Showing posts with label American Mercenary. gun control. Show all posts
Showing posts with label American Mercenary. gun control. Show all posts

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Quote of the Day

"I may be heartless for saying that it is morally repugnant to require the healthy and fit to pay for the sick, lame or lazy (to be honest I really don't mind paying for the sick and the lame, but the lazy really get my goat)."
-American Mercenary

The rest of the post is as thoughtful and valid as everything else AM writes so check it out.

I couldn't have said it better myself. Personally I don't mind helping out folks with serious medical problems who are no longer able to hold down a job with the understanding that if circumstances put me in that place I will in turn be helped. The way to do this currently via social security disability insurance (vs the retirement side) and whatnot isn't how I would prefer (large coop style disability pools maybe?) but that is relatively minor in the grand scheme of things. Also I do not mind folks are trying to work but can't or having a really bad month getting some stop gap help though I do prefer it to come from families, churches, food banks and various other various non government entities. 

On the other hand as with AM being forced to pay for reasonably able bodied (most jobs these days do not require the ability to do 18th century farm labor or be an infantryman) who simply choose not to work really bothers me for a lot of reasons. It is a terrible combination of theft and social engineering. Also more importantly people respond to incentives. Fear of being broke then eventually hungry as well as probably homeless is a heck of a motivator to get and keep a job, run a small business or whatever. It has worked to keep most people generally on the right path for a very long time. By subsidizing laziness and lack of the most basic sort of motivation we make this behavior less painful than it would otherwise be and thus naturally more of it occurs. By (arguably) trying to look out for people we are in fact making their lives worse.

Well those are my thoughts on that. 

Friday, October 5, 2012

American Mercenary Fiction, Complete Setups and Reloading

American Mercenary has been on fire recently with great fiction. Sam the Sheriffs Deputy's little vignette has all kinds of worthwhile points to consider. Sam might be more of an asset passing intelligence and such but that would require somebody to pass it too. As noted before it is sort of hard to work your way into or create a group if hostilities are actively going on. Also sabotage might be something to consider but that is another topic. Let's ignore that Sam is a deputy sheriff for a minute. 

Having some private party firearms is probably a prudent thing to do.  I have some suspicions about firearm confiscation and how our defacto refistration via record keeping system would or more accurately would not work but regardless the benefits of having a gun or two that are 'unpapered' are still evident.

Sam's efforts to scrounge reloading components to load his unpapered rifle were interesting. Now I am sure AM was pushing at a point. To be honest the phrase proper preparation prevents piss poor performance immediately came to mind. If you are going to store weapons then have sufficient amounts of ancillary stuff to keep them working. This means slings, optics, cleaning kits, magazines and such. Also of course lots of bullets.[Your strategy will sort of dictate how much ammo is really needed. Raids and ambushes burn up a lot more ammo than a designated marksmen shot or two now and then. That being said to actually win you have to get close to people and kill them. ] For $230-350 you can take a good jump toward being OK in common calibers like 7.62x39, .223, 7.62x54R or to a lesser degree the more expensive .308 or 30.06.

Think about it. Instead of scrounging and doing crazy stuff I would rather have the right supplies and equipment. A fairly small purchase now will go a long way towards ammo security. Are 500 or even 1,000 rounds of rifle ammunition a stopping point? Not for me but it is a heck of a lot better than 2-3 boxes of 20 each with a couple rounds missing which is the situation for too many households.

The topic of reloading came up. I think too many people consider reloading a cure all of ammo supply issues. It isn't like garden seeds but is more like cooking in that you have to have the components. Assuming you can scrounge lead and reload brass that means powder and primers. There are of course benefits to economics and portability that come from a small reloading setup. I was reminded of an old post by Commander Zero on a very basic survival type reloading kit. Here is a video of a fellow using that sort of setup to reload .223. One might want to consider a setup like this in addition to storing ammo and whatnot.

Mentioning solutions like this that cost money has sort of been bothering me lately. It is easy to say "if you are committed you will find money to buy X, Y and Z." There is some truth to that statement as we all make choices. Instead of buying a new IPhone you can get a gun or a bunch of ammo. Instead of going out to a decent dinner and a movie you could buy a reloading setup like CZ mentioned. Ditching the cable package gives you money to put into food storage. You get the idea. That being said I know there are a lot of right minded people who have generally made the right choices but are really struggling. When folks are deciding which bills to pay and which to put off things like preps are not really in the picture.

The best I can say is to do what you can. Time, money and life situations all affect what we can do. Comparing yourself to somebody else doesn't make sense. Take the money and time you have available and put it into preparedness in a balanced and thought out way. Don't blow your whole wad on food or ammo or medical stuff. Put a bit of money into each and make slow balanced progress. Personally if something happened and I was caught short but genuinely knew we had done the best we could it would just be part of life. There are always things you can't afford to prepare for. That being said if I had not done my best or had poorly used precious resources I would feel pretty foolish for failing Wifey and kiddo.

Julies view definitely has some stuff to think about also. 

