Friday, September 25, 2020

Flying - The Local Airport Triple

Today is too nice a day to not get in the air.

Sunny, not a cloud in the sky, and winds calm to 3 knots.  

So, I jumped into the trusty Archer and took to the skies.

I decided to leave the local airport environs and get some un-towered airport practice.

It turns out a lot of other pilots had the same idea.

First, I took off from Pontiac and they had me cross 27R and instead use the big runway - Runway 27L, which is always fun.

Then I flew northeast to Lapeer, where I entered the pattern for Runway 18 as planes were already using 18, using appropriate radio calls all the while.

Another couple planes were there and not an issue, we had each other in sight and it's all good.  

I did a good landing and then taxied back and held short and waited to takeoff as an bright yellow amphib piper cub was coming in to land, sans radio  (but smartly with another pilot who had a radio flying with him letting everyone know), and with the other aircraft coming in to land behind him. Fun to watch.

I then took off and remained in the pattern. Radio calls all the while, a few more planes entering the pattern, all is well and everyone is showing solid awareness.

That is until I get on short final.  Very short final, got the numbers in the windscreen, landing looks and feels just perfect, this is going to be great  ----

And a dickhead in a blue painted Cessna decides it's a perfect time to roll onto the runway and takeoff without any radio call or looking at final to see an aircraft about to land on the numbers.

"Archer 28S is going around, sidestepping right due to traffic taking off!" 

Not stated but understood by everyone else in the pattern - "You flipping f'ing moron taking off while I'm about to land!"

Thanks a lot there super chief.  Full power, slowly retract the flaps, and fly the airplane and keep separation from the moron that's taking off.

So I headed off to my next airport - D98 Romeo.

Flying to Romeo and I overfly and then setup for Runway 18.  Do my radio calls and enter the downwind and get a report from the ground that they are working on the lighting to the left of runway 18 but should not be a factor.  I can see them and let them know I appreciate the heads up.

Another airplane also comes in and we've got good communication and spacing, I land, he then lands, and we both taxi again to takeoff. Another nice landing.

I bid him a good flight and takeoff and head back to Pontiac.

12 Miles out from Pontiac I give the tower a call. I then get instructions to do a straight in and report a 3-mile final to Runway 27R from the tower. Yay.


 

I'm #2, following another Archer who is in the pattern, and he clears the runway and I land and just grease the plane in perfectly.

Then I park, refuel the plane, and put the plane to bed.

1.3 and 3 very good landings and a very mandatory go-around.

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Not Only An Abhorent Announcement Of Discrimination, But Also Unconstitutional

The Detroit News:  Lawsuit by white Michigan State Police sergeant claims racial, LGBT discrimination.

A female gay white sergeant was allegedly passed over for promotion as a post commander in a favor of an African-American female who was allegedly less qualified, and allegedly had lied in the course of her employment.

The interesting part of the article however is the report of a pronouncement apparently made publicly by the commander of the Michigan State Police:  

Each of the suits points to comments state police director Col. Joseph Gasper reportedly made at a public meeting on Oct. 8, 2019, in which he said the agency was "way too white and way too male," and added that he planned to set aside 25% of future job openings for minorities, and 20% for females.

That certainly constitutes racial set-asides now doesn't it?

A little problem is that such affirmative action and set asides violate the Michigan Constitution Section 26(2):

The state shall not discriminate against, or grant preferential treatment to, any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in the operation of public employment, public education, or public contracting.

That's going to be a problem and his pronouncement just opened the door to lots of discrimination lawsuits by potential new hires turned down because they may be too white or too male, and from current members of the force that may be passed over for promotion based on their being too white or too male.

The Michigan State Police currently has a well-deserved reputation and is renowned for being composed of capable and highly-skilled law enforcement officers - regardless of their color, sex, or sexual orientation.  

Colonel Gaspar risks this reputation with his misguided and illegal affirmative action plan.

Democrat Politicans Always Engage In Projecting Behavior

The Detroit News: Whitmer, Cuomo call for inquiry by Congress into Trump's COVID response

Simply amazing the gall of these politicians.  

Both Whitmer and Cuomo (and the govs of PA, MA and NJ)  issued orders requiring nursing homes to take in Covid-19 infected patients. As a result, and surprising no one, Covid-19 ripped through Michigan and New York nursing homes - causing 40%+ of all the deaths in these states.  States that didn't have such an insane order fared much better.

Quite a sheer lot of chutzpah to call for an inquiry over Trump's response when your own horribly inept responses led to the deaths of thousands and made the situation much worse than it would have been had they acted sensibly. 

This demand on Whitmer's part is even more astonishing, but not truly unexpected,  given her continued refusal to cooperate with GOP inquiry on virus in nursing homes. and her actions during Covid that led to the deaths of thousands of Michigan nursing home residents.

My bet is she's trying to both cover her actions by pointing elsewhere and to tee up some more spurious grounds for another impeachment campaign against President Trump, while hiding her and Cuomo's own misdeeds and mishandling of the Convid-19 pandemic.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

While California Is Undergoing An Electric Power Shortage With No Expected Relief In Sight

Governor Newsom announces that by 2035 only electric cars may be sold as new vehicles in California.

The Detroit News: California moves to end sales of new gas-powered cars

California will halt sales of new gasoline-powered passenger cars and trucks by 2035, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday, a move he says will cut greenhouse gas emissions by 35% in the nation’s most populous state.

 As there's no simultaneous push to increase reliable electric power generation in the state of California to meet the demand of all these new electric cars, and they can't even keep up with electrical demand as it stands now.

  I think we can have a pretty good idea as to how this is going to end up.

Overdoing It Just A Tad There Sport

So this morning, I went to the gas pumps at Costco to fill up and moved into a spot behind a Volvo that had its driver's side door wide open with the engine off at the pump ahead.

I waited a moment before stopping at the second pump, as often people finish and drive off and there's no point leaving an empty pump in front of you and making someone wait behind you if they're about to leave, when you could have waited a second and moved forward.

Well, after a polite minute of waiting, there's still no movement out of the vehicle and it looks like he's coiffing his hair, as one does at a gas station I suppose.

Ok, then.

So, I level up to the second pump, turn the car off and get out.

Still no movement out of the vehicle ahead.

I feed the pump my card, press the appropriate buttons, open my gas tank, and am about to remove the handle when the guy finally gets out of his cart.  Older fella, rather spry, with very nicely coiffed hair for pumping gas, I must say.

Ok, so I've now started pumping gas and he slowly makes his way to the pump.

He doesn't start pumping gas.

Instead he takes what looks like a Clorox wipe and starts wiping down the entire gas pump handle, the swivel beneath it, the entire hose, he's really seriously wiping down everything, including parts no one ever touches.  Neglects to wipe the lever inside of the handle though, which is funny as that's where your hand is going to actually be touching, but every other surface gets wiped.

He then wipes down the card reader, screen and all the buttons.  Again, he hits areas you're unlikely to be touching as he's busily wiping everything down.

He's about to place his card in the machine and that's when I'm done filling my tank.

He has yet to remove the handle from the pump when I'm leaving the gas station.

I'm sure that gas pump has never been cleaner, aside from the lever mind you.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Ok, Who had Alligators In Michigan For 2020?

