Sun. Aug. 4, 2019 – travel day

Another beautiful day yesterday. Another pocket of sunshine forecast for this area today too. Good weather for flying is all I’m looking for…

Afternoon flight, getting home in the evening, with the morning spent on re-packing to accommodate the Cape Cod fudge and saltwater taffy we’re bringing home.

As soon as I get a chance I’ll do a post on active shooter response, informed by the two classes I’ve had on the subject, and the several other times it’s come up in other classes. I will include links and possibly some of the medical response too. It’s hard to do while on the road with slow internet, tiny screens, and other demands on my time.

Violence against innocents is going to increase. No matter your personal internal narrative for the future, violence will increase. Increased gang activity. Racial unrest. Immigrant wars. .gov crackdowns. civil war 2. whatever the cause, it’s not going to decrease for a while. Time to get tooled up physically and mentally. Harden your home. Harden your workplace. Wargame the scenarios. Start working on getting your family onboard or at least get them AWARE of your actions. If you don’t carry why not? If you don’t take an occasional class, why not? If you haven’t been to the range or shot your carry weapon recently, why not?

Do you understand the legalities of use of force? Do you understand the legalities of carrying, storing, transporting, and owning your weapons? Do you know what to do in case of traumatic injury, and do you have any tools available to you when you might need them? Have you had any medical training recently? Why not?

Have you got any idea about the things that make you a target? Many of us here like to think of ourselves as the last acceptable target for hatred and demonization. Think that’s gonna get any better anytime soon?

There are good training resources available online and in your communities. Our HPD and Constables Office both provide free training and awareness for businesses and groups in active shooter response. Yours may too. Stopthebleed.org offers training in treating traumatic injury free of charge. My TXLawSheild insurance offers low cost medical training, and sponsors range days. Several of our local ranges offer safety classes for kids, concealed handgun classes, and new and advanced shooter classes. There are probably shooting competitions in your area too.

Things are getting demonstratively worse, and we all need to make some adjustments to acknowledge that reality.

n

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47 Responses to Sun. Aug. 4, 2019 – travel day

  1. Greg Norton says:

    Another beautiful day yesterday. Another pocket of sunshine forecast for this area today too. Good weather for flying is all I’m looking for…

    Austin got rain last night, the first we’ve seen in a month. I’m hoping it sticks around today so we’ll compromise and hope for *light* rain. 🙂

    The cat prefers hot dry weather for sunning herself so she let us know when the rain started. Loudly.

  2. MrAtoz says:

    Violence against innocents is going to increase. No matter your personal internal narrative for the future, violence will increase. Increased gang activity. Racial unrest. Immigrant wars. .gov crackdowns. civil war 2.

    In other words, welcome to shirt(-r)-hole country. Thanks a lot Mexico and all the way south.

  3. Nick Flandrey says:

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-08-04/and-here-it-aocs-just-resigned-chief-staff-under-federal-investigation

    zerohedge had the story months ago, financial shenanigans with fundraising.

    n

  4. Greg Norton says:

    zerohedge had the story months ago, financial shenanigans with fundraising.

    No one cared months ago when the Cocktail Waitress was the star of the Oscar ceremony.

    All the campaigns in the “Knock Down the House” documentary were run out of offices in Nashville, IIRC, in order to circumvent certain laws in New York and elsewhere. The FEC has been on the trail of this for a while, but justice doesn’t move as fast as Twitter and Youtube.

    I think Chakrabarti underestimated the time required to build political capital to insulate them from the consequences of playing fast and loose with the law. He may have graduated from Harvard, but, if his family is anything like my inlaws, that degree was probably paid for with proceeds from rackets.

  5. Greg Norton says:

    50 years. Damn.

