Zombie Strike Part 6 Chapter 63

24 Dec
December 24, 2012

In Chapter 63, Mateo’s team is in a desperate fight against Alan’s monstrosities. As the battle ends, Collin takes action. Mateo is forced to invoke an option.

Narrator: Kenn Blanchard

Story: Derek Ward

This episode was originally broadcast on the Urban Shooter podcast.

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Friday Quote – 12/21/12

21 Dec
December 21, 2012
The rifle itself has no moral stature, since it has no will of its own. Naturally, it may be used by evil men for evil purposes, but there are more good men than evil, and while the latter cannot be persuaded to the path of righteousness by propaganda, they can certainly be corrected by good men with rifles.

Col. Jeff Cooper, firearms pioneer

I will not play the game of “if there had been someone with a gun” game with the current tragedy, but the truth remains that armed citizens do deter crime and stop violence. Guns are not magical talismans, but they are powerful tools. Like any tool, like a car or a lawn mower, they can be used to hurt people or to make people’s lives better. That can only be done by the person wielding the tool.

Zombie Strike Part 6 Chapter 62

19 Dec
December 19, 2012

In Chapter 62, Mateo’s team faces off with Alan. Except, Alan is not alone.

Narrator: Kenn Blanchard

Story: Derek Ward

This episode was originally broadcast on the Urban Shooter podcast.

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Super Plus Quote

19 Dec
December 19, 2012

Gun control is the complementary and alternative medicine of public health policy. It is homeopathy and acupuncture and chelation, and what little positive benefit we see from it is more wishful thinking of the placebo effect than actual results. It never fails to astound me how so many educated, intelligent people who purport to believe in evidence-based medicine can still swallow this snake oil from the hucksters and carnival barkers who peddle it.

Ambulance Driver, in this post.

This has got to be one of the best metaphors I have seen for gun control in a very long time. Thanks Kelly, you just gave us a way to talk with the skeptical community in terms that they understand!

Random Fact – Ferrets

18 Dec
December 18, 2012
A group of ferrets is known as a “business

I really wonder about the etymology of how that term came to be used for a group of ferrets.

Thoughts on Sandy Hook

17 Dec
December 17, 2012

Like most people I read in horror as the first reports came in about the tragedy at Sandy Hook. That someone would go in and murder children is truly the epitome of evil. Yet even as I saw the news blasts come across my phone, there was the small part in the back of my head that knew what the political response would be. Why? Why do I have to even think about that? Fortunately, Sebastian was nice enough to go into my mind and write this post.

The money quote:

Yes, wouldn’t it be nice, if as gun owners, we could just experience grief and sorrow along with the rest of the country. Instead we have that impending feeling of doom over what the media, the politicians, and the people in society who don’t much care for civilian gun ownership, are going to do to our lives, liberty and often times livelihood. What if we could go through something like this, without worrying about how much we’re going to be the scapegoats?

And just in case we, as gun owners, thought maybe we wouldn’t be put in the crucible again to defend our rights, John Richardson was nice enough to compile the opportunists’ quotes.

On our own side, there have been calls to arm the teachers and to lock down the schools even tighter. While I would support letting concealed carry holders carry on school grounds, are we going to force teachers to carry weapons? If we have the freedom to choose to carry weapons, shouldn’t they have the right to choose not to?

The problem is that both sides are responding emotionally to an event that evokes that primal fear in us. As humans, we should be discussing this on a rational basis, not an emotional one. In truth, violence in schools has been on the decline. Nick Gillespie from Reason spells it out fairly well in his article “4 Awful Reactions to Sandy Hook School Shooting – And Thoughts on a Better Response:”

According to data compiled by the National Center for Education Statistics, schools have been getting safer and less violent at least over the past couple of decades… During the school year of 1992-93, for instance, the number of on-location murders of students and staff at K-12 public schools was 47 (out of population of millions). In 2009-2010 (the latest year for which data is listed), the number was 25. Over the same period, the rate on victimizations per 1,000 students for theft dropped from 101 to 18. For violent crimes, the rate dropped from 53 to 14. And for “serious violent” crimes, the rate dropped from 8 to 4.

Over the next weeks and possibly months, we will be bombarded with theories as we try to grapple with “Why?” At the very end, it came down to one evil person who decided to commit atrocities. I don’t know how, or if, we could ever stop this sort of thing from happening.

Zombie Strike Part 6 Chapter 61

17 Dec
December 17, 2012

In Chapter 61, Mateo and his team are under attack by a zombie horde. The team falls back into the town’s City Hall building. Upon further investigation, the team finds the Truth’s subterranean facility.

Narrator: Kenn Blanchard

Story: Derek Ward

This episode was originally broadcast on the Urban Shooter podcast.

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Badmoon Rising – Chapter 14 – The Only Constant is Change

16 Dec
December 16, 2012

I woke up from my nap in the back of the Suburban as Nick pulled into a grocery store. I shook the cobwebs from my mind and pushed through the immediate flash of longing pain. If this was what was going to happen every time I woke up, I wasn’t sure how long I could go on. Nick looked back at me with that same disturbing sympathetic look. I shot him a challenging look, but his face didn’t change.

“Let’s go, Ranger, we need provisions,” Nick said, nodding to the grocery store.

“If Ranger wants to stay here, I’ll go,” Hangman offered with a note of confused sympathy in his voice. I grimaced and started to move. I was getting that vibe that Nick wanted to get me alone for a bit. Usually, it was because Nick wanted me to tone down my tactics. Nick always thought that I did things a little too much on the spectacular side. This time, however, I didn’t think that Nick wanted to talk about my tactics. There was something else on his mind, and the only clue was that sympathetic look on his face. Read more →

Friday Quote – 12/14/12

14 Dec
December 14, 2012
I try to deny myself any illusions or delusions, and I think that this perhaps entitles me to try and deny the same to others, at least as long as they refuse to keep their fantasies to themselves.

Christopher Hitchens, writer, commenter, and renown atheist and skeptic

I am surrounded in my daily life by some very devout Christians. If they want to believe in an all-powerful deity and beg for his intercession in their lives, so be it. I think they’re wrong and foolish and missing out on the true grandeur of the natural world, but they are competent adults. Generally, my relationship with them is more important than my activism. That is, until one starts to preach to me. If they are not dissuaded by my stating that I’m an atheist and don’t want to broach the topic, well then the battle is joined. I will feel no compunction about attempting to shatter their illusions.

I’m less restrained with people who I don’t need to keep a strong relationship. These would include street proselytizers, salespeople pushing junk, and loud-mouthed fellow customers in line. (This may have happened on occasion.)

H/t to the Brother for finding the quote for me

Zombie Strike Part 6 Chapter 60

14 Dec
December 14, 2012

In Chapter 60, Collin and his team deal with the super-gollum. An inured Collin then is discovered by the Truth sorcerer, Alan.

Narrator: Kenn Blanchard

Story: Derek Ward

This episode was originally broadcast on the Urban Shooter podcast.

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