"Why People Stopped Prepping, South Africa, California Secession"--The Patriot Nurse (10 min.)
She discusses how, what with Trump having been elected and the economy seemingly improving, a lot of people have become complacent over the last year.
- Grant Cunningham has another Hump Day Reading List. He has some comments in regard to one article that I especially want to emphasize. You may remember the event: a man apparently rushed to a convenience store in which the customers were locked, while an armed crazy man was outside. Police had also been called, but the man in question arrived first. When the police arrived, they shot the man. Cunningham observes: "you are not the police; your gun doesn’t give you magic powers, nor can the police tell you’re a good guy when you’re doing an excellent impersonation of a bad guy. When you have a gun in your hands, you need to think more — not less."
- "Just Out For a Jog…"--Thin Blue Florida. This article also discusses the need to think more and not rush to conclusions. The author, a police officer, was out jogging one morning when he saw a man, in regular street attire, suddenly race away from an open garage and down the street. Thinking this was suspicious, the author followed, and saw the man seemingly hiding in some bushes. The author closed in ....
Inside 25 yards now. Whaa? A Great Dane? The man was scolding a partially-obscured dog in the hedgerow. Suddenly, the dog broke away and scooted east. The man gave chase shouting for it to return. Ahhh, a loose dog. Oh, a loose dog. Head down, I nonchalantly returned to my original course.
- "Finding The 'Positive'"--Mason Dixon Tactical. The author was out rucking and having a hard go of it. He stopped to rest.
After about 5 minutes, I heard something walkin’ through the woods. As I sat there, here comes two huge gobblers walkin’ right towards me. Keep in mind, I had camo on, so these guys got within about 15 feet of me before they turned West and started down the mountain, apparently, never seeing me.
The event lifted his spirits and when he resumed his hike, everything just clicked. "[W]hile thinkin’ about what happened during the day, I realized that what made the big difference in my ruck walk was having something happen that changed my mindset/enjoyment in what I was doing."
- "Urban Carry G2 Holster Review"--Armory Blog. The abbreviated version: it sucks.
- "Assault weapons ban dies in Delaware Senate after months of fighting"--Delaware Online. I find it interesting that the bill would have exempted members of the military and police. Just the opposite of the intent of the Second Amendment.
- "Holster Roundup: the Back Pocket Holsters"--Guns Guns Guns. The author lists some of what he terms "back pocket holsters"--holsters that, for the most part, are intended to mimic a wallet should they print. I didn't realize that there were so many available, and while I'm not in the market for one, I figured that one of you might be.
- "Tampa Police Get New Gats"--Derek Ward (h/t Maddened Fowl). The Tampa PD is replacing their S&W M&P's with the Sig 320.
- Don't make the black kids angry: "Angry crowd 'taunted cops while they tried to help their friend having a seizure in a Pennsylvania parking lot'"--Daily Mail.
- "Reasonableness and Stopping the threat"--Tactical Professor. He comments on a court decision upholding an assault conviction and sentence given to a police officer after the officer shot a man 6 times. The court held: “While [Appellant’s] belief may have been real to him, it was not reasonable and therefore the use of force used by [Appellant] was not justified.” The author of the article wants to remind readers that what may seem reasonable to you, may not seem reasonable to investigators, a court, or a jury reviewing your actions after the fact. I would point out that whenever you see the phrase "reasonable man" or "reasonable person," it is describing an objective (rather than subjective) standard.
- "Revolver Competition Gear – Competition Handgun I"--Revolver Guy. The author discusses the revolver, the holster, speed loaders and pouches, ammunition, etc., that he used at a recent competition. He also notes that most of his gear would have been perfectly serviceable on the street. His speed loaders he used were the S.L. Variant speedloaders, which performed well even after being dropped in the dirt and mud. He had also taken some Safariland Comp IIs, but didn't use them.
- "Cat Crap Lens Cleaner"--The Firearm Blog. The reviewer gives it high marks.
