I’ve also read many forum posts saying you shouldn’t dry-fire without them or you risk wearing away at your firing pin/striker. I don’t have much experience with that particularly so I couldn’t say yea or nay, but I love them anyways. I don’t take any new toy to the range without first getting the snap caps for that caliber and practicing all the functions thoroughly.
Yup. Problem is, down there it’s a good time of year to leave the doors and windows open. After April you don’t do that because it’s not like the dry heat like you have down there in Texas, Arizona, Nevada, etc.
 January 28, 2015 at 12:11pm
I wonder if the thugs were “locals” from East Orlando or “imports” from Crime Hills (AKA Pine Hills) or other wonderful parts of West Orlando. I remember when West Orlando was a beautiful place to live about 20 years ago, now it seems they can’t go a week without a bank robbery.
The unlocked apartments are pretty typical of students. They are either too ignorant, intoxicated or wanting to keep their doors “open” for friends to drop by any time.
Usually insecticides have a federal warning that it is a punishable offense to use the product in a manner not prescribed, like for personal defense instead of killing ants. They’re considered low-level nerve agents and Comrade Holder would love nothing more than to charge you with chemical warfare and terrorism for having the audacity to defend yourself.
looters: You're right but I will add that the wasp spray would be more effective. I mean the kind that shoots a stream out at 20 feet or more.
I reckon the remedy is to not report it to "authority", and throw the coughing POS in the nearest dumpster or down a convenient ravine, stairwell, or off a roof top. Whatever you choose, minimize the back tracking potential.
 January 20, 2015 at 4:11pm
Roger that. It did take a huge toll on him, but it seems like he would dwell on the deaths of his team mates and Marines more than on his “kills” as a whole. As far as the people in his scope, he seems to have had closure on that by the time the trigger reset.
 January 20, 2015 at 2:29pm
I see both sides of the issue, but the critics are simply wrong. Having read the book, I know there are , in fact, parts where Kyle does in fact call insurgents (not all Iraqis) savages and that he enjoyed his work and felt no sympathy for those who would do harm. The libs who WANT to depict him as a maniac (like the deranged Ed Schultz) will single these out and not take those parts in the context of the whole book. That’s how you know they haven’t read it.
If they had, they’d know that Kyle was grieved at having to shoot women and children when they presented a threat as well as when the insurgents committed violence against or disregarding the lives of their own people. He also enjoyed working closely with the Iraqis when the tribal elders realized the insurgency was a liability and needed to get kicked out of their province.
He did sound “flippant” at times but if you wanted to be intellectually honest you’d also have to take that in the context of the man as a whole as well as the experience that he went through.
@ LWS - "...where Kyle does in fact call insurgents (not all Iraqis) savages and that he enjoyed his work and felt no sympathy for those who would do harm."
With regards to the name calling, belittling the enemy is natural - dehumanizing him makes it easier for you to come out on top in a firefight. You start getting all smarmy and he's going to end up belittling you a lot longer than you will him.
Love your Blaze name. IF I ever get the chance, I think I'll make mine "Pants Up_Don't Loot".
Michael Moore and liberal losers like him don't DO context.
Humans are programmed by nature to not want to kill another human being. Those that do not have that programming we call psychopaths. It takes a huge toll on a man's conscience to disconnect from that part of him that wants to preserve life in order to take a life. The stress these soldiers go through on that one inner conflict must be unbearable to many.
Kyle was able to prioritize his fellow soldiers' lives above those of the enemy. Each insurgent down represented not only less chance of a US military member dying, but may have spared Iraqi lives as well. The unpleasant jobs have to be done, and Kyle did his better than most. Arab women and children are difficult to kill because you know they are only doing what a cowardly man told them to do! Unfortunately, when weighing their lives against American soldiers trying to do their jobs, you have little choice.
You do what you have to, but you still have to find ways to deal with the memory and guilt. Knowing you did a good job and saved lives helps cope with the deaths you caused. He might "sound flippant," but if you dwell on what you did, it'll eat you up inside.
They need to retool it, reorganize it and rename it. Call it something like “Current TV”. Or something…
 November 11, 2014 at 1:25pm
Seems like a cavalier attitude that may not consider other factors, like increasing the likelihood of high-risk pregnancies if they manage to get pregnant at all. You can’t freeze your hormonal profile and how a young female body responds to pregnancy vs an older female body. Good for you if you have the money to brute force it, but it still increases the risk to the child.
I understand wanting to take measures to heed the call to be a mother if you haven’t found the right person and feeling time slip away, but for careers? That’s just not wanting to give your child the gift of your youth. Child is not priority number 1, they’re just another milestone in the program. I speak as a parent who wishes they’d done more with the free years before having a child, but I don’t regret it one moment.
I totally agree, but I will add one positive.
The story says: "The idea is that the eggs could be frozen at an age when the woman is considered more fertile." But it isn't just the fertility. Older women's eggs tend to have a higher incidence of birth defects (Down Syndrome being the most common, I think).
I have to agree. I don't think that the underlying attitude of children being a secondary priority is a good one. It also upsets the natural order - "Mommy, why does Joey's mom's arm flap like that?"
