Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Here's a little something to keep you up nights

America descending into a Marxist state.  Yeah, that's like an all meat pizza at 12:30 AM, minus the heartburn.  You still going to stay up, though, trying to figure out a way to keep it from happening.

This is something that, while difficult to read, you need to read and then consider.  I didn't want to, but as a long-time political semi-junkie, something like this is click bait for me.  Considering it came from John Mauldin, who my frequent visitors know I carry in high regard, that carried a little extra push to click.  Mauldin is no one's fool, and he has been thinking and writing on this subject for some time now.

This is the link for it on Mauldin's Outside the Box site, this is the link for it on Hillsdale College's Imprimis site.  I wanted you to have those two links, because I wanted to encourage you to look around both sites.  Consider signing up for both.  They're excellent resources.

In the next day or two, I'm going to take Dr. Buckley's piece and apply it to my and my family's current situation, just so you can see how this works out in the real world.  I suspect many of you have seen it first hand, but I want this out there for those who haven't seen it.  It's very instructional when you haven't.  I have a friend who has said that if you have a job (and by that he means a job that is paying an upper 5-figure or better salary plus benefits) you're OK, but if you don't, you're screwed.  I'd like to demonstrate just how that statement works in practice, and how you can arrange thing to be sure "practice" doesn't happen to you.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

My Google-fu is weak today

I'm looking for a copy of the original Saturday Night Live opening theme by the Saturday Night Live Band, the one from the 70s or early 80s--you know, back when it was actually funny.  I've found one as an mp3 that's around 1:30, but I'm looking for a full version if one exists.  I'd be happy to pay for it, but it doesn't seem to exist.  Pointers?

Sunday, October 16, 2016

I am happy to announce

That the entire blogroll and all the pieces thereof has been restored, reorganized, dead wood pruned and all that.  Thanks for the patience.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Still at it

I've been working on things around the house lately, a part of the "new normal" for my no-so-old retired self.  Some of it has been taking advantage of the rain that came along with Hurricane Matthew.  What has brought so much misery for those down east in my state and in my favorite coastal areas in South Carolina did us considerable good.  It had been rather dry here, and the rain was welcome.  Flooding was pretty much minimal and few trees came down in the winds where the gusts were in the 30-35 MPH neighborhood.  Heck, the power didn't even flicker.  So I've been burning brush while everything is wet.  Today, after this is done, I'm going to be rebuilding the brush piles for another round.

Tonight I hope to finish rebuilding the links on the left side of the blog.  The rest of the week will be devoted to non-Internet pursuits as we prepare for a trip to the mountains.  Rest and recreation is still important, even to the retired.  :-)

In the meantime, I'd like to leave you with something from Ed Head of Gunsite.  In the new normal for those of use who carry a gun, there is something you need to consider, or perhaps I should say reconsider.  I'm not going to be quite as adamant as some are in saying that you must return to a larger pistol.  My position is that it depends on where you live and where you go.  But it is something that you need to seriously consider now, and that you will need to keep revisiting in the future.  The threat isn't just your local meth head or community-based wealth redistribution worker these days.  In many locations--including places that we wouldn't have considered targets a year ago--terrorists have struck.  There is some evidence that they are going to be expanding their activities into areas that have not been their traditional target zones.

When you think about it, this is merely terrorists being more effective, modern terrorists.  I've long postulated that terrorists were being less effective than they could be in limiting their attacks to large, usually metropolitan venues where they would be guaranteed good media coverage.  That thinking is drastically out of date.  Media is everywhere today.  Nearly everyone has a smart phone and a Facebook account, and how many times have you seen idiots posting videos of events where they should have been busy running instead?

In my opinion, and I think this is the opinion of others far better informed than I, we are going to see an increasing trend of terrorist attacks in smaller, less populated areas.  While I doubt that a town of 1000 people is in danger just yet, one of 10,000 probably will be soon.  One of 500,000 is now, and one of 100,000 will be tomorrow.  Eventually, it will be the truck stop out on the interstate.

We, as people who take responsibility for our own defense and the defense of our families seriously, need to keep our thinking and our training up to date as well.  No, you will still have a hard time in court if you shoot a local community-based wealth redistribution worker at 50 yards.  That won't change.  But if you find yourself at the local strip mall and the latest terrorist cell of one has decided to go on a stabbing spree on his way to the Aloha Snackbar down at your end of the strip, I doubt even the worst anti-gun prosecutor is going to try and indict you for making a 50 yard shot to the chest to stop him in mid-mini-jihad.

Make sure you're up to the task.  Friends and I have worked on pistol shots using 12" x 12" steel as our targets at 100 yards.  It's been a while, but at one time we got fairly proficient at it, and we used iron sights and whatever we could find as a brace.  What has been done can be done again, and I suspect most if not all of my readers could learn to do the same.

