Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday to the ultimate defensive weapon, God's own 1911. 100 years and still thumping bad guys.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

I'm Speechless

You can't help but bump in to the occasional bit of incorrect information on the internet. Lots of people out there that talk about subjects they know nothing about and have taken no time at all to properly research. Kind of like the mainstream media and the Brady bunch.

This however, has to be the single, most colossally stupid thing I have ever seen on the web. Wanna do life in prison? Follow this moron's advice.

H/T Tam

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

It's That Happy Time Of The Year

Time for my almost annual Spring preparedness reminders.

How's your batteries? Weather alert monitor working properly? You have 3-7 days of water and food stored up? Does your storm shelter need any work done or a good spring cleaning?

We're not talking about TEOTWAWKI or a zombie invasion, we're talking about fire, flood, tornado and other natural mayhem. Tornado season begins soon, be prepared in case one decides to visit your town.Mother Nature doesn't always give you a warning or a second chance. Check your supplies now.

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

I've Been Thinking

I know, it's dangerous but still.

I've been in and out of the security industry for almost 25 years now. Things have changed a lot and not in a good way.

When I first got into the industry in 1989, the mere presence of a person in uniform was sufficient deterrent to crime and stupidity. Now, I don't think you could deter some of these animals with a Ma Deuce. The war on terror, the crappy economy, the hip-hop culture all combine to make the world a damn dangerous place.

I live and work in the Battle Creek, MI metropolitan area. An area which was just named the 22nd highest crime rate area in the nation. That puts it at number 3 in Michigan. My local police agency has told me both that I should do whatever I have to do to get home safe after work and that they will see if they can get me a used set of armor. Not real good for the old comfort level. Top that off with the fact that the area I guard seems to cater to the shallow end of the gene pool and I really don't think I should be patrolling in anything lighter than a Bradley.

I see security officers getting less respect than ever and not just from the general public. I am fortunate to work with a great police department which sees me as an extra set of eyes rather than just a bystander in a silly costume, but most law enforcement agencies aren't like that.

The hip-hop culture has some of these hood rats thinking that jail time is a great way to develop what they call "street cred" so they can look all tough for their homies. I bet more than half of them would get a chubby out of taking down a uniformed person.

There are 4 known Islamic terrorist cells in the Detroit area, 3 in Chicagoland and at least 2 near Indianapolis. Talk about a potential triangle of death and mayhem. (I'll take more current info if anyone has it, thanks).

I don't think I have to talk about the economy, we all see it every day.

I wonder if the day of the unarmed security guard is dead? I don't think that a uniform and a vigilant attitude are as effective in this day and age as they used to be. I don't think there's any respect for guards anymore and I think we may actually be potential targets rather than the deterrent we were 20 years ago. If you have thoughts, I'd love to hear them.

Monday, March 07, 2011

Thanks Assholes

Well, nice job Lansing you bunch of fucking morons. The new Avengers film was slated to be partially shot in Detroit, a city that could really use the income.

Unfortunately, I have learned that the Avengers film will not be shot in Detroit but instead in Cleveland, OH thanks to some great tax breaks. Here's the link.

With the current state of the economy, Michigan cannot afford to chase away even one penny of possible income.

Saturday, March 05, 2011

Hunt Club, Battle Creek

I went to the Hunt Club in Battle Creek, MI today. It's supposed to be a nice place. The special was a 16oz ribeye. The worst cut of meat I have had since I was in the Navy. 3/4 fat. By the time the fat was trimmed away it was a weight watchers cut. I would have been happier going to Burger King or cooking up some fresh road kill.

To top it all off, when I said something to the waitress, she had to talk to the bartender, the bar tender actually acted like she was offended that someone had had the temerity to complain. I will say that the waitress was wonderful. The overall experience, however, was totally ruined by the crappy cut of meat and the horrible attitude of the bar tender, who had to call a manager on the phone to find out what to do about this. Had to call the manager? Really? The motherfucker couldn't be bothered to come out from wherever and deal with a dissatisfied customer?

They turned my first ever visit into my last ever visit. Fuck them.