monday search term safari LXVII.

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.)

ashley dupre

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.


24 thoughts on “monday search term safari LXVII.

  1. ajdshootist says:

    I heard that an Elephant was killed by a .22 when the bullet entered an eye and traveled up the opitic nerve into the brain.

  2. pax says:

    Perhaps German priests get off the reservation less often than American ones.

  3. Tam says:

    what is the best defensive sidearm

    Duh, anybody who’s read a gun board knows the answer to that one: Mine. And yours sucks.


    • Kaerius(SWE) says:

      I think a good checklist is:
      1) Is it reliable?
      2) Are you comfortable shooting it?
      3) Can you comfortably carry it? (subcheck: can you conceal it?)
      4) Does it have enough bang to stop an aggressor?

      And #4 depends a bit on your skill level, the higher skilled you are, the less powerful the round has to be, as you’re able of better shot placement. Still, you’d have to be a friggin pistol god to reliably stop attackers with a .22LR. And it’d still be better to have something more powerful than that.

  4. Gregg says:

    You have not referenced anything that is post Vatican II. Of course the Catholic Church stated that “outside the Church there is no salvation”. Up until Martin Luther the only “protestant” Christian churches were the Coptics and the Greek Orthodox (aka the Byzantine church). The Catholic Church was competing with other religions, not other sects.

    Currently the Catholic Church recognizes the legitimacy of Anglican Priests, Lutheran Priests, Presbyterian Priests, among others. Admittedly this is all post Vatican II (mid 1960s). However, Marko was referring to today, not centuries in the past.

  5. Tam says:

    Currently the Catholic Church recognizes the legitimacy of Anglican Priests, Lutheran Priests, Presbyterian Priests, among others.

    How about Baptists and Methodists? Are they Sierra Oscar Lima, or what?

    I am given to understand that Conservative Catholic groups weren’t all that hip on Vatican Deux, but given that the guy in the hat is infallible (except if he’s the guy in the hat in Avignon… or was he the real one? I forget…) they didn’t much count.

    • Marko Kloos says:

      One of my favorite Denis Leary routines is about the hierarchy in the Catholic Church, which seems to be based on hat size. The bigger the hat, the higher the rank of the wearer. “God must wear a huge fucking sombrero. ‘Of course I’m God. Who else would I be? Look at the size of my hat!'”

    • Gregg says:

      I mentioned the “among others” as I am not sure off the top of my head about Baptists, and Methodists, though I do know that the Catholic Church does not recognize the legitimacy of Pentecostal ministers as being ‘priests’ . None of this translates to the followers of the various christian sects. They are typically accepted as christian, although considered misguided. Thus, while the official word is that they won’t enter into heaven necessarily they will likely end up in purgatory and not Hell.

      Yes, of course the radical fringe catholics aren’t hip on Vatican the sequel.

      The infallibility issue is actually not as cut and dried as it might appear.

      • Brandon says:

        Thus, while the official word is that they won’t enter into heaven necessarily they will likely end up in purgatory and not Hell.

        The Catholic Church makes no such pronouncement regarding other Christians going to heaven or purgatory, and to do so would contradict its own clearly-defined position on people of other denominations and faiths.

        The Catechism of the Catholic Church specifically addresses the potential for salvation of other denominations and faiths in this section, which also includes an explanation regarding the idea of “Outside the Church there is no salvation.”

        Pax, both of your links involve Catholics who do not accurately represent Catholic belief. As with any system of belief, there are those who disagree and claim that they are the proper holders of the title in question (in this case, “real” Catholics). I don’t think the views of an excommunicated anti-Semite or a group of Catholics in schism since Vatican II should be taken as representative of Catholic salvation theology.

        My own experience as a Catholic growing up in the Bible Belt was pretty much the same as what Marko originally posted.

    • crankylitprof says:

      The guy in the funny hat isn’t infallible unless he is officially speaking “ex cathedra” — “from the chair of Peter.”

      Otherwise, he’s as fallible as the rest of us.

