Letters Largely About Glocks

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Look, I Don’t Own a Glock. I have a Ruger and a Sig. Leave Me Alone.

In Ecochondriacs [2]…

“She jumped back to the door of the bedroom, gun raised, just like she had seen in movies, and held her breath. In the dim morning light, she had to stare intently at the gun to make sure the safety was off.”

Glocks don’t have safeties . . . well they do but not the kind which you are referring to. Serves you right for joking that Canadians don’t know what a revolver is in your speech about at the Ezra Institute last year. ;-)

https://crimefictionbook.com/2016/02/04/do-glocks-have-safeties/

This is not to imply that I’m not enjoying the story. :)

Mystery Man

MM, yeah, well, you know . . .

Recount delays in Michigan . . .

Glocks don’t have safeties!

Brian

Brian, I know that. I know that now.

Glocks ain’t got no safety.

Iivo

Iivo, what makes you think I wouldn’t know something like that?

Pastor Wilson, I just wanted to let you know that Glocks do not have an external safety. If that is the character’s mistake to look for one, then that is just a wonderful juicy subtle detail, since she’s a liberal. But it sounds more like a narrator’s mistake, and HE certainly ought to know better! :) I can’t wait to read the rest. You had me laughing out loud.

Jayson

Jayson, yeah, that’s right. That’s the ticket. It was the character’s mistake . . .

We gun guys are very . . . PARTICULAR about gun tech. And I’m sure LOTS of us read your blog.

So I suspect you’ve already heard about this a dozen times . . . but just in case:

“She stood up and grabbed her purse with the goods in it, darted back to her bedroom, and pulled a Glock out of the drawer by the head of her bed. … She jumped back to the door of the bedroom, gun raised, just like she had seen in movies, and held her breath. In the dim morning light, she had to stare intently at the gun to make sure the safety was off.”

Namely: Glocks don’t have external safeties!

(It hasn’t gone to print yet, right … ?)

Frank

Look, Frank, I’ve had about enough of this.

Technical inaccuracy re Ecochondriacs [2]: “In the dim morning light, she had to stare intently at the gun to make sure the safety was off. ” Note that Glocks do not have an external safety switch, so this doesn’t make sense…

Steve

Steve, don’t make me stop the car and come back there . . .

Glocks don’t have manual safeties. C’mon man! Still a good intro . . .

Chris

Look, Chris. Everyone in the world knows that Glocks don’ have safeties.

I just read the first posting of Ecochondriacs. I am hooked. However I almost spit out my coffee when Helen looked at her Glock to make sure the safety was off. Knowing you (though reading only), it was probably intentional to mess with me, as I am sure you know that Glocks have internal safeties…

Keep up the good work!

Jesse

Jesse, yes. That was the thought foremost in my mind. “I am going to mess with Jesse.” And Chris. And Steve. And Frank. And Jayson. And Iivo. And Brian. And MM.

Judgment and the Nations

Thank you as always for your biblically-informed insights and for being faithful to put them out there for all to see. Regarding this statement from your “High Price” NQN post: “But all the nations that forget God go down to the dust of death,” can you point me to any resources you would recommend that look, in depth, at how God has dealt with nations throughout world history? Just how does the Almighty judge nations, what is a nation anyway, and what about individual responsibility as a citizen in a nation-state?

Mark

Mark, I would begin by reading God’s Judgments by Steven Keillor (Garrison’s brother). It is quite good.

Esau I Have Hated

Firstly, I confess I did not watch the whole debate so if you answered this question, that is my bad. At about the 1:40:00 to 1:42:00 mark or so, you said you think it’s possible that Esau was/is saved. I was wondering if you could lay out your reasoning for that and also as a follow up explain your understanding the following passages. It seems clear to me that the authors are showing Esau to have been reprobate, predestined to hell, non-elect in opposition to elect Jacob, however you want to say it.

“For you know that even afterwards, when he desired to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought for it with tears” (Heb. 12:17, NASB)

“And not only this, but there was Rebekah also, when she had conceived twins by one man, our father Isaac; for though the twins were not yet born and had not done anything good or bad, so that God’s purpose according to His choice would stand, not because of works but because of Him who calls, it was said to her, “THE OLDER WILL SERVE THE YOUNGER.” 13Just as it is written, “JACOB I LOVED, BUT ESAU I HATED.” (Rom. 9:10-13, NASB)

Caleb

Caleb, thanks. That remark was in passing, so I don’t think the rest of the debate would help, at least on that question. The issue is whether someone who is serving as a type of judgment can himself individually escape that judgment. An obvious example would be Adam. He is the old man, but can the old man become new? Or consider the Israelites who died in the wilderness. They were all a type of judgment, but could any of them be saved? The blessing that Esau could not regain was the messianic blessing. And Malachi is talking about the nation of Edom, not Esau himself necessarily. My thinking is that Jacob and Esau are reconciled at the end of the story, and Esau is quite magnanimous.

