Sunday, July 31, 2016

'Glenn Come Quick Someone Is In The Yard...

...there is a man in the yard sitting in the gazebo and drinking beer'. Well anyway, that is as close as I can remember as to what my wife excitedly and nervously told me about 20 or 30 or so minutes. I was about to go out to confront the guy and then had the prudent idea to ask my wife if our son was home. She said yes and I told her to go get him. When Brendan came to our side door, I had another wise thought, I told him to get his shotgun to back me up just in case.

While Brendan went back upstairs, my wife explained that she had gone out to close he gate and then saw this guy in our yard. She went over to him thinking it must be one of my son's friends and she saw it was an unknown drunk having a beer or whatever (can in a bag sort of a thing) in our gazebo in the back of our yard. I told her she was nuts to have gone out there and to standby in the kitchen ready to call 911 just in case. As I was waiting for Brendan and his Mossberg 500, Linda said 'the guy is leaving'. Brendan showed up just then and I told him to back me up but to stay inside the house with the firepower.

I went out, carrying concealed, and confronted the guy who was apparently quite drunk. It was the "I've been that drunk before" kind of a drunk, the kind that Wirecutter often posts about. The guy spoke little English so, I spoke mostly Spanish since he was obviously Hispanic. His only explanation as to why he was in my backyard was that he was very drunk and had been looking for the bus or train. He was not apologetic but was seemingly very willing to leave as far as I could make out. Maybe he saw my son or maybe an angry old man of a homeowner was enough, I do not know. I escorted him through our back gate. Yes, he had to open the gate to get back there and then left it wide open which is why my wife went out in the first place, she saw the gate open when she let one of the dogs out and yes Pepe, one of our Chihuahuas, started barking like crazy at the guy. Anyway, as the drunk departed he asked how to get to either a bus or train station. I told him and he headed that way more or less in a drunken sort of waltz down our street.

I should note that all the while he had his hands in plain view and he made no sudden moves, like going for his pockets or striking at me, that almost certainly would have at least had me pouncing on him or maybe even shooting him depending on the circumstances at the moment. When I first approached we wound up face to face, chest to chest, or in other words squared off to one another but I quickly turned to blade myself in a fighting stance to avoid a kick to the nuts or whatever and I backed off a bit. Besides that, I had competent backup just inside the doroway. Anyway, no violence was needed just some loud and authoritative talking to in order to get him to leave and hopefully never come back. I will admit, he had good taste, our gazebo may be small but it has some comfortable chairs in it. Makes me wonder if he has been here before. The only other thing I maybe should have done was checked his ID and then have my wife take a photo of it and of him.

After he was gone, I immediately called 911. I declined having an officer come to my house to fill out a report, it would be a waste of their time and mine since it would be unlikely to go anywhere. However, I figured the police ought to have his description, his apparent drunken condition and know he had been trespassing and scared the heck out of my wife. I wanted to assure - that if he wound up in another backyard in the neighborhood (or even back in ours) and fell down and got hurt or maybe got shot (more likely beaten up since this is anti-gun NY) by a homeowner - that the police would know he had already been trespassing somewhere else and scaring the shit of the lady of the house. Thus, should some other homeowner, renter, resident or whoever actually had to take some sort of action against the guy, they would have a little more credibility as to why whatever they might have done to the guy whatever got done. You know, anything legal to help a neighbor defend himself and his loved ones as the suspect lay in a hospital bed recuperating or on a morgue slab cooling.

All the best,
Glenn B

Yet Another Lie About Herself Being a Do-Gooder?

Hillary evidently included a bit in her speech about how she aided a wheelchair bong girl get to school because schools in New Bedford, MA were not accessible to the handicapped back in 1973. It evidently turns out that no schools being handicapped accessible was just about as pure a pile of bullshit as bullshit could be pure. More here.

All the best,
Glenn B

I Wonder If This Guy Was Considered As Sane As John Hinckley...

...when they released him from the hospital where he reportedly had been for most of the last month because he was suicidal? He was so much better upon his release from the hospital that he went to a local Costco, took a knife from the shelves, then started to threaten people - all within hours of his release. One man was the wrong guy to threaten, an off duty corrections officer. The officer was confronted by the knife wielding man who continuously advanced on the officer until the officer finally shot him (source). 

Luckily, for the officer, the man was apparently truly suicidal and evidently looking to be taken down by someone in uniform as in suicide by cop. Otherwise, had the man been intent on harming someone else, the officer would have been likely to have been either seriously injured or killed considering how close he let the man approach him with the knife. While on one hand I can admire the officer's restraint before shooting, I have to wonder was it restraint or anxiety prompted hesitation possibly caused by a thought that maybe he would be prosecuted if he shot him regardless of the guy threatening his life. Then again, maybe it was just not wanting to hurt another person but it could have gotten the officer killed. Anyway, the officer was totally justified in shooting him as I see it.

Hat tip to Ken L. on whose blog I first saw this.

All the best,
Glenn B

Friday, July 29, 2016

If Hillary Clinton Wins The Presidency, I Predict...

...a separation for them - a terminal one. The them is, of course, she and Bill. I am almost willing to bet my last dollar that if Hillary is elected, Bill will either commit suicide or come down with an ailment that suddenly kills him or that he will have a terrible and fatal accident out of the blue or will otherwise cease to exist under similar spur of the moment circumstances. It seems to be a Clinton sort of thing that happens to people around them when those people are no longer needed by the Clintons. Think about it. I mean, if she is elected - what will she need Bill Clinton for ever again!

All the best,
Glenn B

Office Furniture Could Mean A Lot To A President...

...named Hillary. Think of it this way:

 
All the best,
Glenn B

Sick of Political Parties? Try This One!



A hat tip to Michael P for that one.

All the best,
GB

Watch Out For Those Sugar Highs...

...they can be dangerous for reasons you ay never have suspected. A man in Florida was arrested after police found what they said was crystal meth on the floor of his vehicle. He swore it was something else and was eventually released with all charges dropped. More here.

All the best,
Glenn  B

Thursday, July 28, 2016

John Hinckley Jr. - One Has To Wonder...

...or at least should wonder, just how much if anything Hinckley was exposed to about Donald Trump by his doctors and other care givers (at least the leftists among them) in the hopes that once he got out he would again take up his role as Taxi Driver. The timing of his release, with the elections forthcoming, are probably just coincidental - right!

