Monday, March 12, 2018

Peaceful Parenting

An excellent conversation about peaceful parenting with some practical examples. If you're a parent, or are planning on becoming one, I recommend you watch this video to completion.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Follow Up

I had posted about the death of Rosemary Bilquist. Her killer's initial trial has been thrown out. Let's wait and see if they take it to a grand jury.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

My Thoughts on My First Two Gun Match

I recently participated in my first two gun match - actually my first firearms competition ever. While I finished in the low 70's out of 105, and I timed out on two stages, rather than leaving discouraged, I feel rather encouraged and wanting more.

But, before I run off and compete in my next match, I'd like to share my thoughts on my experience.

Come Humble:
The first law of both Socrates and Sun Tzu is to know thyself. Know your skill level with both of your firearms, and your physical fitness level and capabilities. 2 Gun matches emphasize both shooting skills and physical capabilities. Know where you stand in both of these areas; prepare and practice accordingly.

Practice Makes Perfect:
This reinforces my first thought. The guy who came in 2nd place has over 10 years worth of experience, which overcame many of his physical limitations. From my own experience, I would recommend practicing the following things: spinning the spinner (both pistol and rifle), the Texas star, long range rifle shooting (out to 300 yards at least), and 3 inch pistol targets within 30 feet. As for improving yourself, general strength training and endurance training (especially HI-IT) is what I'd recommend.

Gear Selection:
You don't have to use the highest of speed, lowest of drag gear available. You can actually get away with decent, entry level equipment. I used an entry level AR-15 and Condor Outdoor mag pouches and tactical belt. The Condor gear does have its problems: it can be bulky, floppy, and the cost can quickly rise. However, all of my pouches are still intact, none of my magazines fell out during the match. The decision is yours, if you want the best now so you don't have upgrade later, go for it; if you want something affordable now, it'll work. You also don't have to wear the most expensive, tactical clothing either. Plenty of people were wearing jeans, shorts, and t-shirts. Whatever you have can work.

Bring Everything You'll Need, Nothing You Don't:
I brought way too much stuff. I didn't need my range bag, and so much water either. On your first time out, you'll probably do the same, and that's ok - just note what you used, and what you didn't use, and make the correct changes next time. For me, I'll probably bring a backpack that has a dedicated water bladder compartment, and will more easily carry extra ammo, snacks, water, and medical supplies. This would save me some time.

Those are my thoughts. I hope it will help you prepare for your first 2 Gun match. It was an extremely fun match. All of the stages were fun and challenging. I can't wait to try it again.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Goodbye, Germany.

I've been saying it on Twitter for awhile now, but what we're seeing in Europe (Germany and France especially) is NOT immigration, but INVASION.

History repeats itself. In the 8th century AD, the Caliph Uthman conducted military campaigns in Europe and Northern Africa. Notably invading Spain. The Islamic, Arab world also conducted slave raids into Europe, starting in the 7th century, not stopping until the 20th century. These invasions and slavery are what instigated the crusades. It was the Barbary Pirates in the 18th century that caused the US to form its navy.

In all of these cases, the Muslims were stopped. Eventually. Now it appears that Islam is once again trying to conquer Europe. This time, they're using "immigration," instead of war. This time they've persuaded the media and are using their allies to change the native population's perspective.


This isn't immigration, this is the threat of our eradication. They have to go back.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Trans Ban - Overruled

Back in July, 2017, I voiced my opinion on Trump's ban. Well, recently, the courts have decided to overrule this ban. As you can probably guess, I don't think this is a wise idea.

I also agree with Frank Gaffney, but let me add some insider knowledge. I'm going to talk about one branch of the military that I have personal experience with: the US Navy.

The first issue that the Navy will face will be what rates the trans will be allowed to enlist into. Some rates are primarily ship based, some are primarily shore based, and others are mixed. The living quarters aboard ships and in barracks are divided by sex. The ships and submarines have limiting space for quarters. Smaller ships like the cruisers and destroyers usually have just enough space for their crew and no more, so any rates that would be specifically restricted those two classes are out. Destroyers make up the largest chunk of the Navy's fleet. Submarines, littoral combat ships, and the Zumwalt class don't have the space either. This leaves the Navy with only amphibious assault ships, aircraft carriers and shore duty rates.

