Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Only 17 Days In AR So Far...

..,.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.

All the best,
Glenn B

Monday, March 20, 2017

Happy Bloomin' Spring

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.

All the best,
Glenn B 

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Hey Bro, I Think Mom & Dad Are Asleep...

...it's PARTY TIME!

So it seems were the thoughts of two year old twin boys who spent the night galavanting in their room. More here: http://www.fox46charlotte.com/news/242476572-story

All the best,
GB

 

"Dear Parents"...

...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.
 
Any 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 said  I 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.
 
All the best,
Glenn B

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Johnny B. Goode Has Gone

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!

All the best,
Glenn B

Friday, March 17, 2017

My Son Has Not Been In Arkansas...

...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.

All the best,
Glenn

Thursday, March 16, 2017

In The Right Place, At The Righ Time...

was whoever was in that car in the left lane. I wonder if he even realized how close he came to termination day. My guess would be that the truck driver knows how close both of them came to it.


All the best,
GB

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Talk About A Weapons Cache



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!

All the best,
GB

Trolling For?

I have gone trolling before, for whatever would bite. Caught some some days and nothing other days. Never used a lure like this beauty but maybe that is why I never lured in any of these:



All the best,
Glenn B

Security Guard Forgot To Tap Before He Racked ...

...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.

All the best,
Glenn B

Wally World


All the best,
GB

Free Stuff


All the best,
Glenn B

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Law Enforcement Firepower - Issuance of Long Arms

I read an article today, at Bearing Arms, titled:

"Incompetent Buffalo PD Boss Forces Underpowered Carbines On Officers"

See: https://bearingarms.com/bob-o/2017/03/08/incompetent-buffalo-pd-boss-forces-underpowered-carbines-officers/

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.

All the best,
Glenn B

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Just Finished My Ammo Inventory

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.

All the best,
Glenn B

It's Ammo Inventory Time Again

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.

Later 4 U,
GB