Note too that since his doctors reportedly have all sworn he is no longer any sort of a threat and thus is virtually cured if not completely so, my bet would be that he can have any restrictions on him buying firearms terminated. Wow, think about that one!

All the best,
Glenn B

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Keep The Door Open...

video

...or make sure the folks you work with can keep their mouths shut.

All the best,
Glenn B

Saturday, July 23, 2016

I Puttered Around Today With This And That...

...in the garden and with the upgrade to Windows 10 and may even start painting the basement walls this evening after dinner. For the most part though, I have not don much. It's just too darned hot outside to do the weed pulling that needs to be done. I may wait until around 9 or 10 PM tonight for that. I won't use Roundup though; I used that crap last year and was very careful to avoid getting it on my Japanese Maple Tree but the tree had several branches die off right after that regardless of my having been careful. I think the runoff with the chemicals in it got to the tree roots. It's doing okay now but is nowhere nearly as nice as it had been before that.

Anyway, here is the sentiment for the day at 95 degrees and about 30% humididity:

 
Stay cool and un-sober for the weekend (as long as not driving, shooting or doing other things during which it would be foolish o drink).
 
All the best,
Glenn B
 

Windows 10 Upgrade Completed

Well, it seems as if this time, after almost exactly 2 hours of upgrade time, the upgrade to MS Windows 10 has taken hold and the old laptop seems to be working okay. Of course, I have not turned it off since the upgrade completed about 6 minutes or so ago - so who knows for sure if it will reboot as it should. I am keeping my fingers crossed but am pretty certain it is okay since none of what I am seeing now happened last time. last time it just crashed and would not reboot. Now to get used to all the new and apparently very intrusive operating system. One of the first things I will be doing is to turn off as many of the Windows 10 snooping applications that I can turn off. Then I have to figure out if I want to disable MS Edge and use only IE or if I want to keep Edge running.

All the best,
GB

MS Windows 10 Upgrade Attempt In Progress

Wish me luck with this please. The last time I attempted to upgrade to the MS Windows 10 operating system, my laptop crashed miserably. It took me many, many, many attempts (at least most of a day if not days) before I was successfully able to restore it to operating condition. I would like to install the upgrade and am trying again after first making sure that everything on the laptop has been updated with the most recent drivers, creating recovery disks, and after doing a backup to a portable hard drive. According to the first step of the upgrade, it says my laptop is compatible with MS10 but that also is what it said the last time. Hoping for the best.

All the best,
Glenn B

Friday, July 22, 2016

Potato Vodka...

...in Crystal Light lemonade is nice at a ratio of about 4.5 ounces of vodka to 14-15 ounces of lemonade. Three of them tends to make one rather mellow on a hot summer night. Not that I would drink three of them, just saying is all.

All the best,
GB

The Job Search Continues

Over the past three weeks or so, I have applied for about 15 jobs (maybe even 20). I heard back from one, they said I was not qualified for some reason or another that they had not listed as a requirement in the announcement for the position but mentioned when they said I did not have the qualifications (truthfully, I was over qualified for that one). I also got called in for a single interview. Not a word was forthcoming from anyplace else where I applied.

As for the interview, that took place yesterday. I got a haircut the day before to make sure I looked very presentable @ $20.00. Yesterday, I got up at 0600 and donned a conservative dark gray suit, a white dress shirt, and nice conservative tie. I was out of the house at 8 and walked a mile to the Long Island Rail Road from where I took a train into Manhattan. The one way ticket was $11.50. When I got to Penn Station, I took the NYC subway downtown to the appropriate stop, another $2.50or maybe $2.75. I

 arrived at the interview location about 10 minutes early. I went to the third floor as instructed and was escorted to the second floor - go figure. I waited in the interview room for about 5 to 7 minutes. I was interviewed by two women for a grand total of 4 minutes at most, maybe it was only 3 minutes. I was not asked for either my résumé nor my armed guard license nor my pistol license - all of which it was highly stressed I bring with me. I was told about several openings in NY City but not one word about the job that I had put in for on Long Island. The available jobs were not even the same as the one for which I had applied. Then I was told that if the boss was interested in me, I would be called back for another interview. I graciously said thanks, told them to have a nice day and a nice weekend, and left.

On the way out, I was approached in the hallway by a black lab that had been roaming the office. It was sniffing at me intently. I said hi to the dog and stopped to see if it was amenable to being petted. It was not, it just sniffed a bit more and turned away.  The interview was for an armed security job, one of the jobs they offered me was as a canine officer to handle a bomb sniffing dog that I would have to shelter in my home. I guess the lab hit on the Glock 26 I had on my hip but who knows, maybe it was just curious as to who was the guy in the suit on a 90+ degree day. I just told the dog to have a nice day and walked out the door. I really meant it when I said it to the dog. I do not expect to hear from them again about a job offer.

I had to pay another $2.50 or $2.75 for the subway, another $8 and change for the LIRR (an off peak ticket as opposed to a peak ticket on the inbound trip) and went home but only after having lunch with a former co-worker and friend. Lunch with my pal was enjoyable, we had a lot of catching up to do. I am very happy I decided to call him to see if he was in his office and available for lunch.

About the interview: I have to wonder, why the fuck did I even bother calling them back to arrange it. It seems to have been a waster of money and time. My guess is they thought I was too old but who can tell. Even their fucking black lab was not very friendly. Anyway, I am still looking for a new job.

All the best,
Glenn B

This Is One Of The Most Baffling Shootings...

...that I have ever heard about. Police are now claiming that the officer(s) was or were shooting at the guy sitting there. That would be the autistic man who as holding a toy truck. Yet, they fired multiple shots and hit the other guy, the one they had ordered down on the ground and who seemingly had his hands raised in the air AND who had explained to the police that the man sitting next to him was autistic, escaped from a care center, did not have a gun, had a toy truck and was not a threat (source).

Bang-bang, shoot-shoot; happiness is not always warm gun! Folks, if you are going to shoot someone, you had better assess the situation and determine shooting is justified before you shoot.

