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'Gun-Free Zones' are only gun-free, until somebody brings a gun. - Unknown

Monday, April 28, 2008

Daley: Chicago police to get assault rifles

H/T: Keep and Bear Arms, first article, IL: Chicago Police Get M4 Rifles.

This is rich! Laughing out loud!

Honest! I'm not making this up! Let's start here, anti-gun, anti-personal defense Chicago mayor Richard Daley said:

"Many times they're outgunned, to be very frank," Daley said at an event in the Englewood neighborhood. "When they come to a scene, someone has a semi fully-automatic weapon and you have a little pistol, uh, good luck."
"Many times they're outgunned, to be very frank,"
OK, just how did that happen in Richie's "gun-free" zone of Chicago? Oh, they must be "imported" from out of town. There just aren't supposed to be many guns in any one's hands in Chicago. He, and his Democratic predecessors, have turned Chicago into a criminal free-fire zone.

" . . . someone has a semi fully-automatic weapon . . . "
Can anyone tell me what a "semi fully-automatic weapon" is? Why is it so terrible? A so-called "semi- fully automatic weapon" is what we Southerners call . . . Well, never mind! Anyone possessing such an item is ignorant, at best.

Let's dissect that brief phrase.

The prefix "semi-" refers to "a half" or a portion of something. With respect to a semi-automatic weapon, that translates to one shot per one trigger pull with an automatic reload.

The adjective "full" means, well, full/complete/etc. This translates to multiple shots per one trigger pull with automatic reloads.

Hunting, sport and personal defense weapons (rifles, shotguns and handguns) have been manufactured and sold with semi- and full-automatic capability for over 100 years. Fully automatic weapons are generally restricted to police and military forces in this country. A citizen may lawfully possess a fully automatic weapon by satisfying stringent BATFE criteria and paying a stiff tax for the permission to possess such a weapon. That's been federal law for decades.

" . . . you have a little pistol . . . "

Chicago cops do not carry "little" pistols. I don't what they carry, but if they do carry "little," Daley and his police command staff have failed both the front-line protectors and the citizens of Chicago. Some might consider a "little" pistol to be a 9 Milli-meter caliber, such as the US Army issues. Some purists would argue that anything not starting with "4", such as .40 S&W, .45 ACP or even the 10 mm (about .40 caliber) would be "little." If one is facing just about any kind of rifle or shotgun, then, a pistol may then be considered "little."

By the way, all of these calibers can be fired in semi-, and some in fully-, automatic weapons.

In addition, the argument he makes is misleading when he includes semi-automatic weapons in the list of "bad" actors. His cops carry semi-automatic pistols on their hips every day. Some may choose revolvers, but they're be in the minority.


"We're finding out that the weapons of criminals are getting bigger and bigger, AK47s, all types of different weapons, because they can carry assault weapons, it's not a violation of federal law, and that is a concern for all of us," he said.

" . . . because they can carry assault weapons . . ."
Was Daley smokin' something? Or just fibbin'? You know, tryin' to put one over on the citizens he is supposed to serve. Or are they supposed to serve him?
  1. By definition, an assault weapon is a fully automatic weapon and significantly restricted to who may possess.
  2. If "they can carry", then they are unlawfully in possession because:
    o - Felons are already federally prohibited from possessing firearms
    o - Felons do not use lawful channels to obtain firearms. False statements on the federal paperwork and purchasing firearms for someone prohibited from purchasing are already federal crimes.


" . . . it's not a violation of federal law . . . "
BS! See item #2 immediately above.

Daley wants to equip his "troops" with the M4 carbine. Colt's information indicates it is a 5.56 mm NATO (.223 Remington) caliber, fully-automatic (700-950 rounds per minute) and a 20-mm grenade launcher is available. This is what our people are carrying in Iraq and Afghanistan right now.

In other words, Daley is losing control of "his" city. His gun control measures do not work so he wants to further regulate the honest citizens of "his" city and kill them (there will be "collateral damage") with greater firepower. You can bet the criminals will not heed his "demands" to disarm! He needs to repent (stop and change direction) and "allow" the honest citizenry their God-give right to self-defence and abandon the socialist pacifist doctrines that got him into this pickle in the first place. But I'm not holding my breath, either.

God Bless Ya'll !

Juval Aviv: A man that must be heard ...

And now, this "good" news from Prayers That Matter:

"The key to this video is to hear him say that America, unlike Israel, has not prepared its citizens for the coming terror attack. Not even a little bit. That means you and I are not prepared - not even in the smallest ways." (Emphasis added - Gene)
[Sarcasm ON] Isn't that good news?! [Sarcasm OFF]

The survivalist types may not be quite as paranoid as most of us think they are.

How are you doing with your so-called "hoarding?" You know, that extra package of flour for your next meal or that extra case of soft drinks? hehe Can you go 24 hours without electricity? How about that?

I'm not talking about TEOTWAWKI or SHTF ! I'm actually remembering sitting in our sweltering apartment for three days following Hurricane Rita (you know, the one that hit Texas the week after Katrina hit Louisiana!). Stored water, food (including MREs !) and friends helped us through that.

Maybe you've been snowed in, or flooded in or out. We've experienced a bit of both of the flooding incidents.

This week, Nevada was warned to expect more of the earthquakes that are occurring. Hmmmmm?! Last week, the news caried stories about "hoarding" of rice on the West coast. Hmmmmm?!

If you could not leave your residence for 3 days, how hungry and thirsty would you be at the end? How full would your commode be? What would you use for lighting? Heating food? Staying warm in cold weather?

Start thinking about your emergency preparedness today. Start acting on your thinking today.

Stay safe and God Bless Ya'll !

The conversation is beginning to change and not everyone is happy ...

At Prayers That Matter, the side bar contains two interesting commentaries.

The first quotes Sarah Hey of Stand Firm In Faith fame:
"What makes gay activists unhappy is that other people get to talk, in public. They want you to be silent, folks. And they will work as hard as they can to keep you silent -- legally, rhetorically, politically."

The second starts off on a favorite grouse of mine: "Political Correctness."
As a beginning, Political Correctness (PC) is the communal tyranny that erupted
in the 1980s.
Read'em both at Prayers That Matter.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Obama's 'Red Flag' Problem

World Net Daily is reporting another Barack Hussein Obama-Communism link today. Is it get-Obama day, today? I mean, your poor, unworthy commentator has had to remark on two Obama issues in one day! Oh, the horror!

How many volunteers (in Houston and elsewhere) and staffers and pastors and . . . does he have to disown before the rest of us take note. He has surrounded himself with the elite, and too-clever-for-their-own-good, leftist/socialist/communist cadre that would make Karl Marx and Frederick Engels proud.

In case you're thinking: "Oh he's just bashing Big O 'cause he's black." Don't even go there. Hillary has the exact same-but-different problems that make her candidacy stink just as bad. Her day in the spotlight is coming. I do not care if Hil is a woman. She was Billy's right-hand. She's a Democrat. Today, being a Democrat means she is a hard-core socialist of the first stripe. Just like Obama.

In the "old" days, before my time, being a Democrat or a "Liberal" wasn't such a bad thing. Liberalism stood for open-mindedness. Now it stands for "Your mind was so open it fell out!" Back then, being a Democrat was supposed to stand for the people. I'm not really sure it ever did, but now it stands for the "worker." Feel free to use the same definition as the Communist Manifesto writers used.

A gut level reaction to Obama

Thomas Lifson at American Thinker has another good article. He, and the lady he quotes, Mary Grabar say it better than I can.

However, my $ 0.03 cent worth is that Barack Hussein Obame is really out of touch with the electorate. Unless they've got lotsa money. I ain't got no money, honey. But ain't we got fun! And we still have the vote.