That's about 40 ships and numerous bases. Of those 40 ships, the aircraft carriers and helicopter carriers are the largest and would have the most space to provide for special living quarters these trans would require. I don't know about the smaller LSDs and LPDs, they may or may not be able to accommodate separate quarters for trans-men and trans-women. Either way, the ships would require 6 new living spaces - because not only would they have to be split up by trans-man/woman, but also by junior enlisted/senior enlisted and officers.

That's quite a bit of space, and it also narrows down the rates available to trans to those rates that serve aboard those classes of ships or primarily shore commands. That goes for orders as well. This means that the US Navy will have to set aside a certain number of orders and rate slots that can only be fulfilled by trans. This will affect sea-shore rotation, the second issue the US Navy will face.

How much of an affect on the sea-shore rotation and available orders this will, I can't say. Often times it seemed like there weren't enough for what people wanted/needed. It could be negligible, but it may also be significant enough (at least in the minds of sailors) for other sailors to development resentment towards trans and their special treament.

The next issue is pronouns. Mostly, the push for "gender neutral pronouns" comes from non-trans pushing their political agendas. The Navy is not immune to this. What will happen if a captain accidentally "mis-genders" a trans, that trans gets "triggered," and then files a formal complaint? I foresee this resulting in many people using neutral terms like: shipmate (hated by the junior enlisted), seaman, sailor, petty officer, etc. What will they do for officers to replace Sir/Ma'am?

Lastly, but not least, is morale. Certainly sailors, soldiers, marines, and airman will see the special accommodation and treatment the trans will get. This will be a point of contention leaders will have to carefully navigate in order to maintain good morale and esprit de corp.

On top of what I said in my previous post about boot camp, PRT standards, medical costs, training, re-training, and mental illness, the Navy will have to set aside special accommodations for just a handful of sailors and drastically change the way they do things.

For what? I still haven't seen any real benefits of allowing trans to enlist. The above would cost millions if not billions in taxpayers' money (HEY! You and I are taxpayers! That's our money paying for this!). I can, however, find articles on the psychological dangers of transitioning.

All I can see are huge costs for effectively 0 gain. Approximately 0.6% of the adult US population is trans. About 1.4 million. Let's say about 1% of the trans population want to enlist. That's 14,000 new service members that will need special treatment and accommodation. Physically, they aren't any better then straight or gay people, and they may actually be worse. Mentally, we already know they're more prone towards depression. Is the military really that starved for recruits?

So, what is this really about? It's about converging the military into another SJW organization that is more interested in diversity and virtue signalling than its actual job. It's about taxpayer funded elective surgeries. It's about un-elected, activist judges snubbing the President and over turning an order - a dangerous precedent. It's about the GI-Bill and VA benefits that the trans would have access to. It's about politically minded officers looking to bolster their post-military prospects.

In short, this isn't about trans in the military, but about using trans and the military as political pawns for personal gain.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Star Wars: The Last Jedi - My Last Movie

I don't know what to say about this film that hasn't been said already. I wanted to write an in-depth review, but frankly, I can't muster the strength to do so. Instead, I am opting to share two video reviews that are similar enough to my own views on the film. You can watch these videos, or just skip to the bottom where I will add a little bit.

These reviews are full of spoilers.

To add to what Sargon said, it's not only that Poe is a captain, but it's also that he is the squadron commander of all of the fighters and bombers in the Resistance fleet. This means he is part of the ship's command staff and a department head - IE, he would've been a senior officer and subordinate to the ship's captain. He should NOT have been left out of the plan like he was. This is just lazy writing.

Vice Admiral Holdo and General Leia never wore uniforms. As military leaders, acting in their formal capacity as an admiral and general, this is just stupid. The reason why officers wear uniforms, or at the very least rank insignia, is so they can be readily identified. Every lowly Resistance fighter would've had the authority to question their commands if they issued an order, and they would waste time verifying their identity. Yes, Poe does it as well, and it's stupid too. I know that they wanted to make Holdo like Mon Mothma, but Mothma was a senator and held no formal rank - and even she had military leaders who commanded the actual Rebel forces. Again, this is lazy writing.

I also thought that I had read somewhere that Holdo didn't wear a uniform because she wasn't playing by men's rules. Again, this is stupid. The uniform is a symbol of authority.

