“You can have peace. Or you can have freedom. Don't ever count on having both at once.”
by Lazarus Long




"walls of the city" logo conceptualized by Oleg Volk and executed by Linoge. Logo is © "walls of the city".

freedom is about more than just firearms

This probably comes as no surprise to some of my readers, but I grew up in a very conservative family, and for many years, I had a… shall we say "less than salutary" view of homosexuals, transgenders, queers, and all of the rest of the terminologies and categories people can fall into other than "straight and square". I would not say I was homophobic, per se, simply because they did not frighten me, but rather […]

a result of careful conditioning

On occasion, you will see the words malum prohibitum and malum in se crop up at this site, and, like so many other Latin phrases that continue to linger in our lexicon waiting for someone to feel the urge to sound educated, it may not be immediately obvious what they mean. I think this situation sums them up nicely.

In short, malum prohibitum simply means that something is bad because it is prohibited, […]

a welcome breath of fresh air

Any long-time participant in the ongoing debate surrounding "gun control" and the unjust abrogations of our basic, Constitutionally-protected human rights will be familiar with the phrase Reasoned Discourse, but for those newcomers to the field, allow me to give you a short-and-sweet summation of the idea.

Of late, and in the past, "gun control" supporters have been crying that they want to have a "debate" / "conversation" / "discussion" about the future […]

out of options

And to swing back around to the more-depressing post from yesterday, I asked this of the Twitterverse yesterday, and Better Half coincidentally asked it of me on the way home:

America was founded due to entities "imposing Taxes on us without our Consent", amongst other very valid reasons; where is there left to go?

telling them not to be dicks would be a waste of time

It is disappointing when an ostensibly pro-rights forum sinks to engaging in reasoned discourse simply because the member in question had the temerity to question a supposedly pro-rights organization’s stance on open carry in Texas. Unfortunately, this behavior does not appear to be unprecedented at the forum in question.

It is even more disappointing when an ostensibly pro-rights competitive shooter and low-grade attention whore sides with two grade-A […]

yesterday, at kroger

On my way to Organized Play to have my ass handed to me at a prerelease game for the new set of Magic: the Gathering (I did manage to "win" one round, but only because we ran out of time and the other guy threw the last of our three games… and one of the rounds I "lost" because we once again ran out of time and I threw the last […]

quotes of the day – united states district judge benson everett legg

No, “may issue” is not dead, and it probably will not even be going away in Maryland*, but this recent summary judgment for Woollard v. Sheridan is just chock-a-block full of interesting and all-too useful quotes… Like this one:

For all of these reasons, the Court finds that the right to bear arms is not limited to the home. The signposts left by recent Supreme Court and Fourth Circuit case […]

the implied threats of "smoke and thunder"

It may not be the best reason. It may not even be a good reason. But one reason to keep on weblogging is the knowledge that your doing so makes people wish you were dead:

Yes, you read that right – apparently the pretentious proprietor of "Smoke & Thunder" is hoping that "some gun blogs and gun bloggers will do the right thing (i.e. kill themselves)". Looking past […]


Here is to hoping the authors of Doghouse do not live in Massachusetts and own firearms, because with a comic like that (complete with the bonus alt text of "Do they really not think heads will roll?"), well, the precedent is not pretty.

In other news, I love that comic, especially in light of recent events; unfortunately, it does not look as though the morons responsible […]

a horribly perfect example

Why am I increasingly of the opinion that we are not "voting our way out of this"?

Because of gos-se like this:

The really depressing part of that article is the comments section, which right now leans 90% toward chastising the man for not bending over and taking it like a patriot. “My safety is worth more than your inconvenience!” “Like it or not, we’re at war, and that’s the way […]

occupy [insert location here] recap

I still largely intend on keeping my mostly-radio-silence regarding the complete and utter disaster that is known as "Occupy Wall Street" or "Occupy [Insert Location]" (And, really, what have they accomplished in the past few months? Is it any wonder they cannot get or keep a job?), but that does not mean that other people are not penning outstanding articles on the same.

To begin with, you need to read this whole […]

a convergence of rights

One of the more-popular one-liners of the pro-self-defense movement is, "I carry a firearm because a whole cop would be too heavy," which adequately covers the point that police are great at drawing chalk outlines around bodies, writing up reports, and arresting people or issuing citations after the fact, but not so good at actually managing to protect and defend people while a crime is going down. This is not intended as a slight against […]

quote of the day – tango

As regular readers are aware, I abide by the Say Uncle school of blogging: I do this to entertain me, not you. I figure the hosting charges are cheaper than a shrink would be, and venting my frustrations about how our country is slowly collapsing in on itself here is better than bottling it all up inside and eventually turning into that crazy guy with the political slogans plastered all over his camper-module-bedecked […]

a funny thing happened yesterday

Dennis from Dragon Leatherworks gave me all his guns.

Okay, not all of them, and I am more “holding on to them for the time being”, but he did hand me a case loaded up with all sorts of pistols.

So why is this peculiar? Well, I had never actually met Dennis before yesterday when he handed me the case. Oh, sure, we have exchanged no shortage of emails, and we […]

we all live in a yellow platform

Through my years of service in the United States Navy, I have had the… I guess “privilege” is the right word… of experiencing, first-hand, just how unforgiving the oceans of our world are. I have been on a 250-foot ship while it was riding through 40-foot swells and gale-force winds. I have conned the same ship when part of its hull literally came undone and we were taking on somewhere in excess of 200 gallons […]

the strange bedfellows of "gun control"

A little over two years ago, law-abiding open carrier Meleanie Hain took Lebanon, PA County Sheriff Michael DeLeo to court for his capricious and whimsical revocation of her Pennsylvania license to carry for lawfully openly carrying her firearm to her daughter’s soccer game.  Unfortunately, shortly thereafter, Mrs. Hain was violently murdered by her husband, and while her estate attempted to move her lawsuit forward in her name, it was […]

the collapse will not be aired

By and large, I do not go to political speeches, rallies, or events… I generally read faster than most people talk, so I tend to get bored, and the honest reality is that I hate having to listen to people tell other people that they are going to to do something when they have next to no actual interest in actually doing it. I guess I am old-fashioned like that.

In the end, though, […]

the suicide of gun control

“Gun control” is a dying cause, and rightfully so.  You know it, I know it, and even the anti-rights cultists themselves know it (which could explain why their tactics are becoming increasingly vicious, abusive, and thuggish).  But the interesting thing is how many of those anti-rights cultists (aka “gun control” supporters) are acknowledging their failure and rationalizing it to themselves


bacon and boomsticks

Unfortunately, our travel plans for the weekend will preclude me from participating in this noble endeavor, but I wholeheartedly approve of and support it: 

A week or so ago, there was a discussion on Twitter about how we should mark the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

One person suggested that we all cook and eat pork, and shoot our guns. This is a most elegant demonstration of […]

why "green" continues to fail

You probably would not know this just from looking at the picture, but there is actually a bulb in the middle fixture: 

Just not a useful bulb. 

On a whim, the last time I was at Wal-Mart, I purchased a Feit Electric AccentLED 0.9W 18LED light bulb as a curiosity purchase to see how far along LED bulbs have come in the past few years – […]