Posted by: reformedmusings | August 8, 2015

Reaping what is sown in Obamerica

Gun-hating liberals have ruled Baltimore since 1967, so there’s no excuse in Obamerica. They’ve had their way unabated, and what is the result? Baltimore, one of the gun control poster children cities, is on track to set a new record for homicides. They may even take the murder crown from Chicago, where liberals have ruled since 1931, and Washington D.C. ruled by liberals since 1961, etc. See a trend in Obamerica? More gun control produces more violent crime, including homicides because it only disarms law-abiding citizens, not violent criminal predators, leaving the innocent helpless.

Still, gun controllers don’t get it because they don’t want to get it. In fact, the most violent radical gun haters are encouraging the SWATting legal open and concealed carriers using 911. That’s not the first time. We’ve seen this locally with a known gun control advocate SWATting an open carrier by lying about the carrier robbing a store. It happens around the country with innocent people killed by trigger-happy cops who “want to go home at the end of the day.”

Gun controllers try to portray legal gun owners as violent and unstable, but in fact it’s the gun controllers who openly advocate life-threatening violence against legal gun owners. Seems to me that the rabid liberty haters are projecting.

So, if you live in Obamerica, move to a free state or city where your constitutional rights are respected. Vote with your feet and tax money. Stay safe and remember, concealed is concealed.

Posted by: reformedmusings | August 2, 2015

How are those gun-free zones working out for ya?

Sean Davis makes some great points about gun-free zones over at the Federalist. Sean includes the violent and demented typical of radical anti-liberty types. Miguel follows those demented violent minds over at his blog GunFreeZone.

If supposed gun-free movie theaters and military sites don’t stop violent psychopaths, then how about cities? Ask Baltimore. They are well on the say to a homicide record. Maryland has one of the strictest gun control schemes in the nation. Welcome to Obamerica. How’s all that gun control working out for them?

Of course, across a narrow river with lots of bridges here in the free Commonwealth of Virginia, our crime rate continues to drop as the number of concealed carry permits and privately-owned firearms increases. Imagine that. More guns, less crime.

The problem is what’s in men’s evil hearts, not what’s in their hands.

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Posted by: reformedmusings | July 25, 2015

Lafayette: Yet another attack in a gun-free zone

The tragic attack by a homicidal maniac in a movie theater in Lafayette, LA, targeted a gun-free zone. Here’s The Grand Theater’s rules:

The-GrandHT: GunFreeZone

When seconds counted, the police were literally only a few minutes away. That was too late. Nothing against the police – they cannot be standing next to us 24/7. We must take responsibility for our own and our families’ safety.

So how do concealed carriers play in this in gun-friendly zones? Not everyone is armed. Miguel over at GunFreeZone posted an excellent analogy. Don’t miss it. If you were a homicidal maniac, which bowl would you choose? History shows that only one mass killing in the U.S. occurred in a gun-friendly zone in recent history.

So, by all means carry legally, whatever that entails where you live and travel. And in doing so, follow Mas Ayoob’s 10 commandments for concealed carriers – wisdom distilled from both a law enforcement and civilian carry perspective.

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Posted by: reformedmusings | July 19, 2015

Political Correctness: Liberals can’t handle the truth

I’ve seen no better explanation of the deception of political correctness than David L. Goetsch provides here. God provided us the only revealed truth in His Word. History amply demonstrates that we defy Him at our eternal and temporal peril.

Posted by: reformedmusings | July 19, 2015

How stupid is gun control?

This says it all, from Emily Miller’s Twitter feed:

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For those unfamiliar, Force Protection Condition Bravo is a slightly elevated state of preparedness for an attack. So, in order to be prepared, you cannot have any firearms or weapons on the property. That’s telling the enemy that you know they are coming, but we won’t resist.

On the good side, one Virginian made a statement by standing guard over several military recruiting centers in Virginia. So, a civilian can guard a military station with his personal firearm, but the military members inside cannot defend themselves with firearms. That’s a gross insult to our military.

So, would gun controllers stop with firearms? Don’t bet on it. Violent crime surged in the UK after they passed their gun bans. The strong prey on the weak at will. Knives have become the weapon of choice for predators who aren’t big enough to strong-arm their victims. Now, liberals and cops want the subjects to turn in their knives! I’ve written about this before. I couldn’t make this stuff up.

