Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Quote of the Day - Jews in the Attic

This tends to bring Joe’s “Jews in the Attic Test” concept into sharp relief, since people are already talking about rounding up gun owners, calling them murderers, and wanting to hang them from their toes or worse. That sounds exactly like what was being said about Jews, Gypsies, homosexuals, the disabled and other “undesirables” in Germany in the ’20s and ’30s.

And there is a direct, straight-line ideological connection between Progressives of today and German National Socialists of the early 20th century who got many of their ideas from American Progressives. Never forget it. Hillary, for one, proudly calls herself an “early 20th century Progressive”.

If you’re really considered a murderer and a piece of shit, there’s no limit to what the accusers will do to you if given the chance and the backing of their peers. You are sub human AND you are a threat and an impediment to the glorious system of equality and justice that the Marxists believe in with what can only be described as a religious fervor.

These are the Useful Idiots– an army of zombies carefully and painstakingly bred through decades of social engineering. They are the victims of psychological warfare. As though having been bitten by the master vampire, they now lust for your blood and they are under his control.

-Lyle - Commenting at Joe's.

THIS.  There are people who wish for me to be robbed, murdered, shot etc.  There are those who genuinely profess a desire for me to commit suicide (only by gun of course)  The ones who dehumanize me, who say I have no empathy, who claim I want to see children dead, all because I support the defense and exercise of a constitutional right. Yes, they treat us this way because of our stance on a right and not because of religion or ethnicity, but it is bigotry nonetheless.

These people, who gleefully call for such violence against people like myself, support the vast majority of the policies of the "Progressive" movement of last century.  Pre-Nazi Germany was one of the most advanced, civilized places in Europe.  The dehumanizing and disarmament of an entire class of people, along with constant propaganda from the media and leaders was all it took to condition people to hold hatred and bigotry for Jews in their hearts.  Useful idiots can be easily conditioned to hate the "scapegoat." Hatred is a dangerous emotion.  That is as true today as it was in Post-Weimar Germany.

Frankly, the hatred and bigotry towards gun owners IS waning.  In large parts of the U.S.A. we are winning.  In others however the bigotry is so thick that you could cut it with a knife.  Jay G. had a post (I can't find it for the life of me right now) about how some of the folks at his old job in MA treated him upon his departure, when they found out they'd been working along side one of *those people* I.E. GASP.....an evil, NRA loving, baby killin' raaaaaaaaacist gun owner.  It was disheartening, but not at all surprising.  If you live in a blue state and are pro-gun, you will have people who will react this way to you.  I've had it happen myself.  There was a woman I've known since I was a kid, who dated my best friend all through high school, who I've always gotten along with.  I post one thing after Sandy Hook on facebook and suddenly she is attacking me like I'm the most despicable person in the world.  Her older sister also jumped in and did the same, before unfriending me (good riddance!)

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Open Carry and Being Politically Smart

So the Delaware Legislature just passed a bill allowing local municipalities to ban open carry in government buildings.  Basically, this is something that wasn't even on the radar until folks started OC'ing to public meetings.

Ideally we should be able to CCW or OC without any permit, any place we like.  Reality says otherwise, especially in a Democratically controlled state that, like it or not, can legislatively steamroll gun owners.

Call me an anti / fud or whatever, but in my mind it makes no sense to galvanize people against us, especially in DE, where we are behind enemy territory and, frankly, extremely lucky not to be as screwed as say, MD or NY.  The introduction and passage of this bill was entirely predictable, and brought about entirely due to the actions of certain Open Carry folks.  On the other hand, I'm happy to read the bill and see that it's not a sweeping ban and is actually, dare I say.......reasonable.

HB 192

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Getting Back to Basics

My 29th year on this rock started out with a bang, and to say it did not start out well would be an understatement of massive proportions.  However, it is my sincere belief that attitude matters.  You can use situations to learn, grow and become a better person moving forward, or you can use bad situations to engage in perpetual victimhood "notmyfaultitis."  Those who choose the latter eschew genuine introspection.  That's part of life's journey.  Recognize your faults, your weak spots once exposed.  Recognize things you've done wrong so that you don't do them again in the future. Recognize things you do that make you a target for certain types of people and make the requisite changes to not be a target, including learning how to recognize said toxic people and stay away from them.

So I've been getting back to basics and doing things for me. Really, truly reminding myself that focusing on oneself does not mean I'm an asshole or a narcissist.

I've been signing up for 5K races on Races2Run.com and have rediscovered why I enjoyed running & races so much doing XC as a teen.  After a 10+ year hiatus I've run 4 races, including one in late april with both my big brother and nephew where the kid ran a great 5K time for a 10 year old.

I've also started doing Hill Workouts at the old course for the 1st time since high school.  If you want something that'll make an in-shape person wheeze like a 90 year old smoker at the end, Penn State Hill Workouts will do it. :P  Quarter up, down, half up, down, three quarter up, down, all the way up, down.  Drink, stretch, repeat, only now there's no coaches pushing me and no gatorade buckets at the top.

Oh, and don't put your hands on the top of the pole in the photo.  It's covered in bird shit...... heh.

I've also been unplugging myself, leaving the phone for emergencies, and spending time outside, enjoying the weather, friends, family, which sadly I feel like people forget to do.  Hell, look around at a restaurant.  You'll see entire families out to dinner, all looking down at their phones instead of enjoying eachothers company.  It's just odd.

Oh, and I've been trying to get the old guy back into shape and outside as much as possible for his age.  He turned 12 this March, and has lost a ton of weight since wintertime.  I'm not entirely sure what he thinks of the new puppy, but he seems to tolerate her when they're both together.




