Good People With Firearms #9: Armed citizen zip ties fleeing suspect

2DEC2019 Fort Lauderdale, FL Another reason the founding fathers wrote the Second Amendment.  Armed citizen catches fleeing suspect, zip ties him, police arrive.

“We had customers and employees out, that’s when I decided to pull my firearm and stop him,” Sandi said. “I wasn’t really thinking. Training and instinct kicked in. I just did what had to be done.”

Good Samaritan with gun stops car thief running from police

 

Unconditional freedom, no compromises, no negotiations. -13

Good People With Firearms #8: Robber points AK in guys face, gets shot.

26NOV2019 “and I am not going to go out like a punk. So I emptied my Glock in his chest. This man tried to get in my van while I was sleeping and he was surprised to see what I did.”

60 year old NRA member and concealed carrier kills man who stuck an AK-47 in his face.  Got to love living in South Florida.

Miami Man In Van Guns Down AK-47 Wielding Robber Because He Didn’t Want ‘To Go Out Like A Punk’

 

Unconditional freedom, no compromises, no negotiations. -13

Worm bin notes: Update 25 Worms love avocados!

Bins 2 & 3, Update 25.  When opening both bins I noticed the moisture was higher under the cardboard covering.  The spiders seem to have been wiped out by the lizard visits.  I didn’t see any in either bin.  The small white dot insects are still in both bins in abundance seems like the moisture helped.  I’d would like to try to capture a few one day and look at them under the microscope.  They’re so small they look like tiny moving white dots in the bins.

 

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Bin 2 Oct. 29th

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Bin 2 Nov. 16th

The other unidentified insects are also there but no as many as before.  The heat may have been too much for them.  Bin temperatures were 72.1° F. – 72.5­­° F.  The ambient temperature was 72° F with 56% humidity.  I watered both bins to get the moisture up at the surface.  The hand sprayer sprung a leak because I left it under pressure and in the sun.  Looks like its time for a new one.  I used the 1 gallon garden sprayer as a substitute and may keep using that instead of the hand sprayer.  I’ll use it next time and see how it goes.

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Bin 3 Oct. 29th

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Bin 3 Nov. 16th

One thing is for sure the worms really like the avocados.  As long as they are not rotted or dried out they devour them.  I still think their favorite is the mangoes and fresh greens.  It seemed like the cardboard cover is thinning out I’ll add more next time I check the bins.  -13

Latest video below.

 

Good People With Firearms #7: Constitutional Carry, Stillwater Police Dept PSA

The Second Amendment already guarantees the right to be armed whenever, wherever.  However unfortunate in these days of anti civil rights gun control zombies a public service announcement is a necessity.  All American citizens, police departments and serving officers need to understand and abide by what is presented by the Stillwater Police Department.  To those with an irrational fear of firearms or the desire to take away another human beings self defense capabilities, start here you need it.

What you need to know about the new Constitutional Carry Law

Unconditional freedom, no compromises, no negotiations. -13

Worm bin notes: Update 24, All is well!

Bins 2 & 3, Update 24.  All is well in the bins.  Ambient temperature of 86°F, 70% humidity, bin temperature 82.5°F.  The bin temp is a little higher than I’d like but there is no where else to keep them.  No foul odors.  Nothing out of the ordinary.  There were few or no spiders.  That makes me think there has been a lizard or two dropping by for a few snacks.

I’ve noticed but keep forgetting to mention, the other two insects usually seen in abundance in the bins are hardly visible.  I think the continuous air flow and drying of the surface has had an effect on them.  Next time I check the bins I’ll add more moisture and possibly add more cardboard in an effort to keep the moisture level higher.  Maybe the other insects will flourish again.

Since there isn’t much potato on the potato skins I’ve started adding them back into the bins to simulate leaf litter.  I’m also hoping the addition of moisture will keep them from drying out creating a more natural type environment for the worms.  I’d like to see more activity at the surface again.  Stopped using the fan since there has been small patches of moisture and discoloration on the floor next to it.  It’s “winter” here in Florida so the ambient temps should be more mild.  We’ll see! -13

Good People With Firearms #6: 24 Hours in South Florida

None of these incidents involve the use of a firearm for self defense.  They simply demonstrate what it’s like to live or visit here and why many of us choose to carry a firearm for self defense.

24 Hours in South Florida.  Why do over 2 million citizens of Florida have a concealed weapons permit?

SW Dade Man Carjacked At Gun Point By Two Masked Subjects

Cutler Bay Man Ambushed, Killed In Home Invasion

Elderly Man Robbed, Injured After Being Dragged On Suspect’s Vehicle At Bank Parking Lot

Unconditional freedom, no compromises, no negotiations. -13

Good People With Firearms #5 Pregnant mother defends home with AR-15, one dead

Family’s mother, 8 months pregnant uses AR-15 to drive out home invaders.  “…He made it from my back door to roughly 200 feet out in the front ditch before the AR did its thing.”

