Tuesday, July 5, 2022

POTD: Abandoned Ski Resort In Switzerland

Source: "The abandoned ski resorts that really did go downhill: 'Eyesore' facilities litter the Swiss Alps after Covid and global warming combined to kill them off"--Daily Mail. The site in question is the Super Saint Bernard ski resort in Switzerland's southern Wallis canton above Bourg-Saint-Pierre. The headline is misleading--the facility shut down in 2010 well before Covid. Even the excuse of less snow is somewhat weak. I found a study that was looking at snow lines in Switzerland between 1961 and 2010, and Figure 14 plots out the snow coverage for each particular year compared to the overall mean, and of the 6 years from 2005 through 2010, four of the years were above the mean, including 2009 and 2010. Based on the photographs, the facility was small and apparently only featured one ski lift, so it probably was just too small to remain competitive.

The War In Ukraine Is Not Going Well For China

 

VIDEO: "Captured Russian Tech is Bad News For China"--China Uncensored (7 min.)
While China prefers stealing Western designs for sophisticated weapon platforms, it has also bought or developed under license Russian aircraft and other systems. But the war in Ukraine has proved a bonanza for Western analysts to examine Russian equipment that previously has been unattainable, which also means we have insights into those weapon systems used by China. On the other hand, the war has also exposed problems with materials and supplies that Russia sourced from China.

The Docent's Memo (July 5, 2022)

VIDEO: "Is the AutoMag Curse Over? The New Auto Mag 180-D"--Forgotten Weapons (19 minutes)
The Auto Mag was developed in the late 1960's and early 1970's to bring .44 Magnum power to a semi-auto handgun (this was well before the Desert Eagle). The result was a stylish, futuristic looking (for the time) pistol which, unfortunately, was not only very expensive, but also unreliable. There have been attempts to resurrect the weapon, but none were successful. But, according to Ian, the most recent company to give it a go has tweaked the design and applied modern manufacturing processes to produce a model that appears may have finally overcome the problems of earlier models. You can also see Ian's video of his experience using the weapon in a BUG match

Firearms & Self-Defense:

  • I hope that you all had a happy Independence Day. American Rifleman celebrated July 4 by reposting a few articles on, of course, the weapons used in the Revolutionary War:
    • "Arms Of Independence: The Guns Of The American Revolution." As you can tell by the title, this is more of an overview, with an emphasis on the fowling pieces that probably were probably the more common arm at Lexington. 
    • "American Muskets Of The Revolution." A look at the military muskets used in the Revolution by American forces.
    • "The American Longrifle." The American (aka, Kentucky or Pennsylvania) long rifle was a uniquely American creation that, while not as important as the musket, nevertheless played an important role in the Revolutionary War and turned the tide in one especially important battle that led to our receiving military aid from France.
  • So I recently saw an article by Kat Ainsworth titled "380 ACP: Is It any Good for Self-Defense?" (Alternate site here). Well, it's better than a sharp stick, I thought to myself. But I went ahead and read it and came across this line:
According to the gunsmith and now-retired police Sergeant and US Army veteran Tim Crawford, his experiences made up his mind fast on the cartridge:

Never 380 ACP as a defensive round. I made a run one night on a guy who had been shot 7 times with a 380 ACP. It was a drug deal gone bad. [After being shot] the guy whooped the shooter’s a** and took his gun away from him. Made my mind up on it. And the guy lived.

Holy crap, Batman! That wouldn't happen with a *real* cartridge. 

    Before the call that changed Timothy Gramins’ life forever, he typically carried 47 rounds of handgun ammunition on his person while on duty.

    Now, he carries 145, “every day, without fail.”

    Gramins detailed the gunfight that caused the difference in a gripping presentation at the annual conference of the Assn. of SWAT Personnel-Wisconsin in 2012.

    At the core of his desperate firefight was a murderous attacker who simply would not go down, even though he was shot 14 times with .45-cal. ammunition – six of those hits in supposedly fatal locations. 

Oops. Maybe it can.