All the best,
Glenn B

Cruz Went Way Beyond Kasich

Let's face it folks Governor Kasich proved himself a piss pants whining spoiled brat when he stayed in the running for the Republican presidential nomination while not standing any possible chance of winning it except by what in essence would have been cheating. Then he continued to show his true colors by refusing to attend the Republican National Convention. I guess though that was to be expected after his childish, rotten child at that, behavior during the months leading up to the convention.
 
Cruz, on the other hand, seemed like a responsible adult for the most part during the debates and all of the months leading up to the convention. Once things were seriously underway, I for one had thought him the best choice among all the candidates for the Republican nod. Then though, it became obvious that the voters overwhelmingly preferred Trump and that Trump would come out on top. In other words, there was not a chance for any other Republican candidate to come even close to the amount of votes he had garnered. What was a responsible person, who definitely would not vote for or in any way assist Hillary Clinton, to do? It was obvious the answer was: Support Donald J. Trump for president.

It did not matter if you were once Trump's rival, it did not matter if you platforms were different, it did not matter that you liked or disliked Trump, it did not matter if it was personal and Trump had insulted you - what mattered was that you had to do, were obliged to do, were compelled to do what was best for America. By the time of the convention, that was to support Trump 100%. Ted Cruz thought otherwise and he got up on stage and showed how little of an American he was by refusing to endorse Donald Trump. He showed himself to be in essence a sniveling little brat boy and did that the very next day when he came out and tried to defend his failure to endorse Trump by talking about his own personal issues that he had with Trump, basically saying he could never endorse anyone who had insulted his family. This from a man who had been running for the nomination as the Republican candidate for the presidency - his feelings were hurt and thus he could not do what was right!
 
Let me tell you something about America and loyalty to her. I worked in the federal government for 32 years. I (and every other federal law enforcement officer) took an oath, more than once, and was sworn thusly (or very similar to it): 

'I, [name], do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.'

Ted Cruz, a U.S. Senator who also swore to defend and uphold the very same Constitution by way of a very similar oath of office, was more concerned about his personal feelings when it came to Donald Trump's nomination than he was about defending the Constitution from a want to be tyrant the likes of Hillary Clinton. Let's face it - Cruz would have run against her had he won the nomination and he would have done so vehemently but he did not win it. Yet, for Cruz and any Republican, Conservative or freedom loving American citizen, the utter defeat of Hillary Clinton in her bid for the presidency and protecting America should remain the primary goals in this election. Cruz was too small of a person to see that and decided that his feelings were more important than the future of the United States of America. What he did, when he failed to endorse Trump, was to assist Clinton in her bid to become president. Because of that, I am certain that I could never, and I do mean never, support Cruz should he run for the presidency again at some time in the future. Since his life, his loyalty, his politics seemingly are ruled by such petty emotions, in the face of the protection of our Constitution and of our country, how could I or anyone do anything but oppose him. Damn, he sounded like our nemesis, he sounded like Hillary Clinton making excuses as she always does.

All the best,
Glenn B

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

One Lucky Police Officer & Maybe One Not So Lucky

So there was a probably mentally deranged man or wrong doer on a city bus in Oklahoma City and the guy was making trouble and trying to keep the bus driver from stopping at any stops. The bus driver finally has had enough and orders folks off of the bus; I am guessing his timing had to do with seeing police officers on the street where he stopped or quite possibly the police had pulled over the bus. (I found it difficult to readily understand the suspect but it sure sounded to me as if he mentioned the police in his rant to the driver once or tree times.) The people get off and the driver then tells a police officer on the sidewalk that this is the guy indicating the trouble maker. The officer draws her weapon and advances on the suspect. You watch it and someone please explain to me why she offered him her gun to be taken from her - anyway it sure looks that way to me.

http://video.foxnews.com/v/5041079038001/warning-graphic-video-fatal-shooting-on-city-bus/?#sp=show-clips

It must have looked that way to the bad guy too because he dropped the fire extinguisher that he seemingly tried to throw at her and then lunged for her pistol. They wound up in a life or death struggle with the officer evidently screaming in panic for her partner as her gun possibly fires. Her partner gets on the bus, pistol drawn, and tries to take aim at the suspect, cannot do so, the female officer and suspect fall to the floor with her on top, the male officer closes in and pulls his partner off of the bad guy and fires a several shots at him until the guy stops moving and thus is no longer a threat.

I am not sure why the female officer drew her service weapon. I am not faulting her in any way for having done so; for all I know the guy was a fleeing murder suspect. That he had been fleeing from someone seems quite likely by his nervous actions, his possibly mentioning the police, his actions with the fire extinguisher for the police boarded the bus and by what he said to the bus driver about not stopping the bus. What I find hard to believe is that a trained police officer held her gun out in front of her one handed like that, then approached the suspect at close range, as if the gun was a magic shield. What is not surprising is that the suspect tried to take it away from her when it was held out like that. She was a lucky officer indeed to have held onto her pistol and more importantly to have been accompanied by another officer who readily took action to save her.

The truly messed up thing is now a guy is dead at the hands of an officer who did no wrong as far as I could see but who will almost inevitably be suspended, get grilled over and over again, possibly face a grand jury, question himself for years to come and suffer long term post traumatic stress. That post traumatic stress and self doubting will all come whether or not his department and prosecutors find his actions fully justified or not because you can bet that the officer did not get out of bed that day chomping at the bit while hoping to kill someone.

Edited at 1210 to Add: The suspect was reportedly suffering mental problems, his wife reportedly claimed he had been violent in the recent past, and he had reportedly just carjacked a car with two women in it, among other things, before getting on the bus. The incident took place in June and police recently released the raw video footage of the incident on the bus that led to him being shot by the officer (source).

All the best,
Glenn B

A Bad Summer For Police - Another Officer EOW

Sadly, for another police officer, it is End Of Watch at the hands of criminals. The police officer, who was shot yesterday while responding to a 911 call about a drive by shooting in Kansas City, KS, has died. Robert David Melton, 46, was a 17 year veteran of the police department. My thoughts and prayers for his family and loved ones.

