Issue #102 Posted  July 2016

"Try scratching your head" -8yo Meg (when she thinks you should be thinking)

"Be not afraid of any man Who walks beneath the skies Though be he strong And be you weak For I shall equalize." -- from a Colt ad.

"All men know instinctively that bigger is better. 9mm is just additional proof that women are taking over the world." --Tod Windsor

"Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect." -- Vince Lombardi "

An amateur practices until he gets it right; a professional practices until he canít get it wrong" -- Annon

"A feminized culture, as we now have, requires a surplus of goods and services to sustain itself.  After a cataclysmic event it is difficult to imagine the necessary surplus being available to those that do not earn their daily bread." -- Gary Crumrine

"If somebody is really too dangerous to get on an airplane, or own a gun, should they really be running around lose?" -- Barry N.

"You are no more armed because you bought a gun than you would be a musician because you bought a guitar." Jeff Cooper

"Draw quickly shoot carefully! No one ever been killed by a loud noise." --Jeff Cooper

"Fools and children should not be permitted to play with machinery" -- Jeff Cooper

"Death comes to us all. The difference is that we prefer to die free; they prefer to die cradled." -- Steve Pegram

"The first indication a bad guy should have that I'm dangerous is when his disembodied soul is looking down at his own corpse wondering what happened." -- Lincoln R. Carr

"The thing they forget is that liberty and freedom and democracy are so very precious that you do not fight to win them once and then stop. Liberty and freedom and democracy are prizes awarded only to those peoples who fight to win them and then keep fighting eternally to hold them." -- Sergeant Alvin C. York 1941

"If gun free zones save lives, why doesnít Obama just declare Iraq, Syria & Afghanistan one big gun free zone?" -- Wayne LaPierre

"The 1911 has the feel of fine, perfected machinery. It's like a Porsche. You wield it with your will not your hand." -- JRB

"As a behavior modification technique, killing is unparalleled, and works with even the slowest of learners." -- Tim Burke

"If your purpose is to learn from someone else, it's training. If your purpose is to repeat something you already know how to do, it's practice. If your purpose is to measure your capabilities against someone else, it's competition." -- Jon Diller

"Laws are no longer made by a rational process of public discussion; they are made by a process of blackmail and intimidation, and they are executed in the same manner. The typical lawmaker of today is a man wholly devoid of principle ó a mere counter in a grotesque and knavish game. If the right pressure could be applied to him, he would be cheerfully in favor of polygamy, astrology or cannibalism." -- H.L. Mencken (1930).

"God uses broken people to reach a broken world. The mistakes of yesterday say nothing about the possibilities of tomorrow." -- Rick Perry

"You are the first responder to your emergency" -- Patrick Sweeney

"Today, when a concerted effort is made to obliterate this point, it cannot be repeated too often that the Constitution is a limitation on the government, not on private individuals--that it does not prescribe the conduct of private individuals, only the conduct of the government--that it is not a charter for government power, but a charter of the citizensí protection against the government." -- Ayn Rand

"I believe that to have a friend, a man must be one. That all men are created equal and that everyone has within himself the power to make this a better world. That God put the firewood there, but that every man must gather and light it himself." -- The Lone Ranger's creed

"Leftists are not good people with unrealistic ideals. They are evil people, making evil plans. "Oh, there's never been a socialist utopia because the wrong people have been in charge." Bull. The people running every socialist hellhole are just like the one's clamoring to make our country into one." -- Tim Burke

"Duty is ours; consequences are God's." -- Robert E. Lee

"Arm yourselves, and be ye men of valor, and be in readiness for the conflict, for it is better for us to perish in battle than to look upon the outrage of our nation and our altar." -- Judah Maccabee

Much of the social history of the Western world over the past three decades has involved replacing what worked with what sounded good. -- Thomas Sowell

"Sound tactics will assist the Superior Gunman in abstaining from a display of his superior skills!" --John Farnam

"I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; If I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do."  -- Robert Heinlein

My "sap" weighs 39 ounces when it is empty, up to that point it does have the disadvantage of being noisy :-) -- Jim H.

"When you have to shoot, shoot, don't talk." -- Tuco's advice in The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

"One man who knows what is about to happen is worth four who do not." -- from Stephen Becker's "The Chinese Bandit"

"To shoot yourself while cleaning or working on a piece, it is really helpful to be the product of institutionalized training that has "loaded" and "unloaded" guns. As the thought goes, you can do anything you want with an "unloaded" gun, including pointing it at yourself and others. Further proof that the most dangerous thing in this world is an unloaded gun." --John E Hearne

"A sword is never enough. The mind is also a weapon, but like the sword it must be honed and kept sharp." -- From "The Walking Drum" by Louis L'Amour

"The most dangerous person on earth is the arrogant intellectual who lacks the humility necessary to see that society needs no masters and cannot be planned from the top down." -- Friedrich von Hayek

