Saturday, October 15, 2022

CWP, 15 October MMXXII Anno Domini

 Hi Sheepdogs,
     Why aren't you dead yet?  Because God has important deep meaningful stuff for you to
do.  You might not understand what God is doing through you.  You might not recognize
its significance.  But that is because we are mere mortals with very limited mental capacity.  
When the angels are busy, God uses humans.  You can smell the difference.  
     The Private does not understand the strategy of the war nor why he is being sacrificed.  
But he trusts that the General has a good plan.  He trusts the CinC is pursuing a just war.  
     We know that God is in control of everything and works all things for our good.  
The CinC and the Generals do God's will, whether they acknowledge it or not.  
     Frodo of the Shire accepts his burden and does his best because he trusts
John Ronald Reuel Tolkien.  Frodo does not hate Tolkien.  Frodo does not deny Tolkien.  
Frodo does not abandon his task.  Frodo does not kill Golum.  
     Frodo Lives!  (I first saw that written in the tunnels connecting the buildings of
Columbia University.  The laundry rooms were down in the tunnels.  Had to be careful,
the gas driers would burn your clothes.)  
     Murphy's Law:  "Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong, at the worst possible time."  
Murphy's Law is true.  It's not a battlefield superstition.  
     To defeat Murphy's Law you must strive to eliminate anything that can go wrong with
your defense system, including your strategy, tactics, techniques, and gear.  
     You do this by intelligent serious training.  During the class you accept the instruction
in good faith and strive to learn what is being taught.  After the class, you critically analyze
what you have learned to decide to adopt it or not.  
     You carefully practice for the fight, striving for perfection and avoiding irrelevant actions.  
In order to eliminate irrelevant actions, you must understand the WHY of every action.  
     You must eliminate anything that can go wrong with your weapon system.  You accomplish
this by training hard and long with the gear that you carry everyday to find out if it works.  
If something doesn't work, you fix it immediately.  If you can't fix it, you ask for help.  You
never sweep anything under the rug.  You never say to yourself, "It's no big deal."  
Because in combat will be.  
     Attention to detail.  
     "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State,
the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."  
-- Second Amendment, Constitution of the United States of America
(capitalization is as in the original document, militia refers to YOU)
     This means that if you are not keeping and bearing arms, you are not being the Militia,
which means you are not contributing to the security of your free State.  Simple possession
causes tyrants to fear.  That's why tyrants enact gun control laws.  So you must resist
gun control laws.  
     Our Revolutionary War started when the British attempted to take our guns.  
     During our Revolutionary War, only 10% of those able to join the Militia, took up arms
to fight the British.  Today, less than 1% of those able to join the U.S. Armed Forces do.  
That's okay, because less than 1% of Afghans who were able to fight fought and defeated
the Union of Soviets Socialist Republics and then the United States.  As Prof. Jordon
Peterson says, conscientiousness is the primary determiner of success, not intelligence.  
Not size of the army, not sophistication of weaponry, not competence of the leaders;
conscientiousness of the soldiers.  
     Are you willing to fight?  That's nice.  But beer bellied couch potatoes are little more
than cannon fodder.  
     Are you willing to prepare to fight?  That's better.  Because your training and practice
will determine the effectiveness of your shots.  Untrained persons cause a lot of friendly
fire casualties.  Remember NFL football star Patrick Daniel Tillman Jr. (U.S. Army)?  
     Are you willing to be a winter time soldier?  Put your treasure, liberty, and life at risk?  
The winter time soldier determines the outcome.  In the American Revolutionary War, 
in Vietnam, in Afghanistan, . . . the winter soldier wins, not the super power.  
*****     *****     ***** Software *****     *****     *****
----- Safety -----  (How to prevent the bad thing from happening in the first place.  
How to avoid shooting yourself, friendlies, and innocent bystanders.)
Jeff Cooper's Rules of Gun Safety  
Tim Larkin on
"Avoidable Violence Examples You Need To Understand" by Tim Larkin
     The planet Earth is the most powerful impact weapon available.  Even if you don't
intend to use it as such.  
     "If violent crime is to be curbed, it is only the intended victim who can do it.  
The felon does not fear the police, and he fears neither judge nor jury.  Therefore
what he must fear is his victim."  
-- Col. Jeff Cooper
Some things you may not have considered..." by Stav
Avoid getting shot by other good guys.  
Be able to stop the bleed.  
You don't know who the good guy is and who the bad guy is.  
The victim may turn on you.  (Ever responded to a domestic?)  
There may be more than one bad person.  
Do you have mental maps?  
"Better to stay out of trouble than get out of trouble."
-- Tactical Professor (Claude Werner)
     Similarly, it's easier to prevent a fire than to extinguish one.  
     From my "Personal Safety" training at work --
People often under-estimate another person's ability and over-estimate their own intelligence
and/or ability to handle a situation.  Behavioral scientists call this a "superiority bias".  
     This is especially dangerous in combat, because you and the other person may be fully
involved in combat without you knowing it.  Combat starts at a significant distance when
the other guy decides that he is going to attack.  You may not know because you might not
have seen him yet.  So pay attention.  Look around.  
     Want to avoid violent crime?  Simple, move out of urban areas, live and work in rural areas.  
Simple, not easy, simple.  Hat tip to Stephen P. Wenger,
     Magazine article -
"Criminal Neglect
Newly released numbers from the National Crime Victimization Survey
confirm that violent crime in urban areas is rising dramatically." by Jeffrey H. Anderson
     Primary source data -
"Criminal Victimization, 2021" by Alexandra Thompson and Susannah N. Tapp, Ph.D.
John Farnam's rules to keep you out of trouble:  
Don't go to stupid places.  
Don't do stupid things.  
Don't hang out with stupid people.  
Be in bed by 10 PM.  Your own bed.  
Don't look like a freak.  
Don't fail the attitude test.  
*****     *****     ***** Personal Security, Medical, Survival, etc. *****     *****     *****
"If you prepare for the emergency,
the emergency ceases to exist!"
-- Dr. Sherman House
"Developing World Problems in the USA" by Greg Ellifritz
     Be prepared.  Those who don't prepare suffer.  Don't let your apathy cause
your children to suffer.  
     I hope you understand what the Democrats are doing with their policies of
open borders, de-fund the police, prosecutors who won't prosecute criminals,
immediately releasing criminals after arrest (no bail) as in Illinois and New York,
which is the opposite of Florida where "no bail" means the accused stay in jail.
     Police in Illinois cannot legally remove trespassers from homes and businesses.
Jews who have fled Los Angeles to Nashville have told me that this is why they
fled Los Angeles, as this practice has been going on in Los Angeles for quite a
     If you are involved in a lethal force encounter, "there will be bleeding" (as John
Murphy says).  
     Hence, you must know how to apply a tourniquet to yourself in 20 seconds.  Ya, it's
going to hurt.  Yes, the medical experts will say that it will take 3 minutes for you to bleed to
death.  But, in 20 seconds you will pass out from blood loss.  And then the 2 minutes and
40 seconds will pass uneventfully to your death.  (Direct pressure won't work, because who
is applying pressure after you pass out?  Oh, you think you can stop the bleeding with
direct pressure?  How quaint.)  
     Similarly, you need to know how to pack your wound.  Ya, it's going to hurt.  
     You need to know how to place that seal on your chest to stop the air from entering your
chest cavity and collapsing your lungs.  It won't hurt.  (Frank Beck has used sticky mouse
traps as a chest seal.  It works.  And they are much cheaper than sterile vented chest seals.  
Of course, they aren't sterile.)  Zip Lock freezer bags work.  They also work as gloves, sort of.  
     Of course, you must have the equipment within arms reach.  Which means you must have
thought about it months in advance, in order to acquire the equipment weeks in advance, in
order to have trained and practiced with the equipment days in advance, in order to execute
correctly under stress, right NOW!  Amazing how these things work.    
     And now for the obligatory cliche.  Your failure to plan is an excellent plan for failure.  
And you will.  Murphy guarantees it.  (As in Murphy's Law, not John Murphy.)  
     Wellness is the the choices you make, all the choices.  
Eat a hearty breakfast.  I'm no hypocrite.  Every morning I fry up a third of a can of corned
beef hash and scramble an egg.  On the side, I have a scoop of sauer kraut or kim chee.  
(Probiotics should come from fermented plants, not dairy products.  Lactose intolerance is
the normal state of humans.  Lactose tolerance is a genetic defect.  You don't want to marry
those people.)  On top of the egg I pour some salsa.  On top of the hash I sprinkle some
grated Parmesan cheese.  I drink tea with lemon and honey.  (I find water boring.)  
     Life is too short for sugarless cereal and oatmeal.  If you're eating sugary cereal, you're
just wrong.  
     Eat fish.  
     Soda pop causes obesity.  Don't drink it.  Sugarless soda pop is worse, because it contains
artificial sweeteners which are poison.  The FDA is not your friend.  They don't have your
best interest.  They are a government bureaucracy that is rife with corruption and deceit.  
Trusting the government to protect you is an act of criminal stupidity.  
     Exercise.  Stop watching TV, movies, and other cheap entertainment on  
Do not roam around, run around, jog, etc. with ear buds in your ears listening to your favorite
music or pod cast.  Because that's an act of criminal stupidity.  Tim Larkin says that all of the
females in his study sample that were attacked by strangers had ear phones in their ears at the
time of the attack (or words to that effect, I paraphrase).  
     Jot it down.  Write a diary.  Keep a journal, of your shooting training and practice, for
instance.  Or, like me, write a blog for your student's and friend's continuing education.  
[If you're going to publish to an audience or allow public access, you'll probably want to
get a proofreader or editor to review your work before public release.  I have re-read and
re-written my work until it shone like a polished apple, only to have a rational proofreader
tell me that it was bat shit crazy.  Unlike Ozzy Osborne or Miranda Lambert, we need not
be singing about our Crazy Train.]  
     Always be generating large volumes of clear urine.  If you're not, drink more water until
you do.  
     Eat a balanced meal.
This is the U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE.  Not all government agencies are evil.  
     In the event of trauma --
     Call 911 first.  
     If you have trauma care training, you have a lot more options.  
     If the conscious adult refuses care, don't give him any care.  
But you still need to call 911.  
     If the adult is unconscious or unable to give consent, consent is implied.  
You may give care.  
     If it is a child, whether or not the child can give consent varies from state to state and
implied consent varies from state to state.  (Skating on thin ice.)  
     In most states the Good Samaritan laws will shield the provider from financial
responsibility, as long as the provider is not taking any money and is acting reasonably
(within the scope of their training).  
     If you do unreasonable things or abandon care after starting care, you're liable.  
(I guess you could justify abandoning care by claiming you no longer felt safe in the area.  
Civilians can get away with that.  EMTs not so much.  Police, nope.  Military should be
attacking and pushing the enemy back to allow the Corpsmen to come forward and take 
care of the wounded.)  
     Concerning CPR -- (symptom - the victim has stopped breathing)
     According to the American Red Cross, when breathing stops, the heart will soon
stop beating.  Within 4-6 minutes, brain damage is possible.  In 6-10 minutes, brain
damage is likely.  After 10 minutes, irreversible brain damage is certain.  By administering
CPR, you are able to circulate blood through the body so that any brain damage is delayed.  
     100 compressions per minute (compress in rhythm with the song "Stayin' Alive"
by the Bee Gees).  The compressions must be at least 5cm or 2 inches deep.  Yes, you may
break the ribs and sternum.  But what are the options?  
     Concerning the Automated External Defibrillator (AED) --
(symptom - the heart is not beating regularly)
This device resets a heart that is beating too fast (ventricular tachycardia) or
beating with an irregular rhythm (ventricular fibrillation).  
