Mitra’s Freedom

Lagniappe’s Lair has the post. In for surgery, he engages in a conversation with his nurse about her story about escaping from the Islamic Republic of Iran. Go. Read.

The secret of happiness is freedom. The secret of freedom is courage.



Here’s a sport I never considered. Not thinking about trying it now, either.

All pain is either severe or slight, if slight, it is easily endured; if severe, it will without doubt be brief.
Marcus Tullius Cicero

Shotguns and the Box O’ Truth

I got into a discussion with a friend about various shotgun rounds, home defense, and over penetration. After a few minutes, we were on the computer looking at the Box O’ Truth. I remember that back in the early days of his site, he had tested shotgun rounds against the box, and posted some real world information. It was easy to find and helped us discuss the choices more clearly.

Here’s the link directly to his shotgun test pages, but if you haven’t looked over the Box O Truth, I recommend starting with his original chapters and working forward. He started with a frame that pieces of wallboard or plywood could be mounted in, creating simulated walls and gaps, worked up to water jugs stacked back to back, Kevlar, and car doors. It just goes on and on. If you have the time, the money, and a personal range, there’s no substitute for doing your own testing, otherwise, scroll down this page, if you’re a shooter, there will be a link there to interest you. It will have detailed information about the round, the set-up, the outcome, and lots of pictures.

As always, shooting stuff is fun.
–Old Painless @ The Box O’ Truth


I noticed this in a picture of him that was taken recently in Chicago. It’s the expressions and mannerisms that seem so similar.

Not convinced?

Here’s a pair of quotes:

The war made possible for us the solution
of a whole series of problems that
could never have been solved in normal times.

–Josef Goebbels

You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.
–Rahm Emmanuel

Take Her Down

They were rammed by a Japanese gunboat, then their deck was swept by machine gun fire. The rest of the surviving members of the bridge crew managed to get below. Wounded and alone, on the deck of his submarine, the USS Growler, Howard Gilmore gave one last command. The sub survived. Howard Gilmore was lost at sea, but honored with a posthumous Medal of Honor.

Take her down!
–Commander Howard W. Gilmore, February 7th 1943