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Thursday, December 31, 2009

"We The People" - Ray Stevens

H/T: Good friend & fellow pot-stirrer - BobL

Ray Stevens, of "Mississippi Squirrel Revival" fame, and other classics of modern music, has gone and done it again. Not just funny, but politically threatening to the established politician-critters now in office. Not just the Demon-rats but also the Re-pubic-ans and so-called "independents" that voted for, or did not vote AGAINST the mess that Congress and the Senate is creating.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dc_-L4fyLUo

We the people voted them IN to their cush offices. Maybe it's time to vote them back OUT. Eh?

God Bless Ya'll !

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Thursday, December 24, 2009

Christmas Eve in Central Texas - II

H/T: WorldNetDaily

Phil Elmore in My Gun: A Most Necessary Tool reminds us that weapons are tools (such as hammers, nails and cars), not living, breathing demons like our rulers in government. Maybe I'll have more to say on that depressing thought later today.

It's Christmas Eve. If the bump in the night, the knock on your door, the footsteps on your roof or the footfalls on your porch are not those of Santa Claus, what will you do?

Think locally, act globally!

God Bless Ya'll !

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Christmas Eve in Central Texas

May God's Peace flow over you this day. May you come to personally know His Son, Jesus the Chosen One, as your Savior. Draw close to Him and He will draw you closer, still.

Merry Christmas!

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Saturday, November 07, 2009

I am ashamed of this president - Again

Many years ago, when Sick Willie (AKA William Jefferson Clinton) was playng his games with Monica in the White House, a tailor I frequented asked an interesting question.

Weeks before, I had asked Mr. T when he had come to this country. Thus asked, he told me he was a former air force pilot 'way back - for Vietnam. He and his family had come to this country when we abandoned Vietnam, and his family, to the Communists and started over - as tailors.

"What do you think of our President?" he asked me one day. I replied "I am ashamed of this president."

Once again, I say "I am ashamed of this president."

A few minutes ago, I noticed a statement on Fox News Channel that former president George W. Bush and his wife visited Ft. Hood last night. Where is our current president? Hiding in Washington with his Marxist cronies.

The coward! He doesn't have the guts to face REAL Americans.

God Bless Ya'll !

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Friday, November 06, 2009

Personal Thought

I'm sitting here listening to the hype over the Fort Hood killings. Fox IS asking the questions of terrorism potential. So much for the "non-news" label. We gave up on CNN long ago. The other three national on-air networks weren't asking that question as of last night.

My family hasn't had ANYONE in military service since the War of Northern Aggression. SWMBO!'s dad was in service during the Korean Conflict.

Our hearts really go out to the victims and survivors. I can not fathom the depth of emotions they are experiencing.

Now that we know that the "alleged" perpetrator is still alive, I can only hope for a slow punishment phase. As Governor Perry, of the "sovereign State of Texas" just said on Fox -the "ultimate punishment"!

In other news . . .

The coffee pot just announced the coffee is ready for morning consumption. I'm sitting in the midst of half-unpacked boxes and temporarily (?) arranged furniture and no office - yet. SWMBO! has done a fantastic job and worked her %^* off getting the place to a livable state. The move was hard but went smoother than most Iweve done.

When you move, you find out just how many friends you do have! We didn't lose any friends in this move, but we did meet some new ones!

First there were the youth of St. Timothy's Anglican Church, Spring, Texas. Their leaders KristenD & NicholasG and the "kids" turned out that Saturday morning in force. They even brought donuts!!!!!!! ;>) Guys, MikeD & JimW from church showed up and out hustled the Eveready Bunny. A close neighbor packed, and packed and . . . and temporarily stored our boxes.

Other friends from church, Ralph & JeannieJ came several days before & helped us pack and pack and . . . Then they came back & loaded up. Whew! Long-time friends Erik & WandaC and Brian & JoyS contributed their bits. Our next-door neighbor, Tariq, offered his services, too!

Then there was Joe who moved in several months. Joe was always friendly when he walked his German Shepherd pooch past our snarling, slobbering attack couch dog. On his final pass by our place, Joe made the mistake of asking if we needed some help. hehe Suck-er! Joe was one of the "Eveready Bunnies" mentioned above.

Lastly mentioned, and first on the scene, was our son. He came down from Austin and almost single-handidly loaded the stored boxes on Friday night. Then he re-arranged the load to compact it for Saturday's push. SWMBO! crowned him as the original "Eveready Bunny". That boy made me tired, just watching him! ;>) Then there was Tom on the unload end of the trip! He matched #1 Son for effort and persistence!

ShawnaE and KellyC worked very hard to get us out of the truck and into the place.

It was almost like the Houston crew was geared up to get us out of town and the Austin crew welcomed us! ;>)

We thank our God and Savior for friends and family!

God Bless Ya'll !

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Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Goldilocks 'Gun Contro'

H/T: Armed & Safe

Kurt Hoffman over at Armed & Safe published a really thought provoking cartoon yesterday.

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Infarction Interruption

Peter over at Bayou Renaissance Man is in need of prayer & support. Go over there and wish him speedy recover.

If you're not familiar with Peter, you should be. He makes you laugh and think. Sometimes at the same time.

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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Virtue and Courage – What America Could Use Now

H/T: Transfigurations

A history lesson that we, the people, need to relearn.

. . . America could use some leaders with the virtue and courage of Nathan Hale.

