Saturday, September 16, 2023

CWP, 16 September MMXXIII Anno Domini

 Greetings Sheepdogs,
“The Plan” by John Farnam
     Hang onto your “religion and guns!”
Table of Sections:  
*****     *****     ***** Prevention *****     *****     *****
All the things you can do to avoid the lethal force incident.  
Table of contents:  
----- Mindset (figuring out the correct way to think) -----
     "I don't get PTSD.  I give PTSD.  I'm a carrier." -- Matthew S. Little
     The psychiatrist at the VA hospital in Nashville, TN told me that people who get
PTSD think that what they did was wrong, so they feel guilty.  Their conscience
bothers them, causing them physical and psychological symptoms.  The solution
is to convince the patient that what they did was righteous; morally, legally, ethically.  
Of course, you can't convince anyone of anything if they don't want to believe.  They
have to want to believe.  
     Many won't believe, because they prefer being the victim.  This allows them to
shirk all responsibility.  
     ‷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
"Failure is not an option . . . it is a necessity." by SLG
Hat tip to Greg Ellifritz.  
     "In the end, which way would you rather portray yourself ?  
Tough and resilient, or fragile and whiny?"  
     ‟We don’t decide what is necessary to survive a
lethal force encounter initiated by someone else.  
That person decides what’s necessary for us to survive.”  
– William Aprill
     “ ‘Security’ is a state of mind.  
At any moment it can be shattered by someone who knows how to breach it.”  
-- Bradley Lilly
     "Your Own Magnificence!" by John Farnam
     “Don't hit at all when it is honorably possible to avoid hitting.  
But, never hit soft!”
-- Theodore Roosevelt
‟Fear is an instinct.  Courage is a choice.”  
-- Rear Admiral Joseph Kernan, USN
"VIDEO: 5 Signs Someone Doesn't Have What It Takes To Fight" by Docent
Lecture by Dr. Mark Phillips Criminal Psychologist, Security Consultant, Martial Artist.  
Excerpts:  (paraphrased)
     Mind body feedback.  
     Change your mindset.  
     Real fights don't take breaks.  No time limits.  You must keep going.  
     Losers only train on what they are good at.  
You must train on what you are weak at.  [TRUTH!  ABSOLUTE TRUTH! -- Jon Low]  
     Fight to win, not to avoid losing.  If your goal is to avoid losing,
you will play it safe, and never win.  
     Decision making is key.  But if you fear loss, your decision making
will always be flawed.  
     Your purpose (protecting loved ones, etc.) guides your training, your fighting.  
Without a well defined purpose, you are lost.  Get it clear in your mind why you
are fighting.  
     Embrace feedback because you want to improve.  If you can't handle
constructive criticism, you have a fragile ego.  
--- address,
     Lots of useful informative videos.  
“Willingness is a state of mind.  Readiness is a statement of fact!”  
-- Lt. Gen. David M Shoup, USMC Commandant, 1960-1963
***** Situational Awareness *****
     “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.  
Harmless 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  
"Knowing What’s Behind Your Target" by Marty Hayes
     That's why you must ensure every shot that you fire hits the intended target.  
It was the miss that killed the innocent bystander.  Pass throughs that injure or
kill bystanders are extremely rare.  (I've never read of any documented cases.)  
     Shoot only when you are sure that you will hit.  That is good guy behavior.  
     Shooting without assurance of hitting, accepting misses, accepting collateral
damage, is bad guy behavior.  My uncle Tai, Col. Chun USAF, was a B-52
pilot and bombardier during the Vietnam War.  He understood this and talked
to me about it.  I have always tried not to use bombs.  Though I admit to firing
and calling in many high explosive artillery rounds.  We were always careful
to only fire at armed combatants.  
     ‟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, "Principles of Personal Defense"
     No matter how much you hate the police, voting to defund the police is
cutting off your nose to spite your face.  
"A Liberal is a Conservative Who Hasn't Been Mugged Yet" by Docent
Cited article,
"A Neoconservative Is a Liberal Who Has Been Mugged" by John Hinderaker
     Well, she noticed the assailants age and sex.  I wonder why she neglects to mention
their race?  (No, I don't.)  
     She mentions the assailants possessing guns, even though no guns were fired.  
Makes me wonder if any guns were present.  
     No, you are not allowed to wonder where the husband / baby daddy / sperm donor was.  
No, you are not allowed to wonder why she didn't defend herself and her children by
shooting the bad guys.  
     As she states at the end of her post, she has shirked her responsibility to protect her
children, assigning all responsibility to police, whom she had previously voted to de-fund.  
     Stop laughing.  It's not funny.  Not only do such people exist, they get elected to
public office, sometimes high public office (President of the United States).  
John Farnam's rules to keep you out of trouble:  
     Don’t go to stupid places.  
     Don’t associate with stupid people.  
     Don’t do stupid things.  
     Be in bed by 10:00 PM.  (Your own bed!)  
     Don’t look like a freak.  
     Don’t fail the attitude test.  
----- Training (figuring out the correct tasks to practice) -----
     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 4 things it takes to be an expert" by Veritasium
1.  Valid environment
2.  Many repetitions
3.  Timely feedback
4.  Deliberate practice
     "Deliberate practice" is where you are pushing your performance envelope,
as opposed to doing things you are already good at, or comfortable doing.  
[The difference between ten years of experience and one year of experience
repeated ten times.]  
     "The amount of time spent in solitary serious study is the predictor of
Not the number of scenarios experienced.  You could run through a bunch of
tactical scenarios over three days and not learn a thing.  It's the time spent in
review of the video and audio that reveals all the things you missed, all the
things that were, that you could have sworn were not.  "But I didn't do that!"  
Well, actually, you did.  
     "That's why coaches are so valuable.  They can recognize your weaknesses
and assign tasks to address them."  [Are you aware of that bald spot on the back
of your head?  You can't see it.  You would need two mirrors or a friend taking
a picture with their phone for you to believe it were there.]  
     "In order to become an expert, you have to practice for thousands of  hours
in that uncomfortable zone on things you can't do quite yet."  
     "Expertise is recognition.  Recognition comes from the incredible amount
of highly structured information stored in long-term memory."  
     "Melissa Soalt"
     "Fierce & Female on Youtube, Free!"
     "Fierce and Female 1" by Mountain-Adventures
     "Fierce and Female 2" by Mountain-Adventures
Hat tip to Greg Ellifritz.  
--- Classes ---
     "view ahead" for my “Concealed Carry:  Armed Self-Defense” course
by John Murphy
     recording of “Concealed Carry: Advanced Skills and Tactics”
by John Murphy
     I have had persons tell me that they would not take a class from John Murphy
because he yells and screams.  Now that class was many years ago, so I suggested
to the person that John was probably speaking in a loud command voice because
some of the students were wearing dumb ear protection that prevented them from
hearing his range commands.  Now days with electronic ear muffs, there is much
less yelling and screaming.  
