January 11, 2016

Vol. 10  No. 01

News Letter

Staying Alive®:  Firearms & Texas License To Carry

Michael J Arnold


Scheduled Training:
Subject: Texas License To Carry
Date: Saturday, 01-16-2016
Time: 0800
Place: Bexar Community Shooting Range
Marion, TX  78124
CLICK HERE for directions and map.

Registration: CLICK HERE for class registration form

Occasionally, I run across noteworthy thoughts from close friends (yes, I actually have more than one friend).  Sometimes, those thoughts are too good to leave on the shelf collecting dust.  In our world, jammed with deception and mis-direction, such is true of the following:

Watch Your Flanks
By Backfire

Americans, wake up and smell the roses.  The current administration and many of our elected officials are using tactics with which the average person is not familiar. Sadly, we may believe we have our finger on the pulse of the Nation as we watch our CNN, MSM, ABC, or Fox news, but do we really?

Recently, while reading excerpts from the book by Saul Alinsky, Rules for Radicals, I realized that some of Alinsky’s schemes and principles were in play with the Obama administration.  If you remember, Alinsky was a community organizer in Chicago, just like Obama.  Alinsky’s approach to getting things done was effective and before his death in 1972 he published his book of 13 rules to help other organizers get their way. Here’s the deal, Obama may very well have been exposed to Alinsky’s playbook while working in Chicago in the same areas Alinsky had worked just years before. Whether Obama learned the tactics in Chicago, from his advisors, or from the study of Alinsky, it seems clear that his administration is a skilled user of his rules.

Here’s another interesting tidbit, Hillary Clinton’s Wellesley College Senior Thesis was about Saul Alinsky.  While writing the thesis, she interviewed Alinsky and studied him.  She received the highest grade possible for her work.  Clinton stayed in touch with Alinsky and Alinsky was so impressed with Clinton that he offered her a job once she graduated.  The point is she learned his tactics.

Let’s see how the tactics are used by the administration.  For an example, let’s look at two of Alinsky’s rules:

Rule 3: “Whenever possible, go outside the expertise of the enemy.”  Look for ways to increase insecurity, anxiety and uncertainty.


Rule 8:  “Keep the pressure on, with different tactics and actions, and utilize all events of the period for your purpose.”  Keep trying new things to keep the opposition off balance.  As the opposition masters one approach, hit them from the flank with something new.

Can you see these rules in play as you review the headlines?  Yes, and as the gun control advocates circle, the pro-gun herds do just what is expected by the administration; that is rant, rave, and buy.  Heck yeah, the pro-gunners want as much as they can get before “guns go illegal”.  Yup, they feel insecure, anxious, uncertain and mad about what’s happening.  Are gun owners currently off balance?  I would say they have tunnel vision in their thoughts and actions as they scurry about to feel satisfied that they are squared away in this area or have done all they can do to stop this runaway train.

Now, here’s the big question, while the conservatives are experiencing tunnel vision, focused on getting things done in this one area:  What is the administration doing behind the curtain?  This distraction may be the smoke screen for something else that is unmasked or, it may not.  Americans must wake up, there have been too many cases where we have focused on what we thought was the current threat when in reality we were hit in the flank by something else – we just didn’t realize the flank was shot up until later.

What can you do?  Monitor the lead story and react appropriately, but also watch the other stories.  Don’t collect all your news from mainstream media.  Use some alternative news sources too.  Don’t believe everything you hear, check it out and decide for yourself what it all means.  Don’t be a sheeple, be a sheep dog.  Don’t worry about being PC.  Embrace the dark side and offend someone with your views.  Don’t blindly trust that you are hearing the lead story because you probably are not, and the views you are hearing are probably those that the media is instructed to tell you.

You may think I’m some kind of conspiracy theorist or crack pot.  I’m neither.  I’m just a guy who is concerned about being blindsided by the current administration, concerned that I am losing some of my rights as outlined by the Constitution, and concerned that there are too many citizens just floating along for the ride.

Last time:  Americans, PLEASE wake up!

By: Backfire


God, keep us safe from ourselves.

An instructor friend of mine was expressing frustration over the fact that, on a recent trip to the range, one of his students had not been able to grasp some of what he described as the most basic fundamentals of firearms safety.

I asked him, "Who was allowing such unacceptable behavior to go on?"

I didn't get an answer.

I think it's reasonable to assume that we all have high expectations that our range will be kept as safe as humanly possible.  We teach our students safe handling of firearms.  We take precautions to ensure that our students don't "muzzle" others, and we discourage the inappropriate caressing of the trigger when the sights are not on the target.

But, what happens when something goes terribly wrong?  Do accidents happen on safe ranges?  Of course they do.

In spite of all of our best laid plans, in spite of all our clever little anecdotes about the difference between "negligent" and "accidental" firearms discharges, ACCIDENTS DO HAPPEN.  When they do, lives can be inalterably changed or destroyed.

Can we completely avoid the possibility of a range accident?  Short of hiding under our house and hoping we will not be struck by a meteor, there will probably never be a "zero" possibility of an accident.

