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Thursday, August 23, 2012

As the Supreme Court heard arguments for and against the Chicago, IL Gun Ban, this man offered you another stellar example of a letter (written by a Marine), that places the proper perspective on what a gun means to a civilized society.

Interesting take and one you don't hear much. Read this eloquent and profound letter and pay close attention to the last paragraph of the letter.

"The Gun Is Civilization" By Maj. L. Caudill USMC (Ret)

Human beings only have two ways to deal with one another: reason and force. If you want me to do something for you, you have a choice of either convincing me via argument, or force me to do your bidding under threat of force. Every human interaction falls into one of those two categories, without exception.

Reason or force, that's it.

In a truly moral and civilized society, people exclusively interact through persuasion. Force has no place as a valid method of social interaction and the only thing that removes force from the menu is the personal firearm, as paradoxical as it may sound to some.

When I carry a gun, you cannot deal with me by force. You have to use reason and try to persuade me, because I have a way to negate your threat or employment of force.

The gun is the only personal weapon that puts a 100-pound woman on equal footing with a 220-pound mugger, a 75-year old retiree on equal footing with a 19-year old gang banger, and a single guy on equal footing with a carload of drunken guys with baseball bats.

The gun removes the disparity in physical strength, size, or numbers between a potential attacker and a defender.

There are plenty of people who consider the gun as the source of bad force equations. These are the people who think that we'd be more civilized if all guns were removed from society, because a firearm makes it easier for an armed mugger to do his job. That, of course, is only true if the mugger's potential victims are mostly disarmed either by choice or by legislative fiat--it has no validity when most of a mugger's potential marks are armed.

People who argue for the banning of arms ask for automatic rule by the young, the strong, and the many, and that's the exact opposite of a civilized society. A mugger, even an armed one, can only make a successful living in a society where the state has granted him a force monopoly.

Then there's the argument that the gun makes confrontations lethal that otherwise would only result in injury. This argument is fallacious in several ways. Without guns involved, confrontations are won by the physically superior party inflicting overwhelming injury on the loser.

People who think that fists, bats, sticks, or stones don't constitute lethal force, watch too much TV, where people take beatings and come out of it with a bloody lip at worst. The fact that the gun makes lethal force easier works solely in favor of the weaker defender, not the stronger attacker. If both are armed, the field is level.

The gun is the only weapon that's as lethal in the hands of an octogenarian as it is in the hands of a weight lifter. It simply wouldn't work as well as a force equalizer if it wasn't both lethal and easily employable.

When I carry a gun, I don't do so because I am looking for a fight, but because I'm looking to be left alone. The gun at my side means that I cannot be forced, only persuaded. I don't carry it because I'm afraid, but because it enables me to be unafraid. It doesn't limit the actions of those who would interact with me through reason, only the actions of those who would do so by force. It removes force from the equation - and that's why carrying a gun is a civilized act.

By Maj. L. Caudill USMC (Ret.)

So, the greatest civilization is one where all citizens are equally armed and can only be persuaded, never forced.

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This was a good read regardless of what the wolf in the sheep dress coffeezombie has to say. You may be from "Canada" eh, leave us fearful Americans to deal with our own God(Government) Fearing Problems.

I don't own a gun(yet), I am not a fanatic(yet) and I am not Jewish(ever) but I have one question.

If Hitler didn't ban and take away guns from his citizens, would they have been able to be simply persuaded to go on summer vacation at death camp?

FYI More non-Jews were killed under Hitlers regime than Jews, Just saying. This isn't a Jewish thing, its a history thing.

He was also voted in as Chancellor, regardless if lies and propaganda put him there. People looked at him as a great leader. "Obama is king!"

If little baby Napoleon didn't have guns and cannons, would he have been able to ride the big boy rides at six flags?

Force is always the weapon of choice for the wrongdoers

The Constitution was written for a reason. It wasn't written by one, it was written by many. It wasn't written in one night.
All changes that have been made to the constitution by one man and/or over night need to be negated.

I may be wrong, but when that trains a comin' you better be runnin' (cause they already took your gun)

Fight or Flight, Logic or Violence, Reason or Force

Choose you defense wisely, if you still have a choice

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LOVETOHEAL 6/30/2013 1:12AM

  "Isn't it possible to just make this entire argument for anti-gun control by replacing the personal firearm with a personal device that is meant to subdue, not kill?"

