Saturday, May 15, 2021

Cleaning The Plane And An EAA Exhibit

Today was our spring wash and wax at the flying club.

Beautiful day.  I pulled up tot he hangar at 8:30 and we got to work cleaning the planes. 

I then taxi'd N8428S to the wash stand, and 914P followed.

While we we were cleaning the planes at the wash stand,  the local EAA chapter held a pancake breakfast and a display of their planes.

This led to some fun as when we went to leave the washstand, we could not do the normal turn around as a lot of visitor vehicles were blocking the way.  

 


We had to stop, get pushed back 180 degrees and then go the opposite way to get back to the hangar rather than the normal loop.  Not a big deal but it was funny when some club members insisted we try to squeeze by first and that really didn't work.  Of course, had one truck owner parked a bit better and had his mirrors folder we coulda done it, bit no.

So planes all washed, waxed, and gleaming, and back in their hangars, we went to the EAA exhibit.


 

Most were Vans aircraft builds of various types.

There were a couple Vans RV-10s and I've always admired the specs of those planes.

One had quite the paint scheme:

 

The underside was painted like a eagle with wings at the wings which was very cool.

The interior was real nice as well.

 


Another RV-10 had a more standard paint scheme.
 


Great looking planes and a nice bunch of folks to chat with.

Not a bad way to start off a Saturday morning.

Friday, May 14, 2021

No Sympathy For BLM-Type That Blinded Helicopter Crew With A Laser

 The Detroit News:  Detroit Will Breathe' protestor blinded flight crew, feds say

 First, we can note that the dipstick in question, as can be seen in the photos in the article is rather on the pale side as is usual with the typical BLM/Antifa agitator.

Second, this asshat who blinded a flight crew of a helicopter and fought police claims to be a "street medic" at the demonstration.

Federal prosecutors Friday charged a "street medic" who participated in "Detroit Will Breathe” protests last year with shining a laser at a Detroit Police helicopter that temporarily blinded the crew.

Michael Sam Hurd, 32, of Fennville was charged with a felony punishable by up to five years in federal prison in one of the more serious charges to flow from protests in Detroit.

An awful lot of Antifa-type street medics seems to be up to very non-medical shenanigans while claiming to be medics, which is an act of perfidy that removes their status as "medics", as if they were ever entitled to any deference for using the term.  

Next, aiming a laser to blind a flight crew is a no-no, regardless of where it occurred or if it occurred during a protest/riot, and his lawyer doesn't quite get that:

    “This happened in the context of a Black Lives Matter demonstration going on so it is not like it took place at an airport or anything,” his lawyer David Cripps said.

That deflection attempt won't work counselor. Your asshat client blinded a flight crew over an urban area while in flight.  There are some obvious reasons why that is both a bad idea and a crime.

Good job on the investigation to catch this POS.  Lots of videotape that caught him in the act.

Hopefully Michael Sam Hurd gets the book thrown at him for his act of malicious stupidity.  Anyone shining lasers at people's eyes, whether in aircraft or not, should be prosecuted top the fullest.

Flying IFR Lesson # 2 The First IFR Flying Lesson

I went to DCT this morning and did a pre-flight on an old friend, N1689H, the same plane I did most of my Private Pilot training flying in when I was at DCT.

It's had a few upgrades - electronic and magneto ignition and a push start rather than a key which was interesting.

Downside, the left seat now tends to not lock into place where I want it, it feels locked in place, pushing on it it doesn't move, but it then drops back one setting in flight and then locks into place which is rather disconcerting.  That needs to get fixed.

So I met Kevin who would be my IFR instructor at the plane and we got set to go.  Very nice guy and quite knowledgeable and we seem to work well together so far.

I brought along a pair of Blockalls view limiting devices (or foggles as they're called), recommended by Mr. B and they did indeed come in handy.

We took off, working as we did on instrument takeoff procedures, and then headed to the practice area.  As we went there I put the foggles on.  The Blockalls are comfortable and work really well at blocking the horizon yet let you see the instruments.

We then started doing instrument scans while doing maneuvers - standard rate turns, standard rate turns with descents, standard rate turns with climbs, cruise configuration,  and more standard rate turns and then timed turns, descents, climbs etc.  Quite the workout and was a lot of fun, and its easy to see how you can get quickly task-loaded.

The we added tuning in and identifying the Flint Vortac all the while doing standard rate turns, and then flying to and from it.  Yep, more task loading.

Then Kevin failed  (covered up) a bunch of instruments which tends to concentrate one's scan quite wonderfully.

Overall I was doing pretty well at the scan and controlling the aircraft, still have a lot to work on to make it precise, and it was a whole new and pretty intense experience.  Kevin thought I was doing very well for a first IFR lesson - some of that is due to studying the ground materials ahead of time and due to the advice I've already received from Mr. B.

Lots of fun.

Then we did an own-navigation RNAV GPS approach to Pontiac's Runway 27L.  Kevin had me take the foggles off for that and showed me how we setup the Garmin 430 for it, but my time was heavily looking inside the cockpit anyways to concentrate on the turns and GPS LPV approach.  I made it right down the glidepath to minimums and did a very nice landing.  Very neat to actually do an approach after spending this time reading and watching training videos about it.  I still have a lot to master and understand before I'd try it myself right now, but its rather impressive how the system works and how it can get you right to the runway.

We then did one hop around the pattern, doing a soft field takeoff as requested by Kevin and I did it perfectly which was very cool as I haven't practiced one of those for awhile.  Then down with a soft field landing on 27R and back to DCT.

I can already see how Instrument training is going to make me a much more precise and capable pilot.   It's also great that there is a clear syllabus, a clear lesson plan, and a debrief after the flight - all of which will enhance learning.

I had the controls the whole time except for putting the foggles on and off and for the brief moment when the seat slipped, so I was PIC.

That's 2.1, 1.5 simulated instrument, and 2 great landings.  So it begins.

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Pfizer Stick #2

Got the second shot yesterday.

So far I ended up tired later in the day yesterday, and had a small fever at night, but seem ok now overall, but I'm feeling really tired and seriously dragging today.

Abby busted a high fever last night which is continuing through today and the kid is not a happy camper.  Doing school via Zoom at the moment and she's dragging it in as well.

Overall the superpowers gained from the shots seem limited to the following:

a) I can now smell colors;

b) I can now watch the radio; and 

c) Being able to walk uphill both ways.

Much disappointment, that.

Everyone Has A Plan 'Til They Get Punched in The Face

This is Fight Sim week at the jitsu training center I attend.  Fight Sim week is done at the end of each chapter in the training cycle and is about the most exhausting week you get to enjoy.

The general program at the center begins with basics that are applicable to street defense through getting your Combatives belt.  Then the next phase, Master Cycle, which is Combatives belts and up, adds both advanced self-defense techniques and advanced sport jitsu moves as well, and it adds Fight Sim for high intensity self-defense.  

Fight Sim is where the combative and other techniques get put to use in a simulated street-type encounter. Fight Sim deals with jitsu being used to defend yourself in a street fight and the attacker is throwing punches.  Lots of punches. Happily, they are at least wearing 5.5oz gloves that cover the hand fully but you can get your fingers out to do grips and other techniques (or accidentally stab someone in the eye, but more on that later).

At lot of Fight Sim is learning to get through the attackers punches safely to close and effect a take-down, and also learn to be able to reduce the effectiveness of punches an attacker is throwing when they're on the ground. Because they're going to be throwing a lot of punches. 

Punches tend to get your attention.  Knowing how to handle incoming punches matters quite a lot.