Liberals just don’t get that evil exists, and that violent predators are evil. Violent predators don’t obey any laws, much less gun control laws. If murder and assault don’t phase them, why would silly gun laws stop them? The only thing that stops violent predators is a good guy with a gun.

As for more gun control fails, ask the gun control capitals of Baltimore and DC how it’s working out for them, just for starters.

Posted by: reformedmusings | July 18, 2015

Chattanooga – More Islamic terrorist murders in gun free zones

This moronic administration absolutely never learns. Now another Islamic terrorist murdered five unarmed military men in cold blood. Our military men were unarmed because they were working in government-mandated gun free zones (pdf), which include all domestic military bases, government leased spaces, etc. At one point when I was in uniform, the regulations of the agency that issued my federal carry permit were clear: we were to be armed as little as possible in accomplishing our duties. Even with the training and credentials, we were generally not permitted to be armed in the States.

That head-in-the-sand approach to terrorism paid off handsomely for cowardly Islamic extremists yet again in Chattanooga this week. You can read about the unarmed military victims here, plus one. Instead of pulling a trigger in response to the attack in accordance with his best-in-the-world training, USMC Lance Cpl. Squire “Skip” Wells could only text his girlfriend “ACTIVE SHOOTER.” For Obama, that’s mission accomplished in feminizing and defanging our formally proud military.

The terrorists have no hope in defeating our military face-to-face, so they resort to cowardly cold-blooded murder of unarmed personnel. And Obama, Biden, Bloomberg, and their ilk are happy to oblige by expanding gun-free zones and disarming as many Americans as possible, including military personnel. This picture vividly displays the irony of the gun free zone:

Chattanooga-gun-free-zone

Check out the gun free zone sign in the midst of the bullet holes. Perhaps the terrorist couldn’t read and was unfamiliar with the graphic? Gun control idiots must hold that neither of these shootings were possible since guns were not allowed in either place. The gun control lobby is succeeding where ISIS and other Islamic terrorists are failing by setting up Americans to be slaughtered at the whim of Islamic fanatics.

But the liberal would say that no one could see this coming. That’s a flat out lie. Michelle Malkin chronicles a succession of similar Islamic terror attacks on unarmed military personnel. Michelle points out how Obama called this an “unfortunate circumstance.” As she correctly points out, this isn’t a “circumstance,” it is a war.

But you’d never know that by listening to the lamestream media. They are doing pretzel yoga trying to avoid calling the Chattanooga murders a terrorist attack. Really? The media are either incredibly dense morons, or outright liars. Make your own call there.

There are still leaders in America, just not in Washington. Republican Governors in six states so far have ordered their National Guardsman to be armed. More must be done. The federal laws disarming the military at home bases must be repealed and, at the least, active duty military and retirees must be encouraged to be armed. Ideally, anyone with legitimate, credentialed access to military bases should be encouraged to be armed in accordance with the local permitting laws.

Will anything change? I doubt it. This administration lives with its head buried in the sand as our prestige has eroded around the world, and terrorists can murder Americans, including military members, freely in gun-free zones. As Michelle Malkin points out, this has been ongoing, and I believe that it will only get worse until we get some real leadership in Washington with a spine. This should be considered a national scandal, but our president simply thinks that it’s an “unfortunate circumstance.” In reality, it’s worse than a national scandal – it’s a one-sided war.

 

Posted by: reformedmusings | July 12, 2015

The Rule of Law in decline

Here is an excellent essay worth studying carefully and digesting. The Courts have the shortest section in the U.S. Constitution relative to their function. The Constitution doesn’t give the courts unlimited power. In fact, it gives them specific limitations. The 11th Amendment further limits the federal courts. As the essay says, the federal courts started to usurp the authority of the other branches of government under Roosevelt, and have continued to undermine the rule of law, replacing it with a dictatorship consisting of an unelected body of nine lawyers the have routinely trampled on the will of the people, which is the heart of a republic. These are dark days, indeed.

Posted by: reformedmusings | July 12, 2015

Success of armed self-defense, failure of gun control

Two contrasting instances that illustrate the value of being armed and prepared with the foolishness of gun control.

First, former CNN Headline News anchor Lynne Russell and husband Chuck de Caro faced down a violent predator. Although shot three times in the firefight, de Caro shot and killed the predator, who obviously was not armed legally. I won’t repeat Russell’s money quote here (find it at the link), but the bottom line was if you don’t want to carry, don’t, but don’t impose your opinion on everyone else.

