BATFE threatens to ban all ARs

Wow….just wow!  Last week the ATF said they would no longer consider banning M855 ammo because of the public outcry in conjunction with the Congressional backlash. That’s a good thing….or was it a ploy…now the director is saying the intent is to ban all AR 15 ammo….when will these bozos learn?

The Constitution is very specific about unabridged freedom concerning the 2nd Amendment. It’s almost as if they are trying to entice a confrontation. I was always taught that the simplest explanation tends to be the most truthful explanation. Can it get any simpler than this administration trying to reduce the ability of the American people to protect itself from Tyranny? 

What are your thoughts? Comments welcomed.

Who trusts what?

pj_14.10.21_mediapolarization-01So who trusts what news source?  Here’s a graphic composed by PEW listing the most common sources of our news and ranks these sources according to trust level.  No surprise that all of the mainstream media made the cut, but what I found really surprising is who outranks who above the cut.  For instance, The Economist, is the most trusted news source according to the poll.  I read that rag and I’m surprised by this…after all…they routinely get it wrong.  Oh well, what do I know…so who do you trust?

Double Standards

What’s a double standard mean to you?  To me, it means two different people getting treated differently for doing the same thing.  Take for instance what’s going on in the news today about known other than Hillary Clinton and General Petraeus.  On the one hand, a decorated military veteran, a member of the President’s cabinet, is forced to resign and then accept a plea deal because he failed to follow security protocol concerning classified information.  On the other hand, former Secretary of State Clinton is accused (and admits) to using her own private email to conduct official state business because are you ready for this…everyone else did it and no classified info was ever transmitted.

Here’s the problem I have with both excuses.  First, they are just excuses.  Second, just because someone else did it doesn’t make it right.  Lastly, are we to believe that one of the most powerful persons in the United States relied on only her private email server for all email communications never once in her tenure ever transmitted classified information.  I doubt that!  In fact, I believe that she kept her own email server so that she could control access to her communications.  Come on, we didn’t just fall off the turnip truck!  We know the real deal.  What really blows my mind is her knee jerk excuse to wit: I figured that everyone I emailed had official government email addresses and since I was emailing those addresses, a record of the communication would be kept.

Now let that sink in for a moment….she just admitted she did it.  She also admitted that she conducted official business using her private email.  Further, she believes those emails were important enough to be archived in someone’s database.  Yet…she says she never wrote about classified business.  All I can say is that if that’s true….Washington DC and the State Department has bigger problems than we suspect.

I would love to hear your thoughts!

The Hog Hunt

Several months ago, I decided to go it along one evening.  I had spent most of the day on my land prepping it for an upcoming weekend of hunting.  The sun had set and it was pretty dark.  I had just finished loading the last feeder and had walked back up the hill to a blind.  For those that don’t know me, this is quite an accomplishment for me given that a few months prior, I had both hips replaced with artificial joints.

I eased myself into the blind and closed the door.  Yes it’s one of those fancy blinds complete with windows and cushy chairs.  I turned the heater on and kicked back in one of the chairs to catch my breath and have a quick drink of water.  It was a cloudy night and it was very dark.  I know I’ve already said this but I won’t to emphasize that it was so dark, you couldn’t see more than a couple feet in front of you.

I sat there for about an hour, my wife called and wanted to know if  I was okay.  I told her yep and that I would be headed home soon.  I stood up and stretched realizing that my old body was stiffer and more sore than it should be at my age but I accepted it.  I opened the door and felt the cold north wind blowing in my face.  I could hear the coyotes yelping in the distance and I was not looking forward to the long walk back up to the cabin where I had parked my truck.  Before exiting the blind, I took my handheld spotlight and shined it down the hill towards the feeder to see if anything was out and about.  You can only imagine my surprise when I saw something looking back at me.

I stand 6′ 4″ tall and about 50 feet in front of me were these two piercing fiery red eyes staring right back at me and they were as tall as I was.  The darkness gulped my spotlight so the only thing I could see was dark shadows and those eyes.  I’m a religious man…a Christian.  I would swear I was looking at the devil myself.  I dropped the light and grabbed my old Henry .44 mag rifle from my shoulder and swung it up in the direction of whatever beast was looking at me.  Almost immediately, I was charged by a large 400+ pound boar hog.  It came running up that hill at a pace I had not ever seen before.  It was squealing and grunting and in my opinion was telling me that it was gonna eat me that night.

I waited until the hog was withing about 10 feet from me when I let go with a shot.  The old Henry didn’t fail me.  The bullet caught the boar hog right between his eyes and he dove head first into the sandy soil less than 5 feet from me.  I sat back down on the blind step.  A few minutes went by and I heard it let it’s last breath let go.  I could see the steam rising off it’s head and the pool of blood forming beneath it.

I walked over to the hog and bent down to check it out.  I’ll post a picture of it later on.  Words won’t do it justice.

What would you do?

What would you do if all of a sudden, your way of life changed dramatically?  Imagine waking up one morning or worse, in the middle of the night, only to learn that everything you knew….all you possessed…was gone forever!

Don’t laugh!  It could happen…still don’t believe me…look at the recent events in New Orleans or New York City. The fact of the matter is that things happen.  In a matter of minutes your life can be turned upside down.  So what would you do?  Are you prepared for the surprises that life often brings us?

I thought I was until I started reading about prepping.  I’m not talking about the typical hardcore prepper who used to be an assassin in the military used to surviving off the land for years on end.  I’m talking about having enough toilet paper to last more than a week.  Or maybe having some staples in the pantry to get us through a week or so in case Walmart is closed.

Yes, like everything else, there is a continuum.  On the one hand, you’ve got the guy who has everything he needs to survive for ten years inside an earplug bottle.  On the other hand, there’s the guy who can sometimes make it to the McDonalds without using his GPS Nav system.  If you’re like me, you fall somewhere in between.

So what’s important to you?  What do you consider must haves in order to be adequately protected?  In my case, I have a large nuclear family ranging in age from 76 to 2.  With that broad of a spectrum, it’s vitally important that we have on hand plenty of medical supplies.  I mentioned large…at any given time…there are 9 people who depend on my daily to house, cloth and feed them.  Do you realize how much toilet paper that equates to?

Anyways, this is my first blog post so I want to hear your comments.  What’s important to you?  Thanks for reading!