Monday, January 23, 2023

CWP, 23 January MMXXIII Anno Domini

Greetings Sheepdogs,
     "One of the chief guarantees of freedom under any government,
no matter how popular and respected,
is the right of the citizen to keep and bear arms . . .  
The right of the citizen to bear arms is a safeguard against tyranny,
which now (1960 A.D.) appears remote in America,
but which historically has proved to be always possible."  
-- Hubert Humphrey
"There are things that you cannot imagine . . . "
by John Farnam
     “There are things that you cannot imagine,
but there is nothing that may not happen!”
-- CIA Axiom
     "God can do more than you can hope or imagine."  
-- any correct translation of the Bible
     "Do not murder."  
-- any correct translation of the Bible
[which is entirely different from the incorrect translation, "Thou shall not kill."]  
A list of incorrect translations could go on for pages, but you get the idea.  
*****     *****     ***** Prevention *****     *****     *****
----- Mindset (figuring out the correct way to think) -----
     ". . . be a great example to your children;
fat, weak, and ignorant is not a good role model."  
-- Jim Wendler
     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
"Situational Awareness . . . Once the Bullets Start Flying"
by William Starnes
     An article about situational awareness during the fight, as opposed to before
the fight.  
"Fear is an instinct.  Courage is a choice."
-- Rear Admiral Joseph Kernan, USN
"Man who disarmed Monterey Park shooter speaks out:
'Something came over me' " by Morgan Winsor
     Bravo!  Mr. Brandon Tsay.  He could have froze.  He could have fled.  
He attacked!  Bravo!  He saved many lives.  
“Willingness” is a state of mind.  Readiness is a statement of fact!”  
-- David M. Shoup, USMC Commandant, 1960-1963
"How A Stolen Bike Saved My Life by Tim Larkin
     "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.)
     The first rule of gun safety is to never let the government take your gun.  

Jeff Cooper's Rules of Gun Safety  
RULE III:  KEEP YOUR FINGER OFF THE TRIGGER [in the register position]
"My stalker murdered my husband. Here’s how you can protect yourself"
by Nikki Goeser
    Article at Fox News,
     "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
From an email from Stephen P. Wenger,
     A List Member Replies:  Regarding the mention of his earlier order of
protection as one factor in the decision not to prosecute the Oklahoma man
for a DGU (defensive gun use) at a gas station, a prosecuting attorney on
the list adds:
     This is the reason I advocate getting such orders if they can be obtained.  
The order is itself of little value, but it does reflect a judicial determination
that at some point in time, the protected party had a justifiable belief that
the restrained party was some degree of threat.  
     (Not only did I teach the same but I also advise getting at least a
miscellaneous incident report to document hostile encounters that seem
as though they may foretell future confrontations.)  
-- Stephen P. Wenger
"There are no victims, only volunteers.  
You volunteer by looking uncertain and afraid.  
You volunteer by being, as grass-eaters invariably are,
unprepared to confront the hazards of life."
— Jeff Cooper
Good Evening Sir,
     As your daughter will be attending college soon, may I suggest self-defense
training for your daughter?  
     Self-defense instructor Tim Larkin tells me that 70% of his students attend
his classes because they have survived some traumatic incident and wish to
avoid such in the future.  Just about all of my students were sent to me by
fathers, husbands, boyfriends, and loved ones because the student either had
a close call or the sender had the foresight to prepare the student to avoid such.  
     I outreach in my church and social circles to try to get little girls to attend
my classes, so as to change their body language, gait, and behaviors, so as to
make them less inviting targets.  Because criminal predators look for easy targets.  
But, the vast majority of persons in our affluent society don't understand such,
because they never encounter criminal predators.  Because they live in gated
communities and drive from point to point without interacting with the people
in-between.  And they have never worked in a county hospital emergency room.  
     I say to the little girls --
     If your gait, body language, and behaviors make you enticing for the criminal
predator, it is because you lack confidence.  You will build confidence with
training and practice.  Training and practice will change your personality, body
language, gait, and behaviors.  Confidence, which cannot be bluffed, will be
obvious to the criminal predator, who is, generally speaking, very skilled at
determining such.  Otherwise, he would make the mistake of selecting victims
who would kill him, and then he wouldn't be around.  
     Yes, you could work on your gait, body language, and such directly.  But that
would be as going to a finishing school.  Treating the symptom, not the cause.  
     The confidence which comes with the comfort of skill at arms will cause the
criminal predator to deselect you.  The information will leak out and be observed
by the criminal predator.  Thus, avoiding the attack in the first place.  Win!  
     Just as in golf, you train so as to minimize the number of strokes you take in
a tournament, so in self-defense, you train so that you never need to use the
skills that you learned in training.  WIN!  
Semper Fidelis,
"Handgun Safety Skills Course" by Dustin Salomon
     Several short to the point videos.  Share with your newbie friends and relatives.  
Or, watch them yourself to refresh.  
From Metro Nashville West Precinct --
     In the first 17 days of the new year, 57 guns have been stolen from vehicles in
Nashville.  The total number of guns stolen this year in Davidson County is 67,
which means that 85% of guns stolen so far in 2023 have been taken from
     Last year, 1,378 guns were stolen from vehicles in Nashville.  More than 70% of
ALL guns reported stolen in 2022 (1,952) were taken from vehicles.  This is an
increase from 2021 when 1,303 guns were stolen from vehicles.  
     Going hand in hand with vehicle burglaries is vehicle theft.  A review of the first  
week of 2023 shows that 55% of vehicles stolen (33 of 60) were taken with keys.  
Last year, 74% of the automobiles taken (2,687 of 3,622) were easy targets
because the keys were left inside or made available to thieves.  
Just like guns taken from vehicles, these stolen vehicles are also routinely
involved in criminal activities, including carjackings and robberies.  
"Safety Tip: Don’t Try To Catch a Dropped Gun" by John Boch
     Yes, the FBI agent was charged.  He plead guilty to a misdemeanor 3rd degree
assault charge in order to avoid jail time.  See,
"Dancing FBI Agent Avoids Jail Time" by Tom Knighton
     So, what happened?  Did he get fired from the FBI?  Of course, NOT!  