Second, an event that’s not possible in the gun-free, ultra-liberal, sanctuary city of San Francisco. A woman was murdered by a 7-time felon illegal alien. No one could shoot back, of course, because law-abiding citizens cannot carry firearms in SF. Nor can the murder be touted by the usual gun control nuts, because the felonious illegal alien didn’t use an evil modern sporting rifle or empty a normal-capacity magazine, but obtained a pistol stolen from a federal agent! Oops.

The contrast couldn’t be clearer. Which makes more sense?

HT: Patriot Post

HT: Patriot Post

Posted by: reformedmusings | July 11, 2015

Catchup on gun control lies

My Firefox tabs are incredibly backed up with links for blog posts, so I’m going to post them all here. The tragic murders at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston has brought out all the official nut cases. But before we begin, let’s start with a primer on the 2nd Amendment from Bill Whittle:

Now that we have a good background, let’s move on to the idiots who don’t get it. One Democrat presidential candidate wants to bring George Orwell’s Animal Farm and 1984 to fruition here by claiming that the mythical “white priviledge” is to blame and that we should keep guns away from those “whose hearts are filled with hate.” How exactly we will define that is left undefined. You can bet that progressives will say that anyone who served in the military, any real Christian, anyone who believes in God’s definition of marriage, in short anyone who disagrees with the liberal/progressive agenda has a heart filled with hate. Stalin would be proud.

Then there’s our ever fabricating president who claims that mass murders only happen here. The facts say otherwise, but socialists have no use for facts.

For those who still think that background checks are the key to these tradgedies, note that the FBI has admitted that the Charleston murderer passed his background check, as did past mass murderers. We just can’t seem to learn that evil exists and we must be prepared to deal with it head-on.

Facing evil head-on means being armed and ready. In fact, 95% of 15,000 real police officers in a recent poll believe that limiting magazine sizes to 10 rounds or less would be ineffective. 71% believe that banning modern sporting rifles would not reduce crime, and 85% believe that the White House’s gun control proposals would have no effect or worse on their safety.

There are those in the shooting community who point to mind-altering drug use amongst mass murders, including the Charleston murderer. That may be, but it doesn’t excuse the underlying evil.

As Christians increasingly become the targets for hate-filled liberal and progressives, it seems wise for those who can legally do so to be armed at worship and other church gatherings. Such action has a long and storied history in the U.S.A., and has proven successful at saving lives.

On the flip side, how is that strict gun control – including magazine size limits and ban on modern sporting rifles – working out for Baltimore? Baltimorons should be amongst the safest people in the nation, but instead are experiencing a massive crime wave. Some blame the mayor and liberal prosecutors for targeting the police, but if gun control worked that shouldn’t make a difference. This critical point is being lost in all the finger pointing. Baltimore has been run by liberals for decades and should be a liberal paradise of happy, disarmed sheep. It is a poster child for Obamerica, but not in the way that liberals would like.

Baltimore, Chicago, and other liberal outposts of Obamerica show us the true outcome of gun control and liberalism/progressivism running wild. Don’t be fooled, be prepared.

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Posted by: reformedmusings | July 10, 2015

The Sun and the Climate

I’ve written so many times about the fraud of anthropological global warming, now called “man-made climate change” by those embarrassed by their idiocy. I have maintained that the sun has more to do with our global temperature than anything man does by orders of magnitude. Now, some scientists have produced a new model of the sun’s cycles and validated that model against real data.

The good news is that the model correlates 97% with the available data. The bad new is that the model predicts that the sun will reach its minimum output around 2030.The last time the sun hit this low in the cycle was in 1646-1715, a period known as the mini ice age. The Thames River in London froze over.

[sarcasm]So, time to increase your carbon footprint like crazy. Better start early. If the AGW nuts are right, the extra carbon may save us![/sarcasm]

Posted by: reformedmusings | July 5, 2015

Independence Day Essay On God and Liberty

I cannot top this essay over at Patriot Post on the tie between Christianity and liberty. I fear that we have forgotten Thomas Jefferson’s insight into the subject:

God who gave us life gave us Liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that His justice cannot sleep forever.

When we turn our nation turns its back on God and fail to acknowledge that all we have are gifts from Him.

