Saturday Posts . . .

First off – congratulations to my wonderful wife – who on Tuesday morning will be awarded a special prize for her excellence as a librarian. I can’t really say any more than that before the ceremony, because it’s supposed to be a secret. I’m comfortable saying that because I don’t believe any of her coworkers reads my blog.

Secondly, some bad news. A couple of weeks ago I learned that my dad’s home, which he bought for cash with a disability settlement about the same time I was getting out of the US Army, is on the verge of being condemned. His attic is infested with raccoons, and they are destroying the house from the top down. I have a younger brother who is coming to help us work as a family to deal with the situation, and I have an idea that most of the plans are already in place, but we’re going to be getting together as a family (probably Tuesday afternoon) to finalize everything. The main idea is to get everything Dad wants to keep out of the house, knock down the house, and bring a mobile home in for him to live in at the same location.

Free Online Training . . .

I recently got an email that some of you may be interested in.  It was from an organization called Front Sight.  I am, nominally, on the Board of Directors.

This particular email was about the response of Front Sight to the Covid-19 Pandemic, and how we might continue to work for the long-term goal of Front Sight.  For those who do not know, Front Sight is an organization that is devoted to the very highest quality of training in the use of firearms, for anyone who might have a legitimate reason to use them – from private citizens to law enforcement, or even professional military.  The founder and CEO of Front Sight is one of the very few people in the whole world to be officially certified as a Combat Master on four different weapons.  When he earned that rating, he was only the second persom EVER to earn that.  His name is Dr. Ignatius Piazza.

Anyhow, the email was announcing the release of an online course for Concealed Carry Firearms that, when completed will be recognized by 29 different states in the USA.  The course is FREE, and I was encouraged to share the link with anyone who might be interested and qualified.  So, here it is:

https://www.frontsight.com/onlineccw/

Shutting down . . .

Well, having accomplished what I set out to do with this blog, I think it is time to shut it down.

The reason I’m doing this now it simple:  I had 90 days to renew my domain registration when they informed me that WordPress has decided to force a 2-stage authentication process that requires a form of verification that I literally can’t provide – a cell phone number.  Since I do not have a cell phone, and wouldn’t tie it to my blog even if I did, it is time to quit WordPress.  Besides, I’ve done what I set out to do with  this blog, by laying personal claim to ideas that were hugely influential in the outcome of the 2016 election for the USA.  Everything else was gravy.

So, I’m transferring all of my files and blog posts to my original blog at:  http://mr-spock.livejournal.com/ and asking that if you want to continue to follow my journey of self discovery, you’ll bookmark that page or subscribe to it.  I’ve been blogging on that page since 2004.

Thank you, one and all, for making this page feel like a resounding success.

Big, scary numbers – not really…

I’m calling the BBC out on this one.

A few days ago, they posted an article online titled, “Obama considers unilateral action on US gun violence“. You can find it here: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-35211294

What I want to call them out on is that the graphic at the bottom of the article makes the US look completely out of control on guns – and I’ll admit it looks very scary. Which I’m sure it is supposed to. What the BBC isn’t telling you is that they are reporting ALL forms of gun-related death, including suicide, drugs, gangs, criminal misuse of guns, legal self-defense, and police killing people caught committing crimes who resist arrest. NONE of those will be altered significantly by any unilateral action President Obama can take. Not even one.

What the anti-gun crowd consistently ignores is this one unalterable truth: criminals do not care what the laws are.