Thursday, February 25, 2021

Craft Holster IWB for a Sig P365-- review

The guys at Craft Holsters were nice enough to send me another holster to try out and review. This one is their IWB holster (again) for a Sig Sauer P365

This time, it shipped FedEx. It arrived in just a few days and in perfect condition. That's always nice.



The box, opened.


Finally, to the good stuff! 



The holster looked smaller than I expected, compared to the holsters I have for the other, larger, guns. Obviously, that makes sense! The Sig Sauer P365 is surprisingly small, and may be the perfect concealed carry gun

Here's the gun resting in the holster for the first time. Doesn't it look comfy?


As I have come to expect, this holster is very nice looking and well made. At first, the fit was very tight. That has been the case with the others as well, with the one for the S&W revolver being tighter than the one for the 1911. It took a bit of work to get it in the holster and get the strap snapped the first time, but it loosened a bit overnight (I used their break-in kit), and continued to get easier to get in and out over the first week. It has now settled in to a good snug fit.

I would recommend giving this a week or so before using it for your defensive carry, so it could be drawn from without difficulty.

Did I mention this thing is small? And that's what I was looking for, but size means compromises.

As a consequence of its size (the gun/holster unit), the center of gravity is very low. At first, the gun felt like it wanted to flip upside down, out of my waistband. The steel clip that holds the holster to your pants isn't going to let go unless you want it to, though. Experience gives me confidence about that.

But, over the course of a couple of hours of being worn, the holster cants so that the clip is diagonal on my pants. Usually, it tips so the grip is pointing nearly straight up, even though that seems to go against gravity. That may be due to unconscious adjusting on my part, or due to my clothing pushing it. But, whatever is going on, the muzzle doesn't want to be pointed down.

I balanced the other guns in their Craft Holsters and found they were only a little better balanced, but maybe the amount of holster inside my pants was enough to keep them in place better. The size of the gun dictates some things, and the placement of the clip is one of them. Any higher (making the gun lower) and the grip of the gun would be partly below the edge of your pants and harder to acquire when you need to. That could be a problem, but I think it would be worth it to try.

Because of the way I wear my belt-- not in belt loops but slung lower on my hips-- the belt presses the muzzle end of the holster into my skin sometimes. Or, it bothers me sometimes. Not all the time, but when it happens it can suddenly sting and I'll need to readjust things.

I realize both of these issues may be unique to me. It seems I may be the first person to mention them. You might not have the same issues if no one else is experiencing them.

Anyway, I have 2 suggestions for future improvements to this holster: raise the clip a half an inch (which might require widening the leather above it) and-- at least for me-- adding a little length on the skin side below the muzzle. I've crudely tried to illustrate these suggested alterations:




I passed along the suggestions to the guys at Craft Holsters. I think if they would make these adjustments, this would be the perfect P365 holster for me-- maybe for everyone. As it stands, it's completely acceptable, but not quite perfect.

As always, I truly appreciate the opportunity to test and review these holsters. I learn something new every time. Thank you to Craft Holsters!

Addendum:
I decided to modify my own holster to the specifications I outlined above. I also redyed it to cover the spot where the clip used to be, but my dye was darker.
Here is the result.



It is no longer top-heavy, no longer tips on my waistband, and no longer digs into my skin. So far, it works just as well as I had hoped. It's now perfect, as far as I can tell.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Start getting prepared for emergencies

(My Eastern New Mexico News column for February 24, 2021)




I thought the past year had taught people to be prepared and less dependent on rescue by others. It seems I was wrong.

This has been quite the year for "preppers". Just one crisis after another, with the recent cold snap and power outages the latest chapter. If you're still not a prepper, you have no one to blame but yourself when you get caught off-guard by the next event. You've had plenty of warning, and you've seen that politicians aren't able to save you, even if they wanted to...read the rest...
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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Poking Chinese dragons

Twitter gives insignificant people like me the opportunity to poke at the Chinese government. That's actually more fun than you might imagine.

The guy above posted this and I responded:


This guy...


... jumped in to boost his social credit score.

Oooh! Cultural appropriation! How horrible! You should never "pirate" anything you appreciate from other cultures. I'm sure he uses nothing "pirated" from European cultures.

(How much do you want to bet he's also Chinese government-- I mean, he has access to Twitter while the common people in China are banned from using it.)

Anyway, he had a couple of responses to me:



And also this:


Some "freedom"... He can join RuAdolf Giuliani in misdefining "freedom" to be something government-supremacists prefer

I finished off with this (which I sort of copied from L. Neil Smith's takedown of Abe Lincoln):


Now, I don't give a flying hump about the evil government of Taiwan, however I wasn't replying to that government's tools, but to a tool of the Chinese government. And I do approve of secession. Always.

It's fun to aggravate governments. If something happens to me in the near future, the China government (or maybe their buddy in the White House) probably did it. 

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Monday, February 22, 2021

The rarest of events


There has been a shooting in a gun store. This is a rare event. Yet, there's no real reason it would be.

