Sunday, January 1, 2023

CWP, 1 January MMXXIII Anno Domini

 Happy New Year!  Sheepdogs,
     Let us pray for our friend and fellow instructor, Greg Ellifritz, who is battling cancer.  
     Prayer is asking God to take care of a problem for you.  If part of your prayer is
listening, you will often feel God putting persons on your mind.  This is God's way
of telling you to call them, find out what's going on in their life, and offer them
help.  No, you may not be able to fix the problem, but you can help.  There are
infinitely many ways to help.  Remember, when the angels are busy, God uses
humans, you.  
     Support the 2nd Amendment by voting with your dollars at all points in the
2nd Amendment supply chain.  Take classes, buy guns, buy ammo, rent time at gun
ranges, buy accessories, etc.  If you don't have money, invest your time by teaching
others (at least your friends and relatives), writing to your elected representatives,
educating yourself by reading John Lott's web site, etc.  
     Please buy from Polymer80, Inc.
So that they will have money to defend themselves from the vicious attack of the
BATFE.  Polymer80, Inc. is not asking for donations to pay their legal fees.  They
are asking for your support by buying their products.  
     Our enemies attacked the NRA (with a lot of help from NRA leadership)
because the NRA was the biggest political force in the country.  
     Our enemies attacked Front Sight (with a lot of help from Front Sight leadership)
because they were the biggest gun school in the country.  
     Our enemies are attacking Polymer80, Inc.  Polymer80, Inc. is worth defending.  
"Polymer80 Statement Regarding Recent ATF Letter to FFLs" by Pete
Unlike the two examples cited above, the leadership of Polymer80, Inc. (Loran Kelley,
Founder, CEO, et al) is not greedy nor corrupt.  Please buy their products.  
"Gun Owner New Year’s Resolutions Can Help Increase Involvement and Effectiveness"
by David Codrea
     God does not make some rich and some poor.  God does not make some happy and
some miserable.  God gives everyone opportunities.  It is up to the individual to seize
the opportunity or to waste it.  
     Many waste their opportunities because they are cowards, unwilling to put their
treasure at risk.  They will never be like Elon Musk (African-American immigrant to
the U.S. who was not born wealthy).  
     Many waste their opportunities because they are stupid, the first time they took the
drugs they knew they were putting themselves on the path to addiction and destitution,
but did it anyway.  They will never sit in their rocking chair on their front porch
smiling at their spouse, watching the sunset, and their grandchildren playing in their
front yard in Haines, Idaho.  
     Choices have consequences.  
     "Buy guns.  Join gun clubs."
-- Malcolm Little, a.k.a. Malcolm X, a.k.a. El Hajj Malik El Shabazz
"May the Lord bless you and keep you;
May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious to you;
May the Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace."  
Numbers 6:24-26
*****     *****     ***** Prevention *****     *****     *****
----- Mindset (figuring out the correct way to think) -----
“Fear doesn't shut you down.
It wakes you up!”
-- Veronica Roth
"Break Contact Guns" by Salvatore
     As Claude Werner says, the purpose of the pistol is to break contact with the bad
guy.  If you have some other purpose, you're not a civilian defender.  
"There Is No Silver Bullet
There is no "one size fits all" solution when it comes to personal defense."  
by Steve Tarani
     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
"Self-Defense for the Aging Shooter" by Jim Wilson
     We don’t give up; instead we keep training and finding ways to modify our
personal defense plan just as we modify the rest of our lives.  
     [Sheriff Wilson mentions pistols made for physically weak persons.  May I suggest
the S&W M&P EZ in 9mm.  They initially came out in 380 Auto, but are now
available in 9mm.  I got one for my sister.  They work. -- Jon Low]  
Adaptive Shooting
     Every time I go to the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO, I check in
with the Paralympic coach for Riflery.  He has on many occasions offered equipment
and help.  His accessibility and willingness to answer questions is invaluable.  
"Pistol Shooting With Physical Challenges
Whatever your physical challenge, you still have a right to self-defense."  
by Jim Wilson
     If you always carried a .44 Magnum revolver but now, due to health issues, all you
can manage is a .22 auto, go with it.  That's still way better than chunking rocks.  
We can't always dictate the cards that life deals us, but we can stay in the fight.  
"Fear is an instinct.  Courage is a choice."
-- Rear Admiral Joseph Kernan, USN
"Thoughts From The Campfire With Crown Royal -
Volume 2 - They Don't Think Like You Do" by Dave Spaulding
     Mr. Spaulding says the step (or any movement to avoid getting hit) is useless.  
Claude Werner wrote similarly a few years ago.  The good guys are trying to avoid
aimed fire, but the bad guy is not delivering aimed fire.  Only good guys aim,
because they don't want to hit innocent bystanders.  The bad guys don't care.  
     Though I think moving to cover is a good idea.  If you're not behind cover, you
should always be moving to cover.  
Modern Problems
     This morning's report of gunfire and grenades
Summon thoughts of Viet Nam at its worst;
But the wars of today aren't that far away --
This happened at Maple and First.  
-- John M. Floyd
"Can Perception Determine Reality?
How you appear to others can affect your safety."
by Shelley Hill
Hat tip to Greg Ellifritz.  
     Psychopaths demonstrated a higher accuracy rate, than all the other inmates,
in picking out the people who had a prior history of being a victim, from the people
who had never been assaulted.  The psychopaths could actually tell by the person’s
walk if they had survived violence.  These psychopaths also mentioned that “gait
and nonverbal cues” were the reason they would have chosen to assault a specific
person.  You see, these studies found that psychopaths are proficient in decoding
vulnerability through nonverbal cues and gait, giving them leverage in selecting
possible victims.  This is a learned craft that appears to be part of their skills during
an attack cycle.  
. . .
•  Confident mindset.  
•  Walk with a purpose, like you have a place to be.  
•  Match your gait with the normality of the environment.  Same pace and similar style.  
•  Swing your arms, take long powerful strides, sway your hips and shift your
weight with ease.  
•  Avoid distractions, mainly ear buds and smartphones.  
•  Head up, shoulders back and pay attention to your environment.  
     When you walk with confidence, your body-mind will give off the impression that
YOU ARE NOT LOW-POWER thereby altering others perception of you.  SO YES,
perception CAN determine reality.  
"Pannini Grill Puts Kickboxer In A Coma - Tim Larkin - Target Focus Training"
by Tim Larkin
     The difference between violence and combat sports.  The assailant wasn't bigger,
faster, or stronger.  The victim was world level trained and practiced, and had a high
skill set.  Please learn from this.  Malicious intent is a thing, a real thing.  
     You must be aware.  You must be willing to escalate faster than the other guy.  
The alternative is being a vegetable or dead.  
“Willingness” is a state of mind. Readiness is a statement of fact!”  
-- David M Shoup, USMC Commandant, 1960-1963
"Personal Readiness!" by John Farnam
     ". . . a nonchalant attitude with regard to your emergency, life-saving equipment,
also with your personal ‘state of readiness,' represents a ticket to an early grave!  
     This world is full of unforeseeable threats, more now than ever before.  Personal
readiness is something that each of us must take seriously.  
     Your life depends on it!  
“There is no such thing as ‘ready.’  
There is only ‘now,’ ready or not!”  
-- Hugh Laurie
"5 Life Lessons from the Range" by Frank Melloni
"Situational Awareness is your best survival tool – learn to use it" by David de Beer
     "Who wants to be the person who sees something mildly suspicious in a public place,
and then instantly turns and runs away down the passage like lunatic?  Nobody, that’s
who.  I wonder if the first bunch of people who got shot in Nairobi’s Westgate mall had
the same problem?"  
     "Don’t be so polite that you feel closing your window or crossing the street would
insult someone and make them think you’re stereotyping them."  
"Why?  Why did they choose their gun?  Why do they continue training?"  
by Erick Gelhaus
     "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.  . . .  There's nothing virtuous about harmlessness.  
It just means you’re ineffectual and useless."  
-- Jordan Peterson
----- 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  
RULE III:  KEEP YOUR FINGER OFF THE TRIGGER [in the register position]
"Rule #3: The Golden Rule
They're called the rules of gun safety, not the suggestions, not the guidelines."
by Sheriff Jim Wilson
     Nowadays, most of us who teach defensive shooting carry this rule a step further.  
We suggest that, until the sights are on the target, the shooter should not even have
