December 28, 2013

Don't Accept Collect Calls

During the occupation of Poland by the Nazi's, a doctrine referred to as "collective responsibility" was employed. It was simple really; if a person helped out a Jew that person and that person's immediate family were shot. If a German...
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November 09, 2013

Drafted

The united States has many cultures within it. Not just sub-cultures, but cultures. Just so we're on the same page, a definition (from wikipedia, but let's go with it anyway) "...an integrated system of learned behavior patterns which are characteristic...
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July 21, 2013

Women And Children First

Women and Children First was a doctrine first recorded in a novel from 1860 by William Douglas O'Connor entitled Harrington: A Story of True Love. In that simple phrase I see the roots of chivalry, and a basic tenant that...
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May 31, 2013

Right To Carry

Words have meanings. Those meanings can change over time, and along with them the concepts they represent. This is a natural function of language and it can be good or bad or neutral. When it comes to the word "Right"...
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May 10, 2013

Quibbling

According to Shall Not Be Questioned, the SAF is backing gun owner control again. The specifics are that while Manchin is trying to drum up support for his and Toomey's universal background check bill, an SAF article is saying it's...
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April 18, 2013

Victory You Say?

So Reid has shelved the gun control package after not securing enough votes to pass a background check amendment, or any other gun owner control amendments. Obama and his companions are visibly upset, blaming the nefarious "gun lobby" for interfering...
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April 14, 2013

Shame

The progressive pantheon has no higher deity than the Victim. Sacred, honored and often unquestionable as most true Victims are deceased. There are some living Victims, and it's arguable that the status of Victim is something the progressives wish to...
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April 12, 2013

Self Defense For The Law Abiding

Michael Bane has a post up about Self-Defense in Non-Permissive Environments. It's a good write up for what it is but it's lacking in foresight. I mean he only covers what are good legal options for this round of legislative...
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April 11, 2013

Where The Devil Is

First, a grammatical pet peeve. Ages ago (during the Danian stage of the Paleocene to be specific) I had a girlfriend with one linguistic tick that drove me up the wall. She habitually eliminated "to be" from a sentence. For...
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April 06, 2013

A New Yorker On Guns

Take a few minutes to watch the video posted below. It's a young lady from New York discussing her views on gun control....
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April 04, 2013

An Indulgence

Gun owners (and those generally in favor of our gun culture) have tried for decades (millenniums if you take the general concept of owning weapons, not just guns per se) to use facts to persuade folks to not punish us...
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April 02, 2013

Imagine

There's always some wistful thinking by the uninformed concerning the paradisaical nature of a firearms free world. Some have tried to correct this misplaced rhetoric through imagery. And have tried and tried again. But imagination isn't necessary to correct this...
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March 30, 2013

The NPE Files

Some folks buy into the illusion of civilization a bit too fervently. Over at Tractor Tracks the most heavily armed twig on the planet tall for her weight and level of armament lovely and talented proprietress starts off discussing a...
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March 29, 2013

Layers Of Fact Checking

I was talking with a friend a few months ago. She's in her early 20's, very bright, but new to the whole gun thing (I've been meaning to do a write up as her introduction to shooting makes for a...
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March 25, 2013

Godwin Damn It

A newspaper article attempts to provide a bit of fact checking to claims made concerning Nazi gun owner control laws. "Objectively, it might have made things worse' if the Jews who fought the Nazis in the 1943 Warsaw ghetto uprising...
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March 23, 2013

Fundamental Scrutiny

Via David Hardy,I stumbled on this discussion at Prof. Volokh's place. It concerns a Louisiana court case, State v. Draughter (.pdf here) which involves an application of a recent Louisiana constitutional amendment mandating a strict scrutiny standard be applied to...
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March 08, 2013

A Bad Check

Colorado senate republicans are planning to filibuster the gun owner control bills being heard today. That ought to make for interesting viewing. If they attempt this they'll be under a lot of pressure, as there's a storm moving this way...
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February 20, 2013

