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]

Four LEOs Killed in Charlotte

BY Herschel Smith
2 months, 2 weeks ago


After a shooting in Charlotte killed four law enforcement officers and injured four of their colleagues, President Joe Biden called on Congress to pass tougher gun regulations. “We must do more to protect our law enforcement officers,” Biden said in a statement that came late Monday night. “ He first called for more funding directed to law enforcement. Then, he narrowed his focus in on guns.

“Leaders in Congress need to step up so that we ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, require safe storage of guns, and pass universal background checks and a national red flag law,” Biden said. “Enough is enough.” An AR-15 and an .40 caliber handgun were both found following the shooting, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Johnny Jennings, during a news conference Tuesday.


None of which would have had the slightest affect on the incident. Not a single bit.

Why? Because they were felons in possession of firearms. That was the reason for the raid to begin with.

Here’s a much better idea. Stop police raids. Just stop them. Don’t do them any more.

Sit and wait for them to leave the home, and then arrest them after a traffic stop.

Stop police raids. Nothing good ever comes from them. Innocent people get killed, guilty people get killed, LEOs get killed. Someone always gets killed.

This is not supposed to be MOUT in Iraq and LEOs are not supposed to be assaulters.

Our founders tried to make sure of that.

A republic – if you can keep it.

Fruit of the poisonous gun control tree

BY Herschel Smith
2 months, 2 weeks ago

The US Court of Appeals for Fifth Circuit (TX, LA) has issued a ruling upholding the 2022 federal law requiring additional background checks for 18-20 year olds. They used the so-called “Dicta” from the Bruen decision.


Cornyn and Tillis are to blame. They are both awful humans. We have Tillis for a couple more years. This is what happens when the party is controlled by money.

And the supreme court is to blame. The supreme court said too much, or too little, or not clearly enough. Or believes the wrong things.

I repeat what I’ve said before. The average age of the freedom fighters at the battle of Kings Mountain  was 14 years old.

Prosecutors say they will not retry an Arizona rancher accused of murder near the US-Mexico border

BY Herschel Smith
2 months, 2 weeks ago


Good. He should never have been charged to begin with.

That is enough said. Unless readers want to add more about out-of-control prosecutors playing political games to prove a point.

CZ Shadow 2 Compact

BY Herschel Smith
2 months, 2 weeks ago

I like Tim Harmsen and have talked with him before. Occasionally I disagree with him. This is one of those occasions.

Tim focuses on the fact that there isn’t a firing pin block on the CZ Shadow 2 Compact. I’ll let you watch the video for the details of his objections.

However, there are numerous videos where guys beat on the hammer with a mallet and cannot get the gun to fire. See here for an example. There are others like it.

The problem seems to stem from the use of an aftermarket firing pin, so the moral of the story is don’t use an aftermarket firing pin.

Frankly, I don’t think Tim did his research before posting this video.

Bear Advice With A Master Alaskan Guide

BY Herschel Smith
2 months, 2 weeks ago

This is certainly an interesting interview by Ron Spomer.

I found it insightful that Phil says that the sound of the spray leaving the nozzle is what scares a bear when using bear spray. But he also says that if a charge is legitimate and not a bluff charge, he’s shooting.

I’m not sure how it became conventional wisdom that one has to decide to use either bear spray or firearms, rather setting the context as a both-and query.

I’ve never carried bear spray and I’m not sure that I ever would. If a bear is charging me, I will assume that it’s not a bluff charge. This is especially true given that a hiker is interested in shaving grams of weight off of his load (not just ounces or pounds or kilograms).

But then, I’m not a professional bear hunting guide who gets charged multiple times every season and has a license to maintain either.

I’d be interested in your thoughts on his experience using 9mm against the brown bear. As to his advice to carry what you’re comfortable shooting, I am comfortable shooting .45 ACP and 450 SMC, so I’d rather have either of those two rounds than 9mm.

If you do a search on Phil Shoemaker, they don’t even advertise their rates. I’m sure it’s rather expensive to go on a hunting trip with Phil. I’d like to, but I know I can’t afford it.

John Farnam on 9mm Revolvers

BY Herschel Smith
2 months, 2 weeks ago


During an exercise, shooting factory 115gr hardball from a well-known and reputable manufacturer, a bullet jumped forward far enough to protrude from the face of the cylinder and thus prevent the cylinder from rotating normally. In fact, the bullet jumped forward far enough to physically separate from the case. This not only precluded the revolver from continuing to fire, but it also made it impossible to swing out the cylinder, so the revolver could now not be reloaded!

Honestly I had never considered this failure mode before. But after all, the 9mm cartridge is a rimless cartridge, so one should maybe expect to see this from time to time.

However, I’ve never seen this failure when Jerry Miculek is shooting his S&W 9mm revolver, and he likes his a lot. In fact, he broke one world record with it.

But Jerry uses moon clips. I cannot see how this failure mode could occur if you’re using moon clips.

If any smart gunsmiths care to explain how this failure could happen while using moon clips I’ll listen. But absent such an explanation, I assume that using moon clips prevents this failure mode.

Read the rest of John’s analysis here.

Firearms Insurance

BY Herschel Smith
2 months, 2 weeks ago

This is just another tax on firearms owners and an infringement upon God-given rights. Insurance won’t ever pay out for felonies committed or intentional acts, and they know it.

Washington State Supreme Court Commissioner on Magazines

BY Herschel Smith
2 months, 2 weeks ago

I took a few minutes to look at his decision. Based on what I read, it sounds like he wasn’t able to spend enough time as a high school freshman writing papers for his civics class and wanted to make up by doing things completely unrelated to the task at hand, which was to follow the law.

