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Posted by on Jan 24, 2013 in For Tribbles, Technology | 0 comments

Be your own first responder.

Be your own first responder.

    Got an e-mail from the California Rifle and Pistol Association with this in the subject line.   But I’ve seen it several places lately so I can’t give them all the credit.  It’s a good premise to expound upon and another word of caution regarding media bias. We love our first-responders.  We have elevated their status to where we now frequently lump them in with our military forces.  But there is a big difference between a soldier and a paramedic.  You and I can’t do what the military does.  The military has a specific duty outlined in our Constitution.  When you join the military you cease to be a civilian and vice-versa.  Not true of the people we call first-responders.  You certainly can’t do everything a paramedic, policeman, or firefighter can.  But there are some things you CAN do during those minutes while you are waiting for them to arrive. Everyone needs a hobby.  I submit to you that at least one of our hobbies should be...

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Posted by on Jan 22, 2013 in Featured, Guns, Politics | 2 comments

To the lightning rods out there.

To the lightning rods out there.

  I will address this as I did above instead of to one of many individuals out there using the recent Newtown murders as a personal jumping-off point for an attack on our second amendment. It would be easy for me to attack the flavor of the month.  But six months from now it will be someone else and the message will be the same. We, the responsible gun owners of America, have spent the last 25 years undoing nearly a century of reactionary gun laws that have followed in the wake of violent spasms in our history. We have fought hundreds of legal skirmishes in countless courts and legislatures across the country trying to put the “bear” back in the right to keep and bear arms.  In every engagement, we have been told that we were creating an army of vigilante killers.  These people would take the law into their own hands, shooting first and asking questions later.  In every instance our opponents worst fears never materialized.  Our homicide rate...

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Posted by on Jan 11, 2013 in Art & Culture, Film, For Tribbles, Politics | 0 comments

Review of “Frack Nation”

Review of “Frack Nation”

  Tonight I attended the Los Angeles premier of Phelim McAleer and Ann McElhinney’s much anticipated documentary “Frack Nation”.   The film  was self-funded through Kickstarter.  Phelim and Ann raised over $210,000 from individual donors to make it, and it appears their money was put to very good use.     Why do I say “much anticipated”?  The donors who helped make this film understand what most people who have been following this story also understand.  The United States is sitting on enormous reserves of oil and natural gas that have the potential to power our economy well into the next century.  These reserves are so massive they dwarf those in the middle east.  Were we to begin harvesting these reserves in earnest, our dependence on foreign energy would cease and the power wielded by our geopolitical foes who use their energy exports as a political tool would be severely checked. The process for harvesting these newly found reserves involves hydraulic fracking coupled with modern horizontal drilling techniques.  Fracking...

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Posted by on Jan 7, 2013 in For Tribbles, Guns | 0 comments

How to weather the current firearms buying frenzy.

How to weather the current firearms buying frenzy.

    We’ve all seen it.  A weatherman (sexism intended) comes on the TV/radio and warns you of an impending storm or tornado or hurricane.   What happens?  Everybody runs to the grocery store and buys everything.  The local home improvement stores sell out of plywood and generators.  More often than not, a great deal of what is purchased is not used.  The panic subsides.  Life goes on. That is what is happening in the firearms industry right now.  In the wake of the Newtown massacre and the saber-rattling by anti-gun forces: Americans have gone on a firearms buying spree.  Most popular weapons, magazines, and ammunition have been bought up.  Any that are left in stock are going for outrageous prices.  Demand is as high as it has been in recent memory and retailers are taking advantage of consumers who purchase their goods out of impulse and not planned rational thought. Now don’t get me wrong.  I’m a raging capitalist.  I don’t begrudge any retailer who, when faced with...

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Posted by on Dec 21, 2012 in Featured, For Tribbles, Guns, Politics | 0 comments

The Evil AR-15

The Evil AR-15

The news of the Newtown massacre has shaken all Americans.   As details begin to emerge about that day, a perfect storm of mental illness, irresponsible gun storage, and indifference by local authorities is beginning to form.  It will take some time to discern which factors contributed the most.  But predictably, some have already drawn their own conclusions based on deeply held beliefs. A lot of dust has been kicked up concerning possible new gun control laws. Much of this has focused on rifles based on the AR-15 platform.  Many people do not understand why people want to own a weapon that was originally designed for the U.S. military. My goal here is to answer these questions so you can have informed conversations. Unfortunately, many people in the media have no clue what they are talking about vis-à-vis firearms.  Bill O’Reilly has frequently referred to AR-style weapons as “heavy weapons”. Piers Morgan has suggested that AR’s are easier to purchase than Sudafed. Obviously neither one has been inside a...

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