A Nurse with a Gun

Friday, August 31, 2007

What Is Xavier Reading?

My wife bought this book in hardcover on sale somewhere and read it in one night. I am not as voracious a reader of paper as my wife, but I have found this book extremely difficult to put down. It is written for a sporadic reader like myself, with short accounts of intense experiences of Louis Cataldie's career as the Coroner in Baton Rouge. Click to get it on Amazon.comAt times darkly humorous, but always tragic, it is a personal catharsis of the cryptic world of living with death.

Largely written before Cataldie was called to account for the dead of hurricane Katrina, this is no high tech CSI wannabe glamour novel. Cataldie makes no bones about the reality, the personal costs and the sacrifices his calling takes on himself and his family. Katrina hit as the author was finishing this book, and the first chapter chronicles his ongoing frustration and struggle to account for the dead of the storm. Prior, he had achieved fame for his work on the serial cases of Derrick Todd Lee, and murderous spree of John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo.

Although panned by Publisher's Weekly as being an "unremarkable account" with "flat writing and the occasional platitude", I feel that Coroner's Journal: Stalking Death in Louisiana is a glaring example of why artists frequently say they have eyes while critics have spectacles. This book is anything but unremarkable. It is a spot of human brilliance concerning a topic that is all to often simply a scientific fashion statement in today's world. Louis Cataldie does not seek to increase his reputation by writing this book, rather he attempts to respectfully speak for the dead while educating us all. It is intense, it is menacing, ominous, bizarre, and it is absolutely compelling. Best of all, it's on the cheap rack. Prove the critics wrong. Read this book.


Pawn Shop Circuit: 1911 Cravings

I got off work early today, and used my spare time to hit a few pawn shops and gun stores. My favorite pawn shops had the usual fare of Ruger double action pistols, Glocks and such, nothing that I was interested in. I resolved to darken the door of a gun store.

At the first gun store, there were a couple of interesting pistols. A Colt New Agent 1911 was in the case. It was Series 90 pistol, with an enhanced lightweight frame and a gutter in the slide instead of sights. It had slim grips, and a tapered slide reminiscent of a Browning Hi-Power. A Real M1911Intriguing to say the least. It was also blued, and priced at $947. It looks like Colt is starting to get on the ball with CCW, but I would have preferred the pistol be hard chromed and priced more attractively.

The proprietor also had a Colt WW1 Reproduction for sale. I asked to see it. As I turned it over in my hands, I noted an off center recoil plug tunnel, and a double struck United States Property rollmark. I was also put off by the tapered leading edges on the slide and the raised margins of the rollmarks. The 1911 reproduction is a pistol I may someday buy. I intend to shoot it if I do though, so a new one would depreciate rapidly. Original M1911s routinely sell for greater amounts, and the chances of finding a correct example in my price range is slim. I looked at the tag. this reproduction was tagged at $1047. I asked if they could work with me on the price. The answer was no.

I remembered why I essentially stopped going into gun stores. I started to drive over to a local gun store that I have not visited in five years. I walked out after the owner's wife was insufferably rude half a decade ago, and vowed to never return. I thought about it today, just to see if there was another Colt WW1 Reproduction in town at a fair price. There was likely one there, but I could not bring myself to offer them any further patronage.

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Thursday, August 30, 2007

Home Again

Ilsa is back home. Work has been heavy.........


Hat tip to Babs

A Night Without Ilsa

My wife had taken Ilsa into the vet yesterday morning for treatment, and I was to pick her up after leaving work yesterday. Ilsa has been having a bit of a problem with demodicosis and we finally decided to have her dipped. The treatment is harsh on a doggie, so we had held off, hoping her developing immune system would conquer the disease. We could not vaccinate her with the problem, however. After she chased a coon out of the backyard a few days ago on our early morning urinary relief sojourn, I finally relented and said "Let's dip her and get it over with." I was to pick her up at 1430.

Alas,the life of a nurse is never so structured, unless that nurse works the drudgery of the hospital floors. I almost left the hospital early yesterday. I was not on call, and all the cases were finished at 1200. I decided to stay and get caught up on paperwork and such......

At 1345 I got word that a critical hemorrhagic case was being raced to the ER. I went down to prepare, and at about 1400, I began work in earnest to stop a duodenal bleed. We shoved blood in as fast as it arrived, scoping past a sanguine volcano erupting from the man's mouth and nostrils. Our patient was bellowing as he thrashed about on the stretcher, spraying blood about the room. Intubation and anesthesia was not possible. The ER staff went AWOL. The sedation had no effect on this man as we wrestled him to keep him still so we could perform a miracle for his family. He would have tipped the scales at 230 at least, and he was whooping our asses..........

I'll let it go at that. When the blood drips off the surgical lights on to the back of your head and neck in a case, you know you are in deep. In the end, we saved his life, although we all ended up bruised and battered from the ordeal.

When I left the gory and trashed treatment room to find the ER nurse and give report, I learned she was on a smoke break. Somehow, I was not surprised, nor amused. Covered with blood, spit and sweat, except where my shredded gown and goggles had protected me, I found the ER supervisor. I explained firmly that she would take report, right here, right now. Exhausted and spent, I walked out of the ER at 1735. The vet closed at 5:30PM. I'm sorry Ilsa. I'll see you when I get home this afternoon.


Tuesday, August 28, 2007

This Handgun Already Exists

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Monday, August 27, 2007

Registered Magnum at Auction

Registered Magnum #943 is up for bids on Auction Arms. If you've ever wondered about these stopried guns, this is an auction to watch.
This gun was shipped to Connecticutt in 1936 with the following features: 6.5 in. barrel, no. 35 Marble's ivory bead front sight, magna grips. This gun is very nice and carries most of the original finish. Gun is in the correct box (box does not have the white tape on bottom) box has brush and paper insert. Bore and mechanics are excellent, lock up and timing are right. All numbers match on the gun, with the exception of the grips, which are correct but do not number to the gun.
Current Price: $4,141.41 (Reserve Price Not Met)
But It Now: $5995.00

Here are a couple more interesting auctions:

Boxed S&W pre-model 27 .357 Mag. w/ 3-1/2" bbl
Currently at $1,600.00 (Reserve Price Not Met)

Colt M1911A1 1936 Super Match w/ military provenance
Currently at $8,500.00 (Reserve Price Not Met)
Buy It Now: $14,000

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The S&W Lock

Michael Bane learns why the S&W integral lock is despised.

Here are more documented S&W revolver integral lock failures.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

SAR Ilsa

Ilsa's training began in earnest early this morning. She was able to find Little Darling on seven out of eight attempts in a 20 acre park/playground. She quickly picked up on any sound, and seemed to know what she was expected to do. Tracking on the ground seems to be an adjunct for her at this time, but the plan is to train her to hone those nostrils over the next months.

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Pipe Down!

As most gun owners know, residents of Washington, D.C., have been barred from owning a firearm in their home for thirty years. You may have heard about recent efforts to overturn that ban, including a potential hearing by the U.S. Supreme Court. But I'll bet you haven't heard about the public hearing on the issue, where a congressional delegate lectured a pro-gun audience to "pipe down!"

The anti-gun media in our nation's capital city didn't want to tell the whole story, but I will. Because, when it comes to freedom, Americans should never pipe down!

Washington, D.C.'s congressional delegate, Eleanor Norton, has been a longtime gun-control supporter. Frankly, she hasn't met a gun ban she didn't like.

So Norton attended a hearing on the D.C. gun ban intent on lecturing the crowd about the need to keep the gun ban in place. She was more than surprised to find that her district is full of NRA members and citizens who want their Second Amendment rights restored.

