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Posted by on Sep 18, 2012 in Featured, Politics | 1 comment

I miss the good old days.

I miss the good old days.

  You know, the good old days when the United States was respected throughout the world? In 2008, the electorate was tired of that cowboy George Bush. We needed a new leader who would repair our damaged reputation around the world, especially in the middle east. Our Harvard educated (we think) and world-savvy new President was going to repair our relations in the middle east and present a warm and fuzzy America to the rest of the world.Well the world, at least those parts that hated us, just interpreted that attitude as they always do: weakness. Now they are probing our outermost defenses looking for soft targets that they can exploit to rile up the faithful into doing even more damage. You know, there was a time when, if you killed a U.S. diplomat in a foreign country, we would park a carrier task force off your shore, send a brigade of Marines to reinforce our embassies and consulates, and remind the belligerents that any hostile action would be...

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Posted by on Sep 12, 2012 in For Tribbles, Guns | 0 comments

“Eyes and ears people.”

“Eyes and ears people.”

  I would much rather write articles here encouraging you to go to the range as often as possible than tell you what gun to buy or how to shoot. So we need to make the “going to the range” exercise as simple and comfortable as possible. Once you get into a routine with your range visits, it is often difficult to change them, even when you are obviously doing something silly, and I’m as guilty as the next person. One of the first things you buy after getting your first firearm is eye and ear protection. Or maybe you didn’t and just borrowed some from the range where you shoot. Either way you can’t set foot on a shooting range without them. While I understand the need for mental focus while actually putting rounds downrange, more and more my range visits are social in nature. The range officers frequently give me and my guests instructions, people often ask questions about your firearms, and you do the same as you...

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Posted by on Aug 31, 2012 in Featured, Politics | 1 comment

Post-Convention Thoughts

Post-Convention Thoughts

  I spent Thursday evening watching my beloved Green Bay Packers have their way with the Kansas City Chiefs in their final pre-season game.  On another screen I was watching the final night of the Republican convention.  So forgive me if I throw out some football analogies here. I won’t rehash the speeches or highlight the best lines of the night.  That is all being done by smarter people elsewhere.  We now have a slate of candidates and it’s full steam ahead to November.  I’m pleased with our choice of candidates and I think we are going to do very well.  In some cases I would have preferred another candidate.  But like the Stones used to sing, “You can’t always get what you want.  But if you try sometimes, you might find, you get what you need.”  That may be true for us this year. Primary season began over a year ago.  Back then, we all had a list of things we wanted in a candidate.  We chose our...

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Posted by on Aug 29, 2012 in For Tribbles, Guns | 0 comments

Praise for the lowly .22 long rifle cartridge.

Praise for the lowly .22 long rifle cartridge.

  I went to the range today.  Met a friend and his son there.  I brought all of the guns and most of the ammo.  They did not appear to be experienced shooters, but they were more than competent.  We shot a 9mm semi-auto, a .38 Special revolver, and a .22 semi-auto pistol mostly.  Which one did they enjoy shooting the most?  The .22 pistol.  These were adult males mind you, not women or children. I enjoy shooting guns and cameras.  Inevitably people come to me and ask me what kind of camera or gun to buy.  My answer is increasingly becoming “the one you can shoot comfortably the most often”.  If the person asking doesn’t already own a .22 long rifle pistol and rifle,  I will usually encourage them to get both.  Why? You need practice and practice costs money. – My discounted gun club membership costs $125/year.  That doesn’t cover ammunition and ammunition isn’t cheap, unless you’re shooting .22 long rifle.  The cheapest centerfire pistol cartridges will cost...

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