“I am thus far a Quaker, that I would gladly agree with all the world to lay aside the use of arms, and settle matters by negotiation: but unless the whole will, the matter ends, and I take up my musket and thank heaven he has put it in my power.”
by Thomas Paine




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

security theater at the north carolina state fair

So Better Half and I went to the State Fair last night, not because we necessarily wanted to, but because we are playing quasi-host to a couple of Europeans visiting the States for a while, and we wanted to be sure to give them as many American experiences as we could think of.  Honestly, the Fair was somewhat underwhelming compared to some of the county fairs we have attended in the past, but that is […]

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 […]

gunblogging psa

In the past week, two major firearm-related weblogs, including Old NFO‘s, have been hacked and some/all of their data was temporarily/permanently deleted/lost.

Once is an accident, twice is coincidence, three times is enemy action… and whether or not you believe in coincidence is up to you.

In general, you should be in the habit of changing/updating your passwords at least once a year, but if it has been around that long […]

bill stevens – the gun violence victim you will never hear about

Back on 28JAN13, Bill Stevens delivered the following testimony (transcribed as best I could) to the public hearing of the Gun Violence Prevention Working Group of the Connecticut General Assembly:

My name is Bill Stevens; I live in Newtown.

My fifth-grade daughter was in "lockdown" on December 14th, 2012. Unfortunately, her classmate’s little sister was murdered in Sandy Hook that day when "lockdown" and 911 weren’t enough to protect her from an […]

a thousand blind monkeys could do better

This keychain tool kit that I forgot was still attached to my carabiner was deemed unacceptable for me to have on my person by the Nashville branch of the Thousands of Sexual Assaulters due to its 1.375" knife, and was therefore confiscated from me at the security checkpoint for the airport (sorry, Weer’d).

However, at both Nashville and SeaTac airports, this solid stainless steel pen (that could […]

consider the symbology

Uniformed, badged personnel, operating under the authority and power of an authoritarian set of laws granting them extra-Constitutional capacities, instruct you – an American citizen who has broken no laws and done no wrong – to adopt a position of submission – hands above your head – before entering a chamber that could, on quick glance, resemble a high-tech shower stall.  After that, you will be "allowed" to enter the secure side of the area […]

the tsa does not care about your health

This is me, not being surprised:

The Transportation Security Administration has been quietly removing its X-ray body scanners from major airports over the last few weeks and replacing them with machines that radiation experts believe are safer.

I have only been harping on this for about two years now, but, hey, giving two years’ worth of airline passengers an increased chance of cancer is no big […]

short-notice deal alerts

I do not know a darned thing about the book, not having had a chance to read it yet, but I at least know of the author, Rob Robideau, and, if nothing else, "free is free": today only, his new book, Tactical Bible Stories: Personal Security Tips from the Bible, is a free digital download from Amazon, and the paperback is offered "at cost" (though I think he might have included an […]


Our home security system going off (in its full 105dB glory) at 0030 last night has successfully melted any ability I might have had for writing a coherent post today. Nothing happened – it seemed to be the second motion sensor fault in six months (I have already contacted the company) – but the adrenaline dump you receive after being shocked awake by a sound that you can almost literally see is a bit hard […]

well, i survived

I would like to thank Alan, Breda, JayG, and Weer’d for having me on the Squirrel Report last night – if you missed the actual show, you can download it here.  Aside from briefly perpetrating a few myths about the Kitty Genovese murder (which was bad, but not as bad as the sensationalist New York Times would have had you believe […]

mobile money-mover

I cannot say as though I am a tremendous fan – at all – of turning your cell phone into a stand-in for your credit card, but even I have to admit that Square’s solution to this apparent market demand is pretty slick.

We have actually used the original Square system once before, as customers, and were largely impressed with the simplicity and ease – the vendor (in this case, […]

the eugenical dreams of joan peterson

I do not read Joan Peterson‘s (aka "Japete") misnamed weblog "Common Gunsense", simply because the level of derangement that woman exhibits frankly frightens me, but the cost of that restraint on my part is that I miss out on a great deal of blogfodder, which, if this post is any indication, might be just as well for my blood pressure and opinion of humanity.

To cut straight to […]

one cannot escape the government

One of the many joys of living in a relative backwater like Knoxville is that I have been able to observe the spread of the Thousands of Sexual Assaulters’ cancer-inducing, ionizing-radiation-spewing backscatter "security" systems from afar, without having to actually partake of the privacy-invading glow.

Fortunately, that lack of additional radiation in my life will continue for the foreseeable future, but unfortunately, Knoxville will be […]

well this is awkward

Last month, I wrote a post about how Better Half and I gave up on Top Shot, but continue to watch Sons of Guns for a variety of reasons mostly centering around drama, entertainment value, and genuineness.

This month, I have to admit they are starting to lose me, but not for the reasons you think.

In one episode, Will and his crew take a Mk19 40mm grenade launcher, […]

quote of the day – helen keller

One of the more amusing – and vacuous – arguments put forward by "gun control" supporters (aka anti-rights cultists) on a frighteningly frequent basis is that they are only attempting to abridge, infringe upon, and limit Constitutionally-protected rights "for your own safety". The flippant response to such a comment would be to point out that the exact same sentiments have been the motivating factors for the creation of the TSA… and the imprisonment […]

chiappa / mks supply fail

I sent the following email to Charles Brown, President of MKS Supply “cbrown (at) mkssupply.com”, Kelly Walton, Vice President “kwalton (at) mkssupply.com”, Kenneth Vanhoose, Director of Operations “kvanhoose (at) mkssupply.com”, and the generic “info (at) mkssupply.com” address this morning, and I additionally copy-pasted it into the Contact Form at Chiappa Firearms proper:

Charles, Kelly, Kenneth, et al.,

My name is [Linoge], and I confess to being borderline-infatuated with your Chiappa Rhino […]

there exists evil in this world

There is no way around it – the bombing and mass shooting in Norway this past Friday were horrific events indeed; however, like all such events, it also offers a unique perspective on a thankfully rare and irregular event… a perspective that is made all the more valuable by that rarity. And given how unusual first-hand information on situations like these is, we would be fools not to try to learn something from this one. […]

the opportunity cost of gun control

One of the recurring, common themes in my "graphics matter" series of posts is that anti-rights cultists simply have no concept of scale. For example, they would claim that "firearm deaths are a ‘major health issue’", but when you look at the numbers and put them in perspective, those firearm-related fatalities are not even in the top ten causes of American deaths. Major? No so much. Likewise, those "gun […]

you are responsible for your own safety

One of the things you will see us pro-rights activists harping on from time to time is "situational awareness". What does that mean? Well, the snarky answer is, "Exactly what it says," but the more-complete answer can be delivered by way of a story.

Last week, I was coming home early from work to meet up with HVAC technicians to try to get our upstairs heat pump replaced (scheduled for this Wednesday… thank God), […]