    Alrighty, so is the .380 any good? It seems to depend on who you ask. As we saw above, some people are dead set against .380 even for a concealed carry piece. Conversely, others, like Mike V. (writing at Everyday Carry Concealed), Layne Simpson (writing at Shooting Times a few years back) and Richard Mann (writing at Shooting Illustrated in 2017) thought it was perfectly capable of being a good defensive round with modern bullet designs. Others are a bit more nuanced. In his article, "Colion Noir: Should You Carry The .380 For Defense?" (which I think was secretly a rebuttal to Ainsworth's article above), Jim Davis relates:

    [Colion Noir] begins by explaining that, when he first came onto the gun scene, everyone told him to make his life fit around his gun. For some people, that’s fine, but not for Colion because although he loves guns, he does not want them to dictate his entire lifestyle.

    He carries a Ruger LCP II for self-defense sometimes when he’s going to his mailbox which is “a bit of a ways” from his house. He has to walk to it and he does so at varying times, including after dark. He likes to keep his .380 Ruger by the door so it’s convenient for him to slip into his pants or the pocket of a hoodie and “Call it a day.” He doesn’t have to go and put a holster on or jump through hoops to go out the door. In short, it’s convenient. And after all, there are times when it’s just nice to have convenience.

    That little .380 slipped into a pocket is a lot better than simply not carrying a pistol at all. It’s easy and fluidly fits Colion’s lifestyle. It works, and so he does it. I’ve done a similar thing with my .38 Airweight revolver; I might be running to the corner store and want to have something with me, so I slip the .38 into my pocket rather than gear up. I suspect that most of us who carry firearms have likely done something similar. 

And:

    Colion believes that at the end of the day, having a .380 is “better than nothing. Whether it’s a .22, a .380, a .44 Magnum, whatever the case may be, it’s going to be better than nothing.” He adds that the .380 has a good reputation as a self-defense gun, and he mentions that the former governor of Texas used a .380 to kill a coyote when it attacked his dog as he was jogging a few years back. “He got the gun that fits his lifestyle, he was going for a jog, he needed something small, and so he took his Ruger LCP. I’ve even done that.”

    Colion Noir admits it is not ideal. “I’m not going to lie to you and say, ‘this is all you need’, because there are a couple things you have to think about too. There are always trade-offs…when I carry the LCP II in my pocket, I don’t have a round in the chamber because there’s nothing covering the trigger guard.” He explains that if he has to use the pistol, he must rack the slide when he draws it. As he said, definitely not ideal. Colion acknowledges that there are pocket holsters, but he does not use them because it adds too much bulk in his pocket. He admits it’s a trade-off and he will have to rack the slide to get a round in the chamber, and that’s just the reality of it.

    The LCP II is Colion’s “Going to the mailbox” gun; his “Sometimes I take it running” gun. He uses a different gun for going out, and yet another kind as his bedside gun. In short, it “depends on what your lifestyle requires”, and he uses different tools to suit the task that he has at hand. Seems like a sensible approach to me, picking the right tool for the right job. He admits that he knows people who carry the LCP .380 as their full-time defensive pistol because it fits their lifestyle.

    “At the end of the day, what it boils down to is, a gun that you always carry with you all of the time is going to be better than the biggest gun that you leave at home.”

    Jumping back to a 2014 article, Greg Ellifritz observed that with .380, you can get good penetration or decent expansion, but not both. 

That’s why so many gun writers have labeled the .380 cartridge as “marginal” over the years.  It meets some of our standards, but not all.  It will probably work fine in the “average” gunfight.  But if any barriers must be defeated, if your attacker is wearing heavy clothing, or if you have to take a cross body shot that penetrates the arm before reaching the vital organs, there is a much higher incidence of failure as compared to the standard “service caliber” weapons.

He also states that "[a]lthough the.380 ACP isn’t a ballistic powerhouse, I’m more worried about the reliability of the guns chambering this round than I am its lack of ballistic performance," and goes on to relate problems (and problem guns) he has encountered in the classes he teaches. And he ends his article with a quote from  Dr. Gary Roberts' taken from a wound ballistics briefing for the FBI: 

    Many small, easily concealed semi-automatic pistols which are recommended for law enforcement backup or concealed carry use fire .380 ACP or smaller bullets. While these small caliber handgun bullets can produce fatal wounds, they are less likely to produce the rapid incapacitation necessary in law enforcement or self-defense situations.

