Thursday, September 29, 2011

Wedding Hold-Up

No, not that kind of hold-up. My wife and I, joined by a brother, and my parents, managed to arrive 20 minutes late to my cousins wedding this past Saturday. The most embarrassing thing, was that they actually waited 20 minutes for us to arrive. The minister insisted that the wedding start on time, until he discovered that my mother was not only the brides aunt, but also the god mother. I never knew the title had clout. :-)

Of course the church had to be so small that the bridal party was waiting outside, because that's where they started from. I'm guessing they don't do a lot of winter weddings at this church.

There were some great words of wisdom during the ceremony in which the minister explained that "you must forgive your spouse, because things will happen, like BEING LATE!" As he looked over at us..

Good advice! But he really didn't seem all that forgiving as he threw in another dig about being late in a prayer before dinner.

My wife and I will be driving to the next wedding ALONE!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Glow in the Dark Cats

I'm not a big fan of cats but if I could have one of these, I might have to find a way to own one. I'd at least rent one for Halloween!

And if they can engineer a cat that glows, why haven't they engineered cats and dogs that are hypoallergenic?

Happy Belated Birthday U.S. Constitution

I failed to note the Birthday of our Constitution. You'll have to excuse me, I'm a guy...

Born on September 17, 1787. As of September 2011, still on life support.

Hopefully we can find a cure for lack of knowledge and corruption soon!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Attended a CCW Talk

A few days ago I attended our SCOPE County chapter meeting where we had a firearms trainer give a talk, he happens to be the same person I took the Utah/Florida class from. From this talk as well as the training I took, I noticed that he seems to have an interesting take on CCW training for the average person, more on that later.

He started out with mindset. You hear many trainers discuss this and he covered the aspects of preparing yourself mentally for a time when you might have to defend yourself; I think almost everyone who carries, has already done this. Then as he discussed the law and moral/ethical considerations, I was actually surprised by the number of odd reactions in the room to some of the things he said. The most interesting was when he said simply just because you can legally shoot someone doesn't mean you should. A lot of folks were of the mindset that if someone is in their house they are going to shoot first and ask questions later, which kinda surprised me, although people say a lot of things that they really don't mean.
The speaker brought up some good points based on some of the "if they're in my house" responses.
  • If you haven't identified your intruder because you can't see in the dark (have a good flashlight), how do you know who it is and what their intentions truly are. This could be an elderly person with dementia; it could be a neighbor trying to get help or even one of your own family members. In many of those cases you would be within the law to shoot, but could you really live with yourself after?
  • Once you shoot, the police are going to go through everything in your house; it's now a crime scene, so you better not have anything that you don't want officer friendly finding.
  • You will end up paying for the damage in your house out of your own pocket. Not just holes in the walls, but consider that the person you shot is most likely going to leak all kinds of nasty stuff (Not just blood) into your carpet and even the floor underneath, and you will need to pay a haz-mat service to deal with that.
  • You will almost definitely be paying for a lawyer, even if no charges are filed; and of course there is a good chance that you will need to defend yourself in civil court.
This was followed up with "this is part of the mental preparation you need if you expect to be truly prepared to defend yourself. None of these things should be entering into your mind during the incident; you should have already worked them out. Also, know where your mental "line in the sand is," and draw it in a reasonable place. His example was his home staircase, if they are downstairs and his family is upstairs then there is no reason to shoot. Defend the line and if they are willing to leave, with or without a handful of stuff, let them.
I guess the only thing in this list that I hadn't really thought about, is the local PD rummaging through our personal stuff. Not that they would find much, but I'm sure they would give it the o'l college try! It is our home and that thought does give me the creeps.

One of the first things that he mentioned that stood out was that he believes that the training world concentrates too much on the sword, and not enough on the shield; the shield being emergency or tactical medicine. You carry a firearm for protection, but there is a very good chance that you or someone you are protecting could be injured during an incident. Regardless of whether you carry or not his view was that you have a moral obligation to have enough training and forethought to render aid if needed. People that are present and should be able to render basic first aid are often not trained, and are more often than not in shock and can't function; again because they haven't come to terms mentally with the possibility of a nasty injury, due to an accident or gunshot and just aren't prepared.

He pointed out an example that made a lot of sense. We are driving along, all prepared, as a responsible citizen should be, we have our firearm, our light, pocket/rescue knife, fire extinguisher and we are wearing our seat belt, we come upon a car accident; are we really prepared to render help until the ambulance arrives?

I believe the reason he gave the talk was to drum up some business for a three day class he's working on which will be composed of one day each, classroom, medicine and range skills. While he is a trained EMT he was actually looking to get some guys who specialize in tactical medicine to give the medical training.

I'd love to take a trauma medicine class but I've never found one locally. If I can find the time I'll give it a whirl. I will also post a schedule when it becomes available.

Gun Free Zones

"The fact that we have gun free zones is unconscionable. Could you imagine driving down the road and entering an area where seatbelts and children’s car seats were banned? That's effectively what we have with a gun free zone."

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Our Poor Response to Sept 11

Out of respect for those that lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001 I thought I would wait to do a post until after the anniversary as this is mostly a political comment. The more I think about what happened and how we have responded, the more disgusted I get. I can accept that we had a group of muslim fundamentalists attack us, and I can accept their stated reasons. What I find ridiculous is our response over the last 10 years.

