Friday, May 25, 2018

Some Photos From Last NIght

Our church has what we call Prayer and  Practice where we let the folks with horses get out in the arena, and practice their skills, and we have a short devotional during that time, to re reflect on the bible while on horseback.

Our pastor, Herb Dickerson, with a tablet studying his scripture.
One of the youth, praying during the devotional.  Her horse was very well behaved.
One of the youth, running the barrels.
Two of the leders discussing the finer points of arena mud.  With all this rain lately, we're becoming expert on arena mud.
We've been getting a lot of pup-up thunderstorms lately, and the arena shows it.  Still, it was good to meet wit the horsey congregation yesterday and do horse things while we prayed.

Tomorrow, the Peacemakers meet for our monthly match.   Then, on Monday, Belle, Zach and I depart for Amarillo, TX.  We'll be there for the Southern Territorials and the US National championships.

Take A Knee

I see that the NFL is revising it's "take a knee" policy, and the usual suspects are outraged.  Hot Air has a good round-up, and the whiney twits are coming out in force.  I say "twits" because they're twitter-ing.

It's racist, and it's all about the First Amendment.


Dude!  Spare me.  These overpaid employees can say whatever they want to say when they're off the clock, but the First Amendment doesn't has limits.  I know, for example, that I criticize my boss at my own peril.  And, I know that the things I say can rear up and bite me on the butt.

Of course, none of this really matters to me on a personal level.  I quit watching the NFL several years ago for reasons just such as the kneeling kerfluffle.  Personally, if someone won't stand for the American flag, I don't have much respect for them anyway. 

Armed Citizen

A good guy with a gun stops a bad guy with a gun.  According to CNN.

Armed citizen kills shooter at Oklahoma City restaurant

That's the headline, and it says it all.

Animals

A new poll conducted by Harvard CAPS/Harris Poll says that President Trump calling MS-13 members "animal" is okay.
Fifty-six percent of American adults in the Harvard CAPS/Harris Poll said referring to members of the gang as “animals” is fair, compared to 44 percent who said the characterization was unfair.
Most Americans know that the president was using hyperbole.  Only the screeching harpies in the media and Democratic party (sorry for the redundancy) took exception, but they are still butt-hurt that he is the president. 

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Want To Stop Mass Shootings?

Collon Noir says we should stop inspiring new killers by mass media coverage.



I agree with him.  Attention-seeking is at an all-time high, and if we quit giving the goblins attention, we just might not inspire others.

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

New Blood Pressure Guidelines

According to the UPI, the blood pressure guidelines are about to change, and as many as one-third of US adults may need medication under the new regime.
The American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association redefined high blood pressure at 130/80 in November, down from the previous level of 140/90, based on new evidence supporting a lower threshold.
My gal, who has been a registered nurse for many years, firmly believes that this sort of thing is a cabal of doctors and pharmaceutical companies simply to sell pills.  She maintains that the numbers she saw when she began nursing were much higher than they are today, and those numbers, generally across the board, caused no real problems.  But, she says, as ad doctors became pill-pushers and pharmaceutical companies learned how very profitable that lower numbers could be, the numbers started dropping so that doctors could sell more pills.

I'm sure that all this can be explained by good science, but just exactly how long do they expect us to live, anyway?

TISAS

The national news is boring me these days, so we're not going to talk about that.

Instead, I saw a short video from Brownell's where they talk about a pistol they saw at SHOT show, the Tisas Regent, which is apparently a clone of the Browning Hi-Power.  I admit that I've never used, carried, or shot a Hi-Power, but those guys I know that have used them say that they are very nice.  I read somewhere, years ago, that the Hi-Power was John Borwning's natural evolution of the 1911.

I may soon be in the market for another semi-auto, and this little piece may be just the ticket.  It has Brownell's seal of approval.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Rep Swalwell: Ban ARs, Prosecute Owners.

Rep Swalwell, a D from CA wants to ban AR rifles, have a buyback, and prosecute those owners who refuse to comply.  Yeah, seriously.

