VMI Grad Follows in Brother’s Footsteps

Many thanks to GW’64 who sent this in today: LEXINGTON (WSLS 10) –  Nearly three years ago Lexington and Rockbridge County rallied around a family who lost a son too soon. Army Ranger Chase Prasnicki was killed just days after he deployed to Afghanistan. His death left a lasting impression on his younger brother. In a WSLS 10 exclusive we were there for the emotional day as Tyler Prasnicki officially joined the ranks of the military and takes the next steps in following his older brother. Tyler Prasnicki took the officer’s oath, volunteering to serve in the United States Army […]

Journalism and Civil War

 “If I’d written all the truth I knew for the past ten years, about 600 people – including me – would be rotting in prison cells from Rio to Seattle today. Absolute truth is a very rare and dangerous commodity in the context of professional journalism.” Hunter S. Thompson Absolute truth is a dangerous thing. The proverbial wish for a gaining a nickel every time someone wanted absolute truth would pay off our great Nation’s debt. Journalism started with two branches: strict reporting of facts, and advocacy. Facts are boring, and boring doesn’t sell. Strict reporting was abandoned in the […]

Details From the Mohammed Cartoon Shooting

Details are coming out on the attack at the Mohammed cartoon event. We now know more about the fanatics who did it– a cradle heathen and an angry convert, no surprises there, dog-bites-man and all that. But the details about the police officer and the brief action are of great interest to all of us: – A “traffic” cop with his service weapon, not a SWAT guy with an M4 – A handgun vs two “assault rifles” – One man vs two in body armor In other words, while most people would call this cop out-gunned, he clearly wasn’t. He […]

ISIS Strikes In Afghanistan

Breaking this morning: Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN): A suicide bomber on a motorbike blew himself up in front of the Kabul Bank in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, early Saturday, a local government spokesman said. Terror group ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack. The explosion killed at least 33 people and wounded more than 100 others, said public health spokesman Najibullah Kamawal. Interestingly, the Taliban disavowed it. Not good news.

Weapons Wednesday: FPF Training’s New Offerings

Those who have been around this place for a while know my affinity for John R. Murphy and FPF Training. (If not, check the archives.) It’s worth noting that John has recently revamped his offerings and his site, with what appear to be distinct upgrades to both. Two things caught my eye. The first is the “Pistol vs Rifle” class– This four hour seminar deals with the tactical problems faced by an armed citizen confronted with a criminal armed with a rifle. Topics will be: – Ballistic Disadvantage – Movement and Cover – Marksmanship at Distance – AK Pick up […]

Rusty Warhorses in Iraq Are Resurrected

Well, who can blame them? In a military scrapyard in the southern Iraqi desert, abandoned army equipment sat for years waiting to be melted down to steel bars. Now, thanks to new conflict and a resourceful old mechanic, some of the rusty warhorses have won a reprieve. Last June’s stunning offensive by Islamic State militants who control much of northern and western Iraq left the army in disarray and much of its U.S.-supplied equipment was taken over by the advancing radical Sunni Muslim fighters. Baghdad’s Shi’ite-led government appealed for reinforcements from across the world to help it fight back. But […]

Stray Voltage

I haven’t done this in a while but I have gathered up four pieces that are worth reading and considering. The first over at Cicero Magazine discusses why we should not be surprised by Putin’s actions.  Concluding paragraph nails it: Vladimir Putin is less of a mystery than he is often portrayed. His conduct is what would have been typical of a Soviet leader behind the Iron Curtain. A bigger mystery is why the Western response has been so weak and feckless, despite the clear signals of Putin’s views, intent, and strategy. Rather than suggest Putin suffers from a disorder […]

To “Thank” or Not to Thank

I heard a good conversation with the author of this article, “Please don’t thank me for my service,” on WMAL yesterday. To these vets, thanking soldiers for their service symbolizes the ease of sending a volunteer army to wage war at great distance — physically, spiritually, economically. It raises questions of the meaning of patriotism, shared purpose and, pointedly, what you’re supposed to say to those who put their lives on the line and are uncomfortable about being thanked for it. Recommended reading. It provoked thought. What say you?

Vigilant Jews Refuse to Lose!

Jerusalem mayor versus (would be) mensch-slayer! The stab victim was rushed to hospital but was not seriously hurt, medical officials said. Police said the suspect, an 18-year-old Palestinian, did not have authorization to reside in Israel. “My bodyguard took out his weapon and when he aimed at the terrorist, the terrorist dropped his knife and we immediately tackled him on the ground to make sure that he cannot continue with the terror attack,” Barkat told reporters shortly afterwards. Ah, and there’s this– Barkat, 55, served as an officer in the paratroopers’ brigade. AIR-BORNE, Mister Mayor.

Post-secularism and ISIS

Recently America got harf’d twice last week. The genesis of ISIS is a lack of jobs; but we Americans are too stupid to understand State’s spokeswoman. The only fumble worse than harfing is this one. So glad they got rid of Tebow so the Broncos could be the Seahawks’ ride to the Ring. As a Cowboys fan I’m not bitter about Tebow’s temporary setback, but the reaction to his faith is something of the canary choking in the coalmine. In DC the idea that there is anything worth believing in outside of post-modernist nihilism and cynicism simply does not compute. DC tells […]