    I still have a few of the albums. I know “Fortunate Son” is really about, regardless of how much revisionist history Fogerty attempts to spin.

    https://www.npr.org/2019/08/02/744929605/creedence-clearwater-revivals-green-river-at-50-our-essential-guide-to-early-ccr?utm_source=pocket-newtab

  6. MrAtoz says:

    MrsAtoz had CNN on this morning to find out about the shootings. I read about them to avoid the spin. CNN summary:

    It’s tRumps fault
    White Nationalist Terrorist
    WHITEY is raycisss
    Ban all AUTO-matic and Semi-automatic weapons (cluessness on display)
    Get rid of the 2nd
    tRump is XXX-ist it’s all his fault

    Jake Tapper, almost with glee, pointing out how many mass shootings since tRump was elected. Nothing on other shootings, Obola’s failures, etc. It is sad to see the MSM and ProgLibTurds going all in on raycisssm. That will surely get Warren elected and the problems of the WORLD are solved. It’s sickening to watch these fcuks sping this shit.

  7. MrAtoz says:

    Butto on CNN:

    Tapper: Do you think tRump is a WHITE Nationalist?
    Butto: Yes I do!!!!

    Way to bring the country together, Jake. This big heaping pile of shit is going to be right in the MSM’s lap. Fcuk all of them.

  8. Greg Norton says:

    Butto on CNN:

    Tapper: Do you think tRump is a WHITE Nationalist?
    Butto: Yes I do!!!!

    I gotta do some digging. I know Robert Francis’ father-in-law owns a bunch of properties around San Antonio, and it wouldn’t surprise me if he had a stake in that development where the shooting took place.

    Robert Francis was on a plane jetting back to San Antonio *real* fast. He was worried about more than just his political future.

  9. Greg Norton says:

    That will surely get Warren elected and the problems of the WORLD are solved.

    Warren won’t be the nominee. The “Fauxcahontas” meme resonates with people.

  10. CowboySlim says:

    Robert Francis was on a plane jetting back to San Antonio *real* fast. He was worried about more than just his political future.

    Do jet airplanes emit CO2?

  11. CowboySlim says:

    I survived this yesterday afternoon:
    https://www.facebook.com/MothersTavern/?epa=SEARCH_BOX
    PBR on tap and a great country band:
    https://www.facebook.com/MothersTavern/photos/a.646349175410016/2553390374705877/?type=3&theater

    I’ll be back Wed. aft., PBRs on me.

  12. Nick Flandrey says:

    If anyone thinks they might want to own body armor, get your order in soon. This is the second time, and they are hammering the fact the shooter had armor.

    Armor500 usually has BOGO deals that are very reasonable. N

  13. CowboySlim says:

    NASCAR race about to start at Watkins Glen NY. Will AOC and DaBlasteroo go there to stop the CO2 emissions? Nadloorio?

  14. SteveF says:

    Thanks a lot Mexico and all the way south.

    Thanks a lot, Washington DC and “thought leaders” on the coasts.

    re the El Paso shooter, word is he’s an environmentalists who dislikes Trump. This is what constitutes radical right-wing terrorism according to CNN and other unbiased sources.

  15. lynn says:

    Robert Francis was on a plane jetting back to San Antonio *real* fast. He was worried about more than just his political future.

    Do jet airplanes emit CO2?

    Megatons. Megatons of CO2.

    Especially private jets with two pilots and a single passenger going to Climate Change conferences.

  16. lynn says:

    I gotta do some digging. I know Robert Francis’ father-in-law owns a bunch of properties around San Antonio, and it wouldn’t surprise me if he had a stake in that development where the shooting took place.

    I know that Bozo’s FIL owns properties in El Paso where the shooting took place. I am not sure about San Antonio.

  17. Greg Norton says:

    I know that Bozo’s FIL owns properties in El Paso where the shooting took place. I am not sure about San Antonio.

    I meant El Paso. Thanks.

    El Paso is where William Sanders (FIL) wealth is concentrated. There is definitely a “scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours” arrangement in the relationship with Robert Francis, starting with the city council race.

    Too much work lately. On strike this weekend, not even turning on the work laptop.

  18. lynn says:

    On strike this weekend, not even turning on the work laptop.

    Hey, your team leader has your back. “snicker”

    I may need to do some death marching. I ran into a memory corruption problem Friday afternoon that is very worrisome. I have cleared up 595 of our 600 benchmarks so far. Five more and version 16.00 hits the mean streets.