Besides, when you do it with friends at the range, it's fun.  So have a little fun and prepare for the worst.  Hopefully you'll never need the latter.

Edit:  Migraine this afternoon.  Dammit.  I got the Guns and Training sections done, but I'm done in.  More tomorrow.

Sunday, October 09, 2016

Guns, the Second Amendment and what you should hear from Clinton and Trump

What John Lott has to say on the subject.

What to do as a concealed carrier if you're stopped by the police

Given yesterday's events in Palm Springs, CA, I can't help but expect that most police officers will be a little more on edge.  You can't blame them, our current national leadership has all but required them to wear targets on their chests.  When we have officers who are fearful of using their guns (and are beaten half to death) because they are more afraid of the consequences of the use of force than they are of the criminals, we have a problem.  When officers are targeted for being officers, we have a problem that is out of hand.

As concealed carriers, we're in danger of being caught in the middle.  Yes, we're statistically the most legal of the legal and all that.  It won't matter if Officer Not So Friendly Any More sees one of us do something that causes him to perceive us as a deadly threat and we catch a few rounds.  In this current climate, it's a 50-50 chance whether the officer is hung out to dry or has a medal hung around their neck.  Either way, you're probably dead.

So, in the interest of making sure this doesn't happen, here are a couple of short videos for you to view.  One is from Adam Painchaud, director at the Sig Sauer Training Academy and a cop himself.

The next is from Barney DeBrosse, an Ohio attorney.  His words are more specific to Ohio, but useful in other places as well.  Once you finish it, you need to troll through the comments.  It's worth seeing what some of our alleged fellow permit holders have to say.  My personal opinion is along the lines of "You're not helping, people," but I'm a noted asshole who thinks that you will never win trying to argue with a cop on the side of the road.

In any case, whether you take either of these gentlemen's advice or not, now would be a good time to consider how you would interact with any members of law enforcement should you have need to while carrying, which you should be doing a much as you can given the state of things.

We live in ever more interesting times.  Be smart and be ready.

Friday, October 07, 2016

And the rebuilding fun goes on. And on. And on.

Still trying to get all the links back in.  If Blogger would cooperate, they would have been finished by now, but the last two attempts have resulted in all the work done being, wait for it...


Yep.  I'm even using Google's freaking browser, Chrome, and their blogging software keeps crapping the bed and losing my work.  This evening's was particularly frustrating.  I've had to revert to some seriously old-fashioned ways of doing things, such as saving my work every 10 minutes.  Three times in a row, after 10-12 link entries, I hit "Save" and am rewarded with the "Saving..." balloon...and there we sit, waiting and waiting, until I simply give up and cancel, work lost.

This is something I do for fun and relaxation, and it's rapidly ceasing to be either.  I'm going to clear the decks, so to speak and give this another try tonight.  One more malfunction and it can sit here until I decide that I have nothing better to do, like root canals or colonosocopys, before I try it again.

Edit, later in the evening:  On a happier note, I've managed to get the Blogroll in along with part of the Guns links.  I've also disabled the CAPTCHAs and changed the font size for posts etc. from 12 to 16 pt and made it bold.  Improvement or not?  My main concern is making the page so big that people wind up having to scroll horizontally.  For me, that is something that will have me clicking the back button in a heartbeat, so I don't want that happening.  I run a high-def monitor, so I have to rely on others to tell me if I "get out of line".

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

We are experiencing technical difficulties

It seems Blogger has managed to lose the Blogroll and every other link on the left side.  Please stand by.

Update One:  It seems that Google doesn't believe in backups, at least for free services.  I should have backed the damn thing up myself.  At least the Wayback Machine has a fairly recent snapshot, so I can rebuild the missing content.  The question is, do I want to?  I have considered closing up shop.  I've also considered moving to another platform.  With the recent reduction in income, it would have to be free.  Time for the One Minute Analyst to have a go at this.

Update Two:  Having some play with WordPress.  It has some interesting features, but lacks some things I like in Blogger.  I would have to move the blog over and would still have to recreate the blogroll, etc.  Available templates are much more pleasing to the eye.  Not too sure I like the compromise, though.

Update Three:  Killed the WordPress site.  Couldn't make it work for me except in IE.  Not happening on my computer, thanks all the same.

Update Four:  After some experimentation (I hope not too many people saw some of that, it was...weird) I have a template I like better than the old one.  I have the width set to 1500 pixels, which may be rather wide for some people.  I'm going to start repopulating the various link sections a bit at a time as I feel like typing like a data entry clerk.

Feedback is welcome.  Really.  I need feedback on color choices and page/element widths especially.