Friday, November 30, 2007
Who takes the time to remember and honor the veterans of WW2 anymore? We all should because if they hadn't done their duty, then the west half of this country could be speaking Japanese while the east half spoke German.
As you're out and about and you remember to approach a Vet and thank him or her, don't forget the WW2 era vets. Take the time to talk with them and benefit from their wisdom and memories. It will be time well spent and their efforts kept us free from the tyranny that was Japan and Germany of the day.
If you are or know a WW2 vet, know that I salute you. Thank You for what you gave to keep this free country free. Know also that I honor your dead. I am proud of each and every one of you.
Monday, November 26, 2007
What do you do when you're with your loved one(s) when you're confronted by a goblin?
If you're me, then my first priority is to get my girlfriend to safety. In my own mind, if I have to sacrifice my life to do this, I will. Her safety comes first. Now when I'm alone, the only one dying is the goblin, no doubt about that, but I put my girlfriend above me on the must survive list. I'm a sheepdog that way.
So, let me ask a question or 2 here. When was the last time you took your girlfriend or wife or whatever, to the range with you? What? She's never heard your gun fire? Bad, bad shooter, bad, no bone. Take your significant other (S/O) to the range with you. Even if said S/O doesn't shoot, they should watch you shoot and most importantly, they should experience your gun firing. Why, you ask? Simple. What was your first reaction to hearing a gun fired? Think about it. Now admit it, you froze. You did didn't you? You bet you did, and you don't want your S/O to freeze when the black flag goes up. So take your S/O with you and have her nearby while you shoot so that he/she is used to the sound of your gun.
Next, now that she's familiar with gunfire and doesn't freeze when a gun goes off in close proximity, you have to teach her about the tactics that you intend to employ. She needs to know where you're going to go. You don't want to move and run over her, tripping yourself up, nor do you want her to just stand there while you're putting distance between you and the goblin. You need to teach her how you're going to move so that she can either...move with you or move in an opposite direction possibly distracting the goblin for you. Whatever you decide to do, you need to do it in advance so that you have some kind of a plan before the stuff hits the fan. If you have kids, the whole picture changes, she needs to get those kids the hell out of there and fast. You become the delaying action that keeps the scum off your family so they can escape to safety.
Eventually, you may want to teach her to shoot and get her her own CPL so that she can also engage the goblin. That may be down the road some, but it would be nice if eventually, if she's the "I won't leave your side" type, she can handle your gun if you go down. I'd rather that mine just ran and kept running until the shooting stops then call 911 but your mileage may vary.
Any way you choose to go, your S/O must know to stay calm. What to do and where to go. Most importantly, don't freeze on the first shot, just do what you need to do to be safe. We carry to protect ourselves and our families. While you're training to protect you, you need to train to protect them as well.
Sunday, November 25, 2007
I followed all of the given directions for joining the People of the Gun and even sent 3 different e mails to 2 different given e mail addresses and I never got added. I'm either too ugly or too uncool I guess as that was 2 weeks ago and nothing. So I guess I'll just get out a crying towel and sit over in the corner and cry a while.
Or, I'll just keep doing what I do and if they don't want me then :P
Friday, November 23, 2007
I like law enforcement officers generally. During my 12 year EMS career, I hid behind a bunch of them. Most are professional enough but still quite human. Some, like the idiot in this article seem to have forgotten that their job requires them to behave to a higher standard. As a law enforcement officer, you need to set the standard for behavior for the community. Act the way you would prefer the community to act. I would bet you'd never catch the LawDog being stupid like this, he helps set the standard.
OK, here we go:
Police said Thursday an off-duty Chicago police officer has been charged in connection with a crash that killed two men in their early 20s. According to a Chicago police department statement, John Ardelean, 33, was charged with one count of DUI and driving left of center stemming from the crash that occurred in the 2900 block of North Damen Avenue at approximately 3 a.m.
Wait, wait, wait....he got charged with driving left of center? Shit...you could charge the whole state with that.
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Saturday, November 17, 2007
I think it should go without saying that a reciprocal add has already been taken care of. Welcome to the blog roll Red's.
That just rocks! And just in time for Christmas, glorious.
Friday, November 16, 2007
There's lots of great tips in this little missive and you should take all of them to heart. Try to remember some of the most important little rules when traveling our nation's highways.
1. Route yourself around GFW states like Illinois and Wisconsin. If they won't let you carry, don't go there.
2. Keep your head on a swivel. There is no excuse for someone sneaking up on you.
3. Practice, Practice, Practice. Have someone behind you screaming in your ear. Shoot on the move. Practice rapid reloads. The more you sweat in training, the less you bleed in combat. Ratchet up the stress on your practice time.