Covid, Murder Hornets,  EEE infected mosquitos, Cicada invasion, and now an Alligator has allegedly been spotted in Macomb County.

The Detroit News: Macomb Co. Animal Control investigates gator sightings in Clinton River

Macomb County Animal Control is investigating reports a critter that may be an alligator or a crocodile has been spotted in the Clinton River in Harrison Township, officials said Tuesday.

Most likely this is the result of some idiot who had an exotic pet that got too big, who then had the brilliant idea of releasing it into the wild. 

But, with 2020 being what it is, a full-on Alligator invasion of our fair peninsula cannot be ruled out.

No Charges Forthcoming In The Case Of The Toilet Ballot Box

The Ingham County prosecuting attorney, while a Democrat, at least knows the law and a parody when she sees one, and announced that no, she is not going to seek criminal charges in the case of the clear toilet ballot drop-box parody.

The DeToilet Detroit News: Complaint flushed: No charge in Mason toilet election display

 While Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum sought charges against the maker of the parody, as she claimed voting is no laughing matter, and then later stated that "she didn't see the toilet Tuesday".

If that's the case, Ingham County really should reconsider Barb Bayrum as being a clerk in charge of overseeing the election.  If her eyesight is so poor that she can't spot a toilet, she's going to have major problems counting ballots, not to mention detecting fraud.

Then again, that inability to spot fraud as a Democrat clerk in charge of a very Democrat county's elections may very well be a feature rather than a bug.

Monday, September 21, 2020

If You're Dumb Enough To Mistake A Toilet For A Vote Drop-box . . .

Then, well, lets just say The Ingham County Clerk (D) is quite concerned that fellow Democrat voters could mistake a toilet for a voting drop box.

The soft bigotry of low expectations and all that, I suppose.

The Detoilet Detroit News: Official: Toilet display in Mason mocking mail-in voting is a crime

Yep, seriously, she's seeking criminal charges for a clear First Amendment Parody regarding mail-in voting.

A Michigan resident’s apparent joke showing disdain for voting by mail is no laughing matter for one election official.

The resident put a toilet on their lawn with a sign that says, “Place mail in ballots here.”

Barb Byrum, the Democratic clerk of Ingham County, filed a complaint with police over the display, saying it could mislead people who aren’t familiar with the voting system.

Hopefully the police throw the idea of charging the man for his valid and rather humorous protest display right down the toilet.

I guess that if you can't tell the difference between a drop-box for a vote, a Post Office Box to mail a vote in, and a toilet, then you might just be a Democrat.

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Rosh Hashanah 2020


Rosh Hashanah was rather atypical this year as has everything else this year. No going to synagogue, but instead logging in on a livestream of services and praying from our couch.

Certainly different, but the live-stream was very well done with with our rabbi and cantor at the synagogue and various readers reading from their homes. Tradition well blended with technology as needed.


After the service, we went for our Rosh Hashanah tradition of going for apples, and having doughnuts and cider.

We went to the Parshallville Cider Mill, located in an historic grist mill that was built in 1869.



Lots of people were there and its a nice place. The cider was excellent and the doughnuts superb as only fresh, hot, cider mill doughnuts can be.

Of course, we then got attacked by wasps. So, how did we know they were wasps? 'Cause they weren't wearing kippahs.

That's some Rosh Hashanah 2020 humor for you right there.

Anyways, a good time was had by all.

Then home for some introspection and quiet contemplation and then a nice dinner.

Saturday, September 19, 2020

Shana Tova!

May all my readers have a good sweet year,  may it be a much better one than this year, and may you be inscribed in the Book of Life.

Friday, September 18, 2020

Princeton: Well, That Woke Pronouncement Didn't Go As Expected

Mouthing woke bromides in an official capacity can cause issues.

The President of Princeton was quick to abase himself before the BLM masses and pronounced in an open letter, published on their website no less to state that:

Racism and the damage it does to people of color nevertheless persist at Princeton as in our society, sometimes by conscious intention but more often through unexamined assumptions and stereotypes, ignorance or insensitivity, and the systemic legacy of past decisions and policies. 

Racist assumptions from the past also remain embedded in structures of the University itself.

Yep, the President of Princeton publicly announced that Princeton is a racist institution, embedded with racism.   What could possibly go wrong with such a statement?

Now, he meant it in a wonderfully self-abasing progressive way that all the proper-thinking and feeling would understand, but words do mean things after all.

So the Department of Education decided to take action, and based on the admissions by the President in the letter has decided to launch an investigation into whether Princeton has been violating the Civil Rights act and should continue to receive federal funding, as racist institutions should not be receiving federal dollars: 

Washington Examiner:  EXCLUSIVE: Education Department opens investigation into Princeton University after president deems racism 'embedded' in the school

Oopsies.  Yep, Princeton may just lose federal funding for their president's woke announcement that they are a profoundly racist institution if such racism is actually found to exist if not then the President was lying in his letter.  

Even better, it just opened the door to an investigation to see exactly how racist they in fact are - which could look into their admissions policies regarding Jews and Asians which could be rather embarrassing to Princeton as well as other race-based policies they may have adopted.

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Michigan Concealed Carrier Prevents A Potential Mass Murder

With no shots being fired.

The Detroit News: Adrian man faces 3 felonies in fatal Meijer stabbing

A 29-year-old Adrian man jailed for murder in the fatal stabbing of an 85-year-old man at a Meijer store in the city faces three felony charges, officials said Thursday.

Alarik Guajardo was booked Wednesday on an "open charge of homicide," said Sgt. Nathan Adams, who works in booking at the Lenawee County Jail, early Thursday.

. . . .

Police arrested the 29-year-old man at the scene after a customer with a concealed carry license held him at gunpoint until police arrived.

So the female concealed carrier held him until the police arrived and likely prevented him from stabbing other customers.  There's no information that the killer knew the victim and it appears to be a random opportunistic murder attack. 

Well done on the part of the CPL holder.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Michigan May Finally Be Getting Yuengling

There's some good news for the Michigan Cerevisaphile (That's Latin for Appreciator of Beer for you who don't speak Latin while downing your barley).

Yuengling beer may finally be distributed in Michigan  - including the lovely lager and the awesome Black and Tan.  

 Currently Yuengling beer is unobtanium in this state, only delivered sub-rosa by southern gentlemen in Ford Mustangs.

The Detroit Free Press: Is Yuengling beer finally coming to Michigan in 2021?

Note that this would only begin in 2021, because we can't have any nice things starting in 2020, of course.

Still, it's something to look forward towards in the new year anyways.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Well, That's Is Some Spendy 9!

Went to a local gun shop, not "my" local gun shop mind you, as this one is rather out of the way typically for me, charges a transfer fee over twice that which my local gun shop charges, is known for high prices and so-so service even in normal times. 

But figured I'd look inside anyways on my lunch break.

Well, it was hopping.

New Glocks were being priced at around $799, with a few used ones in the high fives.  One Glock 19 Gen 5 and One G17 and a G43 and that was it. Other firearms were similarly on the high end of the cost index and nothing even getting down to MSRP.

Ammo, however, was where the mark-ups really got crazy.

They had 50 round boxes of 9mm fmj for $40 a box, limit 2, and 100 round boxes of Winchester White Box for $80 - limit 1.  That's $800/per thousand rounds - for WWB.  Most LGS shops by comparison have it in the $19-$24 range per box of 50.