"Peace" is that brief, glorious moment in history when everybody stands around reloading. -- Anonymous

I have been called a curmudgeon, which my obsolescent dictionary defines as a "surly, ill-mannered, bad-tempered fellow." The etymology of the word is obscure; in fact, unknown. But through frequent recent usage, the term is acquiring a broader meaning, which our dictionaries have not yet caught up to. Nowadays, curmudgeon is likely to refer to anyone who hates hypocrisy, cant, sham, dogmatic ideologies, the pretenses and evasions of euphemism, and has the nerve to point out unpleasant facts and take the trouble to impale these sins on the skewer of humor and roast them over the fires of empiric fact, common sense, and native intelligence. In this nation of bleating sheep and braying jackasses, it then becomes an honor to be labeled "curmudgeon." -Edward Abbey (1927-1989), A Voice Crying In The Wilderness

"Of all the cures that don't work, whiskey is the best." -- Bill O'Conner's mother

"The ultimate effect of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools." - Herbert Spencer

"To ban guns because criminals use them is to tell the innocent and law-abiding that their rights and liberties depend not on their own conduct, but on the conduct of the guilty and the lawless, and that the law will permit them to have only such rights and liberties as the lawless will allow... For society does not control crime, ever, by forcing the law-abiding to accommodate themselves to the expected behavior of criminals. Society controls crime by forcing the criminals to accommodate themselves to the expected behavior of the law-abiding." -- Jeff Snyder, author American Handgunner, Second Amendment Foundation Officer

I am not afraid to go unarmed...I simply detest being unarmed. It is a contemptible and undignified condition in which to find oneself." - anon. Gunsite graduate

"God grants liberty only to those who love it, and are always ready to guard and defend it." -- Daniel Webster

"You can ignore reality. What you cannot ignore are the consequences of ignoring reality." -- Ayn Rand

"Most people, sometime in their lives, stumble across truth. Most jump up, brush themselves off, and hurry on about their business as if nothing had happened." -- Sir Winston Churchill

"How we spend our days, is how we spend our lives." -- Anonymous

"The United States will never be a Banana Republic! We're no longer a republic and we don't grow bananas." -- Paul Kirchner

"The soundest argument will produce no more conviction in an empty head than the most superficial declamation; as a feather and a guinea fall with equal velocity in a vacuum." -- English cleric and writer Charles Colton (1780-1832)

"You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life." -- Winston Churchill

"I mean to live my life an obedient man, but obedient to God, subservient to the wisdom of my ancestors; never to the authority of political truths arrived at yesterday at the voting booth." -- William F. Buckley

"Of every 100 men, 10 shouldn't even be here. 80 are nothing more than targets. 9 are real fighters, we are lucky to have them, for they the battle make. But one, one of them is a warrior, and he will bring the others back with him." -- Heraclitus

"Statistics, in the main, are used by scoundrels to confound fools." -- Jeff Cooper

Something to keep in mind. "Freedom is never more than one generation from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the blood stream It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same." -- Ronald Reagan

"Tolerance is the last virtue of a dying society." -- Aristotle

"I am so cynical now that other cynics are starting to call me "that cynic," --  Bill J.

"When it comes right down to it, environmentalists" are watermelons, green on the outside and red on the inside." -- Barry N.

"In the first place it is to be remembered that the general government is not to be charged with the whole power of making and administering laws. Its jurisdiction is limited to certain enumerated objects, which concern all the members of the republic, but which are not to be attained by the separate provisions of any." -- James Madison, Federalist No. 114

"IRONY: One must go through more to get a CCW and protect life than to obtain an abortion and obliterate it" -- Dana Loesch

"The natural cure for an ill-administration, in a popular or representative constitution, is a change of men." -- Alexander Hamilton, Fedderalist No. 21

"The great principles of right and wrong are legible to every reader; to pursue them requires not the aid of many counselors. The whole art of government consists in the art of being honest. Only aim to do your duty, and mankind will give you credit where you fail." -- Thomas Jefferrson, 1775

"Hence as a private man has a right to say what wages he will give in his private affairs, so has a community to determine what they will give and grant of their substance for the administration of public affairs." -- Samuel Adams, 1772

"I am satisfied with very little. All I want is the best and there is precious little of that." -- Winston Churchill

"Loyalty to the country always. Loyalty to the government when it deserves it." -- Mark Twain

"If we lose freedom here, there is no place to escape to. This is the last stand on Earth." -- Ronald Reagan

"A fondness for power is implanted, in most men, and it is natural to abuse it, when acquired." -- Alexander Hamilton (1775)

"But the mild voice of reason, pleading the cause of an enlarged and permanent interest, is but too often drowned, before public bodies as well as individuals, by the clamors of an impatient avidity for immediate and immoderate gain." -- James Madison, Federalist No. 42

