Monday, January 26, 2015

The Bow as a Defensive Weapon?

I'm not about to throw away my firearms in favor of bow and arrow, BUT when you see an archer who has developed better skills with his bow than many of us have with our guns, well . . . .

I feel the need to practice.

Monday, January 19, 2015

My Barber

I've mentioned my barber here many times. Some of you may wonder what he's like.

His shop is small -- one chair. You'll see one wall dedicated mostly to various pictures of dogs playing poker. On the opposite wall, above a nice, handmade oak bench, you'll see photos, including a huge, autographed picture of John Bianchi, a snapshot of my barber and his wife alongside Ollie North, and an autographed picture of Johnny Crawford that hangs among photographs of several Western actors.

I think of him whenever I watch Tombstone. Do you remember the scene after the big shootout at the creek? Doc Holliday is talking to the two Jacks and one of them says that Doc ought to be in bed and asks him what he's doing there. Doc replies, "Wyatt Earp is my friend."

The other retorts, "H***, I've got lots of friends."

Doc's quietly responds, "I don't."

I've never had many real friends. Close friends. My barber and my veterinarian are at the top of an extremely short list. They've each had my back. I'd like to think I'd have theirs if and when they needed it.

Anyway, if you'd like some idea of what my barber is like, here's a video that will give you a clue. He's somewhat younger than Leroy, and he's a lot more comfortable with a Mk 23 than with a guitar, but he relates to his customers in much the same way.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Have Gun Will Travel Christmas Show

My barber sent me the link to a Christmas show from the "Have Gun Will Travel" TV series. For fans of  "The Rifleman", it features a really young Johnny Crawford.

I don't want to reveal any spoilers, but I will mention that I almost got misty when Paladin took off his hat near the end of the show.

At our house, the Nativity celebration is winding down. Tomorrow will be the 12th day (by my count), then Tuesday will mark Epiphany. Blessings on all of you who have celebrated the advent of the King.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

My Christmas Eve Story

Four years ago, I published a Christmas Eve story which seemed popular among my readers. It's a Christmas tale of war, a harrowing escape, a miraculous vision and the bonding of two very different kinds of warriors. I am linking back to it here:

A Note to Modern Readers: The claymore in the story is a Scottish two-handed sword, not an explosive device.

An Announcement: This story is now available in print form as a booklet.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

The Insane Warrior

David Watson, a missionary who has seen extraordinary church planting results has recently written a blog post entitled "The Insane Warrior" that gives great insights on warriors who battle on the physical as well as the spiritual planes.

The article begins:

Warriors, by necessity, are mentally imbalanced, when viewed by non-warriors. To put one’s self in harm’s way for another is not natural, regardless of politics, and requires a degree of insanity to do so. From the warriors’ perspective, the rest of the world lacks balance because it fails to understand the unique role of the warrior and what he or she has sacrificed in order for others to feel and/or be safe, often without even knowing they were not safe.

To read the rest, CLICK HERE.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Political Power, RKBA and a Hunger Games Fan Vid

Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun. -- Mao Zedung

For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:

For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.
-- Romans 13:3-4

The possession of weapons projects power. Thus, it appears as a symbol of political power not only in Scripture, but in history from the Etruscan fasces -- which reappeared in ancient Rome and again, in Mussolini's Italy -- to Chinese Communist leader Mao's famous quote.

Therefore, the right to keep and bear arms (RKBA) marks the difference between a citizen and a mere subject. Many American officials and not a few citizens seem bent on reducing the general populace to the latter category.

That's why I found the video below so refreshing. It's a fan video based on the characters that appear in Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games novels and the movies based on them. As an amateur production, it's not only well done, but it distills an important message from the larger works into a strong and memorable argument for the RKBA.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

In Case You Wondered . . .

I've posted a few of my fiction pieces on this blog about the Master of All Combat Arts, Ancient and Modern. In case you were wondering why I made him a Scot, here's just one example of the traditional Scottish warrior spirit.

"His most fearless act came during the same deployment. He confronted the leader of a 23,000-strong column of battle-hardened troops, led by an SS Panzer division, persuaded them they were outnumbered and outgunned by Allied forces, and forced them to surrender."