his finger inside the trigger guard.  Instead, the trigger finger should be straight and
aligned along the pistol frame as far above the trigger guard as possible.  Again, we
have found that this does not hinder the ability to quickly address the target.  When
we get off the target our finger goes straight again.  
"Situational Awareness for Dummies" by Gideon Joubert
Hat tip to Greg Ellifritz.  
     "Robot" is the South African term for traffic light.  
     The article gives a list of pre-assault indicators.  
     Chances are that the victim would not only have observed their assailant’s presence
before the attack, but would also have registered them as a potential threat.  
     Ed Lovette – co-author of Defensive Living, a superb little book – defines Situational
Awareness as “a state of General Alertness which allows you to take the element of
surprise away from the threat.”  
     "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
"The Unfriendly Skies
Personal Defense Strategies For Airline Travel"
by Michael Janich
Hat tip to Greg Ellifritz.  
     ". . . flights with Air Marshals aboard are the exception rather than the rule."  
     "If the flight is piloted by an FFDO (Federal Flight Deck Officer, a.k.a. “armed pilot”),
the harsh truth is that his job is not to save you or engage the terrorist; it’s to defend
the cockpit and prevent the plane from being used as a missile.  He’s not going to open
the cockpit door to rescue you."  
     ". . . most martial arts and self-defense techniques don’t work very well in extremely
confined spaces."  
     ". . . we civilized folks have the unfortunate instinctive reaction to grab the attacker
to try to control him and peel him off the victim.  In reality, our goal should be to take
the cheapest shot possible to disable him while he’s not looking.  As logical as this may
sound, it’s not what people will normally do under stress."  
     "A rear guard therefore becomes a tremendous asset."  
     "Get Off The Couch And Train"
     Commercial aircraft are gun-free-zones.  All mass murders occur in gun-free-zones.  
Pay a little more and use the aviation companies at the civil aviation airports.  Support
small business.  No TSA.  No hassle.  They could be much closer to where you're going.  
Uber and Lyft will pick you up and drop you off there.  
"How to Point Your Gun in a Safe Direction
Rule #2...Never let your muzzle cover anything that you are not willing to destroy."  
by Jim Wilson
     In training, it's not enough that the pistol is unloaded and the finger is in the register
position.  The area being pointed at must be able to stop the bullet.  Because hundreds
of people in America get shot with "unloaded" guns every year.  (And those are just the
reported cases.)  
“The hardest thing to explain is the glaringly evident,
which everybody has decided not to see.”  
-- Ayn Rand
"There is nothing quite so difficult to see as the obvious!" by John Farnam
     “If you haven’t already, you better get a real gun and learn how to use it!”
“Five percent of people think
Ten percent think they think
The other eighty-five percent would rather die than think!”  
-- Thomas Edison
"Thinking is the hardest thing a person can do.  
That's why so few people do it."  
-- Henry Ford
"3 Things You Do That Make You a Target For Crooks" by Jim Wilson
"REALITY CHECK II | Dangerous People" by Clint Smith
     I was patrolling the 5 story parking garage of the Nashville General Hospital.  
I always see lots of women sitting in their cars either before or after their shifts
at the hospital playing on their smart phones.  I tap on their windows and tell
them to either go home or go into the hospital, because sitting in a dark garage
late at night is extremely dangerous.  
     One lady tells me, "I've been doing this for years."  
     You can't fix stupid.  
You can educate the ignorant.  You can medicate the crazy.  But, you can't fix stupid.  
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.  
----- Training (figuring out the correct tasks to learn) -----
     "The only one who does not a mistake is someone who does nothing."  
-- Albert Einstein
     "Failure is evidence that someone tried to do something."  
-- Ingersoll
"That's a Thing! Episode 8, The realities of stopping an assault with a pistol"
by John Murphy
     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)
"The Body Language of Deceit" by Greg Ellifritz
"Should Cops Learn How to Fight?" by Jim Glennon
Hat tip to Greg Ellifritz.  
Let me end with a quote we use at Calibre Press Seminars:
     “In sports they practice for those moments, over and over and over.  In law
enforcement we just hope that common sense and an untaught, unlearned skillset
will just magically kick in at the most stressful moment of an officer’s life."  
     Does that sound like a good plan?  
"Take training from different instructors.  
We are all wrong about something."  
-- John Farnam
"Guest Shot: Drills Vs. Skills" by Dave Spaulding
"How Paranoid Are You?  
What are you preparing for?  
Have you based your personal safety measures on realistic data?  
Or are you just paranoid?"  $20
By John Hearne
Wed, December 28, 2022, 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM CST
FPF Training
Harris Combative Strategies
“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
Mike Seeklander training videos,
"Low Light Handgun - Gear, Shooting Techniques"
"Low Light Handgun - Shooting, Defending, and Searching Discussion"
     Mike Seeklander says --
     If you're going to have a weapon mounted light, you should have a grip activation
switch.  Because you might not have your other hand to activate the light.  You might
not be able to activate it with your trigger finger, at least not the way you want to.  [Is
your trigger finger long enough to reach the switch?]  
     If you're worried about a light AD (accidentally turning on the light), Mike says that's
not a concern for us, civilian defenders, as we are going to turn on the room lights if
possible, and once we turn on our weapon mounted light, we are going to keep it on.  
Because we need the light to positively identify potential targets.  
     Be careful.  If you have a red-dot-sight that automatically adjusts the brightness of the
dot, the dot might disappear when you are operating in low light conditions because
your flashlight is tricking the red-dot-sight system.  You have to experiment.  Mike
recommends not using the automatic setting, but rather using a manual setting.  
     Mike gives a good explanation for why using a weapon mounted light is a good idea.  
     [I think a weapon mounted light is a bad idea because the good guy will be searching
with the light and thus pointing his pistol at things he does not want to destroy.  But,
what makes my opinion any better?  You have to compare explanations, reasons.
     Mike doesn't mention it, but if you have your flashlight back by your head (cheek
index, crown index, etc.) the glare from your flashlight might make the red-dot-sight
unusable.  You won't have this problem with the Harries technique.
-- Jon Low]
     Thanks to Mark at
for a link to a copy of the primary source document for Hick's Law.
     The diagrams are hand drawn.  Remember this paper was published in 1952.  
"Tactics and Training: Threat Response Fundamental Number 2: Communication"
by Tiger McKee
"Don’t Shoot Through Windows" by the Tactical Professor
     How you going to articulate an imminent threat when the guy is outside and there is a
window (barrier) intervening between the two of you?  
"Failure Drill? by the Tactical Professor
     Ya, to have a failure to stop drill, you've got to have a moving target that fails to stop
approaching you after you've shot it.  
"Low Light Principles" by Erick Gelhaus
     Ya, I cited this article before.  But, Greg Ellifritz cited it, so it must be important.  
     When Mr. Gelhaus says, "Competently presented low-light training . . . " he's referring to
a low light course taught by Matt Little, Chuck Hagard, etc., because the law enforcement
and military courses are beyond our ability to enroll in.  
"Defeating Heuristic Completion" by John Murphy
     If you fire every time you draw your gun in practice,
what do you think you will do in combat?  
Training is NOT an event, but a process.
Training is the preparation FOR practice".
-- Claude Werner
----- Practice (how to get good at that task) -----
     "Train, Practice, Compete
are the key elements in the development of humans."
-- John M. Buol, Jr.
"The Fallen Drill!  
Live Fire and Sims Fire, Standing, Falling, and Fallen Target Practice"
by Hock Hochheim
Hat tip to Greg Ellifritz.
     I have observed in video simulator training and force-on-force training that the student
will often shoot over the target when the target goes to the ground or falls to the ground.  
Following the target is an important skill, requiring practice.  
Practice is the small deposits you make over time,
so that in an emergency, you can make that big withdrawal.
-- Chesley Burnett Sullenberger, III
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
"3 Practical Pistol Drills for People Who Don't Go to the Range Enough"
by Frank Melloni
"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
*****     *****     ***** Intervention *****     *****     *****

