Thursday, June 09, 2011

Hopefully, A Range Day

"To stand on the firing parapet and expose yourself to danger; to stand and fight a thousand miles from home when you’re all alone and outnumbered and probably beaten; to spit on your hands and lower the pike; to stand fast over the body of Leonidas the King; to be rear guard at Kunu-Ri; to stand and be still to the Birkenhead Drill; these are not rational acts. They are often merely necessary."
-- Jerry Pournelle

I picked up that wonderful quote from science fiction legend (and the world's first blogger, I believe) Jerry Pournelle over at the Sipsey Street Irregulars site. With the ATF "Gunwalker" scandal heading for its first Congressional hearing on Monday, Sipsey, who along with blogger David Codrea, broke the story, should be regular daily reading.

Pournelle's quote should be chiseled in marble ore the entrance of every school and college in America. The sad thing is that most students, upon, seeing the quote, would have no idea what he's talking about. Instead, they,d take a picture with their iPhone and Twitter it out to their friends with the message, "WTF?!?!?!"

Today's mostly a writing day on THE NEW SURVIVAL GUNS, but hopefully I'll get to the range this afternoon to try on the new Tech-Sights on the 10/22. I also want to put some more rounds through the Ruger LC9. I'm cooking dinner tonight, a Bobby Flay dry rub tuna recipe I haven't done before. Let you know how the shooting and the cooking goes.


The Freeholder said...

It is one of Dr. Pournelle's best quotes, isn't it? I didn't know Kunu-ri, so I had to look that one up; the results cost me the better part of an afternoon and evening.

It's made a great teaching tool for my kids as I have made sure that each of the identifiable historical mentions has been taught to them. Can you believe that a high school with a Spartan as its mascot does not ever mention Leonides? Then again, neither do they value their award-winning JROTC battalion, except as a place to stash troublemakers.

As Dr. Purnelle often says, "We live in interesting times."

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