So my house security system false alarmed a few days back, and I was on the work line when the monitoring company called my cell phone, so I could not tell them not to send the police. Once I looked up the phone number and verified they were a monitoring company, and then checked the web interface for my alarm system, I scrambled back home and arrived about the same time as the patrol car [...]
In the past week, two major firearm-related weblogs, including Old NFO‘s, have been hacked and some/all of their data was temporarily/permanently deleted/lost.
Once is an accident, twice is coincidence, three times is enemy action… and whether or not you believe in coincidence is up to you.
In general, you should be in the habit of changing/updating your passwords at least once a year, but if it has been around that long (or longer) [...]
Back on 28JAN13, Bill Stevens delivered the following testimony (transcribed as best I could) to the public hearing of the Gun Violence Prevention Working Group of the Connecticut General Assembly:
My name is Bill Stevens; I live in Newtown.
My fifth-grade daughter was in "lockdown" on December 14th, 2012. Unfortunately, her classmate’s little sister was murdered in Sandy Hook that day when "lockdown" and 911 weren’t enough to protect her from an [...]
This keychain tool kit that I forgot was still attached to my carabiner was deemed unacceptable for me to have on my person by the Nashville branch of the Thousands of Sexual Assaulters due to its 1.375" knife, and was therefore confiscated from me at the security checkpoint for the airport (sorry, Weer’d).
However, at both Nashville and SeaTac airports, this solid stainless steel pen (that could never hurt/kill anyone) was allowed through without [...]
This is me, not being surprised:
The Transportation Security Administration has been quietly removing its X-ray body scanners from major airports over the last few weeks and replacing them with machines that radiation experts believe are safer.
I have only been harping on this for about two years now, but, hey, giving two years’ worth of airline passengers an increased chance of cancer is no big deal, right?
Oh, wait, the Thousands of [...]
I do not know a darned thing about the book, not having had a chance to read it yet, but I at least know of the author, Rob Robideau, and, if nothing else, "free is free": today only, his new book, Tactical Bible Stories: Personal Security Tips from the Bible, is a free digital download from Amazon, and the paperback is offered "at cost" (though I think he might have included an extra zero in [...]
Our home security system going off (in its full 105dB glory) at 0030 last night has successfully melted any ability I might have had for writing a coherent post today. Nothing happened – it seemed to be the second motion sensor fault in six months (I have already contacted the company) – but the adrenaline dump you receive after being shocked awake by a sound that you can almost literally see is a bit hard [...]
I would like to thank Alan, Breda, JayG, and Weer’d for having me on the Squirrel Report last night – if you missed the actual show, you can download it here. Aside from briefly perpetrating a few myths about the Kitty Genovese murder (which was bad, but not as bad as the sensationalist New York Times would have had you believe at the time), and generally not speaking up nearly as much as I probably [...]
I cannot say as though I am a tremendous fan – at all – of turning your cell phone into a stand-in for your credit card, but even I have to admit that Square’s solution to this apparent market demand is pretty slick.
We have actually used the original Square system once before, as customers, and were largely impressed with the simplicity and ease – the vendor (in this case, a butcher) had the [...]
I do not read Joan Peterson‘s (aka "Japete") misnamed weblog "Common Gunsense", simply because the level of derangement that woman exhibits frankly frightens me, but the cost of that restraint on my part is that I miss out on a great deal of blogfodder, which, if this post is any indication, might be just as well for my blood pressure and opinion of humanity.
To cut straight to the chase, it would appear as [...]
One of the many joys of living in a relative backwater like Knoxville is that I have been able to observe the spread of the Thousands of Sexual Assaulters’ cancer-inducing, ionizing-radiation-spewing backscatter "security" systems from afar, without having to actually partake of the privacy-invading glow.
Fortunately, that lack of additional radiation in my life will continue for the foreseeable future, but unfortunately, Knoxville will be getting millimeter wave scanners:
McGhee Tyson Airport will [...]
Last month, I wrote a post about how Better Half and I gave up on Top Shot, but continue to watch Sons of Guns for a variety of reasons mostly centering around drama, entertainment value, and genuineness.
This month, I have to admit they are starting to lose me, but not for the reasons you think.
In one episode, Will and his crew take a Mk19 40mm grenade launcher, slap a suppressor on [...]
One of the more amusing – and vacuous – arguments put forward by "gun control" supporters (aka anti-rights cultists) on a frighteningly frequent basis is that they are only attempting to abridge, infringe upon, and limit Constitutionally-protected rights "for your own safety". The flippant response to such a comment would be to point out that the exact same sentiments have been the motivating factors for the creation of the TSA… and the imprisonment and murder [...]
There is no way around it – the bombing and mass shooting in Norway this past Friday were horrific events indeed; however, like all such events, it also offers a unique perspective on a thankfully rare and irregular event… a perspective that is made all the more valuable by that rarity. And given how unusual first-hand information on situations like these is, we would be fools not to try to learn something from this one. [...]
One of the things you will see us pro-rights activists harping on from time to time is "situational awareness". What does that mean? Well, the snarky answer is, "Exactly what it says," but the more-complete answer can be delivered by way of a story.
Last week, I was coming home early from work to meet up with HVAC technicians to try to get our upstairs heat pump replaced (scheduled for this Wednesday… thank God), [...]
Just under two weeks ago, I put up a post documenting one facet of my recent wallet-shopping – an endeavor precipitated by my previous one taking an unscheduled and undesired trip through our washing machine. At the time, I mentioned two distinct possibilities – the Flipside 2x Wallet and the Saddleback Leather Company Medium Bifold Wallet – and threw in the usual half-serious, half-joking line that if either company wanted to send me one of [...]