Even gun stores usually have policies against loaded guns in the store. 

It makes sense in a way. In a gun store people are going to be handling firearms in all sorts of ways-- checking to see how they fit in their hands, how the sight picture looks, how the slide or cylinder feels, and things like that. Some may even attempt to dry fire. So, for the guns that are going to be handled to be loaded would be a recipe for disaster.

But for holstered guns... 

Yes, the employees of gun stores are often (if not usually) armed. This just means any bad guy knows who to shoot first without having to scope out the situation too much. It wouldn't surprise me to learn store employees were the ones initially killed. (Reports are still fragmentary as I write this, with no real word on what actually happened.)

As always, it's better if the bad guys either know everyone is armed, or don't know who is. Because, once again, a policy will never stop a bad guy intent on killing people from ignoring a sign on a door and just going through with what he wants to do. 

I'm glad there were other armed people inside the store who prevented more deaths by engaging (keeping him busy) and killing the bad guy. Sometimes the bad guy is just going to do what he's going to do and the best anyone can hope for is to drop him before he makes things worse.

Seriously, if a bad guy is going to start shooting (or stabbing, etc.) near me, I'd rather be in a gun store than just about anywhere else.

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Sunday, February 21, 2021

Government needs your compliance

(My Eastern New Mexico News column for January 20, 2021)


No matter how you feel about them, U.S. presidents are both too powerful and figureheads without any real power. It seems contradictory, but it's true.

A president has the power to sign unconstitutional legislation and impose unconstitutional executive orders-- such as Trump's ban on bump stocks-- but unless he does what those with the real power want him to do, he loses the power to do anything.

This defeats the point of gaining the office. So presidents usually play the game.

A president who can do anything to us has too much power over our lives, but everything he does is dictated by others. By who? In spite of what you might believe, it's not the voters. Voters have little power to control the president. That power lies with other people and institutions.

First, there are entrenched federal operatives-- what some refer to as "The Deep State". Yes, it's real. These are the people embedded in government throughout decades of changing administrations. They know how to play the system to get what they want. What they want is more power for themselves and their agencies. They are behind the Pentagon and the security and "intelligence" agencies, but some are ordinary government functionaries with connections.

The legacy political parties-- Democratic and Republican-- are part of this, too. The party bosses are able to help or harm a president of their own party, depending on how well he serves their agenda.

Then, the national mainstream media also has power to influence most presidents. This was never more obvious than when it didn't work quite the way they were used to during the Trump presidency. It's why they had to pull out all the stops to take him down.

It's probably too late to scale back the power of the presidency, or the power various unaccountable agents hold over the presidency. I'd like to see someone try, though.

You can still choose how much power over your life presidents and those who pull the presidents' strings have. They need your compliance. Without it, they are mostly powerless. Sure, they can throw dangerous political tantrums, but that's more a sign of their weakness-- physical and ethical-- than anything. Do your best to stay out of their way as they thrash around in frustration and you'll still be standing after they've self-destructed.

The real power can be yours if you choose to use it.

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Statists (unconsciously) admit statism is a failure


Statism "works" for a lot of people. They do well under it and may even like it. They don't care about their liberty or the liberty of others. Just as long as nothing changes too much and they have someone else to abdicate their responsibility to and blame when that doesn't work.

They are scared to try anything better because they fear they might lose what they already have. Humans generally fear loss more than they fear missing out on something better... sad, but true.

Statism doesn't work well for me. I don't thrive under it. I don't like it. I'm perfectly willing to try something that I think could be better-- even at the risk of it not being better, or ending up back at square-one. I understand the risks and I'm willing to take them.

Maybe I'm being selfish, and that's why I dislike statism so much. Maybe it has nothing to do with the ethics of it. like I imagine it does.

The thing is, I've always been willing to let the statists keep their statism, but just keep it off my life, liberty, and property. Live and let live. You do your thing and stop trying to force your thing on me (sounds rapish, doesn't it).

But statism can't permit that. The very idea scares statists too much. I say I would respect their right to defend themselves from any violations, even with police they hire, but that's not good enough. To them, if everyone isn't equally enslaved by their "system", they seem to know their "system" wouldn't work. If that's not an admission that they already know it's a failure, I don't know what it is.

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Saturday, February 20, 2021

You can dislike something without being a monster about it


There's a certain number of people who just don't like guns. Whatever. That's their choice. I've known some of them and gotten along with them pretty well.

But then there are also a certain number of those people who don't simply dislike guns, they are anti-gun bigots. These people don't like guns and then demand that no one else be allowed to have them, either. They want the State-- the worst mass-murderer the planet has ever seen-- to make up rules against gun owners and to take their guns away. 

These people are barbaric.

Their barbarism is based on fear, ignorance, and, yes, bigotry. Even a bit of brainwashing and Stockholm syndrome.