"Dancing FBI agent, accused in backflip gunfire incident, can carry weapon again"
     The reason "Bishop's blood-alcohol tests, which won't be released,
don't warrant further charges, . . . " is because Bishop evaded police for 3 days
before turning himself in.  A blood test three days after the event is useless.  
     So he was convicted, but is still on duty with the FBI.  Such a conviction would
disqualify a persons from becoming or continuing to be a police officer in every
jurisdiction that I know of.  It's a negligent firearms discharge that caused injury to
an innocent bystander.  
     If you're injuring innocent bystanders, you're not the good guy.  
     Oh no, this is not an isolated incident.  It's just that broadcast media rarely
report incidents of law enforcement shooting themselves unintentionally.  
"Passively Constructed Negligent Discharge Story of the Day:
FBI Agent Shoots Himself in a Philadelphia Courthouse"
by Dan Zimmerman
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) -----
"John Murphy and The Skill Acquisition Paradigm" by Lee Weems
     "Take small steps."  
     "I showed my mad Ninja skills by running away."  
Why does God allow suffering?  
     Because suffering is the only way some people learn.  The vast majority of
people in the U.S. think that bad things only happen to other people.  They
think that bad things will never happen to them.  Every night there are dozens of
women in the 5 story parking lot of my hospital in their cars playing on their
smart phones.  Extremely dangerous behavior.  The police tell them to leave.  
We security officers tell them to leave.  They tell us things like, "I've been doing
this for years.  I'm fine."  No, they are not fine.  They are stupid / ignorant / delusional.  
     Tim Larkin says 70% of the people in his classes are there because they
have suffered a traumatic incident.  Most of the ladies in my classes are there
because they were sent by loved ones, because they suffered a traumatic incident
or their loved ones wish for them to avoid the traumatic incident.  
     Much suffering can be avoided with training and practice.  It will change the
person's behavior, body language, gait, etc.  This will cause the criminal predator
to deselect the person and move onto easier prey.  
     Want to avoid getting attacked?  Get training, and practice.  This will prevent
the attack in the first place.  
     "What doesn't kill me makes me stronger."  FALSE!  
The murderer will kill you.  The rapist / assaulter / armed robber will leave you
crippled / disabled.  You will not be stronger.  You will be much weaker, or a
vegetable, or dead.  So you have to get the training and practice NOW,
before the attack.  
“Suffering is never for nothing.”
-- Joni (Eareckson Tada), Spoken by Elizabeth Elliot
     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)
"Improve Your Shooting By Focusing On The Process"
by Steve Tarani
"Take training from different instructors.  
We are all wrong about something."  
-- John Farnam
     Looking for an instructor?
     Click on the up and down arrow in the left column to search by the name of the
     On the map, zoom in and out with the icon in the lower left,
press left mouse button and drag to move the map, and
click on the upside down tear drop icon to search by location.  
Google maps displays ALL the pins for one location on top of each other.  
So, you'll only see the guy on top.  Solution, search the map for a location name,
and it will list all the entries on the side pane.  To search by location, click on
the magnifying glass and enter the location.  
     Big thanks to Tim Reedy for building this web page!  
“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
     On Target Shooting Sports offers a free firearms safety course.  What a brilliant
marketing idea.
Topics Covered:
    Fundamental Firearms Safety Rules
    Firearm Function
    Parts of a firearm
    Proper Storage
This class is conducted completely in the classroom.  There is no shooting or
manipulating of live firearms.  
915 N Thompson Lane, Murfreesboro, TN 37129  or
4803 Old Hickory Blvd, Hermitage, TN 37076
"Municipal Police Training Council 260th Meeting"
by NYS (New York State) Public Safety
The firearms portion of this meeting starts at 1:22:00.
     "We had the opportunity over the past year and a half to work closely with the
Division of Criminal Justice Services to revise the statewide police recruit firearms
training program.  There are some major structural changes in training delivery
and New York is now the first State to require the use of visual stimulus,
decision-making, and integrated de-escalation during the majority of recruit-level
firearms training drills."  
-- Dustin P. Salomon
     The narrator goes through the skills progression that the police recruit is expected
to learn.  
     "Don’t give up!  Brian kept the killer occupied, buying time for the rest of the
officers to get there and end the fight.  A year later, at a memorial, a Sikh woman
approached Brian and thanked him for saving so many lives.  He replied modestly
he didn’t think he had done much.  She replied she was one of the women and
children who were huddled in the pantry about to be murdered by Page when he
was distracted by Murphy’s arrival.  
     “How many times were you shot?” she asked.
     “It was 15,” he answered.
     She smiled at him gently and said, “There were 15 of us in that pantry.  
He would have killed us all.  You took a bullet for each of us.”  
-- Massad Ayoob
"Shot 15 Times: The Brian Murphy Story"
Wear body armor when there is a risk.  
Carry backup.  
Don’t let comfort trump capability.  
Danger doesn’t make appointments.  
Don’t give up. 
     “True peak performance is about operating optimally under long periods
of intense stress.  That’s the secret to surviving and winning.”  
-- Lieutenant Brian Murphy
“The Will to Survive” by Greg Ellifritz
"Critique of the Sikh Temple Shooting Video- Six Points to Ponder" by Greg Ellifritz
"Video: Sikh Temple Dash Cam Videos Released"
Training is NOT an event, but a process.
Training is the preparation FOR practice".
-- Claude Werner
----- Practice (how to get competent at that task) -----
     "Train, Practice, Compete
are the key elements in the development of humans."
-- John M. Buol, Jr.
"What Comes From 100 Days of Dry Fire Practice?"
By Matthew Maruster
     I believe the "Riley" that Matthew refers to is Riley Bowman.  I met Riley at
the Guardian Conference.  He is a good instructor.  
Practice is the small deposits you make over time,
so that in an emergency, you can make that big withdrawal.
