Mar 292011
 
The Simple Problem with our Economy

I’m having a tough time at present.  Like many of us, particularly self employed, I’m not making as much money as I used to.  So, guess what – I’m cutting back on my expenditures.  More meals at home; and cheaper meals when I still eat out.  I don’t buy as many movies as I used to.  I’ve cut back on my shooting.  And so on. Chances are, you’re feeling some of the same pressures I […]

Mar 262011
 
Situational Awareness Can Save You

Here’s an interesting story of how a woman fell victim to a rape. Surprisingly, I’m not citing this to you as an example of something that could have been prevented if the woman was armed; indeed it is unlikely that she could have done anything to save herself if she was armed.  Being as how this was in Britain, there’s no way she could be armed anyway.  But this was, nonetheless, a 100% avoidable rape. […]

Mar 262011
 
The Enemy of My Friend is My ????

There’s a huge amount to dislike about the actions we are taking in Libya at present.  It is so extraordinarily inconsistent – why are we ignoring all the other nasty dictators around the world, and all the other popular uprisings, and instead deciding to take on Gaddafi in Libya? You might say, cynically, that it is all about the oil, but I’m not even sure that oil is a large part of this equation – […]

Mar 132011
 
It is Official - the Police are getting Stupider (per Justice Dept mandate)

Your city’s finest?  Apparently not quite so fine these days, at least not if the Justice Department has its way. The Department of Justice – increasingly a source of political correctness, and sadly less frequently a source of justice – has decided that the solution to ‘too few’ black people being in certain police departments is to lower the entrance exam standards.  Presumably if it is easier to pass the police entrance exam, more black […]

Mar 132011
 
Daylight Saving 'To Do' List

Some people advocate making the switch to/from daylight savings a trigger event for checking the batteries in your smoke detectors.  That’s a good idea, even though probably all smoke detectors these days have low battery alarms that make annoying chirping sounds when the batteries get low. It is barely conceivable that the low battery alarm might have failed, or that the battery died while you were out of town, so a formal test every six […]

Mar 092011
 
Sting or Entrapment?  Mission Creep or Commendable?

Sting or Entrapment?  Mission Creep or Commendable? Don’t get me wrong.  I detest creeps who prey on young children as much as anyone else, and feel society’s needs would be well served by lining them up against the wall and shooting them, whether it be in the balls or in the head. But. We have to be very careful to be just as ethical and fastidiously honorable in law enforcement actions to apprehend pedophiles as […]

Mar 082011
 
In a Reversal of Roles, Home Intruder Calls Police for Help

So, what do most burglars do when breaking into a house?  Yes, they start stealing things, right? And if they become aware of the home owner returning home, what do they do?  Hopefully, they leave quickly! But that’s not what happened when a man in Portland, OR, broke into a home there.  Instead of going for the family silver, he went for – the shower!  And in the process of showering, he somehow became aware […]

Mar 072011
 
US Legal Tender - ie Cash - Not Accepted Without ID on FL Turnpike

I don’t know when you last drove on one of the toll roads operated by the Florida Turnpike Authority, but believe you me, it can be an expensive experience.  What do they do – pave the roads with gold? Anyway, so there you are, pulling up to the ticket collector’s box, and you’re due to pay maybe a $7 or greater toll.  The good news is that the Florida Turnpike website says Customers can pay […]

Mar 072011
 
Don’t You Have to Pass an English Test to Become a Citizen?

Answer me this, if you can. First, only citizens can vote, right?   Okay, so that’s a no-brainer question.  We all know the answer to that.  You have to be a citizen to vote. Second, foreign immigrants have to pass an English language test to become a citizen, don’t they? Yes, they do.  But don’t just take my word for it.  Here’s the US Citizenship and Immigration Services website that states, under eligibility requirements (to become […]