is or not.

They teach us, in the basic academy that our job is to use force, and the very first level of force is Officer Presence.  When we show up, things change. Yes, we are law enforcement officers, but out first mandate is to preserve the peace, and I'd much rather resolve an issue peacefully.
Unfortunately, a lot of police administrators don’t want to deal with “peace officers.”  Solving real problems involves a lot of work and effort.  Many bosses don’t want to do that.  They actively discourage officers from doing good work out of sheer laziness or fear that they will inadvertently allow an action that will later be criticized by the boss’ superiors or political controllers.
Wow!  That paragraph is so true. Every boss focuses on two or three things, and the officers under him or her tend to focus on what the boss wants done.  That's human nature. 
Cops quickly learn that they shouldn’t attempt to do anything significant at work.  It’s easier to write a few tickets and keep the bosses happy than it is to make political waves and get beaten down for genuinely trying to solve major community problems.
We all learn to avoid politics, especially if we work for politicians.    They don't want us solving problems, because many of those problems are of their making.
 Is the majority of your day spent fucking with people and generating inconsequential “stats?”  If so, you aren’t a peace officer.  You are a revenue generating cog in a political machine.  Your conduct will further undermine the public trust in our profession.  Stop it.
 Just wow!  The entire law enforcement community needs to read this whole article.  More at this link.

Ordered The Knife

Thanks, guys, for all your recommendations.  Of course, being the curmudgeonly, cantankerous sort that I am, I wound up not following any of them.  I started surfing around on Amazon this morning and made an impulse purchase.

The Kershaw Cryo.

At $20.00, I figured I couldn't go wrong.  It's inexpensive enough that if I don't simply love it, I can still order something else and put this one into my spares.  But, I like the blade profile, and I suspect that it will serve me for the next year or so, until I hang up my gunbelt next year.

Thursday, March 01, 2018

A Dumpster Fire

Liz Shields covers a meeting that President Trump hosted yesterday.
Trump taunted lawmakers by telling them, "you're afraid of the NRA." He'll soon find out why politicians are afraid of the NRA during the 2018 elections if he doesn't walk back some of the insanity he was tossing about in that meeting.
Some of the ridiculous changes to firearm laws Trump seemed amenable to include outlawing private guns sales, raising the age to 21 to buy a long gun, and taking people's guns without due process. Like I said, what a dumpster fire. Not one of those things will stop criminal maniacs from getting a firearm.
Trump is fond of saying that he is not a politician, but he had better pay attention to the politics, or he's liable to suffer disastrous losses during the midterms.  And, he has every reason to be afraid of the NRA.  We've been taking down nitwits for several decades.  Ignoring due process, indeed.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Broke My Knife

Broke my knife today.  It's a Smith and Wesson switchblade that I've been carrying for six or seven years.  Spring went kaput.

I'm in the market for a new one, pronto.  I believe every man should carry a knife, and every cop should definitely carry a knife.  I'm currently looking at Kershaw, but willing to take any recommendations.

What say ye?

Speaking of knives, we're raffling this one off at Louisiana State.  It's a custom Bowie made from a horseshoe rasp.  Made by a local CFDA shooter who forges knives and donated this one.

Ain't that pretty?

Shot Fired, Teacher Barricaded

Breaking during the lunch hour.  It appears that a teacher in Dalton GA fired at least one shot in a classroom, then barricaded.

What a revolting development.  The argument for arming teachers will be set back for a decade.

This what we call a career move.  Thankfully, it appears that no one was injured, and some sources are reporting that the suspect is in custody.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Interesting Case

There is this missing person case our of Atlanta.  A commander in the Public Health Service has gone missing.  Hasn't been seen in two weeks.  Police say that there is no evidence of foul play.  Also no evidence of where he went.  It's odd, interesting, and certainly frustrating to the police, the National Health Service, and his family.

I remember, back in 2001, I had retired from one agency and was a private investigator.  A family contacted me with a missing person case and asked me to look into it.  The basic facts were that this fellow had raised a family through college.  Took care of all his family obligations.  Then, one day  he just went away.  Gone.  He had been gone for about ten years.  They asked me to look into it.

I told them that I would, on one condition.  It's not against the law to go missing, and the guy might not want to be found.  I told the family, I'd look, but if he told me to keep his secret, I would.