Yes. We could use some leaders with virtue and courage.

God Bless Ya'll !

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Saturday, September 12, 2009

The Second Amendment Today

H/T: Email from a new friend, CarolT

This is a MUST-SEE 20-something minute video explaining, again, the purpose and correct exposition of the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

It features the Founders and, significantly, former Texas state representative Suzanna Gratia-Hupp,

If you're a III*-per, you probably know ALL about all the points covered. Take a look/listen anyway. It will be YOU, and I, that stand face to face with the next person that just has not "gotten it" yet. MAYBE you or I can help them along the path to further "enlightenment".




As of this moment, I'm having trouble making the sound work on this embedded clip. Go here (http://www.blip.tv/file/1371746/) for the JPFO.org original post.

Many thanks to Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership (http://jpfo.org/) and friend CarolT for making this available to us.

God Bless Ya'll !

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Thursday, September 03, 2009

Are You Ready for a Swine Flu Epidemic?

H/T: Stand Firm In Faith

Greg Griffith over at SFiF presents an interesting CHRISTIAN approach to preparedness, not just for H1N1, etc. but for the various gotchas of life.

I think his attitude in life can summed up something like this:

Stuff happens!

BTW, just where do you think we got the phrase "Keep your powder dry"?

God Bless Ya'll !

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Wednesday, September 02, 2009

TX: New Concealed Handgun Laws

H/T: Lone Star Times

I briefly caught the news this weekend ballyhooing the new state laws and regulations that became effective yesterday on September 1st. Of course, they didn't mention any of those that affect US.

FYI:

Concealed handgun:
HB 2730 amends numerous provisions regarding concealed handgun licenses (CHLs), including eliminating student loan defaults as a disqualifier, to clarify that DPS must suspend or revoke a license when the licensee becomes ineligible and mandating that a magistrate suspend a CHL held by the subject of an emergency protective order.

HB 2664 provides a defense to prosecution if a concealed handgun license holder carries a concealed handgun into an establishment that gets 51 percent or more of its income from the sale of alcoholic beverages, but has failed to post the statutorily required notice that it derives 51 percent or more of its income from the sale of alcoholic beverages. (Under current law, a concealed handgun licensee can be charged with a Class A misdemeanor for doing this.)

HB 2730 removes DPS authority to suspend a concealed handgun license (CHL) for the holder’s failure to display the CHL to a peace officer on demand. It removes associated penalties and suspensions for the failure to display.

Read it all here:
http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/director_staff/public_information/pr081109.pdf

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Monday, August 17, 2009

Rules for Radicals . . . .

H/T: Sipsey Street Irregulars

Here's an interesting set of thoughts from "Mike Vanderboegh.

RULE 1: "Power is not only what you have, but what the enemy thinks you have." Power is derived from 2 main sources - money and people. "Have-Nots" must build power from . . . ..

There is more at SSI, read it and learn. It's the "playbook" of the opposition to America. Learn from it, counteract the "rules" and use them to good effect.

God Bless Ya'll !

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"Life" Gets in the Way of Life

H/T: Home On The Range

Haven't written much, lately, because of "Life" issues. Such as designing a web site for a friend's existing eBay-type business and "vacationing", again, at the Santo Luco's Grand (AKA St. Luke's Hospital). IV antibiotics are just WONDERFUL!

Finally, when I come up for air, I find this very thoughtful article by Brigid at Home On The Range.

Read it all and take it to heart.

Please!

God Bless Ya'll !

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Monday, August 03, 2009

An American Anthem - Justin Holcomb - #2

Ahem!

If I'd really done my homework, this post wouldn't be necessary. Aw shucks.

Thanks to GrannyM, the YouTube embed code for Justin Holcomb's An American Anthem, touted in previous posts, is:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33z_IoXE2GM

You can find the embed code there, too.

God Bless Ya'll !

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An American Anthem - Justin Holcomb

Good mornin' folks! Get up! The sun is bright & shinging!

Somewhere! :>)

Sorry, I just couldn't resist it. hehe

GrannyM sent me a request for info that I thought I'd share with ya'll. Contact me if you have more info and I'll forward it to her, and probably post here, too.

She asked:

My husband showed me the tea party commercial . Wonderful.

Is there copyright free link, or an embed, or a way to put it on Facebook, blogs, forums or other internet sites. If the commercial isn’t in the public domain would it be possible for me to contact the person responsible so I can ask permission to use his work?

My response, in part, was:

At the very end of the video is the following info:

The Tea Party was scheduled for The Mall, Trussville, AL (NE of Birmingham-Gene)

taxdayteaparty.com
trussvilleteaparty.com

Created by:
Justin Holcomb
Sponsored by:
Republican Women of Trussville
republicanwomenof trussville.org

Looking at the RWOT.org site, Mr. Justin Holcomb is credited with "An American Anthem". Vice President Leigh Ann Corvin at lacorvin@republicanwomenoftrussville.org is listed as a contact person.

FWIW, I suspect that SOMEONE has a copyright notice on one or more of those pages. However, I did not stumble across one. And yes, I did do a search for the words "copy" and "reserved". No bueno por nada!

I suggest you contact Ms. Corvin for further information.

Well, there's my two cents worth. Anybody for $.03?

God Bless Ya'll !

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Sunday, August 02, 2009

Tea Party Commercial!