      Popes are not alwaysspeaking ex cathedra.

      • Marko Kloos says:

        If I were Pope, I’d speak ex cathedra all the time, and consider the infallibility a job perk.

        “New York Super Fudge Chunk is the best Ben & Jerry’s flavor. Also, Timmy Heuman is a dorkwad.”

  6. T.Stahl says:

    The individually best defensive firearm is probably the best compromise of reliability, ergonomics, firepower (caliber x capacity) and concealability. Oh, and personal likes.

    I’m sure, with the right poison in the hollow point, a .22lr could kill a blue whale. What a .22lr can stop, well,…

    Ui, is there a hiatus on the ‘no religious discussions on my board’ policy? In that case, here’s my opinion: Whenever I see how much church tax that I’m paying in Germany, I think, “Do I have to be a member of a church to believe? I don’t have to be a member of shooting association to shoot, a member of an automobile club to drive,…” IMO, being a Christian is not defined by which institution receives your church tax or donation, it’s defined by what you believe.

    I agree on your view regarding the use of evil words by the media.

    It’s nice to see that (again) one of my searches ended up in the MSTS.

    I still haven’t seen WOTG. But I guess I should some day…

  7. john b says:

    One of these days we’ll have to discuss the difference between Roman Catholics, and Irish Catholics.

  8. theflatwhite says:

    Maybe the Catholicism you were exposed to just had a liberal flavor.

    The trend is to soft-soap this traditional doctrine…but…

    I’m sure your statement was more in reference to what is considered ‘modern’ Catholicism and Protestantism, ignoring centuries of mutual persecution and murder for “heresy.”

  9. Paul says:

    “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.”

    The most effective example of this is the now all-too-common reporting that police are still looking for the “GUNMAN” after a shooting instead of looking for a “SUSPECT”. It makes me scream every time I hear it on the news.

  10. Kristopher says:

    The best defensive firearm is one held in someone else’s hand while you are on the other side of the horizon. The best strategy for a gunfight is to get two other people to do it.

    911 is your friend, if you can hole up or run like a rabbit, and get the time needed to use it.

    Sometime you can’t, though … then you dance with wut ya brung.

  11. BS philosopher says:

    Well, I do know from first hand experience that my Protestant baptism fulfilled the Catholic requirements for a marriage in the Roman Catholic Church, which they consider a sacrament much like communion.

    In the RC church, even Laymen can baptize in necessity. Which logically makes sense as John the Baptist was not a priest of any flavor, and he baptised Christ. However, my wife and I still did have to get a dispensation from the Bishop and go through all the pre-Cana crap before hand. I didn’t bother to tell them I was an agnostic…

    So, I would have to say, post Vatican II, yes the Catholic church recognizes Protestants. At least mainline historical Protestants, as Christian.

    Later “prophetic” groups such as the Mormons, with significant theological differences? All bets are off.

    • john says:


      Hell Director: Uh, you picked the wrong religion as well.
      Man from Crowd: Well who was right? Who gets in to Heaven?
      Hell Director: I’m afraid it was the MORmons. Yes, the MORmons were the correct answer.

      (South Park S4E10)

  12. Glamdring says:

    Any other movies as good as “Way of the Gun” for the gun handling?

    I always thought not having several spare mags for the 308 was very odd. Didn’t they have military style mag pouch for the 1911’s that held 4 mags?

  13. Firehand says:

    Peter Capstick wrote of a man who killed two elephants- the first accidentally- with a .22 rifle. The first was in the garden and he figured he’d hit it in the shoulder, where the skin’s thick enough it would just sting badly; it took a step just as he fired, exposing the very thin skin in the armpit(ok, what do YOU call it?) and the bullet went through, between two ribs and hit the heart. Jumbo let out a trumpet, ran about a hundred yards and died. Second time was with a game warden who just didn’t believe it and had a jumbo he had to cull; worked just as well that time.

    On gun-handling, I always liked ‘The Professionals’, western set in the 1920’s.

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