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At the age of 88 Ria van Dijk still makes her pilgrimage to the Shooting Gallery. She has been going every year since she was 16 (except from 1939 – 1945) presumably because of WWII. The Camera is triggered by her hitting a target.

View more of the pictures – HERE

The book – HERE

Neat idea. It’s interesting to see how she aged, how the style of clothing changed, and how the photographs went from black and white to color.

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A sheriff’s deputy in Lake County, Colo., has been placed on one week of unpaid leave after reportedly using a Taser gun on 30 students at a Lake County High School career fair Thursday.

While the Taser is used by officers to aid in the arrest process, Holte said, its effects are not severe. “It’s similar to being stung twice by a bee,” he said.

However, one of the students “tased” by Ortega was taken to the hospital and treated for welts on the skin.

Full Story – HERE

Similar to being stung by a bee?! I haven’t been tasered myself, but I’ve seen plenty demonstrations of it and it looks far more painful than being stung by a bee.  Last time I checked, bee stings couldn’t take down a 250 lb. physically fit young adult.

The fact that one student had to go to the hospital to be treated for welts isn’t good either.

Have any of you guys ever been shot with a taser?

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Another very well written article from Vanity Fair.  I started keeping an eye on their website ever since their article on Erik Prince of Xe (Blackwater) back in December of last year.

You shoot one man, you terrify a thousand. That was the theory outside of Afghanistan. Through generations of warfare, it’s what sniping was largely about. By hiding in open sight and shooting precisely, snipers killed enemy officers, sowed fear in enemy ranks, and covered their own army’s retreats. Sometimes they went out to kill opposing snipers, because artillery was an ineffectual response, but rarely did they go off on assassination missions or do Hollywood things, as is generally thought.

Full Article – HERE

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When President Obama took office, gun rights advocates sounded the alarm, warning that he intended to strip them of their arms and ammunition.

And yet the opposite is happening. Mr. Obama has been largely silent on the issue while states are engaged in a new and largely successful push for expanded gun rights, even passing measures that have been rejected in the past.

Full Story: NewYorkTimes

A surprisingly negative and stereotypical “crib sheet” summary of the New York Times article at over at Vanity Fair.

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Tycoon, Contractor, Soldier, Spy

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Source: Vanity Fair (Nigel Parry)

Erik Prince, recently outed as a participant in a C.I.A. assassination program, has gained notoriety as head of the military-contracting juggernaut Blackwater, a company dogged by a grand-jury investigation, bribery accusations, and the voluntary-manslaughter trial of five ex-employees, set for next month. Lashing back at his critics, the wealthy former navy seal takes the author inside his operation in the U.S. and Afghanistan, revealing the role he’s been playing in America’s war on terror.

A very interesting read.

Full Article At Vanity Fair – HERE

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