Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Things that make you go hmmm

A letter from a man who has gone on the record as having served as a pastor before (probably got fired?) and wants to serve in that capacity again.

(edited for language and paragraphs added to make reading somewhat plausible.

What a huge f***ing coward you are? Well, I can't leave this as a comment on your blog, but I can make sure your b***h @$$ gets it anyway. Of course, you woudn't want anyone to know the truth, huh? So, since I’m no longer at that church and no longer under the authority of those pastors, I’m going to finally have my say. This will be the last I will ever say about it.

What this boils down to, you pissy b***h, is that you were The Teacher, high and exalted (in your mind), and a lowly newcomer dared to question your word. Well, c*nt, when you go making statements like “This verse says God decided to enrich the lives of those who would chose Him” when the verse says NOTHING of the sort, expect your b***h @$$ to be told “that’s not what the verse means”.

When people say “Being a teacher isn’t that important to me. I could take it or leave it” what they mean, and your b***h @$$ meant, is “This is very important to me. I would feel threatened if I saw someone who could take this away from me”. You know it, I know it. You tell yourself whatever the fuck you have to in order to sleep, whether by your wife or whatever slut you’re sleeping with this week.

What I asked for an apology for never once changed. You owe me an apology for making comments about me behind my back on a blog without saying them to my face. Of course, cowards do just that. As far as your claim about me being a coward, who drug you in front of [name withheld] and [name withheld], c*m sucking b***ard? Who confronted you to your face, b***h?

Oh, just to clear up your f***tard stupidity, by the way, I never said babies die and go to heaven.I said the reason for them going to heaven is not that they’re not sinners. It’s called Romans 5, Forrest. Why don’t you read it sometime? And my tag has been renewed since February of 2012. Who the f*** is the stalker here, now?

As to your "understanding" of Galatians 5? Well, let’s just say when Paul says “if anyone is caught in a transgression…” he means “…if anyone is caught in a transgression…” The verse and passage is obviously (well, to anyone with the reading comprehension of a middle school slut, like I’m sure your wife was) about how to deal with someone you observe in sin. Well, b***h, it doesn’t say “Blog about it”.

And the passage out of Matthew 5 doesn't say anything about your anger, it says you remember someone else is angry with you. RIF, p***y. As far as me watching for the weak one, and waiting for the moment to strike because I’d figured out your weakness, trust me, motherf***er, if I’d known what your weakness was, I wouldn’t have done anything in class or gone to [name withheld].

Like I said, though, this is the last I’m going to say about it. Regarding your threats, anytime your b***h @$$ gets to feeling froggy, jump the f*** over. The cops are already well aware of this and while they said there’s nothing they can do till you do something, since they already know about the situation if something happens they know what to do. So, that’s the last I’m going to say about it, f*** tard. Say hello to Adolph for me.

Monday, January 30, 2012

You might be a redneck...

This conversation took place many years ago. I was in college, dating Mrs. Usagi. My mother, who is quite... eccentric... is trying to convince my brother and I to come to a family reunion.

Moms: You boys should come to the family reunion. There will be pretty girls there. 

I stare in disbelief. Exchange looks with my brother and my wife (then, girlfriend).  

Usagi: Ummm. I'm already dating someone. Besides, these "pretty girls" would be related to me, so no thanks! I will go to the reunion, though.


Sunday, January 29, 2012

Do Babies Go to Heaven?

Many months ago, a brief discussion broke out in our Sunday School class about whether babies that die go to heaven. One classmate held that babies go to heaven. Another person argued rigorously that they do not.

I know what I believe, and I know the scripture that backs that up - but I wanted more evidence. I wanted to really research this one well.

See, I cannot accept that a loving God would condemn an infant to hell who never had time to grow and develop mentally and spiritually and never had a chance to learn to make a choice of free will to accept or reject God. Turns out, scripture is in my favor, as are the vast majority of publications by Christian authors on the topic.

Wrong, but right:
Catholics believe baptism is required for salvation, and therefore baptized babies go to Heaven. They also believe unbaptized babies go to purgatory, and can be redeemed later. Although both of these beliefs are completely false, the notion that babies go to Heaven is true, so they reach the same conclusion.

Back to what's right:
There are many issues surrounding this concept, and this article touches on almost all the main points. It comes in question-and-answer format, and makes for easy reading.

In fact, in all the research I did, I could only find small segments of people who actually believe that babies who die go to Hell. Of those, the majority were Calvinists. So let me expand on that for a moment.

