AK-47 Inventor Dead At 94

AK-47 Inventor Dead At 94

Former Soviet Lt. General Mikhail T. Kalashnikov passed away on December 23 of this year. His name might be familiar but the invention that bears his name is downright infamous – that would be the AK-47 assault rifle, arguably the most abundant firearm ever made through its various models, including the AKM version. While it could be easy to ask how many millions have died as a result of the AK-47, the simple answer is...

Ethan Couch, 16, Clear Because Of ‘Afluenza’

Ethan Couch, 16, Clear Because Of ‘Afluenza’

It’ll be talked about for decades to come in the debates on how to properly parent and discipline your children. Afluenza isn’t an actual disease that you can find in the dictionary, yet Ethan Couch of Austin, Texas will walk freely for the next ten years of his life on probation for a drunk driving accident that saw the deaths of four people, among many other injured at the scene. His attorney’s reasoning? Couch is under...

Mary Jane Keeps Fallin’ On My Head

Mary Jane Keeps Fallin’ On My Head

But for real…weed fell from the sky. In fact, the Huffington Post recently reported that 262 pounds of marijuana fell on the head of San Diego. That is upwards of $157,000 worth of pot. That is a lot of green. Here is how it went down. “An ultra-light aircraft coming from Mexico dropped the massive payload -- which was tied to a large metal cage used to hold cargo -- in a field near Brown Field Airport. The...

3D Printing Won’t Make It Easy To Make Affordable Firearms

3D Printing Won’t Make It Easy To Make Affordable Firearms

Run for the hills, soon anyone can print a firearm! All you need is a 3D printer. Numerous stories in the mainstream media in the past year have talk about how more and more individuals and even companies are taking the concept of 3D printing to a whole new level. As was reported on Fox News this spring, Homeland Security even issued a bulletin that warned that 3D printed guns might be hard – even...

International Weather Outlook: October 26, 2013

International Weather Outlook: October 26, 2013

*All temperatures are in degrees (F) unless otherwise noted. Weather Forecast for North America on October 26, 2013 High pressure over the majority of the United States will lead to partly cloudy skies and very cold weather for the next few days. There will be showers associated with Tropical Storm Raymond along the west coast of Mexico and a storm system over the Gulf of Alaska will also bring showers to the region. Temps will range...

Human Interest Story Could Be Portent For Bad Things To Come

Human Interest Story Could Be Portent For Bad Things To Come

It has the makings of a film – a boy hops on a plane and flies to a far away city. Actually that is pretty much the premise of Home Alone II: Lost in New York. However, as CNN reported a 9-year-old boy, travelling on his own and apparently without a ticket, made it through security and boarded a plane to Las Vegas. Only after flight attendants “became suspicious of the child’s circumstances” did anyone...

RIP Tom Clancy: The Cold War Is Truly Over

RIP Tom Clancy: The Cold War Is Truly Over

This week author Tom Clancy passed away at age 66. With him ends an impressive series of books that began with The Hunt for Red October, and will (likely) conclude with this December’s Command Authority. Even with 17 of his novels appearing on The New York Times best-seller lists, Clancy was no Ernest Hemingway or J.D. Salinger. While the latter two were novelists and wrote books that will endure through the ages – for good...

The Purpose Of War

The Purpose Of War

With the conflict in Syria boiling over the Moral Cooking Pot, it sparked a barely relevant question in this sporadic brain of mine; just what are root causes of war? Besides the usual calls of liberty, freedom, and plunder of another’s goodies, that is. This actually turned into a long discussion in my head (Yes, I talk to myself. In my head. With voices. I promise I’m not the kind of crazy person that...

Why Was An 8-Year-Old Playing GTA IV?

Why Was An 8-Year-Old Playing GTA IV?

On Monday, the New York Daily News reported that an 8-year-old shot and killed his 90-year old caregiver after playing Grand Theft Auto IV. He reportedly will not be charged in a crime because under Louisiana law -- the state in which he lives -- children under ten years of age cannot be charged for such crimes. He was reportedly motivated to commit the violent act after playing the game, but it is unclear whether...

Who Would We Be?

Who Would We Be?

Today before one of my weekly games, one of my players and I went out to our favorite Thai restaurant to enjoy a quick lunch before the others arrived. While waiting for our meal, I overheard on the television the tragic events that took place in Oklahoma this week, as well as the school shooting that took place in Decatur, Georgia. I always find it hard to believe that there are people out there...