    Handguns chambered in .380 ACP are small, compact, and generally easy to carry. Unfortunately, testing has shown that they offer inadequate performance for self-defense and for law enforcement use whether on duty as a back-up weapon or for off duty carry. The terminal performance of .380 ACP JHP’s is often erratic, with inadequate penetration and inconsistent expansion being common problems, while .380 ACP FMJ’s offer adequate penetration, but no expansion. All of the .380 ACP JHP loads we have tested, including CorBon, Hornady, Federal, Remington, Speer, and Winchester exhibited inconsistent, unacceptable terminal performance for law enforcement back-up and off duty self-defense use due to inadequate penetration or inadequate expansion. Stick with FMJ for .380 ACP or better yet, don’t use it at all. The use of .380 ACP and smaller caliber weapons is really not acceptable for law enforcement use and most savvy agencies prohibit them. While both the .380 ACP and .38 spl can obviously be lethal; the .38 spl is more likely to incapacitate an attacker when used in a BUG role.

    BUG–Infrequently used, but when needed, it must be 100% reliable because of the extreme emergency situation the user is dealing with. Generally secreted in pockets, ankle holsters, body armor holsters, etc… Often covered in lint, grime, and gunk. By their very nature, usually applied to the opponent in an up close and personal encounter, many times involving contact shots. A small .38 spl revolver is more reliable in these situations than a small .380 ACP pistol, especially with contact shots or if fired from a pocket.

Handguns, by their nature, are a trade-off between effectiveness and comfort/concealment. How far you are willing to go to achieve that comfort and/or concealment will probably dictate how small of a gun you will carry. For instance, I can't ever see myself carrying one of the tiny North American .22 revolvers for self-defense. I doubt I would ever use a .32 ACP pistol, for that matter. But I am perfectly willing to carry a small or compact sized .380 or a snub-nosed .38 Special. 

  • "The .357 Magnum: History & Performance." A nice overview of this cartridge including the author's pet hand load. Speaking of .357 Magnum, I finally took my Python out to shoot this past weekend. I'd been out shooting a few times since I purchased it, but just hadn't taken it out yet. For some reason I was reluctant to shoot it. I don't know if this was because it was such a beautifully finished revolver, I was afraid of being disappointed, guilt over having spent that much on handgun or some other reason. But it was an amazing revolver to shoot. My kids, who were shooting 15 and 17 round semi-autos where like (after shooting all 6 rounds): "Is that it?" Sigh.
  • Larry Correia, author of the Monster Hunter books and a serious gun guy, lists his top 10 gun and defense related YouTube channels plus some honorable mentions. The 10 are: 

  1. Langdon Tactical
  2. Modern Samurai Project
  3. Lucky Gunner – especially their Start Shooting Better videos
  4. PHLster – the best source for tips on how to carry concealed in a way that’s effective, fast, and comfortable.
  5. Active Self Protection – about 30,000 videos of actual gun fights.
  6. Tim Herron
  7. Pat Mac
  8. Demonstrated Concepts LLC
  9. Paul Gomez
  10. Shiv Works

A few are new to me, so I guess I have some new channels to check out.


VIDEO: "Hardware Failures, Over-Penetration, and Other Shotgun Questions with Steve Fisher"--Lucky Gunner (9 min.). The most common shooter errors and hardware failures that the Fisher sees in his shotgun classes. All good information on what to avoid doing or buying.

Prepping & Survival

    While many economist believed a recession would hit next year, the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta's Gross Domestic Product (GPD) tracker recorded a 2.1 percent drop following an abysmal end to the second fiscal quarter on Thursday. 

    Coupled with a fall of 1.6 percent in the first quarter, the drops fit within the definition of a recession, a period of economic decline across the board identified by a fall in GPD over two successive quarters. 

Inflation, high energy prices, and collapsing supply chains can do that.

  • When I was in junior high school, I once mentioned to my mother how much I liked a banana-strawberry flavored yogurt she had recently added to our groceries. And so, thinking she was being nice to me, for the next two years, she packed banana-strawberry yogurt in my lunch until one day I had enough and told her "no more!" because I had grown so sick of it. Even now, writing about it makes me slightly ill. But that brings me to this article from Modern Survival Blog: "Appetite Fatigue From Inadequate Survival Food Storage." The author discusses the downside to a basic food storage plan like rice and beans (or, I would add, the old "basic five" plan that was popular in the LDS church a few decades past) and how to diversify your food storage to avoid getting sick to death of eating the same stuff day in and day out.


VIDEO: "Mass Protest CRACKDOWN After Bank Run in China"--China Uncensored (15 min.)