-- Chesley Burnett Sullenberger, III
"Stress And Fine Motor Skills
A little bit of pressure can make the simplest of tasks seem very difficult."  
by Sheriff Jim Wilson
     "Neither example [training in a class or shooting a match] reaches the stress
level connected to trying to function when someone is trying to hurt you."  
[Have you ever seen a competitor at a match piss or shit on themselves?  I've seen
it in combat.  Also, getting erections and ejaculating. -- Jon Low]  
     ". . . first, we accept the fact that we will lose our fine motor skills in the stress
of a gunfight.  Second, we examine the various functions that allow us to reload
and/or just keep our gun running.  We find ways to use our entire hand in these
tasks wherever possible.  And, most importantly, we incorporate the use of those
gross motor skills into our everyday practice sessions.  
     Study the loss of fine motor skills, find ways to work around them, and
practice.  You won’t be sorry."  
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
"Back to Basics: Skill Development and Practice"
An Interview with Karl Rehn
     Rehn: They [branching opportunities] only exist if your brain is free enough
to pay attention to what is happening and not fixated on the mechanical skill of
drawing the gun.  The vast majority of people have to think about the steps to
draw the gun.  
     Rehn: Force Science ( has done a lot of
interesting studies on predicting change.  At the top level, the people who are
really good at making use of force decisions are very good at predicting what is
going to happen next, even to the point that they anticipate what the person is
going to do before the person does it because they are reading their pre-fight
body language.  You can’t do that if your mind is focused on the mechanical
skills of just simply getting the gun and aiming the gun.  
     Sometimes the problem is gear.  If you’re insistent that you’re going to carry
your five-shot revolver, I might say, “Try this Glock 48, or the Sig 365 .380.”  
Maybe you say, “No, I will only carry a 9 mm,” and then I have to say,
“You only have 50 pounds of grip strength in your hands, let’s try this .380.  
Here is what you can do with that versus what you can do with your snub-nosed
revolver with its nub sites and its 12-pound trigger pull.  Look how much more
capability you have!”  
     Rehn: What about dry fire?  The point that people miss is that there is no
benefit to driving to the range and putting ammo in your gun if you can’t meet
the standards in dry practice. You should treat going to the range as the test.  
You do your dry fire as your homework.  Annette Evans, Ben Stoeger and
Steve Anderson are the big pioneers of the whole idea that you practice the
things you want to improve in dry fire at home until you can do them.  
Then you go to the range, and you verify with live ammo that you can do them.  
"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
     Awareness, Avoidance, De-Escalation, and Escape
"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
"Fackler Discusses Shots To The Pelvic Area"
     “I welcome the chance to refute the belief that the pelvic area is a reasonable
target during a gunfight.  I can find no evidence or valid rationale for intentionally
targeting the pelvic area in a gunfight."  
"Warning Shots and Covering Fire" by Gary Evens
Hat tip to Mark at Practical Eschatology,
     As Mark points out in his article, "covering fire" / "suppressive fire" is executed by
military units using large volumes of machinegun fire, as Mark's picture shows a
minigun.  Pistols are incapable of providing suppressive fire.  Because they lack
the volume of fire necessary to achieve the desired effect (forcing the enemy to
take cover).  
     Mr. Evans is wrong.  There is no acceptable use of undirected fire in a civilian
self-defense scenario.  Every undirected bullet is destroying property, injuring
innocent bystanders, maybe killing them.  Murphy's Law guarantees it.  
     You are not the good guy if you are using undirected fire.  Only bad guys use
undirected fire, because they don't care who they hit.  
"How to Survive a Carjacking" 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
"History of "Shoot To Reset" - Stupid Shit I Heard This Week Vol. 3"
by Dave Spaulding
     Some instructors teach, as the first step in the presentation,
Step to the side and yell "STOP!".  Because, moving reduces the probability of you
getting hit by about 40%. (Citation – Police Officer’s Safety Association lecture)
Yelling, STOP! attracts witnesses, which you want, and the bad guy doesn’t want.  
If you don't practice yelling, “STOP”, who knows what derogatory nonsense may
come out of your mouth during a high stress situation.  (Remember how the Bible
tells us to be careful of our tongues.)  
     I think this is wrong because:  
     It complicates the presentation.  You must keep things simple, especially in high
stress situations, as combat.  
     Talking is a high order intellectual activity.  Humans cannot talk and shoot at the
same time.  So, shut up, observe, and think.  As a civilian, if you have gone to your
gun, you are far beyond verbal judo.  Your voice will betray your fear, which will
embolden your enemy.  
     It's hard to hit your target when you're moving.  Better to stay still, focus on the
front sight, and smoothly press the trigger for a surprise break.  To ensure your hit.  
     Stepping to the side assumes that the enemy is aiming at you (to avoid hitting
innocent bystanders).  This is a false assumption.  Thinking that criminals think
the way you think is a fatal mistake.  They will be spraying bullets in your general
direction.  So, it doesn't matter if you are here or there.  It doesn't change the
probability of you getting hit, because you are not dodging aimed fire.  This is not
infantry combat.  (If you are fighting trained operators, that's a different situation.  
In that case moving makes sense.  The Zetas, Mexican drug cartel, were founded
by former Mexican Special Forces and they continue to recruit from their former
units.  The Wagner group recruits from former Warsaw Pact Special Forces.  
Blackwater recruited from former NATO Special Forces.  Executive Action
recruited from South African and Rhodesian Special Forces.)  
     Thanks to Claude Werner, the Tactical Professor.
"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  
"USCCA Member They Refused to Cover Has Been Convicted at Trial"
by Andrew Branca
     I too have asked USCCA reps about USCCA refusing to pay Kayla Giles,
as the reps come to my classes to sell their self-defense insurance policies.  
I've never gotten a cogent explanation.  