Never forget. We the people . . .

Your Golden Personal Jesus Ticket

If you can't handle some one poking fun at your favorite golden calf, do not read this satire. It might hurt. :>)

It made me laugh, at least until my ribs quit hurting! ;>)

From Tominthebox News Network: Your Golden Personal Jesus Ticket

Obama Tells the Truth! - Almost

Laws alone can't stop violence: Obama (H/T: World Net Daily)

Does any one else have a problem with Barack Hussein Obama's (or Hil's or John's), for that matter) claim to understand problems he contributed to? After all, this issue concerns Chicago, IL. Isn't Obama the senator from Illinois? If he didn't contribute to the problem OR solution, just what did he do while taking the taxpayers' money?

"Obama, who had trouble with gun owners in Pennsylvania and other states, said he has never supported a blanket ban on handguns but favors letting local officials enact gun regulation appropriate for their areas. Banning guns has not always proven effective, he said."

Just this one sentence boggles my little mind.

" . . . he has never supported a blanket ban on handguns . . . "
Not yet. All of his actions are calculated to incrementally ban possession of all firearms in his sphere of influence.

" . . . favors letting local officials enact gun regulation appropriate for their areas."
Of course! That way the currently lawful firearms owner can be declared a "criminal" by his unknowing violation of "gun-control" (people-control) laws of the next county, city, town, village, sub-division, whatever. Damned if you do, Damned if you don't. That's the way to go! Make it too difficult too own a firearm. Then, they won't! Who needs a firearm for personal or home defense? It's just your life at risk. Not B.H.O's. He's got US Secret Service details now. When he's no longer a candidate, he's got the money to live in a safe area, work in a safe location and hire an armed driver/body guard to tool him around. And his family, too.

If this isn't elitist thinking, I don't know what is!

"Banning guns has not always proven effective, he said."
Barack's not quite right here, either. Weapons bans have worked about as good as alcohol prohibition worked early last century. Zip, Nein, Nada, No-way Jose.

As far as I know, only our favorite gun-banners the Nazis of Germany, and other elitist regimes, have ever made gun-control work. Look where they are, now. It took "gun-control" plus so-called ethnic-cleansing (murder-in-the-name-of-racial-superiority). Gun-control has killed 200 million plus during this previous century. Why do we want more of what patently doesn't work?

Oh, I forgot. Gun control works! It just works against the freedom of the individual. No big deal if you have the money and/or friends to get around its inconveniences.

But wait, there's more!

"We've got to tighten up our gun laws. I've said before we should have a much tougher background check system, one that's much more effective and make sure there aren't loopholes out there like the gun show loophole."

"We've got to tighten up our gun laws."
"Tighten up our gun laws"? Hey, Chicago has some of the most stringent gun laws in the country, right behind Washington D.C. Can anyone actually fantasize that they're working? That's why I'm on this rant, right now. They are not working.

" . . . we should have a much tougher background check system, one that's much more effective . . . "
I can't speak for Chicago or Illinois, but Texas' so-called "loose" background check requires FBI background check and fingerprinting. In addition, concealed handgun licensees exhibit a minute fraction of the per capita crime rate of the general population. Yeah, tougher background checks. That'll do it for sure! NOT!

" . . . and make sure there aren't loopholes out there like the gun show loophole."
Loophole? What loophole? Since when does an individual require a license to sell personal property? The so-called "gun show loophole" illegitimately links commercial behavior with private behavior just because it's conducted under the same roof. If you go to a car show where dealers and individuals exhibit their products side-by-side, and sell your personal vehicle, are you going to file the necessary, and infamous, IRS Schedule C the next April 15th? I don't think so!

"As president, I'm gong to make sure we know if guns are being sold by unscrupulous gun dealers not abiding by existing laws. We should know about that."

Yep. "Unscrupulous" gun dealers, like Red's Trading Post? BATFE is supposed to being do that already, but they're kinda busy closing down the good guys.

S-T: As a state legislator, you voted against a bill which would let people with orders of protection [against others] carry guns and another that would have barred municipalities from punishing people who kept guns in their homes. Why?

B.O.: I felt that [the first one] was a precedent for conceal-and-carry laws. There has not been any evidence that allowing people to carry a concealed weapon is going to make anybody safer. [The second one] is relevant to the D.C. handgun issue. I wanted to preserve the right of local communities to enforce local ordinances and this would have overturned municipalities being able to enforce their own ordinances. We can argue about whether the ordinances work or not. But I wanted to make sure that local communities were recognized as having a right to regulate firearms.

" . . . As a state legislator, you voted against a bill which would let people with orders of protection [against others] carry guns . . . " ". . . I felt that [the first one] was a precedent for conceal-and-carry laws."
Fact. Let's keep the defenseless, well . . . , defenseless. No brainer! Yep, let's not allow the sheeple to think they could ever have the right, much less, the ability, to carry an effective personal defense weapon.

" There has not been any evidence that allowing people to carry a concealed weapon is going to make anybody safer."
BS! I guess he's to busy legislating/electioneering to bother with reading the results that put the bald lie to his words. Texas, Florida, Louisiana, Arkansas and 30 or more states fall into the safer column. Washington DC, Massachusetts, California, Illinois (Ouch! That might hurt! ) and the remaining minority of states fall in to the less-than-safer column.

"But I wanted to make sure that local communities were recognized as having a right to regulate firearms."
We do not allow local communities to regulate automobile safety standards, licensing or registration. Those are reserved for the states' and federales. Obama is following the normal Democrat/socialist policy of being consistent in his policy statements only when it fits his point of view.


S-T: But you don't want to take a stand on the D.C. gun-ban law?
B.O.: I don't like taking a stand on pending cases.

Nice dodge.

God Bless Ya'll !

Friday, April 25, 2008

Guns On Campus - Again

Samuel Keane-Rudolph writes a very well thought out opinion piece for The Winonan.

H/T to Herr Glock at

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

ABC News Found Lying about Guns...Again

Rick Moran, a blogger at American Thinker, tears up ABC for less-than-honest reporting. I saw this piece and was too distracted by bronchitus to formulate my own response. It's just too hard to concentrate on another talking head when you're trying to hack up your last lung!

I'm still "distracted" but getting better . :>)

As Moran writes:

"This is embarrassing. So many errors are either a sign of laziness or stupidity. In ABC's case, there is also, as Bob points out, the question of their anti-Second Amendment agenda driving the story. We all breathlessly await ABC's corrections to the story that I'm sure will be forthcoming - not."

Be safe out there and God Bless Ya'll !

. . . gun-owning America feels safe

Today's American Thinker has Thomas Lifson's neat article concerning a Brits "feelings" about safety while here in the US.

I like this quote from Lifson:

"When people know that others are armed, they tend to be very polite. Some of the politest, most respectful and gracious behavior I have ever seen is found on firing ranges."

As you will often hear from me: "An armed society is a polite society." (H/T: Robert A. Heinlein)

Violence Continues in Chicago

H/T: Office . com

I've been thinking about this. I first heard/read about last week. For years, Chicago has "disarmed" its subjects. How come they're still killing each other? Where's the cry for knife control such as in Great Britain? Can't they see? If nobody had knives, nobody would be killed. BS!

It's not because they're importing knives from out-of-state. It's because people are killing people. The knives, firearms, "machine guns" that aren't fully automatic (that's part of the definition of a machine gun) and such used to murder Chicago's subjects are not the problem. Murder is already illegal up there. Most firearms are already illegal up there. What's left? Knife control.

People kill people. Guns save lives.

Be safe and God Bless Ya'll !