News & Analysis
    The most dramatic of these recent lockdowns saw tens of millions of people confined to their homes in Shanghai during April. Data to be reported this week on April's retail sales in China is expected to show a drop of -7.5% from a year ago. But there may be even worse news. China reported a steep drop in tourist spending for the five-day Labor Day national holiday in early May. Tourist spending was down 43% from the same period last year, according to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. 

    The Caixin Services Purchasing Managers' Index, a closely watched indicator of the services sector of China's economy, plunged to 36.2 in April from 42 in March (below 50 indicates contraction). The impact is considerable, as the services sector accounts for more than half of China's GDP and over 40% of the country's employment. While the extent of the contraction was not as severe as the nationwide lockdown during the initial outbreak in February 2020, the sudden drop is beyond a normal cyclical fluctuation. With China's manufacturing sector also shrinking last month, it appears that the world's second-biggest economy may have gotten smaller in April.  


In April, China’s jobless rate among 16- to 24-year-olds, a group that includes new college graduates, climbed to a record 18.2%. That’s three times as high as the national urban unemployment rate in China, and more than the 7.9% for the same cohort in the US.
 
    It was serious enough that, at the end of May, "Premier Li Keqiang, China’s titular second-in-command behind President Xi Jinping, made an extraordinary plea to as many as 170,000 local officials about the urgent need to stimulate a now-shrinking economy." But, as the article points out, it is unlikely that local officials will heed Keqiang's plea: 
 
    For one thing, Bill Bishop, a China political expert who writes the Sinocism newsletter, points out that the People’s Daily—the Communist Party’s mouthpiece—only gave a small mention to Li’s speech on its front page May 26, below larger pieces about Xi that featured photos of the paramount leader (three, to be exact). 

    For another, analysts at research firm Trivium China observed “there was an elephant in the vast but virtual room at Wednesday’s emergency meeting on the economy—the stringent Covid containment strategy that’s brought China’s economy to its knees.” 

    Three weeks before Li’s extraordinary address, the Communist Party’s top leadership panel doubled down on Covid-zero. The Politburo Standing Committee pledged to “fight against any speech that distorts, questions or rejects our country’s Covid-control policy.”

    Finally, Li’s entreaties for provincial, municipal and rural leaders to fast-track infrastructure projects and do whatever else it takes to boost employment and restore growth were missing one key ingredient: money. He effectively told his audience they’re on their own, because Beijing won’t be opening up its coffers any further to give financial support.

    Xi has made clear that his success in containing the virus and avoiding the mass deaths seen in other major countries is the legacy he’s riding on heading to the party’s leadership conclave later this year. 

    That leaves little hope for Li’s appeals.

    It also appears that China's future is not as bright as many assume.  Scott Lincicome, writing at the Cato Institute, notes that China's domestic productivity growth has stagnated, growth of new firms has declined, it has entered a period of demographic decline, its debt situation has worsened, "increasing by $2.5 trillion in the first quarter of 2022 alone," and property developers continue to default on loans. On the latter point, Lincicome relates:

Defaults in the sector “continue at a record pace.” As noted in a recent Carnegie Endowment report, Chinese debt might not be a problem if it were still supporting productive endeavors like consumption and business investment like it did between 1970 and the mid‐​2000s, but today it’s generally not: “China’s surging debt burden is a function of nonproductive investment” (thanks, industrial policy!), and “[t]here is increasingly a consensus in Beijing that China’s excessive reliance on surging debt in recent years has made the country’s growth model unsustainable.” However, the report concludes by noting that Chinese policymakers aren’t yet willing to accept the economic costs—mainly, much lower economic growth—of shifting away from this model. So expect more distortions and continued malinvestment in the months ahead.

And here is the crux of it:

    Based on these and other factors, an excellent new Lowy Institute report sees China experiencing a major growth slowdown in the coming years and never reaching U.S. levels of development: “China would still become the world’s largest economy, but it would never enjoy a meaningful lead over the US and would remain far less prosperous and productive per person even by mid‐​century.” 

    And this pessimism came before what’s inarguably been the biggest and most troublesome development in China since last year: the utter catastrophe of President Xi Jinping’s seemingly religious commitment to a “Covid Zero” strategy, even as the virus became far more contagious (and less controllable) and as mass‐​closures of Shanghai, Beijing and other major urban centers caused China’s economy to stall out, if not shrink altogether.