It took me about ten minutes to find the guy.  This was the dawn of what we routinely call the internet, and I found a phone number for him pronto.  Talked to him on the phone.  Told him that his family was concerned.  He said that he would call them, but he really didn't want any contact.    I told him I'd tell them that, so I called the family and let them know that he was okay, but that if he wanted to reach out, he would.  It's not against the law to go missing.

This guy in Atlanta, I suppose, is a totally different case.  It will be interesting to see if they find him.

Massive Ignorance

This is why we can't trust the media to have a valid argument in the current debate.  Generally, they are massively ignorant.  It's okay to be massively ignorant.  I'm ignorant on a lot of subjects (like medicine), so I simply don't opine on them.

However, massive ignorance doesn't stop the media from making unbelievably foolish arguments.  Like this:

It's okay to be ignorant.  Don't compound that with stupidity.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Some Photos

Some photos from this weekend's shoot.

First, a custom holster rig that has been donated by Lazy JD Leatherworks. The holsters re fully tooled with a matching insert.  It will be raffled to support Shoot For The Stars, the CFDA scholarship program.

Second, a custom Bowie knife, crafted by club member Brother Fred.  It's made from a horseshoe rasp and features a stag handle with brass guard and end cap.  This is a very nice knife, and we'll raffle it to support a local charity.

Third, a photo of me, PawPaw hisself, announcing.  I though that the photog ws clowning around, but it came out okay.

Last, a great image of Belle throwing fire.  If you don't think that the ladies in this sport arre just as serious as the menfolk, I'll enter this photo into evidence.

It was a great shoot, and many thanks for Miss E showing up to take pictures.  For the record, Belle prefers Pietta revolvers.  I'm not sure which she's shooting in this photo, as they are nrealy a matched pair.

Morning Joe, Idiot

Joe Scarborough believes that the NRA incites violence.  Really.

Nearly 150 years of promoting gun safety and protecting the 2nd Amendment.  We promote safety, we train instructors, we insist that the law be upheld.  One thing we do not do is incite violence. 

I am the NRA, and I'm freedom's safest place.

Government Failure

The professor nails it.
Florida shooting yet another government failure to keep us safe: From the FBI to local law enforcement to the schools, every institution failed. We have more government than ever, but it isn’t working. “People are being asked to trust the government to keep them safe, when the government is patently unable to do so. And then, when the government fails, it engages in blame-shifting deflection. Why should people listen? Increasingly, they won’t.”
This, in a nutshell, is the basis of the argument for individual responsibility.  T he government cannot keep you safe.  That is your responsibility. 

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Monthly Match

The Peacemakers held their monthly match yesterday.  Thirteen guns, many visitors and guests, we had a great time.

Ladies Winners L-R.  1st, Squirrel Girl. - 2nd Blue Eyed Belle, - 3rd Two Step Cookie
Men's Winners L-R.  1st, Whiplash - 2nd Moon, 3rd Cajun Greg
Our little club is growing.  When you combine prayer, good fellowship, fun, and shooting, it is a magical mixture that gains adherents slowly but surely. 

 Group photo, before the monthly match

Of course, o a rainy February afternoon, having an indoor range helps a lot.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Hope, Martin, and Gobel

One of the old clips from '60s TV.  Bob Hope, Dean Marting, and George Gobel on the Johnny Carson sow.

That was great television.

That Slippery Slope

E.J. Donner authors a piece at the Washington Post, talking about the current debate over gun laws.  He asks a question about why we re so ferociously opposed to new gun laws aren't asked to show empathy for victims of gun violence.
What is odd is that those with extreme pro-gun views — those pushing for new laws to allow people to carry just about anytime, anywhere — are never called upon to model similar empathy toward children killed, the mourning parents left behind, people in urban neighborhoods suffering from violence, or the majority of Americans who don’t own guns.
Well, E.J., let me answer that question for you.

We on the pro-gun side decry violence in all its forms.  And, we have tremendous empathy for the victims of gun violence.  Whether it comes in the form of gun violence or any other kind of violence.  We have extreme empathy for grieving parent.  We support laws already on the books that prohibit violence.  For example.

It is already against the law to murder people.  That law didn't stop the tragedy in Florida.

It is already against the law to carry a gun onto a school campus.  That law didn't stop the tragedy in Florida.

It is already against the law for a mentally-disturbed person to obtain a gun.  That law didn't stothe tragedy in Florida.

The law requires that mental health officials report unstable people to the NICS.  That law didn't stop the tragedy in Florida.

