Tuesday Motes Will Meaning

Odd: Several people have denied requesting “unmasking” regarding Gen. Flynn and others. It is odd to me that even though their names appear on the requests and they claim they didn’t request, none of them seemed concerned over who used their name, multiple times, to make these requests. If my name appeared on document’s I didn’t have any knowledge about, I’d damn sure be angry and wanting to know who used my name. And right freaking now.

Common thread: I’m reading in a lot of the websites and blogs I visit that this “stay home” “lockdown” is giving everyone a taste of what “socialism” will be like if the Demo’s take over. To use a common phrase, “How do you like the test drive?” Me, I don’t. I hope the rest of the state, and country, wake up and says how they liked it with their next vote. But then, I have always been an “optimist”. (wink wink)

Just sayin’; Hollywood , has been, actress Lori Petty — who has starred in Orange Is the New Black, Point Break, and Tank Girl — has insulted Americans across the board by claiming that they have low IQ’s.“I believe what we have forgotten is that the average IQ in Amurrrikkka is 99,” Petty tweeted on Friday. Now she probably got that idea because people have actually paid to see her movies. Wikipedia says she has done 3 movies since 2010. I guess she’s trying to get relevant again, like the other has been-neverwas’s.

Not the same: The new “covid-19 relief bill”, the HEROS Act (Health Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act), has nothing to do with “relief” and even less to do with HEROS. It’s so full of pork you could deep fry the paper it’s written on, and c all them pork rinds.

Another great one gone; Fred Willard, passed at the age of 86. He was a comic from my early days. His talent and humor will be missed.

Monday Motes of Note

So there: Howard Stern says he hates me. He says he hates everyone that voted for President Trump. Let me repeat that Howard, PRESIDENT TRUMP. By the way, I don’t like you very much either.

Huh?: I don’t get it. It’s okay to stand in line to shop at Costco or Walmart, just remember your social distancing, but not to vote. I’d rather stand in a line to vote than to pick up a box of doughnuts. And it is sure as hell more important. It is easier to “stuff the ballot box” by mail than it is if you have to show identification. To travel between island, or counties if you will, I have to show “accepted” id, a letter and paystub forom my employer, and the NAVFAC letter stating I’m an essential worker, but not to vote. Did I miss something here???

Disgusted: The Parkland FL sheriff’s sergeant who was fired after an investigation found that he hid behind his car during the 2018 mass shooting at a Parkland high school will have his job back His inaction caused deaths. Going toward the sound of gun fire is what you sign-up for, not hiding behind a car and not letting other officers do their job. Okay, re-instate him, give him the $$, and then retire the coward.

Lizard wrangling: First Florida had it’s python and anaconda infestation. Then the iguana plague. Now Georgia, the state not the country, in inundated with the Argentine black and white tegu lizard. The lizard can grow to 4 feet in length and weigh over 10 pounds, that’s a big lizard. And they can live up to 20 years. Hey, I wonder if you can use tegu instead of iguana, on a stick. And there’s still locust swarms in Africa.

Class act: The New York city police asked the NYC “Health Commissioner” for 500,000 face masks to continue doing their job. The commissioner, Dr. Oxiris Barbot says she’d give them 50,000. Then says “I don’t give two rat’s asses about your cops. I need them for others.” Geez, I hope the people decide she shouldn’t be drawing whatever huge salary she is drawing.

“Stay at home” is no longer about health, it’s about power. I’m am beginning to think that “conspiracy theory” I talked about awhile back, it’s beginning to seem more and more Plausible.

DTI-Quip, Still Relevant

16 May 14

When we “go to guns!”

“We are irritated by rascals, intolerant of fools, and prepared to love the
rest. But where are they?”
Mignon McLaughlin

We professing Operators spend much time on our weapon skills, as it should
be. Recent, inadvertent videos of police officers, and other good people,
shooting criminal suspects, in fact, reveal that accuracy, with both
pistols and rifles, is actually pretty good! These officers know how to use a
set of sights and run a trigger!

I know there are still exceptions, but accuracy, and indeed general
competence, has greatly improved since 1970, when I first became a police
officer.

Individual tactics have improved also. As an example, officers today are
aggressively seeking available cover and using it skillfully.

All good news!

But, there is one critical area that still represents a lethal problem, and
we’ve seen scant improvement as long as I can remember:

Officers, and armed citizens, today are so afraid of defending themselves
with gunfire, that they habitually expose themselves to what can only be
called suicidal risk, in order to avoid pressing the trigger.

We endlessly see them in videos demanding that a suspect drop his gun (that
is already pointed in the direction of officers) numerous times. When the
suspect fails to comply, they do nothing but repeat the command, over and
over!

They have the skills and personal competence, but they lack willingness and
determination!

