..,.and so far my son caught a nice sized catfish, went to DMV to get his Arkansas CDL Class A driver's license, been to a party or three, got himself an apartment and renter's insurance, bought himself a new Glock 43 (his first pistol) & ammo for it, hooked himself up with a part time job until he could get a full time one and bought new furniture for the apartment.
Today he was offered a full time job, with benefits, contingent on him passing a drug test. I am certain he will pass - and he says he definitely will pass it (he just passed one for Home Depot - the PT job)! He is staying with the part time job until the offer is fulfilled for the full time one. Right now, he is up on a mountain somewhere "throwing shoes" which I am guessing translates to playing horseshoes but what do I know.
The next thing you know he will tell me he has hooked up with some fine southern belle and they are getting hitched. No, stop right there, before he does that I am sure he will take the AR Concealed Handgun Carry License training class and then put in his application for the carry license. He probably will get in some shooting, hunting, fishing and drinking with his buddies too. After that, he may get hitched but I think not before. Anyway, he definitely is a man on the move. I am quite proud of him.
Yes folks it is springtime once again as of depending on the source, about 628 or 629 this morning. It actually feels like spring around my neck of the concrete jungle. It's supposedly 53 degrees outside right now and the sun has been shining most of the day. Went out in the backyard before to check my imaginary birdfeeder (it is illegal to feed wildlife in NYS - including birds - so my feeder is make believe) and saw a bunch of sparrows around it and maybe one other type of small bird that flitted away. Then heard a cawing, and after a half a minute or so, a blue jay landed in the bush from a branch of which the imaginary feeder is hanging. It hopped from branch to branch, landed on the ground, ate some nonexistent seeds, flew back up into the bush, cawed some more and another bird kept answering with a different call but I am fairly certain it was another jay, then landed on the ground again and ate some more imaginary seeds, back up into the bush and more cawing and then it took off for parts unknown. Maybe it was there two minutes at most. That was a treat for me as we don't get to see them too much around here; maybe a harbinger of a wonderful spring.
...begins a letter from Portuguese teachers and or school administrators to parents of school children. It essentially is a letter in which teachers allegedly point out what are the parents' responsibilities in raising their children so that their upbringing falls in line with the ideals of the teachers. While reportedly scribed in Portugal, it addresses something that has bee happening for decades in this country as well. That is teachers trying to place the parents of school children under their thumbs. As far as I see it, such is virtually all wrong. Source: http://en.newsner.com/the-school-wants-parents-to-take-responsibility-now-their-poster-is-spreading-like-wildfire-online/about/family
My reaction to that letter follows:
I realize the above indexed letter, to parents from
teachers, was reportedly sent out by Portuguese school administrators to
parents. Yet, it has a lot to do with how things are done in schools within the
USA today and seems to be the mindset of teachers here in this country to some
great degree. Last I recalled, it seemed our educators (people we pay) were
attempting to teach kids that religion is bad, gender change to a third
nonexistent gender is wonderful, self-identity outweighs nature and all else in
importance and how to use condoms.
When I was young, you can bet your sweet
bippy that we learned good manners both at home and in school. In school, we
also learned things like: common courtesy, ethics, good hygiene, that we as a
people were united under one nation, good citizenship (without politics
injected), to stand for the pledge and national anthems with our right hand
over our hearts, the words of the pledge of allegiance and national anthem and
the meanings of both, to be responsible for our actions (by way of rewards for
doing good things and punishment for doing bad things - but the bottom line for
punishment was with the parents), how to pay attention, how to plan, schedule
and organize our work by doing homework and projects.
We also learned: English
grammar, spelling, reading, printed as well as cursive writing, history (of the
United States and of the world - the unabridged version and political
correctness had nothing to do with it), mathematics (by the simplest methods
available - not by a common core of convoluted algorithms), sciences (without
political correctness interfering), that exercise was good for our health, that
teams sports were good, that competition was more than acceptable, that we
should all strive to do our best, that not everyone can be as good at something
as someone who is better at it yet we can strive to succeed - and a lot of
other things including respect for the law, for one another and for our elders.
