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Stand Your Ground!

Robb Allen (of Sharp As A Marble) speaks the truth:

It takes an evil mind …To claim you must run away, turning you back on someone who wants to harm you, first before being allowed to defend yourself.

WORD.He states further:

This isn’t based on logic or reason, but rather an emotional response where person A requires person B to pay the price for person A’s need to feel vindicated for their life choices.

Isn’t this the prime description defining the difference between  modern liberal/progressive/socialist/statist thought, and conservative/libertarian/individual-rights/less government based thought?

That, and in the U.S. Constitution it statespromote the general welfare’, not ‘shove our agenda down your throat because we know better than you and we feel like it‘!

It’s as though the difference is principles versus feelings.

You should go and read Robb’s take.  Daily.

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How GEEKY Am I?

My roomie keeps referring to me as a geek.  This in spite of the fact I cannot read HTML, write code, or fix computer hardware.  And I’ve not worn taped-together black horn rimmed eyeglasses (and a pocket protector) since high school!

Mostly Cajun, All American and Opinionated recently posted a link to a test:

How Geeky Are You?

He came in @ 83%, I did 54%.

See roomie, I told you!

"I am not a GEEK!"

“I am not a GEEK!”

The Low Ready position is only low, it’s not ready.

photo by Oleg Volk

photo by Oleg Volk

My buddy KevinC of Misfires and Lights Strikes postulates the above.

Being ‘old-school’, I was skeptical.  I’ve carried and shot for too many years from The Book of Col. Cooper (low ready, up into Weaver) to be easily convinced.

You should go to the link above and watch the accompanying short video.  My only caveat is I still prefer Weaver over Isosceles, but I do see valid reasons for ‘High Ready’.  This doesn’t mean there are not sometimes reasons to use ‘Low’, or even ‘Sul’!

However, just like the adjustment I made from tap, rack, bang to tap, rack, assess, pistolcraft is continuing to evolve.

Now if these young whippersnappers would just carry a caliber beginning with 4.  Or a shotgun.

The World Turned Upside Down, Part Deux…

Arizona nursing student suspended as ‘bigot’ for requesting class in English

Here’s a link to the news article.

Here’s the best line in the article:

The report didn’t detail the date Ms. Bennett filed the suit. But as Townhall reported, the state Constitution states: ” … schools shall always be conducted in English.”  (emphasis Guffaw)

Please excuse me, I have to go throw up now.

h/t The Washington Times

Mea Culpa

Yes, I’m guilty.

Guilty of knowing very little Latin!  I should have taken it, with my interest in The Law.  I never took it in school (opting for the ever-popular geographically – Spanish).  Sadly, with the exception of a few choice curse words, all I remember of my Spanish classes are the dialogs…

ALM Spanish, Level One, Unit Two –  Escuchen (Spanish for Listen)

Que vas al hacer al salir?
Nada.  Irme a casa supongo.

“What are you going to do today?  Nothing.  Go home, I suppose.”

I have most of First Year Spanish in my head, the dialogs only, including the intro “ALM Spanish Level One, Unit Two…” in my best announcer’s mimicking voice.

Latin certain has been of more importance in my life than Spanish.  And I live in a State where some of the grocery stores list items on their signs FIRST in Spanish, then Ingles!

You know how much I enjoy  The Art of Manliness blog.  Recently, they posted a huge list of ‘popular’ LATIN words and phrases every young man (and woman) should know.

“vir prudens non contra ventum mingit”
[a] wise man does not urinate [up] against the wind

Indeed!

Visit the link above and learn more!

Es’ Verdad!

What EXACTLY ARE The Functions of Government?

Kevin of The Smallest Minority, found the following…

Where do YOU stand?

I ran across this image at Gerard Van der Leun’s American Digest:

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Happy Birthday Walter!

On this day, in 1894, Walter Brennan was born!walter brennan2

(Regular readers know I love character actors!)

Certainly all of you remember him from ‘The McCoys’ aka ‘The Real McCoys’ 50s television show.  But he was so much more.