Even at 10-20% power (the limit we use for training in this class), a shot to the face makes you eager to want to sharpen your defenses.  Occasionally your attacker gets a little overenthusiastic in the melee and you receive a little more than a 20% hit.  Stings a tad.  Generally Fight Sim is set so the "bad guy"  is not supposed to use jitsu techniques but instead acts as either be an untrained puncher (think wild swings trying to knock you out) or more of a skilled striker with jabs, crosses, hooks, etc.

Jitsu can be for both sport and self-defense.  For example, a Butterfly guard is great for sport jitsu v jitsu, but if you try to use a butterfly guard in a real fight, you will get you bell rung with punches.  Knowing what techniques to use where matters quite a bit and our center always wants us to stay sharp on the self-defense side of the equation.

Very good training, and a 5 minute round defending yourself from someone intent on punching you is rather exhausting.  

You need to close the distance through  punches, or in anticipation of a punch, execute a take-down, maintain control of someone who is using all their weight to buck or throw you off and who keeps trying to punch you even when down, and then get a submission if possible. Like I said, it is pretty darn exhausting but good training.

Unfortunately, I had one session yesterday with someone who got a tad overenthusiastic and his hand did a nice ricochet off my blocking hand and then went on to smack me right at the right eye with a finger poking out of his glove,  so I have a rather impressive shiner right now.   Not intentional at all, but minor injuries do happen.   I've iced it and its overall ok, just doesn't look great.

Aside from that it went well, but I can say that being paired up with someone stronger and bigger than me as a bad guy makes for an exhausting bout. 

Of course, this is good training as it is unlikely that someone smaller and weaker than you is going to pick a fight and attack you in real life. 

But, it got hairy and I had to work hard to avoid getting pounded even at 10-20%, especially when in one case my bad guy started in mount position as part of the scenario.  Being mounted when punches are flying just plain sucks. Managed to get out of it and establish a good defense, and then control him, but I was pretty much spent after that 5 minute round.

The class then ended and we then spent 15 minutes doing standard jitsu rolls afterwards which felt pretty easy by comparison as no punches were flying.

Heckuva good class and great training.

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Iranian Revolutionary Guard Navy Getting Frisky Again

The Detroit News: US ship fires warning shots in encounter with Iranian boats

A group of 13 armed speedboats of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard made “unsafe and unprofessional” high-speed maneuvers toward U.S. Navy vessels in the Strait of Hormuz on Monday, and a U.S. Coast Guard cutter fired warning shots when two of the Iranian boats came dangerously close, U.S. officials said.

This is the second incident of warning shots being necessary in the past two months to keep Iranian fast attack boats away from US ships, and 150 yards is letting them get way too close. The Iranian regime is testing for a reaction (or lack of same) from the current administration, not to mention getting practice doing attack runs at US vessels.

The next time the Iranians try this, the warning shots should sink the next fast attack craft that gets too close.  

Those shots still be warning shots, mind you, as the shots will be a warning for the next Iranian attack boat boat contemplating getting too close.

Flying: IFR Training Lesson 1

Today marks the start of my training to get my instrument rating.

I went to DCT on Saturday and signed up for the program and began studying.

Today I went to DCT this morning for a ground lesson. I had Adam as my instructor today,  Nice guy and was both enthusiastic and knowledgeable.

We covered flight instrument scans, flight instrument operation and failures, and VORs.

The flight instrument operation, instrument failures and VOR info was mainly a refresher from the private pilot syllabus but was still useful with a b it more detail.  Instrument scan was new and will be highly useful.

First flight should be later this week.

Monday, May 10, 2021

Well, That Went As Well As Could Be Expected

We had the oral argument for the show cause hearing for our writ of mandamus claim in our case against the Wayne County Clerk for their delaying and failure to accept CPL applications.

It went, as the title suggests, as well as could be expected.

One fun detail we shared with the Court was the County proceeding to poach our named plaintiffs and thus trying to get the case dismissed as moot.

For example my client had applied on February 11, 2021 and was given an appointment date of January 25, 2022   - yes almost a year after being scheduled in order for a few minute appointment for the county clerk to just accept her application.  Until the application is accepted, you have no remedy nor ability to get a CPL.  A right delayed being a right denied and all that.

We will note that no other County service is having such a delay - not marriages, not getting birth or death certificates, nothing else.   Indeed, no other County in this state is delaying accepting applications like this, none.

We file our complaint on March 25.  On March 30, funnily enough, my client's appointment gets moved up to June 30, 2021, and then on April 8, 2021 it is moved to April 24, 2021 in order to take place before the show cause briefs are due.

Funny how that happens, and it just happened to occur to all the named plaintiffs.  Next time we will file as John and Jane Does.

The law states the application shall be turned in during normal business hours, and the clerk shall do what they're supposed to do with it during normal business hours - not 11 months later.

I believe we did a good job arguing the law and facts of the case, but there's a good chance the judge will just agree with the County and say Covid makes it necessary for the delays, so we will see what happens.  Decision should be soon.

Sunday, May 09, 2021

In And Around The House

Yesterday, some repairs were made in the house.

The drawers in the kitchen and bathrooms have a very strange  bracket system.  The metal rail goes to a plastic bracket that is screwed into the wood.  Unsurprisingly, the plastic bracket  over time splits and the drawer then tends to droop with the back of the drawer dropping and the front getting caught on the top of the cabinet.


I've looked for years for replacement brackets  but could not find them anywhere, nor could I find the manufacturer for the cabinets. I finally figured out the secret.

On the door under the sink in the kitchen only, there is a sticker.

 

Looking up the I code at the KCMA website got me the manufacturer information.

Contacting the manufacturer, Kitchen Kompact, they were super helpful and sent me a batch of the brackets to replace the broken ones quickly and at no charge.

I then replaced all the broken ones including the ones I had done ersatz repairs to with tape and pieces of plastic cards to strengthen them.

Good to fix them all before Mother's Day.

Then I cleared the shower of an accumulation of the children's hair that was clogging the drain trap.  Disgusting, necessary, and about 5 pounds of hair in a huge hairball was removed and the drain now flows freely.

Meanwhile, outside the house we had visitors.


 

Deer came through the backyard, getting some snacking in as they wandered by.

Kinda neat to see, and they came right up to the deck which was nice.

Friday, May 07, 2021

Gov Half-Whit Does Not Deign To Fly With Commoners

Our dear governor continues her pattern of having one standard for her entourage and herself and a different one for everyone else in this State.

On one hand she advised and cautioned that no one from Michigan should travel out of state and especially not travel to Florida.

So of course, after making such a pronouncement, she went to Florida which she then lied about but was caught in her lie.  

On the upside, she made sure she traveled in luxury - on a private jet - the cost to charter such a flight would be $40,000.  Likely this was done to hide the fact of her travel as it was not paid for from her own pocket or from a state fund.

Instead, the jet was provided by three wealthy businessmen (you know the ones Democrats allegedly hate on - except when those same business men are providing charter air service for Dems), and one has to wonder who paid the fare as the financial details of the flight as well as many other facts of her travels are being withheld by the Gov. 

One also wonders what quid was given pro the quo of the jaunt.

No possible conflict of interest there mixed in with the double standards and lies that are the hallmark of the Whitmer administration.

Democrat politicians - if they didn't have double standards, they'd have no standards at all.

Attacks On Asian Americans: Not Exactly By A Whiter Shade Of Pale

Recently, there has a been a spate of attacks against Asian Americas. Of course Trump is being blamed for these attacks rather than the perpetrators - for example: Man Arrested In San Francisco Stabbing Of 2 Asian Women.

Many activists blame the uptick in anti-Asian violence on xenophobic rhetoric and the use of racist language by former President Donald Trump and others to describe the coronavirus. 

Funny, the attackers hardly seem to be the stereotypical Trump followers as painted by the media.

Indeed, media reports downplay, if not completely neglect to mention who is doing the attacking.  And for good reason - if they did the whole blame Trump followers narrative for the attacks would fall apart.

