Inventiveness

Way back in my youth, inventors and visionaries were what always caught my eye.  Amphibious cars, highways of flying cars, robots, colonies on Mars, etc.  As I grew older and began to understand the problems inherent in bringing a product to market, particularly when it would involve a significant amount of cultural and infrastructure change, it became apparent that a lot of great ideas died on the vine for practical reasons.

Every once in a while though you see an idea, a prototype in some cases, and you just wonder why it never overcame the obstacles and made it to the main stream.

Things like, this….

 

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Bucket List – Achievement

I was able to cross off a bucket list item late last night, as the Aurora Borealis made an trek south into my latitudes. It was somewhat disappointing as there was so much fog and overcast that all it did was turn the overcast a bright greenish blue. I think I am technically able to cross this off the list but, I think that I need to keep looking for it.

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Inner Geek

It is time to bring forth your inner geek. Feel the power of the force.

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Eleanor

For those that recall “Gone in 60 Seconds” Nicholas Cage had is Eleanor, a 1967 custom Mustang.  Everyone has their “Eleanor” in whatever hobby the happen to be passionate about.

When we take a look at firearms, there is a variety of weapons that are out there have played a significant role in our history that people are passionate about.  The modern firearms are outstanding tools but they don’t yet have the mystique and mythical stories associated with them that others do.

My uncle and I were speaking about shooting a few months back, and he was proudly telling me that “Everyone of my guns has a story behind it”.  That is pretty cool, mine collection is developing their own stories but it is a work in progress.

If you look back into history, at all of the firearms out there what is your Eleanor.  The one difficult piece that would make your collection whole.

For me I think there might be two:

1.  Thompson Sub Machine Gun.  (Tommy Gun)

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The stereotypical firearm that you think of when you think of the “roaring 20’s” and the era of Prohibition.  A firearm that was well used and respected in WWII.  Yeah, I think this is my Eleanor.

A nice article on this piece can be found and TFB The Most Effective Portable Fire Arm In Existence 1925 – The Firearm Blog.

 

2.  The Colt Single Action Army

Introduced in 1873, no Colt revolver has earned greater fame than the Single Action Army®, The Peacemaker®. In design and performance, in line and form, no more sculptural and practical Colt has ever been created

3coltA Single Action Army.  The Peacemaker.  This is Eleanor’s little sister, for me.

What is your Eleanor?

 

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Cool Idea

Where do you hide all your stuff in the house?  Here are a few different ideas for you.

 

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Mobile Killers

Another recent analysis from Active Response.  This time an interesting change in tactics and approach of your active shooter.

Did you know that there was a gunman loose in Paris?

Mobile Killers | Active Response Training.

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Sandy Hook Analysis

It has been almost a year since the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School.  Recently the police report on the incident was released.  Over at Active Response training, Greg has broken out some of the highlights of the report and added his professional commentary.  Interesting reading, some interesting things to learn here.

Analysis of the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting | Active Response Training.

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Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday to our Corps.  238 years of history, tradition, and winning.

 

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When Old Is Again New

It has been 34 years since the fall of the US Embassy in Tehran.  While that is an event that many of us have placed in the dustbins of history, we received a reminder of the event as “tens of thousands” of protesters sought out the site of the former embassy and staged a reminder march.

Protesters waved anti-US banners, chanting “death to America” and “death to Israel”, while burning US and Israeli flags. Effigies of the US president, Barack Obama, his secretary of state John Kerry and the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, could be seen held aloft by protesters.

via Flopping Aces.

I don’t know that we have ever seen Obama burned in effigy before.  I guess that all of the submissive posturing he has done hasn’t been all that effective.

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30th Anniversary of Beirut Bombing

30 years ago today, we woke up to the fact that over 200 of my fellow Marines were killed by a truck bomb.  A truck bomb…now we have the “fancy” term Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED).  In accordance with their rules of engagement, the Marines on the gate had their weapons but they were not loaded.  The concept of dragon’s teeth, and serpentine roadblocks had not been developed (we learned from that lesson).  The Marine compound was at the Beirut airport, and was the same facility and location used by the French peacekeepers before we took over the role.

That morning, I awoke to the news along with every other Marine world wide, AND WE WERE PISSED.  Thirty years later, and I still am.

We look at the middle east and cities like Tehran, Beirut, Baghdad, Tel-Aviv, Riyadh, Amman, Damascus, and so forth and we see an active modern city.  Then we try to apply our “Western” culture and values to what we see, and this is where we fail.  We camouflage and obscure the truth as we apply labels like extremist, or terrorist to individuals or even groups but that is really not accurate.  Since at least the 8th Century, Islamic forces have been in conflict with Christian cultures.  Honestly, you could probably trace this back even further but, in many ways we are in conflict culturally not religiously.  There nature of our conflict, is the willingness and ability of our enemies to violently attack anything.  In recent history the attacks have moved to more symbolic cultural targets.  The “things” that they feel are so wrong with our culture of freedom and forgiveness.  Couple that willingness to do harm, with the tribal organization of the region, the global nature of communications and commerce, and we are left with the situation that we have today of continued violence and conflict not only with the culture of “the west” but also between the tribes themselves.

There is no easy solution.  There is no clean solution.  Our conflict is not one based (primarily) on religion but, is one of culture.  Yes, our conflict may have started as a result of religious differences.  Yes, there are still underpinnings of those differences particularly in the religious symbolism and locations of Jerusalem.  By and large though we are in conflict culturally, and that conflict continues to expand and be asymmetrical (another complex word for a simple concept) and unconventional.

30 years ago I was a young 22 year old Marine who woke up to a very different world than the one from the day before.  So was Cpl. Kirkpatrick, go read his story today 30th Anniversary of Beirut Bombing: Survivor Shares his Story | Marines Blog.

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