Fred On Everything: When I Was A Kid

Okay, this makes three “When I Was A Kid” Stories about RKBA.

Maybe I will join the group with my memories as well.

In any case, Fred’s reflections have an eerie similarity to Paul Craig Robert’s and Bill Witten (and mine) so now these tales are grouped into their own category. CLICK LINK HERE

Fred’s Link CLICK HERE

And….a delightful excerpt:

Freedom and Illusion
Mostly Illusion

August 14, 2010

When I was a kid long, long ago, before time began, or anyone had thought of why time ought to begin, or what it might be good for, I lived in rural King George County, Virginia. The county bordered on the Potomac River and was mostly woods. Dahlgren Naval Proving Ground, on which my family lived, sloped down to Machodoc Creek, perhaps three-quarters of a mile wide.

Things were looser then. When I wanted to go shooting, I put my rifle, a nice .22 Marlin with a ten-power Weaver, on my shoulder and walked out the main gate. At the country store outside the gate I’d buy a couple of boxes of long rifles, no questions asked, and away my co-conspirator Rusty and I went to some field or swamp to murder beer cans.

Today if a kid of fifteen tried it, six squad cars and a SWAT team (in all likelihood literally) would show up with sirens yowling, the kid’s parents would be jailed, the store closed and its proprietors imprisoned, and the kid subjected to compulsory psychiatric examination. Times change.

In King George if a buddy and I wanted to go swimming, we might go to the boat dock, which was for public use, and jump in. We did this by day or night. Almost never were there other people around, certainly no lifeguard. Or we might take my canoe, bought with paper-route money, and paddle out into the nighttime water and glory in being young and free and jumping overboard to swim. No one thought anything of it. It was what kids did.

Reflections on the Second Amendment (via billwitten)

Another commentary for the “when I was kid” file. It is amazing how similar all these “when I was a kid” stories sound when read back to back. CLICK LINK HERE

When I was growing up, guns were as much a part of my life as cars—and my dad was originally a mechanic. Some of my most cherished memories are those of pheasant and quail hunts, spending time with Dad driving around in the pasture shooting prairie dogs and rattlesnakes and seeing the pride in his eyes when I won a trap shoot or other shooting event. We really didn't pay any attention to professional sports. I played football, basketball and thre … Read More

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Civilian Disarmament William Norman Grigg

From the good stuff file, this speech by William Norman Grigg on the subject of Civilian Disarmament, a particularly useful topic on the eve of the Swiss Vote to require arsenal storage of military pattern rifles.

If passed, the Swiss turn their backs on a 500 year old tradition to include the mobilization that stopped Hitler in his tracks just half a century ago. CLICK LINK HERE

Tantalizing Excerpt:

Civilian Disarmament: Prelude to Tyranny | William Norman Grigg

The historical record clearly shows that civilian disarmament has been a precursor to tyranny and genocide. This is the grim reality that lurks behind the phrase “gun control.” This video lays out the facts concerning the ongoing drive by the federal government and the United Nations for civilian disarmament, and explains how you can help prevent America’s descent into police state tyranny. Speech by William Norman Grigg, a former senior editor of The New American magazine.

Yes, My Hair Hurt!


Exactly a week ago activity here at the JohnJacobH Blog ground to a complete unceremonious halt as yours truly involuntarily adopted the Miracle Influenza Diet and weight loss program.

For six days I was as sick as I have ever been in my entire life and certainly my entire adult life.

I lost a pound a day (for a grand total of 7lbs) , experienced mild delirium with a fever that ultimately peaked at 102.4, experienced muscle ache in places I did not know had muscles to ache, had periodic bouts of impromptu hypothermia attended with debilitating episodes of shivering and uncontrollable (teeth?) chatter, an endless dry hacking cough and yes, my hair hurt!

If I ran my hand across my head the sensation was one of unmistakable ouch! ouch! ouch! ouch!

Readers should be very clear about the extent of my disability.


The number of times I have taken to a sick bed since my late teens can be numbered on LESS than one hand! Really. Perfect attendance pins will attest to my veracity on this score.

There was a brief encounter with the creeping crud in the middle 1990’s which required an afternoon nap and another encounter in the mid 1980’s which also involved a half day of unplanned R&R and after that the sickbay record is lightly cluttered with the usual assortment of lacerations, contusions, and minor elective surgery.

That is all!

For me to be completely, uselessly bedridden for more than a day or two is a harbinger of really bad things.

And uselessly bedridden is exactly the name of the game. For four days I did not read, answer the phone, watch television, or surf the Internet. Mostly I lay in bed and ached as I drifted in and out of consciousness.

If this a return of the 1918 Spanish Flu baby boomers have a tough road ahead.

The good news: there were no symptoms of diarrhea or vomit, just exhaustion and fever with an endless dry hacking cough.

While I appreciated the reminder of how wretched real life combat operations were for large numbers of soldiers through history–from the encampment at Valley Forge to Jim Bowie’s deathbed at the Alamo to the malarial jungles of Southeast Asia,— as a general rule,—- I would not recommend this experience to anyone, yes, even my worst enemy.

So beware! There is some kind of bug going around and it got me first, which is not a good sign!

Custom engraved lever guns. (via BigTime Smithworks)

Some eye candy from South Dakota. Good job Smithworks! Click on the image for all the details!

Custom engraved lever guns. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="A closer … Read More

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