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Bob’s Armory, Chapter 1

I thought I would run Bob’s Armory again as it has been about six months since the last time around.  The department is actually expanding a tad again and I might reach some new readers.I hope you find it interesting, or at least entertaining.

This item was originally run on April 19, 2008. It has been updated somewhat since then.

I am a gun person. I am a well trained, knowledgeable and experienced gun person. Since the blog tends to be fairly quiet on weekends I am going to try this as a regular item and see what happens. I will use it to share my thoughts (and they are mine, not Paco’s, not CDCr’s or anybody else so blame me if you don’t like them) within the realm of handguns, personal defense, firearms training and suchlike.

For starters, there is almost nothing so useless and even dangerous as a firearm, especially a handgun, in the possession of an inexperienced, untrained individual. (more…)

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Paco's Podium

Paco's main base has moved to an undisclosed location somewhere under the radar
On the Move

Packing and Unpacking Paco My apologies for the last few days of non-editing. My family and I have taken up new residence and I have just now re-established Internet connection. This is the first step in our plan to leave California and head east. Our target date is June 2016. Thanks to Bob and Howie for picking up the slack in my absence. It may take a few days of

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Not only do IV drug users stick it to themselves, they often stick to others by spreading communicable diseases
Stuck on Selfish

Drug Addicts, Needle Exchanges, and Spreading Disease: Pumping blood and whistling past the graveyard Richard Krupp, PhD June 26, 2015 I my April 7 post, Dirty Little Pricks Require Cleaner Sticks, Needle Exchange Programs–We Won’t Live Too Long, Everybody got disease maybe it’s alright (http://wp.me/p2wT3c-uxO), I talked about government sponsored needle exchange programs to help drug addicts avoid HIV and hepatitis C. Based on similar long term Canadian experiences, I had the following summary: “So let’s recap. The neighbors adjacent to the needle exchange program don’t like the clientele. The clientele (IV needle-exchangers) thought the

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It seems of late the most frequent targets of radicalized Islamic terrorists, militant activists, the press, and the federal government are cops
Anti-anti-terrorism Terror ups the Ante

RITs’ countermeasures increasingly take a poke at LE Perhaps in a sign that law enforcement is making a dent in suppressing terror cells here in America, two recent incidents have resulted in attempts to kill law enforcement personnel engaged in counter-terrorism efforts. The first incident resulted in the shooting death of a suspected terrorist named Usaama Rahim, who agents were following outside a CVS store in Boston, when he brandished a knife and charged two agents. It was later revealed Rahim had been involved in a plot with other homegrown terrorists to behead a police

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Congrats Talha Asmal, you're number one! The press has announced you as Britain's youngest terrorist bombing suspect to die for ISIS.
Jihad to go and blow yourself up!

The Darlings of the media: How the Press helps ISIS recruitment It is difficult to fathom the mindset of a Radicalized Islamic Terrorist (RIT) let alone the acts of violence he or she commits. Just as it was unimaginable that 909 people would drink poisoned Kool-aid in Guyana in obedience to a San Francisco-based cult leader named Jim Jones in 1978, most folks have a hard time swallowing the potency of jihad-influence, which causes otherwise nice Muslim boys and girls to become deranged, psychotic killers for their reportedly peace-loving god. Of late, the press feels

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During a recent press conference, President Obama put his finger on the problem of Climate Change by poking holes in his own hot air
Regurgitating Bad Science Changes Everything

Rhetorically Speaking, Climate Change is more President-made than Man-made The left has been beating the drum about carbon-footprints for sometime now. Their claim is that human beings, not natural occurrence, is heating up the planet. This controversial political hot potato was first labeled Global Warming until scientists discovered that there has been no warming trend for nearly two decades. Then the political left took their deflated football and changed the game and the name to Climate Change—the ambiguous and ambitious campaign to make carbon dioxide the enemy of every living creature on the planet. Democrats

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Missouri Governor Jay Nixon (D) demonstrates the slightly modified version of the Ferguson chant using the words of Richard Strong in October 2000: "Just shoot me. I killed them."
MO violence makes Strong case for execution