It will not re-start a heart that has flat lined.  (That's only in the movies and TV, silly.)  
     Just follow the instructions.  The machine will talk you though the procedure.  
Oh, didn't know that?  Better get some training.  
"Recognizing & Interpreting Pre-Attack Indicators
The easiest fight to win is the one that you walk away from, before anything starts up."  
by Shelley Hill
"It Will Just Be OK…." by Joe Dolio
Hat tip to Docent at
     This is called “normalcy bias” and it’s downright DANGEROUS.  Normalcy Bias is why
people wait too long to evacuate during hurricanes and fires, and its why people die when
denying that a robbery or assault is happening.  This 3,000-year-old Tactical Wisdom from
the Bible proves it’s been going on forever:  
     ". . . then if anyone hears the trumpet but does not heed the warning and the sword
comes and takes their life, their blood will be on their own head."  
-- Ezekiel 33:4
     Hoping for “cooler heads to prevail” is how world wars start.  Hoping for people to
“come to their senses” is how civil wars start.  
     Normalcy bias is what happened in the German Jewish community up to and even after
November 9, 1938 (Kristallnacht).  They all thought that as long as they cooperated with
the Federal authorities and kept quiet, they’d be left alone.  Sound familiar?  How did that
work out in the end?  
     I want to address something.  This week, an avowed Democrat man pursued, cornered,
and killed an 18-year-old because he thought the kid was a “Republican Extremist”.  The
man is legit ANGRY that he had to post $50,000 bond, because he thinks the attack was
justified.  He practically bragged about it to the detectives who interviewed him.  
     More importantly, if you peruse Twitter or Facebook, the greater left as a whole agrees
that this attack was justified.  Why?  Because the President of the United States [Biden] said
that MAGA Republicans are a clear and present danger to democracy.  Those words are
specifically used to justify violence.  Pretending that there are NOT people out there who
want to kill you is DANGEROUS.  This is also exactly how the non-Jewish citizens of
Germany generally felt about the Jews.  We need to realize that violence IS coming, whether
you want it or not.  
     But what can we do?  We can prepare.  We can be aware.  We can stop hoping because
hope is not a strategy.  
"Plan For The Worst- Preparing for Abduction and Restraint" by Greg Ellifritz
     What's the solution?  Vicious ruthless counter-attack NOW!  Before you get tied up.  
Never submit.  It's only going to get worse.  It never gets better.  If you think the bad guy
will have any mercy, you're a damn fool.  
"Teslas Hackers Have Found Another Unauthorized Access Vulnerability
It borrows tricks from typical radio-frequency relay attacks,
but the implementation is exclusive to the most modern cars." bySteve DaSilva
Hat tip to Bruce Schneier at
If you don't subscribe to his newsletter, you should.  
     This is why I never use my fob to unlock or start my car.  This is a concept attack.  
Eventually it will work on all cars.  
"If you stay fit, you do not have to get fit.
If you stay trained, you do not have to get trained.
If you stay prepared, you do not have to get prepared."
-- Robert Margulies
----- Mindset (figuring out the correct way to think) -----
     "He who has anticipated the coming of troubles takes away their power when they arrive."  
-- Lucius Annaeus Seneca
     If you look at someone bigger, faster, and stronger and immediately think,
'I'm at a disadvantage,'  
I have news for you:  you are.  
But that's only because you just put yourself there for no reason.  
     The truth is that anyone can do debilitating violence to anyone else.  
Your size, your speed, your strength, your gender --
all the factors that untrained people think make the difference
when it comes to violence --
all matter far less than your mindset and your intent.  
-- Tim Larkin
     ". . . when our moment of truth comes . . .
It's gunna be a fresh, green good guy versus
an experienced, jaded, prepared, and fully activated, and LAUNCHED violent felon."  
-- Patrick Kilchermann
     So you need to be able to change from meek mild mannered nice guy to
relaxed elegant Samson (as in Samson and Delilah) in an instant.  Samson only had the jaw
bone of an ass.  You've got a pistol.  So you should fair much better.  If you make the decision
to attack.  Not defend, ATTACK!  
"Fear is an instinct.  Courage is a choice."
-- Rear Admiral Joseph Kernan, USN
From an email from Patrick Kilchermann --
     Most people who carry concealed focus on two areas in their development as Guardians:  
> Handgun selection.  
> Target marksmanship.  
The problem is, when we actually sit down and analyze hundreds upon hundreds of
real-world, use of force scenarios . . . we find that handgun choice and marksmanship
account for very few of the success/failure hinge-points for the 'good guys.'  
(Especially considering that Target marksmanship skill development has VERY LITTLE
to do with Combat marksmanship ability!)  
     What we DON'T tend to focus on NEARLY ENOUGH are the areas that truly are the
hinge points:  
        Our AWARENESS within an escalating, threatening, or violent incident.  
        Our abilities to THINK CLEARLY AND CRITICALLY within those same scenarios.  
        DECISIONS on whether and when to use force;
to what extent to use force; and the manner in which force is deployed.  
        The INTENSITY, or energy, with which force is deployed, used, and maintained
within the scope of a 3-second altercation.  
        The TIMING of that deployment and use of force.  
     The evidence for this 'failure of priorities' is dreadfully evident when real-world scenarios
are analyzed.  
        > We see people who carry the best handguns defeated by criminals who are
dramatically less well-armed.  
        > We see people who possessed excellent accuracy abilities (in particular,
trained & qualified police officers) who utterly fail to effectively shut down an attack.  
     And here's the thing . . . the results of our investigation couldn't be more clear:  
When you see these "proficient" marksmen or these well-armed good-guys LOSE . . .
(or die from wounds even when they "win"), a lack of INTENSITY is usually why.  
     Most of the time, an INTENSE response is going to end the fight before your mind
even fully realizes what your blisteringly-effective hands have done.
     This happens for many reasons, some of which involve complicated realities about
human biology, but it happens primarily because of the simple nature of who criminals
are and what they're after:  
     A criminal is being a criminal because they have decided that getting something is worth
some pre-determined amount of risk.  But when we expose our attackers to more risk than
they are comfortable with . . . most of the time, the response is immediate disengagement.  
They turn to flee.  
     You do not see this instant dis-engagement response without INTENSITY.  Instead, the
criminal has time to observe => orient => decide => and Act against your re-action to his
     We see this constantly.  Good guys are losing.  They are dying.  
     INTENSITY is the answer.
-- Patrick Kilchermann
     "You need to have the capacity for danger.  You need to be ‘dangerous.’  
Yet, you need to learn how to not use it except when necessary.  And, that is not
the same thing as being harmless.  Harmlessness is no virtue.  It's like a rabbit.  
There's nothing virtuous about harmlessness.  It just means you’re ineffectual
and useless."  
-- Jordan Peterson
----- Training (figuring out the correct tasks to learn) -----
     "Train, Practice, Compete
are the key elements in the development of humans."
-- John M. Buol, Jr.
FPF Training
"Putting Training into Context:  An Interview with John Murphy" by Gila Hayes
     “If someone succeeds in provoking you, your mind was complicit.” -- Epictetus
     The other thing that I’m watching are incidents of recent armed robberies where the
criminal just shot the victim.  There was no threatened, “Give it up or I will shoot you!”  
The robber just shot and took what he wanted.  That paradigm shift will impact our teaching
industry a lot.  We used to teach what I called malignant compliance.  You would say,  
“Sure! Sure!” and you gave them your wallet and then you got out of it, or their attention
was diverted for a moment and then you counter attacked.  If a robber just shows up
thinking, “I will just blow a hole in this guy and take what I want,” that makes this very
[John is so diplomatic.  Every one of my fitness reports (what senior Marines write on their
subordinates ) decried my lack of diplomacy.  So I will say it.  Immediately counter attack.  
No hesitation.  No wind up.  No preparation.  Just attack with the intent to permanently
stop the attack.  Oh looky looky, I am diplomatic! -- Jon Low]  
     People need to think about organizing into groups, formerly known as neighborhood
watches, because these animals don’t know any boundaries.  They just don’t.  
[George Zimmerman was on Neighborhood Watch duty when he shot Trayvon Martin.  
-- Jon Low]  
     Gila Hayes:  "Decisions made on actions, not on how someone looks."
[Gila Hayes is trying hard to be politically correct and not appear racist.  The truth is,
if you can't recognize a criminal predator by the way he looks, you're a damn fool.  
Sheriff Nash (Dorchester County, SC) said, bad teeth, no shirt, body odor (poor hygiene
as opposed to too much perfume), and tattoos.  
I would add:  hoodie with the hood pulled up, pants with the belt line worn below the
buttocks, baseball cap worn incorrectly, open carry of weapons (in an urban environment),
wearing a mask (young person, not an old decrepit person), gang colors, motorcycle club
colors (usually on denim vests worn over leather jackets, not draped over the arm).  
-- Jon Low]  
     . . . it ain’t over until the toe tag goes on.  [Train to fight while wounded.]  
     I loved John Murphy's bio at the end of the article.  Let me spoof it by giving you the
bio if it were written on me.  
     About Jon Low:  After a 34-year career in the Marines and the intelligence community,
Low was kicked out for being too old and speaking out against women and homosexuals
in combat units, and now teaches those who don't have the money to travel to real instructors.  
His class on Defensive Pistolcraft has stolen the best of the many classes he has taken with
leading instructors.  Learn more at  
     You need training because:  
You don't know what you don't know.  
Much of what you know is false.  
It's good to the have the answers before the criminal tests you.  
-- Claude Werner (paraphrased)
"Range Costumes?" by Tom Givens
     ". . . openly wearing a race rig . . . reduces a self defense oriented class to cosplay."
"On Being Deliberate" by Dave Spaulding
     ". . . speed is . . . lack of unnecessary motion (smooth is fast!)"
     ". . . the single biggest factor in overcoming fear is confidence in our skills."
"Take training from different instructors.  
We are all wrong about something."  
-- John Farnam
     My father told me to get my degree as soon as possible.  He wanted me to
go to college immediately after high school.  His thinking was that the sooner
you get your degree, the sooner you can start using it to make money.  Similarly,
the sooner you get training, the sooner you can use it to recognize and avoid
the bad situation, which is a win.  Winning the gunfight (or any fight) is not
really a win, because the aftermath can be financially and emotionally crippling.  
“The secret of success is this.
Train like it means everything when it means nothing –
so you can fight like it means nothing when it means everything.”
-- Lofty Wiseman
     Chuck Haggard taught a low light class on Saturday night at the Garudian Conference.  
Matt Little taught a low light class on Saturday night at the Garudian Conference.  The classes
went on in different indoor ranges at Wilshire Gun,
I took Matt Little's class.  I had a chance to talk to a student who took Chuck's class.  The
classes were entirely different.  The techniques for searching with the flashlight were different.  
The techniques for shooting with the flashlight were different.  I'm not going to describe and
compare because didn't take Chuck's class and I could not do justice to Matt's class.  
     The point is, taking the same class from different instructors is an entirely different
experience.  And worth doing.  
     Chuck's class was 4 hours during the day at an outdoor range and then 4 hours at the
indoor range.  So they did everything in daylight before doing everything in the dark.  So,
if you had never done low light operations before, Chuck's class would have been for you.  
     Matt's class was 4 hours at the indoor range.  I guess they put me in this class based on my
answers to the questionnaire that was part of the registration process.  I wish Tac Con would
implement such a pre-registration questionnaire.  
"11 Research Based Concealed Carry Tips From Criminal Video Analysis" by Jake
(Another Marine Intel type.  Why are so many bloggers Marine Intel?  Or claim to be?  
He doesn't give his full name, so I can't look him up on Marine Online.)
