Donald Trump And War Heroes (Commentary)

21 Jul

I too often forget the super rich are different from you and I. They’re assholes. Narcissistic, self-absorbed, and out-of-touch with Middle Class America. They were raised on third base and think they hit a triple. When another batter drives them home, they think they single-handedly won the game. They want someone else to bake the celebration cake. They want to eat it all by themselves. Donald Trump, i.e. “The Donald,” as he likes to call himself, fits this to a tea.

As a blogger, I get to things too late. I had planned to write a post about how the media was dismissing Trump as a candidate. One pundit on TV said despite the polls, they shouldn’t cover Trump as a serious candidate. As if the media should decide who is elected, over the voters.

A week later, Donald opens his mouth again and I have no desire to defend him in anything ever again. Donald Trump is an embarrassment to America. He’s an embarrassment to himself. He should shut the f*** up and go home.

Talking about John McCain, Trump said, “He’s not a war hero. He’s a war hero because he was captured? I like people who weren’t captured.”

In better company, The Donald would have been b**** slapped. Days later, The Donald still didn’t get why the media was hounding him about his comment. He complained, “People are constantly attacking my hair,” he said. “I don’t see you coming to my defense.”

A comment from a poster sums it up: “You can’t call a war vet anything but a hero, at any time, at any place, in any way in my book. Sorry, but I’m choosing my war hero over you. Ciao, baby, you’re fired.”

Trumps comment shows he’s out-of-touch. He lives in a protected and pampered world of privilege. He probably doesn’t know anybody who serves in the military or is in harm’s way. If he did he would never utter such a disrespectful comment. Not just disrespectful of John McCain, but of all military service members. Most especially of those who sacrificed their lives for this country.

Donald’s implication is McCain didn’t do enough to be called “a hero.” McCain shouldn’t have got shot down. He should have been better at evasion and escape. He somehow didn’t do “enough.”

McCain was shot down over Vietnam, was badly injured on the crash, and was held and tortured for 5 years as a POW. He still can’t raise his arm today because of his injuries. McCain was awarded a Purple Heart, among his other medals.

“I like people who weren’t captured” is like saying, “I like people who didn’t get shot.”

Trump doesn’t like losers, he likes winners. Soldiers who get shot are losers according to Trump’s way of looking at the world. They didn’t do enough. A battlefield isn’t reality TV. It’s not scripted. Despite the motto, “Failure is not an option,” death is always an possibility.

If a young person joins the military and serves to the best of his ability in combat, he’s a hero. Doesn’t matter if the first thing that happens in battle is that he’s shot in the head and killed. He risked and sacrificed his entire life for America. He deserves the highest level of respect we can possibly give him.

In Donald’s blurred vision of reality, the soldier should have gotten out of the bullet’s trajectory. People choose to be rich. People choose to be poor. People choose not to dodge bullets at 2700 feet per second.

It’s true there are soldiers who exhibit exceptional courage in the face of fire. They put their lives on the line for their fellow soldiers, taking risks that would make most of us pee our pants or freeze in our boots. They run into heavy gunfire to help a shot up comrade. They have exhibited heroic bravery, perhaps to Trump’s standard.

Here’s the thing. If you told one of these guys the kid who got shot in the head wasn’t a hero because the kid didn’t do enough to earn being called a hero, he’d give you an ear full, if not punch you in the nose. That’s why I know The Donald doesn’t hang with these guys.

That kid who got shot in the head could have been right next to this guy. He could have been the guy’s best friend, or the guy himself. That “legitimate” hero in Trump’s view is more likely to appreciate the sacrifices of other soldiers more than anyone.

Trump is the worst of America, self-absorbed privilege existing only on the sacrifices of others, who doesn’t acknowledge the debt he owes to others. He’s a legend in his own mind, a self-made man. The best. Mr. Important. Real heroes only challenge his grandiose self image. There’s no role for them in The Apprentice.

Where was “The Donald” during Vietnam? He was of draft age, but had four deferments. He didn’t serve. After that, he received a medical deferment, because of bone spurs in his feet.

