Pfc. Stephen Tschiderer and the 2nd Amendment

Okay, this has made the rounds for a while now, but just in case you were under a rock, we had a medic get drilled in the chest at close range (75 yards, easy shooting), purportedly with a Dragunov, and then get back up on his feet, get a fix on the sniper, and then tend the sniper’s wounds after helping take him down.

Here are the links:

Army Times.
256 BCT.
Video footage care of JACK ARMY.

Okay, for the record, I’m glad Pfc. Tschiderer is okay. I’m also glad that he’s enough of a medic to fix up the sniper, so we can parade him around as a dumbass for all the world to see. And I’m glad our body armor is good enough that we can take this footage and splash it all over the Middle East.

I start to wonder, though, at the ramifications this technology has for the 2nd amendment, which, as we know, is there so that when the boys in charge get too far out of line, we can remind them who’s really in charge.

Now, I’m not donning a tinfoil hat here. Unlike the idiotarians, I have no fever dreams about the US Army taking away our freedoms this week. That’s a job for Congress, the President, and the Supreme Court, and they’re making a fine work of it.

But what are the long-term ramifications when, if things really WERE to go south, the technology, which is continuing to improve by leaps and bounds, particularly with the soon-to-be advent of liquid armor-treated uniforms, an occupying force (anywhere in the world) can simply shrug off the best arms that any civilian can possess?

Granted, I know how to build a mean death-ray, actually, two different ways (one a heat ray, another a lightning gun), but they’d be more than just a little bulky, and REAL easy to take out…

At any rate, let my nagging worry be noted, and I’ll be lifting one tonight for Private Tschiderer. Thanks, friend. Glad you made it.

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Carnival of the Optimists #14: Being good to yourself

Wow. First our guest took me longer than expected (in itself a good thing), then the next morning I hit the ground running (insofar as maple syrup runs), and last night before training I thought “Okay, let me get fifteen minutes, and then I’ll get the Carnival up.” Promptly to be woken up by my wife almost two hours later.

In other words, welcome to the (Relentlessly-Late) Carnival of the Optimists.

This week has a little Good News, a Lot of Bootstrap… and something very special. At any rate, I think it’s special, and it’s my carnival, so nyaa nyaa.

Good News:

A fantastic time was had at a Protein Stability Conference, by Technogypsy. Apparently, the relative gullibility of rainbow trout, and turning a pre-teen into a “mental chew-toy” (knowning Techno, this means big-time teasing), were a serious portion of the academic exercises.

We’re shy on Good News submissions, folks. It doesn’t have to be anything of earth-shattering significance. Simple reminders that life is good have all the value they could ever need.

Bootstraps:

First, one of the best things I’ve seen in a while from Steve Pavlina. There are people to whom I’d like to personally staple a copy of this one… You Have the Right to be Wrong.

Second up, from Bad Example, one simple technique for Time Management.

In lieu of Progress this week, something important. Living. By Cicero at Winds of Change.
Life is a value. Living is itself valuable. Cicero went to the edge of death, and returned.
If I changed the details a little bit, and involved acorns, rather than dim sum, I could tell the exact same story. Like Cicero, I also carry long-term repercussions from the incident that will be with me until I’m not…

but that’s the deal with Optimism. The Pessimist looks at reality, decides it’s not what he wants it to be, and loses hope — or even worse, becomes a cynic. The naif simply remains in denial about the world, because it’s easier to keep wearing rose-tinted glasses. But real Optimism requires seeing the world for what it is… and finding that what is, is good.

That’s all for this week. Go read Cicero, and we’ll catch you next time.
And keep that Good News coming!

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