He was in such diverse films as The Invisible Man and Bride of Frankenstein.  He received the very first Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor as Swan Bostrom in Come and Get It (1936).

And most of us remember him as the preacher in Sergeant York:   “Them’s a mess of beef critter’s, Alvin.”

He was a conservative and religious (although private regarding which variety of religion).  He died of emphysema at age 80.

While travelling in Oregon with the family (in 1986), I got to drive by his ranch.  Unfortunately, I didn’t have time to stop.

I’m certain it would have been cool, even though he’d passed in 1974.  I even do a passable impression of him, although my roommate tells me it’s the same as my Pepperidge Farm guy impression.

“Lilly Langtry, Lilly Langtry!  (Judge Roy Bean in the Westerner)

We miss you, Walter.

h/t Wikipedia

You’ll Never Be A Ninja!

no ninjas“You’ll never be a ninja!”

I used to announce this, dripping with irony and humor, at my former workplace, usually to the women whose fashion choices included clogs, sandals, and stiletto heels.  All of which I thought were designed to make the loudest and most annoying sounds possible.  Repetitively.

(Unless you count the folks who sit at their desk, and unwrap their (snacks, lunch, spare socks, etc.) contained in those plastic grocery bags!  It would take them five minutes of incessant rustling just to extricate the object. Then another five to roll close the $%^*&^^$#% bag!)

Initially, we were required to wear dress shoes, but eventually, the East Coast management figured out we were largely more casual here in Arizona, and kept making up pointless contests wherein we peons could ‘win’ the privilege of dressing ‘casually’.  We went from white shirts, ties and dress Oxfords, to chinos, polo shirts and athletic shoes.  And sometimes even blue jeans!

But the women continued to largely wear noisy footwear.

When I was in my 20s, even with my physical limitations, I thought I could be pretty stealthy.  Two years of karate and all.  And I lived in athletic shoes.  Quietly.

Now, being medically retired, I live in Wranglers, colored T-shirts, and my orthopaedic shoes.  One built up to accommodate my leg disability.  And, as I put more weight on the opposite foot, that shoe tends to wear out sooner.

And now is making squeaking noises.

I’ll never be a ninja.

Karma is a bitch!

TWO Can Play At THIS Game!

poiBacon, Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, Explosives gave me an interesting idea.

If you’re familiar with the television show Person of Interest, you know the theme is the government can pretty much watch and track everything everyone does, through the use of electronic records and the ever-increasing number of traffic, ATM, and ‘security’ cameras out there.  Soon, we will become London.  (If we haven’t, already!)

The show’s producers indicate the technology is already available, and is being used.  This is not science fiction.  The revelations regarding the NSA’s surveillance capabilities abuses is only the tip of the iceberg.

Ry Jones (of the above blog) has taken things a bit further.  He has installed a ‘dashcam’ facing out the rear of his vehicle!  Fighting fire with fire, as it were.

Raging against the machine, via one’s own machine!

Imagine the next time he is pulled over for some imaginary infraction…

I like it.

Now HERE’S An Arab Spring I Can Get Behind!

Irons In The Fire informs us about this new version of Arab Spring.

You remember the old one?  The one our President supported, sponsored by the Muslim Brotherhood?  The one massacring Egyptian Christians and raping women?

Well, look what happened!   (emphasis Guffaw)

Egypt’s new 34-member cabinet has “prominent figures from the country’s liberal and secular forces,” including three women and three Christiansbut zero Islamists nor any “ministers from [Mohammed] Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood.”
A: Looks like they’re serious about trying to get Egypt back on its feet.
B: The forces of darkness are seriously going to lose their shit over this.  And it’s likely to get bloody.
And they may not like whose blood is spilled the most.
C: I’ll bet our Dear Leader is pissed; his favorites have been blocked out.

Mr. President – pipes and smoking, I’m just sayin’.

h/t Firehand

"Round up the usual suspects."

In Loving Memory…