Heck I even went out, bought a basketball and started hitting the courts again for the first time in years. After losing nearly 15 pounds at some point around the tail end of 2014 / early 2015 I've started seriously eating right, have stuck to it, thankfully gained weight back and have felt great as a result.  I've begun hitting the gym at work and actually utilizing the personal trainers that are here everyday, 50 feet from my desk, whom I can work out with in our full gym for free.  Amazing that I didn't take advantage of this for the first ~7+ years I worked here.  The stretching and mobility training alone have been a godsend for a lanky dude with CP.  Why I didn't do this before I do not know.  Stubbornness. Bleh.

As one trainer said to me when I came in to get stretched out on race day "Jesus, you were going to run a 5K with your back and legs like this?!  That's suicidal."

Laura, on this very blog once commented that "I think your stubbornness defines you far more than your physical situation." And honestly, she was right.  That said, stubbornness can be a trait that's either virtue or vice,  and that applies to so much more than just stretching.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Quote of The Day - Perspective

"I wasn't having a good race. every step was more demanding than the one before. I was on the course feeling sorry for myself, just wanting the pain to be over. Suddenly this young boy came jogging up on my right and said with a big grin on his face "beautiful day for a run, huh?" I looked down and saw that he had no legs. He was running on prosthetics made from carbon fiber. It was, indeed, a beautiful day for a run."
-John W. Quinn

Perspective and attitude matter.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Go Anywhere Gun - Beretta Jetfire

This is my "go anywhere" gun.  The gun that goes in work slacks, or into my gym shorts walking from the gym to my car. The Beretta Jetfire. Some may say it's silly to carry a .25 ACP in one of the most dangerous cities in America, but it sure beats the 1911 sitting in my safe at home.
Unlike Caleb, I never have a hot cuppa Dunkin coffee with me.....

$200, in great shape, and it looked like it'd had very, very few rounds through it and was then pretty much never carried.  The patina look in this photo is due to the sun & the photo app I used.

I think my iPhone with a Mophie case might weigh more than the gun does.

The only downside is that the Desantis Nemesis pocket holster I've been using for it is not the greatest.  Anyone else who has carried / used to carry a Jetfire have any other pocket holster suggestions?

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Quote of the Day - Thomas Paine on "Dropping the Rope"

“To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.” 

Thomas Paine

Not just argue with, but engage at all, in any capacity.


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

BAG Day 2015

So, today is Tax Day, also known as "Buy A Gun" day.

I won't be buying a gun today.  Maybe I'll stop by Cabela's and buy a box of ammo.

Given that I'm not buying a gun, what are all of you gonna buy?

I admit, I wouldn't mind picking up a lever action rifle in .32 H&R Magnum, or perhaps another Dan Wesson 1911, but neither of those are going to happen.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Quote of the Day - Wronged

" I won't be wronged. I won't be insulted. I won't be laid a-hand on. I don't do these things to other people, and I require the same from them."

- John Wayne
Love this quote. The man was wise in lots of ways.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Someone Like Me

I think it's the right time in my life to re-read this book.  If forgotten just how good it is ��


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Missed my 7th Blogiversary

It's hard to believe I started this blog back on December 10, 2007

And here I am, bringing this blog back from the brink of dead. :P

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Quote of the Day - A Necessity

"In a truly civil society peopled primarily by enlightened, sober individuals, the carriage of arms might be deemed gratuitous, but it is nonetheless harmless. In a society that measures up to anything less than that, the option to carry arms is a necessity."
- GeekWithA45

Via an old post of Kevin's

I know it's old, but it's so damn true.  And no society has ever measured up to that, nor will one ever.  There are always crazy people out there, and they don't wear big old warning labels.

Concealment

I finally received my Delaware CCDW permit as of early December.  It's good for 3 years, but since all renewals happen on the same exact day, which I think is May 31 2017, it's really only good for 2.5 years.  They don't stagger renewals each year, and then wonder why they have a processing backlog.

I am still a proponent of open carry, but I must say it's quite convenient to finally be able to just slip my 432PD j-frame and a speedloader in my pockets.  This is also the first winter where I've actually been able to regularly carry.  Not to mention I can actually carry in Wilmington, which is good since the violent crime rate here is worse than 99% of the country, including worse than Baltimore, Philly, Oakland, Compton, Camden etc.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Delaware CCDW Reciprocity

In case anyone is ever looking to see which states have reciprocity with Delaware, that information is available at the AG's website.

Currently we have reciprocity with Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and West Virginia.

We do not have reciprocity with Virginia anymore, so the easiest option for VA residents wanting to visit DE would be to get either an Arizona non-resident permit or a Maine permit.  The Maine permit (PDF warning) is super easy to get.  No fingerprints or photo needed even.

As of last month I now have a Maine Non-Resident permit and a Pennsylvania Non-Resident Permit.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Music Monday

Been on a hiatus dealing with some personal issues that were stressing me out to the point where I was becoming a person I didn't recognize and didn't want to be.  I'm out of that toxic fog now, putting it in my rearview mirror and excited to get back to being an even better, stronger me in all aspects. And I think I'll get back to blogging a bit.




Monday, December 8, 2014

Good shootin' Mom

Took my 11 hour CCDW class recently and paid for my mom to take it and NRA basic pistol as well.  Here's her target.  I think this was 7 yards with the Firestorm FS22 I gave her.


And here's mine with the rare .32 Bersa Thunder.  Women do shoot better. :). I should have my DE permit in hand sometime this summer