Segregated Policing

The answer to this is obvious.

It’s tragic, but everything I see in this video indicates it was a legally justified use of lethal force. Yet we have people saying things like this:

[series of twitter posts outlining how evil the Ohio cop was for defending an unarmed girl’s life by using deadly force against the armed girl who was trying to kill her]

White cops should probably just stay out of black neighborhoods or refuse to respond to calls involving blacks. When you can save a young black girl’s life and still be decried as a horrible, evil, terrible person, it’s just not worth it anymore.

If the cop works in a department that requires them to respond when called, show up at the scene and be a good witness. Stand off to the side, let it play out and then dutifully mark where the bodies ended up after it’s all over. Don’t get involved, don’t render aid, don’t do anything until it’s all over with because if you involve yourself in any way, they’ll find a way to make you the bad guy.

The sad thing is, I feel like it’s probably a minority of blacks with these kinds of attitudes, but they’ll all suffer the consequences for the ridiculous actions of a few.

The bottom line is, were I a cop, I’d be vigorously pursuing alternate employment opportunities right now, and, in the meantime, I’d be very, very hesitant to get involved in any type of situation involving blacks.

After I retired from the Military, I actually applied to be a cop at a local PD. I wasn’t selected (perhaps because I didn’t fit the demographic profile they were looking for?) and ended up getting a good job in a field I enjoy so never tried again.

I cannot express how glad I am that I dodged that bullet.

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Rules are for the little people

Not for the ones who make them.

The head of the Michigan health department recently traveled to Alabama without being fully vaccinated as the state grappled with the worst COVID-19 trends in the nation.

That means Department of Health and Human Services Director Elizabeth Hertel did not follow the guidance of the department she directs.

It’s good to be the king*

*100 internet points to the first person who identifies this reference.

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How SHOCKING!

Another case of racist graffiti on campus turns out to be a hoax:

Albion College and the Albion Department of Public Safety say a student is responsible for racist graffiti found in a dorm last weekend.

Albion police brought the 21-year-old Black male in for questioning on April 6, according to Chief Scott Kipp. The student admitted to creating most of the graffiti, and video evidence from Albion’s Campus Safety Department confirms the statements made by the student, Kipp said.

I’m sure this was a good intentioned, but misguided effort to “start a conversation” since no one in the country is talking about racism or white supremacy right now.[/sarcasm]

Whenever I see a story about a display of blatant racism anywhere really, but on college campuses in particular, my first instinct is to dismiss it as a hoax…and calculations, about 99 times out of 100, my instinct is correct. In fact, I can’t recall an incident like this in the past 10 or 15 years that actually turned out to be legitimate racism. Can anyone else?

Hat tip to The Last Refuge.

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Reply to another “online sales are evil” post on Bearing Arms

I posted this as a comment, but I’m putting it here as well for posterity. The below is in response to this article.

Hm…Every time I see one of these pleas for us to stop buying online it comes from someone who works in or owns a brick and mortar gun store.

Wonder why that would be?

Here’s a thought…how about opening your own website and selling ammo online yourself? Maybe then you can get your sales volume up enough to rate higher in the supply pecking order. Especially if you refrain from the “price gouging” that you decry and sell your ammo far cheaper than anyone else.

Of course if you do that, you’ll never have any stock on hand because it will sell out as soon as you get it in.

Here’s the bottom line: prices are a form of communication. High prices increase profits per unit sold. High profits per unit sold encourages new investments into the industry so others can get their piece of the pie…and encourages existing producers to increase production.

The prices are as high as they are because there are people willing to pay those prices. Enough people, in fact, that even with the ridiculous prices right now, most retailers shelves empty out as fast as they can fill them. That means that the prices aren’t too high because the demand is very high.

The only thing that will alleviate this situation is for either the demand to go down (which I don’t see happening any time soon) or the supply to go up. It will take time for the supply to go up. New production lines have to be created and brought online, new employees need to be hired and trained, in some case new factories have to be built from the ground up.

Guess what pays for all that increased production? Profits from high prices.

Price controls do not work. Ask Venezuela. The only thing they do is exacerbate and prolong the shortage. If the companies making the product can’t increase profits by increasing production, why would they?

Producing ammunition (or any other product) is not a community service and it’s not a charity, it’s a business. The people who run those businesses would be guilty of malfeasance if they didn’t do everything in their power to maximize the profits for their shareholders. That’s what businesses are for.

The brick and mortar gun shop owner complaining about online sales is like the buggy whip salesmen begging their customers not to buy one of those newfangled cars. Adapt or die. That’s the way the world works. If you don’t like free markets, I’m sure Venezuela would be happy to take you in as an immigrant. Heck, you’d be mind-blowingly wealthy there and could hire people to stand in the bread lines for you.

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There’s your problem…

OK…here is the perfect representation of how we’ve gotten ourselves into this mess (from which, at this point, I fear there is no escape)…this is from a widely read CONSERVATIVE online outlet:

We now learn that Harris is making and taking calls with foreign Heads of State that the President should be making, especially if these are the first contacts with the new Administration. Three days ago, Harris handled the first call of the Administration to France and President Macron.

This is all the making of a decent Saturday night movie but this is our country and these people are supposed to be our leaders

No.

No, no, no, no a thousand times NO!

These people are not supposed to be our leaders. They are supposed to be our representatives.