She was surprised and flabbergasted.

She said, "Wherever a resident may stand on guns … and there are a few residents in the District of Columbia who would see our gun laws repealed and make common cause with the NRA," Norton began. At her mention of the NRA, the crowd erupted in applause, much to Norton's shock and horror.

She continued, stunned, "... I've been in Congress 15 years, and most of you look real strange to me … I don't know where you came from. All right. PIPE DOWN!"

It reminds me of Jack Nicholson in the movie, A Few Good Men. Delegate Norton JUST CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH!

And the truth is, the result of D.C.'s gun ban is a violent crime-infested city.

And the truth is, NRA members and law-abiding citizens live everywhere, including in Washington, D.C. And they, like all Americans, value all of their rights... including the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

And we absolutely will not-ever-pipe down.


Hat tip to Uncle

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Ilsa Battles the String


Friday, August 24, 2007

Woman Saves Her Man in Louisiana

On August 22, 2007, at approximately 6:00 AM, as Nathaniel Evans left his St. Charles Parish home for work, he was accosted by two armed men. Evans was ordered back into his home by the gunmen, who brandished a 38 revolver, a 9 mm and a 40 caliber handgun. Inside the home was Irene Bailey and a five year old child.

Once inside the home, Todd, left Avila, rightEvans and Irene Bailey were forced to the floor at gunpoint, as the home invaders continually demanded "Where is it?". Irene Bailey was forced into the bedroom with her five year old child. At some point, for some reason, Evans was shot by the gunmen in the torso, lacerating his liver. That is when Irene Bailey responded like a cornered cat. She somehow managed to get to a 40 caliber handgun, and she shot both criminals. She shredded one criminal's torso with five rounds, and shot the other criminal in the torso once. Jason Jammal Todd was pronounced dead at the scene at 6:20 a.m. by the coroner. The second criminal, Chris Avila, was lucky. Although injured, he ran like a bunny rabbit, and was found hemorrhaging in a nearby grassy field around 8 a.m. by police.

Jason Todd got personalized toe jewelery at the local morgue.
Chris Avila will be booked with attempted murder and aggravated burglary.
Nathanial Evans is listed in in guarded condition at St. Charles Hospital.
The five year old was not injured.
Irene Bailey will not be charged for righteous self defense.

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Thursday, August 23, 2007

Ohio CHL Holder Apprehends Murderer

Tuesday afternoon, August 21, 2007, Dayton Ohio. Robert Bragg, a 24 year old Ohio Air National Guardsman heard gunshots and shrieks of fear and pain. He went into his home to retrieve his Beretta 9mm handgun. Unbeknownst to Bragg, at the Covault Market and Coin Laundry, two men had just been murdered in cold blood. Robert Bragg in front of his homeAn armed robbery had resulted in the deaths of the market owner, Roger Covault, and one of his employees, Robert T. Harris. Two killers were loose on the street.

About a half hour earlier, Robert Bragg had spoken with two young pedestrians, who asked him for directions in front of his home. He did not recognize them, but he made a mental note of their attire. They wore long sleeves and baggy clothing in the midday sultry heat of Dayton. They asked for directions to a street that Bragg did not recognize, and then they moved on. When Bragg heard the shots from down the street, he had ample cause for alarm.

Now he saw the men running down his street armed with handguns. Bragg quickly went inside his home and told his mother to call 911. He then exited his home with his own sidearm. When the two killers approached, Bragg identified himself as a military policeman and ordered both to halt, to drop their weapons and go prone on the pavement. "They were both stunned," Bragg recalled.

Bragg was outmanned, two to one. He was in a precarious predicament, but he held the initiative. Michael Perdue & Brandon PhillipsThe tables had turned. Now, it was time for the criminals to be confused and shocked as a events they had not expected unfolded.

One killer lowered his firearm, but the other began to raise his in Bragg's direction. "I think he thought about it. Once he realized I was going to shoot him before he could shoot me, he just took off on foot. For a split second, I thought I was going to have to shoot him," Bragg said. The second killer dropped his weapon and his ski mask.

Assisted by his neighbors, Robert Bragg held one killer, Brandon Phillips, at gunpoint until the authorities arrived, but the other man, the one who raised his gun in Bragg's direction, was still at large in the vicinity. After a manhunt, police apprehended Michael Perdue, the other gunman.

"It never really crossed my mind that I could get hurt," stated Bragg. "It's hard to feel like a hero when two people lost their lives. It's a horrible loss."

Today, the Montgomery County Prosecutor's Office approved charges of six counts of aggravated murder, two counts of aggravated robbery and two counts of kidnapping against Brandon Phillips. Prosecutors also approved charges of aggravated robbery and tampering with evidence against Michael Perdue.

Robert Bragg holds a Ohio Concealed handgun License. Thank you for your service, Airman Bragg.

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Teach Children Firearms Safety

Katrina was formed on August 23, 2005
Hat tip to Oleg Volk


Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Confiscating Clergy?

Recently, Jeff Ferrell of KSLA News of Bossier City, Louisiana published a story regarding the federal use of clergy to confiscate firearms in a disaster such as Katrina. He used footage from a Hollywood movie, "The Siege" to illustrate potential events in his news story. I'll cut and paste his story here.
Homeland Security Enlists Clergy to Quell Public Unrest if Martial Law Ever Declared
Aug 15, 2007 06:07 PM CDT

Could martial law ever become a reality in America? Some fear any nuclear, biological or chemical attack on U.S. soil might trigger just that. KSLA News 12 has discovered that the clergy would help the government with potentially their biggest problem: Us.
Charleton Heston's now-famous speech before the National Rifle Association at a convention back in 2000 will forever be remembered as a stirring moment for all 2nd Amendment advocates. At the end of his remarks, Heston held up his antique rifle and told the crowd in his Moses-like voice, "over my cold, dead hands."
While Heston, then serving as the NRA President, made those remarks in response to calls for more gun control laws at the time, those words live on. Heston's declaration captured a truly American value: An over-arching desire to protect our freedoms.
But gun confiscation is exactly what happened during the state of emergency following Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, along with forced relocation. U.S. Troops also arrived, something far easier to do now, thanks to last year's elimination of the 1878 Posse Comitatus act, which had forbid regular U.S. Army troops from policing on American soil.
If martial law were enacted here at home, like depicted in the movie "The Siege", easing public fears and quelling dissent would be critical. And that's exactly what the 'Clergy Response Team' helped accomplish in the wake of Katrina.
Dr. Durell Tuberville serves as chaplain for the Shreveport Fire Department and the Caddo Sheriff's Office. Tuberville said of the clergy team's mission, "the primary thing that we say to anybody is, 'let's cooperate and get this thing over with and then we'll settle the differences once the crisis is over.'"
Such clergy response teams would walk a tight-rope during martial law between the demands of the government on the one side, versus the wishes of the public on the other. "In a lot of cases, these clergy would already be known in the neighborhoods in which they're helping to diffuse that situation," assured Sandy Davis. He serves as the director of the Caddo-Bossier Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.
For the clergy team, one of the biggest tools that they will have in helping calm the public down or to obey the law is the bible itself, specifically Romans 13. Dr. Tuberville elaborated, "because the government's established by the Lord, you know. And, that's what we believe in the Christian faith. That's what's stated in the scripture."
Civil rights advocates believe the amount of public cooperation during such a time of unrest may ultimately depend on how long they expect a suspension of rights might last.

Story by Jeff Ferrell

Wow. Tin foil hat time.