Posted by: reformedmusings | June 26, 2015

SCOTUS kicking against the goads

Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed. – Genesis 2:24-25

You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination. – Leviticus 18:22

If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall surely be put to death; their blood is upon them. – Leviticus 20:13

Righteousness exalts a nation,
but sin is a reproach to any people. – Proverbs 14:34

“I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.  I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one.  They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.   Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.” – John 17:14-17

“For certainly no legislation can be supposed more wholesome and necessary in the founding of a free, self-governing commonwealth, fit to take rank as one of the co-ordinate States of the Union, than that which seeks to establish it on the basis of the idea of the family, as consisting in and springing from the union for life of one man and one woman in the holy estate of matrimony; the sure foundation of all that is stable and noble in our civilization; the best guaranty of that reverent morality which is the source of all beneficent progress in social and political improvement.” – Murphy v. Ramsey, 114 US 15 – Supreme Court 1885

“But this Court is not a legislature. Whether same-sex marriage is a good idea should be of no concern to us. Under the Constitution, judges have power to say what the law is, not what it should be. The people who ratified the Constitution authorized courts to exercise “neither force nor will but merely judgment.” The Federalist No. 78, p. 465 (C. Rossiter ed. 1961) (A. Hamilton) (capitalization altered).” – Obergefell v. Hodges, 576 U.S. ___ (2015), Roberts, C. J. dissenting.

‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads.’   And I said, ‘Who are you, Lord?’ And the Lord said, ‘I am Jesus whom you are persecuting.’ – Acts 26:14-15

Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. – Galatians 6:7

Posted by: reformedmusings | June 21, 2015

Honoring B.B. King – What racial harmony looks like

I found this wonderful account of the memorial for B.B. King in Memphis, TN. No racial strife, no riots, no violence, just everyone together to honor a master Blues artist and wonderful human being.

I had the opportunity some years ago to see B.B. King in concert. We had seats in the center and only a few rows back from the stage. Mr. King was outstanding. No only did he impress with his music, but also with his character as he engaged the audience. Ever generous with his time and talents, B.B. King actively helped many young artists gain recognition throughout his career. He will be sorely missed, but he left us with a wonderful legacy of musical genius.

Posted by: reformedmusings | June 21, 2015

Liberals waste no time dancing in the blood of innocents

The smell of burnt powder still hung in the air at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, SC, when Obama and Clinton jumped in with the usual gun control rhetoric. Of course, as usual, it was all based on lies. Mass shootings occur around the world. The worst ever (not by a govenment) was in gun-prohibitive Norway, which was also motivated by psycopathtic hate. David Harsanyi provides a good list of mass shootings in other countries. Don’t expect to see that list on MSNBC, CNN, or any other liberal media outlet. It doesn’t fit the spin.

Worse, NONE of the liberal gun control proposals would have avoided the tragedy in Charleston. The 21-year-old psychopath apparently bought his pistol in a store and passed the precious liberal background check. Even the liberal lie that 40% of gun sales do not go through background checks cannot be used in this case. He didn’t use a dreaded modern sporting rifle with normal capacity magazines. It was a simple semi-automatic Glock pistol that he had no problems reloading five times during the shooting.

The real problem is that evil exists. That’s what the liberals want to deny with every fiber of their being. There was nothing extraordinary in the background of this maniac. He came from an intact family, had friends, wasn’t bullied, etc., etc. He was simply an evil hater.

How did he come to hate? Through a politically correct public education which rewrites America’s extraordinary history, and through the liberal media’s lies, especially about the Trayvon Martin shooting. In other words, his twisted mind as expressed in his web-based manifesto (to which I will not link) was influence by the core teachings of Obamerica. Liberalism breeds division and hate. Obama and his cronies like Rahm Emanuel and Eric Holder have bred a disastrous amount of hate and division in our country. In the streets of Obamerica, that becomes riots and destruction. In the mind of a psychopath, that translates to murder.

So what’s the antidote? Since evil exists and no place is safe, we must be ready to defend ourselves and our loved ones. If even one individual in that Charleston Bible study had been armed, the carnage could have been contained. But Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church was a gun-free zone. It’s pastor had voted against concealed carry in the SC Assembly. There are ample examples of good guys with guns stopping bad guys with guns. There are entire websites dedicated to collecting these everyday occurrences. It’s past time to stop burying our heads in the sand and to take personal responsibility for a firm stand against evil.