That is the highest I've seen locally so far.  Only Cheaper Than Dirt beats that with their "we're lower than dirt" price of $59.89 for a box of 50. 

There's a lot of new gun owners out there who have no idea what normal prices for ammunition are like when we're not in the middle of both an ongoing civil disorder scenario and an election year with a candidate running on a campaign of banning guns. 

So, they're happily paying that.  Ouch.

Monday, September 14, 2020

A Decent Match

A needed distraction and a good time was had at the match on Sunday.

I attended the match along with my friends Tosh and Duffy, with this being Duffy's first USPSA match.  Matches like most events, are best done with friends.

While I  did not set the world on fire and seem trapped at the C-Class level, on the upside, my accuracy is certainly getting better and I do need to work on speed.

We were in Squad 2,  which was a pretty chill bunch of folks, all very nice, laid back and mutually supportive which was nice, especially as we all faced the insanity that was the stage at Bay 5.

Bay 5 was basically nuts.  Think congested sight-lines and viewing targets only possible through three main lane-ways, combined with targets visible from multiple locations, and multiple targets that could be seen through the lane-ways as you moved laterally along the fault line.  Everyone missed at least one target, and some people missed entire arrays due to how it was setup.  The stage took the majority of shooters at the match over a minute to shoot through, and quite a few took 90 seconds to two minutes to get through it.  Oh, did I mention the no-shoot targets surrounding each lane-way? Hellacious stage design, that one was.

After that every other stage was no major problem.  The classifier was 06-06 Golden Bullet Standards,  a fun classifier and I'm happy to report I had zero misses but again landed right in the middle of C class.

I ended up RO-ing a lot of the match which was fun and quite a bit of work - you need to really focus when RO-ing including watching the shooter, anticipating and figuring out where they're going to go and where you should best put yourself to safely observe them to make sure they're safe, don't commit a  procedural (a few shooters managed to do that, mainly on the classifier) and keep the match moving along.  A lot of fun, but a fair bit of work and I did over 9,000 steps during the match alone.

Another 185 rounds through the Masada with zero issues aside from the SRO screws starting to move even though I had locktit-ed them in with blue locktite.  Weird. 

So yep, a good match, and yet another sign I need more practice.

Sunday, September 13, 2020

So, Detroit PD Are Down To Throwing Bricks Back Or Using Live Fire

Lawfare continues apace as local Detroit BLM types, with the help of the National Lawyers Guild, a communist legal front, seek to hamstring the Detroit Police from keeping order during the local BLMers "mostly peaceful" demonstrations.

You know,  those "mostly peaceful" demonstrations protesting on behalf of attempted cop killers where mostly peaceful rocks, bricks, and bottles are thrown at cops in a mostly peaceful kind of manner.

The Detroit News: City seeks changes to order banning Detroit police use of tear gas, rubber bullets on protesters

Yep, a Federal District Court judge, an Obama appointee, had quickly granted an injunction of behalf of Detroit Will Breathe prohibiting Detroit police from using less-than-lethal riot control methods.  

What could possibly go wrong?

This leaves Detroit Police with  the following options when the local BLM types start again throwing "mostly peaceful" rocks, bottles, bricks, etc at them:

1. They can ask them to stop, and then ask them to stop again;

2. They can throw the bricks, etc, back at the protesters; or

3. They can use live fire to protect themselves as less-lethal options including use of batons, tear gas, and pepper spray are now all off the table.

If that sounds imbecilic, it's because it is indeed imbecilic.

The Detroit Police and City have at least gotten creative after the injunction was entered.

They've rather cleverly decided to file a motion asking the judge to make the injunction mutual and enjoining Detroit Will Breathe and company from throwing rocks, bottles, and bricks at police.  The judge has yet to rule on that motion but has required a response from Detroit Will Breathe et al., which should be entertaining reading.

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Now My Trial Record is 15-0-1

Well I'm now busily hopping through and back and forth all the different stages of grief over the loss of Matt, but at least one stage, anger, found a valid use.

Yesterday, I had a Zoom trial, and it was a commercial landlord-tenant case, the first commercial landlord-tenant case the 16th District Court has had since Covid.

I'm representing the Landlord against a tenant who has not paid rent and CAM (common area maintenance fees) since even before Covid hit, a tenant that has been busily trying to unilaterally expand its tenancy beyond its space by setting up an outdoor restaurant on the back parking lot when the lease only allows outdoor seating in the front, and is otherwise acting as a pain in the rear to the landlord.

Quick note of advice:  If you as a tenant want any opportunity to settle a case and stay in your premises while not paying rent, then blatantly violating the terms of your lease and blocking a parking lot will not be helpful. Even more valuable advice - texting the landlord the weekend before the trial and calling him a bitch will really not help you get a favorable settlement.  - That's your free legal tip of the day - and it's worth what you paid for it.

So yeah, some anger on behalf of my client was called for and put to good use.

So to trial we go:

Defense counsel came out swinging with Argument #1 demanding a jury trial. Defendant has a cocky grin on his face as this is demanded, as it will delay the trial for at least another month and he'll get away with not paying rent the whole time.

Sorry, I say, but when there's no question you haven't paid rent, you lose your right to a jury trial.  The Judge agrees with the court rule and my position on that. 

Defendant appears unhappy and a tad less smug.

Defense counsel then tees up Argument #2 and still says there's triable issues before a jury as the Michigan Liquor License Commission gave them a license to setup in the back parking lot of the mall and my client is a bad man for not letting them do that, and is thus violating the covenant of quiet enjoyment by not letting him do so.

I point out that no, its not a breach of quiet enjoyment, and the Lease diagram and written language shows the only place allowed for outdoor seating is in front of the building and note that while it's really nice the MLCC gave him a permit to setup a restaurant in the back parking lot, the MLCC cannot change the terms of a lease, and next time he really should have asked his landlord for permission first, and perhaps even have made a rent payment.

The Judge is not amused with his argument and it is rejected.  

Defendant is more unhappy, and the cocky smile has turned upside down into a frown.

Defense counsel comes out with Argument #3 - allegedly my client orally agreed at some point to let his client pay CAM and outstanding rent over time and thus modified the contract.  Client did not do that in reality and funny, there's nothing in writing nor in their relationship that shows this happened.

I point out the lease clearly states any one waiver even if one occurred, which it did not, cannot modify the lease, and the lease states any modification must be in writing, so his making stuff up isn't legally cognizable. 

Judge shuts down his argument that there was this fabled verbal agreement as the lease clearly states these kinds of agreements need to be in writing to stop just this kind of making stuff up.

Defendant is much sad at this point.

Defense counsel then swings for the fences with Argument #4 and claims since there's frustration of purpose due to Covid, then the tenant doesn't have to pay rent and can still stay there operating his restaurant/bar with impunity and thus he should get a jury to decide this case.

I point out that's a nice argument but it has no legal authority in the state of Michigan for that.  The only case that comes close and deals with frustration of purpose states that if there is frustration of purpose, then the lease is rescinded at that time of frustration and the tenant would have to leave - he can't get all the benefits by claiming the portion that lets him stay is not frustrated but his requirement to pay rent is frustrated.   Yep I had that case all lined up and ready to go.

Judge agrees with my point on that too. 