"2 companies dismissed from Kayla Giles lawsuit over self-defense policy"
by Melissa Gregory
     A $50,000 defense is entirely different from a $150,000 defense.  Giles had
no expert witnesses testifying for her, no private investigators digging up evidence
for her (If you think the police will give the defense exculpatory evidence, you're
a damn fool.), no subject matter experts (like Andrew Branca) assisting her attorney,
etc.  If you have money, you can hire co-counsel and overwhelm the prosecution
with motions that they won't have time or man-power to respond to.  In which
case the court / judge will probably grant your motions, because the court clerks
haven't had time to read and study them either.  Since, you have a Constitutional
right to a speedy trial, a delay may mean the judge is forced to dismiss the charges
with prejudice (charges cannot be re-filed).  There are all kinds of legal things
you can do with money to win a case or have the charges dismissed or restructure
the jury.  You could have your private investigators research the background of
the jurors.  Find evidence that they have bias against your client.  Move that the
juror be excused and replaced.  If your motion is denied, you have grounds for
an appeal.  Will this influence the vote of that juror?  Except in Florida, you only
need to get the vote of one juror to hang the jury.  A hung jury is not a conviction.  
Let's see who runs out of money first.  Prosecutors have finite budgets and a lot of
other cases to try.  And they are very self conscious.  If they can't get a conviction,
they look very bad.  Why did they bring the case to trial in the first place?  
Oh, the games you can play with money.  
     Do you remember Bill Cosby?  He's a free man.  Hung jury.  Conviction.  Over
turned on appeal.  Oh, the things you can do with money.  
     Do you have money?  Do you have a self-defense insurance policy?  (Other than
USCCA, of course.)  I have two:  U.S. Law Shield and Firearms Legal Protection.  
I work private security.  Only U.S. Law Shield will cover private security on duty.  
You have to read the exclusions and caps.  
“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!"
-- Sherman House
"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
"How the brain learns to shoot.  An interview with Dustin Salomon"
     Interview starts at about the 2:00 mark.  The meat starts at 22:52.  
Excerpts:  (some are paraphrased)
     "They had been to 20 to 30 schools and they sucked.  With no path forward."  
     "You need to be able to perform when things suck."  
     "Failure to perform vs. inability to perform."  
     "Put your safety glasses on and attempt to brush your teeth with your
support-side hand."  
     "Because I am practicing [incorrectly], I'm preventing my ability to improve."  
     Qualifications are not related to real world combat performance.  
     Stressing the student, prevents the student from learning.  So, it's not simulating
real world combat, it's just preventing learning.  [Stupidity in the firearms training
industry runs rampant. -- Jon Low]  
     "Every time I draw the gun, I fire.  I can't not fire when I draw the gun."  Because
the last three months of training engrained this behavior.  "Like a computer program
that you run.  It just keeps running.  And hopefully it is still relevant at the end."  
But, probably not, because things have changed in the intervening time.  
     Ignoring everything around you and focusing on the front sight to pass the qual
is not appropriate for real world combat.  [I disagree.  I think focusing on the
front sight during combat ensures hits.  At least that has been my experience.  
-- Jon Low]  
     We need a qualification that entails object recognition and motion detection.  
We need to stop having targets and start having subjects, people that behave and
interact with us.  You don't know what you're going to do.  You don't know what
targets you're shooting.  You don't know if you will be shooting, and if you shoot,
you don't know how many rounds you're going to fire.  It's all based on what is
presented, solving the tactical problem.  And not knowing it ahead of time.  
     Not just to test, we need to train this.  
The Reload
The Reload newsletter
Please read Greg's Weekend Knowledge Dump
"Boyfriend Wants a Gun" by the Tactical Professor (Claude Werner)
[In the context of U.S. Armed Forces veterans]
     "Unless they were Military POlice or members of a Special Operations unit,
it is unlikely they had more than a Familiarization Fire with the service pistol
of the time and perhaps not even that."  
     [In the Marine Corps, every Marine is a rifleman (theoretically) and so every
Marine learns how to shoot the rifle and shoots the rifle every year (one week
of dry fire, one week of live fire).  Every Marine is allotted one live hand-grenade
per year.  But a lot of units never throw their grenades.  I was in 1st Radio Battalion
for 4 years and never threw a grenade.  In the other branches of service, some
service members never fire.  Going to the range takes time and logistical support.  
The commander has to want to do it.  Very few do. -- Jon Low]
     [The picture in the article shows a U.S. Army soldier shooting a 9mm Beretta
which was the issued pistol in the U.S. Armed Forces from about 1985 to whenever
the unit received the Sig pistol that is the present standard.  He is holding the pistol
in close to his eye because the rear sight notch is too narrow, so he can't get light
on both sides of the front sight.  His dark glasses don't help either.  The rear sight
needs to be machined out by at least 2 hundredths of an inch (10 thousandths on
each side).  But the armorers won't do it.  Same problem with the Sigs.  Stupidity
in defense contracting runs rampant. -- Jon Low]  
     Cited pamphlet,
"What Every Gun Owner Needs to Know About Self-Defense Law"
by Marty Hayes, J.D.
     Cited article,
by Steven Harris
     Original article for the above citation,
by Steven Harris
"5 Common Myths on How to Survive a Gunfight" by Massad Ayoob
"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
"Rights Protected by the Second Amendment are Being Restored, NOT Created"
by Dean Weingarten
"A Legal Analysis of the Houston Shooting" by Mark at Practical Eschatology
     The article that Mark cites,
"Houston Taqueria Shooting: Legally Justified Killing or Simply an Execution?"
by Andrew Branca
     [I find it amazing that "abuse of corpse" is a legal thing.  If the Medical Examiner
does much worse during an autopsy, it's legal.  If the mortician does much worse in
the funeral home, it's legal.  But if you do it in the extremely high stress of combat,
it's abuse of corpse.  Even if you did it accidentally?  Even if you did it not knowing
that the guy was dead?  
-- Jon Low]  
" The Houston Taqueria Gunfight - "Justifying the ninth shot" " by Gabe Suarez
     It's about timing, not speed.  Surreptitious draw.  
     Why did you shoot him in the back?  Because he presented his back to me.  
