Friday, August 24, 2012

Some folks don't get out much.

I got an interesting e-mail from a reader this week.

It seems she has a gentleman friend who was waiting at her place to take her out for dinner and a show. She had recently bought my book, Above Reproach, and had it on her coffee table.

When she came out into the living room, her gentleman friend was flipping through the book. "Are you actually reading this ?" he asked her.

"Absolutely," she replied. "Why--is there something wrong with it?"

"Well," he said. "It's kinda rough. It has some violence in it and that makes me uncomfortable."

The reader goes on to explain to me that she was raised in rural cattle country in the west. Her gentleman friend was raised in a large city.

What I found interesting was that someone raised in a rural area was more comfortable in the reality that bad people exist and because bad people exist, it is we who are responsible for our own well-being. Conversely, her gentleman friend who was raised in a large city seems to have an ostrich-like attitude about the realities of crime and violence and the people who perpetrate violence upon others.

Maybe that helps explain the reality of most major American cities being "blue" on the political spectrum map, and the rural areas being "red."

I was the recipient of the best possible scenario while growing up. Both of my parents are about as country as it gets. Both raised in towns of less than 300 people, both grew up in agriculture (both farming and ranching), both grew up raising their own food and growing their own vegetables and both grew up handling firearms as a matter of sheer necessity.

Like most of their generation, my mom and dad married young (in their teens) and I was the "baby who wasn't supposed to be" according to the quack who told my mom she'd never be able to bear a child. Seven years after me, she defied that quack once more.

Also like many in their generation, they yearned for the "big time" which in their case was the sprawling metropolis of Wichita Falls, Texas--where I ended up being born and raised the first eight years of my life, after which we moved to Lubbock.

But my grandparents still lived in the country and that is where I would spend the majority of my summers. My grandmothers taught me how to put up canned goods and pluck and fry chickens, my grandfathers taught me how to bridle a horse and kill a rattlesnake. All of the grandparents knew how to fish (and how to kill the pesky moccasins that always challenged you for your bait fish and minnow buckets).

Crime was rare out in the rural areas. An occasional hobo would come strolling down the dirt road looking for a handout and my grandfather would talk to him for a bit, then depending on the hobo's attitude, he either got to come inside and have a hot meal or he was shown the road and told not to come back.

My grandfather on my mom's side was a WWII veteran who walked across Europe. He was a gentle man except when threatened. I remember when I was twelve, a hitchhiker came up on our land and tried to bully my granddad out of some food and money. When that didn't work, he pulled out a long butcher type knife. Bad mistake for a foulmouthed hippie to do. He saw the business end of my grandfather's M1 Garand on one side, and the business end of our 12-gauge double-barrel on the other side--being held by me. That shotgun was what we took dove and quail with as well as what we used to dispatch the occasional rabid skunk or coon and sometimes dog that we encountered.

After the longhaired foulmouthed hitchhiker had run pretty much out of even 30-06 range and we couldn't see him any longer, we safed our firearms and then talked about it. It was the first time I'd ever pointed a firearm at another human being with the absolute intention of shooting. Unfortunately, it wouldn't be the last time--not by a long shot.

My grandfather told me that day that guns were a tool, nothing more and nothing less. He had no love affair with them whatsoever, but at the same time, had a deep and abiding reverence for the Second Amendment. He was convinced that if the Jews and Poles and others in Europe had not given up their firearms, his time spent in the Army over there might've looked a little different.

I'm inclined to agree.

That day in a little country town shaped my view of crime and reality. The reality was that crime could--and would--happen anywhere at anytime and that you met violence with even greater violence so that the righteous would prevail. I didn't exactly dwell on that much that day, but it set the tone.

Back home during the school year in the big town of Lubbock, I would read about the occasional person getting mugged or robbed or even murdered, and I wondered why they didn't defend themselves. It was in the big town that I had my first exposure, ever, to "anti-gun" crowds--although they were largely found only on the college campus. Lubbock is a very conservative town and the Texas Panhandle is about as conservative as it gets in Texas.

Even in junior high, I drew the instant correlation between "unarmed" and "victim." That got me to thinking about that stinking hitchhiker hippie who brandished a knife at me and my grandpa that day. He thought he had the upper hand, but when the two long guns came out, he ran like a scalded dog with its ass on fire.

