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So Far

Weather has been dreary, but no bad. Then again, we aren’t forecast for much until early tomorrow morning. It started raining yesterday at around 1415, and we wound up with 1.4 inches of rain for the day. Since midnight, it’s been a steady drizzle that barely registers on the rain gauge, 0.13 inches.

Since there was a question about that, my weather station is mounted almost 10 meters off the ground, on the peak of the roof. I measure it at almost exactly 30 feet. So call it 9 meters. No real wind yet to speak of, though.

I am working today until the hurricane crew relieves us at about 1500, if all goes to plan. If not, I have my BOB and a handgun locked in the vehicle safe. Worse comes to worse, I could walk home in just an hour or two, even if the streets are impassible to my 4WD pickup because of debris. I seriously doubt it gets that bad.

On a side note, there are those who don’t think that hurricanes like this can be destructive. I used to deploy to hurricanes and other disasters for a living. I have deployed to over a dozen disasters, including hurricane Katrina and Ivan. I rode out Charley, Frances, Jean, and others. There was an F4 tornado that I worked as well. Yes, most of the damage is within a mile or two of the coast with these storms, but there are pockets where it gets ugly, even far inland.

When I have more time, I will post some pictures from my time on the Mississippi coast. They are on the NAS that I shutdown for the storm, so later.

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Idiots on Rails

Democrats are now blaming DeSantis because it is taking so long to evacuate Tampa, a city of 3 million people, in the face of Hurricane Ian, because Republicans think that a train costing $3 billion or perhaps even $7 billion between Orlando and Tampa is a waste of money.

Let’s look at the facts and do the math, because that is what we do here. Normally, Interstate 4 carries 150,000 people per day. The evacuation has more than 2.5 million under evacuation orders, many trying to leave the city along I-4 and I-75 within a 24 hour time frame.

So let’s say we add a train to the mix. A train carries a maximum of 1,000 people. The distance between the two cities is about 70 miles. The train ride would take just over an hour on a high speed train. One hour there, one back. That works out to 12 trips per day at 1,000 passengers per trip- the MOST that a train would do is move 0.5% of the evacuation traffic, and that ignores the problem of congestion at both ends, the difficulty of where you park a million cars on the Tampa end, and what you do with 12,000 people milling around outside of the Orlando train station.

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The Path

As of this morning, I am in the path of the storm. I need to get my 24 hour and preevent checklist completed today. Complicating things is that I am working some today and 12 hours tomorrow. The ride home from work tomorrow evening should be interesting.

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Dead Laptop

I’m typing this post on my phone. My laptop is a Dell that I bought in April of 2020. I started having problems with it about 2 weeks ago. The battery charge level was falling even though it was plugged in. I got a low battery warning and the “unrecognized charger” warning.

I ordered a new charger and that seemed to fix it.

For about a week. Then it began again. The battery level would drop even when plugged in. Eventually it said 0%(plugged in) even after charging all night.

The computer finally died and won’t restart. I ordered a new battery. It is supposed to be here today. I hope that fixes it. There were some files on there that I hadn’t saved to the home server that I don’t want to lose.

At any rate, blogging will resume when I have a computer.

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Threat and Threat Assessment

Didn’t post this weekend because the wife wanted to take a bit of a trip. She overruled me when it comes to safety, calling me paranoid. She wanted to see Kevin Hart at Amway Arena in Orlando, and wasn’t taking no for an answer.


The area between the separators is an edit to add: Because there was a comment of “my wife can’t override me” I am adding this. She was going to see Kevin Hart whether I wanted to or not. If I didn’t want to go, I could stay home. She isn’t my slave or my property. We are a partnership.

As far as it goes, she can make you feel like a pussy. Whenever I balk about having to go unarmed, she points out that before we met, she drove from Orlando to LA by herself with no problems. “Surely a manly guy like yourself can make do with pepper spray and a knife for one evening without being more scared than a woman traveling alone across the country for a week. Or perhaps remember the time I drove by myself from New York to Detroit, then down to Atlanta by myself.” She says that we can’t be so afraid to live our lives that we spend them living in a prison of our own making. Understand the risk and mitigate it as much as you can, but take a few risks and live life.

