Over at “A Girl and Her Gun” is a post that may be the best firearm-related post of the year, and we’re only a few days in. Sample:
Generally a group, any group, has an agenda. Stated or not. Conscious or not. No matter how well meaning, they almost always want something.
That something is usually steeped in power and control.
Politicians, religions, schools, the anti gun crowd, you name it. They want to bring you for what you can give them, which is often nothing more than a feeling of power and self worth for the leaders of the group.
They want to take something from you in order to gain something for themselves.
Not this group.
In the past 10 months, I have gained so much more than the ability to line my front site on the target.
This group has welcomed me when I had absolutely nothing to offer them.
Go read the whole thing.
Over on at Papa Delta Bravo there is an old blog post about the non-differences between various handgun calibers. In one of the comments (http://www.papadeltabravo.com/blog/?p=978#comment-129471) the Amazing Tam (her blog here: http://booksbikesboomsticks.blogspot.com/ ) says this:
Caliber itself is bullshit. Capacity is bullshit. … Carry a gun that works. Carry the gun you trust and that you shoot best. Period fucking dot.
That really sums it up. Use the firearm (and the advice pretty much covers long-guns as well as handguns) you can use best.
Yes, it’s from 2009. But wisdom, or at least gun-smarts, can be perennial.
Fellow blogger Mike McDaniel has a nice blog-article you should read. The key item is this:
Most people too have heard the familiar aphorism: “When seconds count, the police are minutes away.” Every police officer with a conscience winces whenever they hear it. They wish it were otherwise, but they know it’s true.
The lesson, for us all, is very simple. It is a lesson most reading this blog already know and have long ago internalized. Now you know—if you did not before—the reasons for that lesson. The police cannot protect you; the police are not legally bound to protect you; you are truly on your own.
This is not the most significant reason for the paramount importance of the Second Amendment, but it is certainly one of the most important practical reasons.
No, not the most important reason for the Second Amendment, but it is important. You should have the tools and training that you are comfortable with and capable of executing, and it is your choice whether firearms plays into that.
The NPR’s Top 100 Science Fiction and Fantasy novels with the ones I have read in bold:
- The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy, by J.R.R. Tolkien
- The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, by Douglas Adams
- Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card
- The Dune Chronicles, by Frank Herbert
- A Song Of Ice And Fire Series, by George R. R. Martin (started)
- 1984, by George Orwell
- Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury
- The Foundation Trilogy, by Isaac Asimov
- Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
- American Gods, by Neil Gaiman
- The Princess Bride, by William Goldman
- The Wheel Of Time Series, by Robert Jordan-I’ve read all the ones written by Robert Jordan.
- Animal Farm, by George Orwell
- Neuromancer, by William Gibson
- Watchmen, by Alan Moore
- I, Robot, by Isaac Asimov
- Stranger In A Strange Land, by Robert Heinlein
- The Kingkiller Chronicles, by Patrick Rothfuss
- Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut
- Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley
- Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?, by Philip K. Dick
- The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood
- The Dark Tower Series, by Stephen King
- 2001: A Space Odyssey, by Arthur C. Clarke
- The Stand, by Stephen King
- Snow Crash, by Neal Stephenson
- The Martian Chronicles, by Ray Bradbury
- Cat’s Cradle, by Kurt Vonnegut
- The Sandman Series, by Neil Gaiman
- A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess – I haven’t, but I need to.
