23 July 2016

You Have To Show Up

When you ask your gun-owning friends for help picking out a gun and ask to stop by and coon-finger as many as they can...

Yeah, show up when you say you're going to.

Call if something unforeseen happened that prevents you from coming.

Respond to attempts to contact you...

22 July 2016

Degrunging

The Model 12 is now clean.

There was some serious funk up inside that receiver, including a large dead and desiccated winged ant.

Did a detail disassembly, took off all the gunk, gave a nice light coat of oil and all is once again as it should be in the universe.

By the way, I've seen NEW bores that didn't look this good.  Despite the build up of crud in behind the bolt, the bore was meticulously maintained.

A Teeny Little V

Took my DD214 down to the driver's license station today and had the veteran's endorsement added to my license.

Not sure what that does me, but what the heck!

Might be good for a couple of discounts at some stores.

¡Viva La Socialism!

“McDonald’s Venezuela is working to resolve this temporary situation,” Daniel Schleiniger, a spokesman for Arcos Dorados, tells Bloomberg. “Together with our supplier, we are evaluating the best options that will allow us to continue serving high quality food to our customers.”

See, Venezuela isn't so bad, their McDonalds serve high quality food.

Socialism makes McDonalds better than Capitalism!

Shotgun News

Willard presented me with a puzzle today.

His father's Winchester Model 12.  Update:  The 30" barrel and the 3" chamber with a full choke indicates that this is a "Heavy Duck" model.  Willard did say it was a goose killer, those are heavy ducks to be sure!




He was unable to get the magazine tube to move one way or another, thus was unable to break it down.

Two hours later I figured out what was binding and got it apart.  All is now well!

The Model 12 is definitely from a different era.  Iron and wood.  9 lb. loaded with six shots, 8.5 lb. with 2 and the magazine plug.


Speaking of wood!

Extra Work

Going through LBB Traveller, GURPS: Traveller and checking them against Ultratech...

Yeah, I'm going to have to make a G:T4e weapons table.

88

I guess you have to pay attention to the font to decide if that '88' tattoo means they're a neo-nazi or an Earnhardt Jr. fan.

Even 14/88 could mean they like Tony Stewart too.

Life's too complicated all of a sudden.

Get On With It!

There is no topic so interesting that an inept videographer on YouTube can't make it tedious and dull.

I am so entirely sick of 30 seconds of content packed into ten minutes of video.

Metal

Linie Aquavit is about the most metal hard liquor I've found.

Brutal, it is!

Make a Viking of you.  Or let you stand alone against the Russian hordes.  On skis.

Drinking a beverage that's a shellback!

21 July 2016

Bitter

Oh, I will be bitter for years over it.

I can see I practically dared you to do it, because you couldn't encompass that I'd seriously do what I said I'd do.

Well, I did what I'd said I'd do if you crossed the line I drew in the sand.

Which you crossed just to see if I'd keep my word.

I'm going to be bitter about this for a long time.

I'm Gonna Keep An Eye On This Case

http://www.baynews9.com/content/news/baynews9/news/article.html/content/news/articles/bn9/2016/7/21/police_shoot_caretak.html

As the caretaker of my retarded son, there could be a lot of similarities in situations.

The Boy has been known to go off and I can see the police being called to help.

I'd hate to get shot for just trying to collect and calm my son.

First reporting is almost always wrong, but this looks like a bad shoot at this time.

I Wonder

I wonder if attacking assault weapon bans on "bill of attainder" grounds has some merit.

Most of them call out a specific manufacturer and model.

20 July 2016

Where Do I Order?

Tam says that 5.11 makes a man purse!  That'll go great with my kilt...
I don't see it in the catalog, is this a special order item?

Who's Flying This Thing Anyway

Traveller...

Most of the time the computer will be "flying" the ship from inputs given by the navigator rather than the pilot.

Just like a modern commercial aircraft and surface ship.

The autopilot steers far more often than the pilot or helmsman.

The position is still retained because something can go wrong and there's situations where the computer isn't flexible enough to handle it.

Any starport of Type C (GURPS: Traveller class III) or better will also have a space traffic control feed that can slave the navigation console and autopilot to.

Not A Slippery Slope

With Mass-ass-chew-shits (you spell it your way, I'll spell it mine) going the extra mile to ban what they call "assault weapons" there's been some cries that this proves the slippery slope.

Never mind that incrementalism in passing law isn't the same thing as the slippery slope fallacy from debate...  Incrementalism is provably real.

