On This Day In World War II History

1945. The USMC landed on the Japanese held island of Iwo Jima. The ensuing battle went on for about a month before the Japanese were defeated. Two Japanese soldiers hid out and didn't surrender until 1951. This was a no holds barred fight to the death for the Japanese. Although the commanders knew that they were destined for defeat,...

On This Day In WW II History

1942. Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the four term President who lead the United States deeper into the Great Depression and foisted the Ponzi Scheme known Social Security on the American public put the screws to over 100,000 Japanese-Americans. He signed Executive Order 9066 which dispossessed the Japanese on the West Coast of the US and ordered them transferred to "Internment...

Mass Shooting

Please note. If you came here from Facebook and saw a picture of a revolver, the revolver was not part of the post. The new blogging platform requires a "Featured Image" or Facebook will pick one at random from the images stored on my blog. I've changed the image and hopefully FB will update it. Or, as the media prefers...

Firearms and Marijuana

Let me start by saying that firearms and any intoxicating drug or substance don't mix. As my longtime readers might remember, I enjoy a glass of good Scotch now and then. Well, more now than then, but that's a different story. One thing that I don't do when I plan to consume adult beverages is carry a gun. I'm...

The Hardest Thing In EMS

EMS is hard. Really hard. EMT school isn't that hard, unless you want it to be. Then it's hard. The hard part comes after you finish the program and have to take the Cognitive and Psycho-Motor tests. Those tests are difficult, but not because they are challenging. They are difficult because the Cognitive part is based on questions which...

Iconic American Handgun

I was recently on a firearms forum where someone asked the members to name three iconic handguns. He didn't specifically ask for American handguns, but many of the people who replied named American handguns. I think that's because no other country has produced as wide a variety of guns that are so widely known and well regarded. Which is...

A Quick Note

Two things. I'm working on a longer blog post, but hit a block. I'm also working on yet another gun post. It might even turn into a series of blog posts. One thing you will never, ever, see on this blog. Captcha. I hate the F*CKING thing. Since I'm not overwhelmed with comments, so I can moderate them all. If...

Of Blogs And Linking

As my loyal readership, such as it is, has no doubt noticed, I've been blogging more although less about EMS. I'll work on that part, since this is after all an EMS related blog. I recently marked five years of retirement from actual EMS work. What I do now, although it may sound conceited, is work with younger providers to...

The Stupidity Of Prohibition

The 18th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States outlawed the sale, possession, transportation, and importation of "intoxicating liquors" into the country. Section 1. After one year from the ratification of this article the manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors within, the importation thereof into, or the exportation thereof from the United States and all the territory subject...

“This Story Broke The Internet”

Almost every day we read that something "Broke the Internet" or that "Twitter went crazy." We learn that Facebook went wild, or something similar. All of which is pretty silly since the Internet, Twitter, and Facebook are not sentient beings. Unfortunately, it appears that neither are many of the users of those things. The Internet is a network of servers...