Friday, April 21, 2017

GOAL Post 2017-16



And, once again they (Washington State Legiscritters) fail to do their job and come up with a budget on time. 

Of course, that's partly because the Progressives running the state really, really can't stand the fact that they aren't allowed to impose an Income Tax on those they deem to be earning more than their fair share.

As a side note, IIRC Federal income tax as it was originally imposed under Woodrow Wilson was something like a 2% rate on earnings over $250,000, which meant that at first it was only on "The 1%."

Sounds reasonable to "the 99%", but, well, it's government, so look how that worked out.

Anyway. It occurs to me that perhaps I should make it clear (again) that Joe Waldron sends this out in an email, and I just re-transmit it as a blog post, in accordance with the guidelines at the end of every post. Sometimes I make slight formatting changes, but the only "textual" changes I make are to fix spelling or punctuation. I've been doing this for years, and they haven't said anything yet, So I guess I'm OK...

Finally, and congratulations to my friend Boyd Kneeland for his new position as Projects Director with the Citizen's Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms.

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From: Joe Waldron for GOAL WA 
To: undisclosed recipients
Sent: Fri 4/21/2017 5:19 PM
Subject: GOAL Post 2017-16

Legislative Update from Olympia 21 April 2017
  • SINE DIE? IT’S OVER, SORT OF
  • SPECIAL SESSION
  • HB 1100 SIGNED BY GOV 19 APRIL
  • HB 1501 REVIVED, PASSES
  • BILLS AWAITING GOV SIGNATURE
  • GOAL POST WILL CONTINUE THROUGH THE SPECIAL SESSION
The reason for the long (105 day) session is to give legislators time to develop an operating budget for the state. Since 2010, they have not been able to finish this work on time and have had to go into special sessions of 30 days (maximum) each. The major problem here is split control of the legislature – Majority Coalition Senate and Democrat House. One presents a balanced budget, the other wants major tax increases – I’ll let you guess which. (Interesting to note that back in the late 1990s, the Republican Congress and President Bill Clinton worked together to pass balanced budgets. That’s when you had a pragmatic chief executive that was willing to work with Republicans.)

Whether the legislature drags it out until Sunday night (Day 105) or shuts down earlier is irrelevant as far as the gun issue is concerned. The governor says he will call a special session to start Monday, 24 April to resolve the budget impasse. Let’s hope they can solve it in 30 days.

HB 1100 (CPL renewal notice) was signed by the Governor on 19 April – Patriot’s Day. If a bill reaches the governor’s desk more than five days before the end of the session, he has five days to sign it. If it reaches him with five days or less, he has 20 days after the end of the session to sign.

SB 5268 was rendered moot as HB 1100, it’s House duplicate bill, went to the Governor’s 1612, 1501 and SB 5552 await the governor’s signature.

To visit the governor’s web site where they report action taken on bills, visit: http://www.governor.wa.gov/office-governor/official-actions/bill-action

I’ll continue to publish GOAL Post through the special session. Remember, when the new session convenes, it is not limited to the reason for the session – in this case passage of an operating budget – but any bill from the previous session may be called up. So once again your gun rights are at risk.

I’ll be at the NRA annual meeting and convention in Atlanta 27-30 April. I’ll probably publish GOAL Post upon return.

BILL #
Subject
Sponsor
STATUS
GOAL POSITION:
SHB 1100
CPL renewal notice
Blake (D-19)
Governor signed
SUPPORT
HB 1501
Illegal purchase of firearms
Hansen (D-23)
To Gov
SUPPORT
2SHB 1612
Suicide prevention
Orwall (D-33)
To Gov
SUPPORT
SB 5268
CPL renewal notice
Takko (D-19)
Died
SUPPORT
SB 5552
Certain exemptions to I-594
Pedersen (D-43)
To Gov
SUPPORT


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

"Wrongthink SF Giveaway"

Appropriately for the 242nd anniversary of the start of the American Revolution, the Wrongthink Sci-Fi Giveaway is giving away works of Science Fiction by authors who have been marginalize by the Social Justice Warriors who think fiction should be ideological agenda driven.

Enter at this URL: http://badnovelist.com/giveaways/wrongthink-sci-fi-giveaway/?lucky=9667

Earworm, Patriots Day

Chester is commonly accepted as the original National Anthem.