Take Newsweek for example - they even list all the recent publicized attacks and don't mention even once in their story that the attackers were Black.   

ABC for example in the New York attack by a woman with a hammer similarly neglected to mention the race of the attacker.

Rather curious, that.

Indeed, the latest, a knife attack in San Francisco on two elderly Asian ladies was by a fellow named Patrick Thompson.  Almost every report completely glossed over the ethnicity of the arrested Mr. Thompson even after he was in custody.  They would report his name, age, and criminal history but not his race, which was a clue.  Take a look through the results of the Google search for more examples of how a rather relevant characteristic of the attacker is glossed over amnd how many you have to go through to find it.

Finally, a CBS website showed a picture of the scumbag which is the only way you learn his ethnic identity: Source: Man Arrested For Stabbing 2 Asian Woman in San Francisco Has Lengthy Arrest History.

Surprise! He's not exactly a White Trump supporter - at all.  Also not surprisingly, he has a violent criminal history and has been arrested over 24 arrests in the last 20 years including previous stabbings, and yet is free to walk the San Francisco streets. He also likely has mental issues and again is free to roam and attack people.

For our media and their current obsession with race, its rather curious this gets such a lack of coverage - but not surprising given the reality.

The fact that Blacks commit hate crimes against Asians way out of proportion to their percentage of the population (over 27% of hate crimes and  the majority of violent attacks against Asians are by Blacks, who account for 13% of the population) hurts critical racial theory and the current narrative  that white supremacists (when those few who do actually exist manage to crawl out of their mom's basement)  must be the ones to blame.   I'm sure we will get some white supremacists crawling out form under a rock and doing a hate crime - which will then be trumpeted by the media far and wide, with their ethnic background prominently reported - until then, expect crickets.

In short, if the media glosses over the identity of the attacker of an Asian you can likely guess the nature of the attacker, and that the media is still trying to sell the rather now threadbare tale that these attacks are by white Trump fans against Asians.  To do otherwise might require some reporting on some facts the media would rather not report upon.

Thursday, May 06, 2021

Thunder Over Michigan Gets Covidized

Last year, Michigan's best airshow, Thunder Over Michigan was cancelled due to Covid.

This year it will go on, but unfortunately in a much more restricted and limited fashion than in years past.

It's going to be a drive-in airshow.

The Detroit News: Thunder Over Michigan air show to return to Ypsilanti in August 

Tickets will be for $165 per car, and you can fill your car up with attendees, but t hat's quite a bit more than the $15 general admission of past years, by quite a lot, unless you get a minivan and pack 11 people in it - which would kinda kill off the whole point of this social distancing overkill.

Unfortunately, that $165 doesn't even get you in for the whole day, but only half the show.

You have to choose between a morning or afternoon slot.  F-35 Demo team in the morning, or The US Air Force Thunderbirds in the afternoon.

No walking around the aircraft and seeing the static displays, just staying in your car or out on the passenger side, with commentary on the show coming over the radio.

Certainly it's going to be a much different and sadly limited airshow experience than in years past.

Wednesday, May 05, 2021

When You're Dog Tired In The Morning

That feeling when you're having a hard time waking up.


It's a dog's life alright.

Tuesday, May 04, 2021

Study - Systemic Racism To Blame For Everything, Even When It Is Not

Even when systemic racism can't be shown to actually exist, it is easy to assign blame to it as an un-falsifiable theory.

One of the great things for progressives about the cant of systemic racism is it deprives Blacks, Browns, what have you, of agency.  Clearly if systemic racism is to blame, it can't be their fault, and AWFLs (Angry Woke Female Liberals) must then come in and save them from themselves while dealing with self-loathing and hating on western civilization.

Systemic racism can be blamed for everything, even when the data shows there are actual and real explanations not linked to the mythical and unproven theory of systemic racism.

Take Covid for example.

The Detroit News: Systemic racism drove higher COVID-19 mortality for Black people study says

Black people are more likely to die of COVID-19 than their White counterparts due to systemic racism, according to a Wayne State University study published in April.

. . .

They found that people were more likely to die from COVID-19 if they lived in environments with high rates of poverty, unemployment and other social determinants of health that often are caused by systemic racism, Chopra said. 


Hmm, sounds bad. But wait, there's more:

The study found no relationship between COVID-19 mortality and the color of a person's skin, Chopra noted. What mattered were the conditions in which they lived. 

Wait a sec, they just said systemic racism is to blame, but then say there is no correlation found between mortality and race.  Is there systemic racism to blame here or not?

"There was no relation between COVID-19 mortality and race," she said. "We found that the Black population in large urban centers — these populations are not inherently at greater risk for higher mortality, but our results supported the possibility that it is the social/economic vulnerability.

So again, the study says it is not race but living in urban centers and making certain lifestyle choices that can be unhealthy? Who knew?

“Systemic racism is implicated because we feel it shapes the circumstances and policies that are responsible for the inequitable distribution of resources across communities of color,” Chopra said.   

Ah, so this determination is based on feelings, not data.  If you assign people no agency, systemic racism must be to blame.  Did they study Blacks and other minorities outside of urban centers for mortality?  Was there any difference form whites in the same areas that would demonstrate systemic racism?  Of course they did not.  

Heck did they compare mortality between comparable poor urban whites and blacks in the study - no, reading the study it shows they did not.   They solely looked at a majority-minority area for their study.

The study actually finds that people in crowded environments, having low socio-economic status and using public transportation make one more likely to be vulnerable to Covid.  The racial aspect is tacked on as they only looked at a poor urban area in Detroit with a 90% Black population and did not control or compare to a similar socio-economic area that is predominantly white. 

The study at most shows that if you are poor, have comorbidities, live in crowded housing, and take public transport, you are more likely to die of (or with) Covid than if you are none of these things. 

In short, the study's conclusion as to systemic racism is abject junk science, but it does get headlines.

Monday, May 03, 2021

Why So Long To Deal With Sexual Assault At MSU? Because Progressives Do Love Their Five-Year Plans

One would think that it would take far less than five years, after a three-year period in development, to have some very clear sexual assault guidelines in place.

The Detroit News: MSU releases 5-year plan to address sexual assault, harassment after Nassar scandal

Again, it took them three years to come up with this 5-year plan after Dr. Nasser had gotten away with sexually assaulting underage and young women for years -- and it was covered up by MSU during that time.

This makes the powers that be at MSU feel that they are making a difference and really coming up with a cute name for the program after being in an inter-office and inter-disciplinary workshop for the past three years: The Relationship Violence and Sexual Misconduct initiative.  I'm sure it also cost the university -- read taxpayers, its a state-funded university after all -- thousands and thousands of dollars.

May I suggest an Anti-Sexual Assault Policy that can be made effective and rolled out by the University immediately and not have to wait five years and it didn't take me three years to develop?  

Here, they can have it for free, complete with a really simply name:

MSU's Anti-Sexual Assault Policy  (heck it can even be implemented ASAP and cutely called, if they must, The MSU ASAP):

1.  In cases of sexual assault, victims should call police immediately, not some university office that will sweep things under the rug or hold star chamber proceedings that impair actual criminal investigations. Also, anyone observing a sexual assault or with knowledge of one should similarly call police immediately and if an employee or student of the university is required to do so.

2.  Police will investigate and take such claims seriously.  Charges will be pursued if investigation shows such are appropriate.

3. Anyone covering up a sexual assault; or attempting to hamper an investigation into a sexual assault; or retaliating against someone for reporting a sexual assault; is fired or expelled immediately from the university and criminal charges, if appropriate and possible will be filed.  All golden parachutes and separation agreements and University retirement contributions are revoked for such actions.