Has NQN Been Domesticated?

2020 NQN So far:

Pastor Wilson,

Perhaps it’s the nature of all that has preceded NQN this year thus far . . . or maybe the prior years left too many softballs that I had been accustomed to you smashing out of the park . . . we would watch the warped balls begin to unthread as they passed out of the park and nearly fully unravel before they landed, limp dead and in need of disposal.

Maybe it is prudent wisdom on your part, or lack there of on mine. Maybe something is wrong with me and my limbic resilience isn’t what it should be . . . perhaps you realize there’s still many days left in this month . . . or maybe I’m missing something in general . . . like the whole boa

Don’t get me wrong, I thorough enjoy, am edified and encouraged by your blog. That being said, this NQN (the 2020 version) doesn’t seem to have the prophetic punch I had been accustomed to.

In full realization that the problem may be my own.

Much gratitude,

G Dub

Gdub, I invite your scrutiny when the month is over. I think the impression might be created because I have had to write on the election more than I would like. And again tomorrow. But there are a number of other issues cued up.

Ah, Yes. The Election

In the Enron scandal forensic accounts used Benford’s law to identify fraudulent books. Harrison Smith has applied the technique to voting records in disputed states. https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1324536420992733185.html

The method is described at:

https://infogalactic.com/info/Benfords_law

The corresponding Wikipedia page seems to be evolving.

If Smith’s numbers check out, confidence in the election is seriously misplaced.

Steve

Steve, yes. I am going to be referring you all to some data tomorrow that demonstrates cheating on a massive scale. And while Benford’s Law is used, it doesn’t demonstrate cheating. It just tells the auditors where to look.

If you really are as concerned about electoral fraud as you say, you should call for the abolition of the Electoral College, because the EC invites fraud in a way that a national popular vote would not. In 2016, Trump won by 80,000 votes across three critical states, and lost the popular vote by 3 million. If someone wanted to steal an election, which would be easier: stealing 80,000 votes across three states, or stealing 3 million? Every one of the election shenanigans now being alleged is either easier or possible in the first place because of the EC.

Paul

Paul, you are right that I am concerned about voter fraud. But it is not the only thing I am concerned about. Wyoming having a voice in national affairs is another thing I am concerned about. We can have the Electoral College, AND elections with integrity, if we prosecute offenders. After this election, if a bunch of people go to jail, that will be a good start.

Because this is being done to Trump, that gives me hope. They’ve been trying to take him down for four years, and every effort has failed, so this, their greatest and most brazen attempt, may fail as well. But the American people have allowed themselves to be cowed by a virus that is not a threat to over 99% of us, and yet most people wear masks. That does not give me hope.

Mike

Mike, yes. Signs of hope everywhere. Signs of corruption everywhere.

In regards to “The Authority of a Fraudulent Election”: Thank you Pastor Doug for this explanation of what is going on. It puts great words to some of the thoughts I think I was thinking . . . A follow up question would be what do we actually, practically, do in the face of a fraudulent election if it continues in the way it appears it may? It seems as though writing/calling our leaders is a useless task if they are indeed complicit.

Tyler

Tyler, I have actually been encouraged by the level of resistance I have seen across the board. Support those guys. And Lord willing, more tomorrow.

What bothers me is not just the public and obvious nature of the fraud, but the fact that so many Biden supporters are willing to laugh it off and pass it off as “nothing to see here.” We’ve been down this road before, but this is might be one of the first times their ballot box stuffing tricks will actually steal a national election, and they are doing it in broad daylight now. If we let this stand, there is nothing they will not try to shove down our throats

PE

PE, correct. If they get away with this, they have a clean shot at getting away with anything.