But gun control isn't a slippery slope.

It's an item on a punch-list.

I honestly don't know how many boxes there are to check, but once you get a certain number checked off, you've got nothing between you and tyranny.

Guns are a box on that list.

This Is How It Should Be

Gotta love Switzerland!



Lots and lots of those guns being casually toted around are the real-deal selective fire guns.

Polling

Reading political blogs is sometimes interesting.

I've noticed a trend concerning Trump.

If the writer used to be a Republican, they think he's going to lose big.

If the write is still a Republican, they think he's going to win big, but be a disaster.

They both agree that Hillary will be a disaster.

Personally I think Trump has an excellent chance of winning and he's going to be as effective as Gov. Jesse Ventura as both parties gang up on him in Congress.

No It Isn't

Dear Mr Vickers,

No, the FAL does not have an SVT gas system and tilting bolt.

The FAL is derived from the SAFN (aka FN49) which was being designed at the same time as the SVT and in isolation from it.

Tokarev and Saive weren't in communication and there was this whole nazi Germany thing in between them.

Saive actually started work before Tokarev.

Neither gun can be properly described as using the others systems at all.

Wanna know something telling about this?

Who invented the tilting locking system?  Who invented the long stroke gas system using a separate, spring loaded, gas piston?

Did you google that?  Find an easy answer?

We could say that both the SVT and the FAL use a Lee style tilting bolt.

We should say that both designers came up with similar ideas on their own, independently from one another.

Larry should learn the correct terms for a tilting bolt rather than make simplistic comparisons with the assumption that the viewer is more familiar with one gun over the other.

19 July 2016

Coming Out

Erin mentioned that someone who's LGBT has a second coming out when they reveal they're a gun owner.  (I can't find where she said it or there'd be a finely crafted link here).

I had (note that past tense) a whole passel of gay friends because a lot of my gamer buddies were gay.

Because I was straight the gaming was the overlap on the Venn diagram.

Being a flaming liberal was another overlap.  But outside the overlap I was also reading history and debating my positions with people like FuzzyGeff.  Geff too, was a flaming liberal when I first encountered him.  He was ahead of me on the reading and understanding the philosophy; but I got there; eventually.

Where I stopped being a flaming liberal was when I joined the Army.  Seeing East Berlin.  Seeing what it took to be a US Serviceman and get into Poland to see Auschwitz first hand, not to mention a couple of other camps still preserved.

It takes the shine off of Communism right quick.  Seeing where the history happened made me make the connection that Communism, Fascism and National Socialism were all different flavors of the same shit.  Once you see that the fucking nazis are left-wingers, the shine of flaming liberalism tarnishes too.

When I came back from the Army, I got back into gaming and my friends were mostly right where I'd left them.

I discovered that while I wasn't a flaming liberal anymore, I was also not much of a conservative.  I didn't care how many babies were aborted and I didn't care what consenting adults did with their genitals, even if those genitals matched.  I didn't care what imaginary friend people supplicated themselves to, as long as they didn't demand I did as well.

I am not a good conservative, but my conservative leanings didn't affect my friendships.

Until I bought a gun.

They seemed to put on a game face and attempt to wait out this new phase in their friend.  But I discovered that being a gunowner is something of a lifestyle change.  A change that was too large for my gay friends to accept because it came with criticizing politicians who were anti-gun and pro-gay.

They didn't want to hear that all that history, philosophy and politics I'd been reading lead me to wonder why THEY didn't own guns themselves, being a vulnerable minority and all.

I stopped getting calls to come hang out.  Games were rescheduled for when I'd be busy.

Pretty soon I didn't have many gay friends at all.  And my loss is teeny compared to the scope that a gay person would endure.  I lost some of my friends, not almost everyone I knew.

Hate Crime

When we get corresponding Love Crime sentence reductions, I'll think about hate crime sentence enhancement being valid.

For fuck's sake, nobody is going to do anything covered by hate-crime statutes because they like someone much.  I reject the concept that making something that's illegal MORE illegal has any deterrence value at all.

Adding the cops to the list of protected species covered by those statutes is a bad plan on top of the hate-crime bad idea.

The list of things that cops and ex-cops get that we normal folk don't is already rather large.  It's also been a wedge issue for people like me who want to see many fewer differences between cops and everyday citizens.

The thing that the cops have over normal folks is cop shootings don't go unsolved.  Ever.