Those laws are already on the books, yet none of them stopped the tragedy in Florida.  I mourn for the students, I sympathize with the parents and grandparents.  I decry the failures, from the Feds, to the state officials, to the cops who didn't go in to stop the killing.  I decry those in the most emphatic way that I know how to decry them.

When a tragedy strikes, it's often a failure of human interactions.  Someone dropped the ball.  Someone didn't report, someone didn't react, someone didn't follow-through.  Yet, rather than blame the human failures, the liberals (those well-meaning, empathetic, reasonable liberals), don't want to hold our officials accountable, they want to go after the guns.  And, we see your agenda.  You are not interested in stopping tragedy unless it is the right tragedy with the right people. (where is the empathy for the parents in Chicago or Detroit every weekend?)

We see your agenda.  We've heard Hillary Clinton say "Turn them all in!"  We've heard Dianne Feinstein promote a confiscatory approach, We've seen localities pass stringent anti-gun laws and continue to deal with horrific gun violence because the local officials aren't interested  in locking up everyone who violates those laws.   We have seen liberal TV personalities violate gun laws on National TV and not be prosecuted.

Your agenda is clear, E.J.  You want the guns.  You are not interested in applying the laws already on the books, you are not interested in fixing the mental health problems.  You are not interested in fixing the problems of the inner cities.  You simply want my guns.  Your agenda is frightfully clear to we who cherish freedom.

I have tremendous empathy to victims of violence.  I have dedicated my life to keeping those around me safe.  I have neither tolerance nor respect for those who want to abrogate my freedom.

Later today, I'll host a meeting of like-minded folks at our monthly gun club match. We'll pray, we'll pledge allegiance, we'll stress safety, ad we'll shoot.    Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go make sure that the range is ready for freedom.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Four States Form Coalition to Track Guns

Four states, citing the inability of the Federal Government to track guns, are forming a coalition to do just that.
Four governors announced a coalition this week to attempt to stop out-of-state guns from coming into their localities with an information-sharing database to trace and intercept firearms.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy and Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo call their coalition "States for Gun Safety," and said their quad-state database will supplement the federal National Instant Criminal Background Check System and launch the nation's first Regional Gun Violence Research Consortium.
Well, I guess I won't be going to any competitions inn New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. - Oh, wait.... I'll never go to those states anyway.

Move To The Threat

Fox News and others are reporting that the deputy assigned as the School Resource Officer at the high school in Parkland, took up a position outside while the goblin was shooting students where 17 died.

That is exactly the wrong thing to do.  We are trained, as School Resource Officers that we move toward the threat.  Aggressively, deliberately, we move toward the threat and engage him with fire and maneuver until the threat is neutralized.    That is how we are trained, that is what we signed up for, and that is our code.

This guy failed.  Whether through fear, cowardice, or being overwhelmed by the gravity f the moment, he failed.  People died.  He has to live with that now.

The more we learn about this tragedy, the more that we learn that this entire incident was a cascade of failure.  From the FBI, to state agencies, to local school officials, and now down to that lone deputy who froze at the critical moment. 

It was an horrific event,  At the federal, state and local levels, people failed to see the danger and take action on what was evidently a very foreseeable event.  That's the lesson for many SROs this morning.  Regardless of who else fails, when that moment comes we have to step up.  Regardless who else drops the ball, from the Feds who failed to follow through on an actionable threat, to the state mental health professionals who failed to notify authorities, to the local school board, who failed to keep this nutjob our of the schools, it was the SROs duty to move toward the threat.

That's our job, and when we don't do it, people die.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

More Fake News

It seems that CNN had a public forum, a town hall type meeting that is big in the news this morning.

Ostensibly set up as a place for survivors of the latest outrage to vent, they invited local politicos to attend.  Senator Marco Rubio was one who showed up.   Of course, CNN scripted the whole thing, to provide coverage to their preferred narrative that guns are bad and Republicans are evil.  Kudos to Rubio for showing up to be the scapegoat.  Those people needed to vent, and he provided the target.

These folks are grieving.  I get it.  They're hurting and they aren't getting the answers they need.  The horrible truth is that they won't get the answers they seek.  Those answers don't exist.  The sick, tormented person who conducted the atrocity (no, I won't use his name), probably doesn't have the answers.  Those answers won't exist until we as a society get over the idea that Government is the answer.  It's not, it's often the problem.