Black-on-Black Crime in Missouri Rates No Riot, Ends in Injection In an unusual move by a Democrat and liberal, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon refused to grant a clemency request from the surviving daughter of condemned murderer Richard Strong. Richard Strong murdered Alyshia Strong’s mother, Eva Washington, and two-year-old Zandrea Thomas, in October 2000, stabbing both of them multiple times. Alyshia was unharmed during the murderous rampage by her father. Now a teenager, Alyshia begged the governor for clemency for her condemned dad. Citing the extremely violent nature of the attacks, Governor Nixon refused to grant

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When the police back down, who is left to protect the citizenry?
Street Justice is No Justice

Why It Is Wise to Support Your Local Law Enforcement (Even If You Have Issues)? The backlash against the Baltimore, Maryland police department in the wake of Freddie Gray’s death while in police custody has had a chilling effect on police response within the community. Prior to the riots and indictments handed down against six police officers, Baltimore PD conducted proactive policing on the mean streets of that city. Now policing in Baltimore has been reduced to strictly handling calls for service. And the citizens of Baltimore are suffering as a result. Proactive policing means

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If State Senator Bob Hertzberg  succeeds in passing this mental illness legislation, will he be held accountable for the blood on his hands?
Bringing on a Whole World of Hertzberg

Recidivism Reduction on the Sly: It will haunt you Richard Krupp, PhD May 14, 2015 For many years, especially since the California Department of Corrections added the word “Rehabilitation” to its name, much legislative and media focus has been directed at the mystical reduction of recidivism-pipe-dream. There are many studies that have supported claims of miracle treatment programs that magically cure the criminals of their criminal tendencies. I have not found any of these studies that can stand up to a good dose of critical scrutiny. Nevertheless, politicians are drawn into various schemes to attain

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Advocates for prison reform love to stir the pot without considering what the stew contains
Prisons Are Not Playgrounds

Recipe For Prison Harmony, Just Ad-Seg There seems to be a distinct disconnect in the public’s perception of proverbial prison life versus the reality of State-run institutionalized care for criminals. Prison advocacy and special interest groups, as well as political hacks, are often responsible for this confusion. For the sake of argument, let’s simplify some definitions. Criminals are, by the nature of their bad behaviors, bad people. They willingly break laws—a lot of laws. Law-abiding citizens, by the absence of criminal behavior, are good people. Good people generally frown upon law-breaking. Prisons were built by

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"Thank you, Governor Brown, for teaching me the true meaning of rehabilitation!"-Joe Dirtbag
Brown-grading Public Safety

Oh, the irony, Jerry Brown! Whether you knew it or not, Paco had your back! This past Wednesday evening, as a function of my security duties at the Riverside Convention Center, I was assigned to assist Governor Jerry Brown’s protection team for a few hours. How ironic was that! The governor had been scheduled to speak at a dinner hosted by the California Police Chiefs’ Association (CPCA), as the highlight of a week-long training conference in Riverside. There had been no announcements in the press of his scheduled visit, and the convention center was literally

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To Sac Bee writer, Jon Ortiz, we tip our hat in acknowledgement of a true class act!
Well Said, Jon Ortiz!

A Class Act Shortly after arriving in Rocklin, California, to help my brother’s family with funeral arrangements for Jeff, I heard through blogger Howie Katz that Sacramento Bee investigative reporter, Jon Ortiz wanted to write an article about Jeff’s passing. The following Monday, I was able to speak with Jon in about a twenty-minute phone conversation that was very much like talking to an old friend. Jon gave his condolences

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Remembering the fearless, Paco, and his memorable admonition
Paco’s Eulogy

“Don’t Be a Pussy!” [For all the Riders who could not attend, this is the eulogy given by Paco’s brother, Greg, at the memorial service on January 14, 2015, in its entirety. His wife, Loni, wanted to celebrate his life with all of you-ED] Thank you all for being here to mourn and celebrate the life of my brother—your brother—Jeff Doyle. The Doyle family is in your debt for all the prayers, love and support you have poured out over us this past week. We are grateful to God and all of you. If there is