----- 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
"Improvised Weapons Found" by The Tactical Professor
     Chuck Haggard commented:  
Every single “homeless” person I’ve ever arrested or had to
pat down was carrying a knife, or knives.  At minimum.  
     [When they are brought into the hospital emergency rooms (by ambulance or police)
they are usually smart enough to ditch the weapons because they know we will strip
search them.  Or, the cops have searched them and removed the weapons before bringing
them in.  But not always.  We have found knives and guns on “homeless” persons in the
emergency room when searching them and inventorying their possessions. -- Jon Low]  
     Awareness, Avoidance, De-Escalation, and Escape
"That's A Thing Episode 10 Pre-Decisions" by John Murphy
"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
"The WORST Self Defense Question You Could Ask . . . " by Tim Larkin
     Eyes, throat, groin (testicles).  But don't get fixated on those.  As Tim says, there are lots
of targets.  Whatever is available.  
"Low Light Principles" by Erick Gelhaus
     "First, this article is oriented toward law enforcement – an audience that is likely to
be called upon to use a flashlight and/or a weapon-mounted light in a broader range
of circumstances than the armed citizen, who is most likely to use such lighting within
the confines of his own home.  My biggest concern is with the concept of aligning
eyes, gun, and light on the same spot.  This violates Rule Three by “searching with the
     Circa 1990, SureFire revolutionized the flashlight industry with a small light with an
output of 60 lumens; subsequently, we've seen a quantum leap with the introduction
of LED lights offering output beyond 1,000 lumens.  Particularly indoors, where light
is likely to be reflected off floors, ceilings and walls, even when the decision is made
to fire, the beams of these newer lights have enough peripheral spillover that a handheld
light need not align with the bore of the gun in order to identify the target and to
silhouette the sights.  
     A weapon-mounted light does align with the bore, meaning that, to comply with
Rule Three, the operator should intentionally reflect it off one of the surfaces mentioned
above while searching.  
     There are different techniques for the use of a handheld light while the operator is
also holding a gun but, when that gun is a handgun, using one hand, separately, for
each not only allows searching with the main portion of the beam, it also allows safely
shining that portion of the beam into the eyes of a potential assailant until the muzzle
is indexed if a decision is made to fire."  
-- Stephen P. Wenger,
"Close Dark Fast" by Mike Boyle
"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
     The Earth is your best impact weapon, and it's always available.  
-- Tim Larkin (paraphrased)
["Best" because the Earth accelerates your enemy to its hard surface at 10 meters per
second per second.  That's more acceleration than most people can generate with a
baseball bat.  And unlike the low mass baseball bat, the Earth has effectively infinite
striking mass.  
-- Jon Low]
Weapons retention --
     Greg Ellifritz says, come take one of my classes.
My friends Craig Douglas and Cecil Burch also teach current best practices in retention
shooting.  On the topic of handgun retention, you may also enjoy reading
Practical Eschatology’s compilation of handgun retention articles.
"Standing Your Ground: Shooting Stance" by Kyle Lamb
     Greg Ellifritz says,
     Kyle Lamb talks about a square versus bladed shooting stance.  He favors a bladed
stance (as described by foot position).  I favor a square stance (as described by hip and
shoulder position).  Many shooters confuse these issues and get it wrong. 
     Having a staggered foot position is beneficial (as the article describes).  Having a
bladed stance where hips and shoulders are angled away from the threat is not.  
Stagger your feet if you like, but keep your hips and shoulders square to your threat
if you want full protection from your armor and the ability to stay on your feet if you
are hit.  
     We can also argue about head position while shooting.  Both topics are frequently
debated by shooters and internet “experts.”  Take a look at the dates on these two
articles.  They are both more than five years old and still incredibly relevant today.  
Why isn’t this issue settled?  I postulate it’s because lots of people just like to argue.  
"Carry Life | Head Position: A Misunderstood Basic" by Frank Winn
     [We, civilians, generally don't wear body armor.  So getting into a bladed Weaver stance
with the bones of your support side arm in front of your heart and lungs makes sense.  
     Tense muscles are slow.  Relaxed muscles are quick.  So it's best to relax the neck and
shoulder muscles when shooting.  No turtling (shoulders hunched up, head bent down).  
     The head must be kept erect, because the inner ear is in the head.  So if you tilt your
head, the inner ear thinks your body is tilted and this will cause balance problems.  Yes,
most balance is from visual cuing, but you won't have such cuing when hard focused on
your front sight or the threat.  And you will definitely lose visual cuing if you get tunnel
-- Jon Low]
"Video: Ultimate Technique to Rack a Semi-Auto's Slide" by Il Ling New
"Video: How to Grip a Pistol" by Brian Zins
     Gunny Zins does not believe in aligning the barrel with the bones of the forearm.  
Yes, he knows what he's talking about.  
"Concealing for Two:  The First Trimester of Pregnancy" by Tatiana Whitlock
"Concealing for Two:  The Second Trimester" by Tatiana Whitlock
"Concealing for Two:  The Third Trimester" by Tatiana Whitlock
"Ear Pull Reversal | Defending in Confined Spaces for Concealed Carry" by Todd Fossey
     On Christmas it was very cold.  That overloaded the power grid in Nashville, TN.  So we
had rolling blackouts.  When the lights went out, I was brushing my teeth.  I instantly used
a technique I had learned in the Marine Corps.  I closed my eyes.  I pretended that I had
light, but that I was going to do the task with my eyes closed.  Maybe I was blinded by CS
gas.  Maybe I was blinded by a bright flash.  In any case, I would continue the task with my
eyes closed.  And it was easy, because I had done the task so many times before.  I really
didn't need to see anything (in the mirror or otherwise).  
     I'm sure you will find the same.  You don't really need to see what you are doing to
accomplish many tasks.  So if you practice with your eyes closed, you won't be shocked
when the lights go out.  In fact, if the stress is causing you problems, closing your eyes might
"It's not daily increase but daily decrease - hack away at the inessentials!"
-- Bruce Lee
*****     *****     ***** Postvention *****     *****     *****
----- Aftermath-----
You have to be alive to have these problems:  criminal and civil liability.  
     In the right hand column of this web page, click on "Never Talk To The Police"
or use the direct address
“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
     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.  
     "You need to read the fine print." -- Massad Ayoob  
“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
----- Survival, Medical, etc. -----
"If you prepare for the emergency,
the emergency ceases to exist!"
-- Dr. Sherman House
Only fools “subcontract” responsibility for their own personal protection and welfare!  
"The pessimist complains about the wind.  
The optimist expects it to change.  
The realist adjusts his sails!"  
-- William Ward
"Last Quip of 2022, snowstorm in NY!" by John Farnam
"Handcuffed Woman Shoots Cop; Tourniquet Applied" by Brian McLaughlin
"CRIME LAB: Myths & Misconceptions" by Guns & Ammo Staff
     "What about lead poisoning from a retained bullet?  The human body has good
self-defense processes that isolate a foreign body by covering it with a biological shell.  
Old bullets removed years after the shooting look like they'd been repeatedly dipped
in paraffin."  
     [When the surgeon removed shrapnel from the back of my arms at the Naval Hospital
in Charleston, SC, she commented on how cute it looked.  It was a smooth soft white
ellipsoidal object.  She told me the metal had been encased with muscle tissue.  No sharp
