Dancing in the blood…

Its already begun in the Nashville Waffle House shooting…

“We need comprehensive gun reform to address mass shootings, domestic shootings, accidental shootings and homicides,” Briley said at news conference where Metro police, FBI and other law enforcement provided updates on the shooting and search for the suspect, 29-year-old shooter, who was still at-large Sunday evening.

I removed his name, I WILL NOT give him any publicity…

“If we can all just come together for the greater good, we can take these weapons of war off the streets of our country,” Briley said.

Full article, HERE at the Tennessean.

Nothing about the fact that the shooter had the guns illegally, had mental problems, zip, nada… Just straight to gun control.

My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of those who died, and those who have been injured in these shootings, and I thank God for people like Mr. Shaw, who stepped up. If more people did that, and the media stopped giving these turds face time, I’m betting we would see a lot less of this crap. AND if we could actually get the laws on the books enforced, that would help even more.

Mr. Shaw IS a hero for taking the gun away and pushing the shooter out of the Waffle House, and he deserves all the kudos that he will get. Once again, he proved that ACTION can stop a shooter, rather than cowering and waiting to be shot.

I can’t help but think all these ‘recent’ shootings are almost a false flag operation, in that all of a sudden EVERY ONE of them has ‘featured’ an AR… It’s either that, or all these turds are looking for the media love… Because that is sure as hell what they are going to get.

I saw a meme the other day that said let’s stop drunk drivers killing people by taking cars away from sober drivers. One of the responses was something to the effect that “It didn’t make any sense.”

Well, it makes about as much sense as what the left wants to do with ARs and other semi-auto pistols and rifles. Depending on which estimate you believe, there are between 2.5 million, 15 million, or possibly 45 million ARs in private hands in the US. Figuring an average of three magazines for each, you’re talking 7.5 million, 45 million, or 125 million 30 round magazines out there.

And we know empirically from the CT and NY bans/registrations there are a large percentage, maybe as high as 50% that are scofflaws. And we know, again empirically, that criminals don’t obey laws, so what is the left really trying to accomplish?

Same thing with the “hi-cap” magazine bans. Did you know that also includes a number of .22 rifles, including Marlin Model 39s, and others? Or that favorite pistol the BHP? They only make “hi-cap” magazines for it… Sigh…

Kicking the broken down soap box back in the corner… Sigh…

 

Huh, didn’t know that…

For years people have been trying to discredit Dr. Kleck’s research on defensive gun use for years…

BUT…

Dr. Kleck apparently stumbled across more real data, from of all people, the CDC!

Abstract

In 1996, 1997, and 1998, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) conducted large-scale national surveys asking about defensive gun use (DGU). They never released the findings, or even acknowledged they had studied the topic. I obtained the unpublished raw data and computed the prevalence of DGU. CDC’s findings indicated that an average of 2.46 million U.S. adults used a gun for self-defense in each of the years from 1996 through 1998 – almost exactly confirming the estimate for 1992 of Kleck and Gertz (1995). Possible reasons for CDC’s suppression of these findings are discussed.

Link HERE, to the actual paper. It’s only 12 pages, and fairly understandable.

Interestingly, what the CDC reports from the three years they asked defensive gun use questions closely mimics the data Kleck et al collected during the same time period! The gun banners are NOT going to like this…

Not at all!

Alpha and Beta Readers…

One of the most important things, at least to me as a writer, are GOOD alpha and beta readers. And I’m thankful for those who help me out…

As a writer, I’m too close to the ‘product’, if you will. I am not good enough to catch my own errors, but I have two groups of folks that do an amazing job! And no, I’m not related to any of them! 🙂

Seriously, good alpha readers are the first group to get the book after I write it and ‘attempt’ to do a check for spelling and basic grammatical errors (and usually miss a bunch of them). I send out a .docx file to the ten alpha readers, both male and female, and they go through it at their own speed, noting errors that can range from the/them/they, her/here, and other ‘minor’ things to continuity errors, to wrong names, sequencing of chapters, etc.  Interestingly, each of them tends to catch different things, in addition to their ‘specialties’ if you will. Some are doctors, some are shooters, some are LEOs, and their varied backgrounds make a major contribution to the final work. And they have absolutely NO problem telling me I f’ed it up… Usually multiple times!!!

