Philandro Castile Lesson- Don’t give an officer a reason…

This is going to make some people angry. For that I apologize. This also needs to be said, so I’m saying it. For the record, since many of you out there reading this might have no idea, I’ll clarify where I’m coming from. I’m speaking in this article from the viewpoint of a firearms instructor. I’m not speaking as a white male, as a citizen of the south, or as a person that hates either police or people of color. I don’t want to start this off on the wrong foot. I AM a white male, who happens to live in the south. I DO respect the police and think they have an incredibly hard job to do in today’s climate. I DO think that it is true that black people are more likely to get shot today, than they were three years ago for the same thing. But I also … Read the rest…

DATTO Customer Service – a user’s perspective

It’s times like this when I sit down at the computer that I feel what I like to refer to as a “Vlad” moment coming on. It’s like being mad, but slightly improved upon. You see, to be mad is one thing. You’re angry, yet you have the temperament and intellectual fortitude to restrain your comments within the bounds of polite conversation. To get Vlad on the other hand… Well, that’s an entirely different beast altogether. To get Vlad is to get mad, angry, or disgusted and then while being perfectly capable of choosing to leash your inner demons, making a conscious decision to say “screw ’em” and say what you’re actually thinking anyway – with little to no actual compassion for the victim of one’s righteous anger. I guess you could call it simply not giving a shit, but that’s vulgar, so I choose instead to refer to it … Read the rest…

Open Letter to Senator Richard Burr

Dear Senator Burr, This is an open letter, drafted to your office and co-published on the Internet at http://8minutesoffame.com/richard-burr-letter/ on this day, April 13, 2016. As a constituent and someone that tends to support your overall stances on more issues than I disagree, I find myself in the position of not being able to remain silent on the issue of the “Compliance with Court Orders Act of 2016” your office is proposing for the 2nd session of the 114th Congress. I shall endeavor to make my points on the topic in as reasonable a manner as I possibly can. Overall scope – to understand the scope of your document it has to be read backwards, which I find humorous in that most political writings are backwards in their effect if not their initial intent. This particular draft release however is more disturbing that most in that it appears to me that … Read the rest…

My thoughts: Texas Republican Presidential Debate

I’ve just finished watching the debate and haven’t read any commentary or follow-up yet, but just wanted to post my thoughts while they were fresh in my mind. I’ll start with candidates, then a few key issues. FYI: I may update this later to add more content, but here’s the first draft. Trump He was the front-runner coming in to this debate and I think he’ll be the clear winner. Honestly I thought he did HORRIBLE in the SC debate, but apparently I was in the minority. The viewers obviously overwhelmingly disagreed and he won that one. Using the revised court of public opinion as precedent, I think that means he probably nailed everyone else’s coffin shut with this one. Yes, there were the normal Trump moments where he and another candidate went at each other like children, but compared to his other debates I think he did better than … Read the rest…

Kalamazoo Killer had “Arsenal” of Guns

I really do love today’s media. lol. Even worse than the attack on Uber (see link for previous article) out of the blue, they’ve now latched on to gun ownership in general. I love the headline the Detroit Free Press put out in their article. (Full article here). In case you guys didn’t know, apparently by today’s media standard, half of the South is now filled with militarized families with full blown arsenals in their homes. Can I use that word again, just for effect? Arsenal! By this standard, I lack only the requisite white sheets with holes cut in them to start my own spree of terror! Oh, with my arsenal. Can’t forget the arsenal! Eleven long guns and four handguns constitutes an arsenal to the media? Let’s clarify this from the point of view of the average gun owner as compared to maybe the average housewife. Anyone that works with … Read the rest…

NRA – Safety First… or maybe second?

I’m almost fearful to write this post, mainly because I don’t want a letter in the mail stating the NRA has revoked my instructor license for disagreeing with them. As many of you know, I am the owner and head-trainer for a S.A.F.T. Academy, where we teach a full mantle of NRA firearms courses. I am also a longtime member of the NRA, but as a member and an instructor I often find myself at peace with their mission, but at odds with the way they go about achieving it. What we instructors do: As instructors we have spent THOUSANDS of dollars educating ourselves on how to educate students. To put it in perspective, a student typically pays $50-$75 for a class, plus maybe 1 box of ammunition. At our instructor courses, we usually have to pay $300-450 per course, take up two full very long days, and sometimes shoot … Read the rest…

The Media hates UBER? Don’t worry about the victims at Kalamazoo. Uber is Evil?

Of course the Kalamazoo shootings are all over the news. My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the victims in what has to be a tragic time in their lives. What the hell just happened on this morning’s news cycle? When I went to bed, there was a crazed gunman. Ok. That makes sense. When I wake up today and read the news there is a crazed Uber Driver. Not a white male, not James B Dalton, not a crazy-ass murdering psychopath that’s probably fallen off his meds. No. Holy Shit there’s an Uber Driver on the loose! I’m sorry.. who the hell cares? What could possibly be the importance of whether or not he was an Uber driver? No one cares specifically if he was a Taxi driver, or a janitor. Why all the interest in Uber and speaking with Uber and reporting on Uber, and making … Read the rest…

IOT – IFTTT -The Government, Spying, and You!

This isn’t a tinfoil hat article designed to make the reader disconnect every device they have and hide under the bed. Nor am I of the opinion that the government is out to monitor everything we do every day of our lives. This is, however, an article aimed at educating some of the consumers out there what is technically possible in the IOT world. Did you just Google IOT? If not, you probably are waiting on me to explain it. Therein lies the issue. Most people don’t even realize how fast a new breed of technology has gone from cool idea to semi-global adoption in homes in the blink of an eye. While it has been evolving for the last ten years out in the open, recent technologies have been created to allow the cross-functionality of devices to the point that they’re becoming more proliferate than ever, and they’re everywhere! On … Read the rest…

Labels

So, I saw this video on Facebook today. Someone shared it. I clicked. I watched. Now I write. It’s not life-changing, so relax, though it is interesting and raises a point I’ve been meaning to write on for quite awhile. It’s not a “stance” topic, but more of a science versus social acceptance topic I’d like you to think about. And yeah, if ANYTHING will lose me followers on Facebook, this will probably be the thing. lol. Watch. Then read. Learn things. The intent: The author of the video speaks of labelling people by color as a method of conscious intent. Sure, he’s right. We can all agree with that. Well, most of us can. Some of you are going into your hidden closet compartments to break out your white sheets and moonshine to go have an overly-white celebration to wash the blackness out of your system. That’s ok. God … Read the rest…

So yeah, I quit smoking…

Contrary to a lot of other things in my life the fact that I’ve quit smoking hasn’t made it onto any of my social media accounts. Well, it hadn’t before this moment, but I guess since you’re here and you’re reading this.. well.. TADA!!!! *does jazz hands* Why? What? How? Calm your questions and raise your hand to be heard. Better yet, shut yer traps and let me tell story m’kay? Author’s Note:Paula Wells, if you ever read anything I’ve ever written, know that the phrase “m’kay” is forever done in your accent in my head. I don’t know why, but it’s always stuck with me. Do you still say that phrase a lot? I wonder. I’m going to have to ask you one of these days, m’kay?” To the reader – she had this way of saying that at the end of a sentence that just let you know – … Read the rest…