The Paradox and Absurdities of Carbon-Fretting and Rewilding

Herschel Smith · 28 Jan 2024 · 4 Comments

The Bureau of Land Management is planning a truly boneheaded move, angering some conservationists over the affects to herd populations and migration routes.  From Field & Stream. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) recently released a draft plan outlining potential solar energy development in the West. The proposal is an update of the BLM’s 2012 Western Solar Plan. It adds five new states—Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming—to a list of 11 western states already earmarked…… [read more]

Initial Shots In Kenosha Identified

BY Herschel Smith
3 years, 8 months ago

Courtesy of Reddit/Firearms, the initial shots in Kenosha, WI, have been identified, along with the shooter.  Click to enlarge this photo, and it’s accompanied by a video.

Kyle Rittenhouse Was Inches Away From Dying

BY Herschel Smith
3 years, 8 months ago

The moment his arm exploded, the pistol was being pointed at Kyle’s head.  While I’ll still cover this event, and pray for Kyle, I’ve seen everything I need to see.

Man Who Pulled Gun On Black Lives Matter Protesters In Tallahassee Will Not Face Charges

BY Herschel Smith
3 years, 8 months ago

News from Tallahassee.  If you can put up with the screeching female in the video, there is one with sound here.  There is also coverage at ZH.  Otherwise, this video shows most of what you need.

He would be dead now except for his pistol.


One Of These Pictures Is Not Like The Others

BY Herschel Smith
3 years, 8 months ago

Comprehensive, Time-Spliced Video Of Kenosha Event

BY Herschel Smith
3 years, 8 months ago

I’ve already written extensively on the Kenosha event, here (“What Started The Event?), here (“No, I Absolutely Do Not Stipulate That Kyle Rittenhouse Shouldn’t Have Been In Kenosha”), here (“What Does It Take To Be A Writer For Slate?”), here (“Three Criminals Shot In Kenosha, WI, Identified”), here (“Candid Observations At Reddit Concerning Kenosha, WI, Gun Battle”) and here (“One Rioter Gets Half His Arm Blown Off With Rifle Fire”).

But I can barely keep up with the breathtaking speed and dizzying accuracy of the analyses at both and Reddit/Firearms. has comprehensive analyses at both this link and this one (the first being first in the sequence, the second being updated but different).

Reddit/Firearms also had a good analysis up, which has been taken down by the awful moderators, but which I lifted here (for the most part, although the loss of comments is regrettable).

The best video I’ve seen to date is a time-spliced video built and posted by a Redditor and dropped out as an MP4 file.  Here is the link (if the link gets taken down, I downloaded the full video and will repost).  Allow me to explain why I’m lifting some of the prose and explanation.  This is “fair use,” as I do not make a penny off of this web site.

Second, I’ve seen far too many valuable, creative, informative discussion threads removed by awful moderators to trust that it will be there in the future.  They could send me a certified letter signed by an attorney declaring that it will never be removed, and I’d still not trust them.  With that said, I will be lifting only parts of the explanation by the author, and I encourage you to go to the balance of the explanation and the comments (which are equally informative).

The Reddit/Firearms thread is here.

The entire thing is a single synced shot, with the exception of the part after the shooting where the entire clip from Regg’s stream of the shooting is played again, and a few seconds at the beginning showing CJ’s shot of Kyle leaving the gas station. Other than that, everything can be considered sequential, synced within about .05 seconds.

The first clip is mostly in there for irony’s sake, and to show that he was wearing his shirt properly earlier, but it’s part of a larger confrontation which started when rioters got angry at the gas station defenders for putting out a dumpster fire. (first shot fired at 3:49)
Joseph was there, and he was very angry at people.
That may have been what prompted him to start chasing Kyle (long time after this incident happened) when he spotted him 50ft outside the gas station parking lot, or Kyle may have started running on his own, drawing people to chase him. Either way, he appears to start running with the extinguisher about a second before “burn inside” is yelled”, dropping it a few seconds later.

[ … ]

Highest quality video of the chase and initial shooting:
Second set of shootings:
Another shot of the shootings, plus a thread with aftermath (unused):
Kyle leaving the station:
CJ’s stream, the guy who provided first aid (7:30 for first shots): (this is the libertarian who went viral the night before, he has a few statements about the situation in other posts)

Auxiliary footage (there’s more video from earlier in the night on their FB pages):
Aftermath Gore:
Lakota’s footage, since he was following CJ:
RT footage, relevant bit at T minus 6 where Kyle asks the cops to go north to his workplace:
Gaige’s POV (if anyone has his entire stream, let me know):

That’s all I’ll lift.  There’s a lot more at the link, and as I said, I encourage you to visit the link and watch the entire video (linked above), multiple times if you have to.  I have.

It’s obvious to me that Mr. Rittenhouse attempted to put out a fire caused by Rosenbaum, Rosenbaum didn’t like it (because he was trying to expand the fire to nearby buildings and police vehicles), and went after Rittenhouse.

