“Your purpose was not to be a tourist walking through the Capitol, was it?” Howell asked during a plea hearing for Leonard Gruppo, who pleaded guilty to the petty offense of “parading” in the Capitol. Gruppo said he was not there as a tourist. Howell then refused to accept his plea until Gruppo admitted that he was in Washington on January 6 “as part of a demonstration in support of President Trump.”
How is this anything but a farce? We call this justice? “Make the plea and statements that I tell you to, or else?”
Start working on a good quote now.
“Give me liberty, or give me death?”
“Sic Semper Tyrannis.”
“I regret that I have but one life to give to fight tyranny.”
Something cool. I will have to work on it. You know, for a fictional story I am writing.
A comment on my recent Guardian post makes me want to clear up misconceptions of the training standards for Florida’s guardian program. For reference, here is the comment:
To be fair you have skipped over mentioning an important item. The contracted security MUST have each officer qualify through the Florida Guardian Training. 144+ hours, 132hrs is range, shoot house and school simulated scenarios. Thousands of rounds fired and strict qualifications all the way out to 25 yard timed shooting. The guardians are fully capable with firearms.
only 80 hours in firearms training, and not all of that is range time.
12 hours in legal issues (counts as part of the firearms training)
The firearms training breaks down like this:
8 hours of simulator training (think shoot/no shoot training)
8 hours of scenario training (not range time)
8 hours of defensive tactics (also not range time)
12 hours of training in legal issues (not range time)
16 hours of instruction in precision pistol (not all range time, some is classroom)
By law, guardians must fire at least 90 percent, but no more than 120 percent, of the rounds fired by police candidates at the police academy. How many rounds is that? Well, it varies. The standards are set by the state, but the specifics are set by each school. The only school that I could find that listed the number of rounds fired mandates 400 rounds of pistol and 50 rounds of shotgun. So call it a total of 500 rounds fired. That would mean Guardians would need to fire from 450 to 600 rounds during this course. Certainly not “thousands of rounds fired.”
At one to three yards, from the holster: Draw and fire two rounds into the target in 4 seconds. Repeat once for a total of 4 rounds.
At three yards, from high ready: Fire 2 rounds into the target in 1 second. Repeat twice for a total of 6 rounds.
At seven yards, from the holster: Draw and fire 2 rounds in four seconds. Then from high ready, 2 rounds in 4 seconds, then 2 more rounds in 4 seconds. Total of 6 rounds.
At seven yards, from the holster: Draw and fire 3 rounds in five seconds. Repeat once for a total of 6 rounds.
At 7 yards, from the holster: Draw and fire 12 rounds in 45 seconds, with a mandatory reload.
At 15 yards, from the holster: Draw and fire 6 rounds in 30 seconds.
Scoring: Any hit on the silhouette of a B-21 target is scored as a hit. Guardians must score 34 hits out of 48 rounds in a total of 1:53 with a single mandatory reload.
If you know anything about shooting, you would know that 2.1 rounds per second with a “hit” on a target 2 times as wide and 2 times as tall as an IDPA hit zone isn’t especially hard.
Compare this to an IDPA classifier course of fire. (pdf warning) An IDPA classifier requires 4 reloads instead of the one required by guardians. It also requires that the shooter hit a smaller target, including head shots. Still, let’s compare.
If we were to shoot an IDPA qualifier at that rate of fire with an 85% hit rate, we would score somewhere around a 200. That is barely marksman territory for a shooter with a Stock Service Pistol, and that is giving them some, considering the large size of the target area that qualifies as a “hit.”
So, no. The Guardian training isn’t thousands of rounds, nor is it particularly demanding. I daresay that most of the readers of this blog could score well on that test with no additional training.
Now we have word that the FBI has confiscated Trump’s passport. They are intent on making sure that he can’t leave the country. I think that Trump’s biggest weakness is one that is being shared by most of those on the right- they are assuming that the left is still playing by the rules.
It will surprise me greatly if Trump is still alive to see 2024. He most certainly see it from the inside of a prison cell, if he makes it that long.
Things will begin to happen with almost blinding speed.
Everyone but the one person responsible. It’s like they are all children. Who are they? The left, of course.
Domestic abusers blame their victims: “Look what you made me do!” That is the case here, as the left begins to blame the US for Brittney Griner’s prison term.