 Defendant is showing visible signs of depression and the smug look on his face that was there at the start of the trial has completely vanished.

Then I, in a more legally dignified manner, but conveying the same meaning, gave basically the following summation:


So yeah, some anger was put to good use.

Judgment in my client's favor.  

Defendant tenant can pay the rent, or move out in ten days, or try to delay further by appealing.  

Tuesday, September 08, 2020

Ave Atque Vale, Constable Matt Panzer

My cousin, and one of my best friends, RCMP Constable Matt Panzer, just lost his battle with PTSD.

Matt served with distinction in the RCMP, serving first as a general police constable, then passing a rigorous selection process, served as an Air Marshal. He then served at the Pearson International Airport in an anti-smuggling role, and his last post was  serving with distinction in the Diplomatic Protection Group protecting the Prime Minister of Canada and other Canadian and foreign dignitaries.

The PTSD was a result of an incident that occurred during his service in the RCMP. 

Matt was also a great father to his child,  a great child to his parents, a great brother to his sister, and always a good man always ready to lend a hand or provide a humorous remark whenever one was needed to all who knew him.

No finer friend could be asked for. Not just a cousin, but more like a brother to me. 

Every time we got together it was like we had never been apart. The damn Corona travel ban and border closing messed up our plans to see each other this summer, and now we just won't see each other, and that's hurting a lot.


Rest in Peace Matt, and may you find the solace you lacked in life, and thank you for all the great times we had, and all your good advice, wit, and humor through the years.

Saturday, September 05, 2020

The Riddle Of Steel

Shootsteel.com has a nice Labor Day sale going on with 20% off of their steel targets.

It just started a couple days ago so I couldn't resist and I picked up an A-Zone steel along with one of their improved target hangers and target stand.  It's a true A zone in size and matches the USPSA A-Zone exactly.

Shipping was fast and it arrived today after I got back from the range.


 Easy to setup, the target hanger is nice and solid, and now we'll have two steel A-Zones at the range for practice of the whole test without having to move anything, and I'll have one if I'm at the range myself.

The nice thing about the steel A-Zone is you don't have to patch the hits - and you hear it if you hit it, and you know immediately if you missed.  Pretty good and fun for practicing too.

Range Time: Fun And The MSP Class Did Improve My Shooting

Went to the range this morning with Tosh, Tosh's brother visiting from New York, and Duffy.

First we did some rifle shooting,  Tosh's brother got to try out lots of this he can't have in New York, like 30 round magazines, modern sporting rifles,  SBRs, and suppressed .22s. 

He really liked the Tavor, and had fun shooting Tosh and Duffy's ARs.

Much fun was had as a result.  He really enjoyed the opportunity getting to shoot all that stuff.

Then on to pistol shooting, and here's where the Modern Samurai Project class and some dedicated dry fire practice trying to learn the techniques afterwards really showed some results.

First for a warm-up we shot the plate rack. I cleared all 6 plates in 4.45 seconds which was decent. Plate racks are fun.

We then shot the various drills that are part of the MSP standards.

My best times were the following.

3x2 drill: clean in 2.79 seconds and a 1.25 second draw.

7 yard one shot: 1.57

Bill drill: 2.8 clean

25 yard single shot - best time was 1.33 with a hit!  

That was pretty darn good,  I also did it in 1.44 and 1.50 with good hits, and all three of which would meet the standard.  Yes, that was with practice, and not nearly all shots were that fast and accurate, but I'm rather happy with those times.  Now that I know that I can do it, I can work to try and start doing it consistently.

Overall it's still not near the MSP Black Belt standards. But, amazingly to me at least,  the 25 yard 1-shot drill did meet the standards, and if I can do it on the hardest part of the standards, I should be able to work to get the other parts up there too.

My shooting has definitely improved in both speed and accuracy due to the class.

That's 200 more rounds through the Masada, zero failures.

A darn good time at the range, now to try and scrounge up some more 9mm.

Wednesday, September 02, 2020

Chalk Another One Up For The Good Guys

The Detroit News: Deceased suspect in robbery at Roseville car wash identified as Detroit teen

2 attackers try to rob a car wash customer at gun point.      The customer happens to be legally armed,  shoots back and nailed at least one of the attackers, who later died.

 Police say they've identified the suspect who was shot and killed during an alleged attempted robbery at a car wash Tuesday as a 16-year-old male from Detroit.

 Authorities say they also are looking for a second suspect in the attempted robbery.

 Excellent result from an armed law-abiding citizen.

Enhanced Spicy Treats In Michigan

Thanks to our legislature and Governor Snyder making this change at the end of in 2018, which I somehow missed until I did a recent dig through the Michigan Complied Laws, Michigan residents can now carry more effective pepper spray without violating the law.

Previously it was a maximum of 5%, then it was increased a few years back to a maximum of 10% oleresin caspiscum.

Now, thanks to a law passed in late 2018, you can carry up to 18% pepper spray in Michigan, catching us up to 45 other states.

It can also now contain an ultraviolet dye for later identifying the attacker, which is nice.

Monday, August 31, 2020

A Very Timely Tome That Could Save Your Life

Marc MacYoung, is probably one of,  if not the, foremost practical experts on violence and anti-social interpersonal dynamics.  He has just come out with a book in a most timely manner:

Multiple Attackers: Your guide to recognition, avoidance, and survival

If that doesn't strike you as vital information for this day and age, well, go buy the book anyways and you'll figure it out.  

Available just on Kindle, it's not a traditional book but instead its rather interactive with links to videos that highlight and demonstrates the points he's getting across.

Tons of useful and timely information and concrete practical advice, and given what is going on in our urban areas today its a must-read.

Again, this is some highly recommended reading.

Detroit's Voting Rolls Ripe For Fraud

Detroit has more registered voters than actual eligible voters on their voting rolls, by a lot.

How much is a lot?  By 36,570 more than actual voters.

Crains Detroit Business: Detroit has more registered voters than residents over 18, Census finds

There's at least 2,503 dead people on the rolls with one having been born in 1823 and yet still on the voter registration list.

Considering Trump won all Michigan by only 10,704 votes, the potential for games to be played with a pool of 36,570 fake voters by the always impressively slow and inefficient Democrat-controlled Detroit Clerks office is rather high. When they have a pool of 36,570 registered but non-existent voters to play with, the potential for games is rather large.  Add to that the potential for voter fraud by mail where these 36,570 non-existent but registered voters don't need to show up and vote in person, and it can get right sporty.

Saturday, August 29, 2020

So, What Are The Odds?

Approximately, and the data seems to be hard to find,  1 in 50 Wisconsinites overall has a felony record.

So whats the odds that it turns out that all 3 of the attackers of Kyle Rittenhouse had felony records?

 


 One pedo sex offender, one felony domestic abuser, and one felony burglar.  Quite the trifecta.

For those of you wondering what the answer is, and what the odds actually are, well, per a statistics person I know who just communicated the answer to me, the odds are roughly 1 in 10,000.


Thursday, August 27, 2020

All The Difficulties Of High School, Little Of The Fun Parts

The kids have now been in High School for a week.

It's still online only due to everyone both teachers and parents alike going into hysterics at the thought of doing it in person.   Statistically, they're in more danger  every-time they get in a swimming pool than in a live school as far as Covid goes.  Unfortunately, unthinking fear is winning out over the statitstics.  

