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Doublespeak?

21 Sept 16

When violent people are running amok, destroying police vehicles, injuring police officers and others, setting fires, looting stores, etc, the correct description is:

“Mob,” “Mobsters,” “Riot,” and “Rioters”

Yet, in all the media reports from NC I’ve heard today, including Fox News, violent rioters are described as:

“Demonstrators,” and “Protestors!”

Mob violence and rioting are being verbally “sanitized” by our corrupt media, and cowardly politicians.

With political agendas in play, truth and honesty are the first casualties!

When cynically courting votes from mobsters, you dare not call them “mobsters,” eh?

Doublespeak?

“You are a slow learner, Winston.

How can I help it? How can I help but see what is in front of my eyes? Two and two are four.

Sometimes, Winston. Sometimes they are five. Sometimes they are three. Sometimes they are all of them at once. You must try harder.

It is not easy to become ‘sane.’”

From George Orwell’s novel, “1984″

/John

“Resistance is Futile”

20 Sept 16

Our Media’s Agendum: “Resistance is Futile”

Curious the way our leftist media interminably wrings their hands over the difficulty, indeed impossibility, of accurately predicting random Islamic terrorist bombings, as just occurred in NY an NJ.

Simultaneously, they are silent about the hero off-duty LEO, properly and legally armed and carrying concealed, who courageously stepped forward and decisively ended the Islamic terrorist slabbing spree in MN, doubtless saving many lives.

Both the bombing incidents and stabbing spree happened at about the same time, in different parts of the Country.

Yet, the media chooses to focus completely upon the false belief of universal helplessness, insisting that “resistance is futile,” rather than the promise and dramatic success created by this one brave, and armed, citizen.

The media should be enthusiastically heaping praise upon this brave American, as an inspiration and encouragement for us all, with the joyous message of, “Yes, we can effectively fight back!”

But no, he is not even mentioned. Instead, the media focuses exclusively upon ecumenical hopelessness, reflecting their own dreary, defeatist ethos!

Our leftist media is determined never to portray guns, particularly when carried concealed, in a positive manner. Brave Americans, in and out of uniform, who own and carry guns can be assured they will ever be censured and denigrated by the media, no matter the circumstances.

The MN incident is a typical example!

“If we lived in a state where virtue were profitable, common sense would make us saints! But, since we see that abhorrence, anger, pride, and stupidity commonly profit far beyond charity, modesty, justice, and thought, perhaps we must stand fast a little, even at the risk of being heroes”

Sir Thomas More (played by Paul Scofield) in the 1966 feature film, “A Man For All Seasons”

/John

“Narrative Fight?”

19 Sept 16

“Narrative Fight?”

This “narrative fight” pronouncement by BHO’s idiot press secretary defines perfectly the dogged unwillingness of BHO and HRC to commit Americans to engage in a “gunfight” with radical Islamic jihadis.

BHO and HRC are “wine & cheese liberals,” who have never had to fight anyone, nor for anything, in their entire pampered, leftist lives.

Deep down inside, they cannot confront the thought of mortal combat, fighting, guns, and war.

Consequently, they fear (and despise) armed, courageous American citizens, in and out of uniform, who stand ready to fight to protect their families, friends, neighbors, and their nation in a shooting-war against Islamic jihadis.

Because BHO, HRC, et al choose to cower and capitulate as a way of life, they struggle constantly and desperately to convince Americans that nothing is worth fighting for.

Yet, since 1775, Americans have been “gunfighters!” In order to preserve our civilization, we have always found fighting unconditionedly necessary.

We disarm at our peril!

“…but the Mahommedan religion increases instead of lessening, the fury of intolerance. It was originally propagated by the sword, and ever since, its votaries have been subject, above the people of all other creeds, to this form of madness.

… All rational considerations are forgotten. Seizing their weapons, they become Ghazis (jihadis), as dangerous and as sensible as mad dogs; fit only to be treated as such.

… In each case, civilization is confronted with militant Mahommedanism. The forces of progress clash with those of reaction. The religion of blood and war is face-to-face with that of peace.”

Churchill

/John

Mental Toughness

18 Sept 16

“Mental toughness” is probably the single most important component of your individual preparedness.