Government allowed the offender to stay in the school system, long after it was apparent that he was a continuing problem.  Government failed to heed warnings that he was dangerous.  Government failed to protect the innocent children that were slain.  Government failed.

I was in a meeting the other night, talking exactly about these things.  Someone mentioned that "this is the world we live in", and I've been thinking about that phrase, and the implications of that mindset. When I hear that, I seem to hear that we, as a society, are willing to live in a less free society because sometimes bad people do bad things. 

In related news, I see that Broward County deputies will carry rifles on school campuses.I admit to mixed feelings about that.  We all know that I'm a staunch supporter of the 2nd Amendment, and I've carried rifles as part of my duty when I was in other assignments and working for my Uncle. 

But, if this is the world we live in, perhaps the bad guys have won.  Of course we have a mandate to protect the children, but at what price?  I admit that I'll have to ponder this a bit longer.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Metal Work

Working for a few hours on the portable range for Louisiana State, my son made dramatic progress on the welding this evening.

He is a whole lot better welder than I am, and I'm glad he was able to come play for a couple of hours.

Now, It's Umpatriotic

First, Nancy Pelosi hated the new tax scheme, saying that it only gave crumbs to the working class.

I don't know about you,  but the crumbs I've gotten are pretty tasty.

Nancy is such a dumbass.  She probably doesn't recall from her high-school history that the American Revolution was predicated in part by a single tax on tea.  Low taxes and small government is very patriotic.  

Thanks, Billy. Rest in Peace

I learn this morning that Billy Graham has died.  He was 99 years old.

For the latter half of the 20th century, Billy was our nation's pastor.  He led millions to Christ and his message of peace, hope, and salvation was inspiring. 

Rest in Peace, pastor.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Damn, I"m Golden

The research, led by University of California neurologist Claudia Kawas, tracked 1,700 nonagenarians enrolled in the 90+ Study that began in 2003 to explore impacts of daily habits on longevity.
Researchers discovered that subjects who drank about two glasses of beer or wine a day were 18% less likely to experience a premature death, the Independent reports.
Meanwhile, participants who exercised 15 to 45 minutes a day, cut the same risk by 11%.
And, whiskey is better than red wine.
 Wine’s not the only beverage with antioxidants: Whiskey also contains polyphenols and offers up heart-healthy benefits similar to wine, research shows. And while it won’t prevent or cure a cold, a hot whiskey drink can give you some symptom relief, one doc says.
It's been a long day.  I think I'll have one more bourbon before I lay down.

Not This Again

I see that the gun control meme has raised its ugly head again.  Liberal talking heads are gushing about the idea that maybe they can finally do something about those horrible guns.  They figure that if they make enough noise, someone will start to pay attention to them.  The anti-gunners are in full throated  roar and they think that they have the initiative.

It's like arguing with three-year olds.  What they don't understand is that any serious attempt to harm the Second Amendment will have serious repercussions.  More serious than they might want to contemplate.  And, if they think that the police or military will d their dirty work, they really should think again.

I'm hearing (and reading) all the nonsense spewing from the antis and at this point, it's simply tiresome.  We've had this discussion before  Every time some socially challenged, mentally ill, self-loathing misfit decides to shoot up something, whether it be a school, or a nightclub, or a convention center, the antis immediately start harping on the gun.  And you've lost the argument EVERY SINGLE TIME.

It's not going to work this time either.  Because your argument is a straw-man, and ignores the real problem.  The problem is that murder, violence, and mental illness are endemic to the human condition and until you address those issues, the problem own't go away.  You're not going to do an Australian-type buy-back(which really didn't work that well), you're not going to get the police to go door-to-door, you are probably not even going to get a new Assault Weapons Ban.  It just ain't happening, folks.

The fact that they keep bringing it up shows that they're not willing to identify the problem, they're certainly not willing to work to solve the problem, and they keep dredging up the same, tired old canard.

Frankly, they're not going to change any minds, and it's getting a bit tiresome.

Monday, February 19, 2018

What I See

What I see when I see these signs.

Army, Oh, My Army

I've seen this several places, but it appears that the US Army is ditching grenade training at the BCT level because recruits can't throw a grenade 25 meters.
On Friday, the Army revealed that it is nixing the grenade throwing requirement, where recruits had to show that they could hurl the explosive a minimum of 25 meters, because “a large number of trainees” can’t meet the distance, even lacking the physical ability “to throw a hand grenade 20 to 25 to 30 meters.”
Wow!  I've never really been a ran of the standard issue hand grenade.  But, I've been trained on them, and I never had any problem throwing one.  Looking back on my high school recreation, I recall that it's 90 feet from the plate to fist base, which is 27.4 meters, Well within the standards.

