Monthly Archives: August 2012

Stop the presses!

“We have been informed by the Indian Government: Department of Telecommunications that all bulk promotional SMS (more than five messages) has been blocked with immediate effect (from the 17/08/12) for all operators across India until the 1st of September 2012.”


My company has to send SMS messages to its customers all over the world. This is the message we received from our SMS gateway provider a few days ago. There was a bit of trouble there and the Indian government sought to put a lid on the problem by cutting down on communication rates. They have since raised the limit to 20 after public outcry over free speech limits. From the article this is the reaction from two people about the new limit:

But as calm was restored among northeastern migrants and voices against the SMS cap grew louder, late Thursday the government announced that the limit would be lifted from five to 20.

The move was met positively by most mobile phone users. “Five was pushing it too far but 20 SMSes suit me just fine,” said 19-year-old Sehar Mirza, a student at Delhi University.

Others agreed. “It’s only during festival time that I exceed more than 20 SMSes in a day,” said 16-year-old Anushka Mishra. “I have little to complain about,” she added.

The government there says you can only say 20 sentences a day. “Well, I only tell my mom I love her once a day, and other than ordering lunch I don’t really need to talk. So 20 sentences a day suit me just fine,” is how I read that. Kids these days.


From the Department of the Obvious

Nothing to see here, move along…

LAWTON — A woman was struck in the chest by a bullet fired by a police officer aiming at a gunman outside a nightclub early Sunday, the Oklahoma Bureau of Investigation reports.

Jerry Ann Short, 24, of Lawton, was hit when the officer shot at a man waving a gun at a crowd of people about 1:45 a.m. at the Gate 4 Recovery Room nightclub in Lawton, an OSBI news release states.

Officers heard a gunshot coming from the parking lot outside the club where about 300 people had gathered. Officers approached the man and demanded he drop his weapon, but the man raised his weapon toward the group of bystanders, OSBI reports.

An officer fired a round but missed the man. The bullet hit a parked vehicle, went through several windows and hit Short in the chest, according to the news release. Short was treated at a hospital and released.

The man with the gun fled, the police officer reported.


Stories like this infuriate me. Did the “reporter” even spend 10 minutes on it? We know the name of the woman who was shot. We don’t know anything, at all, about the criminal except that he was a dude. If it had been a concealed carry permit holder that shot the woman his name would not only be in the article, unlike the police officer’s, but I suspect the article would be significantly longer and maybe on the 10pm news. But because a highly trained police officer made a mistake, nothing to see here, move along. Everyone makes mistakes.

You don’t need to click the link. I quoted the entire report for you. Here is just a short list of what should have been in the article.

  • The officers name;
  • The name of the maniac waving the gun around;
  • Maybe they don’t know his name; 300 people were there, no one knew the guy? Really?
  • A picture of the scene;
  • A description of where the officer, criminal, crowd, and Ms. Short were;
  • Yeah, what I want here are some 8×10 color glossy pictures with the circles and the arrows.

Note to “STAFF REPORTS”. Reprinting OSBI news releases is not reporting. If “reporters” would go back to being reporters maybe your industry wouldn’t be collapsing.

Too stupid to own guns any way.

More than 600 concealed-carry permits in Franklin and surrounding counties are invalid because three men issued falsified training certificates to the applicants, Franklin County Sheriff Zach Scott said today.

via The Columbus Dispatch and SayUncle


I’m not sure what it takes to become a concealed carry instructor in Ohio. It took me going to a 3 day Instructor course and probably about $1,000 with class, ammo, and filing fees. I actually drove to another state and took a beginning firearms class with the same instructor after the Instructor course because I wanted to see how the class was actually taught.

If Oklahoma’s requirements for instructors are close to Ohio’s then these guys are going away for felony-loose-your-rights-forever time to save $1,000. That is $1,000 they could recoup easily assuming they have access to a range to conduct classes. Stupid isn’t a crime, but the condition can certainly lead to it.

But there is a bit of funny in this story:

One undercover officer obtained a certificate not only for himself but for his sister, who wasn’t even there during the transaction, Scott said. 

Scott said some of the people who received the certificates were duped, but others probably knew they weren’t fulfilling the requirements. 

Recipients of the letters will have 14 days to respond to the sheriff’s office and come up with a plan to receive the correct training. If they do not contact the sheriff’s office, their permit will be suspended and they could face felony prosecution for providing false information for their CCW application, he said. 

Anyone who knew the certificates were phony has committed one crime to avoid another. The penalty for filing the false paperwork to get your license = Felony. The penalty for carrying a concealed firearm without a license = Misdemeanor.