Anyway I have got to go be productive.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Quote of the Day

"The difference between the TEA Partiers and OWS isn't the politics, it's about 30 years of work history."
-American Mercenary 

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Feminism Screwed Everything Up

Alternate title: Time to offend everybody

I have been reading a lot of stuff about gender roles in the modern world on Patrice's blog Rural Revolution. It was also in part by this this widespread article in the WSJ titled Where Have The Good Men Gone?  and an interesting recent post (warning foul language and sexual content) by American Mercenary. Of course the my thoughts and writings are solely my own so please do not harrass Patrice or AM for me being an offensive jerk.

To start out I am in agreement with many of the basic tenants of feminism. Women should be able to pursue all manner of educational opportunities, work outside of the home, start and run businesses, not have to deal with abusive spouses or butt slapping bosses and all that stuff. Though not really an issue in the western world they should obviously be able to own and inherant property, sign contracts, vote if applicable in their country, be protected from violence in the home, have freedom to marry who they choose and divorce husbands they no longer want to be married to, have custody of children, get access to basic medical care, etc all.

The real issue starts with a lack of understanding the inherant trade offs involved in these choices. In my personal observation feminism has a serious case of "have your cake and eat it too" syndrome. It is true that women can rise to the top of the business world, date and have sex like men, have fulfilling relationships and raise children but they probably can't do all of those things and certainly can't do them all at once. 

What I see is women who were told they can do everything. Invariably they often have to choose someplace to be mediocre. If they want to get to excell professionally then educational demands and working 60+ hours a week for years make establishing a meaningful relationship, let alone raising a family very difficult. On the other hand they can put their energy and time into home and family but if they are missing work all the time for this that and the other thing promotions are not going to come very readily. Certainly they will hit a "glass ceiling" which is another way of saying that the individuals who put in the time and have the capability get the promotions. Or they can spread their time and energy around and do fairly OK at everything.

[I have a female relative who was very successful in the business world. She did it with the same model that very successul men use. She went to college and started working in a large publicly traded company. She worked very hard and did some graduate work at a prestigious university then ultimately rose as high as one could in that company without being family. During this time she basically didn't have a life outside of work. She did not marry until her 40's and never had children. Only recently after a heart attack has she slowed down with work.]

In fairness the same is true of men. We can't work 60 hours a week, run a scout troop, coach a volleyball team, regularly practice a hobby, do fulfilling things with friends and be a great spouse. There just are not enough hours in the day.

Additionally feminists seem to want to be able to pick and choose where they are going to be treated equally and where they should recieve special treatment. The issue of women picking and choosing where to be equals is well stated in this passage from  Why Are Men So Angry? by Kay Hymowitz. "Women may want equality at the conference table and treadmill. But when it comes to sex and dating, they aren’t so sure. The might hook up as freely as a Duke athlete. Or, they might want men to play Greatest Generation gentleman. Yes, they want men to pay for dinner, call for dates—a writer at the popular dating website The Frisky titled a recent piece “Call me and ask me out for a damn date!”—and open doors for them. A lot of men wonder: “WTF??!” Why should they do the asking? Why should they pay for dinner?After all, they are equals and in any case, the woman a guy is asking out probably has more cash in her pocket than he does; recent female graduates are making more than males in most large cities.

Sure, girls can—and do—ask guys out for dinner and pick up the check without missing a beat. Women can make that choice. Men say they have no choice. If they want a life, they have to ask women out on dates; they have to initiate conversations at bars and parties, they have to take the lead on sex. Women can take a Chinese menu approach to gender roles. They can be all “Let me pay for the movie tickets” on Friday nights, and “A single rose? That’s it?” on Valentine’s Day."

A lack of expectations being in line with reality seems to be a consistent issue. Again they can have just about whatevery they want but good luck finding EVERYTHING they want. A guy who can be John Wayne when a goblin jumps out of a dark alley is probably not going to turn into Woody Allen and talk about feelings all night long. Guys who are relatively successful tend to work much longer hours than starving artists. Conversely starving artists don't make a lot of money. There are definitely some choices and trade offs to be made.

Gals also seem to want to be able to do whatever they want but have guys willing to romance and marry them whenever they are so inclined. They have changed in behaviors over the last couple decades and so have we. Coming back to an earlier theme they can't pick and choose our characteristics any more than we can theirs. The guy who is happy living alone, has a fulfilling life and dates or hooks up with women having no real intention to commit to or marry them is a cultural countemporary to the gals we were talking about earlier.

As to all the complaining about my gender. Instead of "growing up" at a given age for men it seems to be more conditions based. It is my observation that many if not most men seem to rise or fall to the expectations they are put under. Single men, men in relationships, married men and married men with kids all have vastly different social/ cultural expectations. In other words single guys will act like well, single guys and they will continue to do so until they decide to settle down if that is at 20 or 35. Now we are seeing men staying single longer so you get the super bachelor pads, crazy party trips, etc that a 20 year old college student can't pull off.

When it comes to choosing folks to date we all have to figure out what (both positives and negatives) is really important to us. Finding a person who has most of the good qualities you are looking for and none of the negatives that drive you nuts is the name of the game.

