Thursday, February 1, 2024

CWP, 1 February MMXXIV Anno Domini

 Greetings Sheepdogs, 
     Train and practice.  Incompetence has tragic consequences.  

     May I highly recommend Iron Soldiers Coffee Company to you?  
I especially like the Armored Car, which is a dark Italian roast.  
     I buy my coffee from them retail.  They don't give me anything.  
They don't pay me.  
     They do support gun stuff like the Guardian Conference and 
veteran care.  
     "Beliefs can't change facts - facts however, should change your beliefs. 
Some are just too proud to admit the simplicity of this statement."  
-- Angie Maness
     Table of Sections:  
*****     *****     ***** Prevention *****     *****     *****
Things you can do to avoid the lethal force incident.  
Table of contents:  
----- Mindset -----
Figuring out the correct way to think.  
     As a civilian defender, your goal is to ESCAPE!  This goal gives you the highest 
probability of NOT GETTING HURT.  Not getting your loved ones hurt.  Not getting 
innocent bystanders hurt.  
     If you're at a stage in life where no one loves you, no one depends on you, 
no one would care if you died, and you don't care about spending the rest of your 
life in a cage; then maybe some other goal might be possible.  But, it would not 
be reasonable.  
     Ya, I saw "Gran Torino" with Clint Eastwood et al.  But, that was a Hollywood 
movie, not reality.  It's all fun and games until the first shot.  
     ‟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
     “The American Revolution was conceived in churches and taverns.  
I think I’ll spend more time in both!”  
-- Operator’s Adage
     "Adulthood" by John Farnam
 1) When it’s least expected, you’re elected!  
 2) In a personal-safety emergency, there will be no time to “get ready”.  
Unless police are physically present already, there is zero probability 
they’ll arrive in time to save you.  
 3) Getting into a hand-to-hand fight with a person who is out-of-his-mind 
is no laughing matter!  
There is no “reasoning” with such a person.  They are unpredictable and 
extremely dangerous, as we see.  
 4) Thinking you’re “safe,” because you’re “at home,” or “close to home” 
represents a dangerous delusion.  
“Going armed” means “being armed,” continuously, without fail!  
A gun sitting in a dresser drawer inside a home will be of no help when 
the homeowner is attacked while outside, even when the gun is technically 
only a few meters away.  
 5) Our criminal/justice system, as currently administered, obviously has 
no intention to fulfill its legitimate function of protecting innocent people 
from violent criminals.  Demonstrably vicious predators, instead of being 
jailed, are out and looking for victims, as we see!  
1) Life is hard.
2) Life is dangerous (and lethal; see point#8, below).  
3) Life isn’t “fair”.  
4) Life is not just about you.  
5) You’re not that important.  
6) You’re not in control.  
7) Your excuses will never interest anyone.  
8) You’re going to die.  
     "You're not mature until you have children." -- Jordan Peterson
     ‟Fear is an instinct.  Courage is a choice.”  
-- Rear Admiral Joseph Kernan, USN
"It's All Relative" by Kyle Lamb
Hat tip to Greg Ellifritz.  
     "Normalcy is relative.  Normal for me is being surrounded by folks who are 
ready to do what needs to be done.  They don't stand by and watch others take 
care of business.  This group is not considered a strange field of friends to me; 
this is my normal.  Why would I want to hang out with people who don't want 
to make things better by standing in the gap, protecting the innocent or seeking 
out and destroying those who deserve nothing better?  
     Abnormal, to me, is the man or woman who doesn't have the skeletal 
structure to maintain vigilance and stand up against what is evil and wrong.  
Skulking from Starbucks to REI to get their caffeine and clothing fixes, 
updating social media to keep us all aware of what they think of Cecil the lion 
and how certain lives matter more than others - I haven't the time for the 
carefree class, those who want to influence what I like to do and feel the need 
for safe spaces to stay segregated from spillers of free speech such as myself."  
     ‷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
     Am I paranoid to carry a gun? 
     "The superior man, 
when resting in safety, does not forget that danger may come.  
When in a state of security, he does not forget the possibility of ruin.  
When all is orderly, he does not forget that disorder may come.  
Thus, his person is not endangered, 
and his States and all their clans are preserved."  
-- Confucius (551 B.C. – 479 B.C.)
     "Better be despised for too anxious apprehensions, 
than ruined by too confident security."  
-- Edmund Burke (1729 – 1797 A.D.) 
     "Jeff Cooper's Color Code exists to help you get your head 
around the need to kill someone in the immediate future."  
-- John Hearne
Jeff Cooper's Color Code
White -- (NRA unaware) - sleeping, texting on your phone, daydreaming, etc.  
Yellow -- (NRA aware) - paying attention to who is around you and what they are doing.  
Orange -- (NRA alert) - recognizing a potential threat, and taking action to avoid it 
   and to eliminate ambiguity (shouting STOP! for instance).  
Red -- (NRA alarm) - recognizing a verified threat, and taking action to escape 
   (because as a civilian defender, that is our goal, because that gives us the highest 
   probability of a good outcome).  The purpose of shooting the assailant is to 
   facilitate your escape, not to kill the bad guy.  We shoot to stop the attack.  
Black -- combat - unable to escape, for whatever reason, applying force to stop 
   the attack.  And continuing to apply force until the attack is stopped to allow 
   your escape.  (Escaping to ensure your safety is good.  Hanging around to call 
   the cops and report the incident, not so much.  Because the fellow gang 
   members of the guy you just shot will be closing on you, whether you notice 
   them or not.)  
[This may not be the Color Code as you learned it.  This is the Color Code as 
the Front Sight original instructors taught it to us, students, in early 1996.  
They claimed to have learned it directly from Jeff Cooper. -- Jon Low]  
***** Situational Awareness ***** 
How to avoid being taken by surprise.  
     Just stay in condition Yellow.  I know, easier said than done.  
-- said by many different instructors over the decades.  
     Last night at 20:18 on 31 January 2024, I was in 
Dalton's Grill, 7061 US-70S, Nashville, TN 37221, 
eating dinner and watching videos on my computer with my ear phones 
in my ears.  I heard distant firecrackers and ignored it.  The two waitresses, who had 
run up to the front door, informed me that there had been gun fire in the parking lot, 
about 20 yards from where I sat.  One 18 year old male lay bleeding out on the asphalt.  
Another 17 year old lay nearby with wounds to his stomach and leg.  
     I considered going outside to render first aid.  But decided not to, out of fear that 
other armed combatants were still active in the area.  Within 3 minutes, police swarmed 
the area.  Firetrucks arrived.  Ambulances arrived.  Someone must have called 911 
when the incident started.  
     The cops taped off the parking lot.  There were shell casing all over the parking lot.  
The gunfight had taken place next to my parked car.  The cops would not let me get to 
my car.  
     At 21:00, Dalton's Grill closes and kicks me out.  So I walk a couple of doors down 
to Marco's Pizza.  And wait in there.  At 23:00, Marco's Pizza closes and kicks me out.  
At this point all the stores in the shopping center are closed and it's freezing cold.  So 
the cops let me sit in one of their cars to keep warm.  At 23:27, the cops let me get my 
car and leave.  
     It's not firecrackers!  It's gun shots!  When you're out in public, take the earphones 
out of your ears?  Get your eyes out of your electronic devices and look around!  
Don't let the huge gunfight 20 yards away take you by surprise!  
     [I'm not citing any of the news reports, because they are all wrong.]  
     “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  
     There are no exceptions.  Do not pretend that this is true.  Some people and 
organizations take this rule and weaken it; e.g. "Treat all guns as if they were loaded."  
Unfortunately, the "as if" compromises the directness of the statement by implying 
that they are unloaded, but we will treat them as though they are loaded.  No good!  
Safety rules must be worded forcefully so that they are never treated lightly or 
reduced to partial compliance.  All guns are always loaded - period!  
This must be your mind-set.  If someone hands you a firearm and says, "Don't worry, 
it's not loaded," you do not dare believe him.  You need not be impolite, but check it 
yourself.  Remember, there are no accidents, only negligent acts.  Check it.  Do not 
let yourself fall prey to a situation where you might feel compelled to squeal, 
"I didn't know it was loaded!"  
Excerpted from: The Modern Technique of the Pistol, by Greg Morrison, 
Gunsite Press, Paulden, Arizona.  
ISBN 0-9621342-3-6 
Library of Congress Number 91-72644 
     Some people believe in God.  
Some people act as if they believe in God.  
In the end, God will say to the latter, "I never knew you."  
     Some people believe that ALL GUNS ARE ALWAYS LOADED.  
Some people act as if ALL GUNS ARE ALWAYS LOADED.  
Eventually, the latter group of persons will have a negligent discharge, 
because (according to Marine Corps Aviation) mishaps occur due to distraction 
(not paying attention to what you're supposed to be paying attention to, because 
something else has seized your attention), time compression (self imposed 
rushing [because someone is shooting at you, for instance]), and breaking of 
habits (doing something other than what you were trained to do, other than 
what you practiced doing [because someone is shooting at you, for instance]).  