Thanks to long time friend, BobL, this just crossed my inbox. As with most forwarded emails, I can not vouch for the truth of the text that follows. Follows is the email message that I received. I will let the video speak for itself.
This resulted from a Mom in Alabama asking her high school son to help with a commercial for the Tea Party she was involved in organizing.

Boy, does it slam the message home. Very impressive. Here is her note:

"I asked Justin if he could help me make a commercial for my group's Tea Party. He sat down at the laptop for about an hour, and then brought this to me and asked, is this okay, Mom?

After I finished watching it, my stomach was in my throat.

Everyone that I have sent it to has really enjoyed it, so I
wanted my friends to see it. I am so proud!

A very powerful video...turn up the sound & sit back...!!!

Click on link below!

God Bless Ya'll !

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Saturday, August 01, 2009

Obama's revealing body language (updated and expanded)

An American Thinker article about Obama'a body language caught my attention. Now I am not an expert on much of anything but I am learning to read others' body language as I grow older.

Recently I have followed, casually, certain news channels when they discuss some celebrity's body language. Usually the "news" piece claims that the individuals body is communicating "truth" while their bodies and lips lies.

My "experience", such as it is, has lately consisted of learning to read another's body language as they prepare to act contrary to their appearance and/or words. In other words, when approached by a stranger saying pretty words and/or trying to keep my attention away from their true intentions, watch what they DO.

It is my "considered" opinion that our socialist prez speaks with "forked tongue". As usual.

Look at the first image of BHO, Sergeant Crowley (the allegedly "racist" police officer BHO said is part of a "stupid" department and BHO's so-called "friend", Prof. Gates. WHO is behaving as Gates' "friend'. Certainly not the prez.

Then go on down to the last image and consider that prez. With all his faults, "W" evidently knows how to at least act friendly.

God Bless Ya'll !

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Friday, July 24, 2009

George, the First, Prince of Babies

A quick look at my new profile picture will clue even the most clueless into retrieving a clue.

We have our first grandson. George Eugene was born to our son and daughter-in-law in Austin, Texas Tuesday evening, July 21.

For those of ya'll that know me personally, you'll understand this part. He has ALL of his fingers and toes! Yeah, I know, EVERY parent and grandparent wishes and prays for that. However, in our case, it is a real issue.

Oh boy! We're going to have some much fun!

Now, I just need to find that youth sized Ruger 10/22 in Baby-Boy-Blue!

God Bless Ya'll !

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Saturday, July 11, 2009

Explanations and Preparedness

H/T: Home On the Range

Allow me to draw your attention to two very appropiate articles by Brigid. Read and comprehend.

http://mausersandmuffins.blogspot.com/2009/07/explaining-socialism-to-barkley.html

http://mausersandmuffins.blogspot.com/2009/07/outdoor-9-11.html

God Bless Ya'll !

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7/12/09 @ 1620 - Updated to correct spelling and remove redundant sentence. - Gene

Thursday, June 25, 2009

We have a New Church

H/T: Stand Firm in Faith

Yes, we have a NEW church committed to the faith once delivered to the saints.

Maybe now we can quit fighting over the bones of dead sin and get back to doing Jesus' work.

God Bless Ya'll !

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Employees' constitutional rights

H/T: World Net Daily

Once again Phil Elmore suggests we, the people, may be surrendering more than we think we are when we go to work for certain employers.

Check it out.

What do YOU think?

God Bless Ya'll !

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Smith & Wesson profit doubles, beats Street view

H/T: World Net Daily

We've been bettin on the WRONG horse!

S&W is winning! Once the poor, red-headed stepchild of the gun industry for 1) being owned by a foreign company and 2) selling out to the Clintonistas, S&W has evidently recovered from both liabilities.

Go buy another S&W for your "arsenal"!

Your Colts and Rugers are gettin' lonely. ;>)

God Bless Ya'll !

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Saturday, June 20, 2009

The Immorality of Laws Regulating Technology

H/T: World Net Daily

WND's Phil Elmore has some very good thoughts concerning freedom and technology.

The problem with laws governing every aspect of commerce in, use of and ownership rights to a given piece of technology – from your cars, to your software, to your guns, to your phone, to your pocketknives, to your Internet service – is that quite often these laws constraining possession and operation of consumer technology are unconstitutional and immoral.

~~~

In a free society, governments are instituted voluntarily among human beings for one reason: to protect individual rights.

~~~

What all bad laws governing technology have in common is that they treat us all as criminals before the fact. The standard of law in a free society should not be the lowest common denominator. Law must recognize individual rights if is to protect them. If it does not, it becomes little more than the threat of force. It becomes a gun in the hand of a tyrant whose motivation is only power.

(Emphasis in the original. Hyper-text links removed - Gene)

What do you think?

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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Shall-Issue Poll Followup

H/T: Officer.com

Frank Borelli, Editor-in-Chief, did a "Shall-Issue Poll Followup" article that contains some interesting info. Evidently there is a gap between what the MSM tells us the "chiefs" want and what the rank-n-file officers know.

I wonder why that may be?

Anybody want to hazard a guess?

God Bless Ya'll !

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The LO-ONG Ride Home

H/T: Officer.com

Steve Denney, Firearms Contributor, offers what I believe is excellent advice about choosing a personal defense tool - not just for the "little lady"!

