I should write more but life happens.

I was looking through the blog tonight and saw how very few posts I’d written this last year. Then I looked over at my original blog I’ve hosted on blogger for the last decade or so. I made my first post on that blog on February 9, 2005. Between then and June of 2011 I composed 1,296 different posts. Some were of course short; one or two paragraphs. Most were pages and pages. I’ve never known to lack for conversation, even with myself it seems. In six and a half years of writing on that blog I posted almost 1,300 times. If you consider my average repeated abuse of the vernacular, that’s somewhere around two King James Bibles worth of whatever was in my head at the time. I covered everything from gaming, to recipes, relationships, friendships, my trip to Europe, my time in Africa, and a lot more. In … Read the rest…

Robbed by a Dell Employee

So, I admit it. It was indeed inevitable. If you order enough things enough times from enough vendors, someone is eventually going to try to pull one over on you. So this past week, I (read as my wife) got robbed by an employee of Dell, in conjunction with probably at least one other person though I admit the accomplice part is pure conjecture, but seems reasonable. We hired two new doctors at Bear Creek, which means I have to order my wife two new laptops. The field doctor gets the new Panasonic Toughbook for ruggedized outdoor work. I ordered that on 6/26 from Panasonic. The in-clinic doctor got a fancy new Dell XPS15 quad core business grade laptop without all the ruggedized features. Both were ordered the same day. I’ve ordered custom Dells in the past so I’m familiar with the wait time that sometimes accompanies a high-end purchase. … Read the rest…

Albemarle Town Council Firearms Law – Swings and Misses!

I thought long and hard about how to title this article. In the end, I took a page from the Fox News playbook with the idea that Incendiary Sells. Aw, c’mon, you clicked it didn’t you? Worked. I changed the original title after publication from “Albemarle Town Council Willfully Violates NC 2nd Amendment” to the new title, which I think more apt after further research. Read on. You’ll find it interesting if you care anything about firearms legislation. Let me recap for you so I can bring you up to speed. Around 2 in the morning on 4/18 I was unwinding; reading the news before going to bed. I clicked the local news section and came across an article written by Shannon Beamon for the Stanly News and Press (SNAP for short) titled “Council approves operation of ‘adult arcade’ on U.S. 52.” In all honesty, the term “adult arcade” was … Read the rest…

Food for thought – innovation and extermination.

I was reading an article tonight about Amazon getting ready to hire 100,000 new employees between now and 2018 to work in its new stores. The downside was the news that of course relates to such a booming industry; stores like JC Penney and others are downsizing or shutting down stores by the hundreds, with one of the giants laying off a total of 8,000 employees when they recently shut down their entire nationwide chain due to the inability to compete with retail giants like Amazon. If you follow the technical news, and I do so religiously, its almost impossible to miss the trends in other areas towards robotics; from Amazon admitting to wanting to add more robots to make things run smoother and faster to commercial trucking one day soon being completely overhauled with driverless vehicles. Then there is the inevitable trend, even in food-service industries to start adding … Read the rest…

Why national concealed carry reciprocity would not work and shouldn’t be tried.

Almost all 2nd-amendment-supporting citizens agree it sure would be nice if we could carry in every state with just one permit. After all, the right to carry is firmly ingrained into our constitution. Carrying a firearm is a right everyone should be able to exercise! So, shouldn’t concealed carry be just as recognized and supported? Shouldn’t we be able to conceal just as freely as we carry openly? In my opinion, no. Let me clarify a few things about myself and my opinion. My name is Tommy Jordan. I am a certified firearms instructor in all 50 states for a variety of courses. Specifically relevant to this discussion, I teach a few courses that put me in front of people from all walks of life, every age group, and every racial demographic. Basic Pistol Safety is a main staple course of instruction that I personally think most people should take, … Read the rest…

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…