Monday, January 23, 2017

January 23rd (Monday) Roundup

Welcome all,

I am fairly outspoken and spend way too much time on FB. This can be annoying for people who try to follow me. So I'm going to make an attempt to round up all my news stories and topics and post them here. 

Update: Updated again (I'm gone for 30 minutes...)
At least it s not Trump day. Hopefully we can make Nov 8th a holiday as well. I was curious what the 3rd thing he signed was. 
Its not a right for benefits for all couples, Texas wants to pick and choose who is deserving of employee benefits.

Report about how he gets bored and likes to watch TV.
Also includes reading tweets and complaining.

Trump resigns from business holdings. Supposedly. Except Florida and NY have yet to see this paperwork. 

How to affect change from a Senator. Show up in person.

Approval ratings. Historically low. Well he's the best at being bad.

Alternative fakes - Crime stats, changes.
As many of you know I’m a criminology major. Fake crime stats make me see red.

Inauguration cake proceeds will be donated to SAGA charities.

Next protests will be planned for April 15th in an effort to get Trump to release his taxes.
Trump will release tax returns?
Conway flipping again. Hopefully the IRS will follow up with their 'audit' soon.

Gag order affecting women everywhere. Surrounded by men.
The United States is a powerful nation and we are affecting women everywhere.

"I think sometimes we can disagree with the facts," Spicer said. "Our intention is never to lie to you."
I watched the press conference and he's not doing a great job. This will be a blood bath. I loved when the obvious plant in the back as a 'last question' went on for a minute about his support of Trump so much that the entire press corps yelled at him to get on with it.

ACA in the hands of the state. I think we can all agree that the idea that states should determine their standing and rights is gone a political platform. The same people will say that the states should be able to choose but agree with a nationwide ban on abortion.

Find swing districts. A way to find districts that can be changed back to Dem hands.

Rocky week - An overall feeling that things are not off to a great start.

CIA issue. Not only did he plant people the audience, but Spicer says in the press today that those were all CIA agents not Trumps people. Overall the mood was a boisterous campaign rhetoric trying to inflate his ego. Cudos to the CIA for not showing partisanship.

TPT Trump has officially withdrawn from the TPT. I'll be honest I do not have enough knowledge of the situation to know if this will be good or bad.

Sanctuary cities.  Of course they want to flash funding to sanctuary cities. I can see this being an escalating issue. California supports a large swath of middle America with its taxes. If they stop funding we stop paying. Things turn bad. Also again suddenly states shouldn’t have the right to decide for themselves.

Potential trade issues as brought up by Robert Reich.

Women of color.  This photo says a lot. Lately there has been a lot of discussion about women of color 'attacking' white women. I've said it before and I will say it again. Listen. If somebody who has a different set of priv than you says something that makes you feel uncomfortable you should listen to that. I'm a white cis gendered middle class male. I am uncomfortable all the time. I can get upset at them or I can accept that I don't see the whole picture.

Standing rock steps aside, a dark day but we all knew this was coming.

Time for some humor. Patton Oswalt is a dear.
Men'sMarch & Patton Oswalt

Spokane hero. I grew up wanting to be a police officer, surrounded by police officers. Law enforcement has been my life up until a few years ago. There is a systemic issue with the way our law enforcement  is being recruited, trained, and supported. That is not to say that there are not some amazing inspiring people out there.

Thursday, December 8, 2016


It's snowing in Portland. And the state has shut down. Actually it shut down last night when it was still perfectly nice out. The roads were perfectly clear this morning and we left late. This is unheard of. Even the weekends have more traffic. There was some wind but that was it. The snow did not pick up until 11am. It has been coming down fairly decently since then. With the exception of picking up my fiance from the bus I wont be travelling out today. Hey I got rear ended when it was just cold and rain, cold rain and snow I'm not jinxing it any more.