     It is also true that with age, experience, taking classes, teaching classes, etc.
an instructor matures and mellows.  So, I recommended that he give John another
try as I was sure he would be pleased.  I have taken classes from John recently
and highly recommend him.  
     "Active Response Training Extreme Close Quarters Gun Fighting" by Uncle Zo
     Active Response Training open enrollment classes
     Trident Concepts
     "Handgun Accuracy" by Tatiana Whitlock
8:30am - 5pm
Royal Range USA
$ 250.00
     "Concealed Carry Lifestyle" by Tatiana Whitlock
8:30am - 5pm
Royal Range USA
$ 250.00
--- End of Classes ---
     “Take training from different instructors.  
We are all wrong about something.”  
-- John Farnam
"Get Fit to Increase Your Handgunning Proficiency" by Corey Howard
     ". . . pick up heavy stuff, and get comfortable being uncomfortable."
     “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
"Are You Training with Your Gun Safe?  
At a recent event hosted by SecureIt,
we put our skills to the test and learned the how
and why behind training with your gun safe."
by Sean Curtis
     "Those motivated by a desire to improve their
gunfighting skills as opposed to a quest for trophies,
must be willing to bleed ego on the match results
to avoid shedding blood in combat."  
-- Andy Stanford
‟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.
"Dealing With The Panic
Familiarity with a firearm breeds competency rather than contempt, says Sheriff Jim."
by Sheriff Jim Wilson
     ‶Practice is the small deposits you make over time,
so that in an emergency, you can make that big withdrawal.″  
-- Chesley Burnett Sullenberger, III
"Carry A Gun?  Take It To A Match" by Jack Hennessy
     If you've never used your everyday carry gear in combat, use it in an IDPA
or IPSC match.  You'll find out what doesn't work (gear and technique).  
Which is much better than finding out in combat.  
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
‟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 *****     *****     *****
     Suggestions on how to deal with the incident that you failed to avoid.  
Table of contents:  

----- Strategy (deciding on the end state and how to achieve it,
which tactics to use, which includes walking away) -----
How do you win a gunfight?
Don't be there.
-- John Farnam
"You win gunfights by not getting shot."  
-- John Holschen
----- Tactics (maneuver and fire in support of your strategy) -----
"Real fights are short."
-- Bruce Lee
"Stealth Draw
Here are some street-proven tricks"
by Massad Ayoob
     "Break leather early.  Don't depend on your quick draw."  
-- Audy Kimura, from a class by the Los Angeles Sheriff's Office
“Fortuitous outcomes reinforce poor tactics.”  
-- Chuck Haggard
     Tactics when in a car and getting robbed by gunmen.  
Notice that a lot of shots get fired.  
Stay in your car!  Ram the bad guy!  Drive on.
Awareness, Avoidance, De-Escalation, Escape
"The shorter the fight, the less hurt you get."
-- John Holschen
----- Techniques (ways to execute a given task in support of your tactics,
                             especially when disabled or under stress) -----
"Use only that which works,
and take it from any place you can find it."
-- Bruce Lee
"Peripheral Vision: The Benefits of Seeing More
You can't have eyes in the back of your head,
but you can come close to it."  
by Shelley Hill
"One-Handed Shooting:  Your Life May Depend On It" by Dave Anderson
     "I remember long ago, a two-hand hold was virtually unheard of."  
     "A solid two-hand hold can compensate for sideways pressure [on the trigger],
but it becomes more evident when shooting with one hand."  
     [Other things that may occupy your other hand, forcing you to shoot with one hand:  
holding your child or grandchild, holding a panicking person who would otherwise
run into harm's way.
     Squeezing a tennis ball is great for grip strength.  You can find them laying around
any tennis court, in the grass or the gutters.  So they're effectively free.  
-- Jon Low]  
"Single-Handed Shooting: Why Practice It?" by Tamara Keel
"Long Range Work" by Clint Smith
Hat tip to Greg Ellifritz.  
     "I do wonder, though, how well you may be able to tell if a threat at that
distance is armed or not to justify shooting.  Remember, you have to be in
fear for your life or the life of another, before you can use deadly force."  
     [If you're at long range, and you go to ground, you're almost impossible
to see / hit with aimed small arms fire.  If you're in tall grass, the chiggers
are more of a problem than the enemy.  So Mr. Smith is correct.  How are
you going to justify?  
-- Jon Low]
Awareness, Avoidance, De-Escalation, and Escape
"Stop Blinding Yourself" by Matt Landfair
Hat tip Greg Ellifritz.  
     "Training provides concepts and technique
the untrained will most likely not get on their own."  
     "Lights that feature multiple outputs cause more issues
than they are worth for me.  They provide one more thing
to break/malfunction and can be inadvertently activated
when another mode is desired."  
[I agree.  Press on, release off.  Anything more complicated
than that is WRONG.  No strobes.  No colors.  No dim, medium,
bright.  Complexity is bad. -- Jon Low]  
     I recommend Matthew S. Little of GreyBeard Actual LLC,
for a class in low light tactics, hand held flashlights and
weapon mounted lights.  Not listed on the web site.  You
have to ask for it.  
     You don't need a strobe.  Matt will teach you techniques.  
     You don't need a team, 5 man stack.  Matt will teach you
techniques to convince the enemy that you have a team.  
"Appendix Carry: Safe, Efficient and Comfortable" by Richard Nance
Hat tip to Greg Ellifritz.  
     "Of course, you shouldn’t even think about holstering until you’ve
determined there are no remaining threats.  At that point, your only threat
is one you pose to yourself from inadvertently pulling the trigger during
your haste to holster."  
     [You need to think about, and practice, presenting from the holster to the target
from a sitting position; and holstering in a seated position.  Are you capable of
doing this without muzzling yourself?  Muzzling yourself violates safety rule II.  
There are no exceptions to the safety rules.  You either obey them or eventually
shoot yourself.  
-- Jon Low]  
From an email from Jeff L. Gonzales.  
Hello Jonathan,
     If what you are aiming at is part science and part art, you have to understand
the science behind the skill, then you have to adapt the skill to your abilities.  
When we push student's marksmanship skills we generally see very common
errors.  Some are easy to correct, others will take time.  I like to start with these
three little secrets and push them to the students.  
1.  Know the technical skill of being precise.  
2.  Perform the technical skill slow and controlled.  
3.  Repeat with the same level of concentration until automated.  
     The technical know how of any skill cannot be overstated.  Without this
understanding, you are left with luck.  As an instructor, at times I take for granted
a student has a minimum understanding of technical skill.  It is an assumption
that has bit me on the butt several times.  An example of technical skill would
be the five elements of marksmanship.  Of the five elements, I find trigger control
to be the most consistently lacking.  
     Part of the reason the technical skills is lacking falls on the shoulders of
wanting to go fast with sloppy technical skill vice allowing speed to be dictated
by the ability to apply correct technical skill.  Speed is a by product of correct
movement with little to no flaws.  