Hat tip to Stephen P. Wenger,
     Prior to this analysis I would have thought that the vast majority of assaults and robberies,
which is what these scenarios generally are, would have been one on one.  This is simply not
     In 73% of the engagements the good guy, hid his draw from the bad guy(s).
     There were 53% of scenarios where the good guy saw the threat, waited, then delayed
his draw.  Often times they delayed their draw, and also obscured it as well.  
In every successful scenario the good guys, delayed, and obscured their draw.  
     There were 73% of scenarios where the good guy was either moving and shooting
together, or moving, then shooting from multiple positions.  
     The vast majority of engagements were roughly 20 seconds or less,
but a few longer scenarios made the average engagement 26 seconds
from first shot fired to last.  
1.  Carry a high capacity weapon, ideally 8 rounds or above.  
2.  Be able to access your gun with one hand.  
3.  Keep your head on a swivel, checking your 6, the most dangerous area.  
4.  Delay your draw.  
5.  Obscure your draw.  
6.  Do not engage immediately unless you must.  
7.  Practice pivoting and engaging threats.  
8.  Practice gun grappling and one handed engagement within 3 feet.  
9.  Shoot from cover if available.  
10. Practice shooting and moving at man sized target at 3-5 yards.  
11. Validate all live training with force on force training.  
[The author notes the sampling bias, as he could only analyze events that had video
recordings.  Most crime is not recorded.]  
     Training for the kiddies.  
"Civilian Marksmanship Program Announces Free Junior Air Rifle Clinics at Camp Perry"
by Ashley Dugan
Training is NOT an event, but a process.
Training is the preparation FOR practice".
-- Claude Werner
----- Practice (how to get good at that task) -----
Practice is the small deposits you make over time,
so that in an emergency, you can make that big withdrawal.
-- Chesley Burnett Sullenberger, III
"Increase toxic masculinity with these 3 simple exercises. Climb, breach, shoot."
     Can you do this?  I used to be able to do these things.  
Why practice?  
    "To each there comes in their lifetime a special moment
when they are figuratively tapped on the shoulder and
offered the chance to do a very special thing, unique
to them and fitted to their talents.  What a tragedy if
that moment finds them unprepared or unqualified for that  
which could have been their finest hour."  
-- Winston Churchill
- Decide if anything needs to be shot.  If so, decide which thing needs to be shot.  
     Grip correctly.  Sight alignment.  Sight movie.  Grip tight,  
     Trigger control - Touch the trigger.  Take the slack out of the trigger.  Do not intentionally 
fire the shot.  (You are striving for a surprise trigger break to defeat your autonomic nervous 
system responses.)  Smoothly increase pressure on the trigger.  When the pistol fires, watch 
for the muzzle flash (an orange flash, if you didn't see it you closed your eye, otherwise you 
would have seen it).  
     Follow through - Continue pressing the trigger, trapping it to the rear.  
Continue watching the sights.  Get the sights back on the target that you just shot.  
     Release the trigger to reset the trigger.  Feel and hear the reset.  Take the slack out of the 
trigger (Yes, there will be slack after the reset.).  
- Decide if anything needs to be shot.  
     If so, decide which thing needs to be shot.  
     If not, pull the pistol into a compressed ready position, pointing the pistol down at the
ground in front of you.  Wrists are straight to maintain a strong grip.  Bend from the elbows
to point the pistol down.  Maintain your correct two handed grip.  (Don't use Sul, because
it breaks your two handed grip.)  Keep your shoulders down and relaxed.  Relaxed muscles
are quick.  Tense muscles are slow.  
- If the situation is copacetic, holster and conceal.  So, the responding police officers don't
shoot you.  
"Panic is simply the lack of preprogrammed responses."  
-- Tom Givens
"Be careful what you practice.  
Because you will do in combat whatever you have practiced,
no matter how ridiculous."  
-- "Shooting in Self-Defense" by Sara Ahrens
----- Strategy (deciding on the end state and how to achieve it, which tactics to use, which
includes not getting involved) -----
How do you win a gunfight?
Don't be there.
-- John Farnam
"Active Killer Response Options for Armed Citizens" by Greg Ellifritz
     If you've never hunted humans before, what makes you think you can do it?  If you've
never hunted armed combatants before, what makes you think you are capable?  Even if
you have, when was the last time you practiced the skill?  
     1% of the U.S. population has ever served in the Armed Forces.  Less than 10% of
those have served in any combat arms MOS (military occupational specialty).  
A small fraction of those have served in a unit where they were trained in small arms.  
A small fraction of those have engaged in combat.  An even smaller fraction of those have 
regularly engaged in combat operations.  There just aren't many persons who are capable 
of hunting armed trained dedicated human enemies.  
     8% of the population have carry permits.  In 24 states you don't need a permit to carry.  
So a lot more than 8% are legally carrying.  Add all of the criminals carrying and you've
got a lot of people with guns that could mistakenly or intentionally shoot you if you draw
attention to yourself by presenting your pistol in public.  
     Awareness, Avoidance, De-Escalation, and Escape
"VIDEO|Brutal Attack on Woman in New York Subway Underscores Deeper Problems"
by Matthew Maruster
Comment by Greg Ellifritz at
     This is a horrible attack and I understand its impact on the victim.  But I disagree with the
author’s premise that men should automatically step up to protect female victims in scenarios
like this.  
     The victim was an adult.  She has the same opportunities that I have to study martial arts
and fighting or to carry a weapon (or at least move to a location where she can carry a
weapon).  She chose not to pursue those courses of action whereas I have spent many years
of my life, many hours in the hospital, and tens of thousands of dollars perfecting my skill set
for this very emergency.  Why should she benefit from my training, hard work and lifetime
of pain if she is unwilling to do the the same work herself?  
     Lots of women crave “equality” with men.  I support that idea.  Women should absolutely
be the equal of men.  But that means that I treat the women the same way that I treat the men
in my life.  If I wouldn’t step up to save a dude in this situation, why should I be obligated to
do so because the victim is female?  Equality is equality.  And I absolutely would not
intervene in this attack if the victim was male.  
     There is zero personal gain in intervening in an attack like this.  In addition to the physical
risks it presents, in today’s world you also risk being put in prison if the prosecutor thinks he
can get any political notoriety out of your trial.  You stand to lose hundred of thousands of
dollars in a lawsuit if you act.  If you walk away you will suffer no negative consequences.  
That makes the decision very clear to me.
     “Not your people, not your problem.”  Enjoy the Decline.
You win gunfights by not getting shot.
-- John Holschen
----- Tactics (tasks that you should strive to be able to do in support of your strategy) -----
"Real fights are short."
-- Bruce Lee
     You need to practice shooting moving targets, because you need to be able to hit
moving targets, because in combat (self-defense is combat) everyone is moving.  
To master this tactic, I suggest you get on a video simulator.  
     Axiom Training does a good job.  Contact Bill Hayes at
(843) 384-3204
     "Up close, it would be easy to hit a moving target."  
     That is completely FALSE!  In one of his classes, Ralph Mroz tells of a
force-on-force scenario at close quarters (I think it was in an elevator) where both
students were armed with Simunition revolvers (6 rounds each).  Everyone expected
them to be covered with paint markers.  There were zero hits.  Even at contact range,
in high stress situations moving targets are extremely difficult to hit.  That's reality.  
That can be remedied with training and practice.  
     My observations of students on simulators has shown that when the target goes
down, intentionally or from being shot, the student will not be able to follow the
target down and ends up shooting over the target.  That can be remedied with training
and practice.  
"Tactics and Training: Move!" by Tiger McKee
     Moving is usually more important than drawing or shooting.  Move first, create distance,
get behind protection, then think about the pistol work.  Plus, it may not even be safe to
draw or engage the threat until moving to a location where you won’t muzzle bystanders
and have a backstop positioned to trap errant rounds.  
"The Double Tap
Or Is It A Trouble Tap?" by Clint Smith
     I advocate students replace the double tap with a plan to shoot every round you brought,
one round at a time until you get target compliance.  
"The shorter the fight, the less hurt you get."
-- John Holschen
----- Techniques (ways to execute a given task in support of your tactics) -----
"Use only that which works,
and take it from any place you can find it."
-- Bruce Lee
"Can You Really Focus on Your Front Sight Under Stress?" by Chris Sajnog
Or on
    The Chris Sajnog channel on
     I find his stuff quite useful.  
     Why would an instructor teach that you can't focus on your front sight when under stress?  
Because the instructor can't.  Why?  Because he hasn't trained correctly and hasn't practiced
enough to master the skill of focusing on the front sight.  Instructors will not teach things that
they can't do or don't understand.  That's just reality.  
     Or, he isn't capable of focusing on the front sight because his aiming eye isn't capable
of focusing at that distance.  Glasses, contact lenses, screen goggles, pin prick goggles, . . .
there are solutions.  
"Are You Covered?" by Tiger McKee
     ". . . one of the first principles we want to apply for using cover is to create distance
between our body and the objects we are using for protection.  This reduces the danger
of being injured by fragmentation and debris."  
     "Another advantage of having distance from cover is that it widens your field of view,
allowing you to see more of the threat environment."  
     "If possible you always want to work around the side of an object, which exposes less
of your body to the threat, as opposed to working over the top, which presents the threat
with a full view of your head."  
     [Tiger McKee is talking about variations of the kneeling position in this article.  But,
what Maj. John Plaster was referring to in Vietnam was the Vietnamese using the
squatting position, and the American's inability to use the squatting position.  The squatting
position is the fastest to get into and out of.  And if you practice (or it may come naturally
to you), you can walk around quickly in a squatting position.  Westerners sit on chairs.  
They won't squat.  Maybe that's why the Vietnamese won.  A North Vietnamese
Army Colonel thought so at the time. -- Jon Low]
     Clint Smith says, “People shoot you because they see you.  They see you because you
let them.  Don’t let them see you.”  
     "People come up with a lot of reasons why they don’t practice.  I have one really good
reason why you should:  we are talking about skills that save lives."  . . .
"So take the time, and make sure that when your turn does come, you’re prepared."  
"But I Can’t Reach!  Strategies for Reloading Pistols" by Annette Evans
     Miss Evans demonstrates techniques for ejecting the magazine.  
     I would not recommend an extended magazine release nor an extended slide lock,
because it increases the probability of unintentionally ejecting the magazine and unintentionally
locking the slide back.  Murphy's Law.  
"4 Flashlight Techniques for Concealed Carry" by Evan Brune
"How to Survive an Attack from Bottom Guard (Safety Position)" by Todd Fossey
"It's not daily increase but daily decrease - hack away at the inessentials!"
-- Bruce Lee
*****     *****     ***** Instruction *****     *****     *****

Colonel Robert Lindsey to his fellow trainers:  
"We are not God's gift to our students.  
Our students are God's gift to us."  
----- Instructors -----
"Remember, the students who require the extra effort are the ones who need us the most!"
-- John Farnam
"Trainers You Should Know - Citizens Safety Academy" by Greg Ellifritz
     I have taken classes from them.  I highly recommend.  
     "Every time I teach a class,
I discover I don't know something."
-- Clint Smith
     Instructors should be clean and well groomed and appropriately attired.  
     Fingernails should be trimmed and filed so as not to have any sharp edges.  Cuticles
should be pushed back.  If your nail polish is screaming at the student, you are distracting
the student from learning.  
     Hair should be cut short so as to never get in your eyes.  Or, hair should be tied back
so as never to get in your eyes or tangled in equipment.  Long hair is dangerous (it's a
fire hazard, especially if you are using petroleum based gels or hair spray to hold it in
place; caught in equipment, it may pull you to your death; interfering with your vision,
it may mean the difference between living and dying).  