As I mentioned before, there really aren't a lot of cops getting shot.  Yes, there's a spike, but it's far too soon to call it a trend.  It is not yet time to DO SOMETHING with the concurrent THIS is SOMETHING - we MUST do THIS!

Never mind that if it is a trend, if it's caused by what it appears to be caused by, making the shooting more illegaler isn't going to slow it down even a whit.  Nor will banning guns.

If you really want to talk about hate legislation, let's not make the definitions of bigotry subjective.

It doesn't matter what the race of someone is if they hate another race.

It doesn't matter what the sex of someone is if they hate another sex.

It doesn't matter what the sexual orientation of someone is if they hate another sexual orientation.

Yes, that means that black people will be called out on their racism, women will be called out on sexism, and homosexuals will be called out on hetrophobia.

They're currently protected classes and have a safe haven to hate from.  Especially galling for women, because they are not a minority group.

A safe haven to hate from isn't something I imagine the police wanting or needing.

I know, I'm some kind of racist misogynist homophobe for thinking that equal means equal and that everyone should have the exact same rights as anyone else.  Silly me.

What A Bother

The Lovely Harvey's dearly beloved 15" MacBook Pro (mid 2007) took a dump Sunday night.

The hard drive utterly failed.  Complete data loss.

Happily, she's keeps her files backed up and she lost very little.

Also happily, because I have the carcasses of my mid-2007 and early-2008 15" MacBook Pro's here I have parts!  What's dead on both of mine is the logic board.

So she got a less worn keyboard and a new hard drive.

To let you know how long my mid-2007 has been dead, the drive was a fresh install of 10.5.8 that I did when I made it my spare machine.

I put the new drive in, updated to 10.6.8 then updated to 10.11.6.

Then ran two rounds of updates, installed Chrome and Thunderbird and that's where we are for the newly named "Revenant".

This machine is probably going to end up spare and we're going to transition her back to Windows 7 and a refurbished Lenovo T420.  She uses Win7 at work, so it will basically be a smooth transition.

18 July 2016

Revived

If you recall, back in December I posted that the phosphorescent night sights on Portia weren't quite dead, but they weren't far from it.

Marv bought some phosphorescent paint and he revived his.

I begged him to borrow some of the paint and he just revived mine for me.  Thanks!  It needs at least two coats and it takes like five hours to dry.  I didn't have time to wait for the drying so he borrowed the gun for a couple of days and did three coats.

Sights repainted, not charged:

Charged:

Charged with a 1.5 second exposure instead of 10 seconds, same room lighting.  Also more to the side for the shot.



On a ten second charge with my 7w LED light, they are bright for about ten minutes and visible for much longer with all the lights out.

17 July 2016

Wanna Bet?

Black Lives Matter organizer Ashleigh Shackelford claims that "Nothing you have is yours. Let me be clear: Nothing you have is yours."

First off, nice cultural appropriation of a European name.

Second, we don't owe you anything.

Why not?

Because 360,000 people, nearly all of them white men, paid the ultimate price to give blacks the ultimate gift:  Freedom.

They didn't even ask to be paid back when they made that sacrifice.

So, Ms Shackelford, nothing you have is YOURS, it belongs to those who died so that your ancestors could live free from the yoke of slavery.

Again, the person you should be mad at is Lyndon Baines Johnson, not me.  He's the asshole who convinced your grandparents to sign away your freedoms in exchange for the straight-jacket of welfare and dependency.

You own what you earn ma'am.  What have you earned here?

You squandered a precious gift and now regret it so much that you demand it back from those who didn't.

Look in the mirror to see the person to blame for your not having the things you want; or is shame of knowing what you gave away too much to bear looking in the mirror?

By the way, that freedom I mentioned, it's still there and yours for the taking.  Come! join me!  Yes, earning your way is hard work, but you will be able to look at yourself in that mirror and see someone who is actually proud of who they are.

Already Lost Where I Got The Quote

A drawback to being the father of a mentally retarded son is he often loses it while you're composing.

Most of the time I have to start from scratch and can't even remember what I was going to write about.

This time I remember the quote, but not the attribution.

"If a well regulated militia is necessary for the security of a free state; then a state which lacks one is either not secure or not free (or both)."

16 July 2016

Grenade Sight Restoration

I repainted the markings on Jasmine's rifle grenade sights.


Testors Model-Master Insignia Yellow, some thinner and a Q-Tip and all "restored".

A Cynical Lot

Reading a thread about if Glock will offer their new FBI version for commercial sale.