To illustrate the difference, I'll use a personal example:
I don't like pitbulls. It would never occur to me to have the state forbid anyone from having one, or demand licensing, background checks, registration, or any other form of regulation. It's none of the State's business. I may not like pitbulls, but I am not an anti-pitbull bigot. See the difference?

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Friday, February 19, 2021

"Black" history


When I was in seventh grade, even I would say I was racist. I had moved from a place where there were few "black" people (and where I liked the ones I knew and never gave it a second thought) to a place far away, where there were lots of them. And at school, they ganged up on me and treated me really badly. For the first time in my life, this made me actually notice them and their apparent differences, and categorize them based on that.

When they would surround me, I was told that since I was "white", I owed them. Usually, they meant I owed them my lunch money. I didn't pay because I felt no guilt or obligation. My non-cooperation got me physically assaulted and robbed a few times.

I was told my imaginary debt was because of "slavery" even though no one in my family (of outhouse using, cistern dependent, leaky dirt floor shack-dwelling farmers in the Dust Bowl panhandle of Texas) had ever "owned" a slave, and had probably never encountered anyone who had. Things other people did long before even my grandparents were born aren't my fault.

I had never encountered this notion before and was taken completely off-guard. Who thought of such nonsense?

But a few months of this treatment from them and I was definitely a racist.

Yet, in seventh grade, one of my best friends at school was "black". We were in homeroom together and we had a blast every day. 

I'm sure we made the teacher uncomfortable because we "identified" as the other's "race" to make each other laugh. I would copy the local "black" accent and he copied the local "white" accent. He, for one, did an excellent job.

He also loudly called me a "nigger", and I loudly called him a "honkey", constantly-- again copying what other kids were calling those of the opposite "race". We laughed until we couldn't breathe over all our juvenile jokes. Yeah, we probably offended a lot of people, but I had nothing but good feelings about this guy. I believe he felt the same comradery toward me.

He made me realize that the individual kids I didn't like were the problem, not the color of their skin. I wouldn't say I stopped being racist (that faded over time), but I got a lot more discerning because of him. It might not have been automatic, but it didn't take much to make me decide I liked someone. The blanket hostility I had felt, before I met him, toward those with similar skin color to his, was gone and never returned.

I feel bad for the young people now living under the institutionalized bullying that is so similar to the freelance bullying I lived with. Imagine being told-- by supposed adult experts-- that you owe a debt to a collective "them" because of your skin color and things done centuries ago, by (and to) people who are long dead. That your skin color makes you guilty automatically, with no way to prove your innocence. That you need to hate yourself to try (and fail) to make up for things you aren't guilty of. That's abusive. The "media" should be ashamed for promoting this abusive brainwashing. Individuals who go along with it should be just as ashamed.


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Thursday, February 18, 2021

"Science!"


Every human is a scientist; we all "do science". We are born doing science.

The thing is, we aren't all good at doing science. That includes those who call themselves "scientists" or science "experts". They are no better at doing science than anyone else, they just get more unearned credibility when they speak on the subject (even when their topic has nothing to do with their narrow field of "expertise").

Science (including medical science) doesn't require government funding, a billion-dollar laboratory, or a Ph.D. Yes, some humans who do science have those things, but they aren't essential. Nor do those things guarantee good science is being done. It still depends more on the human doing the science, and their ability to do science right.

If you "listen to the science" without doing it yourself, you have to decide whether you trust that the person you're listening to did science well. Then you need to decide if they are trustworthy and credible. If they are also involved in politics, the answer is "No, they aren't".


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Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Politicians responsible for much loss

(My Eastern New Mexico News column for February 17, 2021)





It's so nice of New Mexico's political overlords to allow businesses to re-open a bit-- until they change their minds again. We should gather in the frozen fields and sing hymns to their glory. Wearing two or three masks each, obviously.

If you don't praise the bully when he beats you slightly less, you're ungrateful.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2021

The "Capitol assault" is a lie


People who have their money confiscated to pay for a government building have every right to enter that building without explicit permission. Including armed-- since they should always be armed. 

Those who try to prevent them from entering are the ones committing the crime, no matter what legislation says. Going in anyway is not an "assault".

Yes, government will try to protect itself with bogus "trespassing" claims, but their problem is they don't own the building. Government employees who are not abiding by the wishes of their bosses are the only ones subject to trespassing charges; not those who actually own the building.

If they don't like it they can always quit and get an honest job.

If the congressvermin were legitimately renting the Capitol building from me, then maybe-- as long as they were current on the rent and not violating any other parts of the rental agreement-- they would have a good case for keeping the landlords out. But they aren't paid up and they are violating the agreement. They are squatters, smearing feces on the walls (they call it "legislation") while thumbing their noses at the landlords.

Drive them off the property and into the swamp. Then let the leeches and mosquitoes deal with the trespassers.


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Monday, February 15, 2021

Judged by the other countries


Recently I've seen some guy on Twitter bemoaning how embarrassed he is because of American gun ownership. He feels humiliated and judged by people in other countries because those other countries don't have as many guns (at least, not in the right hands) as America. He wants to jump on their bandwagon, and wants to drag the rest of us along for the ride.

