Thursday, February 26, 2015

Imad Hamad: No Idea What Could Be Causing All This Violent Extremism?

Yet another unconvincing bit of taqqiya and kitman from Detroit's own Islamist public propagandist, and disgraced alleged sexual harasser, Imad Hamad.

The Detroit News: Hamad: Violent extremism is a universal challenge

Imad, you see, has no idea what might be causing all this violent extremism going on around the globe. He seems to be suffering, just as President Obama suffers, with willful blindness as to the cause and nature of all this "violent extremism" going on.

Reading the article, Hamad puts up all the standard tropes about poverty and injustice and then comes across as having no idea what the "original problem" that is the cause of "violent extremsm" could be, and he conspicuously fails to identify what it is that could possibly be linking all of these violent and extremist acts.

Nope, No idea at all as to what could be the link between all these violent extremists.

To Hamad, a suspected member of the PFLP terrorist group and supporter of Hamas and Hezballah, it's a complete mystery what the perpetrators of these violent acts all have in common and it beggars belief that he completely ignores the stated reasons the perpetrators publicly proclaim as the reason they are committing these acts.

Well, Good.

The Detroit News: Women with CPLs surge in Michigan

A continuance of a welcome cultural shift:

The number of women statewide who received or renewed concealed pistol licenses rose from 10,862 in 2010 to 25,418, a gain of 134 percent.

More women in Michigan getting trained and being able to defend themselves can only be a good thing. Let's hear it for actual female empowerment.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

No Virginia, There Are No Warning Shots In Michigan

I sympathize with the view of people like Tam and Kathy that training should be hortatory but not mandatory for carrying a firearm, but I respectfully disagree.

After all, I've gone beyond the minimum required training in Michigan by far - not just the 8 hour CPL class but two Massad Ayoob classes (back when they were LFI-1 and LFI-2) (both worth their weight in gold btw, if you get a chance to take him, do so). I became an NRA-certified instructor. I've gone on to take a Todd Green class in shooting skills (again, worth its weight in gold - hopefully Todd fully recovers and gets back to teaching soon, as the man is one fantastic teacher). I've done and other training and competition, as well as regular practice, not to mention further legal studies in the self defense realm all on my own and the only mandated class was the Michigan CPL one. But then again, it led to all the others.

I understand the fear that training requirements will be, as they are in some states, deliberately made so expensive and onerous as to discourage firearms ownership, but that's a bare minority of states and most states that have required training have it so that it costs less than the firearm you plan to carry and at least covers safe operation and the basic legal requirements of using deadly force in self defense.

Those of use who are responsible and serious about self-defense tend to take a higher view of such things and expect others to behave likewise as rational thinking beings to go out and get training. They won't.

I understand the argument that requiring someone to take a class may make them less likely to seek to self-improve later, but its an unproven assertion at best. How any people have really said after taking a single training class that they now know everything and will never take another class again? If it happened then their instructor failed to tell them about all the other training opportunities there are out there and how they should seek such.

On the other hand, a lot of people may carry firearms and not seek to self improve at all, but requiring them to take a class, so long as it is serious, reasonably comprehensive and has a legal component to it, may just open their eyes to the realities of the responsibility they've assumed as they exercise their right to own and carry a firearm. It should also, assuming it's a good class, inspire them to seek additional training to get better.

Otherwise, you're expecting people to be self-motivated enough to get out, get training on their own that they would have to pay for when they otherwise would not. If they lack that motivation or even the bare information that such classes exist, they instead could then remain blissfully ignorant and depend on what they've learned in the media and in the movies for self-defense law. Many will choose the second option.

And therein lies the problem because what they think they know, with no one else to inform them otherwise, is so very, very wrong.

Let's take X for example.

X moved to Michigan from another state.

X did not take any training on Michigan's law of self-defense, and did not get a carry permit so X didn't need to do so, and seems to have only a hazy idea on what self-defense law was in X's home state even though X did have a carry permit there.

So, one night X hears pounding on the door of X's home and an angry male voice X does not recognize demanding entry. Continual pounding with an angry voice that sounds like the locked doors is about to be broken down. The doors, yes in this case more than one, remain unbroken and in place.

X, determined to exercise X's rights and not be a victim doesn't grab a phone to call the cops. Instead, X grabs a pistol.

To help prove the point, due to a lack of training, X is unable to operate the pistol and it will not fire.

Dear Reader, had X stopped at this point we would be happier with that displayed level of incompetence, we could have had a rueful chuckle at X and helped X get some competent training. But no, X then grabs a second pistol and manages to make that one work.

X then cranks off a "warning shot" aimed high that ends up going through the upper portion of the closed door. Said shot penetrates both doors and goes off into the night

X then cranks off Three. More. Warning shots.

The person pounding on the door apparently leaves at some point in this fusillade but is never identified, never seen by X, nor is there any evidence of his presence, nor are there any marks on the door or outside of the house aside from the four exit holes from X's warning shots.

Please note that there is no such thing as a warning shot in Michigan law.

X gets arrested, makes a long incriminating and 100% admissible statement to police with all of the above details, and only then calls an attorney.

Guess who gets to try to reduce the stupidity tax that X is about to pay?

That people, is a gun owner without any training mandated or otherwise, who not only is in a world of legal kaka (it's a family blog so we won't use the more appropriate term here) but will be used by the media as a shining example of the stereotypical gun owner.

Now wouldn't you wish that X had to go through at least some minimal training on firearms operation and self-defense law?

Would you want X out carrying in public at X's current level of firearms training and understanding of the use of deadly force?

Monday, February 23, 2015

Got MIGs?