I’m not a believer in ‘may’ issue, but those who knew the certificates were bogus are too stupid to own guns, much less carry them in public. Can we maybe make an exception this one time?


“If there’s two things I know in life, it’s how to under deliver.” — Mac Faulkner


This blog epitomizes that statement.

Mall Ninja

Scott A. Smith, 37, of North Ridgeville allegedly packed a bag with a loaded 9-millimeter Glock, extra ammunition clips and four knives for his trip to the movie theater, according to


Smith was going to see Dark Knight Rises of course. Apparently a security guard became suspicious because of the bag and the position he chose to sit in at the theater. He arrived early and sat at the top with his back near the wall.  I do not grok this man nor the police spokesman.

The Bag. Why did he need a bag to carry his one gun, some magazines and a few knives? I can, and do, regularly carry a Glock 17, two extra magazines, and a couple of knives underneath (and sometimes in) a 5.11 dress shirt. Just for fun one day, I decided to see just how much I could carry and go out to dinner without any of it showing. Thanks to a shirt like this one along with my normal hip holster and appendix carry, the total was 4 handguns and 6 knives. We went out to dinner and no one but my wife knew what a nutjob I am. That was very uncomfortable and if there was a fight, it better have involved guns, because there was no way I could have moved enough for a fist fight. It was ridiculous, but possible to carry that load in public. He took a bag instead and for that reason I’m going to call this one: Mall Ninja.

The Position. He arrived early, drawing attention to himself anyway, and took a seat in the back of the theater with his back against the wall. Really I’m Ok with this. It doesn’t say, but he should have worried less about the wall and more about the emergency exit. I would sit near the exit I thought least likely to be stampeded by the crowd when the fecal matter hit the  oscillator.

The Police. Quotes by Westlake Police Lt. Ray Arcuri about Mr. Smith:

“What concerns us is where he was sitting in the theater,” Arcuri was quoted as saying. “If he chose to do something there, all his potential victims were in front of him and he had an advantage over them.”

Arcuri added: “When you consider the movie he was going to and what happened in Colorado, you have to wonder what would make him want to bring the weapons into that particular film. Our police officer did a great job spotting him.”

If I wanted to defend myself from any particular kind of emergency, I would definitely try to position myself where I had the advantage. It doesn’t matter if it is a crazed bad guy at the door, a wildfire, or a baby with explosive diarrhea. Position yourself so you get the least amount of icky stuff on you, that’s my philosophy. But yes, officer Arcuri, why would someone, in light of what happened in Colorado, want to bring weapons into that particular film? Gosh, I just can’t imagine. It totally escapes me. I’m trying to picture it.. nope nothing. I assume you took yours off a left it at home before going to the theater that day. For the children.

The why. This is the biggest reason I do not grok. I went to see Dark Knight Rises. It was awesome by the way. I have no idea how Christopher Nolan managed to produce three kick-ass Batman movies in a row without someone along the way (most likely Christian Bale or network execs) screwing it all up.  I think I’ve told this story before, but its a good one. I was going to buy a used gun from a guy I didn’t know at a truck stop next to the interstate. So I did what anyone should do in that situation, I took a friend. I also took my Glock which I take most days anyway. When I went to pick up my friend he was trying to decide if he should carry his pistol (No, I don’t understand that either). He asked me, “Are you expecting trouble?” I replied, “No, if I were expecting trouble I wouldn’t go.”  The Dark Knight Rises was awesome, and I’m glad I went to see it. But I could have waited until it came out on video. I have a huge-ass TV and surround sound. Would have been almost as good. If I thought what happened in Colorado was likely to happen at my theater I wouldn’t go. This guy was so convinced it was likely that he made preps for it in addition to whatever he normally does. If you find yourself doing that. Don’t go.

The rumored Walther PPK revolver spotted in the wild.


Via Washington Rebel

Spoiler Alert

From the No Truth in the News / No News in the Truth Department.

Ryan Holiday
 could be called an “expert.” As head of marketing for American Apparel, an online strategist for Tucker Max, and self-styled “media manipulator,” he can talk social media and modern advertising with the best of them – he’s done so both online and in print on countless occasions. He is not an expert in barefoot running, investing, vinyl records, or insomnia. But he is a liar. With a little creative use of the internet, he’s been quoted in news sources from small blogs to the most reputable outlets in the country talking about all of those things.

— via Forbes

QOTD: Taxes

“When they talk about taxes it’s always for teachers, firemen, and police — but when they spend your taxes, it always seems to go to some guy in a leather chair downtown you never heard of.”  — Instapundit.

Or a failed ‘green’ energy company.