The Cliff and the Clown Posse by Bill Buppert

“An armed man will kill an unarmed man with monotonous regularity.”

– Clint Smith

Publisher’s Note: My youngest son has been reassigned to the west coast chapter of the cult known as the Marines. He rotates from his birthplace in Okinawa in August, we are counting the days and I am building his self-defense tools.

I am on episode #154 of the Dangerous History Podcast (I started at #53) and it continues to amuse and bewitch this crusty historian. I took a brief pause to listen to Dan Carlin’s Celtic Holocaust and the first two parts of  Supernova of the East. I recommend both and I will be starting his WWI series in two months on my commutes. I love Carlin’s history podcasts with minor disagreements, but I cannot bear his Common Sense podcasts because he tends to ask the right questions and wildly careens into the wrong answers. His political podcasts are like slow-motion multi-car collisions on icy roads.

I attended a two-day Red Dot Pistol course with the Modern Samurai Project in Prescott, AZ this past weekend. Scott Jedlinksi is one of the best red dot pistol instructors in the world who puts tremendous insight and efforts into teaching his course. He is smart, humble and a hell of a weapons user.

I shot nearly 750 rounds during two days with a variety of drills and scenarios all carefully building on blocks of skills. I did not attend his one-day AIWB course on Friday before this course and wish I had. I cannot recommend it enough.

How did I do? I suck.

My main purpose was to rewire decades of shooting pistol with irons to the red dot. I needed to master the “where’s Waldo” question that plagues every shooter when using the red [or amber] dot pistol platforms. I was shooting my customary G19 with a Battlewerx-modded slide for a Trijicon dual illumination RMR. In order to do this effectively (actually, it is an improvement for irons), I had to adapt to a high hand grip with left thumb over extended right thumb and accustom my muscle memory to using the support hand as the dominant hand for controlling the pistol. On occasion, I would get slide lock on a loaded magazine because my thumbs interfered with the extended slide release (I am retrofitting all my slide locks to flat OEM). In concert with speed, my performance was sub-par and sub-optimal with groups opening up exquisitely. Can I shoot an 8″ A square, certainly but not with the precision I want to master.

A hot mess.

But from failure one learns and crafts a remedy for such things, so I now have a path forward:

  • More dry fire
  • More live rounds downrange
  • More speed drills
  • More Bill Drills
  • More dot torture
  • More AIWB draw drills
  • Both eyes open
  • Use a shot timer
  • Retrofit OEM slide locks

I ran a battle belt the whole time with a G-Code RTI holster and magazine system, flawless.

I was shooting with some phenomenal shooters from Tier 1 Concealed and have since ordered two (one for clean G19 and one for G19 w/ light) of their AGIS rigs for AIWB. Will be buying an additional rig for my G34. Spendy but if you have a ten-dollar head, buy a ten-dollar helmet. I am hoping that my sons and I can take this class again in the fall when he returns to AZ.

Redemption, too, has many fathers…

If you can train with Scott, don’t pass up the opportunity. -BB

“If you don’t read the newspaper, you’re uninformed. If you read the newspaper, you’re mis-informed.”

Mark Twain

“The best fiction is far more true than any journalism.”

William Faulkner

“A newspaper is a device for making the ignorant more ignorant and the crazy crazier.”

“The average newspaper, especially of the better sort, has the intelligence of a hillbilly evangelist, the courage of a rat, the fairness of a prohibitionist boob-jumper, the information of a high school janitor, the taste of a designer of celluloid valentines, and the honor of a police-station lawyer.”

H. L. Mencken

As a committed collapsitarian, I can only chuckle at the nonsense that passes for theater in Mordor on the Potomac. I couldn’t give a shit whether the Mango Mussolini remains in the Offal Office or he shuffles off so Race Bannon can take over the criminal syndicate. Since the CPUSA formerly known as the Democrat Party has gone full communist moonbat, I am astonished that the combine almost succeeded in a coup attempt to use American intelligence assets and “just-us” apparatchiks to derail the candidacy and presidency of the Grand Old Politburo’s latest shambler. Comrade Mueller’s report comes in at a cool 100,000 dollars a page; pretty reasonable for government work.

And the low-IQ media loons have been boosting this massive hoax for the entire time the Orangeman has been in office.

And there is nothing of substance to any of the initial and subsequent charges.

Nothing, only convictions are operatives whose sole “crime found the state the sole victim.

