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Why So Many Guns?

Guns Holsters and Gear has provided an excellent three-part series based on the question, “Why so many guns?”

Part I provides an overview of gun ownership and the various reasons for it.

Part II discusses handguns.

Part III discusses rifles and shotguns.

All three are good reads.

 
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Posted by on February 15, 2013 in Guns, History, Life, People, Self Defense, Sports

 

21 Suggestions for Success

by H. Jackson Brown Jr.

  1. Marry the right person. This one decision will determine 90% of your happiness or misery.
  2. Work at something you enjoy and that’s worthy of your time and talent.
  3. Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully.
  4. Become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know.
  5. Be forgiving of yourself and others.
  6. Be generous.
  7. Have a grateful heart.
  8. Persistence, persistence, persistence.
  9. Discipline yourself to save money on even the most modest salary.
  10. Treat everyone you meet like you want to be treated.
  11. Commit yourself to constant improvement.
  12. Commit yourself to quality.
  13. Understand that happiness is not based on possessions, power or prestige, but on relationships with people you love and respect.
  14. Be loyal.
  15. Be honest.
  16. Be a self-starter.
  17. Be decisive even if it means you’ll sometimes be wrong.
  18. Stop blaming others. Take responsibility for every area of your life.
  19. Be bold and courageous. When you look back on your life, you’ll regret the things you didn’t do more than the ones you did.
  20. Take good care of those you love.
  21. Don’t do anything that wouldn’t make your Mom proud.
 
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Posted by on February 8, 2013 in Life

 

Earthly Father, Heavenly Father

 
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Posted by on January 29, 2013 in Family, Life, People, Religion

 

The Once and Future Liberalism

Marko Kloos tweeted:

So, being a good little lad, I went and read it. In addition to being incredibly insightful, I happen to be studying systems theory in one of my classes this semester. This article fits. Like. A. Glove.

The author, Walter Mead, discusses liberalism and its four phases in American political and social life.

We can see this process at work in modern Anglo-American history, during which liberalism has gone through at least four distinct incarnations. Liberalism 1.0 was the political expression of the original Enlightenment philosophy that developed in Britain and shaped the Glorious Revolution of 1688. That Revolution remains the seminal political event in the history of the English-speaking world. The American Founding Fathers set out consciously to imitate the spirit of 1688. Both the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights flow from the ideas of a revolution that once and for all made Parliament supreme over the Crown in British history.

But the Revolution of 1688 had its limits, and by 1776 liberalism 1.0 was no longer enough. In Britain, the corruption of the House of Commons allowed George III to reassert royal control; Americans realized that the constitutional monarchy of liberalism 1.0 was no longer ideal. The 2.0 liberalism of our Founding Fathers replaced constitutional monarchy with a republic expressly founded on natural rights and the sovereignty of the people. The 1.0 Revolution of 1688 had replaced an intolerant established Church with one constitutionally more tolerant; the 2.0 American Revolution of 1776 separated the church from the state to the benefit of both.

Liberalism 2.0, as developed in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, was rooted in the thought of 1.0 liberals like John Locke. But Adam Smith, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin and George Washington developed and put into practice a set of ideas about how individual liberty could be reconciled with economic development and good governance. Note how the names changed. In 1688, if you supported the Glorious Revolution you were a Whig and a liberal. In 1776, if you supported those same principles against the Declaration of Independence you were a Tory conservative.

He goes on to describe liberalism in America and its various strengths and weaknesses. He describes modern liberalism as blue liberalism, or liberalism 4.1.  He also discusses how we are at the end of an era and in a position to create liberalism 5.0

As with earlier versions, liberalism 5.0 must build on the best of what has gone before while making adjustments—radical when necessary, though never gratuitously so—to existing beliefs and institutions. 5.0 liberals must challenge the right of blue liberals to own the L-word, seeking both to convince 4.1 liberals to come back to the future and denouncing those who won’t as the blinkered reactionaries and speed bumps they are.

Go read this article.

 
 

The Problem of There Being Gun Owners

Sebastian writes up a review of Dave Hardy’s history of the background check issue. Go. Read. Then come back.

Welcome back. Sebastian and Dave simply point out what we all no: gun control is not about safety and it’s not about public health – it’s about control. Plain and simple. Gun control is about “solving the problem of there being gun owners.”

 
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Posted by on January 17, 2013 in Freedom - Loss Of, Guns, Life, Politics

 

Favorite Game

This video demonstrates my 8-month-old daughter’s favorite game:

 
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Posted by on January 16, 2013 in Eyes+Sharp Stick, Family, Life

 

What would you do?

Ladies, I want to hear from you on this. MSN reports:

[Allyn Rose,] [t]he 24-year-old Miss DC[,] plans to undergo a double mastectomy after she struts in a bikini and flaunts her roller skating talent. She is removing both breasts as a preventative measure to reduce her chances of developing the disease that killed her mother, grandmother and great aunt.

As a man, I don’t really have a way to understand what goes in to making this decision because I don’t have breasts and I’m not a woman. I don’t even have a valid comparison. Initially, I tried to compare this to a man with a family history of testicular cancer having his testicles removed as a preventative measure. However, that is not really a fair comparison.

Ms. Rose is a beauty queen and one result of her competing in beauty pagents is she is objectified and sexualized. Breasts are hyper-sexualized in American culture and can be an important part of a woman’s identity, whether as an object of desire of their partner or as a mother and everywhere in between.

I do not want to get into a discussion about the rights/wrongs of Americans’ social views about breasts. I want to hear your reaction to a piece of news like this. Is your reaction to this news similar to the reaction that you had when Christina Applegate had her double mastectomy? Why or why not? Do you have a family member or close friend who has had a similar experience? How was your reaction to that news different or similar to these other stories?

 
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Posted by on January 11, 2013 in Education, Life, People

 
 
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