     All actions, decisions, behaviors flow naturally, automatically, inexorably 
from your beliefs.  Not from your training, unless your training has changed 
your belief system.  So, it is critically important that you believe the correct 
     The chaotic situation of combat will distract you.  Your attention will be 
misdirected.  If you rely on your senses, you will be deceived.  But, the safety 
rules will never let you down.  Just as pilots rely on their instruments, just 
as SCUBA divers rely on their instruments, you must rely on your safety rules.  
     If you don't believe that you can be deceived, see the magic show at 
House of Cards in Nashville, TN (It's all about distraction and misdirection).  
The magicians will sit at small tables and perform close up magic for you 
(card tricks, coin tricks, etc.).  This should prove to you that the firearm can 
be loaded, even when you know, and would bet your life, that it is not loaded.  
Ask Massad Ayoob.  He borrowed a student's revolver to do a trigger control 
demonstration in one of his classes, and fired a round straight up into the air.  
But, because he obeyed Safety Rule II, no one was hurt.  
     Thinking that you would not have been deceived, even though several highly 
trained, experienced persons were deceived, is just arrogance.  But you could 
reasonable say that you would not have committed such a negligent discharge 
because you actually believe, not just pretend, that ALL GUNS ARE ALWAYS LOADED.  
It really is a different mindset.  
Stephen P. Wenger's, 
Rule Five – maintain control of your firearm.  
     Incompetence and cowardice kill a lot of people.  
"Pilot's Reckless Mistakes Kills Instagram Star!"
by Pilot Debrief
     The airplane didn't kill these people.  Never blame an inanimate object.  Never 
blame a tool.  There was only one pilot aboard the flight.  The pilot is completely 
     Remember Kobe Bryant?  Who was responsible?  The pilot.  
     If you're taking money to do something stupid, you're WRONG!  If you're doing 
something stupid to keep your job, you're WRONG!  If you're doing something 
stupid to get a job, you're WRONG!  Don't do it.  You're going to get people killed.  
     "It's easier to stay out of trouble than to get out of trouble."  
-- Claude Werner
     What can you do to cause the criminal predator to NOT select you for victimization?  
     Head up and looking around.  Chest high.  Shoulders down and relaxed.  
Don't slouch.  This body language says, "I am aware.  You won't surprise me."  
     Tuck your chin and pull your head back to get your ears over your shoulders.  Your 
head sticking out in front of your body screams "GOOD VICTIM!".  
     Walk smoothly.  Don't limp.  Practice until you get your gait correct.  Wear braces 
under your clothes if necessary.  An awkward gait screams "DISABLED VICTIM".  
     Head down looking at the ground with shoulders forward screams, 
     That's why teaching persons to shoot in the "turtle" position is so stupid.  
"Turtle" means head pushed forward, shoulders hunch up and forward.  Because 
you're teaching the wrong body language.  It's not going to scare the hardened 
criminal.  So you're going to have to shoot the criminal.  On the other hand, 
if you had displayed the correct body language, the criminal would have left 
without you shooting him because your body language would have convinced 
him that you would have shot him; WIN!!  
     "Hey, Staff, how do you know that the convict isn't lying to the interviewer?"  
     When you tell a lie, you are forced to tell a second lie to cover the first lie, 
then you are forced to tell a third lie to cover or explain the second lie, etc.  
Eventually, the interviewer figures out that the subject is lying.  At which 
points the interviewer annotates "pathological liar", and doesn't ask to interview 
the subject anymore.  The psychologist also reports this to the Assistant Warden.  
(The inmates want to participate because 23 hours a day in a cell is boring.)  
     On the other hand, if the subject is honest, the psychologist reports 
this to the Assistant Warden.  The Assistant Warden records the good guy 
points which helps with the prisoner's early release, parole, or commissary 
     Everybody knows how the system works.  
     Of course, you could interview the criminal predator without his knowledge 
that your conversation was an interview.  Sort of a half ass double blind.  
Not terribly difficult, especially if the Assistant Warden is a friend whom you 
work with.  
"Bomb Threats" by CyberSecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency
A department of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Hat tip to Greg Ellifritz.  
"Bomb Threats" by Greg Ellifritz
     It's hard to get a big bomb into a building.  Much easier to put the bomb in 
a car, drive the car into the parking lot, and then call in a bomb threat or pull 
a fire alarm to drive the victims from the building to the parking lot.  
Unless the bomb is really big, in which case the assailant will drive the truck 
up to the building.  We saw lots of examples of this when I was in training to 
guard federal buildings.  
     A real threat to life is stampeding humans.  Be careful.  
     What we were trained on more recently was tanks of 
nerve-gas / poisonous-gas / biologic-agents in or near the intakes of ventilation 
systems.  The nerve-gas, VX variants, in particular because it is odorless, 
colorless, and without symptoms for several hours, thereby ensuring no evacuation 
before contamination.  Of course, good physical security will prevent placement 
of such.  Intake vents are usually on the roof.    Don't leave ladders around that 
give access to the roof.  Lock all interior access to the roof.  (Teenagers love 
to play on the roof.)  
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.  
Have a “normal” appearance.  
Be in bed by 10:00pm (your own bed).  
Don’t fail the attitude test.  
----- Training -----
Figuring out the correct tasks to practice.
     Truth from Jordan Peterson.  
     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)
     "You brought a gun to the fight.  That doesn’t mean it’s YOUR gun.  
The gun belongs to whomever can keep it.  Think about that before intervening 
in other folks’ problems.  When is the last time you practiced your in-hand weapon 
retention skills?"  
-- Greg Ellifritz
"Gun Skills | Workout Routine" by FRANK MELLONI
     Mix some exercises in with your shooting.  
     “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
"Concealed Carrier Shot With His Own Gun 
When Trying to Stop Domestic Violence Incident"
by Jacob Paulsen
     Jacob Paulsen runs the annual Guardian Conference in Oklahoma City, OK.  
I highly recommend.  
Last year at the conference, we had a little problem with fleas, ticks, chiggers, and such.  
Simple solution:  
Sawyer Permethrin Clothing Insect Repellent
Spread out your clothes (shoes, socks, pants, shirts, underwear, hats, etc.).  
Spray with Sawyer Permethrin Clothing Insect Repellent.  
Let dry.  Wear normally.  It takes about 6 cycles in the washing machine and drier 
to remove the insect repellent.  So it lasts a long time.  
     “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.)
     "Safe gun handling and knowing how to operate the gun competently is one thing.  
How to fight with the gun is a whole other plane of knowledge."  
-- Tiger McKee
     A guy is walking up fast behind you.  What do you do?  
     You should have a cogent plan of action that you can explain.  
Because you have thought about it, planned an action, and practiced it.  
Otherwise, you know which plane you're in.  
[If your smart ass answer was that "you turn and shoot him", 
then I guess you are in yet another plane.]  
     Perhaps you plan is something like:  
Yell stop!  If he stops, great.  We can escape.  
     If he does not stop, that is an indication of malice.  
Clear concealment garment and establish a proper grip on your pistol.  
If he stops, great.  We can escape.  
     If he does not stop, present to close contact and fire until he stops.  
     Ya, lots of different plans depending on the situation.  
     "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
     When we shoot the match, we will go very slowly to ensure we positively identify 
every shoot-target and every no-shoot-target.  We will not be racing to win the game.  
It is common for the Safety Officer to inform the shooter that he failed to engage 
several targets, because he just ran past them without seeing them.  Moving faster than 
you can see; moving faster than you can think; is wrong and dangerous.  
     We will stay back away from corners, windows, and doors, because we understand 
that there is someone hiding behind the corner who will grab our pistol.  Crowding 
cover is a common tactical error seen in every competition.  Don't do it.  
     We will shoot at the first part of the enemy that comes into view (elbow, foot, etc.), 
because we can do so without exposing our bodies.  We can always get the center-of-mass 
hit later as we come around the corner.  We understand that whoever gets the first hit 
will usually win the gunfight.  Even if it's not a vital organ hit.  Psychological stops 
are a real thing.  
     We will not muzzle no-shoot-targets.  We will not sweep across no-shoot-targets 
when transitioning from one shoot-target to another shoot-target.  Because unlike 
the other competitors, we are not playing a game.  We are training for combat.  
(Muzzling the innocent bystander is aggravated assault with a firearm, there is a 
10 year sentencing enhancement for the firearm.)  
     Shooting the no-shoot-target is shooting faster than you can think.  We never make 
that mistake because we ALWAYS positively identify the target before we shoot it.  
     Do not do "walk throughs".  Do not choreograph the scenario.  Do not count rounds.  
Do not plan your reloads.  Shoot the targets as they come into view.    Shoot until 
empty, then reload.  Planning a scenario is a training scar.  Combat is surprising.  
     Remember, we are training for civilian concealed carry for self-defense.  
We are not playing a game.  
     [If you get disqualified for a safety violation, you know which plane you are on.]  
     Stav is offering a neat boutique service.  
     Ever since starting She Equips Herself, 
my goal has been to help women learn how to integrate a firearm into 
their daily life in a simple, sustainable way.  While my videos and content 
show you different ways to do this, I now have a more personalized option 
available on my website!  
