Bloglikes - Hobby en-US Sat, 23 Jan 2021 13:07:39 +0000 Sat, 06 Apr 2013 00:00:00 +0000 FeedWriter Does CC send books to Calibre? I am using Calibre on PC (Windows) for a while now to manage my library and sync a part of it on an Android tablet (around 2000 ebooks on my tablet). As since some time some files and/or directories on my tablet are not viewed by my pc (old bug known but never resolved) I decided to use CC to sync.
Once installed I have set the right parameter on Calibre to grant wifi connection and set parameters on CCC to give to it the directory I use on my tablet to store my ebooks. I launched the connexion.
On the window displayed by CC I see 2 lines with a progression bar for each (see the attached file). This lines say (free translation as my tablet is in French):
the first says : send information of the book to calibre
the second says : send "ebook_name".
Does this means that CC resend the book to Calibre? If yes is it possible to avoid this? I don't need as books on my tablet come all from Calibre!
Thaaks in advance if someone can clarify this.
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Sat, 23 Jan 2021 07:30:41 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Books Calibre Companion
Nikesh Shukla: 'If I’m writing for my daughters, I want them to know who I am' The novelist and editor of The Good Immigrant on telling his children about racism, his relationship with food and coming to terms with his mother’s death in his new memoir

  • Read an extract from Brown Baby below

In July last year, Nikesh Shukla tweeted a photograph of 11 books, captioned: “This is a decade’s worth of work.” At the top was his debut novel Coconut Unlimited, and at the bottom his latest book, Brown Baby: A Memoir of Race, Family and Home. It was supposed to come out in June, but the pandemic pushed it back, by which time – everyone supposed – bookshops would reopen and live events would return. Instead, we are back in lockdown and Shukla and I are peering at one another down the barrels of our laptop cameras to discuss Brown Baby.

The book’s title comes from the beautifully sober 1960s ballad by Oscar Brown Jr, expressing hopes to his son (“When out of men’s hearts all hate is hurled / You’re gonna live in a better world”) and Shukla’s Brown Baby is addressed to his own two daughters, who are now six and three years old. “I love the tradition of writers writing letters to their children,” he says. “James Baldwin writing to his nephew [“My Dungeon Shook” in The Fire Next Time], Ta-Nehisi Coates [in Between the World and Me]. I didn’t want it to be an overly intellectualised book about race and all the other things. I wanted it to be someone not quite having the answers, manoeuvring in that way that when you’re a parent, your opinions on things change all the time.”

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Sat, 23 Jan 2021 06:00:15 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Books Fiction Culture Autobiography and memoir James Baldwin Nikesh Shukla Nehisi Coates Shukla Oscar Brown Jr Brown Baby
The Hill We Climb                          

I thought that the inauguration hit all the right notes, and none more so than this amazing poem, beautifully delivered by Amanda Gorman. Watch it HERE .

“The Hill We Climb”

Amanda Gorman

When day comes we ask ourselves, where can we find light in this never-ending shade? The loss we carry, a sea we must wade. We’ve braved the belly of the beast, we’ve learned that quiet isn’t always peace and the norms and notions of what just is, isn’t always justice. And yet the dawn is ours before we knew it, somehow we do it, somehow we’ve weathered and witnessed a nation that isn’t broken but simply unfinished.

We, the successors of a country and a time where a skinny black girl descended from slaves and raised by a single mother can dream of becoming president only to find herself reciting for one. And, yes, we are far from polished, far from pristine, but that doesn’t mean we are striving to form a union that is perfect, we are striving to forge a union with purpose, to compose a country committed to all cultures, colors, characters and conditions of man.

So we lift our gazes not to what stands between us, but what stands before us. We close the divide because we know to put our future first, we must first put our differences aside. We lay down our arms so we can reach out our arms to one another, we seek harm to none and harmony for all.

Let the globe, if nothing else, say this is true: that even as we grieved, we grew, even as we hurt, we hoped, that even as we tired, we tried, that we’ll forever be tied together victorious, not because we will never again know defeat but because we will never again sow division.

Scripture tells us to envision that everyone shall sit under their own vine and fig tree and no one should make them afraid. If we’re to live up to our own time, then victory won’t lie in the blade, but in in all of the bridges we’ve made.