All the best,
Glenn B

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Read This Long But Excellent Article About Modern Human Sacrifice

I just finished reading this tome of an article. I must say it was one of the most sensible things I have read when it comes to individuals like Obama or groups like Black Lives Matter or rich white liberals (and other leftists) blaming the white race for just about everything and then demanding a sacrificial someone to make their point. I suggest you grab a large beverage of your choosing before beginning. See:

http://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/263496/black-lives-matter-rich-white-liberals-and-human-danusha-v-goska#.V46m3CujAAp.facebook

A hat tip to John B who had the link on his FB page.

All the best,
Glenn B

Happy Birthday Mr. Peacemaker...

...or should I posthumously say happy birthday to the creator of the Peacemaker! Today is Samuel Colt's birthday. He was born on July 19, 1814 and died in January 1862. While he lived a short life, dying at 47, he certainly made a major impact on the world with his invention of the modern revolver. (No, he did not invent the revolver just the one that was used in modern times as opposed to an earlier flintlock version.)

More on Colt here.

Hat tip to Chris L for having a birthday wish to Colt on his FB page.

All the best,
GB

Monday, July 18, 2016

Some Handicapped Folks Seem To Have A Lot Of Free Time...

... well, at least one of them or one of their supporters seems to have had some time to spare.

I guess he was parked in a handicapped zone.

All the best,
GB

That Trump Picked Pence As His Running Mate...

...has me hopeful that Donald Trump truly has changed his stance on gun control versus the Right To Keep and Bear Arms. Mike Pence has a strong record in his support for the RKBA as can be seen on the page at this link:

http://www.ontheissues.org/Governor/Mike_Pence_Gun_Control.htm

Trump is looking better as each day goes by. I can only hope that he announces, should he be elected, he will be picking Newt Gingrich as his Secretary of War Defense or at least as Secretary of State.

All the best,
Glenn B

A Donation Was Long Overdue...

...but I made up for that today with one to Trump Campaign. It was not all that much, just a hundred bucks for now but I figure to give more over the next few months and hopefully will multiply the amount I gave today by 4 or 5 before it is all over. 

Anyway, if you are in the Trump camp, why not make a donation to help assure that he proverbially slays the beast known as Crooked Hillary. She most assuredly must be one of the Six Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Yeah, I realize that in the bible there were only the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse but I figure that Clinton and her running mate are numbers 5 and 6 in that regard.

By the way, if you are one of the so called Republicans who say that Trump does not stand for what your party has stood for but yet supported Cruz you are a hypocrite because Cruz also was not in line with what your party stood for. The truth is that over at least the past two decades, the Republican party has been full of those who bowed down to kiss the arses of leftists and liberals and that was especially true during the past 7 years. Cruz was hated almost as much as was trump by the so called leaders of the RNC. The fact is that the voters within the Republican Party overwhelmingly voted to nominate Donald J. Trump for the reason that he does not sing the same old song as the RINOs have been singing for years. He sings a song that politicians in both major parties sang once upon a time - one about making America great. Sadly, neither the Democrats nor the mainstream Republicans of today sing that song anymore. Anything is better than them. I would have voted for Sanders had he run as a Republican against Clinton before voting for the likes of Kasich or Romney (remember some of you wanted to oust Trump and force in this boob) or Rubio or Bush or Christie (hugger and arse licker of Obama) or Fiorina or Santorum because at least he seemingly had some principles (until he caved to Hillary). Cruz - he was okay in my book and I even preferred him to Trump but he just could not light the fire and keep it burning in the hearts and minds of Americans who want to rid out government of weak kneed politicians who waffle back and forth like Boehner (imagine he calls himself Bayner and not Boner as would be the usual pronunciation, he is such a wussy) in the House or his pansy colleague McConnell in the Senate. And what about the boy wonder Paul Ryan kissing the libs' and Obama's arses as soon as he got into power! What a great bunch of RINOs we have had and continue to have in office and you guys oppose the man who wants to truly change all that! So, I am voting and donating to the Trump/Pence team; I not only want them to challenge the RINOs but to bring them down.

Now, for those of you worried that Trump may be a liberal, you should watch and listen to him at sources like YouTube and others. He espoused many conservative principles over the years regardless of how the media and the RINOs like to portray him. He was not a hard core conservative because yes he had some liberal leanings over the years but I am guessing he has changed with the times. Others have done likewise. In fact one of the best did it.

I remember that the greatest president of my lifetime, to date, had been an avowed Liberal and a Democrat in political office. He changed over to becoming a Republican and when he ran for the presidency, he twice had just about the highest amount of votes ever in the elections. Funny how his own party members doubted him back then when he first ran for the presidency saying much the same you say about Trump now with their fears of Reagan being a liberal and the leftists and liberals all said he was essentially a war monger who would start World War III. Yet, the people (as in the voters) overwhelmingly twice elected Ronald W. Reagan into office and they got it right when they did so - he was excellent for America and a true patriot. I believe Trump is also a true patriot and I hope he too will be excellent for America. So yes, I am voting for Trump because I believe he is the one who will make America great again!

All he best,
Glenn B

He Is One Bad Assed Man...

...even though my guess is that he does not think so about himself. To say that he was brave, even courageous, under conditions that would have made most other men flee is a gross understatement. He was more than that, he was and remains a true American hero, or should I say he was an under-acknowledged hero at least until today. He acted with bravery and unselfishness, in fact with true heroism, in May 1967 when, at the Song Tra Cau riverbed, he flew in reinforcements and supplies to U.S. troops pinned down in a raging battle zone and then flew out wounded troops. Despite his helicopter being hit, he remained until all troops and equipment were offloaded and until as many wounded as could fit were loaded onto his Huey. He returned to base, offloaded the wounded, took on more supplies and then repeated the same trip. That second time, he landed right in the middle of enemy fire. His gunner was severely wounded and his Huey was badly damaged. He was again able to offload completely and load up with wounded troops and despite his helicopter having been badly damaged he made it back to base. 

Later in the day, he again volunteered to make the same trip yet a third time. He took the last remaining flyable helicopter in his unit and accompanied by 5 other evacuation helicopters from other units he returned to the same battle zone. They were going in to retrieve the 40 remaining troops and a crew of 4 from a downed helicopter from earlier in the day. They were supported by Army gunships.