Calvinism and the fate of babies that die:
First off, Calvinism is heresy. It is an utterly false teaching. Those that teach it are, by definition, false prophets - something the Lord does not look kindly on.

Secondly, from a Calvinists' point of view: God is in Heaven, playing with His dolls (people) and deciding whom to send to Heaven and whom to send to Hell - much like a small boy deciding which toy Army men die and which ones live. Based on this very notion, a Calvinist who was being honest with himself would have to admit that some babies will go to Heaven due to their election. Still, the whole notion is not only absurd, but completely false, but I did want to point out the possibility.

Multiple scriptures point to the fact that condemnation to Hell is by way of sin. If someone has not sinned (blameless) then they can enter the Kingdom of Heaven. For those of us who have sinned, we can become blameless through Salvation.Yes, mankind has a sin nature, but we are not punished for the nature, but we are punished for the sin!

A great article on the topic.
And another.
And another.
The list goes on.

An alternate idea:
Suggested reading. A really interesting concept. This author points out belief that babies that die go to Heaven for a time - as do people who never heard the Gospel. At the end of the 1000 years predicted in the book of Revelation, these people have the opportunity to choose Christ or reject Him.

Not sure if I believe this or not, but wanted to share, as the article backs up every point with scripture in context.

I conclude, in absence of any scripture to the contrary, that babies and children not yet at the "age of accountability" who die will go to Heaven. 

Post-edit: The individual who was part of the inspiration of this post has made a blog post wherein he stated: "That child, of course, went to heaven like all babies who die do..." Of course, this is in direct opposition to what he argued that Sunday morning. But then, this particular individual has some very strange ideas and some even stranger ways of "communicating" them.


Thursday, January 26, 2012

Funny story

I've decided to add a new segment - funny stories dealing with people. Many of these will come from time working with the public. Some will come from teaching martial arts. I hope they bring you some fun and entertainment!

Setting: teaching a Jiu-Jitsu class. My son is at Taekwondo as he is every week at that time. This conversation takes place with a student who has severe difficulty paying attention.

Student: Where is Usagi Jr.?

Usagi: At Taekwondo - where he is every week at this time. You should know that, you've been coming here five months now. *smiles*

A minute and a half later...

Student: Where is Usagi Jr.?

Usagi: Same place he was ninety seconds ago.

Setting them straight - one by one

A recent conversation between myself and a long time friend of the family (one who has leaned ever more liberal), got interesting when her entitlement mentality came shining through in conversation:

LFOF (Liberal Friend Of Family): Here is my rant ...  When You pay people $ 7.50 an hour with no benefits ... what do u expect...  not to mention the plethora of Women I have met raising kids on their own because NO ONE holds the other party (dead-beat dads) accountable. So, in a world where with 2 incomes it is a struggle how do u expect these women to survive? ... If they are struggling to survive financially as it is, how are they supposed to pay an attorney, and a bounty hunter (lol) to track down said dead beat?

Usagi:  Your mindset is all wrong... I did not go after somebody else's wealth (ie - tracking down someone for child support). I have created my own sources of income. Besides, how much would child support be? $800 per month? I can show you how to make ten times that much - all you have to provide is hard work and dedication. 

Game - Set - Match.  

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Oh Rats!

So tonight, my wife has dinner fixed, and is serving it when the heavy glass dish holding the chicken tenders totally shatters! Glass shards fly all around - into the vegetables, chicken, other food, and even to the floor.

The heavy glass dish was CorningWare - a high quality manufacturer. This is the first I've ever heard of one just breaking suddenly.

As she cleaned the glass up, I took the kids and purchased a meal for us. Cannot risk eating food that might have glass in it!

Monday, January 23, 2012

TSA and Nashville Airport out of line!

Today, the TSA at the Nashville Airport detained Senator Rand Paul and caused him to miss his initial flight to Washington, DC. Evidently, they had a scanner malfunction, and Paul refused pat down (good for him!).

Though the TSA denies detaining him, they refused to let him be scanned again, and caused him to have to take a later flight to DC. That sounds like being detained to me!

I have documented my personal cases of the TSA in Nashville getting stupid. They have stepped over the line again!
These imbeciles seem to have the Cartman syndrome: "Respect my autoritah!"

Friday, January 20, 2012

Abstract on SOPA

I'm going to wax philosophical on SOPA today.

Unless you live in a cave, you heard that Google, Wikipedia, and others went "black" earlier this week in protest of the SOPA bill. The bill, presented by Congress as an attempt to curb piracy, had dangerous language in it that would have allowed the government to restrict online content.

