Gun-Day Sunday: What’s in Your Basement?

Some folk have rec rooms, other have wet bars and workshops. Yet others… And there’s the State, doing what it does best– getting in the way of everyday men going about their everyday business.  

When in the Course of human events…

… it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. Read it all. Enjoy the day.


Will Southern Europe once again lead Europe and the world to a World War? The Greek financial crisis coupled with the flood of refugees fleeing the Middle East to Southern Europe, to include Greece is pitting Northern Europe (the Europe North of the Alps) against Southern Europe (those countries South of the Alps and Pyrenees and lying along the Mediterranean). While at this point it is economic warfare, when will it become more? Greece is an Orthodox country it has more in common with Orthodox Russia and the Orthodox Slavs than it does with Protestant and Roman Catholic Europe. Will […]

Army BG List Confirmed

Breakdown of New Army BGs by Branch, and the winner is Infantry with 8. Armor—4, Signal—2, Chemical—1, MI—2, Artillery—2, Finance—1, Aviation—2, SF—1, Strategic Plans—1, ORSA—1, Engineer—3, Logistics—3, MP—2, Duckhunters—1, Acquisition—2. Dead Man Walking Combat Arms Branch—Duck Hunters. While the number of SF Officers is only 1, there were a number of Officers who have served in or are serving in JSOC positions. Breakdown by source of commission: USMA—12, ROTC—24, OCS—1. Two VMI graduates on the list: Colonel (Promotable) PAUL H. PARDEW ‘89 Colonel (Promotable) THOMAS A. PUGH ‘90

Next Commandant of the USMC

I think this appointment is a surprise.  I have known Lieutenant General Neller since he was a Brigadier General and was assigned to EUCOM as the Deputy J3 designate.  I had to brief him a number of times, he asks hard questions and is appreciate of hard work.  He is a warrior.  He was affectionately known to us as “Smiling Bob” because he never smiled!  On top of everything else he is a graduate of The University (for the uninitiated that is The University of Virginia.)

A look at World War III

U.S. and Chinese warships battle at sea, firing everything from cannons to cruise missiles to lasers. Stealthy Russian and American fighter jets dogfight in the air, with robotic drones flying as their wingmen. Hackers in Shanghai and Silicon Valley duel in digital playgrounds. And fights in outer space decide who wins below on Earth. Are theses scenes from a novel or what could actually take place in the real world the day after tomorrow? The answer is both. This opening paragraph from an article at, really a teaser to sell the new book “Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the […]

Gun-Day Monday: Nice Rifle, Eh!

The Canadian Rangers are finally turning in the old .303 Lee-Enfields (!) for something newer: “The Canadian Rangers require a hunting rifle for survival and self defence against large North American carnivores at ranges of 0 metres to 300 metres. Currently, the Rangers use the Lee Enfield No. 4 to meet these requirements but the age and the scarcity of parts for this weapon will soon make it very difficult if not impossible to maintain, according to the Department of National Defence and Colt Canada. Because of that the New Canadian Ranger Rifle (NCRR) system is being purchased to replace […]

Happy Birthday, Chesty

Born this day, in the Year of Our Lord, Eighteen Hundred and Ninety-Eight. VMI class of 1921, he was.

I’m offended that you’re offended

First off, I think our country is screwing up.  Dylan Roof’s trial should be taking place before the month is out and not hist first appearance in October.  And, once convicted should be executed via the noose on the Battery for all of Charleston and the world to see.  But alas, the families and the greater citizens of Charleston will not be granted true closure for maybe ten years when he is finally lethally injected. A friend of mine posted this on Facebook, it’s by a sports writer that is not Bill Simmon, but maybe Clay Travis is pretty good […]

It is time to remove the Stars & Bars from State Flags

Updated with illustrations of the Stars & Bars and the Confederate Battle Flag.   There is a long history of the Confederate battle flag, the Stars&Bars, as a symbol for heritage, courage, racism, outlawry and on and on. As a battle flag it served its purpose: to provide a visible identity of combat community. Likewise, state flags provide a visible identity for the citizens of the state, and that identity is a value shared by all of the state’s citizens. State flags containing the Stars&Bars were designed by Dixiecrats specifically to exclude anyone who was other than they; and, to express […]