     Shoot him to the ground.  Shoot him in the head to prevent him from detonating
the bomb.  Why would you assume that he does not have a bomb?  
     The ninth shot could have been an accidental discharge.  Could have been in
response to a furtive movement.  Bad guy could have been wearing body armor,
or a bomb vest, requiring the ninth shot.  
"Self-Defense Immunity Win! Luis Casado Hearing Day 2 (part 2)"
     On the evening of May 29, 2021, Luis Casado shot and killed a man on a
sidewalk outside a bar in St. Augustine FL, after being subject by that man to
a barehanded attack.  
     Indicted on a charge of manslaughter with a weapon, Casado demanded
a self-defense immunity hearing, as permitted under Florida law.  
     The result of the four-day immunity hearing was a grant of immunity by
the hearing judge, freeing Casado of criminal liability for this killing, and
preventing the prosecution from bringing him to a costly, time-consuming,
and risky trial.  
     [The audio of the trial testimony is poor. -- Jon Low]  
"Self-Defense Immunity Win! Use-of-Force Expert Roy Bedard for the Defense"
"Lawmaker proposes bill that would allow school employees to carry handguns"
by Kaitlin Miller
     All mass murders occur in gun-free-zones.  The criminals attack schools because
they know that they won't immediately get shot.  
"BREAKING NEWS: ATF Drops Pistol Brace Rule" by Guns & Gadgets
     Cited article,
" Factoring Criteria for Firearms with Attached “Stabilizing Braces” "
     293 page rule at
     I'm pretty sure no one actually read the rule because it is full of errors.  
"BREAKING: ATF Releases Pistol Brace Rule, Bans MILLIONS of Firearms"
by Liberty Doll
Federal Appeals Court Strips ATF of Power to Regulate Under New Rule!"  
by Armed Scholar
     En banc 5th Circuit Court vacates ATF "Bump Stock" rule.  This video is worth
     This ruling will be used to overturn the ATF pistol brace rule mentioned above.  
"WOW! Justices Thomas and Alito WARN 2nd Circuit to get in line,
also encourage Gun Right activists . . ."
by Langley Outdoors
"BREAKING NEWS!  Sotomayor Denies GOA’s Emergency Appeal!  
BUT…Thomas and Alito Say Don’t Be Deterred!"
by Guns & Gadgets
     Cited text,
"ATF Stripped of Power To Regulate & Control Suppressors Under The NFA!!!"
by Armed Scholar
     Well, not actually until 2 May 2023, but probably.  
"Thomas Sowell and Joyce Lee Malcolm On The MOST SENSITIVE TOPIC"
(gun control)
     ". . . facts have no affect whatever on the dogmas of gun control zealots."
"Supreme Court 6-3 Carry Decision Up For Immediate Emergency Reconsideration!!!"
"Do you Think Tennesseans Will Have REAL Constitutional Carry in 2023?"
by F Riehl
"Contact your Tennessee Legislators today with a demand that
they enact REAL Constitutional Carry in 2023"
"Tennessee does not have REAL Constitutional Carry – the talking points."
by JohnHarris
"Ground Breaking Decision Changes Second Amendment Landscape!!!"
by Armed Scholar
     En banc 3rd Circuit panel to hear on Feb. 15, 2023 whether or not a person
convicted of a non-violent misdemeanor and having served his time (in this case
zero days in jail) and paid restitution shall be forever barred from exercising his
2nd Amendment rights.  
    “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 *****     *****     *****
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 -----
the students who require the extra effort
are the ones who need us the most!"
-- John Farnam
"Handgun Safety Skills Course" by Dustin P. Salomon
     Several short to the point videos.  Share with your newbie friends and relatives.  
     Check out the "Instructor Lecture".  They are numbered, but do not appear in
order in the sub-directory.  So you have to select them in order if you want to
view them in order.  
     Watch the video "000 How You Mentor Matters.wmv".  This is reality.  
Accommodate it.  
     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 Salomon
"Learning How to Learn: The Steps"
     "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

L05ZC527, L05ZB527, L06ZB527, L06ZC527.  
"Safety Recall Notice: Remington Premier AccuTip Slugs"
"Gunsite Revolver Roundup Ballistic Gel Testing" by Greg Ellifritz
PDF file at,
     "The results are very different than what you might see on the ammunition
manufacturer’s website.  Most gelatin tests done by the factory are fired out
of guns with barrels at least four inches long.  Expansion is different when the
same bullet is fired from a snubby with significant less velocity.  Additionally,
most manufacturers report bare gelatin data.  Lots of rounds expand in bare
gelatin, but don’t expand in real bodies."  
     "In snub revolvers, most rounds fail to expand at all."  
[Chuck Haggard and Mark Fricke give you the raw data.  Legitimate scientists
share data. -- Jon Low]  
     "Hollowpoint handgun bullets tend to plug with wool, Fiberfill, and whatnot as
they pass through the heavy winter clothing of a criminal assailant.  When plugged
with inert matter, they usually won’t expand.  This fact makes larger caliber bullets
popular in cold climes.  The two times I had to pick a single standard-issue sidearm
for Northern New England police departments we wound up with traditional
double action .45 caliber semiautomatics.  If the bullets were going to turn into
non-expanding ball projectiles, we wanted them to turn into big non-expanding
projectiles.  That said, high-tech hollowpoint designs like the Federal Hydra-Shok,
Remington Golden Saber, Speer Gold Dot, and Winchester SXT in .45 caliber are
likely to open up even after passing through heavy clothing.  
-- Massad Ayoob
"Firearms and cold weather considerations"
     “If you empty one 30-round mag in civilian-world USA,
you’re going to be on the news . . .  if you empty two,
you’re going to be in the encyclopedia . . . ”
-- Randy Harris
[I'm taking a church security course given by Randy and others in March 2023.  
Harris Combatives in Dayton, TN. -- Jon Low]
"Oh, Spare Me!–Should You Even Bother to Carry a Reload?" by Tamara Keel
"NEW Glock 47 Hands On!" by Lenny Magill
"Get Rid Of Your Glock's PLASTIC Guide Rod!" by Lenny Magill has police trade in 40 caliber Glocks Gen 3 and 4, and
9mm Sig Sauer P320C in stock.  Because police department are dumping them.  
