First Rules of Gun Safety

Here are some of the different “First” rules of gun safety I’ve picked up from different courses and various reading material:

1. Always keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction. Sometimes worded “Muzzles must point down range”, sometimes “Never point a gun at something you don’t intend to kill”.
1. All guns are always loaded! (Or the better, Canadian version: Assume every firearm is loaded.)
1. Never mix firearms with alcohol. (?)
1. The RSO (Range Safety Officer) has absolute authority over the range.
1. Never point any gun at Dave.
Well okay, that last one was an icebreaker for a class, as in “Hello everyone, I’m Dave. The first rule of gun safety is never, ever point any gun at Dave!” Dave was cool. I miss that guy.

Patrick Kennedy on Drugs

I just listened to former U.S. Representative Patrick Kennedy explain how he did all kinds of drugs in his youth but you shouldn’t be allowed to smoke pot – you know, that was then and he’s a Kennedy. His reason? Pot is the new big business. Pot should be illegal because the driving force behind legalization is money. He didn’t even have to take a breath before explaining that the smart money now is in rehab because pot is now the number one thing people are checking into rehab for. He didn’t bother mentioning that this because misguided courts are ordering it as an alternative to jail, and that people can check into rehab for pot now voluntarily because the social stigma is disappearing.

Oh look, some books!

Remember when this blog used to be about more than just books I read? Oh well, here’s some more books I’ve read recently.

Irreligion by John Allen Paulos
I didn’t enjoy this one near as much as A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper. The subtitle of this one, “A Mathematician Explains Why the Arguments for God Just Don’t Add Up” pretty well sums up what the book is about. What I don’t understand is who this book is for. EVERYONE knows the arguments for god don’t add up – hence, faith.

The De-Textbook: The Stuff You Didn’t Know About the Stuff You Thought You Knew by cracked.com
This is a fun, quick read. It will help to undo some of the nonsense you were taught in school. If nothing else it should give you some things to think about, and maybe to research on your own. I had no idea the pyramids in Egypt were once covered in a smooth layer of limestone which made them glisten. On the other hand, their oversimplification of the cause of the US Revolutionary war (all Ben Franklin’s fault) was laughable. It ignores the Albany Conference and the British ban on manufacturing in the colonies, for starters.

American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military by Chris Kyle
A Christian warrior goes Muslim huntin’. A real life monster story told in the first person.
Notes on the audio edition: It’s too bad they didn’t have a woman read the parts of Mrs. Kyle. It would have been a much better experience. Listen at 2x speed or more!

Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10
I was led to this one not buy the recent movie (which I haven’t seen) but by my brother, and then by a mention in American Sniper. I could really give both books the same review. This is also the story of an American who goes Muslim hunting in Afghanistan and thereabouts. It takes extraordinary mental gymnastics to follow his reasoning for how he is the good guy in this story.

Everything Secure All The Time Always

If you’re not reading this in a feed reader you may have noticed the slight tweak to the url here – it now starts https! This makes it much less likely that any non-NSA employee is snooping on you while you’re reading my blog. There are still some holdouts saying this is only necessary for banking and ecommerce sites. That’s nonsense, and there’s no reason why https shouldn’t be the default on all websites.