    I am too old to death march. Shoot, I may not even make the first day of marching as I am marching to 60 years of age.

  19. Greg Norton says:

    Hey, your team leader has your back. “snicker”

    I still don’t think it has clicked in their heads yet as to why the new guy walked out without notice after only two months.

    The initial install phase of my project is done.

  20. Greg Norton says:

    I may need to do some death marching. I ran into a memory corruption problem Friday afternoon that is very worrisome. I have cleared up 595 of our 600 benchmarks so far. Five more and version 16.00 hits the mean streets.

    Linux has Valgrind for those kinds of problems, but I’m not sure what the standard is on Windows anymore now that IBM has put Purify on life support.

    Mozilla was using Valgrind with Wine for Firefox in Windows at one point.

  21. Lynn says:

    Valgrind does not work for Fortran that I know of.

    Purify was awesome on the Sun box when we used it back in the 90s.

  22. Greg Norton says:

    Purify was awesome on the Sun box when we used it back in the 90s.

    Yes. We had that and another leak detection tool at GTE.

    Sun offered pretty good performance as long as you didn’t use their compilers. I built a GCC cross compiler from SGI to Solaris/Sparc, and that’s how we created our binaries initially until Sun sales guys bought my management enough hookers and steaks to force the issue about the Solaris native compilers.

    About a dozen years later, sitting in an interview in Portlandia, I had a former Sun compiler guy tell me that we paid ~ 60% performance penalty for that decision, sold to us, ostensibly, as covering the STL license problem. Your application was probably worse off.

    The compiler guy told me that they knew Sparc was doomed when Core emerged from the Israeli research labs in the nick of time to save Intel from Pentium IV and Itanium. Sun couldn’t keep up, either in compiler tech or chipmaking process.

  23. Lynn says:

    We used CC and F77. Those worked just fine for our needs.

  24. paul says:

    Ok, messing with phones. Yeah, I know what Greg recommends. But I’m sorta cheap, too. Ok, “way cheap”. And not at all clever about rooting phones. And lazy… re-installing the OS every couple of months is on my Do Not Do list. Def can be fun and entertaining, but not what I want to do.

    I have an LG “Premier”. Best I can tell, it’s a K10 locked to Straight Talk. Nice phone, I really do like it. Except for the Google crap. The camera isn’t all that great compared to my dead Galaxy S2 but I don’t take many pictures. I’ve looked and can’t find any thing about how to root it.

    Straight Talk has decreed I need to replace my phone by year’s end. Some sort of voip thing…. aka, you are paying for cell service but we gonna be put your calls on whatever wi-fi connection you have. Oh, and here’s a webpage where you can buy a new phone. Eh? Really? No.

    What if I don’t have wi-fi? If that doesn’t matter, why do I need a new phone? Just stuttering noises from them… I mean, really, if I’m paying my bill, are you saying my phone service stops at the end of the year? I really shouldn’t torture the script freshers.

    A friend has Verizon on a month to month plan. $43 w/taxes I think. And he can hotspot his phone. I’m giving ST about $50 a month and yippie, I get 25GB data… but can’t tether or hotspot. So, useless to me.

    I can’t tether his phone, Verizon has that blocked on his Z10. Huh? What’s the diff between a hotspot and a tether? I do have a USB wi-fi thingy in the junk box. Not really nuts about adding another “nic” to my PC, but I can do it.

    Pissed around on Big River and eBay. I bought a LG V20 VS995. Verizon, but it does GSM, too so roaming will work. $109.99, should be here by Friday. Not bad for what was a flagship phone a couple of years ago selling for about $800.

    Looks to be a really nice phone, too. I like the buttons on the back of the phone. Left hand or right hand, the power and volume buttons are …. right there.

  25. mediumwave says:

    This article seems oddly familiar, as if it had previously been linked to from this blog, but even so a little repetition couldn’t hurt:

    Anatomy of an Assault: The 5-Step Attack Cycle.

