Showing posts with label criminals. Show all posts
Showing posts with label criminals. Show all posts

Monday, January 14, 2013

Pic Post-Emptying Out The Desk Top

Monkey with a gun. Not sure why this amuses me but it sure does.

We will close with my favorite of the bunch.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Quote of the Day

"Doug MacRay: I need your help. I can't tell you what it is, you can never ask me about it later, and we're gonna hurt some people."

"James Coughlin: ...Whose car are we gonna' take?"

-The Town

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Nobody Gets to Tell You How to Make a Living

I found myself thinking of something Christopher said on the Soprano's. He was talking to a couple young guys (hoodlums really) and offered to cut them in on a hijacking. They said they were sort of working with another guy. Christopher said something to the effect of "Unless somebody is putting food on your table they have no right to tell you how to earn". [Obviously Christopher and I differ on some things as he was a professional criminal and showed no regard for the property or rights of other people. However the point is still sound.] I think that people have the right to earn a living as they see fit as long as they aren't hurting others. Buy, sell, trade or whatever.
Of course I have always followed every law to the letter. I pay taxes on every dollar I have ever made and also every barter transaction. It is just my nature.

However a friend of mine who is a bit less worried about these technicalities. This friend has worked under the table a lot. Sometimes for companies and many times for individuals who needed odd jobs done or a spare hand on a project. Often these were people he knew or folks who got his name via satisfied customers. This friend has started small businesses without licenses or permission slips. He may have forgotten to report any time he has been paid in cash. Often more of his income comes from various side jobs than legitimate over the table type work. The thing is that this friend of mine never really saw a reason why local government (or any government for that matter) or anybody else had a reason to say how he should be able to work.

This friend told me is that he realizes that there may be consequences for his actions. He does a lot of things to mitigate those consequences. He lives in an area where people tend to mind their own business. He is reasonably discrete, putting up signs advertising ones under the table business isn't advisable. Also he stays away from stuff that would require a lot of dedicated space like a shop or a bunch of equipment as that would be hard to keep low key. He saves extra because much of his work is under the table work and doesn't qualify for unemployment. He also avoids particularly dangerous jobs because he is not covered by workmens comp. At the end of the day, after he takes some reasonable steps which limit risk, he really doesn't care. He doesn't worry all that much about getting hung up with the IRS or somebody though he acknowledges that would be pretty bad.

The point, if I have a cohesive one, is to worry about what you can do that other folks are interested in buying or trading for instead of worrying about licenses and regulations and the like. Take reasonable steps to manage risk then stop worrying about it. If you have the sort of personality where you can't stop worrying about what could happen then maybe working 9-5 at the plant/ firm suits you better anyway.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Mountain man invades remote cabins, tasting occasional luxury

Read the story here.  My thoughts are as follows:

This reinforces why I carry a pistol on me and keep a long gun handy in the woods..

If the idea of a cabin or "retreat" that is fully stocked just waiting for you to leave urban/ suburban life to ride out tough times has not already been sufficiently discouraged this may help.

Why does he have to be a survivalist, couldn't he have been a dimented vegitarian or a PETA nut or something?

Be careful if you spend time in rural Southern Utah.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Wall Street Occupiers, Crony Capitalists and Shoulder Holsters

Our good friend Hermit left a couple of comments which I feel like replying to on the main page. It also brings us to other points worth talking about.

This whole Occupy Wall Street protest thing. I am completely ambivalent about it. Moreso I think some of the regional spin offs are just stupid. Instead of standing around and bothering productive people they should do something to better their own circumstances.

To this recent post "Quote of the Day" Hermit said "I was thinking I'd like to go throw some molotovs at Goldman Sachs myself. The more I think about getting screwed in 2008, the more I think I should start learning the words to "The Internationale"."

I can definitely see his point. This is one of those times where there are multiple complaints which can be logged against a group from different angles. I do not think they are bad people because they make a lot of money like the protestors do. However it is quite apparant to me that at least some folks involved knew what was going on and were "Shooting the Moon" so to speak. Like Enron but on a massive scale. I think there are/ were some issues of crony capitalism, fraud and such going on. I don't know much about securities and banking laws but to me it is pretty apparant that some bad stuff was going on. Lots of people should probably go to jail.