Obama Meeting Costs High School Class President His Office

Kid skips school to meet his "hero" as his "hero" loses the state party's election. OK. Sounds like something I'd have done if I'd had access to a presidential candidate when I was in school.

Kid thinks/hopes Barack Hussein Obama's signature on an excuse slip will have some sway over his school authorities. Stoopid kid. It looks like the punishment fits the crime. One day suspension & loss of his leadership position in his senior class. Leaders know there are consequences to their actions.

Kid is obviously not a leader. Maybe someday. Not today.

H/T: Fox News Channel

FLDS, Busing Kids and "Does Something Stink Here?"

We've all been hearing/reading/watching the hoopala over the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints' (FLDS) raid out in west Texas. My opinion, whoever violated state and/or federal laws, "Hang'em!" "Get a rope!"

I don't even like their religion - "fundamental" or "regular." Despite their claims, I believe Mormons are a non-Christian religion/cult claiming to be Christian. That still does not deny them their right to justice!

OK, that's out of the way.

Does anybody else have a problem with the state forcibly removing children from their mothers, much less their families? Does anyone else have a problem with all of this being done against a religious community? Does anybody else have a problem with said state busing these kids hundreds of miles from their parents and family, however we describe a family? That's sure to help calm people down!

In my mind, the argument that there just wasn't enough room for 400+ kids in foster care in west Texas just does not wash. The City of Houston found room for how many Katrina refugees in how many hours? Just how long is the state planning to retain custody of these American citizens?

Who decided FLDS needed to be broken up? Investigate allegations? Yes! Break up families without evidence (allegations only, so far) ? NO!

Who decided that FLDS is not worthy of due process and human consideration?

At least the state didn't go in and burn them out.

That's my $ 0.03 worth.

Christian, pray for these folks! They need civil justice and the Light of the Lord Jesus Christ!

Special Guest Columnist Eric ".44 Magnum" Cartridge on — "Taking Gun Virgins for a Desert Shoot"

A nice read from Alan Korwin. In it, he gets to send Brits to a "re-education" camp for sufferers of hoplophobia.

H/T: Keep and Bear Arms

Ever wonder what happens when someone crosses the rail at the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns?

Frankly, I had not considered the issue. I "expected" everyone else to respect our hallowed dead fighting men/persons. I should'a known better.

Those guards bear a HOLY responsibility! Don't mess with them!

I ass-u-me that is a M1 Garand rifle (semi-automatic, .30-'06 cartridge) he's carrying. If so, it makes a .308" hole on entrance. Exit size depends on resistance encountered in passage and "other" factors.

Perhaps the hapless, brain-dead individual attempting to cross the rail ass-u-me-ed it was unloaded? Perhaps. Most people just don't know how to behave around firearms these days. Especially in the hands of a man performing holy service. "An armed society is a polite societ" - Robert A. Heinlein

Why I left the Episcopal Church by Dr Moheb Ghali

H/T: Stand Firm & Northern Plains Anglicans

This excellent piece by Dr. Moheb Ghali deserves your attention, Christian. Even if you're not of the Anglican/Episcopal persuasion, it will shed light on our liberal denominations and their leadership.

God Bless Ya'll !

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

'Gun Free' Zones Not Safe

Fox News has published John Lott Jr's Gun-Free Zones Are Not Safe. In it, he postulates that one cause of multiple shootings is the proliferation of so-called "gun-free" zones in our society. No one wants to be next to a gun in study-hall - until it is needed.

Possession of firearms is the last-ditch effort to stop an attack by a determined assailant. Look at Lott's examples and ask your self: "What could we have done to prevent the carnage?" "If that had been my kid at Virginia Tech/New Life Church/wherever, and that particular scene played out, what would I want to happen?" "Should my kid cower for his/her life, surrender sweetly to the derangement of the murder or fight back." Now answer this question, fight back with what?

Let's get over something.

When we discuss concealed carry of a weapon or handgun, we're not discussing 16 year old boys that still play shootem-up with paint ball guns. Federal law already restricts handgun possession to those over 21. Those over 18 can possess long arms. Under 18, they're required to be under adult supervision. So much for the "Li'l Johnny's got a gun!" fear-mongering. Besides, we let a 16-year-old drive massive deadly weapons called cars!

"Gun-free" simply means this:

  • The law-abiding citizen is disarmed in the face of oppression.
  • The unlawful "citizen", AKA criminal oppressor, is not disarmed.
  • Where is the justice in that?
  • The perpetrators of "gun-free" zones blow smoke up our a__ when they try to tell us "The signs will protect us" and such BS. Read my lips: Criminals do not obey signs.
  • Generally there are not enough, if any, armed security guards. The perpetrators might be sued if a rent-a-cop injures a customer or serf (employee). In addition, they might have to spend some money.
  • Their vaunted "security" camera monitors are frequently unmanned.
    Personal observation: In a large corporate building in Houston, one security guard monitoring a half-dozen monitors. Then he had to go to the bathroom. No relief. No "security".

I no longer recall the date or city, but it actually made the US national news when a kindergarten/elementary school was attacked by a knife-wielding individual in "gun-free" Japan. EIGHT children and adults were slashed before the staff could bodily overwhelm the individual. How tragic their culture, and ours, frowns on using effective self-defense tools.

Now, if that Japanese incident had happened here in Texas, I do not think the result would have changed materially. Just as in Japan, there are supposed to be "no guns" in schools and such.

Maybe, more later. Maybe not. :>)

God Bless Ya'll !

"Smart" Guns?

A big ol' Hat Tip to Keep and Bear Arms: 'Smart Gun' Still Hasn't Hit the Mark

"Five years ago, New Jersey became the first state to limit the sale of handguns to weapons equipped with technology that prevents all but the gun's owner from firing a shot.

The controversial law, aimed at reducing the number of children killed by handguns through accidents, suicide or acts of violence, had one very big caveat: It would not go into effect until the state was convinced these futuristic "smart guns" actually work."


"NJIT officials say their gun works 99 percent of the time." (Emphasis added - Gene)

Think about this scenario:

Five more years from now, the NJ legislature decides that the technology has had enough time to mature. Your personal defense weapon is, by law, a "smart" gun. An assailant approaches you with his pre-"smart gun" weapon (despite there being federal laws against felons in possession of a weapon and state laws against theft. They do not apply to him/her until his/her activities are "terminated" - apprehended and incarcerated or killed.) and demands "Your money or your life."

How lucky do you feel today? Eh?

Oh, and remember that the police forces, responding to the resultant mess, are, and will be!, exempt from using the new technology fostered off on the citizenry. Why should they use technology that may put their life at risk? Why should we?

"It's for your own good!"

"If it saves just one life!"

Who'll save your life?

Once again, I do not have a beef with the faithful officers on our police forces. As much as they try, they can not be everywhere at all times.

Monday, April 21, 2008

The Four Rules of Gun Safety

Today we're going to do a refresher on Jeff Cooper's Rules of Gun Safety from The Firing Line (TFL) forum. I handle a gun every day and I need this time of reminder probably more than you do.

Note: The following text is copied from TFL and the text is unaltered. However, I have added emphasis at places and created shorter paragraphs where I thought they were needed. - Gene

The Four Rules of Gun Safety


    Now for the small print! ;>)


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!"


Conspicuously and continuously violated, especially with pistols, Rule II applies whether you are involved in range practice, daily carry, or examination. If the weapon is assembled and in someone's hands, it is capable of being discharged.

A firearm holstered properly, lying on a table, or placed in a scabbard is of no danger to anyone. Only when handled is there a need for concern. This rule applies to fighting as well as to daily handling. If you are not willing to take a human life, do not cover a person with the muzzle. This rule also applies to your own person. Do not allow the muzzle to cover your extremities, e.g. using both hands to reholster the pistol. This practice is unsound, both procedurally and tactically. You may need a free hand for something important.