What a pathetic excuse for a human.

If you are embarrassed in front of the other countries because America doesn't completely violate the natural human right to own and to carry weapons (yet), you may be a government-supremacist. Or an idiot... Same thing. You're definitely an anti-gun bigot who doesn't understand rights, human nature, or the nature of political government.

Yes, he has a reason for embarrassment, but it's not the one he hallucinates.

He'd be more comfortable in so many other anti-liberty Utopias around the world; maybe he should consider moving to one of them so he won't have to feel embarrassed anymore. I'll help him pack.

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Sunday, February 14, 2021

Let Jan. 6 events be wakeup call

(My Eastern New Mexico News column for January 13, 2021)




Are you prepared enough? No, you aren't. Neither am I. It's a trick question. There is no such thing as being prepared enough. Recent events in Washington DC-- the "District of Criminals"-- should have motivated you to be ready for whatever happens next. Politics is a virus more dangerous than Covid-19 ever was.

I don't agree with or support any of the sides in the January 6th Expedition to Congress. All sides seem to be in a cult-- they only fight over which Dear Leader deserves their loyalty.

Anyone who considers the U.S. Capitol "sacred" or "hallowed" has backward values. Even if it were once true, Congressvermin desecrated it long before our grandparents were born. No one else can defile it worse than they do on a daily basis.

One side of the false political spectrum has been justifying violent riots all year. They seem surprised that the other side may have finally gotten the message. I say "may have" because I'm skeptical of the official story. I expect some rioters were "agent provocateurs" and activists from another political side. I'm not a trusting person where known liars are concerned.

At least this protest targeted the actual source of the problem rather than innocent business owners. That's an improvement. Plus, I admit I enjoyed the photographs of congresspeople cowering in fear. When people fear the government, there is tyranny; when government fears the people, there is liberty. Until the fearful legislators retaliate, anyway.

Would I join such a protest or participate in a riot? No.

I don't care enough about what government does to join a protest or a riot. All sides are off-base; none understand liberty. They simply advocate government-supremacism from opposing angles. They are not my people.

I live by author Robert A. Heinlein's immortal words: "I am free no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do.”

Let this, like the Great Toilet Paper Apocalypse of 2020, be a wake-up call. The supply chain is more fragile than you know. Disruptions can come from many directions, maybe from multiple directions at the same time. Disease, politics, and nature can all affect your food, household supplies, and security.

Get ready. It's about to get interesting.

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Joss could have learned from his better characters


I don't know if the allegations against Joss Whedon are true, but I wouldn't be surprised if they were.

I've loved Firefly since before I was able to watch it, but I was always somewhat less impressed by Whedon as a person.

For all his great characters, dialog, and guns he has expressed the views of a "Left-statist" with anti-gun bigotry. I've never seen an anti-gun bigot who was truly a great person. There's a reason someone doesn't want others able to defend themselves from violators, and I don't buy the canned excuses they use.

He may be completely innocent, and if so, I hope the truth comes out. I hope the truth comes out either way. I'm not going to stop being a Browncoat no matter what happens with Joss. Many of the characters he created may well be better people than he is. (But that's probably the case with all fiction writers.)

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Saturday, February 13, 2021

Be well-rounded


I do my best to not be one-dimensional. That's because being around one-dimensional people bores me and makes me look for an escape. I don't want to have that effect on anyone.

I want to be more well-rounded than that. I'll talk to anyone about almost anything, and I don't try to shift the conversation back to something I like talking about.

Not usually...

Now, if someone is singing the praises of the Blue Line Gang I will probably say I don't support aggressive criminal gangs, but if I can simply not respond at all to a throw-away comment praising them, I may take that path. I certainly won't encourage them to stay on that topic and may try to nudge them back to something less crazy that they'll like talking about. This works with some of my family members and has worked with people around town who want to tell me what's on their mind.

Unless someone specifically asks, I won't usually talk about liberty. I wouldn't want to be around someone who can't talk about anything but liberty, either.

I hope you get a little more variety than that even from this blog which focuses on liberty. And in person, I can discuss an even wider variety of topics, and if I don't know anything about it at all (which happens), I'll let someone educate me. I've learned a lot about things I never knew anything about this way. More knowledge is a good thing, and has served me well on occasion.

Sometimes, I feel I'm cheating the other person; getting something without giving them anything in return, but then I remember that sometimes, all a person wants is to be heard.  I can do that.


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Friday, February 12, 2021

Avoid this Idiot Trap


If you believe "anyone who does anything illegal needs to be punished", you're a moron, at least on that particular topic. 

"Illegal" doesn't mean "wrong". Not even close. It never did, but the chasm between the two is getting deeper and wider. 

Legislation is not related to ethics.

Do you even know how many things are ridiculously "illegal"? Too many to keep track of. That you do something "illegal" doesn't usually mean you're a bad person; it means there are too many arbitrary "laws" being imposed by a criminal gang-- usually so there is justification to punish you.

