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Staff Begins Deserting the Sinking SS Trump Scow

What Color is Your Parachute?

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The worst job in Washington right now: Working for Trump

As Donald Trump has grown increasingly angry and frustrated with his White House staff, the beleaguered targets of his ire have a quietly roiling gripe of their own — their boss, the president himself.

Since he fired FBI Director James B. Comey, Trump has lurched through crises of his own making — from the explosive report Monday that he had revealed highly classified intelligence to Russian officials to the bombshell Tuesday thathe had urged Comey to end the federal investigation into Michael Flynn, his former national security adviser.

In his wake remain his exhausted aides and deputies, the frequent targets of Trump’s wrath as they struggle to control an uncontrollable chief executive and labor to explain away his stumbles.

Wednesday evening brought yet another challenging development for the White House, as the Justice Department announced a special counsel to investigate possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government to interfere with the 2016 presidential election.

Some White House staffers have turned to impeachment gallows humor. Other mid-level aides have started contacting consultants, shopping their résumés. And at least one senior staffer has begun privately talking to friends about what a post-White House job would look like, according to two people close the staffer…

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Self Protection Under the Trump Reich

With the thousands of hate crimes committed by racist Trump followers since the election, it has become increasingly obvious it is up to minorities to protect themselves.

Here are a few good choices for concealed carry weapons.

SCCY CPX-II

This is the SCCY CPX-II. It is relatively new to the market. It carries 11 rounds in a 10+1 configuration of 9mm ammo. It is also one of the more inexpensive guns in his class. What I like about it is there are no exterior bumps or controls to snag on a holster or in your pocket in an emergency, and the 11 round capacity. In general, “carry” pistols are not very accurate. They are designed for close range, no more than 10-15′. The large capacity makes up for that. This gun does not have a safety, and to compensate for that it has a heavy trigger pull (9 lbs). The recoil of a 9mm in this small frame may be a bit much for smaller women.  This is an American made quality pistol perfect for self defense. (And ladies, it comes in 3 colors – black, pink, and purple). Price – around $350.

 

Beretta Nano

The Beretta Nano is one of the best designed pistols on the market for concealed carry.No protrusions on the gun to snag, and a reliable frame make this a contender as best in class. It comes with two magazines, one a 6 round, one an 8 round. Meaning it can be carried in a 6+1 or 8+1 configuration. The frame and rail system make this one of the few compacts which will survive extended range use. It has an internal safety. Cost is about $500. The gun itself is less than 1″ wide, making it 1) easy to handle for people with small hands, and 2) easily concealable in a waistband.

Bersa Thunder 380

The Bersa uses a 380 round, which is slightly smaller than a 9mm. The recoil is easily managed by most women. The 380 round is not as devastating as the 9mm but packs plenty of power. The gun is operable in singe or double action mode, and includes an external safety. It includes an internal lock down system, completely disabling the gun for storage at home (and to keep the kiddies from firing it accidentally). It also has a trigger guard designed to allow the shooter to use the gun even if wearing gloves. At slightly less than 23 ounces, it is lightweight, and not going to wear you out carrying it around. It is a reliable weapon for about $350. The gun is made in Argentina, and is a loose copy of the famous Walther PPK. Suggest carrying it in a 6+1 configuration instead of the full magazine capacity of 7 rounds.

For “Wheel Gun” fans, I recommend the Smith and Wesson 642. This design has been around 75 years, and has stood the test of time. Have no fear in buying one of these used. My personal favorite is a “44 Bulldog” using the 44 Caliber Round. The new guns frames are aluminum, with a steel barrel and cylinder making them substantially lighter then the old all steel guns. The hammerless design means no snags when you draw it, and along with the low profile sight makes this an excellent choice. I have one of these which used to be called “Airline” models which after 911 were converted to the “Airweight” Model. The 38 round is actually a more powerful round than the 9mm, which isn’t necessarily a good thing as the 38 is high velocity meaning it likely will go though a target. As to hitting anything beyond about 15′ – forget it. These are designed as close in defense weapons. There are a number of models, and these can be bought new from about $320 and up based on caliber and extras.

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To stay away from?

The small Glocks. Now the Model 47 Version 3. The reason there are multiple versions of this gun is the safety, which had a habit of disengaging on draw…Resulting in a number of users ending their family plans with what we euphemistically call a “Hillbilly Vasectomy”. I generally don’t like Glocks due to less then stellar accuracy, first round jamming, and handling. When I go to the range, I outshoot even supposedly “expert” shooters with those with my relatively antique (designed in 1930), slightly modified Browning Hi-Power all day long. When I upgrade I plan to buy a Sig Sauer P229 in 9mm, which flat out is the best off-the-shelf gun in that caliber out there (Stay away from the 40 Cal and Sig 357 in this gun!). Not cheap at over $1000, but worth it.

I will do another on large frame guns at another time.

Lastly – Why 9mm?

