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Blogs Roundup

  • AD gives us good advice for everyone, first responder or no.  Once the threat is over, it’s time to stop.  He also points us to a very pretty gun for the first responders out there.
  • Sarah Hoyt articulates something I’ve struggled saying for about 15 years.  If you don’t like the results of the last election, there’ll be another one along in about 2 years.  If you can’t wait that long, passenger airlines still fly overseas and you can even drive into Canada or Mexico.
  • Yankee Born, Rebel Heart points me to yet another source for entertainment.
  • BlackFive talks about the rash of Special Operations folks to get literary agents.
  • The Book of Barkley has its own blog now.  Good reading for a cold night.
  • ASM826 has an excellent idea.  My plan is to start doing my shopping after Thanksgiving, and to do as little business with $BIGBOXSTORE as I can get away with.
  • Jennifer has some excellent advice on recognizing strokes.
  • Borepatch makes an excellent point.  I served in what I considered a peacetime military, but between 1989 and 1998, we were in shooting wars in Panama, Kuwait, Somalia, and Bosnia.
  • Brigid has good tips on winter survival.
  • Wing has the right attitude.  I’m guilty of taking Irish Woman for granted, but I’m trying to do better.

Blogs Roundup

  • Miguel brings us some good Halloween cheer.
  • RDB has some good advice on use of force.
  • BRM poses an interesting question:  What do you do when bad times hit and you haven’t been able to prepare?  He follows up with some advice.
  • Brigid speaks about a real danger:  cows.  I’m doing my part by eating as many cows as I can.
  • Heroditus Huxley has some good points on why I, of all people, should still have hope that I won’t be using my time share on the Lake of Fire.  I ain’t perfect, but I’m trying.
  • Auntie J tells us a story that should have every parent and grandparent nodding.
  • Kathy Jackson reminds us of Rule # 1 in DaddyBear School of Cool – Don’t be stupid.
  • LawDog is back, and I feel his pain.  Here’s a quote from a former life:  Ladies and Gentlemen, how did the General’s BMW end up in the gym pool?

Blogs Roundup

  • Robb is spreading around some Grade A wisdom.
  • Commander Zero has good advice on figuring out what is enough, and how it varies from person to person and from situation to situation.
  • Kathy reminds us that the Four Rules are there for a reason.  Failure to follow them can lead to tragedy.  She also has some good advice for safely assembling and disassembling during cleaning and maintenance.  I use one of our elevated tomato beds as a backstop when I do mine.
  • Peter has an interesting take on some of the furor over religious-minded people being forced to either provide services to gay couples who wish to get married or go out of business.
  • Joe is trying an interesting experiment.
  • Heroditus Huxley brings a smile to my face on a gray day.

Blogs Roundup

  • John Richardson over at “No Lawyers – Only Guns and Money” brings up the latest ride of the Glock family drama llama.  It’s pretty sad to watch a family that literally built their business up from nothing tear itself apart.
  • John also points us to a new video series from the NSSF.  The first few look pretty good, and are good reminders for experienced shooters and great resources for beginners.
  • Speaking of which, Kathy Jackson points out the importance of following basic safety when training others.  Monkey see, monkey do, and those whom others will model need to get it right.  She also has an excellent follow-up.
  • Looks like the Army is firing up the old “Let’s make a new helicopter” machine again.  Let’s hope they have more success this time.
  • Brigid talks about the importance of work, no matter what that work is. The only thing that’s missing from her post is a snapshot of the elf costume incident.
  • I was wondering when we would start seeing this.
  • A.D. had himself a squib.  Luckily he figured it out before the earth-shattering kaboom.
  • Tam has found that 1827 shots from her PPX is about what it takes to make it need a bath before working again.  I’m impressed.  Also, I have to admit that I think this is really cool.

Blogs Roundup

  • Nancy R. has started on a new project.  She is raising the bar for those of us who think that a $2 bedsheet and a pair of scissors makes a dandy Halloween costume.
  • Heroditus Huxley does an excellent rundown on the consequences of bad choices.
  • Massad Ayoob makes an excellent point – Don’t carry for what you think is going to happen, carry for the worst case scenario.
  • GrayBeard went on an awesome vacation.  Someday I want to go to that part of the world and actually see the parts that are worth traveling for.
  • Captain Tightpants talks about the conundrum of knowing who really needs help and who is gaming the system.
  • Wilson hit the jackpot in finding an archive of Depression and World War II photographs.
  • Brigid got a surprise, but reminds us that family is more than genetics.
  • Weer’d shows how sometimes the other side makes our point for us.
  • Joe reminds us to always ask for the numbers and the rules by which they were analyzed.
  • The September Kilted to Kick Cancer campaign is underway.   Here are a few friends who are participating. Hit them up with a donation if you’ve got it.  If you’re participating and I’ve missed you, let me know and I’ll add you to the list.