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Jeff Doyle, aka Paco, Rest in Peace brother
A Grief Observed (Updated)

Paco’s Last Ride (Farewell to the Silver Fox) Jeff Doyle (March 16, 1959 – January 7, 2015) [Update: Services for Paco were held on Wednesday, January 14, 2015, at East Lawn Cemetery, 5757 Greenback Lane, Sacramento, at 1:00 p.m. Many thanks to all the Riders who attended- ED]  Please forgive me. I have borrowed the title of author C.S. Lewis’ book on the death of his wife in order to announce the passing of my brother, Jeff Doyle (aka: Paco), from an apparent heart attack in his home on Wednesday evening. He leaves behind his

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Budget

bankruptcy3 Greece…and Puerto Rico

It now looks like a virtual certainty that Greece will default on its debt tomorrow.  It is likely that they will end up outside of the E.U. and will have to revert to their own currency.  This will be very, very hard on people in Greece, especially pensioners because either way their money will be able to buy much, much less.  If they can get it.  The government has declared

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BobsNewsflash[1],jpg New Bay Bridge may be in very dangerous condition

The very, very expensive new eastern half of the Bay Bridge may be in much worse condition than was believed.  CalTrans keeps finding more and more cracks in more and more support rods.  Metallurgists are telling them that the rods, which are the primary earthquake safety measure of the bridge, which was built because the old eastern span was not sufficiently earthquake safe, are failing at an alarming rate.  Due

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BobsNewsflash[1],jpg The Return of C-POST

There was a fair amount of lets-make-a-deal involved in this.  The state is starting to run the basic officer academy again, as a 12-week program rather than the 16-week program it had been previously.  This is happening beginning next month, in an effort to put a serious dent in the major staff shortages.  Part of this deal with CCPOA has been the re-start of the Correctional Peace Office Standards and

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Bob's Blotter

iStockPhoto SLC Minilypse-Judicial Court Pier 14 murderer was a Sanctuary City beneficiary

The man who is believed to have gunned downed a tourist on Pier 14 in the People’s Republic of San Francisco had been convicted of seven felonies and had been deported five times. Kate Steinle, 32, was shot to death on Wednesday.  Francisco Sanchez, 45, is in custody as the suspect.  He was released from the S F Jail in March despite an ICE hold on him.  ICE had in

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BobsBlotter Deadly riot triggered by out-of-control med line

The riot at the Tecumseh State Correctional Institution in Nebraska on May 10 was triggered when too few staff were unable to control too many inmates released for med line.  The ten-hour rampage that followed left two criminals dead. There were only a total of 57 staff on duty at the 1,024 inmate facility when the med line was run just after 1430 hours.  Seven minutes later staff tried to

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iStockPhoto SLC Minilypse-Judicial Court Another escaped murderer with inside help

Kristopher McNeill, 29, was a guest of the people of N. Carolina on a second degree murder charge.  He was scheduled to be released in three years.  Instead he is looking at an additional three years for escape. McNeil escaped on Saturday, with the assistance of Kendra Lynette Miller, 33, a kitchen worker who has been working at the Brown Creek Correctional Facility near Polkton since December.  She is facing

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Katz Litterbox

katz-litter4 What Part Of The “No Swimming / Alligators” Sign …

… did the late Tommie Woodward not understand? After a several drinks Thursday night in the bar at Burkart’s Marina in Orange, Texas, Tommie Woodward,28, and his girlfriend decided to take a post-midnight dip in Adam’s Bayou. The barkeep and several other people told the couple that no swimming was allowed in the bayiu and there was a prominent “No Swimming / Alligators” sign on the marina premises. Ah, but

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katz-litter4 Holy Shit! America Is Doomed Because The CIA Lacks Diversity