     Oral hygiene is essential.  Floss your teeth, especially beneath the gum line.  Brush
your teeth and all interior surfaces in your mouth, including your tongue, before meeting
     Bathe.  Scrub all body surfaces before meeting students.  
     Clothing should be clean and pressed and correctly fitting.  Clothing should always
be conservative.  If you think showing skin will earn you bigger tips, you're in the wrong
     Your shirt, fly of your trousers, and belt buckle should all be lined up on the gig line.  
Yes, it matters.  If you're wearing a tie, it should also be hanging on the gig line.  
"Instructor Stages with Justin Dyal" by Lee Weems
     1st stage - this is what I was taught.  No man crosses the river twice, either the river changes
or he changes.  
     2nd stage - shoot like me.  I'm having great success with this.  This is how we do it,
because our context is different.  What is your mission?  What are you trying to achieve?  
Does your equipment fit you?  The enthusiast trap.  Huge difference between those who
are in the class because they were sent by their organization and those who are paying their
own way.  
     3rd stage - principled based.  Techniques customized for the student.  Can you adapt the
technique to the student.  
     4th stage - teaching individuals.  One person classes.  So you can take that student to where
that student needs to be.  Adjusting your teaching to your student.  Meet the shooter where
the shooter is at.  
     Standards - 80% standard.  Aspirational standards.  Organizational standards.  
In Georgia law enforcement you can miss the target 10 times and carry a gun.  In the FBI
you can miss the target 5 times and carry a gun.  
     [Ya, I remember rooting for the Baltimore Colts lead by Johnny Unitas. -- Jon Low]
     Be careful what you teach.  
Because your students will do in combat
whatever you have trained them to do,
no matter how ridiculous.
-- "Shooting in Self-Defense" by Sara Ahrens
----- Andragogy -----
     An instructor should not expect any learning to take
place the first time new information is presented.  
-- "Building Shooters" by Dustin Solomon
"Desirable Difficulties in Training Improve Skill Retention" byDr. Timothy Lee
     Spacing - spread out your training over time, don't mass it all into a short time.  
     The Testing Effect - test before the training so the student knows what's important, test
after the training to determine effectiveness of the training, repeat training and test again,
ad infinitum.  
     Delaying Feedback - delay feedback after testing.  The brain needs time to sort things out
and organize information.  
     Interleaving - interleave your training, work on different skills, don't work on one skill at
a time.  (counter intuitive, that's why most instructors won't do it)  
     Training Under Pressure - push the student out of his comfort zone, that's where learning
     I was at the Ford Ice Center in Nashville, TN watching the figure skating coaches (some
at the Olympic level) work with their skaters (predominantly young females and young
couples, skating couples, not romantic couples).  The coaching style and form is entirely
different from what one would see in a typical firearms class.  Much of the time is spent
skating around the edge of the rink talking to the skater to fix head problems, emotional
problems, thinking problems.  Because these interfere with optimal performance.  It is not
that the skills of figure skating are so different from the skills of shooting, as much as the
temperament and personalities of the athletes are different from the typical shooting student.  
As gun ownership expands to a fundamentally different type of person, as it is in fact doing
in the U.S., there will be a need for "figure skating" type coaches to deal with the "figure
skating" type student.  Just as hockey coaches are different from figure skating coaches,
so the firearms industry may need to develop "figure skating" coaches.  
     I was at the Ford Ice Center in Nashville, TN watching little girls (7 to 8 years old) in a
hockey class.  One of the drills was to skate with your partner while throwing a tennis ball
back and forth.  Sometimes skating side by side.  Sometimes with lead skating backwards
and follower skating forwards.  I overheard a male parent complaining that that was not
anything that they would ever do in hockey and so was an inappropriate drill.  I thought
about how I could explains things to him concerning training children of this age, concerning
female students of this age, concerning pedagogical theory in general, concerning
interleaving, . . . and then I stopped when I noticed that he was drunk, and such an
explanation would probably lead to a fight.  
     Have you ever seen parents fighting while attending their children's games?  It's a thing.  
Umpires regularly eject parents from little league games.  
     "The most valuable resource that all teachers have is each other.  
Without collaboration, our growth is limited to our own perspectives."  
-- Robert John Meehan
----- Aftermath -----  (You have to be alive to have these problems:  criminal and civil liability.)
“The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him,
but because he loves what is behind him.”
― G.K. Chesterton
     If you're interested in self-defense insurance,
Van Evans is hosting U.S. Law Shield at his place,
Long Meadows Farm
5075 Betts Road, Greenbrier, TN 37073
on Sunday, 13 November 2022 at
14:30 hours Central Time.
Check out the rifle and pistol range while you're there.  Nothing lasts forever.  Van is selling
the farm.  
     As Andrew Branca says, after 20 years in prison, you have to be able to say to
yourself, "Knowing what the outcome will be, I would do it again.  I did the right thing."  
     The following is Greg's article.  I cited it before.  Aqil Qadir thought it important enough
to cite it on his blog, Citizens Safety Academy Alumni (, so I will cite it again.  
"What Do I Say After a Shooting?" by Greg Ellifritz
     Ya, you might sit in jail overnight before bonding out the following morning (Greg is an
optimist).  Or, there may be only one magistrate in your area who travels from district to
district to do bail hearings, in which case you may be in jail for a month before your bail
     My friend is a magistrate and does night court in Nashville, TN because they have
so many arrests in the big city.  So, he'll set your bail within hours of your arrest.  But my
friend who is the Sheriff in Dekalb County says it's an entirely different story in his county.  
     Remember, Massad Ayoob's advise is the advise of an old experienced sophisticated
Police Captain, expert witness, and instructor; which is NOT you.  You are inexperienced
(How many people have you shot?), scared (just shit and pissed in your pants), and ignorant
(because you don't spend all your free time and disposable income on training, you've got
the spouse and kids to feed).  If you think you are educated, sophisticated, and calm enough
to say the right things and avoid saying the wrong things, you're a damn fool.  
     You must have a self-defense insurance policy with an attorney on call 24/7 that you can
call, and who will probably show up before the cops do.  Otherwise, you're screwed.  A good
attorney can prevent your arrest (I've been arrested twice on firearms charges.  Once in
New Jersey state and once Federal.  In both instances the attorneys got me released on my
own recognizance, released without bail).  If not, a good attorney can get you bailed out
quickly.  If not, a good attorney can get you moved to a less dangerous holding facility.  
Or, get you put in protective custody, so the other criminal predators in jail don't kill you
before your trial.  Oh, what did you think reality was?  Why do you think the Red Cross
won't accept blood donations from persons who have been in prison?  Because such persons
are infected with diseases because they were forcibly sodomized.  What do you think happens
in prisons?  Education programs?  Counseling?  Sure.  As Andrew Branca says, some people
thrive in prison.  But, you are not that type of person.  We are like cops in prison, we don't
do well.  Oh, am I trying to scare you into buying a self-defense insurance policy?  Yes,
     It could be worse.  In Kyrgyz prisons there is no feeding schedule, because they have
no responsibility to feed the prisoners.  I hear it's like that in Japan too.  The families must
provide food for the prisoners.  Of course, my knowledge is dated.  Things change much
faster than I can keep up.  
"More people seeking concealed-carry insurance as gun ownership booms"
by Tom Howell Jr.
     Neglecting to get a correct self-defense insurance policy is criminal stupidity.  Getting an
insurance policy that only covers you if the insurance company thinks you are innocent
is criminal stupidity.  You have to read the fine print before buying a policy.  They all have
different caps and exclusions.  Some insurance policies are worthless.  Caveat emptor.  
     A deep dive.  Allot some time for this.  
--- An overview,
"So You've Decided to Purchase Self Defense Liability Protection" by Paul T. Martin
--- Now for the details,
     With a few notable exceptions, insurance policies do not cover intentional acts,
such as acts of self defense.  
Questions you should ask:  
     Why does the product exclude illegal activities?  Of course the police will charge you
with commission of an illegal activity.  Of course the prosecutor will prosecute you for
commission of an illegal activity.  So if your policy excludes illegal activity, it is worthless.  
     Is coverage for domestic violence incidents excluded?  
     What are the qualifications of the individual(s) deciding whether there are sufficient
facts to support a colorable claim of self defense?  
     Who chooses the attorney to represent the consumer?  
     Is there coverage for church security team activities?  
     Does the product pay fees up front?  Or does it only reimburse a consumer only if they
are successful in their legal defense?  (Reimbursement policies have a huge financial
incentive to see you convicted.)  
     Does the consumer ever have to pay legal fees back to the facility?  (If so, this policy
is worthless.)  
     Recovery or Recoupment
     Can a proprietor provide significant benefits to multiple consumers simultaneously?  
(Is the organization that you bought the policy from capable of paying?  Even when there
are several ongoing criminal and civil cases?)
     Are any legally possessed weapons covered by products offered by the facility?  
     Do products offered by the facility cover use of weapons in places where firearms are
     Is there coverage for accidental/negligent discharges?  (Consider all the law suits against
Sig Sauer by law enforcement officers claiming the P320 fired without the trigger being
pulled.  Ya, it's possible that all the claims are bogus, but what's the probability of that?)  
     What are some of the other benefits the facility provides?  
     You want a policy that pays in full up front when you are accused, no exception.  You
want a policy that will never demand reimbursement if you are convicted.  You want a policy
that will pay for your appeals if you are convicted.  Otherwise, the policy is worthless.  
     I've worked many cases as an expert witness.  The most common factor is that someone
with no formal training or only carry permit training makes a legally questionable use of
deadly force decision.  The Texas License to Carry course teaches the Penal Code, which is
not a guide to good tactics.  Students mistake the words "defense to prosecution" to mean
"I won't be arrested, charged or put on trial", which is not the case.  Armed citizens that seek
out and attend training beyond the carry permit level, particularly courses that teach tactics,
not just mechanical shooting skills, tend to make better decisions.
At renewal time, review the details of the program again.  What’s changed?  Do they provide
the same benefits they did previously?  Do they have the same terms and conditions?  
(Yes, the policies do change without notice.)  
     In the right hand column, click on the link labeled "Self Defense Insurance".  
Or, the direct link is,
Read this before you buy insurance.  You need to make an informed decision.  
     In the right hand column of this web page, click on "Never Talk To The Police"
or use the direct address
     Even in a completely justified shooting, you can easily talk yourself into a conviction.  
Remember Michael Drejka.  The responding police officers declined to arrest Drejka because
it was self-defense.  The county Sheriff declined to press charges against Drejka because it
was self-defense.  Then, Drejka goes in to talk to the police for two hours without his attorney
present.  The recorded statement was played at his trial to convict him of manslaughter.  
     Let your attorney give the police a written statement.  But you should never talk to the police. 
“Your understanding and consent are not required
for someone to take your life, kill your loved ones,
and destroy all you hold dear.”
-- William Aprill
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     "Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people.
It is wholly inadequate for the governance of any other.
-- John Adams, October 11, 1798
Expungement Clinic 

     I spent about $700 (in 2001 dollars) in attorney fees to get my arrest record expunged.  
Which cleared the way for me to renew my Top Secret SCI clearance, maintain my right
to keep and bear arms, get jobs in the security field (armed guard), get insurance, get
bonded, re-enlist in the Marine Corps, etc.  Once your record is expunged, you may legally
answer, "No, I have never been arrested."  
     Spend the time and money.  It is totally worth it.  
     If you're a law abiding citizen, you're never going to have any legal problem in your life.  
The reason I have had so many scrapes with the law enforcement of various governments
is that I don't walk away when I know I should.  My father told me, "You can always walk
away."  I have found that not to be true.  
     There is a song on Christian radio that has the lyrics, "If not you, then who?"  