Matt Taibbi, no enemy of the collectivists, penned a great critique of his fellow urinalists [read the whole thing]:

“Still, Russiagate has led to unprecedented cooperation between the government and Internet platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Google, all of which are censoring pages on the left, right, and in between in the name of preventing the “sowing of discord.” The story also had a profound impact on the situation in places like Syria, where Russian and American troops have sat across the Euphrates River from one another, two amped-up nuclear powers at a crossroads.

As a purely journalistic failure, however, WMD [ed: Bushevik II’s Iraq debacle] was a pimple compared to Russiagate. The sheer scale of the errors and exaggerations this time around dwarfs the last mess. Worse, it’s led to most journalists accepting a radical change in mission. We’ve become sides-choosers, obliterating the concept of the press as an independent institution whose primary role is sorting fact and fiction.”

Taibbi covers the intellectually stunted urinalists in this fiasco and this article does a great job detailing the timeline and machinations of the coup apparatchiks.

“So long as Team Obama can reasonably keep claiming the originating 2016 surveillance upon the Trump campaign was an outcome of a valid counterintelligence investigative probe; which is the underpinning of their need to perpetuate the Russian election conspiracy narrative; and so long as all Obama officials who were engaged within the process keep up the story that validates the fraudulent purpose; then it is likely all players will escape legal accountability for the unlawful weaponization of the intelligence apparatus to target political opposition.

In essence, “by the book” will have been successful.”

The rule of law is the tyrant’s most powerful tool.

I continue to urge all my readers never to read or listen to a news broadcast again.

Ever.

Only read editorials and sites that clearly and unapologetically wear their bias filters on their sleeves. When aligned with your preconceptions, you can then establish a single most accurate picture of the issue at hand and what the framework looks like.

Between Lysenkoist climate alarmism and the pathetic Russiagate nonsense, the “profession” of journalism is dead but it has been brain-dead for a long time hence the putrid communist stench from the likes of the Washington Post and the New York Times that reflexively view all the world through the lens of initiated violence and government supremacism. This is further evident in the entire gamut of televised news (why do you think they call it programming).

Newspaper can’t die quick enough, I celebrate every passing of these poisonous propaganda outlets.

Turn off, tune out and get to the range.

Resist. Rinse. Repeat.

“Exaggeration in every sense is as essential to newspaper writing as it is to the writing of plays: for the point is to make as much as possible of every occurrence. So that all newspaper writers are, for the sake of their trade, alarmists: this is their way of making themselves interesting. What they really do, however, is resemble little dogs who, as soon as anything whatever moves, start up a loud barking. It is necessary, therefore, not to pay too much attention to their alarms, and to realize in general that the newspaper is a magnifying glass, and this only at best: for very often it is no more than a shadow-play on the wall.”

Arthur Schopenhauer, Essays and Aphorisms

Bill Buppert
thirdgun@hotmail.com
16 Comments
  • Jim Davidson
    Posted at 16:48h, 28 March Reply

    Another great essay, Bill. Thanks.

  • Inalienablewrights
    Posted at 16:56h, 28 March Reply

    How do you know the places that are truth oriented?

    It’s those that allow comments. An increasingly rare thing these days

    Sad but usually true.

    Thank you Bill for your real and authentic service. to what is truthful, good and righteous.

    • Matt Bracken
      Posted at 07:32h, 29 March Reply

      Absolutely. No comments = statist propaganda.

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    Posted at 06:53h, 29 March Reply

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  • MICHAEL B
    Posted at 07:02h, 29 March Reply

    My son just pds’d to the East Coast chapter in Camp Lejeune. I pray your son doesn’t wind up in the hot mess off the South China Sea.

    I predict that war will come as the nation begins to collapse, in an attempt to keep attention away from the reality in America.

  • ensitue Isekai
    Posted at 09:05h, 29 March Reply

    “But, resist… we much!”

  • Johnny Paytoilet
    Posted at 09:58h, 29 March Reply

    Here’s another one from H.L. Mencken.

    Freedom of the press is pretty much relegated to those fortunate & financially able to own a press.

  • Grunt
    Posted at 17:49h, 29 March Reply

    The demagogue is one who preaches doctrines he knows to be untrue to men he knows to be idiots.

    -H. L. Mencken

    My favorite from Mencken, sums up Crat pols and media to a fucking T!