I think that Samuel L. Jackson summed it up best:

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Liberalism is all about devaluing life to promote abortion, euthenasia, etc. We need less liberal, politically correct lies in schools and in the mainstream media, and more truth about God’s expectations for us as clearly laid out in Scripture.

Evil exists. Get over it. Eliminate psycho-enabling gun-free zones. Be ready when evil comes to your church, school, home, etc.

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Posted by: reformedmusings | June 17, 2015

Catching up on a number of liberal lies

I haven’t had much time for blogging lately, so I am going to pile a number of topics together in this post. This works because they all concern current liberal lies.

Lie #1: Gun control works

Well, not so much. NYC, which is one of the gun control capitals in the country, is again on its way up the crime rate scale. In a city where virtually all civilian firearms are illegal, shootings are up 45%. Perhaps the end of the unconstitutional stop-and-frisk practice is contributing, perhaps not. Either way, shootings aren’t possible because Bloomberg keeps saying and financing the outlawing guns except for police and military makes us all safer. Really? That’s why NYC, Chicago, Washington DC, etc.,  have such low violent crime rates? Oh, wait…never mind. Life in Obamerica is hazardous for the sheep.

Lie #2: Homosexuality is rampant in America, hence deserves a new set of associated “rights”

Well, not so much. In fact, homosexuals only make up less than 4% of the population. That number hasn’t changed over the years. Yet, according to Gallup, 33% of people polled thought that homosexuals comprised over 25% of the population. We can thank Hollywood, liberal television, and incessant propaganda from well-healed liberals for the distortion. This is Daniel Patrick Moynahan’s “defining deviancy down” coming in with a vengence, driven by a very small tail wagging a very gullable dog.

Of course, there’s an entire well-funded community dedicated to “rainbow science” trying to provide the latest lies to back up the propaganda. This goes back to the paedophelia master himself, Alfred Kinsey, and his lie that homosexuals make up 10% of the population – a number that’s been debunked more times than the Lock Ness Monster and yet still oft-quoted by liberal. Good lies never die.

Lie #3: Socialism and wealth redistribution will make life better for all.

All socialism has ever done is destroy economies and make everyone poor. Don’t be fooled – socialism isn’t about economic justice, its about accumulating power in the hands of a few government elites. It’s all about power. Look at the prominent socialist leaders in this country – Obama, Biden, Soros, etc. – they are all wealthy and powerful men who only aspire to greater power and influence. Socialism has failed whenever and whereever it has been tried. Einstein once said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over while expecting a different result. Adam Smith had it right – everyone working hard with enlightened self-interest benefits all. Early American history – the so-called “American experiment in liberty” proved Smith beyond doubt. If you choose not to work hard, then don’t steal from those who do – but that’s exactly what socialism does. My, how far we have fallen.

That’s it for now. Hopefully I can keep up in the coming weeks.

Posted by: reformedmusings | May 23, 2015

Ubuntu 15.04 Kernel and VMWare Workstation 11.1 Fix

So, I picked up VMWare Workstation 11.1 on sale last night. After downloading the .bundle file, I tried to install it by opening a terminal and typing:

sudo sh VMware-Workstation-Full-11.1.0-2496824.x86_64.bundle

But it failed because the VMWare installer could not find the Linux kernel headers to match the kernel version.  I thought that odd since the kernel and headers install together, so I poked around a bit. I used

uname -a

to find that I was running Linux kernel 3.16 generic. However, when I went into Synaptic to look for the headers, I found only kernel 3.19 generic files.

After some research, I figured out that when I updated from Ubuntu 14.10 to 15.04, apparently the kernel did not upgrade with the rest of the system. That’s VERY odd, but it does explain why VMWare Workstation 10.2 never complained after the OS upgrade. Essentially, I was running 15.04 with 14.10’s kernel. That’s something that I’ve never seen happen before. Interesting.

But, that’s easy to fix. I used Synaptic to select the Linux 3.19 kernel for installation. Synaptic in turn chose a number of supporting files to go with the kernel, including the headers. I accepted its list and installed them all, then rebooted. No issues.