She is, of course, correct. What is the point of freedom if you are afraid to use it. So I figure out ways to make it work. End of Edit.


The entire trip had me on the verge of a panic attack. Let me explain:

She booked a hotel for us in Orlando for the weekend. Now I normally hate going to Orlando, especially since it has become the woke left wing hive of scum and villainy that it has morphed into over the past three years. Even worse, we would be spending the weekend directly across the street from Universal Studios. You know, the site of recent gang shootings.

In fact, the Double Tree where we were staying was less than 1,000 feet from a Walgreens where I missed an armed robbery by less than a minute back in 2013. The neighborhood is even less safe than it was then.

On top of this, we went to Amway Arena. To enter this locale, all weapons are prohibited. We periodically do this, and I don’t like it every time we go. Being that the building is owned by the city, I don’t event think it’s legal for them to ban weapons and search those entering, but Florida Carry doesn’t seem to care as long as fishing isn’t involved. One of the reasons why I dropped my membership in that particular group. At any rate, I still bring pepper spray and a small dagger into the venue, as they don’t trip magnetometers, and are better than nothing. I left my firearm locked in a vehicle safe (you DO have one, don’t you?)

To make matters worse, the venue confiscates your cell phone and watch, puts them in a locked bag, then returns them to you in the bag. You have to stop on the way out to retrieve your phone and watch. I’m sure that it’s to keep you from recording the show, but would deny you the ability to call 911 if needed. It’s OK, my plan was to cut the bag open if I needed the phone.

On Saturday night, she wanted to dine at Mama Della’s, which is a restaurant located in one of Universal’s Resort Hotels. Now I am going to tell you that the food was superb. We had Calamari and Pasta Fajioli as appetizers. My main course was Chicken Parmesan, and Dessert was Lemon and Raspberry Sorbetto. It was outstanding. There were singers who were singing in Italian, and the food was great. She wanted to go to Universal’s City Walk after dinner, but in order to do that you have to submit to a search, so I was again disarmed for the evening. That meant pepper spray and a dagger was again the rule of the night. My firearm had to remain in the hotel room’s safe.

Look, I recognize that the odds of being a victim of violent crime on any given night are very long odds indeed. It still makes me nervous to be in rough neighborhoods without being armed.

Find ways to be armed that can make it through security. If you DO need to use them, remember that being armed against a company’s policy isn’t a crime in Florida, unless they specifically tell you to leave and you refuse. A sign saying “weapons prohibited” doesn’t count for a thing in Florida. So the important thing here is to avoid being told to leave. That means making sure that they don’t know you are armed.

In the case of this weekend, the people within the perimeter were unlikely to have firearms, meaning that the largest threats were:

  • Being attacked by more than one person, or
  • Being attacked while in transit between their ad hoc security zone and your cache of firearms.

You limit the first by carrying something to slow down one or more of the group. This allows you to incapacitate one attacker at a time, rather than having to face all of them at once. Pepper spray is useful for that. The dagger then allows you do rapidly incapacitate the one you are facing.

You limit the second by shortening the distance between the perimeter and your cache. Leave your cache securely locked in the vehicle, and then park the vehicle as close as possible to the security perimeter. Even if it costs more, pay to park in the garage right next to the checkpoint.

I know that the chances of being attacked and needing a weapon are slim indeed. It isn’t the chances, it is the stakes.

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Follow the Science

The left keeps telling us to “follow the science” without actually knowing what science is, other than the subject that they received Cs in while in school. Science is a way of learning how things work. We observe a phenomenon, collect data on that phenomenon, then formulate ideas and rules on how that phenomenon works. We continuously test our ideas against data to see if our ideas are correct. So in a nutshell, science is a way of using data to prove how the world works.