     I'm so excited to announce this new service available on my site: 
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Here are some ideas of topics we could work out together:
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--- Start of Classes ---
Karl Rehn Training 
2024 CLASSES Upcoming Texas classes with space available:
**Home Defense Shooting Skills – Jan 28, 9a-noon (Rehn)
**Personal Tactics Skills – Jan 28, 1p-5p (Daub)
**Defensive Pistol Skills 1 – Feb 10 9a-1p (staff)
**Pistol Skill Builder – Feb 10 2p-4p (staff)
Close Quarters Pistol Level 2 – Feb 18 (Ellifritz)
**Red Dot Pistol Level 1 – Feb 24 9a-1p (Greig/Reichek)
Intermediate Rifle Skills – Feb 25, 9a-3p (Greig)
**Defensive Pistol Skills 2 – March 16, 1p-5p (Rehn)
**Low Light Shooting 1 – March 16, 6p-9p (Rehn)
**AT-2 FOF Scenarios – March 17, 1p-5p (Rehn)
**School and Church Security Range Session – April 28 2p-6p (Rehn)
Dynamic First Aid – May 11 (Causey)
Rangemaster Instructor – May 24-26 (Givens)
Historical Handgun – May 27 (Givens/Rehn)
Massad Ayoob Group MAG 20 Range – August 8-9 (Thronburg)
Massad Ayoob Group MAG 20 Lecture – August 10-11 (Ayoob)
Apache Solutions
New Year SALE! 15% Off Any Class,
Ending Jan 31st, 2024!
Tatiana Whitlock - Training in Context
--- End of Classes ---
TRAINING VIDEOS from Royal Range
"Jordan Peterson Explains Free Will"
     Ballistic movement.  And the philosophical fallout.  
A lot of your movements in self-defense / defensive-pistolcraft will be ballistic 
movements as defined by Peterson.  
     ‟Training is NOT an event, but a process. 
Training is the preparation FOR practice.”  
-- Claude Werner
----- Practice -----
How to get proficient at that task.  
     ‟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 
     As seen on NRA -- 
"Organizing Your Shooting Practice 
Start the new year off right with this easy to shoot, easy to practice drill."  
by Claude Werner
     ". . . by shooting those 15 shots, the shooter will know where they shoot their gun, 
which is not necessarily the same as where the gun actually shoots."  
     ". . . the shooter will know what the recoil feels like and what gunshots sound like, 
which are important bits of knowledge."  
     As seen on The Tactical Professor -- 
"Organizing Your Shooting Practice – I" by the Tactical Professor
     "The goal of the Organizing Your Practice series is ‘Do Something.’  
As my late colleague Paul Gomez said, “Shoot Your Guns.” "  
     "If a shooter doesn’t even shoot the whole Session of the article; that’s okay.  
At least they know what it’s like when the gun goes off and what the sound of 
gunfire and the feel of recoil are like."  
     “Willingness is a state of mind.  Readiness is a statement of fact!”  
-- Lt. Gen. David M Shoup, USMC Commandant, 1960-1963
"Automaticity Isn’t Always Rainbows and Sunshine"
by Uncle Zo
     "My thumb literally pressed into the grip factions of an inch next to where 
the magazine button actually was.  This reminded me of those times that I’m 
in a rental car and I go to put into gear by reaching for the lever behind the 
steering wheel rather than the control that’s in the center console."  
     [I think "stage planning and visualization" might be a training scar, as you 
won't have the opportunity to do that in real combat situations. -- Jon Low]  
     "People rust faster than equipment."  
-- John Hearne
     “Train, Practice, Compete 
are the key elements in the development of humans.”  
-- John M. Buol, Jr.
     ‶Practice is the small deposits you make over time, 
so that in an emergency, you can make that big withdrawal.″  
-- Chesley Burnett Sullenberger, III
Why practice?  
    “To each there comes in their lifetime a special moment 
when they are figuratively tapped on the shoulder and 
offered the chance to do a very special thing, unique 
to them and fitted to their talents.  What a tragedy if 
that moment finds them unprepared or unqualified for that 
which could have been their finest hour.”  
-- Winston Churchill
     Do you THINK you can make that head shot on a moving target in your crowded church 
in a chaotic situation with people screaming and running around?  Do you KNOW that you 
can make that shot?  Because if you don't know that you can make that shot, you won't 
attempt the shot.  The guy who is confident takes the shot.  The guy who is not confident 
won't take the shot for fear of hitting an innocent bystander.  
     Jack Wilson of the West Freeway Church of Christ told us that he had practiced that 
head shot thousands and thousands of times.  So he was confident that he could make 
the shot.  So he took the shot.  
     Wilson also said that each member of his church security team had about 380 hours 
of training at the time of the incident.  
     "If you know where you're going when you die, you can be bold."  
-- Stephen Willeford
*****     *****     ***** Intervention *****     *****     *****
Suggestions on how to deal with the incident that you failed to avoid.  
     Awareness, Avoidance, De-Escalation, Escape 
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
" Uvalde shooting: Bombshell report calls police response a 'failure' " by Fox News
     If you want a low casualty count, you MUST immediately attack and shoot the 
bad guy.  Unfortunately, some commanders are more concerned about liability 
and the optics of the situation than saving lives.  Which type are you?  Be honest 
with yourself, no one else is watching.  If from your past performance, you don't 
like your conclusion, you have the opportunity to fix yourself, before the upcoming 
"The police response to the Uvalde shooting was riddled with failures, a new DOJ report says"
     One child was killed 77 minutes after the police arrived on scene.  
Don't be like those LEO's.  Immediately ATTACK!  
Primary source document -- 
U.S. Department of Justice report, 
"Critical Incident Review Active Shooter at Robb Elementary School"
by DoJ
Original document in PDF format, (much easier to read) 
     "You win gunfights by not getting shot."  
-- John Holschen
"Two men dead after exchanging gunfire in north Phoenix home, police say"
by AZFamily Digital News Staff
Hat tip to Stephen P. Wenger.  
     As John Holschen says, "You win gunfights by not getting shot."  [Note, no mention 
of the bad guy, because he doesn't matter.  Only you matter.  Note, no mention of shooting.  
Because not getting shot doesn't depend on you shooting. -- Jon Low]  
     As Stephen P. Wenger says, ". . . just having or even firing a gun may not keep you 
from being shot.  That is the role of tactics such as moving off the X, making use 
of cover or concealment, and creating distraction."  [Yes, as any theatrical magician 
will tell you, distraction and misdirection.  Messing with the bad guy's OODA loop 
will slow him way down.  Which is a big WIN for you. -- Jon Low]  
----- Tactics ----- 
Maneuver and fire in support of your strategy.  
     "Real fights are short."
-- Bruce Lee
     Can you fire from around corners?  Left and right?  (Without exposing yourself?)
Can you fire from under tables?  Under benches?  Under cars?  (In a stable confident 
manner?)  Can you fire through small openings?  Between the open door and the door 
jam?  Through the artsy lamp sculpture?  Between the slats in the fence?  
Can you fire over the garbage dumpster?  Over the car roof?  Over the car hood?  
Over the car trunk?  (If you don't know the offset between your sights and your 
muzzle, you can easily hit the hood of the car when attempting to shoot over it.)  
     If you've never done it, you can't answer the question confidently.  Claiming 
that you can do it without having done it, is just wishful thinking.  
     “Fortuitous outcomes reinforce poor tactics.”  
-- Chuck Haggard
     Listening to the after action reports of Nashville police officers would depress the 
hell out of you.  Poor tactics with a heartfelt belief that because they survived (as 
opposed to because the tactic was effective) they will do it again and it will work 
the next time.  
     On the other end of the spectrum, 
I was in the Donut Den in Green Hills this morning and had a conversation with a 
Corporal in the Nashville police.  He told me that they were allowed to put weapon 
mounted lights on their pistols, but were given very little training on how to use them 
in the academy.  So he went to Royal Range (Bob Allen, et al) and took a low light 
course on his own time on his own dime.  Bravo!  He also told me that he wanted 
to put a red dot sight on his pistol, but a class was required by the police department 
and the class was always full.  So, he went to Royal Range and took a 4-day class on 
how to use the red dot sight.  Again on his own time and his own dime.  You can't 
imagine how impressed I was.  In our modern times, most cops would not carry a 
pistol, and only do so because their department forces them to.  They are not gun 
people.  They are not warriors.  They are social workers.  Would you want a social 
worker to show up when you call 911?  Wouldn't you prefer a warrior?  
"LIGHT ON, LIGHT OFF?" by Clint Smith
     "I would avoid buying a gun requiring a special adaptor to mount the attachment 
to the rail.  It complicates things.  Most serious defensive pistols today have a rail 
readily accepting lights, and that’s the best approach."  
     "I think strobes are dumb and jack your eyes up really bad."  
     "A simple light is best, something you push on and off."  [I'm pretty sure he 
means push on, release off, thumb switch on the tail cap. -- Jon Low]  
     "Understand weapon-mounted and handheld lights and techniques — 
and train for both."  
     Mr. Smith does not mention the cheek or crown (of the head) index for the 
hand held flashlight.  These are widely taught and I think they are good.  
     A lot of weapon mounted lights (WML) don't have any way to adjust point 
of impact for the light relative to your point of aim with your sights.  You may 
not need any adjustment.  But if you do, I have found filing the polymer frame 
or shimming the contact areas works well.  You don't have to buy precise shims.  
You can use aluminum foil, aluminum soda cans, steel from tin cans, packing 
tape, etc.  It's actually fairly important to have the light zeroed to the sights.  