Resolve

Azure Ray is a dream pop duo out of Nebraska via Birmingham. I'm not an aficionado of dream pop, ut something about this song kinda grew on me. Having a plan and having a direction mean nothing unless you have...
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January 29, 2013

Goalies

Theres no point in taking the offensive, or even staging a defense, if you dont have a clear idea of what outcome you want. It doesnt have to be precise, detailed in minutia, but it does have to be clear....
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January 25, 2013

A War of Words

To start, may I present Carlin? (If this is safe for work you have a really cool job...) See a pattern? Alter a name & something can seem better or worse than it actually is. "the doc's gonna poke you...
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January 24, 2013

Strategia Aliquis?

Strategy has always been an issue. Hell, more like a subscription....
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May 17, 2007

Better With You

Abigail Zsiga is not only cute as hell but she has some talent in her voice. I've only heard a handful of her tunes but it's enough for me to make a quick & dirty assessment that she has potential....
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May 15, 2007

Knights In Armor Bent On Chivalry

It's a line from perhaps my favorite Van Morrison tune; Tupelo Honey from the 1971 album of the same name. Here's the tune set to some slideshow about some guy's family. & here are the lyrics. & for the helluvit...
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May 13, 2007

Carry On

I've been looking for an excuse to post some reggae & to my surprise a Texan provided it. This isn't my favorite Marley tune, but it adheres to the title appropriate rule. Here's a vid of I Know A Place...
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April 27, 2007

Hero

(Update: 04/28/07 08:45 MDT fixed some hyperlinks) There are a few tunes with the title "Hero" or some variant. Bonnie Tyler has one called "Holding out for a hero" (vid here). where she laments not having any exceptional men in...
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April 26, 2007

Deaths In Communism

I have been at a few funerals where "At last" was used to start the eulogy. But it was immediately followed by a picturesque image of the deceased kneeling at the foot of the Lord & receiving the comfort some...
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April 23, 2007

Crazy

Of course there's the Aerosmith tune (vid here & live vid here) which is about the peculiar manifestation of insanity that most call love (I especially dig the part at the end where it breaks down & the guitar is...
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April 20, 2007

Don't It Make My Brown Back Hugh?

Hugh Hewitt interviewed Mike Huckabee & Sam Brownback recently. The 2nd amendment came up in both instances & more specifically there was a discussion of machine guns. I'll spend a while discussing what I feel are Hugh's implicit objections to...
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Automatic For The Free People

The subject of machine guns has come up a few times of late & I thought it'd be useful to have a post to point folks to instead of retyping the same arguments repeatedly. So let's have a brief discussion...
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April 17, 2007

Pragmatism Of The Virginia Tech Massacre

Let's forget the politics & laws associated with this incident for a moment. What I'm going to try to do is look at what happened & what could have been done. It's Monday morning quarterbacking to be sure, but hopefully...
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April 16, 2007

The Sweetest Taboo

Sade bad. Both the band & miss Abu. I won't pretend to have some obscure track you've never heard of as my favorite tune of theirs. I've been playing Sade songs in bands since about 1987 & this one is...
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April 09, 2007

More Bartering

In Colorado a new law has been passed that requires a Colorado resident to have a Colorado CCW. Out of state CCW's held by Colorado residents will no longer be honored. Reading the language of the senate version of the...
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April 07, 2007

No Art For The Children

Michelle Malkin has a post up on anti-gun folks trying to stop a statue of a decorated sailor killed in combat (h/t Bitter). The gist is that a statue (a bronze sculpture to be precise) of Danny P. Dietz, Gunner's...
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April 06, 2007

Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word

Elton. I always had a soft spot for this tune for some reason. It's sad & a bit bitter but the melodies (& harmonies) flow so nicely over the chords that when orchestrated right it's really a thing of beauty....
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April 05, 2007

Bright Lights Big City

It's a Jimmy Reed tune that's been covered quite a bit as any blues standard should be. It's always been a favorite of mine for some reason. I couldn't find Reed's version or Donald Fagen's (which is probably my favorite...
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March 28, 2007