This snippet is just part of why I believe this article is good:

One poor guy recently purchased a revolver for his wife, which she brought to a class. Its main virtue for the husband was that it was inexpensive. It was also cheap. It reminded me of a starter pistol that was capable of firing real ammunition. The double action trigger was so heavy that the lady could not pull it. We gave her a different gun to use and she did very well in the class. It must have been a long ride home for hubby, however.

I have NEVER done something THAT stupid.

HONEST!

;>)

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O' Proposes Governmint-Funded "Salvation"!

SATIRE ALERT ahead!

These guys ought to write for BHO
WASHINGTON, D.C. -As part of a far-reaching restructuring of the United States of America, President Obama announced on Sunday that he is proposing government-funded salvation.

According to the president, "It just isn't right that some people are going to be saved while others aren't. We as a free society have the moral responsibility to see . . .

You may return to your regularyly scheduled worship activities.

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Monday, June 15, 2009

Gadsden Flag - Correction

I greatly appreciate correspondent CindyW for her gracious note telling my ignorance was showing.

She wrote to correct my side-bar claim that the Gadsden flag is, or can be, currently flown on U.S. Naval vessels. She correctly noted:
You’re correct that the Gadsden Flag was first flown during the American Revolution. However, it isn’t flown on US Navy ships. The First Naval Jack is flown on the oldest ship in the fleet (the Kitty Hawk). After 911, all ships were authorized to fly it.

Like the Gadsden, it’s a “rattlesnake” flag, but looks like this:

On the 4th of July, we fly this one and about a dozen other historical flags from our house. We’ve become avid collectors!
In our apartment situation, "they" don't like the waving of flags around here. I think they're afraid some one may wave one of these and "upset" the indigenous population. Whatever that is!

Oh well, maybe we can establish a stand of flags at our son's domicile after a while.

Whatever our future holds, a big hat tip to CindyW for straightening me out! ;>)

God Bless Ya'll !

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Sunday, June 14, 2009

Last Tuesday

Last Tuesday was a HOOT!

I got to introduce a young lady to the joys of pistolcraft!

Her dad approached me in order to introduce her to his 9mm. At the appointed time and place (Shiloh Indoor Shooting Range) near us, in NW Houston, we gathered to do the deed.

First up, the young lady: Dad had taught her gun safety with a 20 gauge and they learned that shotgunning did not seem to be her cup of tea. Being the smart Aggie that he is, they moved on. She wanted to learn to handle his 9mm!

Knowing this beforehand, we went over Col. Cooper's Four Rules of Gun Safety. She already knew them pretty well. We covered them again. Then she and I talked about what she wanted to accomplish and then set out to do that.

We started with a .22LR Ruger semi-automatic that I enjoy. She's not the first to be introduced to her new best friend by way of this piece. We went through the components of the weapon, sight picture and then on to live-fire. She was initially on-target and pretty safe. We worked on that. She listened, reiterated to my satisfaction and then performed the safety steps to my satisfaction.

We took frequent short breaks so she didn't tire or get bored. Then we stepped up to a K-frame S&W in .357 Mag. No, I didn't let her try a full-house round! We used .38 Spcl range ammo. No problems. After 3-4 cylinders, we moved on.

I was not familiar with her Dad's 9mm so he showed us the features on it. The safety is "backwards". "Safe/Decock" is down. Oh well. A teaching opportunity. Know your weapon! They're all different! Always keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction!

THE ONLY REAL SAFETY IS THE ONE BETWEEN YOUR EARS!

Dad had been shootin the 9mm while she and I were working up to it. Now I shot a couple of rounds - just for my own information, ya know! hehe

Then we let her try it. Result? Nice grin on her face. ;>)

Did I mention that she is 14?

Here is her list of accomplishments, as far as I know:
  • Started on the path to gun safety by Dad
  • Introduced to shotgunning. Does anyone want to try a home invasion? Not with those two around. I know, I know. Neither one is trained to "repel boarders". But they have started their path to increased knowledge.
  • Helped a bit further on that path by me.
  • She's now introduced to pistolering. Novice class. Raw. I do not trust her to walk behind me with a loaded gun in her hand - yet. She is on her way to that status.
One thing bothered me about this young lady. Every time I asked if she had any questions, she said "No". After a while, I understood. She was getting what I presented. She demonstrated that by her performance.

I'm proud of that young woman. I know her dad is.

God Bless Ya'll !

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Wednesday, June 03, 2009

'Jesus' T-shirt becomes factor in 'hate crimes' argument

H/T: WorldNetDaily

Did you see this article from WND? Or did you read it somewhere else? Not much chance if you're reading the MSM.

SHAMEFUL PLUG FOR MY WEB SITE!
The Wearable Gospel!(tm)

If you're interested in flaunting your Christian and/or pro-life beliefs, check out our T-shirts, jewelry and accessories for challenging designs.

You, too, can create your own, so-called, "hate crime"!

There. I feel much better! I got THAT plug out of my system! :>)

God Bless Ya'll !

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Defensive Shooting & Handicaps

H/T: USCCA email, Fri 5/29/2009 10:12 AM

Knowing a little bit about this subject, I recommend it to my readers. Cody is right on.

"Defensive Shooting & Handicaps"

"...Can a man with only one hand with only two fingers and a thumb
on that hand be able to use a handgun for self-defense?..."


by Cody S. Alderson

At a combat shooting course I participated in many years ago, there was an attorney that was in charge of the qualifying test at the indoor range. Part of the qualifying at that time was to kneel and put hits on target. Some of the guys put a hand on the floor to help themselves up after firing from a kneeling position which upset the attorney to the point where he started yelling.