Now I was beyond the kernel version under which VMWare Workstation 11.1 would install. When building the kernel modules, the VMWare network module would not compile under Linux kernel 3.19. I knew that would happen, and found this post with the solution. I literally cut and pasted the commands as presented below, and the Workstation 11.1 kernel modules compiled with no problems. Simply type or cut-and-paste the following commands individually in sequence into your terminal:

sudo -s [then enter your root password]
curl http://pastie.org/pastes/9934018/download -o /tmp/vmnet-3.19.patch
cd /usr/lib/vmware/modules/source
tar -xf vmnet.tar
patch -p0 -i /tmp/vmnet-3.19.patch
mv vmnet.tar vmnet.tar.SAVED
tar -cf vmnet.tar vmnet-only
rm -r vmnet-only
vmware-modconfig –console –install-all

Your VMWare modules will all now compile before your very eyes. The output should look like this:

bob@bob-ubuntu:~$ sudo -s
[sudo] password for bob:
root@bob-ubuntu:~# curl http://pastie.org/pastes/9934018/download -o /tmp/vmnet-3.19.patch
% Total    % Received % Xferd  Average Speed   Time    Time     Time  Current
Dload  Upload   Total   Spent    Left  Speed
100  1596  100  1596    0     0   3138      0 –:–:– –:–:– –:–:–  3135
root@bob-ubuntu:~# cd /usr/lib/vmware/modules/source
root@bob-ubuntu:/usr/lib/vmware/modules/source# tar -xf vmnet.tar
root@bob-ubuntu:/usr/lib/vmware/modules/source# patch -p0 -i /tmp/vmnet-3.19.patch
patching file vmnet-only/driver.c
patching file vmnet-only/userif.c
root@bob-ubuntu:/usr/lib/vmware/modules/source# mv vmnet.tar vmnet.tar.SAVED
root@bob-ubuntu:/usr/lib/vmware/modules/source# tar -cf vmnet.tar vmnet-only
root@bob-ubuntu:/usr/lib/vmware/modules/source# rm -r vmnet-only
root@bob-ubuntu:/usr/lib/vmware/modules/source# vmware-modconfig –console –install-all
Stopping VMware services:
VMware Authentication Daemon                                        done
VM communication interface socket family                            done
Virtual machine communication interface                             done
Virtual machine monitor                                             done
Blocking file system                                                done
make: Entering directory ‘/tmp/modconfig-s6OlQ6/vmmon-only’
Using kernel build system.
/usr/bin/make -C /lib/modules/3.19.0-18-generic/build/include/.. SUBDIRS=$PWD SRCROOT=$PWD/. \
MODULEBUILDDIR= modules

And so on. When it’s finished, just type ‘exit’ twice to close the terminal and you are done.

Now I am happily running VMWare Workstation 11.1 under Ubuntu host, which is now running the “correct” kernel version. Very nice. Kudos to VMWare for their continuing excellent support for Linux.

Posted by: reformedmusings | May 17, 2015

From Cyanogenmod 12.1 to LiquidSmooth 4.1

I had been running Cyanogenmod 12.1 for a few weeks after upgrading from CM 11. The nightlies had been pretty stable, but I found more issues than I noted here. In addition to the always-annoyning need to reset to 3G and back to LTE to get LTE to work after every nightly update, my Plantronics Discovery Bluetooth headset didn’t control the phone as it did in CM 11 and previous builds. The latter caused spontaneous resets after attempting to hang up remotely. Once it rebooted in the middle of a call. I didn’t care much for that.

The 5/16 nightly provided the last straw. Nightlies are “experimental” and I get that, but the 5/16 nightly produced a black screen from which it could not recover. I tried reverting to the 5/15 nightly, but that resulted in an endless boot loop. I finally reverted to my CM 11 4/26 nightly nandroid backup to get my phone back.

Rather than remain on Kitkat, I decided to give LiquidSmooth 4.1 a try. I had sampled LS when they had an early Andoid 5.0.x build and liked the customization options, especially the ability to put the day/date on the status bar. So, I tried flashing LS 4.1 over CM 11 with the appropriate gapps (I like Slim gapps mini version). That didn’t produce a stable system, and I probably shouldn’t have expected it to do so since their system setups are different. So, I bit the bullet, factory reset and loaded LS 4.1 (5/14 release) and gapps mini clean.

After LS installation, Google automatically reloaded my current apps, contacts, etc., as I set it to do. I had backups of my SMS and phone history from about a week prior to restore, plus configurations for Nova Launcher Prime and my 3C Toolbox Pro widget. I restored a handfull of other apps and data with Titanium Backup Pro, then manually added my accounts. Because I installed clean, I had to go through all the apps and accounts and turn off all the battery sucking syncs and push content. With all that, I was fully operational on Android 5.1.1 in just a few hours.

