Monday, November 25, 2013

Quick Hit: A Couple of Preparedness Items From Last Week

Hey all,

I'm going to be half assing it this week in regards to posts.  I'm lacking some motivation and also busy with real world work.

I did get to address some preps this past week.  First, I had my vision corrected!  I always consider maintaining my health as the first and principle prep "item".  You're only good to yourself and your loved ones if you're in peak condition.  I had a severe near sighted left eye, a slightly farsighted right eye, and astigmatism in both.  As of this post, my vision is approaching what is projected to be 20/13 vision.  I had a procedure known as SBK done.  It's basically LASIK except it is performed using all lasers as opposed to a blade for the initial flap creation.  I'll be posting in more detail once my eyes have fully recovered to let you know how it went (probably after the New Year on the heels of a follow up visit).

I also created my first Super Pails of dry food storage.  I'll be doing a post on that in the next few days with a few pictures to illustrate (and warn about the mistake I made).

Well, that's really all for now.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

DGU of the Day: Victim Engages In Gun Battle To Save His Life

Two guys were robbed by two thugs, one of which was armed:

Robbery suspect shot by victim, police say

Luckily, "VT" had a way to fight back when the punks opened fire.  Judging from the way the story was told, it sounds like the engagement took place at a distance further than bad breath.  Remember, practice shooting at distance.  I personally have started practicing at 25 yards.  You may have to take the shot at that distance and if you can make those kinds of hits at that range, then your chances of stopping someone closer than that are much higher.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

State Sponsored Circle Jerk

Check out the below story:

In its 50th year, Presidential Medal of Freedom awarded to 16

Description of Qualifying Criteria for the Presidential Medal of Freedom:

"The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the Nation’s highest civilian honor, presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavor."

I can't help but shake my head at some of the recipients.  I suppose going by the over broad criteria that you probably could make a case for awarding this medal to just about anyone for anything.  But really, Bill Clinton?  The same guy who cheated on his wife in the Oval Office with an intern?  Or any of the politicians on the list for that matter?  They did a job they were elected to do.  And got rich in doing so.  I don't find anything especially meritorious in that.    Politicians simply should not be eligible for the award.  It just ends up being a political Academy Award otherwise (i.e. politicians voting for their buddies).

In the non-politicians category, I literally rolled my eyes upon reading Oprah Winfrey received the award.  Her latest comments about how American's disapprove of Obama because he's black propagates the idea that we are all racists in this country when that is simply not true.  Never mind the fact that he's half white and half black.  Should a woman who can't let go of mentioning race almost as often as "Reverend" Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton really get a medal to celebrate her success?

Some of these folks deserve the recognition (i.e. Sally Ride).  But it should be awarded to the cream of the crop in a given field or profession.  Not a bunch of skeezy politicians and race baiters.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

DGU of the Day: Armed Citizen Saves the Day

Score one for the good guys:

Family Dollar Store Customer Shoots Robber

One commentator on the news article put it best:

"An armed citizen doing what an armed citizen is supposed to do. You can wet your panties now, Piers."

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Weapons of Choice for Terrorist Attack in China: Automobiles and Bombs

So, you think when guns are outlawed that there won't be anymore mass killings?  I beg to differ.  Exhibit A: China.

Police say Beijing car incident was terrorist attack, detain 5 suspects

Blasts at China regional Communist Party office kill one

These two incidents just happened within the last two weeks as of this blog being published.

Not to put too fine a point on it (but I'll try):  If you still think outlawing "scary" guns prevents evil people from doing evil things, then frankly, you're living in your own private fantasy world.  If we take a protectionist approach to it's logical conclusion, then we would have to ban the following:
Get it, yet?

You can't legislate evil away.

You can only prepare for it.  Sometimes, nothing can be done.

That is reality.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

The Progressive Brainwashing of Our Children Continues

Honestly, I am not surprised in the slightest by this story.  The progressive agenda has been incrementally and insidiously pushed in classrooms for several generations:

Common Core lessons blasted for sneaking politics into elementary classrooms

Some folks may say, "What's the big deal?"  Consider the statements made.

"He [the president] makes sure the country's laws are fair."

Uh, no, he doesn't.  The President only ensures that current law is executed.  Determining whether or not laws are constitutional (fair) is left to the judicial branch.  And even they have overstepped their authority since the early 1800's.  Read Mark Levin's "Men in Black" to educate yourself.

Government officials' commands must be obeyed at all times.

