Thursday, September 11, 2014


Friday, June 6, 2014

And, because today is, well, today...

Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force! You are about to embark upon a great crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty loving people everywhere march with you. In company with our brave Allies and brothers in arms on other fronts, you will bring about the destruction of the German war machine, the elimination of Nazi tyranny over the oppressed peoples of Europe, and security for ourselves in a free world.

Your task will not be an easy one. Your enemy is well trained, well equipped and battle hardened, he will fight savagely.

But this is the year 1944! Much has happened since the Nazi triumphs of 1940-41. The United Nations have inflicted upon the Germans great defeats, in open battle, man to man. Our air offensive has seriously reduced their strength in the air and their capacity to wage war on the ground. Our home fronts have given us an overwhelming superiority in weapons and munitions of war, and placed at our disposal great reserves of trained fighting men. The tide has turned! The free men of the world are marching together to victory!

I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty and skill in battle. We will accept nothing less than full victory!

Good Luck! And let us all beseech the blessings of Almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking.

I believe more than a few of you are fans of Viking history, no?

If so, this is right up your alley.

Here is some background on the song.


Monday, May 26, 2014

Thank you.

From here.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Bad things are afoot for Utah CCW holders visiting PA.

Many of my fellow Marylanders have permits to carry from states like Florida, Virginia, and Utah.  And those of us in that last category are now officially screwed if we want to visit Pennsylvania.  MikeW posted this info to his facespace wall, and I promptly forgot to share it, but the good folks at Mid-Atlantic Firearms Training shot an email out this morning.

With Bryan's permission, I'm posting his email in its entirety:

May 16, 2014 


There have been some recent developments with the Utah Concealed Firearms Permit and the reciprocity/recognition with the state of Pennsylvania.  As of 5/6/14, the state of Pennsylvania no longer recognizes the Utah CFP.  The following is a link to the Attorney General's office in PA which clearly states this:

Normally when a state comes on or drops off, I don't send out these notices as I clearly state in all classes that it is the permit holder's responsibility to check laws before traveling.  However, given the proximity of PA to MD, I felt an obligation to send out this notice as soon as I received knowledge of it.  Please do NOT travel into PA under the provisions of the Utah permit.  You are NO longer covered.

Basically, the AG in Pennsylvania, Kathleen Kane, was a Michael Bloomberg backed candidate and unfortunately got elected.  She is doing everything she can to make it more difficult for gun owners and this is just the latest incarnation of that.

There is not much more I can add to this email.  If anything changes I will send out another notice.  At this point, according to my research and talking with many other instructors, etc., your only choice to be able to carry in Pennsylvania is openly.  As you may remember from class, I do not particularly endorse that idea.  However, options have been severely limited at this point.  If you are a MD resident with a Maryland Wear and Carry Permit, you can get a PA permit from a local county sheriff. 

I am sending this email out to about 5000 people in my email list.  The above information is clearly stated an stands on it's own.  I am as upset as I am sure most of you will be as I am sure many of you took this class with the sole intentions of being able to carry in PA.  I can NOT field questions or comments from that many people.  Please do not contact me with "that sucks" comments, I already know that!!  Again, I sent out this info as soon as I received it.  As of the last Utah class we conducted, PA
was still on board.
Mid-Atlantic Firearms Training | 410-796-7715 | |

This is bad stuff, folks.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Martin O'Malley is doing an AMA(Ask Me Anything) on Reddit TODAY at 10am.

Here's more information from Maryland Shall Issue:
Govenor Martin Omalley will participate in an AMA (Ask Me Anything) on the popular website Reddit.

The AMA will be on May 5th beginning at 10am. We are encouraging ALL Maryland gun owners and 2nd Amendment supporters to ask tough questions. In recent MSI updates, you have seen how the "experts" who testified in favor of SB281, when placed under oath, have changed their stories.

This is an opportunity for Maryland's 2nd Amendment community to ask hard hitting and well thought out questions that expose the faulty logic that SB281 is based on.

The AMA will be held in the AMA section of Reddit.

Copies of Sworn Depositions:
Copy of the Deposition of Daniel Webster:
Copy of the Deposition of Christoper Koper: (this link went to the Dan Webster deposition, presumably it's somewhere on the MSI website)

EDITED TO ADD: he changed the time to 9am, and it's live right now

Saturday, March 22, 2014

I was waiting until I had the time to read this to post a review, but I'd rather get the link out there.

A friend of mine wrote a book!

More info is available here.

I read the story as he posted it on his blog, and it was good.  I can't wait to dive in to the book!