I think many of the liberal authors who write this garbage might just live in a whussified urban psuedo yuppy world that is totally disconnected with reality. There are plenty of men out there, they just might not frequent art galleries or wine tastings. Real men are out doing something productive or getting together for a couple beers after work.

Instead of whining gal's should look at their expectations and the pool they are fishing in.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Quote of the Day

"Great individual warriors will be utterly destroyed by mediocre warriors with good teamwork."
-American Mercenary

Monday, February 14, 2011

It's 4:56 In The Morning And This Is Perspectives

Does anyone else remember that SNL skit? It has nothing to do with anything except that it is a shade before 5 and I am awake with nothing to do. I was tired yesterday and had nothing to do so I went to bed at 9pm which is an hour to an hour and a half earlier than usual. Figured I would get a great nights sleep. Doom on me as I woke up at 3:45 and couldn't get back to sleep. Best of all since I am in Germany there isn't even news on. So I am watching Cops and writing, at least I have coffee. It's 4:59 in the morning and this is Perspectives.

Mayberry talked recently about bloggers dropping off the radar. The liberterian/ preparedness/ survivalism blogisphere is definitely a semi transient population. There seems to be a sort of cycle. Folks get burned out of all the doomage, run out of new material then get writers block or stagnate or get busy with their actual lives. It seems like a few months and one year marks are the times where it happens the most. I've stopped even bothering to adjust my blog roll till folks have a bit of a track record. On the bright side new bloggers pop up. While one doesn't replace another and I get to missing a regular read it does help. New folks bring new energy, thoughts and experiences.  I have really been enjoying Arctic Patriot, Garden Serf and American Mercenary lately.

Wifey has gotten home safely and is in the process of getting settled in. We decided for her to leave before I do so I could make sure she got off OK and while separating (geographically, not divorce) earlier than necessary kinda sucks it was the right call. Kids have a truly massive logistical trail and when that is combined with toting them around doing normal stuff is hard. There just isn't a way to move 3 bags and push a stroller. I miss her and kiddo a lot. By the way he is well. Happy, busy and a bit beefy (in the 98% range for his length).

My recent post on 10mm's got an interesting comment "Maybe! But which is more important post SHTF: Being able to kill an elephant with one shot (if you had ammo). OR owning a gun that is so ubiquitous that ammo for it is everywhere?"  I addressed it briefly in the comments section but wanted to come back to it again.

Some stuff is pretty general purpose and other stuff is more purpose specific. In terms of tools a generic hammer or an adjustable wrench are quite general purpose. You can use them for all sorts of tasks and they are something pretty much everyone has. On the other hand a shake ax or a 12mm box end wrench are very nitche tools. It should go without saying that you want to get general use stuff before looking to more nitche stuff. In terms of guns you want to have a core of general purpose common caliber guns first and then maybe move to nitche items. You wouldn't want a 10mm to be your only pistol because it is expensive to shoot and ammo is not common. The same way you would not want your only rifle to be a 15 pound .308 bolt gun with a 12-24 power optic. However if you have a .45acp or two (or a 9, .38/.357, etc) lying around, a few bucks to spare and think a 10mm will be useful then get one.

The good thing is that most stuff useful for preparedness/ survivalism is pretty general purpose. Under pretty much any circumstances you are going to want food and water, cash and PM's to trade for stuff you need, some medicine in case you get sick or hurt, guns and ammo for defense as well as backup plans for lighting, cooking and shelter. Gathering and learning to use this stuff in amounts and capabilities sufficient to survive say a moderate length serious regional disaster like Hurricane Katrina will take a lot of time and energy.  Spending money and energy in areas that are most likely to have the biggest pay off makes sense in investing, preparedness and most things in life. Somewhere along that process you would want to think about nitche items. A bit of common sense about ones individual situation is a good guide. A guy who lives near a tropical beach can use some gill net's and maybe a spearfishing setup and a guy who lives in North Dakota or Minnessota might want a sleeping bag good to -40F. Needless to say there isn't a lot of spearfishing on the frozen prairie and the odds of the Gulf Coast or Hawaii going far below freezing are slim to nil.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Read This

Personally I am WAY more worried about the value of the dollar, interest rates, food prices and rising crime than I am a civil war or insurgency in America. However it is interesting to apply realistic models to potential situations. American Mercenary does this by looking at characteristics of successful insurgencies and America. Read it and think.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Quote of the Day, an Interesting Post and a Good Blog

"Don't screw with the US. George Washington crossed over the Delaware river at night to attack the enemy while they slept on Christmas. We will do what it takes. We are unreasonable like that. Reasonable people compromise and give concessions to their enemy. Unreasonable people win. Be unreasonable."
-American Mercenary

I follow a lot of blogs to varying degrees. One of them is American Mercenary. I particularly enjoyed this recent post about information security and cyber warfare. If you are looking to expand your reading check out his stuff.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

quote of the day

"Can you demonstrate one time or place, throughout all history, where the average person was made safer by restricting access to hand held weapons?"
-American Mercenary
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