Thursday, June 30, 2011

Tough day for Dallas Police

So in one day the Dallas PD had to fire three officers. First because one office rgot into a fight with owner and bouncer at a bar....... But police are the only ones allowed to carry in a bar because us mortal non sworn citizens would be too dangerous with a gun around where alcohol is served. The second for an officer that got into a fight at the Hospital ED and later made racist remarks about it. She must be clinging to her go d and guns as she is a racist. And finally, we have an officer steal a gun during a traffic stop. The officer searched a persons car and found a small amount of marijuana and a pistol. THe officer "let the offender go" but kept the gun and drugs. He then tossed the drugs and kept the gun for himself or to use as a throw down gun at a future crime scene. So, either it was a collectable or a piece of crap that he had a use for and decided to keep it. Just one more reason why police should be the only ones that have guns because we peons can't be trusted.

Rocket Surgeon

So yesterday in Sacramento a guy was arrested for having a gun in his carry on luggage. You KNOW there is going to be a search and x-ray of your bags so to do so purposely is pretty dumb. Accidentally is believable as I have a relative who had done that. Not smart but believable.

A 49-year-old man was arrested at Sacramento International Airport this afternoon after Transportation Security Administration employees determined that he had a firearm in his backpack.

Sacramento County sheriff's deputies assigned to the Airport Division responded to a security checkpoint in Terminal B at 1 p.m. today. During the screening process, TSA personnel reported that they believed a passenger was carrying what appeared to be a firearm in his personal backpack.

A search of the passenger's belongings revealed a loaded handgun at the bottom of the backpack, along with several rounds of live ammunition in a magazine, according to a Sheriff's Department news release.

The passenger, identified as Tam Nguyen (above), was arrested without incident. He was booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail on suspicion of unlawful possession of a loaded, concealed firearm and unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Nguyen is being held on $60,000 bail and is expected to be arraigned this week.

Bold is mine! I suspect the anti's will still include this as "gun owner tries to get gun onto airplane." What a maroon! He's a convicted felon in illegal possession of a firearm and he carries it into the airport where he knows he is going to get screened and x-rayed?!!??!?! Never accused him of being smart. And this happened in California, that is unpossible since the gun show loophole is closed in CA so an evil gun dealer must have "lost" it and sold it to him under the table because that is the ONLY way he could have gotten it in CA with their enlightened gun laws.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

News Bias or lack of Information?

This past weekend there was a flash mob in Austin. HSOI has a post up about it and a common friend of ours had a first hand report of it.
What bothers me is that the press had no coverage of this happening. This is something that would likely be of interest to the good citizens of Moscow on the Colorado. So, either the press doesn't care about htis happening or doesn't want to report it for one reason or another, or the APD is reporting/recording this in such a way that it is not picked up by the press. Not really sure which but either way it is a disservice at best and dishonest at worse.

Monday, June 27, 2011

TSA and other Government Assholes

So the TSA saw fit to humiliate and torture a 95YO Grandmother who is in late stage cancer and wears an adult diaper. The Texas Legislature had considered during regular session a bill exercising states rights making it against state law for TSA pukes to grope inappropriately. The feds stepped up and threatened to cancel flights out of Texas "For Safety". The fed has done all it can to destroy Texas and Texans along with the Texas economy since we have dared to grow and show the fed plans for the financial crap that it is. Now that the anti groping law is under consideration in a special session, the feds got to the LT Gov and he went and got legislators to "disappear" long enough for the bill to not be considered last week.

OK maybe it is me but this just fits into the pattern of the government forgetting that they are servants of the people not the masters of us. That or maybe I'm just tired of all the governments crap telling everyone that we are too stupid to know what is good for us and have just really had it with them.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Great Range Day

Long hot day at the range yesterday. Started the morning an hour early with Beyond the Basics. Think trigger control and site alignment. We spend the entire morning working on fundamentals and getting everyone the solid foundation that they need before they move on to more advanced skills. We also work on transitioning through multiple targets and how much sight picture you need for different targets at different ranges. The group we had was great, by the end of class everyone was getting it. That's the real fun from the instructor side of this class, you see the light bulb go on for people when they finally grasp the concept that has never been explained to them before.
The afternoon was Competition Pistol. That's an introduction to the different pistol shooting sports. We explain the various rules and classes of equipment and set up a few stages so people can shoot the different sports stages and get an experience and understand what they are doing when they go to a match. This was a fun class for both instructors and students. They all definately got it and that was clear on the IPSC stage we set up. They pretty much all shot the stage carefully and got close to maximum points. Out of 17 students and 10 targets on the stage and each student running the stage twice, I think there were 2 missed shots total!

Now I have rest and work around the house to catch up with.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Rightous Indignation

Being the Racist bastard that I am accused of since I am against ILLEGAL behavior be it immigration or attacks on police.

Phillipe Calderon is an ASS! After a US Border Patrol Agent was attacked by ILLEGALS trying to cross the border ILLEGALLY another agent discharged his duty weapon to save the life of his fellow officer who had been attacked by a man wielding a board with nails in it and rocks, Calderon had the balls to say, "I demanded punishment for the guilty,". What a load of horse shit. And that is really an insult to horses everywhere. I'll apologize to mine when I get home.