Blogs Roundup

  • Graybeard does a good job explaining the difference between .308 and 7.62x51mm.  He also gives us a good graphic on the subject.
  • Ex Bootneck points us to the different field rations used around the world.  I miss the five fingers of death, myself.
  • Drang explains why sometimes the stupid directions are stupid for a good reason, not just because sometimes soldiers are, well, stupid.
  • Some people have all the luck.  This month, at least in the gun department, its Pediem.
  • Marko reminds us of Peel’s rules for policing.  Remember, police are fighting a low-level conflict all the time, and they need the trust and cooperation of the people to be successful.  Once they lose that, they aren’t much more than an occupying force.
  • Captain Tightpants gives us his views on the Ferguson, Missouri, Kerfluffle of 2014.
  • One of Raindogblue’s compatriots is in a bad way, and could use our thoughts and prayers.
  • Mrs. Homegrown gives some good pointers on using worms to aid in composting.
  • Commander Zero weighs in on the .40 versus 9mm versus .45 ACP debate, and the graphic he uses is worth your price of admission all by itself.

Blogs Roundup

  • Borepatch brings us one of his regular updates about computer security.  He also has a good suggestion about cellphone security, whether or not you expect the police to take a gander at it.
  • Brigid has some sage advice about cleaning weapons, especially when it comes to safety.
  • This month’s e-postal match is up.
  • Raindogblue tells another story of the glamorous life of police officers.
  • Foreign Policy talks about the boondoggle that is the F-35 fighter/bomber/floor polisher/minivan/boat anchor.   Watching this debacle reminds me a lot of my days with government computer system development.  Here’s a hint, kids:  if you try to build something that will do everything for everyone, it will do not much for nobody.  I can see the budget concerns that lead to the “one fighter to rule them all” mentality, but the Air Force, the Navy, and the Marines need to develop their own service and role specific equipment instead of trying to jam together a conglomeration of requirements in an effort to come up with a common platform for multiple services and roles.
  • Miguel points us to an effort to raise money to buy a service dog for a young boy.  I’m in, come join me.
  • Massad Ayoob brings up a new book on shooting a snub-nosed revolver.  I don’t think a snubbie should be your first revolver, but knowing how to effectively use one needs to be in your tool kit.

Blogs Roundup

  • Ambulance Driver relates a story about a business we should make famous.
  • Auntie J shows us how to handle young boys who are still fearful of cooties.  You know, a male could never do that.
  •  Nancy R. runs headlong into the femguns issue.  Personally, I wish they’d quit making everything in flat dark earth or tactical black.  What’s wrong with a nice blued gun?
  • OldNFO reminds me of one of the reasons I hated traveling for the military – expense reports.  Strange thing is, the couple of times I had to do one for another government agency, it was no muss, no fuss, and apologies for it taking a couple of days to get my settlement check.
  • Borepatch links us to the DoJ memo that is used to justify the extra-judicial execution of United States citizens in the event that the President decides that they’ve turned traitor and it’s not worth the bother of actually capturing and trying them.  Let’s try this one on for size:  Would President Nixon have been justified in having the airplane that Jane Fonda used to travel to North Vietnam shot down?  What if FDR had called up Curtis LeMay and told him to bomb Tokyo flat so that they could have a shot at killing Tokyo Rose and her children?  Would those have been justified?
  • BRM, Jennifer, and Michael Z. Williamson all have good points on the subject of rape and its prevention.
  • Brigid reminds me that I need to build more bookshelves and start stockpiling dead trees for those happy, golden years when I will have the time and energy to sit and enjoy them.
  • Wired has a good write-up on a new tourniquet design for pelvic and high-leg injuries.

 

 

 

 

 

Blogs Roundup

  • MattG demonstrates the difference between a peace officer and a law enforcer.
  • Wing discusses how scars, both visible and invisible, should be recognized.
  • Keads makes me  burn with jealousy while telling us about the three day class he took at the CMP.
  • LawDog and Tam talk about the oft-repeated wish that our society should license guns the way we do automobiles.

Blogs Roundup

  • Kathy Jackson makes a good point:  it’s not about exacting justice from the other party or whether they deserve your reaction to an attack, it’s about staying alive and going home.  She makes an even better one about the necessity of actually carrying your gun, getting training with your gun, and practicing with your gun if you expect to use it for defense.
  • Chris at Lucky Gunner does a good write-up of the CZ-83 and CZ-82 for carry and defense.
  • Mama, they’re putting Windows into my beloved B-52.  That’s right, our aging fleet of nuclear bombers will require monthly patching.  Curtis LeMay, help us!
  • New Jovian Thunderbolt gives a good break down of the pro’s and cons of the pro’s and anti’s.
  • Brigid is taking over temporary custody of the EPostal matches.   This one looks like a lot of fun, and it just so happens that I’m going to the range next Saturday.  I’ll have to take a long a few of those targets.  In a related note, please join me in wishing Mr. Completely, who has been doing these matches for years, a swift recovery.
  • Holly Chism has published her new book, and I heartily recommend it.  I was lucky enough to be a beta reader for this one, and it’s a great read.  Expect a review in the next few days.
  • Jay recently experienced one of the worst feelings a parent can have.  I’ve been there, and it sucks.  I’m glad to hear that his daughter was just out having an adventure.
  • OldNFO gives us some good statistics about the people who fought and died in the Vietnam War.
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