And yet, even though not a thing happened, my grandfather swore me to secrecy because he "didn't want my mother to worry." To this day, my mother has no idea of much of what went on during my extended stays with my grandparents. I believe that to be a privilege sacred to grandparents the world over.

When I joined the military, I began seeing really big cities while on leave or in transit--places like Denver and Los Angeles and New York and Chicago. When I got out of the service, finished college and found myself in law enforcement and then later in advertising, I saw more big cities--Atlanta, Miami, Philadelphia, Detroit. And I saw plenty of violence and a lot of victims.

Where I saw the most victims were cities like Washington DC and Chicago and New York that had strict gun control but not so strict criminal control. Back down south, where gun control is about as popular as fire ants, burglars feared homes where they even suspected the homeowner might be armed. Robbers avoided at all costs places where owners were known to keep a gun.

The third novel I am working on is entitled Blue Cities, Red Streets. It is about criminals, victims and those who refuse to be victims. In the book, there will be some criminals learning some very hard, and very permanent lessons about why the Second Amendment exists.

Perhaps I should forewarn the reader who e-mailed me about her friend and advise her to keep Blue Cities, Red Streets hidden from her gentleman friend when it is released.

Or perhaps I should encourage her gentleman friend to maybe get out a little more and see the world for what and how it really is.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Driving in Dallas, Texas.

(This was e-mailed to me, but it's the truth.)

Tips for driving in Dallas
1. You must first learn to pronounce the city name; it is Daaallis.

2. The morning rush hour is from
5:00am to noon. The evening rush hour is from noon to 7:00pm. Friday's rush hour starts on Thursday morning.

3. The minimum acceptable speed on most freeways is 85 mph. Anything less is considered "wussy".

4. Forget the traffic rules you learned elsewhere.
Dallas has its own version of traffic rules For example, cars or trucks with the loudest muffler go first at a four-way stop; the trucks with the biggest tires go second. However, in Plano, Frisco, Flower Mound & Highland Park, SUV-driving, cell phone talking/texting moms ALWAYS have the right of way.

5. If you actually stop at a yellow light, you will be rear ended,
cussed out, and possibly shot.

6. Never honk at anyone. Ever. Seriously. It's another offense that can get you shot.

7. Road construction is permanent and continuous in all of
Dallas and surrounding cities. Detour barrels are moved around for your entertainment pleasure during the middle of the night to make the next day's driving a bit more exciting.

8. Watch carefully for road hazards such as drunks, skunks, dogs, cats, barrels, cones, celebs, Dallas Cowboys leaving strip clubs, rubberneckers, shredded tires, cell phoners, deer and other road kill, and the buzzards feeding on any of these items.

9. MapQuest, Google Maps and your Garmin GPS does not work here, none of the roads are where they say they are or go where they say they do and all the freeway off
/on ramps are moved each night.

10. If someone actually has their turn signal on, wave them to the shoulder immediately to let them know it has been "accidentally activated."

11. If you are in the left lane and only driving 70 in a 55-65 mph zone, you are considered a road hazard and will be "flipped off" accordingly. If you return the flip, you'll be shot.

12. Do not try to estimate travel time, just leave Monday afternoon for Tuesday appointments, by
noon Thursday for Friday and right after church on Sunday for anything on Monday morning.

13. Above all else, enjoy your driving experience, because if you
actually get where you are going on time, everybody else will be late.

Friday, August 17, 2012

The government's new approach to gun control--through the back door.

Like most American gun-owners, I've been reading about various agencies of our bloated federal government suddenly buying up hundreds of thousands of rounds of ammunition.

Earlier this year, it leaked that the Department of Homeland Security (an ultimate oxymoron) had finalized arrangements to purchase over 450 million rounds of ammunition over the next five years.

That's not a typo. That was 450 million rounds of ammunition.

Worse yet, DHS is now classifying all terms of future ammunition acquisitions. What do they have to hide, or worse yet, what do they plan to hide from the American people?

But now we learn of other ridiculous ammo purchases by seemingly innocuous government agencies that you question as to why they even need firearms. Like the Social Security Administration that has made arrangements to purchase 174,000 rounds of ammunition.

We keep hearing how Social Security is going flat-busted broke, they have money to buy 174,000 rounds of hollow-point ammunition? At a government discount rate, that is still approximately $2.2 million dollars worth of ammunition.