Good question. When is subduing force sufficient and how can one tell? Too much is lethal, but if too little, then you just bet your life and lost. Suppose we use an electrical device; how much voltage is sufficient and under what circumstances? Is the attacker drunk? High on drugs? How does this change the amount of subdue-ance? Wait! What if the amount to subdue a 300 lb. attacker is lethal to a 120 lb. perpetrator? See where this is going? There is no way to measure a sub-lethal force. One may die from a slip in the tub or a big sneeze. No one, no matter how much information is available, can foretell. An unreliable deterrent to a threat is worse than no deterrent at all because it announces to the attacker that although he is willing to kill you, you are not willing to kill him. Watch the lessons in “The Usual Suspects” in the perspective of defense rather than criminal offense.

Coffeezombie thinks that guns are not equalizers because the young bucks are still faster, smarter and better in every way than old people. Studies show that this is not the case. Most people are far more willing to shoot to defend their life than someone who just wants your wallet. Even when robbers anesthetize their frontal lobes with a drug of choice, it also impairs speed and judgement. An amusing story is illustrative of a day trader who wanted to make a killing in the market by staying up on coke (chase the time zone around the world); after his normal productivity period elapsed, his judgement progressively worsened and he lost heavily. Coffeezombie is appropriately self-named. emoticon

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SEREFAN 5/29/2013 2:53PM

  Isn't it possible to just make this entire argument for anti-gun control by replacing the personal firearm with a personal device that is meant to subdue, not kill?

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MIKE-N-TN 4/4/2013 11:26PM

  CoffeeZombie... I think you miss the whole point. The fact is that, In the U.S. we have a right to keep and bear arms. It doesn't matter what you think, say or drag up as a statistic. If one man would use the power of government to disarm another, how cowardly is that?

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COFFEEZOMBIE 3/22/2013 5:33AM

  If this is the best the pro gun movement has then I am disappointed. This great equalizer is not really that equal Maj. L. Caudill USMC (Ret.), you are right that the elderly person has a better chance against the 19 year old gang banger and the 100lb women has a better chance against the 200lb roid monkey but the young man is still faster/better shot and the roid monkey is probably going to mug you at closer then 21 feet. which is well within the distance needed to pull a HOLSTERED gun. Does it really make people equal? Not really.....

I live in a city (Vancouver) that has had more then 3 mass stabbing rampages. If the attackers had a gun, the great equalizer would have had deaths rather then just injuries. No one has died from well over 20 assaults. Now some would say that a gun would of resulted in no injuries but if you consider that the defenders would of had a gun then you still could of had at least 3 deaths. Realistically more innocent people would of died just by being caught by surprise by a man with a gun.

James Rawles calls guns a force multiplier and he is right. A person in a psychosis can kill way more people with a gun then if he had just had a knife or another weapon. So do having freely available guns really make a healthier nation?

So what about tyranny you ask? Well look at Iraq/Afghanistan, these insurgents have not used guns for most of their "kills" but IED's. So do we really need guns to stop tyranny? No we need plumbing equipment and some basic chemistry.

What really drives the pro-gun movement is fear. Fear of other people, fear of big-brother, fear of being weaker. There is no great game changer to being a weaker person, there is just higher consequences with guns.......

ueller/How.Close.htm (21ft comment)
ges-1.1140258 (Mass stabbing)
ouver-stabbing-spree-1.1168915 (Mass stabbing pt 2)
ancouver-teen-girls-ends-with-arrest/ (Mass stabbing pt 3)
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0452295831 (force multiplier)

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JOEP77 9/14/2012 1:18PM

  The NRA nuts always crack me up. Guns will be taken away when monkeys teach college-level math.
Are NRA folks soooo wimpy that all they can do is cry wolf and drop tears if "gun control" is even talked about, and just for large, automatic weaponry?

Wimps - pussies and wussies, as Bob Dylan would say.

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CHERIRIDDELL 8/30/2012 4:13AM


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MNABOY 8/23/2012 6:03PM

    Good read.

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Eating Well Healthy Salad

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Here's My take on a traditional chef's salad, which is anything but light fare when it's heaped with meats and cheeses. Our version keeps the satisfaction factor with lean turkey breast and reduced-fat Swiss cheese - and adds plenty of colorful vegetables to the mix.

