It’s Miller Time for Mueller

So, it’s Miller time for Mueller Time.  The sad saga of the most irredeemably corrupt investigation in modern history has come to an end with the person that performed that presidential colonoscopy, Robert Mueller, telling Congress in no uncertain terms that they could “stick it” where the sun don’t shine.  He isn’t going to testify.  “My report is my testimony.”  For the first time in two years someone in the Special Counsel’s office has done something arguably laudable. That being telling the Congress and the press to stick it. The report is a collection of rumor and innuendo, and it most certainly is not laudable.

Of course, Mr. Mueller could not help himself.  He took a jab at President Trump by saying that if he could be sure Trump wasn’t guilty of obstruction he’d say so, but he agrees that the President can’t be charged. So, let’s see if I get this right. You can’t charge him because he’s the president, but you can investigate him and no charge him and spill every damning bit of rumor and innuendo while maintaining you don’t want to be political. Right.  Got it.

Here’s the most farsical part of this entire circus of the mad.  The chain of command goes from the President, to the Attorney General, to the Director of the FBI.  The only two people who can tell the Director of the FBI what to do are the President and the AG, and only the President can fire him.  The genesis of the entire “obstruction” probe was the firing of the FBI Director, a comically pompous fellow with the worst case of “little man syndrome” shown in recent years.  While Comey is out talking about how fair and equitable the FBI has been in its investigations of Clinton and Trump, the rest of the DOJ is preparing to decide whether to charge him with leaking classified information to reporters.   But President Trump always had the power and ability to fire Comey.  He didn’t even need a reason.  But he had several, including the way he bungled the Clinton investigation. So, how can a president legally executing his authority to terminate a non-performing malignant employee be obstructing justice, particularly where it had no impact on the investigation?  The answer, of course, is that it cannot be obstruction, and that has been known all along. Comey could have been fired on Day 1, just like Mueller could have been fired on Day 1, because the Constitution makes the President accountable for the actions of the Executive Branch. Now, perhaps it would not have been wise to fire Mueller, because it might have precipitated an impeachment attempt, but there is no question he had the legal authority to do so.

But careful observers now realize why, at this point, Mueller is leaving the public eye.  He knows he was used.  He knows Comey set him up.  He knows he was the intended smoke-screen for the FISA abuse and spying that went on.  And he doesn’t want his name blackened any more than it already has been.  He is refusing to testify not because he fears the Democrats questions, but because he knows the answers to the Republican’s questions, and if he gives those answers heads will likely roll.

The next few months will be an embarrassingly enjoyable time in American Politics.  Call it the Summer of Comeuppance.  Get your microwave popcorn ready.  Summer’s coming.

Twitter Jail

So, I put out the tweet below:

The tweet was in reference to Gillette’s ad featuring a “transgendered teen” being taught to shave. In other words, Gillette is pandering to the social justice warriors who believe that if you have a penis you can magically think yourself a woman, or vice versa.

Apparently the PC police at Twitter took umbrage and sought to suspend me for seven days for “hateful conduct.” Yet, objectively, there is nothing hateful in the tweet. In fact, it suggests that people with gender dysphoria (the medical term for people who think they can magically think themselves to be a gender different than the one their anatomy dictates) require help, not pandering. So, I was offered an appeal of this decision.

Keep in mind I got this slap at my account less than a minute after posting that tweet, which means it was picked up by Twitter filters and there was no complaint about the tweet. So, about 30 seconds to decide this was “hateful conduct.” Nice. You can tell a lot of thought went into that decision (perhaps as much as 20 seconds worth of it).

So after this knee-jerk suspension for seven days Twitter helpfully provides an “appeal” of the decision, which apparently means you get about 128 characters (less than an actual tweet) to defend your expression of personal opinion. I appealed immediately, but in spite of that, I continued to see a page telling me I could appeal. Later I realized I received an email telling me Twitter had my first appeal, because I got one on the second appeal too. I waited 24 hours to file the second appeal because the appeal form says they will get to the appeal “as soon as possible.”