Even dumber yet, the National Weather Service will be acquiring 46,000 rounds of hollow-point ammo this year.

Why? Why in the world does the NWS even need guns? I wasn't even aware they had special agents (1811 agents capable and allowed to conduct investigations and make arrests).

What are they going to do--start arresting local TV news anchors who get a forecast wrong? Or maybe these special Weather Service agents will pop a few caps into approaching wall-clouds to halt the approach of an impending tornado?

What the hell does the National Weather Service need with 23 thousand boxes of hollow-point ammunition?

Given the most corrupt, controlling administration in the history of our nation, my theory is two-fold:

1. The Obama administration is quietly directing every gov't agency to buy up as much ammunition as they can, then store it. Inter-agency transfers can then be done out of the purview of the general public and often times even out of the purview of the GAO (General Accounting Office). I saw this firsthand over twenty years ago when I was with the Justice Department.

It's a way of even further bolstering the arms and capabilities of our domestic federal LE agencies without the general public getting a whiff of it and thus becoming (even more) concerned about this administration's desire to turn us into a police state.

2. This is a perfect back-door operation for gun control. Guns without ammunition are ineffective clubs and paper weights. So if the gov't buys up the ammunition, resulting in mass outages and skyrocketing prices, the private citizen will be SOL.

After all, we saw this in 2009 and most of 2010 after Obama took office. The run on ammo was from fear of what he and his administration would do as well as a sudden increase in "need" by the Defense Department.

Be wary, very wary of this bunch of clowns in the White House and on the Hill.

Vote them out in November--and make them leave through their own back door.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Government--you do YOUR job and we'll do ours.

Another shooting, this time down the road in College Station, Texas, home to Texas A&M University.

Three dead--a constable, an innocent citizen, and the alpha-hotel who started it all.

According to sources, it all started over an eviction notice. Generally, one gets evicted when they don't pay the rent. One usually doesn't pay the rent when one doesn't have the money and one generally doesn't have the money if they don't have a job or they've blown their paycheck on other things like booze or drugs.

In this case, however, the absolutely predictable mainstream media is pointing out some of the shooter's Facebook entries about having acquired some new guns in the past two years. The MSM seems to be aghast that the shooter would refer to them as "my new toy" as in "I got a new toy in the other day and I can't wait to go shoot it."

We've now had the alpha-hotel in Aurora (Colorado), the skinhead Klown in Milwaukee and now some loser in College Station use guns to kill people.

In two of the cases, there were no other armed citizens around. The theater in Aurora boasted a "no guns" sign. That really stopped the Joker, didn't it? The Sikhs are a peaceful bunch, but at least one of the elders there apparently rushed the skinhead Klown with a kitchen knife trying to defend his temple's guests.

That man has my absolute respect.

I've read a story about a Navy veteran who authorities in Colorado are now thinking that he may have tried to rush the Joker and of which may have caused the alpha-hotel to panic and not be able to clear the jam in his firearm. We'll need witnesses to corroborate that one. As a veteran myself, I hope it's true. I hope one of our former warriors paid heed to his oath--which does not expire, by the way, simply because you're no longer in uniform or toting a badge.

This alpha-hotel in College Station is a bit of a mystery. We're going to have to wait to see what the police uncover about him and the exact circumstances. In the meantime, my prayers go out to the fallen constable and the innocent bystander who caught a stray round and died.

But with these incidents come the predictable wringing of hands and moaning of liberals (pacifist cowards) that we need more gun control.

How well did that gun control work out in Colorado? How well did it work out at Virginia Tech? Columbine?

Gun control has yet to stop a single crime. Instead, it merely guarantees the outcome and gives an overwhelming advantage to the criminal.

But on the other hand, in an internet café in Florida, a seventy-one year-old armed citizen stopped an armed robbery from occurring.

In Salt Lake City, an armed citizen stopped a nutjob who was slashing people with a knife. The NRA publications run a full page of incidents taken from newspaper and news accounts all over the country where armed citizens STOP a crime in progress or from occurring because they are armed.

In not one of those instances were there ever cops or military around, which kind of negates the whole premise of "only the cops and military should have access to guns."

Oh, and to further neutralize that one, does anyone remember the Fort Hood shooting? Only the largest infantry post in the U.S. but no one had a weapon except for the shooter.