Uhm duh, it's a chef salad with the meat included, you don't need any additional food after eating this. Sodium is controlled through the meats, cheeses, and dressing.
2 servings, about 4 cups each

Active Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes
Nutrition Profile
Diabetes appropriate | Low calorie | Low cholesterol | Low saturated fat | Heart healthy | Healthy weight | High calcium | High fiber | Gluten free |


6 cups mixed, salad
1 cup shredded carrots
2 tablespoons red onion, chopped
1/4 cup dressing, such as Creamy Dill Ranch Dressing (recipe follows)
10 cherry tomatoes
4 slices roast turkey breast, cut up (3 ounces)
2 slices reduced-fat Swiss cheese, cut up (2 ounces)

1.Toss greens, carrots, onion and dressing in a large bowl until coated. Divide between 2 plates. Arrange tomatoes, turkey and cheese on top of the salad.

NutritionPer serving: 180 calories; 4 g fat ( 1 g sat , 0 g mono ); 27 mg cholesterol; 19 g carbohydrates; 21 g protein; 6 g fiber; 757 mg sodium; 956 mg potassium

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Creamy Dill Ranch Dressing
From EatingWell: March/April 2007, The EatingWell Diet (2007)

Cottage cheese blended in a food processor to a creamy texture, while not traditional in Ranch dressing, delivers unbelievable richness with minimal calories and fat.

RecipeAdd/Read Reviews (0)add to 'my eatingwell' printshare 1 1/4 cups

Active Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes
Nutrition Profile
Diabetes appropriate | Low calorie | Low carbohydrate | Low cholesterol | Low saturated fat | Heart healthy | Healthy weight | Gluten free |


1 small shallot, peeled
3/4 cup nonfat cottage cheese
1/4 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
2 tablespoons buttermilk powder, (see Note)
2 tablespoons white-wine vinegar
1/4 cup nonfat milk
1 tablespoon fresh dill, chopped
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper


1.With the food processor running, add shallot through the feed tube and process until finely chopped. Add cottage cheese, mayonnaise, buttermilk powder and vinegar. Process until smooth, scraping down the sides as necessary, about 3 minutes. Pour in milk while the processor is running. Scrape down the sides, add dill, salt and pepper and process until combined.

Tips & Notes
Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 1 week.
Note: Look for buttermilk powder, such as Saco Buttermilk Blend, in the baking section or with the powdered milk in most supermarkets.

NutritionPer 2-tablespoon serving: 19 calories; 1 g fat ( 0 g sat , 0 g mono ); 1 mg cholesterol; 2 g carbohydrates; 2 g protein; 0 g fiber; 125 mg sodium; 10 mg potassium.

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MNABOY 8/23/2012 5:52PM

    Thanks for the recipe.

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BMCOLLEY 8/22/2012 1:31PM

    I didn't know they had dried buttermilk. I think your recipes are great. You should share them at SparkRecipes.

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DEBBIELCG 8/22/2012 12:33PM

    thanks i will try the salad.

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Tuesday's Gourmet Salad:

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Gourmet Salad with Sweet and Spicy Glazed Tempeh

Looks good, doesn't it! AND it is even easy!!

So take a look, and SPARK up those tastebuds!!

Yield: Two dinner servings with leftovers

■1 package tempeh, cut into half-inch thick strips and prepared as below

■Salad greens—whatever leaves and greens you prefer

■Optional salad fixings: sliced strawberries, crumbled gorgonzola cheese, candied pecans (directions below) or other nuts or seeds, cucumbers, tomatoes, olives, sprouts.

Gourmet Salad 101: Gorgonzola or blue cheese (or aged hard cheese) pair nicely with strawberries (or other fruit) and nuts.

You really don’t need to candy the pecans, since the tempeh is sweet and so are the strawberries, but I like the special treat.

Just make sure you don’t add a sweet (e.g. fruity) dressing on top of all of that sweetness. (Plech.) Personally, I like a simple balsamic vinaigrette with this salad.

Sweet and Spicy Tempeh

Marinade/ Glaze:

■2 cups apple cider
■½ inch disc of fresh ginger, minced
■1 clove garlic, minced
■2 TBS soy sauce
■2 TBS olive oil
■1 tsp sesame oil
■1 tsp cider vinegar
■1 tsp or more chili garlic sauce (or other hot sauce)
■½ tsp arrowroot or cornstarch

1.Steam the tempeh slices for five minutes (on the stove or in the microwave, as you would steam a vegetable). This step makes the tempeh moister and ready to absorb the marinade.

2.Mix together all the marinade ingredients except for the arrowroot or cornstarch. Add the tempeh slices and marinate for at least an hour in the fridge. If you’re planning in advance, you can leave it overnight for maximum flavor.