So, when 24 hours passed and no word, and the “YOU ARE A BAD PERSON” message still showed, I filed a second appeal. Now I get a page that says “Thanks for your appeal,” tells me it will be decided as soon as possible, and then helpfully tells me if I don’t want to wait I can — I love this part — cancel my appeal.

So, you have the right to give them one sentence for an appeal. You have the right to cancel that appeal, admit hateful conduct, and accept the punishment, or you have the right to…. you guessed it… wait…..and wait….and wait…. So the upshot of this is that even if they uphold my appeal and let me back in Twitter, i will already have served a suspension imposed not by virtue of my conduct, but by virtue of their refusal to review the tweet and decide the issue. But, of course, I could always cancel…. Makes you wonder if their heads hurt up there in Twitterland when they think this way.

The original message above was flagged at 6:29 p.m. CDT on Sunday. Today is Wednesday, I just checked and, yep, still no answer on that appeal. Keep in mind that if they don’t grant the appeal I have to serve out a seven day suspension. But will I get credit for the 3 days I have already served since I am completely locked out of my account? Surely you jest. This is Twitter, and in the Twitter world, only PC and SJW rules apply. Old white males like myself…we’re relegated to the position of unimportance. The idea that Twitter protects everyone’s right to free expression is patent nonsense.

So, I have reported this event to the White House portal that deals with inappropriate censorship of conservative ideas. You can find that portal here. I encourage everyone that is maligned by Twitter to take that step. Let’s make sure the White House has ammunition in the war against censorship of conservative ideas.

Of Dogs and Plans

Recently while watching this video I concluded that at home it may be somewhat wiser to have a big dog (or a big-sounding dog) than a firearm in certain circumstances.

In the video you can hear an angry young may screaming about how he is going to kill everyone in the house, that the cops had better shoot him, and that if they didn’t shoot him, he was going to stab them all.  Insert the word “M*****-F*****” between every other word above and you’ll have a pretty fair picture of the dialog.

The police officer wisely calls for a K9 unit.

Now, I love my dog.  I would never expect my dog (a smaller breed) to protect me against a knife-wielding rectal blister like the one in the video. I would simply have tried, like this officer did, de-escalation techniques until he charged me, and then, reluctantly, I would have shot him.  Of course, before we ever got to that point, I’d urge him to leave my home. Crazy people do crazy stuff, and you just never know when the wrong word or phrase is going to send them straight into psycho-land.  The cool-headed officer here instead called for a K9.

The K9 shows up and the handler tells the dog to bark.  Sure enough, that dog starts howling, barking, giving that “I can’t wait to rip out your liver” snarl, and within seconds Mr. Big Bad & Ugly went from “give me what I want or everyone dies” to “don’t let that dog bite me.”  We have a guy with a knife who isn’t scared of cop with a gun, but is scared to death of a dog.

What makes dogs such excellent protectors and terrific partners in law enforcement?  First, they’re pack animals and for thousands of years the law of the pack has prevailed.  The alpha male leads the pack, all the other males serve the alpha.  In the event of a threat, the males respond as a team and put down that threat or fight it to give the rest of the pack time to leave. It is not uncommon for either dogs or wolves to willingly give up their lives for the pack.

Domesticated dogs do not lose that ingrained law of the pack.  They see their humans as the alpha males (even where the alpha is a female) and they have as their prime directive the protection of the pack.  That means both the human adults and especially the human children.  In our house if I speak harshly to my wife, I get that guttural eat-your-liver growl from the terrier. She is my wife’s dog, and there isn’t anyone getting to my wife but through that dog.

Knock on my door and it sounds like a pack of wild dogs is coming through it ready to eat you alive. And, indeed, if you had evil intent your ankles would be shredded.  It is amazing to me that these small dogs (one that barks louder than most shepards) put themselves in front of me, and refuse to go behind me even when I order it. Training, it seems, cannot replace instinctive behavior which is “protect the pack.” Dogs sense fear, and they sense danger, and a dog does not know how to back down when the pack is threatened. I would also point out that dogs function on loyalty. They are tremendously loyal. For a good description of what makes a dog man’s best friend, see Eulogy for a Dog, here.