4.  If a University student/officer/employee is found in possession of child pornography (As Nassar was) that is a an immediately terminable/expelling offense and is also immediately reported to police.

There, no need for a star-chamber procedure, yet another university committee, nor a new office and bureaucracy (note in the article all the many different offices involved here - it's a complete mess) nor five years and thousands more dollars to implement a plan that took three years to develop.

No need for a delay.  Just announce the above 4 steps and implement them ASAP.

Sunday, May 02, 2021

California Continuing To Slouch Towards Anarcho-Tyranny

The Detroit News: 76K California violent, career felons get earlier releases

With little notice, California on Saturday is increasing early release credits for 76,000 inmates, including violent and repeat felons, as it further trims the population of what once was the nation’s largest state correctional system.

More than 63,000 inmates convicted of violent crimes will be eligible for good behavior credits that shorten their sentences by one-third instead of the one-fifth that had been in place since 2017.

Criminal justice reform tends to be done to both reduce the state's costs and appease woke criminal supporting activists, resulting in the release of unreformed criminals to prey upon the (in California very much disarmed) population, increasing the costs to the population in terms of losses from crime.

 Note that this was done by Governor Newsom's executive order and going into immediate effect, bypassing administrative review or the law-making process. It also most conveniently gets 76,000 likely supporters out of jail and eligible to vote for Newsom in the upcoming recall referendum.

Nothing could possibly go wrong with this release.  Well, at the very least the politicians making these edicts won't face the consequences directly.

Saturday, May 01, 2021

MDFI - Low Light Handgun Class

On Friday Duffy and I headed to Albion, Michigan, for MDFI's Low Light Handgun class.

We got to the range at about 4:00, and checked in, getting there a half hour early.

Traffic and construction on I-94 caught a few of the participants so it was a bit after 5:00 before the introduction and safety briefing started.

We had a very detailed safety brief and objective of the course brief, by Trek, the head instructor, and Shane the assistant instructor.  The thoroughness was welcome, considering we would be shooting in darkness.  

Then on to the qualifier.

Overall it's pretty easy, with 6 second time limits for each component of the drill, shooting at 7 yards.
5 shots from compressed ready
4 shots from the holster
1 round speed reload 2 rounds
1 round with an empty magazine, reload from slide lock, 1 round.

This is pretty simple, but it was complicated by the sun being right above and behind the targets and shining right in our eyes, and between my shooting glasses and the glass of the red dot, just seeing the target was difficult as the glare was blinding. 

You needed 12 in the inner rectangle for the advanced score.  I put all 14 in the rectangle.  Not bad for not being able to see the target.

Everyone passed the qualification.

We then did some shooting drills and warm ups as the sun began to set.

Next, was a discussion and demonstration and practice of handheld flashlight techniques and then weapon-mounted flashlight techniques and why and when to use each, including how to do a safe 360 degree scan of the area after engaging a target without muzzling anyone else or yourself for that matter.

Handheld techniques were the FBI, the modified FBI, the syringe, the neck index, temple index and the Harries techniques. 

We also covered purposes for using the lights, and how to do weapons malfunction clearances in the dark. 

We practiced all those in the twilight.

Then it started getting dark.

Everyone put on red glowsticks, one in front and one in back.

Targets then became pretty much invisible in the dark.

We ran the flashlight drills, both handheld and weapon mounted, and then we loaded up magazines with a mix of live rounds and fired casings and did malfunction clearance drills in the dark.

Then we did some shooting from cover and how to use the flashlights and not have the light flashback and blind you as you did it. Then from cover with simulated moving targets.  Adding to the fun were some strobe pyrotechnics and smoke that unexpectedly were added to make it a bit more stressful which was also a lot of fun.

We next worked on countering other people's lights and being able to see and identify them even when they were shining a light towards us, this was pretty useful.  I had a new Modlite as a hand-held and yes, it will punch through a Surefire light to identify a target holding it.  You can also throw the light beam at their feet and then see the target, which is a useful technique.

The final exercise was a blind run through a photo-realistic set of targets from behind cover.  - with a light from the targets pointing towards you. You had to identify with your light and not shoot the friendlies but engage the threats and quickly. 

 Overall I did very well, unlike someone else who shot the innocent old man holding a cane perfectly in the A zone.  But, I and every other single one of the 16 people in the class shot a target in a yellow windbreaker pointing a gun in our direction.

Unfortunately, on his belt, obscured by the glare of the light by the target with the target lined up just for that purpose was a very small badge on his belt.  Crap.  Nobody saw it during the drill, only in the debrief,  everyone focused on the weapon pointed towards us and didn't see the badge in the glare and shot.

Certainly a good primer on getting as much info on a possible threat as possible. 

We shot in the dark until midnight. 

It got rather cold, and I was shooting from concealment from appendix with mags also concealed, under a jacket and a hoody sweatshirt which made draws interesting.  Most other class attendees wore OWB ALS rigs which let them keep their jackets zipped up.  Good experience but next time I'm going to put on some polypropelyne under my shirt.

A few of the attendees had night vision rigs, and the instructors did as well and those were phenomenal.    The head instructor let everyone try his set out and it was amazing.  We had the assistant instructor about 20 yards away and he completely disappeared into the darkness. With the night vision , You literally could see him clearly in the dark and how many fingers he was holding up.    Spendy as all heck, but man, that's some impressive stuff.

Then on to a debrief. Everyone at the class shot well, there were no safety issues and we all learned a lot.

There's not a lot of opportunity for night shooting and night shooting classes so this was a very educational and eye-opening experience. I'd certainly recommend taking a night shooting class to any firearms owner, and MDFI offers a truly excellent one that is very professionally done, very organized and offers excellent skill development.

Friday, April 30, 2021

Looking for a Fox

And Found Two.

While walking Jett, a neighbor waved me over.  

Their neighbor had caught a fox by their porch.

 

 

We took a look.  He gave a little bark-like sound as we approached but otherwise he was rather calm about the whole thing.

He and Jett looked each other other, but neither growled nor barked at the other, nor were they aggressive. 

Then I noticed some movement. To the right of the house was another trap.

Turned out the neighbor had actually caught two foxes. 


This one was rather cute as well, and maintained eye contact the whole time we looked him over.

 I expect they will get dropped off at the nature preserve or released elsewhere.

Lots of wildlife is moving about this spring.

Thursday, April 29, 2021

If You Are Blatantly Lying About that, What Else Are You Lying About?

Yet another op-ed in the Detroit Free Press, on the topic of police.  By an ex- Detroit Chief of Police no less.

The Detroit Free Press: Former DPD chief explains what needs to be done to restore trust in police

Get a load of this whopper:

Or they may be one of millions who, over the past few decades, have witnessed violent and brutal police interactions with unarmed citizens through viral videos from the assault on Rodney King in 1992 to Tamir Rice in 2014, George Floyd in 2020 or Ma’Khia Bryant and Andrew Brown, just this month. 

Hang on there ex-chief. 

Ma'Khia Bryant had a knife and was in the process of stabbing someone at the time she was shot.   This is not in question, nor particularly controversial. That is not unarmed, no matter how much BLM wants to now classify knife-assaults as non-armed encounters.

We will note also that Tamir Rice had a fake gun that he was reaching for as he was shot as well.   We can also further note that Rodney King, George Floyd and Andrew Brown were all busy resisting arrest, and while we are still waiting for the details of Andrew Browns acts they may have included trying to run over police with a car.

It makes one wonder about the reliability of his recommendations, not to mention the reliability regarding his claims of dealing with police from his own past.

