The Shadow of a Beginning

That was the one thing that made me think, well, this may be the shadow of a beginning. Atticus Finch, To Kill A Mockingbird I often grow discouraged with the trajectory of our society, but this past week has been encouraging, and cause for hope. As someone who makes a living teaching lawful self-defense techniquesContinue reading “The Shadow of a Beginning”

The Spoken Word

I’ve been delinquent in writing this last month, but that is in part due to the fact I’ve been speaking a good bit. It just dawned on me today (as I age I can occasionally be slow-witted) that I could also post my podcast appearances periodically so those discussions are archived and available as well.

Lone Star Armory Multi-Purpose Carbine-Enhanced

Today I took a bit of range time and put my new Lone Star Armory, Multi-Purpose Carbine-Enhanced (MPC-E) through its paces. A finely tuned blaster, it’s more accurate and reliable than any carbine I carried during my Special Forces career. More pics and a detailed performance review will follow down the road, but just knowContinue reading “Lone Star Armory Multi-Purpose Carbine-Enhanced”

Unprecedented: He Did WHAT?!?

A General reminding his subordinates that there is a procedure to be followed regarding nukes, and demanding they follow it? Easily defensible. That’s not the real story here. Calling a Chinese General without authorization and assuring him our government was stable, while simultaneously promising to provide them early warning in advance of any US attack?Continue reading “Unprecedented: He Did WHAT?!?”

What Precisely Is It That We Must Never Forget?

The “Falling Man” was one of your fellow citizens. On this day 20 years ago he was an office worker, probably settling in to his cubicle when evil men attacked him simply because he was an American. He survived the initial explosion, but could not escape the building. This man, who was probably very muchContinue reading “What Precisely Is It That We Must Never Forget?”

Rudeness Ruins Rightness

Punctilious courtesy, good manners, and the Golden Rule reflect an attitude and acknowledgement that other people are, you know…actually people, equally deserving of consideration and basic decent and civil treatment despite our differences.

What Just Happened?

I’ve spent most of my adult life at war, fighting for lost causes. I gave the decades of my youth to strive for that in which I generally believed, alongside men I loved and respected. I regret none of it, but days like today I do feel a bit old, tired, and discouraged. For thoseContinue reading “What Just Happened?”

Make America Great

Today we celebrate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, which told the world that the United States of America were a new, free, and independent republic joining the community of nations. This new Republic would in fact change and shape the course of western civilization and the world for the two centuries that followedContinue reading “Make America Great”