Proper holster design should provide for one-handed holstering, so avoid holsters which collapse after withdrawing the pistol. (Note: It is dangerous to push the muzzle against the inside edge of the holster nearest the body to "open" it since this results in your pointing the pistol at your midsection.) Dry-practice in the home is a worthwhile habit and it will result in more deeply programmed reflexes. Most of the reflexes involved in the Modern Technique (link added - Gene) do not require that a shot be fired. Particular procedures for dry-firing in the home will be covered later. Let it suffice for now that you do not dry-fire using a "target" that you wish not to see destroyed. (Recall RULE I as well.)


Rule III is violated most anytime the uneducated person handles a firearm. Whether on TV, in the theaters, or at the range, people seem fascinated with having their finger on the trigger. Never stand or walk around with your finger on the trigger. It is unprofessional, dangerous, and, perhaps most damaging to the psyche, it is klutzy looking. Never fire a shot unless the sights are superimposed on the target and you have made a conscious decision to fire. Firing an unaligned pistol in a fight gains nothing. If you believe that the defensive pistol is only an intimidation tool - not something to be used - carry blanks, or better yet, reevaluate having one around. If you are going to launch a projectile, it had best be directed purposely. Danger abounds if you allow your finger to dawdle inside the trigger guard. As soon as
the sights leave the target, the trigger-finger leaves the trigger and straightens alongside the frame. Since the hand normally prefers to work as a unit - as in grasping - separating the function of the trigger-finger from the rest of the hand takes effort. The five-finger grasp is a deeply programmed reflex.

Under sufficient stress, and with the finger already placed on the trigger, an unexpected movement, misstep or surprise could result in a negligent discharge. Speed cannot be gained from such a premature placement of the trigger-finger. Bringing the sights to bear on the target, whether from the holster or the Guard Position, takes more time than that required for moving the trigger finger an inch or so to the trigger.


Know what it is, what is in line with it, and what is behind it. Never shoot at anything you have not positively identified. Be aware of your surroundings, whether on the range or in a fight. Do not assume anything. Know what you are doing.


Make these rules a part of your character. Never compromise them. Improper gunhandling results from ignorance and improper role modeling, such as handling your gun like your favorite actor does. Education can cure this. You can make a difference by following these gunhandling rules and insisting that those around you do the same. Set the example. Who knows what tragedies you, or someone you influence, may prevent?

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, $40

That's enough for today.

God Bless Ya'll !

Two Celebrations for the Price of One

Two very important, and holy, remembrances this day.

In chronological order they are:
  1. San Jacinto Day
    It was on April 21, 1836 that Texican General Sam Houston and his small army defeated Mexico's Generalisimo Antonio de Padua María Severino López de Santa Anna y Pérez de Lebrón at a swamp on the San Jacinto River, east of what was then Harrisburg, or was it Allen's Landing(?), (now east Houston). For those that may not know their history properly, we're discussing the birth of the nation of Texas one hundred, seventy-two years ago. Texican, and Mexican, blood was poured out to birth this new nation. Santa Anna's army had, on March 6, 1836, overrun the garrison at the Alamo mission in San Antonio de Bexar (modern San Antonio, Texas). The garrison refused to surrender and was "put to the sword."

    For a sense of the Texican mood at San Jacinto, look up "El Degüello," the "no quarter" bugle call played by the Mexicans. I heard it once. The memory of the chills on my spine remains with me today.

  2. Aggie Muster
    We remember our dead. World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf, Afghanistan, Iraq and all of the "police actions" and "low intensity conflicts" that our country has fought. Right or wrong.

    For more information you can go here:
    o - Aggie Muster, April 21, 2008
    o - Muster (Texas A&M University)
    o - Roll Call For the Absent
    o - Any many more.

If you haven't guessed by now, I am a Texican. Dad traced our roots to someone coming from Tennessee in 1835. Dad was proud of his membership in the Sons of the Republic of Texas organization. He was also proud of his Sons of the American Revolution, Military Order of the Stars and Bars, and Sons of the Confederacy memberships.

In addition, I am an Aggie, Class of 1970 (TAMU) and the son of a Class of 1930 (TAMC). Neither one of us stayed around for the ring, but we are/were both very proud of our brothers, and, now, sisters from "the College."

To those both present and absent from our fellowship this year: Thank you for your friendship and service and God Bless Ya'll !

Gene, Class of '70

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Such A Problem to Have!

Greg Griffith at Stand Firm in Faith has a good post, All is Well™: Good Shepherd (DioTX) Splits, (with comments) based on the article published in the Houston Chronicle (registration/login required for archive access) yesterday concerning our departure from Good Shepherd Episcopal, Tomball, Texas.

Recap: A large portion of the congregation, with the rector and assistant rector, have left to form St. Timothy's Anglican Church, Tomball, Texas.

When I was last at Stand Firm, it had been updated by those "in the know" before I could even get my $ 0.03 in. How dare they! That's my "job!" :>)

Here's my 2-1/2 cents worth:

Linda Flavin, mentioned in the Chronicle article, had her husband with her for the first time in "several" years. She told me, Wednesday night, that he quit attending church altogether because of the national leadership. I didn't get to meet the gentleman this morning, though. When I did get to talk to Linda after the service, he was off somewhere helping clear the school cafeteria! I think he may stay around for a bit this time. Whad' ya' think? eh? I still want to meet that man.

Then there was the case of the other lady. After Wednesday's final service (for us) at Good Shepherd, we were all standing around hugging, saying goodbyes, cheering each other on and so on. There was a woman sitting on the front pew that I didn't recognize. I introduced myself expecting her to tell me that this was at least the sixth time we've met. I do tend to forget names and events on occasion. It's not Alzheimers, I've recognized the problem since at least my college days all these long decades ago. Or, I thought, maybe she was with one of the two churches that sent people to encourage us that night.

Anyway, this lady was at Good Shepherd that night because of all the hulla-baloo she had heard about. She was/is a member but had quit going when caring for a family member became a burden. The situation in the national church didn't set well with her, either. She was among the 555 at St. Timothy's this morning. Big grin!


A funny thing happened last week. Fr. Stan (or was it Fr. Craig?) told us this morning that they had bought 350 chairs last week, hoping that might be a bit of over-kill for the first service. As it was, our poor, mistreated, starved to the point of . . . (Never mind. You Really don't want to know!) youth were asked to give up their chairs to let us ol' . . . ahem! So-n-so's have 'em.

Five hundred, fifty-five in attendance for our first Sunday service! Wow! As BillK said in his post at Stand Firm, the group from HopePoint A.M.i.A. left to go to their own service before the nose count was held. I got the 555 number straight from the usher's mouth. I'll bet BillK had to wait and get it from Fr. Stan's announcement.


OK, OK. We're in the pictures in the Houston Chronicle (registration/login required for archive access) article. SWMBO! can be seen in profile while someone is greeting Fr. Stan. Click on the NEXT link to bring up the next pic. Your's truly is the shiny spot at the altar rail. As soon as we arrived at church/school this morning, EVERYBODY commented on just how good our pictures were! hehe Almost everyone commented that my photo was just the best they'd ever seen done of me. ;>)

I just went back and blew-up the Chronicle image. I think that is my hand shaking Fr. Stan in SWMBO!'s photo. Just how did I manipulate that poor Chronicle photographer to get me into both photos? I'll never tell.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Barb the Evil Genius: They Grow Up So Fast

Barb the Evil Genius: They Grow Up So Fast

This is so Cu-ute!