For example, we know that the Y chromosome in humans has 30 genes contained in it. One of those 30 genes is called the SRY gene. It only works once in a lifetime, about 42 days after conception. That gene causes cells in a developing fetus to produce the SRY protein. This protein contains a string of of 79 amino acids that binds to specific regions of DNA, causing the DNA molecule to bend. This bending in turn causes the production in certain cells of some organs that produces other proteins, including one called SOX9 (sex-determining region-box 9) an autosomal gene regulated by the SRY protein. The presence of this protein (among others) causes a fetus to develop testes and a penis. Bam, the fetus is male. Science. You can’t wish your way into being male or female, you can’t change this because you feel like it. It just is.

The evidence and the data led science to that point. The facts don’t change. What can change is the scientists themselves. People who claim to be scientists allow their biases and preformed opinions to change or reinterpret the data to be what they wish it to be, thus placing their thumbs squarely on the scales.

This is squarely related to something I was talking about with regards to crime, sociology, and criminology. Science is what it is, even when some people want to wish away the facts as they are.

Sometimes people are wrong. Perhaps this is done because of personal bias or opinion, sometimes it is done for profit. Sometimes it is simple human error.

This lays the groundwork for a future post. Keep an eye out for it in the future.

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Chameleon

Like the famed color changing lizard, Biden changed his pitch when in the Mid West. He can’t keep the gun and Bible clinging rubes in the dark if he is ranting at them like some old man who’s pissed at the kids on his lawn.

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Disney More Woke

Disney is redoing the animated classics about Princesses. In these versions, the Princesses don’t need a man, and don’t need true love. In the old stories, the protagonist spent the film trying to find true love. Not in these newer, more woke versions.

In 1937 the cartoon [Snow White and the Seven Dwarves] was so focused on her finding true love, and it’s not even in her mind at all in this film

Nope, in this film, the actress playing Snow White calls herself “Lantinx” and says that her character doesn’t want love, she wants power:

We keep a lot of the meat of the film that made us all fall in love with this film. It’s really her, and her gumption. And just excitement for the life above [her] world. So it’s amazing, but it’s also updated with the current times. I think she really just goes for what she wants. She’s not scared. And it’s not all about a boy. It’s all about what she wants for herself, and her life.

The new version of Little Mermaid is no different. This story is being redone with a black actress, the Prince that she is so attracted to that she decides to trade her voice in order to become human and win his love? Yeah. That doesn’t happen in this new version.

The original themes of the classic Disney films were about the power of love, purity, loyalty, and honor, and how those attributes could conquer all. What made the antagonists so evil was their lust, vanity, and greed.

Now Disney in its new generation has flipped the entire theme upside down. The protagonist doesn’t want love. They want power. The new generation is all about the love of power, greed, and coercion.

When the original Snow White was released in 1934, it was so popular that Walt Disney won an honorary Academy Award for his pioneering achievement. The music for the film, featuring Snow White’s famous ballad, “Some Day My Prince Will Come” was also nominated for an Oscar.

The studio re-released Snow White in 1944, during World War II; thereafter, it was released repeatedly every decade or so, a pattern that became a tradition for Disney’s animated films. Its power continues to endure: In June 2008, more than 60 years after its U.S. release, the American Film Institute chose Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs as the No. 1 animated film of all time in its listing of “America’s 10 Greatest Films in 10 Classic Genres.”

That isn’t good enough for woke Disney. They don’t want timeless tales where love conquers all. The classic happy ending viewers would come to expect as a Disney trademark as the dwarfs defeat the villainous queen and Snow White finds love with a handsome prince isn’t what the new Disney is about.

The new Disney wants racial strife, sending stupid messages about feminism, and has flipped the traditional Disney message on its head. The protagonists and antagonists in the films have traded attributes. The new films are all about power for power’s sake. Winner take all.

