I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend. (J.R.R.Tolkien, The Two Towers)

When I carry a gun, I don't do so because I am looking for a fight, but because I'm looking to be left alone. The gun at my side means that I cannot be forced, only persuaded. I don't carry it because I'm afraid, but because it enables me to be unafraid. It doesn't limit the actions of those who would interact with me through reason, only the actions of those who would do so by force.

Marko Kloos "Why the Gun is Civilization"

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Things That Really Piss Me Off

  1. Commercials where the announcer talks so fast you think you are listening to the “Chipmunks”.
  2. Commercials that talk down to you as if you have the IQ of a chipmunk.
  3. Drive-bys with the stereo so loud you can FEEL it coming half a mile away.
  4. Trying to get information from someone who keeps repeating themselves like a broken record.
  5. People who insist that everyone should believe the way they do.
  6. People who won’t take the responsibility for their actions.
  7. Especially people who say I’m the reason they are going to lose their driver’s license because I arrested them for driving under the influence.
  8. People who ask why I’m treating them like a criminal when I arrest them for committing a crime.
  9. Teachers who are so hung up on the “Power Thing” that they have to be totally in control of their students and the students’ time both at school and at home.
  10. People whose trash ends up in my yard because they threw it out as they were driving by my house.


Ten Things NOT To Say When Stopped By A Cop

  1. Are You Andy or Barney?
  2. I thought you had to be in good physical condition to be a police officer.
  3. You'll never get those cuffs on me...You Pussy!
  4. Hey -- Didn't I See You Get Your Butt Kicked On Cops?
  5. That's not a REAL gun is it?
  6. Don’t you have a donut shop to be protecting?
  7. You're not gonna check the trunk, are you?
  8. Gee, Officer! That's terrific. The last officer only gave me a warning, too!
  9. I can't reach my license unless you hold my beer.
  10. Did you know your fly is unzipped??

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Tuesday, August 30, 2005

How To Survive A Gunfight


  1. Bring a gun. Preferably bring at least two guns. Bring all of your friends who have guns.
  2. Anything worth shooting is worth shooting twice. Ammo is cheap. Life is expensive.
  3. Only hits count. The only thing worse than a miss is a slow miss.
  4. If your shooting stance is good, you're probably not moving fast enough nor using cover correctly.
  5. Move away from your attacker. Distance is your friend. Lateral and diagonal movement are preferred.
  6. If you can choose what to bring to a gunfight, bring a long gun and a friend with a long gun.
  7. In ten years nobody will remember the details of caliber, stance, or tactics. They will only remember who lived.
  8. If you are not shooting, you should be communicating, reloading, and running.
  9. Accuracy is relative: most combat shooting stances will be more dependent on "pucker factor" than the inherent accuracy of the gun.
  10. Use a gun that works EVERY TIME. "All skill is in vain when an Angel pisses in the flintlock of your musket."
  11. Someday someone may kill you with your own gun, but they should have to beat you to death with it because it is empty.
  12. Always cheat; always win. The only unfair fight is the one you lose.
  13. Have a plan.
  14. Have a back-up plan, because the first one won't work.
  15. Use cover and concealment as much as possible. The visible target should be in FRONT of your gun.
  16. Flank your adversary when possible. Protect yours.
  17. Don't EVER drop your guard.
  18. Always tactical load and threat scan 360 degrees.
  19. Watch their hands. Hands kill. (In God we Trust, everyone else keep your hands where I can see them).
  20. Decide to be aggressive ENOUGH, quickly ENOUGH.
  21. The faster you finish the fight the less shot you will get.
  22. Be polite, be professional, be courteous to everyone, friendly to none.
  23. Your number one option for personal security is a lifelong commitment to avoidance, deterrence, and de-escalation.
  24. Do not attend a gunfight with a handgun, the caliber of which does not start with a "4".


Monday, August 29, 2005

Road Trip AKA Are We There Yet?

I had to take Sadie to get her rabies shot today at the local Vet. She doesn't get to ride very often in the truck, so it's always an exciting adventure both for her and myself. Since she likes to play "THE GAME" when I need to catch her I started about 15 minutes before I think I need to leave. When she gives me that look as in the picture it means she's ready to play. The rules of the game are simple, she runs and I try to catch her. Often she will stop and wait for me to get almost to her and then run off again. Eventually she will let me catch her but I have to give her a belly rub or it starts all over again. Usually it's a fight to get her in the truck. Today getting her in the truck was fairly easy. I picked her up, shoved her in head first, and slammed the door. As I got in on the driver's side she gave me that look that said "I was going to get in, you just didn't give me time." Once we got started Sadie tried to look at everything at once. It wasn't too bad until she decided to look out the driver's window. I don't recommend trying to drive with a large dog in your lap. I don't even think about taking her into the Vet's office, they come out to the truck and give her the shot. This time there wasn't any problems. On the way back home I stopped at the court house to get her dog tag. I had no sooner got out than she started barking. This set off the drug dog that was in the K9 unit parked by the jail. You can bet I didn't waste any time in the court house. When we got back home Sadie asked if we were going to do it again tomorrow and it was my turn to give her that look.


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