     "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 
     Perhaps you have never studied ballet.  Perhaps you don't think a pirouette is 
tactically sound.  But it is fast and smooth.  Isn't that what you want when transitioning 
from one target to another, or turning to run in a different direction.  Wouldn't it be 
nice to at least understand the mechanics of a pirouette?  So that you can make an 
informed decision when you decide not to add it to your repertoire?  Afraid of 
looking like a bunch of sticks?  If so, you are not following Bruce Lee's advice.  
"Man Bites Dog: Defending Yourself Against Dog Attacks" by Molotov Mitchell
Hat tip to Greg Ellifritz.  
     Trigger confirmation (touching the trigger unnecessarily) is WRONG!  Don't 
do it.  Your trigger has not magically disappeared.  So you don't have to check 
to make sure that it is still there.  
     Adrenaline in your blood stream makes your muscles MUCH stronger that normal.  
So touching the trigger might fire the pistol.  
     Keep your trigger finger in the register position by touching an index point.  
The seam between the slide and the frame.  The end of the pin holding the pistol 
together (as in the 1911s).  The take down lever.  If there is nothing there for you 
to index on, take your tools and make something on the surface of the frame for 
you to feel.  So you know you are in the correct position.  So you know you're not 
on the trigger.  
     "It's not daily increase but daily decrease - hack away at the inessentials!" 
-- Bruce Lee
*****     *****     ***** Postvention *****     *****     *****
Suggestions on how to treat your wounds.  
Suggestions on how to avoid prosecution, conviction, and prison time.  
Suggestions on how to avoid the civil law suit and judgment.  
Table of contents:  
----- Aftermath ----- 
You must be alive to have these problems:  criminal and civil liability.  
     “The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, 
but because he loves what is behind him.”
― G.K. Chesterton
"The Police Don't want You to Know This..!"
by MadMan Review
     I don't know who MadMan is.  But in my learned opinion, everything he says 
is correct and consistent with all of the classes that I have taken.  
     I have worked as armed security in hospital emergency rooms.  Sometimes 
the cops will sit in the emergency room with the suspect handcuffed to the bed.  
     In his classes, Andrew Branca often talks about getting cut down to the bone 
on his arm and not feeling it.  So it is reasonable to believe that you are injured 
and don't know it.  
     I took a medical class in which the instructor told us about a U.S. Armed Forces 
member who was airlifted from the battle field to a hospital.  But during the 
helicopter ride he bled to death.  Internal bleeding.  The corpsmen did not find 
the bullet entry wound.  At the hospital, the doctors could not find the bullet 
entry wound.  At the autopsy, they found the entry wound in his armpit.  (There 
was no bleeding around the entry wound.)  So, wounds can be very difficult to 
find.  That's why you need to know the technique for looking for entry wounds.  
In the trauma care classes that I have taken, we were taught to strip the victim 
of all clothing and to rake every inch of the victim's skin with your fingers to 
find the wounds.  If you can't do this, for whatever reason, get the hell out of 
the way and let someone else do it!  
     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  
     Your self-defense incident will NEVER be a "crystal clear case of self-defense".  
Because no lethal force event is ever be a "crystal clear case of self-defense".  
To think so is delusional.  
     For some non-lawyer bureaucrat to make a determination as to whether or 
not the incident was a "crystal clear case of self-defense", while you are still 
presumed to be innocent is the height of stupidity.  
"Alan Colie Speaks: USCCA Never Dropped Him" by Tom Grieve
     In the right hand column of this web page, click on "Never Talk To The Police"
or use the direct address 
     All you say is, 
"I want my attorney.  I invoke my right to remain silent."  And then you
keep your mouth shut.  Don't talk to anyone (including your spouse, 
especially intimate friends), except your attorney, and then only in private.  
NEVER talk to the media.  NEVER give interviews.  NEVER talk to any 
law enforcement officer.  
     Michael Drejka got violently thrown to the ground in a parking lot 
by a larger stronger younger man.  Fearing that he would be stomped to 
death in his position of disadvantage on the ground with the assailant 
standing over him, Drejka shot the assailant once in the chest.  The assailant 
died.  After reviewing the security camera recordings of the event, the 
responding police officers declined to arrest Drejka, because it was self-defense.  
A few weeks later, the county sheriff made a public statement saying that he 
would not charge Drejka with any crime, because it was self-defense.  
At this point Drejka is free and clear.  
     Then Drejka goes into the police station without his attorney (an act 
of criminal stupidity) and runs his mouth for 2 hours.  The video and audio 
are on  The detective uses Drejka's own words to arrest Drejka.  
Drejka is convicted of manslaughter, sentenced to 20 years, and will spend the 
rest of his life in prison.  Drejka is also getting beaten regularly in prison by 
the other inmates.  
     So, you can be free and clear.  And then talk yourself into a conviction.  
The interviewing detective did not ask leading questions.  The detective did 
not trick Drejka.  All the detective says throughout the interview is "okay", 
"okay", "okay", . . .  The detective just let Drejka talk.  
     So you can avoid spending the rest of your life in prison by keeping your 
mouth shut.  
     On the other hand, 
-- Massad Ayoob
     “Your understanding and consent are not required 
for someone to take your life, kill your loved ones, 
and destroy all you hold dear.” 
-- William Aprill 
----- Medical -----
     "If you prepare for the emergency,
the emergency ceases to exist!"
-- Sherman House
----- Survival -----
     "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
"Contact" by John Farnam
*****     *****     ***** 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 Tactical Professor, 
Always filled with good stuff.  
"Weenend Knowledge Dump" by Greg Ellifritz
     From whence I steal all my best stuff.  
     "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
"BREAKING:  Alec Baldwin indicted in fatal ‘Rust’ shooting"
by Fox News
"Astrology, Palm Reading, and Bite Mark Analysis" by Docent
     All of the instructors that I know of, teach that after a lethal force encounter, 
you should stay at the scene and call the police to report the incident.  (Because 
fleeing the scene paints you with the brush of guilt.)  But, if unquestionably 
innocent persons are being convicted in our "justice" system, maybe that's not 
good advice.  
     All of the attorneys that I know of, teach that after a lethal force encounter, 
you should have your attorney defend you by claiming self-defense.  (As Andrew 
Branca points out, that is effectively confessing to all the points of a murder 
charge, and then arguing that you were justified because it was self-defense.)  
Do you really want to put yourself in that position?  
     If innocent persons get convicted, do you really want to help the prosecutor 
by staying at the scene and reporting the incident?  Do you really want to confess 
to all of the elements of a murder?  Ya, you might get acquitted based on a 
self-defense argument, or you might not.  As Andrew Branca says, "Even if you 
are innocent, there is a 10% that you will be convicted.  That's just the noise 
in the system."  
     As Greg Ellifritz says, "Avoid all contact with law enforcement."  
Don't stand in a line up; you will be identified as the bad guy, even if you 
were out of state at the time.  Don't give dental impressions; you will be 
identified as the perpetrator, even if you were not the perpetrator.  
Don't give DNA samples; the prosecution "expert witness" will match you 
to the crime.  Then you will have to hire an expert witness at $7000 up front 
and $500 per hour to explain why the prosecution's expert is wrong.  (Do 
you have that kind of money?)  Don't give the prosecution anything.  
So what if there is a court order?  If you are not physically present, the 
prosecutor can't get the physical evidence to convict you.  No, we do not 
have convictions in absentia in the U.S.  (We do have sentencing in absentia.)  
If the court can't find you, they can't serve you with papers to appear.  So you 
can't even be convicted of contempt of court, because nobody can prove that 
you knew about anything.  You were just vacationing at a local park or National 
Forest and didn't take your phone with you, because you were on vacation.  
     As John Farnam says, "How do you win a gunfight?  Don't be there."  
Similarly, How do you avoid conviction?  Don't be there.  
     When I was in the Marine Corps, we were taught to never surrender to law 
enforcement (in the context of a classified material courier).  Never surrender 
to the enemy.  Never surrender to anyone.  Because once you surrender, you're 
going to be imprisoned, tortured, and killed.  Always better to fight.  Ya, you 
might lose the fight.  But considering the state of law enforcement in the U.S., 
I think you'd probably win.  And then it's just a matter of Survive, Evade, 
Resist, Escape.  SERE school wasn't that hard.  Remember all the classified 
techniques.  They work in the civilian world too.  
     Less than 50% of the homicide cases in the U.S. are ever closed.  ("Closed" 
means that law enforcement makes an arrest.  Even if the arrest is of the wrong 
person.)  And these are the most important cases.  Aggravated assault, much 
lower probability.  And on down the line.  
My father always told me to just walk away.  "The jackasses are never going 
to find you."  (Having worked as a prosecutor, judge, defense attorney, etc.; 
he had a very low opinion of police, especially the FBI.  He was your typical 
Yale Republican elitist.  Think Bush et al.  Ya, they were classmates at Yale.)  
     You don't have any criminal record.  You don't have any regular contact with 
law enforcement, as a suspect.  So, they don't recognize you.  Law enforcement 
doesn't know you.  They don't have your mug shot.  They don't have your DNA.  
They don't have your fingerprints.  Why would they suspect you?  How would 
they find you?  