The Donald said his bone spurs were only temporary. Maybe they were from all the tennis and squash Donald played in college while McCain was being tortured. John McCain is a hero. Donald Trump is a rich prick.

Going In Debt For Preps; Adobe Flash; In An Instant: Shootout

19 Jul

 

“I think many people are in denial about being debt, just as they are in denial about the need to prepare.” http://apartmentprepper.com

There is a great article and discussion over at Apartment Prepper about whether to pay off debt or buy preps.

It sucks when the only thing you’re stockpiling is debt!

My advice: Have two weeks of food on hand. If you live in a bad neighborhood, purchase a firearm for defense and a few boxes of ammo. Install good deadbolts. Have a fire extinguisher, smoke detector, and CO detector. Once you have this, pay off the credit card debt. The interest on credit card debt can eat you alive. Every $1,000 in interest you save down the road can be used to purchase preps.

It’s a cliché, but being in debt is like being a slave. You need to free yourself first.

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If you have Adobe Flash, update it ASAP. Better yet, delete it.

A company specializing in computer hacking into other companies was hacked. They were selling spyware to governments, police agencies, and anybody else who wanted to infiltrate your computer and spy on you.
Here’s a look into the strange world of computer hacking.

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In An Instant. This is a TV show about survival situations. This episode is about surviving a shootout.

This officer showed incredible composure and presence of mind.

Good lessons:

1) Lock your reinforced doors. The older gentleman wouldn’t have been murdered if he had a door that couldn’t have been easily kicked in.

2) Forget the BS about a handgun being something to fight your way to a rifle. Real shootouts aren’t Doom. The officer had an AR-15 in his trunk. He was behind his trunk. He had his keys. The shootout lasted for minutes. He couldn’t get to his AR-15. The weapon you start a shootout with is the weapon you’ll end the shootout with.

3) Pay attention to your instincts. Why was the guy adjusting his mirror? Why was the guy parked in this spot overlooking the store? When the officer had a bad feeling, he should have listened to his inner voice. Stop and don’t continue on as usual. Let the inner voice register.

4) Shoot and Move: Remembering that saved the officers life. If you’re under fire, get to cover immediately.

5) If you carry a gun professionally, learn to shoot with your weak hand. Luckily bad guy don’t practice this. His fire became ineffective.

6) If you take a prisoner or detain someone, don’t allow them back into an unsecured environment where they could have a weapon. Taken by surprise, the bad guy put his hands up and got out of his car. He had an open container of alcohol. That’s enough reason to cuff him and have him sit down outside. The officer instead let his guard down, because he thought the guy was just sitting in his car drinking. He wanted to let the guy be more comfortable. The officer let him back into the car where he had a gun.

It’s another cliché, but in horror movies, a young guy hears a noise, investigates, and after a bit of tension sees a cat. He relaxes his guard and gets an axe in the head. Just because somebody puts their hands up and appears to comply doesn’t mean the situation is over. Don’t lower your guard prematurely.

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A good guide to doing a one handed pushup.

Modern Day Economic Collapse In Greece (& The Bankruptcy of Colt)

7 Jul

Greece is in deep debt. Other countries sharing the Euro are no longer willing to bail it out. Hard working Germans are tired of supporting Greece’s overspending government: “For Germans, economics is still part of moral philosophy

Preppers know all along that cash is king. Stocked up supplies and no personal debt is even better. In Greece, the ATMs are running out of cash and people are limited in how much they can withdraw.

As economies crumble, so does the viability of the digital infrastructure that so much of the world has come to take for granted as the way money moves. The harder an economy is hit, the more valuable cash becomes. But as Greek citizens coming away from ATMs empty-handed can attest, it turns out that money and currency aren’t the same thing.

A poster to this blog says it all:
“There is nothing to love when you cannot access your bank account and your survival depends on the cash you have. Right now it is only about survival.”

