The Saudi oil attacks – read the map

I note that Yemeni rebels have claimed responsibility for attacking Saudi Arabian oil refining facilities using (presumably) Iranian-manufactured and -supplied drones over the weekend.  I’m not so sure.  Consider this map of the region, with the area of the drone attacks highlighted by a red marker. That’s an awful long way from Yemen, where the Houthi rebels are fighting.  What’s more, the Yemeni border area is well covered by radar, with missiles and fighter aircraft on permanent standby to intercept ballistic missiles and other attacks launched from rebel territory.  To suggest that the drones flew all that way north, penetrating all those

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Avoid Mexico unless you absolutely have no choice but to go there

It looks like Mexico’s cartel wars are flaring up again, even more deadly than before – and its new government isn’t doing much to stop them. Mexico’s drug war appears to be back — and it may be worse this time around than in the bloody years of the government’s 2006-2012 offensive against drug cartels. Back then, the worst of the violence was confined to a few cities. Now it is spread out throughout the country. Once it was not uncommon for gangs to kill adults but leave children unharmed. Now, the killing of children alongside their parents has become all

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Ebola: just like I’ve been sayin’

Strategy Page brings us the latest on the Ebola epidemic in the Congo.  I’ve bolded and underlined a few key sentences that reinforce what I’ve been saying for months. In early August Congolese government health officials publicly stated what everyone suspected: many doctors and health care workers believe the medical relief effort is identifying only half of Congo’s Ebola virus (Ebola hemorrhagic fever) cases. That meant the current epidemic that began in August 2018, could continue another three years. During August 2019 the government and WHO (World Health Organization) confirmed the virus has spread from Ituri and North Kivu provinces to a third Congo

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Follow-up links on self defense in a mass shooting situation

Courtesy of more than one reader, here are some links with additional information to go with the three articles I posted earlier about personal security in an era of mass shootings: Personal safety during a mass shooting Everywhere is a potential danger zone – so prepare accordingly Ammunition selection for small handguns Greg Ellifritz wrote two articles some years ago that directly address some of the same issues.  I recommend both to your attention: “Mouse Gun” Gelatin Testing Results Stop Worrying About Overpenetration! I note that both articles confirm my preference for my standard .38 Special and .380 ACP loads,

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Ammunition selection for small handguns

Following my blog post yesterday morning on the selection of concealable firearms, I had a number of comments and e-mails about my ammunition recommendations for .38 Special snubnose revolvers.  I said that I used Buffalo Bore’s full wadcutter load.  I was criticized for this, because it’s not an expanding load (i.e. a hollow point or soft point bullet), and therefore might lead to overpenetration. Folks, there’s a very important point to remember.  Bullet expansion is a function of two things:  bullet velocity and target composition.  The last factor is something we can’t control, except by aim, and even that isn’t guaranteed.  If you shoot someone in the

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Everywhere is a potential danger zone – so prepare accordingly

After the recent mass shootings in Gilroy, El Paso and Dayton, one thing should have become clear to every American:  there are no “safe spaces” in which shootings will not occur.  Anywhere can be chosen by some deranged maniac or warped, twisted deviant to express his feelings by shooting a few (or a few dozen) people. That being the case, the question arises of personal preparedness for such events.  I’ve addressed personal safety concerns in a previous blog post.  This morning I’d like to address the need to be armed and ready to defend ourselves and our loved ones.  This article is directed primarily at those readers who

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Doofus Of The Day #1,051

Today’s award goes to actor Alec Baldwin for this tweet about the death by suicide, while in prison, of Jeffrey Epstein: He shares the award with Ron Perlman, Brian Koppelman, Dave Bautista, George Takei, and probably others in the Hollywood kafeeklatsch, all of whom also inferred a Russian hand of some sort in Epstein’s death. I agree that Epstein’s suicide was, and remains, highly suspicious, with enough grounds for doubt as to what happened to keep us guessing for years to come . . . but Russia?  Really?  I’d have thought there’s nothing Russia would have liked more than to have Epstein’s “little black book” (and video

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“Igniting Civil War”

That’s the title of an article by Prof. Angelo Codevilla, whom we’ve met in these pages several times before.  I’ve learned to respect his views very highly, because they’ve proven prescient over a long period.  Here’s an excerpt. It all starts with getting people accustomed to hating each other. And that starts at the top. Saying hateful things about one’s opponents is a time-tested way of stoking supporters’ enthusiasm, of building support for one’s own side. But when blood is spilled, someone, then everyone else, tends to use it as a pretext for inciting more violence. That’s the meaning of blood-feud. . .

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Personal safety during a mass shooting

I’ve seen a lot of comment among more gung-ho denizens of the Internet after the three mass shooting incidents last week.  It can be summed up as “Always carry your gun, and if someone starts shooting, shoot back!” Shooting back is not always a good idea.  It may be one’s only option, if worse comes to worst;  but that still doesn’t necessarily make it a good one. Let’s start by examining a scenario like the Walmart shooting in El Paso.  Around where I live, I can be pretty sure that there will be several persons in our local Walmart branches who have concealed weapons permits, and are

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