Read the whole thing. 

    Ukraine’s southern military command insisted that Russian forces had evacuated from Snake Island — also known as Zmiinyi Island — in two speedboats following a sustained Ukrainian operation involving missile and artillery units.

    Russia’s defense ministry also confirmed that Russian troops had withdrawn from the Black Sea outpost — but claimed it was a “goodwill gesture” because troops had fulfilled their assigned tasks.

    The Russian ministry added that the move showed Russia wasn’t impeding United Nation efforts to organize a humanitarian corridor to export grain and agriculture out of Ukraine.

Whatever the reason for the Russians leaving the island, it will be good to get grain shipments flowing again. 

        Scholars at the University of Florida and University of Toronto published an extensive study in 2011 titled in part “Conservatives Are Happier Than Liberals, But Why?” That paper was based on yet several other studies surveying the attitudes of American adults on life and how those lined up with their political ideologies.

        The authors found that “conservatism was positively related to life satisfaction . . . and even after controlling for participants’ age, gender, and family income level . . . conservatives are indeed happier than liberals.” Surveyed students who were more likely to cite personal responsibility and conscientiousness as dominant factors in their lives tended to self-identify as politically conservative and also tended to exude “a more positive outlook and stronger feelings of self-worth, as indicated by greater optimism and self-esteem as well as lower depression and depressive symptomology.”

        Rather than communicate like normal adults who can hear each other out and, at minimum, reach an understanding of differences, the immediate impulse of liberals is fight or flight. For liberals, political disagreements aren’t opportunities to learn or engage. To the contrary, they see those disputes as reasons to shrink their social circles, withdraw from family and silo themselves with others who will say only things that affirm their nasty predispositions and won’t disrupt their weird mentality. 
     
  • More Lefty craziness: 
    Patricia (a pseudonym) is the mother of a teenage girl who in recent years has come to identify as transgender. She lives in California, considers herself progressive, votes Democrat, and leads a group for parents of children with rapid onset gender dysphoria (ROGD)—that is, youth who suddenly experience distress with their bodies and believe that undergoing medical “transition” will make them whole again. When I spoke to her recently, she recounted how her daughter’s at-first-lesbian and then trans identity emerged in response to feelings of shame about being white.

    I have since spoken to more than a dozen ROGD parents and parent-group leaders who tell a similar story. Their schools compulsively tell their children how awful it is to be white, how white people enjoy unearned “privilege,” how they benefit from “systems” put in place by and for white people for the sole purpose of oppressing “people of color.” Plagued by guilt, the children—almost all of them girls—rush to the sanctuary of “LGBTQ+” identity. Once there, they are catapulted into hero status. According to Patricia, some teachers at her daughter’s school are more forgiving toward “queer” and “trans” kids who hand in their homework late.

    The students, especially the girls, absorb this messaging. They are acutely sensitive to how identity affects their social status and academic fortunes. They want the warmth that comes with queer/trans identity, but above all they don’t want to be thought of as vicious oppressors. Lacking maturity and self-confidence, they fail to put “anti-racist” indoctrination in its proper context. They do not appreciate its ahistorical, anti-intellectual, and anti-humanist foundations, nor are they aware of the incentives leading teachers and administrators to foist it on them. Being white is not something these teenagers can escape, but they can mitigate its social costs by declaring themselves part of an oppressed group.
Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; ... commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth. 

1 Timothy 4:1 and 3. Take note that the foregoing scripture is not talking about the church in Paul's days, but "in the latter times"--i.e., our time. Thus, this scripture has nothing to do with whether to eat meat that had been sacrificed at pagan temples as some suggest. Also, it isn't being vegan that is the sin, but commanding others to be vegan. In other words, you can be vegan if you want, but don't force others to do so, especially children who need the fats, proteins, and amino acids for proper development and growth.

Sunday, July 3, 2022

Another Mass Shooting...

... this one at a Danish mall in Copenhagen. Al Jazeera reports that several people have been killed. The suspect is in custody. More from the BBC. Fortunately for Denmark, these things only ever happen in the U.S.