November 5, 2014 at 5:57pm
This guy isn’t the “point man” who fired the first shot into UBL. He was one of the two, along with “Mark Owen” that came in immediately after that and shot him while he was squirming on the ground when they had entered the room after point man. His account in the Esquire piece is embellished to indicate he was the first one to shoot UBL. Even fellow SEALs call Owen’s account way more credible than O’Neil’s.
He seems to have served well, but couldn’t resist the temptation to embellish and gloat, so much so he was reprimanded by command for running his mouth at a Virginia Beach bar when they got back from the mission. I’ll watch just to see if he sticks to his story or backtracks.
I don’t oppose OC legislation. I agree it should be left up to the individual, and it depends on the weapon and overall context of where and when, but my biggest fear is to have my weapon taken from me.
The deterrence factor only deters the marginally inclined criminal element, which could be deterred by other means (situational awareness, basic personal security measures). The determined criminal element will view it as an opportunity, will have as a priority to dispossess you from your gun and will calculate a way to get the drop on you to get it. Where I come from, you’re likely to get held up for your gun when you get to the parking lot and end up on with blood trickling from your head front page next day. That’s not and episode of 24; that’s reality where they have one of the highest per-capita crime rates in the US. I got tired of seeing that and moved.
I like the principled chivalry of the past, but I’ll stick to opening people’s doors for them. OC is fine for marching to the capitol steps, not necessarily when stepping out to the gas station. At that point I need every advantage I can retain because I’m not out looking for a fight, and “they” are.
 November 5, 2014 at 2:14pm
I understand freedom and the second amendment and all, but, I don’t feel the need to show my weapon, and in fact I think it to be a tactical disadvantage. To quote Doug Marcaida “A weapon should be felt, not seen.”
I echo that sentiment to a degree, but it should ultimately be left to the individual.
Life isn't an episode of 24.
I'd rather deter a crime, than let one proceed so that I could get the "tactical advantage!". Better no crime, than having an advantage on one that could have been deterred.
Your quote is meaningless. The general attitude towards oc in these united States historically, until OC'ers marched for your rights to beg the government for a permission slip, was that open carry was the sign of an honest man, whilst only men of ill repute would desire to hide their weapons. Look it up in our history.
But yes, foobared is right in his tolerance. I echo that. Carry as you wish, but let's not start with the silly justifications.
If You do not feel the need, THEN DO NOT DO IT.
It can go either way. A bad guy may leave you alone because he sees that you carry or me may leave you alone because he thinks you might be carrying but isn't sure.
It all depends on the scumbag.
 November 4, 2014 at 2:20pm
Although I’m highly suspicious of the supposed “calibration errors” that are happening all too often and only seem to favor democrats, this particular one in Texas seems to be a software error. I write software and this one might just be a legit malfunction. That looks like a rendering error up at the top.
 October 31, 2014 at 2:14pm
It looks like someone is continually sending “Undo” commands, and it’s apparently not her. Superficially, I would say someone’s got positive control of her computer, or at the very least a virus is doing its thing. It would take serious computer forensics to investigate the source of those commands within a few days of the event, to make sure that any logs have not been flushed out by the system. It can only keep logs for so long before deleting them. Her router’s logs could also be a good source of forensic data because it could detect things like snooping or redirecting certain ports, IP ping inquiries, etc.
 October 29, 2014 at 9:44am
I thought the same, and it seems like this zone should be larger. An out of control rocket could definitely spew some debris out far enough to reach out and touch this pilot. In fact, I used to be able to see the Cape Canaveral/KSC launch pads from a Cessna 172 at a few thousand feet flying out of Titusville. I would say I am not comfortable flying during a launch, even at Titusville’s distance from the pads which is further away than this aircraft appears to be.
But if NASA was focusing on it's original mission, instead of providing said "outreach" - we wouldn't have to rely on private sources.
"but in this case this was a privately developed launch vehicle from Orbital Sciences"
Using russian liquid fuel POS rocket motors.
The same BS that space X based in CA and taking in millions in tax payer grant to develop highly volatile liquid fuel rocket technology they claim is safer because the fuel source can shut down thus preventing a major explossion.. So much for that theory!
@The_Woofster, I would always prefer to have the private sector producing our rockets etc. SpaceX rocks!
I have yet to see **ANY** indication of an emphasis on "Muslim outreach" within the Agency, at least at the level of the average engineer or scientist. Every other major emphasis area ends up being reflected all the way down to individual performance plans.
 October 27, 2014 at 9:00pm
I wouldn’t be laughing if I had a panicky individual running at me with a loaded gun and most likely a finger on the trigger. Did you see how many times the camera man got muzzle swept? I’ve had enough of these scares with noobs renting guns at the range it brings bad memories.
 October 22, 2014 at 12:05pm
Blight? Having poor judgement on methods and losing sight of priorities is a natural consequence of being a flawed human tasked with a calling such as pastoring. As the grandson of a pastor, I understand what it is to know the man behind the pulpit and seeing him stumble with the load at times. It is a heavy charge and we as his family had to bear the burden at times too.