I believe there is a misrepresentation of facts in this news story.

I know Charlton Heston's statements were misrepresented.

I'm not an attorney, so I'll simply cut and paste what I can find on Posse Comitatus.

The Posse Comitatus Act could be replaced, nullified or modified by a simple act of Congress.

In early 2006, the 109th Congress passed a controversial bill which grants the President the right to commandeer Federal or even State National Guard Troops and use them inside the United States. This bill, entitled the John Warner Defense Appropriation Act for Fiscal Year 2007 (H.R. 5122.ENR), contains a provision, (Section 1076) which allows the President to:

“...employ the armed forces, including the National Guard in Federal service, to...restore public order and enforce the laws of the United States when, as a result of a natural disaster, epidemic, or other serious public health emergency, terrorist attack or incident, or other condition in any State or possession of the United States..., where the President determines that,...domestic violence has occurred to such an extent that the constituted authorities of the State or possession are incapable of maintaining public order; suppress, in a State, any insurrection, domestic violence, unlawful combination, or conspiracy...” [3] Senator Patrick Leahy and others have condemned Section 1076 because it effectively nullifies the Posse Comitatus Act and the Insurrection Act (10 U.S.C. 331-335) and gives the President the legal ability to define under what conditions martial law may be declared. Link

The John Warner Defense Appropriation Act for Fiscal Year 2007 (H.R. 5122.ENR) says nothing about gun confiscation. It refers to restoring order and enforcing laws during civil unrest. One will note that laws are now in existance in many states prohibiting the confiscation of firearms from law abiding citizens in the event of a disaster. In Louisiana, House Bill 760 provides this protection.

The Disaster Recovery Personal Protection Act of 2006 was a bill introduced in the United States Congress to prohibit the confiscation of legally owned firearms during a disaster. It became law in the form of the Vitter Amendment to the Department Of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, in 2007. On July 13, 2006, the Vitter Amendment passed the United States Senate 84 to 16. President George W. Bush signed the Department Of Homeland Security Appropriations Act on September 30, 2006 and the Vitter Ammendment became Public Law 109-295.

So, you see, if the clergy is going to act as an agent of the federal government using Posse Comitatus to restore public order during periods of unrest following a disaster, they must be used to persuade the public, including public officials, to abide by laws already in existence. Thus, by the very laws they are trying to restore, they would effectively prevent the confiscation of legally owned firearms.

I do not know Sandy Davis, nor do I know Dr. Durell Tuberville. I do believe they were done a disservice by Mr. Ferrell, the journalist responsible for this misleading story. There is no talk from either man regarding confiscations, only of diffusing unrest, and helping to maintain the peace. I believe there was a stink pot of misrepresentation in this story, deliberate misrepresentation, to try to get a story started that does not even exist.

There were many guns confiscated in the New Orleans area after hurricane Katrina. Not one priest or minister abused the public trust to confiscate a single gun. Many priests and ministers traveled to the hurricane zone to help however they could. They were there. They did go into communities and shelters to help ease fears, and comfort the inconsolable. They did not, however, confiscate guns, nor did they to my knowledge attempt to convince people to surrender guns. In my opinion, it's time to call bullshit on this story.

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The Truth About "Ballistic Fingerprinting"


Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Smith & Wesson Revolver Collecting

I was asked recently how to get into Smith & Wesson revolver collecting. It was an odd question, but a reply of "just go buy a few" did not seem sufficient. So, my advice was to first buy "America's Right Arm" by John Henwood if his wife still has any copies. Next, buy Supica's "Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson". Get these first. They are your Bibles.

Next, wrap your head around the idea that finish wear is acceptable, interesting, and actually pretty cool.

Now look at the evolution of the .38 caliber Smith & Wesson K frame revolver, starting with the Model of 1899. Hand Ejectors, and their myriad variations. They are plentiful enough, still, that if you can accept finish wear, you can find nice, original examples for not too awful much. The big money goes to the 95% or greater guns, especially the older variations that were only produced for three or four years in the M&P development. Go to gunshows. Go to pawn shops. Buy one or two, and then repeat the process. Hey....That topbreak is about the same dimensions as a K frame.......Don't forget the .32WCF revolvers, they are also K frames. Now those 38/44s are .38 caliber, but an N frame. Heck, since you've bought an N frame now, you may as well buy that Model 28 for nothing.....Then you gotta have that three and a half inch Model 27. Now that you have that, a Registered Magnum is a consideration someday.........

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One of the little known facts about me is that I run saltwater aquariums. In my home, 675 gallons of brine, fish, coral and critters circulate in four glass cages. I actually got into the hobby about five years ago when my little girl wanted a Nemo. I ran a coral reef, a trigger tank, and a venomous tank as well as a crunchy critter tank. If you want to enjoy all kinds of sea life, you have to keep them separate.

I now have my air conditioning working again, but alas, many of the sea creatures did not survive. Although I kept the water circulating, and fans blowing across the top of the water, All but three two fish died. All the coral is gone. I'm in the midst of saving what I can, but I do not think I will invest so heavily in the hobby again. Perhaps I will acquire a Clown Trigger for one tank, and maybe a humuhumunukunukuapua, pronounced humu-humu-nuku-nuku-apu-a'-a, AKA a Picasso Trigger for the other. No more coral. Nemo did survive.

The house is steadily cooling again.....

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Monday, August 20, 2007

My Life Graphed Out

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Hat tip Skywriter


Sunday, August 19, 2007

3rd World Xavier

It's sweltering. It's criminally hot. I go to the Holiday Inn to get a taste of air conditioning, and then return home. I had not realized I had gotten so old. Xavier as a young buck in the PIWhen I was a young man, a week or two in the equatorial Philippine heat did not bother me at all. I did not even wish for the rainy season. Instead, I wished for more time in the tropical wonderland. Yes, the heat and humidity was oppressive, but it was not as though air conditioning was a life support system.

If anything, this unrestrained and unrelieved heat has been showing me I am no longer a young man. In the PI, every building was constructed for optimal ventilation. Electric fans circulated island breezes through an intoxicating variety of flowers throughout the business area. If the one was not yet acclimated to the heat, a San Miguel and a pretty girl was always ready to help the process along. Jeepneys were open air rides about the communities. Once home, a person had the same system of constantly moving air to maintain equilibrium.

For two days, I've been studying my ass off during the cool less hot night hours, and today I must start to turn my biological clock around. I do not have the ventilation necessary to manage the ambient interior temperature, and my body can not take the strain. Inside the house is hotter than out in the yard. I find myself making more and more typos as my forehead drops sweat on my keyboard. Getting old is Hell. Today is Sunday...........When I come home on Tuesday.........


Blogroll Addition

Welcome, Skywriter, to my blogroll!

At least the refrigerator is in the house instead of out back full of holes.........


Saturday, August 18, 2007

And She Called

She called...

Blacks, Whites...wait
African Americans and Caucasians, Asians, excuse me.
Vietnamese, Philipenes, Koreans and Jamaicans or
Haitans, waitin' Hispanics y'all.

Please be paitent
Mexican, Puerto Ricans, Venezualean, Cuban, Dominican, Panamanian Democrats
I beg your pardon, you partied with the late, great Reagan?
Republican, Independent, Christian, Catholic,
Methodist, Baptist, 7th Day Adventist, 5 Percenters,
Hindu, Sunii Muslim, Brothers and Sisters who never seen the New York city
skyline when the twin towers still existed.
But still She called.

