February 2012

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My Concealed Carry While On Vacation

Founder’s Quote Thomas Jefferson, letter to Samuel Miller, 1808

“I consider the government of the United States as interdicted by the constitution from intermeddling with religious institutions, their doctrines, discipline, or exercises. This results not only from the provision that no law shall be made respecting the establishment or free exercise of religion, but from that also which reserves to the States the powers not delegated to the United States. Certainly, no power to prescribe any religious exercise or to assume authority in any religious discipline has been delegated to the general government. It must then rest with the States.” –Thomas Jefferson, letter to Samuel Miller, 1808

KJV vs Anything Else

So I have been having discussions with a dear friend regarding KJV only. I mentioned to him readability. He brought up this point which is widely used by the KJV only apologists.

The Flesch-Kincaid research company’s Grade Level Indicator betrays the strictly black and white nature of the issue showing the new version’s true colors. The KJV ranks easier in 23 out of 26 comparisons.

Every morning I get multiple devotional emails. This morning I got one quoting James 1:2-3 in my preferred text the ESV. Here is the text in the ESV


 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faithproduces steadfastness.


Here it is in the KJV


2My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; 3Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.



Without taking studies and research in to account. Which translation is easier to understand?

Opinions welcome.




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They that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. Rom. 8:5 Let worldly minds the world pursue, It has no charms for me; Once I admired its trifles too, But grace has set me free.

Now is the time to buy a gun



With the occupy movement, and the riots as part of the Arab spring, I think it is a great time to talk about firearms. From a basic home defense standpoint you should own at a minimum 3 firearms. Purchase in this order. First a 12 gauge shotgun. I am partial to the Remington 870 due to the customizable platform. On the cheap there is an 870 clone called the Pardner® Pump Protector, they are always under 200.00. On black Friday weekend you can sometimes find them for 119.00. They will take all 870 accessories accept for magazine and barrel. This serves not only defense, but hunting as well.

Next you should own a 22 rifle. My opinion is that it should be a Ruger 10/22. It is highly customizable, and parts are widely available, and cheap. This rifle is great for small game, and you can buy 500 rounds for 20.00.

Last but not least a handgun. My opinion is that it should be a revolver. A good first one is the S&W model 64. Revolvers are the original point and click interface. You do not have to cock, rack a slide, or charge it. All you do is point and pull. From there it is up to you. I am partial to Glock’s for handguns. I generally carry 2 firearms with at all times. A Glock 23 and a keltec PF9 or a Ruger LCP

Something you should consider if the firearm is for use inside of your home. 9MM and .40 can both pierce walls pretty easy. 45ACP is a much slower cartridge and in my opinion is much better suited for home use. Second would be 38 special for similar reasons. For carry the sky is the limit.

After you acquire your firearms you should strive to store 1000 rounds of ammunition per firearm

Some other items to think about right now.

Local TN Boy

1000 Yards

Mosin–Nagant Model 1891/30 are going for about 100.00 all over the internet and gun shows. They are awesome rifles and where utilized as a sniper rifle by some very famous world war 2 snipers



The ammo can be had for 90.00 for 440 round sealed cans

good deals



Update, 2.4.2012 Cheaperthandirt  is no longer on my list of trusted vendors. Their markups in the days leading up to the proposed gun ban is just atrocious. I am all for capitalism. But 1000 percent markup is  just  greedy.



Search on buds gun shop

Ruger 10/22


.38 Special


Glock 22 for 299.00

Update, OMB is out of business.
J&G sales is probably your next best bet. Below is a link to their used glocks . They generally start around 369.00


These are just my opinions so take them for what they are worth.

Why TNHoplite?



A hoplite was primarily a free citizen who was usually individually responsible for procuring his armour and weapon. In most Greek city-states, citizens received at least basic military training, serving in the standing army for a certain amount of time. They were expected to take part in any military campaign when they would be called for duty. The Lacedaemonian citizens (Sparta) were renowned for their lifelong combat training and almost mythical military prowess, while their greatest adversaries, the Athenians, were exempted from service only after the 60th year of their lives. (wikipedia)


When I think about how our government is taking more and more freedoms away, it reminds me of the role of the hoplite in ancient times. It also interests me, that in ancient culture, you generally had to serve in the military to be a citizen. Our founders saw it the opposite way, that all citizens have skin in the game. This is why we have the right to bear arms. I want this blog to serve as an outlet for my thought on being a modern hoplite (citizen soldier). Also, how important it is to preserve our way of life.  How our religion dictates our morality, and thus how we achieve the means to be a better husband, father, and citizen.