So, the elections are fraudulent, you say? And you vaguely suggest that it’s the poll workers who are (I guess?) Democrat conspirators. Or that there’s lots of illegal voting? Or, what? What is it? Where’s the evidence? “We must not do anything on the basis of mere allegations of voter fraud. But we already have enough evidence . . .” What is this evidence? But if the votes aren’t being counted fairly, how do you account for Joe Biden leading by such slim margins in the key battleground states? If a teacher tells a mom that her son cheated on a test, and that he cheated off of the answer sheet, it’s a pretty good defense that the kid got a good of the questions wrong. Barely passing is usually not evidence of cheating. Am I missing something?

For the record, I didn’t vote for either candidate, because neither of them represent me. That might mean that I’m an idiot (which is the less polite, but more succinct word for dryer vent lint for brains). And I was prepared to accept either outcome of the election with thankfulness and trust in God’s providence. God is sovereign over our nation, and all the nations are but the dust on the scales. What wounds me more profoundly is to see a hero of classical education (at least one of my heroes) parroting back Trump election conspiracies that undermine democracy, with no evidence (i.e., lies). I’ll also add that you have erected a political test in the church, which I regard as far more damaging than a religious test in government. The most charitable explanation that I have at this time is that President Trump is a corrupting influence, and you are not immune.

Rob

Rob, I will start with your last point, which blends with your call for actual evidence. Absent evidence, your inquiry is entirely appropriate. Have I succumbed to Trump’s wiles? But actually, no, not at all. There is a torrent of evidence, much of which I have seen, and which you should be able to see today or tomorrow. If you want to see it. A lot of people don’t.

You can’t just state “We must not do anything on the basis of mere allegations of voter fraud. But we already have enough evidence for the public to draw up an informal indictment in their heads”. I kind of sighed when I saw this post. There has been no evidence put out that actually indicates any voter fraud that I have seen, it seems to be just empty claims from an unreliable president saying “they are finding votes”, and most reasonable observers (including for example Mitch McConnel) rolling their eyes and trying to ignore his antics. I have usually thought of you as a responsible commentator on politics, urging people to be thoughtful and measured, but with this post its hard to not strike your blog from the “responsible commentator” column and add it to the “drank the Kool-Aid” category. For the love of all that is holy, can you actually give some evidence, maybe a citation, or at least give a quick little summary of this evidence, instead of just vague claims like the bots on Twitter and Info-Wars? I cannot for the life of me find any evidence besides random clowns yelling online for election fraud that seem to have a complete lack of knowledge about how counting ballots works in different states. Baselessly claiming election fraud is irresponsible and destabilizing, as actual election fraud would be grounds for quite drastic action. So for goodness sake will you at least state the basis for your claim (and for the love of God please don’t let it be “because Twitter bot A, B, and C told me so, and I saw my cousin say something in Facebook that makes sense, that seems to be everyone else’s “evidence” for voter fraud).

Ki

Ki, see above. But for now, suffice it to say that last night realclearpolitics walked Biden back under 270 votes.

Thanks for this perspective, which resonates on the whole. I’m interested, though, in how you get from acknowledging the possibility of election fraud and a political context ripe for it, to the actual presence of election fraud. You say:

“We must not do anything on the basis of mere allegations of voter fraud. But we already have enough evidence for the public to draw up an informal indictment in their heads . . . .”

I will never be a conspiracy theorist, but I can’t help but feel pressured into that mentality by the Left over the past four years, and of the weird way the vote-counting is going. So I’m feeling your overall point. But I’m not comfortable moving that point beyond a feeling, because I don’t have specific evidence — ripe political context (Russia, abortion, etc.) granted.

Could you help point me to some on-the-ground evidence that would make it reasonable for me to say with you, but to my average friend, that we “have enough evidence for the public to draw up an informal indictment”? What is that evidence?

Thanks!

Nate

Nate, you are exactly right. Actual accumulated evidence is what is needed. It is being assembled as we speak, and I will pass it on asap. I have seen it, and it is not a niggle here to there. We are talking about fraud at the level of hundreds of thousands of votes. Stay tuned.

Porn and Cuckolds

Re: Pornography for Cuckolds An interesting take on pornography. I’m wondering if you have thought about videogames in a similar context. While videogames are not inherently sinful, they are easily abused. One of those reasons for that abuse is because they offer a sense of accomplishment but without any of the real-world risks. If I fail at a videogame I just restart or play a different game. If I fail at, say, a business venture, I lose money or reputation or more. That abuse of games starts ramping up when we avoid those real-world responsibilities (with all their risks) in favor of the safer virtual challenges. In a sense, if pornography is sex for gamma males, then videogame abuse is “subduing creation” for gamma males.