From the bowels of Ground Zero she sent this 911 distress signal.
Because She was in desperate need of a hero,
and didn't have time to decipher what to call 'em,
so she called 'em all Her children.
The children of the stars and bars who needed to know nothing more than the fact that she called.
The fact that someone attempted to harm us
this daughter who covered us all with her loving arms.
And now these arms are sprawled across New York City streets.
A smoke filled lung, a silt covered faced,
and a solitary tear poured out of her cheek.
Her singed garments carpets Pennsylvania Avenue and the Pentagon was under her feet.
As she began to talk, she began to cough up small particles of debris
and said, "I am America, and I'm calling on the land of the free."
So they answered.

All personal differences set to the side
because right now there was no time to decide which state building the Confederate flag should fly over,
and which trimester the embryo is considered alive,
or on our monetary units, and which God we should confide.
You see, someone attempted to choke the voice
of the one who gave us the right for choice,
and now she was callin.
And somebody had to answer.
Who was going to answer?

So they did.
Stern faces and chisled chins.
Devoted women and disciplined men,
who rose from the ashes like a pheonix
and said "don't worry, we'll stand in your defense."
They tightened up their bootlaces
and said goodbye to loved ones, family and friends.
They tried to bombard them with the "hold on", "wait-a-minute's", and "what-if's".
And "Daddy, where you goin?".
And, "Mommy, why you leavin?".
And they merely kissed them on their foreheads and said "Don't worry, I have my reasons.
You see, to this country I pledged my allegience
to defend it against all enemies foreign and domestic.
So as long as I'm breathin, I'll run though hell-fire,
meet the enemy on the front lines,
look him directly in his face,
stare directly in his eyes and scream,

And if by chance death is my fate,
pin my medals upon my chest,
and throw Old Glory on my grave.
But, don't y'all cry for me.
You see, my Father's prepared a place.
I'll be a part of his Holy army standing a watch at the Pearly Gates.
Because freedom was never free.
POW's, and fallen soldiers
all paid the ultimate sacrafice
along side veterans who put themselves in harms way.
Risking their lives and limbs just to hold up democracy's weight,
but still standing on them broken appendages anytime the National Anthem was played.
You see, these were the brave warriors that gave me the right
to say that I'm Black. Or white.


African American or Caucasian,
I'm Asian, excuse me.
I'm Vietnamese, Philipene, Korean, or Jamaican.
I'm Haitan, Hispanic

Y'all, Please be paitent.
I'm Mexican, Puerto Rican, Venezualean, Cuban,
Dominican, Panamanian, Democrat
I beg your pardon, you see I partied with the late, great Reagan.
I'm Republican, Independent, Christian, Catholic,
Methodist, Baptist, 7th Day Adventist, 5 Percenters,
Hindu, Sunii Muslim,

Brothers and Sisters We're just Americans.
So with that I say
"Thank You" to the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines,
for preserving my rights
to live and die for this life
and paying the ultimate price for me to be...FREE!

SSGT Lawrence E. Dean II USMC

Hat tip to JR

Who is this Marine? Take as look at Blackwing 5. Hoorah!


Friday, August 17, 2007

Damn It's Hot!

I came home from a 14 hour day at the hospital today to find a scorching hot house. What the hell. I checked the thermostat and breakers. The circuit breaker was tripped and would not reset. Damn. I went outside to the primary unit, and gave it the old sniff test. Through the upper louvers, I could discern the distinct scent of fried compressor windings. Crap. That's about right, I suppose. 102 degrees in the shade and the damned A/C decides to crap out on me. On the weekend.

I call a serviceman, who comes over to confirm my diagnosis. Compressors are giving up the ghost all over town in the heat. Luckily my A/C is still under warranty, and the serviceman tells me he can order a new compressor on Monday, have it overnighted, and install it while I am at work on Tuesday. Holy Jesus with a tire tool! Four freaking days, two of which absolutely nothing will be done? Yes sir. Is there a damned window unit for sale anywhere in this town? Hell no. I sent the family to the Holiday Inn.

As for me, on Monday, I will start a two day course to learn new procedures. I need to study like hell. I've already loaded the study CD and algorithms on my computer, and I guess I will have to endure the devilish heat to prepare. Hell, I've been through worse, I suppose. Time to start designing.......



There is something to be learned from a rainstorm.
When meeting with a sudden shower you try not to get wet
and run quickly along the road,
by doing such things as passing under the eves of houses,
you still get wet.
When you are resolved from the beginning,
you will not be perplexed,
though you will still get the same soaking.
this understanding extends to all.


The Electra Amsterdam

Who wants a European styled bike? I do! Electra has introduced a bicycle to the American market that is reminiscent of the utilitarian bicycles that clutter the sidewalks of Europe. The Amsterdam is a bike for those who don't want to ride down mountains and aren't candidates for triathilons. It's a more civilized bike for the person who just wants to get around.

With a diamond frame, it is sturdy. With fenders and a skirt guard, it keeps you dry on wet streets. With a full chain guard, you can ride it in slacks.....With cuffs. A headlight, bell and rear rack round out a classic, practical bike for those who accept no compromise. With a $560 price tag, I'll wait a while.

More on the Electra Amsterdam

Batavus versus the Electra Amsterdam

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Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Recreational Shooting

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Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Murder on the Highway

It was a story that reminded me of why I carry a gun. Even now, nobody knows why Nick Salinas took the lives of the highway travelers who stopped to assist him.

At 2:05AM Sunday morning, Nick Salinas wrecked his automobile on Interstate 35E near downtown Dallas. At approximately 2:13, Robert Langston stopped his vehicle and approached Salinas to help. Salinas shot him in the head at close range. Moments earlier, a man named Bob Hope had tried to assist Salinas, but after Salinas stuck a shotgun in his face, Hope escaped. Mr. Hope was calling 911 on his cellphone as the shootings began.

Next, about 2:15AM, Barry Smith stopped just South of Langston's vehicle, and unknowingly walked towards the killer. Salinas shot him at about 40 feet.

About that same time, a vehicle carrying four men, including Jesus Reyes Terrazas, passed the scene. The men thought they saw an accident and returned to help. At 2:18AM, Salinas fired two shots at the four men as they approached. One blast struck Terrazas in the head, killing him. One of the men with Terrazas had a concealed handgun license, as well as his firearm. He drew his gun and returned fire. It is unclear whether his return fire found it's mark.

The first police officers arrived on the scene at 2:20AM. Cpl. Jerry Poston and his partner knew they had an accident and a potential shooting when they rolled up. Poston approached a wounded Barry Smith to render aid, but before he could reach Smith, Salinas shot him twice. Cpl. Poston struggled to breathe, his neck, face scalp and knee perforated by shotgun pellets.

Four victims lay bleeding in the sultry Texas night near his wrecked blue Nissan when Salinas turned his gun on himself and took his own life. Robert Langston was pronounced dead at the scene. Jesus Terrazas died shortly after his arrival at Methodist Dallas Medical Center. David Smith and Jerry Poston ultimately survived the killer's onslaught.

Why did Salinas kill? I'll leave that to the psychoanalysts. My friend, Phlegmfatale, was hoping I would analyze this insane orgy of murder, and perhaps offer a few pointers on how to avoid a similar fate. Those who survived lived by chance, because they were not targeted by the killer. They were able to escape into the darkness. It is tragic that Mr. Hope was unable to warn the men who arrived shortly after him. Alas, I am reminded of Craig, and the only advice I can offer is drive on by and report the accident on your cell phone.

I know that I could never do that myself. I always stop at accidents. Always. Even when my daughter is along for the ride, I stop. I feel it is my duty as a nurse. I do carry a gun. When responding to an unknown emergency, I am most vulnerable.