During Saturday’s knife-rampage by yet another Islamic terrorist, this time in MN, an off-duty, and properly armed, local LEO courageously drew his pistol and gunned-down the perpetrator before he could inflict further mayhem on innocents.

My friend and esteemed colleague, Jeff Chudwin, reminds us all:

“Go armed at all times and stand ready to protect your family and fellow citizens.

We will continue to see this occur.

Where, when…?

(1) Where you do not look for it, and (2) when you do not expect it.

Remember:

You may be ‘off-duty,’ but you are never ‘off-watch.’”

It is time for all good and decent American citizens (not just LEOs) be become “dangerous!”

“The ‘dangerous person’ is the one who has honestly confronted the moral dilemma, if any, and has decided to live.

That person WILL pull the trigger!”

Joe Olson

/John

“Dangerous” People?

16 Sept 16

Who are “dangerous?”

HRC said recently, “We are going to pass common-sense reforms, to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people.”

But, who are these “dangerous people” whom HRC considers inherently unfit to bear arms?

“Before my father died, he said the worst thing about growing old was that other men stopped seeing you as dangerous. I’ve always remembered that, how being dangerous is sacred, a badge of honor. You live your life by a code, an ethos. Every man does. It’s your shoreline. It’s what guides you home. And trust me, you’re always trying to get home.”

Lt Rorke (played by Rorke Denver ) in the 2012 feature film, “Act of Valor”

Being personally honorable, and being “dangerous,” are inseparable! All men of honor are dangerous and are always see as such by the sleazy and amoral!

Just ask King George III!

HRC and her gaggle of leftist sycophants cringe at the approach of honorable men. They refuse to acknowledge the vital role honorable, dangerous men play in protecting society’s innocents from modern-day savages.

They are deathly afraid of us and our honorable ethos (having none themselves). Accordingly, they desperately want us all “defanged.”

So, when HRC talks about forcibly disarming “dangerous” people, that is the code-phrase for emasculating all who have the personal courage and honor to stand up for what is true and right.

Stay dangerous!

/John

Learned Helplessness

14 Sept 16

“Learned Helplessness” and Our “Unarmed Forces”

On 20 June 1985 four uniformed, but unarmed, US Marines, assigned to our Embassy in El Salvador, were gunned-down during a leftist guerrilla “drive-by” attack. They were obviously singled-out and specifically targeted by the Communists.

I wonder if those young Marines had ever been briefed about maintaining personal safety in a Central-American nation being ripped apart by Communist insurgency.

In light of the 241 (also unarmed) US Marines who were murdered during an explosive attack in Beirut, Lebanon on 23 Oct 1983, they surely should have been!

But, those lessons have been, and continue to be, ignored, because they conflict with our current leftist political agenda.

That agenda is characterized, indeed defined, by our politicized Pentagon’s maniacal preoccupation with eternally separating our military personnel from guns!

In truth, they twist themselves into pretzels in an effort to keep our military personnel, of all branches, unconditionedly unarmed and defenseless, and thereby “administratively safe” (whatever that means), even when deployed. It is a vacuous, “feel-good” goal that has become immeasurably more important than killing enemy combatants, or winning wars.

It gets worse!

Our apparent national goal of emasculating sheepdogs has now extended to our civilian police.

American police, who have always been armed, on-duty and off, are now being told that they cannot attend sporting events while armed. Police chiefs are being pressured to institute policies that allow their cops to be armed only while on-duty, as in the UK and other European nations. Some are beginning to crumble under the pressure.

“Gun-free zones,” which now apply to police as well as the rest of us, are expanding daily.

The leftist political agenda insists upon personal helplessness/defenselessness at all times, for all of us, in uniform or not (leftist politicians make exceptions of themselves, of course).

Leftists sincerely believe that violent criminals deserve protection from you. Thus, being a “good victim” is your solemn civic duty!

Leftists are not good people. When in power, they become paranoid monsters!”

“Helplessness is such a rotten feeling… Being helpless is like being paralyzed. It’s sickness.”