     The reason "statute of limitations" laws exist is that time destroys evidence, 
witnesses die, memories fade, etc.  People move.  People lose interest.  Etc.  
While there are no statute of limitations laws on murders, a competent attorney 
can make the reasonable argument that the prosecution is making it impossible 
for you to find alibi witnesses and documents, because the prosecutor refuses 
to specify the date and time of the alleged offense (by using such verbiage as 
"on or about March 13th").  Well, I can get Joe to testify that on March 13th 
we were at Martin's Barbeque all afternoon and evening, but I can't reasonably 
be expected to account for my whereabouts for the entire ill-defined period of 
"on or about March 13th".  You get the idea?  
     As Tom Givens says, 20,000 people in America disappear every year.  
Tom thinks some of them are murdered and their bodies never found.  
So their numbers should be added to the homicide totals.  But I think they 
are just starting a new life.  It's very easy to start a new life in America.  
All the natives speak English.  They all use the same money.  The culture is 
fairly uniform.  So you can easily move to a new town or state and blend 
right in.  I've done it many times in my life.  I know lots of people who 
have "retired" to other countries.  On an American pension or with savings 
from an American job, you can live like a king in a lot of other countries.  
(Remember the government needs a conviction to seize your assets or 
pension.  Only the IRS can seize without a conviction.  So pay your taxes 
and keep the IRS happy.  Even if you use the ransom from the kidnapping 
to pay the IRS debt, you win, because the IRS won't return stolen money.  
Lots of documented cases.)  
If the SEC is going to waste your time and money for years, perhaps 
decades, wouldn't the smart move be to sell your company and move to 
the Philippines or Mexico?  (Even if it's selling your company to your son-in-law 
for a dollar.)  Let them try to extradite you.  They have to find you first.  
Anyone with more than two neurons to rub together can avoid being found 
in this world of 8 billion persons.  It's not even like you have to try hard.  
The law enforcement agencies have way less pull than the financial types.  
And a lot of foreign countries won't cooperate with U. S. law enforcement.  
Think Edward Snowden.  Or, what's-her-face in Cuba, who killed a cop 
in the U.S.  
"Law of Self Defense" by Andrew Branca (free book, just pay shipping so you 
don't have to go to Colorado to pick it up.)  
"Post Office Gun Ban Ruled Unconstitutional" by Jake Fogleman
Primary source document, 
Case No: 8:22-cr-369-KKM-AAS
"The Gun Influencer [Larry Vickers] Who Used Small-Town Cops to Import Machine Guns
Federal prosecutors target high-end gunrunning operation"
by Dan Frosch and Zusha Elinson
     Big boys, honorable persons, mature adults, don't break the law.  
We are the law abiding citizens.  Don't confuse us with criminals.  
"The 5 Elements of Self Defense" by Andrew Branca (free of charge) 
by The Four Boxes Diner
     3rd Circuit Court of Appeals.  18, 19, and 20 year olds have full 2nd Amendment rights.  
Back in the day, 18 to 45 year olds had to bring their own arms, including ammunition, 
to militia musters.  
     “Your character is what you do when no one is looking.”  
-- Thomas Jefferson
     "An argument can be made that all civilians, including FFL holders, 
should cease all voluntary cooperation with the ATF.  Make "IT" obtain 
search warrants, develop its investigations without informants, and only 
have access to those records that are required by federal law."  
-- John Harris, Director of Tennessee Firearms Association
Hello Jonathan,
     The Republican-controlled legislature [in Kentucky, USA] is advancing 
House Bill 5 (HB5), also known as the "Safer Kentucky Act," and it includes 
a ton of tough-on-crime provisions that other states that value the safety of 
their residents ought to consider modeling.  
(Kentucky's governor is a Democrat, but the Republican legislator is a 
super-majority with veto-override capability.)  
Included in the 72-page bill are provisions that:
     prohibit or tightly constrain probation and parole for a variety of violent crimes,
     makes death-by-fentanyl-sale a capital crime,
     substantially elevate the severity and sentences for a variety of violent crimes 
including carjacking,
     prohibits unlawful homeless encampments,
     explicitly approves the use of force by property owners or renters to remove 
squatters or trespassers,
     empowers the state Attorney General to sue any that decline to enforce that 
law (e.g., sanctuary cities),
     requires homeless shelters to prohibit resident individuals from the use of drugs 
or alcohol and require that they consent to mental health conditions and refrain 
from criminal activity,
     allows for the institutionalizing of individuals without requiring proof of 
criminal conduct,
     tightly restricts the ability of "charitable bail organizations" to bail out violent 
     strengthens the ability of retail establishments to use force to detain shoplifters 
and organized theft rings,
     provides criminal and civil immunity to shoplifters who lawfully use force 
to stop shoplifters,
     defines reckless endangerment with a firearm as a "violent offender" crime 
for which probation or parole is tightly constrained,
     expands the definition of terroristic threatening to include any building and 
any gathering of 3 or more persons,
     mandates that school employees report to police certain violent acts or 
firearms possession by students,
     expands the definition of "serious physical injury" for certain domestic 
violence offenses (including "dating" relationships),
     greatly increases the penalties for flight from the police,
     . . . and much, much more!  
"Kentucky Shows How to Get Tough on Crime!" by Andrew Branca
"Anti-Gun Advocates in SHAMBLES as Ohio Enacts Constitutional Carry, 
Crime Goes DOWN: AG David Yost" by The Hill
     Gun shots are distinctive.  Untrained humans however have a hard time 
distinguishing gun shots from other sources of noise.  
     Whether or not the government tells you to get training, you should get 
training because it's the responsible thing to do.  
"New policy allows privately owned firearms on Wright-Patt AFB for CCW permit holders"
by Stacey Geiger
    “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 -----
     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
     Instructors, you may be thinking that teaching larger classes will maximize your profit.  
And that that will make you happy.  But there is another way to satisfaction and happiness.  
I beg you to consider tutoring individuals (in the ancient Greek tradition [1]).  There are 
students, some of whom John Farnam refers to below, for whom multi-body classes are 
inappropriate, in the sense that they will not be able to learn in such an environment.  
Nobody's fault.  It's just that every person is different from every other person.  
     Why would you sacrifice the money for such an endeavor?  
🔘 Building a relationship that will bring you word of mouth clients, as opposed to 
clients from advertisements.  Word of mouth / personal referral is very powerful.  
Ask any marketing expert.  (You think Donald Trump or persons like him search 
the internet for classes?)
🔘 Being able to notice and fix a student's problems.  You would never have even 
noticed the problems in a large class.  
🔘 Giving a student your undivided attention prevents the student from getting 
distracted, which increases the student's ability to learn.  
🔘 Allows you to talk about things that the student may feel embarrassed or self 
conscious talking about in a class setting.  Is it likely that a student will admit to 
you in front of others that he has been trying and failing for years to achieve a 
surprise break.  
🔘 A one-on-one allows the student to ask the "stupid questions" that he would 
never ask in a class for fear of demonstrating his ignorance in front of others.  
🔘 I could go on and on, but you get the idea.  
     Just as some persons benefit from individual instruction, some do not.  I've had 
a lady tell me that one-on-one tutoring is too intense.  There is no crowd to hide in.  
Some students would prefer to hide in the crowd.  
[1]  In ancient Greece, Greeks would buy slaves of high intellect and education to 
tutor their children.  Taking the Bible out of context and out of time period causes 
all kinds of problems.  The Greek writing authors of the New Testament knew 
nothing of American slavery.  Claiming that the Bible advocates American or later 
European or Islamic (700 years after Christ) slavery is nonsense.  Claiming that 
the Greek writers of the New Testament were writing of slavery as it was practiced 
in the Old Testament in Egypt is similarly nonsense.  They were just too far removed 
in time and culture to know anything about it.  
     Translations may use the word "slave", but there is no such things as an accurate 
translation of anything.  Because no two languages are isomorphic.  
the students who require the extra effort 
are the ones who need us the most!"
-- John Farnam
     "You must teach skill sustainment as part of training."  
-- John Hearne
----- Students -----
"Ask the stupid question." by Jordon Peterson
----- 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 -----
And the safe storage thereof.  
     “Mission drives the gear train.”
-- Pat Rogers
     So you have to be realistic about what you mission is.  Your everyday carry is for 
your everyday mission, not your summer deployments.  Not the deployments when 
you are involuntarily activated.  If you've retired and some officer says, we need your 
special skills, he is actually saying, "You're expendable and we won't keep any 
record of you.  Make sure to bring credit cards.  You might have to find you own 
way home.  Because we're going to disavow any knowledge of you."  Gold coins 
would be appropriate in this case.  
"Holster Issue" by John Farnam
     "When you have a holster specifically designed to accommodate a particular 
pistol with a particular flashlight attached, don’t attempt to carry your pistol in 
this holster by itself (absent the flashlight)."  
UD = unintentional discharge.
     [My Safariland holster (middle finger release) and my Blackhawk holster 
(thumb release) both state in the instruction manual to NEVER insert the pistol 
without the weapon mounted light (WML). -- Jon Low]  
"Match Your Gear To Your Class"
by Erick Gelhaus
Hat tip to Greg Ellifritz.  
     I’ll close with Pat McNamara’s thought – 
“if you are in a profession that is not tactical in nature when you come to the range, 
you should consider working from concealed. Maybe doing mag changes from 
your pockets, etc., and not throwing on a couple of thousand dollars’ worth of 
fancy gear.”  