edges, so it couldn't cut any blood vessels or nerves.  God's masterpiece of creation.  
-- Jon Low]  
"4 Ways to Purify Backcountry Water" by Heidi Lyn Rao
     I had a conversation with the Chief Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) of the
Emergency Department of the Nashville General Hospital (former Captain USMC).  
Besides the standard stuff, he suggested that you carry in your Individual First Aid
Kit (IFAK) / Trauma Kit:  
Super glue (there are real problems with sewing or stapling a wound shut)
Abdominal pads
J splint
Narcan (for all your drug overdosing friends and relatives)
Wide tape (sterile bandage type adhesive tape)
Duct tape
Rapid Rhino
Disposable scalpels (sterile, not your box cutter with replaceable blades)
Forceps (to pull out those things you can't reach)
Sure Site field dressing
Chest seals without vents (if you want to vent the seal, run a piece of tape on the sticky side
   of the chest seal from the wound to the edge to allow venting [Actually, there was a long
   detailed discussion.  If you want the details, write to me.])
Leatherman tool
Pulse Oximeter ($14 on
     Now this is outside the scope, but if you've got the training:  
18 gauge needle for decompression (insert between the 4th and 5th ribs on the side, four
fingers down from the nipple; for air decompression, fluid is a different matter)
[There were several other things outside the scope.  But if civilization breaks down, what
is outside the scope?  On the other hand, if you don't have the training, you're just going
to be killing people.  It's not as if you'll get a second chance, or someone will be there to
fix your mistakes.  Of course, there won't be any attorneys to sue you for malpractice.  
And if there are, you can shoot them.  That's sort of the definition of "civilization breaking
"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
*****     *****     ***** Education *****     *****     *****
"You will never get smarter or broaden your horizons
if you're unwilling to learn from others and read."
-- Becca Martin
"The Primary Source: FBI Miami Firefight" by Lee Weems
Interview with Ed Mireles.
     Podcast (audio only) at
     It is often said that the victors write the history.  But, Mireles tells the whole truth.  
Make sure to check out the Weekend Knowledge Dumps.
"Jeff Gonzales Concealed Carry Manual: Environmental Concerns"
     Please sign up for the Crime Prevention Research Center news letter at
"Those Bullets Aren't Real - Stupid Shit I Heard This Week Vol. 4" by Dave Spaulding
     Masters Thesis on bullet performance.  
"Armed Amazon employee stops shooter who opened fire at Arizona facility:
'good Samaritan'
Arizona police say the shooter was suffering from 'jealousy issues' "
by Andrew Mark Miller
    Sometimes the good guys win.  Notice that Amazon is not taking any action
against their employee, who was armed on company property and used his pistol on
company property.  Yeah!  See Amazon spokesman Richard Rocha's statement.  
(Unfortunately, Rocha's statement is no longer on the Fox web site, as linked in the
article.  I have not been able to find it anywhere else, including the Amazon
Press Center at
which is an archive of press releases.  
So maybe the statement was too gun-friendly for the Amazon executives.)  
     I strongly recommend that you subscribe to my friend Lee Weems’
“That Weems Guy” podcast.
Every week is relevant and highly entertaining.  
-- John Murphy
     I [Jon Low] find the version more appealing as I like to see
the facial expressions of the speakers.
"Cogito, ergo armatum sum." (I think, therefore armed am I.)
-- John Farnam
*****     *****     ***** Legal *****     *****     *****
     "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
"Deadly Force" by Mark Knapp
Hat tip to Massad Ayoob.  
     Court cases can drag on for years.  
     Disparity of force in statute (written by the legislature) and case law (written by
appellate courts).  
     It's not that unusual for a judge to decline to enter a jury verdict if the judge thinks
the "Guilty" verdict is obviously wrong, "in the interest of justice".  This is referred to
as a JNOV (judgment notwithstanding the verdict).  If the verdict is entered into the
record, the trial judge or the appellate court can vacate the verdict and remand the
case to be tried again.  In rare instances the court can vacate with prejudice and not
allow another trial.  Effectively dismissing the charges.  (Especially in cases of
prosecutorial misconduct.)  
     My sister and brother-in-law tell me that a judge cannot decline to enter or vacate
a "Not Guilty" verdict because double jeopardy applies.  
     Bench trials are with a judge only, no jury.  If you can get a competent fair judge, this
eliminates some of the idiots from the system.  
     "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.  
     "Educate yourself.  So, you don't spend the rest of your life in a cage."  
"Aaron Dean Trial: LIVE Verdict Watch!" by Andrew Branca
     Your attorney has to object to errors in real time at the moment of the error.  Otherwise,
the errors are not preserved for appeal.  So your attorney has to be competent enough to
recognize the errors and have the presence of mind to object immediately.  Does your
attorney have such competence?  
     In some jurisdictions, your attorney has to declare "Exception" to let the court know
that the overruled objection will be appealed and a reversal sought from a higher court.  
Most courts have done away with "exception", but not all.  
     [Did you see that movie where Paul Newman is the plaintiff's attorney in a medical
malpractice case?  I can't remember the title.  
     Oh, I found it,  The Verdict (1982).  
-- Jon Low]  
"What Cashless Bail Really Means . . ." by The Funny Republican
     Illinois January 1st of 2023 A.D.  New York since last year.  California shortly.  
"The Left is Suddenly Against Gun Control" by Liberty Doll
     Hypocrisy knows no bounds.  
"Massad Ayoob:
Short answers against Gun Control & how to defend the 2nd Amendment.  
Critical Mas EP47"
     Ask a Ukrainian.  
     At the time of the writing of the Bill of Rights, the National Guard would have been
loyal to King George, duty bound to kill the rebelling colonists.  So the militia certainly
was not the National Guard.  
     Death by guns include bad guys killed by cops, bad guys killed by their intended
victims, suicide, etc.  
     Lots more.  
     As of January 1st of 2023, half (25) of the states of the United States of America have
permitless carry of concealed weapons.  
"Prospects for States to Pass Constitutional Carry in 2023"
by Dean Weingarten
     Florida and Nebraska will probably pass permitless carry in 2023 A.D.  
Andrew Branca reading "The Art of Cross-Examination" by NYC Attorney Francis Wellman
in 1908, and regularly updated and expanded over the next several decades.  The specific
book I'm reading from was published in 1948 --
"Reading "The Art of Cross-Examination": 1. Introductory"
"Reading "The Art of Cross-Examination": 2. Manner of Cross"
"Reading "The Art of Cross-Examination": 3. Matter of Cross"
"Reading "The Art of Cross-Examination": 4. Cross of Perjured Witness"
"Reading "The Art of Cross-Examination": 5. Cross of Experts"
"Reading "The Art of Cross-Examination": 6. Sequence of Cross"
"Reading "The Art of Cross-Examination": 7. Silent Cross"
"Reading "The Art of Cross-Examination": 8. Fallacies of Testimony"
"Reading "The Art of Cross-Examination": 9. Cross of Probabilities"
"Reading "The Art of Cross-Examination": 10. Cross to Credit, & Abuse"
"Reading "The Art of Cross-Examination": 11 & 12. Dangers & Abuses of Cross"
"Justice Sotomayor Orders New York to Answer Emergency Request
to Block Gun-Carry Law" by Stephen Gutowski
     Hyperlinks to primary source documents are in the article.  
At the Federal District Court level, the good guys (gun guys) won.  Getting a ruling
that New York's gun control law was unconstitutional.  At the Federal Circuit Court
level, the good guys lost.  As the 2nd Circuit Court stayed the District Court ruling.  
Now, a Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court is considering the issue.  She may rule
by herself or she may refer the case to the 9 member Supreme Court.  
    “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
*****     *****     ***** Instruction *****     *****     *****