     Probably the hardest of all these little secrets is repeatability.  The level of
concentration in the beginning is high and comes at a cost, mental fatigue.  
At a certain point, your ability to perform the movements correctly suffers and
bad habits are born.  As the movement is performed correctly over time, less
and less thought is needed, ultimately leading to the automation of the technical
     Ponder these tips and stay tuned for more.  
JLG (Jeff L. Gonzales )
P.S. feel free to share with other like minded folks.
"What’s Your Stance on That?
Shots on-target trumps how you stand."
by Sheriff Jim Wilson
     Shooting from awkward positions is a very important thing to practice.  
"Gun Skills: Concealment, Part 1"
by Frank Melloni
"It's not daily increase but daily decrease - hack away at the inessentials!"
-- Bruce Lee
*****     *****     ***** Postvention *****     *****     *****
Suggestions on how to treat your wounds; avoid prosecution, conviction, and prison time.  
Table of contents:  
     Survival, Medical, etc.
----- Aftermath (You must be alive to have these problems:  criminal and civil liability.) -----
     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.  
The various policies are drastically different.  
     "You need to read the fine print." -- Massad Ayoob  
     “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 of this web page, click on "Never Talk To The Police"
or use the direct address
     “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, Health, etc. -----
     "If you prepare for the emergency,
the emergency ceases to exist!"
-- Sherman House
"Survival Tips: Preparing Yourself For Traveling Our Nation’s Highways"
by Michael Kurcina
Hat tip to Greg Ellifritz.  
"Arming My Daughter: A Defensive Handgun Trainer’s Personal Tale
Experiencing the reality that “a daughter is a treasure and a cause for sleeplessness,”
the author determined to equip one of his own with the firearm skills necessary to
survive in a harsh, unforgiving world."
by Justin Dyal
     Several of the instructors, at this weekend's Guardian Conference, mentioned 
Justin Dyal.  He is apparently quite and instructor and creator of useful drills. 
--- Health ---
     If you are using an alarm clock to wake up, you are chronically sleep deprived.  
Sleep deprivation will cause all kinds of long term health problems.  Go to sleep
earlier so that you wake up naturally.  If you wake up because the sun is in your
eyes, go to sleep earlier so that you wake up naturally, before the sun wakes you up.  
Or cover your windows with aluminum foil and duct tape.  Or wear eye masks to
block the light to your eyes.  If you don't think you have time to go to bed earlier,
cut out all of your TV watching.  Watching TV is worse than cigarettes.  Smoking
cigarettes steals time at the end of your life by shortening your life.  TV watching
steals large amounts of time in your childhood, which is very destructive.  
     If you think the color of urine is yellow, you are chronically dehydrated.  
You should always be generating large volumes of clear urine.  The correct color
of urine is clear.  
     Never drink anything with caffeine.  It will elevate your blood pressure,
respiration, and pulse rate.  
     Never drink anything with alcohol.  Alcohol is used to sterilize medical
instruments, because it kills all biologic material.  In particular, it kills brain
     Never drink anything with electrolytes.  It will disturb your body chemistry.  
All research indicating that Gatorade is good for you, was paid for by Gatorade.  
It is propaganda.  Gatorade is very bad for you.  (I learned this at
the coaches courses at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO.)
     Never drink soda pop.  Soda pop is the primary cause of childhood diabetes.  
The sugar must be diluted to be absorbed by your blood.  So water is drawn
out of your blood to dilute the sugar, effectively dehydrating you.  
     Never eat or drink artificially sweetened anything.  The FAA put out a
bulletin warning pilots not to drink artificially sweetened drinks because the
artificial sweeteners causes all kinds of visual problems.  The pilots would not
see passing aircraft.  It's a real problem.  World Health Organization put out 
a notice saying that aspartame is a carcinogen. 
     Never take any drugs.  If your friends offer you drugs, say, "Sorry, I'm in
training.  My coach would kill me if I took any drugs."  You may always use
me as an excuse.  
     "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 *****     *****     *****
Table of contents:  
     "You will never get smarter or broaden your horizons
if you're unwilling to learn from others and read."
-- Becca Martin
"The Failure of Common Sense" byVon Kliem, JD, LL.M
Hat tip to Mike Gallagher.  
     ". . . even with a suspect in their rifle sight, officers cannot reasonably be
expected to pull the trigger before a suspect could move a gun, aim, and fire.   
An expert lesson we hope will soon evolve to common sense."  
"Oklahoma school to offer nation's first bachelor's in gunsmithing" by Carmen Forman
     I am working to get my Defensive Pistol course offered as a semester
course (21 hours) in the state community colleges in Nashville, TN.  
     I am working with a mother in a home school organization to get my
Defensive Pistol course accepted as a course for elective credit for high
school students.  
"Active Shooters Get Stopped By Armed Citizens Over 41 Percent
According To New Data By John Lott Jr."
by Colion Noir
"Massive errors in FBI’s Active Shooting Reports from 2014-2022
regarding cases where civilians stop attacks:  
Instead of 4.6%, the correct number is at least 35.7%.
In 2022, it is at least 41.3%.
Excluding gun-free zones, it averaged over 63.5%."
"Cases where armed citizens have stopped active shooter incidents"
"Defensive Gun Uses By People Legally Carrying Guns: 32 Cases During May 2023"
Sign up for the John Lott's newsletter at
Rangemaster Firearms Training Services
     "In no case will the police ever arrive in time to stop the carnage,
even if the attacker has a knife, not a gun.  He will only be stopped
by an intended victim who refuses to be a victim.  It is your duty and
your responsibility to be able to defend yourself and your family,
regardless of the location."
     May I invite your attention to
"Dealing with Domestic Abuse Cases: A trainer’s perspective"
by Tim Kelly
     [Statistically, men are killed by strangers; women are killed by intimate acquaintances.  
Investigation of the murder of a woman who was killed by a non-stranger almost always
reveals a history of escalating abuse.  
     Abuse never de-escalates.  It always progresses to murder.  Statistically speaking.  
     So, yes it makes sense when Tim says, you can't protect the student, you can't
save the student.  You're just teaching the student techniques to protect herself.  
But, the key to survival is escaping the relationship, not defending against the attack.  
As John Farnam says, "How do you win a gunfight?  Don't be there."  
     So the instructor should advise the student to move.  Out of town.  Out of state.  
     "It's not that simple."  
     “It is that simple.” -- Massad Ayoob  (I am quoting Mas in context.)  
     It may not be easy, but it is simple.  
     I have moved to escape an ex-wife, hostile police, hostile governments,
and terrorists in several countries.  Moving is much easier and safer than killing
them.  (Even if you kill them correctly, so that you are never suspected.)  
-- Jon Low]  
"Weekend Knowledge Dump- September 1, 2023" by Greg Ellifritz
     "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
     "Not allowing law-abiding citizens to carry guns on the pretext of public safety
makes as much sense as not allowing sober people to drive cars in order to protect
them from drunk drivers."  