We actually know a few parents who have not let their kids out to play with other kids, even socially distant play - since March.  Note these are normal kids, not with any comorbidity or immune system disorders, except for their parents' hypochondria. That's just not healthy.

So, online only it is.

The kids each have a room in the house from whence they Zoom and do their online learning.

Leah is having a harder time of it, as it is hard to make friends and connect over Zoom in class and hard to connect with teachers, even with their "Zoom breakout rooms".  

Abby at least already has a good solid set of high school friends, knows her classmates and the teachers and has a good rep already established.

Both are complaining about tiredness and headaches form having to stare at the screen for hours.  We're going to get them some computer viewing screens/glasses to help alleviate that - we'll see if it helps.

The upside - no need to rush and fight traffic to get to school, no need for us to worry about Abby driving in traffic on the way to school, and they don't need to get up as early as a result.  The lunchroom is their own kitchen, and the food unquestionably beats the cafeteria food hands down.  Bathrooms are clean, private and by comparison spacious. They also have access to healthy snacks all day long whenever they get hungery and being teens that doth occur.

I still don't envy them the situation,  High School is tough enough without this online only stuff.

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Gun Skool - Training With The Jedi

This weekend, I along with my buddy Tosh,  was in Holland, Michigan for a 3-day class  The Path To Performance with The Modern Samurai Project - Scott Jedlinski, aka Jedi.

Scott Jedlinski is one of the, if not the, foremost instructors on the use of the red dot sighted pistol and appendix carry.

The class was like drinking from a fire-hose.

Scott began by stating that what he was teaching was not the only way, and that unless your instructor was an actual Mandalorian, any instructor who pronounces their class to be The Way is an instructor that one should be wary of as it is only A Way.  

He encouraged us from the start to question all of the technique and to take from the class what worked for us, and to only adopt what we had thoroughly tested and found to work.

Thorough testing there was.

The class began the first day with appendix carry and why he posits the method of carry is superior to strong side carry in terms of ergonomics and efficiency.  Scott is fully focused on being efficient via technique.

First we discussed body mechanics and why appendix carry makes the most sense in terms of efficiency.

Then on to body positioning.  Scott is critical of the isosceles stance both in terms of foot positioning hampering movement and forward and rearward stability, and how with locked out elbows recoil management suffers.  

Let's put it this way, my default stance prior to this class was indeed the isosceles.  Not anymore. 

Based on actually comparing the isosceles to the stance setup by Scott which is somewhat of an improved weaver type stance (support foot forward a step,  not over-bending the knees, arms bent at elbows, extended forward equally) in the drills we performed, it is very clear that there is significant improvement in recoil control, mobility, and efficiency by dumping the isosceles.  It is now so dumped by me.  Learning occurred.

Then on to the grip.  I have a trash panda grip  (an old style crush grip) that I must continue to work on changing as it is the main thing holding back my performance. Scott promotes a very high grip, with the strong hand only holding the pistol loosely with the support hand, and thumbs high up on the slide.  With the support hand,  especially the pinky of that hand, strongly gripping the gun for recoil control and dot management - with his technique, the dot on the draw drops perfectly from 12 o clock to the center of the sight -- every damn time.  Life changing. This was a revelation.

I still need to work on my draw and grip though until this change is ingrained. I keep reverting and even worse seem to bang my support hand into the gun, stopping it for a moment on the draw which is damn weird to watch on video.  Scott is very big on having you video your practice so you can see what you're doing well or not, and it helps.

Scott first demos each exercise, often several times based on what he is trying to convey, then has the students do it as he watches each student perform the drill, and he gives you immediate personal feedback.   This leads to a lot of reps as he walks the line working with each and every student.  This is not a go off and do drills class while he watches in the distance. He is hands on with each and every student diagnosing issues and helping students get better.   The class then discussed after each exercise if the technique worked for them, what they saw/felt during the technique and what they felt they did right or need to work on.

A few students then tried his Black Belt Standards Test.  There were some amazing shooters there, and while they got close, no one cleared it.  The test as you can see is kinda spicy.

After the first day of class, a bunch of the students and Scott headed into Holland for some food together and we ate some wings, had beer, and chatted.

The next day we met at the range and got on to focus on red dot shooting - everything from 3 yards to 25 yards.  Zeroing was discussed and he put forth his reasons why a 10 yard zero makes the most sense in terms of time and efficiency over a 25 yard zero and he had very cogent points for saying so.  Again he stated you can choose as you like and decide for yourself after trying both and xo long as you know the reasons why for both.

We did the 3x5 drill, and single shot drills at 7, 10, and 25 yards along with multiple other exercises.

Then 11 students in the class decided to try the Black Belt Test -Tosh and I among them.  None of us made it. I wasn't even close, and that's ok.

In the 3x5 my time was 2.51 but had misses, so no good.

At 7 yards I had a 1.12 time with a hit.  Which was pretty darn good for me, but it may have been luck and not skill.

On the Bill Drill I did a 2.48 but with half missing the A Zone.

And the one shot at 25 yards I had a 1.69 and a hit on the A Zone.

Saturday night quite a few of us met at the class host's house for a cookout and a BYOB party.  This was fun and lots of great conversation with some seriously interesting people. 

Since Tosh and I both do Jiu-Jitsu and Jedi is an accomplished practitioner as a 4-stripe purple belt, the talk turned to jitsu and some techniques, and then he offered to show us some pointers.

Yes, I got to learn some jitsu from the Jedi.   Way cool.

We headed to some mats the host had in the basement, and I got some great pointers on technique and really changed my mindset - as a result in rolls yesterday I was a lot more active, dynamic, and controlling in the rolls and won more than I lost, and had much better movement.  Simply amazing.

Sunday was about 25-yard distance shooting, Bill Drills, shooting on the move, and other activities. Lots of shooting and multiple exercise, all useful and learned a lot. 

We shot B8 targets at 25 yards, and I tended to hit in the high 80s, low 90s - it needs some work and it's the grip that is the culprit.

Then on to Bill Drills. I shot a clean Bill Drill in 3.0 seconds exactly during the testing phase of the drill, which was nice.  

Then the class ended with another Black Belt test.  Again, no one cleared it but a few came darn close (no, I wasn't one of them) and my scores were:

3x5 my time was 2.53 clean - while not close, this was still happy making for me as it was a solid clean run.

At 7 yards I had a 1.11 time with a hit. 

On the Bill Drill I did a 2.41 but with misses out of the A Zone.

And on the one shot at 25 yards I had a 1.66 and a hit to the C Zone so it doesn't count. Drat, but at least I hit the target.

The test is humbling and an excellent corrective should you ever think you're too good to get out and practice.  I need more practice and more practice will occur.  

In other news, that was 845 rounds through the IWI Masada with zero malfunctions this weekend, which is nice.

Then the class picture and the class ended with us each receiving a  class patch and everyone gave their thoughts as to how the class went and what was learned.  Yes the class mascot was a well trained K9 Dutch Shepard named Rip, brought to the class by a dog trainer that was attending the course - he's an amazing fur missile.

In short, I cannot recommend this class highly enough.  

As a red dot class, it blew Sentinel Concepts Red Dot class away in terms of content, technique, methodology, and instruction.  