If you're not willing to kill the bad guy, then who will?  Will you let the bad guy victimize
many others because you neglected to stop him when you had the chance?  (If you think
that the police will take care of the bad guy, you're a fool.)  
     Why am I not rotting in prison?  Because God wants me roaming around in the wild.  
Or, maybe I'm just smart enough to keep my mouth shut.  
"2nd Amendment News" by Karim Manassa
"U.S. judge dismisses Mexico lawsuit against gun manufacturers" by Associated Press
     "If you carry a gun, so you're hard to kill, know the law, so you're hard to convict."  
     Free infographic on the 5 elements of self-defense.
     "Law of Self Defense" by Andrew Branca
The book is free of charge.  Just pay shipping, so you don't have to drive to Colorado
to pick it up.  
     Law of Self Defense channel
     Law of Self Defense channel
     "Educate yourself.  So, you don't spend the rest of your life in a cage."  
"Could Alec Baldwin Be On the Hook for MURDER Murder?" by Andrew Branca
     In the context of the police interview of actor JensenAckles --
     "So what if checking the firearm could damage the firing pin (which I don't believe is true)?  
The consequences of not checking the firearm is the potential death of a human being."
-- Andrew Branca
     The criminal defense attorneys that I have spoken to in the Nashville, TN area tell me that
the vast majority of real self-defense cases are private security officers shooting young angry
drunk drugged males who had just been thrown out of a bar or night club by the bouncers,
who then retrieve a pistol from their car and return to the bar looking for "pay back", as in
"pay back is a bitch".  I guess that's a saying in that culture.  The private security officer
shootings are never reported in the mass media.  Not "news" I guess.  
     The incidents of police officer involved shootings are rare.  Though they, of course, make
all the headlines.  
     The incidents of private citizen self-defense shootings are extremely rare.  That's why
self-defense insurance is so cheap.  Statistically, it never happens.  Ya, I know there are lots of 

news reports in the media that you read. 
     The Department of Homeland Security says 85% of our nation's critical infrastructure is
privately owned, and just about all of it is protected by private armed security officers.  
You will almost never hear of their shootings.  The news is suppressed, censored, for security
reasons.  Even the defense attorneys never hear of these cases, because they are never
charged with a crime and therefore never prosecuted.  
From Stephen P. Wenger,
"Sheriff Tells People “You Gotta Protect Yourself” as Illinois’ New Zero Cash Bail Law
Goes Into Effect January 1st [2023 A.D.]" by John Boch
     Sangamon County, Illinois Sheriff Jack Campbell addressed about eighty gun owners at a
Guns Save Life meeting in Springfield Monday evening.  He talked about the Land of
Lincoln’s upcoming effective date of the so-called SAFE-T Act, otherwise know as no cash
bail.  On January 1st, the state will do away with cash bail for nearly all crimes, including
second degree murder, kidnapping, armed robbery, and more.  
     He began his presentation telling folks that the new law will result in a hundred or more
inmates being released on New Year’s Day, almost all of whom were charged with serious
drug or violent crimes. What’s more, he noted that everyday people have good reason to be
worried.  And every county in the state – all 102 of them – is in the same boat.  [The
"hundred or more inmates being released" that the Sheriff is referring to is just in his county,
so you have to multiply that by 102 counties. -- Jon Low]
     “You gotta protect yourself,” the Sheriff said.  At the same time, he advised – in the
strongest possible terms – to put the gun away or holster it before the deputies roll up on
scene.  “Do what you have to do to protect your family,” he said . . .
     Sheriff Campbell also spoke about the Illinois State Police’s history of revoking
FOID (Firearm Owner's ID) Cards without due process.  They contacted him and offered
his department some grant money to seize revoked and expired FOID cards along with those
individuals’ guns.  Campbell laughed. “I told them they could keep their money.  We’re not
doin’ it.”  
"Philadelphia Inquirer: Gun-free zones at Philly recreational centers" by John R. Lott, Jr.
"At the San Francisco Chronicle: Law-abiding gun owners being maligned"
by John R. Lott, Jr.
     Gun-free-zones are criminal stupidity.  Why do mass murders occur in public schools?  
Because Federal law makes all public schools gun-free-zones.  Why do mass murders occur
in movie theaters?  Because those theaters are gun-free-zones.  Murderers choose
gun-free-zones because they know that no one will be armed, so no one can stop them.  
Legislators make gun-free-zones intentionally to create crisis that they can then use to push
the anti-gun agenda.  
"Biden Inadvertently Helps Gun Owners" by Guns & Gadgets
By pardoning all of those convicted or accused of "simple possession" of marijuana, Biden
clears the way for marijuana users to buy guns.  
"Disturbing Legal Trend with Firearm Training" by  Armed Attorneys
     Prosecutors using your training against you at trial.  
     Probative vs. prejudicial.  
     Will the evidence make anything more or less true?  
     Don't talk to the police.  Don't talk to the prosecutor.  Don't publish on social media.  
Keep your training certificates, but don't publicly display them.  
     If you wear a shirt that says, "I'm a homicidal maniac and I'm going to claim self-defense."  
Your going to get what you deserve.  The prosecutors don't care about the 1st Amendment.  
"Don't Say You're Sorry - [Self-Defense Law Breakdown: Mens Rea and Actus Reus]"
by  Armed Attorneys
     Mens Rea and Actus Reus
     Never apologize.  Never say that you're sorry.  That is evidence of a guilty mind.  What
are you sorry for?  You're sorry because you know you did something wrong.  If you keep
your mouth shut, you won't be apologizing for things that you never did.  
     Stopping the attack was a good thing, not something you apologize for.  
     Don't bury the gun.  Don't do anything stupid.  Call your attorney, ask her for help.  
"Requirement of Serial Numbers on Guns Violates Second Amendment" by Eugene Volokh
Hat tip to Stephen P. Wenger,
     Congratulations to Lex A. Coleman of the West Virginia Public Defender's Office,
who prevailed on this issue.  
[Remember, prior to the Gun Control Act of 1968 serial numbers on guns were not required
in the U.S. You could also mail order guns from the Sears catalog through the U.S. Mail.  I
remember doing so.  My mother and aunts bought a lot of guns through the mail.  In more
recent times, I would use my FFL to buy guns for my aunts.  Mom loved making zip guns.  
When I was old enough, she taught me how to make zip guns.  She thought it was a great
fun chemistry experiment.  She taught chemistry at Farrington High School in Honolulu,
Hawaii.  Now days, woke parents won't even let their kids play with toy guns. -- Jon Low]  
     Primary source document,
CRIMINAL ACTION NO. 2:22-cr-00097
    “Is there no virtue among us?
If there is not, we are without hope!
No form of government, existing nor theoretical, will keep us from harm.
To think that any government, in any form,
will insure liberty and happiness for a dishonorable population
represents the height of self-deception.”
-- James Madison, 1788
*****     *****     ***** Education *****     *****     *****
"You will never get smarter or broaden your horizons
if you're unwilling to learn from others and read."
-- Becca Martin
     Free hunter education classes.  State approved.
"NRA Donates More Than $170,000 to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency
NRA’s Free Online Hunter Education Course Recognized by the
Tennessee Fish & Wildlife Commission"
by NRA Staff
"FBI Releases New Crime Statistics" by Docent
     Out of 855,013 incidents, 418,874 occurred in homes.  In a distant second place at
174,414 were roadways and alleys.  Although we often think of a convenience store robbery
as a likely location to be the victim of a violent crime, it was actually much farther down
the list at 22,838.  In fact, a lot of the favorite places to imagine we would be crime victims
were almost insignificant compared to the total locations.  
Primary source documents:  
     Magazine article -
"Murders, Rapes Rose in 2021, FBI Data Show" by Josh Christenson
     Press release -
"FBI Releases 2021 Crime in the Nation Statistics"
     Data -
"Federal Bureau of Investigation Crime Data Explorer"
"Lessons Learned Through A Lifetime Of Study
Once you get into the world of defensive
use of force, you discover things aren’t
the way they looked from the outside"
by Massad Ayoob
     "That tells you there are a helluva lot of unjustly accused cops and armed citizens out there.  
FACT: There are more attorneys in the United States than police officers.  
FACT: Anybody pretty much can sue anybody for damn near anything.  
The quagmire of courtroom procedure requires countless hours of time from the attorney,
which you have to pay for at a rate of three figures per hour.  ($500 per hour is not an
uncommon fee among the best attorneys.)  Yeah, you can try to sue the estate of the violent
criminal who forced you to shoot him, but that will be an expensive exercise in futility,
because his “estate” probably doesn’t add up to much more than a crack pipe and a cheap
knife, and both of those are in evidence as property of the Court.   
[Bad guys are not like us.  They don't have any savings or assets.  They know that if they
can get you to shoot them, live or die, their family will be able to sue you.  They just won
the lottery. -- Jon Low]
     "Be aware that unmeritorious litigation may follow the most righteous self-defense
shooting, criminal or civil or both, and be prepared for it.  The wary hawk and eagle are
far more effective warrior birds than the ostrich with its head in the sand."  
     "I saw case after case where .380s and less-than-optimal 9mm loadings left the guy on
the other side of the gun up and running until he had been riddled with too many bullets
to possibly survive, and the public got the impression the dead man was a victim of
malicious overkill.  Trials usually resulted if the shooter survived the murderous assault
of the attacker who had to be shot that many times before he went down.  In one case I did,
the cop had to pump 17 rounds of 9mm into a suicidal/homicidal attacker before the man
fell, literally at his feet, still holding the heavy metal pipe he’d attempted to bash three
officers’ brains out with.  Once finally cleared of wrongdoing, that officer finished his
career carrying a 14-shot, .45 caliber Glock 21 on duty."  
[More evidence that carrying less than a 45 ACP is criminal stupidity.  You must shoot as
few times at possible to maintain the appearance of righteousness. -- Jon Low]
     "After seeing these things in court, I learned to avoid the use of handloads for defensive
"FBI undercounts number of times armed citizens have thwarted active shooting incidents:
'Some see a pattern of distortion in the FBI numbers,'
the Crime Prevention Research Center report argues" by Emma Colton
     Data released by the nonprofit shows that 34.4% of active shootings were thwarted
by armed citizens between 2014 and 2021.  However, FBI data show only 4.4% of active
shootings were thwarted by armed citizens during that time period.  
"5 Titans Who Influenced Revolvers, Ammo & Handgun Shooting" by Paul Scarlata
"Cogito, ergo armatum sum." (I think, therefore armed am I.)
-- John Farnam
*****     *****     ***** Hardware (which includes you) *****     *****     *****
"I would like to see every woman know how to handle
guns as naturally as they know how to handle babies."  
-- Annie Oakley
----- Gear -----
“Mission drives the gear train.”
-- Pat Rogers
     Anyone have a Ruger American Compact in 9mm?  If so, Aidan has a magazine for
you.  Free of charge.  Contact me,
     Pistols for persons with small hands:  
Springfield Armory Hellcat
Glock 48, like the Glock 43 but with a longer barrel
Glock 43 
Smith&Wesson Military&Police Shield EZ
Sig P365XL
Walther PDP F
and others.
     The shooter must be able to get all fingers on the grip to control the pistol.  The tips of the 
middle finger and ring finger should point back at the shooter.  Move the trigger to allow the 
shooter to press the trigger straight to the rear.  Ya, a lot of gunsmiths won't move the trigger 
because they fear the liability.  But, there are competent gunsmiths who will. 