Detroit's crime rate when ex-chief Isaiah McKinnon was chief of police was rather high, with an average of 487 murders per year.  Hardly a success and the murder rate started dropping after he left office, so you can draw your own conclusions over how effective he was as a police chief. a

If he can't even get some basic and obvious facts right nor even be honest and accurate in defining the problem, one must wonder about how much his recommendations are worth.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Well That Delay Sucks, AKA When Judges Don't Want To Hear A Case

Had a pretrial in a case in a local district court today.

This case has been going on for a heckuva long time.

Plaintiff filed it in 2019 (on his own without a lawyer, which was his first mistake) as a breach of contract when Defendant, an unlicensed contractor, royally screwed up the renovation of his home after a fire had occurred and botched it and then never completed it.  Defendant also did not have a lawyer and it bounced on through the process, with some major goofs along the way due to neither side having an attorney.

Plaintiff retained me to handle the trial set to be held in May 2020 as he realized he needed an attorney.  

It is now April 2021.

We've already had 4 adjournments:

The first was on June 2020, when Defendant, not being a complete fool, stated he didn't want to do a trial by Zoom when the judge gave him an option to do so.

The Court then reset the trial date for another Zoom hearing for September 2020.

The second delay was when he again refused to do a Zoom trial.  Most judges would have said too bad, but this judge was all for delaying.

The court then set a live in-person hearing for October 2020.

For a third delay, Defendant got out of that at the door to the courthouse by claiming he had been exposed to someone with Covid in the last 14 days.  Trial adjourned yet again.

Date was then set for a live trial on February 24, 2021.

As you might have guessed there was another delay.  The Court then on that day, of its own accord,  delayed it when Defendant got an attorney and instead of having the trial go as scheduled turned it into a pre-trial and then set today for yet  another pre-trial, denying my request to set a new trial date then and there for today.

I'll note we had to spend time preparing before each of these dates, getting the couple witnesses ready to go, and all for nought each time.

So today we show up for pre-trial and the Judge is like 

"Did you settle it?"  I said that we had made a settlement offer but they never responded to it, so can we get a trial date now?

Judge is, yes you can get a trial date - in March 2022.  He suggests we settle the case.  Kinda hard when the defense doesn't respond to settlement offers.

Judge claims the court is all backed up with criminal cases and that's the earliest he will do.

My client hit the roof at that point and justifiably so.   The delays are great for the defendant but justice delayed is sure as heck being justice denied.

Most other judges would have proceeded with the trial back in June 2020 and held it via Zoom and not let it get this delayed out. We're getting close to a year past that and it will be over 3 years since the case was filed before it gets to trial - and this is a simple half-day to at most a 1 day trial.

For whatever reason, he's bending over backwards for the defendant and really refusing to hear this case.

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Quite A Deliberate Ignoring of Reality Going On In BLM World

If you disregard facts, evidence, and bodycam footage, you can create some really impressive false narratives about white supremacy everywhere.

 Two op-eds in the Detroit Free Press highlight this rather ridiculous narrative.  Both are very selective in dealing uncomfortable or contrary facts to their worldview and typically gloss over them in the most dishonest manner.

The first of course see white supremacy everywhere and blacks are apparently victimized by police on a regular basis:

Does Chauvin verdict signal real change or is it a mirage? 

The most recent episodes of excessive and fatal police force against Black bodies continue to air on our TV, phone and computer screens.

First, this whole "black bodies" thing the Lefty academics do is rather curious.  After all it's rather dehumanizing isn't it? - I mean I consider black people to not just be  some undefined anonymizing "black bodies" but, you know, actual individual people and not just some mass of bodies.   But then again, that would imply that the Black bodies have agency and actually are responsible for the choices they make - like committing crimes and resisting arrest and the consequences of same.

And why shouldn't we be afraid, when you consider the minimally illegal alleged offenses for which police and civilians — some of them people of color — have killed Black men and women over the last 30 years? Lt. Nazario (license plate) and Daunte Wright (car air freshener) are now added to the exhaustive list of Blacks — including Eric Garner (cigarettes), Alton Sterling (bootleg CDs), George Floyd (counterfeit money), to name a few — who receive maximum and lethal force for minimal crimes.

First, let's note Lt. Nazario wasn't killed after he was resisting arrest, but nice try.

Second, quit lying about Daunte Wright - he was pulled over for an expired registration and had a felony warrant out for an aggravated armed robbery.

Third let's see here - to begin with, it's not the minimal crimes that they committed - minimal crimes I might add passed by Democrats in their cities and states - that caused them to get in a situation where they might die, but the fact that every single one of them decided that resisting arrest, in many cases violently, was the way to go.   I;m impressed he failed to add Freddie Grey to the list who was killed while trying to beat a police officer to death - not good for the narrative I suppose now that the whole hands up thing has been dis proven as a lie.

 Though I am afraid I, too, will one day join the decades-long list of legalized racially motivated killings, most of all, I'm afraid that most of white society doesn't care that I'm afraid.

Here's some good advice Mr. Alemu, as a PhD candidate and thus an academic with a lack of knowledge of the world outside your ideological bubble, the secret to not getting killed by police is twofold: One - try not committing crimes in the first place. Two, Do not resist arrest if you do commit a crime and it will work out ok.  

He also swings for the fences with a fun false comparison: 

Must we accept that protests for the killing of Black bodies trigger the deployment of a state's National Guard almost immediately, while hundreds of whites — some armed — are able to stage a coup of our nation's Capitol with little to no police resistance, despite weeks of warnings?

Let's see, $2 billion dollars in damages by BLM so far and over 22 deaths, and the promise of more riots, arson, and confrontation if Chauvin wasn't railroaded, compared to a demonstration - not a "coup" - where nothing was set on fire and the only casualty was an unarmed woman killed by a police officer?  

Pull the other one dude, it's got bells on and you can only lie so many times in one op-ed.

The next op-ed gets even cuter: Chauvin verdict is the exception, not the norm, in 'justice' system

While news of the verdict was still sinking in, we learned that police in Columbus, Ohio killed a 16-year-old girl, Ma’Khia Bryant.It was at least the second time in weeks that police killed a child; Chicago police shot 13-year-old Adam Toledo on March 29.  . . . It was not any safer to wake up today as a Black child, a Black elder, a brown child, or anyone vulnerable to the murderous gaze of white supremacy in the U.S.

Oh come on now, she must think the readers of the op-ed are amazingly ignorant. 

Let's remind everyone, as the opinion piece quickly and neatly glosses over it, and totally ignores the fact that dear sweet Ma'Khia Bryant was in the process of trying to stab to death two other black girls when she was shot. It also ignores that little gang-banger Adam Toledo was turning with a gun in his hand after running away from police after he and a fellow felon had shot up a passing car.

Totes innocent victims of police brutality, neh?

The op-ed goes on extolling the virtues of defunding police and incarceration of criminals which will be just great for Detroit - if you're a criminal.  For everyine else, not so much.

Sadly these rather trite fact-optional views seem to be taking sway among the left, which will have bad consequences for all of us.  Facts are clearly merely things that get in the way of their rather false narrative.

Monday, April 26, 2021

That's Got To Sting There, Gov Half-Whit

After Governor Whitmer proclaimed that Michigan residents shouldn't travel due to Covid, she decided to head off to Florida.  

Again, yet another Democrat governor with a "My Rules Are For Thee, Not For Me" Attitude.

Her little trip to Florida, violating her own guidelines, as well as a trip to Florida by her Chief Operating Officer Tricia Foster did not go unnoticed.

Florida tourism officials decided Gov Half-Whit's visit was worthy of commemoration:

The Detroit News: Florida official sends Gov. Whitmer tourism information after trip

Florida's chief financial officer, Jimmy Patronis, sent Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer tourism pamphlets Monday, making light of the governor's out-of-state trip during the COVID-19 pandemic.



