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It was late. So late in fact that there was no-one standing anywhere near me in the security line.

That fact, coupled with my unfortunate tendency to arrive hours before my departure time (so I can write freeware or articles like this one), meant that I had time to spare; Even a bit too much time, tonight.

Looking up at that anonymous shadow behind the x-ray scanner, I greeted my lone inquisitor: "Finding anything interesting"?

"never do!" murmured the man.

"Kinda makes you wonder why we bother." Said I.

"A professional deterrent" said he, ever looking down, yet smiling to himself furtively.

"Even so" I mused "there are plastics, ceramics, and hidy-holes that will ever evade detection. Cuts from plastic picknick knives from Wal-Mart can kill someone" I have even seen KFC-lunch slices that required stitches."

"We know" said the guard. "But even saying that should earn you a strip search" he laughed, looking down at me for the first time.


Secretly shuddering, I chuckled nervously back "that would probably be more of a problem for your sleep cycles, than for my puritanical modesty."

To my utter relief, the guard laughed then said "are you carrying anything sharp?"

"No" said I. "I am completely helpless. Is the TSA doing anything to protect me?"

"We have armed security men on the planes these days" said he, "but not on every plane."

I queried "So what is to protect me if some nut case decides to try to carve up like a roast?

Do I still have the right to defend myself?"

"Constitutionally, I suppose you might" said my guard "but my entire purpose here is to disarm you" he laughed.

"But what if we were ALL armed?" I mused "Wouldn"t dealing with the threat of a plane full of pissed yet happily armed Americans be a far better deterrent than assuring the world that we have all been disarmed?"

You idiot we all have swords!

"Probably." agreed the guard. "The Constitution of the United States says that we all have the right to bear arms - to defend ourselves."

"So why are you sitting up there, so happily depriving me of that right?" I queried.

"I suppose" said he "that it is because practically no one in the country knows how to defend themselves anymore. Americans have grown to trust others to do it for them."

Conversation over.


Thankful for having my britches still firmly in place after this encounter, I waddled back to my favorite corner of this airport to think for a moment.

After awhile, I genuinely came to appreciate the one truly innovative idea our President has mentioned do date: That Americans should not be relying exclusively upon the armed forces to protect U.S; -That we all should be taking a much more active part in preserving our freedom!


Indeed, after World War II, it was only as I pondered how, when asking the leaders of the Japanese Armed Forces why they did not invade our shores after Pearl Harbor, that the unusually rational, wonderful truth of Obama"s great idea became clear to me: The truth was that even an invading army was not willing to take on the bloody proposition of facing a fully armed, weapon savvy, American population.

In short, the Japanese were intelligently avoiding re-creating an American version of a house to house, city to city, and town to town, Revolutionary (or Vietnam!) War.

Ripening for Invasion?

So from messing with our gunpowder to taking away our screwdrivers, why is our government wanting to disarm U.S? Why are we not offering military-led training on hand-to-hand, and / or small arms training?

Indeed, I recall how, when I was about 12 years old, the Pilot of an American Airlines prop-job, upon seeing my frequent-flyer Dad and I climb the stairs to sit early on the plane, walked out of the cockpit to hand me a pen-knife bearing the company logo. It was the first knife I ever owned!

No Fear!

You see, back then most American men knew that the most mind-numbingly useful thing anyone could own was a knife. Yet today, because no one sees a knife outside of an Alfred-Hitchcock shower scene, many laws have been passed; Metal detectors are all over our schools.

Yet I, like many others, carried a sheath knife on my belt for much of my high school years I the Carolinas. --That was only 30 years ago!

Who Knew?

My, how things have changed!

Yet even more than ever, the world is still a very nasty place to live. Should we know how to defend ourselves? Celebrating our constructional-guaranteed rights?

I will leave it to you to decide who knew more about running a free country: Our ancestors, or our modern elected representatives. In fact, if Obama can make good on his utterance that we - each and all - should be learning how to defend our freedom ... be he a tax-and-spend socialist or not ... I for one would be willing to support him for re-election!

I love this country: Is anyone far-sighted enough to see how we MUST be ALLOWED to be fearless? Ever willing, ever-able to defend ourselves?

Related: Minuteman: Defending Self = Protecting Others?

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Sierra Bible Released! 
Just a quick note to let everyone know that I have decided to share a little ditty (one that I worte for my own use), with the rest of the world.

Know as The Sierra Bible[tm], I hope you will find it as useful as I do.


-R.A. Nagy

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What A Change! 
Want a REAL change for our country? Then forget the "alpha male" scandals, ego, spin, and deficit spending of the last 20 years and check this out:

"Harry Truman was a different kind of President. He probably made as many important decisions regarding our nation's history as any of the other 42 Presidents. However, a measure of his greatness may rest on what he did after he left the White House.

The only asset he had when he died was the house he lived in, which was in Independence Missouri.

His wife had inherited the house from her mother and other than their years in the White House, they lived their entire lives there.

When he retired from office in 1952, his income was a U.S. Army pension reported to have been $13,507.72 a year. Congress, noting that he was paying for his stamps and personally licking them, granted him an 'allowance' and, later, a retroactive pension of $25,000 per year.

After President Eisenhower was inaugurated, Harry and Bess drove home to Missouri by themselves. There were no Secret Service following them.

When offered corporate positions at large salaries, he declined, stating, "You don't want me. You want the office of the President, and that doesn't belong to me. It belongs to the American people and it's not for sale."

Even later, on May 6, 1971, when Congress was preparing to award him the Medal of Honor on his 87th birthday, he refused to accept it, writing, "I don't consider that I have done anything which should be the reason for any award, Congressional or otherwise."

As president he paid for all of his own travel expenses and food.

Modern politicians have found a new level of success in cashing in on the Presidency, resulting in untold wealth. Today, many in Congress also have found a way to become quite wealthy while enjoying the fruits of their offices. Political offices are now for sale. (sic. Illinois )

Good old Harry Truman was correct when he observed, "My choices in life were either to be a piano player in a whore house or a politician. And to tell the truth, there's hardly any difference!

How refreshing!"

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