  • Apex Predator
    Posted at 11:19h, 30 March Reply

    All you billy bad ass shooters are ok with your kids as for-profit mercenaries for the army of ZOG? You realize you are training your kids to kill for bankers but then you label your site “zero gov”? nigga please. You ‘muh patriots’ are one degree of separation away from boomercucks, you just know guns whereas libtard boomers are afraid of them. You contribute your own bloodlines to the problem.

    • Bill
      Posted at 14:50h, 30 March Reply

      Of five children, I did my best to discourage all of them to NOT go into the imperial legions. As an adult, my youngest is his own man so he takes decisions for his life. His choice, not my serf.

      No patriots here.

      • Apex Predator
        Posted at 15:52h, 30 March Reply

        Mea culpa, that came across as a bit more aggressive than I intended it to be. It is just I see so many people who ‘get it’ and a rather large percentage of them still let their kids go off to fight banker wars and get their ZOG training. It isn’t just the martial training which is in itself useful. It is the psychological indoctrination that is very difficult to break once it grabs a hold of them.

    • RosalindJ
      Posted at 15:13h, 30 March Reply

      Thanks for sharing. Keep coming back.

      Meantime, thank you especially for showing everyone who you are.

    • Kevin Kevins
      Posted at 20:08h, 31 March Reply

      Don’t back down. I does seem many ZERO gov types are happy to keep cashing their lucrative DoD retirement checks and happily feed at the GOV tit of healthcare and subsidized stuff for the rest of their lives.

      Grok that.

      • Bill
        Posted at 19:43h, 01 April Reply

        I don’t think the “hypocrite” accusation makes any sense. Presumably, a hypocrite is someone who publicly advocates a philosophy or morality that he does not privately believe or practice. Someone who claims or receives a government payment (insurance, social security, welfare, etc.), from a scheme that he openly argues against, simply doesn’t fit the definition, because by receiving the payment, he does not in any way establish, enable, or encourage the objectionable scheme.

        If you’re forced to benefit from theft and extortion then that doesn’t mean you yourself support that theft and it doesn’t make you guilty of any hypocrisy. You’re not violating your own moral standards if there’s no choice to make in the first place.

        I’m forced to pay for things like Medicare/Medicaid, Socialist Security, and government-controlled roads but that doesn’t mean I support any of these things and it doesn’t mean I wouldn’t eliminate them in favor of private, voluntary alternatives if given the chance.

        I’m morally and philosophically against the US socialist security program. Now, having publicly objected to the socialist security program on moral and philosophical grounds, if I were to privately establish, enable, or encourage the program, then I’d fit the definition of “hypocrite”.

        By receiving social security payments, I don’t establish, enable, or encourage the program. If I didn’t receive payments I know I’m eligible for, I’d fit the definition of “stupid”.

        If the government taxes me to pay for healthcare, how can it be hypocrisy to use the proffered healthcare? I cannot avoid the forced payment of taxation.

        If I get mugged and the mugger takes me wallet but leaves me a $5 for a Big Mac, am I suddenly pro-mugging if I go to McDonalds?

        Logically, the converse of this is that everyone who is forced to pay taxes believes in the direction every dollar is spent? Impossible.

        The state is an enemy. You take as much as possible from them and give as little as possible to them. You only participate in evil if you directly initiate violence against an innocent person or credibly threaten them with violence (e.g. if you are a coproach). Even if you clean toilets for the mafia boss and he pays you with stolen money, you still don’t participate in evil.

        I also remember Ayn Rand’s argument that only those who firmly oppose these programs are morally entitled to use them, because they did not condone the forced theft. I still find that argument hard to accept personally. My brain understands it but it leaves a foul taste in my mouth.

        So, we should endure the socialists taking our money, and then not even be able to get some of it back by benefiting from programs we were forced to pay for? Get real.

  • J M
    Posted at 05:12h, 31 March Reply

    Bill:
    Per not getting slide lock on empty… I had the same issue for quite a while and some guys with really really big dick beaters never solve it.

    I run all OEM slide stops, but what solved the issue for me was left thumb just slightly less forward, and forming a bridge around the slide stop with the thumb. It took many many reps to get the myelination built, but pretty much good to go at this point. But occasionally I’ll still fail to get slide lock, to which, tap, rack, slide locks back,, reload.

    • Bill
      Posted at 08:12h, 31 March Reply

      Thanks, JM, sage advice; I am currently refitting with all flat OEM slide locks. I’ll have to practice that.

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