Florida Woman Uses AR-15 To Defend Family During Home Invasion

Victim of Violent Home Invasion Speaks; Credits Wife With Saving His Life With AR-15

Pregnant mom uses AR-15 to kill burglar, defend family during home invasion

Pregnant woman shoots and kills intruder with AR-15 during home invasion in Florida

A Florida man says his pregnant wife saved his life in home invasion – with an AR-15

Unconditional freedom, no compromises, no negotiations. -13

Good People With Firearms #4 Armed roommate stops home invasion

Armed roommate shoots one of two home invaders.  Why we won’t negotiate or compromise the U.S. Second Amendment.  Anyone suggesting it or advocating for it belongs in Guantanamo prison.

“She was collected enough to keep us all from getting hurt,” the woman’s roommate said. “You know that’s really what I’m thankful for, is that not everybody is ready to jump under stress.”

Florida, Pinellas County  Woman shoots intruder during early morning home invasion

Unconditional freedom, no compromises, no negotiations. -13

The Florida Range Experience: Okeechobee Shooting Sports

The Florida Range Experience is a new project here on my blog.  I’m going to share my experience with the various shooting ranges I go to here in the state of Florida.  Most of the experiences will be here in the Broward and Miami-Dade county areas.  Some will be in the surrounding counties.

The need to sight in a couple of rifles led me to search for a range.  I wanted a range that I could set up my shooting rest and tools without interference.  There is an outdoor rifle range run by the county but the online reviews left me thinking I should go somewhere else.  More on that range in another blog.  During the online search I found Okeechobee Shooting Sports.

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The range is two hours drive from home.  After seeing the range’s website the distance didn’t matter, I wanted to go there to check it out.  They have various ranges to suit anyone’s needs.  The “Unlimited Rifle” range where a shooter can shoot in the “seated, prone, kneeling, standing” positions.  The “Gallery” where pistol shooters can practice drawing from a holster and rifle shooters can rapid or automatic fire if they want.  There are “Private” ranges that can be used in various ways.  Cost for each range varies.

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Shooters Cafe with shaded seating area

Then there is the “Pistol & Rifle” range.  The pistol range has a usable distance from 5 – 50 yards.  The rifle range has four marked distances, 25, 50, 100 and 200 yards.  It cost $15.00 for the day.  They also have an onsite gunsmith, a cafe, firearm rentals, memberships, and training.  Range hours of operation for non-members is Thursday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm.

 

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Pro Shop, Gunsmith and eating area(right)

Here’s my experience.  After viewing the website I filled out and signed the required waiver online.  That makes checking a quick process.  Don’t forget to watch the safety video before you go.  When I arrived I went to the Pro Shop, told the clerk my name and within a minute and a half I was paid up and ready for the range.  Checking in was super easy.

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The 24 lane rifle range was well run.  George the RSO(Range Safety Officer) was the kind of range safety we all want watching over us.  He’s not the overbearing mother hen type he’s an easy to get along with, very nice guy.  He will make sure you know how the range is operated and hold you to it without all the fanfare.  Hope he’s there the next time I go.

There are 15 minute shooting time blocks controlled by an automated system that announces when to stop firing and prepare for target changes.  The RSO will insure all procedures are followed before allowing anyone down range.  Once the target changes are made shooters are given the all clear and allowed to proceed with shooting.  The procedures are more detailed that was the short version.

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Rifle lane

Each lane is equipped with a shooting rest, and two seats.  The early bird gets to use the spotting scopes on a table in front of the RSO station.  The target system is a pleasure to use.  Targets are stapled onto a system where cardboard is attached to wood supports that are attached to a metal base.  Staplers are provided.  Target removal or set up is very easy.  There are also concrete markers for each lane to help the shooter line it up with the shooting position.

There were maybe about ten other shooters on the rifle range.  They seemed equally divided by task.  Some were sighting or checking zero on hunting rifles, others were doing the same thing with AR15’s or similar.  Something to note about the lanes.  The divider between lanes is hardware fabric.  It will keep others brass out of your shirt but will not protect you from muzzle break discharge.

Visible in the rifle lane photo on the right is the muzzle break that gave me a strong blast every time the shooter next to me fired.  I’m not complaining, just making note so you’re not surprised.  I enjoyed the blast it helped me focus more on the task at hand and was a welcome test of my ability to ignore things that don’t matter.

Things that matter to me is staff attitude, how the range it operated and cleanliness.  All the staff were friendly.  The range was operated well, range participants know what to expect and what is expected of them.  The range was clean and well maintained.  My first experience at Okeechobee Shooting Sports was good.  I plan on going back to shoot on the other ranges in the future.  If you get a chance to go check them out I think you’ll have a good time there.  -13

The Florida Range Experience: A new project for my blog

The Florida Range Experience is a new project here on my blog.  I’m going to share my experience with the various shooting ranges I go to here in the state of Florida.  Most of the experiences will be here in the Broward and Miami-Dade county areas.  Some will be in the surrounding counties.