More Guns Less Crime--Idaho Edition

On July 1, 2020, Idaho expanded its "Constitutional carry" to include all active-duty military personnel regardless of age and to non-residents. The Idaho State Police Bureau of Criminal Identification released its annual “Crime in Idaho” report for 2021 Friday, showing that crime (including violent crime, hate crime and property crime) declined 4% between 2020 and 2021 across the state. The exception to this tend was what the ISP terms "crimes against society" (drug and weapon offenses, prostitution, etc.) which was driven by an increased number of drug offenses (but every state saw increased drug usage due to the lockdowns). 

Friday, July 1, 2022

New Defensive Pistolcraft Post

"Universal Firearm Safety PSA"--City of Enid (2 min.)

     Jon Low had a new post a few days ago. Lots of good articles, so be sure to check it out. He also linked to the firearm safety public service announcement that you can find at the top of the page.

    Jon likes to remind readers that vehicles are not holsters ... or gun cabinets or safes ... so don't store your firearms in them. Why? Well, he relates:

     This past Tuesday evening, a Nashville Police Captain and the Director of the Tennessee Handgun Permitting agency came to the Tennessee Firearms Association meeting and told us that 4818 pistols were stolen out of cars and about 5000 pistols were stolen out of homes since the beginning of this year, 2022 A.D.  Last year about 10,000 pistols were stolen out of cars and homes.  These pistols end up being used in crimes.  

It isn't just you average John Doe either. I was researching the topic of police losing firearms a couple years ago (it was for a post that I wound up never writing), using news accounts I could find, and was frankly surprised at how often law enforcement officers lose firearms from police vehicles and their own private vehicles. 

    But Docent, you say, what if I'm carrying and I have to run into a post office or (shudder) am in a jurisdiction where it is a crime to carry a firearm into businesses that have posted that firearms are not allowed? Good question. While I certainly cannot advise you to do so, there are those that will carry into such locations anyway--just make sure that your firearm is well concealed. If you don't fall into that group, the options are: (i) make a special trip--unarmed, of course--to that location; or (ii) leave your firearm in your vehicle. In the latter case, you again are left with two choices: (a) install a lockbox in the vehicle that is securely bolted down in which to store the firearm, or (b) conceal the firearm inside the vehicle or cargo area (trunk) where it cannot be spotted. Option (a) is the acceptable answer. And even then, you should make sure that neither you nor your vehicle advertises that you own or carry firearms: e.g., that the vehicle and your clothing are devoid of any decals or patches related to hunting or firearms or the NRA--which you should be doing anyway--and your vehicle doors are locked and the car alarm is set. Ditto with option (b) but you will also need to take additional precautions to make your vehicle less of a target such as not parking on street, parking in a busy location or where you can keep an eye on your vehicle, making sure the vehicle is locked and alarm is set, keeping your errand short, etc. But you really should go home, drop off your firearm, and make a special trip.

    But back to Jon's post, I found his comments and advice concerning low shooting positions and cover interesting and useful:

     Lower positions entail less mobility and more stability, hence better accuracy.  Lower positions allow you to change the trajectory of your bullet to avoid hitting innocent persons.  Going to a lower position reduces the probability of you being seen, because you are below eye level.  No, really it's true.  Remember the context we are operating in; fast moving chaotic situation.  And if the enemy doesn't see you, he won't shoot at you.  

      Squatting (This is the fastest position to get in and out of, but requires flexibility).  From your bladed standing position, bend your knees to drop straight down.  (Don’t move your feet.)  Keep your feet flat on the ground.  (Don’t let your heels come off the ground.)  Rest the back of your support side upper arm against the front of your knee cap, just as in the kneeling position.  The upper body and arms are in the same Weaver position as in standing.  Pivot around the ball of your firing side foot to adjust your natural point of aim.  

      Using a curb as cover.  Present your pistol to the target first.  Lie flat on your back on the street using the curb as cover.  Turn your feet to get your toes down, so they are behind the curb.  Shoot over the curb to your right using a left handed Weaver position.  Shoot over the curb to your left using a right handed Weaver position.  Pull your head up as necessary to get your aiming eye behind the sights.  You'll expose less of your head if you use your left eye when shooting left handed and your right eye when shooting right handed.  

     Some curbs are concrete, some are basaltic rock (as in Hawaii), etc.  In Tennessee, there is often a drainage ditch running parallel to the road (even better cover).  Depending on the standard in the area, the curbs may be 8 inches above the road.  Anything that hits in front of you is going to ricochet over you.  

