Baker Company – Episode 4: The Road Home

Baker Company Ep 4I am happy to announce the release of the final episode of my World War II serial, Baker Company – Episode 4: The Road Home.  Finishing the series is bittersweet.  I’m glad to get this one under my belt but at the same time, I’m going to miss the characters.  I’ve become fond of them.  However, the story has been told and it’s time to move on.  I’ve got several other projects on tap (three at least) so there are new stories and characters to explore.

Nobody ever said the road home was an easy one, especially for the men of Baker Company and their allies.  With everyone save Tony, Bull and Cowboy captured, it’s up to them to free their comrades so they can all get to Carentan and link up with the 101st.  But the men of Baker Company have an ace in the hole, Corporal Oscar “Ozzy” P. Jennings.  Even after a daring rescue and wild flight from the Germans, our heroes still have a long way to get to Carentan.  They must break through the German lines but the closer they get, the farther away home seems.  Will the men of Baker Company make it back to the 101st Airborne or will they die in vain within sight of their goal?  Find out in the exciting final episode of Baker Company.

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Stand Your Ground

While the Zimmerman murder trial had very little to do with the stand your ground law in Florida, it was about simple self-defense, those laws are now under much scrutiny.  Why is that?  What is so offensive about stand your ground laws?  Well, those opposed would have you believe that these are “shoot first” laws, that allowing a person to stand their ground instead of retreating if possible is reckless.

In some cases it probably is.  No law gives a person the right to kill another under any circumstances.  You must have no other choice, you must be threatened.  Without stand your ground laws and doctrine, you must retreat from danger if at all possible.  Only when literally cornered can you use force to defend yourself.  Free men do not have a duty to retreat from danger.  Common sense should always be exercised when using force but sometimes it is necessary to protect one’s property with force and since the right to own property is so important to liberty, it is justified.  Sometimes the use of force can prevent further loss of life.  Sometimes, it is principal.

No, the real reason people oppose stand your ground laws is more sinister.  When Joe Biden tells you to just stand on your porch with a shotgun and shoot into the air, when a Colorado lawmaker tells a constituent he should just wait for police to arrive and when gun grabbers tell you you don’t have a right to own a gun, what they are really saying is Continue reading

Say No to Universal Background Checks

I don’t support universal background checks.  You shouldn’t either.  There have been ads played locally about the issue.  A supposed hunter and gun owner tells how how much he cherishes his 2nd Amendment rights.  How he is handing down those traditions to his son.  Then he says he wants universal background checks and tells everyone to urge my Senator, Dean Heller, to support them too.  If this wasn’t brought to us by the mayor’s group headed by New York’s Mayor Bloomberg, the same mayor that wanted to control his constituent’s soda intake through backdoor regulatory means, I might have listened.  Instead, I sent a message to Senator Heller telling him I don’t support expanded background checks.

You see, universal background checks aren’t going to work.  The present background checks don’t work.  Look, if background checks worked, I’d support them and thousands of people would have been saved because criminals wouldn’t have guns.  But they are nothing more than a feel good measure meant to make politicians look as if they are actually doing something and make voters feel safe.  Look, here’s why:

  1. Criminals don’t submit to background checks.  I’m sure a few idiots do and get caught, and usually they aren’t even prosecuted for breaking the law.  Criminals, and data backs this up, Google it, get their guns from friends and family, on the black market or they steal them.
  2. And speaking of enforcement Continue reading

Gun Control, Outraged Yet?

I’m a proud gun owner and member of the NRA.  I firmly believe in the 2nd Amendment and it’s intent to allow citizens to arm themselves against those that would do them harm including a tyrannical government.  A man (or woman) cannot truly be free if he cannot defend his own life, those of his loved ones or protect his property.  People cannot truly enjoy life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness if their government does not fear them or forgets from where that government derives its power.

So it is with great interest that I watch Congress and several states try to make us all safer by banning high capacity magazines, banning certain weapons and further clamping down on the free exchange of legal goods.  I’m not going to focus on the specific stupidity of these measures.  They are apparent to anyone with the ability to employ reason and logic.  As if fifteen rounds will save lives as compared to twenty.  As if banning weapons because they look like a military weapon instead of function like one accomplishes anything.  As if criminals or the insane give a damn.

No, what I want to focus on is the politician that thinks passing these feel good measures will solve any problems.  I want to focus on whether or not they even care. Continue reading

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