This is wrong on so many levels.  Laws are to be obeyed, not officials' commands.  Even police officers only derive their authority from laws and statutes.  We have no obligation to obey if they act outside of those boundaries.  We the People give limited authority to the government in good faith and trust.  If that is broken, then We the People have no obligation or duty to follow commands that are clearly unconstitutional.  I am not advocating anarchy, but we must be vigilant for abuses of power and not blindly follow orders.

An individual's wants are less important than the nation's well-being.

This seems pretty altruistic and noble.  However, considering the source, you can bet that it is not meant to be.  In fact, if you think about it in the context of the Constitution and Bill of Rights, then it truly flies in the face of everything this country was based on.  Individual liberties, NOT collectivism, is what this country was founded on.  When individuals are free, then the nation as a whole prospers.  This notion that the "nation's well-being" is more important smacks of socialism.  There is a reason that America is the greatest nation on Earth.  And incrementally nibbling away at our individual liberties is not the answer to becoming greater, no matter what so-called Progressive Socialists would have you believe.

Call it out when you see this kind of propaganda in our schools, media, etc.  Only by drawing attention to this sneaky incrementalism can we hope to wake up others.  Otherwise, our children or our children's children will look back and ask the question, "How did it come to this?"

Monday, November 11, 2013

UPDATED: DGU of the Day: Injustice is Served

This is why I believe no business, school, etc has a legal right to demand that you disarm:

Gonzaga students face possible expulsion for using gun to ward off intruder

So, let me get this straight?  A convicted felon knocks on the door, tries to burglarize/rob the two and because they used a "prohibited" gun to ward off the goblin they now face expulsion?  That is a bunch of horse shit.  This idea that anyone has a legal right to discriminate (yes, that is what it is, you won't convince me otherwise) against those who want the means to defend themselves is absurd.  I hope these guys sue the pants off of Gonzaga if the university proceeds to try and expel them.

UPDATE:  Literally within minutes, this post over at TTAG went up.  Several folks over at The Truth About Guns are pointing out that the landlord/campus had no authority to limit the two's right to self defense.  One comment from Chris stated:

"Looking at Washington’s laws, it appears that they had the right to have firearms in the apartment regardless of Gonzaga’s rules against it as landlords can’t violate the right to self defense. It shouldn’t matter where the apartment is, who owns it or how many guns they had. If they had them legally they are in the right here."

Glad to hear it!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

One of THOSE Posts: Random Thoughts

It's been a busy work week which has kept me from getting inspired to write a well thought out post.  I'm going to wing it today.

The governors race in Virginia last night was disappointing.  A lot of chatter is putting the blame on Sarvis for entering the race as a Libertarian (which his being a Libertarian is contentious) and for the fact that a former Obama supporter contributed to his race.  I think the fact remains that there are a lot of people who voted D.  I am not sure how anyone in good conscience vote for folks whose ideologies are proving disastrous in the long run.  Social Security is a failure.  Medicare fraud is rampant.  And Obamacare sure is off to a roaring start, isn't it?

In other news, the LAX and NJ Mall incidents have been blown out of proportion.  Both incidents are terrible.  I tend to think of loss of life as a net gain / loss.  It maybe is cold to some people, but let's face it, you're either dead or you're not.  There were probably more murders this week in LA than the combined total of all of the casualties in the LAX shooting.  The NJ mall "shooting" was not even one.  The nut job was literally telling people he was not going to shoot them.  Don't get me wrong, it is disturbing on any level, but to treat this like a mass shooting is disingenuous.

I am going to attempt to do my own super pails full of beans and rice as soon as my buckets, O2 absorbers and metalized bags come in.  I think I'm going to start with rice and beans.  Any other suggestions?

I am also looking forward to deer season in Kansas.  I only have one problem:  I have not figured out where that might be yet.  I did have a couple offers to hunt, but that has not been firmed up.  Oh well.  It did give me a good excuse to sight in my rifle at a hundred yards last weekend.  I'd really like to find some ranges longer than a 100 yards.  I only know of one nearby (if you call an hour drive "nearby").

Well, that's about all I've got for the moment.

Monday, November 4, 2013

DGU of the Day: A Tale of Two Victims

One guy was able to defend himself and another was not so lucky.

Man with concealed weapons permit shoots, kills robber

So, if I'm reading this correctly, there were two attempted robberies.  One ended with the robber assuming room temperature.  The other ended with the victim doing the same.

Kind of puts having a way of defending yourself into perspective, huh?