-- Stephen P. Wenger
"The Essential Second Amendment" by The Heritage Foundation
FREE eBook
"Jacksonville Sheriff Says What The Gun Community Has Been Saying For Years"
by Colion Noir
"Law of Self Defense" book (free of charge, just pay shipping so you don't have to
drive to Colorado to pick it up)
"Cops Mad They're Included in Gun Free Zone Policy" by Liberty Doll
     This is really telling.  
"The 5 Elements of Self Defense" by Andrew Branca (free of charge)
"NEW! Texas Enacts Church Self-Defense Immunity!" by Andrew Branca
     Effective September 1, 2023, the Great State of Texas now provides
civil immunity to both churches as institutions as well as to the individuals
who serve churches as armed security.   
     Acting in the course and scope of your employment or volunteer duties,
as opposed to acting in self-defense.  Think about that.  
"Your Rights in a Fight: Indiana Self-Defense Law Breakdown" by Andrew Branca
"Is liberty safe with Liberty Safe?" by Ranjit Singh
Hat tip to Stephen P. Wenger.
     Liberty Safe gave the law enforcement officers the combination to the safe.  
     Cited Twitter post,
     Liberty Safe's response,
     Way back when I bought my first gun safe – as well as for the subsequent ones
that I've purchased – Sargent & Greenleaf combination locks were standard on real
safes for guns.  A few years ago, I took a friend shopping for a gun safe.  All the
safes at the big-box stores had electronic locks and a local dealer told us that it
would take a special order and a $50 surcharge to get a safe with a mechanical
combination lock.  He also made virtually the same comment that I'd heard from
a locksmith – safes keep honest people honest.  I have little knowledge of the
electronic locks but, a while back, a former friend who was going through a
divorce parked his gun safe in my garage.  The keypad would not work but I
recall that the keypad could be removed easily, allowing the safe to be opened
with what appeared to be a universal, master key.  As with encryption of digital
information, safes only create a delay factor and, one way or another, determined
LEO's can get into them, just like determined thieves, except that the LEO's are
not racing time to get them open before their brethren respond to an electronic alarm.  
-- Stephen P. Wenger
"UPDATE: Liberty Safe Announces Changes After
They Admit Giving FBI Access to J6 Protester's Safe"
by Jennifer Van Laar
"Anti-2A Company [Liberty Safe] Gave Nearly Half a Million Dollars
to Gun-Control Happy Democrats"
by Sarah Arnold
"SecureIt CEO adresses Liberty Safe and secret access codes" by SecureIt Gun Storage
"A “Trick Question” Police Use To Get Consent To Search"
by CoreyScottLaw
     Will the police plant evidence (drugs, guns, etc.)?  Of course, they will.  
They're not stupid.  Now they have physical evidence.  How you going to
fight that?  You going to claim the police planted the evidence?  How's that
going to work for you?  
     If the police search without a warrant, your attorney can fight that, and
probably win.  If the police search with a warrant, your attorney can fight
that.  The warrant was defective.  If you consent to the search, there is
nothing your attorney can do.  
     Ya, the police can lie about you giving consent.  It happened to me.  
The Cherry Hill, NJ police produced a document with my "signature" on
it that purported to be my statement that I had consented to the search
of my apartment.  When my attorney showed it to me, I told him that
I had never consented to a search and I pointed out that that was not my
signature.  In fact, the "signature" was a script font found on all Microsoft
Word programs.  So the cops had just typed it in using Microsoft Word.  
When my attorney pointed this out to the prosecutor, he dropped all
charges.  Because he wasn't going to look like an idiot in court.  
     Be that as it may, NEVER give consent.  And say it loud enough for
the other cops to hear.  Some cops will lie to cover for a fellow officer,
some won't.  Some police departments are back stabbing snake pits.  
     We think this is funny as a joke.  But about 50% of the U.S. population
believes this is true.
Think about how deluded they are.  They are sitting next to you in the office.  
Walking by you in the grocery store.  
"Brickbat: On Record" by Charles Oliver
     Not just U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Division.  Lots of others too.  
Just as you can get your arrest records expunged in the civilian world, so you
can get this crap removed.  It's just money, time, and a good attorney.  
     Liberals, in their march to advance their agenda (destruction of the Right
to Keep and Bear Arms), disregard the unintended consequences of their
policies (perhaps intentionally).  
"A Legal Barrier to Mental Health Care in New York State"
by Sandra Richardson
Hat tip to Stephen P. Wenger.  

"New Mexico Gun Shop Seizes Polymer80 Pistol For Not Having A Serial Number"
by John Crump
Hat tip to Stephen P. Wenger.  
     At first you might be angry with the gun store owner and decide to boycott
his store, but consider that the ATF does this sort of thing constantly to trap
Federal Firearms Licensees and seize their FFLs.  The store owner probably
thought the young man (under 21 years of age) was an ATF operative.  
     I've had many people working for the ATF ask me for silencers, short barreled
shotguns, and short barrelled rifles.  Back when the first ex-wife and I had the
Destructive Devices license, people referred to us by "friends" would ask for
grenades, claymores, and such.  It was never ending.  I guess the ATF has to do
that to weed out the criminal FFLs.  
     The solution of course is to disband the ATF and repeal all laws forcing
a person to get an FFL to engage in lawful commerce of Constitutionally
protected items.  We did the Prohibition experiment, 18th Amendment to the
U.S. Constitution.  It failed.  So we repealed the Constitutional amendment,
21st Amendment.  Repeating the experiment by regulating a Constitutionally
protected class of inanimate objects is a act of insanity.  
"After she was strangled, Nashville woman shoots ex-boyfriend in 'self-defense' "
by Emily West
     "Bullets are usually more effective than orders of protection."  
--Stephen P. Wenger
"Court Sides With Gun Owner Over Cop In Carry Case"
by Cam Edwards
Hat tip to Stephen P. Wenger.  
     Even if the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals overturns this verdict,
[which is highly unlikely because ". . . in the Second Circuit (which covers
not just Connecticut but New York and Vermont as well), “an officer needs
more than mere presence of a weapon for which the possessor is licensed,
to justify searching a car during the course of a traffic stop.”  Judge Atherton
pointed out that Soukaneh was “friendly and compliant” and freely told the
officer about his gun and permit."]  officer Andrzejewski is still jammed up.  
A false arrest verdict in a Federal District Court is a career killer.  
     Andrzejewski's behavior, after the civil case was filed, indicates to me
that he thought he was going to prevail in this case [because he had a
friendly (Clinton appointed) anti-gun judge?].  What a fool.  Liberals hate
cops.  U.S. Judge appointments are life time appointments.  Once appointed,
the judge's true colors are revealed by the judge's rulings.  Andrzejewski’s
attorneys obviously didn't review Judge Arterton's rulings.  And there are
a lot of them.  The attorney's should have asked Arterton to recuse herself.  