At the battle zone, he was informed by another pilot that all of the troops had been loaded onto the helicopters and they departed the area. While in flight back to their base and relative safety, he was informed there were still 8 soldiers who had not made it onto the evacuation ships. He relinquished command of the evacuation to another pilot and turned his Huey back toward the fray. Without any support at all from gunships, he landed his lone helicopter in the midst of the battle zone once again and immediately came under very heavy enemy fire. His helicopter was, in essence, all the enemy had to fire upon. It took heavy fire and sustained heavy damage including from a mortar round that damaged the helicopter badly with damage to the main rotor and tail boom among other areas. Despite that, he was able to maintain the stability needed to load the 8 soldiers aboard. Then, regardless of the damage to the aircraft, he somehow maneuvered through the enemy fire and returned to the relative safety of their base (source).

That he did it once was brave, that he did it twice was courageous and both times with air support. That he did it a third time and alone - with no support at all - was truly heroic and far above and beyond the call of duty. How he only received the Distinguished Service Cross back then seems almost unfathomable. Today though, about 49 years after his actions, Lieutenant Colonel Charles Kettles (U.S. Army, Ret.) received our nation's highest distinction, he was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions during that resupply and evacuation mission during that battle in the Vietnam War in May 1967 (source). I think it was an honor long overdue for one bad assed man among men. Even though I think him bad assed and a hero, Lt. Col. Kettles appears to be quite humble about it all. In fact, he said that the medal was not his but belonged to the other pilots and crew members who had been involved that day: "I didn't do it by myself. There were some 74 pilots and crew members involved in this whole mission that day, so it's not just me," (source).

Kettles has been quoted as saying something about that day that also tells a lot about himself: “We got the 44 out. None of those names appear on the wall in Washington. There's nothing more important than that.” While he says we, instead of referring only to himself (as all to often does the president who hung the medal from his neck) the thing is, when doom imminently was upon the last eight men stranded on the ground, it was Kettles alone who turned his helicopter back. He flew into the face of almost certain death to save them and he did so without air, artillery or ground support. Yes, I think, it is him who deserved that medal more than anyone that day! Americans should honor him and be proud that we have men like him among us.

All the best,
Glenn B
 

Sunday, July 17, 2016

One Of The Reasons Police Are Mistrusted...

...by many Americans of all races, creeds, ethnicities and so on is because in their zeal to do their jobs safely, they sometimes overlook the law. Take for instance the head of the police union in Cleveland, OH who just requested that open carry laws be arbitrarily suspended by the governor. Governor Kasich's reply was that he could not do so because in essence it would be a violation of state and federal law (specifically to Ohio's open carry law and to the 2nd Amendment of the Constitution). So what was the reply of Steve Loomis, president of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association? According to one report (source), it was this:

""I don't care what the legal precedent is, I feel strongly that leadership needs to stand up and defend these police officers..."

Get it, apparently Mr. Loomis is saying it is okay for there to be an open carry law in effect - that is unless police officers are at risk and then no matter what the law says the law should be  ignored to protect police officers. If that is not the stereotypical 'Us Against Them' syndrome showing itself in the light of day then nothing is it. It is sad that the president of a PBA would think that way regardless of the fact police officers are sworn to uphold and protect the Constitution and that they too are supposed to obey the law like everyone else. Yes, it is also a shame we are suffering a huge amount of anti-police sentiment among certain communities and that such has evidently led to at least eight recent shooting deaths of police officers but unduly taking away the rights of American citizens is exactly what will make the situation worse. If not at the Republican National Convention, then somewhere else.

I understand that law enforcement officers in this country are under an immense deal of stress right now due to the recent shooting of police officers. Still though, that is absolutely no reason to take the law into their own hands or demand that Ohio's governor do so. Anyway, so what if they did prevent open carry during the convention? If some people wanted to bring weapons to the vicinity of the convention and then use them illegally in an act or acts of violence, would an edict saying 'no open carry allowed' prevent them.

The PBA president might have been better off asking the governor to deploy, or at least have on high alert, the state's National Guard. Then again, maybe what should be done, if violence breaks out, is to allow the expected 20,000 Bikers For Trump, Black Panther members, Black Lives Matter members and white supremacists to shoot it out and then for the police to step in (just wondering not really thinking that is a good idea). Really though, the police should have the support of the governor, the mayor of Cleveland, the fire department with water canons at the ready, the National Guard with weapons at the ready, their own department with proper planning and weapons at the ready and their own states citizenry - instead of alienating the citizenry by trying to disarm them.

All the best,
Glenn B

Has A War Against The Police Begun...

...or maybe it is a race war? It certainly seems to be a fact that the group Black Lives Matter has gotten what many of it members have been calling for and that is the death of police officers. First five gunned down dead in Dallas and now at least two killed today and several others shot in Baton Rouge (source). The video is reportedly actual coverage of the shooting as it took place.



If it is another black shooter, following the apparent racist agenda of Black Lives Matter or in any way claiming to support them, then I must arrive at the conclusion that it is at the very least a war against police officers. If all of the shot officers were white and were targeted not only because they were police officers but because of their race, then I will have to think it is also a race war. If the latter, I think that civilians taking certain precautions may be in order and I do mean civilians of all races because none of the law abiding citizenry needs to get caught up in these racially driven anti-law enforcement hate crimes. Of course, as far as the police go, they need to take those precautions every day that they go to work, it is the nature of the job as always being potentially dangerous; although lately, it seems much more so.

Thoughts and prayers going out to the officers and their families.

Update 07/17/16 at 2:29PM: It is now being reported that three officers were killed and another three were injured (source). One suspect reported dead, and up to two others being sought (source).

All the best,
Glenn B

Thursday, July 14, 2016

I Figured This Would Happen Here...

...but I was hesitant to say much about it lest I gave some scumbag terrorist type some sort of twisted motivation to go out and do it. Well, today it happened but in Nice, France and my guess is that any Islamist who watches the news probably has already been inspired by it (a recent edition of Inspire magazine called on Muslims to run down people with a truck). Right now it is being reported that at least 70 are dead and over 100 wounded because, and I am guessing here, a goat fucking worshipped of Allah has run a large truck into a crowd of French folks who were celebrating Bastille Day. One person, as reported by Fox News, says the driver exited the truck after mowing down the crowd and ten began shooting people. The truck was reported to have been loaded with hand grenades and guns (more here).

