When Parody is Almost Too Real

10 Jan
January 10, 2013

I know the Duffel Blog is satirical, kind of like a military version of the Onion. Then there’s articles like this that make wonder.

WASHINGTON, DC – A senior U.S. general has confirmed that the military has secretly drawn up plans to round up large numbers of privately-owned firearms from American gun owners.
General James M. Scott of the U.S. Air Force confirmed that the Pentagon received a series of formal directives from the White House between November 7 and December 13 to begin plans for a massive nationwide operation to confiscate guns using a series of federal databases compiled over the last few decades.

I know that if such an order was given, there would be a lot of pushback from the troops and field commanders. It still doesn’t quell that tiny threeper screaming in the dark recesses of my mind.

The Further Refuting of Piers Morgan

10 Jan
January 10, 2013

I saw this interview thanks to Weerd.

Click over and watch the whole thing. Every foolish statement is calmly countered including real world examples.

This was even better than the interview with Larry Pratt when Morgan was reduced to ad hominen attacks.

Plus there’s Weerd’s wonderful analysis:

This is where you see Weer’ds Golden rule. When somebody says “Let’s Agree to Disagree”, it simply means “I may have lost the argument, but I refuse to admit you’re right.”

Zombie Strike Part 7 Chapter 70

09 Jan
January 9, 2013

In Chapter 70, the combined Zombie Strike and Truth force go out into the jungle to hunt the vampires down. Between battles, Stahl and the leader of the Truth’s contingent talk how they might actually complete the mission without everyone getting killed.

Narrator: Kenn Blanchard

Story: Derek Ward

This episode was originally broadcast on the Urban Shooter podcast.

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Zombie Strike Part 7 Chapter 69

07 Jan
January 7, 2013

In Chapter 69, Zombie Strike and the Truth’s force face off. The verbal battle between Cortez and Giant erupts into a gunfight. It ends suddenly with a surprise offer.

Narrator: Kenn Blanchard

Story: Derek Ward

This episode was originally broadcast on the Urban Shooter podcast.

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Zombie Strike Part 7 Chapter 68

04 Jan
January 4, 2013

In Chapter 68, Zombie Strike learns of how Father Rodriguez protected his parishioners against the vampires. They also learn who was responsible for sealing the crack between the vampires’ world and Earth. Then the village has some surprise visitors.

Narrator: Kenn Blanchard

Story: Derek Ward

This episode was originally broadcast on the Urban Shooter podcast.

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New Year, New Traditions

02 Jan
January 2, 2013

For this holiday season, we decided to start a new tradition. My brother and I are atheists, but my niece and nephew and their parents aren’t. At this point in their lives, it would be hard to explain fully to the kids why my brother and I don’t celebrate Christmas. So, the compromise was the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster’s Holiday, which we celebrate on New Year’s Day. This also simplifies logistics and allows for the introduction of pirates.

All in all, it went pretty well, although there was a distinct lack of pirating. To make up for this, my niece and nephew went about creating omens of a possible “evil overlord” future for the two of them. My brother was resting on the couch. The children came in and tried to lift him off the couch. When informed that such a feat was impossible for them without the use of machinery, they then tried to roll my brother off the couch and onto the floor.

Brother: Why would you do such a thing?

Nephew (with niece giggling in agreement: So we can listen to your pain.

Zombie Strike Part 7 Chapter 67

02 Jan
January 2, 2013

In Chapter 67, the Zombie Strike has their first battle against the vampires. After a furious gunfight, the team makes it into the village of Redencion and meet the enigmatic Father Rodriguez who explains a bit and gives the team some very bad news.

Narrator: Kenn Blanchard

Story: Derek Ward

This episode was originally broadcast on the Urban Shooter podcast.

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Demands of Our Times

01 Jan
January 1, 2013

I did something today that a year ago I swore I’d never do. Today, I rejoined the NRA. This is the organization that back stabbed Florida gun owners over open carry. This is the organization that seemed to go out of its way to piss me off because I don’t fit their normal demographic. Yet, I still not only joined, but helped one of my friends join. Why?

Two reasons. One, because as bad as they piss me off, the NRA is going to be the most effective lobby group against the oncoming tidal wave of anti-gun legislation. In this kind of fight, As Sebastion put it, “we have to go to war with the NRA we have, not the NRA we want.”

Second, I can change the NRA far more effectively as a member instead of as a lone blogger. Right now, the NRA ranks somewhere between uneasy ally and my enemy’s enemy. If I want it to be more, I will have to help change it from the inside.

This is something I didn’t want to do, but something that I feel the times have demanded of me.

Zombie Strike Part 7 Chapter 66

31 Dec
December 31, 2012

In Chapter 66, Chief Warrant Officer Eric Stahl (US Army, ret.) and the rest of Zombie Strike land in Panama to meet up with the local forces. As the team and local forces move into the Panamanian jungle, they are briefed on the vampires that are supposed to have attacked a village. Then the attack comes.

Narrator: Kenn Blanchard

Story: Derek Ward

This episode was originally broadcast on the Urban Shooter podcast.

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What Price Gouging?

29 Dec
December 29, 2012

I keep seeing charges price gouging by the some of the major Internet retailers. I also see pictures of stores stripped of evil black rifles and their associated paraphernalia. These two claims are contradictory. If we are asserting there is an unusually high demand that has resulted in a low supply of AR’s and parts, we shouldn’t be surprised that the prices would have go up, sometimes dramatically. We understand this when we see prices go up for gas in an emergency (Hurricane Sandy being the most recent), but seem oblivious to it when it affects our hobby.

Sure we can complain “oh it’s just a simple piece of aluminum/plastic with a spring,” but there’s a scare supply. Brownells went through what would normally be a three year supply in three days. So, if some retailers have adjusted their prices to match the hyper-demand with low supply, that is not price gouging, that is how prices are determined. What will the market bear? If we as consumers believe these suppliers are charging too high a price, then we choose not to buy at high-priced dealers. When the supply increases or the demand (panic) decreases, those retailers will be forced to decrease their prices or not be able to move their inventory.

This is economics, not a conspiracy.