That is the promise to glade, the hill we climb if only we dare it because being American is more than a pride we inherit, it’s the past we step into and how we repair it. We’ve seen a force that would shatter our nation rather than share it. That would destroy our country if it meant delaying democracy, and this effort very nearly succeeded. But while democracy can periodically be delayed, but it can never be permanently defeated.

In this truth, in this faith, we trust, for while we have our eyes on the future, history has its eyes on us, this is the era of just redemption we feared in its inception we did not feel prepared to be the heirs of such a terrifying hour but within it we found the power to author a new chapter, to offer hope and laughter to ourselves, so while once we asked how can we possibly prevail over catastrophe, now we assert how could catastrophe possibly prevail over us.

We will not march back to what was but move to what shall be, a country that is bruised but whole, benevolent but bold, fierce and free, we will not be turned around or interrupted by intimidation because we know our inaction and inertia will be the inheritance of the next generation, our blunders become their burden. But one thing is certain: if we merge mercy with might and might with right, then love becomes our legacy and change our children’s birthright.

So let us leave behind a country better than the one we were left, with every breath from my bronze, pounded chest, we will raise this wounded world into a wondrous one, we will rise from the golden hills of the West, we will rise from the windswept Northeast where our forefathers first realized revolution, we will rise from the lake-rimmed cities of the Midwestern states, we will rise from the sunbaked South, we will rebuild, reconcile, and recover in every known nook of our nation in every corner called our country our people diverse and beautiful will emerge battered and beautiful, when the day comes we step out of the shade aflame and unafraid, the new dawn blooms as we free it, for there is always light if only we’re brave enough to see it, if only we’re brave enough to be it.

[Author: Vicki Lane]

Sat, 23 Jan 2021 05:08:00 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Gardening Poem West South Northeast Vicki Lane Amanda Gorman Inaugration 2021
Struggling with Technology

I am on a new laptop. The old one has multiple issues but I've been babying it along, waiting for the day I could go into a store, pick out a replacement, and turn it over to the Geek Squad to set up, as I've done in the past.
Alas, the battery/charger setup was growing more and more  temperamental-sometimes refusing to charge at all--and I have Zoom classes beginning next week. Plus I'm in the middle of editing a novel for a client. So I ordered online and now am in the throes of set up. My files are all in Dropbox so I can access them; I've got email and Facebook and Blogger working and down loaded some photos from my camera--now to transfer my email contacts. I know there's a way but I haven't  gotten there yet. 
Technology is not my strong point. Nevertheless, I will endeavor to persevere.
Update: Yikes! The email contacts transferred themselves. As if by magic!


[Author: Vicki Lane]

Sat, 23 Jan 2021 05:08:00 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Facebook Gardening Geek Squad Vicki Lane
Speckles, Speckles And Speckles! How To Easily Speckle Yarn.
Speckling yarn is easier said than done. There are a handful of techniques, but I have found one to be easily mastered. This is a tutorial to dye yarn entirely with speckles! Buy hand-dyed yarns at When sharing your hand-dyed yarn, please tag me! I would love to share your photos. Please tag, @lovelybylee and #lovelybylee when using social media.

[Author: Lovely by Lee]

Sat, 23 Jan 2021 05:03:37 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Crafts Lee Lovely by Lee
Page refresh: how the internet is transforming the novel Doom scrolling, oversharing, constantly updating social media feeds ... the internet shapes how we see the world, and now it’s changing the stories we tell, writes author Olivia Sudjic

Towards the end of 2020, a year spent supine on my sofa consuming endless internet like a force-fed goose, I managed to finish a beautifully written debut novel: Open Water by Caleb Azumah Nelson, which comes out next month. And yet despite the entrancing descriptions, I could barely turn two pages before my hand moved reflexively toward the cracked screen of my phone. Each time I returned to the novel I felt ashamed, and the shame only grew as I realised that, somehow, though the story was set in the present, and involved an often long-distance romance between two young people with phones, it contained not one single reference to what by then I considered a hallmark of present-day humanity: mindless scrolling through social media.

There was something sepia-toned about the book thanks to this absence, recalling love stories from previous eras even as it spoke powerfully to more urgent contemporary issues. Azumah Nelson’s narrator mentions phones in the context of calls and private text messages, but the characters are never sullied by association with Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Was this because they were too sensible, ethical or self-assured to use such things, or is the omnipresence of these platforms now so implicit, in literature as in life, that they hardly seemed worth mentioning?