He was ranting about how much time would be lost in using a hand to help yourself up, and how it shouldn't be necessary for anyone to do that. I was a young fellow at the time, but not everyone there was. I understand the position that the attorney was taking as the instructor who would passing or failing the students, but it got me thinking about defensive shooters with handicaps.

That attorney all those years ago is correct in that we should all do our best to be physically fit, but in the real world we human beings come in all sizes and shapes with varying levels of physical abilities. I've heard well respected instructors who teach defensive shooting actually make remarks that could easily be interpreted as rude and disrespectful, especially to fat guys like me.

I certainly hope that the comments were made out of a desire to motivate me toward more exercise and healthier living, but I must also say that such an approach just doesn't work with civilians. Maybe it works in the military where the recruit is Government Issue, and is at the mercy of his or her superiors, but I don't see it having much of a positive effect on the office worker who might enjoy M&M's for a snack instead of carrot sticks.

Does that mean that fat folks or people with handicaps shouldn't be allowed to have a gun for self-defense? I don't think anyone in the gun community would even entertain such a thought. All citizens are under the guarantee of non-infringement that the Second Amendment promises. Criminals and the mentally incompetent don't count under that guarantee because we, as a society, have adjudicated them to have restricted rights to protect themselves and/or other members of society.

I meet all kinds of people who ask me about owning a gun and learning how to use it. I never pass judgment on an adult person's physical ability to use a gun for self-defense, and will try to work out a way for the person to become competent with a gun no matter what the physical handicap is. Admittedly there are some handicaps that make me currently incapable of offering any advice or instruction on how to competently use a gun, but there are many handicaps that are easy to work around.

An old man with a cane who can only get back up after falling by using something to grab onto is still a very viable candidate to be a competent civilian defensive operator. He just needs to train harder to stay upright while under attack and train to be able to fight with the gun while on the ground. If a thug whacks the old man with a bat and is preparing to wield a killing blow after the old man is on the ground, then grandpa needs to be able to get his gun out while on the ground and put holes in his attacker while on his back. If he stops his attacker with a couple of well-placed rounds from a .380 or a .45, then the police can help him up when they get there.

Okay, so that scenario could obviously go many different ways. Don't be over thinking the specific scenario right now. Rather, think of what even a severely handicapped person CAN DO instead of what he CAN'T DO. I've worked for several years with the developmentally disabled. I try to get them to DO things instead of DOING things for them. Of course they will not ever be gun owners because of the mental incompetency factor, but the ideology translates well over into the world of physical handicaps and defensive shooting.

If I saw a highly trained S.W.A.T officer having to use a hand on the ground just to be able to get up from being on his knees, I might think that he needs to either see a doctor about the knees or back issue, or maybe spend some time in the gym doing squats. If I see a fat guy like me at the gun range wearing a Hawaiian shirt, shooting from a kneeling position, and needing to use his hand for a bit of oomph to get up, it isn't a big deal at all.

Of course, both I and the dude in the Hawaiian shirt would be better at defending ourselves if we got in better shape. I'd be better at a lot of different things if I took more time with the subjects or issues. We read about incidents of crime every single day in the newspapers, and we hear about them constantly on TV. Still, I may live out my whole life and never need to draw my gun.

That being said, I want to promote a teaching ideology to all instructors. Don't scare away good citizens who need some encouragement as well as fundamentals to become competent concealed carry permit holders because you want all of your students to be trained like they are Special Forces Operatives. Instead, tailor the instruction to the student and encourage those who want to progress more by taking them to each successive level at their own pace.

I would like to see a few courses being promoted as specifically for those with health issues, and those with physical issues that need instruction adapted to their needs. Grandma with arthritis might not be able to handle the 1911, but she may be able to work a 20 Gauge with a vertical foregrip. Just an example to get the creative juices flowing.

Instructors should take a course at a community college about being an educator to students with physical handicaps. Or one could volunteer some time to assist those with handicaps to learn how they adapt products and methods to suit their own needs. So much insight could be gained by just observation.

Can a man with only one hand with only two fingers and a thumb on that hand be able to use a handgun for self-defense? If you are an instructor, then work out the answer in your head and with an unloaded gun. You might be surprised at the answer. What about a man who is blind in one eye? I have a friend who is blind in one eye. He drives and really likes to shoot Glocks.

I actually though[t] that driving would be way more difficult than shooting, due to depth perception issues. He has been blind in the one eye since birth so his brain wired itself a bit differently to compensate for the missing visual input. Someone that would suddenly lose sight in one eye as an adult would have a more difficult time learning to adapt, but it is by no means impossible.

Carrying a gun for self-defense need not be a tedious thing that we dread doing. Some instructors teach defensive shooting like it is a religion, and only their faithful end up sticking around to learn more. Then there is the opposite end of the spectrum, where training is too casual without any emphasis being put on the need for the student to take the instruction seriously to become competent. As it is in most things, there is a balance that can be reached.

I'm not a member of any S.W.A.T. Team. I'm just a guy who carries a permit and a gun in case someone is trying to maim or kill me. With it, I can at least have a hope of fighting back to save my life. I like potato chips, pasta, and fresh baked bread, but I can still run up a flight of stairs without dropping over dead. Now I'm not fit to take on Tito Ortiz or Mike Tyson with my bare hands and hope to win, but if a sociopath built like Tito or Mike suddenly wants to kill me, I bet my competency with my handgun would do okay at stopping him. And I'm glad I pursued becoming competent with a gun even though the attorney from that course so long ago made me wonder if I had what it takes to even begin to think I could defend myself.