- "Is Trump a Nazi monster for separating illegal alien children and parents?"--Bookworm Room. I know that the issue is moot at this point, but the author of this piece makes a lot of good points. For instance:
We have borders. We also have laws saying that it is illegal to cross into the United States over those borders without prior permission. Two segments of America hate those laws: the Proggies, who want as many votes as possible, giving them an incentive to bring in people whose votes can be bought. They also need bodies for census purposes. In the Leftist states to which the illegal aliens flock, counting those bodies in the census allows for more Leftist representatives in the House. That’s why Leftists are hysterical that Trump wants to exclude illegal aliens from the 2020 census. California, for example, isn’t quite so populous when you don’t count the almost 3,000,000 illegal aliens living in the state. And of course, as part of all the intersectional, white-male-hating Leftist craziness, Proggies simply want to drown out whites.
The other group that hates our immigration laws is the Chamber of Commerce cohort, to the extent it is composed of people desperate for cheap labor. The cheapest labor, as my neighbor knows, is to pay illegal immigrants under the table, while avoiding all the other required payments for legal employees, such as social security matching, unemployment, disability, taxes, etc. The next cheapest labor is to pay immigrants legitimately, but paying only minimum wage, because illegals are not always in a position to demand more. Were the illegals not around, these businesses would have to pay more to American-born laborers, including the blacks and American-born Hispanics against [whom] the illegals compete.
- What happens when SJWs take over a company: "Starbucks says it will close 150 stores next year"--CNN Money (h/t Anonymous Conservative).
- Coming soon to a court near you: "Canadian Judge Recognizes Three Polyamorous Lovers As Parents"--Anonymous Conservative. Two daddies and a mommy. As the author observes, "Tolerance is an evil word."
- The growing FBI scandal:
- "Strzok and Page have company! Republican congressman reveals 'Kevin Clinesmith' and 'Sally Moyer' are names of two OTHER anti-Trump FBI agents in IG report who texted 'F*** Trump' and 'Viva la resistance'"--Daily Mail.
- "There's 'growing evidence' the FBI secretly altered interview reports from Clinton email investigation and Russia probe, says GOP congressman"--Daily Mail.
- "THE FBI, THE DOJ AND HILLARY CLINTON’S HUGE WEINER PROBLEM"--The Daily Caller. When the FBI and NYPD seized Anthony Weiner's laptop to collect evidence concerning his enticement of a minor, they found more than 140,000 emails involving Hillary Clinton. So what did McCabe, Comey and Strzok do? "They sat on it until police officers in New York and FBI agents in New York threatened to expose them."
- Maybe it is a good thing: "The pet crisis threatening tigers: Shocking report finds more of the big cats are living captive in US backyards than in the wild"--Daily Mail. The article indicates that there are more than 7,000 tigers living in captivity in the United States, compared to 3,890 in the wild. But if this preserves the species, isn't it better than not?
- "Fewer Births Than Deaths Among Whites in Majority of U.S. States"--New York Times. From the article:
Deaths now outnumber births among white people in more than half the states in the country, demographers have found, signaling what could be a faster-than-expected transition to a future in which whites are no longer a majority of the American population.
The Census Bureau has projected that whites could drop below 50 percent of the population around 2045, a relatively slow-moving change that has been years in the making. But a new report this week found that whites are dying faster than they are being born now in 26 states, up from 17 just two years earlier, and demographers say that shift might come even sooner.
“It’s happening a lot faster than we thought,” said Rogelio Sáenz, a demographer at the University of Texas at San Antonio and a co-author of the report. It examines the period from 1999 to 2016 using data from the National Center for Health Statistics, the federal agency that tracks births and deaths. He said he was so surprised at the finding that at first he thought it was a mistake.
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“People say demographics is destiny and there’ll be more people of color — all that is true,” said Jennifer Richeson, a social psychologist at Yale University. “But they also say the U.S. is going to become more progressive, and we don’t know that. We should not assume that white moderates and liberals will maintain current political allegiances, nor should we expect that the so-called nonwhite group is going to work in any kind of coalition.”
You can read the report here. However, the key numbers:
With significantly fewer white births and a rising number of deaths, natural increase (births minus deaths) actually ended in 2016. In that year, for the first time in U.S. history, data from the National Center for Health Statistics showed more white deaths than births in the United States. The white natural loss of 39,000 in 2016 compares to a natural gain of 393,000 in 1999. Both the growing number of deaths (up 180,000 between 1999 and 2016), and the declining number of births (down 252,000 between 1999 and 2016) contributed to the dwindling white natural increase and more recently to natural decrease. In 2016, whites accounted for 77.7 percent of all U.S. deaths, but just 53.1 percent of births.