The Class is simply fantastic and well worth the cost. If you want to learn a way to be better with your red dot and appendix carry, Jedi would be highly recommended as an excellent way to learn both red dot and appendix carry.

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Stupid Criminals - The Case Of The Criminal Self-Correcting Problem

Today's stupid criminal demonstrates what not to do when decided to attempt to flee by shooting at police.  Our stupid criminal of the day, Coleman Lamar Sample, managed to remove himself as a sample of the human race all by himself.

MSN.com: Virginia man fatally shoots himself while firing gun at state troopers

A Virginia man fleeing from state troopers whipped out a gun during the ensuing struggle and fatally shot himself in the process, authorities said.

Yet another example of where resisting arrest never leads to anything good.

Nothing of value was lost.   Not sure if BLM will be protesting this own goal.

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Figures Lie and Liars Figure - Michigan COVID Numbers Edition

You can't keep a state in crisis mode if the data shows the crisis is being alleviated.

 So to fix that, you change how the figures are collected to shows there's a continuing crisis.

Crains Detroit: Commentary: Michigan's change in COVID-19 hospitalization rates renders past data useless

Timely and reliable data about COVID-19 in Michigan has been the cornerstone justification by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer for just about every one of the restrictions she has placed on the economy, specific businesses and ordinary human movement for the past five months.

That's why a recent change in how the state of Michigan reports the number of COVID-positive patients occupying hospital beds undermines the last five months of data that has shaped Whitmer's extraordinary executive orders and the management of hospitals and nursing homes.

Around Aug. 4, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services started requiring hospitals to report their daily patient counts for both confirmed cases of COVID-19 and suspected cases.

The newly combined number skews all other previous data about hospitalizations, effectively rendering this key data point utterly useless for comparison purposes over time.

On Aug. 3, the last day that just confirmed cases of COVID-19 were counted, there were 460 people hospitalized for the virus.

As of Friday, the newly combined number of confirmed and suspected cases is 675.

On paper, that would look like a 46 percent increase in hospitalizations in just 11 days. That sounds alarming.

  It does seem alarming, and this on-paper manipulated increase has been used to both justify the continuing restrictions and keep people afraid that the contagion is unchecked and expanding and we need further restrictions as a result to "stop the spread".

Go read the whole thing, and note how deaths and hospitalizations have been on, and continue to be on, a steady decline, calling into question this new impetuous based on these skewed figured for further restrictions or rolling back the easing of restrictions, maintaining this state of emergency and keeping Gov Half-Whit as our unaccountable ruler.

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Gov Half-Whit: The Epitome Of Class

Or not, as the case may be.

The Detroit Free Press: Whitmer mouths expletive in 'hot mic' moment before DNC convention speech

Following along with the example of Rashida Tlaib, yet another classy Michigander, Governor Whitmer decided the drop the M-F bomb prior to speaking at the DNC convention.  Unfortunately (or not as the\ case may be,  she "forgot" her microphone was on. 

"It's not just Shark Week, it's Shark Week, mother ******," Whitmer is heard saying with a smile, to laughter from those in the room, as she waits to go live from a Lansing union hall. . .

Nothing like a little classless swearing to earn your cred as a gritty but incompetent governor.  

Probably keeps her in the running to be Kamala's Vice President once Joe Biden drops out.

Pure Michigan, Pure Half-Whit.

Do Check Your Ammo

With the current super-high demand for ammo and all manufacturers going at capacity, some slips are going to happen.

 

From a recent box of Federal American Eagle 9mm:

One bullet was not like the others:


Yes, it's a bullet perfectly loaded into a case - backwards.  Makes for an interesting 9mm hollow point.  

Did not try firing it.

Even 99.999% quality control means something will eventually slip by 0.001% of the time and when you're producing billions of rounds. . . .

No damage done, but it pays to actively look at your ammo from the box as you're loading it.

Monday, August 17, 2020

Another Birthday Takes Place

Leah turned 14 today.

The day began, as all of our family birthdays do, with a home-made cherry cheesecake.

Excellent as always.

Then on to opening some presents.

I then had to go to work in the morning, so Tash and the kids went to do some fun shopping.  Then in the afternoon we had pizza for lunch, and then had Dairy Queen ice cream and took it to a local park to sit by the lake and relax.

Then for dinner we went to Soora, an excellent Korean restaurant.  

About the only nice thing about the whole COVID mess - we had the entire restaurant to ourselves.  While they were doing a brisk carryout business, no one else ate inside. Kinda an introvert's dream restaurant.

 


The Galbi was awesome, as was the Japchae, Bulgogi and Bim Bim Bap that we had.  We have leftovers.

Service, as you might expect given the level of activity at the restaurant, was fabulous. The food was magnificent, and we left a larger than normal tip.

Then home to relax, and a few more presents arrived in the mail for her, so she had a very good birthday, and she declared that she enjoyed turning 14.  

Unfortunately her first day and few weeks of high school will be virtual, and there will be no homecoming festivities which is a definite downer for her this year.  Strange times indeed but she'll get through it all.

Sunday, August 16, 2020

That's A Weather Scratch

I was planning on a special flight today (actually yesterday too).   I had actually convinced, cajoled, intrigued, and enchanted the entire family to flying with me.

This took some doing as Abby had previously declared she would not fly with me until she graduated high school, on the grounds that she had to accomplish that first.  Tash refuses to fly woth me unless all 4 of us are in the plane as sbhe doesn't want the two parents in one airplane potential problem.  So this took quite a bit of work to pull off.

Destination will remain a secret until I pull it off successfully, but it was to the north to a neat spot the kids have never been to before.

First I booked for yesterday but the forecast was for rain at the planned destination and  thunderstorms here around the time for our return.  Forecast remained the same yesterday morning, so I cancelled and I went to the range instead as a consolation.

And the weather yesterday was, of course, flying perfect. No thunderstorms or rain at either location all day, great visibility, and high ceilings.  It could have worked.

Today's forecast looked great.  All yesterday and yesterday night the forecast was for VFR all the way through.

So, of course, this morning I woke up at 7am to loud bangs from the thunder and great big flashes of lightning. 

Conditions were low IFR with heavy thunderstorms at Pontiac and points to the north along the way with the final destination being clear - but there's no safe way to get there so there's no way we're going.  It's going to improve but will still be marginal VFR most of the day and well below my personal minimums - especially so with the family on board for their first flight.

Another weather scratch.

Argh.

Saturday, August 15, 2020

Range Trip - Some Drill Improvements Noted


So Today I met up with Tosh and his friend Duffy at the range for some more focused practice.

Tosh had ordered and on Friday received a steel A-Zone target, so this was going to be fun. It made scoring the targets much easier and the ping was the thing - if you didn't hear it you missed.  No need to recover the A zone or wonder if you hit it at 25 yards.

We first did 3x2 Drills on paper targets at 3 yards. Typically I was shooting them pretty clean in about 3.5 seconds but was having trouble getting faster than that today.

For the 7 yard 1 shot from concealment, my best time today was down to 1.1 seconds which was happy-making, considering last time I was doing my best at 1.5 seconds so that was a nice improvement. 1.0 is the goal there, and I'm getting close.

Then for the Bill Drills, but the best time I think I had today shooting it clean was 3.71 so I still need to work on that. 

Seems like I'm now having the most problems on the multiple shot drills.  So, more stuff to practice.

