For Californians & Freedom Lovers

Recently, I decided to target this blog for Californians. I feel that the mainstream media generalizes California as being an “anti-gun” state. Although state laws undoubtedly align with this generalization, I feel that there are a lot of people in this state that do appreciate our Constitutional and God-given rights to self-defense.

In a day where responsible journalism is an oxymoron, those of us who believe in freedom must unite and educate those around us who are infected with the agenda-driven poison that is constantly being pumped into the brains of our friends, family, and co-workers.

It starts with you.

If we want to preserve our heavily regulated Second Amendment rights, it’s going to have to start with you. It’s vital to know what you believe and why. If you don’t have a strong conviction for what you believe in, it will be nearly impossible to intelligently discuss your position with friends and family, even more, a perfect stranger.

Politics aside

Self-defense is a God-given right. If you can understand that the ability to defend yourself and your family is above any man-made law, you are on the right track. Criminals act above the law, without regard for human life. It’s clear that man-made laws do not stop evil acts of harm.

Be strong

The anti-gun movement is being funded by billionaires Michael Bloomberg and George Soros. These guys HATE our/their rights and have the media in their back pocket. You may have Bloomberg news app on your phone. Delete it! These anti-freedom, gun-grabbing zealots are spending millions on the midterms to elect Democrats who want to ban gun sales and confiscate them from your residence. I’m hopeful that logic, reason, and freedom will trump the money spent and emotions triggered during the 2018 Midterm election season, which is in full bore.

Letting freedom wane

We as a society are letting our freedoms get taken from us. The people we collectively vote in office have been gradually taking away our freedom, one step at a time. Mark Walters, of Armed American Radio, says the left’s attempt to disarm America is “incremental.” And it’s true. The disarmament of law-abiding citizens been well underway for years: age restrictions, 10-day cool off period (California), gun roster (California), background checks, high capacity magazine ban, bump stock bans, self-defense insurance ban (New York, NRA Carry Guard), ammo background checks (California, July 2018) etc…..None of these restrictions or bans would have stopped ANY of the recent school shootings.

Vote

Vote. Vote. Vote. On paper, California is a blue state. If you think your vote does not matter, you are wrong. Vote! I believe that in a matter of time, we will discover that there are millions of un-lawfull voters in this state. In other words, we may not be as blue as the media leads you to believe.

Be informed. Be vigilant. Be free.

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Opinion: Best IWB Holster

I’m going on my second month of carrying concealed in Southern California. I must admit, the first week I carried, I felt like all eyes were on me while out in public. I must also say, that I feel much more comfortable knowing that have a tool to defend my beautiful wife and kids wherever we go.

Carrying my Glock 19 daily has become second-nature and very comfortable at the strong-side three o’clock position. I attribute the comfort to my IWB (inside the waistband) holster. I practice draw stroke and dry-fire on a daily basis and visit the range at least once a month. I’d like to increase live-fire training, however, work and family schedule make this a challenge.

Holster options

I read dozens of reviews and watched countless YouTube videos on the “best” IWB holsters. The podcasts I listen to are sponsored by reputable holster brands such as Crossbreed and Cooks Holsters. I scoured their sites and watched unboxing. There are a ton of quality holster manufacturers with similar offerings, similar claims, and similar customer reviews. What works for some will not work for all. Gun form-factor, body type, and daily activities play a considerable role in determining what type of holster is best for you. For me, I wanted my holster to be tuck-able (concealed under tucked shirt), at my strong-hand three o’clock position and around $50.

My selection

I went with the Alien Gear Shapeshift 4.0 IWB Holster, by Alien Gear Holsters over the Crossbreed SuperTuck IWB Holster. Both of these products are considered hybrid holsters by combining Kydex/polymer shells with leather/neoprene backings that rest against the skin, or undershirt.

Tuck it in!

This Alien Gear holster can be worn with jeans, slacks, Dockers, or shorts and concealed by a tucked in shirt. The belt clips are adjustable without the need for a specific tool, allowing effortless 3-position cant adjustments.

The ShapeShift 4.0 is compatible with Alien Gear’s entire ShapeShift system, allowing convenient flexibility to adapt to other carry or attachment preferences.

Trigger Guard & Retention

The shell completely covers the trigger guard, virtually eliminating the chance of a negligent discharge. Out of the package, the retention was too loose for my comfort, however, I was able to adjust it to my preference in a matter of seconds.

Price & Shipping

Including tax and shipping, I think I paid roughly $60.00. Once ordered, I had the holster in just under 1 week!

Conclusion

I’m very pleased with this investment. The product is performing to expectation and the 30-day test drive, lifetime warranty and amazing customer service are awesome perks. Great job Alien Gear Holsters!

Be informed. Be vigilant. Be free.

Opinion: Otto’s Decision

Upon hearing of Otto Warmbier’s passing, I immediately placed blame on Barack Obama. Although I believe he could/should have done something for Otto, I want to offer another perspective that may not be so popular.