"Sloppy Gun “Carrying” Is A Real Problem" by Karl Rehn
     Check out the infographic by the TSA.  
     "I’ve written extensively about the gap between the 99% of gun owners 
whose commitment to self defense consists and ends with taking the state 
mandatory permit course.  The people that are having guns stolen from vehicles 
and are forgetting them in carry on bags at airports are in that 99%.  It happens 
because their mindset is that carrying on body, even in a pocket, is “too hard” 
or isn’t necessary because they have a gun in their bag or in the car.  It’s the 
half measure that allows them to think they are well prepared and equipped 
for a potential deadly force situation, exempting them from the need to actually 
carry the gun with them.  There’s a whole industry dedicated to feeding this 
delusion, . . . "  
     "The most common car carry method, among the untrained and undertrained, 
is to carry the gun without a holster, with the trigger guard exposed, typically 
with a magazine inserted but no round chambered.  Those that carry like this 
don’t go to the range and practice every drill starting with a slide closed on an 
empty chamber.  They just chamber a round and shoot.  That means under stress, 
they have no repetitions of quickly racking the slide as they bring the gun to 
the target."  
     "More than likely anyone reading this article, particularly those that have read 
this far, isn’t the problem.  But most serious gun carriers have untrained/undertrained 
friends and family that need to be reminded that sloppy carrying can lead to terrible 
outcomes:  from stolen guns to Federal charges to failing in self defense incidents."  
     The grip of your pistol must be long enough for all of your fingers to be able to 
correctly grip the pistol.  If the pistol grip is so short that the little finger of your 
support-side hand cannot grip the pistol securely, you won't be able to control the pistol, 
so you won't hit your intended target.  You'll hit something.  Remember, we are 
preparing for the chaotic situation and combat stress, not the pristine conditions 
of an air conditioned indoor pistol range.  
     In a two handed grip with the middle finger of your firing-side hand pressed 
tight against the bottom of your trigger guard and the index finger of your 
support-side hand pressed tight against the bottom of your trigger guard, your 
support-side index finger will be over your firing-side middle finger, your 
support-side middle finger will be over your firing-side ring finger, your 
support-side ring finger will be over your firing-side little finger, and your 
support-side little finger will be on your grip.  
Remember, the little fingers provide most of the resistance to muzzle flip 
because they have the longest lever arm from the pivot point, which is the 
tang of the pistol.  
     If you use some other grip because "it works for you", well, you should 
seek expert training (have a good attitude and attempt to learn).  Ya, you may 
be deformed or genetically different, but it's not likely.  What's far more likely 
is that you've seen some champion female shooter using a strange grip and 
are imitating her to try to shoot like her on the false belief that it will help 
you to shoot better.  
     She is highly dedicated and puts in an inordinate amount of practice.  
She could literally make any messed up grip work.  You, on the other hand, 
are not going to put in enough practice to make anything other than a canonical 
grip work.  
"Annual Maintenance Tasks" by Karl Rehn
Hat tip to Greg Ellifritz.  
     I would add, check your recoil springs.  If the spring is not strong enough to push 
your slide into battery, when the slide is slightly out of battery, it's time to change the 
spring.  (Assuming your pistol is clean and lubricated.)  Replacements available at 
Brownells and Midway.  If you've got an exotic pistol, best to let a gunsmith make 
sure the length and strength are correct for your slide weight and such.  The recoil 
springs cycle with every shot and every chamber check and every loading and every 
unloading.  So they will eventually work harden.  You need to change them before 
they crack.  
     I also like my firing-pin / striker springs strong enough to shoot a pencil up into 
the ceiling.  But that is much more than is necessary for modern primers.  
"Always Have A “Plan B”: Alternative Carry Methods
Belt carry will likely always be “Plan A” for most of us, but other options — 
including shoulder rigs, belly bands and ankle holsters — have proven they can 
keep the armed citizen prepared."  
by Kelly Young
     You may be thinking, I would never carry like that.  
But you may not have a choice.  So be prepared.  
     Or you may have to help someone else.  So have the knowledge.  
"Concealed Carry Corner: Carrying A Concealed Gun With Layers"
by Matt E.
     You may be thinking, "That's obvious.  I didn't need to read that article."  
But might it also be true, that you had never thought of that, and would never 
have implemented that because you had never thought of it?  Many things in 
life are obvious after they are pointed out to you.  Be careful.  
"Switching Guns
Changing your carry gun should only happen under a few specific circumstances."  
by Sheriff Jim Wilson
     "We develop habits whether we realize it or not."  
     "Following the cleaning and inspection, . . . "  [Every cleaning is an inspection.  
Take your time and do a detailed inspection.  You will see that rusted trigger spring 
and hopefully replace it before it cracks in combat. -- Jon Low]  
     "Just take whatever time you need and make sure that you have created 
the kind of habits that will serve you in a defensive situation."  
[SIGNIFICANT!  Take the time, expend the effort.  Lives depend on it. -- Jon Low]  
     Support Israel.  Buy Israeli.  
Their M-16 mag pouches are nice.  
     Don’t load the same cartridge over and over. This will cause the cartridge 
to malfunction.  As I learned when working at McDonalds restaurants, 
rotate the stock.  (That means you put the new stuff in back of the old stuff, 
and use the older stuff first.)  
     Bullets will get pushed back into the case.  Priming compounds will crack 
and turn to powder in the primer.  If there is no lacquer seal around the primer 
pocket and the bullet-case interface, water or oil will seep in.  
     Always carry your pistol in a holster, because lint build-up inside your pistol 
will cause light firing pin strikes.  
Always carry your magazines in a pouch, because lint and dirt will cause 
malfunctions when the cartridge doesn't feed correctly.  
     Your holster must cover the muzzle.  Otherwise, something will bump the 
muzzle and drive the pistol out of its seated position in the holster.  That may 
be enough to expose the trigger.  That may be enough to allow the grip to get 
caught on the back of a chair.  It might be enough to cause the pistol to fall 
out of your holster.  It might be enough to allow your undershirt or concealment 
garment to get caught on your trigger.  Yes, as a matter of fact, it could happen 
to a 1911 type trigger, because their may be a button, zipper, draw tie, folded 
over corner seam, or other protrusion to catch the trigger.  
     I keep at least 2 cases (2000 rounds) on hand at any time.  That way I feel 
comfortable grabbing some ammo to go practice.  If I've only got a couple of 
boxes (100 rounds) on hand, I'm hesitant to live fire practice, because I'm 
afraid of running out of ammo.  Accept and adjust to your psychology.  
“Walther PDP 4.5" Steel Frame | First Impressions”
by Tessah Booth
"Selecting A Tactical Folding Knife" by Chris Fry
     "This article is not comprehensive regarding the selection, carry, and 
deployment of the tactical folding knife."  
     Greg Ellifritz comment, "A very comprehensive article from 
Chris Fry about choosing and carrying a folding knife for self protection."  
"The EDC Flashlight: A Ray of Safety in Your Pocket" by Eugene Nielsen
Hat tip to Greg Ellifritz.  
"Lighting the Way:  
The Importance of Color Temperature and CRI in Tactical Flashlights"
by Eugene Nielsen
Galco holsters
A window will pop up, and if you give them your email and phone number, 
they will give you 15% off.  I cite them because I have always been pleased 
with their quality, price, and customer service.  
"The Reality of the First Handgun" by Uncle Zo
Hat tip to Greg Ellifritz.  
     "There are no solutions, only trade offs." -- Thomas Sowell
     "Contrary to popular belief, most of the good folks at the gun shop, 
active or retired law enforcement officers, members of the military, and 
veterans aren’t self defense experts.  They may know several things and 
offer well intentioned advice that more often than not is out of date.  
As much as it pains me to admit it, some firearms instructors fall in 
the same boat."  
     Please ask me for my training record.  
I would be happy to send it to you.  
If an instructor won't send you his training record, 
that's a red flag. -- Jon Low
     I made a hybrid (Kydex shell attached to a leather sheet) inside the waistband 
holster.  Since it was for me and I know exactly how I wanted it adjusted, I bolted 
the shell down and sewed the belt loops to the leather sheet.  So this holster has 
no adjustment for ride height, cant, or anything else.  But it is stable and durable.  
Nothing to come loose.  
"Is there a need for red dot sights?" by Spin Firearms
     The existence or absence of the green dot doesn't really require you to focus on 
the rear sight.  You can focus on the target and be aware of the existence or absence 
of the green dot.  
     “Your car is not a holster.” 
-- Pat Rogers
     Criminals know enough to break into your car to steal your pistol.  What can 
you do about that?  Don't leave your pistol in your car.  Don't leave your keys 
in your car.  Don't leave your car running while you dash into the store to grab 
a few things.  
     If you have left your child in the back seat with the car running while you 
ran into the store for just a second, YOU ARE A BAD PERSON!  
     *****     *****     *****  Cryptology (2651) *****     *****     *****
     "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.  That means cryptosystems are 
covered by the 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.  Never let the 
government infringe on your right to keep and bear cryptosystems, to 
include home made cryptosystems.  To include publishing cryptology 
in the open source literature.  Information wants to be free!  