    Several of our companies are now hiring firearms instructors in Virginia, Georgia, and Alabama.




    Must hold general instructor and firearms instructor certifications and credentials issued by  Virginia DCJS, NRA LE Firearms Instructor also preferred, American Red Cross First-Aid-CPR, and Basic Life Support courses, Less Lethal Weapons Instructor certifications, and other instructor certifications as required.

    Above average wages, benefits and advancement opportunities are available for the right candidates.

    Please submit your resume and all certificates of training to the email below and an interview will be scheduled.



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    Above average wages, benefits and advancement opportunities are available for the right candidates.

    Please submit your resume and all certificates of training to the email below and an interview will be scheduled.



    Must hold unarmed and armed instructor certifications and credentials with the ASRB, as well as other, Firearms Instructor credentials, NRA LE firearm Instructor preferred, American Red Cross First-Aid-CPR, and Basic Life Support courses, Less Lethal Weapons Instructor certifications, and other instructor certifications as required.

    Above-average wages, benefits, and advancement opportunities are available for the right candidates.

    Please submit your resume and all certificates of training to the email below and an interview will be scheduled.

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    Submit to:
    Private Officer International |
    2217 d Matthews Township Pkwy, Suite 109, Charlotte, NC 28105


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
     I went to a class in which we jumped rope to the point of exhaustion and then ran up
to the firing line and shot a drill.  In another session our legs were duct taped together to
simulate injury and shooting from awkward positions.  
     I would never do such with certain civilian students of mine.  Never humiliate or
embarrass your students.  Use your good judgment.  Even asking the student, "Would
you like to do this exercise?" may be inappropriate.  If they are going to hurt themself
or flounder around like beached whale, it doesn't serve much of a purpose.  (You don't
want the other students laughing at that person.)  
     The student may want to try to do the exercise because everyone else is doing it or
it's on the course outline.  But, you, as the instructor, need to stay in control for the
safety and good decorum of the class.  
"New bill could strip NRA of training authority: Here’s how it would work"
by Edwin Viera
Hat tip to Stephen P. Wenger,
     "(First, I question whether the state has the ability to remove the
National Rifle Association’s ability to certify gun-safety instructors;
I assume that the proposed bill is intended to remove NRA-certified
instructors from the acceptable training sources under the recent,
so-called Concealed Carry Improvement Act.  Again, it's a challenge
to separate ignorance from intentional misinformation.  I'm unaware
of practice in New York but a large proportion of the nation's police
firearms instructors are trained and certified in that role by NRA's
Law Enforcement Activities Division.  When I attended my first
LEAD instructor school [handgun/shotgun] in January 1997,
topics included safe storage and maintaining control of firearms
when using public restrooms.  I find it hard to believe that NRA's
“civilian” courses ignore safe storage.  This reporter did not link
the text of the bill but there is a difference between requiring a
state-specific training course and banning NRA-certified instructors
from teaching it.)"
-- Stephen P. Wenger
     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
     I had a student recently who was right-handed and right-eye dominant.  During the class,
she discovered that she shot much better left-handed using her left eye to aim.  This is not
the first time I have seen such.  I suspect many more students would find this if there were
more emphasis on support-side shooting with support-side eye aiming.  
     As John Farnam says, get to the point and then shut up.  
     "The most valuable resource that all teachers have is each other.  
Without collaboration, our growth is limited to our own perspectives."  
-- Robert John Meehan
*****     *****     ***** Gear *****     *****     *****
“Mission drives the gear train.”
-- Pat Rogers
     "After years of falling for that ongoing process – which I was fortunate to be able to
afford – I took note of one of George Patton's favorite sayings, “the perfect is the enemy
of the good.”  My advice – seldom heeded – is rather than keep chasing the prefect gun,
find one that works well for you, then use added funds, as they become available to get
duplicate copies of the same gun.  Those duplicate copies come in might handy if your
carry gun has to go in for repair or takes a vacation in an evidence locker."  
-- Stephen P. Wenger,
"How to Choose a Good IWB Holster Part 1 | Comfortable and Concealable"
by Daniel Reedy
Hat tip to Greg Ellifritz.  
"Video: Inside-the-Waistband Holsters" by Joe Kurtenbach
"Will Your Mags Fail You? " by Kippi Leatham
Hat tip to Greg Ellifritz.  
     May I add that some magazines do not function reliably when charged to capacity.  
I do not consider this a failing.  Just charge to one less than capacity.  This is what we
were taught in the Marine Corps concerning our M-16 magazines.  I have noticed this
is also true of Sig P365 magazines.  
Stephen P. Wenger says --
     This article goes on with tests with partially and fully loaded magazines.  Experienced
pistol users should appreciate that magazines are the most common source of mechanical
malfunctions with bottom-feeding guns.  Conventional, steel-tube pistol magazines are
vulnerable to deformation of the lips.  Brownells used to sell at least one tool to restore
the lips of 1911 magazines to spec.  They currently list as out of stock a tool to optimize
those mags to feed “wadcutter” loads and a set of gauges for what I assume to be
Beretta's 92-series magazines.  In stock are lip-forming pliers but I assume that a user,
at a minimum, would need a “correct” magazine as a guide to make any adjustments.  
To my knowledge, some of the aftermarket 1911 magazines intended for competition
users are optimized for different loads.  While the added wall thickness of the newer
Glock magazines slightly reduces the capacity for .40 S&W rounds, I don't usually hear
Glocksters complaining of magazine issues so long as they clean them after several
dumps in the dirt.  I once discovered a crack running through a few witness holes in a
first-generation Glock magazine that predated the introduction of the steel liners.  
"Massad Ayoob - Red Dot Sights on Carry Guns? Pros and Cons of Carry Optics -
Critical Mas EP46"
"Ken Hackathorn analyzes Red Dot Sights on handguns and gives the pros and cons -
Masterclass EP 31" by Ken Hackathorn
"RED DOT REBUTTAL" by Gabe Suarez
     I had a student in my last class whose hands were small.  The Sig P365 was the only
pistol that allowed her to achieve a proper grip.  Mr. Eastridge uses the P365 XL which
has a longer grip, though the girth is the same.  I recommended the XL model to my
student as the shorter grip of the standard model might pinch her skin between the grip
and the magazine when reloading.  
"Ammo Primer Misfires - Why They Happen" by Jeff Hoffman
     "One thing not mentioned in the article is that the “lead free” training ammunition
obviously can’t use the normal primer ingredient (lead styphnate).  The priming
compound that they use to replace the lead degrades much faster than the traditional
primers.  If you are shooting 10-year old “lead free” ammo, you are going to get some
dead primers.  Nothing is wrong with you or your gun.  Your ammo is just “expired.” "  
-- Greg Ellifritz
     Mike Seeklander says, if you're going to have a weapon mounted light, you should
have a grip activation switch.  Because you might not have your other hand to activate
the light.  You might not be able to activate it with your trigger finger, at least not the
way you want to.  
Craft Holsters
XMAS20 - at checkout, you'll get it at 20% OFF
     Preventative maintenance schedule for everything.  
The springs in your pistol will wear out.  Same for the springs in your magazines.  
Your holster will wear out from normal use.  The batteries in your flashlight have only
about 5000 charge-discharge cycles in their lifetime.  The batteries in your sight will
die in a year or two.  
"Video: Improving Your CCW Kit" by Joe Kurtenbach
     Please adopt his mindset,  "Always improve your position."  
Hacks to improve your gear.  File down all sharp edges.  Change belt loops as necessary
to allow holster to function properly.  Kydex, nylon, leather, all kinds on the market.  
     If you can't get all of your fingers on the grip, you will not be able to control the pistol,
and you will be pinching yourself when you slam in a magazine to reload.  
"Video: How to Clean Your Gun" by NRA Staff
     Detailed and technically correct.  
"Concealed Carry Corner: Ammo Versus Accessories" by Matt E.
     "What Matt calls “muscle memory” is actually conditioned reflexes.  Among the
advantages of conditioning them, they allow you to operate your weapon subconsciously
 – as your conscious mind deals with such things as tactical movement and the decision
whether or not to fire – and the ability to score hits if your electronic accessories fail,
you are forced to use someone else's gun that lacks you own choice of accessories, or
you lack sufficient time or light for a true sight picture.  A certain amount of live ammo
is necessary to develop and validate those conditioned reflexes but a lot of it can be done
with dry fire, possibly complemented with “understudy” airsoft guns, pellet guns and
.22 versions or adapters for your carry gun.  A lesson that I learned years ago is to spend
most range time with the guns that I actually carry, not the ones that are more fun to
shoot or make me look better to anyone who may be watching me at the range."  
-- Stephen P. Wenger,
     Always carry a black ink pen (one of them space pens that writes underwater and upside
down would be nice).  Always carry a pad of paper (the waterproof type would be nice).  
A honorable man's signature can be more powerful than a gun.  That's why reputation is
so important.  
     Make sure your trigger guard is large enough to accommodate your winter gloves.  If your
Glock trigger guard is too small, consider a Springfield Armory XD or an FN 509.  
     Did you ever notice how small the grip of the M-16 / AR-15 is and how large the trigger
guard is?  It's so that you can use the rifle while wearing winter gear.  
"How to Choose a Good IWB Holster Part 1 | Comfortable and Concealable"
by Daniel Reedy
"How to Choose a Good IWB Holster Part 2 | Secure and Fast"
by Daniel Reedy
Which guns and ammo are the big police departments using?  
"Law Enforcement Ammo: America’s Largest Police Department Firepower"
by Donald J. Mihalek
“Your car is not a holster.”
-- Pat Rogers