9mm is one of four calibers, including 22, 38, and 45 which are extremely popular and thus are made in mass quantities. You can almost always find any of the four in your local Walmart as well as your local country hardware store. The 9 mm is used by the Military – meaning the are billions of those floating around, So, in the event of a “Zombie” or Trump apocalypse, unlike the less popular rounds (10 mm, 357, 40 Cal, etc), these will be available for a long time.

 

 

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For the Well Heeled Trump Prepper – Bullet Resistant Cars

With the escalation of violence spurned in good part by Trump’s rhetoric at Trump Rallies, it is not unreasonable to assume things will get worse.

A Trump election could, in my view, will result in something more akin to Syria, than Hooterville, USA. The reason having to do with the Trump campaign’s close association with groups like Militias and the KKK who have long and bloody histories.Trump’s empowering this subgroup has, and will lead to violence in the streets based on these groups racism and ideology.

This is part of a series I will be doing on “Prepping for Disaster”, which if I get enough positive response I will continue.

The video is a sales video from a company in Texas which builds “Bullet Resistant Cars”. Why not “Bulletproof”? Because there are bullets out there, primarily for use by the Military, which can penetrate over 2″ of hardened steel. If you check on YouTube -you will see people testing bullet variants against “bulletproof glass”, with some success.To defend against such requires something that looks more like an Abrams tank, then any passenger vehicle traversing American roads.

What Texas Armoring Corporation does is upgrade an existing vehicle to survive attack by virtually any round legally available to the public, and non-armor piercing rounds available to terrorists around the world. And they are very good at it. Such an upgrade to an existing vehicle costs about $40k, about the same amount of money it takes to upgrade a street vehicle with an uber-power street kit from people like Calloway or Shelby to make your already ridiculously overpowered Chevy or Ford fire-breathing enough to eat your average $400,000 Ferrari’s lunch. The cost for a TAC armored vehicle  is substantially increased weight – adding another 2,000 lbs to the curb weight. Meaning your gas mileage is going into the toilet, and this isn’t going to work for your average 4 cylinder Toyota or Honda, unless you are willing to wait a half hour for the car to accelerate to highway speed. The windows on these also don’t open due to the thick layered “glass”.

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To protect against gun violence, experts are testing the limits of just what “bulletproof” really means. Serena Altschul has been watching them at work:

It may look like your average, everyday auto shop, except for one thing: Extreme quality control.

A YouTube video features Trent Kimball, the very confident — and brave — founder and CEO of Texas Armoring Corporation, a San Antonio-based company that turns ordinary cars into rolling fortresses.

“These aren’t bank trucks that we’re talking about,” said Kimball. “These are passenger vehicles that can stop any type of rifle round or handgun, even up to hand grenades, IEDs, those type of explosives.”

But don’t call these vehicles “bulletproof.”

“No, bulletproof does not exist,” Kimball said. “All our vehicles are ‘bullet-resistant.’ It’s not like the movies; the bullets don’t bounce off. It actually catches the bullet. The glass will crack, it’ll splinter, [but] it’s not gonna penetrate.”

Tearing cars down to their skeletons, Kimball and his crew install custom ballistic steel plates and ballistic glass, and then put it all back together as good as new.

The cost to armor a car goes from $40,000 on up, and Kimball says business is good and getting better:

“Economic stress in the world, the economic downturn, terrorism, that type of world that we live in nowadays is good for business, unfortunately.”

So, who needs these armored vehicles? “Our clientele range from heads of state of foreign countries, all the way down to a soccer mom here in the U.S.”

“Protection against kidnapping, protection against assault from an angry soccer parent?” asked Altschul.

“Outside the U.S., it’s mainly protection against kidnapping for ransom. Inside the U.S., they’re usually protecting just against random street crime,” said Kimball.

Detective Michael Levay of the NYPD knows firsthand the value of protection. In 2013 he was shot in his ballistic vest during a routine stop for a minor subway violation.

“The gentleman gets up,” he told Altschul. “He starts walking towards the train car door. I see him reach into his waistband, like, a jerk motion with his hand. He pulls out a gun. First round goes off. It strikes me in my vest.

“When I first got hit, it felt like a ton of bricks,” he said.

“I got hit pretty much dead center of the vest. Thankfully it stopped it. I believe it pierced the vest a little bit, but enough that all I had was pretty much a giant bruise.”

The first commercially-available bullet-resistant vest was invented in 1893 by a Chicago Catholic priest named Casimir Zeglen, who proved his garment worked by having himself shot in front of an audience.

Soon, high-profile people around the world bought the silk-and-steel vest, including the Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria

But Ferdinand reportedly forgot to wear his vest on June 28, 1914, when an assassin shot and killed him, igniting World War I.

Recent experiments proved Zeglen’s invention could’ve stopped that fateful shot.

Fortunately for Detective Levay, he didn’t forget to put his vest on.

“I know I’m here because the vest saved my life,” he replied. “And I try to be the guy to talk to some of the younger officers, and just, ‘Listen: Take care of yourself. You could get into a dangerous situation. Watch yourself. Watch your partner’s back, and be careful out there.'”

 
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Posted by on March 13, 2016 in Disaster Prep

 

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