Also, when I was a youngster, there was rarely (and I do mean rarely) ever a
teacher getting busted for using drugs, distributing drugs, distributing or
possessing kiddie porn, sexting students, having sex with underage students,
having sex with other teachers or school administrators in the school, using
the classroom as a political soapbox for their one sided beliefs, bashing our
presidents and political system, or teaching our kids that their religious
beliefs were bad. Nowadays, such behavior in schools seems to be rampant.
teachers who think they have the right, liberty or responsibility to tell us
parents how to bring up our children (other than them asking us to help with
homework and tell them to act respectful in school) are way out of line and
striving to be a petty-tyrants in the lives of our children. If it was legal
and ethical, I would give a good swift kick, or three, to the arse of any
teacher who tried to tell me how to raise my kids and thus maybe knock some
sense into their brains (and please notice where I saidI think they need to be kicked because many
have their brains located therein). It is not legal so I would only be able to
do so figuratively but maybe that would be enough if a large enough group of
parents did so to a sufficiently sized group of renegade teachers. Yes,
sometimes a good swift kick in the pants is what it takes to wake someone up
and make things better even if not a physical kick. Thus, if a figurative kick
in their arses is what they need, I think that is what we should give them. The
them to whom I am referring are any teachers who try to control us and our
children beyond the scope of what was and still should be the norm regarding
the scope of their duties as educators. Their duties do not include intruding
into, or interfering with, how we choose to bring up our children.
Rock N' Roll's greatest is gone. From "Deep down Louisiana close to New Orleans, Way back up in the woods among the evergreens..." - to stardom - to incomparable fame that names him the Father of Rock N' Roll - to another place - Chuck Berry has left the planet bound for better gigs. More about his life, his music, his indiscretions, his fame here.
Some of his best music here:
If I had to say just a few words about him, then I would say: he rocked like no other - he was Johnny B. Goode!
I, and millions, will miss him and the music he made because, although copied in part and sometimes in whole, no one will ever again make music the way he did!
...for even two full weeks yet and today he bought himself his first pistol - a Glock 43. I don't know much about it yet, like if new or used or where he picked it up but he did say it was easy. Walked into wherever he bought it, showed them his brand new AR driver's license, passed the NICS check and walked out the door with it. I am sure he paid them somewhere in there too. He also said he picked up some ammo too, just hope he knew enough not to be tempted by reloads because of a lower price. Waiting for him to send me a picture or two of him with it and will; post when I get them.
Earlier this week he got himself a part time job to hold him over until he gets a full time spot somewhere. He has a few irons in the fire in that regard and one is sounding somewhat promising. In addition to that, he has put down roots - so to speak - by getting himself an apartment. He said it is in a new development, is fairly good sized, has a washer and dryer in the apartment and the complex has a pool and gym. At $650 a month, not bad at all from the sound of it.
I love it and am chomping at the bit to pay him a visit.
Spanish authorities have released information about a weapons seizure in Spain in which they seized over 10,000 weapons believed to be destined to criminal gangs and terrorists. The amount of weapons seized is pretty mind boggling and supposedly many, if not all, were bought legally as deactivated weaponry and then modified to be reactivate them. More here, with video of the stash: http://www.newsmax.com/TheWire/illegal-guns-seized-spain/2017/03/14/id/778709/
This is most certainly one time I can praise law enforcement authorities for seemingly actually having done something to thwart terrorist activities. Just imagine, had those weapons gone to their destinations, the carnage they could have caused in the hands of terrorists! A hat tip to la Polica de Espana!
...and while he made some use of cover (or at least concealment) he probably didn't use it enough after he shot BUT (and notice that was a big BUT):
Man oh man was he quick to assess the situation, draw his weapon and fire without hesitation to terminate the threat. The dirtbag is dead and the guard is not being charged with anything criminal. I am talking about an attempted bank robbery, in January 2017, in which an apparent masked robber entered Alpine Bank in Rockford, Illinois brandishing a handgun. That was all it took for bank security guard and retired police officer Brian Harrison to go into action (source).
After the incident, Mr. Harrison was put on administrative leave during an investigation of what took place. On March 14, it was reported that no charges would be filed against him - and ne would have to wonder why they would even be considered a possibility after watching that video. Instead, Mr. Harrison is being praised as a hero by the bank. of course, some scum sucking lawyer will probably try to convince the dead robber's family to sue but one must hope that Mr. Harrison will be held harmless and indemnified by the bank.