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Sat, 23 Jan 2021 04:00:12 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Books Technology Internet Fiction Society Culture Facebook Twitter Caleb Azumah Nelson Azumah Nelson
An order of treats to go, please.

Who could resist Hamish’s face, Patricia? Nobody; that’s who! :)

Sheltie Nation - Largest Community of Sheltie Lovers on the Net!

Sat, 23 Jan 2021 01:00:00 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Crafts Patricia Hamish The Sheltie Perspective
Export reading statistics as HTML? Does anyone know how to export the stats as HTML? Or, at the very least, how to convert .lua text to HTML? My googling came up empty. :help:]]> Sat, 23 Jan 2021 00:46:54 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Books Koreader Coq Au Vin
Easy to prepare in advance & slow cook for dinner.

[Author: Super Madcow]

Fri, 22 Jan 2021 23:04:25 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Crafts Super Madcow Coq Au Vin
Fruit Flapjacks
Simple to make. You can change the fruit to a filling of your choice.

[Author: Super Madcow]

Fri, 22 Jan 2021 23:04:25 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Crafts Super Madcow
Ginger Steamed Pudding
Sweet & Moist pudding. You can add 4 tbsp of chopped stem ginger to the mix if you like.

[Author: Super Madcow]

Fri, 22 Jan 2021 23:04:25 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Crafts Super Madcow
Help with ebook format Date value '10/27/2020' is not valid as per[For input string: "10/27/2020"] is not an integer.
I will note that I published this book on that date on kdp/amazon/createspace, but I couldn't find the date marked anywhere in the document. So I don't understand what could be causing it. Any ideas on how to fix it? Thanks.
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How to get consistent font size and layout when converting to kepub (from epub)? See here for side by side of original epub (left) and converted kepub (right) using Calibre's E-book Viewer:

Note: For copyright, book text has been pixelated.
The font size is set to 16px in both. When I sideload these to my Kobo, the font size in the kepub will be what I expect but the epub font size will look giant. (Calibre's E-book Viewer shows the kepub as having larger text despite, as above, the font being set to 16px. The font size on my kobo looks like the text on the left, just with the messed up layout on the right).
Obviously if I "Disable font size rescaling" I get really inconsistent fonts across books which is especially problematic if I'm reading several books at once - not very practical to have to change the font options every time I switch between books. The fonts also tend to be much larger although not anywhere near as huge as a straight epub.
How can I get a consistent kepub font size suitable for my Kobo without the weird line breaks on things like titles, especially when said titles contain things like images (as above screenshot)? TIA!
EDIT: Essentially I want to retain the original epub formatting/layout, just refactor the font size so that it's not ginormous and has the additional kepub stats.]]>
Fri, 22 Jan 2021 22:02:56 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Books Conversion
Your Weekend Justice #289: Are Those Rats in Your Engine or Are You Just Happy to See Me?

You okay over there, bud?

– Madman

In a world where time has lost all meaning, we bring you this episode of Weekend Justice: the Internet’s #1 Audio Trainwreck. It was recorded last July. That’s just how 2020 went. But good news, there’s just one more 2020 episode and then we’re caught up to the present day. More or less.

More audio problems than usual this time. I can only chalk it up to heavy sunspot activity. Our apologies.