On the other hand, I still remember the events of September 11th, 2001 very well. The more we dug, the more we found that we had warning after warning after warning that something like this was going to happen. We had fake visas, expired visas, etc etc that had the government been doing their job, just might have prevented the wholesale slaughter of over 3000 innocent men, women and children.

Same with the Fort Hood shooting. The Army and FBI had more than ample warning that this nutjob had been communicating with radical Islamic clerics and immans, yet did nothing.

Then there is Fast and Furious. . .

So, to the government--which includes all our elected leaders--how about you just remove any ideas you might have about restricting our Constitutional rights and instead start concentrating on doing YOUR jobs.

Don't tread on us any further.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Gadsen and Goliad flags. They say it all.

Here is the latest flag to fly over the Kinman compound.

It pretty much sums up my growing discontent for what politicians, government and radical liberals stand for these days, which is not freedom but rather government mandates.

I've long held the position that as a conservative, I just want to be left alone.

As an example, I'm a gun-owner and strong defender of the Second Amendment. However, I've never tried to support or urge a law forcing anyone to purchase, own or be issued a firearm. If guns aren't your thing, no problem.

Just leave me and mine alone.

Liberals, on the other hand, form groups like the Brady Bunch and Coalition to Stop Gun Violence and other such nonsense for the sole purpose of severely restricting MY rights. They have the same Second Amendment rights, but they choose
not to exercise them.

That's fine, too. But when you work to restrict or infringe upon my rights, you've just created an enemy. And I will fight you back.

I've never tried to force anyone as to which newspaper they should read or which newscast they should watch. Liberals, on the other hand, go around trying to get government to pull the plug on networks and newsmakers they don't like. Fox and Rush Limbaugh are two prime examples. Liberals hate them and constantly try to bully government to restrict them or outright take them off the air.

I don't like MSNBC. I wouldn't urinate on Bill Maher if he was on fire. I think Letterman is a hack washed up douchebag. But I've never written a letter or joined in a protest to have them taken off the air by government force. I simply choose not to watch or listen to the losers.

I don't like what Ben & Jerry's ice cream stands for via their company's politics. But I've never gone to my city council and demanded that they not be allowed on the freezer shelves of my local grocery stores.

On the other hand, we've just seen what the liberals tried to do with Chick-Fil-A and how they are demanding their politicians to "ban" entrance of Chick-Fil-A into ratholes like San Francisco, Chicago and Boston.

I've recently ordered a couple of more flags to fly over the compound. One is the Goliad flag that we flew in Texas at the beginning of our Revolution for independence.

The Culpepper Liberty or Death flag will also fly.

And finally, in addition to the Texas flag, the Confederate flag and the United States flag, this flag will be in the rotation to fly over our home.

I've been told that it's a bad idea to fly these flag or to state my beliefs "too loudly" for fear of drawing unwanted attention. I've been told that the local liberals might "target me."

This once again reinforces my point. I'm not forcing anything on anyone but rather simply exercising MY First Amendment rights to speak my mind. If the liberals have a problem, then by all means. . . come and "target me."

I have no use for so-called conservatives who believe in appeasing the liberals, who believe only in preaching to the choir so as not to "offend" the radical left.

We have gotten to this point in our nation precisely because too many so-called conservatives and RINOs have been content with the philosophy of "I have mine, you go get yours the best way you can."

What hypocrites.

It's beyond time for us to stand up for our rights and what we believe in. Our backs are against the proverbial wall, and if we truly love this country and cherish our Constitution, then we'll stand up and speak on its behalf and we'll defend it--no matter what the cost.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Gun owners like this, we don't need.

In Above Reproach, the overriding them is to NOT appease those who use or look for any reason/excuse to continue chipping away at our rights--especially our Second Amendment rights.

Here in Texas, in a suburb of Houston, we have a guy, Jeremy Alcede, who owns a gun store and range and supports the law banning online sale of large quantities of ammunition.

Don't believe me? Listen for yourself.

His excuse is "just give them THIS and then tell them go go away."

Question for Jeremy: What color is the air on your planet?

On the other hand, there is no doubt that if this law passed, he'd make a lot of money and increased profits with HIS bulk ammo sales.

Gun owners and so-called Second Amendment "defenders" like these, we do not need.

He'll not see a dime of my business or support. Period.