I know it is the season to
be jolly, but we need to be sure not everyone is jolly. I'm thinking of the scammers, burglars and internet
thieves in particular. Some of these
people follow you on social media and are delighted that you are going over the
river and through the woods to grandma's house for a few days or wherever. You have just notified the world that you are
not going to be home and someone out there will just be too glad to drop by and
pick up a few presents that you have worked hard for, saved for and struggled
for. Don't forget to remind grandma and
the rest of your friends and relatives to keep their social media lip
buttoned. There will be plenty of time
to expound on your holiday exploits after you are home.
While we are thinking
about all of this, be sure who is knocking at your door. A while back, there were cases in southern
Illinois in which the knock on the door was accompanied by a baby crying and a
young women asking for help. If you
opened the door, a couple of guys barged in and people found themselves in the
middle of an up-close and personal home invasion. The baby was a doll and the baby came from a
The internet sales will be
fabulous this year. If you see something,
try to order it by phone.
If you have to order it
over the internet, change your password once you are done ordering. While you are at it, don't use dumb pass
words like 1-2-3-4-5-6. At least make
them work for it.
intimidation, railing and whining, the Electoral College has elected Donald J.
Trump as our 45th President. To those
delicate little cupcakes that can't shake their consternation and anguish, I
say, “suck it up buttercup.” If you just
can't stand it here, there are plenty of people who will be glad to take you out
to the 12 mile limit and drop you off so you can swim to a better place. If you have been watching some of the
advertisements the Hollywood types have been airing, I think we will have a new
awards show, The Academy of Crackpot Awards.
The recent attacks in
Germany and Turkey have once again shown that the terrorists can attack
anywhere, at anytime. Germany foolishly
let in over a million unvetted people; they asked for it and now they have got
it. The terrorist was a refugee from
Tunisia. Turkey isn't the text book
example of an open society, but a policeman who was supposed to be on an anti-terrorist
squad became a terrorist. Some of our
leaders want us to think the battle lines are in Syria around Aleppo or Mosul,
or just anywhere but here. It isn't
so. The battle line is at our doorsteps.
To think otherwise is avoiding reality.
The heart of winter is
upon us and it will not release its icy grip until sometime in March. Well, hopefully in March. Now is the time to start thinking about next
year, particularly regarding treating yourself to the training opportunities
offered by the Illinois State Rifle Association. Next year, we have Massad Ayoob, John Farnum,
Midwest Training Group and a plethora of talented local instructors to choose
from. We are working on setting up
classes throughout the state. Give
yourself a gift of training from the ISRA.
Merry Christmas and Happy
Hanukkah from the ISRA Officers, Board of Directors and ISRA Staff!
Thanks for being a member.