Saturday, May 23, 2015


From User AuricTech on Bill Quick's Emergency Preps forum:
Minds are like parachutes.  If yours isn't fully functioning within about four seconds of encountering a developing emergency situation, you need to implement Plan B.

Every year about this time...

...I find myself biting my tongue rather than sound like a snippy old schoolmarm or something, pointing out to people that Memorial Day, FKA Decoration Day, is the day we remember those who did not make it back from the wars, NOT when we thank those who happen to have worn a uniform, whether they went anywhere and did anything particularly onerous.

That one is Veteran's Day, FKA Armistice Day.

This year, it is apparently also necessary to point out that Memorial/Decoration Day is an AMERICAN holiday.

US of A.

Veteran's/Armistice Day is also known in Commonwealth nations as Poppy or Remembrance Day; the custom of using poppies to commemorate the dead is a reference to the poem Flanders Fields, by Canadian Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae.

And now I am seeing people post photos of Lancaster bombers and Spitfire fighters buzzing a field of poppies, urging Americans to observe Memorial Day.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Shooter Self-Care Class @ NRA AM2015 (Update)

Saturday morning at the NRA Annual Meeting in Nashville this year, we attended a Shooter Self-Care Class taught by Kelley Grayson of the blog Ambulance Driver Files - A Day in the Life.

The odds are good that even a police officer who totes a gun every day will never fire a shot off of the range, let alone get shot himself or have a partner do so.  The statistics are even better for lawfully armed citizens. Nevertheless, as the amount of gun handling goes up, so does the chances of someone experiencing a gunshot wound.

The responsible citizen will know how to do more than dial 911 and wait...

I had intended to post not just a review of the class but something of a syllabus, but Shooting Illustrated magazine has published Kelly's article on the topic: Shooter Self-Care: Providing Lifesaving Care, which does a pretty good job.

Now, the classes you usually hear about on the subject tend to be "Tactical Critical Casualty Care" or something of the sort, and are all about the sort of things that a SWAT Team member will need to know to provide casualty care under Dynamic Operational Conditions while Operating Operationally. The course requirements usually include a packet of QwikClot and a thousand rounds of ammunition.

Sounds like fun, but not what I need.  Also, not what Kelly was teaching.

Here's the outline for the class:
  • Formulate a range safety plan
  • Discuss legally mandated reporting
  • Recognize and treat life-threatening injuries:
    • CPR/AED
    • Major hemorrhage control
    • Thoracic wounds
  • Recognize and treat secondary wounds:
    • Burns
    • Eye injuries
    • Impaled objects
    • Minor bleeding
After the jump, this turning into something of an uberpost, I'm just going to go into detail about a couple of things that were not in Kelly's SI article. 

Down with the urban imperialists!

Instapundit » Blog Archive » SHOULD DENSE URBAN AREAS “force their will” on entire states?
“All of us who live in coastal Washington—Republican or Democrat, liberal or conservative—have more in common with each other, economically, than we have with people living on Mercer Island or Queen Anne Hill. Urban voters know it. And they’re eating our lunch, in terms of development and growth.”
This is an OpEd from a local newspaper in Aberdeen, WA.

I live a helluvalot closer to Seattle -- and Olympia -- than Aberdeen -- hell I'm in the middle of the Seattle/Olympia urban sprawl! -- but I concur.

I want to subscribe to Mr. Walsh's newsletter.

As I alluded to in my previous post, our legiscritters in Olympia don't seem to give a damn what the voters want or think. This has been going on for years. We've passed several initiatives requiring a two-thirds majority to raise taxes, for example, but they keep finding ways to ignore them.

As I mentioned in a post the other day, we voted overwhelmingly against tax funding for commercial sports stadiums in Seattle, but somehow we wound up funding one or two. (Even while the old un-paid for Kingdome turned out to be pretty damned sturdy, and a larger challenge for the demolitions crew than expected...)

Daniel Hannan and Nigel Farage can complain, justifiably, that the European Overgovernment is made up of a faceless, unaccountable appointed bureaucracy that is answerable only to itself, like our own massive Executive Branch apparatus.

But our own "elected" officials increasingly meet that description.

GOAL Post 2015-Special-3

I worked late late night, overtime, or I probably would have gotten this out then...

Would a better line than  "The lights are on, but no one's home" be "It's quiet. Too quiet...?"


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Legislative Update from Olympia                                                      15 May  2015


The lights are on, but apparently no one is home -- at least as far as putting out work product is concerned.  It's all about the biennial budget, and so far, no budget.  A couple of public hearings were held on various budget issues, most attention focusing on tax increases.

Two legislative committee meetings are scheduled for next week, but nothing involving firearms.  

HB 1713 is included in the Bill Status list because technically it is in play.  But it's going nowhere.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Good! x2

Public funds no longer in play for Sodo arena | The Seattle Times

We, the people of Washington State, voted down sugestions that tax dollars should go to pay for the  stadia (Safeco Field for the Sailorboys, QWest now CenturyLink for the Seachickens), but our Masters in Olympia knew better.

Oh, and the old Kingdome was not paid for.

And  still in good enough shape that it was apparently a real bear to demolish.

Instapundit » Blog Archive » A SMALL VICTORY OVER INTELLECTUAL-PROPERTY OVERREACH: Keurig says it was wrong to force users to buy single-serving pods.
We have a Keurig. A single serving coffee maker fits our lifestyle better. (Can't believe I used the word "lifestyle...")

We use these to reuse older cups. We also buy a lot of the unofficial cup that do away with the plastic outer cup and paper inner filter, and instead just use a micro-filter outer pod, no inner. The "My Caps" work perfectly with those.

If you live anywhere near Seattle, coffee is a common gift, and these also let us buy ground coffee (or whole beans) and still use the coffee maker on our counter.

Thursday, May 14, 2015


Speaking of amateur radio reminded me of this:

Fort Huachuca bids farewell to Morse code training | Article | The United States Army

The thing is, what was taught at Ft. Huachuca (my alma mater) was morse intercept.  That is, "ditty chasers", the continuous wave (as we call it in the ham radio world) version of what I did in the Army.

(When I enlisted their MOS was 05H, and they gloried in the nickname "Hogs." They would grudgingly accept being referred to as "Oh 5 Aytch". I knew one once who insisted that he was an "oh 5 Hotel", and no one trusted him. Even after the MOS was changed to 98H, to coincide with the rest of us SIGINT Geeks, the old-timers still insisted on being called "Hogs.")

Apparently, while ditties still need chasing it is no longer a full-time job, and will be taught as a secondary function, by the Air Force at my other alma mater, Goodfellow AFB.

On a related note: Interesting facts about Samuel Morse and the Morse code - Life and style.

Oddly, to me, they don't mention that what we call Morse code is not what Samuel Morse devised, which was just numbers. 1 Development and history