What should have happened:
  • We should have sent troops to Afghanistan, kicked the crap out of them, killed every leader of Al-Qaeda possible and brought everyone home within a year or two. 
  • Take care of the soldiers who were wounded, and the families of those who were killed. 
  • Assisted those who worked to rescue survivors and those that worked to clean up the twin towers in New York. 
  • Rebuild the original buildings at the World Trade Center location - maybe even taller and add a middle finger on top (Well maybe that's going a little too far). 
  • Require Muslims to be fully documented and cleared before entering this country until the fundamentalist movement has gone away. - If they are here and citizens, that's fine, but don't let anyone in, who is remotely connected to the fundamentalist ideology, for any reason.
  • Secure our borders! Verify that a person entering this country qualifies for Sainthood so we can stop harassing our own citizens.

What Happened:
  • We have fought two endless conflicts and now entered a third, mostly with one hand tied behind our back. 
  • As always seems to always happen, we have wounded soldiers and their families stuck in the bureaucracy and not always getting the help needed.
  • Ignored those that are suffering long term disabilities because of their work at the WTC.
  • Made a joke out of the whole WTC rebuilding process with politics and political correctness ruling the day.
  • Apologized for and accepted muslim fundamentalism as just another peaceful religion while sharia and talk of a caliphate are all around us.
  • Given up our Liberty for the sake of false security via the Patriot Act and the TSA.
  • Ignored our borders, and when manpower is applied, once again their hands are tied behind their backs.
  • Oh yeah, and just to show how screwed up we really are, the conspiracy theorists have run wild.
I guess my view of what should have occurred can be boiled down to this.
You pulled a knife on me, and cut me, so I shot you in self defense. I then patched up my wound and carried on.

In the end, remember the innocent victims of 9/11.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Last Nights Debate

Three things that struck me as odd in last night’s debate.

1. Rick Perry kept saying that he had to give illegal’s financial aid so that they could be productive members of Texas rather than end up on the government dole. Ummm - If they are here illegally, why would they be eligible for government assistance? This is the type of circular logic that has got us where we are. If they are here illegally, SEND THEM HOME.

If we believe that we can handle more immigrants then streamline the process and allow them come in legally. Reduce the cost and time to gain legal entry, verify that they are not criminals and are willing to contribute to America, give them a Visa and start the process toward citizenship. It's not that hard.

2. A question was asked from an audience member. "What are the candidates doing to attract Latino voters" Huh? What has happened to us that a Latino voter is different than any other voter? So what are the candidates doing to attract the Mongolian voters? Just curious...

3. The Tea Party Debate on CNN? Is up down and down up? Are cats and dogs living together? I didn't get the memo. I thought the Tea Party was a bunch of racist hate mongering terrorists?

Monday, September 12, 2011

Looks like Florida's stand your ground law works..,0,3261816.story

When I first started reading this, I thought it unusual that there wasn't a trial, but from my perspective, your home, car, boat and RV should all be extentions of your home and on a boat, where would you retreat to anyway.

Then I read this:
Mohlman's blood-alcohol level was at .23 when he died, nearly three times the level at which drivers are presumed legally impaired. Vittum's blood-alcohol level was .11 and the autopsy concluded he had cocaine, oxycodone and marijuana in his system when he was killed.

I'm guessing these were not reasonalble rational individuals.

I've been using the N8squared Tactical (original) holster with my Ruger LC9 since the NRA meeting and I think I've finally had enough time on the hip to properly review it. I mainly purchased it because at the time there really wasn't much available fore the LC9, and it was recommended by a few people as a pretty good holster for a "generic" fit holster.

Design - The original holster is suede and leather with a piece of neoprene sewn in between. The suede is  very comfortable up against the skin and the neoprene keeps sweat from getting to the gun. This offers a great advantage for someone like myself who usually wears a tee or polo shirt with no tee shirt beneath.

Comfort - This is the first holster I have found that allows me to carry IWB without adding another layer of shirt, something I am not really eager to do in the hot summer months. The suede is the only thing that touches your skin, whereas every other IWB holster I have tried, either rough leather or part of the gun is touching skin.

Usabilty - The holster has a single metal clip and is pretty easy to get on and off, it moves very little and what little movement there is I blame on the lack of a good belt. I'm using a regular one inch dress belt, although I have finally ordered myself a good belt from Michael's Custom Holsters. The only real complaints I have with the holster is its generic gun fit, and it could be a little smaller for the gun that I'm using, of course those negatives go hand-in-hand with a gereric holster. One complaint I had initially, was that you couldn't easily reholster without removing the holster because the material would collaps back in on itself. This problem seems to have gone away with time as the holster seems to mold itself to your firearm the longer it is used.

One additional note is that the Nate's are now making a custom "plastic" holster with the same backing, although the number of guns supported at this point is still pretty small.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Reality From a Married Man's Point of View

Wife - Did you decide what we are doing for dinner?

Me - I'm just the man of the house. I don't make decisions, I just sit quietly and hope your in the mood later. :-)

That's why I love my wife. Even after almost 20 years, she still found a reply like that funny.

- Dave

Thursday, September 8, 2011

New York State Fair

We spent the weekend before the Labor Day weekend at the New York State fair with the kids and my parents. We saw two great concerts while there, Three Dog Night and Trace Adkins , and yes, this pretty much reflects the diversity of my taste in music; I pretty much like everything, especially if it's live.

I made a humorous observation. In a state that has pretty much stomped on all of our liberty, I found it funny that within the fairgrounds you can walk around with a beer or wine, smoke, and even carry, if your lucky enough to have been issued a permit in a freedom friendly County. It just seems a bit odd for a state that has a ban on smoking pretty much anywhere, open container laws, a DWI limit of .08, and some of the most restrictive handgun controls in the nation. I'm not complaining though, at least about the fairgrounds...

I've had way too many of these discussions.

It's funny and sad at the same time..