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"

Sunday, April 29, 2007




Eric and Heather are going to be gone for a week so we are dog sitting their Yorkie Harley. Harley spends his time at the front door looking for Eric and Heather and Sadie spends hers at the back door watching for Harley.

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Thursday, April 19, 2007

My heart cries for the losses at VT. I watch the images of the wounded being carried out and see the pictures of the slain and my heart aches. I cry for the parents who have to bury their children....something no parent should ever have to do. I see the face of the shooter, twisted in hate and I want to hurt him. I hear the endless debate and accusations and one thing is clear in my mind...If someone wants something bad enough and is willing to pay the price it is almost impossible to stop them.

Having said that, I want to ask "Why did so few of the victims try to fight back"? I know what panic can do to your reasoning...I've been there a time or two when I was lost in the woods. Yes, run to escape if escape is possible...hide if there is somewhere to hide...but if escaping and hiding aren't possible and you know you most likely aren't going to survive...then go out fighting. There had to have been times while he was reloading or switching weapons that he could have been rushed. When I taught self-defense in my Karate classes, I tried to make my students understand that self-defense was a state of mind.

You have to have the right mind set to fight back against those who would do you harm. Contrary Goddess said it in her latest post "
Pacifism magnifies violence".

I say to those who killed the bill to give students and employees the
legal right to carry handguns on campus, What if just one person had had a handgun there on scene during his rampage? How proud now are you of your actions to make everyone on campus FEEL safe?

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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Someone who said it better than I could

Monday, April 16, 2007

Virginia Tech Shooting

Oh, Christ, here we go again.

Some maladjusted little bugsnipe gets his mental panties into a bunch and goes flat boiling nutters with a gun in one of the few places where he knows someone isn't going to put him down like a rabid dog during his first magazine.

And -- as usual -- the Mainstream Media is bleating about needing more Gun Control.

Gun Control is a failure. You simply can not expect those who would do murder -- those who would violate the highest law -- you can not expect them to obey a lesser law.

And you can not turn a failure into a success by doubling the failure.

None-the-less, I will be greatly surprised if the Mainstream Media and the political lapdogs don't try to use this tragedy to further their gun control agenda.

You want to be really disgusted? I mean, the down deep nausea kind of disgusted?

The State Government of Virginia had a bill before it which would have allowed college students to exercise their Second Amendment rights on campus earlier this year.

The bill didn't even make it out of committee.

When the bill died, the spokesman for Virginia Tech -- where some college kids really needed to be able to shoot back this morning -- Virgina Tech spokescritter Larry Hincker stated:

"I'm sure the university community is appreciative of the General Assembly's actions because this will help parents, students, faculty and visitors feel safe on our campus."

He was happy to hear of the defeat of the bill which would have allowed college kids to carry weapons for self-defense on his college campus.

Happy now, you sodding dacoit? Go tell the dead that they're really safe because the Virginia State Government refuses to allow them to carry for self-defense on campus, you ate-up catamite with delusions of adequacy.

And despite all of that -- despite the senseless death and the smug arrogance that allowed the death to happen -- there is news that sickens me to the very core.

There are reports -- granted unconfirmed at this time -- that several students were forced to line up, kneeling, and executed from behind.

I pray to the old gods -- the gods of war and blood and thunder -- that this is not the case.

I pray that some students went down fighting.

Because as bad as this is -- and this is a horror -- as bad as this is, if fifty some-odd people were injured and killed by one person whilst on their knees begging like so many Eloi, like a herd of sheep -- if no one stood up and fought back, then this is becomes an example of evil.

Not the evil that allows a man to kill other men -- although that is here in abundance. No, I am speaking of the putrescent evil which convinces good men not to fight back; the sordid filth of the soul which allows one bad man to prevail against fifty -- or 25,000 -- good men because good men have been systematically denied the mindset required to meet with, engage and defeat evil -- even if all you have is fingernails and rage.

One man. On a campus of 25,000 people. 25,000 people surrounded by fire extinguishers, book bags, pencils, pens, drafting compasses, chairs, broom handles, power strips, ceramics, chains and everything heavy and/or sharp.

One man managed to gun down fifty people -- or more -- without being stabbed and bludgeoned to death where he stood by the other 24,950 people.

I weep for the dead. I weep for the families who lost their treasured children today.

I weep even more for a land which not only denies the tools required for self-defense, but also denies the very mindset required for self-defense.


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Monday, April 16, 2007

Friday, April 13, 2007


Rotunda...University of Virginia...front view

View from the Lawn

Our Motel
Chapel beside the Rotunda

Our Mustang that we seized from an illegal drug deal in Coeburn.

Heather, Eric, and myself

Outside the Outback

Inside the Outback

Back seat view you DO NOT want to see.

We only got lost once (well if you don't count the other two times) but we called Eric who gave us an escort and straightened us out.

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Monday, April 09, 2007

Another Road Trip

I'll be leaving tomorrow for another road trip to Charlottesville. Have to go to a 3 day conference on having our police department getting accreditation from the state. One of the main things (besides all of the extra paperwork) that this will do for our department is make it more accountable for everything we do.

I hope to get to see Eric and Heather since they will be only 15 minutes away from our motel.

Here's an odd thought that someone mentioned to me the other day...When someone asks for directions, do you give it to them in miles or the time it takes to get there? As in how far is Bristol from here? Answer...about an hour or about 50 miles.

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Sunday, April 08, 2007

Gun Myths

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Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Quest for the GOLD

One of "several" lost gold items that I know of is a gold ring that was lost at this old house seat I'm in the process of cleaning up. In the late 40's or early 50's my wife's aunt and uncle lived there. The aunt had taken the ring off to wash her hands in a wash pan of water. According to her account of the story the ring was somehow bumped into the pan of water unnoticed and then was thrown out the back door with the water. Although looked for many times the ring was never found. I have spent several hours searching the area with a metal detector and have found lots of household items including 2 silver mercury dimes in fair condition and an Indian Head penny in very poor condition but the quest for the gold continues.

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No Morrell Mushrooms Yet

Spent an hour this morning looking for Morrells. It's about a week or so too early but I decided to scout out a couple of favorite spots anyway. Didn't find any but had a nice walk and saw some interesting sights.


fresh lightning strike

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