Someone replied, "Glock likes making money so I don't see [them not selling them]. If it did just frequent restaurants near their office. One will be left in a bathroom soon enough."

Undergunned

At one time the fact that the people outgunned the police was irrelevant.

How could this ever be irrelevant?

Because the police force was tiny if it existed at all, with many places having just a single person filling the role we think of as law enforcement today.  Definitely fully embedded and vested in their communities.

One traditional role of the militia is the posse.  The idea seems so corny today, thanks to westerns, but it was once a cornerstone of American law enforcement.  Even places with cops had more reliance on the citizens in their locale than we see today.

Of course it also helped a lot that there were many fewer laws and they made sense to those under them.

Another thing complicating the relationship today is many places have given the police the exclusive power of law enforcement, and made it clear that the citizen's assistance is unwanted beyond reporting the crime.  Ever notice that those places have a lot of crime too?

Civil Disobedience

Can anyone think of any reason why mailing the CLEO a "copy" of a Form 1 you aren't submitting to ATF would be illegal?

Since The 90's

For over 25 years I have been listening to pundits bemoaning that the police are outgunned.

I just realized something.

They're supposed to be.

That's the whole fucking point of the 2nd Amendment, that the people can topple the government through force of arms.

We're supposed to outgun the government by design.

Combat Robots

In Traveller canon the Zhondani make extensive use of combat robots.

I remember a player objecting to their presence because such robots would be in violation of "The Three Laws".

I replied that it was unlikely the Zhodani had read Asimov.

Then I had to explain that the three laws were from a series of science fiction stories written by Issac Asimov.

They really didn't know!

Snobbery

I have, on occasion, dismissed the M14 as just a Garand converted to take 7.62x51mm and a 20 round detachable magazine.

I should consider that an FAL is kind of an SAFN converted to take 7.62x51mm and a 20 round detachable magazine as well.

Actually Black America Is Failing To Deal With It

Henry Rollings, a known dancing monkey, says "White America couldn't handle what Black America deals with every day."

Henry, there's nothing a black person is going through that didn't happen to white people in America.  (Hint: In 1860 is it better to be a black slave in Georgia or a free Irishman in Boston?)

That includes slavery.  Bigotry.  Ghettos.  Violence.  All of it.

The difference is there's nobody nursing a grievance generations after the offense if you're white.

Blacks came ever so close to putting it behind them just like all sorts of European immigrants.  You may thank LBJ for fucking that up for them, and he predicted they'd be grateful for the fucking as well.  He even used the dread n-word to describe his prediction.

What Mr Rollins doesn't seem to know is that every ethnic group dealt with what blacks deal with today.  He doesn't seem to know that this is at least the second time that blacks have been going through it.

This is how America treats people who claim to be American, but haven't wholeheartedly joined the culture.

What changed is too many blacks don't want to be part of the culture, but wish to have full access to the benefits that membership affords.  They want all the pluses and none of the negatives.

15 July 2016

Awwww Shucky Darn

Missed the Day of Rage on the Hillsborough County Courthouse steps.

Seems a shame to miss the chance to be called a racist by racists, don't it?

Wait, it's Anonymous doing the rage and not the Bureau of Land Management Black Lives Matter?

I suspect that the racists will show up and despite Anonymous asking for a peaceful demonstration of rage... yes that's what they say... that Bureau of Land Management Black Lives Matter is likely to be counter protesting and being counter peaceful.

Coup In Turkey

I guess the military has had enough Sharia.

Still Not Interested

Alien 5 with Sigourney Weaver?  Don't care.  She's held the story back since Alien 3.

I'd like to see that universe advance, and it can't as long as we keep revisiting Ellen Ripley.

Nor will it work to keep making a movie about the evil scientists.

Dark Horse Comics had a couple of promising story lines for Aliens and Predator, including an excellent Alien vs Predator (some vestiges of this ended up in AvP).

Maybe I could get excited by a reboot replacing Ripley with a male lead, just like I was excited by gender-swapping Ghostbusters... oh, wait.

Oh Wait

We should require anyone who owns a truck to register that truck before they take it out on the road.

We should only let people who pass a driving test and obtain a license drive trucks.

Oh wait...

I guess all we can do is ban trucks.

Because we damn sure aren't going to crack down on the common denominator of these attacks.

14 July 2016

Indentity

I think that in April we're going to file our taxes with $0 reported income.

Although Harvey has a job, I think we identify as unemployed and therefore should not only not have to pay taxes, we should also receive full welfare.

