Monday, November 26, 2018

An Interesting Pespective

I was hanging out with my family this past week, and we were browsing through the new movies available on Apple TV.  After watching the trailers for Peppermint and Mile 22, I pointed out that both of them were produced by the same Chinese film company: Huayi Bros. My mother made an interesting observation: both of these movies are about Americans killing Americans.

Now in Peppermint the protagonist is killing illegal immigrant drug dealers, and in Mile 22 they're killing criminals/terrorists justifiably - and such criminals should been seen getting their just rewards, but it got me thinking.

We know that the Chinese are seeking to increase their influence over the USA, and one of the ways to do this is through our culture, and what better vector than movies.

Politics is downstream from culture. What does China gain, politically, by influencing our culture in this way?

Monday, August 27, 2018

Alt-Hero Q IndieGoGo Started Today

From the artwork to the staff involved, this comic looks pretty good: Alt-Hero: Q

I'm not at all involved with this, I'm only a backer. I've found Alt-Hero and Quantum Mortis to be enjoyable, and Rebel Dead Revenge is currently my favorite. Gun Ghoul has also proven to be fun as well. I previously backed Alt-Hero, and I've had no issue with delivery. The comics also look really good in both digital edition and print. If it looks good to you too, back it.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

What Have I Been Up To.

Reading, watching, and listening.

So, what have I been reading? Fiction mostly. It's been a real pleasure getting back into books. Here's a quick run-down of the books I've finished this year, but haven't talked about:

Monster Hunter International, by Larry Correia.
Decision at Thunder Rift, by William H. Keith, Jr.
The Heretics of St. Possenti, by Rolf Nelson.
Soda Pop Soldier, by Nick Cole.

And I'm currently reading The Ember War by Richard Fox.

As for comics:

Alt*Hero #1 -3, from Arkhaven Comics.
Quantum Mortis #1-3, from Arkhaven Comics.
Avalon #1, from Arkhaven Comics.
Rebel Dead Revenge #1-3, from Dark Legion Comics.
Chicago Typewriter, from Dark Legion Comics.
Usagi Yojimbo: The Hidden #1 (of 7), from Dark Horse.

If you look into the publisher behind most of those, you'll notice a trend. If you're looking for a good read, I recommend all of the above.

As for non-fiction, that's been mostly blogs: Vox Popoli, Men of the West, and Neon Revolt.

That's it for now. I'm going to write reviews for all of the books and comics, and I'll follow up with a post about what I've been watching, and who I've been listening to.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Lifting the Veil

In a recent interview on Campus Reform, and in his new book, a Seattle University professor lifts the veil on one of SJW's deepest hatreds: meritocracy.

It's not hard to understand why SJWs hate merit and meritocracies. The vast majority of them either sit in the middle of the social-sexual pyramid, or at the bottom.

They know that they can't, or won't, climb up that ladder. This is why instead of putting effort into improving themselves, they work so fervently to instead destroy all hierarchical systems. They want to squash everyone down to their level, and make everyone as ugly as themselves.

SJWs always lie, always double down, and always project.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Peaceful Parenting

An excellent conversation about peaceful parenting with some practical examples. If you're a parent, or are planning on becoming one, I recommend you watch this video to completion.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Follow Up

I had posted about the death of Rosemary Bilquist. Her killer's initial trial has been thrown out. Let's wait and see if they take it to a grand jury.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

My Thoughts on My First Two Gun Match

I recently participated in my first two gun match - actually my first firearms competition ever. While I finished in the low 70's out of 105, and I timed out on two stages, rather than leaving discouraged, I feel rather encouraged and wanting more.

But, before I run off and compete in my next match, I'd like to share my thoughts on my experience.

Come Humble:
The first law of both Socrates and Sun Tzu is to know thyself. Know your skill level with both of your firearms, and your physical fitness level and capabilities. 2 Gun matches emphasize both shooting skills and physical capabilities. Know where you stand in both of these areas; prepare and practice accordingly.

Practice Makes Perfect:
This reinforces my first thought. The guy who came in 2nd place has over 10 years worth of experience, which overcame many of his physical limitations. From my own experience, I would recommend practicing the following things: spinning the spinner (both pistol and rifle), the Texas star, long range rifle shooting (out to 300 yards at least), and 3 inch pistol targets within 30 feet. As for improving yourself, general strength training and endurance training (especially HI-IT) is what I'd recommend.

Gear Selection:
You don't have to use the highest of speed, lowest of drag gear available. You can actually get away with decent, entry level equipment. I used an entry level AR-15 and Condor Outdoor mag pouches and tactical belt. The Condor gear does have its problems: it can be bulky, floppy, and the cost can quickly rise. However, all of my pouches are still intact, none of my magazines fell out during the match. The decision is yours, if you want the best now so you don't have upgrade later, go for it; if you want something affordable now, it'll work. You also don't have to wear the most expensive, tactical clothing either. Plenty of people were wearing jeans, shorts, and t-shirts. Whatever you have can work.

Bring Everything You'll Need, Nothing You Don't:
I brought way too much stuff. I didn't need my range bag, and so much water either. On your first time out, you'll probably do the same, and that's ok - just note what you used, and what you didn't use, and make the correct changes next time. For me, I'll probably bring a backpack that has a dedicated water bladder compartment, and will more easily carry extra ammo, snacks, water, and medical supplies. This would save me some time.

Those are my thoughts. I hope it will help you prepare for your first 2 Gun match. It was an extremely fun match. All of the stages were fun and challenging. I can't wait to try it again.