(Updated after I got home from work, to embed video and change link from YouTube to the Wikipedia entry on Chester.)
 
(Updated again, to note that Tamara reminds us that not only is April 19th the original Patriot's Day, it also marks the beginning  of the Warsaw Uprising.)

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Helpful Hint

At the moment, we are getting heavier rainfall in the 98 double-ought 3 than is usual.

So it may be worth noting that, when attempting to use colorful colloquial expressions, one should use less than prefect grammar.

The phrase is "Rainin' like a cow pissin' on a flat rock". Note the vulgarism and the dropped "g's".

Saying "Precipitating like a bovine urinating on a planar stone" will win you no street cred at all.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Fight the derp!

I have a t-shirt, black with red lettering saying "D.A.R.E"! It looks familiar, except in small letters it says "Derp Abuse Resistance Education". It was a limited edition at SKD Tactical, a Todd L Green memorial of sorts, raising money for Tod's Rampage For The Cure. I wore it at MAG40 last summer, and at the Langdon Tactical class.

Holster Derp

You still see people using Serpa holsters, or imitations. I have a couple myself. I bought them because they're reasonably priced, and retention seemed like a Good Idea.

Then I learned that there were reports of the locking mechanism getting jammed. "Well", I says to myself says I, "I've heard Internet rumors about this problem but not met anyone who saw it happen, and I'm not planning on wearing these things on a deployment or rolling around in the dirt while wearing them..."

Well, apparently it doesn't take rolling around in a bear pit to jam the mechanism, and I've now read too many eye-witness accounts of having to retrieve a gun from one of these with a pair of tin snips to want to risk it.

Plus, there's the whole "Using your trigger finger to activate the release" thing.

Now, when I first heard these particular concerns raised I did some "dry practice" draws, and concluded that the Serpa locking mechanism positioned my trigger finger along the frame of my Combat Commander where it belongs.

Trouble is, well, here's a video:

Note that Mr. "Only a fool can't use a Serpa safely" has his trigger finger inside the trigger guard pretty much during the whole draw stroke.

So in last week's Weekend Knowledge Dump Greg Ellifritz linked to a post Why NOT SERPA | Stuff From Hsoi which included a video of a Serpa jamming up hard during a self-defense training session. (Which also links to a Facebook post that includes the video I just embedded.)

Holster Non-Derp

Last week I found myself trying to explain why you really do need to expect to spend more than a Jackson* on a holster. All too often we see someone dropping five hundred or more on a pistol, just to carry it in what Tamara calls a "sausage sack"; a soft nylon holster that collapses on the draw and that might, even if it covers the trigger guard, might not do a good job of protecting it.

Fortunately, Kathy Jackson (smooth segue, huh?) has just completed a six-part series on holsters:
Her Bottom Line: A good holster
  1. Protects the trigger, 
  2. Holds the gun securely, and 
  3. Allows the user to access the gun when they need it. 

Ammo Derp

Speaking of Greg Ellifritz, in the same Knowledge Dump I referenced above he links to a poll of the Best Self-Defense Ammo...

The Best Self-Defense Ammo, Voted by You, and One Takes Home 45% of the Vote

Contemplate this. (Did you say that in James Earl Jones' voice, and continue with "...on the Tree of Woe?" 'Cuz I did while typing it...)

Anyway. They crowd sourced what everyone thinks is the best self-defense ammo!

There are decent loads on this list.There are loads on this list that have been off the market for over two decades. There are loads on this list that were hot stuff three decades ago but are now, shall we say, passé. And there are loads on this list that are pure derp.

If one has questions about what round to carry, the standard advice is to carry whatever the local constabulary carries. If one still has questions, the best bet is to start your research with the "sticky" threads on this page: Ammunition -- Pistol-Forum.com. Note that a couple of those stickied threads have to do with ballistic gelatin testing and wound ballistics. Minimal research will tell you that one does not simply walk into one's local Safeway and buy ballistics gelatin (do we need a Boromir meme for that...?) so when that YouTube celebrity says he was using clear Knox gelatin for his test, well...

Guns

You get what you pay for. The $500 (new) gun is better than the $300 (new) gun, and the $1000 (new) gun is better than the $500 (new) gun. (Granted, there may be exceptions, including lucking into a Steal of a Deal.)