Excellent bit of security work there Mr. Harrison - a hat tip to you for doing the right thing. No mall ninja are you sir.
The article lambastes the chief of the Buffalo, NY Police Department and his reported decision to adopt a carbine in 40 S&W, for issuance to officers instead of issuing each officer a carbine or rifle in 5.56X45mm. The union reportedly had been pressuring the department to issue long arms in 5.56 to all officers.
"Buffalo police brass have been publicly squabbling for the past year with the Police Benevolent Association over additional firepower.
The union wants each patrol officer equipped with a higher-velocity AR-15 rifle – or a comparable weapon – in addition to their handguns." (Source).
I do not know the reasoning behind the chief's decision to go with a carbine in 40 S&W and I do not necessarily agree with it. In fact, I agree with the article that a carbine in 40 S&W is not the best choice. I do not necessarily agree with the article at Bearing Arms, in which the author says: "BPD officers deserve the law enforcement standard AR-15 patrol rifle..." First of all, we should not call it a law enforcement standard because that adds to differentiating between our need for similar weaponry and that of the police officer. That is just as the leftists have been trying to do for years by saying such weapons should only be issued to LE.
Secondly, color me old fashioned but I see absolutely no need to arm every officer with a long gun. I am not supporting the chief's position nor am I attacking the article's idea that police do require sufficient firepower. In fact though, I know some good arguments against arming every officer with a long arm at all times while on the job.
In regard to that second consideration allow me to say this about it. First and foremost is the fact that not every officer will shoot them well enough to carry them routinely unless the qualification standards are lowered or fudged or they qualify by the skin of their teeth after a couple to a few failed attempts beforehand. I make that statement after 32 years in federal law enforcement and 15-16 of those years with collateral duties as a firearms instructor, including training agents with all firearms issued by my agency. I also believe that, if they are given normal capacity magazines for rifles or carbines (like 20 or 30 rounds), and they routinely carry them, they may get a sense of false bravado if they ever need to use them in a defensive situation and they will spray and pray by yanking the trigger as many times and as fast as they can until it goes click. That already happens with handguns, just look at the number of rounds fired by officers in some shootings. I believe that in such instances, those rifles or carbines will cause a higher risk of an innocent bystander being injured or killed. Another consideration is that some officers or agents will be physically incapable of qualifying with long arms. (Yes, I believe they should be removed from service but you argue with the heads of departments, lawyers, and leftists who lowered the standards for hiring LE personnel so as for the agencies and departments to be more politically correct in hiring practices.)
Don't get me wrong; I am a fan of officers having sufficient firepower but also of them being very proficient with their issued weapons, and of knowing when to back off until help arrives. I am not a fan of every officer responding to every call with long arm in hand nor off issuing a shotgun, rifle or carbine to each and every officer. That stands especially so for ones who have difficulty with maintaining, or who cannot achieve, high proficiency with them.
Sufficient firepower for an officer on patrol could include a handgun or a long gun might be required. Those initially issued long arms for routine patrol though should be, in my opinion, limited at first to shotguns. That would preferably be limited to pump action shotguns. They require a bit of work to operate and in essence cannot be utilized to spray and pray by the average officer. Shotguns though should be issued only to those who prove themselves truly above average in use of their revolvers or semi-auto pistols at the range and have an excellent safety record with firearms. Say for instance that, candidates to move up to issuance of a shotgun must first routinely qualify, on average, at 80 or 85% proficiency with handguns. Then they must train with a shotgun and must maintain proficiency and an excellent safety record with them. After at least on year of safe carry and highly proficient use of a shotgun, the officer could be issued a carbine or rifle. However, rifles or carbines should be issued only to those with an 85% average proficiency with the shotgun, just as the shotgun issuance required the same higher proficiency with handguns nd of course they must qualify with the carbine or rifle. In other words the departments and agencies should require that someone with consistently higher pistol qualification scores can try out for issuance of a shotgun, then those with a higher consistent proficiency with the shotgun can tryout for issuance of a rifle or carbine, and on up the line to burst or full auto weapons if such are in the department's inventory. Then they must maintain an excellent safety record and a high proficiency with them to continue issuance. I also believe that any special operations teams should require an average qualification score standard of at least 90 percent of the highest possible qualification score for all weapons including handguns, shotguns, rifles, carbines and burst fire or full auto weapons.