Hey president Obama, do you think it was a bible hugging, gun toting, patriotic Frenchman who did it or do you think it was a Muslim piece of shit bent on taking over the world in the name of Allah! Maybe it is about time that the people holding onto their bibles, guns and rights do something about it al here in America to prevent such a tragedy from taking place within our borders. Maybe it also is time to elect a president who sees reality for what it is and who has pledged to stop immigration of Muslims into this country, at least temporarily.

Then again, I wonder if maybe we are already beyond that point and if maybe it is time for someone to gun down 20 or 30 Muslims in the streets of Dearborn, MI or maybe if it is time for someone to blow up a large mosque full of Muslim worshippers. Please note, I am not condoning any illegal acts of violence nor hoping someone else carries them out; I am merely wondering if it is time for such. I truly believe that once the Muslim population in our country reaches critical mass it may well become too late to defend ourselves and that we may well need to resort to violence before that time in order to defend America against the scourge of Islam. I would hope there are other ways to handle it before then but if not then maybe violence is the answer. You see, while we may be able to save ourselves by closing our borders to Muslims before resorting to vigilante violence, it seems it is too late for France to close its borders.

Sadly, France brought much of this on itself. France has very restrictive firearms laws and has had very welcoming immigration laws. Its open borders policy for Muslims allowed a huge population of Muslims to settle therein and since then they have been spitting out children like rabbits. The French government welcomed all of that, in fact encouraged it. The Muslims in France (and most of Europe) are near to or have reached a critical percentage of the population and, as seen in the past, when they consider themselves to be rooted in a country in large enough mass, they take over that country by whatever means they see fit. Those means are often extremely violent. It has happened time and time again since the inception of Islam. The French people are not in a position to fight back as the great majority of them, except for the sadly ineffective police and military forces, are unarmed.

My prayers for the families of the deceased and for the wounded; my curse upon Islam and the Muslim pigs who commit such unwarranted acts of aggressive and illegal violence in the name of a heinous form of government pretending to be a religion. Religion of peace my ass!

All the best,
Glenn B

Painting Sucks...

...but luckily not too bad since  did not have to do a lot of plastering. I started painting the ceiling in my basement today, got a coat of primer on it so far. It's been a pain my arse and back since the basement is full of furniture, shelving units, critter tanks, a fridge, and whatever other junk I have down here. I say down here because the desk on which my laptop is sitting is in the basement. Maybe I should have cleaned out all the junk before starting, I suppose that would have made it easier but I have just been moving it from here to there and back again as I get each section of the ceiling done. It's been working okay so what the heck. One coat of paint and it should be finished.

I am debating on doing that yet tonight or waiting until tomorrow. Darned humidity today had the primer take an awful long time to dry. I guess I could get going again in a half hour or so but I am none to sure I want to do the whole cleanup thing again if and when I get the ceiling done later tonight. Not procrastinating, really I am not, just figuring it may be better for me to wait until the morning instead of starting again tonight and maybe not getting done until 10 or 11PM.

Yep, I think I'll wait until tomorrow; that way I can crack open a beer tonight.

Later 4 U,
GB

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

My Thoughts For The Day On TSA And Islamic Terrorism

A friend of mine sent me this in an email:

"I  took down my Rebel flag (which you can't buy on eBay any more), tossed the 'Don't Tread on Me' flag and peeled the NRA sticker off the front door.  I gave the pit bull to my mother-in-law and stored my AK-47.  I disconnected my home alarm system and quit the candy-ass Neighborhood Watch.
 
Instead  of all that silly stuff I bought two Pakistani flags and put one at each corner of the front yard.  Then I purchased the black flag of ISIS (which you CAN buy on eBay) and ran it up the flag pole.  Now, the local police, sheriff, FBI, CIA, NSA, Homeland Security, Secret Service and other agencies are all watching my house 24/7.  I've NEVER felt safer and I'm saving $69.95 a month that ADT used to charge  me.

Plus, I bought burkas for my family.  When we shop or travel, everyone moves out of the way and security can't pat us down.
Hot Dang! Safe at last!  Is America getting  greater every day or what?"

I read that and immediately had this thought:

Wouldn't it be excellent if we could start a movement that would get people to show up, on just one selected heavy travel day, at US airports dressed in burkas. Even if only 10% of them showed up, I am betting the TSA might get the message to change their practices to those that make sense. If more than say 25% of travelers showed up dressed like that, airport security would be changed to a practical working model within a month maybe even within a week.

I then had a second thought and liked it better than the first:

Would it not be much better if we could get Americans of every extraction, other than Muslim, to show up at prayer services in mosques across our country on a selected date. Just imagine 20 or 30 Americans of various ethnicity, just not Muslims, suddenly removing their burkas in a mosque and all of them being burly mean motherfucking men - and that happening in several mosques in each state concurrently. Islamists would be shitting themselves wondering who was among them and when we would be attacking them instead of them attacking us.

A hat tip to Jim S for that email.

All the best,
Glenn B

 

Sunday, July 10, 2016

My Items For Sale On GunBroker.com

 
Just in case anyone of my readers might be interested in any of the items I have for sale on GunBroker.com, I have provided links below:

Mossberg Model 835 Ulti-Mag 12 Ga. With 2 Barrels



Mossberg Model 44 U.S.(a) Bolt Action Rifle 22 LR

Three Mossberg Accu-Steel 12 Gauge Chokes




 

Remington Model 721 Barrel, 270 WIN

These are not offered for sale though this blog; they only are for sale via GunBroker.com.

All the best,
Glenn B

 

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Recent Events Are Troubling

Both the police shootings of suspects and of course the assassinations of 5 Dallas Police Department officers are quite disturbing. They are disturbing to me but not necessarily for the reasons you may think them disturbing. Most of all though, I am disturbed by the apparent fact that the Dallas Police Department has appointed itself as executioner. In my 32 plus year career of federal law enforcement, I was taught and taught others, that when you use deadly force against an assailant, you do so until the threat has stopped. You did not use deadly force to kill but to stop; however if the death of the suspect resulted as a use of that force - tough shit for the suspect. Even though it could result in death, the use of deadly force by law enforcement always held the implication that the amount of force used was not overkill and allowed for some possibility that the bad guy might survive except in situations where you might be forced to use overwhelming force to stop him/her.