Because we have cameras and can see who is at the front door I can tell any potential intruder to run or I will let the dog go.  In about 90% of cases intruders will run from dogs, even small dogs, rather than get bitten. In some cases, it’s fear, in others it is simply the desire not to harm a small animal.  Yes, most thugs are animals and wouldn’t think twice, but some out there are really just after the money and “stuff.”  They aren’t looking for a fight, and don’t thrill when one comes their way.

But here’s what having a dog does for you if you get a real animal pounding on your door or kicking it down.  If they are not scared of a dog, they are unlikely to be scared of you.  That should define your mindset. Threatening them with a gun is likely a waste of time. If you give any warning, one should be your upper limit.

Most home invasions come about as burglaries gone bad, and are carried out by multiple parties during the hours of darkness.  In our house the plan at night is for all of us humans to be in the master bedroom and all of the dogs in there with us.  If the dogs raise an alarm, or the alarm goes off, we lock the bedroom door, call the cops, and tell the bad guys they can have anything they can steal so long as they don’t come in the bedroom.  If they do that, they’re going to die.  We have multiple 9mm handguns and a pair of AR-15s to handle the situation if, in spite of being warned, the idiots attempt to come through the door.

Our plan is based on a clear desire to show any reviewing official that the exchange of gunfire was a last resort.  That we engaged in violence only when violence was coming directly for us. Yes, under Alabama law we would be entitled to shoot first in our own home.  But the law and the application of the law are not always in harmony. Better to demonstrate your reluctance through procedures than to rely on the law, especially when friends and family of the burglars will later confide to the press that the felons were really just wonderful little altar boys looking for the stolen poor box from Our Lady of Pathetic Liars and just got the wrong address.

Having a plan, however, is no good if you do not practice the plan.  You absolutely have to practice what you’ll do, even if its run, hide, call for help, then fight.   And in that situation, where the attack comes before we have turned in for the night, my wife grabs the dogs, and I have my pistol on my body (pants on, gun on) and I move to the attack while she secures the dogs and herself in our safe room.  Once there she retrieves her pistol from the fast-action gun safe and either waits for me to give her the all clear, or shoots the first thing that comes through that door (hence that whole “all clear” part). And, yes, we have duress words.

“Duress words” are words that you say to indicate you’re okay, or you’re a hostage.  For example, a friend uses odd numbers.  “Baby, I’m 3 kinds of okay.”  Hearing the odd number, his wife knows not to come downstairs, but rather, stay upstairs with her children.  But if he says “We’re four kinds of clear down here” she knows he hasn’t been disarmed.

We have insurance, and we can get replacements for anything stolen.  We have cameras so we will have photos of the people doing the crime. Thus, even if they get something, they won’t get far.  We hope we never have to activate our plan, but having it, and practicing it, gives my wife and I a very sound feeling of security.

News Bits

First Amendment Under Attack

One of the things you frequently hear is that if the liberals take away our Second Amendment freedoms, the First Amendment will be next.  All you have to do is look north to Chicago, home of the world’s most ineffective and draconian gun control, to see this is true.

Newspapers there were investigating the drowning death of an autistic child.  They received documents from the school system, and planned to publish them.  Instead the school’s lawyer sought an injunction against the publication.  In this articlethe ABA details how the judge imposed a prior restraint on the publication.  Under the First Amendment there is never supposed to be a prior restraint.

This is a loud alarm klaxon sounding here.  First they will take away the right ot defend yourself, then they’ll take away your right to complain about it.  We can only hope that the First Amendment survives this kind of challenge.

Good Riddance to Bad Rubbish

The Supreme Court has recently allowed a muslim to be put to death without his iman present. (It is the policy of this blog not to mention, by name, convicts that seek the media to gain sympathy, hence, no name)  Here in Alabama it seems that the Department of Corrections employs a chaplain who just happens to be Christian.  Some low-life that raped and murdered a 15 year old girl in 1995 (yes, that’s 24 years ago) complained that it was unfair to let Christians die with a minister of their choice while denying him the same right.

