Welcome to our 41st Carnival of Cordite! This will be the last issue of 2005: next week is the end of final exams, the week after is Christmas, and the week after that is New Year's, and some of us have other obligations. We'll be back the first full week of 2006.
Also, you may have noticed that we are a day late this week. Sorry about that, but my hosting service was temporarily down. But I'm not complaining, because they were busy adding some great new features to help combat spam. Spam is the enemy! So hopefully, this week's Carnival of Cordite will be worth the wait.
And so, without further ado...
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This week, of course, is the 64th Anniversary of the Attack on Pearl Harbor. Never Forget.
Here's a great video of actual air combat footage from World War II!
I usually link to posts, not comments, but this one bears linking!
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Hell in a Handbasket reviews some less-than-lethal self-defense gloves. Maybe off-duty cops need these, since more and more police departments no longer allow off-duty carry. Publicola has more. Countertop wants to know if this is racist.
Speaking of less-than-lethal, AnarchAngel has his own must-read views on the matter.
Sophistpundit thinks that we should have simple laws for owning guns, along with harsh sentences for committing crimes with them. Speaking of which, Countertop has some ideas of his own. Meanwhile, TFS Magnum looks into root causes of gun crime.
When you put the barrel of a loaded gun to your head and pull the trigger three times... well, it isn't an accident. It is stupid. It is a tragic waste of a promising life. But it is no accident when a product works as designed.
More from Ronocracy.
I can see the warning labels now... And, speaking of stupidity...
Of Arms and the Law reminds us why we ALL need protection against Janet Reno and the ATF. But, apparently, the Department of the Interior doesn't think anybody needs protection against lions and tigers and bears (oh my). And it appears that some Canadian politicians think they need protection against the NRA.
Mr. Completely has a different take, inviting pro-gun Canadians to move South. I actually like this idea, as such people will probably not want to vote for socialist democRats, and as Washington State has been a "too close to call without cheating" voting bloc for some time now, an influx of hard-core pro-gun voters could be a tipping point!
I carry it for them. As a father, and as a more or less decent human being with a fairly well-honed conscience, I would be failing them if I didn't do what I had to to provide them with food, clothing, shelter, and protection.
Amen. This story from the Civilian Gun Self Defense Blog is in line with that way of thinking.
San Francisco’s “turn ‘em in” law is scaring at least two lesbians who seem to be politically liberal. Marilyn Hurst and her partner B.C. like to shoot guns and know that their guns and their gun skills could save their lives. They have a couple of handguns and a long-gun or two secreted in their home. They’ve thought through a number of scenarios in which getting to a gun may be the difference between life and death. The two women practice regularly and they’ve become responsible for their own safety.
They describe themselves as, “…exactly the kind of people that should have weapons.” Such a description is especially true in gay-friendly San Francisco. However, Hurst and B.C. joined the National Rifle Association because they like its literature and possibly because they hope NRA will help protect their gun rights.
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Unlike certain political hacks, we of the Carnival of Cordite believe that hunting, while cool and all, comes in second to personal and civil defense. Therefore, we put the hunting stuff beneath them:
It looks like Cowboy Blob might be sharing a good family meal! Usually, I have to unload the groceries from the trunk, in the cold Oregon rain. I grumble. But with a trunk-load like this, I wouldn't complain!
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Miscellaneous cool stuff:
By the way, here is a shameless bleg: scroll back up to the top of the page and click on the first ad on the left, where you can buy your own shirt just like Leah's!
What's better than a Gold Cup 1911? How about TWO Gold Cup 1911's?
Speaking of the 1911, Michael Bane is anxious to test fire what looks like one of the best custom 1911 pistols I have ever seen...
...and his new little SIG looks fun, too!
What's more important: Food and beer? Or a Siamese Mauser? Any good gun junkie knows the answer to that one.
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The Holy Day (what do you think holiday means?) Season approaches. That's CHRISTMAS, for those of you in Palm County:
'Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a Kel-Tec P3AT:
And all this leads us to our discussion question of the week:
I want you to write... A THEME! Write a theme on "what I want for Christmas."
(first one to name that movie wins... uh... a hearty smile!)
Ho ho ho!
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Blog of the week award goes to... The Countertop Chronicles! The Gun-a-Day Advent Calendar idea guarantees 25 days of gunny goodness for the Holy Days! And that's IN ADDITION to all those other great posts. Good job!
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That wraps up this week's (er, this YEAR'S) Carnival of Cordite. We'll see y'all back here in 2006! Until then, you can catch up on any previous issues you may have missed. And see what else is going on in the world thanks to the power of the ubercarnival.
Happy New Year!
KEEP YOUR POWDER DRY!