"What Time Dilation ACTUALLY Is In Relativity 
(Hint: It has nothing to do with time)" by Dialect
     "Light travels through some medium." ?  
All electromagnetic radiation travels through the medium of space.  
Space is the medium for photons.  Space is the medium for E-M waves.  
Space, the medium, has a well defined permittivity and permeability.  
So it is a medium.  Light does not propagate through void.  It only 
propagates through space.  
     [Yes, there are places where space does not exist as we know it.  
     The interior of a blackhole for instance.  Within the event horizon, 
the escape velocity is greater than the speed of light.  So light, or any 
E-M radiation, cannot be said to propagate.  That's why there is an 
information problem with blackholes.  
     Beyond the light horizon of our universe.  If there are no photons 
to carry space into the void that existed before the "Big Bang" (which 
I obviously don't believe in, because it is false), can the void be space?  
We have no communication with it. We get no information from it.]  
     "Ether."  ?
What nonsense.  Has the narrator never taken a first year physics course 
in any U.S. university?  
     "Speed of information."  
C is the speed of light in a vacuum.  Information is carried by a carrier.  
Information does not travel through space by itself.  
Any electromagnetic radiation or other things can be a carrier.  
     Group velocity can be faster than C.  But no information is traveling at the 
group velocity.  
     Light in a quartz crystal travels about ⅔ C, while electrons can travel 
through a quartz crystal at 0.99 C.  So the information carried by the electrons 
can travel faster than the speed of light in the quartz crystal.  
     "A model that doesn't rely on mathematical abstraction."  ?  
STOP!  Think about what the narrator is saying.  
     People shouldn't attempt to teach physics, unless they understand physics.  
Precision of language is precision of thought.  Be precise or go home.  
     There is no ether.  There is no true universal time.  The narrator is confused.  
To put it politely.  
     I hope you see what's wrong with this video.  Yes, it matters.  Some GPS 
type systems don't work.  Have you noticed?  They get the time wrong.  
Because the underlying physics that they are based on is wrong.  Oh, actually, 
there are lots of people with impressive alphabet soup after their names who 
are idiots.  That's why spacecraft crash.  That's why missiles miss their targets.  
That's why drones crash.  (I'm talking about wrong trajectory, not getting 
shot down.)  
"A special relativity paradox at 3 miles/hour (The Andromeda Paradox)"
by FloatHeadPhysics
     This is why certain GPS type systems have errors.  Their physics is wrong, 
because their philosophy is wrong.  "Now has no meaning far away."  
If you look at their source code, you can see their errors.  [I've never seen their 
source code.  I don't know anything about their source code.  I'm speculating.  
     Decades ago, when I went to interview with Phoenix Technologies, 
they asked me if I had ever read the IBM PC BIOS (International Business 
Machines, Personal Computer, Basic Input Ouput System).  And I said yes, 
because I had read it.  (They came in little three ring binders in cardboard 
boxes.)  So they couldn't hire me.]  
     "Computer science has nothing to do with computers or science."  
-- Donald Knuth
"A Very Bad Estimator (with Donald Knuth) - Numberphile Podcast"
by Numberphile2
"The Current Absurd State of Generating AI Images"
by bycloud
     We pull carriers for steganography from images on the internet.  
If the source is popular enough, it is effectively impossible to identify parties 
that accessed the source.  The internet infrastructure has always been driven by 
entertainment (pornography) because that is where the customer demand is, what 
the users are willing to pay for.  Real photos are unique in an information theoretic 
sense.  Presently, the high volume (download volume), high hit rate (unique IP 
address hits) are Artificial Intelligence (AI) generated images.  This makes human 
identification of an image impossible.  Several versions of an AI generated image 
will look identical to the human user.  This forces use of software to identify images.  
     Moving our steganography from a human level to a machine level causes 
     "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 game of werewolves.  
     Do you understand the statistics?  Do you understand the game theory?  
Do you understand how useful this is in PsyOps?  
"How LoRa Modulation really works - long range communication using chirps"
by Visual Electric
     "Frequency-Shift Chirp Spread Spectrum Communications with Index Modulation"
by Muhammad Hanif and Ha H. Nguyen
     The paper cited in the video is behind a pay wall.  
"Frequency Shift Chirp Modulation: The LoRa Modulation" by Lorenzo Vangelista
I find it strange that Semantic Scholar 
shows over 1,900,000 papers of which Lorenzo Vangelista is listed as an author.  
     Detecting signals below the noise floor.  Cool, eh?  
Actually, there are a lot of ways to detect signals below the noise level.  
Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Laboratories did a lot of research 
in this area.  Great fun.  
     We seismologists have been using chirp waveforms since the advent of reflection 
and refraction surveys of geologic forms (usually strata, looking for oil).  The thumper 
puts out the chirp starting with low frequency and ending with high frequency.  
Because higher frequencies move faster than lower frequencies in the rock, at the 
receiver, all of the energy from the chirp will arrive as a spike (delta Dirac function).  
Cool, eh?  
     Submarines use this to compress their transmissions.  Every hear a submarine 
     Do you remember playing Doom?  It always made me sea sick.  
Do you understand this?  
     "Premature optimization is the root of all evil."  
-- Donald Knuth
"Catalan Numbers" by Numberphile
"The On-Line Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences!" founded in 1964 by N. J. A. Sloane
Searching for an integer sequence starting with 1, 1, 2, 5, 14
     "What's the point, Staff?"  
     Lots of sequences start with the given numbers.  How far do you have to go to 
"Which way does the stack grow?" by Low Level Learning
***** Signals Intelligence and Ground Electronic Warfare (2600), 
Cryptologic Communications (2651), 
Cyber Security, and such ***** 
"Stuxnet Saboteur Revealed..." by Seytonic
     If ChiComs can convince persons not to use the app, 
that's far more effective than the small number of people 
the ChiComs could catch using the app.  Psychological 
warfare trumps Cyber warfare.  
"No SIM?  No Problem!" by NBTV (Naomi Browell TV)
     Avoid getting jammed up.  Always cite open source.  
     "But, Staff, a classification stamp gives the report more credibility."  
     Ya, amazing how that works.  How about this, give the information to a lady as 
Naomi.  Let her broadcast.  And then cite her.  
     You can do something that matters and makes you happy.  
     ‟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" 
     *****     *****     *****  Intelligence (0231)  *****     *****     *****
     "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 
     The art and practice of Intelligence is an arm protected by the 2nd Amendment 
to the U.S. Constitution.  Never let anyone infringe upon your God given right 
to keep and bear intelligence.  (The enemy will try to dumb you down.  Resist!)  
     As Claude Werner says, it's easier to stay out of trouble than to get out of trouble.  
So always cite open source.  (Claude was intel in the U.S. Army if my memory 
"Ex-CIA: What You Aren’t Being Told About the Houthis | Mike Baker"
by The Rubin Report
     Baker gives numbers.  
"Pakistan launches strikes inside Iran against militant targets" by New York Post
     Are you keeping track of all players? whose side they are on? and what they 
are doing?  
     We may lose a battle, but we are never taken by surprise.  
"How far will escalations between Pakistan and Iran go?" by DW News
     Domestic stuff in Iran, not foreign stuff.  
"Good habits and skill beat luck every time."
-- Sheriff Jim Wilson
Hi Jonathan,
     Trying to solve a complex problem or question, but struggling to find the 
insights you need?  I’m going to make a bold statement here, so stay with me:  
You’re thinking about your data all wrong.  Or rather, your database doesn’t 
let you think about data the way you need to.  
     With many systems built on relational databases, you may not know that 
there’s a better option for complex problems:  graph databases.  Ironically, 
relational databases aren’t effective at handling data relationships, which 
means they don’t work as well for problems involving behavior and interactions 
over time.  
     A relational database works well when you’re listing transactions – like bank 
deposits and withdrawals.  But you’d want a graph database for capturing any 
relationships in the data – like the relationships between a household and all 
their banking products.  
Hope you’ve found this information helpful,
John Stegeman
     Do you understand?  You association graphs should be in graph databases, 
not relational databases.  Are they?  
     Your spider webs must be built correctly to catch the correct flies.  Killing 
the wrong person is unacceptable.  If your command accepts such collateral 
damage, you should resign (request transfer, request reassignment, etc.).  
You're either honorable or you're not.  There is no in-between.  
" ‘Into the belly of the beast’:  
Javier Milei pulls a ‘Ricky Gervais’ at World Economic Forum"
by Sky News Australia
     Yes, the translator makes major mistakes.  
"Argentina President Javier Milei slams elites at Davos: 'the state is the problem' "
by New York Post
     Translation into English.  
"Argentina President Javier Milei addresses World Economic Forum in Davos"
by Associated Press
     In Spanish.  Because the English translator at Davos makes bad mistakes.  
"Ukraine Schools Roll Out Shooting Training for Students" by AFP
Hat tip to Stephen P. Wenger.
F-35A, T/N 14-5103 mishap
     We make lists of stuff we need for the mission.  We check the list before starting the 
mission.  When we finish the mission we check our equipment against the list to see 
what was expended in combat, what was lost, etc.  When you don't do this, you forget 
     Doctors and nurses do this in the operating rooms.  So they don't leave a sponge or a 
tool inside the patient.  