3.Strain most of the marinade into a sauce pan and turn that on high.

4.Meanwhile, bake the tempeh slices at 400 degrees for twenty minutes, turning them over after about half way. You can add additional liquid from the sauce on your stove at that time. Towards the end, switch the oven to broil for a minute to crisp the very outer edges.

5.Boil the sauce rapidly on your stovetop and reduce it down to between half and one-quarter its original volume.

6.Mix the arrowroot or cornstarch into just enough water to dissolve and add to the bubbling sauce. Allow to bubble just until it begins to thicken (this will happen very quickly) and then turn off the heat. Set this aside.

7.When the tempeh comes out of the oven, coat with the glaze. Allow to cool a little before using in your salad.

8.The extras (refrigerated and then quickly reheated in the microwave) are delicious the next day as a snack or in a wrap.

Candied Pecans

■¼ pound raw pecans
■1 heaping TBS brown sugar
■1- ½ TBS hot water

1.Dissolve the brown sugar in hot water.

2.Heat the pecans in a nonstick pan over medium heat, keeping them moving. They will turn dark brown and eventually get hot to the touch. When they turn black in a few places, turn the heat to high and add the sugar water.

3.Allow the water to bubble rapidly until the liquid is almost but not quite gone. Shut off the heat and allow the residual heat in the pan continue to caramelize and harden the sugar onto the pecans.

4.Let the pecans cool for a few minutes before using on your salad.

Now that wasn't all that difficult, was it?? Once you taste this salad, you will crow for more!

Whoda thunk healthy eating was so DELICIOUS!!!

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TINAJANE76 8/22/2012 7:46AM

    Yum, another great salad to add to the list! Thanks for sharing!

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NANAW12001 8/21/2012 3:56PM

  Sounds delicious.

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VARSWIFE 8/21/2012 3:34PM

    Great picture! I've gotta try it. Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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LADYPIXEL 8/21/2012 3:29PM

    That looks SO good!

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Thursday's Salad Du Jour

Monday, August 20, 2012

Servings 8


5 tablespoons red wine vinegar
3 tablespoons grapeseed oil ( I didn't have any grapeseed oil, so used Flax oil instead)
1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
2 limes, juiced
1 teaspoon white sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 (1 pound) package frozen shelled edamame (green soybeans)
3 cups frozen corn kernels
1 pint cherry tomatoes,
quartered 4 green onions, thinly sliced
1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained

In a large serving bowl, whisk together the red wine vinegar, grapeseed oil, cilantro, lime juice, sugar, salt and garlic. Set aside.

Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add the soybeans and boil for 3 minutes. Add corn to the boiling water and continue cooking for 1 more minute. Drain very well, and pour into the bowl with the dressing.

Gently mix in the cherry tomatoes, green onions and black beans.

Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving to chill and blend the flavors.

Nutritional Information
Amount Per Serving Calories: 204 | Total Fat: 9.6g | Cholesterol: 0mg emoticon

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TINAJANE76 8/21/2012 9:25AM

    Yum! Thanks for another great salad idea!

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SANDYW1945 8/20/2012 6:06PM

    Looks good. Thank you for the recipe. emoticon

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MOJOSOUND 8/20/2012 2:15PM

    Sounds yummy.

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Salad Du Jour

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Okay Sparkies!!

Just got in from working 3 hours in my veggie garden. Man oh man, do I have PRODUCE!!!

The peas have gone nuts, as have the carrots, lettuces, beets, tomatoes and squashes. Wish you all lived closer.............I would storm you with lots of brand new, just grown and picked, organic veggies.

Tonight's salad is

Cook beets with water and 1/2 C balsamic vinegar until just soft, then immerse them in ice water for 10 minutes. Cover them and refrigerate several hours to make sure they are really cold.

Just before serving, put beets in individual bowls and add some Balsamic Vinegar and crumbled Feta Cheese.

Don't blame ME if your family wants these every night!!!!! emoticon

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TINAJANE76 8/20/2012 9:39AM

    Oooh yummy! I've gotta try this because DH LOVES beets. Thanks for sharing!

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4DOGNIGHT 8/20/2012 7:48AM

    Sounds lovely! My husband hates beets but I would appreciate that salad! emoticon

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BMCOLLEY 8/19/2012 7:14PM

    Now that is the healthy way to go--grow you own and you will know for sure what is in your vegetables. Wish I lived closer to you too.

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