For the single shot at 25 yards from concealment my best time was 1.58 seconds which was must better than my best time of 1.98 the last go-round:

 

That felt pretty good, and if I can shave off .08, I can meet my goal on that drill at least. 

A very good time was had by all and we all saw some improvement in our shooting by practicing these drills. A lot of dryfire practice also seems to be paying off as well.

 That's another 350 rounds through the Masada with no issues.  Now, I need to find more ammo.

Thursday, August 13, 2020

A Taxing Insult Added To Injury In Minneapolis


Minneapolis Businesses got hammered in the BLM riots, with over 100 business properties destroyed or heavily damaged in the riots.

But in order to get a demolition permit in the city, you have to first prepay your property taxes, money that is supposed to be spent on things like police protection that was rather absent during the riots.

The Star Tribune: Landscape of rubble persists as Minneapolis demands taxes in exchange for permits

 Waiting for the property taxes to be paid when they come due in October, would give the victims of the riots an opportunity to rebuild and actually attempt to recover and perhaps make some money so they can pay the property tax.  But no, Minneapolis is requiring they pay it before a demolition permit is issued so they can't rebuild until that happens.

It's yet another great way to drive business out of the city - if the riots didn't tell you it was time to go, the taxman demanding his due before you can even clean up the damage form the riot surely will.

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

You Don't Often See That In A Deed

Doing a deed for a client to put her husband on the title to the property, and I came across a rather unusual restriction in the prior deed.

The property is here in Oakland County in southeast Michigan and has the following reservation of rights:

Excepting therefrom all rights to uranium and other fissionable material reserved by the United States of America, as recited in instruments recorded in ......, Oakland County Records.

Certainly not a reservation of rights that you come across in deeds everyday, and its the first time I've seen it. 

Well, Southeast Michigan is rather famous for radon gas issues, and since radon is from decaying uranium, it makes sense that there may be some decent uranium deposits lurking underneath the property, and the Feds have got first dibs on it if needed.

So, don't be going off digging up the uranium and then building your own reactors at home, ok?

Sunday, August 09, 2020

The Annual Birthday Post - Now With USPSA, Steak, And Premium Ice Cream!

So today I turned 48.

The traditional birthday cherry cheesecake was served to me in bed along with coffee, which was a great start to the day.

Presents included an ESS Crossbow shooting Glasses kit, and a set of SureFire EP4 Sonic Defenders. This was a very timely gift as I was signed up for a local USPSA match today.  A great replacement for my current eye pro, and the Surefires are a nice supplement for wearing under the ear pro.

In short, the ESS Crossbow is amazing - much more clear than any other eyepro I've had - better by far than the Sawfly Revisions I've been using, and the clarity offered by the copper lenses is pretty darn amazing and not appreciated until you try it.  

The copper lens color also worked just fine with the red dot.  The frame is also a lot more comfortable under the ear muffs than any other that Ive tried, and I had them on all day at the match and they were great.  Highly recommend these.

The Surefire ear pro are kinda neat.  They are a pain to get to fit into the ear, but once there really cut down on the noise.  With the plugs they have open you can hear normal conversation no problem but the gunfire is attenuated.   I wore them  under the ear pro all day and could still hear the beep, but there was much less noise otherwise and makes it more pleasant to shoot and be around shooting going on all day.

I had a good match, the classifier I ended up doing a respectable performance and shooting into the middle/high C class which was good with no misses or mess-ups, which was nice.  A very fun match with a pretty high round count of 230 through the Masada with zero issues at all.

After the match I showered and changed (as it was a hot day out) and rested a bit and then we headed out to Fogo De Chao - a Brazilian Steakhouse. It was a proper birthday dinner with meat delivered to your table on skewers and cut to your liking in front of you.  I then got to eat meat until the meat sweats occurred and then ate some more and it was all fantastic  - a carnivore and paleo diet dream.

Thence off to some matcha ice cream at Premium Matcha Cafe Maiko and it was fantastic.  Not paleo, but hey, Birthday.

I split a green tea and Vanilla Matcha ice cream with Abby as Tash and Leah shared a Hoji-cha ice cream. 

For my birthday we added the edible gold leaf option:

Yum!

It was a great birthday.

Saturday, August 08, 2020

Weird History: Holy Mother Russia!

Mother Russia indeed:

The greatest officially recorded number of children born to one mother is 69, to the wife of Feodor Vassilyev (b. 1707–c. 1782), a peasant from Shuya, Russia. In 27 confinements she gave birth to 16 pairs of twins, seven sets of triplets and four sets of quadruplets

-The Guinness Book of World Records

Forget it takes a village - This unnamed mother of 69 kids made a dang village!

Feodor, not content to rest and just have 69 kids, then apparently went on to have another 18 kids with his second wife for a total of 87 children in 35 total births.  

Whereafter he died, most likely of exhaustion, at the age of 75.  

No one else has been insane enough to try and beat that record in the past two hundred and thirty-eight years, and for good reason.

Friday, August 07, 2020

Morning At The Range: Drills and More Drills

Tosh and I met up at the range this morning to get in a couple hours of focused practice.

First, we started at 3 yards with the 3x2 drill - 3 to the A Zone and 2 to a 3x5 card in the head box.

Drawing from concealment, after practice we were getting it down regularly to under three seconds, but want to get it down to two seconds, which is going to take a heckuva lot more practice.

Second, we did a single shot drill at 7 yards to the A zone.  Again from concealment we were able to get it under 1.5 seconds, but again to improve it is going to take a heckuva lot more practice.

Third we did a Bill Drill at 7 yards.   Again from concealment draw and 6 shots to the A Zone. At times we could get it under 2.5 seconds but not always consistently. Again, to improve it is going to take a heckuva lot more practice.

Finally we did a single shot drill at 25 yards.  Accuracy s generally sucked so lots of hits outside the A zone which didn't count for the purposes of the drill, but we were able to get it on occasion down to 1.98 with a hit on the A box. Again to improve it is going to take a heckuva lot more practice.

So yep, if you haven't guessed, the takeaway from this morning's endeavors was that to improve it is going to take a heckuva lot more practice. 

We've tentatively scheduled another range trip for an early morning next week assuming more ammo arrives in time.

Then, off to get some actual work done.  A range trip was not a bad way to start the day.

That's another 250 rounds through the Masada, and some good practice in before the next USPSA match that is set for this Sunday.

Thursday, August 06, 2020

No, The Democrats Going Even Farther Leftward Won't Be An Improvement For The County

Nolan Finley of the Detroit News believes it is a good thing that Oakland County's current Democrat Prosecutor Jessica Cooper lost her primary to Democrat Karen McDonald.

He should be careful what he wishes for and what he's thankful for as he may just get it good and hard.


Unfortunately, unless he believes that the Democrats, by selecting an even more progressive prosecuting attorney candidate than Cooper will help persuade the county's law and order voters to go for the Republican candidate, he couldn't be more wrong.

Ms. McDonald is far more "progressive"  than Cooper, backs BLM, claims to be against "mass incarceration" - the buzzword meaning  criminals and especially criminals of a minority hue shouldn't be locked up for crimes. 

She also promises to protect "immigrants"  read illegals. 