"Muzzle Brakes, Flash Hiders & Compensators: What They Can (And Can't) Do"
by  Logan Metesh
Muzzle Brake -
Redirects gas to the rear or to the side to reduce felt recoil.  Gas directed on an angle to the
rear helps pull the gun forward instead of letting it be pushed backward.  Brakes tend to
increase noise because gases are directed to the side at 90-degree angles and the rear at
45-degree angles, which also makes it dangerous to stand next to one when firing because
it puts you in the direct path of the gas.  
Compensator -
The escaping gas from a fired projectile tends to push the muzzle up.  A compensator
counteracts the rise by redirecting gas [up] or to the sides.  This device will never have
holes on the bottom, because it would be counterproductive to direct gas in a direction
that would assist muzzle rise.  Not recommended for use in low or no light scenarios
because the flash is right in the shooter’s field of vision.  
[Not recommended for self-defense pistols, because you will be shooting from a retention
position where the hot gas, burning propellant, and residue will be directed up into your eyes.  
-- Jon Low]
Flash Hider -
Visually disrupts the flash of hot gas by introducing the surrounding cooler air at all
different angles.  This causes the gas to dissipate more quickly and in a variety of
directions, which help conceal the location of a shooter in low or no light situations.  
The device offers no advantage under infrared light or in broad daylight.  
     The U.S. Army chose to use the Blackhawk SERPA holster.  The U.S. Army chose
to use the Sig P320.  Every organization has a purpose.  Even if it's to be an example
of what not to do.  
     Using real pistols and revolvers shooting paint cartridges in force-on-force training is a
BAD idea.  Because real cartridges can be fired from those handguns.  
     Alec Baldwin proved this on the set of the movie "Rust".  The Armorer was supposed to
have checked the revolver and ammo.  The Assistant Director was supposed to have checked
the revolver and ammo.  The Actor / Producer was supposed to have checked the revolver and
ammo.  In spite of all that, Alec Baldwin shot and killed the Cinematographer.  The bullet
passed through the Cinematographer and wounded the Director.  
"Force on Force scenario courses, in Memphis, TN and at home [Manheim, TX]."
     Carrying a full size pistol is better, because the shorter barrels of compact or subcompact
pistols will not generate the required muzzle velocity to cause the bullets to expand correctly
in the target (terminal ballistics).  Which means the bullet may pass through the target and
injure innocent bystanders behind the target.  
     "Are you saying that slower bullets will have deeper penetration than faster bullets?"  
     Yes, modern hollow point bullets are designed to expand and transfer their energy to the
target.  If the speed of the bullet is so slow that the bullet does not expand, the bullet is
effectively a copper jacketed semi-wadcutter.  Which has much greater penetration than an
expanded hollow point bullet.  And short barreled pistols do not give the propellant sufficient
distance and time in the barrel over which to burn to generate sufficient bullet speed.  
Chuck Haggard proved this in his gelatin block tests at Tac Con 2021.  
Defensive Ammunition: A Systems Approach by Chuck Haggard
Tactical Conference 2021
     Subcompact generally means you can't get your little finger on the grip.  
Because the grip is too short.  This is bad because the little finger provides most
of the resistance to muzzle flip because it has the longest lever arm, as it is the
farthest away from the fulcrum (the tang) where the pistol pivots on recoil.  
So using a subcompact is a really bad idea.  
     Compact generally means a full size grip (that you can get all three of your
fingers on:  middle finger, ring finger, and little finger) and a shorter barrel.  
     The important thing is to be able to get all of your fingers on the grip,
otherwise you won't be able to control the pistol to the degree necessary to get
accurate shots.  
" बन्दूक कैसे काम करती है | How Gun Works in Hindi (Animation)" by  Engineering Girlfriend
and if you don't understand Hindi, here it is in English
     I like this video because it is very detailed.  8mm Valtro mod AP92.  
"Is A Pistol Light A Good Idea?
When is a pistol with a mounted flashlight necessary?" by Tamara Keel
Hat tip to Greg Ellifritz.  
     Chuck Haggard, “People don’t get mugged in the ninja closet.”
     Tamara Keel, "If they can see you well enough to victimize you,
you can probably see them well enough to know you’re being victimized and
should maybe do something about it, ballistically or otherwise."  
     [You've got to be real careful.  It's very easy to search with a weapon mounted light.  
Which means you are violating Safety Rule II, Never point your pistol at anything you don't
want to destroy. -- Jon Low]
“Your car is not a holster.”
-- Pat Rogers
*****     *****   Religion, Politics, History, and War Stories   *****     *****     *****
"Good habits and skill beat luck every time."
-- Sheriff Jim Wilson
     Three volleys of rifle fire at funerals is not a 21-gun salute.
A 21-gun salute is only given to living heads of state.
A 21-gun salute is executed with guns (cannons or howitzers), not rifles.
All men are born and die equal.  So all veterans get the same 3 volleys of rifle fire
at their funeral.  The number of riflemen may be 3, 5, or 7.  
     You wouldn't believe the number of ignorant journalist, politicians, and citizens
who tell me that their dearly departed veteran received a 21-gun salute at their funeral.  
For further details see Table 3-1 in
Army Regulation 600 – 25
Salutes, Honors, and Courtesy
"Many think they are ‘thinking,’ when there are merely rearranging their prejudices."  
-- William James
     Sometimes we win.  
"The election of Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni" by Tucker Carlson
     Sometimes those who live in Democrat cities / states lose.  
"This is what the collapse of civilization looks like" by Tucker Carlson
     In Illinois, police officers will no longer be able to remove trespassers from your
home or business.  STOP and THINK about that.  If you live in a Democrat controlled
city, it's coming to your neighborhood.  
     My liberal friends tell me not to listen to Tucker Carlson because it's all propaganda.  
It's not propaganda.  It's the law in Illinois.  
     Police declining to remove trespassers from homes has been going for quite a while
in Los Angeles.  Have you heard about it?  Such is censorship.  I hear about it all the
time from the Jews who have fled Los Angeles and now live in Nashville and frequent
the Jewish Community Center.  
Rod of Iron Freedom Festival
Freedom Fest, visit
Tickets are free.  Attendees can also enter a drawing to win a Thompson “Trump” AR-15!  
"Big-game hunting, 2022!" by John Farnam
     “For us, hunting isn’t ‘sport.’
     It was a way to be intimate with nature, an intimacy providing us with wild, unprocessed
food free from pesticides and hormones and with the bonus of having been produced
without the addition of great quantities of fossil fuel.  
     In addition, hunting provides us with an ever scarcer relationship in a world of cities,
factory farms, and agribusiness, direct personal responsibility for taking the lives that
sustain us.  Lives that even self-righteous vegans indirectly take as the growing and
harvesting of organic produce still kills deer, birds, snakes, rodents, and insects.  
     We live close to the animals we kill and eat.  We know their habits and that knowledge
deepens our thanks to them and the land that made them.”  
-- Ted Kerasote
     Forcing a minimum wage by law is criminal stupidity.  It denies jobs to unskilled entry
level persons, who cannot produce more profit than their wage.  
"Bombshell evidence revealed in FBI scandal" by  Fox News
"What You Don’t Know About the FBI" by Ben Shapiro
     Remember Richard Jewel.  He saved a lot of lives at the Atlanta, GA Olympics.  
The FBI went after him with a vengeance.  Because it is safe to go after law abiding citizens.  
The FBI Special Agents could get hurt going after criminals.  Others (not the FBI) found
the perpetrator.  It is good that Police Officer Jewel knew of the perpetrator's capture
and confession before Officer Jewel's death.  
     Remember the Weavers in Ruby Ridge, Idaho.  
     Remember the Branch Dividians in Waco, TX.  
     I could go on, but you get the idea.  
     The first ex and I had an FFL in Honolulu, HI.  There was a joke in the industry that
if someone asks to buy an illegal weapon from you, it's a government agent or government
informant.  The joke is only funny before you realize it's true.  A case by entrapment is just
as good as a case without entrapment as far as federal law enforcement is concerned.  
The U.S. attorneys don't care, as we've seen in the case of Governor Gretchen Whitmer.  
Who was never even close to being kidnapped, because the leaders of the kidnapping
conspiracy were all FBI informants / instigators / provokers / provocateurs.  
     Remember, entrapment is illegal.  
     How do you know that the kidnappers (not alleged, because they were convicted) were
not bad guys?  If they had been bad guys, the informants would have disappeared and there
never would have been a prosecution.  It's safe to prosecute good guys, the LEO's are not
going to get hurt.  And isn't that what law enforcement officers promise themselves?  
"I'm going to go home at the end of my shift."  And if he's a good LEO, "My partner is
going home at the end of our shift."  
     Work smart, because these are the type of people we have to deal with.  
"Credit Card Situation Not As Bad As Feared, But Still Dangerous" by Harold Hutchison
     "These comments seem very unambiguous on Visa’s part.  Second Amendment supporters
should, at the very least, thank Visa for making it clear.  A thank you costs us very little, but
could pay dividends down the road."  
    To send VISA a thank you letter, go to
Select "Consumer"
Select "Other"
Fill in information.  If you don't have a VISA card, use a friends.  
Suggested text:  
Dear Sir,
     Thank you for clearly stating VISA's position concerning
"Protecting legal commerce" in  your September 13th of 2022 blog post at
I will continue using your services.  
<Your name>
[But you might not be able to, because the VISA web page is messed up and keeps saying
that the first 8 digits of my credit card number are "invalid".  I called VISA on the telephone
and they said they would fix it and to try again later.]  
     My mother told me that there are two types of people in this world.  Those who write
thank you letters and those who don't.  
"The East Henderson Youth Foootball and Cheerleading League expected to raise maybe
$3,000 in their raffle for a FN-15 patrol rifle.  Thanks to the controversy and your help
they raised 10 times that amount!"
     Hat tip to Stephen P. Wenger,
     The most fun I've had in war was when operating with units that I hooked up with
by chance in the field.  Much more fun that operating with my assigned unit.  Some of us
enjoy the chaos.  
"Thailand massacre: ex-cop kills 24 children in knife and gun rampage"
by Vorasit Satienlerk and Athit Perawongmetha
     There are a lot more mass murders outside of the U.S. than inside the U.S.  The body
counts outside of the U.S. are much higher than inside the U.S.  
     You might find this amusing.  Or you might be disappointed that your tax dollar is spent
to create such rubbish.  
"ACTIVE SHOOTER HOW TO RESPOND" by Department of Homeland Security
     Unlike Lee Weems, I have not watched "Justified" 6 times.  But on my 2nd viewing, I
noticed a reference to Bass Reeves at 04:36 to 04:46 of Episode 2 "Cut Ties" of Season 3.  
There are of course all kinds of Easter Eggs to be found if you pay attention (not necessarily
look for them).  I'm sure that's why Rush Limbaugh recommended it in the first place.  
     "Bass Reeves – Black Hero Marshal"
     "Bass Reeves (1838-January 12, 1910)" by Art T. Burton (National Parks Service)
     "Bass Reeves: The Invincible Lawman" by Art T. Burton (True West magazine)
     BASS REEVES (July 1838 – January 12, 1910)
"Your character is what you do when no one is looking."
-- Thomas Jefferson
     *****     *****     *****  Cryptology *****     *****     *****
"Arms discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe,
and preserve order in the world as well as property.  
Horrid mischief would ensue were the law-abiding deprived of their use."
-- Thomas Paine
[Cryptosystems are considered "arms" by federal law.  
ITAR, International Traffic in Arms Regulations]
Protocols for bathroom use --
     Consider a single-user bathroom where you can lock the door.  Things can be done
in the bathroom without anyone knowing on the outside.  Any number of  persons may
enter the bathroom before the door is locked.  The door must be unlocked before any
persons may enter or exit the bathroom.  
     Consider a Jack-and-Jill bathroom.  Two doors that may be locked or unlock at will.  
