Adding Up; Another ISD To THE List

Seems that Bonham I.S.D. is trying to quietly make an important security upgrade for the safety of the staff and students.

BONHAM, TX – Under a new security program, some Bonham ISD staff members will be carrying concealed handguns at school.

Bonham ISD’s Superintendent tells News 12 his instructors are teachers, not a swat team–however under the district’s Defender Program, a select, trained, and qualified few will be armed.

Bonham ISD Superintendent Dr. Marvin Beaty says more than 80 staff members have applied for the District’s new Defender Program, to carry a concealed handgun at school.

“Of that group we will trim that down and there will be some actively in the program and we’ll have some alternates as well,” said Beaty.

Dr. Beaty says those who will carry a gun will be teachers, coaches, and administrators, “Nobody will know who they are but me and the campus principals. We’ll know who they are.”

He says the candidates will be thoroughly vetted, examined by a campus psychologist, and go through extensive training on the shooting range before they’re selected.

Bonham seems to be following the template set by Harrold ISD; training, pysch eval, confidentiality of the carriers; all the elements needed to satisfy legal and insurance liabilities. I know of three North Texas districts that have or are going to armed staff as part of their security. Harrold ISD has had it for years now; still waiting on the reports of problems. So far not one teacher who has snapped, no one gun stolen, etc.

One of the things that jumped out at me was the number of volunteers — over 80; in a school district that has less than 2,000 students! Doesn’t that seem like a pretty high percentage of the probable number of total employees?

That’s Texas for ya.


Federal Property -Research

The recent kerfuffle; really should say the latest outbreak of the long running problem, had me doing a little research into the legal basis for federal ownership of property.

Found this informative report (PDF Alert)

Federal Land Ownership: Constitutional Authority and the History of Acquisition, Disposal and Retention.

Put together by the Congressional Research Service; a group I never knew about until I found the report. I’m not through reading it yet but lots of great information and some really surprising numbers.

“The federal government has retained about a third of the 1.8 billion acres it acquired in North America. These lands are heavily concentrated in 12 western states (including Alaska but not Hawaii), where, in total, the federal government owns more than half of the land (ranging from 30% in Montana to 84% in Nevada). “

Emphasis Mine.

Take a look at the report if you are interested in the constitutional and legal issues. I’ll try to post more later (maybe today, maybe later this week).

Thanks for sticking around folks.

Temperature Swings

Locals know the weather has gone crazy; but they don’t know how much mine has.

Been having the pleasure of experiencing temps ranging up to 102 degrees over the weekend.

Killed my plans to get a couple of posts in the pipeline. Hang in there folks, things will get better….or at least back to normal (for some definition of what goes as normal around here) sooner or later.


At least that is what I keep telling myself.


Edited to Add — My wife shared this on FB.

With the title “Now my allergies make sense”


Seems About Right….

….but fails to mentions it has be changed every 8.1 days and you can’t use any of your last 187 passwords.



Hillary Ducking More Than Shoes

A woman was taken into custody after throwing what she described as a shoe at Hillary Clinton during a Las Vegas speech.

The incident happened moments after Clinton took the stage Thursday at an Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries meeting at the Mandalay Bay hotel-casino.

Clinton ducked but did not appear to be hit by the object, and then joked about the incident.

Be interesting to see if the media covers this as a critique of Hillary like they did when Bush ducked a couple of loafers.

Also wonder how much traction this story will get:

Hillary Clinton was the planned keynote speaker at the 17th Annual Western Healthcare Leadership Academy in San Diego on April 11 – but she’s cancelled her visit in the midst of planned protests from San Diego locals and military families.

Protestors organized by “The Difference Matters” do not want the former U.S. Secretary of State to come because of Clinton’s role in the Benghazi scandal.

Probably very little; didn’t see a mention on some of the left leaning sites like CNN, MSNBC, etc.



Another Reason Not To Live In Dallas

Regardless, that’s what Dallas police Chief David Brown advocated to City Council members wednesday in an effort to give his officer access to the private financial records of criminal suspects.

“This information can be used to take down these organizations — multiple drug houses, open air drug sales,” the chief said. “We can access this information.”

Brown asked the Council to let officers access private banking and financial information that’s protected under the federal Bank Secrecy Act. Brown said this information — already being collected by the feds, but tightly controlled — would help him take down local drug dealers.

Yep, Let’s not worry about the people’s rights when trying to enforce impractical drug laws.