There is a saying that "the enemy of my enemy is my friend" and sometimes (if just temporarily) that is true. However other times the enemy of my enemy is also my enemy. To me this whole Wall Street protestors thing falls into that scenario. I am not a fan of crony capitalism and the fraudulent practices which it leads to but the last thing we need is more government involvement (which breeds more crony capitalism) and socailist redistribution. I do want change but not the change these protestors are advocating, if they can form a cohesive enough message to even say what they want.

On my recent post about Appendix Carry Hermit asked if I prefer it to a shoulder holster. The simple answer is yes. I carry IWB because it lets me wear a normal shirt (albeit a loose one) and conceal a compact sized pistol comfortably. This lets me wear a slightly modified version of my normal attire and carry.

Shoulder holsters require a relatively heavy (not a light shirt) over garmet like a windbreaker, vest or a warmup jacket if not a coat for concealment to work. I could go for a vest but for somebody my age (as Hermit has noted older men in the south wearing vests is common) a vest, particularly a 5.11/ photographers type vest screams I am concealing a gun. They do have a place in my book as they bring a couple of benefits. First they do not require pants with a belt to use. This is an advantage sometimes as you can just toss one on, cover it up and be discretely armed. Also they are particularly good for long drives and carrying particularly heavy handguns.


Thursday, April 29, 2010

quote of the day

"I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them."

-Robert Heinlein, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Services Will Be Cut And You Will Be On Your Own

Due to massive personnel/ budget cuts Ashtabula County which is 720 square miles is going to have a single patrol car on duty. Ashtabula County Common Pleas Judge Alfred Mackey was asked what residents should do to protect themselves and their families with the severe cutback in law enforcement."Arm themselves," the judge said. "Be very careful, be vigilant, get in touch with your neighbors, because we're going to have to look after each other." Read the rest here.

Hat tip to Conservative Scalawag.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Book Review: The International Fugitive By Kenn Abaygo

Awhile back a wonderful reader (If I had a fan club he could be the VP of awesomeness or something) sent me a Glock mag and a bunch of books. A couple days ago I picked up The International Fugitive by Kenn Abaygo  from the stack on my end table. The VP of awesomeness was a bail bondsmen for awhile and said he learned a few things from this book which got my attention.

Like a lot of Paladin Press books this was a pretty quick read at 144 pages.  There are chapters on crossing borders, traveling by water and ground as well as air. It talks at least briefly about traveling in basically every way possible on every continent. Some of the stuff was pretty obvious but there were a lot of real gems. Towards the end it touched on citizenship issues as well as finding a place to settle down and getting a job.

This book was enjoyable for multiple reasons. It got me thinking about stuff I have never considered. Mostly how decent normal folks could find themselves in a situation where vanishing forever is probably the best course of action. Admittedly most of us will not end up in that situation but who knows what could happen. If Johnny "Knuckles" Giordano was after me because I happened to see something on a Sunday drive then getting out of the area where he has reach would be essential. Also keeping a low profile for the foreseeable future would be prudent.

It is very important to consider who wants to find you when choosing how to disappear. Knuckles Giordano might be big Mojo in his neighborhood and even the region. However the odds that he has border guards in Blane, Washington on the payroll are infinitesimal. While a lawyer who is chasing you to get money for something (rightly or wrongly) may ask a relative where you are they are not going to stick their head in a vice like Knuckles might. Then again a lawyer might be more skilled at finding you through various innocuous databases and information pools.

My only real criticisms would be that the author seems to either be 100 years old or have somewhat embellished his experiences. Also it is worth keeping in mind that the book was written in 1999 so a lot of things have changed. For instance I laughed heartily when he suggested Zimbabwe as a good place to go in Africa! Lots of stuff has changed but that can easily be verified via numerous up to the minute resources. Probably more importantly the profusion of computers and sophisticated tracking have probably made international travel a lot more difficult for those who need discretion.