There’s not much to say. Readers of this blog and preppers know we can’t always rely on modern banking systems. Stock supplies. Food in particular. Keep cash on hand.

It’s not much more than political theater, but as citizens of Greece vote “yes” or “no” to adopting more “austerity measures,” reality votes you can’t spend what you don’t have and you can’t live above your means.

The vote was no.

The Greek economy is in free fall and the banks – without further liquidity assistance from the ECB – will collapse.

 

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Colt is bankrupt.

Not surprising. When was the last time you purchased a Colt firearm? Colt 1911s are great, but so are Springfield Armory 45 automatics. Colt AR-15s are nice, but so are Armalite ones. As nice as the 45 Colt Single Action Army is, if you’re in the market for a single action revolver to actually shoot, Rugers are a better choice.

The 357 Python and 22 LR Diamondback revolvers are the best in the world. Count yourself lucky if you own one. If you’re like most shooters, money doesn’t grow on trees (and isn’t handed out by Germans). We go with Smith & Wessons or even the Taurus.

As Colt’s best became more and more expensive, they moved them to “special” status and charged even more. I passed on SSAs at $400. Three times that? Forget about it.

What about the classic Woodsman 22? Not even available, but still inferior to a simple Ruger standard pistol for less money. The stub nose Detective 38 special? People with CCWs carry autoloaders today.

If it hadn’t been for government contracts, Colt would have been bankrupt years ago. Don’t worry though. I’m sure a Chinese company can buy them out and re-introduce a new line of Colts with MIM parts.

Do you have any Colts in your collection? I don’t anymore. If you could only own one Colt firearm, what would they be? The three I’d like the most: a 22 LR Diamondback, a Colt Combat Commander in 45 ACP, and a Detective Special. Those were my favorite Colts back in the day.

How To Survive The Robot Apocalypse

21 Jun

What’s your favorite “Doomsday Preppers” scenario? Plague? Nuclear War? A “Doomsday Preppers” scenario is something worthy of the show “Doomsday Preppers.” Something to throw civilization into chaos and end our modern way of life.

Hardcore preppers now have one more seemingly far-fetched scenario that could actually happen: The Robot Apocalypse. Terminator movie meets reality.

Stephen Hawking, one of the most brilliant men of our time, says artificial intelligence (AI) represents an “existential threat” to humans.

Could artificial intelligence combined with robotics create a machine that could out think the best humans in any contest? What happens if these “devices” decide they want to control the world? Dispensing with humans or enslaving us wouldn’t be hard.

AI isn’t about a computer executing a fixed program. It’s about a computer teaching itself how to do something it hasn’t experienced. These are machines that learn. Meet Brett, A robot learning to fold clothing.

http://betanews.com/2015/05/26/berkeley-robot-brett-uses-deep-learning-to-complete-tasks-on-its-own/

http://www.npr.org/sections/money/2015/05/19/407736307/robots-are-really-bad-at-folding-towels

Brett’s cute now, but what happens when he’s morphed into a killer autonomous drone?

“The killer robots are coming, and they’re coming soon. Whether it’s self-piloted drones or Big Dog-style walkers, self-piloted crafts are already here, and adding autonomous weapons is a natural next step.” http://www.theverge.com/2015/5/29/8687229/lethal-killer-robots-military-drones

Jumping over barriers:
http://www.cnet.com/uk/news/mit-robot-cheetah-can-now-see-and-jump-over-obstacles-autonomously/

Cute robot jumping over foam blocks in the lab. Chasing us through the fields to maul us to death, not so much.

Swordsmanship. Is this really a good thing to teach a robot?


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O3XyDLbaUmU

Robots will learn how to heal themselves.

What if the Robot Apocalypse happens? What will happen? How to survive? Here’s my opinion:

1. We’re screwed. These robots could take over nuclear weaponry and launch an attack to kill off most of humanity in the blink of an eye. Yes. That’s the theme directly from the Terminator. If the AI creature doesn’t want to use nuclear weapons, it could create biological agents which would exterminate most of mankind. Guess 90% or more of the population dead.