*****     *****   Religion, Politics, History, War Stories, et al   *****     *****     *****
"Good habits and skill beat luck every time."
-- Sheriff Jim Wilson
Rest In Peace Cylinder & Slide
" Cylinder & Slide To Close" by John Richardson
"Any fool can make a rule, and every fool will follow!" by John Farnam
"Throwback Thursday: D-Day, the French Resistance & a “Hedgehog” "
by W.H. "Chip" Gross
     Marie-Madeleine Fourcade.  Robert Douin.  
     Lib hypocrisy knows no bounds.  
"Tucker Carlson: Pete Buttigieg learned some roads are too racist to fix"
"How close is nuclear fusion power?" by Sabine Hossenfelder
     Very little reported by journalists or testified to in Congress is truth.  
"Some Jewish History" by John Farnam
     When I mentioned that I would be working security at the Gordon Jewish
Community Center, my pastor told me that it is a good thing to protect the Jews. 
It's Biblical. 
     Albert Einstein wasn't smart because he developed the Theory of Relativity. 
He was smart (situational awareness) because he left Germany before he was
arrested and sent to the concentration camp to be executed.  He went to Switzerland
to work in the Patent Office, and then moved to the U.S. to work at the
Institute for Advanced Study - Princeton University.  Einstein was a hard core Jew,
who felt that his science was consistent with his religion. 
     Any so called conflict between religion and science is artificial controversy
drummed up by liberals.  So they can falsely claim that we, religious people,
are anti-science.  All of the founding Fathers and Mothers of modern science
were deeply religious persons, mostly Christian and Jew.  
     My grand kids know that if grandpa holds their lollipop in his pocket, when they
get it back, it won't have any lint on it.  Because grandpa removes all lint from
everywhere on his clothes.  Just like grandpa removes all Irish pennants and Russian
ropes.  Because grandpa has had special training in the Marine Corps.  
A Traveling Husband --
     When Ed's wife heard ten tourists
Were kidnapped last week
By Caribbean pirates,
She phoned Martinique.
     "I was worried," she told him
When she was put through;
"You haven't kidnapped
Any tourists, have you?"
-- John M. Floyd
"Unpacking More Police Myths With John Hearne"
     There is no minimum IQ to be a police officer.  There is a maximum IQ, over
which the candidate can be disqualified.  STOP!  Think about that.  
     If you're a gun guy, you will be disqualified.  The police departments don't
want warriors.  They want social workers.  
     So, when you call 911, don't expect a warrior to respond.  Expect a social worker.  
"Gun Shops and Gun Laws of Iraq: Part One (Baghdad)" by Vladimir Onokoy
"Gun Shops and Gun Laws of Iraq: Part Two (Iraqi Kurdistan)" by Vladimir Onokoy
     Erbil, Kurdistan is nice (fond memories).  I guess if you want to call it Iraq you can.  
Many folk from Erbil live in my neighborhood of Nashville, TN.  
     When the author refers to "tea", he means hot sweat tea.  Southerners in the U.S.
drink cold sweat tea.  I have to go to the a restaurant named "Erbil" at the end of my
street to get hot sweat tea.  When you go grocery shopping in Erbil, the tea boys walk
around with trays of hot sweat tea to serve the customers.  
     Another reason to carry a Springfield Armory XD (Croatian-made HS 2000).  
Blend in.  
"Black Gun Owners Slam New Jersey’s Concealed Carry Law"
by Bronson Winslow
     Gun control laws have always been racist.  Democrats have always been racist.  
The first Republican President, Abraham Lincoln, waged the War of Northern
Aggression in part to end the practice of slavery.  It was a Republican vs. Democrat
war.  Did your teachers teach you that in U.S. History class?  
     It was the Democrats who prevented the Blacks from voting after the War of
Northern Aggression.  
     Ask any Black why he votes Democrat and consider his answer.  Propaganda,
indoctrination is a powerful thing.  Control the government schools and you can
teach that the Republicans are racist and the Democrats all marched with Dr. Martin
Luther King, Jr.  Even though Charlton Heston (NRA President) marched with
Dr. King, and Jesse Jackson never did.  (People believe what they want to believe.  
And will refuse to believe anything that is obnoxious to their worldview, especially
their political view.)  
     Bureaucratic incompetence knows no bounds.  
"DHS Dropped the Ball on Background Checks for Gun Sales" by Lincoln Brown
     Primary source document -
"DHS Did Not Consistently Comply with National Instant Criminal Background
Check System Requirements" by Joseph V. Cuffari, Ph.D., Inspector General DHS
     Never attribute to malicious conspiracy what can be accounted for by
incompetence.  My experience has been that bureaucrats at the GS-13 level and
higher are not bright enough to pull off a successful conspiracy.  Though they are
plenty smart enough to screw up any job that they have been tasked with.  
     There is no justice in Democrat controlled states.  
"Oregon county's public defender shortage leads to criminal cases being dropped"
by Aimee Green
"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]
     Speed of light in a vacuum is 299,792,458 meters per second.  Acceleration at the surface
of the Earth is 9.80665 meters per second per second.  Albert Einstein says that inertial mass
is equivalent to gravitational mass, which one could interpret to mean that inertial
acceleration is equivalent to gravitational acceleration.  So, simply by living on the surface
of the Earth, you will accelerate upward at 9.80665 m/s/s.  Thus, in 30,570,322 seconds you
will have accelerated to the speed of light in a vacuum.  That's 353 days.  That's less than a
year.  The internal clock of a light speed object stops.  Every photon is created in the same
instant that it is destroyed (by the photon's clock).  
     Has our mass gone to infinity in some frame of reference?  Has our clock stopped in
some frame of reference?  You see the problem?  You see how you can use this?  
