So, I’m back

I wonder if blogging has just fallen from fashion. I’ve certainly been busy these last couple of years, maybe a bit too busy for the internet. No one to blame but me.

I always intended for this site to be a sort of clearinghouse for quality content, and not just the ravings of the Mad Prophet of Preparedness. There is so much good stuff out there, and even more bad, that it’s hard to separate the kernels of wisdom from the dross. My goal from the beginning was to help with that.

To that end, I will be posting a lot more. My goal again is original content. There will still be the occasional commentary and repost; but more importantly I need an outlet to get my own ideas out. Since true learning always begins with repentance, and is a growing process, I ask for your forgiveness and invite you to grow with me.

Thank you.

-Bo

2010 in review

I’m not impressed by these statistics. The intent of that M14 article was to persuade readers to email Magpul and ask for M14 Pmags. That’s it. Unfortunately, it’s become the number one draw to this blog. I do hope that folks that Google search “M14 Afghanistan” are staying to read my other writing.

To the folks that come learning to position shoot or to use an M14 sling, I salute you. Those photo tutorials remain the backbone of this blog. Continue to practice until you can proudly take the title “Rifleman”.

There will be continued medical and preparedness posts in 2011. They’re the easiest to write considering my school schedule. There will likely be additional riflery posts in the summer of 2011, but not before.

Finally, thank you to my small core of readers. I did start this blog to inform. It has become a bit of a sounding board of late. I will continue to strive for the highest quality writing, and to include well-formatted documents and including accepted rationales for all of my conclusions. I want the information I present to be excellent. Here is to a better 2011.

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is doing awesome!.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

A helper monkey made this abstract painting, inspired by your stats.

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 3,000 times in 2010. That’s about 7 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 15 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 45 posts.

The busiest day of the year was October 4th with 53 views. The most popular post that day was Army to double number of M14 rifles issued in Afghanistan..

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were m14tfl.com, blogsurfer.us, wethearmed.com, alonekingofone.wordpress.com, and facebook.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for monster hunter international 2, m14 afghanistan, hasty sling, m14 in afghanistan, and squatting position.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

1

Army to double number of M14 rifles issued in Afghanistan. March 2010
4 comments and 2 Likes on WordPress.com

2

Offhand, kneeling, squatting June 2009

3

Use your sling. June 2009
2 comments

4

Blowout kit redux May 2010

5

Me June 2009

Trouble with imageshack

I realize several important pictures are currently missing from this blog. Imageshack lost them. I do have backups; but not all of them are easily accessible now. I will endeavor to replace them as quickly as possible. I apologize for the lack of professionalism.

Internet down

No internet at home for the time being. I need to add another picture or two to get the blowout kit redo just so. It might have to wait for a while. In the meantime, more feedback is appreciated. Let me know if I can clear up any points, and I will do my best with limited resources. Thanks.

Pics

Sorry that I’ve run into snag regarding the blowout kit update. I need to go get some batteries for the camera.  Tomorrow, I hope. In the interim, I am still working on my review of the SF medical handbook. The more I read, the more I think that it is of little practical benefit to the untrained. I’ll reserve final judgment for now.

Not dead

This blog is not dead. I am just busy with school. I still check the stats, and for comments, regularly. I have upcoming essays, with photos, on the m14 magazine, and the new improved blowout kit. I will polish them up and post them in May.

midterms

Sorry I haven’t posted in a couple of months. School is really rough this term, and there is no time to post the quality essays to which I have become accustomed.

On a positive note, this Tuesday marks the halfway point in the term. I will likely be even more busy between then and finals, but I can’t say for certain.

Again, if anyone has any questions about any of my essays, feel free to comment or email. I have some ideas in mind, but won’t be able to develop them probably until December.

To make this relevant, I think that giving Obama the Nobel Peace Prize is the biggest example of pandering I have ever heard of.

It also saddens me to know that FBMG will not be reopening. I hope I still get the merchandise that I ordered when times were better.

School

School starts this week. With summer over and full-time and seriously heavy-duty classes this semester, I don’t know how often I will be able to post. I try not to post casually. I still have some kick-ass and half-finished essays. I will get to them as I am able. Until then, feel free to comment on anything here, or to email me at m14rifleman@yahoo.com.

Why is turnabout not fair play?

Leave it to the Left to cry foul, when they did the same thing last year.

W. as the Joker:  http://www.vanityfair.com/online/politics/2008/07/bush-as-joker.html

The Obamessiah as the Joker: http://www.ktla.com/news/landing/ktla-obama-posters,0,940643.story

Pay attention to the comments, especially the statement from Earl Ofari Hutchinson.

Maybe I am the one that should be saying “Why so serious?”

Martial arts or major hype?

Alrighty then. Let’s look at this from perspectives that the average gun board reader can understand. Filipino arts are not about tournaments. Folks are using them right this minute to kill Moros (you know, those Islamic terrorists?) in the Philippines. Kelly Worden taught variations on them to members of the 1st Special Forces Group in Fort Lewis. Jared Wihongi is currently teaching Pekiti Tirsia to members of the 19th in Draper. Someone is seeing some benefit to it. Those folks are using those skills to kick ass all over the world.

Okay, maybe those names don’t ring a bell. How about Mike Janich? Yeah, that’s Serrada Eskrima. How about South Narc? That’s Pekiti Tirsia. I am not saying that these instructors are teaching a pure form. They’re not teaching tribalism in their Kali. They’re teaching folks how to make stabby-stabby in the most efficient way they can find. It’s not about belts, ranks, or tournaments. This is how to kill people with the blade. Unlike a lot of sanitized arts, these start with the most deadly attacks first. They don’t make you study forms for ten years before they introduce the weapons. They introduce the weapons on the first day. That’s it. As for blade designs, why is it that folks on gun boards will bloviate ad nauseum about the efficiency and ergonomics of a firearm, but a knife is just a knife? If it’s just about the ‘ol in-‘n’-out, why are firearms any different? I contend that they aren’t, and that are are advantages to be had; but if you feel that a piece of coat hanger is good enough, then I guess that a wheellock pistol is good enough, too.