Punishment is revenge. It has nothing to do with justice. Punishment isn't "needed"-- restitution is needed... if there's an individual victim.

Only a government-supremacist idiot would say that anyone who does anything illegal needs to be punished. Don't fall into that idiot trap.


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Thursday, February 11, 2021

What America needs most


You know what America needs? More insurrection. 

You know what didn't happen in Washington, District of Cowards on January 6, 2021? An insurrection. And that's a shame.

At least some insurrection would be healthy.

From Dictionary.com:
insurrection--
    noun
an act or instance of rising in revolt, rebellion, or resistance against civil authority or an established government.

Yes, emotional people showed up at the capitol. They didn't revolt. They didn't rebel. They didn't resist. At least not in any meaningful way. They just wanted to preserve the statist status quo. And then they left when told to do so, without accomplishing anything. 

This was a protest by government-supremacists who passionately supported the established political government, protesting against what they saw as a fraudulent attempt to change the political figurehead*.

There's no such thing as "civil authority" since that's just another manifestation of the superstitious belief in political "authority".

For the Criminal Cowards of congress to yammer on and on about an "insurrection" is for them to lie-- probably intentionally and knowingly. For their nasty little co-conspirators in the national mainstream media to keep using that incorrect word for what happened is an attempt to mislead people in a poorly veiled attempt to legitimize a pointless impeachment.

I'm not falling for the lies.

Impeach me, next. What does it matter? I think (and have said so before) that impeachment should be automatic upon every new president taking office. Start it before sundown on the first day, every time without exception.

Why am I stirred up over this?

I had the misfortune of going into a store where the proprietor was watching Impeachment Theater. It was the first I'd seen of it and it was even more stupid than I had imagined. The melodrama! I got out of there as fast as I could, but I had already been subjected to too much.

Now, maybe some of those congressvermin were scared for their lives. Good. It's about time they felt a hint of what their victims feel every time they threaten us with more legislation. When they get together it is a mortal threat against you and me. What they experienced was nothing by comparison. I have exactly zero sympathy and think they deserve more of the same on a weekly basis.

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*I never supported Trump, but I hate Biden much more, for specific reasons.  And Harris will probably even be worse when she takes over for the old zombie.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2021

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Share what you think is important

(My Eastern New Mexico News column for February 10, 2021)




When something is important to you, you want to share it. If other people don't understand it, you want to explain it to them.

You usually want others to like and understand it as much as you do, whether it's a skill, a hobby, a religion, knowledge, or an idea.

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Tuesday, February 09, 2021

Primitive guy hates consensual interactions

Is that you, Crow-magnum Man?

I recently saw some guy on Twitter who called himself "anti-civilization" and a "primitivist" who was responding to another person, telling him he hates "your government and your society".

Fair enough, but while I agree about their government, I pointed out that society-- the opposite of political government-- is a case of spontaneous organization, just like the market. 

So he said he hates the market, too. Not that I was surprised. So edgy. Don't try to trade with the guy or you might trigger him! I wonder how good his primitive survival skills actually are, as a "primitivist", or if he's all talk without any understanding of what primitive living, without any form of consensual trade, involves.

It's not surprising that he couldn't differentiate between voluntary actions and coercive actions. Between "win/win" and "win/lose". For some reason, most people can't these days.

Hating random things is popular. If you're that hungry to hate things, you might as well hate air while you're at it. 

As you probably know, there are "primitive" things I really enjoy. The market and society are pretty ancient; you could even say they are primitive.

There are also things about society I don't like; things I don't like about how the market works. So?

There are things I don't like about gravity, weather, and other facets of reality. But not liking things that happen spontaneously and don't involve anyone's rights being violated is just pointless. Maybe even a little dumb.

You can dislike those things if you want. It doesn't matter to me. You aren't being violated by them and no one is obligated to coddle your feelings about them. And you have no right to prevent others from participating in anything that's not violating someone's equal and identical rights.

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I get a lot of inspiration from Twitter. Whether I like it or not. Seeing the dumb things people say-- such as the above example-- makes me think and gives me things to write about. Even if I don't respond directly to them when I think it would be a waste of time.

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Monday, February 08, 2021

The Cult of Covid


It appears that Covid-19 has actually spawned a cult. I'll be nice and not adopt the obvious label "Covidiots" for its members. 

I'll go with "Branch Covidians", instead. It's funnier and it's completely accurate. 

Covidianism appears to be a branch of Statism, but maybe it's distinct and there's only some incidental overlap in the middle. Maybe, but probably not. The correlation seems too high to be coincidental.

Branch Covidians have their own religious canon-- handed down from the politicized Experts, put into action by the political Rulers, and preached by the priests of the Mainstream Media. It has sacred garments (face masks) and rituals (anti-social distancing). Sacrifices are required; both human sacrifice (people killed by shutdowns) and "covenants of flesh" (vaccinations), and tithes (economic ruin through shutdowns and stimulus money). And most of it is divorced from reality-- including science-- in a big way.