  26. Greg Norton says:

    Ok, messing with phones. Yeah, I know what Greg recommends. But I’m sorta cheap, too. Ok, “way cheap”. And not at all clever about rooting phones. And lazy… re-installing the OS every couple of months is on my Do Not Do list. Def can be fun and entertaining, but not what I want to do.

    I’m not sure I recommend anything as much as state what I use when the subject comes up. I make sure to list the caveats of my approach.

    I’m “way cheap”, but my daily carry phone is an iPhone SE since I consider it to be a compromise in terms of cost vs. battery life, security, and privacy. Dunno what I’ll do when iOS stops supporting the hardware.

  27. Greg Norton says:

    This article seems oddly familiar, as if it had previously been linked to from this blog, but even so a little repetition couldn’t hurt:

    The picture in the article looks like the ATM setup at my local credit union branch!

  28. mediumwave says:

    Nine dead, sounds like a bar district, 1am.

    In the wake of the Gilroy, El Paso, and Dayton shootings, the all-too-predictable sleazy opportunism: The left’s big blame game after El Paso: Guns, Trump, white supremacy

    The NBC Weekend Evening Snooze just indulged themselves with a broadcast devoted solely to anti-gun virtue signaling.

  29. Greg Norton says:

    The NBC Weekend Evening Snooze just indulged themselves with a broadcast devoted solely to anti-gun virtue signaling.

    The whole broadcast was probably first canned years ago and kept fresh by interns waiting for the right day.

  30. Ray Thompson says:

    What if I don’t have wi-fi?

    I have WiFi calling on my phone. I have to use that in the studio as there is no cell signal. Seems to work fine. I can turn off the WiFi calling when I want, which I generally do most of the time. It is a push by the carriers to conserve limited bandwidth and frequencies.

    Dunno what I’ll do when iOS stops supporting the hardware.

    I really like the form factor of my wife’s SE. That would have been my choice when I got a phone but it was not available at that time. I suspect the phone will work fine just not get anymore OS updates.

    I am using Xfinity for cell service, cheap, as in $12 a gig and I rarely use more than a gig. Did in June because of the trip to Oregon and using web searches for places along with email. Used a total of 1.2 gig.

    I like the service and went from a Verizon bill of $95.00 a month to $18.00 a month for two phones. Works for my needs as I a cheap rectum orifice.

    MIL wants to get a different car and asked wife and I to find one. Liked the Yaris as it is small, fairly inexpensive, limited gadgets. I think she should buy new. Toyota dealer is 10 miles away. Two year full warranty and free service. Basically no worries for MIL. But she is a tightwad and goes cheap. That has caused problems with her current vehicle. Dealer told her she needed a new battery, she said they were ripping her off. Three days later battery failed and she had to have the car towed.

    I hope she gets new, but my hopes are not high. She is getting to be more of a problem and only friend, my wife, is 1100 miles away.

  31. nick flandrey says:

    Home safe! House is fine, goldfish are missing. Somewhere there is a grinning cat or raccoon.

    I was serious about the body armor, even though it didn’t play a role in the attacks they’ve been sure to mention it every time. Get it while you can.

    Wife and kids are out getting the dog back, and I’m checking in here. Both packages were retrieved from the neighbors along with the mail, and I’ve notched the AC down a couple of degrees. 99F in the shade in my back yard, but it’s good to be home.

    n

  32. Greg Norton says:

    I really like the form factor of my wife’s SE. That would have been my choice when I got a phone but it was not available at that time. I suspect the phone will work fine just not get anymore OS updates.

    With Apple, you don’t want a daily carry device which they are not supporting with security updates.

  33. mediumwave says:

    The whole broadcast was probably first canned years ago and kept fresh by interns waiting for the right day.

    I would chide you for your cynicism were it not for the fact that I excerpted my original comment from this post on Instapundit: “The media’s by-the-numbers coverage of gun massacres must change …”

    Yeah, it’s almost like there was a template, or something.