Once I’ve made all those corrections, I send it off to the beta readers, who basically do the same things. And again, all of them tend to catch different things that the alpha readers, didn’t catch, or that I screwed up while correcting the previous errors. And they are even more critical, picking things apart in even more detail. (like a three week argument over the sniper shot in Payback). That usually takes another two weeks or so.

I’ll then go in and make MORE corrections, based on their feedback, and let it ‘rest’ for a couple of weeks. Then I’ll sit down and read it from beginning to end, hoping I catch a few more problems that I may have (actually usually have created), then it’s off to the editor. She and I usually go back and forth for a couple of weeks, and then the fun starts…

Formatting… What a PITA!!! And all the errors that get through everybody is on me, nobody else!

So it’s not a quick thing to do the alpha/beta/editing, that usually eats up about three months in the bigger scheme of things, which is one of the reasons that I don’t put a lot of books out every year. And I also alpha and beta read for other authors too. I figure it’s the least I can do, to help others out as I’ve been helped out.

On another note, I usually have at least two books going at the same time, that way if I get ‘stuck’ on one (e.g. the muse takes its toys and goes away), I can usually flip to a different book and get something productive done.

One last note- NEVER EVER throw anything away. You never know where it might work in a different book!!! Something I wrote (the SASS chapters) in 2016 finally made it into a book in TGM- Twilight, two years later. I keep a file of ‘spare’ chapters, snippets of texts, ideas, etc. in separate folders, and sometimes it pays off.

So a big THANK YOU to those alpha and beta readers who keep bailing me out. You know who you are!!!

19 years ago…

The Colombine HS shootings took place. And things have gone downhill ever since.

One GOOD thing that happened was a review of police procedures nationwide based on the LEO response and caused numerous changes to active shooter response protocols, as LawDog discusses, HERE.

Another thing that happened was the wall to wall coverage, and the media hunt for blame, scapegoats, and finger pointing over the 13 dead and 23 injured. That the two shooters shot themselves was ‘explained’ away. And this was, to my memory, the first focus on the ‘evil guns’ rather than those who committed the acts…

The History channel has a pretty good précis of all the stuff, HERE.

And I’m proud of the current crop of students at Columbine for standing up to those from Parkland calling for another walkout, HERE.

And the mental health issues STILL haven’t been addressed… Dammit…

 

Professionalism at it’s finest!!!

Truly the pros from Dover…

The Rule is- Aviate, Navigate, Communicate. This is how it’s supposed to be done. Apparently the ‘initial’ roll was around 40 degrees into the dead engine, along with the associated depressurization, vibration and assorted ‘other’ issues…

They did it in the right order. Sadly, one life was lost, but that is not on the crew. BZ to both them and the controllers! And that Navy training came through for Captain Shults!

Another sad note…

Barbara Bush passed away yesterday.

One of the many articles, HERE from Fox.

Sadly, I don’t think President Bush will last very long now. Not after 73 years with her by his side.

I had the honor of meeting them both at NAS  Moffett Field in 1989 or 1990, when they came through Base Ops on their way to the Beast. What I remember most is that BOTH of them took the time to speak to everyone they saw, Officer, Chief, or Enlisted. I remember the Secret Service being pissed, as they were trying to rush them through and on their way.

She was a class act, a truly gracious lady. I think the one thing that impressed me the most over the years was that she spoke her mind, and beat the literacy drum for many years through her Barbara Bush Foundation after she left the White House. She truly believed literacy was a way for people to improve their lives. May she rest in peace.