In spite of the craziness, the Branch Covidians have gone mainstream-- pushing their religion from the media and government buildings-- and it's bizarre.

My eyes hurt from rolling so much at what Branch Covidians believe and worry about. I can't be one of them. It appears I'm an atheist concerning that religion, too.

As with any religion, I have no problem with anyone practicing it until they start imagining that the rules they make up and apply to themselves as believers in that religion apply to the non-believers as well. Then I'm going to resist.


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Sunday, February 07, 2021

Earth isn't flat and government isn't good

  (My Eastern New Mexico News column for January 6, 2021)



Have you ever run into someone who believes the Earth is flat? I was shocked to discover such people exist. Many of them also believe the moon is a hologram, gravity doesn't exist, and space isn't real. It's a bewildering experience listening to them try to make their case while fending off evidence to the contrary.

To them, everything is faked. They believe it empowers government somehow to lie about the shape of the Earth. They've never been able to explain to me how this works, and I still see no connection.

Imagine how it would feel to be completely surrounded by people who believe this and base their day-to-day decisions on this belief.

What if they tried to force you to act as though you believed this is true, too? Could you really change your beliefs in response to their threats? Would you pretend to agree so they'd stop harassing you? I hope you wouldn't change your mind because of the social pressure they'd use on you.

Would you get tired of people telling you the Earth is flat and refusing to listen to any evidence which pokes holes in their belief? Can you imagine being in that situation?

It's the same feeling I get listening to people claiming political government is inevitable, necessary, or even desirable. They may as well be singing the praises of cancer and recommending we all get a fatal case of it.

The arguments they use in favor of their position all come down to some variation of government breaking your leg, handing you a crutch stolen from some other victim, then demanding to be thanked for "helping" you. This kind of help I can do without.

Yet, I understand them better than they probably imagine since I used to believe this, too. That's right, back when I was much younger, I was a bit of a government-supremacist just like most other people still are. Only now I see why the arguments I once leaned on are as flimsy as "Flat Earth Theory".

People who still believe the Earth is flat-- I mean, that government isn't cancer-- don't care to consider the opposing evidence, but I will.

If someone could show me proof, or even convincing evidence I'm wrong, I would consider it. All proof and evidence I've ever been shown is easily refuted. The Earth is not flat and government isn't beneficial.


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Not my problem, why should I care?


There's a common worldview that can be illustrated as: "It doesn't matter to me so it shouldn't matter to anyone else."

I see this take pretty often.

Maybe that new legislation doesn't affect you. For this reason, you might not care.

I care if legislation affects you negatively even if it doesn't affect me at all.

If the legislation is good for me but violates your rights, then I'm still against it. Of course, I'm always against legislation, so that's not surprising.

But it also happens when people observe that someone else's hobby or interest is destroyed or hindered in some way. Such as, I kind of hate "sports", but it still bothers me that some women's sports participation is impacted when men, cosplaying as women, are allowed to play against women in supposedly "women-only" events. 

Personally, I wouldn't care if all sports of that sort went away; I only care at all because others care. If sex isn't going to be recognized as a real thing anymore (even though it still is real), then just eliminate sports sex categories and let people of similar ability compete with each other. I'm still not going to watch, but I care somewhat.

I have fallen into this way of looking at things before, though. 

When ground-based astronomers and astronomy hobbyists complained about the early, brightly reflective, Starlink satellites making bright streaks across their photos, I callously pointed out that ground-based astronomy is obsolete. I also mentioned that you can track when and where the satellites will pass, and so you don't have to complain about your astronomical photos being ruined. 

Saying ground-based astronomy was obsolete made some people go crazy at me, but an astronomy professor told me the same thing decades ago, so it's not just my opinion. But, I-- even being an enthusiast for astronomy-- wasn't affected by the issue, so I didn't feel that anyone else should care, either. But maybe I should, just to be consistent


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Saturday, February 06, 2021

Scott Adams: King of the Straw Men


Scott Adams is adept at setting up straw men to take down.

For example--

When people observe that the pandemic (if real in the way it is being presented by politicians and their lackeys) is being used to condition people to be compliant, he misrepresents this by saying they are arguing that there was a meeting between politicians from all over the world where they hatched the plot to create the pandemic and use it to train compliance into the populations. 

He changed the argument being made, regardless of whether the original argument was reasonable or not.

He's arguing against something that exists only in his own mind, because he probably can't argue convincingly against the actual observation which has been made. (Although, I'm not saying there's no one who believes this happened; there probably is.) This is a textbook example of the straw man argument.

He does this with guns, with trans"gender" issues, with copsucking, with the Constitution, and with any topic where he can promote government-supremacism. He simply takes whichever position increases government power. He doesn't do so by honestly addressing the criticisms, but by constructing flimsy straw men he can tear apart-- without acknowledging the actual argument against his side. Is he doing this just to prop up his own fragile belief system? It sure looks that way.