Another good think the book mentioned that was interestingly reinforced by the Crotch Bomber about a month back is to look for weak points. For instance getting onto a plane in NY and flying to Paris with anything less than perfect papers is probably impossible. However if you flew from Mexico City to Serbia then traveled by private boat to Italy you would be in the EU and instead of being a victim of first world airport scrutiny you would be free wheeling in the EU. [Please don't tear my example to shreds, I didn't research it for an hour. Just came up with it off the top of my head.]

I enjoyed this book and it got me thinking about some interesting stuff. While it isn't the first book I would suggest for preparedness I think most people would say it is worth the $15 or so it costs. Who would get something out of this book? People who think they might need to drop under the radar would be well advised to pick it up and likely the others in the series. If your situation is tenuous enough that keeping a wad of running money and maybe even building a fake identity (it is illegal, blah blah blah) and acquiring a vehicle registered to said person is worth the time, expense and risk then reading this book certainly is. Most of us however are not in that situation. Maybe we want to have some options for discrete travel or just find the topic interesting.

Also those who have considered moving out of the US and becoming ex pat's would get a lot out of this book. It talks about many out of the way, enjoyable, discrete, and safe areas where the dollar goes a long way.

I seriously doubt anyone will regret reading this book.

Thanks again VP of Awesomeness

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

quote of the day

"Instead of worrying about the new world order kicking your door down, better prepare for much more likely and much dangerous ordinary criminals."

Thursday, January 21, 2010

In Honor Of My Favorite Looter

Other looters are trying to get stuff they want but can not afford or would otherwise just rather steal like a new TV or mattress and some others try to position themselves to make a few bucks when things go back to normal by grabbing a dozen expensive watches or laptops or whatever. Not Heineken Man, he shuns such practical looting in favor of getting a big tub full of mid level import beer.

I was reminded of this great pic a couple days ago and have been thinking about Heineken since. Today on the way home I decided to pick up a 22 ounce bottle to enjoy this evening after dinner. While Heineken Man got a whole tub of the stuff for free the bottle I got cost $1.95. One of the bright sides of not drinking that much (been trending generally downward for several months or so and recently cut back some more) is that I can drink basically whatever I want.

Anyway as I enjoy the last of my beer I just want to say, here's to you Heineken Man!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

quote of the day

"A lot of holes in the desert, and a lot of problems are buried in those holes. But you gotta do it right. I mean, you gotta have the hole already dug before you show up with a package in the trunk. Otherwise, you're talking about a half-hour to forty-five minutes worth of digging. And who knows who's gonna come along in that time? Pretty soon, you gotta dig a few more holes. You could be there all fuckin' night."

-Nicki Santoro

A  recent conversation reminded me of this quote so I had to look it up and see the whole correct version. I tagged Hermit because he was involved in said conversation and Dakin just because the desert in Nevada is his neck of the woods and it reminded me of him.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

This is For All The Anarchists and No Government Types: How Do You Think It Would Work?

Honestly I'm not trying to pick a fight or an argument or anything else. I genuinely want to understand your views and how you think that having no government at all would actually work. My life experiences have shown me that we need at least some rules because without them people basically do anything they think they can get away with, heck we have rules now and people still pretty much do everything they think they can get away with.

I just don't understand what life experiences folks have had that could lead them to believe that everything would be great and hunky dory without any sort of government/ police/ rule of law.

Do keep in mind that I am a practical concrete sort of guy. I do not care about "what should be" or "how people should behave" or "what could work"; these are nice theoretical discussions to have but I am interested in what is and what real people do in the real world.

Do you genuinely believe Anarchy or some super limited essentially Anarchy lite sort of situation would work in the real world?

If so how do you think it would work? Do you think people would be safe and free to move about, earn, spend and generally conduct business? What life experiences have lead you to believe this sort of system (or lack of a more comprehensive one) would work?

I get comments which allude to or talk briefly about this sort of system (or more properly lack of a system) but really want to hear your full thoughts on how you think it would actually work.
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