Gary

Gary, yes. I think these sorts of vicarious thrills are all related.

As this is November, I’ll just out and say it: what about guys who watch porn with only girls in it? They’re not being turned on by being cuckolded, as there are no men.

Kristina

Kristina, yes, that is a fair point. I believe guys who are turned on by women only don’t have the problem I was talking about. They have another problem, one of lust, and so they are sinning. But they are not sinning in a gamma male way.

Can we get the inverse on this too- the respectable “Christian” woman who secretly aspires to be a prostitute . . . posting pictures online of their weight loss in a bikini . . . to “inspire” their friends; wearing leggings; etc — everything short of actually being one. All the advertisements are there though. And so is the desire to be desired, that women lie to themselves about but will do just about anything to keep the feeling going.

AF

AF, yes, exactly. A post on this and related problems is coming soon to a November near you.

Rushdoony Redux

Rushdoony was right. As atheists look for a god that they want and Christians desire another messianic incarnation, we’ve all looked to the state to save us. Now more than ever we need solid, Christian voices speaking into issues of government. Correcting this Messianic state by focusing our eyes back on the law-word of God is unheard of among evangelicals today. Please write a bit about this in the No Quarter November articles. If, as Rushdoony commented, Christians don’t start holding, developing, and thinking through an orthodox, kingdom oriented theology of the state, the current political pluralism will only continue to permeate through the Christian church.

Austin

Austin, thanks. I touched on this in yesterday’s post. Our culture is hopelessly lost apart from Christ.

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Doug, I’m from the UK where we are only allowed toy Glocks (air powered). my toy Glock….has no safety either! this is the best Letters Tuesday ever! you’ll never live this down.

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It really was the character’s error; it is blatantly obvious that she was unfamiliar with her choice of weapon system. What she thought was an external safety is the port-side selector switch for changing from semi-auto to automatic fire (approximately 20 rounds per second). The Glock model she was using was either the G18 or G18C. The clue that she was a novice was by emulating a movie for her presentation of the firearm, which could be deleterious if she was using the C (compensated) model. The compensation ports can project hot gases, debris and muzzle flash toward the face… Read more »

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” One of those reasons for that abuse is because they offer a sense of accomplishment but without any of the real-world risks. If I fail at a videogame I just restart or play a different game. If I fail at, say, a business venture, I lose money or reputation or more.” This is true of almost any hobby. The knitting community risks very little. There are of course varying degrees of value in different video games, as “video game” is descriptive of the method of interaction, not the nature of the interaction itself. “Video game” is about as useful… Read more »

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RCP never walked back anything. RCP had never called the election for Biden in the first place, because they had never called Pennsylvania. The rumor that RCP did “roll it back” was promoted by Rudy Giuliani on Twitter, and it was spread like mad through right-wing social media after. The fact that so many have been taken in by the above example does not mean that no fraud has been committed, obviously. Maybe there has been. It does mean, however, that the right at the moment is easily duped. If we are manipulated so easily by this claim, what others… Read more »

Mark Hanson
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But likewise, if claims of rampant fraud are made, we have the right to withhold judgment on whether one side or the other has won the election. The media does not declare a winner – the Electoral College does that. And we have a right – and duty – to resist any effort to declare things finished before the EC and courts have spoken.

There are a large number of folks on Biden’s side who forget that Trump is president for 70+ more days. And I expect he will be nothing like a lame duck during this time.

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I wonder… how is anyone supposed to hear that there is a whole bunch of hinky happenings in the election if we don’t talk about them via social media? The leftist media, Fox included, won’t talk about them, except to say that it’s all false conspiracy theories that only crazy people would lend credence to. And FB and the twitbox themselves flag or delete any posts that talk about the observed methods of fraud, which are starting to look many and varied. So, if no one can hear about these things via the Internet, and no one will hear about… Read more »

snickers fritzers
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Looks like Justin beat me to it on this comment. That’s exactly right that RCP never walked back anything. They just never called PA. @Ike_Saul has a mostly helpful twitter thread that debunks many of the claims of voter fraud that have been floating around. One I find compelling is that if there was widespread voter fraud, don’t you think the D’s would have done a better job of it? Like gaining control of the senate and not losing house seats? Besides Biden, they’re not exactly thrilled with the results of some of the lower races. Anyway, any instances of… Read more »