How many persons may be in the bathroom at a given time?  What are the restrictions,
if any, on operations that may be performed in the bathroom?  Is knowledge of one
door blocked from knowledge of the other door?  
     Consider a multi-user bathroom with three doors (3 or more doors is the
generalization).  How many persons are required / present?  How much toilet paper
does each person need to possess in order to participate?  How much toilet paper is
required for a given operation?  
     Secure communication protocols need not be anymore difficult.  And good protocols
are not any more complex.  Simple is reliable.  Simple implementations have fewer errors
that need to be debugged.  
     Simple is NOT easy.  To conflate the two is another root of all evil.  Good designs
are simple.  Simple designs are good.  Good/simple designs are not easy to make.  
Good/simple designs are not easy to break.  (Oh, like a Glock pistol.)  
     One door bathrooms don't have race conditions.  Two door bathrooms may have a
race condition, each door is waiting on the other door to unlock before it unlocks.  
But a simple query "Are you waiting for me to unlock?" breaks the race condition.  
Three or more doors definitely have a race condition problem, as A may be waiting for
B to unlock, B is waiting for C to unlock, and C is waiting for A to unlock (or worse).  
Queries can theoretically solve the problem.  But when you're switching in
nanoseconds, it's not practical.  Tractable, not practical.  
     Then you have the priority problem.  What if X is about to piss in his pants and will
if he doesn't get into the bathroom immediately?  Thought about how you are going to
set up the priority queue?  
     What about parents escorting children into the bathroom?  
(That would be C++ objects <- classes <- templates with attached or referenced objects.)  
If the objects get too big, it becomes impractical.  The protocol has to always terminate
quickly (in real time).  As Miranda Lambert says, leave your baggage at the door.  
(No, I'm not saying children are baggage.  I would never considered child processes
to be zombie processes.  Maybe clone() processes, but not fork() processes.  Be careful,
the POSIX Thread Library has all kinds of interesting things going on under the hood.)  
     If a proof of correctness is part of the project, a predicate calculus would be inappropriate.  
Best to use a lambda calculus.  
"Dea Matrona -
Full live performance at Portico Arts, Portaferry, Ards NI, on 28/11/2020"
     Freely available.  Not traceable.  Downloadable.  Copyable.  What more could a
steganographer ask for?  Is that a misspelling of stenographer?  No.  
     Dea Matrona is Mollie McGinn, Orláith Forsythe, and Mamie McGinn,
Mollie's little sister on drums.  
/* Random data from the HotBits radioactive random number generator,
    unique (never exited before), not generated by any algorithm.  
unsigned char IV[512] = { // þéodgestréonum (with the wealth of a nation)†
    4, 100, 24, 89, 99, 90, 186, 69, 9, 133, 186, 66, 201, 22, 235, 175,
    227, 6, 52, 118, 45, 226, 144, 186, 13, 104, 25, 0, 82, 177, 95, 99,
    107, 238, 102, 51, 235, 106, 191, 163, 3, 146, 45, 144, 143, 193, 37,
    152, 219, 170, 91, 240, 121, 37, 59, 224, 105, 131, 220, 180, 49, 145,
    251, 202, 35, 40, 218, 206, 216, 94, 33, 48, 98, 200, 50, 70, 160, 225,
    206, 28, 242, 146, 141, 190, 127, 2, 58, 36, 135, 179, 39, 188, 47, 207,
    156, 30, 238, 56, 170, 241, 61, 67, 124, 240, 198, 193, 252, 174, 190,
    49, 212, 125, 129, 113, 229, 224, 238, 6, 158, 63, 145, 157, 158, 85,
    181, 40, 12, 41, 125, 42, 58, 59, 40, 152, 213, 162, 100, 183, 14, 83,
    204, 22, 107, 204, 60, 83, 222, 167, 13, 116, 196, 10, 239, 56, 19, 122,
    108, 239, 38, 240, 211, 227, 107, 5, 189, 91, 40, 87, 241, 31, 56, 221,
    176, 113, 13, 15, 172, 54, 19, 64, 197, 212, 176, 145, 9, 7, 120, 61,
    200, 195, 128, 6, 247, 127, 194, 64, 34, 108, 147, 143, 39, 2, 5, 199,
    206, 16, 166, 185, 16, 85, 116, 215, 235, 84, 172, 39, 183, 230, 64,
    144, 125, 254, 43, 229, 69, 167, 196, 220, 178, 216, 55, 128, 197, 232,
    191, 158, 41, 84, 174, 106, 100, 99, 225, 4, 204, 239, 78, 102, 52, 117,
    144, 49, 54, 95, 62, 149, 108, 32, 200, 138, 162, 139, 63, 21, 27, 232,
    143, 30, 153, 13, 88, 5, 95, 122, 33, 244, 12, 33, 108, 92, 224, 190,
    117, 171, 58, 204, 168, 243, 175, 148, 58, 228, 166, 16, 141, 147, 213,
    218, 17, 184, 11, 227, 0, 219, 141, 55, 106, 3, 239, 117, 208, 44, 150,
    11, 138, 238, 201, 199, 29, 132, 250, 184, 94, 147, 17, 3, 95, 94, 145,
    78, 189, 143, 45, 93, 9, 90, 224, 91, 201, 45, 174, 201, 29, 141, 48,
    52, 0, 152, 199, 247, 89, 124, 132, 151, 69, 6, 95, 108, 206, 100, 10,
    153, 151, 193, 123, 179, 152, 156, 59, 189, 189, 186, 102, 204, 3, 38,
    57, 169, 41, 206, 133, 243, 125, 216, 155, 224, 35, 199, 135, 49, 109,
    160, 202, 110, 226, 29, 112, 28, 246, 44, 32, 6, 115, 216, 229, 133,
    151, 238, 247, 252, 22, 60, 129, 88, 49, 52, 241, 218, 246, 235, 55,
    214, 39, 221, 244, 122, 237, 133, 49, 106, 248, 0, 119, 226, 99, 109,
    5, 104, 242, 21, 177, 255, 44, 141, 172, 165, 114, 107, 142, 169, 136,
    203, 114, 192, 136, 52, 212, 59, 130, 130, 2, 232, 109, 222, 1, 223,
    58, 43, 81, 96, 174, 6, 238, 100, 34, 5, 241, 33, 156, 208, 107, 72,
    232, 41, 242, 7, 12, 91, 153, 13, 247, 194, 97, 97, 96, 134, 88, 76,
    157, 7, 46, 186, 145, 153, 193, 19, 146, 72, 239, 166, 32, 198
along the whale trail.  
     May I invite your attention to
"Don't fall for quantum hype" by Sabine Hossenfelder
I had to find someone who could articulate the points eloquently.
I would have been incomprehensible to my audience.
     I read the NIST papers on quantum cryptography we had discussed.
The problem is in the engineering.  (Engineers build things in the real world.
Scientist just think things.  They may conduct some experiments.  But a lot
of them don't.  They are theoretical physicists, who couldn't bother getting
their hands dirty with real world experiments.  And so can't tell if a thing is
true in the real world.)
     Quantum computers that can break RSA and Diffie-Helman don't exist and
probably never will.  As Sabine says, a real world quantum computer would need
to handle about a million qbits in real world conditions, that means at room
temperature.  Presently there exists a 4 qbit "computer" that operates at single
digit Kelvin temperatures (that means Helium vacuum refrigeration, not Nitrogen).  
I don't think room temperature super conductors or any other technology will
allow massive qbit operations at room temperature.  
     As Sabine says, there already exist cryptosystems that are immune to quantum
attacks (such as Shore's algorithm).  So even if quantum computers existed, they
would not cause a security problem.  Shore's algorithm is appropriate for finding
prime factors given a composite number with two large prime factors, finding
discrete logarithms in finite fields of characteristic 2, and similar problems within
that complexity class.  There is no general quantum algorithm for cryptanalysis of
arbitrary cryptosystems.  And if you believe the Godel Theorem, such an algorithm
might not exist.  Because such an algorithm may be outside of the mathematics of
cryptology.  Cryptology uses a small subset of discrete math.  So, it's easy to get
outside of this math.  
     So, I think Sabine is correct.  Quantum computers breaking classical encryptions 
is a lot of hype.  
Semper Fidelis,
Good Afternoon Sir,
     I always wondered how the claimants were getting super-conduction at room
temperatures.  It never made sense to me.  Maybe it's not real.  At least it hasn't been
demonstrated yet.  (Maybe it was a hoax, as was Cold Fusion, room temperature fusion.)  
"Stunning room-temperature-superconductor claim is retracted" by Davide Castelvecchi
     Without super-conduction, I can't see the engineering of quantum computers.  
Without quantum computers, I don't see any classically secure encryptions being
broken in expected times less than the age of the universe.  Not intractable, not even
hard, just operation consuming.  Which I think is time consuming.  (But, you never
know when some genius will prove that logic wrong.)  
Semper Fidelis,
     Every heard of the "Elevator algorithm"?  It's not really an algorithm.  It's just a statement
that there exist mechanisms that will automatically sort your input.  No matter what order the
people (or little kiddies) press the buttons in the elevator, the elevator will stop at the selected
floors in the order of the elevator's direction, up or down.  [No, we are not considering express
elevators.  My father placed the offices of his law firm on the 17th floor of a building,
because there was a bank of express elevators whose first stop was on the 17th floor.  
High speed elevators can be nauseating.  My father would say, his offices have such a nice
view.  My grandfather would say, you can't grow anything on a nice view.]  Push that onto
your stack.  
     Ever hear of the "Ramsey algorithm"?  (Not exactly the same as a greedy algorithm.)  
Dave Ramsey (No, not the Ramsey Theorem of mathematics.) is always talking about how
if you have several debts to pay off, you should find the smallest debt and expend all of your
resources to pay it off first, and repeat.  [Dave Ramsey's rationale is that the person gets
more satisfaction and motivation as he accomplishes a task sooner by paying off the smaller
debt sooner.  Your rationale is that you may be able to use the result of the accomplished
task in other pending tasks, and so speed up the overall program.  Of course, it is not
obvious that you can sort the tasks by the estimated amount of time it will take to
accomplish them.  Or is it?  It might be that the task that you can accomplish sooner may
not be useful to other waiting tasks, whereas a longer time task may be.  No such thing as
perfect.  Besides, perfect is the enemy of . . . something.]  Push that onto your stack.  

"What does it take to solve the measurement problem?"
by Jonte R. Hance1 and Sabine Hossenfelder
     "Throughout this paper we use natural units (ℏ = c = 1)."
[This is how you know this paper is going to be difficult to read.  
ℏ is Plank's constant, h, divided by 2π, in units of action, which is
some unit of energy multiplied by some unit of time.  ML² / T
c is the speed of light in a vacuum in some unit of length per some unit of time.  L / T
Oh, you mean like pico-parsecs per fortnight? -- Jon Low]  
     ". . . if quantum mechanics [were] fundamental, then the behavior of macroscopic
objects (like measurement devices) should be derivable from it.  The theory should explain
what a measurement is, rather than require it in one of its axioms.  This problem has been
known since the earliest days of quantum mechanics and is often referred to as the
“Heisenberg Cut”, alluding to the question just where to make the “cut” between the unitary
Schrödinger evolution and the nonunitary measurement update."  Citation --
Werner Heisenberg. "Questions of principle in modern physics".  
In F. C. Hayes, editor, "Philosophic Problems in Nuclear Science",
page 41–52. Fawcett Publishing, Greenwich, Conneticut, 1952.  
     "In Einstein’s field equations
R_μν − ½ Rg_μν + Λg_μν = T_μν , (Underscores mean the following variables are subscripts.  