This is a situation that merits contemplation and planning. One thing is certain though. The only way one can remove the threat to oneself is to drive on by and alert authorities of the accident. Still, someone must be the first on the scene. If I can prevent a death, that someone should be me. I will not give up the way I choose to live my life because of the nameless bitch that killed Craig, or murderous wastes of oxygen like Salinas.

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Monday, August 13, 2007

Bullet Tip Free Zones

To all eBay buyers and sellers – this auction is for you!!!

I have been an eBay member for over 10 years, having joined prior to April of 2007, long before the current crop of eBay Executives had even heard of eBay. At that time it was an open, free market but from the very beginning there were rules that prohibited selling illegal items. Everybody got along, and it was FUN to meet new people and buy from them or sell to them. Heck, more than once I have traveled to the eBay campus and participated in usability studies, trying to help eBay make their site better.

Then, suddenly, it became somehow wrong to sell firearms. The category was deleted and any auctions that cropped up in other categories were killed. Suddenly it became “illegal” on eBay to sell perfectly legal items in a perfectly legal manner, i.e. shipping to federally licensed firearms dealers for subsequent transfer. At about the same time as firearms were being banned the plethora of “patent medicines” started cropping up, everything from ointments that claimed to enlarge certain body parts to pills to make the enlargement last longer. Herbal remedies for everything, lack of sleep, loss of energy, you name it. All fraudulent, of course, but still being sold today.

I believe this was the first of many steps down the path of social engineering that eBay has chosen. Today they justify their recent clampdown with, “We have a Trust and Safety team which consists of more than 2,000 experts in online security and safety who are located around the globe.” But back then the Executive Team were at least honest and everyone knew that they were opposed to private ownership of firearms. Implying that their “online security” people have ANY firearms knowledge is like saying that a programmer knows how to run a business.

Further, their experts from “around the globe” are not relevant to America. I don’t really care what someone in Paris, or Lisbon, or London, Tokyo, or Cairo thinks about AMERICAN free enterprise. Just as I don’t care if they ban pork rinds in Saudi Arabia, eBay executives have no business listening to “global” input as it affects the US market.

Below is an exact quotation from the letter sent to me:

“We value an open and transparent marketplace; if items are legal to buy
and sell in an unrestricted manner we allow them on our site. However,
there are some items that while legal, may not be safe for our
marketplace. In these instances, our applicable policies go beyond the
law to ensure that our marketplace is safe.”

I would like to point out that the first and last sentence are obviously contradictory. You cannot value something, truly value it, and then not honor your own values. What this means is that eBay does NOT place any significant value on an open marketplace, they are simply giving it lip service.

I wonder what eBay does value. For example, do they value the educational fund that one store owner was building for his daughter by selling LEGAL parts? Do they care that they are taking that education from her?

Do they understand that one of the nations finest gunsmiths spent years designing and perfecting a firing pin that will SAVE LIVES by making rifles safer to fire and that he no longer has a “mass market” to sell his product? It is entirely likely that more people will die from “slam fires” that could have been prevented by the use of this improved firing pin. Does eBay care that because of their policy people might actually die?

I don’t know the answers to those questions, and quite honestly I wouldn’t believe any answer provided to me by an eBay executive.

So, here’s the “auction”. I would ask that there be only one bid, to make this a valid auction, and that bid be for one penny. ALL graphics are free to all. Please feel free to copy them and use them in your store as you shut down your operations. Use them in your final auctions, or wherever you would like.

Also, I would suggest that the many sellers currently selling firearms optics get ready to be shut down at any time as the scopes you sell MIGHT be used to convert a “hunting rifle” into a “sniper rifle.” At the drop of a hat a “sniper rifle” could be added to the currently forbidden “assault rifle” category. (Neither the govt. nor eBay can define what either of those rifles are so expect the worst.)

Current bid: US $31.00


Sunday, August 12, 2007

Jerusalem Gunfight

The official line of this gunfight can be found at The Jerusalem Post. In short, an armed security guard was followed by an assailant, who eventually had an opportunity to snatch the guard's pistol. The assailant took the opportunity and tried to flee. The two guards gave chase.

The assailant tried to fire the pistol at his pursuers at one point, but does not disengage the safety. He is eventually gunned down by his pursuer. In all, ten people, including the gunless security guard, were wounded in the gunfight. Of course, the family and supporters of the dead criminal/terrorist are fabricating stories. Go to the linked story for that.

Here, lets put the politics aside and simply examine the dynamics of the gunfight. The guard never knew he was being targeted until it was too late. His assailant followed him, talking on a cellphone for at least several minutes, around corners and through alleyways. The guards were both blissfully in condition white as their assailant planned his attack and waited for the optimal location.

When he snatched the weapon, he got control of it quickly and hopped several steps backwards to gain distance between himself and the bewildered guard. A quick response at that time would have taken him down. A retention holster or a lanyard would have prevented the snatch.

As he runs away from his pursuers, bystanders are unaware of what is happening around them. They seem to be in disbelief, even when the firearm is in sight. It is not until shots are actually fired that the bystanders scurry away. The assailant stops running, turns to shoot the pursuing guard, but is unable to fire the pistol. Reportedly, the safety is engaged. The guard catches up, sweeps the pistol to the side, and tries to wrestle the assailant down, placing him in an ineffective headlock. His partner is unable to get a clear shot.

The assailant retains the pistol and slips out of the guard's headlock. Had he continued to run like a jackrabbit, he might have gotten away. Instead, after he has again gained distance, he attempts to conceal the handgun in the small of his back. That decision slows him down, and the guard's partner catches up. The partner takes cover as does the assailant. The partner fires, striking the assailant when he steps out from cover to run again. The wounded assailant crumples in the middle of the street, firing wildly at the retreating partner.

What can be learned? First and foremost, if you have cover, use it. Do not give it up and run out in the open in an attempt to get away. Second, if you are trying to escape pursuers, distance and speed are your friends. Do not give up either to do unnecessary things like engage your pursuers, or conceal a gun. Put obstacles between yourself and your pursuers. Make them work to catch you. Run as if your life depends on it. It just might. Whatever you do, do not slow down.

Lastly, after the guard had hit the assailant, bringing him to the ground, he retreated. In so doing, he insured safety for himself after stopping the escape. He drew back to re-evaluate the situation. How the encounter ends is not on the tape, but the result is a dead assailant.


Violent Encounters

Read "Violent Encounters: A Study of Felonious Assaults on Our Nation's Law Enforcement Officers" at these links, in PDF format:

  • Chapters 1-3
    (4.7M, 14 min @ 56K)
  • Chapter 4
    (1.8M, 5 min @ 56K)
  • Chapters 5-6
    (2.8M, 8 min @ 56K)
  • Chapter 7
    (5M, 15 min @ 56K)
  • Chapters 8-9
    (2.5M, 7 min @ 56K)


  • Help Out

    "Well I don't know the answer to whether or not if someone had had a weapon with them on campus if it would have made a difference. I don't know that anyone in Norris Hall on the day of this shooting had a concealed carry permit, but you know what we're looking at is do the prohibitions make sense?"

    The Honorable William T. "Bill" Bolling
    Lieutenant Governor
    Commonwealth of Virginia

    102 Governor Street, Richmond, VA 23219
    PO Box 1195, Richmond, VA 23218

    Phone: 804-786-2078
    Fax: 804-786-7514
    Email: ltgov@ltgov.virginia.gov

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    Who Was She?