But, wait, that’s not really the issue.  The issue is delay.  He waited until January 29, 2019 to bring this claim to the federal courts.  He had about 20 years to make this claim previously. He didn’t.  More importantly, nothing forbids the iman from coming to the prison and praying with the inmate before he gets the Kevorkian Cocktail and slips off peacefully into Hell.  It just forbids him from being in the death chamber right before the pervert’s lights go out.  I’m sure the fifteen minutes between heading in there and dying are what would have made the difference…

Harry’s Holsters

Where do I begin, to tell the story of how great an AIWB holster can be.

Wait, let me back up. First, let me say this.  For years I have subscribed to the idea that AIWB carry was dangerous and presented a serious risk of death or disability resulting from negligent discharge.  I still believe that it presents risks, although in much the same way that carrying any firearm presents a risk.  But if you watch a few videos where knuckleheads shoot themselvespracticing fast draws it’s pretty easy to take 2 and 2 and put them together and come up with 4.  And, if you wear an AIWB holster while sitting or in the car driving, and you’re male, let’s just say that Mr. Johnson should be afraid given that Mr. Smith is pointing at him.  Oh, and at your femoral artery.  Let’s not forget that.  Standing or walking the risk is minimized, but still somewhat present if you’re a big guy and have that muffin top. I have the whole damned muffin, and I have always worried that AIWB just would not work for me.

Then I met Jake.  Jake has a YouTube channel called Evolving Daily.  Along with John Lovell of the Warrior Poet Society he did a videothat demonstrated how AIWB could be safe, fast, and efficient in terms of execution, and he made me laugh a lot while demonstrating this.  Both his videosare worth watching on AIWB.

So, if I am going to do this, I need a holster that does several things.  First, it has to completely cover the trigger guard, and it has to be functionally impossible for anything to wiggle its way into that area and cause the firearm to discharge.  This is because if you have a bad holster, or a holster that is not designed for AIWB, or one that allows things to get caught in it easily, you stand the chance of having a negligent discharge that will have you singing soprano. Watch this video and see what I mean.

One of my favorite things about firearms and the firearms community is that race and religion don’t have a great deal of bearing on your views on guns.  I’m a Caucasian male, and if you listen to the liberal media, I supposedly hate my brown and black brothers because, well, you know.  They look different.  Or something.  I’ve never figured it out.  If you have, let me know in the comments.  At any rate, I digress.  One of my favorite channels, mainly because he is so smooth and just down right cool, is Locs n Load on YouTube.  He is an African-American male and he constantly reviews new and innovative products.  He’s fun to watch, fun to listen to, and he just generally has great content.  So a few months ago he talked about Harry’s Holsters.  He had switched to AIWB and he was wearing a Harry’s Holster.

Harry’s Holster Executive, soft loops, AIWB holster.

Using the link from his page (he gets support from Harry’s) I ordered an Executive Holster with softloops for my M&P, and a few days later, another with hard clips for my Sig P320 X-carry.  I am quite glad I did.  Both holsters have performed very well, although I like the softloops better than the hard plastic clips.  That’s just a personal opinion in terms of how the holster behaves on the belt, which I will explain later.

Harry’s Holster Executive with plastic clips, web belt

So, first, the holster is very well designed.  It’s kydex, not a hybrid.  That’s good because if Mr. Johnson is going to have visitors, he doesn’t want something pliable protecting the trigger.  Mr. Johnson doesn’t mind sharing the space, but he vehemently objects to high velocity lead poisoning.

Both firearms fit inside the holster properly and snugly, although I did have to adjust retention for the Sig X-carry.  I would also note that the Sig P320-RX with the Romeo sight does not fit insider the P320 holster because of the sight.  I am sure they could accommodate that if I chose to carry that, but obviously for carry purposes I have the X-carry.