They are often discouraged from ever shooting, under any circumstances, by
cynical police administrations, who are more worried about image and
political heat than they are about the safety of their own officers. In fact,
incompetent officers, who are little more than cowards, are often rewarded
for displaying “judicious restraint.” “Judicious restraint” is usually
nothing but fearful, and dangerous, indecision. Officers who can’t bring
themselves to make a life-or-death decision need to be fired, not rewarded!

But, there is an even greater contributor to officer indecisiveness: We don’t confront the issue honestly and frankly during training.

We train people to operate guns skillfully, but, when the question comes
about when to apply deadly force, all anyone wants to do is quote statutes,
and tell officers, ad nauseam, about all the liability that attaches!

Video simulators can be helpful, but the unspecified implication is
invariably, when you’re involved in a shooting, of any kind, your career with
this department is effectively over!

In addition, there is the popular myth of the “good shooting.” When you’re involved in a defensive shooting, a plaintiff’s expert (five years from
now) will unfailingly point out where and how you could have done it
better. And, I promise you, he’ll be right!

No shooting is ever “perfect,” and that unrealistic expectation has doomed
many otherwise promising police careers, as well a providing endless
lucrative employment for a virtual army of otherwise unoccupied attorneys!

When your gun is drawn, nothing “good” is going to happen from that point
forward. It is only a matter of how “bad” it is going to get. Whether
or not you ultimately shoot is largely out of your control. When the
suspect decides to lethally endanger you, you’ll have little choice!

And, the aftermath, legally, financially, professionally, and emotionally,
will be anything but pleasant! However, unpleasant as it is, it is
probably better than being dead. For one, I don’t consider “being dead” a
viable “alternative!”

All this must be talked about and thought about, openly and candidly,
during training, not discussed only in whispers, as it is in so many quarters.

Officers, and Operators in general, need to be “fully armed,” with all
skills, mental/philosophical preparedness, and equipment they will need to be
victorious in this dangerous world.

We do less at our, the their, peril!

“It’s discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty, and how
few by deceit.”
Noel Coward
/John

It’s important to me to realize this is as relevant today, maybe even more so, than it was 6 years ago.

Storyteller

Road Name

People ask how I got the road name Storyteller. Everywhere you go you’ll meet Bear, Grizz, Snake, Half breed, Psycho and all the others. I have only heard of one other Storyteller. Gypsy Pete sent me a picture of a British Columbia biker everyone called Storyteller.

He was about 6′, 200 Lb, had a full beard and walked with a cane. We could have been related as that was pretty much my description at the time.

But the guy that “gave” me the name was George Boston.

At the time I was an independent and George rode for Tiger Wong and World Wide M/C. He and I spent a lot of time drinking at the old Kapiolani Bowling Alley bar. Don’t know how we ended there, but we did.

George was a SBU* officer at the time and was looking for something to give the bi-monthly newsletter something extra. I suggested some short stories I had written. He thought that might work.

A few days later I gave him 4 or 5 I had been working on. When he found out I had been a wrestling announcer, tried stand-up comedy and had stories and articles published in Biker and cop magazines. He said, “Jim you’re just a god dammed Story teller, ain’t ya?”

And from then on he started calling me Storyteller. It stuck.

I would say there are hundreds of people who know Storyteller, but if you asked them my real name, maybe 3 out of 10 would know who you’re talking about.

When someone asks me how I got the name Storyteller, I usually say “After years of doing radio, television, 2 movies, stand-up comedy, numerous published letters to the editor and several articles in Bike and Cop magazines, I got it the old fashioned way. I earned it.”

Then I smile and move along.

The truth is, I was given the name by a good friend and a solid biker brother, George Boston. I miss him sometimes, a lot.
*Street Bikers United; the state of Hawaii lobby for motorcyclests and their rights.

Friday Motes With A Twang

Watch it: Just watched the Kevin James (King of Queens) short “Out of Touch”. Who would have expected something like this, from a liberal comic like James? It is certainly worth a few minutes of your time. And watch it with someone, or at the same time. It will give you something to really talk about. Promise.

Just another shovelful of dirt on the coffin: Let’s face it, CNN can no longer be considered anything other than an arm of left-wing politics. So now they have assembled a panel for “Coronavirus – Facts and Fears” and claim it is a panel of experts. One of those “experts” is Greta Thunberg. It’s unclear how a 17-year-old high school drop out is somehow an infectious disease expert qualified for CNN’s “expert” panel. Or actually qualified to talk about anything. Like I said, another shovel full of dirt. The body just hasn’t stopped breathing.

Also: And that fits right in with Touchy Joe Biden’s choice to chair his Climate Change Task force, that saucy ex-bartender turned great american (with a small a) A. Ocasio-Cortez. What she doesn’t know about climate change, and everything else, speaks volumes. It fact, it would take volumes to tell what she doesn’t know. Period.

