Update on the hiking

Day one – 2.5 miles at 3.8 mph  2nd 2.5 miles at 3 mph walking with the wife

Day two – life intervened

Day three – 2.5 miles at 4.2 mph and in the dark.

more to follow

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PT as prepping

What have you done for getting your PT (physical training) stowed away?

Most people talk about getting in shape.  Most people are capable of making some sort of plans for getting in better shape.  The issue from there comes as two distinct factors.  The first side is picking an activity that will actually be done beyond the honeymoon period.  As in it is almost February and the new of New Years resolutions are wearing off, will you keep that resolution now that the “new” has worn off.  The second side of fail in most people’s PT plan is picking a plan that is useful beyond just “getting in better shape”.  Doing endless hours of treadmill work, only conditions you for doing treadmill work.

My new PT plan combines prepping with PT.  I have my SHTF pack all packed up and I am conditioning myself to humping it around town.  My initial goal is a 5 mile hump in less than 2 hours.  I have intermediate goals set in place with timelines that will need to be adjusted to reflect the reality of how I am progressing.  I have a final goal of being able to hump the pack 50 miles in a 24 hour period.  This is a serious push goal for me considering I am not talking about an unencumbered walk down the sidewalk.  This is a (mostly flat) terrain hike with a 45-50# pack (+/- 30% of body weight).

Being able to make this trek will serve several purposes.  It will build my endurance.  It will test out my gear.  It will get me used to my load.  It will give me time to test some of the basic components.  It will give me confidence.  Probably the most important part is it will make carrying and doing things with the pack on part of my routine.  It will help me to eventually extend my situational awareness while hiking as the pack becomes part of my person.

This is my prep initiative for the week.  What was yours?

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Ebola – nothing to see here

CNN-Ebola

Lets fisk this real quick.

#1. its fragile  –

so is AIDS …  but unlike AIDS this virus can (under certain conditions) exist outside of a host for well past a week.  We’ll put that in mildly scary category.

#2. We know how it works. 

We know how the common cold works too.  AND … that gets us closer to a cure, certainly.  But that little bit of knowledge will do exactly WHAT if we get an outbreak in San Diego, Atlanta, Chicago, NYFC?

3#. We have the resources to contain it.

we have the resources to contain the ebola contained in the two instances of KNOWN PURPOSEFUL importation.  What about when someone unknowingly comes in, has poor hygiene techniques, has a family that attempts to nurse patient zero through it themselves???  I’ll tell you what, we then have an Ebola bloom HERE.

#4. Our medical staff is ready.

Again, you are ready to deal with the two imported “pet” cases.  The medical establishment of the US is NOT in any way shape or form ready for this to bloom like it has in West Africa.  The job abandonment rate alone could cripple the response.  Not to mention the infection rate amongst the first line care givers (CNA’s) who are the ones wiping up the feces, vomit and blood.

#5.  Airports are on alert.

Great.  Are the quarantining questionable passengers?  Have they stopped commercial flights from the seriously infected countries?  So in other words, with a disease that has a 2-21 day incubation period.  TSA and its international bumpkin relatives will make exactly zero effect of controlling the spread of this disease.

Thanks CNN for the anti hysteria spin control.  Tell your master, you did good.

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The Kurds do good

http://tinyurl.com/Go-Kurds

 

A few weeks ago, the Kurds took land to act as buffer zones against the ISIS radicals.  That was a good decision.

Now the Kurds have taken several oil fields in the Kirkut area.

I am glad at least one group of people in the (soon to be) former Iraq has the brains and balls to act in a self sufficient manner without being completely corrupt, self centered narcissist bastards.  From the stories I have heard from our Special Op soldiers is that the Kurds (as a group) are honest fighters and very willing to keep any assjacks out of their area of control.  Be those people,  Sunni, Shiite, Al Queda or John Kerry.

Now please help me to understand our stance on actively inhibiting this.

We have a mostly pro US group (despite our previous treachery) who really only wants to keep their ancestral homes and way of life from falling under the control of the “Caliphate of Islam” or whatever ISIS is calling its land.  Why are we not falling all over ourselves to assist this proven group of fighters.