I never heard him pervert the Gospel like Bell, Osteen, Dollar, etc. He has been deferential to Jesus throughout the years. There are years’ worth of sermons on the website and you will not find another idol in place of Jesus in any one of them. Unorthodox? Yes. Controversial? For some, yes. Doctrine, style and methods will always be debated. Lapses in judgement are bigger and louder when you’re center stage.
He will indeed stand before God and give an accounting, but so will the stone throwers and busybodies, whose deeds will pale in comparison to his, even counting his foul-ups. Those who have no ministry to mind will be busy attacking him, while digging their own graves, and that is just as sad as the original situation.
It’s possible and you could argue evident he got his priorities messed up and got careless. This is exactly why the bible shows us the unvarnished truth of its characters. God works through flawed vessels regardless of failures. There are no heroes to be found but God Himself.
I don't have a clue about what this many did and believing others who accuse doesn't make anything true. If he did what he was accused of then so be it, should people attack him? NO! Stones when living in glass houses don't mix. We shall ALL be judged by the only one worthy of passing judgement. Do I believe someone would go through all this trouble to make him miserable? Very possible, but we have all seen the Mega Pastors fail and cry aloud about their suffering and this could be due to their need for attention.
BUT! The bible makes it clear we are to fellowship, it calls out the apostate preachers and their churches and makes it clear in this day and age we will see endless parades of this insanity. False doctrines, lies deceptions and what I call stupidity. Forgive the man and pray that he is healed from his sinful ways if you really want to do right, as we all have fallen WAY SHORT of salvation and deserve NOTHING.
"Blight? Having poor judgement on methods and losing sight of priorities is a natural consequence of being a flawed human tasked with a calling such as pastoring"
Do you know what he was accused of? Based on some account I have read, some accused him of bullying. Unless of course, you are trying to minimize and possibly justifying his actions by "reframing" it? is that a Christ like behavior on your part, may I ask?
" As the grandson of a pastor, I understand what it is to know the man behind the pulpit and seeing him stumble with the load at times. It is a heavy charge and we as his family had to bear the burden at times too"
OK, it begin to make sense now.... Again, may I ask, when your grandfather "stumbled" ? what did he do, did he bully people as well? and when he was confronted, did he take full responsibility for his actions, repent, apologize ,tried to make amends with people he has hurt and make a change? If he did not do any of those, but merely tried to justify his sinful behaviors ( or stumbles as you put it), then we have a problem here.
'He will indeed stand before God and give an accounting, but so will the stone throwers and busybodies, whose deeds will pale in comparison to his, even counting his foul-ups. Those who have no ministry to mind will be busy attacking him, while digging their own graves, and that is just as sad as the original situation."
Agreed, he should never been subjected to all these stone throwing, nails on his driveway kind of stuff
"It’s possible and you could argue evident he got his priorities messed up and got careless. This is exactly why the bible shows us the unvarnished truth of its characters. God works through flawed vessels regardless of failures. There are no heroes to be found but God Himself."
the age old argument, " I am not perfect, hence I can not be hold responsible for anything I have done"
Let gets one thing straight here, it is true, none of us perfect, but when we failed, especially it involves hurting others, WE ARE REQUIRED to REPENT, TAKE FULL RESPONSIBILITIES FOR OUR ACTIONS, APOLOGIZE and MAKE IT UP TO THE OTHER PERSON, and finally MAKE A CHANGE.
if a person is guilty of bully others, he need to to all of above, and frankly, I would like to think most Christians would be more than forgiving if a person has done above.
what disgusts me is so many Christians tries to distort the truth of gospel and to justify their UNREPENTANCE and why they should be allowed to continue to take advantage of others.
Also you just used a red herring in your argument, yes, it is true none of us are perfect, and that is PRECISELY why we need to have accountabilities, because we all have that capacities within each of us to use our position of power to abuse others, and a truly humble Christian would hold himself accountable first before others force him to, and it is my understanding that it is what happened here
 October 22, 2014 at 11:25am
Yes you missed something. He hired a firm to help publicize the book (not uncommon), but he was careless and did not check into which methods they implemented to help the book get out there. Turns out, this firm used shady tactics to increase the book’s ratings.
Maybe this incident was an early indication as to the kinds of threats they would be getting. If they’ve had to move three times, then that’s taking measures. He says he was not happy with the idea, but trying to preserve some kind of normalcy for your children through a tough time I can understand.
Lastly I have a hard time believing that the people he offended in his church are now dedicating their lives to taking revenge with violence. These are crimes of opportunity from people who are joining the “hate Mark Driscoll” bandwagon that has come as a result of the media circus that has formed around this issue by other opportunists in the media.
Normal, sane, socially functional people would settle differences and resolve these issues with communication and understanding that is directed towards reconciliation and healing. People who have been directly affected by this situation would preferably be getting counseling and addressing the issue through the appropriate accountability channels and then moving on, possibly to another church, etc. Not airing their dirty laundry out to whoever wants a juicy headline, and definitely not throwing rocks, spreading rusty nails, or phoning in threats. Scumbags do that.