I still listen to him because when he's right, he's right. But when he's wrong it's because he's taking the government-supremacist side, almost without exception.


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Friday, February 05, 2021

A little bit of good doesn't justify evil


Over and over again I am stunned to see the lengths people will go to so they can keep believing in political government.

No matter what it does, no matter the actual results, they defend its existence in the face of 5000+ years of evidence. Even if they admit government sometimes commits great evil-- more than any other group has ever managed to commit-- they won't face the flawed premise it is built upon: that wrong isn't wrong if enough people sanction it.

They seem to imagine that any potential good justifies the very real evil.

I don't accept that, even as I'm able to recognize the "good" that can be sometimes accomplished (though never justified) by committing evil.

I accept that sometimes government does the right thing-- even government's gang of thugs occasionally does something worthwhile. Sometimes government gets good results. Where I part ways with the government-supremacists is that I recognize that good results or even sometimes "doing the right thing" doesn't excuse the institutionalized theft and/or coercion required to get there.

Doing wrong and having it turn out well anyway never excuses doing the wrong thing.

Was any medical knowledge gained by the Tuskegee Syphilis "study"? Probably, but that doesn't justify it. It was still evil.

Might mask mandates and forced shutdowns slow the spread of a virus? It doesn't matter because it's still wrong to do those things. Even if you are really scared of the virus.

Might draconian "border security" and "immigration" control prevent some problems? Probably, but that doesn't make it right-- get rid of the root cause of the potential problems (v*ting, welfare, and anti-defense legislation) instead of thrashing at the leaves.

It's entirely possible you could find some innocent individual who is still alive because of some specific anti-gun legislation. Even if there weren't a trade-off with lives lost as a result of such counterfeit rules, it's still wrong to violate the natural human right to own and to carry weapons.

Yet because people keep asking the wrong questions (because they either don't like the right ones or don't even know what to ask) they keep getting the wrong "answers". And this allows them to keep believing that somehow, some way, political government is something other than a cancer.

Responsible people who have worthwhile principles have to accept that they have no right to violate others just because they have (or believe they have) a good goal in mind.



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Wednesday, February 03, 2021

Politics not a good look on anyone

(My Eastern New Mexico News column for February 3, 2021)




Politics has a strange effect on people.

I'm stunned at how many people can't let go of Donald Trump. They cling to him like a life raft in an ocean of uncertainty.

I'm not talking about Trump's supporters, but about those who hate him passionately. Those who suffer from what is known as "Trump Derangement Syndrome"...read the rest...



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Tuesday, February 02, 2021

Privileges-- loaned-out rights


I've heard some people argue there are no such things as rights; only privileges. But if rights don't exist, neither can privileges.

A right is something you can do just because no one else has the right to prevent you from doing it. Something you can do because you were born human. (Which is everything that doesn't violate the equal and identical rights of anyone else.)

A privilege is when someone else lets you use their right in some limited way. Basically, they let you appear to "violate" their right-- with their permission-- for a set time, often in exchange for something they want, like money or information.

If they didn't have a right, they couldn't loan it to you.

Since rights can only be individual, not collective, and government can therefore have no rights, government can't even grant privileges. And they certainly don't have the "right" to ration or otherwise violate the rights of human beings in any way.

Even every argument against rights only destroys the justification for political government even harder.


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Monday, February 01, 2021

President* Biden


The most suspicious point in favor of there having been election funnybusiness (a safe euphemism?) on a large enough scale to change the outcome is how desperate those on the "winning" side are to sweep the idea under the rug. To make it an off-limits topic. To ban the topic from the conversation in any way they can get away with.

It looks to me as though they already know and are afraid others will figure it out.

And do what, exactly? 

At this point, the most that would happen is for Biden's presidency to come with an asterisk in future fringe history books. He still has the power to do all the damage he can think of while he occupies the office-- just like those who came before him, whether any of them were legitimately [sic] elected or not.

Of course, I don't believe in or advocate mob rule. There has never been a legitimate election and there never will be. So I'm not the kind of person they need to keep in the dark. It's all those they want to keep playing the rigged game. Those people have got to keep believing, because if they were to become like me, the whole tower of Dunder Mifflin complaint forms would collapse in a jumbled heap.



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Sunday, January 31, 2021

Up to you to make 2021 better

 (My Eastern New Mexico News column for December 30, 2020)



Was the year 2020 not to your liking? Do you want 2021 to be better? Then make it better. It's mostly up to you.

There will be things beyond your control, but you can choose how you feel about them and how you react to them.

You can be stampeded over a cliff by those who gain power from your fear and compliance, or you can be responsible for yourself.

You can act on the science promoted by political hysterics, or on the science which shows there's no need to panic and zero reasons to give up liberty. The calmer path has never backfired on me.

