MrSpkr's random thoughts . . .
Friday, November 30, 2007
Another true american icon passes on . . .
Slowly but surely, the icons of my youth fade away. John Wayne, Elvis Presley, Jimmy Stewart and now Evel Knievel.
Man, I can remember watching you on ABC's Wide World of Sports on sunny Saturday afternoons, then racing outside to see how far I could make my Schwinn jump after a running start down the sidewalk.
I never jumped quite as far as Evel, but for that split second I was in the air, I felt invincible. I wouldn't have done it had I not seen Evel do it first.
Here's a pretty good tribute video set to George Thorogood's "Bad to the Bone":
RIP, Evel. Thanks for the warm memories.
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
Only a European would bring a knife to a gun fight . . .
Wow. This site asks folks in the United Kingdom to make a pledge to stop carrying knives for self protection (because carrying a gun would be illegal).
Those wishing to make a pledge to be a defenseless lamb at the slaughter can design their own "spray painted" pledges for the wall. I actually like that technical aspect of the project -- it is a bit cool -- but as to the concept, ugh.
Of course, the site owners are trying to censor the wall, keeping out derogatory comments and, of course, any hint that the idea that a free people should avoid carrying a weapon for self-defense is, well, incredibly stupid.
Some folks have managed to dodge the ban. Take, for example, this pledge celebrating a man named John Moses Browning:
My "pledge" notes a slightly more obscure designer, Eugene Stoner. Stoner was the man who designed the M-16 and is considered one of the leading American gun designers of the 20th Century.
And no, I didn't kid about the pledge. While I will continue to carry a pocket knife (or three), I wouldn't dream of using one for self-defense.
That's what my .45 is for, after all.
Hat tip, Hillbilly White Trash.