Going to the 9mm and getting away from the Sig P320.
They are grade 2 which means serviceable but with signs of wear and tear.
"You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out Kid: The Best Shooting Glasses"
By Sam Hoober
"The Best Gun Cleaning Kits of 2023, Tested and Reviewed"
By Tyler Freel
"The Rock Island Armory 5.0 Radically Revolutionary" by Will Dabbs, MD
     John Farnam notes the significant difference to all other pistols on the market.  
I agree.  
     It's a bit pricey, with Dawson Precision iron sights (MSRP: $999) and
an optics-equipped model [like the C-More] (MSRP: $1,300).  
Rock Island Armory 5.0 ST Features:
    Caliber: 9mm
    Action: Single action, semi automatic with RVS Recoil System
    Barrel Length: 5 inches
    Weight: 40 ounces
    Height: 5.17 inches
    Overall Length: 8.11 inches
    Width: 1.33 inches
    Magazine Capacity: 17+1 rounds
    Finish: Cerakote
    Optics Compatible: Yes
    Front Sight: Dawson Precision fiber optic
    Rear Sight: LPA adjustable, plain serrated
-- "First Look: RIA 5.0 Pistol"
"Rock Island Armory’s RIA 5.0 is a Flat Shooting Machine — SHOT Show 2023"
by Jeff Cramblit
Official manufacturer's web site.
     Definitely what one would consider a bull barrel.  Large mass at 2.47 lbs / 1.12 kg.  
That's why felt recoil [impulse = force X time, change in momentum per unit time]
is so low.  
     When I first got my FFL, I sold firearms, individually, as is.  I haven't done that
in decades.  When I sell, it will be a complete system, including cleaning kit.  
Because if you leave it up to the customer / client to buy all the parts (belt, holster,
magazine pouch, flashlight, flashlight pouch, magazines, magazine loader,
cleaning gear, ear protection, eye protection, tools to fix or adjust things at the
range [like a wooden rod to punch a bullet out of a barrel], etc.)  he will inevitable
mess it up.  So you, the knowledgeable one, have to put together a weapon system
that works.  That means all the pieces work together, have been tested together,
not just individually.  
     A lot of pistols require work to make them function reliably, and not cause cuts
or callouses or bruises on the shooter's hands.  
     I always machine out the rear sight notch by 2 hundredths of an inch.  On the
plastic Glock sights, you can cut it out the white plastic with a razor or box cutter.  
When it's all black, it works much better.  Yes, it matters.  If the shooter can't get 
ample light on both sides of the front sight, she will scatter her shots horizontally. 
A friend, who was learning to play the guitar said,
     "You need long fingers to play the guitar."  
     No, you don't.  
     "I can't reach the fret to form the chord."  
     Use a capo.  The frets are closer to each other as you move closer to the bridge.  
     "But then you're in a different key."  
     No.  Tune the guitar for the placement of the capo.  
     "Oh, you can do that?"  
     Yes.  (That's what those electric tuners are for.)  [I admit there is a limit to 
how loose you can make the strings before the guitar doesn't work anymore.  
But, you can use heavier gauge strings.]
     "My hands are too small.  I can't shoot a pistol."  
     Yes, you can.  Just get a pistol with a smaller grip (not necessarily a smaller pistol).  
This may mean going to a single stack magazine instead of a double stack magazine.  
This may mean going to a smaller cartridge.  This may mean having a gunsmith do
a grip reduction job on your grip.  (Tom Givens writes about having such a job done
on his pistols to make them fit his hands.)  You can remove all of the plastic grip
adjustments, and wrap tennis racquet (or bicycle handle bar) tape around the bare
grip.  Or, you can use the bare grip with all backstraps and side panels removed.  
It might not be pretty, but that doesn't matter.  
     "My index finger can't reach the trigger."  
     Triggers can be replaced.  A gunsmith can move the trigger.  Just as some doctors
won't perform certain operations because of liability, some gunsmiths won't move
triggers.  Ah, but some will.  The experienced competent gunsmiths have the
confidence to do the job.  You may have to search to find one.  [Of course, any
gunsmith should be able to replace a 1911 trigger with one of appropriate pull
     "But then I have to use a smaller cartridge."  
     You can shoot a more powerful version of that smaller cartridge, +P, +P+,
and many cartridges have commercially available more powerful loadings for
a cartridge that will fit in standard chambers.  Just got to check with the
manufacturer that your chamber can tolerate the higher chamber pressures of the
more powerful cartridges.  [If you're gripping tight, pushing with your firing side
hand, and pulling with your support side hand, you'll be able to control the more
powerful round.  Accuracy is technique, not strength.]  
     Go to a gun store and try the Sig Sauer P365 XL.  It has a grip that is small in
girth, but long enough to allow all of your fingers to be on the grip.  This is good,
because you won't pinch your hand between the grip and the magazine when
“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

"Wells Fargo Cancels Prominent Florida Gun Dealer’s Accounts,
Implies it Won’t Work With Gun Companies"
by Stephen Gutowski
     Cutting all ties with Wells Fargo seems the appropriate thing to do.  They don't
want to do business with our type.  We should not do business with them.  You vote
with every dollar you spend.  Vote wisely.  
     This is what happens when you hire / appoint an incompetent U. S. Secretary of
"Tucker: Air travel is a disaster"
     All commercial airliners grounded.  Hasn't happened since the 9/11 attacks.  
Trains that take 37 hours to make a 19 hour trip.  Hmmmm . . . something might
be going on.  Think we should figure out what's wrong?  No, no, that would be
racist / transphobic and reveal incompetence.  
"People Like Neil deGrasse Will Destroy America - Here Is Why"
by Thomas Sowell
Why do some people get conned?  (FTX, CELSIUS NETWORK LLC, et al)
     When I was a child, I learned about getting conned.  I went to my mother and
told her about it, because I was scared of getting conned.  My mother told me that
I need not worry about getting conned, because only greedy people get conned.  