  • Rox, outside Asgard
  • Dom is not an expert on all German media
  • The myth of outside
  • Jon is an expert on sensitivity
  • Rob has a slingshot
  • Discord humor
  • Tuffley in spurts (whoa)
  • Work safety in the apocalypse
  • Mr. and Mrs. Armed Hamburglar
  • Rox, now in colour
  • Or something (always)
  • JJ makes his apocalypse more excited (oh crap)
  • Please schedule your pandemic exposure ahead of time
  • When is COVID not COVID?
  • The mystical power of lanyards
  • Christmas for Rob
  • When reality reflects Red Dead Redemption
  • Problem determination for mic issues
  • Blackberry addiction: a serious issue
  • Phones with keyboards: kids ask your parents
  • JJ Gettysburg jiggy with it
  • Talking about Warren Ellis for what might be the last time
  • The Ranganation: Lockdown Edition
  • Before it all exploded
  • New obsessions?
  • Villain casting
  • Timothy Leary: back when he wasn’t dead
  • Warhol on Burger King
  • The everythingness of Sam Elliott
  • Crafting the perfect movie-music-movie evening
  • Children of the Corn: all 329 of them
  • Reliving the Psycho disappointment
  • J.K. Rowling being upset (no one gives a shit)
  • Cee-Lo Green makes everyone sad
  • People who we admire(d) doing horrible shit
  • It’s not a competition
  • We have achieved pants
  • Whoops. This isn’t the episode with the Herzog intro. Sorry, Dom. It was the previous one.
  • Comparing Funkos
  • Daveed Diggs luring innocent people into Snowpiercer
  • Quite is hellish ice water
  • Amazon can be watery hell ice
  • Virtual Elijah Wood, now available for private parties
  • Fake Rock Lobster!
  • RIP Ennio Morricone
  • The French Amazon
  • Hamilton
  • The Hamlet double feature
  • Demento corrections
  • The Goddammit, I’m Going to Get You gene
  • The Run Lola Run “Back in Black” game

Headsup: There’s Weekend Justice gear as well in the Zazzle store.

Thanks to Jon from The Unique Geek for helping us sound good.

As always, special thanks go out to Clutch for letting us use their absolutely badass song, “Promoter (of earthbound causes)” as our theme music for this.

Buy Blast Tyrant, which is where you can find “Promoter”. Buy their latest album, Book of Bad Decisions. Send them love and coin.

BTW, you iTunes subscriber types can nab the feed for all Need Coffee podcasts by adding this to iTunes. Weekend Justice only? Use this link here.

Or if you want to do something else with it, the feed feed for all our podcasts is here. And just Weekend Justice is here.

To download this episode directly, Your Weekend Justice #289: Are Those Rats in Your Engine or Are You Just Happy to See Me?, then do that thing. For the previous episode, click here.

Fri, 22 Jan 2021 21:52:41 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Amazon Toys Games Music Technology Television Movies Podcasts Germany Weekend Justice Stephen King Brit Elijah Wood Burger King Zazzle J.k. Rowling Psycho Hamilton Gettysburg Ennio Morricone Jj Rowling Jon Leary Warren Ellis Rox Timothy Leary Cee-lo Green Sam Elliott Animal Crossing COVID-19 Mrs Armed HamburglarRox Sam ElliottCrafting FunkosDaveed Diggs
[SHOT 2021] SIG Sauer ROMEO7S & JULIET3 Micro A timeless love affair continues. At this year’s somewhat unconventional virtual SHOT Show, SIG Sauer announced the new models of their popular ROMEO red dot sights and JULIET magnifiers. SIG Sauer say the ROMEO7S compact sight and the JULIET3-MICRO Magnifier will be ‘coming soon’. Features of SIG Sauer’s ROMEO7S: Offered in red or green 3 MOA Dot […]

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Fri, 22 Jan 2021 20:00:00 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Guns Optics Daily News Sig Sauer Magnifier Sauer Red Dot Product Announcement Reflex/Red Dot SHOT Show 2021 JULIET3-MICRO ROMEO7S
ePub to HTMLZ Fri, 22 Jan 2021 19:23:44 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Books Conversion [SHOT 2021] New Timney Alpha Competition Glock Triggers Timney Triggers has released a new series of competition handgun triggers called Alpha. First in line in the Timney Alpha series is a new trigger for the Glock Gen 3 and Gen 4 pistols. Timney’s trigger bar and sear are Teflon nickel treated, with a pull weight of three pounds. All stock Glock parts and […]

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Fri, 22 Jan 2021 19:00:00 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Guns Daily News SHOT Show Other Gear & Gadgets Timney Timney Triggers Product Announcement Glock Gen Glock Trigger SHOT Show 2021 timney Alpha
Drop Caps epub->Mobi I am converting my own book to several formats on Calibre. And I am trying to convert from the Epub created in InDesign to a mobi file. When I do that, the Drop Caps get screwed. I don't really have any idea of how can I solve that. The conversion to AZW3 is perfect tho.
Fri, 22 Jan 2021 18:18:42 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Books Conversion Mobi
Brief Filed in Maryland ‘Rapid Fire Trigger Activators’ Ban Case How many times does this piece of firearms history have to be declared “legal”? (Photo: David Codrea)