     Of course, that's not right.  Now use the equations of Special Relativity.  You see
what happens?  
     Now use the equations of General Relativity (because we are in the Earth's
gravitational field).  You see what happens?  
     "Hey, Staff, what's with all the science talk in a cryptology section?"  
 Remember Donald Knuth (The name is German.  The "K" is pronounced.) said,
Computer Science has nothing to do with computers or science.  Computer Science
is pure mathematics.  Mathematics is a branch of philosophy.  Philosophy is pure
thought.  There are no experiments.  There is no connection with the real world.  
Our cryptology operates in the real world.  We use computers and communication
channels.  So our cryptology is subject to the laws of physics.  So you have to
understand the physics, the science.  Otherwise, your cryptology will fail.  Just
as our GPS systems must use the equations of relativity (not Newtonian mechanics).  
You think the bureaucrats understand this?  Read the NSA Journal.  Shocking isn't it?  
"Sabine Hossenfelder - What's the Deep Meaning of Probability?"
      By "measure" she is referring to Measure Theory in the field of mathematics.  
As in the measure of the probability space.  An unobservable probability space.  
Not science, just silliness.  
"The Uncertainty Principle: What Does It Mean, How Does It Work?"
by Sabine Hossenfelder
     The Uncertainty Principle is not a Quantum Theoretic thing.  It is a wave theoretic
     Nuclear decay is not within the theory of Quantum Mechanics.  Under the
Schrödinger Equation, you can't create or destroy particles.  
     Nuclear decay operates under the Theory of Special Relativity.  That's why you
can see short lived particles.  At high speeds, their internal clocks slow down.  
So, they live a long time in our world.  So they leave a track in the cloud chamber
that we can see.  
     The Uncertainty Principle operates in Information Theory.  Cryptology operates
under Information Theory.  
     Murphy's Law is the Uncertainty Principle on the macroscopic scale in the real
"Are warp drives science now?" by Sabine Hossenfelder
     The significant thing is the proof method.  Similar methods are being used in
"The Symmetry at the Heart of the Canonical Commutation Relation"
by Elliot Schneider
     Notes at
     Unitary operators conserve information.  So they are very useful in cryptology.  
"Field Theory Fundamentals in 20 Minutes!" by Physics with Elliot
     Yes, very useful in cryptology.  
     "Staff, can you help us decrypt a message?"  
     No, decrypting a message does not make sense.  Not enough cyphertext.  
Do you have a recording of the entire cryptoperiod?  
     "Yes, it is a continuous stream [to defeat Traffic Analysis, usually encrypting
blanks when there is no message traffic].  The cryptosystem was transmitting at
72 Kbits per second."  
     Oh, I didn't think those systems were still operational.  [In the industry, the
cryptosystem is assumed to be known, that's what spies are for.]  Let's try to find
the cryptokey for that period.  We will search the high dimensional key space with
Genetic Algorithms or Simulated Annealing.  The fitness function will be the
entropy of the plaintext.  You can get such entropy functions in the Data
Compression literature.  
     "But, aren't cryptofunctions designed to defeat such fitness functions?"  
     Yes, but there is no getting around the laws of physics.  E.g. nothing can change
the frequency of a signal.  If the cryptofunction were truly random, it would defeat
any fitness function, but then it would also destroy information.  So all
cryptofunctions have mathematical structure.  We attack the necessary existence
of this structure.  (Not necessarily a group.  I think DES was proven not to be a
group.  At least I remember seeing a paper that claimed that.)  If we are able to find
enough crypto-keys for cryptoperiods, we can attempt to find the pseudo-random
generator that creates the cryptokeys.  [The generator is known, we are attempting
to find the session key.]  Then we can look at all the recordings you have, and be
prepared for the future.  
Good Evening Sir,
     This is why you should advise your clients to stay away from cryptocurrencies
of any kind.
" ‘What Is This Backed By?’: Chris Van Hollen Casts Doubt On Cryptocurrency "
They are not backed by anything.  Not the full faith and confidence of any government,
not gold, not a business, not an industry, nothing, absolutely nothing.  The emperor
has no clothes.
     It's not even currency speculation, because there is no underlying currency against
which other currencies are traded.  (So Dave Ramsey is wrong when he says it is
currency speculation.)
     And worse yet, the underlying block chain mathematics that most cryptocurrencies
(such as Bitcoin) are based on is flawed.  The math is wrong. The system is insecure.  
I'm not saying it's insecure against some future quantum computing attack.  I'm saying
it is insecure, period. 
     No one in their right might would ever have invested with a guy named
Bankman-Fried.  Hyphenated surnames insult the father and denigrate our
Western Judeo-Christian traditions.
Semper Fidelis,
     Do you believe in Gödel's Incompleteness Theorem?  I don't.  I tried to read it.  
No.  I read it.  It was gobbledygook (as Sabine would say).  The "community"
accepts it because a few, who claim to be able to understand the proof, say that
the proof is correct.  Does that convince you?  
     Have you read the 4 Color Theorem proof?  Has anyone?  I mean other than
computers.  Does it convince you?  I don't find it convincing.  I find it unreadable.  
     This list could go on for several pages, but you get the idea.  
"How do black holes destroy information and why is that a problem?"
by Sabine Hossenfelder
     Cryptology is all about not destroying information.  Do you understand Sabine's
distinction between "time reversible" and "time invariant"?  Yes, it does matter.  
     "Premature optimization is the root of all evil."  
-- Donald Knuth