  34. Greg Norton says:

    MIL wants to get a different car and asked wife and I to find one. Liked the Yaris as it is small, fairly inexpensive, limited gadgets.

    I had a Versa as a rental for about a week last year. Same deal as the Yaris except Nissan instead of Toyota, and the transmission is SVT. Solid car, but not an Accord/Camry/Maxima by any stretch.

    A Nissan dealer might be hungrier than Toyota for a deal this year and willing to deal on price or more maintenance.

  35. Ray Thompson says:

    A Nissan dealer might be hungrier than Toyota

    I had a Nissan Versa as a rental on the Oregon trip. I did not like the car. The transmission felt odd with some occasionally stutters. There were gear changes but between gears there was constant RPM as the speed increased or decreased.

    I have experience with Toyota, several cars, 6 to be exact, and have been pleased with all of them. Some may have to do with the dealer as they are excellent for service.

    For MIL use a Nissan Leaf would be ideal. No long trips, all generally under 20 miles. Problem is her house would need rewiring as the current wiring has no ground. House is probably 70 years old, cheaply built, as the builder skimped on everything including the wiring.

    I figure MIL has five or less years of driving remaining.

  36. nick flandrey says:

    Palmetto State Armory ran their $179 complete upper, $99 complete lower sale again (currently out of stock) under the “Going overboard” tagline. With all the images of guns in the water… In other words, buy them to lose them in a canoeing accident…. and at that price, they are perfect for a “sleeps with the fishes” gun.

    n

  37. Greg Norton says:

    In other words, buy them to lose them in a canoeing accident…. and at that price, they are perfect for a “sleeps with the fishes” gun.

    The gun manufacturers have been hurting since “Salesman of the Year” 2009-2017, Barack Obama, left office.

    The Cabela family gave up and sold out to Bass Pro Shops in 2017. We noticed that the big changes finally showed up in the stores this Spring — no more Bargain Cave among other things.

  38. Greg Norton says:

    For MIL use a Nissan Leaf would be ideal. No long trips, all generally under 20 miles. Problem is her house would need rewiring as the current wiring has no ground. House is probably 70 years old, cheaply built, as the builder skimped on everything including the wiring.

    Could be worse. That vintage house in parts of Central Florida, particularly Orlando, would have aluminum wiring, like my in-laws old place.

  39. lynn says:

    Little Oop: The beginnings of pizza
    https://www.gocomics.com/alley-oop/2019/08/04

    No ! No sushi pizza !

  40. Ray Thompson says:

    Could be worse. That vintage house in parts of Central Florida, particularly Orlando, would have aluminum wiring

    True that. At least the wiring is copper. Her current homeowners insurance is dropping her coverage unless she gets the wiring upgraded. There is little to no insulation in the exterior walls. We have tried to convince her to spend the money and have the upgrades. Nope. Could be done for $15,000. Nope. Says she does not want to spend money on a house she may leave in 3 months.

    Last time we had the conversation was three years ago. For those three years she could have had comfort and safety.

    She is her own worst enemy in her thought processes. Thinks a couch she bought 20 years ago for $200.00 is still worth $100.00. Refuses to get rid of it because no one will pay what she is asking. Thus living room, tiny, is cramped with little room left. Thinks $50.00 for an electrician to replace a switch is too much. Thus left the light on for almost a year. Stupid stuff.

    Wife is developing a lot of the same attributes. That is worrisome.

  41. lynn says:

    The alleged person who allegedly pointed a shotgun at 20 to 30 kids playing games on the elementary school playground last Friday evening has been charged and had a visit with judge for his arraignment this morning (Sunday). The judge gave him a $500 bail for his display of a weapon charge (misdemeanor). The judge gave him a $100,000 bail for his terroristic threat charge (felony).

    I hope this man gets a psychiatric evaluation soon, very soon.

  42. nick flandrey says:

    I have caught up on most of my web reading, and now will hie me to a soft bed… one that is comfortable. One that has pillows that won’t hurt my neck. One that is IN MY HOUSE!