You have to get the court / venue changed before the judge starts making
rulings.  The case is won or lost in pretrial motions, before the case goes
to trial.  You never want the case to go to trial.  
     In America, you get as much justice as you can afford.  If you rely on
union attorneys, you're going to get cheap justice.  Andrzejewski's
attorney's made dumb arguments, that were obviously going to fail.  
You want your attorneys to make sophisticated, legally deep, and
meaningful arguments.  So the judge can hang her reputation and
legacy on them.  Andrzejewski's attorney's obviously thought the judge
would rubber stamp their case.  What fools.  
     Thank God Soukaneh had the money, sophistication, and connections
to find the proper attorneys and see this case through.  My father advised
me to avoid law suits, as they ruin your health.  And it's true.  But,
sometimes, it is worth it.  Soukaneh was thinking about his children
and grandchildren who would be living in Connecticut in the future.  
He's making Connecticut a better place for them to live.  
     I know Waterbury, CT.  Spent a lot of time there in the late 70's.  
"Hell Is Freezing Over:  
Ted Lieu Brings Sense After NM Gov's Gun Order and Troubling Police Response"
by Nick Arama
"Gun owners defy New Mexico governor, rally in Old Town Albuquerque"
by Cam Edwards
     ". . . following the systematic seizure of privately owned firearms in
New Orleans, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, numerous states across
the nation enacted legislation to protect the RKBA during declared
emergencies and under a federal law signed by President George W. Bush
(Public Law 109-295), citizens are protected from federal officials
confiscating lawfully-owned firearms during a declared emergency.  
Further, a few years before the advent of permitless discreet carry in Florida,
that state waived the requirement for a carry license during declared emergencies."  
-- Stephen P. Wenger
    So the Governor of New Mexico is violating Public Law 109-295.  
Not that she cares.  
    “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."  
     "This is legal information provided to the NRA Education and Training Division
from ILA lawyers after discussion with the US Departments of State and Commerce.  
Due to current interpretations of International Traffic in Arms Regulations stemming
from the Arms Export Control Act of 1976, only current, lawful “US Persons” - both
US Citizens and lawful permanent Resident Aliens in possession of a current I-551
(colloquially known as a "Green Card”) are allowed to participate in NRA firearms
training courses."  
     I would imagine the same applies to all firearms training courses.  
The implication is that if you teach students who are not U.S. Citizens or Permanent
Resident Aliens, you could get jammed up.  Considering who is in the White House,
I would bet on it.  
----- Instructors -----
the students who require the extra effort
are the ones who need us the most!"
-- John Farnam
     You must explicitly tell your students that the index finger is the trigger finger.  
Otherwise, it is easy for the student to misinterpret keeping the index finger in
the register position to mean that they are to use their middle finger as their
trigger finger.  This is extremely dangerous, as now only the ring finger and little
finger are holding the grip.  
     As Tiffany Johnson says, you have to explain to the student what they are
looking for when doing a chamber check.  Because some have never done it
before.  So, they don't know what they are looking for.  
     If you think we are being silly and that this stuff is obvious, you have no
business being an instructor for beginners.  Instructing beginners is a much higher
calling than instructing experienced students.  That's why the
Citizens Safety Academy
has a Gateway Instructor course.   
     On a Sunday evening, I was sitting with the instructors of a class (of which
I had been a paying student) that had just finished.  We were drinking adult
beverages.  I was asking about teaching style, class design, teaching philosophy,
and such.  
     The instructor told me that he and his assistant instructors fill out forms on
each student from observations of the student from the time they enter the
parking lot, through the safety briefing, and first lecture, to just before they
break to go to the live fire range.  They are looking for how the the student
walks, posture, how he carries himself, behaviors, etc.  They aren't too
concerned about equipment (unless it's really fucked up).  A young intern,
on summer break from high school, tabulated the forms and distributed the
results to the instructor and assistants.  So they had the results in hand before
the live fire started.  
     The instructor told me that they could predict with high accuracy the
competence of the students; highly competent, competent, incompetent,
who they needed to watch, who was dangerous, etc.  
     I asked if there was a follow on survey after the class to compare the predictions
with the performance of the student at the end of the class.  The instructor
said, no, there was not such a survey.  But he thought it a good idea and would
implement such.  
     I explained that when I was an undergrad dabbling in the Psychology Department,
a professor told me that at the beginning of each class, he would mark on his roster
whether or not he thought each female student was pretty.  So this was before he knew
anything about the student.  At the end of the semester, he would again mark how
pretty he thought each female student was.  The professor told me that the prettiness
from the beginning of the semester never correlated with the ratings from the end of
the semester.  Getting to know the female changes your perception of the female's
[This was actually part of a much larger experiment going on in the
Columbia University Psychology Department; with all kinds of agendas and
hidden agendas.  Trying to identify and eliminate bias, of course.  When a
bunch of psychologists attempt to apply their scientific method and experimental
design to themselves, you can imagine what might happen.]  
Student:  Have you killed anyone?  
Jon Low:  Yes.  
Student:  Did you do what you taught us?  [Stay at the scene, if safe to do so.  
   Holster your pistol, so the cops don't shoot you.  Call 911 to report the incident.  
   Call your attorney.  Etc.]  
Jon Low:  No, in all cases I left and went home.  
Student:  So, you're sort of a hypocrite?  
Jon Low:  Yes, I am.  In my defense, if it were a friendly environment I would have
   been released by the government anyway, SOFA (Status Of Forces Agreement).  
   If it were an unfriendly environment, I would have been summarily executed.  
   So, I left.  And in many cases, there was really no one to call, no authority per
   se, no entity able to enforce anything.  
        Our class has been in the context of civilian concealed carry for self-defense.  
   I believe that what I taught you was appropriate for that context.  But if you live
   in Fulton County, GA; Davidson County, TN; Washington, D.C.; New York, NY;
   et al, the prosecutor is going to grind you up in the judicial system, drive you
   into bankruptcy, imprison you so that you lose your job, and see to it that you
   are beaten and sodomized in jail; because you are White (The liberal media labeled 
   George Zimmerman a "White Hispanic".  No one who knew Zimemrman thought 
   he was White), you have no criminal record, you are conservative, etc.  
        So, you might consider going home.  The probability of law enforcement ever
   arresting you is only about 50% (if you keep your mouth shut and go about your
   business normally) if they are looking for you (they don't look for upstanding
   citizens, they look for criminals with long violent records, they don't have any
   file on you, they don't have your photo on file).  If the police call you, don't answer
   the phone.  Why would you answer a number that you don't recognize.  If they ask
   you to come in for questioning, politely decline.  If they ask to search your home
   or car, politely decline.  A false arrest complaint can be a career killer, not to
   mention an actual law suit, forget about it.  [In case you missed that, "forget about it"
   was said with a Brooklyn accent in the style of a New Yorker.]  