 

Net Humor…

Ladies day… 🙂

  1. I haven’t found Mr Right, but I have found Mr Cheap, Mr Sleazy and Mr Wrong
  2. Next mood swing: 6 minutes
  3. I’m in touch with my inner bitch
  4. Don’t stare at me, buy me a drink.
  5. It ain’t the size, it’s… no, it’s the size.
  6. Are those your eyeballs? I found them in my cleavage.
  7. Not Drunk. Just Blonde.
  8. Therapy has taught me nothing is my fault
  9. So many men… so few who can afford me.
  10. You can either agree with me, or be wrong
  11. I’m busy. You’re ugly. Have a nice day.
  12. I have PMS, an SUV, and no chocolate. Were you considering cutting me off?
  13. I’m really easy to get along with, once you learn to worship me.
  14. Veni, Vedi, VISA: I Came, I Saw, I did a little shopping.
  15. And which dwarf are you?
  16. Don’t worry. It’ll only seem kinky the first time.
  17. I can see your point, but I still think you’re full of crap.
  18. I’m sorry honey, I just don’t have the energy to fake it tonight.
  19. 51% Angel, 49% Bitch. Don’t push it!
  20. God made us sisters: prozac made us friends
  21. You can stare at my as* all you like but you aren’t getting a piece!
  22. I love you. Leave me alone. Where have you been all day?
  23. I want my man to have a VCR: Very Cute Rear
  24. I’m not infantile … You stinkybutt poophead.
  25. You Say B*tch Like It’s A Bad Thing
  26. Bad driver on board
  27. Chaos, panic, disaster, I think my work here is done
  28. I can SO drive
  29. I have PMS, 5 children, a disloyal husband, and a gun! Any questions??
  30. Oh, I’m Easy… I’m just not Cheap!
  31. You KNOW you want me.
  32. 0% Angel, 100% Bitch, 100% Your Fault
  33. Yet another bitterly single thirtysomething proud to be a bitch
  34. Starlight Starbright, where the hell is Mr Right ?
  35. I have a pc, a vibrator, & pizza delivery. Why did I even leave the house?

And one more set…

The Rules

  1. The Female always makes the rules.
  2. The rules are subject to change at any time without prior notification
  3. No male can possibly know all the rules.
  4. If the Female suspect the male knows all the rules, she must immediately change some or all of the rules.
  5. The Female is NEVER wrong.
  6. If the Female is wrong, it is because of a flagrant misunderstanding which was a direct result of something the male did or said wrong.
  7. If rule six applies, the male must apologize immediately for causing the misunderstanding.
  8. The Female can change her mind at any given point in time.
  9. The male must never change his mind without express written consent from the Female.
  10. The Female has every right to be angry or upset at any time.
  11. The male must remain calm at all times; unless the Female wants him to be angry or upset.
  12. The Female must, under no circumstances, let the mail know whether or not whe wants him to be angry or upset.
  13. Any attempt to document these rules could result in bodily harm.
  14. If the Female has PMS, all rules are null and void.

Exit stage left… 🙂

A sad day…

R. Lee Ermey has died.

Statement from R. Lee Ermey’s long time manager, Bill Rogin:

It is with deep sadness that I regret to inform you all that R. Lee Ermey (“The Gunny”) passed away this morning from complications of pneumonia. He will be greatly missed by all of us. It is a terrible loss that nobody was prepared for. He has meant so much to so many people. And, it is extremely difficult to truly quantify all of the great things this man has selflessly done for, and on behalf of, our many men and women in uniform. He has also contributed many iconic and indelible characters on film that will live on forever. Gunnery Sergeant Hartman of Full Metal Jacket fame was a hard and principled man. The real R. Lee Ermey was a family man, and a kind and gentle soul. He was generous to everyone around him. And, he especially cared deeply for others in need.

There is a quote made famous in Full Metal Jacket. It’s actually the Riflemen’s Creed. “This is my rifle. There are many like it, but this one is mine.”

There are many Gunny’s, but this one was OURS. And, we will honor his memory with hope and kindness. Please support your men and women in uniform. That’s what he wanted most of all.

Gunny was one of the good guys. I met him five or six times, and always enjoyed chatting with him. He did a lot that wasn’t publicized, supporting Navy Relief, the USO and other military organizations, both with money and his time. He will be sorely missed.

Semper Fi, Gunny. Godspeed.

Sunday Funnies…

  1. How many Californians does it take to screw in a light bulb?

A1.  None.  They screw in a hot tub.

A2.  None.  Somebody organizes a workshop on how to deal with darkness in your life.

