Saturday, February 26, 2005

we've all come to look for America 

I should be writing an article for Bethesda Magazine. Well, I guess procrastination is part of what the blogosphere is for.

Meme: Bold the states you’ve been to, underline the states you’ve lived in and italicize the state you’re in now.

Alabama / Alaska / Arizona / Arkansas / California / Colorado / Connecticut / Delaware / Florida / Georgia / Hawaii / Idaho / Illinois / Indiana / Iowa / Kansas / Kentucky / Louisiana / Maine / Maryland / Massachusetts / Michigan / Minnesota / Mississippi / Missouri / Montana / Nebraska / Nevada / New Hampshire / New Jersey / New Mexico / New York / North Carolina / North Dakota / Ohio / Oklahoma / Oregon / Pennsylvania / Rhode Island / South Carolina / South Dakota / Tennessee / Texas / Utah / Vermont / Virginia / Washington / West Virginia / Wisconsin / Wyoming / Washington D.C. /

I feel so ... un-American. I've seen less than half of this beautiful country.

via xrlq via Chris Lawrence

Ave et vale 

Hunter S. Thompson died a dew days ago. It's always the immortals who die by suicide - if he really did half the drugs he claimed to do in his books, he should have been dead long ago. I always felt he was living on borrowed time. But he is one of my favorite writers, and I feel the world will be lesser without him.

I honored his passing with some friends. We went to a shooting range. I screwed up the courage to fire a .357 Magnum for the first time (I've always stayed with .38 Specials). Then we come home and toasted him with whiskey and rum.

Godspeed, Raoul Duke.

A tribute to the man. (link via Writer's Weekly)

Tuesday, February 01, 2005


A friend pointed out to me that most of my reading is military history. That's not completely true, but certainly the plurality of it is. But the point she was making is valid still - why the heck are you killing yourself, working full time, writing part time, and taking classes to earn an MA in Psychology? Why Psychology?

Why indeed.

I'm making a conscious decision, then, to read more psych for fun, to see if I enjoy it still. But first, I gotta finish 1812. :)

My First Press Release! 

Press Release January 24, 2005

Maryland Shall Issue.org
P.O. Box 314
Libertytown, MD 21762-0314
ph. 240-446-6782


Media contact: me

Marylanders send a thousand letters, demand an end to arbitrary firearm licensing

Maryland grassroots organization Maryland Shall Issue pushes for a bill that will end arbitrary discrimination in permitting law-abiding citizens to carry firearms. They propose a system that would allow anyone who passes an FBI background check, isn't a felon, isn't mentally ill, and passes a safety course to receive a permit, similar to the shall-issue laws in 37 other states, including Virginia.

Maryland Shall Issue has gathered hundreds of volunteers, distributed more than 2500 bumper stickers, collected over a thousand letters to Governor Ehrlich and other representatives, and made their presence known at ranges and gun shows across the state. Their goal is to pass legislation allowing any qualified citizen to carry a firearm.

MSI represents all political parties, minorities, women, crime victims, and anyone who believes that self-defense is a right, not an arbitrary privilege. "Anywhere I say to someone that 'a businessman who carries cash can get a permit but a woman who has been raped cannot' people want to see that changed," one representative says. Another volunteer adds, "Knowledge of self-defense is empowering. A feminist should not be afraid to leave her apartment. A feminist should not depend on men, whether police, boyfriends, or helpful bystanders, for protection."

Shall Issue legislation saves lives, according to studies by Dr. John R. Lott, Jr. and others. Averaging crime data from all 3,054 US counties, when shall issue laws are passed, murder falls 8%, rapes fall 5%, and aggravated assault falls 7%. Crime in Maryland is significantly higher than crime in the neighboring state of Virginia. Maryland has the 3rd highest rate among the states for murder. Virginia has the 20th highest rate for murder.

Maryland Shall Issue can be found at http://marylandshallissue.org.

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