It's ALL about using what you have, right now, right here! Your 600 Double Nitro in the trunk is useless if you're away from it. In my case, it's all about using the fingers God gave and not worrying about the thumbs he didn't! hehe

For those of you who have actually met me, you have my condolences! Othterwise, you may not know that I am a "disabled", or handicapped, man with asymmetrical deformities of both forearms, wrists and hands. That includes no thumbs. I never missed what I never really knew that I had.

The fact that I'm bald, overweight and an Aggie is also a cause for panic. ;>)

My point is this: As Cody Alderson points out, disability is mostly in the eye of the beholder, not necessarily the doer.

I've been blessed to meet severely handicapped people with the attitude that "there are a hundred things I can't do out of the ten thousand things a 'normal' human can do. Get outa my way so I can do what I can do." They've made me more "normal". More than a couple of them are/were ham radio operators I've been blessed to know. One, CharlieK, used to live in Shiner, Texas. I talked with him via radio for quite a while without knowing of his condition. Only when I arranged to go visit him did the subject come up. Another ham, MarkK (different family name) has kept me rooted in the "possible" instead of what I "can't" do. Then there was BuddyB, from Conroe, Texas, that stopped me from EVER wanting to whine about what I did, or didn't have, in the way of abilities. Then there's a friend of a ham friend whom we have had the pleaure of sharing meals together. Patricia probably could not physically handle a firearm, but her attitude suggests you'd better not get in her way! ;>)

Next time you meet a shooter, or potential shooter, with "disabilities", try standing to one side. Out of their line of fire.

A Personal Story:

After shooting with the Tactical Shooters, a competitive IDPA bunch, for two years or so, I had to leave the group for our own personal reasons unrelated to the group. On my last night, after the last shot of the last scenario was fired, I and VinneZ happened to be the last of the shooters to exit the range. Vinnie had been a friend and a mentor to me for most of the time I was with them. We stood around the parking lot cussin' and discussin' our good times together.

We somehow got around to reminiscing about my first visit with the Tactical Shooters and the guys true thoughts as to my potential.

VinnieZ related that as I came up to shoot my first scenario, some of the guys (there were no gals there that night) eased toward the exit. They weren't too sure whether I might drop the darn gun or "present it" for a negligent discharge - in their direction! Most were torn between staying around to watch what happened or finding bullet-stopping cover!

We all survived that night. And the nights together that followed.

God Bless Ya'll !

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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Children and Guns Podcast

H/T: USCCA Email

Kathy Jackson of The Cornered Cat, an excellent site for women and guns, was on Armed American Radio recently. I highly recommend the podcast to anyone concerned about gun safety and kids.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

IT IS GETTING VERY SERIOUS NOW

H/T: Keep and Bear Arms

Chuck Baldwin at New With Views seems to be getting pretty serious.

I wonder if, or how many, individuals have "snapped" for this very reason. Since history is always written by the winners, think Ruby Ridge, Waco and so on, just how many individuals have already reached Baldwin's Line In The Sand? Refer to:

Baldwin writes:
As humbly and meekly as I know how to say it: as for me and my house, gun confiscation is the one act of tyranny that crosses the line; debate, discourse, discussion, and peaceful dissent cease and desist at that point. I say again, it is getting very serious now.

Please. Read his entire article. Think about it. Pray about. Consider the consequences. Consider the unintended consequences. Do your due diligence.

God Bless Ya'll !

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New Description For TEO

H/T: Stand Firm in Faith

Jackie Bruchi at SFIF found new and improved descriptions of the ex- church known as the TEo over at Still on Patrol.

NCDC

and

Post Turtle

Read the Patrol article.

For our TEo brethren, please understand I am not referring to ya'll personally. I am referring to the higher-ups in your organization. The ones that deny the Trinity and such. If the shoe doesn't fit, please don't get uptight over this. Take it out on those wearing the wrong shoes.

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Saturday, May 09, 2009

Children and Guns - Another View

H/T: Survivalist Blog

I'd like to introduce you to a new-to-me blogger named Kellene Bishop at Women of Caliber.

I think parents, parents-to-be, parents-of-grown-children, grandparents and even grandparents-to-be (like us!) might find something to learn.

Read it all.

Part I

Part II

Part III

Part IV

Did ya' read it?

What do ya' think?

God Bless Ya'll !

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40 Reasons For Gun Control

H/T: Keep And Bear Arms

Just a bit of humor for you in the midst of the battle.

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Apostacy and Deception

H/T: Stand Firm In Faith

When dealing with persons or organizations setting their course by ideology instead of integrity, we find the following.

We have once again been shown how firmly apostasy and deception is embedded in the international structures of Anglicanism. There is no hope for the future there. Generous-hearted faithful Anglicans have been willing to keep trying for a resolution through those structures and once again they have been betrayed at the highest level. The goodwill of faithful men and women has been presumed upon and taken as a sign of weakness or a lack of resolve. We need to pray for those who have been so seriously disillusioned this week.

(Emphasis added - Gene)

It seems to me, whether we are in the arena of church politics or the politics of gun-control, that willful and deliberate deception, lies and general untruth are the rule, rather than the exception.