H/T: Tamara's View From the Porch

Listening to Katrina

H/T: Xaviers Thoughts

Xavier introduced me to Listening To Katrina. It looks like Shane has put together a useful site to remind us of just what God, through His natural creation, can do to, and for, us. We missed Katrina's direct effects and got Rita in her place. I remember being 200 miles away when Carla landed. I was in the eye of Alicia and really don't want to see any more.

Be prepared, be safe and God Bless Ya'll !

Patriots Day - The Least Known Holiday

I admit I let this day slip up on me, again. April 19, 1775. Read the article. Remember the event (read "gun control"). Remember the sacrifice and remember the results.

If you are residing in these United States of America, thank God for their bravery.

God Bless Ya'll !

“Every War With Fascism Is Our Business”

Thanks to TexPat at Lone Star Times for this wonderfully appropriate article. I found it just after posting the previous entry concerning the murder of Tina Davila. Consider the application of force against the defenseless. After all, Hitler legally removed all personal weapons from the Jews, and the rest of the population, before he began his pogroms.

By the way, what do Hilliary & Obama want to do. Don't listen to their rhetoric, watch their actions and votes!

Read it and weep.

For the Jews of World War II Europe.

For the Jews of today.

For the Americans refusing to give in in to modern
fascists in our own government!

Never Forget!

Arrest made in death of mother

Ms. Davila committed the "sin" of defending her infant's life. For that she was butchered by an illegal alien. I'm sorry folks, I know "immigrant" is preferrable to "alien". He did not "immigrate", he illegally crossed the border. He doesn't belong here! He could have crossed the border legally if he'd wanted to. Oh, I forgot, he's a criminal. He can't legally cross. So I guess we have to accept his presence anyway?

Several things stand out, to me:
  • Ms. Tina Davila, according to my understanding, followed the "official" advice of "Give'em what they want and they won't hurt you" until it came to her kid. So much for the so-called wisdom of the "officials." Why do they think appeasement ever worked? It never has and never will. Appeasement just encourages the oppressors, whether individuals or governments. Ask the Brits (ref: Nevil Chamberlain and Adolph Hitler)
  • Ms. Davila evidently did not have, or attempt to deploy, an effective means of defense. Yes, I know, the outcome may not have materially changed. On the other hand, she was helpless with no one else to defend her. WHO is responsible for her personal security? Only the victim.
  • Her remaining family grieves for her I lost my mother, twenty-five years ago, to health problems. I can not imagine my feelings if she had died earlier due to violence.
To have successfully defended herself would have required several things to come together in the proper order and at the right time:
  • She would have had to possess on her person, or within easy reach, some kind of weapon or tactic, pre-planned or improvised on the spot,
  • She would have had to possess the will to use it to maximum effect. In this case, the death of the assailant would have been a better outcome, at least as far as her family might be concerned. I know, his family might not agree. On the other hand, he, and he alone, chose to rob, threaten and murder Ms. Davila. I have no sympathy for the murderer. His family have my sympathy.
  • She would have had to actually deploy that weapon or tactic effectively.
  • Either good luck or God's intervention would have been required, INMNSHO .

The lack of any one, or more, could have failed to materially change the outcome to remain the same. As it is, it seems like she at least lacked "some kind of weapon, or tactic, pre-planned or improvised on the spot" to protect herself. Now, she is no longer available to protect her children. SHE had no choice!

What is your chosen weapon or tactic? Are you willing trust in "luck," or God, to provide for your lack of planning? You carry life/car/home/renter insurance, don't you? By the way, they only pay after loss.

What is your carjacking/mugging prevetion insurance?

Please be safe, whatever your choices are and God Bless Ya'll !

Pink slip delivered to 'Pizza Man'

Read it all here: Pink slip delivered to 'Pizza Man' with a big hat tip to: Keep And Bear Arms

Pizza Hut has sold their last pizza, or whatever, to this Aggie.

I'm not big on boycotts, but I do have choices when it comes to where my money goes. I am well aware that Pizza hut will not miss my presence. However, will they listen to my email? Let's find out!

I try very hard to not patronize establishments that post 30.06 signs and the like.

Here's my website (limited to 520 characters or less) comment:

According to the DesMoines (IA) Register ( of 4/18/08 you have fired ("asked for his resignation") James William Spiers III for LAWFULLY carrying a defensive weapon while delivering for your company. While doing so, he successfully defended his life against someone conspiring to rob him of his life and rob you of some of your money.

We will no longer buy from such a heartless company. PERIOD

Let's see if they doing anything with this pea-shooter shot across the bow.

God Bless Ya'll !

MCJ: KJS Snubs Pope?

Midwest Conservative Journal (H/T to Drell's Descants) is having a rollickin' good time with reports that KJS "didn't have time" to visit with the Pope!

Be warned! Be very careful! Remove all liquids and other contaminants from the vicinity of your keyboard, monitor and computer. Ensure full stocks of cleaning supplies for same are on hand. They may be required by the time you finish reading the comments. Reading the comments may be hazardous to your equipment! :>) Try not to disturb the neighbors with your cackling or gnashing of teeth, as appropriate.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Guns and Our Kids (II) - There IS a Difference, You Know!

Our #2 kiddo learned about firearms in a bit of a different way than our first. Our boy was four when he "discovered" we had guns in the house. We had kept them locked away, literally out of his reach, etc. until about his 4th year. This is how it happened.

We had moved and the guns had been stored for some time. I finally decided it was time to give them some TLC and inspect and clean them. I also wanted to extract the Colt Det Spcl and load it up. We prepared our storage space for it.

A brief detour.

#2 kid, as had #1, had shown a willingness to obey. Not that he wasn't strong-willed, but when push came to shove he could be trusted to do what you wanted him to do. Yes, he'd run toward the street like any other crumb-cruncher. However, he'd halt and return immediately when called out. That kind of obedience. In addition, both had been raised around my ham radio equipment. While they both showed curiosity, they both had never "fondled" the gear with out my being present. No fingerprints, no nuttn'.
My schedule for that particular day allowed me to start while #2 was napping, knowing that he might (probably?) awake before I was done. I only had time to do a handgun. By the time he awoke, I had almost finished the Colt (previous post) and was getting ready to reload it for secure placement.

In walked the rug-rat! He caught me! Accidently on purpose. ;>)

I still remember his eyes becoming huge as he realized I had a real gun in my hands. Whooopeee! Of course, he reached out to touch it and I stopped him. Then it hit me. There was a way to impress on his 4-year old mind that this was not to be fooled with.

I began by reminding him of the differences between reality and fantasy, things we had already discussed several times. I told him he could hold it any time he wanted to if I or SWMBO! :

  1. Gave permission and
  2. Supervised.

He just grinned and then sweetly asked permission.

"Of course you can!" He was following the "script" I had just dreamed up!

I sent him to his room to get one of his toy guns. He returned with a plastic toy Colt .45 SAA. We had already been teaching him to not "shoot" at the other kids. He had that part down pat. He stood there, facing me. "Hold out your pistol in one hand and hold out your other hand" I instructed. He did, empty hand palm up to receive the real Colt. I opened the Colt's cylinder and showed him it was empty and handed him the Det Spcl, cylinder open. With a weight of about 1-1/2 - 2 lbs, he almost dropped it. Back to BIG EYES.

He was expecting the Det Spcl to be the feather-weight of his larger toy. Surprise! I caught the Det Spcl and then we had THE TALK.

You know. THE TALK. "There is a difference, you know!"