At first, the blame was placed upon the Russian cops who failed to read her Miranda rights to her, despite the fact that there are no Miranda rights in Russia. Then it was the injustice of the Russian court system. The race card was tried. None of it worked.
So now the left blames the NBA and income inequality because LeBron James makes $43 million a year, but Griner only made $200K because gender inequality. The only way that Griner could make good money, they claim, was for her to play in Russia. Bullshit. If Griner were even half as good as James, she would be playing in the NBA. Teams would love to have a talented player for less money. No, Griner makes less than Lebron for one simple reason. Women can’t play sports as well as men. That is why women don’t get paid as well. It’s why there have to be different leagues for men and women. If that weren’t the case, we wouldn’t need separate sports for men and women and trannies wouldn’t be kicking woman ass in every sport. The women don’t get paid as much for the same reason why minor leaguers don’t make as much as major league players: they aren’t as good.
I have a couple of acquaintances who play professional basketball. One plays in the NBA. Whenever he is in the area, we pay him a visit if he has time. The other wasn’t as good of a player, so he plays in Europe. The guy in the NBA is making millions of dollars per year. The other doesn’t make nearly that much.
Griner went to Russia to make money. Not because of sexism. Not because because she is black (most basketball players are).
Cops telling the woke mob to kiss their ass when they denigrate an officer for not engaging in the woke hatefest against Kyle Rittenhouse, who appears in the woke mob’s ten most hated people in America list.
Val Demings is running for Congress against Marco Rubio. She is running this ad:
She is trying to run on her record as a cop, so she can syphon off some law and order supporters. Let’s talk about her record as a cop. She was the chief of Orlando’s police department from 2007 to 2011. Her husband Jerry Demings was Sheriff of Orange County, the county where Orlando is located. He is now the mayor.
While she was police chief, her department had constant problems with police officers committing violent acts against the people who live there. Like the time in 2008 when a cop pushed this woman down the stairs:
After pushing her down the stairs, he falsified her arrest report and lied about what had happened. Officer Trinidad lied in the arrest affidavit and stated that Jessica Asprilla spit on him and was intoxicated when she fell down the stairs. Ms. Asprilla was eventually arrested for Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer (a felony) and resisting an officer. Later, in a deposition, Officer Trinidad stated that she intentionally threw herself down the stairs. Because it was caught on film, the charges against the woman were dropped, and the department had to discipline the officer.
The woman wound up suing the department, but complained that she would frequently have cops follow her in plain clothes, sometimes telling her to “watch your back.” One of those instances was actually caught on film during a news interview. She won her lawsuit, but was only awarded $4700- the amount of her medical bills. The officer still works for the OPD.
The Internal Affairs unit declared that he should receive a 16 hour unpaid suspension, by way of having two vacation days taken away. Chief Demings decided that the punishment should be reduced to one vacation day. For felony battery and perjury.
Even worse, the Orlando Police Department was in possession of the video of Officer Trinidad’s actions and never turned it over to the State Attorney’s office so they could make a proper decision whether to charge Jessica Asprilla for the allegations made by Officer Trinidad. The chief herself lied and covered for the rogue cop’s actions.
Demings also once had her service handgun stolen from her police vehicle back in 2009, even though city policy prohibited storing firearms in unattended police vehicles. She disciplined herself by sending herself a strongly worded letter. Her excuse was that she had children visiting her and wanted to keep it secure. Apparently, a house with 2 high ranking cops in it can’t afford a gun safe or even a lock box. The story has since been washed from Orlando media archives.
There was also the case of Daniel Daley, the 84 year old World War 2 veteran with no criminal record who walked with a walker. He was thrown to the ground by an OPD officer so hard that his neck was broken. His offense? He was arguing with a cop who said that he was illegally parked. Witnesses said the man was not aggressive. He sued and won $880,000 for that attack.
“The punishments were so minimal and so light for so many years, probably preceding Val Demings, that officers basically had impunity to punish people and get away with it,” said one local attorney. I can believe it. Don’t forget that she was one of the leading candidates to be Biden’s running mate in 2020. Here is a great example of OPD’s culture:
By the same rules that were just applied to Polymer80 by the ATF and the judge, they are. I have the plans right here. (pdf warning) Anyone can build a full auto SMG with less than $100 in parts from Home Depot.