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Good article. I am a big fan of the pepper. Got pink spray "key ring" units for both my daughter and my fiance to carry in their purses. I recently picked up an item at Big 5 that I had not seen since my days in Alaska-and it works-bear pepper spray. Stuff has 2% Capsaicin and fires up to 35 feet (I have tested it at 25). In a 9 oz aerosol can, can be carried in the center console and is effective on grizz, bad dogs and zombies in group formation.
3 months, 1 week ago on Armed and Helpless
Good article. Better to have it and not need it....
3 months, 1 week ago on Stop Preparing For Emergencies
A good change from my perspective. Clint is the man! I would be honored to see him take it on, and so would Chris.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Clint Eastwood Director for American Sniper?
I liked your cross-exam.
4 months, 4 weeks ago on How to Identify a Military Fake
Good article Laura. There is no doubt the raiders are inside the gate. My problem is that those in charge of these programs must have some verifiable restrictions on their activities, and consequences if they step over the lines you have described.
While we must protect ourselves from the "raiders inside the gate," we cannot forget what the IRS was doing with their "scrutiny" of Tea Party groups, the wire taps on the AP reporters, or Fast and Furious.
My ten cents.
Bottom line-well written IMHO.
5 months, 1 week ago on Beyond Borders: What is Domestic Surveillance?
I hear you Brandon. Wish one of us could have been on his six.
Sniper Elite doing well Thanks to your Blurb on it!
SNIPER ELITE-ONE WAY TRIP:
5 months, 3 weeks ago on IN THE CROSSHAIRS: Chris Kyle & Eddie Ray Routh
I agree Brandon. I told Nicholas it changed a lot of my perspective on the entire tragedy. I am not able to forgive the guy for what he did to Chris-only God can do that. But it certainly made me think of guys that need help and are not getting it. Notwithstanding his loss, I can damn near guarantee Chris would have wanted that.
@LauraWalkerKC I agree Simon's article was both well written and had great incite. However, as a strict constructionist of the COTUS, I disagree with his lack of alarm. Primarily because I know the "bearer of the keys" are government employees that are many times without oversight or control. Should they be acting in the interest of the citizens of the United States-Hell Yes. Are they always acting with that interest in mind? Ask the Dimocrat cronies at the IRS that were hammering only Tea Party groups. Abuses always happen when you allow anything but strict adherence to the Constitution. Sorry, maybe it is the lawyer in me, but I believe in the vision of the framers. Simon suggested a structure that I believe must be followed. The "number" must be tied to bad guys in order for the search to begin-this is probable cause. Otherwise we will have the Eric Holders and Lois Lerners will be allowed to run rampant against their "enemies" foreign or domestic.
Ultimately, I am pleased that people are waking up and getting upset that their Constitutional rights are potentially being eroded, because Simon was also right in his concern that there are potential far greater abuses taking place.
6 months ago on Never Say Anything
Now that is funny Jack!
@majrod: Since we asking, I have always wondered-
Main Core is the code name of a database maintained since the 1980s by the federal government of the United States. Main Core contains personal and financial data of millions of U.S. citizens believed to be threats to national security. The data, which comes from the NSA, FBI, CIA, and other sources, is collected and stored without warrants or court orders. The database’s name derives from the fact that it contains “copies of the ‘main core’ or essence of each item of intelligence information on Americans produced by the FBI and the other agencies of the U.S. intelligence community.”
Very well written Laura.
I remained concerned that no-one appears to be in charge of those gathering the intel domestically. Those who think they can gain security by giving up freedom will have neither...
The "Hong Kong Connection" is very interesting to me as well. I think it will get even more interesting in the event the US tries to extradite him.
Well done report. It is a sobering reminder of the level of hate that this region breeds and exports on others. The raider is at the gate, and we choose to ignore the threat.
8 months, 1 week ago on The New Al Qaeda: Lashkar-e-Jhangvi The Not-So-New Kids on the Block in Pakistan
Great article Brandon.
11 months, 3 weeks ago on Navy SEAL Lessons Learned From Newtown Connecticut
I wasn't aware of the McRaven book. Kind of puts the criticism in perspective doesn't it?!
1 year, 3 months ago on Wall Street Journal Says SEAL Veterans Better Off Collecting Unemployment
Last time I checked the trigger mechanism on an AK worked the same no matter what the sex or age of the individual pulling it. As long as it does, our guys have got to be ready to return fire.
1 year, 5 months ago on Spec Ops Shooting Radicals In The Face
Very informative article Brandon. I have heard from several guys that playing with these "guys" simply is not fun. They are all business, and can hurt you.
1 year, 5 months ago on The US Navy’s Deadly MK6 Attack Dolphin Program