     The Palestinians consider Israel to be occupied Palestine.  If you don't know how 
your enemies think, you can't really consider yourself an intel analyst.  If you talk to 
a Saudi about Israel, he will say, "What?"  They don't recognize Israel (even though 
they give lip service to normalizing relations), they won't recognize Israel, because 
they don't recognize Israel's right to exist.  So, it doesn't exist.  Get it?  
     If you can't assume the mindset of the enemy, you won't be able to predict their behavior.  
And that is your job.  
"U.S. delays sale of guns to prevent use by settlers 
Biden administration already sanctioning violent West Bank settlers and 
preventing their entry to U.S. fears providing guns ordered for community 
security teams would free up arms for Ben-Gvir to deliver to settlements"  
by Itamar Eichner
     The vast majority of American Jews were, are still, liberals.  
The American liberals betrayed the Jews (From the River to the Sea!), 
as we see by Brandon's behavior.  Hopefully, the American Jews will realize.  
Trump moved the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem and beat down all of Israel's 
enemies.  Will the American Jews wake up? or will they continue to hate Trump?  
We will see.  (Liberalism / Socialism / Communism is a powerful religion.)  
     I am aware that Mexican cartels have offered several of you fortunes for machineguns 
(including the electric type), automatic grenade launchers, claymores, and such.  I remind 
you of your oaths.  You're either a good guy or a bad guy.  There is no in-between.  Once 
you go bad, you will be at hazard from the vigilantes.  And you may find that there are 
vigilantes in your unit.  Remember Rag Bag.  
     "The Mexican government is corrupt.  We are helping Robin Hood fight the Sheriff 
of Nottingham."  
     I know you're too smart to get caught by any government or organization.  Be careful.  
But more importantly, do right.  In the end we all answer to God.  
     "The rocket track record speaks for itself." -- Elon Musk
     Have you noticed the U.S. Armed Forces members that have been killed by 
enemy action recently?  Have you wondered why the bad guys were alive to 
commit such attacks?  Have you wondered why the bad guys were not killed 
yesterday or last week to prevent the attacks?  
     Brandon says, "Don't."  Brandon contemplates what to do.  
     The second Bush declared the Global War On Terrorism.  (Which is still 
ongoing.  No one has ever given the order to stop.)  And we killed them as 
they slept in their beds.  Before they launched their attacks on us.  How else 
could we get zero civilian casualties?  Go and do likewise.  
     A reader told me that he appreciates this blog but would never be able to understand 
the later sections.  I told him that this was a pull broadcast for those who don't want to 
leave their (digital) fingerprints on certain sources.  
     "Wait a minute, Staff, you're saying that . . . "
     Ya, that is how the internet works.  
“If you are reading this and can’t put your hand on your defensive firearm, 
all of your training is wasted.” -- Col. Jeff Cooper
     *****     *****     *****  After Thoughts   *****     *****     *****
     I make no apologies.  My audience is highly literate.  
     Col. (full, not light) Greg Kitchens for Sheriff of Charleston County, SC.  
     I received an email from USA Archery explaining the new deal that USA Archery 
has made to allow persons to bet on archery tournaments.  
     As Voltaire said, gambling is a tax on stupidity.  
     I can feel civilization crumbling around me.  My beloved archery circling the drain.  
     In case you don't understand our economy.  
     In case you don't understand reparations, wages, employee's worth, etc.  
Parenting.  When the recipient perceives it as loved.  When the child feels loved.  
"How NOT to parent your child" by RabbiYitzchokTeichtel
     This is really deep.  
     Einstein explains.  
     "When God dies, science dies." -- Jordan Peterson.  
     Dave Chappelle suggests all African-Americans register a legal firearm.  
     My Aunt Mildred speaking to me as I cut up my steak, 
"Don't butcher your meat at the dinner table."  
     The problems are political.  
     What happened to the 300 Wagner Group mercenaries in the Middle East.  
"Get Some Popcorn For What DA Fani Willis Did To Herself In Public"
by Doug In Exile
     "Trump winning just by existing."  
     You can always depend on Democrats to appoint or elect the most corrupt person.  
"Leftist Media Throws Gavin and His Gun Control UNDER THE BUS HARD... 
You simply WON'T believe this.."
by Langly Outdoors Academy
     L.A. Times recognizes stupid when they see it.  
     Primary source, 
"California says its new gun law is about public safety.  
But what about these women?"  
     This is the authors' attempt to avoid being laid off.  
The LA Times is in full purge mode.  
     More evidence that gun-control-laws do not enhance public safety.  
The purpose and effect of gun-control-laws is to criminalize the behavior 
of political opponents to allow the government to arrest, imprison, and 
disenfranchise (revoke the ability to vote) political opponents.  
     Tell the truth.  
     If you lie, you pathologize yourself.  A slippery slope and down you slide.  
     You won't believe what happened to me.  My son became a Christian.  
     When you start playing with theories where mass-energy (E = mc², mass and 
energy are different forms of the same thing) and energy-momentum (in theoretical 
physics, energy and momentum of massless particles are the same) are not conserved 
quantities, you can do all kinds of strange things.  
     "Non-conserved modified gravity theory" by H. R. Fazlollahi
     "RUDN astrophysicist created a new theory of gravity without a conservation law"
     It's sort of like the English teacher in the creative writing class telling the students, 
you can write about anything.  Or, the art teacher telling the students, you can draw 
anything you want to.  The less restrictions you have, the more freedom you have, 
this means less structure (physical structure, mathematical structure), that means 
less pleasing in any scientific sense, less ability to explain anything.  Be careful.  
"Michio Kaku is out of control!  Eric Weinstein on the Joe Rogan Experience"
by Dr Brian Keating
     A few years ago, my brother sent me 
"Warped Passages: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Universe's Hidden Dimensions"
by Lisa Randall
It's an explanation of string theory for the layman.  String theory was not a thing 
when I was studying physics in college.  So I wasn't familiar with it.  After reading 
Randall's explanation which requires higher dimensions (in reality, not just in theory), 
I felt string theory was nonsense.  
     Physics is a religion as any other.  There are many denominations, heretics, 
and such.  Getting published is political, not meritorious.  As Colin Powell said, 
the armed forces are the closest thing we have to a meritocracy.  Physics in 
academia is far from a meritocracy.  That's why Weinstein is complaining.  
"The Self Balancing Monorail" by Ewan Cunningham
     Based on the article, 
"The Brennan Gyro Monorail from 1910 – an incredible piece of engineering"
by Ewan Cunningham
Primary sources (including original patents) are given at the end of the article.  
     In case you don't understand what's going on on our southern border with Mexico.  
"26 States REBEL Against Biden Administration" by Roman Balmakov
     Civil Wars can come in many different flavors and levels of violence.  Remember 
the arrest of Roger Stone?  Those who care know the names of those FBI agents.  
Lt. William Calley could not claim that he was just following orders.  Neither will 
those FBI agents.  That's just how it goes in a civil war.  Those who thought they 
were invulnerable / protected, end up as did the affluent during the French Revolution.  
Oh, the leaders too, like Robert Mueller.  But it always starts with the foot soldiers.  
Remember who appointed Mueller and who was attorney general at the time.  
Democrat AGs protect their Presidents.  Republican AGs, not so much.  Of course, 
that is Trump's fault.  Incompetence and disloyalty go hand in hand.  Let us hope 
Trump has learned.  
"Facts" by Tom MacDonald (feat. Ben Shapiro)
     Do you understand why this song is so popular in spite of opposition from the 
music industry?  
"Tom MacDonald Says Big Tech Suppressing New Rap With Ben Shapiro:  
‘The Industry Wants You To Listen To Manufactured Bullshit’ "
by  Tim Pearce
     " “I just dropped a new video and a new song called ‘Facts’ with Ben Shapiro.  
TuneCore, a distribution company for independent artists, refused to release the 
song because of ‘lyrical content.’  Now, YouTube is screwing with us on the 
trending charts,” 
     MacDonald showed a screenshot of rapper Megan Thee Stallion in the top 
trending spot on YouTube, with “Facts” behind at number two.  
     “Our video has over a million more views than hers in the same time frame.  
Our video also has over 30,000 more comments in the same time frame,” 
explained MacDonald.  “How is Megan Thee Stallion still number one?  
Because the industry wants you to listen to manufactured bullshit and they 
don’t want you listening to ‘controversial music.’  That’s the music industry.” "  
     " “I just want to thank God, [Tom MacDonald], and my parents, who paid for 
15 years of classical violin lessons so I could become the #1 rapper in America,” 
Shapiro posted on X after “Facts” hit number one."  
"I Am America’s #1 Rapper" by Ben Shapiro
     In case you don't understand our economy with respect to Gross Domestic Product.  
"Misleading GDP Numbers" by Docent
     Primary source, 
"The Economy Isn’t Growing.  The Government Is Just Adding Debt."
by Catherine Salgado
     If you want to see change in the NRA, these are the guys to vote for:  
Jeff Knox, Judge Phil Journey, Rocky Marshall, and Dennis Fusaro.  
     “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 
"Low Bridge, Everybody Down / The Erie Canal Song" by Lee Murdock
     When I was a child, my father would play the piano and sign this song to us.  
Semper Fidelis,
Jonathan D. Low
Radio:  KI4SDN

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