quidni pro quo

Random musings at random intervals. Erudition not guaranteed.

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Location: El Paso area, Texas, United States

I'm a 40-something Christian, conservative, pro-life, Constitutionalist, motorcycle-riding, pick-up truck driving, wife, mother, state employee, ham radio operator and part-time college student, enlisted in the Texas State Guard. Everything else is subject to revision without notice.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Thought for the day

(found via Townhall.com)

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

The Queen's Return

If you're a reader of C. S. Lewis, and feeling a bit put off (as I was) by the "Problem of Susan" allow me to recommend the following:

Once a king or queen in Narnia, always a king or queen in Narnia.

Found when I followed a link from another blogger on LiveJournal....

Saturday, November 18, 2006

For every action, there's an equal and opposite criticism...

One day last summer, my son was out hiking in the desert not too far from home when he had a face-to-face with an angry rattlesnake. Long story short, the rattlesnake lost the encounter, and my son had nothing worse than the aftereffects of a major adrenaline rush to deal with.

Now, this particular rattler wasn't a very large snake; in fact, it could be argued that, based on its size & number of segments on the rattle, it was probably not much more than the reptilian equivalent of a teenager. However, it still had venom, it was angry, and it probably looked (and sounded) a lot bigger than it really was when it was trying to wrap its fangs around my son's ankle. I could have gotten angry that my son had killed a "baby" - after all, that poor critter won't have a chance to finish growing up now. But my son had to make a choice, on the spot - it was either him or the rattlesnake, and the rattlesnake lost.

I first read about Bennie Hall and Quavale Finnell courtesy of The Badge Bunny.

Since then, I'd been wondering how this would play out in the court... Self-defense and justifiable shooting on the part of Mr. Hall, or an over-reaction and error in judgement leading to the death of "a good kid who'd just made some bad choices"? There were a number of people who felt that Mr. Hall was in the wrong for trying to prevent someone from stealing his vehicle, and then for defending himself when that someone tried to run him down. Read the links in the Badge Bunny's writeup, if you're curious.

(I think you can already tell what my own non-objective opinion was, based on the evidence available to the public at the time.... )

I was reading through the Civilian Gun Self-Defense Blog when I found an update on this story. You can read the original article at WKRC 12 Cincinnati.

In brief, the prosecutor stated, "Mr. Hall has a right to protect himself with deadly force if his life is in danger or he is in danger of great bodily harm. Based on the totality of the evidence and circumstances, he was doing just that."

No charges will be filed against Bennie Hall.

Am I happy that Quavale Finnell lost his life? No. But he made his choices, and he took his chances. Just because he was "only a teenager" didn't mean he could get away with committing a crime that an adult would be prosecuted for. Actions have consequences. If you try to hurt someone, don't be surprised if they defend themselves.

Even if you're only a "teenage" rattlesnake.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

National Ammo Week


6th annual buycott

National Ammo Week Nov 11-19

I've done my part... went shooting with friends over the Veterans Day weekend, & had to replenish what was spent. We introduced a couple of new shooters to the sport, everyone had a great time, and a young college student from Osaka will have some fun memories to take home with him when he graduates. (hint: have you ever seen what a 12ga slug will do to a 1-gallon can of stale-dated pizza sauce?)

Friday, November 10, 2006

Thought for the day

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(...hey, it makes sense to me)