Mind you, the qualitative difference between the three Franklin gun and the five Franklin gun may be greater than between the five and the ten. All other things being equal, an all-metal gun is almost certainly going to cost more than a polymer gun of equivalent size and quality. Do your research, and determine what you are giving up by going with, say, the Kel-Tec P3AT versus the Ruger LCP, S&W Bodyguard, or Glock 42.

Ideally, read those ammunition threads I just linked to and buy a 9mm instead of a .380...

Training

"Derp Abuse Resistance Education"...

Since I mentioned Pistol-Forum.com, one of the members has put together what is shaping up to be a pretty useful tool, which he calls the Firearms Training Hub. Looking for a specific type of class? Or classes in a specific area? Here you go. Mind you, the trainers have to let him know that they're available to include, so it is not necessarily 100% as to what is scheduled where, but it's certainly a good place to start.

Archives

I've written a few posts on the subject of derp, using the tag Derpitude

And a few tagged Training as well.

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*AKA an "Irony". If that puzzles you, research Andrew Jackson's relationship with the US Bank, and extrapolate to the concept of the Federal Reserve. One must assume that Andy J would be fine with having someone else's face on the $20, although how he would feel about being replaced by Harriet Tubman I refuse to speculate.

Friday, April 14, 2017

GOAL Post 2017-15



Stupid games...

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From: GOAL WA
To: undisclosed recipients
Sent: Fri 4/14/2017 2:40 PM
Subject: GOAL Post 2017-15

Legislative Update from Olympia, 14 April 2017

  • SECOND CHAMBER CUT-OFF PASSES
  • TWO WEEKS LEFT IN REGULAR SESSION
  • BILLS PASS HOUSE, SENATE
  • HB 1501 GAMES
  • KOSTER AMENDMENTS RULED OUT OF ORDER
  • CONCURRENCE VOTE(S)

For most bills, the legislative session effectively ended Wednesday at 5 p.m. The remaining two weeks focus on budgets and reconciliation between differences in bills as passed by each chamber (e.g. House bill amended in the Senate or vice versa).

HB 1612 passed out of the Senate and SB 5268 passed the House.

And then there is HB 1501, reporting of NICS denials. The bill died in the Senate on Wednesday, but apparently the plan is to amend it into one of the budget bills, which are still open to amendment. Under Washington law, bills must be limited to a single subject and amendments outside the scope of the bill cannot be made. This is the excuse they used to block the CPL transfer amendment to SB 5552. So I don’t see how HB 1501 fits a budget bill. We’ll know in a week or so.

(Let me throw in here what happened to the Koster Amendments to SB 5552, that would have added CPL holders to the exemptions in I-594. The amendments were offered on the floor, but ruled out of order by House Democrat leadership. In no way were the amendments out of order. But “leadership” makes the final decision. The House Democrat leaders weren’t about to allow us to make a mediocre bill into a solid pro-gun bill.)

We are essentially down to four bills at this point: HB 1100 or SB 5268, the CPL renewal notice bills. Both bills were amended in the second chamber so one of the two must gain concurrence vote) in its original chamber before it goes to the Governor.

HB 1612, suicide prevention, was amended in the Senate, so we’re awaiting a House concurrence vote.

SB 5552 was amended in the House, so must pass a concurrence vote in the Senate.

BILL#
Subject
Sponsor
STATUS
GOAL POSITION:
SHB 1100
CPL renewal notice
Blake (D-19)
Passed
SUPPORT
HB 1501
Illegal purchase of firearms
Hansen (D-23)
Died
SUPPORT
2SHB 1612
Suicide prevention
Orwall (D-33)
Passed
SUPPORT
SB 5268
CPL renewal notice
Takko (D-19)
Passed
SUPPORT
SB 5552
Certain exemptions to I-594
Pedersen (D-43)
Passed
SUPPORT

Saturday, April 8, 2017

I must be slowing down

Today an employee -- not one of mine, but a Salt Mines employee -- told me his hours in military time.

He then apologized for using military time.

And explained what military time is.

And translated "1300 hours" for me.

I managed not to reach through the phone and choke him.

Or direct him to address me as "First Sergeant."

Or tell him I was using military time when his father was trying to figure out what number Mickey's Big Hand was pointing at.

Told one of my colleagues about this and she said "It's like I don't even know you anymore."

I suppose I can cite this the next time someone tells me I need to ease up on the staff...