Survival 101- Potato Fire Starter

Okay, you made it to that abandoned miners cabin in the mountains after you got caught in a blinding blizzard. So now how do you crank up the trusty pot bellied stove?

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Another Olympic Shooting Sports Link

Since there seem to be many Internet Challenged Shooting Sports aficianodos out there like myself, I will post links as I find them.  Here is one similar to the schedule page, but slightly different.

Gun Control Is Good (Part II)

Fantastic Video. Michael Bane posted Part I on his blog here:

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Tantalizing Excerpt:

Violent criminals advocate gun control legislation to foster a safer work environment. Carjacker gives interview before burying corpse of victim.

Olympic Back Story at Michael Bane Blog

More Olympic links for the Internet Challenged like myself ( I still have not found any decent watchable video):

For those of you interested in Olympic Shooting Sports Stories Michael Bane has an interesting backstory at his blog here:

And, of course, the official schedule page here:

As well as these daily results from Michael Bane’s Downrange TV page here:


And here:

Sierra Times Classic- Meditation On Our Current Predicament

Honest, I will try not to dabble in the Sierra Times Archives any more after this. (But really, it was a great online publication)

This piece seems relevant today because of all the chatter about “the reset button” and “the threshold of outrage” and uberposts about “what to do” going around during the Dog Days of this really not all that hot summer.  The “reset button” has been right under our nose all these years and we, the people of dissent, still have not learned how to use it as explained in this kinder, gentler analysis of the State of The Union.

Thanks to the good folks at FreeRepublic it lives on the Internet  but somehow has not made it into the Wayback Machine archives.

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Tantalizing Excerpt:

A Meditation On Our Current Predicament

(c) 2000 by TJ Kattermann – 06.26.00

Guest Editorial

On the surface, it would seem to be a fair fight.

In the Second Amendment Corner stand people with Business experience – (Motto: Better, Faster, Cheaper); Sports experience – (Motto: When the going gets tough, the tough get going) and Military experience – (Motto: Capitulation occurs when the enemy’s assets are depleted beyond replenishment.)

In the Fabian Socialist Corner stand people with Psychology backgrounds – (Motto: Get touchy-feely with your inner child); Theatre Backgrounds – (Motto: All the world’s a stage and I’m the most important actor) and the unholy marriage of the two known euphemistically as Marketing/Public Relations – (Motto: we can produce graphic demonstrations of “facts” that don’t exist anywhere outside our imagination.)

While -We the People- of the Constitution have barely discovered the Gutenberg Printing Press, they -the Fabian Socialists- have taken our tax dollars to erect institutions and organizations to thwart our every move. The Federal Communications Commission, an organization that magically determines who shall own and build the fortresses known as Television and Radio Stations; the Federal Election Commission, an organization which establishes dominion over the kind of people who can run for office and the terms under which they may get their hands on the levers of power known as taxation.

Lesson Learned-Wife plays with pistol


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This video has probably been around for some time.

Now that it is on Youtube it will no doubt reach a wider audience. As with all true art every viewer brings their own interpretation.

Personally I think it demonstrates a questionable and unnecessary training technique, probably counterproductive.

But I will cheerfully yield to any trainer who can demonstrate otherwise.

As for me, I figure someday most everyone will figure out weapons are not toys, not for relaxation or sport or entertainment, but tools to be treated with utmost respect and caution and have but one purpose: to harm someone before they can harm you.

Horse around with a real live Katana in that fashion and see what happens!

TSA Holster Snafu Update

Well, I guess it was not hard to predict this outcome.  The TSA, of course, takes no responsibility.


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Tantalizing Excerpt:

US Airways pilot dismissed over firing gun in jet cockpit

WASHINGTON — The US Airways captain whose gun discharged in the cockpit of a plane landing in Charlotte , N.C., was fired by the airline and removed from the program that allows pilots to be armed, federal safety officials said Thursday.

Randy Pausch, Last Lecture.

On the off chance there are people who do not get out much, but do read these posts I join the crowd and salute Carnegie Mellon Professor Randy Pausch for what has become known on the Internet as “The Last Lecture”

With all condolences to his family on his untimely death.

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Tantalizing excerpt:

Carnegie Mellon Professor Randy Pausch (b Oct. 23, 1960 d. July 25) gave his last lecture at the university Sept. 18, 2007, before a packed McConomy Auditorium. In his moving presentation, “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams,” Pausch talked about his lessons learned and gave advice to students on how to achieve their own career and personal goals. For more, visit