Oh wait, see Isreal (and any other group who is pro US and mostly self sufficient)

 

Update:

Now, we won’t even buy Kurdish oil or SELL the Kurds ammunition so they can defend themselves against ISIS.

Hell, we should be DONATING  BEGGING THEM TO TAKE boat loads of ammo  as well as offering incentive pay to Spec Op guys with existing relationships with the Kurds, to go back in theater.

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Alan Gura – victory

Big DC win

In light of Heller, McDonald, and their progeny, there is no longer any basis on which this Court can conclude that the District of Columbia’s total ban on the public carrying of ready-to-use handguns outside the home is constitutional under any level of scrutiny. Therefore, the Court finds that the District of Columbia’s complete ban on the carrying of handguns in public is unconstitutional. Accordingly, the Court grants Plaintiffs’ motion for summary judgment and enjoins Defendants from enforcing the home limitations of D.C. Code § 7-2502.02(a)(4) and enforcing D.C. Code § 22-4504(a) unless and until such time as the District of Columbia adopts a licensing mechanism consistent with constitutional standards enabling people to exercise their Second Amendment right to bear arms.4 Furthermore, this injunction prohibits the District from completely banning the carrying of handguns in public for self-defense by otherwise qualified non-residents based solely on the fact that they are not residents of the District.

 

DC law that was voided

the pertinent part is:

(4) Pistol not validly registered to the current registrant in the District prior to September 24, 1976, except that the prohibition on registering a pistol shall not apply to:

(A) Any organization that employs at least one commissioned special police officer or other employee licensed to carry a firearm and that arms the employee with a firearm during the employee’s duty hours;

(B) A police officer who has retired from the Metropolitan Police Department;

(C) Any person who seeks to register a pistol for use in self-defense within that person’s home; or

(D) A firearms instructor, or an organization that employs a firearms instructor, for the purpose of conducting firearms training.

Voiding this portion would allow for self-defense use outside of the home.  The way our legal system works, when there is no law forbidding an action; that action is legal and defensible against authority.  That is how many states are Open Carry states.  No law against it, makes it legal and permissible.

An even better voiding

No person shall carry within the District of Columbia either openly or concealed on or about their person, a pistol, or any deadly or dangerous weapon capable of being so concealed. Whoever violates this section shall be punished as provided in § 22-4515, except that:

edited for brevity

if this is voided, it pretty much puts DC in the condition of Constitutional Carry.  As of last night, DC has better carry laws (lack of) then Texas, Florida and Arizona.  Now I am not driving up to DC to Open Carry down Pennsylvania Avenue today.  I really can’t afford the test case legal fees or the potential bullet holes in my chest from DCPD.  But, technically this is completely legal, right now.

I fully expect the DC legislative goons to enact some emergency provision to shut this down around 9am Monday morning.  However, the judge specifically stated DC must enact a Constitutionally acceptable method of allowing for CCW and Constitutional Carry is in effect until they do.  This will likely result in a knee jerk reaction the the DC kleptocrats that includes extensive and expensive training programs, extremely long wait times, “good character” limitations and specific narrow limits on which firearms are “safe enough to carry”, possibly even regulations of ammunition that is “safe enough to carry”.

Even though this would seem like a loss to our side, in the long run such defensive actions should result in an even larger / more explicit win for us.  We will get injunctions, we will get further definition from the court, we will have sympathetic people whose right is adversely affected and Scotus will be forced to more narrowly define the “reasonable restrictions” of Heller.  We should be able to effectively revoke “poll taxes”, character checks and all other effective bans on the poor and not politically connected from receiving a carry permit.

Thank you Alan Gura and SAF for all your help in securing our RKBA as written.

 

 

 

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Does Israel have the right to self defense?

http://tinyurl.com/UN-on-Isreal

Palestinian U.N. envoy, Riyad Mansour, said the Palestinians’ understanding is that the cease-fire should go into effect immediately.

Really asshole.  So when you send several hundred rockets into Israeli residential neighborhoods, you know, aimed at innocent civilians that is ok.  Israel sends several sorties of guided missiles at legitimate military targets and there needs to be an immediate cease-fire?
 
He said the Palestinians will be watching closely to see if the Israelis respond to the council’s call, stressing that if they don’t “we have a lot of tools in our arsenal.
 
