I figured I’d collect the photos that I’ve done for the blog and elsewhere in one spot.
I’ve been a fan of Chuck Dixon’s work since he wrote Airboy for Eclipse Comics, and now he’s got a new book out that sounds very interesting.
Four men. Four Days. For the fight of their lives. It was just a walk in the desert to a place 100, 000 years in the past. They thought they knew what to expect but they were wrong. Now a team of scientists is trapped in a world they were not prepared for and can never return from. Their only hope lies in quartet of former US Army Rangers willing to travel to prehistoric Nevada and face unknown horrors and impossible odds bring them home from Bad Times.
Larry Coreia set up this book bomb, and he’s got some cool stuff too. Why not get his book as well when you pick up Chuck’s new book?
This is one of the things that makes America so cool: A holiday dedicated to the fact that, despite the antics of its current occupant, there have been some amazing people to live in the White House and run this country.
“A free people ought to be armed.”
- George Washington
”The Constitution of most of our states (and of the United States) assert that all power is inherent in the people; that they may exercise it by themselves; that it is their right and duty to be at all times armed.”
- Thomas Jefferson
“A government resting on the minority is an aristocracy, not a Republic, and could not be safe with a numerical and physical force against it, without a standing army, an enslaved press and a disarmed populace.”
- James Madison
“We, the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts — not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow men who pervert the Constitution.”
- Abraham Lincoln
”The first step in the direction of preparation to avert war if possible, and to be fit for war if it should come is to teach men to shoot!”
- Theodore Roosevelt
”By calling attention to ‘a well regulated militia,’ ‘the security of the nation,’ and the right of each citizen ‘to keep and bear arms,’ our founding fathers recognized the essentially civilian nature of our economy… The Second Amendment still remains an important declaration of our basic civilian-military relationships in which every citizen must be ready to participate in the defense of his country. For that reason I believe the Second Amendment will always be important.”
~John F. Kennedy
“You won’t get gun control by disarming law-abiding citizens. There’s only one way to get real gun control: Disarm the thugs and the criminals, lock them up and if you don’t actually throw away the key, at least lose it for a long time… It’s a nasty truth, but those who seek to inflict harm are not fazed by gun controllers.”
- Ronald Reagan
Iraqi Desert Sand
Steel Cut Oatmeal
Condition Yellow (Because it’s off-White. Get it?)
Coffee With Milk (Because café au lait is French)
And what’s wrong with calling it plain ol’ khaki? That was the colour of the uniforms of some darn tough soldiers long before it was appropriated to describe the business casual wear of semi-effete Gen-Xer’s.
*Only available in Colorado or where permitted by law
If I ever fall into the trap of tearing something or somebody down just for the thrill of doing so or to be “controversial”, call me out on it. Please.
Email me: Kevin at exurbanleague com and let me know.
I’ve been asked what I hate the most in this world, and while my frivolous answer is “Light beer, astroturf and the designated hitter rule”, the fact is, what I rail against the most is nihilism.
Nihilism (philosophy) A. an extreme form of skepticism: the denial of all real existence or the possibility of an objective basis for truth. b. nothingness or nonexistence.
Some of the best photos I’ve taken are of things that are slowly disintegrating and falling apart, because there’s a lot of art to be found in watching something fall to pieces.
But that doesn’t mean I go out and break stuff just to take a picture of it.
The same is true of writing about guns or writing about anything else. It’s easy to tear something down: Even the most painstaking and careful implosions take a fraction of the time to destroy a building that it takes to build one from the ground up. Championing a cause and being for something is always harder than tearing an idea down to the ground.
All guns are not created equal, and there some that fulfill their intended purpose better than others. But saying “1911s/Glocks suck, and let me explain why” is the easy way out. Getting a name for being controversial is easy, as Miley Cyrus is proving right now. But will she be remembered 50 years from now as well as Patsy Cline is remembered today?
I’m guessing “No”.
Besides, we all know that CZ’s are better than either of those guns. :D
And as someone who is in the U.S. by choice and not by birth, I can’t TELL you how happy I am to live in this country. Freedom is worth fighting for, because freedom allows us to hope that things will get better, and if we lose that hope, we’ll lose our freedoms. We are on the cusp of a new era of liberty: The question is, do we want that to happen, and what are we willing to do in order to make it happen?
Happy Civil Rights Day. Spend some time today being free.
- Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
- A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
- No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.
- The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
- No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.
- In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence. (Ed. See, you Americans DO know how to spell “defence” correctly! ).
- In suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.
- Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.
- The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
- The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
Bonus: “In much the same way, gun control has historically been a tool of racism, and associated with racist attitudes about black violence. Similarly, many gun control laws impinge on that most fundamental of rights: self-defense. Racism is so intimately tied to the history of gun control in America that we should regard gun control aimed at law-abiding people as a ‘suspect idea,’ and require that the courts use the same demanding standards when reviewing the constitutionality of a gun control law, that they would use with respect to a law that discriminated based on race.”
A new sport, known to its North Las Vegas-based creators as tactical fast draw, is set to make its Jan. 31 debut.
“You’ll get two points for a head shot and one point for anything to the (body) vest,” fast draw inventor and former bounty hunter Nephi Oliva said. “You can score a maximum of 12 points, but there’s no time limit, so it’s almost like a boxing match with bullets.”
Oliva has been kicking around the idea of starting a fast draw league for years but had to wait until this month to get a firearms instruction certificate needed to handle “Simunition,” the plastic-tipped, paint-filled training ammunition to be used by fast draw’s gunslingers.
This is such a bad idea, I hardly know where to start, but let’s begin with the “entrepreneur, songwriter and marketing mastermind” who created the sport, who describes himself as a “Musician, Songwriter, Arranger, Promoter, Artist Manager, Expert Bounty Hunter” on his company’s website and is most noted for founding “Nevada Pigeon Control, a humane society dedicated to providing humane solutions for citywide pigeon problems. Nevada Pigeon Control is currently the largest pigeon control organization in Nevada and is preparing to launch a national supply company to allow methods, tools, and formulations created by Oliva to go global.”
Well a background in controlling pigeon poop would explain where this idea came from.
H/T to Phil Wong for the heads-up.
So, guns and stuff.
A pretty good year for new toys, but not a good year for guns.
- I did a quickie review of the Kel-Tec PMR-30, I gun that I fell in love with.
- I finally got my Springfield M1903A3 set up correctly.
- I got to play around with some really cool Glocks.
- We gave away a bunch of holsters and books over at My Gun Culture / Teamgunblogger.com.
- I bought a nifty little pocket magazine pouch.
- I bought some knives: A CRKT Hissatsu and a Ka-Bar Sheath Knife, both of which I still need to review.
- I got a new trigger for my Shield.
- I bought an 80% lower that I *still* haven’t received (grumblegrumblegrumble).
- I got a laser rangefinder, a new gun belt, mag pouches for my Shield and a new pocket holster.
The only really gun-type thing I added to my collection this year is a Kel-Tec SU-16C that is my new favorite trunk gun.
More importantly, though, I passed the responsiblity of owning firearms onto a new generation and bought one of my sons a used Remington 514 at a charity auction for the family of Marty Kolodziej, doing a good deed for my family and someone else’s.
Happy New Year (Of The Horse) everyone. See you in a few days.