Last night we stayed home from archery practice and I got to work on a project for my campaign of Storm Kings Thunder. So far all we have done is fight our way through GoldenFields. This will be for the epic show down against the army of goblins, bugbears, ogres, and giants. Overall the wall stands 10 inches tall and 6 inches wide. Should be a fun conclusion. Plus I like side projects. 

Todays work and research have been light. I discovered Nviso labs blog. They had a good article on their tool VBA Emulator. Essentially it'll explode an office doc with macros and push out the resulting actions. If it works (its still really in alpha) it would be a huge help. They have alot of other great articles too so I've been going through them. 

I'm still struggling to get my concealed carry. While Washington's is fine, Oregon is proving more difficult. The closest county is notoriously against issuing them. They suggested going to St Helens which is an hour each way and they aren't doing appointments for another 2 months. 

Also been working on finishing up my UEDC bag. Its slightly on hold until X-mas. 

That is all I have. Stay safe. 

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Hellboy is a beast.

Hellboy is my car as nick named by my fiance. When I got the little red car my credit score was a certain 'satanic' number. Last night on my way back from Kali class I was rear ended. It wasn't bad, somebody rear ended a van which rear ended me. We all got to the side and I went to check on everyone. Hooray for an EDC bag. It had a first aid kit should I have needed it, my phone for a camera, a notepad to write stuff down and a flashlight to see better. Thankfully none of it was needed as my little devil was totally unharmed. Couldn't even find a scratch. (For some reasons that the third time I've messed up the word scratch).

It was bumper to bumper traffic but still enough that combined with Kali classes I'm sore as hell. It was sayoc Kali which is different from the one I regularly take. I'm not sure how its different but it was a small 3 person class and we did exclusively knifes. In fact all the fighters had a belt of 6+ knives. I worked on 3 of 9. The basic attacks partnered with their basic counters or taps. I have the 9 attacks down but combined with the taps we only got through 7. The guy I was training with was also new so he was having trouble remembering some of the moves. Overall it was a great learning experience. I enjoyed the fact that the first tap is your typical untrained 'ahhh' *raises arm to cover*. Also the instructors little demon spawn children, apparently not exhausted from their jujitsu, were told when they say down the class has to drop and do 5 pushups. You can bet money that those evil little girls made us suffer.

I also had an interview yesterday as well. The gentleman is putting together a new SOC/Threat Intel team. He has 3 and is looking for 3 more. There was a situation question which had I been doing it for real I knew I would have gotten it right away. But without seeing the actual email that triggered the investigation I didnt think to ask the right questions, at least not until I'd already run down the rabbit hole. Overall I'm still happy with my performance. I really hope I get the position. While my current job is fine, I do miss security work.

Speaking of security work, I'm working on something a bit closer. We are deploying Snort boxes to our sites and I get to design and stand those up. Not something I've really done in the past but it shouldn't be too hard. (I say knowing full well it'll take me a few days as snort and linux both want to fuck with me.) After dropping my fiance off at work I swung in and picked up the box from the front desk. The joys of working at a hotel downtown, we have 15 minute parking right out front.

I'm still in the process of refining my Urban Every Day Carry (UEDC) bag. Looking at multi-tools and knifes. Pretty sure I will be carrying my pistol in a waste band rather than the bag. Originally I didnt think it would be worthwhile to draw that fast but all this gun talk is getting to me. That is what I get for sitting through a 5 hour long concealed class. God it was a nightmare. 2.5 hours on the instructors personal views on 2nd amendment rights. Which I paid him handsomely for apparently. 1.5 worth of random videos. 1 hour on Utah's concealed carry laws. 0 hours on Oregons carry laws (which is what the class was for) and 0 actual hands on range time. So my fiance who suffered with me will now have a concealed carry (once we drive 2 hours to find a sheriff who will issue it to us) without ever having actually fired a hang gun....Unbelievable.

Also we got snow this week. Its supposed to be off an on all week.

Not sure if these are relevant but lets try them!
#jkd #kali #hellboy #edc #udc #snort #security