"I know members of your team are telling you to downplay the recent trips to Florida," Patronis wrote in a letter to Whitmer. "Don’t listen to them. Now that you and your COO (Chief Operating Officer Tricia Foster) have personally experienced what the Sunshine State has to offer, I encourage you to share your experiences publicly.
"More importantly, however, don’t be a stranger!"

 Gov Half-Whit still won't formally admit she traveled to Florida while telling everyone else in Michigan not to go anywhere, nor would she confirm the dates she left our state for Florida. 

One could say she's been on, and is still on, quite a power trip.

Sunday, April 25, 2021

Sunday Range Day

Went to Wayne County Racoon Hinters Club in Romulus for a USPSA match today.

I'll wait for the standings to come out to see how I did, but overall it went ok but many mistakes in execution were made. So not a great, result but I learned a fair bit. I wasn't doing any RO'ing at this match and just helped paste targets whcih was a nice change of pace, and it was easier to see how others were delaing with the stages and learn from them accordingly.  I still need to work a lot more on that.

First stage I shot was Stage 3. 

It looked like this:

There's a swinger in front of the wall that is activated by stepping on the yellow box to the left side outside the firing zone.   Basically the best way to handle the stage is to shoot it from right to left starting as required at the orange spots on the PVC pipe outside the free-fire zone.

 

I was the second to shoot and I had a plan, did the plan and it was going well.  I engaged the targets, got to the box, stepped on the box with one foot and moved right behind the wall to engage the targets and swinger in front of the wall.  

All good getting my hits . . .  things are going great and then I realize my step on the box didn't activate the swinger!  I was well past the box and shooting other targets and getting toward the swinger. So I had to run back to activate it and move on.  Drat, next time stomp the heck out of those boxes.  Best laid plans and all that.

Next stage was a rather long and complicated one, and of course I was going first.  It also had a swinger and all sorts of ports, and a nice 180 trap if you weren't careful.  They forgot to demonstrate the swinger, but that wouldn't have changed the result anyways.  

So I got to the line, made ready,  reviewed the plan in my head, got the are you ready command, and as the beep went off and I draw someone loudly said "Wait!".  So I stopped.  Turns out it was two of the other shooters having a loud conversation right behind me and one said oh wait to the other.  No actual need to stop, but since I did we then started over again, Better safe than sorry. Threw the plan off a bit though.

The stage after that when I went up to shoot, after the previous shooter somone mis-rigged setting up a swinger so the popper it was attached to would not fall and activate it as the string was literally holding it in place by tension rather than the other way around. Yes, I sure was finding all the issues possible.  So I got to re-shoot that one for equipment failure, and once rigged properly I did pretty well.

Most other stages went ok, I did blow by a target on one stage and couldn't get back to it due to the design once I realized I was past it and it would have taken too long to get back so I took the miss and non-engage penalties.  Ouch. I'll try not to do that again.

The match got backed up one stage ahead of us due to a popper that kept breaking, which held everyone up, a lot.

Overall a lot of fun, got a lot of tips from other shooters that are a heckuva lot better than I am, and it was still a good match with a good squad, my many mistakes and all.

A very good match, and a great bunch of people with which to spend a Sunday on the range.

Saturday, April 24, 2021

Farewell To ECB

ECB being the El Cheapo Brinkmann smoker.

After years of good service, first arriving here in 2013,  the bottom tray and the base itself has rusted through.  This makes temperature control difficult and raises the issue of hot coals dropping out the bottom.  No bueno.

Sadly, Brinkmann has gone out of business and replacement parts are hard to find.   Quite a few parts for the electric models are floating around Ebay, but none of the bases nor charcoal trays there match my model, and the prices are pretty darn high almost as much for those two parts as for what I paid for the while thing to start with.

In short no way to repair it and time for it to go.  

But fear not, there is another.

So today I received and assembled its successor and its rather an upgrade.

The Weber Smokey Mountain 18 inch smoker.


It's bigger than the ECB so more food will fit, as well as a larger water bowl.  It has multiple adjustable vents for heat control and has a nice firebox arrangement that should make cleanup and maintenance a lot easier.  The door is larger and easy to get more wood and charcoal into the firebox. The smoking grates have nice handles for ease of removal which will be appreciated when using it.

Assembly wasn't terrible, but note the instructions are in the back of the manual with the parts schematic up front, which leads one to think the only instructions are the schematic which was kinda sketchy.

Assembly was pretty quick and easy with only one - actually three cuts from the sharp sheet metal (ouch!) and the pain of getting the thermometer pass-through installed.

Will break it in shortly, and will begin this smoking season with a nice new smoker.

Friday, April 23, 2021

Friday Lunch Flight

Today the weather was very promising for flying, if a bit gusty.

I had invited my friends Nick and Anna for a lunch flight to Jackson.  Neither had ever been in a small plane before.

So we met at the airport at 1:30 and I got the airplane out of the hangar and showed them how I did a pre-flight inspection.

Then we loaded up, taxi'd to the run-up area and then took off to the southwest.

It was kinda bumpy up there at 4,500 feet.  Not terrible but not calm air by any means.  Wind kept pushing us to the right in gusts so i had to keep adjusting left to stay on course.   Also some up and down forces were at work as well, which made it even more fun.

They had fun and described it as a bit of a roller coaster feeling.

Got to Jackson and got a straight in to Runway 25.  With the wind out of 240 at 13-20 it would be gusty but not a ton of crosswind correction to worry about.

So I flew the approach a little bit faster than normal to account for the gust factor.  Of course, the bottom dropped out of the wind gust right during my flare so I did what Juvat would call a passable aircraft carrier landing as a result.  Still good enough that my passengers thought it was a really good landing, but I promised the next one would be better.


We went to the restaurant and had a very nice lunch, burgers for the guys, and a salad for the lady.

Then back in the plane to head back to Pontiac.  Since they actually got back in the plane, the flight out must not have scared them off too much.

Bumpy yet again, but a little better.

Then at Pontiac did the typical 27L downwind entry that was extended for a Falcon jet to pass on long final and then a base turn behind him to Runway 27R.  Pontiac had winds gusting 13-18 right out of 270.

I had promised a nice landing and I delivered - smooth and it felt like I was  holding it off the runway forever with that headwind.  Landed smooth as silk.

I also landed on 27R at the Whiskey taxiway leaving tons of runway to spare. This was thanks to the strong headwind.  I  then got to roll down the runway to Kilo to turn off and park the plane.

A great flight and both my passengers enjoyed themselves immensely.  A little challenging for the gusts and medium chop but it was a most enjoyable flight.

1.5 and 2 landings, one good and one excellent.

Thursday, April 22, 2021

So As A Police Officer You Better Decide Quickly Which Black Life Matters

So which one's life matters?

You're a police officer called to a scene of a fight, and have already seen the "loving, peaceful little girl" in this fight try to stab one girl and observe her as she goes after another who is pinned in place by a car.

So, you better choose quickly:


So, as a police officer are you going to allow the Black life in pink to get stabbed and potentially killed by the Black life stabbing at her with a knife or not?

BLM and its supporters apparently don't care that there's a lethal knife attack going on putting a Black life in immediate jeopardy - note that it is not a knife fight when there's only one knife in play.

The tweets from the progressives over the incident are rather insane:

Valerie Jarrett, tweeted:  ‘A Black teenage girl named Ma’Khia Bryant was killed because a police officer immediately decided to shoot her multiple times in order to break up a knife fight. Demand accountability.  Fight for justice.’ 

BLM co-founder Bree Newsome tweeted:

Teenagers have been having fights including fights involving knives for eons. We do not need police to address these situations by showing up to the scene & using a weapon against one of the teenagers. Y’all need help. I mean that sincerely.

Read those tweets again and realize they are not based in reality, at all. BLM takes the side of the criminal, always.