    And I intend to stay in it until later in the AM…

    n

  43. Greg Norton says:

    She is her own worst enemy in her thought processes. Thinks a couch she bought 20 years ago for $200.00 is still worth $100.00. Refuses to get rid of it because no one will pay what she is asking. Thus living room, tiny, is cramped with little room left. Thinks $50.00 for an electrician to replace a switch is too much. Thus left the light on for almost a year. Stupid stuff.

    The Chinese relations’ thought processes are like that. One has a second house in Vantucky, 1900 sq ft, used as an address for the better schools than the 5000 sq ft (!) where they actually live, and both houses filled with cr*p.

    Having moved cross country twice, I realize the costs involved in moving things, and I slimmed way down on my personal junk. We may move again in five years, probably to wherever we will be permanently until we pass, so the focus is on eliminating as much as possible.

  44. Ray Thompson says:

    so the focus is on eliminating as much as possible

    Spousal unit is just the opposite. Collects as much stuff as is possible. Comes from her childhood where they did not have much and everything was a treasure.

    She starts a project involving wood, purchases a full sheet of plywood when she only needs half. Uses one half, keeps the rest. Next project needs plywood. Buys another full sheet and stores what she does not use. Garage is half full of pieces of wood and plywood because every new project starts with new wood, storing the unused. Some of the stuff she thinks she will use has been there for 30 years and has yet to be touched.

    If we ever move again it will require a large dumpster, maybe two, to get rid of all of the crap she hoards. Her mother is the same, hoards stuff and refuses to toss what needs to be tossed. And it is getting worse.

    Looking at cars yesterday, specifically the Yaris. I mentioned that her mother would like it better because it has a trunk. Wife was adamant there was no trunk. I stated there was a trunk because I looked in the trunk. Nope, not according to her. Went back to the dealer and looked, sure enough a trunk. Her response was “well maybe it has a trunk”. Just like her mother, can never admit she was incorrect.

    Were talking about when my uncle died and she was certain to the point of calling me an idiot, that he died when we lived in San Antonio, 31 years ago. I said no, he died while we were living here. They had visited and we took them to Biltmore and the Smoky Mountains. Nope never happened according to her. I then pointed out that he had bought her a knitting machine while living here. Then she well, maybe I might be correct. Never an admission that I was correct all along.

    Her and her mother both get something in the heads, even from 40 years ago, and you can never get it when it is wrong. Unfortunately that really clouds her mother’s decisions and what she should do.

    Case in point is the house. It needs about $15K in work to make it safer and more comfortable. Electrical would be code compliant and insulation would make the place more comfortable and cut down on electrical bills. I would advocate even putting in central A/C. After all it is south Texas. Nope, her mother refuses to pay, worried about money.

    She has $500K in the credit union, mostly CDs. She also get SS, her husband’s (deceased) SS and his retirement from the military. She has more coming in than she currently spends. Health is 100% no cost as she gets military care and is close to a major medical facility. But refuses to spend the money.

    I am surprised she is willing to get another car. I fear she will not purchase a new vehicle, my recommendation, which is less than $20K. Two years with zero maintenance costs and an additional year of bumper to bumper warranty. Three years of worry free ownership. She will instead opt for used and then complain when there are problems. She thinks care warranties are worthless because of a bad experience with a stove.

    She grew up with little money and as a mother times were tough with money. She refuses to spend to make her life better. Her past experience has clouded her judgement. She could spend $50K a year for the next 15 years which would put her at 100. It is her money and should be spent on her comfort and not hoarded.

    Unfortunately, her daughter, my wife, got that part of the MIL’s genes.

  45. Nick Flandrey says:

    The advice to look at the mom to see where the wife will end up is good advice. Some have made a conscious decision NOT to be that way, but for most of us, that is the only model we have and early training trumps later….

    n

  46. Ray Thompson says:

    The advice to look at the mom to see where the wife will end up is good advice.

    Too late now.

    My aunt was the same way with money. In her later years she refused to go on a musical trip with a group to Europe. Too expensive. She had the money. It would have been the trip of a lifetime. I think it was about $4,000.00 which included everything.

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