Not Mutually Exclusive

You most certainly can be a reprehensible human being and also be a hero.

The two things overlap a lot more often than most people want to believe.

However, there's a long standing tradition that your sins are washed clean and forgiven if you die a heroic death.  This makes it unseemly to drag said hero's name through the mud with accusations posthumously.  Even if the accusations are true.

Where was your investigatory prowess before he died?

13 July 2016

Pretty Light Show

For about a week we've watched some pretty impressive thunderstorms get almost to us or go right past us.

The lightning is pretty though.

Baffling

There's gunborker seller in Colorado who's got two SKS's listed.

One's a Norinco, the other is a beat to shit Yugo. (Links will be dead after a few months).

Both them are:

LE/MILITARY PURCHASE ONLY
You must provide LE/Military Credentials at time of purchase.
You must be one of the following:
Sworn LEO (Law Enforcement Officer) State, County, or Local
Federal LEO - F.B.I, US Marshal, DEA, DHS, et cetera
Corrections Officers, including Parole and Probation Officers
Retired LEO with “retired” credentials including Federal, State, County and Local
State Licensed Security Companies and State/City Licensed Security Officers
Federal Flight Deck Officers
Court Judges, District Attorneys and Deputy District Attorneys
First responders including firefighters and rescue personnel with appropriate I.D. and letterhead with verification of duty purpose
Military: Active, Retired, Active-Reserve. Active - Nat’l Guard

There's not a whit of explanation as to WHY they're not for sale to those untainted by government employment.

They sell AR's to the unwashed, so it's baffling.

Sometimes Things Connect

The husband of a friend came very close to making a complete donation via donorcycle several times.

Notably these attempted donations have the same mechanism in common: he slammed on the brakes and went over the handlebars.

In our litigious society it was baffling to me that Yamaha would make a bike that could do that when just anyone can buy one and attempt a panic stop.

Turns out that the bike was no longer stock.

The click moment happened when watching the film, "Hitting The Apex".

There's a scene where a very small contact is made between two bikes and the outside cycle careens out of control.  The contact severed a small wire and that disconnected the rear wheel speed sensor, which made the engine management computer unable to detect wheelspin and retard throttle input.

What my friend's husband, and his crotch-rocket buddies were doing was buying race-spec tires, brakes, and engines, but not adding the race-spec sensors and controllers; so when he grabbed a handful of front brake, the stock Yamaha ABS basically said, "nope, that can't be" because the change in wheel speed was too far out of its parameters to deal with and let him lock up the front because the BACK was stopped too (being in the air and all).  Add in the reaction speed of the system being matched to much smaller brakes slippier tires and you've got some disaster looming.

I'm led to believe that the race ready ABS and traction system has a wheel speed rate change system that would detect that the wheels had simple slowed down way too fast for it to be a legitimate stop and pulse the brakes.

Extreme Restraint

I only ordered a 200 pack of earplugs from Amazon's Prime Day.

Most of the deals weren't anything I wanted anyways, luckily.

Day One Of 41Fpocalypse

The old rules are dead, long live the new rules.

Which if NFA had an NRA would be overturned because BATFE broke the rules promulgation rules several times.

I'm finding that I have an urge to submit under the new rules just to show that it didn't stop me.  That I am not dissuaded from getting new NFA stuff.

The problem is what to do?

A suppressor in 6.8?

Saw off a Winchester Model 12?

Win the lottery and get an MG?

Go back to building the STEN SBR semi?

12 July 2016

Zastava M70ABM

Willard has a new toy and we tested it out.

Although we knew from firing a single shot that it was absolutely reliable for all time, we ran a couple mags anyways just for fun.



The Tapco trigger is unlike anything I've played with before.  Being used to AR triggers it took a few rounds to get the hang of it.

I don't have a lot of AK trigger time under my belt because I've found them to be uncomfortable.  Willard's fixed stock Zastava M70 was not uncomfortable at all.  The Serbs must be American sized and the stock is sized appropriately, something I noticed about the M59/66A1 (Yugo SKS) as well.

Now I know what kind of AK I want when I grow up!

A Hearty Fuck You

To...

John Brown, of Northpoint Response Group.
Curt Wolf, of US Armament Cort.
Jeff Folloder,
Robert Landies of Ohio Ordnance Works.
Wayne Weber of H&K USA.
Robert Segel of Small Arms Review.