Heart Of The Matter

A Don Henley tune from 1990. I'm not a big fan of the guy but he could write, & write well at times. This particular ditty is a nicely composed lament for a lost lover who seems to have found...
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March 13, 2007

Problems With Parker

This is not an analysis of the decision in the broad sense. It's merely touching on some areas of concern from the decision itself. I'll skip the discussion of standing & try to get to the heart of my concerns....
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January 18, 2007

If I Were A Rich Man Part Two: Nobody Loves Me But My Mother

I'm going to take a little bit longer route than I had originally planned with this series. It all started with the post If I Were A Rich Man. BB King. I've seen him twice. I don't go to very...
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January 15, 2007

Grabbing A Tgirsch By The Tale

Tgirsch of Lean Left was kind enough to leave a partial rebuttal to my fisking of his post about libertarians. Here's the post of mine which links to the post of his (scroll down for the comments). Now, let us...
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January 13, 2007

Lean, Left And Lofty

Libertarians have their problems. I'm a big "L" as well as a little "L" libertarian & in general I've been unhappy with the party & its alleged strategy. But a more pervasive problem is non-libertarian perception of what libertarians (big...
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January 01, 2007

If I Were A Rich Man

From Fiddler on the Roof & sung by Chaim Topol. Here's Topol performing If I Were A Rich Man. & here are the lyrics. Gwen Stefani did a variation on the song called simply "Rich Girl". Purists may criticize her...
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December 14, 2006

Everything But Your Car, Your Wife And Your Gun

The title is a paraphrase of an alleged old Iraqi saying. The complete version is, "Give everything to your friend, except your car, your wife, and your gun." I found it at this piece called Second Amendment Lessons From Iraq...
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It Don't Matter To The Sun

It's a tune from a Garth Brooks album but it's not country. In fact nothing on the album was; it was R&B/Soul. Poppish yes but R&B/Soul nonetheless. (I played a few tracks off the album to some guys in an...
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December 11, 2006

Ain't Nobody's Business

Here's Etta James, Gladys Knight & Chaka Kahn doing the old blues standard (with B.B. King playing along with them. Here are the lyrics. & here's the song's history. Remember that war I discussed in a previous post (amidst the...
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December 09, 2006

Mars The Bringer Of War

It's a piece by Gustav Holst from his suite The Planets. I admit I prefer works from the Classical & Baroque periods with an occassional fondness for the Romantic but there are a few 20th Century pieces that I enjoy....
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December 02, 2006

Who Wants To Live Forever

The second most perfect & complete sad song I've ever heard. It's by Queen & was part of the soundtrack to the movie Highlander (the soundtrack by Queen is called A Kind of Magic). It's interesting also because Brian May...
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November 01, 2006

Cult Of Personality

Living Colour. Here's the video. Not my favorite tune by them (for example Broken Hearts, Broken Hearts [acoustic], What's Your Favorite Color?, Open Letter To A Landlord, Funny Vibe & Love Rears Its Ugly Head get more play on my...
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October 25, 2006

Resistance

Although this post shares the name with a Queensryche tune that's entirely coincidental. I'm listening to The Brandenburg Concertos at the moment (followed by The Water Music) & haven't dusted off my Queensryche files for some time (too long in...
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September 18, 2006

Rockstars

I'm going to talk a little about something I know a little about: music. More specifically the politics involved in music. I don't mean who you have to schmooze to get booked in a popular club, I mean why most...
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September 12, 2006

Seeing Things

Yep; Black Crowes' tunes can & will be used as post titles. I was toying with calling it "Surrounded" or "Another Day" after two songs by Dream Theater, but figured they were too obscure a reference for most folks to...
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August 14, 2006

Violence Begets Violence Part Six: Queens

"One bleeding-heart type asked me in a recent interview if I did not agree that 'violence begets violence.' I told him that it is my earnest endeavor to see that it does. I would like very much to ensure —...
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August 08, 2006