Whatever happened to "Let us agree to disagree"? We're dealing with the mindset of the medieval kings and princes. The subjects will obey, whether they like or not!

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H/T: World Net Daily

I've been reading Alan Keye's blog of late and noticed that he announced his plans to be arrested at Notre Dame. If you haven't been following the news that the MSM is not publishing (at least I haven't heard much of anything on ABC local or Fox News Channel), then let me clue you in.

Notre Dame has invited the Obama-nation to speak at their graduation this year, and receive an honor.
Is Notre Dame Catholic, or is "independent"? Maybe it's time the Catholic church either cleans ND off of its books or cleans up Notre Dame.

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Janet Napolitano Frenzied Fantasy Implementation Act of 2009

H/T: World Net Daily

First, we start with this quote:

"[Rep. King] would deny citizens their civil liberties based on no due process," objected Larry Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America. "A 'known terrorist?' Look, if the guy has committed an act of terrorism, we shouldn't have to worry about him being able to buy a gun; he should be in jail!"

Pratt further warned WND of the potential overlap of H.R. 2159 and a recent DHS memo that warned against potential violence from "right-wing extremists," such as those concerned about illegal immigration, increasing federal power, restrictions on firearms, abortion and the loss of U.S. sovereignty.

(Links are in the original - Gene)

Please go and read the rest of the article and the supporting information in it.

So much for "due process" and a fair hearing before a judge and/or jury. Sounds like Comrade Josef would be proud of O'.

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Friday, May 08, 2009

"Extremist" Bumper Stickers?

H/T: World Net Daily

I guess the flag at right is now considered officially "extremist". Funny thing, my ancestors were "extremists", at least to a certain extent.

According to my late Dad's genealogical research, we had direct lineal ancestors involved in every major U.S. action from 1776 to the end of "that late unpleasantness" euphemistically called the Civil War. There was nothing "civil" about. I prefer to refer to it as the "War of Northern Aggression". And no, as far as Dad, or I know, our family never did have slaves.

My ancestors fought in the American Revolution, the Texas Revolution and the War of Northern Aggression. Somehow they missed out on the war with Mexico, with Spain and the World Wars of the 20th century. I was not able to serve in 'Nam - physically. Dad was in a critical occupation for both WWII and Korea. His dad was in a similar critical occupation, I'm told, for WWI.

In other words, my family served under these flags. If not under them, then our people served America within the same conflict.

BTW, the last two flags may not be as familiar as the first three. The fourth flag flew over Gonzales, Texas when, in 1836, the residents refused to surrender cannon the Mexican government had given them for protection from the Indians. Gun control.

The final flag flew over Goliad, Texas in defiance of that same tyrannical government.

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Love your children? Teach them how to safely handle guns

H/T: War On Guns

Thanks to David Codrea of WOG, we learn, or are reminded, of the sneaky methods of our biased MSM. It is more important to say things "the right way" than to speak the unvarnished truth.

Police said he took the gun out of a locked cabinet hours before the play in November and it discharged.
This is a common theme perpetuated by "Authorized Journalists." By using phrases such as "it discharged" or "the gun went off" or "the gun discharged in his hand," human operator responsibility is ignored. Negligence is then presented as an "accident."

As pointed out later in his article, unless a defect in the weapon can be found, this was a negligent discharge!

Avoidance of the gun-safety issue will guarantee more future so-called "accidents".

Educating yourself and your children is the best way to minimize the chances of suffering a similar unendurable tragedy.

BTW, check out Oleg Volk's stunnign photography, as reperesented by the girl and pink AR-15, at A Human Right (http://www.a-human-right.com/).

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Thursday, May 07, 2009

Belts and Suspenders

I'm a kind of belt and suspenders kind of guy. I use both for the "load" I care daily. I carry a lot of weight around my middle, in addition to the "done lopped over" load. The belt provides the attachment points to both pants and the load. The suspenders do their suspension thing to the pants.

Today, I want to mention a "new" style of suspenders I first read about on a gun forum quite some time back. They are different from any kind I've ever heard of.

What's so special about Perry's product that I feel I must bore you with the details?

I'm so glad you asked!

Perry suspenders attach to your belt, not the pants. That means:
  • They directly support the belt which is carrying to load.
  • They use a hard-plastic J-clip to hook under the belt It does not seem to mar the belt in any way I can see.
  • They don't use a sharp claw to tear the pants material.
  • They don't pull the pants up while the belt, plus it's load, pull downward.
  • They don't tear up the belt, like the others I've tried, when the claw slips around and rubs against the belt.
You can find cheaper, well-made suspenders. I've been buying mine from the big-box lumber-hardware-home decorating-appliance stores for several years. Including the "standard" rainbow design favored by ego-centric nuts. Not that I'd ever buy rainbow suspenders! hehe

I found one thing to complain out. The Perry suspenders I have tend to occasionally slip off the belt while I'm getting dressed. Never has occurred while they're in use. Therefore, they retain Gene The Aggie's stamp of approval.

And no, I don't have any ties to the outfit other than being a satisfied customer.

Unsolicited. Uncompensated.

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Bloggers Are Hostile?

H/T: Mindful Musings:My thoughts and whatnots.

Chris Horton is also on a tear this morning. Just like the last post, he has good reason to "let 'er rip!"


Read it all.