Elliot Schneider <> writes --
     “Special relativity” is a pretty terrible name.
Sure, part of Einstein’s theory has to do with how things look when you hop on a rocket ship that’s moving at some speed relative to another observer.
But fundamentally, special relativity is a geometric theory about the structure of spacetime.
And one of the most important things it teaches us is about the symmetry of spacetime—which is called Lorentz symmetry.
To get a sense of what Lorentz symmetry is all about, start off by picturing a circle—like a hula hoop lying flat on the ground, say:
     *****     *****     *****  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.)
"Monthly update of activity at Yellowstone Volcano (December 1, 2022)"
"Legged Robots in Public Safety: How Spot Leads the Way" by Boston Dynamics
     The classified version of this video shows all the electronic warfare attachments.
      When the narrator says, "MANET radios", he is talking about Mobile Ad Hoc Radio
Networks.  We did a lot of the initial development of MANETs at Lockheed Martin
Advanced Technology Laboratories in Cherry Hill, NJ.  Imagine cell phones without
any cell phone towers.  Instead, each cell phone acts as a relay for every other cell phone
on the network.  The U.S. Army wanted the system to come up in 3 minutes from the
time the troops were air dropped into the area of operation, and still work correctly after
half of the units were destroyed.  Graceful hand off, all the spread spectrum stuff, etc.  
Joe Reveals TikTok's Crazy Terms of Service
"Tucker Carlson: We were shocked to learn this"
"Tucker Carlson: This is absurd"
“If you are reading this and can’t put your hand on your defensive firearm,
all of your training is wasted.” -- Col. Jeff Cooper

The following text and photos were sent to me by Walt Valentine (retired FBI and leader 
of our church security team). 
      A new evil being seen & done in our cities, especially in Houston Texas where it started. 
     A napkin is placed in the external door latch of vehicles and is laced with a poison or
type of drug that makes the body instantly get numb and incoherent. This would be
known as Fentanyl!!! 
     It’s used as a new method to rape, abduct, or steal a vehicle.
     If you find one on your vehicle DO NOT TOUCH IT, and it would be a good idea
to notify law enforcement, stay on the phone with them, and get away from your
vehicle and go surround yourself with lots of people and in a public location, as at this
point you are being watched and they may have a back up plan on how they will
attack you!
     Spread this around with everyone as it’s happening everywhere!
All of his classes don't seem to be up on his Eventbrite page yet. 

Po' Monkeys in Merigold, Mississippi. 

Ma Deuce mounted on my dune buggy.  Military Systems Group built them for the Air Force. 
Preparing to move.  

Preparing to shoot.  

Sometimes they let me pull the lanyard.  

We never fired dummies.  Dummies are way more expensive than High Explosive rounds.  

Best not to be taking shit when it's time to fire.  

Sometimes we got to rest.  
     No, really, I was in artillery.  I was a school trained Forward Observer and a Cannoneer.  
Being a mathematician in the civilian world, they let me work in the Fire Control Center sometimes. 
     The barrels are rifled.  So the rounds are gyroscopically stabilized.  So they point in the same 
direction when they hit the ground as when they are fired.  Stop.  Think about that.  That's why 
they often bounce around the target as opposed to detonating on impact.  Of course, that depends 
on the fuse we install into the tip of the round.  
     There were Marines who could carry one round on each shoulder from the ammo truck to the 
gun.  I struggled to carry one (102 pounds, smooth, round, no handles).  I've never met a female 
Marine who could carry one.  But the Generals never let reality interfere with their promotions. 
     When he saw the lady standing, Pete
Politely offered her his seat;
"That's chauvinistic crap!" she stated
Just as the bus accelerated,
And never once returned his smile
As she rolled up and down the aisle.  
-- John M. Floyd
     "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
Semper Fidelis,
Jonathan D. Low
Radio:  KI4SDN

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