Respect My authority: The people of Michigan are really tired of their governor acting like a petty tyrant, and all that does is make her mad. In protests and editorials, the “electorate” have told her they want the state opened. Her response is to call them “racist”, and “misogynistic”. And her decision is to show them who’s boss, she is, by stating “these protests, you know, in a perverse way make it likelier that we’re going to have to stay in a stay-at-home posture.” In other words, you’ll stay in your room until you learn to do as you’re told. This is the same governor that stripped a 77-yeaar old barber of his business license when he had the audacity to open his shop. HIS SHOP. He hasn’t had a paycheck for 6 weeks. I bet she hasn’t missed any.

The religion of peace: Jihadis, primarily Afghan Taliban terrorists, have carried out nearly 100 attacks in 16 countries since the beginning of Ramadan at the end of last month. In the process they have killed at least 290 people while injuring 280 others in the first two weeks of the holiest month for Muslims. This included an attack on a hospital that killed mothers and their new borns. They should get to learn the old “SAC” slogan, “Peace thru’ superior firepower”. SAC wasn’t full of infants, but rather warriors.

Thursday Motes with An Edge

Backlash: After this virus thing is all over, let’s see how many citizens remember how angry they were over their govenpor’s “executive orders”, and vote them out. Hawaii don’t matter, he cant run for reelction anyway, but let’s see who he backs and how the people vote. Bet nothing changes.

Unintended results: New York city has just registered its 58th straight day without a pedrestian death. That is a record, for NYC, and one of those good results of the lockdown. I jusyt hope they don’t try to make up for it when the stay-at-home is lifted.

And another: The re-rise of the Drive-In theater. All over the country old drive-in’s are new again. With modern technology you can use your car’s sound system, actually better than my house, sit in comfort with social distancing, and enjoy the latest Hollytwierd production. And a cooler full of beer in the back seat don’t hurt either.

The best man for the job: Actor-comedian and professional Trump nemesis Rosie O’Donnell is backing Biden. That’s no real surprise. She has acknowledged that she has problems with Biden’s age, cognitive decline, and “some of the things in his reputation.” So you have to ask why she is supporting Joe Biden’s bid for the White House: “This is who we have.” Wow, now that’s a good reason.

No money, no honey: The governor of Hawaii sought to reassure state workers Tuesday, saying there is no “immediate need to consider pay cuts or furloughs” despite the gaping budget shortfall. Several weeks ago, his administration proposed pay cuts of up to 20% for state workers, pointing to plummeting tax revenues and the state’s dire economic forecast. I’ve got an idea. Ige, baby, start with your own salary. Why don’t all the officials take a 10 or 15 % pay cut for “the duration”. Start at the top.

Large, sharp, pointy objects from my collection. On the left is an early 70’s Randall #32 fighter with a nickel silver guard. The right is also and early 70’s, this one is a “Ralph Bone” #1 Fighter with brass crossguard and butt cap. I’ve owned both since 1973.

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Thinking About Wednesdaay Motes

This is a new one: I’ve been called a lot of tings in my life. As a cop, a biker, and a Caucasian, I figured I’d been called just about everything. But on Sunday, on MSNBC, some clown who calls himself “Charlamagne tha God”, (and who the hell names their kid that?) said blacks should buy guns to defend themselves from the “vanilla ISIS”. VANILLA ISIS? Now that’s a new one. Sounds vaguely racist to me. Hey, I’m offended.

No such thing: A lot of news is coming out about the incident in the Gulf of Oman in which an Iranian ship fired a missile into another Iranian Navy vessel killing at least 19 and injurying at least as many. This is being called a “Friendly Fire” incident. Ladies and gentlemen, there is no such thing as friendly fire. If it’s coming your way it’s unfriendly.

Love (head) Line: “Just because I stalked her, doesn’t mean we can’t be friends.” Ah, well, yes it does.

Sad: My very best wishes to Nick Cordero and his family. A covid-19 victim, he unfortunately diagnosed with all the worst side-effects this damn virus has to offer. Cordero faced several coronavirus complications, including a leg amputation and the insertion of a temporary pacemaker, not to mention the major lung infections. Our prayers are offered for the Broadway actor and his young family.

Really: Local Honolulu headline;” Hawaii jail population drops significantly after inmates released”. Well duh.

It knows no bounds: The hypocrisy of the left. A “journalist” for left leaning web “Jezebel” “news” has stated that “I am generally loathe to wish physical harm on those I disagree with”, “ I’m comfortable shedding whatever objectivity I have here to say I desperately hope Stephen Miller contracts covid-19”. It must be nice to offer best wishes for one person and in the same statement say you hope her husband dies. How do you justify this kind of thinking? How?