A worthwhile defensive consideration

We’re talking a lot this weekend about issues arising from the Baltimore riots.  Here’s another one.  Let’s say you’re driving down the road when you’re confronted with a scene of violence – a crime in progress, a riot, urban unrest, whatever.  You feel threatened, and are forced (as you see it) to defend yourself using a firearm or any other weapon that comes to hand – even your vehicle. What if you have bumper stickers or other material on your vehicle that suggests you may be a violent person who doesn’t care much for the lives of others? We’ve all

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A tragic lesson in the reality of self-defense

A fatal crime underlines once again the reality that you can’t always rely on the police to defend you, even when they’re already on the scene.  Some threats are so sudden, so violent, that unless you’re in a position to do something about them yourself, right there and then, you’re going to die. A 27-year-old teacher at a New Jersey charter school was shot dead in front of her home late Friday in front of a police officer she had flagged over as she argued with the father of her child, authorities said. There’s more at the link.  Bold, underlined

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The plain, unvarnished truth about why our economy sucks

The inimitable Karl Denninger has (IMHO) hit another one out of the park.  I think his article is so important I’m going to quote it in full, to preserve it for future readers (because his links usually expire within a few weeks).  Please take the time to read it.  I concur with his reasoning. You knew it would come, right? The attempt to blame all on…. liberalism. Of those governments, perhaps the most salient fact to the objective political scientist, tasked with anatomizing the failed system, would be that both governments have long effectively functioned as one-party systems. Baltimore last

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Sad Puppies attack!

A few days ago I put up an article titled ‘When SWAT teams meet their (literary) match‘.  It linked to a series of very funny vignettes by fellow author and blogger Declan Finn about various individuals involved in the controversy over the Hugo Awards. Declan’s concluded his series with a final article, providing a couple more vignettes and a magnificent all-out brawl at this year’s WorldCon (where the Hugos will be awarded).  Here’s a sample. WORLDCON, SPOKANE WASHINGTON [WorldCon is practically empty, for a Con. A borderline ghost town of two thousand people.  If DragonCon is New York City, WorldCon

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Cheating leads to epic revenge

I regard cheating on one’s spouse (or in any committed relationship) as one of the less forgivable sins.  It destroys trust, sometimes to the point that it can never be rebuilt.  In the few cases where the wronged party is indeed willing to forgive and rebuild the relationship, it can be overcome;  but in my experience as a former pastor they’re the exception rather than the rule.  I also prefer to try to resolve the situation as peacefully as possible, with as much mutual respect as possible, for the sake of both parties in the future. Nevertheless, sometimes one side

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Don’t rely on the police for protection!

If you’re one of those who says that you’ll rely on the police to protect you, rather than take steps to be able to defend yourself and your family if necessary, consider this. Michael Lewis is the Sheriff in Wicomico County, and was also a Sergeant with the Maryland State Police. He joined Ed Norris and Steve Davis on Thursday to talk about the alleged controversial orders the police were given during the riots. . . . “They said we could have handled this, we were very capable of handling this, but we were told to stand down, repeatedly told

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A grim reminder, courtesy of the Baltimore riots

Courtesy of The Bearded Backyarder: I’ve written previously about this issue.  If you don’t keep adequate stocks of ammunition on hand, then when the proverbial brown substance hits the rotary air impeller (as it did in Baltimore over the past week or so), you may not be able to buy what you need.  At that point, it’s probably also too late to ask friends and family to ‘fix you up’.  They’re going to want to keep their stocks intact for their own use – and I don’t blame them. Peter

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