Any good person with common sense will never get conned, because they will
realize that this deal is too good to be true, this smells fishy, something is wrong
with this deal, etc.  The greedy person will never feel these thoughts of common
sense, because they are greedy.  
"Former CIA Director David Petraeus Says Everyone In Russia Will Be Surprised!"
     Notice Gen. Petraeus is talking logistics.  As Napoleon said,
"Amateurs talk tactics.  Professionals talk logistics."  
Konstantin Kisin speaking at the Oxford Union for the motion
"This House Believes Wokeness Has Gone Too Far".
     Rebuttal to climate change and other such nonsense.  
"Tucker Carlson: Biden is done"
     "When people you did not vote for run everything,
you are not living in a free country."  
"Tucker Carlson: This is the purest expression of power"
     You must fight for freedom, no matter what. 
If you can't recognize tyranny, you can't fight it. 
If being safe from a virus is more important to you than
the freedom of religion and the freedom of assembly,
you don't understand your history, worse, you don't
understand freedom.  
Geology and Geophysics by Rachel Phillips
     I did all this stuff in grad school.  Fond memories.  
"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]
     Our cryptosystems operate in the real world, so we must understand the physics.  
     Assuming isotropic space.  
     Assuming smooth and continuous time.  
     Assuming the Continuum Hypothesis.  
     Assuming the Axiom of Choice.  
     Assuming the existence of an infinite number of Twin Primes.  
     We proceed.  
     Operators that close under commutation belong to a finite-dimensional Lie
(pronounced "Lee") algebra; transformation processes described by a finite
number of continuous parameters belong to a Lie group.  
"Demystifying The Metric Tensor in General Relativity" by δiαλεkτ (Dialect)
"The Meaning of the Metric Tensor" by δiαλεkτ
"The Spacetime Metric" by δiαλεkτ
     Do you see how this describes an encryption and decryption.  Non-linear
transformation that conserves information.  And a different transformation
for every point in the space.  So your crypto-key can be the position in the
space.  Your session key can specify points in the space.  
     Just as you can use any book as a code book.  You may use any real world
space as your space.  So much of the work is already done for you that it doesn't
make sense not to use this construct.  
"The fastest matrix multiplication algorithm" by Dr. Trefor Bazett
     And then you can look at more efficient multiplication at the hardware level.  
     If your matrix entries are over the Integers, you could take advantage of the
Integers being a unique factorization domain to preprocess all integers into
products of prime powers.  And then . . .
     If the data types of your programming language are not sufficient, there is bc.
Which you can modify.  
     If your matrix entries are over the Floating Point numbers, computer engineers
usually talk about floating point operations (flops) per unit time.  Floating point
numbers are a strangely distributed subset of the Rationals (depending on the
floating point definition / implementation).  Depending on how much error you
are willing to tolerate.  
"Physics Students Need to Know These 5 Methods for Differential Equations"
by Physics with Elliot
     Notes at
     This is why staying out of crypto currencies is the smart move. 
"Federal Court Crypto Ruling Nightmare" by Steve Lehto
     Court ruling,
     Crypto currency exchanges are not banks, savings and loans, nor credit unions. 
They are not regulated nor insured by any government agency. 
The "customer" / "client" does not deposit their crypto funds with the exchange. 
Rather, they give their crypto funds to the exchange in return for a debt that the
exchange owes the client.  The debt is discharged by bankruptcy.  The client
never gets their crypto funds.  Never ever.  
"Logic at its Limit: The Grelling-Nelson Paradox" by δiαλεkτ
     "Hey, Staff, didn't you say Gödel's incompleteness theorem was gobbledy gook?"  
     I said that Gödel's proof of the incompleteness theorem was gobbledy gook.  
The Incompleteness Theorem is true.  As δiαλεkτ shows, it can be proved, and has
been proved, in many ways.  I find Gödel's proof via formal logic notation impossible
to read.  
"Breaking RSA with a Quantum Computer" by Bruce Schneier
     This is why it is so important for you to understand the physics.  
     The following is not rigorously correct nor complete.  I'm just paraphrasing
Robert Gilmore.  
     If you have zero operations and only one kind of element (a scalar), you have a set.  
     If you have one binary operation and one kind of element, you have a group.  
     If you have 2 binary operations and one kind of element, you have a field.  
     If you have 2 kinds of elements (scalars and vectors) and 2 binary operations
(scalar multiplication and vector multiplication), you have a vector space.  
     If you have 3 binary operations (addition, scalar multiplication, vector
multiplication) and 2 kinds of elements (scalars and vectors), you have an algebra.  
-- "Lie Groups, Lie Algebras, and Some of Their Applications" by Robert Gilmore,
Wiley-Interscience, 1974.  ISBN 0-471-30179-5
     If you want a more complete list of algebraic structures, see
"Algebra" by Thomas W. Hungerford, Springer-Verlag, 1974.  
ISBN 0-387-90518-9
ISBN 3-540-90518-9
category (functors, natural transformations) [hard to know where to shoe horn this in]
ring (mutatis mutandis)
integral domain
division ring
field (Galois [pronounced gal wa] theory, finite fields)
ring of polynomials (irreducible polynomials)
vector space
linear algebra (operations on 2nd rank tensors)
     Can you make a Dedekind cut in a Dedekind Domain?  
     You have to understand the physics to control the cryptosystem in the real world.  
Gilmore says, you have to understand the math (Lie groups and Lie algebras) to
understand the physics.  
     Ya, it's hard.  That's why you can demand the big bucks.  That's why the bad
guys will try to kill you.  This ain't academia.  You're in the real world now.  
(You're in the Fleet now, as Top would say.  e.g. Fleet Marine Force, Pacific)  
     You want to get the keys, you don't attack the cryptosystem, you bribe or 
blackmail the humans.  You want to prevent or stop the development of the 
cryptosystem, you kill the engineers. 
