Clear Thinker

Nov 182011
 
A Gun Could Have Saved Him - Lessons From a Tragedy

Here’s an appalling story of a 70 year old man who was abducted and gang-raped by four other men. When you’re 70 years old, and when four younger men come up to you and accost you, you don’t have a lot of options, do you.  But that is where a handgun could make all the difference.  A handgun truly is ‘the great equalizer’, and in the hands of a 70 yr old gives him as […]

Nov 082011
 
Expect the Unexpected

A sleepy quiet little town of 220 people in rural Washington state with the unusual name of Humptulips, described by writer Terry Pratchett as his favorite place on earth (although it is far from clear if he has ever visited).  A law-abiding couple in their 80s, well known locally for how fastidiously they cared for their house and garden, who have been living there peacefully for many decades. Evil seems a long way away from […]

Nov 072011
 
Daylight Saving To Do List Time Again

Hi, folks Just a quick reminder – check out our article that gives a list of five different things you should do each time that daylight saving switches over. Actually, many of these things should be done more often than every six months, but the chances are they tend to be overlooked and forgotten, so each daylight savings switch is a good time to review through this list. Our list is of course far from […]

Nov 022011
 
Gun Ownership and Pro-Gun Attitudes Sharply Up

The Gallup organization holds an annual ‘crime poll’ every October, and this year’s results have now been released.  And while one does not normally associate Gallup with pro-gun attitudes, the results of their survey this year were so strongly skewed that they couldn’t find any way to try and disguise the sentiments expressed. A record low of only 26% of Americans now favor an outright handgun ban, with an all-time high of 73% of Americans […]

Oct 172011
 
Dogs Can Not Always Protect Your Property

Conventional wisdom says that if you want an easy way to protect your property against burglars, you should get a dog.  The reasoning goes that even the smallest dog will deter many burglars, and larger more fearsome dogs will be even more effective against more motivated burglars. Well, yes, that’s right, as far as it goes.  If a burglar has a choice between breaking into a house with nothing more fearsome can a pet hampster […]

Aug 312011
 
An Example of What Not to Say and Do

We can learn from other people’s experiences.  Hopefully if we take such lessons to heart, we won’t be as unfortunate as to repeat their mistakes. So whenever you come across an account of any situation where deadly force was used, don’t merely skim through it, but read it carefully and ask yourself “What is the ‘takeaway’ item I can learn from this”. Sometimes the takeaway item – the bullet point or elevator summary – of […]

Aug 112011
 
Situational Awareness - And the Lack Thereof

We regularly come back to the need for situational awareness.  You want to live most of your life in ‘Condition Yellow’ and try not to be caught out in ‘Condition White’. Which brings us to the video you can see in this article, showing a woman walking down a surprisingly empty street in San Francisco, talking on her phone.  As she walks into the camera’s field of view, we then see that she is oblivious […]

Aug 092011
 
Straight Talk on Our Debt Crisis

There’s been an appalling amount of nonsense put forth in justification of the differing points of view regarding how to solve our nation’s terrible debt crisis, and an even more appalling amount of nonsense is now being spewed out of the usual sources to try and shift the blame for our nation’s first ever credit rating downgrade onto anyone else but themselves. So here are the simple truths that you need to understand. Government ‘Spending […]

Aug 072011
 
Flash Mob of Hundreds of Black Youths Attack White Fair Goers - What Would You Do?

The good news is this appalling incident is less likely to happen much more in the future, because it occurred in Wisconsin, which last month passed a law allowing its citizens to get concealed weapon permits. But the bad news is that it happened at all.  I don’t know if it is a passing craze, or a new media focus, or whatever, but my sense is there are a growing number of ‘flash mob’ type […]