Note also that the video shows that the baby daddy of Ma'Khia Bryant is busy not attempting to break up the fight or get his daughter to drop a lethal weapon, but is instead trying to kick the other girl who is down on the sidewalk. 

Charming.

Imagine the outrage if the police officer decided, following these tweets as inspiration -  "Heck, teens have been having fights involving one side having a knife for eons, I'm gonna just leave and go get some doughnuts and let them fight it out."

Think Ferguson effect writ large.

That is what BLM is advocating here, a rather recurring theme where BLM advocates that Black criminals should be free to resist arrest if they feel like it, and should instead be left to conduct their criminal ways without police intervention - no matter the cost to other lives.  Those other lives being Black or other races that don't get a nice sign.

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Got A Pfizer Stick In The Arm Today

Abby and I got vaccinated today.  It took more time to find a place giving vaccine shots than anything else really.  Distribution in Michigan is still a mess with still changing rules and arbitrary and almost Calvin-ball like procedures.

After getting turned away from one place last week for a given reason that we weren't technically in their area (a 8 minute drive away) and no there was nothing posted about a certain area before we arrived.  Also, said vaccination location spot  had been giving shots to people outside their area  - a friend of mine got his there which is what clued us in to it and they had told him that people could come get them - not so much, or there was a shift and policy change within an hour. 

So we found another location and called and made an appointment for this week and we went in today and it was very straightforward and efficient.  Held at a pediatricians office no less.

Checked in, got our temperatures checked, then went to the needle station and  sat down. Got swabbed and then got stuck with a very thin and sharp needle which was no more than a pinch.  Out of the chair  and then had to sit in the waiting room for 15 minutes before heading out and the next person got theirs administered.  No big deal and very professionally done.  Already scheduled for the follow up shot.

Humorously enough they allow you to take a video of yourself getting the shot if you want,  and one guy wanted to do so, so they asked us to move form the chairs we were sitting in after the shot so we didn't get in the video due to HIPAA regulations.  Never-mind that we had to have, and did have masks on so we were unlikely to be identified in the video but hey, whatever makes them happy.

The arm injection site was sore and actually felt like it was burning for a little bit but that since went away.  Nothing serious in the realm of side effects to report so far.

These modern vaccines are rather awesome products of modern scientific effort and Trump's Operation Warp Speed.  Be interesting to see if the mRNA technique can be successfully applied to other viral infections.

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

What Is It With Democrat Politicians And Sexual Harrasment?

It appears that wherever one has a blue state politician in power, verifiable allegations of sexual harassment cannot be far behind.

Yet another Democrat politician decides not to run for office, after a long history of accusations of sexual harassment comes to light:

The Detroit Free Press:  Former Mayor Virg Bernero drops Lansing mayoral bid, Dunbar joins the race

Why did he drop out? Well, you guessed it - 

Bernero's announcement comes weeks after several women accused him of sexual harassment during his tenure in the Michigan Legislature and while he was mayor.

Verily, female Democrat supporters are all about ending sexual harassment of women because after all, they live it, as they constantly get victimized by Democrats in positions of power.  

This sort of unacceptable behavior must seems rather normal to them - after all it appears that this is an ongoing and standard practice for Democrat male politicians - Cuomo, Franken, Clinton, Kennedy, Biden, Conyers, Kihuen, Scott, Weiner, Massa, Spitzer, Edwards, Bernero, and many more, and the list just keeps on growing.

Sexual harassment is not acceptable, but Democrat male politicians sure have been getting away with it for a long time while talking a good game about women's rights.

Monday, April 19, 2021

Indianapolis Shooting A Demonstration of Red Flag Laws' Innate Flaw and Failure

The Indianapolis killer as far as we know to date was not driven by any white supremacy beliefs (much to the sadness of the progressives), but instead was apparently well known to be CCFCP*

Indeed, he was even "known to the FBI" which as Cindy at From the Caer has rightly commented, is about the most useless titles for a potential mass-killer. Apparently, "known to the FBI" means the FBI makes sure it will stay well out of your way until you commit a mass killing and then say "yep, we knew him".

Verily, this fellow and the action taken by police in response to his being CCFCP* and proclaiming he wanted to commit suicide by cop was indeed the very example of the glaring failure and obvious inherent flaw of Red Flag laws:

The Detroit News: Prosecutor: FedEx shooter didn’t have ‘red flag’ hearing

Authorities believed they had done what they needed to by seizing the pump-action shotgun from Brandon Scott Hole in March 2020, Marion County Prosecutor Ryan Mears said.

“Absolutely there needs to be some intervention and absolutely the firearm needs to be taken away. … But the risk is if we move forward with that (red flag) process and lose, we have to give that firearm back to that person,” Mears said. “That’s not something we were willing to do.”

The shotgun was never returned to Hole, police have said.

Read that one again.  He was reported to be likely to kill others and himself, the police responded by taking a firearm away and then not even holding a "Red Flag hearing" because they might have lost and had to return it.

So they did what everyone who has concerns about red flag laws has pointed out as to what can occur: They left him free to go out and purchase another firearm and commit murder, and he did.

But hey, at least they thought they did what they needed to do.

Yep, take the firearm away from the madman and leave the madman free and unsupervised to go forth and  commit mayhem - including going out and buying another gun, explosive, gasoline, what have you. 

A rather glaring and fundamental flaw in the whole process.

Now, had they taken him in under a psych hold it would have gone differently. If he was then involuntarily committed as a threat to himself or others - which sounds pretty darn likely - then after a hearing (with all that due process stuff the anti-gunners don't like, which is why they circumvent it to go with a red flag law), he would have been designated in  NICS and been unable to legally purchase a firearm. Even more importantly, he would have received treatment for his underlying psychosis of being CCFCP.* These involuntary commitment laws predate red flags and are a lot more effective.  But the police and other officials need to actually decide to use them.

But, that was too much work apparently, and the police apparently figured that just partially red flagging him instead of having him get treatment for his underlying mental instability would suffice.

It obviously did not.

Red Flag Laws don't prevent an act of mass murder, they just delay it a bit.

* CCFCP for those who don't know means Coo Coo For Cocoa Puffs.  Since we don't know the wackjob's actual diagnosis, that will have to suffice.

Sunday, April 18, 2021

Sunday Funday Flight To Jackson

Today the weather was finally good for flying,  Heck, it was just beautiful, and just right for a breakfast flight. 

I took my friend David up for a flight.  David is a licensed pilot but hasn't flown in over 15 years.

A slight cross-wind from 300 at 6+ knots and we took off and headed to Jackson leaving the runway and hitting the skies right at 8:30 am.

At Jackson we were initially set to do a straight-in approach to Runway 25, but then the wind started blowing a fair bit from 330 at 10-12 knots. So the Tower started routing all aircraft to use Runway 32, which I hadn't ever landed on before.  Did a right base to 32, following a Cessna in and did a very nice landing if I say so myself, and David approved so that works.


 

Had a nice omelet at the on-airport restaurant, which has great food as always, and then we headed back to Pontiac. 

 

 

Weather was just beautiful on the way back as well.

I let David fly us back to Pontiac once i had us up to cruising altitude, and he was rather smooth, even with a two- handed death grip on the controls. He had a great time and had no problem keeping it pretty much on course and altitude.


I used the time to get the ATIS and listen in to traffic at Pontiac.

Pontiac got pretty busy. At 12 miles I checked in and idented, and as the Tower was giving me instructions and he got stepped on by another pilot so I had to ask Tower to repeat them.  

Tower got a little ticked off at the other pilot and then repeated my instructions.  

First he set me up for a 2 mile close downwind entry to Runway 27L, then amended the instruction to do a wide downwind, then he further amended  his instructions to continue downwind with his calling my base and then foing do a wide base leg and land on 27R. Kinda figured he would shift me over to 27R,  so it wasn't a big deal.