Perhaps love and contentment isn’t what this new generation wants at all. Maybe that is why they seem so angry and so miserable all of the time.

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Don’t Misquote Me.

It’s been claimed that I said “all blacks are felonious homicidal maniacs.” Let’s be clear: I never said that. That would be ridiculous. What I said was:

Isn’t it time that we admit that blacks are largely a race of criminals who have a pathological inability to live in civilized society? It’s well documented that more than half of all homicides and nearly half of all violent crimes, are committed by blacks. 

I stand behind that statement, and I think that the facts back that up. In fact, the evidence is overwhelmin:

  • Blacks are 13% of the population, but commit 43 to 53 percent of the murders (due to year to year variation) For example, in 2018, 43% of homicides were committed by blacks.
  • Of the nearly 770,000 violent interracial crimes committed every year involving blacks and whites, blacks commit 85 percent and whites commit 15 percent.
  • When a black person is the perpetrator, forty-five percent of their victims are white, 43 percent are black, and 10 percent are Hispanic.
  • When whites commit violent crime, only three percent of their victims are black.
  • Blacks are an estimated 39 times more likely to commit a violent crime against a white than vice versa, and 136 times more likely to commit robbery.
  • Blacks are 2.25 times more likely to commit officially-designated hate crimes against whites than vice versa.
  • In San Francisco, Blacks are the perpetrators of 85% of ALL violent assaults, and Asians are the victims in more than 98% of those crimes.
  • Black women are 3 times more likely to likely to be unwed teen mothers than other races, 4 times more likely to commit murder, deal drugs, become prostitutes, or be murdered than any other race.
  • Asians are only 4% of the population, but make up 20% of the student body in Ivy League schools.
  • The 20 cities in the US with the highest murder rates are majority black cities.
  • The CDC reports that the leading cause of death among black men age 15 to 44 is homicide. 20% of all black women who die between the age of 15 and 24 are murdered, and 92% of the time, it is another black person who did it.
  • Among men, blacks (28.5%) are about six times more likely than whites (4.4%) to be admitted to prison during their life.
  • Among women, 3.6% of blacks and 0.5% of whites will enter prison at least once. (U.S. Department of Justice)
  • Based on current rates of incarceration, an estimated 7.9% of black males compared to 0.7% of white males will enter Federal prison by the time they are age 20 .
  • 21.4% of black males versus 1.4% of white males will be incarcerated by age 30. (U.S. Department of Justice)
  • More black men are in prison in America than are in college. (The Black and White of Justice, Freedom Magazine, Volume 128) 

Is it ALL blacks? No, it isn’t. However, the evidence is overwhelming that a black man is just as likely to be incarcerated as he is to earn a 4 year degree. You can claim that this is some sort of conspiracy in the US to keep blacks poor, or that US citizens are secretly engaged in some sort of plot to discriminate, but that is easily disproven by looking elsewhere.

If the US were engaged in this sort of plot, there would be loads of successful black nations all over the world. Point to one.

It is so rare that the only successful black country is a fictional one. Wakanda.

That supports my original thesis: On average, Blacks either won’t or can’t form successful societies. I didn’t invent that. It’s just where the evidence leads. Instead of calling out the messenger, anyone who disagrees should busy themselves trying to fix it.

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Early Season

In Florida, our summers are marked by two weather related things: it is already at least 75 degF at sunrise, and we get a sea breeze driven rainstorm most afternoons between 3 and 8 pm.

The change to fall is marked by a shift in rain patterns. Instead of afternoon driven downpours, fall sees slower, constant rain that can last for days. This usually begins around mid September, and last until the end of November, although the rains usually are done by the end of October. I remember one year that it rained all of Thanksgiving week- that Monday all the way until Sunday.

Anyhow, we have our first fall rain storm today:

The best news is that our morning temperatures are dropping into the low 70s. Last week, the low at my house was 78 degF, and the high was 97. Today, the low was 72.

Fall is about two weeks early in Central Florida this year.