Semi-retired like Vito Corleone before the heart attack. Consiglieri to J.Kb and AWA. I lived in a Gun Control Paradise: It sucked and got people killed. I do believe that Freedom scares the political elites.

Miguel’s Hit and Run: Judge Kozinski’s dissent in Silveira v. Lockyer

I heard Michael Bane’s podcast this morning and this is one of the things it struck me the most.


 All too many of the other great tragedies of history — Stalin’s atrocities, the killing fields of Cambodia, the Holocaust, to name but a few — were perpetrated by armed troops against unarmed populations. Many could well have been avoided or mitigated, had the perpetrators known their intended victims were equipped with a rifle and twenty bullets apiece, as the Militia Act required here. See Kleinfeld Dissent at 578-579. If a few hundred Jewish fighters in the Warsaw Ghetto could hold off the Wehrmacht for almost a month with only a handful of weapons, six million Jews armed with rifles could not so easily have been herded into cattle cars.

My excellent colleagues have forgotten these bitter lessons of history. The prospect of tyranny may not grab the headlines the way vivid stories of gun crime routinely do. But few saw the Third Reich coming until it was too late. The Second Amendment is a doomsday provision, one designed for those exceptionally rare circumstances where all other rights have failed — where the government refuses to stand for reelection and silences those who protest; where courts have lost the courage to oppose, or can find no one to enforce their decrees. However improbable these contingencies may seem today, facing them unprepared is a mistake a free people get to make only once.

Josh Blackman » Kozinski on Hitler, Stalin, and the Second Amendment

And the other bit ever so important in the podcast was that whomever you don’t know (or may know in passing) who suddenly becomes overly friendly and wishes to know “gun stuff” or wants you to join them in shady shit, is by definition a Federal agent. If you read Unintended Consequences, refer to the Gun Show part of the story where the curious young man was asking questions about full auto.


Miguel’s Hit and Run: OK, hear me out.

You have seen those services where maids go to homes and clean it, or your car is washed and detailed at your place of work? The same principle but for guns. We can have vans of trained people go to your home, place of business or even outside the local area ranges and clean and lubricate your guns after you have done shooting.

Just a thought


Aleatory Ruminations for 8/12/2022

Whichever party guarantees pension security for Federal Law Enforcement, will survive the new civil war. Of course, that is only valid till LEOs realize they can be the ones controlling the country and not just the tools.

After the raid in Mar A Largo, one may believe that the Democrats have lost their minds and that they are acting with a confidence that will be shattered when the elections come. We are not taking in consideration that they may be arrogant because they already figured out a way to either not lose the elections or that no true elections will be held ever again.

One of the great things about dieting is that when you decide to give yourself a long-forgotten item as a treat, it almost tastes like it is the first pleasurable time. Dear bacon, I have missed you ever so much!

Me: I want to do this build.
Life: Not so fast junior, you are missing a piece.
Me: HowI do not have that piece, but have three of this other pieces?
Life: Don’t ask me. You are the one that got them.
Me: I guess I’ll go to the store.
Life: It is six am. Store won’t open till ten.
Me: &%#@%!
Life: Look! Youtube has new videos!

Dear God, let it be a joke.

Cuban sandwich for lunch with a good friend makes it for a good day.
Gym and salads resume tomorrow.

I need more 5.56.


Survival Skills: Not just rubbing two sticks to make fire.

My mother set herself to teach me some basic skills to survive as a man. I was taught to sew a button, patch a hole in my pants and also fix the hem of my pants. Washing my clothes and some basic rudiments on ironing. She also taught me to cook a variety of items, taught me basic gardening and how to keep a domicile somewhat clean and neat (this last one never went good enough for her.) Her reason was simple: she said she did not trust the new batch of women she saw coming out in my generation to take care of themselves and much less their men. “Do not depend on a woman.” was her admonition as she felt many were being raised to be “princesas” and expected to be married to men that could provide with both maids for the chores and nannies for the kid.

I was lucky enough that when I finally found my wife, she was also skilled in housework besides being a self-sustaining individual. She does not trust me with the washing (In fact, I am forbidden from touching the washer. Just one small accident with her delicates and I am an outcast) but the combination of our home skills made for an easier living for two strong-headed individuals. The other advantages is that if one of us is down, the other can pick up the load without any hesitation or effort.

So, when I hear about “Prepping” and see people talking about skills that are fantastic if I am stuck somewhere in an abandoned forest in the Himalayas, I have to wonder if any of these experts can fix a pair of tor part without the use of a stapler or glue. Hell, how many carry in their survival kit a simply sewing kit? What are the proportions of rice and water and how much will it grow once cooked. Ditto for beans. How to handwash your undies and how high and where to hang then to dry (Hint, never downrange from a fire, construction or anything that can be picked up by the wind and carried far.)

How to change a baby, how to clean and bathe kids, dress them without having eternal fights. (Yeah, I was forced to babysit, hated it). How to keep them entertained when the modern electronic means of distraction fail. But I will not dwell much in this section because I believe there are parents that learned the hard way and have better teaching points than I could ever share.

The amount of people I have seen (young and not so young) with a total dependency on skilled third parties to solve their most basic city living needs is nothing short of shocking. I believe we are at a point that we are growing a generation that see the good old hand cranked can opener and do not understand what it is for or how to operate it.

One thing is to know how to leave alone in the wilderness and something different is how to live alone in a community. Both are different and truly neither is easy.