That’s part of the reason we’ve ended up in the sad condition that the Founding Fathers would weep about (or, perhaps, say “I told you so”). We have been conditioned to believe that the people elected to office are somehow our superiors, that they’re supposed to tell us what to do and how to do it.

NO!!!!!

They are our representatives – our employees. We’re supposed to tell THEM what to do, not the other way around.

Free, adult, responsible human beings don’t need a mommy and daddy to make their decisions for them. They don’t need a protector to defend them against the big bad world. They don’t need a rich uncle to bail them out when the consequences of their decisions come home to roost.

Free, adult responsible human beings need only a government that is dedicated to defending those people’s God given rights against all enemies, foreign and domestic.

The fact that even conservatives these days seem to be pining for someone to lead them to the promised land explains completely why we are where we are.

“The man who asks of freedom anything other than itself is born to be a slave.”
–Alexis de Tocqueville

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Does this make me a Hip Hop fan? – Updated

For the second time in my life, I’ve discovered a Hip Hop song that I like.

It’s on youtube so I won’t link or embed it, but here’s where you can see it:

The Patriot | Featuring The Marine Rapper

Two military vets’ music video of their hip hop song celebrating their patriotism and love for country. Definitely worth a watch.

Update:  I found the video on BitChute.  Good on them for posting on alternative sites because it’s just a matter of time before Youtube yanks them.  They’ve already been censored by streaming services.  Here’s the video embedded from bitchute:

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Public Service Announcement

So, it’s common knowledge that gun sales have been astronomical last year and so far this year and it’s not just us old fat white guys buying more of what we already have:

A report released this month by the National Shooting Sports Federation stated that 40% of all gun purchases in 2020 were made by 8.4 million first-time buyers.

Classes of people once generally opposed to guns are fueling the spike in firearm sales. Forty percent of gun buyers were women, and sales to African Americans rose 58%, according to the report.

So, with that in mind, I want to remind all those 8 million new gun owners about not only my standing offer to provide training, free of charge, to new shooters, but also of the network of people across the nation who are making the same offer.

Keep in mind that we’re not offering training on how to become gunfighters or “operators”, we’re offering training on how to safely handle, use and store firearms including the basics of gun handling and marksmanship. What we are offering is the beginning, not the end. It’s the foundation upon which to build your skills.

The only thing that might put a damper on things right now is availability of ammunition. We can still do the training, but live fire might be minimal unless you can provide your own ammo.

We’ve got lots of new gun owners who need training and not all can afford commercial instruction. I got my NRA and 4H instructor qualifications not to make money with them, but to be better positioned to share what knowledge I have and grow the gun owning and shooting community.

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Two more tweaks to the blog

First, I added an analytics tool.  This is not a third party tool that is going to send your data elsewhere, it is a WP plugin that stores data locally.  There are two new non-essential cookies used by the tool.  Feel free to check out the cookie policy and privacy policy pages for more info.

The second thing I added, is something I’d like some feedback on.

It occurred to me that I tend to use a lot of acronyms and gunny terms that visitors who aren’t experienced gun owners might not be familiar with.  I don’t want to “dumb down” (no offense intended) my posts, so I installed a “glossary” plugin that highlights terms and when you hover over the term, provides a tooltip with a definition.

I’ve only defined a couple of terms so far and before I spend a lot of time setting up terms and writing out definitions, I’d like some feedback.  Is this function obnoxious, or useful?  If it’s obnoxious, I’ll get rid of it.  I really don’t think I get that many non-gunnies on this blog anyway.

My last post has a couple of examples so you can get an idea of what it looks like.

Please let me know what you think in the comments.

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Adventures with SQL

I’m not much of a SQL expert…I’ve used SQL to run database queries a few times in my life, so I’m familiar with the process, but my knowledge of SQL could fill a thimble.

Every time I want to run a query, I have to look up the SQL reference to remember the proper formatting, keywords and syntax.

So, where am I going with this?

In an effort to clean up my blog a bit, I’ve been running various scans and evaluations on my content. The issue arose from the fact that I host all my images and videos locally, I don’t trust any of the big tech companies not to blackball me at some point, so I don’t use them. I’ve been doing that pretty much since I moved over from blogger many years ago.

The problem is that any of my old posts where I embedded an image or video from my own site, were referenced to the http: version rather than the https: version. That’s what was causing the warnings.

Well, I knew it would take freaking forever to go back and update 13 years worth of old posts, so I decided to do it the dangerous way. I logged directly into the WP database and ran a SQL query that replaced every instance of “http://sailorcurt.com” to “https://sailorcurt.com”.

I’m posting about it because I’m proud of myself for figuring it out, doing it correctly and not blowing my blog completely up. Of course, I backed up the database before I did it so I could restore if disaster struck, but I got it right the very first time and it worked perfectly. No more warnings about references to unsecure content.

It took me about 5 minutes to back up the database, about 10 minutes to remind myself of the SQL terms and syntax for the query I wanted to run and about 2 seconds for the query to actually execute.

Versus who knows how many hours it would have taken to fix it all manually.

Sometimes a little geek knowledge comes in handy.

Oh, and I fixed a couple of other minor little niggling things that had been bothering me too. If I get nothing else done all day (fat chance of that), I’ll feel a sense of accomplishment just for what I’ve done here.

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