Superstition strikes again – fatally

I see the old “medicine-man-can-defeat-bullets” myth is still out there. A Nigerian healer has been shot dead after encouraging one of his customers to test the efficacy of his bullet-proof charms. Chinaka Adoezuwe, 26, was killed wearing the pendants around his neck after he instructed the man to fire his weapon. The incident happened in the country’s south-eastern Imo state and police say the shooter has been arrested on suspicion of murder. Some Nigerian doctors claim the charms harness various powers and can cure  illnesses. There’s more at the link. It’s easy to mock such beliefs, but they’ve been around

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LibertyCon is outdoing – and outgrowing – itself

As you know, Miss D. and I just returned from LibertyCon in Chattanooga, TN last weekend.  We’re tired, but getting over it, and picking up the threads of normal life once again.  (Miss D.’s after-action report is here.  We came home with a couple of lovely paintings by Melissa Gay from the Con’s art exhibition.  My wife picked out this one for the lounge, and I bought this one to go over our fireplace.) It was a great weekend.  We enjoyed the company of old friends, made some new ones, gave seminars, took in others, learned a lot, and hopefully helped others learn. 

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Russian military tactics and operations in Ukraine

I’m obliged to Solomon for posting this video of a talk by Dr. Phillip Karber, given at West Point Military Academy, on “The Russian Way of War”.  It’s just over an hour long, and examines the conflict in Ukraine.  For those interested in the subject – particularly what US forces might have to face in a major confrontation – it’s very informative (not to mention deeply worrying, considering how many of the abilities exhibited by Russian forces have been ignored or allowed to atrophy by our own armed forces). Very thought-provoking.  Recommended. Peter

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Starting over: replacing one’s firearms battery

Ryan, over at the Total Survivalist blog, put up a thought-provoking article recently titled “Starting a Firearms Battery Over“.  In a situation where “the guns I currently have were ALL lost in a boating accident/ fire/ etc.”, he asked how and with what he would replace them.  Click over there to read his proposed solution to the problem. I found his answers interesting, but I approached the problem from a different perspective.  My biggest concern with most firearms owners is that, in a practical scenario, they aren’t able to produce rapid, accurate, aimed fire on demand.  If you were to take

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Deploying a braking parachute BEFORE landing?

This seems weird, but it also seems to work.  According to The Aviationist, this Polish Sukhoi Su-22 strike aircraft was filmed deploying a drogue braking parachute in the air, before touching down, as a deliberate maneuver to slow down faster when landing on a very short or damaged runway.  It apparently allows the aircraft to stop within about 1,000 feet.  The pilot appears to retain full control in the air, despite the additional drag. That’s all very well . . . but if the chute doesn’t deploy properly, and the aircraft is committed to a landing without enough room on

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On America’s birthday, blinkered vision endangers her

I’m sure many readers have seen the alarm expressed by commentators on both sides of the political divide about our present political situation.  Both the far left and the far right of US politics appear to have been seized by extremists, who are promoting views that can only lead to a headlong clash with each other.  Those in the center, wishing to keep America united and work out our differences in a rational, reasonable, civilized manner, are increasingly being either radicalized or marginalized. What’s worse, many of the screeds offered by both sides are so partisan, so biased, that even

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Doofus Of The Day #1,015

Today’s award goes to Sony Pictures. Sometime in the past few hours, somebody at Sony attempted to upload the ‘official red band trailer’ for its upcoming movie Khali the Killer. . . . The trailer, just 1h 29m long… wait… We’ve picked a screenshot that doesn’t ruin the plot but as it clearly shows, this is no ordinary trailer. Weighing in at nearly 90 minutes it’s particularly long. In fact, it’s the entire movie – we checked. There’s more at the link.  A tip o’ the hat to Australian reader Snoggeramus for providing it. The “trailer” has since been taken

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Halfway home, and another great restaurant discovery

Miss D., Alma and I are overnighting just outside Little Rock, Arkansas, halfway home to Texas after a fun experience at LibertyCon last weekend.  We’ll hit the road again tomorrow morning, and be home by early evening, God willing. We asked Alma to choose a promising restaurant for dinner this evening, after we’d checked into our hotel.  She found The Pantry Eatery, a Czech restaurant which has three branches in the Little Rock region.  We chose the one nearest to our hotel, The Pantry West, and we headed there with eager anticipation.  We were not disappointed.  The service was great,

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Equine racism?

I had to laugh at this report from Britain. A talented mule has been blocked from competing in high level British dressage competitions, amid outrage from horse riders. Christie Mclean, 30, from Stroud, Gloucestershire, had hoped to ride Wallace The Great, an 11-year-old rescue mule, in competitions with her dressage team. But he has been barred by British Dressage because high level competitions are only open to horses and ponies – a rule branded “equine racism” by Christie. Wallace, who only took up dressage at a low level last month, has been doing well in local competitions, placing third in

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