    "I picked up a gun for the first time on my 45th birthday"

    Debbie Ferns gained national media attention recently on a NBC News indepth segment, Fired Up. Meet Deb Ferns, author of Babes with Bullets.


    Saturday, August 11, 2007

    The Nickel Ithaca

    A great opportunity to own a beautiful Army 45 made in 1944. Gun reads Ithaca Gun Co, Inc, Ithaca, New York. The other side reads United States Property M1911 A1 U. S. Army, Ser. # 18121XX. Markings next to trigger read FJA with P on top of receiver and a P and a J and a 6 engraved separately next to trigger guard. Pistol is original POLISHED NICKEL and appears to be all original. Pictures do not do the pistol justice. Grips are in outstanding shape and overall condition of the pistol would be near excellent. Three clips and a 1911 A1 Field Manual will be included in the price. Rifling is very good to excellent. Pistol has minor wear and doesn't give the appearance of having been used very much. This is a beautiful pistol that anyone would be proud to own, use and or display.

    I'm certain the pictures do not do this pistol "justice". Unfortunately, the nickel finish doesn't either. Buy It Now Price: $1350.00. I don't think so.

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    Light Blogging Ahead

    Rest in peace John Smith.
    Rest in peace Chuck Wilson.
    Both men were Bastrop City Police officers, cut down in their prime yesterday. Both men died in a shootout with a murder suspect yesterday afternoon in Bastrop Louisiana. Two EMT's were wounded. One suspect was killed. Another is still at large.
    Expect light blogging. Every time I say that, I start blogging like hell.


    Friday, August 10, 2007

    Point Shooting Explained

    Point Shooting Explained by James R. Rummel.

    Read it. Practice it. Live.


    Thursday, August 09, 2007

    Non Standard M1911A1


    Wednesday, August 08, 2007

    The SW1911

    I am a Colt fan when it comes to old slabsides. I suppose that will not change anytime soon. Over the past year, however, I have had the occasion to buy and shoot the SW1911 in several permutations. Click to enlargeI originally bought into the gun as trade fodder to feed my Colt addiction. In the past year I have come to a conclusion.

    The fellows in Springfield make a pistol that the fellows in Hartford should take a look at. The SW1911 is not the perfect 1911 pattern pistol, but it's a damned good one. Yes, it has an external extractor. Yes, it has a firing pin safety. Both of them work 100% too, so who cares? The pistol does contain MIM small parts, but they are good MIM parts, not cheap stuff. Metal injection molded small parts are here to stay in affordable firearms. If the manufacturing process is done right, the parts are durable. The SW1911 pistols do have some fitting issues, mainly on the grip tangs and the beavertail, but then, they are a mass produced product. I have addressed these issues, and discussed the modifications I made to the guns in the range reports linked below.

    Over the past year, I have shot these pistols.......a lot. I have ridden them hard and sometimes put them away dirty and wet. I have put God knows how much lead down range in them. They have never failed to shoot, blasting a hole right where I pointed them (if not where I wanted to put a hole) every time I pulled the trigger. No failures. None.

    If a shooter is wanting a moderately priced 1911 pattern pistol with the whizbang gee gaws attached from the factory, I heartily recommend the SW1911.

    SW1911PD Range Report

    SW1911 Target Range Report

    SW1911 Range Report

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    Tuesday, August 07, 2007

    Assault Rocks on Ebay!

    In celebration of Ebay’s new firearm parts policy we proudly offer the ONLY genuine, fully automatic ASSAULT ROCK!!!! Get yours fast before Ebay decides you can’t-it seems guns have some legal standing in the Constitution of the United States (not on Ebay). Our crack team of right-wing lawyer wantabees are looking for rock protection as you read this-besides it keeps them from esoteric pursuits such as trying to figure out why liberals exist. These incredible tools started out as just lousy old Colorado granite; but have been transformed into works of art worthy of, and able to induce shock and awe!

    Colors available:

    Black-a most ominous color, great for swat (literally) work and they immediately strike (that’s what you got it for isn’t it?) fear into your foe’s heart while showing that you care enough to use the very best.

    White, while it may look like you stole it from some old lady’s garden, is no less effective, is innocuous enough to look like a paper weight, and great for winter work, but we caution, repeated use may cause staining.

    Camo-OF COURSE, why wouldn’t we-after all we are shamelessly promoting this. It is our most popular rock, and its ability to blend-in is legendary and various patterns are available upon request

    Natural-while it seems shabby on our part to offer what would seem to be a plain old rock-hey the pet rock phenomena still amazes us. We felt it only proper, and in may cases it would be the best choice at being non-threatening and blending in with the environment-again, hey we want to be able to have some bogus claim to being “green.” We will send you a relatively clean rock with most of the dirt clods knocked off, postage being what it is.

    The “designer” rock-custom colors, blends, and jewel be-studded upon request. Price dependant upon upgrades and jewels chosen.

    All rocks are fully automatic, never need to be reloaded-as long as you can cock your arm, have a durable dollar store spray paint finish and come with a lifetime guarantee-if used for their intended purpose. Please note: most have minor natural defects that do not affect performance. Please be sure to order the proper size, the largest you can easily wield will be the most effective. It is not our fault if you bring “too much rock” and have difficulty recocking in the fully automatic mode. Remember too little rock usually results it necessity to go “Full Auto” to be effective, and this may be offensive to some passer-bys. We also caution against just going out and getting your own home grown or “reloaded rock” as these are not subject to the rigors of our process and may be easily subject to the penchant of the legal profession to file a suit claiming you are a crazed, right wing, rock loving, Neanderthal, republican, enviro-hating, SUV driving, carbon hogging, God-fearing, aberrant, pervert.

    Calibers available:

    Humongous-best left to the meanest SOB on the block or a front end loader

    Large-for those that have some kind of complex

    Medium-best choice for most, a little large to conceal, but will “git-er-done”

    Small-best for pocket of purse, may require repeated cycles to be totally effective

    Micro only for the well trained in the art of “rockette”-did it take a rocket scientist to know that?


    Material – granite, we think

    Finish-lousy aerosol paint

    Country of origin USA, Colorado

    Weight: varies, depends on what we can find and what you want

    Color started out sort of reddish brown, maybe gray

    Safeties-None-the darn thing is a ROCK! For crying out loud, what do you want and HK?

    Please note: this item, due to its inherently dangerous nature, is not available to: at least the northern portion of the left coast and the land of fruit and nuts (Kalifornia and Ebay). In fact, we highly recommend that those areas IMMEDIATELY begin a program of regulating, stamping out, filing a manufacturer’s class action suit against God,( the original manufacturer), and rendering all non-military or law-enforcement controlled rocks un-useable and ineffective by super gluing them to something solid or crushing them to the size of salt grains. (Any larger and some fool might think to use them in a sling shot!!)

    Please Note Again: We recommend against going “air-borne” with your rock unless you are a major league class pitcher or NFL class quarterback. Rocks out of control and personal retention may be easily turned against the original possessor-besides it just shows a lack of self-control.

    HURRY!! Get yours soon, as far as we know there are only so many available, and no more are being made that are readily available, although some MAY be evolving (just had to use that word didn’t ya?)

    Be sure to check out our other items-sticks, hammers, assault cars, fire-place pokers, screwdrivers, golf clubs, etc.

    Above content copyright JLS 2007. May be copied, perused, abused, edited and broadcast or re-broadcast only on fear of ridicule as long as changes are apparent and the original content remains intact?????
    Shipping-you must be nuts!