What the Dallas Police Department did though, as it seems to me right now, was prepared to use absolute deadly force on a suspect once they determined (without any oversight at all by a court or other agency) that executing the suspect was the thing to do. It is apparent that, in all likelihood, they had planned to use C4 (an extremely powerful explosive) and a robotic delivery and detonation system before the shootout in Dallas took place. How can I know this? Let's face it folks, the shootout did not commence and then suddenly, on their doorstep appeared, by mere chance, a supply of C4 along with a robot capable of delivering the C4 and already set up to detonate it. No, I think they must have planned for that well in advance of this incident and they were ready to use it, to become judge, jury and executioner at their whim.

Now you may think, wait a minute you just said there are exceptions and if the police were forced to resort to overwhelming force then so be it. Yes that is what I said but the difference in Dallas was that the police were not forced to do so, they chose to do so and made a decision that they would do so before this incident ever took place and that is why they had the robot with the C4 ready beforehand. You don't really believe they brought all that together at the last minute during a shootout do you? I sure don't.

I am no lily-livered pansy when it comes to using deadly force against bad guys. I have done it myself more than once. I just cannot fathom how anyone could condone the police taking it upon themselves to use an amount of force that not was probably guaranteed to kill a bad guy but that also had the potential to kill other innocents in the area by way of reckless abandon. That is exactly what I believe they did right now and I leave it to them to prove to me that I am wrong (which they my well do - who knows). At this moment though, I am fearful, very much so, that this will become a new trend among law enforcement - using bombs and other methods of overkill to execute bad guys while at the same time unnecessarily jeopardizing innocents.

All the best,
Glenn B

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Shit - Just When I Was Thinking Of Taking A 4-5 Day Weekend...

...I found out, this afternoon, that my job needs me to work Monday and Tuesday of next week. I am working tomorrow too but was planning on going to my brother-in-law's place upstate tomorrow night through Tuesday or Wednesday. That has now fallen by the wayside. Maybe next weekend will work out better for me doing that but right now, as things stand, I surely cannot turn down the money and opt for a good time instead.

All the best,
Glenn B

It Is A Disturbing Shooting Because...

...the girlfriend of the man shot dead by police in Falcon Heights, Saint Paul, Minnesota yesterday keeps saying the police officer shot her boyfriend to death for no reason. She says it calmly and thus is very believable after such an incident.

The thing is though, just after 2:02 of this video, she gives what was probably the reason that officer shot the man. I am not defending the officer, just saying what may have happened based on one thing she says in the video and believe me what she says in the video keeps changing. What she in essence says, starting at 2:02 of the video, is the officer asked her boyfriend for ID, her boyfriend then told the officer he was armed and licensed to carry as, or just before, he reached for his wallet to get his ID. According to the woman, the officer then told the man not to move, and the man then started to raise his hands.

If looked at objectively, without bullshit calls of racism or police brutality, based on the facts so far, this looks as if it may have been a justifiable shooting because the officer may well have feared for his life thinking the guy was drawing his pistol after he told the man not to move. Watch the video and pay attention to the audio (which right now is of importance at 2:02 of the video but may change as the video is edited by the media) because she says he raised his hands when the officer told him 'don't move' and that movement came right after he told the officer he was armed.

Of course, the dash cam may tell another story because it is quite possible the woman was confused due to the stress she surely was undergoing at the time no matter how calm she seemed.

Anyway, let me say this:

Folks, when a uniformed cop stops you and tells you not to move, it is best to do as he says, especially if you tell the cop you are armed. If he asks for a license, ask him if it okay to move to get it before actually doing so. It may save your life because for all you know he could be saying he is stopping you for a busted taillight but may really be stopping you because you fit the description of a murder suspect.

All the best,
Glenn B
 

Barring A Trump Victory That Is Followed By...

...some vastly different politics than we have experienced during the past three presidencies (Obama, Bush and Clinton), I fear that nothing less than a bloody revolution will ever bring the United States of America back in line with the Declaration of Independence, The Constitution and the Bill of Rights, let alone with a free America that is indivisible (under god or not) and that has liberty and justice for all. Even a Trump victory may lead to revolution unless he comes in line with the wishes of the majority of Americans as in U.S. Citizens. I dread the day if it begins but am almost certain it is coming if Trump does not win and am fearful that may not be enough. Certainly though, the other one coming out as the winner would almost definitely lead us down that path. 

Most will not fight but some few of us, percentagewise among the population, are sure to lose their lives defending what was America and what it once again may become. Right now, we are far from it and are sinking faster and faster to depths from which we may never recover to breathe the cry of freedom again. If that witch Hillary Clinton is elected, and it seems likely in as much as she is Teflon coated as far as enforcement of the so called law of the land goes, we are doomed to tyranny and injustice for the duration of her term and beyond. There almost definitely will be no coming back, to our rights, liberties and freedom, short of a revolution if she becomes president. If it comes to pass that a revolution is upon us, I pray that the citizenry, justice and freedom reign supreme as the outcome.

Anyone up for a meeting at Fraunces Tavern?

All the best,
Glenn B

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Had I Ever Done 1/10th of One Percent Of What Clinto Did...

...during my 32 years of government service as a federal agent and law enforcement officer, I would have been investigated, probably arrested, probably convicted, definitely fired and assuredly never again been able to obtain a security clearance for federal employment. Yet, this bitch is running for the presidency and if she wins, she will have access to the most secure of government intelligence and information. The security of our nation, for which she seemingly has little to no regard, will depend on her. Folks we are in the worst way I have ever seen this country; worse by far than when George W. Bush was president, worse than under Carter and probably about to be worse than having Obama in the White House.

I am not a religious man, not by a long shot but I have to pray that if there is a God, a Force, A Supreme Power, a Mother Nature, a Divine Being or whatever - that it help us now in this dark hour. What was it, just a few days ago that Bill Clinton's plane miraculously and coincidentally landed right next to Attorney General Loretta Lynch's plane in Phoenix and that suddenly (as I heard reported) the FBI or maybe it was the SS (Secret Service not the other SS) had reporters stop filming, ordered all cameras and audio recorders shut off, ordered everyone except the AG off of the Attorney General's plane and further access was denied to the AG's plane for all except herself and Clinton for a secret meeting! Now today we wind up with this.