Lesson 1:
Government is not a nanny, nor should it be. This is true with guns, internet, and many other things - some of which the government already plays nanny to, sadly.

Lesson 2:
Another lesson we should take from it is this: we the people need to know what is in every bill that Congress puts up for vote. Too many times, a bill is passed that has "unintended consequences" (as SOPA would have had) that leave us with less freedom.

Lesson 3:
Folks in government fear most losing their power (i.e. - not getting reelected). Make them think they will for any topic, and they will vote the way you want them to.

Lesson 4:
Had SOPA passed, it would have resulted in fewer freedoms at the expense of "more security." That's how it always works - they try to get you to sacrifice freedom for security. That's never a good trade.

Lesson 5:
Follow the money. ALWAYS follow the money. This bill would never have made it to committee, much less out of committee, if there had not been money behind it.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

This week - January 2012

"Things Found On Side Of Road:"

A 12-pack case of Mountain Dew. Unopened.

Middle of two-lane highway. Highway 30 - between Athens, TN and Decatur, TN. So, technically, this wasn't the "side" of the road.

Thirteen rules for gun owners

Credit to this link for them:

1. Guns have only two enemies rust and politicians.
2. It’s always better to be judged by 12 than carried by 6.
3. Cops carry guns to protect themselves, not you.
4. Never let someone or something that threatens you get inside arms length.
5. Never say, “I’ve got a gun.” If you need to use deadly force, the first sound they hear should be the safety clicking off.
6. The average response time of a 911 call is 23 minutes; the response time of a .357 is 1400 feet per second.
7. The most important rule in a gunfight is: Always win – cheat if necessary.
8. Make your attacker advance through a wall of bullets . . . You may get killed with your own gun, but he’ll have to beat you to death with it, because it’ll be empty.
9. If you’re in a gunfight:
- If you’re not shooting, you should be loading.
-  If you’re not loading, you should be moving.
-  If you’re not moving, you’re dead.
10. In a life and death situation, do something . . . It may be wrong, but do something!
11. If you carry a gun, people call you paranoid. Nonsense! If you have a gun, what do you have to be paranoid about?
12. You can say ‘stop’ or ‘alto’ or any other word, but a large bore muzzle pointed at someone’s head is pretty much a universal language.
13. You cannot save the planet, but you may be able to save yourself and your family.

I have reposted the meat of this because most of these quotes are credited to others, but they are all certainly true. 

Monday, January 16, 2012

Took me a while to stop laughing...

It took me a while to stop laughing long enough to post this.

President Obama's house in Chicago was foreclosed and sold! And he didn't even know!

Though it is a spoof, it is not that far-fetched. This guy is clueless!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Strange things afoot

Very strange, indeed. Strange day. Strange week. Strange past month or so.

In the comments below, post your strange story.

This is a placeholder for mine.

Friday, January 13, 2012

New Rifle for the Marines

Seems the M249 SAW will be replaced by the HK 416.

If the platform will be the same as in the picture at the link, then it will have a lot of significant advantages in modern combat.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Sign on Road - 2012

From the "Things Found on Side Of Road" files:

A sign read:
"Drive slow and see our beautiful town.
Drive fast and see our judge."

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

This was way cool!

Some time back, a good friend of mine who works in conjunction with the construction industry gave me a bullet proof wall panel. He was helping in a project where a bank was updating their bulletproof walls and windows. The panel was some of the material being removed.

Given the dangerous area, my friend told me this was one of only two panels they removed that had not been shot!

He asked me to shoot it, and see if I could get through the panel. He wanted to see the report on this blog. So of course, I am happy to oblige.

I took the panel to a remote spot in a rural area. I had full permission of the property owner to conduct this "experiment."

A little background - most "bulletproof" materials are designed to stop pistol bullets, not rifle bullets. "Box O Truth" has lots of experiments of shooting bulletproof materials - and several materials are easily penetrated by rifle bullets. Almost everything is defeated by a 12-gauge shotgun slug.

That said, I took my AR 15 rifle, and loaded it up with 20 rounds of .223 caliber PMC Bronze ammo - a middle of the road ammunition. I fired three rounds into the fiberglass material - which was much like the material for sale at this link. Here is the result:

All three bullets penetrated. Here is a picture of the back:

So I shot it with my 9 mm GLOCK:

And here is the back - notice the smaller dimples from the pistol rounds. None of the 9mm shots made it through the material.