Really asshole, if you had more tools you would be using them. 
Suicide bombers, seen them
unguided rockets – meet iron dome
knife and gun wielding terrorists attacking children, seen that too
 
why don’t you try some economic sanctions – oh wait, you don’t have an economy
What about a stand up fight – oh wait, you don’t have an army … or discipline
 
 
When I was a little kid, my dad gave me some good advice.  Don’t start a fight you can’t finish, and if your smart don’t start a fight you can’t win.  But, its even better if you can avoid the fight.  For those fights you have to be in, be sure to win.
 
Somehow, I think the Palestinians didn’t have that talk with their dad.  It looks like they just run and hide behind mom’s skirt and pray mom will protect them from their own stupidity.
 
I say, buck up little boy.  You pick a fight with the Big Guy, expect to get you ass handed too you.  The right to self defense and all that.
 
If I was Israel, I would be seriously tempted to pull up all the reserves and drive all your people back to where they came from and build a fence. Like the one we need on our Southern Border.

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4th Equals freedom… or something

Some other Bloggers got me thinking.

http://olegvolk.net/blog/  at http://olegvolk.net/blog/2014/06/26/united-states-going-the-way-of-the-ussr/

He was speaking about the things he noticed in his move from living in the USSR and then living in the USA.  The jist of the post was incrementalism,  regarding the loss of freedoms.  Go to his post, read the whole thing.

His post along with Paw Paw  http://pawpawshouse.blogspot.com/2014/07/good-point.html  have me examining the loss of freedom through apathy, enemy action and our own inaction.

In the mid 60’s my father was in the Navy.  He was stationed in Jacksonville FL but his family all lived in NJ.  This meant he drove or flew back and forth when he got a leave of decent length.  On one of those leaves, he chose to fly round trip.  One of the reasons he chose to fly was because there was a rat issue that he wanted to take care of and his .22LR rifle was in NJ.  On the way back to Jacksonville, he took his rifle to the airport.  At the airport he informed the counter people that he had his rifle and needed to take it with him to Florida.  They asked if he had unloaded it, then asked if he wanted to check it or store it in the coat closet up by the first row.  He assured them it was unloaded (no one checked) then opted for the coat closet.   He was told to just hold it until boarding and be sure to remember to take it when he disembarked in Florida.

I will point out, this was departing from Newark NJ.  A man sitting in the boarding lobby of Newark airport with a rifle between his knees.  If I know my dad, he had no gun case for it.  Maybe  it was wrapped in a towel or a roll of newspaper.  No one made any kind of stink.  He boarded the plane, put the gun in the coat closet again with no stink.  No one grabbed the gun and attempted to hijack the plane.  No one screamed bloody murder at either end of the flight.  When he got to Florida, the gun was used to kill some rats and no one cared.

In comparison,  I flew to Pennsylvania about a year ago.  As many of you know, I don’t go anywhere without a gun.  I left from the local Florida airport.  I had called my airline ahead of time and figured out THEIR take on the rules.  I printed up THEIR take on the rules and packed them on top of my carry on, just in case.  Then I followed their rules when I got there.

locked gun case with unloaded gun inside

locked secondary case with ammunition and magazines inside

both hidden in a larger locked case with clothes etc surrounding it.

At the check in counter, I declared it – was forced to to move to a different location where I had to unlock and open both small cases and prove the gun was unloaded (slight bit of stupidity there) – then re-lock and repack everything

Then the TSA genius plasters a tag to the handle that says gun inside – well actually it didn’t say that, but it was the ONLY bag they screened that had that color tag on it.  HMMMMM  makes one wonder

Arriving at PA, my bag was unceremoniously dumped onto the carousel like all the others except it had that day-glow identifying tag.  I managed to get it before some miscreant saw the tag and stole it.

Then there are:

Seat belt laws

Motorcycle and bicycle helmet laws

Big Gulp bans

transfat fryer oil bans

beachside bikini bans

ID demands for pseudoephedrine based cold medicines

laws against carrying more then a certain amount of cash

ID checks / citizenship paper requirements within 100 miles of a border or coastline

and it goes on and on and on

 

 

 

 

 

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