    Current bid: US $1,000.00


    PSH Alert

    Courtesy of Sharp as a Marble

    Monday, August 06, 2007

    Just Watch




    Things To Remember

    1. The cabin I want is Cabin 13. The map on the 'net is screwed up. Reserve Cabin 13.

    2. The pool for the kids is closed on Mondays.

    3. Dogs are allowed, but not in or on structures, and not off leash.

    4. Four catfish bungalows are sunk twenty-three feet to the left of the pier at 10:00.

    Sunday, August 05, 2007

    Gettin' Around

    I just found out that I was included in The Randolph Community College Library list of nursing blogs.......As well as Mediblogopathy......Thanks folks!


    Ladies Camp

    If you haven't done it, do it. It's a shame men cannot get in!


    Saturday, August 04, 2007

    Rule Four

    Noble Oklahoma: The first shot was so loud it made the hair stand straight up on Jack Tracy's arm. The bullet hit the water just a few feet in front of the boat dock where he was standing. Instinctively, he pulled his 5-year-old grandson, Austin Haley, close to his left side and began yelling that there were people down by the pond. Then came the second shot, and the unforgettable thump of a 9 mm bullet penetrating a young boy's skull.

    "It went right through the back of his head and came out the front,” Tracy said. "He was just bleeding severely and I knew, right then, he was most likely dead, right there.” Tracy thought he and his grandson were under attack by someone trying to kill them both, so he threw the boy into the back of a 4-wheeler and drove to his daughter's house about 200 yards away.

    "Then two officers came out of the brush over there,” he said. "They didn't tell us they were the ones who had been shooting or that they had shot him. They didn't admit a doggone thing.” Much later, Tracy said, he found out one of the officers had fired two shots in the Crest Lane neighborhood, trying to kill a snake that had become lodged in a birdhouse on the back porch of a house just up the hill from Tracy's pond.

    Police had gotten a call of a snake complaint from a woman on Crest Lane, whose 16-year-old daughter saw the snake hanging about 3 feet of its body outside a neighbor's bird house. The woman, who would not identify herself, told The Oklahoman she called the police station to see if animal control could respond and take care of the snake, which she believed to be a diamondback rattlesnake. She was told that the city, which lost its only animal control officer recently, would send a police officer over to help.

    "This was just a freak and tragic accident,” the woman said, "and I just feel really bad for everyone involved.” Other neighbors weren't as sympathetic.

    Crest Lane resident Kara Johnson said there was no excuse for shooting a gun at a snake in a residential area. "It's a shame that someone had to lose their 5-year-old child over a snake,” Johnson said. "And that's their only child. They'll never get their kid back.”

    Neighbor G.W. Henderson said his wife heard a woman screaming within minutes of the shots. "She was shouting ‘You shot my boy! You shot my boy!'” Henderson said.

    City Manager Bob Wade said rumors of overeager Noble officers are inaccurate.
    "I was told that they tried several ways to get the snake down, but it was still hissing at them and firmly lodged,” Wade said. "What I was told is that the owner of the home either suggested or agreed that they should go ahead and shoot the snake, and then everything happened from there.” Wade refused to identify the officer suspected of firing the shots but said the officer has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

    Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation agents were told that officers decided to shoot the animal after being told there was a field behind them, said Jessica Brown, bureau spokeswoman. "The first shot grazed the snake, and the second killed it,” Brown said.

    Wade said he is 90 percent sure that the same bullet that killed the snake also killed Austin, but due to the trajectory of the shot and the fact that Austin and his grandfather were downhill, investigators have to be 100 percent certain. "This is so bizarre it has to be fully investigated. ... We're pretty sure circumstantially that it is the bullet from the police officer's gun, but it might be a bullet from someone else,” Wade said.

    Tracy has little doubt about what happened. "I was standing right beside him when they shot him in the head,” he said. "There just wasn't anything I could do for this baby. He was dead. And he was just the finest Christian boy. His mother just bought him a Bible not a week before this — he wanted one that was camouflage because he was in the Lord's army.'”

    Tracy said that when he saw the news reports and heard the police chief saying it was an "unfortunate accident,” the remark seemed too trivial and dismissive. "I'm not saying the cop shot him on purpose,” Tracy said. "It was an accident. But let me tell you — if I had a kid and put him in this car and didn't put him in a car seat and he got killed on the way to town, they'd charge me with murder ... and what this cop did is a lot worse than that. ... There was no reason for him to kill my grandson.”

    By Johnny Johnson
    Staff Writer NewsOK.com

    Rule Four God Dammit! Rule Four! This is not a damned accident! This is negligence, pure and simple. There is no rational reason for this tragedy. None. These officers should be prosecuted. The shooter for negligent homicide. His partner as an accessory.

    And to think that these are likely the same nimrods who run around saying that firearms are too dangerous to be in the hands of civilians. Yep, they probably believe they are the only ones professino enuff.

    Be certain of your target and what lies beyond it. Rule Four.

    A comment from Austin Haley's mother:
    My name is Renee Haley....the proud mother of Austin Haley who was shot and killed by a Noble Police Officer. I want to mention two very important things that have been somewhat forgotten in the blogs. First, the THREE police officers who reported to the house of the snake, decided to literally pick up their feet, step over a hoe, rake, and hedge clippers placed directly inside the gate before the police officers arrived to shoot the snake. The second fact is this was not a poisonous snake, but a rat snake that is very similar to a king snake. It was five feet long, but it could not get out of the small opening in the bird house because it had eaten bird eggs or birds. It was stuck and harmless! I do forgive the police officer who shot my precious son, but I do believe there have to be consequences of his behavior. Please keep us in your prayers...God bless all of you.



    Video statements from the Haley family.

    Jeff Cooper on shooting snakes.

    And the news story.........

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    4 Wheelers and a Gut Case

    Beep! Beep! Beep! Beep! Beep! Beep! "Crap."

    I get the page and leave a hot supper of steak, mashed potatoes & gravy and...... Five miles and seven minutes later, I find a scared 10 year old boy in ASU. He wrecked his four wheeler around four hours previously, skidded across the handlebars and onto the ground. He brushed the dust off, and got back on to continue riding. Tough kid. As night began to fall, he realized his stomach was hurting more and more. He told his mother what had happened as he collapsed on the porch. She brought him into the ER. The call team was paged.

    The boy was scared, really scared. Tears were building up in his eyes as he contemplated what lay ahead. I told him "Look, I'm Xavier. When we roll you in there, we will all be wearing masks, but you can pick me out because I will have this red spot on my cap." I stuck a red dot on my disposable paper scrub cap. "I'll be right there, I'll take care of you." The boy smiled faintly and nodded his head. I told his mother it was time, and after a bit of pre-sedation, I rolled him into the suite.

    We were looking at an exploratory lap........Basically you slice the abdomen open, and go in looking to see what you can find, and fix it as you go. In such a surgery, the bladder must remain deflated to minimize risk, so the patient must be catheterized. We transferred our patient to the OR table, and I stood over the boy and smiled as he succumbed to the anesthesia. Once he was intubated and his eyes were taped closed, we really went to work.

    I threw up his hospital gown, and I pulled down his sweat pants. Boxers. I pulled down his boxers. Safety man here.......He was wearing briefs too. I pulled down the briefs and opened the Foley cath kit. I use plenty of lube on a male, the urethra is longer. I quickly catheterized the boy, and I prepped him from mid-thigh to nipple line. My partner draped him as I went outside to scrub.

    The case was a complicated one. His small bowel was perforated in multiple places, with trauma throughout. He needed a resection. He was fortunate in that he did not receive a colostomy, I suppose.