“The Second Amendment Doesn’t Exist In This Courtroom”

BY Herschel Smith
2 months, 3 weeks ago


‘Do not bring the Second Amendment into this courtroom. It doesn’t exist here. So you can’t argue Second Amendment. This is New York.’

Here she is.

She has a “rich cultural heritage.”

Judge Darkeh is a child of an immigrant father and a first-generation American mother. Her father, George Komla Darkeh, was born and raised in Ghana, West Africa. “He came to New York in the 1960s to attend Columbia University and to work at the United Nations,” she said. Her mother, Shirley Elise (nee Lowe) Darkeh was born in Brooklyn after her family immigrated from St. Vincent and Barbados. Judge Darkeh’s parents met a party in NYC, at the home of a UN diplomat. Two years later they married, started a family and moved to Long Island. 

“I was born in the United States — Brooklyn, New York, in fact — and I am proud to be an American, but I have always understood that America is a rich and vibrant place because of all of the people, from different places, who settled here and who expressed who they are and where they came from in their everyday lives.

But with no respect for God-given rights to self defense or the liberties of a free man. That sort of cultural heritage.

Now, reddit/Firearms gives us good reason to try her for treason.

Scheuer v. Rhodes, 416 U.S. 232, 94 S. Ct. 1683, 1687 (1974) Note: By law, a judge is a state officer. The judge then acts not as a judge, but as a private individual (in his person). When a judge acts as a trespasser of the law, when a judge does not follow the law, the Judge loses subject-matter jurisdiction and the judges’ orders are not voidable, but VOID, and of no legal force or effect. The U.S. Supreme Court stated that “when a state officer acts under a state law in a manner violative of the Federal Constitution, he comes into conflict with the superior authority of that Constitution, and he is in that case stripped of his official or representative character and is subjected in his person to the consequences of his individual conduct. The State has no power to impart to him any immunity from responsibility to the supreme authority of the United States.”

Cooper v. Aaron, 358 U.S. 1, 78 S.Ct. 1401 (1958). “No state legislator or executive or judicial officer can war against the Constitution without violating his undertaking to support it.” The constitutional theory is that we the people are the sovereigns, the state and federal officials only our agents.”

Cooper v. Aaron, 358 U.S. 1, 78 S. Ct. 1401 (1958) Note: Any judge who does not comply with his oath to the Constitution of the United States wars against that Constitution and engages in acts in violation of the supreme law of the land. The judge is engaged in acts of treason. The U.S. Supreme Court has stated that “no state legislator or executive or judicial officer can war against the Constitution without violating his undertaking to support it”. See also In Re Sawyer, 124 U.S. 200 (188); U.S. v. Will, 449 U.S. 200, 216, 101 S. Ct. 471, 66 L. Ed. 2d 392, 406 (1980); Cohens v. Virginia,19 U.S. (6 Wheat) 264, 404, 5 L. Ed 257 (1821).

28 is U.S. Code § 454. Practice of law by justices and judges

Any justice or judge appointed under the authority of the United States who engages in the practice of law is guilty of a high misdemeanor.

(June 25, 1948, ch. 646, 62 Stat. 908.)

The USDC are legislative courts typically proceeding in legislativemode. See American Insurance v. 356 Bales of Cotton, 1 Pet. 511, 7 L.Ed. 242 (1828) (C.J. Marshall’s seminal ruling); Balzac v. Porto Rico, 258 U.S. 298, 312 (1922) (the USDC IS NOT a true United States court established under Article III!); and 28 U.S.C. §§ 88, 91, 132, 152, 171, 251, 458, 461, 1367.

Legislative courts are not required to exercise the Article III guarantees required of constitutional courts. See Keller v. Potomac Electric Power Co., 261 U.S. 428 (1923); Federal Trade Commission v. Klesner, 274 U.S. 145 (1927); Swift & Co. v. United States, 276 U.S. 311 (1928); Ex parte Bakelite Corporation, 279 U.S. 438 (1929); Federal Radio Commission v. General Electric Co., 281 U.S. 464 (1930); Claiborne-Annapolis Ferry Co. v. United States, 285 U.S. 382 (1932); O’Donoghue v. United States, 289 U.S. 516 (1933); Glidden Co. v. Zdanok, 370 U.S. 530 (1962); Northern Pipeline Co. v. Marathon Pipe Line Co., 458 U.S. 50 (1982).

But all of that relies on good men doing righteousness, and that isn’t going to happen in New York. If the SCOTUS had any guts, they would have dealt with this sort of denial of the 2A long, long ago, and would be dealing with it currently with the AWBs in Illinois and Maryland. But they have no guts. They have run scared of this issue for a very long time.

Funny, that. Sotomayor has no problem telling the lower courts off when she wants to. It seems that everyone else on the supreme court is a coward.

It would be good if the SCOTUS had a way of censuring lower courts and judges, and perhaps they do. But they would have to actually exercise that prerogative, and it takes more than cowards to do that.

Finally, this touches fingers with the whole issue of immigrants and immigration, and how they don’t bring the same value system to America. They bring the value system from the country they left. This is especially dangerous when it’s a judge. It will just take more time to work its way through the process with immigrants who vote.

See the point?

Barrel Whip

BY Herschel Smith
2 months, 3 weeks ago

We were recently discussing barrel whip and barrel harmonics.  Here is a good video on this.

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