Chuck Barris

/John

“Rules”

13 Sept 16

Follow-up on domestic terrorist attacks, from a friend who works in the security department of a large insurance company with office complexes in a number of major metro areas within CONUS:

“As part of my job and as a result of frequent requests, I recently presented a security seminar for our region. The subject was:

‘Terrorist Attacks and Active Murderers.’

The core of my presentation was, of course:

Avoid, Separate, Evade, Flee. Fight when there is no other choice.

I expressed the opinion that “lock-downs” were tantamount to suicide and that running away almost always makes more sense.

My students (company employees) were enthusiastic, and desperate for more information, particularly with regard to state concealed-carry regulations, and going armed.

When wind of my presentation wafted up the food-chain, our department received a scathing email (the same day) from the highest corporate levels ordering us to stop all presentations and stop distributing any additional information about personal safety.

I should have expected it!

In the business world, it is far less expensive to quietly pay claims from families of murdered employees, than to pay claims from ‘families’ of dead terrorists. After all, employees are all insured, which is to say their lives have already been translated into a pre-determined number of dollars (and not a penny more)!

Conversely, terrorists and other violent criminals are of infinite value! Once dead, they will predictably be portrayed by plaintiff’s attorneys, aided and abetted by the liberal media, as ‘troubled youth, crying out for help.’ For months after the incident, perpetrators will be shown only in photos taken when they were wearing acolyte gowns at the age of twelve! Their murderous careers thereafter will be ignored by the media as ‘irrelevant.’

Oh, the career-ending bad publicity!

With many guns constantly protecting their lives, executives think they can afford to be casual about the (expendable) lives of those of us down here at the peon-level.

It looks as if I won’t be asked to make any more presentations…!”

Comment: I wish I were surprised!

Sheep don’t trust sheepdogs and more than they trust wolves!

When executives, in the public or private sectors, talk about “liability concerns,” that translates in plain English to:

“When our people are murdered, we will ‘react’ by paying for their funerals, and then hiring more!”

Unilateral action (ie: heroically defending oneself with gunfire) on the part of audacious employees in an effort to protect their own lives is always going to be “unthinkable” in the cloistered corporate world.

“Fighting” with improvised weapons (staplers, fire extinguishers) is grudgingly accepted, so long as it is pathetically ineffective. Really effective fighting, with real weapons that might actually succeed, is of course, absolutely prohibited!

In our current system, expect this kind a casual attitude toward your life. Don’t become a victim of it!

Understand who is ultimately responsible for your personal safety. Also understand that when people (employers, politicians, regulators, et al) make “rules,” (that they cynically never intend to observe themselves) such “rules” are invariably designed to benefit them, not you!

/John

Lessons!

12 Sept 16

Lessons from San Bernardino:

Other than the obvious lesson that being constantly armed is essential in our current age, here are some additional points gleaned from reports on the Islamic terrorist attack in San Bernardino, CA on 2 Dec 15 at the County Public Health Department’s Christmas party.

People at the gathering reporting hearing multiple “popping sounds.” Moments later, a person clad in black, wearing a mask, and bearing a rifle, started shooting at attendees.

(1) Warning is scant! Denial/hesitation is lethal. Always have a plan and exit-strategy in place.

(2) People in motion get hit less often than people who are stationary. So, get in motion instantly. You can decide what to do WHILE you’re moving!

(3) Some victims waited for instructions. They’re still waiting! You must think independently and be courageous enough to act unilaterally, and quickly, upon your own conclusions and judgement. Waiting for/seeking “approval” or “consensus” will be fatal.

(4) In the San Bernardino attack, a second active murderer followed the first. So, don’t relax too soon! In modern terrorist attacks, it is best to assume the presence of multiple threats.

(5) As I’ve said before, “rescue” is mostly myth. The attack will likely be over long before even the first police arrive, much less the SWAT Team. In the interim, you’re on your own!

There is no magic formula for living through a terrorist attack. However, in the coming months, probably years, many will be presented with the opportunity to try!

For my part, I’ll surely do my best to practice avoidance, but in any event, they’re not getting me without a fight!

“The price of inaction is far greater than the cost of making mistakes.”

Meister Eckhart

/John

FSM4

7 Sept 16

The FSM4 and Prairie Dogs!