Violence Begets Violence Part Five: Extensions

"One bleeding-heart type asked me in a recent interview if I did not agree that 'violence begets violence.' I told him that it is my earnest endeavor to see that it does. I would like very much to ensure —...
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Violence Begets Violence Part Four: Hand Tools

"One bleeding-heart type asked me in a recent interview if I did not agree that 'violence begets violence.' I told him that it is my earnest endeavor to see that it does. I would like very much to ensure —...
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August 02, 2006

Violence Begets Violence Part Three: Power Tools

"One bleeding-heart type asked me in a recent interview if I did not agree that 'violence begets violence.' I told him that it is my earnest endeavor to see that it does. I would like very much to ensure —...
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July 31, 2006

Violence Begets Violence Part Two: Ensurance

"One bleeding-heart type asked me in a recent interview if I did not agree that 'violence begets violence.' I told him that it is my earnest endeavor to see that it does. I would like very much to ensure —...
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July 30, 2006

Violence Begets Violence Part One

Certain events make folks rethink their decision to not be armed at least part of the time. Hurricane Andrew was one as was that whole Y2K thing. Ditto for the attacks of September the 11th, 2001 & Hurricane Katrina. Now...
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April 30, 2006

Subdivisions

Recently in the pro-gun bloggers community there has been some debate between the Absolutists & the Incrementalists. Some of the relevant posts are listed below. Absolutists vs. Incrementalists from Say Uncle Continuing to mine an old tradition from Toys in...
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April 21, 2006

A Non Silent Minority

In response to The Minority Retort Kevin has fired back, so to speak. Actually there are three pieces. Publicola Throws Down the Gauntlet Preamble Contracts and Absolutes That should be enough reading for now. I'll have another post on this...
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April 18, 2006

The Minority Retort

Kevin of The Smallest Minority is a good writer. I've been reading him since a few weeks after he started blogging & I highly recommend him to be on your list of daily reads. He has a very nice three...
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April 11, 2006

Absolutism 301; Felons

"You want axe murderers to be able to walk into a store & just buy a gun?" If you've ever argued against the federal or state laws creating classes of persons prohibited from owning arms then you've heard that sentence...
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Culture

What's the difference between Myer's Park (an affluent neighborhood in Charlotte, NC) & yogurt? Well yogurt is a living culture. Thank you, thank you. I'll be here all night. Don't forget to tip your waitress - heroin isn't getting any...
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March 02, 2006

The Post

Since all the smart kids are doing it (repeatedly) & getting the attention of the smart & pretty kids I figured I'd give it a shot....
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February 21, 2006

Friend Or Foe?

A lot of people, if not most who come here would be self identified as pro-law enforcement. It's ingrained in us from childhood. When we're little our parents tell us to find who if we're in trouble or scared? Cops...
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January 24, 2006

Some Interesting Reading

Clayton Cramer has links to some of his Shotgun News Columns. & if that isn't enough for ya here's a link to his website's page that lists all of his online articles from magazines & newspapers. I don't necessarily agree...
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December 10, 2005

Text Messages

I have some friends whose kids are in the public government schools around here. In a history class next week one of them will be watching Gladiator since they're studying ancient Rome. A history book was given to me by...
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December 01, 2005

The Thin Blue Chasm

Hell In A Handbasket discusses a news story about police departments re-thinking letting off duty cops carry. This is due to a small number of off-duty cops getting treated like you or I would getting killed by on duty cops...
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October 18, 2005

My Twenty Minutes Later Syndrome

In this post you will find the transcript of a conversation between Hugh Hewitt, John Caile from CCRN & myself about Harriet Miers 2nd amendment views. It all started with this post of mine on Miers. Geek With A .45...
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A Voice Made For Telegraph Part 2

I chatted with Hugh Hewitt last Thursday about Harriet Miers nomination. More specifically I wanted to chat about Hugh's position that she is the "most pro-2nd amendment nominee in 40 years" which I also discussed in this post. What follows...
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October 14, 2005

Nalchik

You've probably already heard about it. In Nalchik, Russia a group of about 100 "separatist fighters" (i.e. Chechan Islamic extremists/terrorists) attacked police stations, an airport & government buildings. 13 civilians & 12 civilians with badges were killed. 61 Chechen rebels...
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October 03, 2005

Guns Aren't Evil; Except For Those Damned Machine Guns?