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More Lines In the Sand

H/T: Keep And Bear Arms

Jeff Snyder's "Plastic People" adds more information and depth to yesterday's "Do You Have A Line in the Sand?" post.

No, Pierre’s story is about what it means to be ruled, what it means to need permission from the state.

~~~

If an activity is licensed by the state, then it is a privilege conferred and controlled by the state, and not a right.

~~~

This is what it is to have your life controlled by another who has the power to fine you and throw you in jail for failing to comply with his conditions.

~~~

While appearing on the surface to be even-handed, those older statutes simply conferred broad, nebulous discretion on a licensing authority, with the result that they have been and, where still in effect, are, administered in a way to insure that only the "right" sort of people obtain permits.

(Emphasis in the original - Gene)

Yes. This farce is happening now. In Canada.

Just wait. It is coming to your nation. Your state. Your city.

It is coming to you. And me.

God Bless Ya'll !

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Vanderboegh: An Open Letter to AG Eric Holder

H/T: Western Rifle Shooters Association

Wednesday, May 6th, Mike Vanderboegh laid it on rather nicely to U.S. Atty. General Eric Holder.

Wake up and smell what your administration is shoveling from downwind, where we are forced to stand. And please understand the predicament you've put yourselves in by your present and former bad behavior.

Read it all

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Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Here's Another One Ya Just Gotta Love!

H/T: World Net Daily

I really like this guys attitude. He stands tall in my view of the world.

"Being 3 feet tall and in a wheelchair is about 2 percent of who I am. I'm more than able. I'm playing large."

Don't get in his way. You'll get run over!

God Bless Ya'll !

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Unique flagpole

H/T: World Net Daily

Ya just gotta love guys like this!



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"How SAFE are your guns..?"

H/T: USCCA

I'm on these guys emailing list because they publish some useful information.

This is from their recent mail out:


May 5th, 2009

"How SAFE are your guns..?"

Dear Gene,

Most of our houses are "secure", so long as nobody wants to get in.

Most of us just turn a lock on our door handles each night. Some of us turn a dead-bolt as well. Some might pat their dogs on the head a few times too. A select few of us might even activate some kind of electronic alarm system.

None of these things will stop someone from getting in (if they really want to), but hopefully they will at least make the process of entering noisy enough to give you enough warning time to already have your family safe and secure, have the cops on the way, and have a gun or two ready.

But what about when you leave during the day? When your house is empty, the only value door locks really have is to let you know if someone has helped themselves to all your stuff or not.

See what I mean? You might as well leave your door open- because if someone wants in bad enough, they are getting in.

But, there IS something we can do to protect our valuables (and guns):

Buy and properly install a heavy-duty safe.

A criminal can break your window or scale to the second level easier than they can make an honest buck- but it's really hard to break into a good safe. You almost have to be a pro, and most criminals are not pros at anything.

I'm not saying don't even try to secure your house- because there is a lot of merit in making your home look like a 'hard target' (at least, a harder target than the neighbor's house!).

But... it would be incredibly inefficient to try to truly prevent a criminal from being able to physically enter your house.

It would be worth MUCH more of your time to just get a safe.

How cares if someone busts in while you're all gone and walks out with your TV, your surround-sound speakers, or your set of kitchen knives?

All that stuff is insignificant and easily replaceable.

Your exact guns are not replaceable though, and even if you don't care about those exact ones, the people they could damage in the hands of a criminal are certainly irreplaceable.

Friend, this is not a commercial for a gun-safe company. I wish it were- I wish I could just say "buy this safe because it's the best"... but I can't.

I don't know which one is the best.

All this is, is a friendly note to get you thinking about a solid gun safe if you haven't already.

Stay safe, (no pun intended!)


Tim Schmidt
USCCA - Owner / Founder

Or, as I always say: "Be Safe!"

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Do You Have a Line in the Sand?

H/T: War On Guns

David Codrea 'usses and discusses just how far each of us can be pushed.

What's your Line in the Sand?

Just so we're singing from the same songbook:

The phrase is also attributed to Col William Travis, commander of the Alamo defense forces. On March 3 [or 4th or 5th] 1836, when the Alamo was surrounded by Mexican General Santa Anna, a messenger bearing a letter of surrender was sent from Santa Anna to Travis. Col Travis called all the Alamo defenders together and read the letter of surrender. Legend indicates Col Travis then pulled his battle sword, drew a line in the sand of the Alamo, and asked for volunteers to cross over the line and join him. All but 1 of the 200+ defenders (including Jim Bowie and Davy Crockett) joined Travis on his side of the line. Travis then responded to Santa Anna's letter with cannon fire.
Wikipedia

What is your Line in the Sand?

Have you been pushed over it, yet?

Heck! Have you even drawn your Line in the Sand?

In my experience, we each draw various Lines in the Sand throughout our lives.

As a "fer instance": SWMBO! and I drew one three years ago when we realized our pastor was controlled by one person's self-described phobic "fear of guns". He insisted on her phobia being the controlling factor of whether or not his congregation could carry legally concealed weapons in church. As we figured it, his church, his rules. He refused to post the legally required signs notifying everybody else of his opinion. We helped him out by spreading the word for him.

As Codrea puts it:

Would you disobey a law dictating you must use a certain restroom or water fountain, or sit in a certain section of a bus, because your race?

Or, would you disobey a law requiring you strip naked when shopping at the grocery store or flying commercially?

~~~

Well, have you?

Drawn your Line in the Sand, that is?

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