She is also pushing the criminal justice Overton window ever leftward towards anarcho-tyranny - complete with a plan to eliminate cash bail to let offenders go free which has been such a smashing hit success in New York, if you count the number of repeat offenders constantly released after offenses to go forth and offend again and again.  No content with the elimination of cash bail, she at the same time promises to establish an Orwellian hate crimes unit.

What could possibly go wrong?

Well, the people of Oakland County will know have a stark choice between McDonald and Republican Lin Goetz for the prosecuting attorney spot.

Given how this county has been turning Blue, with an influx of former Wayne County residents who desire the same policies that made them want to leave Wayne County adopted here, that choice may not go how Finley would prefer and Oakland County residents will be the worse off for it.

Tuesday, August 04, 2020

In Other Election News: A Democrat Get Out The Vote Effort Comes To A Screeching Halt

This particular get out the vote effort lasted all of two minutes.


Gotta try and get that felon vote out and active, but the effort was all for naught.
Three prisoners, assisted by two others, ran for the fence at an Upper Peninsula prison Monday night, but were captured, officials confirmed.
Caught in 2 minutes flat and stymied by the border fence of the prison.  

"It was all over in less than two minutes," he said. "The officers did an excellent job."

All three men climbed to near the top of the first fence before falling and trying again, Gautz said. One had a device he tried to use to help get over the wire at the top of the fence, but it did not work, he said

The three felons, all prime Democrat voters, with resumes including home invasion, armed robbery, and assault, will not be voting in today's primary after all.

Easy In-Person Voting In The Age of Covid

Went and voted in person today in the primary.

No line, there were only two other voters there at the same time I was there.

Checking in, you were requested to wear a mask, and only handle one pen and keep it with you through the entire process.

My id checked (though being n a mask it wasn't exactly a detailed check, but the drivers license matched the info on the voter registration so, it was apparently good enough).  Then in I went. 

I was then handed a ballot and headed to a voting stand to do my voting duty.

Afterwards, I put the ballot in the machine, put the pen in the container marked dirty and voila, done. 

Very easy, no big deal, and no reason not to vote in person at all.

Monday, August 03, 2020

Yep, The Woke Won't Stop At Confederate Statues

Detroit, has  an unsurprising lack of confederate statues (attention woke folks who don't know their history - Michigan is in the North and on the Union side in the Civil War, neh?).  So what is a woke Detroiter supposed to do?

Well,  the progressives must proclaim the need to get down with the struggle, and for eradicating any name of anyone that has any association with slavery, regardless of their historical importance.

People Like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and more must be removed from the names of buildings per the progressive diktat. Yes, the very the founders of our country and of the freedom and  liberty these progs currently enjoy, reduced to their being nothing more than slaveholders, and therefore bad and in need of being removed.

Some educators are calling for these schools to be renamed, arguing that it’s wrong to ask students, especially those whose ancestors were enslaved, to attend school in a building that pays tribute to slave owners.

The legacies of historical figures including George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison “are deeply rooted in the soil of racism and separatism,” a group of teachers at Cornerstone Schools, a network of charter schools in Detroit, wrote in a letter to the network’s CEO this month.

The teachers pointed out that the school names in question — Washington-Parks, Madison-Carver and Jefferson-Douglass academies — link slaveholders with the names of prominent Black Americans Rosa Parks, George Washington Carver, and Frederick Douglass. They noted that almost every student at Cornerstone schools is Black.

 Maybe figure out how to teach history in a sensitive way rather than sweeping it under the rug? Maybe understand that George Washignton, Jefferson and Madison are not solely defined by the fact that they owned slaves?  What happened to all that nuance that progressives proclaim that they have?

Or maybe, instead of caterwauling about the founding fathers and that hisotry isn't always a perfect tale with everyone and everything either 100% right or 100% wrong,, maybe work on teaching them to read history and since Detroit is about 47% functionally illiterate, you're doing one helluva bad job at that.

Renaming buildings when the students in them and 478% of those who graduate from them likely can't even read the names on the buildings is a bit of a waste of an effort best directed elsewhere to the problems of the here and now.

At least some alumni of Detroit institutions are pointing out changing the names are stupid - such as Cass Tech, perhaps the best high school in Detroit - named after Michigan's former governor before it became a state, Democrat, and someone who was not nice to American Indians and gasp, actually owned a slave before the Civil War.

“The kids are coming to get a great education,” said Monique Bryant, a member of the [Cass Tech Alumni] association and the founder of the Triangle Society, a nonprofit that supports the school and its students. “Nobody is thinking about Lewis Cass. I would think that any memory of Lewis Cass would be overshadowed by what the more than 80,000 alumni have been able to do.”
A rather enlightened attitude that makes sense rather than whitewashing history.

The teachers of Cornerstone Schools would be far better off spending their energy and time educating their students and maybe taking a history class or two rather than jumping on the simplistic year zero erase history bandwagon.

Sunday, August 02, 2020

Tired But Lots More Organized

Well today was a clean-up and reorganizing day.  Since there was scattered thunderstorms and rain coming through we stayed home and got to cleaning.

I moved my office to the basement so the kids will have the family room turned into a 1-room schoolhouse for school.  It's already been announced, mainly due to the hysteric parents loosing their you know what at the thought that schools might reopen, that the first two weeks of school will be virtual. 

That's just a great way for Leah to start high school.

So we did that and I've been moving stuff accordingly.  We also cleaned pout the basement storage area and went over things that have been on boxes for about 10 years now. 

The rule adopted in going through the boxes was that unless it was some important docuemnt or memorabilia, if you haven't looked at it or needed it in 10 years, it went.  This led to multiple trips with garbage bags down the Driveway of Doom™.  I got in over 11,000 steps going up and down the stairs and up and down the driveway today, along with a decent bicep workout from hauling the junk to and fro.

In short we really don't need the maintenance and insurance records for a car we haven't owned for five years, among many other things, and if I haven't read those gun magazines from 2000 recently I'm not likely going to peruse them anytime soon - although looking at one with a Glock 30  being newly introduced, and another proclaiming the Ruger Mini-14 was just the thing for the police rifle was kinda interesting - we've certainly come a long way.

The garbagemen due to pickup the trash tomorrow are really going to hate us.

On the upside, it looks pretty good.  I've got a nice office spot in the basement and the kids have two desks all set to go until they finally get back to school.  Need to by a platform to raise my computer up as I figure its going to be mainly a standing desk setup for when I'm home.

Still a lot to rearrange and reorganize but much less junk and clutter.

Overall a good and productive day.



Saturday, August 01, 2020

Range Trip - Smile, Wait For Flash

Went to the range yesterday morning with some friends.

Tosh brought his AR15 that he had built, complete with a rather impressive muzzle brake.

Not only does it push the muzzle blast to the sides and away from the shooter, it gives off some very worthy muzzle flash fireballs.




Lots of fun.  Also easy to hit targets at 100 yards.  Just put the dot on the bottom edge of the target and you'll hit it.

I then brought my AR in 300 Blackout for comparison.


That was fun.

Also shot the 6.5 Creedmoor at 100 yards and put most shots into the x ring of a B8 target, which was happy making.  Its functioning great, especially after I gave the bolt some more oil.

We also did some pistol shooting, included some timed drills which were good as they indicated we need more practice. Which we will get in.

A great time had by all, then I went home to be productive and get some work done.