There's a difference 'tween toys and real. You can't always tell if a
"gun" you find laying around is "real" or a "toy." Ask me, mom or another adult if we're not with you.
If you see a gun:
Don't Touch.
Leave the Area.
Tell an Adult.
(The NRA's Eddie Eagle program)

It works. Teach your young kids gun-safety for their sake. You, or another, responsible adult may not be around to help if they find a real gun.

Kids are curious. Satisfy that curiosity is a safe way. If you are not comfortable with, or knowledge about, guns get help.

Teach your older kids how to shoot, hunt, live in the outdoors and generally fend for themselves. In our case, we didn't get too much of the outdoors stuff due to problems with my health. We did teach them to shoot. They learned to safely operate revolvers, semi-automatic pistols, bolt-action and semi-auto rifles and pump shotguns. Those were the tools we had available at the time.

OUR "kids" know which end of a gun is which. DO YOURS? Your kid's life depends on it!

You can do it. We'll be happy to work with you if you are not too far away. Or, maybe we can steer you to internet-based resources we've found useful. A good place to start, besides the NRA. is the left-side bar labeled "Firearms."

Guns and Our Kids

Our first child, at the tender age of 8 or 10, still playing with dolls and such, was introduced to firearm safety beyond the DON'T TOUCH, etc. of the NRA's Eddie Eagle program. We taught her to shoot targets with her very own BB gun in our back yard. Birds were off-limits! ;>)

At the time, in the early to mid-80s, we had a H&R .22 LR/.22 WMRF convertible revolver on hand. I had owned a .38 Spcl revolver and a .380 ACP semi-auto earlier. Having not fired a round from anything for about 5 years, I was concerned about my ability to control such tools under recoil.

Recoil is literally a "sensitive" subject for me. Not because it hurts but because my right wrist & hand are off-set from my forearm. Some call it a "club" hand. As such, I can't bend the wrist enough to provide a straight line between the handgun and forearm for recoil control. The recoil forces cannot travel in a straight line through the wrist and into to the forearm as occurs in a "normal" person. Complicating matters is my lack of a right thumb. It was amputated, due to missing bone structure, when I was an infant. I use the finger adjacent to the thumb as a thumb when grasping any object. Holding on to something as poweful as a .45 ACP, .357 Magnum or even a 9 mm handgun is still something of a challenge.

The first time I fired a .45 ACP it wound up forcibly rotating my hands back until the muzzle pointed at my forehead! Being a semi-automatic pistol, or self-loader, that meant that there was a live round under the hammer and my finger was on the tigger! I was not happy! Now, you can see why I was concerned out "grip" after several years of inactivity.

The H&R revolver was loaded with the Magnum cylinder & cartridges for our defensive use. SWMBO! and I agreed kid #1 (and only at that time) needed to know how to use it. HER safety required that skill. We went through the safety rules again and again.

We went to a northside pistol range as often as possible. It was there, one day on her first day of Christmas break the year she was 12 that this story ocurred. Daughter had gotten out of school early, for Christmas break, and I took the afternoon off, beginning my own holiday. I picked her up at school. The trunk of the car was loaded with both the H&R mentioned above and the Colt Detective Special .38 Spcl we had recently picked up and a .22 LR semi-automatic rifle we had taught her to shoot. The Det Spcl was a snubbie with an 1-1/2" or 2" barrel. Compact and about as powerful as I could, and can, handle, with confidence in an emergency.

We arrived at the indoor range in mid-afternoon. There were only two others shooting. All the way to the left, there were a Harris County Sheriff's Deputy and another man in civilian clothing. My daughter and I took up two lanes all the way to the far right.

Over the next hour, we retreated into our own little world shooting, talking, comparing notes and eventually trading guns. She shot bulls-eye targets and I was shooting the standard human silhouette targets. I had her working on accuracy and safe handling while I stood next to her working on my ability to raise the Colt snubbie, acquire the sights, position the sights over the center-of-mass of the target and press the trigger without disturbing the sights. My attention was, first of all, on her and then on my own weapon handling. Ear muffs enhanced our "retreat."

After a while, I sensed an extra "presence" in our area. The uniformed deputy had moved over, behind my daughter. He stood with his back against the wall behind us. I recall he stood there, intently watching my little girl, with his hands behind his back. I safed my weapon and turned and enquired if there was a problem.

"Oh, no!" He told me he had noticed an "odd" pattern in the sound and sights coming from our end of the range. He had seen us arrive and setup and had watched as we began our work. The little one fired .22s, both the revolver (two-handed "combat" grip) and rifle, from a height of about 4' while the .38 snubbie sounded off from my lane at about 5-1/2' from the floor. After a while, the deputy noticed a change. The snubbie was then at the lower heght and the .22 was at the 5-1/2' level. He decided to "investigate."

There he was, standing behind my 12 year-old little girl, watching, as she fired our last rounds for the day. And there she was, proper two-handed, combat, grip on the .38 Spcl snubbie, Catholic parochial school (we were Episcopalians at the time!) uniform, blond hair in a pony-tail, cleanly taking out the center-of-mass of my last silhouette targets. He just grinned at me, repeated "No problem!" and walked back to his end of the firing line.

I was very proud of my kiddo. Still am.

Mis-spent Youth - Guns & Kids

Ah, the joys of nostalgia! '

I remember the first time I handled a real gun. I had major surgery on my left arm when I was 5 and this happened before that time. We lived in Three Rivers, Texas, a small Texas town with probably one, maybe two stop lights.

Our rent house was a couple of blocks from "downtown" where all the important businesses were - such as the theater, drug stores, 5 & Dime and the barber shop where I got my first-ever haircut. I can remember so much of the town, not because I was precocious but because we lived there three different times. This story is about the first stay when I was about three. I'm told we lived there 2 years, eight months and I was 3 years old when we left. It was my third town to live in.

Dad worked for tfhe oil & gas exploration arm of a major oil company, The Texas Company, now Texaco. We were on a doodlebug crew, otherwise known as a seismographic survey crew. Drill a hole, set a dynamite charge, blow it and record the earth's vibrations as they pass through the various soil & rock strata. Hot sweaty work. Vibrators, or thumpers, are used instead of dynamite nowdays.

Anyway, we lived in rent houses, often did not know our neighbors well until we got settled. We weren't poor but sometimes people assumed we were poor white-trash because we had no fixed home. We were always on the move, not quite like gypsies. Wherever we lived, mom was home with me. By our selves. Dad might have to leave at dark-thirty to meet the crew, or a land owner, 50 miles down the road. It'd often be dark-thirty or much later when he returned.

Now neither mom or dad were very big on guns. He had them for hunting, a deer rifle and a shot gun for dove & quail hunting. However, they recognized that there just might be an occasion to use one for hunting of a different kind. The kind of hunting involving un-welcome "guests" or such. Two-legged snakes and rats. Mom left them in the closet by themselves. The closet was definitely off-limits to me. I knew what was in there & I knew what to expect if I didn't obey. There is something to say for corporal punishment.

I remember one day mom & dad instructed me to go to his closet and open the door. OK. Did that. He followed me there and showed me, a three-year old! how to carry his 12 gauge shotgun to mom. We had a carpeted floor, unusual in our rent-houses, so the dragging didn't harm the stock as much as my grubby fingerprints around the barrel did. ;>) Now, the left arm, mentioned earlier, was deformed from birth and is a bit shorter than the right. Four fingers are attached, no thumb. Lifting a full-sized scattergun, even using both hands, was simply not an option.

He taught me to pick up a box of shells first, tuck it under my left arm and then grab the barrel of the shotgun, a very lo-ong 12 gauge bird gun (Winchester Model 12, IIRC) to this 3-year old's view, and run down the hall dragging the gun behind me. Years later I learned he never kept a loaded gun in the house. He just didn't see the need for it. Of course, we were never burglarized, robbed or assaulted until I was about 12. That's when a camera was stolen from our unoccupied car in San Antonio. My daughter was about 5 the first time our house was burglarized.