Alphecca found an interesting editorial. It's by Meghan Blalock & is entitled Owning firearms should be a protected right. Seems promising, no? Well Ms. Blalock has a few contradictory positions. Let us fisk:...
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October 02, 2005

Colorado's New CCW Vs. Colorado's Old CCW Vs. Colorado's Proposed But Tabled CCW

This is an oldie but a goodie. It was origninally posted here on April 3rd, 2003. Like the title says it's a comparison of three ideas for concealed carry that Colorado was considering. Another thing worth reading is this...
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September 16, 2005

An Interesting Exchange II

In An Interesting Exchange I continued a discussion that was started in the comments box of a post at the Volokh Conspiracy. Mr. Esper responded in the comments of my post & that's what I'll be addressing here....
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September 11, 2005

An Interesting Exchange

The following is simply the continuation of a discussion held in the comments section of this post (Constitutions & Emergencies) at The Volokh Conspiracy. For various reasons I feel that it strayed a bit from the topic at hand &...
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September 10, 2005

All That We Are

"Milton Peterson was adamant that he would not leave. The retired 57-year-old said his wife had died earlier this year and that the house was full of too many important things of her's for him to leave. His six grown-up...
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September 09, 2005

Hypothetical My Ass!!!

I am trying very hard to restrain my words. Forgive me for any impolite lapses. In New Orleans they are going door to door stealing weapons. This would be the cops. Not just locals. There are rumors that Federal agents...
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September 07, 2005

That Ain't Right

I'm definitely not feeling warm & fuzzy about this. Authorities Increase Pressure on Holdouts in New Orleans. "After days of pleading with residents to leave this partly destroyed city, local officials said today that they would begin forced evacuations of...
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Homes

I'm not getting a warm fuzzy feeling about this. New Orleans Mayor Orders Forced Evacuation "As flood waters receded inch by inch Tuesday, New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin authorized law enforcement officers and the U.S. military to force the...
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September 06, 2005

Needful Things

There are a lot of posts by bloggers on what to have in case of some prolonged emergency such as the one in New Orleans. I may or may not have any experiences that make my opinions matter, but I'll...
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September 01, 2005

Lutes are Good; Looters Are Bad

You know what this post will be about. It just so happens when I was doing a little bit of researching that the years of an 8 a.m. music history class (8 a.m. classes for musicians??? hell, it was hours...
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August 31, 2005

Discouraging Folks Who Are Doing Good

The lovely, talented & accurate Annika Oakley miss Annika has a post about her most recent range trip, which is becoming a weekly thing for her. She's coming along quite well on the path to gun nuttery. But as is...
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August 22, 2005

Comments III: Worst State And Best Country For Gun Owners?

In the previous post I said I'd get around to answering the lovely, talented & accurate Miss Annika's questions. The questions were: "i'm going to take the Cali Firearms Safety Certificate test today. i read through all the laws and...
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Comments II: California's HSC

In the previous post I addressed some comments left by readers. One seemed to merit special attention as it raised a subject that can't be treated with a paragraph or two, least not by certain long winded bastards such as...
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August 16, 2005

High Power Primer

I like shooting High Power Rifle matches. That's not the same as being good at them, but I like shooting them anyway. To spread my addiction I'll try to give you an idea of what's involved. This will be a...
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July 04, 2005

ID '05

Independence Day. The 229th anniversary of a statement of freedom from a government that impeded individual liberty. (Please note: the holiday is called Independence Day. It occurs on the 4th of July. Unless you typically wish people a happy 25th...
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June 30, 2005

A.R.T. Day

In this post I mentioned an idea. Here is the relevant excerpt: "...since prevention is one of the most important aspects of the 2nd amendment we should work with that. April 15th is Buy A Gun day. November 19th is...
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June 27, 2005

