Monday, January 20, 2020

Microdot

As I said in my previous post, I am in the middle of trying to convert to using a microdot sight for my EDC. The sight is a Holosun 507c. I mounted it on top of my Smith and Wesson M&P9c using a Trijicon RMR mount that fits in the rear sight dovetail. Installing it was difficult because I could't press it using my sight tool.

Right now things are going well, but I am having a couple of issues. First, the good news. Here is 15 rounds at 15 yards on a B29 target:


I did that while firing about two shots per second, but I am guessing at the time. That brings me to my first problem: No timer yet. but I am waiting on the delivery of a MantisX.

My second issue is that the time from draw to first shot seems slow. This is caused by having to hunt for the reticle. Once I find the reticle, followup shots are fast and easy. What I think is happening is that I have to stop indexing the pistol as if I was looking for my front sight. It feels like the pistol is pointing too low when I initially present to the target. I think dry fire will fix that.

Still, I absolutely love this sight. It feels like I am faster and more accurate. The answer to my first problem is a timer and the answer to my second problem is practice.


Puerto Rico corruption

Do you remember how much criticism President Trump got from the media when he blamed Puerto Rico's politicians for stealing aid meant for Hurricane Maria victims? It turns out he was right.

Minimum wage increase on the November ballot

This attorney is either lying, knows nothing about business, or is smoking the weed that his father is peddling.

The vast majority of business owners are not the mega rich, and they don't have the profit margins to pay for increasing the minimum wage from $8.60 to $15 an hour. The profits earned from the money invested in a business amount to less than a 7% return on investment. A 74% increase in the cost of labor means that the ROI goes down to 2% or even less. A business owner needs to find ways to make up the shortfall, or else he might as well put his investment in a high yield CD for far less work and risk.

A business owner has two choices: raise prices, or cut costs. A business can only increase prices so far before customers decide that they can do without that burger or that scoop of ice cream. The next step is to automate as many jobs out of existence as possible. This is why Amazon is killing the retail industry. This is why McDonald's is installing ordering kiosks to reduce the number of employees needed to run the place.

The Democrats keep putting things on the ballot that they know will encourage likely voters to show up at the polls. In 2016, it was medical marijuana. They are already saying that in 2024 it will be recreational marijuana.

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Advice needed

I need some advice on purchasing a shot timer. I have specific needs, so I am looking for help.

I used to compete in IDPA. I stopped because it was too artificial and too much of a game. I just wanted to shoot in a dynamic environment to improve my skills. I have a shot timer that I once used to practice, but it is not working for what I need.

I shoot at an indoor range that has 4 shooting rooms with 10 lanes each: 2 rooms that are 15 yards long, a 25 yard room, and a 100 yard room that is approved for all calibers up to .50BMG. They also have a virtual range that allows you to run shoot/no shoot scenarios.

I am busy relearning how to handle pistols, because I am learning to use a microdot sight. Yesterday I went to my weekly range session and shot my M&P9c with the microdot with the intention of eventually making it my EDC, once I can get faster. My speed for a 15 shot string seems good, and I was able to put 15 rapid shots inside of the 9 ring of a B29 from 15 yards. I just don't know how fast I was, because my timer keeps picking up the shots of shooters in adjacent lanes.

I have been dry firing it for weeks, trying to improve the speed of my draw and presentation. I am using a dryfire mag, which allows me to dry fire without racking the slide.

Here is where the advice comes in:
The timer I want MUST be able to track MY shots and not the ones from adjacent lanes.
It would be nice if it could also track my time of my draw.

Any ideas?


Saturday, January 18, 2020

Medicare fraud

I have hesitated for awhile to talk about how I left my career as a Paramedic and became a teacher. A recent story that has made the news in Central Florida has convinced me that it is time. A man from Connecticut who was being investigated for Medicare fraud decided to try to kill himself and his entire family here in Central Florida during the holidays. He only did the job halfway, killing his wife, three kids, and the family dog. After a few weeks, the Feds showed up to arrest him and found the bodies.