Don't lower standards for the shooter or the weapon - make the standards higher to help assure the officer carrying those weapons is truly proficient. This is in essence how it was done in one of my agencies regarding issuance of the H&K MP-5. I think though it should have been done relative to issuance of all long guns. One other thing, all physically capable officers should be required to familiarize and qualify, with at least the lowest passing score, with shotgun, rifle and or carbine during each qualification period. That to be able to retrieve a fallen officers weapon and properly use it if such an urgent situation ever arises. Many departments and agencies, if not all, authorize officers and or agents to utilize whatever weapon is at hand in an emergency that calls for the use of deadly force. Wouldn't it be better for all officers in a department to at least be familiar with all weapons issued by their department for such emergencies!
I also think that any large department should strive to at least have 5-10% of their officers on special ops teams and about 20-25% of the officers on routine patrol armed with long guns. Very small departments should attempt to have at least one officer, of above average proficiency, per shift who is armed with a long gun. As I pointed out above, every officer should be required to be familiar with all department standard issued long arms (like shotguns, rifles & carbines - and not necessarily burst or full auto weapons) and should be able to operate them and hopefully at least minimally qualify with them for use only in extremely urgent situations.
Well, I almost finished the inventory anyhow. I think I may have one or three boxes of shotgun slugs and a couple or few boxes of 35 REM in with my hunting gear. I will check on that tomorrow. I need to keep a better running record of how much ammo I acquire and how much I shoot. It would be easy enough since I am keeping the inventory as an Excel file but I'll be darned if I always fill it out each time I get more or shoot or sell some. Doing that would make it much easier to inventory as it would be a running record but I am known not to always do things the easy way.
I need to learn though to do it the easy way. Tonight's inventory took me through just over 7 hours. The real time to do the inventory would be minus about 90 minutes (30 minutes for dinner and 60 or so minutes that it took to watch this week's episode of The Walking Dead). So, the actual inventory time was about 5 1/2 hours. Wow, that was a drawn out process. Everything in my footlocker and ammo cans has been counted. So too was counted the full boxes of what does not fit into either the footlocker or ammo cans. The inventory was for full boxes and loose rounds in ammo cans. I did not count the number of rounds in partial boxes but there are not all that many of them and as I said the only other full boxes I think I may have are in with my hunting gear. I can tally them tomorrow.
You may be wondering how many rounds I have on hand but with all due respect please allow me to say that such is none of anyone's business but my own. Let me just say, it could last be a good while of shooty goodness.
It's been almost a year since I did my last inventory of all of my ammo back in April 2016. I figure it is time to do it over if only because I am pretty certain I never subtracted a bunch of rounds I fired over the course of the year and also never added some newly acquired stuff to the list. It will probably balance out over all, or come close the total on the last one. Soon though, my supply of 5.56X45MM NATO will likely dwindle when I send or bring some down to my son in AR. I suppose to that I should bring him some 7.62X39MM and some 12 gauge too. What is a father to do when his son moves to a freer state than is the tyrannical regime of New-Yorkistan.
I suppose I will be busy for at least the next couple of hours getting this done.
...of 440 rounds of 7.62X54R today. I sold it at a lower price than most are offered today but still made a fair profit on the sale. Truth be told, I wish I had more of them to sell but I only have a couple of others so would not even consider selling them. Anyway, I am slowly but surely building up funds for the next Hessney Gun Auction I plan to attend later this month. This one is slated as an Early Gun & Military Auction on one of their website's pages and as An Early Gun & Military Auction on another. I think the former is correct after looking over what lots they have listed already.
This time around, I may use a different strategy than what I have used during other auctions. Instead of bidding on a large number of firearms, I am thinking of concentrating on only three or four at most. In fact, there is one I am sighting in on in particular. I have seen only their online pics of it but should get a better look at the auction preview the night before the auction. I usually freely talk or blog about which one are those of interest to me but not this time - I want that one badly enough to keep mum about it.