Go get yourself a copy if it interests you, and write an Amazon review.  :)

Friday, March 21, 2014

Still crazy-busy.

Puppies, particularly high drive puppies, take a hell of a lot of work.

To explain...our dobergirl is just like this puppy.  She's brilliant, stubborn, easily bored, and constantly needs supervision, even at 8 months old.  Until this week, we had her in two classes a week and she'd still drive us nuts.  She is a great dog, and we're starting to see glimpses of the lady she'll become once she gets all the puppy wiggles out of her system, but it means I just don't have time for the blog lately.

She also has me on what I've dubbed the Puppy Diet - I'm down 10 pounds and might actually have a chance hitting my goal weight in a year.  Soon, we'll start working on dog sports as well as her other training, so any free time (and excess weight) should be melting away.  :)

Unfortunately, time for the blog has basically dissolved.  Chris should have something up soonish about the HQL, I think.  Maybe.

I still read blogs, and I still comment when I get the time.  But this face has taken priority.  I hope y'all understand.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

This weekend, we did a thing.

JayG decided to throw a little get-together on Saturday, so Chris, Mike and I piled in the car and trundled down to Virginia for the day.

The gun show portion of the day was small, crowded, and disappointing.  I wasn't looking for anything specific and I used it as an excuse to socialize a bit.  Chris and Mike didn't find anything, either.  At least it wasn't expensive.

From there, we opted to take a moment to eat something since we'd mostly skipped breakfast and Mike had missed his normal lunchtime.  Had a nice chat, just the three of us, before we went searching for the next stop on our Virginia visit: The Cajun Experience.

The restaurant itself is located in, according to the owner (whose name I cannot remember), the oldest building in Leesburg.  The owner is VERY pro-2A, and I'm told he gives a discount if you open carry on the premises.  We didn't test this, however, so I can't say whether this is the case.  The owner is very welcoming, though, and appeared thrilled to have us for dinner.

So, my impressions of the restaurant.

First: the room in which we were seated was small.  This is of no fault of the owner, as the building is old...he has to work around his limitations, there.  The crowd we had, however, made things difficult to hear.  Eventually another room opened and a few of the group bailed into that room.  This helped decrease the noise and the tight quarters a bit.

Second: service was stellar.  The owner ensured we had staff (and I believe his wife?) running food and drinks up to us frequently.  I can say my water never ran low for long!  I also rather enjoyed seeing the waiter using technology to take our order - their ordering system runs on iOS devices, so it's easy to ensure orders are correct and end up on the correct bill.  If you read this - I approve, sir!

Third: the food.  Good lord, the food.  That meal was fantastic!  I ordered fried gator bites, followed by the crawfish half and half.  The gator was tender and flavorful, and the remoulade provided with them was tasty.  I don't like mustard, so that's rather big for me.  The fried crawfish was tender and tasty, and the etoufee...oh lord, the etoufee.  Buttery, a little burny on the back end, and so, so good.  I usually can't stand okra but it worked here...I suppose the sauce was so thick that I didn't end up with my normal aversion to the texture.  I'm actually rather upset I forgot to bring home the remainder of my meal, as I was truly looking forward to it for lunch today.  Oh well, I hope it was enjoyed by the person in whose refrigerator it ended up last night!  Also: according to Chris, their Sazerac was good if a little heavy-handed on the simple syrup, and my Hurricane was well made.

I will admit I have never been to NOLA, so I cannot say whether this was an accurate representation of the sorts of things one can find down there.  I will also say my belly and tastebuds were very, very happy.  If we find ourselves in Leesburg again, I would return in a heartbeat. 

It was very nice seeing Jay, The Miller, TBolt, Nancy (and her youngin), OldNFO, and meeting Proud Hillbilly, Murphy's Law, Turk Turon, Cargosquid, Wandering Neurons, Stretch (and wife), Sailorcurt, PA State Cop, and the fellow who sat down at the head of the table shortly before we departed.  I wish I could remember the others who shared tables with us, as everyone seemed to be genuinely nice folks...I'm just darned tired.

We'll have to do this again, Jay!  Soon, even. :) 

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Quote of the day.

"The world is filled with violence...Because criminals carry guns, we decent law-abiding citizens should also have guns. Otherwise they will win and the decent people will lose."

-James Earl Jones

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Jerry Miculek AMA this weekend.

He's doing a live question and answer session on Reddit this Saturday, 1/11/14.  Go check it out!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy 365 Day Reset.

Huzzah to another successful cycle around the sun!