Last week I was with friends in WY, and was invited to go prairie-dog hunting at a local ranch. I was traveling, and the only rifle I had with me was my constant companion, my wonderful FSM4.

One of my friends brought a scoped Savage bolt-gun, with bi-pod, in 204 Ruger caliber. The 204 is a 222 Remington case, necked-down to twenty caliber. It fires a 32gr bullet at 4k f/s. Ideal prairie-dog rifle. Effective out to two-hundred meters.

By contrast, my FSM4 is a 5.56 AR with a genuine NATO chamber and a zero-magnification Aimpoint T1. It is designed for serious fighting, not recreation. But I was there with it in hand, and I had several magazines charged with 55gr hardball, so that is what I used.

We had a grand time that afternoon!

With my FSM4, I had no trouble dispatching skinny prairie dogs out to seventy-five meters, using a braced firing position. My sixteen-year-old granddaughter, with her teen-aged eyes and steady hand, was able to push that out to one-hundred meters!

I had to dial-down the brightness of the T1’s red dot, in order to attain the degree of precision needed with this kind of hunting.

With regard to terminal effect, the 204 Ruger was explosive, as expected. By comparison, most of the dead prairie dogs I shot with hardball displayed through-and-through wounds, with an asymmetric exit wound (after penetrating six centimeters of tissue) only slightly bigger than the entry. A few had entrails trailing out the exit wound.

When I first introduced the FSM4, I specifically stated that it was a uncompromising, serious rifle, designed for serious, purposes, not for any kind of recreation. That is all still true, of course, but that should not discourage any of its owners from audaciously pressing it into service for activities like the foregoing.

I discovered that prairie-dog hunting with the FSM4 is good training! You learn to deal with all kinds of circumstances, including discomfort and frustration, always seeking a way to win. You learn to deal emotionally with victory and disappointment and realize that both are an integral part of the wonderful hunting/training experience.

In any event, my rifle ran without a hiccup, as always.

It was a great day!

Recommended!

/John

Followup

6 Sept 16

Drive-Thru Followup:

I advise students to avoid sitting in a stationary vehicle for long. When in a vehicle, get the vehicle in motion as quickly as possible. So, using a fast-food drive-thru already violates that advice! But, like spending time in banks and jewelry stores (which I also advise against), we all find it necessary now and then!

Many fast-food drive-thrus feature two ordering lanes. Use the outer lane. Using the inner lane may trap your vehicle.

When sitting in line, remove your seat belt, so you can get to your pistol quickly, and/or exit the vehicle quickly.

With the exception of the driver’s-side window, keep all other windows up, doors locked.

Keep a car-length between your vehicle and the one in front. That open space continuously affords you the opportunity to escape when necessary. The practice may occasionally annoy cashiers, but they’ll get over it!’

Have money ready. Minimize fumbling! Put change in the console tray and then exit immediately. You can put it in your wallet later.

When you need to check your order in detail, do it right away, or drive around to an empty section of the parking lot. Don’t pull forward from the building, stop, and then start focusing on bags or change. You’re sitting in the “kill zone!”

Pay attention to the cashier, but also look past him and into the restaurant. When you suspect a robbery in progress, fight, or any other circumstance that may represent a threat to you, it is time to depart immediately!

Minimize distractions! Children, grandchildren (even some “adults” for that matter) fussing over what they want to order will predictably divide your focus. When they can’t seem to make up their minds, order for them. Your abruptly making decisions for them a few times will teach them a valuable lesson about dithering and indecisiveness!

Keep your head up! When a threat is detected at any time during the process, break-off and drive away immediately, jumping the curb when necessary. When it all turns out to be a false alarm, you can come back and get your food, or keep going and consider it an “investment” in your safety!

When bullets start flying, or some other threat is detected, your personal safety is usually best served by your staying in the vehicle and driving away. Your vehicle’s steel, even glass, afford considerable protection.

As the world situation continues to deteriorate, and desperation becomes even more commonplace, each of us need to reexamine every detail of our lives. We must honestly confront the necessity of making changes, even major ones, when necessary. Of course, all risks cannot be avoided, but they can be identified and “managed,” to the best of our ability.

As always, (1) alertness, (2) decisiveness, and (3) preparation are the keys to your continued good health!

/John

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