Monthly Archives: October 2023


30 Oct 23   “Overly-confident conjecture, ‘backed-up’ by fictional data”   Paul Harrell   Tactical Exorcism!   I routinely hear from beginning students any number of fairy tails that circulate among those who are new to our Art.   Some professing instructors, who are in the process of trying to manufacture an “instant reputation,” put-out […]

Fix your roof!

26 Oct 23   “It all looks great in the showroom!”   Salesman’s expression   Test your gear!   It is not uncommon, during our Urban Rifle Courses, for students (including LEOs) to bring M4s, XCRs, CETMEs, PTR 91s, VHS2s, M1As, M1 Carbines, et al (upon which they have been naively relying for personal protection) […]

“First Responder,” or “First Victim?”

24 Oct 23   “‘Good enough’ never is!”   Debbie Fields   Terrorist activity within CONUS, along with general violent crime, is on an exponential increase and is likely to get much worse.   The situation is so discouraging that our leftist media is desperately/deliberately under-reporting all violent crime, because it makes their Democrat darlings […]


19 Oct 23   “Things come apart so easily when they have been held together with lies.”   Dorothy Allison   The Art of Half-Truth, as currently practiced by our leftist “news media”   Like “political correctness” (tyranny upon free speech), half-truth infects our discourse.   Two separate news reports, by two different news stations, […]


17 Oct 23   Palestinians!   As the situation in Israel and Gaza continues to immolate, JRB himself is scheduled to visit Israel tomorrow aboard Air Force One for “conferences” with politicians from Israel and other area nations.   Probably not a good idea, given local circumstances!   In any event, a delegation from Jordan […]


13 Oct 23   Predicting the Future!   Lacking the gift of prophesy, I’m going to make predictions anyway:   Israel’s offensive operation(s) in Gaza, maybe Lebanon, will be spectacularly successful, though casualties will be significant. Many Hamas members, and others, will be DRT   As it goes on, spineless Euroweenies, anti-Jewish elements at the […]


12 Oct 23   “Feelings!”   This morning, I heard a NYC politician say, “… we just want to feel safe.” This in response to a world-wide call today by an Iranian official for anti-Jewish/anti-Western violence this Saturday, by all Islamics, no matter where they are.   NYPD is on high alert, as are PDs […]

Short Memories!

11 Oct 23   More Lessons:   “Lessons learned at bitter cost are promptly forgotten, usually within a single generation, and thus must be “re-learned” all over again (at great price) by the foolish who don’t study history”   Anon   The War has started. It’s too late to “do it differently!”   There is […]


10 Oct 23   Some Lessons:   1) Hamas terrorists are wearing chest-rigs over civilian clothing.   Quick in. Quick out!   2) Current anti-Israel protests in NYC and Harvard University display signs labeled “Party for Socialism and Liberation” These exact-same signs are seen at BLM and ANTIFA events (frequently preceding mayhem, arson, and looting, […]


9 Oct 23   In my last Quip, when I said “BHO,” I meant “JRB,” although BHO was not very helpful either!   /John


9 Oct 23   Continuing developments:   The offensive situation in Israel is rapidly gaining momentum.   Intense fighting is imminent, and it will go on for weeks, maybe months, and will involve heavy casualties in any event   There is scant hope for hostages taken by Hamas.   What is less predictable is what […]


8 Oct 23   Update   A friend who was visiting Israel, got caught-up in yesterday’s invasion.   He is okay (for now), but his flight back to CONUS on Monday has, understandably, been canceled.   So he is stuck there, indefinitely!   I suspect that apprehensive circumstance is shared by hundreds, maybe thousands, of […]

Slaughter of the Innocent!

7 Oct 23   “The present moment is all you ever have. There is never a time when your life is not ‘this moment’”   Eckhart Tolle   It’s a “come-as-you-are” war!   Innocent Israeli citizens, including children, were murdered in their homes today by teams of Hamas militants who forcefully breached the international border […]

More Bear Stories!

6 Oct 23   “You can bet your life on bear-spray”   So say any number of “outdoor experts” seen on TV.   Yet, that proved a fatal fantasy one week ago for a couple hiking in Banff National Park in Canada’s Alberta Provence.   The couple and their dog were attacked and killed by […]

How do you do?

5 Oct 23   False gods!   A thirty-two-year-old, self-proclaimed “social justice activist,” was randomly (apparently) attacked and stabbed to death on a NYC sidewalk early Tuesday morning, as he walked with his girlfriend.   This “activist” received a fatal lesson on realities of self-protection as he tried (unsuccessfully) to deal with a maniac (presumably […]