So, to channel "Old Painless" (author of the Box O Truth), here are my conclusions:
- A pistol is a pistol and a rifle is a rifle.
- Know the difference between cover and concealment.
- .223 has thousands of documented kills in Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq, and all over. It has put down polar bears, grizzlies, lions, tigers, and many other dangerous animals. It shot through this "bulletproof" fiberglass like a hot knife through butter. It is plenty powerful enough for self defense or "SHTF."
- Shooting stuff is fun!

PS - after taking these pictures, I put about 100 rounds through the fiberglass. It was shredded!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Doing this the right way

In honor of this.

I present you with this:

The Brady Campaign against Guns has designated today, January 8, as a day for which they urge people to hold candlelight vigils against "gun violence." This is, of course, a misnomer, as none of the guns involved in violence ever made a decision to become involved (unlike the perpetrators).

Therefore, per the link above, I am holding a candlelight vigil against violence.

Pictured is my violence prevention tool - my (fully loaded) GLOCK 19.

The candle is a Raspberry Cream Cheese Danish scented candle by Hanna's Candle Company of Fayetteville, AR.

Of note: The candle was "won" in a game of Dirty Santa. Right Minded's mother-in-law blindly selected the candle, which does not smell good at all when unlit. When it came to my turn, I opted to take the gift from her, giving her a chance at another selection. I announced my plan: to use the candle as target practice.
Oddly, the candle smells pleasant when lit.

New Nickname in politics

Michelle "The Vacation" Obama.

Seems like a fitting nickname for someone who has spent $10 Million of taxpayer money on vacations.

Had Laura Bush spent a fraction of that over all 8 years, the liberal media would have been on it like a pack of dogs on a 3-legged cat.

All kinds of FAIL on this one

Link to story. 

Cliff's notes:
A felon stole a gun. He then killed himself with said gun. That by itself is not actually too strange.

Here's where it gets strange... the man's family sets up an estate for him. The estate (read: his family) then sues the gun owner for liability. They also sue the manufacturer (GLOCK) for liability, claiming that the gun was intentionally designed to go off while stored in a case.

Fortunately, the case was thrown out.

It bears repeating folks: this society is headed the wrong way, and crazy like this is just the symptom.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Shooting Stuff - January 2012

OK, as a follow up from last week. Remember, I was unable to find a good video for Right Minded of crayons getting shot.

Enter a video of a couple of Brits shooting water balloons with a pellet gun.

Coolest thing ever? Nope.
Pretty cool anyways? Yep.

On Cue...

With 2012 being an election year, recent reports have surfaced that the economy is adding jobs, and that the unemployment rate is dropping.

In the words of ESPN announcer Lee Corso: "Not so fast, my friend!"

Read this article - about how the Obama Administration is cooking the books - then get back to me. 

Seems that the Administration calls it a "created job" when everyone else operating in reality calls it "no longer eligible for Unemployment Benefits."

Too bad

Too bad we can't have a President who does this frequently.

Presidential candidate and Texas Governor Rick Perry was spotted relaxing at the shooting range the night before the primaries in New Hampshire.

From looking at the pictures, good grip and good stance. He's done this before.

Know your target... and what is beyond it

One of the four basic rules of gun safety is to know your target, and what is beyond it.

This guy didn't do that, and wound up shooting a teen who was trying out for a basketball team.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Presidential Politics - Jan 2012

After the Iowa Caucasus on Tuesday, there has been some shuffling in the field of Republican candidates.

Michele Bachmann is out of the race, much to my dismay.
Rick Perry had to reassess, but decided to stay in it. Problem is, I've never seen a reassessment turn into a successful campaign. Once a candidate *thinks* about losing, they seem to lose steam (if they had any to start with).
Jon Huntsman never really had anything substantial going. That's not changing. 

Based on the showing in Iowa, and polls in states soon to hold their primaries, let's look at the candidates:

Rick Santorum - decent. About as decent as anybody left.
No anti-gun votes. No pro-abortion votes. Now that Iowa is over, and along with it, any chance Ron Paul had of winning a state, Paul's vocal supporters will be less vocal (and heard even less) so their attacks on the next fairly conservative candidate will likely prove ineffective at best. 

Newt Gingrich - I feel "meh" about Newt.
Not excited about him as he is soft on abortion. He also had an opportunity to single-handedly kill the Lautenberg Gun Ban in committee, but didn't for political reasons.On the positive side, he does know how to play the media, and I feel his appointments to the SCOTUS would be conservative.

Ron Paul - unelectable, and I'm not sure I'd want him in office.
Maybe as Secretary of State. Don't know whether to have an axe to grind with him over the shenanigans of his followers.