        Leaving might show consciousness of guilt, but your competent attorney
   can rebut that by saying that you feared retaliation from the attacker's fellow
   gang members.  Thereby innocently getting the attacker's gang affiliation into
   the record.  Even if the judge orders the jury to disregard the statement, they
   can't unhear it.  
        Not calling 911 to report the incident might show consciousness of guilt,
   but your competent attorney can rebut that by saying that you did call many times
   but couldn't get through or were put on hold and then the 911 phone system just
   hung up on you.  So after a few days, you gave up trying to call 911.  
   Or, that you did call 911, but the police never showed up.  The 911 phone system
   loses a lot of calls.  You might even be able to get a jury instruction to the effect
   that the police losing the 911 call is not your fault, should not be held against you,
   and that the jury may assume the call was made and consider it in the most favorable
   light for the defendant.  Oh, yes, such jury instructions have been given, as the
   police and prosecutors lose exculpatory evidence all the time.  (intentionally or
   otherwise; I was taught to never attribute to malice what can be explained by
   incompetence; but I have become more cynical in my old age)  
        A competent politically connected attorney can talk to the prosecuting attorney
   over dinner or a round of golf at the country club and get this all straightened out.  
   Indictment and prosecution has nothing to do with guilt or innocence.  It's just
   the ease of conviction.  It's a numbers game for the prosecutor, a reputation game.  
   In America, you get as much justice as you can afford.  So you better have an
   insurance policy with no caps.  
     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
     “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
"No Belt? No Problem. Here’s How to Carry Without One"
by Elizabeth Bienas
A comment from a reader --
     “As to your opening message about sights, my philosophy about a firearm is
if I buy it, I will need to fix it.  By fixing it, I mean that I will adjust sights,
change out grips, or modify the living daylights out of them till it fits me like a glove.  
This gun is mine for the moment.  If I chose to sell it, I may change the grips back
to factory or send the old sights with it.  (I keep damn near everything.)  But I
don't get rid of guns willy nilly, which is why I need to get another safe.  Some may
give me grief about doing this to a gun, but I figure it's my life on the line, and I
want to know, not just think, but know that it will do whatever I ask of it.  I don't
want to have to remember, "Oh yeah, with this particular 1911, I have to aim just
a little low or left or whatever." because I didn't want to change something from
the factory just because it "might" reduce its resale value.  
     Again thanks for sending this [newsletter] out.”  
-- John Fernau
     Maxim 6;  If violence wasn't your last resort, you failed to resort to enough of it.  
     If you voted for Biden/Harris then I truly hope that you are the first to be
affected by their policies.  
     "You have the rest of your life to solve your problems.  
How long you live depends on how well you do it."  
     “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.)  
"Every Day Carry (EDC)" by Mark Kakkuri
     [If you're going to carry a knife, you might consider a diving knife (available
at SCUBA shops) or a rescue knife (available at stores that supply the EMTs
and police).  They might not be optimized for fighting, but they are useful for
breaking windshields, cutting seat belts, and other things that you might need.  
(Getting clothing or a tight seat belt off a person without cutting him, shucking
oysters without stabbing yourself, etc.)  
-- Jon Low]
     I attended a class recently in which the instructor told a student that buying
the best gear will not make the student competent.  When the student first
tried to draw his pistol, he couldn't get it out of the holster.  He just hadn't
practiced enough.  It was a Safariland ALS designed for a weapon mounted
light.  The instructor suggested that the student attend IPSC and IDPA matches.  
The student said, I would never do that.  It would be embarrassing.  
     Well that's part of the problem.  
     The instructor told the student that he should dry practice.  He didn't need 
to buy ammunition.  The student told the instructor that the student only learned 
by live fire, as dry fire was useless. 
     The instructor told the student that he should use cheap practice ammo
when attending a class or practicing.  There was no need for match grade ammo.  
The student's response was that the student didn't want to damage his pistol
with cheap ammo.  The instructor explained that factory new ammo would
not damage the student's pistol.  
     Superstitions are not things that you know are false.  Superstitions are things
that you know are true, that are false.  
As Claude Werner says, you need training because much of what you know is false.  
     The reason appeals courts never question the finder of fact is that only the jury
(or the judge in a bench trial) gets to hear and see the witness testify.  Body language
and demeanor are critical.  May I invite your attention to
"My Sig P320 fired on its own in the holster and tried to shoot me! (P320 X-Five)"
by Gunghis_Kahn
"PART 2 (Final Update): My Sig P320 fired on its own in the holster (P320 X-Five)"
by Gunghis_Kahn
     There are just way too many of these incidents.  
     I also note that Sig has gotten the P320 onto the California roster, so they can
now sell that pistol in California.  (I wonder how much Sig paid the California
Democrats?)  In 2021, all of FN's firearms were removed from the roster,
making it illegal for FN to sell their firearms in California.  (That's what happens
when you don't pay the bribes.)  
     The Mexican government did not sue Sig.  But they did sue a lot of other big
U.S. firearms manufacturers.  I know Sig supplies arms to the Mexican government
forces.  But, I also note that the drug cartel soldiers carry Sig rifles and the drug
cartel armories are full of Sig rifles.  
     Where there's smoke, there is smoke.  (I suspect there is a big fire.)  
"Sig Stuff Revisited" by Ben Stoeger
     I think it's unethical to tell people to buy these things [Sig P320].  
     I don't recommend revolvers because they need to be reloaded too often
and they are more difficult to reload than semi-autos.  But if you have an
irrational love of revolvers, this may be for you.  
The "Wrapid" Loader System
    The second and third icons link to videos of how the device is used.  
Hat tip to Docent.   
     I don't recommend revolvers because they are full of small precisely timed
parts, as opposed to modern semi-autos which don't, generally speaking, have
such, even in their trigger mechanisms.  So from an engineering perspective,
the revolver is less reliable than the semi-auto.  But if you have a delusional
love of revolvers, this may interest you.  
"Taurus 856 Iron Sights v. Laser Comparison" by tacticalprofessor (Claude Werner)
"Rifles vs. Pistols: The Basics of Terminal Ballistics" by Chris Baker
Hat tip to Greg Ellifritz.  
"FREE Dry Fire Targets!!" by Memphis Beech
“Your car is not a holster.”
-- Pat Rogers
     *****     *****     *****  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]
     Plaintext → Data Compression (to eliminate useless redundancy) →
Encryption (to prevent the enemy from reading the message) → Ciphertext →
Error Correction Coding  (to add useful redundancy) →
Steganography (to hide the existence of traffic, to defeat traffic analysis) →
Transmission (through a communication channel with attendant noise) →
     Reception (by friendly) → Steganography → Error Correction Decoding
(to defeat the noise, jamming, environment, etc.) → Ciphertext →
Decryption → Data Expansion (to make it human readable) → Plaintext
     Reception (by enemy) → Steganography → Error Correction Decoding
→ Ciphertext → Cryptanalysis → Data Expansion → Plaintext
     Reception (by freelancers) → (now this is a real problem)
As my father would say, "Any problem that you can solve with money is not
a real problem.  The real problems are the ones you cannot solve with
money.  They require thought.  