Tucker Carlson takes him to task over his plan.  T here's a great back-and-forth when Tucker asks him why his bodyguards should have better weapons than the general American populace.  Swalwell thinks it's a ridiculous argument, of course.



Swalwell is an elitist twit, a fitting representative of the Democratic Party.

More Comey's Disgrace

To the untrained eye, it's becoming more and more apparent that the FBI, under the direction of James Comey during the Obama administration, became a thoroughly politicized organization  It seems that some agents want subpoenas so that they can testify freely before Congress.
The sources claim there is a demand within the agency to prosecute former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe. They also say the bureau has become totally politicized.
If McCabe is preosecutable, then so Comey should be easy to indict.  This happened on his watch.  There is always a certain amount of internal politics in any police agency.  It's the Director's job to keep that tamped down, to make the agency serve the people without regard to political persuasion.  We are supposed to uphold the law without passion or prejudice.  The Obama administration weaponized both the FBI and the IRS against his political opponents.  Comey, McCabe, et al, let it happen.  They are despicable. 

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Mallards

Mallards in the front yard.  In my younger days I hunted them, but nowadays I'm content to let them eat the bugs out of the grass.


Several Things

With the media blitz in the aftermath of the Santa Fe shooting, some wags are calling for more gun restrictions, but they're awfully short on making sense of themselves.  For example, Powerline links to an AP reporter calling exactly that.
[T]he state’s 20-year dominance by the Republican Party all but guarantees the meetings will be dominated by calls to boost school security and “harden” campuses — an idea backed by the NRA — instead of demands for gun restrictions, said Cal Jillson, political science professor at Southern Methodist University.
As one cmmmenter said earlier, the call for solutions to this problem often come from people (reporters) who are least familiar with the problem.  I'd ask which "restrictions" might have solved this problem?  The shooter in Texas used a shotgun and a revolver.  Both of these are technology from the 1800s.   How about a law that prohibits people from bringing guns on campus?  We already have that.  How about a law that criminalizes murder?  We already have that too.

Others talk about hardening schools.  Making it more difficult to get into a school.  The problem with that scenario is that when most schools were designed and built back in the '70s, '80s, or '90s, the state-of-the-art was to make schools look like welcoming places.    The high school I worked in, back at the turn of the century, had 14 different entrances in the main building, with two gymnasiums and one other classroom building.  It also had a city street that ran right through it.  The school was designed for ease of access.  That's not a good thing in the current climate.

But, hardening schools, limiting access, changing traffic flows, costs money, and cash-strapped school districts may mot have the available cash to do the re-design.  Remember, these are government facilities with all the design, permitting, and bureaucratic safeguards to impede rapid progress.  But, trust me, school administrators all across the US are thinking about these things.

As horrific as these incidents are, we have to ask ourselves what is driving them?  It's not the gun, the guns have been around forever.  I can remember a simpler time, where I strapped a shotgun to the handlebars of my bicycle and met friends to go hunting.  Several adolescents rode across a goodly portion of town and no one thought anything about it.

So, what's chagend?  The culture.  We have a sub-culture of kids (and I'm excluding jihadis here) who are emulating the very worst possible examples.  This Santa Fe shooting was almost a carbon-copy of the Columbine script..  The problem is not the guns, it is the culture.  Somehow, we have to change the culture.  It won't be easy and it won't be a quick fix, but we have to change the culture.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Fortunate Son

This is how we rolled when I was a young warrior.  I never made it to the 'Nam, but these are the guys that trained me, and I was Air Cav before I was Armored Cav.



Watching that brings back memories.