I'm more than ready to take back the liberty which was trampled and stolen over the past year. "No" is a powerful word; one which should be used more often. It won't make you popular, because standing firm isn't popular with those who'd prefer you go along and not make a fuss, no matter what's being done to you.

You don't have to make a scene over every ridiculous demand. Pick your battles. If you don't have a clear line in the sand-- a line you won't be pushed across-- you need to find where yours is. Then stick to it no matter the cost.

As many have pointed out, if you won't stand for something, you'll fall for anything.

It'll be hard if you're on your own. If others see you making a stand, maybe they'll be inspired to join you. If not, it's still better to do the right thing alone than to go with the crowd doing the wrong thing. Or allowing the wrong thing to be done to you and others.

I'm on your side as long as you aren't violating the life, liberty, or property of any other human being. So, I'm probably not on your side if you're using politics-- government and legislation.

If your great-grandkids were to ask you what you did when liberty was on the line back in 2021, wouldn't you rather be able to answer with your head held high, saying you refused to help politicians and politicized "experts" destroy America, or would you rather admit you didn't speak out but went along because it was safer? I'd be ashamed to have to give this answer. I can do better.

If 2020 wasn't the best year, look in the mirror to see who's responsible for making 2021 better.


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When statists get stepped on by the State



"Some government regulation is necessary, but this time it has gone too far."

This is what a statist who has been harmed by the state says.

How often do you see this statement, or something similar? Pretty much every day, right?

No, government regulation-- by legislation or by edict-- is not "necessary". Let the market regulate, instead. If regulation is actually necessary, it will happen organically without coercion.


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Saturday, January 30, 2021

End the FAA

Here, Elon. Print out and fill in your permit.

I don't like any agency of the feral government, but right now I especially hate the FAA (almost as much as I hate the ATF, IRS, DEA, etc.). 

I enjoy following the SpaceX Starship development down in south Texas. I'm excited to watch the next test flight. After several weather delays, it was scheduled to launch Thursday. Then the FAA decided to interfere.

The low-down slimy FAA pulled their flight permit (or whatever it is called) at the last minute; the morning of the planned test flight. And refuses to issue another one until their demands are met.

How does the FAA imagine they have "authority" to be issuing or withholding permits to anyone for anything? Wow, I hate that kind of arrogance.

They've demanded more info from SpaceX on the flight. As if they couldn't have asked earlier, before the flight was scheduled. (The individual bureaucrat responsible needs to be sued as an individual for the entire cost of the preparations that were wasted.) 

Obviously, the FAA is staffed with useless bureaucratic piles of crap throwing their weight around. They have no legitimate "authority" over anyone. But they'll murder you to keep up the pretense if that's what it takes.

The FAA went from being a useless bureaucratic annoyance to a threat to the future of the human race. An enemy of every human being.

If anyone can take them down, it's Elon Musk*. I doubt it will come to that, but if it does I don't think it will go the way they imagine. I can think of several things he could do-- but I'll let him come up with his own ideas which would undoubtedly be even better.

At a minimum, SpaceX needs to drop the fawning "and thank you to the FAA for..." that they recite at the end of each launch broadcast. Why thank your mortal enemy?

Abolish the harmful FAA. Use its ruins as a toxic waste dump-- oh, wait, it's already worse than that! No free country would put up with such a monstrosity.

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*I understand the valid criticisms leveled against Musk's cronyism, and I agree with it all.



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Friday, January 29, 2021

The same question, phrased differently


Consistency scares people. Some people claim that consistency means you're stuck in a rut. If you believe one answer fits every problem, you aren't being rational. You could be a cultist. I agree with that to some extent.

But these same people also keep asking questions that are really the same question phrased differently, so in that situation, one answer does apply. It has to.

Isn't "taxation" necessary? No.
Should government regulate guns? No.
Should government be able to mandate masks and shutdowns? No.
Isn't it OK for cops to shoot people who refuse to cooperate? No.
Isn't security more important than liberty? No.
Aren't business licenses necessary? No.
Should government make up rules to help some people at the expense of others? No.
Should government bail out banks/corporations/Wall Street? No.
Should Bitcoin be regulated? No.
Doesn't government have the right to control the border? No.
Drugs have to be regulated, right? No.
But don't you agree government has to license drivers? No.

I could go on and on.

But those aren't really different questions. All of those "different" questions come down to "Do I (or does government, on my behalf) have the right to archate?", so the answer is always going to be the same. It's always going to be "No" as long as you keep asking the same question.

Those questions are dressed up to look different to people who aren't too bright. Or who have been brainwashed into government-supremacism.

You could rephrase the above questions so the answers would always be "yes"; "Is taxation theft?" for example. But the direction remains the same. No one has the right to archate, and saying "it's the law" can't change that fact.

Yet some government-supremacists would make the claim that I'm not "credible" unless I make exceptions where I say it's OK to archate; to rape, murder, kidnap, etc. as long as I call it something else and it is being done by government employees. They'll claim that unless you make these exceptions, you're not part of the adult conversation. Who thinks this makes sense?


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