CIA Director John Brennan is “deeply concerned” that positions held at the upper levels of the intelligence agency do not reflect America The political correctness police have struck again. This time their target was the CIA. A yearlong study commissioned by the CIA and led by CIA advisory member Vernon Jordan, a longtime black civil rights activist, was highly critical of the lack of diversity at the upper levels of

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katz-litter4 If You Want To Make Crime Pay, Go To Law School

Former Boston mobster Whitey Bulger’s advice to three Lakeville, Massachusetts teenage girls James ‘Whitey’ Bulger, the notorious former Boston mobster, was on the lam for 16 years before he was apprehended in California in 2011. In 2013, he was convicted on federal racketeering charges that included his complicity in eleven murders. Bulger, 85, has been roosting in a Florida federal lockup pending an appeal of his conviction. Three 17-year-old students at Apponequet Regional High School in Lakeville, Massachusetts chose to write Bulger as part of a nationwide school contest. They requested his opinion on his

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Krupp Files

Another AB109 success story---taxpayers, like the one pictured above, don't need their heads examined, just merely realigned to see the crime rates are down. Waiter, make mine a decap…

Visiting the Los Angeles Area?–Off With Your Head: The men cry out, the girls cry out–Oh no Richard Krupp, PhD. June 30, 2015 Now that Realignment, Prop 47, and other “public safety” pro-crime initiatives have been festering for awhile, I was troubled to hear about a couple of violent incidents in the Los Angeles area. I’m sure they are not indicative of any uptick in violence, but this is troubling, nonetheless. Both cases remind me of the dismemberments that took place a number of years ago at the Hotel Bonaventure in Los Angeles.

Not only do IV drug users stick it to themselves, they often stick to others by spreading communicable diseases Stuck on Selfish

Drug Addicts, Needle Exchanges, and Spreading Disease: Pumping blood and whistling past the graveyard Richard Krupp, PhD June 26, 2015 I my April 7 post, Dirty Little Pricks Require Cleaner Sticks, Needle Exchange Programs–We Won’t Live Too Long, Everybody got disease maybe it’s alright (http://wp.me/p2wT3c-uxO), I talked about government sponsored needle exchange programs to help drug addicts avoid HIV and hepatitis C. Based on similar long term Canadian experiences, I had the following summary: “So let’s recap. The neighbors adjacent to the needle exchange program don’t like the clientele. The clientele (IV needle-exchangers) thought the

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Go away... there is no crime increase here... A Course of Indifference, Duller

Crime Rates are Up or Down? Opinions from stunned minds on the junkyard Richard Krupp, PhD June 25, 2015 On a regular basis, the media reports on crime rates going up or down with some correlation to various events or theories. Now that the pro-crime Realignment, Prop 47 laws, etc., have had some time to fester, elucidating stories are making the news. Typically the media seeks out academicians and law enforcement officials for different perspectives on the constantly changing crime numbers.

GADFLY Open

Paco's main base has moved to an undisclosed location somewhere under the radar On the Move

Packing and Unpacking Paco My apologies for the last few days of non-editing. My family and I have taken up new residence and I have just now re-established Internet connection. This is the first step in our plan to leave California and head east. Our target date is June 2016. Thanks to Bob and Howie for picking up the slack in my absence. It may take a few days of

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What we perceive as reality may be the farthest thing from the truth Perception Without Reason is a Fallacy

Who Did People Think He Was? There is an axiom I have come to detest for a number of very valid reasons. It states, “Perception is reality.” What exactly is that supposed to mean? I have heard it used most often whenever there was a political dilemma or crisis at hand. Those who are more concerned about how things may appear to others, often make rash judgments in an emotional response to an event or incident without waiting for more information, investigating properly, exercising common sense, or using sound reasoning. A recent example would be

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My grandsons: the Father's Day legacy---God honors my father through my son and daughter From a Grateful Son

Commitment Becomes the Father’s Day Legacy This Father’s Day I am grateful, not only for own dad, but for my son, who is also a good father to my grandchildren. My father did not have the benefit of living with his mom and dad under the same roof. He was White, but not privileged. In fact, he grew up dirt poor. Dad recognized somewhere in his childhood that he did not want to be the kind of father that he had experienced with his own dad and his step-dad. The impression Dad made upon my