The weather mavens are predicting that starting late Monday night, snow will start falling and winds will start blowing and it will all only end after 12-18 inches of the white stuff has covered: New York City, Long Island, Southern Westchester, Southern Fairfield, Southern New Haven, Middlesex, and New London counties (source). No wonder my boss asked me to be on standby for Tuesday to cover for a guy who drives about a 3 hour one way commute to the Bronx, NY everyday for work. Well, I should say every workday on which it does not snow any amount above an inch or two that sticks.
I may hate to have to tell my boss, but if we are in the middle of a blizzard come Tuesday morning, I probably will not be working either. That stands whether or not the Bronx office is open. I covered once before during a storm like that and it took me somewhere around three hours to get home.It's only about 18 miles but that usually takes me an hour to an hour and a quarter! NYC traffic sucks and you can bet your bottom dollar it sucks a whole lot more during a blizzard. What sucked even more was that they closed the office early because of the storm and thus I got less pay than usual. I really don't see why they open in the first place when it's snowing like that and see no reason for me to go in during blizzard conditions.
How about we have a monthly American Unity Day held by U.S. Citizens & Legal Resident Aliens. On those days, every U.S. Citizen & Legal Resident Alien should refuse to go to work, refuse to purchase anything (and thus pay zero sales tax), rally in support of American Unity and write to their Senators and Representatives in Congress to say that they oppose illegal aliens being allowed to remain within our borders. How nice that would be and I would bet it would be more effective - than any: Anti-Trump Rally, anti Christian protest, LGBT parade, Women's Day or any day at all wherein illegal aliens decide not to work - at getting the attention of every politician within this country. Of course, one of the objectives would be to have every day as one without illegal aliens.
I'd like to see it done once, let alone monthly, but I know it likely will never happen because, unlike the leftist slugs in this country, most U.S. Citizens and Legal Resident Aliens who might like to do so would be too busy with their responsibilities. You know what I mean - like by working, or doing other things, to support themselves and their families while being productive members of society.
I have never been good at dates, chronologies, time frames and such. If you ask me about things that happened in my life, there are very few for which I can give a date of occurrence or even name the year in which they happened. I may remember something took place 'when I was a teenager, or before I turned 9, of when I was in my twenties or when I was a middle aged adult but that is often the best I can do. Of course, some dates were easy to remember such as my mother's birthday (it was on Christmas and thus hard to forget) but I will be damned if I can recall the date of her passing although I do recall it was in September a few years back. Heck, to this day I can recall what was my brother's birthday nor which is my sister's. I even have difficulty remembering the month each as born although I know each was born in the summertime.
So that all made it kind of odd that just a moment or so ago, I wondered when it was that I had heard the best word in the world used to describe the follow-up PET scan results subsequent to my radiation and chemo treatments for stage 4 throat cancer. I knew I heard that word, read it too because I almost could not believe what I was hearing, that it was five years ago when I heard it. I knew it was in March to. I guess that since the word was so important to me, the best word in the world, at least the month and year I heard it was never forgotten. For the life of me though, I could not remember the exact date and that is why, just moments ago, it was kind of odd that I thought about when was the date. I just checked, the date is today. It has been 5 years since I heard the word in regard to my cancer.
There is something else I remember, it was what the doctor had said to me, the chemo doc - the straightest shooter of all the docs and medical personnel who treated me. He had told me, early on, that my battle and me sticking with the treatments, for all of them, would be the hardest thing I would have ever done in my life. He was right about that. From September 2011 through November 2011 and the few months following until March 7, 2012, I never thought that I would be here today but here I am today a survivor and I am thankful to them (and to everyone else who supported me)for saving me just as I was thankful on the day I heard the word Resolved.
There was one other thing the chemo doc told me when he gave me those excellent results. He told me, after I thanked him and told him I was going to go thank the other doctors, nurses, radiation techs, and the rest of the staff. He told me I had forgotten to mention that I would thank the most important person involved in it. I asked whom I had neglected to mention and he said it was me and then reminded me then that he had told me it would be the hardest thing I ever did in my life. I recall my wife's jaw dropping when he said it; she had never quite believed it was as bad as I had told her. I don't think she or my kids wanted to believe it but I must say, yes it was the hardest battle I have ever fought. In fact it was the hardest thing I have ever done.