I guess kids are playing more soccer, less baseball.

Seven Things

There is a great article over at PJMedia, Seven Things We Can Do To Prevent Another School Massacre...  The article makes sense.  Let's excerpt, shall we?

1.  Train Teachers.  This makes sense to me from a practical perspective.  If I am the school cop, and I know that some of the teachers have volunteered to go through training to conceal, carry, and protect students, then I know who the good guys are.  The old law about gun-fighting:  "Bring a gun and all your friends who have guns."  If I'm the only cop in the school, I"m almost certainly outnumbered in any gun-fight.  That won't stop me from doing my job, but additional help is always welcome.

2.  Get Cops In The Schools.  This is so self-evident that I am amazed that not every school district in the nation has employed this policy.

3.  Get Rid Of Gun Free Zones.  Yeah, those signs really help, don't they?  Gun Free Zones are problematic on so many levels.

4.  Stop Coddling Lawbreakers.  It's always amazed me that kids can get away with things in the schools that, if done in Wal-Mart, would immediately result in the police being called.  I'm not saying that the police should get involved for every minor infraction, but I've run into some administrators who don't want anyone arrested at their schools. 

5.  Home Educate.  This is always an option.  It may not be the best option, but it is something to consider.  There is a wealth of online assistance to help someone get through high school. 

6.  Start Parenting.  Wow!  What a remarkable idea.  This might not have helped with the recent shooting (both is parents died recently), but in the long run, parenting is a great idea.

7.  Repent.  Yeah, no kidding.  A return to faith is a singular blessing and is always a good idea.  I saw a thing recently on FaceBook where someone asked God why there was so many school massacres.  God replied that He wasn't allowed in schools.

It's a great article, and I'll link it here again.  Go read the whole thing for more insight, but what struck me about these recommendations, is that not one of them violates the 2nd Amendment.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Red Beans and RIce

We know that spring is on the way, but winter ain't over yet.  Yesterday, Belle decided to put on a pot of red beans.  She uses a method that has absolutely no work at all.

Red Beans and Sausage

2 lbs dry red kidney beans
2 lbs sausage (any kind.  Take your pick)

Rinse beans and sort.  Beans are a raw agricultural product and occasionally you'll find a puce of gravel.  In a large slow-cooker, add beans, water to cover them, salt, pepper to taste.  Cut sausage into rounds and add to the pot.  Cook on low for 12-14 hours.  The beans will get creamy and the sausage will add a little fat to the mix, blending the flavors.    That is an 8-quart slow cooker.  Adjust your proportions to match your cooker.  One pound of beans and one pound of sausage work just fine in a smaller cooker.

We put these on last night before bedtime and let them cook all night.    In another hour, we'll put on a pot of rice and Belle will make cornbread.

Red Beans and Rice fits good on a cloudy, cool February morning.

Two Mallards

Stepped out on the carport this morning, and saw movement in the ditch.  Two mallards, exploring around.

The drake is easy to spot, the hen is well camouflaged, directly behind the drake.  They probably came up from the pond on the other side of the property.  We normally have some geese who winter over, but I haven't seen mallards in a couple of years.

Where Is Dad?

School shootings or not, last week before the carnage, I was having a conversation with a very smart educator about the challenges we face with the preponderance of single-parent homes that find all across the nation.  Single-parent and in some cases no-parent conditions (kids being raised by grandma) affect the way that teachers do their jobs, and cause havoc in society in the larger sense.

 Susan L. Goldberg discusses this at PJMedia and talks about the effect that the lack of parenting has on society.  She links to some studies that show:
72 percent of adolescent murderers grew up without fathers; the same for 60 percent of all rapists.
70 percent of juveniles in state institutions grew up in single- or no-parent situations
The number of single-parent households is a good predictor of violent crime in a community, while poverty rate is not.
Now, there are millions of kids who grow up in single-parent households who turn out just fine. But, as long as we are talking about what is different now and the apparent rise of problems in our schools (sometimes lethal problems), it might be useful to talk about the number of kids growing up in single-parent households.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Elegant Sulutions

I spent the day working in the shop with my elder son, my son-in-law, and a church member.  We were welding steel together to make a portable six-lane range for Louisiana State.  This thing has to be lightweight, yet sturdy enough to handle the rigors of wax-bullet shooting, mainly to hold the backdrops.