All we can do is try our best to mitigate the extent of the damages.  One of the best ways to accomplish that goal is to live by a "zero-tolerance" rule, whenever safety is an issue.  Never tolerate less than 100% compliance with safety rules.

So, I told my friend, "Stop pointing out to your student what he is doing wrong, and demand that he immediately start doing the things that are right.  Leave no doubt in his mind that he is a game without negotiable rules.  And, if you find yourself continually having to tell him to keep his damned finger off the trigger, stop, remove him/her from the range, and realize that you are making the lives of others safer."

Remember, if what you're doing isn't working, do something else.  And, if that doesn't work, you might have to accept the unpleasant fact that not everyone is teachable.

Train, Train, Train

Obama's Gun Speech Sprinkled With Inaccuracies, Distortions


Alan Korwin

PHOENIX, Ariz. -- Here are the highlights from the president's plans on new gun controls. It is obvious he is limited in what he can do without Congress. His packed house and emotional introduction was brilliantly performed.

Unfortunately, the president left out most hard details on what he actually plans to have his officials do, so the workings he leaked to Politico on New Years Eve remain unknown, but this has not stopped pundits from speculating wildly. Real details below.     READ MORE

The 5 Best-Selling Guns of 2015

Fox Business

With concealed carry a primary concern for gun buyers, Smith & Wesson's M&P Shield line of subcompact guns has proved extremely popular, with over 1 million guns produced. Image: Smith & Wesson Holding.

There are probably as many favorite guns among firearms enthusiasts as there are models manufactured. One way to determine what the "best" gun is is to see what people are buying. But that's not a straightforward endeavor.     READ MORE

Bayanihan Kali Fighting and Emergency Medical

by:  Rudy Salazar

Scheduled Training:
Subject: Open Training
Date: Sunday, 02-14-2016
Time: 1500 - 1700
Place: off Cynthia Dr
Garden Ridge, TX  78266
CLICK HERE for directions.

Understanding the unique threat of edged weapons


Leslie Buck

Edged weapons have a unique set of dynamics that make them a critical subject to study for self defense.  Edged weapon attacks don’t typically have the same dynamics as an empty handed attack, yet they are often mistaken for an empty handed attack. Sometimes an attack may even begin with an empty handed assault, then escalate to include a knife.     READ MORE

SAAMAG:  Self Reliance

by:  Pat Scott


Monthly Meeting

Ordinarily our meeting would be 1/18/16 @ 3:00 PM but I didn't know until late this afternoon that the range doesn't have the classroom available for any Sunday in January.

The park is so "iffy" because of the weather in January that it's hard to plan anything there. It'd be perfect for the rocket stove demonstration I wanted to do but not so much on the slide show presentation Sukay (Susan) was going to do on her aquaponic experiences.

I'll do some checking to see if I can find another place and send a notification next week when/where we can meet.

FIREBUSH - Edible, Medicinal. Texas Tough

I  love multi-taskers.  My goal is to have everything on the place do more than one thing so when I tripped over the uses for the Firebush  plant  (scientific name: Hamelia patens) I almost couldn't believe it.  I did a little more research and love this description by Dr. Jerry Parsons in his Plant Answers  "Firebush...the name says it all! This tropical shrub is known for two attributes. First, the plant shows colors that would make any blaze proud. And second, it's the only plant that I know which actually performs better the closer it gets to spontaneous combustion."     READ MORE

I'm guessing Firebush can handle the Texas heat and still bloom, but what Dr Parsons didn't mention was the medicinal properties.  Eat The Weeds author, Green Deane says, "The Firebush is probably one of the most commonly planted unknown edibles.  They are usually arranged in the landscape to attract butterflies and migratory or resident humming birds.  However the fruit is edible and the plant has a long history of medicinal and industrial uses."     READ MORE

This plant is tough as nails, beautiful, edible, provides food for bees & hummingbirds AND medicinal?  What's not to love?

"Texas summers are infamous, and rightly so, for the terrific stress they place on blooming plants in the landscape. Their twin trip–hammer blows of searing heat and prolonged drought make most bedding plants cry “uncle” by the 4th of July. But Firebush, a new bedding plant for the north central Texas area, offers real hope to heat–hammered summer landscapes, particularly in view of the recurring fungal disease problems evident in many periwinkle plantings.

Firebush (scientific name: Hamelia patens) is an evergreen shrub or small tree native to many areas in tropical and subtropical America. It can be seen growing prolifically near magnificent stone pyramids in Veracruz and Yucatan and is prized by the natives for its beauty and many medicinal uses.     Read More

Mother Earth News Fair, in Texas

If you're interested in being self sufficient or homesteading you've probably heard of the magazine Mother Earth News.  But did you know that Mother has expanded and has been holding huge fairs?  To my knowledge the fairs have never been in Texas ... until this year.  The Texas fair is being held in Belton on the weekend of Feb 20-21, 2016.  CLICK HERE to check out all the workshops, speakers and schedule.

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