Yes, it is the double subscript notation convention of physics.)
the entries of the stress-energy tensor, T_μν are Complex-valued functions.
In quantum field theory, however, the stress-energy tensor is operator-valued.
To insert the stress-energy tensor from quantum field theory into Einstein’s field equations,
one thus has to give quantum properties to the left side of the field equations, which would
require us to develop a theory of quantum gravity. Attempts to develop such a theory have
been made since the 1950s, but have remained unsuccessful."
     Do you see how you can use this to build your cryptosystems?  I'm not talking about
the enemy's measurement of the transmitted message causes wave functions to collapse,
so eavesdropping is detected.  I'm talking about different types of measurements causing
different types of collapses, and the measurements being independent in the sense that
measurement type A does not affect the result of measurement type B on the same message.  
Be careful.  This is bleeding edge stuff.  Pooh Bear loves honey.  
Push that onto your stack.  
     Not clear?  Check out,
"Bell's Inequality: The weirdest theorem in the world | Nobel Prize 2022" by Qiskit
Local (information cannot be transferred between two distinct points in space with a
non-zero metric at greater than the speed of light in a vacuum) realism (things have well
defined values, whether you can measure them or not, as opposed to the thing has no
well defined value at this given time).  Notice how she uses the same names as used in
cryptology?  I never trusted the guys at IBM either.  Unfortunately, the narrator never
explains what is being measured that gives this quantity greater than 2.  So, let's look
at the code (Python, yuk!),
Ya, a lot of stuff is still hidden under the hood of the IBM imported code.  
     Well, Sabine explains without all the gobbledygook.  
"Understanding Quantum Mechanics #1: It’s not about discreteness"
"Understanding Quantum Mechanics #2: Superposition and Entanglement"
"Understanding Quantum Mechanics #3: Non-locality"
Here Sabine explains what the lady from IBM missed.  
Notice what Sabine says about information.  (Get your eyes off her chest.)  
"Understanding Quantum Mechanics #4: It's not so difficult!"
Sabine (You have to use the German pronunciation.  The "e" at the end of German words 
is pronounced, not silent.) says linear algebra is the key to
quantum mechanics.  That's nice because linear algebra is easy.  NOT!  
"Understanding Quantum Mechanics #5: Decoherence"
Half of all physicists don't understand the "measurement problem".  Oh, this is true.  
Stupidity runs rampant, even in the physics community, especially in academia.  
(And similarly in the firearms training community.  And similarly in the cryptologic
"Understanding Quantum Mechanics #6: It's not just a theory for small things"
"Understanding Quantum Mechanics #7: Atomic Energy Levels"
"Understanding Quantum Mechanics #8: The Tunnel Effect"
     I think Sabine has gotten you to the point where you can write code.  At least I hope so,
because transmitting the code would definitely violate ITAR.  
     Take a nap.  
     Pop, pop, pop.  
     !, !, !.  (Bang, bang, bang.  For those who don't know how to pronounce characters in
the jargon.
[Ya, I know.  This is just the form.  The recipe would violate ITAR.]  Have fun.  
     I hate those idiots who advise you to keep your portions small to lose weight.  
We are all starving, and they advise us to lose weight.  
"Eat more to approximate God." -- Kevin Jensen
     "Premature optimization is the root of all evil."  
-- Donald Knuth
     *****     *****     *****  Intelligence   *****     *****     *****
“You are no more armed because you are wearing a pistol
than you are a musician because you own a guitar.”
from "Principles of Personal Defense" by Col. Jeff Cooper, USMC, (1920 – 2006 A.D.)
     Blowing up the Nord Stream pipeline,
another bright idea from the Biden administration.  
Remember, it was Biden who gave the approval that
allowed the pipeline to open in the first place.
by Tucker Carlson
     Remember when the "terrorists" were cutting the trans-Mediterranean and
trans-Atlantic fiber optic cables?  You take a ship out into the general area, drag an
anchor along the sea floor, pull the cable up, and cut it.  No brains involved.  
(The Charlie Brown, an AT&T ship, repaired it quickly.)
     Why would the "terrorists" have to use explosives on the Nord Stream pipeline?  
Because if you don't set off explosions that the Swedes can detect, no one would have
noticed a small patch of bubbles in the middle of the Baltic Sea.  
     "Wouldn't the Europeans notice the leak in the pipeline?"  
     They stopped buying gas when the Russians attacked Ukraine.  Cutting off their
nose to spite their face.  The Russians were waiting for the European people to freeze
this winter and start rioting, at which point the European elites would have to buy gas
from the Russians to quell the riots.  That was the leverage that the Russians had over
the Europeans.  Destroying the pipeline eliminates that leverage.  As in chess, the threat
is the thing, not the action.  
"Tucker Carlson: Asking obvious questions is forbidden"
     Concerning the radar records that Prof. Jeffery Sachs refers to --
The helicopters had Identify Friend or Foe transponders on them.  That's how they were
identified as U.S. helicopters.  (Secondary surveillance radar and weapon systems ping
the transponders to avoid friendly fire casualties.)  Well, if it were a covert operation,
why didn't the U.S. helicopters turn off their IFF transponders?  What do the Swedes do
in the Baltic Sea?  They throw depth charges at Russian submarines and shoot at Russian
aircraft.  The American pilots aren't stupid.  They were not going to risk getting shot down
by the Swedes.  Helicopters are a lot easier to shoot down than jet fighters.  
     The Russians are going to destroy their own pipeline to make themselves poorer and
lose leverage over the Europeans.  Well, that makes perfect sense.  
[I may be out, but I still have friends and a working brain.]  
"What is emergence? What does "emergent" mean?" by  Sabine Hossenfelder
     The punchline at the end (last sentence) is not as "obvious" as she claims.  If all observed
properties are "weakly emergent" then artificial intelligence will achieve indistinguishable
similarity with human intelligence.  But it hasn't, yet.  
"Medical Student Accidentally Turned Cartel Hunter: Tim Larkin & Ed Calderon"
     Radio jammers mounted on drones.  Avocados.  The cartel children are attending the best
U.S. business schools.  The cartels use the Chinese banking systems.  The drugs come from
China and pass through Mexico.  The medical system in Mexico sucks, so everyone is self
     Who gets hurt by the drug trade?  The drug users.  So why do we non-drug users care?  
     The cartels are conducting an asymmetric warfare operation against the U.S.  
     In San Diego, CA ten years ago, they dressed up as U.S. Federal agents, raided a guys
home and took him, while the wife and kids were screaming.  They took him across the
border into Mexico, tortured and killed him.  So it is happening in the U.S.  It's not just a
foreign problem.  
     Explanation of Mexican special forces in the cartels.  School of the Americas.  
The cartels are shooting down Mexican military and Federal police force aircraft.  So they
have the capability.  They have 40mm grenades for their grenade launchers.  
     All rules of morality are out the window.  
     The military industrial complex rules Mexico.  Sort of.  
     U.S. night vision goggles from Afghanistan are showing up in Mexico in the hands of
the cartels.  The cartels have buyers in Poland getting stuff that was shipped to Ukraine
by the U.S. and NATO.  
     Guerrilla warfare raised to a fine art.  
     Operation tempo, everyday for 7 years.  No vacation within the first 2 years after
graduation.  Asking for help with mental health issues results in being dropped by the team.  
      Paranoia was the baseline.  
     "Any man can make mistakes,
but only an idiot persists in his error."
-- Marcus Tullius Cicero
"What does the universe expand into?  Do we expand with it?" by  Sabine Hossenfelder
     General Relativity without tensor math.  
     Fräulein Doktor Professor Hossenfelder says the universe is expanding, but we, massive
objects, are not.  In one of his earlier books (I'm not sure which one, I think it was " The
Dilbert Principle") Scott Adams (of Dilbert fame) has a chapter on the theory of "everything
is expanding"  in which case you don't need gravity to explain observation.  It's not an easily
dismissed theory.  You have to think carefully and clearly to find conflicts with reality.  
     Remember, space is the medium through which electromagnetic radiation propagates, 
just as acoustic or seismic radiation propagates through matter. 
"Does anti-gravity explain dark matter?" by  Sabine Hossenfelder
     I remember Prof. Baltay (Columbia University, Physics Department) talking about
anti-particles possibly having negative gravitational acceleration.  
It was very difficult to measure because the anti-particles had such small masses, traveled
so fast, and the Earth's gravitational field is weak.  My, how things have changed since the
late 70's.  
"Where is the anti-matter?" by Sabine Hossenfelder
     You see how science is done in our modern world?  You only get funding from the
government for what the bureaucrats want.  You only get funding from industry for
what that industry wants.  Hard to do work without funding, even if you're tenured.  
Hard to feed your slaves, I mean your grad students, without funding.  
"Does Superdeterminism save Quantum Mechanics?  
Or does it kill free will and destroy science?" by Sabine Hossenfelder
"Can Physics Be Too Speculative? An Honest Opinion." by Sabine Hossenfelder
     Original opinion piece --
"Can Physics Be Too Speculative?" by Sabine Hossenfelder
     Not getting a paper published in a peer reviewed journal is a badge of honor.  
I've always thought so.  Or, maybe my paper was junk.  
"Are we made of math?" by Sabine Hossenfelder
     Fräulein Doktor Professor Hossenfelder gives us a cautionary tale to be careful how far we
take the reality of our mathematical structures.  Remember there are structures we see
in meteorites that we don't see on Earth, e.g. Widmanstätten struktur (much nicer when
pronounced auf Deutsch).  No, the structures in iron on Earth or even those created in
laboratories are not the same.  Look at them closely, you'll see.  
     Similarly for satellite photos.  Similarly for sonar signals of enemy submarines.  Sorry,
that's just reality.  
     Please monitor Nationalist Social Club 131.  Actually you should monitor any group
that self identifies as socialist, especially the Democrat Party.  
"5 Years After Las Vegas Concert Shooting,
an FBI Whistleblower Reveals Probable Motive"
by Victoria Taft
Hat tip to Docent at
     Former FBI special agent John Guandolo told Turning Point USA in a recorded
interview that there’s a 90% certainty that the Las Vegas attack was a jihadi operation
and Stephen Paddock was the conduit through which the terrorist organization attacked
     ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack five times.  They said that guy, he’s our guy.  
We hail him, he’s a martyr.  
     We’re saying, the fact the FBI hasn’t investigated it is unprofessional.  
[There is something wrong with the FBI. -- Jon Low]
"Alternative battery chemistries and diversifying clean energy supply chains"
by Reed Blakemore, Paddy Ryan, and William Tobin
Primary source document,
     He who controls the raw material, controls production.  
"Report pushes ‘big-tent’ approach for the future of batteries
Beyond lithium: Report weighs strengths, weaknesses of alternative battery types"
by Doug Johnson
"What is spooky action at a distance? Unidentified Aerial Phenomena in Ukraine, and more"
by Sabine Hossenfelder
     Not surprisingly, all media accounts of the Nobel Prize in Physics got it wrong.  Sabine
attempts to explain what the winners of the Nobel prize in physics actually proved.  
     Elon Musk was not the first to launch constellations of satellites.  Lots of companies have
done so for communications.  
“If you are reading this and can’t put your hand on your defensive firearm,
all of your training is wasted.” -- Col. Jeff Cooper
     "You can’t truly call yourself 'peaceful' unless you are capable of great violence.  
If you’re not capable of violence, you’re not peaceful, you’re harmless.  
Important distinction." -- Stef Starkgaryen
     If you don't understand what I'm writing, I'm sorry.  I'm trying to avoid getting censored,
de-monitized, shadow banned, de-platformed, arrested, etc.  
Semper Fidelis,
Jonathan D. Low
Radio:  KI4SDN

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