Uh, No. Just No

Anyway, I just wanted to drop you a line and let you know that I now actually do want to take your guns.
All of your guns.
Right now.
Uh, no, I don't think that's going to happen.
So now I’m angry. Now I’m finished trying to reason with you. So now I, a guy who was ambivalent about guns just a few years ago, want to take your guns away. All of them. I want to take them all and melt them down and shape them into a giant sphere and then push it at you so you have to run away from it like Indiana Jones for the rest of your lives. I want Ted Nugent to roam the halls of his gunless house, sighing wearily until he dies. I want to end this thing once and for all, so that all of you who have prioritized the sale of guns over the lives of children have to sit quietly and think about what you’ve done. God help me, I want to take all of your guns out of your hands, by myself, right now.
 We're tired of trying to reason with you too.  Gun control law after gun control law, each passed with the promise of concrete change, and when nothing changed, you wanted more gun control laws. 

Guns aren't the problem.  They're not the answer either.  The problem is disaffected youth who have a low threshold of violence.  And, the left has let this happen.    The anything-goes mentality has finally started to spawn its crop.   But, because you're unwilling to face the problem, unwilling to make the tough choices, you call for yet more gun control.  We've had gun control in this country since 1964 and still you call for more.  Guns aren't the problem. 

I  note, with some sense of irony, that all the mas-murderers lately have been Democrats.  Yet, I don't hear any calls for Democrat control. 

But, you want to take my guns.  You, personally.    It's laughable.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

The Shop Project - Phase 1 Complete.

For those of you who have been following the shop project, Phase 1 has been complete for a couple of months, and we're just about ready to move on to Phase 2.

So, I put together a little video (7 minutes) that will give you a walk-around inside the building.

I'm suing the new camera, learning all the ins-and-outs of video, along with editing and such.  I probably learned as much in the last two hours as I care to learn for a while.  Scripting is good and "winging" it is bad.  But, here goes.



For a first attempt, I'm satisfied with it.  I have a lot to learn.

The Social Media Drives School Shootings

Interesting article.   Over at National Review.  It links mass shooting events (particularly school shootings) to social media.  He talks about thresholds, which is a part of the Broken Windows theory of policing.
But Granovetter thought it was a mistake to focus on the decision-making processes of each rioter in isolation. In his view, a riot was not a collection of individuals, each of whom arrived independently at the decision to break windows. A riot was a social process, in which people did things in reaction to and in combination with those around them. Social processes are driven by our thresholds—which he defined as the number of people who need to be doing some activity before we agree to join them. In the elegant theoretical model Granovetter proposed, riots were started by people with a threshold of zero—instigators willing to throw a rock through a window at the slightest provocation. Then comes the person who will throw a rock if someone else goes first. He has a threshold of one. Next in is the person with the threshold of two. His qualms are overcome when he sees the instigator and the instigator’s accomplice. Next to him is someone with a threshold of three, who would never break windows and loot stores unless there were three people right in front of him who were already doing that—and so on up to the hundredth person, a righteous upstanding citizen who nonetheless could set his beliefs aside and grab a camera from the broken window of the electronics store if every one around him was grabbing cameras from the electronics store.
So, thresholds get lowered with each repetitive event, like throwing rocks in a riot.   Then, the argument might be that Columbine lowered the threshold.
Then came Columbine. The sociologist Ralph Larkin argues that Harris and Klebold laid down the “cultural script” for the next generation of shooters. They had a Web site. They made home movies starring themselves as hit men. They wrote lengthy manifestos. They recorded their “basement tapes.” Their motivations were spelled out with grandiose specificity: Harris said he wanted to “kick-start a revolution.” Larkin looked at the twelve major school shootings in the United States in the eight years after Columbine, and he found that in eight of those subsequent cases the shooters made explicit reference to Harris and Klebold. Of the eleven school shootings outside the United States between 1999 and 2007, Larkin says six were plainly versions of Columbine; of the eleven cases of thwarted shootings in the same period, Larkin says all were Columbine-inspired.
What has changed since Columbine?  That horrific event occurred in 1999, about the time that social media started the whole Facebook/Twitter/Instagram revolution.    High-scollers and college-age kids are much more conversant in social media than my generation ever was.  Communication is instant, and it is easy to find sites or forums that share interests.  The Columbine shooting has become nearly a template for mayhem, and the threshold had been lowered.
In other contexts, he’s elaborated further. The preparations for massacres are often extremely detailed. Shooters (and wannabe shooters) will often film videos, mimic the dress and poses of the Columbine killers, and otherwise copy the shooters who came before. Gladwell is hardly an NRA conservative — and he believes gun control “has its place” — but he also shares this grim warning: “Let’s not kid ourselves that if we passed the strictest gun control in the world that we would end this particular kind of behavior.”
It's easy to scream for gun control, but in my view, it's misplaced.  The events that we're seeing on a more frequent basis are not about guns, they are about how we communicate.  Communication has changed drastically over the past 20 years, and we're just now starting to grasp the implications.