4. Take the time to sit with your loved ones and explain to them precisely what you want them to do if the black flag goes up. In all of the writings I have seen on defensive shootings, I very rarely see any that address this. Your loved ones have to know what to do if you get encountered by a bad situation. You need to know where they're going to go and they need to know where you want them to go. That is for everyone's safety. Your and theirs. In that situation, you're drawing your weapon to protect your loved ones, make sure they know what to do also.
I don’t carry a gun to scare people. I carry a gun because sometimes this world can be a scary place.
I don’t carry a gun because I’m paranoid. I carry a gun because there are real threats in the world.
I don’t carry a gun because I’m evil. I carry a gun because I have lived long enough to see the evil in the world.
I don’t carry a gun because I hate the government. I carry a gun because I understand the limitations of government.
I don’t carry a gun because I’m angry. I carry a gun so that I don’t have to spend the rest of my life hating myself for failing to be prepared.
I don’t carry a gun because my sex organs are too small. I carry a gun because I want to continue to use those sex organs for the purpose for which they were intended for a good long time to come.
I don’t carry a gun because I want to shoot someone. I carry a gun because I want to die at a ripe old age in my bed, and not on a sidewalk somewhere tomorrow afternoon.
I don’t carry a gun because I’m a cowboy. I carry a gun because, when I die and go to heaven, I want to be a cowboy.
I don’t carry a gun to make me feel like a man. I carry a gun because men know how to take care of themselves and the ones they love.
I don’t carry a gun because I feel inadequate. I carry a gun because unarmed and facing three armed thugs, I am inadequate.
I don’t carry a gun because I love it. I carry a gun because I love life and the people who make it meaningful to me.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
It didn't use to be that way. I may re-think this association.
So Teddy has a press release all pretty and flowery already released, the link to that is here. I think I may go through this with you.
In his book, Private Guns, Public Health, David Hemenway from the Harvard Injury Control Research Center observed that, “Each day guns were used in the commission of about three thousand crimes. The U.S. rates of death an injury due to firearms and the rate of crimes committed with firearms are far higher than those of any other industrialized country.”
I must have missed that, where did you get those statistics again? I believe you'll find them not quite true. By the way, how many violent crimes were stopped by the presence of an armed citizen?
Just last week, the International Association of Chiefs of Police – IACP – took a dramatic stand against the escalating gun violence in our communities – releasing a comprehensive report with 39 key recommendations to reduce gun violence. The Chiefs’ compelling report and specific recommendations are a clear call to action. Without further delay, Congress and the Administration need to do our part by enacting concrete reforms that will reduce crime and protect the safety of police officers and all Americans. We all know what needs to be done and it’s a scandal that we have done so little for so long.
We could do something to prosecute drunk drivers that kill people too. I don't think there's a statute of limitations on murder Mr. Kennedy. Let's take a look at these reforms shall we? Let's take a close look at the BS the leftards are spouting.
We need to close the gun show loophole once and for all.
What loophole is this? Licensed dealer to citizen is already taken care of.
We need to renew the assault weapons ban.
To do what? The last one did nothing more than ban cosmetics. It did nothing to reduce crime. Why do you idiots always need another law when the ones we already have aren't enforced?
We need to pass Senator Feinstein’s bill for stricter requirements on the sale of extremely dangerous fifty-caliber sniper rifles.
Yeah, so much more dangerous than anything else that you can see them being used in most of the really major crimes already because every criminal wants to try to lug a 40+ pound almost 5 foot long weapon stealthily into a spot with which to rob Mr and Mrs Jones.
We need to amend federal law to ensure that all cop killer bullets are banned.
Could we possibly get a few more buzz words into this article? Exactly which bullets are you referring to? A FMJ 30.06 round will kill a cop, or anyone else it hits. So will my .45 with a head shot. Which bullets are you trying to ban? Oh wait, you're a Democrat, the answer is all of them.
We need to do more to see that law enforcement has access to the newest and most effective crime-solving technologies – like microstamping.
Which I believe has already been shown to be of little use, horrendously expensive and unreliable.
The IACP’s impressive work in producing this ground-breaking report should not go ignored. I’m hopeful that we can work together, across party lines, to reduce gun violence, solve gun crimes, protect our police officers and do all that we can to make our communities safer. Perhaps our dialogue today will be one positive step forward in that direction.
The dialoge that will make our police officers and communities safer has already been written. In case you forgot it says....
THE RIGHT OF THE PEOPLE TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED!
People, take a look at all of the mass shootings in the last 10 years or so. You know what all of them have in common? They all took place in a "gun free zone". Yep, all those laws restricting gun carry sure do help don't they? ** cue cricket chirps**
Well, don't they?
Washington D.C. Law abiding citizens can't have guns. They are the murder capital of the U.S. Violent crime is skyrocketing.
Britan, gun ban. Parents are dressing their children in Kevlar School uniforms. Yep, look like it's working just fine. Violent crime is on the rise.
Australia, gun ban. Violent crime is skyrocketing.