Fire On The Mountain

No; not The Marshall Tucker Band song. There was a made for T.V. movie that debuted in 1981 on NBC. Buddy Ebson played John Vogelin, who had property that the government wanted but he refused to sell. The government told...
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May 13, 2005

Mockingbirds And Canaries

Atticus. Interesting sounding name. More interesting that his children called him that instead of father or papa. But what was most interesting was not his name or how he was called but a very simple idea that he conveyed. This...
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April 19, 2005

Patriot Day 2005

In the extended entry I'll reprint my post from last year. A few thoughts though. We honor today the men who risked their lives (not just their ability to be alive but their way of living) in order to prevent...
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March 29, 2005

Self Help

I was listening to Hugh Hewitt today & I heard him say a few things that deserve discussion....
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March 17, 2005

As He Told The Miller's Tale: Problems With U.S. v. Miller

It's apperently "reprint older posts" week around here. This one is a critique of the misinterpretations of U.S. v. Miller. I had once considered making it a monthly feature but how many times can I point out that Miller was...
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March 16, 2005

Reader Participation Required

Kim du Toit posted a link to an anti-gun lobby wish list. It's a document entitled Hand Gun Control Inc 1993 Plan....
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March 15, 2005

The Nationals & Defense

This is another reprint of an older post. I felt it was worth repeating....
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The Means, Knowledge & Will To Resist

This is an old post of mine that I wanted to publish again....
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February 17, 2005

The Security Of Denial; The "Empowerment" Of Ignorance

This will be a long one even by my standards. In Denver over the last week several people have been sexually asaulted in a neighborhood. Not a "bad" neighborhood either. But before we get to that let's look at something...
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February 02, 2005

"Neo-confederate"? I Prefer The Term "Unreconstructed" Thank Ye

Prof. Reynolds has a post up that I should address (actually two of them). The first is about Eric Muller's critique of Prof. Thomas E. Woods, Jr. Woods wrote The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History. Woods is also a...
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January 25, 2005

Absolutism 201: Principle v. Pragmatism

To refresh, please see Absolutisim 101: Prior Restraint (if you haven't seen it before). A lot of people have problems with Absolutists because of the conclusions Absolutism can lead to....
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November 28, 2004

Coming To Terms With Gun Control

One of the biggest problems pro-gunners (& especially Absolutists) face is public relations. Good old fashioned PR. We keep getting our asses kicked on it & there are a few reasons why....
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November 24, 2004

I Support The United Nations

No, not that United Nations. I speak of a much older organization. Read Were the States Sovereign Nations? by Brian McCandliss to understand which United Nations is deserving of support. Found via The Southern Nationalist (on one of his back...
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November 22, 2004

Ashamed Of Winners? Or Afraid Of Winners?

Gunner of No Quarters has a post up called Avoiding Winners? In it he questions why the CCRKBA & the NRA distance themselves from the Virginia Citizens Defense League. There are several explanations that come to mind. Two seem plausible,...
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November 07, 2004

Another Gun Control Debate

I'm participating in one over at Stop The Bleating. Shocking, I know. But it may be interesting. The post in question is titled Howling In Outrage To Shake The Pillars Of Heavan & is a response to this post by...
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October 20, 2004

Absolutisim 101: Prior Restraint

This will be the first of several posts dealing with the Absolutists' views concerning the Right to Arms....
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October 10, 2004

Star Wars: The Unreconstructed Strikes Back

Just to make sure we’re all on the same page I’ll briefly summarize what occurs:...
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September 13, 2004

From Shamaya

Who Gets Credit for Demise of Useless Gun Ban? And How Can We Spread These Important Warnings? That's from Angel Shamaya & you should already be reading it....
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September 09, 2004

Darling Nikki

My absent & much missed co-blogger Nikki Fellenzer has a piece up at Armed Females of America called The Final Bell (Hopefully). Go read....
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May 23, 2004

It ain't an argument if it ain't Hobbesian

Greg has two posts up that I want to address. The first is a response to my last post about our disagreement. The second is a post he did concerning a post of mine on concealed carry permits. This is...
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