LS-4.1-info-screen

I really like LiquidSmooth 4.1. The LTE worked perfectly from the start, and so far the BT headset seems to work fine. I am able to put the date and day on the status bar. The lock options seem more robust with available delays and conditions. The only thing really missing is the Profiles feature in CM, but I found Profile Manager on Google Play which does a nice job.

I have been using Space Theme in Lollipop, which works and looks awesome with HD wallpapers. So at this point, this is what my primary screen looks like:

LS-4.1-main-screen

Here’s a better look at the HD wallpaper:

LS-4.1-with-space-theme

I’m a very happy camper now, until I get restless again…

Posted by: reformedmusings | May 10, 2015

European gun laws vs. U.S. gun laws

calgunlaws.com posted an interesting summary of European gun laws. I found it enlightening. Some were not nearly as bad as I thought, and some of their deadly force laws are better than some states here. Good read.

Posted by: reformedmusings | May 5, 2015

Good guys with guns stop bad guys with guns in Garland

What’s the difference between Paris and Garland? The cops in Paris are mostly unarmed, many ride bicycles, and their impotence permits 12 people to be massacred and the perps to run around terrorizing people for two days and killing five more victims. Bad guys 17, good guys 2. In Garland, we have real cops who carry real guns and know how to use them. Bad guys 0, good guys 2.

In American outside of Obamerica, any number of armed citizens can make the same difference. Rather than, say, the disarmed French waiting to be slaughtered like sheep by violent psychopaths, America’s 2nd Amendment guarantees us the right to shoot back with good effect. That’s why we go to the range regularly. That’s why we get tactical training.

So, terrorists attacking in free states like Texas and 40 other states are simply targets. In the other 9 states and Washington DC, terrorists can kill with impunity until the police finally show up some number of minutes later. Think about it. When seconds count, the police are only minutes away.

So I doubt that France or anywhere else in Europe will see the light. Neither will the anti-liberty crowd headed by Obama and Bloomberg. They’d apparently rather see you murdered than armed. Real Americans won’t be rendered impotent, but will stand ready like the minutemen that forged the beginning of our nation.

The 2nd Amendment doesn’t talk about hunting. Arm up, train up, and be ready. Don’t die for lack of shooting back. Keep calm and carry.

Posted by: reformedmusings | May 4, 2015

Upgrade from Cyanogenmod 11 to CM 12.1

The Cyanogenmod folks are encouraging users to update from CM 11 (Android 4.4.4) to CM 12.1 (Android 5.1.1) by dirty flashing. That means not doing a factory reset complete wipe and then installing CM 12.1 “clean”. According to CM, Android is made to handle “dirty” updates because it replaces the system and updates system databases while preserving the user’s apps and setup except for system settings that differ in the new version. Otherwise, vendor over-the-air (OTA) updates would not preserve the users’ data, resulting in extremely unhappy users.

That’s not to say that I haven’t been able to clear up unusual issues in the past by going back to factory reset and reflashing a build from scratch. But Android probably didn’t anticipate all the flashing that we testers do.

So, I took CM on and updated from the CM 11 20150426 nightly, probably the last CM 11 release for the AT&T Samsung Galaxy S3, to the CM 12.1 20150504 nightly. It took quite a bit of time to reboot, so you have to be patient during the boot cycle. Once CM 12.1 came up, I had to select Nova Launcher Prime as my primary launcher, but otherwise it worked great. I was up and running virtually immediately with one exception, which the CM team is actively working.

The current versions of CM 12.1 has an issue with the data network settings, centering on the /data/data/com.android.providers.telephony/databases/telephony.db file. It would be best to delete the file with a root-mode file manager before upgrading. You won’t be able to access it from inside CM 12.1 after upgrading, but you can delete the file using the CM file manager in your recovery (TWRP in my case). Some have been able to delete the file in CM by setting root to “Apps and ADB” in System settings -> Developer options -> Root access.

After deleting telephony.db and rebooting, the data connection worked fine and all is right with the world. I am successfully running Android 5.1.1 on my Samsung Galaxy S3 – an Android update that even the brand new Galaxy S6 isn’t running yet. That’s the beauty and power of open source.

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