what is the best defensive sidearm
The best defensive sidearm is the one that best fits your hand, that you can shoot accurately, and that you actually carry with you. (When you have to defend yourself, a .25 in the pocket beats a .45 at home in the safe.) Anyone who claims there’s a definitive “best” gun for self-defense without considering body shapes, dress styles, and personal circumstances usually has something to sell, or a pet gun to talk up.
what can a 22lr kill
If you put the bullet in the right spot, a .22LR can kill damn near anything. I hear that the Inuit kill polar bears with .22LR, and I know for sure that many a deer has been taken by
jacklighting scum poachers with that caliber. (.22 doesn’t have a very loud report.) That doesn’t mean that it’s an optimal hunting or self-defense round, though, because it doesn’t leave much of a margin for less-than-perfect aim.
catholic view "are protestants christian”
I grew up Catholic, and I’ve never heard a Catholic claim that Protestants aren’t Christians. On the other hand, I lived in East Tennessee for a decade, and I’ve heard quite a few southern Protestants claim that “Christianity” and “Catholicism” are two different things.
concealed vs. hidden
That’s a relatively recent tactic by anti-self defense minded journalists and policy wonks to reframe the debate on legal carry of concealed weapons. You see, when you try to make the lawful carrying of firearms sound unsavory and shifty, “concealed” sounds too clinical. “Hidden” is a much better word for the purpose, because you usually only hide stuff when you have less than pure and honest motives. It’s an attempt to co-opt and reframe language to suit a specific ideological purpose (see also: assault weapon, cop-killer bullets, pocket rockets, high-powered sniper rifles.) The strategy is always the same: pick the object or activity you want to demonize, make up a sinister-sounding term for it, and then use that term frequently and consistently to shape public opinion.
neal stephenson gaiman longhand
Neal Stephenson and Neil Gaiman both write longhand. That’s not a terribly rare process among writers, but most write on the computer. (Even longhand writers need to eventually type up their stuff.)
how to send text from computer to alphasmart
If you want to send stuff back to the Alphie, you need to install the Alphasmart Manager software that came with your Neo. (You can download the latest version from the manufacturer.)
Thanks to CrankyProf, the name “Ashley Dupre” and the term “Grade A Jersey Shore douchebaguette” are now permanently fused in my brain.
“terms of enlistment” kloos
That’s the Military SF novel I finished earlier this year. (You can check out the first chapter here.)
It’s been submitted to Very Large SF Publishing House. Watch this space for updates, but don’t expect any news Real Soon. Publishing’s not a business that caters to instant gratification, to put it mildly.
disagree with marko kloos
It has been known to happen. While technically legal, such behavior will get you written into the Book of Pain, which will be revisited once my plans for world domination are successful. Anyone listed therein will be subjected to corrective action.
i don’t have time to write
I’m willing to bet that time isn’t your problem. If you really want to get it written, you’ll find the time. Grisham wrote his first novel on his morning train commute. Stephen King wrote “Carrie” in the laundry room of his trailer after a long day teaching, with a typewriter balanced on a rickety table on his knees. Trollope cranked out a hundred novels while holding down a postal inspector job for most of his life—he just got up two hours early every morning to write. Ten minutes here and there, carved out of your lunch hour or your morning commute on the subway, and the words add up at the end of the day.
the way of the gun galil
Benicio Del Toro’s character in Way of the Gun uses a semi-automatic Galil in .308. (You can see him pulling the trigger rapidly to pump out blanks quickly in pretend-machinegun mode.) Incidentally, his use of the Galil marks two of my minor gun-related niggles in an otherwise great gun movie: he doesn’t pack spare magazines for his primary (and most effective) weapon, he blows off the entire contents of his one magazine in an unwise long burst, and the line of bullet holes made by the Galil in the wall of the bordello is way too straight for a .308 battle rifle on full-auto.
There’s your MSTS: Labor Day Edition! Tune in again next week, when we once again sift through Sitemeter stats for easy blog fodder.