I’m not going to use a rating system there are too many variables.  I will make my opinion clear by stating whether I’ll go back for more or never return again.  All the reasons that form those opinions will be written here in this blog.

I’ll be basing my opinion on my overall experience and the other things that matter too me.  Such as how are the range staff?  Are they aloof, bullies, mother hens, know it all’s?  Or are they courteous, knowledgeable, helpful, easy to get along with?

How well the range is operated.  Does the range have standard operating procedures or is it a free-for-all?  Is there brass everywhere creating a trip hazard or are shooters and staff expected to keep the range lanes clean?  Condition of the restrooms.

Those are a few of the things I’ll be looking at when visiting the range.  I’m hoping that others like me want to know what a range is like before deciding to go there.  I want the information in the blog to be useful.  -13

 

 

Dash Cam: Camera tampered with during vehicle maintenance.

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On 18 Octobrer 2019 our 4Runner was taken to Toyota Hollywood for maintenance. Before the vehicle left for the day I did what I do every day or two. Change out the SD card, clean the lens and check the position of the camera view. Everything was like it was supposed to be with a good camera view. When the 4Runner returned I started to change the SD card and noticed the camera was pointing in an upward direction.

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Before camera is moved.

That’s odd I thought because for the camera to be moved into that position it would have to be forced that way.  The mechanism that controls the vertical view of the camera has a knob that is tightened by hand. It also has indexing teeth so that the camera will stay in position once adjusted.

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After camera is moved.

That then made me suspicious since the vehicle had maintenance that day.  I loaded the footage on my computer.  I was not surprised to see footage of the camera being manipulated. Someone started to move the 4Runner then slowed down as the camera was moved. The slow motion video demonstrates the indexing I was referring to.  The clicks are visible in the footage. Adjusting the rear view mirror does not interfere with the camera.

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The employee cannot claim it was bumped by a hand. I included a demonstration of how difficult it is to move the camera in the video I put together about what happened.  So why would an employee of Toyota Hollywood be manipulating the camera without permission?  Does the employee have something to hide.  Does Toyota Hollywood?  The camera is not a Toyota part.  We put the camera in for our protection. They don’t have the authority to touch that camera or any other personal item.  This makes me very suspicious of what is going on in their garage.

There is a guy that keeps showing up in the footage who is the one performing the maintenance.  I’m not accusing the guy but do wonder if it was he who moved that camera.  Whoever it was I want to make sure that person never has access to any of our vehicles again.  The only person that could have moved the camera was the one who was driving it at the time.

I made a video record of the event that includes all the recordings from the time the 4Runner arrived at Toyota Hollywood to the time the person performing the work parked it outside.  Nearly all of the footage playback speeds have been changed to move though the timeline faster.  I included footage of me manipulating the camera angle and some slow motion to see movement detail.

For now all we can to is let the management know what happened so the issue can be addressed.  I’m posting this video so the management can see the actions that bring us concern.  As well as letting people know what took place there. We are shocked and disappointed this happened.

We want to know who did it so we can assure that person never accesses our vehicles again.  That camera is set to turn off after the engine stops. In the future when maintenance is performed the camera will be set to continuously record once it arrives at the garage.  Video is below. -13

 

Worm bin notes: Update 23 Getting back to normal

Bins 2 & 3, Update 23.  Looks like the bins are getting back to normal as well as the local temperatures.  The heat wave has let up and the worms are becoming more active.  Bin 2 temp was 81.8ºF, bin 3 was 82.2ºF with an ambient temperature of 86ºF, 69% humidity.

No foul odors to report in either bin.  Both bins showed signs of the surface drying out.  To remedy this I added more cardboard and made sure to push it down closer to the surface.  This should help trap the moisture in.  I’m sure the constant shop fan blowing on the bins the during the heat wave has contributed to the drying.  Next time I check the bins I may add some water to keep it moist enough to keep the worms happy.

There was a gecko in bin 3 as shown in the video.  It’s easy to see in both bins how few spiders there are in there.  Don’t remember seeing any in bin 3.

These updates have been getting shorter in length since the bins are getting back to normal and I’m not trying much new with them.  I’ve also decided to stop adding photographs to the updates unless I want to show something.  I’ve been so busy with other projects I don’t have the patients or time required using an Apple computer and phone.  Too many steps to do something that I could do much faster on a PC.

If I want to transfer photos and video from my iPhone onto my PC all I do is access the phone, highlight the items I want on the PC and drag them to the folder I want them in.

With Apple I have to open iMovie to get the photos and video to make the video.  If I want to use the photos on this blog I have to open photos, transfer them to photos, then transfer them to another folder on my desktop.  It’s become too much.  Apple is not user friendly they want too much control over my property.  Not cool.

I hope those few that do follow this part of my blog understand. It’s also why I make the videos, they have the same details.  This blog is a place for me to write notes of the checkup and things I may have left out of the videos, and for future reference should YouTube disappear or the ban me.  At least I’ll have some record.  New video is below check it out.  -13