Mitt Romney - NOOOOOO!!!
I would call him "Obama-Lite" but that might give you the false impression he might be a bit better than Obama. Romney has a long track record of saying one thing and voting another way. Or changing his stance on a subject. His record is bad on guns, bad on Obamacare (Romneycare, anyone?), bad on taxes, bad on everything worthwhile.

Still undecided? Take this quiz - it's fairly accurate, and might help a bit. compare your opinions to those of the four remaining candidates.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Do your Due-Diligence

From the Examiner:

"Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity."

Here is a scenario that plays out all too often in the hiring world:

Employee (interviewing): "May I ask about your benefits package?"
VP: "We have a full package, including health benefits."
Employee: "Great! I have a family and health insurance is a must for us!"
VP: "You will be interested to know that our benefits start from Day 1, then."

A few weeks pass, and Employee is hired at the company. 

VP: "And in this email, we explain the benefits package you showed interest in."
Employee: "I can't seem to find the health insurance portion."
VP: "Oh, the health insurance starts after 90 days."

Employee is dismayed, as part of what was expected was health insurance from Day 1, as had been promised.
Several weeks pass. Employee is doing well on the job, and 90 days is coming up:

Employee: "I have heard from the payroll company about the 401k, but still no word from them about health insurance. My 90-day mark is coming up soon."
VP: "Oh, well the health insurance doesn't kick in until the first day of the month following your 90-day mark, so they may not have sent it yet."

Employee is yet again feeling confused. Starting to get angry. Yet, he waits, and asks again after the first of the month following his 90-days.

Employee: "It is the first of June. My 90-day mark was May 8. Should I have heard from the payroll company yet about health insurance?"
VP: "Yes, you should have heard by now. Why don't you give them a call?"

Confused, Employee calls Payroll company, trying to get answers:

Employee: "Hi, my name is John, and I work for RPM Turbo Cash (fictional name, of course). My manager told me to call about when I am eligible for the health insurance. I need to sign up. My family has been without health coverage for nearly four months!"
Payroll Company: "Oh, RPM Turbo Cash does not participate in our health insurance offerings. I'm sorry."

Confused, Employee doesn't know where to turn. He feels misled, and is understandably angry. What's worse, his son needs surgery, and he hasn't the money on hand to pay for it.

What a dilemma!

Readers, this or something similar happens all too often. Most notably, at companies that employ fewer than 100 people. Companies of this size often use payroll and benefit partner companies, like ADP or Insperity. Prospective employees should ask detailed questions about needed benefits. If the hiring influence is unsure, ask more questions! Ask to speak with the payroll company if need be. 

Make no mistake, having a suitable benefit package is a huge part of proper fit with any company. Do not be afraid to get clarification. Trust your instincts - if the hiring manager sounds unsure, or just blows over the benefits without detail, ask more! It is your future after all!

OK - need some help on this one

Was surfing a favorite website when I found this story.

Evidently, a man claims to have found a dead mouse in his can of Mountain Dew.
He sues Pepsi.
Pepsi uses as their defense that the Mountain Dew would dissolve the mouse carcass.

I don't know if this will make it to Mythbusters, so I'll enlist the help of blog followers:

Please, DO NOT use a live mouse. Get a F/T mouse from a vendor that sells them as reptile food (I am not endorsing that particular vendor, just giving an example).
Place it in a container of Mountain Dew.
For science' sake, put a lid on it, I would presume the carbonation would be helpful for any chemical reactions needed to dissolve the mouse. With the lid off, the soda will go flat, and it may lose some of its dissolving properties.
Also, keep it in an aluminum can. Plastic may or may not do. Better yet, try dissolving multiple FT mice in varying containers. Keep a picture record - at least one per day for several days.

Monday, January 2, 2012


US Navy SEAL with 160 confirmed kills.

Public Service Announcement - Jan., 2012

When you go shooting, if the gun clicks (or the round sounds underpowered at all), make sure to:
A) unload the gun, and
B) check the barrel for obstruction.
(And do it in that order - never look down the barrel of a loaded gun!!!)

A squib bullet, lodged in the barrel, will cause a serious malfunction. Known in common parlance as a "kaboom!" This often destroys the firearm, and will likely cause serious injury. Following are some links to videos of kabooms. To my knowledge, the people in these videos were either OK, or recovered.