      I've had students who refused to get into lower positions because they felt it was undignified or they didn't want to get their clothes dirty.  "But, that's okay.  Because in a life or death situation, I'll be able to do it."

     Really?  

     The body cannot go where the mind has never been.  And the body will not go there quickly, unless the body has been there many times before.  

     Consider moving behind the cover of parked cars.  Can you high crawl?  (on your hands and knees)  You don't know, if you haven't tried recently.  Maybe your knees or wrists won't tolerate the pain.  

     Consider moving on a road using the curb as cover.  Can you low crawl?  (sliding your belly on the ground, using your elbows, knees, and feet to push you along)  If you've never done it before, how do you know?  Maybe you can't get your elbows over your head?  

     "I seem to have range of motion limitations."  

     Well, that's a terrible thing to discover in combat.  

Indeed.

    Jon also warns to not talk to the police after a shooting. He writes:

        "I can talk to the responding officers.  Explain what happened to prevent them from arresting me."  

     No, you can't.  And if you believe you can, you're a damn fool.  

    Just ask for your attorney and shut up.  Don't talk to the police.  Don't answer their questions. Don't listen to their lies.  Oh, yes, they will lie to you.  Several U.S. Supreme Court rulings say that it is perfectly fine for the police to lie to you.  On the other hand, if you lie to the police, that's a felony crime.  They will lie to you to elicit a response from you, which will be used against you.  

     "The police would never do that."

     If you believe that, you're a damn fool.  

 And don't talk to anyone else, either. Police will and do place microphones in waiting areas, holding cells, and so on. People blab and not very accurately either (try a round or two of the telephone game and you will get the idea). See also the link to "The Self-Defense Acquittal of Rondale King" video that Jon mentions and his comments on that situation.

    Like I said above, there is a lot more links and commentary, so be sure to read the whole thing.

Thursday, June 30, 2022

Emmett Till vs. Ethan Liming

 A couple articles I saw today. The first was headlined "Family of Emmett Till demand arrest of white woman, 88, after discovering unserved 1955 warrant accusing her of kidnapping the black teen before he was lynched by pair of men in Mississippi." The woman in the headline is Carolyn Bryant Donham, now 88 years of age, who was the white woman who was propositioned and sexually assaulted by Emmett Till while in a family store in Money, Mississippi. The warrant apparently is based on Donham having identified Till to her husband, Roy Bryant. Bryant and a friend later kidnapped and killed Till. "His mother's decision to open the casket so mourners in Chicago could see what had happened helped galvanize the building civil rights movement of the time."

    The second article had the headline: "Ohio teen beaten to death at high school founded by LeBron James suffered a broken neck and had a 'shoe imprint in his chest wall' when he died, autopsy reveals." The white 17 year old teen had a name which was Ethan Liming. He was lynched by three black men: Deshawn Stafford, Jr., 20, Tyler Stafford, 19, and Donovon Jones, 21. The murder took place "on June 2 [after] Liming, along with several friends, reportedly began shooting a water gel gun at people playing basketball near the I Promise School." Per the article, the kids had fired splatter ball toy guns at people on a basket ball court.

    The shooting caused some on the court to run away and, according to the chief, the boys chased after them temporarily. The boys went back to their car at which time they were confronted by the three men.

    'A fight ensues and subsequently, Ethan Liming is dead,' the chief said at a press conference.

    The dead boy's father, Bill Liming, said that his son was sucker punched during the fight and suggested his death emerged out of the racial animosity prevalent in today's culture.

The police, however, denied that the killing was racially motivated. The article relates:

    The 17-year-old who was beaten to death at a school founded by LeBron James suffered a broken neck and had the imprint of a shoe in his chest wall, a preliminary autopsy report has revealed.

    The report released by the Summit County Medical Examiner (SCME) in Ohio documented the gruesome injuries Ethan Liming endured during his final moments in the parking lot of the I Promise school in Akron. The report also revealed blunt force trauma to the head.

    The teen's occipital bone, the major bone that connects to the cervical spine and protects the brain, had been broken, Akron Beacon Journal reported. 

The preliminary autopsy also indicated that Liming had a black eye and a head laceration. 

    One of these incidents has been used for decades to make an entire race feel guilty; the other won't even warrant a footnote in a history book and certainly won't generate any introspection amongst the perpetrators' race. 

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