We practised that drill every once in while. Perhaps there were outside events driving the practise sessions. I do not know to this day and they are no longer around to ask.

SWMBO! and I, her ever-obedient servant these long years!, have held a different point of view for many years, now. We taught our kids gun safety when they began to walk. DON'T TOUCH! LEAVE! TELL AN ADULT! Hey, it if it worked for the NRA's Eddie Eagle, it'll work for my kids. Eddie Eagle teaches:
If you see a gun:
Don't Touch.
Leave the Area.
Tell an Adult.

It works for most kids. It worked for ours. If you don't trust your kids to obey you, then don't use this program until you have corrected your problem. And yes, there are still a few incorrigibles. Just don't blame your kid for your lack of discipline over him/her.

Well, that's how I first encountered a real gun - hauling it to momma for our protection. In the next posts, I'll recount how we taught our kids to shoot and more.

God Bless Ya''ll !
A.S. Haley, the Anglican Curmudgeon, has a very informative, and lo-ong piece on the development of TEC's "abandonment of communion" canons. Way down in the middle of the 2nd part, Abuses of the Abandonment Canons (II) , he says:

We are quickly devolving to a Church where the canons---derived from a Greek
word meaning "rule", or "measure"---are meaningless, and have become tools for
misrule, and a complete lack of measure.

H/T: Stand Firm In Faith
Diocese sues former Episcopal church in Binghamton to gain control of property (Updated)

He's filled in much that I did not know before.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Calling His Bluff

With the very last Sunday service at Good Shepherd Episcopal, Tomball, Texas by Fathers Stan & Craig, I had hoped to leave the Episcopal organizations dust behind. But they wouldn't let things be.

Yesterday many of us received a form letter, under Wimberly's signature, notifying us of his plans for the remaining parishioners. For one thing, they will have two Sunday services. The Sunday announcement had been for one, down from the original three services normally scheduled. I'm glad to hear that they are planning for that many people.

The other item of note, to me, is what I believe is a bald-faced lie. Or maybe Wimberly will brush it off as a "mis-communication." At least two of three persons personally involved in this mess have told us, publicly, that Wimberly threatened Frs. Stan & Craig with inhibition and/or deposition if they didn't toe the TEo corporate line.

We (SWMBO! & I, her ever obediant servant!) were aghast when we read yesterday's letter from Wimberly. Here's the paragraph:
"I have been asked if I have taken any disciplinary action against Father Stan and Father Craig. I have not threatened to nor taken any disciplinary action at this time. Today is a time of renewal at Good Shepherd, a time to focus on what God is doing in our midst and an a time to plan for the future."
(Emphasis added - Gene)

Maybe Wimberly, or was it his minion?, promised, not threatened, disciplinary action if strict compliance with the pagan national leadership is not forthcoming.

Any way you look at, it looks like Wimberly is lying through his teeth. Slip that small lie into a page full of fact and perhaps even truth. Perhaps you can call this a "little white lie," but we are
receiving this from a bishop of a supposedly Christian organization. He is held to a higher standard than the rest of us.

Wimberly has told us, in person, that he is orthodox, Anglican, Windsor-supporting and conservative in his views. He has written the same over his signature. To this observer, he has
consistently put the lie to his words by his actions. He has voted to depose Godly bishops whose crime is seeking refuge from the atrocities of pagan leadership in the so-called Episcopal church. He is silent when asked about his vote on Bishops Cox and Schoffield.

My momma taught me that "Actions speak louder than words."

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

A Memory of "Old" Times

Maybe I woke up on the wrong side of the bed this mornin.

For some strange reason, I was recalling my mis-spent youth as an amateur (ham) radio operator. My kids think I was a contemporary of Generals Grant & Lee. To tell the truth, Washington was my contemporary! :>)

I remembered when radio transmitters had a multitude of dials to set, and reset, each time I wanted to change frequency. Back then, I operated within a band of frequencies, not on designated channels. I didn't progress (regress?) to channelized radios until after I was married.

My first receiver was a Hallicrafters S-77 general coverage receiver, covering from about 0.5 Mcs to 30, or so, Mcs. Dad said he bought it when he & mom lived in Colombia for two years - before I was born. He used it to listen Armed Forces Radio Services to pick up stateside news and baseball games. When I was 12 I joined the Boy Scouts and a year or two later became interested in acquiring the Radio Merit Badge. We still had the radio. Usually it sat on the shelf of his bed's headboard. He'd string a random wire antenna out the window.

One of the Radio Merit Badge elective requirements was to obtain a Novice Class FCC license. Some one steered us to the ARRL for study materials.

That Novice license was quite a challenge for this high school freshman. After studying, and studying, and studying and learning the Morse code (5 words per minute), then we had to find somebody to administer the exam. Novice class exams were given only by mail and had to be administered by a General Class licensee or higher.

We didn't know of anyone in our small Texas town of Hebbronville. No one. Dad did find a man, J.J. Bresenham W5UOP (SK), living about 12 miles away in Bruni. JJ was qualified and willing to help. Later, not long before we moved away, we found out there were 4 or more hams in Hebbronville at that time.

The railroad telegrapher, yes, there still was a telegraph office in Hebbronville in '62-63, helped me practise International Morse Code. He had learned the International code in the Air Force. The railroad still used American Morse, developed by Samuel F.B. Morse, and sounders. This gentleman, I do not remember his name, could send, or type out, a message and carry on a conversation simultaneously. I've never been that good! The fingers on his right hand were thickly calloused where he operated both a straight key and and bug as needed.

I received my Novice license in June of 1963 just a couple of weeks, maybe a month, before we were supposed to leave a go to Hallettsville, Texas. At my insistence (whining!) Dad was able to partially install a transmitting antenna. It wasn't complete, so I didn't get to operate from Hebbronville. Mom & Dad bought me my first transmitter, an E.F. Johnson Ranger, often called the Ranger I, since the upgraded Ranger II had recently been introduced.

About a week after we moved into Hallettsville Dad found a local gentleman to install our antenna for us. Rudi Petru K5??? showed how we did have enough pieces to make a working antenna and set us up. It was my 15th birthday. Rudi checked out my station to ensure I hadn't mis-connected or endangered anything and went to his next job. He turned out to be a good friend.

I had the daunting task of establishing my first contact, or QSO, all by myself. Rudi had given advice, but it's still scary to go where no one you know has gone before. I worked, contacted, W4ODR, Memphis Naval Air Station, the next day for the first of thousands of QSOs since.

Novice licensees (no longer available) were allowed medium power of 75 watts (maximum for the highest classes was a 1,000 watts), crystal control (fixed frequency within a small operating band. Higher class licensees could operate anywhere within much larger band spans) and cw-only. CW stands for continuous wave and implies telegraphy. Higher class licensees could use CW, voice and teletype, an early form of digital communications then using noisy electro-mechanical monsters for coding and decoding. Digital teletype was first introduced, to my knowledge, just about the time I got my Novice license.

More hysterical history, later - if you're good! :>)

God Bless Ya'll !

CCRKBA Says April 16 'Lie-Ins' Are For Lyin' Anti-Gunners

H/T to Keep And Bear Arms DOT Com.

"Gun control fanatics will use this event to lobby for gun show legislation, waiting periods and whatever else they think the public wants to hear," said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb, "when in fact, Virginia Tech is the text book example of how stringent gun laws utterly fail to prevent such shootings, and exacerbate them by making it impossible for the victims to fight back and defend themselves.