Everywhere that guns have been outlawed, the outlaws have guns and are actively preying on the unarmed. This has to stop.
Doesn't that make sense to you? Elections are coming, don't you think it's time to vote out the idiots that pass these laws? We've given them a fair chance, it just doesn't work.
Here in Michigan, there's a group called the Michigan Coalition for Responsible Gun Owners and they actually have a business card on their website that you can hand to managers at businesses that don't allow guns informing them of why you are taking your business to a competitor that is 2nd Amendment friendly. We should all do this, everyday, everywhere. Start telling these people that we are all a hell of a lot safer when law abiding citizens carry. Don't forget to speak out when some gooney law enforcement person makes a dim witted comment about how "the officers never know who is in the car they pull over and they wouldn't be safe if Joe Average might have a gun". What a crock, they don't know who they're pulling over now. Joe Average is NOT going to turn into a raving felonious lunatic just because he's carrying a legal concealed pistol you moron.
Have you ever seen anything as true as this is? Yet the gun banners are so busy distorting the truth and adding 19 year olds in with the "dead child" statistics that they can't be bothered to actually look at the real truth. No gun ban has ever stopped a criminal from robbing and shooting someone. They're criminals asshole, criminals don't obey the law to begin with, what the hell makes you think they'll pay attention to one more?
Look, this is America. This nation was founded by armed citizens. Stop trying to remove our heritage. Stop trying to abrogate our rights. Stop being the domestic enemy I swore to protect the constitution from.
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Over the last 3 months or so, I have started to notice that it has become very hit and miss over there. Sometimes, my posts pop up fairly promptly. Sometimes, they never appear at all. I'm starting to think that they may not love me anymore, or that they only love me part time (sounds like my ex girlfriend) and I'm not sure how to take that.
I think I'll give it a bit of time and see if things smooth out.
*** UPDATE ***
Everything I have posted today just popped up. Now I wonder if maybe one needs to post "X" number of things in a day to make the aggregator.
I don't carry a 5 shot snubby, being on the well........rotund side, I carry a Springfield Armory 1911 A1 Mil-Spec 5". That isn't to say that those that carry a snubby are wrong or silly, just that right now, I carry a full size 1911. Many of you, reading this now (at least, I hope there are many of you) may well carry a snubby and if so, rather that than nothing.
Many of you may not have thought too much about tactics with your snubby though. This article addresses that pretty nicely and I think it's damn important to go check it out. Farnam is pretty smart ya know.
It's from a blog called Common Folk Using Common Sense. I went, I saw, I liked, a lot. What I liked the most is that he linked me on his left hand sidebar. Well, let's look closer here...Oh Damn! He's a Rottie too? That's a link back, hell yes!
So, welcome him to the blogroll and visit him often, it looks like he has some great stuff up.
Saturday, November 10, 2007
I wonder if something screwy is happening over at TTLB that is messing our rankings up?
Since I mentioned her, I'm going to throw a link to Tam's blog, if you like smart, hot chicks with guns, you'll love Tam.
Friday, November 09, 2007
I am NOT going to defend Mr. Chapman in this. Nope, he should have known better or Beth should have smacked him in the head with a big steaming cup of STFU. What I am going to do is to point out the hypocrisy that is about to destroy a very popular A&E show while others get rich.
The "N" word. If you look it up in the dictionary it means:
- Main Entry:
- alteration of earlier neger, from Middle French negre, from Spanish or Portuguese negro, from negro black, from Latin niger
Dog said it in a private phone call that his son figured he could use to both trash Duane's reputation and possibly make a buck. That phone call is going to ruin Duane forever. In his apology he stated that he would never be forgiven for this. You're right Dog, your goose is cooked.
I want to ask why it's so wrong that Duane "Dog" Chapman said this in a private phone call yet at the same time, an untold number of Rap and Urban "singer/songwriters" and some "comedians" are using the same word publicly and not only is no one going absolutely ape shit crazy about it, but these people are actually making money from it thereby encouraging more of the same down the road? What's the deal with the double standard here? If this word is so heinous when uttered by a white man, then why is it not equally heinous when uttered by anyone else regardless of heritage?
If the word is so wrong, why has it not been abolished by the black community or the whole damn planet as a whole? I'm afraid that I just don't get it. If some well known black rap artist or comedian went to downtown Detroit or Chicago or some other urban area and said something like "hey niggas, get a grip on reality" most would laugh or applaud and maybe take some action. If I, as a white guy did it, I'd need to use the 1911 that I carry and use it well against multiple targets. So why the double standard? Why is it funny or even OK if one person says it, but so totally wrong if someone else does?
If the use of this word is so wrong, then let's just stop using it. If you can't bring yourself to do that, then stop being pissed off when someone else does.
Friday, November 02, 2007
Go read the article and then laugh with me at the wailing that we all know will accompany the writing of this check.
A nice piece of tribute is here at the Anti Ididotarian Rottweiler.