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

well that is a little unsettling

So my house security system false alarmed a few days back, and I was on the work line when the monitoring company called my cell phone, so I could not tell them not to send the police. Once I looked up the phone number and verified they were a monitoring company, and then checked the web interface for my alarm system, I scrambled back home and arrived about the same time as the patrol car [...]

quote of the day – h. beam piper

For words written in 1963, they surely do resonate poignantly today:

You were there; you saw what’s happening. The barbarians are rising; they have a leader, and they’re uniting. Every society rests on a barbarian base. The people who don’t understand civilization, and wouldn’t like it if they did. The hitchhikers. The people who create nothing, and who don’t appreciate what others have created for them, and who think civilization is something that just [...]

presented without comment

(Image found by way of The Smallest Minority, original source unknown. The "flag" being portrayed is a representation of the "flag" the Obama campaign developed back in September. The names are the four people who were murdered in the attack on the Benghazi consulate.)

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case in point for park carry

And this is why folks like me lobbied our federal government to respect our individual rights to self-defense inside of arbitrarily-defined invisible borders:

Authorities say a woman was stabbed and sexually assaulted Friday afternoon on a trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The suspect fled the scene.

The incident was reported to park officials at 2:43 p.m. The 44-year-old victim was stabbed multiple times while she was on the Gatlinburg Trail. She made [...]

it is a good start

But only a start. In a just world, I would be happy about this photo:

Perhaps not ecstatic – simply because that dollar value is tremendously low for the scope of the abridgements of Constitutionally-protected rights perpetrated by the city of Chicago – but at least happy.

But this is not a just world. And instead of those people whose names grace the bottom of the check being the ones who have [...]

learning from others

Over a year ago, we had our first documented incident of an open carrier potentially being targeted for a robbery due to his openly carrying a firearm.

Last week provided us the first example of an open carrier probably being killed by his own firearm:

Tyler, a customer at the BP station, was killed about 8:15 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25, inside the store. According to court papers, Smith and Hamiel arrived at the [...]

with a voice like that

In the place of any meaningful writing on my part, I instead give you this video, courtesy of Erin: 

Superficially, this public service announcement might appear to be anti-gun, and, I admit, the phrasing does lead one to that conclusion rather forcefully; however, consider this quote from Lucius Annaeus Seneca: 

Quemadmoeum gladius neminem occidit, occidentis telum est.

Or, in a language I can understand: 

A sword is never a killer; it [...]

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 have talked [...]

why are they so eager to expose their bigotry?

Thank you, dear Twitter gods, for giving the willfully ignorant, narrow-minded, and bigoted a place to demonstrate their shortcomings freely and without limitations to the rest of the world.

Sincerely,

Someone who enjoys blogfodder.

Now that we have taken care of giving thanks, let us turn to the matter at hands. This morning, I had the… privilege… of engaging in the following conversation with an anti-rights cultist who, as her words will [...]

open carry. concealed carry. it does not matter.

I know I have touched on this in the past, but it would seem as though now is a good time to refresh it in everyone’s minds.

I believe in freedom. Right up until your actions can be factually proven to detrimentally affect another person, against their will, in some specific and demonstrable fashion, you should be free to do whatever it is your little heart desires. This is not a matter of potentialities [...]

president obama’s downgrade

I firmly believe (and the evidence indicates) that the current economic situation, and credit downgrade, are the product of years’ and years’ worth of effort by short-sighted morons on all sides of the aisles, but this graphic was just too damned funny not to share:

The not-really-"progressives" of our country were all about blaming President Bush for things that happened "on his watch", regardless of whether or not he had any direct control [...]

and i really should not have to follow-up on it

Coincidentally, my post yesterday was not specifically written in response to Breda’s situation with her picture being used without her permission, but those two posts do dovetail together perfectly, and give me one more comment to make about the concept as a whole:

To my fellow webloggers, forum residents, tweeters, and other internet denizens: if you repost an image or picture that was originally found on / generated by another website, and the owner/administrator [...]

quote of the day – breda

I like to ramble on about how open carry is not such a big deal to most people, and how it is becoming surprisingly mundane for such an out-of-the-ordinary activity, but, as is often the case, other folks do a much better job illustrating the point than I manage to:

Special thanks to NancyR for loaning me her Sweet Daughter for an afternoon during the 2011 NRA Annual Meeting. We ate brownies, got free [...]

just a helpful hint

There is one absolutely surefire way to lose any remaining credibility you might have had, and any respect from me you ever hoped to receive: 

Fail to take ownership of your actions. 

We are nothing if we are not men of our words, and deeds, and while there is absolutely no shame in apologizing for your actions (in fact, there may be a significant degree of honor to be retained when doing [...]

burning responsibilities

Yesterday, I received this email from Patrick:

Am I wrong in this? Look at my comments on her site.

http://thelibertyzone.com/2011/04/07/did-he-think-there-would-be-no-consequences.aspx

I agree that he was incredibly stupid. I disagree that he is responsible for the deaths of the U.N. people and any soldiers. We can’t walk around on egg shells based on what others may do… right?

I value your opinion so I kinda wanted to see what you thought…. her site, your site.. [...]

open carry changes nothing

Any time I leave the house for anything other than yard work or exercise (and it has been a hard race to determine which of those is less frequent), I am invariably dressed in clean clothing that is devoid of holes, significantly frayed hems (pants legs are always a problem for me), or other glaring problems.

When interfacing with people in public, I do my best to say, “Yes ma’am/sir,” and “No ma’am/sir,” regardless [...]

this is just the beginning

Now that I have said my piece regarding one of the local elections, what about the national ones?

Frankly, I do not care.

Yeah, you heard me right – I do not really care who won what election, because history has proven it does not matter. Case in point: Our Glorious President. He made promises left, right, center, up, down, and all over the gorramed place, and how many of the big ones [...]

it needs to be spread

I cannot, and should not, add anything to this:

Gun control laws are absolutely a feminist issue, but for the exact opposite reason simpering cowards like the author above believe. Gun control laws do absolutely nothing but make the most effective means of self defense difficult or impossible to utilize by innocent people. They do not nor have they ever made any reduction in criminal use of firearms, or any other crime. Just look [...]