Sunday Morning

It's supposed to be 92F under partly cloudy skies today.  That's not the record for this date, but it's close.  It's going to be hot today.  A good time to be inside with air conditioning, or alternately, in the shade.

The dog is adjusting to the heat, although as an old man, he doesn't want to spend as much time outside.  He is as happy in his climate-controlled house as we are.


The kids will be over in a little while for lunch.  I'd best get cracking.  Y'all have a nice Sunday.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Show Texas

Belle and Zach and I are going to be in the Panhandle of Texas the last week of May.  The Southern Territorials and US National championship of Cowboy Fast Draw will be held in Amarillo, TX  May 30-June 3rd.

I have heard about this musical at Palo Duro Canyon State Park, and I've heard that it's worth the time.


The link is here, and we're going.  I"ve already bought tickets for Friday, June 1st.

This looks like it's going to be a lot of fun.

Rodeo!

Rodeo is an old cowboy tradition, playing those games that a working cowboy has to master.    Our church is a cowboy church.  We have an arena, and we hold rodeos during the season.  Every 3rd Friday night we rodeo, and if you're just there to watch and enjoy some good, clean fun, it's free.


Pretty girls getting ready for the grand entrance.  Country girls, horses, patriotism and prayer.

They do it all at the church.  Here's a shot of a competitor taking a turn around the barrels.


And, of course, the bulls.  If you're in town, the Cross Branded Cowboy Church has rodeo every 3rd Friday night during the season. We'e at 6906 LA Highway 28 East, Pineville, LA.

The Santa Fe Incident

I'm sure that you've all read, by now, that a school in Santa Fe, TX, suffered a deadly incident yesterday.  Sadly, it's all too familiar. and details are starting to come out.  My prayers ad thoughts, f course, are for the families of the slain, and I hope for a speedy recovery for the wounded.

The goblin, who won't be named here is in police custody, alive and incarcerated.  I'm sure that we'll learn more about his motives in the weeks and months ahead.    As horrific as such things are, we tend to live in an immediate news-cycle.   The less we dwell on this misfit, the better we'll be.  But, there are several indicators that it was a planned event, with preparation.  Authorities have found improvised devices, such as grenades made from discarded CO2 cylinders and Molotov cocktails.  This shows some degree of planning and establishes intent, which will be important during his trial.

When I want generic, generally incorrect news, I go to USAToday.   They, and outher sources are reporting that the goblin used a shotgun and a revolver.  This particular paragraph made me snort.
High-powered rifles such as the AR-15 can be fired more than twice as fast as most handguns. The standard magazine for an AR-15 holds 30 rounds, allowing a shooter to continue firing uninterrupted for longer, making the weapon more lethal than other firearms, though clearly the use of any gun can be deadly, especially a shotgun at close range.
We note, for the record, that the goblin used a shotgun and a revolver.  Why USAToday included the discussion of the AR is a mystery.  It's almost as if they can't help themselves.  This paragraph is gratuitous column-fill and has no place in the article  And, we all know that the AR is not a "high-powered" rifle.  At best, it's an intermediate

But, rather than simply give us the news, USAToday decided to change the subject.  They are nearly as despicable as the goblin.