A3.  21, one to change and 20 to share the experience

 

  1. How many psychiatrists does it take to change a lightbulb?
  2. Only one, but the lighbulb has to want to change.

 

  1. How many surrealist painters does it take to change a lightbulb?
  2. A fish

 

  1. How many male chauvenist pigs does it take to change a lightbulb?
  2. None. let her cook in the dark.

 

  1. How many men does it take to change a lightbulb?
  2. Four.One to actually change it, and 3 friends to brag to about how he screwed it.

 

Q…How many Jews does it take to change a lightbulb?

A…How many Jews does it take to change a lightbulb?

 

  1. How many red necks does it take to screw in a light bulb?
  2. They can’t because they are too busy complaining about how all the blacks and mexicans are getting the good jobs cause of that affirmative action shit.

 

  1. How many paranoid people do you need to change a light-bulb ??
  2. AND WHO’S ASKING ???!!!!

 

  1. How many pot growers does it take to change a lightbulb?
  2. None – They use flourescent tubes!

 

  1. How many women with PMS does it take to change a lightbulb?
  2. Six
  3. Why
  4. IT JUST DOES O.K !!!!!!

 

Q: How many mathematicians does it take to screw in a lightbulb?

A: One, who gives it to six Californians, thereby reducing it to an earlier riddle.

 

Q: How many topologists does it take to change a light bulb?

A: It really doesn’t matter, since they’d rather knot.

 

  1. How many psychoanalysts does it take to screw in a light bulb?
  2. How many do you think it takes?

 

  1. How many Nebraska Cornhuskers does it take to screw in a light bulb?
  2. Only one, but he gets 3 hours credit for it

 

  1. How many doctors does it take to screw in a light bulb?
  2. It depends on what kind of insurance you have

 

Q: How many straight San Francisco waiters does to take to change a lightbulb?

A: Both of them.

  1. How many Christians does it take to change a Light bulb?
  2. none, they just stay in their darkness and pray to their non-existant god to do it for them

 

  1. How many gays does it take to change a light bulb?
  2. Seven.  One to change the bulb and 6 to shriek, “Faaaabulous.”

 

  1. How many Japonese does it take to change a light bulb?
  2. None.  They have machines to do it automatically.

 

  1. How many law professors does it take to change a light bulb?
  2. Hell, you need 250 just to lobby for the research grant.

 

  1. How many lawyers does it take to change a light bulb?

A1: It only takes one lawyer to change your light bulb to his light bulb.

A2: You won’t find a lawyer who can change a light bulb. Now, if you’re  looking for a lawyer to screw a light bulb…

A3: How many can you afford?

A4: Whereas the party of the first part, also known as “Lawyer”, and the party of the second part, also known as “Light Bulb”,do hereby and forthwith agree to a transaction wherein the party of the second part (Light Bulb) shall be removed from the current position  ect… ect…ect…..

 

  1. How many Sicilians does it take to screw in a lightbulb?
  2. Two.  One to screw it in, and one to kill the witnesses.

 

  1. How many OJ jurors does it take to change a light bulb?
  2. None of them believe it is broken.

 

  1. How many particle physicists does it take to change a lightbulb?
  2. One. Two to change the bulb and three to renormalise the wavefunction (if you don’t understand it, study quantum mechanics).

 

  1. How many perverts does it take to screw in a lightbulb?
  2. One… but it takes the entire staff of the emergency room to remove it.

And then there’s ‘product’ placement…

‘Projecting’ much??? 🙂

Fight’s on!!!

US, UK, France vs. Syria… TOT, 2100 EDT, 0400 Local Syria time

Multiple launches by various platforms from various bases, plus a ‘few’ TLAMs thrown in for good measure. Targeting was Syrian compounds that have the capability to produce chemical weapons. And apparently there was a ‘deconfliction’ line passed to the Russians (e.g. don’t come south of this line, if you do, all bets are off)…

And yes, the President DOES have the authority to launch an operation lasting less than 30 days without Congress’ approval.

And it wasn’t ‘leaked’!!! What a novel concept! Actually do the mission FIRST, then talk about it. Limited strikes, three targets, including the R&D facility in Damascus. BDA will be done after sunrise this morning, but I’m going to still be asleep when that comes in.

And this sends a message that the NORKs and others are sure to be watching… 🙂