Notes from Ruby Ridge:

On this day, in 1992, FBI Deputy Assistant Director Danny Coulson wrote a memo:
OPR 004477
Something to Consider
1. Charge against Weaver is Bull Shit.
2. No one saw Weaver do any shooting.
3. Vicki has no charges against her.
4. Weaver’s defense. He ran down the hill to see what dog was
barking at. Some guys in camys shot his dog.
Started shooting at him. Killed his son. Harris did the

shooting [of Degan]. He [Weaver] is in pretty strong legal position.”

But he didn’t get anyone to listen to him, so the siege continued…….

So apparently, the French have no balls….

They, instead, rely on foreigners to do the dirty work of saving their asses…..

U.S. Airman Spencer Stone, National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos, their friend Anthony Sadler and Briton Chris Norman were presented with the Legion d’Honneur at the Elysee Palace in Paris.

So it took 3 Americans and one Briton to disarm the dude, while all the French fled in terror?

Seriously? 3 men, foreigners, saved the bacon of all the other passengers? I’m proud that 3 out of 4 were my countrymen, but saddened that the French apparently couldn’t react enough to do it themselves….

ETA: Apparently I am wrong….at least one Frenchman took action.

Is there any way

To make the annoying and persistent pop-up for Windows 10 go away?

I’m not so sure I want to “upgrade” from Windows 7 on this machine. I tried it on a (really cheap) Windows 8 machine and found that it slowed things down drastically…not so sure I want to do that to my main machine.

1992… The beginning:

23 years ago, the incident in which many many people learned of the perfidy and callousness of the ATF, US Marshals service and the FBI (especially the Hostage Rescue Team)…and how they would lie, cheat, bribe and blackmail people to do their bidding….and lie, cheat and cover up and shift blame when they were found out.

Yep, I am talking about the Ruby Ridge incident with Randy Weaver.

This is the incident that showcased the incompetence of the US Marshals service…How they played “Operator” and bumbled in nearly every aspect of their investigation….all while costing the US Taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars BEFORE the incident at Ruby Ridge..

This is the incident where we learned about  FBI sniper Lon Horiuchi,…and his (ahem) Marksmanship….Wherein his name became an epithet after he killed Vicki Weaver under hastily modified Rules of Engagement for the HRT team….essentially an order to kill any of the Weaver party on sight.

It was this incident which highlighted the failures of management of the FBI, the ATF, the US Marshals service, and relative un-accountability of the agents employed in those agencies…and the behavior that one would expect of some men with a great deal of authority and essentially zero oversight or accountability…..and the desire to protect their fellow agents and never question their allegations….No one in any of those agencies was punished for their role in this asinine incident……one that began on lies, escalated because of a cover up and incompetence, and resulted in deaths of members of the Weaver party and a US Marshall……. FBI sniper Lon Horiuchi was protected by his agency (see manslaughter charge section) and essentially allowed to go free after committing murder…..

If you take the time to learn the facts (and the Wikipedia article has it fairly straight), you can understand why our founding fathers warned us against governments…..and why they put the First Amendment  first (so we could show, talk about, and explain what the government is doing) and gave us the Second Amendment (so we could fight back and protect the First).

It is said that this was the first of several incidents that gave rise to the “Militia” movement (and a great deal of mistrust of the government)…. Perhaps it is. But had this incident not happened, the agencies involved would have had ample opportunity to find other ways to step in it not too far in the future……

But we will have a replacement for you in 1 business day!

Except sometimes, not.

1 CC machine dead in storm on Tuesday evening. Check

Called them that night. Gotta wait until the AM to order a replacement. Check.

Wed AM, order replacement. Should arrive FedEx Thursday early morning deliver. Nope.

Not in the AM, not at noon, not by three. No tracking number available either.

This is getting serious

It is bad enough when the job interferes with my drinking. (I mean, it is an issue, but it does help keep me out of trouble)…

But now, things are so chaotic and messed up that it is interfering with my SHOOTING….

Something hasta give. And soon.

I’d quit, but I own my own business, so I am kinda stuck…..

I really should go shooting when I am this fatigued…..might have to for real someday.

Not that I could shoot well….I’m so jazzed on coffee that I am about to start to hear colors.