That brings me to my own story. I had retired from the fire department and was working as a Paramedic performing critical care transports for a Medicare contractor. I was supposed to be transporting only the very sickest people. Instead, I was mostly transporting people who were either not sick, or who could have been well, but there was too much money to be made in keeping them sick.

We were lying about the services we were performing, and I refused to play along. There were other patients who were sick, and we were purposely keeping them sick so we could make more money. One patient was supposed to be receiving physical therapy so he could learn to walk again. The only problem is that, once he could walk without assistance, we would no longer get paid for him. So they made sure that he never managed to walk far enough to be cured.

We used forged paperwork. We got doctors to sign blank orders that we later filled in as needed. My coworkers and I were expected to invent the paperwork to make it all billable. My employer wasn't alone. Most of the people I know in the health field are expected to do at least a little of this.

I refused to lie on my medical reports, and my bosses hated it. There was no way that I was going to help those people victimize my patients so they could make themselves rich doing it. I sure wasn't going to lie and risk my license and my freedom to make someone else a millionaire.

Six months after I began working there, I was approached by investigators. I told them everything that I had seen and agreed to cooperate. At their request, I began saving and forwarding documentation to investigators. The company found out and terminated me. I was blackballed from the medical field and my name was mud. I had to change careers and became a teacher.

 Over the course of the following six years, I was interviewed by the FBI multiple times. I had to hire a pair of attorneys, because you don't get interviewed by the FBI unless your attorney is there. A couple of the interviews included the Assistant US attorney. Five years after I was initially contacted, the Feds showed up at my former employers' offices with a search warrant and some subpoenas and began interviewing my former coworkers.

The investigation could only go back 5 years, and even with that my former employer was suspected of receiving nearly $80 million in fraudulently obtained Medicare money. My opinion is that it was even more than that. One company in ten years stole almost $80 million.

The employer worked a settlement with the Feds. No criminal charges, and they had to reimburse Medicare for less than $6 million of what they were accused of stealing and had to sign a paper promising not to do it again. I was declared to be the whistleblower, and my cut as reward money was just under $1.2 million. My legal bills ate up nearly half a million of that. The IRS got $250K. I lost the career that I had done for most of my adult life in exchange for $500K.

So after nearly a decade of investigation by half a dozen agents, attorneys, and contractors, and the government recouped less than $5 million of the over $80 million that was stolen, no one went to jail, and the company got to keep roughly $70 million of their ill gotten proceeds and no one can charge them with any fraud for anything that happened before 2015. I heard that the CEO got a bonus.

The only loser here was the US taxpayer. This is why Medicare for all won't work. There is so much fraud, so much profit, and so little oversight, that most health care providers are busy stealing the government blind.

As for me, some of my old friends and coworkers have called me a snitch. I am still blackballed from the medical field. I did what I thought was right. I was not about to let them victimize people to become rich. What is right is right. What is wrong is wrong. So, to paraphrase those stupid kneelers: Sometimes you have to do what is right, even if it means losing everything.

Oops, I thought I linked it.

In reference to my last post, here is the link to Kim. I stand behind what I said:

 Kim DuToit apparently thinks that it is OK for teachers to gang rape kids, as long as the teacher is someone that he personally finds attractive. I am not impressed.

ANY adult that wants to have sex with kids is a child raping pedophile child molester. I don't care how hot other adults think that those teachers happen to be, children cannot consent to sex. My guess is that Kim wouldn't be getting his rocks off over this story if the teachers involved were men. 

Friday, January 17, 2020

I just can't

So Kim DuToit apparently thinks that it is OK for teachers to gang rape kids, as long as the teacher is someone that he personally finds attractive. I am not impressed.

ANY adult that wants to have sex with kids is a child raping pedophile child molester. I don't care how hot other adults think that those teachers happen to be, children cannot consent to sex. My guess is that Kim wouldn't be getting his rocks off over this story if the teachers involved were men. 