I then did another darn nice landing, and then we refueled and put the plane away.

1.5,  2 great landings, a great breakfast, and a very happy passenger.

Friday, April 16, 2021

10 Major Errors The Appellant Attorney Made With Her Filing, Number 2 Will Shock You!

I won a landlord-tenant case at a Zoom trial earlier this year on behalf of the landlord and received a nice $19,000 judgment for unpaid rent as well as possession back. Tenant lied her tail off in court and it was readily apparent to everyone, not to mention her own text messages to the landlord contradicted her claims in court.

The attorney on the other side was, well, interesting would be a word. 

She's a newer attorney and did some questionable stuff at trial.  This included appearing for trial from her car and often having her video off, which is professional as all heck.  She also added exhibits during trial which is not allowed, and she kept trying to confuse the actual issues that were at trial. But, I still won handily.

She then filed a motion for reconsideration after the judgment, but she filed it late, and she never served me with it.  

These are two major problems. 

This combination of non-service and lack of filing timeliness would be a recurring practice.

The first moment that I learned she had filed the motion was when the judge sent out an order dated March 9, 2021 denying it as it was a complete failure of a motion and didn't actually conform to the rules regarding a motion for reconsideration.  

In short, it was a word salad bringing up things that were never litigated. This too would be a recurring practice.

Her appeal starts off with quite a fatal flaw - she's a day late, and more than a dollar short.  The last day she could file an appeal is 21 days after the denial on March 9, so March 30 was the cut off, not  March 31.  She missed it by that much. That alone should get it kicked.

Next, I found out that she has filed an appeal only when I get an email from her on April 8 that she had filed an appeal on March 31. No, you cannot file an appeal and wait a week to serve the other side.  You also cannot falsely put on your claim of appeal that you served the other side on March 31 when you did not.

I look through the appeal and it is absolutely done wrong.  The claim of appeal form itself alone has 5 major false statements made on it.  

She even has the parties listed wrong on the form with her client as the plaintiff rather than the defendant. No can do.

She fails to even file the order/judgment she is appealing from, while falsely stating that she had.  She fails to order the transcript, while falsely stating that she had. She even claims she filed a bond and filed an empty bond form with no actual bond, so she's lying about that too.

But wait, there's more!

She files a brief that is totally in the wrong format, and as you can guess it was a word salad almost completely bringing up things that were never litigated in court.

You cannot expand issues beyond what was litigated at the trial court.  You cannot come up with new arguments that you never raised at the trail court.  An appeal is not a do-over, it's supposed to fix any errors a lower court judge may have made.  You cannot make new arguments you never raised before and expect an appeals court to deal with them.  Her appeal is 95% new arguments and new "facts".

She also files exhibits with her appeal that were never filed in the trial court at trial. No, that's really not allowed either.

I point out to her that her appeal is totally wrong and a frivolous appeal and she can't wait a week to serve me with it while claiming to the court she served me a week before. She doesn't care.

So, I draft and file a motion on Wednesday pointing out all these issues to the court and ask her appeal to be dismissed for all these errors or at least all the documents with the errors be stricken which would do about the same thing.  

The court is currently requiring everyone to email for a hearing date rather than the next Wednesday as is normal.  I email after filing the motion Wednesday morning, and the Judge's Clerk replies back in the afternoon that he's working on an order and will get it to me soon.

An hour later, on Wednesday afternoon, I get an order from the Court.

The order does not set a hearing date. 

Instead, the Court issued an order completely dismissing her appeal without a hearing, using the proper caption for the appeal right from my motion.

This almost never happens. Normally, the other side gets to file a response and we argue it on the record.  Her appeal was so bad the Court had the authority to, and did, simply dismiss it out of hand after these issues were pointed out.

Wish I was a fly on the wall when she gets to explain to her lying client why her appeal was dismissed.

Monday, April 12, 2021

Deterring Dry-Fire Disasters

Had a call from a client this morning.

A good, solid, experienced shooter.  Lots of trigger time and dry-fire time.

He had been dry-firing at home in his basement and had put his pistol down on his table.

He picked up the pistol to shoot it again, aimed at his target, squeezed the trigger and .  .  .

                                     BANG!!!!!!

The incident was described to me as time standing still, he could hear the 'tink' of the brass that ejected hitting his table, he saw the dust fall from the ceiling and only then had a nice ringing in his ears.

His immediate reaction was WTF!?!?!

He had picked up his carry gun he had taken off and put on the table and which was identical to the gun he had been dry firing, rather than the gun he was dry-firing. 

Ooops.

Luckily, he still had the gun pointed in a safe direction at a wall when the shot went off.  It went through the drywall and then stuck behind it and did not exit anywhere.  Some ringing in the ears and that was the extent of the damage. Apparently no one outside the house heard the shot go off in his basement either.  No physical harm nor legal repercussions for the negligent discharge.

"That'll never happen to me",  you say.

Hopefully not, but you're human, and at some point in the future you are likely to make a mistake.  Whether through complacency, carelessness, or clumsiness, you may very well put a hole where it was neither intended nor desired.

The idea is to mitigate the damage from that future moment of negligence that may hopefully never take place but is just waiting for you to slip up and for the opportunity to happen.

When dry-firing, make sure there is no live ammunition in the room where you are practicing. Unload and clear the gun you are going to dry-fire in another room before you even go to the room you are dry firing in.

Make sure there are no live firearms or ammunition in the room you are dry firing in, as in none.

Before you begin to dry-fire, check again that the firearm is unloaded in chamber and magazine, really look, and check again, and then check one more time.  

Make sure any practice magazines for reloads are similarly completely empty of live rounds, which should all have been left behind in the other room, right?

Make sure when you dry-fire that you still do not point the firearm at anything you do not want to destroy, and you have a solid backstop at all times. This will save you from complete disaster when you've managed to still manage to get a round chambered even after you swore up and down that the gun and magazines were empty.  My client's incident is now having me rethink my habit of aiming toward the TV with targets arrayed in front of it while dry-firing.

If the gun leaves your immediate possession or you've put it down, and it is not in your hand or holster, stop and start your safety checks all over - check it again to make sure it is unloaded and you didn't just pick up its twin, or Murphy came by and did a swap of pistols  - or more likely you did it in a fit of absent-mindedness.

If you practice under the impression that you will have an incident someday and you need to do everything possible to prevent it from happening and causing irreparable damage, you'll be a lot safer than saying "That'll never happen to me."

Gov Half-Whit: We're Having a Surge of Covid Because Of Low Infection Rates

So how well is that harsh lockdown approach working for you, Michigan?

Apparently not very well.  

Michigan, with one of the most severe lock-down policies in the nation, now leads the nation in infection rates.

WLNS.com: Gov. Whitmer pushes for more vaccine doses as COVID-19 cases surge

Governor Whitmer told CBS News, “We are seeing a surge in Michigan despite the fact that we have some of the strongest policies in place, mask mandates, capacity limits, working from home. We’ve asked our state for a two-week pause,” Whitmer said in an interview on “Face the Nation” a segment on CBS News. “So despite all of that, we are seeing a surge because of these variants. And that’s precisely why we’re really encouraging them to think about surging vaccines into the state of Michigan.”

. . .

According to CBS News, Whitmer states the spike in positive infection rates in the past is due to low infection rates and individuals having a lack of antibodies.

Hmm,  governor, mayhaps these low infection rates and lack of antibodies are due to a wrong-headed and excessive lock-down policy.  

The same policy that prevented any herd immunity or community resistance due to lack of exposure of healthy individuals to the virus that were unlikely to be harmed by the virus and now makes them open to be infected and pass this on now?  

You know, due to the same overwrought and excessive policy made by this same governor perhaps?