And not hte ACLU has gotten involved where they don't belong with this gem,

'The American Civil Liberties Union of San Diego and Imperial Counties questioned the latest killing.

"We simply cannot allow our law enforcement agents to use lethal force when confronted with rock throwers," said Kevin Keenan, the group's executive director.'

What a bunch of asses!

tell you what, the ACLU can come on over and we'll throw rocks at them and hit them with boards loaded with nails and we shall see if they want us to stop or care to use force to make us stop. Bastards need to mind their own business

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

What is that?

Well the rains finally made it to us. We have gotten 1.66" so far this morning and it is still falling at 0.16"/Hr. The firefighters are almost as happy as the residents of the area.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

We're Number 1!

So the latest from the Texas Forest Service announced that the Dyer Mill Fire just south of us is now not only the number 1 fire in Texas but it is also the number 1 priority fire in the South US Region. There were 2 Sky Crane Helicopters, 2 BlackHawk Helicopters and 2 Chinook Helicopters as they dialed back the SEATs and are calling in C-130 air tankers now. Although the total outside perimeter is still intact, there have been more mandatory evacuations ordered as the live burns dance around. They are hoping to have it knocked down good tomorrow but only time will tell what is really going to happen.

Small World

I wandered across the parking lot out onto the ramp this morning to have a chat with the pilots of the three SEATs on the ramp. They were here along with their Air Attack Boss and Lead Plane because they ran out of hours yesterday and couldn't make it back home for the night. There are 5 SEATs, 2 Tx natl Guard BlackHawks and 1 Sky Crane working the Dyer Mill Fire from the air. That is the fire just south of us by Plantersville. They are having to make the trip from here to Mineral Wells (180 nautical miles) to reload with retardant for each drop. They are in the process of setting up another reload station closer but right now that is where the reload station is.

Funny thing was, in talking to the Boss, he mentioned this is his first fire in Texas but he is used to working farther north and they are sandbagging in Montana. So I mentioned that I knew about the flooding because my Inlaws are in MT. He asked where and when I said south of Helena, he replied with "near Clancy?" Well, they are near Clancy and turns out he has family that lives just down the mountain from them.

Anyway, had a great chat with them and I made it VERY clear, now that I know they are here and they know where I am, their money is no good here. They are about to take off and get their ops started for the morning so they are leaving but should they make it back, they will be well fed and taken care of.

And then there were three

So, this morning there are three SEATs at the airport. Different tail numbers than yesterdays aircraft. The Sky Crane is flying out of Huntsville so no pictures of it. They are working overtime on our fires. While the fire is still contained inside the initial evacuation area, the flares are out of control. After being 25% contained yesterday midday, the word last night was it was out of control again as fires flared all over the place. They have also had to relocate the evacuation area due to the fire headed towards it.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Flying SEATs

The above are SEATs, Single Engine Air Tankers. They have been fighting the fires around here including the one 10 miles south of my house headed north. They were grounded for the night and should be resuming operations shortly. All I can say is the pilots and crews better not be paying for any of their own meals.
The fire south of us has so far burned ~4000 acres and at least 30 homes. The ground troops really busted ass last night and held it at the highway crossing.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Fire Run Amok

Well, there is a major brush fire running loose in the south end of the county. They have already called in US Forrest Service and Texas Forrest Service dozers and Helicopters. The entire Sheriffs Office is on scene along with every VFD in the county and the South Brazos County VFD. This thing is fast moving from the radio chatter. We shall see how far and fast it goes. Ranchers are trying to move livestock out of the way as well but this looks bad.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Dad's Day

A salute for Dad's Day, The shadow box contains the flag from his funeral at Fort Sam Natl Cemetery, The fruit salad leads off with the Distinguished Flying Cross with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters and the Air Medal with 8 Oak Leaf Clusters. The three spent shell casings are one from each volley of the 21 gun salute at his funeral. (30-06 fired from M-1 Garands) His Dogtag and a collection of the various sets of wings he wore in his career. All this was before he retired and started his second career teaching World Geography and Economics as well as coaching Golf in High School. An incredible man that I never got to know as well as I would have liked to. I miss him and regret that we were really only starting to connect at the very end just before I had my wreck (June 19th of all the ironies) and he was diagnosed with Colon Cancer.
This is the first DFC for the young Lieutenant. Somewhere I have the article in Stars and Stripes to go with this. Damn but looking at this picture I see my older brother at that age in profile.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Some days suck more than others

After a stupid day at work and an after work appointment, we came down our county road to find flashy blinkies in front of our place. It was even worse that it was a TxDPS Highway Patrol unit with his lights on in front of two vehicles along our east fence line. Turns out one of our neighbors lost control of her truck bouncing down the county road and popped a tree along the roadway. Fortunately she was only doing 20 or so so it wasn't a terrible impact. However it did do enough damage that she is not driving away and she is devastated over damaging the truck and the loss of control momentarily. She's not physically hurt at all but shaken up and her husband was right behind her so they are taking care of things but it just sucks for them to have this happen.
Just another busier day her at Casa K-.