"It is the manners and spirit of a people which preserve a republic in vigor. A degeneracy in these is a canker which soon eats to the heart of its laws and constitution." -- Thomas Jefferson, 1781

"Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect every one who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined." -- Patrick Henry, 1788

"It is a principle incorporated into the settled policy of America, that as peace is better than war, war is better than tribute." -- Jammes Madison, 1816

"[I]t is proper you should understand what I deem the essential principles of our Government.... Equal and exact justice to all men, of whatever persuasion, religious or political." -- Thomas Jefferson, 1801

[Regarding encroachment of our freedoms.] Funny enough, our ancestors solved that problem armed with single shot persuasion rifles, toahawks, and knives, 200-300 years ago. They were outnumbered 100 or 1,000 to one. Everybody today gets lost in the technology, the tacticool, and then forget the will and the community. In my opinion we have PLENTY of weapons. We seem to be a bit short on the will to stand for our principles, and the will to kill those who would violate our rights." -- Barry N.

"There is a certain enthusiasm in liberty, that makes human nature rise above itself, in acts of bravery and heroism." -- Alexander Hamilton (1775)

"In selecting men for office, let principle be your guide. Regard not the particular sect or denomination of the candidate -- look to his character." -- Noah Webster, 1789

"The masters of the mechanics of shooting are the high level competitive shooters, the masters of killing are the high level Spec Ops guys, and the masters of handling confrontations and fights without ending up in jail are the cops. They all have something to teach us." -- Tom G.

"The trouble with our liberal friends is not that they're ignorant; it's just that they know so much that isn't so." -- Ronald Reagan,

"The aim of every political constitution is, or ought to be, first to obtain for rulers men who possess most wisdom to discern, and most virtue to pursue, the common good of the society; and in the next place, to take the most effectual precautions for keeping them virtuous whilst they continue to hold their public trust." -- James Madison, Federalist No. 57

"It will not be too strong to say, that there will be a constant probability of seeing the station [of President] filled by characters pre-eminent for ability and virtue." -- Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 68

"There is a rank due to the United States, among nations, which will be withheld, if not absolutely lost, by the reputation of weakness. If we desire to avoid insult, we must be able to repel it; if we desire to secure peace, one of the most powerful instruments of our rising prosperity, it must be known that we are at all times ready for war." -- George Washington, 1793

"[T]he powers of the general government will be, and indeed must be, principally employed upon external objects, such as war, peace, negotiations with foreign powers, and foreign commerce." -- Joseph Story, 18333

"[A] good moral character is the first essential in a man, and that the habits contracted at your age are generally indelible, and your conduct here may stamp your character through life. It is therefore highly important that you should endeavor not only to be learned but virtuous." -- George Washington, 1790

"In their vanity, men focus on what they wish to hear and miss the hidden meaning, the lurking threat." -- David Hewson

"[T]he people are not to be disarmed of their weapons. They are left in full possession of them." -- Zacharia Johnson, 1788

"Americans don't expect anything bad to happen and are surprised when it does, while the rest of the world expects the worst and are not disappointed." -- Svetlana (character on The Sopranos):

"The greatest victory of the Left is not its propaganda, but rather its replacement of critical thinking with emotion." -- Anatoly Karlin:

"I suppose, indeed, that in public life, a man whose political principles have any decided character and who has energy enough to give them effect must always expect to encounter political hostility from those of adverse principles." -- Thomas Jefferson, 1808

"Our great democracies still think that a stupid man is more likely to be honest than a clever one, and our politicians take advantage of this prejudice by pretending to be even more stupid than nature made them." -- Bertrand Russell

"There is but one straight course, and that is to seek truth and pursue it steadily." -- George Washington, 1795

"You're going to meet people who lie to get what they want, but they teach you a valuable lesson: Whom not to trust! -- Anon

 "Give a man a fish, and he will eat for a day. Deport him, and you won't have to feed him or his anchor babies ever again." -- Donald Trump

"As the Romans found out, when you conquer the world, the world conquers you. All roads that lead out from Rome also lead to Rome." -- Anonymous commenter

"If Mexicans love Mexico so much, why are they so eager to move away from their own people and come to live in gringo-land? The immigrant logic: 'I hate whites for not welcoming my kind, but I reject my own nation and people and wanna go live in a white country." -- Anonymous commenter

"When I am weaker than you, I ask you for Freedom because that is according to your principles; when I am stronger than you, I take away your Freedom because that is according to my principles." -- Frank Herbert

"European Logic: Feminism is good but we must import people from non-feminist nations cuz feminist societies cannot produce enough kids." --  Anonymous commenter 

"If the media told the truth after all these years of lying most white liberals' heads would explode." -- Anonymous commenter

"Another cause of revolution is difference of races which do not at once acquire a common spirit; for a state is not the growth of a day, any more than it grows out of a multitude brought together by accident. Hence the reception of strangers in colonies, either at the time of their foundation or afterwards, has generally produced revolution" -- Aristotle