So what is the point? I suppose that if you are battling cancer or know someone who is in that same situation, you or they need to know there is hope if you fight it. My odds back then were said to be 50-50 at the very best but only if I went through all of the treatments. So, if you are there now - give it and yourself your best fight and maybe, instead of being mourned, you will be here 5 years from today celebrating life.
Now this man I will miss. In fact, I missed Robert Osborne for many months now if not well over a year since I last saw him on TCM. I wodered what had happened to him - retirement, illness, etc. One reason I liked him was that he was a truly knowledgeable film historian and a real entertainer, at least when I saw him on TCM. I never heard him even once use his platform on TCM to speak once about politics or social issues even though, I believe he was gay (source). While he may have done so elsewhere, like when hosting the Oscars (which I have not watched in well over a decade or two) he did not ruin classic films by using them as a platform for such.
Regardless of his social life or of his politics, he seemed like a nice classy guy and he presented only the subject matter of his work while appearing on TCM. I appreciated that because I have been sick and tired of celebrities who believe themselves to be social justice warriors who try to shove their views in your face as if they were some kind of authorities on just about every issue imaginable. This man was an authority on film history and that is what he presented and he did so with class. He certainly gave excellent intros to, and reviews of, classic films.
He gone forever now but hopefully will be honored and remembered by way of TCM playing reruns of the movies he loved along with his movie reviews. My condolences to his family and loved ones.
...at about 3PM AR time (central standard time or about 12 minutes from now as I type). At 237 PM AR time today, he sent me this photo of himself and what he caught, from what looks like a mud hole. That was in just under 24 hours after his arrival.
Looks like he is having fun. He may have moved down there to find a job and get his own place but why not at least have fun until Monday! Anyway, catching his own dinner is a good way to be frugal until he gets a job.
I was moving some stuff around my basement today and found a bunch of shotgun shells loose in a box of other stuff. I reached in to grab them and, when I pulled them out, a magnet that had also been in the box came out attached to them. That had me befuddled because I always thought the metal part of shotgun shells either to be brass (the gold looking metal) or in the case of the silvery looking ones to be nickel or aluminum. I guess I was wrong on the brass or aluminum since the only metal among the three just mentioned, that is attracted to a magnet, is nickel. Of course, maybe some are made of brass or aluminum but there is some other thing inside the shell that is attracted to a magnet but I don't recall ever seeing anything like that in a spent shell.
Here is a short video showing that the metal in at least four major brands of shotgun ammo is magnetic and thus not brass or aluminum. Pardon the lousy quality of the video but it is more than good enough to illustrate what I am talking about.
My thoughts on this are simply that it is amazing how folks who are seemingly imbeciles or maybe
even idiots can be run for positions of authority in our government. You probably safely can bet there are people of equal lesser intelligence already therein (like the Congressman who said Guam could possibly tip over and capsize if over populated).
Just in case you were wondering, though I figure you have already guessed it, she is running as a Democrat.
Today I did something that made me feel just about the saddest I have ever felt. I saw Brendan off as he left home to relocate to Benton, Arkansas. Of course, it was also one of the proudest and happiest moments for me because he has set off on his own out into the world. He did that even though he has no real job prospects and no apartment or house lined up down in Benton. I suppose such is youth, willing to take risks that things will work out and I also suppose why not do it that way. As for why he picked Benton, it's because a good friend of his lives down there and he visited him before and liked it there.
As far as why he has moved; well, besides being sick of living at home and wanting to make it on his own - he was, as am I, sick of New York State, its high cost of living, its extreme liberalism and the over abundance of what amount to tyrannical regulations, restrictions and laws imposed on residents of this state. In essence, he has moved on to what he hopes will be a freer state and one with decent job and living opportunities. Since he has been a truck driver for the past couple or so years, I think he will do just fine in the employment department. As for living accommodations, he will live with a friend of his down that way until he gets his own place. As for transportation he has his car and I am formerly gifting it to him since it is currently registered and titled in my name.
I am hoping, and dare I say even praying (in my own manner), that he will - as Mr. Spock used to say on Star Trek - live long and prosper. To that I will add - in good health and happiness. I miss him dearly already; he was and remains my best buddy.