     "Many people would sooner die than think;
In fact, they do so." -- Bertrand Russell
     "Thinking is the hardest thing a person can do.  
That's why so few people do it." -- Henry Ford
     Remember, data compression, error correcting coding, and steganography
are just data processing, no key.  So one can't really expect a sophisticated
enemy to be dissuaded.  Only the encryption and decryption are technically
cryptologic, require a key.  
     How did the enemy defeat the steganography and find the key?  Bribery,
traitors, spies, blackmail, seduction, coercion, stupidity (social engineering,
phishing, etc.).  Well, okay, it's not stupidity.  It's lack of training, which would
be lack of leadership.  In the Marine Corps, all failures are failures of leadership.  
If you didn't tell your subordinates not to plug thumb drives into their computers
what do you expect them to do?  
     The real problem is that the freelances are paid orders of magnitude more
than the civil servants.  So who's going to have the training, experience,
expertise?  Who is going to have the ability to do the thinking?  
     "Computer science has nothing to do with computers or science."  
-- Donald Knuth
"Trigonometry Visualized: One Diagram to Rule them All
(six trig functions in one diagram)"
by Mathematical Visual Proofs
     Can you draw the diagram for the hyperbolic trigonometric functions?  
"Hyperbolic functions and the unit hyperbola |
Hyperbolic functions | Precalculus | "
by Khan Academy
     “Your character is what you do when no one is looking.”  
-- Thomas Jefferson
     "Why study Lie theory? | Lie groups, algebras, brackets #1"
by Mathemaniac (Trevor)
     "How to rotate in higher dimensions? Complex dimensions? |
Lie groups, algebras, brackets #2"
by Mathemaniac
     † means transpose and conjugate.  The Devil is in the details.  The notation
and definitions are the details.  This is how Gilmore is using †.  
     When Trevor refers to "flat space", he means Euclidean vector space (curvature 0).  
     "What is Lie theory? Here is the big picture."
by Mathemaniac
     Well, ya that's one was to classify the finite groups.  But there is a much simpler
way.  All finite groups are subgroups of the groups defined by rotations of
n-dimensional minimal regular polytopes in n+1 dimensional space that leave
the polytope unchanged.  
0-dimensional minimal regular polytope = a point.  
1-dimensional minimal regular polytope = a line segment.  
2-dimensional minimal regular polytope = an equilateral triangle.  
3-dimensional minimal regular polytope = a regular tetrahedron.  
You need the n+1 dimensions so that you can reflect the polytope through a mirror.  
That is, to transform the polytope so as to change its orientation.  Rotations of
n-dimensional objects in n-dimensional space won't change the orientation of
n-dimensional objects.  You need that extra dimension to flip the object over,
effectively a mirror reflection.  Remember the Mirror Visitor. 
     "Nothing in life is to be feared; it is only to be understood.  
Life is not easy for any of us.  But what of that?  We must have
perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves.  We must
believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing
must be attained."  
-- Marie Curie
"The Concept So Much of Modern Math is Built On | Compactness"
by Morphocular
     A friend suggested a way to hide a folder and files on a Microsoft Windows system.  
From the desk top, right click on mouse button.  
Choose New → Folder
A folder will appear, waiting for you to input a folder name.  
While holding down the ALT key, type 255 on the keypad, then release the ALT key.  
The folder name is now a non-printing character, ASCII 255.  
Place the cursor on the folder icon, click right mouse button.  
Choose Properties.  Choose Customize.  Choose Change Icon.  
Scroll over until you find a blank icon.  Click on it.  
Click on OK.  Click on OK.  
     If you move the cursor over the folder, it will appear.  But otherwise, it will
be invisible.  
     Even though it has no file name, it will still appear in directory windows,
without a file name.  The other file information: date of creation or last modification,
size of file, etc. will still appear.  
     Ya, there are more sophisticated ways of hiding data on your hard drive,
but they require writing programs to write directly to the hard drive.  If you've
got the correct dynamic link library (DLL), you can do it from a Microsoft
Windows program.  But it's much easier using device drivers from a Linux
system.  Device drivers can be installed and removed from the GNU/Linux
operating system while the Operating System is running.  Try that with any
other operating system.  
     Avoid interfering with the file system.  Write your stuff away from the
file system blocks.  When the hard disk is initialized, some level of the BIOS
will check for bad blocks on the hard drive.  That's why the available
storage on any hard disk is not exactly as specified by the manufacturer.  
So there are a lot of marginal blocks that you can use.  
     "But the file system says the blocks won't work."  
     That's what error correcting coding is for.  
"Why Relativity Breaks the Schrodinger Equation" by Richard Behiel
"Without Consensus on Key Cyber Issues, the Global Cyber Weapons Market Flourishes"
by Emilio Iasiello
"Top Biden Cyber Official Accused of Workplace Misconduct at NSA in 2014 —
and Again at White House Last Year
A previously unreported NSA inspector general report about Anne Neuberger
reveals disarray and dysfunction at the top of the cybersecurity hierarchy.  
by Noah Kulwin and Sam Biddle
     You don't even need to read between the lines.  This is why we are floundering
in the cyber war.  The people elect incompetent leaders, who then appoint
incompetent leaders, who then appoint incompetent leaders, . . .
     Layer 8 Security is offering Cybersecurity Education Sessions for executives!
Contact them at
     They will cover:  
New SEC Cyber Regulations
The CMMC Framework
and such.  
"Russian Nationals Charged With Cybercrimes In Middle Tennessee"
by Adelia Kirchner
     Notice the names.  Friends of yours?  How did the LEOs get the names?  
"Let's Create a Compiler (Pt.1)"
"Growing a Parse Tree (Compiler Pt.2)"
"Variables in Assembly (Compiler Pt.3)"
"Adding adding to my language (Compiler Pt.4)"
"Multiplication Superiority (Compiler Pt.5)"
by Matthew Oros
     For those of us who have studied nuclear physics.  
"Climate Scientist Boasts About Fudging Own Paper" by Sabine Hossenfelder
04:42 Doubly Magic Oxygen Finally Produced
     In case you don't remember and need to look it up.
     "Premature optimization is the root of all evil."  
-- Donald Knuth
     *****     *****     *****  Intelligence   *****     *****     *****
     "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State,
the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."  
-- Second Amendment, U.S. Constitution
     Linguistic analysis.  
"Early Signs of the Bud Light Backlash |
Alissa Heinerscheid’s Cringey Interview Statements"
by Martin DeCoder
     There was a team at Mar For Pac G-2 that spent all their time analyzing speeches.  
If the person speaks long enough, the truth will leak out.  You don't need to torture.  
Once you start torturing a subject, he'll say whatever he thinks you want to hear.  
