In Praise of Ladies My Age

This started my day off with a smile.

I hope you find the humor in it as well.

Chopped -Kids Edition

Was watching one of the food networks and caught one of the cooking competition shows called Chopped.

This one has the basket of Iran’s that had to be included in the appetizers, entree, and dessert round. Tonight’s show featured fourth and fifth grade kids. I was struck by the these kids, at 10 and 11, were better sports than many of the adults on other episodes.

And they were definitely better cooks than I am. Amazing the dishes they put together.

 

Still A Hotspot

St. Louis and Ferguson still continue to be in the news for not good reasons.

Protesters gathered in a St. Louis neighborhood late Wednesday after an off-duty police officer fatally shot an 18-year-old black man whom police say opened fire on the officer during a foot pursuit. 

St. Louis Police Chief Col. Sam Dotson, said the 32-year-old unidentified officer, a six-year veteran of the force, was working for a private security company when he approached three men on the street. 

“As he exited the car, the gentlemen took off running. He was able to follow one of them before he lost him and then found him again as the guy jumped out of some bushes across the street,” Lt. Col. Alfred Adkins said. “The officer approached, they got into a struggle, they ended up into a gangway, at which time the young man pulled a weapon and shots were fired. The officer returned fire and unfortunately the young man was killed.”

I’ll withhold judgement on the shooting until the facts are in; unfortunately not everyone reacts the same way.

Hours after the shooting, a crowd gathered at the scene. Some people shouted “Hands up, don’t shoot” in reference to the fatal shooting in August of an unarmed black man, Michael Brown, by a white police officer. That shooting in Ferguson led to weeks of sometimes violent unrest in the St. Louis suburb. Officer Darren Wilson has not been charged in the shooting.

Dotson said some in the crowd late Wednesday shouted obscenities toward officers and damaged police cars. Officers, however, “showed great restraint,” he said.

“Any police officer use of force certainly will draw attention,” Dotson said.

KTVI reported that some protesters were seen hitting police vehicles and shots were heard in the area. The station also reported that police largely backed off to give the protesters space. 

Translated from government and media double speak; the police abandoned their responsibility to the safety of the people and the city. Other media reports are warning of violence if the officer in the Michael Brown shooting is not indicated and charged. That decision is expected later this month or early next month. Stay tuned to your TVs when it comes out because the media is reporting possible violence in other cities besides St. Louis.

 

 

But Remember “Gun Death” Is THE METRIC

for the anti-rights cultists like Moms Demanding Attention or Bloomberg’s Illegal Mayors Against Guns.

The over-prescribing of painkillers is fuelling nearly 17,000 annual deaths from overdoses in the United States as well as a rise in heroin use, according to a study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday.

The CDC reviewed 2010-2012 mortality data from 28 states to measure rising fatal heroin overdose rates and determine how the increases were tied to prescription painkillers.

The study found that the death rate from heroin overdoses doubled during that two-year span to from 1 to 2.1 deaths per 100,000 people, while deaths from prescription opioid drugs overdoses declined from 6 to 5.6 deaths per 100,000.

17,000 annual deaths is about the same as firearm related suicides and about double the number of firearm related homicides– but as friend Weer’d Beard says ‘Hey, but only “gun Deaths” count!

The Homicide rate is 4.7 per 100,000 people. If the antis were really interested in saving lives; I would suggest they start focusing on this. Of course we know that isn’t their goal.

 

Sorry for the Absence

Had another issues with the blog; WordPress this time. Kept wanting me to reset my password but never got to the point of actually being able to enter a new password. Finally got that resolved.

 

Then we lost power last week. You might have heard we had some weather came through here. 60 to 90 mile per hour winds in some areas. Power was out at Bunker BS for about 8.5 hours. Of course it came on at quarter til two in the morning — a most jarring experience.

 

Thanks for sticking around.

 

 

Importance of Communicating

Wow…..this video is a little tough to watch because it a.) shows the shooting, b.) shows a cop who shots very quickly and c.) illustrates the dangers we face, especially those of us who carry.

 

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First, I’m not saying the victim, the driver, did anything wrong. Definitely could have, should have done one very important thing much better — communicate to the officer. Letting the officer know “My license is in my wallet which is on the seat/in the console/etc” might have prevented this. NOT saying he is at fault though.

 

I understand how much stress is involved in being a cop; I want to make the process as stress free as possible so I don’t make any sudden moves. I try not to do anything that could be misinterpreted and IF I think there is a chance, I’m going to inform the officer before hand. Yes, I’m speaking from experience. I have something of a lead foot; been stopped several times for speed violations. Deserved them so I’m not complaining. I just recognize especially as someone with a Concealed Handgun License the factors involved in a traffic stop. I think people can get conflicted by the “don’t say anything to the cops” mentality and the desire not to give too much information to the police. I don’t advocate saying anything to the police other than what you are doing or better – what you are going to do before you do it.
Don’t explain anything you don’t have to, don’t volunteer information unrelated to the exact action you are doing or need to explain regarding the interaction.

I really believe this video is a great anecdote that shows how too many officers view the people they are sworn to protect — as enemies out to kill them. Not every person they encounter is out to kill them. This guy was just following the command as fast as he could. Instead of interpreting that behavior as it was; the officer saw it completely differently. I’ve talked about this often enough here, I don’t think I need to dwell on it too much more.

It happens and will continue to happen until we make departments and officers change.

 

Please join the discussion.

 

Spin Machine In Action

The local CBS affiliate didn’t mention last year’s record number

The number of Texans who have sought permission to buy firearms has taken an 18 percent drop this year.

The first link at the Houston Chronicle mentioned it but didn’t put it into context.

Experts attribute the slowdown to waning fears of stricter federal regulations, The Houston Chronicle reported (http://bit.ly/1pbdWRV ). Gun sales spiked across the nation after the Newtown, Connecticut, elementary school massacre in 2012.

Had to go back to the original source, through 3 levels, to find even a mention of how many firearms were sold in 2013.

From January through August of last year, 1,097,392 requests were submitted, compared with 909,050 for that same period in 2014.

And these numbers don’t tell the full story either; people could be making multiple purchases for each check, remember the check is done on the person, not the product. The media seems to be desperate to make it appear fewer people are purchasing firearms; perhaps in the hopes of having fewer people line up to buy later in the year. Well, it is sort of true. Less people are buying firearms this year through the retail or licensed dealers. But that is relative to the year before. Take a look at the list below.

1999 –  9,138,123
2000 –   8,543,037
2001 –   8,910,191
2002 –   8,454,322
2003 –  8,481,588
2004 –  8,687,671
2005 –  8,952,945
2006 – 10,036,933
2007 – 11,177,335
2008 – 12,709,023
2009 – 14,033,824
2010 – 14,409,616
2011 – 16,454,951
2012 – 19,592,303
2013  -21,093,273
2014 Year to Date – 13,795,965

 

This are the number of N.I.C.S checks conducted year year – notice the huge increase ?  Almost twice as high from the “Pre-Obama” years. Wonder why the media and the antis don’t report that. Why they don’t mention the year after year increase?

It is almost as if they want people to think no one else still feels the need/desire to keep purchasing firearms.

Please join the discussion.