U.S.A. – -( A “friend of the court” brief was filed in the United States Supreme Court Thursday by attorneys Alan Beck and Stephen Stamboulieh on behalf of Scott Heuman, Owen Monroe, and myself in support of Maryland Shall Issue’s challenge to their states ban on “rapid-fire trigger activators.” Our interest is that we were Plaintiffs in a similar case against the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and as the brief explains:

“As such, they have an interest in the outcome of this case because a positive ruling in the instant matter will assist them in their efforts to  be compensated for the government’s illegitimate taking of their bump stocks.”

In terms of compensation, that’s not the preferred outcome — a court order to return the property is. Still, if the government had to pay off everyone adversely affected and forced to bear real costs, ATF’s own estimates place the cost in the hundreds of millions of dollars. I’d like to make clear that my decision to relinquish otherwise untraceable property was based solely on advice from my attorney to surrender under protest so that I would have the standing to bring a case. As such, and as noted in a footnote to the brief, I required ATF “to sign a Receipt for Property and Other Items (ATF Form 3400.23) as [my] intent is to have [my] property returned if and when the Final Rule is struck as  violative of the Constitution and/or Administrative Procedures Act.”

In terms of our costs, some will no doubt raise their eyebrows at my valuation claim. That’s because I consider it a collector’s item, a piece of cultural history if you will, and one for which the valuation would increase if the property is ultimately ordered returned:

“Mr.  Codrea was forced to surrender an original Akins Accelerator (with its spring removed so as to not be considered a machinegun after the first time it was declared a machinegun) which was still in its original box and signed by the inventor of the device. Mr. Codrea valued his original Akins Accelerator at  a minimum of ‘$1,100, up to a premium due to the chain of ownership and rarity of the item, it  would be expected to sell for at least $2,000 to $3,000 at an auction’ … Mr. Monroe’s  and  Mr. Heuman’s bump stocks are valued between ‘$200 to $400’.”

It’s also probably appropriate to mention, especially at those prices, that no one is in it for the money. In the admittedly remote chance that we prevail, every penny of any settlement I might receive would be immediately applied toward further legal actions in defense of Second Amendment related cases.

There’s one other unique aspect of this brief brought up by no one else, and that’s the fourth footnote, and it gets into the official record an observation no one in authority wants to address:

“Of note, during a Freedom of Information Act request regarding the Las Vegas incident, a document was produced which stated that ‘[O]n-scene ATF personnel were not allowed to physically examine the interior of the weapons for machinegun fire-control components or known machinegun conversion devices such as Drop-In-Auto Sears, Lightning Links, etc.’”

That’s an assertion that is demonstrable simply by looking at the evidence I have documented, although the media has (predictably) paid no attention to it. And while the ATF FOIA production includes several problematic admissions in addition to ATF not being “allowed” to examine recovered weapons (all shown at the above link), the FBI, when asked for “any records documenting the use of a bump fire-type stock used during the commission of any crime to date,” essentially told us they don’t have that information and wouldn’t have to tell anyone if they did.

No one is under any illusions. All the Supreme Court has to do to let the case die is…nothing. That said, pursuing this isn’t taking significant resources away from other doable efforts, it brings heretofore suppressed information to the court’s attention, and giving up to government usurpations and infringements should never be an option.

Anyone who tells you “this is just about a stupid piece of plastic” doesn’t understand the issue.

About David Codrea:

David Codrea is the winner of multiple journalist awards for investigating/defending the RKBA and a long-time gun owner rights advocate who defiantly challenges the folly of citizen disarmament. He blogs at “The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance,” is a regularly featured contributor to Firearms News, and posts on Twitter: @dcodrea and Facebook.