So, the first time I carried, I carried the M&P Model 2.0 in the holster with the softloops, and I used a stiff leather belt.  Stiff leather belts and stiff plastic hooks are not a good combination on an AIWB holster. But stiff leather belts and softloops work terrific together.

Here’s the issue. When you have a little girth, you need for the weapon and holster to give a little in relation to the belt when you sit down.  The softloops allow that to happen.  The holster rides up when you sit down, and then when you stand the holster slips back down into the inguinal notch. 

The Raven Wedge

It also has a claw, to force the kydex upper portion deeper into the abdomen for better concealment, and the Raven Wedge that pushes the barrel away from the prime real estate down south.  Both of these are important features for someone who is a person of abundance, like me. 

The claw

In addition to my leather belt, I have a nylon web belt I bought from Propper (via Sportsman’s Guide). Since I carry the Sig X-carry now most of the time, I got the hard plastic clips, and they work better on the nylon belt because it’s much thinner than the leather belt.

I have found my draw time (previous best 1.75) is now down to 1.25 with the AIWB holster, and I get on target much faster.  And, assuming I get the holster placed properly on the belt (with the barrel going down into the inguinal notch and the grip sitting above the belt line I am comfortable riding or sitting with the Harry’s Holster.

I can recommend this holster.  It is reasonably priced (meaning its cheaper than any of its competition) and it meets or exceeds all my minimum standards.  I look forward to carrying with it for a long time.

Wilderness Ankle Holster

We have a theater here in Auburn that supposedly has a ban on bringing firearms in. Of course, no one actually pays any attention to it, and the theater does not enforce it, because to do so would be economic suicide in this environment. But, at least theoretically, you could be asked to leave the theater if you were carrying.

One solution I thought of was using an ankle rig to conceal under jeans. I consider the likelihood of another theater shooter slim, and the likelihood of that occurring in Auburn to be somewhere close to the odds that Vanderbilt will win the National Football Championship (ever). But, you plan for the possibility, not the probability, and so I went looking for an ankle rig.

One of the video sources I follow on YouTube is Active Self Protection, and John Correa has some praise from time to time for Wilderness Tactical in Phoenix (www.thewilderness.com). So I found their Wilderness Renegade, plunked down the $80 for the holster, and waited.

Renegade Holster

The holster was thoughtfully designed with some sheepskin to pad the area near the ankle bone so as not to be uncomfortable. Sadly, the padding is inadequate (at least for me) and this is the least comfortable holster I own. I bought it for my Glock 26 and the holster fits the gun, but just barely. It fit around my ankle just fine. I had to wear crew socks, however, to get some additional padding, and this is not a “wear it all day” holster. I took it off the moment we got back from the movies.

My experience leads me to believe that an ankle holster is somewhere behind the belly band holster in usefulness, particularly if you’re like me, over 60, and you don’t like bending down that much. It is not a workable solution for me. That doesn’t mean it wouldn’t work for you. The company is a good company and they shipped promptly. Sadly, their product did not work for me.

Concealment Express

So, last year I bought a Sig P320 RX with the Romeo Express. I was delighted with the pistol but found trying to get a holster for it maddening. The problem was that the optics prevented a standard P320 holster from working. I was able to remedy the problem through Concealment Express. They have a holster that actually fits the P320RX.

Concealment Express holster for Sig P320RX

The holster is marvelous, but the problem with the RX pistol is that it is very difficult to conceal with that hulking Romeo sight on there.

The sight works reasonably well and was zeroed from the factory. However, after several months of carrying it, and several range sessions I found that the sight had drifted left and had to be brought back to the right. Fortunately the adjustments on the sight are very easy.

It’s hard to see, but the red dot is not right on the iron sights.

After a great deal of thought I’ve decided not to carry the Sig. For quite a while I reverted back to the M&P because it was a great pistol and served me needs quite well. But the trigger on the M&P was not as crisp as I like.

So, earlier this month I purchased a Sig P320 X-carry from the Armories in Orlando, FL. This will be the subject of a future post.