This is the board of NFATCA.  They are why eFile is down and not coming back.  They are why we're going to have to engrave the tube of the silencer rather than end-caps.

They are meddlers who are not on our side.

Starve them if you can.

Their responses to inquiries as to WHY they meddled sure echo the thought processes attributed so negatively to one William Ruger Sr.  Thoughts that led to boycotting Ruger, thoughts that some have not forgiven even years since his death and a complete change in the direction of the company.

Why on earth should we not treat these "people" the same way?

Never, ever, trust someone who justifies a law or regulation with, "No honest person," verbiage.  They're setting you up.

11 July 2016

Carousel Begins

RENEW!  RENEW!  RENEW!

Got my letter from BATFE telling me to renew my Type 03 FFL today.

Right on the heels of CBS getting it wrong.

Is it any wonder I don't believe anything they say about anything anymore?

Every time they talk about something I do know something about, they're flat wrong.  And wrong so frequently about the same things over and over that it cannot be error.  It simply cannot be anything but deliberate.

Wasn't it Mark Twain who said, “If you don't read the newspaper, you're uninformed. If you read the newspaper, you're mis-informed.”

Hardly a new phenomenon, huh?

97% Because Cherry Picking

All Zastava All The Time


Two are Serbian, four are Yugoslavian.

Top pistol is an M99, the Tokarev is an M57.  Of note is the M57 lacks any manual safety whatsoever past the magazine disconnect.  A real live battlefield pick-up.

Top to bottom on the rifles.

Century imported M70ABM.
Mitchell imported M70.
PW Arms imported M59/66A1.
Century imported M48A.

The M70 has dead tritium night sight inserts and is pre-Bush imported!

Ship Ownership

The standard GURPS: Traveller paradigm is paying 20% down and making 480 payments of 1/240 of the sale price.

For a Type A this is a Cr 28,855,200 vessel.  It's Cr 5,771,040 down and 480 payments of Cr 120,230.

Total outlay after 40 years is Cr 63,481,440.  GURPS: Traveller: Far Trader says that's a 5.57% APR.

This is fine for GURPS: Accounting, but how do you get a ship for your character in GURPS: Traveller?

Since starting wealth at TL10 is G$50,000 the full price of the ship is 577.104x starting wealth.  That'd be one level of Multimillionaire or 75 points to own a ship outright (Cr 50,000,000 starting)

Filthy Rich for 50 points just barely falls short of the down payment with Cr 5,000,000 starting.

Remember how we calculated the payments?  The Debt disadvantage lets you assume a monthly payment up to 20% of your starting wealth.  Cr 120,230 is 12.023% of the Cr 1,000,000 starting wealth that comes with Very Wealthy [30].  So Debt 13 [-13].  The value of the down payment is balanced against repossession if payments are missed and the down-payment is forfeited.  This also assumes you've got 480 payments in your future.  Buy equity and subtract payments due with wealth normally.

An A2 Far Trader's Cr 156,917.50 payment is Debt 16 [-16].

Ownership of a Subsidized Merchant is very different.  The government is making your payment in exchange for 50% of your profits for 40 years.  This ends up being a Patron/Duty relationship.

Es gibt nicht eine einzige Verbesserung!

Hugo Borchardt, 1900... ;)




10 July 2016

Statistics

By the way...

While we're talking about it...

Hardly anyone is killed by a cop (990 in 2015 and mostly white people).

Hardly any cops are murdered.  129 died in the line of duty in 2015, 55 to some sort of assault (maybe not all murder).

The numbers are almost small enough to be statistical noise.

Sure, if it's YOUR anyone or YOUR cop, it's big news.  On a national scale with 300 plus million people going about their lives, it's machts nichts.

To the Bureau of Land Management Black Lives Matter crowd, if you want to save black lives; stop shooting each other.

14,429 people were murdered in the US in 2014.  So 14,374 people who aren't cops.

What are the rates?

There are over 900,000 sworn officers in the US.  So the attacked and killed rate is less than 6.11 per 100,000.

There are 318.9 million people in the US.  So the murder rate is 4.52 per 100,000.  The killed by the cops rate is 0.31 per 100,000.

We've a shit load more to fear from our fellow citizens than we do the cops.  Even if we don't like or trust the government.

Uncomfortable Feeling

The Dallas Police used a bomb-disposal drone armed with a remote detonated explosive to kill off the shooter.

He'd barricaded himself in and they made the decision to kill him.

This comes barely a month after Joe Mancin calls due process an obstacle.

I am uncomfortable with this.