Kyle Rittenhouse defended his life, and then others gave chase.  Kyle was on the ground when the rest of the shooting occurred, in one instance defending his life against an attack with a skateboard (which could be lethal in an attack to the head or spine), and in another instance against a convicted felon with a pistol who was advancing towards him (and who unapologetic and later claimed that his only regret is in not emptying his magazine into Kyle).

If you still don’t understand how this went down, I encourage you to go view the video again.  In the exchange, he killed a convicted sex offender (and also convicted arsonist), a wife beater, and wounded (and took out of the fight) another felon.

There’s another aspect that hasn’t been discussed at all, and that is the police interactions with the militia before this event went down.  Watch one of those present explain it to you.

Let’s be clear.  The founders were deeply opposed to a standing army, and the police have become that standing army in many instances, especially with militarized tactics like SWAT teams and no-knock raids.

I’m not opposed to the use of militia to aid “peace officers.”  That’s how the founders intended it to work.  I’m also not opposed to what the Kenosha police told the militia, nor their intended use of the militia (assuming this report is true).

What I am opposed to is the arrest of Kyle Rittenhouse in this instance given that he was doing what was expected of him (and also acted only in self defense), and the office of the DA filing charges of murder against Rittenhouse.  The DA (Michael Graveley) will now use his office to conduct lawfare against the very people with whom the police made a bargain that very day.

But you can be sure of one thing.  Graveley’s office will make sure that the U.S. Department of Justice investigates the shooting of Jacob Blake.

Medical Kits And Tourniquets

BY Herschel Smith
3 years, 8 months ago

It has come up in comments and posts, so I thought it would be time to broach this subject.  This isn’t intended to be comprehensive or even educated.  It’s a platform for you to add, subtract, or give your own opinions or products.

First of all, I found this DoD document detailing a number of different types of tourniquets and their potential failures and advantages.

In this document I found out that the type of tourniquet that I seek, a mechanical tourniquet (see here as well), is found to be superior in practice because of the difficulty of one-handed application and use.  The downside is that if a user turns the crank the wrong way he can break the mechanism, although that’s not a very common failure.

John Lovell has addressed the issue of full medical kits here, here and here.

If you have suggestions for med kits or tourniquets, please drop them in the comments and explain why you like them or have them.

Statement Released By John Pierce, Attorney For Kyle Rittenhouse

BY Herschel Smith
3 years, 8 months ago

Ninth Circuit Open Carry Case: Young v. Hawaii

BY Herschel Smith
3 years, 8 months ago

Yes, I know that free men don’t ask permission.  And readers know I agree.  However, I hadn’t really followed the Young v Hawaii case, and this is a very good summary of what’s happened and what is yet to happen.

While Trump has made some good appointments to the ninth circuit, I do recall that he essentially threw one away.  I’m wondering if he wishes he had that one back?

It would be nice though, to get some conclusion on this to our liking. As I’ve stated so many times before, open carry is how gentlemen do it.

John MacArthur: “There Is No Pandemic”

BY Herschel Smith
3 years, 8 months ago

The report he’s talking about is discussed here.

The report reads in part:

Table 3 shows the types of health conditions and contributing causes mentioned in conjunction with deaths involving coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). For 6% of the deaths, COVID-19 was the only cause mentioned. For deaths with conditions or causes in addition to COVID-19, on average, there were 2.6 additional conditions or causes per death.

But we all knew this anyway.  Those of us who are thinking men, at any rate.

Kenosha, WI: What Started The Event?

BY Herschel Smith
3 years, 8 months ago

It’s easy to say that St. Jacob Blake was the start, but he was only the pretext for the violence in Kenosha.

Most of this comes from good friend Len Savage, via  As it turns out, Kyle Rittenhouse attempted to do what he came for, i.e., protect property.

“Kyle apparently ran up at the gas station and provided a fire extinguisher that put out Pedo Boy’s dumpster fire that he was pushing into the gas station … It pissed pedo boy off and they attempted to ambush and set the kid on fire to teach him a lesson…”

Then came screams of “get him.”  They wanted to burn things, Kyle tried to stop it, and for that they chased him down.

This was all in self defense, as his lawyers are pointing out.  Oh, and they’re not done yet.  They want to know where he is.

If this Twitter post gets taken down, here is an archive of it.  I wonder if some DA will take this case up?

Before all of that, the very start of another video shows the cops telling people to go home since “they are civilians.”  Nothing pisses me off more than hearing that.  Cops are civilians too.

Any questions on the sort of people you’re dealing with?  Three convicted criminals got shot, one a wife-beater, another a pedophile, and finally one who came after Kyle with a pistol in his hand (who could not legally own that weapon), who were chasing Kyle down after he tried to stop burning of businesses, something the cops wouldn’t do themselves.

This may be one of the most videographed CQB events in history.  Kyle won.  That makes them angry.  It makes Antifa/BLM angry, and it makes the Kenosha DA angry.

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