Category: Politics

The Other Guy

Let’s take a moment to talk about someone.

We all know who this person is.  You know it isn’t you. And I know it isn’t me.  So how do we talk about this other person (behind his/her back, naturally) without naming specific names?  For the sake of


An Open Letter to the Open Carry Community: Let’s Talk

Dear AR-15 Open Carry Enthusiasts,

Hello.  My name is Michael.  Like you, I am a responsible, peaceful firearms owner.  Let’s talk.

I know your rights are under assault.  Believe me… I feel the heat and rhetoric coming from the hoplophobes and statists as well.  There are a lot of things that the gun


On Service

Taking part in an OPFOR exercise at Mt Fuji as a youngish Combat Interrogator.

Mt. Fuji (c. 1994) – The author as a youngish Combat Interrogator during an OPFOR exercise against Aeromedevac crews from the 374th Medical Group, Yokota AB, Japan.

I never went to war.  I wasn’t Marine Recon.  I wasn’t Army Special Forces.  I wasn’t a Navy SEAL.  I wasn’t a USAF




Please make sure you know what you’re talking about before you talk about it.




“Never Forget.”

The sentiment echoes especially loudly today, eleven years later.  And eleven years later, I find myself asking two questions: 

  1. What, precisely, are we to never forget?
  2. Does this never forgetting improve our world?

Regarding question #1, I think it is a natural, theraputic thing to keep alive


Dear News Media

Dear News Media:

Please stop trying to frighten us, especially mothers with small children.  Shame on you.

Please stop trying to be the first off the line to inappropriately lay blame at the feet of those who have no part in the tragedies you are supposed to be investigating.  You


H.R. 3166: Enemy Expatriation Act

Remember president Obama’s NDAA 2012 signing statement?  Remember when he promised the following?

Second, under section 1021(e), the bill may not be construed to affect any “existing law or authorities relating to the detention of United States citizens, lawful resident aliens of the United States, or any other persons who


Iowa Nice

IowaWith Iowa getting its quadrennial 15 minutes of fame once again, the predictable plethora of pundits and politicians from all over the nation have crawled out of their mud holes once again, tripping over their tongues to explain the state to the rest of the country.  They seem to think

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