So the "intelligence" is worthless.  That's why all competent judges exclude
confessions obtained by torture.  
"Good habits and skill beat luck every time."
-- Sheriff Jim Wilson
     Country girls don't wear make up.  They don't worry about breaking a fingernail.  
Because they don't have long glue on claws.  And they don't soak in acetone to
get them off.  Their fingernails are short and clean.  They smell clean and healthy,
no perfume.  They know the dances, as they learned them as children in their village.  
I could go on, but you get the idea.  [If she don't fit, I would shoot her on sight.  
Ever see the movie "The Good Shepherd" (2006)?]  
     Now here's a bit of kit for you.  
Compound W® NitroFreeze™ (marketed as a wart remover)
     A little larger than a felt tip marker.  Able to freeze small things.  Think
integrated circuit chips, explosive ordinance disposal, etc.  Gain a tempo here
and there.  
     Yes, as a matter of fact, I do browse Walgreens the way some people browse
hardware stores.  You'll find all kinds of useful stuff if you keep an open mind
and think, "How could I use that?"  
     Good to know what our friends and allies are up to.  (The hacking, not the
hiring mercenaries.)  
"Hacked Documents Reveal Russia’s Contracts for Cuban Mercenaries in Ukraine
A military officer’s hacked email account reveals the apparent recruitment of at least
100 Cubans, some of whom posted on Facebook about their journey to Russia.
by Ben Makuch
"OpSec: Your Car May Be Spying On You" by Docent
Cited article,
"Spyware on Wheels: Your Car Reports on Your Activities, Even Those in the Back Seat"
by Stephen Green
"Pentagon Misled Congress About U.S. Bases in Africa
A general failed to mention six U.S. outposts and described
a quarter-billion dollar drone hub as “low-cost.” "
by Nick Turse
     Notice Gen. Michael Langley's fruit salad.  
     Sharp shooter in rifle and pistol?  He's had a lot of years to improve that.  
The measure of a man is also what he doesn't consider important.  
     Operation Juniper Shield.  You ever operate in Africa?  
Azerbaijan Invading Armenia. Russia Backs Out of Agreement.  World War 3?"
Bishkek is the capital of the Kyrgyz Republic.  
Baku is the capital of Azerbaijan.  
Hard to understand without looking at a proper map.  
“If you are reading this and can’t put your hand on your defensive firearm,
all of your training is wasted.” -- Col. Jeff Cooper
     A sibling gave me a copy of "Beowulf"; translation completed by
John Ronald Reuel Tolkien in 1926 A.D., published posthumously by
his third son, Christopher Tolkien, in 2014 A.D.  
ISBN 978-0-544-44278-8 hard cover.  
ISBN 978-0-544-57030-6 paper back.  
Tolkien's translation is very different from other translations that I've read.  
The commentary and notes are fascinating.  
     I first read an English translation in high school.  In an English class at the
University of Hawaii we read it in the Old English.  I had read Chaucer in
Middle English in an English class at Columbia University.  So while the
Old English was difficult, it wasn't overwhelming.  
     I know that buying books is expensive and beyond the ken of some.  
So, here is a free online version,
"BEOWULF" translated by Dr. Benjamin Slade
Explanatory notes,
from the
The British Library
     Here is a free online version from the University of Kentucky,
In order to use all the fancy electronic features of the web site,
you will need to look at
     English is a Germanic language.  (Not a Romance language!)  
     My English professor at U.H., Peter Nicholson (this name may be wrong
as my dementia is progressing), told us that the short one syllable words are
Anglo-Saxon.  The long polysyllabic words are Latin.  So "fuck" is a perfectly
good word for "sexual intercourse" and didn't become vulgar until recently.  
"It is a mistake of youth to believe that the way things are,
is the way they have always been."  
     My English professor at Columbia, David Yerkes, told us that there is
British English [OED, (Oxford English Dictionary), the only scholarly
dictionary of British English] and there is American English [American
Heritage Dictionary and Random House Dictionary are the only two
scholarly dictionaries of American English].  They bifurcated around the
time of Shakespeare, when the Pilgrims migrated to North America.  
[He also told us that "ain't" is a perfectly good word.]  
Unlike French, English has no academy of language and culture to
establish proper spelling, usage, grammar, and such.  Proper English is
determined by "common usage" which is the way the intelligentsia use the
language, not the way the commoners use the language.  Correct spelling
is only in the opinion of the editors of the dictionary.  As Thomas Jefferson
said, if you cannot think of several ways to spell a word, you have no
     We pronounce the word "often" as "offen", because we know that
"often" comes from the German "offen".  And to pronounce the silent
"t" in the word is not euphonic.  So, no native speaker would pronounce
the "t".  The "t" was never pronounced until recently.  Pronouncing the 
silent "t" is an affectation of sophistication. 
     We pronounce the word "coupon" as " kyoo′ pŏn′ ", not as " koo′ pŏn′ ",
because we know the etymology of the word.  
     We pronounce the word "Uranus" correctly because we are not afraid
to offend the immature.  
     Persons can figure out a lot about you by listening to you speak.  
Be careful.  
     My sister and cousin came in to visit from Austin, TX and Pearl City, HI.  
As we were walking and driving around Nashville, TN, we noticed homeless
persons wearing pistols.  I explained that Tennessee does not require a permit
to carry.  Homeless persons have a right to self-defense.  
     As I was driving to work, I noticed a lady in a black sedan.  Her dress was
hanging out the bottom of her door, dragging on the ground.  I waved to her
and pointed down, and yelled, "Your dress is caught in your door."  A few
seconds later we stopped at a red light.  I got out of my car to explain to her
that her dress was dragging on the ground.  She displays a pistol (doesn't
point it at me).  I put my hands up and return to my car.  
     No good deed goes unpunished.  
     There are some jokes that force you to laugh, even when it's about
two people getting killed.
     I went to the Singapore Air Show once.
Yes, it's all about access.  That's why parents send their kids to Ivy League universities.  
It's certainly not for the indoctrination.  
     I fenced foil in high school.  I fenced foil on the Columbia University Team.  
After college I fenced foil and epee for many more years, until my body couldn't
keep up with the young ones.  Then I judged for a few years.  
     It is so sad to see my beloved sport going down the drain.  
Fencing competitor says trans athletes in female events 'unfair,
short-sighted' - as incoming national board executive says he's OK
with natural-born women being at a disadvantage"
by Fiona Connor
     Think about the male fencer, Eden Philpot, who decides to declare that he is
female in order to win medals in female competitions.  Philpot has no honor.  
And will regret this ploy in the future.  But he has no self awareness, so he
cannot see the error of his ways.  
"Sky News host bursts out laughing at 'dimwitted lefties' from The View"
     A death certificate that cites cause of death as Covid-19 is not the same as dying
because from Covid-19.  No one died solely because of Covid-19.  Yes, it was a hoax.
     “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