As you can expect, there will likely be some language on these - it's not pleasant to have a gun blow up on you:
Clip 1 - M1 Garand kaboom
Clip 2 - AR 15 kaboom
Clip 3 - AK 47 kaboom
Clip 4 - M2 machine gun blows up (in a laboratory setting)
Clip 5 - Shotgun kaboom
Clip 6 - Bolt action rifle kaboom

Also, please note that none of these failures are due to the gun itself. This is an ammo issue.

How did this get passed and why did the media cover it up?

Over the Holidays, The NDAA bill was signed by Obama. Of particular issue with this bill, is the fact that the language of the bill seems to allow the government to detain a citizen of the United States indefinitely.

As it stands, the bill seems to violate the 4th, 5th, 6th, and 8th Amendments to the Constitution.

Here is a video clip that details what all is wrong with the bill.

Good shoot - Jan 2012 - OK style

A young widow in OK recently was forced to defend herself and her son from an intruder.

Things didn't work out so well for the intruder, as he was shot and killed with a shotgun.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Saw this on Facebook - Jan 2012 edition

How to start an argument online:

1. Express an opinion.

2. Wait a minute.

Follow Up from Sunday School

Today in Sunday School we studied Numbers 22. For those unfamiliar, the cliff's notes is: the Israelites are on the border of the promised land. The Moabite king was afraid of them, and summoned a diviner, Balaam, to put a curse on them. Balaam was on his way to do just that when his donkey saw an Angel of the Lord, and refused to go forward, as the angel had a sword drawn.

Balaam beat his donkey when it refused to obey him. The third time, the Lord gave the donkey the gift of speech, and the donkey asked why Balaam was beating her. Then the Lord opened Balaam's eyes, and he saw the angel. A short conversation later, Balaam was convinced not to put a curse on Israel, but instead would go and give four oracles to the king of Moab.

At one point, I was asked to recount a fact for the class, which I did. Problem was, my fact was messed up by my own memory. It had been several years since I'd studied this, and so I'd like to set the record straight here:

I stated that the rulers of the tribes and lands in Canaan were frightened of the Israelites, and the ruler of Jericho had written a letter to the Pharaoh of Egypt for military help. While this did happen, in the form of the Armarna Letters, my timing was not necessarily correct - and it was not necessarily the ruler of Jericho. It is generally thought that the letters of Armarna were written some time after this - perhaps during the time of the book of Judges in the Bible.

Of note in these letters, Canaan leaders requested military help to ward off large bands of roaming "Hapiru's" (Hebrews). This word, since it is translated from Akkadian, might also be spelled "Apiru," Habiru," or "Hapru." There are several other, less common spellings, but the gist is the same.

Also of note, is the fact that these found documents mention Yahweh - God. These are the earliest documents, other than the Bible, to mention Yahweh by that name. In so doing, it is interesting to see that these documents place the time just right with when we know Jericho was destroyed, as well as the reign of Egyptian Pharaohs.

Some might argue the timing, but they cannot account for assumptions made in carbon-14 dating. These assumptions are critical, because if they are slightly wrong, then the whole process is errant. In either event, carbon 14, and the Amarna Letters, date to within 80 years of each other. Practically on the dot given that it was 3500 years ago.

It is also interesting that the Akkadian word "Hapiru" became the standard for roaming nomads that went around fighting. There is evidence that David's band of warriors was referred to as "Hapiru" as were other bands up to the time of Solomon.

This for that

So I was talking to Right Minded today, and I had seen a video of crayons getting shot. I promised him a post on it. However, I cannot for the life of me find the video of the crayons getting shot (if you read this, and know where one is, send it, please).

What I found when looking was a neat tutorial. I have tried a similar method, using crayon to fill in recesses carved in on a gun. Results look pretty good.

Coloring gun recesses with Crayon

Didn't realize this...

Back in November, this blog passed 1000 posts.

New Feature... taking suggestions

On the right of this blog is a new feature... a poll.

Feel free to participate, or not.
I know what the question will be next, after the one about your favorite gun runs its course. But I'm open to suggestions about future poll questions.

Not surprising, really - 2012

CNN reports that gun sales were up - way up - this Holiday season.

Some interesting stats reported:
Dec. 23, 2011 was the second busiest day on record (in terms of most background checks performed)
Black Friday 2011 was the busiest day on record.
Nearly half a million background checks were performed in the six days prior to Christmas.

Only 1.3% of background checks performed resulted in a denial (had no idea that's what the percentage would be).
The number of background checks performed does not equal the number of guns sold. Per ATF regulation, multiple firearms may be purchased at the same time with a single background check.