A short but neat snippet of an article on Israel's MIGs, many obtained through subterfuge by encouraging enemy pilots to defect, and how they've been used to familiarize Israeli (and also American) pilots with the opposition's aircraft capabilities. IAF's Enemy Planes

Note that the MIG-21 obtained in an Israeli Mossad operation when an Iraqi pilot was encouraged to defect had a most fitting identity number painted on it - 007.

Give That Young Man A Hand

The Detroit News: Man injured in Orion Twp. by homemade explosive

From the description of the items as "compressed air devices", it appears that someone was playing with what was likely dry ice in 2 liter pop bottles and then learned how unstable they can be the hard way.

When the pressure exceeds the burst value of the container, then container go boom.

If you're holding it at the time, then as this fellow found out, it's going to suck to be you.

Don't try that at home kids, you can't handle the pressure.

Disney Cruise - At Sea

On the Eastern Caribbean cruise, you spend three days at sea not counting your departure day.

You would think that would be boring, but with so much to do on the ship, that's not the case.

First there were live shows every night including ventriloquism comedy acts, world-class magic shows, and live theater presentations.

There were also first-run Disney movies, for free, on the ship in a great big theater.

We saw Guardians of The Galaxy and Big Hero 6 in 3D and Strange Magic.

Strange Magic, while highly under-publicized and apparently not quite drawing in the viewing audience, was actually quite a fun movie - almost a rock opera with lots of classic rock songs for the adults enjoyment and the kids loved it as well.

Big Hero 6 was a really great, cool and fun movie. It's well worth taking your kids to see and enjoy, and adults will like it too. It also opens the door for a sequel that I'd take the kids to see should it happen.

There were family activities like animation classes where we learned how to draw Disney characters:

The kids had a ton of activities including ridding the Aquaduck, a watercoaster on the ship, but there were also many things for adults to do on board.

They also enjoyed playing mini-golf on the top deck of the ship:

We signed up for champagne tasting and got to try some serious Champagnes like different kinds of Moet Chandon and Tattinger, and yes they do actually taste different and the Champagne Sommelier took us through the history of champagne and the differences in type, appearance, and taste of each.

We learned how to mix drinks from some master bartenders in a mixology class.

From Tequila Sunrises, French Martinis, and more were taught to us in a very fun and hands-on manner.

Here's a neat one, and the final drink we made. The Tiramisu. A dessert shot: 1 oz Kaluha on the bototm, 1 oz Creme de Cacao in the middle and a shot of Bailey's on top for a layered effect. It went down smooth and tasted like a Tiramisu cake.

This was a lot of fun to make and it looked quite impressive and tasted even better going down.

We also got a galley tour to see how all the incredible food is made on board:

The galley was spotless and one of four on the ship. Learning how they feed 4,000 people in a smooth and tasty manner was very impressive and interesting.

Of course, if you don't want to do any activities, you can always just sit and watch the view as the ship sails through the sea:

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Islamists Just Wanting To Look For Jobs On US Soil

Legal Insurrection: Al-Shabaab branches out, calls for attacks on U.S. soil

Homeland Security like the State Department is now concerned about the potential for workplace violence due to Al-Shabab members wanting to apply for retail positions in their search for employment and then being frustrated with a minimum-wage sales position.

Once again, for this administration, the situation is clearly desperate but not serious.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Well This Is Going To Be Just Great Part 2

Well it turns out the scum who falsely filed a Federal tax return in our names have also filed a false Michigan State tax return as well.

We've sent in the appropriate fraud affidavits, flagged our credit etc.

But, to date no one at IRS or Michigan State Treasury has contacted us regarding this, nor can we get through to a live human to make sure this is being dealt with. Still no assistance on how to file valid returns to make sure they are accepted, but I've at least found out the returns will need to be on paper with all sorts of additional hassles.

Apparently this fraud is becoming even easier because you can now get the option that instead of a traditional refund check or direct deposit to a bank account, the IRS can send out a Visa Card loaded with the refund money.

Can you say thanks for enabling fraudsters?

Not amused at all.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Nothing Like Telegraphing Your Intentions

US News: U.S. Announces Plan for Massive Counter-ISIS Attack

OPSEC, this administration hasn't got it. Announcing the troop strength, date and location of an upcoming offensive for the world and the enemy to see is generally not considered a good practice.

My bet is the State Department is behind the announcement.

After all, In their view it's not a military offensive but a jobs fair, and they want to let all of ISIS know where they can submit their applications.

For the Obama administration, the situation is clearly desperate but not serious.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Now For Your Creepy Story of The Day

Especially if you hate clowns, or even worse, robotic clowns, or even worse than that, a combination of a robotic clown and a pedophile sex offender.

The Detroit Free Press: Missing animated park clown found in sex offender's house

Some things are best not known nor bear being thought about too much.

Your Global Warming Feel-Good Story Of The Day

The Detroit Free Press: Yep, it's cold: Lake Erie has 98% ice cover

"The Great Lakes as a whole experienced 85.4% ice cover as of (Wednesday)," Leshkevich says.

"Nobody expected 2014 to be as bad as it was, almost record-breaking for ice cover and this year it's the same thing with these very cold temperatures," Leshkevich says.

Ignore the shivering in the room, and keep trying to sell the Global Warming line.

Today In Michigan

Call it a polar vortex, call it winter, whatever you call it, it's darn cold.

-30F with the wind chill. Schools are closed and life goes on, albeit chillier than before. Just please don't bring up the specter of Global Warming as the cause, or I'll throw a snowball at you. We good use some gorram Global Warming around here, right now.

Mid February and I'm already sick of winter and wondering why I didn't stow away on the ship for another cruise in warm climes....