"Gun grabbers suggest that closing a mythical 'gun show loophole' will prevent such crimes," he noted, "but Cho didn't purchase his guns at a gun show. He bought both pistols at gunshops, after passing background checks and waiting the mandatory 30 days between purchases. Steven Kazmierczak, the Northern Illinois University shooter, bought all of his guns at one gun shop. He passed background checks and had a required Firearms Owners Identification Card. These killers obeyed every applicable law - laws pushed by the gun ban lobby - yet they now tell us that these laws weren't enough. Their laws failed. Their entire philosophy has been a monumental failure. It is time for America to turn its back on this dangerously deceptive ideology. (Emphasis Added - Gene)
Are gun-grabbers just muddled in their thought processes or are they actually malicious? Let's see if we can sort things out.

    Most anti-gunners that I have met seem to have accepted their philosophy at a young age & never questioned it. Of course, the ones I'm thinking of are middle-aged and left-leaning in their politics. Others have allowed a tragedy they experienced, or observed, or heard about, or read about, or . . . to formulate their beliefs concerning the utility of inanimate objects and their use.

    The only exception, to my knowledge, is conservative in the political realm. She stated she was simply "afraid" of guns. As in a phobia. Non-rational fear of an inanimate object. She could discuss guns. Even admitted firing one at least once - it was not a traumatic experience she said. However, the mere thought that a gun was somewhere nearby sent her into mild twitching. OK, not really "twitching" but obviously uncomfortable and nervous about the existence of a gun in her presence. In other words, knowing that a lawful concealed carry licensee was in her field of presence disturbed her. Didn't matter that the instrument in question was never visible at any time! Go figure! Since she and her husband were well-respected in our church, our pastor told us to leave the weapons at home and we had no desire to harm our friend, we left that church immediately. By the way, Texas law says if any one responsible for an area notifies, in any way, a licensee that he/she is unwanted, they must remove the offending inanimate object. That, we did.
    Now, our politicians, Teddy Kennedy, Chucky Schumer, Pelosi, Feinstein, Clinton (both of them!), Barack Hussein Obama and even John McCain, have carefully thought out agendas designed to remove access to all of the "boxes" from the people. I'm of course referring to:
    o - The Jury Box
    o - The Ballot Box
    o - The Cartridge Box

    I'm certain some (Most? All?) of our pols don't think we need one or more of the three foundational boxes of American society. However, we the people must disagree with them and re-educate them as to their responsibilities to we the people.

    In addition, who is qualified to determine if a weapon is appropriate in a given situation? An attorney in Washington D.C? One in Austin? One in Houston? Where the h . . . is he/she when the brown stuff hits my oscillating blades? You know that answer!

Call the cops? Have you tried that lately? I have no beef with the police force here are anywhere else. They work hard, they try hard and they almost always do a good job - of investigating. They apprehend the perpetrators - after the fact. They can not legally, or practically, prevent crime committed on your, or my, person. They just aren't going to be there. However, you and I are going to be there whenever a crime is committed on ourselves. Who do you think is responsible for your security?

Please rethink your personal security!

FIRST: Go read the disclaimer at the head of this blog. You know, the one nobody ever reads. The one that contains "I do not advocate or condone violence except for lawful protection of life, liberty and, in very limited cases, property."

SECOND: Reader comments are not allowed on this post. Email me and if your comments are sufficiently polite, I will consider posting it as an update.

THIRD: I do not consider myself a racist. I do not condone the use of some of the words found below. Let's enjoy a discussion of the issues, not an argument.

FOURTH: The word "You" does not refer to any specific race, creed or anything else. It is used to refer to some one other than me. It may not fit YOU.

FIFTH: Yes, I am a member of the Caucasion race (AKA: "white"), of Anglo-Saxon ethnicity, a Protestant and Southern, both by the Grace of God! :>) If that makes me a "WASP," so be it. I'm still not a racist!

Various ancestors of mine fought in the 1776 War of Rebellion (against Great Britain - which they won) and the War of Northern Aggression (guess which side my ancestores were on! :>) ) and the 1836 War of Rebellion (Texas against Mexico). So, YES, I am proud of my heritage (most of it, anyway). By God's Grace I have warriors in my blood. Our last military ancestor mustered out in 1865. Why we don't have any since then various from ancestor to ancestor. It gets kinda boring - but none of them escaped to Canada or anywhere else!

SIXTH: I could have sent this out to my email list, all two of them. It wouldn't get the publicity I think it deserves. I'd rather share it with you.

SEVENTH: H/T to BL who forwarded this to me. He's a good friend and mentor.

(I'll bet this doesn't go very far on the email circuit)
Unfortunately, it is so very true.........
Proud To Be White
Someone finally said it.
How many are actually paying attention to this?

There are African Americans,
Mexican Americans,
Asian Americans,
Arab Americans,
Native Americans,
.....And then there are just

You pass me on the street
sneer in my direction.
You Call me 'White boy,'
.....And that's OK.

But when I call you Nigger,
Towel head,
Sand-nigger, Camel Jockey,
Beaner, Gook, or Chink,
.....You call me a racist.

You say
that whites commit a lot
of violence against you,
so why are the ghettos the most
dangerous places to live?

You have
the United NegroCollege Fund.
You have Hispanic History Month.
You have Martin Luther King Day.
You have Asian History Month.
You have Black History Month.
You have Cesar Chavez Day.
You have Ma'uled Al-Nabi.
You have Yom Hashoah.
You have Kawanza.
You have the NAACP.
And you have BET.

If we had WET
(White Entertainment Television)
.....We'd be racists.

If we had a White Pride Day
.....You would call us racists.

If we had White History Month
.....We'd be racists.
If we had any organization for only whites
to 'advance' OUR lives,
.....We'd be racists.

We have a Hispanic Chamber of Commerce,
a Black Chamber of Commerce,
and then we just have the plain
Chamber of Commerce.
Wonder who pays for that?

If we had a college fund that only gave
white students scholarships
.....You know we'd be racists.

There are over 60
Black-only Colleges in the US ,
yet if there
were 'White-only Colleges'
.....THAT would be a racist college.

In the Million-Man March,
you believed
that you were
marching for your race and rights.
If we marched for our
race and rights,
.....You would call us racists.

You are proud to be black,
yellow and red,
and you're not afraid to announce it.
But when we announce
our white pride
.....You call us racists.

You rob us,
carjack us,
and shoot at us.
But, when a white police officer
shoots a black gang member
or beats up a black drug-dealer
who is running from the LAW
posing a threat to ALL of society
.....You call him a racist.

I am proud.
.....But, you call me a racist.

Why is it that only
can be racists?
There is nothing improper about this e-mail.
Let's see which of you
are proud enough to send it on...

Have I stirred you up? I hope so. Now, re-evaluate your attitudes, just as I was forced to re-evaluate mine by this li'l message. Let's acknowledge that both sides of the issue have things we need to change. Now let's get to changing ourselves. We're the only ones who can change. I can't make you change. You can't make me change.

God Bless Ya'll !

New Anglican Parish Web Site

St. Timothy's Anglican Church in Tomball, Texas (NW of Houston on SH 249) has opened their new web site for "business" at I encourage you to visit them virtually and, if interested/possible, physically.

God Bless Ya'll !

Several Good Posts From "Prayers That Matter"

GRL3 at Prayers That Matter has several good posts this morning.


"Christians should learn to detect a functional account of religious belief when listening to public figures speak. Liberals tend to speak in functional terms of meaning and purpose. Conservatives tend to speak functionally in terms of social order, stability, and morality. None of these is a substitute for authentic Christianity -- a faith that is predicated on being true -- not merely meaningful or helpful."

Read it all. He's got good stuff.

God Bless Ya'll !

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