     A healthy new born goes for $50,000.  The address of a person in the witness
protection program goes for $5000.  Hiring a thug to kill you could cost $500, or
as little as a case of beer.  But, if you're a wizard or guru the sky's the limit.  
     As the CIA field agent at the U.S. Embassy in Riyadh told me, "The enemy 
is aware of your presence.  Take precautions."  
"How (and why) to raise e to the power of a matrix | DE6"
by 3Blue1Brown
     You need this in order to understand the following.  
"3 Different Interpretations of Quantum Mechanics" by See the Pattern
      Fluid physics explaining quantum mechanics.  How cool is that?  
Spinor play list,
"Spinors for Beginners 1: Introduction (Overview +Table of Contents for video series)"
     Gravitons are theoretically spin 2 particles.  
     The diagram of the electro-magnetic wave at 6:10 is wrong.  The E field and
B field are always 90 degrees out of phase.  The diagram shows them in phase.  
     A matrix is a 2nd rank tensor.  A vector is a 1st rank tensor.  A scalar is a 0th
rank tensor.  Chris' statement that a Pauli vector is a ½ rank tensor is wrong, at 8:46.  
     Danny Vass says,
Very excited for the series as a whole!  Unless I'm crazy there might be another
typo tho around 14:54, shouldn't the 3d rotation matrices have a 1 and not a 0 in
their (3,3), (1,1), and (2,2) components respectively?  
     eigenchris says,
Yep that's right.  I think it's against the laws of physics for me to upload a video
without a typo somewhere.  I do my best, but there's always something.  
"Spinors for Beginners 2: Jones Vectors and Light Polarization
"Spinors for Beginners 3: Polarizations and SU(2) Matrices [and O(3), SO(3), U(2)]"
     Worth watching just for the explanation of the symbols and terminology,
for those not familiar with the math symbols and group names.  
     "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.)
"Why China Can't make Chips!" by serpentza
     Ya, you need high tech equipment to build chips.  But more importantly, you have
to design the logic of the chip, or the logic of the parts so that you can program it
in the field (Field Programmable Gate Arrays).  And you have to understand the design.  
Otherwise, you can't write a manual for it.  And if you can't document it, nobody else
can use it.  That's why the technical writers were paid $100,000 per year when I
worked in Silicon Valley back in the mid 90's.  
"Ukrainian army issues instructional video telling
Russians how to surrender to a drone"
by Mia Jankowicz
     The article mentions Putin's activation of reservists.  This is false.  It was a draft
of civilians, not an activation of enlisted reservists already on contract.  
"Ukraine Intercepting Russian Soldiers’ Cell Phone Calls" by Bruce Schneier
"Recovering Smartphone Voice from the Accelerometer" by Bruce Schneier
     I got a chance to talk to some Marines who just got out of Afghanistan.  They
took the long way home.  They were operating listening posts in the mountains.  
They had stopped along the way to attempt to bring out some friendlies.  They
couldn't believe that the U.S. State Department had given a list of our people to
the Taliban.  The Taliban used the list to arrest and execute the named.  Criminal
stupidity runs rampant in the U.S. State Department (or perhaps it was intentional,
traitors do such things).  Remember how the U.S. State Department turned on
their own security forces, Blackwater?  
     A loyal driver asked them to get his daughter out.  She did not want to come
to America (didn't speak the language, didn't know the culture).  So they dropped
her in a safe place.  They asked me to take care of her, send her some money.  
I don't know why people think I have money and resources.  I've been out a long
time, and even when I was in, I never had signature authority.  (I was never an
officer.  I was enlisted.)  I sent her some money.  Considering the exchange rate
on that day, it turned out pretty well.  The U.S. dollar still has some punch on
the foreign exchanges.  
     Brandon will never know the havoc he caused.  And neither will those who
vote for him.  Or, they won't care.  
     I have heard people say, every American should live abroad for a few years.  
When they return, they will appreciate America.  True.  The problem is that if
you live with people for a time, you start caring for them.  You start feeling that
you have to help them.  I know missionaries who have had that experience.  
You can't let go.  
     In the self-defense community, many instructors teach, "Don't get involved
with other people's problems."  Not my loved ones, not my problem.  Not my
circus, not my monkeys.  You have to think about protecting yourself, because
you are the source of income for your family.  Call 911 and be a good witness.  
Ah, if it were so easy.  
     The Defense Intelligence Agency is corrupt at the top.  
"Ex-top intel official Douglas Wise knew Hunter Biden laptop ‘had to be real’
but signed ‘disinfo’ letter anyway" by Caitlin Doornbos
     Of course, the corruption runs deep and is in the other agencies as well.  
I knew several Marines who joined DIA after leaving the Corps.  They all told me
how disenchanting it was.  
In an email from John Farnam --
     "I’m told that major military weapons systems (including small arms) purchasers,
including the US Military, are now demanding that manufacturers provide competent,
thorough training to go along with their product(s)."  
     "Friends in the distribution business tell me that armies ordering AKs,
(like Afghanistan), specify milled receivers (rather than stamped), because milled
receivers can be easily re-barreled when the old barrel is worn-out.  Of course,
this is of moot concern for the individual consumer (who will likely never shoot
enough to wear-out even one barrel), but large consumers (like armies) who
shoot a lot of rounds during training need to think about such things!"  
-- John Farnam's email concerning the 2023 SHOT Show
"Deep Intel on Russia's Air Ops Against Ukraine" by Ward Carroll and Justin Bronk
     Russian aircraft and load outs.  
     Check out the Mosque of Hassan II in Casablanca, Morocco.  
It is the largest mosque in Africa with the world's second tallest minaret
(210 meters) overlooking the ocean.  The finest Moroccan artisanship:
hand-carved stone and wood.  
     I have friends who travel around the world sight seeing.  They are not like us,
who work for a living.  I used to envy them.  But now that I am older and wiser,
I appreciate the life that God has given me.  And know that it is the best for me.  
“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
Semper Fidelis,
Jonathan D. Low
Radio:  KI4SDN

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