2. Lucky for us, the robots would keep some humans around as slaves. We’re useful. They’d find some uses for humans. On the positive side: The human race isn’t entirely exterminated. That’s something.

3. Some people could live free in very isolated areas. The robots wouldn’t spend much effort dealing with wild humans. We wouldn’t be a threat. Living in remote areas and living as a nomad would be best.

4. Don’t f with the robots. Seriously. Knock one off with your 50 cal BMG and you’ve just become like a cougar in California that attacked a jogger. You’re dead meat. They’ll hunt you down and terminate you. The robots would label you a problemed human.

5. If you really must f with one of the robots, use the most powerful rifle you have. In my book, The Prepper Next Door, I half-jokingly write about how a shotgun isn’t a good weapon against a cyborg from the movie the Terminator. It wouldn’t work like you see in the movie. 00 buck only penetrates about 4″ of pine. That’s a spitball to an armored cyborg!

While I was writing about the effectiveness of body armor against shotguns, lightly-armored human hunting robots would be immune to shotguns and most handguns and most SMGs. Grab your 7.62 NATO or 50 BMG or your 338 Winchester Magnum.

6. Even if AI robots don’t take control of the world, they will change the economy and displace many workers. A poster on reddit sums it up nicely, “The work force is so screwed.”
http://www.reddit.com/r/Futurology/comments/375o39/brett_the_robot_learns_to_put_things_together_on/

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Speaking of powerful rifles, here’s an article about the US Marines and their need to upgrade sniper rifles.

Colt is bankrupt. I’m not surprised. When was the last time you purchased a Colt? For 1911s and AR-15s we have many alternatives.

If robots go ballistic on humans, I bet it’s because of the crappy Chinese parts they’re forced to endure. Here’s an article about counterfeit parts in American weapon systems. It raises the question: Why should American weapons depend upon Chinese parts at all? Am I the only one who sees something wrong with that?

Because of Bird Flu, egg prices are up 300% in the USA.

 

The Aging Urban Prepper

21 Feb

I did some shadow boxing today. It’s been a while since I did that last. Now I remember why. I was comically slow. I’d never do it in a gym for fear of some idiot with a camera and a Youtube account.

Hand speed is lost as we age. I wish I had a hundred dollars for every time an aging boxer wants to make a come back and says, “I’m in the best shape of my life.”

It’s true he can run as many miles as he did when younger. He can bench press as much as he once did. He can still do a ton of pushups. When he gets in the ring, he gets his ass handed to him. Why? A lack of hand speed. He throws a punch. His opponent throws a punch. His opponent’s lands first. That makes all the difference.

Many blogging younger preppers love to write about what they did this week to prepare. When you reach a certain age you realize your absolute survivability will decline with each passing year. There’s not a damn thing you can do about it.

Eyesight can be a big issue when pistol shooting. As you age you lose the ability to focus at closer distances. Your sights will be more blurry.

Worn out body parts are a big issue. I loved doing pushups when younger. One year I did 200 pushups a day every day, 73,000 for the year. If you’re younger and reading this: DON’T DO THIS. You’ll miss your shoulders when they’re gone. Do maybe 80 a set 2-3 times a week and call it a day. I can still do pushups but everyone hurts like a pin in my shoulder.

Younger urban preppers will plan their zombie apocalypse bugout route from the city. Older gents will plan their bug out route to the restrooms during half time.

It would be easy to be jealous of the young because of the extra years they have ahead of them. I’m not though. With each passing year, I know I’ve had my life. That’s all we can get in the end.

With each passing year, the world becomes more dangerous. More countries get nuclear weapons. More conflicts erupt which could spill over into WWIII. If we believe there is a doomsday clock ticking away for the world, the more years we get in before it happens, the better.

Many people want to believe societies are too intelligent to fight another world war. “They” wouldn’t be that stupid. People aren’t any smarter than they were in the 1940s. We haven’t changed. Only our weapons are much more deadly and more widespread.

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