Makes me wonder if there is an ulterior motive behind this action.

The vote lets the City enter into an agreement with the Department of the Treasury to access financial records at no cost to the city.

Brown said the arrangement will let Dallas keep drug money it seizes instead of sharing it with federal agencies.

That couldn’t possible be an ulterior motive, could it?

A More Realistic Evaluation?

I had seen this before; the last time over at friend Borepatch’s site.


Their list is skewed a little heavily toward self reporting and self reporting on social media (Facebook).

  • Active Military Personnel:
  • Military Veterans:
  • Physically Active:.
  • Martial Arts Enthusiasts:
  • People with Survival Skills:
  • People with Knowledge of Zombies:
  • Laser Tag Enthusiasts:
  • People with Guns:
  • Obesity:
  • Paintball Enthusiasts:
  • Triathletes:

Some of them I can agree with — but how they got those numbers are a little off. Personally I think a state with higher number of Military personnel does not necessarily mean that is a good thing. Seeing how the military will be thrown into the meat grinder without proper support, equipment, or training (some things never change); I see the military as a liability. Most Zombie scenarios end up with the military either over ran or withdrawing to preserve combat effectiveness.

Number of Veterans shouldn’t be the only determinate of how many people know how to fight.

So, given all that I’ve came up with my own methodology – how do you think your state would stack up?

1. Population Density (source) – The more people per square mile the more likely an outbreak will spread. Sorry folks just common sense backed up by hundreds of years of observational data from plagues.

2. Emergency Preparedness – no source – This would be evaluated by sales of preparedness related items such as water filters/purification system, bulk sales of food, alternate energy sources (generators, solar panels, turbines, etc).

3. People with Survival Skills – no source but let’s not limit this to self reporting on Facebook eh. Let’s look at the number of people with training. Some of us had years of experience (Scouting for years, 4 years as part of my job in the Air Force) but never mention it in social media. Let’s look at the number of people who are living off the grid — either by choice or poverty.

4. Martial Arts – How about the number of dojos, teaching studios per capita as a measure? I think that the nature of the instruction is important (Tai Chi might not be as effective as Krav Maga for example) but something is better than nothing.

5. The number of D-I-Y home improvement and auto repair stores — this is a proxy measure for self reliance in basic repairs. Not the greatest measure as folks who home stead might be discounted slightly but let’s face it, it you can’t keep your plumbing and car going yourself, it’s going to be harder to rig up something to help fend off the Zombie hordes.

6. Armament – Not just the measure of NICS checks but a deeper measure that includes things like number of gun stores per square mile, ratio of firearms sold to amount of ammunition sold, etc. Having lots of firearms may look good on the wall but if you can’t feed them, the zombies will feed on you.

7. Firearm related training – Sorry Laser Tag (great training for movies -infinite ammo capacity) or Paint ball (gun control vision of firearm training -spray and pray) just not going to cut it. This one will be a compilation of factors; the number of gun ranges (lanes) per capita, the number of active participants in IDPA/USPPA/3 Gun matches per capita, the number of active hunting licenses. I would much rather have someone who knows how to fire one shot and harvest game (food procurement/sniper) or live in a community that supports multiple venues where people fire real firearms. Might even through in Carry Licenses (Open / Concealed) into the mix; odds are the Zombies will start gnawing on folks when most of us are out and about (work or errands).

8. Locally Grown Food – Two measures; how far the food you eat has to travel  and the number of home gardens. One of the first things to collapse will be the retail industry; including food distribution. The less distance you have to go to get food or the more available it is in your area, the more likely Interesting to note that Vegetables and Fruit plants are the 2nd highest expenditure (lawn is #1) and that perennials are #3 and annual flowers are #5. Perhaps more and more people are waking up to the vulnerabilities in the  food supply system. Container and raised bed gardens will keep the family fed while fending off the undead.

9. Number of personally owned vehicles compared to public transportation – while mass transit may be better for the environment, it is going to be a huge issue during an outbreak. The more the people of a city or state depend on public transportation, the more likely they will be exposed to an infected person.  An alternate measure for this could be the number of people in a city who commute; the more the worse the survival chances. Not only will they be more likely to be away from home but the more the highways/mass transit systems will jam up. 

Wish I could have put together a listing and ranked the states but a.) I’m swamped at work and b.) I’m fairly lazy and that seems like a lot of work.

What did I miss? What do you think would be a better measure?




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