Posted on 01 May 2012
The obvious and simple answer is “no” but if you think about the question in all of its complexities the answer changes to, “Well, maybe?” No, I’m not being intentionally obtuse nor overly philosophical. The question, answer and further thought about it struck me when I was having a conversation with my youngest son. We were having a conversation about patriotism and chivalry and how the two may, or may not, mix. I think the ultimate conclusion we came to was that we both either are or try to be both chivalrous and patriotic, but we understand that may have others viewing us as sexist pigs. Read the full story
Posted on 05 April 2012
In the first part of this series, we discussed:
- Levels of awareness, and
- The decision making cycle referred to as OODA Loops (Boyd’s Cycle).
We closed last month’s article with the following important points:
- Don’t go out in Condition White. That’s a good state to be a couch potato in or to sleep comfortably in your bed. It is NOT a good state to be in out in public.
- Don’t waste your time being in Condition Yellow by not integrating the knowledge gained through observation into your decision making cycle. Make your decisions based on how what you observe relates to or affects you.
- Understand that even as you act you change the circumstances that supported your last decision thereby jump starting a new decision making cycle. Never assume that THIS action is the LAST action – it NEVER is.
- Finally, remember that YOUR safety is YOUR responsibility. If YOU fail ultimately YOU will pay the price.
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Posted on 29 March 2012
In some recent reader feedback it was called to my attention that our website sometimes seems to be aimed at “the strong American male” and often neglects or seems to downplay the value of the strong American female. Additionally, the observation was made that some of our articles addressing outlook, tactics, personal defense and more sometimes seem aimed at the males and neglect, to some extent, our female readership. The emailers point was this: Preparedness and a patriotic outlook are not the sole purview of MEN. Quite often, women would benefit from preparedness and personal defense skills MORE than the men in their lives. Having sat back to contemplate that feedback I realized that the reader was right. When I’m writing it is frequently done from the mental position of “talking to the boys” or, when citing someone else’s words, “what one of my brother warriors said.” Read the full story