    It was a long surgery, after a long day of surgery. Once completed with the incision dressed, I removed the Foley catheter, transferred him onto a bed, put a warmed blanket over him, and quickly rolled him into recovery. I gave report as the surgeon went to talk to the boy's parents. It would be an hour or so before the boy remembered anything. I went to help my partner clean the suite, and to assist the new RN circulator in her documentation.

    It was dark, with bugs buzzing in the parking lot lights as I left the hospital. Shortly, an early morning would be upon me, full of ortho cases. I needed sleep. I was listening to Smokey Robinson and turning into my driveway when I realized.............I had not pulled up the boy's britches......All three pair were still around his knees......I used plenty of KY to prevent chafing on catheterization.....The last face he saw was mine, with a red dot on my head, saying "I'm going to take care of you."

    No, I did not drive back, I got on my cell phone to my recovery nurse, and she saved my ass. Thank you Shelia, you're a doll.


    Friday, August 03, 2007

    Armed Robbery in Jackson, Mississippi

    February 10, 2007, Jackson Mississippi. Two convenience store clerks are shot in an armed robbery. 25-year-old Bassam Alomari was shot in the face and right arm. The second clerk, 34-year-old Alhoussine Arhgoummi, was in the back room when he was shot in the forehead and left arm. Five shots in all were fired by the thug.

    Notice how the gunman comes in, and without warning begins shooting. The gunman quickly opened fire then raided the cash register. An accomplice, or an opportunist also robbed the register. The bloodied and injured clerk retrieved a 44 magnum revolver and angrily fired three shots into the parking lot after the bandits had left.

    Lessons: It's better to have a gun on your hip than a gun in the back room. Shooting wildly out into the parking lot after retreating thugs places the defender in precarious legal territory.

    I do not like to second guess those who have seen the elephant, but much can be learned by analyzing shootouts after the fact. God bless the defender with the gun, and may God damn his attackers.


    Thursday, August 02, 2007

    Beer Launching Fridge

    Letter to ebay


    I would like you to know that ebay's recent decision to ban the trade of gun parts based on the VT massacre is misguided and wrong. While ebay, being a private enterprise, can make any decision they feel is necessary, the rationale for this decision is flawed.

    The killer at Virginia Tech did use magazine purchased on ebay. He could have just as easily killed while wearing sneakers purchased on ebay or driven a car purchased on ebay. In fact, the sale of unsafe, unregulated and uninspected automobiles and their components on ebay bothers me greatly. I wonder how many auto accidents are caused by faulty auto parts traded on ebay.

    I do not feel this recent decision is made in the interest of public safety, a safe auction atmosphere or a trustworthy marketplace. I believe the tragedy at Virginia Tech simply gave the powers that be at ebay the opportunity to implement a long standing anti-gun bias. They saw their opportunity, and they took it.

    With that in mind, I fully intend to sever all relations with ebay and PayPal on implementation of this policy. Bear in mind that I trade many items on ebay, not just gun parts.

    Please do not send me the same canned response you have sent to other sellers. I have already read it. It is published again and again in many forums and chatrooms outside of ebay's control. In fact, I will cut and paste it here for you. If you would like to send me a canned response, please make it a bit different. A little variety never hurt anyone, and I will know an actual human being read this email.

    Thank you,
    Xavier B.

    Dear [recipient],

    Thank you for your recent email to Matt Halprin in regard to changes to
    our Firearms, Weapons and Knives policy. He has asked that I review
    your email and respond on his behalf.

    Let me start by saying that I understand that this is a very
    frustrating situation. Before choosing to discontinue use of your eBay and
    PayPal accounts I hope that you would allow me the opportunity to explain
    why we have chosen to amend our policy.

    Like the rest of the nation, eBay was deeply saddened and shocked by
    the events at Virginia Tech and we felt that it was not only appropriate,
    but necessary, to revisit our related policies. While nothing purchased
    on our site was illegal in any way, we felt compelled to ask ourselves
    some tough questions and ensure we do everything possible to provide a
    safe and trusted marketplace. After careful consideration, we decided
    to expand the scope of our existing policy to specifically restrict any
    part that is required for the firing of a gun.

    We have always valued an open and transparent marketplace; if items are
    legal to buy and sell in an unrestricted manner we allow them on our
    site. However, there are some items that while legal, may not be safe
    for our marketplace. In these instances, our applicable policies go
    beyond the law to ensure that our marketplace is safe.

    After careful consideration our executives and our Trust and Safety
    team determined, that while legal, any item required to fire a gun has no
    place on eBay. All of our policies are under constant review. As the
    Internet and the way our communities use the Internet evolves, our
    policies and our marketplace must evolve with it. We determined that
    this policy change was in the best interest of promoting a safe
    marketplace for all members.

    I understand your frustration regarding this matter and apologize for
    the inconvenience it caused you.


    Office of the President


    Wednesday, August 01, 2007

    Time to Stock Up!

    Pawn Shop Circuit: Nothing of Interest

    I had the opportunity to go on the pawn shop circuit today, so I drove out to see kenny first. Kenny informed me I had just missed a Smith & Wesson Model 15. This was probably a blessing, actually. I already own one, as well as a K-38 Combat Masterpiece. Kenny said he had priced the gun at $229, and it went quickly. Kenny had a couple of modern semi-autos in the case, but neither did anything for me. I did not even ask to see them. I tried to make like I would have purchased the Model 15. Heck, at that price, I might have!

    Over at Neil's rifles and shotguns were in abundance. Neil had a Winchester Model 1894 up on the rack, a pre '64 gun. Neil knew what he had too, the price was $499. No handguns at Neil's place.

    Dave was busy selling a guitar amp when I arrived. I gave his gun case a quick scan, and found nothing of interest.


    The Great New Orleans Gun Grab

    About a week and a half after Hurricane Katrina ripped through New Orleans, Eddie Compass, the city’s police superintendent, went on national television and promised there would be no guns allowed in the Crescent City. Police, he said, would confiscate all guns.

    When the policy was implemented, it set off a hot controversy. Gun owners said the police were violating the Constitution’s second amendment guarantee of the right to bear arms. Some of the gun owners were members of the National Rifle Association and complained to the organization.

    The NRA sued, Baton Rouge attorney Dan Holliday representing the organization in the action in U.S. District Court. Federal Judge Jay Zainey agreed with the NRA and ordered the city to stop seizing guns and to start giving the guns they had already taken back to the rightful owners. The city ignored his order.

    The city kept taking guns, even though officials denied it. The NRA wasn’t going to let go of the issue. It wasn’t just that it was guns. This was also a property rights issue. Many of the guns were cheap guns, but even those were worth hundreds of dollars each. Other, more expensive guns were also taken. The NRA dogged New Orleans on the issue, filing a contempt of court suit in February 2006 and eventually forced the city to allow them to examine the cache of confiscated weapons. That happened in April 2007.

    In the upcoming August cover story for the NRA’s million-circulation magazine, America’s First Freedom, local author and NRA member Gordon Hutchinson and co-author Barb Baird reveal what the NRA observers found: barrels of illegally seized guns, mostly handguns, many damaged or rusted to uselessness.

    Whether or not you are comfortable with gun ownership, you have to be appalled at what happened in New Orleans. No governmental entity ought to be able to confiscate citizens’ private property with no compensation and no promise of return. The issue so concerned Hutchinson that he and fellow Louisianan Todd Masson have written a book that details the whole story. The Great New Orleans Gun Grab will be in local bookstores in a few weeks.