No pictures because we were totally engaged for most of the day, but we've come up with some elegant solutions that we'll unveil at Louisiana State.  Lightweight, simple to erect, and sturdy enough to hold the backdrop.  The whole thing is made out of 3/4 inch steel tubing.

I'm stoked about the ideas we came up with today, and I'm looking forward to bringing this project to conclusion.  The Cross-BRanded Peacemakers will have a portable range that we can set up anywhere.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Royal Wax Bullets

Early this week, I called a guy that I had been meaning to call.  Casey Jordan, of Royal Wax Bullets, in Phoenix, AZ.  I had been meaning to try his bullets, because I heard that they didn't bounce like some of the others.  We shoot in an indoor range, a standard CFDA setup.

Using competitors bullets, they either shattered and left a mess of wax chips to clean up, or they were so hard they bounced back, completely to the scoring table, 35 feet away.  Belle doesn't mind score-keeping, but she doesn't lie dodging ricochets.  So, I was casting about for a bullet that would stay within the rang.e area.  Of course, everyone in the range wears eye protection.  That is an iron-clad rule in our range.

I sent Boab ad email on Sunday, and we agreed on the terms, and he shipped the bullets on Monday.  I found them on the front stoop on Thursday, after a long shift.  When I got home today, Belle and I walked out to the range, where I loaded a cylinder, and gave them a go.  They load easily into standard CFDA cases, pushed in with the thumb.  Belle worked the lights, and I stepped up to the line and ran then at the target.

We shoot from 21 feet, and none of the bullets made it back to the 15-foot line.They all fell on the concrete in front of the carpet.  They bounced, but they didn't ricochet, and they didn't shatter.  They simple fell on the ground about six feet from the target.

The picture came out a little fuzzy.  By the time I decided to make pictures, I had had a couple of drinks.
The bullets were easy to pick up, did not shatter and bounced only about six (6) feet.  Belle was impressed.  Belle was happy, and so am I.  They load easily, shoot fine, and don't ricochet all over the range.  We like these bullets and will recommend them to our club and our friends.

If you're a CFDA shooter and want to try the Royal Wax bullets, give Casey a call.  His contact information is under the link.

Security? Good Question

In the wake of the most recent school shooting, I've been asked a lot of questions about school security.  Even this morning, one of the big magillas at the school was asking me what could be done to improve the security at local schools.  That's a complicated question that does not lend itself to a simple answer.  The basic idea, though, is how much money are you willing to spend?

We live (theoretically) in a free society.  Many of our schools were built in another era, when free access and ease of movement were the primary considerations.  Many of the schools I am familiar with, especially high schools, are not monolithic structures.  They're a campus with  multiple facilities.  For example, the last high school I was assigned had a front building, a back building, two gymnasiums, a woodworking shop and an ROTC building, all connected by sidewalks.  The main classroom building had fourteen (14) entrances, all used on a daily basis.  A city street goes through the campus.  How secure is it possible to make a facility like that?

I suppose you could wrap the whole facility in a chain link fence, with one main entry point, and positive movement controls on vehicles.  Who is going to open the gate when a parent comes in to pick up a sick child?  Who is going to check delivery vehicles?   Many schools have kids coming and going all day, with the attendant movement in the student parking lots.  Who is going to man that gate?  (Trust me, been there, done that).

At some point, as you increase movement controls, with positive entrance and exit security, you realize that you are no longer in a school, but in a prison.  Even in prisons, (been there too), we have security issues.  Daily problems arising from locked doors, competing priorities, and daily necessities.  So, inn the schools, especially, we have this dichotomy between security and freedom of movement.  We have to balance those issues as we try to live in a free society with security concerns.

In 2003, our sheriff decided to put one trained, certified cop in each school in our parish.  He absorbed the full cost of the project.  I volunteered for the program and it has been very successful.  We work in the schools, but we work for the Sheriff and this has been very successful, although the program was not without its growing pains.

If there are going to be armed, trailed officers in the schools, it is important that they not work for the school district.  The officer must have freedom of movement (not be tied to a post), have full authority to arrest.  The officer is NOT there to help with classroom management or school discipline, or any of a myriad of other issues except as they affect law enforcement.  The officer's main function is to be highly visible, to deter threats, to move toward and eliminate threats, and to be a law enforcement liaison to the school.  In time, the officer will become an integral part of the school, completely integrated in the daily routine, but apart.