- Starship Troopers, by Robert Heinlein
- Watership Down, by Richard Adams
- Dragonflight, by Anne McCaffrey
- The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress, by Robert Heinlein
- A Canticle For Leibowitz, by Walter M. Miller
- The Time Machine, by H.G. Wells
- 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, by Jules Verne
- Flowers For Algernon, by Daniel Keys
- The War Of The Worlds, by H.G. Wells
- The Chronicles Of Amber, by Roger Zelazny
- The Belgariad, by David Eddings
- The Mists Of Avalon, by Marion Zimmer Bradley
- The Mistborn Series, by Brandon Sanderson
- Ringworld, by Larry Niven
- The Left Hand Of Darkness, by Ursula K. LeGuin
- The Silmarillion, by J.R.R. Tolkien
- The Once And Future King, by T.H. White
- Neverwhere, by Neil Gaiman
- Childhood’s End, by Arthur C. Clarke
- Contact, by Carl Sagan
- The Hyperion Cantos, by Dan Simmons
- Stardust, by Neil Gaiman Gaiman
- Cryptonomicon, by Neal Stephenson
- World War Z, by Max Brooks
- The Last Unicorn, by Peter S. Beagle
- The Forever War, by Joe Haldeman
- Small Gods, by Terry Pratchett
- The Chronicles Of Thomas Covenant, The Unbeliever, by Stephen R. Donaldson
- The Vorkosigan Saga, by Lois McMaster Bujold
- Going Postal, by Terry Pratchett
- The Mote In God’s Eye, by Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle
- The Sword Of Truth, by Terry Goodkind
- The Road, by Cormac McCarthy
- Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, by Susanna Clarke
- I Am Legend, by Richard Matheson
- The Riftwar Saga, by Raymond E. Feist
- The Shannara Trilogy, by Terry Brooks
- The Conan The Barbarian Series, by R.E. Howard
- The Farseer Trilogy, by Robin Hobb
- The Time Traveler’s Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger
- The Way Of Kings, by Brandon Sanderson
- A Journey To The Center Of The Earth, by Jules Verne
- The Legend Of Drizzt Series, by R.A. Salvatore
- Old Man’s War, by John Scalzi
- The Diamond Age, by Neil Stephenson
- Rendezvous With Rama, by Arthur C. Clarke
- The Kushiel’s Legacy Series, by Jacqueline Carey
- The Dispossessed, by Ursula K. LeGuin
- Something Wicked This Way Comes, by Ray Bradbury
- Wicked, by Gregory Maguire
- The Malazan Book Of The Fallen Series, by Steven Erikson
- The Eyre Affair, by Jasper Fforde
- The Culture Series, by Iain M. Banks
- The Crystal Cave, by Mary Stewart
- Anathem, by Neal Stephenson
- The Codex Alera Series, by Jim Butcher (started)
- The Book Of The New Sun, by Gene Wolfe
- The Thrawn Trilogy, by Timothy Zahn
- The Outlander Series, by Diana Gabaldan
- The Elric Saga, by Michael Moorcock
- The Illustrated Man, by Ray Bradbury
- Sunshine, by Robin McKinley
- A Fire Upon The Deep, by Vernor Vinge
- The Caves Of Steel, by Isaac Asimov
- The Mars Trilogy, by Kim Stanley Robinson (started)
- Lucifer’s Hammer, by Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle
- Doomsday Book, by Connie Willis
- Perdido Street Station, by China Mieville
- The Xanth Series, by Piers Anthony
- The Space Trilogy, by C.S. Lewis
That’s 31/100 — it should be better, as many of those are on my “someday” list. It’s a better listing than several other 2A folks though, which is surprising to me.
Just saw this, the “Firefly Universe Online” MMORPG that is being set-up, and thought, “This might finally drag me into the time-sink…”
I just took the “Libertarian Purity Test” here, and scored an 82, which is described as “51-90 points: You are a medium-core libertarian, probably self-consciously so. Your friends probably encourage you to quit talking about your views so much. ”
If you are wondering “Am I even a libertarian?” or “What is my political position?, the best quick test is at the Advocates for Self-Government, the World’s Smallest Political Quiz.
Saw a little silly bit over on Borepatch’s blog, and I thought I would give it a try.
This isn’t doing analysis of any meaningful sort — it is calculating the numerical value of words by the process of gematria. Even if there were value in this process in the original Hebrew, there is no applicability to English. Hebrew letters also carry numerical value, in some ways loosely similar to Roman numerals.
But it is kinda fun. H/T to Borepatch.