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Unions

justice SCOTUS to hear Agency Fee case

SCOTUS has agreed to hear a challenge to the California Teacher’s Association compulsory union dues (often referred to as agency fee) in the upcoming court year. Currently many public employee unions (including CCPOA) are able to charge an “agency fee” to persons who are not actual voting members of the union.  This fee is (allegedly) to compensate the union for effort expended in representational work which benefits non-members. In 1977

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BobsNewsflash[1],jpg The Return of C-POST

There was a fair amount of lets-make-a-deal involved in this.  The state is starting to run the basic officer academy again, as a 12-week program rather than the 16-week program it had been previously.  This is happening beginning next month, in an effort to put a serious dent in the major staff shortages.  Part of this deal with CCPOA has been the re-start of the Correctional Peace Office Standards and

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capitol Threats against staff

AB293 is a proposal by Marc Levine (D-San Rafael).  If it passes into law it would require that CDCr establish uniform guidelines for the investigation and administrative handling of threats made against staff.  This proposal, which is supported by CCPOA, passed the Assembly Public Safety Committee (normally a graveyard of public safety proposals) by a vote of 6-0 so it might actually get somewhere. Clicking here will link to a

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Gold Star Parolee

GoldStarLogo CA parolee grabs agent’s gun and opens fire

About three days ago a parolee managed to get control of a parole agent’s weapon and popped a few caps in the teeming metropolis of Palmdale. The parolee was being transported for some sort of unspecified medical treatment at about 1700 hours on June 24.  The parolee, Hector Perez, managed to gain control of the agent’s weapon and bailed out of the car.  He then popped a few rounds into

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GoldStarLogo Parolee guilty in investigator murder (Updated)

Randy Alana, 58, was found guilty today (05-20) by a jury in Oakland in the murder of Sandra Coke, 50, nearly two years ago. Coke was a investigator for the Federal Public Defender system.  She had a relationship with Alana 20 years back and Alana was the father of her teen-age daughter.  They had reconnected and that situation obviously didn’t turn out well for Ms. Coke. Information from Coke’s cell

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GoldStarLogo Oakland PD rehabilitate PAL

The Oakland P D terminally rehabilitated a parolee this past Saturday.  Demouria Hogg, 30, had absconded from parole on April 21.  This was not a huge surprise as he had absconded from parole three other times within the last ten years.  That does not count a total of eight violations that got him returned to custody during that time. Hogg was found either passed out or solidly sleeping in a

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Bad Apples

iStockPhoto SLC Minilypse-Judicial Court Instant murder charge (Updated)

Michael Thomas Slager is a North Charleston, S.C. police officer.  He is white.  He made a traffic stop of a man who happened to be black.  The situation went sideways and it ended up with the motorist, Walter Lammer Scott, 50, dead and Slager facing a flat-out murder charge for his actions. A video of the shooting (but not the lead-in to the shooting) surfaced yesterday.  It showed Scott running

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justice LA cop convicted for deadly arrest

A female LAPD officer was convicted by a jury Friday in the deadly arrest of a female suspect. The jury of one man and eleven women took two days to reach a verdict in the case of Officer Mary O’Callaghan, 50, an 18-year veteran of the force.  She viciously and repeatedly kicked a handcuffed suspect, Alesia Thomas, 35, in 2012.  The episode was caught on police video.  The woman died

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iStockPhoto SLC Minilypse-Judicial Court GA cop arrested for allowing murder suspect to escape

Atlanta P D officer Tommy Williams, 24, was arrested on May 21 on suspicion of allowing a suspected murderer to escape apprehension. Officer Williams was one of several officers surrounding a house  where Jabri Mathis was known to be hiding.  He somehow managed to escape the house despite being surrounded.  When they caught him he told them that Officer Williams was an old friend, like an uncle to him, and

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