And yes, the officer will do a certain amount of classroom management, assist with school discipline, and many other things not normally associated with his primary function.  That's okay, as long as everyone remembers what the primary function of the officer is.  It is okay for the officer to be helpful, and every cop in the school wants to be an asset, but there are certain things that cops are not allowed to do in a school, simply because they are cops.

Put a fully certified, highly trained cop in every school.  Give them freedom of action, accountable to the local Sheriff or Police Chief, and let them be highly visible.  We've been using this model since 2003 and it seems to work very well.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

An Epic Rant

Megyn Kelly goes on an epic rant.  It's almost fun to watch, because she appears so powerless.  "The NRA is too powerful, and our politicians are too weak."  That's true Megyn.  Millions of us stand with the NRA, and we elect politicians who also stand with the NRA.  That makes us powerful.

What she doesn't understand is that we feel the same frustration.  None of us wants to see school shootings.  None of us wants to watch mass carnage.  But, we can't just start institutionalizing the mentally challenged.  The ACLU would have a fit. 

I take no neither comfort nor amusement at her frustration.  I feel it too.  But, whatever we come up with has to make sense.  It also needs to make a difference. 

A World Without GPS

In the past decade, we've become dependent on GPS, the global positioning satellites that ring the globe.  Much of the military uses it constantly.  But what happens if it suddenly "goes away"?
The U.S. military is worryingly dependent on GPS. Our global positioning satellites tell planes where they are, provide targeting info for smart weapons, and support communication and navigation systems. But in a war with a tech-advanced adversary—think China, Russia, or Iran—GPS could become a big liability because it could be jammed, spoofed, or outright destroyed.
 So how does the U.S. Air Force train for such a scenario? Simple—just turn it off.
I learned to navigate long before GPS was a thing.  Map and compass, declination angles, back azimuths and terrain association.  In tanks, compasses were useless.  Sixty tons of steel plays havoc with a compass.A buddy of mine flew B-52s during the Vietnam war..  He could pick Polaris and Rigel our of the night sky in an instant. 

GPS is cool, but when the balloon goes up, there is no guarantee that it will survive the opening shots.  Soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines had best learn to get out the map and do stubby-pencil navigation.  It might be the difference between life and death.

The Florida School Shooting

I'm sure by now you've heard about the horrific shooting in a Broward County high school yesterday.

This is exactly what I've done for a living for the past 15 years and I've studied these things.  Often, we're left with unanswered questions, because the goblin commits suicide, but the police managed to identify and grab this guy, so we'll learn more over the coming weeks.  Here is what is being reported so far.

The goblin waited until the afternoon.  It's been reported that the shooting started during 4th period, which is after lunch.  This is interesting.  Most school shootings happen at or before lunch.

The goblin had been expelled for disciplinary reasons.  He is 19 years old.

He used an AR-15 rifle.  Apparently, he acquired it legally and passed a background check. 

Seventeen (17) dead, many more wounded.

We have the beginnings of a timeline here.  I can't figure out how when the shooting started and when police arrived.  We'll learn more later.

The goblin has been captured.  He'll be in court later today.

Apparently, he had a "disturbing" social media presence.  He was "obsessed" with guns and knives.

Anti-gunners are already dancing in the blood.  That's what they do.

An observation: From my perspective, most teenagers social media presence is disturbing.  As we move more and more into a digital persona, we reveal things about ourselves that we weren't able to reveal thirty or forty years ago.  I've been blogging since 2005, and a googly number of my blog posts are about guns, or hunting, or reloading, or any number of things that some folks may find "disturbing".  Some may even say that I have bee "obsessed". 

As a warrior, and as a cop, I've studied and enjoyed guns my entire life.  And, as a school-house cop, I've studied school shootings.  I've stalked hallways, counting paces, figuring fields of fire and finding useful hidey-holes.  It's what I do.  I've also talked to a lot of kids, many of then had questions about guns, or ballistics,   They'd seek me out because I was the guy carrying the gun on the campus.  There are two kids, in particular that come to mind.  Both were serious gun-nuts, but they never shot up the school.  One of them is now a banker, the other is n ex-Marine who is back in college.

We'll learn more about this particular goblin the coming days and weeks.  Hopefully, we'll learn his motivations and take a trip through his dark mind.  It will be a troubling journey.

And, the anti-gunners will continue to dance in the blood.