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Property crimes

People are all up in arms that the police in California are no longer investigating property crimes. That's nothing new.

In the year 2000 my car was burglarized. The police knew who did it. They got his identity from the fingerprints. They told me that he would not likely face charges, because the police department did not have the resources to deal with "minor" crimes like auto burglary.

In the year 2005, someone stole a check from my mailbox, forged my signature on it, and deposited it into their checking account. I got a copy of the check, and sure enough, there was the name, account number, and signature of the miscreant. The police again told me that they didn't have the resources to pursue the criminal.

On the way home, I passed 5 cops writing traffic tickets. The priority of the police has been about money for years. 

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

TSA incompetence

Every time I complain about the intrusiveness of the searches at the airport, someone always says some version of "Well, it is worth it to keep us safe." As an answer to that I point out that, even though I have to face the indignity of removing my belt every time I have to fly, the TSA still misses fairly basic things all of the time.

Case in point: a minor with autism manages to clear TSA using a drink coupon as identification to pass through the TSA precheck line.

This was just four months after another woman managed the same thing at the same airport.

 If security is this lax, how many security holes are there, waiting to be exploited by professionals?


Sting of the Scorpion

I was looking for a small, easily maneuvered, pistol caliber carbine. I looked at AR platforms, as well as offerings from several manufacturers, and I just couldn't find anything suitable. Until, that is, I saw a CZ scorpion. Being the same length as an AR, the carbine was longer than I wanted. The pistol version was exactly what I was looking for. Many of them were not any more compact than a rifle caliber carbine. If you’re going to carry a firearm the size of a rifle carbine, you might as well carry a rifle carbine and get the improvement in power, range, and accuracy.

 I plunked down $850 and bought one. It came with a pair of 20 round magazines and two 30 round magazines. The pistol has a 7.25 inch barrel, and the end of it has a flash suppressor threaded onto the barrel. The weapon also has picatinny rails and iron sights, as well as provisions for a single point sling. Removing the flash suppressor reveals a second set of threads that fit my Tundra suppressor.

The charging handle is non-reciprocating and has a handy slot to lock the bolt open. You can give it the old H&K slap to put the weapon in battery, while getting that satisfying 80's action movie sound. (OK, just kidding about that last part)  The charging handle on mine is on the left side of the weapon, so it can easily be operated with the left hand, but it is easily changed to the other side in the event you are a left handed shooter.

 The magazine release is mounted on the front of the trigger guard, and is easy to reach and operate with the trigger finger. The safety is mounted on both sides of the pistol just above the grip.

Magazines are an opaque polymer, and there are generic as well as factory versions. Handling the pistol right out of the box,

I only had two complaints: the pistol is too bulky to be fired with one hand, and my hand rested right on top of the safety, and caused it to rub the palm of my hand raw when I fired the weapon.

I wanted to put a stock on the pistol to make it easier to handle, but I also didn't want to make an NFA weapon out of it. I found a solution: a pistol stabilizing brace. I bought mine at preppergunshop.com and it came with 4 generic 32 round magazines for $199.99. This allows me to stabilize the pistol for shooting, and doesn't require the year long wait for approval.

 The second problem was solved with the removal of the safety lever on the right side and replacing it with a right side safety delete from HB industries. It was easy to do: just field strip the pistol, remove the right side safety by unscrewing the set screw with a 1.5mm allen wrench, and replace it with the delete.

I took it to the range and put the Scorpion through its paces. It ate anything I fed it without complaint. I fired over 500 rounds through it. It fired subsonic, +P, and standard pressure loads in 115 gr, 147 gr, and 124 gr. I also varied between round nosed lead, FMJ, and JHP. All of them fed and functioned without a single failure. I fired 100 rounds with the suppressor.

I turned on the laser sight I mounted, and put an entire magazine through the center of the target just as fast as I could squeeze the trigger.