Yes, I know that Lynch claimed they talked about their grandchildren and golf and nothing else, especially not anything to do with the FBI investigation of Hillary Clinton. I also know that Lynch said it looked bad and she would never do something like that again like as if saying 'oh shame on me for being so foolish but nothing to worry about but this time I got away with it'. I also know she then swore she would not, repeat WOULD NOT, in any manner shape of form influence the FBI investigation and suddenly, just days after her meeting with Billy boy, Hillary Clinton is exonerated by the FBI of all criminal wrong doing!

Maybe you believe the Attorney General and all she said about it but then I suppose you believe in the Easter Bunny, Santa Claus, The Tooth Fairy, Hobbits and that Hitler was a sweetheart. Me, I am jut a bit cynical as to anything anyone involved in this has to say about it, especially the Attorney General, Bill Clinton or the politically appointed head of the FBI. I think Loretta Lynch is lying out of her ass while sticking that ass in America's face. She, I think, is absolutely useless as Attorney General and her uselessness is only surpassed by that of the FBI director and Obama.

All the best,
Glenn B

Monday, July 4, 2016

HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY

Happy Independence Day to all who support and honor the Constitution of the United States of America.

All the best,
 GB

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Free Shooting Lessons Offered Again

I guess it could use repeating as I have not posted it anywhere in all too long:

I offer free shooting lessons to those adults seeking legal firearms instruction and who can legally possess the firearms and ammo with which they want to shoot.

I am and always have been very open as to whom I would be willing to teach with certain reservations. So, bear in mind I reserve the right to tell you to go fuck yourself and tell you to seek instruction elsewhere for any reason whatsoever. Those reasons could include things like me merely not liking you. They also could include the fact that you creep me out for whatever cause such as I think you are up to no good. For example, if you show up wearing a T-shirt that says 'Death To All Jews', or an 'I Love Hillary' button, or wearing a shirt emblazoned with an image of Stalin, Hitler, Mao or Che, or in any way indicate that America sucks, or I see your Facebook page or other social media contains seemingly whacko ideas of your own, or you show up and hold an argument with yourself in front of me, or creep me out in any way for any reason (valid or not), then you can just forget about it.

On the other hand, if you are of sound enough body and mind (in my opinion) and a liberal, conservative, libertarian, moderate of any of those parties, of any faith (and not an extremist) who allows for others to celebrate their own faith or lack of it, an atheist or agnostic who believes in freedom of religion, a male, a female, a hermaphrodite, a black or brown or white or red or yellow skinned person (or any other color) and want to learn to shoot responsibly and safely then see my profile and click my email link to contact me if interested in free lessons.

You may have noticed I did not mention LGBT folks above. I am not one of those overnight wonders, who suddenly after the terrorism at the gay bar in Orlando have become willing to teach LGBT shooters. In fact, I did not at all mention sexual preference and that is because I do not give a shit about yours and I do not want to know yours. If you show up and start telling me how wonderful it is love someone of your own or the other gender or while wearing outrageous and inappropriate clothing for a range day, forget about it because these are supposed to be firearms lessons not sex education nor sexual preference in everyone else's face day. They simply are not a manner by which to express your sexuality, so don't come for firearms lessons and expect to do so dressed looking and acting like you are on a certain cross-dresser's glamour show. 

I don't care about your preferences and they have no place in this type of instruction; they never have. As I said though, I welcome all (with reservations like those mentioned) as long as you are there to learn and are serious about it. So, as always with me, you are welcome regardless of sexual preference as long as you are not a pedophile or other type of sexual predator. The same goes for political agendas, religious views and so on; don't ask to get free firearms instructions from me and then show up expressing anything but a serious and dedicated interest to learning how to shoot. In addition, if it is in any way illegal for you to possess firearms or ammo - forget about it.

If you do want to come here are what you can expect. I give free firearms instruction to new shooters or those new enough who want to improve their shooting. Don't show up expecting sniper school, this will be the basics and a bit beyond. Also, don't show up expecting this to be akin to receiving welfare; I do not pay anything toward you learning how to shoot. Although I can supply certain rifles and shotguns (no handguns in NY state), you should supply your own rifle or shotgun if at all possible. I strongly recommend a bolt action rifle in 22 Long Rifle caliber for beginners. If you want to learn handgun, you must have a pistol license if in NY and you must have your own handgun. I do not supply free ammunition, ammo prices over recent years have made that cost prohibitive for me; bring your own ammo and make sure it is the right caliber for your gun. I also do not supply free targets or range time. You pay for your range fees, I will pay for mine (or let you pay for them if you want) and you bring your own targets or get them at the range.

Expect at least 15 to 30 minutes of oral instruction before you even touch a gun if being instructed by me. You will have to exhibit a decent understanding of firearms safety before I allow you to handle a firearm while I am instructing you. Safety is of the utmost importance, you may be willing to shoot yourself in the foot but I am not willing to be shot by you or anyone (and others at the range will feel likewise). If I deem you unsafe the lesson will be terminated immediately. There are outdoor and indoor ranges available within an hour of my location (Nassau County, NY) that we can use but I would much prefer an indoor range. I can, in some very limited instances, travel outside of NY to give free firearms instructions; ask me about that in an email to me.

If you are interested, you can visit my profile page and click on the link to contact me by email.

All the best,
Glenn B

How I Wish I Lived In A Pro-Gun Rights State

I have put in several job applications over the past few days. As I said in an earlier post I cannot stand my current job because it entails assisting essentially illegal aliens whom the Obummer Administration has made legal without proper vetting. Anyway, no replies to my applications yet, I suppose most though would come, if they do at all, after the Independence Day weekend.

The jobs I have put in for are nothing special. I have few special skills that are useful in the workforce except in law enforcement. of course, I have one skill at which I believe I am pretty darned good, one that I could use in a gun free state to help me find employment and that is the fact that I have been a certified firearms instructor for many years. Here in NY though, while not impossible to find employment that requires those skills, it is almost so. Heck, I cannot even instruct folks how to shoot a pistol here unless they have a pistol license and own their own handgun. NY considers it illegal for me to hand my pistol over to another adult to let them shoot it. The insanity an the paranoia of the anti-gun leftists in NY is amazing. Thus, I will likely settle for a job that is not necessarily one I will like.

All the best,
Glenn B