David Codrea

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Fri, 22 Jan 2021 18:00:21 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Facebook Maryland Guns Supreme Court Fbi Las Vegas Resistance Monroe ATF United States Supreme Court Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives Plaintiffs David Codrea Gun Rights News Maryland Shall Issue RKBA Firearms News Alan Beck Codrea Stephen Stamboulieh Akins Accelerator Bump stock Heuman Scott Heuman Owen Monroe
Apparently unique footnote problem So, I have a Kobo Libra H20 running Koreader. Everything works great except footnotes. I really want the popup footnotes at the bottom, but with only one exception (I'll get to that) when I set it to popup footnotes, I get only the number of the footnote and an otherwise blank box.
If I turn popup footnotes back off, they link to the footnotes section just fine. If I open the same book in Calibre, the popup footnotes work as intended.
I found only one exception (so far), where I was able to take the book into Calibre, convert it from EPUB2 to EPUB3, reload it to the Libra, and then the footnotes appeared. But when I tried that with the other book I am reading with footnotes, I still got the blank boxes.
Both of these books are purchased books that I have stripped the DRM from, and have a .kepub.epub filetype (purchase from Kobo). I did try dropping the .kepub part, but that didn't change anything, either.
I am utterly at a loss. I have not been able to find this mentioned anywhere. If anyone has any ideas, I'm willing to try! I'm no programmer, but I can copy and paste code if you're clear about where it goes, and I'm relatively proficient with Calibre.
Fri, 22 Jan 2021 17:42:48 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Google Books Libra Koreader Kobo
I Cannot tweak author_sort_copy_method anymore A (not so) long time ago, under version 4, I did tweak the author_sort_copy_method by changing from comma to Code:
author_sort_copy_method = 'nocomma'
.. . All that worked perfectly and still work that way today...
Well, today I observed a few bad author sorts so I changed from false Code:
author_use_surname_prefixes = True
and I also added 'ANTHOLOGIE' in the author_name_copywords.
The author value "ANTHOLOGIE par Asimov" does copy as such in the author_sort field, BUT
The author "Alfred E Van Vogt" still sort automatically to "Vogt Alfred E Van"... I suspected a problem with capital letter so I added "Van" to Code:
author_surname_prefixes = ['da', 'de', 'di', 'la', 'le', 'van', 'von', 'Van']
. No success.:(
So I removed ANTHOLOGIE from the author_name_copywords and I got a different author from author_sort value... So it's working?!?:blink:
So I changed 'nocomma' to 'comma' (in fact I did a reset) and the author sort did NOT change (I still have "fn ln" -> "ln fn" without the comma):blink::blink::blink:
I have been looking around but have not been able to find anything similar... I have the calibre source from git and follow the evolution, I have seen a recent commit named ' Add a new tweak under "Author sort name algorithm" to optionally recognize common surname prefixes such as von, van, de etc.) ' But I cannot (yet) understand python class and/or object programming...
Oh yes, I am running calibre in french if that matters and I have a few extentions... Tell me if you need more informations from me or if there is a better place to report this.]]>
Fri, 22 Jan 2021 16:37:01 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Books Calibre Asimov Alfred E Van Vogt Vogt Alfred E Van da de di la le van von Van
Hobbit Law Cited In Wacky Trump-Loving Lawsuit To Overturn Election Fri, 22 Jan 2021 16:16:30 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Books Law Government Coups Courts Shire Paul Davis Election 2020 Waco In-House Counsel Small Law Firms Election Law Goosehead Insurance Kellye SoRelle Groceries, Guns and Robbers in the Parking Lot – Armed Citizen Stories Self-Defense Gun Stories

U.S.A.-( We start with this news report from 10EBNS in Columbus, Ohio.

You left the market and are walking back to your car. It is dark outside. Two young men cross between the cars and move toward you. They shout at you. One of the men has his gun pointed. They want your money and your phone. Just that fast, you’re being robbed.

You have your Ohio concealed carry license. You own a gun. Fortunately, you are carrying tonight. The news story doesn’t say how, but you shoot the armed attacker who has his gun out. He shoots too. He is critically wounded. Fortunately, you are shaken, but unhurt. You and the other robber run away.

You call 911. Police arrive and take your attacker’s gun. EMTs transport him to the hospital. You give a brief statement to the police that includes a description of your other attacker. Police arrest the other attacker nearby.

Your first attacker dies in the hospital. Now, the second attacker is charged with murder. Your attackers were 17 and 18 years old.


Attacks like this happen every night. There is a lot we can learn and apply as we study this example of armed defense. Our defender did a number of things to save his life.