Lastly: lens flare. I hate lens flare. I find it incredibly distracting and it's often inserted into scenes where its appearance is just moronic. The disgusting use of lens flare in this film is enough to make me hate it. I will admit, this may be just a personal foible of mine that I need to get over, however, that's a hard argument to make when I've seen plenty of films that didn't use lens flare that looked just as good or better.

In summation, this movie was just stupid. It is pure feminist and diversity propaganda, but as Stefan explained, it fails as propaganda, because the Resistance is nearly wiped out.

Disney has sacrificed the Star Wars franchise to the false god called diversity and feminism. Since Disney is buying Fox, and given how corrupt Hollywood is, this will be my last movie. It's time to let go of Hollywood, and kill it, if I must.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Spider-man Homecoming Review

I just finished watching Spider-man Homecoming, and I have to say, this movie is NOT for children. Oh, it certainly is targeted at children, but it isn't for children. Why? Three scenes.

The first scene involves Flash and Peter. Flash passes Peter as he is walking to class at their school. As Flash passes Peter, he calls him "Penis Parker." I remember being 15, and I don't ever remember penis being used a derogatory nickname. Could it have happened? Yes. Could times have changed and now kids use such language? Yes. Do I think it's good? No.

The next scene, Flash is a DJ at a house party, and gets all of the kids to start chanting Penis Parker. What the fuck is wrong with these kids? Peter isn't even there to defend himself when this is happening, so it's straight up cowardly of Flash.

The last scene, Ned is in the school's computer lab, and he gets caught by one of the teachers. When asked why he's there, Ned replies that he's watching porn. What the fuck? Imagine you took your child to this movie, and he/she hear's that line, and later asks you: "What's porn?" Imagine your child hears that line, doesn't bother to ask you, and just looks it up online later? This line was completely inappropriate, and could've been easily replaced with: "Playing video games."

These three scenes are just gross. Sadly, it's not surprising considering all of the sexual impropriety in Hollywood that is being revealed and everyone has known about. From a certain perspective, these scenes could be considered grooming. I certainly consider it grooming.

The three scenes aside, there is some strong messaging going on in this film.

All of the relationships are interracial. Peter is attracted to Liz, who is half-black. Michelle (Mary Jane's replacement) is some sort of ethnic, and she's attracted to Peter. Ned is Asian and Peter's best friend. Flash is no longer a white guy, but now a brown kid - possibly Middle Eastern, or Indian. Flash is with a white girl. Toomes (Keaton), is married to a black women - the only successful relationship in the film. Tony Stark has a semi-successful relationship with Pepper Pots still, but it's one scene at the end, and very small.

Why is it wrong to white wash characters, but it's fine to replace white characters with people of color?

Using a younger actress to portray Aunt May was quite likely intentional as well. I think it's intended to positively portray single-mothers. Aunt May behaves like a bad mom, taking Peter to his first house party (with likely under-age drinking), demonstrating she doesn't know how to tie a tie, and just trying too hard to cool. There is a scene, where May is comforting Peter, holding his head against her stomach. This scene is incredibly infantilizing, somewhat sexual, and again, I remember being 15 and I never wanted to be treated that way by my mother. So there's a bit of Oedipus Complex in that relationship with how dependent she is on Peter.

Ben Parker is completely absent. He's not even mentioned. So Disney/Marvel has fucked off with the most important lesson in the Spider-man cannon: "With great power, comes great responsibility." Ben is replaced with Tony Stark, he's not a good replacement.

Finally, at the very end of the credits, there is a scene from Captain America about patience. It's supposed to be funny, but essentially comes off as: "Don't be patient. Patience is for suckers." Thanks for spitting in the face of your fans who patiently wait for the end of the credits for any possible Easter eggs, and teaching kids that patience is dumb.

If it weren't for these three scenes and the underlying messaging, this would've been a good movie. It has all of the qualities of a good Marvel movie. Tom Holland is a good Spider-Man. Keaton is a great villain, and the Vulture costume is great. It's shot well, well acted, well paced, and the action scenes are good and many of the action scenes challenge Spider-man.

Don't watch this with your kids. Don't let children watch this movie. They don't need to be introduced to pornography through a super-hero film.

The author always bleeds into their work. What do these messages say about the author? What does this say about Disney, Marvel, and Hollywood?

“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore by their fruits you will know them."

Matthew 7:15-20