In January 2016, Warmbier was detained at Pyongyang Intl. Airport and sentenced to 15 years of hard labor for allegedly stealing a propaganda poster from a hotel in North Korea. Obama failed to get this American home during his last year in office.

Being from Southern California, it is known that traveling south of the border is risky for Americans. The Mexican Federales are known to hassle tourists, pulling them over for bogus infractions and shaking them down in order to avoid a ticket or being arrested. Before we needed passports to enter Tijuana, I’d walk across the border and come back with no problems. I understand that driving into Mexico would pose a personal or financial risk, so I have decided to never do it.

Back to Otto. One would think Warmbier would have learned about North Korea through his parents, school, media or at the least through Hollywood films like Team America, Olympus Has Fallen, or The Interview just to name a few.

Although he was just 21 when taken into custody by the North Korean regime, he should have been aware of the risk associated with Westerners traveling to a region ran by a murderous dictator. The actions of the North Korean regime were extreme, considering the alleged offense. Otto Warmbier should have known better. Like others who have successfully traveled in and out of North Korea, the University of Virginia student made the decision on his own to enter the regime and ultimately paid the price for the “adventure.” Americans and global citizens alike have no business risking their lives or contributing to the North Korean economy. Young Pioneers Tours, based in China, is also to blame for marketing North Korea to Warmbier and other Westerners.

Going to North Korea is not an adventure. It is a risk, not matter how you cut it. If you want adventure, go skydiving, or travel to a country that is not run by a volatile leader who uses violence and murder to discipline his own family, leadership, and Americans.

My thoughts and prayers are with Warmbier’s family and friends. My prayers are also with our government as they weigh the political consequences of an American’s death at the hands of this violent, unpredictable regime.

Image source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_North_Korea

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Dollar Shave Club Review

I have been a loyal customer of Dollar Shave Club (DSC) for over 2 years now. The hassle of remembering to purchase overpriced retail razors is definitely not missed. DSC ships me four refill cartridges every month. If I don’t go through all four, I can have them shipped every-other-month.

Since I shave both my head and my face, I decided to go with The Executive. With this package, the cartridges come with six very sharp and durable blades and a trimmer/edging blade. The Executive aluminum handle is nice and weighty with a rubber grip.

Overall, the quality of the products and service is top-notch. I’m saving a ton of money by not having to purchase expensive, lesser-quality cartridges at the store. It’s great knowing that razors will be delivered to on a regular basis. The DSC website has a customer login option to manage all aspects of your account, including delivery cadence.

I definitely recommend The Executive offering from DSC, especially if you shave your head! Heck, my wife even uses them! No more Mach 3’s or Fusion series razors for this household.

DSC Good, Better, Best Options

  • The Executive (6 blades + Edger) –  $9 mo. / Free Shipping
  • 4X (4 blades) –  $6 mo. / Free Shipping
  • Humble Twin (2 blades)  – $1 mo. / $2 Shipping

Join here and I get $5 through their refer-a-friend program available to all DSC subscribers.

Image Source: https://www.dollarshaveclub.com

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A Dad’s Take on Current Events

img_3193Gracie 3 and Olivia 1 are growing up in such an interesting word. As a dad, I want to keep and protect them forever. I want to equip them with the knowledge and tools they will need to live in this volatile environment. I can’t imagine what the world will be like for them when they are old enough to drive (or fly). They will need to be strong mentally, physically and spiritually. My hope and prayers are that they grow up to be accepting, kind and humble, yet bold and driven.

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REUTERS, 2017

As I type this, the world is at the brink of what could be a nuclear war. Our country is in the midst of a civil war between Democrats and Republicans, the left vs the right and the resistance vs “Trumpsters.” Those which once preached acceptance, openness and being different is okay are misguiding our youth about how to deal with defeat, change or opposition. Double-standards are the norm for any political party or “movement.”

At the rate we are going, one thing is for sure. We cannot and should not put our faith in one man or woman, the government, or your highly educated neighborhood shrink. At some point, in some way, they will fail us. In most cases, they already have. For me, there is one answer. Take one day at a time, keep my eyes looking above, my heart with my family, and my feet on the path of righteousness.  If we all stepped back, threw out our “agendas” and focused on the things that really matter in life, we might then begin to see the change we need to unite our country first, then the world. How can we bring peace to the world when there is so much turmoil within our own borders? United we stand, dis-unity we crumble and are weak.

As individuals and as a civilization, our days are numbered. Who knows how much time we as a global community have left? The passage below speaks of the signs of the end of days. This should not be interpreted as scary but as a reality of what is at hand and what may come in the near future if it hasn’t already. These are interesting times. Be vigilant and have faith.

Matthew 24:6-7 New King James Version (NKJV)
6 And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all[a] these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences,[b] and earthquakes in various places.

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