He had his permit so he could carry his concealed firearm in public. He dressed around the gun and was armed. He recognized a threat and defended himself. Witnesses say they heard three or four shots, but at least one of those shots was from the attacker. Despite being shot at, our good guy stopped shooting when the other attacker ran away. Our defender moved to safety and called 911. He returned to the scene in order to talk to the police. He gave a brief statement. When you read the linked news story and watch the on-scene video, it is clear that the defender did not talk to the news media.. and that is good too.

Getting that much right in so little time doesn’t happen by chance. The victim’s performance says the victim thought about his defense before it happened.

Now it is our turn to think about what might happen to us.

Did you notice what was left out of the story? It sounds silly, but what happened to the groceries? Lots of us, particularly guys, walk out of the store with their hands full of plastic bags. Women walk out of the store, pull their phone out of their pocket, and drop their head. As we cross a dangerous area, we are handcuffing ourselves by filling our hands. We blind ourselves by looking down at our phone.

We can do better. Use a shopping cart so your hands are empty. If you can, have a flashlight in your hand at night and look around. Sure, the light will let you identify strangers, but a flashlight also makes you look different from the last victim these criminals robbed. With your hands-free, your head up, and your eyes open, you don’t look like prey! The bad guys move on to attack someone who looks like food. We win every fight we avoid.

Don’t be shy if someone comes up to you in a dark parking lot. Yell STOP while they are still 5 to 7 yards away. Yes, firearms instructors have their students practice yelling “STOP”. It feels silly, but it isn’t silly if it works.. and it does.

Here is why we want to practice it. Our ability to think goes away when we’re under stress. In an emergency, it is easier to do the things we’ve practiced, but harder to do the things we’ve only thought about. Our brains are simply wired that way. That is why we physically rehearse our plans, including the words we yell.

The bad guy fired his gun which brings up another important point. We don’t want to stand there and get shot. If we didn’t see the bad guys coming and the bad guy already has his gun out, then we want to create a distraction. That is really important because we don’t want to be involved in a gunfight where both sides press the trigger.

As a distraction, put your wallet in the shopping cart and push the cart away from you out into the street. Next, we want to move in the other direction. We’d like to move to the side and towards cover as we draw our handgun. If necessary, shoot your attacker until he stops being a threat. If he remains a threat, we can shoot the second attacker too until the second attacker runs away.. maybe.

It is important to articulate why each attacker was an immediate, lethal, and unavoidable threat. If the threat goes away or you can avoid the threat, then your firearm is the wrong solution.

As you’re running away, try to use a car as concealment. That means we’re crouched down behind the hood, the roof, or the trunk. Only the engine and some steel truck-wheels are solid enough to act as a cover and stop a bullet. Run to a safe place, and look around. Shout for help so everyone looks at you.

Shout, “HELP. CALL THE POLICE.” Shout it twice. Yep, we want to practice that too. When it is safe, then we holster our gun and we call 911.

Of course, we’ll call the police if we fired our gun. Call them if you so much as put your hand on your gun. Call them if your gun was exposed at any time, even if it never left your holster. We call 911 because that is what good guys do. We also want to be careful when we talk to the police. We want to say a little.

Say, “I called you. I was attacked. I defended myself. The bad guys look like this.” Then say, “I’ll answer all your questions and file a complete report after I’ve spoken to my lawyer.” It is hard to shut up, but is important that we say little.

Here is why. You just defended yourself from a life-threatening attack. Even if you were not shot or hit, your brain is now suffering a chemical injury from adrenaline.

You are brain-damaged.

Think about it. You are as incapacitated as if you’d been hit on the head. Your ability to understand and answer questions is impaired. Your memory is faulty as you get things out of order. At the same time that we’re mentally impaired, everything we say will be compared to a perfect recording of the events in a court of law. Right now, you are in no condition to give an accurate statement.. so don’t.

Learn about this and more from your local firearms instructor and from a seminar on the legal use of lethal force. Until then, I want you to look and sound funny; practice making a distraction and shouting.

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About Rob Morse

Rob writes about gun rights at Ammoland, at Clash Daily, and on his SlowFacts blog. He hosts the Self Defense Gun Stories Podcast and co-hosts the Polite Society Podcast. Rob was an NRA pistol instructor and combat handgun competitor.

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