Friday, September 30, 2005

Going, going, gone

Well, the time nears to depart this veil of work (Yeah, working hard on my blog, not work!) for the open air of Camp Freehold.

Fall is finally in the air here in the Piedmont area of North Carolina. The weather has finally turned cooler, and I see a campfire in my near future.

Enjoy your weekend as well.

The Brady Bunch lies again

Never content to tell the truth, The Brady Bunch (known in liberal reality as "The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence" ) has once again chosen to lie to the public about guns and gun laws with their web site.

Here's the one piece of actual, verifiable fact that I could find:

The new Florida Shoot First law eliminates the duty to retreat and allows a person not engaged in unlawful activity who is attacked in a public place to "stand his or her ground" and use deadly force if "he or she reasonably believes it is necessary to do so to prevent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself or to another person or to prevent the commission of a forcible felony."

The Freeholder heartily approves of this idea. A law-abiding citizen should have the option of deadly force when it's necessary. Come on now, say it with me...

An armed society is a polite society.

This is not because every little slight is going to turn into a gunfight. When Robert A. Heinlein wrote this simple phrase, I believe he had in mind far more than a return to the code duello. I believe that he had in mind a polite society, where anyone could take a walk at night without worrying that one of the local ner-do-wells would decide they looked like prey.

The Freeholder would like to see his home state of North Carolina enact similar legislation (along with a law to straighten out the various oddball places where one is on a legislated gun-free zone, such as bank ATMs). The Freeholder would really like to see every state, including the People's Republics of California, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey and Illinois, enact similar legislation. Just put it in place for 5 years with a sunset clause which takes effect if crime does not decrease by, say, 15% overall.

The Brady Bunch has been wrong every time they've prognosticated, and they're wrong this time. I hope their campaign, designed to scare tourists away from Florida, backfires and hundreds of thousands of gun-owning people take a trip south to the Sunshine State.

I have reason to travel to the Orlando area in mid-October. Any gun shops I should be sure I visit?

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Quote for the day

(From the Federalist Patriot)

Conservatism is not an ideology, it is a way of life. That way of life needs to be grounded in local traditions and in preserving and, where necessary, restoring those traditions.

Paul M. Weyrich

Father and son

From Blackfive, here's a tale of father and son, separated by birth.

Nothing further need be said.

There will be order!

(Via Drudge)

A New York woman has been ticketed for sitting on a park bench unaccompanied by children.

Would you like fries with your anarcho-tyranny?

Will wonders never cease

(Via Drudge)

NASA administrator says space shuttle was a mistake

He isn't too fond of the International Space Station, either. "Had the decision been mine, we would not have built the space station we're building in the orbit we're building it in."

It's about time that someone at NASA figured out that one of the jewels in our scientific and engineering crown was been stolen and replaced with some colored glass--and is willing to say so in public. Now maybe we can fix it and get mankind off this rock in a permanent manner.

Where do I sign up to emigrate?


I've referenced Wikipedia articles in various posts. Wikipedia is a collaborative encyclopedia that is open to all comers. Anyone can originate or modify a Wikipedia article. It's a pretty cool resource.

c|net's is reporting that the Wikimedia Foundation, the parent organization for the Wikipedia, is working on a Wikibooks project. Their primary thrust is freely-available text books on any and all subjects, written by various academics and authorities in the field. The texts will be available for free, and open to edit by the general public, like the Wikipedia. A pretty cool idea.

I can see a potential pitfall to this. Authors of textbooks are interested in two things--publicity as an expert in the field, and money from the sales. They'll get plenty of publicity, but no bucks. This won't kill the project, but it will be an obstacle to overcome.

However, there are probably a lot of budding authorities in their fields that would be happy to give up a freebie in order to get some recognition.

I can also see another Wiki project, and that would be a Wikibooks for fiction. There are a lot of talented writers out there--you see then on the survival boards writing survival fiction, on the various fan fiction boards and so on. Wouldn't it be interesting to bring them all together and see who gets noticed by the traditional press?

Monday, September 26, 2005

Rita's Lessons

I spent some of my weekend keeping up with news from the Hurricane Rita front. Luck was finally on our side for a change, and Rita weakened and turned toward a less populated area, away from the increasingly important oil refineries around Houston. Small consolation to those who did get hit, however. Out thoughts are with them.

In the spirit of my Hurricane Katrina post, I'd like to offer some more observations I've made after watching Hurricane Rita and her aftermath.
  • In a weather event, pay attention to the weather forecast, but realize that it can be inaccurate. Don't make the mistake of not preparing because "The storm is going to hit 100 miles from us." You wouldn't want to be dead wrong.
  • Evacuating a major metropolitan area in less than a week is a near impossibility. The transportation infrastructure simply doesn't exist for everyone to be on the roads at once.
  • Evacuate early if you're going to evacuate at all. Those in Galveston and Houston who waited until Thursday to leave were caught in a traffic jam of monumental proportions. There are numerous reports in the mainstream media and from bloggers in the area that document the problems--4 hour trips that took 24 hours, no gas, cars overheating and so on. I saw one report of a bus of elderly evacuees that couldn't make it to their destination, and were forced to shelter in an elementary school in the storm zone.
  • If you choose to evacuate, carry extra gas. Exercise the normal precautions in doing so.
  • If you chose to evac, take plenty of food and water for the trip in addition to what you take to use at your destination. Remember, you aren't the only one bailing, and convenience stores will be stripped just as bare as the big grocery stores and Walmart.
  • Another reason to evacuate early are the reports that police in the Houston area were actually closing secondary roads, forcing people onto the already packed major highways. In light of this, I'm going to work out even more ways to get out of Dodge, using even smaller streets, and I'm going to research the idea of using the 4WD and going down utility easements as a last resort. Google Earth to the rescue?
  • Most new multilane highways are not designed to have their flow of traffic easily reversed. This exacerbates the difficulties of evacuation, and is another reason to leave early if you leave at all.
  • If you live in an area that gets a certain kind of disaster on anything like a regular basis, your home should be designed to deal with it. Do that, and you may be able to bug-in rather than bug-out.
  • Looting may start even before the storm hits. Situational awareness at all times.
  • Both Hurricane Rita and Hurricane Katrina are the best reported weather disasters ever. Don't thank the mainstream media, because it was the people who lived it and have blogged it or emailed reports to friends and family. This sort of knowledge will be important to those of us who are preping for the next Big Disaster.
Each time a survival situation occurs, the good survivalist should educate themselves on it as much as possible, and draw as many lessons from it as they can. As before, if I come up with more lessons, I'll edit this post to reflect them.

Here's some words from those who were there:
Great work, guys. You ever get to North Carolina, the beer or range time or whatever is on me.

Edited 9/27/2005 @ 9:43 PM. Added link to another first person account; changed the entry for Head's evac as noted in the text.
Edited 9/28/2005 @ 3:45 PM. Added link to another first person account.
Edited 9/29/2005@ 9:41 PM. Added link to the last of Doc Russia's evac posts.
Edited 10/7/2005 @ 8:48 PM. Added link to Jacobus Rex.