Bad Advice from Joe Biden


Joe Biden seems to be having trouble with his memory. He is not only forgetting what did, he appears to be having false memories as well. However, he does seem to remember what he heard listening to The Lone Ranger as a kid. The Lone Ranger never shot to kill. Indeed, he tried disarm his opponents as painlessly as possible, often shooting their guns out of their hands. Things may have worked that way on old time radio, but in the Real World, the basic accuracy of the Lone Ranger’s Colt Single Action Army Revolvers and  round-to-round variability of even match quality ammunition makes repeatably hitting something the size of another handgun at range beyond a few feet statistically unlikely. One lucky shot, maybe. Two in a row, nope.

Joe Biden says that cops should try to shoot people in the leg. He’s wrong.

Most defensive handgun shootings (whether by civilian police or other citizens) occur at ranges less than 25 feet. 21 feet is the distance often used for part of many handgun qualification course. Most people are doing well to keep all of their hits within a 6 inch group at that distance when shooting on a target range. Under the stress of a gunfight, most people don’t do as well.

Any gunshot at someone is a use of deadly force. It may be justified against an attacker; it’s never justified against an innocent bystander. While a trained sniper with the proper equipment may be justified in taking a shot a a small target, most of us need to aim for something large. That’s why the proper place for a cop to aim is for the center of mass, the torso. He’s less likely to miss and risk injury to a bystander. Aiming for someone’s leg risks missing with the certainty that the bullet will hit someone or something unintended. Of course, if a luck shot should land in the leg, the risk of hitting the femoral artery is substantial, and such a wound can cause someone to bleed to death very quickly.

I’m Listening to the Barrett Confirmation Hearing


So far, it’s just Senators making statements with Judge Barrett sitting there listening.

The Democrats are making the main issue preserving the remains of Obamacare. Roe v. Wade is taking a back seat along with gun control.

The committee is about to take a lunch break.

UPDATE—It looks as if the talking points memo has been fully distributed. In Ohio this morning, Joe Biden responded to a question about the confirmation hearing by saying that issue was about millions of Americans losing their health care. The Roe v. Wade angle must not be polling well, and the Democrats may have notice that 2020 has generated a large number of voters who care about their Second Amendment rights.

Anecdotal Data


During a drive through western Maryland yesterday, I saw 14 houses with Biden yard signs or banners.

I saw 27 houses with Trump signs or banners or flags.

I saw an additional 18 houses with Trump paraphernalia and American flags. There were dozens of other houses also displaying American flags, but not a single one had any Biden signage.

UPDATE—During a drive through suburban/urban Maryland this morning I saw 23 houses with Biden yard signs or banners, and three of them also displayed American flags. I saw 11 houses with Trump signs or flags, and four of them displayed American flags.

Taking the two trips together, that’s 37 houses displaying support for Biden and 56 for Trump—in Maryland, a state that Hillary carried with a 26 % margin in 2016. I find the 3:29 ratio of American flags between Biden and Trump supporters interesting as well.

A Civil Rights Victory


The Washington Free Beacon reports that the City of Los Angeles has been ordered to pay a six-figure award to the National Rifle Association because of a violation of the First Amendment. A federal judge struckdown a city ordinance aimed at punishing prospective contractors with ties to the NRA as an infringement on the rights to free speech and association. He ordered city officials to pay NRA’s attorneys’ fees of $150,000.

California is still part of the United States, so our Constitution is binding on its state and local governments. If it were successfully to secede (as certain folks have threatened), our Bill of Rights would no longer apply there. California’s state constitution is easily amended. How long would such inconvenient civil liberties as free speech be allowed to exist in a polity that keeps electing politicians that pass laws such as the one LA adopted to harass the NRA and its members and associates?

I left California in 1990 because I could see such tyrannical behavior taking hold.

Quote of the Day


Early in life I have noticed that no event is ever correctly reported in a newspaper, but in Spain, for the first time, I saw newspaper reports which did not bear any relation to the facts, not even the relationship which is implied in an ordinary lie. … I saw, in fact, history being written not in terms of what happened but of what ought to have happened according to various ‘party lines’.

—George Orwell

Not-So-Great Pretenders


The Daily Signal has a post up listing some of the white leftists who have falsely claimed to be biologically black. They strike me as a bunch of opportunistic jerks.

Meanwhile, its being reported that Joe Biden has claimed to be an alumnus of Delaware State University, an historically-black school.

Oh, and Amy Coney Barrett is being attacked because she adopted two Haitian children.

Navin Johnson was unavailable for comment.

A Note on Professionalism


One of the things that I learned from my training as an Army officer is that amateurs study tactics while professionals study logistics.

When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.

—Hunter S. Thompson

Der Krieg ist eine bloße Fortsetzung der Politik mit anderen Mitteln. War is merely the continuation of politics by other means.

—Carl von Clausewitz

UPDATE—My podcasting partner Stacy McCain has more about Louisville here.

UPDATE 2—UPDATE 3—It’s being reported that a second police officer has been shot by the rioters in Louisville.

UPDATE 4—The Louisville Metro Police Department has issue a statement with the following information around midnight ET:

One officer is stable and alert.
The other officer is in surgery but stable.
Both appear to have suffered non life-threatening injuries
A suspect is in custody.

Speaking Truth to Power


I’m so old I remember when it was fashionable for those on the left to favor non-violent protest. Mohandas K. Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Alexandr Solzhenitsyn, Vaclav Havel, and Desmond Tutu were honored by the Left as heroic figures because they engaged in speaking truth to power rather than violent revolution.

Fashions change.

These days, it may seem the Left has taken Noam Chomsky’s analysis to heart—power knows the truth already and is busy concealing it—but I don’t believe that’s what’s motivating them. Given the Left’s move from liberalism to marxism, their worldview is no longer centered on truth. Instead, it is all about power. Truth has become, if not irrelevant, their enemy.

The Left is now speaking shouting power at truth.

The Left fails to understand is that there is nothing more powerful than Truth in the long run. They have chosen poorly.

If You Give Up the Right to Remain Silent …


… everything you say may be used against you.

One might presume that Christopher L. Eisgruber, the President of Princeton University, would be aware of the Fifth Amendment to the U. S. Constitution. After all, he has a law degree from the University of Chicago. It must be that wokeness overcame his legal training when he sent a letter admitting that Princeton engaged in “systemic racism” that injures “people of color.”

The U. S. Department of Education has responded with an investigation of Princeton, including whether the school defrauded the government when it made claims that it did not engage in racial discrimination in order to receive federal grant money.

Everything is proceeding as I have foreseen.

Don’t Know Much About History


A headline from The Guardian: Nearly two-thirds of US young adults unaware 6m Jews killed in the Holocaust

That is a stark example of the magnitude of educational malpractice that has been inflicted on a generation of Americans. Of course, when I was growing up in the ’50s, the Holocaust would have been impossible to conceal. There were too many living witnesses. (My father had a part of the liberation of Dachau, and I knew survivors with prisoner number tattoos on their wrists.)

National Socialism killed 6 million Jews and on the order of 12 million more of other ethnicities. International Socialism (aka Communism) killed nearly 100 million during the 20th century. We already know the human cost of socialism. There is no need to rerun that experiment, but an uninformed generation may be tempted to try.