Mark Hanson
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In one sense, it’s not widespread voter fraud, it’s targeted fraud. All that was necessary was to add a few thousand votes in a few late-counting cities to the Biden side. Given the Democratic machines that run most large cities, it wouldn’t be surprising if that many votes could be faked in. Consider Philadelphia’s violations of Federal law in blocking Republican poll watchers. Evidence of fraud? Maybe not. Suspicious as all get out? Yes. If you’re not doing something you shouldn’t, why break the law in forbidding observation? I won’t argue that Biden won the popular vote. But that’s not… Read more »

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A very clever boy would just barely pass the test to not attract suspicion.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIjQ_hBiZxQ

C Herrera
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Yep. And a very brave boy would stand up to the MSM bullies. More power to this guy. Once again, the Washington Compost is caught lying through their teeth and he’s calling them out. I’d love to see him win a lawsuit like the Covington guys.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_LRrSRljMi8&ab_channel=SkyNewsAustralia

C Herrera
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“But until there has been actual, verifiable evidence, presented in a court of law, it would be wise for Christians to stop spreading the latest rumor from the Trump administration on Twitter and Facebook.” Do you mean the ones who haven’t been banned from those platforms already? A good friend of mine was permanently banned the other day and lost his group of 3,500 members because The Ministry of Truth didn’t like what he posted. And of course such posts are covered up by “fact checks” anyway–which are often dubious. But hey, let’s forget strong evidence of illegal election day… Read more »

Daniel Foucachon
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And here I thought I was the only person that would bother pointing out the Glock safety error…
#GlockGate2020

kyriosity
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I would never have gotten the Glock detail, but I fought not to have whatshername wearing gingham in Sally because I’ve never in my life seen a Mennonite wearing gingham. Perhaps every book needs a boyfactchekcer and a girlfactchecker.

Jane
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I can’t say for certain whether I’ve seen a Mennonite wearing gingham or not, but it’s entirely possible. The ones around here that fall between the Old Order almost-Amish and the “Mennonite is my denomination but I’d pass for any reasonably modestly dressing evangelical” do favor light colored cottons in prints and solids and gingham would not be out of the question.

Though the more I think about it, I probably haven’t seen gingham as such.

kyriosity
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Yeah, I don’t think it’s forbidden or anything, just isn’t a typical choice. Pretty sure the stricter sects stick to solids, but those that follow a less strict code tend toward soft florals more than anything geometric. Anyway, in the book (before the edit…so if you’ve got a first printing, it’ll still be in there) it was treated as what all the women in the community wore (not just whatshername…my comment was misleading), and that just weren’t right. ;-)

Jane
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Ah yes in that case, definitely not.

adad0
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Uh-oh Doug, it looks like a token Glock is right twice a day! 😏

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Jane
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That one looks like a joke at our sock-puppet-wielding friends’ expense. 😄

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Even if it was one of the old trolls (doubtful), I’ll give them kudos for that …as long as they don’t wear out their welcome with such comments.

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C Herrera:
Your consistently unbridled pomposity is unparalleled. But then, you already know that.
One does wonder though… who died and left you in charge?

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I guess Doug will have to add to the controversy library, under the above heading.

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sent this on Twitter too – thought you’d enjoy the way that another author replied when people decided to correct him on the ‘smoothness of sharks_ “you should have followed Branson Reese’s example re: Glock external safety! (classic ‘smooth lions’ troll)” https://www.boredpanda.com/comics-shark-skin-smooth-rough-people-correct/

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Should have checked this along time ago. That’s a kind of underwhelming response. RCP walking back their prediction has nothing to do with allegations of voter fraud, its definitely not the rock solid evidence that one would hope for before someone like you goes on saying there is voter fraud. A couple people read this blog, seems pretty irresponsible. And the response to Rob, which you referred me to was even more disappointing, that doesn’t exactly present any evidence. His point about imposing a political requirement on the church is really a valid critique, and it would be nice to… Read more »

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Should have checked this along time ago. That’s a kind of underwhelming response. RCP walking back their prediction has nothing to do with allegations of voter fraud, its definitely not the rock solid evidence that one would hope for before someone like you goes on saying there is voter fraud. A couple people read this blog, seems pretty irresponsible. And the response to Rob, which you referred me to was even more disappointing, that doesn’t exactly present any evidence. His point about imposing a political requirement on the church is really a valid critique, and it would be nice to… Read more »