Sunday, June 22, 2014

Robert's Picks

Books:

Assassin of Gor by John Norman (good)

Chasing Darkness by Robert Crais (good)

The First Rule by Robert Crais (good)

Black Site by Dalton Fury (good)

Swords of Exodus by Larry Correia and Mike Kupari (very good)

The Sentry by Robert Crais (good)

Come and Take Them  by Tom Kratman (good)

Movies:

The Hobbit:  The Desolation of Smaug (very good)


Monday, June 9, 2014

Robert's Picks

Books:

Naamah's Kiss by Jaqueline Carey

Black Rednecks and White Liberals by Thomas Sowell (excellent)

Divided Allegiance by Elizabeth Moon (good)

Cauldron of Ghosts by David Weber and Eric Flint (very good)

The Watchman by Robert Crais (very good)

Movies:

47 Ronin (excellent)

Jack the Giant Slayer (good)

Friday, June 6, 2014

70 years ago: June 6, 1944

SUPREME HEADQUARTERS
ALLIED EXPEDITIONARY FORCE
Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force!
You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you. In company with our brave Allies and brothers-in-arms on other Fronts, you will bring about the destruction of the German war machine, the elimination of Nazi tyranny over the oppressed peoples of Europe, and security for ourselves in a free world.
Your task will not be an easy one. Your enemy is well trained, well equipped and battle hardened. He will fight savagely.
But this is the year 1944 ! Much has happened since the Nazi triumphs of 1940-41. The United Nations have inflicted upon the Germans great defeats, in open battle, man-to-man. Our air offensive has seriously reduced their strength in the air and their capacity to wage war on the ground.
Our Home Fronts have given us an superiority in weapons and munitions of war, and placed at our disposal great reserves of trained fighting men. The tide has turned! The free men of the world marching together to Victory!
I have full confidence in your devotion to duty and skill in battle.
We will accept nothing less than full Victory!
Good Luck! And let us all beseech blessing of Almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Embarrassing confession.

Embarrassing confession:  Until I saw the press release that S&W was introducing an M&P Shield without a slide mounted safety I did not realize mine had one.  I saw it, but because it makes utterly no sense (IMO) for it to have one I completely overlooked it.

Played with it a bit and it is low profile enough that I am not particularly worried about inadvertently activating it and I will continue to carry it safety OFF. Also, the trigger pull feels like it is the same or maybe even a smidge heavier than my Glock 17 trigger so that is not a worry.

Textbook example of why you should carefully examine new firearms purchases and thoroughly read the owner's manual (I skimmed mainly to see what type of ammo to feed it).